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Pathfinders Conduct “Serve Others” Camporee

SUBMITTED BY RICHIE LAWRY – Last weekend, over 160 young people from the Arkansas-Louisiana Pathfinder organization came from communities all over Arkansas and Louisiana to the Mena area to conduct a “Serve Others” Camporee. The Arkansas-Louisiana Pathfinders are part of a worldwide program of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. They offer a wide range of learning experiences for young people 10 ...

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Ouachita Cherokee Community Welcomes Gathering of the Clans

SUBMITTED BY LYN DILBECK – For many years the area of the Ouachita Mountains and surrounding areas were home to the native people of Cherokee Nation West. According to our Tribal Historian, at one time there were 88 of our communities across Indian Territory which consisted of, most of Arkansas, the lower portion of Missouri and a small part of ...

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Health Dept. Announces Flu Clinics

BY MELANIE BUCK – The Polk County Health Unit is preparing for their annual mass flu clinic that will be held on Friday October 23rd, 2015. The Health Unit will also be going into the schools again this year to provide the flu clinic on campus.  Schools sent packets home with students last week to be filled out and returned if ...

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Election Commission Seeks New Township Lines

BY MELANIE BUCK – The Polk County Election Commission met recently to verify school board elections and to discuss the combining of townships to lessen the cost of elections in Polk County. The Election Commission verified that all three County school districts, Mena, Ouachita River, and Cossatot River, had no opposed members of their boards this year meaning all will ...

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Polk Among 28 Arkansas Counties to Receive Disaster Aid

BY MELANIE BUCK – The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services a National Emergency Grant to support the creation of 100 temporary jobs for clean-up and recovery efforts underway in 28 counties that were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred May 7, 2015, through June 15, 2015. The grant ...

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Boozman Backs New DOJ Designations for West Memphis & Little Rock

BY U.S. SENATOR JOHN BOOZMAN – WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) today said newly-announced federal efforts to aid local law enforcement in Little Rock and West Memphis will help the communities address their “unique needs” and “will prove to be a vitally important component in the efforts to enhance public safety” in the two Arkansas cities.   The U.S. ...

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Boozman Congratulates Five Arkansas Schools for Receiving Blue Ribbon Award

BY U.S. SENATOR JOHN BOOZMAN – WASHINGTON–U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) today congratulated five Arkansas schools that were named 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Mount Pleasant Elementary School in Mount Pleasant, Park Magnet School in Hot Springs, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School in Rogers, Valley View Junior High School in Jonesboro and Vandergriff Elementary School in Fayetteville were among the ...

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Buck Takes Top Honors

BY LEANN DILBECK – All three county school districts were represented in the Mansfield Cross Country Meet on Saturday, September 26. Although Mena and Acorn have seasoned runners, Cossatot River is in their first season as a cross country team. The Mena’s top runner, Clint Buck came in 1st in the senior boys division with a time of 18 minutes ...

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The Foreigner Opening Soon at OLT

BY ROBBY BURT – Opening Friday, October 17 at the Ouachita Little Theatre is the rip roaring comedy The Foreigner, written by Larry Shue and directed by Robby Burt. It will be presented for two weekends. The plot revolves around Charlie Baker, The Foreigner.  He is an Englishman visiting America with his friend staying at a Fishing Lodge in Georgia.  Guests believing that Charlie is ...

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Non-Stop Fitness – Your Physical Step to Success

BY JACLYN ROSE – In a fast paced and busy society, where time is never on one’s side, it is very easy to let personal health and fitness go to the wayside.  Dustin and Shawna Powell saw a need for a fitness facility in Polk County that would allow its members to work out anytime they can fit it into their ...

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