Faulkner Lifestyle April 2019~Anniversary Edition


As we celebrate our one year anniversary, we'd like to remind you of our mission. Faulkner Lifestyle’s 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 have a strong online and social media presence. Not only are we distributed as a printed magazine in high-traffic retail and service locations, medical and dental offices, fitness facilities, boutiques, salons, coffee shops, and restaurants throughout our community; but also have live videos and regular interactions with our advertisers and our community in person and through social media. We will saturate the market on all levels so our advertisers will see direct results and our audience stays connected. Owners and publishers, Brandy Strain and Lori Quinn have over 14 years of invaluable experience in the magazine, marketing, and advertising industry that they will lend to this publication.


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Artists & Philanthropists:

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Steve & Vivian Griffith Changing Our

Community One Brush Stroke at a Time

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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.

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on the cover

Vivian and

Steve Griffith

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Artists & Philanthropists:

Steve & Vivian Griffith Changing Our Community One Brush Stroke at a Time

We are often asked if our love of

the outdoors drives us to capture

its beauty on canvas or whether it

is the love of painting that pushes

us to explore nature. For both of us

it is a never-ending cycle. The more

beauty we see, the more we feel

driven to paint it, and painting nature

always make us want to travel.

—Vivian Noe Tallman Griffith, Artist




For artists and Conway residents Vivian Noe Tallman

Griffith (V. Noe) and Steve Griffith, life consists of

one artistic endeavor after another. Each is known

for creating one-of-a-kind, brilliant canvases for all walks

of life. They are also notorious for their philanthropic


Vivian and Steve have been married for 22 years. Even

their spare time is devoted to their craft. “We spend

time doing things that further our passion for art. We

enjoy hiking, biking, snowshoeing, reading, traveling, fly

fishing, photography, and exploring historic places. All

are part of how we find inspiration for creating new art

work,” says the couple.

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Vivian began taking dance and art classes

at age five and started painting professionally

in 2005. Steve is largely self-taught,

taking no formal art classes as a child. “But

I cannot remember a time when I didn’t

draw, color, or create objects with my

hands,” he says. He began selling artwork

professionally in 1997.

Both Steve and Vivian come from families

brimming with creativity. “We both

have a family background of craftsmen,

quilters, seamstresses, etc. While none

of our four children currently create

artwork as a profession, they all have

creative skills, such as writing, photography,

music, and woodworking.”

For her part, Vivian’s preferred medium

consists of mixed media works on

canvas, which include acrylics, oil,

metal leafing, and found objects. Typical

styles and subject matter include

abstraction, landscape, and figurative

works. Steve’s work is comprised of oil

on canvas, watercolor, and experimental

and 3D works. Styles and subjects

include impressionism and abstraction.

“I enjoy experimenting with acrylics,

airbrush, and assemblage work with

found objects,” says Steve. About 20

percent of their work is commission,

with the remainder being works

inspired by travel.

When asked which artist(s) they find

inspirational, Vivian and Steve respond,

“We have visited almost every gallery

and museum in the United States over

the past 22 years. While the works of

famous artists from the past are certainly

fascinating, we tend to find the most

inspiration from the working artists we

have met in our travels.”

The couple has shown their work,

together and individually, in galleries

throughout the country. “While we still

have out-of-state gallery shows from

time-to-time, we have seen a huge shift

to social media as a marketing tool.”

Indeed, their respective Instagram

feeds, @v.noe and @eye4art77, display

like a gallery wall. Canvases in varied

colors and styles scroll past to the

viewer’s delight.

“One of the most fun things we have

started doing over the past few years

is setting up shows in the homes of

our collectors around the country.

Often this is a natural progression,

as their friends have asked about

their artwork and the artist. We also

hold several invitation-only shows

each year out of our home/studio in


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“Our favorite places to paint are the

Rocky Mountains, and both the Pacific

and Atlantic coastal regions. However,

we have found there is beauty all across

the United States. We are often asked

if our love of the outdoors drives us to

capture its beauty on canvas or whether

it is the love of painting that pushes us

to explore nature. For both of us it is a

never-ending cycle. The more beauty

we see, the more we feel driven to paint

it, and painting nature always make us

want to travel.”

One of the most fun things we have started

doing over the past few years is setting up shows

in the homes of our collectors around the country.

Often this is a natural progression, as their friends

have asked about their artwork and the artist.

—Steve Griffith, Artist

While Vivian and Steve enjoy parallel

careers, each maintains the individuality

of their work. “The way we influence

each other’s art the most is to encourage

experimentation with new styles and

techniques. To quote our friend and

mentor, the late Gene Hatfield, ‘Almost

anything is acceptable in art except

boring art,’” says Steve.

The talented couple does far more

than simply create and market their

work. They are known throughout the

community and beyond for using their

gifts for the greater good. “From the

beginning of our art careers, we have felt

a desire to give back to our community.

While we donate artwork to charitable

causes nationwide, our primary focus is

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in Faulkner County. Especially for organizations that support

children’s needs, the arts, and education.”

Steve and Vivian typically host shows featuring artwork

from their travels at their home/studio within a few weeks

post-trip. “We announce show dates and times in our closed

group Facebook page: Art Adventures with V. Noe & Steve

Griffith. We also host our ‘100 for $100 each Christmas

Show,’ now in its fourteenth year, at our home studio

around the first of December.”


Readers who would like to learn more

about the art of V. Noe and Steve Griffith

can find them at the following:

Facebook: Vivian Noe Tallman Griffith

or Steve Griffith

Instagram: @v.noe or @eye4art77

Email: steve.griffith@conwaycorp.net

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Bethlehem House enabled

me to reach my educational

goals by allowing me to

have a safe place to live and

be able to work and make

and save money. During

the approximate one-year

period I was there, I was able

to mature and also relish

in the amazing and familyoriented

environment that

came with living there.

—Demetrious Jordan

Overcomer: Despite the Odds



My motto is “If you believe in God, one thing’s for

sure; if you don’t aim too high, you aim too low.”

Demetrious Jordan certainly lives his mantra. The

recent University of Central Arkansas (UCA) graduate and

West Helena native took an unconventional route to earning

his degree; however, he absolutely aimed high in every regard.

His older sister, 26 “is a single mother of five little boys,”

he shares. He also has two younger brothers, 23 and 21,

who each have two children. His family remains near his

hometown. Demetrious explains his mother was diagnosed

with bipolar disorder years ago and says, “Despite this,

she has always been an amazing mother to the best of her

ability…. Everything she has ever done and continues to do

has always been in the best interest of her children. I love her

with all my heart and always have. She is still arguably the

nicest human being I have met.”

Despite a number of setbacks, Demetrious persevered and

embarked on his senior year more determined and motivated

than before. A gifted art student, he was a top artist recruit

from the eastern region of the state. “I even painted for

musician B.B. King. I designed the dictionaries and thesauruses

at my high school, Central High. The books still reside there

with my name on the back.” After much contemplation,

Demetrious decided to attend Phillips Community College,

where he remained for one year following high school.

“Where I’m from, the expectations, goals, and desires are so

low, even nonexistent, it becomes like a cancer – a depressing

but consistent leech on the environment,” he says. He believes

this causes the familial structure and the area itself to become

stagnant, never reaching its potential. Demetrious’ goal was to

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not become a statistic or stereotype. “In fact, I plan to prove others

who look like me and/or come from the same background can

be successful without selling or using drugs, without necessarily

rapping or making violent and hateful music, and even without

being great at sports. I want to emphasize and magnify the

importance of education and how far it can take you….”

“After a year, I decided the environment and support system

surrounding me wasn’t what it should have been and spontaneously

decided to move. When I first came to Conway, I didn’t tell

anyone where I lived for more than a year. I didn’t tell anyone

because I didn’t want any distractions or derailment from my goal

of succeeding; I was on a mission,” says Demetrious.

He lived with a friend and his mother, and began working a night

shift at Kimberly Clark. “I rode a bike and walked six miles to work

every other day. I loved it.” Unfortunately, due to an auto accident

and its resulting outcome, Demetrious found himself without a

place to live. “This was the darkest time of my life. At the time, I

thought it was the end of my life as well,” he says. He found help

from a friend from the gym and his grandmother, who offered a

temporary residence. “They helped me apply at a couple of places

to live, one being Bethlehem House.”

