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October, 2017

  • 12 October

    Juvenile Arrested for Two Cases of Arson

    BY MELANIE WADE – A twelve-year old juvenile is in custody following two cases of arson reported in Wickes and Cove in the last week. Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer said that the first fire occurred in Wickes on September 28 at 5:20 p.m. Polk County Dispatch received a call of a house on fire on Icy Lane. The home ...

  • 12 October

    Ouachita River School District Breaks Ground on New Cafetorium

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Ouachita River School District accepted a $1.905 million “turn key” bid for the construction of their new 10,000 plus s.f. cafetorium during their Tuesday night board meeting. The general contractor will be Petree Construction based out of Fort Smith, Arkansas.  Following the meeting board members held a grand breaking prior to the district’s annual Blue Gold ...

  • 10 October

    Family Loses Home Following Fire

    BY MELANIE WADE – A family has suffered the complete loss of their home following a fire on Tuesday, with the cause still undetermined. Polk County dispatch received a call around 9 a.m. Tuesday morning that a house was on fire at 6165 Highway 71 South, between Cove and Vandervoort. Cove Volunteer Fire Department responded with five firefighters and soon ...

  • 10 October

    ‘Knights’ Launch Tootsie Roll Campaign

    The Knights of Columbus are hosting their annual Tootsie Roll drive that raises funding for Intellectual Disabilities. The drive is currently underway so expect Knights of Columbus members to visit businesses in the coming days wearing yellow aprons and handing out Tootsie Rolls as they collect donations for the cause. Of the money raised, 85% goes to Polk County Developmental ...

  • 10 October

    UA Rich Mountain Achieves 7% Enrollment Growth

    The UA Rich Mountain campus is busy with activity this fall with more students choosing them as their next step to achieving their higher education and training goals. On the 11th class day for the fall 2017 semester, the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain reported on an unduplicated headcount of 938 students, a 7% increase over the fall 2016 headcount.  Chancellor ...

  • 10 October

    Support Foundation Hosts Annual Cook-Out

    The Mena Regional Support Foundation hosted their annual Employee Appreciation Cookout recently in the Mena Regional Health System parking lot. Although the cookout began as a way for the Foundation to honor employees, in the years since its inception, they have opened the event to the public and it now serves as a fundraiser for the many charitable causes the ...

  • 10 October

    MRHS Auxiliary Attend AHA’s 87th Banquet

    SUBMITTED – Members of the Mena Regional Auxiliary recently attended the Arkansas Hospital Association’s 87th Annual Meeting, held at the Little Rock Marriot Statehouse Convention in Little Rock, AR.   Darren Caldwell, Chairman of the Arkansas Hospital Association, deemed volunteers as “Heroes of Modern Healthcare” during his speech to the attendees. “It has been said that time is the most precious ...

  • 10 October

    Caitlin Jane to Headline Fresh Start Banquet

    BY MELANIE WADE – Fresh Start Pregnancy Resource Center will host their 3rd annual fundraising banquet, Life is Beautiful, this November and are excited to announce this year’s featured guest who will both speak and entertain. Caitlin Jane is a popular singer and has “an amazing testimony of God’s healing and grace in their lives,” said Fresh Start Board Member ...

  • 10 October

    FM Radio Chip Causing Controversy

    BY MELANIE WADE – A sharp debate is growing between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Apple, Inc., in relation to an FM radio chip that would allow cell phones to “act like radios” allowing owners to tune in to FM radio during natural disaster situations, even when wifi and cell service are unavailable. Most phones now come with the ...

  • 10 October

    City of Mena Announces Annual Fall Clean-Up

    SUBMITTED – The City of Mena’s 14th Annual Fall Clean-Up is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 16, 2017.  Only yard waste items will be picked up (tree limbs, shrubs, leaves, grass, etc.).  Due to state law, the City cannot pick up construction debris and lumber. They ask that you please place items at curbside prior to Monday, October 16, ...