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April, 2014

  • 4 April

    Annual Chamber Banquet to be Held Next Week

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors are finalizing plans for the 2014 Annual Chamber Banquet to be held at the CMA Iron Mountain Facility, April 8. Rex Nelson will be the featured speaker. The Branding Iron will cater a pork tenderloin while Brant Fricker, a pianist performs popular songs from the decades. The ...

  • 3 April

    Buck Invited to Compete in 2014 Down Under Sports International Tournament

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Clint Buck, a Mena freshman track standout, has been invited to compete in the prestigious international 26th annual Down Under Sports Tournament this summer in Australia, representing the North Central Conference Cross County Team and his hometown of Mena, Arkansas. The invitation was sent to Mena High School and Clint admits to being scared when he ...

  • 1 April

    MISSION COMPLETE: Ninth Street Ministries Free Medical Clinic Announces Closure

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Ninth Street Ministries – Medical Care Services Division only – has announced that after serving its community for over 15 years, it will no longer provide services as of April 24, 2014, and as the administrators explain through heavy hearts, “The mission is complete.” The current Clinic Director, Stacey Bowser, explained there were many mixed ...

March, 2014

  • 29 March

    25 Years of Master Gardeners in Arkansas

    Who We Are and What We Do BY ANN GLENN – The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service started a Master Gardener volunteer program in 1988 with a class of 30 people from four counties, and today the program has grown to over 3200 volunteers in 65 counties and last May they celebrated their 25 years of the program.  Their ...

  • 28 March

    Thrills & Spills Expected at this Weekend’s Chuck Wagon Races

    BY LEANN DILBECK – This weekend, area residents will have the rare opportunity to witness chuckwagon races at the Tin Top Ranch located in western Scott County. The event is sanctioned by the Arkansas Chuckwagon Race Association and according to the local coordinator, S.A. Walls, over 500 people are expected. Walls said he hosted the event in 2012 that attracted ...

  • 27 March

    Lighthouse Fitness Joins Chamber

    Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Lighthouse Fitness Center at 1114B Hwy 71 South in Mena on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Lighthouse Fitness is owned by George and Beky O’Daniel.

  • 27 March

    Volunteers Expecting Twice the Number of Athletes for Area 14 Special Olympics

    Track & Field Event to be Held in Mena BY LEANN DILBECK – Mena is set to once again, not only host the Track & Field event for Special Olympics in April, but also to welcome twice the number of athletes from last year and according to Area 14 Special Olympics Director Elizabeth Thompkins, that’s a testament to the fabulous ...

  • 26 March

    ARCO & City of Mena Unveil New Banners for Downtown

    BY LEANN DILBECK – One of the most stunning additions to Mena Street during the streetscape project was the addition of the lampposts. During last week’s ARCO meeting, the City unveiled the new dressings that will adorn the posts and add a splash of color while promoting attributes of the community. The new banners were designed by Sign FX and ...

  • 25 March

    Railroad Crossing Hangs Trucker in Wickes

    BY LEANN DILBECK – An 18-wheeler attempting to cross the railroad tracks onto Polk Road 13 in Wickes Monday afternoon became lodged when the jacks of his trailer hung on the tracks. Before the driver could receive assistance to free the truck, it was struck by a KCS train that separated the trailer from the truck, hitting with such force ...

  • 25 March

    Goss Receives ‘Rookie of the Year’ Award

    Heather Goss of Mena received the “Southwest District Rookie of the Year” award at the Farm Bureau Statewide Agents and Agency Managers meeting March 13 for her total performance during 2013. Mack Wallace, vice president-sales, presented the award. Goss was one of six district rookie winners. Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private farm and rural advocacy organization of more ...