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City Hall Replacing Entire Ceiling After More Damage Found BY MELANIE WADE • news@mypulsenews.com

The ceilings at Mena City Hall are now in the process of being replaced after a portion of the old plaster came crashing down last month. The areas affected were the Animal Control and Code Enforcement Offices, which were not slated to receive any ceiling repairs during the century old building’s on-going renovation projCONTINUED ON PAGE 9

Local Family Overwhelmed by Support Following Nighttime Fire

BY MELANIE WADE • news@mypulsenews.com Bill and Sherry McCourtney of the Cherry Hill community suffered the complete loss of their home following a fire in the early hours of Friday morning, December 15, 2017, and the family has been overwhelmed by the support they have received from the community. Bill McCourtney is a doctor in the Mena area CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

Classic Car Collection Destroyed by Vandals

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Little Miss Polk County 2017, Rhyen Henry, sits on Santa’s lap at the Rotary Club of Mena/ Polk County’s annual Breakfast with Santa held at Papa’s Mexican Cafe. Henry, along with many other excited youngsters, enjoyed personally giving Santa their wish lists and also, the pancakes served up with a cold glass of chocolate milk. For more on recent holiday activities, see Christmas Around Town on pages 4-5 of this edition.

BY MELANIE WADE • news@mypulsenews.com Mena Police Chief Brandon Martin said his officers are searching for clues in a case where several classic cars were vandalized last week. The cars were located in a shop belonging to Kevin Wolfenbarger who discovered the damaged cars on Friday afternoon, December 15, 2017. CONTINUED ON PAGE 9

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Burn Ban Lifted Following Area Rainfall

City Working with Veterans on Flag Holder Issue

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he burn ban in effect for Polk County has been lifted by Judge Brandon Ellison, as of 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. Polk County has been part of the state’s 66 of 75 counties that have been placed under burn bans for several weeks following a long drought period that began in September, when there was no recorded rainfall for the area. October only saw two-tenths of an inch of rainfall in Mena, with November receiving less than two-tenths. December’s first three weeks so little to no rainfall in the county, however, over the last weekend and leading into this week, forecasted predictions proved true and much needed precipitation fell upon the area. Although the burn ban was placed in effect in Polk County on November 27, there were several citizens attempt to perform controlled burns, but after getting out of hand, fire fighters responded to stop the blaze. In some instances, Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies have had to respond to control the situation, and as the enforces of a burn ban, have the right to issue citations for the offense. Sheriff Scott Sawyer said, “We usually give people a chance to put the fire out. Most of the calls we respond to about fires during the burn band are people burning trash or brush piles that were not aware that there was a burn ban.” Judge Ellison is hopeful that this week’s forecast will continue to see the ban lifted, however, if you have questions you are urged to contact the Judge’s office at 479-3948123 or your local fire department.

ollowing the updating of the decorative sidewalks on North Mena Street in recent months, local members of the American Legion’s Flag Program are finding it a bit more difficult to distribute some of their flags, as there are no longer holes in the sidewalks to place the poles. Currently, veterans are using wooden stands to hold the patriotic flags, however, they are heavy on the volunteers who rise before daylight to place the flags, and they require more storage. “Over the past several years we have requested of the Mena Mayor and Mena City Council to consider our request for one inch holes to be drilled in the concrete sidewalks along Mena Street in front of eighteen businesses. This would allow our American Legion volunteers to do away with the heavy, ugly, wooden stands, which now hold the flags on Mena Street, and are a tripping hazard to pedestrians,” explained Col. (Ret.) Billy Wood, a volunteer for the program. At the November meeting of the Council, some expressed concern that if holes were drilled into the new sidewalks, rain could fill them up, freeze, and the bust the concrete causing cracks. Wood explained further, “Most recently, the Mayor and City Council are declining a request to drill holes in the newly replaced sidewalks on Mena Street for fear that it will cause the sidewalks to crack. We disagree, but we also understand they are looking out for the city and protecting the sidewalks.” In December’s City Council meeting on December 12, Mena Mayor George McK-

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tudents from Mena’s AE Classroom recently collaborated with the school’s wood shop class and made wooden Christmas trees to donate to CASA Director Cynthia Martin for area foster children. Martin thanked the students for their hard work and for brightening the lives of other children. “It’s going to mean a lot to them that you all went through the effort of making something special for them. This time of year is a difficult time for those children who don’t have their families. I want you to know how much I appreciate it and how much they will appreciate it.” This project is just one of several that these students will be responsible for this year as their instruction team develops individual plans that help these “not so cookie cutter” students to thrive to their full potential, all while learning about multiple job and career opportunities available in their local community. AE is an acronym for Alternative Education or ‘at risk’ students. These students may not be best suited in a traditional classroom or may be at risk of not graduating. One member of the AE instruction team, Bridget Buckley, works to tailor their schedules to the student’s exact needs. Shandra Craig who works as a behavior interventionist in the program explained, “We try to accommodate our students according to their needs. We meet them right where they are when we get them and then build from there. We can’t expect a student to know what is expected if it’s never been expected of them.” Guest speakers are invited to present each month. “In August, we took a field trip to the Humane Society and loved on all the pets,” said Craig. Students then spearheaded a pet food drive to assist the Humane Society. Volunteers from The Crossing have done presentations on changing a flat and the oil in a car. The Extension Office presented the ‘Get Real Here’s the Deal’ and students have been able to make field trips to Martin Marietta and Repops. Army recruiter Staff Sgt. Officer Schell spoke with the students on the significance of Veterans day. “We are trying to involve the community as much as possible so our students can see what/who all there is in our community. We want them to see that there is more than college to be successful… also for our community to understand our kids in AE are wonderful, kindhearted, loving people.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

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hristmas has been celebrated around the county for several weeks with parties, parades, lighting festivals, and so much more. Mena held their annual Christmas Parade of Lights in early December and Janssen Park was lit amidst hundreds of spectators before seeing the yearly fireworks display. Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab held festivities, as did PCDC and the Mena/Polk County Senior Center. The Mena First United Methodist Church hosted their annual open house and live nativity and Breakfast with Santa was a hit, as always. Most recently, the Town of Cove held their 24th annual Christmas Xtravaganza Parade and Community Reception with Santa Claus serving as special guest. The “Overall� trophy went to Miss Polk County and her horse. First place was won by the Cove branch of the Polk County Library, second place went to Terry and Joanie Scott with their 1950 Packard, and third place was won by 1st Baptist Church. At the reception, Santa talked with the many children who had waited to see him.

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Elks and Marines Provide Christmas to Hundreds

BY MELANIE WADE • news@mypulsenews.com

he Mena Elks Lodge and the local Marine Corps League Detachment served hundreds of children and their families on Saturday, December 16, at their annual toy and food basket give-away, but a small mix-up at the local post office almost caused a major issue that would’ve kept hundreds of families from receiving their Christmas cheer. But, after some very diligent work by a few dedicated volunteers, the day was saved and Christmas morning will be a bit brighter for some due to their efforts. The Elks and Marines partnered up a few years ago to bring the Elks’ food basket program together with the Marine’s Toys for Tots program. The result has been a success. Elks’ Exhaulted Ruler Brian Thompson said, “We have partnered with them [the Marines] for the last 5 years and they have made this ten times easier. They are a blessing to our lodge and community. George O’Daniel and Nathan Roth, of the Marine Corps League Detachment both work really hard on the program.” On Saturday, the two groups prepared to serve 465 children with Christmas gifts and 205 families with food baskets for the holidays. “We gave out around 23,000 toys and received $6,000 of that in donations from the community. We have been doing this 50 plus years and we would have never been able to do it without the people of Polk County helping us… their donations, their time, their support, helps us to take care of the children of this county and we deeply appreciate all of it,” Thompson said. He also praised the work of the Elks and the Marines. Fundraising begins in June of each year and around 800 hours are allotted to take on the large task. “Things wouldn’t work without the members help. The volunteer hours they give, we couldn’t do what we do here without them.” There were many who arrived at the allotted time to pick up their items; however, due to a mix-up at the local post office, many families did not receive their invitation. The Elks and Marines did not learn of the mix-up until Friday, the day before the event, and found themselves scrambling and trying to reach those families to pick up their items. “Without the help of KENA, there would have been around 100 kids that would not have received their gifts because their parents said they thought they weren’t approved,” Thompson explained. When the parents began hearing the announcements on the local radio station, some called to make sure while others just showed up. Thompson said on Monday that some families showed up on Sunday and Monday and as of press time, just three families had not shown up. He added that if you filled out the application for Toys for Tots but did not receive your approval post card in the mail, call the Elks Lodge at 479-394-3740.

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Craig explained that students work on a reward system. “When our students enter AE, they are given a student action plan. They are given goals that must be reached for success in AE. Once this plan is created, then we create a point sheet. This point sheet follows them to every class everyday. They are given points based on their goals. An example of a goal might be attendance, for some coming to school is difficult, so they are given points if they show up. We set a goal of getting at least 80% each week on their point sheets. If they reach the 80% goal they move up levels.” Another part of the AE curriculum is a service learning project. Some of the AE students spend half of their days at Holly Harshman, Louise Durham and Middle School helping teachers and students. “They help the teachers with whatever they need help with, and work with students that need a little extra attention.” Bridget Buckley, Ryan Luttmer, and Mack Chermak are the three full time instructors in the program and according to Craig, “They are a wonderful with our students, they take each of their needs and current situations into consideration. Mike Hobson is the AE director. We all work as a team, Mike is a wonderful leader, he gives us some railing and we try to keep it in between. At the end of 2016-17 school year, Bridget and I got together and made a plan for who we would like to have and the trips we would like to take. We have PineMoore Shavings has one (1) opening for a so much more flexibility than a regular classroom. We can be more creative to allow our students the ability to succeed. We are constantly working to change the face of AE. It is truly an alternative learning environment - a different way of learning. It’s a place for the not Please contact Beverly at 479-243-4577 for additional details so cookie cutter student to thrive.”

