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October, 2015

  • 21 October

    Lots Going on in the Art World in Mena!

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – The Art of the Heartland exhibit of paintings accepted in the national juried painting competition sponsored by Mena Art Gallery will be on display at the gallery through October 30 during regular gallery hours: 11 am to 2 pm Tuesdays, 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays. Paintings were received from artists from Canada, Alaska, California, the east coast, Texas, ...

  • 21 October

    Take a Trip Down Apple Lane and Explore Different Varieties

    BY KIM HUGHES – As you stroll through the produce section you’ll notice the many varieties of apples. You might see the ever popular, familiar Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala and Yellow Delicious. But what about those you might not be familiar with, like the Braeburn, Winesap, Fugi, Rome, or even Jonathon. Apples should be stored in a dry, cool ...

  • 21 October

    Polk County Births

    Whitney and Justin Howell, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on October 13th.

  • 20 October

    Betty Owens – Beating the Odds in Every Way

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Betty Owens is a woman that has seen many joys and hardships in 80 years but remains focused on what defines her: faith and family. She moved to Mena from Northeast Arkansas in 1989 with her husband Chuck. The couple desired to be closer to their children, daughter Sherry Baker in Mena and son Donald Owens ...

  • 20 October

    Polk County Sheriff’s Department: October 12-18, 2015

    October 12, 2015 Report from complainant on N. Eve Street in Mena of the theft of prescription medication, valued at $58.00. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 714 near Mena of the theft of antique jewelry, valued at $10,000.00. Investigation continues. October 13, 2015 Arrested was Timothy D. Bass, 35, of Mena, on a Montgomery County Warrant. Report of ...

  • 14 October

    Opening Weekend for The Foreigner

    BY ROBBY BURT Opening this Friday, October 17 at the Ouachita Little Theatre is the rip roaring comedy The Foreigner, written by Larry Shue and directed by Robby Burt. It will be presented for two weekends. The plot revolves around Charlie Baker, The Foreigner.  He is an Englishman visiting America with his friend staying at a Fishing Lodge in Georgia.  Guests believing that Charlie is ...

  • 14 October

    Coming Home

    By Lenora Sumsky Ruth Proft Dannehl, who was born in Mena in 1918, is coming home. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on DeQueen Street at 1:00 pm on Sunday, October 18th. Family, friends, and community members will gather for the service in the church where Ruth was baptized and where her father, ...

  • 14 October

    Annual Dilbeck-Bates Reunion in Planning Stages

    BY ERMA DILBECK MIZE – There is a growing interest in starting an annual Family Reunion in Mena. Family names of Dilbeck, Bates, and Hooper, joined by other relatives with “married” names, gathered at the Pavilion in Janssen Park on Saturday, October 3, 2015. There were about thirty to forty people who came to express their interest. The time had ...

  • 14 October

    Art Gallery Juried Show Draws Steep Competition

    Mena Art Gallery held a reception on Friday night and presented awards to the winners of the National Juried Competition that is now on display at the Gallery. Entries were received from across the country in the Gallery’s first national show. The winners of the juried competition: 1st Place – James Brantley – “A Peeling” – $6,000 2nd Place – Lee Alban ...

  • 13 October

    “Mrs. Garvan” to Come to Polk County

    BY KIM HUGHES – The Polk County Extension Homemakers have invited Susan Harper of Hot Springs to their Fall Council meeting on Friday, October 23.  Mrs. Harper tells the interesting story of Mrs. Verna Cook Garvan, a long-time resident of southern Arkansas and the founder and benefactress of Garvan Woodland Gardens.  She lived in Malvern as a child and later ...