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Westin Named Superintendent of the Year in Arkansas Cannon Interviewed for State School Board Magazine (MENA) Mena School Superintendent Benny Weston was named as the Arkansas Rural Education Association Superintendent of the Year. Mr. Dale Query made a special effort to attend the Mena School Board meeting Tuesday night at the administration building to present the award. Weston humbly accepted the award, with board members, administrators & others in attendance that quickly ap-

plauded their approval. Congratulations to Mr. Weston in winning such a prestigious award. Meanwhile, Mena School Board Member Kyle Cannon was featured in the March issue of The Arkansas School Board Association’s monthly magazine. Cannon, 45, was interviewed by the publication and talked about his experiences of being a director. Cannon is the Wickes branch manager for Union Bank of Mena.

Steinmetz Scheduled to Deliver Commencement Address at UARM (MENA) UA Rich Mountain Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson is pleased to announce that the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville Chancellor Dr. Joe Steinmetz will deliver this year’s commencement address. Dr. Steinmetz has served as the flagship’s chancellor since 2016. A nationally respected behavioral neuroscientist, Dr. Steinmetz was recognized in 1996 by the National Academy of Sciences for his contributions to the fields of experimental psychology and neuroscience. In 2012 he was named an AAAS Fellow. “It is both an honor and a privilege to not only have Dr. Steinmetz on our campus, but to deliver the commencement address. I’m not at liberty to give details but can confirm that Dr. Steinmetz will be delivering a tremendously exciting announcement that will be of great importance not only to this year’s graduates but for future generations.” Dr. Steinmetz’s research interests include neuroanatomical and neurophysiological substrates of learning and memory; the effects of alcohol on neural and behavioral function; neurobiological and behavioral models of fetal alcohol syndrome; and the neurobiology of simple human learning, memory, and cognitive function. Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Thursday, May 9 at 6 p.m.

on the front lawn of the campus. In the event of rain, ceremonies will be moved to the Union Bank Center (the new gym). The public is invited to attend and celebrate this accomplishment with the UA Rich Mountain Class of 2019. Mena Superintendent, Benny Weston is presented the Superintendent of the Year Award by Dale Query.

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(MENA) The board of directors of the Mena School District met Tuesday, April 16th and discussed various items of interest. The board approved the renewal of the Certified and Classified Personnel within the district. They also accepted numerous retirements and resignations of district employees. Superintendent Benny Weston discussed the recognition of all of the 2019 Student Awards from the entire school year, which will come to a conclusion with graduation on Sunday, May 19th at 3pm in Bearcat Stadium. The board got an update on various issues relating to the maintenance upgrades presently underway at district facilities. A

recent inspection of the bus fleet resulted in no issues found. The board was introduced to the new Mena High School principal David Maxwell. Maxwell has been balancing his time between his current job in Arkadelphia and here in Mena. Maxwell has been spending at least one day a week in Mena; but, plans on starting to get up to speed on his new job sooner than expected. Maxwell has been getting high praise and reviews according to Superintendent Weston on his interaction with the high school staff and students, going so far as to giving staff and students his email address, so that he may receive their input on issues.


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Acorn High School Choir To Host Their Annual Dinner Theatre (ACORN) The Acorn High School Choir will host their annual Dinner Theater on May 2nd and 3rd in the air conditioned Elementary Gymnasium. The show is entitled “Cinemagic” featuring song hits from some of history's biggest films including The Greatest Showman. The doors will open at 5:30 with dinner being served at 6:30. This year we will be serving a pulled pork barbeque sandwich,

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Reflections From Faith and History America’s First Lady of the Air -by Jeff Olson When it comes to women in aviation, Amelia Earhart is probably the first name which comes to mind for most Americans. However, one name which may have escaped us is that of a lady who inspired, among others, Earhart herself. Harriet Quimby was born in Arcadia, Michigan on May 1, 1875. Her family moved to San Francisco in the early 1900s. As a child, Quimby had been described as a “tomboy full of verve and spunk who was prepared to try anything.” Harriet had always dreamed of becoming a journalist, so in 1902 she took a job as a writer for the Dramatic Review. The following year she moved to New York City where she began writing for Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly. There, she was the drama critic writing reviews of plays, the circus, comedians, and moving pictures. She also wrote articles advising women on their careers, on auto repairs, and on household tips. In addition, she served as a photojournalist, traveling to Europe, Mexico, Cuba, and Egypt. Harriet was well into a successful career in journalism - that is until she attended the Belmont Park International Aviation Tournament on Long Island, New York in 1910. There she met Matilde Moisant and her brother John, a well-known American aviator and operator of a flight school at Mineola. It was John who most inspired Harriet to pursue flying - which in her

words, appeared “...quite easy. I believe I can do it myself, and I will.” Sure enough, Harriet learned to fly and on August 1, 1911 she became the first American woman to earn a pilot’s certificate. Soon afterward, she joined the Moisant International Aviators, an exhibition team with whom she traveled to Mexico and became the first woman to fly over Mexico City. In 1912 Harriet borrowed a 50-horsepower Bleriot monoplane from Louis Bleriot and began preparations for an English Channel flight. One hundred seven years ago this past week, April 16, 1912 (the day after the Titanic sunk), she flew from Dover, England to Hardelot, France - becoming the first woman to pilot a plane solo across the English Channel. Even though it was only a 25 mile flight, keep in mind that this was just 8 years after the Wright Brother's first flight. Amelia Earhart later described Quimby's crude aircraft as "hardly more than a winged skeleton with a motor." Three months later, on July 1, 1912 during an aviation meet, Harriet died in a flying accident at Dorchester Harbor near Boston. For her bold and inspirational pioneering spirit and lasting impact on aviation and aviators, Harriet Quimby is considered "America's First Lady of the Air" and is enshrined into the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

