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Ms. Etta Celebrates 106… and Goes Viral!

BY LEANN DILBECK – Ms. Etta Garmon celebrated her 106th birthday among friends and family Thursday, July 27, all while becoming a viral sensation on social media! A photo of Ms. Etta holding a sign that read: “Hello! My name is Etta Garmon. Today I am 106 years old. How far can I travel on my birthday? Like and share ...

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Polk County Births

Rose Rider and William Byrum, of Hatfield, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on July 24th. Vivian and Dillon Turner, of Cove, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on July 26th. Tamera Thomas and Daniel Whitehead, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on July 27th.

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Sociable Seniors to Celebrate 10 Years

BY MELANIE WADE – The Polk County Sociable Seniors are celebrating their 10th anniversary as an organization this month and are excited to share what the last decade has brought to each of them at their upcoming luncheon. Each month, the group of more than two dozen, meet up at a local eatery and just have lunch and talk, laugh, ...

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Price Named as New Grannis Police Chief

BY MELANIE WADE – The City of Grannis has a new Police Chief as of mid-July. Eddie Price, longtime law enforcement officer, began his new position on July 18, 2017, and is excited and honored to lead the force that protects and serves the citizens in his area. “We can serve and protect, but we can serve in many other ...

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American Artisans Mural Continues to Grow

Work continues on a mural being created on the south side of American Artisans Eatery & Gallery. Local artist, Seth Stewart, has been commissioned with the project that has begun with a series of birds. The community will have to wait and see what the final product will look like. “We are extremely pleased with the excitement and positive reaction ...

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Clarice’s Room of Hope Day Celebrated

Clarice’s Room of Hope Day 2017 was celebrated on Saturday, July 29, at the Depot on Sherwood Avenue. They had light refreshments, music by Stella Dee, body painting by Shannon Clifford, and a balloon release to honor all those affected by cancer. Clarice Tisher, who passed of cancer, was the mother of Teena Brown (center), who launched Clarice’s Room of ...

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Cannon Attends Marines’ Battles Won Academy

BY MELANIE WADE – Mena High School Senior, Carson Cannon, was among 97 high school students from across the nation welcomed by the Marine Corps Recruiting Command at the inaugural Battles Won Academy, in Washington D.C., July 14-16, 2017. Cannon was accompanied by his high school teacher, Julie Gordon, who he selected to be his mentor during the event. The ...

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Back to School Bash Success

The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain, with the help of community and business donations, were able to serve 660 Polk County Students this year in their annual Back to School Bash. Each student received a backpack and school supplies. Shown are two former Holly Harshman Elementary teachers, Marilyn Davenport (left) and Tracy Hensley (right), who volunteered to help pass out ...

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UARM and Workforce Services Form Partnership

BY MELANIE WADE – A partnership is in the making between the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain (UARM) and the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (ADWS), one that hopes to benefit clients of both entities. UARM President Dr. Phillip Wilson explained the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is a United States public law that consolidates job training programs under the ...

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Bids to be Opened for New $2 Million Acorn Cafetorium

BY LEANN DILBECK – Ouachita River School District will soon open bids for the construction of a new 10,000 s.f., $2 million cafetorium.  The district will open bids September 1. Superintendent Jerry Strasner told The Pulse that the district received $800,000 through State Facilities Partnership Funds to go towards the construction and the district has allocated $1.2 million. Strasner commended ...

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