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Arkansas Voters to Decide if Entire State Goes Wet

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Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Makes 2014 General Election Ballot (August 29, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announces that the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment met the signature requirements of Article 5, Section 1 of the Arkansas Constitution. The constitutional amendment needed 78,133 valid signatures; the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment sponsors turned in 127,265. At this ... Read More »

ARCO Launches “One More Day” Branding Initiative


[MENA] The Arkansas Coalition of the Ouachitas has just announced a new branding initiative called “One More Day”.  “The purpose of the branding initiative is to develop a brand – a common theme and graphic that can be used to market the many things to see and do in the ARCO region (Montgomery, Polk, and Scott Counties),” states Gar Eisele, ... Read More »

Janssen Park Spring – to drink or not to drink?

From being a watering hole to a social gathering point, the Janssen Park Spring will remain a part of Mena's history forever.

BY MELANIE BUCK - The Janssen Park Spring has been a staple of many Polk County citizens since the beginning of Mena when ‘the log cabin’ was the only building in town, back in 1895. The spring has been used by countless citizens and visitors, to not only grab a quick drink while enjoying the park, but also to fill ... Read More »

It’s Polk County Fair Time!


BY MELANIE BUCK – The Polk County Fair and Rodeo Board (PCFRB) is pleased to bring the 2014 Polk County Fair to the area’s kids, of all ages and sizes. There will be something for everyone at this year’s event. Carnival rides are the most popular activity, which will be available each night and twice on Saturday. Bracelets for unlimited ... Read More »

City Experiencing Increase in Complaints Regarding Dilapidated Properties


BY LEANN DILBECK - The City of Mena’s Ordinance No. 2051, better known as the “Beautification Ordinance,” came under discussion during the August City Council meeting held recently as City Attorney Danny Thrailkill explained that Tammy Stockton had six citations waiting to be issued to property owners that were in violation. City officials said that there had been an increase ... Read More »

Permaculture Course Inspires Transformation of Community


[MENA] Suzanne Snow, Secretary of the Polk County Farmer’s Market, is one of 14 students who completed a two-week Permaculture Design Course, offered in July at Weber Retreat and Conference Center in Adrian, Michigan. “The course was a real eye-opener,” Suzanne said.  “I hope to bring what I learned to Mena by getting the community involved in healing the land.  ... Read More »

Union Bank Elects Montgomery to Board of Directors; Promotes Maddox


[MENA, Ark.] Philip B. Hensley, President and CEO of Union Bankshares, Inc. has announced the election of Jeff Montgomery to the Board of Directors of the Union Bank of Mena and the election of David Maddox as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Union Bankshares, Inc. and as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Union Bank of Mena. ... Read More »

2014 Rod Run Another Success


The 39th Annual Street & Performance Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run was yet another success as street muscle cars cruised into Mena. The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce hosted the Friday night Show ‘n Shine next to the Depot on Sherwood Avenue. A rainbow of colors were displayed atop Rich Mountain as the annual event once again attracted car enthusiasts to ... Read More »

Celebrity Waiter Event Raises Over $18,000 for Relay for Life


SUBMITTED BY RICHARD LAWRY - The Relay For Life of Polk County held its third annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner on Friday, August 22 at the Mena Mountain Resort.  Local celebrities waited tables for tips and Farrell Cole held a live auction of items that had been donated.  By the time the evening was over, more than 18,000 dollars had been ... Read More »

Feeding the Troops


Three Mena businesses gave the troops a big ‘thank you’ in the form of a BBQ dinner with all the trimmings. Boyd Interiors, 71 Diesel, and Hampton Aviation traveled to the 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment National Guard unit in Malvern and prepared a feast for the soldiers during a Change of Command ceremony. Rodney Lay of Mena was Company Commander for ... Read More »

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