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June, 2013

  • 21 June

    FEMA Teams Conduct Damage Assessments

    County Judge Anticipates Federal Disaster Declaration Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison said that city and county officials have concluded their preliminary damage assessments following the May 30-31 storms for required deadlines. Ellison said the federal government dispatched FEMA teams throughout Arkansas to compile damage assessments. State-wide, he said, their reports were between $6 million to $7 million. Ellison said, “On ...

  • 21 June

    Torix Named New Mena High School Prinicpal

    Mena School Superintendent Mr. Benny Weston has announced that the school board has named Mr. Shane Torix as the new Mena High School principal. Torix is a former Mena Bearcat himself, graduating in 1991, and has already been serving as the assistant principal at MHS since 2003. To say that he is proud to have this opportunity at his former ...

  • 21 June

    “All Aboard!” Rich Mountain’s New ‘Glory Train’

    By LeAnn Dilbeck – Whether it’s your first trip or your hundredth, it’s impossible to not be stricken by the inspiring beauty of the Talimena National Scenic Byway and Rich Mountain, in any season. That was certainly the case for Ronnie Gene and Allison Waggoner when they stayed at the lodge on their honeymoon a few years ago.  So much ...

  • 5 June

    Tornadoes and Flash Flooding Strike County

    BY LEANN DILBECK – A storm that spawned three tornadoes within Polk County and produced major flash flooding, still has officials assessing the totality of the damage but grateful for the quick reactions of residents who immediately responded to help neighbors. The storm that moved into the area at approximately 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon first produced an EF 1 tornado ...

  • 5 June

    County Mourning Loss of Two Law Enforcement Officers

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The loss of two Scott County law enforcement officers is being felt heavily in Polk County.  The three-day search ended Sunday when the body of 32-year old Arkansas Game & Fish wildlife officer, Joel Campora, a Mena native, was found around 9:30 a.m. almost two miles from where he and Sheriff Cody Carpenter attempted to help ...

May, 2013

  • 29 May

    Bob & Sarah Gorden Named 2013 Polk County Farm Family of the Year

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Early Days The Bob and Sarah Gorden family, a name that is synonymous with the local cattle industry, has been named as the 2013 Polk County Farm Family of the Year. Farming for over 56 years, Bob said he always knew that nothing could make him happier than the life of a farmer. Raised on ...

  • 15 May

    Acorn Archery Team Advances to World Competition!

    The Acorn Archery Team competed in Louisville, KY Saturday in national competition and earned their place to advance to the World Archery Competition to be held June 28 in St. Louis, MO. This dynamic team of 20 placed 56th among 158 teams in a record setting competition that attracted 9,863 archers. Six teams competed from Arkansas of which Acorn placed ...

  • 8 May

    A Tree for Andi

    BY MYSTI GATES – The Brewer family planted a tree in Hatfield City Park in memory of their sweet Andi on April 12, 2013, just two days after what would have been her 26th birthday. Andria Nichole Brewer, better known to her friends and family as “Andi,” was born on April 10, 1987 to parents Greg and Rebecca Brewer (De ...

  • 1 May

    A Little “Rae” of Sunshine

    Family Seeks to Increase Awareness and Educate BY LEANN DILBECK – “Joy” comes in many different packages. One of those packages is named Raegan Hope McCourtney. Appropriately nicknamed by her kindergarten teacher, as “Lil’ Miss Sunshine,” she explains her birthmark as “Jesus kissed me.” Raegan has a birthmark known as a ‘port wine stain’ that covers her entire face, lips, tongue, ...

April, 2013

  • 10 April

    RMCC Breaks Ground on Largest Capital Improvement Project in History

    BY LEANN DILBECK – As The Pulse first reported last week, RMCC is poised to break ground April 17, 2013 on their largest capital improvement/construction project since its inception. The details of the new construction phase of the project, the new Ouachita Center, were unveiled last week. A continuation of that story this week includes the details of the renovation ...