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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.”  ...

September, 2017

  • 26 September

    Randy Jewell – Behind the Badge

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Ronald Reagan once said, “Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid.” They are a very small percentage of our population yet they are the integral component of what holds order and civility in our community, and collectively, as a nation. Chief Deputy Randy Jewell is one of those faithful, courageous souls who has a deeply ...

  • 19 September

    April Dickerson – Riding for a Cause

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Finding a hobby that you enjoy is such a rewarding experience. Understanding that the hobby is a God-given gift that can be used to serve others can bring an undeniable and deep satisfaction. Such is the case for April (Lee) Dickerson of South Polk County, who recently was part of an event that raised over $121,412,000 ...

  • 12 September

    Emily Huckaby – Embracing Technology to Help Students Soar to Success

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – With more and more advancements in technology, education is continually changing. Changes are made to help better engage students, but new technology can be used for more than student participation. Is it possible to mix new and innovative technology to bolster student education, while also serving the community? Emily Huckabey, EAST Facilitator at Cossatot River High ...

  • 6 September

    Doris Hastey – Advocating and Empowering the Vulnerable

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Being an effective nurse requires not only a very special skill set, but a heart that is motivated by compassion and a discipline to always put the patients’ needs first. No one would argue that the field isn’t demanding, both mentally and physically, and is best served by those who believe that they’ve been called to ...

August, 2017

  • 29 August

    Brenda Huff – Counting Her Blessings

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – For years, families and friends gathered to sit on the porch. Nothing official happened, just people talking, sharing life, love, and laughter. In a fast paced life that is always pulling people in many directions, it becomes hard to sit down and enjoy these things. Brenda Huff still starts everyday on the porch, drinking coffee and ...

  • 22 August

    Lennie Edwards – A Life of Seasons

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – At the right place at the right time. This phrase may be said about a football player who was in a good position to make a play, a baseball fan who caught their first foul ball, or a recent college graduate who stumbled upon a good job. So much of life is being in the right ...

  • 15 August

    Colby Singleton – Making Reading Fun

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – A child who reads will be an adult who thinks. Reading is more than just glancing at words on a page. Reading is about being educated, being transformed, and changing the way people think. Those who read are also normally the ones that lead. Colby Singleton, literacy teacher at Acorn, is teaching students to think and ...

  • 8 August

    Marty Caldwell- Serving Local Veterans

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Ronald Reagan once said, “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” This quote is most certainly true and one that everyone can strive towards in order to make their community a better place. Marty Caldwell, member of the local Elks Lodge, fully embodies what it means to lend a helping hand. Marty has been ...