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August, 2014

  • 21 August

    Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center Receives Remarkable Donation

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center and director Tommy Young have recently received a remarkable donation. Long-time area resident Laura Lee Head has donated 71 acres of heavily forested timberland to Young’s organization. The property is located on Highway 71 South, just past The Fish Net Restaurant. Young explained that about three months ago a friend ...

  • 21 August

    Fresh Start’s Baby Bottle Boomerang Grand Total

    Fresh Start Pregnancy Resource Center of Mena is proud to announce the grand total raised through the annual Baby Bottle Boomerang to be $10,125.52.  Fresh Start would like to thank all of the caring people who filled the little baby bottles with coins, bills, and checks to make this happen. You are helping to empower women, babies, and families right ...

  • 21 August

    Gospel Music Duo “Wilburn & Wilburn” Coming to Mena

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church is hosting one of gospel music’s top names. Wilburn & Wilburn are to appear, the father & son team of Jonathan and Jordan Wilburn…continuing the tradition for three generations. This father and son duo, combine a solid foundation of “Old School” with a flare of youthful presence to bring the message of ...

  • 20 August

    Mena Fire Department Responds to Blaze at The Chopping Block

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Mena Fire Department responded to a fire call at 5:05 p.m. today concerning a fire at The Chopping Block restaurant on Hwy. 71 N in Mena. According to Fire Chief John Puckett, three pumper trucks arrived on the scene when they realized it was not the restaurant itself, but the ‘smokehouse building’ that sits adjacent to the ...

  • 20 August

    Municipal Candidates for November Election

    The Polk County Clerk’s office has released the official candidate filings for county municipalities. These filings are only municipal. The Pulse will bring more candidate announcements as they are released. City of Mena: Mayor: George McKee City Clerk/Treasurer: Linda Rexroad City Attorney: Patrick McDaniel Alderman Ward 1, Position 1: James Earl Turner, Darla Martel Alderman Ward 1, Position 2: Terri ...

  • 19 August

    MRHS Welcomes New Physician to Mena Medical Associates

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Tim Bowen, MRHS Administrator has announced the addition of a new family physian joining Mena Medical Associates, a division of Mena Regional Health System. Dr. Richard Eccles, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, an Arkansas native is looking forward to joining their skilled team of physicians.  Dr. Eccles received his doctorate of medicine at the University of Arkansas ...

  • 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 ...