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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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Linda Johnson – A Desire to Serve

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Sometimes life brings you full circle to a similar place you have been, only to show you how much you have grown and life has changed. Often the things that we leave behind are the things that we learn to love again the next time. Linda Johnson grew up in a small town in southeast Ohio ...

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Malcolm Wade – Life is a Dance

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Where is happiness found? If you talk to ten different people you may receive ten differnet answers. Vicki Baum once said, “There are shortcuts to happiness and dancing is one of them.” For many, dancing is not the first answer that came to the mind, but for Malcolm Wade, dancing not only leads to happiness, but ...

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Phil Feerance- Giving His Life for Charity

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – “Oh, the places you’ll go”, this phrase was so cleverly coined in Dr. Seuss’s book. Life does seem to take people places they never would have expected, on journeys that make their life worth living. Phil Feerance is a man well traveled. Military and work has allowed him to experience new places and new faces, with ...

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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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