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uachita River School District is moving along on the construction of a new 10,000 s.f., $2 million cafetorium. The district opened the competitive bids September 1, and finally awarded Petree Construction of Ft. Smith with the project. Superintendent Jerry Strasner told The Pulse that he is extremely pleased with the team working on the Cafetorium, and the progress they have made already only a month into construction. “We have a really great team, with our architect and general contractor and everyone at the school. We have a good relationship, and we’re working really well together to solve problems as they come up,” Strasner told the Pulse. No millage increases were requested, and the district is able to pay cash for the project with no financing, an accomplishment that Strasner credits the staff of ORSD with, “Thank you to everyone in the district. We strive to be good stewards of their money.” ORSD has the eighth lowest millage rate in the state of Arkansas. The district currently feeds approximately 540 students in a 3,227 s.f. space. To accommodate, the district begins feeding lunch at 10:30 a.m. to get all of the students through. With the new cafetorium, lunches will be able to begin at 11 a.m. According to Strasner, the project will be 70% completed by the end of the current 2017-2018 School Year, weather permitting and at the current pace of construction. Construction officially began during the first week of November of this year, and Petree Construction expects the project to be completed in ten months time, bringing the end of construction to September of 2018. “We’ve been blessed with good weather as far as the construction goes, and I feel great about the progress so far… we’re moving right along,” said Strasner.

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ee explained that the city is looking into purchasing flag pole holders for all of the decorative lampposts that line Mena Street, both on the south and north ends. Although there were no immediate resolutions made, the Mayor said they were awaiting an estimate on the cost of the holders. Wood and Bob Young, also of the local American Legion, were in attendance at that meeting and expressed gratitude for the council’s work on the matter, but also questioned how the holders could work for businesses that purchase more than one flag per holiday. “We have some businesses that pay for four flags to be placed outside of their business,” said Wood to the Council. Mayor McKee said the Council would continue to look at the issue and work with veterans to keep the program running smoothly. In the days since the meeting, Wood said they have determined that each of the 70 lampposts that line Mena Street would have two flag holders. On Tuesday morning, December 19, Wood said a local man offered to incur up to $1,500 of the cost as donation. This would keep the city from having to budget the cost in and would help the veterans at the same time. A complete solution is hoped to be seen before Presidents’ Day 2018, their next schedule day to display the flags. Wood said their local American Legion Post #18 is “proud of its program” and that the number of flags being sponsored is growing rather quickly. “We have twelve American Legion volunteers who put out these flags on five different routes. Due to our increase in sponsors, we are going to have six routes starting in February 2018. We had Boy Scouts Troop #92 helping on Pearl Harbor Day and hope to have the Girls Scouts helping soon. We also want other groups of youth to help such as the Acorn Baseball and Acorn Archery programs.” The volunteers are also proud of the memories that the program brings each time the flags are displayed. From viewing the flags as a patriot to being a volunteer that proudly helps place them, the memories stretch among generations and organizers are looking forward to the continuing growth and honor the program brings. Currently, there are 114 businesses and individuals who sponsor 141 flags inside Mena’s city limits on each of eight flag holidays. Those holidays in 2018 will include: Presidents’ Day, February 19; Armed Forces Day, May 19; Memorial Day, May 28; Flag Day, June 14 June; Independency Day, July 4; POW/MIA Day, September 21; Veterans’ Day, November 11, Observed Monday, November 12; Pearl Harbor Day, December 7. If you are interested in sponsoring a flag or know someone who is, 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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DAV Auxiliary Honoring Veterans

Pictured above: Disabled American Veteran (DAV) Auxiliary members placed wreaths on veterans’ graves for Pearl Harbor Day on December 7. Those attending were Debbie Johnson, Carol Burns, Linda Spurgin, Ethel Glenn, State Commander Margaret Scott, Billy and Mary McLain, junior members Aiden McLain and Alexis Minzel. Also assisting were Ava, Hoyt, Hannah, and Katy McLain with Rose McLain. Pictured below: Members placed flags on graves of veterans to honor their service. Those participating included Rose McLain, Crystal Spurling, Debbie Johnson, Linda Spurgin, Ethel Glenn, and Carol Burns.

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and Sherry serves as a nurse at a local hospice agency. The couple has six children still living in the home including 17-year old daughter, Blake; son, Dalton, 14; daughter, Harlei, 12; son, Nick, 12; daughter, Raegan, 11; and son, Kolbi, 11. The family was sleeping when the fire began and awoke at 3 a.m. Cherry Hill Fire Department responded but the house was too engulfed to save. The family was able to escape safely, however, the home and all contents were lost. The McCourtney’s son, Logan, said, “I think my parents have been overwhelmed over the generosity of people, especially during this time of year. It’s extremely generous when people are already trying to buy gifts for their own families and they are pouring out to our family.” He said community members have donated clothing, backpacks, and Christmas gifts to the family and are so thankful for the support. “They are surprised in a pleasant way where the support has come from,” said Logan. “Elementary and middle school students were coming together to try to buy presents for the kids. Just the thoughtfulness of not just adults, but kids also, that have asked the adults to help them start fundraisers, has been so overwhelming. There have been people that don’t even know my parents that have seen them out and said, ‘here, and I just want to give you this.’” Just as with any other tragedy, the citizens of Polk County and Mena have stepped up to help their neighbor. “You never want this to happen in any town, but if there was a town you had to pick, it would be Mena. Whether it’s a tornado or a house fire, they are always there to support each other,” said Logan. There has been a benefit account set up at Union Bank for the McCourtney family for anyone wishing to assist them.

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Wolfenbarger said he noticed the lock on the door of his shop had been cut and upon entering, he found the destruction. “When I walked in, I saw disaster,” said Wolfenbarger. He found gold spray painted wording and symbols along with broken windows and windshields on a 1968 Firebird and a 1969 Coronet. His 1972 Chevelle had a broken windshield as well. “Whoever did that went with a set of bolt cutters and a spray can and knew what they were there for,” he added. “There’s no rhyme or reason to it.” Wolfenbarger also said that he, nor his family, has any clue who may have done something so damaging. “I’m just glad I have good insurance on the Firebird,” which had the most damage, also receiving spray paint on the interior of the vehicle. Curiously, Wolfenbarger said that nothing was stolen from the shop either, which contains tools and an assortment of other items. A $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible. If you have information, contact the Mena Police Department at 479-394-1212. Pictured: Wolfenbargers’ 1968 Firebird suffered the most damage with spray paint on the exterior and interior, as well as a busted windshield and windows.

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ect; however, after the crash, repairs were immediately necessary. In the weeks since, the rest of the ceiling has been inspected and cracks have been found in other locations of City Hall. The offices currently have drop ceilings and the cracks in the plaster had been previously undetected. Mayor McKee said they are now replacing all of the ceilings in the building and about half of the job was complete as of last week. They hope to have the job completed by the end of the year. McKee also said insurance coverage will help with the cost of replacing the ceiling, but not all of it. Official reimbursement numbers are not known at this time as a full cost of the project is not yet available. In other council news, members adopted the 2018 budget and approved an ordinance to fund their part of district court operations. A quit claim deed was approved to Washburn’s and the Mayor also updated the council on Elks Members & Guests the Morgan Street project, which is still awaiting proposed costs from the state.

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CLARENCE JUNIOR JEWELL

Clarence Junior Jewell, age 83, of Vandervoort, Arkansas passed away December 14, 2017 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born August 10, 1934 in Vandervoort, Arkansas to the late Clarence Jewell and the late Sarah Allen Jewell. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Freelen Jewell, his wife of 62 years. Mr. Jewell was a logger by profession. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Survivors are wife, Dorothy Jewell of Vandervoort, Arkansas; daughters, Janie Kinman and husband Allen of Big Springs, Texas, Marilyn Barrett and husband John, Jr. of Vandervoort, Arkansas, Glenda Watkins and husband Kenny of Vandervoort, Arkansas, Kim Jobe and husband Robert of Mena, Arkansas; son, Ronnie Jewell and wife Loretta of Cove, Arkansas; brothers, Walt Jewell of Gillham, Arkansas, Johnny Jewell of Holly Springs, Mississippi, Gerald Jewell of Cove, Arkansas, Robert Jewell of Cove, Arkansas; sisters, Marie Ashcraft of Cove, Arkansas, May Smith of Cove, Arkansas; 22 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sarah Allen Jewell; father, Clarence Jewell; daughter, Kathye Martin; grandson, Travis Barrett; granddaughter, Marsha Martin; two sisters, Betty Jean Martin and Betty Jo Higgins; and three brothers, Willie Lee Jewell, Billy Lee Jewell, and Elmer Jewell. Funeral services will be Monday, December 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Vandervoort First Baptist Church with Brother Aaron M. Anglin officiating. Interment will follow in the Witherspoon Cemetery in Vandervoort under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Richard Martin, David Martin, Jason Johnson, Austin Hinojosa, Gary Lynn Martin, Jr., Eddy Clovis, Brandon Martin, Jonathan Scott Barrett, Joey Watkins, Kenneth Watkins, Ethan Jewell and Jacob Jewell. Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

CLIFTON GOODNER Clifton “Rapid Ray” Goodner, age 78, of Glenwood, passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2017. He was born on March 17, 1939 at Board Camp, the son of Albert Goodner and Nancy Bates Goodner. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and six sisters. He was a member and deacon of the Com-

munity Bible Baptist Church and veteran of the Army National Guard. He was a member of the Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 and Eagles Auxiliary in Mena. A member of the American Hot Rod Association, he set a World’s Record in the 1/8th mile in his 1958 Chevrolet Corvette. He is survived by his wife, Laqueta Goodner of Glenwood; seven children and their spouses, Kim and Andy Milne of Mena, Karen Morris of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Clifton Goodner, Chad Goodner and Mamie, and Bryan Page, all of Mena, Ginger and Danny Seals and Darla and Jim Nuckols, all of Glenwood; fourteen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 20, 2017, in the Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Glenwood, with Bro. Vernon Wehunt, Bro. Homer Williams and Bro. Tony Hill officiating. Visitation was Tuesday, December 19, 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at the funeral home. Interment will be in Mount Tabor Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Britain Morris, Braeden Morris, John Hackney, Jacob Cogburn, Mike Tannehill, Doyle Pennington, Phil Williams, and James Ward. Honorary pallbearers will be Harley Tidwell, Drew Milne, Kyle Goodner, Randy Tidwell, Daniel Adams, members of Community Bible Baptist Church, employees of Phil’s Pharmacy and the staff of CHI St. Vincent Clinic in Glenwood. Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com.

