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Jean Leffler treasures creativity

A Lifetime of Creativity: Jean Leffler’s Journey from Childhood Crafts to Inspiring Generations

When creativity grows with you throughout the years of your life, it adds even more joy to your memories. Jean Leffler has been crafting and designing since she was a child. Have you always been creative? As a child, I played with paper dolls A LOT and I became a pro at cutting paper. Summers …

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Power of Storytelling

Hardwired for storytelling helps build our community

“Our brains are hardwired for storytelling.” Perhaps you have heard that phrase before. Really, all it takes is a quick search on the internet and you will find a number of sources making this claim. Storytelling is a central to our lives. I truly believe that. That’s why I think are “souls are hardwired for …

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Toad Suck Daze

Everything you need to know about Toad Suck Daze

Conway, Arkansas: halfway between Pickles Gap and Toad Suck. Arkansas has no shortage of quirky town names, but the little bend of Toad Suck is what put Conway on the map. Toad Suck Daze is Conway’s annual festival located in downtown Conway. With the event coming up quickly at the beginning of May, here is …

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Artist Faye Hedera

100 Faces of Conway helps Faye Hedera meet her community

Faye Hedera is using “100 Faces of Conway” to meet her community and it turned into a labor of love. During the Conway Art Walk in March, I sauntered downtown to enjoy the art festivities. As I wondered, I walked into UCA Downtown and encountered a young lady with some stunning portraits. Even more, the …

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Artist Shelby Staton

Shelby Staton finds her inspirational art home in Conway

Shelby Staton is a 24-year-old artist currently living and working in Conway, AR. From Lonoke, Arkansas, she moved to Chicago for a semester freshman year of college before coming to the University of Central Arkansas that spring. Conway is where she found her home and her passion as a print artist.  From an early age, …

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City of Hope Outreach

Hope Village: Spreading Hope during the Holidays

The Progression of Conway’s Hope Village Hope Village, a community of ten quality homes being built to address the problem of homelessness in the Conway community, is the latest initiative of the City of Hope Outreach. CoHO is a community development organization in Central Arkansas led by Dr. Phillip D. Fletcher, the founder and executive …

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Conway Roundabouts

Conway Roundabouts. Why am I weaving my way through three roundabouts just to get a cup of coffee?

You’ve probably thought something similar, whether you’re a Conway resident or just a traveler passing through. Holding steady at the city with the most roundabouts in Arkansas, 32 to be exact, the question remains, why does Conway have so many roundabouts? The City of Conway Director of Transportation, Kurt Jones, says the answer is simple: …

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Hot Girl Walk Conway

Hot Girl Walk Conway Runs University of Central Arkansas

CONWAY- Finding community in college can be quite the daunting task. However, thanks to University of Central Arkansas student Jacey Howerton, creating a “girl gang” only requires a pair of walking shoes.  “Hot Girl Walks” originated from a viral TikTok trend, in which groups of women come together to take walks and talk with one …

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