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Ryan Gilbert – Drilling and Coaching

BY JACLYN ROSE – Ryan Gilbert attended the University of Arkansas immediately following his graduation from Mena High School in 1994, but moved home when his father purchased Gilbert Hard Rock Drilling, a locally based company that travels around the state of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma drilling, “basically if it has to do with water, wells, septic systems, we do ...

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Frank & Nina Moore – Citizens Serving Community

BY JACLYN ROSE – Frank Moore, a Polk County native, met his wife, Nina, in 1981 in Dallas, Nina’s hometown, and they were married a year later.  After 32 years of marriage, Nina shares her key to success with a smile on her face, “I have learned to keep my mouth shut and just scream on the inside.”  While Frank ...

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Dolly Hampton – A Proud Patriot

BY JACLYN ROSE – For many years now, every morning, a United States Flag is raised on Proft Circle in Mena by sweet resident, Dolly Hampton.  Every evening around five p.m., she goes back outside, removes the flag and stores it until morning, when she proudly raises it all over again. Hampton was born in Page, Oklahoma in 1917, shortly ...

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Brad Lyle – Leader of Champions

BY JACLYN ROSE – Born in DeQueen, Arkansas, but raised in Wickes, Arkansas, Coach Brad Lyle calls himself a “lifelong Polk County resident.”  Upon graduating Wickes High School, Coach Lyle completed two years at Rich Mountain Community College before obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree from Henderson State University.  “I realized I wanted to be a coach in the 8th grade.  My ...

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Ken Schreiber – Mena’s Frequent Flyer

BY JACLYN ROSE – Ken Schreiber left his hometown of Griffith, Indiana in 1944 to serve the United States as a member of the United States Army.  “I drove a tank and a huge 10-ton wrecker in Germany during World War II.  I knew I was going to be drafted, so I enlisted, at this time the war had just ...

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Jim Stroope: Cooking Cancer Away One BBQ at a Time

BY JACLYN ROSE – Growing up, Jim Stroope’s family consisted of his parents and five siblings. Out of those his sister, Norma, was diagnosed with breast cancer around 30 years ago, and is a survivor. His sister, Kay, was diagnosed with breast cancer twice and is a survivor. His mother was diagnosed with cancer and did not survive, and Sue, ...

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Ken and Anna Marks – Advocates for Children

BY JACLYN ROSE – Ken Marks joined the Army as a Medic in December of 1976 and was stationed in Germany where he met his wife, Anna, in 1980.  “We were married six months after we met,” Anna explained.  “We would’ve married sooner but I was in a nuclear unit during the Cold War so the clearance took some time,” ...

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Betty Brewer – Mother of Many

BY JACLYN ROSE – Betty Brewer was born and raised in Polk County, while her husband, Pete, grew up in neighboring Montgomery County.  The couple met when Betty was 16 years old.  “Pete and I met by accident,” said Brewer with a grin.  “Every Saturday my family would come to town and Pete came over and started joking with us.  ...

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Miss Polk County: Ashlyn Fox – A Heart to Make a Difference

BY JACLYN ROSE – Ashlyn Fox, a senior at Mena High School, dreams of living a life that helps people.  As the daughter of Benjamin Fox, a retired Navy serviceman, and Tina Fox, who manages an online Republican activist group, her goals include working in radiation therapy and being a light to those suffering from cancer.  “I just want to ...

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Sharon Chambers – Community Volunteer with a Passion

BY JACLYN ROSE – In the 1980’s, Sharon Chambers and her husband, Pete, were traveling from Oklahoma to their home in Mesquite, Texas, on highway 71 when they had a tire blow-out on their boat trailer in Mena.  “It was a Saturday and Mr. Abbott at Coast to Coast opened his store and sold us a tire and told us ...

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