“I moved into Bethlehem House in January 2014 and lived there

until March 2015….While there, I focused on saving money and

building and gaining everyday needed resources, such as my

driver’s permit and driver’s license,” Demetrious explains. “I felt

like the happiest being on Earth. I felt like I had been accepted into

college. While there, I met and was a Christmas angel for Mrs.

Jennifer Harrison of First Security Bank and her son! They were

amazing to me and treated me to an unbelievable and unforgettable

Christmas. While living there and working, I was also able to

buy my first car and eventually move into my first apartment.”

By January 2015, he enrolled at the University of Arkansas

Community College Morrilton (UACCM), which he attended

through December 2016 when he graduated with honors. “I still

felt like I had something to prove, so I didn’t tell anyone about the

graduation. I had strangers record me walking across the stage…. I

didn’t tell any family or friends…. I cried driving home that night; I

felt alone. I was alone. I promised I’d tell everyone when I graduated

with my bachelors. And that’s what I did two years later.”

Demetrious with UCA

President, Houston Davis

“Bethlehem House enabled me to reach my educational goals by

allowing me to have a safe place to live and be able to work, and

make and save money. During the approximate one-year period I

was there, I was able to mature and also relish in the amazing and

family-oriented environment that came with living there.”

Demetrious began focusing on his next goal, which was

earning his bachelor’s degree. He enrolled at UCA in January

2017 and worked while earning his degree; at some points he

worked multiple jobs but ended up with First Security Bank.

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scene | heard

collapsed in her arms. She didn’t know all the reasons I was

crying so hard. No one did….And that’s the picture that

went viral on social media,” says Demetrious.

He graduated from UCA Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor

of Arts in Psychology in December 2018.

“I stayed focused because I perceived everything as an

adventure. I have never panicked under pressure. Ever,” he says.

Despite a litany of traumatic experiences in his life, Demetrious

remained positive. “My mindset was and still is that….whatever

I was experiencing at the time was also something that didn’t

kill me and that would eventually pass, so why not make the

most of it and accept the challenge while it’s happening? For

me, the key to succeeding and excelling in life despite ‘difficult

circumstances’ or ‘trials and tribulations’ are two things.

Have faith in the Most High…. with the combination of hard

work and great intentions, He will see you through and make

it happen. The second is extremely important as well and

that is to have a ruling class mentality…. This means regardless

of your start in life: disadvantages, setbacks, losses, and/

or traumatizing experiences, blame no one. The mindset of

ruling class mentality means being driven to make something

happen and achieve something on your own without looking

for handouts or excuses along the way. Just make it happen,

period. Either you have that hunger and undeniable determination,

or you don’t,” Demetrious says.

Demetrious remains employed with First Security Bank. “I’m

what you call a floating teller. I go to different locations within the

Conway vicinity weekly and help out as a teller. I make withdrawals

and deposits, cash checks, and process loan payments

among a multitude of other things, while strategically and

carefully monitoring for any signs of irregularities,” he explains.

Demetrious was the first person in his entire family – immediate

and extended – to graduate from college.

“Mrs. Judi Lively, executive director of Bethlehem House, texted

me ‘Happy graduation eve!’ the night before graduation. The

next morning, she was the very first person to message me

saying, ‘Here to support you today. Extremely proud!!’ She

doesn’t know she was the first person. She also doesn’t know

that when she sent the message, I cried backstage right before

taking a picture with UCA President Houston Davis.”

“I had so much support this time around. It was overwhelming.

My cousins, friends, brothers, and sister all

came to graduation. It felt like three different lives I lived

came together that day. It felt surreal. Following graduation,

outside the building, Mom tapped my shoulder from behind

and for some reason I knew it was her. I turned around and

He has big goals. “I think nonstop about how to continue

to better myself not only as a person but as a role model.”

Demetrious made the conscious decision to cease certain

destructive behaviors as early as age eight. He knows how to

achieve what he sets his mind to. “As of today, as a 24-yearold,

I have remained on the right path to continue these

personal vows and goals by acting and leading by example.”

He plans to begin graduate school in 2020; he will study

social work in an effort to become a licensed psychiatrist/

therapist. He also aspires to be a motivational speaker. His

story has garnered the attention of several media outlets, and

he plans to continue this momentum by sharing his story on

a bigger platform. “Stay tuned!” he says.

Demetrious adds, “Life is funny and interesting at the same

time…. If my story isn’t a testimony and a reminder of what God

can do for your life, I will never know what is. God is so good.”

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wasn’t entirely sure what to expect

when I walked through the door, but

this was not it. I had imagined a few

women gathered around folding tables

engaged in friendly chit chat, their hands

occupied, some quiet music in the

background perhaps.

Instead, I can hear the fervor of their

activity before the door even swings

open. And first up behind that door is

Linda Fullerton, the leader of this pack

of committed workers. Her energy and

passion for the group is evident from the

first word she speaks.

“Come on in! It’s a bit loud, but you get

used to it,” Linda smiles. “We have 20

or so ladies here today, but sometimes

we have 30 or more.” Peeking through

the window to the fellowship hall of

Four Winds Church, I can see women

working at different stations around the

room. Some are polishing bits of broken

china, others are bent over loud equipment,

grinding the edges of the pieces,

some are packaging finished necklaces.

Breanne McClendon, new executive

director of Conway Women’s Shelter

Beauty from

Broken Things

The Volunteer-led Broken China Project Lends

Support to the Conway Women‘s Shelter

The group gathered here is made up

entirely of volunteers — mostly retired,

with their average age around 70 — and

they come together weekly, 50 weeks

out of the year, to create jewelry from

broken plates. They then sell the

jewelry at craft shows, conferences and

boutiques, mostly around Arkansas but

sometimes outside of the state.

The Broken China Project was started

about twelve years ago as an idea

from a board member at the Conway

Women’s Shelter. “She wanted it to do

a fundraising project – at the time they

were just trying to make enough money

so that the ladies at the shelter could get

together and do something fun one night

a week,” Linda explains.

Linda, a retired school counselor who

had just gone through training as a

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shelter volunteer, found herself working on the jewelry one

afternoon with the then Executive Director. “She asked me if

I would consider taking on the project so that the paid staff

could focus on their other duties. And I told her ‘Sure!’”

And now, more than a decade later, the idea for a small

fundraiser has turned into a consistent form of revenue for the

Conway Women’s Shelter. But if you ask Linda, the money

isn’t the only reason they do this. “I don’t have a clue how

much money we bring in and really, none of us care. We love

what we do and have made so many friends here.”

Jane Martin, who joined the project shortly after Linda, also

speaks of the comradery amongst the volunteers: “My favorite

part of this group is the women. We laugh, cry, fuss, have a

good time. And we get the work done because ultimately, it’s

about the mission. It’s so rewarding to see the women in the

shelter benefit from our work.”

And benefit they do – according to Breanne McClendon,

the new Executive Director of the Shelter, this self-led group

contributes around 15% of the organization’s annual budget.

“Through the work of these ladies we’ve been able to fund

programming and provide additional resources for the women

in the shelter. But beyond the financial aspect, the ladies also

help spread awareness.”

Breanne, who joined the organization in January, says that

she gets a lot of communication from people saying that they

heard about the shelter at a craft fair or women’s event where

the Broken China Project volunteers were selling jewelry.

For an organization whose mission requires a great deal of

confidentiality, awareness is actually something much needed.

“With domestic violence there is a sense of secrecy and

privacy — we need to keep our location safe, but we also need

to bring more awareness to domestic violence and get the

community involved in helping support these people. So, it’s

about finding a balance.”

The Conway Women’s Shelter is a dual program, providing

a safe space for those escaping abusive situations, but also

operating a hotline for domestic violence and sexual assault,

which receives calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

They can house 25 women, men and children at any one time,

and on more days than not, the shelter is at capacity. In the

instance where they are full, but they receive a call for help,

they work with other domestic violence shelters around the

state to find placement. Once a person becomes a resident in

the shelter, the staff work with them to provide counseling,

support and assistance in establishing an individualized plan

for moving forward.

Breanne knows from her work how essential all these systems

of support are. “The thing about domestic violence is that it

doesn’t discriminate — 1 in 4 women will experience it at

some point in their lifetime. It does not care what color you

are or how much money you make. And it can have a lasting

impact on generations of families. I really want to help break

the stigma of domestic violence.”

And as she speaks, behind us in a brightly lit multi-purpose

room a group of mostly retired women are helping her to do

just that. By taking bits of fragmented pottery, attending to

them with care and love, the ladies of the Broken China Project

are showing how something once broken can be repurposed

into something beautiful, meaningful — whole.

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Linda — who has shepherded this group of onceinexperienced

jewelry-makers year after year — looks back

on her many years as a teacher and counselor: “I see how my

experience works with this project and these ladies. I want

everybody to know they can do something, they can be


While the purpose of the project is to support the Conway

Women’s Shelter, Breanne said she and the volunteers also

get so much out of it. “Every time I come in here its’ such a

joy for me – they are so excited to be working. They tell their

husbands that they are going to ‘therapy’,” she laughs. “But

truly, there’s a sense of ownership and pride in what they are

doing. I love to watch them work — to see their commitment

to the shelter and what they do — it’s beyond amazing.”

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Volunteers (no experience needed!)

are always welcome to join the

Broken China Project. Contact

Linda Fullerton at (501) 514-5022.

Donate unwanted dishes—whole sets or

individual pieces—to be turned into jewelry.

A vital current need is trained mental health

support volunteers to work with the residents.

Childcare volunteers are needed

to assist with residents’ children.

Donations of clothing, toiletries and

start-up housing items are always in demand.

Monetary donations help to keep

the shelter up and running 365 days a year.



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artist spotlight

Artist, Jessica Jones

Pursuing Her Passion



So often we are told that we have to

pursue careers and not passion, unless

we have an innate talent. What I have

found as a greater catalyst of success

is hard work and a willingness to take

risks to pursue what you love.

—Jessica Jones, Artist

Conway artist and resident Jessica Jones has drawn,

painted, and generally been creative her entire life. “I

used to love drawing horses as a little girl and often

drew with charcoal and painted with watercolors,” she says.

Jessica’s work includes installations, murals, and canvases.

“I have also done some illustration work and sign painting

and have worked alongside graphic designers for logo

concepts,” she says.

Though a lifelong artist, she recently began pursuing art as a

full-time career. “I started doing some small art commissions on

the side about three years ago, when I was a full-time stayat-home

mom. I took art on full-time two years ago after the

sudden and unexpected death of my husband. I wanted to make

an effort to provide for my family while pursuing my passion.”

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She is certainly making a splash on the

art scene in Faulkner County and the

surrounding areas. “The majority of

the work I do is in Conway, but I have

done work in Little Rock and hope to

someday paint pieces globally,” she

says. Odds are, if you’ve driven around

Conway, you have seen Jessica’s work.

In fact, she is currently painting a large

floral mural in front of The Brick Room

on Front Street in downtown Conway.

When asked about some of her more

interesting “canvases,” she says, “I do

have a mural in one hair salon and a

paper flower installation in another.

I painted a drain in front of David’s

Burgers at Bass Pro Shops in Little

Rock. I also painted the cutest little rain

barrel at WunderHaus.”

Artistic talent runs in Jessica’s family. Her

mother paints with acrylics in her spare

time. “Both of my children love to be

creative and often will create their own

pieces while I work on mine,” she shares.

As for which artists most interest her,

Jessica says, “I have always admired

Georgia O’Keeffe. Some modern mural

artists I admire are Ouizi and Faith47.”

Murals are her most requested service,

and about 80 percent of her work is

commissioned. However, she adds, “I

oftentimes have a lot of creative freedom

in those commissions.”

Largely self-taught, Jessica credits “music,

simple inspirations from nature, and other

artists” for inspiring her creatively. As

for marketing her services and work, she

says, “Social media plays a huge role in

promotion and networking for commissions.

Visual platforms like Instagram are

critical for freelance artists.” Indeed, one

can find Jessica on her website, www.

ArtByJessicaJones.com, or by following

her on Facebook at Art by Jessica Jones,

or on Instagram @jessicasjonesin.

Regarding projects on the horizon,

Jessica plans for a launch party to debut

her newest mural. “I will also host

some community art projects at the

upcoming WunderHaus markets,” she

says. Beyond that, she will continually

create beautiful work.

“I want people to always feel empowered

by their dreams and vision, not

defeated by them. So often we are told

that we have to pursue careers and not

passion, unless we have an innate talent.

What I have found as a greater catalyst

of success is hard work and a willingness

to take risks to pursue what you love.”

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artist spotlight



In Kinsey Baker’s case, the art student

grew up to be the art teacher! Kinsey

instructs art at Conway’s Julia Lee

Moore Elementary School and loves

inspiring her student’s artistic minds.

The daughter of Ken and Denise Moorehead

and mom to Skylar, Kinsey is a

Conway native who also attended the

University of Central Arkansas. An art

educator for six years, she has enjoyed

the opportunity to teach at almost every

grade level. She has been with Julia Lee

Moore for three years and especially

enjoys working with elementary


Kinsey comes from a creative family.

“My Dad is a musician and former

band director. I also play several instruments,

but visual art was always my

‘escape’ and my most effective means

of expressing myself. I was a pretty

introverted child, so visual art allowed

me to showcase my talent without being

in the spotlight,” she shares.

Art teacher, Kinsey Baker

Inspiring the

Next Generation

The best teachers show students the way

and make them believe they can get there.

—Kinsey Baker, Art Teacher

Her pastimes were inventive from the

beginning. “I have been drawing and

painting since I could hold a pencil.

My Mom entered my work into many

local shows. I remember feeling so

excited to receive blue ribbons from the

Faulkner County Fair! I was also blessed

that some amazing local artists took an

interest in me early in life. Sheila Parsons

gave me private lessons. Being in close

contact with successful artists empowered

me to take my talent seriously from

a young age and to continue pursuing it

as I grew older,” she says.

As for her own teaching methods,

Kinsey often uses choice-based art

teaching, which her kindergarten through

fourth grade students enjoy. “Basically,

I present students with a scenario or

‘problem’ they address with their own

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choice of imagery and materials. It allows students to express

and showcase their creativity. Also, giving them choices helps

keep them intrinsically motivated and encourages them to take

true ownership of their work. It also helps them to see there is

more than one way to solve a problem,” she says.

As for recent student projects, Kinsey says, “My third graders

have been working on one-point perspective. We have

discussed how math and art are related and have worked on

using right angles in our work. Last week a child said, ‘Math

and angles make sense to me now!’ That was a big ‘win’ for

me that day! I try to help my students develop their work ethic

and craftsmanship as well. Because I only see them once a

week, some projects may span over a month. Helping them

see the importance of sticking with a project to completion is a

huge part of my job. Perseverance with their work is a skill that

will help them in every area of life.”

Of course, teaching elementary age students has its comedic

moments. “When I was about 32 weeks pregnant with my

daughter, I was in front of the class teaching about color

patterns. I prepared some visuals to help them understand

and was running back and forth with large pieces of colored

paper to explain how a pattern repeats. After I was done, I

asked if they had any questions. A fifth grader in the front row

raised his hand and said, ‘I just want you to know that if you

fall, and that baby pops out, I am not catching it!’” Of course,

that caused an uproar of laughter. I don’t remember how I

recovered from that statement, but it sure was funny!”

A more sentimental memory is from her time at Conway

High School. “A group of senior students threw me a going

away party, complete with gift cards and notes expressing

how much my class meant to them and made their senior

year more fun. I have those notes framed in my current

classroom. They help remind me that at the end of the day,

it’s all about changing students’ lives for the better.”

Outside the classroom, Kinsey works on personal art.

“I enjoy large-scale acrylic painting and am working on

a couple of projects right now. My favorite imagery is

nature inspired.” When asked what advice she would offer

a young person who wanted to become an art teacher,

she encourages an openness to various artistic styles. “Try

to work in as many mediums as possible, so you have a

wide base of content knowledge. Also, volunteer in church

youth groups or with nonprofit youth organizations, so

you are comfortable around kids. You can be an incredibly

talented and successful artist, but if you do not know how

to communicate with, inspire, and instill confidence in your

students, you will not be nearly as effective a teacher. The

best teachers show students the way and make them believe

they can get there.”

