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August, 2018

  • 1 August

    MENA WATER UTILITIES HOLDS RECEPTION FOR MIKE PARKS

    July 25th, employees, staff and board members of the Mena Water Utilities held a reception for Mike Parks. Parks has worked for the Mena Water Utilities for 30-years. Parks was presented a plaque and gifts during the reception. Pictured from left to right: Rick Langley, Carla Harley, Ruthie Turner, Charles Pitman, Amanda Chamberlain, Linden Hopper, David Runyon, Larry Gross, Justin ...

  • 1 August

    LUKE ALSTON NAMED 2018 ARKANSAS FARMER OF THE YEAR

    Luke Alston of Mena, Ark., gave up a stable career as a Farm Bureau insurance claims adjuster to pursue his dream of farming. He returned to his family’s farm where his great-great grandfather homesteaded in 1897. At his Holly Springs Homestead farm, he built eight broiler chicken houses and established a successful agritourism enterprise featuring an on-farm market, a corn ...

July, 2018

  • 27 July

    ARMYWORM MANAGEMENT AND RECOGNITION PROGRAM THROUGH THE POLK COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE OFFICE

    Polk County Extension Agriculture Agent, Joshua Yates reported area farmers and ranchers are reporting the discovery of armyworms in their fields. Yates stated armyworms are one of the most devastating pests of pastures and hayfields. He said they reduce for both forage availability and hay yields. He said the damage can appear almost overnight and infestations can easily be overlooked ...

  • 26 July

    QUEEN WILHELMINA ROD RUN

    The 43rd annual Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run is August 24th through the 26th and Polk County Chamber of Director Ashley Smith stated this year’s rod run is going to be bigger and better than ever. Smith said they’ve added new categories and a Pin-up contest. The trophy categories include: Top Ten, People’s Choice, Ranger’s Choice, Chamber’s Choice, Mayor’s Choice, Best ...

  • 26 July

    Pocket Constitutions from Marilyn Brown

    Polk County Librarian Mary Renick (left) accepts a display box of Pocket Constitutions from Marilyn Brown, who is spearheading a project to make these pocket-sized booklets available free of charge to anyone interested. Sponsored by the Democratic Party of Polk County, the project is funded by personal contributions from members, who believe that the Constitution of the United States is ...

  • 25 July

    Long Awaited 4-H Trip Does Not Disappoint

    Six Polk County 4-H teens experienced the trip of their 4-H career last week. They joined the Arkansas 4-H delegation of 36 other teens and 4 adult chaperones for the annual Citizenship, Washington Focus (CWF) trip to our Nation’s Capital. The youth signed up for the event back in December. They worked hard to fundraise and provide all of the ...

  • 25 July

    Governor Hutchinson Visits Southwest Arkansas

     “Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson attended a reception Friday in Ashdown as Little River County introduced their new Intermodel and Economic Development Director Vickie Williamson. Arkansas experienced its lowest unemployment rate in history recently, and 70,000 new jobs have been created since Hutchinson took office in January 2015. Governor Hutchinson says that economic development is his top priority, because it directly ...

  • 20 July

    UPCOMING COSSATOT RIVER STATE PARK PROGRAMS

    Cossatot River State Park has several upcoming activities that will introduce area residents to the beauty of the state park and one program is a three-day Eco-Adventure Camp, Tuesday, July 24th through Thursday, July 26th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Campers will take a journey through the water cycle and learn how the Cossatot River benefits people, ...

  • 20 July

    MENA CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO REFINANCE WATER, SEWER BONDS

    Tuesday, July 10th, councilmen of the Mena City Council approved an ordinance authorizing the issuance and sale of water and sewer refunding and construction revenue bonds. According to the general manager of the Mena Water Utilities, Charles Pitman, the council re-financed the water and sewer bonds to save the city about $60,000 a year but they also borrowed an additional ...

  • 16 July

    LOCAL CMA CHAPTER IN TOP TEN FUNDRAISERS NATIONALLY

    Run for the Son is the fundraiser for Christian Motorcyclists Association.  This international foundation has its headquarters in Hatfield.  CMA’s Run for the Son started as an effort to provide one motorcycle to a pastor in Guatemala.  From that simple beginning, Run for the Son has now provided transportation to more than 13,000 pastors, evangelists and Christian workers around the ...