To protect public health and safety and align with federal, state and local guidance, Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests officials are announcing the temporary shutdown of recreational areas and campgrounds for the safety of visitors and staff.
Dispersed camping is still available in both forests. At the Ouachita National Forest, all restrooms are shut down.
For a list of closures, more information and updates, visit websites of the Ouachita National Forest at www.fs.usda.gov/ouachita or the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests at www.fs.usda.gov/osfnf/.
Updates can also be found at the Ouachita National Forest Facebook site at www.facebook.com/ouachitanf and Ozark-St. Francis National Forest at www.facebook.com/ozarkstfrancis/.
Lake Ouachita State Park is now closed after three people who went RV camping there in late March have tested positive for coronavirus.
State Parks officials said they learned about it late Thursday(April 2nd) afternoon. A spokesperson stated the campers had “some level of contact with 12 of the park’s 23 employees.” For that reason, all of those 23 employees went under self-quarantine Thursday night.
The park said they are being pro-active and working with the Arkansas Department of Health to proceed in the safest manner possible. As long as the park stays closed, rangers from two other parks will be on patrol. It is not known when park will re-open.
Fresh Start Pregnancy Resource Center Classes are canceled for the week, but we are still meeting essential needs by appointment.
Mena Elks Lodge 781 closed at least through April 20th.
The Second Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast at the Ross Tunnell American Legion Post in Wickes has been cancelled.
All schools in Arkansas closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school years.
The Cove branch of the Polk County Library is closed.
They will reopen April 20th unless conditions dictate otherwise.
Updated on PCDC’s closings: Adult Services, Kids Store, Resale Store, Donation, and Recycling will be closed until April 17 in effort to help stop the spread of Corona Virus. We appreciate your understanding in this.
The Mena Art Gallery is closed until further notice.
Hatfield Town Hall is closing the Lobby. All payments can be put in the Dropbox or pay at Hatfield Union Bank. Attach your Bill that is mailed out to you with your payment. The office personnel can be reached at 870-389-6611. Also during the Covid-19 social distancing time no Reservations can be taken for Use of the building.
Rich Mountain Electric Cooperative office lobbies are closed to protect health of members and employees. We will operate business as usual through the drive through. Members may report outages by call toll-free 1-877-828-4074 or call the Mena office at 479-394-4140. Payments can be made at the Drive Thru, Night Deposit or website www.rmec.com.
Even though Polk County Housing Authority has closed the lobby due to COVID-19, we are still accepting applications for public housing and Section 8. You may request an application by calling the office at 479-394-1569 or go to our website polkarhousing.com and print an application. Completed applications with required documentation should be mailed to Polk County Housing Authority at 509 South Morrow Street, Mena, AR 71953. Rent payments can be made at any Union Bank location or mailed to the housing office. Our staff can be reached at 479-394-1569 with questions or concerns.
The Mena ARVAC office is closing will be closed to the public until Monday April 20th. We are still able to help individuals with utility assistance. For more information call 394-4707.
Acorn Rural Water office is closed to the public until further notice.
You can drop your payment into the drop box, mail it or pay it at the Union Bank of Mena. For more information call 479-394-1025.
Freedom Water office is closed until further notice. You may drop your payment in the drop box at the office, mail it or pay at First Financial Bank. If you need to know your balance or have any questions you may call the office 479-394-7500 during business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
All activities at Queen Wilhimena State Park & Cossatot River State Park cancelled until May 13th.
Hatfield Lions Club is cancelling their Easter Egg Hunt.
Board Camp Annual Pancake Breakfast has been postponed until further notice.
All OLT shows and activities cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19 Pandemic. The OLT office will also be closed until further notice.
American Legion Bingo Saturday and Monday Cancelled TFN.
FROM THE EXTENSION SERVICE OFFICE: We are having to suspend all 4-H, EHC, Master Gardener, & educational activities for the time being due to COVID-19.
Trinity Lutheran Church in Mena is closed until April 19th. They do have a recorded video service on their website:
The Warriors For Christ youth service at The Southside Church of God cancelled until further notice. Church is at 101 Dallas Avenue.
The Sunday morning services are not cancelled but Sunday Night service are cancelled. Sunday Morning service begins at 10:30 and is a drive up service outside.
Mena 1st United Methodist Church suspended all church activities.
All services at Hatfield Methodist Church cancelled TFN.
Dallas Avenue Baptist Church will be live streaming Sunday service at 10:30am. All services cancelled on campus.
Bible Believers Baptist Church has no in the church building events.
They will be having drive-in church Sunday mornings at 11am in the church parking lot. There will be no Sunday School.
Christ’s Church at Mountain Fork will not be holding services at the church until further notice. However, We invite you to visit our Facebook page: Christ’s Church at Mountain Fork where you can view Bible Study lessons each week, and you may also visit You Tube sermons by typing in Mark Berrier you will have a selection of sermons to listen to.
Grace Bible Church has cancelled services until further notice.
There will be a video posted on social media. To contact the church dial (479) 394-4092.
First Baptist Church of Mena will not have in person Sunday worship service until further notice. Sunday School lesson will be available on the Mena FBC Facebook page. Also Childrens Chat recording will be on Mena FBC Facebook page. Sunday sermon will be streamed on FBC Facebook page and recording played on KAWX radio. Also there will be a Bible Study each Wednesday at 6pm on the Mena FBC Facebook page.
First Presbyterian church services are being filmed and put online.
No in person service until further notice.
The Union Bank lobby, First Financial Bank lobby and other banks lobbies in the area are closed until further notice.
Congregate meals at Cossatot Senior Center will be closed until further notice. Will do drive up/pick up from 10am-11am. Also will continue home delivered meals as normal. Contact 479-234-3503 to be included or for more details.
The Mena Polk County Senior Center NOT open for daily activities through April 17th. If you are senior citizen 60 years of age or older and would like to be pick up a meal to go at the center, call for more information at 479-394-5459. If you are currently a participant and would still like a meal, you may call the senior center between 9 and 11:00 to place an order to be picked up. We will continue serving meals to go every day form 11:30am thru 12 Noon. The Grab & Go meals are still the suggested donation price of $3.00 each. Any extra monetary donations are greatly appreciated!! The number to call is 479-394-5459 to order a meal. No meals after 12 noon. Stay tuned to facebook page and alocal radio stations for further info.
Prescribed Fire activity temporarily suspended by USDA Forest Service in southern states. This includes the Ouachita National Ozark-St Francis National Forests.