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Menus for County Schools: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Mena Public Schools Breakfast: Cereal, Toast, Apple Slices, Juice, Milk Lunch: Main:  Pork Rib Pattie on Bun, Tater Tots, Fritos (k-5), Baked Beans, Mixed Fruit, Milk; Choice: Hot Dog, Tater Tots, Baked Beans, Mixed Fruit, Milk   Acorn Public Schools Breakfast: Cereal, Fruit, Juice, Milk Lunch: Turkey, Dressing, Green Beans, Broccoli Salad, Cheesecake, Roll, Cranberry Sauce, Fruit, Milk    Cossatot River School NO SCHOOL

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Howard Gene Barker, Sr.

Howard Gene Barker, Sr., age 80, of Hatton passed away Saturday, November 22, 2014 in Talihina, Oklahoma. He was born April 18, 1934, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to the late Raymond Barker and the late Beulah Altstatt Barker. Howard was married to Nancy Werst Barker and was a truck driver in the transportation profession.  He was a loving and kind husband, ...

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Laura Berlene Grisham

Laura Berlene Grisham, age 86 of Mena, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014 in Rich Mountain Nursing Home and Rehab, in Mena. She was born March 23, 1928, in Sims, Arkansas to the late Freddie S. Summit and Lula West Summit.  Berlene was an accounting bookkeeper for the St. Vincent’s Hospital in Hot Springs for many years and was a ...

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Menus for County Schools: Monday, November 24, 2014

Mena Public Schools Breakfast: Pancake Sausage on a Stick, Diced Peaches, Juice, Milk Lunch: Main:  Vegetable Soup w/ Crackers, Toasted Cheese Sandwich, Salad, Strawberries, Milk; Choice: Steak Sandwich w/ Cheese, Lettuce & Tomato, French Fries, Strawberries, Milk   Acorn Public Schools Breakfast: Cereal, Fruit, Juice, Milk Lunch: Ham & Cheese Sandwich, Lettuce, Tomato, Baked Chips, Carrots, Fruit, Milk   Cossatot River School NO SCHOOL

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Acorn Schools Recognized as ‘Achieving’ by Dept. of Education

BY MELANIE BUCK – A total of 67 public schools showed sufficient improvement on test scores to meet annual targets that were approved by the U.S. Department of Education and are designated as Achieving Schools. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was re-authorized by the U.S. Congress in 2001 as the No Child Left Behind ACT (NCLB). Under NCLB, the proficiency targets for ...

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Multiple Community-Wide Thanksgiving Dinners Offered

BY MELANIE BUCK – This year, citizens of Polk County will have their choice of three Thanksgiving feasts provided by area churches so that no one has to pass time alone over the holiday. The Annual All Church Thanksgiving Feast is set for 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 23, at First Baptist in Mena in their multi-purpose building. The event ...

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Two-Vehicle Accident Occurs on Janssen

BY MELANIE BUCK – Officer Daniel Sanchez, of the Mena Police Department was called to the scene of a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Janssen and 7th Streets at approximately 12:20 this afternoon. A white 1997 Ford Ranger, driven by Tony Curry, was traveling west on Janssen Street when a black 2013 Dodge Dart, driven by Barbie Lewis, pulled ...

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Bearcats vs. Star City

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Boozman Says Immigration Executive Order “Clearly an Overreach of the Office”

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement Thursday evening in advance of President Obama’s announcement of executive action on immigration: “Arkansans should be upset as well as all Americans. This is clearly an overreach of the office. The President is called ‘Mr. President,’ not ‘Your Highness.’ He simply doesn’t have the authority to do this. Congress needs ...

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Turkey to-do List Could Prevent Kitchen, Food Safety Meltdown on Thanksgiving

BY KIM HUGHES, COUNTY AGENT – FCS – A simple checklist could help keep chefs from having a food safety meltdown on Thanksgiving Day.  Most people don’t cook turkey more than once or twice a year and despite the relative simplicity of slow roasting, there are still plenty of actions that require planning and good timing. Be organized and find ...

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