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L.J. Hobbs

L.J. Hobbs, age 81, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday June 10, 2017 in Mena. L.J. was born in Santa Maria, California on February 25, 1936 to the late George Hobbs and Myrtle Launders Hobbs. He proudly served his country in the United States Coast Guard. He was married to Evelyn O. Hobbs his wife of 40 years. Together they ...

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Semi Slides Into Ditch Causing Rollover

BY MELANIE BUCK – A fully loaded 18-wheeler overturned on Highway 71 North on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at the intersection of Polk 74, also known as Holly Springs Road. Officials on the scene said the truck slid off of the roadway, overturning onto its top side, into a deep ditch. The accident caused the trailer of the semi to ...

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Morgan Fagan- Running for Another Day

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Running isn’t just hard… it is exhausting. It is just as much mental as it is physical. The best athletes are those that train their bodies to push past their breaking points, going further than they thought they could. For many, running is hard work, and for some, running gives satisfaction and joy. Famous Olympian Eric ...

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University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Announces Spring 2017 Honor Recipients

The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain has announced the students named to the Chancellor’s List and Vice Chancellor’s List who were enrolled for the spring 2017 semester. Students named to the Chancellor’s List are full-time, current students who complete 12 semester credit hours or more, excluding developmental coursework, and earn a 4.0 grade point average or higher. The Chancellor’s List ...

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Mena Middle School Academic Awards

The 6th grade students listed below have been recognized for their outstanding performance in the following subjects: Art (Webb)- Jerrin Parsons, Dusty Davis, Kristian Pellegrino, and Crissie Womack. Tools For Learning (Ellison)- Aiden Beck, Dayton Lane, Trevin Plunkett, Luis Basillio, Beau Bledsoe, Lexi Minzel, Emily Ryan, Emmi Hines, Emma Johnson, Emily Leonard, Carmen Puckett. Wellness (Tibbett)- Beau Bledsoe, Joey Slape, ...

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Acorn Elementary Announces 4th Nine Week Honor Roll

Acorn Elementary has announced their honor roll for the 4th nine week report card. The following students have received all a’s: 2nd grade: Bailey Andrews, Joshua Bass III,  Karma Christiana, Camara Dill, Josey Dollar, Jaxon Hadley, Sarah Hopper, Dreygon Long, John McAdams, Blake Moore, Chloe Odom, Rowdi Pryor, Ace Sarabia, Gage Sarabia, Steven Walsh, Christian Warner, Michawl Webb, Ashlyn Aguilar, ...

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The Art of Seasoning

BY JULIE VANDE ZANDE – On June 24, at noon, Mena Art Gallery will offer a cooking class conducted by Barbara Tobias. The class will include lunch, recipes, and lots of ideas on seasoning with herbs and spices. Many of you have attended Barbara’s classes on making bread, and this is an opportunity to broaden your cooking skills. Often, the difference between ...

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Thespians Honored at Benson Awards

SUBMITTED – With the festive air generated by the Hawaiian theme and the anticipation of the nominees and the audience, the 2015-2016 season Benson Award Ceremony got underway Saturday at the OLT.  Thirty-five awards were up for grabs.  The evening started with music provided by the Ouachita Strings, as the attendees snacked on Hawaiian themed finger foods.  At the appointed ...

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At the root of it all…

BY LEANN DILBECK – I sunk my bare toes into the dirt. Ahhh… therapy. A busy life with a job full of deadlines and demands, two energetic teenagers and an even more energetic husband that all love to work hard and play hard, who would imagine that sinking my toes in fresh dirt would be so therapeutic? God knew. My ...

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Polk County Births

Vanessa and Donnie Toon, of Smithville, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on June 2nd. Misty and James Harmon, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on June 5th. Chandra and Blake Warren, of Boles, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on June 6th. Melissa Staggs and Charley Carroll, of ...

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