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County Eyes Joining Lawsuit Against Opioid Pharmaceutical Companies

Ringing in the Giving Season

BY MELANIE WADE • news@mypulsenews.com As the opioid epidemic continues to cause alarm across the country, the Arkansas Association of Counties ( AAC) is hoping to do their part to combat the effort by filing a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical companies, who many say, are pushing their drugs for long term use, instead of the short term use they were approved for. This epidemic is causing problems in families, CONTINUED ON PAGE 21

Cove to Host 24th Annual Christmas Xtravaganza BY MELANIE WADE • news@mypulsenews.com The Town of ove will welcome the holiday season on Satur day, ecember th, with their th Annual hristmas travagan a. The ove hristmas Parade will start at p.m. with special guest, Santa laus, in attendance. A reception will follow in the ommunity enter next to ove CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

Gas Pump Card Skimmers Found Locally BY MELANIE WADE • news@mypulsenews.com Polk ounty consumers have been hit with a scam that has affected hundreds of bank accounts so far and investigations are still continuing. Mena Police Chief Brandon Martin said ‘gas pump skimmers’ were found at Mena’s xxon endy’s station on two different pumps on Thursday, ovember , . The devices were found after law enforcement was alerted by several CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

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Florence Savesson is Mena Salvation Army’s oldest bell ringer for their 201 Red ettle Campaign, at 6-years young. Savesson is an avid supporter of Salvation Army and a fre uent shopper at the local store. Savesson rang the bell outside of Walmart Supercenter on Friday, December 1, 201 . “I just like to help out and I feel like me dressing up encourages people to donate. Plus, I just like to dress up,” she grinned. Look for the familiar red kettles at local stores throughout the holiday season. If you would like to become a bell ringer, call the locla office at (479) 437-3110.

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Remembering Hearts Forever to Honor Loved Ones with Candle Lighting

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etting go of a child is never easy, and for those who have had to j oin the unfortunate ranks of parents who have lost their’s, they will say that no one truly understands the pain unless they, too, have lost a child. A healthy part of the grieving and healing process is to talk about that loss, about the pain, with someone who “gets it”, someone who understands. In Polk County, there is one group that focuses on the understanding of what another feels after the loss of a child or grandchild – R emembering Hearts Forever ( R HF) . CONTINUED ON PAGE 21

Make Plans for Breakfast with Santa B

reakfast with Santa is becoming a Polk County tradition thanks to the R otary Club of Mena/ Polk County. During the event, children are treated to a magical breakfast with Santa Claus at local restaurant, Papa’s Mexican Café . The event marks a great memory-making occasion for not only the children, but their parents and grandparents as well. This year’s traditional breakfast will be held on Saturday, December 9th from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. On the menu, you’ll find pancakes with sausage or bacon, plus orange uice, milk or chocolate milk, and coffee, and a visit with Santa. The cost is $ 6 .0 0 per child, $ 8 .0 0 per adult. Though not required, reservations can be made by calling Papa’s at 379-394-6 5 21 by Friday, December 8 , 20 17.

MRHS Auxiliary Encourages all to Attend Annual Breakfast T

he Mena R egional Auxiliary invites the community to attend the annual Auxiliary Christmas Breakfast on Thursday, December 7 from 7:0 0 a.m. to 10 :0 0 a.m. in the Mena Regional cafeteria. All donations will benefit the Auxiliary Scholarship Program and needs of the hospital. In 20 17 alone, the Auxiliary awarded $ 10 ,0 0 0 in scholarships. Everyone is asked to come out and support the Auxiliary’s efforts to give back to the community. Local celebrities will be serving scrambled eggs, biscuits, white and chocolate gravy, sausage links, bacon, and sweet breads. Meals are by donation and are available as carry out, or you may dine in the cafeteria.

Honor Phillip Speer with Holiday Blood Drive A

rkansas Blood Institute is inviting the Mena community to share the priceless gift of saving lives this holiday season and honor Phillip Speer. Phillip was an advocate for blood donations in the Mena area since 20 10 by coordinating multiple blood drives before his passing in 20 17. He was directly responsible for setting up 8 blood drives that produced over 30 0 donors, resulting in almost 40 0 life-saving products. Phillip partnered with the Mena High School Band, Boys Scouts of America, Polk County Courthouse Heroes R elay for Life Team, 4H Club, R otary Club and CASA. He made a double impact because ampbell Global made financial contributions to these groups when they recruited donors to the blood drives that Phillip coordinated. Arkansas Blood Institute will hold the Phillip Speer Memorial Blood Drive at the First Baptist Church located at 8 11 Port Arthur in Mena on Tuesday, December 12 from 1 to 6 p.m. Each blood donor will receive a free, limited edition, long-sleeved holiday-themed t-shirt. “The gift of blood donation is one that offers hope, healing, and comfort to local patients and their loved ones,” said Jo hn Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “The costj ust one hour of your time- is certainly less than other gifts most of us will give this season. But there’s nothing that has a greater impact.”

