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January, 2019

  • 23 January

    Barnes, Moore to be Inducted Into Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

    Bill Barnes, president of the Tri-Pennant Family of Resorts, and Robert Moore, a farmer and politician, will be inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame during a noon luncheon Monday, Feb. 25, during the 45th annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism. The conference will be held in Hot Springs on Feb. 24-26, 2019. The Hall of Fame honor is presented ...

  • 23 January

    Sixth Running of the Talimena 13.1 Run and Relay Set for March 9, 2019

    The sixth running of the Talimena13.1 Run and Relay is set for 03/9/19. The race begins at Janssen Park in Mena, running up Mena Street and over the Talimena Drive to the Queen Wilhelmina State Park. It features not only a running challenge, but showcases the beauty of our area from our city and up the Talimena Drive that overlooks ...

  • 23 January

    UA Rich Mountain Board of Visitors Receives Update on Expanding Athletics and Programs

    The UA Rich Mountain Board of Visitors held its first meeting of 2019 on Wednesday in the Board Room on the Mena Campus. As the first order of business, Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson welcomed newest board member, Michael Wood. Wilson told members that Wood had been incredibly supportive of all of the College’s efforts since the announcement of its athletic ...

  • 23 January

    Former Mena Resident Receives Award from FBI Director for 2017 Investigation

    Operation Shank and Bake In 2017 the FBI North West Arkansas Safe Streets Task force began monitoring a drug trafficking organization in the Western District of Arkansas. During the investigation it was found that large amounts of meth, cocaine, heroin and marijuana were being trafficked into Benton and Washington counties in NW Arkansas. The task force was able to determine ...

  • 23 January

    UARM Names Coach for New Soccer Program

    UA Rich Mountain has a new Soccer program and now the university has its first coach with the hiring of Brian Byrd. Coach Byrd comes to UARM by way of Coastal Bend College in Beeville, Texas. Before Byrd’s arrival at Coastal Bend they had won only one game in 14 years. In his 5 years at Coastal Bend Byrd led ...

  • 23 January

    Open Pit Quartz Mining Proposed in the Ouachita National Forest

      BY JAMIE HAMMACK Mining is not a word heard much in these parts for quite some time, but if Barber Mining Company and the U.S. Forest Service have their way, quartz mining in the Ouachita National Forest will take place on a 21 acre tract north of Mount Ida. Some may ask “Why is this important?” To a group ...

  • 10 January

    HSO Pays It Forward

    Humane Society of the Ouachitas Pays It Forward to fellow animal rescue.    Recently the Humane Society of the Ouachitas (HSO) of Polk County AR was able to gift Furry Tails Rescue of Yell County AR with a van to be used to save dogs in need.     The 1995 van, affectionately know as “Vanessa”,  has been used to shuttle ...

  • 10 January

    OLT “Farce of Nature” Cast Announced

    Scotty Jenkins will direct the next OLT/Just 4 Fun Players production, “Farce of Nature” written by Hope, Jones, and Wooten.  This trio of playwrights is known for their self-described “madcap comedies” in which characters are memorably eccentric and find themselves in hilarious situations.  OLT has produced several of these comedies in the past, including “The Dixie Swim Club,” “Southern Hospitality” ...

December, 2018

  • 3 December

    Don’t Have a Blue Christmas: Have Fun at the December Cash Mob

    Judy Thompson, Cash Mob coordinator for Mena Downtown Partners, says that the December Cash Mob will be like the song by Elvis: There’ll be a blue Christmas without you. She advises the Cash Mob is a great time for fun and shopping…the more, the merrier! The Christmas Mob will be hosted on December 8 th by Ouachita Coffee, 821 Mena ...

October, 2018

  • 18 October

    Bearcat Band honored with a decade of Superior Ratings

    The Mena Bearcat Marching Band has fulfilled a decade of Superior ratings in competition. Tuesday night the band received the First Division Superior rating for the tenth consecutive year in a row while competing at the ASBOA Region VIII Marching Assessment in Fort Smith.