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May, 2017

  • 10 May

    Annual Baby Bottle Boomerang Starts on Mother’s Day

    SUBMITTED – Fresh Start Pregnancy Resource Center of the Ouachitas is gearing up for their eighth annual Baby Bottle Boomerang campaign. Staff and volunteers have been delivering hundreds of baby bottles to churches, businesses, and organizations in Polk County who are participating in Fresh Start’s largest annual fundraiser. Last year over two dozen churches, businesses, and groups participated by filling baby ...

  • 10 May

    Local Realtors Earn Awards for Excellence

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Several local realtors received Awards for Excellence at a recent meeting held in Mena. The Arkansas REALTORS® Association, through the cooperation of Member Boards throughout Arkansas, creates and establishes the Awards for Excellence Program.  Eligible REALTORS® may apply as an individual or as a team. There are several categories for achievement, but each of the following ...

  • 3 May

    Cossatot EAST Students Develop New Mapping App for County

    SUBMITTED – On Thursday, April 6, Cossatot River EAST [Environmental and Spatial Technology] student Faye Wilkinson visited the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to present a project that she and fellow EAST student Rylee Stevenson have been developing since the beginning of the school year. While deciding what to give their efforts towards, the students chose to do something with mapping. ...

  • 3 May

    County Loses Digital Access; Suffers Much Less than Rest of State

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Weather across the area over the weekend was less than gentle as it ripped across northwest Arkansas leaving many without power and many others in the midst of floodwaters. Although Polk County didn’t receive the worst of the rains, there was minor damage sustained due to high winds, and water levels that apparently washed away some ...

  • 3 May

    UA Rich Mountain Presents at ACS National Meeting

    SUBMITTED – At the 253rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in San Francisco, UA Rich Mountain Chemistry Instructor Dr. Gaumani Gyanwali, and UA Rich Mountain Student Eduardo Medina presented Impact of an In-Class Calculation Work-Sheet in Chemistry and Physical Science Courses on Student Success. The meeting was held from April 2-6, 2017 with 15,000+ national and international ...

  • 3 May

    Union Bank Donates to Single Parent Scholarship Fund

    Union Bank President Philip Hensley presents the bank’s $500.00 contribution to Polk County Single Parent Scholarship Fund board members, Tim Rodgers and Pete Chambers. In thanking Hensley, Chambers noted that Union Bank not only has supported the scholarship fund financially for eleven years, but also by serving on the board and providing meeting space. “The bank including us in the ...

  • 3 May

    Riner Named as Official Superhero at Child Abuse Prevention Rally

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Andy Riner, Prosecuting Attorney for the 18th West Judicial District, was honored with this year’s Superhero Award, given by the Mercy Child Advocacy Center in Mena, at their second annual Child Abuse Prevention Rally held in Polk County. The event was presented at their local location, 400 Port Arthur Avenue, where they serve the county’s abused ...

  • 3 May

    Otto to Receive Ballistic Vest

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer is pleased to announce that Otto, the county’s K-9 narcotics dog, will receive a ballistic vest thanks to the generous donations of two local Mason clubs. The Dallas Masonic Lodge #128, of Mena, and Mountain Meadow Lodge #218, of Hatfield, each pitched in $500 to donate towards the purchase of the ...

  • 3 May

    Mary Poppins Opens Friday at OLT

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Mary Poppins opens this weekend at the Ouachita Little Theatre, 610 Mena Street, in Mena. The curtain will open to the home of Jane and Michael Banks, two children in need of a new nanny, as they keep running the others off. Mary Poppins has long been a favored treasure of generations of children and adults ...

  • 3 May

    Highway Commission Approves South County Projects

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Arkansas State Highway Commission has announced their intent to improve portions of a handful of roads in south Polk County after bids for the projects were approved. Crow Paving, Inc., of Morrilton, was awarded the contracts with construction scheduled to begin in two to four weeks. In Hatfield, .5 miles of Mershon Drive will be ...