Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun July 14, 2019
PHOTO BY: Staci Vandagriff

Lisa Garner holds her Rotarian of the Year award as she receives dialysis in Conway. Garner underwent a kidney transplant about 12 years ago, but she is in kidney failure and is awaiting a donor. Despite her health issues, according to the Conway Noon Rotary Club, she has been an invaluable member. Garner works with legislators on Capitol Hill to get the Living Donor Protection Act of 2019 passed so kidney donors are guaranteed their jobs after time off to make the donation.

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Rotarian of the Year fights for kidney community

Lisa Garner, who is battling kidney failure, hasn’t physically attended every Conway Noon Rotary Club event, but members have felt her unwavering encouragement. That’s why she was the unanimous choice for 2018-19 Rotarian of the Year, said Ed Linck, immediate past president. “She’s been very encouraging the entire way; she goes well above and beyond what any volunteer would find necessary to do,” Linck said. Garner was the club’s presid... READ MORE


    Summer in the South is a hot topic

    In case you haven’t noticed, summer has arrived. We got off easy at first this year. It seemed like summer might not really come. A breeze was often blowing. I was actually chilly one night walking in our neighborhood. I sometimes wore a sweater in the office. Now I’ve turned into a sweater. I sweat while I’m blow-drying my hair in the morning, which is preceded by drinking one or two cups of hot coffee. A friend of mine posted on Faceb... READ MORE


    Conway High School art teacher has heart for hungry kids

    Crystal Certain knows who she is. She’s an award-winning Conway High School art teacher, but sometimes she’s a Disney queen, a mermaid or a dinosaur. “I am unashamedly kooky,” she said. Certain, who grew up in Sherwood, is an only child. Her inspiration was her mother, who taught art at Fuller Junior High School in Little Rock, which Certain attended. When Certain was about 8, her parents divorced, and she lived with her mother. “We’ve ... READ MORE



    July 14 Pancake-Breakfast Fundraiser RUSSELLVILLE — Join CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the 5th Judicial District to celebrate Once Upon a CASA, a Stoby’s pancake-breakfast fundraiser, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Stoby’s Restaurant, 405 W. Parkway Drive. There will be characters to interact with the children, free reading and coloring books to take home and all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage. Children may dress as their fav... READ MORE