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City to discuss rezoning 55 acres near Lewis Crossing

The Conway City Council will discuss rezoning 55.16 acres located at the southeast corner of the intersection of East Dave Ward Drive and Thomas G. Wilson drive from A-1 and C-3 to Planned Unit Development (PUD) at its regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. There will not be a committee meeting beforehand.

Holloway Engineering, Surveying, & Civil Design, PLLC of Maumelle requested the rezoning to allow “for the future construction of a large mixed use entertainment development hosting retail sales, office, restaurants, hotels, event and entertainment centers, a central plaza, and multi-family residential use,” according to agenda documents. The development would be called the Maly District.

Included in the proposed Maly District is a 28,000-square-foot event center and a 55,000-square-foot entertainment/bowling center, a 480-unit multifamily residential development and food truck court.

The Conway Planning Commission on Sept. 20 unanimously approved the project going to the city council with a recommendation for approval.

The council will also discuss other rezoning for areas on Donaghey Avenue, Fifth Street and along Bill Bell Lane and Stanley Russ Road.

Other items on the agenda include:

An ordinance accepting and appropriating grant funds from the Federal Aviation Administration for the Conway Regional Airport.

A resolution to apply for an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant for the Transportation Department.

A resolution to approve professional services for the Oak Street Corridor Study for the Transportation Department.

An ordinance appropriating funds from Govdeals.com for the Transportation Department.

An ordinance authorizing the addition of an additional personnel position for the Transportation Department.

Consideration to approve the nomination of Canton Ford for the Tree Board.

To view the agenda in full, visit conwayarkansas.gov.

To watch the meeting remotely, go to the city’s Facebook page at Conway, Arkansas City of Colleges.

Conway Farmer's Market extends season through October

The Conway Farmer’s Market will extended its season through the end of October, officials announced Friday.

The market hours will be 8 a.m. until noon Saturdays with the final market closing at noon on Halloween. The location will remain at 150 Amity Road in Conway.

“The motivation for the Board of Directors and the vendors to continue the market through October comes from the overwhelming community support the market has received this year,” officials said. “Each Saturday, hundreds of residents from Faulkner County and surrounding communities shopped at the market for vegetables, meats, crafts, soaps and baked goods. The market averaged over 25 vendors each Saturday making it one of the largest markets in recent history.”

Ed Linck, Barham’s Ozark Beef owner, said he was overjoyed with the turnout.

“We were surprised at how many people shopped the market each week. With this being our first year as a vendor, we didn’t know what to expect,” Linck said. “Extending through October will add to what’s already been a great summer.”

The October market will be an abbreviated version of the regular market, officials said.

Many of the fan favorites – Shaky K Farm, Flying C Ranch, Twin Creek Farms, Olles Farms, Big D Ranch and The River is Calling – will be participating.

In addition, many of the market’s new vendors, including Barham’s Ozark Beef, Backwoods Plants, Sunshine Nursery, Clark & Co., Wreaths by Tina, Sea Turtle Designs Ranch and others, will continue to showcase their products.

“The variety of products market shoppers have grown to love will be on full display,” officials said.

Founded in 1960, the Conway, Arkansas Farmer’s Market is a weekly outdoor market featuring local vendors who produce vegetables, meats, crafts, soaps and baked goods.

The market typically runs from April through September.

For more on the Conway Farmer’s Market, visit Conway, Arkansas Farmer’s Market on Facebook.

UAMS offers booster COVID vaccines

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will begin offering third doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to qualifying individuals on Monday at the Vaccine Clinic at 401 S. Monroe St. in Little Rock. This clinic also provides seasonal flu vaccines.

In accordance with FDA authorization, third doses of the Pfizer COVID vaccine will be administered to those over age 65, those with chronic health conditions who are at risk for severe disease, and those at risk of serious complications due to frequent exposure to the coronavirus at their jobs at least six months after their second dose of the vaccine.

Qualifying health conditions may include being overweight, pregnancy, diabetes, immunosuppression, heart or lung disease, chronic kidney disease, sickle cell disease, neurodevelopmental disorders such as cerebral palsy or a medical-related technological dependence such as tracheostomy, gastrostomy, or positive pressure ventilation (not related to COVID-19).

Currently, the Vaccine Clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Beginning Oct. 2, the clinic will also be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

First and second doses of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are also available.

All COVID-19 vaccines are free to the patient and will be billed to the patient’s insurance, if available.

Influenza vaccines also will be billed to the patient’s insurance, if available, but patients will be responsible for any remaining balance.

Appointments are recommended but not required. To schedule an appointment, call 501-686-8960.

“We are here to help keep Arkansans healthy, and right now the best way to do this is easy and convenient access to vaccines,” Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, UAMS chancellor and CEO of UAMS Health, said. “Many Arkansans who are at higher risk of complications from COVID due to their age, underlying health conditions or exposure to the virus at their job have been anxiously awaiting access to a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine. We are ready to serve these individuals, along with people who now want to get their first or second dose of the vaccine.

“Everyone can get their flu shot at UAMS at the same time they get their COVID shot – it’s basically a one-stop vaccine clinic. It’s important to remember that influenza remains a serious health threat, and everyone needs a flu shot this fall too. This site in the heart of Little Rock makes it easy to take care of both vaccines with convenient hours and free front-door parking. This clinic can accommodate several hundred patients a day.”

UAMS continues to offer third doses of both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccine to moderate to severely immunocompromised UAMS patients at the Vaccine Clinic at least 28 days after their second dose.

Booster doses of the Moderna vaccine are not available at this time to anyone who does meet the medical requirements as moderate to severely immunocompromised.

UAMS also offers COVID and influenza vaccines at 25 other sites across the state, including several central Arkansas locations. Learn more at uams.health/covidvaccine.

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Be the Light to spread awareness for suicide prevention

Conway Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense and Conway High School (CHS) Students Demand Action For Gun Sense have partnered to host a suicide awareness event Thursday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. at Simon Park.

The Arkansas Association for the Prevention of Suicide also partnered with the groups to bring the event titled Be The Light, Support Suicide Awareness.

The event will feature guest speakers from the Jamison Alexander SuccessCenter, Choosing to Excel, Lunasyn, Chenal Family Therapy, Argenta Counseling and more.

Masks are required for the event, and officials ask that people in attendance observe social distancing as well.