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March, 2019

  • 6 March

    Mena Police Department Report

    February 24, 2019 Report was made of a vehicle being stolen in Benton County that turned up in Polk County. The vehicle was returned to the legal owner. No charges have been filed at this time. Randall Dale Burkett, 26, of Mena was charged with possession of methamphetamine or cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest followed a routine traffic stop. Donnie Dollarhyde, 45, of Mena ...

  • 6 March

    Polk County Circuit Court Arraingment

    Omar J. Arellano, age 40, was arraigned on two counts. Count one for Sexual Assault In The Fourth Degree. The defendant being over 20 years of age or older engaged in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual activity with a person of less than 16 years of age and not his spouse. A Class D Felony. Count two for Sexual Assault ...

  • 6 March

    Polk County Sheriff’s Department Report

    The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of February 25, 2019 – March 3, 2019.  The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts.  Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have ...

  • 6 March

    Polk County Births

    Mena Regional Health System February 25, 2019 – February 28, 2019:   Ariana Kelley and Shawn Leach, of Mena, Arkansas, are the proud parents of a baby boy born February 25th. Neisha Wikel, of Cove, Arkansas, is the proud parent of a baby girl born on February 26th. Savanna and Eric Smith, of Cove, Arkansas, are the proud parents of ...

February, 2019

  • 27 February

    Single Parent Scholarship Awarded to Stephanie Abbott

    Single Parent Scholarship recipient Stephanie Abbott receives the Rotary Club of Polk County/Mena $500 contribution to the scholarship fund from Rotary President Michael Cate. In presenting the check, Cate noted that Rotary has supported the scholarship fund since the club’s formation in 2000. “When we see how hard recipients like Stephanie, we consider it a privilege to be able to ...

  • 27 February

    Kris Lye Named Coordinator for the Polk County Office of Emergency Management

    Polk County Judge, Brandon Ellison, has announced the appointment of Kris Lyle to the position of Coordinator in the Polk County office of Emergency Management. Lyle has been the interim Coordinator since January 1, 2019 when former Coordinator, Tommy Stueart, assumed the position of Chief of Police, for the City of Mena. The Polk County Office of Emergency Management serves several functions for the county, ...

  • 27 February

    Mena Band Marches Forward with Matching Donations for a New Drumline

    By Linda Lee Denton The Mena Band directors proudly accepted a check from Union Bank for the purchase of a new drumline for the high school. With technology changing over the years, the drumline is constructed of lighter material and will be beneficial for drummers beginning the next marching season. The high school band director, Mr. Charles Morgan, together with ...

  • 27 February

    Goss and Daniels Medal at FCCLA State Star Events

    Congratulations to Makenna and Kenzie on earning gold and silver medals at State Star Events last week in Conway. Makenna earned a gold medal in Job Interview and qualified for Nationals. Although she will be going as a new Arkansas FCCLA State Officer and will not be competing at NLC. Kenzie earned a silver medal in Junior Sports Nutrition and ...

  • 27 February

    Lady Eagles Move On to State as a Four Seed

       The Cossatot River Lady Eagles needed one win in the 2A South Regional Tournament in Junction City last week to advance to the state tournament. The Lady Eagles punched their ticket to state with a 55-33 win over Parker’s Chapel on Wednesday, February 20th. The Lady Eagles raced to a 26-15 halftime lead and never looked back to post ...

  • 27 February

    Springtime at OLT and “Annie” Auditions

    The month of March heralds the beginning of spring in Arkansas, and spring at OLT means Musicals! Auditions for this year’s show, “Annie” will be held March 1 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, March 2 from 10:00 AM – noon, and March 5 from 4:00 PM- 6:00 PM at the theater.  “Annie” will be performed May 16, 17, 18, 24, ...