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Mena PD Officers Now In New Uniforms Thanks To Arvest

The Arvest Foundation has made Mena Police Officers not only more comfortable, but safer through a donation of new uniforms and vests to the department. Theresa Young and Chris Thrailkill of the local Arvest Bank reached out to Mena Police Chief Tommy Stueart regarding new bulletproof vests for the officers. “When we looked at the cost of new vests we ...

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Burn Ban For Polk County

Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison has ordered a burn ban for Polk County. In a release Judge Ellison notes that “a long duration of dry weather, with lack of adequate rainfall or precipitation has created dry and hazardous conditions throughout Polk County. The order goes on to state, “The court finds that an emergency situation exists in the unincorporated areas ...

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Tax-Deliquent Property Auction Raises Money For Polk County

LITTLE ROCK – The recent auction of tax-delinquent properties in Polk County raised over $15,000, the Commissioner of State Lands announced. The auction drew 17 bidders, who purchased 11 of the 14 available parcels for a total of $15,012.21 for county and state government. The Land Commissioner’s office holds one auction in each county each year to return tax-delinquent land ...

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Mena Elks Lodge BBQ Cookoff Raises Funds For Holiday Meals For Those in Need

Saturday afternoon people gathered under the shade trees at the Mena Elks Lodge for a BBQ cook off. Teams took part competing in categories such as, showmanship, best side dishes, best BBQ chicken, pork ribs, pulled pork, and overall champion. The overall winners were the Junkyard Dogs BBQ Team. After the winners for all categories was announced patrons bought plates ...

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Bucks Finish Fourth In Bob Gravett Invitational XC Meet At OBU

UA – Rich Mountain finished fourth in the 2019 Bob Gavett Invitational XC meet on the campus of Ouachita Baptist University by outpacing Central Baptist and University of Arkansas at Monticello. Jordan Foster paced the Bucks by finishing 17th with a time of 28:12.1. Foster earned 17 oints for UA – Rich Mountain. Asael Sanchez and Robert McIntyre crossed the ...

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Mena Bearcats Improve to 3 – 0 Against Hot Springs Trojans

On a hot balmy night in Hot Springs the Mena Bearcats won a hard fought game where defense shined. Mena beat the Hot Springs Trojans improving their record to an unbeaten 3-0 with Zane Stephens taking over at quarterback for the injured Max Montgomery. Hot Springs was first on the board with a touchdown when Trojans quarterback Isaac Shelor hit ...

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Mena Man Charged With Negligent Homicide

Mena resident, 21 year old Chance Austen Manasco, was charged Tuesday with two felony counts in a Nashville, Arkansas courtroom. The charges stem from a motor vehicle accident that occurred in Howard County in February of this year. Manasco is charged with Negligent Homicide and First Degree Battery. Arkansas State Police report Manasco was driving a Chevrolet Traverse on Highway ...

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Governor Hutchinson and U.S. Secretary Perdue Sign Shared-Stewardship Agreement

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson and United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Shared Stewardship today during a ceremony at the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. The MOU establishes a framework for the participating agencies to work more closely together to accomplish mutual goals, further common interests, and effectively respond to ecological challenges ...

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Polk County Murder Case Used as Example For Need To Resume Death Penalty

Justice Served: Resuming Death Penalty Is Right Thing… Op-Ed By Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Senator Tom Cotton LITTLE ROCK – This summer, President Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr resumed the federal death penalty for five brutal murderers, including a white supremacist who murdered a family of three right here in Arkansas. The federal death penalty has been ...

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The Tale of The Twig Girdler

BY Polk County Extension Office I’ve already had a few cases of these brought in to the office, so I thought I would tell the tale of the twig girdler. Let me start….About this time every year, homeowners report that their pecans, hickory, and other hardwood trees are losing branches, sometimes several every day. Is it a squirrel? Is it ...

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