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June, 2020

  • 24 June

    Wet Petition Being Circulated in Polk County

    Statistics show alcohol sales in Polk County will boost our economy, improve our quality of life, and decrease alcohol related traffic accidents, DWI’s arrests, and traffic deaths on our roads to Oklahoma. The Committee for Growth Polk County is conducting a petition drive to put the question of alcohol sales on the ballot for the November 2020 election. “Since 1946 ...

  • 24 June

    Superintendent’s Salary Increased During June Mena School Board Meeting

    Tuesday, June 16, members of the Mena School Board voted to increase the salarys of the district’s superintendent and assistant superintendent. Superintendent Benny Weston’s salary was increased to $132,000 per year and new assistant superintendent, Dr. Lee Smith’s salary was increased to $95,000 per year. Board members also accepted the resignation of Kristy Hall and Sarah Billings and the hiring ...

  • 24 June

    Acorn Grad Assigned As New State Trooper

    Thirty-three Arkansas State Police Trooper Recruits received their certified law enforcement certificates last Thursday night during a graduation ceremony at the Arkansas State Capitol. The new troopers will report to their Highway Patrol Division assignments across the state in July. 26-year-old Tate Ledbetter will be assigned to the Highway Patrol Division, Troop D, in Lee County. Trooper Ledbetter is a ...

  • 24 June

    Arkansas State Parks Launches Passport Program

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas State Parks, a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, now has a way for guests to document their experiences at all 52 state parks. Visitors can pick up their free passport at any Arkansas state park visitor center and begin recording their travels. “We have 52 state parks that are free ...

  • 24 June

    Cannon and Johnston Receive Angler of the Year Awards

    Cason Cannon and Austin Johnston were awarded Trader Bill’s High School Angler of the Year awards for 2019-2020.  Both are seniors at Mena High School. Submitted photo.

  • 24 June

    Update on Area Graduation Ceremonies

    Mena High School Principal David Maxwell announced the Mena High School Graduation Ceremony has been scheduled for July 18 at 9 am, but students are required to arrive at 8. Maxwell said the district will make all necessary safety protocols and limitations available to district patrons as soon as possible. Maxwell announced Monday after that the district is able to ...

  • 24 June

    Man Sentenced in Connection with Mena Fire

    A 26 year old Denison, Texas man was sentenced to five years in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release in U.S. District Court in Fort Smith last week, in addition to being ordered to pay $145,272 in restitution, in connection with an August incident in Mena. Jacob Samuel Green was sentenced on one count of making willful ...

  • 24 June

    Arkansas Department of Agriculture Launches New Website

    Existing division websites consolidated to form one streamlined experience… LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – June 22, 2020 – The Arkansas Department of Agriculture has launched a new website that combines curated content from each of the department’s divisions into one streamlined user experience. The newly designed agriculture.arkansas.gov provides a user-friendly design and  consolidates the existing websites of the Natural Resources Division, ...

  • 24 June

    Arkansas Unemployment Rate Drops to Less than 10%

    According to the Labor force data that was produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and released today by the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, show Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined one and three-tenths of a percentage point, but 10.8 percent in April (revised up from the preliminary April estimate of 10.2 percent) to 9.5 ...

  • 24 June

    OLT Memberships Extended Additional Six Months

    The Board of Directors from Ouachita Little Theatre met June 18 to discuss future plans for activities and shows.  Since the COVID19 concerns are still with us indefinitely in Polk County, it is next to impossible to determine production dates safely.  Therefore, the board voted to extend all memberships six additional months at no extra charge. Notices will be sent ...