According to the Polk County Fair and Rodeo Association, this year’s county fair has been canceled due to restrictions in place in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of August 3, 2020 – August 9, 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…

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will accept applications for its private land dove hunting program Aug. 1-15 for five private fields throughout the state. The following locations and dates are available for the 2020 hunt drawing:

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas’s bear population has made the news on more than one occasion in the last few weeks. Arkansas Game and Fish Biologists have had to relocate some black bears from a few towns in The Natural State recently, with one even taking a stroll on the University of Arkansas’s c…

The answer to your chaos, confusion, fear, insecurity, turmoil, etc. and etc., is not to wear a mask and social distance. The answer to your chaos, confusion, fear, insecurity, turmoil, etc. and etc., is not to assert your independence and freedom by refusing to wear a mask and social distan…

State vs Anthony B. Robertson: Count I – possession of a schedule II controlled substance, in violation of Ark. Code Ann. 5-64-419(b)(1)(a), in that on or about June 29, 2020, the said defendant, unlawfully possessed methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, in an amount of less t…

Eliab abhorred the indignance of youth. He spat on the ground in anger as the ruddy complected boy shirked away from him. The child’s tunic was stained, and his feet caked with dirt from the field. He smelled like cattle. It was a fool’s errand that his father had sent him on. His supposed b…

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of July 27, 2020 – August 2, 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 …

Governor Asa Hutchinson announced today during his COVID19 daily press conference that fall contact sports will most likely occur. Hutchinson as well as the Arkansas Athletic Association are asking high school football teams to have no contact team drills with their helmets during the week o…

With a 4-0 vote by the Mena Water Utilities Commission Meeting on Monday, July 27, a motion was carried for the purchase of a crew cab from Mena Ford to add to the existing fleet of work vehicles with the Mena Utilities Department.

Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer confirmed that the two missing juveniles from Polk County were found safe today in Montgomery County. Chloe Kelley, age 12 and Raphael Overturf, age 15 were last seen during the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 22. 

On July 23, 2020, UA Cossatot Chancellor, Dr. Steve Cole, spoke at the Capitol, during the Education Committee meeting of the Arkansas Legislative Council. At the meeting, Dr. Cole shared UA Cossatot’s fall 2020 COVID-19 Plan, which is now available for the public to view on the college’s website.

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of July 20, 2020 – July 26, 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 d…

LITTLE ROCK – This week, I met with doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville who have been on the front line of saving lives during this coronavirus pandemic. They were tired and stressed, but their work makes me grateful for their ser…

As a father of four and a former school board member, I understand the importance of education and its value to the community. I also understand the severity of COVID-19 and how we must take every precaution to slow its spread and keep Americans safe. With another school year quickly approac…

UARM’s Bucks Cross-Country Head Coach Samantha Shores has announced an open men and women’s NJCAA cross-country try-out for August 1. Those selected would have the opportunity to join the 2020 Bucks Cross-Country team as well as earn an athletic scholarship.

The first half of Colossians presents Christ in His divine glory. The second section begins with “therefore”. If we see Christ as the divine Creator and Redeemer presented in chapters 1-2, certain things will be automatic features of our character and nature.

LITTLE ROCK – The average debt that a student incurs to earn a bachelor’s degree in Arkansas is almost $2,000 less than the national average.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two juveniles from Mena. Chloe Kelley, age 12, and Raphael Overturf, age 15, were last seen in the early morning hours of Wednesday 7/22/20. They are believed to be together, driving a Gray 2016 Jeep Renegade (831-YMY Arkansas) taken without pe…

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The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two juveniles from Mena. Chloe Kelley, age 12, and Raphael Overturf, age 15, were last seen in the early morning hours of Wednesday 7/22/20. They are believed to be together, driving a Gray 2016 Jeep Renegade (831-YMY Arkansas) taken without pe…

Mena teachers have been contacting parents to ask them which Bearcats Ready for Learning choice they will make for their children this year. So far, we have collected responses for 621 students and 80% of parents are choosing traditional learning. Parents who have not been contacted yet, ple…

Mena Regional Health System welcomes third year medical students Sooji Beck and Joseph “JJ” Williams, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, Jonesboro, AR campus of Arkansas State University. The two will soon begin clinical rotations at Mena Regional Health System.

Through a $500,000 grant initially applied for by Mena Regional Health System when COVID-19 started, Jay Quebedeaux, CEO of MRHS, reported last night to the Mena Hospital Commission that a COVID-19 testing machine was purchased. 

Contractors working with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will close the portion of Polk County Road 125 that crosses the levee of Lake Wilhelmina Aug. 11 to attempt to plug leaking infrastructure that has plagued the lake for the last two summers.

It wasn’t the worship service that he had envisioned. The censers weren’t burning with sweet smelling incense. The songs of Zion weren’t being sung. Angry men shouting threatening words and cries of unruly mobs filled the streets. It did not resemble the stories he had been told. It did not …

Today is the day! If you are needing the convenience of an on-line grocery pickup, the Mena Walmart Super Center has begun filling orders. Get the Walmart - shopping and grocery app, place your order and schedule a pick up.

Polk County Master Gardeners have embarked on a multi-year, multi-phase update to the existing landscaping at the County Courthouse. Because the present landscaping is extensive, work will progress in stages over a number of years. This growing season weed control will be the emphasis…not fu…

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

Mena’s first responders are looking for citizens to support their efforts through blood donation with Arkansas Blood Institute. Those who give at the Boots & Badges blood drive on Wednesday, July 22 and Thursday, July 23, will provide blood needed to save local lives, such as those that …

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A few days ago, the Arkansas State Fair Board announced the cancellation of this year’s state fair in Little Rock. This included everything except possibly having a livestock show. With that being said, the Polk County Fair Board has voted to cancel this year’s Miss Polk County Fair Queen pa…

They really need a home! Can you help them? We now have one low adoption fee for a pair of wonderful dogs! Niecy and Brownie really don't want to be apart. They are sister and brother Catahoula Shepherds who love to hang out together. Brownie relies on Niecy and is not comfortable on his own…

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The Executive Order requiring all Arkansans to wear a mask in both indoor and outdoor public settings went into effect at 12:01 today, July 20, 2020. The order was issued in response to the growing number of positive COVID-19 cases in the state.

These days, we could all use some good news coming out of Washington, D.C. I'm excited to report that on July 15, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed the 2020 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis. The bill now heads to the House floo…