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Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun July 20, 2014
PHOTO BY: Rusty Hubbard

Randy Byrd began his job as the Searcy Public Schools’ assistant superintendent of special programs on July 1. Byrd, a native of Bald Knob, has worked in various education roles across the state since beginning his career as a science teacher in the Hughes School District in 1989. In addition to his work in schools, Byrd was in the 188th Fighter Wing of the Arkansas Air National Guard for more than 20 years.

Randy Byrd

Searcy’s new assistant superintendent glad to be back home

From warning parents about lions to becoming one himself, Randy Byrd said he is excited to start in his new role as the Searcy Public Schools’ assistant superintendent of special programs. Byrd, who began working for the school district on July 1, has worked in various education roles across the state since he started his career as a science teacher in the Hughes School District in 1989. One experience he said he was never trained for was writing a letter to parents to explain that lions were loose in the area. “I was at Quitman, and I don’t think I had been there more than... READ MORE

Folk center employee shares love of history, music By ANGELA SPENCER

Soon after the Ozark Folk Center opened in 1973, a young woman from east-central Illinois who fell in love with Mountain View through her travels around the country was offered a job in the center’s gift shop. Forty years later, Mary Gillihan is a staple at the park, taking care of the Shannon Cabin, running day camps and working as a park interpreter.

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