Capts. Joanna and David Robinson, corps officers with The Salvation Army in Conway, said the kettle campaign is the organization’s most important fundraiser. Donations to the kettles fund social services for people in need in Faulkner, Perry, Cleburne and Van Buren counties. More volunteer bell ringers are needed to help defray the costs of the project, David Robinson said.
‘It all adds up’
The traditional red kettles are out all over town, and The Salvation Army hopes people fill them. Capt. Joanna Robinson said the red-kettle campaign “is the biggest campaign we have. That’s our income for the whole year, what we make on the kettles,” she said. Her husband, Capt. David Robinson, said last week that the campaign is off to a shaky start. “We’re running about $5,000 behind where we were last year,” he said. Last year, the r... READ MORE
The little town of Hector will play host to the little town of Bethlehem beginning Friday.
Editor’s note: The following column originally ran in March 2009. Tammy is still a book hoarder, despite owning a Kindle and an iPad mini. She has several books on her Christmas list this year. I just got new wood floors in my living room, and I love them. But that’s not what this is about. I realized, when packing the stuff to make the furniture lighter for my floor man, that I am a book hoarder. You know, like those crazy cat people, ... READ MORE
Ruth Castleberry of Conway got her job with the Faulkner County Day School and a marriage proposal within a few weeks of each other. She was living in Little Rock, working for the Human Services Providers Association, when she saw an ad in the paper for the school’s executive director’s position, with applications due that day. She scrambled to get hers turned in. “I can remember going home and saying, ‘Lord, don’t let them offer me thi... READ MORE
For the ultimate in wingshooting excitement, hunt the bird that sometimes strikes back — the sandhill crane.
Until recently, I never felt threatened by any gamebird I’ve hunted. In fact, the thought that any feathered game might actually present a danger to the hunter pursuing it had never crossed my mind. I suppose one of the wild turkeys I’ve shot could have tried spiking me with its spurs, but so far, none has been so inclined. I’ve hunted snipe and woodcocks for decades, but I never worried one might impale me on its stiletto-like beak. Bo... READ MORE
Thanksgiving Day is the unofficial beginning of a luxurious four- to five-week stretch known as the “holidays” — that time when many of even the most indulgent behaviors are dismissed with an offhanded “Oh, it’s the holidays.” Second helpings are second nature; desserts are decidedly decadent. All that may explain why December is National Eggnog Month. The creamy, rich, spiced and often alcohol-spiked drink is widely thought of as a hol... READ MORE
Dec. 5 Art Exhibit CONWAY — Today is the last opportunity to view the University of Central Arkansas Department of Art’s BA/BFA Juried Senior Exhibition. Works in all media by candidates for graduation can be seen from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the McCastlain Hall Baum Gallery. Christamas Parade and Tree Lighting RUSSELLVILLE — Russellville’s The Songs of Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting will take place in historic downtown Russellville ... READ MORE