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January, 2018

  • 31 January

    Reception for “Portrait of Arkansas” Exhibit

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – This Saturday, February 3, from 1 to 3 p.m., there will be an opening reception for Mena Art Gallery’s first “Portrait of Arkansas” Exhibit at 607 Mena Street. Arkansas artists from around the state have been invited to enter their concept of what the Natural State means to them. There are no limits to the media used, so artists ...

  • 31 January

    Mena Police Department: January 21-27, 2018

    January 21, 2018 Officers responded to an altercation at a local residence. No arrests have been made at this time, but the investigation is ongoing. Rosie R. Arthur, 44, of Cove was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear from the Mena Police Department. January 22, 2018 Report was made of someone stealing a man’s banking information and forging ...

  • 31 January

    Polk County Sheriff’s Department: January 22-28, 2018

    January 22, 2018 Report from complainant on May Lane near Mena of the break-in and theft of an air compressor, causing damage to several windows. Report from a Cove woman of harassment by an acquaintance. Investigation continues. January 23, 2018 Report of a disturbance on Polk 41 South near Shady Grove led to the arrest of Rusty L. Revels, 31, ...

  • 31 January

    Sarah Curry – Hometown Banking at its very Finest!

    BY LEANN DILBECK – A Forbes article recently cited that employee loyalty is at an all time low. Careerbuilder.com reported 76% of full-time workers, while not actively looking for a new job, would leave their current workplace if the right opportunity came along. Other studies show that each year, the average company loses anywhere from 20% to 50% of its ...

  • 31 January

    Washburn’s Home Furnishings Under New Ownership

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Washburn’s Home Furnishings, a cornerstone retailer in downtown Mena for almost eight decades was recently purchased. New owners, Michael and Jessica Myers of Mena, said that the store’s founding principles, which can be attributed to the store’s growth and sustainability, will still very much be in practice. Gar Eisele, who managed the store with his wife ...

  • 26 January

    Mena Art Gallery: A Look Ahead to 2018

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – I have been working with Mena Art Gallery for over a dozen years and have seen it grow and change. Here are some of the things planned for 2018: Two national juried painting competitions will bring the best work from artists all over the U.S. Artists can enter either or both by posting photographs of ...

  • 24 January

    Mary Dixon – Retiree, Equestrian, Musician, Faithful Servant Extraordinaire

    BY LEANN DILBECK – For many people who are embarking upon retirement, they are looking forward to a slower pace of life, the anticipated golden years of life where days are full of rest and relaxation… but not Mary Dixon, who is looking forward to having the time to devote herself to passions closest to her heart.  She embodies President ...

  • 24 January

    Coffee Vault – Cracking Open the Secrets to Coffee and Friendship

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Only one year into the coffee shop business and Ms. Arby Ryalls is expanding, opening her second location. Ryalls purchased Friendship House in January 2017 and is starting off 2018 opening her second location, The Coffee Vault, in South Polk County. Arby seized an opportunity to lease the former bank (First National Bank / Bear State ...

  • 24 January

    Polk County Sheriff’s Department: January 15-21, 2018

    January 15, 2018 Report from a Vandervoort woman of the theft of a phone, valued at $500.00. Investigation continues. Report of a structure fire on Polk 41 South near Shady Grove. Arrested was Rodney J. Emry, 46, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear. January 16, 2018 Report from complainant on Highway 278 near Wickes of the theft ...

  • 24 January

    Mena Police Department: January 14-20, 2018

    January 14, 2018 Report was made of someone making obscene telephone calls to a local woman. Case is pending. January 15, 2018 No criminal reports filed. January 16, 2018 Two area residents complained that each is being harassed by the other. After investigation, the parties advised that they did not wish to press charges. January 17, 2018 Report was made of a ...