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October, 2016

  • 26 October

    Mass Flu Clinic Dates Announced


    A mass flu clinic, administering flu immunizations, will be held for the community on Friday, October 28th at the Commercial Building at the Polk County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Arkansas Department of Health provides the mass flu clinic each year in an effort to stop the wide spread of influenza. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) ...

  • 26 October

    Mena’s 30th Annual Downtown Daylight Trick or Treat


    SUBMITTED – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Downtown Mena Merchants Daylight Trick-or-Treat. In 1986 Steve Blair, owner of Cash Saver, located on South Mena Street, where Sear’s Hometown Store is currently. Blair started the event with help from Wyonna Abbot, owner of Coast to Coast, and other south side Mena merchants. Recognizing the then concern for children’s ...

  • 26 October

    Louise Durham Elementary Prepares for $8 Million Facelift & Expansion


    BY MELANIE BUCK – Mena School Board was updated on a proposed $8 million renovation/expansion of the Louise Durham Elementary building during a facilities meeting held last Tuesday, October 18. The project will include a systems upgrade and the addition of approximately 16,000 square feet to the existing building. The systems upgrade portion is a $2.4 million project. Mena Public ...

  • 26 October

    Veteran’s Day Parade Planned to Honor Those who Served


    BY MELANIE BUCK – Mark your calendars for the 3rd annual Veteran’s Day Parade honoring all military pilots on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 10 a.m. The parade will begin at The Crossing on Mena Street and trophies will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Line-up begins at 9:30. Participants are encouraged to enter the parade and ...

  • 26 October

    Vandervoort’s 2nd Trunk or Treat

    The 2nd annual Trunk or Treat held at the Vandervoort Picnic Grounds is scheduled for Monday, October 31st. Businesses and individuals are encouraged to bring a vehicle and join them on the ball field to give out candy to the local trick-or-treaters. Candy will be given away starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m. There will also be ...

  • 26 October

    Local Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy Chartered

    Pictured (l to r) are the UDC Captain William Harrison Earp Chapter and special guests: (seated) Ark. Division President, Amber Friday-Brown; Cortez James Copher; President General of UDC, Pam Trammel; (standing) District Director, Jennie Stone; Grace Fountain; Anne Dahm; Leighanna Guillet; Sue Ellen Patrick; Shirley Eudy; Renee Black; Division 3rd Vice President, Karla Fry; Era Looney; Janet Walker; Honorary Division President, Helen Amason; Kathy Haglar.

    SUBMITTED – On June 21, 2016, the State President of the Arkansas United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), Kay Tatum, and State Registrar, Dianne Freeman, came to Mena and held an organizational meeting for establishing a UDC Chapter in the Mena area. Thirteen new members’ applications were signed along with the application for the charter of the William Harrison Earp ...

  • 26 October

    Modern Woodmen Make Generous Donation to PCDC


    The Polk County Developmental Center (PCDC) received a matching fund check in the amount of $2,500 from the Modern Woodmen of America. MWA Financial Representative Dicey Horn (left) presented the check to PCDC Executive Director Angie Graves, Sharon Pack and Tammy Gibson. Modern Woodmen matched up to $2,500 of PCDC’s clothing bag sale held September 30th and October 1st that ...

  • 26 October

    Lind to Bring his Music and Unique Style to OAC Stage


    BY MELANIE BUCK – This year’s Ouachita Arts Celebration is sure to please with an array of artists, vendors, and entertainment lined up for a packed day of activities. Included in the entertainment this year is local musical artist, Logan Lind. Lind is a Norwegian/American, with his own sound, original songwriting, and a style that melds his Southern upbringing and Scandinavian ...

  • 26 October

    Mena Board of Realtors Take Part in National Make a Difference Day


    The Mena Board of Realtors is once again taking part in National Make a Difference Day and need the community’s help to supply their pantry for the Backpacks for Kids program. On Saturday, October 22nd, Mena Realtors will be set up at Mena Walmart and James Super Save from 9 a.m. – noon to accept donations. Items needed are breakfast ...

  • 26 October

    Lioness to Host World Services for the Blind CEO: Public Invited to Attend


    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena Lioness Lions Club will host the CEO of World Services for the Blind at the Ouachita Center on November 3rd. Sharon Giovinazzo, a blind woman herself, leads the organization that “empower people who are blind or visually impaired in the United States and around the world to achieve sustainable independence.” Giovinazzo lost her sight ...