Katie Wilson, 28, of Conway holds some of the hula hoops she uses when she performs at events and at home. Wilson’s talent caught the eye of a producer, and she is part of a country-music video with singer Jerrod Niemann. Wilson teaches art to kindergartners through fifth-graders at Academics Plus Charter School in Maumelle.
Katie Wilson puts a whole new twist on hula hooping. Wilson, 28, who teaches in Maumelle and lives in Conway, was fascinated by something she saw a few years ago at a music festival. It had nothing to do with what was happening on stage. “I saw another girl hula hooping. … She was the first girl I’d ever seen do that. I was totally mesmerized by her,” Wilson said. “I wasn’t even watching what was going on onstage. I said, ‘I have to be ... READ MORE
They’re not exactly pen pals, but Jimmy Bryant of Conway wrote to the queen, and he received a reply.
If I have had an amazing meal in the past few years, I probably have a picture of it somewhere. My family believes in taking pictures of food — pretty food, good food, weird food. It’s sort of mean — we often take a picture to show to somebody in the family who didn’t get to eat the food, or just because it’s so amazing that we want to remember it. Not long ago, I was at a nice restaurant with my husband, father-in-law and his friends. ... READ MORE
At least two things can be said about longtime coach Ken Stephens of Conway: He’s a winner, and he knows how to give a speech. He proved it Feb. 28 when he was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. Most of the other 10 inductees went over their requested three-minute time limit. Way over. Stephens, 82, admitted to the crowd that it was “hard to coach for 43 years and put it all in three minutes.” He hit a few highlights and po... READ MORE
Lucky people rarely face life-threatening situations. But even the luckiest among us never know for sure when trouble might strike. It’s possible for anyone to be thrust into a survival situation anytime, anywhere, without warning. A sudden storm capsizes your boat in rough water. Vehicle problems strand you in a remote area. Your fishing partner cuts himself deeply with a knife. You get lost in the backcountry. A tornado, hurricane, ea... READ MORE
Panna cotta may just be the perfect dessert: It’s easy, quick, practically foolproof, and accommodating to many dietary adjustments, being naturally gluten-free and adaptable to dairy-free and vegan diets. It also happens to be luscious and perfectly creamy in a way that belies its utter simplicity. Below, I’ll walk you through making panna cotta, step by step. People think it’s some laborious restaurant dessert involving cheesecloth an... READ MORE
March 9 AGATE Parent Group Meeting CONWAY — Parents and teachers who are interested in supporting the Gifted and Talented program in the Conway schools are invited to attend the AGATE (Arkansas Gifted and Talented Education) meeting at 2 p.m. in the Conway High School Administration Building. The discussion will focus on how parents can help their children and their schools. March 10 Relay for Life Meeting RUSSELLVILLE — Team captains... READ MORE