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February, 2016

  • 9 February

    Jennifer Brewer – Answering ‘The CALL’

    BY RENEE HENDRIX – Mena native Jennifer Brewer is one of those blessed individuals that surrendered to a calling on her life at a very young age.  She’s been afforded opportunities to serve on numerous international mission trips as well as serving her own local community and has recently embarked with a new CALL that can potentially change countless children ...

  • 3 February

    Nita Bishop – Knowing the True Richness of Life

    BY RENEE HENDRIX – Being born into WWII, overcoming two battles with cancer, and personal loss during the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, it’s easy to understand Nita Bishop’s favorite scripture…Philippians 4:18- “And my God will meet all your needs, according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Bishop credits God with her rich, full life and her ...

January, 2016

  • 19 January

    Wes Lyle – A Testament of Faith, Family and Hard Work

    BY LEANN DILBECK A life-long resident of Mena, Wes Lyle is an incredibly and refreshingly humble man who is dedicated to his faith, his family, his alma mater and unlike much of the world, defines success not by wealth, fame or material value but by his abundant blessings.  His priorities are simple: God, family, and friends; and he is much ...

  • 12 January

    Rene Roberts – A Voice for the Vulnerable

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Rene Roberts is a life-long Mena resident that has seen her share of tragedy but sees only the good that God redeems from every situation.  She is a survivor, an investor, and an eternally optimistic, self-less woman who serves her church, her family and friends, as well her community with a contagious spirit.  Renee is not ...

December, 2015

  • 29 December

    Bryan Russell – We’re Lovin’ His Happiness

    READER’S CHOICE 2016 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR! BY JACLYN ROSE – If you have been to the Mena McDonald’s on Highway 71 in the last few weeks, you have probably had the privilege of meeting Bryan Russell, the happy guy at the second window who hands out the food and drinks and dispensers of joy, the term he has coined ...

  • 16 December

    Sheila Johnson – Teaching the ‘Art’ of Art

    BY JACLYN ROSE – After she was married and had children, Sheila Johnson began attending college at Henderson State University in order to gain her Bachelor’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Art and Spanish. “I thought teaching would be a good career to have while raising my children. I could have the same holidays and breaks as they ...

  • 9 December

    Celeste Ashcraft – A Educator with Hometown Values

    Celeste Ashcraft was raised in Cove, Arkansas and it was during her time at Van-Cove Elementary School that she met the love of her life, Davy.  “Davy was my on-again, off-again boyfriend all through school and my high school sweetheart.  We got married before our junior year at Henderson, fifteen years ago,” explained Ashcraft.  The couple have three daughters, Cassidy, ...

  • 2 December

    Jason Head – More Than Just a Volunteer

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Born and raised in Mena and a 1995 graduate of Mena High School, Jason Head, went to work for the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department in general maintenance immediately following high school and has now celebrated twenty years with them. In 2004, he married Christi Head, an in-home daycare provider, and he has two step-children, ...

November, 2015

  • 26 November

    Major Marjorie Phipps – A True Patriot of Country

    In 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act of 1948 that established a permanent place for women in the United States military. Though female nurses were already considered permanent, this Act changed the role of women in the military and opened many doors. In 1950, the Unites States found themselves in conflict with Korea, a ...

  • 17 November

    Rick and Donna Chrisman – The Perfect Combo of Flair and Flavor

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Rick and Donna Chrisman are both natives of Texas who met while working at a steel company in Dallas.  Rick’s father was born and raised in Polk County and Rick spent many of his vacations back in Arkansas.  In 1980, when the Chrisman’s married they bought 20 acres outside of Hatfield, Arkansas, to be used as ...