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Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu July 30, 2015
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In a photo taken before she received her diagnosis of leukemia, Melanie Joann Clark, center, holds her grandson Aiden. Also shown are her son, Timothy, from left, and grandsons Austin and T.J.

Account set up for woman with leukemia

Some employees at Hancock Fabrics in Searcy said Melanie Joann Clark is the best boss for whom they have ever worked. Family members point out how generous and strong-willed she is. That is why the community has rallied around Clark to offer support in her time of need. Clark has been a manager at Hancock Fabrics for a long time, family member Melinda Hart said. Clark’s enthusiasm for sewing and her passion for helping others made a career at the fabric store a perfect fit for her. “She loved working with fabric and with the little ladies who came in,” Hart said. “That was ... READ MORE

Grubbs family honored for farming operation CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

GRUBBS — Kenny Clark, Jason Clark and Micahlene Clark Soden, operating as Clark Farms, have been recognized as the Jackson County Farm Family of the Year. They raise rice, soybeans, wheat and milo.

Agencies can provide help during summer heat By ANGELA SPENCER

The heat is hitting Arkansans hard this summer. While many people have access to air conditioning, there are still residents who could experience heat-related illnesses as a result of the rising temperatures.

Wildlife biologist helps keep LRAFB airfield, pilots safe TAMMY L. REED/ 19TH AIRLIFT WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE — Little Rock Air Force Base pilots invest a lot of time in flight training assessing and mitigating risks they will face delivering beans and bullets to warfighters downrange. One of the biggest risks aircrews face, no matter where they are flying, is the risk of bird strikes. Bird strikes are just that: a bird, or birds, striking a plane in flight causing damage to the engines, windshields and other parts of the plane. Birds are a majo...

American Legion names new commander: Much on horizon for his year leading Arkansas Legionnaires SHERRY SNOW/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

WILBURN — Verlon Abram of Wilburn looks like a commander — and he is. Effective at the end of June, he became the new commander of the Department of Arkansas American Legion. According to the website, the American Legion is the nation’s largest veterans service organization, formed in 1919. Heber Springs Post No. 64, from where Abram hails, has the largest membership in the state with the latest count at 1,042, Abram said, then ad...

McCrory family receives farming honor CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

McCRORY — Diana and Rick Rives and her son and daughter-in-law, Micah and Tabby Ayers, all of McCrory, doing business as W&W Farms, are the 2015 Woodruff County Farm Family of the Year. They farm rice and soybeans on approximately 2,200 acres they lease in Woodruff County. Micah, 28, and Tabby, 26, have two children — a son, Caden, 6, and a daughter, Loghan, 3. They attend Morton Baptist Church and are active in the McCrory Youth Program. Tabby...

Tin Lizzies tour to Searcy’s Pioneer Village PATSY PIPKIN/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

SEARCY — Antique car enthusiasts from throughout the White County area gathered at Pioneer Village in Searcy on the morning of July 10 in anticipation of the arrival of a caravan of Model T Fords from Heber Springs, where the Arkansas Tin Lizzies Club held its annual meeting July 9 and began its annual summer tour.

Former Newport Greyound keeps MLB dream alive VINCENT BURTON/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

NEWPORT — Hard work and determination can take one a long way. Newport High School graduate Grant Black is living proof of that. After suffering two major injuries since his senior year as a Greyhound, he is closer than ever to his dream of playing baseball in the major leagues. Black plans to finish his college career at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Heber Springs, Pocahontas men added to sports halls DONNA LAMPKIN STEPHENS/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Jack Fulmer of Heber Springs was inducted into the Arkansas Officials Association Hall of Fame on July 10 at Horner Hall in the Hot Springs Convention Center.