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March, 2017

  • 7 March

    Tommy Johnson – A Life that Counts

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Abraham Lincoln once said, “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that counts. It’s the life in the years.” What Lincoln meant was that one could live a long life, but never really live life to the fullest. In other words, when someone gets to the end of their years, what will be ...

February, 2017

  • 28 February

    Fred Ogden – Coming Home

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Margaret Elizabeth Sangster once said, “There’s nothing half so pleasant as coming home again.” Home is not necessarily a town or a destination, but a place that is warm with smiles and love from family and friends. Fond memories from the past help shape the places that people call home. For Fred Ogden, Mena is home, ...

  • 21 February

    Valerie Couch – Shaping Lives Through Music

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Dale Carnegie once said, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” This is true of anyone, everyone wants to know they are cared for. At Acorn, Valerie Couch is a living example of this quote, she is caring for her students and investing in their lives each and every ...

  • 14 February

    Terri Neugent – Honored Volunteer Driven to Serve the Community

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – As communities join together for long-standing traditions and new festivities, few recognize the amount of work “behind the scenes” and attention to detail that assures its success. Many times, these people are paid but more often than not in small rural communities, such as in Polk County, they are volunteers that are driven to give back ...

  • 7 February

    Seth Smith – Serving Polk County With a Smile

    BY LOGAN MCCOURNTEY – Seth Smith balances the rare blend of seriousness and laughter, which may seem like polar opposites, but for a career that requires him to struggle the stresses of law enforcement while being a public servant, Seth has found the perfect equation. Seth grew up in Polk County and attended Mena Public Schools. Upon graduation from high ...

  • 2 February

    Clint Bell – Protecting and Shaping Lives

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Raising boys up to be men of honor, integrity, and strength can be tough. In fact, it seems that it takes a whole village to raise kids the right way. The family structure is paramount in developing kids for their adult years. This idea is perfectly summed up in Clint Bell, School Resource Officer [SRO] for ...

January, 2017

  • 25 January

    Terry Scott – A Dedicated Public Servant and Businessman for South Polk County

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – One of the greatest things about a Democracy is that it gives people the opportunity to voice their concerns and desires. Throughout generations, men and women have been appointed to be the voice of a segment or group of people. For over 40 years now, Terry Scott has been a voice for many in Polk County. ...

  • 17 January

    David Dutton – A Model of Consistency

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Rarely can someone be found that has been working in the same job for ten years, much less forty. It takes a special and unique blend of character traits to not only work somewhere with that longevity, but to do so with consistency. Determination, endurance, patience…these are each qualities of a man or woman that is ...

  • 10 January

    Ronnie Wagner – Running the Race Well

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Life has often been compared to a race, more specifically, a marathon. Seasons of this race are full of joy, and other parts of the race leave people as if they’ve crashed and burned. The search for joy is something that every person has experienced. Ronnie Wagner spent much of the first part of his race ...

December, 2016

  • 22 December

    Rhonda Willborg- Strengthening Families

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Families are the structure and foundation for many children’s success socially, academically, and professionally. A solid foundation and structure can prove to be beneficial for years to come. This belief is held by Ouachita River School District and Rhonda Willborg, their Student Services Coordinator. The Student Services Coordinator is a new position at ORSD that just ...