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Burn Ban Remains in Place A

lthough Polk County received a much needed, heavy rainshower on Monday, December 4, it lacked enough rainfall to lift the current burn ban issued by Polk County Ju dge Brandon Ellison on November 27, 20 17. llison’s office said, “Polk ounty remains under a urn an due to the short term moisture received and the extended forecast showing no rain, plenty of sunshine and high winds.

Holiday Express Rolls in on Thursday T

he K ansas City R ailroad’s Holiday Express will roll into Mena this Thursday, December 7th to bring holiday j oy to the young and old alike. The K CS Holiday Express is a festive, six-car train that brings Santa Claus and his elves to communities throughout the K CS rail network. Guests to the train can visit with Santa laus and walk through three cars of the cars, which are filled with holiday displays. Each event is free, open to the public and no tickets are required. Not only does the train give participants a unique experience, a charitable contribution is made to the local Salvation Army to provide warm clothes and other necessities for children in need at each scheduled stop. According to the K CS website, the Holiday Express was created in 20 0 1 as volunteers dedicated more than 8 ,0 0 0 hours to transform retired rail cars. Today, these cars feature a smiling tank car named Rudy a atcar carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a gingerbread boxcar; the elves’ workshop; a reindeer stable; and a little red caboose. To learn more about the Holiday Express or how you can contribute to their Salvation Army campaign, visit their website, http:/ / www.kcsouthern.com/ corporate-responsibility/ giving/ holiday-express

“Elf, Jr.” Opens at OLT this Weekend BY MELANIE WADE • news@mypulsenews.com

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olk County is privileged to have the opportunity to see a local adaptation of one of the most delightful Christmas productions to hit Broadway in several years. The musical “Elf” was a huge hit on Broadway in 20 10 and a shorter version has been made available to schools and young performing youth groups across the nation. The shorter version, known as “Elf, J r.” contains every bit of the energy, humor, music, and Christmas spirit of the original, in a slightly more compact version designed for the talent levels of children and young people. “This is a very ambitious proj ect,” said OLT member J ulie Ulmer. “The cast, crew, and direction staff have risen to the occasion to bring Polk County a fantastic holiday experience.” Under the direction of Brad Storey and Music Director Amanda Baker, the large cast has been “putting in the hours both behind stage and onstage.” Ages of participants range from 3 years old all the way up to “70 -ish,” said Ulmer. “The supporting cast, consisting of all children and teens, is excellent, and thoroughly enj oyable to watch. Costumes are colorful and well-designed thanks to Lee Grant and K ristie K enyon,” Ulmer explained. The stage crew includes two foreign exchange students ( from Germany and J apan) . Timothy Lisle is making his theater debut as Buddy the Elf, the central character of the musical. If you have seen the 20 0 3 movie release with Will Farrell, you are familiar with the lighthearted story of an orphan human who is raised by elves at the North Pole. When Buddy discovers that he is not truly a Christmas elf, he goes to New Y ork City ( at the advice of Santa) to meet his human family. Hilarious adventures and lively musical numbers follow that will entertain the whole family. This production is a “must see” for anyone who likes music, theater, or Christmas stories; it has become a modern-day classic. Production dates are December 8 -10 and 15 -17. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays are at 2:30 p.m. To ensure the best seats for this popular show, take advantage of advance ticket sales at the LT office weekdays from AM PM. Prices will be per adult, for students and seniors. There are opportunities to get a price break for multiple performances inquire at the box office in the LT office for advance sales. Tickets will also be available at the door prior to each performance.

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Enjoy a Royal ‘Supper with Santa’ at the Queen’s Lodge

BY MELANIE WADE • news@mypulsenews.com

MRHS Supports Santas for Soldiers

Mena Regional Health System recently collected items for their annual Santa For Soldiers project. Thirty-one boxes were filled with items from the “Soldier Wish List.” The boxes are being shipped to a troop from Arkansas, currently stationed in Kosovo.

anta and one of his elves will take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season to sit and have supper at the Q ueen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge on Saturday, December 16 th. To begin the festivities, The Darrell Argenbright and Friends Band will provide Christmas entertainment in the Hearth R oom at the Lodge from 4 – 5 p.m. The premier event, “Supper with Santa”, will be held from 6 – 7 p.m. Diners eating in with Santa can order from the Q ueen’s menu or enj oy their featured seafood buffet for $ 16 .95 . After supper, decorate cookies while sitting by the fire and drinking hot chocolate for ust . . “Be sure to bring your camera, appetites, and holiday j oy,” said park organizers. or more information, contact ueen ilhelmina State Park at .

Polk County Celebrates Christmas Festivites

The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce held the annual Christmas Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 2, and the crowds lining the streets were well pleased as it was full of beautiful floats and participants. To many spectators, the parade was marked as “the best one yet” and the float competition was fierce. This year’s theme was Dreaming of a White Christmas. AmeriChemm, LLC won for Best Theme Representation and the Christian Motocyclists Association was chosen as the Chamber Favorite. In the Best in Show category, Christ Community Fellowship took third place, Union Bank took second, and this year’s Christmas Parade of Lights Best in Show was Mena Regional Health System (pictured top left). Carla Vaught (top right), Polk County’s Extension Agent and the Chamber’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year, served as the parade’s Grand Marshall.


