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Travel Channel Announces Dates of Locally Filmed Episode BY MELANIE WADE • email@example.com The Travel Channel has announced the dates of a series of episodes in Josh Gates’ latest adventures that includes a segment recorded locally at the B oard Camp Crystal Mine. Orville and Cheryl Murphy, owners of B oard Camp Crystal Mine, recently invited a few close friends and the local media to witness some of the phenomena that has been taking place at their mine that has attracted investigators from MU F ON (the Mutual U F O N etwork), as well as Gates, the host of “Expedition CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
Student Selected to Place Wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier BY MELANIE WADE • firstname.lastname@example.org
V isiting the Tomb of the U nknown Soldier in Washington, D.C. is one of the most reverent and somber occasions one can attend, and for one Polk County student, that occasion turned into something much bigger. Gaitlynn B rady, a member of U ARich Mountain’ s U pward B ound Program, actually took part in a ceremony in which she was able to place a wreath representing U ARM at the Tomb. “It was very surreal,” said B rady. CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
City to Rehabilitate Hangar with Aeronautics Grant A irport C ontinues G rowth BY MELANIE WADE • email@example.com u h to the eli ht of youth a ross the ounty it’s time a ain for the annual Polk County air n a ition to li esto k rop an raft e hi its the e er popular arni al is set up as ell featurin ri es for ki s of all a es he eek lon e ent ill hit its lima on ri ay ni ht ith the annual i esto k u tion hi h ill e streame li e on the Polk County Pulse a e ook pa e Pi k up a fair atalo for a full list of events and schedules. P D C
Mena City Council met in a special called meeting on Tuesday afternoon and approved a resolution authorizi ng the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a grant agreement with the State of Arkansas Department of Aeronautics in the amount of $ 15 2 ,5 7 1.2 2 . The grant is 90 % of a 90 / 10 matching grant, meaning the city will match 10 % of
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CASA to Host 18th Annual Rich Mountain Rendezvous
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ASA of the Ouachitas is excited to host the 18th annual Rich Mountain Rendezvous that benefits the local advocacy agency that in turn, benefits dozens of foster children each year. The long-standing motorcycle rally tradition fills ueen Wilhelmina State Park with people who share a love of two ideas – riding motorcycles and giving to those in need. Cynthia Martin, Director of CASA of the Ouachitas (Court Appointed Special Advocates), said recent years of the event have brought in record numbers including $ 6 ,5 0 0 in 2 0 15 that helped 84 children in foster care. She hopes this year’ s event brings even more and is inviting the local community to participate. September 14th through 17 th, motorcycles from around the country will stay atop Rich Mountain at night to visit and then enjoy motorcycle rides throughout the day, all while benefitting CASA. Some attendees stay in tent camping, while others choose sites, or a room at the ueen Wilhelmina Lodge. The event offers meals, hand-cooked by Martin and her volunteers. Martin said that a continental breakfast is served on F riday and Sunday mornings, while Saturday morning is reserved for their big country breakfast. On F riday night, grilled hamburgers will be served for supper, along with beans and homemade desserts. Saturday night, the menu will consist of pulled pork, brisket, all the fixings, and dessert. There will also be priz e giveaways during the rally. During the day, participants generally take their own rides through the scenery of the Talimena Drive and the surrounding area, sometimes in groups and sometimes in pairs. During the evenings, the participants visit with others who have been a part of the event for years and meet new participants as well. Martin said, “With plentiful food, excellent entertainment, a tour through a private classic car and motorcycle collection, miles and miles of beautiful scenery, the hospitality of the organiz ers, and camaraderie and fellowship with attendees from across the country, this Rendez vous will be remembered for a long time.” To join the rally, contact Martin at the local CASA office, 79-2 3-9277 or their website, www.RMR4CASA.com. Registration is $ 5 0 per person and includes breakfast and dinner each day.
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Tim Norman, Manager of the Tyson Foods Grannis Plant, presents Shannon Jesse with the erti ate re o ni in her as a yson S holar esse’s Sin le Parent S holarship was fully funded through a Tyson grant to the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund. She recently graduated from The University of Arkansas at Rich Mountain and will be continuing her education at Southern Arkansas University. Jesse is majoring in Business Administration with an accounting emphasis. At UARM last spring, she successfully completed 21 credit hours and earned a 4.0 grade point average. Norman, in congratulating Jesse, said that Tyson Foods is delighted to award scholarships to single parents who are working so hard to make a difference in the families’ li es
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She admitted to being shocked when she was selected for the once-in-a-lifetime honor. U pward B ound had planned their trip to D.C. as a part of their summer academy enrichment program and the group of 3 0 students was chosen to place the wreath, but only one student could take part in the ceremony. To choose who that student would be, the program held an essay contest. “I had to write an essay on what the Tomb of the U nknown Soldier means to me, what the tomb represents, and how I feel about it,” she explained. “It was very shocking when I first heard I was picked. There were a lot of smart people that did it and it was a really special moment.” B rady said she was “very nervous,” but that the soldiers helped her to stay at ease. One described the ceremony and showed her a chart of where to go. “Two Congressmen went before me and that helped,” she laughed. “When I got to the top of the stairs, the soldier was very nice and polite and he helped me through it.” U pward B ound had many “eventful days” according to B rady, who said they saw many of the memorials and museums in the nation’ s capital. They also met Arkansas’ own Congressman B ruce Westerman and listened in on a legislative session as well. B ut for B rady, the ceremony she took part inorat the Tomb of the U nknown Get your team together and call 479-394-3740 Soldier takes the cake. “Words cannot come by the Elks Lodge for an Official Entry Form describe it. It’ s something that changes your perspective.” Y ou can view Gaitlynn B rady’ s winning essay on MyPulseN ews.com.
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he U niversity of Arkansas Rich Mountain will host a pre-screening of one of the most highly anticipated documentaries in recent years. Directors K en B urns and Lynn N ovick’ s 18-hour epic documentary, The V ietnam War, has already drawn critical acclaim from other screenings across the country, and the directors hope to bring knowledge of the event from all sides and healing to those whom it most closely affected. The documentary prescreening will be held at U A-Rich Mountain on Monday, September 11, 2 0 17 at 1: 3 0 p.m. in the Ouachita Center. The screening is open to the public with no admission charge. It took more than a decade for B urns and N ovick to piece together the massive project that includes interviews with veterans, ietCong guerrilla fighters, deserters, mothers, students, and many more. PB S (Public B roadcasting System) will air the full 18-hour series this fall, with the premier episode launching on September 17 , 2 0 17 at 7 p.m. They describe it as a series that, “explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides,” and includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe.” In a recent interview with the San Diego U nion-Tribune, B urns said, “Everything exists in our minds in preconception and conventional wisdom and something that’ s ultimately very, very superficial,” he said. “And then you get involved in a project like this and you are daily humiliated by the fact that you know nothing. Y ou kind of have to forget everything, take the Etch A Sketch and turn it upside down and shake it and say, ‘O , now let’s rebuild this.’ In essence, that’s what our film is.” or the airing of the full film series, The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN , the local PB S channel) is seeking stories from people who experienced V ietnam War events. This event is in conjunction with the local initiative, AETN Salutes Arkansas V ietnam V eterans, and the premiere of The V ietnam War. Stories with videos, photographs or a written account may be submitted through social media outlets with # V ietnamStoriesPB S or the “Share Y our Story” tool at aetn.org/ thevietnamwar. Stories must include the name of the storyteller, who they are, such as a veteran or a student, and their location. AETN also suggests that veterans consider submitting stories to The Library of Congress V eterans History Project, which collects and preserves personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. The project provides a field kit to collect the stories and complete submission guidelines at loc.gov/ vets.
