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Mena Fire Dept. Announces Smoke Alarm Program BY MELANIE WADE •



The Mena Fire Department has been awarded a grant to install 100 smoke alarms in low-income and fixed-income homes within their district. The Community Fire Prevention Grant was received from the Arkansas Fire Prevention Commission and covers the cost of the smoke alarms and their installation by fire department personnel. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

Veterans Welcome Assistance of Boy Scouts with National Flag Holidays BY MELANIE WADE • Community service is a fundamental core of the Boy Scouts of America, and when combined with the dedication of a few veterans, their service is invaluable to the communities in which they live. Such is the case with the local American Legion Flag Program, which is run by a group of volunteer veterans, who provide flag services on national flag holidays. They are soley reCONTINUED ON PAGE 7

Lions Learn About UnXplained BY MELANIE WADE • Orville Murphy, owner of Board Camp Crystal Mine with his wife Cheryl, recently spoke to the Mena Lions Club of the phenomena happening on their property, which has sparked a TV segment, internet radio broadcasts, and investigators from around the country have traveled to see for themselves. Murphy explained that since February, he, Cheryl, and her CONTINUED ON PAGE 8


THE LUKE AND DEEDEE ALSTON FAMILY, of Holly Springs Homestead, were named the Arkansas Farm Family of the Year, Thursday, December 7, in ceremonies held at the Wyndham Riverfront in North Little Rock. This is a historical win for Polk County, the first time in 70 years that a Polk County family has received this prestigious honor. SEE OUR SPECIAL SECTION HONORING THE ALSTON FAMILY ON PAGES 13-20.

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Avants Group Hosts Open House BY MELANIE WADE •

vants Group Living Center held Open House on Friday, December 8, to allow visitors to meet their residents and staff and to see what services they provide. Avants is a branch of the Polk County Developmental Center and is led by Director Stephanie Moore. The facility has been in the same location Tammy and Julianna are two of Avants’ residents and consider themselves best friends. The pair sported Christmas attire for since it’s opening day, the Open House and gladly welcomed visitors at the door. more than 30 years ago. Two of their current residents have lived their since they opened and enjoy the quality of life and somewhat independent living they have at the facility. In total, nine women live in the home and some participate in PCDC programs, such as education and work programs, while others have reached retirement age. The staff at Avants assists in daily activities as well as taking them to doctor and dentist appointments. “We take them to the beauty shop. We have a couple of ladies that go to the library. Once in a while, we take them all out to dinner. If they want to go somewhere special, we try to work the schedule where that can happen,” Moore explained. Avants Group Living Center is located at 210 Bullion Street in Mena. For more information, give them a visit, or call 479-394-4040.

Pulse Donates to Special Olympics BY MELANIE WADE • Pulse Multi-Media recently participated in a pumpkin carving contest amongst the staff. The winner was chosen via viewers votes on Facebook. Emmye Rowell’s owl design won to hearts of the viewers. As a result, the losers donated to the winner’s charity of choice. Rowell, pictured right, chose Area 14 Special Olympics. The donation was received by Area 14 Director Elizabeth Thompkins, pictured left.

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MHS JAG Student attends National Student Leadership Academy M BY MELANIE WADE •

ena High School student Trey Brown earned the honor to participate and compete in the Math Skills Competition and Leadership Academy at the 21st Annual 2017 JAG National Student Leadership Academy (NSLA) held in Washington, D.C. on November 29-December 1, 2017. Brown participates in the JAG Program in the Mena High School Senior Program where Karen Purvis is the JAG Specialist. To be invited to compete and participate in the NSLA, Brown previously placed 3rd in the math skills competition at the JAG State Leadership Conference that was held in October 2017. This year the NSLA was held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport. The 2017 NSLA attracted the largest number of delegates ever to attend the conference (over 800 JAG students from across the country). The NSLA delegates were able to experience extraordinary leadership development, teaming, problem solving, recognition, and patriotic values activities during the three day conference. Purvis said, “The students showed a great deal of enthusiasm, energy, and excitement for the variety of leadership experiences, networking with business leaders, Governors, National and State Congress members, JAG students from across the country, exploring the Nation’s Capital, competing in three competitive events, being away from home for the first time, and experiencing Washington, D.C. Congratulations to Trey Brown for his outstanding success.”

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ealthy Connections, Inc., has recently been awarded $22,405.00 from the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation. The large grant will be used to purchase needed dental equipment to serve HCI patients in the local area. The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation, the 501c3 nonprofit arm of Delta Dental, has given an average of $3 million in each of the last three years to support organizations, programs, and initiatives designed to improve access to better oral care services for individuals and families, including: free and low cost dental clinics; community water fluoridation; school-based dental services; oral health education programs; and dental school scholarships and loan repayment programs. “Oral disease is almost entirely preventable and curable. By investing in dental education, prevention and treatment, we are ensuring a better future for all,” stated the Foundation in a press release. For more information on their services or to make an appointment, contact Healthy Connections at 479-437-3449.

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PCHA Honors Employees

Recently two Polk County Housing Authority employees, Jeanne Mabry and Walter Frost, received awards. Mabry has been employed with PCHA since September 1996 and received a 20-year service award at the NAHRO Fall Conference in Eureka Springs. The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials is a professional membership organization with more than 19,000 members in the housing and community development field. NAHRO members rise to the challenge of addressing the needs of income-challenged people and improving their neighborhoods. Mabry is the HUD Rental Assistance Manager and Assistant Executive Director for PCHA. In addition to her regular duties, she updates and maintains the Policies and Procedures Manuals for both, Rental Assistance and Public Housing, as well as many other duties. Frost has been employed with the PCHA since March 2009. He received the Chris Wood Award at the Fall Maintenance Meeting in Hot Springs. The Chris Wood Award is a prestigious award that is presented to an employee that has made a significant contribution in the areas of improvement of technical performance, enhancement of the resident’s quality of life, and has exhibited performance “above and beyond the call of duty.” Frost certainty embodies the areas, which qualified him for this award. Dixie Shrader, Executive Director for the Housing Authority is thrilled to be able to acknowledge Mabry and Frost for their exemplary service. “The entire staff of the Polk County Housing Authority is dedicated to providing decent and safe living spaces for our residents. We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated and responsible group of employees,” said Shrader.

Gaming Association Donates to Toys for Tots

American Legion Delivers Packages to Area Nursing Homes

American Legion Post 18 Auxiliary recently passed out Christmas gifts to the local nursing homes and assisted living homes, much to the joy of the residents. Auxiliary members pictured are: Back row: Lila Williams, Karla Sims, Rose McClain, Joan Childs, Ethel Glenn. Front row: Post Auxiliary President, Tawana Gilbert, Vera Cary (one of the oldest charter members of Post 18), and Barbara Muilenburg.

Nicholas Worth, president of the Mena Gaming Association, presents Marine Corps League Detachment #1261 Commandant George O’Daniel with a $320 donation for Toys for Tots. The proceeds were gathered during a recent double-elimination tournament held by the Mena Gaming Association, the Mena Game Lounge, and Never Enuff Toys.