Kinsey believes the arts are important to overall student

education by helping them think independently, develop

opinions, and express themselves creatively. “These skills

are important for all students, no matter what career they

pursue. Also, the arts give some students a safe place to

shine. Not all kids enjoy being in the spotlight but still need

an outlet they can feel confident in.”

Kinsey adds, “I love working in a school district where the

arts are supported and encouraged! My job isn’t easy, but it

is fun and never, ever boring!”

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performing arts

Amanda Horton, Director of

Reynolds Performance Hall

Bringing Performing

Arts to the Community



Amanda Horton serves as Director of Donald W. Reynolds

Performance Hall (Reynolds) on the University of

Central Arkansas (UCA) campus. Under her leadership,

the venue has experienced increased growth and an influx of

world-class shows right here in Conway. The 1200 seat theater

features an annual performing arts series with nationally and

internationally acclaimed professional artists.

Amanda is married to Randy, and her children include

daughter Emla, 17; son John William, 14; step-son Jake, 23;

Ginger the yorkie, nine; Sammy the cat, seven; and Neville

the maltipoo, two. She became Director of Reynolds in

June of 2013.

Amanda earned her Bachelor of Science with emphasis in

Speech Communication from UCA and her Master of Arts in

Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from the

University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Being a UCA alumni

led to her interest in the role. “I was also very attracted to

Reynolds Performance Hall. I knew the former Director and

had high regard for the programming Reynolds delivered to

the campus and community,” she shares.

UCA consistently presents students and the community

with opportunities to patron the arts. “We offer student

musical and theatrical productions, a professional theatre

company in Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Conway

Symphony Orchestra, and the performing arts series at

Reynolds. Many colleges in Arkansas have some of these

performance types, but not one has all,” says Amanda.

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During her first year as Director, Amanda was selected to

Leadership Arkansas, a program through the Arkansas State

Chamber of Commerce. “We completed goal development

and strategy training, and the program challenged me to write

out my goals and create an implementation plan. I believe this

helped immensely with execution and success,” she says. Her

goals included audience growth and development, personal

community involvement, the formation of a Reynolds advocacy

group, and the creation of a preschool through twelfth

grade performance series.

In an effort to meet her growth and development goal, Amanda

transferred her Kiwanis membership to Conway and joined the

Conway Alliance for the Arts. She is the current President-Elect

of the Kiwanis Club. “Both groups enhance our community

through service projects such as the Conway Arts Fest, Conway

Arts Awards, Toad Suck Daze Run, and Pancake Days.”

“I also took Reynolds into the community; we set up

informational booths at business expos, teacher breakfasts,

senior expos, local festivals, and other events where potential

patrons gather. I believe to get people to Reynolds, we have to

immerse ourselves in the community.”

Amanda also implemented the Reynolds Community Council

to create a community advocacy group for the venue. “The

Council is comprised of patrons, donors, alumni, and media

partners that use their influence and affluence to further

Reynolds Performance Hall goals and to help ensure future

success. The council provides consultation and support….both

on campus and off and promotes a positive image and good

relations with students, alumni, community partners, and the

UCA campus, as well as with the state, region, and nation. This

group has been extremely successful in fundraising and has

been a vital part of our Main Stage Education Series success.”

The Main Stage Education Series was also integral to Amanda’s

goals for the venue. “In the first year of programming, I added

family friendly shows to help plant seeds for future arts patrons.

We have presented programs such as Flat Stanley, Rudolph the

Red Nosed Reindeer and A Charlie Brown Christmas. From

this, we expanded our offerings with the Main Stage Education

Series.” Amanda considers the implementation of the series

among her biggest accomplishments at Reynolds to date.

The series, founded in 2015, provides performing arts access

for school-aged children in Central Arkansas. “All shows

are designed to ignite children’s imagination, enhance their

learning experience, and reinforce educational curriculum.

They are performed by national and international touring,

professional artists,” she says. Examples of the diverse program

offerings include Charlotte’s Web, Cirque Zuma Zuma, The

Rosa Parks Story, and The Science of Magic.

Shows are scheduled during the school day to accommodate

field trips. “For many students, this is the first experience with a

live theatre production. Many districts we serve have a lowincome

student level of 50 percent or more. We work diligently

to raise money for the program to keep student ticket prices

minimal. Our mission is to make sure no child is turned away

from the theatre because of an inability to pay. We also created a

social story tool for children with disabilities to help ensure they

are comfortable when attending performances,” says Amanda.

In addition, each show includes an educational component

that correlates directly to curriculum. Prior to a performance,

teachers are provided with study guides they can incorporate

into the classroom. This helps students receive the full instructive

benefit of the experience. While UCA helped fund the first

two years of the series, Amanda and company have raised

100 percent of the program’s funds since that time through

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We offer student musical and theatrical

productions, a professional theatre company in

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Conway Symphony

Orchestra, and the performing arts series at

Reynolds. Many colleges in Arkansas have some of

these performance types, but not one has all .

—Amanda Horton

sponsorships, private donations, grants,

and ticket sales. “Children who visit our

hall with such excitement inspire us to

work fervently to ensure this program

not only continues but flourishes.” In

its first year, the Main Stage Education

Series served 5,000 students. Last year,

the program drew 10,000 students and

over 40 schools and is on pace to see

12,000 students this academic year.

Indeed, last year Reynolds had record

breaking attendance numbers and 11 sold

out performances. Over the last five years

of Amanda’s time as Director, ticket sales

increased by 25 percent. “I contribute this

success to selecting performances that

engage both our student population and

our community. I also strive to provide

a range of offerings such as The Blue

Man Group, Bill Nye the Science Guy,

Mamma Mia, Straight No Chaser, Disney

in Concert, and Buddy Guy. Patrons drive

from all over the state and region to see

world-class entertainment options. These

ticket holders stay in our hotels, eat at our

restaurants, and shop at our retail stores.

I’m proud to offer a performing arts series

that not only contributes financially to

our university but also to our city.”

Reynolds keeps UCA student ticket

fees minimal. “This exposes them to

professional, award winning national and

international touring artists throughout

their college years. They can attend

Broadway shows like Chicago or see

multi-Grammy award winning artists like

Buddy Guy for only ten dollars. This adds

a wonderful benefit to their college experience.

We also try to include direct artist

exposure opportunities for students.”

Reynolds’ upcoming season, its

twentieth, promises big surprises. “You

can learn more on May 13 when we

announce our season,” Amanda says. She

credits the staff and crew at Reynolds

as being integral to its success, adding,

“We bring in amazing performances

at Reynolds with a very limited crew.

We have seven full-time employees,

and I depend heavily on each of them.

We would not have such a successful

operation if it wasn’t for our outstanding

team of employees who give their best

every day. We also have amazing student

workers and community volunteers who

serve in various roles.”

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CHS drama department

Newsies Comes to Conway




What do you do with one 110

musical theatre students on a

40 foot stage? No, this is not

a joke. This is a question that the other

faculty directors and I have been asking

ourselves since December.

One hundred and ten kids were cast for

our spring musical, Newsies, a fastpaced

and fun historically fictionalized

telling of the Newsboy Strike of 1899

that took place in New York City. Once

on Broadway, Newsies has garnered a

lot of fandom, especially with a filmed

production of that show being on

Netflix for more than a year. Though

now off Netflix, the Newsies craze still

stands strong.

To many, it was just as strong before

the Broadway production. It was

originally a Disney film that starred

Christian Bale (Batman… the good one

before Ben Affleck took over) and that

gathered a cult following soon after

it became available to rent at video

stores… yes, those were once a thing.

Let’s fast forward to March. Opening

night is less than a month away, and

we have figured out (for the most part)

what to do with all of these talented

kids. The key is to gather an all-star

team of directors whose passion for the

arts is as large as the number of kids in

this show.

