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October, 2013

  • 22 October

    Puckett Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

    [MENA, Ark.] Assistant Federal Prosecutor Glen Hines filed an information against Jan Puckett, age 64, of Mena for one-count of Wire Fraud. Puckett waived her rights to a Grand Jury and a formal indictment and pled guilty to the charge in federal court in Fayetteville on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. The presiding judge explained to her the consequences of her ...

  • 21 October

    Van Winkle Trial Begins

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Jury selection began today on day one of what is expected to be a five-day trial for local dentist Dr. David Van Winkle.  The selection process began at 9 am and ended at approximately 3:30 p.m. before the four women and eight men jury began hearing opening statements in Polk County Circuit Court before the honorable ...

  • 21 October

    UPDATE: CMA Motorcyclist Death Caused from Massive Heart Attack

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Charles P. Warrick’s death has been ruled of natural causes instead of accidental. Warrick died while riding his 2013 Honda motorcycle with hundreds of his fellow bikers during the Christian Motorcyclist Association’s 38th Annual Changing of the Colors Rally Parade on Saturday, October 19. The coroner’s report filed by Brian Bowser states that Warrick suffered a ...

  • 20 October

    Motorcyclist Killed During CMA Parade

    BY LEANN DILBECK – CMA is mourning the loss of one of their own after tragedy struck this weekend on the last day of their 38th Annual Changing of the Colors Rally.  A Missouri man was killed when his motorcycle crashed during the annual CMA Parade on Saturday, October 19. Charles P. Warrick, age 65, of El Dorado Springs, Missouri ...

  • 19 October

    Jerri Krueger: Riding with Passion and Purpose for the AHA’s Beach Ride

    BY LEANN DILBECK – When you combine passion with purpose, you get an unstoppable motivation…and in the case of Jerri Krueger, you get a top fundraiser for the American Heart Association’s Hoof Beats for the Heart – Beach Ride. Many around Mena will quickly recognize Jerri and her horse “Baby” but what many may not know is that she has ...

  • 18 October

    Unique Photo Opportunity with Birds of Prey

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Tommy Young, director of the Arkansas Native Plant And Wildlife Center on Rich Mountain announced this week that the center will be having a unique fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 18, at Walmart in Mena. From 5 p.m. until dark, anyone who is interested can have their picture taken with them holding a live falcon, hawk, or ...

  • 18 October

    New Overlay Buckling on South Mena Street

    BY LEANN DILBECK – After the area experienced 4+ inches of rain earlier in the week, a section of the newly paved South Mena Street is already buckling.  Street Department Manager Roy Harris advised the Mena City Council during their October meeting held Tuesday night. According to Harris, there is red clay under the pavement and therefore the asphalt is ...

  • 17 October

    Demolition and Clean-Up Underway at Former Councell’s Corner

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Demolition and clean-up has begun at the former Councell’s Corner located at 1510 Reeves that was cited by city officials earlier this year for “unsafe structure” and “inoperable vehicle.” Judge Jerry Ryan ruled August 16 that the property owner, Mary Weaver, be fined $125 per violation per day until the repairs are made. Tammy Stockton of ...

  • 17 October

    Mena Schools Presents Annual Report to the Public

    BY JACLYN ROSE – The Mena School Board met on October 15 to present their Annual Report to the Public.  Superintendent, Benny Weston, opened the meeting and explained the purpose was to give the community a general overview of the district’s activities. Each of the principals of the four Mena campuses, as well as, several different directors and coordinators, addressed ...

  • 17 October

    Sears Hometown Store Earns Top Awards

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The local Sears Hometown Store in Mena earned three of its companies’ top three awards and was recognized during its district rally held in Cabot, Ark on October 10. They were named #1 in Customer Experience, Comp Store Sales, and the Top Store in the District. Store owner Bruce Erickson said, “For our first year having ...