Ouachita soccer field to be named in honor of Wesley and Debbie Kluck Oct. 21

ARKADELPHIA – Dr. Wesley Kluck and his wife, Debbie, will be recognized for their contributions to Ouachita Baptist University soccer with the field being named in their honor on Oct. 21.

The dedication ceremony will be held at 3:15 p.m. at the soccer field immediately prior to the Ouachita men’s soccer team competing in a match against Harding University. Students, faculty, staff and community residents are invited to attend the ceremony.

Dr. Wesley and Debbie KluckDr. Kluck, Ouachita’s vice president for student services, has served at Ouachita since 2005. He was previously vice president for institutional advancement. Mrs. Kluck works part-time in the Arkadelphia Clinic for Children and Young Adults.

“Since the inception of our women’s and men’s soccer programs, Wesley and Debbie have been leading proponents of soccer at Ouachita,” said Ouachita President Rex Horne. “They also have been among the most generous supporters of our teams and of the development of their facilities.”

“Since the Ouachita men’s and women’s soccer teams were started, I’ve had a close relationship to the coaches, players and parents of players,” said Dr. Kluck. “Having Debbie’s and my names on the field is such an honor and also very humbling.

“Ouachita athletics is a huge part of our lives as are the relationships we have with the athletes,” he added. “An association of our name with Ouachita soccer and Ouachita athletics in general is a very proud moment for us and we are so grateful.”

Dr. Kluck, a 1977 summa cum laude graduate of Ouachita, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in math, chemistry and biology. He also holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Arkansas Medical School.

In addition to his vice presidential role, Kluck serves as university physician and teaches photography. Among numerous leadership roles and honors, he has served as chairman of the Ouachita Board of Trustees, received Ouachita’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and earned several “Best Doctors in Arkansas” recognitions. He also has been named Rotarian of the Year and received the Arkadelphia Area Chamber of Commerce President’s Award.

Mrs. Kluck holds a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from UAMS. The Klucks are active members of Second Baptist Church of Arkadelphia where they lead college Bible studies. Mrs. Kluck leads a women’s Bible study. Their daughter, Jennifer Hopkins, is a 2008 Ouachita graduate and teaches school in Benton.


Ivan Fletcher, 78, of Alco dies Oct. 15 

Ivan Fletcher, 78, of Alco died October 15, 2014, at his residence. He was born Oct. 18, 1935, to Jack and Elsie Long Fletcher in Alco. He spent most of his adult life in Helena-West Helena. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve. He was a retired land surveyor as well as an avid Razorbacks and Cardinals fan. Ordained into the ministry in 1969, he has pastored numerous churches in Phillips and Lee counties and Lula, Miss., as full-time /interim pastor. He also served as supply/interim pastor in Stone and Van Buren counties. He was recently the associate pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Timbo. 

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Disaster relief unit deployed following Monday tornado

The Little River Baptist Association disaster relief chain saw unit has been deployed to the Ashdown area to respond to damage created by the tornado that touched down between Ashdown and Foreman.

Don Jones, associational missionary for Little River Baptist Association, said that so far there are about 10 work orders to be filled. He said disaster relief volunteers will likely begin work Tuesday afternoon.

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Bolton receives public service award

BoltonWALNUT RIDGE – Tonya Bolton was presented the Dr. W. W. Scott Award for Public Service at the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting, Monday, Oct. 6.

Bolton, who is a member of Pocahontas First Baptist Church and serves as the registrar at Williams Baptist College, was honored for her work with the SHARE Team.

Led by Bolton, the SHARE Team collects food throughout Randolph and Lawrence counties to help provide much needed nourishment for children struggling through the horrors of poverty. The team collects food at local churches, businesses and organizations, then packages it in such a way that it can be slipped into the backpack of a student that desperately needs food during the weekend, when school is not in session.

Last school year, the team delivered more than 1,500 “food for a day” bags, and hundreds of packs have already been dispersed this year.

Each year the Pocahontas Rotary Club presents the Dr. W. W. Scott Award for Public Service to an individual whose service to the community stands as an example to others. The award is meant to honor those who selflessly serve, and to challenge the community to join Rotary and fulfill the organization’s motto of “Service above Self.”


Ouachita unveils new initiatives to enhance tuition affordability

ARKADELPHIA – Many families today are concerned about keeping college costs as affordable as possible. Ouachita Baptist University is doing something about it.

Ouachita trustees recently endorsed two major initiatives to limit long-term higher education costs for incoming freshmen. Ouachita’s Loan Affordability Pledge is the first of its kind among any college or university in Arkansas. It is being coupled with the new Finish in 4 Guarantee, which specifies that students who meet certain criteria will either complete their Ouachita degrees in eight semesters or have their tuition costs waived for any additional semesters.

“We are pleased to offer these two innovative financial assistance programs for the benefit of our students and future graduates,” said Ouachita President Rex Horne. “These programs enable students to obtain an exceptional education at an even more affordable rate.

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