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Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu October 8, 2015

Phyllis Young of Shirley will compete in the Senior Mrs. Arkansas State Fair Queen Pageant on Saturday at the state fairgrounds in Little Rock. She won the Senior Mrs. Van Buren County Fair Queen title Sept. 12. Young is shown here in front of an old barn that her father and grandfather built in the 1930s on land in the Pleasant Valley community near Shirley, where Young and her husband, Doug, now live.

Shirley resident to compete for pageant title at state fair

Carol Rolf/Contributing Writer

SHIRLEY — Phyllis Young can cross one more thing off her bucket list — to participate in one of Corrine Weatherly’s pageants. Weatherly is the longtime manager of the Van Buren County Fair in Clinton, which sponsors various categories of the fair queen pageant, including the Senior Mrs. Van Buren County Fair Queen competition. Young, 66, won that competition Sept. 12 and will vie for the Senior Mrs. Arkansas State Fair Queen title Satur... READ MORE

EcoFest scheduled for Saturday in Conway By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY— If walking through an inflatable brain sounds intriguing to someone, or perhaps petting an alpaca or watching cardboard-car races, then EcoFest is the place to be.

Fundraiser set for Conway woman’s MS treatment By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — Dawn Louden, who has multiple sclerosis, has no doubt that it’s God’s plan for her to travel to Russia in November for a stem-cell transplant.

Theater to present The Rocky Horror Show this month CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CONWAY — There will be singing and dancing not only on stage but also most likely in the aisles as the Conway Community Arts Association and The Lantern Theatre present the campy cult classic The Rocky Horror Show, by Richard O’Brien.

Russellville artists show work in Delta des Refusés CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Just as the building that houses the Argenta Branch of the William F. Laman Library System has been revitalized, so, too, have been approximately 40 artists with works in the Delta des Refusés.

‘A huge asset’: Eagle Bank Park dedicated in Heber Springs By TAMMY KEITH

People in Heber Springs now have a reason to stop and relax at the busiest intersection in town.

Church celebrates 100th anniversary of building

CONWAY — The red dome of First United Methodist Church at the corner of Prince and Clifton streets has been a beacon in the Conway community for 100 years. The dome rises above the sanctuary that was completed in 1915, the fourth incarnation of the church, which was formed in 1871.

First Heber Springs Night Out set for Nov. 2 By TAMMY KEITH

HEBER SPRINGS — Police Chief Bobby Walker said he believes his officers have a good relationship with Heber Springs residents, but he’s determined to keep it that way.

Habitat groups partner to help Russellville neighborhood

RUSSELLVILLE — Kyle Johnson isn’t able to speak because of his severe cerebral palsy, but a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Pope County said his big smile was thanks enough for the work performed on the 29-year-old’s home.