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The ‘Wall That Heals’ is Coming to Mena BY MELANIE BUCK • news@mypulsenews.com

Mena has been selected as the eighth stop in a tour of more than 40 cities across the United States in 2017 to host “The Wall That Heals,” a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. The half-scale replica was designed to travel to communities across the nation to spread the Memorial’s healing legacy and is accompanied by the Mobile Education Center.

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B-25 Bomber from the Commemorative Air Force Refurbished at Mena Airport BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY • l.mccourtney@mypulsenews.com

On Wednesday afternoon, a historic B-25 Bomber Plane took flight at the Mena Airport. The bomber had been at Crider Aircraft for the past month being painted. The aircraft is a 1944 North American, Designed PBJ Controlled Bomber. This particular plane is a part of the Devil Dog Squadron and is grouped with the Commemorative Air Force. The Devil Dog represents a PBJ, the Marine Corps version of a B-25. Bombers like this were used throughout WWII and provided a decisive advantage during the war. One of the most memorable bombings was April 18, 1942, when sixteen B-25s launched from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet and bombed Japan. This is famously known as the “Doolittle Raid”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 9

Highway Dedicated to Fallen Officers Joel Campora & Cody Carpenter BY MELANIE BUCK • news@mypulsenews.com

Two signs have been placed along Highway 71 North near Y City to honor two officers that perished in the May 31, 2013 floods. Wildlife Officer Joel Campora and Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter both lost their lives enroute to save others from rapidly rising and swift floodwaters. Both were beloved by their communities. In the years since, both men have been honored on many levels by their local communities and statewide. The signs that now bear their names will serve as a reminder to all of the ultimate sacrifice they made in the line of duty. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

STORY BY MELANIE BUCK | PHOTO BY SAMANTHA MAECHLER

The Mena Elks Lodge #781 and the Marine Corps League Detachment #1261 joined together this year to bring the Elks’ food basket program and the Marines’ Toys for Tots program to 215 families across the county that includes 512 children, one of which included Christopher Kizer, PICTURED ABOVE, very happy to share his wish list with the big man in red! STORY CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

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e are now in the midst of that time of year when Christmas is the focus, and the customary seasonal activities occupy much of our personal time. Y ou kn ow; things such as choosing the tree that is j ust right for that special place in the house, shopping for that perfect gift, which he or she will never guess they would receive, mak ing plans for the ki ds ( and perhaps grand ki ds too) to come home so the family can be together, buying the ingredients for G randma’s special fruit salad and other traditional dishes which are always holiday favorites, and of course looki ng forward to some of the post-season bowl games. Then, it’s time for Dad to make his annual pilgrimage up into the attic and haul down the decorations and then back up again to try locating that one box that has the special ornaments that we can’t do without. Then, he drags out the Christmas lights and kn ows better than to exp ect them all to light up. A fter tinke ring with them for too long he thinks – ‘ no problem! A s cheap as Christmas lights are, we’ll j ust buy a new set the next time we’re in town.’ Wasteful? Maybe, but he rationalize s that his time is more valuable than the nominal exp ense. Of course, even with the new set there are one or two bulbs which refuse to cooperate, but surely they won’t be noticed. Wrong... Oh well, it is still a beautiful tree. It is interesting to see how this special season of the year reveals much about each of us, especially our priorities and our treasures. It is a vivid illustration of how we do tend to make the time or, if you will, make the room for those activities and those people who are most important to us. The ke y phrase here is, “maki ng the room.” This is not only true at Christmas time, but throughout the year as well. Being the innke epers of our own lives, there is much to be learned about each of us through whom and what occupies our time and our room( s) . I can’t help but think about this when reading L uke 2, in the account of Je sus’ birth. There, in verse 7, we read that there was no room for Him in the inn. How many times have I read and heard this verse, and how many times have I failed to consider the innk eeper and how uncaring or apathetic he appeared to have been. N ow, while it is true that no innk eeper is actually mentioned in the biblical account, it is like ly that one did exi st. On that fairly safe assumption and, for the purpose of analogy, I will proceed. I’ve often wondered why the innke eper couldn’t have somehow found some room, or arranged for them to stay at another inn or in a home. Why do you think this ext ra effort may never have been done? Was there really no room for Him in the inn, or was there a refusal to mak e room for Him in the inn? Whatever the case, Jo seph and Mary could not provide their precious Je sus a place to be born that they thought best for Him. Does this not strike a personal chord in your life - in mine? If not, it is certainly time that it did. There is a contemporary song of the season called, There’s A N ew K id in Town. Well, I’ve got news. He’s no longer a new ki d in town. He’s been in town for years and He’s still being ke pt out in the cold waiting for many of us to make room for Him. When it’s all said and done, what it all boils down to is this: a decision. L ike the innk eeper in Bethlehem, each of us have a decision to make with Je sus. While, praise G od, He is no longer the baby in a manger, He is the risen K ing of K ings and L ord of L ords who has since, and to this day, stands at the door and kn ocks ( R evelation 3 : 20) . The q uestion is: will the innke eper answer the door and let Je sus in, or will He hear once again that there is no room for Him? This is a life-changing decision, whether your personal decision is about salvation, relationships, how you will celebrate this Christmas, or perhaps other matters that need utmost attention. So, before we move any farther along with the festivities of the season, j ust maybe we should decide that Je sus does have a place of importance in all this, and then make some room for Him. He does want in so very much and not for only a season, but for a permanent stay. P erhaps it wouldn’t even be a bad idea to give Him the biggest and best room we have. Better yet, why not j ust sign the title of the inn over to Him and allow G od to convert that shabby inn into a temple where the Holy Spirit can dwell and have total control ( 1 Corinthians 3 : 16 ) . What a birthday present that would be!

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he Town of Cove held their 23rd Annual Christmas Xtravaganza on Saturday, December 10th, with great local participation despite frigid temperatures. Town Mayor, Joan Headley said, “Even though it was cloudy and cold with a nippy wind, the parade and reception with Santa Claus went off without a hitch.” Parade winners, each presented with trophies and ribbons were: Overall Winner – Vandervoort Happy Campers 4H Club; 1st – Cove Branch of the Polk County Library; 2nd – Humane Society of the Ouachitas; 3rd – Holly Springs Real Estate. “We would like to express our gratitude to the men from Company C, 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment, who acted as our Color Guard,” said Headley. “Also, to everyone who participated in the parade.” At the reception, around 100 children stayed to visit Santa. “We would like to extend our thanks to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office who provided traffic control, to our very capable servers, the parade judges, the decorating committee from the Cove Branch of the Polk County Library, and everyone who helped make this event so wonderful.”

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The Wall That Heals includes the names of those who sacrificed their lives, and a photo wall of all the deceased soldiers from the Vietnam War. “Having The Wall That Heals” come to Mena would be a great educational opportunity for all citiz ens, young and old, to learn more about the Vietnam War,” stated a letter from L inda J ohnson, Commander of local VF W P ost # 445 1. J ohnson ex plained that the site fee to host the wall is $ 7,5 00, and more money is needed to sponsor the trip here. They are ask ing the community “to come together as a community and be a sponsor for this proj ect.” If you or your organiz ation would lik e to help sponsor the proj ect, contact J ohnson at 9 5 6 -241-26 3 3 , or contact a local VF W member. On their website, http: / / www.vvmf.org/ twth, the meaning of the Wall is ex plained best: “Bringing The Wall home to communities throughout our country allows the souls enshrined on the Memorial to ex ist once more among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings. The traveling ex hibit provides thousands of veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of facing The Wall to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities, thus allowing the healing process to begin.”

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The Rotary Club of Mena Polk County held their Breakfast with Santa at Papa’s Me ican Caf in Mena on Saturday, December 1 Dozens showed up to enjoy pancakes with the jolly red man The annual event helps raise money for the activities of the Rotary Club including their annual dictionary giveaway where all third graders in the county receive their own dictionary Pictured are Katie and Kylie Rowe telling Santa what they would like for Christmas this year

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Dozens of children received hope from local church members on Saturday, December 10, when Dallas Avenue Baptist Church hosted their Christmas ope Breakfast and Shoe Giveaway Children were served breakfast and tted for new shoes at the DABC Family Life Center where smiles were abundant and the air was full of Christmas cheer.

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to wrap up the call. Rowland reported that there was a house fire in Hatfield last week as well, with the cause determined to be a dirty chimney flue. uckily, the fire was contained to the chimney and the wall it sits on. He said everyone should make sure their flues are clean and free of debris before building a fire. On Monday, December 19, a man was welding on Highway 8, east of Mena, when some cardboard debris was set on fire. Fire fighters responded to quickly extinguish that bla e amid high winds. On Monday afternoon, Dallas alley Fire Fighters responded to a call at 2985 Highway 8 ast, where a grass fire had gotten out of control. The call came in around 3 p.m. During winter, lower humidity levels combined with high wind gusts make for a dangerous combination. Caution is advised when performing any burning in the area. For more information on fire safety, visit the National Fire Protection Association at www.nfpa.org.

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Brian Thompson, Exh aulted R uler of the Mena Elks L odge, said the Elks were happy to partner with the Marine Corps L eague Detachment and the two programs fit well together. “We partnered with the Elks in 2014. This is our third year worki ng together and are now able to do double what we did before,” Thompson said. “What they do for us is great,” he added. The Elks buy healthy food baske ts for each family so that ki ds have healthy food while they are home for the holidays. “We make sure they have healthy food for that twoweek break,” said Thompson. He added, “We teach members when they become Elks that the true value of wealth is in the sharing, not in the having. On that note, am very proud of my L odge and its members and the generosity of the people in Polk County. We must live in a very rich county because a lot of people shared a lot to help those in need.”

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The MRHS Auxiliary recently held its annual Christmas Breakfast at the hospital. Many community “celebrities” served for the event that raised approximately $1,500. The breakfast is one of several annual fundraisers the Au iliary hosts with all proceeds bene tting the Au iliary Scholarship und Several 1, scholarships are given yearly to students who are pursuing a career in the eld of medicine Additionally, the Au iliary purchases needs within the departments of the hospital that arise outside of budgeted items The Au iliary is a volunteer group dedicated to support MR S Anyone interested in joining the Auxiliary, may contact the hospital.

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eventy-four elderly seniors have benefitted this year in the largest Santas for Seniors program in P olk County yet. The program, in its fifth year, is sponsored each year by the county s eleven 4H clubs. “ t s a great way to help the elderly in need when they don t normally get a lot,” said K eilah Barney, a 16 -year member of ountry ids 4H Club in Cherry Hill. “ t seems like people make it more about the ki ds so we want to help the elderly,” she explained why they choose to help seniors during this special time of year. xtension Agent Carla aught and Sue Oglesby have been a big part of the program, gathering applications, collecting gifts, etc. “This is the biggest year yet,” said aught. Not only were gifts purchased for adopted angels off of the tree, food baskets were also put together. “We have snack buckets, fresh potatoes and sweet potatoes, rice, beans, peanut butter, fruit, banana nut bread, eggs, and more,” Oglesby explained. They expressed how thankful they are that all the angels were adopted and will have something special for Christmas. David ehmann, member of Mountain Fork rowing Clovers 4H Club, who will help deliver the packages this week, said, “ really like delivering the gifts and seeing the smiles. t helps spread the Christmas cheer.”

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The signs say, “Sheriff Cody Carpenter Memorial Highway” and “Wildlife Officer Jo el Campora Memorial Highway” and were dedicated in a ceremony on Saturday, December 17th at Chant P entecostal Church in Y City. The event was attended by former P olk County Sheriff Mike G odfrey and Sheriff-Elect Scott Sawyer, who both assisted in the three-day search for Campora. Sawyer said, “It was very touching to watch our community come together to honor these two heroes. Cody and Jo el dedicated their lives to serving others. They made the ultimate sacrifice to save two people they didn’t really kn ow. R enaming that stretch of highway is a great way to honor these men.”

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Mena PD Purchases Bicycles for Local Children Mena Police Department helped spread Christmas joy when they delivered bicycles to 39 local children for Christmas. Police Chief Brandon Martin said that he and his family had planned to purchase 20 bicycles personally, when several people stepped in to help out. “We were able to touch kids’ lives with a little Christmas cheer,” said Martin I can’t thank everyone enough for what they’ve done to help e want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.” Pictured with the bicycles are: Chief Brandon Martin, and Of cers, Norm Gray, Daniel Sanchez, and Todd Cannon.