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tto, Polk County’ s K 9 narcotics officer, has made yet another bust removing marijuana, methamphetamine, and pills from the streets. On Sunday, August 27, 2017, Deputy Jim Smith conducted a traffic stop on an “unlicensed” Chevrolet truck. Smith called for 9 Deputy Brady Whisenhunt to assist at the scene. During the search, Otto alerted to the passenger side of the vehicle, leading Deputy Whisenhunt to the drugs and paraphernalia. During the search of the vehicle, officers found approximately three grams of marijuana, one gram of methamphetamine, several prescription pills individually packaged, ten syringes, and other items of drug paraphernalia. The driver of the vehicle, Stanley Dale Plumley, age 5, of Cove, Ark., was arrested and transported to the Polk County Detention Center. Plumley has been unofficially charged with Possession of a Schedule 2 Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Possession of a Schedule 2 Controlled less than two grams, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Schedule Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver, and Possession of a Schedule Controlled Substance less than four ounces. As a note, all persons within this article are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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Mena Graduate Earns Silver as Member of Santa Clara Vanguard
hase F ielder, a 2 0 15 graduate of Mena High School, is a member of the Santa Clara V anguard Drum and B ugle Corps that has won several accolades, including silver in the recent Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championship August 2 0 17 . F ielder was a member of the Mena High School B and from 7 th – 12 th grade, where he played clarinet and became a member of Mena High School Color guard during his Junior and Senior years. The 2 0 17 Drum Corps International Tour reached its peak August 7 - 12 , with a week-long celebration of the very best in marching music at the DCI World Championships in Indiana. Santa Clara’ s Colorguard, that includes F ielder, took the George Z ingali Award for High Colorguard, best overall color guard in the championship, along with their silver. After high school, F ielder entered the U niversity of Central Arkansas, where he studies nursing, and joined the U CA color guard and the Aevitas and B lack and Gold Winter Guards for one year each, then went on to join the Crossmen Drum Corp. In 2 0 16 , he auditioned and made the Santa Clara V anguard team out of California. When the 2 0 17 season opened up for the V anguard — who presented a daring program called “In Pieces” — on June 2 3 , in Clovis, California, a gap of nearly three points stood between themselves and the defending Open Class Champions, B lue Devils B . Over the weeks that followed, the Santa Clara Corps began to gradually chip away. In Michigan City, Indiana, the V anguard Cadets completed their season-long comeback at the Open Class World Championship inals to notch their first Open Class title since 2015.“These young people and this staff are the toughest people and most dedicated people I’ ve met in my life,” V anguard Cadets Director Steve B arnhill said. “They can do anything if they want to. They’ re amazi ng people and I love them all, it’ s an honor to lead them.” The Santa Clara V anguard are the 2 0 17 DCI World Class Silver Medalist, with a score of 97 .6 0 0 . The group has traveled all summer performing and competing in various events. “It was the hardest thing I have ever done. Y ou rehearse 12 to 14 hours every single day for three months just to perform at the World Championship, just so you can show the world your finished product, because the show is constantly evolving and getting better. You don’t care about the scores, its about improving your own self and doing what you love with the people that you have come to love,” said F ielder. The climax of the season was the Drum Corp International World Championship, where a record-breaking audience for the DCI World Championship Open Class F inals in Michigan City witnessed Santa Clara V anguard win the silver in this year’ s Drum Corps International World Championship.
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ena City Council approved bids for several upcoming projects at their most recent meeting. B & L Paving of Hot Springs submitted the low bid for the city’ s annual hot-mix overlay program, submitting a bid at $ 99.5 0 per ton. The city has budgeted 00,000 for the project that is set to begin around the first of October. They have not yet released roads that will receive improvement. Also approved was the painting of the interior of City Hall. MSB I, Inc. of Mena won the bid at $ 8,12 6 . The project will see new paint cover the walls of a large portion of City Hall. Little ock Cap leet Upfitters was approved to outfit the two new police patrol cars that Mena PD will receive in the next couple of weeks. When the cars are received, they will be sent to Cap leet Upfitters to receive police decals, light bars, interior cage, and radio equipment, etc. It will cost ,987.30 for each car to be outfitted for use. Mena City Council also approved Andy Philpot to fill a position on the Mena Depot Commission.
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Abernathy Honored by the Arkansas Association of Educational BY LEANN DILBECK • email@example.com Administrators L
ong-time education advocate, B ill Abernathy, was recently honored by the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators (AAEA) for his over 6 0 years of distinguished service to education in Arkansas. Abernathy, who served as the Executive Director for the Arkansas Rural Education Association (AREA), from 2 0 10 -2 0 17 announced his retirement this year. This is actually Abernathy’ s third retirement… as he joked, “I’ m retiring… again.” In Abernathy’ s impressive 6 0 -year career in Arkansas education, he hit certain peaks that then launched him to yet another phase of serving in the education system, but this time, he says it’s final, as he is looking forward to spending more time with his wife of 3 years, Mary Jo. Abernathy’ s career in Arkansas education began as a coach in his hometown of Oden while he pursued earning his Masters degree in education. F rom Oden, the Abernathys went to Conway, where he was the junior high school principal for four years, then on to Greenbrier as superintendent. They then returned to Conway, where Abernathy became the assistant superintendent, and from there, to Mena in 197 2 , where B ill became superintendent of Mena Public Schools. “I was 37 years old then, and I stayed here for 1 years, until I accepted the position of president at Rich Mountain Community College (now U A – Rich Mountain),” he explained. “I served in that capacity for 13 years. During SUBMITTED all this time I saw the educational system from the bottom to the top, giving me a broad understanding of how it all worked. Also during all that time, I had watched my father-in–law, Ode Maddox, as he served in the state legislature, in the house. He was a strong man and he always concentrated on helping education. He had become my inspiration over the years, and I wanted to serve the people the way he had. So, when I retired from education, I decided to go into politics. “Ode Maddox was always big on helping the people of his area – the people that he served,” Abernathy continued. “I ran for and was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 200 and discovered I had reached another plateau of service my boundaries of service had just become broader (due to term limits).” “Over the years, education has always been my focus – my area of expertise and responsibility,” he continued. “B y my second term I was appointed as V ice-Chair of the Education Committee, and Chairman of the5 Adeq of Higher Education. My background experience as key uacy factssub-committee about Prostate Cancer: a superintendent of schools and a college president made me almost a hybrid, giving me a broad 1. Affects 1 in every 6 men understanding of education. economic development go hand-in-hand. When you 2. DeadlierEducation than breast and cancer can give people an 3. opportunity to early acq uire skills so that they can provide for their families and betDetectable in stages 4. NOT old man’s disease s efforts, and I am honored to have given my service ter serve our society, this isanworthy of anyone’ 5. Does NOT go away if you avoid to this endeavor. It has been a rewarding experience and it has been an opportunity to leave this Mena Emblem Club Literary Committee Chairman Dannie Bregman and Club testing. Gentlemen: We encourage you to get area better than I found it.” a PSA blood test. President Sheila Prestenback present a check to Mary Ditzel of the Cove Abernathy is grateful for the opportunity to be an education advocate, “I feel blessed to have i rary he onation as ma e to pay for a lo al hil ’s parti ipation in the had the opportunity to help worthy people who did not know how to make the system work for Dolly Parton Imagination Library Project. The Emblem Club said they are “dedithem – to navigate the system – empowering them and leading them to independence,” Abernathy cated to promote reading and the joy of reading in Polk County.” added. “It has been my greatest pleasure! ” Please make The Cole Team Bold & larger than the address & phone numbers MENA REAL ESTATE below it. Prices effective August 3 0 , 2 0 17 - September 2 6 , 2 0 17 S am e l ocati on f or ov er 4 5 y ears
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U nknown” on the Travel Channel. The four-week special event, Expedition U nknown: Hunt for Extraterrestrials, will begin on October 4th at 8 p.m. central time. B oard Camp Crystal Mine’ s phenomena will air on one of those four episodes. Gates’ mission took him on an epic journey across N orth America, South America, Africa and Europe, searching for evidence of life beyond our planet and the truth behind longstanding extraterrestrial legends. B oard Camp Crystal Mine is one of the locations Gates visited due to recent phenomenon happening on the property, such as unexplained mysterious orbs of light and what appears to be rock movement and levitation. In a press release submitted by the Travel Channel, Gates said, “This is by far the most extraordinary expedition I’ ve ever been on. Like many, I’ ve long been obsessed with the q uestion of whether we’re alone in the universe. Now, with incredible access to state-of-the-art scientific facilities, top secret sites and shocking new evidence, we may finally find out. It’s an expedition into the ultimate unknown.” In addition to the phenomena happening at B oard Camp Crystal Mine, the four-episode series will include Gates’ visits to Easter Island, Chile’ s Atacama Desert, and the wilderness of Z imbabwe. The Murphy’s story and scientific results of the MU ON investigation is also expected to be reported on in the November 2017 issue of the MU ON Journal. isit TravelChannel.com for show extras including behind-the-scenes photos, U O factoids, and exclusive videos from Josh Gates. To learn about how you can view the phenomena happening at B oard Camp Crystal Mine and their new U nexplained Tours, visit their website, B oardCampCrystalMine.com. Related articles are also posted on MyPulseN ews.com.