DIXIE DIANNE KENYON Dixie Dianne Kenyon, age 69, of Mena, died, Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Mena Regional Health System in Mena. She was born on Friday, February 13, 1948 to Donald Leo and Alice Iona Misel Roggentine in Marengo, Iowa. Dixie had a servant’s heart in all aspects of her life. She would volunteer her time; working with the Polk County Fair Board, Ouachita Little Theater, serving some 20 years as a 4-H Leader and Cub Scout Leader. Dixie had a huge heart for kids and their well being. She loved her family and spending time with them. Dixie enjoyed reading and working at the Polk County Library for the last 5 years. Dixie was a member of the Hatfield Methodist Church and a long standing Board Member. Dixie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her. Dixie was preceded in death by parents and one brother, Russell Roggentine. Dixie is survived by her husband, Donald Kenyon of Mena; two sons, Rodney Kenyon of Florida and Gregory Kenyon of Topeka, Kansas; two daughters, Kristina Kenyon of Hatfield and Kandyce Foster of Mena; her brother, Roger Roggentine of Amana, Iowa; four sisters, Penny Stephens of Marengo, Iowa, Donna Murley, Cindy Murley and Kelcy Jasper all of Amana, Iowa; four grandchildren, Rayalan Kenyon, MaKayla Kenyon- Ortiz, Mikel Kenyon- Ortiz and Jacob

Kenyon- Ortiz; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at a later date with cremation services entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

RONALD JAMES SNELSON Ronald James Snelson, age 70, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Friday, December 15, 2017 at his home. He was born in Harrison, Arkansas on May 21, 1947, the son of the late Truman Snelson and the late Ruby Roberts Snelson. Ron was married to Marilyn Stay, was a jack of all trades and served his country in the United States Navy. He had a love of the outdoors, particularly hunting and fishing, and running cattle. Ron was a mentor of children and was active in Little League Baseball and attended the Mena First Assembly of God Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend, and he will be greatly missed. He is survived by wife, Marilyn Snelson of the home; sons, Ed Yetter of California, Donald L. Presley, III of Mena, Arkansas; daughters, Shirley Johnson of California, Valerie Smith of California, Donna Ellis of Montana; brother, William “Bill” Snelson of California; sister, Barbara Snelson of California; 13 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren; special neighbor and friend, Darrell Wright of Mena, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Susan Tanner of Mena, Arkansas; special friends, Randy and Kita Burgess of Mena, Arkansas; pastor, Ron Tilley and wife Pam of Mena, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Truman and Ruby Snelson, a son, Joseph Yetter, his first wife, Patty, brothers, David Wayne Snelson and Bob Snelson, and sisters, Joanne Jody Evans and Lucille and Connie Snelson. Funeral services will be held, Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the Beasley Wood Chapel with Brother Ron Tilley officiating. Interment follows in Gann Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday afternoon, prior to service beginning at noon. Pallbearers will be Ed Yetter, Calvin Johnson, Donald Presley, Cesar Loayza, Adam Loayza and Matthew Loayza. Honorary pallbearer will be Darrell Wright. Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

ALLEN owned Locally JACKSON & operated LAWRENCE Allen Jackson Lawrence, age 85, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, December 15, 2017 in Mena Arkansas.

Mr. Lawrence was born on October 24, 1932 in Waters, Arkansas to the late James Raymond Lawrence and Ethel Lewis Lawrence. He was happily married to Myrdith Singleton Lawrence, his wife of 62 years. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from University of Arkansas at Monticello. Mr. Lawrence was retired, but had worked as a high school basketball coach, a truck driver and was pastor at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church. He was an avid reader and also enjoyed hunting, sports and was a member of the Southern Baptist Association. He was a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend to all. He will be dearly missed. He is survived by wife, Myrdith Singleton Lawrence of the home; son, James C. Lawrence and wife Shirley of Mt. Ida, Arkansas; daughter, Sue Cavner and husband James of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren, April McGough & husband Mike, Lahoma Hembey & husband T.J., Jennifer Lawrence, Candace Lawrence, Myrdith Nichole Lawrence, Connie Kicliter and husband Clay, James Cavner III (“Robby”) and wife Jackie, Joshua Allen Cavner and wife Amy, Bethany Hughes and husband Cody; brothers, James Ray Lawrence and wife Sue of Oden, Arkansas, Junior McGhee of Arizona; sisters, Velma Gortemiller of Houston, Texas, Bethany Lawrence of Mt. Ida, Arkansas, Frances Gray and husband Jimmy of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Wilma Raney and husband Ralph of Benton Arkansas; 21 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-mother, Flora Lawrence, sister, Lorene Howard, brothers, Roland Lawrence and Kenneth Lawrence, and grandson, Michael Lawrence. Graveside service will be Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Hillside Cemetery with Brother Rusty Lewis officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena Family and friends visitation will be Tuesday, December 19, 2017 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Funeral Home Online obituary at Beasley Wood Funeral Home

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he December Students of the Month from Acorn Elementary School were chosen having displayed excellent citizenship, exceptional academic effort/improvement and good attendance. Simple Simon’s Pizza, Goss Electronics, and Laark Enterprises provided lunch and games. Pictured are: Front Row: Keaton Shores, Kindergarten, son of Cody and Chelsee Shores; Gabriel Elizalde, Kindergarten, son of Salvador and Stephanie Elizalde; Drew Mabry, 1st grade, son of Leo and Jennifer Mabry. Middle Row: Paisley Burger, 2nd grade, daughter of Chris and Jill Burger; Sophia Cummings, 2nd grade, daughter of Calvin and Summer Cummings; Ashlynn Davis, 1st grade, daughter of Jessica Shores; Irene Gilhousen, 4th grade, daughter of Rodney and Diana McQueen; Chance Hughes, 3rd grade, son of Ray and Anelise Hughes; Ace Sarabia, 3rd grade, son of Jonah and Sarah Sarabia; Nevaeh Daugherty, 2nd grade, daughter of Holly Bunyard; Jaylee Powell, 2nd grade, daughter of Jeremy and Amber Powell. Back row: Summer Nix, 4th grade, daughter of James and May Nix; Christina Velasquez, 6th grade, daughter of Jessica Medina and Chris Velasquez; Sophie Strasner, 6th grade, daughter of Jerry and Misti Strasner; Matthew Lyle, 5th grade, son of Kris and Mindy Lyle; Kailee Branson, 5th grade, daughter of Lee Wagner and Kent Branson; Jayde Escalanta, 5th grade, daughter of Ace and Sara Escalanta.

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he November Students of the Month from Acorn Elementary School were chosen due to having displayed excellent citizenship, exceptional academic effort/improvement, and good attendance. Simple Simon’s Pizza, Goss Electronics, and Laark Enterprises provided lunch and games. Pictured are: Front Row: Janice Gonzalez, 1st grade, granddaughter of Joe and Zula Hale; Jozie Daniels, Kindergarten, daughter of Jon and Lisa Daniels; Bailey Morrow, Kindergarten, daughter of Melissa Dehart. Middle Row: Kaitlynn Ledbetter, 4th grade, daughter of Chris and KyLynn Ledbetter; Aubrie Boyd, 2nd grade, daughter of Randy and Elisabeth Boyd; Levi Cummings, 2nd grade, son of Calvin and Summer Cummings; Calee Puckett, 3rd grade, daughter of Kristina Hannaman; Turner Salley, 1st grade, son of Josh and Lindee Salley. Back row: Christian Staggs, 4th grade, son of Charley Staggs; Kensey Rosson, 6th grade, daughter of Jon and Sandra Rosson; Sara Pippen, 6th grade, daughter of Quincy and Allison Pippen; Zach Nugent, 5th grade, son of Jason and Amy Neugent; Landon McAdams, 3rd grade, grandson of Lisa Pearson.

Acorn High School Announces Students of the Month T he Acorn High School Faculty has chosen the following students for the October 2017 Students of the Month: 7th Grade: Braven Rodgers, son of Scott & Teresa Rodgers; 8th Grade: Abbi McCarroll, daughter of Clint & Tracy McPherson and Chris McCarroll; 9th Grade: Tyler Smedley, son of Jimmy Smedley; 10th Grade: Makenna Goss, daughter of Greg & Kim Goss; 11th Grade: Rachel Murr, daughter of Michael & Stephanie Murr; 12th Grade: Josey Webb, daughter of Duane & Dotsy Webb. These students were chosen based on characteristics of performing at ability level, participating in the classroom, respectful to faculty and peers, demonstrating a good work ethic and demonstrating all-around good citizenship. Students received an academic plaque as well as their lunch furnished by Nidec at a restaurant of their choice.

