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UARM and Ark. Workforce Services Form Partnership BY MELANIE WADE •

A partnership is in the making between the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain (UARM) and the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (ADWS), one that hopes to benefit clients of both entities. UARM President, Dr. Phillip Wilson, explained the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is a United States public law that consolidates job training programs under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) into a single funding stream. The program encourages CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

Price Named as New Grannis Police Chief

BY MELANIE WADE • The City of Grannis has a new Police Chief as of mid-July. Eddie Price, longtime law enforcement officer, began his new position on July 18, 2017, and is excited and honored to lead the force that protects and serves the citizens in his area. “We can serve and protect, but we can serve in many other ways other than making sure someone doesn’t break into your car,” said Chief Price, who is keen on being involved in community organizations. Price started his career in law enforcement working in the jail under then CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

Bids to be Opened for New $2 Million ORSD Cafetorium BY LEANN DILBECK •


Lydia Young stands with Miss Kitty, her 21-year old Missouri Fox Trotter, after months of treatment following a broken coffin bone, an often fatal injury for horses. With the help of friends, family, and veternarians, Miss Kitty is now a walking miracle. Read the full story on page 4 of this edition.

Ouachita River School District will soon open bids for the construction of a new 10,000 s.f., $2 million cafetorium. The district will open bids September 1. Superintendent Jerry Strasner told The Pulse that the district received $800,000 through State Facilities Partnership Funds to go towards the construction and the district has allocated $1.2 million. Strasner commended the district’s board, faculty, and staff for their commitment in bringing this much anticipated project into fruition. “The vision for this began three years ago. We began assessing CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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he Polk County Sociable Seniors are celebrating their 10th anniversary as an organization this month and are excited to share what the last decade has brought to each of them at their upcoming luncheon. Each month, the group of more than two dozen, meet up at a local eatery and just have lunch and talk, laugh, tell stories, and have an all-out good time. For one couple, they have a particularly special story. One that was just a happen-chance beginning, but that has lasted for six years, so far. Bill Ballard and Anne Dahm say without the Sociable Seniors, they may have never met, but are certainly glad they did. Anne had been attending the luncheons since they began, but Bill had only been to a few. Anne explains, “We had both been at meetings before and I walked in a little late and looked around for a chair and Bill said, ‘well, sit here.’” What was his pick-up line? “Give me your vitals,” he laughed. “We got close,” said Bill. Anne said, “He called a few days later and said there was something at the gallery and he said, ‘why don’t we go to the gallery, I will meet you there’ and I said that’s wonderful. We hung up, he called right back and said, ‘why don’t we have lunch first’ and we’ve been together ever since.” Although Bill and Anne found love, some find good friends and enjoy the laughter, the fellowship, and the jokes and antics of the group’s founders, Ken and Diane Mathis. “Ken and Diane are top notch folks. Ken is funny when he tells a tale and I like when he speaks,” Bill said. “It’s great people to be with. And it kind of… it kind of refreshes you,” Anne smiled. If you would like to join the group, they invite all seniors to come to their 10th Anniversary Luncheon on Monday, August 7, at 11:30 a.m., at the Limetree Restaurant in Mena. Diane said, “This is where it all began 10 • Meals and medication years ago at the Limetree. Hopefully some • Weekly housekeeping of the originals will be there and you all as • Transportation well.” For more information, call Diane at • Activity Programs 479-243-0191.

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Clarice’s Room of Hope Day 2017 was celebrated on Saturday, July 29, at the Depot on Sherwood Avenue. They had light refreshments, music by Stella Dee, body painting by Shannon Clifford, and a balloon release to honor all those affected by cancer. Clarice Tisher, who passed of cancer, was the mother of Teena Brown (center), who launched Clarice’s Room of Hope, a non-profit that assists cancer patients in a variety of ways.

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ena High School Senior, Carson Cannon, was among 97 high school students from across the nation welcomed by the Marine Corps Recruiting Command at the inaugural Battles Won Academy, in Washington D.C., July 14-16, 2017. Cannon was accompanied by his high school teacher, Julie Gordon, who he selected to be his mentor during the event. The academy is part of the Marine Corps’ Semper Fidelis All-American Program, which recognizes young men and women who excel in athletics, but have also shown themselves to be leaders in the classroom and in their hometowns. “You’re not just athletes and scholars with lots of extracurricular activities – you are exemplars of the communities from which you come from,â€? said Maj. Gen. Paul Kennedy, the commanding general of Marine Corps Recruiting Command, speaking to the All-Americans and their mentors during the opening ceremony of the Battles Won Academy. “We consider you the future leadership of America.â€? Gordon said, “This is quite an honor for Carson to be chosen, for me to be his mentor, and for Mena High School. MHS will receive a championship banner to commemorate his completion of this program, which will be displayed at the school.â€? Cannon was thankful for the experience and for Ms. Gordon to be there as well. “It was an honor to be nominated, and selected for the Battles Won Academy. It was such an amazing experience that I was able to share with Mrs. Gordon, who has been one of my mentors through school, FCA [Fellowship of Christian Athletes], and Student Council. I would like to thank the Marines and all of those who serve and have served, protecting our nation’s core values.â€? In order to be nominated as a Semper Fidelis All-American, athletes had to be at least a high school junior, have a 3.5 GPA or higher, actively serve their community, and participate in a varsity team sport. The All-Americans attending were divided into 16 teams and each was assigned a Marine mentor. The seminar included several speaking engagements by Baseball Hall of Famer, Cal Ripken, Jr.; world champion wrestler, Adeline Gray; NFL running back, Christian McCaffrey; and Marine Corps veteran and author, Rye Barcott. Also during his trip, Cannon traveled to the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia, had a ďŹ tness challenge at the ofďŹ cial Under Armour Headquarters, helped with a community service project in Baltimore, Maryland, and participated in a scavenger hunt on the National Mall. Throughout the course of the academy, the teams had breakout sessions with their Marine mentors, in which they discussed topics such as overcoming adversity and leading their peers. A highlight of the event came at the ďŹ nal banquet, which was hosted by ESPN personality Sage Steele and General Glenn Walters, the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, presented leadership awards to two of the athletes in attendance, Juvia Davis and LaMarcus Strickland.