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A Sincere “Thank You” Mena

"On behalf of American Legion Post #18 of Mena, we would like to express our thanks to all our local merchants and individuals who support our flag program. We live in a patriotic community of Americans and it shows. We have had a wonderful flag year and are truly appreciative of such a patriotic community. Due to the overwhelming response, we had a shortage of flags on 11 Nov., Veteran’s Day, (our first flag holiday of the new donation year), but that has been corrected and we now have plenty of flags awaiting sponsors. As of this month, we post 141 American Flags in Mena on eight (8) National Flag Holidays at the sponsor’s desired location. There are 114 businesses and individuals sponsoring flags. Thanks once again! Cdr. (USN ret) Bob Lancaster Commander American Legion Post #18 A & B Tire Service / Miner's Tire A-Bear's Den Bed & Breakfast A-DAIR System Aleshire Electric Alvin's Heating & Air ARVEST Bank Auto Repair Center, LLC / Automotive Repair Service Baywash Car Wash Beasley Wood Funeral Home Bill Beam, CPA Bob Keeter, Attorney Bowser Family Funeral Home Branding Iron BBQ & Steakhouse Brodix Chambers Bank Chiquita's Chris Elder Auto Sales Christ Episcopal Church Clarice's Room of Hope Country Express Coventry of Life Family Church Creative Touch Florist Crow-Burlingame Bumper-to-Bumper David Brown, MD DDH 10 Minit Lube Depot Antiques Diamond Bank Don's E-Z Pay, Inc. Dugan Lawn Care & Landscaping

Durable Medical Equipment & Supply Edward Jones & Assoc. Exxon Station / Wendy's / Baskin Robbins Ice Cream First Financial Bank First Presbyterian Church First United Methodist Church Food Fast / Valero Fred's Super Dollar Freedom Pharmacy Gilbert's Hard Rock Drilling Goss Electronics / Radio Shack Grave's Propane H & R Block Herod & Herod, CPA PA Holly Springs Real Estate Jackson Hewitt Tax Services James' Super Save Foods Janssen Park Place B & B K & K Cleaners Karl Cunningham, CPA Kess' Korner Ledbetter Portable Buildings Liles Vision Clinic Lindy's Jewelers Lonita's Maddox & Maddox, Attorneys Martin Tile & Closing Medlin Auto/Insurance Mena Ford

Mena Insurance Agency Mena McDonalds Mena Medical Associates Mena Police Department Mena Regional Health System Mena Spine & Rehab Mena Star Mena Tire Mena Title Company Mike's Home Specialties Mitchell Computer Services Mountain View Clinic Neighborhood Barber Shop (Mark Adams) Nidec Motor Corporation - US Motors OMG! Smartphone & Tablet Repair Orvin W. Foster, Attorney Ouachita Family Practice Page, Thrailkill & McDaniel, Attorneys Papa's Mexican Cafe' Polk County Chamber of Commerce Polk County Developmental Center (PCDC) Polk County Farmer's Co-Op Polk County Prosecuting Attorney Pulse Multi-Media Randy Rainwater, Attorney ReMax / Mena Real Estate Repops Auto Reproductions / MontCo Manufacturing Rich Mountain Electric Co-Op Sanders Moving & Storage

Sear's Hometown Store Select Realty Shelter Insurance Skyline Café Southwest EMS, Inc. Southwest Outdoor Power Space Center Self Storage Splash Car Wash Spurgin's Southern Auto / Parts City St. Agnes Catholic Church State Farm Insurance - George Davis State Farm Insurance - Matt Thomas Subway Sun Country Inn Talk of the Town The Barber Shop (907 Mena Street) The Corner (gasoline station) The Crossing Church The Mercantile Antiques The Office Store Thomas Tax Service Tim's Yamaha / Mena Pawn & Gun / Cycle Parts U-Lock-It Storage United Country Arkansas Properties Walgreen's Pharmacy Washburn's Furniture West-Ark Poultry Wholesale Electrical Supply Yankee Clipper Salon

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If you have served federal active duty in the United States Armed Forces during any of the war eras listed below, and have been honorably discharged or are still serving -- you are eligible for membership in The American Legion. Contact one of the persons below. AUG 2, 1990 TO TODAY (PERSIAN GULF/ WAR ON TERRORISM) • DEC 20, 1989 TO JAN 31, 1990 (OPERATION JUST CAUSE – PANAMA) AUG 24, 1982 TO JUL 31, 1984 (LEBANON/GRENADA) • FEB 28, 1961 TO MAY 7, 1975 (VIETNAM) • JUN 25, 1950 TO JAN 31, 1955 (KOREA) DEC 7, 1941 TO DEC 31, 1946 (WORLD WAR II) • APR 6, 1917 TO NOV 11, 1918 (WORLD WAR I) If you are interested in sponsoring an American flag, or know someone who is, please contact COL. (USA ret) Billy R. Wood at 479-234-1503, Capt. (USN ret) Bob Young at 479-216-5805 or Cdr. (USN ret) Bob Lancaster at 479.394.3006 for more information. All donations are tax exempt.


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Happiness Club Presents Donations


Rose McLain, President of the Hatfield Extension Homemakers “Happiness” Club, presents a donation check (pictured left) from the club to volunteers of the Hatfield library. Pictured left to right: Cathy Taylor, Frieda Romine, Shirley Gross, Rose McLain, and Wanda Tilley. The Happiness Club also presented a donation check from the club to the Cove Library (pictured right). Accepting the check on behalf of the library is Sondra Banham. Pictured left to right: Judy Myres, Mary Bob Hindelang, Evie Brown, Rose McLain, Mollie Thomas, Millie Byrum; seated, Sondra Banham.

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sponsible for displaying flags outside local participating businesses on eight national flag holidays. To date, there are 114 businesses and individuals that participate in the program for a yearly donation, which is used by the American Legion to support youth scholarships for Polk County families as well as provide support for veterans in need of temporary assistance. There are several veterans who participate in the placing of the flags each holiday. They include: Eddie Cross, Don Fretz, Kervin Crochet, Bob Lancaster, Billy Wood, Bob and Peggy Young, Mike and Mary Meier, Ladurl Knight, and L.J. Dugan. The total number of flags to be placed amongst participants is 141. That’s 141 red, white, and blue, ‘Ol Glory flags waving around the city of Mena on each flag holiday. Putting out all of those flags is a large undertaking and requires volunteers Pictured left to right are: Robert Lancaster, Mike Cross, Eddie Cross, Jeremiah Kelley, Jonah Rogan, to get up before daylight, placing flags at 6 a.m. and gathering them again Gabriel Kelley, Riley Cole, Isaiah Kelley, Bob Young, Don Fretz, and Billy Wood. in the evening. The veterans were proud to welcome young volunteers from Mena’s local Boy Scout Troop 92, participated on Pearl Harbor Day. They include: Jeremiah Kelley, Gabriel Kelley, Riley Cole, Isaiah Kelley, and Jonah Rogan. The retired veterans were especially glad to have the extra help as their task has gotten a bit larger since the newly constructed sidewalks line Mena Street. In previous years, there have been holes in the sidewalks for the flags, however, concerns of cracking sidewalks loom with Mena City Council so wooden bases have been constructed to hold the flag poles. “It was really nice to have the extra help with the extra load,” said one veteran. Not only was the help welcomed, the fellowship between the two generations was inspirational to each. The participating Boy Scouts were also treated to breakfast before heading off to school after their community duties were complete. This year is the first year in memory that the program has had a shortage of flags. American Legion Commander Robert Lancaster said, “We live in a patriotic community of Americans and it shows. We have had a wonderful flag year and are truly appreciative of such a patriotic community. Due to the overwhelming response, we had a shortage of flags on November 11th, Pearl Harbor Day, (our first flag holiday of the new donation year), but that has been corrected and we now have plenty of flags awaiting sponsors.” If you would like to become a participating business or individual, see page 5 of this edition for details. There, you will also find details on becoming a member of the American Legion.