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Thursday, December 21 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. – The Board Camp Baptist Church at 107 Country Road 63 will distribute food. • 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. – Polk County Library Board will meet in the Susanna Mosley Community Room at the Library. • 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. • 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. – Acorn Water monthly meeting at the Water Office. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. • 6:00 p.m. – Christian Singles will meet at Union Bank Community Room. • 6:30 p.m. – Disaster Preparedness Group meets at Assembly of God Church, 2111 Sutherland Ave. in Mena. • 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. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:30 p.m. – Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 meets at the Mena Lodge located in the Old Post Office by Janssen Park. Friday, December 22 • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Road tests are given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room unless the roads are wet. Written tests are given at

1:00 p.m. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – PCDC Board of Directors will meet in the MRHS Conference Room A. • 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. - Gator & Friends will play at The American Legion in Acorn, admission $6. Potluck and 50-50 drawing, with 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. Saturday, December 23 • 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. • 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, December 24 • 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. – Worship service is held at Sulpher Springs Church. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 6:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship with Holy Communion will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1010 DeQueen Street. • 6:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at First United Methodist Church in Mena. Everyone is welcome to attend. • 6:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve program “The Guiding Star” will be held at Holly Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 4 ½ miles east of Grannis. Everyone present will receive an old fashioned “poke” of fruit and candy. Monday, December 25 • 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. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. Tuesday, December 26 • 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 weighins, followed by a meeting. • 5:00 p.m. – Country and Gospel music is played at the Polk County Housing Authority Community Room. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for the families of addicts and alcoholics meets at the ABC Club. • 7:00 p.m. – The Marine Corps League Detachment will meet at Lighthouse Fitness, 2011 Hwy. 71S, Mena. For more information, call 479-234-0769. • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Bluegrass music at Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room. • 7:30 p.m. – Mountain Meadow Masonic Lodge #218 will meet at the Hatfield Lodge. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479-234-2887 or 479234-3043. Wednesday, December 27 • 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. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 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. Thursday, December 28 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. – The Board Camp Baptist Church at 107 Country Road 63 will distribute food. • 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. – Polk County Library Board will meet in the Susanna Mosley Community Room at the Library. • 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. • 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. – Acorn Water monthly meeting at the Water Office. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. • 6:00 p.m. – Christian Singles will meet at Union Bank Community Room. • 6:30 p.m. – Disaster Preparedness Group meets at Assembly of God Church, 2111 Sutherland Ave. in Mena. • 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. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:30 p.m. – Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 meets at the Mena Lodge located in the Old Post Office by Janssen Park. Friday, December 29 • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Road tests are given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room unless the roads are wet. Written tests are given at 1:00 p.m. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. – A band will play at The American Legion in Acorn. $6 admission. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Cross-

ing Church. • 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. Saturday, December 30 • 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. • 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, December 31 • 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. – Worship service is held at Sulpher Springs Church. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 8:00 p.m. – Happy New Year celebration will be held at The Fraternal Order of the Eagles, featuring Whiskey Peak band. Pay at the door, $5/member; $7/guest. Designated drivers will be available. Monday, January 1 • 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Mena Seventh Day Adventist Church Food Pantry at 149 Polk Road 43, across from Fairgrounds. Non-perishable food, personal care items, and nutritional help. Everyone will be served. • 6:30 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. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – Potter RVFD meeting at the Fire Station. • 7:00 p.m. – Acorn RVFD meeting will be at the Fire House. Tuesday, January 2 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardner Community Men’s Breakfast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 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 weighins, 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. – 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. 479-234-2887 or 479-2343043. Wednesday, January 3 • 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. • 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. – 7:30 p.m. – Regeneration Youth Ministries 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. 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.

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Lady Eagles Edge Out Kirby

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n Tuesday, December 12th, the Cossatot River Lady Eagles basketball team hosted the Kirby Lady Trojans for some basketball on Stevenson Court. In a low scoring and defensive first quarter, the two ladies’ basketball teams scored eight points apiece, to go into the second quarter of play tied up at 8-8. In the second, the Lady Trojans held Cossatot to only four points, and outscored the Lady Eagles 9-4, to take a five point, 17-12, lead into halftime. At the half, McKenzie Jones led the Lady Trojans with 12 points, as Ashlen Gonzalez scored 5 points for Cossatot. In a quite evenly matched third quarter, Cossatot narrowly outscored the Lady Trojans 7-4, to go into the final quarter of play, down by only two points, 21-19. With 1:07 left to go in the fourth quarter, the Lady Eagles took the lead on two freethrows from Ashlen Gonzalez. Thanks to a few more fouls by Kirby, and some made free throws, Cossatot went on to extend their lead and win the game by five, 28-23. McKenzie Jones led the Kirby Lady Trojans with 14 points on the night, while Gracen Smith added on 4 points, number twelve Davis 3 points, and Adi Harmon 2 points. Raegan Richardson led the Cossatot Lady Eagles with 11 points of her own, as Ashlen Gonzalez scored 10 points, Harley Dering 3 points, and Rhyen Martin and Lauren Driver 2 points each. On Friday, December 15th, the Lady Eagles traveled to Fouke and won 50-46, and on Tuesday, December 19th, Cossatot hosted Nashville.

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n Tuesday, December 12th, the Cossatot River senior high boys basketball team hosted the Kirby Trojans on campus of Cossatot River High School. Prior to the senior boys game, the Cossatot Jr. Eagles fell to Kirby 42-34. In the senior boys game, the Trojans started off on an 18-1 run, and went on to take a fifteen point, 22-7, lead into the second quarter. Kirby did not let up in the second quarter, holding the Eagles to only three points, while scoring seventeen points of their own, to take a twenty-nine point, 39-10, lead into halftime. Cody Brown led the Eagles with 4 points at halftime, as Carson Smith led Kirby with 19 points. In the third quarter, Kirby continued to trot past the Eagles, outscoring them 21-2, to take a 60-12 lead into the final quarter of play. Both Cossatot and Kirby scored seven points a piece in the fourth quarter, to give the Trojans a forty-eight point, 67-19, win over the Eagles. Carson Smith led the Kirby Trojans with 25 points on the night, while Cameron Gaither added on 9 points, Evan Mount 6 points, Hagen Cimino, Ryan Franks, and number twelve Turner 5 points each, number eleven Johnson 4 points, and number twenty-two Cox, number forty-five Turner, number twenty-one Cowart, and number five Putz 2 points each. Gavin Ralls led the Cossatot Eagles with 5 pointsa as Cody Brown and Garrett Watkins scored 4 points, Brayden Smith 3 points, Kolby Frachiseur 2 points, and Coy Frachiseur 1 point. On Friday, December 15th, the Eagles traveled to Fouke and won 65-32, and on Tuesday, December 19th, Cossatot hosted Nashville.

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his past week, the local Cossatot River and Mena junior high basketball teams competed in the 6th Annual Umpire Junior Tournament. With wins over Mount Ida and Kirby, the Mena Jr. Ladycats advanced to the girls’ championship game, to take on the Cossatot Jr. Lady Eagles, who had wins over Dierks and Murfreesboro. In a close matchup, the Jr. Lady Eagles edged past Mena by two points, 44-42. On the boys’ part of the bracket, the local Cossatot Jr. Eagles lost their first round game against Dierks. After a first round bye, the Mena Jr. Bearcats won their second round matchup against Mount Ida, 64-18, before defeating Kirby 39-30 in the semi-finals, to advance to the championship game against Dierks. In another competitive championship game, the Jr. Bearcats came away victors with a 42-36 win over the Jr. Outlaws.


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he Mena Art Gallery has rescheduled the Portrait Drawing Class that Barbara Tobias will conduct in January because a couple of people asked that we do it during the day so they would not have to drive at night. This four session class will take place 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm on Mondays, January 8, 15, 22, and 29. Barbara will concentrate on standard proportions for male and female faces and how to alter them to reflect individuality of the person sitting for the portrait. The class will be working primarily with graphite pencils, although those who prefer to work in charcoal or another drawing medium can do so. Supplies needed are a sketch pad (at least 8.5 inches by 11 inches), one or more pencils, and a kneaded eraser. Barbara will supply paper for a final drawing to give students the chance to see the difference that quality of paper can make. If you are interested in taking the class, please call the gallery at 479-394-3880 to register as space in our classroom is limited.

he Ouachita Little Theatre Board of Directors is making plans for improvements and updates during the coming year. In January, the membership drive will be in full force, including a new online renewal form. Members will still be able to join through the mail-in form, but the online format will be an easy and secure method of registering for OLT member status and ticketed events. More information will be made available in the coming weeks. Current OLT members should be watching their emails in the next few weeks for further details. The next OLT production of Four Weddings and an Elvis directed by Scotty Jenkins will be opening February 9, 2018. The cast has been chosen and is posted on the OLT Facebook page. There are plans to reorganize the upstairs portion of the theatre to make costumes and certain props more attainable for shows and rentals. The sound system of the theatre is also being reworked. Donations are appreciated, so friends of the theatre may want to consider donating to this cause as 2017 draws to a close. Our next free movie night on January 10th celebrates the 70th anniversary of one of the most critically acclaimed and loved movies of all time, “Casablanca.” The time has been moved from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM to give our patrons more time to eat dinner before they come, but still get home at a reasonable time. Just “save room” for popcorn! OLT would like to remind the public that their VHS tapes and 8mm movies can still be copied onto a DVD format. This will be an ongoing service, so don’t hesitate to drop by the office on Mena Street on weekdays between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM for information and prices. Advance ticket sales for all shows are also available during these hours.

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In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

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Payson Blecher: me and my family make snow cones. We have fun make abunch. Mimi or my sisters get the snow we can put food flavoring in it u eat it. I love eating snow cones and so do my sisters. Gavin: Putting cookies and milk on the counter and carrots for the reindeer. Shelby Rusert: to me Christmas is love on another. Christmas is all about Jesus’ birthday.

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Mrs. Medford’s Class: Trinity: It means sharring. It means carring. Bring thankfull for what you get even if your parents don’t have the money. Being joyfull. It means giving, singing songs, spending time with your family. Playing with new toys, having fun together. It means loveing. It means hapiniss. Sage: Playing with the toy. It means sharing. It means being helpful. It means present. It means Joy. It means reading Christmes stories. It means playing with toy and means haveing fun. It means being thankful. Rebecca Cade: Haveing fun and singing Christmas carools hearing the sound of lafeter and haveing famley time and having a holey,

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joley time and being thankful for gifts and lisaning to Christmas songs and my asuloot favarit part of Christmas is looking for the elf thate is in my hawes is my favrit part of Christmas. Acelynn: It means to be thankful. It means to be nice. It means to be helpful. Singing Chistmas songs. It means being together. Being thankful for gifts. It means to be joyful. And nice at all times. It means geting together with family and having the time of your life every year. Rich: Christmas selbrating Jesuses birthday. That meanes ulot to me. then you can sing songs bing helful to people be thankful that you have a famly and seeing Gearge. On Christmas for 1 week maybe 2 weeks but we make the best of it. Then we get 100$ on Christmas I saveing it this year. Play with my brothers. Kayden: eat Christmas feast. Sing songs. Be helpfull. Read Christmas stories. Play with toys. draw a Christmas list. Be nice. Be sharing. Be braver. Be together. Be thankful for toy. Be listening. Have fun. Trey Shun: It means sharing It means happiness It means joy It means songs It means reading It means presents It means helpful It means snow It means fun It means giving It means famly It

means toys It means food It means careing It means get together. It means making stuff. Kady Jo: It means happiness. It means careness singing songs joy being together with your family playing together haveing fun being thankful for your gifts reading Christmas stories It means giving. Jaysha: It means happiness. It means sharing. Joy It means helpful. Singing songs. Haveing fun. Being thankful for gifts. Being together with family. Reading Christmas stories. It means giving. Playing with toys. It means presents. It means to be caring. It means loveing. Cashus: It means singging Christmas songs and It means readding Christmas stores. It means being together with a family. It means Love your parents and santa. It means Love your hole family It means thank you Santa. Love Cashus Demember 25

