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BREATHE Conference Successful: Planning for 2018 Already Underway

BY MELANIE BUCK – A two-day youth conference was presented on Friday and Saturday, June 2nd and 3rd at the CMA Iron Mountain Pavilion with dozens of youth from around the region hearing the word of God and dedicating their life to Him and His son, Jesus Christ. The first annual BREATHE Conference was the brainchild of Anna Buckley, of Mena, ...

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Chamber Welcomes Smith as New Executive Director

BY MELANIE BUCK – Matt Thomas, President of the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce, has announced Ashley Smith as the new Executive Director, following Paula Bailey’s resignation. Bailey had served as the Chamber’s Director from October 2013 to June 2017, but recently relocated to another state due to her husband’s employment. Smith is a hometown Mena girl and is excited ...

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Cossatot Conservation Camp at Gilham Lake

Cossatot Reefs Camp Ground at Gilham Lake was the setting for the 2017 Conservation Camp held on June 1st and 2nd.  This is the 11th year that the Rich Mountain and Cossatot Conservation Districts organized this event for students entering the 6th – 9th grades.  Campers participated in programs focused on conservation, ecosystems, and stewardship while learning plant and animal ...

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Acorn Students Honored at Governor’s Scholastic Honors Day

SUBMITTED – On behalf of Governor Asa Hutchinson, the Arkansas Department of Education recently sponsored the Governor’s Scholastic Honors Day. The event was held on May 13, 2017, at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock. Scholastic Honors Day recognizes Arkansas’ best and brightest students. Public and private high schools were encouraged to select two students who best represent academic achievement ...

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South County Roadwork Causes Detours

BY MELANIE BUCK – The Arkansas Highway Commission has begun work on a few roadways in South Polk County this week, with some causing detours for citizens Wickes and Cove. In Wickes, Mayor Leon McCleskey said Wednesday through Friday, June 7th – 9th, their residents will need to use alternate routes to avoid road closures on County Road 8, from ...

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Two Polk County Convictions Upheld in Arkansas Court of Appeals

BY MELANIE BUCK – Opinions were released last week in the cases of two persons from Polk County who sought relief from the Arkansas Court of Appeals in cases that were both originally tried in Polk County. Both Lori Rose and Lance Harjo presented their cases to the state court, each having unrelated cases, and each were affirmed by the ...

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Sliding into Summer Fun!

Taking advantage of the now open McMillan Pool, Anthony Williams, age 17 of Choctaw, Okla. and Austin Buntin, age 10,  from Fayetteville, Ark slide into the crisp water as lifeguard CeCe Metcalf looks on!  Williams and Buntin were in Mena visiting family. Each day the pool will be open from noon – 5 p.m. with general swim fees costing $3 ...

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MRHS Announces 8th Annual Health Fair

BY MELANIE BUCK – Mena Regional Health System will host their 8th Annual Health Fair on September 16, 2017, and wants all to save the date for the ever-growing event. Organizers say the mission of the event is to offer the community and surrounding areas a free day of health and wellness education, combined with fun for the whole family. ...

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Mena Medical Associates Names New Director

SUBMITTED – Judy Sisk was recently named Clinic Director of Mena Medical Associates.  She began her career in the Office of Admissions and for the past five years she has served as Director of the Mena Surgical Clinic. She and her husband Gary have three children: Zack, Brandon, and Angela, and one grandson, Evan. “As Clinic Director, the quality of ...

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Gates Finds Connection to Previous Episode While Filming in Mena

BY MELANIE BUCK – When the Travel Channel’s Josh Gates rolled into Mena to secretly film his show Expedition Unknown at the Board Camp Crystal Mine, little did he know that he would stumble across someone else with a connection to a previous broadcast of Gates’ second show, Destination Truth. But, that he did, when he stepped into the Skyline ...

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