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January, 2018

  • 31 January

    Sarah Curry – Hometown Banking at its very Finest!

    BY LEANN DILBECK – A Forbes article recently cited that employee loyalty is at an all time low. Careerbuilder.com reported 76% of full-time workers, while not actively looking for a new job, would leave their current workplace if the right opportunity came along. Other studies show that each year, the average company loses anywhere from 20% to 50% of its ...

  • 24 January

    Mary Dixon – Retiree, Equestrian, Musician, Faithful Servant Extraordinaire

    BY LEANN DILBECK – For many people who are embarking upon retirement, they are looking forward to a slower pace of life, the anticipated golden years of life where days are full of rest and relaxation… but not Mary Dixon, who is looking forward to having the time to devote herself to passions closest to her heart.  She embodies President ...

December, 2017

  • 12 December

    Cathy Martin – “Doing the Most Good®” with her Retirement

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Retirement, as it so often does, opens the door to enjoying a long-time passion or even discovering brand new opportunities to serve and to give back to a cause whose mission is at the core of what defines you.  Such is the case with Cathy Martin of Mena. Cathy actually grew up in central Louisiana on ...

  • 5 December

    Steven Free – A Lifeline for Recovery

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Substance abuse is highly misunderstood and, many times, unfortunately carries a stigma with it… when it is, however, a complex disease. Drugs and other illicit substances change the brain in ways that make quitting hard, even for those who want to. It does take a strong will and discipline but a rock solid strong support system ...

November, 2017

  • 28 November

    Ashley George – Bringing ‘New Vision’ to Polk County

    BY LEANN DILBECK – A report released in 2016 by the U.S. Surgeon General estimated that one in seven people in this country are battling a substance addiction, and those numbers have only continued to rise. An even more astounding statistic is that approximately only one in ten addicted Americans receive treatment for their addiction due to the fragmentation in ...

  • 14 November

    Lauren Willis – A Community Pharmacist at Heart

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Pharmacists play such an important role in helping people heal and maintain a good quality of life. Many times, they are able to answer health-related questions — what foods, drinks, activities, or other drugs could have an effect on medication or what to do about a missed dose. Essentially, pharmacists help people with almost anything related to ...

  • 9 November

    COL. [RET.] Billy R. Wood – Duty, Honor, and Country

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Some heroes wear capes… others wear combat boots. COL. [RET] Billy R. Wood embodies all that makes this nation great… a love of country, God, and family. He doesn’t consider himself a hero in any sense of the word but he does consider himself blessed. COL. [RET] Billy R. Wood was born in Ada, Okla. in ...

  • 2 November

    Shelly Harvey – Leading Relay with a Heart to Find a Cure

    BY LEANN DILBECK Cancer is a leading cause of death around the world and its incidence continues to rise. Each year 12.7 million people discover they have cancer and 7.6 million people die from the disease. However, evidence shows that 30 – 40 percent of these deaths can be prevented, and one-third can be cured through early diagnosis and treatment.  ...

October, 2017

  • 10 October

    2017-2018 Miss Polk County – Hannah McDonald

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Ms. Hannah Evangeline McDonald was crowned as the County’s newest Queen during the annual Miss Polk County Pageant held recently and will join a long list of talented, beautiful, and smart young women who will have the privilege of promoting and representing their county over the coming year. Hannah is a Mena High School junior and ...

  • 3 October

    Steve Ellison – Teacher of the Word

    SUBMITTED – Steve Ellison grew up on the family farm in Board Camp, Arkansas and attended Board Camp Baptist Church.  Steve has many fond memories from those days. Steve indicated that Pastor and Mrs. Vernual Ridgeway were instrumental in him coming to Christ and surrendering to the ministry, “Mattie was my Sunday School teacher and Brother Ridgeway was my pastor.”  ...