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Jimmie: It means happiness. It means sharing. It means being helpful. It means nice. It means to be vore good. It means thaks for Jeuse. It means to do good stouf. It means we sing sogs. It means we prase God. It means we love God. It means we obay your dad and mom. It means we like Juse. It means he is nice. Hailee: God’s birthday gifts joy happiNathan ness songs playing Brock October having fun sharing 18, 2017 helpful giving being with family having a elf on the shelf giting new things like shoes. Jordan: It means giving being thankful for gifts. Being together with family haveing fun. It means joy. It means being helpful It means sharing playing with toys. It means happiness. It means presents. Trey: It is speshel to me and my flimly I like Chritmas I love Chrimis light at the park I love Chrimes songs at pop G house I

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love my frinds and famly because at my rill dads house I have four bruthurs thay like Chrimas to thay love as much as me. on Chimoes so thay love my elf from santa is funny it hang on the door. Anubis: Singing sum Christmas songs. Playing with miy dad and mom. Playing in the snow. Fun to play with my femlee. Sum pee pol do not selbrat Krismis. I like Krismis. But sum pee pol do not like Krismis like richee do not bleev is senta but I do. Marshall: Being to gether with famley. Having fun. Gifing toys having crimase trees. Having a snow ball fiates. Belding snow mans. And happey time. Conner: It means happiness. It means giving. Singing songs joy reading being together with family. Playing with toys haveing fun It means wait it means to me being thankful for wait you have. Olivia: It mean in joy. It mean happiness. It mean

giving it. It means presents. It mean singing a song. It mean having fun at Christmas. Being thankful for your mom and dad. It mean being Helpful to your family. Being together with your family. Being together with your family. It means sharing with your familu. It mean to read Christmas books. Hang ordamist to the Christmas tree. Conner W It mean what yman June 1, did you git for 2017 Christmas. Being thank ful for your family. Mrs. Trammell’s Class: Donivan Davis: I am getting a gumball machine. Kypton Miller: It’s Jesus’s birthday. It mean to spend time with my family. It mean’s to have fun with my cousins. It mean to get presents. It mean’s to catch santa. It mean’s to be patient to get my presents. It mean’s that to go

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Isaac Hughes: I git presents and I am thank fool for them.

Jaasiel Hernandez: It is time of presents. I can see my coasins. I can have fun. It is Gods birthday. I can see my coasins and I can play with them.

Truett House: Christmas means to me to spend time with my faily. It means it’s Jesus birthday. It means to present’s from Santa and Lord. It means to give thanks. Sam Hopper: For Christmas, I spend time with my family and have fun decorating the house and getting up the Christmas. Ashlyn Short: Is that I get to spread joy to my family. It also means to me that Jesus saved us. It also means that it is Jesus’s birthday. Katherine Barfield: It is sharing with friends, spending time with falmy, and decorating the hose. Aiden Whisenhunt: Jesusis barth day. My family gits to be happy. Santa brings presants to tawn. God is my father. Jesus did fur us. We git to decorate the house. Mason Tamblin: Haveing fun We get toy We decorate the tree. Brylee Cox: is spending time with my family. Also what it mean to me is Jesus’s birth. What it also means to me is that we give thanks. It also means

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Ryan Walston: Everything Jesus did for us. And his sollvation and our sins, his forgiveness. His birth, and his love. Braxston Hendershot: I am thankful to be alive. God is my father in the bible god have us birth to me. Kiera Killian: It means you are spreading joy to family and friend on Christmas. I love Jesus my savior. Serenity Gasca: It is a time for presents, friends and family. Wyatt Head: It is Jesus’s birthday and his salvation, the Lord! I am thankful for the Lord. I am thankful for Jesus. Cady Minoza: Spreading joy with my family and friends. Also it is the birthday of God. I love getting presents. I love to put up decorations. Sergio Maldonado: You need to shere Christmas. Makayla: What Chiristas mens to me. Chiristas


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mens to spred joy to the world. Havin Chiristmas with my family. Im happy to have Chiristas with gramma and popol. On Christmas it is Jesus Birthday.

Nana’s. I love Christmas!!!

Joseph Morgan: What Christmas means to me is geting presents and geting to see santa.

Lily: on Christmas we celebrate Jesus birthday then we open present grandma gets us present then they whach us open present then they leave then we eat breatfast.

Austin Fields: What Christmas means to me is selulbrating Jussus’s birth and birthday. It mens Jusus died for our sins. It mens Jussus savde us. Mrs. Miller’s Class: Brynlee: It makes me have joy in my soul because at Christmas eva time it is Jesus’s birthday. He was born on Christmas. Christmas is a spcial holiday because Jesus was born on Christmas. On Christmas you get to spend the day for tow weeks on Christmas with your Mom, your Dad, your Uncle, your Aunt, you Meme, you Pappi. Jacob Cole: I feel joyful because it is Jesus’s birthday I celebrate with presents and see my family and eat and have a good time. Lily Kate Doughty: It means that it is Jesus’s birthday and I am excited because I like geting presents and spending time with my family. My cousins and I always go upstairs and play at my

Athenna: Christmas means a lot to me because it is my little sister Kinsy’s birthday. It’s also Jesus’s birthday too and I’m so excited.

Klover Kiersey: is happiness to spend time with family and friends. I like to get presents. We have two weeks out of school! If it snows I can play outside. When it gets darck we can eat gingerbread and drink hot coco. We can sing songs. Brody: It feel reley relly happy abat Chrismas because it is Jesus birthday. Brookelyn: I feel happiness because I get to spend time with my family. And its Jesus’s birthday. Lane: It is exciting because Jesus’s birthday was on Christmas. Close to Christmas I go to church and so a hay ride at my church and my nana’s church. Krista: I’m the most excited because it is Jesus’s birthday. It reminds me of Santa and I get to spend more time whith my famliy. I get to get a lot

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of presents and I get to spend more time whith my aunts and uncles. Vaughn Vacca: On Christmas I feel excited because It’s Jesuse’s birthday and because I get to spend time with my family. My brothers and I usually make a snowman, ride down the Wall-Mart hill when it snows or make snowballs. Patricia: is joy oy because it is Jesus’s birthday. We get to open present and we get to go to my grandmas. Lance: Christmas tmas is excitement becuse it is Jesus’s birthday It is we get presents from mom and dad on Jesus’s birthday. Ross Henry: It means a lot to me because you get lots of presents. and it is relly important because Jesus born on Christmas. Gabriel: All we do Christmas is open presents and feel good for what we got.

Ms. Smallwood’s Class: McKenzie Jaggers: When it’s Christmas it doesn’t mean present it makes me think about Jesus when he was born on Christmas Eve. It make me think about when I spend time with my family. It makes me happy! It makes me cheerful! It gives me happy memorys happy times it gives me funny Alexand times. Christmas er J. Em erson makes me think October 5, 2017 of cold snow, lights, Christmas threes! Christmas is wonderful! Carsyn Horton: it is about god wen he was boren I love Chismas Chismas is about love and thankfull that your here be thankfull because some peaple are dead and that is sad be thankfull that you have a good chismas that what means to me Some peaple are diing to see there, open there present wen there in the armey. Be thankfull.

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Landon Bush: What means to me is my family Violet Andrews: It is like a b-day pary but with because they say that every thing is real and Santa. And you be with your famaly. But it is they love me and they care about me and Santa Jesus birthday and we trust in him and we nevey cares about me everybody loves me and it’s not stop beleving in him because if we do we wot all about presents it’s about being with your family be a part of him inne mor so we have to do the right not the wrong I’m glad I’m my self and I will never change I because you need to be good say who I am and what I am. I love because the nicssis Jesus everybody and they love magic and nevey evey be me so I love everybody bad you might wat to be and Santa loves me Elizah W ilson good because satana is to Santa. If they don’t October 31, 2017 seeing you. If you are bad then they are not true you might git col. If you are so that’s the end of my nice he will git you gifts. story the end. Oh one more thing don’t catch Santa Christian Scott: Being He’s invisible. nice, happy, and Jordan: It mase me happy giving gifts. Becoase whin he givs me presens to its fun and I like to be open on Christmas brake. Whiy very nice and I want is Santa nise to kids. I whil eat to spend time with my food to eat. Spend tim with my family four a hole entier fammley. day. And I moved heer and my dad lived where I use to live at and I want to spend as much as I posably can with him and my family.

Gavin Griffin: I like slepeing on Christmas. I like the presints on Christmas. I jist like Christmas.

