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June, 2016

  • 7 June

    The Carriage House Inn – A Personal & Historical Lodging Experience

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Carriage House Inn was a concept developed after a by-chance encounter with guests after Scott and Ashley Vacca moved to Mena and bought the famous Shaver House at the curve on Port Arthur and 12th Streets in Mena. Ashley explained that when she was pregnant with their first child, the couple decided to raise their ...

  • 7 June

    Polk County Sheriff’s Department: May 30 – June 5, 2016

    May 30, 2016 Traffic stop on Highway 71 South in Hatfield led to the arrest of Kerstan L. Willis, 23, of Wickes, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Report from complainant on W. Johnson Street in Hatfield of the theft of a license plate, valued at $50.00.  Investigation continues. Traffic stop on Highway 88 East ...

  • 7 June

    Mena Police Department: May 29 – June 4, 2016

    May 29, 2016 Elaine Miller, 61, of Mena was charged with public intoxication after officers were called to a local convenience store. Logan Edward Pitts, 37, of Mena was charged with driving on a suspended driver’s license. May 30, 2016 Report was taken of someone stealing solar lights from a local church.  Case is pending further investigation. May 31, 2016 Julie ...

  • 1 June

    Polk County Births

    Sarah and Frank Gibson, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on May 20th. Maria and Jimmy Dilbert, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on May 24th. Mika and Josh Harry, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on May 25th. Kaylan and Justin Simmons, of New ...

  • 1 June

    Gahr Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary

    Wayne and Charmaine Gahr were married in Wynne, Arkansas June 4, 1966. They will celebrate 50 years together on Saturday. As they wished, the Gahrs will celebrate at their home on the river in Pencil Bluff with their three children, one daughter-in-law, two son-in-laws, ten grandchildren, two granddaughter-in-laws, two grandson-in-laws and three great grandchildren.

  • 1 June

    Kesterson Turns 80 Years Old

    The family of June Kesterson would like to invite friends and family to her 80th birthday party. The celebration will be on Saturday, June 4th from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Pleasant Grove Church of the Nazarene at Cove, AR (199 Polk 288).

May, 2016

  • 31 May

    Polk County Sheriff’s Department: May 23-29, 2016

    May 23, 2016 Report from complainant on Polk 169 near the Potter community of being harassed by an acquaintance.  Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from the Arkansas Highway Department of the theft of batteries, valued at $1,200.00, from a piece of equipment parked on Highway 8 East near the Board Camp community.  ...

  • 31 May

    Mena Police Department: May 22-28, 2016

    May 22, 2016 Darren Turner, 51, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Montgomery County. Jeffrey Wood, 28, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Michael Eric Wilson, 32, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant for non- payment of child support. Ronald Dean Staggs, 53, of Mena was arrested on two outstanding warrants for failure ...

  • 31 May

    Ouachita Little Theatre – Decades of Live Action Entertainment

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Ouachita Little Theatre has provided decades of entertainment for Mena and the surrounding communities through live action plays and musicals. The Theatre, known as the OLT, was founded in 1979 by Leda Benson and until 1985 provided plays and other performances in the Mena Middle School Auditorium. In 1985 the group took possession of the ...

  • 31 May

    Mitch Lankford – An Educator of Life and Science

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Mitch Lankford graduated Dierks High School in small town Arkansas in 1966. Becoming an educator was far from his mind when he attended college at Henderson State and after two years of being undeclared, he chose chemistry as his major. “I went to college with the idea of majoring in art. I was kind of good ...