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Beautiful Petit Jean Mountain in Conway County is among the most romantic spots in the 501. (Mike Kemp photo)

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Romantic spots aplenty in Central Arkansas This month, 501 LIFE is all about matters of the heart – from things we love to health information on how to care for our own ticker. As we have said before, we are very blessed to live in an area that is teeming with scenic beauty and many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors throughout the year. This month, we offer our own list of five romantic spots in the 501. Weather permitting, they would be a great destination to celebrate life with the one you love on Valentine’s Day (or perhaps in the spring when temperatures are a bit warmer): Petit Jean Mountain – Located in Conway County, this location features a wonderful state park with a lot to offer. There are cozy cabins and camping options as well as enjoyable hiking trails. From the picturesque Cedar Falls and the beautiful lookout at Mather Lodge, what’s not to love? Riverfront Park – There’s nothing quite like the beauty of this Downtown Little Rock park with its backdrop of tall buildings. Paths and bridges are perfect for walking hand in hand on a nice stroll. Downtown Hot Springs – Whether during the day or at night, the spa city has a special charm and 4 | 501 LIFE February 2018

attraction for couples. Enjoy a walk along Bathhouse Row or nearby The Grand Promenade, or drive along Hot Springs Mountain or West Mountain. Flat Side Pinnacle – A mountain in the Ouachita Mountain Range along the most western edge of the 501 area, this rocky peak is about 1,550 feet tall. Enjoy the scenery along the way and try to catch the sunset view from the summit – one of the most spectacular to be found in Central Arkansas. Old Mill – A favorite attraction for Arkansans as well as visitors, this site in North Little Rock is on the National Register of Historic Places. It offers a peek of history as well as a wonderful opportunity for some great photos. Plus, the site was featured in the opening scenes of the romantic movie “Gone With the Wind.” The 501 has much to offer when it comes to places to enjoy with that person who has captured your heart. It’s no surprise, 501 is home to Romance (White County), right? So, when you are out with your sweetie celebrating the season of love, take 501 LIFE along and send us a photo of your “most romantic spot.” Until next month, here’s to love and “Loving LIFE” in the 501!

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CONTENTS

February 2018

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Once in a lifetime is only supposed to happen once, but somehow, some way, a kid from Maumelle, is getting a twice in a lifetime chance.

On the cover

501 LIFE is all about matters of the heart in this month’s “In love in the 501” edition. (Jeremy Higginbotham design)

50 Home

urnish our first ho e ith our o n st e and things ou love.

54 Energy smart

Whether you’re an occasional emailer or an all-night inge at her finding the internet s eed that s right for your needs and knowing what can affect it is a necessity.

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66 Sports

A Searcy native has big dreams of competing for the opportunity to represent her country on her sport’s biggest stage – the Olympics.

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Sacred Heart School in Morrilton has just one swimmer on its high school swim team. But she’s a good one.

66 neighbors 28 Couples

Meet two physicians new to the 501.

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Four students were recently named Conway County Youth Citizens of the Year.

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Once a churchman of renown, Larry Powell today is content to ruminate while roaming on his beautiful homestead.

76 Special friends

Like a lot of busy executives, Mac the Goldendoodle enjoys the trappings of his station.

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'501 KIDS' 501 LIFE contributors Katelin Whiddon and Brittany Gilbert present some great tips in the 501 Kids section (Pages 56-59). Have a story idea or a young person you would like to see featured? Send suggestions to info@501lifemag.com.

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Conway Corporation, 51 Conway Downtown, 24-25 Conway Pain Clinic, 52



Conway Regional Health System, 79 Conway Regional Rehab, 47 Conway Symphony Orchestra, 61 Conway Wealth Management, 49 Dixon Family Dental, 69 DJM Orthodontics, 31 Edward Jones, 45 First Security Bank, 80 First Service Bank, 13 Freyaldenhoven Heating and Cooling Inc., 29 Hartman Animal Hospital, 77 Harwood, Ott & Fisher, PA, 53 Hawks Family Real Estate, 54 Heritage Living Center, 5 Hiegel Supply, 71

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11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Bethlehem House, a transition shelter for the homeless, is hosting its annual Valentine’s Gala from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at oneChurch, 1078 Front St. in Downtown Conway. Proceeds benefit the shelter. Donations and sponsorships are being sought. For more information, contact Aimee Prince, at 501.472.4897 or aimee@ bethlehemhouse.net. Harding University will present Carmen Cusack, star of Broadway’s “Bright Star,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, in the Administration Auditorium. Tickets are $3 in advance and $5 at the door. The Tony Award nominee will present an evening of her musical favorites. To purchase tickets, visit artsandlife.eventbrite.com. The University of Central Arkansas will have several special presentations in February in Reynolds Performance Hall: “Pixar in Concert,” featuring the Conway Symphony Orchestra, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. This visually stunning, high-definition, multimedia family show features montages of memorable clips from Pixar’s 14 films, accompanied by the Conway orchestra. The performance is presented by 501 LIFE. Million Dollar Quartet – 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5. Dublin Irish Dance – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. Jenna Bush Hager will present a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27. The lecture is presented by 501 LIFE. In addition, there are two Main Stage EdUCAtion programs: “Pinkalicious” – 3 p.m. (public performance) Sunday, Feb. 11; and 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, for school groups. “Cirque Zuma Zuma” – 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, for school groups. For more information or to order tickets, visit uca. edu/Reynolds or call 501.450.3265. The Faulkner County Chapter of Circle of Friends will present its annual Freezin for a Reason at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Conway High 8 | 501 LIFE February 2018

Jenna Hager will present a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas. An author, Hager is a contributing correspondent on NBC’s Today show and an editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine. She is a daughter of former U.S. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. The lecture is presented by 501 LIFE. For more information or to order tickets, visit uca.edu/Reynolds or call 501.450.3265. (Andrew Eccles/NBC photo) School. The event, which benefits Arkansas Children’s Hospital, includes a 10K, 5K and Lap for Life for families and their children to honor past and present patients at the hospital. There will be free food and kids activities. For more information or to register, visit freezin4areason. org. The 2018 Polar Plunge benefitting Special Olympics will be held Saturday, Feb. 10, at Woolly Hollow State Park near Greenbrier. Registration is at 11 a.m., with a dessert auction at noon, awards/ parade at 12:30 and the plunge at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Brenda Dowdy at 501.450.0395 or holtb42@ yahoo.com. Information is also available at specialolympicsarkansas.org. The 17th Annual “Beast Feast” Sportsman’s Banquet, a fellowship for men and boys, is planned Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds. For more information, visit BeastFeastArkansas.com. Conway Christian School will host an open house at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, and Feb. 27, for parents interested in PK2-4 and lower school (K-sixth grades). Parents should meet in the Lower School Media Center. To RSVP, email openhouse@conwaychristianschool.net or call 501.336.9067.

The University of Central Arkansas will present the children’s program “Pinkalicious” in February in Reynolds Performance Hall. The program is based on the popular children’s book “Pinkalicious” by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann. It is recommended for children in grades Pre-K through fourth. Performances for school groups are planned 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12. Educators should visit uca.edu/publicappearances/main-stage/pinkalicious to complete a reservation form. A study guide is also available online. A public performance is scheduled at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. Main Stage ticket prices are $5 for children and $10 for adults. A special fundraising event — a tea party with Pinkalicious — is planned after the Sunday performance. Enjoy sips and sweets, and you’ll get to meet and take a photo with Pinkalicious. Tickets are $25 each (for children and adults) and do not include the performance. Proceeds benefit the MainStage EdUCAtion Series. To order tickets, visit uca.edu/ publicappearances/main-stage/pinkalicious.

Harding University will present a Valentine’s Eve Arts and Life Concert and Dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Dinner will begin at 5:15 p.m. at Cone Chapel in the Burks American Heritage Building. The concert, featuring Intersection Trio violin, cello and piano is at 7 p.m. in the Administration Auditorium. Tickets are $25 each or $50 per couple. For more information, visit harding.edu/ concertseries. Proceeds benefit the Arts and Life Series.

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Honorees named for UCA Night of Distinction

Curtis Barnett Distinguished Alumnus Award The University of Central Arkansas will recognize three graduates during its Eighth Annual Night of Distinction on Saturday, April 28, in the McCastlain Ballroom on campus. The honorees: Distinguished Alumni Award recipients Curtis Barnett and Dr. Gene Sloan, and Alumni Service Award winner Jim Schneider. 501 LIFE is a sponsor of the event, which will begin at 6 p.m. Proceeds from Night of Distinction benefit student scholarships. Please contact Beth Adair at badair@uca.edu or 501.450.3378 for sponsorship information. Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are recognized for outstanding contribution to the university, community, state or society; outstanding achievement in a particular field of endeavor; possessing a reputation that enhances the reputation of the university and serves as an example to UCA students; and contributing to the goals or the welfare of the University.

Curtis Barnett 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award Curtis Barnett, a 1986 UCA graduate, serves as president and chief executive officer for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. A native of Sherwood, Barnett received a bachelor’s degree from UCA, a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arkansas and is a graduate of the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management’s Advanced Executive Program. He also has earned several professional designations, including certified employee benefits specialist and the professional in the Academy of Healthcare Management. As CEO, Barnett also serves on the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Board of Directors and the Association’s Board of Managers for the

Dr. Gene Sloan Distinguished Alumnus Award

Federal Employee Program. He also is a member of the Health Leadership Advisory Committee and serves as chairman of the Board of Managers for Blue Health Intelligence, a healthcare data analytics and solutions company. Barnett serves on several industry-related boards of directors. Current community involvement includes serving on the boards of the Baptist Health Foundation, Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, Healthy Active Arkansas and as a member of Fifty for the Future. Barnett actively supports a number of charitable organizations, including the Arkansas chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which named him their Breath of Life honoree in 2015.

Dr. Gene Sloan 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award Dr. Gene Sloan is a 1981 graduate of UCA. Except for a few years out of state for education, Sloan has been a lifelong Arkansas resident. Born in Jonesboro and raised in Hot Springs, he graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1973. He received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1985. Sloan is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a member of several plastic surgery societies, including the prestigious American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He has also held teaching positions at university hospitals. He

Jim Schneider Alumni Service Award recently has been a Patients’ Choice Award recipient, which recognizes doctors who consistently receive top patient ratings. In 1993, Sloan began private practice in Little Rock with a small shared office on the St Vincent’s Infirmary campus and two part-time employees. Over the ensuing years, his practice grew, and in 1998, he opened Aesthetic Plastic Surgery with the goal of creating a state-of-the art facility devoted exclusively to providing the finest in cosmetic surgery services. Today, the facility houses his clinical office and skin care center, as well as an accredited surgery center. He has more than 10 employees who have been selected for their expertise and caring attitudes. As patient safety is of paramount importance, he has several registered nurses on staff, and all anesthesia services are provided by a board-certified anesthesiologist.

Jim Schneider 2018 Alumni Service Award Winner Jim Schneider is a 1962 graduate of Arkansas State Teachers College, now the University of Central Arkansas. He was a news and sports reporter for the Log Cabin Democrat in Conway during college and after. In 1969, he began a 31-year career at UCA during which he was sports information director, director of alumni and director of public information. When he served as director of alumni services from 1981-1988, he was the second person of only six to serve in this role in the 107 years of the UCA Alumni Association. Having assisted in organizing the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, Schneider was inducted into the Hall in 1984 for meritorious service. He also received the Joe B. McGee Award from the Conway Athletic Awards Commission for meritorious service to Conway athletics. February 2018 501lifemag.com | 9




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501 readers are enjoying LIFE and sharing their trips and special occasions with others. An overwhelming number of readers are submitting “Loving LIFE” photos for inclusion in the magazine, and every effort is being made to publish them as soon as possible. Headed out on a special trip? Pack a copy of 501 LIFE in your suitcase, snap a photo at your destination and send it to us for publication in a future issue. Have a special occasion or get-together coming up? Take 501 LIFE along, take a photo and send it to us. Photos can be submitted by email to info@501adsandmags.com or by mail to Reader Photos, c/o 501 LIFE, 701 Chestnut St., Conway, Ark. 72032. Please include the names of those in the photograph and their hometowns along with contact information. (Sorry, photos will not be returned.) Here’s to “Loving LIFE.” – Sonja Keith

Miss Vilonia Keathley Childres hosted a Pillowcase Project in memory of Vilonia’s Angela Payne who lost her battle with cancer. The VDRA (Vilonia Disaster Relief Alliance) holds various classes for free for the public, one of which is pillowcase making. The pillowcases are then taken by Angela’s mother, Kathy Payne, to Arkansas Children’s Hospital where the patients can choose one to add a splash of color into their hospital rooms. Sandy Towles volunteers to teach the class and lead the project. Participating were Erin Lassiter (from left), Kiley Bartlett, Destany Dickson, Miss Vilonia 2017 Keathley Childres, Cyeth Arendall, Teen Miss Vilonia 2017 Lexi Rhodes, Megan Atkins, Levi Arendall, Sarah Childres, Lainey Martin, Lauren McHenry and Lily Farley.

“Loving LIFE” with Allison Nichole Cloyes, the first baby of 2018 born at Conway Regional Women’s Center. Allison, who weighed 7 pounds and 4 ounces at birth and is 18 1/2 inches in length, was born at 10:16 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1, to Gabrielle Eldridge and Matthew Cloyes of Quitman. The family is shown with Conway Regional Women’s Center nurses Amber Ledbetter, RN, Brandi Johnson, RN, and Lou Ann Oude, RN, who presented the family with gifts from Conway Regional and Girl Scout Troop 6893. The baby was delivered by Brandie Johnson, MD, and was followed throughout the pregnancy by Debra Lawrence, MD. Both are obstetriciangynecologists with the Conway Women’s Health Center. In 2017, 1,865 babies were born at the Conway Regional Women’s Center.

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The Mayflower Robotics team, the Mayflower Metal Eagles 6640, were “Loving LIFE” while working a booth at the 2017 Conway EcoFest: Shawn Knuckles (front, from left), Jakob Krickbaum, Sam Deierlein; Zack Smith (middle row), Travis Knuckles, Zac Green; Anna Allbritton (back), Tonya Hogue, Linda Riley, Maggie Oliver and Hunter Barksdale. The team shared information about their robot, team and competitions.


Friends from the Conway and Jacksonville senior wellness centers took 501 LIFE along on a trip to Branson, Mo.

Miss Vilonia 2016 Megan Atkins (seated, from left), 2017 Teen Miss Lexi Rhodes, Miss Vilonia 2017 Keathley Childres (back) and 2017 Preteen Miss Hannah Stobaugh were “Loving LIFE” as they volunteered at the Ms. Arkansas USA Ambassador's Enchanted Princess Ball Fundraiser hosted by Saba Harris at the Castle at Harmon Ranch. While crowning princesses, they spoke to each one about the virtues of being a princess which, according to the new crowned princesses, included being nice to others, sharing, being a loyal friend and being smart and brave. The ball included prince and princess photo opportunities and a horse drawn carriage. Funds were raised for the local Big Brother/Big Sister Program and the national pageant expenses for Ms. Harris.

The Conway High School Lady Wampus Cats were “Loving LIFE” in Duncanville, Texas, where they competed in the Sandra Meadows Classic Tournament Dec. 28-30. The Lady Cats were the champions of the silver bracket with a 4-1 record for the three-day tournament. The Lady Cats are led by Head Coach Ashley Nance and Assistant Coach Jeff Gifford.

“Loving LIFE” at the ribbon-cutting at Baptist Health Comprehensive Spine and Pain Management Clinic in Conway: (from left) Daniel Judkins (MD), Jennifer Holst, Heather Grizzle (RN), Sarah Williams, Lauren Kooms, Ayndrea Clements, Stephanie Rayburn (RN), Jaime Burris (RN) and Sheffield Kent (MD). Hazel Webb was “Loving LIFE” as she turned 100 on Jan. 1 during a party in her honor at Southridge Village of Conway. Her son and daughter-in-law, Dee and Susan Webb, hosted the birthday party for family and friends to celebrate Hazel and her life.

Lavola Parker was “Loving LIFE” as she turned 90 with friends at her party at Second Baptist Church. Instead of gifts, she asked for donations for Bethlehem House.

