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September, 2016

  • 26 September

    Annual Wheel a Mena Brings 65 Cyclists to Area


    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena/Polk County Rotary held their 5th Annual Wheel A’ Mena Tour to the Top  Saturday, September 17, and by all accounts, was a great success. Sixty-five Cyclists truly enjoyed the challenge and were well pleased with the Rotary’s setup of the event. “Wheel A Mena continues to have a very positive impact on our community and ...

  • 21 September

    Local Man Sentenced to 40 Years for Sexual Assault of Minors


    BY MELANIE BUCK – A local man pled guilty to sexual assault of minors in Polk County Circuit Court last week and received a 40-year sentence to be served in the Arkansas Department of Corrections. James Edward Wilkinson, age 50, of Hatfield, was arrested on March 20, 2016 and charged with Sexual Assault – First Degree and Possession of Drug ...

  • 21 September

    Terrell & Hendricks Honored at National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials


    Penny Terrell (right) and Donna Hendricks (left) were recently honored at the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Fall Meeting in Eureka Springs. Penny was inducted into the Arkansas NAHRO Housing Hall of Fame. She received a scrapbook with letters that had been sent in from business associates and former commissioners as well as current and former employees. She ...

  • 21 September

    School Elections Held Around the County on Tuesday


    BY MELANIE BUCK – Elections were held around the county yesterday [Tuesday, September 20, 2016] for school board positions. On the Mena School Board, Todd Aynes will sit in Position 1; Ed Puckett, Position 3; Clint Montgomery, Position 5; Kyle Cannon, Position 6; and Brian Kesterson, Position 7. Robbie Hines and Judith Roberson also serve on the Mena School Board. ...

  • 21 September

    The Queen has a New Asst. Superintendant


    BY MELANIE BUCK – Queen Wilhelmina State Park has a new Assistant Superintendant who said one of the best parts about the park is the support from the locals. Brent Reed brings with him years of background experience in hospitality. Reed graduated high school in Gillett, Ark. where he said he grew up with a family that truly enjoyed Arkansas ...

  • 21 September

    Future of PILT Leaves Counties Questioning Their Own Futures


    BY MELANIE BUCK – Polk County County Judge Brandon Ellison joined the National Association of Counties (NACo) on September 7th through 9th to urge members of Congress to support a full investment in the Payments in Lieu of Taxes, or PILT, program in Fiscal Year 2017 and permanent funding for the future.  The PILT program offsets forgone property tax revenue ...

  • 21 September

    Arkansas Hospitals and EMS Recognized at State Capitol for Stroke Patient Care


    SUBMITTED – Little Rock, Ark. – Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Surgeon General Greg Bledsoe joined officials with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) to recognize healthcare teams for their commitment to excellent stroke patient care. Today, nine medical facilities received designation as Arkansas Stroke Ready Hospitals (ArSRHs) and eight Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies were recognized for participation in ...

  • 21 September

    State Reaches Record Numbers of Foster Children


    BY MELANIE BUCK – The state of Arkansas has reached an all-time high in numbers of foster children across the state and Polk County is no exception to that statistic. More than 5,000 children are currently in foster care in Arkansas, and around 30 of those are in Polk County. Trying to find placements for the children has become an ...

  • 21 September

    DAR Presents Constitution for Kids


    The ‘Constitution for Kids’ was presented by the James K. Polk Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution on Saturday, September 17, at the Polk County Library. This week is Constitution Week, which is the commemoration of America’s most important document. It is celebrated annually during the week of September 17-23. Representatives from DAR spoke to student participants about ...

  • 21 September

    Peachtree Assisted Living Celebrates National Assisted Living Week


    Peachtree Assisted Living Facility celebrated National Assisted Living Week on Friday, September 16, by having the mayor sign a proclamation. Mena Mayor George McKee met with the staff and residents of Peachtree on Friday to sign the proclamation granting September 11 to 17 as National Assisted Living Week in Mena. Resident Helen Warren said Peachtree is, “a place where you ...