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August, 2017

  • 29 August

    Student Selected to Place Wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    BY MELANIE WADE – Visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C. is one of the most reverent and somber occasions one can attend, and for one Polk County student, that occasion turned into something much bigger. Gaitlynn Brady, a member of UA-Rich Mountain’s Upward Bound Program, actually took part in a ceremony in which she was able ...

  • 29 August

    UARM to Host Pre-Screening of The Vietnam War; AETN Seeks Stories, Photos

    BY MELANIE WADE – The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain will host a pre-screening of one of the most highly anticipated documentaries in recent years. Directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s 18-hour epic documentary, The Vietnam War, has already drawn critical acclaim from other screenings across the country, and the directors hope to bring knowledge of the event from all ...

  • 29 August

    CASA to Host 18th Annual Rich Mountain Rendezvous

    BY MELANIE BUCK – CASA of the Ouachitas is excited to host the 18th annual Rich Mountain Rendezvous that benefits the local advocacy agency that in turn, benefits dozens of foster children each year. The long-standing motorcycle rally tradition fills Queen Wilhelmina State Park with people who share a love of two ideas – riding motorcycles and giving to those ...

  • 29 August

    Otto, County’s K9 Narcotics Officer, Makes Bust

    BY MELANIE WADE – Otto, Polk County’s K9 narcotics officer, has made yet another bust removing marijuana, methamphetamine, and pills from the streets. On Sunday, August 27, 2017, Deputy Jim Smith conducted a traffic stop on an “unlicensed” Chevrolet truck. Smith called for K9 Deputy Brady Whisenhunt to assist at the scene. During the search, Otto alerted to the passenger ...

  • 26 August

    Arkansas Geologist Presents at Cove Library

    Arkansas Geological Survey Geologist Corbin Cannon presented Arkansas Rocks and Minerals to enthusiasts at Cove Branch Library, Wednesday, August 16th. Geologist Cannon displayed numerous samples and discussed identifying techniques.

  • 25 August

    Local Marine and League Detachment Earn High Awards

    SUBMITTED – Hank Todaro, member of the Marine Corps League Detachment #1261, was given the Distinguished Service Award, when they held their monthly meeting on August 22nd, with Department Commandant Doug Blair attending from the River Valley Detachment #1248 of Fort Smith, Ark. Todaro received the award for his outstanding service and work for the Marine Corps League, enabling his ...

  • 25 August

    Mena Graduate Earns Silver as Member of Santa Clara Vanguard

    SUBMITTED – Chase Fielder, a 2015 graduate of Mena High School, is a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps that has won several accolades, including silver in the recent Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championship August 2017. Fielder was a member of the Mena High School Band from 7th – 12th grade, where he played clarinet and became a ...

  • 25 August

    Stockton Donates Van to HSO

    Diana Stockton, of the organization For Sake of Animals, recently made a much-needed donation to the Humane Society of the Ouachitas. When HSO announced they needed another van, Stockton gave them a call and said she had an extra and donated a 1995 Chevy Sports Van. Pictured with Stockton is HSO President Michael Povey.

  • 25 August

    Flourish Women’s Conference Announced

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Planning is well underway and dates have been announced for a two-day comprehensive Women’s Conference, November 3-4, 2017. The brainchildren of the conference are a mother-daughter duo that admit, it almost didn’t happen. Jimma Holder, who is a principal by profession, explained that with her job, she sees a lot of mommas struggling with so many ...

  • 24 August

    SPAM Comes to Town! Farm Bureau Women to Host SPAM Recipe Contest

    SUBMITTED – This year, the Farm Bureau Women are hosting a Spam Recipe Contest at the 2017 Polk County Fair. This contest is a spin-off of the national Great American Spam Recipe contest hosted at the Arkansas State Fair each October. Farm Bureau Women are asking that you prepare your dish at home and deliver it to the fair for ...