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Ouachita Expressions Coming Up!

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS Ouachita Expressions has been Mena Art Gallery’s premier art exhibit and competition for over 30 years, displaying primarily the work of local artists (although the competition is not restricted to Arkansans).  We have seen the level of expertise of our artists grow over this long period, and are looking forward to another stellar year. We will be ...

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6th Annual OLT Community Praise and Worship Concert is This Saturday

BY LARRY BLOCK- It started out six years ago as the OLT Battle of the Church Bands, the brainchild of then new Ouachita Little Theatre (OLT) board member, Larry Block, who produces musical events for the theater. It was never an actual battle, as the OLT shared the proceeds, equally, with each of the bands. While the name was perhaps ...

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Polk County Sheriff’s Department July 15 – July 21, 2013

The following information was received from Polk County law enforcement agencies. The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we ...

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Mena Police Department July 22 – July 27, 2013

The following information was received from Polk County law enforcement agencies. The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we ...

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Arnold Arrested for Failure to Make Restitution Payments

By LeAnn Dilbeck Charles Benton Arnold, age 24, was arrested and spent July 4 in the Polk County Detention Center for failure to make court-ordered restitution payments following his guilty plea to four felonies stemming from a string of fires in the Shady Grove Community in the summer of 2011. Arnold pled guilty to four counts of Solicitation to Commit ...

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Chamber Welcomes Walgreen’s as New Member – Holds Ribbon Cutting

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Tuesday, July 9th, to welcome Walgreen’s Pharmacy to the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce membership. They are located at 803 Hwy 71 N in Mena and their phone number is 479-394-5144.

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State Terminates Contract with W.A.I. on Queen Wilhelmina Lodge Project

BY LEANN DILBECK – The $6.7 million remodel of Queen Wilhelmina Lodge, whose re-opening has been delayed three times, has hit another snag. Gregg Butts, the Director of the Arkansas State Parks, told The Pulse, “I’ve called the bond for default of contract due to performance issues which in effect terminates the contract effective August 30.” The contractor for the ...

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Queen’s Re-Opening Date Delayed…Again

New Target Completion Date is Early 2014  BY LEANN DILBECK – The re-opening date of the Queen Wilhelmina Lodge has once again been post-poned to early 2014. The lodge closed in March 2012 to undergo a $6.7 million renovation.  It was originally scheduled to re-open by this month but was later post-poned to Fall 2013, and now officials are hopeful ...

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Tornadoes and Flash Flooding Strike County

BY LEANN DILBECK – A storm that spawned three tornadoes within Polk County and produced major flash flooding, still has officials assessing the totality of the damage but grateful for the quick reactions of residents who immediately responded to help neighbors. The storm that moved into the area at approximately 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon first produced an EF 1 tornado ...

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County Mourning Loss of Two Law Enforcement Officers

BY LEANN DILBECK – The loss of two Scott County law enforcement officers is being felt heavily in Polk County.  The three-day search ended Sunday when the body of 32-year old Arkansas Game & Fish wildlife officer, Joel Campora, a Mena native, was found around 9:30 a.m. almost two miles from where he and Sheriff Cody Carpenter attempted to help ...

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