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A fter pulling the plane out of Crider’s hangar, they warmed the plane’s engines up because it had been sitting for the last month during the cold weather. When the engines were warm the pilots took the plane up on a test run. Members of the crew at Crider A ircraft received a special opportunity that day. The pilots of the bomber took members of the crew in the air and circled around P olk County as a way to show their appreciation for their hard work. One particular worke r said, “This was the coolest thing I’ve been a part of. By far the best plane ride ever.” Worke rs from each of the hangars at the Mena Airport were standing outside their hangars, hoping to catch a glimpse of the plane as she went for flights. N ot only were the members of the Commemorative A ir F orce special guests, but one of P olk County’s own was in attendance, Mr. Tom Earhart [ P ICTUR ED R IG HT] was there for the big day. Mr. Earhart is one of the oldest veterans in P olk County from WWII. He served as Sergeant in the A rmy A ir F orce during WWII and was a mechanic on the B-25 ’s. Cindy Crider, owner of Crider A ircraft said that Mr. Earhart has been coming out everyday for the past month to watch them work on the plane. “Mr. Earhart is a legend here and it was so cool that he could be here for this special day,” said Crider. Earhart work ed in detail on the metal of the planes during WWII along with many other features of the bombers. L OOK F OR MR . EA R HA R T TO BE F EA TUR ED A S A N UP COMIN G CITIZ EN OF THE WEEK . It was a great day at the Mena A irport as not j ust Crider A ircraft celebrated, but all the hangars looked on with anticipation. To knowledge, this is the first B-25 bomber that has every received work here in Mena. After the quick flights, the pilots of the Commemorative Air Force were flying the plane back to G eorgetown, Tex. , where the plane would receive some mechanical work over the next couple of months during the Winter. The Devil Dog is based and hangared at P ilots Choice A viation. F or more information on this bomber and other planes from WW , you can visit www.commemorativeairforce.org. You can find the nearest location and even see the schedules for flights for the Bombers and other War Birds as well.

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................................................................................................................................ services are entrusted to the Beasley-Wood Sunday, December 18, 2016 from 2-5 P.M. LARRY FAYE at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel Funeral Home. LAWAYNE EVELYN in Mena. OPAL C. STRICKLIN HARNAR Pallbearers were Jace Jackson, Dare WARREN Garrison, Justice Seymour, Jacob Seymour,

Larry Lawayne Stricklin, age 65, of Hatfield, Arkansas went to meet his Savior, Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Larry was born in Mena, Arkansas on June 16, 1951 to the late Omen and Wanda Jean Stricklin. He was married to Ramona “Mona” Willis for 28 years and was a man of all trades. Larry was a genuine character, he never met a stranger, talking and telling stories to everyone he met. He was a wheeler and dealer, an avid collector of junk, and there wasn’t much he wouldn’t buy or sell. Larry loved watching his old westerns, giving out pocketknives, playing spades, cooking and Facebooking. Larry proudly served as Mayor of Hatfield for 16 years. Most of all Larry had a deep love for his family, friends, and grandchildren. He was a loving and caring husband, son, dad, papa, bub, and friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed. He is survived by wife, Ramona “Mona” Stricklin, of the home; sons, Beau Stricklin and wife Laurel of Dublin, California, David Willis and companion Katherine Hardaway of Pickens, Oklahoma; daughters, Tonya Thacker and husband Ron of Mena, Arkansas, Toni Stricklin Gay and husband Brad of Washington, Oklahoma, Tasha Stricklin and Charles Strickland of Little Rock, Arkansas; grandchildren, Brittanie Dayle Willis of Mena, Arkansas, Paris, Elvis, Tucker, and Sailor Stricklin of Dublin, California, Tateli, Taylor and Ty Thacker of Mena, Arkansas, Ashleigh and Alexis Gay of Washington, Oklahoma; brother, Garry Dale Stricklin and wife Donna of Mena, Arkansas, niece, Terah Stricklin of Mena, Arkansas; and a host of special friends too numerous to mention. He was preceded in death by his parents, Omen and Wanda Stricklin, and nephew, Garreth Stricklin. Funeral service was Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Hatfield School Auditorium. Interment followed in the Six Mile Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Family and friends visitation was Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood. Pallbearers were Mike Oglesby, Ray Cathey, Gerry Rose, Terry Keener, Ken Miller, and Jeremy Owens. Honorary pallbearer was Terry Lunsford.

Faye Evelyn Harnar, age 89, of Mena, died Thursday, December 15, 2016 at the DeQueen Therapy & Living Center. She was born on Saturday, December 10, 1927 to William Leonard and Nancy Hinsley Lovern in Megargel, Texas. Faye was a woman that loved her Lord and attended the Northside Church of Christ in Mena for over 30 years. She loved her grandchildren and spending time with them. Faye loved working in her flowerbeds and garden. She also enjoyed cooking and she was known for her chicken and dumplings. Faye worked 28 years in the Postal Service as a clerk in Grover City, California and Fort Worth, Texas before retiring to Mena. She was very active in church, the Ouachita Senior Center and aiding in getting The Oaks Retirement Center established in Mena. Faye was a loving wife to James J. Harnar for 67 years, mother, grandmother and aunt and a friend and she will be missed by all who knew her and loved her. She is preceded in death by her parents; her granddaughter, Tisha Harnar; her grandson, Neil Harnar; and her eight brothers and one sister. Faye is survived by her husband, James J. Harnar; three sons and two daughters-inlaw, Roger Harnar of Tolar, Texas, Steven and Nancy Harnar of Mena, Arkansas, and Gregory and Brenda Harnar of Fort Worth, Texas; one daughter, Nancy Sawyer of Mena; nine grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were Monday, December 19, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. at the Northside Church of Christ with Jeremy Jones officiating. Interment followed with Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena. Visitation was

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TRENT WADE LUNSFORD Trent Wade Lunsford passed away December 15, 2016. He was born September 16, 1976 in Mena, Arkansas to Terry and Sandy Lunsford. Trent had a such a vivacious and charismatic personality, a contagious hunger for life and a gigantic, compassionate heart for others. He was skilled in construction, butchering, and craftsmanship. But it was through Trent’s struggles, he gained his greatest calling. The call of ministry on his life was heavy and when fully surrendered to that call, he was operating in exactly who God created him to be. He was a student of, completed, and went on to work with, multiple ministries including Teen Challenge, an addiction and recovery ministry. The marks he left here with the many men he ministered to through his own testimony of trials and victories was one that extends way beyond this life and into the eternal and heavenly realms. He was cherished and loved by all that truly knew him. He is survived parents, Terry & Sandy Lunsford; grandmother, Madine Lunsford; son, Ethan Winkley; brother, Troy Lunsford & wife, Ginger; sister, Trina Mitchell & husband Jon Mitchell; nephews, Trey Lunsford, Grant Mitchell and Callan Mitchell; nieces, Kaylee Lunsford and Wynn Mitchell. A memorial service will be held Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Assembly of God in Mena. Cremation

Opal C. Warren, age 90, of Mount Ida, passed away December 16, 2016 at Montgomery County Nursing Home, Mt. Ida, AR. She was born October 26, 1926 to Robert and Fannie Carter. Mrs. Warren is preceded in death by her husband William G. Warren, one daughter, Gwen Weibl, one brother, Floyd Carter, and one sister, Faye Gladden. She is survived by her three sons, Duncan (Bill) Warren his wife Marcie, of Black Springs, Honnus Warren his wife Linda of Mena, Kenneth Warren his wife Donnah of Black Springs. Two daughters, Patsy Manley of Black Springs and Debbie Robbins and her husband Robby of Mt. Ida. Twenty One Grandkids, Fifty Eight Great Grandkids, Two Great Great Grandkids, one sister, Coleta Singleton of Oden, and one brother, R. B. Carter of Oden. Our Mother was a loving mother, wife, grandma and Mama Warren. She loved her garden and working in the yard, she also loved quilting. There was a visitation Monday December 19, 2016 12 p.m. at Murphy Baptist Church in Black Springs; AR. Services followed at 2:00 at Murphy Baptist Church with James (Cub) Black officiating. Pallbearers were Travis Fryar, Marcus Warren, Patrick Warren, Dylan Robbins, Josh Warren and Jason Chaney. Honorary Pallbearers were the staff of Montgomery County Nursing Home, especially 400 Hall. Thank you for taking care of our mother. Arrangements were made under the direction of Thornton Funeral Home of Mount Ida, AR. Guest register at www.thorntonfh. com


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POLK COUNTY BIRTHS AT MENA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM Whitley and Logan Lindvigsmoen, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on December 9th.

How to Make Peppermint Bark Ingredients

• 1packa ge ( 16 ounces) vanilla-flavored candy coating almond bark , broken into pieces 24 hard peppermint candies

Elizabeth Ward and Matthew Hackworth, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on December 11th.

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Norma and Donald Scantling, of Waldron, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on December 12th.

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It was a few days before Christmas. The trip went reasonably well, and he was ready to go back home. The airport on the other end had turned a tacky red and green, and loudspeakers blared annoying elevator renditions of cherished Christmas carols. Being someone who took Christmas very seriously, and being slightly tired, he was not in a particularly good mood. (Almost a scrooge) Going to check in his luggage (which, for some reason, had become one suitcase with entirely new clothes), he saw hanging mistletoe. Not real mistletoe, but very cheap plastic with red paint on some of the rounder parts and green

paint on some of the flatter and pointer parts, that could be taken for mistletoe only in a very Picasso sort of way. With a considerable degree of irritation and nowhere else to vent it, he said to the attendant, “Even if we were married, I would not want to kiss you under such a ghastly mockery of mistletoe.” “Sir, look more closely at where the mistletoe is.” “Ok, I see that it’s above the luggage scale which is the place you’d have to step forward for a kiss.” “That’s not why it’s there.” The man replied, “Ok, I give up. Why is it there?” “It’s there so you can kiss your luggage good-bye.”

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Rhonda Willborg- Strengthening Families BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY • l.mccourtney@mypulsenews.com

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amilies are the structure and foundation for many children’s success socially, academically, and professionally. A solid foundation and structure can prove to be beneficial for years to come. This belief is held by Ouachita River School District and Rhonda Willborg, their Student Services Coordinator. The Student Services Coordinator is a new position at ORSD that ust started at the beginning of the school year. Rhonda and her family moved back to Mena in 2004 and she started her teaching career at Acorn lementary as a indergarten teacher. She taught for 13 years before transitioning to her current position. Rhonda s husband Bobby works in the area and her two kids, Jaden and Jeb, both go to Acorn. Prior to moving back to Mena, Rhonda was serving as a research assistant at UAMS. t is quite the accomplishment to go to college and graduate, but Rhonda actually holds two degrees. Rhonda first acquired her degree in Sociology in 1991, but later went back to school to get her degree in arly Childhood ducation. Commenting on her two degrees Rhonda said, “ always loved students, and wanted to teach and make an impact.” t is Rhonda s desire to make an impact in the lives of students that earned her the opportunity to work in Student Services. “Our administration and staff saw a need and an opportunity for outreach to our families in the school community. Teaching doesn t ust mean focusing on the academics, which our teachers do a great ob, but it s hard for students to function if they have other stressers going on in their lives. Not only are our kids important to us, but so are our families and that is where this position really came from,” explains Rhonda. She really understands that there is so much more affecting student s success in the classroom other than students understanding a lesson. Students need to know that they are cared about for more than ust their academic performance so ORSD and Rhonda are trying to better understand how they can serve the students and their families. The services that are provided are pretty extensive and Rhonda and the staff at Acorn are trying to find other ways that they can help. “ n this position, we are able to help families connect to services they may need. t could be helping them receive counseling if they need it, clothes, food, or maybe help the parents filling out the application for AR ids,” says Rhonda. Both Acorn and Rhonda understand that a big component to students success not only in school, but life as well, is dependent on their families, so they are doing everything they can to aide in this process. Rhonda stated, “Any need that our families have, we want to try to help with. serve as a mediator between the families and the resources that they may need such as doctors, dentists, or more food for the weekend. spend my time trying to research the best resources in our community to meet the needs of our students and families. f don t know what that resource is then will spend time figuring it out.” Rhonda s love for students from her time teaching has spilled over into her new position, which allows for her to flourish as she serves the family. “Hopefully we get into the teaching profession because we want to make a difference in the lives of students. Now in my current position, don t ust have the students in view, but try to view the students and their family as one structure. With this is mind, we try to serve the family and in doing so, we make the student s lives better as well,” said Rhonda. Rhonda has a heart for the students at ORSD and their success. Her desire to see healthy students and make an impact has spilled over into the family life. She stated, “We ust want families and students to know that we are here and care about them. We never want them to feel like they don t have somebody that cares.” t s really clear that Rhonda has the passion for such a position. Not only does she have experience in the school system and knows what it takes to help students be successful, but she has a heart to do more than help students make good grades, Rhonda wants to help positively impact their lives. Dale Carnegie once said, “People don t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” f you talk to Rhonda about the students at ORSD it becomes clear that she cares so much about her community, the families, and the students. F or more information on the services that Rhonda or Acorn Schools can provide you can call 479394-2348.

