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February, 2017

  • 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 ...

  • 15 December

    Eve Strother – Giving Value

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Humans are unique and are unlike everything else in all of creation. We have the capacity for meaningful relationship with others. The Grand Canyon, Mount Everest, or even the Atlantic Ocean, as beautiful as they are, can not hold the positions that humans possess. This view is embraced by Eve Strothers who serves as the Employment ...

  • 6 December

    Brian Thompson – A Servant Leader

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Brian Thompson embodies a quote from Donald Walters who once said, “Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance.” Thompson is a leader who would rather than identify himself with his title; would rather be identified with the people he serves. Brian is retired from the Army where he served ...

November, 2016

  • 29 November

    Michelle McGee – Passionate About School, Students, and Science

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Educators come in all types with different personalities and teaching styles, but one Acorn educator is a step above the rest, making the classroom a fun place to be, and somewhere students want to be. Michelle McGee, Acorn’s ultimate science teacher, was born in a Naval hospital in Virginia to parents that graduated from Acorn, as ...