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February, 2017

  • 2 February

    Start Your County Fair Projects Now

    SUBMITTED BY KIM HUGHES – Don’t wait until the end of summer.  The Polk County Fair is August 28 – September 2.  What can you enter in the Education Building?  Just about anything you have made at home since the last fair – art, crafts, food preservation, sewing, photography, quilting (quilts, clothes, pillow, totes, etc.), jewelry, weaving, candy, baked goods, pottery and more! Anyone ...

  • 2 February

    DAV to Raffle Quilt

    The Disabled Veterans Auxiliary (DAVA) is raffling off a beautiful quilt called “Cabin Star,” handmade by Linda Spurgin, a member of Ouachita Unit #46. It is 100×120 inches in size. The raffle proceeds will be used to help the organization fund projects supporting veterans in Polk County and at the Veterans Hospital in Little Rock and North Little Rock. Arvest ...

  • 2 February

    Love Trumps Hate Rally

    Around a dozen citizens showed up at the Polk County Courthouse on Inauguration Day just after newly-elected President Donald Trump was officially sworn-in on Friday, January 20, 2017. Organizers of the “Love Trumps Hate” event said, “This peaceful assembly is being held on Inauguration Day, in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington scheduled for the following day. Some of ...

  • 2 February

    MRHS Adds Several Services in 2016

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Mena Regional Health System had a busy year during 2016, with campus projects, surgeries, babies, and much more. MRHS CEO Jay Quebedeaux said that some of the biggest changes at the hospital during 2016 included changing ER groups, implementing digital mammography, an infusion therapy line, and resumed total knee and hip replacement surgeries. In December, The ...

  • 2 February

    Neugent Wins Arkansas Festival & Events Association “Volunteer of the Year” Award

    Mena City Council member and Advertising & Promotion Commission member Terri Neugent was recognized by the Arkansas Festival & Events Association on January 26 as the winner of the Association’s 2016 “Volunteer of the Year” ALFiE Award. The award was presented to Neugent at the Association’s Annual Conference & Trade Show in Little Rock for her “significant enthusiasm and specific ...

  • 2 February

    Polk County Republican Committee Elects New Officers

    SUBMITTED BY ERMA MIZE – The Polk County Republican Committee met Monday evening, January 16th at the Polk County Library with a large group in attendance.  First Vice-Chair, Erma Mize, presided in the absence of Chairman John Maddox, who is serving at the State Capitol as newly elected District 20 State Representative.  Officers elected for two year terms for 2017-2018 ...

  • 2 February

    Poultry Growers and Nutrient Applicators Invited to Meetings

    SUBMITTED – The Rich Mountain Conservation District would like to invite all poultry growers in Polk County to their Annual Poultry Registration Meeting that will be held February 16th at the Farm Bureau Conference Room (309 Morrow Ave., Mena) at 6:00 p.m. The topic this year is energy conservation. Guest speakers are Dr. Yi Liang, Assistant Professor at the University ...

  • 2 February

    Shelter Insurance Scholarship Available

    SUBMITTED – This spring, the Shelter Insurance Foundation will award a $2000 scholarship to a graduate of Mena High School.  Shelter Agent Telissa Montgomery sponsors and partially funds this scholarship. A committee of local high school officials and community leaders will select the local recipient.  The committee will consider each applicant’s scholastic achievements, educational goals, citizenship, moral character and participation ...

  • 2 February

    Cossatot River School District to Upgrade Shooting Range for Youth

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Cossatot River School District is adding a shooting range to their high school grounds for their ever-growing Youth Shooting Sports program. Scott Morgan is the Ag Instructor at Cossatot River High School and said they have had the program since 2009 and have a practice area, but the upgrades will bring the range up to look ...

  • 2 February

    Local Special Needs Support Group Finds Commonality in Others

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A local area special needs group is available to parents across the county and member, Amanda Posey, said the group welcomes any family who wishes to join, regardless of their child’s age. B.A.S.E. – Building, Accepting, Supporting, and Educating – is a group that formed in April 2015 and officially became a non-profit organization in July ...