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December, 2017

  • 8 December

    “Elf, Jr.” Opens at OLT this Weekend

    Polk County is privileged to have the opportunity to see a local adaptation of one of the most delightful Christmas productions to hit Broadway in several years. The musical “Elf” was a huge hit on Broadway in 2010 and a shorter version has been made available to schools and young performing youth groups across the nation.  The shorter version, known ...

  • 7 December

    Alstons Honored as 2017 Arkansas Farm Family of the Year

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Luke and DeeDee Alston of Mena were named as the Farm Bureau Arkansas Farm Family of the Year at the annual luncheon at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock on Thursday, December 7, 2017, and they historically mark the first time a Polk County Family has won on the state level. “This is what ...

  • 6 December

    Polk County Deputies Assist Scott County Following Shooting of Officer

    BY MELANIE WADE – Polk County Law Enforcement assisted the Scott County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday evening, December 5, 2017, following an officer-involved shooting. Scott County Sheriff’s deputies were responding to a disturbance call when one officer made contact with the suspect, near the suspect’s residence. The suspect allegedly left his vehicle and shot at the officer, striking him in ...

  • 4 December

    Local Man Advocating for New Legislation for Veterans

    BY MELANIE WADE – A lifetime resident of Mena is actively advocating for a change in legislation to benefit certain veterans of the Vietnam War claim benefits that others receive for the same ailments; however, due to their location during the war, some have been denied. William Rhodes is one such veteran and his current life mission is to make ...

November, 2017

  • 30 November

    Gas Pump Card Skimmers Found Locally

    BY MELANIE WADE – Polk County consumers have been hit with a scam that has affected hundreds of bank accounts so far and investigations are still continuing. Mena Police Chief Brandon Martin said ‘gas pump skimmers’ were found at Mena’s Exxon/Wendy’s station on two different pumps on Thursday, November 30, 2017. The devices were found after law enforcement were alerted ...

  • 30 November

    Polk County Sheriff’s Dept Leads County Churches in Security Measures

    BY MELANIE WADE – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office hosted a Church Security Class recently to help area churches learn to secure their facilities and keep them safe amid several church shootings in the last few years. Sawyer said following the most recent mass church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5, 2017, he was inundated with calls from ...

  • 30 November

    Mena City Hall Ceiling Collapses

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Mena Mayor George McKee met with insurance adjusters Monday afternoon after a portion of the plaster ceiling in Mena’s City Hall collapsed. Fortunately, no one was present in the offices affected and no one was injured in the incident. The area affected was the Animal Control and Code Enforcement Offices, which were not slated to receive ...

  • 30 November

    CRSD Seeks New Superintendent as Davis Eyes Retirement

    The Cossatot River School District held a special called board meeting on Tuesday night, November 28th for the purpose of conducting interviews for Superintendent candidates. Mr. Donnie Davis, the District’s current superintendent, announced his intentions to retire at the conclusion of the 2017-2018 earlier this summer. Davis has served Cossatot River School District as superintendent since 2013. Cossatot River School ...

  • 29 November

    Author, Tims Edwards Featured at UA Rich Mountain

    UA Rich Mountain hosted an author talk and book signing on Monday, November 20 in the Ouachita Center. Featured author, Tims Edwards, retired public school administrator, has written three books celebrating nature and all that it has to offer. Known locally as the “Gray Fox,” Tims is an avid hunter and fisherman who shares his adventures and love for the ...

  • 29 November

    Salvation Army Donates Hot Water Heater

    The Salvation Army in Mena purchased a hot water heater for a local couple following a disabling medical condition of the husband. The appliance was installed by Aleshire Construction for free. The Salvation Army provides assistance in several ways. They offer utility assistance on Thursdays for those that qualify.