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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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HELP THE OLT PICK PLAYS FOR NEXT 2 YEARS

By Larry Block Sometimes people forget that the Ouachita Little Theatre (OLT) is a community theater, not really owned by anybody, but managed by a board elected by members who are season-ticket holders. The goal of the theater is to provide community entertainment that will appeal to the broadest segment of the Polk County population. As a result, a committee, called ...

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Fiber Show Entries Due at Mena Art Gallery on July 31

By Barbara M. Tobias Mena Art Gallery will be accepting entries for its August Exhibit on July 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Any artwork made of fiber is eligible. For full details (and to get an entry form that you can print) go to www.MenaArtGallery.org and click on “Textiles” under “Exhibits” in the left-hand menu. Or you can ...

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Diamond Rio Headlining Crystal Music Festival this Weekend

By Larry Block Cheryl and Orville Murphy, owners of the Board Camp Campground and Crystal Mine in Board Camp, at 110 Hickory Ridge (Polk County Rd. 62), near Mena, Arkansas, have announced the lineup for the large two-weekend outdoor musical event, The Crystal Music Festival on their 50 acre property, on July 19 -21 and 26-28. In addition to the ...

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Going for the Gold!

Six members of the Mena Barracudas Swim Team recently qualified to be part of TEAM ARKANSAS and will be competing with the rest of the state’s top swimmers in the AAU Junior Olympics in Ann Arbour, Michigan, July 26-29. To qualify, swimmers had to place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at a qualifying meet. Levering placed 3rd in the 200m IM ...

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Union Bank to be Featured in Arkansas Business ‘Best Places to Work in Arkansas’

By LeAnn Dilbeck Union Bank of Mena is among twelve companies to be featured in a state-wide publication’s inaugural class of ‘Best Places to Work in Arkansas.’ Union Bank President and CEO Philip Hensley was quick to credit the entire local bank team for the honor, “No one individual is responsible for this accolade – it is truly up to ...

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Walmart Celebrates 40 Years in Mena!

In a celebration ceremony last, week Walmart Manager Scott Brown thanked the community for their support. He and former store manager, Chip Bentley, were presented with a plaque by Tony Hill, Market Manager, commemorating the event.   Walmart Associates have historically raised money for the Children’s Miracle Network. Brown challenged them to a new level this year and vowed to ...

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