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Campus food pantries once-hungry grad's goal

posted: 08/30/2015 4:14 a.m. Discuss

Brandon Mathews has an offering for student services director Michelle Anderson, who runs the food pantry at Pulaski Technical College: hamburger and hot dog buns from his wife's work picnic.

ROCKIN' BLUE RIBBON BASH: Women talk, men live

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The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation threw another big bro-hug hoedown Aug. 20 at Temple B'Nai Israel, this one honoring University of Central Arkansas president Tom Courtway.

Lesley Ann Oslica

posted: 08/16/2015 2:24 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- Home is indeed where the heart is, but Lesley Oslica has two homes. One is a spacious French country-style manse in the Wellington neighborhood on the city's west side. The other is parked inside the two-story carriage house across the drive. Inside the first is the office with memorabilia and match prints of past Dancing With Our Stars fundraisers (and Neil Young's "Long May You Run" on the stereo); in the second is a couple of big captain's chairs, a full-service kitchen and bathroom and queen-size bed, and the memories of four women who pedaled their way from Oceanside, Calif., to Annapolis, Md., in the Race Across America.

WALK KICKOFF: Diabetes research gets new motto, new name

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The JDRF (formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund) welcomed big walkers and corporate sponsors to its annual One Walk kickoff luncheon at Pleasant Valley Country Club on July 15.

Preseason Party: Whole passel of Hogs fans gather to gear up for kickoff

posted: 08/09/2015 2:56 a.m. Gallery Discuss

For the last few years it was Football 101 and for females, but Justin Acri, radio show host of the sports centric The Buzz, said it didn't go over well -- not with the women, but the men, who wanted in on the preseason action.

FAMILY FUN FEST: Centers for Youth, Families tees up golf park merriment

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It's becoming an annual tradition -- good-intentioned adults from the Big Rock Mini Golf & Fun Park on Baseline Road and kids from the Centers for Youth and Families defy the bully heat and take in some fun in the sun (and a lot in the shade).

UP AND COMING: It’s only natural these four would be in Outdoor Hall

posted: 08/02/2015 3:10 a.m. Discuss

Another Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame induction ceremony — the 24th! This year’s a peach of a class — the writer/television producer Steve Bowman, the bladesmith Jerry Fisk, Ducks Unlimited president George Dunklin, and the late wildlife officer Joel Campora, who was helping two women trapped in their Y City home during a flood when it collapsed. (Campora, Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter and the two women were killed.)

WORLD PREMIERE: Let’s put on a show!

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For years the state’s Democratic Party chairman has been working on a big “get.” Oh, Hillary Clinton, the former first lady and now presidential candidate, for the party’s big Jefferson-Jackson Dinner fundraiser? No. Sure, that’s a big deal, too, but harder to get were the stage rights to Mrs. Miniver, the World War II-era novel- cum-winner of six Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay and Best Picture for 1942.

TEDx MARKHAM: Experts converge for TED speaker LR event

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At the harvest-table arranged buffet dinner — picture fried chicken, coleslaw, potato salad, heirloom tomatoes and fresh cantaloupe, all from P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farms estate — and looking out over the dozens of speakers and their families who participated in his first organized TEDx event, Salil Joshi said he hasn’t yet gained the angle of repose on this thing.

Theater review: Miniver successful in transition to stage

posted: 07/23/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

It's hard these days to find a good script that hasn't been turned into a screenplay -- and vice versa -- and now scratch from the list 1942's Academy Award winner for Best Picture Mrs. Miniver.

Mark Hamilton Berry

posted: 07/19/2015 2:18 a.m. Discuss

Outside the major general's office, at the end of a long carpeted hallway, is a simple two-star doormat. The two stars are for the office, the adjutant general. The doormat is for the soles of your shoes.

57th DELTA EXHIBITION: Twice the excitement

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They say the Delta stretches from the Louisiana bayou up the banks of the Mississippi right to the blues in each of us and back out, and for the purposes of the Arkansas Arts Center's 57th annual exhibition, let's throw in the easternmost flatlands of Oklahoma around Tulsa. That's where two-time Grand Award winner Mark Lewis lives.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Loblolly Creamery dishes frozen treats for Thea event

posted: 07/19/2015 2:04 a.m. Gallery Discuss

What goes well with charity? Ice cream. The former just makes us feel good, and the latter ... also just makes us feel good. Staff at the Thea Foundation know this and for the second time hosted an Ice Cream Happy Hour at The Green Corner Store in the SoMa neighborhood of the Quapaw Quarter.

Steven Wayne Clark: Conversation starter

posted: 07/12/2015 3:19 a.m. Discuss

From the crest of his 1,400-acre cattle ranch, Steve Clark is having a conversation. With you, me, himself -- history. "I can remember watching the Apollo" launch, he says.

UP AND COMING: Arkansas-Ohio rivalry; know when to hold 'em

posted: 07/12/2015 2:59 a.m. Discuss

College football is almost upon us, and if there's one place we're going to discuss it in this newspaper I suppose it must be here in High Profile.

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