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January 22, 2020

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Eight Arkansas Communities Receive Water and Wastewater Project Funding

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Commission approved funding for water and wastewater projects in eight Arkansas communities on January 16, 2020 as follows: The City of Bono in Craighead County received a $447,549 loan from the Arkansas Water Sewer Solid Waste Fund to extend the wastewater collection system to serve 17new customers. Central Arkansas ...

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Mannon Hails George Washington During James K. Polk DAR Meeting

Story by:Cortez Copher ~ Photos by: Kay Dye This month’s speaker for the James K Polk Chapter NSDAR was Mena’s own Joe Mannon. The subject was Washington and American Democracy.” After giving many reasons why George Washington could have become an unknown man because of bad health. Mannon spoke of the strengths of Washington, including how he could bend horseshoes ...

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Weston Recognized as Superintendent of the Year

Mena’s Benny Weston was recently recognized as Superintendent of the year and gave his acceptance speech and charge to the audience at the recent AAEA 2020 Superintendent Symposium. Closing the event was Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson who spoke to the state superintendents.

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Mena’s Firefighter of the Year

The department would like to congratulate Captain Tom Hairston for being MFD’s 2019 Firefighter of the Year.

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County’s Top Spellers Compete

The county’s top spellers poured through the doors of the Ouachita Center on the Mena campus of UA Rich Mountain Tuesday, January 14, for the chance to earn the coveted Polk County Spelling Bee champion title. The event is co-sponsored by the DeQueen/Mena Educational Co-Op and Union Bank of Mena and hosted annually on the campus of UA Rich Mountain. ...

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Seniors Speak Out During Public Hearing

There was a Public Hearing Tuesday prior to the Mena City Council meeting to allow citizen input concerning two grants that will be applied for on behalf of the City and the Mena – Polk Senior Citizens Center by Western Arkansas Panning and Development District (WAPDD). Tracee McKenna with WAPDD conducted the hearing before a full house at City Hall. ...

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Arkansas Highway Commission Approves Bid for Improvements in Polk County

The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for improvements to roadways in Polk County, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials. The purpose of this project is to resurface selected sections of 3.7 miles of U.S. Highway 71 and State Highway 88 in Mena. Crow Group, Inc. of Morrilton was awarded the contract at $1,881,608.15. Construction is ...

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State of Arkansas House of Representatives Weekly Column

Research tells us that 61% of low-income families have no age-appropriate books in their homes. Middle-income homes have an average of 13 books per child. On average, children in poverty have been exposed to only 25 hours of one-on-one reading, compared to middle-class children who have been exposed to 1,000-1,700 hours of one-on-one reading. Only 48% of young children are ...

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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Cast Announced; Rehearsals Underway

Ouachita Little Theatre has combined with University of Arkansas at Rich Mountain to bring William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to the stage in Mena.  Directors Robby and Gini Burt are excited to bring this classic comedy to life with assistance from local talents such as Costumer Jane Buttermilk, Stage Manager Makayla Kenyon-Ortiz, and Sound Technician Brenden James.  Burt, the ...

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