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Due to extreme weather conditions, this week’s edition of The Mena Star will be delayed to subscribers as well as single copy distribution. We appreciate the support of our readership and look forward in continuing to serve you in 2021.

On Thursday January 14, 2021, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a report of a freezer being found in a wooded area north of Acorn. Upon arrival, deputies opened the freezer and discovered human remains.

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of January 4, 2021 – January 10, 2021.  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 s…

The Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport Commission met for their January meeting on Monday, Jan. 11 at the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain conference room. After a brief discussion on financial statements and receivables, Airport Manager Fred Ogden provided his monthly report. “Fuel sa…

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Mena Regional Health System’s first vaccine recipient, Dr. Swonger, received his second dose of COVID-19 vaccination as scheduled. He noted that he did not have any reaction or side effects of the first vaccine beyond some soreness in the arm around the injection site. He added, “I hope many…

OLT hopes to bring their regular schedule back as soon as possible, but in the meantime, the theatre group will continue to bring socially distant smaller productions to the stage.  There is much excitement for the next play entitled “Love Letters” will take place February 13 and 14.  Robby …

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It’s a GIRL! Mena Regional Health System welcomes the first baby of 2021! Proud parents are Natasha Ward and Charles Cogburn of Glenwood, Arkansas.  Baby Lyla Lashay Kay Cogburn was born on January 5th  at 8:09AM weighing 8 pounds 7 ounces and measuring 19 inches at the time of her birth.  B…

CELEBRITY CHEF MARK ANTHONY will be coming to Mena this January, giving three seminars, and seminars are all free and open to the public! The Farm House will host Chef Mark on Friday, Jan 22, at 4:00 p.m., 819 Mena Street for Simply Incredible Health with Chef Mark. Additional seminars  incl…

The Polk County Quorum Court met in regular session on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 in the Polk County Office Complex. Members present were Tommy Floyd, Tawana Gilbert, Basil Kesterson, Margo Kimp, Troy Lunsford, Terry Scott, Terry Terrell, Mitchell Tidwell and Levi Ellison. JPs Chris Daniel and Jim…

With substantial upticks with the number of new positive COVID19 cases in the state of Arkansas, Gov. Asa Hutchinson held a media conference at noon today addressing the issue. The purpose of today’s special meeting was to announce the creation of the Governor’s COVID19 winter task force due…

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Voter turnout for the Nov. 3 General Election is Polk County was at 70 percent. The current population of the county is 20,049 with 12,129 registered voters. Whether it was early voting, absentee voting or at the election day polls, 8,497 votes were cast.

UARM Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson has announced that the new collegiate softball field being constructed at McMillan Park will be named the Cecil-Cummings Field in honor of the family’s donation made by Rhonda Weatherford and her three sons, Aaron, Brandon and Calvin Cummings to support Buc…

The Mena Regional Auxiliary, Inc. recently awarded scholarships to five students who are currently enrolled in a medical-related field. Each student received a $1000 scholarship. Congratulations to those selected! Pictured from left: Ewanta Turner- Auxiliary Member, Melba Lewis-Auxiliary Mem…

The City of Mena’s 17th Annual Fall Clean-Up is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 26, 2020.

On Monday, Oct. 19, from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., emergency repairs will be made to the transmission grid. Electric services in the following areas will be affected: Cove, Hatfield and Vandervoort areas in Arkansas, along with Watson and Zafra areas in Oklahoma. Rich Mountain Electric Cooperativ…

State vs Matthew Hunter Frost: Count I – domestic battery in the second degree, in violation of Ark. Code Ann. 5-26-304(a)(4), in that on or about October 9, 2020, the said defendant, with the purpose of causing physical injury to a family or household member, namely S. A., a juvenile twelve…

COMMUNITY - Mural artist Duane Haga, Tim Strother and Breanna Hickmott spent last Thursday and Friday painting the United States of America Flag on a barn located just east of Mena on Arkansas Highway 88E. Carol Martin commissioned Haga for the project and wanted to share her patriotism with…

Friendship Community Care (FCC) of Russellville, AR has announced the addition of Christy Plunkett of Mena to their board of directors. Plunkett was confirmed at the September board meeting.

JONAH TULL proudly displays his first kill for the opening of the 2020 Archery Season. The black bear was harvested in Polk County and weighed 235 lb dressed out. Archery Bear Season for Zone 2, which includes all of Scott and Polk County, runs from Sept. 26 through Nov. 30, 2020. If you hav…

Despite multiple efforts to locate a replacement game for Friday, we have been unsuccessful. There will be no replacement game for Friday night.

As Fire Prevention Week™ approaches, the Mena Fire Department reminds residents:

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This is a press release of an unattended death. On September 22, 2020 at about 3:47 p.m., Mena Police and Southwest EMS were dispatched to a residence on Port Arthur. Dispatch received a call of an unresponsive male subject that was possibly deceased. After Officers and EMS arrived, the Coro…

Practicing social distancing, the Mena City Council met in the Council Room of City Hall for their September monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 9. All six council members were present for the meeting.

Mayor Seth Smith signed a proclamation designating September 2020 as Suicide Prevention and Recovery Month in Mena, AR. The proclamation is to raise awareness that the benefits of preventing and overcoming mental health challenges, suicide attempts and loss, and substance abuse are significa…

he Polk County Civil War Historical Marker, located by the KCS Depot, was vandalized this past weekend. The Marker, entitled “Polk County in the Civil War - Polk County men served on both sides during the Civil War” was unveiled during the spring of 2016. The marker is designated to honor th…

An ATV accident claimed the life of a Texan man during the Labor Day holiday at the Wolf Pen Gap campground. Edwardo Mascorro, 21, of Watauga, Texas was traveling north on Polk 61 toward Highway 8 E, north of the campground, with his girlfriend when they drove off the right side of the road,…

Ouachita Little Theatre has a goal to entertain and assist our community during the restrictions imposed by the COVID19 crisis. Beginning September 14 and running through November 19, OLT will be holding classes for students interested in various aspects of theater arts. For the small fee of…

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of August 31, 2020 – September 6, 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…

Long-range weather forecasts have so many variables, it's hard for the experts to nail them down perfectly, and such was the case with the expected low pressure and cold front that would lower our air and water temperatures we were hoping were coming this week. Now that's looking more like N…

Many fishing tournaments in Arkansas have gone by the wayside or gone virtual to put an extra emphasis on social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. But the show goes on for the Hobie Bass Open Series, which comes to Lake Dardanelle for its kayak-fishing event this weekend. We've alw…

At 8 years old, Petunia is an oldie but a goodie. She is a Labrador/Terrier mix and weighs in at about 53 pounds. She is good with other dogs but it is unknown about any other animals. She does have some blindness and can be selective coming to people, when she has trouble seeing them. She n…