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March, 2014

  • 12 March

    Volunteer Opportunities with Upcoming Area 14 Special Olympics

    [MENA, ARK. – FEB. 24] The date is set and athletes are already training for the upcoming Area 14 Special Olympics! On April 4, Mena will once again host the Special Olympics, giving local and surrounding athletes an opportunity to compete in a variety of events. Key to the event’s success is the volunteers who come out each year to ...

  • 10 March

    Hospital Target of Lawsuit by Surgeon

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Mena Regional Health System [MRHS] is the target of a federal lawsuit filed by Dr. Michael J. Mercer, who was formerly employed by MRHS.  The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Ft. Smith last week claims wrongful termination and invasion of privacy as it outlines a sequence of events and communications that he alleges were ...

  • 10 March

    Ouachita Theological Training Institute Launches

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Enrollment is now underway for the Ouachita Theological Training Institute, a ministry of the Ouachita Baptist Association in conjunction with the Seminary Extension Program through the Southern Baptist Convention. According to an OBA spokesperson, there is not another theological training program in the local area. Any interested person can enroll. Course credits can be transferred to ...

  • 10 March

    Turner Home Damaged by Fire Monday Morning

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Hatfield and Cove Rural Fire Departments assisted the Vandervoort Fire Department with a single-story residential fire on Hwy 246 at the residence of Kelly Turner Monday morning. Vandervoort Fire Chief Barbara Walker would make no comment other than it could have possibly been caused by electrical.  There were no injuries and the only information the authorities ...

  • 10 March

    Forest Service Releases Draft Environmental Assessment for Big Brushy Campground

    MENA, Ark. – Ouachita National Forest managers announced today that the Draft Environmental Assessment for Big Brushy Campground in Montgomery County, Ark., is available for public review and comment. Big Brushy Campground, located six miles northwest of Pencil Bluff, Ark., on U.S. Hwy 270, is a small, scenic campground situated along Big Brushy Creek.  On June 4, 2012, the campground ...

  • 9 March

    Parks & Tourism Department Releases Economic Impact Numbers from QWSP Renovation Delays

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Nabholz Construction is now on-site at the Queen Wilhelmina Lodge and ready to complete the almost $7 million renovation that according to the most recent projections from Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism [ADPT] is set to re-open in early 2015. The project has suffered well publicized multiple delays that eventually led to ADPT being summonsed ...

  • 9 March

    Pedestrian Struck in Early Morning Accident Along Hwy 270

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Police are still investigating an accident that occurred just after midnight Sunday morning [March 9] involving Cade Lambert, age 27 of Mena, who was standing on the centerline on Hwy 270 just west of Mena near the Rich Mountain Country Store, according to Arkansas State Trooper Kyle Jones. John Morgan, age 43 of Mena, was traveling ...

  • 7 March

    Nelson to be Featured Speaker at Upcoming Chamber Banquet

    BY LEANN DILBECK The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors are excited to announce that Rex Nelson will be the featured speaker at this year’s Chamber Banquet to be held April 8. The Chamber will also make its annual presentations for the Volunteer of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Best New Construction, Best Beautification/Renovation, and Business of ...

  • 7 March

    Rosson Announces Candidacy for District 20 State Representative Office

    Marc Rosson of Gilham has announced his candidacy for Arkansas State Representative District 20.  In a press release, Rosson shared about his roots and his intentions if elected. “Both sides of my family moved into Polk County in the 1800’s around Eagleton, Ink and Mena.  I am the grandson of the late Gaylord and Bessie Rosson of Ink and late ...

  • 7 March

    RE/MAX Agents Earn Annual Sales Production Awards

    Sharon Cole, Broker of RE/MAX Mena Real Estate, announced the following awards were earned.  Kevin Smallwood, Nancy Wright and Debbie Pate earned the Executive Club Level Award for production. Kevin Smallwood earned the 100% Club Award but was unable to attend the celebration.  Each qualified for the OVERALL TOP 100 in the MID-STATES REGION.  All five also qualified for the ...