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Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun April 20, 2014
PHOTO BY: Angela Spencer

Ellen Hobgood, left, gives an art lesson to Meredith Karr in Hobgood’s Heber Springs gallery. Hobgood will be part of the artists’ block party during Springfest.

Heber Springs opens tourism season with Springfest

HEBER SPRINGS — As flowers bloom and the weather gets warmer, Heber Springs is gearing up to greet the new season with the 27th annual Springfest Arts and Crafts Festival. “It’s like a welcoming of spring,” local artist Ellen Hobgood said. “It kicks off the year for Heber Springs. It’s kind of our opening weekend.” Springfest will take place Friday and Saturday, with arts and crafts for the whole family. Hobgood said that last year ther... READ MORE

Vilonia woman was Mamie Eisenhower’s hairdresser LINDA HICKS/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Robie Popham Permenter of Vilonia has yellowed newspaper clippings, autographed photographs and notes displayed in an album reflecting the 50 or so years the 88-year-old served as a beauty operator.

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Open Arms in Russellville seeks donations, plans May giveaway COURTESY OF ADAM REEVES

Like a lot of people around spring-cleaning time, Amanda Sanborn of Russellville had a clutter problem in her attic.

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10th annual UCA Film Festival set for April 25 By TAMMY KEITH

The 10th annual University of Central Arkansas Film Festival is sort of like Forrest Gump’s comment about a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re going to get.

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Greenbrier junior named Student of the Year By TAMMY KEITH

Emily Chambers, 17, said although she appreciates being named Student of the Year by the Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce, she thinks others deserve the honor more.

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Conway Community Arts to present Five Women Wearing the Same Dress CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

They may be wearing identical strapless dresses made of fuchsia taffeta, but each of the five women on stage in the next presentation by the Lantern Theatre and the Conway Community Arts Association are as different as daylight and dark. Or are they?

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Clinton High School to present Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Theater patrons who enjoy a good fairy tale are invited to tumble down the hole with Alice as she discovers a fantasyland filled with all sorts of creatures.

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Sitting in the trenches: Vilonia students get a taste of war LINDA HICKS/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

An exercise in a sophomore world history class at Vilonia High School resulted in some students complaining about aching backs and numbness in their feet.

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Vilonia student’s project results in new patent LINDA HICKS/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Teacher Elizabeth Sowell of Vilonia Primary School challenged third-graders during the last school year to invent a product using items from their homes.

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Students sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City

Sisters Anna and Callie Palmer, who live in Vilonia, used the same adjective to describe their trip to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall: amazing.

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