Category archives: People

From Prison to Management … How Goodwill Helped Me Get My Life on Track: A Q&A with Sarah Pine

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  Sarah Pine is the 2012 Graduate of the Year after completing Goodwill’s Transitional Employment Opportunity program. Q: When did you first start working for Goodwill?    A: December will mark my 5-year anniversary with Goodwill. Five years ago, I was fresh out of prison and had trouble finding a job because very few employers wanted to hire [...]

Murder Mystery: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders

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On June 13, 1977 girl scouts Michelle Guse, Lori Lee Farmer and Denise Milner were brutally raped and murdered at Camp Scott in Locust Grove, Oklahoma. This unsolved case has become one of Oklahoma's most infamous murder mysteries.   PART ONE (originally published in AY Magazine in May 2008)   it didn’t begin officially for another 10 d[...]

Historical Gems: Savoring A Memory

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Mention “Minute Man” to Arkansans of a certain age and you’ll likely evoke memories of tasty hamburgers and happy times. Photographs Courtesy of UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture   original Minute Man — on Broadway in downtown Little Rock (photo at top) — was a hot spot for decades, a perfect choice for a family to dine on a Friday nigh[...]

One Voice Against Cancer Lobby Day 2015

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My name is Coco Dorsey, and I traveled to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., along with my dear friend, Kathy Hall, a stage 4, metastatic breast cancer survivor, to participate in One Voice Against Cancer Lobby Day in June. We were two of 52 people from around the country representing the Livestrong Foundation. Our job as volunteers was to advocate for critic[...]

Meet Misty Duffy

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We were nearly sick by the time we pulled into Yellville. Route 14 which snakes along the ridges between Mountain View and Yellville should be on any serious list of the best motorcycle roads in the world. It’s an epic coiled spring of a road that, if done in a car, can make the best of us queasy. Give me a café racer and a leather jacket and it’d be a diffe[...]

Historical Gems: An Arkansan Missing For 70 Years

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Tucked away near the famous grave and monument to David Owen Dodd at Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock, Ark., is a small, black-and-gray memorial stone to an Arkansan who, while on a bombing run with his B-29 crew of 11, is still missing off the coast of Japan. While not nearly as prominent as some of the other military markers, this small stone acknowledg[...]

Feature: Inspiring Women

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Talk to Stephanie Abernathy about her childhood, and it’s difficult to reconcile the tone of hope in her voice with the ugliness of her experiences. Photography by Cindy Momchilov   was just a girl when her grandfather — a pastor, former high school principal and a pillar of their Georgia community — began to abuse her sexually. She tried to t[...]

Historical Gems: Finding His Roots - Todd Perry

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Photography provided by Todd Perry “The family is our refuge and our springboard; nourished on it, we can advance to new horizons,” author Alex Haley stated. Quoted in Traits of a Healthy Family, a 1985 book by Dolores Curran, Haley went on to say, “In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.” Haley’s Roots: The Saga o[...]

Feature: A Forgotten Population

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Photography by Beth Hall and Janet Warlick   The Facts of the Matter  for the most vulnerable members of our society, namely children, is a challenging task. The Children’s Bureau, an office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, “partners with federal, state, tribal and local agencies to im[...]