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Arkansas Communities Celebrating ‘Community Development Week’ Communities across Arkansas and the nation will recognize the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program during National Community Development Week April 22-26 while celebrating the 44th year of the program. For more than four decades, CDBG has provided local communities with an important source of funds to address affordable housing, and community and economic development needs. The CDBG program provides grants to more than 1,200 local governments across the nation to create neighborhood approaches that improve the physical, economic and social conditions in communities. Every CDBG $1 leverages more than $4 in other funding, bringing additional vital resources to communities. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) has administered the state’s CDBG program since 1983. Each year, AEDC holds public meetings and hearings across the state to obtain citizen input on community needs. Based on that input, AEDC prepares a plan to prioritize and distribute the state’s allocated federal CDBG funds. Last year in Arkansas, 39 communities received grants, totaling more than $15 million. The types of projects ranged from infrastructure and building improvements to creating community programs to serve its citizens. For example, CDBG funds were used by the City of Eureka Springs in Carroll County to repair damage caused by storm water drainage in a channel parallel to the city’s Main Street in the historic business district. The project reinforced the channel while removing and

replacing undersized culverts, which had caused widespread flooding and erosion. The project unearthed several buried items, including the frame of an old car. The White County Children’s Safety Center, built in part with CDBG funds, has served more than 3,200 child sexual abuse victims from White, Cleburne, Stone, Independence, Jackson and Woodruff counties in the last 10 years. Specially trained nurses work under the direction of a local pediatrician and Arkansas Children’s Hospital for exams, using equipment donated by University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS). As a result of the project, the center is able to utilize the services of telemedicine equipment so that most victims do not have to travel to UAMS or Arkansas Children’s Hospital for services. Every Child Is Ours, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing books and school supplies in Tuckerman in Jackson County, realized the community’s lower income citizens – including children and elderly – had an overwhelming need for food and shelter. CDBG funds helped construct a new building to house a food pantry while expanding drug rehabilitation services, and now sends home 780 backpacks with students to have food for the weekends and additionally serves more than 1,000 people each month with food. The State of Arkansas will receive $17.8 million to administer in FY19, which runs July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. For more information on the Arkansas CDBG program, visit www.ArkansasEDC.com.


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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 The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of April 15 - April 21, 2019. 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. April 15, 2019 Report from complainant on Cedar Lane in Hatfield of a break-in and theft. Investigation continues. Report of a disturbance on Highway 71 South near Cove led to the arrest of Richard L. Maish, 43, of Gillham, on a Charge of Disorderly Conduct. Report of a domestic disturbance on Polk 151 near Hatfield led to the arrest of Austin C. McCulley, 24, of Hatfield, on a Charge of Disorderly Conduct. Arrested was Monica D. Shores, 33, of Hatfield, on Warrants for Bond Revocation, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card and two counts of Violation of the Arkansas Hot Check Law. April 16, 2019 Report from complainant on Polk 42 near Potter of a possible break-in. Deputy responded. April 17, 2019 Report from complainant on Highway 71 South near Hatfield of the theft of tools, tarps and fishing accessories, all valued at $245.00. Investigation continues. April 18, 2019 Report from complainant on Highway 84 near Wickes of the theft of a vehicle. The vehicle was later located in another county and was returned to the owner. Report of a vehicle in a flooded creek on Polk 2 near Grannis. Deputies responded.

Report of disruptive behavior led to a 16-year-old male being issued Juvenile Citations for Disorderly Conduct and Terroristic Threatening. The juvenile was released to the custody of a parent/guardian. Report from complainant on Polk 18 near Vandervoort of a vehicle striking a residence. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from complainant on Tilley Road near Hatfield of a missing lawn mower, valued at $1,397.00. Mower was located and investigation determined that no criminal activity had occurred. Report of suspicious behavior led to a 16-year-old female being issued a Juvenile Citation for Public Intoxication. The juvenile was released to the custody of a parent/guardian. Arrested was Rosie R. Arthur, 45, of Oden, on Warrants for Probation Violation and three counts of Failure to Appear. Arrested was Jennifer L. Caswell, 35, of Dequeen, on a Warrant for Probation Violation. April 19, 2019 Report from complainant on West Barton Street in Cove of the fraudulent use of a credit card. Investigation determined no criminal activity had occurred. April 20, 2019 Arrested was David M. Fraser, 30, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear. Arrested was Kristian D. Taylor, 31, of Hatfield, on a Warrant for Probation Violation. April 21, 2019 Report of domestic disturbance in the Wickes area. Deputies responded. It was determined that the disturbance had happened in Howard County. The case was turned over to Howard County Authorities. Report from complainant on Highway 8 East near Board Camp of vandalism done to a vehicle. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Highway 375 West near Potter of being harassed by an acquaintance. Information has been

forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from Mena Regional Health System of a dog bite victim. Deputies responded. Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked two vehicle accidents this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 20 Incarcerated Inmates , with 5 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

POLK COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT ARRAIGNMENTS All information is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. I, Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner, within and for the 18th - West Judicial District of the State of Arkansas, of which Polk County is a part, in the name and by the authority of the State of Arkansas, on oath, do hereby accuse the defendant of unlawfully committing in Polk County, Arkansas, the following crimes: State of Arkansas vs. Robert S. Williams, White / Male; DOB: 05/26/1967 Count 1: Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance / Methamphetamine, in an amount of less than Two Grams. A Class D Felony. Count 2: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Methamphetamine. Class D Felony. Count 3: Possession of a Controlled Substance / Oxycodone, in an aggregate weight of Two Grams or less. A Class D Felony. Count 4: Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance with the Purpose To Deliver / Marijuana, more than Fourteen Grams, but less than Four Ounces by aggregate weight, including an adulterant or diluent. A Class D Felony. State of Arkansas vs. Michelle Hogan, White / Female; DOB: 08/01/1981 Count 1: Possession of Drug Paraphanalia / Methamphetamine. Class D Felony. Count 2: Driving on Suspended License

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Caddo to Cossatot by Rex Nelson ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE

I depart Glenwood on U.S. 70. After about four miles, I turn onto Arkansas 84 and continue west. The route takes me across the northern part of Pike County. “In 1900, Martin White Greeson… started a campaign for a dam on the Little Missouri River to alleviate flooding.” Construction began on June 1, 1948, and finished on July 12, 1951. The lake was named Lake Greeson in honor of Martin Greeson.” There’s not much traffic on Arkansas 84 as I pass through Lodi and Langley. At Langley, I head north on Arkansas 369 to check out the Albert Pike Recreation Area on the Little Missouri River. On June 11, 2010, a flash flood along the river killed 20 people as the river rose more than 20 feet in four hours. Dozens of campers were rescued by emergency workers. The U.S. Forest Service closed the campground and hasn’t allowed camping since the flood. In May 2012, portions of the site were reopened for day use. The Little Missouri begins in Polk County and flows to the southeast through Montgomery and Pike counties. After walking around Albert Pike, I head back down Arkansas 369, take a right and continue west on Arkansas 84. I’m soon in the northeast corner of Howard County. Arkansas 84 runs into U.S. 278 at Umpire. The Cossatot River begins southeast of Mena and flows south through Howard and Sevier counties before emptying into the Little River north of Ashdown. The upper part of the river is considered one of the top whitewater streams in this part of the country. Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area conserves a 12-mile section along the river. There are more than 30 rare plant and animal species in the park. According to the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism: “The idea of establishing a natural area along the upper Cossatot surfaced in 1974, shortly after the Arkansas Environmental Preservation Commission was created. The panel later was renamed the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission. On Nov. 19, 1987, the state Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission held a joint meeting with the Natural Heritage Commission. Gov. Bill Clinton announced that day that the state had joined forces with the Conservancy to buy the land. The Nature Conservancy acquired title to 4,144 acres on Dec. 23, 1987. Management responsibility was transferred to the state in July 1988.


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Growing Season Prescribed Burns Benefit Turkey Habitat (HOT SPRINGS) -- Forest managers have long known that prescribed fire used to aid with land management is an important tool to improve wildlife habitat. While many prescribed burns are conducted during the dormant season, or winter, there are benefits to extending the activity into the growing season. The concern expressed by some is the effect of prescribed burns on ground nesting birds, specifically wild turkeys. March and April are generally known as wild turkey nesting months. Forest managers say that burning during this time is much more beneficial than harmful to wild turkey populations. “A common misconception is that prescribed burns during March and April are detrimental to wild turkey populations because they burn wild turkey nests,” said Ouachita National Forest Biologist Clay Vanhorn. “While we do the bulk of our prescribed burning prior to turkey nesting season, we have learned that prescribed fire during growing season is an important tool in creating the improved nesting and brood habitat that turkeys require to thrive.” Burning during late March and April — when shrubs and saplings start to bud — is much more effective at reducing brush and saplings and stimulating grass and flowering plant growth than winter burning. Hunters know, and research shows, that the lush, new plant growth resulting after a prescribed burn attracts a multitude of insects and provides food and shelter for growing turkey poults. Conversely, if prescribed burns are not implemented, the result is less favorable habitat, a decrease in young poult survival, and eventually a decline in the turkey population. Two to three years after the prescribed burn, the habitat is prime nesting for hen turkeys. “Hens prefer nesting in prescribed burn areas in the 2-3 years after the initial burn. The vegetation during this period is not too thick, but it has grown enough to provide adequate cover for the nests and young poults,” said Matt Anderson, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests Wildlife Biologist. “Since hens prefer this type of habitat, many of them are not nesting in the thicker, denser areas that are generally the target for prescribed burning during March and April.” Historically, spring is the time for cleansing fires in nature. Before humans began focusing on fire suppression in wildlands, spring lightning storms ignited fires that

eliminated brush and opened forests up to new growth. This resulted in a more fire resistant forest and enhanced habitat for wildlife at the same time. Today, forest managers work to mimic nature’s original forest health cycle with planned prescribed burns. According to Vanhorn, turkeys, like many animals in Arkansas and Oklahoma forests, adapted to natural, periodic fires. “This has been happening for as long as we’ve had forests. We’re restoring an important component to an ecosystem that evolved with fire. It’s very common to see turkeys feeding on acorns and insects within hours of a prescribed burn, even with brush and grass still smoking around them.” A position paper by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) supports the prac-

tice. “While the loss of wild turkey nests to prescribed fire is a legitimate concern, a majority of wild turkey research shows very few turkey nests are lost directly because of springtime burns. Research suggests that hens prefer nesting in areas that have been burned within the past two years, but not in high numbers in unburned areas because the habitat is too thick. For the few nests that are lost due to habitat management activity, predation, or even weather-related events, it’s important to note that hens may re-nest up to three times.” To read more of the NWTF position on springtime prescribed burning and its effect on turkey populations, log on to www.nwtf. org/prescribed-fire. To learn more about prescribed burning in general, log on to our website at http://tinyurl.com/y5nx4ang.

Book on Choctaw Constitutions to be Released at Judicial Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (DURANT, OK) A ribbon cutting ceremony will open the Choctaw Nation Judicial Center this month. A new book, “The Choctaw Constitutions,” also will be released at the event. The book will be for sale in the lobby after the public ceremony which begins at 10 a.m. April 25 at the Choctaw Nation Judicial Center, 2250 Chukka Hina in Durant. Kathy Carpenter and Joy Culbreath of Choctaw Nation Education Special Projects edited the history book that contains the text of the Choctaw Constitutions from 1838 to the present.

The book also features a revision of the original six chapters of “The Seven Constitutions” by the late James D. Morrison, Ph.D., published in 1977. In addition, new information is included about the two most recent Choctaw Constitutions and some of the major court cases involving the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. District 4 Councilman Delton Cox and Choctaw Nation Appellate Division Judge Bob Rabon, who contributed significantly to the publication, will be on hand to sign copies.

