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Phone Scammers Wrongfully Claim Chamber Affiliation

BY MELANIE BUCK – Another scam is making its way through the county, with this one looping in the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce, much like one a few weeks back that affiliated themselves with the Mena Police Department, although there is no connection between the caller and local businesses. This latest in a mountain of phone scams that plague ...

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Attorney General to Host Local Mobile Office

BY MELANIE BUCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has announced mobile office locations across the state for June 2017. Attorney General Rutledge created the mobile office initiative during her first year in office to make the office accessible to everyone, particularly to those who live outside the capital city. In both 2015 and 2016, office hours were held in ...

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2017 OUACHITA QUILT SHOW WINNERS

SUBMITTED – The Ouachita Quilt Show Committee stated that this year’s Quilt Show was a success and appreciates everyone who participated. Organizers are pleased to announce the winners in the following categories: DONATION QUILT WINNER:  Jeri Pearson, Mena, Ar. BEST OF SHOW:  Marcia Norris, “I Solemnly Swear I’m up to no good!” PEOPLES’ CHOICE:  Francis Smith  “Heritage Medallion” VIP AWARDS: ...

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Guns-N-Hoses Drives to be Held in Hatfield and Mena

BY MELANIE BUCK – The annual Guns-N-Hoses blood drives are back, with both Mena and Hatfield taking part in the friendly competition. During the Guns-N-Hoses drives, local firefighters ‘battle’ local police officers to see who can have more blood donated to benefit patients across the state through the Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI). Christina Castorena of ABI says summer time is ...

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Mena Pediatric Cancer Survivor Elijah Barnes Receives $3,500 CARTI Jungmeyer Scholarship

SUBMITTED – Elijah Barnes, 19, of Mena, is among 18 pediatric cancer survivors selected this year to receive Dennis Jungmeyer Scholarships valued at $3,500 each and awarded by the CARTI Foundation in Little Rock. Presented annually to current or former CARTI pediatric cancer patients, the scholarships are named in honor of Dennis Jungmeyer of North Little Rock.  Jungmeyer is a ...

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American Artisans Beautifies Downtown with Mural

BY MELANIE BUCK – A new look is coming to the wall of American Artisans – one that certainly brightens the arts district, but also highlights the area’s talent. Rick and Donna Chrisman, owners of American Artisans, said they wanted to improve the wall and plans began when they were inspired by another’s vision. Rick explains, “We were inspired by ...

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Jay ‘Gator’ Gisclair – Bringing Joy Through Music

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Everyone has their favorite kind of music. Their music may help pass the time as they run, help them relax from the demands of life, and for many, music has a way of putting a smile on their face. Writing and singing music is an art form and music is an art that goes in the ...

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K&K Dry Cleaners – Changing with the Times

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Teachers, preachers, businessmen, attorneys, and ranchers…What do they all have in common? Each group of people are in the public eye daily and it is important that they are always looking sharp. Individuals from each of these professions are a part of the millions who utilize the services of a dry cleaner. In Mena, K&K Cleaners ...

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Polk County Sheriff’s Department: June 5-11, 2017

June 5, 2017 Report of a domestic disturbance on Heritage Lane near Hatfield.  Deputy responded. Report from complainant on Hope Circle of being harassed by an acquaintance. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. June 6, 2017 Request for a welfare check on Polk 246 near Grannis. Report of suspicious behavior led to a 13-year-old ...

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Mena Police Department: June 4-10, 2017

June 4, 2017 Report was made of several bundles of roofing shingles being stolen from a local residence. Case is pending. June 5, 2017 A local woman reported that someone had written on her vehicle with permanent marker. Case is pending location and interview of suspects. Report was made of someone stealing a cell phone from a vehicle at a local restaurant. Case ...

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