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May, 2016

  • 31 May

    Mitch Lankford – An Educator of Life and Science

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Mitch Lankford graduated Dierks High School in small town Arkansas in 1966. Becoming an educator was far from his mind when he attended college at Henderson State and after two years of being undeclared, he chose chemistry as his major. “I went to college with the idea of majoring in art. I was kind of good ...

  • 24 May

    Rex Burns – A Veteran and World Traveler

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Rex Burns is a man who has lived a lot of life, being a citizen, a husband, a father, and a veteran. Born in 1928, in Herrick, South Dakota, he comes from a father and grandfather that worked for the CCC building roads with mules, and grew up with a value of hard work. Upon graduating ...

  • 17 May

    Teresa Ashlock – Polk County Relay for Life Caregiver of the Year

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Teresa Ashlock was honored as the Polk County Relay for Life Caregiver of the Year on Friday, May 13, 2016, in Janssen Park among her friends, family, and peers. Ashlock’s surprise was apparent as the recipient was announced by Debbie Welch of Polk County Relay for Life. Originally from Mena, she now lives in Waldron, but ...

  • 10 May

    Denie Westphal – A Woman of Duty and Service

    BY MELANIE BUCK – For most of her life, Denie Westphal has been a self-proclaimed pencil-pusher, but one that served her country doing just that. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Westphal said she moved around a lot while growing up. Her father was an Army veteran, serving in World War II and he instilled a sense of duty in his children. ...

  • 3 May

    Carla Mosley – A Leader and Servant

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Born and raised in Mena, Carla Mosley long ago recognized the importance of family, friends, and community service. The youngest of seven, she graduated Mena High School in 1978 and married her husband, Steve, in 1981. Mother to a son, Nick, she has a wonderful daughter-in-law, Jenna, and the apple of her eye is her grandson ...

April, 2016

  • 26 April

    Jordan Strickland – An Eagle Scout and Preservationist

    BY RENEE HENDRIX – Most teenagers’ visions center around their future and themselves as they embark upon a new chapter in life. But there are a few whose visions focus on service to others, as was the vision of Jordan Strickland, when he participated in an age old tradition of “decoration” that was held at the quaint country church and ...

  • 20 April

    Dr. Steve Rook – Helping Students Realize Their Dreams

    BY RENEE HENDRIX – For the past 16 years Steve Rook has poured his heart, his passion and his exemplary leadership into Rich Mountain Community College. He holds tremendous respect for the development and growth the once vocational/technical school has experienced, surpassing its humble expectations into the accredited two year college known for its high quality programs and affordable tuition. ...

  • 12 April

    Michelle Heath-Schnell – Looking Forward to Serving Polk County

    BY RENEE HENDRIX – Michelle Heath-Schnell, recently elected to the office of Circuit Clerk by Polk County voters, is not only looking forward to the privilege of serving local citizens as she assumes her new role in January 2017, but is incredibly proud to call Mena her home.  The Pulse recently sat down with Schnell for the opportunity to share ...

  • 5 April

    Tori Buss – Celebrating Second Chances

    BY RENEE HENDRIX – Second chances in this life are rare and hard to come by, but for one Polk County native who received this extraordinary second lease of life, it’s one that she not only treasures but uses  to share her incredible testimony to groups large and small, boldly crediting her physical and spiritual healing to a gracious God. ...

March, 2016

  • 29 March

    Morgan Puckett – A Young Girl Making a Forever Impact

    BY RENEE HENDRIX – On an ordinary day while taking a walk with her father on the Ouachita River, Morgan Puckett took in a scene that absolutely troubled her. She began to notice all of the trash that littered the river and surrounding areas that had mainly been caused from a major flood in the area in December, dubbed ‘Goliath.’ ...