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January, 2014

  • 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 ...

  • 30 December

    Ellison Says 2014 County Budget is “Lean”

    BY JACLYN ROSE – For the fourth year in a row, the county general budget has seen revenues declining or remaining static, with expenses increasing. According to County Judge, Brandon Ellison, while a balanced budget was passed in November of 2013 it was not easy to write.  “We can only budget what we actually anticipate we will receive and the ...

  • 29 December

    First Baptist Church Announces Opening of New Skate Park

    BY TOSHA LANCE  – Area youth will soon be able to enjoy a new skate park as the result of an idea by local student pastor, Logan Merrick. Merrick recognized the need for the skate park after watching more than a dozen area youth regularly use the Mena First Baptist Church parking lot for skateboarding. After talking with the children, ...

  • 27 December

    Palmer Flees Police

    BY LEANN DILBECK – A routine traffic stop resulted in a suspect fleeing on foot this morning. Arkansas State Trooper Chris Garner attempted to stop a speeding Nissan car southbound on Hwy 71 just north of the Acorn community at approximately 10 a.m. when it’s driver, Timothy Charles Palmer, fled.  After a short chase, Palmer turned into a driveway and ...

  • 19 December

    County Acquiring Burn Permits to Assist Citizens with Ice Storm Debris

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison issued a press release earlier today to advise county residents on the massive amounts of debris left behind from the recent ice storm. “We encourage Polk County citizens who have vegetative debris from the recent ice storm event to pile and safely burn on their own private property. This is a ...

  • 17 December

    Christmas Hope: Bringing Joy to Area Families

    BY LEANN DILBECK – This past Saturday, the spirit of giving was in abundance as an estimated 130 local families were recipients of Dallas Avenue Baptist Church’s “Christmas Hope” program. This is the church’s fourth year for the program that originally began with providing new shoes to area school-aged children but has grown to so much more in a short ...

  • 16 December

    Chamber Christmas Parade Lights-Up Downtown Mena with “The Joy of Christmas”

    BY LEANN DILBECK – After two forced cancellations due to the weather, the much anticipated Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas parade, “The Joy of Christmas,” was held Monday night. Mena Street was glowing as thousands of twinkling lights filed down Mena Street in the city’s largest parade of the year with Ed Stevenson leading the way as the ...

  • 16 December

    Two Arrested After High Speed Chase Ends in Polk County

    [Mena] A pursuit that began in Yell County came to an end in Polk County shortly after midnight on Saturday night/Sunday morning, December 15, 2013.  Deputies with Yell County Sheriff’s Office were out with a suspect on a traffic stop.  While speaking with the driver, the suspect attempted to drive off.  Deputies then reached into the vehicle to turn off ...