Kayla White heads music direction

for the show. Her team is made up of

fellow talented music professionals

Patty Oeste and Sam Huskey. Our

school is proud of our live pit orchestra

made up primarily of band and

orchestra students and directed by the

wonderful Robin Ratliff. That beautiful

music they create makes it fun for our

talented dancers to give life and energy

to the show.

The choreography is masterfully

done by Olivia Stephens, with the

help of Samantha Kordsmeier. Olivia,

a professional dance instructor and

owner of Broadway Dance Academy

at Red Curtain Theatre creates professional

level choreography in a fun


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So now we have talented actors,

singers, and dancers. All they need is

costumes. However, costuming that

many students is no small feat. Kara

Branscum and Casey Griffith take

every performance to the next level

by transporting our students into late

nineteenth century New York City.

That seems like an amazing group of

people, and IT IS!! But wait, there’s

more! Students play an imperative role

in the show but behind the stage. There

they get a chance to play a leadership

role and help the show run smoothly.

Every year we have a student director,

stage managers, a stage crew, student

light operators, costume workers, and

makeup artists. All these students and

teachers assembled is a team equal to the

Avengers or Justice League.

Of course the heart and soul of every

performance done at Conway High

School are the students. They are

what matter most and are the true

stars. I am always blown away by

the amount of talented young adults

that we have in our community, both

on stage and behind it. Not only can

these students perform, they have to

balance the responsibilities of rehearsal

along with school, family life, friends,

and for some, jobs. We are all very

excited about the cast, and what each

performer brings to his/her role.

Now is the time to seize the day! We

hope you join us!

Once on Broadway,

Newsies has garnered a

lot of fandom, especially

with a filmed production of

that show being on Netflix

for more than a year.


Thursday, April 18th 7pm

Friday, April 19th

1pm (no school that day)

and 7pm

Saturday, April 20th

1pm and 7pm

Tickets are $5 for students

(4 years through 12th grade) and

Conway Public School employees,

and $10 for adults.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

All performances will be held at the

James H. Clark Auditorium on the

Conway High School campus.

AJ Spiridigliozzi, Director

Conway High School Musical

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How long have you been in business

in Faulkner County? I have been a Realtor

for 23 years!

What do you love most about your

business and why? The thing that I love

most about being in real estate is the

connection that I have with my clients,

the relationship that I have built with my

fellow colleagues, and the joy that I have

from getting to work in a career that I

truly enjoy each and every day.

What are some of the latest trends in your

industry? The “latest trends” in the real

estate industry have changed over the

years. The most recent trend is the use

of social media outlets and innovative

technology. I will say though, the trend

that I feel that is timeless is word of

mouth referrals. This trend has stayed

true since the day I started in real estate.


Velda Leuders

REALTOR, Coldwell Banker RPM Group-Conway

609 Locust Ave, Conway

What sets you apart from other businesses

in your industry? The thing that

sets me apart from others is the many

years of concentrated and unique

learning that has grown my knowledge

of the business. Each year, I attend the

National Association Annual Meetings

in November, and National Association

Mid-Year Legislative Meetings in DC. By

attending these, it allows me to network

with other agents all over the country. I

have many years of experience and I also

strive to have a professional perspective.

Selling a home is about providing the

client with the tools to visualize the

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property as their new home. In order to make that vision

possible, I hire a professional photographer for my listings. I

provide personalized service to all buyers and sellers. Building

relationships with my clients and being able to work with

many of them multiple times, throughout my career, is a true

blessing. When working with my clients, I love taking their

dreams and helping make them a reality. I am not satisfied

until my clients are satisfied!

How are you involved in your community/county? I love

giving back and investing in our community. I am on the

Board of Directors for Haven, active in the Wampus Cat

Baseball Parent Association, Wampus Cat Booster Club,

Conway Chamber, and participate in many community

events throughout the year. I enjoy reading to the students at

different elementary schools, supporting local organizations

and participating in community projects.

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

2019 Hall of Fame Inductee for Faulkner County Board of Realtors

2019 Director for Faulkner Co Board of Realtors

2018 President Arkansas Realtors

Past President of Faulkner County Board of Realtors

Serving on State Committees

Serving on Professional Standards Committee

for the National Association of Realtors

Diamond Award Level 2018

Board of Directors for HAVEN

Life Member National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc.

What plans do you have for the future? I plan to continue

to grow my business, continue being active in Local, State,

and National Association of Realtors as well as travel more

with my husband and family, which includes husband Barry,

daughters Elisabeth and Catherine, and granddaughter Zoe.

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pet care

Your Dog‘s Physical

for (and hoping not to find).


Just what is the

veterinarian looking

for when they stare

and gently push, pull

and poke your dog

during a visit? Here‘s

a breakdown of the

major body systems

they‘re checking

out and what they

are looking for (and

hoping not to find).

Your dog’s physical exam

Just what is the veterinarian looking for when they stare and gently










your dog




a visit?



they stare

a breakdown

and gently



the major



and poke




dog during


a visit?



and what

a breakdown

they’re looking



for (and



body systems

not to find).

they’re checking out and what they’re looking

EYES: signs of

EYES: disease; signs discharge of

disease; or tearing; discharge abnormal

or movement tearing; abnormal

movement reaction to light or

reaction to light

MOUTH: signs of

MOUTH: periodontal signs disease of

periodontal in teeth and disease gums;

in bad teeth breath and gums;

bad breath LYMPH NODES



GLANDS: irregularities any or

irregularities changes in size or

changes in size

EARS: signs of ear infection

EARS: (pain, tenderness, signs of ear redness, infection

(pain, swelling, tenderness, “yeasty” smell, redness, and

swelling, discharge); “yeasty” mites smell, and

discharge); mites

HEART: Weak or abnormal

HEART: heart sounds; Weak an or abnormally fast

heart or slow sounds; rate; irregular an abnormally beats fast

or slow rate; irregular beats

LUNGS: wheezing,

LUNGS: crackling, wheezing, or other

crackling, abnormal or lung other sounds

abnormal lung sounds

LEGS: limited range of motion in all limbs; signs

LEGS: of pain or limited discomfort; range of grinding motion sound in all limbs; in joints signs

of pain or discomfort; grinding sound in joints

ABDOMEN: any irregularities in

ABDOMEN: the margins of any the irregularities liver, spleen, in

the kidneys, margins and of bladder; the liver, masses spleen, or

kidneys, tumors; thickened and bladder; intestines masses or

tumors; thickened intestines


BASE any abscesses; OF TAIL:

any abnormalities abscesses; in anal

abnormalities glands; fecal mats; in anal

glands; evidence fecal of soft mats; stools;

evidence growths; parasites, of soft stools; like

growths; tapeworm parasites, segments like

tapeworm and flea dirt segments

and flea dirt

COAT, SKIN, AND NAILS: poor overall quality of coat; lumps and bumps;

rashes; COAT, SKIN, areas of AND hair NAILS: loss or excessive poor overall dander; quality matted of coat; or lumps saliva-stained and bumps; fur;

rashes; fleas or areas ticks; callouses; of hair loss overgrown or excessive or ingrown dander; matted toenails; or dehydration saliva-stained fur;

fleas or ticks; callouses; overgrown or ingrown toenails; dehydration

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Deviled Eggs



Thanks to our friends, Katherine Brooks, Paige Revis

and Lisa Winbourne for making batches of deviled

eggs and sharing their own personal touches.

Deviled eggs are a Southern staple,

and many kitchens have deviled egg

plates that are family heirlooms. Just

the sight of a deviled egg plate evokes

memories of Sundays in the South.

Deviled eggs are a classic recipe that are perfect for the

Easter holiday. They are easy to make and compliment

most any meal. Also, with just a few drops of food

coloring, you can turn basic deviled eggs into pastel delights

that both adults and children will devour.

Deviled eggs are a Southern staple, and many kitchens have

deviled egg plates that are family heirlooms. Just the sight

of a deviled egg plate evokes memories of Sundays in the

South. If you don’t own one, be on the lookout at Jenifer’s

Antiques for unique, vintage styles.

We reached out to friends and asked for their faithful

deviled egg recipes and found that most did not have

a written recipe. Paige Revis shared her mother, Sherry

Grisham’s, recipe that she has used for many years. Mrs.

