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December, 2017

  • 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 ...

  • 13 December

    PCHA Employees Honored with Awards

    Recently two Polk County Housing Authority employees, Jeanne Mabry and Walter Frost, received awards. Mabry has been employed with PCHA since September 1996 and received a 20-year service award at the NAHRO Fall Conference in Eureka Springs. The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials is a professional membership organization with more than 19,000 members in the housing and community ...

  • 13 December

    Healthy Connections Receives Grant for Dental Equipment

    BY MELANIE WADE – Healthy Connections, Inc., has recently been awarded $22,405.00 from the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation. The large grant will be used to purchase needed dental equipment to serve HCI patients in the local area. The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation, the 501c3 nonprofit arm of Delta Dental, has given an average of $3 million in each ...

  • 13 December

    Gaming Association Donates to Toys for Tots

    Nicholas Worth, president of the Mena Gaming Association, presents Marine Corps League Detachment #1261 Commandant George O’Daniel with a $320 donation for Toys for Tots. The proceeds were gathered during a recent double-elimination tournament held by the Mena Gaming Association, the Mena Game Lounge, and Never Enuff Toys.

  • 13 December

    DABC Offers Christmas Hope; Celebrates Eight Years

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church is celebrating eight years of their ‘Christmas Hope Children’s Shoe Giveaway’. The whole community is invited to the event where children are blessed with new shoes. The church will open at 8 a.m. Saturday, December 16, when breakfast will be served. Children must be present to receive their shoes. Christmas Hope began ...

  • 13 December

    Avants Group Hosts Open House

    BY MELANIE WADE – Avants Group Living Center held Open House on Friday, December 8, to allow visitors to meet their residents and staff and to see what services they provide. Avants is a branch of the Polk County Developmental Center and is led by Director Stephanie Moore. The facility has been in the same location since it’s opening day, ...

  • 13 December

    American Legion Delivers Packages to Area Nursing Homes

    American Legion Post 18 Auxiliary recently passed out Christmas gifts to the local nursing homes and assisted living homes, much to the joy of the residents. Auxiliary members pictured are: Back row: Lila Williams, Karla Sims, Rose McClain, Joan Childs, Ethel Glenn. Front row: Post Auxiliary President, Tawana Gilbert, Vera Cary (one of the oldest charter members of Post 18), ...

  • 12 December

    Lions Learn About UnXplained

    BY MELANIE WADE – Orville Murphy, owner of Board Camp Crystal Mine with his wife Cheryl, recently spoke to the Mena Lions Club of the phenomena happening on their property, which has sparked a TV segment, internet radio broadcasts, and investigators from around the country have traveled to see for themselves. Murphy explained that since February, he, Cheryl, and her ...

  • 12 December

    Boy Scouts Assist Veterans with Patriotic Flag Program

    BY MELANIE WADE – Community service is a fundamental core of the Boy Scouts of America, and when combined with the dedication of a few veterans, their service is invaluable to the communities in which they live. Such is the case with the local American Legion Flag Program, which is run by a group of volunteer veterans, who provide flag ...

  • 12 December

    Mena Fire Department Attains Smoke Alarm Grant for Low/Fixed Income Residents

    BY MELANIE WADE – The Mena Fire Department has been awarded a grant to install 100 smoke alarms in low-income and fixed-income homes within their district. The Community Fire Prevention Grant was received from the Arkansas Fire Prevention Commission and covers the cost of the smoke alarms and their installation by fire department personnel. The smoke alarms come with lithium ...