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Vandervoort Elementary School Releases 2nd 9 Weeks Honor Roll

Vandervoort Elementary of the Cossatot River School District has released the names of students who have been recognized as having met the criteria to be placed on the honor roll. Those students are: Kindergarten – All A’s: Alicia Aaron, Adelyn Barton, Alleigh Bennett, Vivi Brewer, Aiden Broach, Kadence Broach, Easton Bryce, Makenzie Butler, Isabelle Denham, Christopher Dickens, Adalyn Elder, Amelia ...

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VES Announces Perfect Attendance

The following students had perfect attendance at Vandervoort Elementary School for the first semester of the 2017-2018 school year: First Grade: Jace Shouse, Joslyn Watkins; Fifth Grade: Landon Case, Elijah Smith; Sixth Grade: Austin Bailey, Hunter Neal, Braylen Ralls, Desiree Ward. These students were announced as having perfect attendance for the second nine week period of the 2017-2018 school year: ...

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Cossatot River School District Names Incoming Superintendent

BY MELANIE WADE – The Cossatot River School District has announced their next Superintendent following current Superintendent Donnie Davis’ retirement announcement. Davis will finish his educational career at Cossatot River on June 30, 2018 and longtime educator Jim Tankersley will pick up his duties on July 1, 2018. Davis said, “When I came to Cossatot River School District approaching four ...

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Fire Destroys Home; Family Searching for Pets

BY MELANIE WADE – Potter Volunteer Fire Department called for mutual aid from Shady Grove and Hatfield Volunteer Fire Departments around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 11, to a structure fire atop a wooded hill on Highway 375 West. The structure appeared to be fully engulfed as they responded and firefighters battled the blaze for some time, responding again early ...

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Community and Partnership Ensure Backpacks of Hope Continue

BY MELANIE WADE – A total of $18,361.10 was donated to the River Valley Regional Foodbank out of Fort to support Polk County’s Backpack Program for Kids on Thursday, January 11 at the monthly meeting of the Mena Lioness Lions Club. The funds were raised through the Lioness’ annual fundraising efforts and their partnership with Pulse Multi-Media through the Harvest ...

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Lunch and Learn: Fermentation 101

The Polk County Extension Service will offer Fermentation 101 on Tuesday, January 23 at the Extension Education Center from 12-1 p.m. This is the first in a series of Lunch and Learn programs. The class will explore basic health benefits and the process of fermenting things such as cabbage, cucumbers, milk and other vegetables. The byproducts of fermentation have received a lot of publicity in the ...

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City Ponders Future of Proposed North Morgan Street

City Ponders Future of Proposed North Morgan Street BY MELANIE WADE – The proposed North Morgan Street project has hit another speed bump in its long debated existence between the City of Mena and the Arkansas Highway Commission. Mena City Council had approved an initial cost of the project several years ago, however, since so many years have passed without ...

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CASA and Team Pulse Wear Blue for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

BY MELANIE BUCK – CASA [Court Appointed Special Advocates] of the Ouachitas Director Cynthia Martin encouraged community members to wear the color blue on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 in support of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In an proclamation signed by President Donald Trump on December 29, 2017, it stated, “During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, ...

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Alstons Attend 99th Annual American Farm Bureau Convention

Luke and Deedee Alston of Holly Springs Homestead, LLC, and their sons Ryan and Drake represented Polk County Farm Bureau at the 99th Annual American Farm Bureau Convention Jan. 6-9 in Nashville, Tenn. The Alston Family was also recently announced as the Arkansas State Farm Family of the Year, a first for a Polk County family. American Farm Bureau Federation’s ...

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Exchange Student Presents Cultural Program to Lioness

BY ILANA BURK – Alina Tekinova, an exchange student from Kyrgyzstan, presented a stunning presentation to the Mena Lioness Lions Club at Limetree Restaurant on Thursday, January 11th.  She shared a variety of cultural facts about her country, which is located in Central Asia, including dress, government, population, religion, natural landscape, and much more. She wore her traditional Kyrgyz girl’s ...

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