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June, 2015

  • 17 June

    Home Grown Boutique – Hometown Style with Heart

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Katelyn Aleshire, the daughter of Michael and Roxanne Aleshire, is no stranger to hard work. After graduating from Acorn High School in 2014, she moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas, where at one time she worked four separate jobs. The everyday crime in the city caused Aleshire to re-think life away from Polk County and she moved ...

  • 9 June

    Hippity Hoot Notions – Stylish Whimsical & Unique

    BY JACLYN ROSE – When Jeanne Sterner first picked up a crochet hook it was simply to make a couple of hats for a soon-to-be-born niece.  As she sat at her computer watching YouTube videos on how to crochet, Hippity Hoot Notions, the incredible business she would build was not even in her mind, rather she just wanted her niece to ...

  • 2 June

    The Mercantile – A Perfect Mix of Old and New

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Several years ago, friends of Judy and Robert McClara moved from Texas to Mena, and the McClaras came to visit for the Thanksgiving holidays.  During that time they fell in love with the area and the people and purchased the famous Lum from Lum and Abner’s house on Port Arthur that very week.  “Mena was so ...

May, 2015

  • 28 May

    Mena Radio – A County Legacy

    BY JACLYN ROSE –  It’s been 65 years since KENA first signed on the air and while a lot has changed over the years, the local community’s dependence on local radio, especially during crisis situations, is as strong as ever.  Since 1950, local residents can turn to KENA radio for the latest news, weather, and sports updates, besides enjoying their favorite ...

  • 20 May

    Huitt’s Professional Window Cleaning – Brightening Your Day

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Zeb Huitt began his career in the janitorial industry at a young age by helping out friends and family. His father has owned a successful window cleaning business in Huitt’s hometown of Springfield, Missouri for the past 15 years. “I started helping my dad at his window cleaning company when I was 15 years old. He ...

  • 12 May

    Ouachita Regional Hospice – Care Givers

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Tom Patterson grew up outside of Boston and worked for Ansata Arabian Horse Farms in Texas. His passion for horses would take him all around the country, including Mena. After moving to Georgia to work with horses, he completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia in Athens and then later received his ...

  • 7 May

    Don’s EZ Pay – Three Generations of Service

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Don Cecil spent time in the United States Air Force and always dreamed of being an entrepreneur and owning his own business. In 1982, he opened a used furniture store in DeQueen, Arkansas and was also a licensed repairman and air conditioning man. In 1988, he transitioned his store to a rent-to-own with the name Don’s ...

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 ...