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2018 Polar Plunge to Take Place at Lake Wilhelmina

BY MELANIE WADE – The 2018 Polar Plunge is heading back to the icy waters of Lake Wilhelmina this year after being hosted at a variety of other locations in the last few years. The Polar Plunge is held each year to raise money for Special Olympics Arkansas. This year’s event will take place on February 24th. Registration will begin ...

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Turner Passes League Certification Program

SUBMITTED – The Arkansas Municipal League congratulates James Earl Turner, Mena City Council Member, who has maintained his status as a Certified Municipal Official through the League’s Voluntary Certified Continuing Education Program. The certified municipal officials were honored at the League’s 2018 Winter Conference, held January 10-12 in Fort Smith. Numerous municipal officials representing cities and towns from across the ...

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Committee to Recommend Tabling North Morgan Proposal Indefinitely

BY MELANIE WADE – The Mena City Council Street Committee met on Monday, January 29, 2018 to discuss options for the proposed North Morgan Street project following a letter from the Arkansas Highway Commission. After a recent study, the Highway Commission has stated a traffic light would not be warranted at the would-be intersection and that re-aligning the new road ...

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Westerman Introduces Bill Encouraged by Local Man

Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR) and a bipartisan group of House members introduced a bill to modify the presumption of service connection for veterans exposed to herbicides while serving in Thailand on Thursday, January 18, after a lifetime resident of Mena, Bill Rhodes, has actively advocated for a change in legislation for several months. The bill would give veterans who served in Thailand during the Vietnam ...

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MRHS Medical Records Department Recognized

The Medical Records Department at Mena Regional Health System was recently recognized by Vital Records as one of the top facilities in the state of Arkansas for timely registration of birth certificates.  Arkansas law requires a certificate of birth for every birth to be filed within 10 days after the birth.  The analysis was reported for the period of January ...

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Polk County Joins State Associations to Form Unified Front Against Manufacturers of Prescription Painkillers

BY MELANIE WADE – “Counties and cities across Arkansas are poised to hold accountable the nation’s leading pharmaceutical companies over their misleading and deceptive marketing of prescription opioid painkillers,” said a statement released by the Association of Arkansas Counties last week. In a unique and strategic move, the Association of Arkansas Counties (AAC), Arkansas Municipal League (AML), and Arkansas Public ...

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Phyllis Elaine Randa

Phyllis Elaine Randa, age 91, of Mena, Arkansas, died Monday, February 12, 2018 at the Arkansas Hospice in Hot Springs. She was born on Monday, May 3, 1926 to Harold James and Alice McGravie Barott in Tamrack Township, Minnesota. Phyllis worked for many years as an administration assistant and accountant for many different companies, but most notably Safeway Food Corporation. ...

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Fokke (Dutch) Devries

Fokke (Dutch) Devries, age 65 of Mena, Arkansas, passed away February 5, 2018 in Mena. He was born in Leeuwarden, Holland on January 5, 1953 to Franz and Antje Devries. Dutch was married to Tonia Fussell Devries for 6 happy years. He worked as a Chief Information Officer for Healthy Connections as a computer technologist. In his younger days, Dutch ...

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Mary Sue Varner

Mary Sue Varner, age 80, of Mena, Arkansas, went to her heavenly home Friday, February 9, 2018 in Mena, Arkansas She was born on January 15, 1938 in Mena, Arkansas to Homer Meridieth and Iona Medford Meridieth. Mary Sue was happily married to Sam Varner. She worked as secretary for TC Masters Cable Company and retired from Beasley Wood Funeral ...

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Patricia Louise Lawry

Patricia Louise Lawry, age 84, of Mena, died Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at the National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was born on Wednesday, January 10, 1934, to Phillip Morris and Laura Louise Houseman Payne in Palo Alto, California. Patricia spent her life serving God and others. She graduated as a Registered Nurse from Madison College and ...

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