Nissan says new headquarters is energy saver
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) Nissan wants to talk about more than a way to drive at its soon-to-be-finished Nissan Americas headquarters.

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Business Briefs
Southwestern Energy Company was recently recognized as an Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation by the Arkansas Community Foundation (ARCF) during the 20th annual Arkansas Business of the Year awards ceremony in Little Rock. The award is presented to companies that have shown outstanding commitment to the nonprofit sector through extraordinary corporate giving, volunteerism and philanthropy. Southwestern Energy was also recently recognized by Oil and Gas Investor magazine as Best Corporate Citizen for their charitable contributions in the state.

How you can help
Military Caseworker - work with local members of the military and their families ensuring the delivery of emergency communications, on-call duty required

Newland and Associates PLLC, a construction and business law firm in Little Rock, is pleased to announce that Managing Member Richard Newland has been elected chairman of the Arkansas Bar Association's Construction Division.

New book examines work of Jacob Riis
Almost 140 years ago, a Danish immigrant named Jacob Riis came to America and achieved fame for his muckraking book "How the Other Half Lives," an indictment of tenement poverty accompanied by his documentary photographs.

Are you interested in GPS Technology?
The University of Arkansas Faulkner County Cooperative Extension service is offering a GPS workshop focusing on GPS uses and capabilities from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Greenbrier City Events Center, located on Highway 65 behind the Greenbrier Police Station. The workshop is free, though limited seating is available.

Putting snow days behind us
I hope everyone enjoyed the snow during the past week.

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Fed acts to soothe credit markets on day of bleak jobs report
WASHINGTON The Federal Reserve took strong action Friday to restore order to frazzled lending markets while a new report showing unexpected job losses underscored the toll that credit markets are taking on the economy.

PK's coming home to downtown
In the 30th year since its inception, PK's will return to its birthplace.

Bush vetoes bill banning CIA from harsh interrogation methods waterboarding
WASHINGTON (AP) Democrats and human rights advocates criticized President Bush's veto Saturday of a bill that would have banned the CIA from using simulated drowning and other coercive interrogation methods to gain information from suspected terrorists.

At Faulkner County Circuit Court, probable cause has been found to charge five persons listed on Friday's first appearance docket:

Police Beat
Among recent reports generated by local law enforcement agencies:

Whiting receives AGATE award
Stephen B. Whiting, resident of Conway and an attorney with the H. Chris Christy Law Firm in Little Rock, received the prestigious Presidential Award from Dr. Ann Robinson, President of AGATE (Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education) at the recent AGATE State Conference in Little Rock.

Local students thankful for wintry weather
It's rare in Arkansas for students to get two snow days in one week, and the kids in Faulkner County have been taking advantage of it.

'Smoke and Mirrors' returns to UACCM for a free show
"Smoke and Mirrors," an illusion magic show performed by Rocky and Lori Clements of Jonesboro, will return at noon and 7 p.m. March 20 in the Fine Arts Auditorium on the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton campus.

Maggio announces Division 2 judgeship bid
Circuit Judge Michael A. "Mike" Maggio of Conway announced his candidacy for re-election this week for Division 2 of Judicial District 20.

Beebe: Storm victims will make final decision on FEMA homes
LITTLE ROCK (AP) Victims of two tornadoes that roared through Arkansas last month will have final say on whether they want to live in mobile homes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Gov. Mike Beebe said Friday.

Clinton says even if Obama wins primary, Mississippi's choice is historic
CANTON, Miss. (AP) Fresh off a trio of primary victories, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to set low expectations for Tuesday's primary in Mississippi by telling Democrats that even if they support her opponent the moment is historic.

Vaccine settlement no slam-dunk for autism advocates
ATLANTA (AP) For those convinced that vaccines can cause autism, the sad case of a Georgia girl, daughter of a doctor and lawyer, seems like clear-cut evidence. The government has agreed to pay the girl's family for injury caused by vaccines.

AETN antenna repairs should be finished this month
The Arkansas Educational Television Network reported that tower analysis for the KETS Channel 2 antenna has been completed, and the network is awaiting approval from KASN and the Arkansas Building Authority to begin the installation of new equipment. Repairs are expected to be completed during March.

Snow day, part two
With spring just two weeks away, snow fell on Faulkner County for the second time in a week Friday.

