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Wedding Announcements

Sandy Hammond


Clint Huddleston

Sandy Hammond and Clint Huddleston was united in marriage on June 20, 2015.  Sandy is the daughter of Jon Plummer of London, AR.  Clint is the son of Bill and Tammy Huddleston of De Queen. The wedding ceremony was held at Lake Dardenelle State Park, in Russellville, AR.

Sandy is employed at Pet Smart in Russellville and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at Arkansas Tech University.

Clint is employed with UPS in Russellville and is pursing a bachelor's degree in Business Management and Marketing at Arkansas Tech University.

The couple will make their home in Russellville.


Crystal Bell
Brandon Hunter

Marilyn and Theo Bell of Lockesburg, AR are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Crystal Bell, to Brandon Hunter son of Eutrilla and Bob Hunter of Antoine AR.

Crystal is a 2001 graduate of Lockesburg High School.  In 2006, Crystal received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Brandon Hunter is a 2003 graduate of Delight High school and received his bachelor’s degree in General studies from Henderson State University in 2008.

The couple plans to make their home in Lockesburg after the wedding ceremony.  The wedding will be held at the Arkansas Convention in Texarkana on July 4th at 4:00pm.



Birth Announcements

Madeline Natalia Hickson

Jeremy and Desiree Hickson of Valdosta, GA would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Madeline Natalia Hickson, on July 22nd, 2015 at 4:22 pm in Valdosta. She weighed 5 pounds 7 ounces and was 18 inches long.

Paternal grandparents are Royce and Lisa Hickson, Jr. of Texarkana, AR and Joe and Janice Helms of Lockesburg, AR.

Maternal grandparents are Todd and Linda Young of Dover, AR and
Bridget Young of Russellville, AR.

Paternal great-grandparents are Royce and Melba Hickson, Sr. of DeQueen, AR and Laverne Renfrow of Lockesburg, AR.

Maternal great-grandparents are Clyde and Loretta Young of Dover, AR and Sandra Balve of Russellville, AR.



Austyn Kate Wagner

"Every good and perfect gift is from above."  ~James 1:17

Chad and Erin Wagner of Horatio would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Austyn Kate Wagner, on May 16, 2015, at 2:20 p.m. in Texarkana. She weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces and was 20 inches long.  

She was also welcomed by a very proud big brother, Ty, and big sister, Taylor.  

Paternal grandparents are Tommy and Joyce Wagner of Horatio, AR. 

Maternal grandparents are Jimi and Becky Wesson of Tampa, FL

Great grandparents are Roy Taylor of Lockesburg, AR, Mildred Etzkorn of Sulphur Springs, TX, and Billye and Kirk Prince of Shreveport, LA, and Shirley Davis of Tampa, FL. 


Charleigh Elyssa Stewart

She’s a precious little angel sent from above

Wrapped in pink and surrounded by love! 

Bradley and Sarah Stewart of Russellville, AR would like to announce the birth of their baby girl! Charleigh Elyssa Stewart was born at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center on April 9, 2015, at 12:39 AM, weighing 7 pounds 11 ounces, measuring 19 inches long. 

Paternal grandparents are Jim and Sharon Stewart of Horatio, AR.

Maternal grandparents are Richard and Lisa Dawson of London, AR. Maternal great grandparents are Charles and Marilyn Brown of Lamar, AR.

Levi Brantley

Proud daddy and mommy Jason and Kayla Russell would like to announce the birth of their son Levi Brantley on February 17 2015 in mena. Family that welcomed him home includes big brother Jackson, grandparents Larry and Pam Jackson, Larry Russell, Sheryl Lane, and great grandparents Deloyie and Bobbie Boone.

John Olen Vanhoose III

John Jr. (Also known as Pete) and Sarah Vanhoose are proud to announce the birth of their son John Olen Vanhoose III.

He was born March 29, 2015 at 4:20 p.m. at Mena Regional Medical Center. He weighed 9 lbs 6 oz and was 21 inches long.

 Maternal grandparents are Aaron Mowry and Glenda Mowry of De Queen, Ar.

