In the Polk County Circuit Court, Kevin Wayne DeHart was found guilty on two counts of rape, each a Class Y felony, and was sentenced to 40 years in prison for each charge. The terms are to run consecutively. The charges were filed within the Circuit Court on Jan. 24 of this year citing the …

Polk County Rotarian Linda Rowe (L) presented jackets to Linda Collins (R) with Lousie Durham Elementary School to help ensure the LD Heroes stay warm during the winter months.

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Polk County veterans and their family members enjoyed a meal consisting of fried catfish, coleslaw, BBQ beans, fries, hush puppies, and cobbler during the Veteran’s Appreciation Luncheon on Monday, Nov. 11 in the Ouachita Center at the University of Arkansas - Rich Mountain campus. (Photo by…

The Veterans Day Parade scheduled for 10 a.m. on Nov. 11 has been postponed until Saturday due to the rain. The time will remain at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Line up for the parade will begin at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Crossing Church.

Cossatot River High School students enjoyed a visit from two authors on October 15, 2019, as part of Teen Read Week.  Arkansas authors, Mark Spencer and John T. Wayne discussed their books and the writing process.  Mrs. Beverly Higgin’s Creative Writing class had the opportunity to ask quest…

With election season already in full swing, it’s important to be reminded of the efforts to make possible a privilege of what 50.8% of this country’s population wasn’t always guaranteed, a woman’s right to vote. Several generations of women, lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied, and even practi…

Funds for the scholarship come from donations given in memory of Mr. Philpot. The Philpot family chooses the recipients from applicants reviewed by the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Polk County. Mrs. Philpot said, “We usually just chose one applicant – but we just couldn’t choose between…

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of November 4 – November 10, 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…

Ouachita Little Theatre, in conjunction with the UA Rich Mountain drama department, is announcing auditions for the winter production of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream.”  This classic Shakespearean comedy will be directed by Robby and Gini Burt.  This is not the first time UARM and OLT have join…

Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward inducted 46 Arkansas farms into the Arkansas Century Farm Program at the State Capitol on Monday, Oct. 28th. The Wiles Family Farm, established in 1889 was the Polk County Farm inductee.

Mayor Seth Smith, proclaims November 2019 as National Hospice Month in the city of Mena and encourages the support and participation of all citizens in learning more about the hospice concept of care for the elderly, disabled, and infirm. Pictured left to right: Ashley Sharp, Director of Nur…

CHEERS FOR AURORA - Acorn Tiger cheerleaders surround Aurora Pitman on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 5 as a packed-out gymnasium cheered the for the honorary cheerleader. Aurora, age 6, was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy soon after birth and at the request of her mom and dad, Neva and Charles,…

The South West Arkansas Art Society invites any 3rd to 6th graders to participate in the “What the Holidays Mean to Me” art contest. Each child choosing to participate will prepare art of their choosing (any medium) explaining what the holidays means to them. Students will have form the time…

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of October 28 – November 3, 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…

Polk County’s Shadowriders Drill Team competed in the Northeast Texas Drillfest along with 11 other teams at the OK Corral in Terrell, TX on November 2, 2019.  The team competed in 4 divisions:  Color Guard, Intermediate, Theme and Championship - placing in all divisions and are Reserve High…

The James K Polk Chapter NSDAR drove more than 300 miles in two days to six school districts in Polk and Montgomery Counties  to deliver Constitution booklets for middle school and high school American History  classes. They also gave each of the eleven teachers a folder of supplemental work…

Remembering Hearts Forever will get together on November 12th at Union Bank in the community room at the back of the building, from 6 to 8 PM. We will plan our candle lighting, that will be December 8th. Who will read or say something, greeter, put the food items in the kitchen area, make co…

Salomon Hernandez, Site Manager for Martin Marietta in Wickes, presented Dr. Diann Gathright, Director of the UA Rich Mountain Foundation a gift for scholarships from the Marietta Foundation. Hernandez expressed the company’s appreciation for the work the college does in the community as wel…

Military service in the United States was once more common than it is today. According to the Council on Foreign Relations, the draft for military service was ended in 1973, a point in time when 2.2 million men and women made up the country’s active military personnel. By 2018, the number ha…

The annual Ouachita Quilt Show took place on Nov. 1-2 at the old armory located on De Queen Street. The following are a list of winners from the event as well as the VIP winners.

I am happy to finally have my computer back online. I have been unable to communicate for the last week. I never thought at my age I would feel like I was disconnected from the outside world. Ok, so here is what’s been happening in the community. 

Polk County Circuit Court, Criminal Division, Arraignments

Veteran’s Day, which is celebrated annually on November 11, commemorates the hardworking men and women who sacrifice their time and put themselves in harm’s way to defend the country’s core values of freedom and opportunity. While Veteran’s Day certainly is a chance to honor those who have d…

All A’s – Alexandra Efird, Meredith Fahrney, Kelsie Faulkner, Yahir Garcia, Melissa Salinas-Vasquez. All A’s and B’s – Titus Eskew, Allie McConnell, Avery Murphy, Benjamin O’Neal, Cindy Salinas-Vasquez, Kimberly Todoro Mendez, Selena Zaragoza, Yijie Zhou. 

The 37th Annual Ouachita Quilt Show will be held on Nov. 1 -2 at the historic armory on De Queen Street in Mena. 

The 6th Annual Ouachita Arts Celebration takes place Saturday, November 2nd in Mena’s historic Downtown Arts District from 10:00am – 4:00pm. This street festival showcases the creativity of the region, bringing an array of mediums from glass, pottery, and stone works to wood crafts, soaps, a…

Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison journeyed to Little Rock last week to receive a check in the amount of $159,939 to be utilized at the Cossatot Senior Center located in Polk County.

PLAYOFFS BOUND After a 0-0 tie against the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, the Rich Mountain Bucks clinched their postseason berth on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Bearcat Stadium. The Bucks and their head coach Brian Byrd made it to the playoffs in their inaugural season. Advancing to the play…

Aurora Eliane Pitman, age 6, is a young lady who never meets a stranger, is willing to share a smile, and is a brave girl who has defied so many medical odds since her birth.

State Representative Marcus Richmond has officially announced his re-election bid for 2020. Richmond is currently serving in his third term in the Arkansas House. He represents District 21 which includes portions of Scott, Polk, Perry, Garland, Montgomery, Sebastian, and Yell counties. 

Polk County Circuit Court, Criminal Division, Arraignments

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of October 21 – October 27, 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…

On Saturday, October 26, the staff and volunteers of Elite Hospice (formally Ouachita Regional Hospice) gathered at Janssen Park to honor the families who had lost loved ones this past year on hospice services.  The event commemorated the memories of family members who meant so much to so ma…

Boles Community Center will host a chili and bean supper and silent auction on Saturday, November 2, from 4:00 to 6:00 in the evening. Enjoy a bowl of chili or beans with cornbread and all the trimmings, drink, and dessert for a donation to the center.

The EAST (Education Accelerated by Service and Technology) program uses project based learning to identify problems in their school and community; problem solving and brainstorming skills to find solutions; partner with community members and businesses who provide resources and knowledge; an…