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January, 2017

  • 10 January

    JP’s Sworn-In; Scott Honored

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Polk County Quorum Court held their first meeting of the year on Tuesday night, January 3rd. Justices of the Peace were officially sworn in for the year by County Clerk Terri Harrison. JP’s also passed an ordinance determining the time and location of their meetings for the year. Each meeting will be held on the ...

  • 10 January

    There’s A New Sheriff in Town

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Sheriff Scott Sawyer officially took office on Sunday, January 1, 2017 and is ready to jump into his new duties. Sawyer has been in law enforcement for 22 years, beginning his career at the Grannis Police Department before moving up to a county deputy, eventually becoming Chief Deputy under Sheriff Mike Godfrey. Sawyer is thankful to ...

  • 10 January

    County to Receive K-9 Unit

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Polk County Sheriff’s Department will soon receive a new friend, one of the furry, four-legged type. Sheriff Scott Sawyer has reported the department will be taking on a K-9 unit narcotics dog thanks to a few grants they obtained. Sawyer said they haven’t had a K-9 unit in around eight years and they are excited ...

  • 10 January

    Acorn Afterschool Program Now Serving Meals

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Acorn Afterschool Program has received a new facet. They are now serving meals to students immediately after school lets out for the day. Rose Bates, head of Acorn’s food service program applied for a DHS At-Risk Afterschool Supper Grant and was approved for the remainder of the school year. Bates said the meals are prepared ...

March, 2016

  • 9 March

    Mayor McKee Delivers Annual State of the City Address

    Mena Mayor George McKee gave his annual State of the City Address at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. The address was given to a full house of attendees and covered a synopsis of 2015. Below is his address in it’s entirety: Council members, ladies and gentlemen of the audience, citizens of the City of Mena, I am pleased to present ...

December, 2015

  • 24 December

    The Greatest Story Ever Told

    LUKE 2 2 Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all [a]the inhabited earth. 2 [b]This was the first census taken while [c]Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of ...

December, 2014

  • 7 December

    Countdown Continues – Young Releases Two More Hawks

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Now only 57 animals away from 80,000 releases, wildlife expert Tommy Young, released two hawks over the last two weeks to bring his total releases to 79,943 in 30 years, a feat that not many can claim. Young, of the Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center, released a rehabilitated juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk, at the Visitor’s Center ...

  • 3 December

    HEDGE Partners with Peachtree to ‘Build Bears’

    The HEDGE (Home Educators Devoted to Godly Education) Home-School group recently worked the residents of Peach Tree Assisted living stuffing teddy bears for children who are taken out of their homes. Girls, ages 4-17, traced patterns, cut, stuffed, and sewed teddy bears. The bears will be given to DHS case managers to distribute to children that are put into foster ...

  • 3 December

    History of Mena’s Spectacular Christmas Lighting Display

    BY LEANN DILBECK The City of Mena and its visitors have been enjoying the elaborate Christmas Lights of Janssen Park for 18 years now but few may know the history of how the extensive display found its way here. On any given night following the 19th official lighting of the park in early December, cars are seen steadily streaming up ...

  • 3 December

    Dr. Carver to Retire After 5 Decades

    SUBMITTED – Dr. J. Richard Carver will be retiring December 31, 2014. Dr. Carver devoted his life to taking care of the vision of this community, but, after 50 years in practice, it will be the people behind those eyes that he will miss the most. Dr. Carver said, “I’m sad to leave. I never said I couldn’t wait until ...