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February, 2018

  • 28 February

    Scammers Guilty of Using Courts to Intimidate Victims

    Scammers continue to attack our communities by impersonating law enforcement officers across Arkansas. This time, consumers are falsely told that they have failed to report to jury duty and owe a fine. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge encourages all Arkansans who receive this call to contact the local courthouse or clerk directly. “Intimidation and impersonation are common practices for con artists,” said ...

  • 28 February

    Arkansas Announces Longest Married Couple in AR History

    SUBMITTED – Late in 2017, the staff at Family Council decided to find the 10 Arkansas couples who have been married longer than any others. On Tuesday afternoon, in a celebration in the Grand Hall at the Governor’s Mansion, Family Council hosted a reception, complete with a wedding cake, to honor the 10 couples, who represented 772 years of marriage. With ...

  • 28 February

    Arkansas Tourism Announces 2018 Governor’s Conference on Tourism Scholarship Recipients

    MARY OSTEEN • ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND TOURISM – Arkansas Tourism has announced the 2018 recipients of the Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism scholarships. Selected from applicants in the state’s tourism industry, scholarship recipients will receive free registration to the conference, to be held March 11-13 in West Memphis. Recipients are as follows (alphabetical by last name): Susie Cowan, Argenta Downtown Council, ...

  • 23 February

    American Legion Place Flags for President’s Day

    American Legion volunteers braved the rainy weather Monday, President’s Day, to display American flags on a day designated to honor America’s first president, George Washington. American Legion Vice Commander and Flag Program Coordinator Billy Wood said that about a dozen volunteers put out the flags around Mena early Monday. The Hatfield Girls Scouts had been scheduled to assist but Wood ...

  • 23 February

    Lum and Abner Festival is back!!!

    The 41st Annual Lum and Abner Festival – Mena’s signature event! – will take place June 1 & 2, 2018. It is organized by the Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission whose mission is to bring tourists to Mena, which in turn will help our local economy. In years past, the festival has estimated between 7,500 and 10,000 visitors throughout the weekend. The Lum ...

  • 23 February

    Downtown Mena Continues to See Growth

    BY MELANIE WADE – Downtown Mena experienced quite a bit of TLC in 2017 with many new store owners choosing the historic old buildings as their place of business and they, along with those already in place, are bringing back the glory of Main Street America. For generations, Main Street played the most important role in any town in America. ...

  • 23 February

    Local Nursing Facility Implements New Speech Path. Technology

    BY MELANIE WADE – Medical technology is a constantly evolving subject and for those in the industry, keeping up with the latest and greatest gadgets can be a full time job. For Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation in Mena, they do their best to keep up and have recently implemented a new piece of equipment that has brought speech therapy ...

  • 23 February

    Knights of Columbus Donates to PCDC

    Angie Graves, Director of the Polk County Developmental Center, accepts a check on behalf of PCDC from Paul Ference, member of the local Knights of Columbus. The funds were generated from the annual local Tootsie Roll Drive conducted each year by The Knights. “PCDC thanks all who donated time and money to this event,” said officials.

  • 23 February

    Sewing Club Brings Smiles to Residents

    BY MELANIE WADE – The residents of Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab get a special treat each Wednesday with the weekly sewing club. Volunteers Debbie Gagnon and Janet Jewell bring sewing machines, fabric, and accessories each week and help residents make pillows, quilts, and more. “My mom was here and she liked to sew,” said Gagnon. “So, we started to ...

  • 21 February

    Margo Kimp Announces Intent to Seeks Re-Election as Justice of the Peace District 4

    SUBMITTED – Margarett “Margo” Kimp announced this week that she plans to seek re-election as Justice of the Peace for District 4.  “I have been a Justice of the Peace for District 4 since January of 2005. I will continue to work closely with County Officials and Employees to make our Polk County a wonderful place to live and raise our ...