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BY MELANIE WADE • news@mypulsenews.com A road leading into a long-beloved place that covers part of two counties, Polk and Howard, has been paved. Shady Lake Recreation Area visitors will now travel on a comfortable 6 million road that will also deter dust that leaves area residents in lingering clouds of haze as travelers ock to the area during summer months. The road, Polk Road 64, also known as Shady Lake Road, has been in the works since 00 , when the planning stages began. Since then, approximately 6 million CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

Arvest Bank Buying Bear State Bank for $391 Million

Students at Acorn Elementary watched history unfold as a solar eclipse passed over the entire United States - a rare event - on Monday, August 21, 2017. Acorn, along with many other educational institutions across the country, used the event as a hands-on science lesson, much to the delight of students. Acorn purchsed special solar viewing glasses for their students, as well as providing 125 pairs to parents and community members.

FAYETTEVIL L E, Ark. ( Aug. 22, 20 17 ) – Arvest Bank ( “Arvest”) announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire ear State Financial, Inc. “ ear State NASDA SF , the parent company of ear State ank. The acquisition, expected to close in the fourth quarter of 017 or first quarter of 01 pending customary regulatory approvals and subject to approval by ear State shareholders, is an all-cash transaction valued at approximately 91 million. ear State ank operates 4 branches and three personalized technology centers in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, while Arvest operates more than 50 branches in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. As of June 0, 017, ear State had CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

CRHS Recognized as School of Innovation by ADE

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY • l.mccourtney@mypulsenews.com Cossatot River High School has recently been recognized by the Arkansas Department of Education ADE as a School of Innovation by the Commissioner of Education for the State of Arkansas Johnny Key. To qualify for such a designation, district leaders presented a Schools of Innovation plan to the ADE that outlined new and creative concepts to the existing instructional and administrative practices. The changes proposed by district leaders are intended to improve academic CONTINUED ON PAGE 7

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Emmye Rowell BY LEANN DILBECK • editor@mypulsenews.com Hometown boy turned Nashville recording artist/actor, Tyler Boydstun, is returning to Mena for a local performance on September 1. L ong-time loyal Boydstun fans will notice a considerable change in Boydstun’s singing partners and style. An accomplished Nashville artist, Boydstun plays over 250 shows a year on Nashville’s famed ‘ Broadway,’ along with touring across the United States. He helped found the “Eskimo Brothers,” but has recently left his rockabilly style behind and is now singing with a long-time friend and fellow Nashville recording artist/actress, Caitlin Nicol-Thomas. The pair have known each other since both hit the Nashville scene in 20 10 , but their first collaboration was on the silver screen in “The Song. Caitlin was cast as Shelby Bale and Boydstun was cast as the drummer of her band. The duo, now known as ‘ The Thread,’ are a stark contrast to Boydstun’s earlier work with the Eskimo rothers and re ects not only his personal maturity but his maturity as an artist. They are wrapping up their first CD with producer and friend Vince Emmett, who composes and produces the scores of episodic and feature length films with his company, Picture Sonics, in his private Nashville studio. Releasing their first tract, In the Pines, in April of this year, the duo s sound is raw, real, and earthy. “I hope they enjoy this new project and music I’ve been working on,” said Boydstun in anticipation of debuting his new act to his Mena fans. Both provide vocals and each play a variety of instruments. Boydstun on guitar and percussion with Thomas on the fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and keyboard, the duo s unique and timeless style fill a room. The duo will appear in Mena on September 1 at UARM’s Ouachita Center before hitting the road for two performances in Iowa. “My thanks to all of my hometown supporters! I really appreciate you! Please keep in touch with me on Facebook.com/tylerboydstundrums. Hope to see you at the show September 1! ” Tickets are $ 10 each and are available at the UARM Bookstore or by contacting Morris or Tonya Boydstun at 47 9-234-7 940 .

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Riner Brings Knowledge from Smith Named Elks Deputy of the BY MELANIE WADE • news@mypulsenews.com National Computer Forensics Institute Month Deputy Jim Smith has been named the Mena lk’s o e Deputy of the onth for the month of uly Smith is sho n ith lk’s haulte uler rian hompson Deputies hosen throu h the lk’s pro ram re ei e a Certif i ate of ppre iation an a ift erti ate for them sel es an a plus one’ to a lo al eatery homp son sai they e an the pro ram e ause they really appre iate hat they o an e oul like to honor them Deputy Smith ill e entere into the lk’s Deputy of the ear pro ram ith that honoree to e announ e ne t sprin

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County to Begin Road Projects BY MELANIE WADE • news@mypulsenews.com This Week

olk County Judge Brandon Ellison announced that the County Road D epartment is preparing to start their annual summer seal and reseal project. Ellison said there are 7 .2 miles of total project to be completed, including portions of Polk Roads 7 4, 87 , 7 1, 7 0 , 30 , and 28. Preparations have been underway for the project over the last ten weeks. Hard surfacing is estimated to begin the first week of September. Polk Road 74, near Ink Snack ar, will have .5 miles reconstructed, 1. miles of drainage improvements, and deteriorated sections will be repaired. Polk Road 87 , also in Ink, will have 1. miles of improvement, with .5 miles being reconstructed and the remainder receiving drainage improvements. Polk Road 71, in the Yocana community, will have . 5 miles, beginning at Hwy. , received a double seal hard surface. Polk Road 7 0 , near Cherry Hill, will receive 1.1 miles of hard surface. Polk Roads 0 and , both in Hatfield, will receive work as well. Polk Road 0 is set to have 1. miles reconstructed and a double seal of emulsified asphalt and chip between Hwy. 71 and Polk Road . On Polk Road , .5 miles beginning at Polk 0 and stopping at Hatfield city limits, will receive a double seal of emulsified asphalt and chips. Before primer is applied to the roads, the county will do its best to warn the traveling public about the short-term coming peril of oily roads on KENA 10 4.1. Avoiding these routes for a couple of days until the primer cures is advisable, but if traveling on these routes is necessary, driving 5 mph or less will keep most of the oil off your vehicle and is less likely to degrade the work. Judge Ellison said Polk Roads 30 and 28 will receive primer oil on the entire section. Polk Roads 7 4, 7 1, 87 , and 7 0 will get primer in sections only. “What makes me nervous about that is the existing roads are very smooth and fast now. So a motorist may be traveling too fast when they realize a section has been oiled. We want to warn you now, on Facebook, and with signage at each section where primer oil has been applied. Remember, 5 mph or less will keep the mess off your vehicle and prevent degradation of our project.” Judge Ellison plans to begin the primer application on Friday, August 5, at around 9 00 a.m. Sealing work is scheduled to begin during the first week of September.

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Pictured left: Books and Stuf was welcomed into the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce membership with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, August 17. Books and Stuf is under new ownership, Mitch and Jennifer Schubbe. Earlier in the day, Pictured right: Mena Mayor George McKee signed a proclamation declaring the day dedicated to previous Books and Stuf owners, Gayle and Gary Tudor, who owned the business for 22 years.

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CRHS AUGUST 28 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 MONDAY BREAKFAST: Chicken biscuit, variety cereal, string cheese, animal crackers, diced pears, grape juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY – Moz z arella cheese stick, marinara sauce, chicken sandwich, french fries, ham chef salad, sub butter/jelly sandwich. MIDDLE SCHOOL – Moz z arella cheese stick, marinara sauce, hamburger/cheeseburger, chicken tenders, ham/turkey sub, ham chef salad. HIGH SCHOOL – Moz z arella cheese stick, marinara sauce, bacon cheeseburger, sausage/jalapeno piz z a, nachos, tacos, burritos. TUESDAY BREAKFAST: Sausage/pancake stick, variety cereal, string cheese, animal crackers, mixed fruit, fruit blend juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY Steak fingers, mashed potatoes, cheeseburger, ham turkey cobb salad, sun butter/jelly sandwich. MIDDLE SCHOOL – Steak fingers, chicken fried steak sandwich, chicken sandwich, turkey sub, chicken salad sandwich, ham/turkey cobb salad. HIGH SCHOOL Steak fingers, chicken fried sandwich, sandwich, chicken alfredo, atbread pizza, nachos, tacos, burritos. WEDNESDAY BREAKFAST: Breakfast piz z a, variety cereal, string cheese, mixed fruit, fruit blend juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY – Orange chicken, rice, chicken tenders, hot roll, turkey chef salad, sun butter/jelly sandwich. MIDDLE SCHOOL – Orange chicken, rice, hamburger/cheeseburger, chicken tenders, ham/turkey sub, turkey chef salad. HIGH SCHOOL – Orange chicken, rice, hot dog, mini corndogs, sausage piz z a, nachos, tacos, burritos. THURSDAY BREAKFAST: Bacon, egg, cheese on a stick, variety cereal, string cheese, animal crackers, applesauce, orange juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY – Chicken spaghetti, grilled cheese, sweet potato tots, popcorn chicken salad, sun butter/jelly sandwich. MIDDLE SCHOOL – Chicken spaghetti, chicken sandwich, BBQ patty, ham sub, chicken salad sandwich, popcorn chicken salad. HIGH SCHOOL – Chicken spaghetti, spicy chicken sandwich, sloppy joe, spicy chicken piz z a, nachos, tacos, burritos. FRIDAY BREAKFAST: Egg, ham, and cheese sandwich, variety cereal, string cheese, animal crackers, apple juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY – Hot dog, piz z a, kale, creamy coleslaw, banana, sack lunch. MIDDLE SCHOOL – Sloppy joe melt, chicken/rice soup, baby carrots, cheese/pepperoni piz z a, nachos tacos or burritos. HIGH SCHOOL - Sloppy joe melt, chicken/rice soup, baby carrots, cheese/pepperoni piz z a, nachos tacos or burritos This weekly info proudly sponsored by:

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performance and learning for all students. Mickey Ford submitted the plans of Cossatot High School for new and improved instructional and administrative methods. Cossatot’s vision is to “provide all students personalize d learning opportunities for success and meeting individual needs through a exible attendance schedule, self-pacing by students, and teacher mentors who will open up more avenues for student success.” Understanding that times are changing and today’s students are different from those in the past, Mr. Ford wants to help prepare students at Cossatot for the future, “We know that times are changing and kids learn differently. We want to set our kids up for success in any way possible. We can keep doing the same things and having the same results, but we want to help our students adapt.” Over the last several years, the administration has seen numbers and percentages at Cossatot that have caused reason to be innovative and engage students in a different capacity. According to the latest ESEA ( Elementary and Secondary Education Act) report Cossatot has “47 % of all students achieving in literacy and 22% of all students achieving in math. CRHS is a high poverty school with 7 2% of students from families who are considered low-income households. The population of CRHS is made up of approximately 40 % ESL [English as a Second L anguage) students. Enrollment at CRHS has decreased by 10 % in the last three years.” Many factors contribute to this decrease in enrollment including students going to home school, families moving away to find work, and other students dropping out because of disengagement. Innovative changes not only make school more engaging, but for many students who may be struggling or need personalize d attention, the changes make success more achievable. “We want to provide opportunities for the students that need more personalize d one on one attention and mentoring so that they can have a high level of success,” says CRHS Principal D eWayne Taylor. Many steps are being taken by the administration and faculty of CRHS to provide a learning environment that truly is resourceful and engaging for all students. There are many tenets to the Innovation Plan, but some of the key areas are 1.) reshaping the schedule, 2.) curriculum changes and blended learning, and 3. ) mentoring training and development. “We realize that not all students are in the same place academically and some want to move faster and others need to move at a pace that is better for them. These plans allows for that kind of learning,” states Ford. One of the primary ways that administration plans to better engage students is through blended learning opportunities. “We may have students who are easily grasping a concept in math and they are bored as the teacher is taking time to work with other students. Now with blended learning, those students could work ahead through the use of lessons and plans on the computer. Where students may have taken a year to finish a class, maybe some of them can finish in a semester. For those students that are struggling through and need more personal attention, we aren’t going to leave them behind. Instead, they are going to receive personal attention and tutoring to help them move at a pace that is good for their learning experience,” explains Ford. Each of the steps of the Innovation Plan are currently being implemented at the high school in a variety of classrooms as administrators seek to find the optimal structure and set up that will allow for success for both teachers and students at CRHS. The mission through innovation for CRHS is “preparing 21st century graduates by providing individualize d learning to all students, enabling them to become college and career ready according to their strengths and interests.” For more information about the Schools of Innovation and Cossatot River High School’s Innovation Plan, visit http: //www.arkansased.gov/divisions learning-services schools-of-innovation and then find Cossatot River High School.

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has been poured into the project. Construction began in 20 13 and was completed in August 20 17 , paving a 2-mile stretch leading to the coveted attraction. The project was completed through a partnership that included the U.S. Forestry Service, Eastern Federal L ands Highway D ivision, Federal Highway Administration, Ark. Highway and Transportation D epartment, and Polk County. The project was federally funded. Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison said that Polk County’s role was simply an acceptance of right of way. In the original proposal for the newly paved road, the purpose of the project was stated to be, “to provide a safe, long-lasting driving surface for visitors and Forest Staff accessing the Ouachita National Forest. The new entrance road alignment has been modified to minimize impacts to the environment.” And indeed, several studies were done to ensure that no plant or animal life would suffer from having the road paved. ‘ Best Management Practices’ were implemented to “minimize erosion from disturbed soil. The partnership also created a mitigation agreement with some Native American tribes that align with the National Historic Preservation Act to ensure proper handling of remains in the case they, or sacred objects, were found, while construction took places. There are areas nearby which have qualified for the National Register of Historic Places, including a homestead site PL 55 and site PL576, that have had previous archeological findings, as well as a bridge site PL1 5 . The bridge, which was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps CCC in 19 6 during construction of the Recreation Area, is still in great condition and remains in use today. The mitigation agreement is held with the Caddo and Osage Nations. Although some visitors expressed that they wish the old dirt road would have stayed, citing the feeling of nostalgia when ‘ riding the backroads,’ many others have said they are glad to see the road complete and hope that it will create a new sense of pride to bring Shady Lake Recreation Area back to its original glory.

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total assets of $ 2.24 billion and total deposits of $ 1.7 billion in 34 communities. As of June 30 , 20 17 , Arvest had total assets of $ 17 .30 billion and total deposits of 14.9 billion in 1 0 communities. “This is a strategic move for us and one made after much careful consideration,” Arvest president and CEO Kevin Sabin said. “Because Bear State is such a solid company with dedicated employees – and because both banks are so committed to their communities – we believe this will be a great fit. From outstanding products and services to superior customer service, Arvest shares a lot of similarities to Bear State and we look forward to serving all of our customers – old and new – with the same courtesy, competency and care as we always have.” Of the 4 communities where ear State operates, 1 are markets where Arvest has banking operations while 16 markets will be new communities for Arvest – most notably communities in northeast Arkansas, southwest Arkansas, southern Missouri and southeast Oklahoma. Arvest Bank and Bear State customers will not notice any immediate changes, and both banks will continue to conduct business as usual. A full conversion of systems and accounts will occur in 01 , and Arvest Bank will be communicating with Bear State customers over the next several months regarding their transition to Arvest Bank. Additionally, all those employed by Bear State on the date of contract closing will become employees of Arvest Bank. New communities Arvest looks forward to serving in Arkansas are: Ashdown, D e Q ueen, D ierks, Glenwood, Jonesboro, Manila, Monette, Mount Ida, Nashville and Waldron. Arvest will enter the communities of Golden City, Kimberling City, Lamar and Marshfield in Missouri, and roken ow and Idabel in Oklahoma.

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................................................................................................................................ ELSIE ELIZABETH FRIED Elsie Eliza beth Fried, age 10 1, of Mena, died Friday, August 11, 20 17 at home. She was born on Sunday, June 25, 1916 to Walter A. and Etta L . Robinson Moreau in Wichita Falls, Texas. Elsie was a Godly woman and longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Mena. Faith, church, and her family were always of utmost importance to her. She loved working with mission trips and spending time with her grandchildren. Elsie enjoyed needlework, quilting, and china painting. Elsie was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, D r. D avid Fried; one brother, Roger Moreau; and two sisters, Irma Moreau and Joy D ickenson. Elsie is survived by her two sons, Bruce Fried of L ubbock, Texas and Vance Fried of Stillwater, Oklahoma; her daughter, Martha Martin of Tulsa, Oklahoma five grandchildren, Kathryn Hill of Cave Creek, Ariz ona, Michael Martin of Norman, Oklahoma, L auren Fried of D enver, Colorado, Regan Settles of Charleston, South Carolina, and D avid Fried of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; six great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral Services were Saturday, August 19, 20 17 at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel at 2: 0 0 PM with rother Roger ishop officiating with Interment following at Pinecrest Memorial Park. Visitation was Friday, August 18, 20 17 from 5-7 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena.

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TIMOTHY WAYNE LEONARD Timothy Wayne L eonard was born on September 4, 1965 in Jackson, MN. He moved to Wisconsin at a young age with his family where he attended school, graduating from Waupaca High School in 1984. After high school, he attended Campbellsville College in Campbellsville Kentucky, the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Timothy earned a Bachelor of Science from UWGB with a double major in Biology and Natural Resource Management. Timothy pursued several other learning other opportunities throughout the years including a degree in education and pursued a degree in nursing. Timothy entered the Peace Corps in 1993 and was stationed in Western Samoa. While in the Peace Corps, he met and married L eua L atai. Although they were only married for a few years, she will always be a very special part of the family and forever hold a place in Tim’s heart. Timothy gained a real passion for sailing during his time in Green Bay where he was the Captain and A& B Team Skipper of the UWGB Sailing Team. He owned a sailboat and he loved sharing his passion with friends and family. He also spent time as a sailing instructor and a coordinator of regattas, lectures, and on the water training. Timothy was quite proud of his license

from the United States Coast Guard and his designation as U.S. Merchant Marine officer. With all these talents, his favorite job was serving others at the local hospital as an LPN, receiving a Certificate for Most Compassionate. Timothy loved the L ord and spent much of his time studying the word of God. Timothy had many great qualities. One of his greatest gifts was his compassionate nature which was highlighted through his most recent work at the hospital in Mena, Arkansas. Timothy was a man of multiple talents and a wide range of interests. He was a member of the Big Fork Baptist Church. Timothy passed away in his sleep on July 22, 20 17 . Timothy is survived by his mother and father, Marjorie ( nee Kaduce) and L arry L eonard of Mena, AR; brother Joey ( Rachel) L eonard of Scandinavia, WI; Thomas L eonard of Waupaca, WI; three nieces, Karina WI; Amanda ( Ray) Marx of L a Crosse, WI; two nephews, Jacob L eonard of Orlando, FL and Benjamin L eonard of Eau Claire, WI; and two great nieces, Hailey and Aubrey of Oshkosh, WI.

MICHAEL WAYNE QUILLIN

Michael Wayne Q uillin, age 62, of Mena, passed away Saturday, August 12, 20 17 in Mena, Arkansas. Michael was born in Mena, Arkansas on March 19, 1955 to Charles Q uillin and L ois Young Q uillin. He was married to D ebbie Hughes Q uillin for 43 years. Michael worked in Aviation as a profession. He enjoyed watching Nascar and being on L ake Ouachita playing on the lake with family and friends. Michael also enjoyed stock car racing and watching anything Syfy and old westerns. He was

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MARY ELIZABETH KENNETT January 6, 2016 RHODES

Mary Eliza beth Kennett Rhodes, age 91, of Mena, Arkansas died Monday, August 14, 20 17 at her home. She was born on Sunday, May 23, 1926 to Thomas Andrew and L illie Branum Kennett in L eachville, Arkansas. Mary earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Home Economics from the University of Arkansas, taught home economics at L eachville High School in Mississippi County, Arkansas and at D ixie High School in Craighead County, Arkansas. She began working as Extension Home Economist for Greene County, Arkansas in 1956 and ultimately became the first woman county department chairman for Extension Service in Arkansas. She retired from the Extension Service in 1981. In 197 3 she married Harold Rhodes in Paragould, Arkansas. While living in Paragould she enjoyed being a member of her book club, bridge club, and church circle. She was an avid Razo rback fan and loved to call the Hogs. After moving from Paragould to Mena in 20 12, Mary attended Grace Bible Church. Mary enjoyed gardening and working in her ower beds. She was a loving mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, and a CONTINUED ON PAGE 10


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great friend. She will be missed by all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her parents; and her loving husband, Harold Rhodes five brothers, Norman Kennett, Everett Kennett, Bryan Kennett, D ee Kennett, and Jimmy Kennett; and one sister, Ruth Phillips. Mary is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Suza nne Manis of Mena, and Charlie and Crete Rhodes of Paragould, Arkansas; two daughters, Sharyn “Ruby” Kay Manis of Mena, and Anne Rhodes Mullis of Memphis, Tennessee; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at Saturday, August 26, 20 17 at 11: 0 0 AM at the Grace Bible Church in Mena with Dr. Lamar Austin officiating. Cremation services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

IVIL COUNTS ROWELL Ivil Counts Rowell, age 94, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, August 18, 20 17 in Mena. Mrs. Rowell was born in Plunkettville, Oklahoma on September 26, 1922 to the late Harve Counts and the late Ethel Plunkett Counts. She was happily married to the late Carl Rowell until his death. Ivil was a loving homemaker and enjoyed raising her children. She also enjoyed growing her garden and cooking from her bounty of homegrown food. Ivil loved to hunt and fish with her family and friends. She was a kind and loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-greatgrandmother, and friend to all. She will be dearly missed by all. She is survived by son, Roy Rowell

and wife Wanda of Mena, Arkansas; daughters, Carlene Broach and husband Richard of Vandervoort, Arkansas, Joyce Gibbons and husband James of Vandervoort, Arkansas; eleven grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; and fourteen great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Rowell, two brothers, four sisters, and one grandchild. Funeral service was at Cove First Baptist Church in Cove, Arkansas Saturday, August 19, 20 17 , 2: 0 0 p.m. with Brother Victor Rowell and Brother Ron L add officiating. Interment followed in Cecil Chapel Cemetery in Vandervoort under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena Pallbearers were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

SIERRA NICOLE SANDERS

Sierra Nicole Sanders, age 19, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday, August 14, 20 17 in Shady, Arkan-

sas. Sierra was born on July 23, 1998 in Mena, Arkansas to Bobby Sanders and Charity Cornelius Sanders. She was employed by Nidec in Mena. Sierra was an outdoors girl that enjoyed hunting, fishing, bow fishing, water rafting, and mudding with family and friends. She was an Honors graduate from Mena High School in 20 16. Sierra was active in FFA and showed lambs in high school and loved her dog, “Macie”. She enjoyed listening to the music of Brantley Gilbert. Sierra always had a smiling face and dearly loved her family to the fullest. Sierra was a loving daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, and friend to all. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She is survived by parents, Bobby and Charity Sanders of Mena, Arkansas; grandparents, Pam Chamberlain, Verle

Cornelius, Rosie Knight, and Jimmy and Frances Sanders; great-grandmother, Alta Cornelius; sister, Bethany Sanders; aunts, Shea Cornelius, Rosze tta Chavez, Christy Williams; and uncle, Shane and Tyra Cornelius; uncles, Shane Cornelius and D usty Sanders; great-aunt, D ebra Essman. Other family members include: Robert and Theresa D oty, Brooklyn Wright and Jake Rowe, Tony Breseman, Savanna and Tyler Cornelius, Traci and Tara Cornelius, Elliot and Gabriel Cornelius, Riggin and Kylie Cornelius, Taitleigh Sharp, D avid and Kathy Kottenbrook, Betty and Aaron Exley, Natasha Sanders, Brittany Peek, Cordell Williams, Josh Williams, Paige Williams, Nick Rose, D ylan Brown. She was preceded in death by grandfathers, Earl Knight and W. D . Chamberlain, great-grandfather, Raymond Cornelius, and great-grandmother, Juanita Carpenter. Funeral service was Friday, August 18, 20 17 at 10 : 0 0 a.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel with rother Ron Tilley officiating. Interment followed in the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Pallbearers were Jake Rowe, D ylan Brown, Shane Cornelius, Robert D oty, D avid Kottenbrook, and Cody D avis. Honorary pallbearers were Roger Austin, Joe Gandy, Jimmy Sanders, Randall Beaty, and Tyler Cornelius. Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

EDRICH BECKER SAUER Edrich Becker Sauer, age 83, of Mena, Arkansas died Sunday, August 6, 20 17 at his home. He was born on Wednesday, August 1, 1934 to John L owell and Margaretha Turnis Becker Sauer in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Edrich was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mena. He honorably served in the United States Army during the Cuban Invasion. Edrich was

an elementary school teacher for forty years in Fort L eavenworth, Kansas. He loved animals and his favorite hobby was antiquing. Edrich was a loving brother and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, D r. Karl Sauer, D r. Paul Sauer and L on Sauer. Edrich is survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack and Barbara Sanders of Pacific Palisades, California and Major and Betty Sauer of Cave Springs, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 26, 20 17 at 11: 0 0 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church in Mena with Pastor ill Seitz officiating. The interment was Wednesday, August 16, 20 17 at 1: 0 0 P.M. at the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. In lieu of owers memorials can be made to the First Presbyterian Church; 90 4 Church Street, Mena, Arkansas 7 1953 and the Ouachita Humane Society, P.O. Box 845 Mena, Arkansas 7 1953. Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

DESIREE HUTTO-MORIN D esiree Hutto-Morin, age 60 , passed away August 9, 20 17 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her son, Steven Morin Jr. and her husband, Steven Morin Sr. She is survived by her parents Haze l and D an Arndt, of Mena; two daughters, Felisha Sawyer of Tuscan, AZ and Crystal Bower of Pittsburg, PA. Memorial service will be held Saturday, August 26, at 1 p.m. at the Polk County Housing Authority Community Room across from Mena High School. Family requests no owers.


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corn Cross Country has been one of the dominate programs in Southwest Arkansas for a number of years under the direction of Keith Willsey. Since 1996, the Tigers have been a factor at State, making numerous visits and winning several championships along the way. This year is no different at Acorn, the Tigers look to keep the tradition going and add more championships. The Acorn senior girls have been dominating the cross country landscape over the last eight years, winning four State Championships and earning Runner-Up the other four trips. This year the girls return two of their top runners, including Faith Hill, a three time All-State runner. Other girls that will contribute to the success of the team are Jr. Kendra Branson, Soph. Sophie Jackson, Soph. Allie Strothers, Sr. Josey Webb, and Sr. Mackenzi e Goss. The L ady Tigers will look for help from Ashlynn Bissell, one of the top 8th grade runners in the area last season. After a year in which the girls won many of their Invitational meets in both senior and junior high, the L ady Tigers look to build on that success this season. Currently, they are ranked 2nd in 1A-2A and will look to challenge last years’ champion Q uitman. Acorn senior boys will be a factor in the conversation at the end of the year as the season winds down. Coach Willsey has been trying to help get the boys back into the top couple of positions over the last couple of years. Over the last couple of years the boys have demonstrated a lot of talent and with a young team coming back there shows to be good promise. The Tigers will return several State runners including Matthew Chaney, Brady L yle, Aaron Baker, Adam Hughes, Curtis Shorts, and Mason Stout. Last year Acorn finished 6th in the team standings at State and look to build on that this year. The boys were successful and finished well in a lot of area races and Coach Willsey hopes the boys build on that success. Ouachita was the 1st place team at State and the Tigers are looking to make up ground and make it back to the podium at State. Numbers will be high again this year for the program, as Acorn looks to have 40 -60 runners out to compete. The Tigers will partner with Mena and Coach Randy Peters to host a meet at the L ions Club in October.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDY PHILPOT • MORE PHOTOS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT MYPULSENEWS.COM The Bearcats held their annual fall Red/Black Scrimmage August 17th at Bearcat Stadium in front Bearcat fans who are ready for the start of the season. The scrimmage provides an opportunity for the team to get some good reps, while also giving fans a preview of the team. “We are a young team so any ame e perien e e an ain is al ays ene ial says Coa h Tim Harper. The coaches tried to split the teams evenly for the scrimmage, providing a competitive scrimmage. “I was very pleased with the effort. I was impressed with our linebackers, they are young, but they showed good effort an are hun ry here ere a ouple of areas that Coa h arper hopes to see improvement as the Bearcats move forward, “Defensively we need to tackle better in space. On offensive, we need to sustain our blocks a little longer and our receivers to make sure their routes are where the QB thinks they ill e

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2017 Mena Youth Football Game Schedule Sept. 9th Van Buren Green @ Mena 4:00 PM Pony B (3rd Grade) 5:00 PM Midget B (5th & 6th B Team) 6:00 PM Pony A (4th Grade) 7:00 PM Midget A (5th & 6th A Team) Sept. 16 Paris @ Mena 6:00 PM Pony A 7:00 PM Midget A Sept. 23 Mena @ Lavaca Midget B Pony A Times TBA Midget A Sept. 30 Heavener @ Mena 6:00 PM Pony A 7:00 PM Midget A Oct. 7 Mena @ Booneville Pony B Midget B Pony A Times TBA Midget A Oct. 14 Waldron @ Mena 4:00 PM Pony B 5:00 PM Midget B 6:00 PM Pony A 7:00 PM Midget A Oct. 21 Mena @ Mansfield Pony A Times TBA Midget A Oct. 28 Mena @ Hackett Pony B Pony A Times TBA Midget A

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he Mena earcat and Ladycat tennis teams are fast approaching their first matches of the year. Mena will host their first two matches of the season at McMillan Park August 4th and August 9th. The teams are practicing each day after school at McMillan Park preparing for their opponents. There are a good number of athletes out to compete this year, ten boys and four girls. “We did not have any seniors last year so everyone is back and we expect to compete better this year, states Coach Thomas Powell. Last year the teams finished the season strong, especially in post season play, “We had a good showing in the district tournament and eb Wilson and Payton Medlin qualified for the State Tournament in doubles. Mena is returning several players that should show promise for both the girls and boys teams, “ rynn Harvey and Robert Johnson are our top singles players and eb and Payton will be our top double players. On the girls side, Morgan owling and Haylee Castillo are the top girls double team and I think they will have a good year.

Mena Golf Wins Again

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he Mena earcat golf team travelled to Magellan Golf Course at Hot Springs Village August 17th to compete in a Conference match. After a day of golf, Mena came in 1st place again in the early season. The earcats finished with a score of 11 . Fountain Lake was close behind the earcats with a score of 1 5, enough to finish nd on the day. auxite finished the day in rd with a score of 164 and Malvern placed 4th with a score of 174. earcat golfer Austin Johnston was the medalist for the day with a score of 6.

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he Ouachita Little Theatre held a board meeting on August 17 at the usiness Office of the theatre. Many exciting events were discussed for the fall season. In addition to the “Hamlet” production slated for late October that is directed by Brad Storey, there are many ways for the Polk County public to stay entertained. Wednesday Night at the L yric will feature our next free movie event on September 13 at 6: 30 p.m., with the movie selection to be announced shortly. If you have been feeling the need for a little laughter these days, plan to bring the whole family for a hilarious and nostalgic evening together at the OL T. There will also be a Saturday Night at the L yric event on September 30 with special entertainer, Evan Torch. Torch is a talented musician who interprets iconic singing stars of yesterday and today, including Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, and many others. More details coming soon on this show. Anyone interested in stage lighting and effects should come to a free workshop put on by Junior Ouachita L ittle Theatre ( JOL T) on September 21 from 4: 0 0 to 5: 0 0 PM. Although most of these workshops ( held every third Thursday of the month) are designed for young actors and stagehands to develop theatre skills, this one will be applicable to any adults who would like to learn lighting techniques. Mark your calendar and plan to attend. OL T will also be participating in the November Ouachita Arts Celebration. Plans include costumed OL T members presenting some short vignettes and a photo booth where our patrons will be allowed to try on costumes and have their pictures made. Another exciting venture is in the final planning stages. OLT will provide a service that will allow the local public to make duplicates of their old VCR tapes into a more modern and updated D VD format. The opportunities will be all encompassing, including the ability to convert old super 8 movie reels, cassette tapes, and just about anything you would want to copy. The operation will be up and running shortly, well before Christmas shopping begins, so be gathering your old tapes to bring to the business office of the Ouachita Little Theatre. There, for a reasonable cost, you can purchase the precious gift of memories to friends and family members alike for the holidays. The best news: your personal tapes will never leave the security of the OL T usiness Office and turnaround time will be prompt. More details will be published soon. Be watching here soon for a new series entitled “Spotlight: Meet the OL T Board! ” First up will be an article to introduce ( or more likely, help you know even better) our President, Rudi Timmerman. Visit ouachitalittletheatre.org for membership and other information.

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ne of the many services that volunteers give to Mena Art Gallery is children’s art education. Niki D empsey has been teaching our children a love for art ( and helping them have a great time while learning) for over six years now. Niki’s background in art started with growing up watching her father, a professional artist. She went to art classes all through school and then worked as a professional artist herself in her early twenties. She started children’s art classes at the gallery for children from 6 to 12 years of age. The popularity of the classes has grown exponentially and Niki realize d that there were both younger and older children who wanted art classes, but the needs of the younger students and those of the older ones made it very difficult to find things that would be simple enough for the younger ones and challenging enough for the older ones. Fortunately, a couple of her assistants were willing to take on the young students, leaving Niki able to concentrate on the needs of the older ones. These teenaged artists have been working for months building paper-mâ ché dragons. They started by forming the “skeleton” with pipe cleaners and went on to add paper, both construction paper and more traditional paper-mâ ché materials and techniques. They only have one class per month for two hours, so the process has been slow, but the young people are having a great time and are determined to finish. They are now to the point of beginning to paint their creations, and they look ready to y and spout fire any day now. They also take the time to look around the gallery at the work being displayed by older artists and have decided their next project will be twining, a combination of weaving and a sort of macrame. Members of the Fiber Arts group have created small rugs with this technique. Our heartfelt thanks to Niki for helping to encourage the next generation of artists here in Mena.

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uachita L ittle Theatre recently revived the Free Movie Night at the L yric series on August 9th. The feature was the popular musical, “Singin’ in the Rain” starring Gene Kelly, D ebbie Reynolds, and D onald O’Connor. The theatre was comfortably full and the crowd reacted to the show with appropriate laughter, applause, and appreciation for the musical dance numbers. The concession stand was busy with $ 1 per item popcorn, soft drinks, and candy. The OL T Board expresses its thanks to the many patrons who donated money at the door. The next feature set for September 13 will be announced shortly. If you would like to make suggestions for movies you would like to see in the future, please contact OL T at oltmena.com or comment on their Facebook page.

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t the right place at the right time. This phrase may be said about a football player who was in a good position to make a play, a baseball fan who caught their first foul ball, or a recent college graduate who stumbled upon a good job. So much of life is being in the right place during the right time and this sentiment is true of L ennie Edwards’ life. For L ennie, God has directed the course of her life, providing the right people in her life, at the right time, and placing her in the places she was needed the most. L ennie grew up in Oklahoma, where at an early age she and her younger sister went to live with her grandparents. “My grandparents were so good to us. They were there for us when we needed them and my parents couldn’t take care of us at the time,” smiles L ennie. L ater, L ennie and her sister moved to California to live with their dad. Her time in California grew her love for the beach and the west coast. “It was a good time, we loved the life we had. I just loved the beach, it was perfect. After being married for ten years and having four kids, her marriage came to an end, but little did L ennie know how the details were working out. “Obviously, having four kids and needing to downsiz e, I started looking for a home. I found a house and the owner was BJ Edwards, a wonderful Christian man,” remembers L ennie. While living there, L ennie would see BJ around and he was always sharing his faith with her. “L ooking back, not only did God provide a house for me and my kids when we needed one, but he put us there so that BJ could share the Lord with me and I would be eventually saved, recalls Lennie smiling. Sometimes life unfolds in such a way that not even Hollywood could write a script like it. “As I got to know BJ, he cared about me and my kids and three and a half years later, we were married. He was the best man I have ever known and I am so thankful to see how even in a dark place, God could lead me to a place of hope and joy. Even before the couple married BJ, was a layman preacher, traveling up and down southern California sharing the good news of Jesus. While he never received any formal training, BJ had a heart for people that was contagious and he wanted people to know the L ord. This same excitement would spill over into L ennie’s life. “Before I was married to BJ, I never knew that God’s word was so applicable to every part of life. BJ taught it in such a way that you knew it was for your life.” The couple and their four youngest kids left California in 197 5 to come to Arkansas so that BJ could do evangelism. Before the transition, L ennie and J read a book called “In His Steps , a book that asked the question, “What would Jesus do The book really changed the Edwards life, “When we committed to ask What would Jesus do and then try to live our lives that way, it was challenging, but God also blessed our lives greatly as we stepped out on faith and moved to Arkansas, recalls Lennie. While the family lived in Arkansas, BJ and L ennie served in several different ministry capacities. BJ served as pastor of several small churches, trying to help them grow and he also served as a camp director. “ J was serving in many different ways and I was staying home raising kids, it was such a fun time. We were enjoying the blessings that were ours in Christ.” After serving in Arkansas for a year, the family moved to D allas, TX where BJ served as the Associate Pastor at L akewood Baptist Church. Often, the blessings of life aren t fully realized or enjoyed until they are no longer there. Ten years ago, J passed away, a man that was considered in every way a blessing to those he was around. “Although I miss BJ, his witness to others and me has stood out since his passing. He impressed on me a love for the word of God and I can honestly say that it has been a joy to taste and see that the Lord is good. September would have been 50 years for the couple. The mark of a true legacy is not what you leave behind, but what continues even after you are gone. D uring the many years of their marriage, L ennie saw BJ’s faithfulness to serve others and teach others the Bible and now L ennie is walking the same path of service that BJ had for so many years. L ennie attends church faithfully at First Baptist Mena and is active in many ways, including teaching a couple of different Bible studies. “I teach two ible studies and I just absolutely love it, I can see what J loved so much. God’s word has become so real to me and this has been the highlight of my life. I just want to see it become real in other people s lives. Ecclesiastes 3: 1 says, “There is a season, and a time for every matter under heavImmediate openings in the MENA and MOUNT IDA areas en.” L ennie’s life is proof that there is always a season and the seasons change, but God’s faithfulness doesn’t change. “If there is one thing I could impress upon anyone K ind red at H ome is seek ing caring and d ep end ab le p eop le to w ork is that I can look back at every season of my life and see God working. If I could sum up my life all I could say is Great is Thy Faithfulness. in the homes of eld erly and / or d isab led .

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Books and Stuf - Continuing a Legacy of Reading in Mena F

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY

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or avid book readers, a bookstore is both an exciting and dangerous place. Every row of books presents another new adventure behind the book covers and another opportunity to invest in your private book library. “The bookshop has a thousand books, all colors, hues, and tinges, and every cover is a door that turns on magic hinges,” says Nancy Byrd Turner. The bookstore, for many, creates excitement as readers look for the latest book that has been published or for a classic. Books and Stuf in Mena is where book readers come to start a new adventure and gain knowledge. Over the last 40 years, many things have come and gone in Mena, but Books and Stuf has become a staple in downtown Mena. While the bookstore has been a consistent mainstay in Mena, Books and Stuf is undergoing changes, one of those being ownership. New owner, Jennifer Schubbe, explains the transition, “I bought the business two months ago, but it wasn t until a few weeks ago that I officially took over. The time in between was used for transition and so that I could learn the ropes.” There certainly was a lot to absorb considering there was a staggering 60 ,0 0 0 books in the store when she arrived and 30 ,0 0 0 of those are unique books, meaning there aren’t duplicates. Throughout the years of Books and Stuf service to the community, the book collection has grown and the desire for reading from patrons is growing as well, causing Jennifer to be creative with the space. “We are currently undergoing some remodeling. Some of the remodeling is painting, but we are also trying to rearrange things to maximize space. I want to carry on the tradition of the previous owner and provide a great place for people to read so we are looking at how to maximize everything,” explains Jennifer. One of the ways that Jennifer is looking to maximize space and serve the community better is by creating a reading area for customers, “I really want this to be a place that somebody can bring their coffee and sit down and get lost in a good book,” smiles Jennifer. Jennifer acquired her love for reading at a young age, attributing her desire to being in a ‘ reading family’. “When I got interested, I was hooked. I wanted to read any good book I could find and I loved the knowledge I would gain. A true book reader loves to take their book everywhere they go and maybe even mark it up, for this reason Jennifer loves book stores, “D on’t get me wrong, I love libraries, but I love bookstores more because at a bookstore I can buy a book and never return it,” says Jennifer laughing. As an advocate for reading and books, Jennifer would also like to start some kind of literacy program for kids and adults at the store. “I just really believe that knowledge is power and I believe if someone can read, they can do anything.” Books and Stuf is not only a good book store, but a business that wants to give back to the community and provide varied resources for the community. Along with reading clubs and literacy programs, Jennifer also actively advocates for the local Humane Society of the Ouachitas HSO . “Some of our proceeds from sales here are going to help support the HSO with needs they might have at the shelter. I want to be a community book store in every way. While Books and Stuf is under new ownership, Jennifer hopes to continue the legacy that was before her and continue that tradition of excellence. “Customers that will come in will notice that many things are still the same, but we have many new exciting things. We have toys and games that are book related, along with book related jewelry and dé cor.” Books and Stuf still has the same great selection that patrons have come to expect and love, including Westerns, Cook Books, and authors like Stephen King and D ean Koontz. “My biggest goal is to put one good book in someone’s hands that they can enjoy. We always have a book sale and so we want to make things affordable for people. Sometimes I will even buy books from customers, but even if I can’t buy them, I will give them store credit to shop with,” explains Jennifer. In addition to these services, Jennifer can special order books for customers that can t find just what they are looking for in the store and now customers can pay for their new read with their credit card. Another feature of being a local book store is that Jennifer carries books of local authors, “I have several books of local authors and we will consign local authors that want to bring their books in.” ooks and Stuf is a friendly environment to come and enjoy a good selection of books and for readers to add to their current collection. To see the wide selection of books, drop in the store located at 410 Sherwood Avenue at the Mena Mini Mall or visit their Facebook page, Books and Stuf.

January 6, 2016

National Family Caregiver Support Program Caregiver Support Meeting • August 28, 2017 at 11:15 am If you are a caregiver of an adult 60 years and older please come join us. This information could be extremely helpful to you. The topic will be “Patient Rights & Diabetes” presented by Pamela Tabor, Ouachita Regional Hospice. For information call Taryn Jinks 870-385-2373. Hope to see you there. Refreshments will be served.

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Thursday, 8/24 • 7:00 a.m. until sold out – The Polk County armer’s arket is open next to the Mena Depot. • 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 Caf . Call Lisa Martin 216-3383 or Charles Pitman 216-4882 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 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. pm th Street inistries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the 9th Street Ministries building. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous omen’s eetin at the ABC Club across from Choppin Block, 11 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at allas venue Baptist Church Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 6:00 p.m. – Dolly Parton Imagination Library community interest meetin will be held at the ecture Hall of the Spencer Buildin at -Rich Mountain, to promote further fundraisin activities. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass

D S will be held on September 3 at McMillan Park from 1 a.m. – p.m. • S will have a potluck dinner on September 7 in the nion Bank Community Room at 6 p.m. • P C S C S S will have lunch at Papa’s on September 12 at 11:30 a.m.

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and Gospel music in the aisy Room at anssen ve Florist. • 7:00 p.m. – Amputee Support Group meets at First Christian Church. Call aura at 479-385-5130 for more information. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the BC Club across from Choppin Block, 11 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 7 - 1 4606 or 479-243-0297. Friday, 8/25 • 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. Written tests are given at 1:00 p.m. • 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. pm he ions eetin s are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. pm ena ertisin an Promotion Commission will hold a meeting at City Hall. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. - Gator & Friends will play at The merican e ion in corn, admission . Potluck and 50 drawing, with door prizes. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the BC Club across from Choppin Block, 11 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 7 - 1 4606 or 479-243-0297. Saturday, 8/26 • 7:00 a.m. until sold out – The Polk County armer’s arket is open next to the Mena Depot. • 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Arkansas Blood Institute will host a blood drive at Mena Walmart. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fibers Arts Group meets at Mena Art Gallery. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at merican e ion Buildin , Hwy 71 ., corn. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the BC Club across from Choppin Block, 11 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 7 - 30297 or 479-216-4606. Sunday, 8/27 • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the BC Club across from Choppin Block, 11 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 7 - 1 4606 or 479-243-0297. • 3:00 p.m. – Sulpher Springs Church meets at Sulpher Springs.

pm nite etho ist outh Group at the First nited Methodist Church in Mena. on ay am pm o ’s ee in an s ission Center will serve free Groceries & free Toiletry to the needy at 1200 Reeves Ave, Mena. • 11:15 a.m. – Cossatot Senior Center in Wickes will host a Care iver Meetin on Patient Rights and Disabilities. • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at merican e ion Buildin , Hwy 71 ., corn. p m Clari e’s oom of ope group gathering will be held at 403 North Morrow St., Suite C. • 6:00 p.m. – Home Front Warriors C Chapter meeting at Limetree Restaurant. Meeting follows meal. • 6:00 p.m. – We The People Tea Party meets at Polk County Public ibrary North Room. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First nited Methodist Church. veryone is welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the BC Club across from Choppin Block, 11 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 7 - 1 4606 or 479-243-0297. pm ena lks o e meeting. ll lks are invited to attend. Tuesday, 8/29 • 7:00 a.m. until sold out – The Polk County armer’s arket is open next to the Mena Depot. • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardner Community en’s reakfast at the First nited Methodist Church in Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County amily ission 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 pro ect 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. pm pm he at el Branch Library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. - T.O.P.S. will meet in the nion Bank Community Room for wei hins, followed by a meeting. pm ena SSC S ishin

Team meetin to kick off the season in the Mena Middle School ibrary. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for the families of addicts and alcoholics meets at the BC club. • 7:00 p.m. – Dallas Valley RVFD will meet for trainin at the Fire House. • 7:00 p.m. – Acorn Fire & Rescue will meet at the Fire epartment. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meetin at First nited Methodist Church, th & Port rthur. 7 - 3 - 887 or 7 234-3043. Wednesday, 8/30 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. he mer en y arnin sirens will be tested in Hatfield, Wickes, Grannis, Vandervoort, Cove, and Mena at noon. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library is open. pm he ena irst nite etho ist Chur h i will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – Warriors for Christ will meet at the Southside Church of God. • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Regeneration outh inistries meets at Mena Church of God Hwy 88 ast. • 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church offers iscovery ids – indergarten Thru 5th Grade; Collide Youth Ministry – th Thru 1 th Grades and Adult Bible Study. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and Hi h School students at Grace Bible Church, 1 11 Hwy 71 . Mena. ll rea Middle and Hi h School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the BC Club across from Choppin Block, 11 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 7 - 1 4606 or 479-243-0297.

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POLK COUNTY BIRTHS AT MENA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM

Aubree and Joshua Montrose, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on August 11th. Amber and Tracy Canada, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on August 12th. Jesica and Robert Smith, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on August 13th. Emily Phillips and Bradley Crawford, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on August 14th. Casie Miller and Tony Hills, of DeQueen, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on August 15th. Britney and Zachary Watts, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on August 16th.

Flourish Women’s Conference Announced BY LEANN DILBECK • editor@mypulsenews.com

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lanning is well underway and dates have been announced for a two-day comprehensive Women’s Conference, November 3-4, 20 17 . The brainchildren of the conference are a mother-daughter duo that admit, it almost didn’t happen. Jimma Holder, who is a principal by profession, explained that with her job, she sees a lot of mommas struggling with so many so many stressors and multi-tasking. Her heart began to feel so burdened that she felt moved one night to tackle a conference that could pour back into these women what the world was stripping them of. L ike so many, she discounted the thought. Until… her daughter, Mika Harry, contacted her the very next day saying that she too had felt moved to organiz e and host a women s conference. “That was all the confirmation we needed that this was something God wanted to happen in Mena, Arkansas this year.” The duo hit the ground running and were able to quickly form a team to begin putting together the nuts and bolts of the conference that will include guest speakers, worship music, and small break-out sessions that will focus on more specific issues women may be struggling with. Harry stressed that they are hoping to attract women from all walks of life, “We believe every woman is God-designed, purpose-intended, significant, and lavishly loved by the King of the universe. No matter your age, your status, your style, or whether you think you have it all together or not, you are welcome at Flourish! ” The founding scripture for this conference is Phillipians 1 5, “God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a ourishing finish We see so many that appear depleted of all hope and encouragement. Our goal is to pour into them their great value and provide them with resources and relationships that will long surpass the two days of the conference.” Holder and Harry invite those interested to follow them on social media to stay informed of additional announcements, on Facebook at Flourish Women s Conference 17 or on Instagram ourishwomen17. “You are invited to come rest, worship, learn, and be… as we celebrate the power and greatness of Jesus.”

January 6, 2016

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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 August 13, 2017 Nathaniel Cole, 19, of Mena was charged with minor in possession of alcohol after a call to a local residence. Also charged with possession of alcohol by a minor were three youths, one age 17, two age 16, and a 13-year-old girl. Nicholas Paul Brewer, 30, of Mena was charged with possession of a controlled substance. The arrest followed a traffic stop. August 14, 2017 Jesus Rashad Rodriguez, 18, of Mena was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and curfew violation after a traffic stop. lso char ed with the incident with a curfew violation was a 16-year-old Mena boy. August 15, 2017 Christopher Brown, 21, of Mena was charged with disorderly conduct after a call to a disturbance at a local residence. August 16, 2017 Derrick P. Lester, 42, of Mena was charged with public intoxication after officers responded to a call at a local state business office. August 17, 2017 David Sinyard, 41, of Mena was charged with theft of property (shoplifting), public intoxication, and breathing or inhaling intoxicants. The arrest followed a call to a local

retail store. August 18, 2017 Robert Samuel Bush, 34, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Polk County. Wendy Blanche Baugh, 43, of Mena was charged with public intoxication after an incident at the Polk County Courthouse. Jeramy D. Syzmanski, 41, of Cove was char ed with W after officers were called to a disturbance at a local residence. A local woman reported that someone had entered her home while she was out and had stolen a camera, cash, and prescription medications. Case is pending further investigation. August 19, 2017 Patricia Lynne Jackson, 49, of Mena was charged with criminal trespass after officers responded to a call at a local retail store. A local woman reported the theft of cash from the console of her vehicle. Case is pending further investigation.

Polk County Sheriff’s Department August 14, 2017 Report from complainant on Highway 270 near Acorn of an unattended death. The scene was released to the Polk County Coroner. Report from a Mena woman of being harassed by an acquaintance. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s ffice for further consideration. Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Katrina J. Douglas, 37, of Colorado, on a Colorado Warrant. August 15, 2017 Report of five people bein stranded on an island on Gillham Lake. The people were rescued and the scene was released to an officer with the rkansas Game and Fish.

August 16, 2017 Arrested was Sarah B. Dickerson, 32, of Mena, on Charges of Public Intoxication, Criminal Trespass and Resisting Arrest. Report from complainant on Polk 107 near Acorn of the theft of appliances from a rental property. Deputy responded. Arrested was Zachary A. Lunsford, 29, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court rder. Arrested was Tyler W. Everett, 25, of Mena, on a Drug Court Sanction. August 17, 2017 Report from complainant on Highline ane near Potter of the theft of a firearm, a fishin pole and reel and colo ne, all valued at $635.00. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 40 near Potter of a burglary in progress. Suspect fled before deputies arrived. nvestigation continues. rrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Haley N. Kelley, 21,of Texarkana, Arkansas, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear. August 18, 2017 rrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Scotty D. Baxter,

38, of Wickes, on a Body Attachment Warrant. August 19, 2017 Report of a one vehicle accident on Polk 38 near Potter. Deputies responded. Information has been provided to the Prosecutin ttorney’s ffice for further consideration. Report from complainant on Polk 689 near Mena of problems with a neighbor regarding property boundaries. Deputy responded. Arrested was Hailey D. Gilley, 23, of Texarkana, TX, on a Warrant for Probation Violation. Report of an ATV accident on Bean rive in Hatfield. eputies responded. August 20, 2017 Report from complainant on Trailwood Lane near Mena of the theft of a motor, valued at $2,500.00. Investigation continues. Request for assistance at Polk 115 near Acorn. Deputy responded. Polk County Sheriff’s ffice worked two vehicle accidents this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 22 Incarcerated Inmates, with 8 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

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stance, my father remembered quite distinctly where he was when Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941, and some of you may still remember where you were when President John F. Kennedy was killed in 1963. Of course there are other examples, but this week I want to highlight a moment from our history which many of us may remember and one which struck deep within our society and culture. Forty years ago this month, “The King of Rock and Roll” died in his home in Memphis, Tennessee. Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi to Vernon and Gladys Presley. Elvis had an identical twin brother, Jesse Garon, who was delivered stillborn 35 minutes before his own birth. His family attended an Assembly of God church, where Elvis found his first musical inspiration. However, he would sometimes sneak off in the middle of the service to listen to the preaching and singing at a nearby black church. While in grade school, after impressing his teacher with a rendition of “Old Shep”, he was encouraged to enter a singing contest at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy show in October 1945. This was his first public performance and he placed fifth. For his eleventh birthday, he received a guitar. Though he took some lessons, he was still too shy to want to sing in public again. When Elvis was 13, his family moved to Memphis. His grades in school were average, and those in music were sometimes worse. His teacher told him he had no aptitude for music, but he set out to prove otherwise by bringing his guitar to school and singing during lunchtime. As a Hume's High School senior, he competed in the school's annual minstrel show, and that's when his talent and popularity began to be noticed locally. He later recalled that music was the only subject he ever failed, perhaps because he was not very interested in learning how to read music. In August 1953, he went to the Sun Records studio to record two songs as gifts for his mother. He recorded two additional songs the following January, but none garnered much attention. He also auditioned for a quartet and a local band, but he was told that he had no ear for harmony and that he would never make it as a singer. Sam Phillips, owner of Sun Records, was on the lookout for unique talent, someone who could appeal to black audiences as well as white. As he expressed it, “If I could find a white man who had the Negro sound and the Negro feel, I could make a billion dollars.” Marion Keisker, Phillips' business partner, was so impressed by Presley from his earlier recordings that she repeatedly suggested to Phillips that he should bring him back in for another audition. In early July 1954, Phillips finally agreed and had Keisker call him. Phillips sent two of his favorite session musicians, guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, to meet with Elvis and report back to him with their assessment. After talking and jamming with Presley, Moore told Phillips, “He didn’t knock me out, [but] the boy’s got a good voice.” Phillips decided to schedule a recording session with Presley for July 5. He had him sing as many songs as he knew, but it was only when Elvis unexpectedly launched into “That's All Right” with Moore and Black following him with back up that things began to click and gel. Phillips knew this was what he'd been looking for, so he began taping. Upon playing the recording on his radio show, the phone calls started pouring in and the rest, as they say, is history. The boy who was told he had no music aptitude and no future as a singer somehow successfully sang his way into a 23 year future all the way to the top. In the years to come, Elvis Presley would always acknowledge that Marion Keisker was the first to see his potential. Elvis stated at an awards presentation in 1970, "she is the one who made it all possible. Without her I would not even be here." Accounts from his closest friends and family indicate that Elvis never abandoned or rejected his religious roots, his beliefs about Christianity. They said he was a true believer, but he also had the hunger of a spiritually-starved man in a sincere search for peace. Presley once stated, "All I want is to know the truth, to know and experience God. I'm a searcher, that's what I'm all about." Throughout his life, gospel music was his constant element of solace and escape in a world of fame and fortune. The only Grammy Awards Elvis received were for his gospel records. According to his stepbrother, Elvis recommitted his life to Christ in December 1976 in the presence and with the prayers of evangelist Rex Humbard and his wife. Sometime in the late afternoon or evening of August 16, 1977, I awoke from a much needed sleep after a long shift on a forest fire in northern California. What I heard then was a radio program paying tribute to Elvis Presley. I wasn't sure just why, but I learned soon enough. It didn't seem real at first, a world without Elvis, but then I realized that this world would never really be without Elvis Presley. This was a moment from America's history which would not be forgotten. Yes, a king had died but Elvis Presley never considered himself a king or “The King” as many referred to him. Gospel singer J.D. Sumner recalls a woman approaching the stage in Las Vegas with a crown sitting atop a pillow and Elvis asking her what it was. She answered, "It's for you. You're the King." Elvis took her hand, smiled, and told her, "No honey, I'm not the King. Christ is the King. I'm just a singer." 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