While back to school season is a whirlwind for all families with children, it can prove especially eventful for teachers and administrators. However, Courtney Pope is excited to return to Conway’s St. Joseph Elementary School, this
year in the role of principal.

Compass Academy, located at 1215 Sturgis Road in Conway, is dedicated to serving the needs of children in our community with disabilities.

Matt and Kiki Carpenter, Cort, 14; Lane, 11; Cason, 8; Quade, 5; Ransom, 2

Neighborhood, year home
was built, name of builder
Mallard Crossing. 2004. Rick Edwards

Someday Kennedy Lee wants to move to New York and dance at the American Ballet Theatre. And if the past is any indication, she is well on her way to achieving her dreams.
This past summer, she received a scholarship for dance to go to a talent expo in Dallas where she danced in front of many talent agents. The Brothers of Phi Mu Mu #948 of Omega Psi Phi, Inc. provided the $2,000 scholarship.

“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4

God’s Word provides hope because it tells us the story of God. From Genesis to Revelation, we read the epic story of God, unfolding one page at a time.

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We are all in this together
What if all parent and teacher relationships were as wonderful and open as we all wanted? Some may say this is not reality, but after seven years as a teacher, I have learned it very much can be reality, and should be so.

Make your house the game-day headquarters with these mouthwatering party sandwiches. Add classic appetizers and take advantage of the offerings at
your local bakery for sweet treats to create a fun gathering for friends and family. These delectable sandwiches are sure to become fan-favorites!

Wow. It’s that time of year again — back to school time. Let’s see… new clothes, shoes, backpacks, supplies… there went the budget for this month! The kids are already complaining about the amount of homework they have to do, and Friday nights are all planned around football. Things are going pretty much in a normal pattern until you get a call from the school nurse telling you that your child is sick. This is the same child who was as healthy as a horse all summer long. And, of course, you can’t afford to miss work any more than your child can afford to miss school. Sound familiar?

What is “relational aggression,” also known as bullying? Professionally, I prefer to use the term relational aggression, because if we are being honest, terms like bullying and cyberbullying, although still very prevalent, are often disregarded or viewed as overused or a parent or child’s exaggeration. Relational aggression by definition is harming others through purposeful manipulation and damage of their peer relationships (Ophelia, 2010).

Nutritious diets are essential to long-term pet health. Many well-intentioned pet owners feed their pets foods they believe are nutritious, only to learn that certain foods, even those deemed healthy for humans, can be quite dangerous to dogs and cats.

While it may be a stretch to imagine a blissfully white snowfall in the middle of the hot, humid southern summer, at least try. For those who pick up The Snow Child, prepare to be subtly carried away to the Alaskan frontier in the 1920s.

Recent studies shed light on the importance of timely treatment of hearing loss.
Most people believe that hearing loss is a condition that only affects their ears. In reality, untreated hearing loss can affect so much more, including brain structure and function.
According to a 2013 John Hopkins University study, hearing loss may increase the risk of cognitive problems and dementia.
A 2011 dementia study monitored the cognitive health of 639 people who were mentally sharp when the study began.

This month marks the 60th anniversary of a historic event that seems so far away, and yet still very much relevant in our current politics — the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School.