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January, 2018

  • 26 January

    Veterans Serving Veterans

    BY MELANIE WADE – Polk County is full of generous people… those who quietly give to others, whether donating money, paying a utility bill for their neighbor, or pulling their sleeves up following a disaster to help wherever needed. Polk County is also blessed with many veterans who served their country well and chose to call the area their home ...

  • 26 January

    CR EAST Students Develop Virtual Trail Tours

    BY MELANIE WADE – Cossatot River School District’s EAST class is determined to make waves, of the good sort, through the development of projects that benefit the masses. Their latest of such is a virtual reality tour of area trails for those unable to actually walk the trails. EAST stands for Environmental and Spatial Technology, and is a constantly expanding ...

  • 26 January

    HSO Announces New Board; Hosts Ceremony to Celebrate New Cat Habitat

    The 2018 Board Members of the Humane Society of the Ouachitas were elected at the January 18 meeting held at the Limetree Restaurant in Mena.  Five of the eight elected ran unopposed serving in officer positions and have one to twelve years of service on the board offering experience and wisdom with their leadership. Three of the eight elected, Jane ...

  • 26 January

    Tilley Announces Intent to Run for Mena Mayor

    SUBMITTED – Ron Tilley confirms he will run for the position of Mena Mayor in the November 2018 election.  His desire is to build upon the strengths of this city and the successes of others. Tilley states, “Serving the residents of Mena for almost two decades has increased my awareness to the needs we face but has also taught me ...

  • 26 January

    MRHS Emergency Nurses Awarded for Care of Stroke Patients

    BY MELANIE WADE – Several nurses of the MRHS Emergency Department were recently recognized by AR SAVES for outstanding performance and lasting contributions to stroke care in Arkansas in 2017, with each receiving the Excellence Award. Outstanding nurses awarded were Ha Le, RN; Abby Wheeler, RN (both pictured) and Emily Turner, RN and Collin Krause, RN (not pictured). “The nursing ...

  • 25 January

    Sheriff Speaks at Polk County Sociable Seniors Meeting

    Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer served as guest speaker at the most recent meeting of the Polk County Sociable Seniors, a group for those ages 50 and up that meet monthly for a luncheon and fellowship with their peers. Sawyer spoke on a variety topics. The group is led by Diane Mathis, who encourages anyone over 50 to attend. They ...

  • 24 January

    Poultry Producer Registration Open

    The Rich Mountain Conservation District wants to remind poultry producers in the area about registering their operations at the local office. If You Are a Polk County Poultry Producer who owned or operated poultry feeding operations that housed 2,500 birds or more any time in 2017, you are required to register your facility at the local Rich Mountain Conservation District ...

  • 24 January

    Jury Sentences “Unrepentant” Drug Dealer to Lengthy Term

    BY MELANIE WADE – A Polk County jury rendered an 80-year sentence to a Mena man last week following his conviction in Polk County Circuit Court on drug related charges, sending a strong and clear message to other dealers in the area that law abiding citizens want to see an end to the drug epidemic that grips every community across ...

  • 24 January

    Supreme Court Ruling Sparked by Local Case

    BY MELANIE WADE – A debate that began with a local case was the beginning of a ripple effect that concluded with a ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court last week that Arkansans do not have the right to file a lawsuit against the state. The ruling was handed down in a 5-2 decision by the high court. The case ...

  • 24 January

    Flores Wins County Spelling Bee Hosted by UA-Rich Mountain

    On January 16th, the 2018 Polk County Spelling Bee was held in the Ouachita Center on the main campus of the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain, where Cossatot River’s 8th grade student, Laura Flores, won the event spelling ‘gardenia’ as her final word. Flores will advance to the State Spelling Bee to compete with the top contestants from around Arkansas. ...