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September, 2020

  • 2 September

    Flooding causes closures Breeched banks and impassable roads

    By Jeri Borst Weather warnings have flooded the area for the past week and continue for the coming days. Tropical storms dropped several inches of rain last week as hurricane Laura hit the Louisiana/Arkansas line, which saturated the ground locally causing some flooding, although not as dire as originally predicted thanks to Laura turning east sooner than predicted. Precipitation continued ...

  • 2 September

    County approves raises

    Effective Sept.1, first raise in a year and a half By Jeri Borst County employee may be seeing larger paychecks after the Polk County Quorum Court voted to approve raises. The recommendation from County Judge Brandon Ellison and the Salary and Personnel Committee to give a 4% raise to all county employees and county elected officials was approved unanimously. The ...

  • 2 September

    COVID-19 creates need for poll workers

    Ballot preparations underway for Nov. 3 election Photo by Jeri Borst Polk County Clerk Terri Harrison, left, records ballot positions as drawn by Election Commissioners Laden Coplin and David Gray Monday, Aug. 24. By Jeri Borst Changes to some polling locations will change as a result of meeting social distancing measures, which are required by the state as part of ...

  • 2 September

    Mena named one of the most eco-friendly places in the country

    Staff Report Mena has been nationally recognized by LendEDU for having one of the highest percentages of solar-powered homes in the U.S. Mena Mayor Seth Smith was informed last week that Mena has 23 solar-powered homes out of 7,207 total housing units, which means 0.32% of the homes in Mena are solar-powered and more eco-friendly. LendEDU used housing data from ...

  • 2 September

    ASP make arrest in Scott County homicide investigation

    Staff Report The Arkansas State Police is investigating the murders of two Scott County residents whose bodies were discovered early Monday morning (August 24th) inside the couple’s home at 4642 Highway 270 near Boles, south of Waldron.  Special Agents of the state police criminal investigation division were requested by the Scott County Sheriff to conduct the homicide investigation. The bodies ...

  • 2 September

    Ouachita Quilt show canceled

    Submitted by Judy Myers The Ouachita Quilt Show Committee has decided to cancel the 2020 Quilt Show that was to be held in November. We regret having to make this decision, however, most of the volunteers that help with the show are over  65 and some have health issues that put them at additional risk for Covid 19. The Nimble ...

  • 2 September

    Chamber director talks up the town in business publication

    Staff Report Source: Arkansas Business Chamber Director Pasha Watson  was featured in an executive Q&A in the Aug. 24 issue of Business. In the interview, Watson touts the Mena and Polk County area has a value that is above average. Watson said the market’s highlights  include, “Being close to nature, individual freedom and people wanting to escape urban environments bring ...

  • 2 September

    Around Town

    Thursday, September 3 St. Agnes Church will host a food distribution from 10:30 a.m. until noon at 203 8th St. in Mena.  Distribution will be at the church office. Saturday Sept. 12 The Elks Lodge of MEna will have a BBQ Cook Off. To enter call 479-394-3740 or obtain an entry form at 124 Elks Lane Hwy. 375E Saturday, Sept. ...

August, 2020

  • 26 August

    Changes to school sports mandated by state

    Photo Courtesy of Mena Public Schools / Editing by Jeri Borst Bob Carver Bearcat Stadium held a socially distant crowd during Mena’s scrimmage against Mansfield Friday, Aug. 21.     By Jeri Borst A recent decision from the Arkansas Department of Health may result in tempered noise from football fans on Friday nights. An Aug. 14 mandate to public and ...

  • 26 August

    Damage doesn’t deter dedication to delivery

    Mena, Mt. Ida games to be broadcast on KENA/KQOR By Jeri Borst Target practice that resulted in property damage to Pulse Multi-Media radio equipment has not only created issues for listeners, but may also result in federal charges. Though the investigation is ongoing, Chris Daniel, interim general manger, said sports broadcast will continue despite the damage. “The estimated damage amounts ...