I am Greg Bess and a candidate for Mayor for the City of Hardy. I have resided for the last 9 years at 108 West Main Street, here in Hardy, but my connection to Hardy goes back to childhood. My family and hometown church group of Blytheville visited Hardy often during the summer months. I learned to swim, during the summer of my ninth year with Purex jugs tied under my arms, flailing away in the Spring River.
I married my high school sweetheart, JaNoel, soon after graduation. We left our home to attend college and I worked at Safeway to provide our income, any hours I was not in class or studying. After we finished college at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, I accepted an offer of employment in Arkansas at A T & T as an Electrical Engineer. JaNoel and I lived there, raising our two daughters (Becca and Leah).
It was a shock when JaNoel was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 31, but with determination, we moved to New Jersey in 1991 to continue my work at AT&T’s Bell Laboratories. Through AT & T, I had the opportunity to work in Mexico, Europe, and Canada. When A T & T split up, I eventually worked with INTEL as an Executive Director in software development.
In 2001, we learned that Janoel’s cancer had returned and we made the decision to come back to Arkansas, for what we knew would be a different phase of our lives. We purchased and operated the Olde Storehouse B & B Inn here in Hardy. JaNoel and I felt welcomed in Hardy and, together, had the privilege of hosting many locals and visitors in our home. We planned a second business, a small restaurant and bookstore, but sadly, JaNoel lost her battle with cancer and passed away just after this second business, Words, opened.
In 2008, I was blessed to meet and marry Beth McEntire. We share many interests, including our children and our four grandchildren. Beth has worked for Hometown Radio for over 20 years, has served as a council member in Ash Flat before our marriage, and currently is president of the Chamber of Commerce. I am currently a participant in LeadAR Class 14, a two-year leadership program conducted by the University of AR Cooperative Extension Service, which will conclude in February. Recently I had the honor to serve as Chairman of the North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development commission (NCARED) which represents eight counties in North Central Arkansas, and am past president of the Sharp County Economic Development commission.
I would like to be your Mayor; I am interested in your voice as well as your vote. I care deeply about this city and the spring river area. If you would like to talk about Hardy’s future, give me a call or stop by. Most days you can find me at Words and AfterWords at 201 Spring Street in Hardy.
A request was also sent to Mayor Thornton asking her to provide us with her bio in time for this publication. We have not received her bio at the time of post. We will post this information too when it is provided. Feel free to visit the Mayor’s personal website with her info HERE.