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March, 2014

  • 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 ...

  • 22 January

    Shelley Staggs

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Shelley Staggs is a native of Rockford, the second largest city in the state of Illinois.  At the age of 8 her parents decided a small town would be better to raise their only child, and they moved south to Mena.  “It was definitely a big change going from a large city to Mena but I ...

  • 14 January

    Regina Lawry

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Regina Lawry was born in Denver, Colorado and lived in the same house until she was married.  In grade school she attended Denver Public Schools.  Upon entering high school, Regina transferred to a private Christian boarding school in Loveland, Co, called Campion Academy.  It was there that Regina met her husband and made lifelong friends that ...

  • 7 January

    Brooks and Ann Barron

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Around 55 years ago, a mutual friend of Brooks and Ann Barron thought they would be a good match for each other and set them up on a blind date.  The couple agreed and married a year later.  After 54 years they are a wonderful example of a godly marriage.  The duo are adorable together, finishing ...

December, 2013

  • 31 December

    Gary Newcomb – Retiring from Banking Career

    BY JACLYN ROSE – A self-proclaimed “Arkansas Man”, Gary Newcomb was born in California but moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas at a young age.  “We are “Arkansas People” who spent a little time in California.  I’ve always considered Arkansas to be my home.”  Newcomb graduated from Hot Springs High and went on to Henderson State University to begin his post ...