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August, 2017

  • 2 August

    Cannon Attends Marines’ Battles Won Academy

    BY MELANIE WADE – Mena High School Senior, Carson Cannon, was among 97 high school students from across the nation welcomed by the Marine Corps Recruiting Command at the inaugural Battles Won Academy, in Washington D.C., July 14-16, 2017. Cannon was accompanied by his high school teacher, Julie Gordon, who he selected to be his mentor during the event. The ...

  • 2 August

    Back to School Bash Success

    The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain, with the help of community and business donations, were able to serve 660 Polk County Students this year in their annual Back to School Bash. Each student received a backpack and school supplies. Shown are two former Holly Harshman Elementary teachers, Marilyn Davenport (left) and Tracy Hensley (right), who volunteered to help pass out ...

  • 1 August

    UARM and Workforce Services Form Partnership

    BY MELANIE WADE – A partnership is in the making between the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain (UARM) and the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (ADWS), one that hopes to benefit clients of both entities. UARM President Dr. Phillip Wilson explained the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is a United States public law that consolidates job training programs under the ...

  • 1 August

    Bids to be Opened for New $2 Million Acorn Cafetorium

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Ouachita River School District will soon open bids for the construction of a new 10,000 s.f., $2 million cafetorium.  The district will open bids September 1. Superintendent Jerry Strasner told The Pulse that the district received $800,000 through State Facilities Partnership Funds to go towards the construction and the district has allocated $1.2 million. Strasner commended ...

July, 2017

  • 26 July

    Choices, Economics Play Part in Student Enrollment at County Districts

    BY MELANIE WADE – With the consolidation of schools several years ago and the School Choice Act of 2013, school districts across the state have seen their enrollment numbers fluctuate. Sometimes up, sometimes down, sometimes stable, it’s hard to guess how many students a district may have in any given year. More choices for education have caused some district numbers ...

  • 26 July

    Never Enuff Toys Welcomed into Chamber

    The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, July 20, to welcome Never Enuff Toys into their membership. Never Enuff Toys is located at 700 Mena Street and offer arcade, cards, games, and hobby items, as well as toys.

  • 26 July

    Downtown Welcomes Sanctified Design Studio

    The Mena Downtown Partners welcomed Sanctified Design Studio on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Welcome and introductions were made by Downtown Partners’ Liason Judy Thompson, while Victor Rowell, pastor of The Crossing gave an opening prayer for the event. Rick Chrisman, owner of American Artisans and member of the Downtown Partners, and Gar Eisele, owner of Washburn’s and also a member ...

  • 26 July

    Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Avalon Keep

    Avalon Keep Botanical Gardens was welcomed into the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, July 20, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. In addition to botanical gardens, Avalon Keep is also a wedding venue with several different locations, an area for family portraits, family reunions, corporate events, and they also have a small nursery, where clients can purchase the native-to-Arkansas ...

  • 26 July

    MRHS Welcomes New Surgical Center Director

    Mena Regional Health System welcomes new Mena Surgical Center Director, Gwen Sparks.  Gwen and her husband, John, currently reside in Nashville, Arkansas where she previously served as Director of the Howard Memorial Surgical Clinic.  The couple has four grown children; three daughters and one son.  Gwen became interested in the health care field after becoming a personal care giver for ...

  • 26 July

    Nault Named iCare Star Employee

    Fran Nault was recently named the iCARE Star Employee of the 2ndQuarter 2017 at Mena Regional Health System.  Fran received numerous nominations from patients and co-workers.  She has served as a phlebotomist at MRHS for five years and is an essential asset to the laboratory department.  As the iCARE Star Employee of the Quarter, Fran received a paid day off, ...