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August, 2014

  • 19 August

    Town Hall Meeting Packs Ouachita Center

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Approximately 250 people streamed into the new Ouachita Center at RMCC for a town hall meeting called by District 20 State Representative Nate Bell to answer questions and provide information regarding the state’s request for expressions of interest to have a $100 million, 1000-bed maximum security prison built in their community. [CLICK HERE TO VIEW  FULL ...

  • 19 August

    Cove Library Presents CRSP Guest Speaker

    Cossatot River State Park Interpreter, Shelley Flanary spoke to group at Cove Branch of Polk County Library Wednesday, 13 August, at 4PM about the many interesting facts of the Cossatot River State Park. “Cossatot” is a French word meaning “skull crusher” a reference to the use of the Caddo Indian tomahawk. Shelley Flanary and Andrew Rawlings plan to visit on ...

  • 18 August

    Judge Ellison Nixes Prison Proposal

    BY LEANN DILBECK – What some viewed as an economic opportunity quickly turned into a hot topic issue that has caused much debate and controversy concerning the possibility of a new $100 million state funded and state run maximum-security prison being located within Polk County. However, Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison said he has carefully researched the opportunity and carefully ...

  • 18 August

    High-Speed Pursuit Ends with Crash in Scott County

    BY MELANIE BUCK & LEANN DILBECK – Law enforcement officials have now captured the suspect that evaded and led multiple agencies through LeFlore County in Oklahoma and Polk and Scott Counties in Arkansas. The high-speed pursuit initiating in Oklahoma during a routine traffic stop entered Polk County on Hwy 270 Monday afternoon with speeds in excessive of 105 mph and ...

  • 18 August

    Burr Sentenced in Circuit Court

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Alisha Burr, who pled “no contest” to Arson {5-38-301}, a Class A Felony, three counts of Aggravated Assault {5-13-204}, a Class D Felony, and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree {5-38-203a1}, a Class D Felony in June, was sentenced on Monday, August 18, by Polk County Circuit Court Judge J.W. Looney.   The sentence imposed on ...

  • 18 August

    Mena Water Department Set to Flush Water Lines

    [MENA] Mena Water Utilities will again be conducting a water main flushing program during the evening of Tuesday August 19th into Wednesday August 20th.  Flushing is done as a part of a scheduled preventative maintenance program to help maintain good water quality and to improve the water flow in your neighborhood. As Mena Water flushes your area, you may experience ...

  • 16 August

    Chamber Welcomes Paisano’s

    On Thursday, August 14, the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce welcomed new members Paisano’s Italian from Scratch Restaurant. Paisano’s is owned by Greg and Crystal Vereyken and Brandon Vereyken and is located at 1110 Hwy. 71 South in Mena.

  • 15 August

    The Story Behind the Music

    Meet Tian Detint – Janssen Park’s Newest Music Man BY MELANIE BUCK – The sound of music has been filling the air around Janssen Park as of late. Specifically, something that sounds like bagpipes. The Pulse was able to track down the source of the melody this week. Tian Detint, of Qing Dao, China, is in Mena with wife Shu Fang ...

  • 15 August

    Town Hall Meeting Scheduled Regarding Pursuit of $100 Million State Prison Facility

    **TOWN HALL MEETING HAS BEEN MOVED TO NEW OUACHITA CENTER ON RMCC CAMPUS** BY LEANN DILBECK – The Arkansas Board of Corrections and the Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC) are requesting any interested communities to submit “Expressions of Interest” to donate property for the location of an estimated $100 million correctional facility to initially house 1,000 maximum-security inmates. The new ...

  • 14 August

    Identities of Those Charged in “Operation Pilled-Up” Released

    [MENA, Ark.]  The identities of those arrested through “Operation Pilled-Up” have been released. While all have been arrested and charged, Prosecutor Andy Riner emphasized that they are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Lela Bella Holt, age 23 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Substance   Rachel Jones, age 37 ...