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…

The Rich Mountain Conservation District (RMCD) held a tree planting day on March 16th, 2021 at the Cossatot River School Outdoor Classroom. Personnel from the RMCD, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Arkansas Forestry Division discussed the importance of trees and forestry i…

Opioid addiction is a major problem nationwide, and we are no different here in western Arkansas. We have seen lives ruined, families damaged, and numerous deaths associated with the abuse of narcotic pain killers. The odds are very high that everyone reading this knows someone who has a pro…

With substantial upticks with the number of new positive COVID19 cases in the state of Arkansas, Gov. Asa Hutchinson held a media conference at noon today addressing the issue. The purpose of today’s special meeting was to announce the creation of the Governor’s COVID19 winter task force due…

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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…

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.

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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.

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,…

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…

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.

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…

LITTLE ROCK – COVID-19 has highlighted some of the shortcomings of our broadband connectivity, but the pandemic also has created opportunities for us to accelerate our expansion of internet service, which I’d like to talk about today.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will accept applications for its private land dove hunting program Aug. 1-15 for five private fields throughout the state. The following locations and dates are available for the 2020 hunt drawing:

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas’s bear population has made the news on more than one occasion in the last few weeks. Arkansas Game and Fish Biologists have had to relocate some black bears from a few towns in The Natural State recently, with one even taking a stroll on the University of Arkansas’s c…

Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer confirmed that the two missing juveniles from Polk County were found safe today in Montgomery County. Chloe Kelley, age 12 and Raphael Overturf, age 15 were last seen during the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 22. 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two juveniles from Mena. Chloe Kelley, age 12, and Raphael Overturf, age 15, were last seen in the early morning hours of Wednesday 7/22/20. They are believed to be together, driving a Gray 2016 Jeep Renegade (831-YMY Arkansas) taken without pe…

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The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two juveniles from Mena. Chloe Kelley, age 12, and Raphael Overturf, age 15, were last seen in the early morning hours of Wednesday 7/22/20. They are believed to be together, driving a Gray 2016 Jeep Renegade (831-YMY Arkansas) taken without pe…

Through a $500,000 grant initially applied for by Mena Regional Health System when COVID-19 started, Jay Quebedeaux, CEO of MRHS, reported last night to the Mena Hospital Commission that a COVID-19 testing machine was purchased. 

Contractors working with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will close the portion of Polk County Road 125 that crosses the levee of Lake Wilhelmina Aug. 11 to attempt to plug leaking infrastructure that has plagued the lake for the last two summers.

Today is the day! If you are needing the convenience of an on-line grocery pickup, the Mena Walmart Super Center has begun filling orders. Get the Walmart - shopping and grocery app, place your order and schedule a pick up.

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of July 13, 2020 – July 19, 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 submit d…

Mena’s first responders are looking for citizens to support their efforts through blood donation with Arkansas Blood Institute. Those who give at the Boots & Badges blood drive on Wednesday, July 22 and Thursday, July 23, will provide blood needed to save local lives, such as those that …

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A few days ago, the Arkansas State Fair Board announced the cancellation of this year’s state fair in Little Rock. This included everything except possibly having a livestock show. With that being said, the Polk County Fair Board has voted to cancel this year’s Miss Polk County Fair Queen pa…

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The Executive Order requiring all Arkansans to wear a mask in both indoor and outdoor public settings went into effect at 12:01 today, July 20, 2020. The order was issued in response to the growing number of positive COVID-19 cases in the state.

These days, we could all use some good news coming out of Washington, D.C. I'm excited to report that on July 15, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed the 2020 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis. The bill now heads to the House floo…