Faulkner Lifestyle Magazine September 2018


september 2018


Back To School features

At Home with the Allens

A Community of Caring


Well Spent

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Mary Ruth Marotte, Andrea Lennon, Jennifer Stanley, Mary Etta Qualls, Lindsey Jones, Xochilt Hawks, Detra Clark, Patrick Jamerson,

Brandy Strain-Dayer, Lori Quinn, Drew Spurgers, Raegan Miller, Jackie Mahar, Colleen Holt, Linda Mars, Robin Stauffer and Leah Ashby



Lori Quinn, Editor

Brandy Strain-Dayer, Photography Director


Robin Stauffer


Jackie Mahar

Raegan Miller


Jennifer Stanley

Leah Ashby

Colleen Holt


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Linda Mars


Mary Ruth Marotte


Detra Clark


Andrea Lennon


Patrick Jamerson aka Dr. FiT


Mary Etta Qualls


Xochilt Hawks


Lindsey Jones

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Brandy Strain-Dayer

and Lori Quinn

Faulkner Lifestyle

Publishers / Owners

Welcome to Faulkner Lifestyle!

The Faulkner Lifestyle mission is to entertain, inspire, educate

and inform our community with a variety of articles that

will provide something of interest for everyone. People,

business, travel, food, home, wellness, spirituality, style,

events, and the arts will be just a few of our featured topics.

We will have a strong online and social media presence.

Not only will we be distributed as a printed magazine in

high-traffic retail and service locations — like medical and

dental offices, fitness facilities, boutiques, salons, coffee

shops, and restaurants throughout our community — but

will also have live videos and regular interactions with our

advertisers and our community, both in person and through

social media. We will saturate the market on all levels so

our advertisers will see direct results and our audience will

stay connected. Owners and publishers, Brandy Strain-

Dayer and Lori Quinn have more than 14 years of invaluable

experience in the magazine, marketing, and advertising

industry that they will lend to this publication.

Lori Quinn & Brandy Strain-Dayer

Meet Intern, Brooke Bynum

Faulkner Lifestyle welcomes Brooke Bynum to the Faulkner

Lifestyle family! Brooke joins us as a summer intern and

will periodically publish feature articles. Raised in Conway,

she is the daughter of Michael and Laura Bynum. Brooke

is a 2016 graduate of Conway High School and currently

attends the University of Arkansas, majoring in Journalism

with an emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations. Her

special interests include event planning, social media,

fashion and hiking. We are especially excited for her to

lend her photography skills to some of the feature articles

she writes. In addition to her interests, Brooke also spends

time volunteering with Student Ministries and Reading is

Fundamental. We are thrilled Brooke has joined our team!

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Best advice I can give is to always be

an advocate for your child, and to start

reading with your kids as soon as possible.

Talk to the younger ones like they are

adults because they mimic behavior, and

the larger the vocabulary we expose them

to the greater their vocabulary will be.

—Gary Logan, Principal

Florence Mattison Elementary

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Not you, not me, but we!

Names: Gary & Lacy Logan

Where are you from?

Lacy is from Mountain View.

Gary is from Mayflower.

Where did you go to school?

Lacy went to Mountain View High

School and Arkansas Tech University.

Gary went to Mayflower High School,

Arkansas Tech for undergrad, Arkansas

State for Masters, Educational Specialist.

Where do you work? How long?

Lacy works at Mayflower school

district as the sr. high and jr. high girls’

basketball coach. This is her 9th year of

teaching. Gary is Principal at Florence

Mattison Elementary in Conway School

District. This is my 11th year.

How did you two meet?

We first met while working in the

Mayflower school district.

Favorite place to go on a date night?

We both love to stay around the house.

Lacy doesn’t like to take me out in

public because I might embarrass her

or fall asleep in the movies.

How long have you lived here?

Lacy has lived in Faulkner County for 7

years. Gary is a lifelong resident—lived

here all but the first 3 months of my life.

The best part about the public school

system? And what do you see that

still needs improvement?

The people are the best part of the

public school system. I believe that

we truly have a committed group of

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people working in education. There are

things in every organization that need

improvement, but the one thing I would

personally like to see improve is the

number of males and minorities entering

the profession.

Your philosophy on education?

That every student can succeed if they

are equipped with the right tools and

have the best teachers available. If we

truly want kids to succeed then we

must connect with them, because no

true meaningful learning can take place

without a connection.

Advice that you could give parents of

school age children to better prepare

them for the classroom? Why?

Best advice I can give is to always be

an advocate for your child, and to

start reading with your kids as soon

as possible. Talk to the younger ones

like they are adults because they mimic

behavior, and the larger the vocabulary

we expose them to the greater their

vocabulary will be. This advice is based

on what I have seen from students I

have worked with. A majority of learning

and schooling is literacy-based,

so students need to learn to read and

write fluently as soon as possible so

that they can be successful in all areas

of their education…

The best part about having

a career in education?

I absolutely love the people that I serve.

Teachers, parents, students; they all

hold a special place in my heart. No

greater gratification than seeing a student

learn something new and noticing

that they succeeded at that task.

Any new trends/methods

in eduction that you see coming?

I would love to one day see Pre-K

offered to all 4 year olds. Early intervention

is the key, and kids need to be

exposed to schooling and procedures

as early as possible… not really that I

see it coming soon but I am hopeful

that it will one day happen. After all,

kindergarten used to be half day, now

we teach things in kindergarten that

used to be taught in 1st and 2nd grades.

What can the community and

public do to help give back to

the schools and our educators?

One of the best things the community

can do is be supportive of the schools

in all aspects—send a snack to the

teachers, stop by and ask what you can

do to help… all schools are different

and unique and have their own needs,

and sometimes we just need to know

we have help.

How do you make your job

something you enjoy, something

fun, and not just a job?

My motto in education is “I don’t have

a job, I do life,” and I try my best to

make all of my students and teachers

smile every day. I want to spread as

much positivity as possible. I believe that

you choose your mood each day and I

choose to be happy and share my heart

with kids each and every day.

What do love most about

living in this community?

I hate to keep harping on it, but that’s

what makes me want to stay just where

I am. I love all of the people that I know

and support me in what I do with kids…

I love the abundance of wildlife and outdoor

activities we have to offer, especially

Lake Conway that I grew up fishing.

My motto in education

is “I don’t have a job,

I do life,” and I try my

best to make all of my

students and teachers

smile every day.

—Gary Logan, Principal

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Dear Kindergarten Teacher



One of my favorite things to receive

at the beginning of each school

year are handwritten letters from

the parents of my new students. These

letters tell me things they want me to know

about their kiddos, academically or personally,

and sometimes the parent’s wishes for

their child throughout the school year. This

is so personal and very dear to my heart,

and I truly love receiving them.

This year, I was able to be on

the other end of that letter…

Dear Kindergarten Teacher,

It almost seems surreal… no wait, is this

really happening? The first child that I

brought into the world, the little angel

girl that made me a mommy, her…SHE is

ready to begin kindergarten? I know it will

be fine, she will be fine, but what is wrong

with me? I am a teacher myself; I know

that you will treat her like your own. I

trust that you will take care of her because

that is what we teachers do, but I am sorry

that I just cannot help but to worry.

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Help her discover the joy of being a good

student and just exactly what that looks like.

Lindsey Jones, to Luci’s teacher

You see, teacher, I am giving you a very

important piece of my heart, a piece that

I have only one chance at raising right.

Her name is Luci Lea Jones. She will love

you within five minutes of being in your

classroom, and I just know that you will

love her. She will need me, but I will not

be there. Will you please help her when

she does not understand? Will you make

sure she is nice to everyone and the love

of Jesus is displayed from her actions?

Will you somehow make it okay when

she thinks it is not okay? Please help her

understand that failing is normal and that

it is okay to fail. Help her see that through

her failures she will have successes.

Life is defined by unforgettable

moments—some moments that are

painful and others that are so special.

Luci Lea going to kindergarten is for sure

a very special life milestone. I want it to

be exciting, happy, joyful, but most of

all a year that positively affects her and

everyone around her. I want Luci’s joyful

noises to put big and genuine smiles on

the faces of her peers—those peers that

desperately need a reason to smile. I

want her to be the nice girl and always

include others, but I also want her to

stand up for herself. I want her to always

remember what she personally stands

for and where she comes from.

When she gets her ‘packpack’ please

don’t correct her because if I am being

honest, I don’t want her to say it

correctly. I think ‘packpack’ is much

sweeter than backpack, and it keeps her

a little more innocent a little bit longer.

When she places her little hand on your

arm that means she wants to tell you

something or probably ask a question.

She will keep her hand there until you

acknowledge her, but she should not

interrupt you. Do not let her.

