Dixie Harrison


Country music recording artist Dixie Harrison recently opened the Mid South Opry in Conway. She will attend the National Country Music ROPE awards in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday. She will return to Conway on Friday and will have top billing at the Friday night Mid South Opry show.

The Mid South Opry is a family oriented country music venue providing an opportunity for local entertainers to network with peers from all over the country as they showcase their talent in an alcohol-free atmosphere. It is located on East Oak Street near East German Lane. 


Sherry Watson


Bethlehem House Christian Transitional Shelter has announced the newest addition to the board of directors. Sherry Watson (asset accountant with Home BancShares Inc. of Conway). Watson’s first involvement with the shelter was donating food over the last several years. 

"Many great organizations are around but this one works using belief in God and in helping others as its foundation. The board members demonstrate integrity and a general camaraderie I admire. I also work as an accountant so I understand the financials. I love the fact the program helps our neighbors through resident housing, food boxes and nightly meals," Watson said. "The next thing on the horizon for Bethlehem House is a new bigger building. The 100-year plus facility has been outgrown and upkeep and utilities are astronomical. I am very excited about being involved with building the new house. A new Bethlehem House will help our community on so many levels. With more room, we will be able to help more people who are desperate to get off the street. Change can be a good thing; in this case it is definitely good for our community."


Frank Jones


Frank Jones of Conway was honored with a Governor’s Arts Award on Tuesday at the Governor’s Arts Awards luncheon at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

The recipients of the 2010 Individual Fellowship Awards were also recognized. Two recipients are from Conway: Huixia Lu, an assistant professor of mass communication at UCA, received a $4,000 fellowship for her work in film and video. Robin Becker, a writing instructor at UCA, received a $4,000 fellowship for her work in short stories.


Jack and Patrick Sotallaro


Jack and Patrick Sotallaro of Pak Mail of Conway recently attended Pak Mail’s 25th Anniversary Convention in Denver, Colorado, where Jack presented a workshop on fulfillment (pick, pack and ship) services. Pak Mail of Conway has been on the Pak Mail franchise system’s Top Stores Sales list for the past five years, and Jack also serves on the system’s world-wide franchise advisory council.


Advanced O & P Techniques


Advanced O & P Techniques has announced the opening of its Conway office at 705 Donaghey Ave. With offices in Pine Bluff, Sheridan, Stuttgart and now Conway, the company brings more than 35 years experience in orthotics, prosthetics and pedorthics. A fully licensed and certified team of professionals can provide amputees with mobility, comfort, and an improved self-image using the latest designs available in prosthetics and orthotics. Founder, Kent Rinehart, holds a fellowship from the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, the highest achievement the profession offers. Advanced O & P also carries a complete line of children’s shoes and braces, diabetic shoes and custom made inserts.