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July, 2016

  • 19 July

    Sharon Walston – A Sweet, Smiling Servant

    BY RICK WRIGHT – Sharon Walston may spend most days at her desk but is always busy helping to organize one event or another, showing her love for the county she calls home. Walston was raised in Hatfield, graduating from Hatfield High School in 1978 and lives in Hatfield on the family farm with her husband, Joe, who retired from ...

  • 13 July

    Jerry Foster – A Lifetime Coach and Well Loved Educator

    BY RICK WRIGHT – Jerry Foster coached at every high school in Polk County during his career as an educator, including Acorn, Wickes, Hatfield, Gillham, Vandervoort and Mena. Foster, born in Mena, Arkansas in 1948, graduated from Mena High School in 1966 before attending and graduating from Henderson State University in 1970. This year, he completed his 19th year coaching ...

  • 5 July

    Diana Berg – A Testament of Overcoming All Adversity

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Diana Berg has hit a milestone that not many of her peers are able to accomplish in their lifetimes. Berg, surrounded by co-workers and friends, celebrated her retirement after being an employee for PCDC for more than 30 years. Berg is not only an employee, but also a client, making her fete even more special. Berg ...

June, 2016

  • 28 June

    Nate & Amie Renard – Being ‘hands and feet’ in Uganda

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Not everyone finds themselves wanting to move halfway across the world, with not much else than faith, to live in humbleness to spread the word of God, but such is the case with Nate and Amie Renard. The Renard family will leave this week for months of missions training in Oklahoma City before heading across the ...

  • 21 June

    Pam Chamberlain – A Lifetime of Loving and Caring for her Extended Family

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Pam Chamberlain has spent the majority of her life caring for others and plans to spend many more years doing the same. Chamberlain has been a nurse at Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab for 35 years and has been a part of 5,398 residents’ lives during her tenure. “The people I work with and my residents ...

  • 14 June

    Linda Denton – A Large Heart for her Small Town

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Linda Denton has long loved her hometown of Hatfield and has also had a yearning to do what she can to insure her hometown remains the quiet, yet booming, little town it has been since the beginning. Denton now serves as Mayor of the Town of Hatfield and is fulfilling that lifelong dream. Denton was born ...

  • 7 June

    Curt Teasdale – Serving God and Radio Listeners

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Curtis Charles Teasdale was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in Saint Barnabas Hospital on May 7, 1953, however, his life stretched far beyond that northern state in the U.S. As a small infant, he lived in the Minneapolis vicinity until the fall of 1955 when his family traveled by boat to Kenya, Africa as missionaries. Curt’s ...

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 ...