Of all the things that I pray you to do for

Luci, one of the most important is that

you teach her. Help her discover the joy

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Can you please make sure she understands

you will never forget her and that

you intend to follow her all through her

school years? I want you to be one of

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I know how important an involved

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It is important to us that she sees you in

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Never forget the impact you can have with

students every day. Lastly, enjoy every minute

— it goes by faster than you can imagine.

—Steve and Cheryl Daniels

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Well Spent




For decades, Steve and Cheryl Daniels spent late summer preparing

for the hustle and bustle of a new school year. This year, the

lifelong educators are embracing their new roles as retirees.

The couple are parents to twins. Son Kyle lives in Little Rock and

works for Stryker Orthopaedics, and daughter Kayla lives in Fayetteville

with husband, Brandon White, where she teaches and coaches

in Springdale. Kayla and Brandon have a three-year-old daughter,

Leighton, and a baby girl on the way.

Cheryl is a Forrest City native, and Steve grew up in North Little Rock.

As fate would have it, they met at their respective first teaching jobs

at Rose City Junior High School in North Little Rock. “He was the

football coach when I started teaching special education. On my first

day at Rose City, another teacher was showing me around and said I

had to meet the football coach. When I got home that night, I told my

roommate that I’d met my husband — although he didn’t know it yet,”

says Cheryl. The Daniels’ have now been married for 32 years.

Following his tenure at Rose City, Steve worked at Northeast High

School, North Little Rock High School, and Conway High School,

coaching at each school. After coaching in Conway for 14 years,

he served as assistant principal for five years and as athletic director

for eight years. Cheryl taught special education at each of the same

schools. At the time of their retirement, Steve had served as an educator

for 38 years and Cheryl for 36 years.

Cheryl also spearheaded Caring Cats, a service learning organization at

Conway High School. “We officially started the club in 2005 but had

been doing some of the main projects for several years. Its purpose

is twofold: First, to help individuals, families, or groups with a need.

Second, to provide students with an avenue and resources to help

others,” Cheryl explains. The organization has a membership of over

200 students and performs planned and random acts of kindness

throughout the school year. “We have some annual events, such

Angel Paws, which provides help for families in our school district at

Christmas. The Powder Puff football game raises money for Special

Olympics. Other events vary each year. The past two years we had the

opportunity to provide a new book for every student at Ida Burns and

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Ellen Smith Elementary Schools. Students received a wrapped

book with their name on it for their birthday. This was done

through the Cara McCollum Birthday Book Project, an

organization very close to my heart,” she says.

While Caring Cats will proceed at the high school, Cheryl

still feels a kinship with the organization, saying, “I hope

Caring Cats will continue to grow and impact our school and

community in a positive way. One of the best things about

the club is that it includes everyone regardless of academic

success, social status, or economics. The only requirement is

the desire to help others, and I hope that never changes.”

As athletic director at Conway, Steve’s responsibilities included

working with coaches, administrators, and members of the

community to help provide the best opportunities for student

athletes. “Also, adding and improving facilities, working with

the Arkansas Activities Association to stay in compliance with

rules, and hosting conference and state events are components

of the job. [The director is also responsible for] ordering

equipment and providing professional development for

coaches. Supervising athletic contests at home and away is a

big responsibility and can include anything from making sure

the lights are working, to evacuating a stadium in bad weather.

It is a team effort!” Steve says.

When asked about the growth of the athletic programs during

his years at Conway, Steve shares, “Some of the changes

include increasing the number of programs to 15 sports, which

increases the number of students participating in athletics.

Athletic facilities have changed from a gymnasium to an arena

and from a grass stadium field to artificial turf. We also added a

new press box and indoor practice facility, just to name a few.

Additionally, we added two new middle school programs,

bringing the total to four.”

When asked to reflect on their careers, Cheryl says, “One of

the things I’m most proud of is helping provide opportunities

for students with disabilities to be included in activities and

form lifelong friendships with students without disabilities.”

She also cites watching the evolution of Caring Cats from its

inception to the present and being part of the first Best Buddies

chapter at Conway, which was named a National Chapter

of the Year. Additional accomplishments included being part

of the first Unified Special Olympics team at Conway and

receiving the Good Neighbor Award from the Chamber of


For his part, Steve expresses a hope that he helped provide a

platform for coaches and athletes to be successful. “In addition

to improving existing facilities, one of my goals, when I first

became athletic director, was to help get an indoor practice

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facility. With the help of many, we now have one that is the

envy of high schools across Arkansas. I can’t thank Dr. Murry

and our school board enough for seeing this project become

a reality.” He adds, “Being selected by my peers as the 2018

Athletic Director of the Year and receiving the National Merit

Award was a great honor.”

Of entering their new stage, the Daniels are excited about

retired life. “We have loved our years in education. We will

be forever grateful to Conway Public Schools and the City

of Conway.” They each plan to continue devoting time

to philanthropic endeavors. “We have both been involved

with Special Olympics for a long time. We also work with

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). We have an annual

golf tournament in memory of my dad; the Ralph Thompson

Memorial Golf Tournament is held in Forrest City each

June. My brother, John Thompson, started it in 2001, and it

benefits FCA,” Cheryl shares. Through his years as athletic

director, Steve has also been involved with the Toad Suck

Run, Walk to Remember, The Women’s Run and more.

Cheryl serves on the board of Deliver Hope, serving youth

in the juvenile justice system.

Steve plans to play a fair amount of golf in his newfound

spare time, and Cheryl enjoys making things on her Cricut

and spending time at the pool. “The thing we both enjoy most

is being with our kids and our granddaughter, Leighton! We

look forward to another grandchild coming soon. We plan

to spend more time with our family, especially our kids and

grandchildren. Of course, we will continue to support the

Wampus Cats. Going to games and sitting together will be a

new experience for us! We also plan to attend more University

of Central Arkansas athletic events.”

As for those incoming educators, eager to take the baton,

Steve and Cheryl offer the following: “First, we say congratulations

on choosing the best, most rewarding, and

fun career ever. Never forget the impact you can have with

students every day. Lastly, enjoy every minute — it goes by

faster than you can imagine.”

One of the things I’m most proud

of is helping provide opportunities

for students with disabilities to

be included in activities and

form lifelong friendships with

students without disabilities.

—Cheryl Daniels

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The Furniture

Consignment Place



The Furniture Consignment Place of

Conway is more than just a retail

shop — it’s a place where relationships

are built, one piece of furniture at a

time! Nestled in a corner building at Harrison

and Garland streets, the store offers

unique and quality items for customers

to purchase, while also providing a place

for the community to safely showcase

and sell their unneeded furniture. Most

importantly, the store gives the best

customer service around!

Chris Quinn, owner and sole proprietor

of the consignment store, purchased

the business Feb. 1, 2011, and the store

has been in business since 2004. “We

have established a great reputation in

our community. Our showroom houses

furniture, home decor, rugs, lamps,

artwork, and more. Everything is in great

condition and priced very reasonably.

We carry name brands such as Thomasville,

Hooker, Ashley, Lexington, Basset,

Lane, Mayo, and many more. We also

advertise in our local and outside area

newspapers and magazines,” she said.

Chris and her staff promise that your

shopping and consigning experience will

be the best possible. “We are proud to

provide a place where the community

can bring their furniture to sell, and

provide a location where customers

can find great prices on good quality,

exceptionally clean furniture and home

decor. We eliminate the labor intensive

process of a garage sale, online yard sale,

Craigslist and the expense of running ads

in the newspaper, with the possibility of

strangers calling you or coming to your

home,” she added. “New items are also

available in our store. We offer a much,

much, lower retail price on these new

items so we can sell them quickly and

keep the store stocked with fresh, new

merchandise partnered with our high

quality consigned furniture. It is basically

a NEW STORE every day!”

A typical day at the Furniture Consignment

Place includes a lot of coming and

going — and that includes both people

and furniture. “Our store lights up

around 9:15 every morning as the opening

employees come in. The mornings

typically start off a little slower than the

rest of the day, which gives us time to

focus on merchandise presentation and

provide service to any of our customers

who have scheduled pickups or deliveries.

After lunch, business in the store

typically picks up and the rest of the day

is spent interacting with our customers

and assisting them with any questions

or consignment needs. Our day begins

winding down around 5:00 as we turn

off lamps and bring in our outdoor

display items. Finally, at 5:30, our team

flips the sign, kills the lights, and locks

up and looks forward to the next day!”

Owning a furniture consignment business

was not anything Chris had ever

particularly planned to do for a living,

but she has known for a long time that

she wanted to own a business. Chris

is an Arkansas transplant from Illinois,

attended the University of Central

Arkansas, and moved to Conway from

Little Rock in 1989.

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Owner, Chris Quinn and her staff.

