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January, 2014

  • 7 January

    Wiles Announces Retirement

    Endorses Thomas BY TOSHA LANCE – Polk County Assessor, June Wiles, officially announced Thursday that she will retire at the end of this year. Wiles’ last day will be December 31st, after serving the county for over 17 years. Wiles began her career in the County Assessors office in 1996, was elected to her current position in 2005, and has ...

  • 6 January

    Combs Convicted & Sentenced for Drug Trafficking

    BY LEANN DILBECK – James “Tinker” Combs was sentenced to 15 years, 10 years of which are suspended leaving Combs to serve the first 5 on felony charges of Trafficking in Illegal Drugs and one count of Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Felony. The verdict was handed down by Judge Gary Brock in McCurtain County District Court Thursday, ...

  • 6 January

    Goss Promoted to President of First National Bank – Mena Region

    Mena, Arkansas – January 6, 2014—Jason Lenderman, President and Chief Executive Officer of First National Bank recently announced the promotion of Greg Goss to Mena Region President.  Goss will continue to offer a variety of loan products to the community, specializing in agriculture and farming, as well as oversee the day to day operations of the Mena and Cove First ...

  • 6 January

    RMCC to Partner with the Arkansas Women’s Business Center for Entrepreneurship Classes

    El Dorado, AR (January 6, 2014) – Eight community colleges across the state in partnership with the Arkansas Women’s Business Center will offer college-credit entrepreneurship classes.  Lisa Davis of Winrock International and interim director of the Arkansas Women’s Business Center stated, “This will be an exciting event where students across the state can participate in the same class via compressed ...

  • 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 ...