(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
Mrs. Waggoner is a native of Heber Springs. Mr. Waggoner is a native of Russellville and has been in the ministry for eight years.
The Waggoners have a two year old son, Zachariah, and a 12 year old son, Tyler.
They are very pleased with Manila and have enjoyed getting acquainted with the people and working in the church.
The Waggoners like to be involved in the communities they serve. With a two-year old, Mrs. Waggoner said she sometimes stays involved behind the scenes, but they do stay busy.
Mr. Waggoner recently agreed to serve as chair for the Buffalo Island American Cancer Relay for Life. He is an Eagle Scout and is working in the Scouting program at Manila. Mr. and Mrs. Waggoner work in a new Wednesday afternoon school program, "JC and The Gang."
"We started with six children and are now up to 16," Mrs. Waggoner said. "We meet right after school on Wednesday afternoons."
Wednesday is a busy day for Mrs. Waggoner as she and Zachariah go to Blytheville on Wednesday mornings to attend Kinder-Musik classes at Arkansas Northeastern College.
"Zachariah really enjoys the music class and the interaction with the other children," Mrs. Waggoner said.
The Waggoners also started a class "English as a second language" for migrant workers.
"Stephen is the teacher, but I know enough of the language to help," she said.
Mrs. Waggoner has a degree in psychology from University of Central Arkansas. Mr. Waggoner has a bachelor's degree from Arkansas Tech and a masters Degree form University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a master of divinity degree from Duke University.
Mrs. Waggoner has worked for Community School of Cleburne in Heber Springs for 12 years. The school is for children with developmental disabilities. Her mother is the director of the school. Before moving from the area, Mrs. Waggoner worked as service coordinator and took care of the Medicare billing. When she married and moved from the area, she has continued serving in the Medicare billing capacity working from her home.
Mrs. Waggoner recently started sewing as a hobby. She is making bags and purses and is working creating a Halloween suit for Zachariah.
They both planting flowers and working in the yard. They are looking forward to gardening next year.
"We had a lot of tomato plants planted when we moved and I had plans to make homemade salsa," she said.
During the peach harvest season Mrs. Waggoner, with the help of her grandmother who was visiting, made her first peach jelly.
The fruit pizza recipe is one of her favorites.
Sugar cookie dough
1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
1 regular size marshmallow cream
1 small container Cool Whip
1 cup powdered sugar
Strawberries (fresh berries)
Pineapple tidbids (drained
Bake cookie dough on a round pizza pan to make crust. Mix together softened cream cheese, marshmallow cream, Cool Whip and powdered sugar. Put this over the cooled crust.
Slice banana and place on the top along with sliced berries and pineapple tidbits. Sprinkle with coconut and nuts if desired.
Easy Parmesan Chicken
1 pkg. boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 stick butter
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
Cut chicken into small chunks. Melt butter in a dish and add parmesan cheese and garlic salt.
Crush saltine crackers in another dish.
Coat chicken chunks in butter mixture and then in crushed crackers. Place on baking sheet. Pepper to taste.
Bake at 350 degrees until well browned and chicken is done.