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Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu July 31, 2014
PHOTO BY: Angie Davis/Contributing Photographer

Tori Osborn, front, 14, and her sister, Caitlyn Osborn, 13, paddle to the finish line Saturday to win the team youth division at the 28th annual World Championship Cardboard Boat Races in Heber Springs. The teenagers said they had never seen the cardboard boat races until they were asked to pilot a boat for their summer employer, Bobby Cox.

Sisters win world championship cardboard boat race on first try

HEBER SPRINGS — Tori Osborn said neither she nor her younger sister Caitlyn had previously heard of the Heber Springs World Championship Cardboard Boat Races, but they cruised to victory on Saturday. “I had never been to cardboard-boat races; I never knew what they were. I’d never heard of them,” Tori said. “It’s a big deal, as it seems.” To prepare, they … did nothing. “We didn’t really practice — we hadn’t done anything,” Tori said. “... READ MORE

School-auditorium work underway; cafeteria on hold By TAMMY KEITH

HEBER SPRINGS — The auditorium under construction at Heber Springs High School is “a gift from the community” and will be shared with residents, Superintendent Russell Hester said.

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Vilonia track coach leads Eagles to third consecutive state title DONNA LAMPKIN STEPHENS/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

VILONIA — After several years and several jobs, Michael Stout took a coaching position at Vilonia in 2006 with an eye on his children’s future.

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Group talking to Conway Christian about K-12 school for special-needs children By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — About a dozen parents and professionals have formed a committee to explore creating a K-12 school for children with developmental disabilities, and the committee has found an ally in Conway Christian School.

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Grand opening held for new senior center

CONWAY — The Conway Senior Wellness and Activity Center opened at its new location Wednesday with almost double the number of senior citizens as usual eating lunch in the bigger facility.

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South Side Bee Branch wins state baseball title DONNA LAMPKIN STEPHENS/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

BEE BRANCH — South Side Bee Branch had been aiming for the 2014 baseball season for some time, and although the road wasn’t as smooth as coach Tye Glover had anticipated, the result was.

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Cardboard boats to set sail Saturday in races at Greers Ferry By TAMMY KEITH

HEBER SPRINGS — The theme for the 28th Anniversary World Championship Cardboard Boat Races in Heber Springs on Saturday might be hard to accomplish: Keep Calm and Paddle On.

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Efforts to rebuild downtown Vilonia picking up steam LINDA HICKS/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

VILONIA — Three months after an E4 tornado devastated the city of Vilonia, a Rebuild Vilonia 2014 meeting was held last week, with organizers focusing on the rebuilding of the downtown area.

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Coach’s hard work, dedication lead Cyclones to 6A title DONNA LAMPKIN STEPHENS

RUSSELLVILLE — You could call Jared Fuller an accidental coach, but his Russellville Cyclones’ soccer success is anything but accidental.

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Faulkner County Museum hosts Civil War exhibit CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CONWAY — As Arkansas continues to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, visitors to the Faulkner County Museum will have the opportunity to view a new exhibit featuring that time period in The Natural State.

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Harts honored as Conway County’s top farm family

SPRINGFIELD — Jimmy Hart is a lifelong farmer.

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