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Doyle Wayne Cook

Doyle Wayne Cook, age 67, of Talihina, Oklahoma, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017 in Poteau, Oklahoma. Doyle Wayne was born in Mena, Arkansas on November 8, 1947 to Lewis Elvoy Cook and Elizabeth Susanna Brock Cook.  He graduated from Wickes High School in Wickes, Arkansas and was a veteran of Vietnam. Doyle was a very special, kind, and generous person, ...

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Bruce Wayne Edwards

Bruce Wayne Edwards, age 59, of Mena passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Mena, Arkansas. Bruce was born in Rockford, Illinois on June 12, 1957 to the late Irvan Edwards and the late Rowena Loofboro Edwards.  He leaves behind his loving wife, Donna Toye Edwards.  Bruce was a Machinist for Sterling Machinery for 27 years.  Apart from his love of fishing, hunting ...

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June Carole Johnson

June Carole Johnson, age 82, of Watson, Oklahoma died Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Peachtree Hospice in Fort Smith. She was born on Saturday, June 9, 1934 to Ivus Johnathan William and Imogene Wilson White in Octavia, Oklahoma. June was a very active member of Cove First Baptist Church, teaching Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. She was a ...

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State Legislature Looks to Reform Taxes

BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN MADDOX – This week several members of the legislature will take the first step in crafting new tax reform legislation. When the General Assembly passed the Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2017 we not only reduced taxes for low-income families, we also laid the groundwork for future tax cuts and reform. The legislation created the Tax ...

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To the Class of 2017

It’s time to recognize the Class of 2017. I had the honor of addressing graduates at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge on May 13, 2017. Here is some of the advice I gave to graduates: I’m sure many of you are documenting this milestone on social media. You have a lot to be proud of so it is no ...

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Arkansas Virtual Academy may Receive More Students

May 19, 2017 LITTLE ROCK –The state Board of Education will consider raising the cap on the number of students who can enroll in the Arkansas Virtual Academy. The academy has received preliminary approval for a higher cap from the Charter Authorizing Panel and the next step is for the request to go before the state Board. If the Board ...

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The Thin Blue Line

BY CONGRESSMAN BRUCE WESTERMAN –  I am a firm believer that those who service in blue deserve the highest form of respect and gratitude. May 15-19 is National Police Week, a time when tens of thousands of law enforcement officers gather in the Nation’s Capital, a tradition that began in 1962. The recent murder of Lieutenant Kevin C. Mainhart in ...

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Howard County Suspect Flees to Polk County; Found with Drugs and Gun

BY MELANIE BUCK – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man wanted for aggravated assault late Thursday night after a call came in to dispatch from Howard County, and found a trove of drugs and a firearm in the midst. At approximately 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017, Polk County authorities were informed of a suspect that allegedly ...

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Stanley “Jackie” Eugene Bennett, Sr.

Stanley “Jackie” Eugene Bennett, Sr., age 72, of Mena, Arkansas, died Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at his home. He was born on Saturday, November 18, 1944 to Stanley Acil and Mary Shewmake Bennett in Fort Worth, Texas. Stanley was raised by his Aunt Doris and Uncle Sam Lehmann. Stanley was a Class of 1962 Mena High School graduate. Stanley served in ...

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Baker Graduates Drug Court; Hopes to Show Others Possibility of New Life

BY MELANIE BUCK – Dorene Baker, a Polk County native, has a testimony to be told – one that includes darkness but leads to light. Baker, mother of three, grandmother of nine, battled an addiction to methamphetamine for nearly three decades until an offered program through the courts changed her life and showed her that, for those willing, people really ...

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