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Healthy Connections, Inc. Among $1 Million in Grants from Komen

Mena is once again set to be turned pink as area businesses show their support for the Pink Friday event, May 2, sponsored by the Polk County Cancer Support Group and Healthy Connections, Inc.  Volunteers Katrina Rowe, Doralene Martin, & Linda Rowe worked sorting the new Pink Friday t-shirts last week. They are available for purchase at THE POLK COUNTY PULSE office at 512 7th Street, across from the entrance to Janssen Park.  They are $10 for S-XL and $14 for 2XL and up.  Mammogram vouchers will be available to women who qualify during the event at Healthy Connections from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Businesses who want to join the event to show their support in the fight against breast cancer can contact Katrina Rowe at 479-437-3449 ext. 137 or Linda Rowe at 394-1801.

Pink Friday T-Shirts Available for Purchase [LITTLE ROCK, ARK] – The Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen handed out 21 grants totaling over $1 million to Arkansas organizations. Healthy Connections Inc. in Polk County was once again one of the recipients and awarded a grant of $10,510 for its program entitled Connecting for a Cure. Mammogram vouchers will be distributed  ... Read More »

County Receives Grant to Purchase Additional Election Equipment

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BY LEANN DILBECK - Polk County was recently awarded $11,950 from the County Voting System Grant Fund for the purchase of electronic poll books.  This special fund was requested by Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin and approved by the 88th Arkansas General Assembly. This is the county’s second opportunity to receive the funds. Polk County used its grant money ... Read More »

ARCO Receives Grant to Assist Ouachita ATV Club at Wolf Pen Gap

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BY LEANN DILBECK - ARCO Chair Gar Eisele accepts $50,000 from Representative Nate Bell and Senator Larry Teague, who facilitated securing the general improvement funds that will be given to the Ouachita ATV Club to further their trail maintenance at Wolf Pen Gap. Eisele stated his appreciation to the both Bell and Teague in recognizing the economic significance of the ... Read More »

Cossatot River Schools in Polk County Closed Wednesday, April 16

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We have just been notified that all campuses of Cossatot River Schools in Polk County will be closed Wednesday, April 16, due to a major water leak.  Umpire campus is OPEN. We will bring you more as it becomes available. Read More »

Local Photographer Shoots Blood Moon

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SPECIAL TO THE PULSE BY MICHAEL CATE – The first of four blood moons to appear in the night sky in coming months was not only an unusual occurrence but also included another rare alignment of celestial interest.   Tuesday’s lunar eclipse also included the best view of Mars in recent years as the Sun, Earth, Moon and Mars were ... Read More »

Mena District Considering Restructuring in the Face of Declining Enrollment

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BY LEANN DILBECK – Mena School District Superintendent Benny Weston told The Pulse that the school’s administration is on what he described as a “fact finding” mission to discover the best alternatives for the district’s declining enrollment numbers. Third quarter average enrollment, which is what the district’s funding is based on, at present day is 1,757 total students.  At this ... Read More »

Oklahoma Couple Apprehended in Polk County Sentenced to Combined 60 Years for Kidnapping

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BY LEANN DILBECK - [TEXARKANA] – Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Leslie Larcade and wife Chrystal Larcade of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, were sentenced today on one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Leslie Larcade, 49, and Chrystal Larcade, 38, were each sentenced to 360 months in prison without the possibility of parole ... Read More »

Four Local Schools Rank Among States High Performing Schools

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BY TOSHA LANCE - Four local schools join 206 schools around the state to be recognized as high performing for the 2013-2014 school year, according to the Arkansas Department of Education. The Arkansas School Recognition and Rewards Program recognizes the top 20 percent of schools based on academic achievement, academic growth and graduation rates. Governor Mike Beebe participated in a ... Read More »

Thomas Announces Candidacy for Tax Assessor

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Jovan Thomas, a seventeen year employee of the Polk County Assessor’s office, is seeking election as Assessor. She will be on the November 4th general election ballot as an Independent candidate. (Mena, Ark.) Jovan Thomas, a seventeen year employee of the Polk County Assessor’s office, is seeking election as Assessor. She will be on the November 4th general election ballot ... Read More »

Acorn Home Damaged by Fire

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BY LEANN DILBECK - The home of Christopher and Brenda Ridley of Acorn sustained extensive damage today due to fire. Acorn Rural Fire Department responded to the residence located at 160 Polk 90 at approximately 12:50 p.m. and was able to quickly confine the flames to the kitchen area; however, the entire home received massive smoke and water damage.  Ink ... Read More »

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