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Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun October 4, 2015

New Heber Springs superintendent leads by example

The first thing people need to know about new Heber Springs School District Superintendent Alan Stauffacher is how to pronounce his name. He pronounces it Stah-fi-sher. It’s mispronounced often, but “I’m used to it,” he said. The 52-year-old southwest-Missouri native describes himself as “a farm boy.” He grew up with four older sisters on a farm in a small community called Dunnegan. His mother, uncle and grandmother were teachers, but Stauffacher didn’t automatically choose the education field. He played sports in high school, including being a guard for the basketball team... READ MORE

Eugene McKay: Chancellor retires after nearly 50 years at ASU-Beebe By MORGAN ACUFF

When he retires in January, Eugene McKay will have spent 49 1/2 years at Arkansas State University-Beebe. McKay said he wanted to become a teacher to help people, and as chancellor at ASU-Beebe, he finds himself giving back to the farming industry that he was raised in, but he doesn’t want credit for the school’s success.