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January, 2017

  • 17 January

    David Dutton – A Model of Consistency

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Rarely can someone be found that has been working in the same job for ten years, much less forty. It takes a special and unique blend of character traits to not only work somewhere with that longevity, but to do so with consistency. Determination, endurance, patience…these are each qualities of a man or woman that is ...

  • 10 January

    Ronnie Wagner – Running the Race Well

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Life has often been compared to a race, more specifically, a marathon. Seasons of this race are full of joy, and other parts of the race leave people as if they’ve crashed and burned. The search for joy is something that every person has experienced. Ronnie Wagner spent much of the first part of his race ...

December, 2016

  • 22 December

    Rhonda Willborg- Strengthening Families

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Families are the structure and foundation for many children’s success socially, academically, and professionally. A solid foundation and structure can prove to be beneficial for years to come. This belief is held by Ouachita River School District and Rhonda Willborg, their Student Services Coordinator. The Student Services Coordinator is a new position at ORSD that just ...

  • 15 December

    Eve Strother – Giving Value

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Humans are unique and are unlike everything else in all of creation. We have the capacity for meaningful relationship with others. The Grand Canyon, Mount Everest, or even the Atlantic Ocean, as beautiful as they are, can not hold the positions that humans possess. This view is embraced by Eve Strothers who serves as the Employment ...

  • 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 ...