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Cooking up healthy rivalry at Red Beans and Rice Bowl

The UCA Bears will be facing off against McNeese State out of St. Charles, Louisana this weekend and there will be more than just great football featured.

This game is called the Red Beans and Rice Bowl to highlight how important rice is to both Arkansas and Louisana. Taking this a bit further, UCA has partnered with the Arkansas Rice Depot for a tailgating extravangza.

Inter-Tribal Association of Arkansas to share Native American Indian Heritage


The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. INARK will perform a pow-wow dance and drum segment, share the history of Native Americans, and tell Native American folk stories. The event is free and open to the public.

INARK is a non-profit organization founded through the combined efforts and desires of Native American people in Arkansas. Its goal is to preserve and share with all interested people the culture and heritage of Native Americans. The organization seeks to provide a social outlet for all who are interested in Native American culture, to open new avenues for Native American craftsmen, and to interpret and to share with others the history, lore, dances, songs, crafts and ideas of the Native Americans.

Herbert leads UCA to win


Sophomore forward Megan Herbert, last season's Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, had 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead the way for the Sugar Bears.


Leading 39-29 at the half, UCA (1-0) kicked off the second half with a 22-7 run to pull ahead by 25 and distance itself from Hendrix with just under 13 minutes remaining. Hendrix chipped away over the next several minutes and cut the UCA lead down to 13 and trailed 73-60 with 5:26 to play.


The Sugar Bears seized the momentum and dominated the final five minutes, closing it out with a 20-6 run. A three-pointer from sophomore forward Westin Taylor followed by two free throws from Herbert and a layup by junior guard Sidney Stewart gave UCA a 20-point lead just under the four-minute mark.


Kathy Powers is Teacher of the Year 2010

Kathy Powers teaches at Simon Intermediate School in Conway: Energy and excitement is a big part of her teaching method that she's been crafting for 17 years.

Powers makes learning about the Dust Bowl and Great Depression fun. Students are broken into groups and together they write poems about these historical events.

The ceremony was held at the Governor's Mansion.

Difference in Teaching: Kathy Powers nominated for Teacher of the Year


Powers is from Simon Intermediate School in Conway and is one of four teachers competing for the honor.

There's never a dull moment in Powers' sixth grade class.

"She makes up dances and songs," says Savanah Ross, a sixth grader. "Everyone says Miss Powers is the best teacher."

"If I have energy and excitement, then they become excited too," says Powers.

It's a big part of her teaching method that she's been crafting for 17 years. "I take what my students know already and the curriculum I have to teach and we combine those and go wild with it," says Powers.

Powers makes learning about the Dust Bowl and Great Depression fun. Students are broken into groups and together they write poems about these historical events.

"She draws them in by her life experiences and her actions and her words," says Principal Renee Bennett.

Fire displaces families at Conway apartment complex

Residents in an additional eight apartments at the complex were unable to stay in their places due to lack of electricity as a result of the fire.

Food and clothing was provided for six residents and emergency shelter in an area hotel for two, as most were able to stay with family and friends. Residents in three of the destroyed apartments were out of town at the time of the fire. One of the destroyed apartments was vacant.

Earlier fires in Cabot, Hot Springs and Little Rock displaced an additional nine persons. All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from Arkansans.

For fire safety tips visit redcrosslittlerock.org

Stay in touch with local response on Twitter@ArkRedCross and on Facebook.

(Source: Arkansas Red Cross)

Ark. man accidentally shoots himself to death

Police Chief Gene Earnhart says 23-year-old Brian Swofford died Saturday after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Earnhart told the Log Cabin Democrat that Swofford was at a private residence looking at the .32 caliber handgun he had intended to purchase. Swofford took the clip out and believed the gun wasn't loaded.

Earnhart said Swofford accidentally shot himself in the head while inspecting the weapon.

The Faulkner County coroner has ruled the death an accident and police don't suspect foul play.

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