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Semi Catches Fire While Hauling Load


BY MELANIE BUCK – Mena Fire Department responded to a call just before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday concerning an 18-wheeler that was on fire. The driver was traveling on Hwy. 375 West when he noticed smoke in his mirrors that appeared to be coming from the truck. The driver thought it may be coming from the brakes. He entered the drive ... Read More »

Vaught Arrested For Sexual Assault of Minor


BY LEANN DILBECK - Billy Vaught has been arrested and charged with Sexual Assault – 2nd Degree by Special Prosecutor Jason Barrett. Vaught turned himself in on Monday, December 15 and was released on $5,000 bond. The investigation has been ongoing since an incident in which Vaught was shot in his home in November 2013. Lori Rose was convicted of ... Read More »

Revitalization Continues in Mena’s Downtown


BY LEANN DILBECK AND MELANIE BUCK - Mena Street is experiencing a resurrection, as one by one, buildings are being restored and bringing new life to the center of town that doubles as the gateway to the Talimena National Scenic Byway. Once the retail hub, the downtown area, like many rural communities, saw a decline and, one by one, these ... Read More »

County 4-H Clubs Giving Back with “Santas for Seniors”


BY MELANIE BUCK – The Polk County 4-H Club, which includes 13 clubs across the county, have done something special for seniors during this season of giving. The ‘Santas for Seniors’ program was opened up for low-income senior citizens, ages 65 years and older, to provide them with special gifts this Christmas. The clubs have been accepting donations and sponsors ... Read More »

Arvest Partners with Mena McDonald’s to ‘Pay it Forward’


BY MELANIE BUCK - Arvest Bank partnered with Mena McDonald’s to ‘pay it forward’ at the McDonald’s drive-thru window this morning.  The concept of ‘pay it forward’ is that when someone does a good deed for you, instead of returning the favor to that person, you do something nice for someone else, therefore, you are paying it forward. Arvest and ... Read More »

Farewell Reception Held for Hospital CEO Tim Bowen


A farewell reception was held at Mena Regional Health System for Tim Bowen, the outgoing CEO of MRHS. Bowen has been the Chief Executive Officer of MRHS for more than three years. Bowen has accepted a president’s position with the Integris Health System based out of Oklahoma. His last day at MRHS will be January 7, 2015. Bowen said, “It ... Read More »

American Pickers to Travel to Arkansas


BY MELANIE BUCK - History Channel’s American Pickers have Arkansas on their January agenda as part of their hunt for rusty gold. Childhood friends, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, spend their days driving around the country seeking antiques for their two stores, both named Antique Archeology, that are located in LeClaire, Iowa and Nashville, Tennessee. The History Channel describes the ... Read More »

Merrick to Hold Book Signing


BY MELANIE BUCK - Logan Merrick, Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church in Mena, will have a book signing today to promote his story of loss and redemption. The book signing will take place at First Baptist Church, 811 Port Arthur Street, Mena, at 7 p.m., on Monday, December 15. In the book, Chasing Dreams Killing Idols: A Story of ... Read More »

18-Wheeler Accident on Hwy 71 Results in Fatality


BY LEANN DILBECK - A collision involving an 18-wheeler and a 2000 Lincoln Towncar resulted in a fatality this morning. The accident occurred just around 7 a.m. on Hwy 71 North near Hillcrest. Arkansas State Police, Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Office of Emergency Management and Acorn Fire Department all responded. Officials on the scene said the driver of the 18-wheeler, ... Read More »

18-Wheeler Strikes Building


BY MELANIE BUCK - An 18-wheeler drove into a vacated building adjacent to Southern Auto Supply on Highway 71 at approximately 6 p.m. this evening. Witnesses on the scene said the driver appeared to have veered off the roadway while entering the curve just past Dan’s Pawn & Gun. The driver was north bound on Highway 71. Upon leaving the ... Read More »

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