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January, 2018

  • 16 January

    State Auditor to Rotary: “Join the Great Arkansas Treasure Hunt”

    BY MELANIE WADE – State Auditor Andrea Lea was the guest speaker at the weekly luncheon of the Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County on Thursday, January 11, and covered several topics, including the Great Arkansas Treasure Hunt, of which she encourages everyone to participate. Lea has served as the state’s 40th auditor since 2014. In her role, she serves as ...

  • 11 January

    Maddox Honored by Two State Associations

    BY MELANIE WADE – State Representative John Maddox has been awarded two prestigious awards by state associations in the last week and is honored and humbled to have been selected. Both the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorney’s Association and the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce recognized Maddox for his work in each field while serving in the state’s House of Representatives in ...

  • 11 January

    Dixon Honored

    Mary Dixon, Polk County’s Court Reporter, is retiring after 27 years. Dixon was honored by her coworkers on Thursday, December 28, 2017. Pictured (l to r): Michelle Boehler, District Judge Danny Thrailkill, Circuit Court Judge Jerry Ryan, Dixon, Retired Judge Gale Ford, Judge Jake Looney, Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner (seated), Attorney Randy Rainwater, City of Mena Attorney Patrick McDaniel, Assistant ...

  • 11 January

    New CASA Volunteers Sworn-In

    The Honorable Judge Ryan recently swore in Donald and Annette Rogers as two of CASA of the Ouachitas’ newest volunteers for Polk County. “We are very excited to have them on our CASA team,” said Renee Hendrix of CASA. The couple has completed the required 30 hours of training and courtroom observation. CASA of the Ouachitas volunteers advocate for abused and neglected ...

  • 11 January

    Attorney General Rutledge Holds First ‘Round Table’ of 2018 in Mena

    BY MELANIE WADE – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge held her first ‘Round Table’ meeting of 2018 in Mena last week at Mena Regional Health System. Rutledge’s Round Table program is beginning its fourth year in which Rutledge will visit all 75 counties to hear directly from Arkansans about concerns and issues impacting their county. Since beginning the program, more ...

  • 10 January

    Polk County Inmate Index Now Available

    BY MELANIE WADE – Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer has announced they now have their inmate index available online, as opposed to the smart phone RPS app previously available. To look up inmates currently booked into the Polk County Detention Center, public access can be found at www.FindTheInmate.com/Polk and a listing of the jail inmate population appears. As of Wednesday ...

  • 10 January

    Rotarians Continue Support of Literacy with Gift to County Libraries

    SUBMITTED – On December 28th, the Rotary Club of Polk County/Mena provided over 170 nominee and award-winning books to each of the Polk County branch libraries. On hand for the distribution event included Rotarians from the Polk County/Mena Rotary Club; Polk County Librarian Mary Renick; Brenda Miner, UA Rich Mountain Director of Library Services & Ouachita Mountains Regional Librarian; and ...

  • 10 January

    Farringer Chosen to Lead the Queen

    BY MELANIE WADE – Mike Farringer has been promoted to the superintendent position at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Farringer has served in several capacities during his 18-year career at the Arkansas State Parks service, from park ranger to assistant superintendent and Park Superintendent at Cane Creek and for the last five years, Park Superintendent at Cossatot River State Park. “Mike ...

  • 10 January

    Farm Bureau Welcomes Two New Agents

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Polk County Farm Bureau Agency Manager Tony Hooper has announced the addition of two new agents, Nathan Fowler and Nikki Cureton. Fowler is a 2007 graduate of Mena High School and holds a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Tech and an MBA from Columbia Southern University. Prior to joining the Farm Bureau family, Fowler worked as the ...

  • 10 January

    Acorn’s Keith Willsey Track to be Resurfaced

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Not only will the Acorn track bear a new name this spring, but it will also be resurfaced following board approval during a special called meeting of the Ouachita River School District on January 4. The board approved the purchase of $19,248.30 for material from American Recycling to resurface the Keith Willsey Track located on the ...