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Maureen Keese – Working For College and Community

By Michael Reisig – Maureen Keese of Mena has found a place within our town and our college that she can combine human resources and physical resources, and come up with an improved community. It keeps her very busy, but she likes that as well. Keese is originally from Newark, N.J., where she was born and raised. She graduated from ...

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The Mena First United Methodist Church

By Michael Reisig – The Mena First United Methodist Church has a rich and long history. Its first meeting place consisted of a sawdust floor and rough-hewn walls and the first meeting took place in 1896. A corner lot on 7th and Church Streets was purchased and a frame church was built that same year. A new church was built ...

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Cotton Statement on the 2013 Farm Bill Vote

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) released the following statement regarding today’s vote on the Farm Bill: “I grew up on my family’s small farm in Yell County and still work on it today. I had hoped this bill would be good for Arkansas farmers and taxpayers, but it turned out badly for both.  President Obama’s failed policies have ...

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State Capitol Week in Review

From Senator Larry Teague June 21, 2013 LITTLE ROCK – Legislators plan to review the policies and actions of the state Department of Community Correction, which has jurisdiction over paroled inmates when they are released from prison. The importance of a thorough investigation into the parole system came to light when a Little Rock man was charged with murder, which ...

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Death, Friendship, and Love

By Michael Reisig Over 150,000 people die every day on this spinning ball of dirt and water, while most of us cruise along, oblivious to this fatal lottery, as we should. We’re only reminded of this game of chance when someone close to us draws a number. Death arrived at a friend of mine’s door this week – in all ...

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China, America, Drugs, and War

By Michael Reisig As each year passes, America becomes more and more dependent on China. Not only do they supply us the lion’s share of our commodities, from foodstuffs, toothpaste, tires, computers, and cell phones, but they own us financially as well, being one of the major purchasers of America’s debt. Because China’s relationship with America is such a “joined ...

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“All Aboard!” Rich Mountain’s New ‘Glory Train’

By LeAnn Dilbeck – Whether it’s your first trip or your hundredth, it’s impossible to not be stricken by the inspiring beauty of the Talimena National Scenic Byway and Rich Mountain, in any season. That was certainly the case for Ronnie Gene and Allison Waggoner when they stayed at the lodge on their honeymoon a few years ago.  So much ...

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Bob & Sarah Gorden Named 2013 Polk County Farm Family of the Year

BY LEANN DILBECK – The Early Days The Bob and Sarah Gorden family, a name that is synonymous with the local cattle industry, has been named as the 2013 Polk County Farm Family of the Year. Farming for over 56 years, Bob said he always knew that nothing could make him happier than the life of a farmer. Raised on ...

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Paylon Grace Sage: An Inspirational Story of Survival and Healing

BY LEANN DILBECK – Monday, March 11, marked the one-year anniversary of a tragic two-car accident that forever changed the lives of two local families. The collision, which claimed the lives of two, almost claimed the life of a third, and while they still mourn for those lost, they celebrate daily the survival of Paylon Grace Sage. The Pulse was ...

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Welcome Home, Paylon!

Family shares amazing journey of recovery BY LEANN DILBECK A true living and walking testament to the tremendous power of prayer that brought forth nothing less than a miraculous healing by God, 2-year old Paylon Grace Sage, returned home Friday, April 20, exactly 40 days after the tragic accident that claimed the life of her mother, Courtney McCormack and Dakota ...

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