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July, 2020

  • 1 July

    Newcomb retires from Acorn Elementary…

    Ouachita Rural School District celebrated the dedicated service of Judy Newcomb.  Mrs. Newcomb retired with 32 years of service at the Acorn Elementary School.  Submitted photo.

  • 1 July

    Mena Prom Cancelled

June, 2020

  • 24 June

    Superintendent’s Salary Increased During June Mena School Board Meeting

    Tuesday, June 16, members of the Mena School Board voted to increase the salarys of the district’s superintendent and assistant superintendent. Superintendent Benny Weston’s salary was increased to $132,000 per year and new assistant superintendent, Dr. Lee Smith’s salary was increased to $95,000 per year. Board members also accepted the resignation of Kristy Hall and Sarah Billings and the hiring ...

  • 24 June

    Acorn Grad Assigned As New State Trooper

    Thirty-three Arkansas State Police Trooper Recruits received their certified law enforcement certificates last Thursday night during a graduation ceremony at the Arkansas State Capitol. The new troopers will report to their Highway Patrol Division assignments across the state in July. 26-year-old Tate Ledbetter will be assigned to the Highway Patrol Division, Troop D, in Lee County. Trooper Ledbetter is a ...

  • 24 June

    Update on Area Graduation Ceremonies

    Mena High School Principal David Maxwell announced the Mena High School Graduation Ceremony has been scheduled for July 18 at 9 am, but students are required to arrive at 8. Maxwell said the district will make all necessary safety protocols and limitations available to district patrons as soon as possible. Maxwell announced Monday after that the district is able to ...

  • 24 June

    UA Little Rock students named to Spring 2020 Dean’s

    LITTLE ROCK, AR (06/16/2020)– The University of Arkansas at Little Rock announces students who have made the Dean’s List for the spring 2020 semester. The Dean’s List recognized nearly 1,800 students with superior academic performances at the end of the spring semester. To be on the Dean’s List, UA Little Rock students must earn at least nine credit hours and ...

  • 24 June

    High School Workouts Will Continue this Week

    Mena High School Athletic Director, Shane Torix informed the members of the Mena School Board that the Arkansas Activities Association made the decision to waive the required 2020 summer dead weeks this year. Torix stated the AAA left the decision up to the individual districts to decide if they wanted to follow suit. Torix said the district AAC decided that ...

  • 24 June

    AR Department of Higher Education Announces Scholarship Extensions

    Arkansas Department of Higher Education has announced the extension of two financial aid sources for college students. Both the Arkansas Academic Challenge and the Arkansas Future programs have been extended to August 1st. They also announced that, if you are still pressing towards that needed ACT score for Arkansas Challenge, they are delighted to give you additional opportunities!  The Accuplacer ...

  • 24 June

    Lottery Scholarship Application Deadline Extended To August 1

    LITTLE ROCK, AR –The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery announced today that the deadline to apply for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship has been extended to August 1 with modified eligibility requirements deemed necessary because of COVID-19. Unlike in prior years, students who have a sufficient number of hours and have earned satisfactory academic progress before March 27 are automatically eligible for ...

  • 17 June

    Johnston Reels in Scholarship

    Austin Johnston a senior at Mena High School won the 2020 Terry (Pops) Hudgens Memorial Scholarship. He will be attending Arkansas Tech this fall where he will pursue his fishing career. Submitted Photo