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February, 2014

  • 25 February

    Mena Police Department – February 16 – 22, 2014

    The following information was received from Mena Police Department for the week of February 16 – February 22, 2014.  The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts.  Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or ...

  • 25 February

    Polk County Sheriff’s Department – February 17- 23, 2014

    The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Mike Godfrey for the week of February 17 – February 23, 2014.  The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts.  Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been ...

  • 25 February

    James 4:14

    James 4:14 – “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” If we find ourselves depressed or lazy or lethargic, isn’t that scripture incredibly motivating – hit you smack between the eyes, kick you out of your recliner, let me get ...

  • 22 February

    Lots Going On at Mena Art Gallery

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – “Art Day” is on Tuesday—every Tuesday from about 11 am to 2 pm. You will find watercolorists working their magic on paper, pen, and ink, artists coming up with unbelievably detailed drawings, others creating with colored pencils, one or two making small sculptures with polymer clay. I like to drop by just to see what ...

  • 22 February

    Timing and Luck

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – I was talking with a friend the other day about timing and luck. I can attest that these two commodities hold far more sway over life than the average person gives them credit for. Sometimes as little as a few minutes, or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time can be fortuitous or ...

  • 21 February

    Psalm 39:5

    “Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. – Psalm 39:5 Our lives are like one wave rolling in off of the ocean… one quick brisk of air… so let us not live with any malice or unforgiveness in our hearts. Let us live with a purpose for Him. ...

  • 20 February

    Mena Man Sentenced to Ten Years for Child Pornography

            Fort Smith, Arkansas – Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Christopher Cottman, 29, was sentenced today to 120 months in prison and five years of supervised release for Receiving Images of Child Pornography. The sentencing took place before the Honorable P.K. Holmes III in United States District Court for the Western ...

  • 20 February

    Psalm 55:22

    “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22 Ever had that dream that you were falling… and falling… and falling… and there never seems to be a bottom?  Always heard that if you hit the bottom you would die, which leaves me wondering, how on earth anyone ...

  • 19 February

    Puckett Sentenced Following Investigation that Revealed Years of Defrauding Methodist Church

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Jan Puckett, age 64 of Mena, was sentenced to 27-months, 1-year probation, and ordered to pay full restitution of $350,601.28 today when she appeared in federal court in Ft. Smith, Ark. after pleading guilty in October 2013 to one-count of Wire Fraud, according to First United Methodist Church Reverend Gary Harrison. The official press release from ...

  • 18 February

    Heather’s Food Bargains and More

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Heather’s Food Bargains and More began when Heather volunteered to work for the Food Mission, which was located on Vivian Street.  “After working for several months I was hired to work in the store and in only a couple of weeks I was promoted to manager.  I worked there for several years until the Food Mission ...