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time. famaly. Because I love my famaly. Jesus because I love Jesus and God. Cind of presents Karrie Parker: It is Jesus Birthday and I can not rile. Because presents is not be with my flimay, and my cusens. Because I all about Chrismas. My sister behavint sen then in for ever. And I like cause she is my sister and I love to open the presints her. My mom because she is that he gives me on Aubree M . Burt my mom I love her sooo much. Christmas moning. August 1, 2017 My GG and Pops and my cuI get to play hinseck san. Because I love them. My with my flimay and my grandma and papa because cusens. they are nice to me. Naomi Shone: Christmas Dani Neer: It macs me means to me cause you get to happ. Because I get to open peastns. I get to play with be with my femle. And my my sister on Chirsmas. And cusins. And I get to open we selbray. Jesei birthday on prasins with my cusins too. Cirstmas. And I get to see my I get toys to. gramamma. Averi Ortiz: Becuase Jeus no it is Jezus, William Pierce: I now is born, peter pan does funny becase it was Jezusis birthday but things like rap toolite paper arond when jezus was barn theher Anjuls told the tree, And all of the kids get presents some of the sheperds and more pepool that Jezus and we get to play with them. Santa is nise to was barn there are some songs to it to. The End. kids. It is my dad’s birthday. We get to have fun and play games. It means to me becuse my whole Braydn McVicker: It is about Gods birth. And it is fun to selbrate Chrimas and it is fun to open famly gets together and to go to my memals hose present. I will be in Haitvill. and have lots of presents. And it is relly fun when every body opens there present. And I get talking Angel Miller: It is all abate God Because it is

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his bithday was win he was born and evey December it is his bithday and I learnd that form chrch they tot me thut so we can celbrat his bithday evey December we ars spost to be Happy for him and he aols loves us very much and aols in December 25th is his bithday and will go to heven and he die for our sins because so will be clene. Carter Quillin: Because it is nise to me. Because fun to people. Santa is a nis prsen. I like Christmas. Chirstmas is my fravrit day. Christmas is a good holday. Ms. Castor’s Class: Asher: Chtistmas means love to me and good. We have a big diner evry year at Chtistmas. I git lots of toys. James: Opn petsents with my mom and my dad. Shooter: Its almost Christmas. Christmas is a special day. It is Jeses birthday. There should be a way to catch Santa. I’m gunna try too catch you Santa. Santa you don’t now how I’m gunna catch you Santa because I thought and learned. Caylee: Chistmas is awesome. It means to me the world. I have two Chistmas’s. And that is grate. I go to Texarkana. And I go to Mena. I love Chistmas And family is why I love it so much. And family being to gather Makes me happy. Megan: Jesus Birthd. And it is like Chistmas presents are like God celebrating Jesus birthday. And wene elf is waching you it is like God watching you. Hailey: Christmas means Jesus birthday. When we all gather aruond the tree and are perens woching us. All of are family with us. Santa giving us presents. Owen: It’s Jesus’s birthday and I can see my whole family. I can open presents.

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Christian: It means to me being with family and celebrating Jesus’s birthday. And singing Chrismas songs. Rylan: It’s is Jesus birthday. The family gest to gethr. It’s is fun. Mollee: It means that Christmas is Jesus’s Birthday and my famaly celebrat’s it at my NaNa’s church. And on my dad’s side we go to my Ancols and my Ant’s hous. We love Chrismas. Mason: It’s a bwat celebrating Jusu’s birthday and be with you family. Abbie: Christmas is Jesu birthday. Christmas is win we all gather aruond to eat Christmas dinner. Christmas is win we all gather aruond. Annie: Christmas means to me is seeing my family in Texas we all gather together for Christmas. This Christmas my cosins are comeing for Christmas from Winslow. Jakob: Christmas means all of hour family get to gether sell a brate and be happy and be thankfol for stuf for whait the goves you. Abbagail: My ant Angey comes from Nebraska all the way to Arkansas. It is Jesuses birthday. Drexley My family gathers Averyn B eck to gather at my Septem ber 6, 2 017 grandparent’s hose for Christmas eve. We open presents on Christmas eve. Evan: It means to celebrat Jesus’s birthday mosest peple have christmas some do not. The people ho do not please do it if you can it is fun for your childs. But if you cant thats ok. Aiden: It’s not just about the presents well the presents are super fun. But what Christmas means to me is Jesus birthday. Thats what Christmas means to me.

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Jaxon: Christmas benez awr female togithr. Ms. Wagner’s Class: Isiah Ortiz: What Christmas mean to me is everyone gets together and opens presents and feasts. Isaiah Clovis: to me it is fun. Jaycee Jones: Christmas is verey special to me Becuase We Go Visit my Family. Grampa’s and Gramas aunts and uncles even my cusin Cody and Allin Got me a early Christmas present.

Zachary: Christmas mean that Santa gives poepole gifts and sing Christmas songs and Chritstmas Dinner and drink hot chocklate. Paeyton Hostetler: It’s evrything to me. I just love to celabrate God’s birthday and the giving I love it so much. Isaias: Chiristmas means a lot!! To me because you get a lot of presents and a lot of stuff.

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Makayla: Spending time with family and having fun. Treven Ralls: a family time, its a special time of year.

Wayne: All of our family meets up to celebrate.

Ravyn: I love Christmas Because its God Birthday. Bryer: It feels good I am thankful about Christmas. Im happy and excited. Jordyn Gilchrist: Celebrating Jesus’ birthday and having fun. Alec Erickson: to me Christmas means love, sharing, family, caring, Jesus, happiness, giving and friends.

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Emma: Christmas means to me that famly gathers up.

Serenity: It’s a time when we get to go visit my Grandpa and celebrate Jesus’s birthday.

Marcus: It’s a family holiday where we get presents from Santa.

Dori: It’s whar two families get together to get Christmas dinner.

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Ms. Martin’s Class: Gabi: Christmas means about haveing time wift my family and haveing a good tome and Jesus was born on Christmas and im going to have a good time at Christmas and I hope I have a good time wift my family and Christmas is a good hallday and my family is a good family and I hope this is a good Christmas and I have a good Christmas. Madox: to celebrate Jesuses birth. To see family members. Stori: Loveing my my home and santa class. My Gtandmalls burthday close to Crismess!

Kyle Smith: Santa give kindness to kids and kids give kindness to Santa.

Steven: I love celebrating Jesus birthday and I get more toys from santa and I like Jesus.

Blayden: Candy joy of any kind I bless turkey. I bless you love that’s what Christmas mean’s to me.

Isaac: I luve seeing my famulee I luve making cukee Four santa. I luve selubrate Jesis brthday. I luve put up the Christmas tree. I luve visit my famule.

Jaylynn: is when it is Jesus birthday and you celebrate with you family and give each other presents and have fun and put up a Christmas tree.

Jessie: Presents, cookies and celebrating Jesuses birtday and a day off of school and when the Christmas train come. What I like about Christmas

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is the pretty decerations. Chloe: Celebrating my dog Angels birthday and Jesuses birthday. Christmas is the time of year that evryone gathers together and has a good time. Christmas is the time of year you get wonderful presents. Christmas is the time of year you get to see all your family. Shawn: to celabrate Jesus brithd. Eat candy and spend time with freinds and family. Ayden: I in joy Christmas presents and having a brake from school. I in joy Christmas because it is Jesus birthday. Avery: I love Christm because get free gifts. And celebrating Jesus chris birthday. Montana: What Christmas means to me! is Gods birth. My big brother’s birthday. And Christmas presints. Raymond: I love to eat cokkies. I love Santa. I love you God. Happy birthday Jesus. Desirae: 1. Celibrating Jesuses Brithday. 2. Christmas is specel to my family. 3. my friends. 4. My elves. 5. Santa 6. My mom and dad. 7. Crise. Ryan Denton: We celebrating gods birthday. And giting presents. And visiting my gramow. Getting in the crismis prade. And seting up my gramows tree. Going sleding. Zander: It is abot gots b on fday and have fun wit your famly and one mor thang I thank you Sate thor all ove the prnzens and the presents thit your brging me thes yure. Lilly Crider: Jesus birthday Satna’s birthday. Make cikkes milk and be with the love ones. Pesstens Christmis thees. I visit my family. I joan my family for a feast. Zasslynn Floyd: I wat a robot cat that flis for chismis. Sequoya: A happy day when people and family join together like Dads and moms all join together.

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Miss McCleskey’s Class: Jerry: I like Christmas because Santa comes to town. On trees the sound of bells are ringing. Santa comes with the toys. I leave treats Santa

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works with the elfves to make the toys. Christmas is my favorite holiday me and my mom put lights on the tree. I like Christmas. Erick: Do you know why the holidays are my July 24, favorite? Christmas is my 2017 favorite and I like to play in the snow. It is fun and we open our presents. I get a lot of toys and we sing a lot of songs and Santa rides in a sleigh. We eat treats.

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mom and me will hang Ben: My mo up the Christmas lights olso we will have fun. It will be the best Chistmas ever! Also it is a fun holiday and thar will be los presins ever my cousins and thar will b a big sticking I will get deseol and my dog will get trest. Also my dog will celebrate Christmas with me and his trest are bones. Melenie: I love when we celebrate Christmas with my cousins. Because we get alot of presents and we put up a tree. We put decorations on the tree. We have treats so we can eat. I will put up stockings and lights so I won’t be dark. Raeleigh: I Love when my family comes to one house and celebrates Christmas. I Love to open my presents. Christmas. I love to look in My stockings and eat the candy in it. We stay with Sas and Mom Vol and Sadi My Ants go shoping for presents. My Mom hides the presents in her room. My favorite part of decorating is the Christmas tree. Thats why I love Christmas. Kinzee Christmas is the Harper McAfee Best! June 20 , 2017 Jorden: My mom, dad, and I wrapped presents. so elves and Santa will come and see us and put presents under the tree I give Santa milk and cookies.

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Aliha: Celebrating Christmas and decorating trees. The thing that I am happy for is the presents and playing in the snow, ringing bells, singing songs, hanging stocking and having

Jacqueline: I will decorate trees with Chrismas lights. I would play some songs. I would put some elves outside. I will hang up bells. I will put some Chrimas trans. I will help my family outside. I will put up some fun stuff. Of course I will jump on my trampline. Vanessa: Christmas is my favorite holiday of

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the year. Becuas of presents under trees and Christmas lights on our houses Also playing in the snow and making snow angels, ice skating on a pond, and going to my cousins house to open our presents. Sophia: On Christmas I liket o put the tree up. It is fun to put lights on the tree. I like to sing Christmas songs. My favorite thing is Santa. Samuel: Holidays are my favorit because all my family is together. That what it means to me.

