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CASA of Crawford County keeps eye on foster kids

Subscriber only"About 11 years ago, my kids were getting older, I had a little bit more free time," says Paula Higgins of why she first decided to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA of Crawford County assigns Higgins to serve as a consistent set of eyes and ears on the case of a child -- or children, if there are siblings -- moving through the foster care system. Continue reading...

Bloom Where You're Planted

FSLT’s ‘Secret Garden’ s lush, magical place

Subscriber onlyThe Fort Smith Little Theatre will mount the musical version of the beloved classic children's book "The Secret Garden," beginning with a Gala Opening Night event at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Continue reading...

William L. Bradley

Leaving legacy of good health

Subscriber onlyBill Bradley calls the years he's spent as Washington Regional Medical Center's chief executive "a dream come true." Continue reading...

Barbershop Books spreads new literacy through age-old enclave

Subscriber onlyThe national website of the Barbershop Books organization reports a startlingly distressing statistic: according to the United States Department of Education, says the group, 85 percent of African American fourth-grade students are not proficient in reading. Continue reading...

Kiss And Tell

VIDEO: ACO starts season with frothy summer selection

Subscriber onlyThis evening, the Arts Center of the Ozarks' debuts its production of "Kiss Me Kate" -- the 1949 musical that features 18 of Cole Porter's most bubbly compositions -- and at the helm will be the youngest director to ever take on a production at ACO. Coleman Ray Clark, a 2015 Fayetteville High School graduate who currently attends Manhattan Marymount College in New York City, returned this summer to guide the project. Continue reading...

Still Amazing

Two years in, allure of Amazeum continues

Subscriber onlyWhen Bentonville's Scott Family Amazeum opened in July of 2015, leaders of the project predicted that around 180,000 guests would visit the children's museum in its first year of operation, says Shannon Dixon, the Amazeum's director of development and communications. Those predictions turned out to be far too conservative. Continue reading...

Children's Safety Center celebrates 20 years of child advocacy

Subscriber onlyThe walls of the Children's Safety Center of Washington County carry a reminder of every child who has passed through the front doors. Over 8,000 hand prints -- in sizes ranging from a baby's foot to a 17-year-old's hand that could palm a basketball -- line the hallways and spill into offices of the Center. These bright and cheerful signatures are a moving tribute to the thousands of children in Washington County for whom the Center has advocated during its 20 years of operation. Continue reading...

The View From The 'Porch'

Theater company takes production outdoors

Subscriber onlyWhen the Nomadic Theatre Collective presents its production of Jeffrey Sweet's play "Porch," it will be, quite fittingly, performed on an actual porch. Continue reading...

Melissa Fink

Subscriber onlyWhen walking past the front doors of Jones Elementary in Springdale -- where Melissa Fink is celebrating her tenth year as principal -- it's immediately obvious that the school does things a little differently. The clinic located just inside the school -- one of only three in the district -- has been offering free mental and physical health care to Jones' students, families and community members since 2010. Though school is out for the year, there are signs posted outside the main office advertising the free lunches offered throughout the summer as well as a schedule for the mobile dental clinic, which offers free services to Jones students. Continue reading...

Kernodle New Play Award Recipient Announced

Subscriber onlyJohn Walch, University of Arkansas head of playwriting and administrator of the Kernodle New Play Award, announced this month that the prestigious award for 2017 was being given to New York playwright Barbara Hammond and her play, "Visible from Four States." Continue reading...

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Department of theater designers displayed their work outside the banquet hall at Saturday night’s ev...

Department of theater designers displayed their work outside the banquet hall at Saturday night’s event.

Published: May 14, 2017

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