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Riverview High wraps up marching season The Riverview High School Marching Band recently completed another successful marching season. The band’s “We, Robots” show entertained audiences with innovative technology, creative choreography and interesting musical selections. “Since the show had a robot theme, we added quite a bit of electronics,” said head band director Trey Reely. “Assistant director Shawn Crawford was responsible for getting all of that together. It is really a stressful task, and his great work added so much to the show.” The show featured “Mr. Roboto,” “Titanium,” “Dirty Robot,” “Technologic,” and ended with an exciting rendition of “Electric Love.” Most of the students agree that the finale was their favorite part of the show. Band president and All-State saxophone player James Parvin played a major role in the finale. “Robots 3 was my favorite part because of the dance I choreographed with Trevor [Fagan] and Matthew [Langdale]. The crowd loved the third part, and I heard screams and claps every time,” he said. The Raider Band was one of only four bands out of the 21 in Class AAA to receive a first division rating at the ASBOA State Marching Contest. This achievement rounded out a string of successful contests, with the band winning Best in Class at the Cabot Marching Invitational, the ParagouldMcDonalds Marching Invitational and the Arkansas Open. Groups and individuals within the band also earned several awards. “Our soloists this year were Corbin Henson, Matthew Langdale and James Parvin,” Reely said. “Corbin, a trumpet soloist, won an outstanding soloist award at three contests.” The percussion line and color guard earned high marks at all the contests as well. A successful marching season starts in the summer, and the rest of the marching band also began preparation early. Crawford said the beginning of the season is crucial for later successes. “The start of the season is the most challenging. Thinking of all the tasks, teaching-wise and logistically, can be overwhelming. However, it pays off in the end, and the validation I get through class champion awards and superior ratings is very rewarding. Even more rewarding is seeing a kid step up through leadership, learning a new instrument or becoming fully committed to the band.” Senior All-State horn player Matthew Langdale said the commitment and hard work that goes into marching band might keep some from joining, but it’s the result that makes it all worth it. “It’s immensely rewarding,” he said. “You create strong relationships with amazing people, and you all come together to make beautiful music.” “Mr. Reely’s constant work with the band and excellent teaching were large factors in our success,” Trysten Collins said. “His discipline and experience

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Riverview Raider Band Drum Major Nicole Salas was “Loving LIFE” with some of the marching awards won by the band.

Seniors on the Riverview High School Marching Band: Nicole Salas (front); Emily Bridge (middle row, from left), Natosha Horvath, Natalie Miller, Tiana Credle, Victoria Merrell; James Parvin (back), Dalton Pruitt, Matthew Langdale and Trevor Fagan. really help the band. He’s like a father to me. As for Mr. Crawford, he has a constant willingness to help people, and we enjoy his humor. He’s one of those men you can go to and if he can, he’ll always help you.” Reely and Crawford both expressed how proud they are of the band this marching season and how

much they accomplished. Crawford points to the students’ ability to imagine the future from the very beginning of practice. “I believe students realize they are part of a bigger picture,” Crawford said. “Through this realization, they re-schedule, selfsacrifice and all together miss out on some things to make it happen for the band.”


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The youth group from Cadron Ridge Baptist Church in Conway took 501 LIFE along on a mission trip to the Badlands in South Dakota, which included a visit at Mount Rushmore.

The Montgomery brothers and sisters were “Loving LIFE” as they recalled their time growing up in Morrilton: Beverly (Montgomery) Paladino from Center Ridge, John Montgomery of Russellville, Jim Montgomery from California and Florence (Montgomery) Risinger from Clarksville.

University of Central Arkansas Journalism Faculty Member Polly Walter of Conway met up with college friend Cathy Persinger and her family of Fairbanks, Alaska, to watch Vicky Persinger, a member of Team Sinclair, at the USA Olympic Curling Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, in November. Polly and Cathy curled at the Fairbanks Rink during the 1980s before Polly moved to Conway to work at UCA in 1990. Team Sinclair lost to Team Roth in the third of the final play-off games. Team Roth earned the gold medal and will go to the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Team Sinclair earned the silver medal. The “heads” that are pictured are Skip Jamie Sinclair (from left), Alex Carlson, Vicky Persinger and Monica Walker. (Tina Persinger photo)

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Sydney Spradlin was “Loving LIFE” at Kronborg Castle (Hamlet’s Castle) in Denmark. “I was there for six weeks this summer, taking classes for study abroad through DIS (the Danish Institute of Study Abroad), and had classes mainly in Denmark but also a few days in Sweden and a week in Scotland. I’m a senior, studying biomedical engineering at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. I received the Gilman Scholarship, along with a few others, toward the program.”

Volunteers were “Loving LIFE” at Morrilton’s 19th Annual Fabulous Fourth event at Cherokee Park on Independence Day: State Rep. Rick Beck (from left), Christian Gonzalez, Melissa Burris, Peggy Jennings, Austin Beck, David Burris, Conway County Judge Jimmy Hart, Morrilton Mayor Allen Lipsmeyer, and Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jerry Smith.


Celebrating the Fourth of July and “Loving LIFE” were Tyler King, Blake Poteete, Brady Trafford, Jordan Roberts and Whitlee Paterson on beautiful Petit Jean Mountain in Morrilton.

“Loving LIFE” on an Alaskan cruise: John Tebbe (front, from left), Janice Kurpjuweit, Marette Stiritz, Pat Roland; Joyce Tebbe (middle row), Ann Faith, Norma Crass; Bud Faith (back), Norman Crass, David Kurpjuweit, John Stiritz and Charles Roland.

Friends Betty Stinson from Amherst County High School in Lynchburg, Va., Paula Trafford from Perryville High School in Perryville, and Kathy Fine from Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., were “Loving LIFE” as they reunited for the Advanced Placement United States Exam Reading in Tampa, Fla.

Rock City Sams from Faulkner and Pulaski counties were “Loving LIFE”: Cindy Cones (from left), Eddie Cones, Lena Coker, Felix Hall, Leonard Coker, Carole Hall, Donna Brown and Steve Brown on a cool September day at West Quoddy Lighthouse in Lubec, Maine.

Conway residents Melvin Jackson, his son, Daniel Jackson, and grandsons Trevor and Travis Jackson, took 501 LIFE along to a National Hot Rod Association drag race at Gateway Motorsport Park in St Louis. This was the first time for Trevor and Travis to attend one of these events.

“Loving LIFE” at the Harlan Family Reunion in Philadelphia: Dale (from left) and Judy Harlan of Conway, Patrick and Teri Coon of Conway, and Donnie and Johnnie Harlan of Houston (Perry County).

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The Newcomers Club of Conway was “Loving LIFE” at their annual Christmas luncheon. The club has a monthly luncheon with a speaker and offers many activities throughout the month. Debbie Harris (holding 501 LIFE) is the president. For more information, email debbieh72616@gmail. com.

The First Service Bank Team from Greenbrier was “Loving LIFE” at the 22nd Annual Greenbrier Christmas Parade. First Service Bank won first place for their float, “Rockin’ into Christmas with Elvis and his Crew!”

“Loving LIFE” at the Greenbrier Senior Citizens Christmas Party. “Thanks for giving us such an interesting and fun magazine,” wrote Linda Hammontree. “I look forward to each issue. Happy New Year. Love you and 501!” 16 | 501 LIFE February 2018

“Loving LIFE” at Literacy Night held recently at Greenbrier Westside Elementary School. Donations of blankets, scarves, hats and gloves were collected for CAPCA (Community Action Program for Central Arkansas). Students were engaged in various STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) activities throughout the school. Santa and Mrs. Claus were also available for pictures.

The Third Grade All-Arkansas-Red Basketball Team was “Loving LIFE” as they worked together to make Christmas brighter for kids in need by donating presents. They learned the meaning of “giving at Christmas.” The team is coached by Kendrick Alexander and Kevin Warren.


Morrilton High School and Morrilton Primary students participating in the Puppies to Dogs program took 501 LIFE along as they visited local nursing homes in December. They presented residents with gifts and sang Christmas carols.

Representatives of New Hope Baptist Church, the Conway High School Key Club, Grace Presbyterian Church and Fellowship Bible Church were “Loving LIFE” as they helped pack boxes at Fellowship Bible for Operation Christmas Child.

Players from Vilonia High School Lady Eagle Softball Team give back to our Veterans this holiday season. With an idea from Vilonia High School EAST students Kami Lasley (also a sophomore softball player), Bradley Phillips and Logan Alexander, these students wanted to give back to those who have given them so much. The EAST students divided up items to each grade of the softball team and packaged them for the local Veterans Home. The team delivered to the nine residents of Gunter's Board & Care Home right before Christmas. During the visit Coach Kevin Sullivan thanked the gentlemen for their service, introduced the players and spent time visiting with each of the veterans.

“Loving LIFE” at the “Old Geezers Party” at The Castle at Harmon Ranch, owned by Jack and Lynda Harmon: Jo Hall (front, from left), Linda Carter, Ruth Lawrence, Brenda Hudson, Totsie Breax, Lynda Harmon, Penny Baker; E.C Hall (back), Jack Harmon, Charles Carter, Royce Johnson, Chris Williams, Wayne Hudson, Kay Moss, Pete Thorn, Peggy Hardy, Sandra Thorn, Kirk Hardy and Glen Baker.

“Loving LIFE” at First Service Bank in South Conway with Santa: Ashley Bernard (from left), Tara Mallett, Jensyn Mallett, Lori Melton and Norma Brewer.

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LIFE PICS

Conway Regional hosts Tribute Tree lighting The Conway Regional Health Foundation hosted its annual Tribute Tree lighting event on Nov. 30. The event, which has become a holiday tradition for families, is conducted as a way for the community to honor and remember friends and loved ones. Prior to the lighting, a reception was held at the Frauenthal Estate for donors and honorees, with the announcement of the new endowed lights ($2,500): In memory of Betty Courtway – by Jack and Cheryl Engelkes In memory of Fletcher Hartz – by the Conway Regional foundation and health system boards In memory of S. N. Lee – by Dr. Tyrone Lee and his family In memory of Brian Mulkerins – by Drs. Tyrone and Nora Lee Tribute Tree also contributes to the community by helping fund scholarships for area students who dream of working in the health care field. The foundation has awarded more than $254,000 to area students since 1996, relying on funds from Tribute Tree, physicians, nurses, Dazzle Daze and other private individuals. In 2017, Tribute Tree raised $16,590 for the Conway Regional Health Foundation scholarship funds. For more information about Tribute Tree, call 501.513.5191 or visit conwayregional.org/TributeTree.

Bryan Gibbs (left) and Alan Finley.

Carolyn De Boer (left) and Suzanne Penn.

Kadin Wells (from left), Brianna Wells, Stephanie Mulkerins, Georgia Mulkerins, Pam Lee and Doris Thompson.

Barbara Williams (from left), Margaret Beasley, Donna Hambuchen and Andrea Woods.

Mitchell Richards (from left), Abby Richards, Jack Engelkes, Nicole Hartz, Caroline Hartz and Cheryl Engelkes.

Margaret Corbett (from left), Barbara Williams, Angie Longing and Susan Gatto.

Lori Ross (from left), Tom and Margaret Beasley and Jack Engelkes.

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Rev. Cornell Maltbia (from left), John Nabholz and Matt Troup.


Mike Huckabee guest speaker at Renewal Ranch

Event planner Don Bingham at the Renewal Ranch fundraiser.

Renewal Ranch participants and graduates perform the closing number. Bryce McGhee (from left), Chase Moser, David Armstrong, Damon Rowlett and Enoch Tooley.

Renewal Ranch celebrated the holiday season with “Christmas at the Ranch� on Dec. 15, at the Restoration Center on the ranch campus. The fundraising event featured former Gov. Mike Huckabee as the keynote speaker. Renewal Ranch, located in Perry County on a 102-acre ranch, is in its eighth year of restoring broken lives as a result of drug and alcohol addiction. It is a 12-month, two-phase residential program, which includes counseling, intensive Bible study and opportunities to serve others through community work projects. The program has graduated more than 190 men since opening its doors in 2009. The ministry has more than a 60 percent success rate, where secular programs typically only reach a 4 to 5 percent success rate. The ministry has grown from one bunkhouse to three, but as men reach out for help, the need for additional space grows. Currently, there are 69 men in the two-phase program. On average, 25 to 30 applications are received monthly. In 2015, the Road to Recovery Capital Campaign began to build a multi-purpose building to house a chapel, classrooms, a commercial kitchen and additional bed space. The building is in phase two of the three-phrase plan. For additional information, visit therenewalranch.org. (To see a video from this event, visit the 501 LIFE Facebook page.)

Libby Fulmer (from left), Emma Fulmer and Trent Fulmer.

Bryce McGhee (from left), Lynn Pearson, Cindy Jeffers and Thomas Rogers.

Janet Huckabee (from left), state Sen. Jason and Laurie Rapert, Grace Rapert and Mike Huckabee. Richard (from left) and Rosetta Hogue with Trevor Drown.

Renewal Ranch founder and executive director James (from left) and Laura Loy, Pam Sims, Margaret Smith, Meleah and Scott Taylor.

Mike Huckabee (from left), James and Laura Loy and Janet Huckabee.

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LIFE PICS

Searcy High School EAST ‘Day’ Out

Josh Sledd (from left), Trey Massingill and Crystal Massingill.

Maria Acevedl (from left), Zinah Johnson, Liliana Acevedl and Madison Phillips.

Corbin Swain (from left), Bailey Grimes and Terry Ingle.

Kay Carpenter (from left), Lydia Gutierrez-Tallman and Drew Vest.

Heather Frazer (left) and Catrina Sanford.

Garrett (from left), Kirkland and Bridgett Corbin.

Megan Ledbetter photos

The Searcy High School EAST program recently hosted an EAST “Day” Out - Hour of Tech to present their work and recruit community partners who might be resources or even clients for new projects. The event was designed to engage community members with technology demonstrations using the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, 3D printing and other tools. A few of the projects featured were Searcy Miracle League Baseball, Unity Through Story, Classroom Emergency Go Bags, SHS Courtyard Makeover and ULockIt Security. The event also included an opportunity for community members to participate in an Hour of Code. To honor the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, Computer Science Education Week is celebrated worldwide Dec. 4-10. Arkansas has been a leader in the effort to offer computer science courses to all students and Searcy High School was among the first schools to join Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s initiative and offer new computer programming and computer science courses as electives. For more information, contact Kay Carpenter, EAST facilitator, at kcarpenter@searcyschools.org.

Searcy chamber banquet Nearly 300 people attended as the Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce celebrated recent growth and economic development in Searcy at its 71st Annual Awards Banquet at the Harding University Cafeteria. Event sponsors included Unity Health, Regions, Sunrise Motor Sports, Orr Toyota, Ridout Lumber Company and Ritter Communications. Making the awards presentations was chamber board chairman Jamie Mobley. Award recipients included: Unity Health – Non-profit of the Year. Dr. Kerry Mix (ASU-Beebe) – Class of 20162017 Searcy Leadership Award. David Cavender (Arkansas Federal Credit Union) – Chamber Volunteer of the year award. Owners Mat and Shelley Faulkner (Think Idea Studio) – Business of the Year.

Unity Health Vice President of Patient Services LaDonna Johnston (front, from left), Unity Health President and CEO, Ray Montgomery, board member Leah Miller, vice president and treasurer Stuart Hill; Unity Health — Harris Medical Center Vice President and Administrator Darren Caldwell (back), Unity Health Director of Marketing Brooke Pryor, director of human resources Pamela Williams, assistant vice president of specialty care Ramona Staton, assistant vice president of surgical services Tisa Carlisle, marketing coordinator Anna Brumfield, Unity Health Foundation Executive Director Cassandra Feltrop and security supervisor Frankie Feltrop. 20 | 501 LIFE February 2018

David Cavender and Jamie Mobley.


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LIFE PICS

Conway Symphony presents ‘Amahl and The Nutcracker’ Sonja Keith photos

The Conway Symphony Orchestra recently presented two performances of “Amahl & The Nutcracker” in Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas. The performances featured lively highlights from “The Nutcracker,” featuring the Arkansas Festival Ballet, and ended with the uplifting story of the Three Kings in “Amahl and the Night Visitors” with the UCA Opera Theatre. Prior to the matinee performance, the Conway Symphony Orchestra Guild presented “Nutcracker Sweets” for young people, which included storytelling, crafts, snacks and a visit with the ballerinas. The performances were sponsored by Simmons Bank. The symphony season is sponsored by Conway Corporation. 501 LIFE is a media sponsor. For more information on the orchestra, visit conwaysymphony.org.

Louisa Utley (from left), Anna Gaydos, Caroline Caldwell, Laura Craig, Bella Marbaise and Holland Stalcup.

Chris Coffman (from left), Vicki Crockett and Joyce Miller.

Louisa Utley (from left), Jane Landrum, Grace Rew and Grey Parrish.

Emily Griffith (left) and Ann Marie Golden.

Kensley Capel (front, from left), Farah Stalcup, Rosemary Mallory; Joi Norris (back) and Lanphia Tarawally.

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Matilda Thessing (from left), Charlotte Vaughn, Bowen Darling, Olivia Warford and Emma Chiles.

Pat Baker (left) and Bonnie Stidham.

Sienna Grace (left) and Addison Pledger.


LIFE PICS



Ugly Sweater Run at Anne Watson Elementary

Second- and third-graders “Loving LIFE” at the Ugly Sweater Run.

Students, faculty and families recently participated in an Ugly Sweater Fun Run at Anne Watson Elementary School in Perry County. Beginning at noon, students in PreK through sixth had an opportunity to run a course around the school, which ended with a holiday-themed arch complete with snow. Top finishers received medals. Students were also treated to hot chocolate. A special run T-shirt was also created. Anne Watson Elementary has received a Conway Regional Women’s Council Teacher Grant the last two years to support its running club and promote health and wellness at the school.

