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June, 2016

  • 24 June

    Bridge Complete – Road Improvements Underway


    BY MELANIE BUCK – County crews have completed the construction of a bridge on Polk County Road 630 in the Shady community. County Judge Brandon Ellison said that the old bridge was constructed of all wood and was just simply, ‘worn out.’ The new bridge is a 30-foot long structure that is 12-foot wide concrete and steel low maintenance model. ...

  • 24 June

    Hatfield Hosting Annual Jubilee in June Celebration this Weekend


    BY MELANIE BUCK – Hatfield will celebrate the 15th annual Jubilee in June celebration this Saturday at Hatfield City Park. The 3-on-3 basketball tournament will begin at 8 a.m. with youth registration. Adult registration will be held at 11 a.m. The Jubilee in June parade will kick off at 10 a.m. and musical entertainment begins at 11. There will be ...

  • 22 June

    Fox Set to be Released from ADC


    The United States District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas, has granted a petition to release Jessica M. Fox from prison after pleading guilty to and being sentenced in Polk County Circuit Court in June 2015 for two counts of Introduction of Controlled Substance into the Body of Another Person. Her sentence was handed down by Judge Jerry Ryan who set ...

  • 22 June

    Identity Released in Fatal Shooting

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    SUBMITTED – (ASP – Little Rock) Polk County authorities requested the Arkansas State Police review reports and statements of Polk County sheriff’s deputies and an agent of the local drug task force in connection with a shooting incident last Wednesday (June 15, 2016) outside a residence at 4589 Highway 8, west of Mena. Local law enforcement officers had gone to ...

  • 22 June

    REPOPS Manufacturing Expanding


    BY MELANIE BUCK – Repops Manufacturing is expanding their facilities by 15,000 sq. feet this summer to bring in a new line of products for their ever-growing customer base. Repops was opened in 1997 when the father/son duo of Jeff and Clint Montgomery took their lifelong love of cars and turned it into a career. Clint explained that an opportunity ...

  • 22 June

    City of Hatfield Receives Grant

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Hatfield’s City Street Project request submitted to the State Aid City Street Committee at the June 15, 2016 meeting has been approved, reports Hatfield Mayor Linda Denton. The $250,000 project will overlay streets with leveling, patching, base repair, rehab, and some surfacing. Mershon Drive (by Hatfield Lumber Co., Smith Pallet Co., and Rich Mt. Lumber Co.) ...

  • 22 June

    Mena City Pool Temporarily Closed


    BY MELANIE BUCK – Mena Parks and Recreation Director, Nathan Fowler, met with the builders of the Mena City Pool at McMillan Park on Monday to determine how long the popular attraction will be closed this summer after the filters failed. The pool has had issues with the filter system that was installed in the 1970’s and the City is ...

  • 22 June

    Mena Regional Hosts MASH Camp


    SUBMITTED – Students attending MASH Camp have been very busy learning about many areas in the field of medicine. Last Friday, the group spent a day at UAMS where they visited a Simulation Lab, Nuclear Medicine and the Pharmacy Lab. Dr. Richard Manis, retired MRHS physician, instructed the students on suturing. Becky Richardson taught the students about the basic skills ...

  • 22 June

    CASA Enlists New Volunteers


    SUBMITTED BY CASA – The Honorable Judge Ryan recently swore-in two new CASA volunteers for Polk County, Jack & Candy Schultz. CASA is a non-profit organization whose volunteers are appointed by the Judge to be the voice for foster children. Contact the CASA of the Ouachitas office if you are interested in becoming a volunteer at 479-243-9277.

  • 22 June

    DAR Breaks Record


    BY MELANIE BUCK – “Thanks to the folks of Polk County, the James K. Polk Chapter, NSDAR, was able to turn in 318 letters for active duty military personnel and I’m proud to announce that we broke the record,” said local DAR First Vice Regent, Kathy Haglar.  The letters from Polk County were added to letters from other chapters across ...