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October, 2013

  • 15 October

    Dream Spinners Christian Dance Company

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Dream Spinners Christian Dance Company is the long-time dream of Hatfield resident, Candace Riner. As a child living in Dardanelle, Riner was extremely introverted often hiding behind and tightly clinging to her Daddy’s leg in public. At age five, her parents enrolled her in baton twirling lessons in hopes that it would help with her shyness. Riner ...

  • 8 October

    Faith Missionary Baptist Church

    By Michael Reisig By the description of its pastor, Tim Harper, “Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Mena is, “a small country church that loves The Lord and continues to grow together.” Reverend Harper is relatively new to the church and he his looking forward to growing with the assembly and doing good things for our area and for his faith. ...

  • 1 October

    Buschman Legal – A Bright, New Attorney For Polk County

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – There’s a new attorney in town and word on the street is, she’s going to make a nice addition to the area and the legal system. Debra Buschman was born in Dallas but the family moved to Hatton when she was four. As she grew up in the area she attended Wickes schools and graduated there, ...

September, 2013

  • 24 September

    The Shirt Shack

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – If you’re looking for a place that can provide you, your club, or your organization with great T-shirts and exceptional designs then you need to check out The Shirt Shack. Owner Sharlene Balkenhol loves what she does – creating designs that will catch people’s attention and offering the best quality for a great price. Balkenhol was ...

  • 13 September

    Not Just Chicken

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – If you’re looking for good food at prices that won’t break the family budget, Mena has a new store that can help you out. Not Just Chicken, located in the Papa’s Mexican Café plaza on Highway 71 South, lives up to its name, providing a variety of meats and prepared foods that the family will find ...

  • 10 September

    Medi Shop Pharmacy

    Medi Shop Pharmacy on Highway 71 South has been a part of Mena for a long time. Today it’s owned by Bob Geyer, a well-known pharmacist in Polk County. Geyer was born and raised in this area. He graduated from Mena High School in 1973, and went to work for a company that delivered freight for a few years. But ...

  • 2 September

    American Artisans

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – When you have lunch at American Artisans it’s like eating in an upscale art gallery, or an uptown deco-diner – works of remarkable art surround you while you enjoy an exceptional cuisine at reasonable prices. Owners Rick and Donna Chrisman are doing something they’ve wanted to do for a long time, and it’s working. Rick was ...

August, 2013

  • 26 August

    The Calvary Baptist Church

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – The Calvary Baptist Mission began in January of 1952, when members of the First Baptist Church realized that, due to the topography of the city, a certain section was more or less isolated from the existing Baptist Church. The mission continued to grow, and in May of 1966, the Calvary Baptist Church was formed. The present ...

  • 17 August

    The Cross-Eyed Cricket

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – If you like quality antiques, unusual contemporary items, interesting conversation, and a cozy environment that makes you want to come back, then you need to stop by The Cross-Eyed Cricket. Owner Donna Wilson is long-time Mena resident but this has long since become home, and she loves it. “Wilson was born and raised in Dallas. She ...

  • 13 August

    Nat Nat’s Café

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Nat Nat’s Café is the latest eating establishment in Hatfield, Ark. The owners, Amanda Ruch and Brandy McCoy, will tell you it’s not based on fancy, it’s based on good food at reasonable prices, and they are living up to their word. Amanda Ruch said the restaurant is named after her daughter. Ruch was born in ...