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ABOUT the River Valley

A Publication of Silver Platter Productions, Inc Vol. III, Issue 2 – March 2008

OWNER/PUBLISHER Nolan and Dianne Edwards Advertising Sales Melanie Conley Stephanie K. Young Dianne S. Edwards Graphic Design Chris Zimmerman Zim Creative Contributing Writers Kechia Bentley Kelsey Boyd Contributing PhotographerS Steve Newby Lara Russenberger Assistant to the Publisher Melissa Edwards Creative/Technical Contributors Michelle Hightower Posey Printing and Marketing, Inc. The Nicholson Group

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is locally owned and published for distribution by direct mail and targeted delivery to residents of the Arkansas River Valley. Subscriptions are available by sending $20 for one-year (10 issues) to: SPPI/ABOUT Magazine P.O. Box 10176 Russellville AR 72812 Material contained in this issue may not be copied or reproduced without written consent. Inquiries may be made by calling (479) 970-6628. Email: Postmaster: Please send address changes to: SPPI, P.O. Box 10176, Russellville AR 72812.

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The Editor’s Notebook Although the old saying goes, “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb,” we feel that way about last month. February 2008 was undoubtedly one of the craziest weather months on record. By now, the lives of so many of our Pope County neighbors have been touched by the tragic tornadoes of February 5th. Whether knowing someone personally affected by the horrendous storm and loss of life, or by volunteering their time and effort in the aftermath, the true nature of our local friends and neighbors has come forth once again. Those those of you who lost family, friends and property during the tornado, please accept our heartfelt condolences. For the hundreds of you who went with chainsaws and trucks, sandwiches and food for the soul, a simple thank you is not nearly enough. You are the reason we love living in the Arkansas River Valley. -- Not nearly as tragic, but certainly chaotic for a large portion of the River Valley community, were the damaging winds and aftermath of the January 29th storm. Once again the residents of this great place stepped up to the need. With power and internet outages across the county, folks lent a hand where needed. For the magazine staff of ABOUT Magazine (who rely greatly on technology and become especially frantic with approaching deadlines) those who came to our assistance are our new heros. To our good friends, Fred and Dan, who came to our house immediately to help with a falling (and later ‘fallen’) tree headed for our roof -- Thank you a million times over!


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To the neighbors up and down the street who called each other to make sure everyone was okay, and to John Kroencke for the use of his generator, a big thank you. To my neighbor Teresa, as I said earlier on, I’m indebted to you for pleading my case! To Susan Schumacher, Bren Bryant and Dustin Wiley from SuddenLink: we made the printer deadline for our ABOUT Weddings and Special Occasions issue ONLY because of you! Your extra effort is greatly appreciated! To our designer Chris Zimmerman and his wife Libby, thanks for working through the ‘pain’ to make the bridal issue a beautiful success. More than tempers and shingles went flying that day! To Melanie, Stephanie and Kelsey -you are three of the strongest women I know. Your dedication and communication skills are unequalled. If last month could be summed up in one word, it would have to be ‘perseverance.’ The residents of Atkins and the surrounding area have persevered through a tragedy, and like the Phoenix, will rise again. Those of us less affected have persevered through minor difficulty and have realized just has resilient we all are, and can become, when our friends and neighbors need us. Wishing you a peaceful Spring!

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They say one person can make a Most individuals don’t realize that difference. Though students and parents in state-appropriated funding designated for the Russellville School district don’t know school budgets is NOT used for recognition North Carolina school teacher Larry Bittle, or awards for students, faculty and staff. Programs designed to reward and he has dramatically influenced their lives. CYCLONE ACHIEVER An academic awards blanket, an ACE or acknowledge the positive efforts of students, Held in the spring semester each Cyclone Achiever Award or recognition at faculty or staff are funded exclusively by year. Each faculty member selects private community donations. the annual Distinction Banquet are all the one student who has demonstrated direct results of Larry’s influence. Several In the elementary and middle schools, much exemplary effort, cooperation, years ago Bittle approached Jostens, a of the fund raising for recognition and awards dependability and/or application of Minneapolis-based company known to are the result of monies generated through the interpersonal skills. Each recipient provide achievement products to school PTA and PTO, explained Magness. Even in receives a certificate and medallion. students around the world. Bittle suggested the junior high there is some funding through Underwritten by Simmons First Bank an idea to make academic recognition as those efforts. But in high school, you don’t see and Russellville Junior Auxiliary. the parent participation or involvment that you important as athletic recognition. From that input, the Josten’s Renaissance see in lower grades. CELEBRATION OF program was founded in 1988. With a “We’d like to see the program spread EXCELLENCE purpose of increasing student performance throughout the district, from Kindergarten Originating more than 25 years ago, and teacher enthusiasm, and to raise the through 12th grade, but for now our focus is this tradition recognizes students level of community participation in schools, on 10 through 12th grades.” in grades 10-12 for academic Jostens began offering the recognition Magness and the volunteer board achievement. A variety of awards and members meet quarterly (or more often program to participating schools. scholarships are presented including, Russellville began participating in the when needed) to plan and organize the but not limited to: Students - receiving program early-on, led by Barbara Shepherd Renaissance programs. The intent of local scholarships of $1,000 or and Julie Morgan. RHS instructor Sherry Renaissance is to have the program more; selected to Boys/Girls State or Magness, with the assistance of ten to 12 funded 100% by community donations, so Governor’s School; maintained a 3.5 Renaissance Foundation Board members, procuring sponsors and funding are a focus or better GPA for 3, 5, or 7 semesters; of the group. now champions the cause. are National Merit Finalists; have The name “Renaissance” serves as the As an instructor at RHS, Magness received community scholarships, or umbrella term for a number of recognition serves as a liason between the faculty, staff are recognized with special awards programs. The core programs include ACE and the board members. Spring is a very such as Principal’s Leadership, Merit (Attitude Creates Excellence) Awards, busy time, with many of the banquets and and Outstanding Senior. Underwritten Cyclone Achiever Awards, Celebration of celebrations scheduled prior to graduation. by First State Bank and the Excellence, the Distinction Banquet, and However, a plan is underway to scatter many RHS Student Council. Magazine Ad for About River Valley: 1/3programs page horizontal (3 colthe x 3.25”), 4cp. Insert March 2008 - TFN of the recognition throughout Renaissance Academic Blankets. Other award events are scheduled as new ideas academic year. continued on page 30... and funding allow. Story continued on page 27 . . .

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The Red Coats recently selected Roy Beth Kelley as Red Coat of the Year in recognition of her service to the organization that goes above and beyond the call of duty. A surprised Roy Beth received her award at the Chamber’s annual awards banquet in January. In fact, Roy Beth was on the selection committee that voted for the Red Coat of the Year award, and, voting for someone other than herself, was told the vote was unanimous. “They tricked me!” she joked. Roy Beth has served on the invitation only committee since 2005. As a Red Coat, Roy Beth recruited 15 new members for the Chamber in 2007 (including her current partner); attended 38 official Chamber functions, 21 of which were ribbon cuttings for new businesses; made 80 visits to existing Chamber members along with her partner; volunteered her time at the Chamber at Prime Time and the Russellville Business Expo; and attended 11 of the 12 Red Coat committee meetings in 2007. Her peers also recently voted her Chairperson of the Red Coats for 2008. Originally from Harrison, Roy Beth’s first experience with Russellville was during her college years at Tech. Upon graduation, she taught English to junior high and high school students in Harrison, Warren, Lead Hill and Mt. Judy. She went on to earn a law degree from the University of Arkansas and has been practicing law ever since. She and her business partner Carol Collins have owned their practice, Kelley & Collins, since October 2006. They also co-own Pope County Title. Roy Beth admits that Russellville was not her first choice in which to live. Her husband’s job transfer forced her to move to Russellville 10 years ago. Ed, current Dover football coach, and Roy Beth reluctantly made the move to Russellville with their sons, Jonathan and Mark. Though a little uneasy about moving to an unfamiliar town, she quickly became involved with Leadership Russellville, and her love of the River Valley began to blossom. March 2008

One Thousand Strong More than one thousand members of this business community have banded together to promote the civic, economic, professional, cultural and industrial progress of the River Valley area. They are known collectively as The Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce. This volunteer organization also includes nearly 200 active volunteers, a five-member internal professional staff, and a 31-member Board of Directors. Their mission is simple -- to serve as the primary source of information about the Russellville area, to be the catalyst for positive change in the business community, and to be the respected business voice in the Russellville area. To achieve this, the chamber works to foster collaboration between business, government, education and institutions; continuously work with surrounding communities to enhance the local business environment, and partners with allied agencies and organizations to increase industrial development opportunities. They also strive to promote increased tourism spending through partnerships with local, regional and federal agencies. The Chamber is supported by a full-time staff which includes: Jeff Pipkin, president/CEO; Felecia Turnbow, program director; Suzy Griffin, financial director; Sue Abbott, membership director, and Misty Lumpkins, special projects coordinator. Judy Taylor, a CPA with Robert Kin Campbell, serves as this year’s board chairman. Also serving are: Max Mathis of First State Bank, first vice-chairman; Matt White of American Homes, secretary-treasurer, and Rich Vander Leest of Coldwell Banker, immediate past chairman. Board officers-atlarge include: Mike Jacimore, Arvest Bank; Stephanie Mathis,

