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Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun December 14, 2014

Ouida Newton

Poyen educator receives Arkansas Teacher of the Year award

Carol Rolf/Contributing Writer

Ouida Newton started college when she was 16, graduated when she was 18 and started teaching right away — 37 years ago. On Nov. 21, the Poyen High School math teacher was surprised at a school assembly, where she learned she had been named the 2015 Arkansas Teacher of the Year by the Arkansas Department of Education. “I knew something was up,” Newton, 56, said recently as she sat with visitors in her classroom at Poyen High School. “I h... READ MORE

Jon and Glenda Secrest: Opera program hits high notes under Ouachita Baptist professors’ direction CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Mention the word “opera” around the campus of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, and you will probably hear the name “Secrest” right after it.