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August, 2017

  • 9 August

    Mena School Board Votes to Change Annual School Election Dates Beginning in 2018

    BY MELANIE WADE – With the Annual School Election for county school board candidates just around the corner, the Mena School Board has adopted a resolution that will move all future school elections to coincide with the primary and general elections for governmental entities. The change will take place in the 2018 election cycle. Due to the Annual School Election ...

  • 9 August

    New Laws Take Effect Across the State

    BY MELANIE WADE – Several new laws took effect in the state on July 31, 2017, including one that has a harsher penalty for those who choose to text and drive. The laws were set to go into effect 90 days after being passed by the Arkansas General Assembly. As lawmakers try to combat texting and driving, they have increased ...

  • 8 August

    Modern Woodmen of America Donates to God’s Feeding Hands

    Members of Modern Woodmen of America, Chapter 13545, recently donated “Birthdays in a Bag” as a service project for God’s Feeding Hands Ministry Food Bank in Mena. Modern Woodmen and its members helped contribute more than $1 million to Arkansas Communities in 2016 through social, educational, volunteer, and fundraising activities. Pictured left to right are: MWA Financial Representative, Dicey Horn; ...

  • 8 August

    Chamber Welcomes Mizumi Hibachi

    A ribbon cutting ceremony was held by the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce for Mizumi Hibachi on Monday, August 7, 2017 to welcome them as new members to the Chamber. Mizumi Hibachi is located at 814 Hwy. 71 South in Mena.

  • 8 August

    Masons Support Education with Food Fundraisers

    BY MELANIE WADE – The Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 has long been known for their commitment to community and especially to education. Hosting fundraisers year round, the Lodge provides scholarships to area high school students and supports education in other benevolent facets as well. They have an upcoming fundraiser to help do just that, and they invite the community to ...

  • 8 August

    Architect Shares Vision of Possibilities for Farmer’s Market

    BY MELANIE WADE – A meeting was held on Tuesday, August 2, 2017, at the 4H Education Center next to the Extension Office, to discuss the vision of a larger, more modern farmer’s market in Mena and how it could draw new visitors to the area, as well as provide a space for more local fresh food vendors and artisans ...

  • 8 August

    Mena Elks Receive National Award for Benevolence

    BY MELANIE WADE – The Mena Elks Lodge recently received a national award for their dedicated service to the community. Mena Elks Lodge #781 Exhaulted Ruler, Brian Thompson, along with longtime member, Marty Caldwell, traveled to Reno, Nevada to receive the award at their national Grand Lodge Convention. Mena Elks is considered a Division Two Lodge, having between 300-500 members ...

  • 8 August

    CASA to Host Volunteer Training

    BY MELANIE WADE – The Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Ouachitas, also known as CASA, will hold a new volunteer training for Polk County in September. The training will consist of 30 hours of training at the CASA office, just off of DeQueen Street in Mena. The training will also include courtroom observation. CASA volunteers advocate for foster children, ...

  • 8 August

    Ouachita River District to Implement Lunch Pay Account System

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Ouachita River School District has announced a new online feature that will enable students and/or their families to deposit money into the students’ meal accounts as well as monitor their account balance. Parents or guardians can register for a free online EZSchoolPay account that will enable them a quick and secure way to view their student(s) ...

  • 2 August

    Meet Miss Kitty… The Horse that Survived the Unsurvivable

    BY MELANIE WADE – Any horse lover or farm worker knows that when a horse breaks their coffin bone, it generally sends them to an early demise. However, this is not the case with Miss Kitty, a 21-year old Missouri Fox Trotter, that belongs to Lydia Young. Used for mostly trail riding, a hobby that Young has loved for her ...