Faulkner Lifestyle May 2019 Issue

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Wampus Cats Hall

of Fame Inductees

Travel: Morocco

Let the ”Sonshine“ In

Sonshine Academy Celebrates 28 Years in Conway

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inside

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ON THE COVER 6

LET THE “SONSHINE” IN

GOOD TASTE 12

MOJO’S HOMETOWN PIZZA

ROOTED IN TRADITION

FEATURE 16

WAMPUS CAT SPORTS HALL OF FAME

MENTAL HEALTH 24

TRANSITIONS: EMBRACING THE JOURNEY

SPOTLIGHT 26

BEYOND THE BASICS: TUCKER CREEK VET

THE LOOK 30

SHOPPING AROUND FAULKNER COUNTY

TRAVEL 36

THE KINGDOM OF MOROCCO

SPOTLIGHT 43

STEFANIE SCHREKENHOFER-DACE, REALTOR

BEAUTY 44

BRAZILIAN WAXING

AT HOME 46

DOWNTOWN HOME & GARDEN

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55

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RETAIL SPOTLIGHT 51

HARWELL DESIGNS

TRUTH ON THE GO 52

POWERFUL PROMISES

SCENE | HEARD 54

“DREAMING OF A VETTER WORLD”

MOVIE SCREENING

HARBOR HOME GALA

CHS 60TH HIGH SCHOOL REUNION

A TOTAL SIT SHOW

JOURNEY TRIBUTE CONCERT

STEPLOCK WINS 1ST PLACE AT FBLA

FAULKNER LIFESTYLE 1-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

OUR FAULKNER FAM 64

THE RATLIFF FAMILY

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

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on the cover

Scott and Elsie Rose Wright

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Let the ”Sonshine“ In

“...We thank each

of you for sharing

your children with us.

They are all treasures,

and we consider it

a privilege to be a

part of their lives.


—Elsie Rose & Scott

BY JENNIFER STANLEY

PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

AND SUBMITTED PHOTO

”If Scott and Elsie Rose had only one

dime, and you needed ten cents,

they would give it to you. They are

the kindest people,“ says Esther Mitchell,

a long-time employee and friend of the

Sonshine Academy owners.

Scott and Elsie Rose Wright have been

married for 36 years. Their children

include Erik, who is married to Jessie;

they are parents to Landon and Nova.

Their son Zach is married to Ashley,

and they have two children, Hallie and

Emery. Daughter Rosemary Suggs is

married to Nick, and daughter Sarah Jo

Freeland is married to Wesley; they will

soon welcome son, Owen. They are

also “grafted into the family of Michael

Sawyer,” says Elsie Rose.

They moved to Conway from Houston,

Texas. The relocation was a memorable

experience. “We moved in January

1988, during a terrible snow storm, for

Scott to work as a coach. It was very

difficult for me to leave Texas, because

that is where my family lives. However,

after much prayer and seeking God’s

direction, we felt we were absolutely

being called to move to Arkansas. It

should come as no surprise that God

had our best interests in mind. Conway

is an incredible place to build a business,

raise a family, and be part of a

community. We are so thankful for the

amazing place we live,” says Elsie Rose.

Opening Sonshine Academy was a

logical move for the Wrights. “We both

grew up playing sports, and over the

years, we had been personally impacted

and influenced in such a powerful way

by our own coaches. As a result, we

knew we wanted to live out our gifts

and calling by investing in area youth.

Sonshine Academy began with a dream

and a promise in 1991. The dream

was to have a place where children

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could develop their skills, coordination,

strength, and agility and feel special

about who they were in a good, safe,

Christian environment. The promise,

which gave us the courage to pursue

the dream, we received from God. It

came from the book of Isaiah: ‘Thus

says the Lord your God, who teaches

you to profit, who leads you in the way

that you should go.’”

It is said a dream without a plan is

just a wish. Elsie Rose and Scott were

determined to see their vision come

to fruition, spending countless hours

locating a facility, perfecting its design,

developing the curriculum, and drafting

written materials. The payoff occurred

when Sonshine officially began classes

on November 1, 1991 at 803 Harkrider

Street in Conway. The original offerings

included gymnastics, dance, judo,

fitness, and tumbling.

The building was 9,000 square feet,

including a small reception area, an

office, one dance room, and one

tumbling floor for all class types.

“We broke in the facility well that night

as we hosted our first ever Parent’s

Night Out. We had 90 children for that

first event!” says Elsie Rose. During

their time in the first facility, the

Wrights modified programs, classes,

and equipment, eventually adding a pro

shop and a second dance room across

the parking lot. The biggest change,

however, came with the addition of

their youngest daughter in 1994. “She

came to work with her mom and dad.

Everything livened up at that point!”

The gym grew along with the young

Wright family. Realizing the programs

had outgrown their current facility,

they purchased 7.5 acres at the corner

of Meadowlake and Donaghey. They

began construction on a new 20,000

square foot building in spring 2001

and, with the help of parent volunteers,

staff, and family, moved into the new

gym just after Labor Day that same

year. “This was our dream place – room

for everyone and space for lots more

equipment and programs,” said Elsie

Rose and Scott.

That extra space was utilized in no time.

“We added another 12,000 square feet,

which provided a third dance room, a

preschool gym, a cheer gym, and another

party room. That area opened in October

2004.” The Wrights added 20,000 square

feet in spring 2012, which expanded

the pro shop and added a fourth dance

room, the preschool jungle gym, and a

cheerleading/tumbling gym. By January

2013, “Our total footprint was 52,000

square feet. We also remodeled various

equipment from 2014 to 2018, which

involved moving equipment and adding

the Ninja Zone course.”

Yet another construction project began

in spring 2018 when plans were drawn

and building started on an addition

that provided another dance room,

child care space, and climate-controlled

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viewing for swim lessons. “That project

was completed just prior to the beginning

of school, allowing them to begin

the remodel which allowed us to open

the Shine Café.”

Today, Sonshine offers a plethora of

programs, including the following:

• Gymnastics (preschool, school–age,

and competitive teams)

• Dance (preschool, school–age, and

competitive teams)

• Cheer/Tumble (preschool and

college cheer, tumbling classes, and

all-star squads

• Ninja (preschool and school–age)

• Kid Care (after school care, summer

day camp)

• Swim

• Parties

• Homeschool Enrichment

When asked about their most popular

offering, the couple says, “That answer

depends on which child or which

staff member you ask! Having fun

and learning are the goals in every

program. We have several children

who do multiple programs, and they

get a little testy when someone asks

which is their favorite, because the

answer is all of them!”

Speaking of staff, their employee count

varies based on the time of year and

their needs. “There are lots of amazing,

energetic, enthusiastic, and incredibly

knowledgeable staff all over this

building in the different programs. We

have 19 program leaders who oversee

their various departments. Words do

not adequately describe the level of

awesomeness we get to experience daily

with the people we are privileged to

work alongside. They love their students

and love teaching, and their level of

commitment is so inspirational. They

truly make Sonshine Academy a place of

wonder and awe,” says Elsie Rose.

Of their own roles in the business of

running Sonshine, Elsie Rose says, “If

you want the short version, running a

small business means you do anything

that is needed. We work closely

with our program leaders and divide

programs between us daily. We also

work alongside our staff in hosting

lots of special events that bring a

great number of people to Conway.”

Examples include at least three annual

gymnastics meets, multiple dance

performances, all-star cheer showcase,

class gymnastics meets, preschool

shows, and much more.

Sonshine Academy has always been a

family business. “All our children and

their spouses have been involved at

Sonshine at one time or another. They

are all so gifted and so much fun! If you

ask our children, they will share stories

about the ‘child labor’ they supplied

growing up,” they laugh. “We tell them

these experiences made them ‘marketable’

for lots of job opportunities!”

Currently, two of their children are on

staff: Sarah Jo is a dance teacher, and

Nick is the strength and fitness coach

and manages Shine Café. “However,

any time we need help they are all

quick to lend a hand.”

The Wrights and their staff undergo

continual learning through courses,

conferences, and individual study. They

also provide program-specific specialistlead

training. “We were recently chosen

by USA Gymnastics Trampoline and

Tumbling to be an ‘Elite Trampoline

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Development Center.’ This will provide

coaches’ training for several of our

programs from preschool gymnastics

through competitive gymnastics,

cheerleading, and trampoline. Safety

and being ‘cutting edge’ are our main

priorities when it comes to curriculum

and our facility as a whole.”

The most recent addition to Sonshine

Academy is Ninja, which has been a

sensation. “Our staff is incredible about

working with kids who have a lot of

energy. Not only do the kids have an

outlet, they also learn self-control. Ninja

classes are gaining popularity around the

country, but we took it a step further and

invested in a ninja obstacle course like the

ones shown on American Ninja Warrior…

This really sets our program apart.”

When asked what they most enjoy

about their work, Scott and Elsie Rose

say, “We love seeing children grow and

become accomplished in their respective

disciplines. More than that, we get

excited to see the kind of person they

become. Watching them learn to become

disciplined, overcome something hard,

set goals, work with a team, manage their

time and talents, work hard, fail but get

back up and try again, and the list goes

on. In addition, we love seeing former

students bring their own children to take

classes. It is so rewarding to see someone

we taught ‘back in the day’ introduce us

to their spouse and children.”

