Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun January 20, 2019
PHOTO BY: Tammy Keith

Mary Spears Polk, left, story-time programmer for the Faulkner County Library in Conway, and Dana Bayless, assistant librarian for the Vilonia branch, hold children’s books at the Conway library. The Vilonia branch will kick off the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 30. The Faulkner County Library has 190 children enrolled in the program, which it joined in September 2018.

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Vilonia library to join children’s reading program

Vilonia Assistant Librarian Dana Bayless reads to her almost 4-year-old son, Gabriel, every night, then logs the books into an app on her phone with a goal to read 1,000 books before he starts kindergarten. They’re well on the way. “We’ve read 700-something that we’ve logged,” Bayless said. She has also just started logging books she reads to her 21-month-old daughter, Sunny. The national program, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, is for... READ MORE


Conway tennis tournament wins awards

CONWAY — The Conway Tennis Center is not quite a year old, but the area association is already acing awards competitions.


    This writer not made for winter

    I am the only one in the office right now, so I have the heat set on 72 degrees. And I’m still cold. As long as I can remember, I’ve been cold-natured. Except when I was pregnant, so that’s about 18 months out of my entire 55 years. I do not like winter. I do not like dreary January days. It seems like every day from fall till spring, I’m just surviving the days, trying to stay warm while I go about my life. I’m cold when I go to bed; I... READ MORE


    New Pottsville mayor has eclectic career background

    Randy Tankersley of Pottsville has fulfilled many of the career roles a child dreams of — he’s been an award-winning police officer, a firefighter and now, mayor. Tankersley, who grew up in the Pope County community, came out ahead in a runoff with Bryan Duvall. Incumbent Mayor Jerry Williams came in third in the November election. “I loved helping the community; I always have,” Tankersley said. “To me, this is just a different way I ca... READ MORE


    Three fun ways to hunt squirrels this winter

    Squirrel hunting can be a humiliating sport. I should know. I’ve been hunting these animated nutcrackers in Arkansas woodlands for half a century, yet somehow, they still manage to humble me on many hunting trips. Yes, I bag my limit of bushytails now and then, but doing so tests my skills as a shooter and a woodsman. Even on the best days, for each squirrel I harvest, two or three make good their escape. Frustrating? At times, yes. Fun... READ MORE



    Jan. 15 MLK Remembrance and Service Project RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas Tech University will remember Martin Luther King Jr. with a celebration of remembrance and march, beginning at 5 p.m. at Hindsman Tower and ending at the W.O. Young Building. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of ATU are then invited to help with a service project in the Young Ballroom to prepare 1,000 hygiene kits for distribution at the River Valley Shelter... READ MORE