Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu April 24, 2014
PHOTO BY: Nick Hillemann

Conway Junior High School drama teacher A.J. Spiridigliozzi, center, shows Yessica Serrano, left, and Ben Tompson, right, how he imagines a scene to be played in Peter Pan. The Conway High School musical starts at 7 p.m. today in the James H. Clark Auditorium.

Off to Neverland

Peter Pan, the musical, set to soar on stage of Conway High School

The musical Peter Pan is coming to the Conway High School stage beginning tonight, and yes, there will be flying. Teacher and musical director A.J. Spiridigliozzi said he couldn’t do the play without that special effect. “I couldn’t look at my kids and tell them, ‘We’re going to do Peter Pan, but we’re not going to fly,’” Spiridigliozzi said. “We just came off Beauty and the Beast and said, ‘How can we raise the bar?’ So, we’re going to... READ MORE

THAT'S LIFE

    Hot on the trail of a new stove

    Our Easter dinner could be interesting today. My husband planned to bake a ham, like he always does, and make cheese grits, like he always does. The other sides are negotiable. I’ve noticed for a long time that our oven cooks slowly. However, when it took more than an hour to bake a cake that should have taken 25 minutes, we knew there was a problem. Our 15-plus-year-old oven bit the dust. I called our handy-dandy service guy, who diagn... READ MORE

FRONT & CENTER

    Director of The Safe Place offers compassion, hope to abused women

    The Rev. Jo Warren is a compassionate woman — after all, she’s a minister — but as executive director for The Safe Place in Morrilton, she’s a strong advocate for women standing up for themselves. Warren, 63, who grew up in Kansas, said she saw her father physically and emotionally abuse her mother. Her parents divorced when she was a teenager, and her father has since died. Warren said she remembers one particular incident — the only t... READ MORE

RIVER VALLEY OUTDOORS

    Getting started fly-fishing

    There’s something incredibly beautiful in the way a well-cast fly line unfurls in the air, gently delivering a hook adorned with a few twists of thread and some feathers to a distant target. Romantic images of fly-fishing have drawn many newcomers to the sport in recent years and caught the attention of many more who would like to learn the art of catching fish on a fly. If you’ve been thinking about getting started fly-fishing, you may... READ MORE

FLAVOR

    What’s in a name?

    While making preparations to recognize April 24 as the day set aside to heap well-deserved praise on perennially favorite Pigs in Blankets — tiny bite-size sausages, or frankfurters, wrapped in a pastry and served hot from the oven — curiosity arises. What the heck are all these foods with silly names? Pigs in Blankets is relatively easy to decode with a little logic. Pigs (pork) are wrapped in soft “blankets’ (puffed pastry, biscuit do... READ MORE

CALENDAR

    RVO Calendar of events starting April 24

    April 24 Spirit of Hendrix Award CONWAY — Hendrix College will honor Conway Locally Grown with the Spirit of Hendrix Award at 11:10 a.m. in Reves Recital Hall on campus. The award is given to an organization that advances the values of Hendrix College. Conway Locally Grown was started in 2008 by Cody Hopkins, a 2001 Hendrix graduate, as a collaborative effort between local farmers and Faulkner County Supporters of Sustainable Communiti... READ MORE