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Fred’s Department Stores Closing 159 Locations Including Mena (MEMPHIS) Discount chain Fred's is joining the growing list of retailers shuttering stores amid slumping sales. The Memphis-based company announced Thursday that it would close 159 under performing stores by the end of May with "going out of business" sales starting Thursday as it looks to reduce its store footprint and "evaluate strategic alternatives." The announcement affects stores in Mena and 18 other locations in Arkansas. The retailer said in a statement that it retained investment banking advisory firm PJ Solomon to assess its options "to maximize value" and hired liquidation firms Malfitano Advisors and SB360 Capital Partners "to help manage the process and ensure a seamless experience for customers." When companies announce they are considering "strategic alternatives," it often involves a potential sale or restructuring. The closing stores represent nearly 29% of Fred's 557 stores and are located in 13 states, with Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee losing the most stores. Sales at Fred's stores open at least a year fell 4.9% in the first nine months of 2018, compared with a year earlier. In 2017, a deal for Fred's to acquire hundreds of Rite Aid or Walgreens stores collapsed when a mega-merger between the pharmacy giants deteriorated. Months later, Fred's announced it was considering "strategic transactions and alternatives for certain non-core assets," including real estate and specialty pharmacy business. Last September, Fred’s reached an agreement to sell the pharmacy patient prescription files and related pharmacy inventory of 179 Fred’s stores located across 10 southeastern states to Walgreens for $165 million.

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Renovations Ongoing At Ouachita River School District

(ACORN) According to officials at the Ouachita River School District, the district is making some needed improvements that will make the district more efficient at being able to host various events and also give the school the ability of providing some much needed practice facilities for sports teams. Superintendent Jerrry Strasner stated

that the improvements made to the Acorn campus was done with no bonds being issued or having to be financed over a long period of time. In fact, the district was proud to have paid cash for the projects. Most of the inside work done to the Mary Davis Gym, commonly known as the Old Gym, has been completed. The gym was built in the 1950’s.

The approximately $500,000 project, included an Indoor Hitting Cages, resurfacing of the gym floor, new air conditioning and remodeled bathrooms. The Mary Davis Gym will see the most use for band and choir performances, amongst other events that will hold 500 to 600 people.

Polk County Schools Averaging A ‘B’ Grade Rating (MENA) The Arkansas Department of Education released on Monday, April 15th the 2018 Report Cards for all of the Polk County schools. All of the Mena Area School District facilities received a “B” grade rating. Those schools are Louise Durham Elementary

and Holly Harshmann Elementary, Mena Middle School and Mena High School. The Ouachita River School District facilities received a “B” grade rating at Acorn High School and Oden Schools, except at Acorn Elementary, which got a “C” grade rating.

All of the schools in the Cossatot River School District, Cossatot River High School, Umpire K-12, Van – Cove Elementary, and Wickes Elementary received a “B” grade rating in the recent evaluation.


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OLT Announces Cast for “Annie” Rehearsals are well underway for Ouachita Little Theatre’s next musical production, “Annie.” Opening night is Thursday, May 16, 7:30 PM with another evening performance on Friday May 17. There will be a Saturday matinee on May 18 (no performance on Mena graduation day, Sunday, May 19.) Additional performances will be held Memorial Day weekend as follows: Friday, May 24 & Saturday May 25 (both at 7:30 PM) and a Sunday matinee, May 26 at 2:30 PM. Advanced tickets are on sale now at 610 Mena St., 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM weekdays. They will also be available at the door, but as OLT musicals generally sell-out, purchasing advanced tickets or coming early to buy them at the door is recommended. Come see the newly renovated concession stand and lobby at OLT as an added bonus! Co-directors for this award-winning musical are veterans Rudi Timmerman & Jessica Kropp, bringing years of experience and creativity to the production. The incomparable Judy Kropp serves as musical director, and choreographers Gini and April Burt have designed all the dance numbers. Jane Buttermilk is overseeing the huge costuming demands of this 1930’s period musical. Lorraine Timmerman is art direc-

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tor and her talent will be evident in every scene. The directorial staff have chosen two adorable girls, Anna Burt and Tiffiny Cavelli, to play the leading role of Annie. They will alternate weeks playing the orphan Molly when not portraying Annie. Michael Cate is heartily welcomed back onstage to play Daddy Warbucks. LanaGail Coogan will showcase her amazing vocal talent in the role as Grace Ferrell, Warbucks’s lovely assistant. Julie Ulmer is returning to the OLT stage after a 10 year absence as Miss Hannigan. The talented Alex Atchley is delightful as Rooster and Nalu Pruitt is hilarious as the ditzy Lilly. Jason Myers plays Drake the butler, and his dancing skill will delight and amaze audiences. Alexa Night is the rising “Star To Be.” Jim Brace plays Radio Personality Bert Healy and the “Burt Girls,” (Miranda, April, and Gini) sing beautifully as the lovely Boylan Sisters. Veteran Bill Hays plays a dual role as President Roosevelt and Bundles. The orphans, who will most likely “steal the show,” are played by Kiylee Hughes as Pepper, Brakiah Burk as Duffy, Grace Brewer as July, Annie Hughes

as Kate, and KatyAnne Goodnight as Tessie, Ellie Brewer, Serenity Fraser, Lillianne Lloyd, Savannah Levering, and Mariah Dilbert. Rounding out the cast playing vagrants, Warbucks’ residential staff, New Yorkers, dog catchers, cops, presidential cabinet officials, and more, is a very dedicated large cast of characters. They include Anna Morgan, Heather Hilderbrand, Brithney Dilbert, Cristian Miller, Kelhan Howell, Allen Hazen, Mike Moe, Mikel Kenyon-Ortiz, Robby Burt, Aaron Burt, Jacob Kenyon-Ortiz, Purimpus Kemthong, Jeanie Bunyard, Roy Vail, Davy McDonald, Scotty Jenkins, Marvin Glen, Melinda Cate, Ann Glen, Jane Buttermilk, Breanna Crider, Samantha Dilbert, Whitney Dilbert, Maria Dilbert, Savannah Goodnight, Koleman Goodnight, Sophia Hughes, Linda Johnson, Summer Nix, Bethney Settle, MiriamWahl, Elisheba Wahl, Laura Saustaire, Lawrence Kropp, Jackie Biard, Zoie Goforth, Jocelyn Biard, Kristie Kenyon-Ortiz, Julie Moe, and Hannah Thacker.


