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January, 2018

  • 3 January

    Police Department Creates Safe Meeting Zone; Upgrades Security

    BY MELANIE WADE – As online purchases from personal individuals increases, so does the risk of meeting unsavory characters. To combat the growing issue, a safe meeting zone is being created at the Mena Police Department. Police Chief Brandon Martin said for those who shop and buy items online from places such as Facebook or Craig’s List and are unfamiliar ...

  • 3 January

    Mena/Polk County Chamber Welcomes Ouachita Regional Hospice

    Ouachita Regional Hospice was welcomed into the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce on December 12, 2017, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Ouachita Regional Hospice also held Open House that day and welcomed all to visit their new location at 602 DeQueen Street in Mena.

  • 3 January

    DABC Offers Christmas Hope; Celebrates Eight Years

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church is celebrating eight years of their ‘Christmas Hope Children’s Shoe Giveaway’. The whole community is invited to the event where children are blessed with new shoes. The church will open at 8 a.m. Saturday, December 16, when breakfast will be served. Children must be present to receive their shoes. Christmas Hope began ...

  • 3 January

    December Cash Mob

    “DECEMBER CASH MOB BECOMES A ‘SANTA CASH MOB’.  After gathering at American Artisans and having  Christmas refreshments, games, door prizes and gifts, the ‘Santa Cash Mob’ converged on the shop selected:  The Mercantile.   The group continued to have a fun time as they browse.

  • 2 January

    2017: Year in Review

    BY LEANN DILBECK – It’s always been our tradition for the first issue of the New Year to republish the Top 10 stories of the year in a special “Year in Review” edition as determined by the editor. After we launched MyPulseNews.com, we decided we could select the Top 10 stories based on the highest numbers the story had been ...

  • 2 January

    Flu Season Hits Hard Across the State

    BY MELANIE WADE – The Arkansas Department of Health is now reporting that 12 Arkansans have died as a result of influenza this season and Polk County is one of few in the state to not be a hot zone of the illness. However, the introduction of flu to an area can come quickly and with the following of several ...

  • 2 January

    Drug Court Graduates Prove Success of Program

    BY MELANIE WADE – For many, beginning a new year comes with resolutions to become a better person, to lose weight, to be more financially sound, but for two Polk County women, starting 2018 means the beginning of a new lease on life – a life without the use and addiction of drugs. Keena Relaford and Sunya Dominguez, both of ...

  • 2 January

    Smallwood Announced as Realtor of the Year; New Board Inducted

    BY MELANIE WADE – Rebecca Smallwood of Mena/ReMax Real Estate was named the 2017 Realtor of the Year at the Mena Board of Realtors Christmas Party held on December 12, at Mena Mountain Resort. Smallwood is part of Team Smallwood, along with her husband, Kevin, and the pair have spent several years in the world of real estate. Smallwood was ...

  • 2 January

    Bikes Bring Christmas Cheer

    BY MELANIE WADE – Brandon and Bridgett Martin and a few anonymous donors have gotten together for the second year to bring Christmas happiness to some of Mena’s youth by way of bicycles. In total 31, bicycles and tricycles were purchased to be delivered by Santa’s helpers in blue – Mena Police Officers. The Martins said that they run the ...

  • 2 January

    Alston and Marshall Graduate Cattlemens Leadership Class

    BY MELANIE WADE – Local cattlemen Luke Alston and Aaron Marshall recently completed a year long leadership program that will benefit their fellow county farmers and members of the Cattlemens Association by way of knowledge and resources. The Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Class (YCLC) is an ACA program that began in 2011 to “educate future leaders by giving them hands-on experience ...