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Contestant Recruitment Underway for Mrs. Arkansas; Officials Seeking Mrs. Mena, Mrs. Polk County

SUBMITTED – Pageant officials are actively recruiting contestants statewide to represent local preliminary titles at the 41st annual Mrs. Arkansas America Pageant scheduled for November 11 in Hot Springs. “We invite all married women throughout Arkansas who are interested in participating to claim their local title and begin preparing for competition,” says Lynn DeJarnette, executive director of the Mrs. Arkansas America ...

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Gun & Hoses Blood Drive Showdown

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – The annual Guns & Hoses blood drives are back, with the Mena Police and Fire Department facing off in the friendly competition. During the Guns & Hoses drives, local firefighters ‘battle’ local police officers to see who can have more blood donated to benefit patients across the state through the Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI). Pictured above ...

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DAV Gives Plaques

On June 2, 2017 the DAV Auxiliary Unit 46, members Carol Burns and Edith Glenn went to the Rich Mountain Nursing/Rehab to present plaques to five veterans. The plagues are hung on the door so everyone knows is a veteran there. Those receiving the plaques were: Nell Weems, Robert Barron, Ed Copes, Dale Johnson, and John Pitchford. Mena Manor Nursing ...

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Daughters of the American Revolution Host District Meeting

BY MELANIE WADE – The James K. Polk Chapter of Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) hosted the district meeting for the Caddo District Daughters at the Ouachita Center on Wednesday, June 14. Eleven chapters from the district attended the all-day meeting. The local chapter was chartered in 2009 and this is the first time they have ...

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Polk County Births

Megan and Eric Rowe, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on June 11th. Summer Carney and Logan Wright, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on June 11th. Oveta Rea and Matthew Hartin, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on June 13th. Marissa Johnston and Darrel ...

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Polk County Sheriff’s Department: June 12-18, 2017

June 12, 2017 Report from a county facility on Hickory Avenue in Mena of vandalism done to the building.  Investigation continues. Arrested was Christopher D. Gortemiller, 49, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with Child and Sex Offender Reporting Requirements. Report from an employee at the Polk County Courthouse of an individual with suspicious behavior led to ...

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Mena Police Department: June 11-17, 2017

June 11, 2017 Johnny Howard, 53, of Mena was charged with public intoxication. A Mena woman reported that her purse had been stolen from her vehicle while she was in a local restaurant.  Case is pending. A Mena woman reported that her cell phone and purse were missing from her vehicle.  Case is pending. June 12, 2017 Report was taken of a ...

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Reverend Donley Hesse – A Student of the Word

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Martin Luther, one of the great men that led the protestant reformation 500 years ago, was wrapped up in ministering the Bible to those around him. He desired that the common man could know God through the Scriptures. He once said this about the Bible, “The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, ...

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Corner Shoppe – The Perfect Main Street Combination

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Life is all about finding the right combinations. Whether it is making your favorite dish in the kitchen, building a sports team to win, or establishing a strong marriage, they all take the right combinations to make everything work. Every now and then, two different businesses are able to exist together under the same roof and ...

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Fire Destroys Home; Cause Under Investigation

BY MELANIE BUCK – A local woman’s home is a complete loss following a fire on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Calls came in to 911 dispatch just after 6 p.m. after a passerby and neighbors saw the flames. Initially, the home’s occupants were unaware of the blaze. Witnesses said shortly after notifying 911,  people began to exit the residence while ...

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