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Mural Artist Jessica Jones Transforms Community Through Art

The last five years have been a little brighter and more interesting for the people of Conway thanks to a leap of faith from a local artist. “I think for a long time it was conveyed to me that art wasn’t a realistic career to approach,” said mural artist Jessica Jones. “Although it was something I was passionate about from the time I was a child, I never viewed it as something I should pursue with intention. So, it kind of happened organically.” Intentional or not, it did happen. This full-time artist with an unconventional career path has made her mark by creating beautiful art in unconventional places: electrical boxes, trails, tunnels, and large indoor and outdoor walls.

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Sharing Truth Through Writing

Writing a book was the furthest thing from Andrea Lennon’s mind. She had established a successful ministry through speaking. She even had a tagline that guided her instruction: know the truth, live the truth, and share the truth. But women at her events still had a similar refrain: We love your guidance and instruction. Where can we find this material outside the event?

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Toad Suck Daze festival returns to Downtown Conway

After two years of a hybrid festival, Toad Suck Daze returns to downtown Conway in 2022 for a traditional, three-day event in its 41st year. Presenting sponsors Crain Hyundai and Crain Genesis of Conway, and Gainwell Technologies announced entertainment, programming and more than $40,000 in charitable contributions April 7.

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Chamber Adds 2 New Staff

The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce has hired Celeste Suitt as development and special events coordinator and Jack Short as existing business and talent development coordinator.  

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Baptist Health Heart Institute/Arkansas Cardiology Clinic–Conway Adds New Physician [North Metro Business Journal]

Faheemullah Beg, M.D., is a practicing physician at Baptist Health Heart Institute/Arkansas Cardiology Clinic–Conway. He grew up in a small town in northern Pakistan and was interested in health care from an early age. “We had minimal access to health care where I grew up,” he recalled. “Mostly when we saw a physician, it was during sickness, and those physician visits usually preceded wellness. So, I had a positive emotion related to this profession.”

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Working Together to End the Pandemic [North Metro Business Journal]

As a company whose primary concern is the health and well-being of its members and their local communities, the executive team at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield made a commitment of substantial effort and resources to help keep people safe. When the long-anticipated release of COVID-19 vaccines was announced early in 2021, Arkansas Blue Cross knew they wanted to do something statewide that would hopefully bring the pandemic to a timely end. But they knew they could not do it alone. They joined forces with their core and community partners to announce Vaccinate the Natural State, an initiative to encourage Arkansans to get their COVID-19 vaccine. This initiative is a collaboration with multiple business and community organizations statewide to educate and engage Arkansans in doing their part to help stop the pandemic by getting the vaccination.

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