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June, 2017

  • 27 June

    New Advocate Joins CASA

    The Honorable Judge Ryan swearing in a new CASA Volunteer, Eva McCallister, for Polk County. CASA is a non-profit organization that is appointed by the Judge to be the voice for our foster children. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer contact us at 479-243-9277.

  • 27 June

    Buxton Honored in Little Rock

    BY MELANIE WADE – Mrs. Helen Buxton, Special Education English teacher at Cossatot River High School, was honored as the state’s VFW Teacher of the Year at a recent ceremony held in Little Rock. The Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year award contest recognizes exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. ...

  • 25 June

    Mena’s Downtown Partners Plan Christmas in July Event

    SUBMITTED – At the June meeting of the Downtown Partners, the activities committee presented suggestions for upcoming events.  Next on the schedule of events, MDP plans to bring an early Christmas to downtown.  Christmas in July will be Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22.  The event will be a great opportunity to begin Christmas shopping early.  There will be ...

  • 23 June

    Alston’s Named District Farm Family of the Year

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The eight district winners in the 70th annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program have been selected, representing the diversity of Arkansas agriculture, the state’s largest industry. Locally, Luke and DeeDee Alston of Mena were named for the Western District.  The Alston family had been named as Polk County’s Farm Family of the Year and ...

  • 21 June

    The Queen Hosts Ark. State Parks and Tourism Commission

    Queen Wilhelmina State Park hosted the monthly meeting of the Arkansas Parks and Tourism Commission on Thursday, June 15. Local photographer, William Rainey, gave a presentation on his works of Arkansas’ state parks, which included more than 180 portraits of the state’s landscape, wildlife, and unique flora and fauna. Paula Magers, Superintendent of Queen Wilhelmina, gave a presentation on the ...

  • 21 June

    Contestant Recruitment Underway for Mrs. Arkansas; Officials Seeking Mrs. Mena, Mrs. Polk County

    SUBMITTED – Pageant officials are actively recruiting contestants statewide to represent local preliminary titles at the 41st annual Mrs. Arkansas America Pageant scheduled for November 11 in Hot Springs. “We invite all married women throughout Arkansas who are interested in participating to claim their local title and begin preparing for competition,” says Lynn DeJarnette, executive director of the Mrs. Arkansas America ...

  • 21 June

    Gun & Hoses Blood Drive Showdown

    BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – The annual Guns & Hoses blood drives are back, with the Mena Police and Fire Department facing off in the friendly competition. During the Guns & Hoses drives, local firefighters ‘battle’ local police officers to see who can have more blood donated to benefit patients across the state through the Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI). Pictured above ...

  • 21 June

    DAV Gives Plaques

    On June 2, 2017 the DAV Auxiliary Unit 46, members Carol Burns and Edith Glenn went to the Rich Mountain Nursing/Rehab to present plaques to five veterans. The plagues are hung on the door so everyone knows is a veteran there. Those receiving the plaques were: Nell Weems, Robert Barron, Ed Copes, Dale Johnson, and John Pitchford. Mena Manor Nursing ...

  • 21 June

    Daughters of the American Revolution Host District Meeting

    BY MELANIE WADE – The James K. Polk Chapter of Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) hosted the district meeting for the Caddo District Daughters at the Ouachita Center on Wednesday, June 14. Eleven chapters from the district attended the all-day meeting. The local chapter was chartered in 2009 and this is the first time they have ...

  • 14 June

    Fire Destroys Home; Cause Under Investigation

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A local woman’s home is a complete loss following a fire on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Calls came in to 911 dispatch just after 6 p.m. after a passerby and neighbors saw the flames. Initially, the home’s occupants were unaware of the blaze. Witnesses said shortly after notifying 911,  people began to exit the residence while ...