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Dehart Guilty of 2 Counts of Rape

Thursday in Polk County Circuit Court, Kevin Wayne Dehart, 53, was found guilty on charges of two counts of rape. Dehart was sentenced to 40 years in state prison on each charge with terms running consecutively. In July of 2017, Dehart was arrested during an undercover investigation by Mena police and U.S. Secret Service for soliciting minors for sex. Last ...

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UA Rich Mountain to Celebrate Centennial of Women’s Right to Vote

Renowned Women’s History Professor to Speak [MENA, Ark.] With election season already in full swing, it’s important to be reminded of the efforts to make possible a privilege of what 50.8% of this country’s population wasn’t always guaranteed, a woman’s right to vote. Several generations of women, lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied, and even practiced civil disobedience to achieve what many ...

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Youth Football Advances to the Second Round of the State Playoffs

Mena’s 6th grade (top) and 4th grade (below) youth football programs advance to the second round of the state playoffs. Saturday, Nov. 16th the 6th Grade Bearcats host Paris and 4th Grade host Booneville at Bearcat Stadium. Come support these young Bearcats. Photos Submitted        

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Mena Basketball Teams Score Wins Over Red Devils

Monday night seen the first home basketball games for Mena teams. Up first the Mena junior girls beat Mt. Pine decisively by a score of 48-14. The Mena junior boys held on for a 47-38 win and the senior girls put away the Red Devils by a score of 48-10. The Mena senior girls travel to the Robinson Invitational for ...

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Arvest “We Love Our Teacher” Contest Nominations

Cossatot River School District Teachers Reggie Fryar and Sandy Alexander were nominated for the Arvest, “We Love Our Teacher” contest. Both educators won $500.00 to spend in their classrooms. This is the fourth year that Arvest Bank has has given to Teachers to help in their classrooms. According to the Arvest website, “Arvest Bank will honor teachers by awarding 131 ...

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Philpot Scholarship Awarded

Angelia Lunsford and Alexandra Lawrence display the certificates, presented by Betty Philpot, naming them recipients of the Bill R. Philpot Memorial Single Parent Scholarship. Funds for the scholarship come from donations given in memory of Mr. Philpot. The Philpot family chooses the recipients from applicants reviewed by the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Polk County. Mrs. Philpot said, “We usually ...

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Acorn Elementary Students of the Month for October

Kindergarten: Ashleigh Rios, Emalynn Ledbetter (not pictured); 1st Grade: Wyatt Matthews, Jeffery Robertson,  Vayden Bayne (not pictured); 2nd Grade: Tinley Pearce, Jozie Daniels; 3rd Grade: Mason Hart, Janice Gonzalez; 4th Grade: Payson Belcher, Addi Ledbetter (not pictured); and 5th Grade: Karma Christiana, Ben Lickly.                                  ...

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Political Hopefuls Vie For Local Offices

Political hopefuls continue to file to run for office in Polk County.  The following have filed for political office: JP Position 1 – JP Chris Daniel JP Position 2 –  JP Jimmy Neugent JP Position 3 – JP Harold Coogan and Levi Ellison JP Position 4 – JP Margarett Elizabeth (Margo) Kimp JP Position 5 – JP Troy Lunsford and ...

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State of Arkansas House of Representatives Weekly Column

Arkansas is home to over 219,000 Veterans. They live and work in every community throughout our state. Our men and women who served are an extraordinarily selfless group. They worked as a team and looked out for one another. We must look out for them. In 2017, the General Assembly passed Act 141 which exempts military retirement benefits from state ...

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Firewood Permits Available from Ouachita National Forest Office

If you are in need of firewood for the upcoming winter, officials with the Ouachita National Forest want you to visit a district Ranger office to apply for a permit. According to a release from the Forest Service, permits are available firewood for personal use in many areas of the Ouachita National Forest. The permits are sold in cubic feet. ...

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