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February, 2014

  • 28 February

    Hebrews 11:1

    Hebrews 11:1, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” (NLT) Whether it’s facing a raging storm of life or the excitement of a new endeavor, it is our complete faith in God that will help us persevere. It is also at those times, that our Adversary ...

  • 27 February

    Children’s Art at Mena Art Gallery

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – One of the greatest joys is watching young children create art. No, they don’t have great technique or years of experience, but they have a wonderful imagination and freedom that we of the older generation can only envy. We are fortunate in Mena to have some devoted art teachers who help these young artists to ...

  • 26 February

    OLT Names Cast of Willy Wonka

    BY RUDI TIMMERMAN – The auditions for the OLT spring musical, Willy Wonka, were held last week.  A record number of folks showed up ranging in ages 4 to 77.  Ninety five of Polk county’s most talented showed up last Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday to sing, dance, and act.  Directors, Jeffery Mathews, Judy Kropp, and Rudi Timmerman, spent hours wrestling ...

  • 26 February

    Polk County Births for the Week of 2/19/14

    Michelle Barron of Mena is the proud parent of a baby girl, born February 17th at Mena Regional Health System. Misty and Anthony Kelley of Mena are the proud parents of a baby girl, born February 18th at Mena Regional Health System. Jacquelin Burnett and Robert Hamilton of Mena are the proud parents of a baby boy, born February 19th ...

  • 26 February

    Amber Brewer

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Born and raised in Mena, Amber Brewer is a 23 year old woman with a passion and a platform.  Like many ladies across the United States, Brewer began frequenting the tanning bed while in the 8th grade.  The seemingly harmless habit proved itself very dangerous when Brewer found a suspicious mole on her thigh last summer.  ...

  • 26 February

    Christ’s Church at Mountain Fork

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Christ’s Church at Mountain Fork, located about 12 miles out of Mena on Highway 8 West, was founded in 1954 and their building was built in 1956.  The first pastor was Brother Jordan, whose daughter, Donna Grisier, still attends as the Church Pianist.  They are members of the Kiamichi Mission Churches that serve in Oklahoma and ...

  • 26 February


    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Bonnie and I did our weekly visit to “the big store” in town on Friday. Now, my lady is what you would call “an informed shopper,” she reads all the labels, researches products on the web before she buys them, and takes her time with decisions. Me, I’m a guy shopper. I throw a few things ...

  • 26 February

    Nikki Miller and Ethan Smith Engagement/Wedding

    Nikki Miller and Ethan Smith would like to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding on June 20, 2014 at Cherry Hill Baptist Church. Nikki is the daughter of Regina and Bruce Miller. Ethan is the son of Sherry and Robin Adair. The happy couple would like to invite all family and friends to come and enjoy their special day.

  • 25 February

    Trimming & Pruning Your Way to Spectacular Spring/Summer Landscaping

    BY MICHAEL CATE | INSIDE & OUT CONTRIBUTOR – By Mid February, yards and gardens are as anxious for the arrival of warm weather as the people who tend them.  Before you even think about fertilizer, it’s time to sharpen those pruning shears! Roses and shrubs have suffered multiple nights of single digits and teens. Depending on the health of ...

  • 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 ...