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April, 2020

  • 15 April

    Pre-K Packets Available for Mena School District

    Those that have completed packets for Pre K, can drop them in the tub outside the front doors at Louise Durham Elementary. New applications will also be in the tub or they can be emailed to you. Call 479-243-3813 to have an application emailed to you. Please have packets in an envelope or a large ziplock bag and marked with ...

  • 8 April

    Schools Closed for Remainder of the 2019-2020 School Year

    Schools across the state of Arkansas will be closed for on-campus instruction for the remainder of the year, according to Governor Asa Hutchinson as stated during the latest COVID-19 press conference held Monday afternoon, April 6th. Many districts will continue to supply packets to be picked up and dropped off on site to provide resources for students who do not ...

  • 1 April

    Cossatot River High School Teams Win UA Cossatot Battle of the Books

    Cossatot River High School 7th Grade Division team took first place during the UA Cossatot Battle of the Books competition on March 13th. pictured from left to right: Cooper Hayes, Jayden Johnson, Easton Johnson, Riley Dunn, 7th Grade Sponsor, Suzanne Kesterson. More photos on pages 8 and 9. Submitted photos.     Cossatot River High School 8th Grade Division team ...

  • 1 April

    PBS to Broadcast Curriculum-based Programming

    As Arkansas’s only statewide broadcasting network, Arkansas PBS is proud to partner with the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) to broadcast streamlined, curriculum-based programming for the state’s pre-K through 8th grade students in response to mandatory school closures due to the new coronavirus. Why Arkansas PBS? It’s important to meet the needs of Arkansans during this crisis, especially for our ...

March, 2020

  • 25 March

    Mena School Board Accepts Weston’s Retirement Recommendation

    The Mena School Board met Tuesday, March 17, and in the Superintendent’s Benny Weston’s report, he presented a Mitigation Report to the Board per guidance and direction of the Governor, DESE, and CDC. Board members approved Weston’s recommendation to renew the Arkansas School Boards Association Model Policy Service Contract effective the first day of February, 2020 and terminating on the ...

  • 25 March

    UA Rich Mountain Moves to Online Instruction for Remainder of Semester

    [March 19, 2020 | MENA, Ark.] UA Rich Mountain Chancellor Phillip Wilson announced today that all campuses will move to online instruction for the remainder of the semester. “In the interest of the continuity of course delivery and for the protection of our community, we have made the decision to remain online until the conclusion of the semester.” The announcement ...

  • 11 March

    Dairy and Egg Contest Winners Named

    Polk County 4-H members competed in the first annual Dairy and Egg Recipe Contest on February 17, 2020.  The contests were sponsored by the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee and Farm Bureau.  Winners for the Dairy Recipe Contest – Party Idea included: Cloverbuds (5-8 years old) 1st place- Tuck S., 2nd place Cody R.; Juniors (9-13-year-old) 1st place Shelby R., 2nd ...

  • 4 March

    Chaney Wins Local and State DAR Good Citizen’s Scholarship Awards

    Story By: Cortez Copher Mena High School senior, Jillian Faith Chaney, the daughter of Sheli and Fred  Chaney,  was recently awarded First Place in the James K. Polk Chapter ASDAR Good Citizen’s Scholarship competition. Her essay was then advanced to the state DAR competition where she also won first place in the State of Arkansas DAR Good Citizen’s Scholarship program. ...

  • 4 March


    Breezy Hendrix finished 2nd in prepared speaking & Brandon Catlett was 1st in the Farm Bureau Discussion Meet. Submitted photo.         The Jr. Parliamentary Team place second. Team members are Cierra Dulaney, Aaron Ferguson, William Hendrix, Aslynn Jackson, Ranessa Ricker, Layla Spenser & Mckenzie Vincent. Submitted photo.     The Parliamentary Procedure Team placed first. Team members ...

  • 4 March

    DAR Shines Light on Tommy Johnson

    BY: Cortez Copher. On February 20, Coach Tommy Johnson of the Mena Middle School was awarded the James K. Polk DAR Outstanding American History Teacher Certificate during the chapter’s regular meeting. Teachers considered for the award were from both Polk and Montgomery County Schools. Mr. Johnson received his teaching degree from the University of Central Arkansas and came to the ...