Faulkner County residents who are also art enthusiasts have likely heard of local artists V. Noe and Steve Griffith. Not only can their work can be seen throughout Conway and the surrounding areas, it can be found throughout the country in businesses and private residences.

Twenty-one years ago, Jeff and Lori Standridge bought a piece of land in what was then far-west Conway, built a house in which to raise their two daughters, and invested themselves in creating a safe and happy place to live.
More recently, they have once again invested in this property by extending their living space to the outdoors and creating a comfortable place that the next generation of Standridges will want to call home.

Lisa Gamble recently celebrated her 50th birthday at a brunch in her honor. Hosted by her mother, Donna Hambuchen, sister, Kimberly Hambuchen, and sister-in-law, Lorri Hambuchen, friends gathered at Donna’s home to honor Lisa on her special day. The ladies dined on traditional brunch recipes, along with store-bought goodies purchased locally at pattiCakes. Donna’s home and the lovely floral arrangements provided by Kathy Denys were the perfect backdrop for entertaining friends and family. However, you don’t have to celebrate a milestone birthday to enjoy a ladies brunch.

Vesta’s Boutique celebrated its grand opening in Conway with a ribbon-cutting.
Owner Melissa Tanner said Vesta’s started 18 years ago in Little Rock and was named after the Roman goddess of home and heart.
“Vesta’s has evolved over the years and now we are a lifestyle shop for women where you can wake up and put us on,” Tanner said. “You can go to work, job and play with us. We are thrilled to be in Conway. This was not a planned venture. It kind of fell into our laps and we are tickled to be here.”

The 13th annual CHDC Health Fair has been announced for Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 8am -12pm at the centers gymnasium. This event is free and open to the public. There will be free Health materials from local vendors, Screenings such as; Cholesterol and Glucose checks, Carpel Tunnel, Spinal, Blood Pressure and Pulse checks, Fibromyalgia, Dental and Massage therapy screenings. There will be over 20 chances to win door prizes.

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Some seasons in life are busy. I just concluded this type of season. Let me tell you — it was hard and I was overwhelmed. I would never try to hide this fact from you. Busy seasons are hard seasons. Even now, I am fighting the urge to tell you my list of things that I had to do. My list was long and it seemed impossible. Can you relate?

It’s a rather simple story, one that’s been shared for centuries. There’s the grumpy old man who thrives on law and order, a few peculiar personalities who live in chaos and confusion, and the not-so-subtle cataclysmic clash, as the Swedish suburbanites must learn to love thy neighbor as thyself.
Author Fredrik Backman brings to life A Man Called Ove. Ove is the curmudgeon, the miser, the killjoy. But he also has a story, one that intertwines sweetness with sadness. It’s a story that shakes its finger at fate, wondering why life deals such a heartless hand to a man called Ove.

Dr. Rosemary Henenberg, Willis H. Holmes Distinguished Professor of Theatre Arts, Emerita, will be recognized with the Faulkner County Library Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Conway Arts Awards celebration and reception. This event is sponsored by the Conway Alliance for the Arts (CAFTA).

Business Name: Conway Area Chamber of Commerce
Job Title: Director of Toad Suck Daze and Events
Description of your business or job title: I organize and implement large events for the Chamber. These events include the Conway Chamber Annual Meeting, Business Expo and Taste of Conway, and the Women in Business Luncheon. I also work with the full chamber staff and volunteer committee to produce the Toad Suck Daze festival.
How many years have you been there or open: 15 years

Eighteen-year-old Alex Moore of Conway is known in some circles for her art, many portraits of famous faces among them. But it is not her artistic talent that drives her success, but in fact, her lifelong dream to help others.
As a biology major with a concentration in pre-medicine at the University of Central Arkansas, her biggest talents may not always be so obvious to the naked eye.
“Ever since I was little — old enough to understand the word — I wanted to be a doctor,” she says. “I love art, but I am not passionate enough about it to do it the rest of my life.

Frank and Barbara Foshee have a love story that spans 50 years this February. Each year on Valentines Day, near their anniversary, Frank writes a poem and has it published in the Log Cabin Democrat for his sweetheart.

Rather than going out for dinner this Valentine’s Day, why not host a romantic fondue party for two? Fondue was all the rage in the ’60s and ’70s, and it’s perfect for a simple, casual dinner. All you need to pull off dinner are fondue pots or heavy saucepans, fondue forks, and delicious fondue recipes. So, dust off your fondue pot and treat your sweetheart to a Valentine’s celebration with these easy but decadent recipes.

It’s a new year and time to put the last one to bed, which means filing your taxes.
The Internal Revenue Service says to expect a few changes when the nation’s individual income tax filing season opens on Jan. 23.
Here are some of the changes you should be aware of:
NEW DATE: Taxes are usually due on April 15, but this year that falls on a Saturday. And Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington, D.C., will be observed on Monday, April 17.
So that pushes the nation’s deadline to file returns and pay any amount due to April 18.

Last summer, Cindy Hockenberry decided she’d had it with threatening phone calls claiming she was behind on her taxes.
“One day — I’m not kidding you — I got called three times,” she said.
Sometimes the calls were automated. But once, when she got a call from a live person, Hockenberry — who happens to be the director of education and research at the National Association of Tax Professionals — decided to play along.

As we usher in 2017, this year feels different than previous years in many areas of finance. Even if you have formulated a financial plan in the past, it is definitely time to sit down with your financial advisor and iron out another one for 2017. Here are a few topics to discuss:

Tax preparers do a big chunk of America’s tax returns — more than 80 million a year, according to the IRS — but if you’re nervous about handing confidential information to someone in a largely unregulated field, you’re not alone.
Here are some tips to help you find a good tax preparer and reduce the risk of expensive errors and exposing your finances.

While most people concentrate largely on specialized décor for the more public areas of their home, Cindy Hudson Webb made sure that the more private spaces in her home also had a life of their own.
In 2015, Cindy built a new home in the Turnberry neighborhood of northwest Conway. When decorating, she made sure that all three of her bedrooms had some sort of theme or consistent design.

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1, New International Version) This well-known verse of Scripture beautifully defines faith. Faith is evidenced in our lives when we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that someone or something is real even when that person or thing is not visible to us.

A young couple. A raging world war. Danger. Discrimination. And the will to survive. Author Miranda Richmond Mouillot believes her Jewish grandparents’ hidden love story awkwardly lies somewhere among the ashes of memories too painful to discuss. But she denies the duty to let it go. Instead, she prods and pleas. Armed with stories, letters, archives and interviews, the author pieces together a puzzling love story no one could imagine. It is a true story, or at least as close to true as Miranda can decipher.

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.