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January, 2017

  • 10 January

    Ronnie Wagner – Running the Race Well

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Life has often been compared to a race, more specifically, a marathon. Seasons of this race are full of joy, and other parts of the race leave people as if they’ve crashed and burned. The search for joy is something that every person has experienced. Ronnie Wagner spent much of the first part of his race ...

  • 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 ...

  • 5 January

    Mena Police Department: December 18-31, 2016

    December 18, 2016 Report was made that someone had broken into two units at a local storage facility.  Case is pending further information. A local woman reported that she had been harassed on the parking lot of a local retail store.  Case is pending interview of witnesses and review of surveillance tapes. December 19, 2016 John Hollis, 20, of Mena was arrested ...

  • 5 January

    Polk County Sheriff’s Department: December 19-25, 2016

    December 19, 2016 Report from a utility company that a substation on Highway 8 West near the Oklahoma State Line had been broken into and $9,444.00 in equipment was stolen. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. December 20, 2016 Arrested was Joshua B. Crow, 36, of DeQueen, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply ...

  • 4 January

    Polk County Births

    Tonya and Carmen Olalde, of Wickes, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on December 20th. Amber and Ryan Tipton, of Cove, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on December 20th. Mandie Stafford and Rodolfo Esquivel, of DeQueen, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on December 20th. Emily and Logan McCourtney, of ...

  • 4 January

    Artists’ Garage Sale at Mena Art Gallery

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – January will see the 2017 Artists’ Garage Sale at the gallery. The sale will incorporate almost anything related to art: canvas, sketch pads, pencils, pens, paints, framing materials, or whatever you might need to create art of any variety. There will also be completed artwork for sale in lots of different media. If you are ...

  • 4 January

    Mena Art Gallery Starting New Fiber Arts Group

    BY BARBARA M. TOBAIS – On Friday, January 6, 2017, Mena Art Gallery will kick off the new year with a new Fiber Arts Group, which will meet every Friday from noon until 3 pm. Any form of fiber art will be welcome: knitting, crochet, cross stitch, quilting, spinning, weaving, and anything else you can come up with using fiber of any type. Missy ...

December, 2016

  • 22 December

    Polk County Sheriff’s Department: December 12-18, 2016

    December 12, 2016 Report from a Mena woman of an alleged sexual assault. Deputies responded.  Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Arrested was John D. Hillard, 25, of Mena, on Charges of Possession of a Schedule IV/V Controlled Substance and two counts of Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance. Report of suspicious items ...

  • 22 December

    Mena Police Department: December 11-17, 2016

    December 11, 2016 Ashlie Nicole Dixon, 25, of Smackover was charged with DWI and careless driving.  The arrest followed a traffic stop. A 17-year-old Mena youth was charged with underage DUI after a routine traffic stop.  Also charged in the incident with possession of alcohol by a minor was a 16-year-old Mena boy. December 12, 2016 Report was taken of the theft ...

  • 22 December

    Rhonda Willborg- Strengthening Families

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Families are the structure and foundation for many children’s success socially, academically, and professionally. A solid foundation and structure can prove to be beneficial for years to come. This belief is held by Ouachita River School District and Rhonda Willborg, their Student Services Coordinator. The Student Services Coordinator is a new position at ORSD that just ...