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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 ...

  • 13 October

    Pamela Bell and Shauna Wagner – Mother & Daughter Surviving Together

    BY JACLYN ROSE – When Pamela Bell moved from California to Arkansas in 1983 she was looking for a new start for herself and her 18 month old daughter, Shauna.  In 1986, she met her to-be husband, Hershel, and in 1989 they married and combined their families.  “Hershel had three children: Wendy McDaniel, Clint Bell, and Jennifer Hayes, and he ...

  • 6 October

    Kim Trickey – Keeping Strength Through Faith

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Born in Waldron and raised in Mena, Kim Trickey graduated from Mena High School in 1982.  After obtaining a degree in education from Henderson State University, Trickey began teaching at Louise Durham Elementary 25 years ago, before transferring to Hurricane Creek Elementary in Bryant, Arkansas 11 years ago. Trickey married her husband, Mark, 18 years ago ...

September, 2015

  • 30 September

    Renee Hendrix – Advocating for the Next Generation

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Renee Hendrix’s favorite motto is, “do unto others as you would have them to do unto you.” She tries very hard to live that motto every day.  As the Assistant Director for CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, she has the opportunity often to spend time encouraging children in the foster system, a group ...

  • 22 September

    John Maddox – Making His Own Mark on the County and State

    BY JACLYN ROSE – John Maddox enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, calling the Hogs, and doing his part in helping his community succeed.  A native of Mena, Maddox graduated from Mena High School in 1987 and went on to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree and then a Law Degree from ...

  • 15 September

    Jessie Curry – Protecting the County’s Future, One Child at a Time

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Patrolman and Mena Public School’s new School Resource Officer, Jessie Curry, began his career with U.S. Motors, now Nidec, immediately after graduating from Acorn High School.  “I worked there for 33 years and when I left I was a tool room machinist.  I enjoy working with my hands and building things and I’m very proud of ...

  • 1 September

    Barbie Hatfield Goudy – A Resilience Second to None

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Barbie Hatfield Goudy was married to Hoyt Hatfield for twenty-five years and together they lived a beautiful life and were blessed with five children. When Hoyt was 48 years old he was diagnosed with end stage renal failure and even though he, with the loving support of his family and friends, fought the disease valiantly, he ...

August, 2015

  • 25 August

    Aloma Gilbert – Counting Her Blessings

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Aloma Gilbert was raised in the Lone Valley Community of Hatfield, Arkansas, where she still resides today. Like so many women of her day, Gilbert was not given the opportunity to obtain a post-secondary education after graduating from Hatfield High School. “I would love to have gone on to college, but I wasn’t fortunate enough. I ...

  • 18 August

    Ron Riemar – A Passion for Christ

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Ron Riemar grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and met his wife, Vickie, while attending the Glorietta Baptist Conference Center in Glorietta, New Mexico, where they were both sponsors for youth camp.  The couple married in 1982 and lived in Vickie’s home state of Texas. “Vickie and I don’t consider our marriage a commitment, but a covenant.  ...