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March, 2017

  • 22 March

    The Wall That Heals Arrives Wednesday

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Wall That Heals will arrive Wednesday morning, March 22, after being escorted by a band of motorcyclists from Waldron to Mena. The Wall is expected to come into town around 11 a.m. on Highway 71. Citizens are encouraged to line the streets with flags and wave them in honor of the names of Vietnam Veterans ...

  • 15 March

    Buck Claims Third Talimena 13.1 Title

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Clint Buck, an 18-year old Mena High School senior, was named the individual winner of the 4th annual Talimena 13.1 Run and Relay on Saturday, March 11, 2017 after completing the 13.1 miles up Rich Mountain in 1 hour, 59 minutes, and 57 seconds. Although this year was not his fastest time to complete the grueling ...

  • 15 March

    Harris Set to Retire After 44 Years

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Longtime Mena Street Department Superintendent Roy Harris is preparing to retire after working for the City of Mena and Polk County for 44 years. Harris first went to work for the county when he was 20 years old. He has lived in Mena his entire life and still lives on the same place he was born. ...

  • 15 March

    Local Couple Launches Relief Effort for Victims of Panhandle Fires

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A local couple made it their priority last week to help the victims, both human and animal, of the Texas Panhandle fires that have burned more than 500,000 acres and continue to ravage through three states. At least six people have been killed, and thousands of others have been forced from their homes in Texas, Oklahoma, ...

  • 15 March

    ORSD Moving into New District Office

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Ouachita River School District is in the midst of moving their District Offices into a newly purchased property the school acquired last October. The land, previously owned by Acorn’s Coach Keith Wilsey, sits just behind Acorn Elementary and includes a home and seven acres. ORSD District Superintendent Jerry Strasner said the purchase and renovations cost approximately ...

  • 15 March

    Mena PD to Host Reserve Officer Training Class

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena Police Department will host a reserve/part time officer class beginning in mid-April 2017. There are a limited number of slots available and organizers encourage those who “want to be involved and help make a difference in the community,” to apply. Mena Police Department Chief Brandon Martin said, “Anyone who is looking to make Law ...

  • 15 March

    Fire Spreads Quickly Across Pasture in High Wind Conditions

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Mena Fire Department responded to an out-of-control burn on Tuesday afternoon, March 8, 2017, and requested mutual aid from Dallas Valley Volunteer Fire Department. The call came in to 911 dispatch just after 1 p.m. on Tuesday that a controlled burn had gotten out of hand across from the Mena School District Bus Barn. Fire fighters ...

  • 15 March

    County Assessor to Hold Mobile Office

    The Polk County Assessor’s Office is preparing to host another mobile office, this time at the Mena/Polk County Senior Center. Everyone is welcome to attend and visit with the Assessor, Jovan Thomas, and take care of your 2017 assessments. Thomas will be set up at the Mena/Polk Senior Center on Thursday, March 16th, at 10 a.m. The Assessor’s Mobile Office ...

  • 15 March

    City Implements Mobile Speed Sign

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The City of Mena has purchased and implemented the use of a mobile speed sign to help decrease the number of traffic accidents and help drivers to be mindful of their speed. “We average 25-30 wrecks a month and this will be a useful tool to help get those down,” explained Mena Police Chief Brandon Martin. ...

  • 15 March

    Chamber of Commerce Announces 2016 Community Award Nominees

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce has announced their 2016 Community Award Nominees, with winners to be announced at the annual Chamber Banquet in April. Nominees are submitted by community members each year for the awards, and winners are voted on by the Chamber’s membership. The deadline to cast a ballot is Friday, March 17, 2017. ...