Shawn D. McKnight and Wendy R. McKnight aka Wendy Richardson, Conway; Chapter 7; $215,683 debt filed March 11; $130,162 assets.
USDA releasing surplus dry milk to aid dairy farms
WASHINGTON (AP) The Agriculture Department said Thursday it was releasing 200 million pounds of nonfat dry milk in storage to feeding programs for low-income families, a move also designed to help dairy farmers.
Daniel Ryan has completed 21 years of service at Conway Human Development Center. Ryan began employment as a food service worker, has worked in custodial services, served as a life skills trainer and currently works in laundry services in the ancillary services department. He lives in Springhill.
'Pork' dollars for Missouri hog farm raise stink
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Taxpayer watchdog groups say something smells about $250,000 in federal funding earmarked for a factory farm in northwestern Missouri: Why is it coming from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development?
Conway getting Crazy Hibachi
This has been a great week for rumors. It's one of those weeks that I think I have something for just about everyone. I'll start with something that has stirred up quite a bit of excitement among the few people I have told in advance of writing this.
The Mountain Outpost Inc., 1506 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, was incorporated on March 16 by Paul Griffin.
Nabholz celebrates 60th anniversary, holds cocktail reception
This year marks the 60th anniversary of Conway-based Nabholz, and the company recently hosted a cocktail reception at the Clinton Presidential Center to celebrate.
Software execs sentenced in fraud case
SEATTLE (AP) Two former software executives have been sentenced in federal court to prison time for inflating revenue numbers to attract venture capital.
Senate takes on out-of-network insurance billing issue
WASHINGTON Ever wonder how that bill was calculated if you had to pay to see a doctor outside your insurance network?
ITT CEO received $10.3 million in '08
PITTSBURGH (AP) ITT Corp.'s chief executive received compensation valued at $10.3 million in 2008, a 9 percent increase from the previous year, according to an Associated Press calculation of figures disclosed in a regulatory filing Friday. But some of that compensation came in stock and stock options that have fallen in value.
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
Given the current state of the economy, plant closings and layoffs are becoming increasingly common. Employers considering either of these options must follow the protocol established by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN). Now is a good time for a refresher on WARN. While this summary provides some of the Act's basics, employers who are considering any closings or layoffs should consult an attorney to ensure compliance with the Act.
Democrats, GOP duel over small business taxes
WASHINGTON Few small businesses would see a tax increase under President Barack Obama's budget plan. But those companies in line for higher taxes employ the most workers and could be hit hard.
GOP says Obama budget threatens future prosperity
WASHINGTON (AP) Attacking President Barack Obama's grand spending plans, a GOP lawmaker who almost joined the Democrat's Cabinet said Saturday the U.S. must live within its means or risk its tradition of passing a more prosperous country from one generation to the next.
Gov't. may seek more auto givebacks
Verizon exec. says changes 'very near'
LITTLE ROCK Steve Smith says integrating Alltel Corp.'s overall work force of 18,000, folding nearly 14 million customers into a national service footprint and blending two corporate cultures are the easier parts of his job at Verizon Wireless.
Dozens of militants attack NATO supply terminal in Pakistan
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) Dozens of suspected militants fired rockets early Saturday at a transport terminal in northwest Pakistan that is used to ship supplies to NATO troops based in Afghanistan, police said.
$3M stimulus money goes to 12 Ark. health centers
LITTLE ROCK (AP) A dozen community health centers in Arkansas will share more than $3 million in federal stimulus money.
Bicycle task force sets public meeting
The Mayor's Task Force for a Bicycle Friendly Community will invite public input on a proposal for a bicycle master plan for Conway at a meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. April 7 at City Hall.
Lindstrom wins National Merit Finalist Award
Senior Rachel Lindstrom recently culminated her academic career at Conway Christian School by winning the National Merit Finalist Award. The announcement opened the door for many scholarship opportunities and carries with it national prestige and recognition.
'Track'-ing the history of Gold Creek community
The small community of Gold Creek is located along Arkansas Highway 365.
Obama pumps up policy, regulatory agenda
WASHINGTON President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are stepping through an economic minefield and sowing the ground with unprecedented initiatives that capitalize on the recession to rein in Wall Street and broaden government's reach.
