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August, 2013

  • 6 August

    Local Educator Remembered

    BY LEANN DILBECK – As “back-to-school” time draws near, much importance and reflection is placed on the influential role teachers play. Polk County lost a veteran educator recently that taught during a much different and simpler time. She invested into the lives of several generations through several rural districts, sometimes with only six children in an entire school and long ...

  • 5 August

    Team Arkansas Earns 2nd Place in Overall Points in AAU Junior Olympic Meet

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Six team members of the Mena Barracudas swim team, who earned their place onto Team Arkansas, have returned from the national AAU Junior Olympic meet as champions, helping Team Arkansas earn 2nd place in overall points, plus an additional 15 medals and five ribbons. The team traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan to compete July 24-27 among ...

  • 5 August

    RMCC’s Talent Search Program Hosts “The Summer Games”

    TRIO’s Educational Talent Search program at Rich Mountain Community College hosted thirty-seven rising 7th graders from Polk, Scott, and Montgomery counties on June 20th.  The Talent Search participants were treated to a day full of activities on team building and financial literacy skills.  Students spent the morning at the RMCC Historic Armory with team building activities.  The students built their ...

  • 3 August

    Kathy Rusert Named ”Trailblazing Teacher”

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Kathy Rusert, an Acorn High School Teacher, was named a “Trailblazing Teacher” this past spring by the Center for Green Schools at the US Green Building Council.  The prestige of this national honor was given to Kathy and she was only one out of ten teachers honored with this award for her creativity in bringing environmental ...

  • 2 August

    Polk County Master Gardeners present “Terrific Tuesdays”

    MENA – Tuesday, July 16th, a group of Polk County Master Gardeners joined forces to present a horticultural program to a group of 4-H youngsters as one of their summer programs called “Terrific Tuesdays.” The primary focus of the morning was to teach the principles of potting and to help each member to plant one or more projects suitable for ...

  • 1 August

    Van-Cove Elementary Registration

     Kindergarten through 6th Grade students entering the Cossatot River School District, Van-Cove Elementary Campus, for the first time and who have not already enrolled may register for the fall term at the elementary school in Vandervoort .  Offices will be open for registration each day from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The first day of school for the 2013 – ...

  • 1 August

    No Sales Tax Back to School Shopping This Weekend!

    Area retailers are making preparations for Arkansas’ third “Sales Tax Holiday” this weekend. First passed by Arkansas Legislature in 2011, representatives hope to help Arkansas’ families with rising back to school costs. Beginning at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, August 3 and ending this Sunday, August 4, 2013, at 11:59 p.m., no state or local sales tax will be collected during this ...

July, 2013

  • 31 July

    Healthy Connections to Sponsor ‘Back to School’ Bash

    Healthy Connections will be partnering with other community organizations to host a “Back to School Bash” at HCI on Hwy 71 N on August 15th from 4:00 pm -6:30 pm for grades K-12 for all area Polk County Schools. There will be games, light refreshments, and school supplies offered during this event.

  • 17 July

    Going for the Gold!

    Six members of the Mena Barracudas Swim Team recently qualified to be part of TEAM ARKANSAS and will be competing with the rest of the state’s top swimmers in the AAU Junior Olympics in Ann Arbour, Michigan, July 26-29. To qualify, swimmers had to place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at a qualifying meet. Levering placed 3rd in the 200m IM ...

  • 17 July

    Acorn FCCLA Members Attend Nashville National Conference

    More than 7,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered in Nashville, Tennessee, July 7-11 for FCCLA’s 2013 National Leadership Conference. This conference was themed “Discover Your Voice” and challenged participants to confront the issues youth are facing today by gaining the necessary skills through leadership development and competitive ...