Cops refuse to pay speeding tickets

NARO supports lower severance tax increase
The Arkansas chapter of the National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) prepared a document declaring their position on increasing the state's natural gas severance tax Saturday.

States aim to alleviate veterinarian shortage
CONNELL, Wash. (AP) Bill Bennett has spent 45 years feeding and herding 2,500 cattle on his rolling eastern Washington ranch. He's also had to act as a doctor because he's unable to find a veterinarian who will come to his rural spread.

Huckabee exceeds expectations in presidential campaign
WASHINGTON For a Huckabee disciple, Eric Woolson didn't have much faith.

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Obama wins Wyoming caucuses, seizing Clinton's momentum
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) Sen. Barack Obama captured the Wyoming Democratic caucuses Saturday, seizing a bit of momentum in the close, hard-fought race with rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for the party's presidential nomination.

McCain rejects televangelist backer's views Catholics find offensive
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Friday repudiated any views of a prominent televangelist who endorsed him last month "if they are anti-Catholic or offensive to Catholics."

A combination of two circumstances - inability of home owners to meet payments on mortgaged property and insolvency or near-insolvency of numerous building and loan associations - has resulted in some unprecedented bargains in residence property in Conway.

NASCAR fan to take posthumous spin
TALENT, Ore. (AP) Big George Helms had tickets for last weekend's NASCAR race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but died before he got to use them. He still made it to the track, though.

Arkansas Democrats seat their last superdelegate
LITTLE ROCK The Democratic Party of Arkansas has named state Land Commissioner Mark Wilcox as the party's last superdelegate heading to the national convention.

UCA student intern named 'Power of 10 Award Winner'
The Northwestern Mutual Financial Network has named University of Central Arkansas (UCA) student J. Luke McCoy a "Power of 10 Award Winner" for his work during the 2007 company awards year. McCoy will be recognized for his achievement at the 2008 College Award Show, held during the 128th Annual Meeting of Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee, as well as at UCA's Second Annual Internship Banquet to be held this month.

Hundreds turn out for 3rd annual Chase Race
For the third year in a row, runners, dog lovers and their K-9 friends came out for the Chase Race and Paws to benefit Friends of Conway Animal Shelter and Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Scrapbook entries being accepted for retirees
Mayflower High School is honored to have worked with Lanny McConnell for 36 years and Barbarra Graham for 25 years.

South America moves away from talk of war with agreement, handshakes
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) South America moved away from talk of war as the presidents of Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador agreed to end a bitter dispute triggered by a Colombian cross-border raid with testy handshakes and an apology.

Ruth Doyle to host Benchmark night
Ruth Doyle Intermediate will host its annual Benchmark Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Today's History
Today is Sunday, March 9, the 69th day of 2008. There are 297 days left in the year.

Local's book discusses path to salvation
Joel Cooper and Methodism; Methodism and Joel Cooper: a symbiotic relationship that is striking in its grand design. ·· Local News ·· Local News

Elvia L. Lipsmeyer
Elvia L. (Miss Elvia) Lipsmeyer, 89, of Conway, passed away Friday at Conway Regional Medical Center.

John Franklin Keathley
John Franklin Keathley, 88, of Dennard, passed away on Wednesday. He was born in Conway on Oct. 23, 1919, and was the last surviving child of the late Henry and Margaret (Rickett) Keathley. John was a highly decorated Army veteran having been awarded three purple hearts and a presidential citation for his service during WWII and Korea. He attended Central Baptist College where he was active in sports having played both baseball and basketball. He was also the owner of his own antique business in Berkley, Calif. He returned to Arkansas in the late 1970s and was owner operator of Johnny and Lucille's Caf located in downtown Conway. His wife, Jetta Lou (Hazel) Keathley also preceded him in death.

Stella Marie Washburn
Stella Marie Washburn, 90, of Conway, passed away on Friday. Born in Northfork on June 9, 1917, she was the last surviving child of the late William H. and Caldonia (Williams) Smothers. Stella was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who stated her occupation as "mishmash." She was a homemaker who greatly enjoyed being with her family, she loved to garden, both vegetables and flowers, and was an avid Cardinals baseball fan. Her greatest accomplishment and joy was her sons. Stella was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Joe Lon Washburn; three sons, Levon, James "J.C." and Joe W. Washburn; and two grandchildren, Sarah and Allen Washburn.

