Schools in Conway

Currently, Conway casts a net that reaches past Russellville to the west, along the U.S. 67/167 corridor including Searcy, Beebe and Cabot, north to Heber Springs, Clinton and Fairfield Bay and south to Maumelle. Lacy says he hopes to continue to stretch the boundaries of that reach and predicted forthcoming big name retailers will help.…

Economic Side of Conway

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]onway mayor Bart Castleberry said it best when he described Conway as “a great place to raise a family and to grow up. People want to come to Conway, they want to stay in Conway, they want to live in Conway.” Brad Lacy has spent years with the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and its…

I’ll Fly Away

The Ebby Steppach case approaches its two-year anniversary. By Dwain Hebda :: Photographs courtesy of Ebby’s family [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he young woman, snatched from a west Little Rock park on October 24, 2015, peers from large black-and-white portraits on a living-room wall and smiles on flickering monitors tuned to social media sites or somber news broadcasts talking…

Dream Factory: NLR’s Regional Innovation Hub

A Showpiece for Inventors and Entrepreneurs [dropcap]T[/dropcap]ouring the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub in North Little Rock’s Argenta District is very much like wandering through an oversized toy box. In one corner rests a three-foot-wide Millennium Falcon scale model, constructed entirely of cardboard. In another, a row of 3-D printers stands in formation. Down a hallway,…

Find Ebby Jane: In Search of the Vanished

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n September 2015, Ebby Steppach packed her silver Volkswagen with everything she owned and drove off to live her own life. Time at home had become increasingly choppy as the spirited teenager chafed under what she considered the overly restrictive rules of her mother and stepfather. Almost exactly one month to the day after moving…

Gone Girl: The Disappearance of Ebby Steppach

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n a breathtakingly beautiful day in downtown Little Rock — as the press conference announcing a $50,000 reward for information on the disappearance of Ebby Steppach concludes — a phalanx of reporters splinters in all directions to get additional comments. Laurie Jernigan removes her oversized sunglasses and gazes calmly into the reporter’s camera lens. A…

Suicide Prevention Specialist Draws From Personal Experience

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]usie Reynolds Reece isn’t short on job responsibilities, but as of this year things in her professional life streamlined with the reorganization of Hot Springs-based Garland County Suicide Prevention Coalition. The new organization, Suicide Prevention Allies, was established in January, and as she noted, the move did more than provide a name change. “We voted…

The Golden Girl: Legendary Little Rock Restaurateur Hasn’t Missed a Step

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ook up the word “lair” in any dictionary and chances are Mary Beth Ringgold’s office will leap off the page. Tucked into a crow’s nest-type cranny in the cavernous Cajun’s Wharf, the room bursts with uniform catalogs, invoices, reams of reports, forms, vendor orders and copious miscellany. Personal photos elbow for wall space amid framed…