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County Officials Honored at Masonic Lodge Awards Banquet

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BY MELANIE BUCK - On Friday night, Polk County Sheriff Mike Godfrey and County Judge Brandon Ellison were honored as Men of the Year at the annual awards banquet held by two of the county’s Masonic Lodges. Jack Peeples presented the awards on behalf of both Lodges. Peeples stated, “We recognize good people who do outstanding things in our community.” ... Read More »

Rose Found Guilty in Vaught Shooting

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BY MELANIE BUCK & LEANN DILBECK - Lori Rose, age 39, has been found guilty on all charges  this afternoon – Aggravated Residential Burglary, Aggravated Assault, Domestic Battery (2nd Degree), and Terroristic Threatening (2nd Degree) for the shooting of Billy Vaught in his home November 23, 2013. The 4-man, 8-woman jury rendered their verdict after only a 26-minute deliberation following ... Read More »

Queen’s Facelift Nearing Final Phases

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BY LEANN DILBECK - Welcomed news to the local economy is that the Queen Wilhelmina Lodge renovation project is progressing with an expected “phased opening” in mid-spring of 2015. Arkansas Travel Commissioner Bill Barnes told The Pulse that pre-marketing plans are already being implemented. A $7.4 million project that has been plagued with delays, even being brought to a standstill, ... Read More »

Early Voting Begins Today

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Arkansas Supreme Court Says Photo ID Not Required  BY MELANIE BUCK – As early voting began today, Monday, October 20, the Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled that photo identification is not required by would-be voters in future elections. Under the law, voters who did not show photo identification could only cast provisional ballots. Those ballots were then counted only if ... Read More »

Shadowriders Equestrian Drill Team Completed Ride with Pride

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Shadowriders Equestrian Drill Team of Mena, AR traveled to Choctaw, OK to compete in the Tri-States Equestrian Drill Association’s annual Ride With Pride.  The team competed in four divisions – Short Program, Freestyle, Rodeo and Theme. Shadowriders placed first in the Rodeo and Theme Divisions and second in the Short Program and Freestyle Divisions.  Points were earned for each ride ... Read More »

Evans Winner of Inaugural Jim Richardson Memorial Cup

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BY JACLYN ROSE - Saturday, October 13, the Ouachita Men’s Golf Association (OMGA) met to award its inaugural Jim Richardson Memorial Cup to the golfer with the highest score throughout their season.  Presenting the award was OMGA president, Bob Tillman and Lorelei Richardson, wife of the late Jim Richardson. “This year when we had our organization meeting we decided to ... Read More »

MRHS Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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BY MELANIE BUCK - Mena Regional Health System has had a full month of activities in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The final event will be ‘Cook for a Cure’ on Thursday, October 30. MRHS employees will cook their best chili to sell by the bowl to the public and will be served with crackers and cheese for $5. ... Read More »

Lioness Fundraiser Raises Thousands for the Community

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[MENA] Mena Lioness Lions recently held their annual Auction Fundraiser at the new Ouachita Center at Rich Mountain Community College. The fundraiser has become one of Mena’s finest social events, and profitable. More than $18,000 was raised to benefit local charities. Read More »

Veteran’s Hold Appreciation Dinner for Local Law Enforcement

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BY MELANIE BUCK - For time out of memory, the Frank Fried Post #18 American Legion has held an annual banquet for law enforcement officers to show recognition and appreciation of their dedication and hard work while keeping our county safe. On Tuesday, October 14, many city, county, and state law enforcement lined up for a steak dinner prepared by ... Read More »

Sociable Seniors Group Produces Laughter and Friendship

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BY MELANIE BUCK - The Polk County Sociable Seniors met Wednesday at Papa’s Mexican Café for their monthly luncheon. Diane Mathis, and husband Ken, began the group after moving to Mena in May 2007. Mathis said, “We didn’t know anyone here. We don’t have family, children, or co-workers here so we needed a way to meet people.” They held their ... Read More »

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