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Wednesday 02/14/2018
Depot commission aims to avoid dilapidation
Updated: February 14, 2018 - 12:15 pm

Preventing an iconic Mena structure from dilapidating is a task the Mena Depot Commission faces as they strive to preserve the building’s historical features and plan for its future.

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Returned to custody, Law enforcement capture sodomy, burglary suspect
Posted: February 14, 2018

A convict charged with sodomy and burglary from Chatham County, Georgia was taken to Polk County Detention Center Friday, Feb. 9 after an arrest was made south of Wickes.

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Chamber tapped for AP marketing contract
Updated: February 14, 2018 - 12:13 pm

Moving forward with filling a marketing services contract may not only enable the Advertising and Promotion Commission to prepare for Lum-N-Abner in a timely manner, but also shift the AP’s marketing habits toward current trends and move the community into a season of collaboration, commissioners said at Monday’s  committee meeting.

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Investment in Main Street considered by City Council
Posted: February 14, 2018

Members of the Mena City Council showed their pride in developing Mena when their purse strings were pulled during a finance committee meeting Monday.

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Thursday 02/08/2018
VOLUNTEERS FOR DEMOCRACY NEEDED
Posted: February 08, 2018

Elections are just around the corner and the Polk County Election Commission is asking for more volunteers to work at polling places on Election Day or during Early Voting.  

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Love of local business gives wings to Bridal Extravaganza
Posted: February 08, 2018

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Cupid’s arrow has found a mark. 

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Two make their case for AP marketing contract
Posted: February 08, 2018

The Mena Advertising and Promotions Commission continued the process of finding a replacement to perform marketing duties, with interviews held earlier this week.  The position, previously held by Donnie Crain, has remained vacant since January 1, 2018. 

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Wednesday 01/31/2018
Business owner sees value in Main Street
Updated: January 31, 2018 - 11:33 am

By Jeri Pearson

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AP nears decision on marketing contract
Updated: January 31, 2018 - 11:32 am

By Jeri Pearson

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Wednesday 01/24/2018
ORSD prepares for Arkansas' Every Student Succeeds Act
Posted: January 24, 2018

Arkansas’ Every Student Succeeds Act plan has received approval from the U.S. Department of Education. The approval of Arkansas’ federal education accountability plan reflects more than a year and a half of ongoing collaboration, input and feedback provided by educators, parents and students around the state. 

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Mena Art Gallery: 2018
Updated: January 24, 2018 - 11:01 pm

I have been working with Mena Art Gallery for over a dozen years and have seen it grow and change. Here are some of the things planned for 2018:

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New parks director tapped for Tapley
Posted: January 24, 2018

John Stubbs has taken the helm of Tapley Park as the Park and Recreation Director, replacing Nathan Fowler who vacated the position after holding it since 2014.

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Doctors with a Heart hope to help community smile
Posted: January 24, 2018

To show the community love this Valentines Day, Doctors with a Heart will be offering dental work and chiropractic laser therapy for free.

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The Tightwad's Almanac: Relief for you and your wallet during cold and flu season
Posted: January 24, 2018

During cold and flu season, it seems like money drips faster than the sniffles; our wallets suffer too.  It is estimated that Americans miss over 200 million workdays each year during cold and flu season. We spend more than $10 billion on flu-related doctor visits and hospitalizations. The cost of over-the-counter medications for colds and flu cost is over $17 billion annually. 

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OLT to Present “Four Weddings and an Elvis”
Updated: January 24, 2018 - 11:02 pm

If you are looking for a special winter-time treat, mark your calendar to see “Four Weddings and an Elvis” at the Ouachita Little Theatre.  Performance dates are February 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18 with a special dinner theater show on Valentine’s Day, February 14 at the Mena Mountain Resort.  Sunday performances are at 2:30, all others begin at 7:30.  The Valentine’s Day show will be held at the Mena Mountain Resort located at 2817 Hwy 71 North.   A delicious “Valentine Day Themed Dinner” will be served at 6:30 PM before the show begins at 7:30 PM.  Advance reservations for the Valentine’s Day show should be made by calling the Resort directly at 394-3110.  $32 will cover the cost of a special meal, as well as the show.  If you have OLT season tickets, the dinner theatre price will be discounted to $20.  Reserved seating for all other performances will be available at the OLT office on Main Street beginning January 22, or tickets may be purchased at the door.

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Fighting for fair veteran’s treatment
Posted: January 24, 2018

Congressman Bruce Westerman  and a bipartisan group of House members have introduced a bill that would give veterans who served in Thailand during the Vietnam War era the opportunity to prove exposure to herbicide agents like Agent Orange and receive Veterans Administration benefits for service-related health problems. Currently, many veterans who served in Thailand are not entitled to such benefits on the basis of Agent Orange exposure.

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Intentions to run for office announced
Posted: January 24, 2018

Ron Tilley has confirmed he will run for the position of Mena Mayor in the November 2018 election.  His desire is to build upon the strengths of this city and the successes of others. 