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son, Josh, along with hundreds of visitors have experience a mirage of unexplained events that include lights, extraordinary amounts of magnetism, loss of gravity, and floating rocks. Murphy said they would love to hear a scientific explanation of what is happening, but of all the researchers that have tested the site, so far none have offered answers. Researchers include MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network, which is led by renowned scientists, including Chase Kloetzke, a former Bio-mechanical Engineer for the Department of Defense, as well as scientists from the University of Colorado, the University of Utah, individual scientists, former FBI forensic and video analysts, and even the Travel Channel’s team of Josh Gates and crew, who investigated for an episode of Expedition Unknown: The Hunt for Extraterrestrials, which aired in October 2017. Orville Murphy speaks to the Mena Lions Club about Board Cheryl Murphy said that they continue to see Camp Crystal Mine’s unexplained phenomena and their UnXsigns of phenomena, as do their visitors, which plained Tours on Friday, December 8, 2017 led them to launch their “UnXplained Tours”. For tour dates and times, visit their website, “We are meeting more and more people who have experienced something unexplained in their lives, which sets them on a path to find answers. People don’t say much for fear of ridicule, but we are now hosting monthly town hall style meetings at the mine at the Crystal Stage, free of charge and open to the public, for anyone who has an experience to share or just interested. No hecklers allowed as we just want to open up a non-biased, equal platform, upon which we can have a public discussion on the phenomena and share our information openly to hopefully find answers. This is why we have gone public with our own experience and we invite others to share.” The Murphys invite those interested to the Board Camp Crystal Mine the second Sunday of each month from 2-5 pm. “Bring your own chair and bottled water and let’s pool our stories, theories and ideas. It is public knowledge that our area of the state is hyperactive with phenomena and has been for over 100 years. It’s time to get it out in the open,” said Cheryl, referring to data collected by researchers of reports of UFO’s in the area, or even Big Foot, ghosts, and other phenomenon. “Let’s set aside our fears and prejudices, and learn and grow from this,” said Cheryl as she reiterates that open minds and answers are what they seek. “We continue to be amazed, yet we believe God has allowed this for a reason. We trust that good is going to come from this.”


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The smoke alarms come with lithium batteries that have a ten-year life span. “These are ones that last ten years; you don’t have to change the battery out at all,” explained Hankins. It is recommended to change out, not just the batteries of a smoke alarm every ten years, but the device itself. “Even after 15 or 20 years, as long as they still beep, people use them. However, manufacturers warn that the components, such as the ionization sensors, only have a lifespan of ten years. “Sometimes when someone ‘burns the toast’ in their home, the smoke alarm will beep and they will pull the battery out to get it to stop. The problem with that is that they forget to put the batteries back in.” Hankins further explained that the smoke alarms they will install, don’t allow the batteries to be taken out, but they do have a handy button that can be pushed to reset the alarm. The smoke alarms are meant for the low income and elderly who are on fixed incomes. Hankins said the application is short and interested persons should stop by Mena Fire Station Number One at 603 DeQueen Street or for questions, give them a call at 394-1234. “Smoke alarms save lives. They are comparable to seat belts – it’s proven. We’ve actually had cases here in town in the last few years where smoke detectors alerted people and allowed them enough time to get out.”


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................................................................................................................................ mit and wife Allie Summit, Katie Summit 1946 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Les- day December 6, 2017 in Mena. RUBY M. Stanley was born in Baltimore, and McKenzi Summit; nine great-grand- ter Thacker and the late Allene Scott. She CANNON children; brother, Gordon Wheeler Can- was married to the late Johnny Thomp- Maryland on January 14, 1938 to non, Jr.; niece, Bridgett Atkins; nephews, kins. Laverne worked as a CNA for Home the late Stanley Lawrence, Sr. and PETERS Ruby M. Cannon Peters, age 78 of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017 in Mena. Ruby was born in Mena, Arkansas on August 12, 1939 to the late Gordon Cannon and the late Leona Kline Cannon. She worked at Renova Manufacturing for years and also was a loving homemaker for her family. Ruby enjoyed working in her garden and cooking from the bounties of her garden. Ruby also loved working crossword puzzles and watching “Days of Our Life” soap opera. Above all she loved her family and especially her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by all. She is survived by daughters, Lori Gumm and husband Bob Gumm of Mena, Arkansas, Kristi Summit and Scott Liles of Cove, Arkansas; son, Chad Hunter, Sr.; grandchildren, Lindsey Martin and Jeremiah Hexamer, Kasey Brumfield, Bradley Brumfield, Chad Hunter, Jr., Zackery Sum-

Justin and Eric Cannon, and Melton and Darrin Cannon. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon and Leona Cannon, husband, Odell Garrett, brother, Lawrence Ray Cannon, granddaughter, Cassidy Nicole Hunter, and grandson-in-law, Ryan Jones. Graveside services will be Thursday, December 14, 2017, 2:00 p.m. at Corinth Cemetery with Phillip Hatley officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Visitation is general.

LAVERNE THOMPKINS Laverne Thompkins, age 71 of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Friday, December 8, 2017 in Mena. Laverne was born on October 12,

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Health and Hospice, a career she loved. She enjoyed going fishing, dancing, and casinos, with family and friends. Above all she loved family and was very adamant about all people being treated equally. Laverne was a loving and kind mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend to all. She is survived by son, Michael Thompkins and wife Kimberly of Mena, Arkansas; daughters, Connie Watts and husband Steve of Acorn, Arkansas, Melinda Rada and husband Keith of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Reginna, Randell, John, Zane, and Macy - Connie and Steve; Julie, Heather, Alisha, McKenna, Ty and Everleigh - Melinda and Keith; Ashley, Jerad, Tashiana and Mila - Michael and Kimberly; brothers, Thomas Thacker, Rufus Thacker, and Leon Thacker; special Cousin, Thelma Thompkins; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Johnny Thompkins; three brothers, LeRoy Thacker, Bobby Thacker, and Odell Thacker; and a sister, Zelda Thacker. Memorial service will be Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

STANLEY ROBERT LAWRENCE Stanley Robert Lawrence, II, age 79 of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Wednes-

the late Maude Besaw Lawrence. He was married to Constance Francis Baker Lawrence. Stanley truly enjoyed playing bluegrass and country music with friends at the Daisy Room and the local nursing homes for entertainment of people. One of his hobbies was writing songs and music. Stanley was a true-life troubadour and enjoyed life. Above all he loved and enjoyed his family and friends. Stanley was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend. He will be dearly missed by all. He is survived by wife, Constance Francis Lawrence of the home; sons, Stanley Lawrence, III, and wife Candy of Artemas, Pennsylvania, Joseph Lawrence of Glen Burnie, Maryland, Charles Lawrence of Maryland; daughters, Rose Ridemour of Maryland, Robin Rennix and husband Derrick of Ridgley, West Virginia, Alecia Neil and husband Lenny of Benton, Maryland, Vicki Williams and husband Dustin of Dustin of Clearville, Pennsylvania; brother, Phillip Lawrence; sister, Sandra Butterfield; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Wayne Lawrence, Donnie Lawrence, and Louie Lawrence. Funeral service will be Friday, December 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel with Jonathan Crouch officiating. Interment will follow in the Old Dallas Cemetery under The direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. prior to funeral service at Beasley Wood.

