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July, 2014

  • 24 July

    Neugent Announces Intent to Seek Third Term

    City Council Member Terri Neugent has announced her intention to seek reelection to the Mena City Council, Ward 1, Position 2. “I have thoroughly enjoyed serving on the Mena City Council and am committed to continuing to work hard for this great city,” Neugent stated.  “Much has been accomplished, but much remains to be done.” Terri and her husband, Jim, ...

  • 24 July

    3 on 3 Tournament to Benefit Randy Peters

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament will be held at the Acorn High School Old Gym on Saturday, July 26 to benefit 22 year old Mena native Randy Peters. Peters has recently been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his esophagus that is blocking two-thirds of his airway. He has traveled to Boston, Massachusetts, for an ...

  • 24 July

    O’Brien, New Mena Basketball Coach, Discusses Plans for Upcoming Season

    BY MELANIE BUCK – New Mena High School Senior Boys Basketball Coach Aaron O’Brien has his formula for success well mapped and intends to build the program to exceed all expectations. Hard work and dedication seem to be the key ingredients. O’Brien attributes his reason for coaching to Jack Bridges, his own high school coach at Lakeside High. “Just the ...

  • 24 July

    City & County Receive Grant Awards for Historic Preservation Projects

    LITTLE ROCK—Governor Mike Beebe announced last week that the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, has awarded $2,043,454 in grants for projects in 33 Arkansas counties – including Polk County – through its County Courthouse Restoration Subgrant, Historic Preservation Revitalization Grant, Certified Local Government Subgrant and Main Street Downtown Revitalization Grant programs. Polk County ...

  • 24 July

    Chamber Launches New ‘Ambassador Program’

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce President Chris Benner has announced the launch of a new ‘Ambassador Program’ that the board hopes will further increase the Chamber’s presence in the business community as well as provide an additional avenue for pro-business and future business leaders to become active and involved. Executive Director Paula Bailey said the program ...

  • 24 July

    City & County Declare July 28 as Clarice’s Room of Hope Day

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Recently, both County Judge Brandon Ellison and Mena Mayor George McKee signed proclamations declaring July 28, 2014 as “Clarice’s Room of Hope Day.” The proclamations acknowledged Clarice Tisher, mother of Teena Brown, who was diagnosed with cancer and received assistance at the Donald Reynolds Cancer Support House. She knew of so many in Mena that could ...

  • 24 July

    Exotic Lynx Cat in Cherry Hill Recovered

    BY LEANN DILBECK Lynn Culver of NOAH Feline Conservation Center reported Thursday morning that one of her lynx, “Loki” had escaped during last night’s storm. The exotic feline center is located in Cherry Hill, Ark. The cat described as approximately 50 pounds, resembling a giant bobcat: orange brown coat, 3-feet tall, very lanky, with an 8-inch tail that is black ...

  • 23 July

    Benefit BBQ for Bill Schuller to be Held

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A BBQ Fundraiser Dinner has been set for Saturday, July 26 to benefit Bill Schuller. The event will be held at The Crossing Center, 106 Mena Street, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Schuller was injured in a motorcycle accident in June 2014, while on a poker run to benefit charity, that resulted in broken bones ...

  • 23 July

    Janssen Park Boy & Girl Bronze Statue Turning 100…

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Janssen Park’s timeless ‘Boy & Girl Fountain’ turns 100-years old today! This couple has been the backdrop of generations of photos, survived countless storms and tornadoes, and been the source of great wishes made, as generations of children and adults for 100 years have thrown coins into their pool. The bronze statue was ordered by city ...

  • 22 July

    Quorum Court Approves Sheriff’s Plan to Seek 1-Cent Sales Tax for New Jail

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Polk County’s Quorum Court approved by a vote of 11-0 Polk County Sheriff Mike Godfrey’s plan to seek a 1-cent sales tax to construct a new county jail following a recommendation from JP Basil Kesterson on behalf of the Jail Committee. The committee had met July 1 and was given a tour of the facility. The ...