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Cross Country Nears Season

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – As school begins, along with volleyball and football, cross country will get started at schools around the county. Mena Cross Country Coach Randy Peters is looking forward to the upcoming season, “We have lost some runners, but we have a lot coming back this next year. We will have more athletes out running than we have ...

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Ouachita Regional Hospice Gives Back to Community

The staff of Ouachita Regional Hospice likes to find projects to give back to their community. In the past, they have supported law enforcement with jars of candy and have quietly given to others as well. This year, they decided to help with a large expense to families each August – school supplies. Pictured are members of their staff with ...

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Yankee Clipper Joins Chamber

Yankee Clipper, a local salon, was welcomed into the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. Yankee Clipper is located at 601 Hwy. 71 North in Mena, in the Northside Shopping Center. They are a full service salon offering hair, nail, and massage services.

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42nd Annual Rod Run Announces Dates & Events Announced

BY MELANIE WADE – The 42nd Annual Rod Run will roll into town August 25-27 and will fill downtown Mena and Queen Wilhelmina State Park with hundreds of hot rods, antique cars/trucks, muscle cars, and street rods. The event is a partnership between the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce and the Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission (A&P). The event will ...

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Ellison Represents State at National Conference

BY MELANIE WADE – Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison was recently selected to represent not just the county, but the state of Arkansas, at the annual National Association of Counties Conference & Exposition held in Columbus, Ohio. Ellison serves as an officer on the Board of the Arkansas Association of Counties (AAC), as Secretary. Each year, he explained, one officer ...

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Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council Considers New Polk County Club

SUBMITTED – The Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council is one of the largest nonprofit volunteer groups in the state with a membership of 6,000 and clubs in every county. Extension Homemakers, the Cooperative Extension Service, University of Arkansas, and the United States Department of Agriculture are partners in providing education to families throughout Arkansas. We are made up of homemakers, career ...

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Detox Program to Now be Offered Through MRHS

BY MELANIE WADE – Mena Regional Health System has partnered with New Vision, a medically supervised withdrawal management service, to provide a medically supported detox program to the area. “There is a huge need,” said MRHS Administrator Jay Quebedeaux. “We think it will do extremely well here.” The program will provide a hospital setting where alcohol or drug addicted persons ...

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Master Gardeners Honor Member by Presenting Book to Library

SUBMITTED – The Polk County Master Gardeners presented the book “Arkansas Wildflowers” by Don Kurz to the Polk County Library in recognition of Master Gardener Linda Elliott’s service to their program and the community. Elliott took the Master Gardener training program in 2011 and was recognized as Rookie of the Year the following year. She has participated in many Master ...

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Smith Named Elks Deputy of the Month

BY MELANIE WADE – Deputy Jim Smith has been named the Mena Elk’s Lodge “Deputy of the Month” for the month of July 2017. Smith is shown with Elk’s Exhaulted Ruler, Brian Thompson. Deputies chosen through the Elk’s program receive a Certificate of Appreciation and a gift certificate for themselves and a ‘plus-one’ to a local eatery. Thompson said they ...

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Educational Co-Op Seeks Foster Grandparents

The DeQueen-Mena Education Co-Op is looking for Foster Grandparents to help out in county schools. As a Foster Grandparent, you can help in the county’s schools and daycares by tutoring at-risk students. Today, nearly 30,000 volunteers help more than 280,000 children nationwide. The DeQueen-Mena Education Co-Op has a Foster Grandparent program that is open to volunteers ages 55 and over ...

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