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20 years of Mercy Fitness Center

On May 5, Mercy Fitness Center in Fort Smith celebrated 20 years of service to the Arkansas River Valley area.  The Fitness Center was founded in 1997 under the leadership of Mercy’s former CEO, Sister Judith Marie Keith, RSM, who recognized the importance of regular physical exercise in gaining and maintaining good health.  The facility offers group exercise and fitness ... More ...  

Surgical Tech Registry established

Mercy Health System is praising the establishment of the Arkansas Surgical Technologists Registry, enabled by legislation earlier this year and set to go into effect July 1. The registry mandates qualifications for surgical technologists, including being certified by a nationally accredited surgical technology program, maintenance of that certification and a record free of drug-related convictions. Surgical technologists — also referred to ... More ...  

Students at Academic Signing Day

Three students of St. Joseph School in Conway were among area high school seniors who were recognized at Academic Signing Day May 8. The event is sponsored annually by the Acxiom Corporation and was held at the University of Central Arkansas.  Amber Briggler, Hunter Trussell and Rachel Prall were honored for their academic success. The students chosen from Conway, St. Joseph ... More ...  

St. Joe girls attend STEM conference

Seven eighth-grade girls from St. Joseph High School in Conway attended the Girl Power in STEM Conference at the University of Central Arkansas April 28. Girls from across the state gained hands-on experience and learned about careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The girls interacted with female professors and current UCA students to develop a greater understanding of their own ... More ...  

St. Scholastica retreat June 2-4

On June 2-4, Alice Nahas will present a retreat, “Lord, When Did We See You?” at St. Scholastica Retreat Center in Fort Smith.  Nahas will help participants to share opportunities to test their heart vision, practice “seeing” more clearly and discover the Christ vision.  The cost is $195 for those needing lodging or $150 for commuters. A $50 non-refundable, non-transferable ... More ...  

Civil discourse discussion June 8

Dr. Jay Barth will be the speaker at the next Pax Christi meeting Thursday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at St. John Center in Little Rock. Barth is an M.E. and Ima Graves Peace Distinguished Professor of Politics at Hendrix College in Conway. He will be speaking on civil discourse, providing information on improving communication between opposing parties during conflicted ... More ...  

St. Joseph groundbreaking

St. Joseph Church in Conway held an official  groundbreaking and site blessing ceremony May 4 for the construction of a two-story, 42,000-square-foot multi-purpose building. It will replace three older buildings, one of which was erected in 1926. Two of them have already been demolished and the third will come down when the new structure is completed in July 2018.  Bishop Anthony ... More ...  

Stephens Award winners

One Catholic high school student and two Catholic school teachers were awarded the Stephens Award by The City Education Trust April 24 in Little Rock. Thomas Howe, a senior at Catholic High School and member of Immaculate Conception Church in North Little Rock, is the son of Dr. Laurence J. Howe and the late Karen Gangluff Howe. Howe will receive a ... More ...