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May, 2017

  • 24 May

    Local Marines Honored at State Convention

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Two local Marines were honored with accolades while attending the Arkansas Department of the Marine Corps League’s annual convention in Conway, Arkansas in early May. Representing local Marine Corps League Detachment #1261 were Commandant George O’Daniel, Sergeant at Arms Hank Todaro, and Judge Advocate Jim Christie. O’Daniel was awarded the Marine Corps League Distinguished Service Award ...

  • 24 May

    Interact Raises Money for Wildlife

    The Interact Club of Polk County recently made a donation to the Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center to assist in the daily needs of caring for the region’s injured animals. The club was able to donate $150 to the cause. Pictured are: Danielle Clegg, Bren Harvey, Lilly Garret, Vice President Dustin Dilbeck, President Clint Buck, and Raychel Woodey.

  • 24 May

    Anonymous Cyclist Fundraising for Veterans’ Projects

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A cyclist, only known by the name of Patrick, found his way through Mena on a cross-country trip to bring awareness to veterans. The man, who wishes to remain as anonymous as possible, began his trip on February 15th of this year in hopes of raising money for the Wounded Warriors Project and Wishes for Warriors. ...

  • 22 May

    Howard County Suspect Flees to Polk County; Found with Drugs and Gun

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man wanted for aggravated assault late Thursday night after a call came in to dispatch from Howard County, and found a trove of drugs and a firearm in the midst. At approximately 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017, Polk County authorities were informed of a suspect that allegedly ...

  • 19 May

    City Council Approves Rate Increase Police Have Busy Month

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A rate increase for water services was approved at the most recent meeting of the Mena City Council on May 16th. The increase was discussed in April’s Mena Water Utilities (MWU) Commission Meeting, who then sent the recommendation to the full council for approval. Mena Water Utility Manager Charles Pitman said that the utility consulted with ...

  • 19 May

    Local Teacher Named State VFW Teacher of the Year

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Mrs. Helen Buxton, Special Education English teacher at Cossatot River High School, has been announced as the state’s VFW Teacher of the Year. The Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year award contest recognizes exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. Each year, a classroom elementary, junior high, ...

  • 19 May

    Blackfork Community Seeking Memorabilia for Hertiage Event

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The community of Blackfork will celebrate a Blackfork Heritage Event on June 10, 2017. Organizers are looking for any information on the old schools in the area, “before everyone was shipped out to the ‘big schools.’” If you have any old pictures, stories, or articles of interest on the people, churches, stores, post office, or anything ...

  • 19 May

    Kids’ Fishing Derby This Saturday

    BY MELANIE BUCK – This year’s kids’ Fishing Derby dates have been announced for the event that is held annually by the U.S. Forestry Service. The Mena/Oden Ranger District will head up the local event that will be held at the Rifle Range Pond on May 27th. Registration begins at 7 a.m. that morning, with the derby beginning at 8 ...

  • 18 May

    Armed Forces Celebrated in Janssen Park

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The 3rd annual Armed Forces Day Picnic was held by the Democratic Party of Polk County on Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Janssen Park. Jo Lee Erickson, Chair of the Democratic Party of Polk County, said they had around 30 in attendance this year and plan to continue the annual event each year. “We want to ...

  • 18 May

    Mena Mail Carriers Collect Two Tons of Food

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Mail carriers in Mena collected more than two tons of food during the annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger food drive that is held by the United States Postal Service on the second Saturday of May each year. The drive is the largest one-day food drive in the nation and has been ...