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Three Rivers Heritage Festival debuts this weekend

MOUNT IDA – A new era begins for the Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce this weekend with the inaugural Three Rivers Heritage Festival to be held on the Montgomery County Courthouse Square. The festival has endured several setbacks due to the COVID pandemic, but has prevailed. The festival...
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Summitt leads Mount Ida to second place finish

GLENWOOD – Gracie Summitt took home top golfer honors while leading the Mount Ida Lady Lions to a runners-up finishin the Golf District Tournament held Monday, September 19, at the Glenwood Country Club. Karter Rowton finished with the second best score on the boys’ side as the Lions also finished runners-up.
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Alcohol petition debate

The option to keep Polk County dry or to make it wet is still a contentious subject amongst residents less than two months before the general election, at which point registered Polk County voters can vote “For” or “Against” the measure. After a petition was circulated...

Mena Police Reports

Heath Spencer, 25, was served with a warrant after a traffic stop on 10th Street. Bradley Verba, 25, was served with a warrant after a traffic stop on Pine Avenue. A report of theft was taken from Walmart. A report of theft was taken from Walmart. A report of theft...

Body found in Mena prompts State Police investigation

The Mena Fire Department responded to the report of a residential fire at 407 1st Street about 1 PM. While attempting to gain control of the fire, authorities discovered the body. The house was initially believed to be unoccupied and without utility connections. Special agents of the state police Criminal...

Jr Lions open conference play with a bang

MOUNT IDA – The Mount Ida Junior Lions open 3-2A Conference play in dominating fashion, shutting out the visiting Dierks Junior Outlaws 36-0. The Junior Lions dominated on both sides of the ball, holding Dierks to one first down while the Mount Ida offense scored at will in the first half.

Friday football schedule includes MH hosting Lake Hamilton

High school football dominates the local Friday schedule, and Mountain Home will return to the home turf for the first time since the season opener. The Bombers will welcome in Lake Hamilton to the Twin Lakes Area. Mountain Home is currently 0-3 on the season and 0-1 in the 6A-West....

Hattie Fischer to be Parade Marshall

Hattie Fischer has been selected to serve as this year’s Parade Marshal for the 129th annual 16th Celebration. Hattie Fischer was born on Feb. 14, 1931 in Sims, Arkansas in a small incorporated community in Montgomery County. She grew up with four brothers and three sisters. Hattie married at...

Four Arkansans killed in Hot Springs wreck

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Four people were killed in a wreck in Hot Springs Saturday afternoon, according to a preliminary crash summary from the Arkansas Department of Public Safety. Andres Gonzalez, 43, of Glenwood, was driving a 2020 Hyundai east on Highway 70 in the rain, according to the...

Kirby grad joins Murfreesboro clinic

CHI St. Vincent announced that Dr. Abigail Wilhite has joined the team of leading physicians at the CHI St. Vincent Primary Care Clinic in Murfreesboro. Dr. Wilhite began seeing patients on August 1 at the clinic located at 319 East 13th Street. Dr. Wilhite, a graduate of Kirby High School,...

Mount Ida pride shines in battle of the Lions

MOUNT IDA – Any doubts harbored by Mount Ida fans after last week’s second half performance was put to rest tonight as the Mount Ida Lions ran away with a 35-0 victory over the visiting Jessieville Lions. Mount Ida scored on three of their first four possessions to...

Woman’s body found inside burning residence

Mena police and fire officials have requested the Arkansas State Police to investigate the death of a woman whose body was found inside a residence on Saturday, September 17th. The Mena Fire Department responded to the report of a residential fire at 407 1st Street about 1 PM. While attempting...

COSL announces Montgomery County tax auction results

LITTLE ROCK – The recent auction of tax-delinquent properties in Montgomery County raised over $163,000, the Commissioner of State Lands announced. The auction drew 40 bidders, who purchased 11 of the 12 available parcels for a total of $163,966.40 for county and state government. The Land Commissioner’s office holds...

The Three Rivers Heritage Festival begins After A 2 Year Covid Hiatus

On Friday and Saturday, Sept 23rd & 24th, the Mt. Ida Area Chamber of Commerce brings you a great hometown festival that will begin at 9am at the Old Courthouse Square in downtown Mt. Ida. This free event will be a delight for young and old alike. Craft and Food Vendors, Bouncy House Area for the kiddos, LIVE Music on both nights from 7-10pm on The Front Porch Stage featuring Montgomery County’s own Mike Mayberry with his band The Slow Hands on Saturday. The Dub Clenney Memorial Car show will be hosted on Saturday with registration beginning at 9am, judging at 1pm and awards at 2:30pm. More details coming up in next week’s paper! Contact the Mt. Ida Area Chamber for more information. If you’d like to be involved in the community and promote Montgomery County and all that our beautiful area has to offer, please call 870-867-2723, or stop by the Chamber office.

SerfSafe food manager certification class set for September 21-23

GLENWOOD — The Pike County Extension Office will hold a ServSafe food manager certification class on Sept. 21-23 at the Banium Library and Learning Center in Glenwood. The classes are designed both for first time certification as well as food managers with expiring certifications and are being held in conjunction with the Montgomery County Extension Office.

Kirby students receive free vision screenings

KIRBY — Students in Kirby were the recipients of free vision screenings recently thanks to an alumna who operates an optometry clinic in Pike County. Dr. Mandi Ott and Maryann Naney from Glenwood Eye Care visited Kirby School District on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, and performed free vision screenings for students.

Deepest Lake in Arkansas

According to Wikipedia, the deepest lake in Arkansas is located near Hot Springs National Park, Lake Ouachita. Not only is Lake Ouachita the deepest but the largest and cleanest lake in the nation. The average depth is 50 feet, with a maximum depth of 406 feet with over 40,000 acres...

Boil order in effect for Glenwood customers

Some Glenwood water customers are urged to boil their water before consuming it. Glenwood Mayor Bridgette Moore announced Sept. 6, 2022 that a boil order was issued Tuesday morning for the western portions of Hill Top Church Road and Rock Creek Road, as well as all of state Highway 84.