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June, 2013

  • 26 June

    Dakota’s Story

    By LeAnn Dilbeck A two-vehicle accident in March 2012 found an entire community in mourning over the loss of two but later found itself in celebration over the astounding recovery of a two-year old that beat all the odds. The name Paylon is one that is very familiar to most in the community. A community grasping to cope with such ...

  • 26 June

    ARCO Learns Importance of GIS in Recruiting Business & Industry

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Recognizing the essential role that technology plays in today’s business place and economy, the Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas (ARCO) June meeting brought in two experts to illustrate ways ARCO can embrace the newest technology in its mission for economic development for the three-county region. Shelby Johnson, the Arkansas Geographic Information State Officer, began his ...

  • 26 June

    Gordens Named 2013 DISTRICT Farm Family of the Year

    District winners for the 67th Annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program have been selected and among them is Polk County’s Farm Family of the Year – the Bob and Sarah Gorden family. The district winners will now be judged to determine a state winner, to be announced at the Dec. 12 Farm Family of the Year luncheon at ...

  • 21 June

    Some Like It Hot!

    Four local firefighters have now earned their ARFF (Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting) certification after attending a week-long training in Jefferson City, Missouri, June 5 – 9. Daniel Sanchez, Captain Duane Harvey, Captain Tom Hairston, and Seth Smith [ABOVE] dedicated 40 hours to classroom and practical training to earn the certification. Mena Fire Chief John Puckett said the department will send ...

  • 21 June

    Richardson Headlines Bearcat Bash V

      “If it is to be, it’s up to me.” — Nolan Richardson By LeAnn Dilbeck Former Arkansas Razorback Head Basketball Coach Nolan Richardson spoke inspirational and encouraging words to avid Bearcat Supporters during the Bearcat Bash V held last week at CMA Iron Mountain. Laced with stories of humor, Bearcat fans enjoyed the Rollin’ with Nolan fundraising event. Union ...

  • 21 June

    FEMA Teams Conduct Damage Assessments

    County Judge Anticipates Federal Disaster Declaration Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison said that city and county officials have concluded their preliminary damage assessments following the May 30-31 storms for required deadlines. Ellison said the federal government dispatched FEMA teams throughout Arkansas to compile damage assessments. State-wide, he said, their reports were between $6 million to $7 million. Ellison said, “On ...

  • 21 June

    Torix Named New Mena High School Prinicpal

    Mena School Superintendent Mr. Benny Weston has announced that the school board has named Mr. Shane Torix as the new Mena High School principal. Torix is a former Mena Bearcat himself, graduating in 1991, and has already been serving as the assistant principal at MHS since 2003. To say that he is proud to have this opportunity at his former ...

  • 21 June

    “All Aboard!” Rich Mountain’s New ‘Glory Train’

    By LeAnn Dilbeck – Whether it’s your first trip or your hundredth, it’s impossible to not be stricken by the inspiring beauty of the Talimena National Scenic Byway and Rich Mountain, in any season. That was certainly the case for Ronnie Gene and Allison Waggoner when they stayed at the lodge on their honeymoon a few years ago.  So much ...

  • 5 June

    Tornadoes and Flash Flooding Strike County

    BY LEANN DILBECK – A storm that spawned three tornadoes within Polk County and produced major flash flooding, still has officials assessing the totality of the damage but grateful for the quick reactions of residents who immediately responded to help neighbors. The storm that moved into the area at approximately 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon first produced an EF 1 tornado ...

  • 5 June

    County Mourning Loss of Two Law Enforcement Officers

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The loss of two Scott County law enforcement officers is being felt heavily in Polk County.  The three-day search ended Sunday when the body of 32-year old Arkansas Game & Fish wildlife officer, Joel Campora, a Mena native, was found around 9:30 a.m. almost two miles from where he and Sheriff Cody Carpenter attempted to help ...