Breaking News

News

April, 2020

  • 8 April

    HAPPY EASTER!

    See our special Easter center spread in this week’s Polk County Pulse

  • 8 April

    Mena Regional Auxiliary, Inc. Awards Scholarships…

    The Mena Regional Auxiliary, Inc. recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to three recipients who are currently enrolled in a medical-related field. Wesley Wells (pictured third from left) is currently a Nuclear Medicine Tech at Mena Regional Health System.  Wes is applying for the 2021 Physicians Assistance program at UAMS. Ashely Bedwell (pictured center front) is a CNA currently enrolled in the ...

  • 8 April

    MRHS Updates Visitation Hours and COVID-19 Testing Information

    Mena Regional Health System continues to provide inpatient and outpatient services for our community. Extreme infection control precautions have been implemented in order to safeguard anyone entering our facilities for care. The following visitor restriction policy is now in effect until further notice. Visitation is restricted to 8:00 am – 7:00 pm using the main entrance only. Visitation is restricted ...

  • 8 April

    Governor Hutchinson Directs State Parks To Implement New Measures for Public Health

    Governor Asa Hutchinson has approved temporary changes to Arkansas State Parks’ operations to protect public health during the COVID-19 crisis, he announced at a news conference. The Governor has directed that Arkansas State Parks implement “day use” operations only, effective 8 a.m. on Friday, April 3, a decision he made in consultation with Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism ...

  • 8 April

    State of Arkansas House of Representatives

    The 2020 Fiscal Session is scheduled to begin April 8 at noon. The COVID-19 crisis will have an impact on the proposed budget as well as our meeting schedules. The Department of Finance and Administration released a revised revenue forecast on April 2. The forecast now reflects $5.6 billion in net available revenue for FY 2021. This indicates a decrease ...

  • 8 April

    Arkansas Supreme Court Suspends Summonses of Jurors

    By a per curiam order delivered today, April 3, 2020, the Arkansas Supreme Court has suspended summonses for jurors until June 30, 2020. All but a few categories of in-person court proceedings are suspended until May 1, 2020. In Montgomery and Polk Counties we are using Skype to conduct criminal first appearances and arraignments, but there will be no jury ...

  • 8 April

    Sheltering at home can increase energy bills; here’s how to get help

    With schools closed and many workers temporarily unemployed or telecommuting due to the coronavirus pandemic, many families have a full house during times the home would normally be empty. The result is often an increased demand for energy to fuel daily lives, and that can quickly lead to a higher-than-normal energy bill. Family members may ask how to keep bills ...

  • 8 April

    Wal-Mart Limiting Number of Customers at a Given Time

    From Wal-Mart corporate officials: Starting Saturday, we will limit the number of customers who can be in a store at once. Stores will now allow no more than five customers for each 1,000 square feet at a given time, roughly 20 percent of a store’s capacity. To manage this restriction, the associates at a store will mark a queue at ...

  • 8 April

    Social Security Scam Demands Arkansans’ Information for Continued Payments

    ‘The Social Security Administration will not suspend or discontinue your payments due to COVID-19’… LITTLE ROCK – Scam artists thrive on fear, and the COVID-19 pandemic has not slowed their illegal schemes. They are now using today’s financial uncertainty to trick Social Security beneficiaries into thinking their payments will be suspended unless they provide personal information to the scammer by ...

  • 8 April

    Governor Hutchinson Issues Executive Order Requiring New Protocols for Commercial Lodgings, Short-Term Rentals

    LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has issued an executive order mandating new safety measures for commercial lodgings, short-term rentals, and other institutions and operations in order to protect public health during the COVID-19 crisis, he announced at a news conference today. “Every day, we review guidance from state and federal health experts and evaluate additional steps we can take ...