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Helaine Williams

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Features reporter, columnist

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THANK YOU VERY MUCH: Hunt honored for supporting children's advocacy centers

posted: 09/25/2016 2:40 a.m. Gallery Discuss

For philanthropist Johnelle Hunt, the 2016 Woman of Inspiration, the big event will be an Oct. 13 luncheon in her honor, benefiting the Children's Advocacy Centers of Arkansas. But Hunt was feted early during a Sept. 15 patron party that will surely rival the splendor of the main event.

BEARCAT PRIDE: Horace Mann High alumni gather to toast good ol' days

posted: 09/25/2016 2:38 a.m. Gallery Discuss

The Horace Mann Class of 1971 was the last to graduate from the former all-black high school, which had been the original school of six of the nine black students who integrated Central High School. Horace Mann was converted to a junior high as part of the Little Rock School District's integration efforts. "The city was in turmoil about the closing; we had protests and marches," recalled class member Deborah Springer Suttlar.

Let's Talk: Nada new to slingin' slang, y'all

posted: 09/25/2016 2:32 a.m. Discuss

On fleek. Adorbs. Cray. Slay.

LIGHT ON THEIR FEET: Amateur dancers team with pros to benefit kids

posted: 09/18/2016 2:15 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Susan Hickingbotham danced her way to the championship mirrored ball trophy during the ninth annual Dancing With Our Stars, the fundraiser for the Arkansas chapter of the Children's Tumor Foundation.

A JOB WELL DONE: Public policy panel thanks outgoing director Ardapple

posted: 09/18/2016 2:08 a.m. Gallery Discuss

After 20 years, Beth Ardapple, the powerhouse development director for the Arkansas Public Policy Panel, decided it was time to retire. Her co-workers, friends and loved ones decided they wanted her to do so in style, so they gathered for a special Sept. 9 fundraising reception on her behalf. The roast-and-toast event, which took place in the fellowship hall of First Presbyterian Church in downtown Little Rock, gave guests a chance to meet, mingle and contribute to the panel's cause.

LET'S DO LUNCH SOMETIME: Minority business owners build connections at event

posted: 09/18/2016 2:02 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Participants at the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce's 24th annual Minority Enterprise Development Week -- also known as MED Week -- dropped by chamber headquarters Sept. 7 for an early-evening networking reception.

ROOTING FOR THE HOME TEAM: Benevolent ballgame

posted: 09/11/2016 2:12 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Take them out to the ballgame,

MEANINGFUL CELEBRATION: Nigeria aid organization raises $60,000 at LR gala

posted: 09/11/2016 2:10 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Labor Day weekend proved to be one of labor -- and celebration -- for Nembe Ibe USA. The national organization -- established in 2007 by a group of professionals from the community of Nembe Kingdom (Ibe) in Nigeria to lend aid to those back home -- held its 2016 convention in Little Rock. Highlighting that gathering was the ninth annual fundraising gala, which took place Sept. 3 in the ballroom of the Embassy Suites.

LET'S TALK: 'What if' returns to haunt

posted: 09/11/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

As our hot, then wet, then stormy/electricity-robbing, then just wet again, then just hot again summer is drawing to a close, we can breathe a sigh of relief that we are not about to get invaded by aliens after all.

'100 Things to Do in Little Rock Before You Die' keeps readers busy

posted: 09/06/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Chicken Wang's Cafe is a southwest Little Rock institution that will be 19 years old as of Jan. 23.

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