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October, 2018

  • 18 October

    Daylight Trick-or-Treat announced

    The annual Mena Daylight Trick-or-Treat will be Wed., Oct. 31 from 4-5 p.m. The event is made possible through the efforts of Downtown Mena Merchants and kids of all ages are invited. Local businesses and organizations will be handing out candy and goodies along Mena Street and Sherwood Avenue. All businesses are invited to participate even if they are not ...

May, 2017

  • 31 May

    Annual Free Fishing Days Coming Soon

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The state’s yearly Free Fishing Days are coming up, and you’ll want to mark your calendar and take advantage of the treat. Free Fishing Days will be observed from noon on June 9th through midnight on June 11th. During that time, no angler will need a fishing license or trout permit to fish anywhere in Arkansas. ...

  • 31 May

    Extension Office Holds Reception

    The Polk County Extension Office welcomed their two new agents, Bridgett Martin and Josh Yates on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Martin and Yates join longtime agent Carla Vaught. All three will have a hand in educating the county’s citizens in all things agriculture, and they will all play a role in 4-H clubs across the area. For more information on ...

  • 31 May

    Cove Projects Will Temporarily Close Streets

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Arkansas State Highway Commission will begin work on a few roadways in South Polk County soon, with some causing detours in normal commutes for Cove citizens. The resurfacing of Lewis Street and a section of West Barton Avenue in Cove is anticipated to begin in early June according to Cove’s Mayor, Joan Headley.  Approximately 1.5 ...

  • 31 May

    Governor Pleased with Continuous Drop in Unemployment Rates

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Arkansas unemployment rate has again dipped into record numbers for the fourth straight month. Locally, Polk County has also experienced a decline in recent months. Governor Asa Hutchinson is well pleased with the numbers and said it “tells us that we are on the right track in terms of implementing conservative policies that spur job ...

  • 31 May

    Downtown Partners Bring Added Awareness to Importance of Main Street

    BY MELANIE BUCK – “Downtown is a reflection of how the community feels about itself,” said Main Street Arkansas Director Greg Phillips while speaking to an audience at the Ouachita Center during an event held by Mena’s Downtown Partners. The purpose of the event was for Phillips to inform the community about the importance of a vibrant downtown and how ...

  • 31 May

    Mena to Host 1st Annual BREATHE Youth Conference

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The first BREATHE two-day youth conference will be held in Polk County this weekend, with the hopes to ‘breathe life’ into today’s youth, to become tomorrow’s warriors for Jesus Christ. The idea was the brain child of a local girl who took an overseas mission trip and wanted to do more. “I was in Trinidad on ...

  • 24 May

    40th Annual Lum & Abner Festival Boasts on Musical Entertainment and New Activities

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The 40th annual Lum & Abner Festival will be hosted at Janssen Park this Friday and Saturday, June 2nd & 3rd, and country super group Ricochet will headline the event, with many other bands entertaining the crowds throughout both days of Mena’s premier festival. All concerts are presented to the public free of charge and all ...

  • 24 May

    Lease for Welcome to Mena Sign More Than Doubles

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission met on Thursday, May 11, to discuss the location of the city’s Welcome to Mena sign. The sign currently sits in the ‘Y’ at the junction of Hwy. 88 East and 71 North. The city had a five-year contract with the owners of the property where the sign currently sits, ...

  • 24 May

    Quadruple Homicide Suspect, Brian Travis, Moved to ADC

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Quadruple homicide suspect Brian Travis, who has been held in the Polk County Detention Center since being apprehended on April 26, 2017, has been moved to the Arkansas Department of Corrections, where he will remain until his trial begins. Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer explained that Travis was on parole when arrested for drug charges, before ...