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This award is the fourth highest award that the Marine Corps League can bestow upon a member. His conduct, diligence, and Espirit de Corps also earned him the N ational Marine Corps League Recruiter of the Y ear Award. Mena’ s Detachment # 12 6 1 was also awarded a 10 0 % membership pennant to be attached to its Marine Corps flag at its headq uarters.
he Marine Corps League Detachment # 12 6 1 in Mena is preparing to host The Mother of All Y ard Sales, located at 6 0 5 Magnolia (old Salvation Army Building) during Labor Day weekend, riday, September 1, 2 0 17 through Monday, September , 2017, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Items available are clothes, housewares, books, dishes, small appliances, electronics, Christmas decorations, knick knacks, and much more. All items are $ 5 or less and you can check back each day for daily specials. All proceeds go towards funding for the annual Toys for Tots program, the eterans Christmas Cup Campaign, and other Marine Corps League charities. The Marine Corps League Detachment expressed their gratitude for all those who have donated items for the sale and to those who attend.
eedee Alston and Bridgette Martin, CS Director at the Polk County Extension Office, talk to more than a dozen attendees who are interested in joining a new Homemakers Extension Club being launched. Alston, who along with husband, Luke, own Holly Springs Homestead, wants to launch the group to ensure the passing down of old fashion homemaker talents such as growing gardens and canning produce, sewing, and much, much more. To learn more, contact Martin at the Extension Office, 79-39 - 018, or stop by at 2 11 DeQ ueen Street in Mena.
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................................................................................................................................ GABRIELLA RANEE HENRY Gabriella Ranee Henry, infant daughter of Jesse Henry and Ashely Myers, born Tuesday, August 2 2 , 2 0 17 , passed away on Tuesday, August 2 2 , 2 0 17 . Our beautiful little angel, who will forever be loved and missed. She is survived by parents, Jesse Henry and Ashley Myers; sisters, Harley Henry and Avonley Henry; grandparents, Shane and Loretta Henry, Tony and Rosie Hardin, K athy Myers; great-grandparents, Gale and Sally Henry, Mildred Schwolow; aunts and uncles, B rendon Henry, B rianne Allen, Mandy Henry, Chris and K enna White, Tiny Shores, Israel and Shawna Garcia, Ashley Hernandez , and Joey and Lisa Sparks; many great-aunts and uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by Charles Grahn and David Schwolow. Graveside services were held F riday, August 2 5 , 2 0 17 , 10 : 0 0 a.m. at Concord Cemetery in Ink, Arkansas with Pastor Dana insey officiating. Arrangements
are under the direction of the B easley Wood F uneral Home of Mena. Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
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August 2 1, 2 0 17 . He is preceded in death by his mother, father, and one son, David Lee B yrd, II. He is survived by his wife of 3 5 years, Sandra Evans B yrd; his son, K evin B yrd and wife Tracy of Tennessee; daughters, Peggy B yrd Dulinsky of V andervoort, Amanda B yrd Dixon and husband Travis of Waldron; sons, Jason B yrd and wife Candace of Texas, Randy B yrd and fianc Jami of Hot Springs; two brothers, Mike B yrd and Danny B yrd and one sister, K athy Anderson, all of Tennessee; 11 grandchildren and 3 step-grandchildren. He was a great husband, Daddy,
We are so humbled by all of the love and support shown to our family in these most difficult days. We are blessed to be a part of such a tight knit community. A special thank you to Norm Gray, Mena Police Department, Sheriff Scott Sawyer, the Polk County Sheriff's Department, Teresa Doty, and Tyra Cornelius for all of your help and support. Our family is also very grateful to Rich Mountain Nursing, Martin Marietta, Sonya Kesterson, Beasley Wood Funeral Home, Brother Ron Tilley, and to Ouachita Regional Hospice for helping care for our grandmother during this time. Again, thank you all so much for praying and helping us during this most difficult time. Sincerely, The Family of
Sierra Nicole Sanders
David Lee B yrd, age 6 4, of V andervoort, Arkansas, left to be with the Lord on Monday,
brother, PawPaw Gramps, Gumps, and PopPop to us all. There will be an invitation only Memorial Service at a later date.
WILLIAM DUNCAN WARREN William Duncan “B ill” Warren, age 6 9, of B lack Springs, passed away F riday, August 2 5 , 2 0 17 . He was born March 2 6 , 1948 in B lack Springs, the son of William Granville Warren and Opal Carter Warren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Gwen Weibl. He was a retired carpenter and farmer and member of Murphy B aptist Church. He was a U nited States N avy Seabee veteran of the V ietnam War. He is survived by his wife, Marcie Warren of B lack Springs; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Michael B awden of V andervoort and Michelle and Jason B ailey of Cove; his step-daughter,
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V anessa Horn of Murfreesboro; his step-son, Ryan K . Horn of Caddo Gap; his niece, Jayden F ant of B lack Springs; his siblings and their spouses, Honnus and Linda Warren of Acorn, Patsy Warren Manley of B lack Springs, K enny and Donnah Warren of B lack Springs and Debbie and Robby Robbins of Mount Ida; his grandchildren and their spouses, David and Lori B aker, Cody and Taylor B aker, K oda B ailey, K ala Harwood and Caleb B elknap, Michael B awden, III, Shaylia Morris Horn, Jacee Watson, Damion Watson, Z ayden Horn, Hayden Horn, Alexis Watson, Matthew B our and Jonathan N ickelson; three great-grandsons, K aden B aker, K amden B aker and Jagger B aker; his sister-in-law, B ridgett F ant; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ronnie and Sherri Chambers; and his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends. Services were at 10 : 0 0 a.m., Monday, August 2 8, 2 0 17 , in the Davis-Smith F uneral Home Chapel, Glenwood, with B ro. James “Cub” Black officiating. Military honors were conducted by the U nited States N avy Honor Guard. V isitation was Sunday, 6 : 0 0 p.m. 8: 0 0 p.m., at the funeral home. Interment will be in Murphy Cemetery. Pallbearers were Honnus Warren, K enny Warren, Michael B awden, Michael Watson, Travis F ryar, and Q uirino Morales. Honorary pallbearers were his grandsons, his nephews, the nurses and staff of Hospice of Central Arkansas and Dr. Manjusha K ota and staff. Guest registry is at www.davis-smith. com.
