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Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun July 5, 2015
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Bailey Craig, 22, of Dardanelle, left, poses with her parents, Chuck and Amanda, and her brothers, Dalton, 20, behind her, and Daniel, 17. Craig is at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital waiting for a double-lung, and possibly heart, transplant. The Dardanelle Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a fundraiser for her family. The second annual Chocolate Festival will be held from 5-8:30 p.m. Friday at the Dardanelle Community Center. The cost is $5 per person.

Dardanelle woman waiting for heart, lungs

DARDANELLE — Bailey Craig is a 22-year-old woman with definite goals — to get back to barrel racing, earn her graduate degree and marry her fiance — but her future depends on a lifesaving double-lung transplant. The Dardanelle woman is on a heart-transplant list, too. Craig, who still doesn’t have a firm diagnosis for what is attacking her body, is at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, where she’s been since April 25. “I ... READ MORE

Area contestants to compete in Miss Arkansas Pageant CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Several young women with ties to the River Valley & Ozark Edition coverage area will compete in the 78th Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant on Monday through Saturday at the Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs. Contestants will arrive today.

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Homeless shelter topic of public meetings By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — Two public meetings have been scheduled to clear up misinformation and calm fears about the Ministry Center’s proposed homeless shelter, the center’s board president said.

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A year to remember: Unexpected career turn leads coach to success By TAMMY KEITH

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.

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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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