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County Eyes Joining Lawsuit Against Opioid Pharmaceutical Companies

BY MELANIE WADE – As the opioid epidemic continues to cause alarm across the country, the Arkansas Association of Counties (AAC) is hoping to do their part to combat the effort by filing a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical companies, who many say, are pushing their drugs for long term use, instead of the short term use they were approved for. ...

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Laverne Thompkins

Laverne Thompkins, age 71 of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Friday, December 8, 2017 in Mena. Laverne was born on October 12, 1946 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Lester Thacker and the late Allene Scott. She was married to the late Johnny Thompkins. Laverne worked as a CNA for Home Health and Hospice, a career she loved. She enjoyed going ...

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Ruby M. Cannon Peters

Ruby M. Cannon Peters, age 78 of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017 in Mena. Ruby was born in Mena, Arkansas on August 12, 1939 to the late Gordon Cannon and the late Leona Kline Cannon. She worked at Renova Manufacturing for years and also was a loving homemaker for her family. Ruby enjoyed working in her garden ...

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School Lunch Menus: December 11-16, 2017

Acorn Public Schools: Monday Breakfast: PreK: Pancake Wrap, fruit, milk. K-12 Grade: Variety cereal, pancake wrap syrup, parfait, fruit, juice, milk. Lunch: PreK: Popcorn chicken, fries, pinto beans, fruit, milk. Elementary: Fish sticks, popcorn chicken, roll, fries, pinto beans, fruit, milk, salad bar. Middle & High School: Fish sticks, popcorn chicken, potato bar, toll, fries, pinto beans, fruit, milk, salad ...

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Stanley Robert Lawrence, II

Stanley Robert Lawrence, II, age 79 of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday December 6, 2017 in Mena. Stanley was born in Baltimore, Maryland on January 14, 1938 to the late Stanley Lawrence, Sr. and the late Maude Besaw Lawrence. He was married to Constance Francis Baker Lawrence. Stanley truly enjoyed playing bluegrass and country music with friends at the Daisy ...

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“Elf, Jr.” Opens at OLT this Weekend

Polk County is privileged to have the opportunity to see a local adaptation of one of the most delightful Christmas productions to hit Broadway in several years. The musical “Elf” was a huge hit on Broadway in 2010 and a shorter version has been made available to schools and young performing youth groups across the nation.  The shorter version, known ...

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Alstons Honored as 2017 Arkansas Farm Family of the Year

BY LEANN DILBECK – Luke and DeeDee Alston of Mena were named as the Farm Bureau Arkansas Farm Family of the Year at the annual luncheon at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock on Thursday, December 7, 2017, and they historically mark the first time a Polk County Family has won on the state level. “This is what ...

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Polk County Deputies Assist Scott County Following Shooting of Officer

BY MELANIE WADE – Polk County Law Enforcement assisted the Scott County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday evening, December 5, 2017, following an officer-involved shooting. Scott County Sheriff’s deputies were responding to a disturbance call when one officer made contact with the suspect, near the suspect’s residence. The suspect allegedly left his vehicle and shot at the officer, striking him in ...

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

BY LEANN DILBECK – R-E-S-P-E-C-T… Aretha Franklin sang it… some live it… and some completely disregard it but lately, I feel it is at the core of so many troubles within our own families, corporately, and even nationally. It crushed my heart when I heard a young mother publicly berate her 9ish year old son who was trying to assist, ...

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Polk County Births

Juliann and Joshua Oglesby, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on November 22nd. Carolin Howell, of Topeka, KS, is the proud mother of a baby girl, born on November 23rd. Courtney Morris, of Mena, is the proud mother of a baby boy, born on November 26th. Hope Mitchell and Jovani Gonzalez of DeQueen, are the ...

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