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Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu July 31, 2014
PHOTO BY: Angie Davis/Contributing Photographer

Tori Osborn, front, 14, and her sister, Caitlyn Osborn, 13, paddle to the finish line Saturday to win the team youth division at the 28th annual World Championship Cardboard Boat Races in Heber Springs. The teenagers said they had never seen the cardboard boat races until they were asked to pilot a boat for their summer employer, Bobby Cox.

Sisters win world championship cardboard boat race on first try

HEBER SPRINGS — Tori Osborn said neither she nor her younger sister Caitlyn had previously heard of the Heber Springs World Championship Cardboard Boat Races, but they cruised to victory on Saturday. “I had never been to cardboard-boat races; I never knew what they were. I’d never heard of them,” Tori said. “It’s a big deal, as it seems.” To prepare, they … did nothing. “We didn’t really practice — we hadn’t done anything,” Tori said. “We were just there for the fun. We get there, and we just nail it.” Tori and Caitlyn, 14 and 13, respectively, won first place in the team y... READ MORE

Central Arkansas child one recipient for blood, platelets By ANGELA SPENCER

Maddie Grace Windle may not be old enough to give blood, but she knows it is an important act that can save lives.

School-auditorium work underway; cafeteria on hold By TAMMY KEITH

HEBER SPRINGS — The auditorium under construction at Heber Springs High School is “a gift from the community” and will be shared with residents, Superintendent Russell Hester said.

‘Just amazing’: Cleburne County revives 1960s plans for water gardens By TAMMY KEITH

When the Cleburne County judge asked for innovative tourism ideas, all Billy Lindsey had to do was dig under the seat of his old truck to find drawings and a proposal that President John F. Kennedy approved more than 50 years ago.

Volunteer keeps grounds of Civil War cemetery By ANGELA SPENCER

CABOT — Tucked away from the main road near a playground and a few houses, a quiet spot of land marks the memory of soldiers who died long ago in a war that tore the country in two. Now, one volunteer makes his way to the cemetery on a regular basis to make sure the grounds are kept neat in respect of the fallen soldiers.

160-mile-long yard-sale corridor provides platform for nonprofit By ANGELA SPENCER

BEEBE — It is time to either gather up items to sell or check under the couch cushions for cash to go shopping. A 160-mile stretch of highway will soon beckon with its offerings of antiques, collectibles and a myriad of yard-sale items.

Cardboard boats to set sail Saturday in races at Greers Ferry By TAMMY KEITH

HEBER SPRINGS — The theme for the 28th Anniversary World Championship Cardboard Boat Races in Heber Springs on Saturday might be hard to accomplish: Keep Calm and Paddle On.

Local laser company celebrates 50 years By ANGELA SPENCER

JACKSONVILLE — “Made in the USA” can be an attractive draw for consumers, but many residents may not know how close to home some products are produced.

Going pro for a day: Carolina Panther gives instruction to LRAFB children By ANGELA SPENCER

Tuesday and Wednesday, children at the Little Rock Air Force Base learned about perseverance, passion and perspective, all from a pigskin and a Panther.

Blood donations still needed during the summer months By ANGELA SPENCER

When considering vacations, summer activities and taking care of children, summer schedules can be quite different than those kept during the school year. One regular activity that may be difficult to fit in is giving blood, but that doesn’t mean the need for blood donations goes away.

Cabot woman exemplifies huge weight-loss success By ANGELA SPENCER

CABOT — Usually, people who lose something do not win a prize, but one Cabot woman won $100,000 for losing a whole lot.