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Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun May 24, 2015
PHOTO BY: Gareth Patterson

Heber Springs Parks and Recreation Director Stacey Mills stands in the community center. He said one of his goals is to expand the membership of the 6-year-old facility, which includes an aquatic center.

Stacey Mills

Heber Springs Parks and Rec director touts teamwork

Kansas native Stacey Mills said that every time he visited his in-laws in Heber Springs, he fell more in love with the town. Mills said that after visiting them for the third year, he told his wife, “We’re moving.” She balked a little, he recalled, because the couple had just built a house in his hometown, Derby, Kansas. “I said, ‘Don’t worry; it’ll work out,’” Mills said. And it did. They moved to Heber Springs in 2003. One job led to another, and in January, the 47-year-old Mills became director of Heber Springs Parks and Recreation. “I’ve been in management most of my li... READ MORE

Local optometrist trades office for race tracks on weekends By ANGELA SPENCER

During the week, Clifford Turner can usually be found in his optometry office examining the eyes of his clients. On the weekends, however, Turner travels around the country to pump fuel on a NASCAR pit crew. “I’m gone 33 weekends out of the year,” he said. “NASCAR has tried to expand the sport all over the country. That’s why we race in California and Phoenix and Las Vegas.” Turner’s love of racing started at a young age. He grew up i...