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Crider Aircraft - Working as a Family I

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY

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t isn’t often that you can work somewhere that you enj oy what you do, like the people you work with, and you feel like your boss cares about you. This uniq ue combination is displayed at Crider A ircraft at the Mena A irport. Owners R oger and Cindy Crider care about the men and women that work in their hangar, they are more than employees, but feel like family. The Crider’s took ownership of the hangar and business in 2002 from Ju nior G oodner. Both R oger and Cindy bring a long history of worki ng around planes into the business. Roger started working at the airport for oodner right after high school as a part of a work program. He started sweeping and cleaning floors, moved to mechanic, earned his license to fly, and finally moved into ownership. Cindy is no stranger to the airplane business either, she worked on the floor at the hangar detailing planes while she went to college. It was at the hangar, in fact, that Cindy and R oger met almost 3 0 years ago. The Crider’s bring decades of exp erience into the business and this is a great part of what has made them so successful. Cindy stated, “ never wanted to be a boss that ust sat back and asked people to do something wasn t willing to do. There are still times that Roger and step out of the office to help on the floor if we have a big pro ect.” The crew at Crider Aircraft feels more like a big family, but this may be because there are several family members including Cindy s brother, cousin, and the Crider s son, Tyler, who serves as one of the foreman. The Crider s other son, Alex, is living and working in Northwest Arkansas as a marke ting specialist. The work that Crider Aircraft does is detail intensive and laborious. n order to get planes in and out of their shop in a timely manner it takes each member of the crew pulling their own. “We have set things up like a factory line. veryone knows what their role is on the proj ect and so when one group is done the plan gets passed on to the next group, and so on, until it is completed. Since we both have worked on the floor in the hangar we know what it takes to get the planes finished in a timely manner,” says Roger. Along with this, Cindy completed her degree in Business and Technology, which proves to be helpful. Cindy says, “Since have a business degree and know about the planes it ust made sense to come and help him with this side of things.” On average, the crew can finish 7-25 planes a month, but this is with everybody pulling their own. The Criders stated, “We have a great crew here. They work really hard and we appreciate them for that. That is part of the reason we try to take care of them and care for them like family.” Between a hard working crew, and owners that understand aviation and the business side, it s clear why the Crider s have been successful. The best leaders are those that lead by example and that is exactly what the Criders do. From time to time they still hop in the middle of things and empty trash cans or help detail the planes. “We never want to be beyond doing something, and we have to know what is going on in the hangar so we can still have compassion on the workers and what they are going through,” says Cindy. Crider Aircraft has the opportunity to work on a variety of different plans and recently completed a unique pro ect. The crew ust finished repainting and detailing a WW B-25 Bomber. This is not the first military aircraft that they worked on, but it is the first bomber. This particular bomber was a part of the Commemorative Air Force and the Devil Dogs. Cindy said, “We spent time on the floor with the crew during this process as well. When we have a big proj ect like this, we want to perform q uality control. This assures that our customers get the best product we can offer.” Crider Aircraft has serviced many other military plans and always en oy the opportunity. “We love when we can do our part to say thank you to the military community and repainting the plane is a way that we can do that,” explains Crider. Planes such an American Airlines DC3 and C54 Berlin Airlift are ust a few of the other unique planes they have the opportunity to work on. Their dedication and attention to detail is what has made their business so successful. A long with these characteristics, the Criders have tried to be personable with any customer. Cindy stated, “Any time a customer comes in, R oger and I both make sure that we are to meet them and talk with them about their plane. I take pictures throughout the process and try to go the ext ra mile to make their business with us pleasurable.” Roger and Cindy have gone above and beyond to produce a good product, but haven t sacrificed integrity and the care of their employees. Between the two of them, they strike the proper balance of work and fun. A s Cindy stated, “We want our employees to kn ow we care about them. We want people to feel like we care about them for more than their work.” t s undeniable that this kind of environment is making a difference.

January 6, 2016

Remember Il Primo Pizza... the great Pizza Maker, Bob Wolfe and staff. We’re now under the new name of

Jenny’s Italian Kitchen

located in Acorn at 102 Hwy 270 & 71 North, at the junction. Some great Pizza, Pasta, Sandwiches & more. Some old dishes and some new. So, call 479-243-0614 or Delivery: 479-243-0615 Winter Hours: Tues.-Sat. 11am-8:30pm Sunday 1pm-8pm Closed on Monday Drive-up Window NOW available! Come see us! Thank you, the Wolfe Family & Staff


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Louise Durham’s Super Students

Mena Middle School EAST Students Use Coding

iddle School EA ST students created a robot and used coding to program the movements. P ictured: Ja ck Hunter, Isaac Clark, and Micah Smith gave a demonstration to elementary students.

Super Students selected at Louise Durham Elementary for the week of December 5th through 9th are: Waylon Yoakem, Samantha Restine, Patience Bohn, MaKenna Lee, William Threet, Violet Andrews, Gracie Deramus, Francesca Vacca, Serenity Fraser, Garrett Cook, IvyRain Myers, Bryson Tomblin, and Kameron McDaniel.

Christmas Eve Join us at Communion Mena First United

Methodist Church 501 Ninth Street As we celebrate the night that changed the world! Ann Ferris, Pastor

6 pm Candle Light Service


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( StateP oint) It’s easy to get the entire house ready for the holiday this season and celebrate one of the most wonderful times of the year without spending a fortune. F rom simple decorating ideas, to affordable party planning inspiration, getting into the holiday spirit has never been so easy with these tips from the discount exp erts at Dollar G eneral. Holiday Decorating Decorate in style, but affordably by purchasing inexp ensive holiday table runners, ornaments, and holiday pillows. L ocal Dollar G eneral stores have these items, as well as ornaments available for as low as $ 1. Consider repurposing exi sting household items into your holiday arrangements. F or exa mple, use cake stands and baske ts to display decorations. A dd charm, versatility, and holiday cheer to your home by incorporating new, trendy dé cor with vintage and traditional decorations from your childhood. Holiday R ecipe Essentials Decorating is only half the fun. Bring family and friends together by filling the house with the smell of delicious holiday food. Stock up on fresh milk, eggs, bread, sugar, baki ng mixe s, spices, and other cook ing essentials at a discount retailer. F ind simple and affordable holiday recipes like casseroles, cooki es, and holiday drinks online by checki ng out Dollar G eneral Easy Meals. Host a P otluck Creating many dishes for a crowd is not only time-consuming, but it can be costly as well. Share the exp ense with friends and family by hosting a potluck. Each guest can bring their favorite holiday dish. A sk guests in advance what they plan to bring so you don’t end up with repeats. Seasonal Shopping G reat deals are always on the table during the holiday season. Save even more by shopping at Dollar G eneral, which offers everyday low prices as well as digital coupons. Create a DG Digital Coupon account at dollargeneral.com/ coupons, through the DG mobile app for A ndroid and iP hone smartphones, or by text ing www.edwardjones.com “JO IN ” to 3 48 9 8 . Messaging rates may apply. Member SIPC Enj oy the most wonderful time of the year without over-spending. Happy Holidays!

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How Caregivers Can Provide Better Care for Both Their Loved Ones and Themselves

( StateP oint) More than 10,000 people in the United States turn 6 5 every day, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. This growth in the aging population has led to an increased number of people who care for loved ones in their homes. “While many people are happy to take care of aging loved ones, playing this caregiver role can still be physically, mentally, and emotionally draining,” says Ji ll Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president, Sam’s Club Consumables and Health and Wellness. “A s a result, it can be easy for caregivers to forget about caring for themselves at times.” To help, Turner-Mitchael and the Sam’s Club P harmacists are offering time-saving, stress-reducing tips to help caregivers support their loved ones, while also maintaining their own well-being. Focus on food and fitness. Maintain a healthy, energy-boosting diet that includes organic fruits and vegetables, along with lean protein and vitamins. Try to stay active as well. To ke ep yourself accountable, consider using a wearable device that tracks your daily diet and activity level. • L og on. To save time and effort, shop online when possible. In today’s digital world, it’s easy to get everything you need with the click of a button. Companies like Sam’s Club provide everything from groceries to personal care products online for those who don’t have time to make it into a club. • G ive yourself a break. Convene a family meeting to discuss any challenges that you’re facing, and see what others can do to lighten your load. Identify someone who can fill in for you for periods of time, so you can take breaks outside of the home to relax and refresh. Doing so will like ly help you return to your role with even more energy. One of Arkansas • Seek support. F ind a caregiver support group that can help you make connections with others who understand your perspective. Seek out other exi sting resources that are designed to support caregivers as well. F or exa mple, Sam’s Club recently launched a new program for family caregivers, including a dedicated webpage that helps members find the products, expert advice, and savings they need to make caregiving easier. Visit SamsClub.com/ caregiving or the ki osks in select locations around the country for more information. “A s the number of caregivers rises, so does the importance of offering resources that make their lives easier,” says Turner-Mitchael. “A s a club of the community, we are worki ng to do j ust that, so caregivers can focus on what is most important – the health of “The Good Life Starts Here” their loved ones and themselves.” • Engage your employer. A round 42 million A mericans act as caregivers while also worki ng outside of the home, according to A A R P . If you are j uggling work and home responsibilities, ask your manager about perks or policies that may help you find balance Affordable, Comfortable, Secure such as flexible work schedules, emergency time off, or on-site eldercare. N eglecting your own health does no one any favors, so don’t let caregiving mean the end of self-care. With the right resources and resolve, rest assured that you can provide the best care possible, while also maintaining your own health.

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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, 2016 Ashlie Nicole Dixon, 25, of Smackover was charged with DWI and careless driving. The arrest followed a traffic stop. A 17-year-old Mena youth was charged with underage DUI after a routine traffic stop. Also charged in the incident with possession of alcohol by a minor was a 16-year-old Mena boy. December 12, 2016

Report was taken of the theft of an air gun from a local retail store. Case is pending contact with suspect seen in surveillance video. Report was taken of a local man threatening bodily harm to another Mena man. Case is pending interview of all suspects. December 13, 2016 No reports on file. December 14, 2016 A local woman reported the theft of a miter saw from a rent house she owns in Mena. Case is pending further investigation. Officers traveled to Crawford County where local authorities had stopped two men from Mena. Both men had active warrants from Mena. Brought back on the warrants to Polk County were Jonathan Daniel Woody, 40, and Jonathan Zackery Woody, 22. December 15, 2016

Danielle Rae Stewart, 25, of Mena was charged with public intoxication after several complaints from local residents. A local apartment owner reported the theft of several space heaters and other items from one of the units. Case is pending interview of suspect and witnesses. December 16, 2016 Lynea Chandeen Wright, 29, of Mena was arrested on a felony warrant from the Mena Police Department and on a misdemeanor warrant from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Hannah Leeann White, 33, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Sevier County. Crystal Lane Davis, 32, of Mena was arrested on a felony warrant from the Mena Police Department. December 17, 2016 Report was made of the theft of a box trailer full of equipment. The trailer was stolen from the parking lot of a local motel. Case is pending further investigation and review of surveillance tapes from several businesses in the area. The theft occurred sometime on the evening of December 16, 2016. Polk County Sheriff’s Department December 5, 2016 Report from complainant on Polk 96 in Acorn of $1,500.00 in damages done to a vehicle. Investigation continues. Report of a disturbance on Apache Lane near the Board Camp community. Deputies responded. Investigation continues. December 6, 2016 Report from complainant on Hwy 375 West near Mena of an unauthorized person on their property led to the arrest of John A. Howard, 52, of Mena, on a Charge of Criminal Trespass. Report from complainant on Polk 96 in Acorn of receiving several threatening emails. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from complainant on Polk 45 near the Shady Grove community of suspicious behavior regarding an animal. Investigation determined that no criminal act had occurred. December 7, 2016 Discovery of suspicious items led to a 15-year-old male and a 16-year-old male each being issued a Juvenile Citation for

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Possession of Intoxicating Liquor by a Minor. The juveniles were released to the custody of parents/guardians. December 8, 2016 Report from complainant on Highway 270 West near Acorn of the break-in and theft of appliances and furniture. Investigation continues. Report from a business on Hickory Avenue in Mena of an unauthorized person on their property. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from a business in Dequeen of the theft of an excavator and trailer, valued at $29,479.00, while located in Polk County. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 117 near Mena of being threatened by an acquaintance. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Stephen R. Toon, 42, of Mena, on Charges of DWI, SpeedJanuary 6, 2016 ing, Reckless Driving and No Liability Insurance. December 9, 2016 Report of an accident at the Highway 71 South and Polk 418 Intersection near Potter. Deputy responded. December 10, 2016 Report from complainant on Polk 61 near the Board Camp community of the misuse of business funds. Complainant was advised that the issue was civil in nature. Arrested was Marsha D. Denton, 32, of Mena, on a Warrant for Theft of Property. December 11, 2016 Report of a disturbance on Polk 76 East near Mena. Deputy responded. Investigation continues. Arrested was Jamie R. Arce, 33, of Hatfield, on a Garland County Warrant. Traffic stop on Highway 375 West near Mena led to Citations for Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License and Driving Left of Center being issued to Bryan E. Sturgis, 49, of Mena. Arrested was Amanda R. Penney, 31, of Hatfield, on two Warrants for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Arrested was Doug L. Marschall, 21, of Mena, on Warrants for Failure to Appear and Failure to Comply with a Court CONTINUED ON PAGE 18 Order.


