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Fox & White Crowned Miss & Little Miss Polk County

BY LEANN DILBECK – Ashlyn Fox was crowned the new 2014 Miss Polk County along with Jacee White as Little Miss during ceremonies tonight at the Mena Performing Arts Center. Fox is the 17-year old daughter of Ben & Tina Fox and attends Mena High School. She was sponsored by Davis Brothers. White is the 4-year old daughter of Jason ...

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Largest AHTD Bids in State History

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAUE – LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department opened bids for 46 projects totaling $231.5 million. After a review of the bids, if the Commission accepts all of them as submitted they would comprise the largest single bid opening in Arkansas history.  It would surpass the previous high bid opening in November of ...

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Liberty EMS Addresses Quorum Court

BY MELANIE BUCK & LEANN DILBECK – JPs heard from George Muns of Liberty EMS during last night’s regular September meeting of the Polk County Quorum Court. Muns addressed the Quorum Court regarding the County’s current ambulance provider contract, which is held by SouthWest EMS (SW EMS).  As he began his presentation, Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison reminded Muns that ...

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Students Gather for Annual ‘See You at the Pole’

[ABOVE] Students from Acorn joined with others across the county and nation for the annual See You at the Pole event that began with just a small group of teenagers in Burleson, Texas, who came together for a DiscipleNow weekend in early 1990. They came seeking God and little did they know how powerfully He was about to move. On Saturday night ...

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Lavera Jane Aleshire

Mrs. Lavera Jane Aleshire, age 65, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, September 19, 2014 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. She was born July 23, 1949 in Lawton, Oklahoma to the late Dale Hensley and the late Vera Mae Blakey Hensley. She spent many happy years married to Mr. Herbert Edward Aleshire. Jane was a legal secretary and worked many years ...

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Update on Continuing Road Projects

BY MELANIE BUCK – Resurfacing has begun this week as part of the continuing scheduled projects on roadways in North and South Polk County. Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison said that, except for the yellow striping, the projects should be complete by next Tuesday, September 23. In total, the projects have improved around 20 miles of roadways by building new ...

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Ty Thacker Fundraiser a Huge Success

BY MELANIE BUCK – On Saturday, September 13, the Ty Thacker 5K and Family Fun Day was held to benefit the Thacker family  and was a “tremendous success” according to Event Organizer Shanea Floyd-Baker. Ty was diagnosed on July 13 of this year with Luekemia and has begun a 3-year treatment plan that includes chemotherapy and other treatments. Ty is ...

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Looking Back – First Cars in Polk County

Automobiles began to appear in Polk County early in the twentieth century when The Mena Star proudly announced in 1905, Dr. Cochran was driving the first horseless carriage in Mena. By 1907, The Star was running automobile ads and by 1910, Mena boasted five cars and Dr. Sanford was motoring one in the Board Camp Area. Cherry Hill’s first car ...

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Bearcats Defeat Trojans – Victory Bell Renamed Crane’s Bell

BY LEANN DILBECK – The Mena Bearcat’s were victorious in their first home game of the season as they hosted the Hot Springs Trojans in Friday night action with a final score of 22-21. Fan support was strong amid cool and misty conditions at Mena’s Bearcat Stadium. The Bearcat’s are 2-0 and are proving to be a second half team, ...

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First Annual Hay Show Winners

Rich Mountain Conservation District recently held their 1st annual Hay Show. The competition was designed to show landowners how quality hay can cut down on needed supplements. Area producers brought hay samples to the Conservation Office in Mena where they were tagged and sent off to be analyzed through the AR Cooperative Extension Service.  Upon receipt of the analysis, the ...

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