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Kimberly-Clark increases expansion plans for Conway facility

In July, the Conway Development Corporation announced that Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) would be investing approximately $25 million in equipment over the next 18 months in its Conway, Ark., facility.

Thanks to improved business conditions, expansion plans are now expected to increase to approximately 100 new full-time positions and more than $65 million in investment over the next three years.

Conway Mayor Tab Townsell said that Monday's announcement is the pinnacle of what has been a thriving 40-year relationship. "Kimberly-Clark and Conway have been together 40 years. 2010 may be our single best year to-date for expansion news. That is unheard of in this economy. We absolutely treasure our relationship with this company."

The expansion adds capacity for products not currently produced by Kimberly-Clark in the United States, which will be accommodated through a substantial increase in production and support floor space.

Friday, kick off to weekend packed with Halloween activities

Here is a list of haunted houses in the area.

If you know of other haunted houses or fun activities going on this weekend, leave your comment with the necessary information so folks can attend.

17th Annual Haunted Cathedral - Little Rock
Open until October 31
Located: EMOBA's Cultural Center - 1208 Louisiana Street
Saturday $15 admission, Sunday $20 admission - there are group rates.
You will walk through kid friendly haunted mazes. Outside there are food vendors.
(501) 372-0018

Hola! Arkansas "Dia de los Muertos" (Day of the Dead) at Magic Springs
Saturday: 4-8     Sunday 4-6
Located: 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs
(501) 624-0100 

Faulkner Co. circuit judge fined and warned on use of funds

The Log Cabin Democrat newspaper reported Wednesday that the Ethics Commission issued the warning to Circuit Judge Mike Maggio.
Documents released by the commission said the official Public Letter of Warning "is condemnatory in nature and serves to express the strong disapproval of your misconduct."

Maggio signed a settlement agreeing that the commission find that he violated state law by taking campaign funds as personal income, not maintaining proper records of campaign spending and not properly reporting that spending in reports filed with the state.

The complaint involved checks written from an account of the Keep Mike Maggio Campaign Committee, in the amounts of $500, $1,254.97 and $600.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Conway 2025 strategic planning results announced

More than 200 people gathered at an unveiling breakfast hosted by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Conway Corporation. Chamber staff and board members presented a seven point plan for Conway's future titled Conway2025. The plan is the result of a yearlong process that involved surveys from over 1,400 Conway residents and input from more than 300 volunteers.

The plan sets more than 130 goals to be accomplished by the year 2025. The goals are organized into focus areas that promise to "Keep Conway": Active, Building, Creative, Learning, Moving, Safe and Working. The process was lead by a seven member steering committee of Conway residents. The content of the plan was developed entirely by Conway area residents. Conway Chamber staff facilitated over 50 "sector group" meetings to set the goals.

Update: Mayflower Animal Shelter not closing


Two weeks ago the shelter's animal control officer put in his resignation, but he went a step further, called shelters and sent out mass emails to raise awareness for adoptions. In the midst of everything, words were twisted and folks mistakenly heard the shelter was closing and the animals would be euthanized Monday.

Saturday, worried community members started showing up at the Mayflower Police Department to find out how they can stop animals from being euthanized and the closing of the shelter.

"No, everything is still the same we just don't have the actual animal control officer employed anymore. He resigned," Corporal Jeremy Hanson explains.

The rumor started by email, spreading to social networking sites like Facebook.

Former animal control employee Danny Leigh says, "They will find someone exactly, hopefully better than me when I was there. That would be great."

Mississippi worker dies at Conway landfill

Investigators say 55-year-old Kenneth Trent Goolsby of Ripley, Miss., was apparently killed in an on-the-job accident.

According to the Log Cabin Democrat newspaper, Conway Mayor Tab Townsell said Saturday that Goolsby was working on an expansion of the landfill.

A police report said Goolsby was discovered by coworkers in a pond at the landfill after he did not return from filling his water truck. The report said a co-worker was sent to the water- filling site to check on Goolsby and found him dead, lying face-down in the water beneath the front of the water truck, which had backed nearly completely into the water.

Statements from witnesses indicate the truck may have rolled down the pond bank while the tank was being filled.

Source: Associated Press

Man walks barefoot in support of veteran suicide awareness

Ron Zaleski passed through Conway Sunday. Since June 1, he's been walking across the country barefoot with a sign reading "18 Vets a day commit suicide." He started his journey in Concord, Massachusetts.

His goal is to collect one million signatures in support of mandatory counseling for soldiers after they return from war.

Zaleski says, "Most civilians can't relate what these guys go through. They figure we've been fighting forever and they're soldiers and that is just the way it is. No that's not just the way it is. Let's do something different."

So far Zaleski has 10,000 signatures. He hopes to finish his cross country walk by Veterans Day 2011 in California.

As for why he walks barefoot, Zaleski says, "It doesn't hurt me anywhere near as much as the loved ones that stop and cry and tell me how they lost a child that came home safe, or a loved one that came home safe only to commit suicide.