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Convicted Dentist’s – David Van Winkle – Appeal Denied

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BY MELANIE BUCK & LEANN DILBECK - Dr. David Van Winkle, a former dentist from Mena, has now exhausted all of his legal options when  he was denied his appeal by Judge Philip T. Whiteaker of the Arkansas Court of Appeals on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. Through the appeals process, Van Winkle ‘contended that there was insufficient evidence to support ... Read More »

Plane Crashes in Route to Mena Causing Multiple Fatalities

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BY MELANIE BUCK - An airplane heading to Rose Aircraft Services for paint and interior services crashed on its way to Mena this morning claiming four lives so far and at least 5 injured, leaving some in critical condition. The pilot, whose identity has not been released, appears to have been killed upon impact. The Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200 ... Read More »

28th Annual Downtown Daylight Trick or Treat

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Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls, and a Ninja turtle or two, will line North and South Mena Street and Sherwood Avenue for Mena’s 28th Annual Daylight Trick or Treat on Friday, October 31, from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Each year, merchants set up on the sidewalks of downtown Mena to safely hand out candy to trick-or-treaters during daylight hours. The ... Read More »

Firefighters Battling Second House Fire of the Day

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BY MELANIE BUCK & LEANN DILBECK - For the second time today, smoke filled the skies above Mena as more than 30 exhausted firefighters from both Mena and Ink fire departments responded to Mena’s second house fire today just before 4 p.m.  The home, located at 2002 Cordie Drive and owned by David Westmoreland, was fully engulfed as they arrived ... Read More »

Election Commission Meets to Discuss Ballot Omissions

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BY MELANIE BUCK - The Polk County Election Committee met this morning to discuss an issue involving inadvertently leaving off three candidates from next Tuesday’s ballot. Michael Myers, Sue Cavner, and John Maddox, candidates for Rich Mountain Community College’s Board of Trustees are each running unopposed. The Commission sought legal council through the Secretary of State’s Office and the State ... Read More »

Five Fire Departments Battle 7th Street Blaze

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BY MELANIE BUCK - Firefighters continue to battle a blaze at 203 7th Street in Mena that began just before 8 a.m. this morning. The two-story home was unoccupied and fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. Mena Fire Department requested mutual aid assistance from area fire departments including Hatfield, Ink, Potter, and Dallas Valley. The home is owned by Ellen Tuton ... Read More »

Maye Receives Diamond Award

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Mena Regional Health System was recently awarded the Diamond Award at the Arkansas Hospital Association’s 84th Annual Awards Banquet in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The Diamond Award was presented to Sonya Maye, MRHS Marketing and Public Relations Director for the category of Advertising.   The competition, co-sponsored by the Arkansas Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations, is designed to recognize excellence ... Read More »

State College Enrollment Down While RMCC Enrollment Up

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BY MELANIE BUCK – Rich Mountain Community College (RMCC) has shown an increase in student population in the Fall Semester of 2014, despite a statewide trend of declining enrollment numbers. Statewide enrollment is down by 4.7% in two-year colleges for a total of 53,470 students. Four-year universities have seen an increase of 0.3% over last year’s numbers bringing student totals ... Read More »

Cove Man Killed in Two-Vehicle Accident

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BY LEANN DILBECK - A 26-year old Cove man was killed in a fatal two-car accident this morning on Hwy 71 South near the 23-mile marker. According to the Fatal Crash Summary filed this afternoon by Arkansas State Police Cpl. Mike Thomas, Billy Hanley was driving a 2010 Kia northbound on Hwy 71 when he crossed the centerline and struck ... Read More »

Gubernatorial Candidate Mike Ross Visits Nidec as Part of Jobs First Tour

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BY LEANN DILBECK - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross visited Mena’s Nidec plant Thursday, October 23, as part of his Jobs First tour. Mena was just one of Ross’s planned stops that day which also included Paris, Booneville, Waldron and Pine Bluff as part of the day’s tour. Ross was greeted by Plant Manager Mark Kinder and given a brief ... Read More »

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