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October, 2013

  • 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 ...

August, 2013

  • 26 August

    Crystal Mos – Community Volunteer

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Crystal Mos was born and raised in Ink. She lived in the country, her dad was a ranch hand, her mother a day care worker, and she grew up as a county girl. Mos graduated from Mena High School in 2002 and attended Rich Mountain Community College. She eventually took a position with The First National ...

  • 17 August

    Roxanne Aleshire – Bringing Salvation to the Salvation Army

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Everyone needs a little salvation – sometimes it comes directly from spirit and sometimes it’s as simple as a little help with an electric bill or some canned food and a clean shirt. As a devoutly faithful Christian, Roxanne Aleshire puts her faith in God every day, but now, as the new director of the Salvation ...

  • 13 August

    David Alley – Striving to Make Mena Better

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – David Alley is one of those folks who got a good education, put it to work with a strong company, and was rewarded with a lasting career. But he had a history with Mena, and after retiring he and his wife came back, and by their very natures they began to find ways to help and ...

  • 6 August

    Mandy Godfrey – Helping And Enjoying Mena

    BY MICHAEL REISIG Mandy Godfrey was born in Carthage, Texas, then moved to and grew up in Arkadelphia, Ark., but she simply loves her adopted home of Mena. Godfrey’s father was a contractor for homes and businesses and her mother was a homemaker. She grew up and graduated high school in 1987 in Arkadelphia and went on to attend Ouachita ...