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Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu August 28, 2014
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Justin Wilkinson, 18, of Hector won the state Beta Club creative-writing award, as well as the national award this summer. Wilkinson, the son of April and Ray Wilkinson, is attending Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. He said his goal is to be an English teacher and write “on the side.”

Hector student wins national Beta Club writing award

HECTOR — Give Justin Wilkinson of Hector a topic, a few words or a sentence, and he can write an award-winning story. Wilkinson won first place in the creative-writing competition at both the state and national Beta Club conventions. He said winning at the state level was “crazy,” but he was even more surprised about his national win this summer. At the state competition in January in Hot Springs, 18-year-old Wilkinson was given a 17-wo... READ MORE

Fired Mayflower principal still seeking buyout, hired at Hazen By TAMMY KEITH

MAYFLOWER — Settlement negotiations are underway between the Mayflower School District and a former Mayflower High School principal who filed a lawsuit against the district after he was fired in 2013.

Faulkner Academy of Arts announces artistic director of Conway theater CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CONWAY — Texas singer/actor Michael Dean “Doc” Cato, who has performed on stage in cities from New York City to Las Vegas, will now utilize his experience in musical theater at the Conway Dinner Theater.

Conway Community Arts to present On Golden Pond By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — Some stories are so good that they deserve to be told again and again, and On Golden Pond is one of those, said Shua Miller, president of the Conway Community Arts Association Board of Directors.

Expanded UCA fitness center to open in November By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — The rainy summer has pushed the opening of the expanded University of Central Arkansas fitness center from October to Nov. 11, but the director of campus recreation said it will be worth the wait.

Benefit tourney raises more than $8,500 for Vilonia park By ANGELA SPENCER

VILONIA — Cities across central Arkansas hit one out of the park last month in an effort to help their neighbor rebuild after an April 27 tornado changed the landscape earlier this year.

Bulldog Complex at Quitman to replace 1960s gym

QUITMAN —Facilities coordinator Donald Rowlett remembers graduating in 1965 in a Quitman gymnasium that was torn down the next year, and he helped install plumbing in the new building.

Conway senior center to be renamed for Hawks family By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — It was significant in the world of senior centers when Conway’s facility was certified in 2012 as a wellness and activity center and changed its name to reflect that.