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Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun January 3, 2021

'We will set the vision together'

New Conway superintendent committed to family, education

When Jeff Collum left his position at the Benton School District in 2016, he moved to Texas to help take care of his father-in-law, Walter Causey, who had become very ill. Within a month of Collum moving, Causey died. “Our goal was to help my mother-in-law in transition and take care of her,” said Collum, who was recently named the new superintendent for the Conway School District. “When this opportunity came to me, we spent a lot of t... READ MORE

Trip Leach: School board president honored for ‘servant heart’ By SAM PIERCE

CONWAY — Myong Mann immigrated to the United States more than 40 years ago. She barely spoke English, but she worked tirelessly to provide a loving and caring environment for her children.

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Sister of Eagle Scouts is first girl in state with honor By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — Diana Ashley of Conway was the little sister who grew up tagging along with her brothers to Scouting events, never dreaming she’d join their ranks as an Eagle Scout.

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Morrilton’s Citizen of the Year has a heart for community By SAM PIERCE

Collin Cahill, one of the nine grandchildren of Brenda Cahill, describes his grandmother as someone with a big heart who “puts everybody in front of herself and always takes care of the people around her.”

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Faulkner County woman named Outstanding Tree Farmer CAROL ROLF

Pamela Patton Jolly is the 2020 Outstanding Tree Farmer of Arkansas.

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'You could do that': Master Gardener of Year ‘thrilled’ with county award CAROL ROLF

Debbie Guthrie of Conway joined the Faulkner County Master Gardeners in 2016, the year she retired.

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'Where I needed to be': Director finds way to give back with Main Street Mission By SAM PIERCE

RUSSELLVILLE — When Raul Torres moved to Arkansas from Portland, Oregon, in 2001, he was looking for a place to give back to the community. That’s when he found the Main Street Mission in Russellville.

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‘Kid at heart’ By SAM PIERCE

The biggest obstacle for Rodney Partee, the new principal at Vilonia Middle School, has been the uncertainty of this school year.

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'An easy choice' By SAM PIERCE

When Matt Porter first went to college right out of high school, he took some bad advice, and going against his gut instinct, he was pursuing a degree in industrial electricity. However, he said, once his wife was starting to do well in her career, she encouraged him to finish his coaching degree.

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'You are not alone' By SAM PIERCE

About 14 years ago, Sarah Monfee was working in a bank and attending college at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, when she became pregnant with her son, Parker.

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‘Excellence continually shines through’ By SAM PIERCE

The biggest goal for Anna Henderson this year is making sure her students are as safe as possible. She said that while the goal may be kind of broad, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is on the forefront of her and her staff’s minds at Morrilton Elementary School.

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A library program to check out at home By SAM PIERCE

One summer, when Bonny Hill was younger, she was at a camp that was hosting a deaf camp at the same time, and when the two camps shared meals in the cafeteria, the deaf campers would sign their prayers before they ate.

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‘Living history’ By SAM PIERCE

Adair Howell was one of the first women to be voted into the Conway Noon Rotary Club in 1989. At the time, allowing women into the club was controversial, with the vote heavily split.

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'Doing the happy dance' CAROL ROLF

Brooke Bradford found out she had been elected state president of Arkansas FFA the same day she found out she had been named a U.S. Presidential Scholar for 2020.

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Moment is surreal for new Russellville chief By SAM PIERCE

David Ewing went from painting a police station in Alaska to running one in Arkansas.

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