Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun October 23, 2016
PHOTO BY: Matt Johnson/Contributing Photographer

School Resource Officer Phil Blaylock of Morrilton sits in his patrol car with sixth-grader Maeleigh Jackson, 11, in the front seat, and University of Central Arkansas student Lauren Mitchell, 19, of Morrilton. This fall, Blaylock started creating and posting on the Morrilton Police Department Facebook page, as well as his own, videos of himself and students or friends singing karaoke in the patrol car. His cop-car karaoke has caught the attention of state and national media.

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Singing Morrilton officer wins county honor

Officer Phil Blaylock of the Morrilton Police Department is quick to say that he can’t sing — but he sure has gotten popular doing it. The 43-year-old Blaylock is getting state and national attention for his cop-car karaoke Facebook videos. Videos of him singing with a guest in the police car have gotten him attention from newspapers and Arkansas television stations, as well as national broadcasts, such as NBC Nightly News. Earlier this... READ MORE


    Who’s that coming in the cat door?

    I had an uninvited guest in my house the other night. As anyone who reads this column knows, my husband and I have a 21-pound orange cat, Ashton, aka Fat Cat. Therefore, we have a cat door on the door going into our garage. Ashton is so fat that he would prefer that we open the door for him to go out so he doesn’t have to squeeze through the cat door. Sometimes, if he sits and meows long enough, we will. He usually comes back in by him... READ MORE


    Sweet job leads to Career Woman of the Year award

    Julie Goodnight’s customers and employees, when they heard she was named Career Woman of the Year, had almost the same response: It’s about time. Goodnight, 47, of Greenbrier is owner of Julie’s Sweet Shoppe & Bakery in Conway. She’s been working in the bakery business for 30 years — since she was 17. The Conway Business and Professional Women presented Goodnight with the award last week at the group’s first Ladies in Red event. “It... READ MORE


    Understanding mast crops and weather helps with squirrel-hunting

    During Arkansas’ squirrel season, which runs through Feb. 28, hunters may encounter a variety of hunting conditions, each of which has a unique effect on squirrel-hunting success. Consequently, to make the best of each trip afield, those pursuing bushytails must know how various conditions affect squirrel behavior. How will squirrels behave when rainy or snowy weather sets in? What effect does a year of poor mast production have? Will s... READ MORE


    Make a classic pie the centerpiece of casual autumn meals

    In October, many home cooks turn their thoughts toward the entertaining soon to come, from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Hanukkah to Christmas to New Year’s. While such advance planning can be both fun and sensible, it can also have a serious drawback: It shortchanges opportunities for more casual entertaining. But I’d like to propose one solution that will work well for all your more off-the-cuff parties with friends and family during t... READ MORE



    Oct. 23 Friends of the Library Annual Meeting MORRILTON —The Friends of the Conway County Library will have their annual meeting at 2 p.m. at the library, 101 W. Church St. The featured guest speaker will be Arkansas author Tayla Tate Boerner, who will discuss her new book, The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee, about a young farm girl growing up in the Arkansas Delta during the mid-1970s. For more information, call the library at (50... READ MORE