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November, 2017

  • 14 November

    Cove Church is Relay Station for Operation Christmas Child

    BY MELANIE WADE – Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has brought joy to millions of children around the world through their Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts. Each year, local churches gather the boxes filled with needed items and disperse them amongst those who are less fortunate. “Each one is an opportunity for the Gospel,” said a released sent by Operation Christmas ...

  • 8 November

    Don’t Eat Home Alone: Serving Compassion for 24 Years

    This year will mark the 24th year for the Annual “Don’t Eat Home Alone” community outreach event held each Thanksgiving Day for those who may not have family locally, or don’t want to eat home alone. Meals are also delivered to “shut-ins” only. Organizers said that if you need a ride to the church, please let them know. Also, those planning ...

  • 8 November

    Training Held for VA Volunteers

    The James K. Polk Chapter, NSDAR, recently organized a volunteer training day for new volunteers for the new Community Based VA Clinic in Mena.  The William Harrison Earp Chapter of the UDC, and the Happiness Club of the Polk County EHC were also among the groups represented at this training.  The training was conducted by Mr. Micheal Dobbs of Little ...

  • 8 November

    Award Winning Still on the Hill to Perform Free Concert at OLT

    BY MELANIE WADE – The Buffalo River National Park Service is bringing Still on the Hill, one of Arkansas’ most beloved folk duos to Ouachita Little Theatre ‘on Sunday afternoon, November 19th at 2:30 p.m.  Still on the Hill will be performing their show, ‘Still a River,’ that celebrates the nation’s first historic river in song. The concert is free and the first ...

  • 8 November

    Ouachita Arts Celebration Provided Plethora of Mediums

    BY MELANIE WADE – The Ouachita Arts Celebration was held in downtown Mena on Saturday, November 4th, and was a success by all accounts. Although official numbers weren’t available at press time, one organizer, John Vacca, said despite poor weather, he believes there were as many people as last year, and hopefully a few more. Mena Street was lined with ...

  • 8 November

    Mena Middle School EAST Program Provides Honorable Event for Veterans

    Students in the Mena Middle School EAST classrooms have been preparing for weeks to host an event for veterans as worthy as the veterans themselves. Although an arduous task, the students and faculty put in the hard work to present the program on Thursday, November 2, and it was well-received by those in attendance. The Mena High School Performing Arts ...

  • 8 November

    Local Masonic Lodges Present Honorable Awards

    BY MELANIE WADE – Two local Masonic lodges held their annual awards banquet on Saturday, November 4th, and honored several masons, as well as community members for their efforts in serving those around them. Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 honored Linda Johnson with their Community Service Award. Johnson is the commander for the local VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) and was ...

  • 8 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 ...

  • 7 November

    Two Hometown Servicemen Honored with Awards

    BY MELANIE WADE – Two hometown servicemen, one just beginning a career in law enforcement and one deep into his military career, were honored with prestigious awards recently. Christopher Gordon graduated from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Academy in October and received awards for his excellence in certain fields of the program. Gordon earned a first place commendation for physical fitness ...

  • 7 November

    American Legion National Commander to Visit Local Post

    BY MELANIE WADE – Local American Legion Post 18 is looking forward to an honored visit from their National Commander Denise Rohan this month as she makes a sweeping tour of Western Arkansas to meet with legion posts. Rohan is the first woman elected as the American Legion National Commander. She was elected commander in August of this year during ...