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Fokke (Dutch) Devries

Fokke (Dutch) Devries, age 65 of Mena, Arkansas, passed away February 5, 2018 in Mena. He was born in Leeuwarden, Holland on January 5, 1953 to Franz and Antje Devries. Dutch was married to Tonia Fussell Devries for 6 happy years. He worked as a Chief Information Officer for Healthy Connections as a computer technologist. In his younger days, Dutch ...

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Mary Sue Varner

Mary Sue Varner, age 80, of Mena, Arkansas, went to her heavenly home Friday, February 9, 2018 in Mena, Arkansas She was born on January 15, 1938 in Mena, Arkansas to Homer Meridieth and Iona Medford Meridieth. Mary Sue was happily married to Sam Varner. She worked as secretary for TC Masters Cable Company and retired from Beasley Wood Funeral ...

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Patricia Louise Lawry

Patricia Louise Lawry, age 84, of Mena, died Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at the National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was born on Wednesday, January 10, 1934, to Phillip Morris and Laura Louise Houseman Payne in Palo Alto, California. Patricia spent her life serving God and others. She graduated as a Registered Nurse from Madison College and ...

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Joseph “Ricky” Fletcher

Joseph “Ricky” Fletcher, age 64, of Heavener, Oklahoma, died Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Heavener Nursing and Rehab. He was born on Friday, April 17, 1953 to Joseph Bernard Ledet and Imogene Williams Fletcher in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ricky lived in Muse, Oklahoma for many years of his life and then moved to different parts of Oklahoma. He enjoyed spending ...

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School Lunch Menus: February 12-16, 2018

Acorn Public Schools: Monday Breakfast: PreK: Pancake, sausage link, fruit, milk. Grades K-12: Variety cereal, pancake syrup, sausage link, parfait, fruit, juice, milk. Lunch: PreK: Sweet & Sour popcorn chicken, fried rice, broccoli, fruit, milk. Grades K-5: Sweet & sour popcorn chicken, chicken teriyaki stir fry, fried rice, broccoli, fruit, salad bar, milk. Grades 6-12: Sweet & sour popcorn chicken, ...

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Hunter Wins 2018 Pro Bid Calling Championship

The weekend of February 2-3, 2018 was a busy one for Arkansas Auctioneers Association (AAA). This is when auctioneers from across Arkansas gather for the Annual AAA Winter Meeting, in Hot Springs, AR, at the Hotel Hot Springs & Spa. While auctioneers come for continuing educational credit, the convention offers many more opportunities for both seasoned veterans of the auction ...

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Community Action on Old School

SUBMITTED – Community leaders met last week to form plans for the Old High School on Mena Street.  The Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas, ARCO, and the Downtown Partners brought city, county and state representatives, business owners, and the Mena Chamber of Commerce to meet with McClure Engineering, specialists in innovative community development projects. Walter Deetz, the school’s owner ...

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Cossatot River EAST Named as Prestigious Award Finalist

BY MELANIE WADE – The Cossatot River High School EAST program has been named as a finalist for a prestigious award that is based on their accomplishments within the program. Cosstatot River’s EAST classrooms are led by Emily Huckabee who said the students have been working towards this goal for three years. The students had to create videos for applications ...

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A Moonlight Dance

A lunar trifecta was visible across the planet on January 31, 2018. The rare occurrence, known as the Super Blue Blood Moon, resulted from the combination of perigee (the closest point of the moon’s orbit with Earth causing the moon look to 13% larger, hence the ‘super moon’), as well as the second full moon in the same calendar month ...

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Floyd Named County Winner of Arkansas Big Buck Classic

Brandon Floyd has earned the honor of winning the Arkansas Big Buck Classic contest for Polk County. Floyd received his award at the annual event held this year on January 29. County winners are chosen and placed using a full credit score system, which includes taking the total inches of antler growth and adding the width of the spread. Floyd’s ...

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