“I have been in retail management and

customer service since I was 20 years old.

I also worked at the Log Cabin Democrat

in advertising and marketing for about

seven years, which is when I met a lot of

people in the community. It has been a

definite plus in running my own business

here in Conway,” she said. “When I

worked at the Log Cabin, I called on the

Furniture Consignment Place and took

care of their advertising and marketing

needs. This is how I came to know the

former owner. She knew I was interested

in buying a business and she suggested

hers, and the rest is history!”

There are currently three employees that

have been with the store for more than

two years. “Two of them are full time

and one part time. I am grateful to have

such loyal employees.”

Chris said that since owning the business

she has been able to “watch several

young people that have worked with

me go on to bigger and better things. I

believe that the training they received

here will continue to help them in their

new career. One person told me once

that this store is kind of a launching pad

for young people!”

Plus, her family is on board with her

consignment business career. “We have

partnered on more than one occasion

with my son, Jason Quinn, who owns

Mustard Seed Moving in Little Rock.

Our businesses are very much related,

which is something that neither of us

ever would have thought would happen

years ago.” In her spare time, Chris is a

huge animal advocate, including having

served for 11 years as president of the

Friends of the Conway Animal Shelter.

If things continue on as they are today,

Chris Quinn and the Furniture Consignment

Place will be around for a long

time. “I see myself continuing to operate

this business for several more years. I

love working with all our customers and

consignors whom I’ve developed lasting

relationships over the years. I believe we

provide a community service by offering

a place where people can bring their furniture

to recycle! This type business also

provides affordable, quality pre-owned

furniture, which is a benefit to everyone.”

The Furniture Consignment Place of

Conway is located at 1052 Harrison St.

Operating hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30

p.m. Monday through Saturday. They

accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover,

and American Express, and personal or

business checks. For more information,

visit www.consignfurnitureconway.com

or call 501-450-6380.

Chris, Demetric, Sara

Erik, Demario, Justin

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An Early Town that Failed



Many historians, pundits, and critics hundreds of years

later marvel at a development in state history that the

state capital is Little Rock instead of Cadron “an early

town that failed”.

Even Thomas Nuttall, the noted historian of the 19th century,

and Margaret Smith Ross, an Arkansas Gazette writer of the

day, marveled at the circumstances that developed in a curious

series of events in 1819.

During the pre-territorial period, the Cadron Settlement ranked

with those on the St. Francis River. Cadron was a very important

settlement along with Arkansas Post on the Arkansas

River. The towns were settled as early as 1808 by a group

headed by Alexander McFarland, who lived on the opposite

bank of the Arkansas River from Cadron.

Not too many years ago, a celebration took place at the Cadron

Settlement Park, a place that might have been the capital of

the state. Many thoughts on the development filtered through

the conversation at this event. Speculation about Cadron’s role

in Arkansas history give credence to the belief that the town

tetered on the brink of importance. The place was regarded as

the most important settlement on the river.

The story was told among members of the Faulkner County

Historical Society and others at the gathering that Cadron

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and below the mouth of Cadron Creek on both sides of the

Arkansas River.

And according to the Arkansas Gazette’s Margaret Smith Ross,

it included a few scattered improvements along the banks of

the Cadron Creek.

In “Facts and Fiddlings,” Moore writes that Frenchmen were

the first Europeans of record to come into the area.

Historians reveal that by 1888 Americans were moving into

the area in great numbers. People established homes and farms

on both sides of the Cadron for several miles. A man named

John McElmurry settled in the area in 1810 and began promoting

a town around Cadron Park in 1818.

Some time between March and December of 1819, a tavern

was established at Cadron, and it attracted an assortment of

patrons from the river and surrounding countryside. In 1920,

Cadron became the first county seat of Pulaski County.

Moore writes that a vote in the House of Representatives on

February 23, 1820 voted five to four to remove the seat of

Territorial Government to Cadron.

The bill was sent to the Council (state) where someone

substituted Little Rock for Cadron.

Cadron, often called an early town

that would not have failed if it had

not succumbed to the wiles of land

speculators and by trickery.

barely missed becoming the capital of the state. That story

is based upon the fact that the House of Representatives

of the Territorial General Assembly on February 23, 1820,

voted five to four to remove the seat of the Territorial

Government to Cadron.

Professor Waddy W. Moore, who was the editor of the

Historical Society’s monthly “Facts and Fiddlings,” writes a

compelling account of land speculators, politicians, and others

who had a hand in shaping the state government of Arkansas.

History reveals that the name Cadron Settlement was given

to a vaguely defined area extending several miles above

The House favored Cadron; the Council wanted Little Rock.

Since neither side was willing to concede the issue, the matter

of relocating the Territorial Government was temporarily


Historical stories had a way of coming to life in Professor

Waddy Moore’s American History classes at the University of

Central Arkansas, and students lucky enough to have heard

his lectures recall his intriguing oration often delivered with a

particular flair, accurate to a fault.

Thus, historical accounts have often been manipulated by

unscrupulous, unethical, self-serving individuals or groups that

change the course of the times.

Such was the case of Cadron, often called an early town that

would not have failed if it had not succumbed to the wiles

of land speculators and by trickery. At one point in time,

Cadron’s prospects looked exceedingly bright and its chances

of becoming the capitol of Arkansas quite good.

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Jennifer Cunningham

Board of Education, Conway Public Schools

We all have the same

goal, to give every single

student a chance to

benefit from the excellent

educational opportunities

available in the Conway

Public School system.

—Jennifer Cunningham

Business Name/Occupation

Recently elected to serve on the Board of

Education for Conway Public Schools.

I have been an accessory stylist with

Premier Jewelry for 20 years.

Where did you grow up

and get your education?

My family moved to Conway when

I was five to get into a better school

district. I went to Ida Burns Elementary,

Carl Stuart Middle School, Conway

Junior High School, and graduated from

Conway High School in 1995.

How are you involved

in your community?

I currently serve on the Conway School

Board, Conway Public Schools Foundation

Board and Women’s Ministry

Committee at First Baptist Church.

Previously I have been involved with the

Conway Regional Women’s Council and

JLM PTO volunteer.

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We love them

like you do

Tell us about being elected to the

Conway Public School Board. What

and how do you plan to contribute?

Being elected to serve on the School

Board is a huge honor. I am thankful

to the community for putting their

trust in me to represent them as well

as their children in this capacity. Public

school students, parents, teachers and

administrators are faced on a daily basis

with challenges and opportunities. I will

dedicate as much time as is necessary

to support students, parents, teachers

and administrators. We all have the

same goal, to give every single student

a chance to benefit from the excellent

educational opportunities available in

the Conway Public School system.

To what do you attribute your success?

Success for me has not been defined by

a climbing career, awards or recognition.

I have focused my time on my family

and blessing those around me. I enjoy

hosting people in our home so we

frequently have groups over for food or

fellowship. We have everything from

ball teams, Sunday school groups, Bible

study groups, to just a big group of kids

after school. I have also spent a lot of

time mentoring and training over 100

women that have been on my Premier

team the past 20 years.

What do you love most about

working/living in Faulkner County?

My favorite things about living in

Faulkner County are the people and the

community. I love the fact that in our

community we have access to some of

the best education, healthcare, and parks

and recreation areas. And because I’m a

hometown girl, I usually manage to run

into someone I know everywhere I go!

Any hobbies you want to share?

I love running the streets of Conway

and participating in the occasional half

marathon! I enjoy reading and working

in the yard. I love spending time with

my family whether it’s at the ballparks,

football fields, on vacation or hanging

out at home.

Tell us about your family.

My husband, Merle, and I have been

married for 21 years. Merle is currently

the store manager at Kohl’s in Conway,

and has been for the past 10 years. We

have two children. Collin is in 10th

grade at Conway High and Carter is a

6th grader at Simon Middle School.

1238 McNutt Road




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good taste


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Sheet Pan Dinners




Now that the kids are back in school, sheet pan

dinners are the answer to hectic weeknights. Sheet

pan dinners come together quickly, and everything

cooks in one pan. Here are a few of our favorite recipes

that will take the stress out of getting dinner on the table.

Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

This is an easy, no-fuss take on shrimp

fajitas. Since everything cooks in one

pan, clean-up is minimal.


2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground

black pepper

3 medium bell peppers, seeded and

thinly sliced (I used green, yellow, red)

1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1-1/2 pounds medium shrimp,

peeled and deveined


Preheat your oven to 400°. Lightly

spray a large rimmed baking sheet with

cooking spray.

Prepare the seasoning by stirring

the chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt

and pepper in a small bowl until well

combined. Set aside.

In a large bowl, toss together the

peppers, onions and garlic. Drizzle with

2 tablespoons of the olive oil and toss

to coat evenly. Sprinkle with about 3/4

of the spice mixture and toss again to

coat evenly.

