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Longview Hometown Hero: Paula Warner

We would like for you to meet this week’s Hometown Hero: Paula Warner!  Every day, Paula’s goal is to place smiles on the faces of people out in her community. It warms her heart! She is always thinking of ways to make someone’s day. In fact, she is already planning some amazing things for families in Longview this upcoming holiday season. “You don’t know the need until you get out in the co...

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Maumelle's Hometown Hero: Debbie Brinkley

We would like for you to meet this week’s Hometown Hero: Debbie Brinkley! Debbie is currently retired, but prior to retirement, she was with Developing Capable Mentors, a company formed by her and her husband that provides training for parents and educators. She is currently an active Rotary member. Her favorite volunteer opportunity is The Police and Fire Banquet that the Rotary club sponso...

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Bryant's Hometown Hero: Dr. Karen C. Walters

We would like for you to meet this week’s Hometown Hero: Dr. Karen C. Walters! Dr. Walters has been the Superintendent of the Bryant Public Schoool system for seven years. She is also part of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators, Bryant Rotary, and Bryant Chamber Board of Directors. She also serves meals at the Alexander Community Center. “I love seeing our students and get...

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Mount Pleasant's Hometown Hero: Helen Thompson and Her Staff!

We would like for you to meet this week’s  Hometown Hero: Helen Thompson! Helen is the head librarian at the Mount Pleasant Public Library. She also spent 32 years in public school classrooms and library. She loves connecting a child or adult with a great book that can change their life. “The library  is the one American institution that is absolutely free and levels the playing field for ev...

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Texarkana's Hometown Hero: Trinity Gardner

We would like for you to meet this week’s Hometown Hero: Trinity Gardner! Trinity is the Volunteer Coordinator at Domestic Violence Prevention. She’s been a member of the Texarkana community for four years and has been an active volunteer here for almost as long! She is a proud member of Kiwanis Texarkana.  Her favorite volunteer opportunity comes with her service as a member of Kiwanis: Pa...

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Sherwood Hometown Hero: Kellie Wall

We would like for you to meet this week’s Hometown Hero: Kellie Wall! Kelli is the president of the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce. Last year, under her guidance, the Sherwood Chamber managed to successfully create a City Guide to highlight and showcase the great city! She says it was a lot of work, but the end result was beautiful! Kelli loves the small-town community vibe you receive from th...

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Paris Hometown Hero: Priscilla McAnally

We would like for you to meet this week’s Hometown Hero: Priscilla McAnally!  Although she is a California native, Priscilla grew up here in Paris, Texas. “It is a lovely place to live and has some very interesting people,” she says. Here, she made some of the best friends anyone could ever have. Her love of this community grew from all of the lifelong friends she has made while living here....

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Midwest City Hometown Hero: Bonnie Cheatwood

We would like for you to meet this week’s Hometown Hero: Bonnie Cheatwood! Bonnie Cheatwood, is the Executive Director of the Midwest City Chamber of Commerce. She has served in this position since Dec. 2001. She also worked as the Member Services Director at the Chamber from 1986-1993. Bonnie served on the Board of Directors for the Midwest City Chamber from 1993-2000 representing Bank of ...

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Maumelle Hometown Hero: Judy Keller

We would like for you to meet this week’s Hometown Hero: Judy Keller! Judy Keller is the Director of Economic Development of the City of Maumelle. In her current position with the City of Maumelle, she had the privilege of assisting companies with locating to Maumelle and supporting existing industries with expansions and other needs. From helping Dr. Kyle Skinner locate to the city to suppor...

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Longview Hometown Hero: Olivia Secord

We would like for you to meet this week’s Hometown Hero: Olivia Secord!  Olivia has been part of our community since July 2011, and she opened her own business, Olivia Secord Agency, LLC, here on June 10, 2019. This is one of her biggest personal accomplishments, despite many hurdles and bullies trying to keep her down.  “I love the closeness of Longview,” Olivia said, “people genuinely car...

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