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ON THE COVER 6
LET THE “SONSHINE” IN
GOOD TASTE 12
MOJO’S HOMETOWN PIZZA
ROOTED IN TRADITION
WAMPUS CAT SPORTS HALL OF FAME
MENTAL HEALTH 24
TRANSITIONS: EMBRACING THE JOURNEY
BEYOND THE BASICS: TUCKER CREEK VET
THE LOOK 30
SHOPPING AROUND FAULKNER COUNTY
THE KINGDOM OF MOROCCO
STEFANIE SCHREKENHOFER-DACE, REALTOR
AT HOME 46
DOWNTOWN HOME & GARDEN
RETAIL SPOTLIGHT 51
TRUTH ON THE GO 52
SCENE | HEARD 54
“DREAMING OF A VETTER WORLD”
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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Mary Ruth Marotte, Andrea Lennon, Jennifer Stanley, Mary Etta Qualls, Lindsey Jones, Xochilt Hawks, Detra Clark, Patrick Jamerson,
Brandy Strain-Dayer, Lori Quinn, Drew Spurgers, Raegan Moore, Jackie Mahar, Colleen Holt, Linda Mars, Robin Stauffer and Leah Ashby
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CULTURAL COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTOR
and Lori Quinn
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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
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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
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so thankful for our wonderful advertisers, staff, and people we
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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
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
• Cheer/Tumble (preschool and
college cheer, tumbling classes, and
• Ninja (preschool and school–age)
• Kid Care (after school care, summer
• 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
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!”
2415 Donaghey Ave
Conway, AR 72032
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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
We offer swim
All skill levels. Ages 6 mos. - 12 years
2415 Donaghey Ave.
Ninja Nerf Camp
Fortnite Hip Hop Camp
And much, much more!
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.
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jiskra received an athletic scholarship to
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Neuhofel won a gold medal at the
National Sports Festival and a silver
medal at 1987 PanAm Games in the
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
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 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
He was one of the best all-around
athletes to ever come out of Conway
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
As a junior in 1964, Pendergraft was
a two-way starter for the undefeated
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
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
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
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
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
Ernest Ruple, ‘63
Ruple was an all-state football player in
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
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
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
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
He is the longest tenured coach in
school history, serving 18 years from
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
All told, Smith coached for 25 years at
Conway High School. Few have ever
been more proud to wear the blue
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
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
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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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,
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
• 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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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.
“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
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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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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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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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
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
brighter with the support I receive
from my husband and children, and
all my clients who make my career
so fulfilling. I am so thankful to God
for choosing this as our place in this
world to call home. : )
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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
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
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
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.
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other anti aging facial
treatments at Studio SKIN
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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.
We have a mostly Southerntype
garden. All the plants are
somewhat related to the South.
—Mr. Lynn Caldwell
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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.
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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BUSINESS HOURS: 10-5pm Tues-Sat. Closed Sun & Mon.
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
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
day and taking life as it comes. We’re so happy right where we are.
truth on the go
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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
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
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
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
Website and Movie Trailer:
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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 email@example.com.
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scene | heard
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
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
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.
scene | heard
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.
scene | heard
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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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
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!
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
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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Describe parenting in one sentence:
(Is that even possible?) To us, parenting is laying a
foundation of faith, trust and grace through laughter,
tears, celebrations and unconditional love that leads into a
relationship that can stand the test of time.
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
in the middle is the best thing, ever!!
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,
people treat you like you’re at home… like family! And we
love our church, Antioch Baptist Church. Raising our kids
at Antioch has been a blessing we can hardly describe! It
doesn’t get much better than that!
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