Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun September 16, 2018
PHOTO BY: Staci Vandagriff

Judith Beale, center, works on a painting in her home studio in Jacksonville as her friends and fellow artists Sandra Marson of Jacksonville, left, and Charlotte Rierson of Fairfield Bay encourage Beale. The three artists were friends in high school and have reconnected through their love of art.

Three visions

High school friends reconnect through art

Carol Rolf

Judith Beale, Sandra Marson and Charlotte Rierson have been friends since they were students at Jacksonville High School during the 1960s. They have rekindled their friendship through art. The three artists will participate in an exhibit of their work that will open Friday at the Argenta Branch of the William F. Laman Public Library System in North Little Rock. The exhibit, Three Artists — Three Visions, will feature 10 paintings by eac... READ MORE


    Goodbye to my dear friend Fred

    To know Fred was to love him. We said goodbye at a service last week to our 100 1/2-year-old friend. I add that half because every day after 100 is a little miracle. When my husband and I moved to Conway in 1990 to work at a newspaper, Fred was already there, weaving his words into the fabric of the community. For people who didn’t know him, let me explain: He was a wordsmith, and he was known for using “big” words, like vicissitude and... READ MORE


    White River Health System successor CEO loves community health

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    Want something different for dinner? Give gator a go

    On Friday through Sept. 24, and again Sept. 28 to Oct. 1, dozens of lucky hunters will be prowling the swamps and bayous of southern Arkansas in search of one of the state’s largest big-game animals, the American alligator. One hundred eight people drew permits from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to hunt these massive reptiles this year, and opportunities for a successful hunt are better than ever, as the south-central portion of... READ MORE



    Monday Democratic Party of White County Meeting SEARCY — The Democratic Party of White County will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the party’s headquarters, 509 E. Race Ave., Suite 3. Monday – Oct. 18 First Responder Course BATESVILLE — A First Responder course will meet from 4-8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, Sept. 17 through Oct. 18, in the Nursing Allied Health Building at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The course, a... READ MORE