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Louise Durham Elementary’s Spelling Bee Winners


ouise Durham Elementary announced their Spelling Bee Winner. These 2nd grade winners will advance to the Polk County Spelling Bee. The first place winner was Cady Minoza (left), second place Paeyton Hostetler (center), and the third place winner was Shooter Davis (right).

Cameron Ulmer of Mena Joins the SAU Jazz Band & Drum Line on Tour


AGNOLIA, AR -- Cameron Ulmer joined the Southern Arkansas University Jazz Band and Drum Line on tour in Bryant and Cabot, Arkansas, on November 8-9, 2017. Ulmer is a senior Business Administration: Finance-Entrepreneurship major. Ulmer is part of the SAU Jazz Band. The Jazz Band and Drum Line visited Bryant High School and Cabot High School to perform for high school music students, as well as to ignite students' interests in attending Southern Arkansas University. The performers were escorted by Performing Arts and Mass Communications Department faculty members JP Wilson, Michael Britt and Andy Peeks. For more information about the Jazz Band, Drum Line, or band program at SAU, visit

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Cossatot River Fellowship of Christian Students enjoyed gospel music Wednesday during lunch provided by students Bryor Oliver playing guitar, Betty Jewell singing, John Jewell playing drums. and members of Midway Church Praise Team.


harla Hollin joined the UA Rich Mountain family as a faculty member in January 1992. As the Allied Health Division Chair, she oversees the CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), LPN (Licensed Practical Nursing), and RN (Registered Nursing) programs. Some of the accomplishments she is most proud of in her career at the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain are expanding the LPN program and assisting with the process for the UA Rich Mountain campus to join the Arkansas Rural Education of Nursing Consortium (ARNEC). Charla is also the ARNEC Program Chair for UA Rich Mountain. She is an alumna of Acorn High School and received her registered nursing degree from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Concordia College. “Although as a nurse, I did a lot of patient education, I never really thought I wanted to be an educator exclusively. After the first semester at UA Rich Mountain, I knew I had found my passion and 26 years later, I still love what I do every day. I do not teach for the obvious reasons...I teach to save lives. I teach because I have a passion for educating skilled and compassionate nurses. Over the last 26 years, I am honored to have been a part of the nursing education of approximately 595 LPN’s and 80 RN’s. There is no doubt that I have learned just as much from them as they have from me. My father once told me, to have the perfect career, you need to find what you love to do and find someone that will pay you to do it. There is no place I would rather work than at UA Rich Mountain!” Charla’s favorite hobbies include being at the lake with her family and spending time with her grandchildren. She and her husband, Rick, have been married for 34 years and have three grandchildren: Tatum Castor, Kooper Hollin, and Kashlyn Hollin. Their children are: Eric & Toby Hollin and Rodney & Kayla Castor. Come by the School of Nursing to meet Charla Hollin, Allied Health Division Chair at UA Rich Mountain!

Aaron Anglin, Pastor of Vandervoort Baptist provided hamburgers and hot dogs for FCS students to enjoy while he gave an inspirational message to students. CRHS Students meet during lunch each Wednesday and host different speakers.

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wo Polk County youth have been inducted into Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Purple Circle Club – Dillon Gurley and Brandi Frachiseur. Gurley, of Grannis, was inducted for having the Grand Champion Berkshire Boar at the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show. Frachiseur is also of Grannis and was inducted for having the Senior Exotic Breeding Beef Showmanship at the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show. The awards were presented by Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach. The Purple Circle Club is an awards program recognizing junior livestock exhibitors who earned championship honors at the Arkansas State Dillon Gurley [pictured left] and Brandi Frachiseur [pictured right] Fair. It is sponsored by Arkansas Farm Bureau a nonprofit, private farm and rural advocacy organization of more receiving their Purple Circle Club Acceptance Plaque. than 190,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.

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corn Elementary held their annual Spelling Bee for students in 1st thru 3rd grades last week. Winners will move on to the Polk County Spelling Bee, a competition between students from Cossatot River, Ouachita River, and Mena School Districts. Winners from Acorn Elementary are pictured: 1st Grade winners (front row): 1st Place-Drew Mabry, 2nd Place-Cavan Reynolds, 3rd Place-Avery Singleton. 2nd Grade winners (back row): 1st Place-Neveah Daughtery, 2nd Place-Beau Rodgers, 3rd Place-Grace Freitag. 3rd Grade winners (back row): 1st Place-Reily Crabtree, 2nd Place-Michael Webb, 3rd Place-Eliam Holland.

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Mena High School Spotlight Singers performed for Holly Harshman Elementary. The students enjoyed the Christmas production, along with the Spotlight Singers Christmas sweaters. The Spotlight Singers are under the direction of Ms. Tammy Taylor.


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ast Friday, December 8th, the Mena Jr. Ladycats and Sr. Ladycats traveled to Cossatot River to take on the Lady Eagles. For the first game of the night, the Mena Jr. Ladycats took on the Cossatot Jr. Lady Eagles. In a tough fought and close first quarter, the Ladycats outscored Cossatot 12-8, to take a four point advantage into the second. The Lady Eagles started their comeback in the second quarter, tying the game up at 17-17 with 2:28 left in the half, forcing Mena to call a timeout. Cossatot went on to outscore the Ladycats 14-7, to take a three point, 22-19, lead into halftime. Jaden Dering led the Lady Eagles with 7 points at the half, while Hannah Stockton led Mena with 12 points. Cossatot continued to play the better basketball, as the Lady Eagles extended their lead to eight, outscoring Mena 12-7 in the third quarter, to take a 34-26 lead into the final quarter of play. The Ladycats were able to reach within six points of Cossatot

Jr. Bearcats Win Tournament Over 7A Fayetteville BY EASTON LEONARD


n Friday, December 8th, the Cossatot River Eagles senior high basketball team hosted the Mena Bearcats on Stevenson Court on the campus of Cossatot River High School. In a back-and-forth close first quarter, Juan Trinidad of Cossatot nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer, to give the Eagles a three point, 15-12, lead going into the second. The Bearcats of Mena answered in the second quarter, outscoring the Eagles 10-3, to take a 22-18 lead into halftime. Juan Trinidad led Cossatot with 11 points at the half, while Zeb Wilson led the Bearcats with 9 points. The Bearcats continued to extend their lead in the third quarter, outscoring Cossatot 14-8, to take a ten point, 36-26, lead into the final quarter of play. Mena did not let up in the fourth quarter, forcing the Eagles to call a timeout with 2:20 left in the game,

n Saturday, December 9th, the Mena Jr. Bearcats took on the Fayetteville Jr. Bulldogs in the boys championship game of the Union Bank Jr. Invitational Basketball Tournament. The Jr. Bulldogs went into their championship game against Mena following wins against Cossatot River and Arkansas High, while the Bearcats went into the game after wins over Umpire and DeQueen. Fayetteville jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, outscoring the Bearcats 22-14, to take an eight point lead into the second. The Bearcats




