During a recent city of Mena planning commission meeting, there was discussion in regard to the number of lodging facilities located within the city limits that have not obtained their Conditional Use Permit, as required by Ordinance No. 930 signed on August 6, 1991.

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An estimated 600-700 guests were served during the First Annual Ouachita Nights event held this past weekend in the Martin Avenue Entertainment District located between The Ouachitas and Sanctified Designs. The historic event was Mena’s first temporary entertainment district with more to fol…

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The 68th Annual 2021 Polk County Rodeo will be held at the Andy Risenhoover Arena at the Polk County Fairgrounds on August 13th and 14th. The Rodeo will begin at 8:30 each night and with Mutton Bustin’ and Junior Barrels each evening. The Rodeo is produced by Wing Rodeo Co. out of Bogota, Te…

Moving into the next phase of development, the historic Mena High School project continues to move forward. Given its prime location within the Ouachita’s, Mena’s natural beauty has become a boon for business from Arkansans, bordering states and beyond. Due to the influx of tourists, visiona…

Rehearsals have been underway for Ouachita Little Theatre’s musical version of Little Women. Under the direction of Alexa Night and musical direction of Judy Kropp, this is sure to be one of the top shows of the new OLT season. The talented and experienced cast is ready to enchant local audi…

[MENA, Ark.] In a tradition that dates back to the mid-1880’s, UA Rich Mountain held its pinning ceremony for the college’s LPN Class of 2019 on Thursday, July 1 in the Ouachita Center on campus. The time-honored pinning ceremony signifies membership in a proud and loyal society of nurses. N…

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The United States Geological Survey reported a magnitude 3.4 quake in the United States near Mena, Polk County, Arkansas. The earthquake hit early morning on Thursday 22 July 2021 at 4:08 am local time at a shallow depth of 6.2 miles. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake mi…

As COVID-19 continues to rage through Arkansas, Governor Asa Hutchinson stated Monday that he planned to meet with House and Senate leaders about growing calls to allow schools to require face masks. On Saturday and again Tuesday, Arkansans saw new daily cases topping 2,000 for the first tim…

In an address to Mena Lions, MRHS CEO Jay Quebedeaux (pictured) updated the group on the recent uptick in Covid-19 cases including the new far more contagious Delta variant, and also urged those not vaccinated to get one. “The old strain every positive person would infect 2.4 people,” Quebed…

OLT’s Wednesday Night at the Lyric is this week, showcasing “West Side Story” on July 14 at 6:30 PM. Admission is free and concessions are available for purchase.

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The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of June 7, 2021 – June 13, 2021. 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…

After many years of service, our time and temperature display stopped working here at the Cooperative in Mena. We have acquired a new sign, and with the new sign many of you have been asking about the mascot being displayed. So, we wanted to take the opportunity to let you

On Saturday, May 15, 2021, a Deputy with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office stopped a white Jeep driven by Samuel Leon Bissell, age 40, of Mena. During the stop and a subsequent search of the vehicle, Deputies found approx. 113 grams of Methamphetamines, loaded syringes, scales, pills, approx.…

Law enforcement professionals from local police forces to sheriff’s departments, state police and federal law enforcement agencies leave home each day not knowing what challenges they will experience, but ready to face danger head on in order to make the communities they serve safer.

From when you can drive in the left lane to regulating autonomous cars, the 93rd General Assembly made several changes to laws regarding our roadways. This week, we want to update you on these upcoming changes. Act 1090 states a vehicle shall not be driven upon the left lane of a multilane h…

Congratulations to Abby McIntyre, recipient of the Rachel Norman Memorial Choir Scholarship. Abby is a senior at Cossatot River High School and plans to attend Henderson State University in the fall and major in vocal music education. She is a 6 year member of the Cossatot River Choirs and a…

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Fiscal issues took center stage during the final week of the legislative session.

City of Mena Mayor Seth Smith signed a proclamation on Friday, April 16, declaring April 26th through April 30th, 2021 as Reentry Awareness Week for the City of Mena. On March 23, 2021, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a state proclamation representing the support given by state offic…

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge encourages Arkansans to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring any unused or expired medications to one of more than 250 Prescription Drug Take Back Day drop-off locations. This year’s Drug Take Back Day in Polk County is scheduled for April 24 from 9 a.…

Nidec Plant Manager Jim Stroope and his leadership team provided Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge a detailed tour of the facility last Thursday during her visit to Mena.

Last week, the Rich Mountain Bucks softball and baseball teams were in action. On Thursday, Bucks Softball hosted 11th ranked Seminole State.

"Many things and many people contribute to making Mena a special place. In 2021 Southwest Artists will celebrate its 76th year of contribution to making this part of Arkansas unique. It began in 1945 when Artists and Artisans living in Southwest Arkansas began getting together to paint and b…

The Easter Bunny visited downtown Mena on Saturday to the delight of the numerous boys and girls who visited him at Suzie Q’s. Parents had a good time with this impromptu photo opp. Goodies were given to children and a bunny rabbit stuffed toy with basket was given away. This was part of the…

Despite a national pandemic and directives placed on Arkansans and other states, the real estate market has remained strong in Polk County. Since last spring of 2020, Polk County has been trending more towards a seller’s market according to local brokers and agencies. “We are most definitely…

Polk County Clerk, Terri Harrison has announced that she will not be seeking re-election in 2022. “After great thought and consideration and much prayer, I have decided that I will retire and not seek re-election at the end of this term,” shared Harrison. “I do believe that for everything th…

The Mena City Council met last week in a special meeting and voted to accept a $6.6 million dollar loan from the USDA with an interest rate of 1.25 percent for forty years. According to Mayor Seth Smith, the urgency in signing the agreement was to secure the interest rate, which may increase…

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Ouachita Little Theatre has been looking for ways to keep our community entertained during the past year of the pandemic. With socially distanced seating in the theater, limited capacity audiences, and required masking, OLT has safely brought us some amazing readers theater style performance…

Mena Water, Acorn Water, and Freedom Water customers will soon receive notices of an Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) violation regarding the treatment of the water shared Charles Pittman, General Manager of Mena Water utilities.

We are very lucky to get a doctor and orthopedist of Dr. Bean’s caliber to our system,” MRHS CEO Jay Quebedeaux told the group in his introduction. “He has had very successful practices his whole career.”

The Freedom Pharmacy Vaccination Team pauses from their busy day for a quick photo. Elee Coleman-De Queen Health and Wellness Pharmacy, Jessica Ellison—Freedom Pharmacy, D.J. Crowell, Freedom Pharmacy Pharmacist, and Mary Jane and Ben Campbell, Freedom Pharmacy Volunteers.