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May, 2015

  • 24 May

    High Winds and Flooding Cause Damage to Homes & Roads

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    BY LEANN DILBECK – A strong thunderstorm that hit Sunday afternoon caused damage in Potter, Hatfield, Shady Grove and Mountain Fork communities in Polk County. According to Office of Emergency Management Manager James Reeves, straight-line winds destroyed a storage building and two homes received minor damage on Polk Road 36. Trees were blocking county roads 36, 37, 39, 48, 125, ...

  • 24 May

    Two Battle of the Bulge Veterans Reunite

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    BY MELANIE BUCK – In today’s world, it is becoming increasingly rare to find World War II veterans and even more rare to find two soldiers that served together, lost contact for decades, and now spend their days traveling together. As Memorial Day approaches, the world would do good to remember, and be thankful, that such men not only existed, ...

  • 22 May

    ‘The Movies’ are Coming Back to Mena!

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    BY MELANIE BUCK – The County has been abuzz about the Silver Screen Theater having new owners and coming to life again. The Pulse was able to catch up with Greg Davis to confirm the buy and get all the details. Deanna Ayres is partnering up with Davis for the opening. Davis said he is hoping for a 90-day opening ...

  • 21 May

    Celebration Singers to Reunite 42 Years Later

    Pictured are (left to right): Front row – 4 Disciples, Curtis Powell, Scott Fancher, Rick Billingsley, and Hoyt Hatfield. Second row - Moppy Billingsley, Karen Powell, Denise Watkins, Lisa Pike, Pat Allen, Gerry Higgins, Sandra Steele, Sharon K. Fields, and Judith Roberson. Third row – Pastor Dillard Miller, Kathy Malone, Sheila Powell, Sandy Thomas, Ora Sue Higgins, Cindy Townsend, Jaree Sherrer, Debbie Philpot, Judy Thomas, Patty Hoover, and Valda Sherrer. Row 4 – Jane Long, Nellie Miller, David Rogers, Shelton Bohlman, David McCurdy, Brett Morris, Rod Cole, Kent Fancher, Billy Long, Greg Roberts, Barney Sherrer, Laverne Kelly, and Ray Kelly.
Not pictured are: Rod Miller, Betty Drye, and Emily Roberts.

    BY MELANIE BUCK – This Memorial Day weekend, the Celebration Singers, originally formed in 1973, will have thirty members and five of their leaders reunite at the First Baptist Church in Mena. The group gained their name after a musical was produced about the life of Christ called “Celebrate Life.” The group was formed with several Christian youth from various ...

  • 20 May

    Wiles Honored by the American Veteran’s Motorcycle Club

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    Veteran Charley Darris Wiles was recently honored by the American Veteran’s Motorcycle Club. During World War II, Wiles was stationed in Japan. The Club presented Wiles with cards and a shirt for his service in the war.

  • 20 May

    26th Annual Big Bass Festival Rescheduled

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    Due to extremely high waters and continued rainfall, the 26th annual Tri-Lakes Big Bass Festival set for Saturday has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 27. The event is held at DeQueen Lake, Gillham Lake, and Dierks Lake and is hosted yearly by the DeQueen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce. DeQueen and Gillham Lakes, campgrounds, and boat ramps are currently closed. In ...

  • 20 May

    McMillan City Pool to Open Memorial Day Weekend

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Mena City Pool is set to open this Saturday from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., and on Sunday and Monday from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. The pool will officially open full time the following Saturday, May 30, and be open seven days a week to the general public from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. ...

  • 20 May

    MRHS to Welcome New Surgeon in July

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    [MENA Ark.] Dr. Anthony Burton, General Surgeon, will be joining the Mena Regional Health System team in late July. Dr. Burton was born in Texarkana, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology/Pre-Med from the University of Arkansas and his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Arkansas for Medical Science. He completed his General Surgery Residency at ...

  • 20 May

    Time to Register for Lum & Abner Festival Events

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    SUBMITTED BY CANDACE RINER – The Mena Advertising & Promotion Commission would like to invite you to join the fun at the 38th Annual Lum & Abner Festival June 5 & 6. Voted “Best New Festival in Arkansas” in 2006 by the Arkansas Festival & Events Association and “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” in 2010 by the Southeast Tourism ...

  • 19 May

    Head-On Collision Claims Life of Local Teacher

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    BY MELANIE BUCK – A two-vehicle accident has claimed the life of Mena resident, Donna Seals. Seals, age 63, was a longtime teacher at Holly Harshman Elementary in Mena. At approximately 7:15 p.m. on Monday evening, Seals was eastbound on Hwy. 88 in a 2012 Chevrolet Truck when Candy May, age 52, of Hot Springs, crossed the centerline in a ...