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December, 2013

  • 19 December

    County Acquiring Burn Permits to Assist Citizens with Ice Storm Debris

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison issued a press release earlier today to advise county residents on the massive amounts of debris left behind from the recent ice storm. “We encourage Polk County citizens who have vegetative debris from the recent ice storm event to pile and safely burn on their own private property. This is a ...

  • 17 December

    Christmas Hope: Bringing Joy to Area Families

    BY LEANN DILBECK – This past Saturday, the spirit of giving was in abundance as an estimated 130 local families were recipients of Dallas Avenue Baptist Church’s “Christmas Hope” program. This is the church’s fourth year for the program that originally began with providing new shoes to area school-aged children but has grown to so much more in a short ...

  • 16 December

    Chamber Christmas Parade Lights-Up Downtown Mena with “The Joy of Christmas”

    BY LEANN DILBECK – After two forced cancellations due to the weather, the much anticipated Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas parade, “The Joy of Christmas,” was held Monday night. Mena Street was glowing as thousands of twinkling lights filed down Mena Street in the city’s largest parade of the year with Ed Stevenson leading the way as the ...

  • 16 December

    Two Arrested After High Speed Chase Ends in Polk County

    [Mena] A pursuit that began in Yell County came to an end in Polk County shortly after midnight on Saturday night/Sunday morning, December 15, 2013.  Deputies with Yell County Sheriff’s Office were out with a suspect on a traffic stop.  While speaking with the driver, the suspect attempted to drive off.  Deputies then reached into the vehicle to turn off ...

  • 12 December

    The Adopt-A-School Backpack Program Continues Gaining Support

    Jeff Montgomery presents a donation on behalf of Shelter Insurance, MontCo Manufacturing, U-Lock-It Storage and Baywash in the amount of $1000 to the Backpack Program. Receiving the donation are Patty Young and Sarah Curry of the Mena Lioness Lions. These funds will assist in funding the Adopt a School Backpack Program to feed local children in need. For more information ...

  • 11 December

    Mena Christmas Festival CANCELLED – Christmas Parade Postponed Until Monday, December 16

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Mena Advertising & Promotion Commission (A&P) have made the very difficult decision Wednesday afternoon to cancel this year’s much anticipated Christmas Festival and the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce has again been forced to postpone their annual Christmas Parade to Monday, December 16, with the threat of precipitation forecasted for this Friday. At last night’s ...

  • 11 December

    Newcomb Takes Trophy Bear in Polk County

    Clay Newcomb ended bear season with this impressive 500-lb plus chocolate bear taken on public land in Polk County. Newcomb said he was ‘slip hunting’ and took the bear at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning in Zone 2.  Newcomb is a Mena native but now serves as the Director of the Arkansas Black Bear Association.

  • 10 December

    Officials have Issued a Scam Alert!

    Local Law Enforcement Have Issued the Following Scam Alert: In the aftermath of the ice storm, crews are moving into our area to assist with the clean-up.  Most of these people are legitimate in their business.  Some are local and others are from outside of our area.  Unfortunately, we are already seeing some of these folks that are scam artists ...

  • 10 December

    Ellison Declares Polk County Disaster Area Following Ice Storm

    Crews Assisting with Clean-Up and Debris  BY LEANN DILBECK – Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison has issued a Disaster Declaration for Polk County following the devastating ice storm that hard hit county infrastructure Thursday night and Friday.  Ellison made the verbal declaration on Friday morning to expedite clean-up and clearing efforts and will issue the written declaration this week. Ellison ...

  • 10 December

    Water Treatment Plant Operating on Generator Power

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Mena Water Treatment Plant who also supplies water to Acorn Rural and Freedom Water Associations continues to operate on generator power, according to Charles Pitman, Mena Water Utilities Manager. Pitman said that there are countless Rich Mountain Electric power poles that are down leading to the facility following the ice storm that hit the area ...