Fourth through sixth grade winners: Carter Crow (from left), Brandt Tipton and Bennett Wilson with Erika Setzler.

Third grade winners: (from left) Addie Browning (first), Emmanuel Argueta (second) and Nathan Brackett (third).

Colby Jones (from left), Principal Amy Jones and Arturo Cabrera.

Kimberly and Nick Frey with their children Addison (front to back), Anna and Wyatt.

Rebecca Rushing (left) and Audreauna Sampson.

Marilyn Spears (left) and Jennifer Cothern.

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GUEST COLUMNIST

Twice in a lifetime

KARK Channel 4’s Aaron Nolan in the Olympic Rings at the center of The Olympic Park. by Aaron Nolan

Once in a lifetime is only supposed to happen once, but somehow, some way, a kid from Maumelle, who graduated from the University of Central Arkansas, is getting a twice in a lifetime chance. In August 2016, I was asked to be a part of Nexstar Media Group’s Olympic Team in Rio de Janeiro. For three and a half weeks, I was in Brazil. I went to Christ the Redeemer, the Selaron Steps and, of course, the world famous Copacabana Beach, but the work at hand was covering the Summer Games. Again, I never thought my career would lead me thousands of miles away from home and telling stories of world class Arkansas athletes, but every morning and every night I was live on KARK from the Olympic Park in Rio. One memory from those Games I’ll never forget, is sitting in the International Broadcast Center watching North Little Rock’s Jeff Henderson long jump for gold. Weeks earlier, I had met his mother who is still battling Alzheimer’s, and by the end of the competition, most of the people in the newsroom had become Jeff fans because of his story. Then he did what he told his mom he was going to do, Jeff Henderson became a gold medalist. No doubt it was a chill bump Olympic moment for this Natural 26 | 501 LIFE February 2018

Aaron and Cabot native Lexi Weeks at the Athletes Village.


State reporter. When I got back and hugged my wife and two daughters, I thought, “what an accomplishment,” a bucket list item was crossed off. Less than a year after landing back at home at the Clinton National Airport, my boss tapped me on the shoulder and said, “You wanna do it Live coverage of the again?” The Winter Olympics team was begins Thursday, Feb. getting back 8. KARK Channel together, s Aaron olan will this time heading to Pybe live every day of eongChang, the ames. Follow South Korea, Aaron on the Road for the Winter to the Olympics Olympic on Facebook/ Games. After Instagram/ several days of intense Twitter search for thought, Aaron olan ews . prayer and conversations with my wife, Ashley, we decided this second Olympic opportunity was too good to pass up. In February, I will leave with five other Nexstar reporters from around the United States, heading to the Korean Peninsula. Over the last few months, the team has been preparing for the long road ahead with meetings in Little Rock, photo shoots in Lake Placid, N.Y., and countless cross country conference calls. The goal, much like in Rio, is to bring local

Aaron interviewing gold medalist Jeff Henderson. stories from South Korea to you. Arkansas has two athletes to cheer for in the Winter Games: Brittany Reinbolt of Searcy is on Team USA’s Women’s Bobsled Team, and she’s in a great position to make the Olympic Team; and Dominik Maerki, who lives in Fayetteville, is on

Team Switzerland’s Olympic curling team. I’ve already talked to both athletes who are excited to represent their respective countries, and Arkansas, half a world away in PyeongChang. Two Olympic Games in one lifetime. For me, these are my gold medal moments.

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NEIGHBORS couples

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Deepali Nivas Tukaye

RESIDENT OF: Conway.





Physicians Deepali Nivas Tukaye and her husband, Kiran Francis Rajneesh, and their fur baby, Mowgli, are new to the 501 but already have an appreciation for its welcoming and generous community. Dr. Tukaye is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Conway Regional Medical Center Heart Clinic Arkansas.

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Kiran Francis Rajneesh

NATIVE OF: India.

NATIVE OF: India.

WHERE DID YOU GROW UP: Bangalore, India.

WHERE DID YOU GROW UP: Bangalore, India.

EDUCATION: Interventional Pain Management, Cleveland Clinic

EDUCATION: Interventional Cardiology, Emory University, Ga.; General

Cardiology, Ohio State University; PhD, Internal Medicine, University of Louisville, Ky.; MD, Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Johns Hopkins University.

JOB: Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Conway Regional Medical Center Heart Clinic Arkansas. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR VOCATION: Cardiovascular physiol-

Foundation, Ohio; Neurology, University of Vermont; Internal Medicine, University of Louisville, Ky.; Neurosciences (Master of Science), St. Louis University, Mo.; Research internship in Neurosciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; Research fellowships in Neurosciences at University of California, Irvine, and University of Alabama at Birmingham.

JOB: Director of Neurological Pain Division, Ohio State University.

ogy fascinated me growing up. Going through medical school, the ability of an interventional cardiologist to help people with critical cardiovascular disease elegantly was most striking. I chose to walk the path of an interventionalist as it gives me an opportunity to help patients with cardiovascular disease for whom most other modalities of therapy are not an option. It is a very gratifying career to help a grandparent fulfill their wish to see their grandkid’s wedding.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR VOCATION: Growing up, I

PARENTS: My mother, Snehalata Nivas Tukaye, and father, Nivas Gopalrao Tukaye, are residents of Bangalore, India. They lead an active life with significant involvement in their community activities, including charitable work. My father runs a successful technology-based business and my mom is an amazing homemaker with an artistic inclination.

PARENTS: Dad, Francis Vasanthkumar, attorney and retired bureaucrat in India. Mom, Vishalakshamma, housewife. They lead a laidback life centered around grandchildren these days.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN THE 501: Mike’s Place. FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE 501: I have enjoyed my move to Con-

way. The community has been exceptionally welcoming and generous. I love the camaraderie I share with my colleagues at work. The Conway community feels like the home we have been looking for. The 501 publication has been a great local resource to explore the area!

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was always interested in technology and was fascinated that even the most advanced technology we have invented possesses only a fraction of the infinite capabilities of the human nervous system. My job combines the latest, cutting edge technology (interventions and neuromodulation) to treat patients with pain, a condition that everyone experiences in their lifetime.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Mentoring undergraduates and advocating for healthcare issues at city and county level.

HOBBIES/SPECIAL INTERESTS: Computer gaming and home automation.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF: Easy going, fun

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YOUTH

Recipients of the 2017 Conway County Youth Citizen of the Year Award presented by the Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce: Nathan Bowers (from left), Andrew Poole, John Riley and Shelby Reynolds.

Mike Kemp photos

Nathan Bowers

CITY: Morrilton. SCHOOL/GRADE LEVEL: Senior, Morrilton High School. FAVORITE SUBJECT: Science. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST AT SCHOOL: All of the wonderful programs that we can be a part of.

CAREER PLANS: To go into the medical field. COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: High school football, band, Quiz Bowl, Beta and math club. Part of the Downtown Church of Christ youth group.

FAMILY: Cristy and Johnny Bowers (mom and dad); and Mark Bowers (brother).

WHO DO YOU ADMIRE THE MOST: My grandpa. He has worked hard to get where he is today and is one of the wisest people I know. FAVORITE MEAL: Lasagna. MOST CHERISHED POSSESSION: My Bible. MOST ENJOYED WEEKEND ACTIVITY: Fishing and

hunting.

FAVORITE QUOTE: “To know even one life has breathed

easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

FAVORITE PLACE IN ARKANSAS: Greers Ferry Lake. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO BE NAMED A YOUTH CITIZEN OF THE YEAR BY THE MORRILTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: I think it a huge

honor to be recognized for this award, considering all of the excellent youth in our town. I would like to thank those who nominated me, and I hope they know how much it means to me. I am extremely humble to have been selected for this award.

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501 LIFE is proud to recognize the 2017 Youth Citizens of the Year honorees, presented by the Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce – Nathan Bowers (South Conway County), Andrew Poole (Sacred Heart), John Riley (Nemo Vista) and Shelby Reynolds (Wonderview).

Andrew Poole

CITY: Hattieville. SCHOOL/GRADE LEVEL: Senior, Sacred Heart Catholic School. FAVORITE SUBJECT: Science. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST AT SCHOOL: The family-like atmosphere. And basketball, of course.

CAREER PLANS: Arkansas Tech University. Interested in animal science.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: President of student council, member of Beta Club, Key Club treasurer, HOBY Junior Counselor, Eucharistic Minister Sacred Heart Church and Leadership Conway County Class 2017-2018. FAMILY: Parents, Jason and Kris; siblings, Emily (20) and Jack

(12).

MOST ENJOYED WEEKEND ACTIVITY: Hunting, fishing,

hanging out with the boys.

FAVORITE QUOTE: “When you’re tired, sore and can’t do more, that’s the time to do more. “ — Tim Grover

FAVORITE PLACE IN ARKANSAS: Anywhere. I love being

outdoors!

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO BE NAMED A YOUTH CITIZEN OF THE YEAR BY THE MORRILTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: I am honored to have been selected! There are many great students in our county!

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Shelby Reynolds

CITY: Hattieville. SCHOOL/GRADE LEVEL: Senior, Wonderview High School.

FAVORITE SUBJECT: My favorite

subject in school is EAST because that is the class in which I get to work on my pro ects that benefit the school and the community.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST AT SCHOOL: At school, I enjoy

being around great people in a fun-loving, supportive and nurturing environment.

CAREER PLANS: I love working and being around children. I plan to either be an occupational therapist who works with children or a pediatrician. COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: I feel a

strong desire to work with young kids and to give back to my community to hopefully serve as a role model for younger children. I attend local food drives. I have a project known as “Little Wonders” that I have organized and led in which seniors are assigned kindergarteners to be big buddies and spend time with them. I am a member of my Catholic church’s CYM (Catholic Youth Ministry) in which I am an altar server, and I also serve at our church dinners. At my Baptist church, I teach the children’s classes and work in the nursery. I have another project known as “Little Dribblers” in which kindergarten through secondgraders practice a routine that I choreographed. The children will perform the routine at the high school basketball games during halftime. I

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am a coach of the third grade pee wee boys basketball team at my school.

FAMILY: Parents, Jason and Laura

Reynolds; siblings, Jacob and Samuel.

WHO DO YOU ADMIRE THE MOST: I could easily pick any one of

my family members because they are all special to me in their own ways; however, I greatly admire my pastor’s wife, Linda Strickland. She is a lady who is always in a great mood, makes everyone feel welcome, prays for everybody and easily puts a smile on my face.

MOST CHERISHED POSSESSION:

Well, the easy answer would be my family, but they know how I feel about them, so in picking an item, I would pick the cedar chest that my grandpa built me. He told me that the cedar chest should be used to store things in which I want to keep for when I get married and have kids of my own. I will be able to share with them the great things from my past.

FAVORITE PLACE IN ARKANSAS: The beautiful small town known as Hattieville.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO BE NAMED A YOUTH CITIZEN OF THE YEAR BY THE MORRILTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: I am just so thankful. There have been many other teenagers who were chosen for this award that have accomplished amazing things in life, and to be placed among them is a great honor.


CITY: Center Ridge. SCHOOL/GRADE LEVEL: Senior, Nemo Vista High School.

John Riley

FAVORITE SUBJECT: Agriculture. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST AT SCHOOL: Seeing all of my friends.

CAREER PLANS: Go to college, undecided on career. COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Baseball, basketball, FBLA

president, Beta President, FFA, FCCLA, Student Council, library club, Little Hawks basketball coach, server in Abundant Life banquet and Leadership Conway County.

FAMILY: I live with my aunt and uncle and two cousins. WHO DO YOU ADMIRE THE MOST: My grandfather, Clell Watts. He has been a true inspiration to me. FAVORITE MEAL: Any Chinese meal. MOST CHERISHED POSSESSION: Cowboy hat my dad gave me.

MOST ENJOYED WEEKEND ACTIVITY: Being with

friends and/or family.

FAVORITE QUOTE: “It’s not about how hard you can

hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”

FAVORITE PLACE IN ARKANSAS: Center Ridge! WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO BE NAMED A YOUTH CITIZEN OF THE YEAR BY THE MORRILTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: It means a lot. I’m

glad I can be a positive role model for the younger kids in my community.

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NEIGHBORS faulkner county

Giving back

First Security helping meet community’s needs

First Security bankers who have been involved in community service projects: Dillon Richard (seated, from left), Ricky Williams; Brenda Bennett (back), Kimberly Lassiter and Lacey O’Bannon. Not pictured: Jerry Cooper. Lacy has been instrumental the last few years in the bank’s efforts to raise money for Junior Diabetes Research Foundation. Dillon won the 2017 Volunteer Even Better Award, volunteering the most hours, and Kimberly was the runner-up. Brenda won the award in 2016 and Jerry Cooper won it in 2015. Ricky Williams helps with many of the bank’s community events and Teal Grill activities. (Mike Kemp photo) by Sonja J. Keith

Not only is First Security Bank aware of the community’s needs in Faulkner County, associates are working diligently to help others – from grilling hamburgers at events to participating in Jeans Day fundraisers. The bank’s community involvement falls under contributions, which are the responsibility of the marketing department. Margaret Smith, senior vice president for marketing, oversees the department and explained that because they are aware of financial support from the bank, they are familiar with the needs of different organizations. To reflect the bank’s philanthropic efforts, the 34 | 501 LIFE February 2018

Conway market introduced “Give Back Even Better” for its approximately 120 employees in Faulkner County and in Clinton in 2014. The program recognizes employees and the hours they volunteer annually. At the end of the year, the bank recognizes the employee who volunteered the most hours and donates to the non-profit of their choice in their name. On average, employees log about 1,500 volunteer hours annually which benefit about 60 different non-profits. “Give Back Even Better” reflects the corporation’s “Bank Better” program which was focused on the customer experience and service, and was used in advertising. “In thinking about what we had done in the past years, we said, ‘Why don’t we make that a part of ‘Bank Better,’ that we would give back even

better.” In addition to the recognition program, which encourages volunteerism, bank employees undertake a service project around Christmas. “We pick a non-profit organization or a need for our focus. We might have some Jeans Days that would raise money to purchase items that a non-profit might need. Or, it might have some volunteering opportunities with that organization or collecting items that we would deliver to them.” For example, the bank was made aware of some needs that the Children’s Advocacy Alliance had because of a donation request. “In visiting with them, we found out what a dire need they were in for items for children who come in to their services,” she said, adding that a handful of employees toured


Banks participate in Dazzler promotion 501 LIFE teamed up with Conway financial institutions for the inaugural “Dazzle Daze Dazzler” ornament fundraiser to help promote one of the state’s largest holiday shopping events, Dazzle Dazesm. Dazzle Daze is sponsored by the Conway Regional Women’s Council and provides financial resources to purchase equipment and support programs through Conway Regional Health System. Banks sold a special paper ornament for $1 each to display at the bank and at Dazzle Daze. Proceeds will benefit Conway Regional Health System. First Security Bank raised the most money during the Dazzler promotion, earning a feature in 501 LIFE. Banks selling ornaments were Arvest Bank, Bank of the Ozarks, Bear State Bank, Centennial Bank, First Security Bank, HomeBank of Arkansas, Regions Bank and Simmons Bank. the agency and learned about its mission. The bank collected and donated over 1,000 items to the organization, from snacks and blankets to stuffed animals and books. The bank has also helped food pantries at area schools by raising money to purchase items and collecting items in those communities. Bankers have helped local non-profits, including the Faulkner County Day School, Boys and Girls Club, Help for Abuse Victims in Emergency Need (HAVEN), the Women’s Shelter of Central Arkansas, Conway

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Participating in the Dazzler awards presentation: Dot Welch (associate director of the Conway Regional Health Foundation and Conway Regional Women’s Council) Dazzle Daze co-chairman Amy Reed, Shannon Howland (Arvest Bank), Dazzler winner Stefanie Vann (First Security Bank), Linda Moore (Bank of the Ozarks), Dazzle Daze co-chairman Pam Sims and Lori Ross (chief development officer and corporate director of marketing/ foundation for Conway Regional Health System). Cradle Care, Renewal Ranch, the Ola and John Hawks Senior Wellness Center and Bethlehem House. They also supported Operation Christmas Child, the Salvation Army and Project Angel Tree. Margaret points out that individuals have also been assisted. She said one of the most unique community service projects involved a woman who was supporting an orphanage in Russia and wanted to create a library for the children. “We shipped over a hundred books to her in Russia.” “Our employees as a whole participate in giving to our community throughout the year with Jeans Days and donation efforts, often just as a need arises,” Margaret said. As a corporation, First Security Bank presents Second Mile Service Awards to employees. The award recipients are nominated by their co-workers

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in recognition of service. One of the recipients was recognized for the help and support provided to a customer who was in an abusive situation and had lost her job. “She was living in her car in the Walmart parking lot.” When the bank employee found out, she enlisted the help of her co-workers to find the woman a place to live, collected money for rent, helped with furniture and provided clothes for a new job. “It was just amazing to me that they made the effort to do that.” While senior leadership supports community service and volunteerism, the spirit of giving permeates the organization, according to Margaret. “Our employees just have a big heart,” she said. “It’s like they look for ways they can help. They have a really giving spirit.”