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DOROTHY JUNE “FREELEN” JEWELL Dorothy June “Freelen” Jewell age 80 of Vandervoort, Arkansas went to be with our Lord on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas. Dorothy was born June 21, 1938 in Texas to the late Jim Freelen and Ethel Doss Freelen. She was united in marriage to Clarence Junior Jewell her husband of 62 years. Dorothy was a humble homemaker by the grace of God. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister and friend. She loved crocheting, playing bingo, cooking family meals and quilting. She was a faithful member of Vandervoort 1st Baptist Church, she loved singing and praising God and reading the Bible to her husband and spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by daughters: Janie Kinman and husband Allen of Big Springs, Texas, Marilyn Barrett and husband John, Jr. of Vandervoort, Arkansas, Glenda Watkins and husband Kenny of Vandervoort, Arkansas, and Kim Jobe and husband Robert of Mena, Arkansas; son, Ronnie Jewell and wife Loretta of Cove, Arkansas; brother, Kenneth Freelen of Alma, Arkansas; sisters: Sue Brumbelow of Bagwell, Texas and Frankie Gurley of Amarillo, Texas; 22 Grandchildren; 47 Great-grandchildren; and 7 Great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Ethel Freelen; husband, Clarence Jr. Jewell; daughter, Kathye Martin; grandson, Travis Barrett; granddaughter, Marsha Martin; one sister, Helen; and five brothers: James, William, Newt, Tiny and Donald. Funeral service will be Monday, April 22, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Vandervoort 1st Baptist Church in Vandervoort with Brother Aaron M. Anglin officiating. Interment will follow in the Witherspoon Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Family and friends visitation will be Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 7:00 -8:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Pallbearers will be Richard Martin, Jason Johnson, Jonathan Barrett, Brandon Mar-

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VERNA MAY SNITKER STRICKLIN Verna May Snitker Stricklin age 81 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in Pencil Bluff, Arkansas. Verna was born on March 8, 1938 in Hatfield, Arkansas to the late Henry Miller and the late Iva Brewer Miller. She enjoyed gardening, taking walks and spending time with family and friends. Above all she loved her Lord and Savior and her family. Verna was an adoring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her. She is survived by daughters: Tami Pickett and husband Gary of Bentonville, Arkansas and Chandra Fields and husband Shawn of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren: Rodney Warford and wife Keri, Lindsey Tabb and husband Logan, Adam Beck and wife Savannah, Aaron Beck and wife Ashlea, Andrew Beck and wife Kayla, Brittany Fields, Brandon Fields, Jaeli, Austin and Ethan Fields; great-grandchildren: Madison Sander, Andrew Cerra, Max and Stel-

RAMONA “MONA” WILLIS STRICKLIN Ramona “Mona” Willis Stricklin age 68 of Hatfield, Arkansas was reunited in Heaven with her honey, Larry Stricklin, on Monday, April 15, 2019. Mona was born on May 14, 1950 in Talihina, Oklahoma to the late Elesten Willis and Lilliella Samuel Willis. She was married to the late Larry Stricklin for 28 years until his passing in 2016. Mona worked in several occupations during her life, business owner, bookkeeper, truck driver, and most recently bank teller. She enjoyed watching and going to basketball games with family and friends. Mona was an active member of the Hatfield First Baptist Church for many years and sang in the church choir. She was well known to cook the best fried potatoes, pinto beans and Indian Tacos. Most of all she loved God, and spending time with grandchildren and family. She was a devoted and loving mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to everyone that knew her. She will be dearly missed by all.

la-Anne Warford, Cody, Caydee, Charlee Jo and Case Beck, Lynnlee and Asher Cook, Dax Beck, Kortsen Edwards and Drexley Beck; brother, Kenny Miller and wife Lynn; sisters: Billie McDaniel, Norma Stricklin and husband Charles. Linda Owens and husband Richard; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Iva Miller; her first husband, W. Wayne Snitker of 33 years; husband, William Stricklin; daughter and son-in-law, Shari and Doug Beck;, brother, Donald Wayne Miller;, sister, Wanda McDaniel; and a grandson, Seth Warford. Funeral service were Monday, April 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Hatfield First Baptist Church with Brother Scott O’Rear and Brother Keith Rose officiating. Interment followed in the Six Mile Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Family and friends visitation was Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Pallbearers were Kenny Miller, Jr., Jody Miller, Travis Miller, Richie Owens, Josh Owens and Jeremy Owens. Honorary Pallbearers were Her Nephews Online obituary at She is survived by a son, Dale David Willis of Hatfield, Arkansas; step-son, Beau Stricklin and wife Laurel of Dublin, California; daughter,Tasha Strickland and husband Charles of North Little Rock, Arkansas; step-daughters: Tonya Thacker and husband Ron of Mena, Arkansas and Toni Gay and husband Brad of Washington, Oklahoma; grandchildren: Brittanie Willis of Mena, Arkansas, Paris, Elvis, Tucker, and Sailor Stricklin of Dublin, California, Tateli, Taylor, and Ty Thacker of Mena, Arkansas, Ashleigh and Alexis Gay of Washington, Oklahoma; mothe, Lilliella Willis of Battiest, Oklahoma; brothers: Edgel Samuel of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Vernon Willis of Battiest, Oklahoma, Junior Willis of Battiest, Oklahoma, Everett “Glenn” Willis of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; sisters: Elfreda Willis of Battiest, Oklahoma and Alice Thomas of Nokoma Park, Oklahoma; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Elesten Willis; husband, Larry Stricklin; brother, Norman Samuel; niece, Amanda Willis; nephew, Garreth Stricklin; and mother-in-law, Wanda McDaniel. Funeral service was Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Hatfield First Baptist

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Church with Brother Rick Bateman officiating. Interment followed in the Six Mile Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Family and friends visitation was Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Pallbearers were David Willis, Beau Stricklin, Charles Strickland, Elvis Stricklin, Junior Willis, and Dewayne Tonihka. Honorary pallbearers were Garry Stricklin, Vernon Willis, Glenn Willis, and Edgel Samuel. Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

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Weekly Publication VESTER O’DONNELL PARKS Vester O’Donnell Parks, age 76, of Mena, died Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at his home. He was born on Thursday, May 7, 1942 to Arlie Odonel Parks and Verna Patten Cunningham in Mena, Arkansas. Vester was a good man and hard worker. He worked as a local policeman in the 1970’s, and later went on to work for the Polk County Road Department. Vester also worked as the Campground Manager at Wolf Pen Gap. He relished the outdoors and liked to fish and deer hunt when he could, and also enjoyed gardening and canning. He was a member of the Elks Lodge. Vester was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his father, Arlie Parks; his mother and step father,

