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Joseph “Ricky” Fletcher

Joseph “Ricky” Fletcher, age 64, of Heavener, Oklahoma, died Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Heavener Nursing and Rehab. He was born on Friday, April 17, 1953 to Joseph Bernard Ledet and Imogene Williams Fletcher in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ricky lived in Muse, Oklahoma for many years of his life and then moved to different parts of Oklahoma. He enjoyed spending ...

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Sheriff’s Office Apprehends Violent Fugitive

BY MELANIE WADE – On Friday, February 9, 2018, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received information about a violent wanted fugitive that was possibly hiding out in south Polk County, according to Sheriff Scott Sawyer. The suspect, 20-year old Jose’ Maria Perez, was wanted out of Chatham County, Georgia for numerous charges including Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution, Home Invasion, ...

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School Lunch Menus: February 12-16, 2018

Acorn Public Schools: Monday Breakfast: PreK: Pancake, sausage link, fruit, milk. Grades K-12: Variety cereal, pancake syrup, sausage link, parfait, fruit, juice, milk. Lunch: PreK: Sweet & Sour popcorn chicken, fried rice, broccoli, fruit, milk. Grades K-5: Sweet & sour popcorn chicken, chicken teriyaki stir fry, fried rice, broccoli, fruit, salad bar, milk. Grades 6-12: Sweet & sour popcorn chicken, ...

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Hunter Wins 2018 Pro Bid Calling Championship

The weekend of February 2-3, 2018 was a busy one for Arkansas Auctioneers Association (AAA). This is when auctioneers from across Arkansas gather for the Annual AAA Winter Meeting, in Hot Springs, AR, at the Hotel Hot Springs & Spa. While auctioneers come for continuing educational credit, the convention offers many more opportunities for both seasoned veterans of the auction ...

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Community Action on Old School

SUBMITTED – Community leaders met last week to form plans for the Old High School on Mena Street.  The Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas, ARCO, and the Downtown Partners brought city, county and state representatives, business owners, and the Mena Chamber of Commerce to meet with McClure Engineering, specialists in innovative community development projects. Walter Deetz, the school’s owner ...

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Cossatot River EAST Named as Prestigious Award Finalist

BY MELANIE WADE – The Cossatot River High School EAST program has been named as a finalist for a prestigious award that is based on their accomplishments within the program. Cosstatot River’s EAST classrooms are led by Emily Huckabee who said the students have been working towards this goal for three years. The students had to create videos for applications ...

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A Moonlight Dance

A lunar trifecta was visible across the planet on January 31, 2018. The rare occurrence, known as the Super Blue Blood Moon, resulted from the combination of perigee (the closest point of the moon’s orbit with Earth causing the moon look to 13% larger, hence the ‘super moon’), as well as the second full moon in the same calendar month ...

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Floyd Named County Winner of Arkansas Big Buck Classic

Brandon Floyd has earned the honor of winning the Arkansas Big Buck Classic contest for Polk County. Floyd received his award at the annual event held this year on January 29. County winners are chosen and placed using a full credit score system, which includes taking the total inches of antler growth and adding the width of the spread. Floyd’s ...

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Ashcraft to Lead Cossatot River State Park – Natural Area

Davy Ashcraft has been promoted to park superintendent of Cossatot River State Park – Natural Area.  Stretching out for 5,401 acres, Cossatot emphasizes outdoor recreation, river preservation, and environmental education. The park is managed by Arkansas State Parks and the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission. “It was clear in the interview that his passion for the park started in his youth, ...

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Mena Students Place at Quiz Bowl Invitational

SUBMITTED – Mena Public Schools recently held the Mena Invitational Quiz Bowl tournament for fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students. Mena’s teams each placed at the meet and are pictured. There were ten teams and the Mena 4th grade GT students took fourth place. Back row from left to right is Dax McMellon, Andrew Erickson, Eli Swall, Denton Warner, and ...

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