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June, 2017

  • 8 June

    Expedition Unknown Films at Local Crystal Mine Discovers Mena’s DB Cooper Connection

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The last week of May, the town of Mena was abuzz with sightings of Josh Gates, host of the Travel Channel’s shows Expedition Unknown and Destination Truth. Although no one could figure out why he was here, we can now announce that Gates and his Travel Channel crew were in town to film at the Board ...

  • 8 June

    Reserve Officer Class Graduates Eleven

    BY MELANIE BUCK – After attending 133 hours of instruction for three nights a week for six weeks, the next generation of Reserve Police Officers graduated in Mena on Tuesday, May 30, amongst their peers. Eleven officers received certificates of completion and will use their skills in the workforce in Mena, Grannis, and Montgomery County. Mena Police Chief Brandon Martin ...

  • 8 June

    RHF to Host Annual Father’s Day Balloon Release

    Remembering Hearts Forever, a local support group for those who have lost children, grandchildren, and siblings of any age to any cause, will host their annual Father’s Day Balloon Release on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at noon. The event is held each year at the Janssen Park Pavilion and all are welcome. Organizers encourage attendees to bring along their friends ...

  • 7 June

    BREATHE Conference Successful: Planning for 2018 Already Underway

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A two-day youth conference was presented on Friday and Saturday, June 2nd and 3rd at the CMA Iron Mountain Pavilion with dozens of youth from around the region hearing the word of God and dedicating their life to Him and His son, Jesus Christ. The first annual BREATHE Conference was the brainchild of Anna Buckley, of Mena, ...

  • 7 June

    Chamber Welcomes Smith as New Executive Director

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Matt Thomas, President of the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce, has announced Ashley Smith as the new Executive Director, following Paula Bailey’s resignation. Bailey had served as the Chamber’s Director from October 2013 to June 2017, but recently relocated to another state due to her husband’s employment. Smith is a hometown Mena girl and is excited ...

  • 7 June

    Cossatot Conservation Camp at Gilham Lake

    Cossatot Reefs Camp Ground at Gilham Lake was the setting for the 2017 Conservation Camp held on June 1st and 2nd.  This is the 11th year that the Rich Mountain and Cossatot Conservation Districts organized this event for students entering the 6th – 9th grades.  Campers participated in programs focused on conservation, ecosystems, and stewardship while learning plant and animal ...

  • 7 June

    Acorn Students Honored at Governor’s Scholastic Honors Day

    SUBMITTED – On behalf of Governor Asa Hutchinson, the Arkansas Department of Education recently sponsored the Governor’s Scholastic Honors Day. The event was held on May 13, 2017, at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock. Scholastic Honors Day recognizes Arkansas’ best and brightest students. Public and private high schools were encouraged to select two students who best represent academic achievement ...

  • 7 June

    South County Roadwork Causes Detours

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Arkansas Highway Commission has begun work on a few roadways in South Polk County this week, with some causing detours for citizens Wickes and Cove. In Wickes, Mayor Leon McCleskey said Wednesday through Friday, June 7th – 9th, their residents will need to use alternate routes to avoid road closures on County Road 8, from ...

  • 7 June

    Two Polk County Convictions Upheld in Arkansas Court of Appeals

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Opinions were released last week in the cases of two persons from Polk County who sought relief from the Arkansas Court of Appeals in cases that were both originally tried in Polk County. Both Lori Rose and Lance Harjo presented their cases to the state court, each having unrelated cases, and each were affirmed by the ...

  • 7 June

    Sliding into Summer Fun!

    Taking advantage of the now open McMillan Pool, Anthony Williams, age 17 of Choctaw, Okla. and Austin Buntin, age 10,  from Fayetteville, Ark slide into the crisp water as lifeguard CeCe Metcalf looks on!  Williams and Buntin were in Mena visiting family. Each day the pool will be open from noon – 5 p.m. with general swim fees costing $3 ...