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July, 2013

  • 17 July

    MontCo Expands to Former Pine Bowl Building

    The former Pine Bowl building is looking different these days as MontCo. has remodeled and officially moved their Glenwood operations, creating 12 new jobs in the local area, bringing their total workforce to 35.  And, they’ve discovered quite a market for the bowling lanes that were removed…not as bowling lanes but as high-end furniture!  The front of the building will ...

  • 17 July

    Milhams Host German Exchange Student

    By LeAnn Dilbeck A 16-year old German girl came to Mena curious. As an exchange student, she was curious about U.S. culture and traditions.  What she discovered eternally changed her. Josie Friedland (seated center) was hosted by the Tim and Tara Milham family over the last year. Tara said that her entire family has thoroughly enjoyed the experience of sharing ...

  • 17 July

    Homemakers Club Present Check for Single Parent Scholarship Fund

    The Extension Homemakers raised the funds through a quilt raffle held in conjunction with the Ouachita Quilt Show. In thanking club members for their very generous contribution, Chambers noted that EHC members also contributed the materials for the quilt, pieced the quilt, and quilted it. “All of us on the Single Parent Scholarship Fund board are very thankful for the ...

  • 17 July

    First Federal Bank Acquires First National Bank

    [HOT SPRINGS, ARK.] First Federal Bancshares of Arkansas, Inc. (“FFBH”), parent company of First Federal Bank (“First Federal”), and First National Security Company (“First National”), the parent company for First National Bank in Hot Springs and Heritage Bank in Jonesboro, announce the signing of a merger agreement. Under the terms of the merger agreement, FFBH will acquire 100% of the ...

  • 17 July

    FREE Business Development Workshop

    The Arkansas Urban Forestry Council will host a “Trees Grow Your Business” workshop explaining how trees can encourage economic development by attracting businesses and visitors, which can ultimately increase a city’s tax base. Held at the Old Historic Armory in Mena Thursday, July 25, from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., attendees will learn how to develop a landscape ordinance and ...

  • 17 July

    New “Open Carry” Act Creating Many Questions

    According to Prosecuting Attorney, Andy Riner, many citizens want to know whether or not the Arkansas General Assembly has authorized the “open carry” of firearms.  Before the General Assembly passed Act 746 of 2013, the question was clearly “no.”  Now, according to certain groups, “open carry” is arguably permitted. OpenCarry.org states that “Arkansas will become the nation’s 45th open carry ...

  • 10 July

    State Terminates Contract with W.A.I. on Queen Wilhelmina Lodge Project

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The $6.7 million remodel of Queen Wilhelmina Lodge, whose re-opening has been delayed three times, has hit another snag. Gregg Butts, the Director of the Arkansas State Parks, told The Pulse, “I’ve called the bond for default of contract due to performance issues which in effect terminates the contract effective August 30.” The contractor for the ...

  • 10 July

    Queen’s Re-Opening Date Delayed…Again

    New Target Completion Date is Early 2014  BY LEANN DILBECK – The re-opening date of the Queen Wilhelmina Lodge has once again been post-poned to early 2014. The lodge closed in March 2012 to undergo a $6.7 million renovation.  It was originally scheduled to re-open by this month but was later post-poned to Fall 2013, and now officials are hopeful ...

  • 3 July

    Sterling Machinery Company, Inc. Earns ISO 9001:2008 Certification

    The Quality Management System (QMS) of Sterling Machinery Co. Inc. has been certified to conform to the International Quality System Standard ISO 9001:2008 for the provision of precision CNC machined components for a wide range of industrial applications. The certification process began in an effort to ensure excellent and continuously improving service to customers. This required all employees to think ...

  • 3 July

    Local Musician Scores Film Music for ‘The Good Neighbor’

    By LeAnn Dilbeck No one can dispute the power of music. It has the power to communicate…subtly or dramatically. It can evoke emotion…joy, sadness, anxiety, or maybe even fear. But when you consider the impact it has when watching a show, or a film, or a documentary, it’s impact soars. Consider watching Jaws without the award winning film score by ...