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August, 2019

  • 14 August

    Polk County Prayer Request Debuted on 1450 AM ‘The Good News Radio’

    By Linda Lee Denton (MENA)  A unique radio program made its debut Sunday, August 4th.  The program is aimed at ministering to the local, listening community and aired on KENA-AM 1450 “Good News Radio”. The Polk County Prayer Request came to fruition after noticing the need for a program to offer prayer on the radio.  Each Sunday now, prayer requests ...

  • 14 August

    Reflections From Faith and History

    Remembering Mr. Carmack -by Jeff Olson Each year at about this time teachers throughout America have been preparing for a new school year, working behind the scenes in ways unknown to most of us. I believe good teachers approach the new year not just as a job to teach a subject but as educators with a desire to help develop ...

  • 7 August

    Boozman Tours Region

    (MENA)  United States Senator John Boozman was in Montgomery and Polk Counties on Tuesday. It was a part of his two day tour of Western and Southwestern Arkansas. The senator started his Tuesday with a breakfast roundtable with Mena / Polk County Chamber of Commerce members at the Lime Tree Restaurant in Mena, where he met with local business leaders. ...

  • 7 August

    Governor Hutchinson Authorizes $8.24 Million to Arkansas Counties for Voting Equipment, Maintenance

    (LITTLE ROCK)  Governor Asa Hutchinson announced on Thursday that $8.24 million was provided this week to the Secretary of State’s Office to allow Arkansas counties to improve voting equipment, programming, and maintenance. The funds were transferred from the Property Tax Relief Fund to the Secretary of State’s Office, which will issue the funds through the County Voting System Grant Fund. ...

  • 7 August

    Reflections from History and Faith

    by Jeff Olson How many of us can remember growing up seeing a big burly bear on a poster, television screen, or in a periodical reminding us to prevent forest fires? I suspect that just about all of us have some memories of that special bear. This week, we celebrate the 75th birthday of America’s most famous bear, Smokey Bear. ...

July, 2019

  • 31 July

    Reflections From Faith and History

    by Jeff Olson Official references to God are just one area of religious freedom which has come under attack over the past fifty years in our nation. One of the most recent of these involves our national motto, “In God We Trust.” A new law passed in the state of South Dakota requires that the state’s 149 school districts paint, ...

  • 24 July

    Reflections From Faith and History

    by Jeff Olson In December 1606, three small ships sailed from England. On board the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery were 104 colonists full of hopes and dreams of a new world where they could make a new life of freedom, family and prosperity. After more than 4 months at sea, they marveled at the “faire meddowes and goodly tall ...

  • 17 July

    Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments

    (LITTLE ROCK)  Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced on Wednesday the following appointments: Dr. Rosilee Russell, Fort Smith, to the Advisory Council for the Education of Gifted and Talented Children. Appointment expires July 20, 2021. Reappointment. Caleb Plyler, Hope, to the Arkansas Beef Council. Appointment expires March 30, 2022. Reappointment. Velvet Medlock, Greenwood, to the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy. ...

  • 17 July

    Reflections From Faith and History

    By Jeff Olson I can still remember, as a youngster in the late 1960s, a voice from the television saying, “Space, the final frontier…to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before….” Of course that voice was William Shatner who played Captain James T. Kirk in the ...

  • 10 July

    Reflections From Faith and History

    -by Jeff Olson In American sports history, particularly baseball, there is no more revered and respected a name than that of Lou Gehrig. To this day “The Iron Horse” remains an icon of talent, durability and class. His record of 2,130 consecutive games played stood for 56 years and he is still considered the greatest first basemen of all time. ...