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June, 2014

  • 18 June

    Thunder Roads Magazine & TSDA to Host First Annual Talimena Rally

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Thunder Roads Magazine and the Talimena Scenic Drive Association [TSDA] are hosting the first annual Talimena Rally this weekend and it is being billed as “the ride of the summer!” Thunder Roads Editor In Chief Terri Collier, aka “T”, will be leading the pack straight off the National Scenic Byway through downtown Mena where the Rally ...

  • 17 June

    Broach Family Named as DISTRICT Farm Family of the Year

    LITTLE ROCK – District winners for the 68th Annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program have been selected. The district winners will now be judged to determine a state winner, to be announced at the Dec. 11 Farm Family of the Year luncheon at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock. The district winners are: Nathan and Kristin ...

  • 17 June

    Risley Honored by Farm Bureau

    Farm Bureau claims adjuster Kyle Risley (center) of Mena was named the 2014 District Six Adjuster of the Year” during the 61st annual Farm Bureau Claims Conference June 5 in Hot Springs. Jason Grady, district 6 claims manager, and John Bonner (right), vice president of claims, presented the award to Risley. The award is given annually to the adjuster in ...

  • 17 June

    Graves Promoted to Asst. Branch Manager

    Mena, AR (June 10, 2014) – Jennifer Graves has been named the Assistant Branch Manager for the Mena location of Arvest Bank. She has been with Arvest since 2012 and previously served as the Senior Financial Services Representative at the same location. Jennifer is a graduate of the Leadership Arvest program and is a member of the Arvest Young Professionals ...

  • 16 June

    Arkansas Highway Commission Approves Bid for Improvements to Polk County Roadways

    BY LEANN DILBECK – A $552,946.12 improvement to 9.1 miles of Polk County roadways was announced last week by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD). The assistance is part of a 50/50 matching state-aid program established by the legislature and administered by the State Aid Division of the AHTD, Ellison explained, and that $276,473.06 of the funds being ...

  • 16 June

    Lance Among Newest Class of Arkansas State Trooper Graduates

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Mike Lance of Mena was among twenty-eight Arkansas State Police Trooper Recruits who graduated Thursday, June 12, during ceremonies at the Arkansas State Capitol, after successfully completing a grueling training program. Lance credited his start in law enforcement in Polk County following the ceremonies, “I would like to thank the City of Mena Police Department and ...

  • 15 June

    Lone Cedar Lodge Destroyed by Fire

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Potter Fire Department was dispatched at approximately 6:15 p.m. this evening to Lone Cedar Lodge. Potter Fire Chief Vernon Wells said the building was fully engulfed when they arrived on the scene and Hatfield Fire Department provided mutual aid. Wells said between the two departments, almost 20 firefighters battled the blaze but it was a total ...

  • 15 June

    Mena Blood Donors Rewarded With Zoo Tickets

    June 9, 2014 – All Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) donors at a Mena community blood drive will receive two admissions to the Tulsa Zoo.  Those who make time to give Monday, June 16, between noon and 5:45 p.m., at the St. Agnes Parish Hall can enjoy summer fun at this outstanding tourist attraction in our neighboring state.  T-shirts, featuring the ...

  • 12 June

    County Completes Another Bridge Replacement from 2013 Flood

    [MENA]  Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison, announced the completion of another bridge caused by last year’s devastating May flood.  “We are proud to announce the re-opening of the Polk 45 Bridge. This new structure was opened for public travel in late May.” Because FEMA was involved, plans and bid documents could not be developed until the fall of 2013. Winter ...

  • 12 June

    Hog Country Cycles’ Grand Opening

    A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Hog Country Cycles to introduce their grand opening with the new owners: Rob and Tamyra Clark. They would like to invite everyone out to their Grand Opening/New Owners Celebration this Saturday, June 14th at Hog Country Cycles on Sherwood Ave. with various activities throughout the entire day.