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Polk Count Extension Office Offering Food Safety Training

By Bridgett Martin, CEA-FCS/4-H – Polk County Extension Office The University of Arkansas Extension Service is proud to offer the ServSafe® program to all food service professionals in Arkansas.  This month, the Polk County Extension Office will be offering a training March 28-April 1.  The class is for food service managers who want, or need, to get certified through the ...

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Legislature Proposed to Increase Recess Time in Arkansas Elementary Schools

Lawmakers in Little Rock are discussing a bill that would change how much time students spend outside the classroom and on the playground. The proposed bill looks to set a minimum number on the amount of time kids spend at recess in Arkansas elementary schools. The bill would affect public schools only. The bill would set a minimum of forty ...

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Talimena 13.1 Run & Relay March 9th

The sixth running of the Talimena13.1 Run and Relay is set for 03/9/19.  The race begins at Janssen Park in Mena, running up Mena Street and over the Talimena Drive to the Queen Wilhelmina State Park.  It features not only a running challenge, but showcases the beauty of our area from our city and up the Talimena Drive that overlooks ...

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Kat Advances to Regional Boxing Match

Kathryn “Kat” Davison attended the Arkansas State Golden Gloves this past weekend held in North Little Rock. She was signed to compete in her 119lb female junior division, however, due to the lack of available opponents in that division she will advance to the regionals unopposed at the event. Her record had earned her the invitation to compete. The regionals ...

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LadyCats Softball Team Goes 1-2 in Ashdown

The Mena LadyCats split won one and lost two over the weekend at the Ashdown High School Softball Tournament. Mena pounded Hope 12-2 on Friday night, before dropping a 3-1 decision to the Dierks Lady Outlaws on Saturday. The LadyCats wrapped up the Ashdown Tournament with a 13-0 loss to Queen City, Texas. Against Hope on Friday night, the LadyCats ...

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Bearcats Baseball Team Off to a Good Start

The Mena Bearcats baseball team has begun their 2019 spring campaign with a record of 2-1. Mena recorded close wins over Waldron and Mount Ida, while dropping a 16-8 decision to Elkins on Friday afternoon. Elkins scored two runs in the top of the first inning on Friday and never trailed in the contest. Trailing 6-1 in the bottom of ...

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Cossatot River Lady Eagles Finish Season with 25-11 Record

Cossatot River’s memorable season came to an end on Wednesday, February 27th as the Lady Eagles dropped a 39-34 decision to the Quitman Lady Bulldogs in the opening round of the Class 2A State Tournament at Carlisle High School. The Lady Eagles jumped out to a 15-6 lead before Quitman switched to a tenacious full court press. Quitman finished the ...

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Polk County Births

Mena Regional Health System February 25, 2019 – February 28, 2019:   Ariana Kelley and Shawn Leach, of Mena, Arkansas, are the proud parents of a baby boy born February 25th. Neisha Wikel, of Cove, Arkansas, is the proud parent of a baby girl born on February 26th. Savanna and Eric Smith, of Cove, Arkansas, are the proud parents of ...

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Dallas Avenue Dental Care Advocates for Dental Health Among Area Youths

February is Dental Health Month and in order to educate kids more on the importance of Dental Health, the Vandervoot Elementary Preschool and ABC Preschool students visited Dallas Avenue Dental Care. The Dentist talked to the students about taking care of their teeth and gums and why brushing twice a day is very important to their health. The presenter was ...

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Single Parent Scholarship Awarded to Stephanie Abbott

Single Parent Scholarship recipient Stephanie Abbott receives the Rotary Club of Polk County/Mena $500 contribution to the scholarship fund from Rotary President Michael Cate. In presenting the check, Cate noted that Rotary has supported the scholarship fund since the club’s formation in 2000. “When we see how hard recipients like Stephanie, we consider it a privilege to be able to ...

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