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August 30, 2017
Acorn Elementary to Host BEAR Family Night
BY MELANIE WADE email@example.com
cience Education Consultant and Project Wild facilitator, K athy Rusert, has announced that Acorn Schools will coordinate with Arkansas Game and F ish to sponsor a B EAR (B e Excited About Reading) F amily N ight. B e Excited About Reading will be for students in grades K -3 rd and their parents. Participants will rotate through four stations: B ear Habitats in Arkansas, led by AGF C Project Wild Coordinator Pat K nighten; B ear B iology, led by AGF C Education Liason Sheila Connerly; B ear Hunting in Arkansas, led by an AGF C Wildlife Officer; and Bear Den, which teaches about bear food (crickets, mealworms, honey, teddy Graham, water). Each student will also choose a free book about bears to keep. The event will be held at Acorn Elementary from 6 – 8 p.m. on September 14. F or more information, contact Acorn Elementary.
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ossatot River School District and K -12 Culinary Connection have partnered for the 2 0 17 -2 0 18 school year, and their goal is to provide more choices and better q uality food for your students. Along with these new and tasty options, we are providing a la carte items for high school students like Garorade, water, and chips. Prices for these items are: Gatorade: $ 1.0 0 ; Water: $ 1.0 0 ; Chips: $ 1.0 0 . F or all parents who wish to experience what their children will enjoy on a day-to-day basis, please join us at the Grand Re-Opening for your students’ cafeteria on Wednesday, September 6 th. Cossatot River School District looks forward to serving your students a variety of delicious options everyday this school year.
Jones Inducted into Leadership and Honors Organization S
igma Alpha Lambda is proud to announce that K eeley Jones of Mena, Ark., has recently become recognize d as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, N ational Leadership and Honors Organiza tion at the U niversity of Central Arkansas. Sigma Alpha Lambda is a national leadership and honors organiza tion dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development, and lifelong professional fulfillment.
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McCourtney Accepts Call to Pastor
he writer of Ecclesiastes said, “ F or ev ery t h ing t h ere is a s eas on, and a t im e for ev ery m at t er u nder h eav en. ” Seasons come and go in our lives, some seasons longer than others and some shorter. Our
roles change during certain times of our lives, five years ago I was just a friend, a brother, a son, two years
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ago I became a husband, and not even a year ago I held my daughter for the first time. I am writing this because my season at Pulse Multi-Media is coming to an end and my family and I are moving into a new season
a season of life that we don’t know completely what it will be like, but one that we know our God will
lead us through. Emily,
iley, and I will be moving to Northeast Arkansas where I will serve as a pastor at Success
irst Baptist Church. I wanted to take the time to say thank you to those that it is deserving, but also make some observations about the community that we live in and I have had the privilege of serving. This is by no means an exhaustive list of observations, but rather key ideas that have stood out to me. irst, we live in a unique place that should be cherished. Yes, I am young, but I have travelled all over the United States and I have lived in China, and Mena still holds a special place
“Mena feels like
a community. Things are becoming more and more individualized, but I still feel that Mena is the picture of community. Being that I am a long time resident, I have seen Mena come together in the good and the bad and I would encourage you to continue this tradition.”
in my heart. What I have learned about life is that it is easy to take for granted the blessings that are right in front of you until you no longer have them. Mena is a special place, don’t take it for granted. Secondly, there are truly wonderful people in Polk County that are making a difference in the world. Some of these people receive recognition, but many will go most of their lives anonymous.
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are making a difference. inally, in a world of selfies and trends that only matter if they are on Twitter or acebook, Mena feels like a community. Things are becoming more and more individualized, but I still feel that Mena is the picture of community. Being that I am a long time Mena resident, I have seen Mena come together in the good and the bad and I would encourage you to continue in this tradition. As noted earlier, there are people that I need to say thank you to and it would be unfair for me not to acknowledge my Pulse-Multi Media friends and those in the community I have had the privilege to serve. To Curt, Debbie, Melanie, Mark, Ilana, Emmye, Bevona, and LeAnn; thank you for making my time at the Pulse so enjoyable. So many people go to work each day and will never have the opportunity to work with such a great group of people. I have enjoyed the many laughs and the friendship, thanks for making the Pulse such a great place to work To my customers that I have served; thank you for allowing me toPublication be a small part of what you are doing in the community. It Weekly
has been a privilege serving you and I have learned so much from my interactions with you. inally, I need to acknowledge LeAnn Dilbeck. While I know that she would do everything possible to avoid this attention,
I have to thank her for giving me an opportunity to work somewhere that my love for writing could be used. I would also like to thank LeAnn for her willingness to serve the community in such a humble way and to use the platform she has been given for God’s glory. I have been greatly blessed, I hope that this farewell would only serve to point your eyes to your blessings and teach us to number our days.
MAY JESUS BE BIG, LOGAN MCCOURTNEY
August 30, 2017
Bearcats Set to Host DeQueen for Season Opener U
BY EASTON LEONARD PHOTO COURTESY OF SAMANTHA MAECHLER
nder the faithful leadership of Coach Tim Harper, the Mena B earcats Senior High F ootball team is set to take on the DeQ ueen Leopards to start off the season this F riday, September 1st. Mena comes into this season following a 6 -5 season a year ago in which the team finished th in their conference. Last year, the B earcats lost just four regular season games, but also fell short in their first round playoff game against CAC [ Central Arkansas Christian] . In two of their losses, the B earcats were within four points or less. Heading into 2 0 17 , hootens.com ranks Mena as the 5 th best team in the 7- A, and the 20th best team in the A as a whole. Going into this season, the B earcats are credited with their known experience on the field, including a few three-year starters. Mena’ s Head F ootball Coach Tim Harper said, “The biggest standouts on our team are the three-year starters, Justin Dean, Carson Cannon, and N ick K ent.” Cannon passed for more than 1,5 0 0 PC D perien e on the el is a yards and 19 touchdowns from the q uarterback position last fall and rushed istin t a anta e for this year’s ear ats ear at seniors rin in three years to the ri iron are i k for over 1,0 0 0 yards. ent ake Cauley ustin Dean Carson Cannon Dean, who has received q uite a bit i k Phelps an a h yant of attention from college scouts, ran for 1,2 5 0 yards last season, accumulated 90 0 yards while receiving, and scored a total of 2 5 touchdowns. Multiple D1 programs, including Arkansas State U niversity, the U niversity of Memphis, and the U niversity of Arkansas are all eyeing Dean, as well as several DII schools in the state. Dean will be looked to help carry a significant role on both offense and defense this year for the Bearcats and continue to assume a position of leadership. “He is a great leader for us on the field. He leads by example and that is what we need,” said Harper. Coming into town to take on the B earcats this F riday is DeQ ueen. The Leopards will try to bounce back in 2017 after finishing last season with a 3-7 record. De ueen lost their last four games of the 2 0 16 season and haven’ t made the playoffs since 2 0 11. Heading into this year, hootens.com ranks the Leopards as the 7 th best team in the 5 A South, and just the PC D ina alker aka he ear ats’ i est an is as an ious as 2 7 th best team in the 5 A. other fans for the of ial ear at season to ki k off Expecting the typical faceoff on the gridiron by the Leopards, Harper noted the B earcats’ opponent will be missing a key player, “They lost B randon Hagood to an injury from a car wreck and he is recovering in Little Rock last I heard. He is a great player and he is in our prayers.” Harper said his B earcats will need raz or sharp focus in stopping one key player, “The most difficult thing about playing De ueen is slowing down Hunter Earney. He is an amazing player who tends to always make big plays.” Harper joked, “I am glad he is a senior.” According to F earless F riday, DeQ ueen leads the series 11-5 between the two teams in past history. However, in the past seven years, the DeQ ueen Leopards have won only 18 games combined, while the Bearcats of Mena have won games total. Harper is confident that the Bearcats have a plan this year that will stop the Leopards down in their tracks, “Our keys to victory are we must take care of the football, and limit missed tackles or assignments on defense. We have to be sound in the kicking game.” Mena and De ueen will kickoff at 7:00pm on riday, September 1st, at andall Whorton ield inside Bearcat Stadium. You can follow all the play by play action on O 105.3 M, download the app or catch the stream at MyPulseNews.com.
