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Garnett Thomas Eisele

Garnett Thomas Eisele, or “Judge” as most people, including his family, called him, died on November 26, 2017. He was born on November 3, 1923, to Garnett and Mary Martin Eisele of Hot Springs. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Kathryn Freygang, and his brother, Dr. W. Martin Eisele of Hot Springs. Four children survive him: Wendell Alan ...

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Mena Keeps Millage Rate

BY MELANIE WADE – Mena City Council voted last week to keep the city’s millage rate at two mils at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. The two mils rate has stayed the same for many years and the rate passed with no opposition. In other matters, the council approved a bid for new carpet to be installed ...

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Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

BY MELANIE WADE – An opioid epidemic is happening across the nation, the state of Arkansas, and even Polk County is no exception to the rampant progression of addiction it brings. Acording to the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, admissions for the treatment of opioids increased 250% between 2005 and 2009, and although newer numbers have not yet been calculated, arrest ...

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Acorn Gym & Track Dedicated and Re-Named

BY LEANN DILBECK & MEKINZIE KYLE – Dedication ceremonies for Acorn’s gym and track were held in conjunction with Acorn’s Homecoming, on Friday, November 17. The event, honoring long-time Coach Keith Willsey and former educator/coach Mary Fryar-Davis, were hosted by Acorn High School as well as the Acorn School Reunion and Alumni Committee. Coach Mary Davis, an Acorn alumni, “bled ...

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Local Charities to Benefit From ‘Giving Tuesday’

BY MELANIE WADE – Three local charitable organizations hope to receive gifts of giving this ‘Giving Tuesday’ on November 28th. Giving Tuesday was launched in 2012 and is now celebrating its sixth year helping organizations across the country be blessed with important funding during the ‘giving season.’ Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, ‘Giving Tuesday’ kicks off the charitable season, ...

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Nothing Brings Family Together Like Food!

BY LEANN DILBECK – The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel days of the year, as families come together to give thanks and enjoy time together. Traditions that vary from one family to another are continually passed down from one generation to the next, from watching the parade, to playing a competitive game of football, to enjoying a ...

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Cossatot River Students Collect Stunning Amount of Food

BY JOSH HOUSE – Last Wednesday, November 15, a three-week long food drive concluded at Cossatot River High School. Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the students, an astounding 6,664 food items were donated to the drive. These donations will be given to the Backpack Program, a district-wide program that sends underprivileged students home with backpacks filled with food and ...

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Stovall Promoted to Director of Women’s Center

Mena Regional Health System congratulates Hannah Stovall for her recent promotion as Director of  the Women’s Center. She will officially begin serving in her new position in January of 2018.  Hannah graduated from National Park Community College in 2010 and has spent her professional career as a Registered Nurse at MRHS.  She served the majority of those years treating patients ...

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Bearcats Win Arkansas-Oklahoma River Valley Championship

BY EASTON LEONARD – On Saturday, November 18th, the Mena Bearcats fourth grade football team took on the Booneville Bearcats in the Arkansas-Oklahoma River Valley Championship Game at Mansfield. Going into Saturday’s game, Booneville was undefeated with a week one win against Paris (34-0), week two win against Waldron (44-0), week three win against Mansfield (36-0), week four win against ...

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Eagles Soar Over Leopards

BY JAY BUNYARD – The much anticipated senior girls contest Friday night, November 17, at Cossatot River High School, was as good as advertised. The Lady Eagles nipped De Queen, as Reagan Richardson knocked down the game winning free throw with no time remaining on the clock. The defensive contest was tight throughout. The two teams were tied at 20 ...

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