Breaking News

Tag Archives: mena news

Polk County Feeling Affects of Government Shut-Down

BY JACLYN ROSE – The shut down of the United States Federal Government, at midnight on October 1, has had an obvious and far-reaching affect on the entire Nation. At least, 800,000 government employees were deemed non-essential and were placed on an unpaid furlough.  At times, it may seem like Polk County is immune to the political maneuverings of Washington ...

Read More »

More Alike Than Different

October is National Down Syndrome Awareness month. The Pulse was privileged to profile Jacob and his courageous family in the October 24, 2012 edition in an effort to increase awareness that Jacob and 400,000 other people living in America with Down syndrome are “more alike than different.” BY LEANN DILBECK – God’s blessings and inspirations come in many different sizes ...

Read More »

Shutdown curtails camping, hunting and fishing on federal lands

LITTLE ROCK – The federal government shutdown is affecting fishing and hunting on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuges and camping on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects in Arkansas. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is reminding anglers, hunters, hikers, campers and others that the federal shutdown could change their plans. AGFC Director Mike Knoedl said the ...

Read More »

Burr and Laird Arrested in Connection to 2012 House Fire

BY LEANN DILBECK – Mena Police Department has made two arrests in a 12-month old case stemming from a “suspicious” house fire at a home on Westmoreland Drive off Hwy 375S that was owned by Michael White. Alisha Burr, age 27, has been arrested and charged with Arson {5-38-301}, a Class A Felony, three counts of Aggravated Assault {5-13-204}, a ...

Read More »

Mena Water Utilities Approves $2.2 Million Budget & Announces Flushing of Water Lines

BY LEANN DILBECK – The Mena Water Utilities Commission approved its $2.2 million budget for 2014 during its September meeting Monday, which was a reduction of $41,000 from the 2013 budget. They also awarded a contract to Denali Water Solutions from Russellville for $18,000 to remove sludge from the water treatment plant. Personnel estimate that there is approximately 1.5 million ...

Read More »

Pryor Announces $10.5 Million to Expand Job Training at Arkansas Community Colleges

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark Pryor today announced that eight community colleges in Arkansas will receive a total of $10.5 million to expand education and career training programs for high-skill fields, such as advanced manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and ...

Read More »

Roberts Tells the Court, “I’m ready to go.”

BY LEANN DILBECK – “I would like to live but at the same time I am bound by law to take responsibility for the wrongs I’ve done. I’m ready to go,” were the words spoken today by Karl D. Roberts as he took the stand in Polk County Circuit Court before Honorable Judge J. W. Looney. Approximately 30 people attended ...

Read More »

Mena Fire Dept. Dispatched to Violet Street

BY LEANN DILBECK – The Mena Fire Department was dispatched to an unoccupied residence at approximately 6:40 p.m. Monday evening on Violet Street behind the The Crossing Church. Significant brush and tall grass surrounded the house almost making it impossible to see from the road. Three trucks promptly responded and quickly had the fire contained. The call was made from ...

Read More »

Alleged Felony Drug Trafficker, “Tinker” Combs, Waives Jury Trial

BY LEANN DILBECK – The 2011 drug trafficking bust that ended a “hub” drug operation affecting two states and multiple counties may be reaching final closure.  The alleged ringleader of the operation, James “Tinker” Combs, was arrested during the bust and according to Oklahoma District Attorney Mark Matloff, his legal maneuvering is nearing an end, “His days of freedom are ...

Read More »

Mena Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident

BY LEANN DILBECK – A motorcycle accident has claimed the life of a Mena man. According to the Arkansas State Police fatal crash report filed by CPL Tommy Stueart, Ryan O. Jones, age 29 of Mena, was driving his 2005 Yamaha motorcycle last night, August 30, at approximately 11 p.m. eastbound on Hwy 246 near Hatfield when he lost control, ...

Read More »