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Bearcats Lose Fourth Quarter Thriller Against Malvern

BY EASTON LEONARD – Last Friday night, September 29th, the Mena Bearcats (3-2, 0-2) senior high football team traveled to Malvern to take on the Leopards (2-3, 1-1). The Bearcats opening kickoff was returned ninety-six yards by number two Demias Jimerson of Malvern for an early Leopards touchdown. After a made point-after-attempt, the Leopards led 7-0 with still 11:47 left ...

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Local XCountry Teams Compete In Stuthard Stampede

BY EASTON LEONARD – On Tuesday, September 26th, the local Acorn, Cossatot River, and Mena Cross-Country teams competed in the Stuthard Stampede meet at Acorn High School. In the Junior High Girls race, the DeQueen Leopards placed first with Waldron in second, Mansfield in third, Acorn in fourth, Horatio in fifth, Heavner in sixth, Mena in seventh, and Cossatot in ...

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UARM Foundation to Host Annual Wreath Auction

The University of Arkansas – Rich Mountain Foundation has released participation information for their annual Wreath Silent Auction, held each year to raise money for the Foundation’s charitable efforts. Businesses, organizations, and individuals can participate by decorating and donating a wreath for auction. There are two ways to donate a wreath. Option 1 is to build and bring your own ...

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Vandervoort Elem. Chooses Character Students for September

SUBMITTED – Vandervoort Elementary students were chosen for the month of September. Their word for the month was Friendship. Pictured: Backrow l to r: Laci Dixon, Flint Dickerson, Caylynn Burke, Shawn Harris, Maleena Hopkins, Jade Watkins, Madison Jewell; Front Row l to r: Ashley Hopkins, Aiden Broach, Jasmine Dunn, Katie Gibbons, Jazzalyn Elder, Cambree Manning. Classroom teachers choose the student ...

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Acorn Schools Announces Harvest Festival Royalty

This is long-standing tradition for Acorn Schools.  Each king and queen for each class are elected by their classmates. They will then compete with other grades to see which class will raise the most money for the overall coveted titles of Elementary King & Queen and High School King & Queen. This money stays with each class. In the elementary ...

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Jo Ella “Jo” Livin

Jo Ella “Jo” Livin, age 83, of Mena, passed away Saturday, September 30, 2017 in Mena, Arkansas. Jo was born in Vandervoort, Arkansas on January 7, 1934 to the late Hal Cecil Barnes and Lutie Jane Barnes. Jo was a graduate of Cove High School. She relocated in Houston, Texas in 1952 and attended the University of Houston. There she ...

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School Lunch Menus: October 2-6, 2017

Acorn Public Schools: Monday Breakfast: Variety cereal, super donut, parfait, apples, juice, milk. Lunch: Elementary: Bean and cheese burrito, frito chili pie, refried beans, spanish rice, bananas, salad bar, juice, milk. High School: Bean and cheese burrito, frito chili pie, spanish rice, refried beans, baked potato bar, bananas, salad bar, juice, milk. Tuesday Breakfast: Variety cereal, parfait, cinnamon roll, sausage ...

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Local Family Purchases Beasley Wood Funeral Home

BY MELANIE WADE – For the first time in more than 40 years, Beasley Wood Funeral Home is completely locally hometown family owned. As of September 1, 2017, Sonja Kesterson is the official owner after working in every position, with the exception of embalmer, for 24 years. Kesterson, along with her family, are lifelong residents of Polk County. She began ...

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Local XCountry Teams Compete In Mansfield Invitational

BY EASTON LEONARD – Saturday, September 23rd, the local Mena and Acorn High School Cross-Country teams competed in the Mansfield Invitational meet. In the Senior High Boys 5,000 Meter Run, Robert McIntyre of Mena finished in first place, while Cross Hughes of Acorn took third place. Faith Hill of Acorn High School came in third place in the Senior High ...

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Ladycats Take Down Charleston

Last Thursday night, September 21st, Mena Volleyball hosted the Charleston Tigers at the Union Bank Center. The Junior Varsity Ladycats kicked off the night’s action in a best-of-three-sets match. In the first set, the Ladycats pulled away early and didn’t keep it close at all, winning by a score of 25-5. The Ladycats won the closer second set, 25-20, completing ...

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