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February, 2016

  • 5 February

    DAR Annual Heritage Remembers 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War


    BY MELANIE BUCK – James K. Polk Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution held their annual Heritage Tea at Mena Mountain Resort on Saturday, January 30, 2016. Remembering the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War was the focus of this year’s Tea. Music was played by the Ouachita Strings and State Regent Mary Deere was the guest speaker. ...

  • 3 February

    A Second Chance to Soar


    BY MELANIE BUCK – Filled with the knowledge, scars, and sleepless nights of decades of caring for animals, wildlife rehabilitator Tommy Young has accomplished a fete that few have – rehabilitating and releasing thousands of species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and more – and was proud to announce his 80,000th release on Saturday, January 30th, 2016 amongst more than 100 ...

  • 3 February

    Mena Water Utilities Announces Slight Rate Increase


    BY MELANIE BUCK – Mena Water Utilities Commission met last week for their regular monthly meeting. During the management team report, Charles Pitman explained the annual retail water rate increase. Each year the increase is based on the Consumer Price Index and this year, rates were increased by 0.7%, equaling .02 cents per 1,000 gallons. Pitman said the average bill ...

  • 3 February

    MRHS Offers Heart Saver CT Scan


    BY MELANIE BUCK – “We in the radiology department at Mena Regional are excited to once again offer our Coronary Calcium scan at a reduced rate for couples in the month of February.  It is always rewarding when we can use current technology to impact our patients’ lives in a positive way,” said Jonathan Welsh, M.D., Diagnostic Radiology, Mena Regional ...

  • 3 February

    Union Bank Acquires Former Carquest Property


    The property where Carquest Auto Parts store used to sit on Hwy. 71 has been purchased by the Union Bank of Mena. President of Union Bank, Phillip Hensley, said the bank has no current plans for the property but wanted to purchase the property as an investment for anything the bank may need in the future. “We’re tearing the old ...

  • 3 February

    RMCC Undergoes Active Shooter Training


    BY LEANN DILBECK – With shootings on college campuses recently in the news and on the minds of college officials, RMCC conducted its first ever “active shooter training” session January 9 with all of its faculty, adjunct faculty and staff.  President Phillip Wilson explained, “All school shootings are horrible, but the most recent community college shooting in Oregon really hit ...

  • 3 February

    Gilbert Selected as Quorum Court Delegate


    BY MELANIE BUCK – Justice of the Peace Tawana Gilbert was selected as a delegate for the Arkansas Association of Quorum Courts at the most recent meeting of the Polk County Quorum Court. Gilbert has served as the Polk County delegate for many years. The Arkansas Association of Quorum Courts sits under the umbrella of the Arkansas Association of Counties, ...

  • 3 February

    Queen Approaching Record Numbers


    BY MELANIE BUCK – Since reopening the lodge on July 1, 2015, a mere seven months ago, Queen Wilhelmina State Park has garnered $1,267,594 in revenue and is only halfway through their fiscal year. The park’s assistant superintendent, Sarah Jones said that prior to the $9.6 million renovation of the lodge, on a good year they made $1.5 million, eluding ...

  • 3 February

    Early Voting Begins February 16


    Polling Information for Upcoming Election Normally, early voting would begin 15 days prior to the election; however, this year, early voting will begin on Tuesday, February 16.  Arkansas Law States that early voting shall not be available on state or county holidays.  Monday, February 15 is President’s Day; therefore, early voting will begin Tuesday, February 16.  Early voting is held ...

  • 3 February

    Probation Search Results in Arrest


    BY MELANIE BUCK – On Sunday, January 31, Arkansas Community Correction Agents Frank Gibson and Brittany Quinn were joined by deputies of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in a probation search of the residence of a Drug Court offender. Jackson Henry Riley, age 21 of Mena, has been charged with Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance with the Purpose ...