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Angela Spencer

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Matters of the heart: Health Foundation equips rural clinics with AEDs

posted: 05/03/2015 midnight Discuss

It takes hardly any time for a cardiac episode to become life-threatening. When a hospital is nearby, patients experiencing sudden cardiac arrest have a chance to get lifesaving treatment quickly, but the situation becomes dire in the rural areas where those treatments are not available — areas that comprise the majority of the Three Rivers Edition coverage area and the entirety of Arkansas. Through several grants, the White River Health System Foundation has created HeartSmart facilities throughout the system’s footprint by equipping WRHS clinics with automated external defibrillators, also known as AEDs. The system’s clinics that are receiving AEDs include the Cave City Medical Clinic, the Drasco Medical Clinic, the Hardy Medical Clinic, the Pleasant Plains Medical Clinic, the Newport Diagnostic Medical Clinic, the Stone County Primary Care Clinic and the Tuckerman Medical Clinic.

Gerald Cooper: Melbourne superintendent expanding horizons with new job

posted: 05/03/2015 midnight Discuss

Gerald Cooper has been with the Melbourne Public School District for the majority of his life, first as a student, then as a professional, working up the ranks to principal and, eventually, superintendent. Throughout his career as an educator, he said he has firmly believed growth happens when someone gets out of his or her comfort zone, and with that in mind, he will leave the school district to take on a new job in July.

Farmers markets opening in Three Rivers area

posted: 04/30/2015 midnight Discuss

For many, spring is the signal to start another fun — and appetizing — season. Fresh vegetables and beautiful flowers line gardens as the weather continues to warm up, and Saturday-morning trips to farmers markets fill in the gaps that personal gardens might leave. In many communities throughout the Three Rivers Edition coverage area, farmers markets have already started opening or will open this weekend for the first time this year. Market organizers have said that growers are ready, and shoppers have already expressed their excitement for the 2015 season.

No to drugs: Cabot middle-schoolers celebrate drug-free lifestyle

posted: 04/30/2015 midnight Discuss

Throughout the day Monday in the fine-arts auditorium at Cabot High School, with colorful lights swirling around the room, beach balls bouncing from person to person and students wearing matching shirts with the words “Refuse to Use” on the back, it was obvious this was not a typical school day. The students of Cabot Middle School North were at the high school Monday morning, and Cabot Middle School South students were there in the afternoon, but they were all celebrating the same thing: PRiDE.

Bobby Lester: Interim superintendent steps into education once again

posted: 04/26/2015 midnight Discuss

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.

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

posted: 04/26/2015 midnight Discuss

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.

Melbourne resident worked for NASA, for Saudi oil refineries

posted: 04/26/2015 midnight Discuss

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.

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.

Three Beebe students win award with Hot Pocket robot

posted: 04/19/2015 midnight Comment 1

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.

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


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