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January, 2014

  • 28 January Helping Law Enforcement Recover Stolen Merchandise

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Local law enforcement is having success from using a new online program that helps them to track stolen items that are pawned at stores anywhere in the U.S.  The new innovative service offers a massive online database, in which all pawn dealers are required to register items at Police Departments can then search the database ...

  • 27 January

    Extreme Winter Weather Impacting Propane Supply and Prices

    BY LEANN DILBECK – With some published reports saying this will be the coldest winter of this century thus far, the wide-spread, prolonged and brutal cold that has blanketed much of the country has caused propane shortages and price increases. Last week, locally, propane jumped an average of $.60 per gallon in just one week to $3.40, which compares to ...

  • 27 January

    Sign FX Presents Sign to Polk County HSO

    Sign FX recently donated a metal sign to hang on the Polk County Humane Society’s front gate replacing the many homemade printed and laminated signs that fade too quickly.  Shown above is Sign FX owner Gelean Bell presenting HSO, represented by Tina Ball, the new sign.

  • 27 January

    State Parks Announces New Contractor and Completion Date on Queen Wilhelmina Renovation/Expansion

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Just days before officials from Arkansas State Parks are to appear before the State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee in Mena concerning multiple delays and a termination of contract with the contractor on the $7.4 million renovation to Queen Wilhelmina Lodge, a “good news” e-mail citing notable progress in negotiations was sent to Representative Nate Bell, ...

  • 23 January

    Davis Arrested on Felony Charges

    BY LEANN DILBECK – A Hot Springs attorney with Polk County roots and connections was arrested twice last week by the Garland County Sheriff’s Department on Class C Felony charges. Andrea “Andi” L. Davis, age 36, was arrested first on January 16 for Theft by Receiving and then again on a second charge on January 17, also Theft by Receiving. ...

  • 22 January

    TRADING PLACES: Engelke’s Prepare to Launch GAP

    BY LEANN DILBECK – As parents, we eventually expect our children to mature and become responsible adults and leave the nest, right? As empty nesters, we will grasp with finding much free-time and look forward to retirement that may possibly include traveling, gardening, spending leisure time with the grandchildren that includes plenty of spoiling  … a sharp contrast to rigid ...

  • 20 January

    County Quorum Court Addresses Mena City Council Regarding Upcoming Vote on Current County-Wide One-Cent Sales Tax

    BY JACLYN ROSE – The January 14 Mena City Council Meeting opened with local Boy Scout Troop 92, in an effort to earn a merit badge, presenting the colors and leading in the Pledge of Allegiance. While giving the department head reports, Tim Bowen, President of Mena Regional Health System, presented the monthly, as well as year end reports for ...

  • 19 January

    Author Emerges Through Tremendous Grief to Glorify God’s Name

    VAN BUREN, Ark. – Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, Paula Dickerson has been to life’s darkest recesses and back. Dickerson, a dedicated mom and Christian, relished her relationship with her only child, Amber CarLeigh. When Amber died at the age of 29, it took God’s intervention to bring Dickerson back to her feet. In her powerful new memoir, ...

  • 17 January

    Support Backpack Program by Purchasing ‘Bricks’ at MRHS

    In cooperation with local businesses and the Arkansas Rice Depot, Mena Regional Health System has accepted the challenge to support a local Polk County School by providing food for the backpack program.  In order to feed 40 children every weekend for an entire year, the school house has to be fully bricked. The schoolhouse will be completed once 240 bricks ...

  • 16 January

    Registration Extended at RMCC

    Rich Mountain Community College extended its registrations after a surprise batch of sleet and freezing rain hit the area last week, forcing county school closures due to dangerous road conditions. Classes officially begin January 15 and RMCC will also offer a Saturday registration, January 18, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.   Above, Director of Admissions Brandon Burk, visits with ...