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June, 2017

  • 13 June

    Semi Slides Into Ditch Causing Rollover

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A fully loaded 18-wheeler overturned on Highway 71 North on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at the intersection of Polk 74, also known as Holly Springs Road. Officials on the scene said the truck slid off of the roadway, overturning onto its top side, into a deep ditch. The accident caused the trailer of the semi to ...

  • 13 June

    Phone Scammers Wrongfully Claim Chamber Affiliation

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Another scam is making its way through the county, with this one looping in the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce, much like one a few weeks back that affiliated themselves with the Mena Police Department, although there is no connection between the caller and local businesses. This latest in a mountain of phone scams that plague ...

  • 13 June

    Attorney General to Host Local Mobile Office

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has announced mobile office locations across the state for June 2017. Attorney General Rutledge created the mobile office initiative during her first year in office to make the office accessible to everyone, particularly to those who live outside the capital city. In both 2015 and 2016, office hours were held in ...

  • 13 June

    2017 OUACHITA QUILT SHOW WINNERS

    SUBMITTED – The Ouachita Quilt Show Committee stated that this year’s Quilt Show was a success and appreciates everyone who participated. Organizers are pleased to announce the winners in the following categories: DONATION QUILT WINNER:  Jeri Pearson, Mena, Ar. BEST OF SHOW:  Marcia Norris, “I Solemnly Swear I’m up to no good!” PEOPLES’ CHOICE:  Francis Smith  “Heritage Medallion” VIP AWARDS: ...

  • 13 June

    Guns-N-Hoses Drives to be Held in Hatfield and Mena

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The annual Guns-N-Hoses blood drives are back, with both Mena and Hatfield taking part in the friendly competition. During the Guns-N-Hoses drives, local firefighters ‘battle’ local police officers to see who can have more blood donated to benefit patients across the state through the Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI). Christina Castorena of ABI says summer time is ...

  • 13 June

    Mena Pediatric Cancer Survivor Elijah Barnes Receives $3,500 CARTI Jungmeyer Scholarship

    SUBMITTED – Elijah Barnes, 19, of Mena, is among 18 pediatric cancer survivors selected this year to receive Dennis Jungmeyer Scholarships valued at $3,500 each and awarded by the CARTI Foundation in Little Rock. Presented annually to current or former CARTI pediatric cancer patients, the scholarships are named in honor of Dennis Jungmeyer of North Little Rock.  Jungmeyer is a ...

  • 13 June

    American Artisans Beautifies Downtown with Mural

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A new look is coming to the wall of American Artisans – one that certainly brightens the arts district, but also highlights the area’s talent. Rick and Donna Chrisman, owners of American Artisans, said they wanted to improve the wall and plans began when they were inspired by another’s vision. Rick explains, “We were inspired by ...

  • 12 June

    DABC Children’s Pastor Gets Egged

    Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Children’s Pastor, Clint Bell, has eggs thrown at him on the last day of Vacation Bible School. Children ranging from Pre-K to 5th grade were present at the VBS. Throughout the week, children raised funds to donate to the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home in Montecello Arkansas. The Children’s Home provides residential childcare and counseling services to ...

  • 9 June

    Sharon Chambers – Local Volunteer and Feature Quilter

    BY LOGAN MCCOURNTEY – To those who hear the name Sharon Chambers, they automatically think about quilting. Why quilting? Because Sharon has a unique ability to create a variety of wonderful hand-finished quilts that can ‘wow’ anyone. With beautiful colors and a variety of designs, anyone looking at Sharon’s masterpieces will be impressed with the artwork in front of them. ...

  • 9 June

    Shelter Insurance, Telissa Montgomery Presents Scholarship

    The Shelter Insurance Foundation awarded a $2,000 scholarship to Courtney McDaniel, a 2017 graduate of Mena High School. Shelter Agent Telissa Montgomery sponsors and partially funds this scholarship. Beginning the fall after high school graduation Courtney can direct the scholarship funds toward tuition, fees, or campus housing for any course of study leasing to an academic degree at any accredited ...