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Kennith Hooper Sr.

Kennith Hooper Sr., age 77, of Mena, died Friday, May 8, 2015 at home in Mena.  He was born on Monday, July 12, 1937 to Willie Wayne and Eliza Lott Hooper in Ink, Arkansas. Kennith was an avid outdoorsman and that was the reason he loved his career as a Wildlife Officer in Polk County for almost 18 years.  He ...

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Nancy Ann Lavern Bigley Dacus

Nancy Ann Lavern Bigley Dacus, age 66, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015 in Mena. She was born November 2, 1948 in Laredo, Texas to the late Ivan Lamont Bigley and the late Florence Madeline Custer Sturgill. She was married to the late Dennis Dacus and was a restaurateur by profession. Nancy was a lady of many ...

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County Judge Makes Disaster Declaration Following Weekend Flooding

The county was hard hit by weekend storms and officials took advantage of Monday’s sunshine to assess the damage. After traveling to various damaged areas, Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison explained that it will take several days to make an accurate assessment of all the flood damage, but, he said, “I have seen enough today [Monday] to believe that the ...

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Don’s EZ Pay – Three Generations of Service

BY JACLYN ROSE – Don Cecil spent time in the United States Air Force and always dreamed of being an entrepreneur and owning his own business. In 1982, he opened a used furniture store in DeQueen, Arkansas and was also a licensed repairman and air conditioning man. In 1988, he transitioned his store to a rent-to-own with the name Don’s ...

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Polk County Sheriff’s Department – April 27 – May 3, 2015

The following information was received from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department for the week of April 27, 2015 – May 3, 2015.  The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts.  Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been ...

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Marilyn Davenport – The Heart & Soul to Teach

  BY JACLYN ROSE – As the daughter of legendary Mena Bearcat Coach, Jim Rackley, Marilyn Davenport was raised at Bearcat sporting events. “I spent a lot of time growing up cheering for the Bearcats. My dad was a well-loved Bearcat coach and I spent my childhood at ballgames. I know that’s why I love sports and the Bearcats so ...

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Debate on New Jail Construction vs. Renovation Continues as May 12 Special Election Draws Near

BY MELANIE BUCK – Citizens against the proposed jail tax are questioning the economic feasibility of the new construction of a $10.9 million facility vs. the former Mena Middle School building. Supporters of the idea believe retrofitting the vacant building at the north end of Mena Street to meet required state standards would be more cost-effective for the county than ...

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Mena Poised to Host its First AAA State Softball Tournament

BY MELANIE BUCK – Coach Ray Hunter and Mena High School are gearing up to host their first Arkansas AAA State Softball Tournament slated for play May 14-16. Coach Hunter said the school has bid on the tournament for the last two years and were finally able to win that bid this year. Hunter said that the AAA (Arkansas Activities ...

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Polk County Men Plead Not Guilty to Murder in Logan County Court

BY MELANIE BUCK – Two Polk County men charged with 1st Degree Murder pled not guilty in Logan County Circuit Court on Friday, May 1, in connection with the death of Booneville resident, Ritchie Lee Lynch. Lynch was found dead in his home in Booneville on April 6, 2015 from multiple gunshot wounds. Nick Charles Stoicu, age 39, and Joseph ...

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National Day of Prayer to be Observed on Courthouse Lawn

BY MELANIE BUCK – Thursday, May 7, marks the 64th annual National Day of Prayer where millions of people will gather to pray at thousands of events facilitated by volunteers. The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in ...

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