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April, 2020

  • 1 April

    Cossatot River High School Teams Win UA Cossatot Battle of the Books

    Cossatot River High School 7th Grade Division team took first place during the UA Cossatot Battle of the Books competition on March 13th. pictured from left to right: Cooper Hayes, Jayden Johnson, Easton Johnson, Riley Dunn, 7th Grade Sponsor, Suzanne Kesterson. More photos on pages 8 and 9. Submitted photos.     Cossatot River High School 8th Grade Division team ...

  • 1 April

    Polk County Man Charged with Rape in Utah

    The Polk County Sheriff’s Department, acting on a felony warrant from Utah, arrested 34 year old Guillermo Farias at a residence in Wickes (Polk County) Thursday, March 26. Arrest records show Farias resides in Grannis. Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer said that Farias was being held in the Polk County Detention Center awaiting extradition to Utah. According to the Desert ...

  • 1 April

    Insulation Works of Wickes Donates Masks to Heathy Connections

    Brett and Cherri Counts with Insulation Works out of Wickes donated 100 N95 masks to Healthy Connections. During this shortage, this donation is much appreciated and will go a long way toward providing our employees with the protection they need. Insulation Works’ Cody Barton is pictured here with Samantha Stovall, APRN, from our Mena clinic. Submitted photo.

  • 1 April

    SWEPCO Donates to Mena/Polk County Senior Center

    The American Electric Power Foundation has announced $42,000 in emergency funding for two area nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 in Southwestern Electric Power Co’s (SWEPCO) service area. Mena Polk County Senior Center and Scott County Senior Citizens each were awarded $21,000 to provide additional meals to homebound seniors, as well as offer carryout meals, shelf-stable meals and other alternatives for their ...

  • 1 April

    State of Arkansas House of Representatives

    This week, the House convened for an Extraordinary Session to address the urgent funding needs in our state created by the COVID-19 crisis. For only the second time in recent history, we convened outside of the Capitol. The Jack Stephens Center at the University of Arkansas Little Rock provided additional space for members to adhere to social distancing guidelines of ...

  • 1 April

    Prescribed fire activity temporarily suspended by USDA Forest Service in southern states

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — The Southern Region of the USDA Forest Service announced today that all new ignitions for prescribed fire have been postponed until further notice. The Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests are within the Southern Region. “Health and safety are our top priorities,” said Shardul Raval, director of Fire and Aviation for the Southern Region. “This decision ...

  • 1 April

    Arkansans Ordered To Limit Gatherings, Keep 6 Foot Separation, Some Exceptions

    Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has repeatedly said he does not want to order Arkansans to “shelter in place”  or “lockdown” citing the need to keep residents working and the economy moving, but today, as he promised in his briefing yesterday, the Arkansas Department of Health issued a Directive / Order limiting gatherings “occurring outside a single household or living unit” ...

  • 1 April

    116 MORE BROADBAND AND TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDERS TAKE CHAIRMAN PAI’S KEEP AMERICANS CONNECTED PLEDGE

    185 Providers Have Now Agreed to Take Specific Steps to Promote Connectivity for Americans During the Coronavirus Pandemic WASHINGTON, March 2020 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that 116 more broadband and telephone service providers have taken his Keep Americans Connected Pledge. Chairman Pai launched the Keep Americans Connected Pledge with 69 broadband and telephone providers across ...

  • 1 April

    Arkansas Suspends Statutes Concerning Motor Vehicle Registratin Transactions

    UNDER EXECUTIVE ORDER (EO) 20-06 Pursuant to the authority under Governor Asa Hutchinson’s March 17, 2020 Executive Order 20-06, the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration has identified provisions of regulatory statutes stated below that prevents, hinders, or delays DFA’s ability to render maximum assistance to the citizens of Arkansas while adhering to guidelines to prohibit the spread of disease ...

  • 1 April

    Group Combating Drug and Alcohol Addiction

    Masterpiece Ministries of Arkansas held a meeting at the Mount Ida Mayor’s Office Tuesday night at 6 PM to discuss an up coming event to promote the new treatment center they are creating in Montgomery County.  At the meeting they discussed holding a rally on May 2nd at a local church which could accommodate approximately two hundred and fifty people. ...