Author archives: Dwain Hebda

Dollars and Sense

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Retirement planning includes financial, legal considerations Kristina Bolhouse has seen a little bit of everything over a decades-long career in financial planning. She's watched the market run from lean to flush and back again, and she’s gained a wealth of perspective in the process. Even today, the retirement industry continues to evolve, thanks to a ge[...]

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[...]