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March, 2017

  • 29 March

    Atwoods Parking Lot Receives Facelift

    The parking lot in front of Atwoods in Mena is getting a facelift, or at least a partial facelift for now. The work currently being done is on the portion directly in front of the farm goods store, while the portions on either side will have to wait for a while. Danny Powell, owner of the ‘side portions’ of the ...

  • 29 March

    Polk County Assessor Provides Mobile Office

    Polk County Assessor Jovan Thomas and Tara Simonton, Assessor for Commercial/Personal Property, set up a mobile office at the Mena/Polk County Senior Center on Thursday, March 16, to provide citizens an opportunity to have their assets assessed and to make sure homeowners are receiving their tax credits. Several of the center’s patrons took advantage of the set up and Thomas ...

  • 29 March

    Campbell Family Donates Book to Local Library

    On behalf of the Campbell family, Gary and Jo Ann Campbell of Fort Smith, donated Bernice Bales Campbell Works of Art: A Labor of Love to the Polk County Library, the Mena Art Gallery, and UA Rich Mountain. The book chronicles the artistic works of Polk County native, Bernice Bales Campbell, who began taking art classes at age 60. Bales ...

  • 29 March

    Reminder: ArkansasGives Coming Soon

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Several area organizations are hoping to receive much needed support through the annual ArkansasGives program. ArkansasGives is a 12-hour online giving event that will be held on April 6th, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is sponsored by the Arkansas Community Foundation. ArkansasGives challenges all Arkansans to make a donation in recognition of the vital ...

  • 23 March

    4-H Horse Club to Organize

    SUBMITTED – The U of A Division of Agriculture Polk County Extension Service is proud to announce the organization of a new 4-H Horse Club. This club will conduct its organizational meeting on Monday, March 27 beginning at 6:00. It will meet at the Hatfield Lions Shack next to the riding arena at Hatfield. This club is open to any ...

  • 23 March

    Lions to Host Gun & Knife Show; Lioness Taking Orders for Famous Fried Pies

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena Lions Club will host a Gun & Knife Show at the Polk County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, April 1st and 2nd, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The event is open to the public with admission being $5 for ages 13 & up. Polk County Law Enforcement are offered free admission. Vendors will ...

  • 22 March

    Westphal Honored as Distinguished Woman in American History

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Udene Westphal, mostly known as ‘Denie,’ was honored with the 2017 Distinguished Woman in American History Award by the James K. Polk Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR ) on Thursday, March 16. The award was given as part of NSDAR’s two-year commemoration of the ending of the war in Vietnam. Westphal was ...

  • 22 March

    Camp Pioneer Pinewood Derby – A Scouting Tradition

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Cossatot District of the Boy Scouts of America held their District Pinewood Derby on Saturday, March 11th, at Camp Pioneer Boys Scout Camp. Cub Scouts from across the region, with the help of parents, build their own cars from wood, plastic wheels, and metal axles. The cars must meet criteria of weight and length of car, and it ...

  • 22 March

    Ouachita Challenge Mountain Bike Racers to Hit the Trails this Weekend

    SUBMITTED – The Ouachita Challenge mountain bike race will be March 25th and 26th and will involve 500 riders. This 60 plus mile race is produced by the Ouachita Mountain Challenge Association and will take place over parts of the Ouachita Trail and the Womble Trail, as well as connecting roads between the two trails. This is a very challenging ...

  • 22 March

    Mystery China Makes its Way Home After Three Decades

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A multi-decade mystery was solved when Dr. Herbert Rogers asked his son-in-law, Joel Hinton, to track down the owner of a set of china that was found inside an old hot water heater in the 1980’s. Thinking it was a longshot, Hinton decided to research it anyway, as Dr. Rogers is 94, and he wanted to ...