Cove, AR

Byron Leslie Wood

Byron Leslie Wood, age 77, parted from this life into eternity with our Lord Jesus Christ on June 17, 2022, in Springfield, Missouri, with his son, Korey and future daughter-in-law, Chrystene at his side. He was born on April 14, 1945, in Monroe, Michigan, to Leslie Tellus Wood and Juber Wimberly Wood. He married Chelsea Baker in 1983.
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Robert “Bob” Brock

Robert “Bob” Brock made his last code-three response from this world to his Lord on June 15th, 2022 in his home, surrounded by his family. He was born July 28th, 1939 to William T. Brock and Lois Irene Brock in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a boy, he helped his...
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James Milliken Lesley

James Milliken Lesley, age 82, of Nunley, Arkansas, died Saturday, May 28, 2022, at his home. He was born on Sunday, August 13, 1939, to George Lee and Helen Agnes Milliken Lesley in Folsom, New Mexico. Jim, as he was lovingly known, grew up and attended school in Hugoton, Kansas....

Melba Lewis Head

Melba Lewis Head, age 80, of Mena, Arkansas, passed from this life to her heavenly home on Sunday, June 19, 2022, at the Mena Regional Health System in Mena, Arkansas. She was born on January 30, 1942, to Bill and Lura Carter Lewis in Opal, Arkansas. Melba was a member...

Debra Lynn Sexton

Mrs. Debra Lynn Sexton, age 65, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. She was born July 7, 1956, in Mena, Arkansas, to the late Preston and Reba Rosson. Debbie was a farmer by profession. She enjoyed gardening, canning, and cooking for others. Deb was an exceptional cook, being known for her wonderful peanut brittle. She had an affinity for animals, especially her horses. Debbie was one of the hardest of workers. She was often found tending to her animals and garden. Debbie was also known to be very attentive to her friends and neighbors, always knowing if one of them were sick or in need, bringing eggs, plants, food or whatever she felt was necessary. She was a very loving and giving person and will be greatly missed by so many.

Judi Karon Beadles

Mrs. Judi Karon Beadles of Cherry Hill, Arkansas, moved to her heavenly home, June 17, 2022. She was born March 5, 1949, to Ottis and Geraldine Egger. Judi was a member of Cherry Hill Gospel Church; her favorite color was blue. She loved to have a garden with many flowers and vegetables. After graduation, Judi worked at the Polk County Court House, she also taught Sunday school at the Church of Nazarene for several years, later she became a beautician. She owned her shop in Mena called Hair Fantasy. Her service was cuts and styles for everyone. Judi moved to Utah and worked at a dispatch trucking company, that is where Judi met Kenny, they moved back to Mena and Judi worked at Wal-Mart. One of Judi’s favorite songs was “If it wasn’t for the light house”.

WAPDD Town Hall discusses outdoor options, including pool and splash pad

The Western Arkansas Planning & Development District (WAPDD) came to Mena on May 31 for a Town Hall meeting at City Hall. Tracee McKenna, community development for WAPDD, and Michael Rosenberg, marketing and communications for WAPDD, were on hand to discuss possibilities for projects and improvements for Mena’s outdoor activities for a 50/50 matching grant that relates to outdoor activities.

Mena Police Reports

Andrew White, 19, was charged with Possession of Marijuana after contact on Pine. A report of harassment and criminal mischief was taken at Rebecca Apartments. Mary Johnson, 50, was charged with Theft at Walmart. June 6. Kenneth Sipe, 44, was served with a warrant at Executive Inn. A report of...

De Queen Public Schools hires new DHS Principal

The De Queen Public Schools Board of Directors met in a special session Tuesday, June 1st, and approved the hiring of a new De Queen High School Principal and several teachers throughout the district. The Board approved Audrey Chandler to be named as the new De Queen High School Principal....

Nance Receives US Naval Academy Appointment

Abigail Nance has received and accepted an offer of appointment to the United States Naval Academy with highest recommendations and nominations from the offices of: Senator Tom Cotton, Senator John Boozman and Congressman Bruce Westerman. The value of her education and service in the US Naval Academy is invaluable with tuition, fees, health and dental care, room and board, and stipends. Nance plans to pursue a career in aerospace engineering.

Pauline Skaggs

Pauline Skaggs, age 83, of Mena, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord, Friday, June 10, 2022, in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born on July 7, 1938, in Okemah, Oklahoma, to the late Harlan and Minnie (Woolard) Ellis. Pauline was a life-long member of the Church of God of...

Summer Tour Brings State Education Commissioner to Smithville Elementary School

Tennessee Education Commissioner Dr. Penny Schwinn visited Smithville Elementary School on Friday as a part of the ‘Accelerating TN 2022 Tour.’. The initiative spans 50 school districts in three weeks to highlight summer learning opportunities in different school systems. As the Commissioner and those who accompanied her stepped off the bus, she was greeted by Director of Schools Patrick Cripps, members of the central office staff, SES Principal Summer Cantrell and teachers at the school. State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver was also there.

Douglas Eugene Nursery

Douglas Eugene Nursery, age 74, of Mena, Arkansas, died, Wednesday, June 8, 2022, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born on Thursday, October 23, 1947, to Clinton Howard Nursery and Beatrice Louise (Gibson) Nursery in Tulare, California. Douglas was a man of faith and was a longtime member of the...

Chamber Chatter: Smithville chamber plans Fourth of July celebration, calls for volunteers

It’s almost time for Smithville’s July 4th celebration! We’ve been working with our partners — the VFW, the Partners of the Veteran’s Park, the city of Smithville and the First Baptist Church — to plan a big, fun-filled event celebrating our nation’s Independence Day. We are signing up volunteers now for two-hour shifts (all volunteers get a free t-shirt) so give us a call if you can help with the tournaments or beer booth or kid’s area, etc. Contact us if you’d like to sponsor, come as a vendor, be in the parade or join in the games: 512-237-2313.