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County Budget Facing New Challenges

BY LEANN DILBECK – Budget proposals for the 2014 Polk County budget are currently being prepared for the presiding Quorum Court and this year, they certainly have their work cut out for them as Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison explained, “Revenues have been static the past three years and inflation has eroded the county’s buying power.” To further complicate issues, ...

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“The Witness” Musical Passion Play is Coming to Mena

[Hot Springs, Ark.] “The Witness,” Arkansas’ musical passion play from Hot Springs, will present two performances at Mena High School’s Performing Arts Center on Saturday, November 16th. “The Witness” is the compelling musical drama of the Sacrificial Love of God displayed in the life of Jesus of Nazareth as narrated and sung by the Apostle Peter with an accompanying chorus ...

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Listening With Your Heart

BY LEANN DILBECK – I was given the privilege to speak to a class of young budding journalists recently and was asked for the one best piece of advice I could give them. The advice I gave, I hope, will not only empower them as the next generation of reporters and journalists, but also in life…with whatever career they ultimately ...

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Union Bank Donates to Acorn Gym Expansion Project

Union Bank of Mena recently made a generous contribution to the Acorn School gymnasium expansion project. The expansion will provide much needed room for hospitality, tournament hosting, etc. Pictured above is Philip Hensley, President and CEO of Union Bank, Pauline Morrow, Union Bank Director and long-time supporter of the Ouachita River School District, along with Superintendent, Steve Crumpler and Acorn ...

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Pulse Family Continues to Grow

BY MELANIE BUCK – David and LeAnn Dilbeck, owners of D&L Publishing, Inc., are proud to announce the addition of three new members to its staff at The Polk County Pulse and MyPulseNews.com. Ilana Burk was hired in July of this year as the Composing Manager. Ilana is an Acorn High School graduate and holds a Bachelors Degree in Graphic ...

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Bearcats Cross Country Team Competes at Lake Hamilton Invitational

Mena’s Cross Country Team competed in the Lake Hamilton Invitational held at Oaklawn Racetrack on Saturday, October 19.  All divisions included students from all Class A schools up to Class 7A. Senior Vanessa Parnell placed 29th in her race that had more than 235 high school girls. Freshman Clint Buck placed 138th in the high school boys division that had ...

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Students at HHE Learn Science with Food

Ms. Graves’ fourth grade science class is studying vascular plants (plants with tubes). The class conducted an experiment using celery and food coloring to discover that the tubes carried the colored water up the celery stalks and to the leaves.  Students are pictured zooming in on their discoveries at Holly Harshman Elementary.

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Pride, Prejudice, and Pandering

BY MICHAEL REISIG – The term, “Redskins,” is defined as “usually offensive” by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, but it goes without saying that it is not, by any means, considered a derogatory phrase by any Redskins football team fan, and certainly not by the Redskins ownership. The team, the fans, and the city of Washington have always been proud of their ...

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Check-in Date for Christmas Gift Show Art Work

BY BARBARA M TOBIAS – Yes, I know you’re not ready for the holidays to be upon us—neither am I. But October 30 is the check-in date if you want to enter some of your work in the Mena Art Gallery’s annual Christmas Gift Show. We will be accepting entries from 10 am till 4 pm on that day. The ...

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Mena Regional Welcomes New CFO

[MENA, Ark.] Mena Regional Health System proudly welcomes Chief Financial Officer, Sandie Bowen, to the administrative staff. With over 25 years of experience in the medical financial field, Sandie joins the team at Mena Regional with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Bowen received her bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management from Kaplan University and her master’s degree in Business Administration ...

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