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May, 2017

  • 31 May

    Mena to Host 1st Annual BREATHE Youth Conference

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The first BREATHE two-day youth conference will be held in Polk County this weekend, with the hopes to ‘breathe life’ into today’s youth, to become tomorrow’s warriors for Jesus Christ. The idea was the brain child of a local girl who took an overseas mission trip and wanted to do more. “I was in Trinidad on ...

  • 24 May

    40th Annual Lum & Abner Festival Boasts on Musical Entertainment and New Activities

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The 40th annual Lum & Abner Festival will be hosted at Janssen Park this Friday and Saturday, June 2nd & 3rd, and country super group Ricochet will headline the event, with many other bands entertaining the crowds throughout both days of Mena’s premier festival. All concerts are presented to the public free of charge and all ...

  • 24 May

    Lease for Welcome to Mena Sign More Than Doubles

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission met on Thursday, May 11, to discuss the location of the city’s Welcome to Mena sign. The sign currently sits in the ‘Y’ at the junction of Hwy. 88 East and 71 North. The city had a five-year contract with the owners of the property where the sign currently sits, ...

  • 24 May

    Quadruple Homicide Suspect, Brian Travis, Moved to ADC

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Quadruple homicide suspect Brian Travis, who has been held in the Polk County Detention Center since being apprehended on April 26, 2017, has been moved to the Arkansas Department of Corrections, where he will remain until his trial begins. Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer explained that Travis was on parole when arrested for drug charges, before ...

  • 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 ...