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Angela Spencer

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Lure design 101: ASUB students team up with local entrepreneur

posted: 05/28/2015 midnight Discuss

Kyle Norman of Pangburn loves fishing and has come up with an idea to combine his hobby and creativity to fashion a business. By cutting pieces off different lures and putting them all together, Norman was making crude Frankenstein models of the lures that would become the backbone to his new business, Hoax Fish. In order to make the designs into a mass-produced reality, he turned to the Computer-Aided Drafting and Design students at Arkansas State University-Beebe.

Saying goodbye: Four longtime White County Central employees reflect on careers

posted: 05/24/2015 midnight Discuss

Graduation ceremonies signify the end of students’ high school careers, but the end of the school year is also a time for some school faculty and staff to end their professional careers through retirement. In the White County Central School District, four longtime employees with a combined 128 years of work will retire after the final bell rings on the last day of school. Paula Cleveland, Connie Miller,

Beebe drone class wraps up first year

posted: 05/24/2015 midnight Comments 2

Beebe High School 10th-grader Madison Burke said he might want to be a computer programmer when he grows up. He also likes marine biology, so he might want to use his interest in programming to create devices that dive down to ocean depths that would be dangerous for human explorers. No matter what he decides, Burke has started taking steps toward those goals through a unique high school class that focuses on unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones.

Portfest to celebrate 34th festival this year

posted: 05/24/2015 midnight Discuss

Summer is a time for vacations, relaxation and spending time outdoors. In Newport, the 34th annual Portfest “Rollin’ on the River” Festival will provide a chance for locals, visitors and natives who have moved away to gather and take advantage of many summer opportunities.

Bald Knob vets open museum behind mural

posted: 05/22/2015 9:56 a.m. Discuss

When driving down Highway Avenue in Bald Knob, it is hard to miss the mural dedicated to veterans. The colorful mural, painted in 2013 by Gene Reagan, salutes veterans from all branches of the military. Perpendicular to the mural is a wall with the names of 535 veterans who lived in the Bald Knob School District for at least five years, and the list of names keeps growing.

Trading places: Cabot seniors thank faculty, staff for lasting impact

posted: 05/22/2015 9:50 a.m. Discuss

Taking a few steps across a stage, a high school senior turns into a high school graduate. The image is familiar to many students, and they envision their graduation day, when they will walk across the stage and receive their diploma, signifying the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. On May 14, the day before Cabot High School seniors took that step out of high school, many seniors took another important journey across the school district. Dressed in their bright red graduation caps and gowns, the students made their way to various district campuses with diplomas in hand. These diplomas were not for graduating high-schoolers, though. The students were the ones handing them out, and teachers, principals, bus drivers and other faculty and staff were on the receiving end.

Motorcyclists lend support to athletes at Special Olympics

posted: 05/17/2015 midnight Discuss

Cheers from the crowd filling the stadium at Harding University for the Arkansas Special Olympics Summer Games Opening Ceremony won’t be the only sounds welcoming athletes and their families to the games in Searcy. The roar of motorcycle engines will add to the excitement as hundreds of motorcyclists plan to roll into the stadium to cheer on the athletes. “It’s the motorcycle community coming forward to support these wonderful athletes,” said Melissa Toomer, shop foreman at Sunrise Motorsports and one of the organizers of the ride. “If you’ve ever been to one of these ceremonies, they just come unglued when they see the motorcycles. The motorcycle community decided to do something to show them that they mattered.”

Local optometrist trades office for race tracks on weekends

posted: 05/17/2015 midnight Discuss

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 in Coeburn, Virginia, and when he was 10 years old, a family friend took him to see his first race. “I was hooked,” he said. “We lived in coal-mining country, and my good friend’s dad was a strip-mine operator. He decided he was going to build a short track. He built a 3/8-mile asphalt track that still runs today. At the time, it was state of the art. It’s still a good track, but back then, there was nothing else around it.” As a young man, Turner helped construct the track, and then in the summers, he worked there. He said he got to meet “every big-name driver there ever was back in the day.”

First bass-fishing team for Cedar Ridge lands big win

posted: 05/17/2015 midnight Discuss

There have been several firsts for the Cedar Ridge High School bass-fishing team this season. For example, this is the first year the high school has had a fishing team. It is also the first high school bass-fishing team in Independence County. Most impressive of all, two of the fishermen on the team took first place in the 2015 Arkansas State High School Fishing Championship, which was held on Lake Dardanelle and included 120 two-person teams. Coach Danny Brustrom — who also coaches several other sports, including football and wrestling — said he has always enjoyed fishing and was excited to start the team this year.

Searcy teen shooting competitor eyes Olympics

posted: 05/14/2015 midnight Discuss

When Elizabeth Marsh started participating in shooting sports four years ago, she didn’t know her hobby would go further than 4-H. Early on, coaches and mentors saw her potential, and this week, the 16-year-old is in Fort Benning, Georgia, participating in the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup. With her skill and a little more practice, the 2016 Olympic Games might be in her crosshairs.

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