Spread the seasoned vegetables

evenly on the baking sheet and bake

for 13 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the shrimp in the

same large bowl you tossed the

vegetables in. Drizzle the remaining

1 tablespoon of olive oil over shrimp

and toss to coat evenly. Sprinkle the

remaining spice mixture over shrimp

and toss again to coat evenly. Place

in the refrigerator while vegetables are


After 13 minutes, remove vegetables

from oven and evenly add shrimp to

vegetables. Return to oven. Place tortillas

wrapped in aluminum on the top

rack. Bake an additional 7-8 minutes,

or until shrimp are pink and cooked.

Before serving, drizzle evenly with lime

juice and sprinkle with desired amount

of chopped cilantro. Serve in heated

tortillas with your favorite toppings.

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Sheet Pan Steak with

Roasted Broccoli,

Squash and Peppers

This is a healthy, easy meal that is a

family-favorite and looks beautiful on

the plate.


• 2 pounds (1-inch-thick)

top sirloin steak, patted dry

• 3 cups broccoli florets

• 3 medium yellow squash, cut

• 2 red peppers cut into cubes

• 4 cloves garlic, minced

• 1/4 cup of olive oil

• 1 teaspoon dried thyme

• 1 tablespoon of dried oregano

• kosher salt and freshly ground

black pepper, to taste


Preheat your oven to high in broil mode.

Add cooking spray to sheet pan.

In a large bowl, combine 2 garlic cloves,

the olive oil, thyme, oregano, salt and

pepper. Mix well and add broccoli,

squash, red pepper and then add to

sheet pan.

Season the steak with pepper, salt and

the rest of the garlic. Add to sheet pan.

Place into oven and broil until the steak

is browned and charred at the edges,

about 4-5 minutes per side for mediumrare,

or until desired doneness.

Sheet Pan Parmesan

Pesto Chicken & Vegetables

Not only is this dish easy and delicious,

it is also very versatile. Substitute your

favorite vegetables for the asparagus and

carrots. Even better, this meal can be

prepped ahead of time!



2 cups red potatoes 1/2” up

to 1-inch cubes (no bigger!)

1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts

cut into 1 1/2” chunks

3 cups asparagus, cut into pieces

(or any green vegetable)

1 cup THINLY sliced carrots, optional

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


1/3 cup basil pesto

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 teaspoons ranch dry seasoning mix

3-4 garlic cloves, minced

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Whisk together the Pesto Mix ingredients

in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.*

Line a Jelly Roll Pan (10x15) with foil and

lightly spray with cooking spray. Add

potatoes and 2 tablespoons Pesto Mix.

Toss until evenly combined then spread

in a single layer. Roast potatoes for

15-20 minutes depending on size.

In the meantime, chop your chicken and

the other veggies, then add chicken,

asparagus and carrots to large bowl with

Pesto Mix and stir until evenly coated.

Remove pan from oven and push

potatoes to one side of the pan (keep

in a single layer). Add coated chicken,

asparagus and carrots and spread in a

single layer.

Bake for 15 minutes. Remove pan

from oven and evenly sprinkle with

Parmesan cheese. Return to oven

and bake 5 additional minutes OR

until chicken is cooked through, and

vegetables are tender.

Conway residents Leah Ashby and Linda Mars are

longtime friends who love entertaining family and friends.

Leah is a business analyst at Acxiom Corporation, and

Linda is a registered nurse at Circle of Friends Clinic at

Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

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Sheet Pan Caesar Salmon with

Roasted Tomatoes & Artichokes

With only five ingredients, this is a go-to

for busy weeknights. Simply delicious!


4 salmon fillets (5 ounces each)

5 tablespoons reduced-fat Caesar

vinaigrette, divided

¼ teaspoon pepper, divided

2 cups grape tomatoes

1 can (14 ounces) water-packed artichoke

hearts, drained and quartered

1 medium sweet orange or yellow

pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces


Sept 10-Oct 1

Cake Decorating-Phase 1 | 6-8 pm

Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Learn the fundamentals of baking a cake,

making icing and using a decorating bag. No

prior experience necessary. Students required to

supply their own cake decorating tools.

Sept 11

Beginners Cooking Class

6-8 pm | UCA Downtown

Chef Brandon Douglas will teach you simple

knife skills and proper cooking techniques.

Students will make a simple dish to enjoy.

Sept 15

Potluck for a Crowd

4-6 pm | UCA Downtown

Teresa Conquest is ready to make the menuplanning

for your next big event a lot easier with

easy recipes to prepare for a crowd. Learn how


Preheat oven to 425°. Place salmon on

one half of a 15x10x1-in. baking pan

coated with cooking spray. Brush with 2

tablespoons vinaigrette; sprinkle with 1/8

teaspoon pepper.

In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, artichoke

hearts and sweet pepper. Add the

remaining vinaigrette and pepper; toss to

coat. Place tomato mixture on remaining

half of pan. Roast 12-15 minutes or until

fish just begins to flake easily with a fork

and vegetables are tender.

to make slab pies, buttermilk parmesan chicken

and roasted side dishes using sheet pans.

Sept 22

Cubs in the Kitchen: After School Treats

9:30-11:30 am | UCA Downtown

Your little chef will learn how to prepare a few

after school snacks with little to no supervision.

Sept 28

Cookie Decoration with Royal Icing

6-8 pm | UCA Downtown

Perfect your cookie decorating skills. Learn

consistency, application and more. Cookie

makers ages 10 and older are welcome. Turn

your cookies into edible art!

For more information and to register

for classes, visit UCA.edu/outreach

See page 54 for additional programs

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the look

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at home

Fieldstone Remodel

Brings an Open, Airy Feel

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Brooke and Josh Allen of Conway have

written their own “ugly duckling” story by

giving a dated home a beautiful facelift.


I love to make something

shine when other people

only see the ugly.

—Brooke Allen

When Brooke first saw this house in the Fieldstone

neighborhood of west Conway, it had been on the

market for two years. Today, the home has been

remodeled into an airy, open concept space with lots of windows

and sunlight streaming in.

Brooke says the home received “a heavy facelift.” No walls were

removed or added, but the makeover did include new paint, lots

of new accessories (light fixtures, ceiling fans, faucets, etc.), and

updated landscaping. They’ve lived in the home for four years now.

“It was not an esthetically appealing house — dark, cold, mismatched.

The crown molding had a gold sponge painted faux

marble motif. The landscaping was overgrown and the brick

and rock exterior clashed,” Brooke said. “We painted the exterior

brick, which made a huge, huge impact, and we pulled out the

existing landscape and replaced it with a minimal cottage feeling

landscape. We painted the walls and ceiling in a light color —

they were previously a very dark mustard and didn’t lend to the

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flow of the house. I saw the home’s potential. Josh

thought I was nuts, but I convinced him to buy it.”

When deciding on the home’s transformation, Brooke

took into account the beautiful features already there.

“I was immediately drawn to the wood columns.

Even though I love light colors, I appreciate a beautiful

wood, and the quality of the wood and stain in the

columns is gorgeous,” she said. “I love to mix elements

and textures. My style is eclectic and definitely not

‘matchy,’ so mixing rustic and modern is a must for me.

I love how the modern light fixtures play off the rustic

rock fireplace and how the shiny quartz countertops

look up against the stained wood island.”

Brooke has been a hairdresser by trade, and her experience

with coloring hair helped her tremendously in her

home remodel. “To decide on the design of a remodel, I

look at the colors that I’m going to keep (rock in the fireplace,

floors, columns) and work with those,” she said.

“I was a hair colorist for 17 years, so I really understand

color, how colors play off each other, how to use a color

to pull out undertones, what light does to color, etc.

That really helps with choosing colors for a home.”

So what is Brooke’s favorite thing about her newly

remodeled home? “I really love the light fixtures. The

ones that were in the house pre-remodel were very

heavy, thick, dark iron. I actually disliked them so

much that I took them down first thing without even

having replacement lights!”

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Once again, Josh Allen thought his wife was

nuts! “I would save cash in jars — no lie —

until I got enough money for a light fixture. A

couple of months in we finally had light to eat

by because I bought the sphere in the dining

area first — and it’s still my fave!,” she said. “I

bought the rest of them one by one once I got

a new jar filled. Accessories are like jewelry for

a room, and any little black dress always looks

better with a statement piece. I’m a sucker for

a little glam! Light fixtures add the glam to the

main areas in this house.”

