Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu August 21, 2014
PHOTO BY: Rusty Hubbard

Josh Zylks, manager of the new Conway airport, talks about the 6,300-square-foot terminal that is being finished. Award-winning interior designer Georg Andersen of Conway picked out bleached-white distressed-wood floors for the facility and carpet featuring the colors terra cotta, jade green and periwinkle blue. The grand opening for the $30 million airport is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 5.

‘Better access’

Conway airport to open Sept. 1; grand opening set for Sept. 5

Josh Zylks, manager of the new Conway airport, was busy last week “tying up loose ends” to get ready for the airport’s Sept. 5 grand opening. “There are always those little things at the time that you said, ‘I’ll deal with that later.’ Later is here,” Zylks said. Dennis F. Cantrell Field, the $30 million, city-owned airport, will open for business in its new location on Sept. 1. “As far as switching everything over with the [Federal Avi... READ MORE

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Expanded UCA fitness center to open in November

CONWAY — The rainy summer has pushed the opening of the expanded University of Central Arkansas fitness center from October to Nov. 11, but the director of campus recreation said it will be worth the wait.

THAT'S LIFE

    Recalling first editor of career

    I don’t think he liked me at first, but then he saw the books. My first newspaper editor, Mike Overall, died of lung cancer Aug. 7. I was sad and surprised, because I didn’t know he had been sick. I started working at The Jonesboro Sun when I was just 20. I was about to graduate with a journalism degree, and I knew that’s where I wanted to work to be close to home. We had two associate editors, and one of them was Mike, a tall, skinny j... READ MORE

FRONT & CENTER

    Ryan Johnson

    Central Baptist College Vice President Ryan Johnson now wears a suit and tie every day, but he has spent more time in a baseball uniform. Johnson, 38, of Conway played independent professional baseball and coached before he slid into higher education. “That was my passion,” he said of the sport. “From a time I could remember, I had a bat in my hand.” Johnson was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and his father was stationed at the Air ... READ MORE

RIVER VALLEY OUTDOORS

    Hunting, fishing show latest project for lifelong outdoorsman

    On a late-July afternoon, a longtime fishing and hunting guide is testing the crystalline waters of the Little Red River below the Greers Ferry Dam at John F. Kennedy Park. He hopes to hook a hefty “slot fish” or maybe something even larger — a trophy rainbow trout would do, but a big German brown is his ultimate prize. Many of his more-recent days afield have seen the guide trailed by a cameraman and fitted with a wireless microphone. ... READ MORE

FLAVOR

    It makes for an easy warm-weather dessert

    The fruit varieties that fill farmers-market stalls right now are some of late summer’s greatest pleasures. Peaches, apricots, nectarines, and plums — and their many hybrid cousins, including apriums, plumcots and pluots (plums crossed with apricots), peacotums (peach-apricot-plums) and nectaplums (that’s easy to figure out!) — have refreshingly juicy flesh and some of the sweetest, most aromatic flavors of the fruit world. I love to ea... READ MORE

CALENDAR

    COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

    Aug. 22 and 23 Gospel Singing Convention GREENBRIER — The 2014 Arkansas-Oklahoma Gospel Singing Convention will be held Friday and Saturday at LifeSong Baptist Church. Singing will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, with refreshments following. Singing will resume at 10 a.m. Saturday, break for a potluck lunch and continue at 1 p.m. The public is invited. Officers for the convention are Larry Hutson, president; Roy Guiltner, Arkansas vice preside... READ MORE