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Young Releases Barn Owl

Mike Rostallon gives Tommy Young and helper a lift to attached the Barn Owl's nesting box to the barn.

BY MELANIE BUCK - Tommy Young of the Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center released his 23rd Barn Owl in Polk County on Wednesday, October 22. This particular release marked his 79,940th in the last 31 years. The barn owl, which was brought to Young by a wildlife officer in April, had been rescued as a baby from the attic ... Read More »

Rich Mountain Conservation District Scholarship Fundraiser

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[MENA] Rich Mountain Conservation District is taking orders for nuts for their annual Scholarship Fundraiser. They make great Christmas gifts. Included are Pecan Halves and Pieces; Whole Cashews; Chocolate Almonds; Mixed Nuts; Dark Chocolate Pecan Halves; Chocolate Raisins; Whole Almonds; White Chocolate, Dark or Milk Chocolate or Chocolate Amaretto Pecans; Double-Dipped Chocolate Peanuts; Raw Shelled Peanuts; and English Walnut Halves ... Read More »

Potter VFD Responds to Chicken House Fire

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BY MELANIE BUCK - Potter Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire this morning on Hwy. 375 West, Potter. The fire originated inside of a chicken house owned by Chad Voelkel. Voelkel said the fire started in a heater that hangs from the ceiling. Fortunately, the heater fell to the floor of the chicken house, which kept the blaze from ... Read More »

Rose Sentenced to 36 Years

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BY MELANIE BUCK - Lori Rose was back in Polk County Circuit Court today before the Honorable Judge Ted Capeheart who officially sentenced her to 36 years. Rose, who was convicted on Tuesday, October 21, of 4 charges, Aggravated Residential Burglary, Aggravated Assault, Domestic Battery (2nd Degree), and Terroristic Threatening (2nd Degree) for the shooting of Billy Vaught in his ... Read More »

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 »

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