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July, 2015

  • 7 July

    Yvonne Siribouth – A Natural Kind of Girl

    BY JACLYN ROSE –  When Yvonne Siribouth was pregnant with her fourth child, she suddenly found herself a single parent.  Up to that point, she had been a stay-at-home mom, caring for her children.  With determination and a one-month old baby, she began college at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith and started a job as a hostess in the ...

June, 2015

  • 30 June

    David Adams – A Natural at Growing Nature’s Best

    BY JACLYN ROSE – David Adams spent most of his life in Houston, Texas where he worked in construction and electrical work before he completed an Associate’s Degree in Computer Hardware and went to work as a System Software Engineer for Hewitt Packard (HP) for 15 years. Adams met his wife, Terry, almost 40 years ago and they have three ...

  • 23 June

    Kyle Robertson – A Gracious Giver of Care and Time

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Even as a child growing up in Redwater, Texas, Kyle Robertson knew he wanted to enter the medical field, and through a series of events he settled into respiratory therapy, a field that was not his original choice but based on the accolades he has received over the past year, has proven to be the correct ...

  • 9 June

    Elizabeth Denny – A Woman of Resources & Collections

    BY JACLYN ROSE – As a child of the depression, Elizabeth Denny, “Liz” to her friends, was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1932.  The youngest of five children, her family traveled to different cities around the Florida panhandle and Southern Alabama following her father’s job.  Denny graduated from Flomaton High School in Flomaton, Alabama in 1950 in the top 5% ...

  • 2 June

    Shelby Callahan Brewster – A Selfless Caregiver

    BY JACLYN ROSE – In your first impression of Shelby Callahan Brewster, she appears to be an average eleven year old girl, with a pretty smile.  Very sweet and soft spoken, she appears to be very shy, she loves art and roller skating and hopes to one day be a fashion designer.  Shelby is an honor roll student at Wickes ...

May, 2015

  • 26 May

    Coach Hunter – A Strong Dedication to Family and Team

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Friday, May 22, 2015, the Mena Ladycat Softball Team made local history by winning the school’s very first 4A State Championship with a 7-3 win over Bauxite.  This incredible group of athletes completed their season with a win-loss record of 32-4 and are undefeated in conference and post-season play winning the titles of District Champions, Conference ...

  • 20 May

    Brandi Benner – A Talented Lover of Faith, Family, and Song

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Born and raised in Mena, Brandi Benner found her love for music at a young age.  “My dad really encouraged me to be in the school band and that opened the door for me musically and taught me to love music,” explained Benner. After graduating from Mena High School in 1996, Benner completed a year of ...

  • 12 May

    Phillip Wilson – A Heart for Family and Higher Education

    BY JACLYN ROSE Dr. Phillip Wilson grew up in neighboring Montgomery County on the family farm in Pencil Bluff. “I am fortunate that at a very early age my parents showed me the importance of continued learning and the value of education at every level. Growing up on a farm is very hard work but it instilled, at an early ...

  • 7 May

    Marilyn Davenport – The Heart & Soul to Teach

      BY JACLYN ROSE – As the daughter of legendary Mena Bearcat Coach, Jim Rackley, Marilyn Davenport was raised at Bearcat sporting events. “I spent a lot of time growing up cheering for the Bearcats. My dad was a well-loved Bearcat coach and I spent my childhood at ballgames. I know that’s why I love sports and the Bearcats so ...

April, 2015

  • 28 April

    Bobbie Himel – Turning Life’s Strifes into Unconditional Love

    BY JACLYN ROSE –  Bobbie Himel did not have an idyllic childhood, but when she allowed God to take over her life, He provided her with a purpose and has allowed her to use the pain of her past to minister to people and show them His love. Himel is married to Milton and between them they have four children: ...