Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun April 20, 2014
PHOTO BY: Nick Hillemann

Dawn Louden, 40, stands on Lancaster Lane, the road she lives on in Conway, near the site where a yard sale and concert will be held May 3 to help pay for her stem-cell transplant. After doing extensive research, she plans to have the transplant, using her own stem cells, in either Chicago or Russia.

Reaching out

Conway woman with MS seeks funds for stem-cell transplant

Dawn Louden of Conway said she is sure of two things: that she has multiple sclerosis, and that a stem-cell transplant is the right treatment for her. “I know, I know that I know that God ordained it,” she said, sitting in the living room of her home. The married mother of five said she is headed to either Chicago or Russia for the treatment, a procedure that will use her stem cells to stop the progression of the disease. Louden said sh... READ MORE

THAT'S LIFE

    Hot on the trail of a new stove

    Our Easter dinner could be interesting today. My husband planned to bake a ham, like he always does, and make cheese grits, like he always does. The other sides are negotiable. I’ve noticed for a long time that our oven cooks slowly. However, when it took more than an hour to bake a cake that should have taken 25 minutes, we knew there was a problem. Our 15-plus-year-old oven bit the dust. I called our handy-dandy service guy, who diagn... READ MORE

FRONT & CENTER

    Director of The Safe Place offers compassion, hope to abused women

    The Rev. Jo Warren is a compassionate woman — after all, she’s a minister — but as executive director for The Safe Place in Morrilton, she’s a strong advocate for women standing up for themselves. Warren, 63, who grew up in Kansas, said she saw her father physically and emotionally abuse her mother. Her parents divorced when she was a teenager, and her father has since died. Warren said she remembers one particular incident — the only t... READ MORE

RIVER VALLEY OUTDOORS

    Getting started fly-fishing

    There’s something incredibly beautiful in the way a well-cast fly line unfurls in the air, gently delivering a hook adorned with a few twists of thread and some feathers to a distant target. Romantic images of fly-fishing have drawn many newcomers to the sport in recent years and caught the attention of many more who would like to learn the art of catching fish on a fly. If you’ve been thinking about getting started fly-fishing, you may... READ MORE

FLAVOR

    The greatest thing since sliced bread

    One of the most comforting and simple foods had a foggy beginning. An investigation on the Internet revealed the first reports of the grilled cheese sandwich surfaced in the 1920s, shortly after Otto Rohwedder, an Iowa native, invented a machine to uniformly slice bread. A short time before that, a gentleman by the name of James L. Kraft figured out how to pasteurize cheese so it could be sliced and transported long distances without sp... READ MORE

CALENDAR

    RVO Calendar of events starting April 20

    April 21 AARP lunch and program CONWAY — The Conway AARP Chapter will have its third-Monday lunch and program at the Conway Senior Citizen Center, 1620 Donaghey Ave. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m., followed by speaker Dr. Robert McCarron of the Conway Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Clinic at 12:05 p.m., and the meeting until 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. Credit Union Annual Meeting MORRILTON — The annual meeting for the Arkansas ... READ MORE