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March, 2019

  • 20 March

    Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests recreation areas opening for season

    The Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests are beginning seasonal openings of recreation areas and facilities in March. Visitors to the 1.8 million-acre Ouachita National Forest and 1.2 million-acre Ozark-St. Francis National Forests will find diverse recreational activities available to them. Recreation contributes greatly to the physical, mental, and spiritual health of individuals, bonds family and friends, instills pride in ...

  • 20 March

    CHILD ABDUCTION RESPONSE TEAM TRAINING

    By: Sam Jordan LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Police agencies across Arkansas can soon claim to be certified specialists at solving child abduction cases as a team. Several law enforcement officers spent Tuesday and Wednesday going through CART training. “They know the roles and responsibilities of everybody,” said Dr. Cheryl May, the head of the Criminal Justice Institute at the University ...

  • 20 March

    Bucks XCountry Trio Named SCHOLAR ALL AMERICANS by NJCAA

    [March 14, 2019 | Mena, Ark.] The NJCAA XCountry Coaches Association has named three Bucks XCountry athletes as Scholar All Americans. UA Rich Mountain Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson and XCountry Coach Samantha Shores surprised Marlenne Mendez, Miriam Mendez, and Alisa Kimble with the presentation of their plaques Thursday. Despite the high demands of the XCountry program, this trio maintained GPAs ...

  • 20 March

    Recipients of the Mena Regional Auxiliary Scholarships Announced

    The Mena Regional Auxiliary recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to five students who are pursuing a career in the medical field.  A record number of applicants was received for the spring scholarship program.  The mission of the Mena Regional Auxiliary is to assist the hospital in providing outstanding service to the community, managing and staffing the hospital gift shop, assisting through ...

  • 20 March

    Winter Prescribed Fire Season Sows Seeds for Spring Renewal

    Benefits of Prescribed Fire Are Numerous RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — Winter months are a primary time for prescribed burning in the National Forests in Arkansas and Oklahoma.  The vegetation is dormant, the temperature is cooler, and humidity is generally a bit higher.  In short, the conditions necessary for prescribed burning often present themselves during this time of the year. For a myriad ...

  • 20 March

    Cossatot River School District Proposed Budget of Expenditures

  • 20 March

    Do You Love the Fair? Then Volunteer…

    Polk County Fair is run entirely by volunteers.  More volunteers are always needed.  In the Education Building, superintendents are needed to check in and organize the exhibits for display.  Exhibits on display include Photography, Artwork, Junior Arts and Crafts, Adult Household Crafts, Needlecrafts, Quilts, Food Preservation, Baked Goods, Horticulture, Farm Crops, Garden Crops and Forestry Displays.  4H and FFA youth ...

  • 20 March

    Minimum Wage in Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK – In the election last fall, the voters of Arkansas approved an increase in the state’s minimum wage. It will rise to $11 an hour by January 2021. Some non-profit organizations, small businesses, and others are concerned that a mandatory increase in wages will hurt their operations and even their ability to survive. I understand their concerns. That ...

  • 13 March

    Vacca Named National Geographic GeoBee Arkansas State Semifinalist

    Sophia Vacca, daughter of Scott and Ashley Vacca, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that she is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Arkansas State Competition. The contest will be held at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway on Friday, March 29, 2019. Sophia is a 7th grader at Mena ...

  • 13 March

    Remembering Hearts Forever

    We are a support group for families who have had a child, grandchild or sibling pass away, any age, any cause. We will meet at the Union Bank community room, Thursday, March 14th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. We will have a pot luck dinner.  If you want to bring something please do but not required.  There is always plenty.  ...