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FEATURE

Under construction UACCM eyes finish of new training center

The Automotive Service Technology under construction in the new training center. Story and photos by Sonja J. Keith Work is nearing completion on the new Workforce Training Center at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton. A groundbreaking ceremony was held last May for the facility, which officials have said will serve as a hub for technical training and workforce development in Central Arkansas. “We have been providing modern, up-to-date technical training in 50-year-old buildings and that is sometimes a hard thing to do,” said UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis. “Part of the long-term vision of the institution was to create new facilities to provide the workforce training that the people of Arkansas need and expect, which is something we feel we can provide.” According to Linda Birkner, vice chancellor for administration, the 53,000-square-foot center 36 | 501 LIFE February 2018

will house five different programs: Automotive Service Technology; Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology; Welding Technology; and Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology labs. Birkner pointed out that in addition to the UACCM program space, the new center will have a large room for specialized workforce training. Big enough to accommodate large pieces of equipment, the room can help address training needs of existing industries. Other features in the new building include: A grand foyer with space for students to take a break from classes. It will include a donor wall which will recognize those who contributed to the $15 million project. “This project is funded by a massive group of people,” Birkner said, adding that a capital campaign has generated almost $3 million. UACCM is also receiving several hundred thousand dollars in equipment for the center. Large windows, allowing individuals outside the

classrooms to get a peek on the work being done. “It is designed for tours at any time without disruption,” Birkner said. “We’re really big on tours and letting prospective students see what goes on in a class.” Additional bays in the automotive area – going from three to 11. “It takes a lot of space to teach auto mechanics,” Birkner said. “The instructors are thrilled with their new space.” Additional booths in the welding program – from 19 to 54 – both inside and outside. “We intend for this to be the premiere welding suite in the state,” Birkner said, adding that UACCM students are helping to build the booths as part of their training. UACCM is seeking LEED certification for the training center, which is rare for a facility of this type, according to Birkner. “We teach a lot of ‘green’ programs so it’s really important to us,” she said. “We’re making good progress getting LEED Silver.” The design for the state-of-the-art building was created by MAHG Architecture of Fort Smith, with input from UACCM instructors. Nabholz Con-


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UACCM officials were “Loving LIFE” following a recent tour of the new Workforce Training Center: Austin Duvall (from left), coordinator of information and public relations; Linda Birkner, vice chancellor for administration; Mary Newsome, assistant to the chancellor; Trevor Mize, graphic/web designer; UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis; and Mary Clark, director of marketing and public relations. struction is the builder. “This is truly an Arkansas project,” Davis said. “From design to finish.” Work on the training center began six years ago with the help of a consultant and visits to other campuses, according to Birkner. “We didn’t go for the best (facility) in one area, we went for the best in the state,” Birkner said of the new center. Information and support from UACCM’s advisory board has also been helpful, according to Davis. “Our advisory members have been awesome,” he said, adding they provide insight into what equipment is needed and help UACCM acquire it. The facility should be completed mid-spring and officials plan to host a ribbon-cutting in April, with the center fully operational for classes in the fall. With the new facility, UACCM hopes to attract

more students into vocational and technical jobs to help address shortages. The school is already hiring additional faculty in anticipation of that need. “Our goal is to double all of our technical programs,” Birkner said. Davis said the new center has generated a lot of excitement from students, faculty, industry partners and the community. “We want to be the place employers come to first when they look for employees.” Both Birkner and Davis agree that there is not a comparable training facility in the state. “I think you’d have to go out of state,” Birkner said. “They are just too expensive.” “I don’t know of any (in state),” Davis said. “We want to do it right and we’ve done it right…We’re loving it.”

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Powell explores ‘come to scratch’

Larry Powell on his beautiful homestead on Cadron Gap Road. by Fred Petrucelli Mike Kemp photo

Once a churchman of renown, Larry Powell today is content to ruminate while roaming on his beautiful homestead on Cadron Gap Road, thinking critical thoughts such as “the will to live.” It is his contention that much of life involves recovering after being knocked down by one kind of adversity or another. If one was to suggest that Powell would later in life become a marvel in the art of speech, others would shake their heads in disbelief. Even Powell would agree. “I could not even talk, let alone speak before an audience,” he said, explaining that he was in the grips of the debilitating ailment of stuttering. But he conquered his liability and fought doggedly to overcome his problem with speech, so much so that he became a speaker of note and was twice invited to preach at the famed Chataquah Institute in New York City. He also found himself speaking in several other influential venues. It is to be assumed that Powell was determined 38 | 501 LIFE February 2018

to prevail, to “come to scratch,” refusing to stay “knocked down.” Powell, in this instance, stole a term from the bare-knuckle fighters of old England. According to rules of that day, if a fighter was able to stand independently on his own after taking a ferocious beating, he had to advance to a mark on the floor of the ring, unassisted, and place his toe against the mark, indicating his intention to continue the battle. Therefore, if a fighter was unable to “come to scratch,” his opponent was declared the winner. The term still means to persevere, come back with the intention of winning. To wit, adversity did not overcome a 37-year-old body builder in the news not too long ago who won body building contests despite an accident involving an electrical transformer that left her armless. It is impossible to calculate the number of times in the ensuing years that Barbie Thomas must have struggled to gather herself to “return to scratch.” So, she refused to stay knocked down and was determined to fight through her circumstances with the intention of winning. And she was a winner. She has two sons, dresses herself, loves to dance, cook

and shop. Stories of people “coming to scratch” and the hypothetical assumption of the will to live consume Powell today. Among the amenities that underscore his attractive place, Powell does his best thinking there among “God’s masterpieces,” his thoughts often reflecting on the inanimate, intangible will to live, for it is the machinery for “coming to scratch.” As Powell is wont to say, “Albert Schweitzer brought the mater into focus when he repeatedly talked about the will to live. He said his observations disclosed that all living things have three things in common. The desire to live. The desire to be free from pain. The desire for well-being. This is from his Reverence for Life.” Consider, Powell suggests, the ignition behind the perseverance of the single iris “who jackhammers its way through an asphalt driveway, or the many creatures that literally fight their way through a shell or membrane just to be born. “So, without the desire to live, coming to scratch ceases,” he maintains. “It becomes a sign of defeat or forfeit.”


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FEATURE

Unity caring for community by Hannah K. Robison

When close-knit communities come together, we tend to find a common ground for why we love the small city life. Caring for others and creating opportunities are a few reasons why Unity Health loves where we are, in the heart of Searcy. With many local organizations, Unity Health sponsors a number of events throughout the year, supports local businesses and civic clubs, and contributes to charitable efforts.

A Day of Caring For more than 20 years, Unity Health has helped the underserved of White County through the largest annual medical mission, A Day of Caring. Held at the end of each summer, before the school year starts, hundreds of residents receive free medical screenings, dental and vision exams and prescriptions. Attendees also receive personal care items, food products, children’s socks and underwear, shoes, haircuts and school supplies. With more than 400 volunteers, this event provides a fulfilling opportunity for many to show they care for the community.

Unity Health Foundation Also serving for more than 20 years, the Unity Health Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation, established as a charitable organization to provide support to Unity Heath. The Foundation is committed to medical excellence and compassionate care, and strives to improve the overall health of the entire Unity Health service area. Gifts to the Unity Health Foundation provide the hospital with funds for renovations, stateof-the-art equipment and specialized projects to enhance patient care. Resources for the Foundation are obtained from donations, memorial gifts, planned gifts, special events and other sources. The Unity Health Foundation works to develop a lasting partnership with the community to preserve, sustain and develop Unity Health for years to come. Here are a few places where Unity also loves to give back that correlate with its mission to help others physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually:

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Through collaboration with Main Street Searcy, Unity Health sponsors the Searcy Certified Farmers’ Market, complete with fresh and seasonal produce, handmade items, meats, baked goods, flowers, herbs and spices and much more. The market operates to provide the community with healthy options and is open from May to November at the Courthouse Square in downtown Searcy.

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Unity Health donated a medical examination room at the Child Safety Center of White County in September 2016, providing a safe space for children to receive medical care. sor a medical room within the center for medical examinations in a safe, inviting atmosphere. The center provides a haven for children in need due to abuse or neglect.

United Way of White County Associates throughout the Unity Health System give back annually to United Way. The United Way of White County supports 16 local agencies, and this year, the hospital board graciously agreed to match every associate’s giving amount in 2017. United Way’s work is focused on helping residents through their three building blocks: education, income and health. Their goal is to address each of these areas and implement long-lasting changes to create a brighter future.

acob s lace Through donations, Unity Health helps Jacob’s Place Homeless Mission in Searcy. This organization provides temporary housing for homeless families and empowers them through financial, spiritual, emotional and job counseling during their stay.

ood amaritan enter This local food pantry provides residents of White County with food supplies, linens and personal care items. Members of the Unity Health Auxiliary collect items each month at their meetings and contribute to the pantry. Members of local churches and the community help to distribute items to those in need. Unity Health strives to serve the community in various efforts, contributing physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually to the betterment of people and organizations. Unity is proud to support the 501 and share its love of giving back.

Unity Health President and CEO Ray Montgomery (from left), Graduate Medical Education Program Director Dr. Dewey McAfee and Unity Health Auxiliary President Gill Sills at the 2017 A Day of Caring.


Thanks to many generous donors and the Unity Health Foundation, Searcy was able to open its first Cancer Center of Excellence in 2011, providing patients with cancer care through Unity Health Oncology, CARTI and RAPA Searcy Breast Center. The New Life Center at both the Unity Health – White County Medical Center and Harris Medical Center in Newport also received upgrades and renovations through the most recent Foundation campaign.

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COLUMNIST

A personal take on ‘art appreciation’ The word “art” is very useful in crossword A native of puzzles. The hint may Conway, Vivian be “craft,” “expertise,” Lawson “mastery” or “imaginaHogue graduated tion.” Imagination is from the probably more important University of Central than expertise in any Arkansas art, as it is basic to any with a degree in art education. A retired teacher, she worked in product or expressive the Conway School District for performance. 23 years. She can be reached at vhogue@conwaycorp.net. I still marvel at my hill country ancestors and the things they created for living their self-sufficient lives. They sewed, created tools, quilted, made lace and carved figures with a pocket knife. To me, what they did was something I could not do, therefore it was significant and much of it done in expressive ways. My mother could make something out of nothing because during hard times, nothing was sometimes all she had! My dad made whistles out of cane poles for my son. My maternal grandfather made beautiful furniture and small carvings as well as all his children’s shoes. These people had no schooling in the “principles of art,” but they were using them instinctively. I am always interested in elements of architecture. Some features are standard for certain styles, but the little details catch my eye. When an owner of decades ago planned his house, he dealt with the challenges of materials and special wants of the lady of the house. Thus, I have seen designs or implementations that were ingenious. They were designed for themselves, not for some future owner, as people of the past lived frugally and intended to live and raise their children in one home. I remember Jack Strain as he remodeled our home in 1954. My mother told him what she wanted and he could instinctively interpret her idea. If she could not perceive how something could be done, he had a solution. As useful as it might be, it was also the use of design and imagination. I also recall watching Elgin Rose, watch repairman for Fletcher Smith’s Jewelry, as he bent over his work surface. He would look through his loupe (magnifying lens) and study a watch or piece of jewelry, seeing what no one else could see. With an uncountable collection of small tools, he could refurbish the face of an antique clock or make an old watch tick again when it seemed hopeless. His work was an art, and in this current era of disposable clocks and watches, it is becoming a lost art. Other people have the “gift of gab,” the “knack” for car repair, the “ingenuity” to produce a needful thing or the “know-how” to understand the way things work. If we observe what goes on around us, we can see many forms of art, some in wholes and some in pieces. Line work in factories where many people process pieces to make a whole will create a single product. Some created products have “form and function,” while others go beyond to include expression and beauty. Have you ever put dog grooming, saddle making or by Vivian Lawson Hogue

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Vivian’s grandfather made shoes for his children using these cobbler stands, iron and wooden lasts (forms) for children’s shoes, and cobbler’s hammers. Also pictured are wooden shoe pegs used instead of nails. home remodeling in the category of art? Did you know you may have office colleagues who have artistic talents you’ve not seen or heard? Physicians are often musicians and artists. The guy in the next cubicle may work on more than one kind of keyboard. For those who say they have no talent, there is always the old saying about beauty being “in the eye of the beholder.” I have seen and heard some “artists” whose quality of performance was less than what I anticipated. However, we do have to realize that while we may not find a final product pleasing, it is to the person who offers it. Art is more than a noun with three letters to be filled into squares Across or Down. Although it is sometimes

attempted by gorillas and elephants wielding paint brushes, man is the only being who can transfer ideas and feelings to others through expression or performance. While you’re using your imagination, imagine what this world would be like without creativity, inventions and the pleasure or convenience they bring. Artist Pablo Picasso said, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” Therefore, do a drawing of your hand sometime. Dance with your toddler. Sing the national anthem with gusto! Buy some kindergarten clay and make a coil basket. I promise that a lot of dust will wash off and you will feel like you have accomplished something. And that, dear friend, really is what art is for.


God’s plan for life God never intended us to do A Greenlife alone. If you’ve brier native, attended any New Laurie is Life Church campus the wife of Will before, you’ve heard Green. that saying more The two than once. In fact, share seven I personally heard children, that saying for years five grand hi dren and a go den retriever named Marlo. They before I ever truly own and operate a lawn care understood what business and are members of New Life Church in Greenthat meant. brier. Laurie can be reached at It’s easy to do life thegreens ai o alone and not realize that’s what’s happening. For the most part, all of us are involved with friends and acquaintances on a daily basis. With school, work, sports and even weekend church events, one could argue that we are never really alone. However, I’ve realized that until you experience these godly appointed friendships, you don’t know you’re doing life alone. When my husband, Will, and I decided last year to lead a life group at church. We felt like we were pretty much doing OK in this journey called life. We had lots of friends by our worldly definition of friends, but let me tell you that God’s definition of friends is totally different than the world’s view. Suddenly, we found ourselves surrounded by all these new people that we had never met before. We recognized a few names on our signup sheet at Life Group launch, but for the most part, it was folks we’d never met. They weren’t in my daily circle of peers, and I was a little nervous that we may not have anything other than attending church together in common, but God was creating something amazing! Like I mentioned before, you don’t know you’re missing something until you know you’re missing it. The moment these people opened their mouths to share, it was like I was hearing my own life repeated. All the hurts and pains that I felt belonged only to me were suddenly a common theme in this group of God-appointed friends. The instant I realized I had this circle of people who knew my deepest, darkest secrets and not only accepted and understood me, but prayed for me, my life and definition of friends were changed. Until the moment God set up this divine appointment of friendships, I didn’t know I’d been doing life alone. Let me try and save you some trouble. If you don’t have a small group of people who are covering you in prayer on a daily basis, you are doing life alone! Ask God to cultivate and create godly friendships in your life. Don’t sit on the outside looking in at other friendship groups and try to be something different to fit in. Trust that God knows just the exact friendships that you need even before you do. People

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who will sharpen you as iron sharpens iron. People who will catch your blind spots and not cause you to change to fit in, but cause you to change to be better. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But

someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” We were never intended to do life alone. My prayer is that we don’t have to. May Jesus bless you richly with a group of folks to do this thing called life with, and if you’ve already been blessed with these people in your life, never take it for granted.

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ENTERTAINING

Carla Smith’s Yeast Biscuits.

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In love with the 501 In reality, what’s not to love with the 501 life, lifestyle Recognized throughout and countryside! Its the state as an people, its scenery, its accomplished educational opportuchef, Don Bingham has nities, its tradition, its authored heritage — all these cookbooks, presented and more offer each television generation with a programs and planned elaborate events. Today, unique and generous he is the administrator for the supply of the really Governor’s Mansion. important things in life! For those of us who have lived in the 501 for many years, we see the value of the often unspoken realities of family and friendships — of growing up in 501 day-to-day opportunities. Almost all of us enjoy sitting down with a cookbook and not only perusing its culinary offerings, but also enjoying the origin of the recipe. In thinking of all the things we love about life in the 501, we revisited our cookbook shelves and rediscovered the friends and acquaintances we have loved dearly through the years! Many of you will recognize this potpourri of fantastic dishes, in addition to those who created or perpetuated them! Enjoy the memories and the time to be grateful for life in the 501. by Don Bingham Mike Kemp photo

Chicken Cordon Bleu (Nellie Henderson)

6 boned chicken breasts 6 slices Swiss cheese 6 Canadian bacon rounds 3 eggs, beaten 1 cup milk Salt and pepper Seasoned bread crumbs Pound breasts between waxed paper until 1/8-inch thick. Place 1 slice of cheese and bacon round on each chicken breast. Roll up and secure with toothpicks. Make sure ends are closed. Combine eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Soak breast in egg and milk mixture twice and then in bread crumbs. Fry over medium heat 10 minutes on each side, until breasts are browned. Serve hot cheese sauce over each breast.

