After 33 ½ years of service (21 of those in Mena), Carla Vaught is retiring as the Staff Chair for the Polk County Cooperative Extension Service, a part of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. Her duties focused toward the education and advancement of Consumer and Commercial Agriculture, 4H Youth Development, as well as Community and Economic Development. She began her academic studies at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia before transferring to the U of A in Fayetteville where she earned a degree in Animal Science and her Masters in General Agriculture. Her retirement party was held last Friday at the Extension Office and was attended by nearly 300 people throughout the day. Such a turn out shows the level of respect and friendship she has earned in her many years of work here in Polk County. When asked, she said her retirement plans consisted of house repairs, horse training and riding, and working on her family farm near Horatio. She may be retiring, but Ms. Carla will looks to stay as busy as ever! We wish her a wonderful retirement.