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Cove Projects Will Temporarily Close Streets

BY MELANIE BUCK – The Arkansas State Highway Commission will begin work on a few roadways in South Polk County soon, with some causing detours in normal commutes for Cove citizens. The resurfacing of Lewis Street and a section of West Barton Avenue in Cove is anticipated to begin in early June according to Cove’s Mayor, Joan Headley.  Approximately 1.5 ...

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Governor Pleased with Continuous Drop in Unemployment Rates

BY MELANIE BUCK – The Arkansas unemployment rate has again dipped into record numbers for the fourth straight month. Locally, Polk County has also experienced a decline in recent months. Governor Asa Hutchinson is well pleased with the numbers and said it “tells us that we are on the right track in terms of implementing conservative policies that spur job ...

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Downtown Partners Bring Added Awareness to Importance of Main Street

BY MELANIE BUCK – “Downtown is a reflection of how the community feels about itself,” said Main Street Arkansas Director Greg Phillips while speaking to an audience at the Ouachita Center during an event held by Mena’s Downtown Partners. The purpose of the event was for Phillips to inform the community about the importance of a vibrant downtown and how ...

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Stanley Michael Dickison

Stanley Michael Dickison, age 61, of Cove, Arkansas passed away Monday, May 22, 2017 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Stanley was born on July 21, 1955 in DeQueen, Arkansas to the late Sheryl D. Dickison and the late Verba Lee Pate Dickison.  He was a devoted man to his family and loved his cats, especially Booger. Stanley enjoyed gardening, old Mopars, drag ...

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Doyle Wayne Cook

Doyle Wayne Cook, age 67, of Talihina, Oklahoma, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017 in Poteau, Oklahoma. Doyle Wayne was born in Mena, Arkansas on November 8, 1947 to Lewis Elvoy Cook and Elizabeth Susanna Brock Cook.  He graduated from Wickes High School in Wickes, Arkansas and was a veteran of Vietnam. Doyle was a very special, kind, and generous person, ...

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Mena to Host 1st Annual BREATHE Youth Conference

BY MELANIE BUCK – The first BREATHE two-day youth conference will be held in Polk County this weekend, with the hopes to ‘breathe life’ into today’s youth, to become tomorrow’s warriors for Jesus Christ. The idea was the brain child of a local girl who took an overseas mission trip and wanted to do more. “I was in Trinidad on ...

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Phillip Stanley Speer

Phillip Stanley Speer, age 61, of Mena, died Sunday, May 14, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on Wednesday, April 4, 1956 to Glynn Roe and Hazel Marie Chapman Speer in Texarkana, Arkansas. Phillip graduated from Liberty Eylau High School in Texarkana, Texas, in 1974. He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Forestry from ...

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Diane Lavon Bovee Koehler

Diane Lavon Bovee KoehlerOur Dearest Diane Lavon Bovee Koehler passed away on April 1, 2017 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. She was born March 6, 1970 in Mena, Arkansas to John and Violetta Bovee. She was a reader, a documentary film buff, with interests in psychology and criminal justice. Her dearest friends came from River Group of San ...

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Wanda McBride Jones

Wanda McBride Jones, age 81 of Mena, Arkansas went to be with her Lord on Monday, May 15, 2017 in Mena. Wanda was born in Big Cedar, Oklahoma on May 19, 1935 to George McBride and Annie Peters McBride. She married Glen Jones on July 5, 1952, and was a loving and faithful homemaker. Early years she went to work ...

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June Carole Johnson

June Carole Johnson, age 82, of Watson, Oklahoma died Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Peachtree Hospice in Fort Smith. She was born on Saturday, June 9, 1934 to Ivus Johnathan William and Imogene Wilson White in Octavia, Oklahoma. June was a very active member of Cove First Baptist Church, teaching Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. She was a ...

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