Ouachita Little Theatre has combined with University of Arkansas at Rich Mountain to bring William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to the stage in Mena.  Directors Robby and Gini Burt are excited to bring this classic comedy to life with assistance from local talents such as Costum…

The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Ozark Inn Motel on Friday, January 17th to celebrate their new renovations.  Owner, Andy Desai is very excited about the changes they are making and allowed guests to tour two of the newly remodeled gues…

Construction work has accelerated this week at McMillan Park. Pictured here overlooking the tennis courts is the former concrete slab foundation of the skate park. According to officials at City Hall, “The skate park at McMillan Park has been removed from the park so that construction can pr…

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of January 13, 2020 – January 19, 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 …

The Mena School Board held their January meeting on Tuesday Night at the Administration Building .

Happy New Year to everyone. I hope you are happy, healthy, wiser and looking forward to a prosperous New Year. I pray God bless you in all you do.

Greg Goss of First Financial Bank presents the bank’s $1,100.00 donation to Single Parent Scholarship Fund Chair Crystal Liles. In thanking First Financial Bank, Liles noted the donation will cover a full scholarship for a Polk County Single Parent. She said, “We very much appreciate First F…

The county’s top spellers poured through the doors of the Ouachita Center on the Mena campus of UA Rich Mountain Tuesday, January 14, for the chance to earn the coveted Polk County Spelling Bee champion title.  The event is co-sponsored by the DeQueen/Mena Educational Co-Op and Union Bank of…

Mena Regional Health System proudly announces an upcoming merge with Mountain View Clinic. Extraordinary things can occur when like-minded partners, committed to the same vision, come together in ways to better serve our patient community. “I am very excited about joining the MRHS team and f…

Several Ouachita National Forest employees were recognized with awards for exemplary work, dedication and commitment in the Southern Region at the 2019 Regional Forester’s Honor Awards in Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 12.

 Governor Asa Hutchinson announced on Jan. 3, 2020 his intent to grant eight pardons, one restoration of firearm rights only and two commutations. An additional 43 clemency requests were denied and four had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates.

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of December 23 – December 29, 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…

Area youth and local community members gather donations to give local seniors in need. Each year the Polk County Extension Office takes applications for local senior citizens in need. Seniors provide a list of the items they could greatly benefit from. Polk County 4-H Clubs, community volunt…

Polk County Public Library recently received a gift of 100 new children books, ranging from pre-kindergarten through early readers.  These books were a donation from the Brownstone Book Fund, a private foundation in New York City, interested in fostering early reading, a love of  books and e…

State Rep. John Maddox (R-Dist. 20 – Mena) recently received an Arkansas State Chamber/Associated Industries of Arkansas 2019 Business Matters Leadership Award. Maddox was recognized with the award for supporting positive business initiatives during the 92nd General Assembly.

According to the State of Arkansas House of Representatives, the following are a list of bills that will be effective on Jan. 1, 2020:

The Bob Carver Charitable Trust has presented the Ouachita Little Theatre with a $10,000 grant. The money was placed in the building fund and will fund additional improvements to their home, the Lyric Theatre.

Ouachita Little Theatre presents a musical tribute to the 1950’s and 60’s with Johnathan Len in his show “Jukebox Memories.”

The River Valley Film Society is excited to ring in 2020 with the Fort Smith Movie Premiere of “The 24” by Fort Smith native Clay Pruitt. Once a year over 500 climbers from all over the world come together at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Jasper, Arkansas to test their endurance in the world’s o…

Employees at Mena Regional Health System have the most giving hearts and greatest compassion for those in need! Each year, a charity organization is selected during the Christmas season allowing employees to generously gather items in their departments to donate for the cause. This year's ch…

The classic 1987 motion picture fantasy bursts onto the stage in the unforgettable theatrical experience. Josh Baskin is sick of being an awkward kid. At a carnival, he makes a wish to the Zoltar machine to become “big." Complete with Zoltar, a giant floor piano and stand-out roles for adult…

Theseus, the Duke of Athens, is preparing for his marriage to Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, A courtier seeks the Duke’s intervention because his daughter, Hermia, will not agree to his choice of Demetrius as a husband: she’s in love with Lysander. The Duke tells Hermia to obey her father,…

Louisa May Alcott’s beloved story of the adventures of the four March sisters is brought to vivid musical life in Little Women. The Civil War is in full swing, and the March sisters -- Meg, the oldest, a romantic, the spirited and tomboyish Jo, sweet and loving Beth, and irascible, playful A…

On Saturday, November 30, downtown Mena like other towns throughout the nation celebrated Small Business Saturday.  As an Arkansas Downtown Network Community, Mena Downtown Partners offered an opportunity to win a $150 downtown gift certificate.  Those visiting participating businesses could…

Marc Wilson of Mena has been nominated by U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) for   the U.S. Military Academy, Air Force Academy and Naval Academy. Westerman recently announced the Fourth District’s student nominations to military academies. “I’d like to encourage all Fourth District students…

Administration Office of Mena Public Schools appreciate the efforts made by the community in the Feed A Bearcat Program. Sherry Newman, Kim DePriest, Superintendent Benny Weston, Paulette Sherrer, and Suzanne Bentley choose to annually donate to the student fund at Christmas time and so can …

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of December 9 – December 15, 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…

Mena, AR, December 13, 2019: Mena Public School students participated in the school competition of the National Geographic GeoBee on December 13, 2019. Hailey Emerson, an eighth grade student won first place, with Sophia Vacca, also an eighth grade student,  winning second place, and Greyson…

Washburn’s Home Furnishing was elected as the 2019 Arkansas Home Furnishings Association Southwest District Dealer Of The Year. Jessica Myers, Maggie Myers and Allie Sessler accepted the  at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion on Dec. 5, 2019. “Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen..…

There were huge crowds for the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce 2019 Mena Christmas Parade of Lights! The parade was held Saturday, Dec. 7 in beautiful downtown Mena. This is truly “the most wonderful time of the year” and the people of Mena and Polk County sure know how to kick-off the …

Rich Hillman of Carlisle was elected as Arkansas Farm Bureau’s new president, and Mike Freeze of Little Rock was chosen as the agriculture advocacy organization’s new vice president Friday morning. Both were selected during Farm Bureau’s 85th Annual Convention at the Statehouse Convention Ce…

Judy Thompson invites everyone to be a part of the Storybook Christmas Mob this month.  The group will meet on Saturday, December 14, 10:00 AM and will be hosted by Suzy Q’s Sweet Creams & Coffee.  Thompson invites anyone who would like to bring a new storybook or coloring book.  All don…