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Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun December 21, 2014
PHOTO BY: Eilish Palmer

Catherine Swift, left, and her dog, Lily, and Donna Clawson and her dog, Ted, sit on the steps of the Faulkner County Courthouse in Conway. The women co-chaired a committee that created the Faulkner County Animal Emergency Response Plan to deal with small animals during a tornado or other catastrophic event. Swift, an instructor and equestrian coach at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, did research on animal welfare for her doctorate. Clawson is a member of the Friends of Conway Animal Shelter. Training for volunteers who want to help with animals affected by an emergency will start in January, the women said.

Disaster plan approved to deal with small animals

After April’s deadly tornado in Faulkner County, an estimated 100-plus dogs, cats and other pets were lost or injured, but no one knew where to go or who to contact for help. There wasn’t a disaster plan that included small animals, but now there is. A committee appointed six months ago has created the Faulkner County Animal Emergency Response Plan, a subchapter of the Faulkner County Disaster Plan. The new plan has been approved by Fau... READ MORE

Extension Service employee retires after 41 years with office CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CONWAY — Monday might have been like most paydays for Brenda Hawkins, administrative-support supervisor at the Faulkner County Cooperative Extension Service, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture.

Maumelle boys win Class 5A state cross-country title DONNA LAMPKIN STEPHENS/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

MAUMELLE — Maumelle has had a boys cross-country team for just two years, but the Hornets are two-for-two in state championships.

Deputies’ raises, shelter operating funds to come before court

CONWAY — Two issues expected to come before the Faulkner County Quorum Court in January — raises for sheriff’s office deputies and operating funds for a proposed animal shelter — could be resolved by one of two approaches, a committee chairman said.

Deer-auto accidents a problem, but expected to decline By MORGAN ACUFF

This time of year is a peak period for deer-auto collisions.

Woman follows heart to start Pope County Habitat By TAMMY KEITH

RUSSELLVILLE — Lori Grace worked with Habitat for Humanity volunteers from another state in 2010 while on a mission trip to the Appalachian Mountains, and when she got back home to Russellville, she was fired up to start a Pope County affiliate.

Conway woman receives service award By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — Jamie Boyd of Conway, who has served on the Women’s Shelter Board of Central Arkansas for 10 years, is doubly appreciated.

Plethora of pelicans wintering on Lake Conway By TAMMY KEITH

MAYFLOWER — While ducks may have eluded some waterfowlers this season, pelicans have been plentiful the past few weeks on several of the larger bodies of water in the River Valley & Ozark Edition coverage area, including on the Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir.