Author archives: Maura Montez

Arkansas Native Signed to Silverado Records

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Arkansas native and country music artist David Adam Byrnes, was recently signed to Silverado Records. He was also featured in Billboard Magazine and you may recognize his single "She Only Wanted Flowers". David Adam Byrnes says "My music is a way of showin’ respect and appreciation for the people like my mom and my dad. They built a life with their own two [...]

The Oaklawn Steadfast Cont'd - Inez Hunter

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rom Malvern Arkansas, Inez Hunter is a Supervisor Mutuel Teller at Oaklawn, a place she began working 35 years ago as a teller. Inez was led to Oaklawn by mention of a friend. “I love it; the people, the teammates.” The camaraderie is fluid throughout all of the staff at Oaklawn. Through the experience of meeting them, a mutual respect and love for[...]

Beading A Bond of Love - Cont'd

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"Beading A Bond Of Love" is one of the articles featured in February's issue; Written by Audrey Coleman :: Photography by Cindy Momchilov.     This piece is a love story and a testimony and rendering of a love of art in the form of glass bead making. The couple is Tom and Sage Holland. Tom, a ceramic artist and Sage, an accomplished bead d[...]

The Oaklawn Steadfast Cont'd - Deborah Lokanc

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woman finding a home away from home, but nonetheless connected with her Kentucky roots, Deborah Lokanc from Louisville is the Director of Horseman Relations.  In 2002, she received a call at Churchill Downs from Bob Holthus, an American Thoroughbred trainer, and shortly thereafter graced Oaklawn with her warming presence. Deborah accommodates anyth[...]

The Oaklawn Steadfast Cont'd - Kim & Yossi Barron

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Beginning as an assistant manager at the track kitchen 25 years ago, Yossi Barron from Israel is now Oaklawn’s Director of Purchasing. Keeping it in the family, Yossi is married to Kim Barron of Florida, Oaklawn’s Director of Marketing and employee of 33 years. She ended up at Oaklawn by working seasonally for a catering company. The two met at Oaklaw[...]

Bentonville

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Bentonville has become a top destination to live and to travel. Even for just a half-day's visit or an afternoon lunch, this Northwest Arkansas mecca of the Ozarks has a lot to offer. From a thriving art community and culinary scene, Bentonville provides small-town charm with big-city initiative and opportunity. Crystal Bridges Art Museum, The Walmart Mus[...]

The Oaklawn Steadfast Cont'd — Lou H. Siegel

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ou Siegel has spent the last 15 years at Oaklawn as the Guest Relations Manager, or as he playfully calls it – the “BS Artist”. It doesn’t take long to catch on that Lou is the booming personality of the hustle and bustle of the live racing season, which began on Friday the 13th of October this year. Hailing from Little Rock, Lou found himself at O[...]

The Oaklawn Steadfast

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By Maura Montez :: Photography by Jamison Mosley   his year Oaklawn Racing and Gaming in Hot Springs opened on a cold and foggy Friday the 13th in January to a lively crowd for its 113th year running.   There were no superstitious concerns from the thousands of people entering the gates and in the concourse bustling from the energy of f[...]