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March, 2017

  • 15 March

    ArkansasGives to Benefit Several Local Charities

    BY MELANIE BUCK – ArkansasGives is preparing for their annual fundraising event and several local organizations are in the mix, trying to raise much needed funds and earn enough for extra bonus dollars offered through the program. ArkansasGives is a 12-hour online giving event that will be held on April 6th, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is sponsored ...

  • 14 March

    Mayor Signs Proclamation for The Wall That Heals

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A proclamation signing was held at Mena City Hall on Thursday, March 9, 2017 for The Wall That Heals. Mayor George McKee signed the proclamation declaring the week of March 20-27, 2017 as the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial Week. The proclamation states in part, “Whereas millions of Americans demonstrated their patriotic commitment in the Vietnam War; ...

  • 14 March

    Fresh Start to Host Walk for Life

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Fresh Start Pregnancy Resource Center will host a Walk for Life as a fundraising event for the center on April 15, at Janssen Park in Mena. Candace Riner, organizer of the event, said they have wanted to host the event for several years and are now in a position to do so. “My heart for this ...

  • 10 March

    Local Student Named Arkansas National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist by National Geographic Society

    Sophia Vacca, daughter of Scott and Ashley Vacca, and a fifth grader at Holly Harshman Elementary has been notified by the National Geographic Society that she is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 Arkansas National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR on Friday, March 31, ...

  • 10 March

    Citizens Given Free Weather Radios

    The U of A Cooperative Extension Service, Polk County Office of Emergency Management, and Daniel Communications partnered together to bring Polk County a Severe Weather Awareness Day on March 1st and gave away 100 free weather radios in less than one hour. The event was held to bring awareness of severe weather to citizens as the ‘stormy season’ approaches. Educational ...

  • 10 March

    Senior Center Honors Nonagenarians

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena/Polk County Senior Center honored their 90-something clients on Thursday, March 2nd, with cake and music. Gator and Friends provided music while several danced and others clapped along and visited. Although there are many more, eight 90-somethings, or nonagenarians as they are officially considered, were present on Thursday. When asked what they attributed to living ...

  • 10 March

    RE/MAX Associates Win Awards

    Farrell and Sharon Cole reported that RE/MAX Mena Real Estate Sales Associates came away with many awards at their Arkansas Awards Celebration at the DoubleTree Suites in Little Rock, Arkansas, this past week. Sales Associates who attended the event were The Coles, Nancy Wright, and Kevin Smallwood. The RE/MAX Mena Sales Associates were each presented awards by their Regional Office ...

  • 10 March

    Puckett Honored at Reception

    A retirement reception was held for Mena Fire Chief John Puckett on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Mena Fire Station #1. Puckett was given a Henry .22 Rifle with the department logo and “Presented to Chief John T. Puckett, Sr. 35 Years of Service” engraved on the stock of the gun. Puckett was surrounded by fellow members of the fire ...

  • 10 March

    Couple Launches Panhandle Relief Effort for Fellow Ranchers

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A local couple is making it their priority to help the victims, both human and animal, of the Texas Panhandle fires that have burned more than 500,000 acres and continue to ravage through three states. At least six people have been killed and thousands of others have been forced from their homes in Texas, Oklahoma, and ...

  • 9 March

    Otto Visits PCDC Adult Center

    Otto the K-9 continues to make his rounds meeting the community, along with handler, Polk County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Seth Smith. The duo, along with Sheriff Scott Sawyer, visited the PCDC Adult Wellness and Education Center on February 27th, much to the delight of their clients.