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May, 2017

  • 10 May

    Participants to Walk for a Cure in Relay for Life this Friday

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The annual Polk County Relay For Life fundraising event will be held at Janssen Park on Friday, May 12th, with more than a dozen teams competing for top honors at the occasion that raises money for the American Cancer Society. So far in 2017, fifteen teams in Polk County have raised more than $39,000 for cancer research. At ...

  • 10 May

    MRHS Recognizes Volunteers of the Year

    SUBMITTED – During National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Mena Regional Health System honored their volunteers with a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the Limetree Restaurant.  Entertainment was provided by Florin and Livia Liga.  All volunteers were presented pins, certificates of service, and a gift.  Several were awarded Volunteer of the Year. Each winner is pictured. Roger Bishop was honored as Front Entrance ...

  • 10 May

    Lions Tour Repops; Learn of Global Reach

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena Lions Club took a tour of local manufacturing plant, Repops, Inc., on Friday, May 5th, and learned about a booming business that reaches international clients and how it all began with a dream and a few glove boxes. Owner Jeff Montgomery explained to the group about the first time he and son, Clint Montgomery, ...

  • 10 May

    Farm Bureau’s New Manager Honored to Fill Shoes of Predecessors

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Following the devastating loss of Floyd Clark, Polk County Farm Bureau has placed their faith in Tony Hooper to lead the company that has a hand in the lives of almost half of the county’s citizens. Hooper, born and raised in Mena, said he is honored to serve in his new position and plans to continue ...

  • 10 May

    Alstons Named as Polk County Farm Family of the Year

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Luke and Deedee Alston have been selected as Polk County’s 70th annual Polk County Farm Family of the Year. The Arkansas Farm Family of the Year program is one of the oldest of its kind in the nation. The success and longevity of this program has only been possible because of our sponsors and partners,” said ...

  • 10 May

    Annual 5K Provided a Rainbow of Color Under Sun-Filled Skies

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A colorful good time was held at this year’s Mena Regional Health System Foundation’s Frenzy 5K Color Run as runners and walkers tossed colored chalk in the air, on each other, and got splashed throughout the race, at the popular event held in Janssen Park on Saturday, May 6. Jack Griffin, a teenager from Hot Springs, ...

  • 10 May

    Annual Baby Bottle Boomerang Starts on Mother’s Day

    SUBMITTED – Fresh Start Pregnancy Resource Center of the Ouachitas is gearing up for their eighth annual Baby Bottle Boomerang campaign. Staff and volunteers have been delivering hundreds of baby bottles to churches, businesses, and organizations in Polk County who are participating in Fresh Start’s largest annual fundraiser. Last year over two dozen churches, businesses, and groups participated by filling baby ...

  • 10 May

    Local Realtors Earn Awards for Excellence

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Several local realtors received Awards for Excellence at a recent meeting held in Mena. The Arkansas REALTORS® Association, through the cooperation of Member Boards throughout Arkansas, creates and establishes the Awards for Excellence Program.  Eligible REALTORS® may apply as an individual or as a team. There are several categories for achievement, but each of the following ...

  • 7 May

    Former County Judge Passes

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Former Polk County Judge Ray B. Stanley was laid to rest Sunday, June 4, 2017, at the age of  73.  Stanley was elected to serve two different terms for the people of Polk County, 1993-2004 and again from 2009 through the end of 2010. Stanley had spent most of his professional life as a public servant, ...

  • 6 May

    UA Rich Mountain Presents at ACS National Meeting

    SUBMITTED – At the 253rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in San Francisco, UA Rich Mountain Chemistry Instructor Dr. Gaumani Gyanwali, and UA Rich Mountain Student Eduardo Medina presented Impact of an In-Class Calculation Work-Sheet in Chemistry and Physical Science Courses on Student Success. The meeting was held from April 2-6, 2017 with 15,000+ national and international ...