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February, 2019

  • 13 February

    Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition Winners

    Early this month, the Knights of Columbus held their annual free throw competition at the Acorn Gymnasium. Brooklyn Pennington, age 14 (shown in the blue shirt), and Isabella Cross, age 11 (in the black shirt), are shown receiving their winning certificate and will move on to compete at District and State level. Past Grand Knight Philip Ference presented the awards.

  • 13 February

    House Bill Could Help Renters In Arkansas

    House Bill Could Help Renters In Arkansas Arkansas is the only state that does not require landlords to maintain a safe structure for renters. An Arkansas house bill (HB 1410) would change that to require landlords to keep rental properties at a set of safety standards. State Rep Jimmy Gazaway of Paragould is the sponsor of the bill, which would ...

  • 13 February

    Accident and Fatality under investigation

    According to a press release from the Polk County Sheriffs Office, on Monday, 2/11/19, at approximately 10:40 am, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one vehicle accident on Hwy 375 East, just outside Mena. The vehicle, a 2007 Chrysler Town & Country mini-van, left the roadway and went into Prairie Creek.  The van traveled approximately 60 yards down ...

  • 13 February

    2019 Arkansas Century Farm Applications due May 31st

    The Arkansas Agriculture Department (AAD) is now accepting applications for the 2019 Arkansas Century Farm program. This program identifies Arkansas families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. Online and printable applications are available at www.aad.arkansas.gov/arkansas-century- farm-program. There is no cost to apply. Arkansas is home to more than 43,500 farms, of which 97 ...

  • 6 February

    Former Legislator from Mena takes command of the AR health insurance marketplace: Faces fight to save it

    In the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, insurance exchanges allow people to shop for coverage and apply for federal subsidies to help with the cost. Nate Bell, a former legislator from Mena, has taken the position of interim director of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace (AHIM) in an uncertain time for the exchange. A ...

  • 6 February

    Prescribed burns begin on Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

    The Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests will be conducting prescribed burns in Arkansas and Oklahoma over the next several months. The purposes of these burns are to reestablish fire’s natural role in the forest ecosystem, improve forest health, and reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires.  Prescribed burns are conducted when the conditions indicate that there will be minimal impact ...

  • 6 February

    Mena Regional Health System Goes Red

    The staff at Mena Regional Health System recently participated in The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women initiative, a comprehensive platform designed to increase awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally.  Nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented.  Cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat.  It ...

  • 6 February

    Solar Energy Legislation in filed in Arkansas

    A coalition is backing legislation regarding solar energy in Arkansas. Two state senators, Dave Wallace of Leachville and Aaron Pilkington of Clarksville, have filed a bill to expand solar energy use. In their release they state that Arkansas has the 11th best sunlight for energy use in the nation, but ranks 43rd in solar policy. They say that expanding solar ...

  • 6 February

    Makenna Goss elected as the 2019-2020 Arkansas FCCLA Vice President of Parliamentary Law

    Ouachita River School District commends Makenna Goss for all of her accomplishments and the state office she just won. Makenna has studied hard, prepared many speeches, and traveled far to prepare herself for this journey.  “She will have many duties over the course of the next year which will require us to travel many miles.  In addition to many Arkansas ...

  • 6 February

    Brandon Haberer named new President and Chief Executive Officer of Farm Credit of Western Arkansas

    Directors have named Brandon Haberer as President and Chief Executive Officer of Farm Credit of Western Arkansas, a customer-owned financial cooperative.  Haberer, the association’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, will assume his new duties on February 1. He succeeds Glen Manchester who retired on December 31. Haberer (pronounced Harbor) has served as the association’s EVP and COO since October ...