Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun March 1, 2015
PHOTO BY: Eilish Palmer

Keagan Provost, 5, of Conway pauses to give two thumbs up after he comes down from the crow’s nest of the pirate ship in his backyard. The ship was built in two days by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Keagan was diagnosed with an ependymoma brain tumor when he was 13 months old, and he has had three recurrences of the disease. He also has a tumor on his spine, and he undergoes daily radiation treatments. His mother said he is always positive. “I hope one day I can be as strong as him because he’s awesome,” she said.

‘He’s not afraid’

Conway child fights fourth brain tumor

The first year of 5-year-old Keagan Provost’s life was almost perfect — and now he’s fighting to live. Robin Unwer of Conway said her son is undergoing radiation for the third recurrence of a brain tumor, which has metastasized to his spine. No one would know it by Keagan’s energy, just hours after he received a radiation treatment at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center. After sharing popcorn with his 1-year-o... READ MORE


Relay for Life honorary chairwoman named

RUSSELLVILLE — Julie Hodges of Russellville, who faced two separate diagnoses of cancer in a span of 15 months, has been named honorary chairwoman for the 2015 River Valley Relay for Life.


    Husband no Wookiee, no hair gene

    My husband hit a milestone on Valentine’s Day. He had used the same razor blade for a year. One. Year. I was at the computer, and he came and offered me his cheek and asked me how it felt. “Smooth,” I said, wondering why he was asking. “I haven’t changed the blade in my razor since Valentine’s Day last year,” he said. It was his goal to see how long he could go using one blade. His previous one lasted nine months, he told me. He was wor... READ MORE


    ‘Legend’ to retire from Conway elementary school

    Sam Nelson is retiring as principal of Florence Mattison Elementary School in Conway, and judging by letters students have written to him, they will remember everything about him, from his good nature to his shiny shoes. Nelson, 61, who grew up as the son of sharecroppers in the southeast Arkansas town of Dermott, has spent 38 1/2 years in education, 22 of those at Florence Mattison. “Education will always be dear to my heart,” he said.... READ MORE


    In pursuit of the ringtail bandit

    Raccoon hunting in Arkansas dates back to the time of the earliest Native Americans. In recent decades, however, the sport seems to have fallen out of vogue. That’s a shame because raccoons are more common now than ever, and skyrocketing populations are causing problems such as the spread of rabies and the decline of ground-nesting birds that hunting raccoons could help resolve. Becoming a raccoon hunter requires an extra measure of ded... READ MORE


    Fragrant fennel stars on an easy, hearty homemade pizza

    The growth of farmers markets over the past couple of decades has brought so many benefits. It has led to the increased availability of fresher ingredients that are often also organic, sustainable and locally produced — and not just fruits and vegetables, but also eggs, cheeses, artisan breads, quality oils and vinegars, and a wide array of other products. I also love the way farmers markets enrich a sense of community, something I expe... READ MORE



    March 2. Softball League Organizational Meeting RUSSELLVILLE — The Russellville Recreation and Parks Department will hold an organizational meeting for Adult Summer Softball at 6:30 p.m. in the Hughes Community Center. Anyone who wants to enter a team in the league is asked to have a representative at this meeting. Registration will begin Tuesday and end at 5 p.m. March 13. For anyone who is unable to attend the meeting, registration f... READ MORE