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October, 2018

  • 18 October

    Field of Faith

    Field of Faith was held Wednesday, October 10 at the Mena High School Bearcat Stadium. photos contributed by Andy Philpot.

  • 18 October

    Early voting to begin statewide Monday

    Early voting for the upcoming November election begins statewide on October 22. Individuals may call their county clerk and inquire about registration status and polling locations may be checked online at In most counties, early voting is conducted at the county clerk’s office. In counties with off-site early voting, local newspapers will publish the designated sites. During a preferential ...

  • 18 October

    13 Mena Choir students earn all region honors

    Thirty-eight Mena High School Choir students auditioned for positions in the Region 3 All Region Honors Choir on Saturday, October 13.  The auditions were held at Lakeside High School in Hot Springs.  Over 1,000 high school students from schools of all sizes vied for membership in the prestigious honors choir. The Mena students had an excellent day with 13 students ...

  • 18 October

    Bearcat Band honored with a decade of Superior Ratings

    The Mena Bearcat Marching Band has fulfilled a decade of Superior ratings in competition. Tuesday night the band received the First Division Superior rating for the tenth consecutive year in a row while competing at the ASBOA Region VIII Marching Assessment in Fort Smith.

  • 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 ...