Reflecting on their years at Sonshine,

Elsie Rose and Scott say, “This has

been and continues to be an exciting

adventure. Our thanks must go to our

Heavenly Father, who indeed kept

His promise to us and continues to

do so. We are nothing without Him.

Second, again we must acknowledge

the wonderful staff that has been such

a part of making Sonshine Academy

what it is today. They are a beautiful

mosaic of talents and treasures. Next,

we must bless and thank our children.

They grew up at Sonshine, and we

know they shared their parents with

lots of other children. They are amazing

young adults, and we love them greatly.

Last, we thank each of you for sharing

your children with us. They are all

treasures, and we consider it a privilege

to be a part of their lives.”

“We look forward to the years ahead

with confident anticipation in God’s

faithfulness and goodness. We are

excited about what He has in store for

Sonshine Academy in the future. It has

been, and we are sure it will continue to

be, a wild and wonderful adventure!”

CONNECT

Sonshine Academy

2415 Donaghey Ave

Conway, AR 72032

501.327.7742

info@SonshineAcademy.com

SonshineAcademy.com

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Add some Sonshine

to your summer!

Summer Camps ( Ages 3 - 18 years )

Unicorns & Mermaids Dance Camp

Princesses on Parade Dance Camp

Disney Preschool Gym Camp

Defy Gravity Trampoline Camp

Superstar Cheer Camp

Girls Gymnastics Camp

Summer Classes ( Ages 9 mos. - 18 years )

Preschool Gymnastics Cheerleading Dance

Gymnastics

Tumbling Ninja

Trampoline

We offer swim

lessons!

All skill levels. Ages 6 mos. - 12 years

501-327-7742

2415 Donaghey Ave.

sonshineacademy.com

Ninja Nerf Camp

Fortnite Hip Hop Camp

And much, much more!

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good taste

flavor

Mojo‘s Hometown Pizza

Rooted in Tradition

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Bryan and Dawne Trent, owners of Mojo’s Hometown

Pizza, with their children Morgan and John.

BY LEAH ASHBY AND LINDA MARS

PHOTOS BY BRANDY-STRAIN-DAYER

Mojo’s Hometown Pizza is open for business in

Greenbrier, serving delicious pizza, sandwiches and

salads for residents of Faulkner County and beyond.

Bryan and Dawne Trent opened Mojo’s in the location

previously occupied by Same Ole Joe’s Pizza, which was a

mainstay in the Greenbrier community for over 25 years.


It was of great importance for us to

get the employees back to work.


—Dawne Trent, Co-owner

Mojo‘s Hometown Pizza

“Our Conway business has owned the building for over

30 years. After the abrupt closing, we had to find someone

to run it. We knew it had to reopen quickly to keep the

employees. We made a quick decision and thought, why

not us? We have the business experience, are local, and the

staff knows how to cook the pizzas!” Bryan said.

The owners, Bryan and Dawne Trent, are both graduates

of the University of Central Arkansas and managers of

their family business in Conway, Trent Management

Group. They have two children, Morgan and John, who

are twins and juniors at Greenbrier High School. Everyone

in the family has a lot on their plate, but they are working

together and dedicated to the success of Mojo’s.

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Morgan and John planted the idea

to open the restaurant. “We found

out through our kids, who read on

social media that Same Ole Joe’s had

closed. We met with the manager, Lisa,

and honestly just took a huge leap

of faith. Literally, on a Wednesday,

we were going about our daily lives,

planning our Spring Break trip, and on

Thursday, we decided to reopen the

restaurant. That Sunday, we opened

our doors for Sunday buffet and served

329 buffets. It was of great importance

for us to get the employees back to

work, and waiting for all the details

would take too long,” Dawne said.

According to Bryan and Dawne, the

food quality and menu will remain the

same but with additions. Fortunately,

they were able to rehire all the original

employees who lost their jobs, so the

familiar, friendly staff the community

has grown to love will be there to greet

and serve customers. They also plan

to have more parking, new outdoor

seating, daily specials, and social media

promotions. In addition, they are

working on a Veteran’s Wall to honor

veterans, as well as another wall to

spotlight the current year’s senior class.

Open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00

p.m., the buffet is available every day

from 11:00 – 1:30, and on Sunday, a

nightly buffet is featured from 6:00 –

8:30. The salad bar, open and refreshed

throughout the day, is a great value

at $4.69. Some of the Trent’s favorite

menu items include The Yogi, Buffalo

Chicken Pizza, and any variety of their

famous CheeseStix. The ranch dressing

is delicious and made in-house. Check

out their Facebook page each weekday

for daily specials. The creative

chefs aim to offer innovative and

inspiring specials that patrons old and

new will surely love.

So, how did they come up with the

name Mojo’s to replace Joe’s? “In

the very few hours after deciding to

do this, we needed a name quickly,”

Dawne said. “We wrote down

Morgan and John’s names and Mojo’s

just popped out at us. It really was

decided in mere minutes and had no

relation to the “Joe’s” name. When

we realized later how it sounded, the

community responded to it, and we

were tickled that it was considered

a clever play on Joe’s. Guess it’s just

good Mojo after all!”

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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Mojo’s has a wonderful salad bar.

You can get a salad with your meal

while at the restaurant or get one to go!

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feature

Wampus Cat

Sports Hall of Fame


These inductees represent some of the very

best to ever wear the blue and white. I’d put

these 12 from Conway High School up against the

best dozen from any high school in the state.


—David Grimes, President,

Wampus Cat Sports Hall of Fame

BY DAVID GRIMES

PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

The inaugural class of inductees

into the Wampus Cat Sports Hall

of Fame will be enshrined on

Thursday, May 16, 2019.

The honorees are Marvin Delph,

Henry Hawk, Tim Horton, Julie Jiskra

Seymour, Greg Lasker, Mike Neuhofel,

Mike New, J.B. Pendergraft, Lawson

Pilgrim, Ernest Ruple, Kenny Smith,

and Dandra Thomas. Members of the

Wampus Cat Booster Club voted on

an initial list of finalists, then using the

results of that vote, the board of the

WCSHOF finalized the class.

WCSHOF president David Grimes

stated, “These inductees represent

some of the very best to ever wear the

blue and white. I’d put these 12 from

Conway High School up against the best

dozen from any high school in the state.”

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Marvin Delph, ‘74

Delph helped the Wampus Cats win

state AAA basketball championships

in 1973 and 1974. He was voted state

tournament MVP both years.

Delph attended the University of

Arkansas, where he joined Sidney

Moncrief and Ron Brewer as they

became known as the famed “Triplets,”

leading the Hogs to back-to-back

Southwest Conference championships

and the 1978 NCAA Final Four.

While at Arkansas, Delph was known

for his leaping ability, coolness under

pressure and outstanding shooting skill

from long range.

Delph led the Razorbacks in scoring in

1976 and 1977.

Sports Illustrated featured Delph in 1977,

along with Larry Bird and Phil Ford, in an

article titled “Hottest of the Hot Shots.”

Delph finished his career at Arkansas as

the school’s all-time leading scorer. His

1,742 points still rank seventh in that

category, even though he played before

the three-point line was adopted.

Named second-team All-SWC in 1976,

Delph earned first-team All-SWC

honors in 1977 and 1978. He was

also a Converse and Sporting News

All-American in 1978.

Delph was drafted into the NBA in 1978

by the Buffalo Braves and in 1979 by

the Boston Celtics. However, he did

not play in the NBA, opting to play

internationally with Athletes in Action, a

Christian-based team out of California.

He has been inducted into the

University of Arkansas Sports Hall of

Honor, the SWC Hall of Fame and the

Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

In 1999, Delph was selected by Sports

Illustrated as one of Arkansas’ 50 Greatest

Sports Figures of the 20th Century.

Henry Hawk, ‘56

Hawk won the Frank E. Robins Award

for outstanding senior athlete in 1956.

He was named all-state in football and

basketball, as well as excelling at track

for the Wampus Cats. Hawk was also

an outstanding Golden Gloves amateur

boxer.

He continued his athletic career at the

University of Central Arkansas, earning

all All-AlC honors in both football and

track. Hawk received the inaugural L.B.

Jackman Award for outstanding player

in UCA’s homecoming game.

In 1959, he was named a football 1st

team AP Little All-American. That

year, he was nationally ranked in total

offense and scoring. He was selected

to play in the All-American Bowl in

Tucson, Arizona.

Hawk signed a contract with the

Canadian Football League, but returned

to Arkansas to start a coaching career

that lasted two decades. As head coach

at North Little Rock High, he led them to

a football state championship in 1972.

Hawk has been a world-class distance

runner for decades, in multiple events

from 800 meters to 50 miles. He

participated in ten straight Boston

Marathons. He has won dozens of

national titles over the years. In 1998,

Hawk set a world record in the 60-64

age division when he ran a 5:13.38 in

the 1,600 meters.

His training and exercise programs have

been nationally recognized, and he has

served on the Governor’s Council on

Physical Fitness.

Hawk has been inducted into seven

halls of fame, including the UCA Sports

Hall of Fame, the Arkansas Track &

Field Hall of Fame and the Arkansas

Sports Hall of Fame.

Marvin Delph, ‘74

Henry Hawk (right), ‘56

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Tim Horton, ‘86

Julie Jiskra Seymour, ‘87

Tim Horton, ‘86

When Harold Horton took the UCA

football job in 1982, Conway got one of

the great coaches in Bear history.