Paternal grandparents are the late John Sr. and Annie Vanhoose of Eagletown, Ok

J.C. Sylys Porter Rogers


LauraBeth Rogers would like to announce the birth of her son J.C. Sylys Porter Rogers, born March 10, 2015 at 4:26 p.m. He weighed 8 lbs 6 oz and was 21 1/2 inches long.


Raylan Keith McLelland


Kristen Taylor &  Mathew McLelland are proud to announce the birth of their son Raylan Keith McLelland.

He was born November 28 at 12:48 PM at Christus St.Michaels. He weighed 8 lbs 11oz, and was 22 inches long. 

Maternal Grandparents are Rachel Taylor of De Queen, AR & Derek Taylor of Texarkana, AR. 

Paternal Grandparents are Randy and Heather McLelland of De Queen, AR. 

Paisley Ann Rayborn

Leo E. IV and Haley Rayborn, along with Leo E. V, announce the birth of their daughter and little sister, Paisley Ann Rayborn.

She was born January 11, 2015, at 12:42 a.m., at the Mena Regional Health Center. She weighed 7 lbs. 15 oz. and was 20 inches long.

Maternal Grandparents are Orville and Verna Smith of De Queen, AR. Paternal Grandparents are Fausto and Brenda De La Cruz and Leo E. Rayborn III, all of Prescott, AR.

Elliott Estelle Hooker

Trevor and Katie Hooker are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Elliott Estelle Hooker.

She was born December 25, 2014 at 10:53 AM at Mena Regional Medical Center. She weighed 6 lbs 2 oz, and was 20 inches long.

Maternal Grandparents are Jonathan and Barbara Hoyt of De Queen, AR.

Paternal Grandparents are Marty and Mandy Hooker of De Queen, AR.

Maternal Great Grandparents are Bonnie and Jerry Hoyt of Durant, OK, the late Sally Hoyt of Hot Springs, AR, Hazel Kittrell and the late Ruth and J.B. Kittrell of Texarkana.


Paternal Great Grandparents are Jimmy and the late Nelda Hooker of Lockesburg, AR and Ann and Travis Lane of De Queen, AR

Canton Cole Tollett

Tessa Tollett would like to announce the birth of her son Canton Cole he was born December 2, 2014 at Mena Regional Medical Center

Maternal Grandparents are Gary and Christine Hall of De Queen and Wayne Tollett of Texarkana

Maternal Great Grandparents are David and Carolyn Pettit of De Queen, Steve and Brenda Stewart of De Queen, Benny and Liz Tollett of Texarkana and Randy and Linda Hall of De Queen

Maternal Great Great Grandparents are Carol Topor and the late Stan Topor of De Queen and Fred and Mae Wolcott of De Queen.



Madison Rai Jones


Mackenzie Jones & Megan Shelly are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Madison Rai Jones.

She was born December 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM at Mena Regional Medical Center. She weighed 7 lbs 15 oz, and was 21 inches long.

Maternal Grandparents are Kenneth & Stacey Shelly of Texarkana, TX & Tim & Bonnie King of De Queen, AR.

Paternal Grandparents are Kevin & Angela Jones of Mansfield, AR


Gracie Lynnelle and Grady Curtis Bailey

Jewel and Jedediah Bailey would like to announce the birth of their twin siblings! Gracie Lynnelle and Grady Curtis were born November 1st to Justin and Jaisee Bailey. Gracie weighing 3.13 and Grady weighing 4.2. We are sure that Gracie would want everyone to know that she is an hour older!


Gracey Lynnette Dawn Albin

Gracey Lynnette Dawn Albin was welcomed into the world on Tuesday, November 25, at Saline Memorial Hospital at 4:13 p.m. She weighed 6 lbs. and 11 oz. and was 19 inches long.

Gracey's proud parents are Zachary Albin and Jennifer Hefner of Arkadelphia, AR.
Ridiculously proud grandparents are Max and Stefani Jones of DeQueen, AR; Brian and Jamie Sweeney of Benton, AR;  Jimmie and Melanie Hefner of Benton, AR;  and Trey and Stacey Albin of Columbia, MO. Great grandparents are Bobby and Patricia Hatcher of Bokchito, OK; Carol Jones and the late Sherman Jones of Dierks, AR;  Susie Albin and the late Cecil Albin of Oklahoma City, OK; Sam and Diana Schroeder of Ozark, MO; Jimmie and Annette Sheffield of North Little Rock, AR; and Johnny and Jean Fowler and the late Jimmie Hefner of Pottsboro, Tx.


