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Norman alum works on bucket list

GLENWOOD – Local author Larry K Morphew took time to sign his books Friday, July 29, at the Bainum Library in Glenwood. Better known as “Larry K” by listeners of KLAZ/KBHS radio in Hot Springs. Larry retired from the airwaves after 40 years in broadcasting to take a turn at the printed page. He published his first book, “Country Folk”, in 2021. His second novel, “The Willows Never Sleep” has since released.
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Fred Ernest Embry

Mr. Fred Ernest Embry, age 83, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Friday, July 29, 2022, in Waldron, Arkansas. He was born June 20, 1939, in Cherry Hill, Arkansas, to Fred B. Embry and Alene Wimberly. Mr. Embry owned and operated a gas station in Cherry Hill for many years, was a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked in numerous nursing homes for 20 years. He served his country in the United States Air Force and was a member of First Freewill Baptist church in Mena. He was a loving husband and father and will be dearly missed by all.
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Randall K. Turner

Mr. Randall K. Turner, 77, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, August 6, 2022, at his home in Mena. He was born January 4, 1945, in Mena, Arkansas, to the late Travis “Tige” Turner and the late Juanita Harris Turner. Randy, as he was known by all, married...

Mount Ida School Board discusses test scores

MOUNT IDA – A decline in test scores was among the topics discussed at the most recent Mount Ida School Board meeting. A drop in test scores was mentioned several times throughout the meeting with Superintendent Tristan Knoedl addressing the topic near the end of the meeting. While no numbers were officially available at the time of the meeting, everyone acknowledged that the drop in ACT Aspire Test scores was a point of concern.

Swinging into the past

MOUNT IDA – Soon Montgomery County couples can “court” the old fashioned way by riding the Owley Courting Swing now located at The Heritage House Museum in Mount Ida. The Owley Courting Swing hearkens back to a slower time when community gatherings were attended by practically everyone in the county. The swing provided a whimsical distraction to the harsher days on the farm, or at the lumber mill.

Norman boil order lifted, Mount Ida, Oden continues

The City of Norman has announced that the precautionary boil order for the Norman Waterworks customers has been lifted. Norman Waterworks was placed under a precautionary boil order Sunday, July 24, after a main water line broke. Due to a drop in water pressure the water system was placed under a precautionary boil order.

Parade kicks off 95th annual Montgomery County Fair

MOUNT IDA – The Montgomery County Fair kicks off Monday, August 8, at 7 p.m. with a parade, followed by the pageant and talent show Tuesday, August 9. The 95th edition of the county fair will be held August 7 through 13 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. This year’s theme is “Sew it, Grow, Show it.”

Progress continues in Basecamp Mena development; possible hotel chain to call Mena home

“It’s a rare find today in the United States. A destination that has amazing features, including tremendous scenic beauty, boundless recreational opportunities, a progressive local government that understands tourism, and a neat downtown filled with food, beer, and the arts. Welcome to an unheralded part of the Ouachita Mountains in western Arkansas that is a mecca for four wheelers, motorcycle enthusiasts, and mountain bikers. In fact, it is about to become a national attraction for serious mountain bikers. And the newly constructed four or five story hotel at Basecamp Mena will be the first significant lodging facility to capture this spectacular demand,” shared Purpose Lodging in their recent presentation to tourism enthusiasts and officials of the Ouachita Mountains.

American Legion Riders inviting new members

American Legion Post 18, based in Mena, Arkansas, announced that the American Legion Riders (ALR) will be starting a new charter. The ALR is formed to promote the aims and purposes of the American Legion as a family-oriented motorcycling activity for members of the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, and The Sons of the American Legion.

Mena Golf competes at Mystic Creek

On Tuesday, three local golfers from Mena competed in the South Arkansas Junior Golf Tournament, hosted by KidsNGolf at Mystic Creek Golf Club in El Dorado. The Mystic Creek course is known for its difficulty and beauty. Richie Davis, Rhett Brotherton, and Evan Leonard competed in the 14 and older...
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Joseph Dean Templeton, 74

Funeral services for Joseph Dean Templeton, 74, of Booneville, Arkansas, formerly of Thornfield, were held Saturday, July 30, 2022 at the Ava Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Interment was Monday, Aug. 1, with full military honors at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, 5201 S. Southwood Road, Springfield. He died...

Humphry named Mena Baseball Coach

Mena Public Schools announced last week that Trevor Humphry will lead the Bearcat Baseball team. Humphry will take over Mena’s baseball program following the departure of Matthew Sandifer who was hired as the head baseball coach at Centerpoint. Humphry resides in Murfreesboro, Arkansas but was introduced to Mena when...

Mena School Board convened for July

The Mena School Board recently held their July meeting at the district administration building. Dr. Lee Smith began the meeting with his superintendent’s report. He informed the board that bids are being accepted for the construction of outdoor pavilions at each campus and he anticipates that construction will begin in August or early September.

Lawrence “Larry” Barsic

Mr. Lawrence “Larry” Barsic, 69, of Mena passed away August 3, 2022. He was born to Nicholas and Josephine Barsic on June 17, 1953, in Cleveland, Ohio. He worked at US Motors up until his retirement and was well known for working on guns, motorcycles (specifically the Harley Davidson Knuckleheads), and his terrible (but hilarious) “dad” jokes. The thing he loved more than motorcycles was his family and his close friends. Larry was a member of the United Methodist Church of Mena.

Lucille Rose Fagan

Lucille Rose Fagan, age 94, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away peacefully Friday, July 29th, 2022. Lucille was born in Ellington, Connecticut, to John McCormick and Susan Davis McCormick on February 6th, 1928. She was a very elegant woman. She loved to read, play cards, and Scrabble. During her time as a military wife, she also spent time living in Germany.

Daughters of the American Revolution Fall Kick-Off Event Set

Have you ever been interested in learning about the Daughters of the American Revolution? Are you a patriotic, civic-minded woman who also loves history and volunteering for your community? Then the DAR may be just what you’re searching for. The James K. Polk Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution...

Helen Giesler Easterwood

Helen Giesler Easterwood passed from this life Sunday, July 31, 2022, in Mena. She was born at Cove, Arkansas, April 2, 1933. Helen was the eighth child of George and Hughie Giesler. She spent her entire life in Polk County. She was preceded in death by sisters, Wanita and Anita, Mildred Cunningham and Ethel Pederson and brothers, Mose, Douglas and Carson as well as her parents.