CHARLES MICHAEL BROWN Charles Michael Brown age 69 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, April 19, 2019 in Mena. He was born on December 11, 1949 in Dermott, Arkansas to the late Charles Faye Brown, Jr. and the late Betty Jo Beeson Brown. He was married to Connie Ayers Brown and was a Towboat Captain for 40 years. Having a servant heart, he volunteered for Samartains Purse, prison ministries and nursing homes. Charles was an active member of the Dallas Baptist Church for 22 years and proud member of AA for 26 years. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and being “Papa” to all his grandchildren. He was a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend to all who knew him. He is survived by his wife of forty years, Connie Brown of Mena, Arkansas; sons:

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Verna and Dee Cunningham; and one son, Vester Parks II. Vester is survived by his loving wife of 5 years, Donna Parks of Mena; two sons, Mike Parks of Mena, and Richard Parks of Wilson, North Carolina; two daughters, Victoria Jones of Henderson, Tennessee, and Twana Parks of Medon, Tennessee; one stepson, Derek Miller; two brothers, Ernal Cunningham of Mena, and Jeff Cunningham of Mena; eight grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends. Graveside services were held Friday, April 19, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Old Dallas Cemetery. Visitation was Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena. Pallbearers were Farrell Cole, Jewell Watkins, Brent Shrader, Jim Bo Davis, Derek Miller, and Cameron Ramirez. Honorary Pallbearers were Dwight Goodner and Joe Bill Ward. Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

James Allen Ellis of Mena, Arkansas, Michael Thomas Ellis of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Charles Vincent Brown of Mena, Arkansas; grandndchildren: Bailey Ellis of Conway, Arkansas, Joshua Bates of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Chelsi Schoeppey of Mena, Arkansas, Madison Ellis of Mena, Arkansas, Evelyn Ellis of Mena, Arkansas, Bianca Ellis of Colorado, Ryleigh Fondren of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; great-grandchildren: Maybree Bates of Mena, Arkansas, Easton and Juliet Schoeppey of Mena, Arkansas; brother, Lindy Brown and wife Holly of Eudora, Arkansas; a host of nieces, nephews and special friends, Carrol Pettigrew, Monty Harris, Guy McDill and Ronnie Wagner and many more too to mention. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Betty Brown and a son Joseph Daniel Brown. Memorial service will be Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church with Brothers Ronnie Wagner and Justin Leonard officiating under the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

GALE RAY HENRY Gale Ray Henry, age 74, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, April 19, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas. Mr. Henry was born October 10, 1944 in Mena, Arkansas to the late William “Bill” Henry and Olive Burgess Henry and was happily married for 53 years to Sally Henry. He retired after 36 years from U. S. Motors. For many years prior to working at U. S. Motors, he worked with his father, brothers and nephews running Henry’s Logging. Gale loved to work, even in his spare time. He was a friend to everyone he met and was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend. He will be dearly missed by all. Survivors are his wife, Sally Henry of the home; children: Danny Ray Henry and wife Lisa of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Gregg Henry and wife Tammy of Mena, Arkansas, Shane Henry and wife Loretta of Mena, Arkansas’ grandchildren: Aaron Henry of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Nikki Henry of Bentonville, Arkansas, Dylan Blaylock of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Lauren Gage and husband Devin of Mena, Arkansas, Christopher Henry and Fiancé Kristin Mayo of Mena, Arkansas, Dillion Gage and wife Charli of Mena, Arkansas, Derrick Gage of Mena, Arkansas, Shawna and Israel Garcia of Mexico, Ashley Hernandez of Mena, Arkansas, Joey Sparks and wife Lisa of Texas, Jesse Henry and wife Ashley of Mena, Arkansas, Mandy Henry of Mena, Arkansas, Brendon Henry and wife Brianne of Mena, Arkansas; brothers: Carl Henry and wife Ruby of Little Rock, Arkansas, Wendell Henry and wife Jodene of Mena, Arkansas; sister: Brenda and husband Jerry Davis of Springdale, Arkansas; special friend, Wayne Simpson; and 20 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents William and Olive Henry and brothers William and Wayne Henry. A Memorial Service was Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Funeral Home with Minister Dana Kinsey officiating. Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

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NORMA MAE GASTON REED Norma Mae Gaston Reed age 93 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, April 19, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas. She was born on September 17, 1925 in Gaston Community, Arkansas to the late Grady Gaston and the late Anna Fiddler Gaston. Norma worked as an LPN for many years in the Medical profession. She had a servant’s heart by helping anyone in need. She was a member of Free Will Baptist Church and enjoyed doing the bulletin board at her church and helped at Rich Mountain Nursing Home. Norma was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her. She is survived by her son, Michael Reed of Wichita, Kansas; daughter, Pat Murray of Gardendale, Alabama; grandchildren: Michele Murray of Pelham, Alabama and Todd Murray and wife Lynn of Mount Olive, Alabama; great-grandchildren: Anthony DiSalvo and wife Carmen, Dalton Murray, and Braden Murray; great-great-grandchildren: Braylon DiSalvo and Presley Kate DiSalvo; sisters: Beth Aukes of Mt. Ida, Arkansas and Mary “Boots” Massey and husband Wayne of Hot Springs, Arkansas; and special friend, Melba Davis. She was preceded in death by her parents, Grady and Anna Gaston; sister, Imogene Singleton; and brothers: Darryl Gaston, Lynn Gaston, and Robert Gaston. Funeral service were Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Freewill Baptist Church in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating. Interment will be in Gaston Cemetery in Oden, Arkansas under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Pallbearers were Jeff Aukes, Mike Hoover, Mac Westmoreland, Gary Threlkill, Terry Davis and Jr. Carter. Honorary pallbearers were Wayne Massey, Gary Alexander, Guy Alexander, Ken Singleton, Kelly Singleton, Brian Aukes, Bill Wells and Jerry Singleton.


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Weekly Publication Polk County Health Unit Offering Extended Hours {MENA) – Polk County Health Unit has special hours on Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. These extended hours allow the unit to stay open later to accommodate those who cannot come in during normal business hours. Clinical services that are available during these later hours, from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. each Tuesday, include: Women Infants and Children (WIC), nutrition counseling and support, family planning, sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening and services, and immunization appointments. Staff will be available from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday to schedule appointments, answer calls, and issue birth and death certificates. On Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday’s, the Polk County Health Unit will continue with regular business hours from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For more information, please call 479-394-2707. Local health unit location and services information can be found at www.healthy.arkansas.gov.


