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Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun October 13, 2019
PHOTO BY: Staci Vandagriff

First United Methodist Church member Cecilia Patterson looks at the spot where the 9-foot-tall shepherd and lambs stood for seven years. The statue, carved in 2012 by Iowa chain-saw artist Gary Keenan, had interior damage and fell. No termites were spotted, however, Patterson said.

Disease downs shepherd chain-saw carving

CONWAY — A 9-foot-tall wooden chain-saw carving of a shepherd who stood watch for seven years outside First United Methodist Church in Conway has fallen. “He had a lot of … damage on the inside of him and just wasn’t staying up,” said the Rev. Lauren DeLano, associate pastor. Gary Keenan, an award-winning chain-saw artist from Des Moines, Iowa, was commissioned by the church in 2012 to give new life to a dying elm tree in the parking lo... READ MORE

Annual Spook City dedicated to ‘the Candy Man’ By SAM PIERCE

BENTON — James Posey Jr. of Benton was known as “the Candy Man” for the city of Benton.

Art show celebrating Arkansas Territory opens CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

RUSSELLVILLE — Works by six local artists are included in the Heart of America Artists’ Association’s Arkansas Territory Collection and Exhibition, which celebrates the 200th anniversary of the creation of the Arkansas Territory. The exhibit, which is co-sponsored by the River Valley Arts Center, opened Tuesday at The Center for the Arts at Russellville High School.

Conway Regional breaks ground on $13 million building By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — The Conway Regional Health System broke ground last week on a $13 million, three-story building that officials said will help solve a good problem to have — growth.