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n Saturday, December 9th, the Acorn Jr. Lady Tigers took on the Mena Jr. Ladycats in the championship game of the Union Bank Jr. Invitational Basketball Tournament. The Lady Tigers entered Saturday’s championship game with tournament wins over Arkansas High and Fayetteville, as Mena entered with wins against Umpire and DeQueen. Both Acorn and Mena went back-and-forth in a close first quarter of action, as the Lady Tigers edged Mena 16-14, to take a two point lead into the second. The Lady Tigers caught a little traction in the second quarter, outscoring Mena 9-2, to take a nine point, 25-16, lead into halftime. Emily Wagner led the Ladycats with 6 points at the half, as Halli Holland led Acorn with 17 points. In a low scoring third quarter, only thirteen total points were scored, as Acorn outscored the Ladycats 7-6, to take a ten point, 32-22, lead into the final quarter of play. The Lady Tigers put the hammer down in the fourth quarter, extending their lead and outscoring Mena



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Alstons Honored as 2017 Arkansas Farm Family of the Year BY LEANN DILBECK


uke and DeeDee Alston of Mena were named as the Farm Bureau Arkansas Farm Family of the Year at the annual luncheon at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock on Thursday, December 7, 2017. They historically mark the first time a Polk County Family has won on the state level. “This is what I was born to do. I was born to sit in a tractor seat and look out over a green field,” said a smiling Luke in his speech following the award. “We’re very honored and humbled.” “The reason that this family is here is because we’ve turned it all over to God. We had good paying jobs but it was not taking us where we wanted to go. We prayed heavily. We took a leap of faith to leave corporate American and to farm full time, CONTINUED ON PAGE 16



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which was my dream,” said Luke after the award was presented. He continued, “I’m a fifth generation farmer. That ground we live on means something to me. The fact that my family joins me everyday with the same sentiment is priceless.” He said DeeDee is another reason they have had such success with their farm/ agri-tourism business. “Deedee is the reason we’re here. She’s a forward thinker like no one you’ve ever met. She puts us at levels I never dreamed of. My son, Drey, is my right hand man. My other right hand man, Ryan, is in Fayetteville getting his education.” Another of Luke’s dreams was to win State Farm Family of the Year and says that his heritage is what led him to where he is. “We couldn’t have been here without the people that came before us – my father and grandfather. It’s an honor to stand here. My father’s looking down from heaven smiling ear to ear.” He also thanked the Polk County Extension Office and agents Carla Vaught and Josh Yates, and Terry Kirkpatrick. The Alston’s trek in the Farm Family program began in May 2017, when they were named as the Polk County Farm Family. In June 2017, the Alstons were named as the Western District Farm Family, sending them on with seven other district families to the state level. The Alston Family is now in the running for National Farm Family of the Year, which will be announced in 2018. This is the 70th annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program, which represents the diversity of Arkansas agriculture, the state’s largest industry. The Alstons, along with their two boys, Ryan and Drey, have a diversified operation ranging from strawberries and sweet corn, to cattle, broiler houses and even honeybees. They also have a six-acre corn maze. The Alstons were humbled by the continued recognition, “So many hard working farm families are just good people and would be deserving of this recognition. We feel extremely blessed to be honored for doing what we love to do day in and out.” “The contributions made by our state’s farm families are beyond measure,” said Randy Veach, president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau. “While collectively, agriculture makes up our state’s largest business sector, it is almost impossible to calculate the impact our family farms have on the economy, our rural communities and to the character of our great state.” These farm families represent a great cross-section of Arkansas agriculture, from rowcrops to livestock to fresh produce and honey production. We congratulate each of these CONCLUDED ON PAGE 18

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narrowed down their opponent’s lead in the second quarter, outscoring Fayetteville 16-13, to trail by only five at halftime, 35-30. Zane Thompson led the Bulldogs with 13 points at halftime, as Mason Brotherton led Mena with 22 points. In the third quarter, the Bearcats were able to take the lead at one point, outscoring Fayetteville 12-10, but trailed by three, 45-42, going into the final quarter of play. With 4:05 left in the fourth quarter, Mena took the lead over the Bulldogs and did not look back. The Bearcats went on to outscore Fayetteville 16-8, to win the championship by five, 58-53. Mason Brotherton of Mena was awarded the Player of the Game Award, while Zane Thompson of the Bulldogs was awarded the Hustle Award. Roman Carlson led the Fayetteville Bulldogs with 16 points on the night, as Zane Thomspon scored 15 points, Zach Hatfield and Quin Cobbs 7 points, Tyrique Wright 4 points, and Jackson Woods and Casey Shipley 2 points each. Mason Brotherton led the Mena Bearcats with 31 points in the game, while Sam Efird added on 10 points, Max Montgomery 9 points, Jetzai Hernandez 6 points, and Matthew McCravens 2 points.

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in the fourth, but the Lady Eagles held on to their lead, to win the game by eight, 39-31. Hannah Stockton led the Mena Jr. Ladycats with 13 points on the night, as Gracie Lyle added on 6 points, Brenna Aynes 4 points, Emily Wagner and Ally Wright 3 points, and Grayson Fairless 2 points. Landrie Tadlock led the Cossatot Jr. Lady Eagles with 10 points, while Kayla Richardson and Kaylin McKee scored 8 points of their own, Jaden Dering 7 points, Sasha Richardson 4 points, and Savannah White 2 points. In the final girls matchup of the night, the Cossatot River senior high Lady Eagles hosted the Mena Ladycats. In a low scoring and one sided first quarter, the Lady Eagles outscored Mena 12-2, to take a ten point lead into the second. Cossatot continued an impressive defensive night, holding the Ladycats to only ten points in the second, to their twenty-two points, to take a twenty-two point, 34-12, lead into halftime. Ashlen Gonzalez led Cossatot with 16 points at halftime, as Tateli Thacker and Paige Evans led the Ladycats with 6 points apiece. In the third quarter, the Lady Eagles continued to dominate the game, outscoring Mena 14-3, to take a thirty-three point, 48-15, lead into the final quarter of play. To put the cap on the bottle, Cossatot outscored the Ladycats 11-2 in the fourth, to win the game by forty-two points, 59-17. Paige Evans led the Mena Ladycats with 8 points in the game, as Tateli Thacker scored 6 points, and Cadie Cannon, Marissa Grafton, and Rin Shimoyama 1 point each. The Cossatot Lady Eagles were led in scoring by Ashlen Gonzalez who scored 20 points, while Jade Richardson added on 14 points, Rhyen Martin 12 points, Raegan Richardson 6 points, Jacie Wilkerson 3 points, and Harley Dering and Lauren Driver 2 points each.

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down thirteen, 37-50. Following the timeout, the Bearcats went on to outscore Cossatot 19-11 in the quarter, to win the game by eighteen, 55-37. Leading the Cossatot Eagles in scoring was Juan Trinidad with 17 points, while Cody Brown scored 8 points of his own, Trenton Rosson 5 points, Coy Frachiseur 4 points, and Brian Strother 3 points. Connor Harvey led the Mena Bearcats in scoring with 21 points on the night, as Zeb Wilson added on 9 points, Nick Myers 7 points, Zane Stephens and Brock Strother 6 points, Daniel Davis 4 points, and Blake Seals 2 points.


