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July, 2019

  • 3 July

    Ouachita Little Theatre Welcomes Acorn Students

    Some Acorn students, along with teacher Michelle McGee and other school sponsors, enjoyed a historic walking tour of downtown Mena on Thursday, June 20. Among their destinations was the Lyric Theatre which has been owned and operated by Ouachita Little Theatre since 1985. The building originally was a movie house in 1923 and is now home to OLT where live ...

  • 3 July

    UA Rich Mountain Honors LPN Class of 2019 with Traditional Pinning Ceremony

    (MENA)  In a tradition that dates back to the mid-1880’s, UA Rich Mountain held its pinning ceremony for the college’s LPN Class of 2019 on Thursday, June 27 in the Ouachita Center on campus. The time-honored pinning ceremony signifies membership in a proud and loyal society of nurses. Nurses are an important part of the global healthcare workforce. Representing the ...

  • 3 July

    FASTCATS Offered to County 3rd – 6th Grade

    (MENA)  Registration begins for Polk elementary students, boys and girls.  Kids will be engaged in multiple strength and conditioning exercises and competitive games.  Signup July 8th at Bearcat Stadium in Mena. Camp will take place Monday-Thursday (July 8th-25th) from 10am-11am. There will be no pre-registration; program fee is $50, make checks payable to Bearcat Football.

June, 2019

  • 26 June

    4-H O’RAMA Participants at Lake Hamilton

    Sixteen 4-H members from Polk County competed at District 4-H O’rama in Lake Hamilton on June 18th.   Among the participates Polk County brought home seven 1st place trophies, four 2nd place ribbons, one 3rd place ribbon, one 4th place ribbon, and 3 participation ribbons.  As a county they were awarded the overall Spirit Award for showing the most 4-H ...

  • 26 June

    ORSD Board Met June 24th

    (ACORN)  Members of the Ouachita River School Board met on Tuesday evening met to discuss employment matters and approve changes to the Student Handbook for the upcoming school year. The board also approved the bid submitted by CDW-G for the purchase of Smart TV’s that will be placed in Old Main, in the amount of $14, 050.75. Members also approved ...

  • 26 June

    Mena School Board Restructures

    (MENA)  The Mena School Board met Tuesday evening at the District Administration Building in downtown and accepted the resignations of Mena High School Assistant Principal Stephen Breedlove. Breedlove will become the new Principal at Harding Academy near Searcy. Breedlove will be replaced by Bridget Buckley, in an inter-district transfer. The high school front office will also see a new Secretary, ...

  • 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 ...