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Angela Spencer

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Recent Stories by Angela Spencer

Continuing donations: End of watch turns to positive influence

posted: 02/04/2016 midnight Discuss

Three years ago, the family of Officer Will McGary received devastating news. McGary, who had been an officer with the Conway Police Department for just less than two years, was injured while on duty and died the next day as a result of his injuries. Since then, his family and friends have established an organization that performs good deeds in his name, turning bereavement into benevolence.

Reconstructed landmark: ASU-Beebe arch built in place of destroyed icon

posted: 01/28/2016 midnight Discuss

A lot has changed on Arkansas State University-Beebe’s campus over the years. Buildings have been constructed, names have changed, and the school has grown. Recently, a small construction project with a big impact has been in the works, and after its completion, the school will have a reconstructed landmark mimicking a structure that was destroyed several years ago.

Vernon Hoffman: Hoffman’s passion for teaching leads to outstanding-faculty award

posted: 01/24/2016 midnight Discuss

At 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, several students gathered in a classroom at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville were using instruments to peer into each other’s ears. Vernon Hoffman, a biology faculty member at the school, stood at the front of the classroom supervising the activity.

Melting pot: Diversity celebrated at air force base

posted: 01/21/2016 midnight Discuss

As mariachi music flowed from the Walters Community Center ballroom at the Little Rock Air Force Base on Friday morning, airmen perused the lobby, where there were opportunities to eat a piece of Jewish challah bread, see bicycles fashioned for disabled veterans and learn about accomplished gay and lesbian airmen.

Cabot police provide free gun-safety kits

posted: 01/21/2016 midnight Discuss

Tragic stories of a young child getting hold of a gun and accidentally killing a friend or family member occasionally pepper the news, bringing the conversation of gun safety back into the limelight. The Cabot Police Department has a simple solution to keep families safe from firearms: Visit the Police Department and pick up free locks for their guns.

Quilters retreat brings business to tourist town in slow season

posted: 01/17/2016 midnight Discuss

Quilters from far and wide will descend upon Mountain View for a weekend of relaxation, quilting and fellowship next month in a retreat to benefit instructors, students and the town as a whole. The Cozy Comfort Quilt Retreat will be held Feb. 18-20 at Ozark Folk Center State Park, giving Mountain View’s tourist attractions a boost in the slow winter months.

Crystal Whittington: Harding professor helps students help others

posted: 01/17/2016 midnight Discuss

With board games decorating the walls and picture books on the shelves, Room 111 of the Olen Hendrix Building at Harding University in Searcy looks like it would be better occupied by kindergartners than college students. That’s what makes it the perfect place for teaching college students who are working toward careers in therapy and advocacy for children and similar fields.

White River Medical Center expands ER

posted: 01/17/2016 midnight Discuss

White River Medical Center has seen an increase in emergency-room visits in recent years. The emergency room, which was built more than 30 years ago, is too small to handle the increase with ease, so the medical center is receiving a face-lift to expand the emergency room by 5,000 square feet.

Lasting legacy: ASU-Beebe chancellor retires after 50 years

posted: 01/14/2016 midnight Discuss

For the first time in 50 years, Eugene McKay is no longer an employee of Arkansas State University-Beebe. After touching the lives of many students and faculty as professor, residence-hall parent, vice chancellor and — for the past 20 years — chancellor, McKay retired last week.

Benefits available for heating assistance

posted: 01/14/2016 midnight Discuss

As the temperature plummets and home energy costs go up, some families may be left out in the cold. In order to help keep the heat on, the Arkansas Department of Human Services has implemented the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which provides financial assistance to 60,000 households to help meet the costs of heating the homes.

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