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November, 2013

  • 7 November

    Kandy Page and Tammy Odom – Images Of Success

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Kandy Page and Tammy Odom of Mena, are two shining examples of what you can do when you practice drive and determination. Both are graduates of Rich Mountain Community College (RMCC) and other institutions of higher learning, and both represent the equation that this nation was built upon – dedication and hard work equals success. Kandy ...

October, 2013

  • 29 October

    John C. Davis – A Long-Time Hometown Boy

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – John C. Davis was born and raised in Mena, coming into this world and this town in 1942. He attended schools here and graduated from high school in 1960. His father owned Mena Ice Plant and Davis began his working career there. “As a kid I worked on the loading dock and delivered ice as well,” ...

  • 23 October

    Chi Chi Harris – An “Over-comer”

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – When we are faced with challenges in life, some of us try to dodge them, and some of us surrender to them, but there is a small portion who refuse to give up, who strive to overcome, using all the elements at their disposal. Chi Chi Harris is one of the over-comers and using faith and ...

  • 15 October

    Joe Quinn – School Resource Officer

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Joe Quinn has accomplished quite a bit in his young life so far – he is a Mena officer, he has attended and graduated SWAT School, he’s a Certified Police Instructor, a Glock Firearms Instructor, and a Taser Instructor, but one of the things he’s most proud of is the opportunity to serve and protect the ...

  • 7 October

    Kate Self – From Softball Star to Miss Polk County

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Kate Self is one of those rare ladies who is not only attractive, but carries a natural, open quality about her – she’s a real person – and today that’s fairly rare. Self was born in Mena, and her father works at U.S. Motors. Her mother teaches at Holly Harshman Elementary. Self attended Hatfield schools for ...

September, 2013

  • 30 September

    Berlene Singleton – A Community Hospital Icon

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – For over 60 years our area hospital (now Mena Regional Health System) has served and healed this community. Part of its success has been the quality of its employees, and one of those employees, for the better part of the hospital’s history, is Berlene Singleton. In fact, if you’ve been a patient of our hospital in ...

  • 24 September

    Andy and Tracy Youngblood – Living Naturally

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – The Youngblood family believes in doing things right, and living closer to nature and God, and it seems to work for them. Andy was born and raised in Polk County. His wife, Tracy, was born in Texas but raised in Wickes. Both of them went to Wickes High School. Andy was a couple of years ahead ...

  • 17 September

    Sean Couch – Teaching Children Well

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Sean Couch is the principal of Acorn High School, but it’s been a long road to that position, and along the way Couch has learned much. Now he tries to pass on some of those lessons to his students, not just regarding learning, but life. Couch was born in Nashville, Ark. His father was a Baptist ...

  • 10 September

    Don Kelley – Serving Friends, Family, and Faith

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Don Kelley is a unique amalgam of down to earth and high tech. He’s very into living the way God and nature intended us to live, closer to the earth and its bounties, and his faith is unshakable, but at the same time he’s a master of electronics, computers, and cameras, and a professional home builder. ...

  • 2 September

    Susan Gibson – Artist Extraordinaire

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Susan Gibson is one of those people who has been given a gift from above. Even as a child, drawing and art came natural to her, and today she is an accomplished, successful artist. One of her latest works, “One Surprise”, is on exhibit this month at the Butler Gallery in Little Rock, after winning the ...