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December, 2017

  • 20 December

    DAV Auxiliary Honoring Veterans

    Pictured above: Disabled American Veteran (DAV) Auxiliary members placed wreaths on veterans’ graves for Pearl Harbor Day on December 7. Those attending were Debbie Johnson, Carol Burns, Linda Spurgin, Ethel Glenn, State Commander Margaret Scott, Billy and Mary McLain, junior members Aiden McLain and Alexis Minzel. Also assisting were Ava, Hoyt, Hannah, and Katy McLain with Rose McLain. Pictured below: ...

  • 20 December

    Elks and Marines Provide Christmas to Hundreds

    BY MELANIE WADE – The Mena Elks Lodge and the local Marine Corps League Detachment served hundreds of children and their families on Saturday, December 16, at their annual toy and food basket give-away, but a small mix-up at the local post office almost caused a major issue that would’ve kept hundreds of families from receiving their Christmas cheer. But, ...

  • 20 December

    City Working with Veterans on Flag Holder Issue

    BY MELANIE WADE – Following the updating of the decorative sidewalks on North Mena Street in recent months, local members of the American Legion’s Flag Program are finding it a bit more difficult to distribute some of their flags, as there are no longer holes in the sidewalks to place the poles. Currently, veterans are using wooden stands to hold ...

  • 19 December

    Burn Ban Lifted Following Area Rainfall

    BY MELANIE WADE – The burn ban in effect for Polk County has been lifted by Judge Brandon Ellison, as of 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. Polk County has been part of the state’s 66 of 75 counties that have been placed under burn bans for several weeks following a long drought period that began in September, when ...

  • 19 December

    City Hall Replacing Entire Ceiling After More Damage Found

    BY MELANIE WADE – The ceilings at Mena City Hall are now in the process of being replaced after a portion of the old plaster came crashing down last month. The areas affected were the Animal Control and Code Enforcement Offices, which were not slated to receive any ceiling repairs during the century old building’s on-going renovation project; however, after ...

  • 15 December

    Local Family Safe Following Nighttime Fire

    BY MELANIE WADE – Bill and Sherry McCourtney of the Cherry Hill community suffered the complete loss of their home following a fire in the early hours of Friday morning, December 15, 2017. Bill McCourtney is a doctor in the Mena area and Sherry serves as a nurse at a local hospice agency. The couple has six children still living ...

  • 13 December

    Visiting Nurses Celebrate Veterans

    Visiting Nurses Agency of Western Arkansas recently celebrated veterans. Staff are shown holding photos of veteran family members and friends. They also created a wall collage in remembrance.

  • 13 December

    Pulse Donates to Special Olympics

    Pulse Multi-Media recently participated in a pumpkin carving contest amongst the staff. The winner was chosen via viewers votes on Facebook. Emmye Rowell’s owl design won to hearts of the viewers. As a result, the losers donated to the winner’s charity of choice. Rowell, pictured right, chose Area 14 Special Olympics. The donation was received by Area 14 Director Elizabeth ...

  • 13 December

    Miller Signs & Graphix Welcomed into Chamber

    Miller Signs & Graphix was welcomed into the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, November 29. Miller Signs & Graphix was recently purchased by Torren Turbyfill. They are located at 1100 Highway 71 North, Suite E, Mena, in the Atwoods Shopping Center.

  • 13 December

    MHS JAG Student attends National Student Leadership Academy

    Mena High School student Trey Brown earned the honor to participate and compete in the Math Skills Competition and Leadership Academy at the 21st Annual 2017 JAG National Student Leadership Academy (NSLA) held in Washington, D.C. on November 29-December 1, 2017. Brown participates in the JAG Program in the Mena High School Senior Program where Karen Purvis is the JAG ...