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Ladycats Secure 5-0 Conference Win in Eight Innings

BY NORM BETZ – The Mena Ladycats traveled to Nashville to face the rival Lady Scrappers, and returned home with an eight inning, 5-0 conference victory. With the win, the Ladycats remain perfect in 4A-7 Conference play with a 5-0 conference record and improve to 17-3 overall on the season. Ladycats’ junior pitcher Jordan Ward pitched a great game, giving ...

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Dogwoods

BY MICHAEL CATE – The second annual invitational Spring Dogwood Walk at Avalon Keep Botanical Gardens was a pleasant success and the weather cooperated beautifully Wednesday April 8.  There were not as many trees in full bloom as last year, due to the natural cycle of the woodland.  Participants learned how to spot the abundance of trees tucked amid the ...

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High School Artists’ Entries Due

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Mena Art Gallery’s (MAG) annual High School Art Competition will be open for entries at 607 Mena Street from 10 am to 4 pm on Wednesday, April 8. The competition is open to all artists of high school age (grades 9 through 12) in any media. Entries submitted for previously judged MAG shows cannot be ...

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City of Mena Gears Up for Annual Spring Clean-Up

The City of Mena has scheduled their Annual Spring Clean-Up for Tuesday, April 7, through Monday, April 13. City trucks will pick up items you wish to discard at no charge. There are certain regulations to follow in order for the pick-up to run smoothly. This Clean-up service is free for residences within the City limits of Mena only. Materials ...

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Matt Thomas State Farm – Traveling Full Circle

BY JACLYN ROSE – Matt Thomas graduated from Poteau High School in Poteau, Oklahoma in 1998, he then went on to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Oklahoma State University. “After college I took a job selling life and health insurance on the road. I was licensed in 26 states and went from the east coast to the west ...

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Pete Johnson – A Heart of Gold

BY JACLYN ROSE – One of the things that makes small town communities great are the people, those who are willing to contribute their time, knowledge and resources to improve society.  In many instances, individuals give what they can amongst their other obligations, and on rare occasions, someone comes along who gives on an even greater scale.  Pete Johnson is ...

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Look Out for The Beagle. Charlie Brown is Coming to Town!

BY JUDY THOMPSON – The Ouachita Little Theatre will be producing “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” as their spring musical beginning April 16.  Auditions will be at the theatre on Thursday, February 26, 4:00 – 6:00 PM and on Friday, February 27, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Judy Kropp will direct the production with assistance from Scott O’Rear and Judy ...

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Trespassers Threatening Safety of Ward Lake Dam

BY MELANIE BUCK – Ward Lake, at one time, was a lifeline to the budding young town of Mena, however, as Mena Water Utilities’ Manager Charles Pitman points out, it is sure to become a hazard if current human-caused erosion is not stopped. Built in 1904, it began what is now Mena Water Utilities by providing water to the city ...

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Polk County Sheriff’s Department: January 26 – February 1, 2015

January 26, 2015 Report from a Cove woman that her 14-year-old daughter had received a threatening message.  Investigation continues. Report of a Trac Hoe on fire on Polk 115 near the Acorn community, causing losses of $300,000.00.  Investigation revealed no evidence of foul play. Arrested was Bruce M. Huber, 27, of Mena, on a Warrant for Fraudulent Use of a ...

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Mena Police Department: January 25-31, 2015

January 25, 2015 A Mena woman reported that she has been receiving harassing texts from her brother. Case is pending. January 26, 2015 Jeffery Crane, 19, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure-to-pay from Scott County. January 27, 2015 Matthew Phillips, 32, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding body attachment. A local woman reported that someone ...

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