Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu May 28, 2015
PHOTO BY: Gareth Patterson

High school counselor Patty Rainey is retiring after 25 years at Morrilton High School. She has been with the South Conway County School District for 33 years, serving as the first elementary school counselor for three years before transferring to the high school in 1990.

33 years in education

Morrilton counselor retiring at end of school year

Carol Rolf/Contributing Writer

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