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citizens and local banks that bank accounts had been compromised. ‘Gas pump skimmers’ are not a relatively new concept, but they are normally found in larger, metropolitan areas. However, the suspect in this case not only placed the skimmers, but also attempted to use the data he retrieved at local ATM machines. The suspect can be seen in a video posted on the Mena Police Department’s Facebook page at a local ATM. The same suspect has also been caught on camera attempting the same scam in Texarkana. To find the devices, Martin said they found the common denominator in the victim’s accounts were purchases at the local Exxon station. The devices are relatively easy to use. Martin said, “They open up the pump doors, plug the device into the pump, and it is then set to capture the card’s information.” That information is then cloned and either sent via Bluetooth or text message to the thief, who then makes a fake debit card or uses the information online to make purchases. Martin said they have contacted the Secret Service about the local case and said they have been working similar cases across the United States. “It’s a nationwide thing right now,” said Martin. He also said that if you find yourself to be a victim of this, or any other scam, contact your bank and the police department immediately. Martin urges citizens to protect their data as much as possible. “Try to pay inside, pull on the device [pump card reader] and make sure there is not something on top of the card reader, especially on the gas pumps. There’s sometimes a seal on the readers; make sure it’s not broken.” The Union Bank of Mena responded quickly to the outbreak. In a statement released to the Pulse, bank officials said, “In an effort to protect our customers against recent debit card fraud in our area we have made an effort to determine who has potentially been impacted. Our efforts include blocking activity in locations where fraud is occurring and personally calling customers who may have been impacted. Our goal is to always protect our customers first and our customers have responded quickly to our calls. We are grateful for our local law enforcement and staff who have worked diligently to circumvent this activity. If you are concerned about the integrity of your debit card please contact us at 479-394-2211.” Union Bank also shared some tips to keep your information safe: · Some skimmers use blue tooth technology. If you have a smartphone check for unusual blue tooth devices that are available when using your debit card. · Update your contact information with your financial institution. Your bank can’t ask you about a suspicious charge unless it has your current phone number. · Copy the customer service phone number from the back of each of your debit or credit cards and keep this list in a separate location from your purse or wallet in case a thief steals the latter. · Let issuers know your travel dates and destination. If your card gets swiped at an unusual location, the card issuer may decline the suspicious transaction. · Sign up for banking alerts if offered by your financial institution. These will inform you when particular changes occur, such as irregular card activity. · Stay away from ATMs that appear dirty or in disrepair. At best, such ATMs may not

work when used, and at worst, may be fake machines set up to capture card information. · Do not use ATMs with unusual signage, such as a command to enter your PIN twice to complete a transaction. · Watch out for ATMs that appear to have been altered. If anything on the front of the The above photos shows a gas pump card skimmer similar to the one machine looks used to compromise hundreds of accounts in the Polk County area in a relatively short time period. crooked, loose or damaged, it could be a sign that someone attached a skimming device. · Avoid using the ATM if suspicious individuals are standing nearby. Criminals may try to distract you as you use the machine to steal your cash, or watch as you type your PIN. · Be aware that if your card gets stuck in the machine and someone approaches to help, it may be a scam. A criminal may be trying to watch as you enter your PIN code. · If your card gets stuck in the machine, call your financial institution promptly to report the incident. · As you key in your PIN, cover the keypad with your other hand to block anyone, or a camera, from viewing the numbers you type. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office has dealt with this type of scam for several months. Her advice is: “If at all possible, do not let your credit or debit card out of your sight. Take notice of your surroundings. If an ATM or fuel pump looks as if it is been tampered with, do not use it and notify the owner or management. Always review your account statements for any suspicious activity. If you detect an unauthorized charge, notify your financial institution as soon as possible. Timely reporting of an unauthorized charge will mitigate your liability.” For more information on how to protect your data, contact your bank, local law enforcement, or the Attorney General’s website, www.arkansasag.gov.

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................................................................................................................................ in inchester, Massachusetts. ourt udge” by the Association of Trial Lawyers gious, or other “tribal affiliation,” let us PHILIP In , he began practicing law in Hot of America and best district udge in the today remember udge’s fine example SIDNEY MILLER Springs with the law firm of Martin, ootton and ighth ircuit by American Lawyer maga ine and strive to follow it. Philip Sidney Miller, Sr., age 6 3, of Peoria, AZ , passed away on November 27, 20 17. He was visiting his dad, Mr. Sidney Miller, of Mena, at the time of his death. Philip was born May 13, 195 4. He is survived by his father, Sidney Miller; five sisters and two brothers four children, Philip Miller, Jr ., Crystal Anderson, K imberly Morales, and ecky Miller several grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

