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…

The 44th Annual Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run will be this Friday, August 23 through August 25, 2019 in Mena.  A family-oriented event schedule has been prepared for all. The events include: KCS Depot on Sherwood on Friday 12:00 PM until 4:30 PM; registration at 5 PM; Line up for Hot Rod Parade a…

Dorothy McKinney, definitely reached a "ripe old age" when she turned 103 years old on August 17, 2019.

Polk County Court Docket for Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Polk County Circuit Court Criminal Division, Arraignments

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of August 12 - August 18, 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…

Ouachita Little Theatre strives to bring a variety of plays to the stage in Mena.  Recently, two very different musicals, “Annie” and “Always Patsy Cline” filled the seats at the old Lyric Theatre with classic Broadway and Country music fans alike.  This fall, the theatre will take another t…

Tony Tackett, MRHS Director of Emergency Services, spoke to the Mena Senior Citizen's Center about Stroke Awareness and the AR Saves Program available at Mena Regional Health System. The need for educating the community on signs and symptoms of a stroke has become more evident due to the rec…

The Mena FFA Officers for the 2019-20 school year are (back row, left to right) Cooper Anderle, Treasurer; Cori Hilton, Sentinel; Brenden Catlett, President; Simeon Fields, Advisor; (front row, left to right) Makayla Evans, Vice President; Madison Blair, Reporter; and Ivy Curtis, Secretary.

For the August 15th Rotary Club of Polk County/Mena meeting, Rotarian Linda Rexroad invited Mayor Seth Smith to be the guest speaker. Smith updated the Rotarian on what has been happening in the city for his first eight months of office. Smith was accompanied by city hall staff members. Rota…

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Holly Harshman Elementary kicked off opening week with a "Bearcat Eyes Are Watching You" Pep Rally.  School Counselor, Vicky Maye and Behavioral Interventionist, Ashlynn Watts is excited to be adding this as a positive behavior system for the school.  The following Special Alumni Bearcat gue…

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Local photographers Logan and Whitley Lind showcase a past issue of The Mena Star during their recent #menameetsiceland campaign - taking local businesses where they’ve never gone before. The Linds have since returned to Mena with local model Beth Coogan. Look for their post interview and ph…

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The Polk County Fair is arriving August 28th and bringing with it all the trappings of our childhood memories. Cotton candy, funnel cakes, Midway rides, flashing lights and screaming sirens, livestock and their handlers, carnival scamps hawking games and frivolity – all will become normal an…

Governor Asa Hutchinson announced on Monday, August 12 the appointment  of Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer to the Arkansas Child Abuse/Rape/Domestic Violence Commission. Sawyer has replaced Cory Sanders and has a July 1, 2021 expiration date on his term.

Matthew Stout receives assistance from a volunteer during the 18th annual Handicapable Rodeo held Friday, August 9 at the Andy Risenhoover Arena. More than 40 Polk County Development Center participants were in the arena. (Photo 1 by Elizabeth Horn)

Polk County Circuit Court, Criminal Division, Arraignment

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of August 5 - August 11, 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 do…

Polk County Rotarian Nikki Cureton introduced guest speaker, Amanda Williams, Education Coordinator for Arkansas Farm Bureau, to members and guests during the August 8 meeting day. Amanda shared agriculture statistics with us that show how vital agriculture is to Arkansas's economy. She also…

Jan Atchley, with Select Realty, celebrated with family, friends, and co-workers her retirement from the real estate business on Tuesday, August 13. Atchley has been in the real estate business for forty years and looks forward to spending time in her new Kentucky home.

A guided walking tour of the Arkansas Tuberculosis Sanatorium Historic District at Booneville will be offered on Saturday, October 5, 2019, Preserve Arkansas Executive Director Rachel Patton announced today. The Arkansas Tuberculosis Sanatorium Historic District encompasses nearly 900 acres …

Mena Public School staff attended the educator’s appreciation luncheon hosted by the First Baptist Church of Mena on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.

During the Mena City Council held on the evening of Tuesday, August, the Council approved a resolution authorizing the Mayor, City/Clerk Treasurer, and City Attorney to execute a grant agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration in the amount of $149,…

On Thursday, the Family Council Action Committee released its legislative report card for the 2019 Arkansas General Assembly. The report card scored 25 bills in the Arkansas House and Senate. Bills ranged from right-to-life, education, marijuana, religious liberty, and other issues. Lawmaker…

Janett Garrido and Brian Knight of Gillham, Arkansas had a baby girl on 8/2/19. Kallie Bollmeyer and Bradley Howard from Mena, Arkansas had a baby boy on 8/6/19. Amy and Jonathon Burton from Mena, Arkansas had a baby girl on 8/6/19. Laura and Arturo Alvarado from De Queen, Arkansas had a bab…

OLT Musical Theatrical production starring Lana Gail Coogan continues this weekend with performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Purchase your ticket or trade a punch on your season pass to get your reserved seat, on sale now at the OLT office weekdays, 10:00 – 2:00.  This show blends …

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of July 29 - August 4, 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 docu…

On Friday, Aug. 2, Sgt. Greg Davignon and Deputy Chris Wolcott, Jr. were patrolling when they noticed a white Chevy pickup, occupied by Melissa F. Mettie, 32, of Mena, and Robert Castillo, pulling into two different residences, rapidly in an attempt to avoid law enforcement vehicles. 

An all-points bulletin (ABP) has been issued with area law enforcement on for two local teens who were believed to have run away from home. Lily Oglesby, age 13, and Travis Beck, age 15, were reported missing during the early morning hours of Sunday, August 5. Oglesby is 5ft weighing approxi…

Mike Shepard, consultant with the Shepard Group, confirmed the August 17, 2019 closure of the The Oaks at Mena Assisted Living. The immediate release provided to us stated, "The Ouachita Senior Community Development Limited Partnership, owners of The Oaks at Mena Assisted Living, have announ…

August 15th has officially been declared as ‘Meet the Bucks’ day by Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison. He was joined by State Representative John Maddox, Mena Mayor Seth Smith, U.S. Senator John Boozman for the proclamation signing. The proclamation encourages residents to participate in all…

On Saturday, August 3rd at about 0340 hours, the Mena Police Department received a bomb threat to the Mena Post Office at 400 South Morrow Street. After responding to the call, officer noticed the PCDC resale store “Just For Kids” at 811 Eagle Gap was on fire and the front glass door had bee…

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm Agent Matt Thomas are teaming up with the Mena Fire Department in support of Fire Prevention Week, an annual public awareness campaign that promotes critical home fire safety messages. NFPA has been the official sponsor of the ca…

Mena Regional Health System welcomes third year medical students He “Herschel” Tian and Colton Eubanks, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, Jonesboro, AR campus of Arkansas State University. Starting in August, the two will begin clinical rotations in the areas of Family Medicine, Obstetri…

On the morning of July 23, 2019, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and 18th Judicial West Drug Task Force executed a narcotics search warrant at a residence on Polk County Road 9 east of Wickes, Arkansas.