Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu July 30, 2015
PHOTO BY: Gareth Patterson

The Clinton School District will begin the school year with three new administrators. From left are Michael Wells, junior high school principal; Anthony Vining, district superintendent; and Caroline Nail, elementary school principal.

Changes at the top

Clinton’s school year to start with three new administrators

Carol Rolf/Contributing Writer

The beginning of a new school year always seems to bring changes for students, faculty and staff alike. Such will be the case Aug. 17 as the Clinton School District begins a new year. Among the most notable changes will be a new superintendent, a new junior high school principal and a new elementary school principal. Andrew Vining is the new superintendent. He’s not “brand new,” however, as the 59-year-old Vining has been the interim su... READ MORE


    Florida trip with hubby proves to have many highlights

    Tammy Keith is along the Gulf Coast on vacation. This column, chronicling some of the highlights from a previous summer vacation, was originally published on June 3, 2012. I don’t feel like it’s summer unless I’ve gone to the beach, and this was the first summer that my husband and I went alone to Destin, Florida. When I was pregnant with my firstborn 22 years ago, we went with my husband’s then-single brother. From then on, it was with... READ MORE


    Co-director applies sales knowledge in role at conference center

    Wilba Thompson said she and her husband, Bob, have occasionally thought about retirement, but they just have too much fun working. Following a work history of sales experience, entrepreneurship and marketing, Thompson — along with her husband — currently works as co-director of the Fairfield Bay Conference and Visitor Center. “We were thinking, ‘Someday we’re going to retire for real, but — oh well — this sounds like fun,’” she said. Th... READ MORE


    Natural State-style crappie fishing

    On a recent trip to Lake Greeson near Kirby, three friends and I caught crappie after crappie after crappie. All the 50 fish we boated weighed more than a pound each, and about a third weighed between 2 and 3 pounds. That’s a nice mess of crappie. Fact is, many Arkansas lakes produce excellent crappie fishing like this, even during the hot summer months. Greeson ranks among the best for trophy-size crappie, but scores of Natural State w... READ MORE


    Sweet, cool summer soup beats the heat

    On some of summer’s hottest days, dessert can run the risk of turning what should be a meal’s crowning glory into the last straw. When the weather feels oppressive, who needs something overly filling as the final course? Most of the time, we turn to the freezer for warm-weather desserts. Ice creams, sorbets and other frozen treats are proven pleasers. But even they can sit heavy sometimes, especially after a big grilled meal. So let me ... READ MORE



    Aug. 3 and 4 Moonlight and Magnolias Auditions CONWAY — The Conway Community Arts Association and the Lantern Theatre will hold auditions for their next production, Moonlight and Magnolias, at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Lantern, 1021 Van Ronkle St. Trent Reese will direct the play. There are parts for three men, ages 20-70, and one woman, ages 18-50. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the play. For more information, con... READ MORE