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May, 2017

  • 24 May

    Third Agent Added to Extension Office

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Polk County’s Extension Office staffing is now complete with the addition of Josh Yates as Extension Agent last week. Yates joins longtime agent Carla Vaught and newly added agent Bridgett Martin, as well as Sue Oglesby who runs the front. The team has near a century of combined experience under their belt, as all have been ...

  • 24 May

    City’s Spring Clean-Up Stacks to Near Record Amounts

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Near record amounts of yard debris, household waste, furniture, and more were picked up during the City of Mena’s annual Spring Clean-Up campaign. Aaron Rice, Street Superintendent for the City said the he has worked for the city for more than 14 years and this is the most he has ever seen picked up. More than ...

  • 24 May

    Mena/Polk County Senior Center Hosts Fundraisers

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena/Polk County Senior Center is holding a couple of different fundraisers this week. One includes raffle tickets for a couple of antique quilts, both hand stitched. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for 6 tickets. The drawing will be held at noon on Friday, May 26th. They are also hosting a silent auction that includes ...

  • 24 May

    Roberts Back in Court on 18th Anniversary of Murder

    BY MELANIE BUCK – On the 18th anniversary of her death, Andi Brewer’s family found themselves back in Polk County Circuit Court watching a post-conviction relief hearing for her convicted rapist and murderer, Karl Roberts.  Roberts’ defense team continues to seek relief for him arguing ‘ineffective counsel’ in the latest legal maneuvering that has spanned almost two decades and in ...

  • 24 May

    McMillan Pool to Open Saturday

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Memorial Day weekend will officially kick of the McMillan Park City Pool’s season. The pool will open on Saturday from noon – 5 and will remain open seven days a week until Labor Day. Each day the pool will be open from noon – 5 p.m. with general swim fees costing $3 per person and $1.50 ...

  • 24 May

    Local Marines Honored at State Convention

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Two local Marines were honored with accolades while attending the Arkansas Department of the Marine Corps League’s annual convention in Conway, Arkansas in early May. Representing local Marine Corps League Detachment #1261 were Commandant George O’Daniel, Sergeant at Arms Hank Todaro, and Judge Advocate Jim Christie. O’Daniel was awarded the Marine Corps League Distinguished Service Award ...

  • 24 May

    Interact Raises Money for Wildlife

    The Interact Club of Polk County recently made a donation to the Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center to assist in the daily needs of caring for the region’s injured animals. The club was able to donate $150 to the cause. Pictured are: Danielle Clegg, Bren Harvey, Lilly Garret, Vice President Dustin Dilbeck, President Clint Buck, and Raychel Woodey.

  • 24 May

    Anonymous Cyclist Fundraising for Veterans’ Projects

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A cyclist, only known by the name of Patrick, found his way through Mena on a cross-country trip to bring awareness to veterans. The man, who wishes to remain as anonymous as possible, began his trip on February 15th of this year in hopes of raising money for the Wounded Warriors Project and Wishes for Warriors. ...

  • 22 May

    Howard County Suspect Flees to Polk County; Found with Drugs and Gun

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man wanted for aggravated assault late Thursday night after a call came in to dispatch from Howard County, and found a trove of drugs and a firearm in the midst. At approximately 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017, Polk County authorities were informed of a suspect that allegedly ...

  • 19 May

    City Council Approves Rate Increase Police Have Busy Month

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A rate increase for water services was approved at the most recent meeting of the Mena City Council on May 16th. The increase was discussed in April’s Mena Water Utilities (MWU) Commission Meeting, who then sent the recommendation to the full council for approval. Mena Water Utility Manager Charles Pitman said that the utility consulted with ...