Category archives: People

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[...]

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[...]

Vowell, Inc. welcomes Heather Baker as publisher

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owell, Inc. is proud to announce Heather Baker as the publisher for AY Magazine, Arkansas Money and Politics and the company’s special publications: Arkansas Hospital Association, Northwest Arkansas Medical Center and Mental Health Guide of Arkansas. Baker is the founding publisher and creator of Arkansas Times publications Arkansas AutoBuyer, Arkansas W[...]

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[...]

Why Mandy? A Case of A Murder Without Motive Part II

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  This is a re-release of the case printed in the AY November 2006 issue. If you have any leads or information, contact info is at the bottom of the page. By Janie Jones :: Photography by Janie Jones :: Courtesy of Susan Tusing   ore people attended Amanda Tusing’s funeral at the Dell Baptist Church than lived in the town of Dell itself. Th[...]

Redefining Retirement

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By Tracy Courage ::  Photography by Cindy Momchlilov any Arkansans already know that the Natural State is a good place to work and raise a family. And many are also finding that it is a good place to retire to. Arkansas' abundance of outdoor recreational activities, generally mild climate and relatively low cost of living compared to many states, attract pe[...]