Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun December 17, 2017
PHOTO BY: Tammy Keith

A sign giving notice of the Conway Planning Commission meeting at 7 p.m. Monday is displayed next to the entrance of Soul Food Cafe Mission’s new facility at 1717 S. Donaghey Ave. The mission is requesting a conditional-use permit to conduct religious activities, and the Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the City Council. Two of the mission’s clients, Virginia Cogdell, bottom left, and Evelyn Wilson talk about the objections they’ve heard to the ministry’s location.

Soul Food strife

Conway mission retains attorney in permit request

The Rev. Rick Harvey, co-executive director of Soul Food Cafe Mission in Conway, said people who object to the mission operating in its new building have misconceptions about the clients it serves, and he has retained an attorney to help the ministry obtain a conditional-use permit. Harvey said Abigail Southerland of Franklin, Tennessee, senior litigation counselor with the American Center for Law and Justice in Washington, D.C., will a... READ MORE

THAT'S LIFE

    Husband has quirky Christmas habits

    My husband really, really likes Christmas. I read an old column of mine about some of his traditions, and they haven’t changed. In fact, they’re more entrenched. Starting right after Thanksgiving, he gets out the Christmas mugs and dishes. If I grab a nonholiday plate, he questions why. We are required to use those Christmas mugs for coffee every morning. He caught me using a plain mug one day, and he gave me a stern look. “If you don’t... READ MORE

FRONT & CENTER

    Longtime Conway art teacher receives state award

    Becky Thornton had to argue with the staff at State College of Arkansas to let her be an art-education major. Because she hadn’t even taken an art class at St. Joseph High School in Conway, it was decreed that her major should be “undecided.” Thornton persisted. “I said, ‘When I change my mind, you can laugh at me,’” she said. Forty-three years later and counting, she still hasn’t changed her mind. Thornton, an art teacher at Carl Stuar... READ MORE

RIVER VALLEY OUTDOORS

    Small streams serve up great autumn panfishing

    My friend Jim and I had headed out that morning in hopes of catching a mess of bluegills, redears and other sunfish on Lake Ouachita near Hot Springs. It was a gorgeous bluebird day in late November, but despite enjoying the beauty of the lingering fall colors, we didn’t get a nibble during three hours of fishing. We decided a change of plans was in order. We trailered our johnboat and drove a few miles to a put-in on the upper Ouachita... READ MORE

CALENDAR

    COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

    Dec. 17 A Lantern Christmas CONWAY — The Conway Community Arts Association and The Lantern Theatre will host A Lantern Christmas at 2:30 p.m. at the theater, 1021 Van Ronkle St. The event will feature songs and sketch-comedy acts suitable for the family. Tickets are $15 online and at the door. Student rush tickets may be available at the door for $5, and children 6 and younger will be admitted free. For more information, visit The Lant... READ MORE