Yeast Biscuits (Carla Smith)

1 package yeast 1/4 cup shortening u s our 2/3 cup milk, warmed 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt Soften yeast in milk and stir in sugar. Cut shortening into flour and salt until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Blend in yeast mixture. Turn onto lightly floured surface and knead lightly 30 seconds. Pinch off rolls. Place in greased pie plate or cake pan 1-inch apart. Cover and let rise in oven with control barely on (80 to 85 degrees) until doubled in bulk, about 30 minutes. Bake in preheated over at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Walter Dunaway’s Roast Duck (Sue Clark)

2 ducks 1 small onion 1 carrot 1 celery stalk 1 can consommé* Sherry wine Sprinkle salt and pepper inside and out. Place onion, carrot and celery in duck. Place duck in roaster, breast side down. Cook in roaster with tray in bottom to hold duck off the bottom. Add consommé (Cross and Blackwell) and 1/2 can sherry wine for each of two ducks. Place roaster in oven set on 350 degrees for about three hours. During the last 30 minutes, remove cover and turn breast up. Add 1 tablespoon of sherry wine to gravy just before removing. Throw away the onion, carrot and celery before serving. *If unable to get Cross and Blackwell brand consommé, use Campbell’s but add a can of water and use 1 can of wine instead of 1/2.

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1 HEALTH

Walking the walk

Faith leads RN to become role model nurse by John Patton

Lisa Speer, RN, is the kind of nurse that women hope for when they are preparing to deliver a baby. She is there to give her anxious patients a gentle, encouraging word or touch during the most joyous or scariest of times. Lisa writes a note of encouragement for them to take home after their experience in the Conway Regional Women’s Center. “Being a part of one of the most amazing events in a family’s life, welcoming a new little one into their world, is my favorite part of the job,” Speer said. “It’s truly a bonding experience!” In some instances, Lisa becomes a lifelong friend to her patients. “She was amazing, humble, and words cannot describe the compassion she shows,” wrote a patient who nominated Speer for Conway Regional’s top nursing award last fall. Nursing is an extension of her faith that neatly fits in with other aspects of her life devoted to God, along with serving as the nurse manager at Life Choices of Conway and at Central Baptist Church, where she and her husband, Jason, have been involved for 20 years. At the church, Lisa sings in the choir, works in the children’s ministry, has served on mission trips to the Dominican Republic and Guatemala and records the weekly video announcements. “I love my church family, and I’m so thankful for the refueling and renewing that I experience there, to be able to go out into a sometimes dark world with hope and joy,” said Speer. One of her favorite scriptures is Matthew 5:14: “You are the light of the world.” Lisa interprets the scripture to mean “your world is your sphere of in-

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Lisa Speer is a registered nurse in the labor and delivery department at Conway Regional Women’s Center. “Being a part of one of the most amazing events in a family’s life, welcoming a new little one into their world, is my favorite part of the job,” she said. fluence. As a Christian in the workplace, I am called to be a light to my co-workers as well as my patients and their families.” “She walks the walk,” said co-worker Deborah Crow, RN. The walk is not easy. Despite the best of efforts, there is not always a happy ending in Labor and Delivery. She understands what it is like to lose a baby. Lisa wears a tiny anchor symbol attached to a necklace around her neck in remembrance of three babies lost to miscarriage. “It reminds me that our only hope is in the Lord,” said Speer. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure (Hebrews 6:19).”

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Lisa helps patients cope with the loss of a baby through Conway Regional’s Perinatal Bereavement Program, which includes a free monthly support group as well as preparing items for memory books. “It’s always an emotional time when we lose a baby,” said Speer. “We are there to walk through it with them.” In those times, she relies on the support of her work and home family. During one of those dark times, her pastor, Don Chandler, encouraged her to focus on a “Life Verse.” “The verse that I feel reflects my purpose in this life is Psalms 139:14, where David is praising God

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‘for I am fearfully and wonderfully made,’” Speer said. “My calling is to celebrate the beautiful creation of life.” As part of her efforts to live out that scripture, Lisa serves at Life Choices, a non-profit organization that helps women with unplanned pregnancies where she performs free ultrasounds under the direction of Debra Lawrence, MD, the organization’s medical director, for women who are considering abortion or those without insurance during the early stage of pregnancy. “I enjoy helping them acknowledge that a baby is a baby regardless of the age,” said Speer. As the pregnancy moves forward, she has helped many of those patients deliver their babies at Conway Regional. “It is so amazing to be able to get to start with a client at Life Choices, to be able to show them their baby on the ultrasound screen, in some cases helping them to choose life for their child, then being able to walk through their labor and delivery at Conway Regional.” Lisa’s walk has not gone unnoticed by patients, families or co-workers. Valerie Lambe, RN, added, “I think she has the purest heart you will ever see.” Lisa is a 12-year Labor and Delivery nurse in the Conway Regional Women’s Center who received just about every nursing award that was given by various organizations, boards and colleagues throughout the state in 2017. She is one of eight nurses with Conway Regional to be named to the Arkansas Center for Nursing’s 40 Nurse Leaders Under 40 program. The program honors emerging nurse leaders in the state who are under 40 years of age. She is also one of four registered nurses with Conway Regional to be selected for the statewide Great 100 Nurses recognition. This year, Lisa was awarded Conway Regional’s Exceptional Performer and was designated as a RN Clinician IV as part of the new Clinical Advancement Ladder for Conway Regional staff. She is also a winner of Conway Regional’s DAISY Award, which recognizes nurses who provide exemplary care. “I am extremely proud of the work Lisa does in our Labor and Delivery department,” said Angie Longing, RN, chief nursing officer at Conway Regional. “I have received numerous accolades from many of her patients. The excellent care that she

The verse that I feel reflects my purpose in this life is Psalms 139:14, where David is praising God ‘for I am fearfully and wonderfully made’. My calling is to celebrate the beautiful creation of life.

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provides, the compassion that she shows her patients and co-workers sets a tremendous example for our nursing staff in Labor and Delivery and throughout the health system.” Lisa is very thankful for the support, love and recognition that she has received from Conway Regional this year. “I am so far from perfect, and I am humbled and incredibly grateful for the awards I have been given. I hope to use the opportunities that I have been given to help others to shine in the upcoming year. We have an incredible staff of nurses, doctors, scrub techs and leadership that work so hard each day to make each family’s experience at Conway Regional to be the best it can be. It takes all of us working together as a team.” While the humble Speer is not perfect, it would be difficult to find anyone who has seen her lose her temper or be anything but gentle and kind even during the most trying of circumstances. “Even when things are burning down, she still has the best attitude,” said Deborah Crow, RN. “Sometimes it is the scariest times that bond you together,” said Speer. She recalled a busy morning when she was preparing to be the charge nurse on the shift in Labor and Delivery. That morning she helped deliver a healthy baby to one of her now lifelong friends, but things turned grim when the patient began to hemorrhage. After an emergency hysterectomy, 14 units of blood, a stay in the Critical

Care Unit and inspiring team effort by physicians, nurses and other Conway Regional staff, her friend was reunited with her family. “There’s no way we could do what we do without a great team behind us,” says Speer. “Our work family truly is family.” A native of Beebe, Speer realized she wanted to be involved in the care of babies as a small child when her parents, Larry and Barbara Dugger, took her to the nursery to look at babies during hospital visits. “As I looked through the nursery window and watched the workers holding the babies, I was amazed that those ladies had a job holding babies. I knew back then that I wanted to work with babies.” While in high school, she decided she wanted to become an ultrasound tech so she could perform pregnancy ultrasounds. While attending classes at Central Baptist College and working at Baptist Health in North Little Rock, she realized that nursing was her career path. Now, she has the opportunity to do both, ultrasounds and nursing through Life Choices and Conway Regional. Lisa met her husband, Jason, at CBC while achieving her associate’s degree. “Jason is my better half. He supports me in everything I do and is always my biggest fan. I couldn’t do what I do without him.” They were married in 2001, and she graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a bachelor of science degree in nursing in 2004. They have two sons, Brayden (12) and Dylan (9). It was actually delivering her first son, Brayden, and the excellent care she received from now coworker, Gwen Rigsby, RN, that helped Speer decide that Conway Regional was where she wanted to start her career as a Labor and Delivery nurse. “There are so many nurses that have impacted me during my career.” A moment that she will always remember came for Lisa while she was completing her UCA clinical training at Conway Regional when she met Sarah Duck, RN, a future co-worker. “She was a real Labor and Delivery nurse, and I wanted to be like her when I grew up.” Lisa joined the Labor and Delivery department at Conway Regional a year after graduation. Twelve years later, many young nurses and students want to be like Lisa Speer.

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1 HEALTH

Baptist Health offers BHeart Healthy Screenings

by Donna Lampkin Stephens

With February the month of hearts, the BHeart Healthy Screenings at Baptist Health Medical Center in Conway offer a good opportunity for residents of the 501 to take a proactive role in their own heart health — and beyond. For $99, the BHeart Healthy Screening includes a CT calcium score to look for signs of blocked heart arteries; laboratory blood tests including a lipid panel for cholesterol and triglycerides and diabetes screening; electrocardiogram to check for any previous heart damage; carotid artery ultrasound screening to check for stroke probability, abdominal aorta aneurysm ultrasound screening; blood pressure evaluation and body mass index, in addition to an overview of results with a cardiovascular specialist. Dr. Bernard Gojer leads the screenings in Conway. “This goes along with the idea that as a hospital system, we want to try to be preventative,” said Gojer, who joined Baptist Health’s Heart Institute from Texas. “We want to help focus the community on disease prevention and be a medical home for the community. “We want to try to keep our community as healthy as possible and try to prevent potentially catastrophic events by diagnosing disease before 48 | 501 LIFE February 2018

This goes along with the idea that as a hospital system, we want to try to be preventative. We want to help focus the community on disease prevention and be a medical home for the community.

Dr. Bernard Gojer symptoms are readily apparent. We want to promote well-being and wellness and make people aware of conditions that are silent killers.” While the classic risk factors for coronary artery disease — age, male, smoking, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes and family history — signify a person at higher risk for plaque buildup, such screenings give a fuller picture. According to a press release, Gojer has more than 20 years of experience practicing interventional and general cardiology, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, cardiovascular CT and vascular medicine and holds five board certifications. His


expertise includes interventional and general cardiology, peripheral vascular disease, nuclear cardiology, trans-thoracic echo and trans-esophageal echo, vascular ultrasound, arrhythmia/ pace maker/defibrillator management, congestive heart failure management, lipid management and preventive cardiology and CT calcium scoring and coronary CT angiography. Gojer said a higher CT calcium score would indicate more plaque within the arteries and the greater the risk for a heart attack or stroke over the next 10 years. But the numbers themselves are relative. “If you’re 90, we would expect you to have a lot of calcium in your heart,” he said. “If you were 40, we would not expect you to have any calcium in your heart. At 40 if you have a little bit, that’s a lot for your age, so you’re headed down a pathway of developing plaque earlier in life, and we would treat you more aggressively and stratify you to a group that’s likely to have more problems. “The entire purpose of this is to try to identify people at risk long before any heart attacks or other symptoms. We would then treat them more aggressively, work on lowering their cholesterol, making lifestyle changes, diet and exercise, in hopes of trying to prevent a heart attack.” America’s insurance-based healthcare model, though, is less likely to stress prevention, the idea being not to spend money until a problem exists.

“What we have done at Baptist Health is say we’re going to provide this service at a very low cost that covers the cost of providing the service,” Gojer said. “We believe there is value in early detection and screening, and we’ve cut the insurance companies out of it.” Baptist Health isn’t the only hospital to offer such screenings. Gojer said he was involved with a similar program in Texas; other programs also exist in the 501. “But in order to run this kind of program, you have to have a sponsor willing to do it,” he said. “There is no profit in this. It basically requires a commitment from the hospital doing it to provide a screening program for early disease detection and to promote wellness in the community. “I’m a big believer in this.” According to baptist-health.com, BHMCConway “is a faith-based, state-of-the-art facility offering an integrated healing environment for the care and comfort of patients and families.” The 260,000-square foot facility includes 111 beds and eight operating rooms. BHeart Healthy screenings began in April 2017. Kelly Hanks, marketing manager for Baptist Health, said the facility had had a full roster of patients for every screening date thus far, and it had held a special screening date for the Vilonia Fire Department.

“The captain wanted to offer screenings to all his men to make sure they were in good shape and being preventative with possible risks and diseases,” she said. Gojer arrived at Baptist prior to the opening of the Conway facility. “I came here because I wanted to join the Baptist Health network, and I like the area,” he said. “I was excited by the opportunity to start a new program and to work at this new hospital.” He said nearly a year in, he was pleased with how the screenings had gone in Conway. “It’s fantastic,” he said. “It’s been well received. There’s been a universal positive response. Everybody who’s come in has been very pleased with the process. It takes a couple of hours and provides a lot of valuable information. People get their test results right away. Afterward, they get to speak to a physician for 10 to 15 minutes to go over the results, and they get a folder with all the test results they can take back to their family doctor.” To get the screenings, people should be between 30 and 85 without a previous diagnosis of coronary artery disease. Gojer said 40 would be a reasonable age for a first screening, with five-year intervals for follow up typical. To schedule a BHeart Healthy screening or for more information, call the Baptist Health HealthLine at 1.888.BAPTIST or 501.227.8478.

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In a first home, pick versatile pieces that can be moved to different rooms. This china hutch makes a comeback as a bathroom storage cabinet. (Donna Benton photo)

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Furnish your first home with style It’s one of the basic fundamentals of nature, Donna Benton is from the backyard a maker squirrel that thought of custom the fluff from my home furnishings patio furniture cushions and would be perfect to specializes in classic keep her new babies painted warm, all the way up finishes for antique and vintage furniture. You can see her work to the ritzy shopper at WaterHouseMarket.com. buying a new rug for her downtown loft. Everyone wants to have a place that makes us feel warm, secure and happy — a place that represents our identity. When we are young, as soon as we start to figure out who we are, we begin to shape our space to make it our own. I recall taking the JCPenney catalog to elementary school and shopping for bedding in my science class. This is probably why I am in design now instead of the medical profession! In my first apartment, I painted my cabinets navy blue. I think I lost my security deposit, but it was worth it to make that little one-bedroom apartment my own. Before long, our focus turns to jobs and families, and much like that backyard squirrel, we instinctively begin to crave a space to meet our changing needs. Moving into our first real home is thrilling — by Donna Benton

A painted buffet adds a punch of color to the room without making a huge color commitment. (Donna Benton photo) part of a coming-of-age process that usually includes beginning new careers, falling in love and creating a family. Most of us are still trying to figure out exactly who we are when we take that step across the thresh-

old into our first home. Those empty walls and open spaces are like a blank canvas where you can craft the foundation of the rest of your life. I recall when my husband, Joey, and I had just finished building our first home in the woods up on the Buffalo River. We were rushing to beat a dual deadline. We wanted to be in before Christmas, but most importantly before birthing a baby boy that was starting to weigh heavy on my middle! We took a trip to a wholesale furniture place in search of our first sofa. We had been using a well-worn hand-medown with a tightly tucked bedspread thrown over it to subdue its flowery orange-ness. Man that couch was comfortable, but it just wasn’t going to work in our new space. Looking back, Joey recalls that shopping trip, thinking that I wanted a pink velvet Victorian settee with lots of fringe and lace, and I recall being sure that he was fond of an overstuffed number with big stripes and kick-out footrests, a cup holder and a remote pocket. We were really struggling to find some middle ground. From my experience, the fabric swatch section of a furniture store is not the best place to seek marital middle ground. We ended up buying a new mattress that day. The point that I am trying to make with this silly story is that it takes a while for you to figure out what your style is. While it was true that Joey’s tastes are a little more rustic and mine a little more formal, our tastes eventually melded together, and we created

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China cabinets are not just for the dining room anymore. (Donna Benton Photo)

A vintage dresser makes a perfect changing table in a nursery. It can be repurposed later for a bedroom or under a TV. (Makenzie Evans Photo)

