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August, 2017

  • 22 August

    City Hall to Receive Fresh Interior Coat; Hot-Mix Program to Begin Soon

    BY MELANIE WADE – Mena City Council met on Tuesday, August 15, for their monthly meeting and approved bids for several upcoming projects. B&L Paving of Hot Springs submitted the low bid for the city’s annual hot-mix overlay program, submitting a bid at $99.50 per ton. The city has budgeted $400,000 for the project that is set to begin around ...

  • 22 August

    Back 2 School Block Party Held

    Several local churches joined together to host what they hope will become an annual event for local students. A ‘Back 2 School Block Party’ was held Friday, August 18, at Bearcat Stadium and was open to all county students 6th through 12th grade, including Acorn, Cossatot, Mena or home school students. The Block Party provided a fun and safe environment ...

  • 22 August

    ARVEST Bank Buying Bear State Bank for $391 Million

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Aug. 22, 2017) – Arvest Bank (“Arvest”) announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Bear State Financial, Inc. (“Bear State”) (NASDAQ:BSF), the parent company of Bear State Bank. The acquisition, expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017 or first quarter of 2018 pending customary regulatory approvals and subject to approval by Bear ...

  • 18 August

    Acorn School to Host Viewing Event of Total Solar Eclipse for Students and Parents

    BY MELANIE WADE – Acorn Elementary is hosting a viewing event at their campus on Monday, August 21, 2017 for a total solar eclipse that will be visible to all of North America. Acorn school has purchased eclipse glasses and will provide them to any parent or participant who would like to experience the event with their child. They will ...

  • 18 August

    County to Begin Road Projects in Early September

    BY MELANIE WADE – Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison announced that the County Road Department is preparing to start their annual summer seal and reseal project. Ellison said there are 7.2 miles of total project to be completed, including portions of Polk Roads 74, 87, 71, 70, 30, and 28. Preparations have been underway for the project over the last ...

  • 17 August

    Ouachita Regional Hospice Gives Back to Community

    The staff of Ouachita Regional Hospice likes to find projects to give back to their community. In the past, they have supported law enforcement with jars of candy and have quietly given to others as well. This year, they decided to help with a large expense to families each August – school supplies. Pictured are members of their staff with ...

  • 17 August

    Yankee Clipper Joins Chamber

    Yankee Clipper, a local salon, was welcomed into the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. Yankee Clipper is located at 601 Hwy. 71 North in Mena, in the Northside Shopping Center. They are a full service salon offering hair, nail, and massage services.

  • 17 August

    42nd Annual Rod Run Announces Dates & Events Announced

    BY MELANIE WADE – The 42nd Annual Rod Run will roll into town August 25-27 and will fill downtown Mena and Queen Wilhelmina State Park with hundreds of hot rods, antique cars/trucks, muscle cars, and street rods. The event is a partnership between the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce and the Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission (A&P). The event will ...

  • 16 August

    Ellison Represents State at National Conference

    BY MELANIE WADE – Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison was recently selected to represent not just the county, but the state of Arkansas, at the annual National Association of Counties Conference & Exposition held in Columbus, Ohio. Ellison serves as an officer on the Board of the Arkansas Association of Counties (AAC), as Secretary. Each year, he explained, one officer ...

  • 16 August

    Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council Considers New Polk County Club

    SUBMITTED – The Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council is one of the largest nonprofit volunteer groups in the state with a membership of 6,000 and clubs in every county. Extension Homemakers, the Cooperative Extension Service, University of Arkansas, and the United States Department of Agriculture are partners in providing education to families throughout Arkansas. We are made up of homemakers, career ...