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August, 2015

  • 25 August

    Aloma Gilbert – Counting Her Blessings

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Aloma Gilbert was raised in the Lone Valley Community of Hatfield, Arkansas, where she still resides today. Like so many women of her day, Gilbert was not given the opportunity to obtain a post-secondary education after graduating from Hatfield High School. “I would love to have gone on to college, but I wasn’t fortunate enough. I ...

  • 18 August

    Ron Riemar – A Passion for Christ

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Ron Riemar grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and met his wife, Vickie, while attending the Glorietta Baptist Conference Center in Glorietta, New Mexico, where they were both sponsors for youth camp.  The couple married in 1982 and lived in Vickie’s home state of Texas. “Vickie and I don’t consider our marriage a commitment, but a covenant.  ...

  • 11 August

    Annette Kloch – Allowing Nothing to Keep Her Down

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Annette Kloch, like so many others, works a full time job.  She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends and enjoys a few hobbies.  However, aside from the norm, Kloch has dedicated a large portion of her time to helping others.  To her, it is simply a way to give back, but to the ...

  • 4 August

    Lauren Frost – Creating Her Own Legacy

    BY JACLYN ROSE – As the daughter of two educators, Mena Middle Principal, Mike Hobson and recently retired Speech Pathologist for Mena Public Schools, Melissa Hobson, Lauren Frost grew up determined that she would not go into education, until she began working with kids and found that they were her calling.  “I grew up in the school building, literally every ...

July, 2015

  • 29 July

    Coach Craig Bentley – A Bearcat, Born and Bred

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Coach Craig Bentley began his athletic career as a Mena Bearcat, when his family moved back to town.  After graduating from Mena High School in 2003, he went on to obtain his Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Henderson State University.  After graduating in December of 2007, Coach Bentley moved back to Mena, where he helped ...

  • 21 July

    Pat Westbrook – The Caring Life of ‘Mother Brown’

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Pat Westbrook, or Mother Brown to her colleagues, grew up in Potter and was a 1966 graduate of Hatfield High School.  Very quickly after graduation she moved to Dallas, Texas and spent the next 15 years living in the big city. In 1981, Westbrook moved back to Polk County and found her calling in life.  “I ...

  • 14 July

    Lucille Lance – Always Teaching and Helping

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Born the only girl in a family of four children, Lucille Lance was raised in the town of Hatfield, Arkansas during the early 1930’s. Though times were difficult financially, Lance was too young to understand. “Many of our toys were made in the home by the parent, or the children. Wheels were fashioned to make wagons ...

  • 7 July

    Yvonne Siribouth – A Natural Kind of Girl

    BY JACLYN ROSE –  When Yvonne Siribouth was pregnant with her fourth child, she suddenly found herself a single parent.  Up to that point, she had been a stay-at-home mom, caring for her children.  With determination and a one-month old baby, she began college at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith and started a job as a hostess in the ...

June, 2015

  • 30 June

    David Adams – A Natural at Growing Nature’s Best

    BY JACLYN ROSE – David Adams spent most of his life in Houston, Texas where he worked in construction and electrical work before he completed an Associate’s Degree in Computer Hardware and went to work as a System Software Engineer for Hewitt Packard (HP) for 15 years. Adams met his wife, Terry, almost 40 years ago and they have three ...

  • 23 June

    Kyle Robertson – A Gracious Giver of Care and Time

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Even as a child growing up in Redwater, Texas, Kyle Robertson knew he wanted to enter the medical field, and through a series of events he settled into respiratory therapy, a field that was not his original choice but based on the accolades he has received over the past year, has proven to be the correct ...