“Leadership Russellville really shows you different areas where you can get involved,” she said. “It’s a good program to show you around the community.” Roy Beth’s involvement in Leadership Russellville encouraged her to become active in the Chamber. She soon joined the Chamber’s education committee and began promoting the Arkansas Scholars program for high school graduates in Arkansas. She traveled to schools across the state and spoke to

Simmons First Bank, and Leonard Notto, Notto Chiropractic. Members of the 2008 board include: Ray Baker, Ray Baker Trucking; Randy Campbell, 500 Building; Renee Fronabarger, Posey Printing; Joann Hays, Joann’s; Rusty Johnson, Dependable Air Conditioning; Jeff Jones, CenturyTel; Ed McSpadden, Burris, Inc.; Michael Roys, Terra Renewal Services; Carol Collins, attorney; Amy Daiber; Daiber Vision; Terry Freeman, Bibler Bros. Lumber; Jamie McDougal, Back-to-Basics; Susie Nicholson, Arkansas Tech University; Chad Weisler, Van Horn Construction, and Jeff Wright, Wal-Mart. Ex-Officio Members include Dr. Robert C. Brown, Arkansas Tech University; Pope County Judge Jim Ed Gibson, Jim Bradley, Arkansas Valley Alliance; Randall Williams, Russellville School District; Mayor Tyrone Williamson, City of Russellville; State Senator Sharon Trusty, and State Representative Michael Lamoureux. Chamber members have access to numerous programs and services designed to promote their business and the community. Investment in the organization assures continued efforts to improve the quality of life for all the citizens of Russellville. The Chamber is the area’s business advocacy organization and is positioned to assist in the growth and financial success of the area. The Chamber’s website, is an excellent local reference of “Pope County Facts.” Did you know that the annual precipitation in our county is 49 inches and the annual snowfall a mere 1.8 inches? Need the name and phone number for a city official? The contact information for city, county and State government officials can be found on the site.

students about the scholarship program. In 2005, because of her hard work and accomplishments on the education committee, she was asked to be on the renowned Red Coat Committee. “I had to think about it for a little while because it’s a ten-year commitment,” she said. In looking back on her decision, she said, “I’m really glad that I agreed to do it. It’s been my favorite thing to be involved in at the Chamber. We have a lot of fun.”

According to Roy Beth, getting to know the Chamber staff and teaming up with fellow Red Coats has been the highlight of her experience with the organization. She enjoys working with her partner at the Chamber, Sabrina Kendrick, and with the Chamber staff. When thinking back on her family’s decision to settle in Russellville 10 years ago in spite of her unwillingness to move, Roy Beth said, “We came here anyway, and I’m glad we did.” n

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Benefits of Membership Chamber membership affords a number of benefits to participants. Several business seminars and networking opportunities, such as Business After Hours and the First Friday Luncheon, are conducted throughout the year. Times, topics, locations and fees may vary. Business After Hours provides an opportunity for members to visit, exchange information, renew contacts, locate sources, products and services and “network� in general. Hosts of the After Hours event usually exhibit their products and services and inform those in attendance about their company. Business After Hours is held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at a different location. The Chamber’s First Friday luncheon is held at various locations every other month (beginning in February) at a cost of $8 per member. This networking opportunity offers a slightly-structured venue featuring a seated luncheon and keynote speaker. New members are allowed to display flyers and brochures from their business on a display table. Ribbon Cuttings are available for new businesses and in recognition of certain other events. Members of the Chamber of Commerce’s Redcoat Committee organize and assist at scheduled ribbon cuttings. Leadership Russellville, an annual

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program of the Chamber, is designed to identify, educate, and motivate potential community leaders to become involved in the future of the community by addressing the realities, opportunities, and challenges of the community. The program consists of approximately 13 monthly sessions that include a retreat and orientation in October and run through June. Programs on government, education, quality of life, health care, industrial development, non-profit agencies, team building and leadership training are included. Applicants should be individuals desiring to commit both time and energy toward involvement in the community. They must be concerned with community issues, desire personal growth, and demonstrate a concern for the future of the Russellville area. Anyone interested in applying or in nominating an individual for the class may contact the Chamber. The River Valley Business Expo is held in August and allows businesses in our area to meet potential customers and make excellent “business to business� contacts. The event is free to the public but booth registration and fees are collected from exhibitors. Additional Services Only Chamber members are referred, all equally, when the Chamber receives requests for sources of products and services. All members have a ‘no-charge’ Internet presence through alphabetical and classified listings on the Chamber’s website. Businesses with a website may link directly to/from the Chamber site for a nominal fee. If the business does not have a website, the Chamber will, for a nominal fee, create a web page on the Chamber website. Each year 5,000 copies of the Chamber’s Membership Directory are printed and distributed to members, newcomers and visitors. Each member in good standing may receive two listings in the directory -- alphabetical and classified by product or service.

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Other benefits include the opportunity to purchase a complete Chamber mailing list for $25. Preprinted labels are available to members for $40. Members may receive promotional placement with items such as banners, T-shirts and promotional items at Chambersponsored community events. These opportunities include theAnnual Membership Banquet, Industrial Appreciation Golf Tournament, Business Expo and others. New member receptions are held throughout the year to allow new members to meet and become familiar with the Chamber staff, programs and overall benefits of membership. The Chamber Alliance Program (CAP) offers a unique opportunity for the Chamber to provide members with an insurance benefits package. Available exclusively to members in good standing, the package includes health insurance benefits previously too costly for them to purchase on their own. Contact the Chamber for specific information on current health insurance packages or visit Chamber members may use the building’s meeting and conference rooms. The rooms include visual aid equipment such as: television, DVD, VCR, built-in-screen, easels, kitchen privileges, copy machine, fax and telephone. Both member and nonmember rates are available. Membership Investment Membership fees are based on the number of employees and range annually from $160 (1 to 5 full-time employees) up to $1,595 (300 or more employees.) Special fees (beginning at $115) are available to retirees, civic and religious affiliates, individuals, professionals (doctors, attorneys, accountants, etc.) and a number of additional classifications. For additional information, contact the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce, 708 W. Main, Russellville, AR 72801, (479) 968-2530 or via email at chamber@ n


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‘Messin’ don’t go with a Blessing’ Story by Kechia Bentley

“We are just out of our routine.” How many times have I said that or had someone say that to me? A gazillion times would probably be a good answer. I don’t know why I ever say that because the only thing routine in my house is not having a routine. Oh, we try very hard, but the universe seems to plot against us. I swear there are times I think the angels in heaven say, “Grab the popcorn and pull up a seat, God is getting ready to mess with them again.” It has got to be a hoot to watch us scramble to put out the latest fire. If angels were allowed to bet, there would be an “office pool” everyday on how long it takes us to see the blessing of His “messing.” Recently we had an episode of chaos that brought about more blessings than normal routine could ever hope too. During the second week of the spring semester, our college age son Adrin contracted the stomach virus from Hades. I was working that day. Inadvertently, I had left my cell phone on the bathroom counter and was therefore unreachable for my 21-year-old baby as he lay on the bathroom floor in misery. After many failed attempts to contact me Adrin tried his luck at contacting his father for help. Unfortunately, Donald was tied up in a meeting and could not get away for another 30 minutes or so. Out of desperation and the fear that his insides where about to rupture, Adrin called his brother Dillon, who was at Arkansas Tech University in his calculus class. Begging for someone, at this point anyone, to come and comfort him with Gatorade and wet washcloths, Adrin convinced Dillon that he was his last hope. What follows are the moments that make mothering teenage boys worth all the exasperation. Dillon left his calculus class, bought some containers of Gatorade with his own money and rushed off to the rescue. Upon entering the bathroom he found his older brother –- um, let’s just say ‘sick.’ Dillon doesn’t do ‘sick’ very well but he hung in there like a trooper. He later confessed that he kept gagging almost becoming sick as well. I thought, “Welcome to Motherhood.” He wiped Adrin’s head with a washcloth. He got all the blankets out of the closet to make a pallet for and to cover Adrin to help with the chills from the fever. They were now doing for each other all of the things that I have done for them throughout the years, no mom or dad needed. Well, I guess we were still needed. Dillon was missing his second period physics class at the high school. Donald rushed home to relieve Dillon when his meeting ended. It was about this time that I was informed that my husband had called the school with a message that he thought Adrin might need to go the hospital. March 2008 

Rushing home, I was consumed with guilt for not having my phone. In retrospect, I see that not being immediately accessible was part of the blessing. God showed us all something about ourselves that day because of my forgetfulness. Adrin learned that he could count on his brother. Dillon learned that he could handle a crisis even while gagging. Donald and I learned that our boys are there for each other and that they know how to comfort and minister to one another. I could have focused on the chaos, the disruption of our daily routines or the inconvenience of doctor visits and extra laundry. (I am sure most of the angels would have bet on that response because they have seen me at work before.) Believe me I was tempted, too. If I had done that this time, I would have missed the amazing relationship between our two boys. It has become strikingly obvious to me that the things that warm our hearts and bring us great joy often happen during the events on which we did not plan. If I had been ‘perfect’ and not forgotten my phone, we would have never been blessed with seeing our boys become the men we desire them to be. It was just another reminder of how God’s grace is sufficient for us and His wonderful work is made perfect in weakness. So the next time you find yourself out of routine, just image all those angels making “bets” on your reaction. Then imagine your loving (yes, all that “messing” is immersed in love) Heavenly Father with a knowing smile on His face and look for the blessing n of His grace.

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Every House Has a Story Story by Dianne Edwards • Photos by Steve Newby

If every house has a story, what would a 1920’s Tudor-style home say? Pointing to the dining room that homeowner Suzanne AlfordHodges shares with her husband R.E. Hodges, she recalled stories heard about their historical Russellville home. The Hodges home is believed to have been built about 1928 and is located at 408 South Commerce. “Attorney Doc Irwin learned to play poker in there. Another friend heard a new four-letter word during a childhood slumber party she attended in this house. As R.E. says, ‘every house has a story,’” says Suzanne. After the couple married six years ago, they began looking for a home in the historical area. “The neighbors probably thought I was a stalker, I drove through so many times!” Suzanne laughed. When Suzanne first toured the home, she was immediately drawn in by the arched doorways and French doors leading into the dining room. The Hodges bought the house in 2003 and moved into the home that August. “My favorite place in our home is the enclosed front porch,” admits Suzanne. “As soon as it’s warm enough, we live out there. We spend the entire summer there. If I would have had my way, we’d have started the remodeling process out there.” But practicality won out and the couple began their remodeling project in the kitchen. Previous owners had installed the typical 1960s décor. Out came the dark cabinets and shag carpet. R.E. and Suzanne replaced a small, single kitchen window with several leaded-glass windows painted a bright white. The windows had been salvaged from another home that had been “sadly demolished” to make way for the expansion of a neighborhood church. In addition to the kitchen windows, other salvaged doors were bought and used in the renovation. “When we moved in, the only leaded glass in the home was found in the front door,” recalled the homeowner. “So we were especially glad to find the windows.”

A set of cabinets were another salvaged find. With the help of a carpenter and a little ingenuity, the cabinets were reduced in width and placed below upper cabinets to create additional storage for their collectibles. Brown and black vinyl tile that the couple personally installed in a diagonal across the kitchen foyer, stressed them immensely, explained Suzanne. Now able to laugh about it, she admits she and R.E. didn’t speak for four days. The end result is beautiful and mimics flooring that Suzanne had seen in design magazines. When they bought their historic home, the couple envisioned several garden spots. Future renovation will include exterior maintenance and will require the acquisition of red brick to match. The floor plan featured two-bedrooms and one bathroom – which still boasts the home’s original “throne.” White octagonal ceramic tile, also native to the home, lines the floor of the guest bathroom. A modern-day mirror, flanked by reproduction-style light fixtures, reflect the room’s natural light. Though the plaster walls were wall-paper free, the ceiling of the living room was not. “That’s gotta go,” insisted a contractor, one of three used throughout the project. The living room is painted a warm greenish-gold. Suzanne loves the color but can’t immediately recall the name, “but I’d paint a room this color in any home I’d live in,” she testifies. A testimony to their love of color, a brightly-colored, sofa-size painting by local artist Sarah Keathley hangs above the fireplace. The mantle is original but the fireplace, which had been closed off at one time, now houses gas logs. Another colorful piece, a floor rug purchased in Santa Fe, occupies a spot in the sitting room. Story continued on page 32 . . .

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What Does it Mean? According to literature provided by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, a local historic district can only be created by a local ordinance passed by the local governing body. Arkansas cities and counties are authorized by the Arkansas Historic Districts Act to enact local laws for the “preservation and protection of buildings, sites, places and districts of historic interest.” A local preservation ordinance can preserve the visual quality of a historic downtown or neighborhood and allow for future development compatible with the area’s historic character. It cannot require property owners to make their buildings look “more historic.” The ordinance does not prevent new buildings from being constructed in a local historic district but can ensure that new buildings, as well as additions to existing buildings will not overwhelm or detract from the district’s historic character. The designation of a local historic district allows for the demolition of a building that poses a threat to public safety, regardless of historic significance but can delay or prevent the destruction of a structurallysound building. Studies indicate that local preservation ordinances are likely to enhance property

values within designated local historic districts. Before designation may be made by the governing body, the local planning commission and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) are offered the opportunity to comment on the creation of a proposed historic district. The district is not created until the governing body of the city or county enacts the ordinance. A local historic district commission must first be established and one or more public hearings on the formation of the district must be held. A mayor or county judge may appoint five to nine members to served on a historic district commission,

subject to approval by the governing body. Commissioners must be residents of the city or county they will serve and may not be elected officials or employees of that city or county. Commissioners serve staggered three-year terms. The list of local individuals recommended to serve on the Historic Commission was recently submitted to the Russellville city council for approval. The list consists of Old Town Neighborhood property owners, preservationists, local downtown business owners, organizational board members and several “at-large” community members. Story continued on page 31 . . .

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Nailbenders Life After Retirement Imagine . . . cotton picking on the Mississippi Delta, fishing

the bayous of the Arkansas/Louisiana border, spectacular sunsets,

train whistles announcing their passing in the night, the rolling hills and morning fog of North Arkansas, swaying wheat fields, smiling, happy faces -- these are among the images etched in our minds from the past four years of working with an organization called “Nailbenders for Jesus.”

My husband Charlie and I are residents of Dover, Arkansas, and members of First Baptist

Church of Dover. Charlie is a 30-year retiree from Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville, and I am a retired homemaker. As his retirement years grew closer Charlie started thinking about a group of men he had passed every day for two weeks on his way to and from work in 1999. They were busy Story & Photos by Dottie Zimmerman For ABOUT Magazine

building a church at Bakers Creek on Highway 7, and the group really aroused his interest.

Charlie remembers thinking, “Wow, what a way to spend your retirement years... helping

to build Churches for our Lord!” He resolved then and there to look them up when his retirement rolled around. 16 ABOUT...the River Valley

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In December of 2003 that day actually arrived, and Charlie retired from ANO. In April of 2004, we joined the ranks of other Christian men and women, mostly from around the state of Arkansas, with a few from Mississippi. Nailbenders for Jesus includes both couples and single men. The group is sponsored by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention and works together to build churches, saving their Christian brothers and sisters the expense of hiring this work out. All the Nailbenders ask is that the host church provides a place for them to park their campers (electricity, sewer, water) and one meal per day. Each job lasts two weeks (12 working days) and there are 7 jobs per year. The Nailbenders start with the foundation already in place and put up walls, roof, all the decking, and sheetrock. Then it is left for a finishing crew that comes in later and does the trim work for the church. More and more churches these days are built from metal buildings, in which case the Nailbenders raise all the interior walls, deck the floors when required, and put up sheetrock if time allows. Since it’s inception in 1988, Nailbenders for Jesus has built a total of 156 churches throughout Arkansas. We have personally had the privilege of being a part of the construction of 22 of those churches since we began “Nail bending” in 2004. Fair Park Baptist Church in Russellville is the closest to home that we have participated in. The Nailbenders’ day begins at 7:30 a.m. with a devotional, followed by all the men joining hands and singing “The Family of God”. Our lives have been blessed by the many powerful devotions given by good Christian men and women living their faith! No matter how we felt when we awoke, after the morning devotional and song your attitude cannot help but be good! The average age of the Nailbenders is in the 70’s, and it is amazing to see what they can do in just two weeks! These individuals

have come from all walks of life; very few of these men have any background in construction. They include factory workers, postal workers, ex-servicemen, machinists, steel workers, and many other professions. We include other faiths, all working together for a common goal. The wives are not allowed to work on the slab at present but have our own mission work to attend to. We are called “Grannies on the Go” and have a sewing ministry. We sew lap robes, walker caddies, and bibs to distribute to the area nursing homes we visit. We also visit shut-ins and look for other opportunities to share God’s love, such as “Care Caps for Cancer” or clothes closets that we can help in. The Grannies have a daily devotional and organizational meeting, as well. The remainder of our time is spent supporting our husbands and other workers and enjoying the fellowship of the other Grannies. “Nail bending” has been such a rewarding lifestyle for us. We stay in our camper (some have motor homes) for 14 weeks out of the year, and our members are fond of saying that our campsites usually resemble a gypsy camp, with the water hoses, sewer pipes, and electrical wires strung from camper to camper, presenting an obstacle course for the inexperienced “camp hopper”. We have met wonderful people and have forged many lasting friendships, both with fellow Nailbenders and with people across the state. After a day’s hard work, the men are never too tired to gather in a circle around our campers (weather permitting) and share their lives and thoughts of the day, or to visit a new fish house for dinner! We’ve seen the state of Arkansas up close and personal! As we all know, Arkansas is a beautiful, varied state. We have seen the cotton picked along the Mississippi River when we camped between cotton fields, and we watched as the harvesters picked and baled the cotton right outside our back door. Story continued on page 30 . . .

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Crockpot By Dianne S. Edwards



e all LOVE to cook, right? Well, we may all love to cook but there are times you just don’t like to cook. For those days when you really don’t feel like rolling up your sleeves and diving in to create a timeconsuming dish, perhaps a few of these crock pot favorites might provide a solution. We’ve even included dessert! After all, there’s still enough of those cool winter/early spring days when all we’d really like to do is curl up with a good (cook) book! Enjoy!


2 cans shrimp (approx. 5 oz. ea.) drained 2 cans tuna (approx. 7 oz. ea.) flaked 2 cans crabmeat (approx. 7 oz. ea) cartilage removed 1 can chopped pimiento (4 oz.) drained 1/3 c. minced fresh parsley 3 c. instant rice, uncooked 2 cans cream of mushroom soup 3 c. water 1/2 c. dry white wine 1/4 c. onion, chopped 2 tsp. dill weed 1/2 tsp. paprika 1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce. Place first six ingredients in crockpot. Combine cream of mushroom soup with water, wine, onion, dillweed, paprika and Tabasco sauce. Pour over rice and seafood mixture in crockpot; stir gently to blend well. Cover and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours.

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1 lb. chicken tenders or chicken breasts, cubed 1 can (15 oz.) tomatoes, diced 1 small can (6 oz.) tomato paste 1 rib celery, sliced 1/4 c. chopped onion 1/2 c. chopped or shredded carrots, canned or cooked until slightly tender 1/2 tsp. oregano 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 1/2 tsp. garlic powder pinch of sugar or other sweetener


Combine all ingredients in slow cooker or crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Taste and adjust seasonings about 30 minutes before serving and add a little water to thin, if necessary. Serve this easy recipe for chicken pasta sauce over spaghetti, fettucine or other pasta. Serves 4.

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1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 1/4 teaspoon vanilla 2 to 3 tablespoons milk Mix cake mix according to package directions. Pour batter into well greased and floured 2 pound coffee tin (make sure it will fit in your crockpot with cover) or baking dish which holds batter and fits in your crockpot. Combine sugar, flour, nuts, cinnamon, and butter; sprinkle over cake batter. Place can in slow cooker. Cover top of can with 8 layers of paper towels. Cover slow cooker and bake on high for 3 to 4 hours. Cool on rack for 5 minutes; unmold. Combine vanilla glaze ingredients until smooth; drizzle over cake.

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CROCKPOT GERMAN POTATO SALAD 4-6 c. sliced potatoes, about 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. 1/2 c. onions, chopped 1/2 c. celery sliced 1/4 c. green peppers, diced 1/4 c. vinegar 2 to 3 T. sugar 1/4 c. oil Chopped parsley Sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled sugar, optional

Combine all ingredients except parsley and bacon. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir and cook for 5 to 7 hours in crockpot. Garnish with bacon and parsley.


8 medium potatoes 1 c. chopped onion 4 carrots, sliced 2 ribs celery, sliced 4 chicken bouillon cubes 1 t. parsley flakes 4 cups water 1/3 cup butter ham - cubed, 2 cups, or to taste 13 ounces can evaporated milk Peel and cut potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Put all ingredients except evaporated milk in slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 9 to 11 hours. Gently stir in evaporated milk during last hour. If desired, thicken during the last 20 minutes with a mixture of about 2 tablespoons of flour and 2 tablespoons cold water.

CROCKPOT SWEET & SOUR SHRIMP 1 pkg. (6 oz.) frozen Chinese pea pods 1 can (12-14 oz.) pineapple tidbits in juice 2 T. cornstarch 3 T. granulated sugar 1 c. chicken broth 1/2 c. reserved pineapple juice 1 T soy sauce 1/2 tsp. ground ginger 1 bag (12-16 oz.) frozen small to medium shrimp, cleaned and cooked 2 T. cider vinegar hot cooked rice

Put pea pods in a colander and run cold water over them until partially. Drain pineapple, reserving 1/2 cup of the juice. Place pea pods and drained pineapple in slow cooker.


In a small saucepan, stir together cornstarch and sugar; add chicken broth, reserved pineapple juice, soy sauce, and ginger. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring, and cook sauce for about 1 minute. The sauce should be thickened and clear. Gently blend sauce into pea pods and pineapple. Cover and cook on LOW for 3 to 5 hours. Add the thawed cooked shrimp; continue to cook 30 minutes longer, until heated through. Add vinegar and stir gently.


4 frozen chicken breast halves 1 package dry Italian dressing mix 1 cup water or chicken broth Spray slow cooker with canola oil spray. Place chicken in slow cooker. Pour water or broth over chicken and sprinkle with dressing mix. Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours. When using defrosted chicken, cook on low for 4 -5 hours. Great with or over rice or egg noodles.

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2 lbs. frozen spinach, thawed and drained 1/4 c. grated onion 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 1/2 c. mayonnaise 1/2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese 2 eggs, beaten 1/4 tsp. white or black pepper dash nutmeg Mix thawed and drained spinach together with onion. Beat remaining ingredients and blend in spinach mixture. Spoon mixture into a lightly buttered 3 1/2-quart Crock Pot (or souffle dish to fit in a larger crock pot) n and cook on high for 2 to 3 hours.

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Reading and Writing...

and Christian Values

Story by Kelsey Boyd • Photo by Steve Newby

Growing up in school, children are taught basic reading, spelling, writing, math, science, and social skills. They learn how to add and subtract, write complete sentences, spell correctly and interact properly with other students. The Community Christian School, located in Russellville, takes learning a step further, educating the minds and souls of each of its students. 20 ABOUT...the River Valley

In fact, CCS has served children and parents in the River Valley for around 20 years. The school has seen many changes in the past two decades, including changes in its name, enrollment, and location, but the Christian principles on which the school was founded remain constant. Currently, 61 students from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade pay tuition to attend CCS which is housed in First Baptist Church. Anice Tedford was chosen to serve as principal of CCS at the beginning of the 2007-2008 school year. According to Anice, CCS is not affiliated with a particular denomination but teaches Christian students from a number of churches and religious backgrounds from around the community. “The focus is Christian education with God as the center,” said Anice. “Not only do we strive to have excellent curriculum…but we also teach children about God and all the gifts that He gives us.” Anice believes in building relationships with her students, and at the beginning of each school day, stands outside to greet the children as they arrive. “That’s one of the things I wanted to do as an administrator so that I would get to know all the children,” she added. The first activity of the day for CCS students is a morning devotional, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and announcements. The students then split up according to grades and head toward their classrooms to begin their schoolwork. Students’ academics at CCS are the same as those taught at public schools. Children are involved in the same March 2008

standardized testing procedures, core curriculum and activities as students in public schools. CCS offers classes for art, music, physical education and Spanish. Many of the children participate in outside sports including Upward basketball, gymnastics and softball. In addition to their core subjects, the students also have a Bible curriculum, and for 30 minutes a day, all grades study the Bible according to the Association of Christian Schools International curriculum. Anice explained how teachers at CCS study secular textbooks and, when writing lesson plans, integrate Christian teachings into their lessons, showing students how their learning material impacts them as Christians. This year, CCS has five teachers. Tawnya Motley teaches pre-kindergarten, Lori Ball teaches kindergarten, Amanda Fong teaches first grade, Heather Olson teaches second and third grades, and Becky McVay teaches fourth and fifth grades. Two other individuals have unique teaching roles at the school—Mrs. Konkel and Mrs. Utley, both of whom are grandmothers of students. The women drop their grandchildren off in the morning and stick around during the day to assist teachers. Mrs. Konkel and Mrs. Utley are known affectionately as the school’s “Grannies.” “They are invaluable to us,” Anice said, “I really appreciate their help.” Anice also acknowledged the help of former teacher Debra Aylesworth. Debra serves as Anice’s assistant, helping with daily tasks and keeping the school running smoothly. “She helps a lot around the school and is very active in the community” Anice said. All teachers at CCS have earned their teaching certifications and even participated in an extensive staff development program this school year. The program instructed

teachers in Arkansas history, helped begin the Accelerated Reader program at CCS, and even taught the teachers CPR. CCS is in the process of becoming accredited by the Arkansas Association of Nonpublic Schools and is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International. As explained in its mission statement, CCS has long been “committed to educating the minds and touching the hearts of students by upholding God’s Word as the standard for a lifetime of living and learning.” It was this purpose statement that convinced Anice to come to CCS. Before serving as the school’s principal, Anice taught pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and special education students for 30 years. She also coached students as a reading specialist. A native Arkansan, she and her husband, Dr. Bruce Tedford of the Physical and Life Sciences Department at Tech, traveled to and lived in a number of places, including California, Louisiana and even South America. Anice and her family settled in Baton Rouge while her husband worked on his Ph. D. Despite their many expeditions, the Tedford family’s goal was always to come back to Arkansas. And eventually, they did. After moving home, Anice taught fourth grade at Crawford Elementary School for five years, then joined the staff at CCS as principal. Presently, she is working on her degree in administration at Tech and jokes “I can’t get out of school!” Her favorite part of being an administrator at CCS is being with the children. “I really enjoy going into the classrooms and being able to work with kids,” she said. “One of the things I like to do is go in and read books,” which is something she does on a regular basis. Anice also oversees the school’s governing board which is comprised

