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February, 2019

  • 13 February

    Forest Officials to revise Environmental Assessment on quartz proposal

    Ouachita National Forest officials are expected to release a revised Environmental Assessment by the end of March on a proposal to mine quartz  from an area of the national forest, located just north of Mount Ida. The proposed mine would be an open pit mine where all vegetation and top soil is removed from the area to be mined. A ...

  • 13 February

    Mena A&P proposes stage for Janssen Park

    A stage at Janssen Park was discussed in committee last Thursday at Mena City Hall. The proposed permanent stage would face northward near the springhouse and sit in what could be called a natural amphitheater in the northwest portion of the park. The stage would serve a great purpose during the annual Lum and Abner Festival during which it would ...

  • 13 February

    Mena Art Gallery selling chance on an original Tyrone Lewis oil painting

        As a memorial to the late Mena native, Tyrone Lewis (1938 – 2013), SouthWest Artists, Inc. and the Mena Art Gallery will be raffling off one of the last paintings done by Tyrone. The painting is truly an appreciable investment as a collectors piece. Tickets may be purchased at the Mena Art Gallery and Mena Chamber of Commerce. ...

  • 13 February

    Wonders of the west: Revisit the past and experience the present from Texarkana to Mena via U.S. 71

    By Rex Nelson  (Editorial 2/10/2019 from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette) As is often the case when I pull into Texarkana early in the evening, Cattleman’s Steak House on the Arkansas side of State Line Avenue is my first stop. When Roy Oliver opened the restaurant more than 50 years ago, State Line was a two-lane road. His business was surrounded ...

  • 13 February

    Mena Bearcats’ Bowser, Strother signed letters of intent to play for OBU

        Mena Football Head Coach Tim Harper commended Matt Bowser and Brock Strother who signed letters of intent to play for Ouachita Baptist University next fall. At the signing on Wednesday, February 6th, the coach focused on their success as a culmination of their good decisions and character. “Here today we see the benefits of their hard work and ...

  • 13 February

    Cossatot River School District competed in the regional archery competition

    Elementary team had a score of 2618 and placed 2nd. They will be competing at state. Middle school scores 2821 but unfortunately did not make it to state. We are very proud if both teams for all their hard work and their focus at competition. Picture 387 is elementary and picture 410 is the middle school.

  • 13 February

    Learning Made Fun at Wickes

    Wickes Elementary students were treated to a special guest last week. Cossatot River Park Interpreter, Shelly Flanary visited first graders and showed them fun ways to explore the differences between solids, liquids and gases. Hands on experiences like this with special instructors, in fun manners, helps kids retain what they learn.

  • 13 February

    Register now to take part in the Great American Cleanup and beautify Arkansas

    In 2018, you improved the livability of our communities across 71 counties by removing nearly 7 million pounds of litter, bulky waste and tires from parks, roadsides and waterways during Keep Arkansas Beautiful’s two statewide cleanups. The 2018 events attracted 13,270+ volunteers in 330 local cleanups statewide as reported by a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Let’s ...

  • 13 February

    Help Smokey Bear celebrate his birthday

    The Arkansas Agriculture Department’s Forestry Commission (AFC) is sponsoring a Smokey Bear “Shout-Out” contest Feb. 11 through April 19 to celebrate Smokey’s 75th birthday. Smokey is the fictional bear that was designated the symbol for forest fire prevention in 1944 by the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council. Elementary classes across Arkansas are invited to record a short video ...

  • 13 February

    Humane Society of the Ouachitas unveils new logo

    In honor of its 40th year serving as a non-profit animal rescue shelter in Polk County since 1978, Valentine month has poured out lots of love to Humane Society of the Ouachitas! Thanks to local donors of their time and talents, HSO is about to make its new debut with a fresh new look after 16 years! Jesse Garcia, of ...