Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu May 5, 2016
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Turning dirt at the indoor groundbreaking ceremony Friday for the $13 million Workforce Training Center to be built at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton are Mayor Allen Lipsmeyer, from left, Conway County Judge Jimmy Hart, Raye Pearce, Charles Penick, UACCM Board of Visitors Chairman Doug Brandon, University of Arkansas System President Donald R. Bobbitt and UACCM Chancellor Larry Davis. The $13 million facility, built by Nabholz Construction, will house technical programs that a 170-member advisory committee of industry leaders suggested.

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College to build Workforce Training Center

A groundbreaking ceremony took place Friday at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton for the Workforce Training Center, the biggest construction project in the school’s 53-year history. The $13 million, 53,000-square-foot building is scheduled to be completed in December 2017 and used for spring classes in 2018, said Linda Birkner, the college’s vice chancellor for administration. “This has been on the drawing board ... READ MORE


Donation gives shelter new hope

CONWAY — City of Hope Outreach founder Phillip Fletcher has been looking to expand Hope Home, a shelter for homeless men, for two years. The answer he has been waiting for was right under his nose, but he didn’t know it.


    Son takes next big step in life

    This was the day we were working toward. And by we, I should say our son Scott. He did all the work, and Saturday he graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. He’s my baby. I know, I know. He’s 22 years old, but he’s still my baby. He followed his older brother by 3 1/2 years — who is a UCA graduate, too. It has been a long, sometimes rocky, never-a-dull-moment road to today. Whereas my older son was the quiet kid who... READ MORE


    Hector principal hired as superintendent

    Growing up as the son of a small-town preacher, Mark Taylor said he’s used to moving. And as the oldest of five kids, he’s used to being in charge. Both of those qualities should help the Hector High School principal and football coach when he transitions July 1 into the superintendent’s position. “I’ve never met a stranger,” Taylor said. “I’ve always been comfortable in leadership roles, just because I assumed that at a fairly young ag... READ MORE


    Eerie feeling: The songs fish sing

    When the spring breeding season nears, the river rhumba begins. It is an eerie melody, heard in lakes and streams throughout Arkansas, and from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. An angler on the water at night will often hear the peculiar combination of purring and grunting welling up from the depths and wonder about the sound’s origin. I remember when I first heard it. I was 14. A friend and I were trotlining in east Arkansas’ L’A... READ MORE


    Make Mom pancakes for Mother’s Day

    The best home cooks I ever knew were my mother and grandmother. Maybe all the delicious schnitzels, dumplings, cookies and desserts they made for my sisters, my brother and me during our childhood years in Austria convinced me of that. But I really do believe that their honest, simple approach to cooking, emphasizing the best seasonal ingredients prepared in ways that highlight their natural goodness, is the right path to follow for any... READ MORE



    May 5 Book Signing CONWAY — Lois Giorgis will have a book signing from 10 a.m. to noon at the Faulkner County Library. She will sign copies of Life Keeps Happening, a set of two novellas for young readers: Three Weeks and its companion novella, Saying Goodbye. Giorgis is a former high-school counselor and the mother of two and stepmother of three. She is also a longtime artist. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482, ... READ MORE