of seven parents of current and former students who represent all grades. They meet once a month to determine policy and to make plans for the school. Buddy Babb serves on the school’s governing board. He and his wife Jasa are parents of Leighton, a fourth grader, and Reece, a second grader. Buddy and Jasa are confident in the school’s Christian teachings and close-knit environment. According to Buddy, he and Jasa enrolled their children in CCS in order to “give them more of a Christian foundation” in their childhood. He said Leighton and Reece “really do look forward to getting up and going to school in the mornings.” Jasa is particularly pleased with CCS’ teachers and their close relationships with the students. After hearing how the teachers were chosen based on a passion for Christ, children and teaching, she was convinced CCS was the right place for Leighton and Reece. “I have seen both of my kids excel there,” she said. “At this point, we can’t imagine going anywhere else.” This year, the school is in a growing stage. CCS expanded its enrollment during the 2007-2008 year to include three-yearolds in pre-kindergarten. “Next year, we’re looking to add teachers and grades,” Anice said. Her goals for CCS in the future are continued growth, a building for the school and a sustained positive influence in the Russellville community. She wants to provide an alternative for parents in considering where to send their children to school. Anice is encouraged by the supportive environment at CCS and wants to share it with new students. In summing up her attitude toward the school, Anice said, “It’s a community feeling. I know all the children, n I know their parents…it’s a home.”



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March 2008



Wrestling Fundraiser Wrestling fans will have a opportunity to enjoy a favorite sport while helping the Central Arkansas Shrine Club. On Saturday, April 5, Mid-South Wrestling will feature six big matches at the L.V. Williamson Boys and Girls Club, 600 East 16th Street, Russellville. The event will benefit the Central Arkansas Shrine Club according to Matt Riviera, organizer. Special guest appearances will include legend “Cowboy” Bill Watts, “Wild” Bill Ash and “Nightmare” Ken Wayne. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. VIP Ringside tickets are $20 each. General admission is $10 advance, $12 at door. Tickets are available by calling Doug Parker at (479) 495-4240 or via email at thewrestlingschool@yahoo. com. Additional information is available at

pARTy in the Park The Arkansas River Valley Arts Center in partnership with Russellville Department of Parks and Recreation and the River Valley Prevention Coalition will be presenting its annual community festival, pARTy in the

Park on Saturday, April 26. Last year’s event was the largest in history and was attended by approximately 2,500 people. This year’s event will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Russellville City Park, the Arts Center and Hughes Center. pARTy in the Park is free to the public and includes games, activities and art projects for children at no cost. The festival is a service for area residents and is handicapped accessible, according to Betty LaGrone, executive director of the Arts Center. Visual and performing artists willing to create a day full of “fun, entertainment and visual excitement” for festival-goers are being sought. Vendors and groups that will sell food, snacks and handmade art and craft items are encouraged to participate as well. Booth space rental will be 10% of gross sales. There is no charge for booths not selling products; however, booth space for political candidates requires a $50 fee. Volunteers are needed to help with children’s activities and various craft projects. To volunteer, reserve booth space or for additional information, contact the River Valley Arts Center at (479) 968-2452 or via

email at The Arts Center is located at 1001 East B Street, adjacent to City Park and Hughes Center. A rain date of May 10 has been scheduled.

Summey Recognized Nationally One of Russellville’s own, Dustin Summey, was recognized as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music by Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) in January. Summey studied piano with Dr. Timothy E. Smith at Arkansas Tech University and earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree with focus in keyboard instrumental music in May 2005. While attending ATU, Summey studied bass trombone and served as drum major of the ATU Band of Distinction. He is a member of numerous state and national musical organizations and is active as a pianist and organist at First Baptist Church in Russellville. An instructor at Russellville High School, Dustin maintains an active piano studio in the home he shares with wife Cassandra. If you have news to share, send it to ABOUT/ SPPI, P.O. Box 10176, Russellville AR 72812 or via email to n

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A Dear, Deere Farm Story and Photos by Dianne S. Edwards

What does a famous tractor manufacturer born at the turn of the 19th Century have in common with a retired Navy man living and loving life in Yell County? Absolutely everything -- if that everything is green and runs like a ‘Deere.’

Sixteen years before James Elbert McConnell’s family operated Bogg’s Mill near Chickalah (Yell County,) tractor icon John Deere fashioned his first plow for prairie farmers in the Midwest. Born Feb. 7, 1804, in Vermont, Deere was just four years old when his father was lost at sea, leaving his mother, Sarah, to raise John and his five brothers and sisters. James, known by family as ‘Elbert’ and by coworkers as ‘Mac,’ ironically has five siblings as well. Deere’s father was lost at sea; McConnell’s father drowned in 1963 while helping build the Arkansas Lock and Dam between Dardanelle and Russellville. Deere, who received only the basics of education because of his family’s near-proverty life style, fashioned a polishedsteel plow from an old sawmill blade in 1837. The plow allowed pioneer farmers to cut clean furrows through sticky Midwest prairie soil. By 1842, Deere had built more than 200 plows, and by 1852, just a year before the McConnell clan settled land in Arkansas, Deere and Co. was producing 4,000 plows a year. Production of John Deere’s most popular tractor, the Model A, began in 1934. This spawned a popular line of two-cylinder tractors including the B, G, L, LA, H, and M. Elbert McConnell, born many years later in the Ard Community near Centerville, now owns a number of those early models. McConnell doesn’t collect them for their value, but because he “loves the way they sound.” His “collection” includes several -- among them Models A, B, H and G. They came to McConnell a variety of ways. One 1949 Model B is the tractor his Uncle Buck once owned. It sat collecting rust in a field for 21 years before it was given to Elbert. A 1940 Model A was bought locally at Yell County Gin. Another, a 1943 Model A was purchased off a used car lot in Spokane, Wash. It features a fly-wheel start. A 1947 Model G, built-up for a tractor pull, also came from Washington state. A young McConnell left home to join the Navy and served as a paraxhute rigger. He later learned a trade, upholstery, which he has perfected and enjoys from time to time, “working when I want to on projects. I just finished boat seats for my nephew.” When McConnell returned to Arkansas in 2003, he brought along his upholstery shop, several project cars, his black Labrador Sarah, and a collection of handmade and collectible dolls belonging to his wife, whom he married in 1958. After she passed away in 2001, McConnell decided to leave the life they had enjoyed in Washington state and return to live near family. His five siblings -- one brother and four sisters -- all live close. “Except for our sister that lives in Oklahoma, but that’s a lot closer than Washington State!” he said, chuckling. He and brother Ruben talked about the land as it was originally:

“not a tree in site. This was a hay meadow we’re standing in now,” pointed Ruben. Now tall hardwood trees stand throughout. They describe this portion of his farm as a ‘piddlin’ farm. Just somewhere to come and piddle,” Elbert explains. He works, distributing hay and planting crops for neighbors to enjoy in the spring. He enjoys the company of his two dogs. And there are other animals to feed. Since moving back to Yell County, he has acquired some additional land, two miniature horses, five goats, three guineas, two farm cats, a llama, and a dozen or more cattle that will drop calves in the spring. “The animals are just to enjoy, for fun and to share with the kids, the nieces, the nephews,” he adds.


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The average new price of the 1953 model was $2,600. Model H tractors were built between 1939 and 1947 cost approximately $650 new (c. 1940.) They featured 3 speed forward transmission and weighed approximately 3,035 lbs. each. Each tractor in the McConnell collection runs and is used depending on the farming need, he declares. But his real working tractor is a newer cab version. (It’s the one with mud on the wheels and air conditioning and fm radio built in.) An old Farmall tractor patiently waits its turn in the barn but is a few years away from restoration, McConnell says. John Deere continues to produce tractors today and is one of the leading manufacturers in the modern industry. The 2008 lineup includes more than 13 different models and countless configurations. One model, such as the 7430 Premium Tractor weighs over 14,594. We’re betting that it sells for slightly more than it’s 20th Century cousin. n

The ‘Popping Johnny’ John Deere’s most popular tractor, the Model A, began production in 1934. This introduction spawned a popular line of two-cylinder affordable tractors including the B, G, L, LA, H, and M. The John Deere Model A (row crop) was produced between 1934 and 1952. The price for a new 1952 Model A was $2,400 Weight ranged from 3,525 (unstyled) up to 4,909 (1952.) Approximately 300,000 of all styles were built. The Model B (row crop) was built between 1935-1952. The price new was $1,900. Approximately 300,000 (all styles) were built. Weight of the Model B ranged between 2,760 and 4,000 lbs. Model G was constructed from 1938 until 1953. A total of 64,000 of all styles were built ranging from 4,400 lbs. up to 5,624 pounds.

