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September, 2013

  • 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 ...

July, 2013

  • 30 July

    James Earl Turner – Dedicated To His Community

    By Michael Reisig James Earl Turner is a fourth generation native of Mena and Polk County. His parents and grandparents were cattle people and farmers and he has grown up with a love of the land and the people of this area. From that, Turner has continuously dedicated a good deal of his time and efforts to making Polk County ...

  • 24 July

    Kyle and Debbie Todd – Promoting “Acts of Love”

    By Michael Reisig Kyle and Debbie Todd have a mission – in both the literal and cerebral sense. They have taken it upon themselves to feed the needy, and working with the Mena Assembly of God Church, and Acts of Love, this is what they do. Kyle was born and raised in Mena. He attended Mena High School and graduated ...

  • 17 July

    Laci Miner & Lori Bonner – Sisters Add Thriving Sister Stores to Mena’s Downtown

    By Michael Reisig Two of Mena’s younger entrepreneurs have been showing the way for others to be successful, and in the process, they are building and enhancing our business community. In the last couple of years, sisters Laci Miner and Lori Bonner have opened clothing and accessories boutiques in Mena, and with hard work, dedication, and a good deal of ...

June, 2013

  • 21 June

    Maureen Keese – Working For College and Community

    By Michael Reisig – Maureen Keese of Mena has found a place within our town and our college that she can combine human resources and physical resources, and come up with an improved community. It keeps her very busy, but she likes that as well. Keese is originally from Newark, N.J., where she was born and raised. She graduated from ...

June, 2011

  • 29 June

    Robert Toombs – Helping Veterans Receive What They Deserve

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – For the last five years Robert Toombs has served with distinction as the Polk County Veteran’s Service Office and many a veteran in this area will tell you it was Toombs who went to bat for him or her and helped them get the benefits they were entitled to. Toombs was born in St. Louis, MO. ...