The People for a Better Atkins hosted a celebration at the Matthews Civic Center to honor Van and Ginnie Tyson for their years of commitment to the community on Sunday, June 11, 2017.

Richard Pierce presented the Tysons with a plaque.

Guests shared fond memories of their times with Van and Ginnie. When asked who was a student of Dr. Van Tyson at Arkansas Tech University many hands went into the air. Ginnie made a speech stating she never wanted a paper, but she has enjoyed all the people and opportunities it gave her. Memorabilia was on hand to show the level of excellence the Tysons brought to reporting the news.