U.S.-backed Iraqi troops quell Baghdad uprising
BAGHDAD U.S.-backed Iraqi forces swept through a central Baghdad slum Sunday, disarming Sunnis from a government-allied paramilitary group to quell a two-day uprising launched to protest the arrest of their leader.
Complimenting Mrs. Newton P. Milam, a recent bride, Mrs. J.C. Dawson Jr. and Miss Marian Jaynes entertained with a miscellaneous shower at the Dawson home on Faulkner Street. Games of hearts were played at four tables, and Mrs. Ed Moore won the prize for high score. A dainty salad menu with hot chocolate was served.
Legends surround origin of Enola
Enola is a small community located in Faulkner County off Arkansas Highway 107.
Slain Ark. boy's name to come off toy gun bill
LITTLE ROCK The name of a 12-year-old fatally shot by police is being removed from a bill to ban the sale of some toy guns after an attorney for the boy's family objected that they never gave permission.
Fargo spends day in church and fighting off floods
FARGO, N.D. Fargo residents came together at churches Sunday and prayed they would be spared the Red River's wrath as water burst a levee and swamped a school, providing a powerful omen for the type of disaster that could strike at any time.
Senator tackles insurance issue
WASHINGTON Ever wonder how that bill was calculated if you had to pay to see a doctor outside your insurance network?
Dax has been in service for about a week now with K-9 officer Travis Caldwell.
County residents invited to discuss sustainablity
Faulkner County Supporters of Sustainable Communities (FCSSC), a grassroots group, has continued to expand their efforts at encouraging innovative local response to the task of sustainable living.
Ark. General Assembly hits the home stretch
LITTLE ROCK Lawmakers hope to go home in less than two weeks, and they've been told they will have to pick up the pace to meet the April 9 date set for completing legislative business.
Survivors of Holocaust train meet liberators in South Carolina
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. Robert Spitz of Fayetteville, Ark., was an emaciated, lice-infested 15-year-old from Hungary when he was put on an overcrowded train at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in the waning days of World War II. He was sure it was a journey to death.
Treasury secretary says market won't solve problem
WASHINGTON Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner defended his approach to fixing the country's economic mess Sunday, saying "the market will not solve this" while disclosing a bailout fund for battered banks has $135 billion left and might need more.
Pow Wow brings Indian culture to UCA
A chorus of drummers joined in rhythm, and voices lifted an ancient chant as the Lost Cherokee of Arkansas and Missouri began its 2009 Pow Wow.
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Calif. hearing in 1988 Alamo case delayed
LITTLE ROCK (AP) A man accused in a 1988 beating of a child at a Tony Alamo Christian Ministries compound in California will get a preliminary hearing April 6 after a court session scheduled for Friday was postponed, according to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles district attorney.
Obama rules out U.S. troops in Pakistan
WASHINGTON (AP) As he carries out a retooled strategy in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama says he will consult with Pakistan's leaders before pursuing terrorist hideouts in that country.
National Public Radio weighs options for rare on-air pledge drive
WASHINGTON Times have gotten so tough that National Public Radio is considering something it hasn't done for a generation: a pledge drive.
Toy, luxury stores eye Christmas 2009 with caution
NEW YORK (AP) Shoppers may be thinking about spring, but some retailers are reluctantly setting their sights on Christmas.
Product recalls: cheeses
Torres Hillsdale Country Cheese is expanding the recall of Asadero and Oaxaca soft Mexican-style cheeses. The food might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria is a microorganism that can cause serious or fatal infections in children, the elderly or those with weakened immune systems. No illnesses have been reported.
Giant Internet worm set to change tactics Wednesday
SAN FRANCISCO The fast-moving Conficker computer worm, a scourge of the Internet that has infected at least 3 million PCs, is set to spring to life in a new way on Wednesday April Fools' Day.
Obama monitors Midwest flooding, pledges govt help
WASHINGTON Seeking to avoid a Hurricane Katrina-like leadership failure, President Barack Obama assured the nation Saturday he was keeping close watch on the Midwest floods and putting the government's full weight behind efforts to prevent disaster.
