Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun September 24, 2017
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Cafeteria employee Joanne Smith serves Abbie West, left, and Kaylee Hart, both 12, during lunch at Perryville High School. The cafeteria is 57 years old, and voters approved a 2.7-mill property-tax increase in Tuesday’s election to build a larger cafetorium/safe room, as well as add a cooling system to the gymnasium.

Mixed results

Perryville passes millage proposal; three others fail

Perryville Superintendent Walt Davis said he was elated after voters approved a 2.7-mill property-tax increase in Tuesday’s school election to fund a $3 million construction project. Millage proposals failed in three other school districts in the River Valley & Ozark Edition coverage area — Vilonia, Heber Springs and Two Rivers. Voters in Perryville approved the 2.7-mill property tax increase by a 2-1 margin — 279 for and 139 agains... READ MORE

THAT'S LIFE

    Searching for a special connection

    I’m trying to figure out what my special “thing” will be with Kennedy, my 4-month-old granddaughter. When I was visiting her a couple of weeks ago, my son jokingly said, “If you wash her bottles, she’ll love you best.” (Guilt is an inherited trait in our family.) That led to a discussion about what our “thing” would be. My daughter-in-law said her parents would probably take Kennedy hiking because they love to do that. “You can take her... READ MORE

FRONT & CENTER

    Bigelow woman makes a difference through Uncommon Communities

    Samantha Evans, or Sam, as she prefers, stands up from her seat in a downtown Conway coffee shop, and she is a presence. She is tall — 5 feet, 11 inches — and she’s wearing heels, despite a steel rod in her leg as the result of a car accident. Her long hair is in braids, and the green top she’s wearing pops under a black jacket. Her smile is big and bright. She suggested the meeting spot. She reserved a quiet room and arrived first. The... READ MORE

RIVER VALLEY OUTDOORS

    Hidden havens provide small-game-hunting opportunities

    When it comes to small-game-hunting opportunities, Arkansas truly is the sportsman’s Land of Opportunity. The Natural State offers an exciting array of possibilities for in-the-field fun. Rabbits and squirrels provide sport for small-game hunters statewide, and if you do your homework, you can also find blue-ribbon hunting for bobwhite quail, migratory game birds, furbearers and other quarry. Indeed, the biggest problem an Arkansas smal... READ MORE

FLAVOR

    Welcome autumn with my recipe for individual apple pies

    We’re just days away from the beginning of autumn on the calendar, even though the warm days of Indian summer that arrive with fall and often stay through October can sometimes make us feel like the season hasn’t changed yet. Still, I don’t usually rely on the calendar or the weather to tell me what season it is. One stroll through the farmers market, and I know fall is here. Apples are beginning to fill the stalls. And that means my ch... READ MORE

CALENDAR

    COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

    Sept. 25 Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Tania León CONWAY — An Evening with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Tania León: Turning History into Art will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas. Gates and Leon feature are two of the principals of UCA’s College of Fine Arts and Communication-commissioned opera The Little Rock Nine. There will be a preview performance of one scene from the opera and a ... READ MORE