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Shane Haarmeyer

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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Road to the Rock Travels Through Mena; Bearcats Defeat Badgers, 34-27

BY NORM BETZ – Who would have thought the road to the 2014 4A State Championship would go through Mena? Second-year Head Coach Tim Harper and his Bearcats never doubted it all season. Mena hosted Arkadelphia in the third-round of the playoffs and sent the Badgers home with a 34-27 loss to end their season. Now the Bearcats will host ...

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Pulse Launches Its 5th Annual SHOP MENA FIRST Campaign

BY MELANIE BUCK – Recognizing that small business is the backbone of the American economy, The Pulse is very proud to launch its fifth annual consecutive SHOP MENA FIRST campaign, designed specifically to showcase local businesses during the busiest shopping season of the year. “Shop Mena First is just that… we want to encourage everyone as they shop this holiday ...

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Upcoming OLT Auditions – ‘The Dixie Swim Club’

BY JUDY KROPP – Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. THE DIXIE SWIM ...

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Mena Police Department: November 16-22, 2014

November 16, 2014 No criminal reports filed. November 17, 2014 A local woman reported that someone had stolen money from her purse.  The incident occurred at her home.  Case is pending interview of suspect. Residents at two local houses reported that someone had vandalized with red paint balloons.  Case is pending. Christa Castillo, 38, of Mena was charged with theft ...

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Polk County Sheriff’s Department: November 17-23

November 17, 2014 Arrested was Michael W. Bauman, 46, of Mena, on a Warrant. Report from a Mena woman of problems regarding child issues with an ex-spouse.  Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. November 18, 2014 Arrested was Rodney S. Mcqueen, 36, of Mena, on a Body Attachment Warrant. November 19, 2014 No reports ...

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Leading the Swine

BY MICHAEL REISIG – For a nation to survive it must exist within the parameters of integrity. This applies not only to the leaders but to the populace as well. Napoleon said, “You cannot lead swine, you herd them,” and that is truer today than ever. The integrity of America is deteriorating and we have a president who has begun ...

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Cleaning and Seasoning a Cast-Iron Skillet

By Kim Hughes, County Agent -FCS – With a little TLC, this versatile pan should last a lifetime.  Traditional cast-iron skillets don’t emerge from the box with a nonstick surface. That comes with seasoning, or coating the skillet with cooking oil and baking it in a 350° F oven for an hour. It won’t take on that shiny black patina ...

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