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Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu April 23, 2015
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Cindy Burrow said that high school band rehearsals have always been a favorite part of her job. At the end of the 2014-15 school year, Burrow will retire from her post with Searcy Bands.

Longtime band instructor to retire from Searcy High

When Cindy Burrow lays down her baton at the end of the 2014-15 school year, she will be putting the final touch on a career that has included interactions with hundreds of students, copious miles logged on big yellow buses and countless hours of band rehearsals. All that might not sound appealing to some folks, but for Burrow, it has been a labor of love. “I am thankful and blessed to have been associated with such fine, honorable musical experts who love teaching and care deeply about what they do,” Burrow said of her years working with former band director Claude Smith a... READ MORE

Lakefront allure brings snowbird to Arkansas By TAMMY KEITH

HEBER SPRINGS — Wisconsin native Jean Beisenstein said her husband jokes that they ended up in Tumbling Shoals 19 years ago because she saw a little quilt shop up the road. “I’ve probably been quilting for about 25 years. I was not serious about it till I got down here,” she said. “I’ve just always found [quilts] fascinating. It’s such an achievement when you get this quilt together and see what it looks like. It just thrills me to death.” Beisenstei...

Three Beebe students win award with Hot Pocket robot By ANGELA SPENCER

BEEBE — With the push of a button, gears turn as a machine comes to life in a classroom at Beebe Junior High School. Three eighth-graders in Tate Rector’s engineering class have created a robot that both utilized their engineering knowledge and met a need — the need to eat a snack without burning their tongues. Noah Jolly, Caleb Barrentine and Taylor Boyce have developed a Hot Pocket robot, which tests the internal temperature of a Hot Pocket ...

Blisters for Bataan: More than 5,000 participants brave challenging conditions for annual death-march memorial AIRMAN 1ST CLASS SCOTT POE 19TH AIRLIFT WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE — The sun slowly showed itself over the horizon and revealed breathtaking mountains to the west at White Sand Missile Range, New Mexico. More than 5,600 military members, civilians, volunteers and veterans gathered March 22 to take part in the 26th annual Bataan Memorial Death March. The day before the march, participants had an opportunity to meet World War II survivors, specifically those who endured the brutal Bataan Death March. The...

Animal lovers exchange ideas at Searcy meeting By TAMMY GARRETT

SEARCY — There was recently a meeting of the minds in Searcy for Arkansas animal lovers. Members of the Stone County Humane Society traveled to White County to review an architectural rendering of plans for the Paws Inn No Kill Animal Shelter, which will serve White County. The Stone County group is making final preparations for construction of an animal shelter near Mountain View. During the meeting, members of the two groups discovered they h...

Current owners breathe new life into Melba Theater By ANGELA SPENCER

BATESVILLE — Despite the missing neon lights and the chipped paint, the Melba Theater holds a special place in the hearts of many Batesville residents. As an anchor of Main Street, the Melba Theater towers over downtown Batesville, reminding residents and visitors of the theater’s glory days. More memories will be made, though, now that the Melba has been purchased, and renovations have started to get the theater up and running. Two couples — Adam ...

Local libraries to celebrate Library Week By ANGELA SPENCER

With books, computers and other resources, libraries are often considered important assets for their communities. This week is National Library Week, and libraries across the country will be celebrating and promoting library use. National Library Week, which started in 1958, is sponsored by the American Library Association. The library celebration was born out of research conducted in the mid-1950s that showed Americans were spending l...

Service members participate in Run for the Fallen SENIOR AIRMAN CLIFFTON DOLEZAL

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE — March 20-22 marked the fourth annual Arkansas Run for the Fallen. Teams of service members from all military branches combined to cover a total of 146 miles, dedicating each mile to a fallen hero. Runners, who each carried a small American Flag with a biography attached to it, made their way through the normally bustling streets of Ozark, with only one objective in mind, to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

19th Air Force command chief visits LRAFB SENIOR AIRMEN KAYLEE CLARK

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE — Chief Master Sgt. Robert Boyer, 19th Air Force command chief, visited the Little Rock Air Force Base in March as the guest speaker for the 314th Maintenance Professional of the Year Banquet. The chief spent time with senior noncommissioned officers, NCOs and airmen. He also visited the 48th Airlift Squadron, the 189th Airlift Wing, the 714th Training Squadron and the nonprior service dormitories. He also attended the 62nd Airlift Squad...

Grass tetany is a common problem in livestock, usually prevalent in the early spring grazing season, said David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkan CAROL SANDERS

PINE BLUFF — Grass tetany is a common problem in livestock, usually prevalent in the early spring grazing season, said David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Sheep and cattle are more susceptible to the problem than goats. Often, the only sign of grass tetany is a dead animal, he warned. Animals with grass tetany exhibit a staggering gait, followed by paddling or swimming con...


Dona Clarin said she has known since she was a little girl that she wanted to make a difference in the world. As her career has journeyed from nurse to nurse practitioner to educator, Clarin has not only made a direct impact on her patients’ lives, but she is now training a new generation of medical workers to make a difference around the world. Clarin’s office in the Carr College of Nursing at Harding University in Searcy is considere...