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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 »

Local Historian, Harold Coogan, Honored with ‘Special Collections’ Room


BY MELANIE BUCK - Mr. Harold Coogan, a local historian, educator, preserver of history, and very modest citizen of Polk County, has received the honor of having the New Collections Room inside RMCC’s Library named after him for his dedication to local history. Coogan began his career as a history teacher more than 5 decades ago, working one year in ... Read More »

Donations Continue Pouring in for Lioness’ Backpack Food Program


Union Bank of Mena donates $1000 to the Backpack Food Program. Presenting the donation on behalf of Union Bank of Mena are President, Philip Hensley, and CFO, Michael Myers. Mena Lioness Lions Patty Young, Heather Risley and Heather Grenier accept the donation on behalf of the Club. These funds will assist in funding the Adopt a School Backpack Food Program ... Read More »

New Radio Equipment to Replace Damaged 911 System


Four months after the lighting strike that damaged Polk County’s Communication Center, radio service technicians were onsite Tuesday morning to begin installing new radio equipment that will replace the old system that was damaged beyond repair. This equipment serves as the communication link for the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Grannis & Mena Police Departments, Arkansas State Police, Emergency Management, Polk ... Read More »

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