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Reflections From Faith and History Raiders and Redemption -by Jeff Olson As most of us know, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 was a devastating blow to not only America's military strength in the Pacific, but the extensive loss of lives and morale left our country in a state of dismay and shock. With Japanese military forces surging across the western Pacific, the U.S. was also concerned about the vulnerability of our west coast to invasion. In the wake of all this, President Roosevelt pressed his military planners for a strike against Tokyo, not only as an act of retaliation and defiance for Pearl Harbor but also to boost America's morale and confidence. Lt. Col. James "Jimmy" Doolittle and 79 other airman (known since as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders) volunteered for this daring mission. They trained extensively to launch sixteen B-25 bombers from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet within about 500 miles of Japan. Seventy-seven years ago this week, in the early morning hours of April 18, 1942, a Japanese patrol boat spotted the task force. Doolittle realized that the planes needed to be launched immediately, one day early and some 150 miles farther away than planned. Otherwise, the element of surprise would likely be lost. Due to obvious risks involved, the training for this attack did not include using an aircraft carrier so the take-off at sea would be the first for all of the airmen.

In heavy seas, with some of the waves breaking over the carrier deck, Doolittle took off from the pitching deck and the others successfully followed. They had to fly just above the waves (20-30 feet) to avoid radar detection, and the attack did indeed catch the Japanese by surprise. Thirteen bombers targeted Tokyo and the others struck Nagoya, Osaka, and Kobe. After dropping the bomb-loads on their assigned targets, the raiders flew on until they ran out of fuel (due to the earlier-than-planned take-off). Most of the crews landed in Japanese-occupied China and made it to friendly territory with the aid of Chinese peasants. Thousands of the Chinese were killed by the Japanese in their search for the raiders. One crew landed in the Soviet Union and was immediately interned. Eight airmen were captured by the Japanese, three of whom were later executed and one starved to death. One man was killed on bail-out after mission and two men drowned as a result of crash landing in the water off China coast. Four raiders became POW's of the Germans and thirteen died later in the war.

Freedom Pharmacy contributes to the Single-Parent Scholarship Fund... Single Parent Scholarship Fund chair Pete Chambers thanks Freedom Pharmacy’s Brian Erickson for the Freedom’s $500.00 contribution. In making the donation, Erickson said, “I know education makes a huge difference in a person’s life. And, I personally know that, without this scholarship, there are many single moms and dads who would never have that opportunity.” Submitted photo.

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Police Reports... The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.

Polk County Sheriff’s Report April 8, 2019 Report from complainant on Forest Lane in Vandervoort of problems with a contractor he had hired. Deputy advised that matter was a civil issue. Report from complainant on Polk 36 near Hatfield of being dog bit. Deputy responded. Arrested was Karson B. Crawford, 26, of Mena, on a Warrant for Bond Revocation. Arrested was David M Fraser, 30, of Mena, on a Warrant for Violation of Suspended Imposition of Sentence. Arrested was Samantha E. Coleman, 26, of Mena, on Warrants for Forgery 2nd Degree, Criminal Trespass and two counts of Theft of Property. April 9, 2019 Report from complainant on Polk 48 near Potter of damage done to a sign. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 129 near Rocky of damage done to a vehicle. Deputy responded. Report of a vehicle on fire on Highway 88 East near Mena. Deputy responded. Report from complainant on Highway 71 South near Hatfield of a forged signature. Investigation continues. Arrested was Joseph J. Davis, 40, of Mena, on a Warrant for Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card. April 10, 2019 Report of neglect of animals on Polk 22 near Cove. Deputy responded. Arrested was Jamie F. Beckwith, 27, of Mena, on Charges of Possession of Schedule I/II Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. April 11, 2019 Arrested was Phillip A. Lowery, 43, of Spiro, OK, on Charges of two counts of Theft of Property. April 12, 2019 Report from a Mena man of a missing

family member. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 20 near Cove of the break-in and theft of equipment valued at $220.00. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Lil George Lane near Yocana of an abandoned vehicle on their property, and the theft of two batteries, valued at $100.00. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Highway 375 East near Mena of damage done to a parked vehicle. Investigation continues. Traffic stop on Polk 63 near Yocana led to the arrest of Michelle L. Hogan, 37, of Mena, on Charges of Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Report from complainant on Polk 48 near Potter of trash illegally dumped on their property. Investigation continues. Arrested was Michael E. Trivette, 27, of Mena, on a Warrant for a Parole Hold. April 13, 2019 Report from complainant on West Dover Street in Hatfield of their dog being attacked by other dogs. Deputy responded. Report from complainant on Highway 71 South near Cove of damage done to a vehicle at an unknown time. Investigation continues. April 14, 2019 Traffic stop on School Street in Cove led to the arrest of Cody D. Dees, 33, of Hatfield, on two Warrants for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Also arrested was Matthew B Parnell, 26, of Cove, on two Warrants for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Report from complainant on Highway 246 West near Hatfield of an unknown vehicle parked in their yard led to the arrest of Amos M. Miller, 40, of Mena, on a Charge of Public Intoxication. Report of a domestic disturbance on Highway 88 East near Yocana. Deputy responded. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 18 Incarcerated Inmates , with 4

