Mena East Students invite all veterans to the Christmas Veterans Party at the Queen Wilhelmina Lodge on December 12, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.

An early morning search last week on Wednesday, Nov. 27 ended with locating the body of missing person, David Danley, age 76.

Area law enforcement officials responded to an overturned LP gas tanker on Monday. Dec. 2 in northwest Polk County on U.S. Highway 270.

Mayor Seth Smith signed a proclamation on Thursday, Nov. 21 proclaiming November 2019 as National Home Care Month in the City of Mena. Pictured with Mayor Smith are Elite Home Health representatives; Melinda Wise RN, Executive Director, Chandra Warren RN, Patient Care Manager, Joani Shaddon …

Mary Standerfer, Director of Financial Aid at UARM, and her assistant, Lindsay Drury, were the guest speakers during the Nov. 21 Rotary Club of Polk County/Mena meeting. Standerfer gave Rotarians  information on how financial aid works and how it helps students at UARM continue their educati…

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Mena Middle School is still taking donations for the MMS Christmas Shop. New or very gently used items that students can pick out as gifts for parents. We are always short on male gifts. Students will begin shopping next week. We love teaching our students that giving is important and as joy…

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of November 25 – December 1, 2019.  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 submi…

Circuit Court of Polk County, Criminal Division, Arraignments

The Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission will be presenting the Annual Mena Christmas Festival on December 7th at 7 p.m., immediately following the Christmas Parade of Lights. Surround yourself with holiday cheer and celebrate the season with family, friends and neighbors at this treasu…

Mena’s favorite holiday resident is coming back and we are excited to welcome this jolly member of the community to town! Santa will be visiting his vacation home in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains and invites you to stop by for a visit. Join us at the 2019 Christmas Festival on December 7t…

Recent freezing temperatures have exposed a need for coats in our student population & Mena Public Schools would like to thank Christine & Rodney Bird with Handcrafted Garden Bridges for their generous donation. The coats will be distributed to children in need. Pictured are Rodney, …

The Mena fifth grade Quiz Bowl team received 1st place at the Polk County Quiz Bowl on Nov. 21. There were five teams. They will advance to DMEC in January to compete against other counties. Pictured are Ruby Dewitt, Laliegh Powell, Makenley Sullivan, Ryan Jiang, Kaiden Walls, Alayna Powell,…

For the 32nd year, the National Geographic Society is holding the National Geographic Bee for students in the fourth through eighth grades. Thousands of schools are competing in this year’s contest from all across the United States and the five U.S. territories. Also competing are Department…

It’s that time of year when downtown Mena transforms into a place of wonder and magic for children and adults alike with our Annual Mena Christmas Parade of Lights. Come join the fun as The Mena Polk County Chamber of Commerce kicks off the holiday season with the “North Pole Christmas” them…

Mena area seniors gathered last Thursday for the annual Thanksgiving lunch at the Mena-Polk County Senior Center.  The lunch was just one of the many events and regular activities hosted and organized by this facility and its staff of 7 employees, and supported by many volunteers and dedicat…

Autumn Frachiseur of Grannis was recently inducted into the Arkansas Purple Circle Club. Frachiseur had the Grand Champion Percentage Simmental Bull at the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show. Arkansas Farm Bureau Commodity & Regulatory Affairs Vice President Evan Teague presented the award.

On Dec. 8 in the Union Bank of Mena Community Room, friends and family who have experienced a loss of a child will meet for the annual Remembering Hearts Forever candle lighting ceremony. 

The Mena Art Gallery is pleased to announce the 2020 Annual Small Works National Competition, to be held for the 3rd year at the Mena Art Gallery.  Entries are now open and will close March 15.  This competition will showcase the diverse work from regional and national artists.  

The town of Hatfield has just completed a bridge replacement on Buddy Bean Drive. The small bridge built in the 1930’s was structurally weak and had been damaged by an automobile accident in recent years. The town received a Community Development Block Grant through the Arkansas Economic Dev…

Mena Middle School has received the “Beating the Odds” High Math Growth: Middle Level (Southwest Region) award. Mena Middle School has been recognized by the Office for Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas as a school that is Beating the Odds, because students demonstrated hi…

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of November 18 – November 24, 2019.  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 subm…

On Saturday, Nov. 16, Mena Street was lined with citizens on both sides to salute and pay tribute to our Polk County and WWII veterans during the Veterans Day Parade.  The event began at The Crossing Church and traveled to Washburns Home Furnishing on North Mena Street. (Photo by Elizabeth Horn) 

The Ministerial Alliance will host the Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Historic Old Armory located on De Queen and Maple on Sunday, November 24 at 5:00 PM. The menu will be chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, deserts, tea, coffee, and water.

State Rep. Marcus Richmond (R-Dist.21 – Harvey) received an Arkansas State Chamber/Associated Industries of Arkansas 2019 Business Matters Leadership Award on Thursday, November 14 at a State Chamber/AIA Door-To-Door meeting in Fort Smith. Richmond was recognized with the award for supportin…

Mena’s favorite holiday resident is coming back and we are excited to welcome this jolly member of the community to town! Santa will be visiting his vacation home in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains and invites you to stop by for a visit. Join us at the 2019 Christmas Festival on December 7t…

A new type of event has recently come to life in the Hatfield Auditorium. It is, the Hatfield Tuesday Jam Session.  The Hatfield Auditorium, located in the back part of the same building as the Hatfield Gymnasium, is also where country-western dances are held every Friday night from 7 pm unt…

The Adult Education Program provided through UA Rich Mountain was recently recognized by the State of Arkansas’ Division of Workforce Services for exceeding specified benchmarks designed to gauge success of programs. For the 2018-2019 program year, UA Rich Mountain’s Adult Education performe…

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of November 11 – November 17, 2019.  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 subm…

In the Polk County Circuit Court, Kevin Wayne DeHart was found guilty on two counts of rape, each a Class Y felony, and was sentenced to 40 years in prison for each charge. The terms are to run consecutively. The charges were filed within the Circuit Court on Jan. 24 of this year citing the …

Polk County Rotarian Linda Rowe (L) presented jackets to Linda Collins (R) with Lousie Durham Elementary School to help ensure the LD Heroes stay warm during the winter months.

Polk County veterans and their family members enjoyed a meal consisting of fried catfish, coleslaw, BBQ beans, fries, hush puppies, and cobbler during the Veteran’s Appreciation Luncheon on Monday, Nov. 11 in the Ouachita Center at the University of Arkansas - Rich Mountain campus. (Photo by…

The Veterans Day Parade scheduled for 10 a.m. on Nov. 11 has been postponed until Saturday due to the rain. The time will remain at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Line up for the parade will begin at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Crossing Church.

Cossatot River High School students enjoyed a visit from two authors on October 15, 2019, as part of Teen Read Week.  Arkansas authors, Mark Spencer and John T. Wayne discussed their books and the writing process.  Mrs. Beverly Higgin’s Creative Writing class had the opportunity to ask quest…

With election season already in full swing, it’s important to be reminded of the efforts to make possible a privilege of what 50.8% of this country’s population wasn’t always guaranteed, a woman’s right to vote. Several generations of women, lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied, and even practi…