Grisham received the deviled egg plate she still uses today

as a wedding gift in 1962. For delicious deviled eggs, just

follow this basic recipe and add your favorite toppings.

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Deviled Eggs


6 hard-boiled eggs

¼ cup (or so) Hellmann’s mayonnaise

1/8 cup (or so) French’s Dijon mustard

2 drops Lea & Perrin’s

Salt and pepper, to taste – salt is the


Paprika – sprinkle on top “like you cared

about it”


Slice the eggs in half lengthwise, remove

and rice yolks to a bowl, and place the

whites on a serving platter.

Add mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, salt,

and pepper to the yolks and mix well.

Spoon or pipe the yolk mixture into the

egg whites.

Top with your favorite toppings.



Capers and cherry tomatoes

Blanched asparagus

Pickled okra

Bacon and avocado


Dill pickles with fresh dill

Boiled shrimp and fresh dill

For a modern twist on deviled eggs, try

this recipe at your next party, potluck

or barbecue.


Deviled Eggs


2 large avocados, mashed

6 hard-boiled eggs

1 teaspoon cilantro

3 teaspoons lime juice

1 Tablespoon red onion

A pinch of salt and pepper

Cooked bacon



Slice the eggs in half lengthwise, remove

and mash egg yolks. Place the whites

on a serving platter.

Combine mashed avocados and egg


Add the cilantro, lime juice, red onion,

salt and pepper.

Evenly disperse the mixture into the egg


Top with chopped, crisp bacon and a

sprinkle of paprika.

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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.

2019 Hall of Fame Inductee

ARPAC Crystal R

2018 President Arkansas Realtors



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conway chamber

Conway Area Chamber of Commerce

Annual Meeting Award Winners

Outstanding Large Employer

Acxiom Corporation

Guy Murphy

Distinguished Service

Dr. Terry Fiddler

Guy Murphy

Distinguished Service

Bill Johnson

Outstanding Nonprofit

Conway Cradle Care

Lloyd Westbrook

Good Neighbor

Julie Adkisson

Outstanding Retailer

Lefler‘s Fashion

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Outstanding Hospitality

Mike’s Place


Small Business

Yours Truly Consignment

Business Executive

of the Year

Timothy Goodwin

Young Business Leader

of the Year

Kim Lane

Business Executive

of the Year

Jim Rankin Jr.


Small Business

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Oxygenating Trio

Facial Treatment

Oxygen is suggested to strengthen

skin’s elasticity and help

eliminate acne-causing bacteria,

as well as reduce fine lines and wrinkles,

even out skin tone, and diminish pores.

Many people who experience the nonsurgical

oxygen facial treatment see an

immediate change in their appearance.

The Oxygenating Trio Facial is a 3-step

system designed to promote a healthy

glow by stimulating oxygenation and

circulation within the skin, rejuvenating

sluggish, stressed or acne affected skin

as it draws oxygen to the skin’s surface,

resulting in a radiant, healthy glow. The

skin benefits as moisture molecules bond

to the tissues causing a gentle plumping

of the skin.

The oxygenating trio corrects and

prevents free radical damage which is

a significant contributor to aging. This

trifecta of acids, including lactic, glycolic,

and salicylic goes to work doing what

they do best, restructuring your skin to

look healthy and radiant!

This treatment is ideal two to three days

before a special event. The Oxygenating

Trio produces no stinging or irritating

side effects. It draws oxygen to the skin’s

surface, producing a rosy flush and a rapid

warming sensation, resulting in a radiant,

healthy look that lasts up to ten days.

The oxygenating facial includes lactic

acid, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid.

Please do not use a retinol product

within 5 days of getting this treatment.

To make your treatment even more

effective, consider adding either microdermabrasion

and LED light therapy to

your session:

Angela Jackson, Licensed

Aesthetician, offers

microcurrent facials and

other anti aging facial

treatments at Studio SKIN

in downtown Conway.


Oxygenating Trio

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Oxygenating Trio

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etail spotlight

Owners, Marty Lefler

and Brooke Ludford

This business has been in our

family for over 60 years. My

father Roy started our business

in Clinton and now Brooke

wants to see it continue.

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Lefler‘s Fashion

Marty Lefler & Brooke Ludford, Owners

1114 Oak St. Conway AR 72032


Mon-Fri: 10-6; Sat: 10-5:30; Sun: Closed

How long have you been in business in Faulkner County?

Opened in this same location in 1958

What do you love most about your business and

why? First, the interaction with people. You must be a

people person to love this business. We look forward to

relationships with our returning customers and building

relationships with new customers for the very first time.

How has your business changed/evolved over time?

Another reason that we love this business is that change

is built into the business model. We totally change each

season. Also, changes in the industry happen more

frequently each year. Over time we have changed to a larger

mix of accessories along with apparel.

How are you involved in your community/county?

We are focusing on women’s support like the Women’s

Shelter of Central Arkansas and similar groups.

What do you love most about being a business owner in

Faulkner County? It’s a wonderful place to live and we also

enjoy the relationships with other small business owner/


Who is/was your inspiration for owning a business and

why? This business has been in our family for over 60 years.

My father Roy started our business in Clinton and now

Brooke wants to see it continue.

What plans do you have for the future? We are implementing

new software to better manage sales and inventory

and are committed to the growth of Downtown Conway!

Subscribe to our website www.leflersfashion.com to know

what’s next!

What are some of the latest trends in your industry?

Apparel has shifted to more casual dressing that can be worn

from day to evening. Instead of complete outfits, the emphasis

is on items to be used with pieces in your current wardrobe.

What sets you apart from other businesses in your

industry? Our industry has shifted to using less expensive

fabrics that aren’t made to last multiple seasons. We,

however, are still trying to concentrate on quality items that

are also affordable.

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What Inspires Conway

Regional‘s Great 100 Nurses?

The nurses being honored recently discussed their calling

Ten registered nurses with Conway Regional have

been selected for the statewide 2019 Great 100 Nurses


The Great 100 Nurses Celebration was founded in New

Orleans 32 years ago and has since honored thousands of

nurses in Louisiana, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Texas.

This is the third year that recognition has been given in

Arkansas.An awards program honoring Great 100 Nurses

from throughout Arkansas will be held on April 9 at the

Embassy Suites in Little Rock.

“To have 10 of the Great 100 nurses in Arkansas on our staff is

an honor. In my heart, I have always believed that we have the

best nursing and support staff in Arkansas, and recognition like

this is evidence of my belief,” said Angie Longing, RN, Chief

Nursing Executive for Conway Regional Health System. “It is

a privilege to work alongside these exceptional nurses. Taking

care of our patients is their calling.”

Brandi Alred of Conway, RN, an

Emergency Department nurse at

Conway Regional, was inspired

by a cousin who was a nurse. “Her

stories were always so interesting;

she made me want to be a nurse,”

said Alred. Alred began her career

at Conway Regional in 2007 after

graduating from the Baptist Health

School of Nursing in Little Rock.

Kayla Bond of Conway, RN, 3

South, has been a nurse for seven

years. She was inspired by having

surgery as a teenager. “I was very

scared. The nurses who cared for

me made me decide that I wanted

to provide that same comfort to

others.” She is a graduate of Harding

University College of Nursing.

Catherine Caffrey of Conway,

RN, is a house supervisor at

Conway Regional. She said,

“I literally never wanted to do

anything else. She has been a

nurse since graduation from

Carshalton School of Nursing in

Surrey England 37 years ago.

Katie Cox of Heber Springs, a registered

nurse in the Emergency Room

has 11 years of nursing experience.

After high school, Katie worked in a

family medical clinic and as tech in an

ER before deciding to go to nursing

school at Arkansas Tech. “Both of

those jobs led me down a path of

helping others. I knew I wanted to

serve others in a time when they

needed it the most,” said Cox.

Heather Gray of Conway, RN, is

currently with the William McColgan,

MD, Surgical Clinic. A practicing nurse

for nine years, Gray has worked with

surgeons in the Surgical Associates

Clinic and in the nursing pool at

Conway Regional since 2014. She

worked on the 4 North patient care unit

at Conway Regional early in her nursing

career. “My inspiration for becoming

a nurse was the desire to help people.

