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January, 2018

  • 24 January

    City Names New Parks and Rec Director

    BY MELANIE WADE – The City of Mena named their new Parks and Recreation Director on Monday. John Stubbs has been hired to take on the multi-sport complex and manage operations at McMillan Pool. Previous director, Nathan Fowler, worked his last day in December before beginning his newest venture. Stubbs comes with more than a decade of experience in the ...

  • 20 January

    Community Development Discussions Continue for Former Middle School

    BY MELANIE WADE – Plans are underway for the development of the old Mena Middle School building that has sat empty on Mena Street since a tornado ripped through town on April 9, 2009. Following the devastation, a local man, Walter Deetz, purchased the building and has extensively repaired it; however, selling the property or deciding on what to do ...

  • 20 January

    State Auditor to Rotary: “Join the Great Arkansas Treasure Hunt”

    BY MELANIE WADE – State Auditor Andrea Lea was the guest speaker at the weekly luncheon of the Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County on Thursday, January 11, and covered several topics, including the Great Arkansas Treasure Hunt, of which she encourages everyone to participate. Lea has served as the state’s 40th auditor since 2014. In her role, she serves as ...

  • 19 January

    HSO to Host Open House in Celebration of Cat Habitat

    SUBMITTED BY CHERYL MURPHY AND TINA BALL – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is excited to announce the public is invited to share in an Open House in honor of its new Cat Habitat. The event is scheduled for Saturday, January 20th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., located at the shelter property at 368 Polk Road 50, south of ...

  • 19 January

    Polk County Inmate Index Now Available

    BY MELANIE WADE – Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer has announced they now have their inmate index available online, as opposed to the smart phone RPS app previously available. To look up inmates currently booked into the Polk County Detention Center, public access can be found at http://www.findtheinmate.com/polk and a listing of the jail inmate population appears. As of press ...

  • 18 January

    Exchange Student Presents Cultural Program to Lioness

    BY ILANA BURK – Alina Tekinova, an exchange student from Kyrgyzstan, presented a stunning presentation to the Mena Lioness Lions Club at Limetree Restaurant on Thursday, January 11th.  She shared a variety of cultural facts about her country, which is located in Central Asia, including dress, government, population, religion, natural landscape, and much more. She wore her traditional Kyrgyz girl’s ...

  • 17 January

    5th Annual Talimena 13.1 Run and Relay Registration is Open

    SUBMITTED – The fifth running of the Talimena 13.1 Run and Relay is set for March 10, 2018, with the race beginning at Janssen Park in Mena, running up Mena Street, and over the Talimena Scenic Drive to the historic Queen Wilhelmina State Park, in an epic challenge for any long distance athlete. “The race features not only a running ...

  • 17 January

    Mena Regional iCare Star Employee

    Lynn Foster, Mena Regional Health System Radiology/Mammography Technologist, was recently named the iCARE Star Employee of the Quarter.  Lynn has been employed with MRHS for 25 years.  The nomination that was submitted on her behalf stated, “ Lynn always goes above and beyond when it comes to caring for her patients.  She makes them feel comfortable and at ease.  She ...

  • 17 January

    MRHS Announces iCare Department of the Quarter

    Mena Regional Health System recently named Med/Surg as the iCARE Star Department of the Quarter. The department was presented a plaque to be displayed on the iCARE Wall of Fame, a traveling trophy, and a pizza party.  Pictured from left to right: Jay Quebedeaux, CEO; Angela Cunningham, LPN; Sara Short, LPN; Teresa Wise, Chief Nursing Officer; Lisa Wood, Med/Surg and ICU Director; ...

  • 17 January

    Library Offers Program for Area Children

    The Polk County Library recently held a program for area children on where Library personnel read books about winter and winter activities to those in attendance. Additional fun activities included crafts and games with Lou Shanks and a sing-along with Gay Fountain. Pictured above is Mary Renick, Polk County Librarian, reading to the children. The next children’s program will be February ...