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June, 2013

  • 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 ...

  • 3 April

    ARCO Continues Stimulating Economic Development

    Gaining Statewide Attention BY LEANN DILBECK – A Community and Economic Development Resource Fair hosted by a group that has seamlessly united three counties and is quickly becoming the driving-force for economic development in the region, ARCO [Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas], was hosted last Wednesday, March 27 in Mena’s Historic Armory, attracting almost 80 participants, including Arkansas own ...

March, 2013

  • 20 March

    ARCO to Host Economic Development Fair

    The Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas, ARCO, is urging local businesses, local government officials, and interested citizens in Polk, Montgomery and Scott counties to attend a Community and Economic Development Resource Fair at 11:15 AM on Wednesday March 27th in the Historic Mena Armory on DeQueen Street. The Resource Fair is part of the Partners for Creating a Vibrant, ...

  • 13 March

    Paylon Grace Sage: An Inspirational Story of Survival and Healing

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Monday, March 11, marked the one-year anniversary of a tragic two-car accident that forever changed the lives of two local families. The collision, which claimed the lives of two, almost claimed the life of a third, and while they still mourn for those lost, they celebrate daily the survival of Paylon Grace Sage. The Pulse was ...

February, 2013

  • 20 February

    Supreme Court Re-Opens Roberts Death Penalty Case

    Victim’s family reacts to latest decision BY LEANN DILBECK –  The Arkansas Supreme Court granted a petition by Arkansas death-row inmate, Karl D. Roberts, to have his case re-opened in Polk County Circuit Court in a decision handed down by the state’s highest court last Thursday, February 14. “This is a very frustrating decision,” said Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner who ...