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“For example, we’ve usually awarded the academic blankets at the last football game of the year,” added Magness. “We’re planning on recognitions that can be awarded during basketball, baseball and soccer events.” Program Evolves As a partner in education for more than 100 years, Jostens hosts an annual National Renaissance conference. The events allows participants the chance to network and attend a number of inspiring seminars. The Renaissance Junior Advisory Board, established at RHS in 2002, was the result of an idea exchange during the National Renaissance Conference. The 2008 Jostens Renaissance National Conference will be held in Phoenix, Ariz., on July 11-13. The Junior Advisory Board is a program in which a student, faculty and staff member are recognized each month. Nomination requires an elaborate process of anonymity where the names of the nominees are covered up so even those on the committee don’t know for whom they are voting. The Faculty Member of the Year, announced at the annual Celebration of Excellence, is once such recognition category. Rick Harrell, the local Josten’s representative, provides a special ring to the honored Faculty Member of the Year. A floating granite plaque rotates between winning Faculty of the Month. The 2008 Renaissance Foundation Board is comprised of the following members: Dr. Robin Duffield, Ragena Moore, Linda Freeman, Jane Prewett, Allan George, Cindra Roberson, Scott Hill, Margaret Robinson, Truman Hill, Mike Summers, Michael Jacimore, Angie Smith, Terri Knight, Sherry Turner, Sherry Magness and Lorraine Massey.

Truman Hill, who serves as this year’s board president, is retired from Firestone but has a strong desire to work with the program. Assistant Principal Margaret Robinson, also sits on the board. A past educator, Robinson recalled how important recognition programs, such as the Cyclone Achiever, are to students who might not be academically strong. “One year I gave a Cyclone Achiever award to a student that probably wasn’t someone most would ordinarily select. He’d had a rough past but had gotten really ‘turned on’ by the science class I taught,” she said. “When we gave him his medal, you would have thought we gave him a million dollars. Even even wore his medal to school. And that award, that act of recognition, made a huge difference in his life.” The programs are designed to reward those who academically excel as well as those who work hard and deserve recognition for their accomplishments. “Not everyone can graduate with a 4-point grade average,” the board members added. “But when they do, we reward their excellence. For the others who try hard and achieve in other areas, we want to reward those, too.” Just such a moment, experienced by an underwriting sponsor, struck an emotional chord during a reception several years ago. Retelling the story, Truman Hill recalled the story of a proud parent: “After her child’s name was called to receive an award, the parent stood clapping, waving and calling out, ‘that’s my son’ despite the fact that no one else was applauding. She was so proud, tears were streaming down her face. “One of the attending sponsors, a bank president, was deeply touched by the expression. It made a dramatic impact on both the sponsor and those in attendance,”

Truman remembered. RHS principal Wesley White explained that a “Make a Difference” Banquet held several years ago was a surprise event for the faculty and staff. Those who had gone “above and beyond” what was expected were recognized and acknowledged. “It was a very emotional event. Some even teared up because their achievements were recognized and appreciated,” he recalled. Principal White is very proud of the Renaissance effort and the staff and board that support it. “Russellville is one of the few schools in the state who have kept the program going,” he said. Magness stresses that every donation, no matter the size, matters to the program. A fund-raising effort, the result of an annual letter-writing campaign, raised over $12,000 one year -- much it in the form of loose change and $5 checks. The Renaissance Foundation Board is a 501 (c)(3) organization. Everyone who contributes receives a handwritten thank you note as well as a tax id receipt for reporting purposes, said Magness. A current letter-writing campaign to fund Renaissance will begin soon. Those interested in underwriting a particular program or in donating toward the program in general are asked to contact Sherry Magness at (479) 968-3151, ext. 24. Questions may be directed via email to ““We would love to have each of the many friends of Russellville High School help us with the cost of recognizing excellent work and conduct of RHS students,” added Truman Hill. “ We are appreciative of the many individuals who make annual contributions. We’ve had a number of loyal business friends for many years, and for that, we say ‘thank you!’” n

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ctive... that’s a pretty good description of Russellville resident Joel Calloway’s lifestyle. While growing up in the southwest Arkansas countryside, Calloway enjoyed hunting and outdoor sports. As a young adult, he even played minor league baseball, and during his 35 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he spearheaded the completion of the Bona Dea Trail along Prairie Creek. Maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular exercise became his lifelong practice. But a little more than two years ago, the then 77-year-old father and grandfather found himself in a position he had never imagined – he was facing quadruple bypass surgery. While turkey hunting with his father, Dr. Joel Calloway, an obstetriciangynecologist with Millard Henry Clinic, noticed that the senior Calloway was experiencing some shortness of breath. He encouraged him to follow his primary care physician’s advice to schedule a CT (computed tomography) scan. Joel Calloway finally relented. “I was noticing a little loss in stamina, but I had no outward symptoms of heart problems,” Calloway recalled. The test got Calloway’s attention in a hurry. “I could tell that the results weren’t good,” he said. “I just couldn’t believe that something wrong. I knew I was up in age, but I was running a lot and hunting, staying active with the grandkids. What they found was a complete surprise.” The results of the CT screening revealed significant calcium buildup in Calloway’s coronary arteries. This discovery led Dr. Andy Henry, a cardiologist who practices in Little Rock and has a satellite office in Russellville, to perform an arteriogram at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center. The arteriogram showed two blockages. Calloway then underwent bypass surgery at the Arkansas Heart Hospital. “There was a 90 percent blockage in one artery and a 70 percent blockage in the other,” Calloway said. “When they were doing the arteriogram, I was trying to argue with them – that nothing could be wrong. That just shows that you don’t have to have symptoms to have something wrong,” he said. Calloway credits Dr. Andy Henry and the initial CT scan, with saving his life.

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“The test doesn’t cost that much and it will tell you if there is something to be concerned about. There’s no pain, and it is a great procedure,” he said. Dr. James Carter, a physician at Millard Henry Clinic and River Valley Christian Clinic, concurred that computed tomography can be of great benefit in discovering heartrelated issues, especially for those who do not exhibit many well known risk factors. “It helped me to find out about some heart disease that I didn’t know I had,” he said. At Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, the HeartView CT Scan is used for cardiac calcium scoring. The HeartView CT machine takes a series of pictures of the heart in thin sections. The pictures will show whether or not calcium has built up in the coronary arteries, which is a sign of coronary artery disease (CAD). As a non-invasive procedure, the test is normally completed in a relatively short time frame. During the test, a person lies on a table, which slides into the round opening of the machine. Meanwhile, a radiology technologist monitors the test while working from an adjoining room. Test results normally are interpreted by a radiologist and sent to the patient’s primary care physician or cardiologist. Results are given as a score, which is based on the amount of plaque found in the arteries. The higher a person’s score is, the greater is his or her chance of having a heart attack. In March, Saint Mary’s will offer HeartView CT calcium scoring for $125. A full lipids profile with calculations, available for $25, is offered in addition to calcium scoring. “With the CT scan there’s no pain, and it’s a great procedure,” said Joel Calloway, who has resumed an active lifestyle and works out at Saint Mary’s Wellness Fitness Center five days a week. “It can definitely save your life.” For more information, or to schedule a HeartView CT calcium scoring, call Saint Mary’s Imaging Services at (479) 964-9150, or contact your primary care physician. n

Heart Disease Risk Checklist More than 1.5 million people in America suffer a heart attack each year; about one-third of these individuals will die. Many victims show none of the well-known symptoms, such as chest pain or numbness in the left arm. Risk factors that may affect you are: • Your age. If you are a man older than 45, or a woman over 55 or who has passed menopause. • Your family history. Your father or a brother experienced a heart attack before age 55, or your mother or a sister had one before age 65. Having a close relative who has had a stroke also increases your risk. • You smoke. • Your total cholesterol level is higher than 240 mg/dl, and your HDL (good) cholesterol level is less than 35 mg/dl. • Your blood pressure is 140/190 or higher, or you don’t know what your blood pressure is. • You are physically inactive, getting less than 30 minutes of physical activity at least three days per week. • You have diabetes. • You are overweight by 20 pounds or more. • You have an abnormal heartbeat, coronary artery disease (CAD) or have had a previous heart attack or stroke. Source:

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Students meet to review nominations for Student, Staff and Faculty Member of the month. Funding provided by Renaissance Foundation Board.


Held each May to honor graduating seniors that have met one or more of the following: 4.00 cumulative GPA, scored 30 or above on ACT, National Merit Finalist/ Semifinalist or scored 1340 or above on the SAT. Underwritten by Innovative Industrial Solutions, Harold and Carol Barr, and RHS Academic Booster Club.


Each student who has a 4.00 or better cumulative grade point average at the end of their senior year is presented with an academic blanket. These wool stadium blankets are monogrammed with the student’s name. The Renaissance Board is currently searching for a permanent sponsor to underwrite this program for 2008. In 2007, the largest group ever, some 52 students, received blankets. An anonymous donor funded the program last year when a previous sponsor was not found.

