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Old 11-24-2009, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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I have been off line for a while but thought I'd bring y'all somewhat up-to-date on the aftermath of the tornado damage. FEMA sent in a contractor to inspect the homes that were damaged beyond repair (the City may have already condemned them) and offered to take them down and haul off the remains. They did that with Mother's house and left a good clean lot.
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Old 11-25-2009, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Whiteville Tennessee
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For the past few years, my husband and I have used our vacation time to ride our motorcycle through Arkansas. We have decided that we will move to the Mena or Quachita area as soon as we can get our children convinced that this is the best place to be. ( You see, we are central MS folks and we are completely ready for a change! ) Although I am close to retiring from the State of MS, I'm surely going to have to continue working, as well as my husband. My son is a HVAC specialist, daughter-in-law is a beautician. We are very impressed with your public school statistics because we now have a grandchild, 4 months old, and we would like her to attend a wonderful public school. Our children had to attend private school because of the poor public school system here (it is rated a 1 now). We want things to be better for our grandchildren. In this area of our state, you are wise to stay home at night because of the consistent crime. It is even hitting our small town of 5700. (Four murders last year.) Mena, AR looks very appealing to us and we have booked a cabin so we can come up and start looking around for real-estate. If you have any suggestions as to where to start looking, we would certainly appreciate it. We would prefer land so we can all build and live close by.
Arkansas really is God's country. (We also like your former governor-Mike Huckabee!)

Also, how big is the Presbyterian congregation there?
I have been trying for a few years to save my $$ so I could pay cash for an acre or two near Mena. But it seems each time I get a dollar or two put away SOMETHING comes up and I dip into it. Oh well. Maybe someday. It really is Gods country around there. Isnt it?
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Old 11-27-2009, 03:52 PM
 
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I have been trying for a few years to save my $$ so I could pay cash for an acre or two near Mena. But it seems each time I get a dollar or two put away SOMETHING comes up and I dip into it.
You know as well as I do, Dan, that easy never happens.

Back *quite a few* years ago, I bought 35 acres in Arkansas.

About a year after that, a guy called me that owned 66 acres surounding it, and wanted to buy mine, at a profit. I told him that it wasn't happening.

A number of phone calls, some back-n-forths, and finally, in disgust, he said, "Well then, you buy mine", and shot me a price.

I told him, "I'll call you back in 5 minutes".

I called him back, and told him I'd have a check in the mail the first thing in the morning.

My wife said, "Can we afford to do this?"

I told her, "We can't afford *not* to".

Now I have no close neighbors, and I've never regretted having to live on beans for a year or so to do it.

It ain't getting no cheaper.
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Old 12-23-2009, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Whiteville Tennessee
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I'm not sure if this is exactly the right place to post this but it does concern something that happened in Mena. So here goes. My grandaughter worked at the Mena Walmart until yesterday. She has been on maternity leave for 5 months and only went back to work LAST WEEK! She had a very rough pregnancy and a very difficult birth of my greatgrandaughter 3 months ago. While she was on maternity leave Walmart began a program where all the checkout people were to ask each customer if they wanted to apply for a Walmart credit card. So yesterday a shopper came thru my grandaughters line and my grandaughter forgot to ask her if she wanted to apply for the card. It turned out this was a "secret shopper". At the end of my grandaughters shift yesterday she was called to the managers office and fired for not asking the customer about applying for the card. It seems to me that she should have been given the chance to "get her feet wet" and get back into the work routine before such dire steps as termination took place. Being out of the work routine and being very busy with Christmas shoppers seems to me to be pretty good reasons for forgetting to ask ONE shopper to apply for a credit card. i just want some opinions. Doesnt it appear to be an over reaction on the managers part and shouldnt my grandaughter appeal this to whatever agency in Arkansas handles such things? Thanks for your opinions.
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Old 12-23-2009, 10:43 AM
 
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I'm not sure if this is exactly the right place to post this but it does concern something that happened in Mena. So here goes. My grandaughter worked at the Mena Walmart until yesterday. She has been on maternity leave for 5 months and only went back to work LAST WEEK! She had a very rough pregnancy and a very difficult birth of my greatgrandaughter 3 months ago. While she was on maternity leave Walmart began a program where all the checkout people were to ask each customer if they wanted to apply for a Walmart credit card. So yesterday a shopper came thru my grandaughters line and my grandaughter forgot to ask her if she wanted to apply for the card. It turned out this was a "secret shopper". At the end of my grandaughters shift yesterday she was called to the managers office and fired for not asking the customer about applying for the card. It seems to me that she should have been given the chance to "get her feet wet" and get back into the work routine before such dire steps as termination took place. Being out of the work routine and being very busy with Christmas shoppers seems to me to be pretty good reasons for forgetting to ask ONE shopper to apply for a credit card. i just want some opinions. Doesnt it appear to be an over reaction on the managers part and shouldnt my grandaughter appeal this to whatever agency in Arkansas handles such things? Thanks for your opinions.
That's terrible, Dan, but I have never heard of that happening.

My wife works at Walmart, and has for quite some time, and I've heard of firings at this store and that one...

But never without warnings.

The standard policy is, they give you warnings, usually at least twice, then give you a "personal day" and tell you to spend it at home considering how much you want the job, then they fire you.

If I were her, I think I'd have to appeal that.
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Old 12-23-2009, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Whiteville Tennessee
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That's terrible, Dan, but I have never heard of that happening.

My wife works at Walmart, and has for quite some time, and I've heard of firings at this store and that one...

But never without warnings.

The standard policy is, they give you warnings, usually at least twice, then give you a "personal day" and tell you to spend it at home considering how much you want the job, then they fire you.

If I were her, I think I'd have to appeal that.
Yes i could understand the firing if she had been warned before. But this was just her 3rd day back to work after the 5 month maternity leave!
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Old 12-23-2009, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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I worked Wal-Mart for 14 years, before getting tired of all the BS and rules that changed every 20 minutes. She needs to get a hold of the labor board and file a complaint. Her 3rd day back to work? that was ridiculous.
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Old 12-24-2009, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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Capt Dan I agree with all the other comments. I don't know how it is now but several years ago when my daughter worked for Wal-Mart, the store manager had total power over his store and did as he pleased with hours, pay, and hiring and firing. Now though, with all the bad press they have received, they may have a system to follow on such situations. I sure hope so because I know some managers who got completely out of control.
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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Tornado aftermath update. Yesterday I talked to my Sister who has property and family and friends in Mena. She had talked to a friend who has been taking a daily walk through their neighborhood for years and told Sis that now, with all the vacant lots as a result of the tornado, it is hard to remember what it looked like only a couple years ago. And is hard to remember what stood on those lots. I haven't been back since they got it cleaned up, but I can only imagine what probably looks like.
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Old 01-15-2010, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Dixie,of course
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Tornado aftermath update. Yesterday I talked to my Sister who has property and family and friends in Mena. She had talked to a friend who has been taking a daily walk through their neighborhood for years and told Sis that now, with all the vacant lots as a result of the tornado, it is hard to remember what it looked like only a couple years ago. And is hard to remember what stood on those lots. I haven't been back since they got it cleaned up, but I can only imagine what probably looks like.

My Uncle is STILL cleaning and cutting tree's! What a mess.
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