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[6 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 8,918 views]
36th annual Lum and Abner Festival scheduled in Mena this weekend

If you’re in western Arkansas (or live close to it) and are looking for something to do this weekend, bear in mind that the 36th annual Lum & Abner Festival is scheduled in Mena on Friday and Saturday.
Who were Lum and Abner? A couple of hillbilly-type characters created by Norris “Tuffy” Goff and Chester Lauck which became the most popular old time radio comedy team Arkansas ever produced. The team started out in the Mena area, made it big during the Golden Age of Radio, had an Arkansas community renamed …

Week in Review »

[2 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 1,697 views]
Week in Review (May 26-June 1)

It’s the start of a new week, so that means it’s time to take a look at what went on last week here at First Arkansas News through our Week in Review series. It would be an outright tragedy if our tens of fans missed a post or two, so we rehash revisit our most resent stories as a matter of convenience. And, oh yes, we covered a lot of ground last week — we did a little something to honor veterans on Memorial Day, paid a visit to the …

Features and such, Religion »

[1 Jun 2013 | 2 Comments | 1,744 views]
The Veiled Gospel

It is very easy for the Christian to become discouraged, especially the one who is actively trying to live for Christ and the advancement of Christ’s kingdom.
That Christian truly wants to see lost people come to salvation in Christ.  That Christian sacrifices his time, his money, and his talents in an all out effort to build his local church.  Have you ever grown tired and discouraged because it seems that your efforts come to naught? I have.  Have you ever arrived at the place where you have trouble finding the …

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[7 Sep 2011 | One Comment | 3,115 views]
Lum and Abner coming to ‘Saline Courier’

It was a great day for us here at First Arkansas News.
Why? The Saline Courier — a newspaper based here in Benton — made the decision to publish our Lum and Abner comic strip every Sunday. It goes without saying we’re pleased as can be that the Courier will start running the strip. That paper is, after all, in our backyard and we’ve heard from a few fans of the Lum and Abner old time radio show that they’d love to read the comic strip but aren’t too keen on …

Arts & Entertainment, Events, Old time radio (OTR) »

[2 Jun 2011 | 2 Comments | 5,271 views]
Lum and Abner Festival in Mena this weekend

Yes, the time is almost here — the 34th Annual Lum and Abner Festival will take place in Mena, Ark., this weekend.
The event kicks off in earnest on Thursday (June 2) and is set to hit full stride on Friday and Saturday. You’ll find a full schedule of events here and a history of the Arkansas comedy duo here. We’ll have some photos of the event and a writeup of the goings on here at First Arkansas News, so make sure to stop in if you’re in need of a …

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[25 Apr 2011 | 2 Comments | 4,679 views]
Mena to host Lum and Abner Festival in June

Yes this makes two Lum and Abner-related articles in two days.
Still, there’s a lot going on regarding the Arkansas comedy team — this year marks both the 80th anniversary of the Lum and Abner show airing and the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Pine Ridge, Ark. For a little history on the program, make sure to visit our synopsis of what those Arkansas boys did in establishing their successful old time radio franchise if you’d like to learn more about them.
On June 3-4, fans of the show will gather …