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February, 2017

  • 21 February

    Accident Knocks Out Post on Main Street

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A lamppost in front of City Hall in Mena was hit and knocked over by a motor vehicle after the driver suffered leg pains that distracted his driving. Clifton Dover, age 61, was driving northbound on Mena Street in a 2002 Dodge Mini Van around 8:25 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, when he veered off ...

  • 21 February

    Local Teen Airlifted in Valentine’s Day Rollover

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A two-vehicle accident occurred on Iron Mountain around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 amid rainy conditions that sent one driver to the hospital with a critical injury. A vehicle driven by 18-year old Natalie Renard, of Mena, rolled over and rested on its top, leaving her temporarily trapped. Renard was airlifted to a Baptist ...

  • 17 February

    Mena Fire Chief Announces Retirement

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Mena Fire Department will soon have a ‘changing of the guards’ as long-time Chief John Puckett retires and Assistant Fire Chief Steve Egger will be promoted to fill his position. On March 3, 2017, Puckett will have been a part of the Mena Fire Department for 35 years, exactly. Puckett’s interest in fire fighting began as ...

  • 17 February

    Mena Airport Provides Huge Economic Impact to County

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport is experiencing a surge in growth as new hangars are being constructed and businesses are staying busy. With its sizable workforce, payroll and travelers through, the airport generates a very positive economic impact to the local community. Airport Manager Fred Ogden said the airport currently has 18-20 hangars, many filled with ...

  • 16 February

    OLT Gives Back; Prepares for Final Showing of Southern Hospitality

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Ouachita Little Theatre’s latest show, Southern Hospitality, held their opening shows last week, including a special showing for some community members. The show’s director, Scotty Jenkins, has pieced together an exceptional cast that delivers a side-splitting, knee-slapping performance that is a must-see! The first performance was held on Thursday as an invite-only show. Jenkins explained the ...

  • 15 February

    Local Woman Facing Charges After Alleged Bomb Threats

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A local woman has been arrested after allegedly making bomb threats to a trio of local businesses on Valentine’s Day. Korrie Cathleen Scarbrough, age 41, of Mena, is currently being held in the Polk County Detention Center on three charges of Falsely Communicating a Terrorist Threat after causing alarm at three local businesses. According to official ...

  • 15 February

    Mena UDC Attends Texarkana Lee, Jackson, Maury Luncheon

    SUBMITTED – The Mena Ladies of the Captain William Harrison Earp Chapter 2718 attended their first luncheon celebrating Lee/Jackson/Maury Birthdays, January 21, 2017 in Texarkana, Arkansas. The guest speaker was Dr. Samuel E. Mitchum, Jr., author of over 40 books, appearances on the History Channel, a visiting professor at West Point, and former professor at Henderson State University. Professor Mitchum ...

  • 15 February

    Hit and Run Claims Former Mena Resident

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A former Mena woman has become the victim of a fatal hit-and-run accident. Sandra L. Wagner, age 70, was residing in Alma, Arkansas and was said to be leaving an event at a local church. Wagner was walking along U.S. Hwy. 64 East when she was struck by an unknown vehicle that immediately left. Wagner was ...

  • 15 February

    Riner’s Team Up at Lioness Meeting

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Andy and Candace Riner, husband and wife team, served as guest speakers at the most recent meeting of the Mena Lioness Lions on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Candace is currently serving as Interim Director at Fresh Start Pregnancy Resource Center. She shared the programs and services they offer to the community, and how the faith-based organization ...

  • 15 February

    Mena Surgical Clinic Welcomes Amy Phelps

    The Mena Surgical Center welcomes Amy Phelps, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC to their orthopedic practice.  Amy and her husband Chris have lived in Mena for the past 20 years while raising their two children, Hollee and Nick.  Amy received her Bachelors’ of Science in Nursing from Arkansas Tech University in 1996, a Masters’ of Science in Nursing from Walden University in ...