Faces of Arkansas

The inaugural “Faces of Arkansas” features familiar, unique and one-of-a-kind businesses across our state. The men and women in these pages are more than excellent representatives of their chosen fields; they’re also our neighbors. These are people you should recognize, and names you should know.

The Time to Thrive

David Freeman and First United Methodist are on a mission to create a stronger community in downtown Little Rock By Kody Ford [dropcap]S[/dropcap]ince the late 1800s, the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Little Rock has been a staple in the downtown area. Over the last century, many houses of worship have moved away from…

Gaston’s White River Resort

By Steve Bowman [dropcap]C[/dropcap]lint Gaston sat at his grandfather’s desk for a year, mulling over all he had taught him, before he ever touched any of his belongings. After Jim Gaston, owner of Gaston’s White River Resort and a giant of Arkansas Tourism, passed away, it left a void within the Arkansas outdoors community that…

Illuminate Conway

Central Arkansas’ newest holiday tradition combines commerce, community By Adena White | Photos courtesy of Conway Area Chamber of Commerce Located in Rogers Plaza, the inaugural Illuminate event featured a Ferris wheel, mini train rides for kids, an appearance from Santa Claus, live music from local musicians and a food truck offering hot chocolate and…

People of Conway

Conway is an undiscovered gem among America’s college towns. What is lovely about Conway is it has all the benefits of a great college town while still having that heart and that warm welcome of a small town.” – Bill Tsutsui, Hendrix College President   “We love that we are able to go out on…

Home in Conway

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]onway has offered both a new beginning and a walk down memory lane for Russ and Julie Pennell. Their house on Country Club Road is just a five-minute drive from the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) campus where they met in the early 1980s, when Russ was a point guard for the UCA Bears. They…

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.…