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June, 2019

  • 26 June

    Board Camp Area Sees Road Repairs Completed

    A road project on Polk County Road 61 near Board Camp is now complete. The project replaced a damaged and undersized bridge that generally took damage in heavy rain events. Polk County received a grant from the Unpaved Road Program to fund 50% of the $60,000 project. The new bridge and approaches are elevated two feet higher than the old ...

  • 26 June

    UA-Rich Mountain to Host Kids & Teen College

    (MENA)  The UA – Rich Mountain will once again host Kids and Teen College, July 15-18. Kids College is for students completing K-5.  Students can select three courses each day, starting at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 12:10 p.m. Classes are designed to be fun and interactive. Teen College is offered for students completing grades 6 through 8. These classes ...

  • 26 June

    Vacca and Hebert to Take Part in NYLF Explore STEM Program at St. John’s University in New York City

    (MENA)  This Summer, Sophia and Isabel Vacca and Blade Hebert from Mena, will join outstanding Middle School students from across the nation to take part in a unique academic and career oriented development experience, NYLF Explore STEM in New York City. NYLF Explore STEM is one of the Envision family of programs that enable students to explore their interests and ...

  • 26 June

    University of Arkansas – Rich Mountain Campus Evacuated

    (MENA)  The University of Arkansas – Rich Mountain was closed after receiving a suspicious call on Tuesday morning. Officials from the university notified Polk County Sheriff’s Department of the unspecified threat and UA – Rich Mountain Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson immediately closed the campus for the remainder of the day, in an abundance of caution. The campus will reopen tomorrow ...

  • 26 June

    Big Changes Coming to Mena High School – New Principal

    By Richard Hanley (MENA) – The 2019-2020 school year is expecting some big changes as principal Shane Torix, will be moving to a new position within the school system.    Mena Public Schools had previously selected a new principal in David Maxwell, who moves here from the Arkadelphia school system, to replace Torix, at the high school in the upcoming ...

  • 19 June

    UA-Rich Mountain Prepares for Future Expansion

    (MENA)  The University of Arkansas – Rich Mountain broke ground on what Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson describes as “the most transformative building project in the history of the college,” last Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. The estimated $7.5 million project will boast 144 beds and will also expand the current student union and bookstore to accommodate a larger dining hall. ...

  • 19 June

    Early Start to The 2019-2020 School Year Announced For Mena Public Schools

    (MENA)  Students in the Mena Public Schools will get an early start to the 2019 – 2020 school year, when classes convene on Wednesday, August 14th. Students and staff will get to enjoy Labor Day off, in addition to having off for a Fall Break on Monday, October 21st and Thanksgiving Break from November 25th through 29th. Christmas Break will ...

  • 19 June

    Open House Set for August 2019

    (MENA)   Mena Public Schools have announced that Kindergarten Open House is scheduled from 1-6pm on August 1st. Pre-K orientation will be from 1-6pm on August 2nd. 2nd Grade Open House is from 1-6pm on August 6th. 11th & 12th Grade Open House is from 4-7pm, also on August 6th. 1st Grade Open House is 1-6pm on August 7th. Holly ...

  • 19 June

    Graduates Honored at SAU’s 2019 Spring Commencement

    (MAGNOLIA)  Students were honored with undergraduate and graduate degrees at Southern Arkansas University’s Spring Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 3, 2019. Students from this area include: Shannon Jesse, from Cove, graduated from the Rankin College of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree majoring in Management. Cameron Ulmer, from Mena, graduated from the Rankin College of Business with a ...

  • 19 June

    Department of Education Paving Way to Give Raises to Teachers

    (LITTLE ROCK)  The Arkansas Board of Education on Thursday approved emergency rules that pave the way for distribution of $60 million in new state aid to raise the minimum salaries of starting schoolteachers to $36,000 by 2022-23. Arkansas lawmakers — at the urging of Gov. Asa Hutchinson — earlier this year passed Acts 170 and 877 requiring the increase in ...