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March, 2017

  • 9 March

    MHS Band Director Accepted into National Fraternity

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Mena High School Band Director, Charles Morgan, has been accepted into Phi Beta Mu, a national fraternity for high school band directors. It’s an honor that includes only a select group of the most exceptional directors in the country. Mr. Morgan was nominated by Fort Smith High School band directors for his success. Under Morgan’s twelve ...

  • 9 March

    Hornet Tire & Automotive Joins Chamber

    A ribbon cutting ceremony was held two welcome Hornet Tire and Automotive into the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce membership. Hornet Tire and Automotive is located at 109 South 5th Street in Cove.

  • 9 March

    Egger Sworn-In as Mena Fire Chief

    Steve Egger, longtime Assistant Chief of Mena Fire Department, was sworn-in as Chief by District Judge Danny Thrailkill on Friday, March 3, 2017. Egger was appointed Chief, effective at 6 p.m. on March 3, following the retirement of Chief John Puckett.

  • 9 March

    Bald Eagle Being Released in Fort Smith

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Wildlife Rehabilitator Tommy Young will host his next bald eagle release in Fort Smith at Riverfront Park on Saturday, March 18th at noon. Young has been rehabilitating the adult bald eagle since December when it was brought in after being found with a head injury near Hot Springs. The bald eagle was found by an officer ...

  • 8 March

    Stover Appeal Denied by Arkansas Supreme Court

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed a decision made by a Polk County jury in the case of Daniel Stover, age 28, who was convicted and sentenced in April 2016 of one count of Rape (an enhanced sentence of life without parole), two counts of First Degree Sexual Assault (an enhanced sentence of two terms of life), ...

  • 8 March

    Apache Army Attack Helicopters Land at Mena Airport

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A flight of six Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopters made a fuel stop in Mena on Thursday, March 2, 2017.  The aircraft were en route from Fort Campbell, Kentucky to Fort Hood near Kileen, Texas. The pilots enjoyed lunch at a nearby restaurant in Mena. One of the pilots mentioned they will be making a return ...

  • 1 March

    Community Rallies to Bring “The Wall that Heals” to Mena

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Organizers have been working for months to bring The Wall That Heals to Mena and their labors have almost come to fruition, and with that, will bring a monument to the community that is only being displayed in 40 cities across the nation in 2017. The Wall That Heals is a traveling replica of the Vietnam ...

  • 1 March

    University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Hosts 2nd Annual Science Fair

    SUBMITTED –   The 2nd Annual UA Rich Mountain Science Fair was held on February 10th on the main campus in Mena. The fair was held in the Ouachita Center from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There were a total of 21 exhibits of which, 11 were competitive, and 10 were for display. A total of 31 students participated in the exhibition, 16 were ...

  • 1 March

    Retirement Reception Being Held to Honor Chief John Puckett

    The City of Mena will be honoring Fire Chief John Puckett with a retirement reception from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Friday, March 3rd at Mena Fire Station No. 1 at 603 DeQueen Street. The public is invited to attend. Puckett is retiring after 35 years of service to the Mena Fire Department. Longtime Assistant Chief, Steve Egger, will ...

  • 1 March

    Quilt Entries in the Polk County Fair

    BY KIM HUGHES – The Polk County Fair will be August 29 – September 2 this year. If you’re thinking about entering a quilt or quilted project, here are a few things you need to know. First, it must not have been entered in the Polk County Fair before.  It can be something you started a previous year, but must ...