Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun March 26, 2017
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Mayflower High School robotics team members Austin Smith, from left, Briawna Stigall and Reagan Brincks unpack the robot they took to the Arkansas Rock City Regional competition. The team, Metal Eagles 6640, received the Rookie All-Star Award and earned a bid to the world competition, set to begin April 19 in Houston, Texas, but members must raise $12,000 for the trip.

Metal Eagles 6640

Mayflower robotics team gets bid to world competition

The new Mayflower High School robotics team barely had enough time or the correct tools to compete, but the team won the Rookie All-Star Award at the regional contest and will go to the world competition in April. The students cheered, hugged, high-fived and cried when the award was announced at the Arkansas Rock City Regional competition, which took place March 8-11 in Little Rock. “I am so proud; I am so proud,” teacher Linda Gangluff... READ MORE

THAT'S LIFE

    Organizing closet not brain surgery

    Editor’s note: Tammy Keith is on vacation. This column originally ran in 2009, and Tammy’s son was right; her closet is just as disorganized as ever. I asked my husband last weekend if he’d seen my book How to Organize Just About Everything, because I couldn’t find it. “There’s some strong irony here,” he said. I did find it, on the bookshelf, of all places. I bought the book because it touted more than 500 step-by-step instructions on ... READ MORE

FRONT & CENTER

    Dedication to garden projects leads to county honor

    Maire Caverley joined the Faulkner County Master Gardeners in 2014 and quickly hit the ground running. Caverley, whose first name is pronounced “Mora,” was named Faulkner County Rookie of the Year in 2014. Most recently, she was named the 2016 Faulkner County Master Gardener of the Year during the March 8 general meeting at Antioch Baptist Church in Conway. “I was very surprised,” said Caverley, who lives outside Mayflower in the River ... READ MORE

RIVER VALLEY OUTDOORS

    58 years of Arkansas fishing records

    Catching a new state-record fish is no easy accomplishment. In fact, the chance of that happening is about as likely as finding the new rod and reel you left sitting by the boat ramp yesterday. Slim. Very slim. We all can dream, though, and almost every year, some Arkansas angler who has set his mind to it manages to land that fantasy fish he’s been after for so long. If it’s bigger than the current record and the angler follows all the... READ MORE

FLAVOR

    Bright spices spruce up a main-course salad

    What’s the best way to welcome spring? In the kitchen and at the table, this season of renewal calls for fresh and lively flavors that give our taste buds the feeling that they are reawakening, along with the planet. To me, that often translates into big main-course salads — beds of bright-tasting greens topped with generous helpings of carbohydrates and proteins. It should all add up to a complete, well-balanced meal on a single plate ... READ MORE

CALENDAR

    COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

    March 26 How I Learned to Drive CONWAY — The Conway Community Arts Association and the Lantern Theatre will present How I Learned to Drive, by Paula Vogel, at 2:30 p.m. at the Lantern Theatre. Geneva Galloway will direct the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which is rated R for adult content. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at conwayarts.org. March 27 Arkansas River Valley Audubon Society Meeting PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN — The Arka... READ MORE