10 things ABOUT…Rashad Woods

Story by Johnny Sain

Photo by Liz Chrisman

Age: 28
Occupation: Assistant editor for the Dardanelle Post Dispatch Newspaper/ Dardanelle City Councilman.
Hometown: My hometown is Dardanelle. I have lived in the River Valley all of my life.
Family: My parents are Cynthia and Robert Woods. My siblings are Robin, Robert Jr. and Regenea.

1) What is your favorite book and why?

Right now, I’m reading “Becoming” by First Lady Michelle Obama. It has become my shut-off-the-world pleasure because it is hard to put down once you get started reading. I feel like we had the same childhood — have hardworking, loving parents, and star athletes as older siblings so I would have to live in the shadows until I was old enough to play sports and be good, too.

2) Dog or cat? Why?

Dogs all the way. I was attacked by a cat one time while visiting my great grandma, and it was a done deal for me dealing with cats.

3) What do you think is the most positive aspect of living in the River Valley?

It’s the community love. No matter really who you are, if you are in need our community will come together to help. There’s not a lot of communities out there like ours.

4) What’s something no one would ever guess about you?

That I clog. As a kid, my mom made me and my siblings do some type of dance class. So I jumped back into clogging at the beginning of the year and love it. And it’s also some great cardio.

5) What is your favorite music genre and artist? Why?

Old school soul music. I grew up listening to Luther Vandross, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, Pattie LaBelle and many more. This kind of music always brings so much joy to me because I can remember being at home and my parents would play music and they would slow dance in the living room. My siblings and I would watch them or they would always breakout and dance with us.

6) What do you nerd out on?

Believe it or not, I “nerd out” on helping people. Might sound cheesy, but I love to help people from volunteering for an event to helping a student or family level up. This goes in line with my personal platform and that is “live to give.”

7) If you could change one thing about the River Valley, what would it be?

I love the River Valley, but the one thing I would change would be the attitudes towards change. We kind of have the outlook of if it’s not broken don’t fix it. We need to start coloring outside the box a little more.

8) Where is the one location in the River Valley you would tell a first-time visitor that they must go?

Mount Nebo State Park. The scenic drive up the mountain is amazing and then you have so much to explore when you get up to the top. You can watch the sunrise, ride the new bike trails, stroll though the bench trails around the mountain and see as many deer as you can imagine, stay in one of the many cabins, and finish the day watching the sunset.

9) Pizza, tacos, cheeseburger, or fried chicken? Any particular reason why?

Fried Chicken was one of my favorite meals that my parents cooked for me and my siblings, and they even taught me how to cook it.

10) What is your favorite quote? Could be from an inspirational person, could be an original.

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate action of its members.”
~ Coretta Scott King