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September, 2020

  • 23 September

    OHS and CRHS announce homecoming courts

    Oden High School Homecoming Court is: 7th Grade Maid–Karolynn Ingland; 8th Grade Maid–Hope Cogburn; 9th Grade Maid–Abby Strother; 10th Grade Maid–Emilee McAnelly; 11th Grade Maid–Gala Millwood; 12th Grade Maid–Halie Ewing; Queen–Jacy Blansett. Nov. 6 is set for Oden Homecoming. Cossatot River High School’s Homecoming Court is: 7th Grade Maids- Raylee Youngblood, Kenya Antunez; 8th Grade Maids- Brenna Roper, Jaylee Pollard; ...

  • 16 September

    Student classes offered through Ouachita Little Theater

    Submitted by Julie Ulmer / Ouachita Little Theater Ouachita Little Theatre has a goal to entertain and assist our community during the restrictions imposed by the COVID19 crisis. OLT will be holding classes for students interested in various aspects of theater arts. For the small fee of $10 per week, there will be introductory instruction for Tap Dancing, Costuming 101, ...

August, 2020

  • 26 August

    UARM responds to COVID reports

    By Jeri Borst Last week, news outlets outside of Polk County reported that students at University of Arkansas at Rich Mountain in Mena tested positive for COVID-19. LeAnn Dilbeck, UARM Community Relations Director, was alerted to the report and contacted The Pulse. She said the news outlet initially reported incorrect information and  failed to confirm facts before posting the attention ...

  • 26 August

    From the State House of Representatives

    Because of Covid-19, school will look different this year, and so will transportation. The Arkansas Department of Education’s transportation directors are taking the utmost measures to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 on buses. These measures include regularly disinfecting the buses and implementing requirements for students to wear masks and socially distance while riding the bus. But there are other actions ...

  • 26 August

    From the State Senate

    Arkansas teachers and students are beginning the most challenging school year in living memory. Last March schools were forced to close because of the spread of the coronavirus, a decision that affected more than 470,000 students and 33,000 teachers. Arkansas has been trying to close the achievement gap between children in underprivileged homes and those in more prosperous families. Elected ...

  • 19 August

    School environment evolves due to pandemic

    By Jeri Borst When schools closed in March due to concerns of a COVID-19 pandemic, much was out of the control of local school districts. Mandated by the state to close schools to the public and only allow essential personnel in, teachers, students and parents were tasked with shifting the learning environment overnight. Leaders at Mena Public School District and ...

  • 19 August

    Around Town

    Cossatot students offered Monday program Cove First Baptist Church will have a program, Kids Under Construction on Sept. 14 for children of the Cossatot River School District, preK- 6th grade, held each Monday during the school year. The program will be held 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and will include breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack. There will be an open house and ...

  • 5 August

    Healthy Habits grant awarded

    Submitted by Polk County Extension Office The Polk County Extension Office recently wrapped up a $3,000 Healthy Habits grant program designed to teach nutrition and exercise concepts to Polk County youth.  The grant was originally written to bring the Body Walk to Holly Harshman Elementary school this past school year. However, due to Covid 19, the grant had to be ...

  • 5 August

    UARM postpones first day of class

    Staff Report UA Rich Mountain has announced in-person classes will now start August 24 with the exception of licensed practical nursing classes, which will start the week originally set, August 17. Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson announced the college will provide a “flex” arrangement for in-person classes. For the most part, classes that meet twice a week will rotate being in-person ...

July, 2020

  • 22 July

    Mena High School Graduation 2020

    Photos courtesy of Mena Public Schools Above Left: MHS Principal David Maxwell speaks to 2020 graduates. Right: Paige Evans celebrates earning her diploma. Above Left: Julia Bailey leads classmates to receive diplomas. Right: Heath Peterson replaces his cap after the National Anthem.