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Repurpose old, hand-me-down furniture with a new finish to match your new home. (Makenzie Evans Photo)

a home where the best parts of rustic and elegant worked together to make a unique space that reflects who we are together. Here are a few bits of advice for those of you who find yourself in your great new home, sitting on the Naugahyde sofa from your husband’s college apartment, thumbing through design magazines and wondering how to get from here to there. First, your style will develop, change and evolve. Don’t feel like you have to fill your new home all at once. I know it’s tempting to run out to the big box store and finance that bedroom suite and the living room suite that matches it. You would have instant gratification and somewhere to sit your coffee cup tonight, but is that really what you want? I advise my clients who are just starting out to live with an empty corner or an empty room, until they find the perfect piece of furniture or art. Don’t buy a piece of furniture that you don’t love just to fill a wall. The same goes for lighting. When we built our last home, I installed cheap ceramic bulb holders in several of my rooms so I could shop for great vintage and unique lighting in my own time. Don’t even ask if some of my rooms still have those cheap ceramic bulb holders up! I am on a lifelong quest for art. I have inexpensive pieces that are just placeholders until I find something better, and I have prized possessions that I wouldn’t part with for anything. I didn’t pay much for any of it, but they are valuable to me. Don’t feel like you need to get that magnolia print just because it matches the drapes. Hold out for art pieces that define you. Art doesn’t have to be expensive. One budget friendly trick that I like to use is to hang a small piece of framed art inside a larger vintage frame. You get a big impact without spending a lot of money. Next, let me remind you that your style will change. Don’t make such a huge investment in furniture that you feel like you have to keep it forever. My parents scrimped and saved so much to buy their first furniture that they couldn’t bear to part with it, even long after that conquistador portrait was out of fashion. With the exception of a few timeless pieces, you should probably eventually part with your furniture! I’m definitely not saying buy cheap furniture. You should always buy quality furniture, just don’t pay a lot for it. There’s a difference. Hit the flea mar-


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Use an antique frame around a smaller object or a print to make a big statement. (Donna Benton photo) kets and antique shops for vintage pieces with great “bones.” You can find vintage pieces to go with every style from mid-century modern to rustic farmhouse. Tables, chairs, dressers and vanities are best bets. My favorite trick is to find a good deal on a piece that has a little wear and bring it back to life with a new finish. It’s a perfect DIY project. Start with a small piece to get your technique down. If that scares you, have it professionally refinished. It’s still a lot cheaper than buying new, and when you are done, you have a one of a kind piece that is way better quality than anything you can buy in a big box furniture store. Timeless pieces will last generations, but if you get ready to change, you can let those pieces go on Craigslist or online yard sales and try something different. OK, buy your sofas new. And mattresses, well, that goes without saying! Don’t forget those vintage pieces that you got from your grandma. If the color or style isn’t just right, reimagine them with a new color or new hardware. Most of those pieces are real wood and quality built, and they are easy to update to work with your current style. Think outside the box when selecting pieces. Your grandma had her china cabinet in the dining room for decades, but you should give it a try in the bathroom to hold towels and display bathwares, or how about in the pantry, filled with cans and dry goods? Imagine it in your home office holding books and office supplies. Use an old buffet or dresser for a great TV console, and a small dresser or table makes a perfect bedside table. If you reimagine uses for these traditional pieces, you can move them around your house as you collect new pieces, and it will give you design flexibility. Stick with basic colors like blacks, whites and shades of grays for your anchor pieces so they will work in other parts of the house. Accent with colored lamps, pillows, throws and art. Don’t forget to include some natural wood to warm things up. Don’t be afraid to paint a room, and then paint it again. I can paint a room in my house for less than $100. My husband claims that if company is coming, I have to paint a room. Sometimes you’ve just got to do it. Don’t let the bare walls of your first home scare you into making expensive and regretful decisions that may not perfectly suit your style. Pace yourself, work within your budget and enjoy the hunt for furnishings to create a space that will represent who you are.

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ENERGY SMART

What internet speed is right for you? Whether you’re an occasional emailer or an allnight binge-watcher, finding the internet speed that’s right for your needs and knowing what can affect it is a necessity. It used to be simple to connect to the internet, but today things are more complicated. With browsing, streaming, gaming, shopping, video chatting and more, it’s more important than ever to choose the right internet for the best experience. Conway Corp offers five packages for residential customers and three for business customers, ranging from a reliable 6 Mbps to the blazing-fast 1 Gig. Which internet package is right for you? You’ll need to consider a number of factors including total number of internet users in your home or office, number of devices connected and what you’ll be doing online. While it might not seem like you’re using a lot of internet, usage for a typical home of four can add up quickly. Consider a mom streaming her favorite show on a smart TV and checking her social media accounts; a dad watching the latest blockbuster movie in HD on his tablet plus sending emails for work; a teenager streaming music while playing online games; and another child browsing the web while chatting with friends. To get started, ask yourself these questions. The higher the number, the higher speed internet you will need. What is the maximum number of devices that could be using the internet in your home, including browsing the internet, using social media or checking mail, at the same time? In today’s digital age, it’s important to remember internet usage isn’t just about checking email on a desktop computer anymore. Devices can range from computers and printers to cell phones, tablets and game consoles — even your fridge can use the

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internet to let you know you’re out of milk. The more internet connections your home has, the higher speed you need. If multiple people are using separate devices at the same time, you will need to increase the speed to accommodate the number of people and devices to ensure an enjoyable internet experience without lag or latency issues.

During your busiest hour of internet usage, how many devices could be streaming at once? Streaming is a type of download that isn’t saved or stored anywhere on your device, but it can still use a lot of bandwidth. Streaming video from sites like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime or YouTube in HD or Ultra HD needs at least a 25 Mbps speed to ensure a buffer-free experience. Plus, a recent survey found that more than 90 percent of people multi-task while

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Funky Frugal: The masterpiece of a child

Children “paint by numbers” to create original artwork for a special occasion. When we were recently looking for a gift for our class teacher, I came across an idea and thought you might enjoy it as you prepare for Valentine’s and Mother’s Day. On Instagram, I saw an artist take an image and draw it on a canvas for party goers to join in the art process in creating a masterpiece during the party. I thought this was so original and incorporated all the guests, so we decided to do this for our teacher. I started with a canvas and a projector. I took an image from my friend’s husband of their children running on the beach. Using the projector, I sketched the image on the canvas. This is a great way to get proportions right on the first try. Next, I took the canvas to my son’s class and pulled three children at a time to “paint by numbers.” What I did was mark off a small section and get the color paint it should be on their brush and gave it to each child. Make sure their brush is nice and damp before you give them the brush with paint. This helps the paint go on smoother. This can be done in a school, church or home setting. Finally, after their painting was fully covered, I went over the details with a small paint brush using black to outline. Using the same brush, I shaded the piece with touches of white and painted in the children’s hair. This project was so fun, got many people involved and would make a great Mother’s Day or Valentine’s gift for someone you love. Now get busy with your tiny artists! by Tanner Cangelosi

An alum of the University of Central Arkansas, Tanner owns her own business – www. neonsouthernlady.blogspot. com – and has done a variety of projects, from individual home décor items to painting murals in private residences. For more information, Tanner can be reached at tcangelosi@ newlifechurch.tv

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In love in the 501 Showing love in a variety of ways

Gary Chapman has written a series of books A native on what he calls “Love of Languages.� These Conway, books help to identify Katelin different ways people Whiddon express and receive love. is a family This has been studied nurse for years with adults, practitioner at Central and I have recently read Arkansas Pediatrics. She the version regarding and her husband, Daniel, children. have two daughters. A The website – graduate of the University of 5lovelanguages.com Central Arkansas, she has – shows more than 50 her bachelor’s and master’s books regarding love degrees. languages in different life stages, ages and circumstances, as well as fiction books, devotionals and more. There are numerous quizzes available as well to help identify your own love languages and those around you. Gary Chapman coined a term “love tank.� He refers to filling up others’ “love tank� to help people feel loved. When a person’s “love tank� is low, they can feel unloved, and that can lead to problems in by Katelin Whiddon

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Five love languages: • ords of affirmation • Acts of service • Affection • uality time • ifts any type of relationship. My husband and I have different love languages, and even our two girls show and receive love differently. What types of actions and words mean the most to one child are not the best way to show love to the other. Finding what matters most to those important to you will help you to reach a new level of love with each of them. The five love languages are as follows: words of affirmation, acts of service, affection, quality time and gifts. Those whose love language is words of affirmation respond well to others telling them when they’re doing things well, how wonderful they are and that they are appreciated. One whose love language is acts of service will thoroughly enjoy others

helping around the house, with the kids, or doing a task at work or elsewhere that they would normally be responsible for. The love language of affection can also be called “physical touch.� These individuals feel loved when others hug, kiss or even just sit near them. This is a particular love language that people either have or don’t. Affection and physical touch can be areas that are very uncomfortable for some people and should not be taken lightly. Those whose love language is quality time enjoy people making time in their schedule for them. For kids, this could even mean splitting up siblings and having a “date� with one child at a time so they get 100 percent of your attention. Gifts are self-explanatory and mean more to those who identify with that love language. Sometimes it is difficult when we try to show love and it is not received as we intended. Learning the love languages of those around you, including your children, will help keep “love tanks� full. Letting your children see you love others around them also teaches them a variety of ways to show love to one another. Feel free to try a variety of different love languages with those around you to help identify what they respond to best.




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   Whitley Jo Shown AGE: 8. CITY: Searcy. SCHOOL: Second grade. FAVORITE SUBJECT: Reading. FAVORITE BOOK: “Abby in Wonderland.â€?

FAMILY: Parents, Danny and Dusti Shown; sister, Chelsey (5); and brother, Easton (2). FAVORITE MEAL: Hard shell Taco from Taco Bell with medium sauce, not hot, because that makes her tongue feel like its on fire. FAVORITE SNACK: S’mores. MOST CHERISHED POSSESSION: Glow in the dark fidget spinner. MORE INFORMATION: She likes going to Gym Stars for her birthday to ump in the bounce house.


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I can’t think of a better place to live than the 501. I’ve lived in a big city, and I’ve lived in a small town where everyone knew everyone, and Conway is my happily ever after. I get excited thinking that my children get to grow up in this town, in this area, where there is so much available to them and yet there is a small town feel. It’s not hard to appreciate what I now call my hometown of Conway, but I also want to teach my children how to develop a love for their community. by Brittany Gilbert

Brittany Gilbert is a former FACS teacher at Maumelle High School. She and her husband, Levi, have three children and live in Conway. Brittany can be reached at b.gilbert37@gmail.com.

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tivities and events. Christmastime is my absolute favorite. Toad Suck Daze is another awesome time where the community shows off its fun side. We have so many amazing businesses in the 501 that are run by hardworking families with big dreams. Consider getting your coffee from one of our very own, unique coffee shops in town. Enjoy a meal out at a local mom-and-pop restaurant.

Volunteer Organizations with opportunities to serve the community abound around the 501. We love to partner with the Arkansas Dream Center, both in Conway and Little Rock, for different events they are sponsoring. Bethlehem House in Conway is an amazing organization that relies on community help as well. A simple call can get you connected with these places and help you find out what needs they have and how you can help. Project Zero is an organization that supports the children in our community who are looking for a forever home.

See a need/create a service project A few years ago, some ladies noticed that there were a lot of homeless people in the winter months and that their pantries were overflowing with plastic Walmart bags. What do the two have in common? Not much. Except that these ladies were also skilled at crocheting. They started crocheting sleeping mats out of these plastic bags that everyone has way too many of in their homes. They saw a need and they filled it with what they already had in their possession. Maybe your bigger kids love to mow lawns and can help the elderly by taking care of their yardwork. Maybe your younger kid needs to read a certain number of books a month to reach a goal in school and can visit a nursing home and read to some men and women. We know of several kids who have donated their birthday presents to kids in need. When we teach our children that we have all that we need, they start to see that there are some families and children in our community who do not. Let’s help our children (and ourselves) to see the needs around us and develop a stronger love for our community through giving back and serving others.




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St. Joseph students recognized Four St, Joseph Elementary School third-graders were recently recognized by the Conway Symphony Orchestra Guild for artwork they submitted in the Guild’s art contest. The contest was held in conjunction with the performance of the “Nutcracker Suite� by the orchestra and Festival Ballet Arkansas. Contest entrants were asked to draw or paint about “The Nutcracker� in any media. Luke Harness won “Best in Show� while Chloe Cavin won first Place, Anneke McGhee was second and Sophia Scholz was awarded third place. A panel of three local artists did the judging. The students were recognized Dec. 10, before the performance at Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas. Harness and St. Joseph Elementary each received $100. Cavin was given $50, and McGhee and Scholz were presented $25 and $15, respectively, for their artwork.

St. Joseph students Luke Harness (from left), Anneke McGhee, Sophia Scholz and Chloe Cavin with their winning artwork.

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THE ARTS

Celebrating Arbor Day Tree board recognizes art contest winners Young artists representing Conway schools were recognized during the city’s annual Arbor Day Celebration on Nov. 4th at Laurel Park. Sponsored by Conway Corporation and hosted by the City of Conway Tree Board, the annual event typically attracts more than 500 people each year. Participants enjoy free family-friendly activities including face-painting, craft activities, tree adoption, bounce houses, and free refreshments. Conway schools that participated in the Arbor Day Art Contest were Carolyn Lewis Elementary, Ellen Smith Elementary, Florence Mattison Elementary, Jim Stone Elementary, Theodore Jones Elementary, Woodrow Cummins Elementary, Bob Courtway Middle School, Carl Stuart Middle School and Simon Middle School. Participating schools had their art students paint or draw a picture of trees. The art teachers selected two winners and the winning artwork was displayed at Arbor Day. The winners: Carolyn Lewis: Jaden Heintzen (fourth grade) Ellen Smith: Madden Newsom (first), Sarah Chesshir (first) Florence Mattison: Madison Shaw (fourth), Shae Hill (third) Jim Stone: Nathan Wannamaker (third), Kelsey Garland (third) Theodore Jones: Averie Bishop (fourth), Magnolia Smyers (fourth)

Conway students who were winners in the annual Arbor Day Art Contest were recognized during the city’s annual Arbor Day Celebration held at Laurel Park. Woodrow Cummins: Keira Manning (fourth), Abby Slay (second) Bob Courtway: Kyle Henderson (fifth), Jimmy Mendez (sixth), Morgan Robertson (seventh)

Carl Stuart: Alyssa Graham (fifth); Falyn Carlyle (fifth) Simon: Cora Jones (fifth), Ava Hudnall (sixth), Emily Kendrick (seventh)

Alyssa Graham (fifth grade) Sarah Chesshir (first grade)

Averie Bishop (fourth grade)

Falyn Carlyle (fifth grade) Kyle Henderson (fifth grade)

Kelsey Garland (third grade)

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Shae Hill (third grade)

Nathan Wannamaker (third grade)


Madison Shaw (fourth grade)

Cora Jones (fifth grade)

Ava Hudnall (sixth grade)

Emily Kendrick (seventh grade) Keira Manning (fourth grade)

Jimmy Mendez (sixth grade)

Madden Newsom (first grade) Morgan Robertson (seventh grade) The winners were recognized during the program and received an Arbor Day T-shirt and a medallion. The winning artwork was also displayed at Conway City Hall and on the tree board website, conwaytrees.org. “The Conway Tree Board is especially grateful to the community and local businesses who have made the Arbor Day celebration possible each year,” Tree Board Member Kami Marsh said.

Abby Slay (second grade)

“Through the purchase of celebration trees, as well as the financial support of local sponsors, the community has made it possible for the continued enhancement of the city. These efforts have helped establish Conway as a Tree City USA – demonstrating the continued interest in promoting thoughtful management of the city’s urban forestry resources.” The Arbor Day tree adoption program is made pos-

Magnolia Smyers (fourth grade) sible through the collaboration of the City of Conway Tree Board, the Arkansas Forestry Commission, the Conway High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) and the Faulkner County Master Gardeners. The trees were donated by the Arkansas Forestry Commission or grown from acorns by the Conway High FFA, who cared for the seedlings in the greenhouse at Conway High School.

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BUSINESS ROUNDUP

Bell and Co. announces merger Bell and Company, a North Little Rock based accounting firm, has merged King Ball & Company into its North Little Rock offices. The merger was finalized Nov. 1. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. This represents Bell & Company’s third merger and/or acquisition in the past four years. “We continue to grow organically and through our planned strategy of mergers and acquisitions of firms that meet our standards and fit culturally with our business,” said Richard Bell, founder and CEO of Bell and Company. King Ball & Company, a North Little Rock based accounting firm, was founded in 1990. The firm, led by Ron Ball, relocated its offices to Bell and Company’s main office in North Little Rock effective Nov. 1. Ron Ball will serve as Principal and is joined by four other staff members. King Ball & Company was founded by Barry King and Ron Ball in 1990. King retired from the firm in 2014. Ball has served as CEO of the firm since that time. The firm provides all traditional accounting services, tax preparation and advising to small businesses and individuals. The firm also specializes in

Richard Bell is the founder and CEO of Bell and Co. accounting for the equine industry, providing services for numerous equine operations, trainers,

breeders and associated industries. In regard to the merger, Ball said, “The ability to have a more well-rounded practice, additional services and greater depth of professionals for our clients was a natural decision for us. It couldn’t have been a better match for us and our clients.” Bell & Company P.A. is a regional accounting firm specializing in the trucking/transportation and small business industry for more than 30 years. The firm, located in North Little Rock, is dedicated to assisting its clients in the management of their businesses though expert accounting and financial counsel to help generate and preserve wealth for future generations. Founded in 1982, Bell & Company serves clients in 10 states and maintains offices in North Little Rock and Conway. Bell and Company has received numerous community and philanthropic awards and was recognized by Soirée Magazine in its “Best of Category” for Best Customer Service From An Accounting Firm for 2017. Bell was also awarded the 2017 Outstanding Public Service Award by the Bowen School of Law for 2017.

