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January, 2017

  • 27 January

    HSO Swears-In New Leadership

    BY MELANIE BUCK – With the coming of the new year, came new leadership in the Humane Society of the Ouachitas (HSO). Michael Povey, long time member of HSO, has been voted in to take on the role of President. Jane Weddle will serve as Vice-President; Cheryl Murphy, Secretary; Sheila Theriot, Treasurer; and Tina Ball remains Shelter Manager. Other Board ...

  • 27 January

    Cosmetology School Enrollment Booms

    Craig Added as Instructor; Boydstun Elected President of State Board BY LEANN DILBECK – The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain’s School of Cosmetology enrollment boomed this semester, boasting 38 students from around the region, including Texarkana, Horatio, DeQueen, Glenwood, Hot Springs, Russellville, Mt. Ida, Mansfield, Eastern Oklahoma, and other areas. With the increased enrollment, Kelly Craig has been added as ...

  • 27 January

    Election Commission Nominates New Chair

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Polk County Board of Election Commissioners met on Monday, January 23, 2017 to elect a new chair to the three-member commission that presides over all election affairs in the county. Bernie Mize, representing the majority as member of the Republican Party, was nominated as the new Chair, and serves alongside Vice-Chair, LaDon Copelin, who also ...

  • 27 January

    Meet ‘Otto’ – Polk County’s Newest Deputy

    Captain Seth Smith of the Polk County Sheriff’s Department has a new partner! ‘Otto’ is a two-year old golden labrador retriever trained to sniff out narcotics and is officially the county’s newest deputy. Smith attended training last week before bringing Otto home and said he had his choice of two dogs, but liked the observancy of Otto the best. Not ...

  • 25 January

    CRHS Holds Miss Cossatot River Pageant this Friday

    Cossatot River High School will host their first annual Miss Cossatot River Pageant on January 27th in the High School Cafetorium at 6:30 p.m. The contestants range in age from Pre-K to 12th grade. Admission is $5 and there will be a small concession. Audience members are encouraged to vote at the beginning of the pageant for their favorite contestant ...

  • 25 January

    Mena School Board Holds Monthly Meeting

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena School Board received a treat at their monthly meeting held on Tuesday, January 17. Holly Harshman Elementary FLASH CATS presented a puppet show, titled The Grossest Link, that explained the bad effects of smoking. The training students are given as puppeteers is made possible through a $10,000 drug, alcohol, and child abuse awareness grant ...

  • 25 January

    Town of Hatfield to Install Outdoor Fitness Area

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Town of Hatfield received a $16,400 grant from the Arkansas Blue Cross’ Blue and You Foundation at their monthly meeting on Monday, January 16, 2017. Hatfield Mayor Linda Denton and the Hatfield Town Council accepted the grant from Ginger Hamrick of the Blue and You Foundation. The funds will be used to create an outdoor ...

  • 23 January

    Home a Complete Loss Following Fire

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A two-story home in Shady Grove, approximately 3 miles west of Mena, was deemed a complete loss after a fire consumed the home on the night of Saturday, January 21, 2017. Shady Grove Firefighters were dispatched to the fire around 9:30 p.m. The fire was located in a home directly across the road from the fire ...

  • 18 January

    Hensley Honored as Longtime Airport Commission Member

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Philip Hensley was honored by the Mena Airport Commission at their January 2017 monthly meeting for his 14 years of service to the commission. Hensley resigned from the board for personal reasons and Kevin Williams has been appointed by the Mayor to fill the last few months of the unexpired term. Hensley was presented a plaque ...

  • 18 January

    Mena School Board Recognized for Service

    SUBMITTED – Mena School District has joined districts across the state to celebrate School Board Member Recognition Month in January. More than 1,500 Arkansas School Board members are being honored for their service and dedication to public education. “Our board members assume a crucial role in representing our students and advocating for public education,” said Benny Weston, Superintendent. “We are ...