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October, 2013

  • 27 October

    “The Witness” Musical Passion Play is Coming to Mena

    [Hot Springs, Ark.] “The Witness,” Arkansas’ musical passion play from Hot Springs, will present two performances at Mena High School’s Performing Arts Center on Saturday, November 16th. “The Witness” is the compelling musical drama of the Sacrificial Love of God displayed in the life of Jesus of Nazareth as narrated and sung by the Apostle Peter with an accompanying chorus ...

  • 25 October

    Pulse Family Continues to Grow

    BY MELANIE BUCK – David and LeAnn Dilbeck, owners of D&L Publishing, Inc., are proud to announce the addition of three new members to its staff at The Polk County Pulse and MyPulseNews.com. Ilana Burk was hired in July of this year as the Composing Manager. Ilana is an Acorn High School graduate and holds a Bachelors Degree in Graphic ...

  • 24 October

    Van Winkle Found Guilty on All Charges

    VICTIM RESPONDS FOLLOWING VERDICT   BY LEANN DILBECK & JACLYN ROSE Dr. David Van Winkle was found guilty by a jury on all 6 counts he was charged with after less than 3 hours deliberation. The defense continued to present its case to the jurors Thursday morning with a string of character witnesses including Kevin and DeLynn Randolph, Jennifer Goodner, ...

  • 24 October

    Mena Regional Welcomes New CFO

    [MENA, Ark.] Mena Regional Health System proudly welcomes Chief Financial Officer, Sandie Bowen, to the administrative staff. With over 25 years of experience in the medical financial field, Sandie joins the team at Mena Regional with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Bowen received her bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management from Kaplan University and her master’s degree in Business Administration ...

  • 23 October

    Van Winkle Takes the Stand on his Behalf During Wednesday’s Court Proceedings

    BY LEANN DILBECK & JACLYN ROSE The State rest its case at approximately 2 p.m. on day three of the Van Winkle felony kidnapping/stalking trial but before it concluded its presentation of the case against the local dentist, Sheriff Mike Godfrey spent the morning on the witness stand testifying on the collection of evidence and processing of the crime scene. ...

  • 23 October

    County Eliminates $1.2 Million in Debt

    Improvements to Roads Not Sacrificed         BY LEANN DILBECK – Ten months into his second term as the county’s highest elected official, Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison is grateful for many accomplishments made on behalf of the county but his proudest is the elimination of the $1.2 million in debt that existed in January 2011. Ellison explained ...

  • 23 October

    Fricker Named as New Marketing Director for Mena A&P

    BY LEANN DILBECK – City Councilwoman Terri Neugent announced during last week’s City Council meeting that the Advertising and Promotion Commission had regretfully accepted the resignation of Ilana Burk, who has served as its marketing director since 2009. Neugent said that Burk was successful in assisting the A&P with their mission, which is to improve the overall economy of Mena.  ...

  • 23 October

    Michael Reisig’s New Novel A Big Hit

    [MENA]  For those of you who don’t already know, area author Michael Reisig has a new novel out, and it looks like a winner. “Back On The Road To Key West” is the second of Reisig’s “Road To Key West” series, and readers seem to have latched onto it right out of the gate. It’s been in the top one ...

  • 22 October

    Jurors Hear Victim’s Testimony in Van Winkle Trial on Day Two

    BY LEANN DILBECK & JACLYN ROSE – Day two of the Van Winkle trial concluded today with jurors hearing continued testimony from the law enforcement and crime lab officials, and testimony directly from the complainant in the case, Miranda Olmstead, along with her now ex-husband, Jerry. Deputy Ronnie Richardson testified on the procedures used to preserve and document the crime ...

  • 22 October

    Puckett Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

    [MENA, Ark.] Assistant Federal Prosecutor Glen Hines filed an information against Jan Puckett, age 64, of Mena for one-count of Wire Fraud. Puckett waived her rights to a Grand Jury and a formal indictment and pled guilty to the charge in federal court in Fayetteville on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. The presiding judge explained to her the consequences of her ...