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Inmate Healthcare Policy Adopted by Quorum Court BY LEANN DILBECK •

An ordinance to implement an inmate health care policy at the Polk County D etention Center was proposed during Tuesday night’s meeting. The new ordinance will allow the County to impose a $ 3 fee for personal hygiene items furnished to them at book-in. A $ 20 co-pay fee will also be imposed for any prisoner initiated medical services, which will include but not be limited to seeing a doctor, nurse, dentist, etc. The CONTINUED ON PAGE 7

Albert Pike Lawsuits Dismissed in Federal Court BY MELANIE BUCK • A federal j udge in Texarkana has dismissed eleven lawsuits that stemmed from the 2010 ood at Albert Pike Campgrounds, in which twenty campers lost their lives. The Little Missouri River that runs through the Albert Pike Campgrounds in the Ouachita National Forest near U mpire, Arkansas, rose from three feet to more than 20 feet in ust a few hours in an epically historic ash ood event. The quick-risCONTINUED ON PAGE 7

School Choice Deadline Approaches BY MELANIE BUCK •

Former Razorback Quarterback Tyler Wilson will serve as the keynote speaker at this week’s Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce Ban uet and Membership Celebration. See story on page of this issue for more details.

The deadline is quickly approaching for parents to choose what public school their students will attend come Fall 2017 . In 2015, the Arkansas Legislature amended the Public School Choice Act of 2013, after it was set to sunset, and lawmakers knew they had to amend the Act in order to continue to give parents the right to choose the school district their children attend. Now named the Public School Choice Act of CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

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MRHS Foundation Color Run 5K Early Bird Deadline is April 14



he Mena Regional Health System Support Foundation is once again hosting their annual Foundation Frenzy 5K Family Color Run/ Walk. The popular event will raise money for a great cause while giving participants a vibrant race to run as ‘ color bomb stations’ line the course. The third annual event will take place at Janssen Park on May 6 th, beginning at 8 a.m. The event will be chip timed at no extra cost to participants. All male and female participants will be in a separate category, and first through third place medals will be given to both males and females in each age division. Trophies will be presented to the overall male and female finishers. The cost to enter is $ 26 per person. E arly birds registering by April 14 th will received a free t-shirt. E ntry on raceday will be $ 30 per person. Children 5 and under are free. Strollers and wagons are welcome, and children 12 and under may only participate with an adult. Organize rs encouraged participants to wear white to begin the race so you can end in a rainbow of colors. In addition to the color bomb stations, hydration stations will also be set up along the route. For more information or to register online, visit http:/ / www.foundationfrenz y.eventbrite. com. egistration forms are also available at the M HS Administration ffice, Polk County Pulse, The Mena Star, Non-Stop Fitness, and Ouachita Sports and Wellness. Like them on Facebook and you could be chosen for a door priz e at the race.

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hen the Mena High School 4 0-Y ear Club was organize d in 1956 , its primary purpose was to plan gatherings for those who graduated from Mena High School more than 4 0 years prior. Since then, 4 0-year Club Reunions have been held in Mena every two years. Two new classes are welcomed to the club each reunion. Attendance continues to grow with more than 300 attending the last reunion in 2015. The events planned are informal and focus on reminiscing and renewing friendships. After many successful gatherings, the Board of D irectors established a scholarship fund to assist MHS graduates who planned to attend college. n 1982, the first Scholarship Committee was formed. Members were E lleta Flick, Pauline Morrow, D ick Barham, D ick Carver, and Lee McMillan. Omar Washburn and Louise Waters soon j oined the group. Louise became chairman and served in that capacity for many years. The Scholarship Fund grew with contributions from MHS graduates. In 2005, the Scholarship Committee established two endowments at Rich Mountain Community College. Currently, there are three MHS 4 0-Y ear Club endowments at the College, and more than $ 20,000 has been awarded to Mena High School seniors to further their education. The 2017 gathering will be held May 26 -27 in Mena. A reception for the incoming classes of 197 6 -197 7 will be at 6 pm on Friday, May 26 , at the Ouachita Center on the RMCC Campus [ now the U A-Rich Mountain Campus] . RMCC will host a brunch for 50+ and 6 0+ year graduates on Saturday, May 27 . All classes are invited to the reception at Mena High School Saturday afternoon and events will culminate with a dinner hosted by the 4 0-Y ear Club Board of D irectors. Members of the current Board of D irectors are: Tim Masters, Linda Rowe, Wingo Johnson, Shelton Bohlman, Nancy Wright, D avid Alley, and Tammy Y oung. More information and registration forms can be found at www.mhs4

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he annual Mena/ Polk County Chamber of Commerce Banq uet and Membership Celebration will be held this Thursday, April th at p.m. at the CMA facilities on ron Mountain. The 201 Community Award winners will be announced at the banq uet, as well as having a full meal, entertainment, and an auction. Tyler Wilson, former Razo rback q uarterback, will be the guest speaker for the ‘ j eans and j erseys’ event that will be held on April th at p.m. at CMA in Hatfield. Nominees for Citize n of the Y ear, Volunteer of the ear, Best enovation Beautification, Best New Construction, and Business of the Y ear can be found at MyPulseNews. com. For ticket, information, contact the Chamber ffice at 39 -2912.

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he Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System ( CAVHS) held a Town Hall Meeting in Mena on Friday, March 31, 2017 , at the Ouachita Center on the campus of U A-Rich Mountain. Many veterans and their families were in attendance and gained valuable information and personal help while there. Around a doz en representatives from CAVHS were on hand to explain various department responsibilities and answer q uestions about general and personal cases. Many veterans expressed frustration on timelines to receive benefits, get approval for procedures, or finding VA facilities or partnering facilities, close enough to have procedures. isa Bruen, irector of ittle ock egional VA ffice, explained that the regional office processes 1 ,000 disability claims each year, and they are trying to implement policies that will speed up some of the processes. “Please be assured that we are working really hard to process those claims and get them out q uickly. We know there is room for improvement.” Bruen also explained that they are currently working with Congress to change legislation that will move the applications through q uicker. D r. Tina McClain, Chief of Staff for CAVHS, said they want to get all veterans enrolled in their services. She specifically mentioned that there are 22 veterans that take their own life every day. “Vet suicide markedly decreases with those who A local veteran poses a question to a panel are enrolled in VA. The stats drop from 22 vet suicides per day to 8 when enrolled of staff from the Central Arkansas Veterans with VA.” McClain also said as far as their services, they want to provide the best Health Service office at a Town Hall Meeting held at the Ouachita Center. they can. “We want to give the best health care experience possible. Our big push is going to be that your experience in care is eq ual to your q uality of care.” The staff also spoke of the new clinic being constructed in Mena next to the A Relay for Life Fundraiser Post ffice. They expect construction to be complete in uly 201 and are currently looking for qualified staff to fill the 9, 00 sq. ft. space that will include 10 exam rooms and a women’s health and procedure room. Mark Wilson, Community Based Outpatient Clinic ( CBOC) Coordinator, said they plan to maintain all the services offered at the current clinic, with a goal to expand all CBOCs to include physical therapy services. The new CBOC in Mena will be a fully VA staffed clinic, not a community partner like the current clinic. D ue to the change, they will need to hire all new staff. For those interested, visit SA obs online and search Arkansas for a list of positions available. ith cooperative weather and a full staff, Richard Bowyer, Contract Liason for VA Medical Centers, said they hope to be up and running in late Summer to early Fall 2017 . Although the new center will not include dental services, CAVHS staffers explained at the Town Hall Meeting that they are “focusing on provider agreements to get local Email: dentists to partner with CAVHS” to keep veterans from having to travel to North Little Rock for dental care.

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Elks Lodge Honors Citizens and Members with Annual Awards



he Mena Elks honored local citizens and Elks members at a ceremony held on Sunday, April 2, 201 at the Mena Elks odge 81. They opened up the meeting with the installation of new officers and reported a record setting year for accepted membership applications. n a program they began last year, the Elks honored a eputy of the Month for the last half of 201 . Elks Exhaulted uler Brian Thompson said they began the program in light of all of the negative attention that had been given to law enforcement in the last couple of years, and they wanted to shed a positive light on our local officers. n Sunday, Sergeant Seth Smith of the Polk County Sheriff s epartment was honored as the E lks’ D eputy of the Y ear. The E lks thanked Smith for his unwavering dedication in serving the County’s citizens, as well as all law enforcement for protecting and serving those around them. They also awarded a Citizen of the ear plaque. Pointing out the dedication and strong heart it takes to do the ob, Thompson named Cynthia Martin, irector of CASA of the uachitas, as their Citizen of the ear. Martin is director over three counties and coordinates advocates for those counties foster children, which are often scattered across the state due to a lack of foster homes, amongst many more responsibilities. For their in-house awards, the Elks honored ewell atkins as the Elk fficer of the ear; Clayton allace, r. as the Elk of the ear; Marty Caldwell for utstanding Service Commendation; Brian Thompson, utstanding Service Commendation and Making a ifference Special Citation; Cheryl Higgins, utstanding Service Commendation; ancy arner, for dedication above and beyond her ob duties.

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Seth Smith, pictured left, receives the Deputy of the Year Award, and Cynthia Martin, pictured right, receives the Citizen of the Year Award. Both awards were presented by Elks Exhaulted Ruler Brian Thompson.


pplications are now available to high school students for the summer M* A* S* H ( Medical Applications of Science for Health) camps. These camps will be located at 32 medical facilities throughout Arkansas. Two new host facilities have been added this year at D ewitt Hospital and Conway Regional Medical Center. The two-week M* A* S* H camps are designed to expose rising high-school j uniors and seniors to healthcare-related vocations. “The M* A* S* H program gives students an inside look at various medical professions and is designed to spark students interest in the medical field, said ennifer Victory, irector of ural Health for Arkansas Farm Bureau. A large number of the camps are held at rural medical centers and attract local students with a rural background. “The idea is that future medical students from a rural background are more likely to return to their roots, said Victory. Applications are available through school guidance counselors, by contacting the M* A* S* H director in your area or by visiting summer-camps/ . Applications for M.A.S.H. Camp at Mena Regional Health System are due by April 10, 201 . County Farm Bureau organizations and the M A S H Partnership sponsor students so they may attend the camps at no cost. The partnership includes the niversity of Arkansas for Medical Science s egional Centers, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Arkansas Farm Bureau and Baptist Health.

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merican Artisans would like to invite everyone to their 3rd annual fundraiser for Tommy Y oung and the Arkansas Native Plant & Wildlife Center. Springtime brings many new babies into the Center, and it takes a lot to feed and care for the large population that arrives this time of year. “E ach of us knows what it costs to feed our dogs and cats per week. Multiply that by 100 and you will not even get close to the needs that must be met each week,” said Lyn D ilbeck, avid supporter of the Wildlife Hospital. The Center has no local or federal funding and must depend on donations to keep the doors open, to continually take in all the inj ured and orphaned birds and animals in the surrounding areas. If you would like to help out the Wildlife Hospital and enj oy a great meal while listening to Y oung share his thoughts on our natural world, consider sharing the evening with them. D onna Chrisman at American Artisans will be making her famous homemade chicken pot pies. The meal will also include broccoli cauli ower salad, a cookie, and tea or water. The cost of the meal will be donation only. All proceeds will go to the Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center for the care and feeding of the Spring arrivals. Organiz ers encourage everyone to stop by American Artisans on April 8th from 5:30 to 7 :30 at 6 15 Mena St. E nj oy a delicious meal and Save A Life!

Art Book Donated to Library


On behalf of the Campbell family, Gary and Jo Ann Campbell of Fort Smith, donated Bernice Bales Campbell Works of Art: A Labor of Love to the Polk County Library, the Mena Art Gallery, and UA Rich Mountain. The book chronicles the artistic works of Polk County native, Bernice Bales Campbell, who began taking art classes at age 60. Bales Campbell’s works include paintings from her travels as well her pottery. Pictured above: Jo Ann Campbell, Gary Campbell, and Shirley Philpot, Polk County Librarian.

Mayor Signs Child Abuse Awareness Month Proclamation BY MELANIE BUCK

Mena Mayor George McKee signed a proclamation on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, declaring April as Child Abuse Awareness Month. Many local organizations work each day to bring comfort to those abused and justice to their abusers. Pictured are: Jennifer Brewer of The CALL of Polk County; Cynthia Martin, Director of CASA of the Ouachitas; Elena Cannon, Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Investigator for the 18th West Judicial Prosecuting Attorney’s Office; Kendra Tarkinton, DCFS Resource Worker; Michael Proach, DCFS Family Service Worker/Investigator; Kristi Davis, Community Engagement Specialist; Rene Hendrix, Assistant Program Director of CASA of the Ouachitas; Randy Jewell, Deputy Sheriff of Polk County; and Mena Mayor George McKee (seated).

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ing water swept away campers as the ood approached. Many of the campers were sleeping as the waters came rushing through in the wee hours of the morning on une 11, 2010. Following the ood, 11 civil suits were filed in federal courts and were later consolidated into one in the estern istrict of Arkansas, Texarkana ivision. The suits argued that the .S. government was responsible for the deaths because the oop campground, where most of the perished were camped, was built in a ood plain, of which the government was well aware. The suits also faulted the government for failing to place warning signs in the campground, for failing to maintain warning systems, and for failing to adequately train campground staff as to how to handle an emergency. estern istrict udge Susan Hickey, who presided over the lawsuit case, ruled that the government is immune from liability because of the Arkansas ecreational se Statute. The plaintiffs lawyers argued that the statute contains exceptions, which should allow the suits to move forward, but Hickey disagreed and denied the claims on Tuesday, March 28, 201 . The plaintiffs have the option of appealing the ruling.

ordinance also includes a 3 co-pay fee for each medication prescribed to the prisoner upon initiation of the purchase or refill of those medications. Commissary accounts will be established for each prisoner where such fees will be deducted when the prisoner is initially processed into the detention center or anytime any prisoner initiated health care service is requested. Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer explained that prisoners who lack sufficient funds in their commissary account will not be denied access to health dental prescription care, but the prisoner will have an outstanding balance in their account so if at any time the prisoner returns to the Polk County etention Center, such debt will be deducted from any monies placed into his her commissary account. evenues received from these newly imposed fees will be used to offset or reduce funding from other sources for the maintenance, operation, and capital expenditures of the Polk County etention Center. hen asked about the prisoner s ability to pay, Sawyer explained that they have many prisoners who are currently spending 1 0 to 200 a month on phone cards purchased through the Sheriff s epartment. He added that they are now selling e-cigs and that the department was profiting 00- 800 a month on those purchases. The ordinance passed unanimously. Also during the meeting, avid illiams was confirmed by the uorum Court to serve on the administrative board of the Polk County ibrary to fill the expired term of ean Smith. illiams will serve a -year term.

Emblem Club Makes Annual Donation to Elks BY MELANIE BUCK •


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he Mena Emblem Club, along with members of the Hot Springs Emblem Club, met on Sunday, April 2, 201 , at the Mena Elks odge. As part of the annual business, the club made their yearly contribution of 2 0 to the Mena Elks odge. Emblem Club President Sheila Prestenback is pictured below giving the donation.


At one time or another we have all broken the rules or instruction and suffered the consequences. In Gen 2: 15-17 God instructs Adam not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or he shall surely die." Gen 3:3-24 expounds upon Adam and Eve’s encounter with Satan in the form of a serpent, the eating of the fruit, Gods discovery of their transgression, and the consequences for the three of them and every human being ever to live thereafter. Thru sin the consequence of physical and eternal death are declared upon mankind. Rom 5:12- notes, Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned — Were informed of the results of sin in the first part of Rom 6:23 stating, For the wages of sin is death,… But, God had a plan to salvage man from this eternal death. The last part of Rom 6:23 continues stating… but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. In Rom 5:8-9 the apostle Paul says, 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. The created man brought death thru sin. The creator by His death and the shedding of His blood for the remission of sins brought eternal life to mankind. In 1 Cor. 15:22 the apostle Paul instructs the Corinthian church saying, For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. The world is destined for eternal death by the destructive curse of sin. The faithful Christian may have confidence in the promises of a loving God for salvation and eternal life. He cares about you. Good day. The Hatfield Church of Christ welcomes you this Sunday. For more information, you may reach us at 479-437-5276, email and/or like us on Facebook.

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HSO Finds More States to Relocate Dogs from Polk County



he Humane Society of the Ouachita’s recently relocated 18 dogs from their shelter in Mena to Clark County Humane Society in Neillsville, Wisconsin. HSO President Michael Povey said the shipment was last minute, “the shelter in Little Rock was unable to ship dogs so we sent 18 of ours so that they can go somewhere to be adopted.” HSO has a partnership with Fox Valley Humane Association from Appleton, Wisconsin. Fox Valley is their transporting agency that will transport any animals in the future. Like HSO, the Clark County and Fox Valley Humane Societies are both non-profit, no-kill shelters. HSO plans to send 35 more dogs Sunday, April 9th. On average, HSO sends 35 dogs to other states to find new homes.

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Pictured above: The Fox Valley Bark Bus picks up 18 dogs in Polk County for transport to Wisconsin. Pictured right: An HSO volunteer loves on a golden pup before loading him up for transport to a new home.


2015, the new deadline to choose is May 1. The purpose of the Act was to give parents more options on the education of their children. In partial, it reads: The students in Arkansas’s public schools and their parents will become more informed about and involved in the public educational system if students and their parents are provided greater freedom to determine the most effective school for meeting their individual educational needs. There is no right school for every student, and permitting students to choose from among different schools with differing assets will increase the likelihood that some at-risk students will stay in school and that other, more motivated students will find their full academic potential; (2) Giving more options to parents and students with respect to where the students attend public school will increase the responsiveness and effectiveness of the state’s schools because teachers, administrators, and school board members will have added incentive to satisfy the educational needs of the students who reside in the district. Public school choice was first brought about by an Act created in 1989, which was quickly changed in 2013 due to federal courts finding parts of the Act unconstitutional, in the middle of Legislative session. Because of time restrictions, the Act was temporarily changed and was due to expire on July 1, 2015. Other changes included in the 2015 Act include desegregation orders, transferring students, and changes within the standards and limitations given in the law. Standards for a student wanting to choose a district other than where they live are: (A) May include without limitation the capacity of a program, class, grade level, or school building; (B) May include a claim of a lack of capacity by a school district only if the school district has reached at least ninety percent (90%) of the maximum authorized student population in a program, class, grade level, or school building; (C) Shall include a statement that priority will be given to an applicant who has a sibling or stepsibling who resides in the same household and is already enrolled in the nonresident district by choice; and shall not include an applicant’s academic achievement, athletic or other extracurricular ability, English proficiency level, or previous disciplinary proceedings, except that an expulsion from another district may be included. A school district receiving transfers under this subchapter shall not discriminate on the basis of gender, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, or disability. To find out more about school choice, contact your local school administrator to discuss your options in selecting the district that best suits your child.


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DAHL HERNDON Mr. Dahl Herndon, age 66, of Vandervoort, Arkansas passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017 at his home. Mr. Herndon was born in Mena, Arkansas on April 6, 1950 to Herbert Herndon and Edna Hunter Herndon. He worked in Quality Assurance in data processing. Later in life, he retired as a General Manager and part owner of Sonic in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Dahl loved many outdoor hobbies such as hunting, fishing, and gardening. Most of all he enjoyed sitting on his back porch visiting with family and friends. He is survived by son, Mark Herndon and wife Kristen of Vandervoort, Arkansas; grandchildren, Natalie and Bryce Herndon of Vandervoort, Arkansas; and sister, Darlene Herndon of Little Rock, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Edna Herndon, a sister, Lanetta Herndon, grandparents, Norman and Nella Herndon, Clayton and Vinnie Hunter, and several aunts and uncles. Mr. Herndon was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

BETTY LEE GARVER JOHNSTON Betty Lee Garver Johnston, age 88, of Octavia, Oklahoma passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017 in Mena. Betty was born in Big Springs, Texas on January 16, 1929 to the late Earl Garver and the late Versia Moore Garver. She was married to the late Atha Johnston and was a loving homemaker. Betty also worked at Renova and was a teacher’s

aide for many years. Betty had a special gift of playing the piano, she began playing at the age of three. She enjoyed her dogs, sewing, crocheting, and knitting. Betty was a member of the Octavia Baptist Church and played the piano for about 40 years. She was a dedicated and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister and friend to all. Betty will be dearly missed. She is survived by son, Delano Johnston and wife Brenda of Octavia, Oklahoma; daughter, Diana Toon and husband Arla of Watson, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Jarrod Johnston, Darrin Toon, Kevin Toon, and Brent Toon; sister, Dorothy Crager; 15 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Atha, a brother Billy Garver and grandson Kenney Toon. Graveside service was Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Octavia Cemetery with Brother Ed Rogers officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Pallbearers were Jarrod Johnston, Darrin Toon, Kevin Toon, Brent Toon, Dustin Toon, and Keaton Toon. Honorary pallbearers were Mason Toon, Chris Toon, and Ryan Toon. Arrangements were made under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

AMOS CECIL LAWRENCE Amos Cecil Lawrence died April 1, 2017, at Medical Center of the Rockies, in Loveland, Colorado. Amos was born May 17, 1918, to the late Cash and Mary Lawrence who lived in Montgomery County close to Opal, Arkansas. Amos attended a country school in the same area where he

was born. Amos met Opal L. Dillard, who lived in Polk County Arkansas close to Mena, Arkansas. After a courtship time, they fell in love and married October 24, 1936. Amos did a lot of manual labor during his life such as, logging, farming, and cotton harvesting. Amos and Opal moved to Colorado Springs in 1957, where he became a custodian/janitor for the local school district. Amos retired after working for 20 plus years. Amos loved to meet people and exchange stories from the past. Amos was a happy person and remained a Christian as he aged and lived alone. Amos and Opal had one son, A.J. Lawrence who served four years in the U.S. Air Force. A.J. met Catherine K. Cunard while stationed in Omaha, Nebraska and they were married. Amos Lawrence is survived by son, A.J. Lawrence and wife Catherine; three grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and four great, great-grandchildren; brother, Billy Lawrence of Fort Worth, Texas; and sister, Ailene Lawrence Patterson of Henderson, Texas. Amos was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Lee Lawrence, in 2007; and a granddaughter in 2016. Amos was also preceded by nine brothers and sisters. Graveside service will be Saturday, April 8, 2017, 2:00 p.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Lance Sawyer officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Visitation is general.

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was born January 5, 1950 in Mena, AR to Emmit and Ina Mae Deramus Standridge. She is preceded in death by her father Emmit Deramus. Brenda was a retired teacher of Ouachita River School District where she taught Business, Journalism, English and Special Education for over 25 years. She is survived by her husband of 50 years Shelton Ledbetter of Oden, AR; sons, Jr. (Amy) Ledbetter of Mena, AR, Brent (Julia) Ledbetter Spingdale, AR; daughter, Deyan Ledbetter of Oden, AR; mother: Ina Deramus of Mena, AR.; grandchildren, Jake (Natalie) Ledbetter of Mena, AR, Tate (Abby) Ledbetter of Mena, AR, Brittany (Scott) Hanna of Hot Springs, AR, Cory, Adam, Taylor, and Victoria of Springdale, AR, Cody and Dylan of Oden, AR; brothers, Larry (Vernell) Deramus of Brenham, TX, Ken Deramus of Mena, AR; sisters, Anita (Deramus) Sanderson of Cabot, AR, Mary (Joe) Lewis of Livingston, TX, Sheila (Scott) Moody of Little Rock, AR, and Angela Moody of Muskogee, OK. Visitation was Friday March 31, 2017, 6-8 PM, at Thornton Funeral Home in Mount Ida, Ar. Graveside service was Saturday April 1, 2017 at 2:00 at Mount Olive Cemetery in Oden, AR. Officated by Bro. Randy Deramus and Bro. Justin Leonard. Pallbearers were Jake, Tate, Dylan, Cody, Dewayne, David and Ronnie. Honorary pallbearers were Elite Home Health in Mena, Ouachita Regional Hospice in Mena, Arkansas Hospice Center at CHI St. Vincent in Hot Springs, Dr. Jimmy Barrow, Anthony Lewis, Gene Spurling, Hop Spurling and Charlie O’Neal. Arrangements were made under the direction of Thornton Funeral Home of Mount Ida, Ar. Guest register at

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he Rich Mountain Conservation D istrict, along with the Cossatot Conservation D istrict, hosted a land and forestry j udging contest for high school teams on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 . The contest was held at the G illham Lake Corps of E ngineer building and Little Coon Creek Campground. Teams from as far as Clinton, AR attended this year. There were a total of 14 2 students from 14 schools that competed. Plaq ues were awarded to high point teams and individuals in both land and forestry. Caddo Hills High School took first place in the land contest and Taylor High School in the forestry contest. Additional recognition went to Cossatot River as the high point team for Polk County in both the land and forestry contests. G arrett Watkins and Mathew Littell were recognize d as the high point individuals for Polk County in the land and forestry contest respectively. Lunch was provided for all participants with the help of donations from Tyson Foods, and Billy Barton Cossatot River High School Forestry Team High point forestry for providing Little D ebbie cakes. The Rich Mounteam for Polk County. Pictured Left to Right: Cody Chandler, tain and Cossatot Conservation D istricts would also Damon Canada, Matthew Littell, Brady Canada, Andy Morris like to thank the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Arkansas Forestry Commission, the U .S. Forest Service, the Corps of E ngineers, and other volunteers Cossatot River High School Land Team High point land team that helped in the contest setup and administration. Additional funding and donations were provided by Rob Beadle for Polk County. Pictured Left to Right:Garrett Watkins, Brian of the Arkansas Forestry Association, Weyco, Pilgrim’s Pride, and D eQ ueen/ Mena E ducation Co-op for the use of Strother, Coy Frachiseur, Kolt Richardson the scantron scoring machine.

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he Mena High School uiz Bowl team qualified to compete in the state tournament in ardanelle on Saturday, April 1, 201 , after attending the regional tournament at Ashdown on March 10. They received a trophy for placing second out of seven total teams that competed in regionals. They faced Ashdown, Mena s rival, for game 1 of the seeding rounds. The score after the first half was 0 points for Ashdown and 110 for Mena. Mena accumulated 130 points in the second half and Ashdown accumulated 120. Mena won with a final score of 2 0-1 0, a difference of 9 questions. For the second game in seeding rounds, Mena was up against Arkadelphia. After the first two quarters were played, Mena was losing -90. However, they caught up in the bonus round by answering all but 2 of the 10 questions correctly, while Arkadelphia answered questions correctly, including 3 of Mena s incorrect questions. After the second half, Mena accumulated 120 points while Arkadelphia only accumulated 90. The final score for game 2 was 18 -180, Mena won by a difference of half of a question. For game 3, Mena played Malvern. Malvern did not acquire any points in the first quarter, which put Mena ahead with 0 points. After the first half, the score was - 0, with Mena taking the lead. Mena won the game 1 -130 after Malvern acquired 90 points in the second half while Mena acquired 80. After lunch, Mena faced ashville. ashville took the lead after the first half with a score of - 0. n the second half of the game, ashville scored 130 points and Mena scored 100, resulting in a final score of 20 -1 0. ashville was the only team that Mena lost to during that tournament. For game , Mena went up against Fountain ake. Fountain ake was in the lead during the first quarter with a score of 0-20, but Mena caught up during the 2nd quarter, scoring 0 more points than Fountain ake. After the first half, Mena and Fountain ake were tied at 80 points and had to ip a coin to determine which team would receive first pick in the bonus rounds. Mena won the coin toss and chose famous composers. According to Mena s B members, Sophomore Fisher eufeld s knowledge of composers led the team to victory. Mena answered all of their bonus questions, which allowed another 20 points to be added to the score. Fountain ake answered of their 10 bonus questions. Mena was ahead 200-120. n the fourth quarter, Fountain ake scored 0 points while Mena scored 20. Mena won with the score of 220-190. Mena practiced in the bye room for game due to an uneven number of teams present. They practiced using questions from game that other teams played. For the last game, game , Mena faced aldron. After the first half of the game, Mena was ahead with a score of 110. After the second half, Mena had acquired 1 0 points while aldron acquired 120. Mena won with a final score of 2 0 to 19 . After all games were played, the udges calculated all points and wins acquired by all teams. ith Mena qualifying for the uiz Bowl State Tournament, it ended a multiple-year drought of Mena not reaching state tournament competition. MHS uiz Bowl Sponsor Mysti Gates said the team fought through the first round of eliminations in the State Tournament and passed the first round of eliminations. However, when facing Hamburg in the second round, they fell in a very close game. Gates said, ur season comes to an end and we begin preparing for next year. Mena s 201 -1 uiz Bowl team consists of the following students Sau al Gyanwali, Braden Purvis, Christopher Thompson, Fisher eufeld, Mark Castillo, Colby Murphy, Patrick Morgan, ota dom, arred Harley, Trey Brown, arley Cline, Emiley Sorge, and ylan odd.

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he Acorn High School Music D epartment will be hosting a dinner theater on Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th. Choir students will be performing your favorite D isney songs, while the band students serve a delicious spaghetti dinner with garlic bread, salad, and dessert. Seating is limited, so please reserve your tickets as soon as possible. Tickets will be paid for at the door. D oors open at 5:30. D inner will be served at 6 :30, with the show starting at 7 :00. Adult tickets are $ 10. Children 10 and under $ 8. Tickets will remain this price until April 14 th. After April 14 th tickets will be $ 15.00 for adults and $ 13 for children. ou can reserve tickets by Email vcouch or by calling the high school office and speaking to Mindy yle 9-39 -

Acorn Elementary Among Battle of the Books Winners A corn E lementary was among the list of students that attended the Mena/ D eQ ueen E ducational CoOp’s annual Battle of the Books. Acorn E lementary winners included: 1st G rade, winning 3rd Place, Caston Horn, D rake Anglin, G avin McK ee, Jaylen McQ ueen. Acorn’s 2nd G rade team won 1st Place and had Regan Larucci, E ilam Holland, Taylor K esterson, and Clay McG ee. Third G rade also took 1st place winners with team members Nick Hicks, Taylor Watts, K aitLynn Ledbetter, and Levi Neufeld. 3rd Place: Caleb Y oung, Christian Staggs, Irene G ilhousen, Chloie Smith Fifth G rade won 2nd place with Sophie Strasner, Holiday Neufeld, and Payton D avis.

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J a zl ynn L ee D uf f wa s b or n on Ma r ch 3 , 2 0 1 7 . S he wei g hed 8 p ound s 6 ounces, a nd she wa s 1 9 1 / 2 i nches. J a zl ynn wa s b or n a t S t. V i ncent i n H ot S p r i ng s. Pr oud p a r ents a r e Cha se D uf f a nd Ti f f a ny L op ez, of Mena . Pr oud g r a nd p a r ents a r e E r v i n a nd Ta mmy Pr i ng le, a nd B i ll D uf f & L a ur a Chi ca g o. G r ea t g r a nd p a r ents of the la te J essi e a nd O tho L ee B r ooks, a nd J a ck a nd Ma r j or i e Pr i ng le. Pr oud si ster i s A lex i s D uf f , a nd p r oud b r other i s Cole D uf f .

L esly a nd H ug o R i os L op ez, of Mena , a r e the p r oud p a r ents of a b a b y b oy, b or n on Ma r ch 2 3 r d . S elena Cli ckenb ea r d a nd Tr ey D i a l, of Mena , a r e the p r oud p a r ents of a b a b y g i r l, b or n on Ma r ch 2 4 th. K ei ko a nd Mi cha el W ood , of Mena , a r e the p r oud p a r ents of a b a b y g i r l, b or n on Ma r ch 2 4 th. Mor g a n W i ttwer , of Mena , i s the p r oud mother of a b a b y b oy, b or n on Ma r ch 2 8 th. Y a smi n a nd Ca r los L uv i a no Ma ld ona d o, of D eQ ueen, a r e the p r oud p a r ents of a b a b y g i r l, b or n on Ma r ch 2 8 th. K a lli e a nd R oy Mor g a n, of Mena , a r e the p r oud p a r ents of a b a b y g i r l, b or n on Ma r ch 2 9 th.

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High School Track Teams Attend Mena Defeats Cossatot for First Victory BY MELANIE BUCK Mansfield Relays

igh School Track teams from around the region attended the Mansfield Senior Tiger elays on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 , including teams from Mena and Acorn and a couple of runners from Cossatot iver. n high school senior girls action, Mena senior Abbie Smith came home with a first place win in the 800 meter run in a time of 2 3 .3 . ayzlee Bahr of Mena placed second in the long ump with 1 ft. in. and second in triple ump with 31 ft. in. Other Mena girls results include taking th in both the x100m relay and x800m relay. elsey iggins took 8th in the 200m dash and Bahr took 8th in the 100m. Acorn s Faith Hill took second place in the 1, 00m run in 20. 1 and Morgan Fagan took 3rd in the 800m run in 2 1. 1.The Acorn senior girls x800m relay team took th in 12 10.1 . Mena senior boys fared well with onny Gunn taking second place in Mena senior Abbie Smith rounds the curve in the shot put with a 30 ft. 10. in. throw. the 800m while Coach Aaron Pennington cheers Landon Stidman took second in high her on in the Mansfield Senior Tiger Relays on ump with a ft. ump. The senior boys Tuesday, March , 0 . Smith took first place x800m relay team pulled out second in the event. place in 8 . 1. Cross Hughes took second place in the 00m dash in 3. with illiam Shaner right on his heals in third with . . Shaner also took fourth in the 200m in 2 .28. Clint Buck took third place in the 800m in 2 13. with Hughes coming in fifth in 2 19.01. Buck also placed third in the 1, 00m run in 01. 9 and fourth in pole vault with a 10 ft. vault. oe ooney placed seventh in the 3,200m run in 12 33. 1. Acorn senior boys had obe Hogan place fourth in the 300m hurdles in 9. and their x100m relay team took fifth in 8.23. Cossatot iver had two runners in the 00m dash with eelan oungblood placing sixth in .3 . Marco amirez took 28th in 1 08.8 .

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he Mena Bearcat baseball team traveled to Cossatot River last Thursday, March 30th, to take on the E agles. Mena scored the first three runs of the game in the top of the second, to take an early 3-0 lead. The Eagles answered back with a run in the bottom of the third. n the top of the fourth, the Bearcats scored their fourth run, to extend their lead to three. However, Cossatot scored two more runs in the bottom half of the fourth, to narrow Mena s lead down to one run. Pitching and defense played a factor for the rest of the game, as no more runs were and scored, and the Bearcats held onto their -3 lead to win their first ballgame of the season. n the same night, the Mena adycats softball team defeated aldron by a score of 12-0.


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he Cossatot River High School soccer teams are off to great starts of their respected seasons. The Cossatot River boys soccer team has started off their season undefeated, with wins over Maumelle Charter, Arkadelphia, Nashville, and most recently Centerpoint by a score of 10-3. The Eagles scored five times in each period, while holding the nights to only one score in the first period and two in the second. inning the game by seven, 10-3, and improving their record to 4 -0. The Lady E agles soccer team started off their season with a 5-1 loss to Arkadelphia, but since then has won two straight games. Cossatot defeated Nashville 3-0, and j ust last Thursday night beat Centerpoint 6 -0 by scoring three times in each period and holding the nights scoreless. The ady Eagles will play their next game at Mena High School on Friday night. PHOTO COURTESY OF SCOTT DUNSON

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January 6, 2016

Mena Team Bass Hosts Tourney on Broken SUBMITTED Bow Lake


ena Team Bass held their most recent tournament on Broken Bow Lake on Saturday, April 1, 2017 . Team Mitchell Mitchell took first place with 17 .93 lbs. Second place was awarded to Team O' Brien/ O' Brien with 13.50 lbs. and Team Brooks/ Amason took third place with 12.98 lbs. 1st Place and Big Bass went to the father/ son team of Chase and Mickey Mitchell. Other results are: 4 . Russell/ Currence - 12.4 8; 5. P. Rose/ A. Rose - 12.34 ; 6 . Cobb/ Fielding 11.96 ; 7 . Moore/ Moore - 11.4 4 ; 8. Frachiseur/ Towers - 11.4 0; 9. Cogburn/ Pitchford - 11.33; 10. Barton/ Morgan - 11.28; 11. Toon Toon - 11.0 ; 12. ockhart iles - 10.9 ; 13. osson Brown - 10.9 ; 1 . ohnston ohnston - 10. ; 1 . Teague Thigpen - 10. 0; 1 . opling Tabor - 10. ; 1 . eputy Morphew - 10.4 2; 18. Page/ Varner - 9.17 ; 19. Morse/ Bohanan - 8.99; 20. Bradley/ Bradley - 8.91; 21. Boy Mata ek - 8.3 ; 22. McBride hite - 8.21; 23. Morgan Cummins 8.08; 2 . Falls right - . 0; 2 . T. ose B. ose - . 9.


April 5, 2017

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Acorn Thumps Caddo Hills T

hursday night, March 30th, the Acorn Tigers baseball team took on the Caddo Hills Indians. obe Hogan started the game on the mound for the Tigers, and retired the first two batters he faced, then following an error, retired the fourth batter of the inning. K eeping the Indians scoreless through one inning. n the bottom of the first, Acorn s clean-up hitter, osh Staggs, hit a three-run home run to left center field to give the Tigers an early 3-0 lead after one complete inning. Caddo scored two runs in the top of the second to narrow down the Tigers lead, but K obe Hogan ended up striking out the side to end the inning with the score 3-2. umber two, ynch, drove in two runs for Acorn in the second, on a single to center field. A few plays later, Hendrix scored on an error by the ndians. acob Haddox drove in an extra two runs on an B triple to left field, and later scored on an error by the third baseman. Logan Frost struck out looking to end the second, but not before the Tigers scored six runs, to extend their lead to 9-2 after two innings. After walking the first batter of the third inning, Hogan induced a popup to first base, in which the runner was doubled off. Caddo s number eighteen then popped out in foul territory to end the top of the third with the score 9-2 Acorn. Acorn s ynch drove in one more run in the bottom of the third, with an B single to second base. A couple plays later, K obe Hogan scored on a dropped third strike by the Indians catcher. Lynch then scored on a passed ball on the next play. After scoring three more runs

BY EASTON LEONARD in the inning, the Tigers led Caddo 12-2 after three innings. In his fourth inning of work, Hogan only allowed two base runners, on a walk and a single to shortstop. Hogan struck out one batter, and got two ndians to y out. eeping the score 12-2 Acorn. ogan Frost drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the fourth, and was later drove in on a single to the shortstop by K obe Hogan. After four complete innings, the Tigers led Caddo by a score of 13-2. n the top of the fifth, the ndians added on four runs, on a few doubles and passed balls. arrowing Acorn s lead down to 13- after four and a half innings. The Tigers scored one more run in the bottom of the fifth inning, to extend their lead to eight, 1 - after five complete innings of play. Caddo scored another three runs in the top of the sixth, tightening the score up at 14 -9 heading into the bottom of the sixth. n the bottom of the fifth, Acorn scored their last and final run of the night, to make the score 15-9. Both teams went down scoreless in the seventh inning, keeping the final score 1 -9 in favor of the Acorn Tigers. Giving the Acorn Tigers their first baseball win in quite a while. The Caddo Hills Indians defeated Acorn in the second game of the night by a score of 130, however, the Acorn ady Tigers softball team defeated the ady ndians.

Junior Track Teams Show Promise in Recent Meet M


ena and Cossatot iver school districts sent their unior track and field teams to the Mansfield unior Tiger elays on Thursday, March 30, 201 . Several ribbons were brought back to the county. The results include: Mena s Alex Harper brought home a first place ribbon in the 800m run in 2 1. 9, and ayden Harris pulled out first in the 1, 00m run in 1 . . ulianna ennedy also placed in the 1, 00m, taking fifth in 2.18. The girls x800m relay team brought home second in 11 3 . , while the x100m relay team and x 00m relay team both took third in 8. 1 and 02. 8, respectively. n the 100m hurdles, auren Sikes took third in 19.1 and Emily agner took th in 19.8 . agner also took seventh in the high ump. Andrea Maechler took fourth in the 200m dash 1114A Hwy 71S Mena, AR Keith & Sharon Aleshire, in 30. 1 and sixth in the 100m dash in 1 . . Ciara ance took sixth in the 00m dash in Toll Free: 1-888-394-4200 Broker/Owners 1 11. 3. n the 300m hurdles, Paige Evans took th in 8.33 and auren Sikes took eighth in Keith’s Cell: 479-243-5341 8. 9. ncer: Madison Birtcher took third in the discus with a , and Bethany Goodwin placed eighth in 3709 - Wonderful the shot put with 29- . . Floor Plan in this 3 Cossatot iver s Savannah hite took seventh in the 00m dash in 1 11. 3. bdr/2 1 /2 bath home Mena unior boys x800m relay team took first place in 9 3 . . evin Adams brought features a Great home second place in the 88m in 2 1 .10. ane Stephens secured second in the long ump R oom with vaulted towith get a 1 -9. Stephens also took third in the 200m dash in 2 . 1. ceiling, dining area Thaddaeus ance took third in pole vault, tying with Mathew McCravens, with both vaultand a kitchen with ing 8- . Blake Castor took third in discus with 11 and Braxton Bahr took seventh with 113-9. abundant cabinets for Bahr also took fifth in the shot put with 3-9. . Mark ilson took fifth in triple ump with 3 , the cook of the family! followed by Caleb Holmes in seventh with 3 -3. Holmes also took fourth in 100m dash in The split floorplan 12. . bedroom arrange-


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Acorn Trio Brings Home the Bling BY MELANIE BUCK •


ver the Spring Break holiday, a trio of Acorn students were doing anything but vacationing. For these three, they were digging deep on a diamond made of grass and dirt to bring home a big win for their teams, wins that included shiny rings in the end. Noah Holland, K ensey Rosson, and Braylan Bohlman are all part of separate traveling baseball and softball teams and Acorn Baseball Coach Scott Bohlman says they make Acorn’s future look bright. Rosson plays on a traveling team called Tulsa E lite, a ten and under softball team, Bohlman on the Arkansas Crushers, a 12 and up baseball team, and Holland on the Riverdawgs, an 11 and up baseball team. E ach team in separate tournaments, in separate cities, must have placed first or second to receive the coveted titles and rings. And they did. Pictured are the hardcore players and their bling following their wins. Pictured: ( left to right) Noah Holland, K ensey Rosson, and Braylan Bohlman.

Tigers No-Hit At Kirby T

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he Acorn Tigers baseball team traveled to K irby on Tuesday, March 28th, to take on the Troj ans in a good game of old country hardball. obe Hogan hit lead-off for the Tigers, and was hit by the fifth pitch he saw at the plate. Hogan later stole second base, but Lyle, Lynch, and Staggs all struck out in order to end the top half of the inning. ick yle started the game on the mound for Acorn, and struck out the first batter he faced. irby s Putz, then singled to left field on a line drive, and advanced to second base on a groundout from number twenty-two, Smith. After getting two outs to start the game, yle was unable to escape the first inning, giving up five total runs, and forcing the Tigers to bring in K obe Hogan to pitch. Hogan faced two batters, and gave up one more run, but struck out K irby’s Smith to end the inning. After one complete inning, the Troj ans led Acorn by a score of 6 -0. In the top of the second inning, K irby’s starting pitcher, Putz, struck out all three Tigers he faced. Putz held Acorn scoreless, and the score at 6 -0 Troj ans. The Troj ans loaded the bases in the bottom of the second with no outs. K irby was able to score two runs in the inning off of a fielders choice and a sacrifice bunt. The score was 8-0 in favor of K irby after two innings. Aaron Bissell struck out looking to start off the third inning. Logan Frost then walked in the next at bat, but was stranded at first after Hogan and yle struck out to end the inning with the score still 8-0 Troj ans. Acorn’s pitcher, K obe Hogan, retired one batter in the top of the third and walked one batter, before he exited the game due to an inj ury. The Tigers then brought in Jacob Haddox to pitch. Haddox allowed a double and a single, as well as a few passed balls. The Troj ans extended their lead to 11-0 after three innings. K irby brought in number eight, Bates, to pitch in the fourth. Bates struck out one batter and forced two groundouts, retiring the Tigers one-two-three. The Tigers committed a few errors in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Haddox walked a few and hit a batter, to give K irby two more runs. However, Acorn was able to get out of the inning with a tag out at home plate, with the score 13-0 Troj ans. Bates closed out the game for irby in the top of the fifth, as all three Tiger batters struck out to end the game, with the score 13-0 in favor of the Troj ans. K irby’s pitchers, Putz and Bates, combined to throw a no-hitter against the Tigers, while Acorn committed multiple errors. On Tuesday night as well, the Acorn Lady Tigers softball team defeated the K irby Lady Troj ans by a score of 16 -3.

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Malcolm Wade- Life is a Dance W


here is happiness found? If you talk to ten different people you may receive ten differnet answers. Vicki Baum once said, “There are shortcuts to happiness and dancing is one of them.” For many, dancing is not the first answer that came to the mind, but for Malcolm ade, dancing not only leads to happiness, but it keeps him vibrant and full of life. Malcolm ade was born in Talihina, klahoma in 1921. Talihina is in what was ade County in the ndian Territory days, a county that received its name because of Malcolm s family. His great-grandfather, Alfred ade, came to the new Choctaw ation on the Trail of Tears in 1832. Alfred settled in the adeville community, a community that now bears his name. Malcolm grew up going to school in Talihina before graduating and attending Santa Fe ndian School, participating in several sports. He received an athletic scholarship for football at the niversity of ew Mexico, but decided to return home to be married. Shortly after being married, Malcolm volunteered for service with the Army in orld ar . Through faithful service to the country, Malcolm earned many awards, three of which were the Meritorious Service Award, Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. After a fruitful career of service in the military, Malcolm returned to Talihina. hen got back to Talihina, there wasn t a lot going on and wanted to help make change, says Malcolm. n 1981 he ran for city council and was named Mayor, during this same time Malcolm was elected to the 12 member Choctaw Tribal Council to represent South e ore County. He followed to serve in the same position as three generations of men in his family before him. Though Malcolm met many real needs for the Choctaw ation, he feels that he has one greater accomplishment. felt that we needed a Choctaw Community Center in Talihina so went through the efforts to bring it there. Weekly Publication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Although . . . . . . . . .klahoma . . . . . . . .has . . . been . . . . .home . . . . . for . . .Malcom . . . . . . . for . . .most .................................. of his life, the last decade of his life has been spent in Mena. t is quite impressive for anyone to lay down roots somewhere for ten years, but especially impressive when Malcolm is 9 years old. Talking to Malcolm, nobody would ever assume that he is in his ninety s, rather, one might think he is twenty years younger People who have lived a longer life always have a secret to their long and healthy life. Malcolm s secret is dancing. His dancing is not ust exercise, it is a hobby that Malcolm finds a lot of oy in doing. love dancing. f stopped dancing and stopped moving, life wouldn t be fun anymore. Malcolm regularly dances at the Mena Senior Center, he spends each day at the center, playing dominoes, serving, and dancing. He has become quite the show for the regulars at the center, always putting a smile on faces of those around him. Malcolm has been dancing regularly for almost 0 years and he has become quite good. can do a lot of things that people dancing my age can t do, but even people that are young can t do, says Malcolm with a smile. n addition to dancing at the senior center and the Elks locally, he has travelled to Talihina to square dance as well. Although these are impressive, Malcom s most impressive dancing feat may be that he drives to Arkadelphia once a week to dance with friends. Malcolm loves being active, whether that is working outside, dancing, or volunteering at the senior center. know people think m crazy, but can t stop doing things. f stop and ust sit around, life won t mean much anymore. He still moves and works like a man decades younger, never wanting to sit and be idle. love helping here at the center. e have a lot of good people, but they can t do it all on their own. f me and other people stop volunteering, we couldn t have all these things. Malcolm, like many of the other great men from the orld ar era, have served and given their time without ever expecting a thank you or notice. There is certainly something unique about the men from that generation, it makes sense why they have been called the greatest generation of men. never know why people say that. e were ust doing our obs then and feel like m doing what needs to be done now. Although Malcolm may be older than most on the dance oor, he believes that his age is ust a number. ancing is what keeps me alive, as long as m still moving, want to be dancing. Malcolm is an example to all that the little things in life can often bring us the most oy.

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April 5, 2017

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Lions Club- Giving Back to the Community O


ne of the tenants of the Lions Club International is to always have in mind their obligations and responsibility to their nation, state, and community, and to give them loyalty through their words and actions. Members are to give of their time, efforts, and means for the better of those around them. These ideals plus many more are what makes the service of the Lions Club worth while in each of the communities they are able to serve. The Lions Club International, like many organiz ations, had small beginnings. In 1913, a man named Melvin Jones had j ust begun an insurance agency. He j oined what was called the ‘ Business Circle’, a luncheon group of businessmen in the area. The group, like many others were highly devoted to promoting their financial interests, but Mr. ones felt that there could be more. He had a compelling vision to see the community around him changed. He thought that their community could be changed if these businessmen put their intelligence and hard work towards the good of the community. With his prompting, businessmen from other clubs met, the foundation was laid, and the Lions Club International was initiated. ones considered the name ions to be a good name for the organization because a lion stood for strength, courage, fidelity, and vital action, all q ualities that are present in the Lions today. Polk County is fortunate enough to have the services of the Lions Club in Mena. Much like the Lions Club International, the local chapter of Lions is seeking to do intentional good in the community. Current Lions Club president, K evin Sweeney, loves what the organiz ation stands for and the good work happening, “This is such a good organiz ation. When you send your dollar to the Lions, we put it to work.” K evin and his wife Janee, moved here from Little Rock and he had never been a part of the Lions Club before. “When I started at U nion Bank I asked what organiz ations were giving back to the community, I saw the Lions Club doing good work and wanted to help them move forward. I have really enj oyed the things we are doing.” The Lions’ purpose to give their efforts and resources for the better of those around them is evident through the causes they give themselves to. Both nationally and locally, Lions Clubs give their time to many things, but more specifically, devote themselves to sight and hearing programs along with diabetes programs. The Lions Club began their work to help the blind and deaf when they were compelled by Helen K eller at the 1925 Lions Club International Convention to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” The Lions accepted the challenge and ever since has been working in sight programs to improve sight and prevent blindness. Locally, the Lions Club is partnering with Lyles Vision Clinic to help improve sight in the community through a variety of ways. “We partner with them to help provide eye screenings and glasses for those in need,” says K evin. The Lions also started a Recycle for Sight program, throughout the year Lions and other volunteers collect used eyeglasses. Recycled eyeglasses are distributed to any who might have need. Along with nationwide efforts to do intentional good to those around them, the local chapter of Lions are giving back for the better of the community. One of the greatest ways that the Lions have tried to give back is repurposing the Lions G olf Course for a disc golf course. For several years, the course had sat, not being used, and members of the club wanted to see the space being used for the good of the community. “When my son was in college at Arkansas Tech, I would go visit him and we would play. It was a blast. I wondered along with others, what if we could bring a disc golf course here? We believed it could get youth in our community involved and it was a positive way for us to give back.” The disc golf course is a full course with 18 baskets, the Lions hope to add more baskets later on in order to host tournaments, and even create interest from tourists. “We are thrilled each time we see people out playing and using the course,” says K evin with a smile. The Lions Club is yet another example of what happens when people come together to accomplish needs and seek to do intentional good in the community. “We are trying to build up our group. I would love to see more and more young guys, we have so many things that we are doing that is worth their time.” Their efforts to give back by giving of their resources, means, and labor is part of what makes Mena such a great community. If you are interested in becoming a member, j oin them each Friday at noon at the Lions Clubhouse on Hwy. 7 1 South in Mena

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Thursday, 4/6 • 10:30 a.m. – Gator & Friends will be performing at The Mena Senior Center. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/ Polk County meets at apa’s e ican Café. Contact Lisa Martin at 2163383 or Charles Pitman at 216-4882 for more information. • 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 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 5:00 p.m. - 9th Street Ministries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the 9th Street Ministries building. 0 p.m. Ouachita Regional Hospice’s “Growing Through Grief” support group meets at the ospice office, South ena Street. For more information, call 394-1134. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous women’s meeting at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479or . • 6:00 p.m. – Disabled American Veterans & Auxiliary meeting and potluck. Meeting follows dinner, American Legion at eteran’s Park at Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and

• INK RURAL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT will host a fundraiser in the old Walmart parking lot on Saturday, April 8 from a.m. until they are sold out. Get a cheeseburger, chips, and drink for $5. Orders for deliveries of five or more can be made by calling , , or by riday, April . • CONFORMATION DOG SHOW by America’s et Registry, nc., at the olk County Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 8. Free admission to watch the show. Concessions available. For information, contact Nancy oungblood at . • GPS SCAVENGER HUNT at Cossatot River State Park on Saturday, April 8 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Meet park interpreters at the Visitor Center to get GPS clues to head throughout the park to discover hidden caches. Free admission.

Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. • 7:00 p.m. – Big Fork RVFD Business Meeting & Training will be at the Fire Station. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 wy , S., ena. or . • 7:00 p.m. – The Ink RVFD Business Meeting & Training will be at the community building. • 7:30 p.m. – Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 meets at the Mena Lodge located in the Old ost Office by anssen ark. Friday, 4/7 • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Road tests are given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room unless the roads are wet. ritten tests are given at p.m. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fiber Arts Group meets at ena Art allery. All types of fiber welcome. • 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. – Richmond Road Band will play at The American Legion in Acorn. $6 admission. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 wy , S., ena. or . • 9:30 p.m. – Karaoke Contest at Fraternal Order of the Eagles, wy. North. Entry fee. Must be 21 years old. Saturday, 4/8 0 00 a.m. Hatfield ion’s Club Annual Easter Egg Hunt for ages toddler through 12 years old at the atfield Lions ark. Refreshments will be served. • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - Ouachita Photography Club, everyone is welcome. • 12:00 p.m. – Ouachita Amateur Radio Association monthly meeting at the Limetree. 00 p.m. 00 p.m. Children’s Art Class at the Mena Art Gallery, for children ages . Cost is . Call to reserve spot. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, wy N., Acorn. • 7:00 p.m. – Holly Grove Church in Grannis will have Gospel Music. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 wy S., ena. or . Sunday, 4/9 • 11:00 a.m. – Mt. View Methodist Church is hosting a od’s Not ead Series leading up to Easter Sunday. • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 wy , S., ena. or . • 3:00 p.m. – Worship service at Sulpher Springs Church • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. Monday, 4/10 00 a.m. 00 p.m. od’s Feeding

Hands Mission Center will serve free groceries free toiletry to the needy at Reeves Ave, Mena. • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 1:30 p.m. – Polk County Genealogical Society will meet at the Polk County Library. Program will be heirlooms, photos, and stories. 00 p.m. The Airport Commission’s meeting will be held at the UA-Rich Mountian Boardroom in the Spencer Building, College Drive. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, wy N., Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. – Democratic Party of Polk County meets at apa’s e ican Caf . Anyone interested is welcome. You do not have to be a member. • 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 wy , S., ena. or . • 7:00 p.m. – Mena Elks Lodge meeting. All Elks are invited to attend. • 7:30 p.m. – Mountain Meadow Chapter #22 Order of the Eastern Star will meet at the Mountain Meadow Masonic Lodge Hall in atfield. Tuesday, 4/11 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardner Community Men’s Breakfast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art allery, ena 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 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. 00 p.m. 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. • 6:00 p.m. – American Legion Post 18 potluck dinner, at eteran’s ark in Acorn, with meeting to follow at 7 p.m. • 6:30 p.m. – Shady Fire and Rescue District will meet at the Shady Community Center. • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Bluegrass music at Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for the families of addicts and alcoholics meet at the ABC Club. • 7:00 p.m. – The Dallas Valley R.V.F.D. will meet for training at the Firehouse. • 7:00 p.m. – The Acorn Fire and Rescue will meet at the Fire Department. • 7:00 p.m. – The Wickes V.F.W. Post #10484 will meet at the Wickes Community Center. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & ort Arthur. or .

Wednesday, 4/12 • 11:30 a.m. – The MHS Class of 1959 will meet at Branding Iron. Spouses and friends welcome. Call 394-6221 for questions. • The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in Mena at noon. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Polk County Library Cove Branch is open. • 12:00 p.m. – Quality of Life Outreach meeting at Lavilla Restaurant. • 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – The Mena First United Methodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – The Southside Church of God Warriors for Christ will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – Regeneration Youth Ministries at Mena Church of God Hwy 88 East. • 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church hosts 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, wy N. ena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 wy , S., ena. or . • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Inquiry classes into the Catholic Faith begins in the Parish Hall of St. Agnes Catholic Church at th St. here is no cost or obligation and anyone interested is invited to attend. Call or for more information.

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SUBMITTED Mena Art Gallery Offering Two Reception for Young Artists’ Exhibit Art G allery will hold a reception Children’s Art Classes Mena for the work of young artists on Sat-

Due to their Children’s Art Class continuing to grow, Mena Art allery will now be offering two classes. The second Saturday of each month will be reserved for ages 0 and up, and the third Saturday of each month will be for ages . The cost is per child. Please call the gallery at 0 to sign up.

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urday, April 8, from 1 to 3 pm. Awards will be presented at 2 pm. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with so many talented young people. Some are from local art classes; some are home schooled or entering their work independently, but all show an amazi ng level of creativity. They also work in a variety of media: drawing, painting, and three-dimensional work. Support for this show has been provided by local businesses: Mena Title Company and McD onald' s of Mena. We at the gallery greatly appreciate their support, which makes this show possible and contributes to the growth of tomorrow' s artists. Please mark your calendar so that you don' t miss this opportunity to see what our young people have accomplished and to meet many of them. They are our future!


T he C C C - P rou dH eri t age & CONTRIBUTED BY JEFF OLSON •


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Moments from America’s History:

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uring many years of work in natural resources inventory and protection, I traveled countless miles and acres over a variety of lands and waters, and in all seasons of the year. n this memorable ourney saw first-hand not only some of man s neglect and disregard of our natural resources, but also much of what he has restored, preserved and impacted for good. When I drove U .S. Highway 7 north of Hot Springs in the course of my work, I always enj oyed seeing areas along that route which are a part of America' s ( and Arkansas' s) rich conservation heritage. Among these reminders of our history are the sites of Civilian Conservation Corps ( CCC) camps and other facilities, some of which are still serving us. D uring the G reat D epression of the 1930s, the federal government under President Franklin Roosevelt' s administration implemented a number of programs to improve the nations edgling economy. ne of these was the CCC, which was first proposed in March 1933 by the President under the authority of the Emergency Conservation ork (EC ) Act, as part of his ew eal program. Eighty-four years ago this week, April , 1933, President oosevelt issued Executive rder 101 which officially established the CCC as an agency. The CCC provided employment for young unmarried men from families on public relief roles, while at the same time addressing the nation' s natural resource conservation needs. Enrollees also included veterans of orld ar , ative Americans, and African Americans. ocal experienced men, called EMs, were chosen to provide the needed expertise in specific fields, particularly those areas related to conservation and construction. CCC j obs were directly related to the conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands owned by federal, state, and local governments. To participate, young men had to be between the ages of 18 and 2 and in good health. They were provided shelter, food, and clothing and payed 30 per month, 2 of which had to be sent home to their families. Enlistment was for a duration of six months, although many re-enlisted after their allotted time was up. Camps were supervised by reserve officers from the .S. Army. CCC workers performed over 100 types of work, including planting trees, fighting forest fires, constructing roads, trails, recreation areas, cabins, lodges, amphitheaters, and bathhouses in forests and parks, building dams to control ooding and observation towers for forest fire detection, and running telephone lines. Maximum enrollment peaked at over 00,000 in over 2, 00 camps in 193 and during the life of the program over 2. million men participated. The first CCC camp in Arkansas was established here in Polk County at Eagleton, and the first campsite occupied in the state was at Crystal Springs. By the mid-1930s, there were up to camps in Arkansas, employing 13,000 men. D uring the nine years of its operation, CCC accomplishments included planting nearly 3 billion trees, constructing more than 800 parks, building 28,000 miles of hiking trails and ,000 bridges, running ,000 miles of telephone lines, and improving most state parks. n addition to all of the conservation work done on the ground, theJanuary CCC led to 6,a2016 greater public awareness and appreciation of the great outdoors and America s natural resources - all of which live on to this day. The CCC ceased field operations as of une 30, 19 2 and was officially terminated in 19 3 due mainly to the re-direction of people and resources needed for orld ar . However, remnants of its impressive achievements are still with us today, and much of their handiwork is still in operation to the benefit of our en oyment and the continuation of our proud heritage. n our own back yard, in the uachita ational Forest and in other parts of estern Arkansas, we still en oy the fruits of CCC labor in recreation areas and campgrounds such as Shady ake, Bard Springs, Charlton, Collier Springs, ron Springs, and Cedar ake; numerous picnic areas, hiking trails, and scenic overlooks such as Sugar Creek Vista; and Arkansas state parks such as evil s en, Petit ean, and ake Catherine. So, on our next trip to the national forest or state park, or other place where the CCC left its legacy, what do you say we pause for a moment and remember, with gratitude and respect, those young Americans who gave their prime to make the beauty of G od' s creation a more special place for you and I and our families to enj oy, care for, and pass on to posterity.



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The following information was received from Polk County law enforcement agencies. 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.

Mena Police Department March 26, 2017 Cory David Dean, 35, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Osceola. Brianna Lee Rush, 18, of Mena was arrested and charged with theft of property after a call to a local resale shop. March 27, 2017 Michael Ray Moore, 21, of Mena was charged with after officers observed a vehicle in the ditch on a local street. March 28, 2017 Officers responded to a domestic situation at a local residence. No arrests were made, but a ena woman was taken to the hospital for observation and evaluation. March 29, 2017 Travis Earl Davis, 47, of Mena was arrested on a olk County warrant. Phillip Trent Lawry, 61, of Mena was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest followed a call at a local residence. Richard Smiley, 58, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding failure to appear warrant from the Mena Police. David Betz, 42, of Mena was charged with theft of property shoplifting after officers received a call to a local retail store. A local woman reported that she is being harassed by her former spouse. here is an order of protection in place. March 30, 2017 Report was made by a local woman regarding her estranged boyfriend. She advised that he had come to her house and became angry with her so he punched the windshield out of her vehicle. Case is pending. A Boles man reported that someone had stolen a backpack from him while he was at a local retail store. Case is pending further review of surveillance tapes and location and interview of suspects. March 31, 2017 Amber . estbrook, , of ort Smith was arrested on a Mena Police warrant.

She was incarcerated in Sebastian County, and ena officers went there to return her to olk County. oshua age, , of ena and a 15-year-old Mena youth were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after an incident on a school bus. April 1, 2017 A local man reported that he had had a Mercury Mountaineer vehicle stolen from his residence. Case is pending. Employees at a local retail store reported the theft (shoplifting) of items from the store. Case is pending.

Polk County Sheriff’s Department March 27, 2017 Report from complainant on Raccoon Ridge near ena of the theft of a firearm, valued at $500.00. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on olk in the Rocky community of the theft of a firearm, valued at . . he firearm was later located by the owner. Report from complainant on Highway South in atton of the break in and theft of many items. Investigation continues. Arrested by an officer with the .S. orest Service was ennith A. yle, , of ena, on a arrant for ailure to Comply with a Court Order. March 28, 2017 Report of a disturbance on South olden Lane near Mena led to the arrest of Eldon R. Bias, 54, of Mena, on a Warrant for Absconding. Also, a Citation for isorderly Conduct was issued to Tony R. Cox, 52, of Mena. March 29, 2017 Report of a one-vehicle accident on olk near ena led to the arrest of Ronald . hacker, , of ena, on Charges of , Careless rohibited riving and Refusal to Submit. March 30, 2017 Report of a chicken house on fire on olk near atfield. Report of suspicious behavior on olk in the Shady community led to a year old male being issued uvenile Citations for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Battery 2nd Degree. The juvenile was released to the custody of a parent/guardian. Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Curtis R. Parnell, 32, of ena, on a arrant for robation iolation. March 31, 2017 Report from complainant of the theft of prescription medications from a vehicle

parked on ighway est near ena. Report from complainant on Stagecoach Lane near Mena of an unauthorized person on their property. Investigation continues. Report from a Mena woman that she had loaned a vehicle to another person and they were now refusing to return it. he vehicle was later found abandoned. nformation has been provided to the rosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Arrested by an officer with the .S. orest Service was arl . ann, , of ena, on Charges of Possession of a Schedule I/ Controlled Substance and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State olice was Christopher L. Lampkin, 46, of Danville, on Charges of Speeding and ublic nto ication. April 1, 2017 Report from complainant on Trailwood Lane near Mena of an unauthorized person on their property. Report of a disturbance at Lake il-

helmina near the Rocky community led to the arrest of red . Creekmore, , of ena, on Charges of Obstructing overnmental Operations and Resisting Arrest. Also arrested was Cody . Creekmore, , of ena, on a Charge of isorderly Conduct. Arrested was ames L. Rickey, , of Hot Springs, on a Body Attachment Warrant. April 2, 2017 Report from complainant on olk near rannis of an alleged scam. nformation has been provided to the rosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report of an A accident on olk near the Board Camp community. Deputies responded. olk County Sheriff’s Office worked five vehicle accidents this week. olk County etention Center ail Population: 23 Incarcerated Inmates, with 8 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State acility.

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Ad deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday. Payment is due with ad. Publishing and distributing 8,000 copies weekly. 4 Family Yard Sale – Saturday, 7am - ?, 1304 Magnolia Avenue. Kids and adult clothes, furniture, toys, kitchen stuff, décor and more. Rain moves to back carport. 4/5 Inside Sale rofit Circle off of ornbeck, riday and Saturday, 8am – 5pm. Sofa, dresser, lamps, wall décor, knickknacks, kitchen, small hutch, beautiful glass items, more. ouse for sale. 4/5 LPN – Licensed Practical Nurse is seeking employment with in-home care/private care duty of patients. Trustworthy, dependable, and hardworking. References are available. Contact issy Cost L N at . 5/17 Daniel’s Carpentry and Painting, home repair, desks, fence rows, underpinning, etc. Also lawn and garden work. Call – Dog Grooming, hand dry, nails trimmed, ears cleaned, brushing. eanna Boyd. . will come to you Like acebook. 5/3 For Sale – Wooden chicken house. Rafters 40 ft. wide ft. underground . cable. or 0707 ard Mowing, weed eating, bush hogging, handyman services, power washing, garden plowing and tilling. ave tractor with implements for larger obs. Bill uff. Call . 4/5

House 5 acres bed full bath. Office Space, laundry room, large walk in pantry. Call for details. D C Dirt Works, providing light tractor services to Polk County and surrounding areas. Brush ogging, light drive way repair, front end loader work, general property clean up, dirt work and much more. ree estimates . N OTICE The olk County Road epartment will be accepting sealed bids for one new tom e tended cab pickup and one new regular cab ton cab and chasses. Bids are to be opened in the olk County udge’s office at the olk county Courthouse at Church Avenue in ena, Arkansas at A April , . All interested parties should contact olk County udge Brandon Ellison at for complete specifications and instructions. 4/5 Have guitar will travel. Singer/songwriter with P.A. systems. Parties – Weddings – Meetings – Etc. Reasonable rates. Arkansas Songstr. House Cleaning and more. Call 3418. 4/5

Dugan awn Care and Landscaping a complete ground maintenance company serving both residential and commercial customers. NO A N NE CL EN S OR O SEASON We trim ornamental trees, grasses, shrubs, and more. ree estimates. Offices in both ena and e ueen . N



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ME A SOU D Company Sound systems with professional technician. Small to medium large live shows. ndoor or Outdoor weather permitting . Reasonable Rates. Rick erard . Help Wanted he Oaks of ena is hiring for a ul ime L N CNA ousekeeping. lease apply in person between a.m. to p.m. onday riday.

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