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October, 2013

  • 15 October

    New Cossatot River Eagles Gym Dedicated

    BY LEANN DILBECK – A dedication of the new Cossatot Eagles Gymnasium was held last Thursday, October 10, 2013 as black and silver combined to scrimmage in their first combined basketball action since the once rival school districts, Van-Cove and Wickes, merged to play together on the same team. Mr. Ed Stevenson, who himself is a 1954 graduate of Van-Cove, ...

  • 15 October

    CMA Founder Herb Shreve: Forever Memorialized in Powell’s Book “FISHER OF MEN”

    As the roads that lead into Polk County rumble with the thunder of thousands of motorcycles from around the world for the CMA Changing of the Colors Rally this week, we at The Pulse thought we would bring you a story, printed in our May 15, 2013 edition, to highlight the efforts of Gene Harlan Powell to carry on the ...

  • 14 October

    Strasner Named New ORSD Superintendent

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Jerry Strasner has been named as the new Superintendent of the Ouachita River School District, effective July 1, 2014. Until that time, Strasner will continue his role with the district where he now serves as the Acorn Elementary School principal. When Jerry Strasner attended his first high school ball game after college, he said he immediately ...

  • 14 October

    Mass Flu Shot Clinic Dates Announced

    On Monday the 21st of October, Polk County Health Unit of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) will be providing seasonal flu shots at Polk County Health Unit 702 Hornbeck Mena from 9:00a.m. Until 3:00 p.m. It is important to get flu vaccine every year, because different strains of the flu are in circulation every year. This year’s vaccine protects ...

  • 11 October

    Chamber Welcomes River Bend Aero Ranch

    The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Thursday, October 10, 2013 for River Bend Aero Ranch. We are proud to welcome them to the membership!

  • 10 October

    Wolf Pen Gap Trail System Not Impacted By Government Shutdown

    BY LEANN DILBECK  – The Ouachita ATV Club wants the public to know that the Wolf Pen Gap trail system has not been affected by the government shutdown.  According to Pam Ferguson of the organization, “The shut-down is for designated recreational areas only and Wolf Pen is not officially designated as such.” This is much welcomed news for a community, ...

  • 10 October

    Mena Schools Earns “Beating the Odds” Award

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Holly Harshman Elementary and Mena Middle School of the Mena School District were both presented the “Beating the Odds” award by the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas in a recent report titled, “Outstanding Educational Performance Awards.” These awards are based on the OEP-created “school GPA,” calculated on the basis of the percentage ...

  • 9 October

    Polk County Native, Nancy Williams, World Championship Trapshooter

    BY LEANN DILBECK – From shooting BB guns to claiming World Championship Trapshooting competitions…not once but eight times…Nancy (Turner) Williams, a Polk County native, credits her roots and her parents that turned a childhood activity into a lifelong hobby that has spanned three decades. The daughter of Minnie Belle Turner and the late Kenneth Turner, Nancy was born and raised ...

  • 8 October

    Polk County Feeling Affects of Government Shut-Down

    BY JACLYN ROSE – The shut down of the United States Federal Government, at midnight on October 1, has had an obvious and far-reaching affect on the entire Nation. At least, 800,000 government employees were deemed non-essential and were placed on an unpaid furlough.  At times, it may seem like Polk County is immune to the political maneuverings of Washington ...

  • 6 October

    Mena Water Utility Conducting Water Main Flushing this Week

    Mena Water Utilities will be conducting a water main flushing program during the week of Monday, October 7th through Friday, October 11th.  Flushing is done as part of a scheduled preventative maintenance program to help maintain good water quality and to improve the water flow in your neighborhood.  Mena Water Utilities will flush the lines on the south of Highway ...