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MHS Cheerleaders – Carver & Fox – to Perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


BY MELANIE BUCK - Two Mena High School Cheerleaders, Ashlyn Fox and Leea Carver, have been selected to participate in the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as part of the Spirit of American Cheer Team. Both girls are seniors this year at MHS. Ashlyn, a seven-year cheerleader, made the cut of the All-American Team, which qualified her to take ... Read More »

Holiday Hog to Make Appearance During the Mena Christmas Parade

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BY MELANIE BUCK - Mena’s largest parade, the Christmas Parade, has been selected as 1 of only 15 holiday events as a stop for Arkansas’ New Holiday Hog! The highly anticipated Mena Christmas Parade is sponsored annually by the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce. Paula Bailey, Executive Director of the Chamber, is responsible for recruiting the new Holiday Hog Mascot ... Read More »

Polk County Turns 170!

Pictured above is the third Old Dallas Courthouse. It was built in 1884, out of brick in an attempt not to lose it to fire, as were the previous two. It cost approximately $4,500 to build and was erected by the Hudgins brothers.  [PHOTO SUBMITTED]

BY MELANIE BUCK - Polk County, being officially established on November 30, 1844, will celebrate its 170th birthday in just a few days. A land that is covered in beauty and full of history and tradition, Polk County is a land all its own. In the last 170 years, the area has seen war and peace, prosperity and poverty, notability ... Read More »

Bearcats Advance to 4A State Quarterfinals with 34-24 Victory over Star City

Head Coach Tim Harper praised the team following the Star City victory while also praising the parents and community for their overwhelming support. PHOTO BY NORM BETZ | © PULSE

BY NORM BETZ - The Mena Bearcats defeated the Star City Bulldogs 34-24 Friday night to advance to the 4A State Quarterfinals and thus, will make school history next Friday when they host Arkadelphia in the third-round of the 4A State Playoffs. Each team started the game off conservatively on their respective first drives, both going three-and-out. Star City gained ... Read More »

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

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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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

Mena Elks Lodge Partners with Marine Corps League Toys for Tots


[MENA] The members of Mena Elks Lodge #781 have partnered with the Marine Corps League Toys for Tots Program this year to provide toys for children who might otherwise go without this Christmas season. In previous years the Toys for Tots Program was administered by the Polk County Optimist Club, however they are unable to assist at this time. Knowing ... Read More »

RMCC Science Club Poster Contest to Bring Recycling Awareness


BY MELANIE BUCK - The Rich Mountain Community College Science Club is bringing recycling awareness to campus with a poster contest. Science Club President Shelby Vaughn said, “We are trying to establish a more student-friendly recycling program.” The contest is open to the public. First prize will receive $50 and all finalists will receive a prize as well. All posters ... Read More »

Ribbon Cutting Held for RMCC’s New Ouachita Center


Rooms Officially Dedicated to Foundation Contributors BY MELANIE BUCK – Rich Mountain Community College held an Open House event for its newest campus addition. The 13,600 sq. ft. Ouachita Center houses a grand hall, retractable walls, a warming kitchen and more, and can hold up to 900 people, allowing for a multitude of events. It also features 2-large screen monitors, ... Read More »

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