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May, 2020

  • 27 May

    State Capitol Week in Review…

    From Senator Larry Teague LITTLE ROCK – In June the Senate Education Committee will hear a report on the effect that public schools have seen due to the recent widespread requests for waivers from education standards. Almost every school district in Arkansas operates with some sort of waiver granted by the state. More than 1,000 public schools, in which 97 ...

  • 27 May

    Diamond Search Field to Re-open on May 22 at Crater of Diamonds State Park

    The very popular diamond search field at Crater of Diamonds State Park will open tomorrow with some restrictions, announced Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. “We are pleased to be able to welcome people back to search for diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds just in time for the Memorial Day weekend,” said Hurst. ...

  • 27 May

    Mena Middle School Chosen for Adequacy Study

    State officials announced earlier this month that the Mena Middle School has been chosen as one of the schools in the State Arkansas to be included in an adequacy case study. The Senate and House Interim Committees on Education reported the reason for the Mena Middle School was selected was for repeatedly performing higher than their demographics indicated they should. ...

  • 27 May

    Mena School District to Destroy Student Records

    Attention Parents of Students who attended Mena School District: State and Federal guidelines require that all special education due process forms and records be destroyed within six (6) years after a student leaves the special education or speech therapy program. If your child was dismissed, graduated, dropped from the program or found to be ineligible for special education services and/ ...

  • 27 May

    Gov. Hutchinson declares June 12-14 Free Fishing Weekend

    Thanks to a proclamation by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, anyone may fish in Arkansas without a fishing license or trout stamp from noon Friday, June 12, through midnight Sunday night, June 14.  e. An annual tradition sponsored by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and approved by Gov. Hutchinson, Free Fishing Weekend gives many people the opportunity to enjoy the amazing ...

  • 27 May

    Helping Arkansas’s Reopening Succeed

    We are all eager for a return to normalcy after strict measures were implemented in Arkansas and across the country to slow the spread of the coronavirus and prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed with patients infected by the disease. We have made significant progress, but what’s equally important now is safely resuming business and allowing Americans to return to work. ...

  • 27 May

    Delegation Applauds HHS for Awarding Over $72 Million in Coronavirus Relief to Nursing Homes in Arkansas

    WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton—along with Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman—applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for awarding over $72 million in additional relief funds to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) in Arkansas to help them combat the devastating effects of COVID-19. The investment—totaling $72,410,000—will be distributed directly to SNFs ...

  • 27 May

    CANCELLATIONS CLOSINGS AND CHANGES

    The Farmer’s Market in Mena, located at the Historic KCS Depot on Sherwood Street in downtown Mena, will open for season Saturday, May 23rd at 7:00 a.m.   The Farmer’s Market will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. until sold out. Some area restaurants are open as of Monday,  May 11th with limited seating allowed.  Also ...

  • 20 May

    May 20, 2020 + 2020 GRADUATION EDITION

    Get your digital copy of the Polk County Pulse here: https://issuu.com/mypulsenews/docs/may202020?fr=sM2EyOTQwOTk5OA And the SPECIAL 2020 GRADUATION EDITION here: https://issuu.com/mypulsenews/docs/graduation2020?fr=sM2E5MTQwOTk5OA

  • 20 May

    Mena Resident Charged with Two Counts of Negligent Homicide

    Jeffery Clayton Cude, age 40 of Mena, was arrested and jailed Friday on two counts of Negligent Homicide and Battery In The Second Degree. Cude was involved in an accident east of Board Camp in Polk County on February 8, 2020 that resulted in the deaths of two Montgomery County women and the injury of a juvenile when the two ...