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July, 2012

  • 25 July

    ARCO Continues Gaining Momentum in Regional Economic Development

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The July meeting of the Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas (ARCO) certainly captured the attention and support of Montgomery County as the meeting held in Mt. Ida, July 18, attracted over 50 in attendance. Members from Polk and Scott counties were also in attendance as the group continues to make progress in the Breakthrough Solutions ...

June, 2012

  • 27 June

    ARCO Continues Progress with Breakthrough Solutions

    Nominations Made for Steering Committee BY MYSTI GATES – Last Wednesday, marked the first of a series of meetings to continue the momentum of the Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas (ARCO) as they took nominations to form the steering committee that will be instrumental in the continued success of this three-county organization. The meeting was hosted by Rich Mountain ...

April, 2012

  • 25 April

    Welcome Home, Paylon!

    Family shares amazing journey of recovery BY LEANN DILBECK A true living and walking testament to the tremendous power of prayer that brought forth nothing less than a miraculous healing by God, 2-year old Paylon Grace Sage, returned home Friday, April 20, exactly 40 days after the tragic accident that claimed the life of her mother, Courtney McCormack and Dakota ...

March, 2012

  • 28 March

    ARCO & RMCC Secure Regional Economic Development Initiative

    MENA, Ark. – The Arkansas Coalition for the Ouachitas and the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service are launching a regional economic development initiative that will take place in Scott, Montgomery and Polk counties. The initiative is co-sponsored by the coalition, also known as ARCO, and Rich Mountain Community College and would implement the Breakthrough Solutions Program ...

  • 14 March

    Wreck Claims the Lives of Two

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Rain slickened roads caused a two-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon that has claimed the lives of two and injured four. According to Arkansas State Police Trooper Chris Spurling, at approximately 3:54 p.m., Courtney McCormack was driving her 1998 Nissan Altima with her 2-year old daughter, Paylon, eastbound on Hwy 8 East when her “worn” tires were unable ...

January, 2012

  • 25 January

    ARCO Continues Gaining Momentum

    Launches Website to Promote West Central Arkanasas for Economic Development BY LEANN DILBECK – The Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas (ARCO) continues gaining momentum in their efforts to take a proactive approach to attracting business and industry to rural west-central Arkansas. While many towns and rural communities across Arkansas continue experiencing business closures, this group is actually implementing tools ...

December, 2011

  • 7 December

    Justice for Andi

    BY MYSTI GATES – Author’s note: As a parent myself, I personally experienced anxiety about discussing Andi’s murder with her family; I was fearful of how my questions would affect them. And I have to say, that their openness and willingness to talk with me about her life and her death was an experience like none I have ever had. ...

  • 7 December

    Roberts Appeal Rejected by Arkansas Supreme Court

    Family Continues Seeking ‘Justice for Andi’ BY LEANN DILBECK – Last week, the Arkansas Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Karl Douglas Roberts.  In a case that outraged the entire county and captured state-wide attention, Roberts confessed and was convicted and sentenced to die in May 2000 for the 1999 killing of his 12-year old niece Andria “Andi” Brewer in ...

November, 2011

  • 16 November

    Karl D. Roberts Continues Seeking Appeal

    BY MYSTI GATES – Eleven years following his confession and conviction, the defense team of Karl D. Roberts continues seeking an appeal after Roberts waived his rights to such. On November 3, 2011 the Polk County Circuit Court heard oral arguments in the case of Roberts v. the State of Arkansas. In a case that outraged the entire county and ...

August, 2011

  • 17 August

    Polk County Deputies Apprehend Two In Connection with Murder

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Polk County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the apprehension of two suspects wanted for questioning in a murder.  Arkansas State Police received a call shortly after 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning, August 13, 2011, of a body being dumped at a raceway in Miller County.  Racetrack owner Clarence Hickey Junior reported that two individuals had dumped an ...