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Asa Hutchinson to Visit Mena Today


Bill Beam, Campaign Coordinator for Polk County, has announced that the Republican candidate for Governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, is expected to tour several businesses in Mena during the afternoon of Friday, August 1st. A reception for Hutchinson will follow at Papa’s Mexican Restaurant from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The reception will be hosted by the Polk County Republican Committee. ... Read More »

RMCC Announces Ouachita Center Legacy Campaign

Ouachita Center Exterior Rendering - Ouachita Center and Dick and Frances Carver Grand Hall lettering

[MENA, Ark.] The new Ouachita Center, a 13,000+ sq. ft. state of the art conference/community center located on the main campus of Rich Mountain Community College, is scheduled to open in August 2014, and the public is being given the distinct opportunity to be a part of this momentous occasion through the Ouachita Center Legacy Campaign. Rich Mountain Community College ... Read More »

Locals Cast in Jurassic World


BY MELANIE BUCK - Three Mena residents got the opportunity of a lifetime when they were called to be cast in the fourth installment of the popular Jurassic Park movie series, Jurassic World, set to be released in June 2015. Floyd Knight, who is pursuing an acting career, was initially cast to be an extra in the movie that is ... Read More »

Live Music Starts Tomorrow At Branding Iron


Tomorrow, Thursday, July 31, The Branding Iron Steakhouse and BBQ at 623 Sherwood Avenue, in Mena, will begin a Thursday Night Music Series. The country duo, Gatling and Hoffpauir, from Austin, Texas, will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. “We have been thinking about bringing music to the Branding Iron for some time,” commented Crystal Veryken, who, with her husband, ... Read More »

Lost Load in Wickes Results in 8 Misdemeanors, including DWI


BY MELANIE BUCK - A Wickes man was arrested on Monday, July 21, after officers received several calls of a motorist losing large pieces of scrap metal from the trailer he was hauling behind his pick-up truck along Hwy. 278 east of Wickes. Gerald Watkins, 37, was traveling along Hwy. 278 when Cossatot River State Park Ranger Will Strain located ... Read More »

Schuller Benefit Raises over $4000 in Donations


BY MELANIE BUCK - The employees of Rose Aircraft held a benefit dinner for co-worker Bill Schuller to help deter medical expenses caused by a motorcycle accident that occurred while Schuller was on a fundraising poker run. The accident caused the loss of his right leg, up to his knee, and back injuries. The event served approximately 130 people at ... Read More »

Home Destroyed by Fire in Rocky


BY LEANN DILBECK - At 10:05 a.m. this morning, the Rocky Rural Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a caller reporting that his neighbor’s two-story house was on fire on Polk Rd 130. At that time, the exact address was unknown. Shady Grove Rural Volunteer Fire Department was immediately dispatched for mutual aid. Shady Grove requested assistance from both Potter ... Read More »

The Long Trail Home


“IT IS THE HONOR OF MY LIFE TO DO THIS RIDE.” BY MELANIE BUCK - On a journey to bring awareness to suicidal veterans, Matthew Littrell and friend Raymond Avery, are expected to pass through Mena on Saturday as part of their cross country trip on horseback. Both from Elbert, Colorado, they began their journey at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina ... Read More »

Residents Continue Clean-Up Following Storm Packing Strong Winds


BY MELANIE BUCK - Toppled trees and debris littered yards and roadways Thursday morning after a storm with high winds wreaked havoc on Polk County Wednesday evening. Reports of trees being uprooted, roofs torn off, and roads being blocked began pouring in early Thursday as home and landowners began assessing the damage. Nita Krebbs, of Hatfield, had several broken limbs ... Read More »

Ty Thacker Blood Drive Tremendous Success


BY MELANIE BUCK - A hugely successful blood drive was held last Thursday at Grace Bible Church in Mena. The blood drive was scheduled as the ‘Faith Gives Back – Annual Blood Drive’ event, being named after Faith Chaney, who is battling Aplastic Anemia. However, upon hearing about fellow church member Ty Thacker’s newly diagnosed condition, Acute Lymphoid Leukemia Strain ... Read More »

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