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May, 2016

  • 2 May

    Polk County Celebrates National Travel & Tourism Week May 1-7, 2016


    Did you know that tourism is one of Arkansas’ largest industries? According to the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, the state hosted 28 million visitors and brought in $7.2 billion in tourism expenditures in 2015. The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism is coordinating a tourism appreciation campaign during National Travel & Tourism Week to say thank you to ...

April, 2016

  • 28 April

    RMCC Board of Trustees Approves Merger with UA – Awaiting UA Approval

    Pictured (l to r, front row):  President Dr. Phillip Wilson and RMCC Board of Trustees: Vice Chair Avel Mendoza, Carole Martin, Linda Rowe, Chair Sue Cavner, (back row, l to r) Michael Myers, Dr. Carlos Rocha, Al Gathright, Secretary John Maddox, and Gar Eisele.

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Rich Mountain Community College has announced the Board of Trustees’ decision concerning the much-anticipated merger with the University of Arkansas that has been in development for months. On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, President Dr. Phillip Wilson met with the RMCC Board of Trustees to present a resolution requesting a formal partnership between RMCC and the UA System.  The ...

  • 28 April

    Multiple Phone Scams Targeting the Area – BEWARE!


    BY MELANIE BUCK – A local couple, like many, have been fighting becoming the victims of phone scams for several years now, but recently found themselves almost that, victims. Lou and Sandy Brooks, a retired couple that moved to Mena several years ago to enjoy the leisure life, say they sometimes get three to five phone calls a day saying ...

  • 28 April

    Judge’s Plan Approved & County Avoids Immediate Jail Closure

    Jail Cell Door Locked Front

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The regional jail committee that oversees compliance issues for the Polk County Detention Center met on Tuesday, April 25, with County Judge Brandon Ellison, Sheriff Mike Godfrey, and Sheriff-Elect Scott Sawyer to discuss updates on the current jail issue. Sterling Penix, the Governor’s Appointee Over Jail Standards, along with the committee heard a presentation by Judge ...

  • 28 April

    Marker Depicts Polk County’s Civil War History


    BY MELANIE BUCK – A historical marker honoring the events that occurred in Polk County during the Civil War was unveiled on Saturday amid sunshine and a large crowd. The project was headed up by local historian, Shirley Manning, and involved several organizations presenting a program that honored the soldiers that took part in the skirmishes that now fill the ...

  • 28 April

    More Fire Departments Earn Lower ISO Ratings


    BY MELANIE BUCK – Several fire departments in Polk County have lowered their ISO ratings bringing safety and money saving value to the community. All of the departments listed began their ratings with a 9 and have all worked very hard to lower them, but with a lot of training and even more paperwork, they did just that. According to ...

  • 27 April

    Southern Impact hosts Stephen Koepfer Sambo Seminar


    SUBMITTED – Southern Impact hosted a Sambo seminar with Stephen Koepfer on April 10th 2016.  Sambo is a Russian martial art and combat sport made popular by Fedor Emelianenko in the Pride Fighting Championships in the 2000s. The word “SAMBO” is an acronym for SAMozashchita Bez Oruzhiya, which translates as “self-defense without weapons.” Sambo is relatively modern since its development ...

  • 27 April

    Vintage Tin Restoration Opens Doors to Mena Lions


    BY MELANIE BUCK – The men of the Mena Lions Club recently toured a local business that few know exist and that anyone would be in awe of as soon as the doors open. Vintage Tin Restorations lives in a small hilltop shop that looks just like any other shop when approached. However, when one walks inside, it is immediately ...

  • 27 April

    Lioness Clean Up for Earth Day


    The Mena Lioness Lions did their part to celebrate Earth Day 2016. On Saturday, April 23, members of the club cleaned up their mile of the Adopt-A-Highway program. The ladies spent the morning picking up anything from small pieces of trash to large sections of tire and cardboard. Pictured are: Marilyn Davenport, Jolynn Vacca, Ashley George, Rene Roberts, Vickie Phillips, ...

  • 27 April

    MHS Creative Writing Students Attend Festival, Earn Awards


    SUBMITTED BY ANDY PHILPOT – For the second year in a row, Mena High School students had the opportunity to attend the Creative Writing Festival held at Southern Arkansas University, in Magnolia. In addition to attending the festival, which included a reading from a published author, writing workshop sessions, lunch in the SAU cafeteria, and an awards ceremony, three MHS ...