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New Owners Reviving Batesville's Melba Movie Theater

New Owners Reviving Batesville's Melba Movie Theater
From left, Joe and Janelle Shell and Mandi and Adam Curtwright at the Melba Theater in Batesville.

Janelle Shell said the curtain will rise again for the Melba Theater in Batesville. But before the doors open to the historic one-screen theater on the city's Main Street, a long list of repairs has to be made.
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Foam Home Advocates Tout Energy Efficiency, Strength, Fire Resistance

Foam homes have their believers. Now those believers are doing their best to convince others of the virtues of foam homes. The technique uses the foam — EPS — in combination with a steel frame that advocates say make a home airtight, flame-resistant and termite-free.
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Contractors See Construction Business Pick Up in 2014

In general, 2014 was a year of increase among the biggest general contractors in Arkansas. Eighteen out of 32 firms that reported updated revenue figures for the largest commercial contractors list recorded year-over-year gains.
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