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February, 2017

  • 8 February

    Beautiful Soles Building Dedication

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Beautiful Soles Christian Dance Company held a building dedication on Saturday, February 4th at their new location in the heart of the Mena Arts District, 601 Mena Street. “Jesus gave me the building, so I am giving it back to Him,” said sole owner, Emmye Rowell. New Creation Dance Company, a professional dance company that has ...

  • 8 February

    Re-Zoning Request Fills Mena’s City Hall

    BY MELANIE BUCK AND LEANN DILBECK – It was standing room only during a lengthy Mena Planning Commission meeting at Mena’s City Hall last Thursday (February 2, 2017) in response to a controversial rezoning request of 26 acres that lies between the Hidden Valley Subdivision off Ransom Road and the Heavenly Acres trailer park off Hwy. 8 East. The seats ...

  • 8 February

    Lane Named MVP by Tigers: Stands as Inspiration to Many

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Dalton Lane, of Acorn High School, has had another dream come true and this time, it all went down on a basketball court. Dalton who is completely blind, deaf in one ear, but amazingly has perfect pitch, fulfilled one dream in December when he marched in a marching band playing the Sousaphone, but he never dreamed ...

  • 8 February

    RMCC Now Officially University of Arkansas – Rich Mountain

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Effective February 1, 2017, Rich Mountain Community College is an official member of the University of Arkansas System, according to Chancellor Phillip Wilson, Ed.D., and will now be titled the University of Arkansas Community College at Rich Mountain. The College will also be known as the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain and UA Rich Mountain. The ...

  • 8 February

    MMS Receives Grants for Student Performance and Tech Partnership

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Mena Middle School has been chosen as recipients of two grants recently that will benefit students and educators. The first of the two grants was awarded based on high student performance. MMS Principal Cliff Sherrer explained that they had an exceptional number of students exceed performance standards and were awarded a grant from the state. Sherrer ...

  • 2 February

    County Firefighters Battle Blazes as Wildfire Frequency Hits Worst Months

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Eight grass fires were battled around the county from Monday through Wednesday afternoon with many beginning as controlled burns that got out of hand. The most recent two occurred on Wednesday. Members of the Shady Grove Volunteer Fire Department were called to an out of control grass fire on Skyline Drive, just west of Mena, on ...

  • 2 February

    Mena Area Board of Realtors Earn Continuing Education Hours

    On January 24, 2017, the Mena Area Board of Realtors held a continuing education class at the Union Bank Community Room. Dana Parent, Sales Associate, CRS, GRI, of Coldwell Banker in Little Rock, taught the class that covered one hour of realtor safety and six hours of training over contracts. The Arkansas Real Estate Commission requires that all existing real ...

  • 2 February

    Arkansas Agriculture Department Opens the 2017 Century Farm Program through May 

    The Arkansas Agriculture Department (AAD) is now accepting applications for 2017 Arkansas Century Farm Inductees. Century Farm families have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. This program honors Arkansas’ rich agricultural heritage, and since the beginning in 2012, has certified 341 farms and families. Applications are available at aad.arkansas.gov. To qualify, farms must meet the following ...

  • 2 February

    Happiness Homemakers Extension

    SUBMITTED – Happiness Homemaker Extension Club is a growing EHC club that began in 2016 having new members join to continue supporting the many projects and programs that all Extension Homemakers over the years have shared with Polk County citizens. Debbie Thompson, County EHC President, along with the EHC Council assists several EHC clubs regarding any desired information needed to ...

  • 2 February

    Start Your County Fair Projects Now

    SUBMITTED BY KIM HUGHES – Don’t wait until the end of summer.  The Polk County Fair is August 28 – September 2.  What can you enter in the Education Building?  Just about anything you have made at home since the last fair – art, crafts, food preservation, sewing, photography, quilting (quilts, clothes, pillow, totes, etc.), jewelry, weaving, candy, baked goods, pottery and more! Anyone ...