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March, 2014

  • 4 March

    Skyline Cafe

    BY  JACLYN ROSE – Established in 1922, The Skyline Café is a local institution with a rich history.  It is said, that one member of the famous duo, Lum and Abner, even owned the restaurant for a period of time.  The Café has had several different names through the years but has also held the same address in downtown Mena, ...

February, 2014

  • 26 February

    Christ’s Church at Mountain Fork

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Christ’s Church at Mountain Fork, located about 12 miles out of Mena on Highway 8 West, was founded in 1954 and their building was built in 1956.  The first pastor was Brother Jordan, whose daughter, Donna Grisier, still attends as the Church Pianist.  They are members of the Kiamichi Mission Churches that serve in Oklahoma and ...

  • 18 February

    Heather’s Food Bargains and More

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Heather’s Food Bargains and More began when Heather volunteered to work for the Food Mission, which was located on Vivian Street.  “After working for several months I was hired to work in the store and in only a couple of weeks I was promoted to manager.  I worked there for several years until the Food Mission ...

  • 11 February

    E & W Marine

    BY  JACLYN ROSE – E & W Marine has been in business officially for three and a half years, but has been developing in the hearts and minds of Jamie and Lorene White since they were married, 22 years ago.  Jamie, an avid and skilled bass fisherman, developed an interest in boats around that time, but pursued it only as ...

  • 5 February

    Mountain Pawn & Gun

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Mountain Pawn and Gun opened their doors in downtown Mena in 1978.  The shop was started by Wayne and Joyce Dean who ran the business until retiring in December of 2013.  The couple moved the store to the current location, 1015 A Highway 71 North, in 1987.  Two years ago, Paul Cox began working with the ...

January, 2014

  • 28 January

    Fassler Academy of Dance and Gymnastics

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Forty-four years ago in 1970, God told Margaret Fassler to open a dance academy in Mena and Fassler Academy of Dance and Gymnastics was born.  Several years later, God spoke to Fassler again and she adopted her daughter, Danna.  “As it turns out Danna is a genius in this field.  She is gifted at music and ...

  • 22 January

    RMCC School of Cosmetology

    BY JACLYN ROSE – At least fifteen years ago Rich Mountain Community College began discussing the idea of adding the field of cosmetology as an area of study; however, the timing was not right.  Throughout the years, this option has been brought to the table several times but it was not until recently that it became a reality.  At the ...

  • 14 January

    Custom Refinishing

    BY JACLYN ROSE – When Don Klos was a grade school student in Westbend, Wisconsin each member of his class was given a different state to do a report on.  As fate, or maybe providence would have it, Klos was given the breathtaking state of Arkansas.  Years later when he was ready to escape the harsh cold winters of his ...

  • 7 January

    The Cossatot River Ag Booster Club

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Founded in 1928, the Future Farmers of America is a fantastic organization that has a remarkably positive influence on young people in this country.  Likewise, 4H, an organization that began well over 100 years ago, has a stellar reputation for encouraging and building up youth.  Both groups are vital in Polk County.  In addition to teaching ...

December, 2013

  • 31 December

    Chameleon Arts

    BY JACLYN ROSE – A chameleon is a brightly colored animal with the ability to change its color to fit its surroundings, this is the inspiration the animal loving, Shana Bush used when naming her new craft shop.  “My vision was a place that allowed people to be creative without it being scary.  I enjoy many different types of crafts ...