Toad Suck Daze 2015: Conway, ARREAD ONLINE
River Valley Latest NewsUpdated 12:00 a.m., Sun April 26, 2015
Karen and Rick Simon, with their daughter-in-law, Rebecca Simon, stand outside their new home on Tower Road in the Saltillo community. Karen and Rick are rebuilding on the same foundation where their house stood before it was completely destroyed by a tornado on April 27, 2014.
In January, after much soul-searching and praying, Rick and Karen Simon of Saltillo made a major decision. They decided to rebuild the home they lost in last year’s tornado on the same spot — on the exact same foundation that was laid bare on April 27, 2014. “I know we said we wouldn’t rebuild here,” Rick said, “but we just didn’t see any place else here on the farm that we liked.” Karen said it took the couple a while, “and a lot of pr... READ MORE
MAYFLOWER — Mayor Randy Holland said residents want to put the 2014 tornado behind them and see Mayflower move forward, and a proposed new town center is one of the possibilities.
CONWAY — One of the first calls Jimmy Dykes made after being named women’s basketball coach at the University of Arkansas last year was to Conway’s Jordan Danberry.
RUSSELLVILLE — The Pope County Master Gardeners hope to fill the education building at the county fairgrounds with plants on Saturday. That’s the date of the group’s annual plant sale, which will open at 8 a.m.
MAYFLOWER — Most of the “major, major repairs” to Mayflower homes damaged in the April 27, 2014, tornado have been completed, said Janice Mann, recovery coordinator for the Interfaith and Partners Disaster Recovery Alliance.
MAUMELLE — J.B. Minix may be headed to play football at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia this fall, but he definitely left his mark on the basketball court for the Maumelle Hornets.
CENTER RIDGE — The transformation Kyle Payne has witnessed in his three seasons as girls basketball coach at Nemo Vista has been nothing short of spectacular.
MAYFLOWER — Ministers and Mayflower High School students will gather at 7:30 a.m. Monday at the gymnasium on the one-year anniversary of the area’s deadly tornado to dedicate a stone marker in memory of the event.
VILONIA — It was a year ago that a deadly tornado tore through Faulkner County, “but it seems like an eternity,” Vilonia Mayor James Firestone said last week.
VILONIA — The Vilonia playground that replaced the one destroyed by the April 2014 tornado is “absolutely awesome; there’s no other way to describe it,” Mayor James Firestone said.
RUSSELLVILLE — Balloons Over RussVegas is back, and with it the chance for people to ride in hot-air balloons or sky dive, or participate in other activities that don’t require leaving the ground.
DARDANELLE — Clay Hooten, the band director at Dardanelle High School, was the driving force to get the Arkansas Jazz Festival started five years ago, and it’s grown ever since.
Tina Murdock of Conway, library director for the Faulkner-Van Buren Regional Library System, resigned effective May 1, although she did not get a job she had applied for in North Little Rock.
CONWAY — People looking for Toad Suck Daze paraphernalia can find everything from technology to T-shirts at the Toad Store this year.
RUSSELLVILLE — Robin E. Bowen will be inaugurated Friday as the 12th president of Arkansas Tech University and the first female president of a public, four-year university in Arkansas.