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18-13, to win the game by fifteen, 50-35. Halli Holland of Acorn was awarded the Player of the Game award, as Gracie Lyle of the Ladycats was awarded the Hustle Award. Hannah Stockton led the Mena Jr. Ladycats with 12 points in game, while Ally Wright added on 9 points, Emily Wagner and Gracie Lyle 6 points, and Brenna Aynes 2 points. Halli Holland led the Acorn Jr. Lady Tigers with 24 points on the night, as Sunshine Butterfield scored 13 points, Corryn Holland 6 points, Ashlynn Bissell 3 points, and Strother and Goss 2 points each.


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Thursday, 12/14 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 10:30 a.m. – Gator & Friends will be performing at The Mena Senior Center. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County will meet at Papa’s Mexican Café. Contact Sue Cavner at 234-5844 or Linda Rowe at 234-2575 for more info. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Salvation Army Family Store helps families with utilities. • 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – The First Assembly of God Distributes food at 2111 Sutherland or call 394-1229. • 2:00 p.m. – Cove Library History Club meets at the Cove Library. • 5:00 p.m. - 9th Street Ministries 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 Women’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 and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. • 6:00 p.m. – Hatfield’s Lion’s Club meets at the Lions Club Field House. • 6:30 p.m. – Mena Chapter #243, Order of the Eastern Star will meet at the Masonic Temple at 701 Port Arthur. Meeting will follow refreshments. • 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. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – Cherry Hill Fire Department meeting and training at the Fire Station. Friday, 12/15 • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Road tests are given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room unless the roads are wet. Written tests are given at 1:00 p.m. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – PCDC Board of Directors meets in the MRHS Conference Room A. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets

at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Leon Page Band will be playing at the American Legion in Acorn. $6.00 admission. • 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. Saturday, 12/16 • 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. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fibers Arts Group meets at Mena Art Gallery. • 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Children’s Art Class at the Mena Art Gallery, for children ages 5 to 9. Cost is $2. Call 479-394-3880 to reserve spot. • 2:00 p.m. – Wonder House Tour at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Wonder House. • 4:00 p.m. – Music on the Mountain in the Hearth Room at Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge. • 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, 12/17 • 10:00 a.m. – Wonder House Tour at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Wonder House. • 2:00 p.m. – Dutch Oven Demonstration at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Picnic Area. • 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. – Worship service is held at Sulpher Springs Church. • 4:00 p.m. – Arkansas Furs at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet in the Hearth Room. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. Monday, 12/18 • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 12:30 p.m. – Cossatot Senior Center will have a Board Meeting. • 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Mena Seventh-Day Adventist Church Food Pantry across from the Polk County Fairgrounds. Non-perishable food, personal care items, and nutritional help. No one will be turned away. • 5:30 p.m. – Polk County Republican Committee meets at Polk County Library, North Room. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Le-

gion 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. – The Lady Ouachitas will meet at the Bear State Bank Main Branch. • 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. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – Ouachita Beekeepers Association meeting at Union Bank. Tuesday, 12/19 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardener Community Men’s Breakfast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 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 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. • 5:00 p.m. – Country and Gospel music is played at the Polk County Housing Authority Community Room. • 6:00 p.m. – The Regular Hatfield Town Council will meet at the Town Hall in Hatfield. • 7:00 p.m. – VFW Post 4451 meeting at Veterans Park in Acorn. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for families of addicts and alcoholics meets at the ABC Club. • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Bluegrass music at Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meet-

ing at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479-234-2887 or 479-234-3043. Wednesday, 12/20 • 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 Mena. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Polk County Library Cove Branch is open. • 5:45 p.m. – The Mena First United Methodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – Warriors for Christ will meet at the Southside Church of God. • 6:00 p.m. – Regeneration Youth Ministries at Mena Church of God Hwy 88 East. • 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church hosts Discovery Kids – Kindergarten Thru 5th Grade; Collide Youth Ministry – 6th Thru 12th Grades; and Adult Bible Study. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at Grace Bible Church, 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. – Inquiry Classes into the Catholic Faith will be held in the St. Thomas House at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 203 8th Street, and continue through Easter 2018. No cost or obligation, anyone interested is invited. Call 479-394-1017 for more information.

• ZAFRA CHURCH OF CHRIST will present “For Unto Y’all – A Cowboy Christmas” on December 17 at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call 918-755-4462. • SUPPER WITH SANTA will begin at 6 p.m. at the Queen Wilhelmina Restaurant. Seafood buffet or order from menu. After supper, decorate cookies and drink hot chocolate by the fire. Call Lodge for more details, 394-2863. • JUST 4 FUN PLAYERS will hold auditions for ‘Harvey’ on December 13 – 14, 4-7 p.m., at Mena Mountain Resort. • CHRISTMAS AT MOUNTAIN FORK featuring the Rose Family will be held on Sunday, December 17 at 6 p.m. at Christ’s Church at Mountain Fork, 5696 Hwy. 8 West. For more info, call 479-2168997.



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Valeria Cisneros and Rosendo Hernandez, of DeQueen, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on December 1st. Brittany and Jeremiah Strother, of Hatfield, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on December 4th. Jennifer May, of DeQueen, is the proud mother of a baby boy, born on December 4th. Shawna Drew and Zachary Hamner, of Cove, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on December 5th. Aimmee Williams and Lance Lee, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on December 6th. Adrienne Ralls and Devin Broyles, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on December 6th. Alexis and Brian Hensley, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on December 7th.

The Hustle and Bustle of Christmas


I am the calendar keeper of the home and everyone in it. My husband simply says each morning, “What do we have tonight?” because we have accepted that this season of life and this season of year is full of recitals, parties, practices, games, banquets, and so on and so forth. Occasionally, there is a break and we celebrate an evening off… isn’t that the reverse of what it is intended to be? I was the bearer of news one recent Sunday evening that for the next 16 days/evenings, we had an obligation. “Obligation” was literally the word I used to describe what were all intended to be celebratory events. I promise that no one enjoys the holiday season more than I but struggle every year finding that intricate balance between all of the festivities, keeping our own family’s traditions, and not being so exhausted to not be able to enjoy all the joy the season delivers faithfully every year. The tasks of the season can keep you busy… just on the task itself. Getting ready to host an event or gathering at your home, at least for me, takes a lot of planning, shopping, and cooking. The older our family has gotten, personalized gifts are so important to me… so meaningful and true gifts from the heart… but that all takes time and planning. Just a couple of examples of how we can be so “busy” outside of all of the events themselves… but when you have a heart to serve, it’s so hard to know where to draw the line. Perhaps it’s when the joy of the season turns into exhaustion that turns into stress that snowballs into irritability? We celebrate the birth of Jesus this time of year so let us not forget that Jesus was never too busy for people. His disciples were an unlikely ban of misfits and sinners that he loved and served. He hung out with fisherman, dined with tax collectors, he stopped to touch lepers, heal the blind, and resurrect a dead man… a true living example that we was never too busy accomplishing His extraordinary mission that He didn’t have time for people. I have people in my life I’m called to serve… namely, my family. My husband and teenage children deserve to come home to an organized, clean home and a home cooked meal. They deserve to have my full attention when they share about their day. They deserve to have my time available to them to help them meet all of their demands. This is what being a mother means to me. I’m called to serve my loving parents in whatever way they need. Maybe I need to send a text to a dear friend who just lost their father. I pray the Lord helps me remember this holiday season, and all year long, that there will never be enough hours in the day to complete all of my “tasks,” regardless of how well intended they may be – may I always remember that being a loving wife, giving mother, attentive daughter, and thoughtful friend are my priorities… even when I feel pulled in a million different directions… because in the end, I don’t want to be known as completing all of my “tasks,” I want to be known for loving God and others well. During this most beautiful and sacred time of year, let’s adjust our priorities to reflect His mission and, yes, set time aside for those needed tasks. But as we follow His example, let “love one another” be at the top of every “to do” list or calendar we make!

