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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 ...

  • 4 August

    The Penuel Assembly of God

    BY MICHAEL REISIG –   The Penuel Assembly of God Church was organized when a group of people wanted a Pentecostal church of their own, and began a weekly prayer meeting. After much prayer and personal effort, the home mission bought land for the church and Jason and Joyce Smith were appointed by the District to be the first pastors. ...

July, 2013

  • 30 July

    First Christian Church

    By Michael Reisig First Christian Church of Mena is a conservative evangelical organization. Minister Gary Garrett said the church exists to search for and save the lost – to edify the saints and be a conscience for the community. The church began as far back as 1897 but the main building in Mena wasn’t built until 1947. It was designed ...

  • 24 July

    Yocana Baptist Church

    By Michael Reisig Pastor Lynn Chiles and the Yocana Baptist Church preach that Jesus is Lord, and in no other name given under heaven can man can be saved. Pastor Chiles was raised in Northern Louisiana. He found the Lord early on, was preaching by the time he was 18, and ordained at 24, in 1964. Chiles met his wife, ...