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Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu May 26, 2016

Heber Springs unveils 5-year action plan

HEBER SPRINGS — Heber Springs has created a path to becoming a better community. The Kick Start Heber Springs Action Plan, a five-year blueprint for the city’s future, launched May 19 and outlines goals the city can meet in order to become a more vibrant destination for residents and tourists. In August 2015, action teams with representatives from local businesses, schools, councils and more began holding monthly meetings to strategize... READ MORE

Shakespeare’s First Folio on display at UCA RENEE HUNTER/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CONWAY — On this 400th anniversary year of William Shakespeare’s death, an original First Folio of his plays is coming to the University of Central Arkansas’ Baum Gallery.

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Calming canine: Faulkner County gets first courthouse dog By TAMMY KEITH

Barb was snoring as she lay in the 20th Judicial District Victim Services Office in Conway, oblivious to the fact that she’s the first courthouse dog in the state.

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Faulkner County high school seniors named National Merit Finalists CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Several Faulkner County high school seniors are National Merit Finalists for 2015-2016.

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Female artists join collective, show works in Little Rock CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

When Melissa Cowper-Smith moved to Morrilton from New York City a few years ago, one might think she experienced some “culture shock.”

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Greenbrier students to compete in national finals CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

GREENBRIER — Several students from the Greenbrier School District are sure to be taking care of last-minute details today for their upcoming road trip.

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Conway Regional partnering with area farmers By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — Doctors, nurses, therapists and numerous others in the Conway Regional Health System got an unexpected treat for National Hospital Week last week.

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Conway principal wins award; takes new job By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — Conway Junior High School Principal Todd Edwards was named Middle Level Principal of the Year by the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators, which turned out to be a good going-away gift.

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Conway teacher to retire after 45-year career CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CONWAY — Diane Smith, 66, said she always knew she wanted to be a teacher. She is retiring this year after a 45-year career in education, with most of those years spent as a 12th-grade English teacher at Conway High School.

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Pope County students honored in Preserve our Past contest CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Students from Pope County are among winners in the 25th annual Preserve Our Past art and essay invitational sponsored by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

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Hector High School teacher to retire after 25-year-career

HECTOR — Mary Launius Inman grew up in Hector, right on the edge of the Ozark National Forest. She came to Arkansas from North Carolina when her father accepted the position of Bayou District ranger of the Ozark National Forest.

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Care Caps marks 11 years of serving cancer patients By SYD HAYMAN

FAIRFIELD BAY — What began as a gift to Mary Philips’ sister is now a volunteer-run nonprofit that gives to thousands.

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Website and trees dedicated to UCA fallen WWII alumni By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — When oak trees were planted in 1946 on campus as living memorials to alumni who died in World War II, it was an idea ahead of its time, said Gayle Seymour, associate dean of the University of Central Arkansas College of Fine Arts and Communication.

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