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August, 2013

  • 31 August

    Mena Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident

    BY LEANN DILBECK – A motorcycle accident has claimed the life of a Mena man. According to the Arkansas State Police fatal crash report filed by CPL Tommy Stueart, Ryan O. Jones, age 29 of Mena, was driving his 2005 Yamaha motorcycle last night, August 30, at approximately 11 p.m. eastbound on Hwy 246 near Hatfield when he lost control, ...

  • 29 August

    UPDATED INFORMATION — Gunshot Victim Discovered at MRHS

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Mena Police Department were dispatched to Mena Regional Health System Wednesday at approximately 1 p.m. after hospital employees discovered a deceased 53-year old female in her vehicle in the parking lot. Police, today, have released her identity as Donna Ryals, a hospital employee. Detective Brandon Martin said shortly following the incident that she died from ...

  • 29 August

    Cove Receives Tornado Sirens

    BY LEANN DILBECK –   The town of Cove received another tool in its weather alert warning system arsenal according to James Reeves, Office of Emergency Services Coordinator, when new tornado sirens were installed last Friday. The sirens were made possible by a $10,475 grant received from the Arkansas Department of Rural Services.  Cove Mayor JoAnn Headley said this was ...

  • 28 August

    Ermadilla Goes to Austin

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Proving it’s never too late to follow your dreams, local personality Erma Dilbeck Mize  turned local author, has published her first book, Ermadilla Goes to Austin. She explains the inspiration came decades ago from a seed planted by a simple nickname acquired from her first and maiden name – Ermadilla. “I then began thinking about writing ...

  • 28 August

    Mena Water Department Issues Three Public Notices

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Mena Water Utility, this week, is notifying by mail all Mena, Acorn Rural Water, and Freedom Rural Water customers as well as publishing three-public notices stemming from a precautionary boil order issued in June of this year when the Irons Fork Lake reservoir became flooded. Those public notices may be found on page 20 of ...

  • 27 August

    Beasley Wood to Offer Services for WWII Seaman on Eternal Patrol

    BY LEANN DILBECK – A World War II Navy seaman, on eternal patrol in the East China Sea, will now be honored with Memorial Services this week. The medals earned by 3rd Class Motor Machinist’s Mate Robert Roland Williford were recently discovered and turned in to Beasley Wood Funeral Homes in hopes of finding relatives. Williford’s name is engraved on ...

  • 27 August

    Union Bank Makes Generous Investment into the SAU – Agricultural Center

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Union Bank of Mena recently made an investment to Southern Arkansas University to go towards its new state-of-the-art 30,000 s.f. Agricultural Center that opened in January. The Chair of the Agriculture Department and former Union Bank employee Jeff Miller accepted the investment that will in turn give the bank the naming rights to Miller’s office. “Union ...

  • 26 August

    Three Sebastian County Women Convicted in Polk County of Cruelty to Animals

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Three Sebastian County women were convicted of eight counts of Cruelty to Animals [Ark. Code 5-62-103] in Polk County District Court Friday, August 23. according to Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jim Henderson. Tiffany Woodard, age 31 of Alma, Kelly Burmeister age 32 of Ft. Smith, and Crystal Domerese, age 29 also of Ft. Smith, all appeared ...

  • 26 August

    Mena School District Hires Full-Time Armed School Resource Officer

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Mena School District and the Mena City Council have approved the addition of a full-time armed “school resource officer.” Mena Superintendent Benny Weston has been working with Chief of Police Jimmy Doster regarding the issue and the two addressed the Police Committee of the Mena City Council and the Committee made the recommendation to the ...

  • 26 August

    City Council Awards Bids on Street Repairs

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Mena City Council approved bids in a special called meeting Monday, August 26, for street overlay and milling projects. Three bids were received for the overlay project. The contract was awarded to B&L Paving of Oden who bid $102/ton. Two other bids were received from McCormick Works of Ozark, who bid $118.10/ton, and Tri-State Construction ...