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Ad deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday. Payment is due with ad. Publishing and distributing 8,000 copies weekly. PEIKERT’S PET SHOP located at 3906 Hwy 375 West Mena, AR. Call 479-234-7210 or 479394-4866. We keep a large supply of tropical fish – all size birds – small pets – feed – cages and supplies. 12/21

I BUY computers! Desktops, laptops, new, old, broken, working, full of viruses, in pieces, hit by lightening, I’ll offer you a fair price NO printers or CRT monitors, Mitchell Computer Services, 717 Mena Street next to OMG Phone 1/25 tablet repair. Clean and comfortable housing since 1969, J. Ray & Maria’s MH Park and Rentals. Hwy 71 North, Mena, AR. 479-216-3085 TFN Dugan Lawn Care and Landscaping - now is the time to get flower beds in order. We offer an array of services to help you prepare for the change in seasons. Mulch work, flower bed maintenance, lawn winteri ation, property clean up, planting annual fall flowers, pressure washing, and more. For more information and free estimate call us at 479-394-2699 Dugan Lawn Care and Landscaping, we TFN are “lawn care done right ” Yard Mowing, weed eating, bush hogging, handyman services, power washing, garden plowing and tilling. Have tractor with implements for larger jobs. Also chainsaw work. Firewood. Bill Duff. Call 479-216-5204. 12/21

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House Cleaning and more. Call Winnie Cotter at 2343418. 12/21 For Rent: Two bedroom, two bath brick home in Mena, Stove & refrigerator, central heat & air, no inside smokers TFN or HUD. Rent $475. Deposit $350. 394-4634 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath mobile home for rent in Hatifield. Call 870-389-6578 1/4 scmobiledogwash.com- Dog grooming, Hand dry, nails trimmed, ears cleaned, brushing. Deanna Boyd 479-2341/18 1866. I will come to you Like Facebook. J&N Dozer- Trackhoe, Backhoe, Dump Truck, Ponds, Pads, Clearing, Roads, Hauling, Rich Top Soil, Fill Dirt, Shale, Gravel. Do er operator Randy Egger, over 30 years’ experience. We appreciate your Business Call 479-234-1357 TFN Light tractor services. Brush hogging, light driveway repair, stump removal. General property clean up. Dirt, top soil, fill dirt, and gravel available. DLC-Dirt Dawgs. “We do the small jobs big boys’ wont.” For more information, call 479-234-6555. 12/21 Part Time Help wanted Looking to hire experienced tractor operator. Must have proven work history with tractor experience and references. Must be able to perform tractor maintenance and small repairs. Pay based on experience. 479-234-6555 12/21

Appliances Wanted. Please donate or sell us your working or repairable appliances so that we may bless others. Call 479-227-1468. 1/4 For Rent: Two bedroom, one bath, duplex. Has stove and refrigerator, washer and dryer connection. Water bill paid. No inside smokers or HUD. Rent $400. Deposit $250. 394-4634. TFN Public Notice for Quarry NOI New Quarry In accordance with the provisions of Arkansas Code Annotated 15-57-403, public notice is hereby given that as of 12 14 2016, a Notification of Intent to Quarry has been filed with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). The quarry will be located at 163 Polk Road 200, Grannis, AR in (Section 2 Township 6 Range 32) in Polk County, Arkansas. Startup of quarry operations will begin on 12/27/2016. This quarry will be operated by SBM Materials, 163 Polk Road 200, Grannis, AR, 903-794-1976. Any questions concerning this operation may be sent to John Green at the above listed address. Any interested parties may contact Mr. James F. Stephens, Chief of the Surface Mining and Reclamation Division, ADEQ, 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock ,AR 72118-5317, telephone number (501)682-0807 for additional information. Property owners within one half mile of the proposed quarry may send a request to ADEQ for a public meeting with SBM Materials within ten days after the publication of this notice. TFN

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Report of a disturbance on Polk 78 near Potter led to the arrest of Brent R. Wilson, 41, of Mounds, OK, on a Charge of Disorderly Conduct. Traffic stop led to a Citation for No Proof of Insurance being issued to Treyton C. Dial, 18, of Mena. Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked one vehicle accident this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 16 Incarcerated Inmates, with 5 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility. December 12, 2016 R eport from a Mena woman of an alleged sex ual assault. Deputies responded. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney s Office for further consideration. A rrested was J ohn D. Hillard, 25 , of Mena, on Charges of P ossession of a

Schedule IV/ V Controlled Substance and two counts of P ossession of a Schedule I/ II Controlled Substance. R eport of suspicious items found at a residence on P olk 5 4 near Mena. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney s Office for further consideration. December 13, 2016 R eport from complainant on L oveL ee L ane near P otter of receiving a potential scam in the mail attempting to gain their personal information. R eport of a disturbance on P olk 416 near P otter led to the arrest of R oy R . Savage, 25 , of Mena, on Charges of Battery 2nd Degree, A ggravated A ssault, and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. R eport of a domestic disturbance on P olk 13 6 near Cove. Deputies responded. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney s Office for further consideration. December 14, 2016

R eport of a domestic disturbance on Heritage ane near Hatfield led to the arrest of F loyd T. F rederick , 43 , of Hatfield, on a Charge of Domestic Battery 3 rd Degree. R eport from complainant on P olk 401 near Mena of being harassed by an acq uaintance. Information has been provided to the P rosecuting A ttorney’s Office for further consideration. R eq uest for a welfare check on an individual near A corn. A rrested was Tyse D. L ambert, 28 , of Mena, on a Charge of P ossession of Drug P araphernalia. December 15, 2016 R eport from P olk County Detention Center of the theft of an article of clothing. The item was located. Information has been provided to the P rosecuting A ttorney s Office for further consideration. December 16, 2016 A rrested was R aymond D. A render, 23 , of Mena, on a Warrant for F ailure to

Comply with a Court Order. December 17, 2016 R eport of a disturbance on Venable ane near Mena. Suspect fled before deputy arrived. Investigation continues. R eport from complainant on Highway 246 East in Vandervoort of a person trespassing on their property and vandaliz ing lawn decorations. Investigation continues. December 18, 2016 R eport of a domestic disturbance on Polk 30 near Hatfield led to the arrest of Charlie J. Bates, 40, of Hatfield, on a Charge of Domestic Battery 3 rd Degree. A dditional information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney s Office for further consideration. Report from a Hatfield woman of problems with child custody ex change. P olk County Detention Center J ail P opulation: 18 Incarcerated Inmates, with 6 Inmates currently on the Waiting L ist for a State F acility.


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from Washburn’s Home F urnishings at 1020 Mena Street! They won’t clutter your dresser top and are a perfect addition to the bedroom or bathroom in addition to having tons of storage for all her j ewelry! A nd while you’re there, you’ll want to grab one of their stylish vanities with seating. Sears has been one of the “go to” shops for Christmas for decades and this year is no different! Sears Hometown Store at 9 08 South Mena Street in Mena has all your appliance, tool, and lawn & garden needs covered! During this holiday season, they will have great offers including 25 % off of appliances and up to 5 0% off of tools! Make Mom happy and save $ 700 on a new K enmore 27.6 cubic foot french door refrigerator with ice make r, or shop the tool aisle for the perfect gift for Dad! Cowboy & Indian Trading P ost at 5 15 Sherwood A venue is full of uniq ue gift ideas and one of Mike ’s popular lines is this hand-made southwest style pottery made from Indian artisans. Created for everyday use generations ago, now it is used to accent any room of the home. Choose from a neutral pallet, or select bold southwest colors to accent any space. Originality is always a plus when selecting thoughtful gifts, and how about one that features hometown artists? A merican A rtisans in the downtown A rts District at 6 15 Mena Street features the uniq ue talents of the Braces who create celebrated works of while living and working from their studio in Hatfield, Ark. Jim is a painter specializi ng in P op A rt but works in many media. His work is featured on the screen printed table tops in the dining area of A merican A rtisans, the coffee cup mural on 479-394-1112 615 Mena Street • Mena, AR 71953 the brick wall, and distinctive original paintLocated in the Downtown Mena Arts District ings of musicians, actors and the infamous light switch that appears to be 3D. Jane is a self-taught P ine N eedle baske t make r. She gathers and processes her pine needles to make them pliable and weaves them tightly into all shapes and si es. Jane incorporates many types of beads and wood scrollwork to enhance the beauty of the old Indian craft she has featuring local, state, and national perfected.

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Thursday, 12/22 • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/ Polk County meets at Papa’s Mexican Caf . Contact Lisa Martin at 2163383 or Charles Pitman at 216-4882 for more information. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 5:00 p.m. - 9th Street Ministries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the 9th Street Ministries building. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous women’s meeting at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. • 6:30 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meeting at Saint Agnes Church Parish Hall. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. Friday, 12/23 • 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. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. - Gator & Friends will play at The American Legion in Acorn, admission 6. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297.

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* THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE POLK COUNTY FAIR AND RODEO ASSOCIATION will be held on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Polk County Fairgrounds. This yearly meeting is to elect new members and new officers for the 2017 year. The meeting is open to anyone who lives in Polk County and has an interest in the Polk County Fair and Rodeo Association.

Saturday, 12/24 • 4:00 p.m. – Trinity Lutheran Church Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Corner of Oak and DeQueen Streets. Everyone welcome. • 4:00 p.m. – Christ Episcopal Church will hold its Christmas celebration of Holy Eucharist. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. – Mena First United Methodist Church hosts Christmas Eve Communion and Candlelight Service at 501 Ninth Street. • 7:00 p.m. – Board Camp Baptist Church will have Christmas Eve Service. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 479-243-0297 or 479-2164606. Sunday, 12/25 • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First nited Methodist Church in Mena. • 6:30 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meeting at Saint Agnes Church Parish Hall. Monday, 12/26 am 12 pm God’s eeding Hands Mission Center will serve free Groceries & free Toiletry to the needy at 1200 Reeves Ave, Mena. • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First nited Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – Mena Elks Lodge meeting. All Elks are invited to attend. • 7:00 p.m. – Home Front Warriors CMA Chapter 377 meeting at Limetree Restaurant. Tuesday, 12/27 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardener Community Men’s Breakfast at the First nited Methodist Church in Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena St. • 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 pm 5 pm The at eld Branch library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. – T.O.P.S. will meet in the nion Bank Community Room for weigh-ins, followed by a meeting. • 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.

• 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 nited Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479-234-2887 or 479-234-3043. Wednesday, 12/28 • The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in Mena at noon. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Polk County Library Cove Branch is open. • 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. – Discovery Kids Kindergarten Thru 5th Grade; Collide outh Ministry 6th Thru 12th Grades; and Adult Bible Study at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at Grace Bible Church, 1911 Hwy 71 N. Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Inquiry classes into the Catholic Faith begins in the Parish Hall of St. Agnes Catholic Church at 203 8th St. No cost or obligation. Everyone is invited. Call 394-1017 or 394-5655 for more info. Thursday, 12/29 • 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – St. Agnes Food Distribution at St. Agnes Parish Hall. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County meets at Papa’s Mexican Caf . Contact Lisa Martin at 216-3383 or Charles Pitman at 216-4882 for more information. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 5:00 p.m. - 9th Street Ministries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the 9th Street Ministries building. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous women’s meeting at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. • 6:30 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meeting at Saint Agnes Church Parish Hall. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297.

Friday, 12/30 • 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. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. - Dance at The American Legion in Acorn, admission 6. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. Saturday, 12/31 6:00 p.m. PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. 8:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 479-243-0297 or 479-2164606. Sunday, 1/1 • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First nited Methodist Church in Mena. • 6:30 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meeting at Saint Agnes Church Parish Hall.

