Getting ready for the seventh annual Officer Will McGary Memorial Car Show in Searcy are, from left, Gail Hodges, Valley Baptist Church member; Robbi Casey, family friend and board member of the Officer Will McGary Memorial Foundation; the late Will McGary’s parents, Harold and Tanya McGary of Searcy; James Hays, board member and pastor of the church; and Jim Pinner, church member and car show founder. Will’s sister, Lindsey Montambault of Searcy (not pictured), is on the foundation board, too, and helps with the car show. The car is Pinner’s 1969 Camaro SS convertible. The car show is set for Sept. 28 at Get Down Downtown in Searcy. Will McGary was a Conway police officer.
Legacy lives on
Tonya McGary said the death of her police-officer son at age 26 doesn’t get any easier, but he has “definitely left a legacy” in Searcy and Conway. McGary, who grew up in Searcy, had been a Conway police officer for 1 1/2 years when he was killed. He was standing in the intersection of Dave Ward Drive and Exchange Avenue in Conway, directing traffic after an accident on Jan. 31, 2013. An impaired driver came through the intersection and... READ MORE
CONWAY — Florence Mattison, a longtime teacher in the Conway School District, had an elementary school named for her in 1981, but her educator husband’s name was added last week.
I know this column is running after our observances and outpouring of emotion for 9/11. But, really, it was after that horrible day that it all changed — our world, our innocence, our perspective on life. My first thought that day was for my brother, who was living in New York City and undergoing his surgery residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He wasn’t supposed to be in the Twin Towers, but what if? My family was relieved when we ... READ MORE
No detail is too small for the attention of longtime Van Buren County Fair Manager Corrine Weatherly — not even ants. One recent day she was in a golf cart, cruising the parking lot at the fairgrounds in Clinton with ant killer in her hand, fighting the army of ants that she said have moved into the county with a vengeance. “The ant is a blister ant,” she said, adding that the bites on her feet and hands can attest. Weatherly wants ever... READ MORE
Sept. 17 Conway Women’s Chorus Open Rehearsals CONWAY — The Conway Women’s Chorus will have an open rehearsal for the spring semester at 7 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 2310 E. Oak St. “We will be celebrating the ‘Son, Moon and Stars’ this Christmas,” said Joan Hanna, director. New members are welcome. For more information, visit www.conwaywomenschorus.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (501) 339-7401. Sept. 19 Women... READ MORE