Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun July 15, 2018
PHOTO BY: Tammy Keith

Circuit Judge Troy Braswell Jr. stands in the Conway Police Department with his wife, Karla, and their two children, Trey, 6, and Mia, 4. The plaque on the wall has Braswell’s name engraved as Outstanding Community Leader, presented to him June 29 by the Conway Morning Rotary Club.

For the kids

Circuit judge honored as outstanding leader

Twentieth Judicial District Circuit Judge Troy Braswell Jr. of Conway has a packed calendar — juvenile-court hearings, trials, meetings and, on a recent week, princess camp. His 4-year-old daughter, Mia, had her end recital at a summer camp, and he wouldn’t miss it for the world. Braswell’s wife and two children are his heart, but he’s committed to troubled youth in Faulkner, Searcy and Van Buren counties, too. In June, the Conway Morni... READ MORE

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