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Twila Ann Peters Schanink

Twila Ann Peters Schanink, age 94, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, July 02, 2019. She was born on December 15, 1924 in Council Grove, Kansas to the late Orlo Ray Skinner and Goldia Hills Skinner. Twila retired from American Express as a Data Processor. She was an avid bowler winning the USBC Senior State Bowling Singles championship at 85 ...

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Bearcat Foundation Announces New Board Members

Bearcat Foundation, Inc. is very excited to announce the three newest BFI Board members-Aarika Cox, Amy Hernandez and Britt Hobson. These three families are proud supporters of Ladycat and Bearcat athletic programs. They look forward to making a difference in our young athletes and join the board with existing members Gretchen Cannon, Mandy Godfrey, Brian Hensley and Ty Plunkett. They ...

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Cossatot River Students Bring Home Top Honors From National Competition

Two students from Cossatot River High School received national recognition during competition at the National Beta Convention in Oklahoma City June 19-22.  Sosha Richardson of Grannis placed first in the nation in drawing.  She was also named Best of Show for all division I art entries for her portrait entry.  Dulce Gonzalez of Wickes finished second in the nation in ...

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Rain Doesn’t Damper Jubilee in June Celebration

(HATFIELD)  The 18th Annuel Jubilee In June celebration that was held last weekend, got some unexpected rain in the morning that sort of dampened the mood with the parade festivities, but organizers felt that the overall day went well. Vendors were pleased and as the day went on, festival goers were able to enjoy lots of music from various performers ...

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Arkansas Historic Preservation Grant Awarded to Mena for Restoration of Depot

(LITTLE ROCK) In a ceremony at the Department of Arkansas Heritage headquarters in Little Rock, four grants were given out to a number of worthy cities, groups, and projects. Historic Preservation Restoration Grants- This year, $796,7061 in grant funding was given out to 24 worthy recipients who completed applications for consideration. The amount of funding fluctuates each year depending on ...

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Students Attend M*A*S*H Camp at Mena Regional Health System

MENA, Ark. – Fifteen high-school students from Polk and Scott counties attended a Medical Applications of Science for Health (M*A*S*H) camp June 17-28 at the Mena Regional Health System complex. The two-week summer medical enrichment experience allows high school students to shadow health professionals and attend workshops that enhance their experiences in the health care field. They learn about pharmacy, ...

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Million Meals Program Results in Ninth Street Ministries Receiving Much Needed Help in Polk County

(MENA)  The Mena branch of Arvest Bank made a check presentation that will provide funds for the purchase of food for residents in the area. Branch Assistant Manager Alyvia Self, along with other bank employees presented a check to Pam Harris of First Baptist Church in Mena, on behalf of Ninth Street Ministries. Arvest Bank, with locations in Arkansas, Missouri, ...

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New Assistant Football Coaches Named by Mena High School

(MENA)  New Mena Bearcats Football Coach Craig Bentley has hired three new assistant coaches to his staff. Kyle Smithers comes to Mena from Gravette and will be in charge of the Wide Receivers and the Secondary. Meanwhile. Bentley picked up two coaches from the Camden Fairview program with the hires of Matt Sandifer and Landon Dover. Sandifer will be the ...

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Ouachita Little Theatre Welcomes Acorn Students

Some Acorn students, along with teacher Michelle McGee and other school sponsors, enjoyed a historic walking tour of downtown Mena on Thursday, June 20. Among their destinations was the Lyric Theatre which has been owned and operated by Ouachita Little Theatre since 1985. The building originally was a movie house in 1923 and is now home to OLT where live ...

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UA Rich Mountain Honors LPN Class of 2019 with Traditional Pinning Ceremony

(MENA)  In a tradition that dates back to the mid-1880’s, UA Rich Mountain held its pinning ceremony for the college’s LPN Class of 2019 on Thursday, June 27 in the Ouachita Center on campus. The time-honored pinning ceremony signifies membership in a proud and loyal society of nurses. Nurses are an important part of the global healthcare workforce. Representing the ...

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