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August, 2018

  • 15 August

    BROWN SHARES STORY BEHIND CLARICE’S ROOM OF HOPE

    Friday, August 10th, Teena Brown of Clarice’s Room of Hope was the guest speaker and she shared the story behind the charity. Brown stated that in September of 2008, she lost her mother, Clarice Tisher, to Acute Leukemia. Brown said that her mother was informed that she would lose her hair due to the chemotherapy treatments. Brown said the hospital ...

  • 13 August

    COACH HARPER GIVES STATE OF BEARCATS ADDRESS AT MENA LION’S CLUB MEETING

    Mena High School Head Football Coach Tim Harper was last week’s speaker at the Mena Lions Club. Coach Harper informed the Lions Club that he was excited because there is a renewed interest in football in Mena. He said the Mena Youth Football Association and the Bearcat Foundation for donating over $7,000 to the high school program for practice equipment. ...

  • 13 August

    MENA LIBRARY ROBOTIC PROGRAM

    July 30th, August 1st, and August 3rd, 10 young people from Polk County attended a special robotics program at the Mena Branch of the Polk County Library. Participates were age 10 to 15. They learned about programming and had the opportunity to operate robots on Friday, August 3rd. The program instructor was Shannon Jesse. Some of the robots were programmed ...

  • 13 August

    POLK COUNTY FAIR BOARD IMPLEMENTS ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR FAIR

    The Polk County Fair has implemented a new online fair entry program called ShoWorks.  County Fair board Treasurer, Phyllis Caldwell, attended a weeklong training over the summer to learn the new online system.  Carla Vaught, County 4-H agent says, “This year we prefer all livestock entries to register online.  This is important so that we can make the best use ...

  • 8 August

    CITY ACCEPTS GRANT FOR AIRPORT IMPROVEMENTS

    Members of the Mena City Council met Wednesday, August 1st in a special called meeting to pass a resolution to authorize the mayor, city clerk/treasurer and city attorney to execute a grant agreement and to accept a bid for computer equipment. Council members passed a resolution to accept a grant in the amount of $3,723,187 from the Federal Aviation Administration ...

  • 8 August

    WORK UNDERWAY ON POLK COUNTY DETENTION FACILITY PLAN OF ACTION

    Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison reported work has begun on the Polk County Detention Center to resolve the issues that the Jail Standards Committee pointed out in 2016. Ellison explained the Jail Standards Committee threatened to close the facility if the county did not construct a new jail or make the necessary renovations. In 2016, the voters of Polk County ...

  • 7 August

    Firefighters Fight Major Fire in Mena, On De Queen Avenue

    Major Fire fought downtown by Mena, Cherry Hill and Ink Volunteer Fire Departments Tuesday Afternoon on De Queen Avenue.    

  • 1 August

    MENA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM TO HOST 3RD YEAR MEDICAL STUDENTS

    Following the June financial report of the Mena Regional Health System, CEO Jay Quebedeaux stated July was shaping up to be another strong financial month. According to the operating indicators, Mena Regional Health System is at or above budget in most critical areas. There were 120 admissions during the month of June. There have been a total of 816 admissions ...

  • 1 August

    MENA WATER UTILITIES HOLDS RECEPTION FOR MIKE PARKS

    July 25th, employees, staff and board members of the Mena Water Utilities held a reception for Mike Parks. Parks has worked for the Mena Water Utilities for 30-years. Parks was presented a plaque and gifts during the reception. Pictured from left to right: Rick Langley, Carla Harley, Ruthie Turner, Charles Pitman, Amanda Chamberlain, Linden Hopper, David Runyon, Larry Gross, Justin ...

  • 1 August

    LUKE ALSTON NAMED 2018 ARKANSAS FARMER OF THE YEAR

    Luke Alston of Mena, Ark., gave up a stable career as a Farm Bureau insurance claims adjuster to pursue his dream of farming. He returned to his family’s farm where his great-great grandfather homesteaded in 1897. At his Holly Springs Homestead farm, he built eight broiler chicken houses and established a successful agritourism enterprise featuring an on-farm market, a corn ...