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August, 2013

  • 19 August

    Simmons Pleads Guilty to Arson – Confesses to a Decade of Fires

    [POLK COUNTY ] – Justin R. Simmons, age 30 of Wickes, AR, plead guilty in case No. CR 2013-37 to one count each of Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, a Class “B” Felony and Breaking or Entering, Class “D” Felony. He also plead guilty to one count of Arson, a Class “A” Felony in Case No. CR 2013-57. In ...

  • 19 August

    Property Fined for Code Violations – Faces Possible Condemnation/Demolition

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The property located at 1510 Reeves Avenue has been found in violation of two city code provisions.  Judge Jerry Ryan ruled Friday, August 16, that owner Mary Weaver be fined $125 per violation per day until the repairs are made. The property at one time had been known as Councell’s Corner and had also been operated ...

  • 18 August

    Back to School Time!

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Area students will be returning to school Monday morning and officials are urging everyone to take added precautions while driving. Pay special attention to reduced speed in school zones. Pedestrian traffic may be increased so please pay close attention to the shoulders of the roads and cross-walks. Exercise extreme caution around all stopped school buses for ...

  • 18 August

    Riding the Legacy Run

    BY LEANN DILBECK – A top trending story over the last couple of weeks has been about two local Vietnam Veterans who are participating in the American Legion Legacy Run.  Click HERE to read original story. Retired U.S. Army COL Billy Woods and Retired U.S. Navy CAPT Bob Young left out early Friday morning, August 16, and as promised, we ...

  • 17 August

    Local Celebrities Raise Over $17,000 to Benefit ACS Relay for Life

    [VIEW PHOTO GALLERY FROM EVENT] BY LEANN DILBECK – Friday night’s 2nd Annual Celebrity Waiter Event was successful in raising just over $17,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Polk County Relay for Life held at the Mena Mountain Resort. Almost 200 guests attended. This year’s Relay Chair Crystal Mos said that the event had grown, with 20 tables sold, ...

  • 16 August

    Mena Downtown Welcomes American Artisans

    BY BARBARA TOBIAS – American Artisans, at 615 Mena Street, is a completely new approach to art marketing for Mena. They will be opening on Tuesday, August 20 and will be offering both a tempting menu for lunch and as beautiful an assortment of fine crafts, comparable to anywhere in the upscale galleries in Hot Springs and Little Rock. Lunch ...

  • 16 August

    New Cossatot River High School Showcased to the Community

    BY LEANN DILBECK – A tremendous crowd turned out for the grand-opening ceremony of the impressive new $15 million Cossatot River High School Thursday evening. Above, Interim Superintendent and members of the Cossatot River School Board proudly cut the ribbon and then opened the doors to the 2.25-acre facility to showcase to the community. Former State Representative and current Executive ...

  • 15 August

    Chamber Welcomes Hanson’s Camp Wolfcreek

    A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday to welcome Hanson’s Camp Wolfcreek to the chamber membership.  They are located at 752 Polk 57 in Mena.  Delores Hanson is the new owner of this campground.  For more contact information, call Melony at the Chamber at 479-394-2912.

  • 13 August

    City Council Accepts $237,056 Grant from FAA for Mena Airport

    BY LEANN DILBECK – A resolution to authorize city officials to accept a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration was approved during Tuesday night’s (August 13) Mena City Council meeting. The $237,056 grant will be to rebuild Taxiway-C3 located at the Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport. The city is required to furnish 10% matching funds, which the Mena Airport Commission is ...

  • 13 August

    RMCC School of Cosmetology to Kick-Off Classes

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Rich Mountain Community College will soon open its doors to the new School of Cosmetology located in the Northside Shopping Center that will train 25 students for the field of Cosmetology under the instruction of 25-year cosmetology instructor veteran Tonya Boydstun. Boydstun is excited about the opening, “I’ve taught in seven different states and this school ...