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Public Meeting Set for Parks and Recrecation Needs (MENA) The City of Mena invites its citizens and other interested persons to a drop-in public meeting at City Fire Station No. 2 located at 1100 Mena Street in Mena on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. The purpose of the meeting is to identify potential outdoor park and recreation needs and priorities. Following the identification process, city officials will select those priorities to be submitted to the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism for a Outdoor Recreation Matching Grant application. Ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, senior citizens, and special interest groups are encouraged to attend and participate. For those unable to attend the meeting, you may phone (479) 394.3141. Written comments may be submitted to the City of Mena, 520 Mena Street, Mena, AR 71953. Please make plans to drop in and share your thoughts!

Library Offering Free Conversational Spanish Class (MENA) The Polk County Public Library will offer a conversational Spanish class free to the public beginning Thursday, May 2, 2019. The class will be presented by Lydia Razo and will meet on Thursdays from 4:30pm to 5:30pm in the Community Room at the Library.  No supplies are required;  Ms. Razo will prepare handouts as needed. Pre-registration is not required but you can call the library (394-2314) or stop in to place your name on a class list. This class is designed for adults but attendance is open to younger individuals as well.  Class size is limited to 15.

Tyson Grannis plant team members recently raised $1500 and donated the money by the request of Rachel’s family to the Cossatot River High School Choral Dept for the Rachel Norman Memorial Choir Scholarship. Rachel was a 5 year member of the CRHS Choir and choir president her senior year. The scholarship is for $500 and will be presented to a senior member of the CRHS Choir going on to a 2 or 4 year university. The scholarship recipient will be announced at the upcoming concert on April 30. Pictured is Susan Brewer, CRHS Choral Director receiving the money from Tyson Grannis plant team. Photo submitted by Susan Brewer, CRSD

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(LITTLE ROCK) The bi-annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for April 27. It is an important opportunity for Arkansans to clean out old and unused prescription medications because more than half of Arkansas teens report it is easy to obtain

prescription drugs from their parents’ or grandparents’ medicine cabinets. Prescription Drug Take Back is one way to ensure these lethal drugs stay out of the hands of addicted Arkansans. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released the following list of medications

UA Rich Mountain and Arkansas Workforce Center Hosted Job Fair (MENA) The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain, Career Pathways, along with Arkansas Workforce Center hosted a Job Fair, on Thursday, April 18, inside The Ouachita Center, on the main campus of UA - Rich Mountain. The event was well attended and afforded employers the opportunity of exploring new avenues of finding quality employees to fit their needs. Approximately thirty one organizations and businesses were on hand for the day

that will be accepted at these events across the State: • Opioids, such as OxyContin, Hydrocodone, Vicodin, etc. • Stimulants, such as Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, Dexedrine, etc. • Depressants, such as Ativan, Xanax, Valium, etc. • Other prescription medications • Over-the-counter medicines • Vitamins • Pet medicines • Medicated ointments and lotions

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Arkansas House Wraps Up 2019 Legislative 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 session.

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Jockey Suspended For Beating (HOT SPRINGS) A jockey has been suspended 60 days for misusing his whip on another rider at Oaklawn. A stewards’ ruling posted Thursday on the Association of Racing Commissioners International website alleges that David Cohen “deliberately” whipped fellow jockey Edgar Morales several times during the eighth race at Oaklawn Park on April 6. Cohen and his horse Bolita Boyz were forced wide into the stretch by Morales and No Funny Biz. The two raced side-by-side through the stretch, with Cohen whipping

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his mount left-handed and apparently also striking Morales. Neither horse won the race. Morales testified he had four welts on his right thigh from Cohen’s whip. Although jockeys can be accidentally struck by a whip in a race.The ruling said other riders and valets testified they overheard a discussion in the jockeys’ room and that they considered Cohen’s admission as a deliberate action rather than being accidental. Cohen’s suspension runs from April 27 to June 25.

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Tuesday, April 16th BASEBALL: Bauxite 10, Mena 6 SOFTBALL: Bauxite 11, Mena 1 BOYS SOCCER: Mena 6, Cossatot River 0 GIRLS SOCCER: Cossatot River 4, Mena 1 Thursday, April 18th BASEBALL: Foreman 11, Cossatot River 1 SOFTBALL: Cossatot River 18, Foreman 3 BOYS SOCCER: Pulaski Academy 2, Mena 1 GIRLS SOCCER: Pulaski Academy 11, Mena 0 Monday, April 22th BASEBALL: DeQueen 8, Mena 7 – 8 Innings Gurdon 14 , Cossatot River 3 SOFTBALL: DeQueen 9, Mena 1 District Softball Tournament at Dierks Mount Ida 8, Foreman 1 Gurdon 16, Acorn 6 BOYS SOCCER: Mena 4, Arkadelphia 0 GIRLS SOCCER: Arkadelphia 6, Mena 0 Tuesday, April 23rd BASEBALL: District Softball Tournament at Dierks Mt. Ida vs. Foreman/Acorn Dierks vs. Gurdon SOFTBALL: District Softball Tournament at Dierks Dierks vs. Mount Ida Murfreesboro vs. Gurdon TRACK AND FIELD: District 2A-7 @ Acorn District 41-7 @ Mena

Mena Athletes Can Get A FREE Physical (MENA) The annual free physicals will be held on Tuesday, May 14. ALL COACHES will hand out physical forms soon. Ladycats will have their physicals at 5:30pm in the Union Bank Center and the Bearcats will follow immediately afterwards. This is the only opportunity that the school can provide for the free physicals.

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Youth Boxer Debut In Pine Bluff (PINE BLUFF) Zach Willis, age 11, competed at Pine Bluff on Saturday, April 20th . At their “Boxing in the Streets “ show. Things didn’t go as well as the coaches from Mena had hoped for. Willis fought 3 hard rounds and lost a decision to an older and bigger boxer from Columbia, Louisiana. Coaches from the Mena Defenders Club stated that they were “extremely proud of him no matter what. He along with all his Angels teammates and his Defenders teammates do something most grown ups do not do, they train hard every day and compete every month.” Willis is the grandson of Tammy and Garland Cox of Acorn. Next up for Willis and his teammates, is their defense of their hometown at the June 15th boxing card show, KO CANCER. The event will be held at the historic Armory in downtown Mena.