Conway also got his son Tim, then in

junior high, who became one of the great

athletes in Wampus Cat history.

The younger Horton was a football

and track star at CHS. He was named

all-state tailback in 1984 and 1985.

He was also a standout sprinter, setting

the school record in the 100-meter

dash in 1986.

Horton is the only athlete in school

history to win the Frank E. Robins

Award, Kelly Dunlap Award, and Jim

Case Award.

When he graduated in 1986, he was

offered a scholarship to the University

of Arkansas. Horton was a four-year

letterman from 1986-1989. He helped

the Hogs to back-to-back Southwest

Conference championships in 1988

and 1989.

As a senior, he led the team in receptions

and receiving yards, earning

second-team All-SWC honors. In 1989,

he was voted a team captain and was

named the recipient of the Gordon

Campbell Senior Spirit Award.

Sure-handed, Horton is fourth in Hog

history with 78 career punt returns, and

fifth with 657 career punt return yards.

He was also a two-time academic

all-conference selection.

Like his dad, Horton got into coaching,

starting out with Appalachian State in

1990 before moving on to Air Force

then Kansas State.

In 2007, he returned to Arkansas where

he served as running backs coach for

the Razorbacks until 2012.

Horton then went to Auburn and

is now the running backs coach at

Vanderbilt.

Julie Jiskra Seymour, ‘87

Jiskra became only the second female

in school history to win the Frank E.

Robins Award for outstanding senior

athlete in 1987.

She was a three-time state cross country

champion, and a two-time state champion

in the 800-meters, 1,600 meters, and

3,200 meters. At the Meet of Champs,

Jiskra won the 1,600 three consecutive

years, setting the state record of 5:01.1 as

a junior in 1986. She helped the Wampus

Cats win the 1986 state cross country

championship and state track and field

titles in 1986 and 1987. She also played

basketball and golf.

As a high schooler, she traveled with

Athletes in Action to China to compete

in a 3-mile race, finishing 3rd among

females.

Jiskra received an athletic scholarship to

Rice University.

In 1991, she earned NCAA Division

I All-American honors in the 10,000

meters, finishing 4th at the outdoor

championships. She was also named an

Academic All-American.

Jiskra ran the 10,000 meters in the TAC

Outdoor Championships in New York,

qualifying for the 1991 Olympic Sports

Festival. She placed 6th in the Olympic

Sports Festival 10,000 meters in Los

Angeles.

Her senior year, Jiskra was the recipient

of Joyce Pounds Hardy Award for most

outstanding female athlete at Rice. She

was also the recipient of the Fred J. and

Florence Stancliff Award for academic

achievement and outstanding track and

field performance at Rice.

She competed in the 1992 Olympic Trials

in New Orleans in the 10,000 meters.

Still competing, Jiskra was the Cat 2

Women’s South Carolina State Mountain

Bike Champion in 2017 and age group

Marathon Mountain Bike National

Champion in 2018.

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Gregory Lasker, ‘82

Lasker won the Frank E. Robins Award

for outstanding senior athlete in 1982.

As a junior, he led the Wampus Cats to

the 1981 AAAA state track championship,

taking first in the 100 and 220-yard

dashes and as part of the mile relay. He

later won the 100 at the Meet of Champs.

As a senior, Lasker won four events at

the state meet – the 100, 200 and 400

meters and as part of the 1,600-meter

relay. He then won the 100 and 200 at

the Meet of Champs.

Lasker still holds Conway High School

records in the 200 and 400 meters.

He earned a football scholarship to

the University of Arkansas where he

was a four-year starter at safety for the

Razorbacks from 1982-1985.

As a freshman, he also did little fill-in

work for John McDonnell’s track team,

running a few 1600-meter relays.

Back on the gridiron, Lasker was named

a team captain as a senior and won

the school’s Bruce Mitchell Award for

toughness.

He earned AlI-Southwest Conference

honors and played in the East-West

Shrine Game following his final season.

He ranks seventh on the UA’s career

interception return yards list with 155

and is tied for 12th in career interceptions

with nine.

The New York Giants selected him in

the second round of the 1986 draft. He

played three seasons in the NFL. In his

rookie year, they won Super Bowl XXI

under head coach Bill Parcells.

Lasker was named to the Razorback’s

all-decade team of the 1980’s and has

been inducted into the University of

Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor.

Mike Neuhofel, ‘85

Like many kids growing up in Conway,

Neuhofel played a multitude of sports,

but it was in the pool where he achieved

a level of success that few can match.

He began swimming with Bob

Courtway and the Hendrix Aquakids

at the relatively late age of 14. He also

swam for the Little Rock Racquet Club

Dolphins, travelling throughout the

United States to compete.

Standing 6’6”, Neuhofel became a

high school All-American swimmer at

Conway High and a four-time junior

national champion.

The Arkansas Gazette named him as the

state’s 1985 high school swimmer of the

year. That year he broke the state record

in the 50-meter freestyle.

After weighing several scholarship

offers, Neuhofel signed to swim for the

University of Arkansas. He became a

ten-time All-American and was named

the Razorback’s most valuable swimmer

from 1986-1988. He also set the school

record in the 50-meter freestyle.

Nine times he was named All-Southwest

Conference and was a two-time SWC

champion.

While specializing in the freestyle sprints,

Neuhofel also excelled in the longer

distances, medleys, and in relays.

He was a member of the United States

National Team from 1986-1988 and

was internationally ranked in 1987 and

1988. He was a finalist at the 1988 U.S.

Olympic Trials.

Neuhofel won a gold medal at the

National Sports Festival and a silver

medal at 1987 PanAm Games in the

50-meter freestyle.

After graduating from college, he later

returned to Conway to coach the

Aquakids for a time. Neuhofel has been

inducted into the Arkansas Swimming

Hall of Fame.

Gregory Lasker, ‘82

Mike Neuhofel, ‘85

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Mike New, ‘69

J.B. Pendergraft, ‘66

Mike New, ‘69

New won the Frank E. Robins Award for

outstanding senior athlete in 1969.

He quarterbacked the Wampus Cats to

20 wins over two seasons, going 10-1 in

1967 and 10-2 in 1968.

The 1967 squad won the Region 3AA

West conference championship. There

were no playoffs back then, but the

Arkansas Gazette ranked Conway High as

the #1 team in Class AA.

New was twice an all-state selection in

football and played in the 1969 all-star

game. He also earned All-American

honors as a senior.

New was an all-state basketball player

and also ran track. As a senior, his

teammates selected him as co-captain in

both football and basketball.

New was recruited by colleges from all

over the country, but chose the University

of Arkansas. Frank Broyles personally flew

to Conway to sign him to a scholarship.

As a freshman, New was moved to defensive

back. Wanting to play quarterback,

he transferred to the University of Central

Arkansas where he lettered in 1971.

New served as an assistant coach at

Conway High from 1975-1979.

He had a long and distinguished career

as a football referee. From 1980-1992, he

officiated high school games, including

two state championships.

In the college ranks, New worked the

Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference from

1983-1986 and the Southland Conference

from 1987-1991.

From 1992-2009, he worked as a back

judge in the Southeastern Conference.

He was selected to officiate the 2000

SEC Championship Game, as well as

six bowl games. He still works as an

SEC replay official.

New has been inducted into the Arkansas

Officials Association Hall of Fame.

J.B. Pendergraft, ‘66

Pendergraft won the Frank E. Robins

Award for outstanding senior athlete in

1966.

He was one of the best all-around

athletes to ever come out of Conway

High School.

An all-state basketball player, he was also

an outstanding sprinter on the track team.

In football, he was a key member of

the most celebrated team in Wampus

Cat history.

As a junior in 1964, Pendergraft was

a two-way starter for the undefeated

state champions.

When Conway beat class AAA

powerhouse and No. 1 ranked Little

Rock Central 7-0 late in the season,

Pendergraft scored the game’s only

touchdown, going in on fourth and

goal from the one-yard line. That

victory propelled the Cats to their first

state championship. Conway went a

perfect 11-0 and won the 3AA conference

title. There were no playoffs back

then, but Conway became the first AA

school to be ranked No. 1 overall at

season’s end.

Pendergraft was named all-state in 1964

and 1965 and played in the 1966 all-star

football game as a senior. He originally

signed with the University of Arkansas

and played for their freshman team, the

Shoats, in 1966. Pendegraft transferred

to the University of Central Arkansas,

where he lettered from 1968-1970.

His versatility was further showcased

at UCA. As a sophomore in 1968, he

registered offensive statistics in rushing,

passing and receiving. On defense, he

intercepted a pass. On special teams,

he logged punt return yards and kickoff

return yards. He even punted once, for

48 yards.

Pendergraft later served as a coach in

the Conway School District.

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Lawson Pilgrim, ‘76

Pilgrim was simply a winner on

the basketball court. From the 7th

through 12th grades, his teams went a

combined 141-11.

As a sophomore, he was a starter on

Conway’s 1974 AAA state championship

squad. As a senior, he was a part of one

of the greatest teams in state history.

The 1976 Wampus Cats captured the

AAA state championship, with Pilgrim

earning tournament MVP honors. The

Cats then won the school’s only Overall

title, finishing the season a perfect 36-0.

