Author Archive: Guest Writen for ABOUT...the River Valley Magazine

"On a Personal Note" is written by an invited guest in each months issues of ABOUT...the River Valley. Here, you'll find short stories, interesting pieces and other great reads from people you know, or would like to know from around the River Valley.

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Fearscape: Phobias – Library Haunted House Returns for Its Fifth Year

Fearscape: Phobias – Library Haunted House Returns for Its Fifth Year

Guest Written by Elizabeth Lilley Teen & Adult Programmer, Pope County Library System This year, the Pope County Library will host its 5th annual Haunted House. Since 2013 this event has provided an opportunity for teens to work together, reach out to the community, and get hands-on experience with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and […]

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Attitude is a Choice. So is Bullying.

Attitude is a Choice. So is Bullying.

Guest written by Coach David Verdu Bullying is defined as an attitude, aggressive behavior forcibly imposed on another person. Good definition, however what one person calls bullying another person says is “just playing.” I think what we fail to see is what is behind the action — the attitude. Are we really looking closely and […]

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Generational Thinking

Generational Thinking

Guest Written by Dr. Mark Gotcher, Russellville School District Superintendent Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials… these are names given to the last set of generational groups in modern history. Depending on what researcher you’re reading, the last millennial graduated from high school in 2017. So who is in our classrooms today? Who are […]

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The good old days

The good old days

Guest written by Cliff Thomas “I just don’t understand kids these days”. The first time this thought occurred to me was when my daughter was a teenager. She had some friends over and we were all playing a video game in which you take down rival gangs by being a more successful criminal. The topic […]

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Is this thing on?

Is this thing on?

Guest written for ABOUT by Rufus Elam At the heart of a good April Fools joke, the goal is to get a real laugh. The kind of laugh that comes deep from within and catches you by surprise. Getting that genuine laugh from others has always intrigued me.  From the time I was in first […]

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The Girl Outside of Blass

The Girl Outside of Blass

Guest written by John R. Pledger, Jr. Little did I know that when I went to my new job I would meet a girl who grew up on a street only one block from the street I grew up on. I grew up on Highway 10 in Danville, and she grew up on Ohio Street […]

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Phil Wright Autoplex

Phil Wright Autoplex

Phil Wright Autoplex started out in 1975 when Phil Wright bought the Gosnell Chevrolet/Buick dealership in Russellville. He added Toyota around 1993 and brought along the rest of the General Motors family of cars just a few years later. The Phil Wright Autoplex today is home to 200-250 inventoried vehicles from Toyota and all current […]

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Bridal 2017 – The Lieblongs

Bridal 2017 – The Lieblongs

How did you and Jordan first meet? Jordan and I met at an insurance agency, where we were both working in Little Rock. I changed jobs a few years ago and we began dating seriously.  We have been together about five years, but I have been putting up with him for seven or eight.  It […]

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Bridal 2017 – The Sessions

Bridal 2017 – The Sessions

How did you and Eric first meet? We met at, out of all places, the Arkansas State Fair.  We had mutual friends that had recently moved to Little Rock and were trying to get acquainted with their new city and meet new people. Our friends decided to gather all the people they knew in Little […]

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Bridal 2017 – The Heilmans

Bridal 2017 – The Heilmans

How did you and Wesley first meet? We met at a concert in Fayetteville through mutual friends. We have been together for almost four years now. What was your favorite part of the wedding? My favorite part of the wedding was our dog being there! He barked during the ceremony and added some humor, which […]

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