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August 5, 2020

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Society aims to preserve history for Polk County

Proposal suggest moving sunshine house to library lot for use as a museum By Jeri Borst   Dedicating a space to preserve Polk County history is the focus of a proposed project steered by Polk County Genealogical Society. Shirley Manning shared the society’s vision with the Polk County Quorum Court at the July 28 meeting. “This would be a way ...

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Solar array to help meet electric demands

RMEC dedicated 1 MW solar facility to Philpot Rich Mountain Electric Cooperative (RMEC) and Today’s Power, Inc. (TPI)  unveiled the completed 1-megawatt (MW) solar array near the headquarters of the co-op in Mena, Arkansas off of Arkansas Highway 88.  In recognition of his 58 years of service to the cooperative, the solar generation facility is dedicated to the retiring President ...

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Healthy Habits grant awarded

Submitted by Polk County Extension Office The Polk County Extension Office recently wrapped up a $3,000 Healthy Habits grant program designed to teach nutrition and exercise concepts to Polk County youth.  The grant was originally written to bring the Body Walk to Holly Harshman Elementary school this past school year. However, due to Covid 19, the grant had to be ...

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MRHS honors employees with annual awards

Submitted by Mena Regional Health System Mena Regional Health System named Jennifer Maechler, RN was named the 2019 iCARE Star Employee of the Year. The iCARE Program was designed to encourage employees to daily demonstrate five desired guided behaviors at MRHS: Integrity, Compassionate Care, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence. Each quarter, nominations from patients and their families, the community and employees ...

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Identity fraud causes frenzy

By Jeri Borst Over the past several weeks, numerous reports of identity theft have been made to the Mena Police Department and Polk County Sheriff’s Office. The third week in July, nearly 30 individuals reported financial identity fraud. “This issue is rampant,” MPD Assistant Chief  Todd Cannon said. “It has been going on a couple of weeks. While we do ...

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Reisig releases 11th book in Road to Key West series

  Pulse founder, Michael Reisig’s new book, The Incredible Key West/Caribbean Race has toped category charts onAmazon and is being hailed as the best in the series. Reisig’s latest effort, the 11th novel in his “Road to Key West” series, adventurers Kansas Stamps and Will Bell find themselves entangled in a strange competition that carries them across Central America and ...

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Alderman hopefuls file for election

Staff Report On the November 2020 municipal ballot in Polk County, two positions will see opponents vie for seats. Larry Stewart will attempt to oust Ed Gibson from the position of Alderman of Ward 3 Position 2 in Mena, and  Paige Self will compete with Diane Osborne for votes for Hatfield’s Alderman Position 1 seat. Fillings reported from the Polk ...

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UARM postpones first day of class

Staff Report UA Rich Mountain has announced in-person classes will now start August 24 with the exception of licensed practical nursing classes, which will start the week originally set, August 17. Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson announced the college will provide a “flex” arrangement for in-person classes. For the most part, classes that meet twice a week will rotate being in-person ...

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Community Calendar

Wednesday August 5, 2020 •10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Shepherd’s Closet open at First Baptist Church 4802 Hwy 71 S. Hatfield, AR (870)389-6412.  Accepting and distributing clothing/usable household items/and nonperishable food items. We ask all patrons to wear a face mask. •10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 368 Polk Road 50. •12:00 ...

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