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January, 2014

  • 13 January

    MRHS Staying Ahead of Changing Healthcare Landscape

    BY LEANN DILBECK – For those who have been successful in enrolling, policies made available through the new Healthcare Exchange, went into effect January 1, 2014. And, as Mena Regional Health System [MRHS] Administrator Tim Bowen will tell you, the Affordable Care Act legislation that was signed into law in early 2010 has certainly changed the current healthcare system. Bowen ...

  • 13 January

    PUBLIC NOTICE Issued from Mena Water Utilities

    Mena Water Utilities will be doing smoke testing of the sewer system in the areas between Sherwood and Reine Streets, January 14th.  Smoke testing involves blowing harmless smoke into the sewer system to locate defects in the sewer system.  During smoke testing, you may see smoke coming from roof vents on houses, building foundations, manhole covers, storm inlets or holes ...

  • 13 January

    City of Mena Holding Public Meetings for Upcoming Baseball/Softball Seasons

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The City of Mena is gearing up for the upcoming baseball/softball season and is holding public meetings beginning this week for citizens to have the opportunity to become more actively involved. The meetings will be facilitated by Bobby Copelin, Interim Parks and Recreation Director, of the Aubrey Tapley Sports Complex. The first meeting will be held ...

  • 10 January

    State Parks Being Called to Appear Before the State Agencies & Governmental Affairs Committee Following Multiple Delays on Queen Wilhelmina

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Multiple delays, a terminated contract, and a deep concern on its economic impact to the local region has spurred State Representative Nate Bell to request a meeting of the State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee regarding the $6.7 million remodel of Queen Wilhelmina Lodge atop Rich Mountain. The two-day meeting will be held in Mena January ...

  • 8 January

    THURSDAY WINTER WEATHER CLOSINGS OR DELAYS

    Mena, Acorn, Cossatot River, Smithville, and Bethel Christian Schools have cancelled classes for Thursday, January 9, due to icy road conditions. Sleet and freezing rain hit the area Wednesday morning and road conditions deteriorated quickly causing all county schools to have early dismissals. The Polk County Spelling Bee scheduled for Thursday has been postponed. The new date will be announced at ...

  • 8 January

    WINTER WEATHER CLOSINGS

    We have been advised of the following early dismissals: Cossatot River Schools will dismiss at 9:30 a.m. Mena Public Schools, Bethel Christian, and the Acorn Campus of the Ouachita River Schools will dismiss at 10 a.m. First Baptist Church After School Zone, fellowship meal and evening services are cancelled. Dallas Avenue Baptist Church, Mena Church of God, First United Methodist ...

  • 7 January

    City Continues Clean-Up After Being Hard Hit by Ice Storm

    BY LEANN DILBECK The City of Mena continues cleaning up from the recent ice storm that has now been declared both a county and state disaster by government officials. In an effort to assist the city’s residents, the City of Mena is clearing limbs and debris that is appropriately placed at curbside. Crews continued to work along Janssen Avenue on ...

  • 7 January

    Behind Mountains…are More Mountains

    Local Missionary Team Returns from Haiti Special to The Pulse BY ANDY RINER – On December 23, our team of fourteen short-term missionaries boarded American Airlines flight 1665 departing Port Au Prince, Haiti.  Lord willing, flight 1665 would re-enter the United States through beautiful, bustling Miami, Florida 2 ½ hours later.  Our team was exhausted from a week of almost ...

  • 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, ...