Pilgrim was named all-state in 1975

and 1976 and played in the state high

school all-star game as a senior.

He signed a scholarship with the

University of Arkansas, where he

lettered as a freshman.

Pilgrim then transferred back home

to Hendrix College. After a redshirt

year, he was ready to play for the

Warriors, but the following season, he

had tendonitis in both knees and was

told that he would not be able to play.

Though well under 100%, Pilgrim did

play and was the hardest worker on the

court, helping the Warriors to a runnerup

finish in the AIC.

Hendrix coach Cliff Garrison said Pilgrim

was one of the greatest competitors he

ever saw in his 41 years of coaching.

The next two seasons with healthy

legs, Pilgrim led Hendrix to back-toback

AIC crowns.

Twice named All-AlC, he became

the only Hendrix player ever named

first-team NAIA All-American in 1981.

Pilgrim went on to play internationally

for Athletes in Action.

He was inducted into the inaugural

class of the Hendrix Sports Hall of

Honor.

Ernest Ruple, ‘63

Ruple was an all-state football player in

1962.

He was also a standout on the track

team where he set a school record in

the discus while helping the Wampus

Cats win the 1963 state championship.

He accepted a football scholarship to

the University of Arkansas. Freshmen

were ineligible to play with the varsity

in those days, but Ruple was a member

of the team when the Razorbacks won

the 1964 national championship.

Ruple became a three-year letterman

on the offensive line for the Hogs from

1965-1967.

He helped the Razorbacks win the

Southwest Conference title in 1965 and

played in the 1966 Cotton Bowl.

The 1967 Sports Illustrated college

football preview issue stated, “The

backs will all run behind Ernest Ruple,

who is 6’5” and 252 pounds of tackle

– the only big man in Broyles’ camp.

Ruple is a relic of the glorious era, just

ended, when Arkansas was both big

and fast.”

That senior season, Ruple was a team

captain and earned All-SWC honors.

His outstanding play earned him invitations

to the East-West Shrine Game and

to the Senior Bowl.

Pittsburgh drafted Ruple in the 2nd

round of the 1968 NFL draft with the

36th overall selection. He played two

seasons with the Steelers.

Ruple later got into coaching. He

returned to his alma mater as an

assistant, and was named head football

coach of the Wampus Cats in 1975.

Ruple’s 1976 squad finished 9-3,

winning the AAAA West Conference

title. His two-year record at Conway

High was 15-8.

Lawson Pilgrim, ‘76

Ernest Ruple, ‘63

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Kenny Smith, ‘67

Dandra Thomas (right), ‘94

Kenny Smith, ‘67

As a football player, Smith was a

member of Conway High School’s

1964 state championship team and was

a co-captain as a senior in 1966. He

also played basketball for the Cats.

He later played football at the University

of Central Arkansas, where he lettered

for the Bears as a lineman in 1970.

Smith then began a coaching career

that took him to stops in North Little

Rock, Cabot and Magnolia. He retuned

to his alma mater as an assistant

football coach in 1984.

Smith also served as head track & field

coach for four years during this time,

winning the AAAA-North conference

title each season. His team captured the

AAAA state championship in 1989 and

finished as state runner-up twice.

But Smith got his dream job in 1991

when he was named head football

coach of the Conway High School

Wampus Cats.

He is the longest tenured coach in

school history, serving 18 years from

1991-2008.

His career record is 129-75, good for a

winning percentage of 63.2.

His 129 wins are the most in school

history. That total represented almost

one-quarter of all Wampus Cat football

victories at the time.

Smith had 12 winning seasons, six

conference championships, and 13

playoff appearances. His 1993 squad

finished as AAAAA state runner-up.

He also coached in two All-Star

football games.

All told, Smith coached for 25 years at

Conway High School. Few have ever

been more proud to wear the blue

and white.

The annual Kenny Smith Wampus

Cat Open golf tournament is named

in his honor.

Dandra Thomas, ‘94

Thomas was a basketball, volleyball

and track star at Conway High,

and was honored in 1994 with the

inaugural Ruth Doyle Award for

outstanding female senior athlete.

Her 9th grade basketball team at

Conway Junior High began the

program’s remarkable 140-game

winning streak. As a sophomore, she

led the Lady Cats to their first state

final appearance.

As a junior, she set the single season

scoring mark with 470 points, and

by the time she graduated, she had

become the program’s career scorer

leader with 1,279 points.

Thomas was twice named all-state

in basketball. The Arkansas Democrat-

Gazette named her the state’s Female

Athlete of the Year in 1993.

She also earned all-state honors in

volleyball. Her versatility was further

showcased in track & field, where she

ran the 400, high jumped and threw

the discus.

After high school, Thomas signed to play

basketball at Oral Roberts University.

She spent a short time there before

transferring back home to the

University of Central Arkansas where

she would play both basketball and

volleyball for the Sugar Bears.

On the hardwood, she was a first

team All-Gulf South Conference West

Division selection for the 1996-97

season. She was also named to the GSC

All-Tournament team in 1997.

She was selected as Conway High

School’s Beauty Review Queen in 1993

and participated in other pageants where

she showcased her many talents. It was

not unusual for her to sing the National

Anthem at a game before she would play.

Dandra Thomas passed away in 2003

at age 27.

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mental health

Transitions:

Embracing the Journey

BY DETRA CLARK, LCSW

As I transition from the season of

winter (my winter literally ended

last week) into spring, the topic of

transition seemed fitting for this month’s

edition of Faulkner Lifestyle. It’s odd to

write about Spring with its beautiful

blooms, pastel colors and returning

greenery as I look at everything covered in

white snow from my home in Minnesota.

In my recent relocation from the South

to the North I am learning much about

the process of accepting and embracing

change. The definition of transition is the

passage from one state, stage, subject or

place to another. Synonyms – change,

move, passage, transformation, conversion,

adaptation, adjustment, alteration,

changeover, metamorphosis.

Most commonly change is described as

hard. As I walk through my own change,

I can attest that for me this has been a

true statement. Not hard in the sense

that my new place isn’t one that I love

or feel connected to, but hard because of

the friction of letting go of what’s behind

me, while reaching for what’s in front of

me. Hard because fully looking ahead

is limited if your focal point is behind

you. Philippians 3:13 describes it this

way “Forgetting the past and looking

forward to what lies ahead, I press on to

reach the end of the race.”

The question that has continually been

before me is “how do I forget the past?”

Picture a dry erase board full of words

and art completely covered from top

to bottom. Now visualize erasing it,

leaving it totally blank. A clean slate.

Transition can often feel like this.

Perhaps you are in a transition of your

own. Maybe not a relocation. Maybe a

career change, divorce, marriage, new

friendship, friendship recently ended,

grieving the loss of a loved one, recently

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diagnosed with an illness, or maybe

none of the above. Perhaps your transition

is one of feeling stagnant or unclear

about your next step. A transition can

take many forms and is only defined by

the one experiencing it. I would like to

encourage you with a few lessons I am

learning from my present journey.

• Hold on loosely to your expectations.

Your plans may turn out

differently than you imagined. It

doesn’t mean you are in the wrong

place or that you have taken the

wrong path. Loose expectations allow

for sudden changes, different routes

and surprises along the way. Often

our own plans can actually be barriers

to our destination. Emily P. Freeman

in her podcast the Next Right Thing

explains that viewing a transition as

starting again rather than starting over

can shift our mindset and our posture.

This can often be a way to reset, start

again one day at a time.

• Don’t be disappointed if others

don’t understand your transition.

It doesn’t mean they don’t care or

are unsupportive. It simply means

someone who hasn’t experienced

what you are walking through can’t

fully appreciate your journey without

having gone through it themselves.

• “Trust the process, embrace the

journey” – author unknown

• Some days you have clarity

and know exactly where you

need to be and how to proceed,

and other days you do not. Not

knowing what’s next is not wrong,

maybe it just means it’s not time to

do anything yet.

• Transitions and change can be

painful. Pain is a change agent.

Do not numb or ignore your pain.

Pay attention to it. Find its root. Lean

into it not away. With almost every

transition – good or bad, expected

or unexpected there is always an

element of grief and loss. It is necessary

to recognize the presence of

loss and allow yourself to grieve it.

Personally, some areas that I needed

to grieve were recognized almost

immediately – my church of 10 years,

my children’s schools, my gym,

my home, and others were things

I was not even aware that I would

need to grieve. For example, the ease

of driving through town without

needing to use my GPS, trading

southern hospitality for Minnesota

“nice” as they call it, and subtle things

that I have often taken for granted

have become more noticeable in this

season.

• Talk about it. Allow yourself to

be vulnerable. It has been a strange

contradiction for me to feel peace

and love for the new place we are

in while grieving what I left behind.

This contradiction often leaves me

feeling that if I acknowledge feelings

of sadness or grief I will be misunderstood

or seem unhappy. I am

learning it is possible to experience

joy and grief at the same time. When

I give myself permission to process

what I’m feeling, old friends and new

acquaintances remind me that my

feelings are normal. Validation and

support foster healing.

A final thought from Nancy Levin,

“honor the space between no

longer and not yet.” Blessings and

courage to you in your transitions.

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spotlight

Beyond the Basics:

Tucker Creek Vet

BY JENNIFER STANLEY

PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

Tucker Creek Vet opened its

doors in 2016 to rave reviews

from Conway animal lovers.

