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March, 2019

  • 12 March

    Suspicious Death Investigation Ongoing

    By Staff Reports (MENA) The Polk County Sheriff Department, in cooperation with the Arkansas State Police Crime Investigation Department are investigating  a suspicious death that happened sometime in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 9th. The Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call concerning a gunshot victim on Polk 42, just East of Mena. Upon arrival, deputies discovered Calvin “CJ” ...

  • 12 March

    Mumps Outbreak Results In Cossatot River Cancelling School This Week

    (COVE) The Cossatot River School District has decided to close all of the district schools and facilities, due to a Mumps outbreak, for the remainder of this week. The school dismissed students at 2pm  on Tuesday. With the closure, students, staff and other personnel will be out of school for the remainder of the week and with Spring Break being ...

  • 11 March

    Mena City Council To Consider Various Appointments To Boards

    (MENA) The Mena City Council will consider as a part of its business meeting, the appointments of several individuals to either fill the remaining terms of people or for the initial appointment to serve on local boards. Christy Plunkett would fulfill the remaining five year term on the Mena Airport Commission, replacing Nancy Wright, whose term expires February 26, 2023. ...

  • 11 March

    Mena Spotlight Singers To Perform In Branson This Weekend

    (Submitted) The Mena High School Spotlight Singers will perform in Branson, Missouri on Saturday, March 16. The auditioned ensemble will star as the opening act for the Legends in Concert show at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater.  The Spotlight Singers will take the stage at 7:25 PM and will entertain the audience with a 30-minute program of a cappella music. ...

  • 11 March

    Scam Alert

    Officials from Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) has reported that multiple instances of criminals posing as SWEPCO representatives contacting customers and demanding immediate payment for their electric bill. The scammers are utilizing phone calls, visits in person and online tactics. If someone contacts you with threats to disconnect electric service unless an immediate payment is made – typically using a ...

  • 11 March

    Mena Choirs Achieve High Marks At Henderson State

    (MENA) The Mena High School and Middle School choirs recently participated in region choral performance assessment at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.  The MHS BearCat Chorus earned an Division II Excellent ratings in Performance and in Sight Reading.  The Mena Middle School Choir received Division II Excellent in Performance and a Division I Superior rating in Sight Reading.  This ...

  • 11 March

    Pilot Program Started To Help Veterans Receive Services Effectively

    By Sam Jordan, News & Sports Editor (MENA) A program that will assist veterans know of the various programs available to them was recently started with the creation of C VET, Community Veterans Engagement Team. A ribbon cutting ceremony with the Mena Chamber of Commerce was just one part of the four hour event that was held at the Old ...

  • 11 March


    Remembering Hearts Forever is a support group for families who have had a child, grandchild or sibling pass away, at any age or any cause. The group will meet at the Union Bank Community Room, on Thursday, March 14th from 6 to 8pm. They will have a Pot Luck Dinner. If you would like to bring a dish or something, ...

January, 2019

  • 10 January

    HSO Pays It Forward

    Humane Society of the Ouachitas Pays It Forward to fellow animal rescue.    Recently the Humane Society of the Ouachitas (HSO) of Polk County AR was able to gift Furry Tails Rescue of Yell County AR with a van to be used to save dogs in need.     The 1995 van, affectionately know as “Vanessa”,  has been used to shuttle ...

  • 10 January

    OLT “Farce of Nature” Cast Announced

    Scotty Jenkins will direct the next OLT/Just 4 Fun Players production, “Farce of Nature” written by Hope, Jones, and Wooten.  This trio of playwrights is known for their self-described “madcap comedies” in which characters are memorably eccentric and find themselves in hilarious situations.  OLT has produced several of these comedies in the past, including “The Dixie Swim Club,” “Southern Hospitality” ...