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September, 2013

  • 18 September

    Roberts Tells the Court, “I’m ready to go.”

    BY LEANN DILBECK – “I would like to live but at the same time I am bound by law to take responsibility for the wrongs I’ve done. I’m ready to go,” were the words spoken today by Karl D. Roberts as he took the stand in Polk County Circuit Court before Honorable Judge J. W. Looney. Approximately 30 people attended ...

  • 18 September

    Queen Stuck in a Web of Red Tape

    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 for “performance issues,” according to Gregg Butts, Director of the Arkansas State Parks. Butts had said that a new licensed contractor would ...

  • 18 September

    South Mena Street Improvements Expanded

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Mena City Council met in a special called meeting Monday to expand the scope of the South Mena Street improvements. Council members approved to extend the milling and overlay from Holly Street to Pine Street at an estimated cost of $15,630. They also approved to add parking and center-line striping through the services of Kevin Tucker ...

  • 17 September

    Roberts to Appear in Polk County Circuit Court

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Karl D. Roberts is scheduled to appear in Polk County Circuit Court Wednesday, September 18, for an appeal hearing to determine whether or not he will be granted his ‘Rule 37.5’ waiver. Roberts was convicted in May of 2000 for the 1999 rape and murder of his 12-year-old niece, Andria Brewer, better known to her friends ...

  • 16 September

    Mena Fire Dept. Dispatched to Violet Street

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Mena Fire Department was dispatched to an unoccupied residence at approximately 6:40 p.m. Monday evening on Violet Street behind the The Crossing Church. Significant brush and tall grass surrounded the house almost making it impossible to see from the road. Three trucks promptly responded and quickly had the fire contained. The call was made from ...

  • 16 September

    Alleged Felony Drug Trafficker, “Tinker” Combs, Waives Jury Trial

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The 2011 drug trafficking bust that ended a “hub” drug operation affecting two states and multiple counties may be reaching final closure.  The alleged ringleader of the operation, James “Tinker” Combs, was arrested during the bust and according to Oklahoma District Attorney Mark Matloff, his legal maneuvering is nearing an end, “His days of freedom are ...

  • 16 September

    Street Improvements Scheduled to Begin Tuesday

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Street improvements on two high traffic areas in Mena are scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 17. Approximately three to six inches are set to be milled from South Mena Street from Hwy 71 to Holly Street before it receives its new overlay. City officials discussed during a special called meeting in August that they are hopeful ...

  • 13 September

    Episode of “19 Kids & Counting” Featuring MeatWorks and Youngblood Grass Fed Farms to Air September 24

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Pulse has been notified by Figure 8 Films that the “19 Kids & Counting” episode of the Duggar Family visiting MeatWorks and the Youngblood Grass Fed Farm will air September 24 on TLC at 8:30 p.m. Coordinating Producer Courtney Enlow said that they will have two episodes airing that night and the farm episode will ...

  • 12 September

    Annual School Election to be Held This Tuesday

    There are no contested board races in any of the school districts in Polk County. The proposed millage rate for each school district is the same as their current rate. Even though there are no contested board races and no millage issues, schools are still required by law to conduct an annual school election. Because there are no contested board ...

  • 12 September

    Mena City Council Hears August Reports

    BY LEANN DILBECK – With no old or new business to discuss, the September Mena City Council meeting Tuesday evening was a total of 12 minutes long with council members hearing only from department heads. Airport manager Will Robbins reported that business at the Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport had been traditionally slower, as it is in the summer months, with ...