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Voter turnout for the Nov. 3 General Election is Polk County was at 70 percent. The current population of the county is 20,049 with 12,129 registered voters. Whether it was early voting, absentee voting or at the election day polls, 8,497 votes were cast.

UARM Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson has announced that the new collegiate softball field being constructed at McMillan Park will be named the Cecil-Cummings Field in honor of the family’s donation made by Rhonda Weatherford and her three sons, Aaron, Brandon and Calvin Cummings to support Buc…

The Mena Regional Auxiliary, Inc. recently awarded scholarships to five students who are currently enrolled in a medical-related field. Each student received a $1000 scholarship. Congratulations to those selected! Pictured from left: Ewanta Turner- Auxiliary Member, Melba Lewis-Auxiliary Mem…

The City of Mena’s 17th Annual Fall Clean-Up is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 26, 2020.

On Monday, Oct. 19, from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., emergency repairs will be made to the transmission grid. Electric services in the following areas will be affected: Cove, Hatfield and Vandervoort areas in Arkansas, along with Watson and Zafra areas in Oklahoma. Rich Mountain Electric Cooperativ…

State vs Matthew Hunter Frost: Count I – domestic battery in the second degree, in violation of Ark. Code Ann. 5-26-304(a)(4), in that on or about October 9, 2020, the said defendant, with the purpose of causing physical injury to a family or household member, namely S. A., a juvenile twelve…

COMMUNITY - Mural artist Duane Haga, Tim Strother and Breanna Hickmott spent last Thursday and Friday painting the United States of America Flag on a barn located just east of Mena on Arkansas Highway 88E. Carol Martin commissioned Haga for the project and wanted to share her patriotism with…

Friendship Community Care (FCC) of Russellville, AR has announced the addition of Christy Plunkett of Mena to their board of directors. Plunkett was confirmed at the September board meeting.

JONAH TULL proudly displays his first kill for the opening of the 2020 Archery Season. The black bear was harvested in Polk County and weighed 235 lb dressed out. Archery Bear Season for Zone 2, which includes all of Scott and Polk County, runs from Sept. 26 through Nov. 30, 2020. If you hav…

Despite multiple efforts to locate a replacement game for Friday, we have been unsuccessful. There will be no replacement game for Friday night.

As Fire Prevention Week™ approaches, the Mena Fire Department reminds residents:

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This is a press release of an unattended death. On September 22, 2020 at about 3:47 p.m., Mena Police and Southwest EMS were dispatched to a residence on Port Arthur. Dispatch received a call of an unresponsive male subject that was possibly deceased. After Officers and EMS arrived, the Coro…

Practicing social distancing, the Mena City Council met in the Council Room of City Hall for their September monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 9. All six council members were present for the meeting.

Mayor Seth Smith signed a proclamation designating September 2020 as Suicide Prevention and Recovery Month in Mena, AR. The proclamation is to raise awareness that the benefits of preventing and overcoming mental health challenges, suicide attempts and loss, and substance abuse are significa…

he Polk County Civil War Historical Marker, located by the KCS Depot, was vandalized this past weekend. The Marker, entitled “Polk County in the Civil War - Polk County men served on both sides during the Civil War” was unveiled during the spring of 2016. The marker is designated to honor th…

An ATV accident claimed the life of a Texan man during the Labor Day holiday at the Wolf Pen Gap campground. Edwardo Mascorro, 21, of Watauga, Texas was traveling north on Polk 61 toward Highway 8 E, north of the campground, with his girlfriend when they drove off the right side of the road,…

Ouachita Little Theatre has a goal to entertain and assist our community during the restrictions imposed by the COVID19 crisis. Beginning September 14 and running through November 19, OLT will be holding classes for students interested in various aspects of theater arts. For the small fee of…

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of August 31, 2020 – September 6, 2020. 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 su…

Long-range weather forecasts have so many variables, it's hard for the experts to nail them down perfectly, and such was the case with the expected low pressure and cold front that would lower our air and water temperatures we were hoping were coming this week. Now that's looking more like N…

Many fishing tournaments in Arkansas have gone by the wayside or gone virtual to put an extra emphasis on social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. But the show goes on for the Hobie Bass Open Series, which comes to Lake Dardanelle for its kayak-fishing event this weekend. We've alw…

At 8 years old, Petunia is an oldie but a goodie. She is a Labrador/Terrier mix and weighs in at about 53 pounds. She is good with other dogs but it is unknown about any other animals. She does have some blindness and can be selective coming to people, when she has trouble seeing them. She n…

State vs James D. Cochran: Count I – failure to appear, in violation of Ark. Ann. 5-54-120, a Class “C” Felony, in that on or about August 10, 2020, the said defendant, did unlawfully fail to appear to answer a felony charge in CR 2020-0060, without reasonable excuse subsequent to having bee…

King Saul grew impatient. This day was like any other day. He had been given clear direction to wait on Samuel. It is generally an ordinary day when we are tested. It is difficult to see if God is paying attention while you are waiting. The Sun still shines and the clouds float by. There are…

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of August 24, 2020 – August 30, 2020. 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…

There has been extensive flooding throughout Scott County, and there will be more expected tonight and into tomorrow morning. Scott County Deputies, AGFC Wildlife Officers, Waldron PD Officers, Mansfield PD Officers, and Arkansas State Troopers have been out checking on flooded residences, c…

State vs Jennifer Caswell: Count I – failure to appear, in violation of Ark. Ann. 5-54-120(b)(2), a Class “D” felony, in that on or about August 10, 2020, the said defendant, did unlawfully fail to appear in CR 2015-03-1, without reasonable excuse, subsequent to having been lawfully set at l…

Rough and calloused hands picked through the netting with precision, mending tears, freeing the netting of debris, and getting it ready for final inspection. It had been a long, hot, day. The sea had been unforgiving, merciless, and greedy. Simon didn’t have days like this often. A fisherman…

Carne is full of fun! This playful and sweet kitten can be yours! Carne likes children and cats. With dogs, he is wary for just a little bit if the dog isn't too pushy. Celebrate Carne's birthday in April ( 04/21/20). Carne is litter box trained. Carne needs a ride home!

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of August 10, 2020 – August 16, 2020. 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…

Little Rock, Ark. – The Arkansas Department of Health is warning about two separate potential scams in recent days in which scammers posed as officials to try and extract payment from victims.

Crowded together a chorus of hungry voices reverberated from the ceiling, echoing off the walls. Weeping, rejoicing, mumbled words, articulate pleas all layered together with singleness of mind and spirit. Initially there had been fear, worry, administrations, and various concerns but over t…

Prairie Creek Road will be closed from 415 Prairie Creek to 689 Prairie Creek for bridge repair for the next few days. We will let you know when the road is reopened.

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) visited Mena Regional Health System on Tuesday, August 18 and spoke to frontline health care heroes as they continue to provide care for Arkansans during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

As Arkansans work to protect the health of their family and friends, juggle school and childcare needs, and face challenging household finances, the list of things to worry about during the COVID-19 public health emergency seems endless. In addition, at a time when we all have a lot of quest…