Because this home had great “bones” to work

with, Brooke was able to use other existing

features in several areas. “I love how the

kitchen turned out! The cabinets were so well

made, and made from such quality wood,

that we decided to just paint the existing

cabinets. The bar/island had a step up to bar

height. I love to cook so I wanted a huge

solid surface island. We cut it down to be one

solid area,” she said. “The kitchen has such

a small backsplash area that I wanted it to

make a statement. I had seen the countertops

extended to the backsplash before, and I really

liked that look. I thought this kitchen would

benefit from the flow (it goes with the airy

feel). That quartz is perfection and looks fab!”

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Brooke has always had a love for design —

whether it be with hair, with a home, with art,

or with fashion. “I’ve never taken any classes

but really do lay in bed thinking about it. I’m

always moving my furniture around, repainting

canvases, changing out pillows, etc. I

enjoy flea markets, finding cool unique pieces,

and mixing that with modern trendy pieces

that I buy straight from the showroom.”

The Allen family includes two boys — Bryce,

13, and Brennon, 11. “Both of the boys like

really modern style. They usually have a

say in their room designs. Bryce has a more

street, urban city vibe, while Brennon has a

whimsical style. Of course, they’d both hang

posters all over their walls, too! I tried to

incorporate their styles while still keeping it

cohesive with the rest of the house.”

Growing up, décor was important in Brooke’s

family home. “My parents’ home was always

very well-decorated. My mom would hire an

interior designer every 10- to 15-ish years and

not move a thing until she had it redone years

later — not even a coaster. We are opposites

in that aspect — I change up my rooms every

few months. My mom loves a beautiful home.

She’s where I got my eye for beautiful things.”

Brooke grew up in East Texas and took

weekend trips to Dallas quite often. “I

would stare at all the chandeliers and

beautiful mirrors in hotels and stores where

we shopped. My mom had my room

decorated by a designer, too. I remember

really wanting to paint my walls

black in high school — the designer

shot me down!”

Family pieces also have a place in the

Allen home. “Quite a few of the dressers

and chest of drawers in our house

belonged to my great-grandmother

and grandfathers. Those make me

smile. I also have a beautiful antique

chest that I bought on the online yard

sale Facebook page that we use as a

coffee table and it’s stunning. I got it so

cheap. I really enjoy a good deal!”

The Allens have remodeled quite a

few homes, and the future most likely

holds more of the same. “It’s so fun

for me. I like remodeling better than

new builds. Josh has always supported

my design choices, he has opinions

and helps sometimes, but usually just

says he trusts what I think. In truth,

once we finished with the painting of

this house, he said that he really didn’t

think it could look this good. That was

a great compliment to me — I love

to make something shine when other

people only see the ugly.”

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The School:

A Community

of Caring

My students last year became a driving force for

this project, which was a powerful lesson for us all. It is

intended to create and build a community that cares for

each other, not out of obligation, but from a place of love.

—Crystal Certain about the Food Pantry



Conway High School’s Crystal

Certain, an art teacher, started a

food pantry in her art closet for

students in September 2017.

With Arkansas being second in the nation

for food insecurity, it is no surprise the

need was recognized by Mrs. Certain at

Conway High. “My original idea was to

ensure that the students in my classes

would have their needs met. It started as

a small shelf, within a week my students

were asking if they could bring in friends.

I asked my classes if we should open

the pantry to the school, and it was a

unanimous ‘yes’”, said Mrs. Certain.

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Students responded positively to this by

helping Mrs. Certain make a Facebook

page to encourage students to empathize

and donate. The pantry was inspired

by the Little Food Pantry’s saying, “take

what you need, leave what you can.”

The pantry has created a sense of community

at Conway High. “My students

last year became a driving force for this

project, which was a powerful lesson for

us all. It is intended to create and build

a community that cares for each other,

not out of obligation, but from a place of

love,” said Mrs. Certain.

Mrs. Certain felt as if it was very important

that all kids feel welcome to the

pantry no matter their socioeconomic

status. She said that having all kids using

it removes the stigma around getting

help. “People often forget that high

school students are still kids, and sometimes

they forget to eat or grab a snack

on their way out the door. If a child is

hungry, they can’t learn. It doesn’t matter

why they are hungry, but as a school

our primary focus is education and if

something as small as a snack helps a

student focus and succeed then that is a

great investment,” said Mrs. Certain.

Mrs. Certain is thankful for the several

teachers that have actively supported

the pantry by donating and helping

organize things. One coach in particular

has thanked her because his kids had

a chance to eat before practice. Mrs.

Certain tied the vision of the food pantry

to the district moto: “Every student,

every day, whatever it takes.”

Individuals, student organizations, families,

teachers and community groups

have all contributed to the restocking

of the pantry. Scout troops, National

Guard recruiters, Kroger Marketplace,

and the employees of the City of

Conway have all held food drives for

the school’s pantry. The pantry receives

deliveries from all over the world via

Amazon from the registered wishlist.

The pantry has also been filled by

student organizations, and we have

several frequent student contributors

who will bring things in on almost a

weekly basis. There is a box in the main

office of the school where donations

can be left. The donors are listed on the

door to the pantry, and the kids get to

walk past it every time they enter knowing

that there are that many people

who genuinely care about them. “I am

constantly in awe of people’s capacity

for kindness,” expressed Certain.

Crystal Certain has been teaching for

14 years in public education. A fourth

generation educator, she taught at

Bigelow High School, Conway High

East, and Conway High School. Crystal

and her husband, Matthew, met at UCA

and have been married for 20 years.

They have three sons and two dogs.

When asked about the future of the

pantry, Mrs. Certain says, “We are

going to try some new things this year

to make sure that our kids are taken

care of. I also have all new classes, and

taking a few minutes during studio time

to discuss their ideas will shape and

inform any decisions that are made. I’m

so lucky that my subject area allows us

to meet our educational goals while also

having time to really talk with my kids.”

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@ Certain Little Free Class Pantry

Having all kids using

it removes the stigma

around getting help.

—Crystal Certain,

about the Food Pantry

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Emily Walter

Executive Broker/Realtor ®

Coldwell Banker RPM Group

To what do you attribute your success?

#1 is an easy answer. My husband and daughter. Hands down,

there is no way I could do this job without their support. They

are my biggest cheerleaders and my support system. #2 Would

have to be my amazing circle of clients, family and friends. I

wouldn’t be anywhere without referrals from family, friends

and especially the sellers and buyers I’ve worked with throughout

the years. I also have professional designations from GRI,

ABR, SRES, GRLA, SRS and MRP. Education is another key to

success in Real Estate. I’m a firm believer in that!

Emily Walter, Realtor


Coldwell Banker RPM GROUP

Where did you grow up and get your education?

I was born and raised in Jonesboro, and graduated from high

school there in 1999. Graduated from UCA in 2003!

What brought you to Faulkner County?

I’ve loved Conway since I was in high school. I’d go to choir

competitions at UCA and thought it was the most beautiful

campus. The weekend I moved here, I was introduced to my

(future) husband who is from Conway. We were married and

after college I was transferred to Franklin, TN to work. We only

lived there for about 2 years before realizing we missed Conway,

our family and Arkansas and said we would never leave again.

How did you get your idea or concept for your business?

A friend told me when I was 21 years old that I would make

a great Real Estate Agent. I never had the nerve to do it back

then. At the time I lived in TN, and it gave me a much greater

appreciation for Conway and the things I took for granted while

we were living in here. The drive to become a Real Estate agent

stayed in the back of my head for the next 10+ years before I

decided to take a leap of faith and go to Real Estate school.

What do you love most about Faulkner County?

If you know me or have ever met me, you’ll know the #1 thing

I love about our county is the history behind it. I love reading

about Cadron Settlement when it was our original state capital

and especially love the history behind the city of Conway,

downtown Conway and the original churches that started in

our community back in 1870.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

Hmmm... it’s hard to have a hobby in Real Estate! But I do love

to play golf. I love touring homes and going to historic museums.

And I love visiting various communities/cities in Arkansas

to learn about their way of life. I also love working out with

my girlfriends at Sweat By Dr. Fit and my trainer, Josh Epps.

How are you involved in your community?

I’m currently President Elect of the Faulkner County Board

of Realtors. I serve as Vice President of church council at

First United Methodist Church as well as being the church

historian. I also serve on the Conway Symphony Orchestra

Board. What I love about working for Coldwell Banker is the

community involvement. Whether it’s school supply drives,

cereal drives, Pet Adoption Day or attending various fundraisers

throughout the year, our company loves giving back to the

community. It was so important to me after coming from the

corporate world to find a company that was more hands-on

within my community.

Are you involved in any professional organizations?

I’m part of the Toad Suck Nation Pipeline group with the

Conway Chamber of Commerce, and the Women of Influence,

Arkansas Group.

Tell us about your family.

