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December, 2013

  • 8 December

    Restoration of Power Continues & Clean-Up Begins as Crews Come to Aid Polk County

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Giving us the thumbs up, this lineman has made yet another restoration of electrical power following a powerful ice storm that interrupted service to almost 10,000 residents in Polk County. He was one of many who have braved nature’s elements around the clock since Thursday night to restore electrical service to the residents and businesses of ...

  • 8 December

    Ice Storm Continues to Force Closures – Closings & Delays for Monday, December 9

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Mena, Cossatot River, Acorn and Oden Schools have cancelled classes for Monday, December 9. Both districts explained that the conditions of back roads remains too treacherous and realize many are still without power. Benny Weston, Superintendent of Mena Schools, said his district would spend the day tomorrow on campus clean-up, clearing debris and limbs caused from ...

  • 8 December

    Honesty Goes a Long Way

    BY JOEL CAMPORA – Reprinted with permission by The Arkansas Wildlife Officer Magazine who received this story from Wildlife Officer First Class Joel Campora before his tragic death during a rescue operation May 31, 2013, but was not published until their Sept/Oct 2013 issue. Arkansas Wildlife Officer Magazine Editor Jeff Williams said, “We could write about his dedication to conserving ...

  • 7 December

    Sunday, December 8 Cancellations & Postponements

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Due to the ice storm that struck Polk County on Friday and the subsequent widespread power outage that followed, we have been notified of the following churches cancelling services for Sunday, December 8 – Concord Baptist Church Salem Baptist Church Cove First Baptist Church Acorn Baptist Church Cherry Hill Baptist Church Cherry Hill Methodist Church Mena ...

  • 7 December

    SWEPCO and Rich Mountain Electric Announce Estimated Times for Restoration of Power

    SWEPCO Ice Storm Update Dec. 7, 2013 10 a.m. The winter storm moved through SWEPCO’s Arkansas service territory, causing extensive damage due to ice accumulation on trees and power lines. SWEPCO has made good progress with repairs to main distribution lines. However, we are still in damage assessment mode for many lines in Greenwood area and do not have estimated restoration ...

  • 6 December

    Crews Working to Restore Power to Polk County Following Devastating Ice Storm

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Electric crews continue working to restore power to hard hit Polk County following a devastating arctic front that delivered an ice storm reminiscent of the Christmas 2000 storm. Friday morning, 3,800 SWEPCO customers and 5,500 Rich Mountain Electric Cooperatives members had power interrupted due to accumulation of ice on the lines and downed trees and limbs. ...

  • 6 December

    County-Wide Power Outage from Ice Storm – SHELTERS OPEN

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Rich Mountain Electric Cooperative of Mena reports that electric  service to approximately 5,500 members has been interrupted by ice collecting on trees and power lines. Dallas Avenue Family Life Center has opened as a Shelter for those with no heat. First Baptist in Cove is opening as a shelter for residents in the south part of ...

  • 5 December

    Local Crews Prepared for Predicted Storm

    BY LEANN DILBECK – With the well predicted winter storm hammering down on the area, local officials want the public to know that they are well prepared. Polk County Sheriff Mike Godfrey and his officers were busy preparing their fleet for the winter conditions Thursday afternoon and were ready to respond to those in need should conditions deteriorate. “This storm ...

  • 5 December

    UPDATED LIST of Winter Weather Closings

    Mena, Acorn, Oden, Bethel Christian and Cossatot River  Schools released students today early due to the winter weather moving into the area and will remain closed through Friday. All school related activities, including basketball games, have been cancelled. Grace Place Academy will be closed Friday. Rich Mountain Community College cancelled classes at 1 p.m. Thursday and will be closed Friday. ...

  • 5 December

    Safety Tips for Generator Usage:

    With the looming winter storm and extended power outages predicted, we wanted to pass along this safety information. The following information, developed by the American Red Cross with technical advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Fire Protection Association (publisher of the National Electric Code®) and the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, is provided to ...