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March, 2017

  • 10 March

    Puckett Honored at Reception

    A retirement reception was held for Mena Fire Chief John Puckett on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Mena Fire Station #1. Puckett was given a Henry .22 Rifle with the department logo and “Presented to Chief John T. Puckett, Sr. 35 Years of Service” engraved on the stock of the gun. Puckett was surrounded by fellow members of the fire ...

  • 10 March

    Couple Launches Panhandle Relief Effort for Fellow Ranchers

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A local couple is making it their priority to help the victims, both human and animal, of the Texas Panhandle fires that have burned more than 500,000 acres and continue to ravage through three states. At least six people have been killed and thousands of others have been forced from their homes in Texas, Oklahoma, and ...

  • 9 March

    Otto Visits PCDC Adult Center

    Otto the K-9 continues to make his rounds meeting the community, along with handler, Polk County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Seth Smith. The duo, along with Sheriff Scott Sawyer, visited the PCDC Adult Wellness and Education Center on February 27th, much to the delight of their clients.

  • 9 March

    Arkansas Department of Health Recognizes Mena Regional Health System for its Work to Become Safe Sleep Certified

    Mena, Ark.- Mena Regional Health System has achieved Bronze Certification from the Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program. Hospitals that are Silver Certified are considered to be Certified Safe Sleep Leaders.   As Safe Sleep Leaders, they: 1) Provide Safe Sleep training and education to hospital staff and parents; 2) Model Safe Sleep practices using the ABC’s (Alone, ...

  • 9 March

    MHS Band Director Accepted into National Fraternity

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Mena High School Band Director, Charles Morgan, has been accepted into Phi Beta Mu, a national fraternity for high school band directors. It’s an honor that includes only a select group of the most exceptional directors in the country. Mr. Morgan was nominated by Fort Smith High School band directors for his success. Under Morgan’s twelve ...

  • 9 March

    Hornet Tire & Automotive Joins Chamber

    A ribbon cutting ceremony was held two welcome Hornet Tire and Automotive into the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce membership. Hornet Tire and Automotive is located at 109 South 5th Street in Cove.

  • 9 March

    Egger Sworn-In as Mena Fire Chief

    Steve Egger, longtime Assistant Chief of Mena Fire Department, was sworn-in as Chief by District Judge Danny Thrailkill on Friday, March 3, 2017. Egger was appointed Chief, effective at 6 p.m. on March 3, following the retirement of Chief John Puckett.

  • 9 March

    Bald Eagle Being Released in Fort Smith

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Wildlife Rehabilitator Tommy Young will host his next bald eagle release in Fort Smith at Riverfront Park on Saturday, March 18th at noon. Young has been rehabilitating the adult bald eagle since December when it was brought in after being found with a head injury near Hot Springs. The bald eagle was found by an officer ...

  • 8 March

    Stover Appeal Denied by Arkansas Supreme Court

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed a decision made by a Polk County jury in the case of Daniel Stover, age 28, who was convicted and sentenced in April 2016 of one count of Rape (an enhanced sentence of life without parole), two counts of First Degree Sexual Assault (an enhanced sentence of two terms of life), ...

  • 8 March

    Apache Army Attack Helicopters Land at Mena Airport

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A flight of six Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopters made a fuel stop in Mena on Thursday, March 2, 2017.  The aircraft were en route from Fort Campbell, Kentucky to Fort Hood near Kileen, Texas. The pilots enjoyed lunch at a nearby restaurant in Mena. One of the pilots mentioned they will be making a return ...