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June, 2015

  • 9 June

    Elizabeth Denny – A Woman of Resources & Collections

    BY JACLYN ROSE – As a child of the depression, Elizabeth Denny, “Liz” to her friends, was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1932.  The youngest of five children, her family traveled to different cities around the Florida panhandle and Southern Alabama following her father’s job.  Denny graduated from Flomaton High School in Flomaton, Alabama in 1950 in the top 5% ...

  • 2 June

    Shelby Callahan Brewster – A Selfless Caregiver

    BY JACLYN ROSE – In your first impression of Shelby Callahan Brewster, she appears to be an average eleven year old girl, with a pretty smile.  Very sweet and soft spoken, she appears to be very shy, she loves art and roller skating and hopes to one day be a fashion designer.  Shelby is an honor roll student at Wickes ...

May, 2015

  • 26 May

    Coach Hunter – A Strong Dedication to Family and Team

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Friday, May 22, 2015, the Mena Ladycat Softball Team made local history by winning the school’s very first 4A State Championship with a 7-3 win over Bauxite.  This incredible group of athletes completed their season with a win-loss record of 32-4 and are undefeated in conference and post-season play winning the titles of District Champions, Conference ...

  • 20 May

    Brandi Benner – A Talented Lover of Faith, Family, and Song

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Born and raised in Mena, Brandi Benner found her love for music at a young age.  “My dad really encouraged me to be in the school band and that opened the door for me musically and taught me to love music,” explained Benner. After graduating from Mena High School in 1996, Benner completed a year of ...

  • 12 May

    Phillip Wilson – A Heart for Family and Higher Education

    BY JACLYN ROSE Dr. Phillip Wilson grew up in neighboring Montgomery County on the family farm in Pencil Bluff. “I am fortunate that at a very early age my parents showed me the importance of continued learning and the value of education at every level. Growing up on a farm is very hard work but it instilled, at an early ...

  • 7 May

    Marilyn Davenport – The Heart & Soul to Teach

      BY JACLYN ROSE – As the daughter of legendary Mena Bearcat Coach, Jim Rackley, Marilyn Davenport was raised at Bearcat sporting events. “I spent a lot of time growing up cheering for the Bearcats. My dad was a well-loved Bearcat coach and I spent my childhood at ballgames. I know that’s why I love sports and the Bearcats so ...

April, 2015

  • 28 April

    Bobbie Himel – Turning Life’s Strifes into Unconditional Love

    BY JACLYN ROSE –  Bobbie Himel did not have an idyllic childhood, but when she allowed God to take over her life, He provided her with a purpose and has allowed her to use the pain of her past to minister to people and show them His love. Himel is married to Milton and between them they have four children: ...

  • 21 April

    Rae Lankford – With Kids Forever in Her Heart

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Rae Lankford felt the Lord calling her to work with children over forty years ago, when she and her husband, Mitch, began teaching children’s church at Holly Creek Baptist Church in Dierks, Arkansas.  The group went from ten children to eighty-five and Lankford knew this would be her life’s work. Lankford grew up in central Arkansas ...

  • 14 April

    Tommy Stueart – To Protect & Serve

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Senior Corporal Tommy Stueart has given his life to full time civil service.  Born and raised outside of Murfreesboro, Arkansas, Stueart knew from a young age that he wanted to wear a uniform.  He enlisted in the United States Air Force his senior year of high school through the delayed enlistment program.  “Right after I joined ...

  • 7 April

    Teresa Mullen – A Passion for Family and Health

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Growing up in a military family, Teresa Mullen lived all over the United States before moving to Mena in 1977.  “Moving around taught me diversity.  I had to be able to adapt to different cultures and different people,” Mullen explained. After graduating from Mena High School in 1982, Mullen moved to Houston to attend college and ...