My husband, Jeremy works for Union Pacific Railroad,

my daughter attends Conway Public Schools and Sven,

my Shi Tzu is 4 years old. Ralph and Marilyn Walter are

my in-laws and the BEST in-laws you could ask for! My

parents, Layne and Jo Yawn live in Jonesboro. I also have

one older brother and sister.

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to Breathe

Breathing is good. It’s necessary. I am a big fan of it,

both physically and spiritually. I’ve learned that it’s hard

to breathe when you are carrying extra weight.

—Andrea Lennon

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For most of my life, I felt like everything

was closing in on me. I felt like

my life was out of control. I didn’t

trust God or His plan. I worked hard to

be close to people— but not too close.

I cycled through friendships and stayed

busy. Really busy. I didn’t want to look at

or deal with my struggles. All the while,

God was faithfully paving the way. He

was allowing me to get to the end of

me and my ways so I would ultimately

want Him and His ways. I will always be

grateful for the fact that God taught me

how to breathe. Simply breathe.

Learning how to breathe was a long

process. God took me on a journey to get

to a place of peace with my past. I had

pushed my struggles down, and I had

tried to cover them up by being good and

doing good things. I didn’t know what

else to do. All the while, the lies of the

enemy were running around in my head

and impacting my journey. I think the

same thing happens to other Christians

all the time. We try to just be good; we

try to stay busy and keep moving ahead,

and we don’t even realize that the lies of

the enemy are impacting us.

Most of the time, no one challenges

us to stop and deal with what’s going

on inside of us. That’s where the local

church can fail to live in authentic community

with one another. We don’t look

one another in the eyes and ask, “Why

are you having this struggle in your life?

Why do you feel that way? Why are you

doing those things?” Instead, we just

plan another Bible study or host another

event. I don’t say that to be judgmental;

I did that for years. I just tried to move

forward, but what I didn’t realize was

that it was like I was trying to move

forward while carrying hundreds of

pounds of extra weight.

Thankfully, I had close friends who did

ask the tough questions. They changed

the status quo in my life when they

challenged me to deal with the lies I had

believed all of my life. Once I started,

it was like finally stopping and asking

God to strip away all the extra weight I

had been carrying for so long. I finally

stopped “doing” things, and I started

asking, “God, do this work in me! Free

me from this weight—this shame and this

guilt and this need to constantly be busy

so that I feel valued or needed or loved.”

Once I started praying that prayer, my

life changed.

Instead of doing things so I could feel

right, I realized God had already made

me right through Jesus. Because of that,

I was freed up to do things for Him. I

had known this equation my entire life.

I could teach it to you with great conviction.

However, there came a moment

when I had to ask Jesus to help me walk

in this equation every single moment of

every single day. The equation of grace.

I was loved and valued and wanted

and redeemed, not because of me, but

because of Him. I started to live that truth

out each day, and the outcome was

so sweet. I was able to rest in Him, to

love Him, to live for Him, and to know

that no matter what happened to me

or through my ministry, God was my

greatest treasure. He was my treasure,

and that had nothing to do with what I

did or didn’t do for Him or anyone else.

The process of learning to breathe took

time. God did the work, but I had to

surrender to it. My struggles had layers,

which I think is true for all of us. When

I would deal with one issue, it would

uncover another one. That was OK

because once I started to breathe, I didn’t

want anything else except the love of

God. The grace of God. The freedom of

Christ. The people around me loved me

and wouldn’t let me settle for less than

God’s best. They spoke truth into my

life, stayed engaged in the process, and

wouldn’t let go of me.

There’s so much value in doing the work

and getting rid of the weight. Stopping

and saying, “OK, I’m going to get to the

core of what’s going on in my life. I’m

going to ask God to change me so that I

can move forward without shame, guilt,

and doubt. I’m going to ask God to show

me the lies running around in my head.”

I believe deeply that we don’t have to

live in guilt and bondage; we don’t have

to live in shame and doubt. We really

can experience the freedom of Jesus

Christ. The freedom of knowing that

He loves us. The freedom of knowing

that He has a plan for our lives. And the

freedom of knowing that, at the end of

the day, He is more than enough for any

situation we face.

So many things changed in my life when

I simply focused on Jesus and started to

breathe. I experienced His healing as I

learned to walk daily in His grace. I was

a better wife, a better mom, my friendships

were deeper, and the focus of my

ministry completely changed.

Breathing is good. It’s necessary. I am a

big fan of it, both physically and spiritually.

I’ve learned that it’s hard to breathe

when you are carrying extra weight. My

extra weight was real, and it shaped the

direction of my life. Thankfully, God

is bigger. He stripped away my need

to “do” and my fear of “doing,” and

He taught me how to breathe. Simply


* This is an excerpt from Andrea’s new

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Dr. Katy Cox

OBGYN, Conway Obstetrics

& Gynecology

Conway Obstetrics & Gynecology welcomed

Dr. Katy Cox to its practice in January 2018.

Dr. Cox is a graduate of the University of Arkansas for

Medical Sciences and completed her residency at St.

Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. Possessing a

love of biology and helping people, Dr. Cox decided early

that medicine was a great way to integrate those passions. In

addition, her father is a physician, and her mother is a nurse.

Growing up, she enjoyed going to work with them and seeing

how much they cared for the people in the community.

“I love so much about being an OBGYN. There are few things

as exciting as delivering a baby! It’s an incredible bond to share

with a family and quite a privilege. I also love that I get to care

for people through the years and navigate multiple life changes

with them. Finally, my days are full of variety between

performing surgeries, seeing patients in clinic, and delivering

babies. No day is the same as the next.”

Raised in Malvern, Dr. Cox graduated cum laude from

Hendrix College in 2007. Dr. Cox and her husband, Adam,

married in October of 2016 and welcomed their first son,

Andrew, in July of 2017. When not treating patients, Dr. Cox

enjoys hiking, swimming, and strolling in the neighborhood

with her son. Summer days are spent sharing time with nearby

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I love so much about being an

OBGYN. There are few things as

exciting as delivering a baby! It’s

an incredible bond to share with a

family and quite a privilege.

—Dr. Katy Cox, OBGYN

family at Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs. “We canoe and swim

all day, then build bon fires to make s’mores. My husband and

I also love travelling and cooking. We spend all the time we

can playing with Andrew, who is the light of our lives.”

“My husband and I have fond memories of Conway since we

both attended college here. We recently started our family,

too, and wanted to be in central Arkansas in order to be closer

to our parents and siblings. The city is a wonderful place

to raise a family and has a variety of community programs

in which to get involved. It’s also expanding and changing,

which is exciting. We wanted a place where we could set

down our roots and grow in a place that would flourish with

us. Conway seemed like the obvious choice.”

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The Ageless Glow MD combines spalike

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Designed for all skin types, the

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If you are interested in skincare without

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A uniquely formulated proprietary

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Our Faulkner Fam: The Hogans

Children learn more

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so set the example in

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—Kristen Hogan

Your Names:

Daniel, Kristin, Aiden (11), Conner (9),

& Kallie (3)

Where are you from?

Daniel has lived in Conway all his life.

Kristin was born in Oklahoma, but was

raised in Conway most of her life.

Where do you work?

Daniel works for Conway Police

Department as a School Resource

Officer for Ruth Doyle Middle School,

Woodrow Cummins Elementary,

and Jim Stone Elementary. He’s also

CEO and one of the owners of both

Ulockit Security and 3 Wisemen

Lighting. Ulockit Security is a security

company which sells barricade devices

for doors. Some schools locally have

purchased the devices, including

Conway Christian and Central Baptist

College. 3 Wisemen Lighting is for now

mainly a Christmas lighting company

that specializes in customized holiday

lighting for homes.

Kristin is the school nurse for Florence

Mattison Elementary. She also helps

with the businesses as well, from

selling to putting up lights!

How did you two meet?

We went to school together at Conway,

though Daniel was a little older. What

prompted us to start talking again was

Kristin commented on a picture of him

on MySpace then it just went from there.

How long have you lived in

Faulkner County?

Daniel has lived in Conway his whole

life. Kristin since she was about 2.

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If you had to live somewhere else in the world

where would it be?

Daniel thinks probably Missouri or the NW Arkansas area.

Kristin thinks northwest Arkansas or the beach somewhere.

Describe parenting in one sentence: Him/Her

Daniel: “At times it can be the most difficult best time of your

life!”Kristin: “Children learn more from what you do than

what you say, so set the example in words AND actions.”

When you get a date night where do you go?

We usually go eat, play sports, go to sporting events, or just

a quiet night at the house. Our go-to food choices are sushi,

pizza, or Mexican, but we like everything.

What is your favorite thing to do as a family?

We love to play sports, go to sports events, playing board

games, swimming, hunting, fishing, vacations especially to

the beach or on a cruise.

What do you love most about living here?