NY park to host Unemployment Olympics
Recession dulls jewelry business
WASHINGTON Last year, 1,137 jewelry businesses closed in the United States, while bankruptcy filings rose 18.5 percent, according to the Jewelers Board of Trade. Nearly a third of the closures occurred toward the end of the year, after a disappointing holiday season. December jewelry sales for non-anchor tenants in U.S. shopping malls were $718 million, down 20 percent from the previous December, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers. Earlier this month, Tiffany announced that it was closing its 16-store Iridesse pearl chain.
Monsters vs. Aliens hurtles to $58.2M debut
LOS ANGELES (AP) Movie beasts from old-time Hollywood got a makeover as heroes and conquered the weekend box office.
Experimental games highlighted at developers conference
SAN FRANCISCO Not every video game creator was musing about how to sell more hardware or craft more realistic virtual weaponry at the this week's Game Developers Conference, the annual convention of game designers, programmers and executives. Several impresarios were more interested in pushing the limits of the interactive medium with their ideas.
WhatIn The World
'Dumbest criminal in Pennsylvania' arrested
Calvin Doyle Rowe
Calvin Doyle Rowe, 84, of Conway died Friday, March 27, 2009. Rowe was born Feb. 12, 1925 in Morganton to the late Guy and Pearl (Parrish) Rowe.
Marvin T. Kelley
Marvin T. "Bud" Kelley, 82 of Saltillo Community passed away at Conway Regional Medical Center on March 27, 2009 surrounded by his family, whom he loved dearly. Born March 9, 1927, he was a son of the late Elmer L. and Genevia (Graham) Kelley.
Joshua L. Garner
Joshua L. Garner, 19, of Conway died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. Garner was born Sept. 7, 1989 in Conway. His parents William Robert Sr., and Utahana L. (Higgins) Garner survive him.
John Brummett: Disclose Political commandment
Moses came down from the mountain with these tablets from God listing the Ten Things You Must Disclose.
David Sanders: Hypocrite or effective lawmaker?
There are a few general outcomes used to measure a lawmaker's effectiveness: How many bills does he or she shepherd through the legislative process that are eventually signed into law? How well does he or she represent the constituents back home? Is he or she the type of lawmaker who colleagues come to when they need help passing legislation?
CabinWindow: Guns Obama's hidden agenda?
The e-mail came on the heels of a weekend conversation on the same subject. The writer and our buddy both questioned whether President Barack Obama's administration would soon push for harsh gun control measures.
Better tactics in drug war
On March 25th we read a very well stated opinion in the Cabin Window, "Drugs Winning the War?" In that opinion, the author wrote, "Throwing people in prison for drug crimes doesn't seem to alleviate the problem. It just seems to crowd our prisons. Treatment may work. Seems to work for some people. Doesn't seem to do much for others. From our perspective, we've only really halfheartedly tried the treatment option. Maybe we could do more there."
We know change is constantly churning through our society. We think of the change our parents witnessed from the civil rights era to the Cold War to whatever it is we're in now. Change always has been and always will be an agent in our world. The question then is a simple one: Will we control change or will it control us?
On the campaign trail, candidate Barack Obama pledged to keep government funds from faith-based groups that hire only those who share the same beliefs. President Obama has now set up the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, a continuation of President George W. Bush's initiative, and has kept in place Bush-era provisions that allow faith-based groups to discriminate in hiring.
Conway to host large JO volleyball tourney
About 90 teams from Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas will be competing in the Delta Regional Junior Olympic Volleyball Championships in Conway on April 4-5.
Conway teams roll through Wampus Cat Invitational
The Conway soccer teams rolled through their opponents on the last day of the Wampus Cat Invitational.
UConn has more success in desert
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Connecticut is making another trip from the desert to the Final Four.
CHS track team aiming for 7th straight conference title
Conway's group of long-distance runners are looking to carry the load for this year's track team in a quest for a 7A-Central Conference and state title.
Arkansas State adds Batoon to staff
JONESBORO (AP) Northern Arizona's Corey Batoon has been hired as an assistant football coach for Arkansas State, the Arkansas school announced Sunday.
