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18-Wheeler Accident on Hwy 71 Results in Fatality

BY LEANN DILBECK – A collision involving an 18-wheeler and a 2000 Lincoln Towncar resulted in a fatality this morning. The accident occurred just around 7 a.m. on Hwy 71 North near Hillcrest. Arkansas State Police, Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Office of Emergency Management and Acorn Fire Department all responded. Officials on the scene said the driver of the 18-wheeler, ...

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The Crossing’s Polar Express Friday & Sunday

There will be three opportunities this week to see the live performances of The Crossing’s Polar Express. Directed by Don Kelley, this 100 plus member cast and crew welcome you aboard an extraordinary interactive production. Held at CMA’s Iron Mountain facility, opening night will be Friday at 7 p.m. with two additional performances on Sunday at 10 a.m. and again ...

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Mena to Welcome KCS Holiday Express Train this Saturday

[SUBMITTED] The Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission would like to invite everyone to the always popular KCS Holiday Express train arriving at the Mena Depot on Saturday, December 13 at 4 pm. Led by KCS’ Southern Belle business train, the Holiday Express train includes a smiling tank car “Rudy”; a flatcar carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a ...

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Bearcat Supporters Unite for a Trip to the Rock!

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BE GAME READY! – BY MELANIE BUCK – This Saturday, the Bearcats, and their fan club, will invade War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock for only the second time in school history. The last time the Bearcats tore up the turf of Arkansas’ premier stadium was in 1976 when the trophy was brought home. ...

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Bearcats, ‘Headed to the Ship’ after Taming Leopards, 26-7

BY NORM BETZ – After the Mena Bearcats defeated the Malvern Leopards, 26-7 in the 4A State Semifinals on Friday night, second year head coach Tim Harper asked the players, parents, and fans, “Does anyone have plans next Saturday? Because we’re going to the Ship!” Coach Harper wasn’t referring to Carnival or Royal Caribbean, not even Disney Cruise Lines, but ...

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Chief Doster Set to Retire at Year’s End

BY MELANIE BUCK – After being in law enforcement for decades, Mena Police Chief Jimmy Doster, is ready to retire, again. Chief Doster will make his retirement official on December 31, 2014. Doster came to Mena more than seven years ago to lead the Mena Police Department as their Chief. Mayor George McKee said, “He’s done a great job, I ...

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Polk County Sheriff’s Department: November 24-30, 2014

November 24, 2014 Traffic stop on Highway 88 East near the Ink community led to the arrest of James M. McComack, 45, of Kingston, OK, on Charges of DWI and Driving Left of Center. Report from complainant on Lloyd Lane near Hatfield of the theft of a transmission and an engine block, all valued at $300.00.  Investigation continues. Report from ...

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Mena Police Department: November 23-29, 2014

November 23, 2014  A Mena woman reported that she is receiving inappropriate text messages and photos from an individual.  Case is pending review by the prosecuting attorney for issuance of a warrant. A local man reported his concern for the way his 8-year-son is acting out his aggressions.  Most recently, the boy had broken a window at a neighboring house.  ...

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Ryan Gilbert – Drilling and Coaching

BY JACLYN ROSE – Ryan Gilbert attended the University of Arkansas immediately following his graduation from Mena High School in 1994, but moved home when his father purchased Gilbert Hard Rock Drilling, a locally based company that travels around the state of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma drilling, “basically if it has to do with water, wells, septic systems, we do ...

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Beatnik’s Boutique – A Team Effort

BY JACLYN ROSE – Vickie Smith and Brittanie Willis, a charming grandmother – granddaughter team, have taken on a fun new business venture in the Northside Shopping Center on Highway 71 North in Mena.  At the beginning of November, Smith purchased Movie Town and brought over Beatnik’s Boutique, a fun women’s clothing store, run by Willis, which was formerly located ...

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