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Conway gets approval to create ‘walkable urban thoroughfare’ for Oak Street
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The city of Conway announced it has been given approval to work with Garver, an engineering consultant firm in Conway, for the Oak Street Corridor Plan.

The goal for the project is to create a “walkable urban thoroughfare” on Oak Street by examining the redevelopment and improvement of the area.

“The project will conduct analysis on existing and future traffic for the corridor and plan for future improvement to the roadway along with access management to manage traffic congestion,” city officials announced on social media.

Conway residents seemed happy with the plan to make Conway a more walkable town, sharing their excitement in the comment section of the city’s Facebook announcement.

“I’m all for a walkable town!” Maria Grace Stanton said in a comment. “Making it safe for children and families to walk to and from school is really important. I love our town and am excited about the progress but really feel safety in these areas is being neglected.”

Another commenter from Conway, Damian Blue Ramsey, is also excited about the news, especially for those who do not own cars.

“Remember, there are plenty of us out there who, through whatever misfortune, do not own the luxury of a car,” he said in his comment. “Better yet, there are those that don’t want to own a car! This is a great step forward and setting a good example for other cities looking to imitate. Pedestrian friendliness! Woo!”

The city will be working with a team that helped develop Fayetteville’s 71B Corridor Plan which is said to have been a success and only took 10 months to complete.


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Wooster fifth graders embrace French culture
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Fifth graders at Wooster Elementary School in Greenbrier got to experience the French culture in the classroom Monday in preparation for their latest reading assignment.

Amber Kelley, the Wooster fifth grade literacy teacher, has assigned her class the book “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick for the class. To prepare, the class got to explore and research the city of Paris virtually from the comfort of their classroom in order to gain background knowledge about the city of love before they started reading the book.

In order to replicate the Parisian experience, Kelley filled the room with cutouts of the Eiffel Tower and dressed up in a beret and another typical French-wear. Harps of Greenbrier provided the students with croissants and French vanilla cappuccinos to eat during the experience.

“Today was such a magical day as we were transported to a Paris cafe,” Teri Beth Stevens, Wooster media specialist, said.

“The Invention of Hugo Cabret” is a Caldecott medal winning novel about an orphan clock keeper and thief who lives in the walls of a Paris train station. The book was later adapted into a feature film by acclaimed director Martin Scorsese.


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Art Walk brings culture, entertainment to downtown
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Small businesses in downtown Conway are rolling out the red carpet on Oct. 21 for local artists, musicians and creative people to show off their works.

Every third Thursday of the month from 5-8 p.m. Conway Art Walk will take place on Oak Street, between Chestnut and Front streets. Visitors and patrons are invited to enjoy live music and art demonstrations while enjoying art and fine crafts from 15 or more artists. The event is free and open to the public.

“Explore the eclectic mix of downtown businesses and venues, hunt for that special art piece to add to your growing collection, or celebrate a fun night out with friends and family,” Jessica Crum, Conway Art Walk organizer, said. “Small bites and drinks are provided at the Art Walk Welcome Center, The Studio Downtown at 1100 Oak Street, where you can also get a map of the evening’s events.”

Discover new artists every month from now until May 2022 and be a part of the cultural experience, she said.

For more information about the event or for anyone interested in participating as an artist or volunteer, visit conwayartwalk.com.

Business partners for the October event include Creative Institute of Central Arkansas (presenting sponsor), Bledsoe Chiropractic (artist sponsor) and MAGE Inc. (wine bar sponsor).


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Spots available on city boards

The city of Conway will accept nominations for positions on its Planning Commission, Historic District Commission, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board (BPAB), Diversity Advisory Council, Oak Grove Cemetery Board, Robinson Cemetery Board, Tree Board and Airport Advisory Committee through Nov. 1.

Nominations for all boards must be in writing on the form available on the city’s website, conwayarkansas.gov. Forms can be submitted at City Hall from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or emailed to felicia.rogers@conwayarkansas.gov or denise.hurd@conway arkansas.gov. The deadline is 4 p.m. Nov. 1.

“Anyone who is interested in membership may download and complete the nomination form,” city officials said, noting that people can nominate themselves or someone else. “Due to the current health pandemic, we encourage individuals to email their applications.”

Planning Commission

There are two five-year positions available on the Planning Commission.

“[The two selected will] become part of the 10-person Planning Commission which hears requests and makes recommendations to the City Council concerning zoning, conditional uses, annexations and the moving of buildings,” officials said. “The Commission also reviews changes to the zoning, subdivision, and other planning related ordinances, develops master plans for the orderly growth and development of the City of Conway, and reviews and approves subdivisions and replats of land.”

The Planning Commission typically meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month.

Candidates must be registered voters who live in city limits or within the Conway territorial jurisdiction. Previous members who have been off the commission at least five years may be nominated.

Historic District Commission

There is one three-year position open on the Conway Historic District Commission.

“Members shall demonstrate a positive interest in historic preservation, architecture, history, urban or regional planning, building rehabilitation, real estate, or preservation or conservation in general,” officials said.

The members typically meet the fourth Monday each month.

BPAB

There are four three-year positions available on the BPAB, which recommends ways Conway can maintain its status as a Bicycle-Friendly Community and how it can obtain status as a Walk-Friendly Community and achieve the goals of the Safe Routes to Schools program. The BPAB normally meets the third Thursday each month.

Diversity Advisory Council

There is one available position for a two-year term on the Diversity Advisory Council, a newly-created board “that will bring together citizens of Conway from diverse backgrounds to foster dialogue and establish steps and actions that nurture relationships and create a positive sense of culture and community,” officials said.

The council typically meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month.

Oak Grove Cemetery Board

Three four-year positions on the Oak Grove Cemetery Board are available.

“The board is currently looking for someone who is interested in helping to preserve local history,” officials said. “Board members are sometimes asked to go in the field to show visitors around, but duties otherwise relates to the general operation of the facility.”

The board typically meets at 5:30 p.m. the third Monday each month.

Robinson Cemetery Board

There is one five-year position open on the Robinson Cemetery Board.

“The board is currently looking for someone who is interested in helping to preserve local history. Board members are sometimes asked to go in the field to show visitors around, but duties otherwise relates to the general operation of the facility,” officials said.

The board typically meets quarterly out when necessary.

Conway Tree Board

There are five open positions on the Tree Board, which typically meets the first Monday of each month. The Tree Board is responsible for the annual Arbor Day festival in Laurel Park. The positions are for three-year terms.

“This board was created to assist the community and to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of Conway, to protect the health and safety of the residents of Conway, and to protect the environment by providing the development of a Community Forest Management Plan for the regulation of the planting, maintenance, removal, and protection of trees on public property within the city of Conway,” officials said.

Airport Advisory Committee

There are two open four-year terms on the Airport Advisory Committee.

The board was created “to provide advice and guidance to the mayor, airport manager and the [city] council on airport management, operations, facilities, equipment, planning and other areas needed for efficient operations,” officials said.

The committee typically meets monthly.

All terms begin Jan. 1, 2022.


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