Located at 2725 College Avenue, the

“companion” animal practice treats

almost any animal someone would

have as a pet. “In practical application,

we see mostly dogs and cats, with the

occasional rabbit, gerbil, hamster, etc.

in the mix.”

Thomas Cabantac is the veterinarian/

owner at Tucker Creek Vet, and his wife

Jenny is the office manager. The couple

has three daughters: Madden, 12;

London, 10; and Quinn, 7. They also

have two miniature schnauzers: Atlas,

5 and Ollie, 3. “They are definitely fullfledged

family members,” says Jenny.

As early as high school, Thomas began

brainstorming a way to combine his love

of both animals and science together in

the field of veterinary medicine. “Once

he had the thought, he never looked

back,” says Jenny. He went on to earn

his undergraduate degree in biology/

pre-veterinarian studies from UCA, and

attended veterinarian school at Tuskegee

University in Alabama.

Upon graduating from vet school in

2005, he started practicing medicine in

Conway. He was an associate and later

a partner at St. Francis Veterinary Clinic

until 2016. “He has always had a dream

to build and open his own practice, and

the timing just felt right. After practicing

veterinary medicine for 11 years, he had

a really good idea of how he wanted

the space to evolve. It was really fun

watching his dreams come to life, first

via hand-drawn sketches, then with our

architect, and later as the construction

process began,” explains Jenny.

Today, Tucker Creek Vet is a thriving

business. They offer almost any service

a pet may need, including general

medicine, such as exams, dental services,

diagnostic imaging, and more. They

also provide preventative care, including

heartworms, wellness exams, and

vaccinations. Other offerings include

reproductive health services and surgical

procedures. They also offer microchipping,

boarding, and grooming. For a

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comprehensive list of offerings, visit their

website at www.TuckerCreekVet.com.

Beyond the basics, the Cabantacs strive

to stand out in their practice. “We have

relationships with our clients/patients.

We schedule appointments in such a

way that Dr. C and the technicians have

time to personally visit with every client.

We answer questions, share information,

or just get to know one another better.

We could see more patients in a day

if we scheduled differently, but it is

important to us to not forgo the personal

connection between the client, patient,

and veterinary team,” they say.

Dr. Cabantac

“Another area where we hope to stand

out is client education. We feel strongly

that pet parents should be empowered

to have as much information as possible

in taking care of their fur babies. This

includes breed information, health

information, diagnostic information,

treatment options, etc. Our hope is that

our clients leave every interaction with

the information needed to make smart

decisions for the health of their pet.”

Tucker Creek Vet endeavors to provide

all services a pet parent needs, a virtual

one-stop-shop. “By providing grooming

and boarding services in-house in addition

to veterinary care, we hope to simplify

our clients’ lives. We also aim to reduce

anxiety in our patients having to get used

to one place for veterinary care, a different

place for boarding, and yet a third place

for their grooming needs. We hope (and

have been told) it is a great benefit to

our clients when they can, for example,

have their pet vaccinated while here for

boarding or have their dog’s ears looked at

while here for grooming,” says Jenny.

Jenny works as the practice office

manager. “In application, I like to think

of myself as the support person. My job

is to make sure our staff and our clients

have everything they need. I deal with

client issues and concerns, handle our

human resources, manage the books,

run payroll, assist with ordering and

inventory, plan fun outings for our team,

and on my favorite days, spend plenty

of minutes loving on new puppies and

chatting with clients,” she says.

When asked what he most enjoys about

his veterinary practice, Thomas shares,

“After 14 years, I can easily say what

I most enjoy about my work is the

opportunity to see a new puppy or kitten

as they are just joining their family and

being able to walk beside them through

their life. I get to watch as they grow. I’m

able to assist through any injury or illness

that may occur, and I even have the honor

to be with them and their family through

the end of their life in many cases.”

The Cabantacs agree their workload is

both a huge blessing and a challenge.

“We are very busy. I want to be able to

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Our hope is that our clients leave every

interaction with the information needed to make

smart decisions for the health of their pet.


see every client and patient as soon as

they need/want to be seen, and there are

many days when we simply run out of

time to be able to fit everyone in. We are

actively seeking a second veterinarian,

and we are looking forward to finding

the perfect fit for our Tucker Creek Vet

team,” says Thomas.

When asked of a memorable or comical

moment from his career, Thomas shares,

“Probably the funniest story of my career

occurred when I was two or three years

into practicing. I was de-scenting a skunk

– yes, that’s a thing, and yes, people have

skunks as pets – and we ended up being

sprayed by the skunk in the process. It

was as awful as you are imagining. The

entire clinic smelled like skunk spray for

at least a week after. This may or may not

have impacted my decision to not treat

skunks at Tucker Creek Vet,” he laughs.

Both Thomas and Jenny agree the most

surprising outcome since opening Tucker

Creek Vet has been its quick growth.

Jenny adds, “We have grown much faster

than we ever anticipated. Most of our

new clients come as a personal referral

from a friend. This means so much to us.

We are incredibly grateful to our faithful

clients who not only continue to trust us

with their fur babies, but to also refer us

to their friends/neighbors/co-workers.

We love the City of Conway and feel

very blessed to own a business in this

wonderful community of people.”

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travel

The ancient city of Ait Ben Haddou, a stopping place for the

caravans traveling from the Sahara thru Morocco to Europe.

The Kingdom of Morocco


I‘ll leave you with

one last thought: When

Hitler demanded the

King turn over the Jews

living in Morocco, his

response was, ”We are

all Moroccans here.“ That

culture continues today.


—Mary Etta

BY MARY ETTA QUALLS

Hello again Faulkner Lifestyle

readers, it has been awhile since

my last article, and I’m excited

to share with you my adventures in

Morocco. I have to admit, I was a

bit apprehensive about traveling to

Northern Africa. My travel partner

(husband Bret) had been trying to

convince me to go for a few years

so to celebrate his 60th I reluctantly

agreed to go. Little did I know it

would be one of the best adventures

we have had so far.

How to get there

There are many travel options to get to

Morocco once you are in Europe. We

chose to fly from Paris to Marrakesh,

an easy short flight and inexpensive

compared to other flights. But there

are many regular flights from Spain,

England and France. We traveled from

Marrakesh to Casablanca with a driver,

but there is the famous Marrakesh

express that goes between the two

cities. We flew home from Casablanca

via Madrid, Spain.

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ABOVE: The world famous city square in Marakesh, called Jemaa el-Fnaa. BELOW: Snake charmer and king cobra.

First impressions

When we arrived in Marrakesh, I had

no idea what to expect. I had talked to

friends who had lived and traveled in

Morocco, but I was still a bit skeptical.

My first impression was that we had

landed in Palm Springs, warm and

sunny, palm tree lined streets. I knew my

husband had opted to stay in the historic

part of the city, the ancient Medina. It

was a large city, surrounded by a mud

wall. I was completely fascinated from

the second we turned into the gates of

the city. A few blocks into the city, our

driver stopped in front of a motorcycle

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ABOVE: Ceiling opening up in the

mosque in Casablanca. BELOW: Koyo

dancers spin to the hypnotic music of

the gnawa musicians.

The minaret tower in Casablanca, tallest tower in the world, fifth largest mosque

in the world.

repair shop and an alley. He got out our

luggage and started down the alley… I

looked at my husband with a ‘what the

heck?’ look, like ‘where in the world is

this guy going with our bags?’ This isn’t

a resort — this is a very narrow, cobblestone

alley to nowhere. We stopped at a

door along the alley and went inside. Let

me just say WOW! I was not prepared

for what I saw. This was an historic hotel

with three restaurants, a traditional spa

(Hammam), a heated pool, gardens and

a cooking school. There were Berber

rugs, antiques, and art, and most of the

walls were covered in leather. I could

have stayed here for a month and never

left the resort. Jackie O and Churchill

were two notables that stayed here.

Food

One of the most notable things about

Morocco is the food. They prepare

most of their dishes in a dome shaped

terra-cotta vessel called a tagine. The

ingredients are basic: chicken, olives,

pickled lemons, olive oil. It’s the

Moroccan spices that make the food so

special. The tagine spice is made up of

35 different spices. The main ingredient

is saffron, but this taste and smell is

one I’ll never forget. Another famous

dish was the pastilla. It is a flaky pastry

layered with either chicken or pigeon,

cinnamon and sugar. It was so tasty.

The pigeon is traditional but hard to

find, so we opted for chicken. For sure

I’ll try the pigeon next time!

A day in Marrakesh

Our first day in Marrakesh we hired a

guide to take us through the ancient

market place (souks). We did this

to ensure we didn’t get lost and to

help with the language barrier. Most

everyone spoke English, but it was

mixed with Arabic and some French.

Plus, the hotel helped us get someone

that would give us a history and culture

lesson as we made our way through

the shops.

There is really nothing that describes

our experience in the souks. Just

knowing we were walking through

ancient alleys was fascinating. It was

sensory overload with the smells,

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Marble bathing rooms in the basement of the mosque.

Inside the mosque.

colors, Arabic art, antiques, silver,

handmade Berber rugs. We saw so

many amazing things. I have to admit

I did buy a few pairs of shoes, and a

handmade rug. The rugs are made by

women in the Atlas Mountains. One

woman may make only one rug in

her lifetime depending on the size and

designs. That was the other benefit

to hiring a guide — he took us to

reputable shops with quality materials.

