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Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun May 29, 2016
PHOTO BY: Kelvin Green

The Red Curtain Theatre in Conway was the idea of three people, from left, Kristen Sherman, Johnny Passmore and Amber Welch. They are standing in front of the theater’s new home at 913 W. Oak St., the former location of Re/Max real estate agency.

Red Curtain Theatre to open behind-the-scenes space

Renee Hunter/Contributing Writer

CONWAY — Two years ago, the Red Curtain Theatre was an idea. Today, the theater is a going concern with many participants and has acquired a permanent home. RCT, the brainchild of three people — Kristen Sherman, Amber Welch and Johnny Passmore — began in February 2014, so the theater is only in its third season. But the three have “a really awesome support system” that encouraged them to make the idea a reality, Sherman said. Word-of-mo... READ MORE

Local actress home to appear with Theatre CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CONWAY — Nisi Sturgis, who began her theatrical career at Conway High School, is back in town for the 10th season of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre.

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Shakespeare Theatre to present 10th season June 10-July 9 CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CONWAY — Love is in the air at the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre.

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1874 bridge to be moved to Beaverfork Lake

CONWAY — The newest attraction coming to Beaverfork Lake in Conway is 142 years old.

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Heber Springs unveils 5-year action plan By SYD HAYMAN

HEBER SPRINGS — Heber Springs has created a path to becoming a better community.

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Shakespeare’s First Folio on display at UCA RENEE HUNTER/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CONWAY — On this 400th anniversary year of William Shakespeare’s death, an original First Folio of his plays is coming to the University of Central Arkansas’ Baum Gallery.

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Calming canine: Faulkner County gets first courthouse dog By TAMMY KEITH

Barb was snoring as she lay in the 20th Judicial District Victim Services Office in Conway, oblivious to the fact that she’s the first courthouse dog in the state.

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Faulkner County high school seniors named National Merit Finalists CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Several Faulkner County high school seniors are National Merit Finalists for 2015-2016.

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Female artists join collective, show works in Little Rock CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

When Melissa Cowper-Smith moved to Morrilton from New York City a few years ago, one might think she experienced some “culture shock.”

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Greenbrier students to compete in national finals CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

GREENBRIER — Several students from the Greenbrier School District are sure to be taking care of last-minute details today for their upcoming road trip.

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Conway Regional partnering with area farmers By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — Doctors, nurses, therapists and numerous others in the Conway Regional Health System got an unexpected treat for National Hospital Week last week.

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Conway principal wins award; takes new job By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — Conway Junior High School Principal Todd Edwards was named Middle Level Principal of the Year by the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators, which turned out to be a good going-away gift.

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Conway teacher to retire after 45-year career CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CONWAY — Diane Smith, 66, said she always knew she wanted to be a teacher. She is retiring this year after a 45-year career in education, with most of those years spent as a 12th-grade English teacher at Conway High School.

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