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July, 2015

  • 20 July

    World Class Art Coming to Mena

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – October is going to be a record-breaking time here in Mena, so mark your calendar. Here are some of the things to look for. Your local gallery is holding a national juried painting competition this year, and the work of the artists accepted will be displayed in Mena Art Gallery during the month of October. ...

  • 17 July

    It’s Audition Time at OLT

    BY ROBBY BURT – Ouachita Little Theatre and RMCC will hold auditions for The Foreigner, a comedy by Larry Shue, at the Ouachita Little Theatre on August 13th and 14th, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., and August 15th, from 10:00 a.m. until noon.  Previous experience is not required for the audition.  Rehearsals will begin August 17th and the last ...

  • 16 July

    Teaching Young People about Money

    BY KIM HUGHES – It’s never too early or too late to introduce everyday financial concepts to a young person.  And, you don’t have to be a financial expert.  Here are tips from FDIC Consumer News to help parents, guardians and caregivers show a child – from a preschooler to a college kid – why and how to become responsible ...

  • 15 July

    The Peach, a Classic Sign of Summer

    BY KIM HUGHES, EXTENSION OFFICE AGENT – Cultivation of peaches began in China as early as 2000 B.C. By 300 B.C., Greeks and Persians were enjoying peaches. In the first century A.D., Romans began cultivating peaches. From Italy, the cultivation of peaches spread throughout Europe and to the Americas, where the early settlers planted them all along the eastern coast. ...

  • 15 July

    Polk County Births

    Patricia and Travis Kennedy, of DeQueen, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on July 7th. Sara Ponstingel and Mark Murray, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born July 8th. Krishna Turner and Travis Murphy, of Vandervoort, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on July 11th.

  • 14 July

    Mena Police Department: July 5-1, 2015

    July 5, 2015 Three Mena youths, two aged 15 and one aged 14, were charged with theft-of-property (shoplifting) after officers were called to a local retail store. Employees at a local convenience store reported a gas-skip in the amount of $25.04. No suspects have been named. July 6, 2015 Report was taken of items being pawned that belonged to a ...

  • 14 July

    Polk County Sheriff’s Department: July 6-12, 2015

    July 6, 2015 Report from complainant on Highway 88 East near Mena of the theft of prescription medications, jewelry, knives and clothing. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 92 in the Rocky community of the discovery of a suspicious device in a vacant residence, which was later determined to be ineffective. Investigation continues into the origin of the device. ...

  • 14 July

    Lucille Lance – Always Teaching and Helping

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Born the only girl in a family of four children, Lucille Lance was raised in the town of Hatfield, Arkansas during the early 1930’s. Though times were difficult financially, Lance was too young to understand. “Many of our toys were made in the home by the parent, or the children. Wheels were fashioned to make wagons ...

  • 14 July

    Dog Tired Ranch – A Loving Heart for Fur-Babies

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Bobby and Janet Dodson are a beautiful example of how love can heal. The couple faced heart breaking tragedy when one of their four daughters disappeared tragically almost twenty years ago, but instead of living in hate, they have chosen to spread happiness to others and use animals, which their beloved daughter adored, to do it. ...

  • 7 July

    Polk County Sheriff’s Department:

    June 29, 2015 Arrested was Jeremiah T. Smith, 31, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Pay Child Support. Report from Cossatot River School District of a break-in and vandalism to their Wickes campus, causing $550.00 in damages. Arrested was Stevie G. Brinlee, 19, of Cove, Zachery C. Eubanks, 19, of Grannis, and David A. Pearce, 18, of Gillham, ...