August 04, 2010 Edition

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LawCo. native Ben
Owens has major impact

John Bland
Publisher

We extend our congratulations to Ben E. Owens, a Lawrence County native, who retired Friday as administrator of St. Bernards after 38 years of service to the medical center. "Ben attended grade school in Alicia and high school in Walnut Ridge, where he graduated in 1951," according to a 68-page supplement and tribute in Sunday's Jonesboro Sun. His parents were Willis and Ruby Owens of Alicia, and he met his wife, Dixie, in 1950 at a youth function at the Alicia Methodist Church. Dixie, originally from Blytheville, was visiting there with a friend.

The tribute to Mr. Owens is titled, "Recognition of a Quiet Visionary." It is generally recognized that Mr. Owens has been a key figure in the development of St. Bernards, the Jonesboro area's largest employer.

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In this edition, you can read about two Hoxie High School students, Rachael Ditto and Colby Whitlow, who participated this summer in the Upward Bound Math-Science Program held at Lyon College in Batesville. The program has a lot to offer high school students who qualify. During the five-week program, the students took weekend cultural field trips to Memphis, Little Rock and Tulsa, studied to raise their ACT scores and had a preview experience of college life. Parents and students can ask their school counselors and check the Internet to learn more about the program.

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All roads truly did lead to Cavenaugh Auto World in Walnut Ridge on Saturday morning. Cavenaugh, with the Jonesboro Radio Group and Sonic Drive-In, sponsored a promotion with the top prize being a 2010 Camaro. You did have to be present to win, and a crowd greater than the population of Walnut Ridge was on hand for hot dogs, hamburgers, sodas, music by Ben Brand and the car give-away. Everyone present was deciding what he or she would do with the grand prize. I was even considering a partial charitable donation.

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Stacy (Snapp) Killian, a former Walnut Ridge resident, is a radio personality for 95 KVIC "Breakfast Buzz" morning show in Victoria, Texas. She recently made an "on air" call to Hays supermarket in Walnut Ridge, when she and the other radio morning host, Joe Friar, were debating the proper way to pronounce Ramen noodles.

Stacy said down in Texas, people pronounce them "Raw-men" noodles, while she explained the Arkansas pronunciation is "Ray-men" noodles. To confirm and resolve the debate, Stacy called Hays. Tara Tyree, an assistant manager and main office clerk, confirmed that most people here do call them "Ray-men" noodles.

Stacy reports that the radio station in Victoria has a large listening audience and that "Breakfast Buzz" airs five days a week. Her radio name is "Stacy K." When not on the air, she works at "Hair Dimensions" as a hairdresser. The salon is owned by Joe Anthony Pena, who is a platform artist who works for Chi and demonstrates the latest hairstyles at venues all over the world.

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