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Mena Police Department Report April 7, 2019 A local woman reported she is being harassed by an acquaintance. No charges have been filed. April 8, 2019 Jazzmyn Hoskin, 21, of Grannis was charged with shoplifting after officers responded to a call at a local retail store. Melanie Howard, 46, and William Howard, 47, both of Boles, were charged with shoplifting after a call to a local business. A 40-year-old Hatfield woman reported that someone had stolen prescription drugs from her. Case is pending. April 9, 2019 Michelle Huff, 43, of Mena was charged with shoplifting after a call from a local retailer. She was also served an outstanding warrant from the Mena Police Department for failure to pay fines and court costs. Sarah Mitchell, 25, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant. The incident happened after officers had responded to a call in a local neighborhood regarding having issues with a neighbor. April 10, 2019 Officers went to a local residence after

an acquaintance had called to ask that the police check on the welfare of the resident. The woman was located, and was not in peril. April 11, 2019 Report was made of someone breaking a window in a vacant building in Mena. No suspects at this time.. A Mena woman reported that someone had damaged her mailbox. No suspects at this time. A local woman reported that someone had broken a window in a property she owns. No suspects at this time. April 12, 2019 David Sinyard, 43, of Mena was charged with inhaling intoxicants after officers responded to a call concerning a man who would not leave his property. He was additionally served four outstanding warrants from the Mena Police Department. April 13, 2019 Alan Bryan Cox, 47, of Cove was charged with shoplifting. The arrest followed a call to a local retail store. Officers responded to a call from a Mena woman requesting they check the welfare of a dog in her neighborhood. The dog’s owner was advised to provide more adequate shelter. Case was referred to the animal control officer.


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Master Gardeners: Who We Are, and What We Do By Ann Glenn, Master Gardener The annual Plant Sale sponsored by the Polk County Master Gardeners will be held Sat., May 11th from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the Polk County Fairgrounds Education Building. Traditionally, this sale has been to provide the community with a reliable source of healthy plants, well-adapted to our particular region. Most of the plants have been from our own yards and gardens. In recent years, we have asked for your requests and have added purchased plants to provide greater diversity of choice. We have also planted a selection of hanging baskets and container gardens. Although we do share a common interest - gardening for the joy of it members of the Master Gardener program are not a "garden club.” We are members of a statewide volunteer service program. The Master Gardener program in Arkansas started in 1988 with a class of 30 people from four counties. Polk County’s history was begun in the year 2000 with an initial class of over 20, who all completed the requirements of 40 hours of training presented through the University of Arkansas Extension Service, and passed an examination to earn the title Master Gardener. They then proceeded to “pay back” with 40 hours of volunteer community service, plus 20 additional hours of education within the next 12 months.

To maintain their status of Master Gardener in subsequent years, members volunteer at least 20 hours' work on community projects and accumulate another 20 hours of continuing education. There have been 7 additional classes since the first. For the year 2018, our 18 current members reported a

total of 1241 volunteer hours and 622 educational hours. We are looking forward to being joined by 18 new members of the 2019 Class, graduating April 17th. Our activities include educational programs, seminars and workshops for ourselves and the public, and teaching gardening skills in the local schools,

as well as “digging in the dirt” at our sanctioned projects. Our major focus for the next month is getting ready for our Annual Plant Sale. We hope that you will come and take advantage of the opportunity to buy the plants to beautify your own spaces. Mark your calendar!

Judge Announces Candidacy For Court of Appeals Seat (HOT SPRINGS) Judge Emily White announced recently that she will seek the District 4, Position 2, Arkansas Court of Appeals seat. The district covers 15 counties along the western part of the state from Sebastian to Miller Counties and includes Logan, Scott, Yell, Garland, Montgomery, Polk, Sevier, Howard, Pike, Clark, Hot Spring, Hempstead and Little River. Governor Asa Hutchinson recently appointed Meredith Switzer to the un - expired term of Judge David “Mac” Glover, who recently died. State law does not allow Switzer to run for the Court of Appeals position. “I practiced law for 18 years and believe my expertise in criminal law, civil practice and judicial ethics has prepared me for this important office. I currently serve as District Court Judge in the 33rd State District Court, which is Hot Spring and Grant Counties. In addition, Judge White previously served as the Deputy Executive Director of the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, and was the managing attorney for a law practice in central Arkansas, where she oversaw all aspects of civil and

criminal litigation, and served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for both the 6th and 22nd Judicial Districts. Judge White said that she believes in a fair and impartial judicial branch and that a judge’s role should be as an interpreter of the law. If elected, I promise to continue to treat everyone before my court with dignity and respect.” White graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law with a Juris Doctorate and received her undergraduate degree from Henderson State University. White has served as a Special Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court,

special guest speaker for the Arkansas Bar Association, Arkansas Trial Lawyers’ Association, Arkansas State University Systems, Pulaski County Bar Association, Association of Judicial Disciplinary Counsel and the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute. White currently serves on the Arkansas Lawyer Wellness Taskforce appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court. White and her husband, David Lengefeld, have been married for 16 years and have two school-age daughters. White’s family has lived in the Hot Spring County area for over 100 years.

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ELLEN RAE BUSCH Ellen Rae Busch age 54 of Mena, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas. Ellen was born on January 29, 1965 in Mena, Arkansas to Billy Ray Rice and Rosellen Calvery Branch. She was married to Bryant Arville Busch and worked at Mena Regional Health System in the business office. Ellen enjoyed working with flowers and designing arrangements. Ellen attended Faith Missionary Baptist Church and was very involved and dedicated in serving her church family. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, and friend to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed by all. She is survived by her husband, Bryant Busch of Mena, Arkansas; sons: Chase Busch of North Little Rock, Arkansas and Brandon Busch of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren: Bailey Elaine Heald of Mena, Arkansas and Bevin Elizabeth Busch of Mena, Arkansas; father, Billy Ray Rice of Mena, Arkansas; mother, Rosellen “Rose” Branch of Mena, Arkansas; and brothers: Marty Henry of Mena, Arkansas, Paul Arceneaux of Mena, Arkansas, Michael Rice of Hatfield, Arkansas, and Tracy Rice of Hatfield, Arkansas; and a sister, Amanda Beck of Alder Springs, Arkansas She was preceded in death by her grandfathers: Gene Calvery and James Wheat; grandmother, Sybil Wheat; mother-in-law, Virginia Busch; and step-mother, Barbara Rice. Funeral service will be Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Mena with Brother Tim Harper officiating. Interment will follow in the White Oak Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Family and friends visitation will be Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Beasley Wood from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Pallbearers are A.J. Arceneaux, Braxton Arceneaux, Allen Henry, Eddie Kennedy, Matt Stockton, and Teil Henry. Honorary pallbearer is Eric Pistol Sherrill. Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

