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February, 2014

  • 17 February

    Convicted Drug Dealer’s Appeal Denied

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Last week, Chief Judge Robert J. Gladwin of the Arkansas Court of Appeals upheld a conviction and sentencing of a Polk County jury in the case of Joe King, II. King was convicted April 18, 2013 in Polk County Circuit Court of felony possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia [ACA 5-64-443(c)] and felony possession of ...

  • 16 February

    South Polk County Man Killed in Train Collision

    BY LEANN DILBECK – A South Polk County man was killed just after 1 p.m. Saturday when his truck was struck by a northbound Union Pacific train at the Barton Street intersection in Cove. Claude Franks, age 75,  of Cove was driving his 2005 Chevy pickup west across the railroad crossing on Barton street when the Union Pacific train struck ...

  • 13 February

    Real America TV Names Key Cast for Mountain Motors Reality TV Series

    Meet the Ten Mena Residents Who Will Get the Most Screen Time in Mountain Motors Season One  Chicago, IL: Real America TV’s production crew for the pilot of Mountain Motors is finishing up filming for the maiden episode and the network is now releasing key characters who will make the core cast for the first season. While most employees of ...

  • 13 February

    Harrell to be Laid to Rest Saturday

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The recovery mission for Jake Harrell was completed yesterday as Harrell was returned to his family by AFC and NLRPD Honor Guard. Fire departments lined the highway in Montgomery County as Harrell passed to honor the life of a man that many had never met but an entire state felt as if they knew as we ...

  • 13 February

    Fatal Car Crash Claims Life of Mena Man

    BY LEANN DILBECK – A single vehicle accident Wednesday night has claimed the life of Dion Ray Frost, on his 46th birthday.  The accident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. last night, 7.2 miles east of Mena on Hwy 88. According to the Preliminary Fatal Crash Summary filed by Arkansas State Trooper Tommy Stueart, Frost was driving his 2005 Dodge SRX ...

  • 13 February

    Record Setting Temperatures Leading to Higher Electric Bills – Utility Companies and Local Agencies Available to Help

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Some of the coldest winter temperatures in two decades have caused unusually high demand for electricity and as a result, led to higher energy bills for area residents for January. Local power companies, Rich Mountain Electric Cooperatives and AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO®), both said that the hike in bills is a direct result of ...

  • 12 February

    NTSB in Route to Begin Investigation – Honor Guard on Stand-By to Escort Harrell Home

    [MENA, ARK] The plane carrying missing AFC pilot, Jake Harrell, was discovered yesterday at 4:05 p.m. by a Civil Air Patrol single-engine plane. This sighting was confirmed by a State Police helicopter. Moments later, a National Guard helicopter also confirmed the sighting and lowered a Guardsman. This Guardsman confirmed that deceased remains were inside the aircraft. We are 99% sure ...

  • 11 February

    UPDATE #2: Missing AFC Plane & Pilot Discovered

    [MENA, ARK] A Civil Air Patrol plane located a spot of orange that resulted in being the plane of missing AFC Pilot, Jake Harrell, in an area outside of Glenwood, known as Langley, at approximately 4:05 p.m. Tuesday. The site was in Montgomery County and was confirmed by a State Police helicopter. Ground crews and law enforcement officials were immediately ...

  • 11 February

    Polk County Mayors Endorsing Upcoming 1-Cent County-Wide Tax – Special Election on March 11

    BY LEANN DILBECK – On March 11, 2014, voters of Polk County will have the opportunity to determine the fate of a 1-cent county wide sales tax that is shared with each city and town within the county. Each of the county’s mayors is endorsing the tax and asking for voter support. The tax was originally passed by Polk County ...

  • 10 February

    ‘Mena’ – A Movie Script Reportedly Sells for $1 Million on CIA Cartel Drug Runner – Ron Howard ‘Slated’ to be Director

    BY LEANN DILBECK Barry Seals, a well-known name to those familiar with Mena history, is reportedly the focus of a new movie script by Gary Spinelli and has reportedly sold for $1 million to Universal Studios.  Seals allegedly is the man who ran drugs across state lines operating out of the Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport in the 1980’s. Deadline reported Feb. ...