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December, 2013

  • 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 ...

  • 9 December

    City of Mena Offering Assistance with Clearing Debris

    Mena Mayor George McKee issued the following press release following last week’s ice storm: “Unfortunately, the ice storm that hit the Mena area on Thursday night and Friday of last week left many damaged trees and downed power lines Crews from the City of Mena Street Department, Water Department, Fire Department, and Police Department; as well as SWEPCO/AEP and Rich ...

  • 9 December

    Fire Destroys Haglar Home at Camp Pioneer

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Potter and Hatfield Fire Departments responded to a residential fire at approximately 6:30 pm Sunday evening, December 8, and when they arrived on the scene, “The house was fully engulfed,” said Potter Fire Chief Vernon Wells. Wells said the call came into dispatch from neighbors across the river who saw a glow. The home located ...

  • 9 December

    UPDATED LIST of Closings or Delays for Tuesday, December 10

    We have been notified of the following closings for Tuesday, December 10: All Mena Public Schools Acorn Campus Bethel Christian School Grace Place Academy Smithville Public Schools Oden, ALL campuses of Cossatot River and Rich Mountain Community College will be OPEN Tuesday, December 10. We are happy to post any and all weather related closings or delays. Please contact us and ...

  • 9 December

    Sterling Machinery Honored by GE

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Sterling Machinery was recently honored by one of the world’s largest and oldest companies, GE, as one of their top 5 suppliers to their actuator line.  Sterling Machinery has been a major player in manufacturing machined components for GE’s acuators, for over 10 years, that have applications in the oil and gas industry. Shown presenting the ...