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October, 2017

  • 18 October

    Youngblood Awarded MRHS iCare Star Employee

    Mena Regional Health System recently awarded Jennifer Youngblood, LPN at Mena Medical Associates, the iCARE Star Employee of the Quarter.  Jennifer received several nominations on her behalf.  As the Star Employee of the Quarter, Jennifer received a day off, her name on the progressive plaque displayed on the iCARE Hall of Fame, and a personal plaque of her own.

  • 18 October

    MRHS Announces Department of the Quarter

    Mena Regional Health System recently named the Accounts Payable/Payroll Department as the iCARE Star Department of the Quarter.  As Department of the Quarter, the team received a plaque to be displayed on the iCARE Wall of Fame and a pizza party.

  • 17 October

    Mena Marching Band Earns Superior Ratings at Showcase of Bands

    BY APRIL ROSE – On Saturday, October 7th, the Mena Bearcat Marching Band took part in the “Showcase of Bands” at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. The Bearcat Band received highest ratings in all four categories: drumline, color guard, drum major abilities and overall performance. Drum major Brynn Harvey received the top drum major award for the class 3A ...

  • 17 October

    One Fatality, One Airlifted in Separate Motorcycle Collisions

    BY MELANIE WADE – A Pocola, Oklahoma woman lost her life on Sunday, October 15, 2017 following a fatal motorcycle accident on Rich Mountain. The accident was a single vehicle accident. According to the Arkansas State Police who investigated the crash, 51-year old Laura Faye Juelfs was traveling eastbound on Hwy. 88 West, on the Talimena Scenic Drive, when she ...

  • 17 October

    Hamlet Opens This Weekend at OLT

    BY MELANIE WADE One of the most beloved of all of William Shakespeare’s plays, Hamlet, will open on the stage of the Ouachita Little Theatre on October 20, providing a special treat for theatre patrons. Directors Brad Storey and Assistant Director Becky Norris selected a cast of experienced actors to tackle the daunting task of bringing a Shakespearean piece to ...

  • 13 October

    Mena Regional Auxiliary Awarded Scholarships

    The Mena Regional Auxiliary recently awarded the final four of the five $1,000 scholarships to they distributed.  The Auxiliary awards scholarships in the spring and fall of each year to students pursuing a degree in the health care field.  The group will host the Annual Auxiliary Christmas Breakfast on Thursday, December 7, at the hospital cafeteria.  This signature event raises ...

  • 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 ...