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Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun June 28, 2015

A year to remember

Unexpected career turn leads coach to success

Vilonia’s Kevin Sullivan said that when he started his career, he “never in a million years” saw himself as a girls softball coach; now he’s twice been honored as Coach of the Year in the sport. The 36-year-old Sullivan, whose Lady Eagles won the 5A-West Conference and Class 5A state softball championships this year, is the River Valley & Ozark Edition’s Diamond Sports Coach of the Year. He was also named the All-Arkansas Preps Soft... READ MORE

Drowning-prevention tips given to swim team By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — Jorja Watkins and Felicity Leamon, both of Conway, and Kelsey Demers of Greenbrier are all good swimmers, but now they know what to do if someone is drowning.

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Cardboard boat races set for July 25 By TAMMY KEITH

HEBER SPRINGS — Julie Murray, executive director of the Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, said “the most exciting part” of the 29th annual World Championship Cardboard Boat Races is the theme: Flip-flops and Pop Tops.

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Multisport athlete balances priorities MORGAN ACUFF

Andy Campbell wants to be a doctor. He’s attending Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, this summer while most high school graduates are enjoying their last summer break before college. His tuition is paid through an athletic scholarship — for basketball. At 6 feet 5 inches tall, Campbell plays shooting guard for the Bearcats.

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Conway Christian girls basketball coach heading to Clinton DONNA LAMPKIN STEPHENS/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

After five years at the helm of the Conway Christian School program, Jeremy Carson is the new girls basketball coach at Clinton.

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Home of their own: Out-of-state women build Conway house By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — Elizabeth Earl of Conway put her fists in the air when she heard the description of a Women Build for Habitat for Humanity.

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Conway teacher wins national history honor By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — Sherry Holder of Conway said it was “very humbling” to be one of two Arkansas winners of the National History Day Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year award, but it was “a shock” to be a national winner.

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Clouds of gnats, mosquitoes drawing ire of many Faulkner County residents

Kami Marsh, agriculture agent for the Faulkner County Extension Service, has been getting lots of calls about one tiny subject: gnats.

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Conway sanitation director position draws 20 applicants By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — Twenty people have applied for the position of Conway Sanitation Department director, said Jack Bell, Conway’s chief of staff and the department’s interim director.

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Local athletes and coaches selected for All-Star Week DONNA LAMPKIN STEPHENS/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CONWAY — A large contingent of athletes and coaches in the River Valley & Ozark Edition coverage area will convene at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway this week for the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Week activities.

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District spending $8 million to revamp Ida Burns

CONWAY — Work is scheduled to begin in August to build a $7.5 million two-story facility at Ida Burns Elementary School in Conway to replace the outdated building.

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Russellville Alzheimer’s Walk set for August By TAMMY KEITH

RUSSELLVILLE — Tara Dollar of Russellville said it was hard watching her grandfather struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the toll it took on her grandmother.

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