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BC-AR--Arkansas Weekend Planner, AR

February 21, 2019

Editors,

Wire Editors,

Photo Editors,

The AP’s updated plan for the weekend. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 501-225-3668.

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MEMBER FEATURES:

For Sunday, Feb. 24, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-STUDENTS-ART-ISLAM

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. _ A high school art project helped students gain a new perspective by connecting them with people of the Islamic faith. Fayetteville High School students in Ashley Grisso’s advanced placement world history classes worked in groups of two or three. They interviewed Muslims in the community, then told their stories through art. By Dave Perozek, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 806 words.

EXCHANGE-PAPELBON-EVENT

JONESBORO, Ark. _ Jonathan Papelbon remembers being “a 6-foot-4, 170 (pound) string bean” when Tommy Raffo recruited him to Mississippi State two decades ago. Papelbon shined for the Bulldogs before becoming a six-time All-Star during a 12-year career with three Major League teams. He was recently in town to support Raffo’s program as the featured guest at Arkansas State’s 17th annual Grand Slam Banquet, a key fundraiser for Red Wolves baseball. By Kevin Turbeville, The Jonesboro Sun. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1005 words.

For Monday, Feb. 25, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-BOY SCOUTS-GIRLS TROOP

BRYANT, Ark. _ Ten girls stood in a single line alongside the Boy Scouts of Troop 17 and raised three fingers on their right hands as they recited the Boy Scouts oath during a recent ceremony in the First United Methodist Church of Bryant. The girls, ages 11-17, are the founding members of Troop 19. The group became the first all-girls troop chartered by the Quapaw Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. By Alex Gladden, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 539 words.

EXCHANGE-FORT SMITH-CONVENTION CENTER

FORT SMITH, Ark. _ The Fort Smith Board of Directors previously questioned the value of subsidizing the Convention Center. It was worried about supporting the facility with other things in need of attention. Directors said recently, however, it’s worth the investment. According to the presentation, the facility’s overall revenue exceeded $833,000 — roughly $45,000 more than in 2017 — for the best year since it opened. The city of Fort Smith paid almost $775,500 toward the Convention Center’s operations, which also increased its number of events to 264 and event days to 276. By Jadyn Watson-Fisher, Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 517 words.

^The AP, Little Rock