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October, 2014

  • 2 October

    Lioness Resume Backpack Program

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena Lioness Lions Club will soon begin to raise money for the Backpack Program, an effort they joined with high results last fall. The Backpack Program, which is funneled through Arkansas Rice Depot, a faith-based organization working to help diminish hunger in the State of Arkansas. The Backpack Program is a program that was started ...

  • 1 October

    Ellison Selected to Serve on State AAC Board of Directors

    [LITTLE ROCK, ARK] Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison has been chosen by the County Judges Association of Arkansas to serve as their representative on the Association of Arkansas Counties Board of Directors. He will replace retiring Johnson County Judge Mike Jacobs. “Judge Ellison has been an active member of the County Judges Association of Arkansas and has led the way ...

September, 2014

  • 30 September

    Boydstun Hits the Silver Screen in “The Song”

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Hometown native Tyler Boydstun can now add actor to his growing resume. Boydstun, and his band The Eskimo Brothers, have graced the silver screen in the new movie, The Song, starring Alan Powell, Ali Faulkner, and Caitlin Nicol-Thomas. “It’s a story about a guy that faces the temptations of being famous. It has a really good ...

  • 23 September

    Boeing 727 Museum Plan Scrapped

    BY LEANN DILBECK – When a Boeing 727 jet appeared alongside Hwy 8E in 2012, traffic on the usually speedy highway slowed but the talk and questions soared.  The jet, belonging to Hatfield native Troy Myers was planned to be a “museum” with an artistic flair but thanks to a continuous flow of trespassers, Myers has scrapped the plan. Recently, ...

  • 21 September

    Travelers Bring Blessings to Local Church

    BY MELANIE BUCK – After giving and serving locally and beyond, Pastor Ken Goodwin of the Mena Church of the Nazarene and his congregation have found themselves on the receiving end after suffering a devastating flood in May. Pastor Goodwin stated that floodwaters swept through the building damaging walls and floors throughout the fellowship hall, sanctuary, offices, and classrooms. Trying ...

  • 20 September

    Local Volunteers Remember 9/11 Anniversary with New York Says Thank You

    The annual 9/11 Anniversary Build for the New York Says Thank You Foundation, Stars of HOPE workshop, and a 9/12 Generation Project was held September 4-7, 2014, at the 1-Day Ranch in Bethel Acres, Oklahoma. Approximately 400 volunteers from across the country and Canada came to help rebuild a barn and facilities at 1-Day Ranch, which was destroyed by a ...

  • 17 September

    County Continues Scheduled Road Improvements

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The county road crews are continuing to complete scheduled improvements across the county. Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison reported that crews were working hard in both North and South County. Thousands of dollars and man hours have been allocated to make quality, long-term, sustaining road improvements for citizens and Ellison expressed his gratitude to everyone for ...

  • 17 September

    Health Fair Provides Benefits to Polk County Citizens

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Mena Regional Health System held their 6th Annual Health Fair this past Saturday much to the delight, and benefit, of Polk County citizens. Many businesses of various enterprise set up booths at the health fair to educate citizens on various ways to keep healthy and fit. Tables were covered with charts, brochures, and examples of how ...

  • 17 September

    Ty Thacker Fundraiser a Huge Success

    BY MELANIE BUCK – On Saturday, September 13, the Ty Thacker 5K and Family Fun Day was held to benefit the Thacker family  and was a “tremendous success” according to Event Organizer Shanea Floyd-Baker. Ty was diagnosed on July 13 of this year with Luekemia and has begun a 3-year treatment plan that includes chemotherapy and other treatments. Ty is ...

  • 17 September

    Local Volunteers Observe 9/11 Anniversary for the New York Says Thank You Foundation

    The annual 9/11 Anniversary Build for the New York Says Thank You Foundation, Stars of HOPE workshop, and a 9/12 Generation Project was held September 4-7, 2014, at the 1-Day Ranch in Bethel Acres, Oklahoma. Approximately 400 volunteers from across the country and Canada came to help rebuild a barn and facilities at 1-Day Ranch, which was destroyed by a ...