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November, 2013

  • 12 November

    City Adopts Several New Ordinances – Makes Salary Adjustments for City Employees

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Several new ordinances were adopted during the Tuesday night’s Mena City Council meeting held on November 12, 2013.  Among them a new payment system for the District Court of Polk County, Mena Division, will allow tickets and fines to be paid online by credit card.  This will create efficiency that will benefit both the city and ...

  • 12 November

    Ryan Announces Candidacy for Circuit Judge

    Attorney and District Judge Jerry Ryan, of Mena, has announced his candidacy for Circuit Judge for the 18th West Judicial Circuit, which includes jurisdiction in Polk and Montgomery Counties. The election for this position will be held on May 20, 2014, and the position is for a six-year term as determined by Amendment 80 of the Arkansas Constitution. It will ...

  • 11 November

    Polk County Honors Veterans

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Mena Emblem Club #470 presented the annual Veterans’ Day Service today at 11 a.m. adjacent to the Polk County War Memorial. Approximately 75 attended the very moving ceremony on the crisp fall morning. Polk County Veterans Service Officer Bob Toombs was the keynote speaker who reminded those in attendance of the history behind the holiday. ...

  • 10 November

    Chamber Launches Holiday Shopping Season Kick-Off this Saturday

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce is joining with area retailers in hosting a Holiday Shopping Season Kick-Off to be held this Saturday,  November 16. While retailers traditionally compete for customers’ dollars, area retailers are willing to join forces to make a big statement about remembering to support the local community and shop local first. The ...

  • 10 November

    Neighbors of Pine Moore Shavings Launch Formal Complaint to City of Mena

    BY LEANN DILBECK – It was a standing room only in the council room of City Hall as the Mena Ordinance Review Committee met Friday in response to a petition requesting the City to “stop the intolerable nuisance,” referencing noise and pollution complaints of the Pine Moore Shaving operation located on Hwy 375 at the former Mid-South Wood Products site. ...

  • 7 November

    Lind Wins 1st Runner-Up in Songwriter Competition

    Local musician, Logan Lind, just returned from North Dakota where he performed at Norsk Høstfest, one of the largest Scandinavian Festivals in North America. This was the second consecutive year that Lind was invited to perform. The 4 day festival drew over 60,000 people a day, and Lind and his band (Dr. Ron Beckel, aka: Dr. B and Don Buttermilk), ...

  • 5 November

    MISSION COMPLETE: Williford’s Medals Returned to His Family and “Lost Love”

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Little did a hunter who stumbled across some medals in the woods know that when he entrusted them to the care of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home that he would be reuniting and bringing closure to a family and a long lost love. The Pulse first picked up the story of Petty Officer Robert Roland Williford, Motor Machinist ...

  • 5 November

    Polk County Fall Foliage is at Full Peak

    ARKANSAS PARKS AND TOURISM – Due to the cold snap last week all over, foliage got quite a jump start as this spectacular picture taken by local photographer William Rainey demonstrates!  Most areas have seen dramatic changes between this week and last week’s report because of said cooler weather.  Most of Arkansas saw heavy showers October 30 and 31st and ...

  • 4 November

    Draft Environmental Analysis Completed for Wolf Pen Gap Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System

    MENA, ARK. – Ouachita National Forest managers have completed the draft environmental assessment (EA) that will help determine how Wolf Pen Gap Trail System near Mena will be managed in the future. The analysis, now available for public review and comment, includes nine alternatives.  These describe a variety of scenarios forest officials have examined since they began work to develop the ...

  • 4 November

    MRHS Earns In-Patient Quality Initiative Award

    Mena Regional Health System was recently honored through formal recognition as they received the Inpatient Quality Initiative Award.  The hospital was among only sixteen awarded in the state of Arkansas.  Officials from the Arkansas Medicaid program and the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care teamed up to formally announce the IOI winners during the Arkansas Hospital Association’s 83rd Annual Meeting and Trade Show, which was ...