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Friday 01/19/2018
Mena Art Gallery is Working with the “Cash Mob”
Posted: January 19, 2018

The “Cash Mob” is a creation of Mena’s Downtown Partners, a group of merchants in the Mena Arts District who are working to help Mena grow.

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THE BOY SCOUTS' ROLE DURING WWII
Posted: January 19, 2018

Some of you who read my articles may know that I was a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America for about 17 years.  Since I've started writing about WWII history, I've wondered what was the Scout's role during WWII.  After all, duty to country is part of being a Scout!  The following is a little of what I learned.  My information comes from the International Scouting Museum website.  The museum is located in Las Vegas.

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HSO’s HOLIDAY PET FOOD DRIVE TALLY
Posted: January 19, 2018

Every holiday season, local businesses are gracious to accept HSO’s collection boxes for donations of pet food and supplies from shoppers. From November through end of December, Becky Otts, who volunteered to head up the fundraiser for another year, wrapped, placed, collected and tallied donations, and delivered items to the shelter. Businesses which participated were Dogwood Grooming, James Market, and Walmart of Mena and Tractor Supply of DeQueen. The 2017 totals were 474 items, with 1537.6 pounds of food and 281 pounds of cat litter!  HSO is continually appreciative of the generosity of Polk County animal lovers who help HSO help pets in need.

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The Tightwad's Almanac: Put summer fun in your mouth all winter long
Posted: January 19, 2018

Dried orange slices look like translucent miniature suns bursting with color and flavor, and taste as wonderful as they look. Homemade dehydrated citrus pieces can also add pizazz to hot or cold drinks; make plain water taste amazing; and add bursts of flavor to cereals, granolas, muffins, and bread. Ground into a powder, dried citrus can be sprinkled on salads for a bright and flavorful statement. You can also use citrus powder to make lemon pepper and other seasoning blends

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Auditor urges individuals to check for unclaimed property
Updated: January 19, 2018 - 2:43 pm

Arkansas Auditor of State, Andrea Lea, spoke at Rotary Club Thursday, sharing information about her office and how citizens can check for unclaimed property.

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Wednesday 01/17/2018
Lake Ouachita Upgrading Stephens Park to Class (A) Campground
Updated: January 17, 2018 - 6:05 pm

Stephens Park Campground, located below Blakely Mountain Dam on Lake Hamilton, will be temporarily closed for maintenance upgrades. Water, Sewer, and 50 amp electrical service will be installed at all 9 campsites making Stephens Park a premier Class (A) campground. Two night-watcher security lights will also be installed at Stephens, and camping fees will be $30 per night when these renovations are completed. ($15.00/night with America the Beautiful discount cards or Golden Age/Access cards.) Stephens will be open for camping on or before May 1, 2018 after upgrades are completed. Stephens Park day- use area including the pavilion and playground will remain open during this time. 

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Jan. 21-27 is Arkansas School Choice Week
Posted: January 17, 2018

Arkansas students, communities to hold more than 350 events as part of nation’s largest-ever celebration of school choice

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Polk County Sheriff's Log
Posted: January 17, 2018

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of January 1, 2018 – January 7, 2018.  The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts.  Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.

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Mena Police Reports
Posted: January 17, 2018

Mena Police Department Reports for weeks of January 7, 2018 through January 13, 2018 follows:

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Cold snap bad news red banded stink bugs
Posted: January 17, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – As temperatures across Arkansas muddled about at or below freezing much of the last two weeks, one could almost hear entomologists throughout the region raising a glass to the seasonal demise of the red banded stink bug.

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HSO’s Open House Celebration
Posted: January 17, 2018

Humane Society of the Ouachitas is excited to announce the public is invited to share in an Open House in honor of its new “Cat Habitat”! The event is scheduled for Saturday January 20, 10 am to 2 pm, located at the shelter property at 368 Polk Road 50, south of Mena. 

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Old School New Life
Posted: January 17, 2018

The 1942 Mena High School and later the MenaMIddle School on Mena Street has been saved from demolition after the 2009 tornado ripped through it's hallways and classrooms tearing off the roof and destroying the auditorium.

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Rehabilitation
Posted: January 17, 2018

For the past week, my Mom has been in the inpatient rehabilitation unit of the local hospital. After spending a week in the intensive care unit, she was transferred to the rehabilitation unit where she has been given physical therapy and occupational therapy. 

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How will the 2017 Tax Legislation affect you?
Posted: January 17, 2018

How will the 2017 Tax Legislation affect you?

