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May, 2017

  • 3 May

    3rd Annual Color Run to be Held Saturday

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena Regional Health System Support Foundation will host their annual Foundation Frenzy 5K Family Color Run/Walk this Saturday, May 6th. The popular event raises money for the Foundation while giving participants a vibrant race to run as ‘color bomb stations’ line the course. The third annual event will take place at Janssen Park beginning at ...

  • 2 May

    ‘Love Our Town’ Service Weekend Held: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

    BY LEANN DILBECK – This past weekend approximately 400 volunteers poured out across Mena, armed with power tools, building/cleaning supplies, and a deep desire to serve as The Crossing Church held it’s first ‘Love Our Town’ Service Weekend. Rain on Saturday couldn’t dampen the spirits as volunteers worked with rain slickers and pop-up tents; and again on Sunday, completing over ...

  • 2 May

    Community Offers Support Through Horrific Tragedy

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The community banded together as the unfathomable events of last week unfolded, showing endless support to the law enforcement officers and then ending the week with a community prayer vigil for the victims’ family and to honor the slain after a four day search did not end as everyone had hoped. A benefit account was also ...

  • 1 May


    Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer has announced that Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner has charged Brian Bliss Travis, age 37 of Mena, with four counts of Capital Murder following a quadruple homicide investigation in the deaths of 2-year old Acelynn Wester, 9-year old Reilly Scarbrough, their mother, 43-year old Bethany Wester, and her uncle, 66-year old Steven Payne. The case is ...

April, 2017

  • 28 April

    Identity of Second Victim Released

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer has released the identity of the male found in his home in Hatfield on Thursday as 66 year old Steven J. Payne. This is the second body found this week and two children remain listed as missing/endangered. Payne’s body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab. The Polk County ...

  • 27 April

    BREAKING NEWS: Authorities Discover Second Body

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A second body has been found within a week by Polk County authorities. On Thursday afternoon, Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer confirmed that another crime scene is being worked just south of Hatfield. Family members of the alleged second victim have confirmed to Pulse Multi-Media that it is the uncle of Bethany Jo (Scarbrough) Wester. The ...

  • 27 April

    BREAKING NEWS: Authorities Identify Body Found in Cove

    BY MELANIE BUCK The identity of a body found near Cove, Ark. has been confirmed by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department as 43 year old Bethany Jo (Scarbrough) Wester, of Mena. The body was discovered on Tuesday, April 25 after the Sheriff’s Department received a call of a “suspicious object” in a creek southeast of Cove. The body was sent ...

  • 26 April

    MORGAN NICK AMBER ALERT Issued for Two Polk County Children

    SUBMITTED BY THE POLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in locating two children missing from the Mena/ Polk County area. The missing children are Reilly James Scarbrough, age 10, and his sister Acelynn Carrie Wester, age 2. Both children were last seen around April 21, 2017 – April 22, 2017. Reilly ...

  • 26 April

    Teague Talks Guns, Executions, and Internet with Lions

    BY MELANIE BUCK – State Senator Larry Teague paid a visit to the Mena Lions Club on Friday, April 21, 2017 and spoke of many topics that the Arkansas General Assembly considered in their first session of the year, and of issues coming up in next month’s special session. Some of the topics he discussed with the club were guns, ...

  • 26 April

    Council to Consider Water Rate Increase

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Mena City Council will be considering a recommendation from the Mena Water Utilities Commission (MWU) to increase water rates during their May meeting. Mena Water Utility Manager Charles Pitman said that the utility consulted with Communities Unlimited (CU) regarding its current water rates. CU confirmed that the utility is not charging enough to cover its ...