CLIFFORD E. BENTLEY Clifford E. Bentley, age 89, of Board Camp, died Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at the Mena Regional Health System. He was born on Wednesday, January 15, 1930 to Raymond John and Mary Amelia Campbell Bentley in Marion, Ohio. Clifford was an outdoorsman who loved going fishing on the back of his farm on the Ouachita River. Clifford served his God, his country and his community. Clifford was a member of the Board Camp Baptist Church for many years, serving as a deacon and Sunday school director; served in the United States Air Force for 27 years before retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant, during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War where he received the Bronze Star; also served 30 years on the Board Camp Fire Department and former Director of the Smart Team. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed all different types of music. Clifford was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a great friend who will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Julia Bentley and one brother, James Bentley. Clifford is survived by his three sons and daughters in law, Michael S. Bentley of Waldo, Arkansas, Doug and Berva Bentley of North Little Rock, Arkansas, and Chip and Suzanne Bentley of Board Camp, Arkansas; his daughter, Melanie Cowart of Board Camp; one sister, Dee Dee Bilharz of Florence, Kentucky; special friend, Barbara Hedges of Mena; twelve grandchildren, Beth Rinehart, Michelle Marlette, Gene Bentley, Josh

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Elks Recognizes Local Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters/First Responders With Awards In the courtroom of the Polk County Courthouse the Mena Elks Lodge presented awards to individuals for outstanding service to the community. Every year the Elks name a Deputy of the year. This year the awards were expanded to include local city Police Officers, Fire Fighters and Volunteer Fire Fighters. The Mena Elks Deputy of the year was presented to Deputy Steve Fortner. Deputy Fortner joined the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in 2009 as a Reserve Deputy and became a full time Deputy in 2012. The Mena Elks Fire Fighter of the year was presented to Emory Zakin. Zakin

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joined the Mena Fire Department in July of 2017. The Mena Elks Volunteer Fire Fighter of the year was presented to Walt “Skeets” Williams. “Skeets” has been a volunteer Fire Fighter for 34 years and has served as Chief of the Dallas Valley Fire Department for 28 years. The Mena Elks City Police Officer of the year is Ronnie Dale Richardson of the Mena Police Department. Officer Richardson has served 26 years in law enforcement and has held positions as Jailor, Police Officer, Drug Task Force Officer, Constable, and Deputy Sheriff.

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Hutchinson Set To Reorganize State Cabinet Positions To Save About $15 Million A Year (LITTLE ROCK) Before the final day of the 2019 Arkansas State Legislative session began, Governor Asa Hutchinson said he wanted to reorganize government to reduce the number of state agencies reporting directly to him from 42 to 15. The plan was in House Bill 1763 by Rep. Andy Davis, R-Little Rock. Final action came on Wednesday, April 10th, when, after concurring with a Senate amendment to HB1763, the House voted 96-0 to send the bill to the governor. Hutchinson's reorganization plan represents the most sweeping overhaul of state government since 1971, when Gov. Dale Bumpers, a Democrat, led an initiative to meld 60 agencies into 13 departments under Act 38 of 1971. Hutchinson said he is delighted with the passage of the legislation and he plans to sign it into law today. "Historic change is never easy, but these efforts to increase efficiencies and improve services in state government

are long overdue," the governor said in a written statement. "This is a great day that sets Arkansas on a course for an even greater future with a state government that is more efficient, a better steward of taxpayer dollars, and serves the people of Arkansas well." The Republican governor has estimated that the reorganization effort could save about $15 million a year beginning in fiscal 2021, which starts July 1, 2020. HB1763 would create 15 Cabinet-level departments headed by secretaries, starting in July. It would establish the following Cabinet-level departments: agriculture; commerce; corrections; education; energy and environment; finance and administration; health; human services; inspector general; labor and licensing; military; parks, heritage and tourism; public safety; transformation and shared services; and veteran affairs. The bill would permit Hutchinson to

appoint a 25-member transition team composed of state employees to help in the implementation of the measure and the team would expire this year on July 31. The legislation would require the governor or his designee to present a report by July 21 to the House and Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs

committees with a proposed timeline for the implementation of the Transformation and Efficiency Act of 2019 and a summary of any other work undertaken by the transition team. Hutchinson said he plans to announce the appointment of a 15-member transition team today.

2020 Arkansas State Government Budget (LITTLE ROCK) Also Wednesday, the House and Senate sent the governor bills that would distribute the state's proposed general revenue budget of $5.75 billion to various programs in the fiscal year starting July 1. In a 35-0 vote, the Senate approved House Bill 1876 -- the Revenue Stabilization Act for fiscal 2020. In an 87-5 vote, the House approved identical legislation -- Senate Bill 597. Republican Reps. Joe Cloud of Russellville, Mickey Gates of Hot Springs, Robin Lundstrum of Elm Springs, Austin McCollum of Bentonville and Clint Penzo of Springdale voted against the legislation. The bills would distribute $124.1 million more in general revenue in fiscal 2020 than the fiscal 2019 budget. Most of the increase in fiscal 2020 would go to the Department

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Governor Signs Reorganization Plan Into Law (LITTLE ROCK) Governor Asa Hutchinson on Thursday signed a 2,047-page bill into law that will implement his plan to reduce the number of state agencies reporting to him from 42 to 15, effective July 1. The Republican governor also announced the creation of a transition team to help with the implementation of House Bill 1763 by Rep. Andy Davis, R-Little Rock. The legislation is now Act 910, Hutchinson spokesman J.R. Davis said. The transition team will be chaired by the governor's chief transformation officer Amy Fecher, who also serves as executive vice president of operations at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. In addition to Fecher, the team has 15 members, including governor's office legislative liaison Conley Hurst, the son of Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst. Hutchinson said the transition team "will be setting the stage for the 15 Cabinet secretaries that will be announced most likely within the next 30 days." Afterward, Davis said Conley Hurst was included on the transition team based on his exceptional abilities and that doesn't mean the governor has already decided to promote Stacy Hurst to a Cabinet secretary post.