I love getting to know my patients, and their families while

helping them through what can be some of the most difficult

times in their lives,” said Gray. “You get to meet a wide range of

people as a nurse and I learn things from each and every one.

I enjoy what I do, some days are really hard but I have never

regretted my decision to work in this field.”

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Tamara Carroll of Conway, RN, said

her desire to become a nurse began

when her mother was diagnosed

with severe congestive heart failure.

At the time, she was 12 years old and

her mother was 30. Carroll said, “She

had the heart of a 70 year old! At one

point in time, she was having to take

16 pills a day. I remember being so

scared that I was going to lose my

mother at a young age. At that time,

I knew I wanted to become a nurse to help prevent this from

happening to someone else’s family member.”

She started nursing school at the age of 18. By the time she

turned 21, Carroll was working as a nurse on a neurology unit

at a Little Rock hospital. She worked there 10 years prior to

moving to Conway. “I chose to come to Conway Regional in

2017 and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made,” said Carroll,

who is a nurse on the 3 North patient care unit at Conway

Regional. “This feels like home to me and I am so happy to

work here.” She is a graduate of the Baptist School of Nursing.

Stephanie Ingraham of Conway,

BSN, RN, is the nurse manager for

the third floor at Conway Regional.

She has been a nurse for 10 years.

Of her motivation, Ingraham said,

“My dad was diagnosed with stage

4 colon cancer in 2005. Determined

to take care of my father, and

because of the nursing care he

received from Conway Regional,

it inspired me to pursue nursing.

I can’t see myself doing anything else.” She achieved a

bachelor of science in nursing degree at UALR.

Elisabeth Velte of Conway, RN,

Conway Regional Intensive Care

Nursery, credits her grandmother

as her inspiration for becoming a

nurse. “She was a nurse and she

loved what she did. I got to see

her at the hospital and how her

patients loved her and how she

made a difference. I wanted to

become a nurse and take care of the

babies.” She has worked as a nurse

in Conway Regional Intensive Care Nursery for 29 years,

the duration of her career. She added, “I love working with

the babies and their families in the NICU and seeing them

get well. It is very rewarding.” She is a graduate of the

Arkansas State University School of Nursing.

Amanda Irby of Conway, RN, is

the current nursing director over the

Emergency Department and the critical

care units at Conway Regional. She

has been a nurse for 20 years and

graduated from Harding University

College of Nursing in Searcy. “Nursing

was a natural choice for me and I

became a nurse so I could make a

difference. As a kid, I spent lots of time

‘helping’ in my dad’s taxidermy shop,

visiting my papa’s hospital room and reading mom’s EMT text

books,” explains Irby. “I seemed to be immune to blood and

‘grossness’ and became quite intrigued with anatomy, science

and how the body worked.” Her chosen field of nursing was

easy to determine. “I had an indescribable love for lights, sirens,

and emergencies. I was enthralled with the public responders

in the middle of the action who were helping people in their

worst moments,” she said. “I wanted to be the person that

could take charge of a situation, make snap decisions and give

it my all to make someone else’s day just a little bit better.

Sometimes that someone is a patient or their family member.

Sometimes that someone is an employee or co-worker.”

Lou Ann Oade of Conway, RN,

Labor and Delivery, has been a nurse

for 29 years. Lou Ann started off

her working career in banking but

couldn’t find job satisfaction. “My

sister in law and mother in law were

both nurses so I asked them if I

could do what they did. I enrolled in

nursing school. On my first clinical

day, I knew this was my destiny.”

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Slaying Comparison


Comparison is a trap because it

takes our eyes off of Jesus and His

individual and unique plan for our

lives. At the heart of who we are, we have to

know that God loves us and has a plan for

our lives. We were created in the image of

God to be His image bearers. Nothing about

our lives is an accident and our lives are never

out of God’s control. We ultimately find our

meaning, purpose, direction, and value in the

context of our relationship with Jesus. This

truth is all over scripture. Jesus is the way!

Jesus is the truth! Jesus is the life!

Sometimes life is hard, and we struggle to

understand because we have these hard

places. Places of pain or loss. Places of fear

and regret. Places we never dreamed we

would be with our kids, jobs, physical health,

financial situation, martial relationship, or

unfulfilled dreams. What do we do with

these hard places? It is often the hard places

that leave us vulnerable to the trap of

comparison as we look at ourselves or others

and think... “If only!” “Maybe some day” or

“Why not, me?” It is crucial to remember

that the hard places do not surprise God,

overwhelm God, or negate the plan of God

for our lives! In the midst of the hard places,

God is directing us and always positioning us

for freedom and redemption.

Comparison is multi-faceted. This means

it looks different based on situations and

people. While one person may struggle

with comparison in one area of life, another

persons will struggle with comparison in

a different area of life. Recently, I placed a

question on social media and asked, “How

does comparison steal your joy and focus?”

I was overwhelmed by the number of posts

and inbox messages. Here are a few.

• “I compare myself to everything. Most of

the time I’m comparing myself to other wives

and moms that seem to get it all done. And

then I walk into my kitchen and see dishes

in the sink, laundry on the bedroom floors,

and dirty carpets. The whole time I’m beating

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myself up because things aren’t done, plus

the guilt that I didn’t get the kids to bed with

a bible story and sweet prayer time.”

• “My struggle with comparison shows up

most fiercely as I compare myself with my

own expectations. I’m constantly berating

myself for not measuring up to what or who I

think I should be... in all areas of my life.”

• “I struggle with comparison in the church.

I look at what other people do, as compared

to what I do, and feel like my part does not


• “Sometimes being happy for the accomplishments

of friends with ‘normal’ kids can be a

struggle. I often ask why can’t my child be on

the honor roll or receiving the scholarship?”

• “When I tell people my husband’s profession,

immediately an image or stereotype

flashes in their mind that is not me! I am

tired and I isolate myself because I can’t

compare to the preconceived expectations

others place on my life.”

• “I have struggled with body image my entire

life. Here’s the thing, when I was younger,

thinner, I almost always thought I was too big.

I was chasing the perfect image, but no matter

how thin or toned I was, I still felt flawed.

The thing is I look back at pictures now and

wonder, what in the world was I worried

about? I’ve spent so much time letting my

body image steal my joy.”

• “Interacting with groups of women used

to give me major social anxiety. Still does to

a lesser degree. I have to constantly guard

against feelings of inadequacy because I’m just

not as good at friendships and relationships

as other women. I thank God that He has

surrounded me with women who are better at

the social stuff, but I can dwell on how “NOT”

good I am at it and it really steals my joy.”

All of these feelings can lead to a comparison

trap if we put our eyes on ourselves,

others, circumstances, or a temporary

definition of success or wholeness. When

we get caught in the comparison trap, there

is only ONE way out! Psalm 25:15 shows us

the way out of the comparison trap!

“My eyes are ever on the Lord for only

He will release my feet from the snare.”

Let me unwrap this verse for us.

My Eyes: “Where is our focus? Who are we

looking to? What are we looking for? What

is our definition of success? We will look to

and cling to that which matters the most in

our hearts and lives. Our focus determines the

direction of our lives.

Are Ever On: How often are we focusing on

the person or thing that is giving direction to

our lives? “Are ever on” in Hebrew means

continually, perpetually, daily, morning, and

evening, without interruption. This type of

focus denotes commitment, determination,

resolve, and a walk with Jesus that is not

based on circumstances or feelings.

The Lord: Who is the object of our attention

and focus? Notice that everything in this

passage points to THE LORD! Our lives must

mimic this pattern. Everything points to Jesus

and we find our center in Him. He alone is

our safe place, our Rock, our Refuge, our


For only He: God is the set apart One! He is

the one Who sees all things, knows all things,

and helps us with all the things. Our path out

of comparison is a path of knowing, loving,

serving and trusting God as we find HIM to

be our all in all.

Will Release My Feet: The word release means

to come forth, to go out, or to proceed. The

word carries the idea of movement. “Feet”

means feet. God gave us feet so we can

walk. The take away: When God sets us free

from the snare of comparison, He is moving

us forward in our walk with Him. He is

changing us into the image of Jesus!

