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May, 2017

  • 18 May

    Mena Mail Carriers Collect Two Tons of Food

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Mail carriers in Mena collected more than two tons of food during the annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger food drive that is held by the United States Postal Service on the second Saturday of May each year. The drive is the largest one-day food drive in the nation and has been ...

  • 18 May

    County Celebrates National Salvation Army Week

    BY MELANIE BUCK – National Salvation Army Week is being celebrated in Polk County this week, in conjunction with hundreds of other outlets across the country. Mena Mayor George McKee signed a proclamation declaring the week of May 15, 2017 as Salvation Army Week. The local unit, currently led by director Roxanne Aleshire, has been serving the citizens of Polk ...

  • 18 May

    Ouachita Quilt Show Features Quilt Give-Away

    SUBMITTED – Ouachita Quilt Show Chair Judy Myres admires the quilt to be given away during the show. “It features a large, hand-appliqued medallion. It’s a gorgeous quilt. And it’s huge,” Myres said. “It’ll cover a king-sized bed with plenty of room to spare.” The quilt show will be held during the Lum and Abner Festival, June 2nd and 3rd at the ...

  • 18 May

    Potter Volunteer Fire Department Hosts Fish Fry/Ribbon Cutting

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Potter Fire Department held their annual fundraising fish fry on Saturday, May 6th. The difference this year – they held it in their new 3,000 sq. ft. facility. The new department includes three bays to hold their equipment, which includes two engines, a tanker, and three brush trucks. It also houses a training/meeting room, an ...

  • 18 May

    Jack Schoeppy Wins Gold

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Local racquetball player, Jack Schoeppy, won the National Masters Racquetball Tournament in Arlington. Jack competed in singles in the 80-84 age division where he was crowned the National Champion. Jack also finished 5th in Doubles while competing with the number three senior player in the world. Jack has been playing racquet ball since 1964, before it ...

  • 18 May

    Cossatot River State Park Offers Trio of Summer Camp Adventures

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Cossatot River State Park will offer a series of Summer camps for kids while they are out on their annual Summer break from school. The camps will take participants on a variety of adventures, while providing life skills knowledge in the great outdoors. The first in the series is Kids Nature Camp, designed for ages 6-8, ...

  • 18 May

    Christian Singles Meet

    Christian singles of Mena & surrounding area recently met at Papa’s Mexican Cafe for an evening of good food & fellowship.   We had the pleasure of having conductor Casey Jones of the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad as our guest speaker.  We will be taking a trip on the railroad May 6th.  This is just one of the many activities that ...

  • 17 May

    Roberts Back in Court on 18th Anniversary of Murder

    BY MELANIE BUCK – On the 18th anniversary of her death, Andi Brewer’s family found themselves back in Polk County Circuit Court watching a post-conviction relief hearing for her convicted rapist and murderer, Karl Roberts.  Roberts’ defense team continues to seek relief for him arguing ‘ineffective counsel’ in the latest legal maneuvering that has spanned almost two decades and in ...

  • 17 May

    Polk County Celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week

    Polk County recently celebrated National Travel and Tourism Week and Small Business Week together during the first few days of May. The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain, in conjunction with Henderson State University’s Small Business and Technology Development Center, hosted an event at the Ouachita Center.  Leah Hasley, Certified Business Advisor, and Karen Musick, Lender Relations Specialist, both spoke at ...

  • 17 May

    Maddox Visits Board of Realtors

    BY MELANIE BUCK – State Representative John Maddox has come home from the Capitol following a long early session, as well as a May special session in the Arkansas Legislature. Since being home, he has met with several organizations and served as guest speaker to many. At his most recent appearance, Maddox joined the Mena Area Board of Realtors where ...