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ARCO & RMCC Secure Regional Economic Development Initiative

MENA, Ark. – The Arkansas Coalition for the Ouachitas and the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service are launching a regional economic development initiative that will take place in Scott, Montgomery and Polk counties. The initiative is co-sponsored by the coalition, also known as ARCO, and Rich Mountain Community College and would implement the Breakthrough Solutions Program ...

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Justice for Andi

BY MYSTI GATES – Author’s note: As a parent myself, I personally experienced anxiety about discussing Andi’s murder with her family; I was fearful of how my questions would affect them. And I have to say, that their openness and willingness to talk with me about her life and her death was an experience like none I have ever had. ...

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Roberts Appeal Rejected by Arkansas Supreme Court

Family Continues Seeking ‘Justice for Andi’ BY LEANN DILBECK – Last week, the Arkansas Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Karl Douglas Roberts.  In a case that outraged the entire county and captured state-wide attention, Roberts confessed and was convicted and sentenced to die in May 2000 for the 1999 killing of his 12-year old niece Andria “Andi” Brewer in ...

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Karl D. Roberts Continues Seeking Appeal

BY MYSTI GATES – Eleven years following his confession and conviction, the defense team of Karl D. Roberts continues seeking an appeal after Roberts waived his rights to such. On November 3, 2011 the Polk County Circuit Court heard oral arguments in the case of Roberts v. the State of Arkansas. In a case that outraged the entire county and ...

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Polk County Deputies Apprehend Two In Connection with Murder

BY LEANN DILBECK – The Polk County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the apprehension of two suspects wanted for questioning in a murder.  Arkansas State Police received a call shortly after 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning, August 13, 2011, of a body being dumped at a raceway in Miller County.  Racetrack owner Clarence Hickey Junior reported that two individuals had dumped an ...

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Faith Meets Man Responsible for Saving Her Life

BY LEANN DILBECK – Faith Chaney, along with her parents Fred and Sheli Chaney, received a shock Sunday during her “Faith Gives Back” event.  Completely unaware that Faith’s grandparents, Jose and Kathy Perez, had arranged and flown in Faith’s donor, Richard Laboissonniere from Rhode Island to meet them. The family had learned his identity a year following Faith’s bone marrow ...

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Faith Gives Back!

BY LEANN DILBECK – Faith Gives Back…an event organized and solely sponsored by a very grateful family for a little girl’s triumph over a rare and potentially fatal disease is planned for this Sunday, celebrating three year’s since her transplant. Faith Chaney’s parents, Fred and Sheli Chaney, never knew when they named their tiny newborn how appropriately she had been ...

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Robert Toombs – Helping Veterans Receive What They Deserve

BY MICHAEL REISIG – For the last five years Robert Toombs has served with distinction as the Polk County Veteran’s Service Office and many a veteran in this area will tell you it was Toombs who went to bat for him or her and helped them get the benefits they were entitled to. Toombs was born in St. Louis, MO. ...

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Robert & Dolores Hutcheson – Serving and Protecting

As published September 22, 2010 BY MICHAEL REISIG – Robert and Dolores Hutcheson have a unique arrangement as far as couples go – they are both officers of the law. Robert is a deputy sheriff for Polk County and Dolores is a police officer with the City of Mena. They serve and protect our community in many fashions, and they ...

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Circuit Court Denies Karl Roberts’ Post-Conviction Relief

BY LEANN DILBECK – Circuit Judge J.W.  Looney signed an order further denying Karl Roberts attempt to seek “relief” from his 2000 murder conviction.  The document was prepared by Polk County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Williamson and filed in Polk County Circuit Clerk’s office Wednesday, June 30, 2010.  The order denies the post-conviction relief sought under Rule 37 of the Rules ...

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