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April, 2020

  • 15 April

    Lake Ouachita State Park Reopened to the Public Last Friday

    Lake Ouachita State Park reopened its day-use areas, including trails and boat ramps, to the public on Friday, one week after they were closed due to campers testing positive for COVID-19. The park closed April 4 after three campers tested positive for the coronavirus. Melissa Whitfield, communications director for Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism, said the campers’ last ...

  • 15 April

    Ozark-St. Francis National Forests officials shutdown Whitaker Point and Glory Hole trails

    Effective immediately, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests officials announce the temporary shutdown of access to Whitaker Point, also known as Hawksbill Crag, and Glory Hole Trails located in Newton County, Ark., in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The temporary shutdown also includes the trailhead parking areas. “The top priority of the USDA Forest Service is the health and ...

  • 15 April

    Ouachita National Forest Shuts Down Wolf Pen Gap

    “Ouachita National Forest officials announced Monday, April 13th that, effective immediately, the Wolf Pen Gap Trail Complex located in Mena, Ark., is temporarily shut down until further notice. These actions are consistent with federal and state health and safety direction to help reduce the impact on emergency responders and limit the spread of COVID-19. Use of the OHV trails strains ...

  • 15 April

    Tapley Park Springs Sports Cancelled

    All Spring sports (Baseball, Softball, And Soccer) and events at Tapley Park will be Cancelled The Spring 2020 Baseball and Softball season has been cancelled per the guidelines set forth by the State of Arkansas as a precautionary measure for the safety of the citizens during the COVID 19 crisis.   A printable form will be available to request a ...

  • 15 April

    CHURCH NEWS

    Trinity Lutheran Church in Mena is closed until April 19th.   They do have a recorded video service on their website: https://trinitylutheranmena.weebly.com Wednesday Warriors For Christ youth service and Sunday evening service is cancelled at The Southside Church of God  cancelled until further notice.  Church is at 101 Dallas Avenue.  Sunday morning services are not cancelled.  Sunday Morning service begins ...

  • 15 April

    CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSINGS

    The Spring Sports season at Tapley Park is cancelled.  This includes Soccer, Baseball and Softball or any event that consists of more than ten people.  For more go to Tapley Sports Facebook page or website. To protect public health and safety and align with federal, state and local guidance, Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests officials are announcing the temporary ...

  • 8 April

    HAPPY EASTER!

    See our special Easter center spread in this week’s Polk County Pulse

  • 8 April

    Mena Regional Auxiliary, Inc. Awards Scholarships…

    The Mena Regional Auxiliary, Inc. recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to three recipients who are currently enrolled in a medical-related field. Wesley Wells (pictured third from left) is currently a Nuclear Medicine Tech at Mena Regional Health System.  Wes is applying for the 2021 Physicians Assistance program at UAMS. Ashely Bedwell (pictured center front) is a CNA currently enrolled in the ...

  • 8 April

    MRHS Updates Visitation Hours and COVID-19 Testing Information

    Mena Regional Health System continues to provide inpatient and outpatient services for our community. Extreme infection control precautions have been implemented in order to safeguard anyone entering our facilities for care. The following visitor restriction policy is now in effect until further notice. Visitation is restricted to 8:00 am – 7:00 pm using the main entrance only. Visitation is restricted ...

  • 8 April

    Governor Hutchinson Directs State Parks To Implement New Measures for Public Health

    Governor Asa Hutchinson has approved temporary changes to Arkansas State Parks’ operations to protect public health during the COVID-19 crisis, he announced at a news conference. The Governor has directed that Arkansas State Parks implement “day use” operations only, effective 8 a.m. on Friday, April 3, a decision he made in consultation with Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism ...