The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - News - Lind­sey Wells As­so­ciate Ed­i­tor

Happy Oc­to­ber! The tem­per­a­tures are be­gin­ning to drop and soon the trees will start shed­ding their leaves. With cooler air will come the smell of out­door fires and the sounds of foot­ball fans cheer­ing on their fa­vorite teams. Best of all, ev­ery­one just seems to be a bit more cheer­ful this time of year. Thanks­giv­ing is next month, af­ter all, and the thought of a big, juicy turkey or ham and a cup of hot co­coa is enough to lift my mood.

Arkansas hunters are es­pe­cially cheer­ful dur­ing this time of year as they've pre­pared all year for deer sea­son and the time has fi­nally ar­rived. Women make up only a small per­cent­age of hunters in the U.S. and, keep­ing with the spirit of Au­tumn, for this month's cover story we chose to fo­cus on two fe­male hunters, Feli­cia Helms and Melody Root. Both have been avid hunters from a young age and have a deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion for na­ture and the great out­doors. They tell us about their ex­pe­ri­ences out in the woods, the equip­ment they use, the game they pre­fer and why they en­joy hunt­ing.

We also hear from Pat Pea­cock this month, a pro­fes­sional and award-win­ning duck caller from Stuttgart. Pat earned top hon­ors as the world's best duck caller when she won the World Duck Call­ing Cham­pi­onships in 1955 and 1956 — the only woman to have ever won the cham­pi­onship in its 80 years of ex­is­tence.

In this month's HER Ca­reer fea­ture we spot­light two more Hot Springs women who are mak­ing waves in a once male-dom­i­nated in­dus­try: Katie Gor­don and Robynn Sheets. Both em­ployed at Gross Funeral Home. Katie is a li­censed funeral direc­tor and em­balmer and Robynn is a funeral direc­tor in­tern. Both women have a pas­sion for ser­vice and help­ing peo­ple and they dis­cuss with us the cre­ative ways they are break­ing the tra­di­tional funeral mold.

As we head into the hol­i­day months, res­i­dents and vis­i­tors of Hot Springs must take ad­van­tage of ev­ery­thing our down­town area has to of­fer. The HER Home fea­ture this month spot­lights Wood Wick On The Row, a new re­tail store on Bath­house Row. Owner Shelley De­whurst and her team make all of their prod­ucts in-store, which in­clude can­dles, wax bars (you can also pur­chase wax burn­ers), room sprays and more. Walk a lit­tle fur­ther down to Kol­lec­tive Cof­fee+Tea on a Wed­nes­day night and check out Wed­nes­day Night Poetry, the na­tion's long­est-run­ning open mic poetry night. Read more about it in this month's HER Arts fea­ture.

I want to wish ev­ery­one a safe and happy Halloween this year!

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