August 30, 2017
Use it... or lose it O
BY LEANN DILBECK
k, fellow mommies, we are now back into the swing of back to school schedules and I don’ t know about all of you, but it’ s a double-edged sword at my house. The return to routine and schedule, both welcomed … but I think we would all agree, schedules are so very unforgiving. Busyness seems to take over and so many are bustling children from school, practices, rehearsals, parties, games, youth group and somehow, fitting in work, grocery shopping, laundry, the pharmacy, bank, cleaners, and everything else in between. It’ s so easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing and before you know it, you’ re caught up in this comparison game, regardless of whether you even have the time or the finances to pull it all off. or me, there was a period of time when my children were smaller, that when I watched other mommies and families, I always felt like I was coming up short. I’ d try to do more and with too much already on my plate, that only led to me feeling more like I kept coming up short. More life experience and maturity helped to break the cycle. I just completed a study on the parable of talents from Matthew 2 5 that gave me such a new perspective on this passage of scripture that I’ ve read so many times before. And, to sum it up very briefly, use it or lose it, ladies He’s gifted us all in different ways and appreciating each others giftings rather than playing the comparison game (aka reckless pursuit of perfection) will benefit His kingdom so much more and He will abundantly bless our efforts. Perfection is a lie and a deception from the Enemy. Plain and simple truth He doesn’t bestow “talents” upon us for us to stuff in a box to keep safe He needs us to use them When He can trust us with a little, He will bless us with much and despite the risk, it’s worth it Dr. David C. Steinmetz once said, “ T h ere is no res p ons ib l e u s e of t h e g ift s of God wh ich does not inv ol v e t ak ing ris k s . T h at is a t h eol og ical p oint reins t at ed in t h e s ay ing s of J es u s , b u t it is al s o t ru e of h u m an g rowt h and dev el op m ent in g eneral t h at it h ardl y s eem s t o req u ire t h eol og ical el ab orat ion. [ … ] I nev er es t ab l is h a friends h ip u nt il I am wil l ing t o b e reb u ffed b y s om eone wh os e g oodwil l and es t eem I des p erat el y l ong t o h av e. I can nev er g ain m ore u nt il I am wil l ing t o l os e t h e l it t l e I al ready h av e. ” If we shift our focus from trying to observe and make sure we measure up to all the other mommies around us and realiz e that we are investing more into our families by focusing on the talents in which we’ ve been entrusted with, the dividends will have eternal payout and earnings. Seem risky? Maybe. B ut in not doing so, we forego an abundance of blessings and overflowing peace. I don’t know about you but that’s not a risk I’m willing to take OLK OUNTY IRTHS AT ENA EGIONAL EALTH YSTEM When we realize that God has specifically designed us with gifts and talents, we Alisha Humprey, of Mena, is the proud mother of a baby girl, born on no longer look at our personalities and skills as LESSE , but as gifts of grace. August 21st. So, my dear sweet fellow mommies, let us not get consumed investing in temporary gains that build only our egos, but invest our efforts in those with eternal reKylee Dollarhyde and Marvin McVey, of Mena, are the proud parents of wards a baby girl, born on August 22nd.
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Amanda and Edward Sorel, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on August 23rd. Teri and Robin Lehnerd, of Hatﬁeld, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on August 23rd. Rebecca and Cody Bailey, of DeQueen, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on August 24th. Jessica Sparks and Devin Ward, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on August 24th.
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Annual Jewell Reunion
The annual Jewell Reunion will be held on September 2nd, 2017 at the First Baptist Church at Vandervoort, AR starting at 11:30am until ?. Potluck will be served beginning at 12:00pm. Bring your favorite dish and come join in for food, fellowship, famil, fun and friends.
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Brenda Huff - Counting Her Blessings F
BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY
or years, families and friends gathered to sit on the porch. Nothing official happened, just people talking, sharing life, love, and laughter. In a fast paced life that is always pulling people in many directions, it becomes hard to sit down and enjoy these things. Brenda Huff still starts everyday on the porch, drinking coffee and listening to the birds as she looks over her family’s farm counting her blessings. Brenda has been a hard worker her entire life, but is now enjoying the slower pace of retirement, which she admits wasn’t easy at first. Her husband, Jerry, told her he thought she may not actually like retirement, “It was really hard to retire. Jerry told me that he wasn’t sure I would like it because I was used to working. Well, it didn’t take me long to enjoy,” smiles Brenda. Growing up, Brenda always heard from her dad that ‘you work a good days work for a good days pay’ and she lived by that. Many would know Brenda from her almost 20 years of working at the Polk County Health Department, where she was the administrator for 11 years. Before going to the Health Department, Brenda worked a wide range of jobs, US Motors now Nidec for nine years, she stayed at home with her kids for a time, she and Jerry built chicken houses, and even started a trucking business. Going to work at the Health Department was a ‘God thing’. “We were able to sell the chicken house in one month and then I received a call about an opening at the Health Department because the clerk quit. They asked if I wanted to fill in and answer the phone. Nineteen years later and I was still working there,” Brenda says laughing. While Brenda went to the Health Department unsure of how long she might stay, her almost twenty years was a special time serving the people of Polk County, “There were such wonderful people that I got to meet and I am grateful for my time serving.” Little did Brenda know that some of the most fulfilling work she would ever participate in would be with other public servants, “There are so many great public servants here. We are extremely blessed.” During her time at the Health Department, Brenda had the privilege of serving Polk County citizens in a variety of ways including providing care after the tornado of 2009. “There was so much debri on the ground and people were stepping on nails and other things. We received permission and we walked around with an ice chest with tetnis so we could give shots,” says Brenda. The Health Department provides a wide range of services and as a result there is such a diversity of people who walk through the doors daily, “I always enjoyed seeing the different people. There were so many different people from different walks of life all coming in so that we could help them.” One of the highlights of her time there was when the Health Department started providing flu clinics in the local schools. As many know, flu season can be a dangerous time for students and families as so many are exposed. “I was so thankful to be a part of the flu clinics. We were able to see the flu cut down because of taking these clinics to the students and providing the service. I was beyond thankful for the school’s cooperation, the teachers and administration, and especially the nurses,” Brenda says smiling. A cup of coffee, the birds singing, and a cool breeze are now the sights and sounds that Brenda enjoys each day as she starts another adventure in retired living. “The first couple of weeks were so hard learning how to rest and relax, but oh how I love it now. I love sitting on the back porch each morning, I probably spend too much time back here,” Brenda says with a big grin. etirement has provided a time for Brenda to count her blessings and enjoy the simple things around the farm. “After retiring I learned how to drive the tractor and I started feeding the cows. Jerry and I used to split the lawn mowing, but that is my chore now. It has really just been so much fun and fulfilling. I absolutely love it.” In addition to working around the farm, Brenda loves to spend time with her kids and grandkids. Like any grandmother, her grandkids are the apple of her eye. “I am beyond blessed to have the life I have and the family that I do. I just feel so fulfilled,” B renda says fondly. Brenda has an attitude and outlook that challenges us in the busyness that we find ourselves in to always number our days and count our blessings. “I like my times in the morning on the porch, I look over the farm and at the mountains and I just smile at what God has done.”
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Friends and Company - Serving the Community P
BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY
eople go to hair salons to have their hair styled, cut, and colored. Some may go to receive a manicure or pedicure. B ut for many, it’ s a social experience and the public hub for small talk, sipping coffee, and sharing stories. F riends and Company Salon in Mena is more than a place to receive a haircut, the salon is a place to come where people care and love to serve their community. Candace Thompson, owner of F riends and Company, loves the salon and the people that her and the other stylists have the opportunity to serve. “I just love, love, what I’ m doing and this is the only place I would want to be,” Candace says smiling. B efore buying the salon in 2 0 0 8, Candace worked alongside long time stylist and U ARM Cosmetology Director Tonya B oydstun. “I learned so much from Tonya. I learned how to run a hair salon, but more than anything I learned how to care about people that came through the door,” explains Candace. When she began working with Tonya, Candace had only been in the business for six months, “Tonya hired me and I knew nothing, I was a N ail Technician, but I told her I didn’ t do nails. She said, ‘ you’ re a nail tech and you don’ t do nails? ’ ,” Candace says laughing. While working alongside Tonya and other stylists that had been styling hair for a while, Candace learned principles that she has carried over to today and has made the salon a popular place for people in the community to have their hair done. “I was taught that everyone that comes through the door receives a greeting. Even if somebody accidentally walked into the wrong place, we want everyone to know they are welcome and we are excited they are here,” says Candace. F or some, the hair salon is a place to come and talk and visit about the things going on in life, but for others, sitting in the chair may be the first opportunity for rest that day. Candace and the other stylists at riends and Company focus on each person and their individual needs when they come in. “We realize that for some people they want to come and talk the whole time and we will do that. There are some people who have come in and are so worn out from their day and so we welcome them and then allow for them to enjoy the q uiet moments,” explains Candace. The girls at F riends and Company believe that their greatest opportunity each day is to serve the people of Polk County. “I feel that as a nail tech and a stylist that this is what I was put here to do; to serve people with my hands. I think that a salon should be a natural place for service. We want to be a place where people can come and feel loved and have their needs met,” Candace says smiling. When clients walk through the doors, they are greeted with a warm welcome and offered a cup of coffee. “When a client comes in, we want them to know they are the most important person. That is why I love pedicures because I can sit and just listen to our clients and give them the attention they deserve,” remarks Candace. People that come to F riends and Company will notice a calming and peaceful environment with stylists that are energetic about their job. “We love being with our clients and we try to be personable and make sure they know they are welcome here,” Candace says explaining the salon atmosphere. Serving the community is important to everyone at F riends and Company. One of the ways they have served the community the last couple of years is giving free back to school haircuts for kids. “I have kids and grew up in a family with several kids so I know how expensive back to school can be. B y the time you buy school supplies and a couple of new clothes, it can all add up.” The last two years F riends and Company has offered back to school haircuts for kids as a practical way to serve Mena. In the process, they have been able to serve many families and put smiles on children’ s faces in the process. “This year we were cutting boys hair and they asked if we could put lines and designs in their hair. We did it and they thought it was the best! Then every boy that came in wanted something similar, it was a lot of fun,” says Candace smiling. Each stylist loves being a part of the community where they serve people because each time they see someone they have served it brings a smile to their face. “Our community gives so much to us and we want to give back to our wonderful community,” says Candace. F riends and Company is a full service salon offering cuts, colors, perms, styles, and waxing. The salon also offers nail services, including gel and acrylic nails, and pedicures and manicures. F riends and Company is located at 110 0 Highway 7 1 N # F in Mena. Walk ins are welcome, for more information about services provided, call 47 9-3 94-0 813 .
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Thursday, 8/31 • 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. am otary Clu of ena Polk County meets at Papa’s Mexican Caf . 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. pm th Street inistries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the 9th Street Ministries building. • 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 omen’s meeting at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass
• THE CALL will have an informational meeting for perspective foster families on September 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Jeff and Pat Flanigan at 1134 Crescent Drive in Mena. For questions call Pat Flanigan at 479-234-6286. • S ER will have a potluck dinner on September 7 in the Union 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.
and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. Friday, 9/1 • 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. • 9:00 a.m. – The Polk County Election Commission will meet in the Courthouse Conference Room to test election materials for upcoming School Election. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. pm he ions eetin s 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. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 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, 9/2 • 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. • 11:30 a.m. – The Annual Jewell Reunion will be held at First Baptist Church in Vandervoort. Potluck at 12 p.m. Bring favorite dish. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fibers Arts Group meets at Mena Art Gallery. pm S Support roup 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. 479-2430297 or 479-216-4606. Sunday, 9/3 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Deramus Reunion will be held at McMillan Park. • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 3:00 p.m. – Sulphur Springs Church worship at Sulphur Springs. pm nite etho ist outh Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. on ay • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. pm ena Se enth 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. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Potter RVFD meeting at the Fire Station. • 7:00 p.m. – Acorn RVFD meeting will be at the Fire House. pm ena m lem Clu meets at the Elks Lodge. Tuesday, 9/5 • 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 United 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 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 Hatel ran h i rary 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. – Sons of Confederate Veterans meet at the Limetree Restaurant for their monthly meeting. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for the families of addicts and alcoholics will meet at the ABC Club. • 7:00 p.m. – Dallas Valley RVFD meets for training at the Fire House. • 7:00 p.m. – Acorn Fire & Rescue meets at the Fire Department. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th Port Arthur. 479-2342887 or 479-234-3043. Wednesday, 9/6 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. - The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in Hatfield, Wickes, Grannis, Vandervoort, Cove, and Mena. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library is open. 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 East. • 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church offers Discovery Kids Kindergarten Thru 5th Grade Collide Youth Ministry 6th Thru 12th Grades and Adult Bible Study. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at Grace Bible Church, 1911 Hwy 71 N. Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297.
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the funds, totaling 1 ,952.3 . The funds will be used to rehabilitate a city-owned hangar at the Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport. MSBI was approved as the low bid on the project, which is expected to begin soon. red Ogden, Manager of Mena Airport, said the airport is fortunate to have been awarded the grant and that the City of Mena approved the funding. “It is also noteworthy that the grant funds are generated by taxes on aviation fuel and the sale of airplanes in Arkansas. So, taxes on aviation activities are being plowed right back into our local airport. The Arkansas Department of Aeronautics (ADA) does this very efficiently,” said Ogden. The grant was applied for about a year ago and Ogden explained that one more grant was awarded this year to another airport that had applied two years ago, proving how hard they are to attain. “Also, we were fortunate to have been awarded a grant for this large of an amount,” he continued. “Most of the recent grants awarded by the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics have only been about one-third of the amount of our award. This speaks to the fact that the hangar truly is in need of repair.” The hangar the grant was received for was built in the early 1980s and has begun to rust through in places and is showing its age in other areas. The hangar is currently occupied by a business that is new to Mena Intermountain Airport, Northwest Arkansas Avionics (NWAA). They began renting the hangar in spring 2017 but have been located elsewhere on the field waiting on the repairs. “They are an AA certified repair station and provide a vital service to the aviation community at large and to the other repair and maintenance operations on our field. We are fortunate to have NWAA as tenants and are pleased the State has made this money available to us,” Ogden said in closing. The newest project continues the expansion and growth of Mena’s airport that has occurred over the last few years. With its sizable workforce, payroll, and travelers passing through, the airport generates a very positive economic impact to the local community. The airport currently has 18-20 hangars, with most filled with businesses, providing around 300 jobs for community members. Mena Airport Commissioner Jeff Montgomery added, “Ninety-five percent of all dollars that are brought into the airport by outsiders is spent in the local economy, generating a constant income to our economy. The value of our airport is huge.” And with their 0-year Master Plan in place and new developments being seen on a consistent basis, the value of the airport will continue to be seen and felt in the community.
Paint the Ouachitas
SUBMITTED BY BARBARA LEWIS
nown for it’s natural beauty and diversity of foliage and wildlife, Polk County has been officially named by the Arkansas Parks and Tourism as a Plein Air Center. The term, “Plein Air” refers to artists who work outdoors in the “ resh Air” as opposed to a studio. Artists gather from across the United States to paint together, network and learn in organized gatherings. It’s a fun occasion for everyone from the beginner artist to professionals. Skills and techniques are shared, while friendships are made. SouthWest Artists, Inc, and the Mena Art Gallery will sponsor their 3rd Annual Paint The Ouachita’s Paint Out in connection with their two annual National Art Shows. These premier shows often include painting done by skilled artists in a Plein Air setting, competing with and against some of the top artists in the United States and Canada for attractive cash prizes. irst of the two national shows is the Small Works National Competition. Eighty-five carefully selected, small paintings will be shown during the month of September. The show opens with a private awards ceremony and reception in which a Silent Auction of unique items will be sold. Members and guests are invited to attend. New members registering during the reception will receive a special 1 -month membership, as opposed to the usual 12. More information is available at the Mena Art Gallery, 07 Mena Street, or by phoning 79-39 -3880. ollowing in October is the most professional show of the season, the National Art of the Heartland Competition, bringing art to our community that rivals pieces seen in the most professional galleries. More information will follow. This is an exciting and inspirational show you won’t want to miss. This year Paint the Ouachitas will include two separate days, on two varied locations, with lunch furnished each day. The dates are September 30 and October 1, 2017. egistration may be done through the Mena Art Gallery or online here: http: www.theartoftheheartland.com theform.php. The locations include a 00 acre cattle ranch through which the Ouachita iver flows with picturesque mountain views, outbuildings, fields, woods and, of course, cattle. Next the artists will gather at ueen Wilhelmina State Park, affording everything from mountain views and wooded trails, to a steam locomotive and rustic stone buildings. Everyone is invited to take advantage of this annual experience. Come join the fun.
OLT Wednesday Night at the Lyric Presents “The Nutty Professor” January 6, 2016 O
uachita Little Theatre has chosen the second free film feature to play at the Lyric Theatre. “The Nutty Professor” will be shown at :30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, at the OLT. This movie is free to Theatre members and anyone interested in art appreciation through film. This 19 3 comedy classic featuring Jerry Lewis was chosen by OLT in honor of the so-called “ ing of Comedy,” who passed away on August 20, 2017, at age 91. Lewis is world famous for being an innovative filmmaker, comedian, and fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. His humanitarian efforts made him a legend in his own time by raising close to a billion dollars over the decades for children affected by this horrible disease through his annual Labor Day Telethons. Many Polk County residents also remember watching the comedy duo of Lewis and (Dean) Martin who were extremely popular during the mid-20th century. He made his first film in 19 9. Lewis often wrote, produced, and directed the movies in which he starred. Mena resident uby . Manis was a costumer in Hollywood for over twenty years. She worked with Jerry Lewis during the filming of a movie entitled “Cracking Up” in 1982, along with Milton Berle and Sammy Davis, Jr. She describes Lewis as very warm, personable, funny, and a selfless person. “I loved Jerry, he was so good to the crew on our film. And he gave great hugs. I will miss his talent and his generous spirit.” Jerry Lewis, Francine York, and “The Nutty Professor” is widely considered to be Lewis’ best film, having Mena resident Ruby K. Manis on the been selected by the US National ilm egistry. The Library of Congress, set of “Cracking Up”, August 1982. who makes these film selections, describes the movies chosen to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” to our society. This comedy doubtless has influenced US popular culture, particularly during the 19 0’s. The plot is a parody of obert Louis Stevenson’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Lewis’ character, Professor Julius elp, is a socially awkward professor who invents a serum that turns him into a handsome, suave, and sophisticated charmer known as Buddy Love. Most of the best laughs come when the serum wears off at inopportune times, and those watching the film will see the comic genius of Jerry Lewis most definitely at work in those scenes. OLT only chooses films that have had an impact on the lives of local people and the art form of moviemaking. Please join your friends at the Lyric for an evening honoring a well-loved comedy icon. You are sure to leave the theatre feeling refreshed, entertained, and most likely in a better mood than when you came in. And of course, the concession stand is open for popcorn, your favorite candy, and soft drinks at the bargain price of 1 per item. Admission to the movie is free, but donations are always appreciated. Bring the whole family and have a great time at Wednesday Night at the Lyric
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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 20, 2017 A Mena woman reported that her husband had gotten drunk and was verbally abusive. When officers arrived, the man had left the area. No charges were filed. A local woman reported that someone had stolen the battery from her vehicle. Case is pending location and interview of suspect. August 21, 2017 A local man was taken to the local hospital when family members notified authorities that he was suicidal. The man was cooperative. August 22, 2017 No reports on file. August 23, 2017 Alexia Rivera, 25, of Mena was charged with public intoxication after officers were called to a local neighborhood. Kyle A. Woody, 22, Elijah Kienitz, 19, Rachel Renee Wolf, 19, David Daniel Heard, 30, all of Mena, were all arrested on outstanding failure to appear to pay fines and court costs warrants. A local woman reported having been attacked by her boyfriend. He had since left the area. She declined to pursue charges. August 24, 2017 Kia Marie Cottman, 30, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to pay fines and court costs. Roger Burton, 28, of Hatfield was charged with driving on a suspended driver’s license and having no proof of liability insurance on his vehicle. August 25, 2017 Clifton Dover, 61, of Mena was charged with driving on a suspended driver’s license and having no proof of insurance on his vehicle. August 26, 2017 Keelan Baucom, 21, of Mena was charged with public intoxication after an incident at a local drive-in restaurant. Polk County Sheriff’s Department August 21, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 42 near Potter of damage done to a fence, totaling losses at $200.00. Investigation continues. Report from a Mena woman that her adult grandson is missing. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 681 near Cherry Hill of the receipt of suspicious items in
