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Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu April 28, 2016
PHOTO BY: Tammy Keith

Maret Cahill-Wicks, executive director of the United Way of Central Arkansas, stands next to the campaign thermometer in the agency’s headquarters in downtown Conway. She said $40,000 is still needed to meet the $575,000 goal to fund programs in 20 agencies in Faulkner and Perry counties.

United Way of Central Arkansas reaching for its campaign goal

CONWAY — The United Way of Central Arkansas is close to meeting its campaign goal of $575,000, said Maret Cahill-Wicks of Conway, executive director. “We are close; we’re $40,000 short,” Cahill-Wicks said. “We would love it if people would help us jump over that last bit.” The United Way of Central Arkansas supports 35 programs in 20 agencies in Faulkner and Perry counties. “We want to make sure everybody gets what they want,” she said.... READ MORE

Races promote health, benefit local charities SPENCER GRIFFIN

CONWAY — Since 1982, Toad Suck Daze has promoted the importance of physical fitness while benefiting local charities through racing events. Originally, the race was known as the Randy Baker 8K, started by the First National Bank of Conway to honor Baker, a former teller at the bank who died of cancer.

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Conway senior steps up for Lady Cats leadership role DONNA LAMPKIN STEPHENS/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CONWAY — Coming in as a sophomore behind a junior class that would go on to send six players to college basketball, Conway’s Alexis “Lex” Tolefree didn’t have to be a leader — until this, her senior season.

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Hornet returns to nest for senior attack DONNA LAMPKIN STEPHENS/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

MAUMELLE — Shawn Williams returned to Maumelle to complete some unfinished business.

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Nemo Vista coach leads girls to three state titles; earns honor MATT JOHNSON/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

NEMO VISTA — Kyle Payne is humble. For a coach who has guided Nemo Vista to three consecutive Class 1A state titles and been named the River Valley & Ozark Edition Coach of the Year for the second year in a row, all before the age of 30, he’s quick to heap praise on his players.

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Toad Roundup scheduled for Tuesday in Pompe Park By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — Kids, get your flashlights, rubber boots and toad-hunting skills ready — Tuesday is the Toad Roundup.

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City of Mayflower rising again after storm

MAYFLOWER — The city of Mayflower is rebounding after a deadly 2014 tornado cut a swath through the community, Mayor Randy Holland said.

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Tornado impact lingers in Mayflower district By TAMMY KEITH

MAYFLOWER — The Mayflower School District’s enrollment has declined by 47 students since the city’s 2014 tornado, and the district has taken a corresponding hit in state funding, Superintendent John Gray said.

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Smoke on the Mountain to open Friday in Conway CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CONWAY — Many may be familiar with these old country gospel songs — “Rock of Ages,” “The Church in the Wildwood” and “I’ll Fly Away.” Patrons who attend the Conway Community Arts Association’s upcoming production of Smoke on the Mountain, by Alan Bailey and Connie Ray, will hear these songs and more.

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Xanadu to open tonight at Russellville High School CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

RUSSELLVILLE — When the curtain rises at 7 tonight at The Center for the Arts at Russellville High School, patrons can expect to see a flying Pegasus high above the stage.

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Fairfield Bay marks 50 years By SYD HAYMAN

FAIRFIELD BAY — “If you’re in a hurry, you’re in the wrong place,” Fairfield Bay Mayor Paul Wellenberger said as he cruised the roads of the quiet resort community that neighbors Greers Ferry Lake.

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Grateful parolee says he’s working to change By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — Lee Saffel of Conway said he jogs every day, drives to his job at a heating-and-air company and goes to church twice a week.

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Free electronic-waste drive scheduled for Conway By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — Recycling electronic waste can be a real pain in the printer.

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Residential treatment facility set to open By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — The Phoenix Recovery Center in Conway, a transitional-housing facility for parolees and other men with substance-abuse issues, is just days away from opening the first licensed drug-and-alcohol treatment facility in Faulkner County, the director said.

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