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Flu Season in Full Swing


BY MELANIE BUCK – Arkansas is on the list as one of the states with ‘high’ levels of influenza outbreak in the country; however, Chief Nursing Officer at Mena Regional Health System, Rick Billingsley said, “Although we are seeing a lot of flu-like illness, we are only seeing moderate confirmed flu” in Polk County. He added, “It’s less than what ... Read More »

O’Neill to Headline Annual Chamber Banquet


BY LEANN DILBECK – The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce has announced the keynote speaker for the 2015 Chamber Banquet to be held Tuesday, March 17 as Arkansas native and TV personality Craig O’Neill. Craig graduated from Little Rock’s Central High School in 1968 and from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro in 1972. His career as a deejay began in ... Read More »

Single Parents Receive $12,750 in Scholarships


Union Bank President Philip Hensley presents a check for the bank’s donation to the Single Parent Scholarship Fund donation to Pete Chambers, the Fund’s Chair, and Tim Rodgers, the Fund’s Treasurer. In presenting the check, Hensley noted that Union Bank considers the donation to be an investment in the community. “In this past year,” he said, “we’ve seen one recipient ... Read More »

Polar Plunge 2015


BY MELANIE BUCK - Are you ready to take the icy plunge? If so, Polar Plunge applications are available to be picked up in the Mena High School office during normal school hours. The Plunge will take place at Lake Wilhelmina on February 28 at 1 p.m. Registration will begin at noon. Awards will be given for Best Costume and ... Read More »

Blood Donors Urgently Needed!


Amid major concerns about the community blood supply, several local organizations are stepping up to host blood drives with Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI).  All healthy adults, 16 and older,* are urged to make donation a top priority at one of these sites: Mena Community; Monday, January 26, 12 to 6p.m., at St. Agnes Church Wal Mart Mena; Saturday, January 31, ... Read More »

This Week’s Snow Came as Surprise to Many


Don’t Be Caught Unprepared BY MELANIE BUCK - As many of Mena’s residents awoke to a surprise snow on Thursday morning, it became a sure sign that winter is in full swing. Although much of Polk County only saw rain, Mena received an inch of snow between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Even though the county has had a couple ... Read More »

Roller Skating Waitress Brings New Meaning to ‘Meals on Wheels’


  BY MELANIE BUCK - What started out as an idea for a Halloween costume has led one Mena waitress to do things a little differently than most. Kim Williams has been a waitress for 30 years and her love of roller skating stretches back further than that. Williams grew up in Dallas, Texas where she went to the skating ... Read More »

Pretty in Pink Program Provides Prom Perfection

Showing off one of the beautiful gowns available at Pretty in Pink are left to right Misty Bradley, Emmye Rowell and Tori Rowell.

BY MELANIE BUCK - The brainchild project called Pretty in Pink proved to be a great success in 2014 and organizers Misty Bradley, Tori Rowell, and Emmye Rowell are excited to make 2015 even better. Pretty in Pink, inspired by Cinderella’s Closet, is a program where girls can get gently worn gowns that are donated for those who may not ... Read More »

New Mena Police Chief Discusses Plans for 2015


BY MELANIE BUCK - Recently appointed as Chief of Mena Police Department, Brandon Martin has shared his vision of 2015 and the department with The Pulse. Martin began his career in law enforcement sixteen years ago, serving the last eight at Mena P.D., with more than three of those years as detective. Since becoming chief on January 1, 2015, Martin ... Read More »

Harris Excused from Hatfield City Council


Gordon Named as Replacement BY MELANIE BUCK - During last night’s January meeting of the Hatfield Town Council, all city officials were sworn into office with exception to David Harris, an unopposed alderman on the November 2014 ballot, who was excused from his position. Harris first came under fire, prior to the election, when his residency was in question. The ... Read More »

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