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April, 2017

  • 19 April

    Chamber of Commerce to Award Twelve Scholarships

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce has announced they will award twelve scholarships in their 2017 Scholarship Program thanks to the generosity of their membership and community. The 12 scholarships are to be awarded to two seniors at each of the county’s three school districts, as well as two for private or homeschool students, for a ...

  • 18 April

    First Annual Junior Rodeo to be Held Saturday – Proceeds to Help Improve Risenhoover Arena

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Polk County Fair & Rodeo Association will host the first annual Polk County Junior Rodeo this Saturday, April 22nd, at 2 p.m. at the Andy Risenhoover Arena. The rodeo will serve as a fundraiser to make additional improvements to the facilities in an effort to restore it to its original glory. Admission to the junior ...

  • 18 April

    Drugs and Guns Found in South County Raid

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Polk County Sheriff’s Department conducted a raid on Thursday morning, April 13, 2017, that resulted in two men being arrested for drugs and firearms. Around 6:45 a.m. on Thursday, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant and an arrest warrant at 409 Polk 10 in Wickes. The warrants were the result of a month-long undercover ...

  • 17 April

    Mayor Signs Proclamation for Child Abuse Awareness Month

    Mena Mayor George McKee signed a proclamation on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, declaring April as Child Abuse Awareness Month. Many local organizations work each day to bring comfort to those abused and justice to their abusers. Pictured are: Jennifer Brewer of The CALL of Polk County; Cynthia Martin, Director of CASA of the Ouachitas; Elena Cannon, Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Investigator ...

  • 13 April

    Walk for Life this Saturday: Logan Lind to Perform

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Fresh Start Pregnancy Resource Center will host a Walk for Life as a fundraising event for the center on April 15, at Janssen Park in Mena. Candace Riner, Interim Director of Fresh Start, said they have wanted to host the event for several years and are now in a position to do so. “My heart for ...

  • 12 April

    Officials Remind Farmers and Ranchers about Imported Fire Ant Quarantine

    Little Rock, Ark. –  Recent wildfires in Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma have consumed large areas of livestock forage, resulting in an increased demand for baled hay in those areas.  The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) wants to ensure that, in meeting this demand, any baled hay moving out of an Imported Fire Ant (IFA) quarantine area (which includes ...

  • 12 April

    Early Bird Registration Approaching for MRHS Foundation Color Run 5K

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena Regional Health System Support Foundation is once again hosting their annual Foundation Frenzy 5K Family Color Run/Walk. The popular event will raise money for a great cause while giving participants a vibrant race to run as ‘color bomb stations’ line the course. The third annual event will take place at Janssen Park on May ...

  • 12 April

    Vietnam Veteran to Visit El Salvadorian Orphanages

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A local veteran has had a project laid upon his heart and plans to put it into action next month. Cliff ‘Pops’ Bauman, a Vietnam Veteran who lives in Acorn has heard of a place in El Salvador that has many orphanages, of which are in need of clothing, amongst other items, and he plans to ...

  • 12 April

    Sociable Seniors Hold Luncheon at Limetree

    The Polk County Sociable Seniors held their most recent luncheon at the Limetree and are planning their April event. On Thursday, April 20, the always-fun group will meet at Paisano’s, 1110 Hwy. 71 South in Mena, at 12 noon. Organizer Diane Mathis said their events are always great. “Food is great, conversation is great, and we all have fun. Come ...

  • 12 April

    Harrison Retirement Reception

    A retirement reception was held on Thursday, March 30, 2017 for Roy Harris, who worked for the City of Mena for 20 years and Polk County for 24 years. Harris is looking forward to relaxing and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was presented with a watch by Mena Mayor George McKee.