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July, 2016

  • 27 July

    Wildlife Center Receives Two Injured Bald Eagles for Rehabilitation


    BY MELANIE BUCK – Two of the nation’s national birds are being cared for by local wildlife rehabilitator Tommy Young, of the Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center. Of the pair of bald eagles, one is a juvenile and the other is an adult. Both were brought to young in signs of distress and both are in desperate need of ...

  • 21 July

    Local Teen Wishes to Benefit Fallen Officers’ Families

    The community rallied around local law enforcement Sunday afternoon in Janssen Park. Pastors Ron Tilley and Keith Rose led a community prayer for both the nation and law enforcement.

    BY MELANIE BUCK – One Polk County teen is organizing a way to help families of the fallen officers from the Dallas Police Department following the deadly night of violence that shook that city for hours on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Five officers lost their lives and nine more were injured before the shooter, Micah Xavier Johnson, was killed, ending ...

  • 21 July

    Acorn School Awarded $660,000 21st CCLC Grant for Grades K-12


    BY LEANN DILBECK – Ouachita River School Superintendent Jerry Strasner has announced that the Acorn Campus has been awarded a 5-year $660,000 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant by the Arkansas Department of Education.  “What a tremendous blessing for the parents and children of this district.  We thank everyone on our staff and our many community partners who worked tirelessly ...

  • 21 July

    Firefighters Respond to Multiple Fires


    BY MELANIE BUCK – Polk County Fire Fighters have been kept busy over the last few days, battling fires in both Acorn and Hatfield. Multiple departments responded to a house fire on Polk Road 184 in the Acorn community just after 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning [July 19, 2016]. The fire was determined to have started in a pick-up truck under ...

  • 21 July

    LeFlore County Accident Claims Life of Local Mena Man


    BY MELANIE BUCK – A Mena man lost his life in a car accident that occurred in LeFlore County, Oklahoma on Thursday, July 14, 2016. Joshua Abbott, age 37 of Mena, was a passenger in a 2002 Mitsubishi that rolled over three times during the course of the accident. Abbott was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. ...

  • 21 July

    Lea Memorial Law Enforcement Dinner Planned for October


    BY MELANIE BUCK – A dinner to honor law enforcement is being planned in Polk County, organized by a non-profit board of directors and employees of the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney. The Lea Memorial Law Enforcement Appreciation Organization will present the dinner on October 4th at the Ouachita Center on the campus of Rich Mountain Community College. Prosecuting Attorney ...

  • 21 July

    Ordinance Review Committee Focuses on Tobacco Free Parks


    BY MELANIE BUCK – The City of Mena Ordinance Review Committee met on Monday, July 18 at City Hall to discuss the longtime issue of smoking in city parks and also business location requirements of Advertising and Promotion Commission members. The committee first discussed smoking in city parks. Currently City Ordinance 2211, Section IV states: “All parks shall be designated ...

  • 20 July

    Walmart Presents School Supply Grant


    Dixie Shrader, Executive Director, and Sheila Pate, Inspector, and backpack supply coordinator, of the Polk County Housing Authority, accepted a check from Scott Brown, Manager of Mena Walmart, to purchase school supplies for students living in the housing authority. The $1,000 grant was awarded through the Walmart Foundation and will be used to purchase backpacks and school supplies for all ...

  • 20 July

    Mena Water Implements New Geotube System at Sewer Plant


    Mena Water Utilities was able to put their new geotube system to the test last week when they used the system to pump sludge from the ponds at the Mena Sewer Plant. This is the first time for the utility to use the system and Manager, Charles Pitman said all went as planned. The reason for the new system is ...

  • 20 July

    Rotary Club of Mena Installs New Officers


    The Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County recently installed a new officers, as well as gave awards for selfless acts. Officers for the upcoming year are Tiffany Lane, President; Debra Buschman, President-Elect; Katrina Rowe, President-Nominee; Vice President, Pete Chambers; Linda Rexroad, Secretary; Sue Babel, Treasurer; and Charles Pittman and Matt Thomas, Directors. Foundation Chair Charles Pittman presented a Paul Harris Fellowship ...