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By Emilie Rumble
NEMOnews Media Group
A new business has been opened by David Howard near Novelty, providing a needed service in the area.
Rinehart Street Small Engine Repair will provide customer service to a variety of makes and models of small engines.
Howard was prompted to open the shop as there are not any lawn mower or small engine shops close to the Novelty and Cherry Box communities.
Howard grew up on a rural Novelty farm, which has been in the family since the 1840s. As a teen in the summer of 1986, David began working at Gene’s Small Engines in Hurdland.
From 1986-1988 he received training in auto mechanics at Kirksville Vo Tech, then began his work journey as kind of a Jack-Of-All-Trades. Becoming a roofer and a general labor farmhand, he also worked at Jerry’s Garage in Bethel, Shelby County Motors as a mechanic and parts puller, construction worker, a driver and mechanic for O’Laughlin’s, as well as doing odd jobs and farmhand.
The mechanic has worked on Tecumseh, Briggs 7 Stratton, Kohler, Wisconsin and Onan engines, as well as gas utility tractor engines.
For those needing work done on small engines, David asks that you call ahead, and he will be more than happy to help.