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October, 2017

  • 10 October

    City of Mena Announces Annual Fall Clean-Up

    SUBMITTED – The City of Mena’s 14th Annual Fall Clean-Up is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 16, 2017.  Only yard waste items will be picked up (tree limbs, shrubs, leaves, grass, etc.).  Due to state law, the City cannot pick up construction debris and lumber. They ask that you please place items at curbside prior to Monday, October 16, ...

  • 8 October

    Montgomery and Polk County Public Library (Ouachita Mountains Regional Library) to Provide Digital Service

    Patrons of the Montgomery County Library and Polk County Public Library will now be able to download digital, according to Mary Renick, Interim Librarian.  The library is partnering with Hoopla Digital to allow patrons to download books, audio books, music, videos and movies to their personal devices.  Hoopla provides access to thousands of titles with more new content being added all ...

  • 7 October

    Mayor Honors Fire Prevention Week with Proclamation

    Next week is Fire Prevention Week across the country and firefighters will be out teaching local students this year’s theme of “Every Second Counts – Plan Two Ways Out!” Mena Mayor George McKee signed a proclamation on Friday, September 29, proclaiming October 8th through 14th as Fire Prevention Week. Fire Prevention Week is on record as the longest running public ...

  • 6 October

    Disaster Preparedness Group Teaches Others How to Prepare

    BY MELANIE WADE – In times of crisis, it is always best to be prepared. No matter how big or small that crises may be, having supplies handy or exit routes planned ahead of time, makes the dilemma much easier to bear. That philosophy is what The Mena Ark, Community Based Disaster Preparedness Group lives by and hopes to pass ...

  • 5 October

    Feral Hog Eradication Task Force Seeks Input on Kaput Bait

    LITTLE ROCK – Feral hogs are a growing problem in Arkansas and across the United States. Feral hogs have an estimated total population between four and five million across approximately 39 states and cause approximately $1.5 billion annually in agricultural and ecological costs. The Arkansas Feral Hog Eradication Task Force is seeking input from Arkansans regarding the registration and potential restrictions ...

  • 5 October

    PaPa’s Mexican Café Moving to New Location in 2018

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Oscar Sanchez, owner of PaPa’s Mexican Café, has announced that they are moving to a new location, just west of their current location, to 1317 Hwy 71 South at the former location of Sign FX. Sanchez said he and his staff are very excited about the move and that it will be “a good refresh” for ...

  • 4 October

    Community Development Efforts Lead to Exciting Prospects for Former School Property

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Zach Mannheimer, a Principal Community Planner from an Iowa based civil engineering firm, visited Mena recently to assess the downtown area and specifically, the restored 70,000 s.f. building that prior to the 2009 tornado was Mena Middle School. The property is now owned by Walter Deetz. Mannheimer’s specialty for McClure Engineering Co. is ‘creative placemaking’ for ...

  • 4 October

    2017 County Royalty is Crowned

    Hannah McDonald, a junior at Mena High School, was crowned 2017 Miss Polk County at the pageant held annually by The Lady Ouachitas on Saturday, September 30 at the MHS Performing Arts Center. Rhyen Henry was crowned as Little Miss Polk County. The pair will represent Polk County in the next year in events such as parades and festivals. McDonald moves ...

  • 3 October

    2017 Tour to the Top Brought Large Numbers to Area

    SUBMITTED – The Sixth annual Wheel A’Mena Tour to the Top sponsored by the Rotary Club of Polk County/Mena was held on Saturday, September 30.  A tour record of 96 riders from five states registered to ride a 30-mile, 50-mile or 70-mile route.  All routes included a portion of or the entire Talimena Scenic Drive, including Queen Wilhelmina State Park. ...

  • 3 October

    Two Local Officials to Serve on AAC Boards

    BY MELANIE WADE – Two Polk County Officials are now representing the area on state boards after attending the Arkansas Association of Counties’ (AAC) Fall Meeting in September, held in Little Rock. The AAC has nine affiliate associations under their umbrella, with each electing its own officers and holding their own continuing education seminars throughout the year. Polk County Judge ...