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OSRI Founding Members Honored

A retirement party was held on July 18, 2013 at The Oaks to honor four of the founding members of the Ouachita Seniors and Retirees, Inc.  Through their dedication and hard work, they were able to provide Mena with a new Senior Center and also The Oaks Assisted Living Facility. Pictured from left to right are:  Jim Harnar, Ruby Murphy, ...

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Personal Care Aide Training Complete

Trainees completed a 40 hour Personal Care Aide Training Course held in Mena at the Polk County Health Department. They learned how to care for individuals who are elderly and/or disabled. Activities of daily living were taught along with proper hand washing techniques, infection control, proper body mechanics, HIPPA, fall prevention, home and patient safety and other personal care aide ...

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Tea & Lemons for Paws!

Brooklynn Starr (right) and Shianne Johns (left) decided to have an ice tea and lemonade stand to benefit the Humane Society of the Ouachitas . They donated their profit of $17 to the shelter. Freeman (middle) is one of the animals benefiting from their generosity. All of the members of HSO would like to thank Brooklynn and Shianne for their ...

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Celebrating 8-Year Partnership

The West Arkansas Homecare Agency and the Ouachita Regional Hospice hosted a celebration for Mena Regional Health System in gratitude of an 8-year partnership the two agencies have enjoyed with the local hospital. West Arkansas HomeCare offers Skilled Nurse Services, Physical Therapy, Social Worker, and Home Health Aide. They  also provide Lifeline Services to our patients who qualify. [PHOTO BY ...

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Kyle and Debbie Todd – Promoting “Acts of Love”

By Michael Reisig Kyle and Debbie Todd have a mission – in both the literal and cerebral sense. They have taken it upon themselves to feed the needy, and working with the Mena Assembly of God Church, and Acts of Love, this is what they do. Kyle was born and raised in Mena. He attended Mena High School and graduated ...

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Yocana Baptist Church

By Michael Reisig Pastor Lynn Chiles and the Yocana Baptist Church preach that Jesus is Lord, and in no other name given under heaven can man can be saved. Pastor Chiles was raised in Northern Louisiana. He found the Lord early on, was preaching by the time he was 18, and ordained at 24, in 1964. Chiles met his wife, ...

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The Primitive Essence

By Michael Reisig There seems to lie in most men (and some women,) the almost primordial desire to fish and hunt. When questioned about it, many folks lack a plausible explanation. Lets face it, most of us don’t do it because it is an essential aspect of feeding our family, though some will use that as an excuse. No, the ...

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Detroit – The Failed American Experiment

By Michael Reisig Well it finally happened: Detroit went under, gurgling and gasping like The Titanic, lost to bankruptcy. We did everything we could to prevent this from happening – not strictly from a humanitarian or an economic standpoint, but because Detroit represented a portion of the great experiment. Many years ago, we were a nation with burgeoning minorities and ...

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State Capitol Week in Review

By Senator Larry Teague LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas will hold its annual sales tax holiday on Saturday, August 3, and Sunday, August 4. The legislature created the sales tax holiday by approving Act 757 of 2011.  The intent was to help families with children in school, and was popularly called the “Back to School” sales tax holiday when it was ...

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House of Representatives Weekly Report

By Nate Bell   The first weekend of August is our annual Back to School sales tax holiday in Arkansas. State and local taxes are not assessed on purchases of certain items typically needed when returning to school. This year the average Arkansas parent will spend over $250 on school clothes and an additional $100 for supplies. Clothing items and shoes ...

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