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Miss Kitty - A Miracle Horse


ny horse lover or farm worker knows that when a horse breaks their coffin bone, it generally sends them to an early demise. However, this is not the case with Miss Kitty, a 21-year old Missouri Fox Trotter, that belongs to Lydia Young. Used for mostly trail riding, a hobby that Young has loved for her lifetime, Miss Kitty was doing just that when she had a slip in a dry creek bed. “I knew as soon as it happened,” said Young. She and her riding partner, Joyce Dean, slowly walked Miss Kitty back to the barn and called in for help. “She was walking on her tiptoe,” explained Young. “When Dr. Randy Burgess got there, he brought the portable x-ray machine and took it back to his office. He called and said, ‘it’s the worst of the worst,’” she recalled. Miss Kitty had broken her coffin bone, a split in the bone, right down the middle of her foot. This injury is generally the cause of euthanization, due to the pain the animal suffers from it. It causes them to be unable to walk and they become lame. At that point, Young and Dean were already making plans to ‘dig a hole.’ However, Young’s farrier, Caleb Payton, had other ideas. “Please don’t make that decision yet. Let me see if I can save her,” he said. Payton called his old instructor, Paul Dorris, from horse shoeing school, asked a few questions, and told Young he would like to try. Dr. Garner came and gave Miss Kitty a nerve block to prepare her for Payton’s treatment. “He made a shoe that had three bolt holes in it and a bar across the back,” explained Young. “Paul Dorris made a plate with nylon and the same bolt holes. He packed the foot with a salve, put the plate on, then the shoe.” Each day after that, they had to removed the plate, check and clean the area, and put it back on. Young, Dean, Payton and his wife, Maggie, all took part in the daily chore. After more than two months, they stopped using the salve. After around seven months, they removed the plate as well and just used a bar shoe. After nine months “of complete servitude,” as Young put it, the team loaded Miss Kitty up and took her to Dr. Randy Burgess. As they all stood in front of the new x-rays, they were all amazed. The break was gone! Not a sign of it ever being there at all! Young remembers the day well. “Randy looked back at us and said, ‘this is a miracle.’ There was not a dry eye in the barn that day.” And although Miss Kitty will continue to wear the bar shoe, she is already back up and trail riding, gliding Young along smoothly through the woods surrounding her home. “She is careful about rocky areas, but she can fox trot all day long,” smiled Young. “It’s important to me to recognize all those who helped me and Miss Kitty. She’s a special horse. She really doesn’t know she’s a horse.”

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the district’s facilities and all agreed upon the need for this new cafetorium. Everyone made the commitment and pulled together so that we could save the funds to make this happen for our students.” No millage increases were requested, and the district is able to pay cash for the project with no financing, an accomplishment that Strasner credits the staff of ORSD with, “Thank you to everyone in the district. We strive to be good stewards of their money.” ORSD has the 8th lowest millage rate in the state of Arkansas. The district currently feeds approximately 540 students in a 3,227 s.f. space. To accommodate, the district begins feeding lunch at 10:30 a.m. to get all of the students through. With the new cafetorium, lunches will be able to begin at 11 a.m. Currently, site-work is underway. Ground breaking is expected in early October with an anticipated completion date of December 2018.



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Sheriff, Mike Oglesby. In 1999, he began working in the Grannis Police Department, working there until 2001. “During that time I got certified through the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy,” Price explained. Graduating the academy in January 2001, Oglesby hired him as a Polk County Deputy in July of that same year and continued there until October 2012. During his tenure as a deputy, he also served as a school resource officer and a K-9 narcotics dog handler. “I like to just be there and help the citizens. I try to be a positive role model for the kids and build relationships with them.” Rebuilding rapport with the next generation is a topic close to his heart. As a school resource officer, Price said, “It was good to have that working rapport and talk with kids and build relationships.” He said many times kids are afraid of law enforcement and he wants to combat that persona. “If we can’t communicate with kids, we can’t impact one.” Also, Price worked closely with the drug task force in previous years and wants to help combat the drug and theft that goes on in the county. “If we can keep those things off of the streets and show the kids how bad it is for you and where it takes your life, we’ve done something.” He fondly remembers one schoolgirl who was very afraid of police because of frequent visits they made to her home. Price smiled and proudly said that not only did she warm up to him as the school resource officer, she is now married to a police officer. It is that type of impact that Price wants to make on any child he comes into contact with. “If you can save one out of a hundred, you have done something. It’s like anything else, there is so much stuff going on out there, just focus on saving one at a time.” Being a part of community organizations is another key to his success as an officer and a citizen of the community. Price is the president of the Polk County Archery Team. He is married to Tracey and they have three boys and a girl between the pair. As Grannis is an independent municipality, Price and his three full-time, and five parttime officers, patrol from just near the south county line, north through Wickes. If you need to reach Chief Price or his staff, give them a call at Grannis City Hall, 870-385-7216 or 870-385-7852.

