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Enjoy a Royal ‘Supper with Santa’ at the Queen’s Lodge

BY MELANIE WADE – Santa and one of his elves will take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season to sit and have supper at the Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge on Saturday, December 16th. To begin the festivities, The Darrell Argenbright and Friends Band will provide Christmas entertainment in the Hearth Room at the Lodge ...

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MRHS Supports Santas for Soldiers

Mena Regional Health System recently collected items for their annual Santa For Soldiers project.  Thirty-one boxes were filled with items from the “Soldier Wish List.”  The boxes are being shipped to a troop from Arkansas, currently stationed in Kosovo.

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Remembering Hearts Forever to Honor Loved Ones with Candle Lighting

BY MELANIE WADE – Letting go of a child is never easy, and for those who have had to join the unfortunate ranks of parents who have lost their’s, they will say that no one truly understands the pain unless they, too, have lost a child. A healthy part of the grieving and healing process is to talk about that ...

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Honor Phillip Speer This Holiday Season while Sharing Hope, Healing and Comfort

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 ─ Arkansas Blood Institute is inviting the Mena community to share the priceless gift of saving lives this holiday season and honor Phillip Speer.  Phillip was an advocate for blood donations in the Mena area since 2010 by coordinating multiple blood drives before his passing in 2017.  He was directly responsible for setting up 8 blood ...

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MRHS Auxiliary to Host Annual Christmas Breakfast

The Mena Regional Auxiliary invites the community to attend the annual Auxiliary Christmas Breakfast on Thursday, December 7 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Mena Regional cafeteria.  All donations will benefit the Auxiliary Scholarship Program and needs of the hospital. In 2017 alone, the Auxiliary awarded $10,000 in scholarships.  Everyone is asked to come out and support the ...

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Holiday Express Rolls into Mena on Thursday

BY MELANIE WADE – The Kansas City Railroad’s Holiday Express will roll into Mena this Thursday, December 7th to bring holiday joy to the young and old alike. The KCS Holiday Express is a festive, six-car train that brings Santa Claus and his elves to communities throughout the KCS rail network. Guests to the train can visit with Santa Claus ...

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Happiness Club Presents Hatfield Library Donation

Rose McLain, President of the Hatfield Extension Homemakers “Happiness” Club, presents a donation check from the club to volunteers of the Hatfield library. Pictured left to right: Cathy Taylor, Frieda Romine, Shirley Gross, Rose McLain, and Wanda Tilley.

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Polk County Celebrates Christmas Festivities

The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce held the annual Christmas Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 2, and the crowds lining the streets were well pleased as it was full of beautiful floats and participants. To many spectators, the parade was marked as “the best one yet” and the float competition was fierce. This year’s theme was Dreaming of a ...

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Steven Free – A Lifeline for Recovery

BY LEANN DILBECK – Substance abuse is highly misunderstood and, many times, unfortunately carries a stigma with it… when it is, however, a complex disease. Drugs and other illicit substances change the brain in ways that make quitting hard, even for those who want to. It does take a strong will and discipline but a rock solid strong support system ...

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Mena Police Department: November 26 – December 2, 2017

November 26, 2107 Report was taken of a verbal altercation between neighbors in Mena. No charges have been filed at this time. November 27, 2017 Report was made of several unauthorized transactions being made to a local woman’s debit card. Case is pending. A report was taken regarding unauthorized transactions on a debit card. Case is pending further investigation. November ...

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