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August, 2016

  • 25 August

    McMillan Pool to Open this Weekend with Free Admission


    BY MELANIE BUCK – The McMillan Park Pool will open it’s doors once again this Saturday, August 27th, after weeks of waiting to have filters replaced and pass inspection. On Saturday, adult swim hours will be 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and general swim hours will be 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. This Sunday, the pool will open for general ...

  • 24 August

    41st Annual MARK CAMPBELL Rod Run Event Rolls into Mena


    BY MELANIE BUCK – It’s time for the 41st Annual Mark Campbell Rod Run.  Hundreds of hot rods, antique cars/trucks, muscle cars and street rods will roll into town to continue supporting an event that the late Mark Campbell founded more than four decades ago.  This year, the event is enjoying additional community support as the Mena/Polk County Chamber of ...

  • 24 August

    Two-Mile Creek Bridge Re-Opens

    The first car pulls across the new Two-Mile Creek Bridge on Polk Road 37 near Hatfield after County Judge Brandon Ellison declared it open to the public.

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Two-Mile Creek Bridge on Polk 37 is open after months of working through negotiations with AGI insurance and finding permitting weather. Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison said the crew worked until 8 p.m. on Monday night to get the asphalt set. “We started early that morning but it started raining so we held the asphalt ...

  • 24 August

    Mena PD and ASP Join ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign


    BY MELANIE BUCK – Mena Police Department has announced that they will be participating in this year’s annual ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign now through September 5. Chief of Police Brandon Martin said, “During this time we will have extra officers working to enforce the drinking and driving laws. Our goal is to maintain the safety of the ...

  • 24 August

    Lind to Perform Concert


    First Christian Church of Mena, AR is featuring a live concert by singer/songwriter, Logan Lind, this Sunday, Aug 28th. The event begins at 6 pm and is free to the public. Born to perform, Logan Lind delivers a foot stomping, crowd pleasing experience that blends original songwriting with a sound created from the Bible Belt south and Nordic Folk culture. ...

  • 24 August

    Beasley Wood Funeral Home has New Owner


    BY MELANIE BUCK – Beasley Wood Funeral Home has recently been purchased by a new owner that plans to keep the same caring and compassionate atmosphere that has served the Mena community since 1928. Billy Curl, a retired U.S. veteran, closed the deal this month to become the new owner of not only Beasley Wood in Mena, but also three ...

  • 23 August

    Peebles Appointed as Interim Sheriff

    Interim Sheriff Jack Peebles is sworn in on the morning of August 24, 2016 by Polk County Circuit Clerk Terri Harrison.

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Jack Peebles has been appointed as the interim Sheriff by the Polk County Quorum Court during their meeting Tuesday night [August 23].  His appointment follows the early resignation of Sheriff Mike Godfrey who was recently named as Deputy Director of the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association. Peebles brings much experience with him and has a long history with ...

  • 21 August

    A DC-3 by Any Other Name…Now Calls Mena Its Forever Home


    CONTRIBUTED BY MYSTI GATES – There was a rumble in the skies over Mena recently as a local businessman lined up a Douglas DC-3 to land on Runway 27 at Mena International Airport. The transport plane, originally built in 1941, was returning from a recent showcase at an air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the largest in the world. The aircraft, ...

  • 19 August

    Mena Barracudas Swim for Team Arkansas at the 50th Annual 2016 AAU Junior Olympics

    Pictured L to R: Augen Woods, Brenden Ricker, Tabitha Levering, Matthew Nance, Emily Sorge. Not Pictured: Josie Scott and Taylor Heifner

    This year marked the 50th anniversary of the AAU Junior Olympic Games. Over 540 swimmers traveled to the Pearland Natatorium, located outside of Houston, Texas. Swimmers came from all over the United States to complete in the 2016 AAU Swimming National Championship portion of the games. Team Arkansas was well represented by over 110 swimmers from all around the state ...

  • 19 August

    Mena City Pool Repairs Complete but Remains Closed this Weekend


    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena city pool has completed the necessary filter replacement and while they are anticipating the re-opening of the city pool very soon, that date has not been announced.  THE POOL WILL REMAIN CLOSED THIS WEEKEND, AUGUST 20TH AND 21ST.  Parks Director Nathan Fowler said to keep watch for the announcement of the reopening of the ...