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

Dana Davin-Ward and her husband, Larry Ward, pastor of The Harbor, stand near the sanctuary of the nondenominational church at 18 Ranchette Road in Conway. The Harbor Home, a residential facility for women with substance abuse, was created inside the church. The couple both teach classes for the residents, and Davin-Ward said the women call the couple Mama D and Papa Bear.

The Harbor Home

Facility for women with addictions sets fundraiser

The Harbor Home in Conway started with an idea Dana Davin-Ward had when she was teaching and ministering to women in prison. “I kept seeing these beautiful, talented — some of them very educated — women in prison, most because of drugs. I thought, ‘What if we had a place that we could actually get them before they go to prison?’” Fourteen women are now living at The Harbor Home, 18 Ranchette Road, a residential facility that offers a ni... READ MORE

THAT'S LIFE

    Monikers mixed for cats, dogs

    Getting the right name for a pet is tricky. My 27-year-old son still regrets what my husband and I named the stray dog we found years ago. We named the little black-and-white terrier mix Rudy based on the movie about the small former Notre Dame football player. For some unknown reason, our son thinks we should have named the dog Cowboy. When this son was 6, he named his first dog Panda. She was a pretty dog, a long-haired black-and-tan ... READ MORE

FRONT & CENTER

    New Russellville Chamber CEO says people are key

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RIVER VALLEY OUTDOORS

    Nine streams are tops for late-winter smallmouth bass

    Mention smallmouth bass fishing, and many anglers think of the world-famous fishing available in Canada, the Great Lakes region and the Northern states. Natural State anglers don’t have to travel north to enjoy superb smallmouth fishing, though. Arkansas’ Ozark and Ouachita mountains are laced with hundreds of miles of clear, cool streams where anglers can indulge in blue-ribbon smallmouth action. The biggest problem “bronzeback” fans... READ MORE

FLAVOR

    Win the title of Best Snack at your Oscar party

    My catering team’s biggest challenge every year is preparing the food served to more than a thousand stars at the Governors Ball following the Academy Awards, which takes place this coming Sunday. Across the nation, from here on the California coast in La La Land to Manchester by the Sea on the Massachusetts shoreline, fans will be glued to their televisions to watch the show, from the red-carpet arrival of the nominees to the final env... READ MORE

CALENDAR

    COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

    Feb. 27 Pinnacle Brass Concert CONWAY — Pinnacle Brass, the resident brass quintet of the University of Central Arkansas, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at UCA’s Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Pinnacle Brass is made up of four faculty members: Larry Jones on trumpet, Brent Shires on horn, Justin Cook on trombone and Gail Robertson on tuba. Stephen James, an instructor at Hendrix college and a student at UCA, will play the second trumpe... READ MORE