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April, 2015

  • 28 April

    Mena’s Merle Norman Skin Care and Cosmetics

    BY JACLYN ROSE –  Shanna Leach and her husband, Brandon, grew up in Yale County but moved to Conway, Arkansas, over nine years ago.  When their oldest daughter, Kynzie, currently a nursing student, graduated high school they decided they were ready to get back to country life.  “I went on a float trip several years ago on the Caddo River ...

  • 21 April

    OMG! Smartphone and Tablet Repair – Fixing Life’s Little Jams

    BY JACLYN ROSE – When Burt Nichols broke his smart phone, he was distraught to learn that he had to travel to DeQueen, Hot Springs, or Fort Smith to have it repaired.  On his way back, he began developing an idea to open a smart phone and tablet repair store in Polk County.  Burt enlisted the help of his son, ...

  • 14 April

    The James K. Polk Chapter of the Daughters of the Amercian Revolution – Keeping History Alive

    BY JACLYN ROSE – The James K. Polk Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is a group of women with a direct bloodline to an ancestor that aided in achieving American Independence.  These women meet once a month, for nine months out of the year, September through May, and work to preserve history in general, as well as ...

  • 7 April

    Allbaugh’s Florist – A Blossoming Team

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Born and raised in Polk County, Ann McAllister and Pat Copelin are the mother and daughter team that make up Allbaugh’s Florist.  Both are vital parts of the business, each with their own niche, and have been working together since 2009. For 35 years, Copelin served the students of Mena as the Cafeteria Manager at Mena ...

March, 2015

  • 31 March

    Matt Thomas State Farm – Traveling Full Circle

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Matt Thomas graduated from Poteau High School in Poteau, Oklahoma in 1998, he then went on to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Oklahoma State University. “After college I took a job selling life and health insurance on the road. I was licensed in 26 states and went from the east coast to the west ...

  • 24 March

    Il Primo Chicago Pizza – Serving Up the Real Slice

    BY JACLYN ROSE – When Robert Wolfe was five years old, his family moved from Sicily to Chicago. It was there that Wolfe was raised amongst the most iconic pizza makers in the United States. He quickly learned the skills and values that lead him to this day, biggest of which is that quality always counts. After moving to Arkansas, ...

  • 18 March

    Liberty Gun & Loan – A Passion for Guns & Gun Safety

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Bob Brewer, Jr., was born and raised in Hatfield, Arkansas, with a family history that goes back for generations. As a child, he studied guns and learned the fastest way to impress his family was to know every make and model. “I spent a lot of time with my dad and my uncle, who owned gun ...

  • 10 March

    The Front Porch – A Unique Country Blend

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Jerry and Lori Price have a unique talent of taking the ordinary and turning it into something truly extraordinary.  The couple, who married in 1981, have a lot of history in Polk County.  “I was born and raised in Mena and Jerry moved here in 1981, when we got married.  In 2001 we moved, following our ...

  • 3 March

    Mena Medical Associates – Broadening Polk County’s Healthcare

    BY JACLYN ROSE Mena Regional Health System (MRHS) has a long standing tradition of service to the community in Polk County, as well as its neighbors.  Beginning in 1980, MRHS has been providing acute inpatient and outpatient services from their original building located on North Morrow Street which was then renovated in 2006 to add additional space, as well as ...

February, 2015

  • 24 February

    Southwest Outdoor Center – Powering Your Lawncare Needs

    BY JACLYN ROSE –  Southwest Outdoor Center, located at 1167 Highway 71 south, was founded by Chuck Lewis in November of 1992.  Specializing in mowers, they sell several well-known and quality brands such as, Cub Cadet, Husqvarna, and Grasshopper.  They also sell trimmers, chain saws, pole saws, blowers and other types of power equipment.  Additionally, Southwest Outdoor Center sells parts ...