Breaking News


August, 2013

  • 6 August

    Two Local Vietnam Vets to Ride in the American Legion Legacy Run

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Retired U.S. Army COL Billy Woods and Retired U.S. Navy CAPT Bob Young will soon be rumbling across the nation’s mid-section riding their Honda Goldwings along with an estimated 400 bikers in the 2013 American Legion Legacy Run. While both will quickly admit how much they enjoy riding, this is much more than a joy ride ...

  • 5 August

    New Metal Bleachers Being Installed at Rodeo Arena

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Volunteers worked at the Polk County Rodeo Arena installing new metal bleachers on the east side of the arena just in time for the kick-off of the 60th Annual Polk County Rodeo. Polk County Fair Board President John Puckett said they would be complete in time for the first night of the rodeo. Damaged boards on ...

  • 5 August

    Team Arkansas Earns 2nd Place in Overall Points in AAU Junior Olympic Meet

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Six team members of the Mena Barracudas swim team, who earned their place onto Team Arkansas, have returned from the national AAU Junior Olympic meet as champions, helping Team Arkansas earn 2nd place in overall points, plus an additional 15 medals and five ribbons. The team traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan to compete July 24-27 among ...

  • 5 August

    RMCC’s Talent Search Program Hosts “The Summer Games”

    TRIO’s Educational Talent Search program at Rich Mountain Community College hosted thirty-seven rising 7th graders from Polk, Scott, and Montgomery counties on June 20th.  The Talent Search participants were treated to a day full of activities on team building and financial literacy skills.  Students spent the morning at the RMCC Historic Armory with team building activities.  The students built their ...

  • 3 August

    Kathy Rusert Named ”Trailblazing Teacher”

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Kathy Rusert, an Acorn High School Teacher, was named a “Trailblazing Teacher” this past spring by the Center for Green Schools at the US Green Building Council.  The prestige of this national honor was given to Kathy and she was only one out of ten teachers honored with this award for her creativity in bringing environmental ...

  • 2 August

    Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Montgomery County

    BY LEANN DILBECK – A Montgomery County man was killed Tuesday evening when a deer collided with the motorcycle he was driving. Sixty-year old Kenneth Brunet of Oden was west bound on Southside Road near Oden driving his 2012 Yamaha motorcycle when he struck a deer. The fatal crash report filed by Arkansas State Police Trooper Christopher Garner said the ...

  • 2 August

    Polk County Master Gardeners present “Terrific Tuesdays”

    MENA – Tuesday, July 16th, a group of Polk County Master Gardeners joined forces to present a horticultural program to a group of 4-H youngsters as one of their summer programs called “Terrific Tuesdays.” The primary focus of the morning was to teach the principles of potting and to help each member to plant one or more projects suitable for ...

  • 2 August

    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Mena Mountain Top Motel/Cabins

    A ribbon cutting ceremony was held this week to welcome new owner of Mena Mountain Top Motel/Cabins, Delores Hanson, to the Mena/Polk County Chamber membership. The cabins are located across from The Fish Net on Hwy 71 S.  Phone 479-394-1771.

  • 1 August

    No Sales Tax Back to School Shopping This Weekend!

    Area retailers are making preparations for Arkansas’ third “Sales Tax Holiday” this weekend. First passed by Arkansas Legislature in 2011, representatives hope to help Arkansas’ families with rising back to school costs. Beginning at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, August 3 and ending this Sunday, August 4, 2013, at 11:59 p.m., no state or local sales tax will be collected during this ...

July, 2013

  • 30 July

    The Polk County Pulse Launches New On-Line Publication:

    By Melanie Buck The Polk County Pulse has launched a brand new on-line publication, The new site is now live. “We couldn’t be more excited at this launch,” said owners David and LeAnn Dilbeck. “This now puts us in the ‘daily’ market. We will be posting items on a daily basis and depending on events, throughout the day.  Our ...