Bobby Junior Janes
Bobby Junior Janes, 39, of Ward, was born Feb. 9, 1969, at Conway, and he died March 6, 2008, at Ward. Bobby was employed by Union Pacific Railroad as a conductor. He was a Baptist, and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

WhatOthersSay: How about an honest debate?
Might I go back to the well? No, not the ink well the gas well more specifically, the natural gas well. After scanning previous columns, I discovered that over the past few months, more inches of this space have been dedicated to fiercely opposing any increase in the state's minuscule severance tax than to any other issue, save Mike Huckabee, but he is a man, not an issue.

WhatOthersSay: The 'weak states' gap
On his recent trip to Africa, President Bush touted his signature HIV-AIDS initiative and the Millennium Challenge Account, positive programs that will benefit certain African countries. But neither addresses the critical challenge that plagues much of Africa and important parts of the Middle East and Asia building the capacity of weak and failed states to provide for their citizens and counter transnational security threats.

CabinWindow: Demo-fusion
Somebody at the coffee shop said the Democrats are the nation's best at shooting themselves in the foot. And from across the table came the comment that we really don't need Survivor and Saturday Night Live on television when we have the Republicans and the Democrats in real life.

CabinWindow: Defibrilators
We join the crown in heartily applauding the donation by Conway Regional Medical Center of 17 defibrillators to Conway schools and sports centers.

John Brummett: Our boy Mike changed out there
Running for president changed Mike Huckabee. Or perhaps it revealed him.

John Brummett: Correction
You may have received incorrect information about what happened in the Democratic presidential race the other night. There is the widespread impression that Hillary Clinton won Texas.

McCollum's Column: State title scenes: Joy, weirdness, sorrow and Pelphrey
HOT SPRINGS A reporter's transition game: Sorting through the ups-and-downs, odds-and-ends and cheers and tears of a state high school tournament weekend at Summit Arena:

Four anglers recently added to Bass Fishing Hall of Fame after 40th Classic
If you have engaged in or been around bass fishing down through the years, the names Charlie Campbell, Nick Crme, Buck Perry and Virgil Ward will ring bells with you.

Colonels shut out Bears twice in softball
THIBODAUX, La Nicholls State tossed a double shutout against the University of Central Arkansas softball team Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader, 5-0 and 3-0.

Different halves of shooting makes big difference for Cats
HOT SPRINGS Conway's boys were red hot from the field in the first half and Little Rock Catholic was cold, but it was a tale of two halves in the Class 7A championship game Saturday at Summit Arena.

McCollum's Column: Hutchcraft's daughter sees things from another angle
HOT SPRINGS While a bit uncomfortable from the vantage point, Ashley Nance was right at home with the setting.

* Tuesdays and Thursdays Masters Swim Program is now available at the new state-of-the-art indoor pool at Hendrix College. The program is designed for all levels of adult swimmers who are interested in getting fit and improving their swimming strokes in a fun, creative and positive environment. Recreational swimmers to competitive triathletes are welcome to attend. The instructor is Tricia Priest, who has coached for nearly 10 years for a variety of age-group club teams in addition to teaching private and small group swim lessons. It will be conducted Tuesday and Thursday from noon-1 p.m. Cost is $50 for 10 sessions, free to members of the Hendrix Welnness and Athletics Center. Further information from 505-2966.

Second draw for permits completed
LITTLE ROCK The second draw for Arkansas Game and Fish Commission turkey permits has been completed. Paper turkey permit notifications were mailed Monday, March 3, along with online notifications.

UCA scrimmage postponed until Monday
Wet grounds from recent inclement weather postponed the University of Central Arkansas' first scrimmage of the football season Saturday, leading to a "Moonlight Special" Monday night.

* Today Benton County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation meeting, Quail Unlimited Barn in Bentonville. For more information contact: Tim Wise at 479-631-4140 or by email at

Rare foul situation keeps Cats from taking down Rockets
HOT SPRINGS Missed it by that much.

State Champions
HOT SPRINGS In terms of ugly wins for the Conway Lady Cats, this was definitely the best.

Lady Cat seniors make good on their pact
HOT SPRINGS As they have all season, the Conway High girls put their heart and determination on display before more than 5,000 spectators Saturday at Summit Arena in the 7A state championship game.

