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MSM artists win competition

Two students at Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock were recently chosen as winning artists in the inaugural Historic Cane Hill Art Competition and Exhibition. Senior Audrey Caruthers’s pen and ink piece, “The Natural State,” won the second-place Juror’s Prize and a $1,000 cash award. Junior Caroline Gunderman received one of two $75 Awards of Excellence for her pencil ... More ...  

Mercy welcomes neurosurgical team

Mercy NWA in Rogers has welcomed a new neurosurgical team that can treat patients with serious neurological illnesses and injuries who formerly had to be sent elsewhere for treatment. Dr. Alejandro Castellvi and nurse practitioner Paula Stephens joined Mercy Clinic Neurosurgery – Physicians Plaza, treating patients in the clinic and hospital setting and performing life-saving and life-changing neurosurgery at Mercy Hospital.

Crowder makes all-region band

Conway’s St. Joseph School seventh grader Ella Crowder, a flutist, made Second Band, Ninth Chair at the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association, Region IX, Junior High All-Region Band Tryouts at Dover High School Dec. 14. All-Region Band is an honor band comprised of students from different schools in the region. 

Free throw contest Jan. 26

Knights of Columbus Council #812 is hosting its annual free throw competition for boys and girls 9 to 14 years old Sunday, Jan. 26 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Little Rock. Registration begins at 3 p.m. and the contest begins at 3:30 p.m. The winners will be eligible for the district competition in February. The national and ... More ...  

Slovak Heritage Day Feb. 8

The Sixth Annual Slovak Heritage Day will be held from 2-10 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8 at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church and parish hall in Slovak. Exhibitions and reunion will be held from 2-4 p.m., followed by Mass at 4 p.m. in honor of Sts. Cyril and Methodius and a potluck and video at 5:30 p.m. This year the festivities ... More ...  

Sacred Heart Trivia Night Feb. 1

Tickets are now available for the Sacred Heart School’s seventh annual Trivia Night fundraiser in Morrilton. The Feb. 1 event will be held in the school gym/Ruff Auditorium. Guests will be treated to a Mexican dinner and complimentary beverages. Last year, more than 50 teams and nearly 400 people participated in the event, which entails six rounds of trivia questions. ... More ...  

Little Portion temporary profession

At the conclusion of the community’s Advent Retreat at Little Portion Hermitage in Berryville, Sister Mary Kiara Elder made her temporary profession of vows as a member of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity before spiritual mother Viola Talbot Dec. 6. Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen, OSB, from St. Gregory Abbey in Oklahoma, was present.  Elder, a Colorado native, entered Little Portion Hermitage ... More ...  

St. Scholastica postulant

Maria Elena Fisk was welcomed into St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith as a postulant Dec. 8 during vespers. A memorable moment during the service is when she is asked to place into a vessel symbols of her renunciation: her car keys, credit card and cell phone. Fisk, who was born in the Philippines, most recently lived in Dallas.