The Faulkner County Quorum Court’s Personnel Committee began its process of reviewing pay raises for county employees at its monthly meeting Tuesday night. Concern was voiced when raise requests were tabled for further review prior to being submitted for vote to the full Quorum Court.

Faulkner County Quorum Court has begun a process where the county will receive $24 million in federal stimulus funding.

The final days of voting for three contested school board election seats in Faulkner County are set for Monday and Tuesday at two precincts in Greenbrier and Vilonia. Both precincts have offered early voting since May 11 ahead of Tuesday’s Election Day.

St. Joseph School first grader Audrey Magie and her toad “Molly” won first place at Thursday’s “Jump for Education” toad race in downtown Conway. The toad races, a regular event during the city’s annual Toad Suck Daze festival, went on this year despite the traditional festival format being …

From Conway Police Department reports

COVID-19 has impacted Arkansans in a variety of ways. For families who have lost partial or full wages due to layoffs and shut downs, the stress of keeping a roof over their heads has been especially hard. With help from a variety of government assistance programs, residents in central Arkan…

Kimberly-Clark Professional, a child organization of the well-known personal care product manufacturer of the same name, announced a donation of over 1 million face masks and cleaning products to school districts across the country on Wednesday, including Conway Public Schools (CPSD). The do…

The Conway Board of Education removed the requirement for students and staff members to wear face masks anytime they are outside the school buildings on campus.

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Four Faulkner County schools and one area college are preparing to honor their graduating high school seniors this weekend with ceremonies scheduled around the county. Guy-Perkins, Conway Christian, Greenbrier and St. Joseph are all scheduled to host graduation ceremonies beginning on Friday night.

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St. Joseph Elementary School held toad races on Tuesday in conjunction with Conway’s Toad Suck Daze 2021, which is holding smaller events than usual throughout the month.

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A fatal accident Sunday morning in El Paso involving of a 79-year-old Conway man is being ruled “a natural death” by the White County Coroner’s Office.

The Springhill Elementary School kindergarten through second-grade students and teachers celebrated the nearing end of the school year with a carnival last week.

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced his intention to sign an executive order to create the American Rescue Plan Steering Committee on Tuesday at his weekly briefing at the State Capitol.

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Conway High School student Alan Sun was selected to attend National Youth Orchestra (NYO) 2, per a press release provided to the Log Cabin on April 15. NYO2, a highly competitive summer training program for high school musicians, is a residential program which will take place at Purchase Col…

Pre-K through sixth-grade students at St. Joseph Elementary and Middle Schools witnessed a parade last week thanks to art teacher Shannon Chamoun.

The Conway Public Schools (CPSD) Board of Education will review a collection of legislative acts the 93rd General Assembly of the Arkansas State Legislature passed in its recent session that affects public education within the state at its meeting on Tuesday night, per an agenda provided to …

The Conway City Council will discuss amendments to the 2019 CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) action plan, a purchase and annual bid for the Transportation Department and the Markham Square project at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. in City Hall. Aldermen will have a committee meeting a…

Faulkner County has three contested school board election races up for grabs this year – two in the Greenbrier School District and one in the Vilonia School District.

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Conway Regional celebrated completion of the frame of its new Critical Care Unit with a topping-out ceremony Wednesday that included placing the final beam signed by Conway Regional team members and community leaders.

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Editor’s note: This is the final article in a series on food insecurity. The Log Cabin Democrat and its sister papers in central Arkansas collaborated on this effort. This piece highlights the work of local organizations fighting food insecurity and how residents can help.

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The Arkansas Department of Health reported 222 new cases of COVID-19 in its Friday update.

Faulkner County has three contested school board election races up for grabs this year, County Clerk Margaret Darter told the Log Cabin Democrat. The three positions, in the Greenbrier and Vilonia School Districts, will be put to voters in their respective communities on May 11 with the begi…

In 2018, Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts of America) allowed girls to join the Cub Scouts.

The first cohort of five students in the University of Central Arkansas Instructional Technology (ITEC) program is slated to graduate during the Friday, May 7 commencement ceremony at 7:30 p.m. in the Farris Center.

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Arkansas’ U.S. Sen. John Boozman visited Vilonia School District’s high school and freshman academy on Wednesday, touring its facilities and presenting district leadership and staff with copies of the proclamation he delivered on the floor of the U.S. Senate on April 29 which honored Arkansa…

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The Russellville School District’s response to an April 21 Freedom of Information request following the firing of Superintendent Mark Gotcher raises more questions than it answers.

Mike Bass, M.D., a retired neurologist and creative writer now living and writing in Conway, received two first place awards in the annual spring contest for poetry from the Poets’ Roundtable of Arkansas.

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The Arkansas State Legislature recessed last week some 108 days after convening on Jan. 11. The 93rd General Assembly, newsworthy until both chambers’ last gavel on April 28 ahead of an expected fall session to handle congressional voter redistricting, passed more than 1,100 individual acts …

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The 2020-2021 academic year has been a productive one as the Central Baptist College Rotaract Club relaunched under the direction of adviser Kateryna Pitchford.

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Arkansas now has a goal to partially vaccinate 50 percent of its population within the next 90 days, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced at his regular coronavirus briefing at the State Capitol on Tuesday.

Renewal Ranch Ministries, a faith-based program which assists men and their families who have struggled with addiction, homelessness and other difficulties, hosted its third annual Kyle Allison Golf Classic at the Centennial Valley Country Club on April 26, ranch spokesman Jon-Austen Linch r…

The Conway Symphony Orchestra will present Visions of Hope, a free online concert at 7 p.m. May 16. The pre-recorded performance, which anticipates the orchestra’s return to in-person concerts in the fall of 2021, will be available on the CSO’s website.

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Parents of prospective future Conway Public Schools (CPSD) kindergarteners are now able to register their children for the 2021-22 school year, CPSD announced in a statement issued to the district’s website on Monday.

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