Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun May 20, 2018
PHOTO BY: Tammy Keith

Leo Cummings III, left, director of member engagement for the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, and Derek Cox, assistant director of Conway Parks and Recreation, look at the plans for the city’s first splash pad during a groundbreaking for the project May 11 in Laurel Park. The 5,485-square-foot splash pad is scheduled to be open July 4, Mayor Bart Castleberry said.

City’s first

Splash pad for 500 coming to Conway in July

It’s just grass and dirt now, but a groundbreaking was held May 11 at Laurel Park for Conway’s first splash pad. Mayor Bart Castleberry encouraged children playing nearby to join the Woodrow Cummins Elementary School kindergartners who were present for the groundbreaking. “The more the merrier,” he said. The 5,485-square-foot splash pad is scheduled to open July 4. Candy Jones, the city’s grant administrator, said the splash-pad equipme... READ MORE


Goose hatches eggs in Walgreens parking lot

CONWAY — Employees at a Conway Walgreens learned a lot about Canada geese after a female hatched goslings on Mother’s Day on an island in the parking lot.


    Finding fun in Southern sayings

    In case you haven’t noticed, it’s hot as the dickens outside, and I’m madder than a wet hen about it. OK, I’m not really mad — I just wanted to use that Southern phrase. A new acquaintance of mine, who was raised in Austin, Texas, and lives in Oregon, posted on Facebook a 2016 Southern Living magazine article, “24 phrases only Southerners use.” She said, “I guess I am more Southern than I think,” because she had used two of those 24 phr... READ MORE


    New Russellville parks director marks 20 years in department

    Terry Thomas knew two things when he considered a career: He didn’t want to wear a tie, and he wanted to do something outdoors. He’ll celebrate his 20th work anniversary this week at the Russellville Recreation and Parks Department, and in April, he was named director. “I was hoping that would happen,” Thomas said of the director’s job. “I’ve never left since I went to college here, and my girl goes to college here. We didn’t want to mo... READ MORE


    Jug fishing provides a fun way to catch loads of catfish

    The beautiful spring weather had given me and my buddy Joe an itch to go fishing, so that’s exactly what we did. We loaded Joe’s johnboat, pulled it to the Arkansas River and launched just after the sun came up. Unlike the other fisherfolks we saw, though, we weren’t fishing with rods and reels or poles. Instead, we were following a line of empty soda jugs with baited hooks and lines tied to the necks. We had finished baiting the hook o... READ MORE



    May 20 Organ Recital CONWAY — Betty Cohen will give an organ recital at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1610 Prince St., to celebrate her retirement as the church’s longtime organist. A part of the church’s Under the Dome series, Cohen will present A Few of My Favorite Things, including music by Bach, Burkhardt, Krebs, Franck and others. The recital is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the performance. For m... READ MORE