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March, 2017

  • 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 ...

  • 1 March

    Hill Billy Healers Raise the Most at 2017 Polar Plunge

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The 2017 Polar Plunge was held on Saturday, February 25, at Janssen Park to raise money for Arkansas Special Olympics. Elizabeth Thompkins, organizer of the annual event, said $1365.30 was collected the day of the event with the Hill Billy Healers earning Most Money Raised by a Team. “Donations are still being received online and through ...

  • 1 March

    NIDEC Motor Corporation Supports UA Rich Mountain Science Programs

    SUBMITTED – The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Science Department recently received donations from the NIDEC Motor Corporation for projects in the field of science. The donations provided support to the UA Rich Mountain Science Department to host a reception for the 2017 Science Fair participants and will provide classroom and lab retrofit of equipment and facilities. The UA Rich ...

  • 1 March

    Acorn High School Implements JAG Program

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Ouachita River School District’s Acorn campus has implemented a program that allows students to go to school and to work, all while earning credits to graduate and gaining a lifetime of skills and experience. Jobs for America’s Graduates, or JAG, as it is commonly referred, is a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing dropouts among ...

  • 1 March

    Mena Emblem Club Donates to Veterans

    Mena Emblem Club member Lena White, presented a check to Denie Westphal, of the Veteran’s Service Office, on behalf of the Mena Emblem Club. The donation is for The Wall That Heals that is coming to Mena March 23 – 26.

February, 2017

  • 28 February

    Maddox Passes Resolution Seeking Federal Support of I-49 Completion

    BY LEANN DILBECK  – State Representative John Maddox [R-District 20] was successful in introducing and passing a house resolution, HR1018, before the 91st General Assembly last week. HR1018 encourages the expansion of the I-49 North-South corridor to improve accessibility and create economic prosperity. The resolution garnered the support of 55 co-sponsors.  The resolution was adopted and a copy is being ...

  • 23 February

    County Seeing Rise in Flu Cases

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The flu has officially arrived in Polk County. Although some may have experienced the flu, or flu-like symptoms in recent months, 2017 has seen an explosion in its first few weeks. Mena Regional Health System Public Relations Specialist Sonya Maye, has reported 103 patients have tested positive for the flu since January 2, 2017, when the ...