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Angela Spencer

Zoned Editions Staff Writer

Recent Stories by Angela Spencer

Golden anniversary: ASU-Beebe’s LRAFB campus celebrates 50 years

posted: 10/15/2015 midnight Discuss

For 50 years, Arkansas State University-Beebe has had a campus at the Little Rock Air Force Base. Through a partnership with the U.S. Air Force, the school has helped both airmen and civilians reach their higher-education goals, said Nancy Shefflette, ASU-Little Rock AFB director.

‘A great journey’: War hero honored during LRAFB 60th-anniversary celebration

posted: 10/11/2015 midnight Discuss

The Little Rock Air Force Base is its own community, complete with a grocery store, a school, housing and an auto shop. For years, airmen would take their cars to the Auto Hobby Shop to get their oil changed or tires rotated by Parnell Fisher. What the airmen may not have known is that Fisher is a war hero — a Silver Star recipient — who simply liked to tinker with cars in his retirement.

Attractive gardening: Butterflies given ‘oasis’ in Beebe park

posted: 10/08/2015 midnight Discuss

Just before 9 a.m. Monday, Daniel Park in Beebe was bustling with activity. Several people were getting their morning exercise along the walking path that winds through the park at the corner of Main and Mississippi streets. The park is small but well-used, and one group is striving to make it even more enjoyable for visitors.

Upcoming festivals highlight communities

posted: 10/01/2015 midnight Discuss

A quick glance at the extended forecast and the plethora of pumpkin-spice-flavored items in grocery stores serves as an indicator that summer is over, and fall has begun. Along with cooler weather and seasonal favorites, many communities embrace the fall as a time to come together for festivals, often complete with live music, local vendors and enough pumpkins to ensure that no one is confused about the season.

Year in the books: Eastside Elementary School top in state for summer reading

posted: 09/24/2015 midnight Discuss

Reading takes you to different places. It helps you learn, and it gives you confidence. At least, that’s what three Eastside Elementary School students in Cabot said about one of their favorite activities.

Get Down Downtown promotes community

posted: 09/20/2015 midnight Discuss

When people are walking around at a festival, buying merchandise and wrangling children, it is often the little things that jump out as great gestures of service — for instance, having a cool, shaded place to change a child’s diaper.

Community expansion: Cabot parks department breaks ground on community center expansion

posted: 09/17/2015 midnight Discuss

With a flick of the wrist and the support of the city, Cabot Parks and Recreation Department staff, volunteers and backers turned dirt in a groundbreaking ceremony last Friday, symbolizing the beginning of construction on an expansion to the Veterans Park Community Center.

Ed Wilson: Harding professor facilitates research among students, colleagues

posted: 09/13/2015 midnight Discuss

In the Pryor-England Science Building at Harding University in Searcy, along with the labs and classrooms expected on a university campus, there is one room that looks like it belongs in a science-fiction movie. With rockets, robots and NASA logos scattered among the computers and wires in the room, it is almost hard to remember the room is on a college campus and not in a specialized lab. What is even more incredible is that everything in there is a legitimate piece of research, some of it actually being conducted for NASA.

Searcy looks for flower-maintenance volunteers

posted: 09/13/2015 midnight Discuss

Winter might feel far away, but it’s not too soon for some groups to start thinking about the holidays. In Searcy, the city’s parks and recreation department is expecting a crowd later this year to visit Berryhill Park for the annual Holiday of Lights, and Parks and Recreation Director Mike Parsons said he’s hoping that — with the community’s help — the park will look perfect for the event.

Gene Rhodes: Jacksonville associate pastor encourages positivity, releases book

posted: 09/06/2015 midnight Discuss

Throughout his life, Gene Rhodes has been planting seeds of positivity in the people around him. He said he may not see the fruits of his labor in each individual, but whether it was a fellow airman during his 21-year career in the U.S. Air Force; a church member at Evangelistic Ministries Church, where he serves as one of the assistant pastors; or just someone he meets when he is out and about in Jacksonville, he tries to bring a smile and encouragement to everyone.



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