Coming off of two successful performances this summer, Ouachita Little Theatre is announcing the next production. It will be based on an original script written by our director, Brad Storey. He states, “Our fall play will be the story of Silas Marner. I’ve adapted the original novel into a s…

Mena Downtown Partners will meet on Thursday August 18, 5:30 PM at the Mena Star, 501 Mena Street. The primary agenda item will be a presentation on the three $1,000 grants which will be available to businesses located in the Mena Downtown Business District. In order to apply for one of the …

ServSafe has been the industry standard since 1919 in training millions of people how to receive, store, prepare, and serve food safely. Through the Cooperative Extension Service, we offer training and certifications for the ServSafe Food Handler, ServSafe Manager, and ServSafe Instructor &a…

Have you ever been interested in learning about the Daughters of the American Revolution? Are you a patriotic, civic-minded woman who also loves history and volunteering for your community? Then the DAR may be just what you’re searching for.

Ouachita River School District Administration attended the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators (AAEA) 47th Annual Summer Conference on July 25-26, 2022 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. This year's conference theme - “Love Public Education: Changing…

Abigail Nance has received and accepted an offer of appointment to the United States Naval Academy with highest recommendations and nominations from the offices of: Senator Tom Cotton, Senator John Boozman and Congressman Bruce Westerman. The value of her education and service in the US Nava…

The Historic Armory in Mena was buzzing with excitement Thursday night as people streamed in for an open house style discussion of a proposed innovative and ambitious recreation project that is felt to be an economic game changer for our area, drawing state and national interest to Mena and …

Each year, representatives from around Arkansas serve as delegates for Arkansas American Legion Boys State and Arkansas American Legion Auxiliary Girls State. The transformative programs engage high school juniors in civics education through mock governmental processes and develop leaders th…

With five years in the making, dirt has been moved behind the Polk County Courthouse in preparation of the new jail addition. “If you drive down Hickory Avenue, you’ll see a lot of work getting done on our new jail addition,” shared Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer. “We’re excited to finally…

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…

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The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of January 10, 2022 – January 16, 2022.  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…

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Local members of the Mena Area Board of Realtors (MABR) attended The Arkansas Realtors Association’s REALTOR® Leadership Retreat at Heifer International in Little Rock January 10th.  The leadership retreat provided an excellent speaker panel and interactive learning. Ending the event on Janu…

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Demolition day of the current restrooms at Janssen Park was on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 in preparation of the new restrooms. According to Mena Mayor Seth Smith, construction will begin in early spring, weather permitting. Last year, the Mena City Council approved the purchase of three pre…

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Acorn Elementary and High Schools will “kick-off” a week of outdoor learning beginning on Monday, January 17, 2022 as part of the National School Choice Week celebrations. The week’s themes will include: Project Wild, where students will learn about Arkansas wildlife; Project Learning Tree, …

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In a tradition that dates back to the mid-1880’s, UA Rich Mountain held its pinning ceremony for the college’s RN Classes of 2020 and 2021 on Thursday, December 2 in the Ouachita Center on campus. The time-honored pinning ceremony signifies membership in a proud and loyal society of nurses. …

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Melanie Wade has been named the new Mena Polk County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director beginning January 10. Wade brings with her extensive experience in event planning, communications, and a strong spirit of community volunteerism. 

On Tuesday, November 16, 2021, Acorn High School students were recognized and honored for their winning essays in the VFW Post #4451 (Veterans of Foreign Wars) 2021 Voices of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen Essay Contests. The following students were awarded prizes and ranked 1st, 2nd or 3rd pla…

During a recent city of Mena planning commission meeting, there was discussion in regard to the number of lodging facilities located within the city limits that have not obtained their Conditional Use Permit, as required by Ordinance No. 930 signed on August 6, 1991.

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An estimated 600-700 guests were served during the First Annual Ouachita Nights event held this past weekend in the Martin Avenue Entertainment District located between The Ouachitas and Sanctified Designs. The historic event was Mena’s first temporary entertainment district with more to fol…

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The 68th Annual 2021 Polk County Rodeo will be held at the Andy Risenhoover Arena at the Polk County Fairgrounds on August 13th and 14th. The Rodeo will begin at 8:30 each night and with Mutton Bustin’ and Junior Barrels each evening. The Rodeo is produced by Wing Rodeo Co. out of Bogota, Te…

Moving into the next phase of development, the historic Mena High School project continues to move forward. Given its prime location within the Ouachita’s, Mena’s natural beauty has become a boon for business from Arkansans, bordering states and beyond. Due to the influx of tourists, visiona…

Rehearsals have been underway for Ouachita Little Theatre’s musical version of Little Women. Under the direction of Alexa Night and musical direction of Judy Kropp, this is sure to be one of the top shows of the new OLT season. The talented and experienced cast is ready to enchant local audi…

[MENA, Ark.] In a tradition that dates back to the mid-1880’s, UA Rich Mountain held its pinning ceremony for the college’s LPN Class of 2019 on Thursday, July 1 in the Ouachita Center on campus. The time-honored pinning ceremony signifies membership in a proud and loyal society of nurses. N…

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The United States Geological Survey reported a magnitude 3.4 quake in the United States near Mena, Polk County, Arkansas. The earthquake hit early morning on Thursday 22 July 2021 at 4:08 am local time at a shallow depth of 6.2 miles. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake mi…

As COVID-19 continues to rage through Arkansas, Governor Asa Hutchinson stated Monday that he planned to meet with House and Senate leaders about growing calls to allow schools to require face masks. On Saturday and again Tuesday, Arkansans saw new daily cases topping 2,000 for the first tim…

In an address to Mena Lions, MRHS CEO Jay Quebedeaux (pictured) updated the group on the recent uptick in Covid-19 cases including the new far more contagious Delta variant, and also urged those not vaccinated to get one. “The old strain every positive person would infect 2.4 people,” Quebed…