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April, 2018

  • 19 April

    Operation: Prom Showcases Devastation of Drunk Driving

    With Mena High School students set to enjoy the 2018 Prom this Saturday night, the current Juniors and Seniors were witness to the Operation:Prom demonstration at the Polk County Fairgrounds on Tuesday morning. Operation:Prom is a life-like simulation of a two-vehicle DWI accident, with one of the vehicles being driven by an intoxicated high school student after prom. The simulation ...

  • 19 April

    New Superintendent at Queen Wilhelmina State Park

    Janelle Shepherd, assistant superintendent of Historic Washington State Park, has accepted the job to become the new superintendent at Queen Wilhelmina State Park in Mena. While her role as assistant superintendent had her overseeing all maintenance projects, which was a full-time job in itself, it was not uncommon to find her going the extra mile by engaging with visitors in ...

  • 16 April

    Severe Weather and Tornado’s Take a Toll

    Southwest Arkansas residents were pounded with severe weather Friday night. The National Weather Service placed a large part of the state under a tornado watch, then Polk County had a sever thunderstorm warning and a tornado warning before the weather finally cleared out. Damage was reported to a billboard and building at Old Potter caused by strong, straight line winds, ...

  • 13 April

    Bucks Sign Cross Hughes

    On Friday, April 13th, Cross Hughes from Acorn High School signed his letter of intent to run with Bucks Cross Country next Fall. Cross is the third signee for UA Rich Mountain. When asked about Cross, Bucks Cross Country Coach Samantha Shores states, “Cross was on the top of our list, and he’s a great addition and foundation for our ...

March, 2018

  • 29 March


    The Downtown Mena Egg-Stravaganza will take place Friday and Saturday.  In a neat little twist, there will be an egg hunt on March 30 and 31. However, this will be an Adult Egg Hunt.  Downtown businesses with Egg-Stravaganza flyers on their front windows will be participating during their regular business hours both days.  Adults can collect one egg per day ...

  • 23 March

    Dr. Randy and Kita Burgess Receive Recognition of Success From HSO

    Since 2009, Humane Society of the Ouachitas began receiving spay-neuter grants from corporate donors such as PetSmart Charities and Petco Foundation. Dr. Randy and Kita Burgess committed their veterinary support to make those programs a success in Polk County. Over the past few years, HSO’s Spay-Neuter Assistance Programs helped subsidize the cost of spay-neuter services for low-income pet owners, when ...

  • 23 March

    OLT Coming Attractions

    Ouachita Little Theatre encourages local residents to get involved with their upcoming theatrical productions.  These include Godspell, directed by Jessica Kropp.  Rehearsals are well under way.  Kropp is pleased with the cast and the progress on set design by Lorraine Timmerman, as well as the music directed by Judy Kropp.  The show will run on several dates between May 17 ...

  • 23 March

    Seth Smith Announces His Candidacy for Mayor of Mena

    I, Seth Smith, am excited to announce my candidacy for Mayor of Mena. I have a passion for public service and hope to utilize my experience and leadership to work with the people of Mena to move forward together. After graduating from Mena High School, I enlisted in the Army National Guard. As an infantryman reaching the rank of Sergeant, ...

  • 22 March

    Applications available for M*A*S*H camps

    Applications are now available to high school students for the summer M*A*S*H (Medical Applications of Science for Health) camps. These camps will be located at 34 medical facilities throughout Arkansas. The two-week M*A*S*H camps are designed to expose rising high-school juniors and seniors to healthcare-related vocations. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the M*A*S*H program in Arkansas. During those ...

  • 16 March

    Local Author Releases New Book

    Michael Reisig, author and Mena resident, has released his new novel The True Tales of the Road to Key West. Mr. Reiseg told the Pulse he expects this book to draw more attention than usual, as it’s a bit different from his previous works. According to the description, this book is a “madcap recollection of real experiences that took place ...