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Mena Public Schools announces a teacher resignation amongst allegations

The Mena School District is aware of the allegations against the employee, who is no longer employed by the District. The employee resigned Tuesday, November 29th, before the. District completed a full investigation. The District will fully cooperate with law enforcement authorities in order to ensure the safety of District Students, which is our first priority in the education of children. As this matter involves personnel and students, it implicates privacy concerns under applicable law, and therefore the District has no further comment at this time.

FOIA lawsuit filed locally against Arkansas State Parks Department

Marketing Director of The Murfreesboro Advertising and Tourism Commission Jonathan Lance has filed a complaint in the Small Claims Division in the district court of Pike County against the Arkansas State Parks. Lance’s complaint states that he filed an AR Freedom of Information Act request with Arkansas State Park Employer...

Murfreesboro schools earn Apple Distinguished School honors again

There are only five schools in Arkansas that have earned the designation of being an Apple Distinguished School (ADS) and two of them are in Murfreesboro. The South Pike County School District held a tour and assembly last week to celebrate Murfreesboro High School’s third straight time to earn the honor and the second straight time for Murfreesboro Elementary School. The state’s other ADS campuses include Cross County Elementary Technology Academy and Cross County High School, both in Cherry Valley, and Fox Meadow School of Creative Media in Jonesboro.

Nashville Chamber of Commerce annual Christmas parade is Monday, Dec. 5

The Nashville Christmas Parade will be held Monday, December 5th. Chamber of Commerce Director Mike Reese gave instructions to the ones that will be participating in the parade. Reese said judging will take place at Region’s Bank and they will have cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place participants....

Man who threatened mayors arrested again

62-year-old Maverick Bryan of Nashville made threats against several Arkansas mayors in 2015 including the mayors of Ashdown, De Queen, and Hope. A Howard County deputy initiated the stop for speeding, but after an alert by a K-9 unit, deputies searched Bryan's vehicle. Officers found a pistol in the console and, after confirming that Bryan had a felony on his record, arrested him.

Arkansas health system suffers data breach; 85K patients impacted

Mena (Ark.) Regional Health System is notifying patients that an unauthorized party has accessed its systems and removed a limited number of files that may have contained their personal information. On Nov. 8, the health systems learned that an unauthorized party had removed one or more files from its systems...

HWSP to host Christmas & Candlelight Dec. 9-10

Historic Washington State Park is gearing up to host its annual Christmas and Candlelight historic event in December. Park staff will line the streets with candles to provide a natural and historic Christmas look. Decorations, music and more will help set the mood for a historic Christmas experience. The homes...

Mena Police Reports

A report of harassment was taken from a walk-in complainant. Michele Hall, 30, was charged with Theft of Property at Walmart. Elizabeth Bill, 21, was charged with Theft of Property at Walmart. A report of criminal mischief was taken at a residence on Janssen Avenue. November 21. No report. November...

Scrappers headed to Malvern Friday for semi-finals

ELKINS – After trailing by as many as 21 points against Elkins, the Nashville Scrappers fought back for a 63-62 win over the Elks Friday night, Nov. 25, in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A playoffs. With the victory, the Scrappers have advanced to this week’s semifinal game at...

Man who threatened mayors in 2015 arrested again

NASHVILLE – A Howard County man who threatened several southwest Arkansas mayors in 2015, including the mayors of Prescott and Hope, has been arrested again. Maverick Bryan, 62, with a rural Nashville address, has been charged in Howard County Circuit Court with Possession of Firearms by Certain Persons following an October 23rd traffic stop.

Polk County Sheriff's Report for November 21st - 27th

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of November 21, 2022 – November 27, 2022. 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 documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.

Nashville’s epic win allows it 2nd chance against Malvern

In what can certainly be described as an epic road win, Nashville survived Elkins 63-62 last Friday to advance to the Class 4A state playoff semifinals. The Scrappers (10-3), who will get a chance to avenge an earlier loss to conference foe and host Malvern (11-2) on Friday, did so in scintillating fashion going 80 yards with 20 seconds left.

Nashville City Council increases mayor-elect’s salary for performing public works director duties

On Monday Nashville City Council Member Donna Harwell made a motion to temporarily increase the mayor elect Larry Dunaway’s salary by $20,000 annually from whatever the gross starting salary is until a new public works director is hired. The motion was seconded by council member Kay Gathright. All were in favor of the $20,000 annual raise. This will go into effect January 1st of 2023.

Howard County Historical Society holding their annual membership drive

The Howard County Historical Society is a non-profit organization that started in 2014, under the direction of board president Freddie Horne. The organization is currently holding their annual membership drive for the historical society. Board Member Jonathan Canaday provided the information on how to join. Board member Jenna Pope explained...

Franchise Tax collection up in City of Nashville

The Nashville City Council held their regular monthly meeting yesterday. Finance Director Kimberly Green gave a report on revenue and expenditures for the month of October. Green stated the total revenue was $797,191.41 and total expenditures was $667,102.13. The revenue exceeded the expenditures by $130,089.28. Green said that was due in part to the third quarter franchise tax fee, which was 79,902.40.

Howard County JPs updated on computer hack situation

The Howard County Quorum Court held their regular meeting last week. County Treasurer Sheri Mixon couldn’t provide a full report on finances due to computer hacking issues. Mixon provided an update to the Quorum Court on what’s been going on with their servers. Howard County is one of...