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January, 2018

  • 31 January

    Washburn’s Home Furnishings Under New Ownership

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Washburn’s Home Furnishings, a cornerstone retailer in downtown Mena for almost eight decades was recently purchased. New owners, Michael and Jessica Myers of Mena, said that the store’s founding principles, which can be attributed to the store’s growth and sustainability, will still very much be in practice. Gar Eisele, who managed the store with his wife ...

  • 24 January

    Coffee Vault – Cracking Open the Secrets to Coffee and Friendship

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Only one year into the coffee shop business and Ms. Arby Ryalls is expanding, opening her second location. Ryalls purchased Friendship House in January 2017 and is starting off 2018 opening her second location, The Coffee Vault, in South Polk County. Arby seized an opportunity to lease the former bank (First National Bank / Bear State ...

  • 10 January

    Mandy Parks Photography – Capturing Proof of Unforgettable Moments

    BY LEANN DILBECK – A well-known American photographer, Aaron Siskind, once said, “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything,” and no one can probably attest to that more than one local photographer, Mandy Parks. “I was widowed in ...

November, 2017

  • 21 November

    Sanctified Design Studio – Much more than a sign shop!

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Being blessed with artistic talent opens a wide range of career options. For Jesse Garcia, owner of Sanctified Design Studio, his such talent has evolved into an entrepreneurial endeavor with aspirations to one day be his own franchise. Jesse relocated to Mena from Houston in 1994. According to Jesse, he had “been artistic ever since I ...

October, 2017

  • 24 October

    Knights of Columbus – Serving Community and Family

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn.  Based on the principles of charity, patriotism, unity and fraternity, the Order remains the world’s foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. ...

  • 3 October

    Polk County Master Gardeners – Beautifying Mena and Polk County

    BY LEANN DILBECK – If you’ve ever enjoyed the landscape at Mena’s historic depot, or the beautiful Memorial Rose Garden at the Polk County Court House, you are admiring the talents and volunteer effort of the Polk County Master Gardeners, who are responsible for much of the beautification efforts in and around Mena. The University of Arkansas Master Gardeners has ...

September, 2017

  • 26 September

    UA Rich Mountain Foundation – Providing Opportunities and Growth

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Foundation is the philanthropic arm for a cornerstone institution that strives daily to change and improve lives and, thereby, the communities in which it serves. The UA Rich Mountain Foundation builds strong relationships within the private sector to provide invaluable resources through private donations and in-kind support for the purpose ...

  • 19 September

    Polk County Farm Bureau – A Legacy of Insuring and Protecting Rural Life

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Polk County Farm Bureau Insurance Agency provides personal lines of insurance for homes, auto, boat, farms, equipment, health through Blue Cross/Blue Shield, life insurance, and annuities for approximately 3,125 members in Polk County. They also provide limited banking services including loans, CD’s, checking, money market accounts, business lines of credit, and credit cards. The agency ...

  • 13 September

    Ouachita Regional Hospice – Care During One of Life’s Most Important Times

    BY LEANN DILBECK – There are literally hundreds upon thousands of websites and books on how to strategically select a career, but in many cases, the most gratifying careers select us or even call us. And that is precisely the case with the caring professionals at Ouachita Regional Hospice, who walk their patients and their families through one of life’s ...

  • 6 September

    Whitley Lind Photography – Focusing on You!

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – It has been said that a photograph is like the pause button of life. A photograph captures a moment in time so that the moment can be enjoyed years later. Photographers dream of capturing the moment that perfectly portrays the essence of their subject. Alfred Eisenstaedt once said, “It is more important to click with people ...