It would be very easy to get ripped off

without a guide.

We spent all day meandering through

the alleys and barely saw a fraction

of the souks. When the sun started

going down we went to the famous

city square, Jemaa el-Fnaa. This was an

experience I’ll never forget. The sites,

smells and sounds were like nothing

I have ever experienced before. Snake

charmers, monkeys, open air restaurants,

food stands, gnawa musicians

playing their trance-like music, with

Koyo dancers spinning and spinning.

Movie set of Cleopatra at Atlas Studios.

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Bret with our cultural guide

Pictures and videos cannot do it justice.

But at 9:00 PM, the streets roll up and

everyone is home by 10:00.

A trip to the desert

No trip to Africa would be complete

without a trip to the desert. Again,

I didn’t know what to expect. We

hired an experienced driver to take us

through the Atlas mountain pass to the

desert. This ancient mountain pass was

used by the caravans bringing silks and

spices to Europe. The roads were under

construction so it was a long trip there

and back, but so worth it.

When we got to Ouarzazate, I really

thought we were on the West Coast.

We visited the world’s largest movie

studio, Atlas Studios. Lawrence of

Arabia, Game of Thrones, Cleopatra,

Gladiator, too many to name. You can

read about it on the internet — too

many to list in this article. It was

fascinating to see the old movie sets

and recognize them. We also toured the

ancient city of Ait Ben Haddou, a stopping

place for the caravans traveling

from the Sahara to Marrakesh.

Casablanca

Our third day we traveled to Casablanca.

It was a great place to see once, a very

large city with white buildings. We ate

at the famous Rick’s Café, which was a

real treat.

Casablanca is also home to the fifth

largest mosque in the world, with the

tallest tower minaret in the world, built

right on the Atlantic Ocean. Our guide

said it cost the equivalent of $1 Billion to

build it today. There is enough room for

105,000 people to worship. That’s a very

large facility! It is also one of the only

mosques in the world that allows non-

Muslims to enter. We were able to spend

some time in the mosque, and learn

more about the culture. The bottom

floor is where men prepare themselves

Rug shopping in the souks of Marrakesh.

PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

to enter the mosque by washing in

large marble basins. The women wash

and worship separately of course. Men

are allowed on the main floor and the

women are allowed to worship on the

third floor that is blocked from view

with lattice. Very different than what we

are used to in Faulkner County for sure.

The building was massive and the ceiling

would actually open up to be an open

air building. Much to our surprise they

opened it while we were there.

I hope you enjoy the pictures and

experiences from Morocco. I asked my

husband “Why did it take us so long

to discover this amazing place, and

when are we going back?” It truly was

a beautiful, culturally diverse, and safe

place to travel.

I‘ll leave you with one last thought:

When Hitler demanded the King turn

over the Jews living in Morocco, his

response was, ”We are all Moroccans

here.“ That culture continues today.

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They prepare most of their dishes

in a dome shaped terra-cotta vessel

called a tagine. The ingredients

are basic: chicken, olives, pickled

lemons, olive oil. The tagine spice is

made up of 35 different spices.


LEFT: Pastilla – flaky pastry layered with cinnamon and

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Stefanie Schrekenhofer-Dace

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RE/MAX Elite

Worman Properties, LLC

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How long have you been in business

in Faulkner County? I am a lifelong

resident of Faulkner County. I began

managing commercial properties

in 2000 for family properties and

became a full-fledged realtor in 2012.

What do you love most about

your business and why? Being a

realtor and property manager is so

rewarding. Meeting new clients and

working with people I have known

for years and getting to reconnect

through real estate is the biggest perk

of the business!

How has your business changed/

evolved over time? Over time, my

business has grown through referrals.

There is no better compliment or

reward in this business than a client

having a wonderful experience with

me and sharing with their friends,

family and co-workers!

What sets you apart from other

businesses in your industry? Being a

realtor and property company owner

puts me on the front line of this

amazing community we call home. I

love that I can be the first to introduce

someone new to our hometown, or

that I can be the professional who

guides someone to their newest

endeavor in their community. It’s an

exciting career for sure, with every

client and transaction being unique.

How are you involved in your

community/county? Member of the

National Association of Realtors and

the Arkansas Realtors Association,

where I serve on the Professional

Standards Committee and the Public

Relations Committee. I am currently

serving as Secretary for the Faulkner

County Board of Realtors, and serve

on the Special Olympics Committee. I

am also currently a Board Member of

the United Way of Central Arkansas. I

am a member of Business Networking

International (BNI) and serve on their

Membership Committee.

I have earned several awards,

including the Award for Excellence

in February for 2018 production,

but the surprise award for me this

year was winning the Congeniality

Award through my local real estate

board. What a surprise and honor for

my peers to select me for this. It was

truly an amazing night!

Who is/was your inspiration for

owning a business and why? Growing

up in Faulkner County and watching

my dad grow and succeed in business

in Faulkner County has been a

blessing. Attending Conway Schools

and graduating from the University

of Central Arkansas gives a vested

interest in my community. I am so

thankful that I am able to raise my

family here, and that all my children

and grandchildren are connected to

this amazing place we call home.

What plans do you have for the

future? My future could not be any

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eauty

Brazilian Waxing

I

get asked about Brazilan Waxing

at least 10 times a day. As women

we are all intrigued and frightened

about having this area waxed. Once you

have it done you will probably never go

without waxing this area again. Many

women contemplate the advantages and

disadvantages of waxing over shaving,

particularly when it comes to the bikini

area. Bikini waxing is one of the most

popular types of waxing done by women,

along with leg and facial hair removal.

Concerns about pain during removal and

cost are sometimes prohibitive, however

the advantages to waxing over traditional

shaving definitely make it worth a try.

Exactly what is Brazilian waxing? It’s a

type of waxing for the bikini area. The

procedure normally involves the complete

removal of all hair in the bikini area, front

to back. Some types of Brazilian waxing

leave a small line of hair. It is named after

Brazil, the country with which it is most

often associated and from which the

modern practice originated.

Is it safe? If you avoid doing anything

that would cause further irritation to

the skin before and after, waxing can

be safe. However, there are other risks

involved, after the fact. To avoid such a

fate, especially down there, make your

next bikini or Brazilian wax appointment

somewhere you trust that has high

sanitary and customer service standards.

Ask your aesthetician what precautions

she takes to prevent infection and

discomfort. That way, you can have the

best experience possible and attain the

results you desire.

What is the process? Yes it’s an awkward

feeling the first time you have a

Brazilian wax appointment. You will

be undressed from the waist down and

will be in some awkward positions

with your esthetician seeing you up

close and personal.

The client begins by completing a Wax

Questionnaire. If this isn’t done where

you go – run! The lack of proper intake

shows the level of care the salon takes

in general.

You will remove your clothing from the

waist down, and use a disinfectant wipe

to sanitize the area. The procedure will

begin with a light application of oil spread

over the area to be waxed. This prevents

the wax from sticking to the sensitive

skin. Next, wax is applied in sections

over the area from which hair is to be

removed. The wax is allowed to harden

briefly, then one edge of each wax strip

is pulled off in the opposite direction of

the hair growth. The waxer then works

her way around the area. This procedure

removes the wax, hair, and any dead skin

cells lying on the skin surface. A soothing

and healing post-wax essential oil is

applied, as well as an antibiotic.

Does it hurt? Of course ripping hair

out of follicles isn’t going to be a

comfortable experience, however, in the

hands of an experienced esthetician the

process is only slightly painful. The skill

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and experience of the service provider

is key. The first time you do it, you

may need breaks and a slower pace to

acclimate to the new experience. Most

say they have less discomfort during

subsequent treatments. There are

over-the-counter products available if

you are very sensitive. It is not recommended

to wax immediately before

(or during) your period when you are

generally most sensitive. About a week

after your period, if you can time it that

way, is the ideal time.

I recommend working with a licensed

Esthetician (skincare professional) to

perform this procedure. There can be

complications, side effects, or contraindications

to the treatment, and a skincare

professional can address these.

How long will the benefits of a Brazilian

wax last? It really depends, but typically

3-4 weeks. Hair grows at different

cycles, depending on the person and

sometimes your cultural background.

Also, shaved hair does not grow back

in one cycle. Sometimes after a first

wax, shaved hair will still appear days

after the wax. This is typically because

the client didn’t wait long enough for

ALL of the hair to grow out. You will,

however, notice that after a few Brazilian

Bikini Waxes, your hair will start to

grow in much slower and finer.

Benefits of waxing vs. shaving?

1. Waxing last much longer than shaving.

Instead of having to shave the area every

few days, waxing last much longer!

Of course it also depends on your hair

growth but it’s safe to say that you can

go about 3-4 weeks before it gets prickly.

2. Reduces hair growth.

Over time waxing reduces the amount of

hair growth on the area! So the more you

wax the lesser hair there is over time.

3. No more razor bums or scarring.

People ask how to avoid ingrown hair

or razor bum on your skin. The easy

answer is to simply pluck or wax,

because when you shave it removes

the hair on the surface of your skin by

cutting it off with a razor instead of

removing the hair with the root, hence

resulting in razor burns or even nicks or

cuts sometimes.

