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October, 2014

  • 7 October

    Mena Advertising & Promotion Commission Names Riner as New Marketing Director

    BY LEANN DILBECK – William Rainey, Chair of Mena’s Advertising and Promotion Commission, has announced that Candace Riner has been named the new Marketing Director. Riner is charged with promoting Mena to increase the tourism industry that is proven to be one of the county’s top and most viable economic stimulators. Riner said that she considers it both an honor ...

  • 7 October

    First in Local History to have Multiple County Officials Serving on State Boards

    BY MELANIE BUCK – In the past twelve months, three officials of Polk County have been honored by being appointed or elected to positions on Arkansas state boards. Polk County Clerk Terri Harrison was chosen last October as the 2014-2015 President of the State Association of County Clerks. The Association is an executive board that provides continuing education to county ...

  • 7 October

    Ferguson Battling Kidney Disease

    Sister Perfect Match for Transplant BY MELANIE BUCK – Back in April, Mena native Craig Ferguson visited his doctor due to cramps he was having in his lower back. The cramps were so bad that he was unable to sleep. The doctor began testing to find the source of the pain. Little did Ferguson know that the visit would be ...

  • 7 October

    Fields of Faith Returns to Bearcat Stadium

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Mena is proud to again welcome Fields of Faith to Bearcat Stadium on Wednesday, October 8. In its fourth year locally, Fields of Faith is a movement that began in 2002 when Jeff Martin, Oklahoma Fellowship of Christian Athletes Area Director, “prayed about what to do with his heartfelt frustration regarding the temptations and spiritual battles ...

  • 6 October

    Inaugural Jim Richardson Memorial Cup to be Held

    BY JACLYN ROSE The Ouachita Men’s Golf Association hosts an annual tournament in which, similar to the PGA’s FedEx Cup, the golfer’s scores are recorded throughout the entire season, which lasts through daylight savings.  This tournament was recently renamed the Jim Richardson Memorial Cup, after OMGA member, Jim Richardson who passed away from complications of a heart valve replacement in ...

  • 5 October

    Transitional Home Goal of ‘Streams of Hope’ Ministry

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Streams of Hope Ministry recognizes that aged-out orphans, the homeless, and those recently released from jail are some of the most vulnerable, and yet forgotten, groups of people in this country. Realizing the needs of those struggling, Streams of Hope, led by President Bobbie Himel, have made it their mission to reach-out, connect with, and teach ...

  • 3 October

    Plane Forced to Make Emergency Landing in Polk County

    On Tuesday Sept 30th at 4:15 pm Polk County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a phone call from Memphis Air Center that a small plane, a Piper Cherokee, was going to attempt to make an emergency landing in a field seventeen miles west of the Mena Airport. Their information came from the pilot of the plane via radio communication. There was ...

  • 2 October

    Jail Committee & Quorum Court Interview Bidders

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Polk County Sheriff Mike Godfrey has announced that out of nine bidders, three have been chosen to make presentations to the Polk County Jail Committee and Quorum Court concerning the possible building of a new county jail. Although the county is not to the stage of hiring a builder, HMN Architects, based out of Kansas; Southbuild, ...

  • 2 October

    Lioness Resume Backpack Program

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena Lioness Lions Club will soon begin to raise money for the Backpack Program, an effort they joined with high results last fall. The Backpack Program, which is funneled through Arkansas Rice Depot, a faith-based organization working to help diminish hunger in the State of Arkansas. The Backpack Program is a program that was started ...

  • 1 October

    Turner Seeks City Council Seat

    [SUBMITTED] James Earl Turner has announced that he is a candidate for Mena City Council Ward 1 Position 1. He previously served two terms on the Mena City Council, serving from 2007-2010. James Earl is a fourth generation native of Mena and Polk County.  His parents are Imogene Turner and the late Glen Turner.  His wife of 30 years is ...