Johnson wins again at paper clip
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) Jimmie Johnson nudged Denny Hamlin aside in the third and fourth turns with 15 laps to go and gave team owner Rick Hendrick a perfect place to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his first victory in NASCAR's premier series: Victory Lane.
Hendrick looks back at first win 25 years ago
MARTINSVILLE, Virginia Rick Hendrick was a car owner with a fading dream when he went to church with his wife 25 years ago as his NASCAR team prepared to race at Martinsville Speedway.
Assorted reflections after two weekend of tournaments
Some quick random musings after the second weekend of major postseason basketball:
Bears split twinbill with MSU
LAKE CHARLES, La. Jonathan Yerby and Beau Geren each hit a pair of home runs Saturday as the University of Central Arkansas Bears earned a split with McNeese State in Southland Conference baseball action at Cowboy Diamond.
Gillispie regrets not winning more at Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. Billy Gillispie doesn't know about chemistry problems or whether he was the right fit at Kentucky. What he does know is that he simply didn't win enough games.
Sugar Bears fall to SLU in tennis
Louisville Cardinals seeking redemption in Final Four quest
INDIANAPOLIS Terrence Williams spent part of Saturday restating the lessons Louisville learned from its last regional final.
22 killed at stampede at match in Ivory Coast
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) A stampede at a World Cup qualifying soccer match in the Ivory Coast killed at least 22 people and wounded 132 Sunday, the Minister of the Interior announced on state TV.
Tar Heels, Sooners set for battle of nation's top players
MEMPHIS, Tenn. One big man was last year's national player of the year. The other appears poised to take his place.
RBs impress in Hogs' scrimmage
FAYETTEVILLE It's no secret what Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino expects from running back De'Anthony Curtis.
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UCA softball halts losing streak
SAN ANTONIO The University of Central Arkansas softball ended a six-game losing streak on the seventh game of a Texas road swing Saturday, defeating Texas-San Antonio 9-6 in Southland Conference action.
Teague sees school on track from self-study
Brad Teague, University of Central Arkansas' athletic director, sees no fires flaming out of control from the school's extensive self-study of its athletic program.
Titans try to keep Young motivated behind Collins
Titans coach Jeff Fisher has made it clear to Vince Young. If the young quarterback wants to play, he's going to have to earn his job back.
CNN in third place in prime time
NEW YORK CNN is poised to finish March third in the prime-time weeknight ratings behind Fox News Channel and MSNBC, the first time this has ever happened for the channel that pioneered the cable news genre nearly three decades ago.
The Twentieth Century Club
AARP to hold driver safety course
AARP Drivers Safety Course will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. April 7 at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St.
National Rifle Association clout shapes policy agenda
EDITOR'S NOTE An occasional look at how behind-the-scenes influence is exercised in Washington.
Bringing home flavor of the game
With the coming of spring comes baseball and the foods served at the stadium.
Nine ways to manage your digital photos online
More and more of our precious memories are out of our hands stored on remote servers run by online photo-sharing sites. Here are some tips on how to pick one that works best for you:
7 Steps to Help Kids Slim Down
Childhood obesity is a thorny issue without simple solutions, but that hasn't daunted health-care experts who work diligently to come up with viable proposals to help kids lose weight and get in shape.
Consumers can be stuck when Web sites change terms
A recent e-mail from Eastman Kodak Co. didn't lead to a Kodak moment for Vanessa Daniele. It got her angry.
FC Historical Society hosts Ward
The Faulkner County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. April 6 in Courtroom A of the Faulkner County Courthouse.
Get longer life out of your truck or SUV
In this economy, not many people are in the market for a new truck. While fewer trucks are being sold, millions are still on the road. Your truck is a big investment and if you can improve its handling, safety and ride you can extend the life of your vehicle.
Conway Dinner Theatre sets auditions
Conway Dinner Theater will hold auditions for actors, singers and dancers for the 2009 season. The first day of auditions will be April 4, followed by call backs on April 18.
Obama racial stereotypes, falsehoods flourish
WASHINGTON In a country long divided by race, Barack Obama argues that Americans generally have been colorblind in judging him. Yet old racial stereotypes and Internet-fueled falsehoods flourish about the first black president.
