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November, 2016

  • 8 November

    Solomon ‘Buck’ Cureton – Giving All, Taking None

    BY MELANIE BUCK – In a different time with a different attitude of life than exists today, a young soldier from Polk County volunteered for one of the most grueling marches of World War II and now bears the memories, and the medals, that were earned during his time there. Solomon ‘Buck’ Cureton was born in 1923, five miles east ...

  • 2 November

    Will Webb – Retired Alaskan Bush Pilot

    BY RICK WRIGHT – Mena’s Will Webb has had an interesting life. He spent several years as a bush pilot in Alaska for starters. Webb was born in Purcell, Oklahoma, but was raised in northwest Arkansas, where the Regional Airport is now. “I went to high school in Gentry, Arkansas,” said Webb. “I graduated in 1955 and joined the Air ...

October, 2016

  • 25 October

    Randall Whorton – A Legend on and off the Field

    BY RICK WRIGHT – The Mena Bearcats play their home football games at a field named after this legendary coach, a man who has influenced so many high school young men on the football field and young men and women in the classroom for over 35 years. When the lights come on Friday nights at Randall Whorton Field, at Bearcat ...

  • 18 October

    Andy Philpot – Living an Educational Dream

    BY RICK WRIGHT – Andy Philpot is currently the English-9 teacher at Mena High School. He teaches creative writing, journalism, and under the journalism field falls the Bearfacts Newspaper. Philpot also teaches Yearbook and creates the Yearbook with the students. He also creates the Souvenir Sports Programs for the School District, which is a project, not a class. “It’s fun, ...

  • 11 October

    The New 2016 Miss Polk County – Jayzlee Bahr

    On September 24, new royalty was crowned as Mena High School junior Jayzlee Bahr was crowned the 2016-2017 Miss Polk County Fair Queen.  Jayzlee is the 17 year old daughter of Bill and Krystal Linch and Jason Bahr. This was Jayzlee’s first pageant and said she felt astonishment, shock and ultimately,  joy when they announced her as the winner, “It ...

September, 2016

  • 28 September

    Kyle Cannon – Your Hometown Banker

    BY RICK WRIGHT – Kyle Cannon works for the Union Bank of Mena, he’s the A Loan Officer and the Branch Manager at the Wickes Branch. Kyle has been with the bank a little over four years and has been at Wickes right at three years. Kyle was born in Arkadelphia and his family moved to Mena when he was ...

  • 20 September

    Charles Pitman – More than Happy to Serve Others

    BY RICK WRIGHT – Charles Pitman, Mena’s General Manager of the Water Utilities, is a busy man. He’s a husband, father of three, and a Rotarian at heart with a deep desire to give those in need a “hand-up.” Charles has worked with the utility for a total of six years and as general manager for three, carrying the responsibility ...

  • 13 September

    Neal Dyer – Sharing God’s Love Through Loving & Serving Others

    BY RICK WRIGHT – Neal Dyer sold his handmade knives and prayed for people at his tables set up on Highway 71 south, at the storage buildings, for over 10 years. “That is probably the only thing I’m good at, is praying.” said Dyer. One of the first things the disciples asked Jesus was, ‘Lord teach us to pray.’ “That’s ...

  • 7 September

    Jack Peebles – Leading Polk County’s Finest

    With the early retirement of Polk County Sheriff Mike Godfrey, who is taking a position in the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association, Jack Peebles, of Cove, was recently selected to finish Godfrey’s term of office before Sheriff-Elect Scott Sawyer takes over. Sheriff Peebles has been married to his wife Aleta for 30 years and they have six children, 13 grandchildren, and eight ...

August, 2016

  • 30 August

    Kenneth Posey – Spreading God’s Word

    BY RICK WRIGHT – Kenneth Posey is the founding pastor of Southside Church of God, located on Dallas Avenue in Mena. The church opened its doors the first Sunday in June 2001. “I was born and raised in Mena,” said Posey. “I’ve been here pretty much all my life.” He has been married to his wife, Debbie, for 41 years ...