The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce presented its fifth annual Women in Business Awards on December 6 at Centennial Valley Events Center. According to the chamber, the awards honor “individuals in the Conway area who have excelled in leadership and community service and who have inspired others.”

Niki Thompson is the queen of makeovers. Yet her palette is not what you would expect – she takes old houses and makes them beautiful once more.
Through her business ReHome Properties, Niki and her husband Rory have set out “to reimagine, redesign, and remodel old houses into new homes.” For a little more than a year now, this former dietician has been working full time to purchase and fix up homes that need a little (or a lot!) of TLC. So far, they have done eight or nine homes – the current one being a home on Donaghey Avenue.

When the cold weather keeps everyone inside, why not host a soup swap? January is perfect for this casual, easy get together. The idea behind a soup swap is simple. Guests bring a favorite soup and exchange with others so that everyone leaves with many. Just invite girlfriends to gather and bring several quarts of soup to sample and share with the group. It is a great way to bring friends together and introduce new soups to try. A soup swap takes very little preparation, creating a fun gathering for friends.

Believers in Jesus Christ always have a reason to hope. Hope changes everything because it positions us to see what is in our life instead of what is missing.
Romans 15:13 speaks of hope. It says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (New International Version)

How long have you been with the Log Cabin? I have been with the Log Cabin Democrat since 2005.
What was your first job (of any nature)? My first job was a graphic artist position at the state newspaper in the summer of 1990. I had only planned to be there for the summer, but I absolutely fell in love with the newspaper business and knew that was where I belonged.

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When you hear the words “the Little Mermaid” your first thought is likely of the iconic red-haired Ariel, her blue finned friend Flounder and that annoying flying sidekick Scuttle. But while the tale was brought to life on the big screen by Disney in 1989, the original story was written over a century and a half before by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. Dozens of other versions have appeared since, and yet another will soon take the stage here in Conway.

Conway High School junior Kylee French is committed to exceptional students, and she leads by example.
The 16-year-old surrounds herself with the giving and the hopeful through student-led organizations like Conway’s Caring Cats, which does a number of goodwill activities throughout the year. Kylee presides over Best Buddies, a national effort that pairs general population students with those with special needs at the high school level. Caring Cats is its umbrella school organization.

Kim Silvestri of Conway extends the characteristic clean lines and brightness of her home to her holiday décor. The four bedroom three-and-a-half bath home is located at Spencer Mountain at the Lake in West Conway.
Kim’s family includes her husband Don and three grown children. Cassie, one of their twin daughters, is married to Michael McCullough, and they live in Rogers with son, Miles. Their other daughter, Chelsea, is married to Matthew McShane, and they live in Fayetteville with children Arden and William. Their son, Connor, is in his last year of dental school in Memphis.

Lenett and Steve Thrasher of Greenbrier celebrate Christmas surrounded by family and friends — and wonderful décor that speaks volumes about their love for the holiday.

Choir music, selfies with Santa and his elvish helpers, hot chocolate and special treats for the kids will be a part of this year’s family-oriented Conway Regional Tribute Tree lighting event on Thursday, December 1.
The Conway Regional Gift Shop will be open for holiday shopping and a gingerbread house decorating display will be available for viewing and houses will be for sale. The ceremony will be located at the east entrance of Conway Regional Medical Center by the Fountain.

There’s no better time than the holiday season to eat, drink and be merry. Beyond the traditional Christmas dinner with family, there are many ways to share the joy of the season with friends, co-workers, and neighbors. Why not host a wine and cheese party? A wine and cheese party requires very little preparation, making it the perfect holiday gathering. Your guests sample a variety of delicious cheeses and other goodies while they mingle. It’s an effortless, yet festive gathering.

Jessica Clawson would only go back to work for the right job.
After making the choice to stay home with her two young children, Emory, 4, and Pate, 2, beginning a new 9 to 5 would have to be an ideal fit close to home.
“When Baptist Health announced they were coming to Conway, I thought about an opportunity,” Clawson said. “It was really important to me that whatever I did that it had a good mission and that I could make a difference in my community.”

How long have you been at the Log Cabin Democrat?
5 Years
What was your first job (of any nature)?
My first job was at Prestige Dry Cleaners in Helena, AR. It was one of the most fun jobs!
Tell us what you enjoy doing in your free time.
Most of my free time is spent with my husband, Billy, and 3 year old daughter, Bailey. I love spending time with family and going to the Lake together.
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Jesus came to bring peace on earth. I think we can all agree that we need a good dose of peace in our lives. The world we live in is divided. The things that divide us are as diverse as the divisions that we face. Politics, religion, preferences, and beliefs---the list goes on and on.

As the hustle and bustle of holiday cheer is near, shoppers find themselves asking the age-old question “What should I buy for that particular young one on my list?” Here’s a suggestion. Scrap the electronics and grab a gift that starts with a “b”. It’s always in style. It’s always the right size. And parents rarely ask their offspring to put it away. You guessed it … books.

It’s not uncommon for kids growing up in small towns to have visions of packing their bags, heading to the Big Apple and pursuing their passion on the Broadway stage. It’s much less common for it to actually happen. But for Wynne, Arkansas native Jacob Watson, his story is unfolding in just that way.