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May, 2013

  • 1 May

    A Little “Rae” of Sunshine

    Family Seeks to Increase Awareness and Educate BY LEANN DILBECK – “Joy” comes in many different packages. One of those packages is named Raegan Hope McCourtney. Appropriately nicknamed by her kindergarten teacher, as “Lil’ Miss Sunshine,” she explains her birthmark as “Jesus kissed me.” Raegan has a birthmark known as a ‘port wine stain’ that covers her entire face, lips, tongue, ...

April, 2013

  • 10 April

    RMCC Breaks Ground on Largest Capital Improvement Project in History

    BY LEANN DILBECK – As The Pulse first reported last week, RMCC is poised to break ground April 17, 2013 on their largest capital improvement/construction project since its inception. The details of the new construction phase of the project, the new Ouachita Center, were unveiled last week. A continuation of that story this week includes the details of the renovation ...

  • 3 April

    ARCO Continues Stimulating Economic Development

    Gaining Statewide Attention BY LEANN DILBECK – A Community and Economic Development Resource Fair hosted by a group that has seamlessly united three counties and is quickly becoming the driving-force for economic development in the region, ARCO [Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas], was hosted last Wednesday, March 27 in Mena’s Historic Armory, attracting almost 80 participants, including Arkansas own ...

March, 2013

  • 20 March

    ARCO to Host Economic Development Fair

    The Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas, ARCO, is urging local businesses, local government officials, and interested citizens in Polk, Montgomery and Scott counties to attend a Community and Economic Development Resource Fair at 11:15 AM on Wednesday March 27th in the Historic Mena Armory on DeQueen Street. The Resource Fair is part of the Partners for Creating a Vibrant, ...

  • 13 March

    Paylon Grace Sage: An Inspirational Story of Survival and Healing

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Monday, March 11, marked the one-year anniversary of a tragic two-car accident that forever changed the lives of two local families. The collision, which claimed the lives of two, almost claimed the life of a third, and while they still mourn for those lost, they celebrate daily the survival of Paylon Grace Sage. The Pulse was ...

February, 2013

  • 20 February

    Supreme Court Re-Opens Roberts Death Penalty Case

    Victim’s family reacts to latest decision BY LEANN DILBECK –  The Arkansas Supreme Court granted a petition by Arkansas death-row inmate, Karl D. Roberts, to have his case re-opened in Polk County Circuit Court in a decision handed down by the state’s highest court last Thursday, February 14. “This is a very frustrating decision,” said Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner who ...

January, 2013

  • 30 January

    Polk, Scott & Montgomery County ARCO Charettes Presented in Joint Session

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas (ARCO) met last week with representatives from its three counties, Polk, Scott, and Montgomery. Charettes had been conducted in each of the three counties and presented to each county individually but last week’s meeting presented the results of all three jointly, revealing an enormous hidden/under-developed potential for tourism in ...

November, 2012

  • 14 November

    Union Bank Becomes ‘Partner for the Future’

    Union Bank of Mena donates to ARCO’s Partners for the Future in their goal to raise $30,000 over a 3-year period. Pictures developed by the architects first reported in The Pulse October 31 issue show dramatic before and after pictures of the Mena downtown, visualizing the untapped potential. Anyone interested in making a tax-exempt donation is encouraged to visit www.ARCOStrong.org ...

October, 2012

  • 31 October

    ARCO Reveals Hidden Potential in Downtown through Visual Renderings

    BY LEANN DILBECK – They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words and that definitely proved to be true during the closing meeting of the Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas (ARCO) last week following a three-day charrette with Ed Levy and his team from Cromwell Architects. With just approximately 30 business leaders present, Levy presented amazing visual images ...

  • 10 October

    ARCO Holds Charrette to Promote Community Involvement

    Downtown Revitalization Project to Receive Rendering BY LEANN DILBECK – Dr. Mark Peterson returned to Mena recently to continue to unveil the possibilities available through the University of Arkansas Breakthrough Solutions program being facilitated through the Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas (ARCO). To date, there has been much discussion, information, and data but the program is beginning to move ...