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County Celebrates National Tourism & Travel and National Small Business Weeks

BY MELANIE BUCK – Polk County recently celebrated National Travel and Tourism Week and Small Business Week together during the first few days of May. The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain, in conjunction with Henderson State University’s Small Business and Technology Development Center, hosted an event at the Ouachita Center. Leah Hasley, Certified Business Advisor, and Karen Musick, Lender Relations ...

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Main Street Arkansas Director to Speak on Downtown Revitalization

SUBMITTED BY JUDY THOMPSON – Rick Chrisman, Mena Downtown Partners president, has announced that Greg Phillips, Main Street Arkansas State Director, will be speaking at the Ouachita Center of the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain on Tuesday, May 23, 5:30 PM. Judy Thompson, MDP Downtown Liaison Officer, notes that anyone interested in the revitalization and development of downtown Mena is ...

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Maddox Speaks to Board of Realtors

  BY MELANIE BUCK – State Representative John Maddox has come home from the Capitol following a long early session, as well as a May special session in the Arkansas Legislature. Since being home, he has met with several organizations and served as guest speaker to many. At his most recent appearance, Maddox joined the Mena Area Board of Realtors ...

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County Celebrates National Salvation Army Week

BY MELANIE BUCK – National Salvation Army Week is being celebrated in Polk County this week, in conjunction with hundreds of other outlets across the country. Mena Mayor George McKee signed a proclamation declaring the week of May 15, 2017 as Salvation Army Week. The local unit, currently led by director Roxanne Aleshire, has been serving the citizens of Polk ...

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Christian Singles Provides Fellowship and Food

Christian Singles of Mena and the surrounding area recently met at Papa’s Mexican Cafe for an evening of good food and fellowship. Casey Jones of the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad served as guest speaker. The group took a trip on the railroad on May 6th, just one of the many activities that will be taking place within the group. Christian ...

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Mena Mail Carriers Collect Two Tons of Food

BY MELANIE BUCK – Mail carriers in Mena collected more than two tons of food during the annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger food drive that is held by the United States Postal Service on the second Saturday of May each year. The drive is the largest one-day food drive in the nation and has been ...

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Wanda McBride Jones

Wanda McBride Jones, age 81 of Mena, Arkansas went to be with her Lord on Monday, May 15, 2017 in Mena. Wanda was born in Big Cedar, Oklahoma on May 19, 1935 to George McBride and Annie Peters McBride. She married Glen Jones on July 5, 1952, and was a loving and faithful homemaker. Early years she went to work ...

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Phillip Stanley Speer

Phillip Stanley Speer, age 61, of Mena, died Sunday, May 14, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on Wednesday, April 4, 1956 to Glynn Roe and Hazel Marie Chapman Speer in Texarkana, Arkansas. Phillip graduated from Liberty Eylau High School in Texarkana, Texas, in 1974. He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Forestry from ...

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Major Marjorie Lavinia Phipps

Major Marjorie Lavinia Phipps, age 95, of Mena passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017 in Mena. She was born January 21, 1922 in Peoria, Illinois to the late W.H. Turner and the late Olive Tennant Turner.  She proudly served her country in the United States Army for 23 years, she retired as a Major. Marjorie was a resident of Mena for ...

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Polk County Sheriff’s Department: May 1-7, 2017

May 1, 2017 Report from complainant on Pate Lane near Board Camp of the theft of three tires & wheels and a grill, all valued at $900.00. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 290 near Cove of the break-in and theft of a flashlight, valued at $20.00.  Investigation continues. Arrested was Aaron P. Whisenhunt, 25, of Mena, on a ...

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