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Mena Police Department- True Heroes

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Hero. How might we define a hero? When hero is said, such iconic figures as Superman, Spiderman, and Batman come to mind, but we realize that these aren’t heroes. Heroes are those that continue to make sacrifices for the welfare and intentional good of others and never expect any kind of recognition. A hero is an ...

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State Creates Relief Legislative Task Force

FROM STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – Acts 78 and 79 of 2017 created the Arkansas Tax Reform and Relief Legislative Task Force. The leaders of the Senate and House have appointed the panel’s membership. There will be eight senators and eight representatives on the task force, which is charged with recommending changes to the state tax code ...

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Arkansas Challenge Deadline Approaches

SUBMITTED BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN MADDOX – Extensive research shows that obtaining a college degree results in higher earnings and lower unemployment rates. In fact, the median income for young adults with a college degree is 50% higher than those with a high school diploma. This week, we want to remind you about an important deadline that could have a ...

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Supporting Those Who Protect Our Communities

BY U.S. SENATOR DR. JOHN BOOZMAN – Arkansans are proud of the law enforcement history in our state. In my hometown of Fort Smith, the U.S. Marshals Service has a deep-rooted history that helped shape our nation’s westward expansion. Today, many people in the area find their family roots trace back to a U.S. Marshal. As home to the future ...

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Cast Selected for JOLT’s Tom Sawyer

BY MELANIE BUCK – The Junior Ouachita Little Theatre (JOLT) held auditions for their yearly Summer production last week and have a cast full of talent ready to grace the stage at Mena’s historic theatre. The play will be co-directed by longtime member, Scott Jenkins, and upcomer, Alexa Night. The story, Tom Sawyer, was written by Paul Kester and founded ...

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Roberts Back in Court on 18th Anniversary of Murder

BY MELANIE BUCK – On the 18th anniversary of her death, Andi Brewer’s family found themselves back in Polk County Circuit Court watching a post-conviction relief hearing for her convicted rapist and murderer, Karl Roberts. Roberts’ defense team continues to seek relief for him arguing ‘ineffective counsel’ in the latest legal maneuvering that has spanned almost two decades and in ...

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Local Department of Human Services to Relocate

BY MELANIE BUCK – The Department of Human Services is preparing to relocate to a much larger area to benefit the clients that are serviced through the programs they offer. Carolyn Strickland, Administrator at the local DHS office that is currently located in the Polk County Office Complex, also known as the ‘old hospital,’ at 606 Pine Street, explained that ...

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Annual Troy Miranda Beagle Run to be Held on Saturday

BY MELANIE BUCK – The 8th annual Beagle Run will be held this Saturday to honor SFC Troy L. Miranda, a member of the 153rd Infantry, also known as Charlie Company, that gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country in Iraq. Miranda was killed in action May 20, 2004 while leading his squad through one of the most treacherous ...

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Potter Volunteer Fire Department Hosts Fish Fry/Ribbon Cutting

BY MELANIE BUCK – The Potter Fire Department held their annual fundraising fish fry on Saturday, May 6th. The difference this year – they held it in their new 3,000 sq. ft. facility. The new department includes three bays to hold their equipment, which includes two engines, a tanker, and three brush trucks. It also houses a training/meeting room, an ...

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Jack Schoeppy Wins Gold

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Local racquetball player, Jack Schoeppy, won the National Masters Racquetball Tournament in Arlington. Jack competed in singles in the 80-84 age division where he was crowned the National Champion. Jack also finished 5th in Doubles while competing with the number three senior player in the world. Jack has been playing racquet ball since 1964, before it ...

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