From the Snare: Snare means net and often

is actually translated as net. If you have gone

fishing, you know the purpose of a net. It

is used to capture the fish. When the fish

is caught in the net, it can’t work its way

out. The only way out is to stop fighting

and surrender to the fisherman as he or she

reaches into the net, picks the fish up, and

sets the fish back in the water. The same is

true for us! We can’t work our way out of the

snares, nets, and traps of life. We can try hard,

but we don’t have the resources, abilities,

experiences, or knowledge. We are limited by

sin, flesh, circumstances, and the enemy. The

only way out is to surrender to the ONE who

can remove us from the net. When we do, we

stop fighting and we start trusting. We accept

the good plan God has for us, even if is it

hard or confusing. We start asking the Lord,

“How can this place in my life bring You

glory?” When we do, freedom is ours in Jesus

Christ and comparison is slayed because our

eyes are ever on the LORD!

Now, I want to share my comparison

trap with you. At the end of this

article, I am going to ask you to

identify your comparison trap. The

Lord has challenged me to go first!

A few months ago if you asked me, “Andrea,

what is your comparison struggle?” I probably

would have given the answer: my weight,

my gray hair, my (half) eyebrows, or other

physical things. After walking through three

months of personal evaluation, my answer

is much different. It is much deeper. I share

this struggle with so much transparency and

a desire to proclaim Jesus over this area of my

life. I also want you to know we all have hard

places and struggles. It is so good for us to be

real with ourselves and each other!

Often, I find myself on a stage talking to

or teaching women. And for the most part,

I think people think I have it (somewhat)

together. But what I want to share with you

is that I often wake up in the morning and

wonder, “How can God use a girl like me?”

I come from a place of struggle as I look

at others and wonder why God didn’t call

someone stronger or more gifted or surer or

better able to live out His plan. Before you

think that is a noble or a humble thing, let

me tell you it is not. Sin is at the heart of

this thought because it leads to a constant

comparison mindset as I look to others to

determine if I am “enough” or “OK.”

Here is how it plays out in my life. When I

feel like I measure up to someone’s standard

or level, I feel good about myself. I am

confident and ready to serve. Conversely,

when I think I am not up to a certain

standard or level, I feel anxious and overly

worried about everything like how I look,

what I say, and how I am perceived. The

entire time the reality of my life is that my

eyes are ever on ME instead of the LORD.

That is the deal with comparison. Our eyes

are on ourselves, others, circumstances, and

how the world defines success. This is such

a trap because worldly success or acceptance

is illusive and never the place where God

created us to get our purpose or value.

We can stop the comparison

trap by refocusing on God.

For me this means:

More time in God’s Word. Not checking my

quiet time off my list, but really digging in

to the Bible every single day.

More time in focused prayer. Thanking God

for the struggle and asking Him to use the

struggle to make us more like Jesus.

More time in genuine worship. This is so

important! Genuine worship paves the way

for a change in our focus. Every day we

should praise God, sing to Him, and pray to

Him. This is a total game changer.

More time in real conversations. It is time to

move beyond the masks. We are not OK.

We don’t have it all together. As a result, we

need to engage in real conversations about

real life. Take the chance. Be vulnerable.

God’s GOT you!

Now it is your turn to get

real about comparison.

Think about your comparison trap.

Where do you struggle? What sets you off?

How does the comparison trap

impact your life?

How does the comparison trap

impact your view of God?

What truth from Psalm 25:15 will help

you fight the comparison trap?

When we slay comparison, we avoid the

extremes of we are enough, and we are

not enough. We avoid the temptation of

thinking we have to be someone God never

created us to be because we know that Jesus

is enough. We know who God created us to

be and find joy in living a life of surrender

to His plans and purposes. And there is

peace, rest, hope, and comfort in the One

who made us for Himself no matter how

surprising or difficult life turns out to be.

Andrea Lennon: An “on the go” kind of girl who loves Jesus, Andrea’s life

calling is to teach women to know the truth, live the truth, and share the

truth. Her passion is honest conversation about the topics that drive our

lives and how we can weather the storms through the love and power of

our Lord and His Word. Connect with Andrea at AndreaLennonMinistry.org.

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faulkner fam

Your Names?

Nathan and Taylor Cunningham, and

baby, Lynnley Belle Cunningham


Our Faulkner Fam:

the Cunninghams

With its 3 colleges, an outstanding school district,

and a great sense of community, it makes Conway

a great place for families, businesses, and anyone

else looking for somewhere to call home.

—Nathan Cunningham

How did you decide on the

baby name?

Lynn is Taylor’s middle name, as well

as her mother’s middle name and her

grandfather’s middle name. We’ve

always liked the name Lynnley and

have always had students that we’ve

liked named Lynnley! (Being teachers,

it can be hard to find baby names that

you like...)

When is the baby due?

She’s due July 25!

Where are you from?

We are both from right here in

Conway...we bleed Wampus Cat blue!!

Where do you work and how

long have you been there?

Taylor: I am the Administrative

Director of Dance at Sonshine

Academy. I’ve been working there for

13 years now!! I love my “office job”

but my real passion is teaching my

students. I have the unique opportunity

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to work with students/families for years

and years through Sonshine.

Nathan: I am the Sophomore Band

Director, and Director of the basketball

pep band, Courtside Cats, at Conway

High School. I also assist with other high

school and junior high bands, as well

as teach beginning brass and clarinet at

Simon Middle School. This is my 5th

year as a band director in Conway!

How did you two meet?

We met in high school...13 years ago!

We rode the shuttle bus from (what

used to be) the East Campus to the West

Campus together everyday for choir.

How long have you lived

in Faulkner County?

We’ve both lived here our entire lives,

except when Nathan was in school at

the University of Arkansas and lived in


If you had to live somewhere

else in the world where would

it be?

Taylor: We just got back from Disney

World...I’d do anything to move there

and work there!

Nathan: In a cabin on the lake. I love

the idea of “the simple life!”

What most excites you

about becoming a parent?

Taylor: It’s exciting to think that she

will be a little bit of me and a little bit

of Nathan. We are both really eccentric

and pretty bizarre...We both embrace

our weirdness! So I think she’ll be just

about the most unique little girl on the

planet! And if she inherits my attitude,

she’ll be proud of it!

Nathan: I’m most excited to hold her

in my arms and feel the overwhelming

love I’ve only heard other parents talk

about. There are many other things I

look forward to, but I keep coming back

to that thought!

What scares you the most

about becoming a parent?

Taylor: Knowing that we are wholly

responsible for making her into a

hardworking, productive member of

society. And teaching her the values

she’ll need to get through life. That’s a

lot to teach a little girl!

Nathan: Honestly... the basic stuff:

knowing if she’s sleepy, hungry, or just

fussy. Once she can indicate to me what

she needs/wants, I think I’ll be fine! And

I’m sure I’ll figure out her needs before

too long, nonetheless, I worry about it.

When you shop local what

stores are always on your list?

Taylor: The Kitchen Store and...does

Round Mountain Coffee count?? I’m

there at least twice a week... and I’m

spending more and more time in Simply

Sweet Kids these days. : )

Nathan: When it comes to local food,

I really enjoy Almost Famous on Hwy

64! The Arkansas Peddler’s Mall on

Hwy 65 in Springhill is my favorite

shopping destination.

What is something

interesting about you?

Taylor: Uhh hot dogs are my very

favorite food? I’m a Disney fanatic?

When I’m at home during the day, I sing

made up songs to our puppy, Ace...he

loves it. Do any of those count??

Nathan: I enjoy lots of different

activities! Here’s a few: fishing, hunting,

investing, videography, gardening,

cooking, and playing with our dog, Ace.

What do you love most

about living in this community?

Taylor: I love that we see people we

know everywhere we go. Having lived

here forever, both of us having families

who know everyone, I’ve been teaching

in Conway since high school, and

Nathan’s been teaching for 5 years...I’m

pretty sure we know everyone in the

county! That’s so reassuring with

Lynnley on the way! We have such an

incredible village!!

Nathan: I love that Conway is a cultural

hub for Central Arkansas. With its 3

colleges, an outstanding school district,

and a great sense of community, it

makes Conway a great place for families,

businesses, and anyone else looking

for somewhere to call “home.” It has

been my home for a long time, and will

continue to be that for years to come.

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