Act 910 establishes the following Cabinet-level departments: agriculture; commerce; corrections; education; energy and environment; finance and administration; health; human services; inspector general; labor and licensing; military; parks, heritage and tourism; public safety; transformation and shared services; and veteran affairs. Act 910 requires the Office of Personnel Management, as directed by the governor, to establish and submit the appropriate class code, grade or line-item maximum for each Cabinet-level secretary to the Legislative Council or to the Joint Budget Committee for its review before July 1. Hutchinson has estimated that the reorganization effort could save about $15 million a year beginning in fiscal 2021, which starts July 1, 2020. The reorganization represents the most sweeping overhaul of state government since 1971 when then-Gov. Dale Bumpers, a Democrat, led an initiative to meld 60 agencies into 13 departments under Act 38 of that year. Hutchinson said the reorganization would place about 200 state boards and commissions in either the Department of Health or the Department of Labor and Licensing to "give the support for what we are trying to accomplish with professional li-

censing and efficiencies at the same time." Senate President Pro Tempore Jim Hendren, R-Sulphur Springs, said, "We got a little grief about why Rep. Davis was in the Senate committee so long," referring to the Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affair Committee, where the bill was vetted for a few weeks. The Senate's amendment to the bill took the Public Service Commission out of the proposed Department of Energy and Environment to make it independent, and will allow the banking, insurance and securities departments in the proposed Department of Commerce and the Plant Board in the proposed Department of Agriculture to maintain rule-making abilities and independence from their respective Cabinet secretaries. The governor's office said the other members of the 15-member transition team include: • Becky Anderson, Arkansas Economic Development Commission director of strategic support services. • Chad Brown, Office of State Procurement statewide program manager.

• Charlie Collins, Department of Finance and Administration budget and policy manager. He is a former Republican state representative from Fayetteville. • Steve Goode, Tobacco Control director. • Solomon Graves, Department of Correction's public information and legislative liaison. • Jay Harton, Department of Information Systems chief operating officer. • Danni Hoeffer, Alcoholic Beverage Control medical marijuana attorney. • Alex Johnson, Arkansas Economic Development Commission director of rural services. • Caleb Osborne, Department of Environmental Quality associate director. • Steven Porch, Department of Career Education litigation attorney. • Ann Purvis, Department of Health deputy director for administration. • Mitch Rouse, Department of Environmental Quality chief of staff. • Phillip Warriner, Arkansas State Police human resources administrator. • Brooke Woodward, assistant transformation officer in the governor's office.

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Deputy Sheriff Gets Charged With Animal Cruelty (CONWAY) A special prosecutor has charged a former Faulkner County sheriff's deputy with a misdemeanor over the shooting of a small dog. Former Deputy Keenan Wallace was charged Tuesday with cruelty to animals. Wallace was fired over the Jan. 4 shooting in a resident's yard in Shiloh Estates near Conway. Wallace is to appear May 6 in Faulkner County Circuit Court. If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. The dog, Reese's, resembles a Chihuahua mix. It has been undergoing medical treatment since the shooting. Jeff Phillips, the prosecuting attorney for the 5th Judicial Circuit, was appointed to handle the case. Carol Crews, the 20th

Judicial Circuit prosecutor, said she had a conflict. The shooting took place during a service call Wallace had answered, apparently about the dog. Resident Doug Canady has said he began feeding the "skinny little malnutritioned dog" after he moved into the neighborhood three years ago. In a video of the incident, two small dogs, barking and wagging their tails, can be seen running around near the deputy's feet. The deputy is heard asking Canady if he wants to step to the road to speak with him. Canady says no, and shortly after that a shot is fired. The video then focuses on the deputy and shows Reese's writhing on the ground.

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Daughters of American Revolution Heritage Tea (MENA) The James K. Polk Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution held their Eighth Annual Heritage Tea on Saturday, April 13th at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. The speaker for the event, the Madam State Regent, Junelle Mongno, herself a U.S. Air Force Lady Veteran, spoke on “Celebrating Women Throughout Our American History Who Have Sacrificed for American Freedom”. The intent o f the Heritage Tea was to celebrate their heritage as Americans and members of the D.A.R.

Numerous lady veterans attended the invitation only event. Four of which represented the U.S. Air Force, two from the U.S. Navy, and two from the U.S. Army. The Ouachita Strings played beautiful music throughout the event The James K. Polk Chapter will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary next December. Anyone interested in joining the organization may email the Registrar, Dotty Kinnun at thekinnuns@gmail.com or by contacting Corkie Copher at cortezjcopher@ yahoo.com.

