Thank you for the outreach. Attachment TP_1 is what I currently have, and TP-2 is what I would like it to be. I have created an article in General Articles and have toggled featured on, but it is not showing up.
marzi, what are your front page settings set to please?
Promoted topics only
Promoted topics + articles - sorted on date
Forum-topics and articles - sorted on date
Featured article with frontpanel
Go directly to forum index
Also, are you using that article as a welcome/intro to your site? If so you could just add the same thing in a Upper panel block, or Front panel block to achieve the same look.