GARNETT THOMAS EISELE Garnett Thomas Eisele, or “Ju dge” as most people, including his family, called him, died on November 26 , 20 17. He was born on November 3, 1923, to Garnett and Mary Martin isele of Hot Springs. He was predeceased by his wife, the former K athryn Freygang, and his brother, Dr. W. Martin Eisele of Hot Springs. our children survive him endell Alan “Sandy” isele ancy of anton, Georgia Garnett “Gar” Martin isele, II, ebby of Mena, Arkansas; K athryn Martin Eisele, and Je an Elizabeth ing avid , both of Little Rock grandchildren ustin isele rew isele Alisha , oel ing, Tina isele, ody isele, Trevor isele ina , icholas isele Molly , herie isele. He is also survived by great grandchildren, great great grandchild, and two nephews. He treasured his family and was devoted to them. udge grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he was exposed to passionate public service by two grandfathers at different ends of the political spectrum. Martin Augustus isele, a successful druggist, was a staunch Republican. Will Martin, who served as United States Attorney, was a prominent emocrat. In , udge left college after one year and enlisted in the Army, concerned that he was “missing the war.” He arrived in Germany j ust after the Battle of the Bulge. He had not been there long when, given the task of driving General Simpson, he appeared in a photo of hurchill and other Allied Generals as they gathered for a high level meeting. Army officials were later required to identify the mysterious soldier, at attention, standing a stone’s throw from Churchill. Months later, officials tracked him down to confirm his identity and make him aware of the trouble he had caused. He kept a copy of the photo in his office and en oyed telling the story to visitors. After the war, Ju dge returned to the states to finish his education. He often said that he made the most of the GI ill, completing his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis and his legal education at Harvard, with a achelor of Law and a Master of Laws . hile at Harvard, he met his beloved K aye. They married at her parents’ home

Martin, founded by his grandfather. In 195 3, he moved to Little Rock, where he worked as an Assistant United States Attorney for two years. ext, he worked at the firm of wens, McHaney, Lofton and McHaney. In , he opened his own law office. Following the Central High Crisis of 195 7, udge worked energetically to convince others to follow the Supreme ourt’s integration decision and to preserve free public education. In , he was an elected delegate to Arkansas’s Seventh Constitutional Convention. udge became close to inthrop Rockefeller, who was eager to play a role in the moderni ation of Arkansas. He was Rockefeller’s campaign manager in his first run for the governor’s office and was active in his successful and gubernatorial campaigns. After Rockefeller took office in , udge became his private legal advisor, at a salary of $ 1 a year. n August , , Garnett Thomas isele was sworn in as a United States istrict udge for the astern istrict of Arkansas. nce a udge, he left politics behind. or the next years, until his retirement in September of 20 11, he devoted himself to being a fair and impartial trial udge. He firmly believed that politics had no place in the udiciary. It was a different era for udicial nominees. At his confirmation hearing, he faced only one question, “Son, do you promise to uphold the Constitution of the United States? ” Uphold it he did. His rare combination of raw intelligence, work ethic, and an abiding sense of fairness served him well. He also possessed courage and vision in abundance. In the mid 198 0 ’s, he attempted to warn Congress and the udiciary about the problems inherent with mandatory ederal Sentencing Guidelines, accurately predicting both the practical and constitutional problems in their administration. Ju dge was adamant about preserving the right to a j ury trial for all and an independent j udiciary. He successfully fought a proposal to impose mandatory A R on civil litigants in federal courts, pointing out the effect would be to delay trials and unduly burden litigants. He presided over hundreds of j ury trials, treating all who entered his courtroom with the same dignity and respect. ne plaintiff remarked to a law clerk after losing a difficult civil rights discrimination trial “Please thank udge isele for me. I know I had my day in court.” hile a summary of his important cases is not possible here, suffice it to say he approached every court proceeding, big or small, with the same attention and focus. Attorneys appearing before him could count on him to have mastered the details of each case before taking the bench. His sentencing responsibility weighed heavily on him. In a mandatory guideline regime, he frequently had no choice but to send defendants, even those with no criminal record, to prison. He recogni ed that the absence of liberty, even if temporary, had lifelong consequences that were difficult to overcome. As a trial j udge, Ju dge Eisele earned many accolades, including “ utstanding ederal Trial

. Awards did not impress him. ever one to seek out the spotlight, he also spent no time basking in it. ne of udge’s proudest moments “on the bench” occurred in , when he presided over his granddaughter oel’s naturali ation ceremony. He noted that Noel, age 2, would be eligible to vote in the year . He stated “It is my hope indeed it is my faith that America in the year 20 0 8 will be better than it is today. Perhaps by then we will have moved beyond the irrelevancies of race and gender and ethnicity, to the point where the absence of discrimination, and the reality of equality of opportunity will be so accepted, and so much part of our national psyche, that we will no longer feel the need to talk of such things.” He then addressed oel “You, oel, were born a orean. Yesterday, you might have been considered a orean American. ut today you are simply an American.” He continued “ o country has done as much as this nation has to remove the hyphens and the barriers that separate and divide us. We should value those things which unite us over those things which separate us.” uring udge’s tenure, over fifty lawyers were fortunate to work for him as law clerks. They count their years with udge as among the best of their professional lives. Along with his permanent court staff, he treated them all like family. His law clerks quickly learned that there was much more than ust a brilliant legal mind behind those bushy eyebrows. There was a passion for equality before the law, and an encouraging and genuine concern for them as people. Many departing law clerks were treated to udge isele’s infamous limericks, in which his wicked sense of humor and love of doggerel were on display. He was proud of all of his law clerks and their accomplishments. He remained only a phone call away to anyone who had worked for him. His open door policy extended to the public. or many years, udge politely declined security on the main entrance to his chambers. This was consistent with his view that the taxpayers owned his office and had the right to call or visit. His staff rarely beat him to the office at in the morning, and he would answer the phone himself until someone arrived. After one “unpopular” decision, his staff arrived to find him patiently explaining to a caller why he believed the law required the ruling he had made. Ju dge quipped that he never thought he would live to see two things, the fall of the Berlin all, which occurred in , and the U.S. Supreme ourt’s ooker decision in , declaring the ederal Sentencing Guidelines unconstitutional for reasons strikingly similar to those in Ju dge’s 1990 Galloway opinion. Insatiably curious, eternally optimistic, and re exively kind, udge isele had the gift of looking past labels. He saw the individual first and the human potential in all. Spirited debate and disagreement always focused on the merits of the idea at issue, not the person advancing it. In a climate in which we all too frequently identify or oppose another based on his or her political, reli-

