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Revitalization Continues in Mena’s Downtown

BY LEANN DILBECK AND MELANIE BUCK – Mena Street is experiencing a resurrection, as one by one, buildings are being restored and bringing new life to the center of town that doubles as the gateway to the Talimena National Scenic Byway. Once the retail hub, the downtown area, like many rural communities, saw a decline and, one by one, these ...

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County 4-H Clubs Giving Back with “Santas for Seniors”

BY MELANIE BUCK – The Polk County 4-H Club, which includes 13 clubs across the county, have done something special for seniors during this season of giving. The ‘Santas for Seniors’ program was opened up for low-income senior citizens, ages 65 years and older, to provide them with special gifts this Christmas. The clubs have been accepting donations and sponsors ...

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Menus for County Schools: Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mena Public Schools Breakfast: Maple Burst Pancake, Banana, Juice, Milk Lunch: Main:  Baked Chicken, Rice Pilaf, Steamed Broccoli, Baby Carrots, Oatmeal Roll, Sliced Peaches, Milk;  No Choice Line   Acorn Public Schools Breakfast: Cereal, Fruit, Juice, Milk Lunch: Managers Choice, Fruit, Milk   Cossatot River School Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Strawberries, Orange Juice, Milk Lunch: Pepperoni Pizza, Tossed Salad w/ Dressing, Peaches, Vanilla Wafers, Milk  

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Arvest Partners with Mena McDonald’s to ‘Pay it Forward’

BY MELANIE BUCK – Arvest Bank partnered with Mena McDonald’s to ‘pay it forward’ at the McDonald’s drive-thru window this morning.  The concept of ‘pay it forward’ is that when someone does a good deed for you, instead of returning the favor to that person, you do something nice for someone else, therefore, you are paying it forward. Arvest and ...

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Farewell Reception Held for Hospital CEO Tim Bowen

Search Continues for New CEO BY MELANIE BUCK – A farewell reception was held at Mena Regional Health System for Tim Bowen, the outgoing CEO of MRHS. Bowen has been the Chief Executive Officer of MRHS for more than three years. Bowen has accepted a president’s position with the Integris Health System based out of Oklahoma. His last day at ...

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Thomas “Tom” Roberts

Thomas “Tom” Roberts, age 81, of Cove went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, December 15, 2014 in Cove. He was born December 16, 1932, in Blocker, Oklahoma to the late John Harrison Roberts and the late Bertha Lee Roberts. Tom was married to the love of his life, Nurene Clark Roberts on February 1, 1958. Tom always had ...

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Menus for County Schools: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mena Public Schools Breakfast: Super Donut, Sausage Link, Apple Slices, Juice, Milk Lunch: Main:  Baked Ham, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Corn, Hot Roll, Cake, Milk; Choice: Mini Corndogs, Garden Spinach Salad, Green Beans, Frito’s, Apples, Milk   Acorn Public Schools Breakfast: Cereal, Fruit, Juice, Milk Lunch: Ham, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Green Beans, Roll, Fruit, Milk   Cossatot River School Breakfast: Cereal, Apple Wedges, Grape Juice, ...

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Young Releases Hawks at Visitor’s Center

BY MELANIE BUCK – Two hawks were released last Friday as part of Tommy Young’s push for 80,000 total releases in his thirty years of rehabilitating animals. The first of the two was a Sharp Shin Hawk, hit by a car on November 15 near Ft. Smith. The hawk suffered a head injury with a concussion. Young nursed the bird ...

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Sonic Drive-In Ribbon Cutting

Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce held an official ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly opened Sonic Drive-In on Hwy. 71 North in Mena, on Monday, December 15. Sonic has been newly renovated and is under new ownership and management. They also have new high tech features for the pleasure of their customers.

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Single Parent Scholarship

Brian Erickson, owner of Freedom Pharmacy, is thanked for his firm’s $500.00 gift to the Single Parent Scholarship Fund by Pete Chambers, the scholarship fund’s chair. In presenting the gift, Erickson said, “I know several scholarship recipients. The difference these scholarships make is amazing. Just this year, one recipient opened a new business here in Mena after she graduated from ...

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