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December, 2015

  • 29 December

    Bryan Russell – We’re Lovin’ His Happiness

    READER’S CHOICE 2016 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR! BY JACLYN ROSE – If you have been to the Mena McDonald’s on Highway 71 in the last few weeks, you have probably had the privilege of meeting Bryan Russell, the happy guy at the second window who hands out the food and drinks and dispensers of joy, the term he has coined ...

  • 16 December

    Sheila Johnson – Teaching the ‘Art’ of Art

    BY JACLYN ROSE – After she was married and had children, Sheila Johnson began attending college at Henderson State University in order to gain her Bachelor’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Art and Spanish. “I thought teaching would be a good career to have while raising my children. I could have the same holidays and breaks as they ...

  • 9 December

    Celeste Ashcraft – A Educator with Hometown Values

    Celeste Ashcraft was raised in Cove, Arkansas and it was during her time at Van-Cove Elementary School that she met the love of her life, Davy.  “Davy was my on-again, off-again boyfriend all through school and my high school sweetheart.  We got married before our junior year at Henderson, fifteen years ago,” explained Ashcraft.  The couple have three daughters, Cassidy, ...

  • 2 December

    Jason Head – More Than Just a Volunteer

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Born and raised in Mena and a 1995 graduate of Mena High School, Jason Head, went to work for the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department in general maintenance immediately following high school and has now celebrated twenty years with them. In 2004, he married Christi Head, an in-home daycare provider, and he has two step-children, ...

November, 2015

  • 26 November

    Major Marjorie Phipps – A True Patriot of Country

    In 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act of 1948 that established a permanent place for women in the United States military. Though female nurses were already considered permanent, this Act changed the role of women in the military and opened many doors. In 1950, the Unites States found themselves in conflict with Korea, a ...

  • 17 November

    Rick and Donna Chrisman – The Perfect Combo of Flair and Flavor

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Rick and Donna Chrisman are both natives of Texas who met while working at a steel company in Dallas.  Rick’s father was born and raised in Polk County and Rick spent many of his vacations back in Arkansas.  In 1980, when the Chrisman’s married they bought 20 acres outside of Hatfield, Arkansas, to be used as ...

  • 12 November

    Karlene Hooker – Connected, Spirited, Invested

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Karlene Hooker grew up in Hope, Arkansas, and graduated from Hope High School in 1974. The youngest of four kids, she grew up on a farm and was very active in high school athletics. Coach Hooker went on to Southern Arkansas University (SAU) where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education, with a minor in ...

  • 4 November

    Meet the New Miss Polk County: Mckinzy McGee

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Mckinzy McGee was raised in Polk County and will graduate from Mena High School this current school year, with plans to attend Arkansas Tech University and major in Agricultural Business and Public Relations.  One day she hopes to work for Tyson Chicken or Farm Bureau. McGee is a hardworking, driven and intelligent young lady with a ...

October, 2015

  • 27 October

    Karen Larson – A Warrior who Fought for Life and Won

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Karen Larson grew up in Minnesota and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education before moving to Colorado, where she met her husband, Michael Thompson.  The couple married and had two children, Christopher Thompson and Annika Thompson, and lived in Houston and Detroit before Michael was hired by Brodix and moved to Mena.  While their children ...

  • 20 October

    Betty Owens – Beating the Odds in Every Way

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Betty Owens is a woman that has seen many joys and hardships in 80 years but remains focused on what defines her: faith and family. She moved to Mena from Northeast Arkansas in 1989 with her husband Chuck. The couple desired to be closer to their children, daughter Sherry Baker in Mena and son Donald Owens ...