Mena Loses Nailbiter to DeQueen (DeQUEEN) The Mena Bearcats baseball team travelled to DeQueen and the Leopards in a critical conference game, as the high school playoffs are fast approaching. DeQueen jumped out to a 2-0 lead, before the bats started to come alive for the Bearcats and tying the contest in the 2nd inning. The Leopards then jumped out with a three run insurance inning in the 3rd, as a big RBI double was hit that drove in three runs and the Leopards went up 5-2. But, Mena wasn’t done yet. They bounced back and went ahead in the 5th inning to take a 6-5 lead. DeQueen tied it up later and then both teams tightened up before the Leopards finally won the slugfest, 8-7, in eight innings. Mena drops to 5-14 overall and 1-8 in the 4A-7 Conference. DeQueen improves to 8-8 overall and 4-7 in the Conference.

High School Sports Schedule This Week Wednesday, April 24th BASEBALL: Mena vs. Nashville 4:30pm SOFTBALL: Mena vs. Nashville 4:30pm Thursday, April 25th BASEBALL: Acorn or Mount Ida vs. Horatio 4:30pm SOFTBALL: Mount Ida vs. Horatio 4pm CRSD vs. Gurdon or Murfreesboro 6pm

Zach Willis age 11 competed at Pine Bluff April 20th at their “Boxing in the Streets “ show. Zach fought three hard rounds and lost a decision to a older, bigger boxer from Columbia, Louisiana.

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Humane Society of the Oauchitas PET OF THE WEEK

Tux is a classy looking large Tuxedo Cat �at is as friendly as he is impressive! Tux is good with children and with other cats. He is litter box trained. Tux would look awesome in any home and will soon be a family favorite! 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.


Weekly Publication THURSDAY, APRIL 25 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County will meet at Papa’s Mexican Café. Contact Sue Cavner at 234-5844 or Linda Rowe at 234-2575 for more info. • 12:00 p.m. – Polk County Widow’s Club Luncheon at Papa’s Restaurant in Mena. RSVP to Ann Genzel 214-250-9032 • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Salvation Army Family Store helps families with utilities. • 5:30 p.m. – Women Run Arkansas walking/running clinic meets at the MHS track. Preparation for 5K or great to kick off your fitness routine. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s Meeting at the ABC Club at 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Education Wing, West End. Call 479-2342297 for more information. • 6:00 p.m. – GriefShare weekly seminar/support group will meet at the Ouachita Regional Hospice, 602 DeQueen Street- Mena. Anyone who is grieving the deat of a loved one invited. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. FRIDAY, APRIL 26 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – PCDC Board of Directors will meet in the MRHS Conference Room A. • 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. – Narcotics Anony-

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mous 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 479-243-0297. SATURDAY, APRIL 27 • 7:30 a.m. – Cherry Hill Cemetery clean up day. Coffee and donuts. Note: flowers must be removed from graves by Friday, April 26th. • 10:00 a.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous - men’s meeting - ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71 S., Mena or 281-387-0400 • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – 5th Annual Clyde Jewell Family Reunion at the Vandervoort Community Bldg. Potluck at noon - everyone welcome. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 4:00 p.m. – Chicken Dinner and Benefit Auction with proceeds to benefit the Wickes Straight Shooters 6th-8th Grade Archery Team. Held at the Wickes Elementary Cafeteria. Orders to go available. • 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 479-216-4606. SUNDAY, APRIL 28 • – Christ’s Church at Cove hosting The Dave Melton Family Singers. For info call 479-322-9498. • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 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 29 • 12:00 p.m. – 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. • 6:30 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 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. TUESDAY, APRIL 30 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardner 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. – Veteran’s Cafe of coffee and donuts at Peachtree Assisted Living- 1803 Cordie Drive, Mena. All veterans welcome. For info call 479-3941134, ask for Serena. • 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 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. – HCI will hold its monthly Board of Directors meeting in the HCI Conference room. Open to public. • 5:30 p.m. – Women Run Arkansas walking/running clinic meets at the MHS track. Preparation for 5K or great to kick off your fitness routine. • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Polk County Housing Authority Community Room live country and gospel music. • 7:00 p.m. – Dallas Valley RVFD will meet for training at the Fire House. • 7:00 p.m. – Acorn Fire & Res-

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cue will meet at the Fire Department. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479-234-2887 or 479-234-3043. WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 • 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 Hatfield, Wickes, Grannis, Vandervoort, Cove, and Mena. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library 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 479-243-0297.

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MyPulseNews.com news@mypulsenews.com 18 Ozark-St. Francis National Forests Officials Seeking Public Comments on Proposal to Amend Forest Plan (RUSSELLVILLE) Ozark - St. Francis National Forests officials are seeking public comment on a proposal to amend the Forest Plan to update conservation practices for threatened, endangered and sensitive bat species on the Forests. “Forest managers are proposing an amendment to the Forest Plan to establish more targeted measures to protect bat species and their habitats, including the Indiana Bat,” said Amy Burt, forest planning and NEPA coordinator. Information on the project can be found on the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55628. Two open-house style public meetings to discuss bat conservation on the Forests are scheduled at the Forest Supervisor’s office at 605 W. Main Street, Russellville, Ark. The first meeting is Fri., May 3, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the second is Sat., May 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Comments on the proposal will be accepted at any time during the process. To

establish standing for objection eligibility, comments must be received during a designated opportunity for comment. The comment period will last 30 days after the publication of the legal notice in the Forest newspaper of record, The Courier in Russellville, Arkansas, on April 14, 2019 and will end on May 14, 2019. Responses may be submitted by mail to: Forest Coordinator, 605 W. Main St, Russellville, AR 72801. Comments may also be mailed electronically to the Forest Supervisor’s office, in a common digital format, to comments-southern-ozark-stfrancis@fs.fed.us. Please state “Plan Amendment and EA” in the subject line when providing electronic responses, or on the envelope when replying by mail. Comments may also be submitted in person at the open-house meetings. For additional project information, contact Amy Burt at the Supervisor’s Office in Russellville, Arkansas by phone at 479964-7282 or by email at amy.burt@usda. gov.

