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September, 2020

  • 16 September

    History honored

    Photo Courtesy City of Mena A Proclamation signed by Mayor Seth Smith designates Sept. 17 – 23 as Constitution Week. This year marks the 233rd anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America. Shown with Mayor Smith are members of the James K. Polk Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

  • 16 September

    Around the State

    Walmart expanding drone delivery testing to Northwest Arkansas Walmart continues to dabble in new technologies, and customers in Northwest Arkansas may soon get a glimpse of the retailer’s latest venture. In a new blog post, the company says it is partnering with California-based delivery startup Zipline to launch a drone delivery operation in the U.S. Zipline has transported blood and ...

  • 16 September

    Mena Downtown grants offered

    Submitted by Judy Thompson/Downtown Partners The Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism has announced that communities participating in the Main Street Program will receive Downtown Revitalization Grants. A total of $6,000 of grants to be available for businesses in the designated downtown Mena area. In order to receive complete information, including grant sizes and requirements, and to pick up ...

  • 16 September

    Student classes offered through Ouachita Little Theater

    Submitted by Julie Ulmer / Ouachita Little Theater Ouachita Little Theatre has a goal to entertain and assist our community during the restrictions imposed by the COVID19 crisis. OLT will be holding classes for students interested in various aspects of theater arts. For the small fee of $10 per week, there will be introductory instruction for Tap Dancing, Costuming 101, ...

  • 16 September

    Memorial aims to promote healing, bring awareness

    By Jeri Borst Healing after losing a loved one to suicide can be challenging, which is why Jordan Leigh Dodds is organizing a community event. On Sept. 17 there will be a suicide awareness gathering and memorial at McMillan Park. A candlelight vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Ron Tilley will speak and a “heart string” memorial tribute ...

  • 16 September

    Charges brought against cartel

    Staff Report FORT SMITH —More than half a pound of methamphetamine was brought to northwest Arkansas by individuals with ties to a Mexican cartel, according to charges filed against 22 defendants across Sebastian, Crawford and Logan counties. The defendants — 14 of whom were arrested Thursday in the Western District of Arkansas’ Operation Bear Mountain Bingo — were arrested from ...

  • 16 September

    Around Town

    Suicide Awareness and Tribute Memorial will be held Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at McMillan Park. A candlelight vigil service will be held and Ron Tilley will speak. Participants are welcome to bring photos of loved ones lost to suicide. If you are not able to attend, send photos of your loved one to and pictures will be ...

  • 16 September

    From the State House of Representatives

    Every year thousands of Americans die by suicide, leaving behind friends and family to navigate the tragedy of loss. In 2019, more than 500 Arkansans died by suicide. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This is a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this stigmatized topic. In 2017, the legislature passed Act ...

  • 16 September

    From the State Senate

    Before this year, the legislature had already laid the groundwork for expansions of broadband capability in education and health care. In response to the changing needs of schools and businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, legislators have accelerated the pace of projects that expand broadband access in rural Arkansas and in small towns. Thanks in large part to funding in the ...

  • 11 September

    Governor gives COVID-19 update in Mena

    Mena Mayor Seth Smith introduced Gov. Asa Hutchinson at the last daily COVID-19 Taskforce press conference in Mena on Friday. Before sharing COVID-19 updates, Hutchinson shared he was encouraged after meeting with local leaders who reported a smooth start of the school year and a solid local economy. The Governor also took a moment to honor Patriot Day and the ...