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Governor gives COVID-19 update in Mena

Mena Mayor Seth Smith introduced Gov. Asa Hutchinson at the last daily COVID-19 Taskforce press conference in Mena on Friday. Before sharing COVID-19 updates, Hutchinson shared he was encouraged after meeting with local leaders who reported a smooth start of the school year and a solid local economy. The Governor also took a moment to honor Patriot Day and the ...

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Mena Public Schools—Ticket Sales for 2020-21

The Mena Public School District has announced plans for sales of tickets for athletic events for the 2020-21 school year. Due to Covid-19, the Governor and Arkansas Department of Health has put a limit on the number of people who can attend indoor and outdoor activities. “These restrictions are not the desire of anyone in the district. However, for the ...

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Livestock schedule announced for 2020 Polk County show

2020 Polk County (Covid-19) Livestock Schedule Aug. 30 Sunday All Poultry Must Be Tested Before Entering Fairgrounds 5pm  May Arrive: Junior Poultry 10pm  In Place: Junior Poultry Aug. 31 Monday 10am   Show: Junior Poultry (All Species and Showmanship) ALL Junior Poultry and Poultry Exhibitors are released at the conclusion of the show. All Junior Poultry and Poultry Exhibitors must be ...

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2020 Handicapable Rodeo

Despite rain, the 2020 Handicapable Rodeo was held Friday morning in the show barn at the Polk County Fair Grounds. Face painting, hay rides, roping and riding were enjoyed thanks to the generous sponsors of the event, Wendy Strothers said. “I can’t say enough how appreciative we are that the community really supports this event,” Strothers said. For photos of ...

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Mena wastewater gets new treatment

By Jeri Borst Changes have been made to the way Mena Water Utilities treats wastewater and continued progress is underway. For many years, treating waste water with chlorine was the standard operation across the country but now, Charles Pitman, general manager for Mena Water, says that has changed. “The EPA learned that chlorine is not as safe as it was ...

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Hotel fails to pay AP sales tax

By Jeri Borst There are some businesses in Mena that are not paying their taxes, and that has the Mena Advertising and Promotions Commission concerned. At the Aug. 4 AP meeting, commissioners expressed exasperation with a recently purchased hotel, The Lime Tree, which has not paid the AP sales tax to the city since opening. Discussion at the meeting revealed ...

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Lily Jane (Jenkins) Conley Bell

Lily Jane (Jenkins) Conley Bell, age 79, of Wickes, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, August 6, 2020 in Mena, Arkansas. She was born on March 15, 1941 in the Duckett Community near Wickes to the late James Nolan Jenkins and Ora Minnie (Demorest) Jenkins. Lily married James Thomas Conley on April 11, 1964. Lily was a very hard worker and enjoyed ...

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Morgan Paige (Muncy) Hopper

Morgan Paige (Muncy) Hopper, 27, of Pencil Bluff, Arkansas, passed away Monday, August 3 rd , 2020. Morgan was born October 14 th , 1992 in Russellville, Arkansas to Jimmy Muncy and Rhonda (Adams) Lambert. Morgan is a compassionate, loving and caring person, who is loved by everyone she has come in contact with. Morgan gave selflessly, always trying to ...

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Gladys Georgia Denton

  Gladys Georgia Denton, age 96, of Potter, Arkansas died Friday, July 31, 2020 at the Mena Regional Health System. She was born on Friday, February 22, 1924 to Johnathan Brack and Myrtle Watkins Walston in Mena, Arkansas. Gladys loved her family and spending time with them and spoiling her grandchildren.  She was a founding member of the Bethel Baptist ...

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Glenda LaRue Renfo Hastey

Glenda LaRue Renfro Hastey passed from this life on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at home surrounded by her family. She was married to Kenneth Earl Hastey for 57 years before his passing in 2018. Glenda was born October 7, 1938 in Littlefield, Texas to Norman Thomas Renfro and Pauline Juanita Tyler Renfro. She grew up in Littlefield and worked alongside ...

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