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February, 2020

  • 26 February

    Local DAR Chapter Celebrates George Washington Birthday

    BY:  Brenda Cunningham The first event that five members of the James K Polk Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, recently attended was the 16th Annual George Washington Birthday Observation and Luncheon  held on February 20, 2020, at the Hot Springs Country Club.  Twenty four Colonial Organization were represented at this annual event, some of which include The Daughters of ...

  • 26 February

    Wilson Signs Letter of Intent to Play Football at Henderson

    Mena High School senior, Marc David Wilson, signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia as a preferred walk-on. Wilson carries a 3.9 GPA and plans to study business administration. He was a member of the National Honor Society as well as many other local clubs.Wilson is expected to play on the defensive ...

  • 26 February

    Basscats Compete in the Trader Bills High School Tournament

    The Basscats competed in the Trader Bills High School Tournament on Lake Greeson on Sunday. Jarret Burger and Trent Head took 4th place while Austin Johnston and Cason Cannon took 7th place in the High School Division. Mena Basscats Pictured from left to right – Trent Head, Jarret Burger, Austin Rose, Evan Graves, Braxton Page, Colton Quebedeaux. Not pictured – ...

  • 26 February

    Acorn High School Receives Grant for Water Bottle Filling Station

    By Corryn Holland at the Ouachita River School District Acorn Campus. Acorn High School received a grant to place a water bottle filling station in the high school in November. The filling station was placed in the New Gym. The grant was worth $1,000 from the Innovate Solutions for Educational Partnerships (ISEP). The District hopes this encourages students and faculty ...

  • 26 February

    ARVAC Ribbon Cutting

    Since its inception in 1965, the Arkansas River Valley Area Council (ARVAC), Inc. has been dedicated to building a diverse portfolio of services to meet the needs of low-income families in the region. ARVAC, Inc. promotes self-sufficiency and provides pathways out of poverty for individuals, families, and communities. For information, please contact ARVAC, Inc. at 479.394.4707 or visit them at ...

  • 26 February

    Acorn FFA Holds Big Buck Contest

    Acorn FFA held its annual Big Buck contest in the fall during deer season.  Sarah Wallace, pictured on left, was the 1st place winner. Her big buck was harvested during modern gun season and it scored 120 4/8 on the Boone and Crockett scoring system. Dakota Sullivan, pictured on right, harvested 2 nice bucks that placed 2nd and 3rd. They ...

  • 26 February

    787 Vote Early in Polk County So Far

    787 voters have cast their ballots early in Polk County after the first week of early voting. From Tuesday, February 18th through Saturday the 22nd, 787 registered voters stopped by the Polk County Office Complex on Pine Street in Mena to perform their civic duty to vote in the March 3rd Primary Elections in Arkansas. Turnout is expected to continue ...

  • 26 February

    Walk Across Polk County Kick-Off

    Early spring, once again, brings life to the Walk Across Polk County program sponsored by the Quality of Life, Inc. and the Polk County Extension Office.  This program is an annual effort to promote exercise and fitness among Polk County citizens.  Bridgett Martin, County Extension Agent-FCS wants to remind Polk County citizens, “Our organizations’ main goal has always been to ...

  • 26 February

    State Capitol Week in Review

    From Senator Larry Teague LITTLE ROCK – Last year the legislature voted to conduct an extensive review of the operations of the Arkansas Department of Transportation, to identify areas where improvements could be made. Act 298 of 2019 mandates that the Legislative Council hire an independent consultant to perform the review. The consultant is Guidehouse, of McLean, Virginia. It will ...

  • 26 February

    Fort Smith to host award-winning Arkansas Tourism photography exhibit

    The Fort Smith Convention Center will host a new photography exhibit, “Arkansas’s Scenic Tourism Landscapes,” beginning Sunday, March 1, with a meet-and-greet event for the public at 2 p.m. that day. The opening coincides with the annual Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism, March 1-3. The exhibit will run through mid-May at the convention center and then travel to various locations ...