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August, 2014

  • 26 August

    Permaculture Course Inspires Transformation of Community

    [MENA] Suzanne Snow, Secretary of the Polk County Farmer’s Market, is one of 14 students who completed a two-week Permaculture Design Course, offered in July at Weber Retreat and Conference Center in Adrian, Michigan. “The course was a real eye-opener,” Suzanne said.  “I hope to bring what I learned to Mena by getting the community involved in healing the land.  ...

  • 25 August

    Union Bank Elects Montgomery to Board of Directors; Promotes Maddox

    [MENA, Ark.] Philip B. Hensley, President and CEO of Union Bankshares, Inc. has announced the election of Jeff Montgomery to the Board of Directors of the Union Bank of Mena and the election of David Maddox as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Union Bankshares, Inc. and as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Union Bank of Mena. ...

  • 24 August

    2014 Rod Run Another Success

    The 39th Annual Street & Performance Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run was yet another success as street muscle cars cruised into Mena. The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce hosted the Friday night Show ‘n Shine next to the Depot on Sherwood Avenue. A rainbow of colors were displayed atop Rich Mountain as the annual event once again attracted car enthusiasts to ...

  • 23 August

    Celebrity Waiter Event Raises Over $18,000 for Relay for Life

    SUBMITTED BY RICHARD LAWRY – The Relay For Life of Polk County held its third annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner on Friday, August 22 at the Mena Mountain Resort.  Local celebrities waited tables for tips and Farrell Cole held a live auction of items that had been donated.  By the time the evening was over, more than 18,000 dollars had been ...

  • 23 August

    Feeding the Troops

    Three Mena businesses gave the troops a big ‘thank you’ in the form of a BBQ dinner with all the trimmings. Boyd Interiors, 71 Diesel, and Hampton Aviation traveled to the 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment National Guard unit in Malvern and prepared a feast for the soldiers during a Change of Command ceremony. Rodney Lay of Mena was Company Commander for ...

  • 22 August

    Lock-Down Issued at Cossatot River High School

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The administration of Cossatot River High School issued a ‘code blue’ Friday afternoon at approximately 2 p.m. putting the entire campus in full lock-down mode after learning of a possible shooting in Cove. The action triggered Cossatot’s automatic notification system to issue alerts to parents of the lock-down and to not come to the campus, causing ...

  • 22 August

    Mena City Council Approves Upcoming Street Overlay Project

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Mena Mayor George McKee presented two bids during last week’s City Council meeting for upcoming street overlay work scheduled to begin, originally on August 25, but has been delayed until September 2. The low-bid approved was submitted by B&L Paving for $280,665. McKee reported that they had provided services for the city in the past and ...

  • 21 August

    Mena Welcomes 39th Annual Rod Run this Weekend

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Approximately 200 hot rods are expected again for this year’s 39th Annual Street & Performance Rod Run, one of the area’s longest-standing and much anticipated events for car enthusiasts.  Street rods and muscle cars have begun rolling into town to be ready to “show” for the event kick-off on Friday night, August 22. The “Mena Bunch,” ...

  • 21 August

    Multi-Vehicle Accident Leads to Arrest

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Mena Police Department responded to a two-vehicle accident on Pine Street around 3:30 p.m. this afternoon. The driver of an older model Mazda pick-up truck was attempting to cross Pine Street, going from 9th Street to Armour Street, when he struck the driver’s side of a Hyundai Sonata. The driver of the Sonata was transported to ...

  • 21 August

    Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center Receives Remarkable Donation

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center and director Tommy Young have recently received a remarkable donation. Long-time area resident Laura Lee Head has donated 71 acres of heavily forested timberland to Young’s organization. The property is located on Highway 71 South, just past The Fish Net Restaurant. Young explained that about three months ago a friend ...