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April, 2017

  • 19 April

    MRHS Auxiliary Attends 2017 Hospital Auxiliary Association Meeting

    Several members of the Mena Regional Auxiliary recently attended the Spring 2017 Arkansas Hospital Auxiliary Association Valley District Meeting.  The annual meeting was held at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center Annex in Russellville, Arkansas.  Members in attendance included: Billie Joplin, Sue Wigger, Linda Johnson, Marilyn Davenport, and Martha Edwards.

  • 19 April

    Oculus Provides Real-World Experiences from the Moon to the Trenches

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Walking on the moon and exploring museums without ever leaving the classroom is what Mena Middle School students are doing thanks to Oculus, a piece of virtual reality gear, made possible for students through the Arkansas & Facebook Techstart Partnership. When the program was announced by Governor Asa Hutchinson in January 2017, he explained the purpose ...

  • 19 April

    Mary Poppins Tickets Go on Sale this Week

    SUBMITTED – Ouachita Little Theatre’s Spring musical is the wildly popular Mary Poppins.  Advance reserve tickets go on sale Thursday, April 20.  Tickets can be purchased at the theatre on weekdays between 9 am and 4 pm.  They may also be purchased on evenings that rehearsals are taking place. “This is a deviation from our usual practice,” said OLT President ...

  • 19 April

    Fire Stopped Inches from Home

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Mena Fire Department responded to what was thought to be a house on fire at 1302 Reeves Street around 2:30 on Wednesday afternoon, April 12, 2017. Upon arriving, the fire was found not to be in the home, but in the yard very close to the home. However, the quick work of fire department personnel stopped ...

  • 19 April

    Earth Day Celebration to be Held This Saturday

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A city-wide Earth Day Celebration will be held on Earth Day, this Saturday, April 22nd, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Janssen Park. The event is set to feature many technological advancements that will wow visitors including an ELF – a solar-powered bicycle-car hybrid, a Tesla electric car, wind turbines, solar panels, and other solar-powered ...

  • 19 April

    Spring Road Projects to Begin in Early May

    BY MELANIE BUCK – County Judge Brandon Ellison has announced the locations of the 2017 Spring seal and reseal projects, which include approximately nine miles of roadway in several parts of the county. In addition, the county has purchased equipment that will speed up the process and save tax dollars. In total, Ellison has prepared 9.1 miles of road for ...

  • 19 April

    Chamber of Commerce to Award Twelve Scholarships

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce has announced they will award twelve scholarships in their 2017 Scholarship Program thanks to the generosity of their membership and community. The 12 scholarships are to be awarded to two seniors at each of the county’s three school districts, as well as two for private or homeschool students, for a ...

  • 18 April

    First Annual Junior Rodeo to be Held Saturday – Proceeds to Help Improve Risenhoover Arena

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Polk County Fair & Rodeo Association will host the first annual Polk County Junior Rodeo this Saturday, April 22nd, at 2 p.m. at the Andy Risenhoover Arena. The rodeo will serve as a fundraiser to make additional improvements to the facilities in an effort to restore it to its original glory. Admission to the junior ...

  • 18 April

    Drugs and Guns Found in South County Raid

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Polk County Sheriff’s Department conducted a raid on Thursday morning, April 13, 2017, that resulted in two men being arrested for drugs and firearms. Around 6:45 a.m. on Thursday, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant and an arrest warrant at 409 Polk 10 in Wickes. The warrants were the result of a month-long undercover ...

  • 17 April

    Mayor Signs Proclamation for Child Abuse Awareness Month

    Mena Mayor George McKee signed a proclamation on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, declaring April as Child Abuse Awareness Month. Many local organizations work each day to bring comfort to those abused and justice to their abusers. Pictured are: Jennifer Brewer of The CALL of Polk County; Cynthia Martin, Director of CASA of the Ouachitas; Elena Cannon, Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Investigator ...