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September, 2017

  • 26 September

    Man Arrested After Ramming Police Cruiser

    BY MELANIE WADE – A 31-year old Mena man was arrested on September 21, after stealing a car, ramming a police car, and being found in possession of illegal substances. Michael T. Higgins is currently in the Polk County Detention Center awaiting formal arraignment on an array of charges. On September 21, Mena Police had received information that Higgins was ...

  • 26 September

    Reflections Creative Arts Studio to Open With Full House

    BY MELANIE WADE – The newest addition to Mena’s blossoming downtown arts district, Reflections Creative Arts Studio, will open their doors to offer a full array of artistic expression studios in a completely remodeled historic building on the corner of Maple and Mena Streets. The Studio is the brainchild of Emmye Rowell, owner of Beautiful Soles Christian Dance Company, and ...

  • 26 September

    Rose Accepts Internship

    BY MELANIE WADE – April Rose, a Mena High senior, has accepted an internship at Pulse Multi-Media for the fall semester. The 80-hour paid internship is made possible through the Arkansas Broadcasters Association. “We are thrilled to welcome a student of April’s caliber. She holds multiple leadership positions in school and it’s easy to see why!” said Pulse Multi-Media General ...

  • 26 September

    Boozman Convenes Inaugural Congressional Youth Cabinet

    WASHINGTON – Arkansas high school students are lending their voices to Washington policies as members of U.S. Senator John Boozman’s Congressional Youth Cabinet, a program to expose students to the legislative process and opportunities for advocacy and civic engagement. The group of 44 juniors from all four congressional districts met for the first time in Little Rock on Friday. “I am pleased ...

  • 26 September

    Maddox Honors Farm Family

    Polk County Farm Bureau held their annual meeting Monday, September 25. During the meeting, Extension Agent Carla Vaught presented a slide show featuring the Polk County & District Farm Family of the Year, the Luke and Deedee Alston family.  State Senator Larry Teague and State Representative John Maddox honored the Alston family with a citation from the State Congress.  As ...

  • 26 September

    Wheel A’ Mena Tour to the Top to Launch from Janssen Park on Saturday

    BY MELANIE WADE – Cyclists will hit the county on Saturday, September 30th as the Rotary Club of Mena and Polk County kicks off the 6th annual Wheel A’ Mena – Tour to the Top bicycle challenge. The tour will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 30th with three tours to choose from, a 30-mile, 50-mile, and a 70-mile ...

  • 20 September

    School Elections Held Tuesday

    BY MELANIE WADE – School Elections were held around the county on Tuesday, September 29, 2017 for all three school districts. Only one district had a race for a school board position, as all others were unopposed. Ouachita River School District’s Zone 5 seat was contested between Annette Hayes and Robby Strother. Hayes won the seat with 78.57 percent of ...

  • 20 September

    Ark. AG to Honor Jewell as Polk County LEO of the Year

    BY MELANIE WADE – Polk County’s Chief Deputy Randy Jewell has been selected by Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge as Polk County’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Jewell will be recognized at the 15th annual Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit to be held on October 3, 2017 at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock. “I am very humbled and honored to ...

  • 20 September

    Barr Named National Merit Semifinalist

    BY MEKINZIE KYLE – On September 13, 2017 officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next ...

  • 20 September

    Ark. Dept. of Workforce Services to Relocate to UARM

    BY MELANIE WADE – The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services in Mena is changing locations after being in the Northside Shopping Center for more than 40 years. The move is the result of several partners coming together with a vision of being under one roof. Tom Bonkofsky of Mena’s Workforce Center said that they have partnered with UA-Rich Mountain, Rich ...