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May, 2015

  • 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: ...

  • 21 April

    Rae Lankford – With Kids Forever in Her Heart

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Rae Lankford felt the Lord calling her to work with children over forty years ago, when she and her husband, Mitch, began teaching children’s church at Holly Creek Baptist Church in Dierks, Arkansas.  The group went from ten children to eighty-five and Lankford knew this would be her life’s work. Lankford grew up in central Arkansas ...

  • 14 April

    Tommy Stueart – To Protect & Serve

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Senior Corporal Tommy Stueart has given his life to full time civil service.  Born and raised outside of Murfreesboro, Arkansas, Stueart knew from a young age that he wanted to wear a uniform.  He enlisted in the United States Air Force his senior year of high school through the delayed enlistment program.  “Right after I joined ...

  • 7 April

    Teresa Mullen – A Passion for Family and Health

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Growing up in a military family, Teresa Mullen lived all over the United States before moving to Mena in 1977.  “Moving around taught me diversity.  I had to be able to adapt to different cultures and different people,” Mullen explained. After graduating from Mena High School in 1982, Mullen moved to Houston to attend college and ...

March, 2015

  • 31 March

    Lisa Masters – A Testament to ‘Open Doors’

    BY JACLYN ROSE – A native of Louisiana, Lisa Masters moved to Texas in 1989, when she married her husband Tim. “Tim and I try to be sensitive to one another’s feelings and we put each other first. We also have the same values which has helped us in our marriage,” explained Masters. The couple have four children: Anna, Neal, ...

  • 24 March

    Elizabeth Tompkins – A Special Heart for Special Needs

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Elizabeth Tompkins found her calling in life at an early age. “Growing up I had a cousin that was special needs and all through school the teacher would come and get me and I would help him with his work. This showed me that the population of special needs children needed help. I knew that this ...

  • 17 March

    Mike Jackson – Acorn’s Driving Force

    BY NORM BETZ – Acorn High School head boys and girls basketball coach, Mike Jackson, is proud to call Polk County his home. Jackson accomplished something this year that not too many coaches nationwide will ever be able to say. Jackson led both the Tigers and Lady Tigers to the 1A State Tournament. Just how hard is this feat to ...

  • 10 March

    Pete Johnson – A Heart of Gold

    BY JACLYN ROSE – One of the things that makes small town communities great are the people, those who are willing to contribute their time, knowledge and resources to improve society.  In many instances, individuals give what they can amongst their other obligations, and on rare occasions, someone comes along who gives on an even greater scale.  Pete Johnson is ...