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April, 2014

  • 2 April

    Cindy Long

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Cindy Long was born the second of four sisters and one adopted brother and was raised in Wilburton, Oklahoma.  It was there that she entered the workforce, long before she even graduated high school.  “My father was a supervisor for Arkla Gas, which later became Centerpoint Energy and my mother was mostly a stay at home ...

March, 2014

  • 26 March

    Kyong Weathersby

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Over thirty three years ago, Kyong Weathersby was employed by the U.S. Government in her hometown of Seoul, South Korea.  It was there that she met her husband, Larry, a soldier.  “Larry’s mom told me he was upset when he found out he had to go to South Korea, but we met there.  God takes what ...

  • 18 March

    Diane Emerson

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Diane Emerson, originally from Dallas, Texas used to visit Polk County as a tourist and enjoyed the unique events the area has to offer.  Around 17 years ago she met, Randoph Emerson, a Mena native, at a graveside funeral of a mutual friend.  They began dating and Diane was thrilled to discover Randoph was from Mena.  ...

  • 11 March

    Scott Sawyer

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Scott Sawyer, the middle child of a family of seven, grew up all over the country.  His father was in the paper industry and would move his family every two to three years for work.  When Sawyer was in the 8th grade, his family moved to southeast Washington State where they settled for the remainder of ...

  • 4 March

    Tim Hesse

    BY JACLYN ROSE – The middle child of a Lutheran Minister, Tim Hesse was born in Nebraska but moved every 3 years as a child.   “I have older sisters that are identical twins and they are gorgeous and then a younger brother.  I was the uninteresting middle child,” Hesse said with a grin.  “Because of that and the fact that ...

February, 2014

  • 26 February

    Amber Brewer

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Born and raised in Mena, Amber Brewer is a 23 year old woman with a passion and a platform.  Like many ladies across the United States, Brewer began frequenting the tanning bed while in the 8th grade.  The seemingly harmless habit proved itself very dangerous when Brewer found a suspicious mole on her thigh last summer.  ...

  • 18 February

    Russ and Liz Hoffman

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Simplicity, volunteerism and community are all at the heart of Russ and Liz Hoffman.  When they begin discussing their passion: to bring together friends and family, to work together and create a better Polk County, their faces absolutely light up.  This couple spent a combined 48 hours ringing the bell for the Salvation Army outside, over ...

  • 11 February

    Lawana Callahan

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Lawana Callahan is a middle child, sixth in a blended family that totals eleven children and it is a position she holds very dear to her heart.  “I love being in the middle of my brothers and sister because I have managed to have a close relationship with all of them.  Family is so important to ...

  • 5 February

    Rae Grasso

    BY JACLYN ROSE – At 12 years old, in her hometown of Ossining, New York, while listening to cowboy records, Rae Grasso decided she would one day move to Oklahoma or Wyoming.  Fascinated with cowboys and the Western lifestyle, she is thrilled to have ended up just miles from the Oklahoma border. Grasso was born in 1929 and was raised ...

January, 2014

  • 29 January

    James and Faye Harnar

    BY JACLYN ROSE – James Harnar was born in Mississippi in April of 1927. When he was a young man his family chose to head west and settle in Grover City, California.  He made the trip on the back of a flatbed truck with an old dog.  James, along with his mother, step-father and several siblings did not have money ...