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January, 2014

  • 3 January

    Queen Wilhelmina Remodel Remains at a Standstill

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Work remains at a standstill at Queen Wilhelmina Lodge on its $6.7 million renovation/expansion project that began in March 2012.  The Arkansas State Parks terminated its contract with Wade Abernathy, Inc. (W.A.I.) August 30, 2013 for “performance issues,” according to Gregg Butts, Director of the Arkansas State Parks. Upon W.A.I.’s termination, Butts had said that a new ...

  • 3 January

    Mena Regional Health System welcomes the 2014 First Baby of the New Year!

    Mena Regional Health System proudly welcomes the first baby of the New Year.  Gunner Denton was born on January 2, 2014 at 12:24am weighing 7 pounds 15 ounces.  Proud parents are Trace and Amber Denton of Hatfield, AR.  Baby Gunner was delivered by Dr. Carlos Rocha. Presenting the traditional New Year Baby gift basket are:  Rick Billingsley, CNO; Amy Sliger, RN; ...

  • 3 January

    Backpack Food Program Continues to Receive Support

    Teresa Mullen, representing Quality of Life Outreach, presents a donation in the amount of $600 to the Backpack Food Program. Receiving the donation is Janeé Sweeney of the Mena Lioness Lions Club. Also pictured are Charlotte Wiles, President of the Quality of Life Outreach and Patty Young of the Mena Lioness Lions. These funds will assist in funding the Adopt ...

  • 2 January

    Pulse Names Leon Philpot and Staff of Rich Mountain Electric as Its Citizens of the Year

    Each year, The Pulse selects a Citizen of the Year from among their Citizen of the Week features and this year, Leon Philpot and the staff of Rich Mountain Electric were chosen. “Mr. Philpot has been an icon in our community with his many leadership roles through the years, besides being the general manager of Rich Mountain Electric. Then, when ...

  • 2 January

    Horse Tales Literacy Project Helps Polk County Children

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Reading opens up worlds for children and adults, but as many of us know; the art and the joy of reading is not high on the list of priorities for many young people today. Teaching children the skill of reading early in life is critical for success in today’s world. One of the people in Mena who understands this and has gone ...

December, 2013

  • 31 December

    Top Headlines From This Past Year

    BY LEANN DILBECK – As part of our New Year’s tradition, we at The Pulse have assembled this year’s top headlines for you. Wow! What a year! It was also a year full of exciting growth for us at The Pulse with the launch of and MyPulseNews TV that grew our readership from the 8,000 print copies to now ...

  • 30 December

    Ellison Says 2014 County Budget is “Lean”

    BY JACLYN ROSE – For the fourth year in a row, the county general budget has seen revenues declining or remaining static, with expenses increasing. According to County Judge, Brandon Ellison, while a balanced budget was passed in November of 2013 it was not easy to write.  “We can only budget what we actually anticipate we will receive and the ...

  • 29 December

    First Baptist Church Announces Opening of New Skate Park

    BY TOSHA LANCE  – Area youth will soon be able to enjoy a new skate park as the result of an idea by local student pastor, Logan Merrick. Merrick recognized the need for the skate park after watching more than a dozen area youth regularly use the Mena First Baptist Church parking lot for skateboarding. After talking with the children, ...

  • 27 December

    Palmer Flees Police

    BY LEANN DILBECK – A routine traffic stop resulted in a suspect fleeing on foot this morning. Arkansas State Trooper Chris Garner attempted to stop a speeding Nissan car southbound on Hwy 71 just north of the Acorn community at approximately 10 a.m. when it’s driver, Timothy Charles Palmer, fled.  After a short chase, Palmer turned into a driveway and ...

  • 19 December

    County Acquiring Burn Permits to Assist Citizens with Ice Storm Debris

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison issued a press release earlier today to advise county residents on the massive amounts of debris left behind from the recent ice storm. “We encourage Polk County citizens who have vegetative debris from the recent ice storm event to pile and safely burn on their own private property. This is a ...