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February, 2018

  • 23 February

    American Legion Place Flags for President’s Day

    American Legion volunteers braved the rainy weather Monday, President’s Day, to display American flags on a day designated to honor America’s first president, George Washington. American Legion Vice Commander and Flag Program Coordinator Billy Wood said that about a dozen volunteers put out the flags around Mena early Monday. The Hatfield Girls Scouts had been scheduled to assist but Wood ...

  • 23 February

    Lum and Abner Festival is back!!!

    The 41st Annual Lum and Abner Festival – Mena’s signature event! – will take place June 1 & 2, 2018. It is organized by the Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission whose mission is to bring tourists to Mena, which in turn will help our local economy. In years past, the festival has estimated between 7,500 and 10,000 visitors throughout the weekend. The Lum ...

  • 23 February

    Downtown Mena Continues to See Growth

    BY MELANIE WADE – Downtown Mena experienced quite a bit of TLC in 2017 with many new store owners choosing the historic old buildings as their place of business and they, along with those already in place, are bringing back the glory of Main Street America. For generations, Main Street played the most important role in any town in America. ...

  • 23 February

    Local Nursing Facility Implements New Speech Path. Technology

    BY MELANIE WADE – Medical technology is a constantly evolving subject and for those in the industry, keeping up with the latest and greatest gadgets can be a full time job. For Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation in Mena, they do their best to keep up and have recently implemented a new piece of equipment that has brought speech therapy ...

  • 23 February

    Knights of Columbus Donates to PCDC

    Angie Graves, Director of the Polk County Developmental Center, accepts a check on behalf of PCDC from Paul Ference, member of the local Knights of Columbus. The funds were generated from the annual local Tootsie Roll Drive conducted each year by The Knights. “PCDC thanks all who donated time and money to this event,” said officials.

  • 23 February

    Sewing Club Brings Smiles to Residents

    BY MELANIE WADE – The residents of Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab get a special treat each Wednesday with the weekly sewing club. Volunteers Debbie Gagnon and Janet Jewell bring sewing machines, fabric, and accessories each week and help residents make pillows, quilts, and more. “My mom was here and she liked to sew,” said Gagnon. “So, we started to ...

  • 21 February

    Margo Kimp Announces Intent to Seeks Re-Election as Justice of the Peace District 4

    SUBMITTED – Margarett “Margo” Kimp announced this week that she plans to seek re-election as Justice of the Peace for District 4.  “I have been a Justice of the Peace for District 4 since January of 2005. I will continue to work closely with County Officials and Employees to make our Polk County a wonderful place to live and raise our ...

  • 21 February

    Brian Bowser Seeks Fifth Term as Coroner

    “I am looking forward to again be serving Polk County for another term for Polk County Coroner; serving as Coroner is not an easy job, but it is rewarding serving the people of Polk County. I feel the people of this county deserve to be treated with respect and compassion, especially in the circumstances that I serve in.  I have ...

  • 21 February

    Benefit Chili Dinner

    Ouachita Regional Hospice will host their annual Chili super, Wednesday, February 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Serena Loyd said that this event is one that is truly helpful to families in need during a very difficult time during their lives.  One-hundred percent of the donations received from the annual Chili Supper are kept within the ORH service area, ...

  • 15 February

    Marine with Local Roots Highly Decorated

    Gunnery Sergeant Christopher Bryan Crawford of the 12th Marine District was honorably discharged from active duty out of the United States Marine Corps on December 19, 2017. This article is to honor his service. He is the son of Margaret and Theodore Harris, and the later Bobby Crawford. He has three brothers and one sister. Chris is a 1995 graduate ...