Proposal would give new reason for young, old to hunt
By cracky, there just might be a new advantage to getting old in Arkansas. If a current proposal is approved, the elderly who want to hunt deer can go to the head of the line.

Conway basketball teams hoping trip to 7A state finals is twice as nice
Today marks a rare and historic occasion for Arkansas high school basketball.

Seniors poised for final game at Bud Walton
FAYETTEVILLE Moments before tip-off, the Alltel Arena monitor produced the surprise. Senior forward Charles Thomas wasn't starting for the Razorbacks against Appalachian State back on Dec. 22 in North Little Rock.

Bears' rally, Bowie's shot fall awry in finale
NATCHITOCHES, La. As usual, the University of Central Arkansas-Northwestern State game came down to the final seconds Saturday afternoon.

Marvel wanting to go out with win in finale
While Scottie Pippen is the most famous name in University of Central Arkansas basketball history, interim Sugar Bear coach Ron Marvel may more relate to Pippen's famous former teammate, Michael Jordan.

Central nets soccer win over Lady Cats
LITTLE ROCK The Conway Lady Cats soccer team fell 3-1 to Little Rock Central, last season's runner-up in Class 7A, on a cold, windy evening Thursday evening.

Lady 'Jackets sting Lady T-birds with hot shooting barrage
HOT SPRINGS Kingston's 14 3-pointers were a little too much for Guy-Perkins to overcome in Friday's night girls Class 1A state title game at Summit Arena in Hot Springs.

Roush denies accusation that oil tank cover was intentionally left off Edwards' car in Vegas
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) Car owner Jack Roush strongly denied any intentional wrongdoing Friday in the wake of NASCAR penalties that knocked driver Carl Edwards out of first place in the Sprint Cup points and put crew chief Bob Osborne on a six-week suspension.

Murphree's 3 HRs lift Hogs over Saints
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas senior Aaron Murphree is on a home run terror never seen around Baum Stadium.

UCA pitchers combine for shutout victory
RUSTON, La. _ Senior Brandon Dunn pitched six strong innings to lead the University of Central Arkansas Bears to a 5-0 shutout of the Louisiana State Bulldogs on Saturday at J.C. Love Field.

* Tuesdays and Thursdays Masters Swim Program is now available at the new state-of-the-art indoor pool at Hendrix College. The program is designed for all levels of adult swimmers who are interested in getting fit and improving their swimming strokes in a fun, creative and positive environment. Recreational swimmers to competitive triathletes are welcome to attend. The instructor is Tricia Priest, who has coached for nearly 10 years for a variety of age-group club teams in addition to teaching private and small group swim lessons. It will be conducted Tuesday and Thursday from noon-1 p.m. Cost is $50 for 10 sessions, free to members of the Hendrix Welnness and Athletics Center. Further information from 505-2966.

Conway boys improve soccer mark to 3-0
The Conway boys soccer team defeated North Little Rock and Little Rock Central last week to run its record to 3-0.

Pro golfer Isenhour: Killing of hawk a 'one-in-a-million' accident
ORLANDO, Fla. Pro golfer Tripp Isenhour said it was a "one-in-a-million" golf shot that killed a protected hawk and that he was only trying to scare the bird he now faces criminal charges for killing.

Hogs end season with win over Auburn
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) Arkansas took the court with an unusual starting lineup that included 6-foot-10 Vincent Hunter, 6-foot-10 Darian Townes and 7-footer Steven Hill.

Certification class scheduled for today
SHERWOOD The Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a one-day U.S. Coast Guard "Certified" ABC Safe Boating Class today at the Gander Mountain Sporting Store, 5450 Landers Road in Sherwood.

Entergy to re-fill lakes Hamilton and Catherine
HOT SPRINGS Lakes Hamilton and Catherine will begin to return to normal summertime levels today. In November the lakes were drawn down 5 feet, in accordance with Entergy's drawdown plan approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Richardson: Talks ongoing with Arkansas State
LITTLE ROCK (AP) Nolan Richardson says he's still in talks with Arkansas State about the school's basketball coaching vacancy after a quick visit to Jonesboro, where the school's campus is located.

Sugar Bears falter at end in Marvel's final game
The second half particularly the last two minutes represented a downer of a season in microcosm for the University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bears.

We would like to extend our prayers to Jim Sutterfield, fire chief of the Greenbrier Fire Department for a full and speedy recovery following surgery. Chief Sutterfield is a relative of our very own Glenna Shumate. He is said to be doing well.

