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December, 2016

  • 6 December

    Rotary Continues Dictionary Donations

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County recently held their annual dictionary giveaway. Each year, members of the Rotary purchase enough dictionaries to give to each child in third grade across the county. The dictionaries also include quite a bit of reference material such as information about each state and each U.S. president. “Teachers and students welcome us to their ...

  • 6 December

    MRHS-Santa for Soldiers Project

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The various departments of Mena Regional Health System recently collected items for their annual “Santa For Soldiers” project.  Each department filled several priority boxes to be shipped with items from the soldier’s wish list.  The boxes collected will be shipped to troops that have been deployed overseas. “Santa For Soldiers is one of several charitable projects the ...

  • 6 December

    Ministerial Alliance Visits Lions Club

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Members of the Mena Ministerial Alliance visited with the Mena Lions Club on Friday, December 2. Pastor Ron Tilley of Mena Assembly of God and Pastor Ann Ferris of Mena First United Methodist Church both spoke of the various ways the alliance helps members of the community. The group began in 2001 and has grown to ...

  • 6 December

    Local Businessman Suffers Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

    BY LEANN DILBECK – A local Mena businessman injured in a one-vehicle accident in August is continuing to fight his way back to a normal life in a world-renowned facility in Colorado.  Mark Crawford, manager of one of Mena’s oldest businesses, Sanders Moving & Storage, was injured when he swerved to miss a deer on August 21 near the “devils ...

  • 6 December

    Cove to Host 23rd Christmas Parade

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Town of Cove will present their 23rd annual Christmas Xtravaganza on Saturday, December 10th, at 2 p.m. The parade will include special guest, Santa Claus. A reception will follow in the Community Center next to Cove Town Hall at 5568 Hwy. 71. At the reception, children will be able to talk with Santa and trophies ...

  • 6 December

    Christmas Potluck at Art Gallery

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – On Wednesday, December 14, at 6:30 p.m., Mena Art Gallery will hold its annual Christmas Potluck at the gallery, 607 Mena Street. Come, bring something good to eat, and join the fun. You do not have to be a member, and this is a great chance to get to know the people who make your local art ...

  • 5 December

    CASA Fundraiser at Silver Screens

    Silver Screens Theater will host a special showing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas to raise money for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the Ouachitas on December 12th at 6 p.m. Two dollars of each ticket will be donated directly to CASA of the Ouachitas who advocate for foster children. There will also be a pajama costume contest at ...

  • 5 December

    Rotary Club to Host Annual Breakfast with Santa

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County will host their annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 10th at Papa’s Mexican Café. The event will be held from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. while children enjoy a breakfast of pancakes with sausage or bacon, orange juice, milk, chocolate milk, or coffee with the man in the big ...

  • 1 December

    House a Complete Loss Following Fire

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A house at 127 Emerald Lane north of Acorn was a complete loss after catching fire yesterday [Wednesday, November 30, 2016] just after noon. The house is owned by Brenda Martin. It took firefighters an hour to gain control of the flames with Acorn, Ink, Dallas Valley, and Polk County Emergency Management responding. Although winds were ...

  • 1 December

    Nimble Thimbles Donate Quilts to Soldiers’ Children

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A local group of quilters have given gifts that could last a lifetime for the children of local National Guard Unit, Charlie Company. The Nimble Thimbles Quilt Guild have spent the last year stitching quilts to donate to fathers in Charlie Company that are preparing to deploy to the Horn of Africa. Ann Ferris, member of ...