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County Acquiring Burn Permits to Assist Citizens with Ice Storm Debris

BY LEANN DILBECK – Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison issued a press release earlier today to advise county residents on the massive amounts of debris left behind from the recent ice storm. “We encourage Polk County citizens who have vegetative debris from the recent ice storm event to pile and safely burn on their own private property. This is a ...

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Mena Christmas Festival CANCELLED – Christmas Parade Postponed Until Monday, December 16

BY LEANN DILBECK – The Mena Advertising & Promotion Commission (A&P) have made the very difficult decision Wednesday afternoon to cancel this year’s much anticipated Christmas Festival and the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce has again been forced to postpone their annual Christmas Parade to Monday, December 16, with the threat of precipitation forecasted for this Friday. At last night’s ...

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Ellison Declares Polk County Disaster Area Following Ice Storm

Crews Assisting with Clean-Up and Debris  BY LEANN DILBECK – Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison has issued a Disaster Declaration for Polk County following the devastating ice storm that hard hit county infrastructure Thursday night and Friday.  Ellison made the verbal declaration on Friday morning to expedite clean-up and clearing efforts and will issue the written declaration this week. Ellison ...

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Water Treatment Plant Operating on Generator Power

BY LEANN DILBECK – The Mena Water Treatment Plant who also supplies water to Acorn Rural and Freedom Water Associations continues to operate on generator power, according to Charles Pitman, Mena Water Utilities Manager. Pitman said that there are countless Rich Mountain Electric power poles that are down leading to the facility following the ice storm that hit the area ...

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Ice Storm Continues to Force Closures – Closings & Delays for Monday, December 9

BY LEANN DILBECK – Mena, Cossatot River, Acorn and Oden Schools have cancelled classes for Monday, December 9. Both districts explained that the conditions of back roads remains too treacherous and realize many are still without power. Benny Weston, Superintendent of Mena Schools, said his district would spend the day tomorrow on campus clean-up, clearing debris and limbs caused from ...

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Sunday, December 8 Cancellations & Postponements

BY LEANN DILBECK – Due to the ice storm that struck Polk County on Friday and the subsequent widespread power outage that followed, we have been notified of the following churches cancelling services for Sunday, December 8 – Concord Baptist Church Salem Baptist Church Cove First Baptist Church Acorn Baptist Church Cherry Hill Baptist Church Cherry Hill Methodist Church Mena ...

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SWEPCO and Rich Mountain Electric Announce Estimated Times for Restoration of Power

SWEPCO Ice Storm Update Dec. 7, 2013 10 a.m. The winter storm moved through SWEPCO’s Arkansas service territory, causing extensive damage due to ice accumulation on trees and power lines. SWEPCO has made good progress with repairs to main distribution lines. However, we are still in damage assessment mode for many lines in Greenwood area and do not have estimated restoration ...

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Crews Working to Restore Power to Polk County Following Devastating Ice Storm

BY LEANN DILBECK – Electric crews continue working to restore power to hard hit Polk County following a devastating arctic front that delivered an ice storm reminiscent of the Christmas 2000 storm. Friday morning, 3,800 SWEPCO customers and 5,500 Rich Mountain Electric Cooperatives members had power interrupted due to accumulation of ice on the lines and downed trees and limbs. ...

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Local Crews Prepared for Predicted Storm

BY LEANN DILBECK – With the well predicted winter storm hammering down on the area, local officials want the public to know that they are well prepared. Polk County Sheriff Mike Godfrey and his officers were busy preparing their fleet for the winter conditions Thursday afternoon and were ready to respond to those in need should conditions deteriorate. “This storm ...

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