September 23, 2014

Bio for Phyllis Speer

Phyllis Speer

Phyllis grew up hunting and fishing in Arkansas, and still loves to hunt, fish, canoe, camp, garden, cook, knit, read and play with her grandsons. She is well known for co-producing and appearing on AETN’s “Arkansas Outdoors” program for 20 years, and is now the cook on “Cooking on the Wild Side.” She was inducted Read More

Bio for Matthew and Jaren Beavers

Matthew and Jaren Beavers

Matthew & Jaren Beavers own and operate Start 2 Start Recycling—a unique waste management company with the goal to be environmentally responsible. Matthew is also president of the local Community Tennis Association, and in his spare time enjoys making music with his guitar. Jaren is also a wedding and lifestyle photographer serving north central Arkansas. Read More

Bio for Jan Badovinac

Jan Badovinac

A native of northern Illinois farm country, Jan Badovinac is forever grateful for the path that brought her to the beauty of Arkansas and its kind and generous people.  Jan is a high school librarian and lives in Harrison with her husband and two children.        

Marvelous Voices — Phyllis Speer

Phyllis Speer quail hunting.

   By Phyllis Speer I sit about 15 feet off the ground in a tree stand as dawn approaches. The sky is clear, the stars shine brightly and the air is crisp and cold. I hear coyotes in the distance howling to each other. Just over the ridge, down by the river, a barred owl Read More

Lindsey Hardin Bio

Lindsey Hardin

Lindsey Hardin is a natural foods specialist, certified Food For Life instructor, and owner of Ozark Integrative Wellness Center. She and her husband, Erik, are Mountain Home natives and have a 5-year-old daughter. You can read more about her activities at

Kate Wilmoth Bio

Kate Wilmoth

In 2006 Kate Wilmoth moved to Mountain Home where she currently resides with her husband, Ray. She was first introduced to craft beer when she started managing for Judicious Spirits in 2010 where she is currently employed. Her love of beer and interest in writing has come together in the form of Brew Belles and Read More

Melissa Bitting Bio

Melissa Bitting

Melissa Bitting owns Bitt O’Hunny Photography and works part-time as a customer service associate at Lowe’s. When she’s not behind her camera, she loves baking for her two children and refinishing old furniture. Born and raised in southern California, she now lives with her family in Salem.

Debby Stanuch Bio

Debby Stanuch

An Illinois native, Debby and her husband, Don, retired to the Twin Lakes Area nearly nine years ago. A news junkie, Debby is a reporter for KTLO, Classic Hits and The Boot news and is the host of Talk of the Town heard weekdays on KTLO-FM. She serves on the board of directors of the Read More

Marvelous! Voices — Fall Has Me Dreaming of Warmer Weather by Debby Stanuch

Metro Creative

By Debby Stanuch Fall. That’s what happens to my mood this time of the year as days grow shorter and shadows lengthen. I know most folks love autumn, the cooler weather and changing colors, but not me. I am a summer gal. I love hot weather! As temperatures rise, so do my spirits. When temperatures Read More

Marvelous! Voices — Why I Teach Art

Watercolor by Beth Ivens

By Beth Ivens Occasionally I am asked, “What made you decide to go into education?” A second question follows: “Why ART education?” It wasn’t because of June, July, and August as some might joke. So I’ve been thinking about why and remembering a conversation my husband, Larry, and I had with an old friend early Read More