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Ladycats Softball: DeQueen vs. Mena

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Power Outage Affecting Thousands in Sevier & Polk County

BY LEANN DILBECK – A SWEPCO main transmission line from DeQueen is down this morning (March 17) that has both the Mena and Cove sub-stations for Rich Mountain Electric Cooperatives also down. Cooperative Manager Leon Philpot said that he has been advised by SWEPCO officials that crews have been dispatched and are told that power will be restored quickly. Philpot ...

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Mena Awakes to City-Wide Power Outage

BY LEANN DILBECK – Power is being restored after Mena residents awoke to a city-wide power outage Saturday morning, March 14, and according to AEP’s website, the outage is still affecting approximately 2,000 customers, including residents and businesses. We have been able to confirm that all outages are AEP and no Rich Mountain Electric Co-Operatives customers have been affected. AEP ...

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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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Laws Charged with Sexual Assault of Minor

BY LEANN DILBECK – Michael W. Laws, age 28, of Mena has been arraigned on Sexual Assault in the First Degree, a Class A Felony, this week in Polk County Circuit Court. Laws is accused of on several occasions beginning September 27, 2013 and continuing until September 25, 2014 of engaging in multiple acts of both deviate sexual activity and ...

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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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Winter Weather Forcing Closings & Hazardous Road Conditions

BY LEANN DILBECK – Snow began falling at 9 a.m. Monday morning and conditions were very favorable for road conditions to quickly begin to deteriorate, forcing school closings as well as a number of business closings. School officials at Mena, Ouachita River, Rich Mountain Community College, Bethel Christian and Grace Place Academy  have announced that school will also be closed ...

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Lady Tigers Finish as 1A-7 District Runners-Up

BY NORM BETZ – The Acorn Lady Tigers fell to the Kirby Lady Trojans in the 1A-7 West District Championship game, 45-20. It was an odd night in Oden, as the Lady Tigers never really got in sync and struggled to put points on the board all night long. “It was an off night for us,” said Lady Tigers head ...

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Riner’s Call to Legislators Heard – Bell Files Bill to Clarify ‘Person’

BY MELANIE BUCK – A bill has been filed in the Arkansas House of Representatives to clarify the definition of ‘person’ in Arkansas law. The bill was filed on the heels of a landmark conviction, won by Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner, on January 13, 2014, in which Melissa McCann-Arms was convicted ofone count of Introduction of a Controlled Substance into ...

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