Careers are for the dogs

Shea Wilson

After more than 20 years as an award-winning journalist and newspaper editor, Shea Hutchens-Wilson had an unexpected change in careers, but she stayed true to her passion to her four-legged friends. In April 2011, Hutchens-Wilson left her beloved career in journalism to take on the challenges of Communications Administrator for the Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC). It was a move that surprised and saddened both herself and the south Arkansas community where she was editor of the El Dorado News Read More

Dr. James Willis: A historical legacy

Dr. James Willis

Young James Willis spent much of his childhood in Heber Springs checking out books from a one-room library in city hall. He loved to read. “My parents were very intelligent, but like so many people of their generation in Arkansas, neither graduated from high school,” he said. He worked from the time he was 11, delivering newspapers and as a shoeshine boy, later a grocery store stocker, a butcher at the local Piggly Wiggly, and as a house painter. At Read More

Mustard Seed Financial: From SAU seed to success

Mustard Seed Financial Group Photo

Dr. David Ashby became interested in finance early. He was inspired by watching people and their spending habits, noting how some high income families managed to spend all their money while others on more modest incomes were able to accumulate comfortable nest eggs that would allow them to retire comfortably. He was influenced by his grandparents’ habits, who lived through the Great Depression, and his parents who raised six children on his father’s income. “Take the professional athlete who earns Read More

Mulerider moves toward NFL

photo of Don Unamba

Growing up in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area of Texas, Don Unamba had a single focus. “I grew up thinking football. I have never wanted to do anything else,” he said. Growing up in a state known for its love of football, Unamba watched his brother, Trumaine Johnson, on the gridiron and was a loyal fan of the Dallas Cowboys. If he was breathing, football was his oxygen. Once he graduated from L.D. Bell High School, his abilities on the field Read More

Sonny Whittington: Life lessons with a stick

72 championship team pic

Dr. James Willis Contributing The championship Mulerider football team of 1972 learned a lifetime of lessons from Coach James “Sonny” Whittington – lessons that made a difference on the gridiron and in life. His enduring influence in their lives sparked a group of alumni teammates to start an endowment in Whittington’s honor. “As a defensive coordinator, Coach Whittington was ahead of his time,” said Terry “Bo” Ray. Whittington would spend hours after each game scrutinizing the films of other teams Read More