Bailey Voss

The phrase, “Good things come in small packages,” comes to mind upon first meeting Bailey Voss. The petite 24-year-old has the uncanny ability to put others at ease – whether two- or four-legged – and though “peaceful” may not be a word she would use to describe her early life, her faith brings her peace that is evident in her …

Chris Johnson

While it’s true, as the late Palm Beach pawnbroker Marvin Aronson once said, that “you never know what will come through the door,” it’s a historical fact that fine jewelry, fine clocks and gold in its many forms have always been at the top of the list of items that find their way onto the shelves of pawn shops throughout …

Sarah Carlson

When I learned that Sarah Carlson is a shirt-tail relative of famed wild animal master trainer Clyde Beatty who, along with establishing one of the country’s top circuses, was a popular movie, TV and radio star, I was not surprised. The multi-talented and delightful executive director of the Historic Homestake Opera House (HHOH) can easily switch roles between the rough-and-tumble …

Darla Crown

High-spirited and vivacious by nature, Darla Crown has lived a rich and varied life, complete with a happy childhood on a South Dakota dairy farm, military undercover narcotics work, NASCAR legends, go-cart racing, foster parenting and Harley riding. But it is her impressive National Guard accomplishments that perhaps best illustrate her ability to lead and to inspire others on both …

Sean Covel

There’s one in every school, in every town, in every state across the country. One of those kids that isn’t particularly good at sports or — when you live in the still-a-little-wild West — rodeo. One of those kids who gets really excited about speech and theater, and considers Student Council a launch point for a career as a stand-up …

Tom Rancour

You might say Tom Rancour has a passion for the stories of small-town heroes. And for Tom, who began collecting military-issue firearms at age six, heroes usually come in the form of the ordinary men and women who enlisted to fight America’s wars. Today, his Armed Forces Military Display and Gifts, located in Wasta, one of the smallest towns around, …

Jamie Heupel

Jamie Gilcrease Heupel sinks into an oversized chair, curling her feet underneath her. The sounds of grinding coffee, whistling steamed milk and the laughter of locals surround her. She is right at home. Ever since the day she handed her first customer an early morning, frothy cup of goodness, Jamie has known what she has wanted to do. “I found …