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November 11th, 2014
HOT SPRINGS â€” Authorities say a Hot Springs Middle School teacher was found dead after a fire at her mobile home.
Hot Springs Fire Marshal Tom Braughton says the fire broke out early Monday morning at the mobile home of 56-year-old Debbie Rushing. Braughton says firefighters discovered Rushing's body in a bedroom after the fire was extinguished.
He tells The Sentinel Record that the fire apparently began in the living room but the exact cause is still unknown.
"We were proud to serve the best country in the world," said retired Air Force Master Sgt. Parnell Fisher, a highly decorated Vietnam War veteran, at a special veterans tribute on Saturday.
Fisher, who grew up in the Ralph Bunche community, made the comment during a celebration conducted jointly by Saline County 4-H Clubs and the Ralph Bunche Neighborhood Association.
The event included a recognition program at Ralph Bunche Community Center and at the adjacent Woodlawn Cemetery.
More on this story can be found in today's issue of The Saline Courier.
The Vietnam War was in progress when Saline County resident Jerry Ragan enlisted in the Army.
He was 17 and served two tours of duty.
Ragan was one of 11 siblings. In talking about his family, he said, "There was not enough to go around," he said
He dropped out of school as an eighth-grader and went to work in a bakery.
â€śI knew there was a war going on,â€ť he said, noting that he "stumbled into the recruiter's office in Downtown Benton."
Three days after he and wife Barbara Sue married, he was off to the war.