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The Blood Bought Church
Posted: January 17, 2018

We have too low a view of the Church.  The Church is far more important than many of us believe. Oh, we might give lip service to the significance of Church, but that lip service does not hide the meaning of our actions.  We might have great doctrine about the Church buried somewhere in our mind, but our actions betray us.  We have great trouble denying self and exalting Christ through His chosen vehicle, the Church.  Almost every church member will be quick to tell you that Christ is the head of the Church and that they only desire His will to be done.  That’s what you hear until some little thing does not suit their fancy; then you will see their true beliefs manifested loudly and clearly in their attitudes, actions, criticism, gossip, etc.  This is a tragedy of huge proportions; it is a cancer that prevents many churches from reaching a lost and dying world.  This causes many of our pews to be empty.  Sooner or later, others grow weary of the actions of this group.  Christ is not pleased; in fact, He is grieved.  He is not pleased with us when we cause problems.  He is not pleased with us when we give up and fade away from the Church.  The sound you hear is Christ’s heart breaking.

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State Capitol Week in Review
Posted: January 17, 2018

The governor presented his balanced budget proposal to legislators, who will act on the plan during the fiscal session that begins on February 12.

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Committee for Growth in Polk County
Posted: January 17, 2018

In an effort to generate local positive economic growth, the Committee for Growth n Polk County (CGPC) is currently petitioning for a 'coal option election' in 2018. The local option request an election to be held to authorize the sale of beer, wine and liquor in Polk County.

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Road projects discussed at council meeting
Posted: January 17, 2018

City Council met Tuesday, Dec. 9 at Mena Fire Station No. 1, on De Queen Street. 

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AP holds to agenda, contract timeline in flux
Posted: January 17, 2018

The Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission January meeting did not advance a solution for replacing Donnie Crain, whose contract to perform marketing duties for the commission concluded Jan. 1.

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Thursday 01/11/2018
Mena Police Report
Updated: January 11, 2018 - 2:37 pm

Mena Police Department Reports for weeks of December 17, 2017 through January 6, 2018 follows:

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Polk County Sheriff’s Log
Posted: January 11, 2018

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of December 18, 2017 – December 31, 2017.  The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts.  Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.

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Arkansas Forestry Commission Shares Wildfire Outlook for 2018
Updated: January 11, 2018 - 2:36 pm

In 2017, 1,566 wildfires burned 27,549 acres in Arkansas. This is the highest wildfire frequency year since 2012 when 2,148 wildfires burned 34,434 acres. Overall, wildfires were larger in 2017 with an average size of 17.6 acres compared to a 10-year average of 15.5 acres. The highest wildfire frequency month was November when 316 wildfires burned 5,858 acres.

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Prescribed burns begin on Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests
Posted: January 11, 2018

The Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests will be conducting prescribed burns in Arkansas and Oklahoma over the next several months.

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Poultry feed efficiency research has implications for human health
Posted: January 11, 2018

Poultry scientist Walter Bottje wanted to know what impact mitochondrial activity in chicken cells had on a bird’s ability to convert food into muscle. 

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Portrait of Arkansas
Posted: January 11, 2018

 

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Digestion is the Issue in our Health
Posted: January 11, 2018

In my recent article, Tomatoes are Healthy – Usually, Amelia just had one problem. On the other hand, Martha and Margaret in I am So Sick of Being Sick and There was No Way Food could be Causing This But She Was Wrong had multiple problems. In the end the root cause of all their problems came from the same place. 

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Spreading the Gospel through Martial Arts
Posted: January 11, 2018

The Ouachita Society of Martial Arts, also known as the Budokan Dojo has a slightly different take on the Eastern disciplines of martial arts. 

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Marvelous Grace
Posted: January 11, 2018

Titus 2:11-14 is a concise tribute to the marvelous effects of God’s grace, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,  instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,  looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,  who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.” (NASU) God’s grace makes salvation available to all men.  God’s grace provides instruction to all men for godly living.  God’s grace assures us of the fact that our Savior is coming back to gather us home.  Warren Wiersbe summarizes this passage: “Grace Redeems, Grace Reforms, Grace Rewards”. Grace is the vehicle by which Jesus Christ, our Kinsman Redeemer, redeems us.  God’s commands which reform us are pure grace to us.  Grace that tells us of Christ’s sure return causes us to live in blessed hope which is really blessed assurance.

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The Emergency Room
Posted: January 11, 2018

Last week my Mom called my wife to let her know that she had gotten an appointment with the cardiologist. When she got off the phone, my wife immediately called me to tell me that I should take my Mom to the emergency room. “Mom was out of breath from talking on the phone. She needs help now,” my wife said. I called my Mom and told her that I would be there in 15 minutes and go with her and Daddy to the emergency room.

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News Briefs
Posted: January 11, 2018

Murder charged dropped for Scott County man

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The Tightwad's Almanac Tame the Chaos
Posted: January 11, 2018

Planners are not just for super busy people who need to keep track of appointments. Almost anyone can benefit from a life management tool that can be used to crush stress and procrastination; tame the to-do list; streamline projects; achieve goals; help make budgets work; plan meals; track fitness progress and lose weight; monitor health and medical records; make better grades in school, and more. (Yes, really.)

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Wednesday 01/10/2018
Queen Wilhelmena State Park has New Leader
Posted: January 10, 2018

Veteran State Park Employee Chosen as New Superintendent

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