Daniel: The people. I have a lot of family in the community

but there are great people in this community who will go out

of their way to help out or make the community better. We

have a lot of good leaders in this community, and some I get to

work with and interact with all the time. Although the city is

growing, it’s nice to run into those who have been here awhile

and talk about the things that used to be around. I loved

hearing my dad talk about how he learned how to drive was

by driving on the interstate when it was a dirt road. I loved

hearing old stories about the schools and where the city limits

were. Shows me how far we have come and all the people who

brought us to where we are now. Amazing people! Kristin: Our

friends, family, and really the people in general are so personable

and friendly. I love the small town feel, but the bigger

town amenities. When someone needs something everyone

jumps onboard to help. And of course our church New Life!

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The Faulkner

County affiliate of

Arkansas Community


announced the

appointment of

Shelley Mehl as

Executive Director and

Shelley Mehl four new members to

join the existing 20-member board. Mehl replaces

Gloria Cheshier who recently retired.

Bobby Riggs, chairman of the local advisory

board said “We’re excited as we bring in new

leadership with Shelley becoming our Executive

Director and individuals as new board members.

These additions will enhance and broaden the

experience of our already solid group of community

leaders. Together we will continue our

service and commitment to Faulkner County.”

Mehl recently served as associate vice president

for Outreach and Community Engagement

at the University of Central Arkansas. She was

also the first executive director for the Faulkner

County affiliate serving from 2001-2003.

New members who began their three-year

terms on July 1 are: Lesley Graybeal, Aaron

Knight, Michelle Phillips and Lori Quinn.

Local Community Foundation Names Mehl Executive

Director and Four Local Advisory Board Members

Lesley Graybeal is the Director of Service-

Learning for UCA. Aaron Knight is the Chief

Information Officer for the City of Conway.

Michelle Phillips, CPA, owns Michelle M.

Phillips, CPA, PA. Lori Quinn is a realtor with

Coldwell Banker RPM Group and the owner of

Faulkner Lifestyle Magazine.

Returning board members are: Jerry Adams

of Arkansas Arts Alliance; Jennifer Bell of Bell

& Company; Amber Bobo of TRS Wellness;

Joey Brown of Stephens, Inc.; Steve “Bo” Conner

of Conner & Sartain; Susan DeBoard, Retired

Hendrix Professor; Heather Edwards of Blue

Cross Blue Shield; Charlotte Green of UCA; Don

Greenland of Nabholz Construction Corporation;

Eric Hutchinson of United Capital Financial

Advisors; Joyce Miller, Retired Counseling

Associates, Inc.; Frank Mitchell, Retired

Superintendent Vilonia Schools; Charles Nabholz

of Nabholz Construction Corporation; Shellie

O’Quinn of City of Greenbrier; Bobby Riggs of

Conway Regional PHO; Bill Roberts, Retired

physician; Jeannie Stroth of IBM; Bill Tobias of

the Tobey Team, Realtors; Charles Weaver of

WEBCO, Inc.; and Jennifer Welter of CAPCA.

Faulkner County Community Foundation is

an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation,

a nonprofit organization that fosters smart giving

to improve communities. The Community

Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans

protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars

as they learn more about community needs.

By making grants and sharing knowledge, the

Community Foundation supports charitable

programs that work for Arkansas and partners to

create new initiatives that address the gaps.

Opening their doors in 2001, the local office

has returned over $3.12 million in grants

to nonprofits. Statewide, the Community

Foundation has provided more than $179

million in grants and partnered with thousands

of Arkansans to help them improve our

neighborhoods, our towns and our entire state.

Contributions to the Community Foundation,

its funds and any of its 28 affiliates are fully tax

deductible. For more information, visit their

website at www.ARCF.org.

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Did your diamond come with a story? Sure,

it has one now, but what about before it was

yours? Was your diamond exactly what you

wanted or did you compromise on clarity

or color because that’s what the store had in

stock? How about the service? Do you feel

like the sales people weren’t as aware as you

are just how big a diamond purchase is? At

Lee Ann’s Fine Jewelry, they are prepared

for these questions. They do more than run

through the 4C’s just to sell what they have

for the most money. Their goal is to help

you find the absolute best diamond for your

budget with no compromises. They work

with only the best diamond suppliers and

if they can’t find it for you, they’ll get on a

our diamonds,” explains Rachel Hardester,

owner and Lee Ann’s daughter, “it adds

provenance to the stone and gives it a truly

unique story.”

For some, the standard shapes that

diamonds are typically sold in aren’t quite

what they want. Antwerp is home to some

of the foremost diamond cutters. “My

personal favorite was the cut they called

‘The Dream-catcher’,” says Suzanne Allcroft,

Sales Manager. “If you’re looking for a stone

that really makes a statement, this is it.”

The sales staff at Lee Ann’s is eager to help

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like carving from wax or fabrication to get

you exactly what you want. We even offer

traditional hand-engraving,” adds Rachel.

With almost 60 years of combined experience,

and state-of-the-art tools like laser

welding, their jewelers can handle almost

any repair, as well.

What about after the sale? Lee Ann’s Fine

Jewelry has provided the best service in the

area for almost 25 years. From free cleaning

and inspections (no matter where you

purchased your jewelry) to free, next-day

sizing on new purchases, they want to be

your personal jeweler for many years to

come. They also offer a warranty program

and insurance appraisals for peace of mind.

The next trip is coming up in October,

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are proposing for the first time or looking

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Conway Symphony Orchestra Guild

Decade of Design 2018

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Guild will present

“Decade of Design:

Designer House


6-13. The fundraiser

features tours of four distinctive homes in

historic Conway and the Hendrix Village

September 7, 8 and 9, as well as a Low Country

Shrimp Boil & Saturday Night Dance

Party on September 8. The tour of homes

at various locations will be open 10-4pm

Friday and Saturday, and 1-5pm on Sunday.

A combination Grand Tour & Shrimp Boil

ticket provides admittance to the party and

house tours, and may be purchased online

at ConwaySymphony.org or from a guild

member. Individual tour tickets will also be

available online and at the door during the

home tours in September.

As a bonus, Designer House week

will begin September 6, 5:30pm, with a

homeowners seminar panel which includes

a mortgage lender, realtor, home-builder,

title company representative, and Historic

Conway planning department official, to be

held in the Community Room at the offices

of Conway Corp on Locust Street. The

experts will entertain questions and answers

following their presentation. First-time homebuyers,

downsizing homeowners, and those

wishing to update, buy or sell their homes

will benefit from this session. The seminar is

open and free to the public, compliments of

the CSO Guild and the presenters.

A highlight of the Decade of Design 2018

will be “DIY with DONNA” workshop

demonstrations by Southern Living do-ityourself

demonstrator Donna Benton to be

held at 10:30am and 6pm on September 13.

Benton is a talented decorator and furniture

refinisher, owner of WaterHouse Market,

writer, and popular contributor to magazines

and publications in the field of design. Some

of her Southern Living videos will be posted

on the Conway Symphony Designer House

Facebook page in the weeks ahead of the

Symphony event. Admission is by ticket

which may be purchased at the Designer

House page of the orchestra website.

Francis M Fine Jewelry is offering a signature

philharmonic medallion necklace to be

given away the evening of the Shrimp Boil to

a lucky contributor. The piece of jewelry may

be viewed in advance at the shop’s location

at 806 Front Street.

Building on a series of biennial Designer

House fundraisers beginning in 2008, the

Guild is ready to celebrate its tradition of

bringing unique and lively design events

to the Conway area. The Guild appreciates

the broad support of area businesses, local

talent, symphony patrons, and the Conway

community. All proceeds will be used to

sponsor educational and musical events of

the Conway Symphony Orchestra.

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Sept 4-Oct 30

Get Fit Without a Gym | 6:30-7:15 pm

Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

This total body workout is safe and effective for all

ages and fitness levels.

Sept 6-Oct 4

Sew Unique Beginner Sewing | 6:30-8:30 pm

Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Learn to sew! Students will learn about machine

settings, needles, threads, bobbins and more.

Students required to provide a sewing machine.

Sept 6-Nov 8

Smooth Yoga | 6-7 pm

Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

True Alisandre will help students develop a daily

practice of health and stress relief. Learn yoga

sequences, stretches and breathing techniques to

promote a balanced, energized and relaxed body,

mind and spirit.

Sept 8

Arkansas Preschool Plus Summit | 8 am-2 pm

Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center | FREE

This is a professional development opportunity

for preschool and day care providers. Participants

will choose between various breakout sessions.

Attendees will receive up to 5.5 professional

development units for attending this summit.

Sept 8

Camera Crash Course | 9 am-Noon

Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Professional photographer Mike Kemp will teach

students about camera settings, composition and

making the most of situations that might arise

while taking photos.