4. Waxing is fast and convenient.

Instead of sitting in your bathroom for 15

minutes shaving your legs or bikini area,

waxing is much quicker.

5. Softer skin.

Wax strips usually contains Vitamin E,

Aloe Vera and other ingredients that are

beneficial or soothing to your skin. It also

helps remove the dead skin cells, keeping

your skin soft, lighter and more smooth.

Tips for a successful

experience:

Use a licensed professional (an esthetic or

cosmetology state license is required to

be posted for public view).

Make sure the working conditions of the

waxing salon, as well as the supplies, are

clean and sanitary.

Get all your questions answered before

you start (preferably on the phone when

making appointment). Be sure to discuss

medications you take, medical history,

contraindications, and other concerns.

Think about taking an anti-inflammatory

before your appointment to help reduce

swelling and discomfort.

Discuss post wax care before you leave

the salon. At home you may need to

use a product that helps prevent “acne.”

Again, ask your professional what she

recommends for YOU.

Hard (strip-less) wax is best as it is

designed for sensitive areas.

Angela Jackson, Licensed

Aesthetician, offers

microcurrent facials and

other anti aging facial

treatments at Studio SKIN

in downtown Conway.

Brazilian Wax

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at home

Downtown Home & Garden

The Old Conway home of Lynn and Lynn Caldwell is lush in the spring.

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To plant a garden is to

believe in tomorrow.


—Audrey Hepburn


We have a mostly Southerntype

garden. All the plants are

somewhat related to the South.


—Mr. Lynn Caldwell

BY COLLEEN HOLT

PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

In the middle of Old Conway is a lush,

landscaped yard that could very well

be the perfect picture of spring!

Lynn and Lynn Caldwell have lived at the corner of College

Avenue and Oliver Street for 41 years. During those years, they

have spent innumerable hours planting flowers and trees in all

their favorite colors throughout the entirety of the yard.

At the Caldwell home you will find the classic mix of

flowering plants: azaleas, dogwoods, rhododendrons, crape

myrtles, hostas, tulips, and daffodils. These plants run the

gamut of size, from trees that tower over the yard, to plants

that provide a myriad of colors lower to the ground.

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In the Caldwell family, Lynn the husband

is the planter and maintainer, while Lynn

the wife chooses the plants. Because the

yard has several large trees – including

some beautiful oaks – they try to focus

on plants that can thrive in shade. “We

have a mostly Southern-type garden,” he

said. “All the plants are somewhat related

to the South. If she picks it out, I’ll plant

it. We basically like the same things.”

A mixture of mature and new plants and

trees are featured in the Caldwell yard.

Lynn said the home was once owned by

the Dunaway family, and there is one

oak tree, and two or three azaleas on the

end of the house that Mrs. Dunaway

planted. Another special tree in the yard

is a pink dogwood given to Lynn when

his grandmother passed away.

The landscaping at the Caldwell home

is very much a permanent fixture, with

the majority of the plants being ones

that you don’t have to replant each

year. Lynn said he spends at least 30

or 40 minutes each day pulling weeds,

separating plants and moving plants

from one place to another. Also, they

purchase some annuals – petunias,

impatiens, and pansies, for instance – to

finish out the beautiful landscape.

Most of the plants in the yard are

flowering, which provides lots of color

for spring, summer and fall. Some of

the annuals, he said, will bloom a lot of

the year, and they usually place mums

in pots on the doorstep to add a little

more color. Pink is dominant in the

landscape, with many shades of this

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color represented. “We have pink and

white dogwoods, and pink and red

azaleas,” he added.

Neither of the Caldwells have been

trained in landscaping or gardening, but

rather do it as a hobby. Mr. Caldwell

grew up on a farm at Lepanto in east

Arkansas, where his father had a garden

and his mother grew flowers. He

moved to Conway in 1971 to attend the

University of Central Arkansas. His wife

moved to Conway from El Dorado.

The Caldwells have one daughter, Mary

Elizabeth Caldwell, who lives in Fayetteville.

He said they visit her about once a

month, and he maintains her yard. “She

tries to keep me out of her yard, but I

usually sneak out there,” he said.

All in all, Lynn said the work in the

garden is a labor of love. “I just read

articles and see things that I like. I

sometimes try to duplicate things, but

it doesn’t always work out,” he said. “I

enjoy doing it. It’s a lot of work, but I

like for our yard to look good.”


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Kevin and Lori Harwell, Owners

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How long have you been in business in Faulkner County?

Four years next month.

What do you love most about your business and why? Our

loyal customers. When I get the opportunity to help someone

find an outfit that compliments their body shape or style and

they leave smiling… that is priceless!

How has your business evolved over time? We started on a

very small scale with minimal stock. We asked our customers to

just pray that we would be exactly what our little community

needed after the tornados. Our little store has grown at a very

fast pace and doubled in size due to our loyal customers sharing

their experiences and us running our business with integrity.

What are some of the latest trends in your industry? It’s

funny how the old trends keep rolling back around… bell

bottoms and bold prints are back y’all! I’m never surprised by

anything in fashion!

What sets you apart from other businesses in your

industry? We are much smaller boutique and spend a lot of our

time getting to know our customers on a first name basis. I get

last minute phone calls frequently from customers who need an

outfit and trust me to throw something together! We love to help!

How are you involved in your community? We do a lot of

donations and volunteering. We are always pouring into local

sports foundations in our community! We also love to spoil our

teachers with school supply donations every year!

What do you love most about owning a business in

Faulkner County? Everyone is super supportive and loves to

shop local!


It‘s funny how the old trends keep

rolling back around… bell bottoms

and bold prints are back y‘all!


—Lori Harwell, Owner

Who‘s your inspiration for owning a business and why?

I have always loved interior design and I was blessed while

growing up to spend time with some of the best. Michelle

Nabholz and Diana Kirkland always inspired me to want to

own my own business.

What plans do you have for the future? Just enjoying each

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truth on the go

Powerful Promises

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BY ANDREA LENNON

Let me begin by confessing that I

sometimes struggle with trusting

God, letting go of control, enjoying

the journey God has set before me, and

embracing faith over fear. Like anyone

else, I have seasons of victory and

seasons of defeat. The Lord is good, and

I praise Him for He is faithful even when

I am not!

I wonder if you can relate. Do you have

seasons of victory when you embrace the

things God has for you, and do you have

seasons of defeat when you are tempted to

run the other direction from God and His

plan? I think all of us can admit that we do!

Let’s stop right there and allow this truth

to sink in. God’s goodness, faithfulness,

and love are not dependent upon our good

behavior. If they were, we would serve a

God who keeps score. Thankfully, God

does not!

This morning I read 2 Corinthians 6:16 and

was taken by the love of God. “As God has

said: I will live with them and walk among

them, and I will be their God, and they will

be my people.” (New International Version)

In this single verse, powerful promises are

offered to you and me. Promises that have

the potential to change the direction of our

lives. For every believer in Jesus Christ,

these promises provide the way to walk in

victory instead of defeat!

God will live with us. The God of the

universe, the one true holy God, promises

to live with you and with me. This truth

forces us to ask ourselves, “How often do

we think of our lives as living with God?”

Often when you and I describe our lives

and the people in our lives, we list the

people we associate with the most. People

like our spouse, children, parents, siblings

or close friends. Today I am reminded how

often I fail to recognize that I live with

God. More importantly, God lives with me.

Jesus made the way when He left heaven,

came to earth, lived among people, died

in order to save us from our sins, and rose

again. Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection

provides the way for us walk in victory.

God walks among us. Join me in breathing

a deep sigh of relief! There is no situation

that we face alone. None... not even one!

This powerful promise reminds that God

willingly walks with us even as we deal

with the sinfulness of our hearts. It’s like

God says, “Let’s walk this road together.”

As we surrender our will to God’s will and

ask Him to lead the way, we recognize His

power and, in turn, our weakness. If we

desire to walk in victory, we must ask God

to guide our steps. Freedom is knowing

that God’s plan is always better than our

plan. Each day, we should wake up and ask,

“Lord, where are we going today and what

are we going to do?” And then, we should

do it!

God will always be our God and we

will always be His people. This powerful

promise helps us to see our lives not as a

series of disconnected events but rather as a

journey--- a journey home. There is no end

to our walk with the Lord. Even in eternity,

we will continue to walk with God. He

will always be our God. In response, we

have the privilege to always be His child.

Right now, as we trust Him more every

day, we can look forward to the time when

we are free from sin and struggle. (Like

trying to control our lives!) This powerful

perspective helps us know that what we

do here on this earth matters, but it’s only

the beginning. One day we will finally be

home. This promise sets our hearts free

from the constant strain created by today.

God is God and we are His children... both

now and forever.

Today, do you need to hear the powerful

promises in God’s Holy Word? If so, listen

closely. “God has promised that He will

live with you and walk among you. God

will always be your God. And you, sinful

as you are, will be His people.” Let’s all live

our lives based on these promises. As we

do, let’s make the choice to walk in victory

by trusting God, letting go of control,

enjoying the journey God has set for us,

and embracing faith over fear!

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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Documentary Screening of Nebraska Organic Farm with Local Ties

A

special screening of the new documentary

film, “Dreaming of a Vetter

World” was held at the Cinemark

Theaters on April 7th. The feature-length

film was followed by a conversation and

Q&A with sustainable farmer and main

film subject, David Vetter, filmmaker

Bonnie Hawthorne, and moderated by

David’s daughter, local Conway resident

Dr. Allison Vetter.

