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The Spring Sports season at Tapley Park is cancelled.  This includes Soccer, Baseball and Softball or any event that consists of more than ten people.  For more go to Tapley Sports Facebook page or website.

To protect public health and safety and align with federal, state and local guidance, Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests officials are announcing the temporary shutdown of recreational areas and campgrounds for the safety of visitors and staff.

Dispersed camping is still available in both forests. At theOuachita National Forest,  all restrooms are shut down.

For a list of closures, more information and updates, visit websites of the Ouachita National Forest at or the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests at

Updates can also be found at the Ouachita National Forest Facebook site at and Ozark-St. Francis National Forest at

Lake Ouachita State Park has re-opened after being closed for about a week due to campers in late March testing positive for COVID19.

Fresh Start Pregnancy Resource Center Classes are canceled for the week, but we are still meeting essential needs by appointment.

Mena Elks Lodge 781 closed at least through April 20th.

The Cove branch of the Polk County Library is closed.

They will reopen April 20th unless conditions dictate otherwise.

Updated on PCDC’s closings:

Adult Services, Kids Store, Resale Store, Donation, and Recycling will be closed until April 17 in effort to help stop the spread of Corona Virus. We appreciate your understanding in this.

The Mena Art Gallery is closed until further notice.

Hatfield Town Hall is closing the Lobby. All payments can be put in the Dropbox or pay at Hatfield Union Bank. Attach your Bill that is mailed out to you with your payment. The office personnel can be reached at 870-389-6611. Also during the Covid-19 social distancing time no Reservations can be taken for Use of the building.

Rich Mountain Electric Cooperative office lobbies are closed to protect health of members and employees.  We will operate business as usual through the drive through.  Members may report outages by call toll-free 1-877-828-4074 or call the Mena office at 479-394-4140.  Payments can be made at the Drive Thru, Night Deposit or website

Even though Polk County Housing Authority has closed the lobby due to COVID-19, we are still accepting applications for public housing and Section 8.  You may request an application by calling the office at 479-394-1569 or go to our website and print an application.  Completed applications with required documentation should be mailed to Polk County Housing Authority at 509 South Morrow Street, Mena, AR  71953.   Rent  payments can be made at any Union Bank location or mailed to the housing office.  Our staff can be reached at 479-394-1569 with questions or concerns.

The Mena ARVAC office will be closed to the public until Monday April 20th. We are still able to help individuals with utility assistance.

Also,   ARVAC, Inc. will issue commodities at Polk County Fair Grounds on Polk Road 43 Mena, AR on Tuesday April 28th , 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Due to Covid-19 Concerns this will be drive through only distribution. For more information call 394-4707.

Acorn Rural Water office is closed to the public until further notice. You can drop your payment into the drop box,  mail it or pay it at the Union Bank of Mena.  For more information call 479-394-1025.

Freedom Water office is closed until further notice.  You may drop your payment in the drop box at the office, mail it or pay at First Financial Bank.  If you need to know your balance or have any questions you may call the office 479-394-7500 during business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All activities at Queen Wilhimena State Park & Cossatot River State Park cancelled until May 13th.

All OLT shows and activities cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19 Pandemic.  The OLT office will also be closed until further notice.

American Legion Bingo Saturday and Monday Cancelled TFN.

FROM THE EXTENSION SERVICE OFFICE We are having to suspend all 4-H, EHC, Master Gardener, & educational activities for the time being due to COVID-19.

The Union Bank lobby,  First Financial Bank lobby and other

Congregate meals at Cossatot Senior Center  will be closed until further notice.  Will do drive up/pick up from 10am-11am.  Also will continue home delivered meals as normal. Contact 479-234-3503 to be included or for more details.

The Mena Polk County Senior Center NOT open for daily activities through April 17th.  If you are senior citizen 60 years of age or older and would like to be pick up a meal to go at the center, call for more information at 479-394-5459.  If you are currently a participant and would still like a meal, you may call the senior center between 9 and 11:00 to place an order to be picked up.  We will continue serving meals to go every day form 11:30am thru 12 Noon.  The Grab & Go meals are still the suggested donation price of $3.00 each.  Any extra monetary donations are greatly appreciated!!  The number to call is 479-394-5459 to order a meal.  No meals after 12 noon.  Stay tuned to facebook page and alocal radio stations for further info.

Prescribed Fire activity temporarily suspended by USDA Forest Service in southern states.  This includes the Ouachita National Ozark-St Francis National Forests.

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