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Veterans writing retreat set at Hemingway-Pfeiffer

PIGGOTT -- Acclaimed author and Nobel Prize winner Ernest Hemingway's studio at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center, an Arkansas State University Heritage Site, is now the site of an all-expense-paid weekend writing retreat for military veterans Sept. 15-17.

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Awareness campaign begins fourth year

LITTLE ROCK -- To encourage ongoing communication throughout the school year, the Arkansas Department of Education and State Board of Education launched the 2017-18 "My Child/My Student" public awareness campaign.

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Popcorn on the Playground

Fountain Lake Elementary School kindergarten teachers, from left, Jasmin Norman, Madison Pierce, LeeAnn Garrett, Amber Mishler and Amanda Craver recently hosted a "Popcorn on the Playground" open house for all 2017-18 kindergarten students and family members. Students and parents were able to get acclimated with their new classrooms and teachers, as well as enjoy some popcorn and bouncy toys.

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Successful 'Climb'

Centerpoint Middle School seventh-grader Gracie Spray recently placed first in her division of the "Reaching for the Stars" vocal talent competition in Hot Springs with her rendition of "The Climb." She is the daughter of Bubba and Michelle Spray, of Bonnerdale.

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Team camp

Lake Hamilton's cross-country team members in grades 7-12 recently attended a team camp at Timberlodge Ranch in Amity. Athletes received instructions on proper training for cross-country and participated in motivational and team-building activities.

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Ecology Camp

Local students, front, from left, who received scholarships from the Hot Springs Village Audubon Society to attend weeklong ecology camps were Olivia Smith, Mountain Pine; Khai Nobles, Fountain Lake; and John Taylor, Jessieville; and back, from left, Bayley Brown, Mountain Pine; Danielle George, Jessieville; Ben Combs, Jessieville; and Bailey Helton, Fountain Lake. Brown attended the Johnson Advanced Ecology Camp for third-year advanced campers near Clinton, where she canoed the Buffalo River and studied stalagmites, stalactites and helicites on a wild cave tour. Smith attended the Halberg Ecology Camp at Camp Clearfork in Royal to study herpetology, ornithology, botany, aquatic biology and other disciplines.

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Lakeside at Governor's School

Lakeside High School rising seniors, from left, Luke Long, Kate Webb, Bailey Case, Hannah Whorton, Sidra Hansen and Carlen Johnson were selected to attend the 38th annual Arkansas Governor's School from June 11 to July 22 at Hendrix College in Conway.

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Feeding the pack

Workers recently completed the construction and furnishing of the new dining hall and kitchen at Lake Hamilton High School. The new cafeteria and renovations of the previous cafeteria concluded major projects stemming from the district's 2013 millage campaign. Students will start the 2017-18 school year on campus Monday.

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