When taking nominations and researching potential Intriguing Women for our October issue, I was fascinated and overwhelmed by the accomplishments of so many strong women in our state. While it’s not a surprise, seeing the long list we created of strong, wise and talented women was humbling. Narrowing down the list to the small group you see in our pages was quite a task.

We worked to find the most compelling figures in their field at this moment in time and let me tell you – these women are extraordinary. One quote in particular from Mindy West, executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer for Murphy USA, really caught my attention.

Her personal motto is “The Beautiful is Coming.” What a motivational way to live – knowing and believing that beauty and hope await around every corner. West’s and the others’ profiles are an intimate glimpse into truly intriguing lives.

This month, we bring you more intrigue in our ode to Halloween. We polled our staff and friends and spoke to ghost hunters to find the spookiest places in Arkansas. The tales we learned are chilling. Whether you’re a believer or not, it’s hard to deny the supernatural occurrences at the places on our list.

If you like to be scared, take a look at our Top 10 Events this month, as well our list of haunted attractions. There’s a place in Oklahoma right over the Arkansas border where you can even hunt zombies. It’s sure to be a fun month full of ghosts, ghouls and goblins.

We end our series on the disappearance of Ebby Steppach with a compelling account of how her family and friends are faring in the aftermath of her disappearance – it’s been two years this month. It’s taken an immense toll on their lives. Reading the words of Ebby’s mother, Laurie Jernigan, brought me to tears. That family has gone through hell. We continue to hope that whoever is responsible will come forward.

Please follow the Official: Find Ebby Steppach Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/527410417434961/.

In addition to Ebby’s story, we explored the dark world of human trafficking in Arkansas. Ebby’s story is similar to so many. There are numerous missing kids whose parents and loved ones are still frantically searching for them. It’s a sad, dark world that needs more law enforcement attention and education.

Heather Baker

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