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January, 2017

  • 17 January

    Farm Credit – Enriching Rural Life

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Paul Harvey, the former radio personality, once wrote a speech honoring the hard working farmer in America. He said, “And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, ‘I need a caretaker’, God made a farmer.” Paul painted a picture of the hard working farmer and rural life that has been ...

  • 10 January

    Lottie-Da’s-Styling Hair Artistically

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – It’s not too often that parents get to work alongside their kids later in life, much less run a business with them. This is exactly what is happening at Lottie-Da’s salon. Laurie Craig and her daughter, Alexa Graves, own the business and style hair together.  Lottie-Da’s is located next to Southwest EMS on highway 71. Both ...

December, 2016

  • 22 December

    Crider Aircraft – Working as a Family

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – It isn’t often that you can work somewhere that you enjoy what you do, like the people you work with, and you feel like your boss cares about you. This unique combination is displayed at Crider Aircraft at the Mena Airport. Owners Roger and Cindy Crider care about the men and women that work in their ...

  • 15 December

    Jeanne Sterner Photography – Finding the Magic

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Pictures capture a moment, a moment that even though it’s gone, you can still be a part of years later. This kind of experience is what Jeanne Sterner Photography is trying to create. Jeanne is from Mena, graduated from Mena High School, and has been here most of her life. She and her husband have two ...

  • 6 December

    Stitch Chick and Gifts – Friends are Welcome

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – As Christmas fast approaches many people in the community will be out shopping. Shopping for family and friends can be made even more enjoyable when you are among friends and such is the case when you shop downtown Mena’s newest retailer. Lisa Brewer at Stitch Chick and Gifts has been serving the community for nearly four ...

November, 2016

  • 29 November

    Yankee Clipper- A Place to Belong

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Dianne Rotter grins looking out the big glass window in the new Yankee Clipper salon. Her smile tells the story of a rich history of serving the people of Mena. After serving customers for five decades, she still has the same passion, you can see it when she talks. “We are excited and ready to continue ...

  • 22 November

    Toys for Tots – Marines and Elks Join Forces to Bring Christmas Cheer

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Toys for Tots is a nationwide organization that has helped hundreds of thousands of children since its inception in the 1940’s. In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved Toys for Tots as an official activity of the United States Marine Corps and an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve. The local Toys for Tots program ...

  • 15 November

    Santas 4 Seniors – A Hands for Larger Service Project

    BY MELANIE BUCK – As the holidays approach, many organizations across the county are gearing up to serve others, by way of food, gifts, and fellowship. One such project is organized by county 4H clubs and is just as rewarding for the givers, as it is for those that receive the blessings. Santas 4 Seniors is in its fourth year ...

  • 2 November

    The Office Store – Supplying Your Office Needs

    BY RICK WRIGHT – The Office Store in Mena is owned and operated by John and Donna Montgomery. John bought The Office Store approximately three years ago. “I came to work after the tornado of 2009,” said Montgomery. “I worked for Lori Goodner for about a year, then my nephew Jeff Montgomery. He kept it until 2013. I bought the ...

October, 2016

  • 25 October

    Country Express – A One-Stop Shop for Fuel, Food, and Fast Service

    BY RICK WRIGHT – Eugene Taff owns and operates the Country Express in Mena, located at 1146 Highway 71 South in Mena. “I purchased Country Express in November of 1990,” said Taff. “Business is going fine. We have great BBQ and catfish. You can eat in or take out. We also sell gas. We’re a one stop shop with everything ...