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Colby Singleton – Making Reading Fun

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – A child who reads will be an adult who thinks. Reading is more than just glancing at words on a page. Reading is about being educated, being transformed, and changing the way people think. Those who read are also normally the ones that lead. Colby Singleton, literacy teacher at Acorn, is teaching students to think and ...

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Marty Caldwell- Serving Local Veterans

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Ronald Reagan once said, “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” This quote is most certainly true and one that everyone can strive towards in order to make their community a better place. Marty Caldwell, member of the local Elks Lodge, fully embodies what it means to lend a helping hand. Marty has been ...

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Carol Sickles – Bringing Smiles and Hope

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – The support of family and friends is always crucial to people’s success, knowing that you have somebody in your corner encouraging you can help you through the valleys. Experience tells us that life will be hard at points, there may come seasons that the valley seems darker and longer than the time spent on the mountain ...

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Josh Bradford – Focusing on the Process

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – China. Africa. Vietnam. America. Each of these countries are different in more ways than somebody could count. The cultures aren’t the same, the languages aren’t similar. Someone from America would find it hard to go to Vietnam and speak the language and adapt to the culture perfectly. However, there is one thing that transcends cultures and ...

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Carol Burns – Serving and Recognizing Veterans

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Do you know what happens when you don’t take time to stop and remember? Things in the past and memories become vague and no longer important. President Harry S Truman once remarked, “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have our undying gratitude. ...

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Ashley Smith – Helping Make Connections

BY LOGAN MCCOURNTEY – The ability to be able connect with people is a gift. To be able to walk into a room, make connections with people that leads to good conversation and then connect other people seems to be a gift that is all too lost in our world. More and more our ‘connecting’ is done through 140 characters ...

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Michelle Boehler- Faithful Public Servant

BY LOGAN MCCOURNTEY – Michelle Boehler, Administrative Assistant to Judge Jerry Ryan, was recently recognized by the Administrative Office of the Courts and Arkansas Trial Court Administrators Association for 25 years of service to the state of Arkansas. This, coming after she has worked during the tenure of three different judges in Polk County. Michelle grew up in Polk County ...

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Reverend Donley Hesse – A Student of the Word

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Martin Luther, one of the great men that led the protestant reformation 500 years ago, was wrapped up in ministering the Bible to those around him. He desired that the common man could know God through the Scriptures. He once said this about the Bible, “The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, ...

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Michael Povey – Making Mena Home

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Home is not always where you were born or where your family is from. Sometimes you can be thousands of miles from family and feel more ‘at home’ than you ever imagined possible. Michael Povey is home, despite being born and raised in England. Michael and his wife, Stephanie, proudly call Mena home. Michael spent his ...

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Donna Montgomery – A Friend to the Community

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Everyone desires a good friend, someone they can share laughter with. Some of the friends we find ourselves closest with are the ones that seemed to come into our lives by chance. After some time though, these people are no longer friends they are family. Family is not something that people get the luxury of choosing, ...

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