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Shane Haarmeyer

AEDC AWARDS 65 COMMUNITY GRANTS TOTALING MORE THAN $4.4M

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and other state officials presented grants totaling more than $4.4 million to 65 Arkansas communities and counties at a ceremony held Oct. 18 at the Arkansas State Capitol. The grants fall into one of four programs administered by Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC): Community Development Block Grants, Rural Services Block Grants, Rural Community Grants, and County Fair ...

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How does exceeding your fat capacity make you sick and what can you do about it?

PAT SMITH In an earlier article, Seriously Now – How Can I Avoid Diabetes (or anything else), my message was that the fat capacity of any individual, the point at which fat cells are full and cannot store more fat, is the key to the many inevitable manifestations of ill health associated with obesity. In other words, it isn’t how ...

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Plans underway for 5th Annual Ouachita Arts Celebration

The Ouachita Arts Celebration is back for the 5th annual festival showcasing the creativity of the region. The street festival continues to bring more art of all kinds to downtown Mena.    There will be a cake decorating competition for amateur bakers judged by the highly qualified Maryann Kleinot. The cakes will be displayed for all to see in the ...

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Caring for a loved one with health issues

   Are you, or do you see yourself, as a spouse, family member, or caregiver for someone with health issues now or in the future? Would you feel overwhelmed and uncertain about what to do or where to turn for help? Consider Mary’s situation…    Mary has been caring for her ailing mother diagnosed with  health issues. Already stressed from ...

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REFLECTIONS FROM FAITH AND HISTORY: The DeChristianization of America

 By Jeff Olson  Hosea 4:6 states that “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Author T.S. Eliot said in 1939, “A people without religion will in the end find that it has nothing to live for.”     Both statements in different ways reflect truth, for if this life is all that there is therein lies no incentive nor ...

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Zombie Fun Run being planned at UARM

The UA Rich Mountain Bucks Cross-Country team will be holding its first annual Zombie Run ’18 – the BUCK bites back – FUN RUN on Saturday, October 27, on the UA Rich Mountain trails.   The 1K Fun Run for ages 12 and under will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the 5K Zombie Run beginning at 5:30 p.m.    The ...

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Plans underway for Veteran’s Day

Polk County is preparing to recognize our Veterans this Nov. for their service to the United States and recognize their courage and the honor that comes with being a member of the armed forces.   Your help is still needed to make this Polk County Veteran’s Celebration the best ever. Students in Jessica Smith’s EAST class at Mena Middle School ...

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Lottery sales released for month of August

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration Office of the Arkansas Lottery has released retail sales for the month of August.   Polk County had a total of $144,344 in generated revenue; Sevier County had $117,912; Scott County had $90,564; and Montgomery County had a total of $40,042.

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Christmas Festival plans being finalized by Mena A & P

The Mena A&P Commission approved a budget of $3,175 for their 2018 Christmas Festival Plan and Budget at their regular meeting this month.   The A&P Commission will be holding their Christmas Festival at 7 p.m. in Janssen Park following the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Parade that will begin at 6 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 1.   The ...

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Early voting underway

    Early voting for the upcoming November election begins statewide on October 22.    Individuals may call their county clerk and inquire about registration status and polling locations may be checked online at www.voterview.org.    In most counties, early voting is conducted at the county clerk’s office. In counties with off-site early voting, local newspapers will publish the designated ...

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