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May, 2020

  • 27 May

    Reflections from History and Faith An Unconventional Convention

    By Jeff Olson   Two hundred thirty three years ago this week, May 25, 1787; the Constitutional Convention began in Philadelphia. At the outset, the states were bitterly divided. The Continental dollar was extremely inflated and the economy was very depressed. The instability was so severe that England and Spain were postured to pick up the pieces of the colonies ...

  • 20 May

    Reflections from History and Faith The Navajo Code Talkers

    By Jeff Olson Two weeks ago, America observed the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day, commemorating the end of World War II in Europe. After Adolph Hitler committed suicide in April 1945, Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz briefly succeeded him as Germany’s leader. Doenitz arranged for Germany’s surrender, and on May 7 chief of staff of the German armed ...

  • 6 May

    Letter from Sue Rowe (Polk County Prayer Coordinator) for the National Day of Prayer event next Thursday, May 7th.

    It is once again time for Americans to unite and pray! This year with the Covid-19 crisis our annual nation observance will not be held on the courthouse lawn. However, we are excited to announce that we will observe The 69th Annual National Day of Prayer! First Baptist Mena has setup a Facebook page, Polk County AR – National Day ...

  • 6 May

    Reflections from History and Faith Victory in Europe DAY

    By Jeff Olson As we continue to recognize and commemorate the 75th anniversary of the sixth and final year of World War II, this week we will do so for one of the two greatest milestones of the war. VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) is the day on which Allied forces formally announced the surrender of Germany, which brought ...

April, 2020

  • 29 April

    Reflections from History and Faith Celebrating the Zipper

      By Jeff Olson     Yes, you are reading this correctly. This week we recognize an invention which should be near and dear to just about every one of us – the zipper. While it may be true that there are more interesting subjects from America’s history to remember this week, we would be hard-pressed to find one that ...

  • 22 April

    Reflections from History and Faith: 85 Years of Helping People Help the Land

    By Jeff Olson President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s statement, “The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.” reflects the understanding that wise and prudent men and women of the 1930s had of the importance of soil conservation in America. This translated and evolved into a commitment which saw its strongest expression during and in the aftermath of the Dust Bowl; giving ...

  • 15 April

    Reflections from History and Faith “Houston, we’ve had a problem here.”

    By Jeff Olson America’s space program has been a mixture of successes and failures over the past 60 years, but such is the nature of any scientific endeavor in which progress is made. This week we highlight an event which is considered both a failure and a success. Each aspect proved beneficial to America’s future in space and combined to ...

  • 8 April

    Governor Asa Hutchinson – Flattening the Curve in Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK – Today I want to discuss the steps we have taken together to fight the coronavirus called COVID-19. Since March 11, the day I signed the Executive Order that declared a public health emergency, our public health team has guided our response and targeted our actions to stop this virus. I’d like to review a few of the ...

  • 8 April

    Reflections from History and Faith Remembering Okinawa

      By Jeff Olson With 2020 marking the 75th anniversary of the final year of World War II, we will continue to commemorate some of the more consequential events of the war. Several weeks ago, we remembered Iwo Jima. This week we will remember the last major battle of World War II, and one of the bloodiest.     Okinawa, ...

  • 1 April

    Reflections from History and Faith: The Pony Express

    By Jeff Olson “Can somebody tell us what has become of the U.S. mail for this section of the world?” lamented the editor of the Los Angeles Star in 1853, noting that “[it has been] some four weeks since it has arrived here.” Such was often the timeline in communications between the eastern and western parts of the country. This ...