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Richard Roland Bistrican

Richard Roland Bistrican, age 84, of Mena, Arkansas died Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the St. Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs. He was born on Thursday, March 15, 1934 to Joseph Martin and Mary Petak Bistrican in East Chicago, Illinois. Richard was of the Catholic faith and a member of the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Mena. He served proudly ...

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Jeffrey Scott Bass

Jeffrey Scott Bass age 53 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, February 1, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas. Jefferey was born on November 10, 1965 in Santa Anna, California to the late Williamson Glenn Bass and the late Betty McCauley Bass.  He worked in Quality Control as an inspector at Nidec. He loved fast boats, cars and watching Nascar. He loved to ...

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Jessie Ella Cassell

Jessie Ella Cassell age 81, formerly of Mena, passed away Thursday, February 07 , 2019 in Clarion, Iowa. Jessie was born on February 28, 1937 to the late W.S. Peek and the late Ivy Dora Hughes Peek in the Township of Cedar and the County of Polk. Jessie was of the Baptist faith. She spent most of her life in ...

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Nancy Josephine Werner

Nancy Josephine Werner age 71 of Mena, Arkansas passed Monday, February 11, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas. She was born on December 22, 1947 in Danville, Illinois to the late William Wesley Doney and Betty Josephine Camp Doney. She worked as a Registered Nurse in the Medical profession. Nancy was married to David Werner. Nancy had a servant’s heart and loved ...

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Former Legislator from Mena takes command of the AR health insurance marketplace: Faces fight to save it

In the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, insurance exchanges allow people to shop for coverage and apply for federal subsidies to help with the cost. Nate Bell, a former legislator from Mena, has taken the position of interim director of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace (AHIM) in an uncertain time for the exchange. A ...

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Prescribed burns begin on Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

The Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests will be conducting prescribed burns in Arkansas and Oklahoma over the next several months. The purposes of these burns are to reestablish fire’s natural role in the forest ecosystem, improve forest health, and reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires.  Prescribed burns are conducted when the conditions indicate that there will be minimal impact ...

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Mena Regional Health System Goes Red

The staff at Mena Regional Health System recently participated in The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women initiative, a comprehensive platform designed to increase awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally.  Nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented.  Cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat.  It ...

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Solar Energy Legislation in filed in Arkansas

A coalition is backing legislation regarding solar energy in Arkansas. Two state senators, Dave Wallace of Leachville and Aaron Pilkington of Clarksville, have filed a bill to expand solar energy use. In their release they state that Arkansas has the 11th best sunlight for energy use in the nation, but ranks 43rd in solar policy. They say that expanding solar ...

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Makenna Goss elected as the 2019-2020 Arkansas FCCLA Vice President of Parliamentary Law

Ouachita River School District commends Makenna Goss for all of her accomplishments and the state office she just won. Makenna has studied hard, prepared many speeches, and traveled far to prepare herself for this journey.  “She will have many duties over the course of the next year which will require us to travel many miles.  In addition to many Arkansas ...

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Brandon Haberer named new President and Chief Executive Officer of Farm Credit of Western Arkansas

Directors have named Brandon Haberer as President and Chief Executive Officer of Farm Credit of Western Arkansas, a customer-owned financial cooperative.  Haberer, the association’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, will assume his new duties on February 1. He succeeds Glen Manchester who retired on December 31. Haberer (pronounced Harbor) has served as the association’s EVP and COO since October ...

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