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Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun February 7, 2016
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

The pool reflects the building at the Briarwood Swim Club, which is for sale in Conway. Although Mayor Tab Townsell said he and Parks and Recreation Director Steve Ibbotson have discussed the possibility of using the Tyler Street site to build a city aquatic/community center, both men said it isn’t likely. Ibbotson said the facility would have to be gutted, and Townsell said there isn’t enough parking.

Townsell to tour aquatic facilities

CONWAY — Mayor Tab Townsell hasn’t given up on the idea of a city aquatic/community center and plans to take a field trip this month to Bentonville to see its new facility. “Then we’ll go to Edmond, Oklahoma, to see a similar, bigger one over there,” Townsell said. “We’re going to go kick a few tires. That’s what we’re going to do — ask a few questions.” The city commissioned a feasibility study on an aquatic/community center after the ... READ MORE

Rialto Community Arts Center plans dinner-theater production CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

MORRILTON — The Rialto Community Arts Center is offering something a little different in the way of entertainment to celebrate a month that includes Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day.

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Conway Community Arts to present Almost, Maine CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CONWAY — Love is in the air — the cold, frosty air of northern Maine in a place called Almost.

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Conway sanitation director applies in Fort Smith By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — Joe Hopper, who started Sept. 14 as the Conway sanitation director, has applied for the top position in his former department in Fort Smith.

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Perryville district seeks new leader to replace retiring superintendent

PERRYVILLE — Twenty-nine people have applied for the Perryville School District superintendent position. The deadline for applications was Jan. 31, said Brian Hill, school board president.

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Six sons of former Guy basketball players excel on court DONNA LAMPKIN STEPHENS/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

GUY — At Guy-Perkins this basketball season, it’s all about family — and winning.

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Perryville district ponders declining balance By TAMMY KEITH

PERRYVILLE — The Perryville School District is looking at ways to stabilize its dwindling finances caused by declining enrollment, and layoffs will be considered as a last resort, Superintendent Ron Wilson said.

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CAC’s Shoemaker leads Mustangs to stellar season DONNA LAMPKIN STEPHENS

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — For Central Arkansas Christian coach Tommy Shoemaker, it turned out to be not so easy to follow his mentor at Mustang Mountain.

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Henry has stellar season for semifinalist Eagles DONNA LAMPKIN STEPHENS/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CONWAY — Junction City, one of Arkansas’ premier high school football programs, had won 16 consecutive playoff games and three straight state championships until Nov. 20, when Conway Christian traveled to Union County.

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Dardanelle’s Craig makes big plays in senior season BY SCOTT LOFTIS/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

DARDANELLE — Dardanelle coach Josh Price had a quick answer when he was asked if one play stood out in his mind when he looked back on the career of senior linebacker Daniel Craig, who is the 2015 River Valley & Ozark Edition Defensive Player of the Year.

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Arkansas Tech student honored by peta2 BY SIERRA MURPHY/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

RUSSELLVILLE — An Arkansas Tech University student has been recognized for her efforts to raise awareness about veganism that led to changes on campus.

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UCA art professor shows work in North Little Rock CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CONWAY — Fiber artists are a close-knit bunch — pun definitely intended.

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