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Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu July 24, 2014
PHOTO BY: Courtesy of Waren Sports Photography

A team from Green Bay Packaging heads for the finish line in last year’s World Championship Cardboard Boat Races on Greers Ferry Lake in Heber Springs. This year’s event will start at 10 a.m. Saturday on Sandy Beach and will feature several other activities, including watermelon-eating and sand-sculpting contests and beach volleyball.

Cardboard boats to set sail Saturday in races at Greers Ferry

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. Things tend to get a little hectic for competitors in the annual event. “They’re definitely not calm, but we did that to kind of open up the theme,” said Julie Murray, new executive director of the Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. “Last year, it was superhero... READ MORE

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.

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.

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.

Harts honored as Conway County’s top farm family

SPRINGFIELD — Jimmy Hart is a lifelong farmer.

Women in shelter need transportation By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — Suzanne Gonzalez said the women who are living in the shelter she founded in Conway have the drive to turn their lives around, but there’s a big obstacle: transportation.

Rebuilt Vilonia school to be named for Mitchell By TAMMY KEITH

VILONIA — The $13 million Vilonia Intermediate School, which was almost completed when it was destroyed April 27 by a tornado, has been named in honor of retired superintendent Frank Mitchell. “It’s better than a gold watch,” Mitchell said.

Mayflower neighborhood still cleaning up tornado debris By TAMMY KEITH

MAYFLOWER — Don Sears of Mayflower took about 30 minutes to show what was left of his home and his son’s next door and to explain how he and his wife survived the city’s deadly April 27 tornado.

Arsenic and Old Lace opens Friday in Conway By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — Even if someone has seen the play several times, Arsenic and Old Lace really never gets old, said Joan Hanna, director of the Faulkner Academy of Arts.