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Hogs Baseball Shows Resilience in Escaping the Sweep (NASHVILLE, TN) The University of Arkansas scored five ninth-inning runs, escaping a sweep with a 14-12 victory over Vanderbilt at Hawkins Field on Sunday afternoon. The Razorbacks (26-10, 9-6 SEC) had 22 hits, 9 two-out RBI, got the leadoff man on 7 times, and scored more runs against the Commodores than any SEC team this season. Arkansas' pitching was another story. But right-hander Marshall Denton struck out the only two batters he faced to get his first save. The Razorbacks got embarrassed in Saturday's 12-2 loss, and was more determined than ever to not get swept on Sunday. Right fielder Heston Kjerstad and catcher Casey Opitz led Arkansas with four hits, while first baseman Trevor Ezell and shortstop Casey Martin each had three. Ezell and Opitz led the Razorbacks with three RBI. Vanderbilt had closer Tyler Brown on the mound with one out and nobody on in the ninth, and a 11-9 lead. Brown entered the game with a 1.52 ERA.

Martin singled and first baseman Matt Goodheart tripled to center. Center fielder Dominic Fletcher then delivered an RBI single to right to tie. On a 1-2 pitch and two outs, third baseman Jacob Nesbit lined a double to left for the go-ahead run. Opitz singled to left to score two more insurance runs after Vanderbilt third baseman Austin Martin homered off Zebulon Vermillion to start the bottom of the ninth. Denton struck out right-hander Harrison Ray and lefty Cooper Davis with two runners on to seal the victory. For the second consecutive day, Arkansas has a disastrous outing from its starter Sunday when Cody Scroggins allowed 10 runners and 6 runs in 2 innings. Ace reliever Matt Cronin, who had an 0.63 ERA coming in, gave up a two-run home run to catcher Philip Clarke in the seventh that put Vanderbilt (27-9, 9-6) up 11-8. Arkansas struck with a pair of two-out, RBI singles from Kjerstad and second baseman Jack Kenley in the first. Scroggins couldn't find the zone in the bottom of the inning, throwing 10 balls in

his first 13 pitches. He left the bases loaded, but only gave up a run on Clarke's RBI single. Ezell added an RBI double with two out in the second. This time, Vanderbilt answered with five highlighted by first baseman Julian Infante's solo home run and Clarke's two-RBI double, Infante greeted reliever Patrick Wicklander with a third-inning leadoff homer. The Commodores then loaded the bases before the game turned for a spell. Wicklander struck out Ethan Paul and Clarke, then got a pop-up to left to end the inning.

Arkansas took an 8-7 lead with three in the fourth and two in the fifth, thanks to an Opitz homer to lead off the fourth, then, Ezell's two-out, two-RBI single to right for the lead in the fifth. Vanderbilt came back with four consecutive runs. Nesbit pulled the Hogs to within two with a sacrifice fly to left in the eighth. Vanderbilt Coach Tim Corbin said getting a sweep would have been big for the Commodores. Vermillion (4-0) picked up the victory for the Razorbacks who host the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Baum-Walker Stadium in Fayetteville.

The Arkansas Derby Recap (HOT SPRINGS) Six Oaklawn-raced horses have enough points to run in the Kentucky Derby, including Omaha Beach and Improbable, the top two finishers in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby. Omaha Beach garnered a one-length victory, led by Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella. The War Front colt, owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm, will probably be shipped on

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High School Sports Recap Wednesday, April 10th BASEBALL: Mount Ida 18, Cossatot River 3 SOFTBALL: Mount Ida 9, Cossatot River 6 Murfreesboro 8, Mena 3 Thursday, April 11th SOFTBALL: Mount Ida 4, Centerpoint (Amity) 3

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Mena’s Harvey Signs with Southern Arkansas University Muleriders (MENA) Connor Harvey signed his Letter of Intent to play college basketball with the Muleriders of Southern Arkansas University on Tuesday, April 16th in the Union Bank Center on U.S. Highway 71 South.

Harvey is a 6 foot, 2 inch senior guard, who helped lead Mena to a 19-9 overall record & 10 and 2 in conference play during the 2018-2019 season.

Travs Are No Hit, But Still Win The Game (NORTH LITTLE ROCK) In one of the most remarkable wins in franchise history, the Arkansas Travelers defeated the Tulsa Drillers, 1-0 in 10 innings on Sunday afternoon while four Drillers pitchers combined to no-hit the Travs in the game. Arkansas managed seven walks and a hit batsman with the winning run scoring on a bases loaded free pass to Joseph Odom. The four Tulsa pitchers to take part in the first Texas League no-no of 2019 were Mitchell White (4 IP),Parker Curry (3 IP), Marshall Kasowski (IP) and Louis Head

(1.2 IP). Three Trav pitchers combined to shutout the Drillers on just five hits and one walk. Darren McCaughan authored six shutout innings on three hits with eight strikeouts. Aaron Northcraft followed with two scoreless on one hit with one strikeout. Parker Markel then pitched the ninth and 10th innings allowing one hit with one walk and four strikeouts. The win pushes the Travs to 8-2 on the season and three games up on Tulsa in the North Division, of the Texas League..

Travs Home Opener Successful (NORTH LITTLE ROCK) The Arkansas Travelers have returned, starting their 54th consecutive season in the Texas League. And while the Travs are now the oldest

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team in the league they will be guided by the youngest manager in the league -34-year-old Mitch Canham. The Travs played their first seven games on the road, winning three of four games at Tulsa and sweeping a threegame series at Northwest Arkansas. It's the best start for the Travs since 2015 and it has made some Travs fans optimistic for the rest of the season. With the season home opener on Thursday night against the Tulsa Drillers, Jake Fraley belted a three-run home run and the Arkansas Travelers held off the Tulsa Drillers 9-8 Thursday night in front of 4,036 fans at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock. In its home opener Thursday, Arkansas (7-1) made the most of eight hits and took advantage of Tulsa's wildness to claim its fourth consecutive victory. Five Drillers pitchers walked a combined six batters and hit two more on a cloudy, windy eve-