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government entities to find ways to collaborate for the betterment of the entire system. “Workforce Services was looking for partners, as was our Adult Basic Education and our Career Pathways. All three fall under some of the legislation so it just makes sense that all three of these components come together and work in the same proximity. A lot of their clients are going to need retraining, or their GED, as well as our Career Pathway students are looking for job employment. There is a lot of synergy between the three.” For the partnership to have the most optimum results, the local Workforce Services Office will move into the Abernathy Building on UARM’s campus. Workforces Services will continue to offer all of their benefits to all citizens there. To house ADWS, the Abernathy Building will be completely remodeled. “The entire building will receive a facelift,” Wilson said. The newly renovated building will house ADWS, UARM’s TRIO program, including Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, the GED program, and Career Pathways. The Double-Nickel Program (formerly known as the 60-plus program) will move into the Maddox Building. “We’re excited for the partnership, remodel, and the dollars gained from the rental,” Wilson explained. “The rent will pay for the construction and it will allow us to remodel our two science labs and bring them up to date.” The projected cost for the remodel of Abernathy, as well as the science lab updates, is expected to cost approximately $800,000. “I believe it’s a great partnership to have,” Wilson concluded.

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ena Regional Health System welcomes new Mena Surgical Center Director, Gwen Sparks. Gwen and her husband, John, currently reside in Nashville, Arkansas where she previously served as Director of the Howard Memorial Surgical Clinic. The couple has four grown children; three daughters and one son. Gwen became interested in the health care field after becoming a personal care giver for her parents. It was at that time when she realized what an impact we each can have on a person’s life. Mena was always an area that the couple enjoyed visiting and they are both looking forward to calling this home. “I am excited about the opportunity to work with the physicians and staff at the Mena Surgical Clinic and in an environment that mirrors my values,” Gwen Sparks. The Surgical Clinic houses Dr. Thomas Sullivan, General and Colon/ Rectal Surgery; Anthony Burton, General and Colon/ Rectal Surgery; Tariq Niazi, Orthopedic Surgery; and Amy Phelps, AGACNP-BC. For a complete listing of the MRHS services and providers, visit

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Bobby Gene Wells, age 40 of Hatfield, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, July 29, 2017 in Hatfield. Bobby was born on September 4, 1976 in Mena, Arkansas to Vernon Henry Wells and Frances Arlene Cearley Wells. He was married for 10 years to Kayla McCravens Wells. Bobby worked for Nidec in Mena. Bobby loved being outdoors, hunting and shooting guns with family and friends. He also enjoyed playing vid-

eo games. Most of all he loved his family and friends. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed by all. He is survived by wife, Kayla Wells; sons, Jordan Tylor Wells, Travis Wade Denton, Haydyn Konnor Wells; daughters, Kaylyn Marie Wells, Emma LeighAnne Wells, Ava Isabelle Wells; parents, Vernon Wells, Sr. and Arlene Wells, of Hatfield, Arkansas; brother, Vernon Wells, Jr. and wife Laura Jane Wells of Hatfield, Arkansas; niece and nephew, Landon Matthew Wells and Madison Grace Wells; and a host of friends. Graveside services will be Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 10:00 a.m. at Pleasant

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t’s that time of year, school is just around the corner, which it means its time for Bearcat football. Practice for both the junior high and senior high teams kick off August 2. With school starting on the 14th, the Bearcats will have a couple of weeks of practice before student athletes begin their busy schedules. The first games on the schedule for the Bearcats are scrimmages August 22nd and 24th. The Senior High team will play Texarkana High at Hope on the 22nd and the Junior High will see action against both Mansfield and Dierks August 24th in Mena. There is also a Senior High JV contest August 28th at Bearcat Stadium, giving the coaching staff about a month to work with players before they see live game action. This year the Bearcats will be practicing in the cooler hours of the day, with junior high practicing 3-5 p.m. and the senior high practicing 8-10:30 p.m. each evening. This schedule will run until school starts. The change of practice times is due to the busy schedules of the coaching staff, most of whom have other meetings and comhe Mena Barracuda swim team capped off their summer with a successful effort mitments leading up to school. “I think that we will have good practices and the boys at the Southern Arkansas Swim Championships. The Barracudas brought home will do well. For the senior high especially, I think they will enjoy practicing under the 19 individual medals and 6 relay team medals. Look to for the full lights at the stadium,” says Coach Tim Harper. story of the Championship meet and the results for the Barracudas.

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Mena volleyball players warm up for their games in the Ladycats team camp hosted in the Union Bank Center at Mena High School. Junior high games were played on Monday morning. Tuesday morning there were matches for the 9th grade team and two senior high teams. The team camp was well attended with teams from Cutter Morning Star, Mansfield, Lakeside, Lake Hamilton, Hackett, and Greenwood competing.

