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January, 2020

  • 22 January

    Eight Arkansas Communities Receive Water and Wastewater Project Funding

    LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Commission approved funding for water and wastewater projects in eight Arkansas communities on January 16, 2020 as follows: The City of Bono in Craighead County received a $447,549 loan from the Arkansas Water Sewer Solid Waste Fund to extend the wastewater collection system to serve 17new customers. Central Arkansas ...

  • 22 January

    Mannon Hails George Washington During James K. Polk DAR Meeting

    Story by:Cortez Copher ~ Photos by: Kay Dye This month’s speaker for the James K Polk Chapter NSDAR was Mena’s own Joe Mannon. The subject was Washington and American Democracy.” After giving many reasons why George Washington could have become an unknown man because of bad health. Mannon spoke of the strengths of Washington, including how he could bend horseshoes ...

  • 22 January

    Weston Recognized as Superintendent of the Year

    Mena’s Benny Weston was recently recognized as Superintendent of the year and gave his acceptance speech and charge to the audience at the recent AAEA 2020 Superintendent Symposium. Closing the event was Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson who spoke to the state superintendents.

  • 22 January

    Mena’s Firefighter of the Year

    The department would like to congratulate Captain Tom Hairston for being MFD’s 2019 Firefighter of the Year.

  • 22 January

    County’s Top Spellers Compete

    The county’s top spellers poured through the doors of the Ouachita Center on the Mena campus of UA Rich Mountain Tuesday, January 14, for the chance to earn the coveted Polk County Spelling Bee champion title. The event is co-sponsored by the DeQueen/Mena Educational Co-Op and Union Bank of Mena and hosted annually on the campus of UA Rich Mountain. ...

  • 22 January

    Seniors Speak Out During Public Hearing

    There was a Public Hearing Tuesday prior to the Mena City Council meeting to allow citizen input concerning two grants that will be applied for on behalf of the City and the Mena – Polk Senior Citizens Center by Western Arkansas Panning and Development District (WAPDD). Tracee McKenna with WAPDD conducted the hearing before a full house at City Hall. ...

  • 22 January

    Arkansas Highway Commission Approves Bid for Improvements in Polk County

    The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for improvements to roadways in Polk County, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials. The purpose of this project is to resurface selected sections of 3.7 miles of U.S. Highway 71 and State Highway 88 in Mena. Crow Group, Inc. of Morrilton was awarded the contract at $1,881,608.15. Construction is ...

  • 22 January

    “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Cast Announced; Rehearsals Underway

    Ouachita Little Theatre has combined with University of Arkansas at Rich Mountain to bring William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to the stage in Mena.  Directors Robby and Gini Burt are excited to bring this classic comedy to life with assistance from local talents such as Costumer Jane Buttermilk, Stage Manager Makayla Kenyon-Ortiz, and Sound Technician Brenden James.  Burt, the ...

  • 22 January

    Shelter Insurance® Foundation and Telissa Montgomery sponsor local high school scholarship

    This spring, the Shelter Insurance Foundation will award a $2000 scholarship to a graduate of Mena High School.  Shelter Agent Telissa Montgomery sponsors and partially funds this scholarship. A committee of local high school officials and community leaders will select the local recipient.  The committee will consider each applicant’s scholastic achievements, educational goals, citizenship, moral character and participation and leadership ...

  • 22 January

    Graduates Honored at SAU’s 2019 Fall Commencement

    MAGNOLIA, AR (01/16/2020)– Nearly 600 students were honored with undergraduate and graduate degrees at Southern Arkansas University’s Fall Commencement ceremonies on Friday, December 13, 2019. Students from this area include the following: Kadden Ross Crawford from Mena, AR. Crawford graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in University Studies from the College of Liberal and Performing Arts. Brooke Sharay Bates ...