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Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu July 20, 2017

Carnival for a Cure scheduled for Saturday in Russellville

Tommy Mumert/Contributing Writer

RUSSELLVILLE — A car show and a carnival will be combined for a fundraiser Saturday in Russellville by organizers of the Relay for Life of Pope, Yell and Conway counties. The local Relay for Life event, which raises funds for the American Cancer Society, had been scheduled in April. However, severe weather forced the event’s postponement. When plans developed for a benefit car show, hosted by the Arkansas Mopar Cruisers, Relay for Life... READ MORE

Morrilton youth headed to AAU Junior Olympics By TAMMY KEITH

MORRILTON — Morrilton Intermediate School student LaMya Pruitt said she realized a couple of years ago that she could run fast.

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Kids learn culinary skills in library program By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — Nine girls and one boy sat quietly at tables, knives and cutting mats at the ready.

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Yell County family honored for farming operation in Ola CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

OLA — Michael and Judy Dixon were high school sweethearts and will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this year. Recently, they celebrated another milestone in their life together — they were named the 2017 Yell County Farm Family of the Year.

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Wilde comedy to open Thursday at The Lantern CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CONWAY — The Conway Community Arts Association will present Oscar Wilde’s Victorian farce The Importance of Being Earnest on Thursday through July 30 at The Lantern Theatre, 1021 Van Ronkle St.

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Cardboard boat races to set sail in Heber Springs By KAYLA BAUGH

HEBER SPRINGS — The World Championship Cardboard Boat Races encourage families to sink, sail and play in the sand.

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Russellville city clerk gets statewide honor By TAMMY KEITH

RUSSELLVILLE — Kathy Collins of Russellville has nominated city clerks for awards, but this time, she was on the receiving end.

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Film students turn poem into domestic-violence PSA JILLIAN MCGEHEE/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

BRYANT — A poem written by a women’s shelter board member inspired an impactful film created by Bryant High School Film Production students. The video depicts domestic-violence survivors and advocates reciting the poem “One in Four” to raise awareness that one in four women are victims of domestic abuse.

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Master Gardener earns top rookie honor CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

SPRINGHILL — Faulkner County Master Gardener James Howard was among the last to know he had been named the 2017 State Master Gardener Rookie of the Year for programs with 51 or more members.

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Van Buren County family receives honor for farming operation CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

DAMASCUS — Matt and Kortney McMahan grew up around cattle and are continuing the farming tradition with their children. The McMahans, along with their young daughters, Karley, 5, and Kinley, 3, are the Van Buren County Farm Family of the Year. Baby No. 3 is due in October.

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Teacher of the Year called ‘perfect pick’ By TAMMY KEITH

GREENBRIER — As a newspaper photographer in New York City for 20 years, Tom Kitts helped document history, including the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

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