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LOUISE DURHAM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Mrs. Trammell’s Class: Karson: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s a l o t t o m e C h r i s t m a s is a tim e o f y e a r w h e n fa m ily s g e t to g e th e r a n d g e t a C h r is tm a s tr e e s a n d d e c o r a te a n d th e g r o w n u p s g e t g ifts fo r th e c h e ld r e n a n d a ls o s a n ta c la u s g iv e g ifts fo r th e c h ild r e n to . Mariah: I e a t c o o k i e s a n d m i l k w e a r PJ a n d o p e n g iv e s I lik e s p e e d in g tim e w ith m y fa m ily its fu n .B u t th e y c a n n o t c o m e . Chloe: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s t o m e t h a t y o u s e l a d r a t w ith fa m ily y o u d e c k a r a te a c h r is m a s tr e e . Y o u e v e n h a v e a b ig c h r is m a s d in n e r w ith y o u h o le fa m ily . Tristan: I t m e a n s f a m i l y f r i e n d s t o g e t h e r . Ryan: F u n b u t w e d o n ’ t h a v e t i m e t o s e t u p t h e C h r is tm a s tr e e b u t w e s till g e t to p u t u p th e tr e e . Kloey: C h r i s t m a s i s j o y f u l / l o v e . I l o v e C h r i s t m a s . Matthew: I g i t a l o t u v t o s . An d I g i t s u m h o t c o c o . An d I g i t t o p a l y i n t h e s m o e . I g i t t o h a g o rn o m e n ts o n th e tre e . Gabriel: I g e t t o p l a y i n t h e s n o y e .

Lilly: Th a t y o u g e t t o p u t d e c r a s h e n s o n t h e tr e e .I h a v e a s ta r th a t c h a n g e s c o r le r s .C r is tm a s is to s e la b r a te g e s is b r ith d a y .C h r is tm a s is to h a v e fu n . Ivan: C h r i s t m a s t o m e m e a n s C h r i s t m a s t r e e a n d y o u p u t d e k e ra s h n s o n th e tre e rs a n d d e k e r a s s h n s w ith s to c k in g s w ith litts o n y o r u tr e e s a n d g a t s o m e b o x s if y o u c a n r a p it in g iftr a p . Th e n p u t t h e b o x s u n d e r t h e C h r i s t m a s . An d b e g o o d b o y s a n d y o u t o o g e r s . An d h a d s o m e w ite w o o l a n d th e w o o l lo o k lik e s a n w . Aiden: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s l o v e a n d c a r e o n C h r is tm a s e v e w e h a v e C h r is tm a s p a r ty s o m e tim e s w e v is it m y g r a n d p a th a t p a s s e d a w a y . Austin: C r i s m i s i s a t i m u v y e r w e r y o u g i t t o o p e n p r e s in s b u t th a s n o t w u t c r is m is is a b o u t. C r is m is is a tim w in y o u r fa m le g is to g e th r a n d h a s a g r a t tim . Lanie: I g o t o m y G r a n d p a r i n t s h o s e a n d o p n e p r a s i n t s . We s i n g Ro t t u f f g o t s h o t b y m y p a p w . I d r e s s u p in r a in d e e r c lo th s a n d m y c u s in g e ts a t o y g u n a n d m y p a p w s i n g s . An d I s a y g o o d b i t o m y e l f o n t h e s h e l f n a m e d Wi n t e r . Ty: I t m e a n s t o m e a j o y f u l p l a c e a n d h a p p y

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a n d it ’s n o t a ll a b o u t p r e s e n t ’s y o u g e t a lo t o f d a y s o ff s c h o o l y o u g e t o p e n y o u r d re m s . Mason: I t m e a n s a l o t t o m e f o o d p r e s e n t s . An d s t o c e n e s , a n d s a n t a . Y o u c a n s t a y in p u jm u s . Faith: I l o v e c h i s t m a s . I ’ t i s m y fa v o r ite s e a s o n .I lik e to g o ic e s k a t i n g . I ’ t i s f u n . Af t e r t h a t I j r i n k h o t c o c o . Th e n I b i l d a s n o w m a n . Af t e r Th a t I d o a C h r i s t m a s t r e e . My g r a n d p a r e n t lik e C h r is tm a s . Auden: I t l i g h t s u p m y d a y it fills to so so god it fills lik e I c is s t b y a a n g u l it fills like it is my birthday it fills like santa Gave m e a ll m y p r e s in ts I w a n te d . Mrs. Miller’s Class: Brennan: C h r i s t m a s i s a t i m e t o s p e n d t im e c e le b r a t in g J e s u s ’s b ir th .I c e le b r a te C h r is tm a s b y s p e n d in g tim e w ith m y fa m ily .

Alayna: C h r i s t m a s i s a t i m e w h e n I g e t t o o p e n p r e s e n t s w i t h m y s w e e t k i n d s i s t e r . So m e t i m e s w e tr y to g u e s s w h a ts in s id e m y m o m a n d d a d w r a p s p r e s e n t s t o . Wh e n w e g e t i t w r o n g t h e y s a y n o p e e v e n id w e g e t it r ig h t th e y s a y n o p e b e c a u s e it ’s a s u p r is e . Genesis: Ha v i n g f u n o p e n i n g p re s e n ts .I g e t to y s Zuriah B th a t I w a n t. rave M artin Jaxon: I h a v e t i n August 26 , 2016 w i t h m y f a m i l y . We th r o w s n o w b a lls a t e a c h o th e r.I lo v e m y fa m ily . Jace: C h r i s t m a s t o m e m e a n s I g e t to s p e n d tim e w i t h m y f a m i l y . We o p e n p re s e n ts w h e n e v e ry b o d y is a w a k e . Wyatt: C h r i s t m a s i s a t i m e o f jo y b e c a u s e y o u g e t to s p e n d t i m e w i t h y o u r f a m i l y . We w a tc h m o v ie s a n d p la y g a m e s . Seth: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s t o m e h a v i n g f u n

For over 77 years, you've allowed the Washburn's family to serve you and it is at this very special time of year, we pause to express our sincere appreciation for your loyalty. From all of the Washburn's family, may you and yours enjoy all the many blessings the Christmas season offers and keep it all year through. Gar and Debby Eisele

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g e ttin g to o p e n p r e s e n ts w ith m y fa m ily ! I lo v e m y fa m ily . Deaton: To s p e n d t i m e w i t h m y f a m i l y . We e a t a d e lic io u s b r e a k fa s t to g e th e r o n C h r is tm a s m o r n in g a fte r w e o p e n a lo t o f p r e s e n ts . Brenlei: G e t t i n g t o p l a y w i t h m y c o u s i n s . We h a v e w i t h m y d o g a n d o n th e tr a m p a lin e . Payton: Ha v i n g f u n o p e n i n g a w e s o m e p re s e n ts .I g e t to o p e n p re s e n ts I w a n t. Mylee: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s t o m e s p e n d in g tim e w ith m y fa m ily .F ir s t, w e r e a d th e b ib l e t o g e t h e r . Ne x t , w e o p e n p r e s e n t s t o g e t h e r . Th e n , w e g e t d re s s e d .L a s t, w e g o to m y g ra n d m a s a n d g ra n d p a s . Abigayle: Ha v i n g f u n o p e n i n g p r e s e n ts a n d h a v in g fu n w ith m y fa m ily . Emily: Ha v i n g f u n o p e n i n g p r e s e n t s . I g e t t o o p e n th e m w ith m y s is te r a n d m o th e r.

Kaylee: G e t t i n g t o p l a y w i t h m y s i s t e r a n d b r o th e r a n d p la y g a m e s . Braydon: C h r i s t m a s i s a t i m e t o h a v e f u n o p e n i n g p r e s e n t s w i t h m y f a m i l y . We g e t to o p e n p r e s e n ts in th e m o r in g a fte r b re a k fa s t. Waylon: C h r i s t Jasten L m a s is a tim e to . Higgin s August s p e n d w ith m y 17 , 2016 f a m i l y . We e a t B re a k fa s t to g e th e r o n C h r is tm a s m o r n in g a r te [a fte r ] w e o p e n p re s e n ts . Taylor: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s to m e m e a n s to s p e n d tim e w ith m y m o m a n d d a d . Mrs. Castor’s Class: Laliegh Powell: C h r i s t m a s i s a b o u t a s a v io r, a m a s te r, a fa th e r J e s u s is a b a b y w h o w a s b o r n o n J e s u s is o u r k i n g . We s e l a b r a t e J e s u s ’ e s B i r t h d a y . C h r i s t m a s is n o t, n o t, n o t a b o u t to y s it is a b o u t J e s u s .

Clayton Dilbeck: C r i s m u s m e n s y o u g i t p r a s i t s . Jeffery Walters: C h r i s t m a s i s a d a y w a r y o u g i t p r e s its . Payton Rose: C h r i s t m a s Me a n s t o Me Th a t e v r e o u n h a s f o n / f a m i l l e . Ev r e o u n c e l e b r a t e s J e s u s ’ b ir th d a y .Y o u e v e n g e t p r e s e n ts .I h o p e y o u h a v e a Me r e C h r i s t m a s ! Brayden Wilson: We h a v e a g r e a t t i m e o p e n n i n g p r e s e n t s . I t s a n Aw e s o m e t i m e o f t h e y e a r . I t ’s t h e d a y w e c e le b r a t e G o d ’s b ir t h d a y . I t ’s C h r is t m a s . William Higgins: I l o v e m y f a m i l y . I l o v e Ha w a i i . I lo v e e v e r y o n e .I lo v e th e w o r ld .I lik e p r e s e n ts . I lik e a n y th in g .I a m th a n k fu l fo r e v e r y o n e .I lo v e C h r is tm a s .I lo v e e v e r y th in g . Brayden Renick: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s t o c e l e b r a t J e s u s b ir th d a y a n d to s p e n d tim e w h ith y o u r /m y f a m i l y . An d t o b e t h a n k f u l w h i t h w h a t y o u / I g e t . Ruby Dewitt: C h r i s t m a s i s n o t j u s t a b o u t t h e p r e s e n ts it is a b o u t fa m ily a n d h o p e a n d b e in g th a n k fu l fo r w h a t y o u h a v e . Emmi Hensley: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s t o m e b e i n g w it h m y f a m ily . C h r is t m a s m e a n s t o m e J e s u s ’s b ir th d a y .C h r is tm a s m e a n s to m e lo v in g m y

WISHING YOU EVERY HAPPINESS NOW AND THROUGH THE NEW YEAR. Bob & Wendy Martin; Ashley & Scott Vacca; Erick & Charmaine Martin Sterling Machinery Co., Inc. | 104 Port Arthur | Mena

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f a m i l y . C h r i s t m a s m e a n s t o m e Ha v i n g f u n w i t h m y fa m ily .C h r is tm a s m e a n s to m e c e le b r a tin g J e s u s C h r is t a n d fa m ily . Landon Bush: L o v e y o u r f a m i l y b e t h a n k f u l f o r w h a t y o u g o t L o v e g o d L o v e je s u s L o v e s a tu [ Sa n t a ] I l o v e C h r i s t m a s I l o v e m o m d a d m e m e p a p a m a r y J J B r u s e Po o B a r a n d t h a t ’ s i t a n d t h e r e s t m a r y c h i s t m a s ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Sa t u l o v e s e v e r y b o d y e v e n m e !!!!!!! Im s o th a n k fu l Niki Restine Nickowl: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s t o m e . To h o p e a n d t h a n k f u l f o r m y f a m i l y a n d e v e ry o n e I k n o w . Emma Wells: My d o g d i e d o n C h i s t m a s e v e . I lo v e to c e le b r a t C h r is tm a s a n d it is h e r b ir th d a y o n t h e 15t h . He r n a m e i s Pe p p e r o n i e We l l s . Sh e w i l l b e 22. Kaycee Harris: C h r i s t m a s i s m y f a v r i t e h o l i d a y o f t h e y e a r ! J e s u s ’s b ir t h d a y w e b le s s in g o w e r f a m i l y . Me r r y C h r i s t m a s ! Kaiden Walls: My d o g s b i r t h d a y i s o n C h r i s t m a s . Se e i n g m y f a m i l y a n d m y f r i e n d s . J e s u s b le s s in g u s o n h is b ir th d a y . Journey Evans: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s t o m e … J e s u s b ir th d a y c e le b r a tin g w ith fa m ily .


