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April, 2014

  • 9 April

    Community Remembers 5-Year Anniversary of Devastating EF3 Tornado

    BY LEANN DILBECK Today marks the 5-year anniversary of the infamous 2009 tornado that ravaged our community. This tree quickly emerged as one of the most iconic images of that storm that stood in the epicenter of the destruction and death as well as served as the backdrop for countless TV stations who diverged upon us to report on the ...

  • 8 April

    Annual Community Awards Presented During Chamber Banquet

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet was held Tuesday evening at CMA’s Iron Mountain Facility. The much anticipated community awards were presented at the close of the event. President Chris Benner announced this year’s winners as voted by Chamber members:  Volunteer of the Year – Linda Rowe, Citizen of the Year – Bob Carver, ...

  • 8 April

    Broach Family Named Polk County’s Farm Family of the Year

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Richie and Jennifer Broach family have been named Polk County’s Farm Family of the Year. The Broach family run a poultry and cattle operation in Vandervoort. A prestigious honor in the agricultural community, this is the 68th year for the Arkansas Farm Family program sponsored by Arkansas Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas, ...

  • 7 April

    Forest Service Issues Draft Decision Notice on Management of Wolf Pen Gap

    Local Leaders Respond BY LEANN DILBECK – In press release issued by the U.S. National Forest Service, officials announced that a draft decision notice and final environmental assessment concerning the future of off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails and mixed use roads at Wolf Pen Gap near Mena was released. today.  Mena-Oden District Ranger, Tim Oosterhous identified Alternative “I” as outlined in the ...

  • 7 April

    Habitual Offender Sentenced to Prison by Polk County Jury

    BY LEANN DILBECK A local habitual offender will now find himself serving a significant prison term after a Polk County jury made a bold statement with their conviction and sentencing of Michael “Lubby” Thomas, age 27 of Mena. The Polk County jury rendered their verdict of guilty for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, both Class “D” Felonies ...

  • 4 April

    Annual Chamber Banquet to be Held Next Week

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors are finalizing plans for the 2014 Annual Chamber Banquet to be held at the CMA Iron Mountain Facility, April 8. Rex Nelson will be the featured speaker. The Branding Iron will cater a pork tenderloin while Brant Fricker, a pianist performs popular songs from the decades. The ...

  • 3 April

    Buck Invited to Compete in 2014 Down Under Sports International Tournament

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Clint Buck, a Mena freshman track standout, has been invited to compete in the prestigious international 26th annual Down Under Sports Tournament this summer in Australia, representing the North Central Conference Cross County Team and his hometown of Mena, Arkansas. The invitation was sent to Mena High School and Clint admits to being scared when he ...

  • 1 April

    MISSION COMPLETE: Ninth Street Ministries Free Medical Clinic Announces Closure

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Ninth Street Ministries – Medical Care Services Division only – has announced that after serving its community for over 15 years, it will no longer provide services as of April 24, 2014, and as the administrators explain through heavy hearts, “The mission is complete.” The current Clinic Director, Stacey Bowser, explained there were many mixed ...

March, 2014

  • 29 March

    25 Years of Master Gardeners in Arkansas

    Who We Are and What We Do BY ANN GLENN – The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service started a Master Gardener volunteer program in 1988 with a class of 30 people from four counties, and today the program has grown to over 3200 volunteers in 65 counties and last May they celebrated their 25 years of the program.  Their ...

  • 28 March

    Thrills & Spills Expected at this Weekend’s Chuck Wagon Races

    BY LEANN DILBECK – This weekend, area residents will have the rare opportunity to witness chuckwagon races at the Tin Top Ranch located in western Scott County. The event is sanctioned by the Arkansas Chuckwagon Race Association and according to the local coordinator, S.A. Walls, over 500 people are expected. Walls said he hosted the event in 2012 that attracted ...