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December, 2017

  • 6 December

    Polk County Celebrates Christmas Festivities

    The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce held the annual Christmas Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 2, and the crowds lining the streets were well pleased as it was full of beautiful floats and participants. To many spectators, the parade was marked as “the best one yet” and the float competition was fierce. This year’s theme was Dreaming of a ...

  • 5 December

    Ringing in the Giving Season

    Florence Savesson is Mena Salvation Army’s oldest bell ringer for their 2017 Red Kettle Campaign, at 96-years young. Savesson is an avid supporter of Salvation Army and a frequent shopper at the local store. Savesson rang the bell outside of Walmart Supercenter on Friday, December 1, 2017. “I just like to help out and I feel like me dressing up ...

  • 5 December

    Cove to Host 24th Annual Christmas Xtravaganza

    The Town of Cove will welcome the holiday season on Saturday, December 9th, with their 24th Annual Christmas Xtravaganza. The Cove Christmas Parade will start at 2:00 p.m. with special guest, Santa Claus, in attendance. A reception will follow in the Community Center next to Cove Town Hall at 5568 Hwy 71. At the reception, children will be able to ...

  • 5 December

    Rotary’s Breakfast with Santa

    Breakfast with Santa is becoming a Polk County tradition thanks to the Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County. During the event, children are treated to a magical breakfast with Santa Claus at local restaurant, Papa’s Mexican Café. The event marks a great memory-making occasion for not only the children, but their parents and grandparents as well. This year’s traditional breakfast will ...

  • 4 December

    Local Man Advocating for New Legislation for Veterans

    BY MELANIE WADE – A lifetime resident of Mena is actively advocating for a change in legislation to benefit certain veterans of the Vietnam War claim benefits that others receive for the same ailments; however, due to their location during the war, some have been denied. William Rhodes is one such veteran and his current life mission is to make ...

November, 2017

  • 30 November

    Gas Pump Card Skimmers Found Locally

    BY MELANIE WADE – Polk County consumers have been hit with a scam that has affected hundreds of bank accounts so far and investigations are still continuing. Mena Police Chief Brandon Martin said ‘gas pump skimmers’ were found at Mena’s Exxon/Wendy’s station on two different pumps on Thursday, November 30, 2017. The devices were found after law enforcement were alerted ...

  • 30 November

    Polk County Sheriff’s Dept Leads County Churches in Security Measures

    BY MELANIE WADE – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office hosted a Church Security Class recently to help area churches learn to secure their facilities and keep them safe amid several church shootings in the last few years. Sawyer said following the most recent mass church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5, 2017, he was inundated with calls from ...

  • 30 November

    Mena City Hall Ceiling Collapses

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Mena Mayor George McKee met with insurance adjusters Monday afternoon after a portion of the plaster ceiling in Mena’s City Hall collapsed. Fortunately, no one was present in the offices affected and no one was injured in the incident. The area affected was the Animal Control and Code Enforcement Offices, which were not slated to receive ...

  • 30 November

    CRSD Seeks New Superintendent as Davis Eyes Retirement

    The Cossatot River School District held a special called board meeting on Tuesday night, November 28th for the purpose of conducting interviews for Superintendent candidates. Mr. Donnie Davis, the District’s current superintendent, announced his intentions to retire at the conclusion of the 2017-2018 earlier this summer. Davis has served Cossatot River School District as superintendent since 2013. Cossatot River School ...

  • 29 November

    Author, Tims Edwards Featured at UA Rich Mountain

    UA Rich Mountain hosted an author talk and book signing on Monday, November 20 in the Ouachita Center. Featured author, Tims Edwards, retired public school administrator, has written three books celebrating nature and all that it has to offer. Known locally as the “Gray Fox,” Tims is an avid hunter and fisherman who shares his adventures and love for the ...