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March, 2014

  • 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 ...

  • 12 March

    Volunteer Opportunities with Upcoming Area 14 Special Olympics

    [MENA, ARK. – FEB. 24] The date is set and athletes are already training for the upcoming Area 14 Special Olympics! On April 4, Mena will once again host the Special Olympics, giving local and surrounding athletes an opportunity to compete in a variety of events. Key to the event’s success is the volunteers who come out each year to ...

  • 10 March

    Hospital Target of Lawsuit by Surgeon

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Mena Regional Health System [MRHS] is the target of a federal lawsuit filed by Dr. Michael J. Mercer, who was formerly employed by MRHS.  The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Ft. Smith last week claims wrongful termination and invasion of privacy as it outlines a sequence of events and communications that he alleges were ...

  • 10 March

    Ouachita Theological Training Institute Launches

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Enrollment is now underway for the Ouachita Theological Training Institute, a ministry of the Ouachita Baptist Association in conjunction with the Seminary Extension Program through the Southern Baptist Convention. According to an OBA spokesperson, there is not another theological training program in the local area. Any interested person can enroll. Course credits can be transferred to ...

  • 10 March

    Turner Home Damaged by Fire Monday Morning

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Hatfield and Cove Rural Fire Departments assisted the Vandervoort Fire Department with a single-story residential fire on Hwy 246 at the residence of Kelly Turner Monday morning. Vandervoort Fire Chief Barbara Walker would make no comment other than it could have possibly been caused by electrical.  There were no injuries and the only information the authorities ...

  • 10 March

    Forest Service Releases Draft Environmental Assessment for Big Brushy Campground

    MENA, Ark. – Ouachita National Forest managers announced today that the Draft Environmental Assessment for Big Brushy Campground in Montgomery County, Ark., is available for public review and comment. Big Brushy Campground, located six miles northwest of Pencil Bluff, Ark., on U.S. Hwy 270, is a small, scenic campground situated along Big Brushy Creek.  On June 4, 2012, the campground ...