Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu June 30, 2016
PHOTO BY: Tammy Keith

Brontez Harris of Morrilton and Tyresha Byers of Cleveland, holding her Yorkie, Bentley, walk across the crosswalk at Oak and Court streets in downtown Conway. The blank wall on Court Street, the east side of Jenifer’s Antiques, is one possibility for an endangered-species mural that the Center for Biological Diversity may fund. The Conway Public Art Board is helping with the proposal.

‘A cool project’

Endangered-species mural in works for Conway

A mural featuring one of Arkansas’ endangered species is being considered by the Conway Public Art Board in conjunction with the Center for Biological Diversity and other partners. “We’re still in the beginning stages; we don’t even have a location, yet,” said Beth Norwood of Conway, a member of the board. The committee hasn’t picked which endangered species to be featured, either. “The hellbender salamander — that has been thrown out a... READ MORE

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