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April, 2015

  • 17 April

    Leach Loses Appeal to Arkansas Supreme Court

    Raymond D. Leach shown in his book-in photo at Polk County Jail in 2009.

    BY MELANIE BUCK – An appeal made to the Arkansas Supreme Court by Raymond D. Leach, has been dismissed based on the findings of Associate Justices, Josephine Hart and Paul Danielson, that the appellant’s motions are moot. Leach is currently serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole in the Arkansas Department of Corrections for the July 17, ...

  • 16 April

    Mena Water Utilities Experiences Violation


    BY MELANIE BUCK – A Total Coliform Rule has been violated by Mena Water Utilities, however, Department Manager Charles Pitman says consumers should not be worried and the problem has been fixed. The Total Coliform Rule is part of the Safe Drinking Water Act and when a violation occurs, letters must be sent to all consumers reporting the violation. This ...

  • 16 April

    Traveling Gavel Promotes 21 Years of Masonic Brotherhood


    BY MELANIE BUCK – There are many things, people, and objects that can promote a sense of brotherhood and friendship among society, and in the case of the Masons, it happens to be a traveling gavel. For twenty-one years, the gavel has been ceremoniously passed from one Lodge to the next creating bonds between those that otherwise might’ve never met. ...

  • 16 April

    RMCC’s Annual 3-Person Scramble Set for May 2


    BY MELANIE BUCK – Rich Mountain Community College Relay for Life Team has announced their annual 3-Person Scramble Fundraiser. This will be the 5th year for the event and raises an average of $1,000 per event. The Scramble will be Saturday, May 2, at the Ouachita Country Club, just off of Hwy. 88 East, in Mena, beginning at 1 p.m. ...

  • 15 April

    Council Approves Projects – Including Downtown Streetscape

    American Artisans owner, Rick Chrisman, thanks Mena City Council for their efforts to improve downtown.

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Rick Chrisman, local downtown business owner, addressed Mena’s City Council during their April meeting regarding continued delays on the completion of the streetscape project along Mena Street. Some years ago, the project began to replace the sidewalks of Mena Street with decorative pavers as part of the Downtown Streetscape Project. However, as Mayor George McKee put ...

  • 15 April

    Mark Campbell Honored


    All showing Mark Campbell’s iconic “thumbs up,” Mark’s friends and family gathered Saturday at the Mena Elks Lodge on the day that Mena Mayor George McKee had proclaimed “Mark Campbell Day” to raise money for his family as he continues cancer treatments.

  • 15 April

    MRHS Conducts Ebola Safety Drill


    SUBMITTED – Mena Regional Health System recently participated in the River Valley Region Ebola Drill. Thirteen hospitals in the region participated in the event, which included Emergency Department physicians, nursing staff, laboratory technologists, and other employees that may come in contact with the possibly infected patient. A RMCC nursing student was used as the 22-year old ‘patient’ to help emergency ...

  • 15 April

    Drug Take Back Day Announced


    The Polk County Sheriff’s Office will be sponsoring the annual Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 25th. This event will be held at the front door of the Polk County Courthouse, beginning at 10 AM and ending at 1PM. We will be collecting prescription medications that are no longer needed or are old and out of date, so that ...

  • 15 April

    Lum & Abner Fast Approaching


    SUBMITTED BY CANDACE RINER – The Mena Advertising and Promotion is gearing up for Mena’s signature event, the 38th Annual Lum & Abner Festival on June 5th and 6th. This two day festival will kick off on Friday, June 5th at Janssen Park in Mena with an exciting line up of entertainment and events for the whole family. This year ...

  • 15 April

    City-Wide Spring Clean-Up Continues


    Crews from the City of Mena Street Department have begun the annual City-wide Spring Cleanup. Last Thursday crews were working their way through neighborhoods between Sherman and Reine Streets. The picture shows the crew loading a discarded hot tub. The Street Department expects the cleanup to take approximately two more weeks, however, with rainy weather in sight for the remainder ...