Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun October 4, 2015
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Gathering at the fountain in downtown Conway as they get ready for The Big Event, set for Oct. 16 and 17, are Therese Pollard, from left, events planner for the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce; Kim Williams, director of the Conway Downtown Partnership; Rachel Shaw, director of destination marketing for the Conway Convention & Visitors Bureau; and Wayne Cox, a volunteer. The Big Event will bring 500-plus volunteers together to clean up and beautify downtown Conway, as well as parks and schools throughout the city. People may sign up for projects at www.VolunteerConway.org.

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Volunteers wanted for The Big Event

Anyone who has a desire to plant daffodil bulbs, repair a wrought-iron fence, shape shrubs or even hand out hot dogs is asked to sign up as a volunteer for The Big Event in Conway. The fifth-annual cleanup will be held Oct. 16 and 17. It’s sponsored by Volunteer Conway, a group designed to help undertake projects for nonprofit organizations that need extra hands. At least 500 volunteers are needed to work on projects, said Kim Williams,... READ MORE


    Her stories, cookies will be missed

    If you do this job long enough, a lot of your sources are going to die. On Thursday, I immediately recognized the name Jonnie Fuller, 95, of Conway. I spent about three hours in her living room a couple of years ago, just days before her 93rd birthday. She did not tell stories quickly, and she had a lot of them. Debra Robinson, executive director of the Conway Senior Citizens Program, tipped me off that Ms. Jonnie, as she was often call... READ MORE


    New Heber Springs superintendent leads by example

    The first thing people need to know about new Heber Springs School District Superintendent Alan Stauffacher is how to pronounce his name. He pronounces it Stah-fi-sher. It’s mispronounced often, but “I’m used to it,” he said. The 52-year-old southwest-Missouri native describes himself as “a farm boy.” He grew up with four older sisters on a farm in a small community called Dunnegan. His mother, uncle and grandmother were teachers, but S... READ MORE


    Tips for more fall bass

    Step outside, and you can definitely tell fall is in the air. The weather is beginning to cool, and the water temperature is starting to fall in Arkansas’ lakes and streams. As the water cools, bass fishing begins its fall transformation. It’s time to switch gears, changing tactics and presentations in order to catch more autumn bass. Here are some tips to help you succeed. Learn the subtleties of fall bass behavior The summer-to-autumn... READ MORE


    Homemade granola adds crunch to healthy breakfast

    Morning is one of my favorite parts of each weekday. Even though I may have worked late in my restaurants the night before, I love to get up to fix breakfast for my two young sons, Oliver and Alexander, before driving them to school. Breakfast, as everyone knows, is important for starting the day right. A good morning meal gives you energy and helps you focus on what lies ahead. It can also help set the tone for the way you eat the rest... READ MORE



    Oct. 4 Blessing of the Animals CONWAY — The youth choirs of Conway First United Methodist Church will host a Blessing of the Animals service at 5 p.m. in the church parking lot. Family pets must be on a leash or in a cage or carrier, and be well-managed. The public is welcome to attend, with or without pets. The church is at 1610 Prince St., at the corner of Clifton and Prince streets. For more information, call the church office at (5... READ MORE