Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu February 4, 2016
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Lindsey McGary, left, sister of the fallen Conway officer Will McGary, and family representative Robbi Kulik, hold a photo of Will and his puppy that was presented to the Humane Society of Searcy, along with donations to honor Will’s memory.

Continuing donations

End of watch turns to positive influence

Three years ago, the family of Officer Will McGary received devastating news. McGary, who had been an officer with the Conway Police Department for just less than two years, was injured while on duty and died the next day as a result of his injuries. Since then, his family and friends have established an organization that performs good deeds in his name, turning bereavement into benevolence. McGary, who grew up in Searcy, was directing ... READ MORE

THAT'S LIFE

    Rockin' romanticism takes us back

    I think I’ve made it clear through the years that my husband is romantic. From warming my side of the bed to making my breakfast every morning, he’s always doing something thoughtful. Sometimes, I think I give TMI — too much information, you know — about our life, but that’s what I do. I have no secrets. Here I go again, as a precursor to Valentine’s Day, so reader discretion advised: Have the Pepto-Bismol handy. My husband has several ... READ MORE

FRONT & CENTER

    Heber Chamber board president appreciates small town

    Even though he grew up more than a thousand miles from Arkansas, it was as if Jim Adams’ whole life prepared him to move to Heber Springs. The 32-year-old New York native moved to Heber Springs in 2005 to take an engineering job at GAR-BRO Manufacturing Co., and he worked his way up to president of the company. He’d never been to Arkansas before his job interview, but he said the community felt familiar. Adams grew up in Massena, New Yo... READ MORE

RIVER VALLEY OUTDOORS

    Wildlife refuge auto tours great for winter wildlife watching

    On an overcast morning last month, with the temperature hovering around 25 degrees, I stopped at the information booth in the Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, paid the $4 vehicle entrance fee and began my drive along the refuge’s 8-mile-long auto-tour route. I had gone only half a mile when I spotted a pair of bald eagles — a mottled juvenile and a white-headed adult — perched atop a snag on the bank of the Arkansas River. So close ... READ MORE

FLAVOR

    Chase the winter chill away with a zesty bowl of soup

    Last year, much of the Midwest and Eastern U.S. endured snowstorm after snowstorm. Right now, where I live in Southern California, we’re in the grip of what meteorologists have been saying may be the biggest El Nino rain system ever. Yes, winter can feel like a burden. But I like to think of it in much more optimistic terms: It’s perfect soup season. Whether you’re facing a day of snow, rain or simply cooler-than-normal temperatures, a ... READ MORE

CALENDAR

    COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

    Feb. 4 Small Works on Paper Exhibition and Reception CONWAY — The 2016 Small Works on Paper touring exhibition, sponsored by the Arkansas Arts Council, will open today and run through Feb. 26 in Art Building A, 1238 Front St. near the intersection of Front and Mill streets at Hendrix College. An opening reception will be held from 5-6 p.m. today. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Several artists from the River ... READ MORE