the mail. Investigation continues. Arrested was Kevin A. Gigliotti, 29, on a Sevier County Warrant. August 22, 2017 Arrested was John D. Westfall, 22, of Mena, on four Warrants for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Report from complainant on Polk 107 near Acorn of the theft of lumber, valued at $500.00. Investigation continues. Arrested was Blake D. Loyd, 23, of Watson, OK, on a Warrant for Felony Failure to Appear. Report from complainant on Highway 88 East near Yocana of the break-in and theft of sporting equipment, valued at $400.00. Investigation continues. August 23, 2017 Arrested was Tanner L. Milham, 19, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear. Report from walk-in complainant of a physical disturbance. Complainant refused to press charges. Request for a welfare check on Heritage Lane near Hatfield. Report of a disturbance on Polk 45 near Shady Grove. Deputies responded. Report from complainant on Polk 256 near Wickes of an earlier disturbance. Deputy responded. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Daniel I. Tinajero, 20, of Dequeen, on Charges of Faulty Equipment, Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance, Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. August 24, 2017 Report from complainant on Rock Creek Lane near Potter of the theft of tools and building materials, all valued at $4,535. Investigation continues. Arrested by an officer with Arkansas Probation/Parole was Zackery W. Benson, 24, of Mena, on Warrants for Failure to Appear, Failure to Comply with a Court Order, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and a Body Attachment Warrant. August 25, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 14 near Vandervoort of being harassed by an acquaintance. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Arrested was Brandon W. Rose, 19, of Mena, on three Warrants for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Arrested was Lane M. Keene, 18, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Arrested was Trevor A. Mckinley, 46, of Haughton, LA, on Charges of Reckless Driving, Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License, Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance and Possession of Meth or
Cocaine. August 26, 2017 Report of a one vehicle accident on Polk 50 near Potter led to the arrest of Alan K. Rector, 42, of Mena, on Charges of Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance, Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Report of a sawmill on fire on Polk 29 near Hatfield, causing $2,300.00 in damages. Investigation continues into the origin of the fire. Report from complainant on Stevenson Drive in Wickes of the theft of a phone, prescription medication and cash, all valued at $940.00. The phone was later returned to the owner. The complainant refused to press charges. Report from complainant on Polk 18 near Cove of the theft of electronics, valued at $35.00. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 32 near Cove of the theft of a vehicle, valued at $3,000.00. Investigation continues. Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Mark A. Blehm, 24, of Mena, on a Charge of DWI. August 27, 2017 Traffic stop on Highway 71 near Mena led to Citations for Failure to Obey a Traffic Light and No Proof of Insurance being issued to Caleb L. Wright, 20, of Holdenville, OK. Report from complainant on Pellet Lane
near Mena of damage to a gate and post, totaling losses at $150.00. Investigation continues. Traffic stop in Hatfield led to the arrest of William A. Byrum, 26, of Hatfield, on Charges of DWI and Failure to Use a Turn Signal. Also arrested was Lacie L. Howell, 41, of Mena, on a Charge of Disorderly Conduct. Report of a one vehicle accident on Polk 37 near Potter resulted in Citations for Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License and Careless/Prohibited Driving being issued to Sandra J. Murphy, 27, of Hatfield. Traffic stop on West Barton Street in Cove led to the arrest of Stanley D. Plumley, 45, of Cove, on Charges of Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance not Meth or Cocaine with Purpose to Deliver, Possession of a Schedule IV/V Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver, Possession of Meth or Cocaine with Purpose to Deliver, Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Arrested was Lawrence E. Houser, 30, of Wickes, on Charges of Terroristic Threatening 2nd Degree and Disorderly Conduct. Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked one vehicle accident this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 21 Incarcerated Inmates, with 8 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.
Moments from America’s History: Reflections on Labor Day
CONTRIBUTED BY JEFF OLSON
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In 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a bill making Labor Day a national holiday. Ever since, it has symbolically served to remind us of the importance and place of labor in the lifeblood of our nation. While many of us will enjoy a day off from work, there are those for whom Labor Day is just another (and perhaps busier) Monday on the job. It is for you that this article is dedicated most. On September 5, 1892 when the first Labor Day Parade was held in New York City, it was a time that workers called attention to workplace problems brought on by the Industrial Revolution - issues such as 14-hour workdays, very low wages, and child labor. Some leaders in America, such as Samuel Gompers, saw the importance of labor through the value of the laborer, believing that the laborer was more than a mere producing machine. They wanted a better life for the American worker, which actually reflected a major part of the American dream, and they knew that part of this life should include a better work environment, reasonable work hours, and other considerations which would reflect the inherent value of those who make the wheels of our great nation turn day in and day out. Subsequently, laws supporting and protecting the American worker came to be. A good example was the first child labor law in the U.S., passed by Congress 101 years ago this week. Labor, for many of us, amounts to little more than something that has to be done in order to survive and hopefully prosper. While this is certainly the crux of why we work in the first place, maybe a more in-depth look at Labor Day can offer a renewed and perhaps more rewarding perspective of our work - our labor. Countless moments in America’s history consisted of work - work rooted in and necessitated for the function and proliferation of the family and dependent upon individual freedom and private property rights. These were instrumental to America’s founding and her strength and duration and reflected the personal virtue, self-reliance, and initiative of her people. Some of that labor lead to technological and scientific innovation and progress, much of which improved our quality (and quantity) of life, and it propelled America to the pinnacle of economic independence and world leadership. This didn’t happen overnight nor did it even originate in America. The greatest man who ever lived spent most of His life engaged in manual labor. The Christian apologist Justin Martyr said that during his lifetime in Galilee in the second-century, it was still common to see farmers using plows made by the carpenter Jesus of Nazareth. Evidently he did his job well and for the right reasons, exemplifying what the Bible teaches in 1 Corinthians 10:31 and Colossians 3:17. During the Middle Ages, the guild movement grew out of the Church. It set good standards for workmanship and encouraged members to develop a strong work ethic and to take satisfaction in the results of their labor. It was through the Protestant Reformation that a vocation, whether or not one within the Church, came to be understood as an integral part of a person’s life of faith and obedience through which God could be pleased and honored. Thus the phrase, The Protestant Work Ethic. That “Ethic” came to define much of the American character and inspired the evolvement of labor from little more than a necessity to an avenue where men and women were free to fulfill their identity and destiny; to invent, to discover, to shape, to heal, to teach, to bring order out of disorder- and yes, to take on the equally important, but often thankless mundane behind-the scenes tasks as well. In his book “The Call,” theologian Os Guinness reminds us that even the humblest work is important to God if done for His glory. Author Dorothy Sayers reminds us that “Christianity demands that all work should be done in a Christian way – Christianity proclaims that all work, all that is well done, can and should help to validate our relationship with God and may be offered to Him in worship.” She wrote that work was ‘redemptive’, not in the sense that it is a means of earning salvation, but in the sense that the incarnation of Christ has redeemed all departments of life, investing them with intrinsic spiritual value. Appropriating ourselves of the spiritual value inherent in life’s ordinary and routine things is one way that we work out our salvation. As we approach Labor Day 2017, we can realize that it is not the absence of labor we should celebrate, but rather the fundamental personal and cultural value of labor and the worth and dignity of the laborer. Whatever work we do, provided it’s honest and credible in its purpose and beneficial in its goal, may it: be accomplished with dedication and pride, be characterized by excellence, bring respect to our family and a legacy to be passed on to future generations, contribute to success for our employer, provide strength to our community and nation, and above all else - honor and please the God who designed, created, and purposed us for it.
January 6, 2016
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