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September, 2020

  • 16 September

    Governor holds press conference in Mena

    Photo by Jeri Borst Gov. Asa Hutchinson gave the last in a series of daily COVID-19 press conferences  in Mena Friday, Sept. 11.  Mena Mayor Seth Smith, inset photo left, and Representative John Maddox, right, along with other leaders were able to visit with the governor. By Jeri Borst Mena Mayor Seth Smith introduced Gov. Asa Hutchinson at the last ...

  • 16 September

    Civil War historical marker damaged

    A record of history was removed from its pillar according to a police report filed last week. Patrick Costello, who belongs to an organization that assisted with placing the historical marker, saw it down on the way from work and filed a report with the Mena Police Department. At this time, there is no suspect, but officers said the marker ...

  • 16 September

    Local lineman injured in Louisiana

    Staff Report A serious injury to local lineman Travis Dixon on Tuesday, Sept 8 has resulted in a community praying and believing in a recovery. Dixon was working to restore power in storm ravished Vernon Parish, Louisiana after Hurricane Laura, according to  Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO). Dixon was flown by medical helicopter to the LSU Medical Center in Shreveport ...

  • 16 September

    Child abusers sentenced

    Defendants plead guilty, attempted to flee to Canada File photo: Stephanie D. and Chad Bigley Voelkel. Submitted by Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer Chad Bigley Voelkel, age 40, was sentenced to 31 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections after entering a plea of guilty to Rape and Failure to Appear in Polk County Circuit Court on Monday September 14, ...

  • 16 September

    Congratulations 2020 Mena Homecoming Court

    Photo courtesy of Mena Public Schools / Editing by Jeri Borst The 2020 Mena High School Homecoming Court was revealed this morning, based on the results of the MHS students’ votes yesterday. The Homecoming maids were each surprised during class with a rose from the Seniors of the Mena Bearcat football team. The 2020 MHS Homecoming Court is as follows: ...

  • 16 September

    Chamber Welcomes New Business

    Tee-riffic time had at ribbon cutting Photo courtesy of Pasha Watson/ Mena Polk County chamber of Commerce The Mena Polk County Chamber of Commerce welcomed new member, Cheryl’s Tshed, with a ribbon cutting Thursday, Sept. 10. Owner Cheryl Edwards offers custom screen printing and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. and offered after hours appointments. ...

  • 16 September

    Taxiway B prepares for finishing touches

    Photo courtesy of Fred Ogden / Mena Intermountain  Airport The last segment of the Taxiway B paving operation was completed last week. The work was performed by Redstone Construction Company out of Little Rock under the direction of Morrison Shipley Engineering from Fort Smith.  Progress was hampered by rain, labor shortages attributable to Covid-19 and a heavy backlog of other ...

  • 16 September

    History honored

    Photo Courtesy City of Mena A Proclamation signed by Mayor Seth Smith designates Sept. 17 – 23 as Constitution Week. This year marks the 233rd anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America. Shown with Mayor Smith are members of the James K. Polk Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

  • 16 September

    Around the State

    Walmart expanding drone delivery testing to Northwest Arkansas Walmart continues to dabble in new technologies, and customers in Northwest Arkansas may soon get a glimpse of the retailer’s latest venture. In a new blog post, the company says it is partnering with California-based delivery startup Zipline to launch a drone delivery operation in the U.S. Zipline has transported blood and ...

  • 16 September

    Mena Downtown grants offered

    Submitted by Judy Thompson/Downtown Partners The Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism has announced that communities participating in the Main Street Program will receive Downtown Revitalization Grants. A total of $6,000 of grants to be available for businesses in the designated downtown Mena area. In order to receive complete information, including grant sizes and requirements, and to pick up ...