Mr. Benny Weston, Superintendent of Mena School District, was presented with the 2020 Arkansas Superintendent of the Year Award.  Dr. Richard Abernathy, Executive Director for the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators (AAEA), along with former Superintendent of the Year and loca…

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ARVEST BANK OF MENA presented a check to Mayor Seth Smith and Mena Police Chief Tommy Stueart for $8,400 in June of this year for the purchase of new uniforms. Pictured above with Smith and Arvest Bank of Mena associates are Mena Police Officers in their new uniforms on Friday, Sept. 13. (Ph…

Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison has placed a burn ban upon Polk County as of September 16, 2019 until further notice. Due to a long duration of dry weather, with lacking adequate rainfall or precipitation has created dry and hazardous conditions throughout Polk County. Fire Districts have …

Construction continues on the future development of a multi-million dollar nursing and rehabilitation facility behind the U.S. Postal office on Morrow Street. An open public meeting this Thursday to discuss and hear comments concerning a proposed ordinance closing a portion of dedicated un-o…

[September 13, 2019 | MENA, Ark.]  UA Rich Mountain Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Chad Fielding released the final enrollment numbers for Fall 2019 and as was anticipated, enrollment is up. The largest jump is in first-time entering freshman, 56.7%. “I believe what we are experiencing i…

The City of Mena’s 16th Annual Fall Clean-Up is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 14, 2019.  Only yard waste items will be picked up (tree limbs, shrubs, leaves, grass, etc.).  Due to state law, we can not pick up construction debris and lumber.  Please place items at curb side PRIOR to …

The Oaks Assisted Living Facility, which closed and ceased operation on August 17th, conducted a "Yard Sale" on Friday and Saturday, with equipment and operating supplies being liquidated and sold to the public in garage sale fashion. 

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of September 9 – September 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 sub…

Polk County Circuit Court, Criminal Division, Sept 10, 2019

On the morning of September 16, 2019, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, 18th Judicial West Drug Task Force, and the Arkansas State Police executed a search warrant at 6064 Highway 8 West in Mena.  The search warrant was obtained as part of a narcotics investigation.

An APPRECIATION LUNCHEON hosted by the Mena Elks Lodge took place on the Polk County Courthouse lawn on Tuesday, Sept. 10.  The luncheon organized to simply thank all of the first responders in Mena and Polk County which included law enforcement officers, fire department personnel and emerge…

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, the Polk County Health Unit of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) will offer flu vaccinations at Polk County Health Unit from 9:30 a.m.to 5:30 p.m. People should bring their insurance cards with them to the flu vaccine clinic. If they do not have insuranc…

The City of Mena’s 16th Annual Fall Clean-Up is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 14, 2019. Only yard waste items will be picked up (tree limbs, shrubs, leaves, grass, etc.). Due to state law, we can not pick up construction debris and lumber. Please place items at curb side PRIOR to Mon…

Last week, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman hosted United States Forest Service (USFS) Chief Vicki Christiansen in the Fourth District. Westerman and Christiansen toured the Albert Pike Recreation Area just days after an announcement was made by USDA Forest Service of an environmental analysis woul…

Constitution Week is Sept. 17-23 every year.  This year, the Constitution of the United States of America is 232 years old!  Our Constitution is the oldest and the shortest of all written constitutions around the world.  And several other countries have based their constitutions off of ours!…

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of September 2 – September 8, 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…

The 2019 Mena High School Homecoming Court was announced during the first Bearcat pep rally of the new football season on Friday, August 30. The homecoming court members, determined by student votes, are Seniors: Kiara Kesterson, Paige Evans, Skylar Smedley, and Amy Thompson; Juniors: Allie …

Members and volunteers with the Rotary Club of Polk County/Mena are continuing preparation for the October 12th Wheel A’ Mena Bicycle Tour of the Ouachita Mountains and the Talimena Scenic Drive. The Tour will be staged outside of Mena offering a distance routes of 30, 50, and 70 miles. 

Mena Regional Health System is gearing up for the Treasure Your Health and Wellness Fair to be held on Saturday, September 14 at Mena Regional Health System. The annual event provides an opportunity for MRHS to show their gratitude to the local community and surrounding areas for entrusting …

State vs Melton Ray Cannon: Count I – possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, in violation of Ark. Code Ann. 5-64-419(b)(5)(C), in that on or about December 13, 2018, the above named Defendant did unlawfully possess a Schedule VI controlled substance with an aggregate weight, inclu…

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of August 26 – September 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 submit…

The Polk County Public Library in Mena recently received a significant donation of bi-lingual (Spanish-English) study materials provided by the Modern Woodmen of America.  Dicey Miller, representing Modern Woodmen, presented the materials to Librarian Mary Renick in appreciation of the servi…

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of August 19 - August 25, 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 submit d…

The Hatfield Lions Club is pleased to announce the winner of their Gantz-Hays Scholarship for 2019 is Tateli Thacker.  Tateli is the daughter of Ron and Tonya Thacker of Mena and is a 2019 graduate of Mena High School.  Tateli was chosen from among many other candidates who submitted their a…

[August 19, 2019 | MENA, Ark.]  As the country has celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Mission this year, and Neil Armstrong’s historical walk on the moon, Mena will have a unique and rare opportunity of its own. On Friday, September 13, UA Rich Mountain will host NASA engineer Cla…

Three Mena Police Department Reserve Officers were sworn in by District Judge Danny Thrailkill on August 22. The officers were Caleb Payton, Mike Underwood, and Tyler Richardson.

State vs William Pate, Count I: possession of methamphetamine with the purpose to deliver in violation of Ark. Code Ann. 5-64-420, a Class “B” Felony, in that on or about August 15, 2019 the said Defendant, unlawfully possessed methamphetamine with the purpose to deliver in an aggregate of t…

Circuit Court Schedule, August 26-30, 2019

Mena firefighters responded to an explosion and fully involved fire at PineMoore Shavings located at Hwy. 375 West at approximately 10 p.m., Thursday, August 15.  “We responded within minutes to the fire with four apparatuses and 20 personnel. We initially tried to contain the fire allowing …

According to Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport manager Fred Ogden, Taxiway Bravo is 70 percent completed. Large sections of the taxiway have been completed and contractors are currently working on the “crossover parts.” Ogden also shared during the August city council meeting that the new…