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Polk County Native Named Teacher of the Year

Hot Springs, AR. Polk County native Sheri Deaton was named the Arkansas Career and Technical Teacher of the Year at the annual Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) meeting July 30 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Deaton, a Wickes High School graduate and University of Arkansas alumnus, is beginning her thirteenth year of teaching, ten of which have been in ...

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Blessing of the Backpack Service to be Held

BY MELANIE BUCK – The First United Methodist Church is holding The Blessing of the Backpack service, Prayer Walk, and FUMC Kidz Pizza Party in preparations for the upcoming school year. The Blessing of the Backpack service will be held Sunday, August 16, at 10 a.m. The youth-oriented service will begin at 10 a.m. The church will bless backpacks and ...

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Master Gardeners Help 4-H Members for the Fair

Almost 40 youngsters and an assortment of mothers turned out on Saturday, August 1, at the Polk County Fairgrounds to learn about and prepare their entries in the horticultural division of the County Fair. Each child left with one or more planted exhibits, with instructions on how to keep their plants healthy and happy for the next month. Master Gardeners ...

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Polk County Farm Bureau Attend Conference

Polk County Farm Bureau members were among more than 500 who attended Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 67th annual Officers and Leaders Conference July 20-21 in Hot Springs.  They are (left to right): Allen Stewart, Dotsy Webb, Duane Webb, Josey Webb, Brody Webb and Floyd Clark. The theme for this year’s conference was “#BeVocal.” A variety of workshops and speakers addressed issues ...

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Mena Art Gallery Celebrates Reopening & Ouachita Expressions Exhibit

Lane Wine Best of Show BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena Art Gallery reopened their doors after an extensive renovation project and opened the Ouachita Expressions Art Show, all on Saturday, August 8. The winners of the oldest show at the gallery were: Best of Show: Tiffany Lane with ‘Tribute to a Firefighter’ Works on Paper: Carol Bybee, 1st place ...

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Cowgirls & Cowboys Enjoy the 2015 Handi-Capable Rodeo

BY MELANIE BUCK – Even on the hottest day so far this summer, the 2015 Handi-capable Rodeo was a huge hit amongst the crowd that kicked up their spurs to become cowboys and cowgirls for a day. Each year, on Friday morning of the annual Rodeo, students of the Polk County Developmental Center and others, show up at the Andy ...

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Progressive Therapy Kids – A Downtown, Hometown Clinic

BY JACLYN ROSE – For the past five years, Progressive Therapy Kids has been in the school districts in Polk County, providing physical, occupational and speech therapy to local children.  Because many children are unable to continue therapy during the summer months, which is critical in many cases, in June of 2015, Progressive Therapy Kids opened a clinic, located at ...

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Polk County Sheriff’s Department: August 3-9, 2015

August 3, 2015 Report from complainant on Polk 282 near Hatfield of the theft of electronics, clothing and furniture, all valued at $1,935.00. Investigation continues. Report from a Mena woman of problems with an ex-spouse regarding custody issues. Report from complainant on Buckley Lane near Potter of unauthorized use of a debit card, totaling losses at $918.89. Investigation continues. Report ...

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Mena Police Department: August 2-8, 2015

August 2, 2015 Three 15-year-old youths, two from Mena and one from Carthage, Missouri, were charged with theft of property and breaking or entering after a call to a local residence. Korie Wilhite, 23, of Mena was charged with theft of property (shoplifting) after a call to a local retail store. August 3, 2015 A 14-year-old Mena girl was issued ...

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Ann Walker

Ann Walker, age 92, of Mena, Arkansas passed away peacefully Monday, August 10, 2015 at Brookdale Assisted Living in Little Rock. Ann was born on July 4, 1923 in Board Camp, Arkansas to the late Walter Bain and the late Virgie Strickland Bain.  She was united in marriage to Richard Orval Walker on July 1, 1941.  They celebrated 70 years of marriage ...

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