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9 fun things to do this weekend: Aug 19-21

SHREVEPORT, La. (Ark-La-Tex Weekend) - County and state fairs are starting up. You don’t want to miss all of the action. 6:00pm -10:00pm (Also on Thursday, Saturday) Billed as the hottest festival in Texas, you’re going to enjoy all of the musical acts, amusement rides and arts and crafts Northeast Texas has to offer. See the full schedule here.
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Aiukli Creek View Cabin

Bring family and friends together or keep this gem all to yourself! Everyone will have something to enjoy at our amenity-filled cabin, such as a foosball table, shuffleboard, retro arcade game table, corn hole, board games, outdoor playground, horseshoe pit, life-sized tic tac toe, and more! For relaxation, try our huge steam room with built-in bench (we supply natural oil aromatherapy steamer discs), soak in the hot tub, sit on the back porch, enjoy views along the creek by strolling down our graveled paths or sitting at our park-like benches, and lounge around the fire pit in our heavy-duty, upright Adirondack-style chairs (an improved version that is easier to get out and doesn’t sit as low)! Want to dine or enjoy some beverages by the creek? Our new table with swings for seats is situated by the creek. On the covered deck is a gas grill for cooking and various outdoor seating options, such as rocking chairs, sofa, and patio tables and chairs. In case you need to mix some business with pleasure, a working area with desk and chair is set in front of the large downstairs windows so you can enjoy the views. Some guests like to bring their water shoes, remote controlled toy boats, or other water toys to splash or play in the creek– we even supply rubber ducks and nets. Guests can bring their boats! Our oversized U-shaped driveway can accommodate at least a few trucks and their boats.

Analysis: Hochatown real estate is a bit like inside baseball

While we wait on the courts to decide Hochatown's fate — the fate, at least, of residents' push to incorporate the tiny permanent community so it can properly deal with hordes of temporary tourists — the rental cabin building boom in the Ouachitas north of Broken Bow is waiting for no one but the next guests and investors.

Democratic nominee Chris Jones to visit Mena

The Polk County Democratic Party will be doing more than just a fundraiser August 15. They have invited Chris Jones, the Arkansas gubernatorial nominee for the Democratic Party, to visit Mena that Monday evening for a meet and greet. Linda Johnson with the Polk County Democratic Party said Jones will...

Officials searching for missing man out of McCurtain Co.

McCURTAIN COUNTY, Okla. (KSLA) - The McCurtain County Sheriff’s Office is currently looking for a missing man. The sheriff’s office posted on Facebook on Aug. 3 about Eric Michael Haley, 38, being missing. Haley is described as a white male who 5′ 8″ tall; he has blue eyes.

This Luxury Broken Bow Cabin Has A 4.9 Star Review + Sleeps 22

Yes, at first look there is a bit of sticker shock at the price per night of this luxury cabin in Broken Bow, OK. Especially if you're renting this gorgeous place for your immediate family, but that's the price to pay for a luxury cabin! However, if this ends up being a 'must stay' kind of place for you there is a way around the high rental fee.

Polk County Extension Office offers ServSafe Manager Course

ServSafe has been the industry standard since 1919 in training millions of people how to receive, store, prepare, and serve food safely. Through the Cooperative Extension Service, we offer training and certifications for the ServSafe Food Handler, ServSafe Manager, and ServSafe Instructor & Proctor programs. The Arkansas Department of Health is now requiring each food service facility to have at least one supervisory employee who has Certified Food Manager training.

American Legion Riders inviting new members

American Legion Post 18, based in Mena, Arkansas, announced that the American Legion Riders (ALR) will be starting a new charter. The ALR is formed to promote the aims and purposes of the American Legion as a family-oriented motorcycling activity for members of the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, and The Sons of the American Legion.

Area farmers qualify for assistance due to drought conditions

Farmers in more than 50 Arkansas counties are now eligible for assistance through the U.S. Department of Agriculture due to drought conditions this summer. The list includes 24 counties that have been named as primary disaster areas. In our region, that list includes Polk County. The remaining counties eligible for...

Humphry named Mena Baseball Coach

Mena Public Schools announced last week that Trevor Humphry will lead the Bearcat Baseball team. Humphry will take over Mena’s baseball program following the departure of Matthew Sandifer who was hired as the head baseball coach at Centerpoint. Humphry resides in Murfreesboro, Arkansas but was introduced to Mena when...

Mena School Board convened for July

The Mena School Board recently held their July meeting at the district administration building. Dr. Lee Smith began the meeting with his superintendent’s report. He informed the board that bids are being accepted for the construction of outdoor pavilions at each campus and he anticipates that construction will begin in August or early September.

Progress continues in Basecamp Mena development; possible hotel chain to call Mena home

“It’s a rare find today in the United States. A destination that has amazing features, including tremendous scenic beauty, boundless recreational opportunities, a progressive local government that understands tourism, and a neat downtown filled with food, beer, and the arts. Welcome to an unheralded part of the Ouachita Mountains in western Arkansas that is a mecca for four wheelers, motorcycle enthusiasts, and mountain bikers. In fact, it is about to become a national attraction for serious mountain bikers. And the newly constructed four or five story hotel at Basecamp Mena will be the first significant lodging facility to capture this spectacular demand,” shared Purpose Lodging in their recent presentation to tourism enthusiasts and officials of the Ouachita Mountains.

Mena Golf competes at Mystic Creek

On Tuesday, three local golfers from Mena competed in the South Arkansas Junior Golf Tournament, hosted by KidsNGolf at Mystic Creek Golf Club in El Dorado. The Mystic Creek course is known for its difficulty and beauty. Richie Davis, Rhett Brotherton, and Evan Leonard competed in the 14 and older...

This Hometown Hero is From DeQueen, Arkansas – Who Is It?

Today we are proud to share with you a bunch of young men from India Company, 3rd Battalion, 23rd regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, and one in particular from DeQueen, Arkansas. It's our Townsquare Media 'Salute to Service.'. 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces...

McCurtain County added to the ArkLaTex burn ban list

SHREVEPORT, La. - McCurtain county of southeast Oklahoma is now under a burn ban. The red shading indicates all of the counties and parishes in the ArkLaTex that are included:. Arkansas: Miller, Sevier, Hempstead, Lafayette, Nevada, Columbia and Union. Louisiana: Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Lincoln, Union, Jackson, Red River, Sabine and...

SHERIFF’S LOG July 31, 2022

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of July 25, 2022 – July 31, 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.