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A.C. Billings, Jr.

Mr. A.C. Billings, Jr. age 89, of Mena, Arkansas went to his Heavenly home on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. A.C. was born in Knott, Texas on December 14, 1929 to Asa Clinton Billings and Willie Mae Kitchens Billings. A.C. was a lover of life and lived it to the fullest. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and hunting. He always had a ...

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Forest Officials to revise Environmental Assessment on quartz proposal

Ouachita National Forest officials are expected to release a revised Environmental Assessment by the end of March on a proposal to mine quartz  from an area of the national forest, located just north of Mount Ida. The proposed mine would be an open pit mine where all vegetation and top soil is removed from the area to be mined. A ...

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Wonders of the west: Revisit the past and experience the present from Texarkana to Mena via U.S. 71

By Rex Nelson  (Editorial 2/10/2019 from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette) As is often the case when I pull into Texarkana early in the evening, Cattleman’s Steak House on the Arkansas side of State Line Avenue is my first stop. When Roy Oliver opened the restaurant more than 50 years ago, State Line was a two-lane road. His business was surrounded ...

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Cossatot River School District competed in the regional archery competition

Elementary team had a score of 2618 and placed 2nd. They will be competing at state. Middle school scores 2821 but unfortunately did not make it to state. We are very proud if both teams for all their hard work and their focus at competition. Picture 387 is elementary and picture 410 is the middle school.

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Learning Made Fun at Wickes

Wickes Elementary students were treated to a special guest last week. Cossatot River Park Interpreter, Shelly Flanary visited first graders and showed them fun ways to explore the differences between solids, liquids and gases. Hands on experiences like this with special instructors, in fun manners, helps kids retain what they learn.

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Largest Highway Spending Plan in State’s History Announced by Governor and Legislature

Governor Asa Hutchinson joined legislative leadership this morning to announce details of a proposed $300 million, long-term highway plan. At $300 million in increased annual revenue to State Highways, this plan would be the largest in Arkansas’s history. The plan is broken down into two parts, the first of which is an extension of the half-cent sales tax of 2012 ...

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House Bill Could Help Renters In Arkansas

House Bill Could Help Renters In Arkansas Arkansas is the only state that does not require landlords to maintain a safe structure for renters. An Arkansas house bill (HB 1410) would change that to require landlords to keep rental properties at a set of safety standards. State Rep Jimmy Gazaway of Paragould is the sponsor of the bill, which would ...

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Robin Lynn Krebbs

Robin Lynn Krebbs Robin Lynn Krebbs age 58 left this life Thursday, February 7, 2019 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Robin was born on August 04, 1960 in Lubbock, Texas to Charles and Junita Winfield Krebbs. Robin graduated from Shallowater High, where he was a member of the football team.  After graduating he worked for a private contractor mowing highway right of ...

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Richard Roland Bistrican

Richard Roland Bistrican, age 84, of Mena, Arkansas died Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the St. Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs. He was born on Thursday, March 15, 1934 to Joseph Martin and Mary Petak Bistrican in East Chicago, Illinois. Richard was of the Catholic faith and a member of the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Mena. He served proudly ...

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Jeffrey Scott Bass

Jeffrey Scott Bass age 53 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, February 1, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas. Jefferey was born on November 10, 1965 in Santa Anna, California to the late Williamson Glenn Bass and the late Betty McCauley Bass.  He worked in Quality Control as an inspector at Nidec. He loved fast boats, cars and watching Nascar. He loved to ...

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