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At another job we watched the wheat fields turn golden while camped beside it, and gazed at those “amber waves of grain” when the wind blew. Charlie has fished in the bayous of the Arkansas/Louisiana border (after work, of course) and I think we have heard every single train that runs through the eastern side of the state at night! At Walnut Ridge we were camped right across the road from the railroad tracks, and our campers shook and quaked each time those trains rumbled through town -- not to mention the piercing train whistles that woke us out of a sound sleep. We’ve seen some spectacular sunsets, too, as we wander around the construction sites inspecting the days’ work, and the morning fog in the valleys of Marshall, Ark., is an unforgettable memory -- as well as a screensaver on our computer -- for us. Each town and job is unique. The Nailbenders always leave a job with mixed emotions; we are anxious to get home, but we leave behind new friends and the experience of having helped them begin a new phase in their church life. But, with three precious grandchildren living across the street from us we are

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always anxious to get home and see how they’ve grown and changed in two weeks. (As any of you who have grandchildren know, they DO change in two weeks!) As our members begin to age, there are some Nailbenders who have had to drop out of the organization because of health concerns, and so our numbers are dwindling with the years. We are in need of new men and women to take up their hammers and join this building ministry. In 2007, we utilized the services of several retirees who work for the Arkansas Baptist Disaster Relief Team. They worked with the Nailbenders on various jobs over the year, and were an immense help, as were others who volunteered their time. The Lord has provided workers, as He always does! This month will find the Nailbenders working at Southside (Church #157), a community located on Hwy. 65 close to Greenbrier. If you’re up that way, please stop in and say “hello!” Contact information and this year’s work schedule may be found at or We feel certain that lending a hand to Nailbenders for Jesus will bless your life, as n it has ours.

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NOW AVAILABLE On Valentine’s Day 2008, ABOUT Magazine premiered a special issue, ABOUT Weddings and Special Occasions. The 32-page full-color publication features the products and services of 42 participating advertisers and unveiled plans for Russellville Downtown Association’s first-ever Downtown Wedding and Art Walk scheduled for March 7. Complimentary copies of the publication are available at all participating advertisers and the following locations: the Chamber of Commerce offices in Russellville, Dardanelle, Morrilton and Clarksville; the Lake Dardanelle Visitor’s Center and state parks at Nebo, Magazine and Petit Jean; Arkansas Tech University, UACCM in Morrilton, University

of the Ozarks in Clarksville, and the Historic Missouri-Pacific Depot. The highlights of three local weddings, hints on creating the perfect special occasion, a bridal registry, a resource listing of participating merchants, and a feature on ‘Four Natural Wedding Destinations highlighting our area State Parks, are included. Subscribers to ABOUT Magazine will receive copies of the Weddings and Special Occasions issue through their paid mail subscription. To become a regular subscriber of ABOUT Magazine and receive your copy of this special issue, send a check for $20 to: SPPI/ABOUT, P.O. Box 10176, Russellville AR 72812. n

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forward the application to the Secretary of the Interior. If not comment is received within 15 days, the local government is considered certified. CLG grant projects in Arkansas have included the following: training and staff support for historic district commissions, architectural surveys of historic areas, nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, development of design guidelines, and archeological surveys and excavations. They have also included preservation plans for the protection of local historic resources, interpretive signage for historic sites, educational materials for property owners on preservations practices and brick-and-mortar restoration work on historic properties. An informative brochure entitled, “Local Historic Districts, Certified Local Governments,” is available at the Main Street Russellville office located in the Historic Missouri-Pacific Depot. For additional information, contact Boyd Mayer, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, (501) 324-9880. Mayer is available to present additional information on both topics to interested groups and n organizations.

Certified Local Governments The National Historic Preservation Act calls for all states to establish and maintain a State Historic Preservation Office to implement a state preservation program and to assist local governments’ preservation efforts within their state. Counties and cities that have partnered with the preservation office to promote preservation are called Certified Local Governments (CLGs.) An Arkansas city or county is eligible to participate in the CLG program if it has appointed a Historic District Commission and has passed a local preservation ordinance designating one or more local historic districts, according to applicable state law. By joining a CLG program, an eligible city or county gains access to an enhanced partnership with the Arkansas Historic Preservations Program and the National Park Service, including training, technical support and grant assistance. After designating a local historic district, the appropriate official may apply to join the CLG program. The AHPP will respond within 60 days and will then March 2008 

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With more than a hundred framed photos and original artwork to display, holes must be drilled in the plaster to avoid cracking the original surface. R.E. did all the interior painting, because “he’s neater than I am and because I was suffering with carpal tunnel syndrome,” recalled Suzanne. An antique doll dress made by Suzanne’s grandmother is framed and hung in the hallway. The dress replicates one made for and worn by the young homeowner. “My grandmother made me a dress and then made one for my doll,” she recalled. Original artwork fills the walls of the home. There one finds the work of local artists Doyle Young, Fred Shepard, Sue Tucker, Paula Steel, Peter Goff and Hannah Glover. Though she loves them all, Suzanne admits her favorite is a penciled self-portrait by her then-young daughter, Polly Ratliff, Though a few of the antique pieces found in their home are new finds, most are gifts from family and friends. Suzanne’s love of antiques was nurtured by the surroundings in her childhood home in Cleveland, Miss., where her father owned an antique and used furniture store. One such piece, a burled walnut secretary now refinished and standing in the dining room, was found by her father on a porch filled with roosting chickens. It now houses collectible books and family photos.

An attic renovation and an expansion to the rear of the home bumped the home’s existing 1,700 sq. ft. footprint by an additional 700 sq. ft. The rear expansion provides access to the master bedroom and offers the family an entrance to a new master bath with shower, dressing area and a walk-in closet containing a washer and dryer. An antique dressing table sits underneath a narrow, salvaged glass window, installed high and horizontal to illuminate while insuring privacy. The couple opened up the attic, removing a “huge” fan and creating a third bedroom for overnight guests. The guests may include Suzanne’s daughters, Polly and Rebecca, and R.E.’s daughters, Holly and Amy, and their families. The room is cozy and provides ample sleeping quarters with two full-size antique bed frames and a twin bed nestled just inside the doorway. Stained wooden stairs lead to the upstairs addition. When funds waned, a contractor suggested the painted rebar that graces the railing. That uniqueness is just one of many quaint features found throughout. When the couple is not busy with work – she owns The Frame Shop and Gallery in historic downtown Russellville, he is director of grants and contracts for the Area Agency on Aging – the pair is actively involved in the Old Town Historic Neighborhood

Association. R.E. serves as the current president of the organization which focuses on restoration and preservation of some of the area’s oldest homes. Concerns about the transition of property from private ownership to commercial purchase, along with the demolition of the 100-plus year old Patrick Home at 405 S. Commerce, prompted the group to unify five years ago. The Hodgeses, along with more than 50 interested households and community members, desire to preserve existing historic homes in the area and to prevent the loss of others. They are especially interested in the recent proposal to have Russellville designated as a local historic district. Said district can only be created by a local ordinance passed by the local governing body. Arkansas cities and counties are authorized by the Arkansas Historic Districts Act to enact local laws for the “preservation and protection of buildings, sites, places and districts of historic interest,” according to literature provided by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Membership in the Old Town Neighborhood is open to anyone interested in the preservation and restoration of the area’s heritage. For more information, contact R.E. Hodges at (479) 970-1615. n


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weet Notes of Success Event a Sellout! Talk of the Town Tables, a major fundraising event for the Russellville Symphony Guild, was an overwhelming success and sell-out again this year. “The Guild wishes to convey our gratitude to all of our friends and sponsors who helped to make the evening a success,” said committee organizers Charlotte Linch and Aldona Standridge. The event was organized and hosted by members of the Symphony Guild. The annual event, held Saturday, Feb. 2, at Lake Point Conference Center, generated more than $15,000 which will be used to promote symphony events, concerts and school performances by members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Funds are also designated for the group’s local scholarship fund. Fourteen local businesses served as table sponsors, showcasing their merchandise as table centerpieces. Guests browse the tables and purchase the items at a pre-set price. A total of 40% of the sales are donated to the Guild. Silent auction tables, containing merchandise donated by other local merchants, were also available for preview, bidding and purchase. “This is a very fun evening because of the creativity of the businesses in decorating the tables,” said new board member Mary Clark. “I have attended the past three years as a guest and really enjoyed it.” A performance of the Arkansas Symphony is scheduled for April 26. The group’s annual membership brunch for the Russellville Symphony Guild is planned for Tuesday, May 13, at the home of Sena Brown. For tickets or additional information, contact Judy Murphy at (479) 967-1177. n

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Junior Auxiliary of Russellville 2008 Charity Ball

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Your generous support enables Junior Auxiliary to implement programs that meet the diverse needs of our community. ABOUT the River Valley Magazine Alcan Packaging Kristy and Brad Allen Bank of the Ozarks Burris, Inc. Cateye Customs First State Bank Honda of Russellville Dr. Carmella Knoernschild Lee Ann’s Fine Jewelry Liberty Bank Dr. and Mrs. David Murphy Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Peters Quick Service Cleaners Saint Mary’s Medical Group Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center Shoptaw, Labahn & Company, P.A. Sweeden Florist The Courier Mr. and Mrs. Rick Thone Tom Bagby Photography Valley Laser/VSPA