The family hosted a public visitation at Ruebel uneral Home on November 30 , 20 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. urial was private. In lieu of owers, memorial donations may be made to isele amily ndowment, c o Arkansas ommunity oundation, . Markham, Suite , Little Rock, AR arcf.org, designating isele amily ndowment or Parkinson’s oundation, S st St., Suite , Miami, L Parkinson.org .

LESLIE JOANN SMITH Leslie Jo ann Smith, age , of ove, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday morning, November 28 , 20 17, at home in Cove. Leslie was born on ecember , , in ristol, PA to ames and oan Reynolds. Leslie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister. She was preceded in death by her son, immy . She is survived by her husband, Chris Smith of Cove; son, Brandon Riddle of ove son, Tyler Smith of Mena grandson, Rider Riddle of ove parents, ames and oan Reynolds of ove sister, Mary it el of ove brother, Tom Reynolds of Siloam Springs and brother, Scott Reynolds of ove. Memorial service will be Saturday, ecember , at p.m. at easley ood hapel with rother Mark Lyle officiating under the direction of the easley ood uneral Home of Mena. nline obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

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IONA ELISE BRYAN DURAMUS

Iona Elise Bryan Deramus, age 8 9, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, November 28 , in Marion, Arkansas. Iona was born in agleton, Arkansas on March , to the late illiam esley ryan and the late Clara Elizabeth Heath Bryan. She was married to the late Glen Deramus for years. Iona worked years at the Renova Shirt actory, years as a lunchroom supervisor for Acorn Schools, and finished her career as a nurse at Mena Hospital and Dr. David Fried’s office for years. She was involved with the nursery at irst aptist hurch for over years. Above all, Iona loved God and her family. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother, sister, and friend to all. She is survived by sons, Tommy Deramus and wife ran of Round Rock, Texas illy eramus and husband Emanuel Cornelio of Dallas, Texas; daughters, Donna Bushe of Jo nesboro, Louisiana, Tammy Harrell and husband erek of Marion, Arkansas sisters, Ha el olum-

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bus of Salinas, California, Pauline Davis of Mena, Arkansas; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Clara Bryan, her husband, Glen Deramus, sister, Naomi Hughes, brother, Leo Bryan, and two half-brothers, Alfred Bryan and Everett Bryan. Funeral service was held Saturday, December 2, 20 17, 10 :0 0 a.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel with rother Roger ishop officiating. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Pallbearers will be Derek Harrell, Austin Harrell, Ji mmy Standridge, Ja cob Standridge, J ared Standridge, Arden Deramus, Ja ke Deramus, and Steven Hogan. Honorary pallbearer will be Emanuel Cornelio. Family and friends visitation will be Friday, December 1, 20 17 6 :0 0 -8 :0 0 p.m. at Beasley Wood.

KATHRYN LOUISE GENTRY

Mrs. K athryn Louise Gentry, age 90 , a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, passed from this life on Friday, December 1, 20 17 at her home in Wickes. athryn was an avid reader, en oyed her owers, cooking, and most of all, spending time with her family. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Wickes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Guy Gentry, on December 9, 20 10 . K athryn was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Houston and Preston Wolf; a sister, Frances Dolph; and a daughter-in-law, Diane Gentry. She is survived by three daughters and their husbands, Cheryl Sullivan and Ja mes of Texarkana, Texas, Patsy and Mickey Evers of Texarkana, Texas, Gina and R icky R osson of Wickes, Arkansas; three sons and their wives, Larry Gentry of Texarkana, Texas, Michael and Marilyn Gentry of Wake V illage, Texas, and Curt and Ja n Gentry of Phoenix, Arizona; seventeen grandchildren and their spouses, Harlan and R honda Sullivan, Cherrilyn and Brett Counts, K imberlee and Scott R oxburgh, Misty and Anthony K nighton, Ja son and Nicole Evers, Brent and Michelle Gentry, Christy and Ja mes Solomon, Chris and K athy McGee, Cristin and Jo ey Boatright, Phillip and Bethany Stayton, Matthew Gentry, Sydnee and Andy McClure, Alexandria Gentry, Tori and Bryce Cooper, Colten Gentry, Nicholas R osson, and Trenton R osson; 27 great-grandchildren; one sister, Ethel Waldon of De Q ueen, Arkansas, as well as, a number of nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends. Funeral services for Mrs. K athryn Gentry will be held at 10 :0 0 A.M., Wednesday, December 6 , 20 17 in the Wickes Church of Christ with Bro. avid acobs officiating. urial will follow in the Daniel Cemetery, Wickes, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Q ueen. The family

