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June, 2017

  • 23 June

    Alston’s Named District Farm Family of the Year

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The eight district winners in the 70th annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program have been selected, representing the diversity of Arkansas agriculture, the state’s largest industry. Locally, Luke and DeeDee Alston of Mena were named for the Western District.  The Alston family had been named as Polk County’s Farm Family of the Year and ...

  • 21 June

    The Queen Hosts Ark. State Parks and Tourism Commission

    Queen Wilhelmina State Park hosted the monthly meeting of the Arkansas Parks and Tourism Commission on Thursday, June 15. Local photographer, William Rainey, gave a presentation on his works of Arkansas’ state parks, which included more than 180 portraits of the state’s landscape, wildlife, and unique flora and fauna. Paula Magers, Superintendent of Queen Wilhelmina, gave a presentation on the ...

  • 21 June

    Contestant Recruitment Underway for Mrs. Arkansas; Officials Seeking Mrs. Mena, Mrs. Polk County

    SUBMITTED – Pageant officials are actively recruiting contestants statewide to represent local preliminary titles at the 41st annual Mrs. Arkansas America Pageant scheduled for November 11 in Hot Springs. “We invite all married women throughout Arkansas who are interested in participating to claim their local title and begin preparing for competition,” says Lynn DeJarnette, executive director of the Mrs. Arkansas America ...

  • 21 June

    Gun & Hoses Blood Drive Showdown

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – The annual Guns & Hoses blood drives are back, with the Mena Police and Fire Department facing off in the friendly competition. During the Guns & Hoses drives, local firefighters ‘battle’ local police officers to see who can have more blood donated to benefit patients across the state through the Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI). Pictured above ...

  • 21 June

    DAV Gives Plaques

    On June 2, 2017 the DAV Auxiliary Unit 46, members Carol Burns and Edith Glenn went to the Rich Mountain Nursing/Rehab to present plaques to five veterans. The plagues are hung on the door so everyone knows is a veteran there. Those receiving the plaques were: Nell Weems, Robert Barron, Ed Copes, Dale Johnson, and John Pitchford. Mena Manor Nursing ...

  • 21 June

    Daughters of the American Revolution Host District Meeting

    BY MELANIE WADE – The James K. Polk Chapter of Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) hosted the district meeting for the Caddo District Daughters at the Ouachita Center on Wednesday, June 14. Eleven chapters from the district attended the all-day meeting. The local chapter was chartered in 2009 and this is the first time they have ...

  • 14 June

    Fire Destroys Home; Cause Under Investigation

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A local woman’s home is a complete loss following a fire on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Calls came in to 911 dispatch just after 6 p.m. after a passerby and neighbors saw the flames. Initially, the home’s occupants were unaware of the blaze. Witnesses said shortly after notifying 911,  people began to exit the residence while ...

  • 14 June

    Town of Hatfield Receives Rural Community Grant

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Town of Hatfield has been awarded a $15,000 grant through the Arkansas Rural Development Commission that will allow them to build restroom areas in their city park. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston, AEDC Executive Vice President of Operations Amy Fecher and Rural Services Director Alex Johnston presented $351,763.44 to 31 rural ...

  • 14 June

    Maddox Markets District to AEDC

    TOURS NIDEC AND MENA INTERMOUNTAIN MUNICIPAL AIRPORT BY LEANN DILBECK – Arkansas Economic Development Commission Director Mike Preston and Regional Manager Cody Slater toured Arkansas’ District 20 on Monday by invitation of State Representative John Maddox [R].  “I requested Mr. Preston come to my district and see what we have to offer. In my opinion, we have some great local ...

  • 14 June

    Filing Dates are Open for Prospective School Board Candidates

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Filing dates for school board candidates are now open, says Polk County Clerk Terri Harrison. Monday, June 12, marked the first official day that candidates can begin circulating petitions to be considered. To be an official candidate on the ticket, you must have the Affidavit and Petition with at least 20 signatures from your respective school ...