Wildlife Suppression Kits Distributed to Fire Departments LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Rural Fire Program, managed by the Arkansas Agriculture Department’s Forestry Commission (AFC), received $237,000 from the United States Forest Service to purchase and distribute 79 Wildfire Suppression Kits to statewide volunteer fire departments in 2019. Kits feature equipment and gear necessary for the safe suppression of wildfires and will be delivered to selected volunteer fire departments through May. Volunteer fire departments are the primary partner to AFC crews in wildfire response and suppression but often need the specialized equipment and gear necessary for safe wildfire suppression. Since 2014, more than 300 volunteer fire departments have received Wildfire Suppression Kits through the Rural Fire Program. Kits distributed this year include lightweight

wildfire-resistant personal protective equipment, hand rakes, back-pack water pumps, and leaf blowers. Volunteer fire departments interested in participating in the Wildfire Suppression Kit program submit applications that are scored according to specific criteria including fire district population, the size of the response area, wildfire equipment response needs, and other factors. The application period for the 2020 Wildfire Protection Kit program starts in September. Contact Kathryn Mahan-Hooten at Kathryn.Mahan@agriculture. arkansas.gov or (501) 679-3183 with questions or to be added to the Rural Fire Program email distribution list. Area fire departments receiving kits in 2019 were Board Camp in Polk County, Norman in Montgomery County and Y City in Scott County.

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Get YourWANTED News On! - HELP RICH MOUNTAIN CONSERVATION DISTRICT will be accepting applications for the position of Water Quality Technician. This is a full time state position that consists of office and field work. Must be proficient in Word and Excel. Applications may be picked up and turned in at the office of Rich Mountain Conservation District between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 508 7th Street in Mena. Any questions, call 479-437-6054. Applications will be accepted until April 26, 2019. T42419 The Cossatot Senior Center at 7366 Hwy 71 S, Wickes has a PT Relief Driver/Cleaning Helper open. 4 hours per day or more if driving. Please come in to fill out an application. T50119 Cossatot River School District is seeking applicants for Principal at the Cossatot River High School campus. Interested applicants should send resume and application to Mickey Ford, Principal, 6330 Hwy 71 South, Cove, AR 71973 or email: mford@ cossatot.us. Cossatot River School District is an equal employment opportunity provider. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. T42419

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Cherry Hill School Reunion: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - Cherry Hill Gospel Church (formerly Methodist Church). Visitation 11a.m., Potluck lunch 12 noon, business 1 p.m. Tell classmates. Please come. T050119

Meditation and Metaphysical Class - I am considering starting a class again in Mena and am looking especially for a few of the people who were in my class in 2003? If interested, contact Leonard (479) 243-3115. T050819

Polk County Widow’s Club Luncheon at Papa’s (Mena) on March 28th, 2019 at noon. Please join us! RSVP: Ann T042419 Genzel 214-250-9032

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Barrett Announces Candidacy for Arkansas Court of Appeals Seat

Stephanie Potter Barrett is announcing her candidacy for Arkansas Court of Appeals District 4, Position 2. The office serves 15 counties along the western part of the state including Sebastian, Logan, Scott, Yell, Garland, Montgomery, Polk, Sevier, Howard, Pike, Clark, Hot Spring, Hempstead, Little River and Miller Counties. “I believe my diverse and vast experience in the legal field, both civil and criminal, as well as prosecuting and defense, gives me a well-rounded perspective that will serve well as a Court of Appeals Judge. If elected, I will base my decisions on the law and the facts as they apply

to the law and refuse to allow politics and result-oriented opinion writing to interfere with the duty at hand. I will be honest, fair and impartial and treat both parties on appeal with civility and decorum.” The citizens of Miller and Lafayette Counties recently elected her to a second term as the Prosecuting Attorney for the Eighth Judicial District South, which serves Miller and Lafayette Counties. She graduated with honors from Arkansas High School in 1991 and from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a B.A. in 1995. In addition to her studies at the University of Arkansas, she attended George Washington University where she studied International Relations. She also studied foreign language at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. During law school, she studied comparative law at Oxford University in Oxford, England. She is a 1997 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Following law school graduation, she served as a law clerk for Judge Terry Crabtree at the Arkansas Court of Appeals until 2000 when she returned

home to Texarkana to begin a private law practice. She spent the next seven years in a private general practice which included everything from family law and criminal defense to contracts and estates. During that time, she also worked as a contract public defender until she went to work as a deputy prosecutor in 2007. “As a prosecutor, I have handled all types of criminal cases from misdemeanor domestic assaults and drunk driving offenses to felony crimes including aggravated robberies, rape and capital murder. I started my career at the Court of Appeals over 21 years ago as a law clerk and I am very excited about returning to the Court of Appeals as a Judge to review cases, interpret law and write opinions. I would be honored to continue to serve the citizens of Arkansas as the next Court of Appeals Judge for District 4, Position 2,” Barrett said. Stephanie Barrett has served on various community boards including serving as Secretary and Treasurer to the Teen Court Board, serving on the Executive Board for the Texarkana Country Club, the Girls and Boys Club Board and the College Hill El-

ementary Parent Teacher Association Board in the past. She served on the Planning and Zoning commission from 2005 until 2010 and served as Chairman of the Board during that time. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Texarkana, member of P.E.O. charitable organization and a graduate of Leadership Texarkana. She has served as Secretary to the Texarkana Bar Association and served as the South/East Young Lawyer Representative to the Arkansas Bar Association. She has been licensed to practice law in Arkansas and Texas in state courts as well as federal courts. She is a member of the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorney’s Association, the Texarkana Bar Association, and the Arkansas Bar Association. This year she was appointed to serve on the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorney’s Association Board of Directors and also serve on the APAA Legislative Committee. A lifelong resident of Texarkana, Arkansas, Stephanie Barrett is married to Shorty Barrett and has two children, Lawson and Mary Elizabeth. They are members of First United Methodist Church.


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