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February, 2014

  • 24 February

    LMI Announces New Publisher for The Mena Star

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Lancaster Management Inc. [LMI], owners of The Mena Star & Ouachita Trading Post, announced last week that Clark Smith has been named as the new publisher, effective immediately. Smith replaces Joe Ben Oller, who according to the published report in the Thursday, February 20 issue of The Mena Star, “is no longer associated with the company.” ...

  • 24 February

    Bob Carver Cars & Trucks Announces its Closing its Doors

    BY LEANN DILBECK – After 43 years, Bob Carver Cars & Trucks officially announced today that they will close their doors. In a release from the Carver family and the business, it said they “will be closing on Friday, February 28, 2014 due to Mr. Carver’s [Bob] extended illness.  A special thanks to all of our friends and customers who ...

  • 24 February

    Talimena 13.1 Run & Relay Set for March 15

    A running/walking event is set for March 15, 2014 that begins at Janssen Park in Mena, running up Mena Street and over the Talimena Drive to the Queen Wilhelmina State Park. According to Race Director, Dale Powell, “this event was a popular run in the late 80’s and into the 90’s, noted as being one of the most unique runs ...

  • 22 February

    Rose Aircraft Trusted with Maintenance of the US Army’s Elite Golden Knights

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Over the years, Mena Municipal Intermountain Airport has had countless planes fly in and out of its hangars but not all are quite as unique as others. The United States Army has used the airport for regular maintenance checks, repairs, repainting, and upholstering for a number of years and because of this, Rose Aircraft, Inc., has ...

  • 20 February

    Mena Man Sentenced to Ten Years for Child Pornography

            Fort Smith, Arkansas – Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Christopher Cottman, 29, was sentenced today to 120 months in prison and five years of supervised release for Receiving Images of Child Pornography. The sentencing took place before the Honorable P.K. Holmes III in United States District Court for the Western ...

  • 19 February

    Puckett Sentenced Following Investigation that Revealed Years of Defrauding Methodist Church

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Jan Puckett, age 64 of Mena, was sentenced to 27-months, 1-year probation, and ordered to pay full restitution of $350,601.28 today when she appeared in federal court in Ft. Smith, Ark. after pleading guilty in October 2013 to one-count of Wire Fraud, according to First United Methodist Church Reverend Gary Harrison. The official press release from ...

  • 19 February

    Jim Neugent Seeking Re-Election

    Jim Neugent has annouced his intention to file for re-election to the Polk County Quorum Court, District 2.  His years of financial experience make him an asset to the Quorum Court as he has served as chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee for the past several years. “The number one job of the Quorum Court is to manage the ...

  • 19 February

    Chase Busch Announces Candidacy for House District 20

    Chase Busch of Mena is formally announcing his candidacy for District 20 State Representative for 2014. Busch is a fifth-generation and lifelong resident of the area, who is running to create jobs, strengthen education, and improve the infrastructure for Southwest Arkansas. Mr. Busch seeks the District 20 seat to help make life better for the constituents. He wants to help ...

  • 19 February

    Phyllis Bell Announces Run for Polk County Assessor

    Over the last few weeks I have been approached by several citizens in the community who have asked me to consider running for Polk County Assessor.  They believe that my fresh ideas, business management experience, technology expertise, and state and national network are ideally suited to continue to improve the efficiency and quality of service provided to Polk County taxpayers ...

  • 19 February

    Margo Kimp Seeks Re-Election as Justice of the Peace District 4

    I have been a Justice of the Peace for District 4 since January of 2005.  As a JP, my primary jobs are to approve, adjust, or reject budgets, and disburse funds.  The budget runs about  6.5 to 7.5 million dollars each year. We are mandated by law to only budget and spend 90% of new revenue generated. We cannot spend ...