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August, 2020

  • 14 August

    2020 Handicapable Rodeo

    Despite rain, the 2020 Handicapable Rodeo was held Friday morning in the show barn at the Polk County Fair Grounds. Face painting, hay rides, roping and riding were enjoyed thanks to the generous sponsors of the event, Wendy Strothers said. “I can’t say enough how appreciative we are that the community really supports this event,” Strothers said. For photos of ...

  • 12 August

    Mena wastewater gets new treatment

    By Jeri Borst Changes have been made to the way Mena Water Utilities treats wastewater and continued progress is underway. For many years, treating waste water with chlorine was the standard operation across the country but now, Charles Pitman, general manager for Mena Water, says that has changed. “The EPA learned that chlorine is not as safe as it was ...

  • 12 August

    Hotel fails to pay AP sales tax

    By Jeri Borst There are some businesses in Mena that are not paying their taxes, and that has the Mena Advertising and Promotions Commission concerned. At the Aug. 4 AP meeting, commissioners expressed exasperation with a recently purchased hotel, The Lime Tree, which has not paid the AP sales tax to the city since opening. Discussion at the meeting revealed ...

  • 12 August

    Rodeo Royalty and event details

    Ready for the Rodeo! Despite the issues created by COVID-19, Wendy Strothers, chair for the Polk County Rodeo, says this year is as strong as ever, hence the theme for this year’s rodeo, Polk County Strong. “I’ve got to say thank you to our sponsors, they have really come through for us this year, despite the hardships everyone is facing,” ...

  • 12 August

    Mena catches flight-line fever

    Staff Report The Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport played host to a flight of C-130s out of Little Rock Air Force Base (LRAFB) last Thursday and Friday. The aircraft performed low approaches for about an hour before landing. Crews waited for darkness to fall before taking off again for some lights-out tactical approaches while wearing night vision goggles and with infrared light ...

  • 12 August

    Flooding causes water main breaks

    Mena Water Utilities was affected by flooding Wednesday, and Charles Pitman, general manager for Mena Water Utilities, said crews worked around weather conditions to address issues and repairs were complete Tuesday around 8:30 p.m.. Pitman reported there were at least three  broken water mains, one of which provides pressure and supply to the main part of Mena. As crews worked ...

  • 12 August

    First responders busy Wednesday due to Flash Flooding

    First responders and victims of flash flooding are all safe and accounted for after heavy rains caused a flash flood warning to be issued for the area until 3 p.m. Wednesday. Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer said three incidents occurred before 11 a.m. The first one was on Polk 54, the second was behind the Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport off ...

  • 11 August

    Fair Canceled, Livestock show and sale still planned

      The State Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the Department of Health, notified the Polk County Fair and Rodeo Association that carnivals will not be approved this year for fairs. “Unfortunately, that means that our county fair will be canceled with the exception of the Junior Livestock Show/Sale,” Phyllis Caldwell said. “We will be working diligently to set up ...

  • 5 August

    Society aims to preserve history for Polk County

    Proposal suggest moving sunshine house to library lot for use as a museum By Jeri Borst   Dedicating a space to preserve Polk County history is the focus of a proposed project steered by Polk County Genealogical Society. Shirley Manning shared the society’s vision with the Polk County Quorum Court at the July 28 meeting. “This would be a way ...

  • 5 August

    Solar array to help meet electric demands

    RMEC dedicated 1 MW solar facility to Philpot Rich Mountain Electric Cooperative (RMEC) and Today’s Power, Inc. (TPI)  unveiled the completed 1-megawatt (MW) solar array near the headquarters of the co-op in Mena, Arkansas off of Arkansas Highway 88.  In recognition of his 58 years of service to the cooperative, the solar generation facility is dedicated to the retiring President ...