Harding presents doctorate to Lads to Leaders founder Zorn Lads to Leaders founder Jack Zorn was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws degree from Harding University for his contributions to the development of Christian leaders through his groundbreaking work with Lads to Leaders and Leaderettes. The degree was conferred during the university’s fall commencement ceremonies on Dec. 16. Harding President Dr. Bruce McLarty presented the degree and introduced Zorn. “Dr. Zorn’s name is synonymous with Lads to Leaders,” McLarty said. “He has invested himself fully and Harding President Dr. Bruce McLarty (right) presents honorary profitably in helping to train the next doctorate degree plaque to Dr. Jack Zorn, founder of Lads to Leaders generation.” Inc. (Jeff Montgomery photo) After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Alabama Christian College — now Faulkner University — Zorn earned a master’s degree from Harding Graduate School and a doctorate in religious education from the International Bible Institute and Seminary. In 1968, he founded Lads to Leaders Inc., a training program aimed at developing youth into Christian leaders. The program has experienced tremendous growth since its first year starting with only eight young men. After nearly 50 years, more than 20,000 people in congregations across the United States and several other countries use this tool to teach their youth to be leaders in their churches and communities. “What began with a commission became a dream and then a plan and today is a phenomenal program that helps to train tens of thousands of young men and women to be spiritual leaders,” McLarty said. For more information about Harding commencement, visit harding.edu/graduation. 62 | 501 LIFE February 2018

Conway Corp presented award Conway Corp has received Energi’s 2017 Excellence in Risk Management Award for being a leader in the implementation of Energi safety and risk management programs. Energi, a leading provider of Insurance and Risk Management Programs to the energy industry, recognized Conway Corp as being the “Best of the Best” within the Energy industry at the Risk Management Summit in Las Vegas. Safety Director Steve Plant accepted the award on behalf of the company. “Conway Corp’s focused commitment to safety, implementation of risk management best practices and willingness to learn and apply new safety techniques have enabled us to set a future standard of excellence amongst industry peers,” he said.


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AUTHORS IN THE 501

Stephanie Stiles: Folded work of art Stephanie Stiles loves books. She teaches Susan middle-level English Peterson holds a PhD at Baptist Preparatory in education School in Little Rock and taught at the during the day, and University two nights a week she of Central Arkansas teaches developmental and Slippery reading at Pulaski Tech. Rock University in Pennsylvania. She retired in 2004 and now But in her spare time, spends her time doing artwork she does something (painting and pottery). She is unique with them. the executive secretary of the Arkansas Reading Association, Rather than relegating a professional organization for discarded books to the educators that has about 800 members statewide. dumpster, Stephanie gives them a new life. She is a folded book artist. When others are done reading the written word, Stephanie takes the book and literally turns the page and folds it, creating a work of art. About three years ago, Stephanie spotted her first folded book that contained only the word READ. Rather than purchase it, she looked online to find out how to create her own. Her first project — a heart — was a success, and she hasn’t stopped folding since! Stephanie buys books that are Stephanie Stiles. hardcover, clean and presentable from library sales, yard sales or Goodwill. Friends sometimes donate books. Folded book artists typically use outdated books that have lost their appeal to readers. For that reason, this art form appeals to recyclers. Using the moniker “Diva from Scratch,” she now sells her work on Etsy (Etsy.com/shop/ divafromscratch), where it is reported she’s had 125 sales. Combined with her local sales at various events, Stephanie estimates that she’s approaching 1,000. The time it takes her to complete a book varies anywhere from one hour for a simple design to 18 hours for something more complex, like Superman or a heart within a heart. The complexity is evident in the pricing — her books on Etsy range from $15 to $70. Sometimes people request multiple books to spell out a phrase like “Love You Forever” or “Mr. & Mrs.” Stephanie is now so accomplished that she takes custom orders and creates and sells her own patterns. She is even able to match font styles and logos. by Susan Peterson

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Samples of the artwork that Stiles created, using old books. Making a pattern involves a lot of math. The folding process entails measurements, making two marks on every page for the fold. It’s tedious work, but Stephanie finds it relaxing. She also enjoys it because it can be done almost anywhere — at her boys’ ball practice, while watching TV or on a road trip. Although it’s a pretty unusual hobby here, she says it’s very popular in Australia and England. Who knows? From her home in Maumelle, where she resides with her husband and two sons, Stephanie may just be starting a new trend in the 501!


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internet is good for email and basic web browsing. Broadband 25 internet is good for light video streaming, file sharing and downloading smaller files. Broadband 50 internet is good for moderate video streaming, light online gaming and multiuser homes. Broadband 100 internet is good for heavy video streaming, moderate online gaming and professional home offices. Gig internet is good for maximum video streaming, heavy online gaming, multiple users and devices and advanced applications. What speed is right for my business? In general, Conway Corp Business Basic internet is good for most small businesses that deal with light web browsing and emails with small attachments. Business Broadband 25 is good for moderate web browsing, email with large attachments, processing credit card transactions, desktop video conferencing and high definition video streaming. Business Broadband 75 is good for heavy web browsing, high-performance email with large attachments, online backups and file sharing and maintaining a Wi-Fi hot spot for employee or customers. Commercial customers with heavier internet use can also benefit from one of Conway Corp’s custom fiber packages tailored to fit individual business needs. Getting the most from an internet package Once you choose the internet speed that’s right for you, it’s important to know what can affect your speed so you get maximum performance. The

key to receiving the fastest internet speed is having the right device with the right wired connection. More recently purchased devices can support faster internet speeds than older devices. Some devices are limited to certain speeds. Check the documentation for specific devices to find their maximum speeds. The speed you receive also depends on if you are using a wired connection between the device and the cable modem or if you are using Wi-Fi service. A direct connection is the best way to experience a device’s full speed. If you connect via Wi-Fi, the speed may decrease since wireless connections are inherently slower. Wireless connections are also adversely affected by distance from the router as well as the number of walls or other obstacles between the device and the router. In addition, the wiring that distributes communication services throughout a home or business can impact speeds. Modern buildings usually come equipped with wiring that is more likely to support faster speeds. Older homes and offices are more likely to experience some loss in speed due to out-of-date wiring standards in place when those buildings were constructed. The internet is changing and growing every day, but Conway Corp has trained customer service representatives and technicians to help you understand and get the most out of your service. If you need help choosing the right speed for your home or have questions about an internet package, visit ConwayCorp.com or call 501.450.6000.

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SPORTS

Going for the gold

Searcy’s Reinbolt pilots U.S. toward Olympics

Brittany Reinbolt competed with members of Team USA in a qualifying race for the 2018 Winter Olympics. (Photos courtesy of Molly Choma) by Mark Oliver

An Arkansan with big dreams is competing for the opportunity to represent her country on her sport’s biggest stage. Brittany Reinbolt, 33, always dreamed of representing the United States in the Winter Olympics. When the opportunity came knocking, the Searcy native took a chance on a dream and never looked back. “I’ve done a lot of crazy things throughout my athletic career,” Reinbolt said. “I was always interested in the Olympics. I came across bobsled, and I thought it was awesome. I went up to Lake Placid, N.Y., to try out, and long story short, I’m still there seven years later.” After competing in the United States team trials last fall, Reinbolt was named the pilot of the third sled for the U.S. national team in October, a culmination of years of hard work and training. 66 | 501 LIFE February 2018

Follow Brittany Reinbolt on social media: facebook.com/ BrittanyReinboltUSA/ twitter.com/breinbolt instagram.com/ reinbolt_usa/ “While everyone else gets up and goes to work every day, I get up and drive bobsleds,” Reinbolt said. “It’s a cool experience to be in that position and see the world. It’s crazy to think that the people I spend the most time with are decorated Olympians.

To be one of the leaders of the team and lead this group of girls is really special.” As of press time, Reinbolt and her team have just completed their fifth of seven World Cup events and look forward to deciding events in Germany and Switzerland. Should her team qualify, Reinbolt and her team will represent the U.S. in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. “I’ve wanted to compete in the Olympics since I was 4 years old,” Reinbolt said. “It’s crazy to think that I may be just a month away from that journey. Only a few countries get to send three sleds to the Olympics. If we can beat Canada and Germany’s third sled, then we’ll be heading to South Korea. No matter what happens, I’m excited to be in this position. I’m trying to stay grounded and level headed while putting everything I have into this opportunity and training hard to do the right things.” With a trip to the Winter Olympics on the line, Reinbolt and her team are ready to rise to the challenge.


Brittany Reinbolt was always interested in the Olympics and discovered bobsled. She was named the pilot of the third sled for the U.S. national team in October, a culmination of years of hard work and training. “The competition is extremely intense at this level,” Reinbolt said. “When you’re competing against other Olympians, you have to grind through the pressure and the intense competition. Everyone has given their lives to this one goal, but not everyone can go. As a team, our goal is to go out there, accept the challenge and represent the United States of America the best way that we can.” Although bobsled races typically last less than a minute, Reinbolt says it takes hours of hard work to prepare for that crucial minute on the ice. “Although most people see bobsled on television once every four years, it’s an everyday thing for the athletes,” Reinbolt said. “It takes hours and hours to maintain the equipment because we are our own mechanics. We have to train hard to stay in peak physical shape — from squats to power cleans to sprints. When we’re not in the gym, we’re studying the tracks and watching videos. It’s an all-day, everyday grind. As the pilot, my job is to make sure that the sled is ready and that our team is set up and our minds are in the right place.” Throughout her career, Reinbolt says her most important accomplishment is not an individual event or award, but rather the time spent with those who share her love of bobsledding. “In my sporting career, it isn’t about the accomplishments, but what has gone into making it happen with my teammates,” Reinbolt said. “I can’t tell you what place I got or what awards I got, but I can tell you the things that me and my teammates have done to get there. Creating those memories with my teammates has been the most meaningful to me.” When she’s not training or competing on the world’s biggest stages, Reinbolt enjoys the simpler things

that the 501 has to offer. “We don’t get too much free time, but when we do, I enjoy doing things outdoors,” Reinbolt said. “I always wanted to be a pilot, so I fly a little bit in the offseason. I enjoy making fun little videos and doing crazy things. I like to pretend I’m good at extreme sports, and I love spending time with my family.” Reinbolt hopes her story inspires others to try new things. “Dream big,” Reinbolt said. “Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. In Arkansas, you might think

that basketball and football are the only opportunities to play sports on a big stage, but if you think outside of the box and aren’t afraid to try new things, then anything is possible. Dream big — and if you fall down, get back up and try again.” No matter where her journey takes her, Reinbolt won’t forget the ones who helped her along the way. “I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without my faith in Jesus and the support of my family,” Reinbolt said. “God’s the one that put me here, and everything I do is all a gift from Him.” February 2018 501lifemag.com | 67


SPORTS

Sacred Heart standout Roscoe earns success in the pool by Donna Lampkin Stephens

Sacred Heart has just one swimmer on its high school swim team. But she’s a good one. Bailey Roscoe, 17, a junior from Conway, is a two-time all-state swimmer for the Rebels and holds the 200 freestyle state championship for the Conway Aquakids. She trains with the Aquakids under coach Tony Marleneanu, who also serves as the Sacred Heart coach. “She’s one of the top swimmers (on the Aquakids),” Marleneau said. “She’s won multiple medals at state, and she’s the fastest girls swimmer in the butterfly for the Aquakids.” What sets Roscoe apart? “She’s a hard worker,” Marleneau said. “She developed good technique through her training. She’s a good listener, and she can take advice and put it in her work. It’s her good technique that makes her fast. She is committed. She doesn’t miss any practices if she doesn’t have to. “Swimming is one of those sports that if you put in the work, if you’re committed, if you listen to technique advice and put the mechanics in your work, you’re going to become a successful athlete.” Roscoe grew up in a military family. Her father, Johnny, is retired from the Air Force. Her mother, Jennifer, is from Morrilton. Before retirement brought the family to the 501, they lived in nine different places. “I came here in second grade when my dad deployed for a year, and we came back my eighth-grade year when I was 13,” Roscoe said. Swimming was something she could take with her on every move. Roscoe said she was hooked from the beginning. “It’s like a stress reliever for me, just kind of like my place to go and get away from everything,” she said. “It’s just fun, and I love it.” When she was 9 and the family lived in Virginia, she got started Sacred Heart’s Bailey Roscoe trains with the Aquakids at Hendrix College. (Mike Kemp photos) 68 | 501 LIFE February 2018


with swim lessons. “It was a place that would see if you were ready to train for a swim team,” she said. “They told my mom she needed to get me on a team. Then we moved to New Jersey, then to Hawaii, then here.” She is part of a 200 individual medley relay state record in Hawaii. She’s in her third year with the Aquakids, and Marleneau said she was one of six who have qualified for USA Swimming sectionals in March. “That’s a big deal for her and for the club,” he said. Roscoe, who had been homeschooled while the family moved around, started Sacred Heart in eighth grade. As a freshman in the pool, she finished second in the 200 freestyle in the Class 1A-5A State Championships to earn all-state honors; as a sophomore, she finished runner-up in the 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly to bring her all-state total to three. She’s aiming to win a state title or two this year. Roscoe typically swims sprints and middle distances. Her best times in her top three events include 2:13.34 in the 200 butterfly, 1:58.35 in the 200 freestyle and 1:00.98 in the 100 butterfly. “She is probably the most self-disciplined person I know,” Jennifer Roscoe said. “Practice a lot of times is at 5 a.m. My rule was pretty much always, if I get up and look out in the living room, and if she was there, I’d take her to practice. If she wasn’t there, I’d go back to bed. If I have to jerk her out of bed, she’s doing it for me, not for

herself. “There was maybe only one or two times she was not in the living room. All swimmers are like that, very self-disciplined. They have to be.” Practices are grueling and time-consuming. The Aquakids work out from 5:30-7 a.m. and 6:45-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; practice on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays is from 6:158:30 p.m. Add homework to the mix, and she’s usually not in bed until 10:30 or 11. In addition, she lifts weights — alone — during her athletic period at Sacred Heart.

Her long-term goals? “I want to swim in college, and then really just take it as far as I can,” she said. “My immediate goal is a college scholarship.” While coaches can’t contact potential recruits until midway through their junior year, Marleneanu said he expected Roscoe would draw plenty of interest. “Oh, yes,” he said. “Her times are still improving. Henderson State and Oklahoma Christian are interested. She’s going to have to decide what she wants to study and find the best fit for her.”

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ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE in the 501

Pulaski County: Brooks Robinson

Brooks Robinson played 23 seasons in the American League. (Photos courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles) by Bob Reising

In Trivial Pursuit competition, baseball enthusiasts yearn to be asked, “Who was known as ‘the human vacuum cleaner?’” They are all certain they can bat 1.000 with their answers. The cute and creative moniker has never been identified with any diamond performer other than Brooks Robinson, the most capable and spectacular defensive third baseman ever to don a major-league uniform. The National Pastime knew no equal at “the hot corner” during his record-breaking 23-season big league career, 1955 to 1977, with the American League’s Baltimore Orioles; it has known no one comparable since his retirement. The Little Rock native routinely converted the impossible into the possible, and hence recorded numbers that boggle the mind. Key among them are (1) the major-league record by a third baseman for most games (2,870), putouts (2,697), assists (6,205) and double plays (618); (2) the highest career fielding percentage ever by a major-league third baseman (.971); and (3) 16 consecutive Gold Glove awards as the top fielding third baseman in the American League (1960-1975). Originally viewed as simply a “good field, no hit” infielder, Brooks refused to be anything but a complete 70 | 501 LIFE February 2018

player and worked tirelessly at improving his offensive numbers. His full-season batting average, therefore, catapulted from a low of .238 in 1958 to a commendable .303 in 1962 and a best-ever .317 two seasons later. In 1964, he also hammered a career high in home runs, 28, and a career and league high in runs-batted-in, 118 — plate productivity that combined with his defensive skills to earn him the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award. At age 27, he was one of the National Pastime’s most celebrated stars, a player who had topped even the New York Yankees’ legendary Mickey Mantle for league MVP honors. But equally noteworthy achievements lay ahead. Two years later, in the midst of 18 All-Star Game ap-

pearances, he was named the 1966 contest’s MVP; and in 1970, playing in his third World Series, he performed so superbly that not only was he voted the Series’ Most Valuable Player, but also the 1970 World Series came to be known among baseball historians as “the Brooks Robinson Series.” In 1972, Brooks added an award that many in the baseball world view as its most prestigious, the Commissioner’s Award, later renamed the Roberto Clemente Award in honor of the compassionate Puerto Rico-born Pittsburgh Pirate great who died in a plane crash while flying supplies to earthquake-damaged Nicaragua. Only one player earned the Clemente Award prior to Brooks, the immortal Willie Mays, selected in 1971 by the blueribbon panel headed by the Commissioner of Baseball.

