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Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu January 29, 2015
PHOTO BY: Eilish Palmer

Keith Hillman, left, director of emergency management for the Vilonia Fire Department, and K.C. Williams, deputy director of emergency management, stand in front of Vilonia Fire Station No. 2, which will receive an addition to house more equipment. The project will be paid for with a grant. Grants were also received to add four tornado sirens in Vilonia.

Vilonia Fire Department gets grants for sirens, addition

VILONIA — Before Arkansas’ primary tornado season rolls around again, Vilonia will have four new sirens to help warn residents if dangerous weather is approaching. Dirt work was expected to start this week on installation of the sirens, said Keith Hillman, emergency management director for the Vilonia Fire Department. The city has received approximately $53,000 through the state General Improvement Fund via the Arkansas Department of Ru... READ MORE

Fayetteville native new UCA alumni services director By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — Arkansas native Jesse Thill said he expected a career as a college cross-country and track coach, but he found his place when he jumped into a job in alumni work at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Chamorro’s hard work in classroom leads to success on football field DONNA LAMPKIN STEPHENS/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CONWAY — The story of Conway’s Kevin Chamorro is one to rival any fairy tale.

Mayflower teacher shows art at Historic Arkansas Museum CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

LITTLE ROCK — For her latest works of art, Russellville native Rachel Trusty has drawn inspiration from her family and one of her favorite poets.

Change of position leads to big season for Dardanelle’s Witt DONNA LAMPKIN STEPHENS/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

DARDANELLE — Parker Witt made an unselfish position change for the greater good of the Dardanelle Sand Lizards last fall, and it paid off for everyone.

Langrell has great season as coach at alma mater MARK BUFFALO

MAYFLOWER — The 2014 football season was a homecoming for new Mayflower coach Todd Langrell.

Heber Springs named Volunteer Community of the Year By TAMMY KEITH

HEBER SPRINGS — As many times as Heber Springs has been named Volunteer Community of the Year — more than a dozen — it never gets old, said Ina Brown, special projects manager for the Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.

Tradition of Heber Springs ‘Old Timers’ game binds community together By ANGELA SPENCER

HEBER SPRINGS — Communities often come together around traditions. Sometimes the Christmas-tree lighting after Thanksgiving is the place to be every year. Maybe a festival welcoming spring is the one event no one wants to miss. In Heber Springs, many would point to the Old Timers Football Game fundraiser as a cherished event that area residents look forward to annually.

Morrilton chamber plans ‘barn-raising’ event for Jan. 29 By TAMMY KEITH

MORRILTON — No actual cows or pigs will be involved, but the Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a “barn-raising” event Jan. 29 to recruit committee members for the chamber and the Grow Morrilton initiative.

Local artists included in Small Works on Paper exhibit CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Artists from across Arkansas gathered Friday for the opening of the 28th annual Small Works on Paper touring exhibition at the William F. Laman Library in North Little Rock. Three artists from the River Valley & Ozark Edition coverage area were among them.