Sept 10-Oct 1

Combat Sinus Problems & Low Energy

7-8 pm | Brewer-Hegeman Conference


Sinuses got you down? Tired of seasonal allergies?

Ralph Marrero and Ashley Cornett, RD, will teach

you how to improve your health and make a plan

for a future of wellness.

Sept 12

Disability Seminar | 10-11 am

Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center | FREE

Learn about disability programs administered

by the Social Security Administration: Social

Disability and Supplemental Security Income.

Sept 12

Retirement Seminar | 1-2:30 pm

Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center | FREE

Participants will learn how to qualify for Social

Security retirement benefits, the difference

between reduced, full and delayed retirement, how

Social Security retirement benefits are calculated

and more!

Sept 13-21

Understanding & Dealing with Difficult

Mental Behaviors | 6-8 pm | FREE

Mental health can be a very sensitive topic that is

difficult to discuss. Emily Butler will help you ease

the tension. This course is ideal for anyone who is

or knows someone experiencing mental illness.

Sept 14

Women’s Leadership Network Kick-Off

3-5 pm | UCA Downtown | FREE

Join us as we kick off another year of programs!

Sept 15

Art Journaling with Watercolors &

Textures9 am-Noon | UCA Downtown

This crafting course will teach you to create an

art journal filled with fun textures and beautiful

watercolors. The workshop includes handouts,

paint brushes, watercolors and other supplies.

Sept 15

Introduction to Video Animation for Kids

10 am-1 pm | Brewer-Hegeman Conf Center

Kids will learn the history of stop motion animation,

how to create storyboards and how to create

their own movie. Student must bring 3-5 poseable

figures that stand, or a medium-sized toy vehicle.

Completed Lego kits and minifigures can also be

used in the movie. Bring an iPad or cell phone that

can run the Stop Motion Studio app. Ages 5+

Sept 17-Nov 19

Intro to Rumba | 6-7:30 pm | Farris Center

Learn the Latin dance of love. You will be

introduced to the Rumba with the Round Dance

Method of pre-choreographed dance routines.

It’s easy to learn.

Sept 17-Nov 19

Jive II | 7:45-9 pm | Farris Center

Using the Round Dance Method, this course will

build on the foundation moves learn in Jive I.

Sept 18

How to Start a Small Business | 6-9 pm

Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center | FREE

If you’ve been dreaming about starting your own

business, this class will provide you with the

information you need.

Sept 25

How to Write a Business Plan | 6-9 pm

Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center | FREE

If you are starting your own business, a business

plan is a necessity. Learn how to create a wellwritten

business plan.

For more information and to register

for classes, visit UCA.edu/outreach

See Food section for Cooking Classes

Questions, comments or

for more information about

Faulkner Lifestyle magazine, email

us at FaulknerLifestyle@gmail.com

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As a 7th grader, I was curious about the

Free and Reduced Lunch program at school.

I asked my mom about the program, and

she explained to me that it was for children

in families that didn’t always have enough

to eat at home. At that point, I asked “Well,

what are they doing on the weekend? Is

anyone helping them get food on the days

we aren’t in school?” I knew that no matter

how hard I tried, I wouldn’t be able to stop

thinking about kids in my school, in my

own classroom, going home on the weekend

without anything to eat!

Backpacks For Home’s goal is to provide

children and their families with food to

eat on the weekend. We provide dinner on

Backpacks for Home Inc.

Friday, and breakfast, lunch and dinner on

Saturday and Sunday! Originally, I thought

that we would just be providing food, but

shortly after the program began we started

realizing that we were also providing better

focus at school, improved confidence, and

better relationships at home.

We are funded through donations from

the local community. I want the community

to have a hands-on impact with packing the

backpacks and sending them home with the

children, as well as providing the food that

fills them. Volunteers are also always needed!

We work with counselors and nurses at

each school to determine which children are

in need. From there, a permission slip is sent

home to the parents explaining the program

to get info on how many children are in the

family and any food allergies. We assign

each backpack with a number representing

the child, how big their family is, and

additional information. We keep the names

of the children completely confidential from

volunteers and staff. Once the backpacks are

packed on Friday, they are sent home with

the children before they leave school. They

return their backpacks on Monday and are

packed again the following Friday.

We feed about 15-20 families per school.

The families are on average 4-5 members,

so we average around 100 people per school

It only costs about $8.50 to send home one

backpack on the weekend.

It started with a couple of donations from

family and close friends. My mom and I were

packing backpacks at one school in Conway

in a storage closet on my free period during

middle school. It has now expanded into

NWA, expanding with me to college.

We are getting ready for the school year, so

we need food and money donations from the

community. We accept any nonperishable food

items. A few items we send home regularly are:

Canned goods

Cereal bars, oatmeal, toaster pastries

Rice and ramen noodles

Vienna sausage/tuna/canned meat

Apple sauce/fruit cups

Box Meals


I live in Fayetteville after graduating in

May, and I’m expanding Backpacks For Home

into the NWA area. We continue to run the

Conway program with the help of my mom,

Lisa Hill, and the support of the community.

In the October issue of FLM we are looking

for women to feature in a special

section. We want to celebrate the women

in our community who make it great.

This special section is at a reduced rate

and it’s the perfect time to let FLM

work for you. Each profile will include

a photo and Q & A that is all about you

and your business. We will also place your

contact information at the bottom so potential

clients will know exactly where to reach you!

We want to show Faulkner County what

women can do! If you are interested in

being featured in this special section,

contact Jackie or Raegan today!

Jackie Mahar 501.472.9447

Raegan Miller 501.472.5988

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pet care

Saying Goodbye

to Your Pet

Help your child understand and grieve

Euthanasia is a unique opportunity to

help your child understand and process

death in a healthy way. How you talk

to your child will depend on three things:

the closeness of the child-pet bond, your

child’s age and your child’s maturity level.

Here are some tips for helping kids (and

yourself ) through the grieving process.

General communication tips

• Avoid glossing over the event. Instead of

saying, “Spot’s just going to sleep for a long

time,” say, “The vet has done everything

she can do, but Spot won’t get better. Spot

will get a shot that stops his heart from

beating. He won’t feel any pain.”

• If the thought of breaking the news to your

child is too overwhelming, ask your vet or

a close family friend to help.

• Let your child know it’s OK to feel sad,

lonely, frustrated or angry about losing a

pet. Encourage open discussion, and don’t

hide your feelings. Modeling healthy grief

helps children learn how to cope and lets

them know they aren’t alone in sadness.

• It’s common for kids to ask about what

happens to pets after they die, so be

prepared to answer—even if it’s a truthful

admission that you don’t know.

• Let caregivers like teachers, know about

what your family is going through.

Age-specific advice

Every child is different, but here are some

general guidelines about what kids can

understand by age:

• Until about 5 years old, children are more

in tune with your emotions than their

own. You may not want to have your

young child present during the euthanasia

so you can experience your emotions in

full without worrying about your child’s

interpretation. Though it’s unlikely your

child will understand, tell him or her that

the pet will die and won’t be coming home.

• Children 5-6 years old may have a general

understanding of death, though they may

not be able to grasp its permanence. At this

age, grieving children may exhibit habit

changes (less appetite, difficulty sleeping)

and should be given opportunities to share

their emotions. Starting at this age, most

children are able to decide if they want to

be present for the euthanasia.

• Children 7-9 years old are able to understand

that death is permanent and may

start to worry about losing other loved

ones. Their grief may cause problems at

school and behavior changes, so your child

may become more aggressive or clingy.

• Children 10-11 years old can typically

understand that death is natural and

inevitable. They often use their parents as a

model for how to respond.

• Adolescents are at a stage when they

want to be treated like adults one day and

be comforted like children the next, so

responses to pet loss will vary. They may

become frustrated and try to fight what’s

happening because they feel like everyone

is giving up. Ask your vet for support in

explaining that you’ve done all you can.

Celebrate your pet’s life as a family

before the euthanasia

• Hire a photographer or videographer to

record happy moments of your family

playing with your pet.

• Create a bucket list of things you want to

do with your pet before he or she passes.

• Create a scrapbook of your pet’s life.

• Write down some of your favorite

memories and share them with each other.

If your kids are too young to write, have

them draw pictures or make a collage.

• Plant a tree or bush in their favorite spot.

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Celebrating Our #1

In addition to being the only hospital in Conway that uses state-of-theart

3D mammography, Conway Regional was named #1 in the State

for Medical Excellence in Women’s Health* in 2018. While we’re

proud of our awards, our team is driven by something more: you.

One Team. One Promise.

Our #1 priority is and will always be you, the patient, and that’s the #1

worth celebrating.

*CareChex® — an information service of Quantros, Inc.

#1 in the State for Medical Excellence

in Women’s Health

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