The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain revealed the artist renderings of what will soon transpire on the Mena campus. The “reveal” was during a UA Rich Mountain Foundation picnic which immediately followed the ground breaking ceremony of the new construction. 

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The following students were recognized for sixth grade honor roll at Wickes Elementary School: All A’s nine weeks: Easton Johnson; Nadelyn Ruiz; Sholeyve Campuzano; Isaac Hall; Gustavo Cortes; Brenna Roper; Dillon Loving; Skylar Pannell; Logan Ashcraft. All A’s &B’s nine weeks: Nahomi Ru…

Acorn High School 2nd Semester Honor Roll All A’s 2018-2019 were: 7th Grade-Daisy Dollar, Holiday Neufeld, Sara Pippen, Kensey Rosson, and Sophie Strasner;  8th Grade-Brookelyn Goss and Reed McGee; 9th Grade-Kiersten Larucci, Jacob Lyle, Abigail Nance, Justice Neufeld, and Raeghan Weddle; 10…

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of June 3 - June 9, 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 documen…

***Joshua McClatchy was found alive tonight at approximately 11:45 p.m. Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer received data earlier today that analyzed cellular activity of McClatchy allowing the Search and Rescue Teams to work toward his likely location.

After several reported sights of a possible tornado in the northern portion of Polk County, the Mena Fire Department was prompted by the National Weather Service to set off the tornado sirens in Mena at approximately 3:50 p.m. on Thursday, June 6.

On the afternoon of Saturday, June 1, 2019, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a lost hiker on the Buckeye Trail in the Caney Creek Wilderness Area east of Mena. The Caney Creek Wilderness area is a remote and rugged mountainous area southeast of Mena. It has numerous hik…

Polk County and Mena leaders and citizens spent their Friday afternoon amongst other regional leaders for the Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas in Action workshop.

Family members of the late Dale “DC” Spencer gathered together on Monday, June 3, at the entrance drive of Aubrey Tapley Park to commemorate the park entrance as the  Dale DC Spencer Lane. The Mena City passed a resolution 6-0 during the May regular session to change the name from Recreation…

State of Arkansas v. Anatasia Jennings: Count I: Possession of a scheduled II controlled substance on or about Oct. 5, 2018, unlawfully possessed Methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, in an amount less than 2 grams, Class “D” Felony; Count II: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia …

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of May 27 - June 2, 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 documen…

Citizens gathered together to honor those who  have fallen during their service so that we have freedom today at the Memorial Day Ceremony held on the Polk County Courthouse lawn, Monday, May 27, 2019. (Photo by Sheriff Scott Sawyer)

“We lost a good one today,” shared Richard Abernathy in regard to the passing of his father Billy (Bill) Abernathy on Thursday, May 23. The single statement made by Richard has since been echoed throughout the community of Mena, the walls of UA Rich Mountain, and the entire education expanse…

Amy Hannon, owner and operator of Euna Mae’s in Northwest Arkansas will be speaking on Biblical Hospitality this Thursday night, May 30 at Christ Community Fellowship.

Anna Burt, age 11, is no stranger to the stage. Anna recently starred as Annie in Annie, The Musical at the Ouachita Little Theatre during three of the six performances. “I was not familiar with the Annie the Musical before I auditioned, but I have seen the movie. I wanted to play the roll o…

Mena Mayor Seth Smith declared May 19-25 as Emergency Medical Services Week in the City of Mena through a signed proclamation stating that emergency medical services are a vital public service on May 21.

Tyson Foods proudly Supports the 2018/19 Cossatot River Girls Softball Team. Pictured is Former CRHS Asst. Coach and Tyson Foods, Grannis Plant Supervisor Keven Hill present a $300 check to Coach Tyler Timms of Cossatot River High School.

Mena Water Utilities will again be conducting our bi-annual water main flushing program during the week of June 3, 2019 – June 7, 2019. Mena Water has scheduled the lines on the south side of Highway 71 including the Nunley and Board Camp areas for flushing on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesda…

Holly Springs Homestead will be hosting the Ouachita Homesteading Conference on Saturday, June 8.The one-day event will fo- cus on all things homestead- ing and will include programs on natural beekeeping, mak- ing elderberry folk remedies, growing produce in high tun- nels, selling cottage …

Mena High School graduated 107 at Bearcat Stadium on Sunday, May 17, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Andy Philpot)

Both Acorn Elementary School and Ode Maddox Elementary School have held Spring Fishing Derbies for students.

The Ouachita Little Theater is holding its biennial Benson Award ceremony on June 1 at the Ouachita Center on the U of A Rich Mountain campus.  Featuring a catered dinner by Papa’s Mexican Café beginning at 6:00 PM, the pre-dinner music will be presented by Kassie Moe. 

The Polk County Public Library will once again offer a free summer reading program for area youth beginning Wednesday, June 5, 2019.  The weekly program will be presented each Wednesday morning in June from 10:00 to 11:00; any necessary supplies will be provided by the library.

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of May 13 - May 19, 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 documen…

Mena Regional Health System recently implemented a Cost Containment Program in order to find more efficient ways to conduct hospital operations.  A committee, consisting of hospital executives and a non-manager representative from each department, was formed to present ideas on both labor an…

Last week, on Thursday, May 2, Americans across all 50 states gathered gather in churches, local businesses, the steps of city halls, schools, neighborhoods and public gathering places for a day of public prayer for the United States of America.

The City of Mena invites its citizens and other interested persons to a drop-in public meeting at City Fire Station No. 2 located at 1100 Mena Street in Mena on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

The Mena Fire Department was dispatched at approximately 4:30 p.m., Sunday, May 5 in response to a mutual aid call by  the Shady Grove Rural VFD to a structure fire of a single-wide mobile home located on Roach Avenue just off of Eve Street.

The ‘merry’ month of May officially celebrates Spring in full swing.  As those attending the Cash Mob always want to have fun, they take advantage of any reason to celebrate. The Mercantile is hosting the group on Saturday, May 11, 10 AM, in the Classroom in the back of the shop.  Those atte…

This weekend, Sat. May 11 from 8 until 3, the Annual Plant Sale, sponsored by the Polk County Master Gardeners, will be held at the Polk County Fairgrounds.

Mena High School Senior CHRISTOPHER THOMPSON recently attended Scholastic Honor’s Day at the Governor’s Mansion... Thompson met Governor Asa Hutchison and his wife. Scholastic Honor’s Day is a celebration of success as high school students.

Mena Mayor Seth Smith recently signed a proclamation declaring May as Mental Health Month in the City of Mena.  He was supported by Mena Regional Health System representatives from Senior Behavioral Health and Cedar Haven.  

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of April 29 - May 5, 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 docume…

Fisher Neufeld is the 2019 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Musical Excellence. Fisher is a third year choir student. He earned all region choir honors for two years and qualified to audition for all state choir both years. He has been in band for seven years. Fisher earned all region h…

On behalf of Governor Asa Hutchinson, the Arkansas Department of Education is pleased to announce that the Governor’s Scholastic Honors Day was held on April 27, 2019 at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock.