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The 2018 Area 14 Special Olympics BY STAFF • Bearcat Stadium was the host site, once again, for the Special Olympics Area 14 Track and Field Day this year, which was held last Friday, April 20. Participating in this year’s events were Special Olympians from Magazine, Paris, Cossatot River, BOST-Woodcrest, the Booneville Human Development Center, Polk County Development Center, Holly Harshman Elementary School, Mena Middle School, and Mena High School. This marked the ninth consecutive year that Mena has hosted CONTINUED ON PAGE 5


With Mena High School students set to enjoy the 2018 Prom this past Saturday night, the current Juniors and Seniors were witness to the Operation: Prom demonstration at the Polk County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, April 17th. Operation: Prom is a life-like simulation of a two-vehicle DWI accident, with one of the vehicles being driven by an intoxicated high school student after prom. The simulation showcases everything that takes place from the time an accident occurs, until the time the deceased crash victims are transported away by the Polk County Coroner. The demonstration is carried out by local law enforcement to capture the devastation and emotions of a DWI fatal accident. This simulation involves the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Southwest EMS paramedics, the Mena Fire Department, Arkansas State Police, area first responders, the Polk County Coroner, and various other emergency personnel and law enforcement. This demonstration also serves as a training exercise for the various departments involved. This demonstration is held every two years, in order to allow students to experience the reality of this tragedy, and showcase the dangers of driving while intoxicated.

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he state has seen a drop in the number of people enrolled in Arkansas Works, the Arkansas version of an expanded Medicaid program. During the month of March, enrollment in Arkansas Works fell by 3,637 people, from about 284,000 to about 281,000. The decline comes even before the state imposes stricter eligibility requirements that call for some Medicaid recipients either to work or to look for a job in order to continue receiving benefits. Medicaid is administered by the state Human Services Department, which released a monthly report for March detailing expenditures and enrollment. The report breaks down Medicaid into two statistical categories – traditional Medicaid and Arkansas Works. Medicaid provides health coverage for people with disabilities, the elderly who are in long-term care facilities, and low-income families. The number of people who are eligible for traditional Medicaid fluctuates, and has hovered around 700,000 for the past few years. The March report indicates that 235,436 adults and 418,278 children are enrolled in traditional Medicaid. Arkansas Works, previously known as the private option, is the version that Arkansas implemented after Congress enacted federal health care changes in 2010. The affordable care act took effect after several years and numerous court battles. After the federal government enacted an expanded version of Medicaid, implementation at the state level has been the most controversial issue facing Arkansas legislators. Every legislative session, controversy centers around its cost. Renewing Arkansas Works requires a 75 percent majority of the legislature, and the legislature reaches that supermajority every year by a close vote. The state’s Medicaid population, in both categories, is now 963,758. The entire state population is a little more than 3 million people. The work and job training requirements for Arkansas Works will go into effect in June for recipients aged 30 to 49. They must participate in work activities to keep their benefits, but there will be exemptions for pregnant women, people with disabilities, caregivers, people in drug treatment and people in full-time job training or vocational school. People enrolled in Arkansas Works are scheduled to receive a notice in April advising them of the new requirements. Kentucky and Indiana also have approved work requirements.

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t a meeting of the newly-created Arkansas School Safety Commission, a spokesman for school administrators said that financial support from the state would be necessary in order to hire armed security officers and put in place safety measures. Security improvements include video cameras, door locks, fences and radio equipment. In addition to firearms training, some staff should be trained in mental health counseling and behavior analysis. Schools would need additional funding if their licensed staff who are permitted to carry firearms are screened for illegal drug use, and if they take psychological examinations. Each school district has its own distinct needs in order to upgrade security. For example, in some areas, the availability of police officers and deputies is limited.

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everal Polk County Roads are getting improvements thanks to state aid money. Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison said the county had to match 10% and that ARDOT performed engineering and the bid handling process for the work. The work actually started several months ago with the county road department doing prep work including cleaning ditches and improving drainage. The project includes 8.43 miles total and includes asphalt leveling of some sections of the existing hard surface, and then a single layer of asphalt emulsion and mineral aggregate, as well as striping. Roads included are 1.44 miles of Polk 288 near Cove, 4.43 miles of sections of Polk 21 and Polk 23 near Vandervoort, and 2.56 miles on Polk 246 near Gillham Lake and the Town of Grannis. The state aid portion of the project totals $518,663.90 plus an additional $120,000 of prep work. Polk County’s part is $51,866.39. This project took all of Polk County’s 2018 and retained 2017 state aid allotment.

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overnor Asa Hutchinson has nominated 85 Opportunity Zones in Arkansas to the U.S. Treasury Department, which will provide final approval. Established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Opportunity Zones provide tax incentives for private investment in low-income communities nationwide. A qualified Opportunity Fund is any investment vehicle organized as a corporation or partnership with the specific purpose of investing in Opportunity Zone assets. The fund must hold at least 90 percent of its assets in qualifying property. The U.S. Treasury must certify new Opportunity Funds and is responsible for prescribing regulations regarding certification. “I’m excited about the potential investment that will be encouraged in low-economic areas of our state,” Governor Hutchinson said. “One of my goals as governor from day one has been to increase economic opportunities for all Arkansans. By investing in these high-potential areas, we will be able to breathe new life into communities and ensure our state remains economically diverse and healthy.” Eligible zones are based on U.S. Census tracts, and governors of each state may nominate up to 25 percent of eligible tracts for approval. Benefits for investors include a temporary tax deferral for capital gains, a step-up basis for capital gains invested, and a permanent exclusion from taxable income of capital gains from the sale or exchange of an investment in a qualified opportunity zone fund if the investment is held for at least 10 years. Arkansas has 337 qualified tracts, and Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) officials said those nominated were chosen based on their potential for economic success and ability to attract investment. “We will work closely with communities to find the right investment opportunities,” said AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston, “that will create jobs to suit their workforce and local economic development efforts.” In the next few months, the Treasury Department will approve a total of approximately 8,700 Opportunity Zones nationwide. It is estimated that potential capital eligible for reinvestment in the zones will total $6.1 trillion. Annuals  Perennials  Shrubs  Ornamental

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the Area Special Olympics, and it was also the first event to take place on the newly resurfaced track at Bearcat Stadium since the project was completed in recent weeks. Keeping with tradition, the day began with the Parade of Athletes, where each school and organization received an introduction, carrying their team banners as they walked the track to cheers and applause from the rest of the stadium. The ceremonial torch was jogged around the track by Polk County Deputies Justin Wagner and TJ Frachiseur prior to the National Anthem, which officially kicked off the day’s events. A variety of running events kept the newly surfaced track busy throughout the morning and early afternoon, including 25 Meter walk, 50 Meter Run, 100 Meter Run, 200 Meter Run, 400 Meter Run, and 4 X 100 Meter Relay Teams. The field events were made up of shotput, softball throw, tennis ball throw, long jump, and standing long jump. Medals were awarded to athletes who placed following each event. Parents and community members, as well as students from Mena Middle School and Holly Harshman Elementary cheered from the stands, and student volunteers were at each event to assist with the many athletes and groups. “Thanks to the many volunteers that make this event possible for our athletes each year,” MHS teacher and Special Olympics Coach Elizabeth Tompkins said. “Thanks to Union Bank for providing lunch to the athletes and coaches, Chambers Bank for providing water to the athletes, Mena Realtors for presenting awards, Bearcat Foundation and BASE of the Ouachitas for working the concession stands and t-shirt sales. We also appreciate Southwest EMS for being on hand in case of an emergency.” With the Area 14 Special Olympics concluded, Tompkins continues to keep her focus on the upcoming 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, which will take place this July in Seattle, Washington. Tompkins will serve as a coach for Team Arkansas. Also part of Team Arkansas will be Mena High School students Maddie Fletcher and Jesse Ezell, and PCDC member Krista Carstens.

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group of college students from Dallas were hiking the Buckeye Trail in southeast Polk county over the weekend when one of the hikers broke her ankle and was unable to walk at all. Some of the group was able to call for help and a rescue mission was quickly organized. Several agencies, including the Polk County Sheriff's Department, Game and Fish Commission, and local fire departments, as well as Southwest EMS, Arkansas National Guard, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and the Polk County Office of Emergency Management, spent over 24 hours getting the victim to safety. Rescuers were able to reach the hiker late Saturday, but it was determined that carrying her to the trailhead, due to the terrain and distance, would not be practical. The decision was made to wait until a helicopter with a rescue basket could be arranged for Sunday morning. The National Guard Blackhawk helicopter was able to locate the victim and rescuers Sunday afternoon. A medic was lowered to the scene and the victim was readied, then lifted out and transported to a hospital in Hot Springs. It would then take another three hours on foot for the tired and hungry rescue workers to get to the trailhead. The hikers injuries were not life threatening but her condition and specific injuries unknown. Social media lit up late Sunday with gratitude for the several dozen involved in the difficult mission.

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his week, several members were updated on the current status of the Arkansas lottery. The director of the lottery informed the Lottery Oversight Subcommittee that revenues are on track to be the 2nd or 3rd highest since the lottery’s inception in 2009. Year to date net proceeds are $6.2 million more than this time last year. This is $5.5 million more than budgeted. For March alone, net proceeds are $1,740,865 more than March 2017. That is a 28.1% increase. Net proceeds from the lottery fund the Arkansas Academic Challenge which awards more than 30,000 scholarships each year. This year, excess lottery proceeds will fund the Arkansas Workforce Challenge Scholarship. This scholarship was created in the 2017 Regular Session. It is available to Arkansas residents who are enrolled in an associate or certificate program in one of the following high demand fields: Industry, Health Care, or Information Technology. The scholarship is funded at the lesser of $800 a semester or the cost the program of study, such as tuition, fees, textbooks, and equipment or other course materials. Since the lottery began, more than 250,000 Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarships have been awarded to students seeking both four and two-year degrees. The deadline to apply for the Arkansas Academic Challenge is June 1. To be eligible, one must be a traditional incoming freshman, a current college student or a non-traditional student; must have a minimum ACT score of 19; must still be in pursuit of one’s first baccalaureate degree; and maintain a 2.5 grade point average. Scholarships are awarded based on a tiered system. Students enrolled in four-year institutions can receive $1,000 for the first year. Those who stay in school are rewarded thereafter with $4,000 for sophomore and junior years, and $5,000 for the senior year. At two-year institutions and approved nursing schools, students receive $1,000 for the first year and $3,000 for the second. Information and applications for scholarships are found at the Department of Higher Education’s website, which is

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tate Senator Larry Teague spoke to the Mena Lions Club Friday. Teague spoke of a number of things going on in Little Rock that will impact Polk County, including possible changes to the state sales tax exemptions. A number of things are exempt and the Tax Reform Committee that Teague serves on will be meeting this week in at the Capitol to review these. Teague also commented on the highway condition in Western Arkansas and the broadband situation, both detrimental to the economy as they are. Teague fielded a number of questions from the group, most of which were related to the higway conditions and future of I-49 in our area.

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Georgia M. Hood Gunn age 86, of Cove, Arkansas passed away Monday, April 16, 2018 in Cove. Georgia was born in Cove, Arkansas on February 7, 1932 to the late George Morris Hood and Ola Mae Owen Hood. She was married to the late James Gunn and was a loving and thoughtful homemaker. Georgia enjoyed listening to the local radio especially Swap Shop while doing needle work. She enjoyed being outdoors; fishing, gardening, and going on road trips with family and friends. Most of all she loved her family dearly and being together with them. Georgia was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-greatgrandmother, sister and a friend to all. She will be dearly missed. She is survived by her sons James and Donna Gunn of Cove, Arkansas, Morris Gunn of Ola, Arkansas, Steven Gunn of Cove, Arkansas. Daughters Georgia Gunn of Mena, Arkansas, Leola Irwin of Casa, Arkansas, Wanda and Butch Toudouze of Ravenden, Arkansas, Angela Gunn of Cove, Arkansas, Melody and Bill Hemberger of Norman, Arkansas. Twenty-two grandchildren, Twenty-three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. A sister Alma Benard of Chanute, Kansas, and numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, James Gunn, sisters, Oleta Gilham and Lena Belle “Dinky” Smith, grandsons Jessie Terry

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HAZEL L COLUMBUS Former Polk county resident Hazel L Columbus age 86 of Salinas, CA passed away Friday April 20, 2018. She was born February 15, 1932 to the late William Wesley Bryan and Clara Elizabeth Heath Bryan. She was a graduate from Acorn High School class of 1950. She was married to Michael A Columbus for 52 years. She is survived by her husband Michael Columbus of Salinas, daughter Stephanie Maxwell and husband Mark of La Grange, CA and a grandson Christian Maxwell of San Clemente CA and Sister Pauline Davis of Mena, AR. She is proceeded by death by her son Bobby Gene Riggle of Mena, daughter Sandy Riggle of Watsonville, sisters Iona Deramus, Naomi Hughes, brothers Leo Bryan, Everett Bryan, Alfred Bryan and Joe Bryan. A private ceremony will be held later for the family .Announcement by Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

WANDA JOYCE REICHERT Wanda Joyce Reichert age 75, of Scott County, Arkansas passed away Friday, April 13, 2018 in Georgia. She

was born December 5, 1942 to the late Herman and the late Julie Hill. Wanda enjoyed hobbies quilting and sewing. She was a loving and thoughtful mother, grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her. She is survived by her Son Michael Wayne Callahan of Woodstock, Georgia. A daughter Sherry Lynn Farrow of Bryant, Arkansas. Grandchildren Patrick James Farrow of Bryant, Arkansas, Ariana Isabel Barrera of Woodstock, Georgia and Brandon James Callahan of Woodstock, Georgia. Brothers Gene Hill of Heavener, Oklahoma;; Larry Hill of Bates, Arkansas; Darryl Hill of Page, Oklahoma; Jeff Hill of Clarksville, Arkansas. Sisters Pat Powell of Mena, Arkansas; Stella Benjamin of Mena, Arkansas; Kay Harvey of Mena, Arkansas; Sue Carter of Mena, Arkansas and Brenda Reel of Bates, Arkansas. Numerous nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Julie Hill and brother Billy Ray Hill. Graveside service was Thursday April 19, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at Black-

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May 4th; now is the time to buy Luminaries for loved ones who have valliantly faught the battle or Pinwheels for those caregivers who go unrecognized. Contact any of the area’s nineteen teams to purchase: Mena Regional Health System, Union Bank Purple Onions, HCI Sandra’s Hope, Tyson Cancer Crushin’ Crew, Courthouse Heros, M.A.P.P. Glow Worms, Walmart Hope Floats, Ink Volunteer Fire Dept, Cherry Hill Fire Dept, Nidec, UA Rich Mountain, No Stress Express, Bearcats for a Cure, Cruizzers- Cruizzin for a Cure, Mena Middle School, Mena Elks Lodge # 781, Acorn High School, Medi-Shop, and Team BFFs.

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WWI Centennial Tree to be planted at MHS


ena High School students have been participating in a program through Civics classes with Mrs. Julie Gordon and Freshman English classes with Mrs. Patricia Jackson, under the direction of MHS Media Specialist Celeste Ashcraft through the Arkansas Declaration of Learning Program. The program of study focused on WWI with the incorporation of art housed at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Diplomatic Reception Rooms, The Butler Center Galleries, and The Clinton Presidential Library. Also, through the program of study, students must complete a civics engagement project. MHS students in the program chose to plant a tree outside of MHS as part of the WWI Memorial Tree Project. The location of the tree at MHS will be listed on the Arkansas register of the official website of the program. A Shumard Red Oak tree was chosen for its red fall foliage symbolizing the blood that was shed to protect our freedom during WWI. Besides Mrs. Gordon's & Mrs. Jackson's classes, many other organizations are involved including FCCLA, the FFA Nursery & Landscape Team, MHS Band, Polk County Master Gardeners, Polk County Cooperative Extension Agents, and MHS Journalism. MHS invites the community to the ceremony this Friday, April 27, at 10:45 a.m. The organizations are also accepting donations for the tree and will recognize memorial donations in honor of Veterans of any wars, especially Veterans of WWI. If you would like to contribute to this endeavor, please contact Julie Gordon or Celeste Ashcraft at 479-394-1144.

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APRIL 30-MAY 4 2018 MONDAY COSSATOT RIVER SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: Variety cereal, graham crackers, powdereddonut, fruit, Gogurt, juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Taco soup, ham and cheese sub, tortilla chips, steamed carrots, fruit, salad bar, milk. HIGH SCHOOL: Taco soup, ham and cheese sub, pizza, tortilla chips, steamed carrots, fruit, salad bar, milk. MENA SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: Chicken cheese biscuit, variety cereal, string cheese, animal crackers, diced pears, grape juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Burrito/cheese sauce, hamburger, fries, ham chef salad, sun butter/jelly sandwich. MIDDLE SCHOOL: Chicken noodle soup, hamburger/cheese, chicken tenders, ham or turkey sub, ham chef salad. HIGH SCHOOL: Chicken noodle soup, bacon cheeseburger, sausage/jalapeno pizza, nachos, tacos, or burrito. TUESDAY COSSATOT RIVER SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: Variety cereal, graham crackers, cinnamon roll, fruit, juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Fish sticks, chicken nachos, pino beans, fruit, salad bar, milk. HIGH SCHOOL: Fish sticks, chicken nachos, baked potato bar, cornbread, pinto beans, fruit, salad bar, milk. MENA SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: Variety cereal, sausage/pancake stick, string cheese, Scooby Do grahams, mixed fruit, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Steak fingers, mashed potatoes, chicken sandwich, ham and turkey cobb salad, sun butter/jelly sandwich. MIDDLE SCHOOL: Steak fingers, chicken fried steak sandwich, turkey sub, chicken salad sandwich, ham/turkey cobb salad. HIGH SCHOOL: Steak fingers, chicken fried sandwich, BBQ sandwich, chicken alfredo, flatbread pizza, nachos, tacos, burrito. WEDNESDAY COSSATOT RIVER SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: Variety cereal, graham crackers, ham and cheese biscuit, fruit, juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Steak fingers, sloppy joe, baked potato chips, wheat roll, green beans, fruit, salad bar, milk. HIGH SCHOOL: Steak fingers, sloppy joe, pizza, baked potato chips/wheat roll, green beans, fruit, salad bar, milk. MENA SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: Variety cereal, breakfast pizza, string cheese, animal crackers, applesauce, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Chicken nachos, hot dog, tomatoes, turkey chef salad, sun butter/jelly sandwich. MIDDLE SCHOOL: Chicken pot pie, hot dog, chicken tenders, ham or turkey sub, turkey chef salad. HIGH SCHOOL: Chicken pot pie, mini corndogs, sausage pizza, nachos, tacos, or burritos. THURSDAY COSSATOT RIVER SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: Variety cereal, graham crackers, pancakes with syrup, sausage link, fruit, juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Bean and beef burrito, popcorn chicken, Spanish rice, refried beans, fruit, salad bar, milk. HIGH SCHOOL: Beef and bean burrito, popcorn chicken, baked potato bar, Spanish rice, refried beans, fruit, salad bar, milk. MENA SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: Variety cereal, French toast sticks, string cheese, Scooby Do grahams, banana, cherry star juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Chicken speghetti, grilled cheese, sweet potato tots, popcorn chicken, salad, sun butter/jelly sandwich. MIDDLE SCHOOL: Chicken spaghetti, chicken sandwich, BBQ rib patty, ham sub, chicken salad sandwich, popcorn chicken salad. HIGH SCHOOL: Chicken spaghetti, spicy chicken sandwich, sloppy joes, spicy chicken pizza, nachos, tacos, or burrito. FRIDAYCOSSATOT RIVER SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: Variety Cereal, graham crackers, breakfast pizza, fruit, juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Steak sandwich, grilled chicken sandwich, fries, fruit, salad bar, milk. HIGH SCHOOL: Steak sandwich, grilled chicken sandwich, pizza, fries, fruit, salad bar, milk. MENA SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: Powdered donut, strawberry Pop Tart, string cheese, animal crackers, apple juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Hot dog, pizza, broccoli, cucumbers, peaches, burrito, sack lunch. MIDDLE SCHOOL: BBQ rib sandwich, crispito, baby carrots, cheese pepperoni pizza, nachos, tacos, or burrito. HIGH SCHOOL: BBQ rib sandwich, crispito, baby carrots, pepperoni pizza, nachos, tacos, or burrito. This weekly info proudly sponsored by:


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Mena Basscats Take A Bite Out Of The Cossatot Soccer Senior Night Competition O BY EASTON LEONARD


n Tuesday, April 17th, Cossatot soccer hosted the Centerpoint Knights and Lady Knights for Senior Night. In the first game, the Lady Eagles were tied with Centerpoint 0-0 at the end of regulation, sending the game to penalty kicks. The Cossatot senior girls team went on to win the game 2-0, following the penalty kicks. This Monday, April 23rd, the Lady Eagles traveled to Mena to take on the Ladycats. Cossatot Girls Soccer Seniors include: Zebra Schmidt, Jacie Wilkerson, and Elizabeth Richardson. In the finale game of the night, the Cossatot senior boys soccer team took on the Knights and won by a long shot, 6-0. The Eagles scored their first two goals in the first period of play, before tripling their score with four goals in the second period. The Eagles will took on the Bearcats in Mena this Monday, April 23rd. Cossatot Boys Soccer Seniors include: Jose Rios, Jesus Rodriguez, Daniel Perez, Jonathon Rye, Juan Trinidad, Daniel Zuniga, Callum Buchanan, Sebastian Medina, and Brian Ruelas.


he Mena Basscats had 4 teams competing in the 2018 Fayetteville Shale Scholarship Bass Tournament on Greers Ferry Lake Saturday April 21st. Jarrett Burger placed 6th in the Junior division. Austin Rose and Evan Graves placed 5th in the Junior Division. Cason Cannon & Marc Wilson placed 3rd in the High School division and received $2000 scholarships each. Austin Johnston & Andrew Graves placed 11th in the High School division. The next scheduled tournament for the Basscats will be the SAF State Championship Tournament on Lake Dardanelle May 6th. Thank you to all the local sponsors of the Mena Basscats.

Bearcats & Ladycats Honor January 6, 2016 Seniors L BY EASTON LEONARD

ast Tuesday, April 17th, the Mena Ladycats softball team hosted the Nashville Scrapperettes for Senior Night. The Ladycats allowed an early lone run to Nashville in the top of the first, but scored a pair of their own in the bottom of the second, to take a 2-1. In the next inning, the Scrapperettes drove in four runs on Mena, and never looked back. Nashville added on two more runs in the top of the fourth and then another six runs in the top of the sixth. The Ladycats on the other hand, only scored one more run in the bottom of the fifth, to make the final score 13-3, Nashville. Mena Softball Seniors include: Sarah Lynch, AnnaBeth Hunter, Hattie Hunter, Olivia Lockhart, and Antonio Sievers On Monday, April 23rd, the Ladycats traveled to Prescott to take on the Lady Curley Wolves. For the Bearcats baseball team, Mena hosted the Ashdown Panthers on Friday, April 20th, for Senior Night. Both teams scored one run a piece in the first inning, before the Panthers added on two runs in the second and another lone run in the top of the third, while keeping Mena scoreless, to hold a 4-1 lead after three complete innings. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Bearcats drove in two runs to come within one run of Ashdown, 4-3, after five innings. The Panthers went on to score one run in both the top of the sixth and seventh innings, to win the game by three, 6-3. This Monday, April 23rd, the Bearcats took on the Curley Wolves in Prescott. Mena Baseball Seniors include: Brycen Aynes and Robert Johnson.



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Thursday – 4/26/18 •10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. •10:30 a.m. – Gator & Friends will be performing at The Mena Senior Center. •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. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. •12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3665 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. •1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Salvation Army Family Store helps families with utilities. •5:00 p.m. - 9th Street Ministries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the 9th Street Ministries building. •5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s Meeting at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. •5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. •6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. •7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. •7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. Friday – 4/27/18 •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. •6:00 p.m. – Pic and Cake auction to benefit the Grannis Cemetary Fund. •6:00 p.m. – Mena Barracuda swim team parent meeting @ First Christian Church Fellowship Hall, located at 1010 Port Arthur. Call 479-234-2403 FMI

•7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. •7:00 p.m. – 10:00 Gator and Friends at the Hatfield Auditorium dance. •8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. Saturday – 4/28/18 •8:00 a.m. – Clean up Day at Six Mile Cemetary •10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. •6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. •8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 479-2430297 or 479-216-4606. Sunday – 4/29/18 •2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 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 – 4/30/18 •2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. •3:30 p.m. – Polk County Library hosts New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Wingate. Call 479394-2314 to reserve your seat. •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 across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. •7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. Tuesday – 5/1/18 •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 the driving portion of the test will be given as long as road conditions are optimal. •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. – 3:00 p.m. – The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3665 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. •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 weighins, followed by a meeting. •6 – 8 p.m. – Country and Gospel music is played at the Polk County Housing Authority Community Room. •6:00 p.m. – Sons of Confederate Veterans meet at the Limetree Restaurant for their monthly meeting. •7:00 p.m. – Dallas Valley RVFD meets for training at the Fire House. •7:00 p.m. – Acorn Fire & Rescue meets 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 – 5/2/18 •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. •5:45 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. •6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church offers Discovery Kids – Kindergarten Thru 5th Grade; Collide Youth Ministry – 6th Thru 12th Grades; and Adult Bible Study. •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 across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Inquiry Classes into the Catholic Faith will be held in the St. Thomas House at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 203 8th Street, and continue through Easter 2018. No cost or obligation, anyone interested is invited. Call 479-394-1017 for more information.

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SHERIFF’S LOG The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of April 9, 2018 – April 15, 2018. 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 9, 2018 Report of a disturbance in the Polk County Detention Center. Deputy responded. Report of the theft of a motorcycle, valued at $10,000.00, from Polk 733 near Mena. The motorcycle was later recoverd. Report from complainant on Highway 71 North near Acorn of an unauthorized person on their property and damage done to a vehicle. Investigation continues.

April 10, 2018

Arrested was Ricky P. Ferguson, 41, of Mena, on a Charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, two Warrants for Delivery of Meth or Cocaine, a Warrant for Bond Revocation and a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Also arrested was Scott E. Buss, 44, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Arrested was Joey W. Rymer, 33, of Lockesburg, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Arrested was Melissa D. Wallace, 45, of Mena, on a Charge for Possession of Meth or Cocaine. Arrested was Steve A. Quillin, 41, of Mena, on Charges of Maintaining a Drug Premise, Possession of Meth or Cocaine, Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance.

April 11, 2018

Report of the theft of metal from Polk 402 near Cove. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 675 near Big Fork of potential identity

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theft. Arrested was Aldeen E. Quillin, 47, of Mena, on Charges of Possession of a Schedule IV/V Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

April 12, 2018

Report from complainant on Bunyard Lane near Ink of the theft of personal items. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 116 near Mena of the theft of two firearms, valued at $1,050.00. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 76 East near Mena of criminal mischief done to her vehicle and residence. Investigation continues. Arrested was Justin R. Simpson, 40, of Waldron, on Charges of Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License, Careless/Prohibited Driving, Fleeing in a Vehicle, Improper Passing, two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor 3rdDegree, two Warrants for Failure to Appear, four Warrants for Failure to Comply with a Court Order and a Warrant for Violation of Suspended Imposition of Sentence.

April 13, 2018

Report from complainant on Polk 418 near Potter of being harassed by an acquaintance. Investigation continues. Arrested was Stacy D. Vaught, 43, of Mena, on a Warrant for Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance.

April 14, 2018

Report from complainant on Polk 72 near Yocana of the theft of a chainsaw, valued at $150.00. Investigation continues. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Scotty D. Baxter, 39, of Grannis, on Charges of Assault 3rd Degree and Battery 2nd Degree and a Body Attachment Warrant.

April 15, 2018

Report of a one-vehicle accident on Highway 8 West near Rocky. Deputies responded. Report from complainant on Polk 54 near Mena of damage done to a mailbox. Investigation continues. Report of a disturbance on Highway 246 West near Hatfield. Deputy responded. Investigation continues.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked one vehicle accident this week. Polk County Detention Center

Jail Population: 27 Incarcerated Inmates, with 14 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility. April 8, 2018 Report was made of vandalism to a mailbox at a local residence. Investigation continues.

April 9, 2018

A local woman reported that someone

had called and tried to get information from her banking account and credit cards. The cards were cancelled and no transactions were completed. A Mena woman reported that her husband had threatened her. No charges have been filed at this time.

April 10, 2018

Reports were made of a woman taking items from a local retail. After authorities were able to identify the suspect from surveillance tapes and still photographs, the reports were given to the prosecuting attorney for issuance of warrants for her arrest.

April 11, 2018

Owner of a local business reported an attempted break-in to their store. Entry was not made in. Case is pending further investigation. Adam Lee Davis, 40, of Mount Ida was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Montgomery County.

Ernest Allen Pennell, 41, of Mena was arrested on warrant from Polk County officials.

April 13, 2018

Report was made of someone throwing a rock at the back window of a vehicle and shattering it. Case is pending. Report was made of a man choking his wife. When officers arrived the man had left the residence. Case was sent to the prosecuting attorney for a warrant. A Mena man reported his mountain bike was missing. Case is pending.

April 14, 2018

Donald M. Baugh, 57, of Mena was charged with battery, reckless driving, disorderly conduct, having no insurance on his vehicle, and driving on a suspended license. He was later charged with violation of an order of protection, battery, resisting arrest, and interference with emergency communications. Employees at a local service station reported a gas-skip. Case is pending. Kendall Ray Morse, 51, of Mena was charged with DWI after a routine traffic stop.

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A local business was burglarized and cash taken from cash registers. The case is pending further investigation and review of surveillance tapes. Report was made of a counterfeit bill in a deposit at a local bank. Case is pending. Employees at two businesses reported attempted break-ins. Entry was not made at either location. Investigation continues.


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House Cleaning and more. Call Winnie Cotter at 234-3418 or Ina Lewis at 2345396. 4/25 Alterations, sewing, patching garments, draperies, bedspreads, stitching done, and light upholstery. Call or text 479-234-1909. 4/18 Mena Barracuda Swim Team parent meeting Friday, April 27 6:00 PM at the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall at 1010 Port Arthur. For more information contact Dana at 479-234-2403. 4/25 MCMG plant sale April 28 at Museum Mt. Ida. Selection of herbs, flowers, vegetables, trees. Saterday 28, 8 AM to 1 PM 4/25 Need your land cleared? Let me mulch it for you! RC Customz Land Clearing, Mulching, and More. Some services but not all include: fence lines and clearing of lots. This is a great solution for clearing overgrowth while leaving desireble trees. We service both residential and commercial customers. For more information and estimates contact Russell Lane at 479-216-2976. What has happened in our society. We have those with no morals. We buy a lot of records and books which encourage violence and bad morals. We put people into high up political offices who want to destroy our freedom. People who are religious and live moral lives seem to just accept what is happening. Our country is in a dangerous time. Unless Christians take more of a stand the country is doomed for destruction. J.E. Gilbert 4/25



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CM Project No. 7097 January 24, 2018


Bid Submission Deadline: May 9th @ 2:00 pm Notice is hereby given that Polk County, Arkansas Government is requesting bids for work included in the following bid packages for the rehabilitation of the existing POLK COUNTY JAIL to be located on County owned property at 507 Churh Ave., Mena, Arkansas 71953. Bid Package No. Bid Package No. 2

DESCRIPTION Detention Equipment & Security Electronics Package

Sealed bids will be received in the Polk County Judge’s Office located at the Polk County Courthouse, 507 Church Ave., Mena, AR 71953 until 2:00 PM on May 9, 2018, at which time the bids will be publicly opened and read aloud in the Polk County Courtroom. All bids must meet or exceed the requirements of the bid documents and must be submitted on the proper bid form as prepared and provided by the Construction Manager. The Owner reserves the right to reject any and all bids, waive informalities, negotiate with any bidder and/or accept any bid that is deemed to be in the best interest of the Owner. All bidders must meet the requirements of the Arkansas State Licensing Law for Contractors (Act 150 of 1965 with all Amendments and Revisions). All bids are required to include a 5% bid security with the bid.

January 6, 2016

Interested bidders should contact the Construction Manager for complete bidding documents at this address:

Smith-Doyle Contractors, Inc. 1635 Wynne Road Cordova, TN 38016 ATTN: Jason Roberts, Project Manager Telephone #: 901/213-3993 Fax: 901/213-3994

FREE SUBSTITUTE TEACHER TRAINING SEMINAR For Persons Interested in Substitute Teaching in WALDRON AREA SCHOOLS Thurs., May 3rd Waldron School District Training 9am-12pm at the Waldron Central Office (1560 W. 6th St., Waldron). Applicants Must: 1. Be at least 21 years of age 2. Have a High School Diploma (minimum) 3. Pass FBI background check Please Call for Instructions Bring Driver’s License, Social Security Card, Proof of High School Diploma or College Transcript. For Information Call 1-800-641-0140


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