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April, 2017

  • 26 April

    Maddox Summarizes First Legislative Session

    BY MELANIE BUCK – State Representative John Maddox served in his first legislative session this year, representing District 20, which includes portions of Polk, Sevier, and Montgomery Counties. “Governor Hutchinson called this session the most pro-growth and pro-business legislative session in history,” said Maddox. And indeed, several measures were passed by the legislature and signed by the governor in hopes ...

  • 26 April

    Just 4 Fun Players Auditioning for Next Dinner Theatre Production

    Just 4 Fun Players will have a casting call for the summer dinner theatre production of ‘A Bad Year for Tomatoes’, a comedy written by John Patrick.  Auditions will be at Mena Mountain Resort on Thursday, April 27, at 7:00 PM and Saturday, April 29, at 10:00 AM. The play is about an older, successful actress who moves to a ...

  • 26 April

    HSO Hosts Volunteer Luncheon

    The Humane Society of the Ouachitas held their annual Volunteer Luncheon and honored longtime HSO Secretary Cheryl Murphy for her dedication of duties, all of which are volunteer. The event was held at the Concord Baptist Church on Monday, April 24. Pictured are left to right: HSO President Michael Povey, Secretary Cheryl Murphy, and Shelter Manager Tina Ball. HSO is ...

  • 26 April

    Friendship House Welcomed into Chamber

    A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Friendship House on Thursday, April 20, 2017, to welcome them into the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce membership. The Friendship House serves up specialty coffees, breakfast, soups and salads, with an array of pastries. They are located at 517 Sherwood Avenue in Mena, just across from the Historic Mena Depot.

  • 26 April

    2017 Earth Day Celebration

    The first city-wide Earth Day Celebration was held in Mena on Saturday, April 22, in Janssen Park with many attending and learning how they can make their footprint on earth a little smaller. Many tables were set up with displays of solar-powered equipment such as fans, radios, and flashlights, as well as organically grown food, crafts for the kids, and ...

  • 26 April

    Child Abuse Prevention Rally to be Held Thursday

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A Child Abuse Prevention Rally will be held in Mena on Thursday, April 27th at the Mercy Child Advocacy Center of Mena. The rally is being held in conjunction with Child Abuse Awareness Month in April. Throughout the state of Arkansas there are Child Advocacy Centers [CAC’s], each serving the victims of child abuse. Mena’s CAC ...

  • 26 April

    Body Found in Cove

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Polk County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that a body was discovered in Cove Tuesday, April 25.  According to the statement released by the Department, they received a call at approximately 1:20 p.m. of a “suspicious object” in a creek southeast of Cove, Ark. Upon arrival, Deputies discovered the body of an unidentified white female.  The ...

  • 21 April

    Walk for Life Raises More Than $7,500 for Fresh Start

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Fresh Start Pregnancy Resource Center held a Walk for Life on Saturday, April 15, at Janssen Park and raised more than $7,500 that will benefit expectant mothers and fathers with a variety of resources at the center. To raise money for the event, registered participants asked for pledges from family, friends, and businesses, and then walked ...

  • 21 April

    Local Agencies Collaborate to Make Drug Arrest

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Polk County Sheriff’s Department and the 18th West Judicial Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on Thursday, April 20, 2017, that was the result of a narcotic investigation conducted by the two agencies. The warrant resulted in the finding of drugs and paraphernalia and led to the arrest of Patrick R. Tosta, age 32, ...

  • 19 April

    Winners: Young Artists Competition

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – From the looks of the 2017 Young Artists Competition exhibit at Mena Art Gallery, the future of Art here is in very good shape. You will have an opportunity to see what tomorrow’s artists already can do from now through April 29. Come by the gallery at 607 Mena Street during regular gallery hours: 11 ...