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Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun May 10, 2020

Conway names replacement for longtime coach

Leighton Hardin is no stranger to replacing a legendary coach. Hardin was recently hired as the new baseball coach at Conway High School, replacing former head coach Noel Boucher, who started the district’s program in 1985. Boucher’s assistant, Barry Lueders, will go out with him. Under Boucher, the Wampus Cats finished with a .724 winning percentage, 17 conference championships, 29 consecutive state-tournament berths, six state-semifin... READ MORE

Virtual breakfast to cook up funds for Milestones By SAM PIERCE

After taking a few years off, Milestones Services in Conway brought back its omelet-breakfast fundraiser, Omelets With the Toad Master, last year, partnering with the annual Toad Suck Daze. The effort raised more than $12,000. This year, however, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the breakfast fundraiser has been moved to the virtual world.

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Nonprofits collaborate to help with rent to prevent homelessness By SAM PIERCE

In an effort to prevent an explosion of the homeless population as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, community members and local nonprofits have banded together to find a way to streamline services and find a better way to help the local population.

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Business creates T-shirt campaign to battle child hunger By SAM PIERCE

In a span of less than a week, Caleb Harris and the staff at Ink Custom Tees in Maumelle have put together a campaign to battle the growing hunger in the state.

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Backpack ministry providing for area students By SAM PIERCE

MAUMELLE — When the schools closed March 12, members of First United Methodist Church in Maumelle took supplies to the area schools so counselors and administrators would have additional food items to pass out to students before the day was out. Senior pastor Aubrietta Jones said the members depleted as much of their own supplies as they could so that “everybody would have what they need.”

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Restaurant, church partner to deliver food By SAM PIERCE

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Baptist State Convention planned to host the Inspire Women’s Conference on March 14 at First Baptist Church in Russellville.

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Strength, conditioning focus for experienced Cyclones By SAM PIERCE

The Russellville Cyclones are returning all of their starters from last year.

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Pottsville girls eye return trip to state finals By SAM PIERCE

After making it to the state finals the past three years, members of the Pottsville softball team feel as though they have a bit of a target on their backs.

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Pottsville returns core of squad that went to 4A semis By SAM PIERCE

One of the biggest strengths for Pottsville this season is the return of its core starters.

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Experience, speed are strengths for Morrilton By SAM PIERCE

The Morrilton Lady Devil Dogs return a ton of experience this season, featuring a lot of speed and power with a pretty solid infield, and the gamesmanship is there, head coach Jennifer Binnie-Poteete said.

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7 returning starters bode well for Lady Cats By DONNA STEPHENS

With seven returning starters, 2020 could be a special softball season for Conway’s Lady Cats.

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Wampus Cats shooting for one final run for retiring coaches By DONNA STEPHENS

Noel Boucher will have one final go-round as head coach of the Conway Wampus Cats before stepping down following the 2020 baseball season.

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Pitching, speed strengths for CAC Mustangs By SAM PIERCE

Central Arkansas Christian head coach Patrick Smith said he has three pitchers that he feels confident with this year in seniors Rhett James and Eli Garrison and junior Karsen Richard.

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Fundamentals key for Maumelle boys, coach says By SAM PIERCE

Maumelle head baseball coach Barrett Davis expects his team to be competitive and “play the game the right way,” he said.

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Lady Hornets face rebuilding year By SAM PIERCE

With just two returning starters, Maumelle head coach Jarred White said the Lady Hornets are in a rebuilding year.

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