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Steven Free – A Lifeline for Recovery

BY LEANN DILBECK – Substance abuse is highly misunderstood and, many times, unfortunately carries a stigma with it… when it is, however, a complex disease. Drugs and other illicit substances change the brain in ways that make quitting hard, even for those who want to. It does take a strong will and discipline but a rock solid strong support system ...

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Ashley George – Bringing ‘New Vision’ to Polk County

BY LEANN DILBECK – A report released in 2016 by the U.S. Surgeon General estimated that one in seven people in this country are battling a substance addiction, and those numbers have only continued to rise. An even more astounding statistic is that approximately only one in ten addicted Americans receive treatment for their addiction due to the fragmentation in ...

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Lauren Willis – A Community Pharmacist at Heart

BY LEANN DILBECK – Pharmacists play such an important role in helping people heal and maintain a good quality of life. Many times, they are able to answer health-related questions — what foods, drinks, activities, or other drugs could have an effect on medication or what to do about a missed dose. Essentially, pharmacists help people with almost anything related to ...

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COL. [RET.] Billy R. Wood – Duty, Honor, and Country

BY LEANN DILBECK – Some heroes wear capes… others wear combat boots. COL. [RET] Billy R. Wood embodies all that makes this nation great… a love of country, God, and family. He doesn’t consider himself a hero in any sense of the word but he does consider himself blessed. COL. [RET] Billy R. Wood was born in Ada, Okla. in ...

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Shelly Harvey – Leading Relay with a Heart to Find a Cure

BY LEANN DILBECK Cancer is a leading cause of death around the world and its incidence continues to rise. Each year 12.7 million people discover they have cancer and 7.6 million people die from the disease. However, evidence shows that 30 – 40 percent of these deaths can be prevented, and one-third can be cured through early diagnosis and treatment.  ...

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2017-2018 Miss Polk County – Hannah McDonald

BY LEANN DILBECK – Ms. Hannah Evangeline McDonald was crowned as the County’s newest Queen during the annual Miss Polk County Pageant held recently and will join a long list of talented, beautiful, and smart young women who will have the privilege of promoting and representing their county over the coming year. Hannah is a Mena High School junior and ...

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Steve Ellison – Teacher of the Word

SUBMITTED – Steve Ellison grew up on the family farm in Board Camp, Arkansas and attended Board Camp Baptist Church.  Steve has many fond memories from those days. Steve indicated that Pastor and Mrs. Vernual Ridgeway were instrumental in him coming to Christ and surrendering to the ministry, “Mattie was my Sunday School teacher and Brother Ridgeway was my pastor.”  ...

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Randy Jewell – Behind the Badge

BY LEANN DILBECK – Ronald Reagan once said, “Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid.” They are a very small percentage of our population yet they are the integral component of what holds order and civility in our community, and collectively, as a nation. Chief Deputy Randy Jewell is one of those faithful, courageous souls who has a deeply ...

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April Dickerson – Riding for a Cause

BY LEANN DILBECK – Finding a hobby that you enjoy is such a rewarding experience. Understanding that the hobby is a God-given gift that can be used to serve others can bring an undeniable and deep satisfaction. Such is the case for April (Lee) Dickerson of South Polk County, who recently was part of an event that raised over $121,412,000 ...

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Emily Huckaby – Embracing Technology to Help Students Soar to Success

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – With more and more advancements in technology, education is continually changing. Changes are made to help better engage students, but new technology can be used for more than student participation. Is it possible to mix new and innovative technology to bolster student education, while also serving the community? Emily Huckabey, EAST Facilitator at Cossatot River High ...

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