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Scammers Selling Fake ‘Fido’ Pets to Families LITTLE ROCK) Scam artists are hiding online pretending to sell domestic pets, but instead are taking the consumer’s money without turning over a new fluffy friend. Often, these ads are found on free buy-andsell websites and use especially endearing photos of the animal they have no intention of sending, or may not even own. “Con artists are scouring the internet looking for new ways to get into our wallets,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “Families considering adding a new pet have a lot to think about, especially whether having this new pet is the right decision

for them. They should not have to also worry if the seller is trying to scam them.” Attorney General Rutledge and the Federal Trade Commission released the following tips to avoid falling victim to a scammer selling a pet that does not exist. Visit in person the breeder or rescue group offering the pet. Responsible individuals and organizations will allow potential customers to tour their facility. Search the user’s profile for warning signs that it may be a scam. Fake breeder websites can often look real because they steal content from legitimate rescue sites. Look for duplicate sites by copying a line

from the website into a search engine and looking for identical wording elsewhere on the Internet. Arrange to pick up the animal from a kennel instead of meeting the breeder at a potentially unsafe location. Do not rely on the breeder to ship the animal, and never pay for shipping. Check the organization’s references. Talk to others who have purchased pets from this breeder and the breeder’s veterinarian. Pay for the puppy with a check or credit card. If a breeder pressures for a wire transfer or prepaid debit card payment, it is

probably a scam. Attorney General Rutledge encourages Arkansans to do their research regarding adopting and purchasing pets. If you have questions about a potential pet shipper, the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association provides a list of trusted shippers across the world. For more information and tips to avoid scams and other consumer-related issues, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s office at (800) 482-8982 or consumer@arkansasag.gov or visit ArkansasAG.gov or facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge.

Lifetime Resident Disabled Veterans License for Hunting and Fishing and Lifetime Duck and Trout Stamp (LITTLE ROCK) Governor Asa Hutchinson has signed Senate Bill 397, that creates an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission resident disabled veterans license that includes a lifetime combination hunting and fishing license, a lifetime Arkansas

duck stamp and an Arkansas trout stamp. AGFC Director Pat Fitts said the license will double the reach of eligible recipients to over 14,000 disabled veterans. “It also lowers the threshold from 100 percent disable to 70% disabled,” Fitts said. “While we

can never fully repay our disabled veterans for what they have given this country, we can say ‘thank you’ by offering this lifetime license,” he added. The cost of the license will be $52.50 and will be available 90 days after the cur-

rent legislative session officially adjourns. The new license is an option to the current $1.50 resident disabled military veteran lifetime fishing license and the $1.50 resident disabled military veteran lifetime hunting license..

Shade Trees on Playgrounds Program Accepting School Applications through May 3 LITTLE ROCK, AR – Arkansas Agriculture’s Forestry Commission is now accepting applications for the 2019 Shade Trees on Playgrounds (STOP) program through May 3, for schools needing additional shade on playgrounds. Selected schools will receive five shade

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unique region and conditions of each playground. Lacebark elms, oaks, tulip poplars, and black gum trees are common candidates for the program. To participate in the STOP program a school must meet the criteria below: The Arkansas Agriculture Department

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UA Rich Mountain Machine Tool Continues Winning Streak at SkillsUSA (MENA] The Machine Tool program from the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain claimed yet its fourth victory in a row this week during SkillsUSA competitions held in Hot Springs. Six out of the twelve students from UA Rich Mountain’s Machine Tool program competed this year. Winners for the collegiate program are: Kim Wise - Gold CNC Turning Bailey Turner - Silver CNC Milling Dylan Davis - Bronze CNC Milling. Kim Wise is the first female in the state of Arkansas to ever win gold at the state competition in CNC turning. From the High School Career Center program, the winners are: Jaren Dillard - Gold CNC Milling Joseph Looney - Bronze CNC Milling Josh McCoy - Silver CNC Turning These students have earned the oppor-

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PET OF THE WEEK Bubbles is a blue eyed boy! He is Lynx Point ( silver striped markings ) Siamese. Friendly and litter box trained too. Bubbles is good with cats too if you have some feline friends for him. Bubbles says " Don't miss your opportunity to adopt me! Hurry to HSO!" ALL ANIMALS AT HSO ARE SPAYED/NEUTERED AND ARE CURRENT ON THEIR VACCINATIONS PRIOR TO ADOPTION. OFFICE PHONE NUMBER: (479) 394-5682 • WEB SITE: www.hsomena.org • HSO is a 501(c)(3) organization. Please consult your tax advisor to see if your donation is tax deductible.


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Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fibers Arts Group meets at Mena Art Gallery. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 7:00 p.m. – Good Friday Service at Hatton Baptist Church with speaker Bro. Gary Jewell. • 7:00 p.m. – Service of Darkness at the Trinity Lutheran Church • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Hatfield Auditorium Country-Western Dance Admission is $6 and 50/50 drawing. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. SATURDAY, APRIL 20 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Children’s Art Class at the Mena Art Gallery, for children ages 5 to 9. Cost is $2. Call 479-394-3880 to reserve spot. • 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – 3rd Saturday Gospel Singing to be held at Janssen Park. Bring a lawn chair and cold drink. Musicians and singers welcome. For more information, contact Stanley or Jeanette Dreyer at 479-2160533. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 479-243-0297 or 479-2164606. SUNDAY, APRIL 21 • 6:30 a.m. – Easter Morning Sunrise Service at the Hatfield Mehtodist Church - Hwy 71 in Hatfield. Breakfast will follow service. • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. - Easter Breakfast followed by Sunday School and then Morning Worship at the Hatton Baptist Church with pastor Bro. Joe Thibeau. • 8:30 a.m. – Easter Breakfast at the Trinity Lutheran Church - 1010 DeQueen St., Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – Easter Festival Service held at Trinity Lutheran Church

