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Howard Wayne Johnson

Howard Wayne Johnson, age 70, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018 in Oklahoma. Wayne was born on September 2, 1947 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma to the late Howard Edwin Johnson and Valeda Ellen Van Horn Johnson. He was married to Linda Smith Johnson. Wayne worked in the Waste Management business. Wayne enjoyed sub teaching, as he loved being ...

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Marion Louise Winters

Marion Louise Winters, age 93 of Smithville, Oklahoma, passed away Monday, January 1, 2018 in Smithville. She was born on September 2, 1924 in Tonawanda, New York to Robert Kinne and Winifred Priscilla Waldorf. She enjoyed working on crossword puzzles and reading. Marion dearly loved her family and will be missed. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother ...

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Zepha Lorene Forehand

Zepha Lorene Forehand, age 81, was born to Andrew and Annie Lou Mixon on July 2, 1936 in Malta, Texas. She went to her heavenly home on January 2, 2018 in Mena, Arkansas. Zepha enjoyed going to church and singing. She also loved to help others, and working in her yard and garden. She worked at Aalfs in Mena for ...

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Roger Dale Sharp

Mr. Roger Dale Sharp, age 68 of Wickes, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, December 28, 2017 in Wickes. Roger was born on February 19, 1949 in Mena, Arkansas to Ovan Chester Sharp and Marietta Monteen Musick Sharp. He served his country in the United States Army. Roger worked for the County Road Department. He enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing, just being ...

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Artists’ Garage Sale

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Mena Art Gallery will have its annual Artists’ Garage Sale during January 2018. You will find work exclusively by local artists in all media, but that is just the beginning: it is also a time when artists bring in art supplies. It gives the artist a chance to clear out unused supplies and gives the ...

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Family Fitness

BY LEANN DILBECK – Fitness and health always top the new year’s headlines and resolutions. Gym memberships sharply increase as people make a year long commitment to exercise and improve their overall physical health… sadly, the year long commitment most of the time results in a month long commitment before it begins waning as other priorities seem to seep in. ...

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Polk County Births

Brooke and Jonathan Maechler, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on December 19, 2017. Brittany Jegstrup and Colt Irons, of Lockesburg, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on December 19th. Katie and Leonardo Ruvalcaba, of Waldron, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on December 21st. Malinda and Trey Broomfield, ...

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HHE 5th Graders Make a Difference for Residents

BY MELANIE WADE – Fifth grade students at Holly Harshman Elementary School spent several weeks gathering items for nursing home residents as part of their #HHEdifferencemakers program. HHE teacher Amanda Posey said, “We’ve worked really hard and have a different theme every nine weeks and this nine weeks it was to support our nursing home residents.” To help, the students ...

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SAU Inducts Students into the Teacher Education Program

MAGNOLIA, AR — Southern Arkansas University recently inducted 53 students into the Teacher Education Program. Future educators from this area who were honored included: Cheyenne Bell, of Cove, is a junior Agricultural Education major. Michelle Cox, of Mena, is a senior Elementary Education (K-6) major. Jamie Grasman, of Mena, is a junior Elementary Education (K-6) major. Charlotte Keeler, of Cove, ...

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Senator Larry Teague Recognized with the Advocate of Justice Award

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association recognized Senator Larry Teague with the Advocate of Justice Award for his work in support of victims of crime and prosecution efforts during the 91st General Assembly.  Teague received the award at the Association’s Elected Prosecutor Board Meeting, held on December 8, 2017, at the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Little ...

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