Harper Reese McAfee

Megan and Blake McAfee of Hot Springs, Arkansas announce the birth of a daughter, Harper Reese McAfee.  She was born November 7, 2014 at 3:47 p.m. at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Hot Springs.  She weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz. and was 20 inches long.

 Maternal grandparents are Tami Smith of De Queen, Arkansas and David Smith of Texarkana, Texas.  Great-grandparents are Judy Smith of De Queen and the late Mitchell and Neldene Smith, Linda Riley and the late Bud Riley of King, Arkansas and Lyndall and Nora Smith of De Queen.

Paternal grandparents are Rick and Francis McAfee of Hope, Arkansas.  Great-grandparents are the late Myrl and Pennix Thrash.


Landry Weston Kimmel

Shawn and Angelica Kimmel of De Queen are proud to announce the birth of their son, Landry Weston. He was born November 26, 2014 at 1:35pm at St. Michael's Hospital in Texarkana.  He weighed 8 lbs and 5 oz, and measured 20 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Alberto and Karen Ochoa. Great grandparents are Marie Little and the late Nolas Little.

 Paternal grandparents are Scott Kimmel and the late Betty Kimmel of De Queen, Arkansas. Great grandparents are Joyce Kimmel and the late C.W. and Lilly Norwood, all of De Queen.


Maebry Kay Ritchie

Michael & Michelle (Loyd) Ritchie of Whitewright, TX. are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Maebry Kay Ritchie. She was born August 8, 2014 at 5:34am at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, TX.  She weighed 8 lbs and 1 oz, and measured 19 1/2 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Ronald Kent Loyd and the late Bertha Mae (Vance) Loyd of De Queen, AR.

Paternal grandparents are Kenneth & Kay Ritchie of Bells, TX. and James & Sharon Williams of Whitewright, TX.

Big Brother is Mason Loyd of Whitewright, TX.

Uncles & Aunts are Michael Loyd & Brandy Brewster of Whitewright, TX., Ronnie Loyd & Nikki Conatser of Broken Bow, OK., Rhonda Loyd of De Queen, AR., and Brian & Prissy Ritchie of Whitewright, TX.

Klansey Jane Lowrie

Brett and Kinsey Lowrie of Dierks are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Klansey Jane. She was born August 19, 2014 at 5:04pm at Mena Regional Health System.  She weighed 8 lbs and 1 oz, and measured 20 1/2 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are David and Laurie Kirkpatrick. Great grandparents are Bill and Beth Alexander, Wanda Kirkpatrick and the late George Kirkpatrick, all of Dierks.

Paternal grandparents are Roger and Kasey Lowrie of Octavia, OK. Great grandparents are Aleta Williamson and the late Ben Williamson of Smithville, OK, Jack Lowrie of Octavia, OK, and Ann and Leon Meek of Sallisaw, OK.


Braxton Lane Emerson

Alexis Emerson is the big sister to Braxton Lane Emerson. Braxton was born August 21, 2014 at 10:07 p.m. at St Michaels hospital in Texarkana, Texas. He weighed 9 pounds 4 ounces and was 21 3/4 inches long. The proud parents are Aaron and Rebecca Emerson of De Queen, Arkansas. The proud grandparents are Earl and Marion Emerson of De Queen, Arkansas and John and Marilyn Barrett of Vandervoort, Arkansas.

Vivienne Natalia Alemanya Marrufo

Christina and Patricio Marrufo would like to announce the birth of their third daughter,
Vivienne Natalia Alemanya Marrufo. She was born on August 25th at 10:36 pm
at 8 lbs 8 oz and 20 inches long.  She was welcomed into the world by her big sisters Samantha and Eleyna Marrufo, and mom and papi.