501 LIFE is profiling noteworthy athletes from Central Arkansas, one from each of the 11 counties in the 501, in a special series titled “Celebrating athletic excellence.” The 11 are representatives of the quality of athletes found throughout Central Arkansas and are not meant to be the best or the most noteworthy. This is the eighth installment in the ongoing series.


Brooks Robinson’s high school senior photo. (Courtesy of Little Rock Central High School Library) same position earning baseball’s highest honor on the same day — the simultaneity represents a distinction no other state can claim. In the final year of the 20th century, Brooks gained a place on the Major League All Century Team, and a dozen years later saw him honored with a statue in downtown Baltimore. Twelve months had not passed before a second statue appeared, this one at the Orioles’ Park at Camden Yards. With so many honors lavished upon him from afar, it is easy to forget that in his native state, respect and praise have always been just as abundant. Jim Rasco, once labeled Arkansas’ “foremost sports historian,” Ending his playing career after the 1977 season, recently asserted that “no one, in Arkansas or elsewhere, Brooks could not end the stream of honors destined to ever had a bad word to say about Brooks Robinson.” Jim come to him. In October of that year, Baltimore officials Thomas, a native of DeWitt whose three-decade speretired his uniform number, 5, and on July 31, 1983, cialization in baseball-card collections has allowed him the even more predictable occurred — in his first year to meet hundreds of big-league players, echoed Rasco’s of eligibility, induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame belief by asserting Brooks is “one of the three nicest men at Cooperstown, N.Y. That induction garnered unique I have ever met.” respect for the Natural State: George Kell, a hard-hitting Clearly, Brooks Robinson is one of the athletic greats third baseman from Swifton, gained induction at the UCA Outreach - 501 who Lifeexcelled Ad.pdf 3:46 PM and the 501. same ceremony. Two Arkansans at the1 12/4/17 of Pulaski County

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TRAVEL

Loving star gazing in the 501

The Arkansas night sky in Van Buren County. Story and photos by Linda Henderson

One of my greatest joys in life is getting out in the night and gazing at the night sky. I love seeing meteor showers, planets, the Milky Way, the North Star and identifying the constellations in the night sky. I still have much to learn about astronomy but do enjoy observing God’s nighttime creations. Regardless of your life’s situation, staring up into the vastness of the night sky is available for all to experience. Ancient people used the sky to navigate their way in the dark. Writers look up at the heavens and create stories. Photographers look up into the sky and try to capture that beauty into a digital image. Whatever our place on this earth, we all can enjoy stars any cloudless night. Full moon light or even star light on a clear night is beautiful shining in the forest or on a waterfall. After your eyes adjust to the darkness you can see amazing things in night like the colors of stars. Many 72 | 501 LIFE February 2018

stars are brilliant white, but some are red and others are blue. Experiencing a brilliant starry night sky can be a problem in some places in the United States. Even on the clearest nights, ambient light from roads, cars, houses, towns and cities can obscure the stars. There are vast swatches of wilderness in Arkansas where you can experience dark skies. A few of these dark spots that are good for star gazing are found in the 501. On occasion, I do have to venture just outside of the 501 to find a beautiful dark sky. As for photographing the stars, pinpoint stars and the Milky Way are the grand prizes of nightscape photography. To capture pinpoint stars, you have to photograph them during the new moon phase. Pinpoint stars are stars that are photographed without any trailing or movement. As our earth orbits, if the shutter of the camera remains open for too long, then the stars will have trails. Winter time is my favorite time to photograph pinpoint stars. The air is usually clear and dry in

the winter so you see many more stars. Stars appear brighter, and many more will show up in your images. I also love seeing the Orion constellation in the winter months. Orion, or The Hunter, is the most noticeable element in the sky from November to February. It is easily identified by looking for “Orion’s Belt” — three bright stars in a short straight row. The Milky Way is the Holy Grail of nighttime photography. Under a clear, moonless sky, the Milky Way is easily seen with the naked eye in a dark area. Allow your eyes time to become sensitive to the dark by remaining in the dark for about 10 to 15 minutes. The Milky Way is the most prominent feature in a dark sky. Anyone who’s ever looked up in a dark sky has likely seen the Milky Way. It is a bright glowing band of stars that stretches across the southern sky. It may appear at first as a wispy cloud. Continue to look up at it as your eyes become more and more sensitive and you will see more detail, shapes, colors


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Van Buren County. Jim and Linda Henderson are lifelong residents of the 501. During the week, Jim has a construction business and Linda is a registered nurse at the Conway Human Development Center. On the weekends, they travel the 501 and other areas of Arkansas. Jim drives and hauls equipment. Linda takes photographs of Arkansas. During their travels, they have gained appreciation and love for The Natural State. They have found the 501 has so much to offer for weekend fun and beauty to photograph.

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and structure in the Milky Way. The most beautiful part of the Milky Way is the galactic core. The core is only visible in the Northern Hemisphere from March to September. During the summer months, it is the brightest and is seen in the southern sky. Its location changes from month to month and rises and sets at different times of night throughout the spring and summer. To enjoy the Milky Way, you will have to be willing to give up a little sleep time. In the early spring months, you have to get up early to see it (3 to 4 a.m.). During the summer, you have to stay up real late (1 to 2 a.m.). As fall approaches, you can see it during the later evening hours (9 to 10 p.m.). During the springtime, the Milky Way is close to the horizon. As the summer progresses, it becomes more overhead and shifts its location to the southwest. Star trails are another fun thing to capture in the night sky. Star trails, or light trails, are created when a camera records the rotation of the earth on its axis. These unique images are only crafted in the camera. Our earth is in a constant orbit, and the camera is able to catch the trail of light left in the sky as the earth rotates. If a camera’s shutter is left open for greater than 30 seconds you see a small trail. If you leave the shutter open for much longer you will capture longer and longer trails of light. The direction you point the camera will determine the type of trail. If the desire to have a circle trail, then the camera will need to be pointed toward the north. The non-moving star in the middle of a circle star trail is the North Star or Polaris. Typical exposure time for a star trail ranges from 15 minutes to several hours. Star trail photos are very colorful. The longer exposure allows the camera to record the colors of each star as it trails across the image. I typically set my camera exposure to 30 seconds and have my camera fire off every 10 seconds. Then I combine 80 to 150 images together using computer software to get one image. Light painting is also used in many of my nighttime photos. Light painting is using a low level light source to add highlights to a foreground subject like a waterfall or barn. Without adding a little light to the subject, you have a lot of dark blank area within the photograph. The key to light painting is low level and subtle light. My husband is my light painter and has become very adept at painting a scene with soft indirect light. If you want to try a little night photography, it does take a little practice and time. The great thing about modern cameras is, due to the advances in sensor technology, star photography is very accessible. You will need a good modern, interchangeable lens camera. This could be a DSLR like a Nikon or Canon or a mirrorless like a Fuji or Sony. Nowadays, even the entry level camera can handle long exposures and yield good results. You will also need a wide-angle lens like a 14 to 24 mm lens. A tripod to mount your camera is absolutely necessary. Regardless of if you choose to photograph the night sky or just enjoy it with your eyes, get outside in the 501 night and stare at the stars. Star gazing will likely lower your blood pressure and increase your feeling of well-being. The 19th century poet Sarah Williams wrote, “I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” Take her advice and love the stars.


Why I travel by train

by Jim Taylor

Why I travel by train: 1. It’s a nice way to see the country. 2. I meet a lot of nice people. (Sometimes you encounter someone unpleasant, but you just ignore them.) 3. When driving on a long trip, every couple of hours, this old man has to stop, stretch his legs and find a restroom. I can do that on the train, and I’m not worn out when I get there. I can also take a shower on the train a couple of hours before my destination and be refreshed when I get there. 4.) I carry a couple of Amateur Radio HTs, extra batteries and chargers with me and make contacts up and down the line as AF5EI AMTRAK portable local (whatever town or city I am in). That usually gets several responses. I program the radios for the trip before I leave. Sometimes I meet other HAMs on the train. AMTRAK trains provide spacious reclining seating with plenty of leg room in the coach cars. They also provide sleepers as well as compartments for two, three or four travelers or a family. On short trips, to Houston, Texas, I will usually travel coach. It is about 10 hours to Houston. On longer trips, to Chicago, Denver, Baltimore or San Antonio, I get a sleeper, which is First Class Passage, and meals are included. The sleeper is a small compartment with a work table and two reclining seats. The sleeper will accommodate two people, but it would be very crowded. It is better suited for one person. The two seats fold to make a comfortable bed. The train has a full dining car, a café/lounge car and an observation car. On some trains, the observation car and the café/lounge car are combined. In the dining car, the menus reflect the area of the country that you are traveling through. The

Conway County’s Jim Taylor during one of his recent trips via train. menus are set, and substitutions are limited. The food is excellent and well prepared in the galley below the dining area. A meal on the train as you watch the scenery go by is awesome. Some of the meals are a bit pricey, but if you are traveling first class, who cares. When I travel first class, they lose money because this old country boy knows how to eat, and I can eat well. There are some things on the menu that I can’t pronounce. If I can’t pronounce it, I’m not eating it. On some trains, the breakfast menu is a Cajun breakfast. Don’t touch it. It is almost lethal. I tried it ONCE. Some trains have a business class car with large

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reclining leather seats and work space. Drinks are included, but not meals. First class and business class passengers are treated to separate waiting areas/ lounges at major stations. Snacks and drinks are provided. Your luggage can be stowed in a secure area at no extra cost, and you have early boarding privileges. The makeup of a normal train is the baggage car, sleepers, compartments and business class behind the engine. They are followed by the dining car, café/lounge car, observation car and then the coach cars. Coach passengers are not permitted forward of the dining car. AMTRAK goes to more places than airlines and is much more comfortable. Airline seats are not comfortable, and they treat you like cattle, cramming as many folks into a small space as they can. There are many discounts for AMTRAK passengers — senior, student, veterans and others. There are many tours available thru AMTRAK. The biggie now is a tour of the National Parks around the country. Tour groups also get discounts. There are also rail passes that allow you to travel around the country at your leisure within a given time frame. My suggestion is that if you are not sure that train travel is for you, make a short one-, two- or three-day trip. Several are available from Little Rock. If you are a member or join the Amtrak Rewards Program, you gain points for free travel. I have had two free round trips to Houston, Texas, and one free first class trip to Chicago. Points add up quickly and are easy to redeem. For more information about AMTRAK travel, visit amtrak.com. Scenic routes that I have made are the Missouri River Runner between St. Louis and Kansas City, and the Cardinal between Chicago and Baltimore. The Cardinal runs thru the Appalachian and Blue Ridge mountains as well as the Shenandoah Valley. Take a camera! February 2018 501lifemag.com | 75


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Mac the Goldendoodle serves as the director of smiles at Little Rock's Ronald McDonald House. (Paul Henry photos courtesy of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas) by Dwain Hebda

Like a lot of busy executives, Mac the Goldendoodle enjoys the trappings of his station. He commands a front-door view of guests to Little Rock’s Ronald McDonald House, and his office is plastered with greetings and letters that fill his very own mailbox. As director of smiles, he’s even allowed to keep a stash of his toys handy, which he uses as a sort of calling card. “Whenever he meets anyone, new or old friend, he’s gonna go find his ball,” said Emily Piechocki, development director. “The ball is his love language. He assumes everyone wants to play with him, and most people do.” In many ways, Mac is the bright light for the guests of Ronald McDonald House, which provides a home for families of children receiving life-saving treatment at one of several Little Rock hospitals. “It’s a tagline, but it’s real, this is a home away from home and lots of people have dogs at home,” said Paul Henry, communications director. “When they get here, they’re all stressed out because their kid’s in the hospital. But when they see him, they light up. It creates a bond to what feels right, as if you were at home.” The digs are definitely plusher than at the old Ronald McDonald House, closed in November in favor of this new model a few blocks away, but Mac’s role, and how he fulfills it, hasn’t changed a bit. 76 | 501 LIFE February 2018

“We had this little girl named Autumn and she stayed with us for a long time, almost a year, back at the old house,” said Piechocki. “Her room was right outside the offices where he stayed. And they


For more information on the work of Ronald McDonald House Charities in Little Rock, please visit rmhcarkansas.org. just formed a bond that I don’t even know how to explain. He would lay outside her room door to wait for her to come back from treatment and they would play.” “When she left, I swear the dog moped for two weeks. He’d lost his buddy,” she laughed. “She actually still comes back today and they kind of rekindle their friendship.” The local staff had heard of other Ronald McDonald Houses around the country that had a resident canine and thought it would be a good addition to the Little Rock organization. The board of directors agreed and Mac, now age 3 1/2, was donated to Ronald McDonald House as an adorable 10-month-old puppy. The team specifically sought a pup of his breed because while no dog is hypoallergic, Goldendoodles are easier on people’s pet allergies and shed less. Other elements – from being big enough to take all the hugs a child can dish out to a lack of licking to show affection – are added bonuses. “He can be in a crowd of people and he’s calm,” Henry said. “You can have 100 people around him or climbing on him and he’ll just sit there. It’s like he senses his purpose and he lives up to it.” Mac received extensive obedience training. He daily provides a sort of therapy for patients and families. But he’s not specifically trained as a therapy dog. “Therapy dogs are great, but they are trained to go to a place and lay down,” said Piechocki. “They don’t interact in a playful way. Generally, they are supposed to be docile, they are supposed to sit. We wanted him to feel more like a pet. “It’s amazing. He’s such a gentle and loving dog. It’s just kind of his nature that he’s perfect for this. Yes, he’s had some training, but he’s always been a perfect fit.”

Mac isn’t without his sly side, of course. He will sometimes con the newcomer into a game of tug-ofwar with his beloved ball instead of dropping it as is expected of him. That’s why everyone who handles him, from his Ronald McDonald House co-workers to the volunteers who show up to walk and play with him, have completed an in-house course on proper etiquette during walks and especially around guests. While these rules are taken seriously, Mac’s less a pet and more a bona fide member of the team. He sits in on staff meetings and dutifully poses for publicity shots. And he’s not mere window dressing either; in fact, there have been instances where only he could do what needed to be done. “There was a dad who lost his daughter,” Piechocki said. “I think they had made the decision to donate her organs. And when he came back he just said, ‘Can I see the dog?’ and we were like, ‘Of course.’” “As he was loving on the dog, it kind of came out

that he had lost his daughter. He just needed some love. He was here by himself and he just needed a pet in that moment.” Launched in 1980, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas has served more than 30,000 families during its history. In addition to the 32-suite Ronald McDonald House, located across the street from Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, the organization also supports the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a mobile dental lab that travels to elementary schools in Faulkner, Grant, Jefferson, Lonoke, Perry, Pulaski and Saline counties, providing dental services and education to underserved children. The organization’s operations are supported through a combination of private and corporate monetary and in-kind donations, including Gina’s Pet Salon of Little Rock and BarkBox which keep Mac groomed and stocked with treats. Annual fundraising events include a golf tournament and the black-tie Chocolate Fantasy Ball, held in February.

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NEIGHBORS person of the month

Deb Green

CITY: Little Rock. WORK: Public affairs specialist for the FBI,

Little Rock field office.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Book club and

giving painting lessons.

CHURCH ACTIVITIES: Attend Chenal Valley

Baptist Church.

FAMILY: Son, Gentry Stocks; daughter,

Kendall Smith; two grandsons, Wren, 3, and Everett, 6 months; companion, Patrick Hollingsworth; and four cats and two dogs.

LAST BOOK YOU READ: The Thirteenth

Tale by Diane Setterfield.

FAVORITE BOOK: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Katson.

FAVORITE MEAL: Scallops and rice. MOST CHERISHED POSSESSION: My relationships with family and friends.

MOST ENJOYED WEEKEND ACTIVITY:

Spending time with those that I love as well as getting out in nature, walking the dogs or having a purring cat in my lap.

FAVORITE QUOTE: John 3:16. NO. 1 VACATION SPOT: Ireland. FAVORITE PLACE IN ARKANSAS: Mount

Magazine. Deb Green has painted for more than 18 years in oils and acrylic paints. She has The Green Cat Studio (thegreencatstudio.com), gives art lessons, does commissioned art and enjoys painting animals, birds and landscapes. (Mike Kemp photo)

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WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT LIVING IN THE 501: My family, my friends and the wonderful seasons of Arkansas.


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501 LIFE is all about matters of the heart in this month’s “In love in the 501” edition. (Jeremy Higginbotham design)

February 2018  

501 LIFE is all about matters of the heart in this month’s “In love in the 501” edition. (Jeremy Higginbotham design)

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