Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu September 3, 2015
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Jean Jasso, from left, and Ross Harrington, mother and husband of the late Cheryl Harrington, who was the Conway sanitation director, and Jack Bell, interim director of the department, stand next to the residential truck that was painted pink to honor Harrington’s memory. She died in March of cancer. Three other pink trucks were ordered and will bear her name. There was no additional cost for the pink paint, Mayor Tab Townsell said. The sanitation complex and street into the area were named after Harrington, too.

A tribute

Pink sanitation trucks honor late leader

The late Conway sanitation director Cheryl Harrington likely would have been tickled pink about four new garbage trucks dedicated to her memory. Harrington died in March after battling cancer, which started with breast cancer in 1999 and returned more than a dozen times in different areas of her body, said her husband, Ross Harrington of Cleveland. Four pink compressed-natural-gas trucks have “In Memory of Cheryl Harrington” and a ribbo... READ MORE

THAT'S LIFE

    Surgery for kidney tumor successful

    Yes, it was cancer. That’s called not burying the lead. Tomorrow is the one-month anniversary of my kidney surgery, which I wrote about before taking a hiatus. Doctors found a tumor incidentally when looking for something else, and it was caught early. When I wrote about it, I wasn’t expecting the outpouring from my wonderful readers, friends and college sorority sisters. It was overwhelming. I was blown away. I loved every note, email,... READ MORE

FRONT & CENTER

    Greenbrier football coach is ‘life of the team’

    The most popular member of the Greenbrier High School football team has never played a down, but he keeps the players and coaches upbeat. B.J. McMillen of Wooster, 35, started volunteering when he was in the seventh grade when former Greenbrier Junior High School football coach Todd Edwards recruited McMillen to be the team manager. McMillen’s titles include motivation coordinator, assistant coach and assistant athletic director. Edward... READ MORE

RIVER VALLEY OUTDOORS

    First, it’s time to do some scouting

    “Heads up!” The muffled shout came from my right. I turned just in time to see a mourning dove speed down the fencerow, then drop low over the cut milo. Before I could raise my shotgun, Jimmy Peeler dropped the bird with a clean shot. “Nice shot,” I called. Then Jimmy’s brother Lewis was yelling, pointing behind us. “Birds comin’ in.” Three doves blazed by like bantam kamikazes. When they were in front of me, I shouldered my shotgun and... READ MORE

FLAVOR

    Grilling veggies for a Labor Day cookout

    According to the calendar, summer’s official end is still about three weeks away. The unofficial last weekend of summer, though, comes with Labor Day, which always seems to feature the season’s final big cookout. Enthusiastic outdoor cooks usually pay lots of attention to the main courses for Labor Day. In my experience, however, they give much less thought to the side dishes, all too often winding up with the same old potato salad, col... READ MORE

CALENDAR

    COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

    Sept. 4 Welcome Back Coffee MAUMELLE — A Maumelle Newcomers Welcome Back Coffee will be held at 10 a.m. at the Maumelle Community Center. Displays of various Newcomers activities will be available for viewing. All women in the community are welcome to attend. Book Signing RUSSELLVILLE — Gallery 307 in historic downtown Russellville will host artist Jeannie Stone at a book signing from 6-9 p.m. during the Russellville Art Walk. Stone, w... READ MORE