Her paternal grandparents are Patricio and Silvia Marrufo of De Queen, maternal grandparents are Louis Bigelow of Whittier, California, and Grandma Britta, her guardian angel.


Bo Shooter Stevens

Eli Stevens is proud to announce the birth of his baby brother Bo Shooter Stevens. Bo was born at 5:11pm on July 27th, 2014 weighing 5 pounds and 6 ounces, measuring 18 inches long.
Bo is the son of Freddie, Jr. and Kendra Stevens of Horatio, the grandson of Eugene and Lori Dinger of Mt. Ida, Arkansas,  Freddie, Sr. and Alice Stevens of Horatio, AR, great grandson of Colleen Dinger if De Queen, AR and Eunice Bivings of Horatio, AR, and the great great grandson of Effie Morgan of Horatio, AR and Russell R Cole of Bartellsville,  OK.


Lily Claire and Declan John

James and Alyce Brewer would like to announce the arrival of there twins Lily Claire and Declan John born August 26, 2014

Braxleigh Denise

Braxleigh Denise was born to Dusty Franklin and Robert Williams on 8-31-14 at 7:08 am at Wadley Medical Center. She weighed 5 lbs 11oz and was 19.5 inches long.


Julienn Marshall

Jeffery Whisenhunt and Shanna Wells are happy to annouce the birth of their son: Julienn Marshall born on Aug 5 and weighing 8lbs 3 oz and 21 in long.

Julienn is the paternal grandson of David Litchford and Beverly Foreman of Horatio, great grandson of Doyle Whisenhunt and Lester Foreman of Foreman, and great grandmother Kathleen Warren of Horatio. Julienn is the maternal grandson of Shannon Wells and Deborah Wakefield of De Queen and the great grandson of Scott Wakefield of Bay City, Tx, Robbie Burt of Horatio, and Danny and Nancy Wells of De Queen. He is the great great grandson of Bobby Little of De Queen.

Lincoln Maddox Woodard

Andrew and Liz Woodard of Benton, Arkansas are proud to announce the birth of their son, Lincoln Maddox Woodard at 3:25 pm on Wednesday, July 9, 2014.  Linc weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20 1/4 inches long. 

Paternal grandparents are Harold and Sharen Woodard of Benton, Arkansas.  Maternal grandparents are Walter and Bonita Smith of De Queen. Maternal grandmother is Billy Ann Smith Buck of Arkadelphia, Arkansas.


Kaylee Lynn Cox

Logan and Alorah are pleased to announce their little sister, Kaylee Lynn Cox, to the world! Born March 28, 2014 at 8:50 am, weighing 8 lbs 8 1/2 oz and measuring 19 in. long.  Proud parents are Chera Webb and Greg Cox. Maternal grandparents are Jr. and Tracy Ochoa and great-granddaughter of William and Brenda Bailey, all of De Queen. Paternal grandparents are  Mark and Marilee Cox of Topeka, Kansas and Ron and Donna Wells of Semmes, Alabama

Liam Gerardo Lopez

Jerry Giovani Lopez would like to announce the birth of his brother, Liam Gerardo Lopez. Liam was born on May 23, 2014 to Jerry Junior “JJ” Lopez and Elsa Figueroa at St. Michaels Hospital in Texarkana. Liam was 9lbs and 2 oz. and 21 3/4 inches long. Paternal grandparents are the late Jerry Lopez and Rosalba and Rene Flores of De Queen. Maternal grandparents are Melchor and Hilda Figueroa of De Queen.



Sarah Elizabeth Tollett


Twinkle, twinkle sweet light
  Tiny eyes that shine so bright
A darling baby from heaven above

ills our hearts with tremendous love.

We joyfully announce the birth of Sarah Elizabeth Tollett on May 13, 2014 at 11:26 pm. She weigh 8 lbs and 3 oz.

Sarah’s parents are Josh and Nancy Tollett of Horatio. Her paternal grandparents are Gerald and Gayle Tollett of Lockesburg. Her maternal grandparents are John and Anna Johnston of De Queen. Sarah’s great-grandparents are Dean and Sue Tollett of Lockesburg and Linda Dellinger of Lockesburg.