Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun August 2, 2015

Lorie Yates-Dodson, from left, Taylor Watts and Annette Miller pose with some of the many auction items that will be available during The Great Escape, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Conway Expo Center. Tickets are $5 for the event, which includes spa services for $10 each, shopping and a style show. Proceeds will go to the Women’s Shelter of Central Arkansas, which is celebrating its 20th year in Conway.

A day for women

The Great Escape set for Aug. 29 to benefit shelter

The Women’s Shelter of Central Arkansas in Conway knows a thing or two about women, and its board of directors created a fundraiser that focuses on a day of relaxation and fun. The Great Escape is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Conway Expo Center, 2505 E. Oak St. Tickets are $5 each. Board member Lorie Yates-Dodson said the event is especially significant this year because it’s the 20th anniversary of the Women’s Shelter... READ MORE


Request for Conway homeless shelter fails

CONWAY — Greg Pillow, president of the Ministry Center’s board of directors, said he is “disappointed and sad” after the Conway City Council didn’t approve the group’s proposed homeless shelter.


    Back to the land of clothes and calories

    I’m back to the reality of having to wear clothes and eat right. Last week’s fill-in column was about the beach because I was … at the beach. So, forgive me, but that’s my topic this week, too. We hadn’t been there in three years, thanks to my husband’s journey to get more education and earn a doctorate — even though he was the one who had fun in college, and I was the one with the good grade-point average. He took academic books to rea... READ MORE


    Educator continues to teach on and off stage

    Operas, musicals, students, mutts — Linda Sullins loves them all. “I’ve had a really fun life,” said Sullins, 63, who retired two years ago as the drama teacher at Clinton High School but came out of retirement to teach the Mutt-i-grees curriculum to area students. “I’m such a people person. “I’ve been so blessed with good, loyal friends that have become my ‘drama’ family. We’ve watched the kids grow up [onstage]. “I’m very blessed with... READ MORE


    Cherry tomatoes, lettuce, even french fries among favored baits for white amur

    To catch a grass carp, toss a salad. Throw in some cherry tomatoes, some lettuce, celery, pea pods, a bit of watercress, some duckweed, coontail, pondweed and muskgrass. OK, so it’s not your regular salad, and chances are you never figured on using vegetables for bait. Don’t worry; grass carp will like it, just the same. These giant Asian minnows, also known as white amurs (Ctenopharyngodon idella), are vegetarians, you see. They shy aw... READ MORE


    Sweet, cool summer soup beats the heat

    On some of summer’s hottest days, dessert can run the risk of turning what should be a meal’s crowning glory into the last straw. When the weather feels oppressive, who needs something overly filling as the final course? Most of the time, we turn to the freezer for warm-weather desserts. Ice creams, sorbets and other frozen treats are proven pleasers. But even they can sit heavy sometimes, especially after a big grilled meal. So let me ... READ MORE



    Aug. 2 Snow White performance MORRILTON — The Rialto Arts Center will present Snow White at 2 p.m. at the Rialto Theater, 215 E. Broadway St. Tickets are $10 each and are available at www.rialtoartscenter.com. Aug. 3-4 Moonlight and Magnolias Auditions CONWAY — The Conway Community Arts Association and the Lantern Theatre will hold auditions for their next production, Moonlight and Magnolias, at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Lanter... READ MORE