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August, 2017

  • 8 August

    Masons Support Education with Food Fundraisers

    BY MELANIE WADE – The Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 has long been known for their commitment to community and especially to education. Hosting fundraisers year round, the Lodge provides scholarships to area high school students and supports education in other benevolent facets as well. They have an upcoming fundraiser to help do just that, and they invite the community to ...

  • 8 August

    Architect Shares Vision of Possibilities for Farmer’s Market

    BY MELANIE WADE – A meeting was held on Tuesday, August 2, 2017, at the 4H Education Center next to the Extension Office, to discuss the vision of a larger, more modern farmer’s market in Mena and how it could draw new visitors to the area, as well as provide a space for more local fresh food vendors and artisans ...

  • 8 August

    Mena Elks Receive National Award for Benevolence

    BY MELANIE WADE – The Mena Elks Lodge recently received a national award for their dedicated service to the community. Mena Elks Lodge #781 Exhaulted Ruler, Brian Thompson, along with longtime member, Marty Caldwell, traveled to Reno, Nevada to receive the award at their national Grand Lodge Convention. Mena Elks is considered a Division Two Lodge, having between 300-500 members ...

  • 8 August

    CASA to Host Volunteer Training

    BY MELANIE WADE – The Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Ouachitas, also known as CASA, will hold a new volunteer training for Polk County in September. The training will consist of 30 hours of training at the CASA office, just off of DeQueen Street in Mena. The training will also include courtroom observation. CASA volunteers advocate for foster children, ...

  • 8 August

    Ouachita River District to Implement Lunch Pay Account System

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Ouachita River School District has announced a new online feature that will enable students and/or their families to deposit money into the students’ meal accounts as well as monitor their account balance. Parents or guardians can register for a free online EZSchoolPay account that will enable them a quick and secure way to view their student(s) ...

  • 2 August

    Meet Miss Kitty… The Horse that Survived the Unsurvivable

    BY MELANIE WADE – Any horse lover or farm worker knows that when a horse breaks their coffin bone, it generally sends them to an early demise. However, this is not the case with Miss Kitty, a 21-year old Missouri Fox Trotter, that belongs to Lydia Young. Used for mostly trail riding, a hobby that Young has loved for her ...

  • 2 August

    Sociable Seniors to Celebrate 10 Years

    BY MELANIE WADE – The Polk County Sociable Seniors are celebrating their 10th anniversary as an organization this month and are excited to share what the last decade has brought to each of them at their upcoming luncheon. Each month, the group of more than two dozen, meet up at a local eatery and just have lunch and talk, laugh, ...

  • 2 August

    Price Named as New Grannis Police Chief

    BY MELANIE WADE – The City of Grannis has a new Police Chief as of mid-July. Eddie Price, longtime law enforcement officer, began his new position on July 18, 2017, and is excited and honored to lead the force that protects and serves the citizens in his area. “We can serve and protect, but we can serve in many other ...

  • 2 August

    American Artisans Mural Continues to Grow

    Work continues on a mural being created on the south side of American Artisans Eatery & Gallery. Local artist, Seth Stewart, has been commissioned with the project that has begun with a series of birds. The community will have to wait and see what the final product will look like. “We are extremely pleased with the excitement and positive reaction ...

  • 2 August

    Clarice’s Room of Hope Day Celebrated

    Clarice’s Room of Hope Day 2017 was celebrated on Saturday, July 29, at the Depot on Sherwood Avenue. They had light refreshments, music by Stella Dee, body painting by Shannon Clifford, and a balloon release to honor all those affected by cancer. Clarice Tisher, who passed of cancer, was the mother of Teena Brown (center), who launched Clarice’s Room of ...