Bush roses should be given their annual pruning now.

Kabat takes top prize at teenage rodeo held in Damascus
The second Rodeo of the Arkansas Teenage Rodeo Association season was held last Saturday at Mid State Areana in Damascus.

Conway Public Schools

Local students named to UofA dean's list
University of Arkansas Chancellor John A. White is proud to announce the names of the local students who earned a place on the Chancellor's list for the fall 2007 semester.


Around the house: Stain, stain go away
In the kitchen or out in the garage, here are three ways to combat stains using cooking spray:

Lenten luncheon to be held Thursday
The last Community Lenten Luncheon of the year will be held at noon on Thursday, in the fellowship hall of Four Winds Church, 2005 Dave Ward Drive. Co-host church will be University Church of Christ. Servers are from Conway Christian School.

Meeting to be held for singing club
The Faulkner County Singing Club will meet at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Roses Among Thorns

Sunday dinner Italian style
Things like pot roast or fried chicken have always been popular Sunday dinner choices in our house, but in the last year, Chicken Parmesan has slipped in to the occasional mix. The first time I made it my son fell in love with it, as did my husband, but I was particularly glad to see my son enjoy it. He's a tad underweight so anything that might gain him a few ounces here or there helps.

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Sonshine Academys Xtreme Dance Force participates at Hot Springs dance competition
Sonshine Academys Xtreme Dance Force participated Feb. 2 and 3 in the Spotlight Dance Cup Regional Dance Competition in Hot Springs. The team began its competition season this year by taking home 12 Diamond Awards and eight Ruby Awards while securing two Spotlight Choreography Awards, three Special Judges Awards, a Spotlight Costume Award, a Spotlight Shomanship Award, and five category Titles. Among their many other awards, Sonshine dancers also placed in the top 10 by age division 9 times.

There is an increasing number of wonderful Spanish wine choices from outside Spain's best-known regions (Rioja, Priorat, Ribera del Duero, the last being the home of Spain's most famed wine, Vega Sicilia), along with a growing number of references to help you to discover them:

Services were good this past Sunday. We had great attendance with several visitors worshipping with us. Bro. Freddie Mark spoke from II Timothy 3:1-17. Bro. Andy Guffey blessed us with his beautiful voice for the special music.

FUMC holds registration for ECC
The First United Methodist Church Early Childhood Center (ECC) has begun registration for the 2008-2009 school year, with classes forming for children age 18 months through Pre-kindergarten.

Starbucks launches chocolate line
Starbucks now wants to give you a chocolate rush, too.

Meek receives scholarship to UACCM
Kayli Meek of Conway has received an academic scholarship to attend the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton beginning in the fall 2008 semester.

Faulkner County 4-H dog club to hold meeting
The Faulkner County 4-H dog club informational meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday in the Faulkner County Natural Resource Center, 110 South Amity Road, Conway.

High tech pets: Doggie GPS
Locating your dog when he's escaped from the yard just got easier.

Local students receive scholarships
Catrice L. Tyus of Damascus has accepted an academic scholarship to the University of Central Arkansas beginning in August.

UCA's Baum Gallery announces results of the 2008 Annual Student Competitive Exhibition
The Baum Gallery of Fine Art announces selected artists and award-winning art work for the 2008 Annual Student Competitive Exhibition.

A double ring ceremony was held on Feb. 25 in Hopkinsville, Ky., for Cassandra Chanla of Cheraw, S.C., and Tyler Cole of Conway.

Steven F. and Kelly Burroughs of Conway have announced the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter, Lauren Mckenzie to Daniel Tyler Castleberry, son of Jay Barton and Melissa Castleberry also of Conway.

Dr. and Mrs. Terry Fiddler of Conway are pleased to announced the engagement of their daughter, Brooke, to Jeb Steen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Steen of Little Rock.

Kaitlen Garrison, daughter of Danny and Terri Garrison of Springdale and Kale Gober, son of Alan and Dewana Gober of El Dorado have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

Brook Danielle Wilson of White Hall and William Clayton Spradlin of Wooster were married on the beach at Divi Carina Bay, St. Croix on Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. Julia Renfro officiated the double ring ceremony.

Loretta Burke and William Carr of Greenbrier have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

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