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August, 2015

  • 27 August

    40th Annual Rod Run


    BY CANDACE RINER – The 40th Annual Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run Mark Campbell Memorial, sponsored by the Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission and Street & Performance, Inc., will be held Friday, August 28 through Sunday, August 30. This year will feature a special tribute to Rod Run’s creator, Mark Campbell who was also the owner and founder of Street and ...

  • 26 August

    County Courthouse Gets Facelift

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Senator Larry Teague recently assisted Polk County in obtaining a $16,000 GIF1 Community Enhancement Grant to have the Polk County Courthouse cleaned via a power wash. The grant was available through the Arkansas Rural Development Commission, and the Arkansas Department of Rural Services. “The exterior of the Courthouse has needed cleaning for years, but, with static revenue growth for the ...

  • 26 August

    Jail Shutdown Still a Possibility as Committee Seeks Ways to Fix the Issues


    BY MELANIE BUCK – At the monthly Polk County Quorum Court meeting on Tuesday, August 25, Justices of the Peace heard from Sterling Penix, who is over jail standards in the state of Arkansas. Penix explained to the court that the state is working with Polk County to identify needs within the current jail and a way to move forward ...

  • 26 August

    Wheel-a-Mena Coming Soon


    The Rotary Club of Mena and Polk County have opened up registration for the annual Wheel A’ Mena – Tour to the Top, bicycle challenge. The race will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 19. There are three distances to choose from, a 30-mile race, 50-mile race, and a 70-mile race, all of which will begin and end at ...

  • 26 August

    Wildlife Sanctuary in Critical Need


    BY MELANIE BUCK – Wildlife Rehabilitator Tommy Young of the Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center would like to invite hard workers and lovers of nature to his volunteer Saturdays. Volunteers are needed at the Center on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to assist with cleanup from weather-damaged areas from earlier in the year. In addition to the ...

  • 26 August

    Sorge & Ricker Swam for Team Arkansas in 2015 Junior Olympics


    Emiley Sorge and Brenden Ricker swam for Team Arkansas in the 2015 Junior Olympics, which was held July 30 through August 2, in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Emiley Sorge placed 3rd in the 400-meter Medley Relay, 7th in the 400-Freestyle Relay, 7th in the 200-meter Medley Relay, 8th in the 200-meter Freestyle Relay, and 10th in the 1500-meter Freestyle. Brenden Ricker ...

  • 26 August

    Ellison Reports that Polk 40 Bridge is Complete


    BY MELANIE BUCK – Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison has announced that the County’s road crews have put another large project in the books for this year. The bridge on Polk County Road 40 was originally built about 25 years ago, however, after the last few years of floods and storms, it has been damaged beyond just minor repairs. The ...

  • 26 August

    Local Women Finish Pike’s Peak Ascent

    Photo attached.  Joan Rendon on the left and Betty Sobeski on the right.

    BY RICHIE LAWRY – Local woman, Betty Sobeski , 67, ran the Pike’s Peak Ascent which took place in Manitou Springs, Colorado on August 15, 2015.  The Pikes Peak Ascent is a racing event that begins at the base of Pike’s Peak, in Manitou Springs, Colorado, and over the course of 13.3 miles climbs over 7,815 feet to the top ...

  • 26 August

    MRHS Health Fair Coming Soon


    BY MELANIE BUCK – Mena Regional Health System’s 2015 Health Fair is set to be held at MRHS on Saturday, September 26, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. The mission of the annual Health Fair is to offer the community a free day of health and wellness education combined with fun for the whole family. Public Relations Specialist for MRHS, ...

  • 26 August

    Master Gardeners Recognized at State Level


    Seven Polk County Master Gardeners were recently recognized at the Arkansas Master Gardener Conference in Benton for their years of service.  Pictured above are Jessie Schweinle and Dorothy Posel, 10-year members; and Kay Alley, Betty Smith and Kim Hughes, 15-year members.  Not pictured are Mickey Davis and Wanda Cogburn, both 15-year members. Master Gardener programs exist in every state in ...