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Union Bank Donates to Single Parent Scholarship Fund

Union Bank President Philip Hensley presents the bank’s $500.00 contribution to Polk County Single Parent Scholarship Fund board members, Tim Rodgers and Pete Chambers. In thanking Hensley, Chambers noted that Union Bank not only has supported the scholarship fund financially for eleven years, but also by serving on the board and providing meeting space. “The bank including us in the ...

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Riner Named as Official Superhero at Child Abuse Prevention Rally

BY MELANIE BUCK – Andy Riner, Prosecuting Attorney for the 18th West Judicial District, was honored with this year’s Superhero Award, given by the Mercy Child Advocacy Center in Mena, at their second annual Child Abuse Prevention Rally held in Polk County. The event was presented at their local location, 400 Port Arthur Avenue, where they serve the county’s abused ...

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Otto to Receive Ballistic Vest

BY MELANIE BUCK – Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer is pleased to announce that Otto, the county’s K-9 narcotics dog, will receive a ballistic vest thanks to the generous donations of two local Mason clubs. The Dallas Masonic Lodge #128, of Mena, and Mountain Meadow Lodge #218, of Hatfield, each pitched in $500 to donate towards the purchase of the ...

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Mary Poppins Opens Friday at OLT

BY MELANIE BUCK – Mary Poppins opens this weekend at the Ouachita Little Theatre, 610 Mena Street, in Mena. The curtain will open to the home of Jane and Michael Banks, two children in need of a new nanny, as they keep running the others off. Mary Poppins has long been a favored treasure of generations of children and adults ...

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Highway Commission Approves South County Projects

BY MELANIE BUCK – The Arkansas State Highway Commission has announced their intent to improve portions of a handful of roads in south Polk County after bids for the projects were approved. Crow Paving, Inc., of Morrilton, was awarded the contracts with construction scheduled to begin in two to four weeks. In Hatfield, .5 miles of Mershon Drive will be ...

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3rd Annual Color Run to be Held Saturday

BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena Regional Health System Support Foundation will host their annual Foundation Frenzy 5K Family Color Run/Walk this Saturday, May 6th. The popular event raises money for the Foundation while giving participants a vibrant race to run as ‘color bomb stations’ line the course. The third annual event will take place at Janssen Park beginning at ...

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Auditions for Next JOLT Production this Week

SUBMITTED – The Junior Ouachita Little Theatre, or JOLT as they are known, have announced the dates for their next production, Tom Sawyer, as written by Paul Kester. Auditions will be held on May 8th and 9th from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Ouachita Little Theater, 610 Mena Street. For the play, there are speaking parts for 8 girls and 13 ...

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Mena Art Gallery Launching New Competition

BY BARBARA M. TOBAIS – Our national juried painting competition, The Art of the Heartland, is in its third year. Building on the success of that endeavor, we are starting a new annual juried competition: Small Works. We would love to see some of our local artists enter and win this national competition. For this show, image size must by ...

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Coming Together in the Face of Tragedy: #PolkCountyStrong

BY LEANN DILBECK – Exhausted. Burdened. Grieved. Last week, like many of you, left me confused, admittedly angry and disgusted, and just plain heart broken. For myself, I had seen the absolute worst of people and the best of people at the same time… and my, oh my, what a stark contrast it was… but in the end, out of ...

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‘Love Our Town’ Service Weekend Held: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

BY LEANN DILBECK – This past weekend approximately 400 volunteers poured out across Mena, armed with power tools, building/cleaning supplies, and a deep desire to serve as The Crossing Church held it’s first ‘Love Our Town’ Service Weekend. Rain on Saturday couldn’t dampen the spirits as volunteers worked with rain slickers and pop-up tents; and again on Sunday, completing over ...

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