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onths of planning and fundraising paid off for nine Polk County 4-H teens earlier this month when they joined up with 26 other Arkansas 4-H teens to travel to Washington D.C. as part of the 2017 delegation to Citizenship Washington Focus. Abby Taylor, Lindy Price, and Emily McCarley from the Cossatot River 4-H Achievers club; Hannah Bellon, Keilah and Eden Barney from the Kountry Kids 4-H club; and Jacob Ezell, Rebecca and David Lehmann from the Mountain Fork Growing Clovers 4-H club represented Polk County and Arkansas as part of the 39 member delegation. The delegation was chaperoned by three U of A County Agents, including Polk County Agent Carla Vaught, and one volunteer 4-H leader. The group traveled by charter bus from Little Rock to D.C. They all agreed that the two 18 hour bus rides were the hardest part of the trip. Travel pains were quickly forgotten as the group settled into the National 4-H Center at Chevy Chase for the weeklong educational program centered on history and our national government process. Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) has been in existence for over 50 years. Thousands of 4-H youth between the ages of 14 and 19 have traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in CWF. It is a life-changing week that empowers 4-Her’s to take their leadership skills to the next level for themselves and their communities. 4-H youth are empowered to make a positive impact in their communities, their Country, and their world. In six days of programming, the delegation met 4-H youth from six other states, met both Arkansas senators and all four representatives, had a narrated bus and walking nighttime tour of D.C. monuments, visited George Polk County Delegation – Back row (l to r) Rebecca Lehmann, Washington’s home at Mt Vernon, witnessed the changing of the guard and a wreath laying ceremony at the David Lehmann, Hannah Bellon, Emily McCarley, Lindy Price. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, toured the Capitol twice – once with the regular tourist tour and one evening tour Front row (l to r) – Jacob Ezell, Keilah Barney, Abby Taylor, and specifically hosted for them by Representative Bruce Westerman, spent time in D.C. shopping and learning to Eden Barney. navigate the metro subway and bus lines. CWF program assistant Moriah Hensler (a former 4-H member from Wisconsin), spent every second with the group engaging them in trivia and pointing out historic landmarks in the area. In free time on Friday, the Arkansas delegation went back to Capitol Hill to enjoy the Smithsonian museums and any other sights they had missed during the week. It addition to all of the activities in D.C., back at the 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, the youth also got to learn to identify issues, write legislation, debate pending legislation, and vote to pass or fail proposed legislation. They all served on committees to make decisions about the success of the week in D.C. and were proactive in making this trip a trip of a lifetime. Our Arkansas delegation also got to attend a dinner theater performance of “Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat” at Toby’s in Columbia, Maryland. There is a long list of folks in our community that helped make this happen for our kids. The delegation made a commitment to raise 100% of the money required for the trip. 4-H leader, Shanae Floyd served as their fundraising advisor. She guided and motivated them to be successful. Many Polk county citizens supported the fund raising efforts. A few special folks stepped forward to make sizable donations. They are: Carole Martin, American Legion, Bob and Peggy Young, Chambers Bank, and Lead 4 Life 4-H club. Our Polk County 4-H delegates say “thank you”. They are also available to visit with you and share their experiences. Just give us a call at the Extension Office if you would like to meet with them!


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Ms. Etta Celebrates 106... and Goes Viral! BY LEANN DILBECK •


s. Etta Garmon celebrated her 106th birthday among friends and family Thursday, July 27, all while becoming a viral sensation on social media! A photo of Ms. Etta holding a sign that read: “Hello! My name is Etta Garmon. Today I am 106 years old. How far can I travel on my birthday? Like and share this post.” And like and share they did! As of press time, Ms. Etta’s birthday picture had been shared 790 times on Facebook, all in an effort to reach her great-grandson who is stationed in Japan serving in the US Navy. Family friend Loretta Kirby, who made the post, reported that it did make it’s way to the great-grandson in less than 24 hours who commented on the post to tell his grandmother that as soon as he’s off the “floaty thing in the ocean,” (Ms. Etta’s reference) he will call her! Among the 35 people who joined Ms. Etta (seated) for her celebration were from left to right Shelton Bohlman, granddaughter Jamie Plemons, Loretta Kirby, and Kayla Cleland on the far right.


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Carol Sickles - Bringing Smiles and Hope T


he support of family and friends is always crucial to people’s success, knowing that you have somebody in your corner encouraging you can help you through the valleys. Experience tells us that life will be hard at points, there may come seasons that the valley seems darker and longer than the time spent on the mountain top. Thousands of people each year walk through the valley of cancer, a trek that is not easy. During this time, people don’t always need advice but, more often than not, really just need a hand to hold and an ear to listen. Carol Sickles, a beloved volunteer at Clarice’s Room of Hope, is helping people know they aren’t alone as they walk through the valleys. Carol grew up and has lived in Polk County nearly all of her life, she is ‘homegrown’ as she says. After living in California for ten years, Carol returned to Mena to be near her parents. Both of her parents were working at the Dallas Valley Fire department, her dad the dispatcher, and her mom the secretary. “It was a lot of fun being back with them. The fire station was their joy and I’m glad I got to spend that time with them,” says Carol with a smile. After living in Mena for a year, Carol met her husband, Clay. The two had grown up riding the school bus together and had known each other all their lives. One of their mutual friends connected them, Carol wasn’t interested in anyone, “I didn’t want to date anybody from Mena, but we got together and got married. We have been married since 1985, it’s been great,” responds Carol. Showing empathy during people’s suffering can be difficult if you have never walked the path they are walking. For Carol, she has walked the path of suffering through cancer several times. If anyone knows what it is like to have more questions than answers, fears about the possibilities, it is Carol. “I have walked a path that not many people have, but it has given me a ministry that I never could have had. I had melanoma in 1989, kidney cancer in 2001, and then breast cancer in 2012. During the time of my breast cancer it had metastasized to my lung.” Right before her kidney cancer, Carol came to know the Lord, a choice that would forever change her life and the way that she would Mrs. Carol Sickles pictured right with view her cancer. “My cancer, as hard as it was, gave me a ministry with people. I am so blessed and honored to be able to walk with people Claric’s Room of Hope founder, Teena through their cancer.” Brown. Carol volunteers a lot of her time at Clarice’s Room of Hope helping founder, Teena Brown, with the organization that supports cancer patients and their families. The two women have been working together for five years and during that time Clarice’s has been able to offer more support and encouragement for those with cancer. “I can remember when Teena basically just had a booth that she was operating out of and it has grown so much. As a result, our ministry has grown,” says Carol with a smile. At any given time, she can be seen in town wearing her Clarice’s shirt with a big smile. “Anywhere I go, I am being an ambassador on behalf of Teena and her mom. I want to always make sure I represent them well.” Carol gives her time and energy towards Clarice’s in so many ways … she will help women try on wigs or scarves, she attends the monthly meetings, and does much, much more. While Carol spends a lot of time helping Teena with things at the office, most of her time is spent out in the community with those who have cancer. On Tuesdays, Carol goes out to Healthy Connections, Inc. to visit with patients who are there seeing Dr. Divers. “I go to sit with them, visit, and pray if they ask me to. It is a high honor for me to know the Lord has given me a ministry like this. Each week I sit with people … I feel like this is why I have experienced cancer, all so that I can walk with people in theirs,” Carol explains humbly. What drives Carol is understanding how important it was to have someone there to help and support her during her battles with cancer. During her cancer and treatments, she was thankful to know that God was still in control and this truth gave her hope. “There is such a need here. So many people have cancer and are fighting and I want them to fight knowing somebody is by their side and there is hope. My life is proof that there is hope. I want to bring hope to situations that seem hopeless.” The hurts of life can harden us, make people callous. An encouraging word from a friend and being surrounded by supporters gives hope that there is still reason to fight. Carol reminds each of us the power of words spoken and time spent with those hurting. “I just want people to know that they can do it, they can beat cancer. There is hope and as long as there is hope, there is a reason to fight.”

Dallas Avenue Dental Care, Inc. Diane Marosy, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.

New Patients & Emergencies Welcome Monday, Wednesday 9-5 Tuesday, Thursday 10-8

Intersection of Dallas Ave. & Mena Street 479-394-7800

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Polk County Extension Office - Educating and Empowering for a BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY Better Tomorrow “G

ive a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This clever expression is more than fishing. It’s more than eating. At its core, this saying is about education. When someone is educated, there is more than a transfer of knowledge, someone is empowered. The Polk County Extension Office exists to educate and empower the citizens of Polk County. Extension offices, or at least extension education, have been around since 1905, well over a century. The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, a partnership that exists to provide education and research based information to better serve the people of Arkansas. With offices in all 75 counties, including Polk County, Extension Services are extending education into all areas of life, but specifically in youth development, agriculture and natural resources research, community and economic development, and family and consumer services. The term ‘cooperative’ is a part of the name because the extension service is a collective effort between state government, the US Department of Agriculture, and the local government. “With our vast networks and support from state, national, and local levels, we are able to provide research and support in nearly any area citizens may desire,” explains Carla Vaught. The goal of the local extension service is to improve the quality of life and the staff accomplishes this through programs and demonstrations that educate. Education is provided in many different ways through different platforms. This may be through ‘classroom’ learning or teaching in the ‘field’ as extension agents meet with community members on their farms or in someone’s garden. “As our motto goes, ‘Arkansas is our classroom’,” says Carla. In Polk County, there are three extension agents, Carla Vaught, Bridget Martin, and Josh Yates. Each of the agents have education specific to their area of work, in some cases holding masters degrees, making each agent not just knowledgeable, but a valuable resource for citizens. “While I may focus my efforts and time in horticulture, I may also help Bridget with things in family and consumer sciences. I may teach someone how to plant and take care of a garden, but Bridget is teaching them how to can or cook for their families. Each area builds on another,” explains Josh. One of the programs that educates thousands of students each year in the state of Arkansas is 4-H. The goal of 4-H is to “learn by doing”, teaching students how to be productive and compassionate members of society with hands on approach. “[The] 4-H [program] is about developing leaders and equipping students to impact their communities as they learn meaningful skills that can be used the rest of their lives,” remarks Carla. Many people may be familiar with 4-H in some capacity, whether through personal experience or through family and friends. What many people may not realize is that extension services can also educate and equip adults to pursue a higher quality of life. This can be accomplished in many ways, but one specifically is through family and consumer sciences, an area of education that Bridget leads in Polk County. “We offer a variety of different nutrition education programs, anything from sharing healthy recipes, showing busy moms how to prepare freezer meals, or helping people manage their health through good foods,” says Bridget. Along with nutrition education, people in the community have the opportunity to learn about personal finances, personal and family well being, and there is even a component of the education that is entrepreneurial as well. “Through the family and consumer sciences we can also offer training opportunities and resources available for child care professionals. There is a big need for in home child care and through proper training a mom might be able to come home from her full time job to be with her kids and still contribute to the family income,” Bridget explains. In addition to services already mentioned, the extension office is prepared to offer research based advice for gardeners seeking a better harvest this year, homeowners desiring the perfect yard, or even a cattle farmer that is trying to be more resourceful and efficient with grazing. “We constantly have people that are asking questions about their gardens, which we love that that service is being utilized,” mentions Josh. On the other hand, the team expressed an interest for people to know how they might be able to help local farmers. “Because we have research to back up what we are doing, we can come out and talk with a farmer about his soil, show them the potential weeds or problems that could arise, help them fully understand the nutritional value their animals need, and even how to produce a great harvest that will meet their animal needs,” explains Carla. Research is the backbone of the extension service, it gives answers to the many needs of those seeking a quality life. The Polk County Extension Office is a reminder that educating others is empowering them to a better life. “This is our passion. If it wasn’t, we wouldn’t do it. We have a passion for equipping and empowering people for a better life, which ultimately means a better Arkansas.” For more information about services provided or educational material stop by the Polk County Extension Office at 211 DeQueen Street in Mena, or call 479-394-6018, or visit their website,

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Thursday, 8/3 • 7:00 a.m. until sold out – The Polk County Farmer’s Market 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. • 11:15 a.m. – Cossatot Senior Center in Wickes will host a caregiver meeting on Stress Management. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County meets at Papa’s Mexican Café. Contact Lisa Martin at 216-3383 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. • 5:30 p.m. – Ouachita Regional Hospice’s “Growing Through Grief” support group meets at the Hospice office, 1106 South Mena 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. 479216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 6:00 p.m. – Christian Singles will meet at Union Bank for movie night. • 6:00 p.m. – Disabled American Veterans & Auxiliary meeting and potluck. Meeting follows dinner, American Legion at Veteran’s Park at Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and 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.


• MENA HEAD START PRESCHOOL is currently accepting applications for fall enrollment. Children must be at least three years of age to qualify for preschool. Early Head Start offers early childhood education for children ages birth to three and also expectant mothers. They do not transport. For information, stop by 606 Pine Avenue in Mena or call 479-437-3733. • YOCANA BAPTIST CHURCH will host a revival August 6-9 at 7 p.m. nightly with meals being served at 6 p.m. Evangelist Scott Teague and Music Evangelist Price Harris. Call 479-234-1086 for more information.

• 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 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 Post Office by Janssen Park. Friday, 8/4 • 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. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Gator and Friends will be playing at the American Legion in Acorn. $6.00 admission. 50/50 drawing, potluck, and door prizes. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 9:30 p.m. – Karaoke Contest at Fraternal Order of the Eagles, 3091 Hwy. 71 North. $5 Entry fee. Must be 21 years old. Saturday, 8/5 • 7:00 a.m. until sold out – The Polk County Farmer’s Market is open next to the Mena Depot. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Heath Reunion will be held at the American Legion in Acorn. For info, contact Orval Heath at 479-394-5255. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 11:00 a.m. – Gibbons Reunion at Cove Community Center. Potluck lunch. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fibers Arts Group meets at Mena Art Gallery. • 1:00 p.m. – There will be an M.S.A.A. Support Group meeting in Room 156 at RMCC. • 6:00 p.m. – Gospel Singing at the Little Hope Baptist Church near Pine Ridge with dinner following. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 479-243-0297 or 479-2164606. Sunday, 8/6 • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 3:00 p.m. – Sulphur Springs Church worship at Sulphur Springs. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 6:00 p.m. – Christ’s Church of Mountain Fork, 5696 Hwy. 8 West, will host The Texans, with refreshments to follow. For questions, contact Dino at 479-216-8997. Monday, 8/7 • 11:30 a.m. – Polk County Sociable Seniors will celebrate their 10th Anniversary at Limetree Restaurant. All seniors welcome to attend.

Questions, call Diane, 479-243-0191. • 12:00 p.m. – Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting at Mizumi Hibachi Express. • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Mena Seventh Day Adventist Church Food Pantry at 149 Polk Road 43, across from Fairgrounds. Non-perishable food, personal care items, and nutritional help. Everyone will be served. • 6:00 p.m. – Polk County Fair & Rodeo meets at the Fairgrounds. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 6:30 p.m. – Shady Grove RVFD business and training meeting. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – Potter RVFD meeting at the Fire Station. • 7:00 p.m. – Acorn RVFD meeting will be at the Fire House. • 7:00 p.m. – Mena Emblem Club meets at the Elks Lodge. Tuesday, 8/8 • 7:00 a.m. until sold out – The Polk County Farmer’s Market is open next to the Mena Depot. • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardner Community Men’s Breakfast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce Coffee Date at The Mercantile. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 10:30 p.m. – Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting at Yankee Clipper. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena St. Bring your current project and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Hatfield Branch Library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. – T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union Bank Community Room for weigh-ins, followed by a meeting. • 6:00 p.m. – Home Front Warriors CMA Chapter 377 Bible Study at the Limetree Restaurant. Public is invited. • 6:00 p.m. – American Legion Post 18 potluck dinner, at Veteran’s Park in Acorn, with meeting to follow at 7 p.m. • 6:30 p.m. – Shady Fire and Rescue District 10 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 & Port Arthur. 479-234-2887 or 479-234-3043. Wednesday, 8/9 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 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. • 3:00 p.m. – Cove Branch Library will host Arkansas Geologist Corbin Cannon who will present Arkansas Rocks and Minerals. All are welcome. • 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. – 7:30 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. – Ouachita Little Theatre will host free movie night, Singing in the Rain. Concessions available. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at Grace Bible Church, 1911 Hwy 71 N. Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 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 203 8th St. There is no cost or obligation and anyone interested is invited to attend. Call 394-1017 or 394-5655 for more information.

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Moments from America’s History: The Purple Heart


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these have been acknowledged through the awarding of special citations and medals. Included among them is one we have all heard of: the Purple Heart. Your knowledge of this award may be more than just an awareness if you, a family member, friend, or someone else you know has earned one or more. About ten years ago, I was watching a news program on television and one of the guests was a man who was promoting an organization with the purpose of recognizing those Americans who have earned the Purple Heart. It especially caught my attention because my father earned a Purple Heart for severe wounds he received in June 1944 in the southwest Pacific Theater of World War II. I promptly looked up The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor (located in New Windsor, NY), which commemorates the extraordinary sacrifices of America’s servicemen and servicewomen who were wounded or killed while serving with the U.S. Military. Its mission is to collect and preserve the stories of Purple Heart recipients from all branches of service and across generations to ensure that all recipients are represented. Subsequently, I proudly submitted the name, credentials, and memories of U.S. Army PFC Wayne Ray Olson (1911-1974). The Purple Heart is America’s oldest military decoration and was established by George Washington 235 years ago. On August 7, 1782, his general orders established the Badge of Military Merit: “The General ever desirous to cherish virtuous ambition in his soldiers, as well as to foster and encourage every species of Military merit directs whenever any singularly meritorious action is performed, the author of it shall be permitted to wear on his facings, over his left breast, the figure of a heart in purple cloth or silk edged with narrow lace or binding.” The Badge of Military Merit was only awarded to three Revolutionary War soldiers. While Washington intended and stated that the award was to be a permanent one, the Badge was all but forgotten until the 20th century. Publication General John J. Weekly Pershing suggested a need for an award for merit in 1918, but it was Army . . . . of. .Staff . . . .General . . . . . Charles . . . . . . Pelot . . . . Summerall . . . . . . . .who . . . in. .October . . . . . .1927 . . . .directed . . . . . .that . . .a.draft ...................................................................... Chief bill be sent to Congress “to revive the Badge of Military Merit”. The bill was withdrawn and action on the case ceased shortly thereafter. In January 1931, General Douglas MacArthur


reopened work on a new design, involving the Washington Commission of Fine Arts. Elizabeth Will, an Army heraldic specialist in the Office of the Quartermaster General, was named to redesign the newly revived medal, which became known as the Purple Heart. Using general specifications provided to her, Will created the design sketch for the present medal of the Purple Heart. By Executive Order of the President of the United States, the Purple Heart was revived on the 200th Anniversary of George Washington’s birth in 1932. General Order #3 announced the establishment of the award: “...By order of the President of the United States, the Purple Heart, established by General George Washington at Newburgh, August 7, 1782, during the War of the Revolution is hereby revived out of respect to his memory and military achievements.” The modern medal has a bronze heart bearing Washington’s silhouette in its purple center and the Washington coat-of-arms at the top. The actual order includes the phrase, “Let it be known that he who wears the Military Order of the Purple Heart has given of his blood in the defense of his homeland and shall forever be revered by his fellow countrymen.” Although the actual number of Purple Hearts awarded is unknown, it is estimated that there have been a total of 1.8 million. Of these, 1.3 million have been awarded since World War II. I am very proud of the fact that this important part of my father’s legacy is now enshrined in The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor and I still have and treasure his Purple Heart, which I will bequeath to his grandson. Perhaps there are other deserving patriots which as of yet have not had their names submitted to be honored through this or other avenues of recognition. I believe that such an undertaking is essential to commemorate the measure and scope of their sacrifice, honor the spirit of America’s fighting men and women, and perpetuate their legacy - a legacy of freedom which each of us have a responsibility in continuing. In the words of General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), “No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”

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August 10, 11, & 12 • 8:30 Nightly

admission at the gate • adult $7 children 6-12 $5 • Children 5 & Under FREE

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Willie Cline & his car from Honabia, OK 8 Years old Claira Morris Trick Rider & The Shadow Rider

uachita Little Theatre is reviving the free Wednesday ‘Night at the Movies’ on August 9, 2017 at 6:30 PM at the Lyric Theatre on Main Street. As part of OLT’s dedication to enrichment of the arts for the community, this is a great time for the people of Polk County to either introduce or reacquaint themselves with great films of past decades. The first production will be “Singin’ in the Rain”, starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. This 1951 film was the inspiration for “LaLa Land,” a movie that was nominated for Best Picture and won several academy awards in 2016. The director and producers of “LaLa Land” openly paid homage to this popular musical of the past. “Singin’ in the Rain” is clever, funny, and full of some of the best song and dance routines ever put on film. Those familiar with Rotten Tomatoes critical reviews will agree that the rare 100% this film receives proves that it is still one of the most beloved movies of all time. Don’t miss a free evening of entertainment with the family and see a great classic film in the theatre the way it was meant to be seen. Be sure to bring the kids and grandkids! Concession stand will be open and donations are welcome. OLT is planning more free movie nights on the second Wednesday of each month.

Ouachita Expressions Opens CONTRIBUTED BY BARBARA M. TOBAIS at Mena Art Gallery O

uachita Expressions has been the premier judged show for local competition at Mena Art Gallery for over twenty years. The reception will be Saturday, August 5, from 1 to 3 pm. There are four categories: works on canvas, works on paper, photography and three-dimensional art. The show will include work from local Arkansas artists, as well as artists from the surrounding areas. We are fortunate in Mena to have many gifted and talented artists, and this annual opportunity to see their work and to meet them is not one to miss, but if you can’t make it to the reception, the work will be on display during the month of August from 11 am to 2 pm on Tuesdays and from 10 am to 3 pm on Wednesdays through Saturdays at 607 Mena Street.

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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 July 23, 2017 Report was taken of a verbal dispute between a local man and woman. No charges were filed. July 24, 2017 A local man reported that his neighbor’s dog got into his rabbit hutch and killed two rabbits. Case has been referred to animal control. July 25, 2017 Murphy Ian McKenzie, 21, of Mena was charged with theft of property and fraudulent use of a credit card. A local man reported that someone had stolen his prescription pain medication. Case is pending. July 26, 2017 Jerry W. Haynes, 28, of Mena was charged with possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a license suspended for DWI, and speeding. The arrest followed a traffic stop. A Mena woman reported that someone had stolen her purse from the floorboard of a vehicle while she was at work at a local fast-food restaurant. Case is pending location and interview of suspects. A local man reported that he believed someone had gained entry into his house while he was out. Case is pending. July 27, 2017 Rachel Crow, 37, of Mena was charged with driving on a license suspended for DWI. An employee at a local convenience store reported a gas skip in the amount of $18.07. Case is pending. July 28, 2017 A Mena woman reported that her 8-year-old son was missing from her residence. After a search of the area, the boy was located and returned to his mother. Gary Czarnetski, 23, of Mena was charged with reckless driving, driving on a suspended driver’s license, fleeing in a vehicle, and theft by receiving. July 29, 2017

Christy Jean Grensberg, 21, a transient, was served an outstanding felony warrant from Seminole County, Oklahoma. Timothy Davis, 54, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Mena Police Department for failure to pay fines and court costs. Larry Lee Kenyon, 46, of Mena was charged with public intoxication after a call from a local citizen regarding an intoxicated man. Jordan Leigh Dodds, 20, of Mena was charged with theft of property (shoplifting) and criminal trespass after officers were called to a local retail store.

Polk County Sheriff’s Department July 24, 2017 Report from complainant on Baker Road near Wickes of an attempted scam involving social media. Investigation continues. July 25, 2017 Report of an ATV accident on Polk 61 near Board Camp. Deputies responded. Arrested was Neisha Wikel, 24, of Cove, on a Warrant for Domestic Battery 3rd Degree. July 26, 2017 Report of a domestic disturbance on Highway 278 East near Wickes led to the arrest of Jonathan M. Tidwell, 38, of Wickes, on a Charge of Domestic Battery 3rd Degree. Report from complainant on Lil George Lane near Yocana of an attempted breakin led to the arrest of Bradley E. Robinson, 25, of Oden, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Report from complainant on Taylor Street in Hatfield of an unauthorized person in their residence. Deputies responded, no suspect was located. Report from complainant on Polk 30 near Hatfield of their personal information being used to open credit card accounts without their permission. Investigation continues. Arrested was Chance R. Wherley, 20, of Mena, on a Warrant for Probation Violation. Report from a Mena woman of problems with her daughter led to a Juvenile Citation for Disorderly Conduct being issued to the 13-year-old female. The juvenile was released to the custody of a parent/guardian. Arrested was Jack A. Curry, 37,of Mena, on Warrants for Failure to Appear

and Failure to Comply with a Court Order. July 27, 2017 Report from a Gillham woman that her 15-year-old daughter was missing. Investigation continues into her whereabouts. July 28, 2017 Report from complainant on River Lane near Ink of fraudulent charges on their debit card. Investigation continues. July 29, 2017 Traffic stop on Highway 8 West near Rocky led to the arrest of Billie H. Ray, 44, of Mena, on Charges of DWI, Faulty Equipment and Refusal to Submit. Report from Mena Regional Health System of a dog bite victim from Hatfield. Investigation continues. Report from a Mena man of being threatened via social media. Arrested was Nathan M. Abell, 29, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Report of an abandoned motorcycle on

Polk 92 near Shady Grove. The bike was returned to the owner. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. July 30, 2017 Report from complainant on Highway 375 East near Old Dallas of the break-in and theft of tools and electronics. Investigation continues. Report from a Hatfield man of being threatened by an acquaintance. Investigation continues. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Shawnee C. Abney, 41, of Hatfield, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear. Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked one vehicle accident this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 23 Incarcerated Inmates, with 14 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

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Yard Sale – Aug 3rd-4th 7am – 3pm. First Baptist Church Hatfield Parking Lot. Clothes, household items, much, much more! 8/2 Mobil Park in Hatfield has a 2 bedroom with central heat and air, stove and refrigerator furnish. ALL electric for $300 a month with Hatfield City water. If interested, please call 479-234-8223 or 479-234-1502. 8/2 Moving Sale – 338 Polk 69, Opal. Building Materials & Timbers, Tools, Air Compressor, Pull Behind Swisher Finish Mower, 8ft tractor blade, and disc harrows. 832-8177744. 8/16 Daniel’s Carpentry and Painting, home repair, decks, fence rows, underpinning, etc. Also lawn and garden work. Call 479-216-1101 or 479-216-2299. 8/16 Books & Stuf – Mena St. & Sherwood – 479-234-5568. New Ownership – New Hours. Sunday–Thursday, 10-6. Friday, 10-5. Saturday, closed. Keeping the best of the old. Adding ideas that are new. 8/2

House Cleaning and more. Call Winnie Cotter at 2343418. 8/2 Huge 6 family “back to school” garage sale Thursday and Friday, August 3 and 4 Rain or Shine!! take Bethesda Road go 1.2 miles on R... watch for signs.... infant to preteen boys and girl clothes. Young adult and women’s clothing. Shoes. Baby bouncer. Walker. Bassinet. Lots of children’s toys . costumes etc. Coffee table, old doors, chairs, desk, project pieces, home Decor, portable gazebo , bikes, workout equipment, treadmill, patio furniture, DVDs, books, Riding Mower something for everyone! 8/2 Huge 4 family yard sale – Wednesday-Saturday, 7am1pm. 277 Polk 48. Quality items, great prices, something for everyone. 8/2 Brodix, Inc. is accepting applications for an experienced CNC Machine Operator. Applications may be picked up at the Brodix office, located at 301 Maple in Mena, from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Competitive starting wages with benefits available. Notice to Applicants: Screening tests for alcohol and illegal drug use may be required before hiring and during your employment. 8/16

Please make The Cole Team Bold & larger than the address & phone numbers Most of us have heard the phrase "and the truth will set you free," but do you know the belowsaid, it. Then you will origin? Typically, it is used out of context. It is found in John 8:32; "Jesus

J&N Dozer- Trackhoe, Backhoe, Dump Truck, Ponds, Pads, Clearing, Roads, Hauling, Rich Top Soil, Fill Dirt, Shale, Gravel. Dozer operator Randy Egger, over 30 years’ experience. We appreciate your Business! Call 479-234-1357 TFN

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know the truth, and the truth will set you free." The truth being spoken of here is Jesus Omit the 800 number and himself. In John 14:6; Jesus says "I am the way, and the truth, and the life." In John 1:14; It the e-mail address and says "The Word became flesh, and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory , the substitute glory of the one and only son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." So "truth" here means The Word of God manifested in the flesh whom is Jesusinstead. Christ. The second part of the verse (the phrase we hear most often), "and the truth will set you free", In theofweb address across is Jesus speaking about spiritual freedom from the bondages, or slavery sin (John 8:34). theplease), bottom,and capitalize There are two types of freedom, worldly freedom (to be, and do as you Biblicalthe M in Mena,orthe R in freedom (spiritual). The "truth," here again, is Jesus Christ. The "bondage", "slavery", Real & the E in Estate. started with Adam early on. Paul says in Romans 5:12; "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned", and also says in Romans 3:23; " for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God". We are all slaves. To know the "truth" is to know Jesus, the Word of God. To hear the "truth" John 8:47 says; "Whoever belongs to God hears what God says...." To be free from the bondage and slavery of sin, Romans 6:4-6; says "We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin- ." "So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know I am He...." (John 8:28) " Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32). We welcome all to worship Him. The Hatfield Church of Christ. Contact us at 479-437-5276 also on Facebook THIS AD PURCHASED BY HATFIELD CHURCH OF CHRIST

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