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Cathy Martin – “Doing the Most Good®” with her Retirement BY LEANN DILBECK •

Retirement, as it so often does, opens the door to enjoying a long-time passion or even discovering brand new opportunities to serve and to give back to a cause whose mission is at the core of what defines you. Such is the case with Cathy Martin of Mena. Cathy actually grew up in central Louisiana on her parents’ small farm and describes herself as a “pure country girl.” The Louisiana country girl graduated valedictorian of her class from Verda High School. “After moving to Shreveport, I was employed at the Caddo Parish Clerk’s Office, but after my daughters were born, I returned to my home to raise them in the country. Later, we moved to Natchitoches where I was employed by Northwestern State University in the Men’s Basketball Department until we relocated here to Mena in 2006, where I worked for a local bank.” She explained that she and husband Michael share a “sweet blended family of three children and nine grandchildren.” Soon after Cathy retired, she began volunteering at the local Salvation Army store often and explained, “I really came to love serving there. Once I understood the wonderful mission of Salvation Army, I loved it even more. When the position [Assistant Manager] became available, it was mentioned to me by three people that I would be a good fit for the job. I didn’t consider it at that time, because after all, I was retired! I earned it, right? After all those years of working? It was my time to rock on the front porch.” Cathy explained that she soon realized, “God, however, had another plan in motion. It was during a Sunday morning service and a message from Pastor Victor Rowell about God’s purpose in our lives. He asked if we were living our lives serving ourselves, or were we living our lives serving God? In my mind, I saw myself in my rocking chair going nowhere and knew at that moment that I was meant to turn in my application. I began as Assistant Store Manager on Oct 1st and it has been one of the most rewarding decisions I have ever made.” Particularly proud of a recent store remodel, Cathy explained that the store works diligently to provide true quality merchandise. “Our store has a new look inside… a much better layout, which our customers seem to love! We have remarkable volunteers who keep donations flowing into the store continuously. We stock only the ‘best of the best’ to allow our shoppers the opportunity to purchase quality merchandise at a very low price.” With a true heart for people, Cathy said the most challenging part of the job is seeing people in their most vulnerable state and needing assistance. “From illnesses, losing a job, being homeless, or unexpected tragedy there are many needs in Polk County that we can help with… it is difficult for me to not be emotional when I see people hurting. I am very thankful to be able to live up to part of our mission statement, “ preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” Elks Members & Guests Cathy and her husband, Michael, attend The Crossing and serve together in the “Connection Center” during worship services, welcoming newcomers to the church. She explained that he, too, has not only been supportive in her decision to return to “work” but has become a very popular volunteer at the store. When the couple is not working, they enjoy many of the joys of the country life in which Cathy was raised, “We stay busy at home with woodworking, gardening, crafts, cooking, and best of all… grandchildren!” Cathy explained that, for her, retirement has meant returning to something that brought her great joy, even as a child. “When I was a little girl, my very favorite game to play was ‘store’. I would cut paper into small pieces for cash and borrow dried beans from my mother for coins. Everyone who came around would have to buy something imaginary from me. And now, here I am, playing store again, except this is the real thing. I feel God was grooming me all along for this job. As with “....perhaps this is the moment for which you were created.” from Esther 4:14, I feel I am living the purpose God had for me.” (no refunds or call ins on advance tickets) They can be purchased in the lounge!

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11 Tips for Avoiding Holiday Depression Plan ahead

Spend some time figuring out how to take care of yourself during this time, says John Sharp, MD, a psychiatrist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston. Come up with restorative routines, such as reading a book or napping, and write them on a calendar. In between shopping and baking, make sure these routines don’t fall by the wayside. “Figure out what basics are going to help you get through the holidays and make them a priority,” Dr. Sharp says.

Avoid family conflict

There are a couple ways to save your sanity at family gatherings, says Jeffrey Greeson, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University School of Medicine, in Durham, N.C. If you know there are going to be conflicts, prepare a neutral response, such as, “Let’s talk about that another time,” or, “I can see how you would feel that way.” Then escape to the restroom, offer to help in the kitchen, or go hang out with the kids. And it always helps to call a good friend if you need a sympathetic ear.

Forget perfection

Debbie Thurman, a 57-year-old from Monroe, Va., suffered from depression for years, and the holidays made it worse. From decorating to finding the perfect gifts, she felt overwhelmed. At a support group’s suggestion, she listed the simple things that really made her family happy, and she began traditions that helped the less fortunate. “When you take your eyes off of yourself and focus on those who have far less than you do, you can’t be depressed,” she says. “I learned to be grateful for the Beth Polo Beckel RD LD CDE blessings I had, and I had a lot.”

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Learn to grieve

If you are mourning a loved one, it’s a good time to talk about your feelings or reach out to support groups. “There’s no one right way to feel,” says Deborah Jonsson, public relations manager at Avow Hospice, in Collier County, Fla. It’s not uncommon to feel angry at the person for leaving you alone or feeling guilty if you do enjoy yourself during the holidays. “All feelings are a sign that you’re human and reflect where you are in your healing process,” Jonsson says.

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Holiday activities easily can interfere with your sleep schedule. But studies have shown there is a link between sleep loss and depression, so you need to be extra careful about cutting back on sleep to get everything done. Try to get to bed and wake up at approximately the same time every day; avoid large meals and physical activity such as dancing within a few hours of bedtime; and make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary, free from TV or other


distractions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Get help

When Thurman’s children were young, she and her husband lived far away from their extended family. When she needed support during “black bouts of depression,” she leaned on close friends. She and her husband had two couples in particular that helped them through difficult times. “These friends were godsends,” she says. “I credit them with quite possibly helping to save my life,” she says. “I also drew encouragement from a small support group of women who were dealing with depression.”

Prioritize workouts

Exercise—one of the first activities to get lost in the holiday shuffle—should be placed high on your to-do list. “The more stress we are under, the less time we feel like we have, and the more irritated our mood, the more we need to continue exercising,” Greeson says. “Get out and do something; it helps use those calories from rich, fatty, sugary holiday foods.” Exercise has been shown to improve mood. Taking a brisk walk for 35 minutes five days a week (or 60 minutes three

Consider your light exposure

If you are consistently tired, irritable, and down at this time of year, it may not be due to the holidays as much as to the lack of exposure to the sun, Dr. Sharp says. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, can be treated by long walks during daylight January 6, 2016 hours or exposure to a light box for about 30 minutes a day. If you think you may be suffering from SAD, talk to your doctor about treatment options.

Focus on what matters

The holidays shouldn’t be all about the presents, but financial woes can make it easy to lose sight of that. Rein in the stress (and cost) by organizing a gift exchange with friends or family. You can also bake your gifts, or create traditions such as having a large potluck meal followed by a walk outside or board games by the fire. “I think saying no is more of a relief instead of stretching and spending more than you have and still not doing enough,” Dr. Sharp says.