The compelling feature-length documentary

“Dreaming of a Vetter World” comes at

a time when interest in regenerating soil has

exploded worldwide. Others are realizing

what the Vetters have known for decades:

soil is key to our very survival.

The documentary focuses on the story

of the Vetter family, pioneering organic

farmers in Marquette, Nebraska. Shot,

directed and narrated by first-time filmmaker

Bonnie Hawthorne, the film tells the

story of the Vetter family’s decades-long

experiment with a self-renewing farm

management system. It is also a story about

place, hope and love; an inspiring example

of perseverance and doing what you know

is right, against all odds.

This event gave people a rare opportunity

to hear from pioneering organic farmer

David Vetter both in the film and in person.

“I’m always amazed at the new information

that comes up during the question and

answer sessions. Even I learn something

new,” Hawthorne said.

Beautifully shot on location in the Great

Plains, this engaging documentary shows

what farming with nature is all about. The

film includes interviews with other organic

leaders, local farmers, and scientists. At the

heart of this powerful story is David Vetter’s

journey from farmer’s son, to missionary, to

scientist, and back to farmer again, where he

practices what he calls a “ministry to the soil.”

Currently based in Joshua Tree, California,

filmmaker Hawthorne took a hiatus from her

work as a television editor, sold most of her

belongings, hitched a tiny travel trailer to her

Toyota 4Runner and took off for Nebraska.

She spent the next two years camped on

farms and in Walmart parking lots. Her

low overhead and credit cards made this

shoestring operation possible. “In retrospect,

I see the connection: David pursued a way of

farming that seemed crazy at the time, but it

mattered. I think his story dared me to take a

crazy chance – like making a film by myself –

learning the skills along the way.”

BIO: DAVID VETTER is an organic grower

and grain producer in Central Nebraska.

He lives on the farm where he was raised,

to which he returned after college in the

mid 1970s. He holds a BS in Soil Science/

Agronomy and a Master of Divinity. David

was instrumental in developing the infrastructure

for organic food delivery still used today.

For the last four decades, Vetter has used

organic farming techniques to improve soil,

grow food, and teach others to do the same.

ALLISON VETTER is the oldest of David

Vetter’s three children. Currently she is a Title

IX Investigator and Education Coordinator

at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.

Allison is an alumna of Doane University

and received her master’s degree and Ph.D.

in sociology from the University of Nebraska

in Lincoln. Allison was raised on the farm

known as The Grain Place and continues

to have an active interest its operations.

She is a shareholder in The Grain Place and

serves as Board Secretary on The Grain Place

Foundation board. Allison is married to

William Cone, has three step-children.

A Foundation was formed by the Vetter

family as a way to continue the legacy of the

Grain Place, the original name of the Vetter

farm. www.grainplacefoundation.org

Website and Movie Trailer:

www.DreamingOfAVetterWorld.com

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Harbor Home Gala

Our 3rd Annual Power of Change “Down-home”

Gala was held on April 13th at The Conway

Cowboy Church. More than 200 people came to

celebrate our four years of bringing women out of

the darkness of addiction and into the light of the

love and power of Jesus Christ. We raised more than

$25,000 for our program that houses 18-20 women,

ranging from ages 19-69 years of age in our 7-12

month program. Eighty one women have come into

our program in four years, with an 87% success rate

of staying clean, sober and productive members of

our community. They come from across the state of

Arkansas, but also have come from seven different

states as well, most relocating to Faulkner County.

The gala program consisted of music and

testimony that came from The Harbor Girls and

graduates. Pastors Larry & Dana Ward, Co-Founders

of The Harbor Home, Mayor Bart Castleberry

and Dr. Larry Pillow of WeCan Ministries shared

messages of inspiration with the audience.

Sponsors of our gala included: WinSupply of

Conway, First Security Bank, Centennial Bank,

Yours Truly Consignment, Linda Marie’s of Vilonia,

Illustrated Sportswear, Skye Benefits Insurance,

Fellowship Bible Church, St. Joseph’s Catholic

Church, Project 3:27, and a beautiful freshwater

pearl necklace and earrings set was donated by

LeeAnn’s Fine Jewelry for a give-a-way. Tables were

filled by over 15 churches in our community. A

delicious barbecue dinner was served, and was all

prepared by The Harbor Home team, including the

smoking of the meat that was served. Over 20 local

businesses gave items for the silent auction.”

The Harbor Home does catering, car detailing and

repurposes home furnishings to sell. Contact us at

(501) 499-8622 or email theharborhome@gmail.com.

tiptonhurst.com | (501) 666-3333

Little Rock | NLR | Conway | Pine Bluff

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CHS 60th High School Reunion

The Class of 1959 of Conway High

held their 60th Reunion at Mike’s Place in

Downtown Conway on Saturday, April 6th.

There were 54 classmates and spouses

in attendance. The Reunion Committee

that took part in putting the event together

were Shirley (Anthony) Lipsmeyer, Kaye

(Loveless) Fowlkes, Sue (Cheek) Glover, Sue

(White) Gates, Jay Mack Fortner and Billy

Ralph Helton.

There was a small program of Questions

and Answers testing the classmate’s memories

of their Senior Trip and of the year 1941,

which was the year most of the classmates

were born. Proved to be very interesting to

say the least!

There was a Memorial Tree honoring the

55 classmates that they have unfortunately

lost. The tree had memorial tags that

depicted each classmate lost with their

picture from their senior high school annual

with the name and birth & death year

noted.

The tables were adorned with fresh

flower arrangements made by Billy Ralph

Helton’s daughter, Shelley Helton Young

who decorated for the occasion. Also on

the tables were three 5x7 triads which held

photographs of every member of the class

with stars punched to allow the light of

candles in the center to shine through.

Each person in attendance was gifted

with a leather pocket-sized notepad, which

includes Post-It Notepads and is embossed

with Conway High Class of 1959 60th

Reunion, along with the Wampus Cat

mascot in the center.

There were door prizes given and the

winners were Jimmy Lawrence, Marilyn

(Glover) Mathis, Aubrey Martin, Mary Lee

Fobes and Judy (Welborn) Troillet.

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A Total Sit Show

BY DREW SPURGERS

PHOTOS BY BRANDY HOWARD

If you’ve ever wondered how far we can

reach to “first world,” the Hounds Hideaway

Puppy Prom answers that question: there

are no limits. Thurdsay, April 11, Hounds

Hideaway in partnership with its PPA (Pet

Parent Association — similar to a PTA)

hosted the business’ first Puppy Prom.

Over 100 pet parents dressed their canine

companions in their finest and came out for

a night of dancing and barking.

Our Lilly Pug was fortuante to be invited

to Prom by her friend from daycare, Nala

(also a black Pug… and also female).

Equality is certainly not a question among

animals, as this was common place at puppy

prom)! Lilly was not alone — many pets

were asked to attend the prom in different

forms of “promposals.” Puns galore.

“Thumper, this BASEBALL DOG would

be delighted if you’d be my catch AT PROM.

Love, Beltre


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Journey Tribute Concert

at Conway‘s Brick Room

Steplock Wins First Place

at FBLA Conference

Shelby Steplock, a senior at Greenbrier High School, took First Place at the Future

Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Conference that was held in Little Rock.

Shelby has earned the honor of traveling to San Antonio, Texas at the end of June

to deliver her sales presentation at the nationals. Congratulations, Shelby!

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Faulkner Lifestyle Magazine

Celebrates One Year

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faulkner fam

Your names?

Brian Ratliff, Penny Ratliff (wife)

Averi (daughter, 21), Aidan (son, 19),

Colin (son, 17)

Where are you from?

I grew up here in Conway and Penny is

from Vilonia.

PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

Our Faulkner Fam:

the Ratliff Family


Almost without exception, anywhere

you go in Faulkner County, people treat

you like you’re at home… like family!


—Brian Ratliff

Where do you work? Him/her

I have been the Children’s Minister at

Antioch Baptist Church since 2010.

Penny works for Student Mobilization.

How did you two meet?

We met while we were students at UCA at

the Association of Baptist Students.

How long have you lived in

Faulkner County?

My family moved to Conway from

Little Rock in 1972 when I was 5.

Penny’s family moved from Oregon

to Vilonia in 1977.

If you had to live somewhere else

in the world where would it be?

Brian: Anini Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

Penny: Kauai sounds good to me, too!!

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When you get a date night where do you go?

Penny and I both have Fridays off, so, most Fridays are

our “Date Day!” We love to eat lunch at The Patio Cafe,

Almost Famous or doing dinner at Hidden Valley Catfish.

We also love to catch a movie at Cinemark, followed by a

run over to Julie’s Sweet Shoppe to grab something sweet!

That makes for a really good day for us!

When you shop local (for fun)

what stores are always on your list?

Brian: I gravitate to Wilkinson’s, Academy Sports and The

Sporty Runner, with a stop by Zeteo!

What is your favorite thing to do as a family?

The BIG things we enjoy the most are travelling and

searching for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives! But sitting

around our kitchen table with every seat filled and a game

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What do you love most about living

in the Faulkner County community?

Brian: We both feel like this is home! It’s family! Almost

without exception, anywhere you go in Faulkner County,

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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

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