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June, 2017

  • 7 June

    Gates Finds Connection to Previous Episode While Filming in Mena

    BY MELANIE BUCK – When the Travel Channel’s Josh Gates rolled into Mena to secretly film his show Expedition Unknown at the Board Camp Crystal Mine, little did he know that he would stumble across someone else with a connection to a previous broadcast of Gates’ second show, Destination Truth. But, that he did, when he stepped into the Skyline ...

May, 2017

  • 31 May

    Undercover Operation Results in Drug Arrest

    BY MELANIE BUCK – “We are committed to arresting drug dealers in Polk County,” stated Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in a press release following the latest drug-related arrest from the department. On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the Sheriff’s Department and the 18th West Judicial Drug Task Force (DTF) arrested John T. Pitchford, age 42 ...

  • 31 May

    Single Parent Scholarship Awarded

    Single Parent Scholarship recipient Shannon Jesse (r) thanks Polk County/Mena Rotary Club President Tiffany Lane for the Club’s $750.00 contribution to the scholarship fund. Jesse, who enrolled in 21 hours this spring, earned a 4.0 grade point average while working 20-40 hours a week. In thanking the Club, she said the scholarship not only helped with college expenses, it gave ...

  • 31 May

    MRHS Celebrates Employees with Hospital Awards

    SUBMITTED – Mena Regional Health System recently held its annual Hospital Week Awards Presentation.  Awards for 2016 were presented to many employees. Jonathan Welsh was awarded the Provider of the Year; Lupe Gallegos was awarded the iCARE Star Employee of the Year; Judy Sisk was selected to receive the Spirit of Excellence Award; and Sara Hale was honored with the ...

  • 31 May

    Hamlet Auditions Being Held This Week

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Hamlet will be Ouachita Little Theatre’s 2017 Fall production and auditions will be held the first week in June so that cast members will have the entire summer to learn their lines and prepare for the Shakespearean roles. Hamlet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare around the turn of the 17th century. The play is ...

  • 31 May

    Annual Free Fishing Days Coming Soon

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The state’s yearly Free Fishing Days are coming up, and you’ll want to mark your calendar and take advantage of the treat. Free Fishing Days will be observed from noon on June 9th through midnight on June 11th. During that time, no angler will need a fishing license or trout permit to fish anywhere in Arkansas. ...

  • 31 May

    Extension Office Holds Reception

    The Polk County Extension Office welcomed their two new agents, Bridgett Martin and Josh Yates on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Martin and Yates join longtime agent Carla Vaught. All three will have a hand in educating the county’s citizens in all things agriculture, and they will all play a role in 4-H clubs across the area. For more information on ...

  • 31 May

    Cove Projects Will Temporarily Close Streets

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Arkansas State Highway Commission will begin work on a few roadways in South Polk County soon, with some causing detours in normal commutes for Cove citizens. The resurfacing of Lewis Street and a section of West Barton Avenue in Cove is anticipated to begin in early June according to Cove’s Mayor, Joan Headley.  Approximately 1.5 ...

  • 31 May

    Governor Pleased with Continuous Drop in Unemployment Rates

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Arkansas unemployment rate has again dipped into record numbers for the fourth straight month. Locally, Polk County has also experienced a decline in recent months. Governor Asa Hutchinson is well pleased with the numbers and said it “tells us that we are on the right track in terms of implementing conservative policies that spur job ...

  • 31 May

    Downtown Partners Bring Added Awareness to Importance of Main Street

    BY MELANIE BUCK – “Downtown is a reflection of how the community feels about itself,” said Main Street Arkansas Director Greg Phillips while speaking to an audience at the Ouachita Center during an event held by Mena’s Downtown Partners. The purpose of the event was for Phillips to inform the community about the importance of a vibrant downtown and how ...