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March, 2014

  • 21 March

    Local Photographer’s Work Featured in State & National Publications

    BY LEANN DILBECK What some would consider “adventure” is just “normal” to a local photographer who doesn’t consider any of the extremes he goes to capture Arkansas beauty in certain conditions with specific lighting at “just the right angle” as just another normal day as a photographer. William Rainey’s captivating work has been admired locally for a long-time as it ...

  • 21 March

    Taking the Great Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

  • 18 March

    McKee Delivers ‘State of the City’ Address

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Mena Mayor George McKee delivered his ‘State of the City’ address during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. “Council members, ladies and gentlemen of the audience, citizens of the City of Mena, I am pleased to present to you the “State of the City” report for the year of 2013. “The City Council approved an operating budget ...

  • 17 March

    Bridge in Board Camp, Destroyed by Flood, Now Replaced

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Residents of Board Camp are enjoying the completion of a new bridge along Polk County Road 62 that had been destroyed during a flooding incident in 2013. Initially, FEMA had indicated that they would assist in partially funding a replacement but then later denied the request based on their opinion of the decades old construction methods ...

  • 15 March

    Endurance and Community Pride Shown During Today’s Talimena 13.1 Half-Marathon

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Incredible endurance combined with community spirit and pride were exemplified this morning as almost 200 runners/walkers of all ages participated in the Talimena 13.1 full half marathon, benefitting the POLK COUNTY DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER. The event kicked off at Janssen Park and participants conquered, either individually or by relay, the grueling 13.1 miles up the TALIMENA NATIONAL ...

  • 15 March

    Pena Announces Run for Polk County Judge

    Richard Pena has announced his candidacy for the position of Polk County Judge in the 2014 election, after officially filing as a candidate this week during the registration period. Richard has been married to his wife Sharon Kay for 46 years, and they have three children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grand children. Richard and Sharon moved to Hatfield in 2002, ...

  • 13 March

    National Forest Managers Conducting Prescribed Burns

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Several prescribed burns in the area are causing significant smoke. A prescribed fire is one that is ignited by highly trained fire personnel under specified fuel and weather conditions to achieve specific resource objectives.  Currently, the forest ground is covered with significant debris from ice storms this winter and could potentially be a wildfire hazard. Officials ...

  • 13 March

    2013-14 Deer Hunt Just a Tad Short of All-Time Record

    LITTLE ROCK – Despite some unfavorable weather, the 2013-14 deer hunt in Arkansas came close to equaling the record set the previous year. Hunters checked 213,199 deer during the season, just under the record of 213,487, according to Arkansas Game and Fish Commission statistics. The season that just ended had one distinction, however. It was the first time more does ...

  • 12 March

    Voters Renew 1-Cent County-Wide Sales Tax

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Voters passed a renewal of a 1-cent county-wide sales tax during a special election Tuesday, March 11.  The collections are shared with each city and town within the county. A total of 907 votes were cast, 576 voting in support of the renewal and only 331 against (64% to 34%). Each of the county’s mayors were ...

  • 12 March

    Conquer the Ouachita Challenge 2014

    SPECIAL TO THE PULSE BY SUE HAWKINS – This will be the 14th year that the bicycling tour and race will be put on by the Ouachita Cycling Club. On April 5th, the 60-mile Tour will start from the Oden School campus. The riders will head towards the Ouachita Trail and do a mixture of single-track trail and road leading ...