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December, 2017

  • 12 December

    County Eyes Joining Lawsuit Against Opioid Pharmaceutical Companies

    BY MELANIE WADE – As the opioid epidemic continues to cause alarm across the country, the Arkansas Association of Counties (AAC) is hoping to do their part to combat the effort by filing a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical companies, who many say, are pushing their drugs for long term use, instead of the short term use they were approved for. ...

  • 8 December

    “Elf, Jr.” Opens at OLT this Weekend

    Polk County is privileged to have the opportunity to see a local adaptation of one of the most delightful Christmas productions to hit Broadway in several years. The musical “Elf” was a huge hit on Broadway in 2010 and a shorter version has been made available to schools and young performing youth groups across the nation.  The shorter version, known ...

  • 7 December

    Alstons Honored as 2017 Arkansas Farm Family of the Year

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Luke and DeeDee Alston of Mena were named as the Farm Bureau Arkansas Farm Family of the Year at the annual luncheon at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock on Thursday, December 7, 2017, and they historically mark the first time a Polk County Family has won on the state level. “This is what ...

  • 6 December

    Polk County Deputies Assist Scott County Following Shooting of Officer

    BY MELANIE WADE – Polk County Law Enforcement assisted the Scott County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday evening, December 5, 2017, following an officer-involved shooting. Scott County Sheriff’s deputies were responding to a disturbance call when one officer made contact with the suspect, near the suspect’s residence. The suspect allegedly left his vehicle and shot at the officer, striking him in ...

  • 6 December

    Enjoy a Royal ‘Supper with Santa’ at the Queen’s Lodge

    BY MELANIE WADE – Santa and one of his elves will take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season to sit and have supper at the Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge on Saturday, December 16th. To begin the festivities, The Darrell Argenbright and Friends Band will provide Christmas entertainment in the Hearth Room at the Lodge ...

  • 6 December

    MRHS Supports Santas for Soldiers

    Mena Regional Health System recently collected items for their annual Santa For Soldiers project.  Thirty-one boxes were filled with items from the “Soldier Wish List.”  The boxes are being shipped to a troop from Arkansas, currently stationed in Kosovo.

  • 6 December

    Remembering Hearts Forever to Honor Loved Ones with Candle Lighting

    BY MELANIE WADE – Letting go of a child is never easy, and for those who have had to join the unfortunate ranks of parents who have lost their’s, they will say that no one truly understands the pain unless they, too, have lost a child. A healthy part of the grieving and healing process is to talk about that ...

  • 6 December

    Honor Phillip Speer This Holiday Season while Sharing Hope, Healing and Comfort

    Wednesday, November 29, 2017 ─ Arkansas Blood Institute is inviting the Mena community to share the priceless gift of saving lives this holiday season and honor Phillip Speer.  Phillip was an advocate for blood donations in the Mena area since 2010 by coordinating multiple blood drives before his passing in 2017.  He was directly responsible for setting up 8 blood ...

  • 6 December

    MRHS Auxiliary to Host Annual Christmas Breakfast

    The Mena Regional Auxiliary invites the community to attend the annual Auxiliary Christmas Breakfast on Thursday, December 7 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Mena Regional cafeteria.  All donations will benefit the Auxiliary Scholarship Program and needs of the hospital. In 2017 alone, the Auxiliary awarded $10,000 in scholarships.  Everyone is asked to come out and support the ...

  • 6 December

    Holiday Express Rolls into Mena on Thursday

    BY MELANIE WADE – The Kansas City Railroad’s Holiday Express will roll into Mena this Thursday, December 7th to bring holiday joy to the young and old alike. The KCS Holiday Express is a festive, six-car train that brings Santa Claus and his elves to communities throughout the KCS rail network. Guests to the train can visit with Santa Claus ...