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Due to social distancing we are having to conduct election a little….OK a lot different.  We need to elect officers and 5 board members. So far we have Lamar Austin, Jackie Biard, Robby Burt, Gayle Krahn, Jessica Kropp, and Alexa Night for board and Rudi Timmerman for President, John Byers for Vice-President, Judy Kropp for Secretary, and Bill Hays for Treasurer.  We would like to open online nominations for others wishing to nominate someone for one of the offices mentioned.  Nominations will be accepted until May 1.  The actual election will be online also with details announced later.  Turn in your nominations through our website,, through the “contact us” option.  You can also email me at  You must be a current member to nominate or vote.

Attention Vandervoort Elementary Faculty and families: AMI packets are available now on the porch in the filing cabinets as usual. However we have other exciting news for you!  Teachers and staff will be gathering in front of Vandervoort Elementary on Tuesday, April 21st,  from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm to pass out AMI packets if you haven’t already picked them up. We will also hand out spring pictures and personal belongings of the students in drive thru fashion.

We will be able to wave and see all our kids!  This isn’t mandatory, but we would love to see a big turn out, even if just to wave and shout!

Please wear PPE if you have any!   So, roll down those windows, give us a shout, and a wave!  Remember, everyone must stay in your vehicles for safety.  We look forward to opportunity to see you there!

Those that have completed packets for Pre K Can drop them in the tub outside front doors at Louise Durham Elementary. New applications will also be in the tub or they can be emailed to you.

Call 479-243-3813 to have an application emailed to you. Please have packets in an envelope or a large ziplock bag and marked with the student name. The Tub will be available on Monday-Thursday 8:00 am until 3:00 pm, April April 27- May 1.

The Spring Sports season at Tapley Park is cancelled.  This includes soccer, Baseball and Softball or any event that consists of more than ten people.  For more go to Tapley Sports Facebook page or website.

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.

Ouachita National Forest officials announced today that, effective immediately, the Wolf Pen Gap Trail Complex located in Mena, Ark., is temporarily shut down until further notice.

For a list of closures, more information and updates, visit websites of the Ouachita National Forest at or the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests at

Updates can also be found at the Ouachita National Forest Facebook site at and Ozark-St. Francis National Forest at

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.

All Arkansas schools closed rest of school year due to coronavirus.

The Cove branch of the Polk County Library is closed.

Updated on PCDC’s closings: Adult Services, Kids Store, Resale Store, Donation, and Recycling will be closed until further notice 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

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 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 closed to the public. We are still able to help individuals with utility assistance.  Also,   ARVAC, Inc. will issue commodities at Polk County Fair Grounds on Polk Road 43 Mena, AR on Tuesday April 28th , 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until 1pm.  Due to Covid-19 Concerns this will be drive through only distribution.  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.

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.

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.

Trinity Lutheran Church in Mena is closed.   They do have recorded video on their website:

Wednesday Warriors For Christ youth service and Sunday evening service is cancelled at The Southside Church of God  cancelled until further notice.  Church is at 101 Dallas Avenue.  Sunday morning services are not cancelled.  Sunday Morning service begins at 10:30. It is drive up service outside WEATHER PERMITTING.  It is streamed on Southside Church of God Facebook page & video put there.

Mena 1st United Methodist Church suspended all church activities.

All services at Hatfield Methodist Church cancelled TFN.

Faith Missionary Baptist Church Sunday morning service continues to air on 104.1FM KENA each Sunday from 11am to Noon.  And you can attend service in Parking lot WEATHER PERMITTING. Also service is streamed online on their Facebook page.

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 parking lot  weather permitting.  There is 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.

Christ Community Fellowship is offering a Drive In Service Sundays

at 10:30am.  Drive In and tune into 88.3FM on  your radio to hear the

service.  It will also be live-screened on Facebook.

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 is streamed

on FBC Facebook page and recording played on KAWX radio.   Also

there will be a Bible Study each Wednesday at 6pm Drive-In style at

the Ninth Street Ministries Parking lot Weather Permitting and it

will be streamed on the Mena FBC Facebook page.  Also, weather

permitting Sunday Morning service at  10:30am will be held in

Ninth Street  Ministries Parking Lot.  Whether the service is

done in Ninth Street Parking Lot or not it will be streamed on

the Mena First Baptist Church Facebook page.

First Presbyterian church services are being filmed and put online.

No in person service until further notice.

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