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November, 2017

  • 15 November

    V Nails Salon Welcomed into Chamber

    V Nails Professional Salon was welcomed into the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce on October 27th with a ribbon cutting ceremony. V Nails is a full service nail salon located at 1002 South Mena Street, just next to Washburn’s Home Furnishings.

  • 15 November

    2017 Toys For Tots Campaign Begins

    BY MELANIE WADE – The Marine Corps League Detachment #1261 has launched their annual Toys for Tots campaign and organizers hope to see Polk County once again, come out in droves to help the less fortunate this year. Toys for Tots is a nationwide organization that has helped hundreds of thousands of children since its inception in the 1940’s. In ...

  • 15 November

    Backpacks Donated to Foster Children by Modern Woodmen

    Kathy Burks, president of the Polk County Foster Parent Association is pictured accepting backpacks full of care essentials donated by members of Modern Woodmen of America Chapter 13545. The backpacks will be used for foster children displaced in the area. Woodmen members gathered and assembled the backpacks as a recent service project. Pictured with Burks, left to right are: MWA ...

  • 15 November

    Mayor Proclaims Hospice and Palliative Care Month

    November is recognized as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and is a time to draw attention and awareness to this very special kind of care. Hospice care focuses on a person’s last months of life, when curative treatment is no longer an option. This means that Hospice care includes palliative care because the goal is to make the patient ...

  • 15 November

    Lioness Lions Award Local Organizations

    BY MELANIE WADE – The Mena Lioness Lions awarded their annual charitable contributions to local organizations at their monthly meeting on November 9, held at Limetree Restaurant. Each year, Lioness provide several organizations with donations, as well as funding other community needs throughout the year. This year, beneficiaries of the Lioness contributions were: CASA of the Ouachitas, Clarice’s Room of ...

  • 15 November

    Parks Department Begins Setting Christmas Lighting Display

    Christmas is coming and the City of Mena is preparing early for their annual Lighting of the Park. The Parks Department began the long, arduous task of setting up the large display that covers Janssen Park, in the heart of the City, as well as a display in front of the historic Mena Depot on Highway 71. This will mark ...

  • 15 November

    Ouachita Arts Celebration Hosts Reception Honoring Chair Art Artists

    SUBMITTED BY JUDY THOMPSON – For the first time at the recent Ouachita Arts Celebration, a new art form was highlighted.  With the very popular Chair Art, old wooden chairs were turned into art by the very competent local artists.  The Chair Art ranges from the beautifully simplistic to the truly out of the box. Artists who participated were Jim ...

  • 14 November

    Acorn Homecoming Royalty to be Honored

    The Acorn Homecoming Royalty will be honored during ceremonies this Friday, beginning at 5 p.m. Front row L-R is the senior court: Senior Maid Elizabeth Hatchel, Homecoming Queen Faith Hill, MAid of Honor Makenzie Goss, (not pictured is Senior Maid Josie Webb.) Back row L-R: Freshman Maid Corryn Holland, Sophomore MaKenna Goss, Junior Maids Braxlie Strother and Mekinzie Kyle, Sophomore ...

  • 14 November

    Pasquinzo Crowned Mrs. Arkansas America

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Julie Pasquinzo, of Mena, has been crowned the new 2018 Mrs. Arkansas America. Competing as Mrs. West Central Arkansas, Pasquinzo was crowned during the state-wide pageant this past Saturday at the Hot Springs Convention Center after competing in interview, swim suit, and evening gown competitions. Pasquinzo said she was at first “shocked” when she was announced, ...

  • 14 November

    Local Law Enforcement to Host Church Security Class

    BY MELANIE WADE – The Polk County Sheriff’s Department, along with other local law enforcement, is planning to host a Church Security Class following the recent mass shooting at a Texas church. Shootings at places of worship have risen in the last few years, and following the Texas tragedy, Sheriff Sawyer said he has be inundated with phone calls from ...