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February, 2014

  • 3 February

    16-Year Cold Case Solved in Polk County – Texas Fugitive Apprehended by U.S. Marshals

    Case Featured on TNT’s Cold Justice BY LEANN DILBECK – The Polk County Sheriff’s Department assisted U.S. Marshals in bringing a Texas fugitive to justice last Thursday, all made possible through the TNT show, Cold Justice. Gorden Craig Houser was apprehended last week from his residence in Wickes, Arkansas and charged with 2 felony counts of Capital Murder for the ...

  • 3 February

    Massive Ground and Air Search Continues for Missing Pilot – Jake Harrell

    After a briefing about carefully planned routes through the area that missing pilot, Jake Harrell, may be located, dozens of crews are headed out to cover the air – with a full ceiling of air support above them. Crews and equipment are engaging a lengthy, thorough search of segments of the Ouachita National Forest in the area south of Oden. ...

  • 2 February

    Large Teams and Aerial Search Efforts will Continue Monday for Missing AFC Pilot – Jake Harrell

    Mena, Ark. – More than 200 miles were searched last night, however, ground crews today have been very restricted due to icy road conditions. The terrain in the Ouachitas is steep, bushy, heavily forested – all coupled with continuing low visibility and icy road conditions. Crews all remain staged and a National Guard helicopter is still located just south of Mena, ...

  • 2 February

    Ground Crews Searching Continuously for Missing Pilot – Jake Harrell

    Mena, Ark. – Ground crews searched all night along routes below the supposed flight path of missing AFC pilot, Jake Harrell. Last night, more than 200 miles were traveled along back roads and rugged trails, searching for some sign of the pilot or plane. Ground squads are focusing today on the north side of the supposed flight route with steep slopes, near ...

  • 1 February

    Search Continues in Polk and Montgomery Counties for Missing AFC Pilot

    The Arkansas Forestry Commission, Polk and Montgomery Law Enforcement, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas National Guard, U.S. Forest Service, Arkansas State Police, Emergency management crews from Polk and Montgomery County, local volunteer fire departments, and the Civil Air Patrol continued aggressive search efforts Saturday for [Arkansas Forestry Commission] AFC pilot Jake Harrell, who failed to check in after 1:11 ...

January, 2014

  • 30 January

    Attorney General Addresses Propane Prices

    LITTLE ROCK – Propane prices have risen dramatically in recent weeks, causing concern among Arkansas consumers who rely on the liquefied gas to heat their homes. Many rural Arkansans use propane as a heating source, and they are being hit especially hard this year because of colder-than-normal temperatures. The State’s poultry and livestock industries – largely dependent on propane for ...

  • 30 January

    Helium Shortage Posing Challenges for Florists

    BY TOSHA LANCE – Anyone who has tried to purchase party-balloons lately may have noticed that it’s becoming increasingly harder to find a retailer who has helium readily available. Thanks to a continent wide helium shortage, major suppliers have been forced to ration the gas, leaving more than just the balloon industry with a dilemma. According to the U.S. Bureau ...

  • 29 January

    Massive Power Outage in DeQueen

    BY LEANN DILBECK The DeQueen area has experienced a complete power outage. Scott McCloud, spokesperson for AEP/SWEPCO told The Pulse that at 4:48 a.m. this morning, all six circuits (12,000 volts and 34,000 volt power lines) in the DeQueen substation locked out, leaving about 4,700 customers in DeQueen and surrounding areas without power. As of 8:15 a.m., power was beginning ...

  • 29 January

    Miller Promoted to Branch Manager at Mena’s Arvest

    [JAN. 22] Damon Miller has been named the Branch Manager for the Mena location of Arvest Bank. Miller has been with Arvest for over 5 years and previously served as the Assistant Manager at the same location. Miller is a graduate of RMCC holding an Associate’s degree in Business Administration. He also serves on the Arkansas Coalition for School Improvement ...

  • 28 January

    Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison Announces Bid for Third Term

    Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison [R] has announced his plans to seek a third term to the county’s highest seat. Ellison, a Mena native, is the county’s first Republican to ever hold that office. “After completing three years as County Judge it seems odd that it is already time to announce plans that I intend to seek a third term, ...