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New Family Health & Walk-In Clinic Now Open

BY LEANN DILBECK – A new family health and walk-in clinic is now open in Mena in the former VA Clinic building on Hwy 71 North next to Arvest Bank.  First Care Family Health and Walk-In Clinic is one of 11 locations operated by HealthStar, which was established in April 2000, and now includes 15 physicians, 23 Advanced Practice Nurse ...

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Polk County Sheriff’s Department: October 16-22, 2017

October 16, 2017 Traffic stop on Highway 71 South near Cove led to the arrest of Wesley J. Crump, 25, of Mena, on Charges of DWI and Careless/Prohibited Driving. Report of a disturbance on Polk 614 near Mena.  Deputies responded. Report from a Mena woman that a juvenile family member had not returned when they were supposed to.  Deputy contacted ...

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Mena Police Department: October 15-21, 2017

October 15, 2017 Report was made of a local man harassing an acquaintance. The suspect was located and advised to stop the harassment. He agreed. A local man reported that his former girlfriend and her current boyfriend were harassing him. Case is pending. October 16, 2017 Sheila Akers, 39, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant for failure ...

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Shirley Simmons Russell

Mrs. Shirley Simmons Russell, age 72, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017 in Mt. Ida, Arkansas. Shirley was born on December 1, 1944 in Cyril, Oklahoma to Oscar Simmons and Claudean Phillips Simmons. She was married to James Russell and was a truck driver hauling livestock for many years. Shirley was very artistic; she enjoyed painting and ...

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Muriel Joyce Hughes

Muriel Joyce Hughes, age 91, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017 in Mena. She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on November 24, 1925 to the late Joseph Trinder and the late Sylvia Gray Trinder. She was married to the late William Gordon Hughes until his passing in 1998. Joyce loved all kinds of sports and doing ...

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Norma Jean Price

Norma Jean Price, age 70, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017 in Mena. She was born January 15, 1947 in Wickes, Arkansas to the late Melvin Wilcher and the late Bessie Jo Bingham Wilcher.  She was married to Sherman Price.  Norma was a hairdresser for many years, running her own shop and was co-owner and operator of the family ...

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School Lunch Menus: October 23-27, 2017

Acorn Public Schools: Monday Breakfast: Variety cereal, pancakes parfait, sausage link, syrup, peaches, juice, milk. Lunch: Elementary: Sweet & sour popcorn chicken, beef stir fry w/ veggies, fries rice, egg roll, apples, salad bar, juice, milk. High School: Sweet & sour chicken, beef stir fry w/ veggies, baked potato bar, wheat crackers, fried rice, egg roll, apples, salad bar, juice, ...

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Acorn Cross Country Competes in Lake Hamilton Invitational

BY EASTON LEONARD – The Acorn High School XCountry team competed in the Lake Hamilton Invitational meet on Saturday, October 14th. Kimberly Strasner placed 12th overall in the Girls Senior High JV 5,000 meter run, as the only competitor from Acorn. In the Girls Senior High Varsity 5,000 meter run, Faith Hill came in 51st, Kendra Branson 92nd, Sophie Jackson ...

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Mena Basscats Out-Fish Statewide Competition

The Mena Basscats fished in the Arkansas Youth Fishing Foundation (AYFF) Tournament at Greers Ferry on October 14. Mena had four teams competing against 69 boats/teams from across the state in the tournament. Austin Johnston, Andrew Graves, Cason Canon, Marc David Wilson, Jarrett Burger, Jake Wiles, Evan Graves, and Austin Rose, “had their hands full with a cold front and ...

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Junior Ladycats Win District Tournament

BY EASTON LEONARD – On Saturday, October 14th, the Mena Junior High Varsity Ladycats completed their 2017 season with a District Tournament Championship. The Ladycats traveled to Arkadelphia on Saturday to compete in the tournament, and had to defeat opponents Benton Harmony Grove, Arkadelphia, and Waldron to secure the championship. Coach Rhonda Thigpen, head coach of the Junior Ladycats, is ...

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