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New Board Members for Mena Art Gallery

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Mena has added three new members to its Board of Directors: Tiffany Lane, Barbara Lewis, and Judith Forbis. The remaining board members are: Rick Chrisman, Chair, David Maddox, Philip Hensley, Sandra Thomas, Jan Wennberg, Diane Warren, Lorraine Timmerman, Patricia Brown, Joe Van Wolf, and Barbara Tobias. The directors are a working group, each member meeting ...

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Tax Increase to Fund Construction of New $10.9 Million County Jail Rejected by Voters

BY LEANN DILECK & MELANIE BUCK – After months of public debate, town hall meetings, and newspaper articles, voters had the opportunity to let their voices be heard regarding a proposed tax increase to fund a $10.9 million jail facility during a Special Election Tuesday, May 12. Voter turn out was considered to be light for such a Special Election ...

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Wildlife Center Searching for Sponsors During Spring Influx

  BY MELANIE BUCK – Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center has seen a big spring influx of babies and needs sponsors for the cute little bundles. Tommy Young, director of the Center, said they have already received dozens of baby fox, owl, raccoon, possums, deer, and more, and the season has just begun. Along with all of those critters ...

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Linda Spidle Lawrence

Linda Spidle Lawrence, age 63, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, May 8, 2015 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. She was born November 2, 1952 in Damoplis, Alabama to the late Harry Spidle and Ruth Lavander Spidle.  She was happily married to Lonnie Lawrence and was a retired Emergency Medical Technician.  She was a loving and kind wife, mother, grandmother, and ...

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Kennith Hooper Sr.

Kennith Hooper Sr., age 77, of Mena, died Friday, May 8, 2015 at home in Mena.  He was born on Monday, July 12, 1937 to Willie Wayne and Eliza Lott Hooper in Ink, Arkansas. Kennith was an avid outdoorsman and that was the reason he loved his career as a Wildlife Officer in Polk County for almost 18 years.  He ...

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Nancy Ann Lavern Bigley Dacus

Nancy Ann Lavern Bigley Dacus, age 66, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015 in Mena. She was born November 2, 1948 in Laredo, Texas to the late Ivan Lamont Bigley and the late Florence Madeline Custer Sturgill. She was married to the late Dennis Dacus and was a restaurateur by profession. Nancy was a lady of many ...

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Debate on New Jail Construction vs. Renovation Continues as May 12 Special Election Draws Near

BY MELANIE BUCK – Citizens against the proposed jail tax are questioning the economic feasibility of the new construction of a $10.9 million facility vs. the former Mena Middle School building. Supporters of the idea believe retrofitting the vacant building at the north end of Mena Street to meet required state standards would be more cost-effective for the county than ...

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Mena Poised to Host its First AAA State Softball Tournament

BY MELANIE BUCK – Coach Ray Hunter and Mena High School are gearing up to host their first Arkansas AAA State Softball Tournament slated for play May 14-16. Coach Hunter said the school has bid on the tournament for the last two years and were finally able to win that bid this year. Hunter said that the AAA (Arkansas Activities ...

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Polk County Men Plead Not Guilty to Murder in Logan County Court

BY MELANIE BUCK – Two Polk County men charged with 1st Degree Murder pled not guilty in Logan County Circuit Court on Friday, May 1, in connection with the death of Booneville resident, Ritchie Lee Lynch. Lynch was found dead in his home in Booneville on April 6, 2015 from multiple gunshot wounds. Nick Charles Stoicu, age 39, and Joseph ...

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National Day of Prayer to be Observed on Courthouse Lawn

BY MELANIE BUCK – Thursday, May 7, marks the 64th annual National Day of Prayer where millions of people will gather to pray at thousands of events facilitated by volunteers. The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in ...

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