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CURTIS GREENAWAY JOHNSON

Curtis Greenaway Jo hnson, 8 0 , of Mena, Arkansas passed away peacefully in hospice care, after a long and debilitating illness, on November 16 , 20 17 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Curtis was born October 26 , 1937 in Chicago, Illinois to the late iolet A. riksen and R ichard E. Jo hnson. He grew up in a loving family, went to Sunday School at the neighborhood Lutheran Church, and attended Lane Technical High School graduating in 195 6 . After high school, Curt served in the U.S. Navy R eserves for seven years. As a teen, he enj oyed sailing on Lake Michigan, riding his motorcycle, and was active in scouting, becoming a senior leader of the Sea xplorer Ship iking. It was during a Sea Scout dance with girl scout Sea Mariners that Curt met his wife, Carol R eimer of Greenbay, Wisconsin. They married in 196 2 and settled first in hicago, then in ox Lake, Illinois where urt was a proud member of the Fox Lake V olunteer Fire Department. Their only child, Christine, was born in 1973.Curt j oined United Airlines in 196 2 working for ramp services loading aircraft with baggage, cargo, and food. He worked first at ’Hara Airport in Chicago, then transferred to Sacramento, California in 198 6 . After 33 years, he retired from United in 1995 with a hard won and deserved disability pension. After visiting friends in Mena, Arkansas and discovering the beauty, warmth, and friendship of the community, Curt and Carol retired to Mena in 1999. They made a good life here and have many friends. In his retirement, Curt enj oyed driving to town to shop or to meet friends for breakfast, and R V camping in Arkansas State Parks. He was fun, loving, generous, and always ready to offer help to anyone who needed it. To the very end, Curt enj oyed listening to music, watching movies and his favorite TV shows, and reading Tom Clancy novels. Curtis is survived by his wife, Carol Jo hnson;

daughter, Christine Jo hnson; brother, Dennis Jo hnson; and one granddaughter, Cayleigh Jo hnson, all of Mena. Born into a Norwegian-American family, Curt, like the V ikings of old, wished to be cremated. Cremation was under the direction of the Lewis-R oberts Funeral Chapel in Greenwood, Arkansas. A gathering of friends and family, to remember Curt, will be held at a future date.

MARY ALICE HUGHES TALLEY

Mary Alice Hughes Talley, age 8 3, of Mena, Arkansas, formerly of Wickes, passed away Sunday, December 3, 20 17 in Mena. She was born the daughter of Tim Hughes Sr. and Gert Forest Hughes on December 5 , 1933 in Doyline, Louisiana. Mrs. Talley was married to the late George David Talley. She was a loving mother, grandmother, grandmother, sister, and friend to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed by all. She is survived by children, Donald Talley and wife Cathy of Wickes, Arkansas, Angie Blanton and husband Steve, of DeQ ueen, Arkansas; granddaughters, K ariFelt Winters and husband A Heart Pete, their children, Gavin and Ean Shadden, Thank Brook Winters, Z achYou Winters and Hunter Winters of Fayetteville, Arkansas, K riston Morris and husband Jo hn, and their child, R iley Morris

of Pea R idge, Arkansas; grandsons, Jo nathan Blanton and wife R honda, their children, Peyton and Ja ce of DeQ ueen, Arkansas, Matthew Blanton and wife Megan of V an Buren, Arkansas, Jo seph Watkins and wife Lista, their children, Savanah, Colbee, and Eden Watkins of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Gerald Watkins and wife Heather, their children, K alin, Bailey, Addison, and Avery Watkins, of Wickes, Arkansas, Ju stin Watkins of Mena, Arkansas; brothers, Jo e Hughes and wife Martha of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, David Hughes and wife Linda of Horatio, Arkansas; sister, Margaret Smith of Q uinlan, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews, and a multitude of church family and friends She was preceded in death by parents, Tim Hughes and Gertrude Hughes, Sr.; two brothers, Tim Hughes, Jr . and Ja mes Hughes; a sister, Gwendolyn; and her loving and devoted husband, George David Talley. Funeral service will be Thursday, December 7, 20 17, 2:0 0 p.m. at Pentecostal Church of God in ickes, with rother hris urke officiating. Interment will follow in the elleville emetery in Lockesburg, Arkansas under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. V isitation is general. Pallbearers will be Donald Talley, Jo nathan Blanton, Matthew Blanton, Gerald Watkins, Jo seph Watkins, Pete Winters, and Jo hn Morris. Honorary pallbearers will be Darrell Wayne Herring, R ex Herring, and Westin Burke.