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Tycen Baber: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s t o b e t h e t i t i s J e s u s b ir th d a y .I lo v e C h r is tm a s b e c u s e I g it to b e w h if m y fa m ily .I a m b le s s e d . I a m th a n k fu l fo r m y fr ie n d s .I a m th a n k fu l fo r m y d o g s . Fred McVey: Ha v i n g f u n w i t h m y fa m ily . Damon Martin:: I a m h a p p y a t m i fa m ily b e k u s m i fa m ily is h a p p y a t m e . Tiffiny Cavelli: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s , c e le b r a t in g J e s u s ’s b ir th d a y b e in g w ith y o u r fa m ily , b e in g b le s s e d b y J e s u s , b e in g th a n k fu l o f y o u r life , a p p r e c h ia te in g y o u r fa m ily a n d h a v e in g h o p e i n Sa n t a a n d J e s u s . Mrs. Wagner’s Class: Gracie: My C h r i s t m a s m e a n s t o a r o u n d th e C h r is tm a s tr e e a n d b m e m o r ie s lik e th e o r n a m e n t w e G ra m p a J a m e s p a s s e d a w a y a n

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I n t h o s e d a y s C a es a r A u g u s t u s i s s u ed a d ecree t h a t a cen s u s s h o u l d be t a k en o f t h e en t i re R o ma n w o rl d . 2 ( T h i s was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town t o reg i s t er. 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 a n d s h e 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 A n a n g el o f 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 T o d a y i n t h e t o w n o f 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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c e le b r a t e J e s u s ’s b ir t h d a y . Abbi: I t ’ s a t i m e t o s p e n d t i m e w i i t h Au n t s , Un c l e s , f a m i l y , a n d f r i e n d s . An d c e l e b r a t e J e s u s ’ b ir th d a y . Mrs. Smallwood’s Class: Caden: I l o v e C h r i s t a m s b e c u s I g i t t o h a v f u n w i t h m y f a m l e . On c h r i s t m a t . C h r i s t m a s i s a h a lla d a y e . Navaeh: C h r i s t m a s i s m y h o i l y d a y t o b e c a u s e it ’s lik e m y f a v r it C h r is t m a s c u z I w a n t t o s e e s a n ta . Jerzie: I t ’ s a b o u t s p e n d i n g t i m e w i t h y o u r f a m i l y a n d to b e k in d .Y o u g e t to o p e n p r e s e n ts a n d lo o k in y o u r s to c k in g s .Y o u g e t to s ta y in y o u r p ija m a s a ll d a y ! Y o u g e t to c a tc h s a n ta ! C h r is tm a s is a w e s o m e . Kaylea: C h i s t m a s m e a n s l i k e a l l s w e e t a n d t o b e n ic e to o n e a n th e r a n d to b e v e r y n ic e s o th a t I c a n g e t p r e s e n ts th a ts w h a t C h r is tm a s m e a n s to m e . Sebastian: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s t o b e g o o d , a n d hl and behave re yo magi k Mckynna: C h r i s t m a s i s l i k e a t o y s t o r e t o m e

b e c a u s e i t ’ s l i k e a h o i l y d a y t o m e . My f a v o r i t e to y s a n ta is a a to y th a t a r e a l liv e p e t.C h r is tm a s m e a n s to m e v e ry m u c h th a n k y o u fo r g iv in g u s to y s to u s e v e r y y e a r. Adelbei: C h r i s m a s m e a n s a l o t t o m e I l o v e o p e n in g p r e s e n ts a n d p e c k in g in m y p r e s e n ts . C h r is tm a s m e a n s a lo t to m e . Makenley: C h r i s t m a s i s n o t a b o u t g i t t i n g i t i s w h a t g i v i n g . I w a n t a b i c k a n d a Am a r i c i n G i r l B o ls a d s h o p c k in s a n d g a m e s . Billy: I t m e a n s t o m e g i v e n o t g i t i n . An d s a n t a I l o v e y o u . Sa n t a d o y a r e l f s g i v e y o u p r e s e n t s o n C h r i s t m a s ? Sa n t a h o w d o y o u g e t i n h o u s e s w i t h n o c h i m n e s ? Sa n t a t h i s y e r e s e e i f t h e r s a t h a n k y o u n o t e b y c o o k i e s . An y w a y Sa n t a d o y o u h a v e k i d s ? Sa n t a I h o p e t h a t y o u g e t m y le tte r. Cameron: I t m e a n s y o u g e t p r e s e n t s a n d p u t u p y o u r C h r is tm a s tr e e a n d s o m e tim e s p la y i n s n o w . An d C h r i s t m a s i s a h o i l y d a y . Me r r y C h r is tm a s . Payton: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s e v r e o n e i n t h e w o r l d e v e n te x is g its p r e z e n ts . Braxton: On C h r i s t m a s i t i s j e s u s e s b i r t h d a y

Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce would like to take this opportunity to say MERRY CHRISTMAS & THANK YOU to the community for your support throughout the year! As we reflect upon the year of 2016 it has been a very productive time and would not have been possible without your help! We look forward to an even better year, next year, and hope you and others will continue the journey with us! Executive Director - Paula Bradley

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a n d th a t is w h a t C h r is tm a s C h r is tm a s is a ll a b o u t s p e e fa m ily . Derek: L o v e j o y h a p p y n e s n o te n d o d s a n d a h a lo 5g a h a lo 4g a m e . Ashlyn: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s a lo t to m e b e c u s y o u g it p r e s n s . C h r is tm a s is th e b e s t d a y u v th e y e e r.I lo v e C h r is tm a s s o m u c h . Jasmine: I l i k e s a n t a ’s p r e s in s a n d d u r t y s a n ta C h r is tm a s .

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ACORN ELEMENTARY Mrs. Daniels’ Class: Clay M.: To g e t p r e s e n t s a n d t o o g i v e p r e s e n t s . To p la y w ith m y fr ie n d s a n d f a m i l y . We p u t u p t h e c r i s t m a s t r e e . We e a t a l o t o f f o o d . I p l a y a l l d a y .I’m g la d fo r m y c r is tm a s e s .

Jaron: I s h a v i n g a C h r i s t m a s m i r a c l e a n d s p i n d i n g t i m e w i t h y o u ’ r e f a m l y . Ha v i n g f u n a n d a l s o c a r i n g . An d d o n ’ t b e b a d a n d l i s t e n . Payton Wheless: I s t h e j o y o f h a v i n g f a m i l y . J e s u s b e i n g b o r n . Sp e n d i n g t i m e w i t h m y f a m i l y . An d h a v i n g B r i t t a n y a n d De v i n . I l o v e e v e r o n e . I n h e v i n w e a r e a l l k i n d . I l o v e m y t e c h e r Mr s . Da n i e l s . Hunter: Jarrett P J e s u s b e in g arker Gib s on b o r n . G i v i n g May 20, 2016 g i f t s . Si n g c a r d s . Se e in g fa m ily . Caden: G e t t i n g g i f t s a n d c e le b r a tin g C h r is tm a s a n d e a tin g g o o d fo o d . Sp e n d i n g t i m e s w i t h fr ie n d s a n d fa m le y . Joseph: My b i r t h d a y i s d e c e m b e r 26 . J e s u s i s 25. Briar: Si n g i n g c h i s t m a s s o n g s . C e le b r a tin g J e s u s b r itd a y .G iv in g to y s

From our family to yours, we wish you a

Merry Christmas

Your Chamber Board of Directors: Tammy Young - President, Matt Thomas - Vice President, Cindy Long - Past President, Sonya Maye - Secretary, Brion Dickerson - Treasurer, Tonya Boydstun, LeAnn Dilbeck, Debbie Frost, Jimma Holder, Lisa Masters, Judy McClara, Katrina Rowe

WE WANT TO WISH A HOLY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES THAT WE HAVE SERVED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. WE PLEDGE OUR CONTINUED SERVICE TO YOU IN THE COMING YEARS.

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to p e o p le .C e le b r a tin g c h is tm a s .B e in g w i t h m y f a m i l y . Op e n i n g p r e s e n t s . Pl a y i n g i n t h e s n o w . Chance Hughes: Ha v e i n g f u n w ith y o u r fa m illy a n d c e le b r a tin g J e s u s b ir th d a y a n d o p e n in g p r e s e n t s w i t h y o u r f a m i l l y . An d d e c e r a te in g th e h o u s e a n d h a n g i n g c a n d y c a n e s . P.s . h a v e fu n . Ty: De c o r a t i n g t h e h a l l b e c a u s e I lik e C h r is tm a s a n d fa m ily . Katie Neugent: I l i k e t o s in g s o n g s a n d b u y to y s to k id s w h o d o n o t g e t th e m a n d s p e n d in g tim e w ith m y fr ie n d s a n d p la y in th e s n o w it is r e a l fu n to p la y in th e s n o w a n d C h r is tm a s is fu n . Calee Puckett: He l p i n g f a m i l y a n d f r i e n d ’ s c e l e b r a t i n g J e s u s ’ b i r t h d a y . Ha v i n g f u n w i t h f a m i l y o p e n in g p r e s in ts .L is te n in g to p e o p le la u g h in g , o p e n i n g p r e s e t n s . Ha v e f u n w i t h t e a c h e r s .

Reily: Si n g i n g C h r i s t m a s c a r o l s . C e l e b r a t i n g J e s u s e s b ir th d a y .G e tin g g ifts .B e in g w ith m y f a m i l y . Pl a y i n g i n t h e s n o w . Taylar: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s a lo t to m e . Lila Jun C h r is tm a s is e Crowle y May 19 , f o r c e le b r a tin g 2016 J e s u s ’e s b ir th d a y . So m e p e o p l e t h i n k th a t it is a b o u t g e tin g p r e s e n ts , b u t it is n o t.I lik e s in g in g c h is tm a s c a r o ls . My d a d g e t s a h e a d a c h e w h in I s in g jin g le b e lls . Th a t ’ s w h a t C h r i s m a s m e a n s to m e . Isabella: Op e n i n g p r e s e n ts w ith m y fa m liy a ls o c e le b r a tin g J e s u s b ir th d a y .I s a y th a n k y o u to s a n ta fo r p re s e n ts s u m tim e s m y m o m g iv e s m e h u g s a n d k is s e s b e c u a s e s h e w a n ts m e to b e h a p p y . Payton V.: Ha v e i n g f u n i n t h e s n o w d e c r a t e i n g th e c h r is m a s tr e e s g o o n s n o w y h ills to g o s le d -

Merry Christmas from the gang at

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in g a n d fr e n d s c h r is m a s s o n g s h a v e in g c o c o . Andrea Wagner: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s j o y a n d lo v e to m e .Afu n tim e is C h r is tm a s tim e .I lo v e t o p la y in t h e s n o w a t m y G r a n d m a ’s h o u s e , s o m e tim e s .I lo v e th a t C h r is tm a s is c e le b r a te d b e c u s e o f J e s u s ’s b ir t h d a y . C h r is t m a s is w h e n fa m ily a n d fr e n d c a n c o m e to g e th e r. Cruz: Sp e d i n g t i m e w i t h f a m i l y p l a y i n g i n t h e s n o w c e le b r a t t in g J e s u s ’s b ir t h d a y d r in k in g h o t c h o c la te o p e n in g p r e s e n ts w ith fa m ily c e le b r a tin g C h r is tm a s !! L o v in g e a c h o th e r h a v in g fu n w ith p a r e n ts h a v in g fu n w ith s ib lin g s b e in g n ic e b e i n g h a p p y a n d h a v i n g f u n Ha v i n g F UN! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Ike: Sp e n d i n g t i m e w i t h m y f a m i l y ! I l o v e g i v e in g p r e s e n ts . Landri: To y s f r i e n d s a n d f a m i l y t r e e b i r t h o f J e s u s Th e t h a k i n g o f G o d Regan: Wh a t C h r i s t m a s m e a n s to m e .I lo v e s p e n d in g tim e w ith m y fa m ily b e c a u s e w e g e t to b u ild a s n o w m a n a n d e get to sit by a fire a n d s ta y w a rm . Eilam: Sp e n d i n g t i m e w ith fa m ily a n d g iv in g to c h ild r e n w h o d o n ’t g e t p r e s e n ts o n C h r i s t m a s . P.S. I h o p e y o u ’r e d o in g th is . Miya D.: F a m i l y a n d f r ie n d ’s I c o o d g iv e g if t s a n d a h a p p y n e w y e a r, s in g s o n g s fo r c h is tm a s y e a r h a v e fu n w h ith a ll y o u r fr ie n d s to . Tatelyn Wood: C a t c h i n g s n o w akes on m y t u n g , s p e n d i n g t i m e w i t h m y f a m i l y . Si n g i n g c a r d s .I’m th a n k fu l fo r a fr ie n d n a m d J o s e p h . J e s u s B a rth d a y .

