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January, 2017

  • 5 January

    City of Mena Approves 2017 Budget

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The City of Mena has approved their 2017 budget to the tune of $2.4 million. Revenue to the city is expected to be $2,480,935, coming from sources such as building permits, grants, taxes, state turnback funds, and more. The Mena Police Department was budgeted $1,112,521 to run operations at the department and pay salaries. The City ...

  • 5 January

    Harvest of Hope Radiothon Raises Over $23,000 for Backpack Food Program

    Pulse Multi-Media’s 2nd annual Harvest of Hope Radiothon raised $23,503.86. The Harvest of Hope Radiothon is a partnership with the local Mena Lioness Club. A check was presented to Rhonda Sanders, CEO of the Arkansas Food Bank, who ensures all funds received are used to purchase food items specifically for Polk County students.  Pictured above L-R are Pulse Multi-Media General ...

  • 5 January

    Newly Elected Officials Sworn-In for 2017

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Newly elected Sheriff Scott Sawyer was officially sworn into his new position on Monday, January 2nd, as was incumbent County Clerk Terri Harrison, and newly elected District Judge Danny Thrailkail. The trio was sworn-in by Circuit Judge Jerry Ryan while surrounded by family and close friends. Incoming and incumbent officials were officially sworn into office for ...

  • 5 January

    Sales Tax Collections Down for 2016

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Sales tax collections for 2016 are down more than $23,000 for the year compared to the same period from the previous year. In 2016, $1,456,749.76 was collected, down $23,480.79 from 2015, causing a 1.6% decrease in collections. The same numbers apply to the Road Improvement Sales Tax collections as well, with each being a 1-cent tax. ...

  • 5 January

    Tearful Goodbyes: Charlie Company Deploys

    The local National Guard unit, Charlie Company, deployed 139 soldiers on Sunday, January 1, 2017 for a year long stint in The Horn of Africa. Pictured: Carlos Arce, of Mena, says goodbye to his four-month old daughter, Adley. A soldier says goodbye to his loved one. Hatfield Fire Department held a big send-off in honor of Arce, also a volunteer ...

  • 5 January

    U of A – Rich Mountain’s Student Government Association Donates to Harvest of Hope

    The Student Government Association (SGA) of the University of Arkansas – Rich Mountain recently made a donation to the Mena Lioness Lions for the Backpack Program in Polk County. The group donated $300. This was their second year to support Harvest of Hope Radiothon held in support of the Backpack Program.

  • 5 January

    Petco Foundation Invests in Humane Society of the Ouachitas

    Grant of $10,000 will extend efforts to help pets and people in Polk County to live their best lives! Mena, AR– Humane Society of the Ouachitas (HSO) of Mena announced it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its low-cost “Spay Neuter Assistance Program” (SNAP). HSO is a nonprofit “no-kill” shelter serving homeless animals until ...

  • 5 January

    Mena Depot Welcomes First Train Passenger in 47 Years

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The first passenger to depart a train in Mena in 47 years stepped off the railcar on Wednesday, December 21st, to a warm home welcoming. Al Pfeiffer, a train enthusiast spent ten days on the famed KCS Holiday Express as an elf before being dropped off in Mena on a brisk December morning. “I’m a member ...

  • 4 January

    Acorn Students Receive MOS Certificates

    The Microsoft Office Specialist Exam assesses a person’s ability and knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite. The Exam covers the programs Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, SharePoint, and OneNote. At Acorn High School the students only test on Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. This test gives the students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of these programs. The students take ...

December, 2016

  • 30 December

    TOPS Club Met for Christmas Program

    The Take Off Pounds Sensibly Club (TOPS) recently met for their annual Christmas program. TOPS is the oldest club in the United States that fosters a healthy eating program. Mena TOPS 514 meets at the Union Bank Community Room each Tuesday at 5 p.m. Programs based on healthy eating, exercise, and healthy choices are the main areas members find helpful. ...