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August, 2017

  • 29 August

    Otto, County’s K9 Narcotics Officer, Makes Bust

    BY MELANIE WADE – Otto, Polk County’s K9 narcotics officer, has made yet another bust removing marijuana, methamphetamine, and pills from the streets. On Sunday, August 27, 2017, Deputy Jim Smith conducted a traffic stop on an “unlicensed” Chevrolet truck. Smith called for K9 Deputy Brady Whisenhunt to assist at the scene. During the search, Otto alerted to the passenger ...

  • 26 August

    Arkansas Geologist Presents at Cove Library

    Arkansas Geological Survey Geologist Corbin Cannon presented Arkansas Rocks and Minerals to enthusiasts at Cove Branch Library, Wednesday, August 16th. Geologist Cannon displayed numerous samples and discussed identifying techniques.

  • 25 August

    Local Marine and League Detachment Earn High Awards

    SUBMITTED – Hank Todaro, member of the Marine Corps League Detachment #1261, was given the Distinguished Service Award, when they held their monthly meeting on August 22nd, with Department Commandant Doug Blair attending from the River Valley Detachment #1248 of Fort Smith, Ark. Todaro received the award for his outstanding service and work for the Marine Corps League, enabling his ...

  • 25 August

    Mena Graduate Earns Silver as Member of Santa Clara Vanguard

    SUBMITTED – Chase Fielder, a 2015 graduate of Mena High School, is a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps that has won several accolades, including silver in the recent Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championship August 2017. Fielder was a member of the Mena High School Band from 7th – 12th grade, where he played clarinet and became a ...

  • 25 August

    Stockton Donates Van to HSO

    Diana Stockton, of the organization For Sake of Animals, recently made a much-needed donation to the Humane Society of the Ouachitas. When HSO announced they needed another van, Stockton gave them a call and said she had an extra and donated a 1995 Chevy Sports Van. Pictured with Stockton is HSO President Michael Povey.

  • 25 August

    Flourish Women’s Conference Announced

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Planning is well underway and dates have been announced for a two-day comprehensive Women’s Conference, November 3-4, 2017. The brainchildren of the conference are a mother-daughter duo that admit, it almost didn’t happen. Jimma Holder, who is a principal by profession, explained that with her job, she sees a lot of mommas struggling with so many ...

  • 24 August

    SPAM Comes to Town! Farm Bureau Women to Host SPAM Recipe Contest

    SUBMITTED – This year, the Farm Bureau Women are hosting a Spam Recipe Contest at the 2017 Polk County Fair. This contest is a spin-off of the national Great American Spam Recipe contest hosted at the Arkansas State Fair each October. Farm Bureau Women are asking that you prepare your dish at home and deliver it to the fair for ...

  • 24 August

    Arkansas Educational Television Network Seeking Vietnam War Stories

    The Arkansas Educational Television Network is seeking stories from people who experienced Vietnam War events. Stories with videos, photographs or a written account may be submitted through social media outlets with #VietnamStoriesPBS or the “Share Your Story” tool at aetn.org/thevietnamwar. Stories must include the name of the storyteller, who they are such as a veteran or a student, and the location. ...

  • 24 August

    Travel Channel Announces Dates of Locally Filmed Episode

    BY MELANIE WADE – The Travel Channel has announced the dates of a series of episodes in Josh Gates’ latest adventures that includes a segment recorded locally, at the Board Camp Crystal Mine. Orville and Cheryl Murphy, owners of Board Camp Crystal Mine, recently invited a few close friends and the local media to witness some of the phenomena that ...

  • 24 August

    City to Rehabilitate Hangar with Aeronautics Grant; Airport Continues Growth

    BY MELANIE WADE – Mena City Council met in a special called meeting on Tuesday afternoon and approved a resolution authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a grant agreement with the State of Arkansas Department of Aeronautics in the amount of $152,571.22. The grant is 90% of a 90/10 matching grant, meaning the city will match 10% of ...