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Diaconate 30th anniversary

Deacon Larry Hatch will celebrate his 30th anniversary as a deacon Aug. 19. He will be recognized during Mass Aug. 17-18 at St. Agnes Church in Mena, where he currently serves. He was ordained in 1989 in the Diocese of Fort Worth. Since 2004 he has served in Arkansas.

St. Joe Conway recycler of year

St. Joseph School in Conway won the Arkansas Recycling Coalition’s 2019 School Recycler of the Year Award. Students recycle paper, aluminum cans and cardboard at the school. They go room to room weekly collecting it. There are cardboard storage bins on campus where that material is placed and recycled by Conway’s Virco Manufacturing Corporation.  Other students volunteer at the St. Joseph Flea ... More ...  

Knights beautify Sacred Heart grounds

The Knights of Columbus Daniel P. Sullivan Council 10208 of Hot Springs Village recently beautified the grounds of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. The Sacred Heart Circle is an area in front of the Lower Hall that the council believed needed attention. The area was cleared, feature stone and a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus were placed and ... More ...  

CHI Hot Springs best places to work

CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs was named one of the Best Places to Work in Arkansas by Arkansas Business and Best Companies Group. The awards program identifies and honors the best employers in Arkansas, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses. The 2019 list highlights 46 companies across the state. The winners will be revealed at a special event Sept. 26.

$1 million donation to Mercy

Mercy will name the new heart unit in its soon-to-open seven-story tower in Rogers in recognition of the McMillon family after a gift from Doug and Shelley McMillon. The $1 million gift will go toward the hospital’s $277 million expansion in Northwest Arkansas. The donation puts Mercy close to a total of $20 million in philanthropic support toward its goal of ... More ...  

CHI receives heart award

CHI St. Vincent has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing improvement measures for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock earned the award for meeting specific criteria and standards for quick, appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart ... More ...  

Mercy pilgrimage in Ireland

Three Mount St. Mary Academy students and two teachers traveled to Dublin, Ireland, July 16-19 for the Fifth Biennial Pilgrimage of Young Mercy Leaders. The event brought together 95 high school students and 23 chaperones from 21 Mercy schools around the world at Mercy International Centre.

Subiaco shadow day Oct. 18

Subiaco Academy will host a shadow day Friday, Oct. 18. The day is designed for prospective students and their parents. It allows participants to meet with key faculty and staff, sit in on classes, have conversations with students. For more information, call (479) 934-1095 or visit