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August, 2015

  • 25 August

    Aloma Gilbert – Counting Her Blessings

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Aloma Gilbert was raised in the Lone Valley Community of Hatfield, Arkansas, where she still resides today. Like so many women of her day, Gilbert was not given the opportunity to obtain a post-secondary education after graduating from Hatfield High School. “I would love to have gone on to college, but I wasn’t fortunate enough. I ...

  • 25 August

    OLT Announces the Cast of The Foreigner

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Ouachita Little Theatre has announced the cast of their upcoming production of The Foreigner, directed by RMCC Drama Instructor, Robby Burt. Taking the lead will be Lamar Austin as ‘Froggy’ Le Sueur; Scotty Jenkins as Charlie Baker; Judy Thompson will play Betty Meeks; Krys Swanberg will be Reverend David Marshall Lee; Katelin Haines is set ...

  • 25 August

    County Fair Horticulture Entries

    BY KIM HUGHES – Just one more week until the fair!  This is an exciting time for many that like to enter their handicrafts, art, photographs, flowers, plants and garden produce, hoping to win a ribbon.  Entries for the Education Building will be taken on Tuesday, September 1, from noon to 6:00 pm.  Fresh cut flowers and baked goods are ...

  • 24 August

    Polk County Births

    Alex Bell and Kyle Alexander, of Wickes, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on August 15th. Elizabeth and Thomas Bellon, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on August 18th. Lesley and Jeremy Simmons, of New Hope, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on August 18th. Erica Schwerdtfeger, of Cove, ...

  • 24 August

    Nancy Meadows Taylor to Present Painting Workshop

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Always wanted to paint beautiful water? One of the best in the nation in that particular field will have a workshop here in Mena on October 12, 13, and 14. It will take place at Mena Mountain Resort. Nancy has long worked in both watercolor and oils and is an accomplished painter as well as a ...

  • 18 August

    Ron Riemar – A Passion for Christ

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Ron Riemar grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and met his wife, Vickie, while attending the Glorietta Baptist Conference Center in Glorietta, New Mexico, where they were both sponsors for youth camp.  The couple married in 1982 and lived in Vickie’s home state of Texas. “Vickie and I don’t consider our marriage a commitment, but a covenant.  ...

  • 18 August

    La Villa Mexican Restaurant – Serving Up Hometown Spice

    BY JACLYN ROSE – When eating at La Villa Mexican Restaurant in Mena, two things can be expected, first, the food will come quickly and second, the price will be fair.  Those two observations are part of the reason that La Villa has flourished since they opened their doors, at 1100 Highway 71 North in Mena, almost eight years ago. ...

  • 18 August

    Polk County Sheriff’s Department: August 10-16, 2015

    August 10, 2015 Report from complainant on Highway 88 East near the Cherry Hill community of being harassed by an acquaintance. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Arrested was Michael W. Laws, 29, of Mena, on Warrants for Violation of a No Contact Order and Probation Violation. Report from a Mena woman of problems ...

  • 17 August

    Mena Police Department: August 9-15, 2015

    August 9, 2015 Krystal Lynn Lee, 35, of Leesville, Louisiana, was charged with theft of property (shoplifting), possession of a methamphetamine or cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest followed a call to a local retail store. Report was taken of a fight between a Mena couple. Case is pending. August 10, 2015 Michael Wayne Laws, 29, of Mena ...

  • 17 August

    Time for Artists to Sign Up for Ouachita Art Celebration

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – On November 7, Mena will have the second annual Ouachita Art Celebration (OAC), a festival centering on the arts. Nine businesses in Mena’s downtown Arts District have again united to bring together as many artists and artisans as possible to display their work on Mena Street. The street itself will be closed to motor traffic from Janssen ...