Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun March 1, 2015
PHOTO BY: Eilish Palmer

Keagan Provost, 5, of Conway pauses to give two thumbs up after he comes down from the crow’s nest of the pirate ship in his backyard. The ship was built in two days by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Keagan was diagnosed with an ependymoma brain tumor when he was 13 months old, and he has had three recurrences of the disease. He also has a tumor on his spine, and he undergoes daily radiation treatments. His mother said he is always positive. “I hope one day I can be as strong as him because he’s awesome,” she said.

‘He’s not afraid’

Conway child fights fourth brain tumor

The first year of 5-year-old Keagan Provost’s life was almost perfect — and now he’s fighting to live. Robin Unwer of Conway said her son is undergoing radiation for the third recurrence of a brain tumor, which has metastasized to his spine. No one would know it by Keagan’s energy, just hours after he received a radiation treatment at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center. After sharing popcorn with his 1-year-o... READ MORE


    Husband no Wookiee, no hair gene

    My husband hit a milestone on Valentine’s Day. He had used the same razor blade for a year. One. Year. I was at the computer, and he came and offered me his cheek and asked me how it felt. “Smooth,” I said, wondering why he was asking. “I haven’t changed the blade in my razor since Valentine’s Day last year,” he said. It was his goal to see how long he could go using one blade. His previous one lasted nine months, he told me. He was wor... READ MORE


    Local author speculates on year-old plane disappearance

    Although he got a C in his language class when he was in school at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Searcy resident Scott Follett’s first book has created a stir since it was released in December. Fusing his knowledge of airplanes with some investigating and a little speculation, in his book IGARI: Where MH-370 and the World Changed Course Forever, Follett explores a possible scenario that could account for the disappea... READ MORE


    In pursuit of the ringtail bandit

    Raccoon hunting in Arkansas dates back to the time of the earliest Native Americans. In recent decades, however, the sport seems to have fallen out of vogue. That’s a shame because raccoons are more common now than ever, and skyrocketing populations are causing problems such as the spread of rabies and the decline of ground-nesting birds that hunting raccoons could help resolve. Becoming a raccoon hunter requires an extra measure of ded... READ MORE


    Making macaroni and cheese that’s a ‘cut’ above rest

    Just in case you hadn’t noticed, comfort foods are very popular these days — not just for home cooking but also in restaurants, ranging from the most casual spots to the finest dining rooms. At the same time that food lovers everywhere are growing more aware by the second of distant cuisines, unusual ingredients and very particular ways of cooking, I see them also feeling freer to celebrate good, simple cooking and the foods they loved ... READ MORE



    March 1 White County Iris Society Meeting SEARCY — The White County Iris Society will meet at 2 p.m. at the home of Paul and Joli Love, 605 E. Race. Zachary Taylor from the Arkansas Department of Agriculture will present a program on identifying plants and foods produced in Arkansas. Plans for the iris show on April 24 will be finalized. Guests are welcome to attend. NCA District Fair Scholarship Deadline STURKIE — Today is the deadlin... READ MORE