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January, 2017

  • 13 January

    Fire Barely Misses Homes Thanks to Rapid Response

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Members of the Dallas Valley Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to a large grass fire on Bethesda Road Tuesday afternoon, January 10, 2017, just after 3 p.m. The grass fire was threatening several homes in the area with high winds pushing the flames directly toward the line of houses. Ink Volunteer Fire Department, Mena Fire Department, and ...

  • 11 January

    Winter Weather Brings County to a Halt

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Winter weather had the county on hold last week after freezing temperatures and snowfall kept roads icy for the weekend. Snow began falling on Friday morning, January 6 before taking a break mid-morning and then bringing in more than an inch on Friday afternoon. All area schools made the decision to take a snow day early ...

  • 11 January

    Date for 4th Annual Talimena ½ Marathon to Benefit PCDC Set

    The Polk County Developmental Center has announced the date of the 4th Annual Talimena ½ Marathon will be Saturday, March 11, 2017. The primary purpose of this event is to support the programs for physically and mentally challenged adults and children who benefit each day by the services provided by the Polk County Developmental Center (PCDC). Ongoing services and programs ...

  • 11 January

    Seventh-Day Adventist Food Pantry Re-Opening

    SUBMITTED – The Mena Seventh-Day Adventist Church food pantry, located at 149 Polk Road 43 across from the Polk County Fairgrounds, is scheduled to re-open on January 16th. The pantry will provide individuals and families with non-perishable food, personal care items, and nutritional help. Everyone will be served and no one will be turned away. For the past several years ...

  • 11 January

    Fire Destroys Structures in Midst of Snow

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Firefighters battled two blazes in two parts of the county on Friday, January 6, 2017 in the midst of snow covered roads. Dallas Valley Volunteer Fire Department was called to a fire at a welding shop on Polk Road 401. Firefighters were dispatched around 10:30 a.m. after a call was made to 911. The cause of ...

  • 11 January

    Smith Wins Quilt

    The volunteers of the Cove Branch of the Polk County Library chose to raise funds on a Christmas quilt as their project to support the needs of the library. Winner of the quilt was Harold Smith (pictured), from Vandervoort.

  • 10 January

    JP’s Sworn-In; Scott Honored

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Polk County Quorum Court held their first meeting of the year on Tuesday night, January 3rd. Justices of the Peace were officially sworn in for the year by County Clerk Terri Harrison. JP’s also passed an ordinance determining the time and location of their meetings for the year. Each meeting will be held on the ...

  • 10 January

    There’s A New Sheriff in Town

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Sheriff Scott Sawyer officially took office on Sunday, January 1, 2017 and is ready to jump into his new duties. Sawyer has been in law enforcement for 22 years, beginning his career at the Grannis Police Department before moving up to a county deputy, eventually becoming Chief Deputy under Sheriff Mike Godfrey. Sawyer is thankful to ...

  • 10 January

    County to Receive K-9 Unit

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Polk County Sheriff’s Department will soon receive a new friend, one of the furry, four-legged type. Sheriff Scott Sawyer has reported the department will be taking on a K-9 unit narcotics dog thanks to a few grants they obtained. Sawyer said they haven’t had a K-9 unit in around eight years and they are excited ...

  • 10 January

    HSO Provides a Dream Come True

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Humane Society of the Ouachitas (HSO) was able to provide a dream come true for one boy this Christmas season. Pepsi, a two-year old female Pit Bull was a stray that was found in Cove and surrendered to HSO on November 11th and little did she know, she was soon to become man’s best friend ...