Mrs. “G”s Class: Bailey Andrews: I l o v e t o b e w i t h f a m i l y . I l o v e to d e c o r a te th e C h r is tm a s tr e e .J e s u s ’ b ir th d a y . Th a t i s w h a t C h r i s t m a s m e a n s t o m e . JJ Bass: We c e l e b r a t e J e s u s o n C h r i s t m a s Da y . My m o m a n d d a d r e a d t h e B i b l e . We o p e n o u r p r e s e n ts , C h r is tm a s is fu n . Kirsten Belcher: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s J e s u s h a s a b i r t h d a y . We s h a r e a t C h r i s t m a s t i m e , w e g o t o m y g r a n d p a r e n t s . Ou r f a m i l y g e t s t o g e t h e r . I l o v e C h r i s t m a s . We e x c h a n g e g i f t s . Do y o u c e le b r a te C h r is tm a s ? I lo v e C h r is t. Anselmo Candarlia: Sp e n d i n g t i m e w h i t h m y fa m a liy a n d fr ie n d s a n d d o in g m y m a th in s c h o o l l i k e I ’ m s u p p o s e d t o d o . Wh e n Sa n t a s n e a k s p r e s e n ts u n d e r th e C h r is tm a s tr e e I w ill k n o w I h a v e b e e n a g o o d b o y. Karma Christana: I t ’ s t h e b e s t tim e o f th e y e a r. B e c a u s e it ’s Aubree B tim e to s p e n d oykin Septem tim e w ith y o u r ber 15, 2016 fa m ily a n d fr ie n d s .I c a n d r in k h o t c o c o a a n d m a k e a m u s ta c h e o u t o f it . I t ’s f u n t o p la y in t h e s n o w . Camara Dill: Th i s i s w h a t C h r is tm a s m e a n s to m e … It m e a n s J e s u s ’ b i r t h d a y . An d w e g e t to g e th e r a t C h r is tm a s , w e h a v e a C h r is tm a s p a r ty e v r e y C h r i s t m a s . We a r e h a v i n g a p l a y o f J e s u s I a m Ma r y , m y l i t t l e b a b y c o u s i n i s J e s u s . I a m g la d to b e in a fa m ily I a m s o r r y fo r th e c h ild r e n o u r t h e r e w i t h n o f a m i l y . Th i s i s w h a t C h r i s t m a s m e a n s to m e .

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! We look forward to serving you in 2017!

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Josey Dollar: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s t o m e . Th a t w e get to eat first then o en are resents e do it in order my brother goes first then go se ond and my sister goes d then my mom then my dad hristmas is the best holiday that have ever had in my li e Th a t i s w h a t C h r i s t m a s m e a n s to me Samual Fagan: C h r i s t m a s i s a time or amily t is a s e ial day t is es s birthday e are going to hel oor eo le love hristmas it is n y mom and dad gives s resents anta gives s resents on hristmas ve love C h r is tm a s . Jaxon Hadley: hat hristmas means to me is abo t s ending time hith my amily e also elebrate es s birthday nd tting the hristmas tree also hanging sto kings and o ening resents also looking at the

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mistletoe Sarah Hopper: think santa is a olly good man is elves are very hel l hristmas is the best Ben Lickly: hat hristmas m e a n s to m e . C h r is tm a s is Brynleig h Bingh the time o year am August 9 , 2016 to go to yo r grandmom and granddad s ho se hat n e ill have in the sno e love to b ild sno men ter en oying the sno e go inside to arm ith hot o oa and ho olate ho s ookies hristmas is the time o the year e elebrate es s s birthday ith a h ge meal Nick Long: s end time ith my amily e t lights on o r hos e hen e de orate o r hristmas tree t ookies and

milk on the table or santa it sno s an lay in the old sno santa leaves me onder l gi ts e also have a deli io s meal Blake Moore: verybody in the orld is ni e to me and they are really good riends to me that is hat hristmas means to me aving lots o ood in the orld that is hat hristmas means to m e . Chloe Odom: his is es s birthday hristmas is a n time o the year eel ha y and oy l thank God or all the ood that he had given s o t amily ts a hristmas tree and ra resents ish it o ld sno on hristmas Treyton Philpot: like to hel de orate the tree ith my amily have t o trees in my ho se he big one is in the living room t s so big e an t t the star in it e se a o boy hat instead y dad li ts me to t the hat on the tree e don t have a ladder so st se my dad Lanee Powell: hat hristmas means to me is hel ing eo le at the hos ital t is es s birthday very hristmas ve my ad brings o t the big hite bible that my a a gave s love to hear him read abo t the birthday o

es s Rowdi Pryor: t makes me ha y and s r rised y mom dad and love holidays e also s end time together d ring the holidays e think that everybody sho ld en oy this hristmas e love b ilding sno angels in the sno y mom and dad and like i e skating e love o r dad oming in or the holidays e love hristmas Ace Sarabia: hat my amily gets together and sing hristmas songs and hel ing eo le that have a little bit o money and ant b y their o n things or themselves y amily eats hristmas ve dinner hen it is hristmas ve hen my amily is ha y on hristmas ve Gabe Sarabia: elebrating es s birthday s ending time ith o r amily making ood or o r amily hel ing eo le ho are oor and don t have money and ood e erating the hristmas tree that makes everyone ha y and have onder l east ith o r amily aking and looking nder the hristmas tree and seeing ho many resents yo get Vanessa Valanti: hristmas is th time o the

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y e a r w e c e le b r a te J e s u s ’ b ir th d a y .I a lw a y s VANDERVOORT ELEMENTARY e n jo y v is itin g w ith m y fa m ily , a n d p la y in g in th e s n o w w i t h m y f r i e n d s . A v i s i t f r o m s a n t a i s e s p e - Mrs. Calderon’s Class: c i a l l y g o o d . Th e p r e s e n t s a r e a l w a y s e x c i t i n g . I Lynzie Wilkinson: I g e t t o s p e n d i n g t i m e w i t h lo v e v is itin g w ith fa m ily a n d fr ie n d s . m y fa m ily .a n d o p e n p r e s e n ts , a n d it is je s u s ’ JT Walsh: C h r i s t m a s s i s a d a y o f l o v e . b ir t h d a y . a n d s a n t a b r in g ’s t o y s . a n d d e c o r a It is th e d a y w e c e le b r a te J e s u s ’ tio n s a n d c h ild r e n a n d s in g in g a n d lig h ts a n d b i r t h d a y . On C h r i s t m a s w e h a v e lo v e a n d je s u s . a b i g f e a s t . Th e t r e e s a r e b e a u Jade Watkins: I s tifu l.I lo v e th e tr e e s .I a lw a y s t h a t it is J e s u s ’s H adlee Fr g e t b r a n d n e w s t u f f . We m i g h t achiseur b ir th d a y .I g e t to Septem e v e n g e t s n o w . ber 27 , s in g .th e C h r is t2016 CJ Warner: I t i s c e l e b r a t i n g m a s d e c o r tio n s . J e s u s ’ b ir th d a y .It is th e b e s t th e C h r is tm a s d a y o f a l l . Th a n k y o u J e s u s lig h ts .h a v e in g fr in d s a n d th a n k y o u G o d . a n d fa m ily o v e r.p r e s e n ts . Michael Webb: We Weston Ross: I l o v e s p e n d tim e to g e th e r a s a C h r is tm a s b e c a u s e f a m i l y . Ou r f a m i l y s h o w s p re s e n ts a n d c a k e a n d h o w m u c h w e lo v e th e b e a u tifu l lig h s a n d e a c h o t h e r . We c e l e b r a t e fa m ily a n d fr ie n d s a n d I lo v e J e s u s ’ b ir th d a y b y h a v in g b e c a u s e it is je s u s b ir th d a y a g r e a t m e a l w ith m y w h o le Timmathy Parker: A t w e n t y t w o fa m ily .C h r is tm a s is a b o u t ri e and a bike ith a g n holder s p e n d in g h a p p y tim e to g e th e r.

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o n it.I g e t p r e s e n ts a n d a fo u r w h e e le r a p h o n e lo o k in g a t C h r is tm a s lig h ts Matthew Dau: F a m i l y , p r e s e n t s , J e s u s ’s b ir t h d a y , fr ie n d s , c o o k ie s , b r o w n ie s , G o d . Michael Howard: I s t h a t it ’s J e s u s ’s b ir th d a y . Saphira McJunkins: F a m i l y a n d to y s a n d d e c o r a tio n s a n d fr ie n d s a n d J e s u s ’s b ir t h d a y a n d d a n ta a n d fo o d a n d s in g in g a n d I g e t to s e e C h r is tm a s lig h ts . Auden Arthur: I t ’ s g r e a t a n d th a t y o u g e t to s p e n d tim e w ith y o u r fa m ily a n d fr ie n d s a n d s a n ta g o e th e w o r ld to b r in g p r e s e n ts to a ll th e g c h ild r e n a n d it ’s je s u s ’s b ir t h d a y a n d I t u r k e y , a n d d o n u t s t h a t ’s w h a t C h r is t m

to m e . Jayden Broach: Op e n p r e s e n t s a n d m y f a m i l y . Sa n t a f o o d a n d d e c o r a t i o n s . Sp e n d i n g tim e w ith fr ie n d s .

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Flint Dickerson: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s t o m e p r e s e n ts p u ttin g th e C h r is tm a s tr e e u p , p u ttin g o r d m is u p a n d , th e C h r is tm a s lig h ts u p , a n d b e in g h a p p y y . Jamey Johnson: Th a t s a n t a , J e s u s , Ma r y , fa m ily , s n o w , a n d fu n .It a ls o m e a n s , p r e s e n ts , lig h t ’s , h o y a n d h a p p y n e s s . I lo v e C h r is t m a s . Rylee Manning: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s t o m e f a m i ly , G o d , s u p r is e s , p r e s e n ts , a n d g o in g to s c h o o l. Dakota: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s t o m e a b o u t s a n t a g iv e s u s p r is it e v e r y C h r is tm a s . Wyott Ross: I l i k e c h r i s m a s c h r i s m a s i s t h e b e s t c h r is m a s is c o m in g u p . Abbie Penney: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s t o m e h a p p y e x c ite d a n d p u ttin g th e C h r is tm a s tr e e u p a n d d e k r a d in g th e tr e e a n d n e w te a c h e r s a n d fa m ily a n d f. WICKES ELEMENTARY Miss McCleskey’s Class: Callie Miranda: On J e s u s b i r t h d a y i t m e a n s t o m e .B e c a u s e J e s u s p a s s te d a w a y th a ts w h a t C h r is tm a s m e a n s to m e .

Kaydince Gray: To m e C h r i s t m a s m e a n s p e n d i n g t i m e w i t h m e Mo m a n d Da d a n b r o t h e r ’ s . Al s o r e m e m b e r i n g t h e b i t h o f J e s u s . Pu t t i n g o u r C h r i s t m a s t r e e u p . Al s o d e c o r a t i n g i t s o m u c h f u n . G i t i n g t o y s f r o m Sa n t a . Ev e n w h e n I ’ m p l a y i n g i n t h e s n o w . Wh e n I l o o k i n m y s to c k in g its fo o le d w ith c a n d y a n d t o y s . Sa n t a i s t h e b e s t . We g i v e h i m c o o k i e s a n d m ilk .C h r is tm a s is th e b e s t m o n t h . Th e En d Jayro Campuzano: To m e C h r is tm a s m e a n s a c e le b r a th in g a s p e c ia l m o n th .B e c a u s e w e a r e c e le b r a th in g J e s u s B i r t h . De c e m b e r i s s o f u n B e c a u s e p u t u p o u r C h r is tm a s a n d Sa n t a c o m e s t o o u t Ho u s e b r in g p r e s e n ts to u s a n d th e m w e w a k e u p I g o t a to y it w a s le g o s a n d I w a s to h Th a t w a s m y f a v e r i t i n t h e w h o l e w o r l d a o u ts id e a n d g u e s s w h a t it w a s s n o w in g !

