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Fretz Seeks Re-Election as County Treasurer

SUBMITTED – Current Polk County Treasurer Tanya Fretz has announced her intent to seek re-election. Fretz submitted the following: “I am happy to announce my plans to run for re-election as Polk County Treasurer. It would be an honor to continue to serve the wonderful citizens of Polk County. In my five years as Treasurer, my performance demonstrates that I ...

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Finley Seeks to Keep Seat

Incumbent Ben Finley, who has served on the Polk County Quorum Court for ten years, has announced his intent to seek re-election. Finley submitted the following: “Ben Finley has announced his intention to run for re-election to the Quorum Court District 1.”

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Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison Announces he will Seek Re-Election

SUBMITTED – Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison released his announcement of intent to seek re-election on February 6, 2018. “Seven years ago I took on this challenging but rewarding task of managing our wonderful rural county. I am grateful to our citizens for allowing me to serve. Today I am announcing my intention to seek re-election. “I believe we have ...

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Mena Grad Chosen to Lead Multi-Billion Dollar Corporation

BY MELANIE WADE – Matthew Maddox, a 1994 graduate of Mena High School, has been named as the new CEO of Wynn Resorts, following the resignation of founder and longtime CEO Steve Wynn. Maddox will lead the $17 billion global gaming company following a four year stint as president of the company. He has been employed at Wynn Resorts since ...

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Something for Everyone at OLT

If you are looking for entertainment the next couple of weeks, look no further than Ouachita Little Theatre on Main Street. After an enthusiastic opening of “Four Weddings and an Elvis” last weekend and a special Valentines Day show at Mena Mountain Resort, you still have three more chances to catch this comedy live on stage. Friday and Saturday performances ...

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Youth and Beginning Adult Art Classes

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Mena Art Gallery has been conducting Children’s Art Classes for many years, but now we have a new approach: classes for youth and beginner adults. Students for these classes should be at least 10 years old, but they are also suitable for adults who are beginners in the art field. Our instructor is Nicky Dempsey, ...

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Cross Places in AT&T Sponsored EAST Challenge

SUBMITTED – Samuel Cross, 8th Grade Mena Middle School EAST student, received 3rd Place in the EAST Cyber Cipher Challenge by AT&T.  There were 42 entries from across the state.  Samuel received an award of a 32GB USB Drive. Mena Middle School EAST is preparing for EAST Conference which will be held in Hot Springs March 13-14.  Several current EAST ...

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Fender Blender Comes to Acorn

SUBMITTED – What is a “Fender Blender?” Ask any Acorn student in grades K-3 and they will tell you. Bridgett Martin, Polk County Extension Office Family and Consumer Science Specialist, visited Mrs. Rusert’s K-3 Science classes at Acorn Elementary School last week to help Kindergarten through third grade students learn the importance of exercise and healthy eating habits while making ...

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Acorn Elementary Students of the Month

Ouachita River School District’s Acorn Elementary has announced their January Students of the Month. The students chosen have displayed excellent citizenship, exceptional academic effort/improvement, and good attendance. Simple Simon’s Pizza, Goss Electronics, and Laark Enterprises provided lunch and games. Front Row: Summer Southwick, Kindergarten, daughter of Mark Southwick and Jolie Fielden; Marissa Husted, Kindergarten, daughter of Michael and Kristy Husted; ...

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Lady Eagles Cruise Past Prescott On Senior Night

BY EASTON LEONARD – On Friday night, February 9th, the Cossatot River Lady Eagles and Eagles hosted Prescott for Senior Night. In what turned out to be a very tight first half, the Lady Curley Wolves outscored Cossatot 7-6 in the first quarter. The Lady Eagles tied it up in the second, to make the score 12-12 at halftime. Nolen ...

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