Smithsonian unveils 6 design models for new museum
WASHINGTON (AP) Six design concepts for the future national black history museum planned for the National Mall were unveiled Friday, mostly breaking with the tradition of boxy Smithsonian Institution museums by showcasing earthy elements and varied shapes.
Lilly prints are 50 years of cocktail conversation
NEW YORK (AP) The cutesy charm of Lilly Pulitzer isn't just in its juicy jellybean colors and hidden garden critters, it's in the story of how it was born: The real-life Lilly Pulitzer set up a fruit stand in Palm Beach, Fla., and made juice. She started wearing bold printed frocks to camouflage the stains she'd get over the course of the day.
Short 'gigs' create patchwork jobs for workers
NEW YORK Simone Sneed has been a brand ambassador for a telephone company, a backup singer in a local theater, a freelance grant writer and a psychic in a scavenger hunt all for a day.
Eradicating snakeheads from Arkansas waterways
BRINKLEY It may be the largest fish purge ever attempted, this campaign in east Arkansas to wipe out the unwanted snakeheads.
CAE hosts spanish class
Introduction to Spanish, Level 1 will be held at the Conway Adult Education Center at 615 East Robins beginning April 7 and will end May 15. The class will meet on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
More than 900 kids compete in archery state tournament
The basic deer hunting dates for 2009-2010 are:
FC Right to Life sets meeting
Faulkner County Right to Life invites the public to join them at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St. in Conway.
The turtle issue in Arkansas
A demand for all taking of turtles in Arkansas to be stopped immediately was rejected Thursday by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
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Conway Public Schools
Trying to live a greener life? Think about being more eco-friendly around your pets:
Sonshine Academy's Xtreme Dance Force participates in regional competition
Sonshine Academy's Xtreme Dance Force participated Feb. 7 in the Spotlight Dance Cup Regional Dance Competition in Hot Springs. The team began its competition season this year by taking home two Diamond awards and 12 Ruby awards while securing, two Special Judges Awards, and two Category Titles. Among their many other awards, Sonshine dancers also placed in the top 10 by age division five times.
Slacking at work: Just how much is OK?
NEW YORK The excitement of March Madness inevitably provokes the debate: Just how much slacking is OK on the job?
Sonshine Academy Cheer Force All Stars to host cheerleading competition
Sonshine Academy Cheer Force All Stars is proud to host the "2009 Arkansas State All Star Cheerleading Championship" on Saturday, April 4, 2009. The location for the event is the Conway High School Wampus Cat Arena located at 2300 Prince St. in Conway.
Turn on the oven, turn down the spending
With less money for the movies or a night on the town, families are nesting more at home. In fact, according to Pew Research Center, 85 percent of Americans have made personal spending cutbacks. Further, Nielsen Company reports television viewing is at an all time high, with the average American viewer spending more than 151 hours a month (almost five hours a day) in front of the tube. Don't let the tough economy keep your family from talking and laughing together -- get up, get creative and get baking cookies.
UCA Theatre to present rock musical
The University of Central Arkansas Theatre will present the rock musical "Starmites" on April 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA campus. With music by Barry Keating and book by Stuart Ross and Barry Keating, "Starmites" follows a shy teenager who has built a fantasy world around the characters she loves in science fiction comics.
Have a luncheon for Easter
Easter is coming up soon, and I've already been talking recipes with my mother, and one of the readers of this column recently mentioned a banana dessert they plan to make for Easter.
Laura Elizabeth Hays and Zachary Thomas Deem, both of Conway, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
Whitney Alison Tacker of North Little Rock and Nicholas Allan Weaver of Vilonia have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
Robert and Pamela Connell of Fairfield Bay have announced the engagement of their daughter, Heather Brooke-Ashley Connell to Joshua Arthur Pedersen, son of Gary and Marlene Pedersen of Conway.
Troy and Mary Acklin of Conway will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary with a reception hosted by their children from 6 to 9 p.m. April 18 at the Agora Conference and Special Events Center.
Charleen Heather Wright of Honeoye, N.Y. and Matthew Allan Kershaw of Conway have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.