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Western Arkansas Bass Anglers Host Final Season Tournament

Western Arkansas Bass Anglers held its last regular season tournament of 2017 recently on DeQueen Lake. Coming in 4th place in the tournament was Kerry Barnett, with 9.01 lbs.; in 3rd place was Terry Davis, with 9.40 lbs.; Arla Toon took 2nd place with 9.67 lbs.; and Darrin Toon claimed 1st place with 9.83 lbs. Bobby Brooks had the big ...

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Bearcat Football Looks Forward to Upcoming Season

After coming off another successful season that led the Bearcats to the 4A Playoffs in 2016, Tim Harper and the Bearcats are looking towards another playoff run in 2017. The team will be returning several starters from both sides of the ball, including players at key positions offensively and defensively. “We have lost some good players, but we are also ...

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All-Star Baseball Team Reaches Final Four

The Mena All-Star baseball team, sponsored by Non-Stop Fitness, participated in the 8U Coach Pitch USSSA All-Star State Tournament in Conway, AR June 24th and 25th. Each of the 19 All-Star teams played two games on Saturday to determine Sunday’s bracket rankings. Mena went into Sunday’s tournament ranked 16th and their first game started at 9am. Mena defeated Montgomery County ...

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Jubilee in June 3-on-3 Tournament Results

The Town of Hatfield recently hosted their 16th Annual Jubilee in June Celebration. As in years past, a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament was played at the old Hatfield Gymnasium. There were several age divisions for the tournament, allowing for a wide range of players from around the county. Listed below are the top finishers in each age division: 7-9 Boys & ...

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Identity of Second Victim Released

BY LEANN DILBECK – Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer has released the identity of the male found in his home in Hatfield on Thursday as 66 year old Steven J. Payne. This is the second body found this week and two children remain listed as missing/endangered. Payne’s body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab. The Polk County ...

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Businesses Join Together to Launch ‘Third Thursday Downtown’

BY LEANN DILBECK – The momentum from the resurgence of Mena’s downtown continues. The streetscape project is nearing completion, new businesses continue to add to the landscape and now they are all joining together in a collaborative effort by forming ‘Downtown Business Partners.’ Unlike many downtowns in rural areas that are vacant and crumbling, Mena’s downtown district continues to come ...

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Convicted Dentist’s Appeal Denied

BY MELANIE BUCK – Dr. David Van Winkle placed his bid before the Arkansas Supreme Court in early March 2016 to grant him a new trial arguing “ineffective representation.” Van Winkle has already lost an appeal in the Arkansas Court of Appeals, and upon that loss (Van Winkle ‘contended that there was insufficient evidence to support four of the convictions.’), ...

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More Than 90 Acres of Woodlands Lost to Fire on Monday

BY MELANIE BUCK – Crews responded to two different fires in the county on Monday, after a burn ban had been issued by Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison. The burn ban went into effect at 8 a.m. on Monday, February 8, 2016, until further notice. The ban was put into place due to low humidity, dead winter vegetation, and high ...

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Junior Bearcats’ Exceptional Season Comes to an End

BY LEANN DILBECK – Mena’s Junior Bearcat basketball season ended Tuesday night with a nail biting loss (41-36) to the Nashville Scrappers during round two of the 7West-4A District Basketball Tournament being played in Waldron this week.  The games were broadcast on KQOR 105.3 FM. The team has shown exceptional talent and has many excited about the program’s future as ...

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Cove Man Leads Deputies on High Speed Pursuit Into Oklahoma

BY MELANIE BUCK – Polk County Sheriff’s deputies were involved in a high-speed pursuit around 10:30 p.m. on Monday night [February 8, 2016] following an attempted stop. Deputy Seth Smith said that Timothy Glen Bailey, age 38 of Cove, and a description of his vehicle, a white Honda car, were called in after being seen stopping in front of a ...

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