Due to multiple reports by the media and phone calls in regard to gatherings around the state of more than 10 people, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced at today’s COVID-19 update conference that a directive will be in place within 24 hours for the practice of social distancing.

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Due to multiple reports by the media and phone calls in regard to gatherings around the state of more than 10 people, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced at today’s COVID-19 Update conference that a directive will be in place within 24 hours for the practice of social distancing. According to …

In cooperation with the CDC, Presidential and State guidelines, board members of Ouachita Little Theatre voted to suspend all programs, rehearsals, and concerts (including competition rehearsals for young playwrights) until further notice. The office on Main Street will be closed beginning M…

During Governor Asa Hutchinson COVID-19 update this afternoon, the number of positive confirmed cases in the state of Arkansas increased from 62 to 96; at least one of which was in Polk County. Other counties that are now included within the 96-count are Benton and Greene.

UA Rich Mountain Chancellor Phillip Wilson announced today that all campuses will move to online instruction for the remainder of the semester. “In the interest of the continuity of course delivery and for the protection of our community, we have made the decision to remain online until the …

Mena Regional Health System continues to actively address the challenges posed by the novel coronavirus. We plead with our community to take proactive precautions to safeguard not only their own health but the health of their neighbors. Hand washing, social distancing and the frequent sanita…

On Friday March 13, 2020, at 4:45 PM, a state of emergency was declared in Polk County. The primary reason for this decision was to give Polk County the ability to request certain items and resources from the state and federal governments that are not currently available locally. We have req…

The annual Talimena13.1 Run and Relay will take place on Saturday, March 21 with a start time of 8:30 a.m.  The race will begin at Janssen Park in Mena, running up Mena Street and over the Talimena Drive to the Queen Wilhelmina State Park.  It features not only a running challenge, but showc…

The Mena Art Gallery presented the 2020 Ouachita Expressions Show  Diamonds are Forever 75th Anniversary of the Southwest Artists event on Saturday, March 7. 

Voters in Polk and Montgomery County were the deciding factor in the race for the Circuit Judge District 18 - West Division 1 between Mena City Attorney Patrick McDaniel and Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. After a seven month campaign, Riner was victorious with a 5…

In just the last week, officials within the United States have confirmed nine deaths and more than 100 cases of the novel coronavirus.

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of March 2, 2020 – March 8, 2020.  The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts.  Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit…

Annual Mena/Polk County Board of Director's meeting. All Chamber members are invited and encouraged to attend. The meeting will be held at the Little Italy II restaurant here in Mena on Wednesday, March 18 at 12-noon. There will be two guest speakers for this event. Randy Zook, the Arkansas …

It’s always exciting to see which of your friends and neighbors will be showing up in Ouachita Little Theatre’s spring musical.  Jessica Kropp is directing “BIG”, the high energy Broadway Musical smash-hit version of the beloved Tom Hanks movie of the same name.  She is assisted by Musical D…

The City of Mena Annual Spring Clean-Up is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 28, 2020. City trucks will pick up items you want to dispose of at no charge.

The Polk County Community Veterans Engagement Team (C-VET) along with the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System will be hosting their second annual Veterans Benefit Fair on Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Scholastic Book Fair has arrived at the Acorn Elementary School Library!  All purchases benefit our school. Family Night is Thursday, March 12th from 3:30-7:30, come by with your child and enter our drawing for free books and prizes!

Remembering Hearts Forever, a support group for  Polk, Scott and Sevier County families who have experienced the loss of a child, grandchild, or sibling at any age, from any cause will hold a potluck meeting on Thursday, March 12 at the Union Bank of Mena Community room. 

The Polk County Community Veterans Engagement Team (C-VET) along with the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System will be hosting their second annual Veterans Benefit Fair on Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In just the last week, officials within the United States have confirmed nine deaths and more than 100 cases of the novel coronavirus.

Polk County 4-H members competed in the first annual Dairy and Egg Recipe Contest on February 17, 2020.  The contests were sponsored by the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee and Farm Bureau.  Winners for the Dairy Recipe Contest – Party Idea included: Cloverbuds (5-8 years old) 1st place- Tuck S…

Whereas, Southwest Artists, Inc. and Mena Art Gallery will celebrate their 75th anniversary in March 2020; and Whereas, this dedicated group of artists have shared their talents with our community over the last 75 years through various educational venues and are a proven asset to our City; a…

Applications are now available to high school students for the summer Medical Applications of Science for Health (M*A*S*H) camps. These two-week M*A*S*H camps will be offered at 35 different medical facilities throughout Arkansas and are designed to expose rising high-school juniors and seni…

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of February 24, 2020 – March 1, 2020.  The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts.  Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may su…

The Mena Polk County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony  on Friday, February 21st to welcome TAG Digital Design to the Chamber. TAG Digital Design is a local website design company owned and operated by Mena resident Victoria Dieterle. You can find more information on TAG Dig…

On February 20, Coach Tommy Johnson of the Mena Middle School was awarded the James K. Polk DAR Outstanding American History Teacher Certificate during the chapter's regular meeting. Teachers considered for the award were from both Polk and Montgomery County Schools. Mr. Johnson received his…

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The Holly Harshman Elementary 4th grade Quiz Bowl team participated in the Murfreesboro Invitational Quiz Bowl on Friday, February 28. There were 12 teams. Our team was seeded 5th after lunch. They fought harder when the games resumed and defeated the teams that were seeded fourth and second…

The first event that five members of the James K Polk Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, recently attended was the 16th Annual George Washington Birthday Observation and Luncheon  held on February 20, 2020, at the Hot Springs Country Club.  Twenty four Colonial Organization were …

Super Tuesday is less than one week away in Polk County and across the nation. The phrase Super Tuesday has been used to refer to presidential primary elections since at least 1976. This year, the traditional day will fall on March 3.

Though fuel sales were down during the month of January, clear skies during the last few days have allowed for consistent air traffic at the Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport. Several military planes and choppers were spotted at the airport for refueling during the past week. According to…