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Ouachita River School District Breaks Ground on New Cafetorium

BY LEANN DILBECK – Ouachita River School District accepted a $1.905 million “turn key” bid for the construction of their new 10,000 plus s.f. cafetorium during their Tuesday night board meeting. The general contractor will be Petree Construction based out of Fort Smith, Arkansas.  Following the meeting board members held a grand breaking prior to the district’s annual Blue Gold ...

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School Elections Held Tuesday

BY MELANIE WADE – School Elections were held around the county on Tuesday, September 29, 2017 for all three school districts. Only one district had a race for a school board position, as all others were unopposed. Ouachita River School District’s Zone 5 seat was contested between Annette Hayes and Robby Strother. Hayes won the seat with 78.57 percent of ...

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May 1 Brings School Choice Deadline

BY MELANIE BUCK – The deadline is quickly approaching for parents to choose what public school their students will attend come Fall 2017. In 2015, the Arkansas Legislature amended the Public School Choice Act of 2013, after it was set to sunset, and lawmakers knew they had to amend the Act in order to continue to give parents the right ...

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County Schools Receive OEP Awards

BY MELANIE BUCK AND LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – All three of Polk County’s school districts received Outstanding Educational Performance Awards from the Office for Education Policy (OEP). Each year OEP examines different issues facing educators in an attempt to provide higher quality of education. In the most recent Arkansas Education Report [AER], schools from across the state were highlighted for their ...

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ORSD Moving into New District Office

BY MELANIE BUCK – Ouachita River School District is in the midst of moving their District Offices into a newly purchased property the school acquired last October. The land, previously owned by Acorn’s Coach Keith Wilsey, sits just behind Acorn Elementary and includes a home and seven acres. ORSD District Superintendent Jerry Strasner said the purchase and renovations cost approximately ...

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Lady Tigers Punch Ticket To State Tournament With Win Over St. Paul

BY EASTON LEONARD – Wednesday night, February 22, in the 1A Region 4 Basketball Tournament at County Line High School, the Acorn Lady Tigers took on the Lady Saints of St. Paul. Acorn forced the Lady Saints to call a few timeouts early in the game, starting off on a 9-2 run. Following the timeouts, the Lady Tigers went on ...

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Acorn Finishes Season With Tough Game Against County Line

BY EASTON LEONARD – The Acorn Tigers took on the County Line Indians, Wednesday night, February 22, in the first round of the 1A Region 4 Basketball Tournament at County Line High School. County Line started the game off on a 9-2 run, and went on to outscore the Tigers 13-5 in the first quarter. In the second quarter, the ...

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Trojans Run Past Acorn

BY EASTON LEONARD – The Acorn Tigers took on the Trojans of Kirby, Tuesday night, January 10, 2017, at Acorn High School. Defense was the key of the first quarter, as Kirby held the Tigers to ten points and Acorn held the Trojans to only 9. However, in the second quarter, both teams picked up their pace a little, as ...

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Lady Tigers Thump Kirby

BY EASTON LEONARD – Tuesday, January 10th, Acorn Lady Tigers hosted the Kirby Lady Trojans. After a slow start, both teams were able to end the first quarter with thirteen points apiece. In the second quarter, Kirby shot the ball pretty well, outscoring the Lady Tigers 15-11, as the Lady Trojans took a four point lead into halftime, with the ...

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School Elections Held Around the County on Tuesday

BY MELANIE BUCK – Elections were held around the county yesterday [Tuesday, September 20, 2016] for school board positions. On the Mena School Board, Todd Aynes will sit in Position 1; Ed Puckett, Position 3; Clint Montgomery, Position 5; Kyle Cannon, Position 6; and Brian Kesterson, Position 7. Robbie Hines and Judith Roberson also serve on the Mena School Board. ...

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