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th e w s n o w b a lls a n d th e n w e b u ilt a s n o w m a n w ith o u r p a r e n t.It e a s s o m u c h fu n th a t I w a s a b o u t t o d i e . An d t h e n w e w e n t i n s i d e m y m o m w a s c o o k in g h o t c o c le t it w a s s o d e lis h e s a n d I ju s t k e p t te llin g m y m o m b u t m y m o m s a id th a t it as omost finish Eleanora i n g s o I d id n o t Rose Flo res a s k h e r a g a in . October 4, 2016 Th e En d Braden Smith: To m e C h r is tm a s m e a s c e le b r a t th e b ir th o f J e s u s . Al s o b e i n g w i t h m y f a m i l y . We a l s o o p e n p r e s e n t s . An d b e i n g w i t h f r i e n d s . Yesenia Vasquez-Antunez: To m e , w e m a k e a s n o w m a n b u t th is is a b o u t My f a m i l y . I t ’ s f u n t o m a k e a s n o w m a n . My f a m i l y l i k e s d o i n g it, s o I lik e th e m .It w a s fu n w h e n a p p y ! i t s s n o w i n g My d a d p u t s o n t h e c h i m n e y i s s o n d w e n t w a r m in th e h o u s e a n d d o h o t c h o c la te it is We g o o d . I l o v e C h r i s t m a s ! Th e En d Sam Irons: C h r i s t m a s i s J e s u s ’ b i r t h d a y I l o v e C h r i s t m a s b e c a u s e i t i s J e s u s ’ b i r t h d a y .! Allison Medina: I l o v e C h r i s t m a s . B e c a u s e C h r is tm a s is c o m in g th is y e a r.I lo v e s n o w a n d I lo v e ic e o n m y h o u s e . Thomas Stover: Wh a t d o e s C h r i s t m a s m e a n s to yo t as the first time es s sa the Ea r t h . I g o t o C h r i s t m a s c h u r c h . I g e t l o t s o f g ifts . Axel Moreno: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s t o m e c e l e b r a t i n g t h e b i r t h o f J e s u s . Al s o c e l e b r a t i n g t h e b i r t h o f b lu e J a y s , a ll th e a n im a ls , a n d c e le b r a tin g m y fa m ily . Rynley Richardson: Pr e s e n t . J e s u s . Sn o w s

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Kinnah Ferguson: I g e t t o g e t h e r w i t h m y f a m i l y a n d m y c o u s i n s . My f a m i l y g e t s m e t o y s . I k ill d e e r.I e a t w ith m y fa m ily .I lo v e e a tin g w ith m y c o u s in s . Isai Esquvil: My f a m i l y c o m e s . Th e y b r i n g m e t o y s . I p l a y w i t h m y c o u s i n s . I b e l i e v e i n Sa n t a . De c e m b e r b r i n g s C h r i s t m a s a n d s n o w . Nicole Martinez: I b e l i e v e i n Sa n t a C l a u s . My f a m i l y c o m e s t o m y h o u s e . So m e t i m e i t s n o w s . My m o m b u y s m e p r e s e n t s . C h r i s t m a s i s m y fa v o r ite tim e o f tim e y e a r. Tylynn Robb: Pe o p l e g e t p r e s e n t s . I b e l i e v e i n Sa n t a C l a u s e . At C h r i s t m a s m y c o u s i n s c o m e t o m y h o u s e . At C h r i s t m a s w e c e l e b r a t e . C h r is tm a s is m y fa v o r ite h o lid a y . Lexie Miles: he first thing hristmas means is it ’s J e s u s B ir t h d a y . I t a ls o m e a n s w e g e t t o b e w ith a ll o u r fa m ily .I g e t to p la y w ith a ll o f m y c o u s i n s . Sa n t a c o m e s a n d b r i n g s u s l o t s o f p r e s e n t s . I b e l i e v e i n Sa n t a C l a u s e b e c a u s e h e a lw a y s c o m e a n d b r in g s m e p r e s e n ts e v e r y y e a r. Luke Helms: I l i k e C h r i s t m a s b e c a u s e y o u g e t p r e s e n t s a n d y o u g e t t o d e c o r a t e a t r e e . Sa n t a c l a u s h a s e l f s t h a t h e l p h i m . Th e f r i e n d s t h a t h e h a s is b u n n y a n d J a c k F r o s t a n d th e to o th fa r iy

a s a n d y a n d n o t p i c h b l a c k . My m o m c o m e s t o m y C h r i s t m a s p a r t y . On m y l i t t l e f r i e n d s b i r t h d a y i t i s o n De c e m b e r a n d h e g e t s St a r Wa r a n d t h a t i s t r o o d i n . Jocelyn Roldan: B r i n g w i t h t h e f a m i l y . G e t t i n g p r e s e n ts .I lo v e th e s n o w .I lo v e th e fo o d .I lo v e th e lig h ts . Ms. Duggan’s Class: Claira Morris: To m y f a m m i l y , C h r i s t m a s i s w h a t p e o p le s a y is n o t tr u e – J e s u s ’ b ir th d a y ! He g i v e s h i s p r e s e n t s t o u s b e c a u s e h e h a s e v e r y t h i n g h e w a n t s . On C h r i s t m a s t h i s y e a r , w e p u t t w o t r e e s i n t h e l i v i n g r o o m . On e i s a f a m m i l y t r e e , a n d i t i s r e a l . We p l a y i n t h e s n o w and sled ith the o r heeler in the field e m a k e C h r is tm a s c o o k ie s . Marvin Brito: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s w e s p e n d tim e w ith o u r fa m ly , o p e n g ifts , a n d e a t c o o k ie s w ith m ilk .It m e a n s to m e th a t m e a n d m y fa m ly d r i n k h o t c o c o . We g e t t o y s b y o p e n i n g g i f t s fro m o u r m o m a n d d a d . Adileni Herrera: C h r i s t m a s i s a b o u t c e l e b r a t i n g J e s u s ’ b i r t h d a y . My f a m i l y d r i n k s c o c o a t C h r is tm a s .I in jo y p la y in g s n o w b a lls . Gracie Linker: C h r i s m t a s m w a n s b e i n g w i t h a ll o f m y fa m ily .I lo v e a n d o p e n in g p r e s e n ts . I e n jo y e a tin g tu r k e y a n d d r in k in g h o t c o c o a .

Th e f u n t i m e i s g o i n g o u t s i d e a n d p l a y i n s n o w . Noah Saxour: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s t o m e G o d w a s b o r n o n C h r i s t m a s Da y . Th e o n l y t o t w i n s i n t h e f a m l y w e r e b o r n o n C h r is tm a s , a n d th ir e n a m e s a r e L illie a n d B la k e .C h r is tm a s m e a n s to m e th a t I g e t to s p e n d tim e w h i t h m y f a m l y . We a l l l o v e o u r fa m ly . Jonas Hernandez: C h r is tm a s m e a n s to m e a b o u t o p e n in g p r e s e n ts a n d p u tin g u p te C h r is tm a s tr e e . C e le b r a te in g w ith m y fa m ily is im p o r ta n y to m e . Me a n d m y f a m i l y lo v e d r in k in g h o t c o c o . Kaleb Olade: C h r i s t m a s m e a n s r e la x in g w ith m y fa m ily , o p e n in g p r e s e n ts , a n d w r a p p in g t h e m . We e n j o y d r i n k i n g h o t c o c o a n d c b r e tin g J e s u s ’ b ir th d a y w ith m y m o m a n f a m i l y . We g i v e p r e s e n t s t o p e o p l e . Nevaeh Watson: C h r i s t m a s i s a f u n t i m

MELANIE BUCK - C h r i s t m a s , t o m e , m e a n s a t i m e t o r e c o g n i z e t h e b i r t h o f o u r Sa v i o r , J e s u s C h r i s t , a n d t h e l i f e He g a v e f o r u s . A t i m e t o g i v e i n J e s u s ’ h o n o r s o t h a t Hi s l o v e , ea e and sa rifi e an be elt thro gh the k in d n e s s o f o th e r s .Atim e to g a th e r w ith fa m ily a n d fr ie n d s a n d to r e m e m b e r th e c h e r is h e d m e m o r i e s o f t h o s e w e h a v e l o s t . An d , a t i m e t o c r e a te m o r e c h e r is h e d m e m o r ie s to h o ld o n to in th e fu tu r e . EMMYE ROWELL – C h r i s t m a s i s a c e l e b r a tio n ! Ac e le b r a tio n w ith m y fa m ily in th e ir p js , m o v ie s o n th e s c r e e n , a n d c h o c o la te g r a v y in o u r s to m a c h s .Ac e le b r a tio n w ith th e p e o p le I l o v e m o s t . We c e l e b r a t e b e c a u s e o f a b a b y t h a t c a m e y e a r s a g o . No t j u s t a n y b a b y , b u t a b a b y th a t c a m e , la id in a s m e lly m a n g e r, e n d u r e d s o m u c h f o r m e , t o b e a Sa v i o r , a l i g h t , THE l i g h t i n t h i s d a r k w o r l d . We c e l e b r a t e J e s u s ! ILANA BURK – C h r i s t m a s i s a t i m e t o c e l e b r a t e J e s u s , m y L o r d a n d Sa v i o r , c o m i n g a s t h e L i g h t o f t h e Wo r l d ! I t i s a t i m e t o s h a r e w i t h fa m ily a n d fr ie n d s , a tim e o f g iv in g , a tim e to b e

sel ess t is a time to s end ality time ith m y k id s , b a k in g c o o k ie s , te llin g s to r ie s , p la y in g g a m e s , e t c . My f a m i l y a n d I a l w a y s e n j o y d r iv in g a r o u n d lo o k in g a t C h r is tm a s lig h ts , w a tc h in g m o v ie s a n d d r in k in g h o t c h o c o la te to g e th e r. MARK HOBSON – To m e C h r i s t m a s i s a t i m e to re e t on o r many blessings re iate o u r fr ie n d s a n d fa m ily & th e c e le b r a tio n o f J e s u s b i r t h .... LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Wh e n I t h i n k a b o u t C h r is tm a s , I th in k a b o u t h o w J e s u s s te p p e d in to m y m e s s , in to th is s in fu l w o r ld , a n d liv e d th e life I s h o u ld h a v e liv e d , a n d d ie d th e d e a th t h a t I d e s e r v e t o d i e . Al l s o t h a t I c o u l d b e m a d e a t p e a c e w ith G o d .I th in k a b o u t m y fa m ily , th e jo y o f g iv in g g ifts to lo v e d o n e s a n d k n o w in g th a t tim e w a s g iv e n th in k in g a b o u t th e m .C h r is tm a s m e a n s th e r e is h o p e . LEANN DILBECK – Wh a t C h r i s t m a s m e a n s to m e is c e le b r a tin g th e b ir th o f o u r L o r d a n d Sa v i o r J e s u s C h r i s t , t h e g r e a t e s t g i f t e v e r given nto the orld is irit seems to fill

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A MORE EXCELLENT WAY Demonic activity is real, and is no joking matter. It destroys the lives of our children. It influences the lives of men and women of every age. But most Christians know nothing of it or how it works, and worse than that, do not want to know. If begging would do it, I would beg, but it will not, so I will not beg either. But here it is, in part. First, demons are real and they are agents of satan himself. Their mission is the same as his: “to steal and to kill and to destroy…” (John 10:10). And then there is this passage: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). These things are not to be treated casually, for God has warned us many times of the danger of careless thought in the matter. Second, as people (and especially those of us of the Church!) we must understand that we are in a war…a very real war, and the lives and souls, and spirits of those whom we love are at stake! No joking matter. Satan will destroy everything and everyone who is not protected by the powerful blood of Jesus Christ! And he does not discriminate! He wants us as much as he wants someone else! The Good News of the Gospel is that God wants us also, and has done everything that He can do to achieve that result! Drugs! Wrong drugs and their illicit use! Destroyed lives! Broken families! Beyond measure! Not what satan promised! But it happens that way. Where are the warnings? Where is the deep cry of those who know Him, the cry of incredible danger? Is it that we no longer believe these things, that we believe all of the destruction in human life is just a matter of a little bit of psychological adjustment? Isn’t that what we are being told by the “intelligent” among us? And what has happened to the preachers and teachers of the Word of God? There is a price to pay for “Thus saith the Lord.” Is it too high? It may be that certain truths have to be ignored in favor of the larger crowds, more money and bigger buildings…maybe? Jesus said that if they hated Him they would hate us also. Who is the “they”? It is the same world that nailed the Savior to the cross! It has not gotten better! The “signs of the times” are upon this generation. We still need, no, WE MUST HAVE, the crucified, buried, and resurrected Christ in our lives, individually, and as a culture. We are paying the price for rejecting Him. And yes, when we rejected His word, we rejected Him. We cannot separate Jesus from what He said! He IS what He said. Why all of this now? Because a very dear friend died like thousands of other youth and young men: a victim of the drug culture in America. Victim? Yes! Certainly. And the drug culture is nothing more than what one must expect when the Deliverer is rejected. “But, we have a day of prayer in America, every year.” Excuse me, but a day of prayer apart from a month of genuine repentance is going to be worth exactly nothing. Repentance? How about over fifty million babies? Where is the Church? “Jesus loves you, God loves you, and has a wonderful plan for your life.” Yes! But there is more to the Gospel than the basics! We are to move on to maturity. Maturity means to see life as it is, accept the real responsibility, and then move on to what it should be, could, if we would just do it God’s way. The Christian “religion” is doing well. Where is the Christian FAITH? (Jude 1:3). Yes, there is a certain amount of anger in what I have written today. Anger because I know it does not have to be this way! There is a “more excellent way,” and we are moving quickly from it. My name is Gene Stacks and I approve of this message. PAID ADVERTISEMENT


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