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August, 2017

  • 16 August

    Educational Co-Op Seeks Foster Grandparents

    The DeQueen-Mena Education Co-Op is looking for Foster Grandparents to help out in county schools. As a Foster Grandparent, you can help in the county’s schools and daycares by tutoring at-risk students. Today, nearly 30,000 volunteers help more than 280,000 children nationwide. The DeQueen-Mena Education Co-Op has a Foster Grandparent program that is open to volunteers ages 55 and over ...

  • 16 August

    Back to School Bash Set for Friday

    Several local churches have joined together to host what they hope will become an annual event for local students. A ‘Back 2 School Block Party’ is planned for this Friday, August 18, at Bearcat Stadium and is open to all county students 6th through 12th grade, including Acorn, Cossatot, Mena or home school students. The Red Black Scrimmage for Mena, ...

  • 15 August

    Legal Maneuvering Begins in Quadruple Homicide Case

    BY MELANIE WADE – Quadruple homicide suspect Brian Bliss Travis, age 37, made an appearance in Polk County Circuit Court for a hearing on Monday, August 14, 2017.  The case that shook much of the county and attracted state-wide media attention is expected to take several months to bring to trial. This was Travis’ first time to appear since being ...

  • 14 August

    Young Promoted to Union Bank’s Senior Vice-President

    SUBMITTED – Union Bank of Mena would like to announce the promotion of Patty Young to the position of Senior Vice President of Retail Banking. Patty has 26 years of banking experience.   She has been employed at Union Bank Of Mena for 8 of those years.  She previously served as Vice President of Retail Banking and Lending.  Prior to her ...

  • 10 August

    MWA Honors Clarice’s Room of Hope

    Teena Brown, owner of Clarice’s Room of Hope, was chosen as the 2017 Modern Woodmen of America Hometown Hero, Chapter 13545. The Hometown Hero Award gives Modern Woodmen members an opportunity every year to honor an individual for their outstanding volunteer service. Brown received a certificate of appreciation and a $100 voucher to be given to a charity of her ...

  • 9 August

    Lasso Up a Good Time During the 64th Annual Polk County Rodeo!

    The 64 year tradition continues as the Polk County Rodeo kicks off this week! The Rodeo and Fair parade will be held jointly this year and will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday evening, August 10, in downtown Mena. The ever popular Handicapable Rodeo will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, August 11, at the Andy Risenhoover Arena ...

  • 9 August

    The Corner/Pony Express Welcomed into Chamber

    The Mena Polk County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting on Thursday, August 3, 2017, to welcome The Corner Shoppe and Pony Express as their newest member. The ceremony was held at the business location, 822 South Mena Street, with several chamber members in attendance. The Corner Shoppe and Pony Express are owned by Kathy Burks.

  • 9 August

    Sales Tax Collections Showing Improvement

    BY MELANIE WADE – Although 2017 sales tax collections for Polk County are still more than $9,000 below collections this same time in 2016, monthly collections were up for the third month in a row. For the month of July 2017, the 1-cent sales tax collections were $126,808.33, up by $4,309.12 from July 2016, an increase of 3.5%. The 1-cent ...

  • 9 August

    Teague Receives Grade ‘A’ from Family Council Action Committee

    BY MELANIE WADE – Senator Larry Teague of District 10, which includes Polk County as well as other counties, has been awarded a high report on the Family Council Action Committee’s annual Arkansas Report Card. Senator Teague tied for the top spot with a 96% grade. The Family Council Action Committee selected votes on key legislation in the Arkansas House ...

  • 9 August

    Local Businessman & Philanthropist Laid to Rest

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Local businessman and philanthropist Ed Stevenson was laid to rest Friday, August 4, following a service in which he was honored for his devotion to his family, friends, and community. Although a member of Christ Community Fellowship, the funeral services were held at Grace Bible Church to accommodate the scores of people who wanted to pay ...