Benefactors As you continue to give to Junior Auxiliary, we can continue to give back to the community. Randy Adkins Arvest Bank Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Blanchard Mr. and Mrs. Phil Carruth Centurytel Chambers Bank and Affiliates Clark Eye Clinic-Dr. Phil Clark Cooper Band Instruments EWI Inc. Constructiors-Jim Woker Feltner’s Athlete’s Corner Dr. and Mrs. Stan Gately Cordia and Tom Harrington Horseshoe Casino Joshua’s Fine Jewelry Lowe’s Home Improvement Millyn’s Inc. Outdoor Living Center RC White Photography Regions Bank Simmons First Bank Gina and Doug Skelton Saint Mary’s Medical GroupMillard Henry Clinic Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Teeter Terra Renewal Services Teresa and Mike Wilkins

Sponsors The spirit of giving is synonymous with our community. Through your support, Junior Auxiliary is able to make a difference in the lives of many. A-1 Pawn Arkansas Orthopaedic Associates Kerry Baldwin Bibler Brothers Lumber Laurie and James Bibler C & D Drug Store Cogswell Motors, Inc. Richard Clifton John Daly

Drs. Michael Johnston and Bryant Richardson, DDS Duffield Gravel Co Mr. and Mrs. Luke Duffield Kathleen and Fred Fullerton Jackie Gardner Home Theater Store Sherry and Steve Killingsworth Jalia and Larry Lingle Ruth and Al Narveson Steve Newby Photography Mr. and Mrs. Bill Orsburn Parkway Dental / Dr. Don Simmons Phil Wright Autoplex Posey Printing & Marketing, Inc. Radiologists of Russellville Laurie and Cleve Reasoner Rendezvous Formal Wear and Party Planning River Valley Express Savanah’s Riverfront Café Lindsey and Mike Spurlock Southwest Airlines Sterling Steel The Frame Shop Wal-Mart

Friends Your generous gifts ensure that Junior Auxiliary will continue to have a positive impact within the Russellville Community. Without you, our organization would not exist. A Taste of Italy Arkansas VIP Awards Ms. Toni Bachman Back 2 Basics Fitness Center Carol and Harold Barr Debbie and Mike Bell Blue Chip Ice Cargill Cathy’s Flowers - Joe Turner Century 21- Delores and William Thornsberry Jaynie and David Clark Davis-Tucker Agency, Inc. DC Trash Service of Morrilton, Inc. Don Dodson Susan and Ronnie Duffield Ewing’s Photography Pam and Dan Fouts Karin Fulgham, Graphic Artist Gifts on Parkway Golden Boys Golf Cars Sales and Service Dr. and Mrs. Rob Goodman Gordon Investment GroupChuck & Shawn Gordon LaVel and Benny Harris Home Furniture Homestead Tractor and Implement Co., Inc. Innovation Industries Kroger McDonald’s Manly’s Subway Dr. and Mrs. Rudolph Massey Marilyn and Van Moores Kristin and Tim Murdoch Lynn and Donavan Sims Mullen Team Sports Mullens Foundation Julie and Johnny Morgan Annette and Bert Mullens National Home Center Nationwide Insurance- Chris Lamberson Pam’s Shoes & Pedorthics

Sandra and Richard Peel Martha Pilgram Linda and Tommy Richardson Riggs Rental River Town Bank River Valley Furniture Kay and Robert Roberts Rock House Salon Rush Sporting GoodsJustin and Mike Wilkins Saint Mary’s Wellness Fitness Center Mary and Hugh Silkensen Kim and William Sims Melba and Ray Smith Beth and Jamie Sorrells Space World The Other Foot and More VEI General Contractors

Supporters Lives of many will be affected because of your contributions. Your support and encouragement are greatly appreciated. Lou and Travis Adams Faye Abernathy Ferne Shinn Anderson Arkansas Tech UniversityDr. Robert C. Brown Rosalind and Garr Barron Ms. Tonia Beavers Angela and Dusty Bonds C&D Drug Store Brown’s Catfish Dr. and Mrs. Jim Carter Chamberlyne Country Club Milly and Bill Chevaillier Debra and John Choate Coca-Cola Bottling CompanyKent Tucker Emogene Coffman Kellie and Ken Coker Kirk Conville Mr. and Mrs. Gearl Cooper Copper Pig Tommy and Mary Anne Crews Claire and B.J. Dunn Becky and Bob Ellison Fat Daddy’s BBQ Juanita Feltner Fisher Manufacturing Flowers, Etc. Mary Lu Garrett Sarah Lou and Cliff Goodin Patti and Bob Gordon Grace Manufacturing- Microplane Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Grant Mr. and Mrs. Pete Grant Laura and Rick Harrison Joann Hays Higher Grounds Highlander Cycling and Outdoors Carol and Don Hill Mr. and Mrs. Robert Holeyfield Laura Hughes IHOP III’s Company Italian Gardens Wayne A. Jones, CPA Lynne and Pancho Knight Susie Kroencke Tanya and John Kroencke La House of Beaute’ Liebling Eye Clinic Betty and Wetzel Lagrone Lefler’s Leonard’s Hardware

Let’s Celebrate Dr. Doug Lowrey Stephanie and Max Mathis Pam and Larry McLerran M.Hill’s Troylynn and Roy McSpadden Merle Norman Judy Murphy New York Life- Tim Martin Newton Tire Co., Inc. Norman’s Inc. Mens Apparel Omega Solutions, Inc.Cindra and Russell Roberson Joanne and Ron Ownbey Frances and Bob Parker Peters Family Living- Bill Peters Kathy and Randy Phillips Pope County Title Company Primerica Jane and John Rankin Razorback Video & Tanning Reflections Tea Room & More Sharlot and Lee Roy Robinson Allison and Dan Ryder William F. Smith, Attorney Peggy and Gary Stratton TGIC’s Tena’s Gymnastics & Cheerleading The Corner Stone The Mirage Day Spa & Salon The Mulberry Bush The Nicholson Group The Scrapbook Store Linda and Tom Tyler Cliff Underwood Martha and Robert Hays Williams Jane Witherell Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Young

Contributors Thank you for believing in Junior Auxiliary. Your contributioin will help advance the services we can provide. Polly and Heartsill Bartlett Bath Junkie Bob Bourne Brick Oven Pizza Nancy and Jerry Burns Catherine’s Cakes CJ’s Butcher Boy Burgers Colton’s Cracker Barrel Gaye and Bucky Croom Dixie Café Fletcher Oil Donna and Al Harpenau Elizabeth Harris Heart and Soul Tina and Keith Ison Just Dance, Inc. La Huerta Mai Lae Las Palmas Movie Gallery Parkway Cleaners Razorback Pizza Dr. and Mrs. C.D. Robertson Rose Drug Starbuck’s Stoby’s Dean and John Strickland Mrs. William T. Sweeden Taco Bueno Cathy and Ray Trower USA Drug West Main Donuts



Life & Associate Members Helping with Work Day Lunch: Mary Anderson Kechia Bentley Nancy Canerday Kristin Clark Paulette Cooper Karen Dunn Pam Fouts Suzy Griffin Vicki Hale Polly Hardin Toni Laws Sue McCoy Troylynn McSpadden Kay Roberts Gina Skelton Angie Smith Kathy Smith Betsy Souto Johnna Walker Renee Wright

Provisional Class Acknowledgments Provisional Luncheons Nancy Canerday Jalia Lingle Bobbie Moore Mel White, Provisional Trainer

Other AFMC Cathy Andrasik Arkansas Tech University Cheerleaders Arkansas Tech University Men’s Basketball Team Boys & Girls Clubs of the Arkansas River Valley Kim and Stan Bradley Sena and Johnny Brown Central Presbyterian Church Jim Collins First State Bank Robert Ford Sherri and Jeff Harrison Kappa Kappa Psi Mandy and Owen Kelly Terri and Jim Knight Stephanie and Max Mathis Julie and Andy McNeil Dennis Overman Russellville School District Tau Beta Sigma Wal-Mart With Heartfelt Thanks. The 2007-2008 Members of Junior Auxiliary of Russellville: Faye Abernathy, Tonia Adkins, Jennifer Aquilar, Angela Bonds, Pam Bregar, Debra Choate, Sandy Davis, Robin Duffield, Val Fisher, Suzanne Gately, Leigh Ann George, Elizabeth Harris, Cathy Huett, Sandy Huie, Tina Ison, Malanie Kennedy, Lynn Knight, Ragena Moore, Tammy Morgan, Rhonda Orsburn, Letha Phillips, Michele Purtle, Laurie Reasoner, Sarah Teel, Tammy Rhodes, LeeAnna Richardson, Kate Riggs, Amanda Shilling, Brandi Tripp, Mel White, and Aaron Wojtkowski— Provisional Members Chrystal Andrews, Tonya Bloodworth, Jennifer Duran, Dani Martin, Kim McDougal, Ana Smith, Kathleen Stingley, Christa Stratton, Sherri Streety, Amy Tarpley, Cindy Waits, and Jill Ward

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