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Detox Program to Now be Offered Through MRHS

BY MELANIE WADE – Mena Regional Health System has partnered with New Vision, a medically supervised withdrawal management service, to provide a medically supported detox program to the area. “There is a huge need,” said MRHS Administrator Jay Quebedeaux. “We think it will do extremely well here.” The program will provide a hospital setting where alcohol or drug addicted persons ...

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Master Gardeners Honor Member by Presenting Book to Library

SUBMITTED – The Polk County Master Gardeners presented the book “Arkansas Wildflowers” by Don Kurz to the Polk County Library in recognition of Master Gardener Linda Elliott’s service to their program and the community. Elliott took the Master Gardener training program in 2011 and was recognized as Rookie of the Year the following year. She has participated in many Master ...

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Smith Named Elks Deputy of the Month

BY MELANIE WADE – Deputy Jim Smith has been named the Mena Elk’s Lodge “Deputy of the Month” for the month of July 2017. Smith is shown with Elk’s Exhaulted Ruler, Brian Thompson. Deputies chosen through the Elk’s program receive a Certificate of Appreciation and a gift certificate for themselves and a ‘plus-one’ to a local eatery. Thompson said they ...

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Educational Co-Op Seeks Foster Grandparents

The DeQueen-Mena Education Co-Op is looking for Foster Grandparents to help out in county schools. As a Foster Grandparent, you can help in the county’s schools and daycares by tutoring at-risk students. Today, nearly 30,000 volunteers help more than 280,000 children nationwide. The DeQueen-Mena Education Co-Op has a Foster Grandparent program that is open to volunteers ages 55 and over ...

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Back to School Bash Set for Friday

Several local churches have joined together to host what they hope will become an annual event for local students. A ‘Back 2 School Block Party’ is planned for this Friday, August 18, at Bearcat Stadium and is open to all county students 6th through 12th grade, including Acorn, Cossatot, Mena or home school students. The Red Black Scrimmage for Mena, ...

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Sierra Nicole Sanders

Sierra Nicole Sanders, age 19, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday, August 14, 2017 in Shady, Arkansas. Sierra was born on July 23, 1998 in Mena, Arkansas to Bobby Sanders and Charity Cornelius Sanders. She was employed by Nidec in Mena. Sierra was an outdoors girl that enjoyed hunting, fishing, bow fishing, water rafting, and mudding with family and friends. ...

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Polk County Sheriff’s Department: August 7-13, 2017

August 7, 2017 Report from complainant on School Drive in Wickes of vandalism done to two buses, a building and a dumpster, totaling damages at $400.00. Investigation continues. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Marco A. Ortiz, 30, of Wickes, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. August 8, 2017 Report from ...

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Mena Police Department: August 6-12, 2017

August 6, 2017 Shawn Matthew Leach, 25, of Mena was charged with residential burglary, theft of property, and public intoxication.  The arrest followed a call to a local residence. August 7, 2017 A Mena woman reported that her purse was stolen from her vehicle while it was parked on the lot at her place of employment.  Case is pending further investigation. August ...

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Colby Singleton – Making Reading Fun

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – A child who reads will be an adult who thinks. Reading is more than just glancing at words on a page. Reading is about being educated, being transformed, and changing the way people think. Those who read are also normally the ones that lead. Colby Singleton, literacy teacher at Acorn, is teaching students to think and ...

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Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 – Building Better Men and Communities

Mark Twain. John Wayne. George Washington. Neil Armstrong. These men are all in some way iconic figures in history, but what do they all have in common? Each of these men were a part of a fraternity, a brotherhood. These icons were all members of the freemasons. This brotherhood of men have existed for the purpose of charity, building good ...

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