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February, 2019

  • 27 February

    Victory Bout for Byrd

    Ancelina “Lil Byrd” Byrd, age 12, of Hatfield, Arkansas made her long awaited return to competition Saturday night in Pine Bluff. Ancelina (called Lina for short) returned to the boxing ring Saturday night with a hard fought split decision over Emily Ball from Gloves not Guns Boxing. Lina competed for the first time in nearly a year. She had been ...

  • 27 February

    Single Parent Scholarship Awarded to Stephanie Abbott

    Single Parent Scholarship recipient Stephanie Abbott receives the Rotary Club of Polk County/Mena $500 contribution to the scholarship fund from Rotary President Michael Cate. In presenting the check, Cate noted that Rotary has supported the scholarship fund since the club’s formation in 2000. “When we see how hard recipients like Stephanie, we consider it a privilege to be able to ...

  • 27 February

    Kris Lye Named Coordinator for the Polk County Office of Emergency Management

    Polk County Judge, Brandon Ellison, has announced the appointment of Kris Lyle to the position of Coordinator in the Polk County office of Emergency Management. Lyle has been the interim Coordinator since January 1, 2019 when former Coordinator, Tommy Stueart, assumed the position of Chief of Police, for the City of Mena. The Polk County Office of Emergency Management serves several functions for the county, ...

  • 27 February

    Goss and Daniels Medal at FCCLA State Star Events

    Congratulations to Makenna and Kenzie on earning gold and silver medals at State Star Events last week in Conway. Makenna earned a gold medal in Job Interview and qualified for Nationals. Although she will be going as a new Arkansas FCCLA State Officer and will not be competing at NLC. Kenzie earned a silver medal in Junior Sports Nutrition and ...

  • 27 February

    Mena Elks Lodge Collects 200 Deer Hides for Veterans Leather Program

    Mena Elks Lodge #781 collected 200 deer hides this deer season for the Veterans Leather Program, an increase of 75 over last years tally.  The program collects the hides to be used in therapy programs for recovering veterans. The hides are sent away to be worked into leather and become gloves for veterans to use with wheelchairs.  These gloves are then given out at adaptive sports clinics and gatherings around the ...

  • 27 February

    February 28th National Rare Disease Day

    EAST students Alyssa Wilson, Elizabeth Crawford, and Charlie Mock proudly watched as Mayor Seth Smith signed a Proclamation last Thursday recognizing Feb. 28th as a local day to focus on National Rare Diseases.  February 28, 2019 is the National Day for Rare Diseases and now Mena and the surrounding community has a platform to initiate discussions, support and fundraising. These girls ...

  • 27 February

    Mena Medical Associates Welcomes New Providers, Patrick Fox, MD and Kristen Mack, APRN

    Mena Medical Associates, an outpatient family care division of Mena Regional Health System, recently added two providers to their medical team. Dr. Patrick Fox, Family Practice Provider and a member of the MRHS medical staff since 2007, currently serves as a part-time MRHS ER Physician. He will be joining Mena Medical Associates in May of this year. Dr. Fox received ...

  • 27 February

    Humane Society of the Ouachitas Receives Money from PetSmart Charities® For Spay-Neuter Efforts

    Mena, AR— Humane Society of the Ouachitas (HSO) is excited to announce it received a grant in the amount of $31,875 from PetSmart Charities® the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, to support its 2019 low-cost “Spay Neuter Assistance Program” (SNAP) for Polk County pet parents! The PetSmart Charities grant will help subsidize spay and neuter costs this ...

  • 27 February

    Ag Safety Awareness Week is March 3rd – 9th

    LITTLE ROCK — Farm Bureaus across the country are making safety a top priority this spring through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program (ASAP). As a part of ASAP, March 3-9 has been designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. This year’s theme, “Safety: Know Your Limits,” will highlight a different safety focus each day of the week. Monday will focus on ...

  • 27 February

    State Lawmakers Look to Raise Minimum Age to Purchase Tobacco

    Arkansas lawmakers have filed a bill that would raise the states minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21. House Bill 1519 would “Prohibit the sale of tobacco products, vapor products, alternative nicotine products, e-liquid products and cigarette papers” to those under 21 years of age. The bill would allow law enforcement and school officials to seize and dispose of ...