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February, 2014

  • 9 February

    National Guard & Tomnod Putting “New Eyes” on Search for Missing AFC Pilot, Jake Harrell

    Mena, Ark. – Bad weather Saturday prohibited air searches; though two ground crews were able to work in an area of focus near the cell tower that most likely last communicated with Jake’s cell phone. A new liaison with the National Guard arrived yesterday to put new eyes on maps and gridded search routes; additional US Forest Service regional representatives also arrived ...

  • 8 February

    Polk County Waking to a Blanket of Snow

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Polk County residents are waking to a blanket of snow this morning as the intricate flakes began to fall Friday afternoon just before 4 p.m. and began to accumulate along roads and bridges quickly.  By 6 p.m. roads were completely covered and driving conditions quickly deteriorated.  Reports from surrounding areas varied between .5 inches to 2 ...

  • 7 February

    AT&T Completes Upgrades to Fiber Optic Line Feeding Mena Area

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Members of the Joint Committee on Advanced Communications and Information Technology of the Arkansas Legislature heard from AT&T External/Internal Legislative Affairs’ Ricky Cross while in Mena last week, who delivered welcomed news to State Representative Nate Bell and the local community when he reported that upgrades to the fiber optic line that feeds into Mena along ...

  • 7 February

    Bristow Announces Bid for Re-Election for Center Township Constable

    [SUBMITTED]  “It has been a very rewarding experience serving the people of Mena and Center Township the last year,” Bristow said. “It has also been a time of learning for everyone concerned. Being the first certified constable to serve Center Township, everyone from myself, to the Prosecutor’s Office, to the personnel at the Polk County Courthouse had to determine my ...

  • 7 February

    Search Continues One Week Later for Missing AFC Pilot, Jake Harrell

    BY LEANN DILBECK – It has been one week today that AFC Pilot Jake Harrell went missing while flying a routine detection flight somewhere between Wickes and Oden. Despite massive air and ground searches, the 34-year old seasoned pilot remains missing. Search crews hearts are heavy but they remain diligent in their efforts to bring Harrell home. The latest information ...

  • 7 February

    Kiser Appointed to First National Regional Board of Directors

    Greg Goss, Mena Region President of First National Bank recently announced the addition of Tim Kiser to the banks’ Regional Board of Directors. A native of Mena, Mr. Kiser graduated from Mena High School.  While still in high school, he got a job at Tim’s Yamaha when it was owned by David and Tawana Gilbert.  He purchased the dealership in ...

  • 6 February

    First Baptist Partners with Feed the Children Food Distribution in Mena

    First Baptist Church of Mena is once again partnering with Feed the Children to help feed hungry families. Food distribution will take place Friday, February 7 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday, February 8 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at 811 Port Arthur. Please enter the building through the east door (facing the library) under the awning of the educational wing. ...

  • 5 February

    Fatal Roll-Over Accident Claims Life of Mena Man

    BY LEANN DILBECK – A single vehicle accident today along Hwy 375 has claimed the life of 37-year old Timothy Copelin of Mena. Arkansas State Police and local law enforcement responded to the accident on Hwy 375 at approximately 12:45p.m. today. The Fatal Crash Report filed by ASP Trooper Mickey Simmons said that Copelin was driving his 1996 GEO Tracker ...

  • 5 February

    Mena Police & Polk County Deputies Apprehend Escaped Inmate

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014, inmate Anthony Michael Robertson appeared in court before Circuit Judge Jake Looney.  After that appearance, while being handcuffed to be returned to his cell, Robertson forced his way past the officer and fled from the courthouse. Robertson then shed his orange jail clothing behind the Masonic Lodge on Port Arthur Street.  He was then wearing only ...

  • 4 February

    State Legislators Glad to See Queen Wilhelmina Project Moving Forward – New Opening Date to be Early 2015

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The State Agencies and Governmental Affairs House and Senate Committees met in Mena last week to hear directly from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism [ADPT], the governing body of Arkansas State Parks, on multiple delays and a termination of contract with WAI [Wade Abernathy, Inc.]. Also requested to appear before the legislative committees was ...