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Angela Spencer

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Melbourne resident worked for NASA, for Saudi oil refineries

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As the grass grows high after a long winter, Gene Carr stays busy mowing lawns around the Melbourne community. His motto — displayed on his truck — is simple: “I mow ’em all, just give me a call!” Carr did not start out in lawn care; it’s mainly something to keep him busy in retirement. He also did not start out in Melbourne. He is originally from a little farther north — Maryville, Missouri — but throughout his life, his career has taken him all over the world.

New dimension: Libraries use 3-D printer to show new technology

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With the click of a button, the MakerBot Replicator Mini 3-D printer came to life at the Ward Public Library on Wednesday afternoon. Components moved, and futuristic sounds emitted from the black box while onlookers anxiously awaited the contraption’s finished product. Meagan Ashcraft, project manager with the Lonoke/Prairie County Regional Library System, checked on the estimated time for the project. In about 16 minutes, according to the computer, she would have a brand-new thimble made entirely of plastic.

Bobby Lester: Interim superintendent steps into education once again

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In a borrowed building off of West Main Street in Jacksonville, decisions are being made and pieces are falling into place as the new Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District takes shape. Sitting at the helm of this operation — at least for a few more months — is interim superintendent Bobby Lester. After moving through the ranks from teacher to superintendent, with stops along the way in other administration roles, Lester retired in 1999. That hasn’t stopped him from being involved in the education system, including his current position to help form a new school district.

Fast and courteous: Famous racer visits Batesville to help business show appreciation

posted: 04/23/2015 midnight Discuss

With the rev of engines and breeze-blown checkered flags mounted around the property, onlookers could probably guess that some kind of racing event was happening April 16 at 1100 N. St Louis St. in Batesville. Those guesses would be correct, because sitting in a tent next to the Southern Tire Mart building was racing legend Mario Andretti, signing autographs and telling fans how much they mean to him. With people lined up around the tent to meet Andretti, antique cars presented by the River City Cruisers and free lunch for visitors, Southern Tire Mart manager Sky Clark said he hopes the community felt appreciated at the event.

Sniffing out deals: Thrift store supports Humane Society

posted: 04/19/2015 midnight Discuss

With clothes, trinkets, furniture and books, thrift stores are a popular destination for shoppers looking for a deal. What makes that deal even sweeter, though, is when the money goes to a good cause. The Bargain Hound Boutique, at 228 Ramsey St. in Batesville, may seem like other thrift stores in town, but there are hints throughout the store that indicate what makes it different. As soon as shoppers walk through the front door, there is a grouping of items to the right that includes pet-food bowls, pet shampoo, pet medicine and figurines of cats and dogs. Those items may be found at other thrift stores, but the quality and quantity of the items indicate something might be different at Bargain Hound. A quick glance

Three Beebe students win award with Hot Pocket robot

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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 so the consumer knows if the item is either too hot or too cold. In addition to keeping their mouths safe from scalding Hot Pocket filling, the students’ project earned them first place in the 2015 Vernier Engineering Contest.

In their boots: Air Force children learn about deployment through Operation K.U.D.O.S.

posted: 04/16/2015 midnight Discuss

One of the hangars at the Little Rock Air Force Base bustled with activity Saturday morning as families made their way through mock deployment procedures. This time, instead of the adults getting ready for service, it was the kids.

Current owners breathe new life into Melba Theater

posted: 04/16/2015 midnight Discuss

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 and Mandi Curtwright and Janelle and Joe Shell — started talking seriously about buying and renovating the Melba last April.

Local libraries to celebrate Library Week

posted: 04/12/2015 midnight Discuss

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 less time reading books, and more time with radios, televisions and musical instruments, according to an ALA press release.

Dona Clarin

posted: 04/12/2015 midnight Discuss

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 considered a safe haven for students. After returning to her alma mater a year ago, Clarin has been teaching nursing classes as an assistant professor while developing the new family nurse practitioner program that will start in the fall semester. She said she often has long conversations with students, and she hopes those chats make an impact on their academics, future careers and lives.

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