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Acorn Campus Continues Work on Cafetorium

Ouachita River School District is moving along on the construction of a new 10,000 s.f., $2 million cafetorium.  The district opened the competitive bids September 1, and finally awarded Petree Construction of Ft. Smith with the project. Superintendent Jerry Strasner told The Pulse that he is extremely pleased with the team working on the Cafetorium, and the progress they have ...

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Joy Rozell Bailey Jenkins

Joy Rozell Bailey Jenkins, age 84 of Wickes, Arkansas, died on Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Mena Regional Hospital. She was born on Sunday, November 19, 1933 to Lonnie Odell and Creo Rillie Edwards Reatherford in Brownfield, Texas. Joy loved her family and spending time with the ones she cared for. She lived for many years in Zafra, Oklahoma, ...

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Boil Order Issued

BY MELANIE WADE – Freedom Water Association, which supplies consumers in the areas of Highway 8 West and Highway 375 West in Mena, Shady Grove, Potter, etc., issued a boil order around 3 p.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018, effective immediately and until further notice. Earlier on Friday, Freedom Water had issued a notice of low water pressure or no ...

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Officers Aid Fire Victims in Escape

BY MELANIE WADE – Polk County 911 dispatch sent out a call around 4:40 a.m. Friday morning, January 5, 2018, regarding a structure fire on Edgewood Lane in Mena. Dispatch informed the authorities that a woman had called the fire in and had reported her granddaughter was still trapped inside the home. Mena Police Department Officer Mike Wolf was the ...

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School Lunch Menus: January 8-12, 2018

Acorn Public Schools: Monday Breakfast: Pre-K: Biscuit & sausage, fruit, milk. Grades K-12: Variety cereal, biscuit & sausage, syrup, parfait, fruit, juice, milk. Lunch: Pre-K: BBQ chicken sandwich, fries, pork & beans, fruit, milk. Grades K-5: BBQ chicken sandwich or hamburger, fries, pork & beans, fruit, milk, salad bar. Grades 6-12: BBQ chicken sandwich, hamburger, potato bar, fries, pork & ...

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Mena Council Approves Budget for 2018

BY MELANIE WADE – Mena City Council recently passed Ordinance 2282 approving their projected 2018 budget. The city’s general fund account has an expected $2,529,747 in revenue with allocated expenditures reaching just $40,000 shy of that figure at $2,489,596. The city’s revenue comes from various sources with the largest being city sales tax, which is expected to bring $1.4 million ...

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Martin Recognized for Decade of Service to CASA

BY LEANN DILBECK – The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Board of Directors recently recognized Program Director Cynthia Martin for her 10 years of dedicated service to the program. Board Chair Amye Hebert commended Martin’s dedication to the program and said that she repeatedly goes above and beyond in her efforts to serve the vulnerable children in the program. CASA ...

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Veterans Award Students, Honor Public Servants

BY MELANIE WADE – The local branch of the Veterans of Foreign Wars recently awarded the winners of their Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy contests, as well as honoring their local Public Servants of the Year. The Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen programs are an annual nationwide scholarship programs sponsored by the VFW. The Voice of Democracy is ...

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Jay Marshall Balkenhol

Jay Marshall Balkenhol, age 66, of Mena, AR passed away on December 29, 2017, in Mena, AR. Jay was born March 23, 1951, in Emporia, KS to the late Jacob F. and Lois Marshall Balkenhol. After graduating from Emporia High School in 1969, Jay majored in fine arts at Emporia State University. He received a graphic arts certificate from Salina ...

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Clayton Oneal Wallace

Clayton Oneal Wallace, age 53, passed away of cancer on January 1, 2018 in Conway Regional Hospital, Conway Arkansas. Clayton is survived by his sister, Rosa Ann Abernathy, of Conway, Arkansas; and his niece, Renee LeAnne Abernathy, Mills. He is preceded in death by his father, Clayton Oneal Wallace, Sr., and his mother, Erma Lee Ryals Dunagan. Clayton was born ...

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