Don’t binge on food or alcohol

For some, overindulgence is as much of a holiday tradition as opening gifts. Carmen Harra, PhD, an author and psychologist in Hollywood, Fla., recommends more restraint. “Have one piece of pie, not three,” she says. “Apart from being unhealthy for your body, you will feel guilty afterward.” Harra recommends preparing for holiday dinners by eating healthy meals the week prior. And don’t use alcohol to deal with holiday depression. Alcohol can intensify your emotions and leave you feeling worse when it wears off.

Cut back on commitments

If you feel like you just can’t get through one more holiday gathering, it’s OK to sit them out. “One of the things about holiday stress we forget is that Thanksgiving and Christmas are both 24 hours and that’s it,” says Pauline Wallin, PhD, an author and clinical psychologist in Camp Hill, Penn. Wallin recommends figuring out what you need to get through those 24 hours, such as volunteering, going on vacation, or visiting a shelter or someone who is alone. Focusing on others can help alleviate depression.



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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 December 3, 2017 Nathan Cole, 20, of Mena was charged with public intoxication and possession of

alcohol by a minor. The arrest followed a call to a local retail store. Matthew Allen Shelley, 19, of Mena was charged with DWI, possession of alcohol by a minor, and careless driving. December 4, 2017 Report was taken of local women being harassed by acquaintances. Case is pending further investigation. December 5, 2017 Report was made of someone using a local man’s debit card without his consent. Case is pending further investigation. December 6, 2017 Kizzie Elizabeth Brown Wallis, 33, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Malcolm Ryan Wells, 31, and Kevin Fr-

yar, both of Mena were charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrests followed a traffic stop. December 7, 2017 Jack Rawlins, 51, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Stacie Leann Shores, 27, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear. Kenneth Joseph Chaney, 23, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant for parole violation. He was also charged with possession of methamphetamine or cocaine. December 8, 2017 Rosie R. Arthur, 44, of Cove was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear.

Marcy Ann Covington, 44, of Hatfield was arrested and charged with theft of property (shoplifting) after officers responded to a call at a local retail store. December 9, 2017 Thurman Cheesman, 40, of Booneville was charged with theft of property (shoplifting) after a call to a local retail store.

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rying to finish your holiday shopping, but can’t decide on just the right gifts? How about a gift certificate? The people you give them to can take their pick of paintings, photographs, unique crafts, and sculptures, all of which will be on display through the end of December. They could even use the certificates for one of the classes offered by local

artists. A series of classes on creating pencil portraits is scheduled for January - children’s classes happen one Saturday a month and a new class for teens and beginning artists begins in January. A fringe benefit is that you get to browse through all the fascinating art on display while choosing. If you still can’t make up your mind, select the gift certificate and those receiving them can have the fun of browsing and choosing as well. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

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eginning Saturday, January 13, 2018, one of our ongoing art classes will be changing. We have had requests from a number of adults who are interested in art classes for beginners, so the new class is designed for youth and beginner adult artists, ages 10 and up. Hours will be from 11 am to 2 pm the second Saturday of each month; cost will be $3.00 per student per class. The classes for children 6 to 9 years old will continue as before. Students will learn a variety of ways to express their individual creative ability using a wide range of mediums, color, texture, and techniques. A vivid imagination, patience, desire to bring your ideas forth and spend time having fun with others doing the same is all you need to join. Niki Dempsey will continue to be the instructor for the class. Niki is a highly talented artist who is also a very effective teacher. If you would like to try these classes, please call the gallery at 479-394-3880 to sign up. Payment will be due at each class which you attend.

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e are now in the midst of that time of year when Christmas is the focus, and the customary seasonal activities occupy much of our personal time. You know, things such as choosing the tree that is just right for that special place in the house, shopping for that perfect gift which he or she may never guess they would receive, making plans for the kids (and perhaps grandkids too) to come home so the family can be together, attending the Christmas parties with friends, co-workers and church family, buying the ingredients for Grandma’s special fruit salad and other traditional dishes which are always holiday favorites, and of course looking forward to some of the post-season bowl games and maybe a little more hunting. And of course it’s time for Dad to make his annual pilgrimage up into the attic and haul down the decorations and then back up again to try locating that one box that has the special ornaments that we can’t do without. Then, he drags out the Christmas lights and knows better than to expect them all to light up. After tinkering with them for too long he thinks - no problem! As cheap as Christmas lights are we’ll just buy a new set the next time we’re in town. Wasteful? Maybe, but he rationalizes that his time is more valuable than the nominal expense. Of course, even with the new set there are one or two bulbs which refuse to cooperate, but surely they won’t be noticed. Wrong... Oh well, Dad thinks it is still a beautiful tree, and after all – it’s the most wonderful time of the year! It is interesting to see how this special season of the year reveals much about each of us, especially our priorities and our treasure. It is a vivid illustration of how we tend to take the time or, if you will, make the room for those activities and those people who are most important to us. The key phrase here is “making the room.” As the keepers of our own lives, there is much to be learned about each of us through whom and what occupies our time and our room(s). This is not only true at Christmas time, but throughout the year as well. I can’t help but think about this when reading Luke, chapter 2, in the account of Jesus’ birth. In verse 7, we read that there was no room for Him in the inn. How many times have I read and heard this verse and how many times have I failed to consider the innkeeper and how uncaring he appeared to have been. While it is true that no innkeeper is actually mentioned in the biblical account, it is likely that one did exist. I’ve often wondered why the innkeeper couldn’t have somehow found some room or arranged for them to stay at another inn or in a home. Why do you think this extra effort may never have been done? Why do you think that the innkeeper apparently took the easy way out and refused to let Jesus into his inn? Was there really no room for Him in the inn, or was there a refusal to make room for Him in 2016 the inn? Does this not strike a personal chord in your life - in mine? If not, it is certainlyJanuary time that 6, it did. There is a contemporary song of the season called, There’s A New Kid in Town. Well, I’ve got news. He’s no longer a new kid in town and He’s not even a kid anymore. He’s been in town for years and He’s still being kept out in the cold waiting for many of us to make room for Him. When it’s all said and done, and what it all boils down to is a decision. Like the innkeeper in Bethlehem, each of us have a decision to make with Jesus. While, praise God, He is no longer a new kid in town, the baby in a manger, He is the risen King of Kings and Lord of Lords who, has since and to this day, stands at the door and knocks (Revelation 3:20). The question is: will the innkeeper answer the door and let Jesus in or will He hear once again that there is no room for Him? So, before we move any further along with the festivities of the season, just maybe we should decide that Jesus does have a place of importance in all this and then make some room for Him. He does want in so very much and not for only a season but for a permanent stay. Perhaps it wouldn’t even be a bad idea to give Him the biggest and best room we have. Better yet, why not just sign the title of the inn over to Him and allow God to convert that old shabby run down inn into a temple where the Holy Spirit can dwell and have total control of our lives (1 Corinthians 3:16). What a birthday present that would be for Jesus!

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Polk County is interested in acquiring legal services from a legal services firm or firms to provide services for opioid litigation. Procedures for selection of a firm or firms will be in accordance with Ark. Code 19-11-801 procurement requirements. All responses will be evaluated in terms of specialized experience and technical competence; performance; capacity and capability of the firm or firms to perform work; and proximity to and familiarity with the project area. Negotiations will begin with the respondent obtaining the highest total score in the evaluation process. All interested parties must submit their RFQ package response to: Judge Brandon Ellison. 507 Church Ave. Mena, Arkansas 71953. 479-394-8133. All responses must be received no later than 12/21/2017. All responding firms will be notified of the results. 12/13



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