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Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun October 15, 2017
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Katherine Beasley of Conway has been named the 2018 Arkansas Distinguished Young Woman. She will compete in the national program in June 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. A dancer, Beasley is also a member of the USA Dance Company that will participate in a world-champion event in Poland in December.

Dancing queen

Teen wins state title; prepares for world competition

Carol Rolf/Contributing Writer

Katherine Beasley has a lot to celebrate these days. She will turn 18 on Thursday. She will travel to Poland in December to compete with the USA Dance Company at the World Jazz and Modern Championships sponsored by the International Dance Organization. And she will participate as Arkansas’ Distinguished Young Woman at the national Distinguished Young Women program in June 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. Beasley of Conway won the state Distingu... READ MORE


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    Tips that can make anyone a better rabbit hunter

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    Oct. 15 Your Voice, Your Views CONWAY — The Arkansas Network for Justice will host a community event — Your Voice, Your Views — at 2 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library. The Network invites everyone to join a conversation and listening session about the death penalty. The Network will listen to viewpoints and opinions, and make a record of comments without attributing sources. Refreshments will be served. All library events are free an... READ MORE