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PCDC Announces Purchase of Education Station Daycare

BY LEANN DILBECK – After providing daycare and pre-school services since 1996, Ray and Linda Willard, owners of Mena’s Education Station, have announced its closure. The couple explained that they have sold the business and property to PCDC. “It’s hard to find the words,” began Linda. “We have so much gratitude to this outstanding community and feel privileged to have ...

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It’s Time for the Polk County Championship Rodeo!

BY LEANN DILBECK – The Polk County Fair & Rodeo Association invites all cowboys and cowgirls of any age to one of the county’s largest events – the 2014 Polk County Professional Championship Rodeo – this weekend at the Andy Risenhoover Arena at the fairgrounds. For over 60 years, the event has attracted thousands delivering action-packed, high-octane, family entertainment and ...

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Cossatot River Names New Superintendent

BY MELANIE BUCK – Cossatot River High School has announced Donnie Davis as the new Superintendent for the 2014-2015 school year. School Board President Randy Sellers stated, “We’re very fortunate to get him. He has 40 plus years in education and we’re very excited.” Davis graduated from Kirby High School before receiving his Bachelors Degree in Education for Math and ...

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First Baptist Church Welcomes Pastor Lance Sawyer

BY MELANIE BUCK – First Baptist Church welcomes Lance Sawyer as their new Senior Pastor. Sawyer and wife Melina, are finding Mena to be the perfect niche to raise their sons: Jake, 15, and Luke, 13. Being born and raised in Alabama, Sawyer attended Auburn University for four years where he earned his Bachelor’s degree. From their he attended seminary ...

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Arkansas Tourism Shows Growth in 2013

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas tourism economy grew by 3.35 percent last year and the number of visitors to the state increased from about 22 million to 23 million, according to the state Parks and Tourism Department. Those visitors spent more than $5.9 billion in Arkansas, proving yet again how important tourism is to ...

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Perez Receives ServSafe Certificate

ServSafe is a nationally recognized Food Safety Course for restaurant managers.  Two classes were recently held in Mena, taught by County Extension Agents Kim Hughes and Terrie James.  Joey Woodfield from the Arkansas Health Department also assisted in teaching the course.  Pictured is Camilo Perez of Papa’s Mexican Restaurant receiving his ServSafe Certificate from Kim Hughes.  A score of 75% ...

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MRHS iCARE Recognition

Kyle Robertson, Registered Respiratory Therapist, was recently named the MRHS iCARE Star Employee of the Quarter.  He received many nominations from patients and co-workers who spoke of his compassion and genuine concern for his patients.  It is evident through his commitment and positive attitude that he exemplifies the MRHS philosophy, Patients First.   In addition to his therapist position, Kyle also ...

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Smoke and Mirrors

BY MICHAEL REISIG – I was speaking with a liberal friend the other day and he remarked, “Well, now that the economy is recovering perhaps things will begin to get better all the way around.” My friend is a prime example of the new liberal American – trained to believe what he hears, not what he sees. Our government and ...

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Mena to Host UA Municipal Clerk’s Institute

The City of Mena will host the University of Arkansas (UA) Municipal Clerk’s Institute District 4 Summer Workshop from August 7-8 at Rich Mountain Community College (RMCC) in Mena, according to Linda Rexroad, Mena’s City Clerk/Treasurer and District 4 Director who is planning the event. Approximately 30 people are expected to attend the continuing education workshop at the new Ouachita ...

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Cove Library Summer Reading Participants

Cove Library recognized summer reading program participants on Thursday, 31 July, at the Cove Community Room. Besides playing a lively game, participants enjoyed cookies, cupcakes, juice, and popcorn. Each child also received a colorful certificate and a $5 Wal Mart gift card.

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