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October, 2017

  • 19 October

    Blazes Erupt in Two-Vehicle Collision

    BY MELANIE WADE – A two-vehicle accident at the junction of Highways 71 and 88 caused both to erupt into flames and backed up Mena’s busy afterschool traffic as well on Wednesday afternoon, October 18, 2017. The accident occurred at 3:13 p.m. Mena Police Department arrived on the scene at 3:14 p.m. and dispatched the Mena Fire Department due to ...

  • 18 October

    Fire Engulfs Mobile Home; Family Loses Everything

    BY MELANIE WADE – A mobile home was lost to fire Wednesday morning in Mena. Polk County’s 911 Dispatch received a call and paged out the Mena Fire Department at 9:02 a.m. to respond to a structure fire at 2201 Edwards Street. The home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived on the scene. Mena Fire Department had eleven personnel on ...

  • 18 October

    Dry September Leads to October Burn Ban

    BY MELANIE WADE – A burn ban remains in effect for Polk County, along with 31 other counties in the state, following a lack of adequate rainfall last month. After having above average rainfall from February through August of this year, September turned out to be extremely dry, causing hazardous fire conditions for much of the state. According to U.S. ...

  • 18 October

    Master Gardeners Dedicate Memorial Bench

    BY MELANIE WADE – The Master Gardeners of Polk County celebrated their 29th anniversary on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the Polk County Extension Office Education Building. Dozens were in attendance as they gathered to reminisce over the last three decades, those they have met along the way, and to welcome newcomers to the group. As part of their celebration, ...

  • 18 October

    Lioness Assist Lions Disaster Relief Trailer

    The Mena Lioness Lions took up a collection at their September monthly meeting to help restock the Lions District 7L Disaster Relief Trailer. The trailer was depleted of its supplies following a trip to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey. Their donation was $1,409. President Jana Harris presented the check to district Governor Larry Ketcham.

  • 18 October

    MRHS Competes in Crazy Pink Day

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Departments at Mena Regional Health System recently competed in Crazy Pink Day in an effort to bring awareness about the disease that will affect 1 in 8 women.  The Pink Panther Traveling Trophy was awarded to Mena Medical Associates.  The hospital has many activities planned for the month of October to raise breast cancer ...

  • 18 October

    EM Takes Part in Fire Prevention Week

    Polk County Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator Kyle Rowland participated in Fire Prevention Week with area firefighters. Rowland visited Louise Durham Elementary on October 11. He, Smokey the Bear, and Fire Pup visited with Luke Rowland and other students about this year’s theme, “Every Second Counts – Plan Two Ways Out!”

  • 18 October

    Miss Polk County Advances to Miss Arkansas Jr. Fair Queen

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The recently crowned Miss Polk County, Hannah McDonald, competed in the regional Fair Pageant Tuesday evening at the Arkansas State Fair. She competed in the Northwest Region, which included pageant winners from 20 Arkansas counties. Hannah was selected as one of the top three finalists and will compete this Saturday for the title of Miss Arkansas Junior Fair Queen at ...

  • 18 October

    MRHS Announces Chili Cook Off Winners

    Mena Regional Health System recently held their Third Annual Employee Chili Cook-Off.  Celebrity judges included: Jay Quebedeaux, CEO; Scott Sawyer, Sheriff; Melanie Wade, Pulse Multi-Media; Ashley Smith, Chamber of Commerce Director; Tonya Frachiseur, Elite Home Health; Mark Hobson, Pulse Multi-Media. Winners included:  Cathy Holmes, Mild Category; Debbie Nelson, Medium Category; Gayla Crowley, Overall Chili Champion; and Lori Barber, Hot Category.

  • 18 October

    Rutledge Honors Chief Deputy as LEO of the Year

    Polk County Chief Deputy Randy Jewell was honored as the county’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge at the 15th annual Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit to be held on October 3, 2017 at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock. “I am very humbled and honored to be selected,” Jewell said.