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September, 2013

  • 26 September

    Wilburn & Wilburn PLUS Mercy River Boys Live in Concert

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Cherry Hill Baptist Church is once again hosting their annual outdoor Fall Gospel Concert and in keeping with their tradition, they are bringing in some of gospel music’s top names. This year, Wilburn & Wilburn are to appear, the father & son team of Jonathan and Jordan Wilburn…continuing the tradition for three generations. Jonathan spent the ...

  • 26 September

    Neighbors Helping Neighbors

    LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER DONATES SYMBOLIC IMAGE FOR UPCOMING Y-CITY FUNDRAISER BY LEANN DILBECK – Local photographer William Rainey has donated a very symbolic photo to an upcoming fundraiser in Y-City for the victims of the Scott County flood.  Accepting the photo is April Felion. William spoke of the significance and symbolism of the photo, “With the combination of rain and the ...

  • 25 September

    FACETIME: Connecting a Home-Bound Mena Student to the Classroom

      BY LEANN DILBECK – Today’s technology is proving to do much more than improve a child’s physical illness, it’s also keeping her in school and interacting with her teachers and classmates. We first brought you the story of Faith Chaney in 2008, when she was just 6 and set to return home after receiving an anonymous bone marrow transplant ...

  • 25 September

    Mena Showcased to Winrock International

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Mena was recently showcased as well as a case study presented to 28 participants of Winrock International’s Non-Profit Improvement Program as part of a “Regionalism and Partnership Building Program Capacity Building Tour.” The participants represented 12 rural communities across Arkansas. Winrock International, while an international organization, is rooted in Arkansas and was a vision of Winthrop ...

  • 23 September

    SWEPCO Single Parent Scholars

    In a recent awards ceremony, Single Parents Fonda Hanes, Kelly Bowen, Rita Eversole and Misty Morris were named AEP/SWEPCO Scholars by the American Electric Power Foundation and Southwestern Electric Power Company. Each received a $500.00 Single Parent Scholarship funded by a grant from the AEP Foundation and SWEPCO. The four recipients are students at Rich Mountain Community College.

  • 23 September

    Hatfield Happiness Staying True to Their Name!

    The Hatfield Happiness Club recently donated some beautiful hand-made baby blankets to the nursery department at Mena Regional Health System. The county extension club meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in Hatfield.  In addition to the baby blankets, they have several other charitable projects throughout the year.  Shown with some of the Mena Regional Women’s ...

  • 19 September

    Pryor Announces $10.5 Million to Expand Job Training at Arkansas Community Colleges

    WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark Pryor today announced that eight community colleges in Arkansas will receive a total of $10.5 million to expand education and career training programs for high-skill fields, such as advanced manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and ...

  • 18 September

    Roberts Tells the Court, “I’m ready to go.”

    BY LEANN DILBECK – “I would like to live but at the same time I am bound by law to take responsibility for the wrongs I’ve done. I’m ready to go,” were the words spoken today by Karl D. Roberts as he took the stand in Polk County Circuit Court before Honorable Judge J. W. Looney. Approximately 30 people attended ...

  • 18 September

    Queen Stuck in a Web of Red Tape

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Work remains at a standstill at Queen Wilhelmina Lodge on its $6.7 million renovation/expansion project that began in March 2012.  The Arkansas State Parks terminated its contract with Wade Abernathy, Inc. (W.A.I.) August 30 for “performance issues,” according to Gregg Butts, Director of the Arkansas State Parks. Butts had said that a new licensed contractor would ...

  • 18 September

    South Mena Street Improvements Expanded

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Mena City Council met in a special called meeting Monday to expand the scope of the South Mena Street improvements. Council members approved to extend the milling and overlay from Holly Street to Pine Street at an estimated cost of $15,630. They also approved to add parking and center-line striping through the services of Kevin Tucker ...