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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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Local Youth Inducted into Purple Circle

Two Polk County youth have been inducted into Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Purple Circle Club – Dillon Gurley and Brandi Frachiseur. Gurley, of Grannis, was inducted for having the Grand Champion Berkshire Boar at the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show. Frachiseur is also of Grannis and was inducted for having the Senior Exotic Breeding Beef Showmanship at the Arkansas State ...

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Mena High School Choir to Host Christmas Concert This Week

The Mena High School Choral Music Department will present their annual Christmas concert on Thursday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school performing arts center.  The program will feature the musical talents of the Sixth Grade Choir, Middle School Choir, Spotlight Singers, and the Bearcat Chorus.  All choirs are under the direction of Ferroll “Tammy” Taylor.

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Cossatot River High Music Dept to Present Christmas Concert

The Cossatot River High School Music Dept will present their Christmas concert  on Monday, December 11, 2017 in the Holbert Auditorium in Wickes.  The band concert will begin at 6:00 featuring the 7th/8th grade Beginning Band and then the Senior band.  The band is under the direction of Emily Huckaby. The choir concert will follow at 7:30 under the direction ...

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Acorn Choir to Host Christmas Concert

Acorn Music Director Valerie Couch has announced two upcoming performance of the growing choir and music programs. The Acorn Choir concert will be held December 11th beginning at 7 p.m. in the Mary Fryar-Davis Gymnasium. Performing first will be the 5th and 6th grades followed by the high school choir, who will be performing their musical, Christmas Time is Here. ...

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Kathryn Louise Gentry

Mrs. Kathryn Louise Gentry, age 90, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, passed from this life on Friday, December 1, 2017 at her home in Wickes. Kathryn was an avid reader, enjoyed her flowers, cooking, and most of all, spending time with her family. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Wickes. She was preceded in death by ...

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Local Man Advocating for New Legislation for Veterans

BY MELANIE WADE – A lifetime resident of Mena is actively advocating for a change in legislation to benefit certain veterans of the Vietnam War claim benefits that others receive for the same ailments; however, due to their location during the war, some have been denied. William Rhodes is one such veteran and his current life mission is to make ...

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School Lunch Menus: December 4-8, 2017

Acorn Public Schools: Monday Breakfast: PreK: Breakfast pizza, fruit milk. K-12 Grade: Variety cereal, breakfast pizza, parfait, fruit, juice, milk. Lunch: PreK: Cheeseburger, fries, fruit, milk. Elementary: BBQ chicken sandwich, cheeseburger, fries, fruit, milk, salad bar. Middle & High School: BBQ chicken sandwich, cheeseburger, potato bar, fries, fruit, milk, salad bar. Tuesday Breakfast: PreK: Variety cereal, fruit milk. K-12 Grade: ...

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Polk County Sheriff’s Dept Leads County Churches in Security Measures

BY MELANIE WADE – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office hosted a Church Security Class recently to help area churches learn to secure their facilities and keep them safe amid several church shootings in the last few years. Sawyer said following the most recent mass church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5, 2017, he was inundated with calls from ...

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