Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun February 7, 2016
PHOTO BY: Kelvin Green

Perryville High School Principal Kevin Campbell, left, and Perryville School District Superintendent Ron Wilson stand near the 56-year-old high school cafeteria. The Arkansas Department of Education has approved the district tearing down the structure, but school officials said a small property-tax increase would be needed to replace the cafeteria.

Cramped cafeteria

Perryville School District considers millage increase

The Perryville High School cafeteria was built in about 1960, and as far as the Arkansas Department of Education is concerned, “it’s down to zero life,” Superintendent Ron Wilson said. The district has received approval from the Arkansas Division of School Academic Facilities and Transportation to tear down the cafeteria after building another one — but it will take a property-tax increase to fund the construction. “We’re wanting to bui... READ MORE

THAT'S LIFE

    Rockin' romanticism takes us back

    I think I’ve made it clear through the years that my husband is romantic. From warming my side of the bed to making my breakfast every morning, he’s always doing something thoughtful. Sometimes, I think I give TMI — too much information, you know — about our life, but that’s what I do. I have no secrets. Here I go again, as a precursor to Valentine’s Day, so reader discretion advised: Have the Pepto-Bismol handy. My husband has several ... READ MORE

FRONT & CENTER

    Logophile lends love to county spelling bee

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RIVER VALLEY OUTDOORS

    Wildlife refuge auto tours great for winter wildlife watching

    On an overcast morning last month, with the temperature hovering around 25 degrees, I stopped at the information booth in the Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, paid the $4 vehicle entrance fee and began my drive along the refuge’s 8-mile-long auto-tour route. I had gone only half a mile when I spotted a pair of bald eagles — a mottled juvenile and a white-headed adult — perched atop a snag on the bank of the Arkansas River. So close ... READ MORE

FLAVOR

    Chase the winter chill away with a zesty bowl of soup

    Last year, much of the Midwest and Eastern U.S. endured snowstorm after snowstorm. Right now, where I live in Southern California, we’re in the grip of what meteorologists have been saying may be the biggest El Nino rain system ever. Yes, winter can feel like a burden. But I like to think of it in much more optimistic terms: It’s perfect soup season. Whether you’re facing a day of snow, rain or simply cooler-than-normal temperatures, a ... READ MORE

CALENDAR

    COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA.

    Feb. 9 UCA Dixieland Jazz Band Concert CONWAY — Celebrate Mardi Gras with the University of Central Arkansas Dixieland Jazz Band at the Faulkner County Library at 7 p.m. Led by director Jackie Lamar, the band comprises student musicians who will perform a program of traditional New Orleans jazz and Mardi Gras music. All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482, email nan... READ MORE