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May, 2016

  • 26 May

    RMCC Officially Becomes Part of UA System


    BY MELANIE BUCK – “Today was truly a historic day for Rich Mountain Community College,” said President Phillip Wilson following the announcement that Rich Mountain Community College has been officially incorporated into the University of Arkansas System after months of talks between the two institutions. The UA Board approved the measure unanimously this morning, Thursday [May 26, 2016], which also ...

  • 26 May

    City Pool to Open This Saturday


    The Mena City Pool is set to open this Saturday, May 28th, from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., and will be open seven days a week to the general public from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Mondays thru Saturdays and on Sundays from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. The pool will be open from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday-Friday, for ...

  • 25 May

    “Street Outlaws” Star to Appear at 2016 Lum & Abner Car Show


    The Lum & Abner Car, Truck, Corvette & Motorcycle Show has announced that James Goad, star of the popular Discovery Channel TV show “Street Outlaws,” will be appearing at this year’s car show to be held on Saturday, June 4, as part of this year’s Lum & Abner Festival in Mena. Goad stars in the Discovery Channel hit “Street Outlaws” ...

  • 24 May

    Deadline to Assess Personal Property Approaches


    BY MELANIE BUCK – Polk County Assessor Jovan Thomas is reminding citizens to have their property assessed by May 31st. By Arkansas law, any assessments done after May 31st will receive a 10% late penalty. There are three ways to assess your personal property: You can stop by the Polk County Assessors Office, located inside the Courthouse; go online to ...

  • 24 May

    City Planning Commission Approves New Tower, Denies Rezoning Request


    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena Planning Commission met for their monthly meeting on Thursday, May 19, to discuss placement of a new radio tower and the to hear a request for the rezoning of three lots. Gerald Golden, owner of property on Highway 71 North, submitted a second rezoning request to the Planning Commission after being denied a reclassification ...

  • 23 May

    Van Crashes Through James Super Save Foods


    BY LEANN DILBECK – No one was injured after a vehicle drove through James Super Save Foods just after 7 p.m. this evening. The vehicle broke through the brick and glass entrance to enter the store approximately 10 feet and destroyed one of the check-out lanes. The cashier who had been stationed there escaped injury after a co-worker saw the ...

  • 23 May

    Mena PD Takes Part in Annual Click It or Ticket Program


    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena Police Department will be participating in the yearly Click It or Ticket program starting May 23rd through June 6th. Officers will be enforcing the current mandatory seatbelt law that states that “Each driver and front seat passenger in any motor vehicle operated on a street or highway in this state shall wear a properly ...

  • 20 May

    Local Tea Party Hosts National Gun Rights Activist and Fox News Analyst Jan Morgan


    BY MELANIE BUCK – Fox News Analyst Jan Morgan made a guest appearance at the American Legion in Acorn last night [Thursday, May 19, 2016] in an event hosted by the Polk County Tea Party. Morgan, a gun range owner in Hot Springs, is a gun rights and 2nd Amendment activist, an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor, NRA Certified Range Safety ...

  • 19 May

    iVantage names Mena Regional Health System Among Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals


    Mena Regional Health System in Mena, Arkansas was recently named one of iVantage Health Analytics’ Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States. “Mena Regional Health System is proud of the efforts of our physicians and staff who have contributed to our achieving this designation,” stated Jay Quebedeaux, MRHS CEO. “As the only rural hospital in Arkansas that ...

  • 19 May

    Jewell Sweeps Meet of Champs, Becomes ‘Most Decorated Bearcat in History’


    BY MELANIE BUCK – Zach Jewell graduated on Sunday, May 15, 2016, making history as the most decorated athlete to ever grace the halls of Mena High School. A standout track athlete, Jewell has had a whirlwind season and ended it with the sweetest note. The day before graduation, Jewell claimed victory in not one, but three events at the ...