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Union Bank Becomes ‘Partner for the Future’

Union Bank of Mena donates to ARCO’s Partners for the Future in their goal to raise $30,000 over a 3-year period. Pictures developed by the architects first reported in The Pulse October 31 issue show dramatic before and after pictures of the Mena downtown, visualizing the untapped potential. Anyone interested in making a tax-exempt donation is encouraged to visit www.ARCOStrong.org ...

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ARCO Reveals Hidden Potential in Downtown through Visual Renderings

BY LEANN DILBECK – They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words and that definitely proved to be true during the closing meeting of the Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas (ARCO) last week following a three-day charrette with Ed Levy and his team from Cromwell Architects. With just approximately 30 business leaders present, Levy presented amazing visual images ...

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ARCO Holds Charrette to Promote Community Involvement

Downtown Revitalization Project to Receive Rendering BY LEANN DILBECK – Dr. Mark Peterson returned to Mena recently to continue to unveil the possibilities available through the University of Arkansas Breakthrough Solutions program being facilitated through the Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas (ARCO). To date, there has been much discussion, information, and data but the program is beginning to move ...

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Economist Addresses ARCO; Talks Strategies

BY LEANN DILBECK – Dr. Wayne Miller was the ARCO’s (Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas) featured speaker when they met at RMCC last Wednesday, September 5. Miller is an economist focused on Community and Economic Development through the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. Miller began his presentation by saying that the region must first determine if they want ...

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ARCO Seeking Feedback

LITTLE ROCK – Residents of Montgomery, Polk, and Scott counties are invited to take part in a survey designed to help shape the future of the three-county area. The survey is presented by Partners for Creating a Vibrant, Sustainable Future, and may be taken online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ DNWVBPR, or in hardcopy, available on page 11 inside this issue of The ...

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ARCO Continues Gaining Momentum in Regional Economic Development

BY LEANN DILBECK – The July meeting of the Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas (ARCO) certainly captured the attention and support of Montgomery County as the meeting held in Mt. Ida, July 18, attracted over 50 in attendance. Members from Polk and Scott counties were also in attendance as the group continues to make progress in the Breakthrough Solutions ...

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ARCO Continues Progress with Breakthrough Solutions

Nominations Made for Steering Committee BY MYSTI GATES – Last Wednesday, marked the first of a series of meetings to continue the momentum of the Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas (ARCO) as they took nominations to form the steering committee that will be instrumental in the continued success of this three-county organization. The meeting was hosted by Rich Mountain ...

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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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