- 1010 DeQueen St., Mena. • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 3:00 p.m. – Worship service is held at Sulpher Springs Church. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. MONDAY, APRIL 22 • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. - Clarice’s Room of Hope group gathering will be held at 403 North Morrow St., Suite C. • 6:00 p.m. – Home Front Warriors CMA Chapter 377 meeting at Limetree Restaurant. Meeting follows meal. • 6:00 p.m. – We The People Tea Party meets at Papas Mexican Restaurant. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – Mena Elks Lodge meeting. All Elks are invited to attend. TUESDAY, APRIL 23 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardener Community Men’s Breakfast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The written portion of the drivers test will be given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority, and as long as road conditions are optimal the driving portion of the test will be given. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena St. Bring your current project and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The

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Hatfield Branch library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. – T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union Bank Community Room for weigh-ins, followed by a meeting. • 5:15 p.m. – Women Run Arkansas. walking/running clinic to meet at the MHS track. Join for a 5K prep for May or to kick off your exercise routine. • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Polk County Housing Authority Community Room live country and gospel music. • 7:00 p.m. – The Marine Corps League Detachment will meet at The Limetree Restaurant, Mena. For more information, call 479-234-0769. • 7:30 p.m. – Mountain Meadow Masonic Lodge #218 will meet at the Hatfield Lodge. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479-234-2887 or 479-234-3043. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Shepherd’s Closet open at First Baptist Church 4802 Hwy 71 S Hatfield, AR 870-389-6412. Accepting and distributing clothing/usable household items/ and nonperishable food items. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. - The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in Mena. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Polk County Library Cove Branch is open. • 5:30 p.m. – Dinner at Christ Community Fellowship followed by services at 6:15 p.m. services for Youth, Children’s Activities, Young Adult and Adult Bible studies. • 5:30 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Bible Study Service. • 5:45 p.m. - The Mena First United Methodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – Warriors for Christ will meet at the Southside Church of God. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at Grace Bible Church, 1911 Hwy 71 N. Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479243-0297.


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Arkansas House Wraps Up 2019 Session (LITTLE ROCK) More than 900 bills have been signed into law this session. This General Assembly has reduced taxes, addressed infrastructure needs, increased funding to education, and transformed state government. One of the last bills passed was the amendment to the Revenue Stabilization Act. This outlines the $5.7 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2020. It includes a 2.2% increase in spending from the current fiscal year. It is the lowest amount of increased spending in Arkansas in the last 10 years. The increases include an additional $61 million for Medicaid and additional $31 million for public education. The budget also addresses public safety by increasing funding for state police to hire more troopers and funding for the Department of Community Correction to hire more parole officers.

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This budget includes increases for The University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, the Division of Agriculture, and the Department of Correction. Meanwhile, legislation passed this session has reduced income taxes for more than a ½ million families in Arkansas to the tune of $97 million. We reduced taxes for business and paved a way for tax fairness with online sales tax. In addition, every homeowner in Arkansas will benefit from the $25 increase in the homestead tax credit. When it comes to infrastructure, the 92nd General Assembly passed legislation creating $95 million in additional funding. We have also referred an amendment to voters on the November 2020 ballot to create additional funding for highways. In addition to the $31 million increase in education, this General Assembly also increased the minimum starting teacher salary pay by $4 thousand over the next 4 years. Just this week, the Governor signed The Transformation and Efficiencies Act of 2019 into law. It authorizes the reduction of the number of cabinet-level agencies from 42 to 15 and accomplishes the largest reorganization of state government in almost 50 years. We passed legislation transforming our juvenile justice system. Pilot programs have shown these changes result in a lower prison population and drastically reduce the number of children in foster care. The 92nd General Assembly cut red tape for small businesses, created and funded the Next Generation 911 system, and laid the groundwork for a state of the art cancer research facility in Arkansas. The House will convene again on April 24 to address any unfinished business and officially adjourn the 2019 Regular The Polk County Pulse Session.

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Daisy Bates, Johnny Cash Give Arkansas History a Fresh Face Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s weekly address: LITTLE ROCK – After three months of hard work that produced historic and much-needed legislation, the 92nd General Assembly has adjourned. Together, we cut taxes. We raised teacher pay. We funded roads and highways, and we passed legislation that will bring more efficiency to state government. But while we were passing laws that will make history, we also passed legislation that recognizes Arkansas’s history. Senate Bill 75 authorizes the state to put two new statues in National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. House Bill 1030 declared September 1 to be an annual Arkansas Music Appreciation Day in honor of Arkansas’s rich musical history that is rooted in the earthen soul of Arkansas from the gumbo mud of the Delta to the tree-shrouded hollows of the Ozarks. I signed those bills this week in a ceremony that included some of the royalty of Arkansas’s civil rights movement and musical heritage. The Arkansans who currently represent us in Statuary Hall are U. M. Rose,

a lawyer who served as president of the American Bar Association, and James Paul Clarke, a governor of Arkansas and a U.S. senator. Their statues have been there for nearly a hundred years. Most everyone who was involved in the discussion agreed we needed to update the statues with representatives of our more recent history. But there were many opinions about which historic figures best represented our state. The debate was lively and healthy. In the end, the Senate chose Daisy Lee Gatson Bates and Johnny Cash. Jan Brown, Mrs. Bates’s goddaughter; Annie Abrams, a friend of Mrs. Bates; Rosanne Cash, Johnny’s daughter; and Joanne Cash, his sister, were among those who joined me in the conference room for the bill signing. The history of the civil rights struggle in Arkansas is an essential part of our story that says much about courage and who we are as a state. Daisy Bates was a key person in that story. She continues to inspire us. Music is a big deal in Arkansas, and Johnny Cash is a big deal in music. Those

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two great historic figures who made such a difference in Arkansas in their own way are appropriate people to tell part of the story of Arkansas in our nation’s capitol. Senator Dave Wallace, who sponsored the bill, spoke of walking past the portrait of Mrs. Bates that hangs on the north end of the capitol. He said, “I’d look at that portrait. I’d look at the statue of the Little Rock 9. I’d think about the courage it took for her to walk with those children. Mrs. Bates changed Arkansas, and changed it for the better.� Music is such an important part of Arkansas that the House of Representatives decided that we should set aside a day of

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