Publisher’s Note: New Year, New Outlook

Heather Baker, Publisher

It’s a new year, and for many of us, that means a new year’s resolution. Whatever you set out to do in 2018, the pages of AY’s January edition provides plenty of examples to follow.

In a debut series, “Bankers Behind the Bank,” we get to meet some of the most enterprising individuals in Arkansas’ financial industry. These interesting men, from so many different walks of life, show how hard work pays off. They also showed us how important these neighborly banks are to our lives and the positive impacts they have on our communities.

The brightest minds in orthopedic surgery also contribute to this month’s issue. We had the pleasure of working with some of the state’s best doctors in the field, learning about their innovations to help improve the lives of their patients.

This month, we also learn about Vicky Williams, and her powerful story of surviving domestic abuse. A native of Texas, Vicky found refuge at Little Rock’s own Women and Children First shelter. The staff at WCF, for years, have gone above and beyond the call of duty in helping victims of abuse. All the people involved in this organization are great examples to follow if your plan is to give back this new year.

And you can begin by joining us in supporting WCF’s Woman of the Year Gala later this month. The gala helps the organization raise the funds it needs to operate throughout the year.

Perhaps your resolution this year is to go on more Arkansas adventures. You’ll find no better guide than our own Joe David Rice, who recently retired as Arkansas Tourism Department director. This month, we get to know Joe David and what lies ahead. And beginning this month, we will begin featuring excerpts from his upcoming book, Arkansas Backstories. Each story paints an interesting picture of Arkansas life, past and present, and we’re lucky to have him.

Adventure seekers will also love to read about Mike Mills and the Buffalo Outdoor Center in Ponca, where a few rental canoes in the 1970s turned into an exciting and expansive riverside paradise.

Or, maybe your goal this year is to find some peace and quiet in the new year. For those of us who like to get away from it all, read up on the magnificent Saline County cabin belonging to Steve and Sandy Landers. Put together from two rebuilt, 18th century Pennsylvania Dutch barns, the Landers’ cabin combines old and new in a rustic, rural retreat. And, of course, it wouldn’t be complete without the statue of Sasquatch peeking through their back window.

Though it is a new year, we still have the same goal: to enrich your life with stories from around around the great state of Arkansas. Whatever you set out to do in the new year, we want to be with you every step of the way.

Happy New Year!

Heather Baker




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