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January, 2018

  • 8 January

    Acorn Campus Continues Work on Cafetorium

    Ouachita River School District is moving along on the construction of a new 10,000 s.f., $2 million cafetorium.  The district opened the competitive bids September 1, and finally awarded Petree Construction of Ft. Smith with the project. Superintendent Jerry Strasner told The Pulse that he is extremely pleased with the team working on the Cafetorium, and the progress they have ...

  • 5 January

    Boil Order Issued

    BY MELANIE WADE – Freedom Water Association, which supplies consumers in the areas of Highway 8 West and Highway 375 West in Mena, Shady Grove, Potter, etc., issued a boil order around 3 p.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018, effective immediately and until further notice. Earlier on Friday, Freedom Water had issued a notice of low water pressure or no ...

  • 5 January

    Officers Aid Fire Victims in Escape

    BY MELANIE WADE – Polk County 911 dispatch sent out a call around 4:40 a.m. Friday morning, January 5, 2018, regarding a structure fire on Edgewood Lane in Mena. Dispatch informed the authorities that a woman had called the fire in and had reported her granddaughter was still trapped inside the home. Mena Police Department Officer Mike Wolf was the ...

  • 5 January

    Mena Council Approves Budget for 2018

    BY MELANIE WADE – Mena City Council recently passed Ordinance 2282 approving their projected 2018 budget. The city’s general fund account has an expected $2,529,747 in revenue with allocated expenditures reaching just $40,000 shy of that figure at $2,489,596. The city’s revenue comes from various sources with the largest being city sales tax, which is expected to bring $1.4 million ...

  • 5 January

    Martin Recognized for Decade of Service to CASA

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Board of Directors recently recognized Program Director Cynthia Martin for her 10 years of dedicated service to the program. Board Chair Amye Hebert commended Martin’s dedication to the program and said that she repeatedly goes above and beyond in her efforts to serve the vulnerable children in the program. CASA ...

  • 5 January

    Veterans Award Students, Honor Public Servants

    BY MELANIE WADE – The local branch of the Veterans of Foreign Wars recently awarded the winners of their Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy contests, as well as honoring their local Public Servants of the Year. The Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen programs are an annual nationwide scholarship programs sponsored by the VFW. The Voice of Democracy is ...

  • 4 January

    MRHS Honors First Baby of 2018

    Polk County has welcomed its first baby of the New Year!  Joshua Ryan Wood Jr. was born on January 3, 2018 at 2:28 a.m. weighing 7lbs. 14 ½ oz and measuring 20 in. long at Mena Regional Health System.  Proud parents are Josh Wood and Alejandra Lopez of Mena, Ark.  The family was honored with the presentation of a gift ...

  • 3 January

    Senator Larry Teague Recognized with the Advocate of Justice Award

    LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association recognized Senator Larry Teague with the Advocate of Justice Award for his work in support of victims of crime and prosecution efforts during the 91st General Assembly.  Teague received the award at the Association’s Elected Prosecutor Board Meeting, held on December 8, 2017, at the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Little ...

  • 3 January

    Reisig Releases Eighth “Key West” Adventure Novel

    Local author Michael Reisig has just released his latest novel — the eighth book in his “Road to Key West” series. Reisig says this new one has rapidly become a Best Seller for him – hitting the top 1,000 books in Amazon’s six million offerings only two days after it’s release. In A Wild Road to Key West, once again, ...

  • 3 January

    Police Department Creates Safe Meeting Zone; Upgrades Security

    BY MELANIE WADE – As online purchases from personal individuals increases, so does the risk of meeting unsavory characters. To combat the growing issue, a safe meeting zone is being created at the Mena Police Department. Police Chief Brandon Martin said for those who shop and buy items online from places such as Facebook or Craig’s List and are unfamiliar ...