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May, 2016

  • 10 May

    Vintage Tin Restorations – Making the Old, New Again

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Tinkering on old cars has long been a hobby of Will Moon and, luckily for him, he has been able to take that hobby and turn it into a business that brings himself, and others, much joy. Vintage Tin Restorations and antique cars is not really where Moon got his beginnings because, as he said, “They ...

  • 10 May

    Denie Westphal – A Woman of Duty and Service

    BY MELANIE BUCK – For most of her life, Denie Westphal has been a self-proclaimed pencil-pusher, but one that served her country doing just that. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Westphal said she moved around a lot while growing up. Her father was an Army veteran, serving in World War II and he instilled a sense of duty in his children. ...

  • 6 May

    Quilt Show – Bring Your Quilts

    Sharon Chambers notes the excellent workmanship that created the hand-pieced, hand-quilted raffle quilt to be given away at the Ouachita Quilt Show during the Lum and Abner Festival June 3-4. Chambers chairs the quilt show. She says she’s looking forward to seeing the work of area quilters at the show, adding “just bring your quilts to Mena’s Historic Armory on Wednesday, June ...

  • 3 May

    Mena Police Department: April 24-30, 2016

    April 24, 2016 A local man reported that while he was in the hospital someone stole prescription medication from his home. Case is pending. A Mena man reported that someone had stolen his cell phone. Case is pending. A local woman reported that while she was at the hospital visiting her husband someone broke into her apartment and used lipstick ...

  • 3 May

    Polk County Sheriff’s Department: April 25 – May 1, 2016

    April 25, 2016 No reports were filed. April 26, 2016 Report from complainants on Polk 43 near Mena of being assaulted by an acquaintance.  Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was John P. Ramirez, 33, of Dequeen, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with ...

  • 3 May

    Humane Society of the Ouachitas – Caring for the Unwanted

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Humane Society of the Ouachitas is an organization that cares for the neglected animals of Polk County and is staffed with volunteers that donate valuable time to love, feed, and care for the dogs and cats under their umbrella. The HSO, as it is called, is Polk County’s locally owned and operated “no-kill” non-profit shelter. ...

  • 3 May

    Carla Mosley – A Leader and Servant

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Born and raised in Mena, Carla Mosley long ago recognized the importance of family, friends, and community service. The youngest of seven, she graduated Mena High School in 1978 and married her husband, Steve, in 1981. Mother to a son, Nick, she has a wonderful daughter-in-law, Jenna, and the apple of her eye is her grandson ...

April, 2016

  • 26 April

    Aynes Ice Company – Keeping it Cool, All Year Long

    BY RENEE HENDRIX – In 1991 the Aynes family decided to embark on a new enterprise and bought the Bunch Ice Company from Jim and Joann Bunch. When asked what were some of the biggest changes from then till now, Todd Aynes exclaimed, “That the production and operating techniques were quite different all those years ago.” Back when they first ...

  • 26 April

    Jordan Strickland – An Eagle Scout and Preservationist

    BY RENEE HENDRIX – Most teenagers’ visions center around their future and themselves as they embark upon a new chapter in life. But there are a few whose visions focus on service to others, as was the vision of Jordan Strickland, when he participated in an age old tradition of “decoration” that was held at the quaint country church and ...

  • 26 April

    Polk County Sheriff’s Department: April 18-24, 2016

    April 18, 2016 Report of a domestic disturbance on Coonhound Lane near Cove.  One of the parties left the residence.  Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from a bank in Cove of a counterfeit $20 bill.  Investigation determined the bill came from an Oklahoma business.  Deputies forwarded information to the McCurtain County Sheriff’s ...