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Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun July 23, 2017
PHOTO BY: Carol Rolf/Contributing Photographer

The David “Butch” Hoyt family of Houston is the 2017 Perry County Farm Family of the Year. Family members include, from left, Kay Hoyt, holding 3-year-old Amelia Green; Debbie Green; Kyle Green, holding 5-year-old Lane Green; and David “Butch” Hoyt. Not shown is Eric Hoyt, who lives in Arlington, Texas. The family raises cattle and hay on 375 acres.

Houston family honored for farming operation

Carol Rolf/Contributing Writer

HOUSTON — David “Butch” and Kay Hoyt are the 2017 Perry County Farm Family of the Year. They raise cattle and hay on their 375-acre farm, which they call the Circle B Ranch. “We are honored and obviously pleased to have been named Perry County Farm Family of the Year,” Butch said. “We put a lot of time and effort into what we do. We are very pleased.” Butch and Kay have two adult children. Their son, Eric Hoyt, 35, lives in Arlington, T... READ MORE

Symphony Orchestra Guild honors outgoing board president CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CONWAY — When Mary H. Mosley was elected president of the Conway Symphony Orchestra Guild Board of Directors several years ago, she agreed to serve “a maximum of two years.”

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Nearly 25K raised to honor former Morrilton coach with court naming DONNA LAMPKIN STEPHENS/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

MORRILTON — The John Widner Memorial Devil Dog Open, a three-person scramble to raise money to name the court at the new Devil Dog Arena in honor of the former Morrilton coach, raised nearly $25,000 last month.

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Carnival for a Cure scheduled for Saturday in Russellville TOMMY MUMERT/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

RUSSELLVILLE — A car show and a carnival will be combined for a fundraiser Saturday in Russellville by organizers of the Relay for Life of Pope, Yell and Conway counties.

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Morrilton youth headed to AAU Junior Olympics By TAMMY KEITH

MORRILTON — Morrilton Intermediate School student LaMya Pruitt said she realized a couple of years ago that she could run fast.

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Kids learn culinary skills in library program By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — Nine girls and one boy sat quietly at tables, knives and cutting mats at the ready.

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Yell County family honored for farming operation in Ola CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

OLA — Michael and Judy Dixon were high school sweethearts and will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this year. Recently, they celebrated another milestone in their life together — they were named the 2017 Yell County Farm Family of the Year.

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Wilde comedy to open Thursday at The Lantern CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CONWAY — The Conway Community Arts Association will present Oscar Wilde’s Victorian farce The Importance of Being Earnest on Thursday through July 30 at The Lantern Theatre, 1021 Van Ronkle St.

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Cardboard boat races to set sail in Heber Springs By KAYLA BAUGH

HEBER SPRINGS — The World Championship Cardboard Boat Races encourage families to sink, sail and play in the sand.

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Russellville city clerk gets statewide honor By TAMMY KEITH

RUSSELLVILLE — Kathy Collins of Russellville has nominated city clerks for awards, but this time, she was on the receiving end.

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Film students turn poem into domestic-violence PSA JILLIAN MCGEHEE/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

BRYANT — A poem written by a women’s shelter board member inspired an impactful film created by Bryant High School Film Production students. The video depicts domestic-violence survivors and advocates reciting the poem “One in Four” to raise awareness that one in four women are victims of domestic abuse.

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Master Gardener earns top rookie honor CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

SPRINGHILL — Faulkner County Master Gardener James Howard was among the last to know he had been named the 2017 State Master Gardener Rookie of the Year for programs with 51 or more members.

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