Author archives: Dwain Hebda

Continuum of Care

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he dining room at Little Rock's Brookdale Pleasant Hills senior living community is a bright, airy space with large windows and a cheery atmosphere. It is literally and figuratively the center of things here for residents; even in between meals a few seniors lounge in the afternoon sunlight or chat with a neighbor. Most have an assistive technology of som[...]

Maintaining Independence Drives Choice of Living Options

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ccording to Census Bureau estimates, there will be 55 million people age 65 and older by 2020 and 70 million by 3030. That’s double the headcount of 2006. Survey after survey shows that the overwhelming preference — and expectation — of these seniors is to remain independent after retirement age, starting with where they live. A recent survey by AARP foun[...]

The Time to Thrive

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David Freeman and First United Methodist are on a mission to create a stronger community in downtown Little Rock By Kody Ford 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 the city center to the outskirts and the sub[...]

Schools in Conway

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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. "You hear differen[...]

Economic Side of Conway

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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 nonprofit economic development arm, Conway Development Corporation, of whic[...]

Boom, Baby: Senior Arkansans Shaping Economy, Society

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here was a time when reaching retirement age meant slowing down and taking in the world from the sidelines. It’s not so anymore. Today’s seniors are cut from different cloth than their parents and exist in such numbers they continue to be a force to be reckoned with in virtually every element of daily life. “Which aspects of the economy, of society, of ge[...]

Human Trafficking in Arkansas: A Multi-Faceted Problem

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Every so often, Reagan Stanford picks up her cell phone to find a human trafficking victim waiting on the other end, someone who has finally aligned courage and opportunity to reach out for help through the National Human Trafficking Hotline. “All of the calls for social services that are for Arkansas come to me,” says the crime victims services coordinat[...]

I'll Fly Away

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The Ebby Steppach case approaches its two-year anniversary. By Dwain Hebda :: Photographs courtesy of Ebby's family 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 abou[...]

Dream Factory: NLR’s Regional Innovation Hub

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A Showpiece for Inventors and Entrepreneurs 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 ha[...]

Find Ebby Jane: In Search of the Vanished

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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 out, Ebby disappeared, l[...]