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Acorn Preschoolers Honor Officer for National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Mrs. Kim and Mrs. Amanda’s preschool class at on the Acorn Campus of Ouachita River School District recently honored ORSD-Acorn campus School Resource Officer, Duane Harvey with a handmade card and a gift in honor of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Acorn Preschool Director, Kim Larucci stated that their preschool classes “absolutely love Officer Harvey so they wanted to do ...

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Sheriff Speaks at Polk County Sociable Seniors Meeting

Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer served as guest speaker at the most recent meeting of the Polk County Sociable Seniors, a group for those ages 50 and up that meet monthly for a luncheon and fellowship with their peers. Sawyer spoke on a variety topics. The group is led by Diane Mathis, who encourages anyone over 50 to attend. They ...

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Poultry Producer Registration Open

The Rich Mountain Conservation District wants to remind poultry producers in the area about registering their operations at the local office. If You Are a Polk County Poultry Producer who owned or operated poultry feeding operations that housed 2,500 birds or more any time in 2017, you are required to register your facility at the local Rich Mountain Conservation District ...

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Jury Sentences “Unrepentant” Drug Dealer to Lengthy Term

BY MELANIE WADE – A Polk County jury rendered an 80-year sentence to a Mena man last week following his conviction in Polk County Circuit Court on drug related charges, sending a strong and clear message to other dealers in the area that law abiding citizens want to see an end to the drug epidemic that grips every community across ...

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Supreme Court Ruling Sparked by Local Case

BY MELANIE WADE – A debate that began with a local case was the beginning of a ripple effect that concluded with a ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court last week that Arkansans do not have the right to file a lawsuit against the state. The ruling was handed down in a 5-2 decision by the high court. The case ...

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Mary Dixon – Retiree, Equestrian, Musician, Faithful Servant Extraordinaire

BY LEANN DILBECK – For many people who are embarking upon retirement, they are looking forward to a slower pace of life, the anticipated golden years of life where days are full of rest and relaxation… but not Mary Dixon, who is looking forward to having the time to devote herself to passions closest to her heart.  She embodies President ...

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Flores Wins County Spelling Bee Hosted by UA-Rich Mountain

On January 16th, the 2018 Polk County Spelling Bee was held in the Ouachita Center on the main campus of the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain, where Cossatot River’s 8th grade student, Laura Flores, won the event spelling ‘gardenia’ as her final word. Flores will advance to the State Spelling Bee to compete with the top contestants from around Arkansas. ...

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City Names New Parks and Rec Director

BY MELANIE WADE – The City of Mena named their new Parks and Recreation Director on Monday. John Stubbs has been hired to take on the multi-sport complex and manage operations at McMillan Pool. Previous director, Nathan Fowler, worked his last day in December before beginning his newest venture. Stubbs comes with more than a decade of experience in the ...

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Coffee Vault – Cracking Open the Secrets to Coffee and Friendship

BY LEANN DILBECK – Only one year into the coffee shop business and Ms. Arby Ryalls is expanding, opening her second location. Ryalls purchased Friendship House in January 2017 and is starting off 2018 opening her second location, The Coffee Vault, in South Polk County. Arby seized an opportunity to lease the former bank (First National Bank / Bear State ...

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Polk County Sheriff’s Department: January 15-21, 2018

January 15, 2018 Report from a Vandervoort woman of the theft of a phone, valued at $500.00. Investigation continues. Report of a structure fire on Polk 41 South near Shady Grove. Arrested was Rodney J. Emry, 46, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear. January 16, 2018 Report from complainant on Highway 278 near Wickes of the theft ...

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