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Our editor, Joey O'Connor, had a chance to ask Phillip L. Hendrick, Jr. (Le) a few serious questions and many not-so-serious questions! Thanks Le for allowing the Conway Community to "Get To Know" you a little better!

What do you love most about Conway?

Small town feeling, even though the population is over 20,000 people

What made you move here initially (or did you grow up here)?

Born and raised

If you could change just one thing in Conway, what would it be?

I would make it more known by visitors passing through. We need to find a way to funnel more through Downtown Conway. Generally if they visit once, they tend to come back!

What’s your vision of Conway in 20 years?

A majority of the “donut holes” (areas that are in the core of the City and not yet annexed into the City Limits) will be inside of the City Limits, double the population, and a thriving downtown business district on nights and weekends

If there is something that you don't think the public knows about you but you would like for them to know, what would that be?

I have a quirky sense of humor. Most people do not know that because they say I am too serious a majority of the time. I honestly try to make others laugh and smile every chance I get

Who is your role model or hero?

Role model - Walt Disney; Hero – My Dad

Where did you grow up? Where did you go to High School? Where did you go to College? Etc.

I grew up in the City Limits of Conway. I attended Conway Primary, Conway Elementary, Conway Middle, and Conway High School. I graduated from Columbia Southern University in 2011 with an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science, 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, and if all goes well I will finish my Master of Public Administration in November of this year through Columbia Southern University


What CD is in your CD Player right now? Or, if you use an MP3 Player, what's the last song that played?

Thy Will – Hillary Scott

Are you musical? Do you play an instrument(s)?

Not musical. I can read sheet music for the piano, but I cannot play it (only basic songs)

Which do you prefer - Golf or Tennis?


If you could have any superpower for a day, what would you like to have?

To fly

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Chinese and Japanese food

What’s your favorite restaurant?

The Melting Pot and Chick-fil-a of Conway (both have wonderful service and great food)

What's your favorite movie?

Napoleon Dynamite

What's your favorite tv show/series?

NCIS (This is Us is a close second)

Biggest regret in life?

Not spending more time with my Mom before she passed away unexpectedly

Best decision you’ve ever made?

Going to a new restaurant (Handley’s Pub & Grub) for the first time on September 18, 2004. That was the night I met my wife.

Do you have any hobbies / What do you do in your spare time?

Photography. I enjoy spending time with family in my spare time

If you could interview (or meet) anyone dead or alive, who would it be?

Walt Disney

If you had to start a new career, what would you do?


What’s your biggest pet peeve?


What’s your “home” page set to on your computer?

City of Conway's Website

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?

I am scared of spiders (no shame). A couple of weeks ago I saw a large spider in the bathroom of my house. I attempted to kill it, but it escaped unharmed. Later that same night, I sat down on my couch and crossed one leg over the other, and my shoelace grazed my leg. I immediately assumed the large spider had returned so I jumped about 3’ into the air. My wife laughed at me for ten minutes

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