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College Tuition Now More Affordable at UA

(MENA) The University of Arkansas – Rich Mountain has been building anticipation of the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville’s Chancellor Dr. Joe Steinmetz’s commencement address and it did not disappoint, announcing to the Rich Mountain Class of 2019, that the University of Arkansas has a new scholarship program that reduces tuition rates for students who graduate with associate’s degrees from ...

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UA – Rich Mountain Graduation Ceremony

(MENA)  The second ever graduating class of the University of Arkansas – Rich Mountain, walked across the stage in front of the Maddox Building on Thursday, May 9th  with Dr. Krystal Thrailkill, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs reading each name from the list of thirty varying degrees or certificates that were handed out. Dr. Joe Steinmetz, Chancellor of the ...

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Dale “D.C.” Spencer Honored

(MENA)  Mena City Council voted to the changing the name of the roadway leading into Aubrey Tapley Park, from Recreation Lane to become the Dale D.C. Spencer Lane.      Spencer was a longtime Mena area resident who recently passed away.  He spent many years as an architect of numerous roadways around the region and designed the Talimena Scenic Drive ...

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Holly Harshman Third Graders Present Their Wax Museum Biography Projects

This past Thursday, May 9th, Holly Harshman third graders completed their first-ever biography projects.  As preparation for next year, all third graders choose individuals to research, prepare a written paper followed by a visual presentation open to parents and grandparents. The assignment took one week as students diligently researched their chosen individuals while at school through the use of the ...

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CATIO Cat Structure Needed For Shelter

(MENA)  The Humane Society of the Ouachita’s is looking for a few good carpenters for a much needed project. The CATIO brand products are wonderful and we would love one for our Cat Habitats, so our cats could enjoy a little of the outdoors! But the brands are also expensive. So, the no – kill animal shelter staff is wondering ...

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Oden Elementary Hosts “B.E.A.R. Night” for Students and Parents

In partnership with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Ouachita River School District recently held two nights of learning for parents and students. “Wild About Turkeys” was held at Acorn Elementary School on April 18.  Rotating through four stations, parents and their children learned about wild turkeys in our area. Polk County Game Warden Ray Hines explained turkey habitats and ...

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ORSD Students Take 5 Trips in 5 Weeks

(ACORN) Five field trips in five weeks? You bet! Ouachita River School District students have been busy learning about the outdoors in both the after school program and during science lab classes.  To extend learning experiences, students in grades K-3 at Acorn Elementary and 4-6 at Oden Elementary took trips to Dardanelle State Park travelling on a Little Rock Tours ...

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Reflections From Faith and History

National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day by Jeff Olson May is a month full of special times – such as proms, high school and college graduations, the beginning of vacation season, and the Memorial Day observance. However, May is also the month in which a perhaps lesser-known day is set aside for a very special observance and one which I believe ...

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Mannon Presents “Benedict Arnold, Hero and Traitor”

(MENA)  The James K. Polk Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution had a guest speaker for its April meeting, with Joe Mannon, Mannon is a wonderful storyteller and kept everyone on the edge of their seat. Everyone knows that Benedict Arnold was a traitor, but little is known about why such a trusted general ...

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Minimum Age to Smoke to Take Effect in Sept.

(LITTLE ROCK)  A new law gradually raises Arkansas’ minimum smoking age from 18 to 21 by 2021. The first change hits smokers Sept. 1. The law bans all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from those under 21 years old. It exempts members of the military and also doesn’t apply to smokers who turn 19 years old before 2020, which is how ...

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