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Fountain centerpiece installed at Rogers Plaza By MICHELLE CORBET LOG CABIN STAFF WRITER

Rogers Plaza became one step closer to completion Tuesday morning with the installation of the fountain centerpiece. Nabholz Construction turned the 7,000-pound cement fountain upright, and used a crane to lift the fountain over the construction fence. Then, construction

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crews drilled four holes in the bottom bowl and lifted the fountain as construction crew members lined up each of the steel support pegs. The fountain was then leveled and given more support at the base. “There won’t be any water in it until after Christmas,” said Justin Bennett, Rogers Plaza project manager and Corco Construction partner.

Conway’s 54-foot artificial Christmas tree will be constructed on top of the fountain. Construction crews have already installed attachments in the concrete around the fountain to anchor the tree. “If we put water in it we’d have to drain it all back out a few days later,” Bennett said. A crew from the tree’s manufacturer, Get Lit,

LLC, is excepted to arrive Monday to start assembling the tree made of a hollow cone, artificial tree limbs, ornaments and more than 19,000 lights. (Staff writer Michelle Corbet can be reached by email at michelle.corbet@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1215. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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The new 7,000-pound cement fountain was installed at Rogers Plaza Tuesday.

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Former lawmaker donates papers to UCA

Return a ‘welcoming experience’ center of ‘west memphis 3’ trial comes back to arkansas

Echols ‘incredibly nice and open,’ UCA student says

By LEE HOGAN

By LEE HOGAN

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Former Arkansas State Rep. Betty Pickett has donated her collection of materials to the University of Central Arkansas Archives. According to Jimmy Bryant, director of archives and special collections, Pickett’s collection contains information about Arkansas education matters including agendas, staff recommendations, working papers for developing standards-based education and papers that pertain to the Arkansas Supreme Court ruling that Arkansas must provide an adequate education in Arkansas Schools. Additionally, the collection contains documents related to the Bureau of Legislative Affairs and working papers on legislation Pickett introduced. Bryant said he was happy that Pickett chose the UCA Archives to house her collection of materials. Bryant said

It was a trip that Damien Echols said could have been psychologically challenging, but instead, his first visit to Arkansas since 2011 was memorable. “You all have made this a very welcoming experience,” Echols told hundreds at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall in Conway on Monday night. “It’s something I will always remember.” Echols returned to the state where he spent 18 years on death row as an artist in residence at the University of Central Arkansas for a public reading of his personal memoir and New York Times best seller, “Life After Death.” As teenagers, Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley Jr. — also known as the West Memphis Three — were convicted in the gruesome, 1993 murder of the three West Memphis boys. While Echols was sentenced to death, Baldwin and Misskelley received life in prison. The entire case — from the heinous slaying of the three eight-yearold boys to the subsequent murder trials — garnered national attention and scrutiny. Questions continually surrounded the teens’ convictions, which in turn, drew support for the convicted from various celebrities, including Johnny Depp, the Di-

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Senior Jennifer Parks said she was intimidated when Damien Echols first walked into a room full of University of Central Arkansas students on Monday afternoon. Some of that intimidation came from old news articles Parks was required to read in preparation for Echols’ appearance. The articles painted Echols a less-than-favorable person. “He walked in, dressed completely in black, you couldn’t see his eyes for his sunglasses,” Parks said. “He was very quiet, and stoic.” It also didn’t help when Parks was required to go through extra security — which included walking past two police officers and having another man search all bags — before entering the classroom. Even with the intimidation, Parks said it submitted photo didn’t take long for her to Senior UCA student Jennifer Parks poses with Damien Echols during Echols’ first visit see the real Echols, who to Arkansas since 2011. Echols was freed in August 2011 after spending 18 years on death row.

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TOday • Sexual Assault Crisis Response Support Groups, 1500 Museum Rd., Wren Corner. Sexual Assault support group, 8-9 a.m.; Domestic Violence support group, 9-10 a.m. Kate Vincent, 730-9421. • A Close-Knit Faith Community, to meditate on Scripture and knit for charity, 9:30-11:30 a.m., St. Joseph Parish Administration Office, 502 Front St., located to the east of the church. Call 513-6812. The

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Pictured is an abandoned home on Siebenmorgan Road that burned Saturday afternoon. Conway Fire Department officials say the investigation into what started the fire is ongoing, however, foul play is not suspected.

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group welcomes all faiths. • Story Time, 10 and 10:30 a.m., Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St. • Crafts, 10:30 and 11 a.m., Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St. • Conway Kiwanis Club, 11:30 a.m., China Town Restaurant, 201 Skyline Dr. #12A. Speaker Judge David Clark, domestic violence awareness. • Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 1:30 p.m., McGee Center, 3800 College Ave. November is “Caregiver Month,” and the group will celebrate their caregivers. Call 329-6282 or 501-246-1972.

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