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December, 2016

  • 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 ...

  • 22 November

    Lou Brooks – A Man Among Men

    BY MELANIE BUCK – If you are wondering what a ‘man among men’ looks like, then look no further than Lou Brooks, a humble, kindhearted man that has lived more life in his 83 years than most could ever dream of. Born in Willington, Texas in 1933, Lou endured a horrendous childhood of abuse. So horrendous, that as an 8-year ...

  • 15 November

    Jessica Kropp – A Passion for Theatre and her Students

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Jessica Kropp has had theatre running through her veins since childhood and has received a high accolade as a result of her years of dedication to the art, specifically in the teaching of the art. For her hard work, Kropp was the VIP at a recent ceremony where she received recognition for her talents, her drive, ...

  • 8 November

    Solomon ‘Buck’ Cureton – Giving All, Taking None

    BY MELANIE BUCK – In a different time with a different attitude of life than exists today, a young soldier from Polk County volunteered for one of the most grueling marches of World War II and now bears the memories, and the medals, that were earned during his time there. Solomon ‘Buck’ Cureton was born in 1923, five miles east ...

  • 2 November

    Will Webb – Retired Alaskan Bush Pilot

    BY RICK WRIGHT – Mena’s Will Webb has had an interesting life. He spent several years as a bush pilot in Alaska for starters. Webb was born in Purcell, Oklahoma, but was raised in northwest Arkansas, where the Regional Airport is now. “I went to high school in Gentry, Arkansas,” said Webb. “I graduated in 1955 and joined the Air ...

October, 2016

  • 25 October

    Randall Whorton – A Legend on and off the Field

    BY RICK WRIGHT – The Mena Bearcats play their home football games at a field named after this legendary coach, a man who has influenced so many high school young men on the football field and young men and women in the classroom for over 35 years. When the lights come on Friday nights at Randall Whorton Field, at Bearcat ...

  • 18 October

    Andy Philpot – Living an Educational Dream

    BY RICK WRIGHT – Andy Philpot is currently the English-9 teacher at Mena High School. He teaches creative writing, journalism, and under the journalism field falls the Bearfacts Newspaper. Philpot also teaches Yearbook and creates the Yearbook with the students. He also creates the Souvenir Sports Programs for the School District, which is a project, not a class. “It’s fun, ...

  • 11 October

    The New 2016 Miss Polk County – Jayzlee Bahr

    On September 24, new royalty was crowned as Mena High School junior Jayzlee Bahr was crowned the 2016-2017 Miss Polk County Fair Queen.  Jayzlee is the 17 year old daughter of Bill and Krystal Linch and Jason Bahr. This was Jayzlee’s first pageant and said she felt astonishment, shock and ultimately,  joy when they announced her as the winner, “It ...

September, 2016

  • 28 September

    Kyle Cannon – Your Hometown Banker

    BY RICK WRIGHT – Kyle Cannon works for the Union Bank of Mena, he’s the A Loan Officer and the Branch Manager at the Wickes Branch. Kyle has been with the bank a little over four years and has been at Wickes right at three years. Kyle was born in Arkadelphia and his family moved to Mena when he was ...