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Peace artwork winner

St. Joseph High school art teacher Penny Bassham recently announced her top three entries from the eight-grade class in the annual Peace Poster Contest, sponsored by the Conway Evening Lions Club. This year’s theme is “Journey of Peace.” Eligibility for national and international competition requires entrants be in the 11-13 year-old age group. Student voting put Matthew Setier’s poster in first place. ... More ...  

Anthony Childbirth Center open

CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs celebrated the grand opening Dec. 2 of the new Anthony Childbirth Center, a $3.5-million renovation that introduces a new family-centered labor and delivery model to southwest Arkansas. Major renovations include 12 large, private birthing suites that keep mother and child together in the same room throughout labor, delivery, postpartum and recovery. Gov. Asa Hutchinson, representatives of ... More ...  

Immaculate Conception feast day

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is transferred to Monday, Dec. 9 because Dec. 8 is the Second Sunday of Advent. The obligation to attend Mass, however, does not transfer. The Optional Memorial of St. Juan Diego Dec. 9 is omitted this year. Diocesan offices will be closed Dec. 9.

Fort Smith holiday market

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Parish Center in Fort Smith will be the site of the Fifth Annual Holiday Market Saturday, Dec. 7. Sponsored by the Amistad Ladies Group, this annual fundraiser seeks to collect funds to support needy families in the parish. The best arts and crafts in the River Valley will be sold from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For ... More ...  

Our Lady of Guadalupe procession

For the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe Thursday, Dec. 12 a solemn procession of the Virgen of Guadalupe will begin at 4:30 p.m. beginning at St. Mary Church at 100 Central Ave in Hot Springs and ending at St. John the Baptist Church at 589 Grand Ave. A bilingual Mass will be held at 6 p.m. at St. John. A dance and dinner will follow at 7 p.m. ... More ...  

Hearts for Life Conference Jan. 18-19

The Respect Life Office is hosting the Hearts for Life Conference Saturday, Jan. 18 beginning at 1 p.m. through Sunday, Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. at St. John Center in Little Rock. The conference will explore pro-life issues and will include adoration, dinner, breakfast, and overnight accommodations. Speakers will focus on living courageously pro-life while surrounded by a culture of ... More ...  

St. Joe teachers ACT certified

Two St. Joseph High School teachers in Conway have joined a small group of educators from across the U.S. who’ve become ACT Certified Educators (ACE) in three disciplines: basics, English and reading. English teachers Kathleen Gueringer and Alicia Yrle were recently notified, after many hours of training in Birmingham, Ala., and with their scores on rigorous certification tests, that they’ve met ... More ...  

MSM breaks can collection record

Thanks to a few creative can-collecting activities and some friendly class competition, Mount St. Mary Academy’s annual Robin Hood Days canned food drive in Little Rock recently collected more cans and cash equivalent than ever before in its 45-year history: 63,328. This year’s total beat last year’s record-breaking amount by more than 10,000 cans. The student-led school-wide drive benefits local ... More ...