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The Dollar Family – Stewarding God’s Gifts

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – For many families, farming is more than a job, it is a heritage that has been passed down from generation to generation. Farming is hard work and is often weary for those involved, but it is a rewarding work. Many families have given their lives to this way of living, a life that is commendable. It ...

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Tammie Minton – Joyfully Serving Polk County

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Life is busy, so busy that it is too easy to go through life without looking up to see what’s going on around. Tasks, even meaningful tasks and goals, can be distracting. Albert Schweitzer once said, “The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others.” Tammie Minton, ...

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Tommy Johnson – A Life that Counts

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Abraham Lincoln once said, “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that counts. It’s the life in the years.” What Lincoln meant was that one could live a long life, but never really live life to the fullest. In other words, when someone gets to the end of their years, what will be ...

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Fred Ogden – Coming Home

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Margaret Elizabeth Sangster once said, “There’s nothing half so pleasant as coming home again.” Home is not necessarily a town or a destination, but a place that is warm with smiles and love from family and friends. Fond memories from the past help shape the places that people call home. For Fred Ogden, Mena is home, ...

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Valerie Couch – Shaping Lives Through Music

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Dale Carnegie once said, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” This is true of anyone, everyone wants to know they are cared for. At Acorn, Valerie Couch is a living example of this quote, she is caring for her students and investing in their lives each and every ...

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Terri Neugent – Honored Volunteer Driven to Serve the Community

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – As communities join together for long-standing traditions and new festivities, few recognize the amount of work “behind the scenes” and attention to detail that assures its success. Many times, these people are paid but more often than not in small rural communities, such as in Polk County, they are volunteers that are driven to give back ...

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Clint Bell – Protecting and Shaping Lives

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Raising boys up to be men of honor, integrity, and strength can be tough. In fact, it seems that it takes a whole village to raise kids the right way. The family structure is paramount in developing kids for their adult years. This idea is perfectly summed up in Clint Bell, School Resource Officer [SRO] for ...

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Friendship House – New Faces, Same Great Tastes

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Friendship House is arguably one of the area’s most popular gathering places for lunch. And, one visit is all it will take to know why! Step inside and be greeted by the aroma of fresh coffee, smells of fresh soup, and the noise and laughter coming from friends eating together. Good food is all the better ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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