Yarel: We put trees up and have fun. We tack pictures with Santa. We see the elves on the tree we have presents we put the Christmas light on the porch to make the house pretty for chistmas. Violeta: My mom makes treats. We put ip the tree then wrap presents. I wrote a note to Santa. We sing songs, put stockings beside the fire, bells ring, decorations in the halls, and snow falls down. Merry Christmas to Everybody. Kortsen: It is a holiday for my family and many

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others. It is Christmas. Bo: I like Christmas becuase you get and presents I like Santa cluss we get candy and trets and yummy sanks. Gabriel: I like Christmas besause the elves build presents also santa give you presents. Mrs. Duggan’s Class: Aedan Arcos: What Christmas means to me is celebrating Jesus’ birthday. Dad decorates the house with lights. We sing songs after we eat. I give presents to my family. Celebrating Jesus’ birthday is what Christmas means to me. Jaylie Brantley: What Christmas means to me is having fun! I like opening presents on Christmas Eve. My brother and I have snowball fights. I like it when my mom and I make snowangels. Fun is what Christmas means to me. Richard Campuzano: What Christmas means to me is my brother and sisters and I get in to a snow fight. Jesus’ birthday is in December. On Jesus’ birthday, we celebrate his birthday. My mom and dad make hot chocolate for everyone. Christmas means family and Jesus’ birthday. Yeshle Campuzano: What Christmas means to me is Jesus’ birthday. Jesus was born in December. We all celebrate Christmas. It is a marvelous holiday. It’s Jesus day. Jesus is light. Jesus is the meaning of Christmas. Jazlynn Hackworth: What Christmas means to me is having fun. On Christmas, I like to play inside if it is cold and open presents. On Christmas, we will watch a Christmas movie and drink hot chocolate. On Christmas, I make snowballs. Having fun is what Christmas is all about. Kimber Hayes: What Christmas means to me is NO SCHOOL! I like to spend time with my family. At Christmas I play with my toys. At Christmas, I enjoy opening presents with my family. I like to make Christmas cookies with my mom. Christmas is funner with no school. Karder Helms: What Christmas means to me is having fun. I get to stay ip all day and play video games. I will have fun playing whith my family and having a snow ball fight. I’m going to enjoy eating fried deet meat and Christmas candy. Christmas means having fun to me. Angela Juarez: What Christmas means to me is to be happy and helpful to my family. Christmas is the best day to give presents and eat special

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food. Christmas we go to Mexico to celebrate Christmas. We have a lot of fun at home drinking hot cocoa and building snowman. Celebrating together is what Christmas means. Elina Oliver: What Christmas means to me is having fun. I make snowangels and snowmen. I drink hot chocolate. I will build snowballs and play in the snow. Fun is what Christmas means to me. Heath Parsons: What Christmas means to me is everybody is home. We opening presents and spend time together. My family gets to play in the snow. My family also gets to go on trips. My family going Christmas things is special. Ashlyn Richardson: What Christmas means to me is spending time with my family I like Christmas because I can sleep. I like Christmas Because I can drink hot chocolate. I play in the snow with my sisters I like Christmas because I get presents Christmas means family time. Dayami Ruiz: What Christmas means to me is spending time with my family. I spend time in church with my mom. I play with my sisters. My uncle takes us to McDonalds. Jesus is the meaning Christmas. Bolton Russell: What Christmas means to me is having fun. I get to go to the toy store. I get to have a snowball fight with my brother. I can ride my horse and bike in the snow. Having fun is what Christmas means to me. Jayna Sanchez: What Christmas means to me is having fun with my family. My family is putting our Christmas mas tree up. I make cookies Tommy B for my family and Ms. a il ey August Duggan. My family 24, 201 7 makes hot cocoa with marshmallows. We celebrate Christmas because it’s Jesus’ birthday on Christmas. Lance Thomas: What Christmas means to me is spending time with my family. My family does to the deer camp when it’s Christmas. I play games with my family. I open presents with my family I make snowballs and snowmen with my family. Family is what Christmas means to me. Korey Wheeler: What Christmas means to me is spending time with my family. I get to drink hot cocoa with my mom. I eat the cookies after Santa. Unwraping presents with my mom and dad is fun too, and that’s what Christmas means to me. Mrs. Avila’s Class: These students worked as a group to brainstorm and came up with a good meaning about Christmas. These meanings are all the same.

Temoc: It is a day to remember Jesus and celebrate his birthday. Family gets together, santa comes, and we give him cookies. Everyone is happy. People decorate their houses with Christmas trees, ornaments, wreaths, cross and lights. During this time we need to remember Jesus Birthday. Paola: It is a day to remember Jesus and celebrate his birthday. Family gets together, santa comes, and we give him cookies. Everyone is happy. People decorate their houses with Christmas trees, ornaments, wreaths, cross and lights. During this time we need to remember Jesus Birthday. Makayla: It is a day to remember Jesus and celebrate his birthday. Family gets together, santa comes, and we give him cookies. Everyone is happy. People decorate their houses with Christmas trees, ornaments, wreaths, cross and lights. During this time we need to remember Jesus Birthday. Elianna: It is a day to remember Jesus and celebrate his birthday. Family gets together, santa comes, and we give him cookies. Everyone is happy. People decorate their houses with Christmas trees, ornaments, wreaths, cross and lights. During this time we need to remember Jesus Birthday. Porter: It is a day to remember Jesus and celebrate his birthday. Family gets together, santa comes, and we give him cookies. Everyone is happy. People decorate their houses with Christmas trees, ornaments, wreaths, cross and lights. During this time we need to remember Jesus Birthday. Ethan: It is a day to remember Jesus and celebrate his birthday. Family gets together, santa comes, and we give him cookies. Everyone is happy. People decorate their houses with Christmas trees, ornaments, wreaths, cross and lights. During this time we need to remember Jesus Birthday. Isaac: It is a day to remember Jesus and celebrate his birthday. Family gets together, santa comes, and we give him cookies. Everyone is happy. People decorate their houses with Christmas trees, ornaments, wreaths, cross and lights. During this time we need to remember Jesus Birthday. Damania: It is a day to remember Jesus and celebrate his birthday. Family gets together, santa comes, and we give him cookies. Everyone is happy. People decorate their houses with Christ-

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mas trees, ornaments, wreaths, cross and lights. During this time we need to remember Jesus Birthday. Emily: It is a day to remember Jesus and celebrate his birthday. Family gets together, santa comes, and we give him cookies. Everyone is happy. People decorate their Athena D houses with . Morga n Christmas March 2 9, 2017 trees, ornaments, wreaths, cross and lights. During this time we need to remember Jesus Birthday. Yurani: It is a day to remember Jesus and celebrate his birthday. Family gets together, santa comes, and we give him cookies. Everyone is happy. People decorate their houses with Christmas trees, ornaments, wreaths, cross and lights. During this time we need to remember Jesus Birthday. Hayden: It is a day to remember Jesus and celebrate his birthday. Family gets together, santa comes, and we give him cookies. Everyone is happy. People decorate their houses with Christmas trees, ornaments, wreaths, cross and lights. During this time we need to remember Jesus Birthday. Billy: It is a day to remember Jesus and celebrate his birthday. Family gets together, santa comes, and we give him cookies. Everyone is happy. People decorate their houses with Christmas trees, ornaments, wreaths, cross and lights. During this time we need to remember Jesus Birthday. Kailee: It is a day to remember Jesus and celebrate his birthday. Family gets together, santa comes, and we give him cookies. Everyone is happy. People decorate their houses with Christmas trees, ornaments, wreaths, cross and lights. During this time we need to remember Jesus Birthday. Shawna: It is a day to remember Jesus and celebrate his birthday. Family gets together, santa comes, and we give him cookies. Everyone is happy. People decorate their houses with Christmas trees, ornaments, wreaths, cross and lights. During this time we need to remember Jesus Birthday. Alexis: It is a day to remember Jesus and celebrate his birthday. Family gets together, santa comes, and we give him cookies. Everyone is happy. People decorate their houses with Christmas trees, ornaments, wreaths, cross and lights. During this time we need to remember Jesus Birthday.


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ITTLE ROCK – At the December meeting of the Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission the governor made a surprise appearance. He wanted to thank commissioners for their help in providing home care and services to about 500 people with developmental disabilities. They were moved off a waiting list of about 3,000 families who wanted more extensive home care that would allow the person with a disability to move out of an institution. That was made possible because earlier this year the legislature approved Act 50 to allocate about $8.7 million in state funds. That was matched by about $20 million in federal funds. The state share of the funding came from an account under the authority of the Tobacco Settlement Commission, which is why the governor made it a point to thank commissioners. The legislature created the Tobacco Settlement Commission and the programs it administers in 2000, after Arkansas and numerous other states settled a lawsuit against major tobacco companies. Arkansas policy makers decided to use all of the state’s share of the settlement to pay for health-related programs, as well as anti-smoking efforts. The tobacco money paid for health education classes for more than 77,000 Arkansans through local health centers. It also paid for continuing education for more than 11,000 professionals in the health care field. Almost 25,000 people in low-income areas received health screenings. Revenue from the legal settlement paid for 225 research projects last year at the five institutions designated to receive funding from the 2000 tobacco settlement act. They are Children’s Hospital, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas State University, the University of Arkansas and the Division of Agriculture of the University of Arkansas. Other recipients of settlement revenue are the Fay Boozman College of Public Health, the Arkansas Aging Initiative, the Arkansas Minority Health Initiative and branches of UAMS in Helena, Lake Village and West Memphis. Arkansas ranks near the bottom in national rankings that measure rates of smoking and obesity, therefore the state is high in the rankings of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and preventable illnesses. In measures of overall healthiness, we are at similar levels with Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky and West Virginia. Given the high cost of health care, the commission has focused on certain projects and programs so that the money it spends will have the greatest impact. “It is unreasonable to expect that a few million dollars of tobacco funding to resolve all problems,” the 2016 report concluded. Therefore, money is spent where it can leverage federal matching dollars, and in education programs that hopefully “foster a culture of health” in populations that traditionally make poor choices in regards to diet, smoking, drinking and exercise. According to last year’s financial report, the commission had distributed more than $44.6 million to health programs. The report was prepared by the University of Central Arkansas at Conway. When it was presented earlier this year, members of the commission said that they liked its clearness and readability. Previous reports by a private non-profit organization, and one commissioner commented that its report had been hard to read.

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Rebecca Hamilton and Leslie Gillaspy, of Cove, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on December 10th. Brandi Hale an Tyrel Miles, of Wickes, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on December 12th. Amber Tallant and Zachary Espinola, of Watson, OK, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on December 12th. Kayla and David Terwilliger, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on December 12th. Jennifer and Trenton Chaney, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on December 12th. Rebekah and Travis Williams, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on December 12th.

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hristmas is truly my most favorite time of year! My sweet daughter said months in advance of the holiday this year that she couldn’t wait for this time of year because it just ‘feels different.’ When I asked ‘how,’ she explained everyone was ‘just a little nicer and more generous.’ So true, isn’t it? As the Spirit of Christmas seems to fill our hearts, it is a time of year like no other. Christmas is much more than a cultural phenomena. Let us never forget that it is very much a Christian holiday, celebrating Emmanuel… ‘God with us’ as our heavenly Father sent his one and only Son to not only dwell among us but to be our Savior. No one ever disputes Jesus’ life but many will debate His being our Messiah and the one foretold to us in the Old Testament. Our family recently watched the Pure Flix movie, ‘The Case for Christ,’ based on the true story of Lee Strobel, an investigative journalist for The Chicago Tribune who set out on a clear and driven mission to disprove Jesus Christ as the prophesied Messiah. What did he find in his investigation? Jesus. What happens when we seek the one true Son of God? We find Him … He who abundantly gives a love, grace, mercy,Cancer: and freedom that cannot be found anywhere 5 key facts about Prostate else.1 in Someone, who vehemently opposed a higher being and was an 1. Affects every 6 men 2. Deadlier than breastscientifi cancer c and medical evidence that every God-breathed atheist, found 3. Detectable early stages word ininthe Bible of Jesus’ life after his crucifixion was, in fact, true. 4. NOT an old man’s disease Probably the most profound for Strobel was when Saul5. of Tarsus, who persecuted Does NOT go away if you avoid Christians, met the resurrected Jesus. Saul ultimately became the Apostle Paul and is responsibletesting. for writing much We of the New Testament. Gentlemen: encourage you to get a PSAago blood test. being celebrated. And, that is why, even for those who may This tiny baby that was born in a barn over 2000 years is still not have a personal relationship with Him, still feel this special “spirit” of Christmas. It’s not a cultural phenomena. It’s Emmanuel – ‘God with us.’ The One, whose very life tore the veil and gave us the freedom to commune with the Holy God. The One who, without a doubt in my mind or heart, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Him as Lord.

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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 11, 2017 No criminal reports filed. December 12, 2017 Rachel Denise Crow, 37, of Mena was charged with disorderly conduct and impairing a vital public facility. The arrest occurred after officers observed an altercation in front of a local business. Report was taken of a woman threatening a neighbor. Case is pending. December 13, 2017 A Mena man reported that he had had several items stolen from his house. Case is pending further investigation. Jaime Lynn Urban, 26, of Mena was charged with theft of property (shoplifting) after officers responded to a call at a local retail store. Report was made of a verbal altercation between a local man and woman. Neither wished to press charges. December 14, 2017 No reports filed. December 15, 2017 Jason D. Rosson, 36, and Joy M. Reed, 29, both of Mena were charged with disorderly conduct after officers were called to a verbal altercation on a local street. A Mena man reported that someone had broken into a shop he owns and vandalized several vehicles by breaking windows and spraying painting on them. Case is pending further investigation. December 16, 2017 No completed reports on file. Polk County Sheriff’s Department December 4, 2017 Request from a Mena woman for assistance with her 14-year-old daughter. Deputies responded. Traffic stop on Highway 71 South near Hatfield led to the arrest of Katina L. Maples, 44, of Mena, on Charges of DWI and Driving Left of Center. Report from complainant on Polk 72 near Yocana of the theft of cash and per-

sonal documents from her vehicle. Investigation continues. Report from a Grannis woman that her 17-year-old daughter had ran away. The juvenile was later located and returned to the custody of a parent/guardian. Report from complainant on Polk 20 near Cove of the theft of an old power pole, valued at $100. Report from walk-in complainant of ongoing problems regarding a hunting lease. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from a Cove woman of problems regarding child custody. Deputy responded. Arrested was Joseph Y. Cunningham, 33, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Arrested was Matresa D. Stokes, 34, of San Miguel, CA, on a Warrant for Theft. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Jared D. Ulrich, 42, of Mt. Ida, on Charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance. December 5, 2017 Report from complainant on Avalon Lane near Rocky of being harassed by an acquaintance. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from complainant on Highway 71 North near Mena of the theft of a trailer, valued at $6,000.00. Investigation continues. Report from a Mena woman that her 16-year-old son had ran away. The juvenile was later located and returned to the custody of a parent/guardian. Arrested was Audra L. Cogburn, 27, of Mena, on a Probation/Parole Violation. December 6, 2017 Traffic stop led to the arrest of John J. Tyndall, 63, of Mena, on Charges of DWI and Careless/Prohibited Driving. Report from complainant on Highway 370 near Board Camp of an unauthorized person in their residence. Investigation continues. Arrested was Joseph S. Lee, 20, of Ft. Smith, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear. December 7, 2017 Report from complainants on Polk County Roads 76 West, 76 East, 77, 117 and Cox Lane, all near Mena, of damage done to mailboxes. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 48 near Potter of a break-in and vandalism, causing damages of $200.00, led to the arrest of Elena M. Hendershot, 34, of Mena,

on Charges of Criminal Mischief 1st Degree and Criminal Trespass. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Chelsea M. Finley, 25, of Smithville, OK, on Charges of Faulty Equipment, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Trudy G. Klitz, 47, of Horatio, on a Charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. December 8, 2017 Report of an unattended death on Polk 49 near Shady Grove. Deputy responded. December 9, 2017 Report of a motorcycle accident on Highway 246 West near Hatfield. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report of a disturbance on Polk 22 near Cove. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from complainant on Highway 8

East near Board Camp of damage done to a mailbox, totaling losses at $75.00. December 10, 2017 Report of a disturbance led to a 14-yearold male being issued a Juvenile Citation for Battery 3rd Degree. The juvenile was released to the custody of a parent/guardian. Arrested was Jaylon R. Parnell, 19, of Mena, on three Warrants for Felony Failure to Appear. Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked two vehicle accidents this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 27 Incarcerated Inmates, with 8 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility. December 11, 2017 Report of a suspicious vehicle at a church on Highway 8 West near Rocky led to the arrest of Jessica M. Justice, 27, of Mena, on a Warrant for Theft of Property. Report of an accident involving a tractor on Polk 62 near Board Camp. Deputies responded.


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Ad deadline is 12 p.m. on Monday. Payment is due with ad. Publishing and distributing 8,000 copies weekly. The Polk County Fair & Rodeo Association will have their annual membership and officer elections meeting on January 1st, 6 pm at the fairgrounds. Meeting is open to the Public. 12/20 J&N Dozer- Trackhoe, Backhoe, Dump Truck, Ponds, Pads, Clearing, Roads, Hauling, Rich Top Soil, Fill Dirt, Shale, Gravel. Dozer operator Randy Egger, over 30 years’ experience. We appreciate your Business! Call 479-234-1357 TFN Brodix, Inc. is accepting applications for an experienced CNC Machine Operator. Applications may be picked up at the Brodix office, located at 301 Maple in Mena, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Competitive starting wages with benefits available. Notice to applicants: Screening tests for alcohol and illegal drug use may be required before hiring and during your employment. 1/10 LPN Position: Mena Manor is accepting applications for a full-time LPN Position. Please apply in person at 100 9th Street. 1/3

House Cleaning and more! Call Winnie Cotter at 2343418 or Ina Lewis at 234-5396. 12/20 Yard Mowing, weed eating, bush hogging, handyman services, power washing, garden plowing and tilling. Have tractor with implements for larger jobs. Also chainsaw work. Bill Duff. Call 479-216-5204. 1/10 Here we go again… Christmas is upon us, and almost everyone is busy following “tradition” made up by the Romans centuries ago!! Real Biblical history tells us that Mary’s cousin was pregnant also, and gave birth to a son I March who became known as John the Baptist. Six month later, Mary gave birth to Jesus – our Savior! That adds up to September, not December 25th. Food for thought indeed! More to come – The Messanger 12/20 Dugan Lawn Care Fall and Winter services. Shrub and hedged trimming, flower bed cleanup, leaf clean up gutter clean out, brush hogging, light driveway repair, property cleanup, and light tree removal. Residential and commercial services. 479-394-2699. TFN

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Arrested was Walter L. Felix, 46, of Mena, on a Body Attachment Warrant. Arrested was Jeffrey D. Dollarhyde, 30, of Mena, on a Charge of Theft. December 12, 2017 Report of a one-vehicle accident on Polk 117 near Mena. Report of harassment led to a Citation for Disorderly Conduct being issued to Nicole L. Hill, 18, of Mena. Arrested was Jerry L. Hopper, 41, of Cove, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. December 13, 2017 Report from complainant on Cabins Lane near Potter of the theft of televisions and household items. Investigation continues. Report from Polk County Detention Center of $250.00 in damages done to the facility, led to a Citation for Criminal

Mischief 2nd Degree being issued to Rachel D. Crow, 37, of Mena. December 14, 2017 Report of a suspicious fire on Polk 70 near Cherry Hill. Deputy responded. Traffic stop on Polk 37 near Hatfield led to the arrest of Allen P. Loving, 52, of Hatfield, on Charges of Faulty Equipment, Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License and Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance. Report from complainant on Highway 375 West near Shady Grove of damage done to a vehicle tire. Deputy responded. Report from complainant on Polk 76 West near Mena of the break-in and theft of a motorcycle, welder and golf clubs, all valued at $7,600.00. Investigation continues. Report from a business on Highway

71 South in Cove of an unauthorized person on their property. Deputy responded. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. December 15, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 54 near Mena of the theft of yard ornaments, valued at $40.00. Report of a disturbance on Polk 122 near Shady Grove. Deputies responded. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Scotty D. Baxter, 38, of Wickes, on a Body Attachment Warrant. Arrested was Donavan T. Hunt, 26, of Mena, on a Body Attachment Warrant.

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December 16, 2017 Report of a structure fire on Emily Lane near Ink. Deputy responded. December 17, 2017 Report of a structure fire on Highway 8 East near Big Fork. Deputy responded. Report from complainants on Highway 270 near Acorn of damage done to several mailboxes. Investigation continues. Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked four vehicle accidents this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 20 Incarcerated Inmates, with 13 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

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