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Cossatot River High Music Dept to Present Christmas Concert

he Cossatot R iver High School Music Dept will present their Christmas concert on Monday, December 11, 20 17 in the Holbert Auditorium in Wickes. The band concert will begin at 6 :0 0 featuring the 7th/ 8 th grade Beginning Band and then the Senior band. The band is under the direction of Emily Huckaby. The choir concert will follow at 7:30 under the direction of Susan Brewer. Featured accompanist is Fisher Neufeld. The 7th grade TrebleMakers choir will begin the concert, followed by the 7th/ 8 th grade AccaFellas choir, then the 8 th grade TrebleTones choir. The second half of the concert will be the senior high all girls choir, Cantabile, followed by the senior high mixed choir, Noteworthy. All-region students will be featured as soloists or in ensembles. Come out and enj oy a night of festive holiday music performed by 20 0 talented CR HS musicians.

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DECEMBER 11-16 , 2017 MONDAY BREAKFAST: CHICKEN BISCUIT, ASSORTED CEREAL, STRING CHEESE, ANIMAL CRACKERS, DICED PEARS, GRAPE JUICE, MILK. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: MOZZARELLA CHEESE STICKS, MARINARA SAUCE, CHICKEN SANDWICH, FRENCH FRIES, HAM CHEF SALAD, SUN BUTTER/JELLY SANDWICH. MIDDLE SCHOOL: MOZZARELLA CHEESE STICKS, MARINARA SAUCE, HAMBURGER/CHEESE, HAM OR TURKEY SUB, HAM CHEF SALAD. HIGH SCHOOL: MOSSARELLA CHEESE STICKS, MARINARA SAUCE, BACON CHEESEBURGER, SAUSAGE/JALAPENOS PIZZA, NACHOS, TACOS, BURRITO. TUESDAY BREAKFAST: SAUSAGE/PANCAKE STICK, ASSORTED CEREAL, STRING CHEESE, SCOOBY DOO GRAHAMS, MIXED FRUIT, FRUIT BLEND JUICE, MILK. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: STEAK FINGERS, MASHED POTATOES, HAMBURGER, HAM & TURKEY COBB SALAD, SUN BUTTER/JELLY SANDWICH. MIDDLE SCHOOL: STEAK FINGERS, CHICKEN FRIED STEAK SANDWICH, CHICKEN SANDWICH, TURKEY SUB, CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH, HAM/TURKEY COBB SALAD. HIGH SCHOOL: STEAK FINGERS, CHICKEN FRIED STEAK SANDWICH, BBQ SANDWICH, CHICKEN ALFREDO, FLATBREAD PIZZA, NACHOS, TACOS, BURRITO. WEDNESDAY BREAKFAST: BREAKFAST PIZZA, ASSORTED CEREAL, STRING CHEESE, ANIMAL CRACKERS, APPLESAUCE, ORANGE JUICE, MILK. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: ORANGE CHICKEN, RICE, CHICKEN TENDERS, HOT ROLL, TURKEY CHEF SALAD, SUN BUTTER/JELLY SANDWICH. MIDDLE SCHOOL: ORANGE CHICKEN FRIED RICE, HAMBURGER/CHEESE, CHICKEN TENDERS, HAM OR TURKEY SUB, TURKEY CHEF SALAD. HIGH SCHOOL: ORANGE CHICKEN FRIED RICE, HOT DOG, MINI CORNDOG, SAUSAGE PIZZA, NACHOS, TACOS, BURRITOS.

The Mena High School Choral Music Department will present their annual Christmas concert on Thursday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school performing arts center. The program will feature the musical talents of the Sixth Grade Choir, Middle School Choir, Spotlight Singers, and the Bearcat Chorus. All choirs are under the direction of Ferroll “Tammy” Taylor.

Acorn Music Dept. to Hold Christmas Performances This Week A corn Music Director V alerie Couch has announced two upcoming performance of the growing choir and music programs. The Acorn Choir concert will be held December 11th beginning at 7 p.m. in the Mary ryar avis Gymnasium. Performing first will be the th and th grades followed by the high school choir, who will be performing their musical, Christmas Time is Here. The Acorn and oncert will be held Thursday, ecember th at p.m., also in the Mary ryar avis Gymnasium. The eginning and will perform first, followed by the high school concert band. The public is encouraged to attend these events and support the growing talents of these students as well as being filled with hristmas cheer.

THURSDAY BREAKFAST: EGG, CHEESE, SLIDERS, ASSORTED CEREAL, STRING CHEESE, SCOOBY DOO GRAHAMS, BANANA, CHERRY STAR JUICE, MILK. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: CHICKEN SPAGHETTI, GRILLED CHEESE, SWEET POTATO TOTS, POPCORN CHICKEN SALAD, SUN BUTTER, JELLY SANDWICH. MIDDLE SCHOOL: CHICKEN SPAGHETTI, CHICKEN SANDWICH, BBQ RIB SANDWICH, HAM SUB, CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH, POPCORN CHICKEN SALAD. HIGH SCHOOL: CHICKEN SPAGHETTI, SPICY CHICKEN SANDWICH, SLOPPY JOS, SPICY CHICKEN PIZZA, NACHOS, TACOS, BURRITOS. FRIDAY BREAKFAST: POWDERED DONUTS, STRAWBERRY POPTART, STRING CHEESE, ANIMAL CRACKERS, APPLE JUICE, MILK. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: HOT DOG, PIZZA, BROCCOLI, CREAMY COLESLAW, BANANA, SACK LUNCH. MIDDLE SCHOOL: BBQ RIB SANDWICH, CAJUN MEATBALL STEW, BABY CARROTS, CHEESE & PEPPERONI PIZZA, NACHOS, TACOS, BURRITOS. HIGH SCHOOL: BBQ RIB SANDWICH, CAJUN MEATBALL STEW, BABY CARROTS, CHEESE & PEPPERONI PIZZA, NACHOS, TACOS, BURRITOS. This weekly info proudly sponsored by:

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Dilbeck explained she attended a seminar back in 2010 with keynote speaker Erin Burnett, founder of the 3/50 Project, who explained that for every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. “That’s huge!” said Dilbeck, “My parents were entrepreneurs at heart and small business owners, we understand first hand the challenges of small business... but the benefits far outweigh them.” The 3/50 Project encourages everyone to select three locally owned independent businesses and spend at least $50 per month in those establishments. The impact, if only half of the employed population did just that, is a generation of $42.6 billion in revenue. SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, a national initiative advocating for small businesses, and one that Senator Dr. John Boozman also strongly supports, “This national initiative encourages support of our local businesses during the holiday season. SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY is a big business.” In 2013, shoppers spent $5.7 billion at locally owned shops and restaurants on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. That’s an increase of more than 3% from 2012. He continued, “Money spent in our small businesses gets reinvested in the community, draws attention to local merchants and could ultimately lead to more jobs. In this economy, small businesses have struggled and they need our 1 Offers available on 2017 model year vehicles only. $1,00 Ford Credit Bonus Cash requires Ford Credit financing. Not all buyers will qualify for Ford Credit financing. 0% APR support. By taking the small step financing for 72 months at $13.89 per month per $1,000 financed regardless of down payment. Not available on Focus RS, Fiesta, Mustang Shelby GT350/GT350R, Ford GT, Super Duty and F-150 Raptor. For all offers, take new retail delivery from dealer stock by of shopping locally this holiday 1/2/18. See dealer for qualifications and complete details. season, we can make a big impact MenaFord.com • Hwy. 71 North, Mena • (479) 394-2214 on our communities.”

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ast week, on Tuesday, November 28 th, the Mena senior high Bearcats basketball team hosted their rival Waldron Bulldogs at the Union Bank Center. In a close first quarter for the ma ority, the earcats were able to pull away, and take a 17-13 lead into the second quarter. oth stayed close together in the second quarter as well, as Mena scored eight points and Waldron nine. Mena took a three point, 25 -22, lead into halftime. At halftime, Connor Harvey led the Bearcats with 8 points, while Brown led Waldron with 8 points as well. Mena started to pull away in the third quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 19-14, to take an eight point, , lead into the final quarter of play. R eaching within four points at one time, Waldron was not able to make a comeback against the Bearcats, as Mena went on to win by seven points, 6 3-5 6 . Brown led the Waldron Bulldogs will 33 points on the night, as Toil scored 9 points, Williams 7 points, Dozier 4 points, Shaddon 2 points, and Avila 1 point. Connor Harvey led the Mena Bearcats will 25 points scored, while Z eb Wilson added on 14 points, Brock Strother 12 points, Z ane Stephens 6 points, Nick Myers 4 points, and Blake Seals 2 points. Also this past week, Mena competed in the Citizens Bank Tournament at V an Buren High School. On Thursday the Bearcats lost to Fort Smith Southside ( 8 1-41) , on Friday Mena defeated the Fort Smith Patriots ( 5 7-17) , and on Saturday the Bearcats defeated Subiaco Academy ( 70 -6 5 ) to win fifth place. This Friday, December 8 th, the Bearcats will travel to Cossatot R iver to take on the Eagles.

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hroughout last week, the Acorn senior high basketball teams competed in the 6 th Annual Gary Ford Invitational Basketball Tournament at Hartford High School. Tipping off the tournament, on Monday, November 27th, both the Tigers and Lady Tigers took on Heavener. The Lady Tigers won 73-5 7, and the senior boys defeated the Wolves 8 2-73. In their second round of games, on Thursday, November 30 th, the Acorn senior girls matched-up against the Oden Lady Timberwolves, and the Tigers took on the Deer Antlers. The Lady Tigers defeated Oden, 6 4-32, to move onto the championship game, but the senior boys lost to Deer, 75 -5 4, to move onto the third place game. On Saturday, December 2nd, the Acorn senior boys took on the hosting Hustlers of Hartford. In a difference making first quarter, the Tigers outscored Hartford 18 -11, and 1917 in the second, to take a nine point, 37-28 , lead into halftime. In a closer-knit second half, Acorn outscored the Hustlers 21-20 in the third CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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n Tuesday, November 28 th, the Mena Ladycats senior high basketball team hosted the Waldron Lady Bulldogs at the Union Bank Center. In a low scoring first quarter, with only twelve total points scored, aldron outscored the Ladycats . oth Mena and the Lady ulldogs scored four points each in the second quarter, allowing aldron to take an eight points, , lead into halftime. At the half, Paige Evans led the Ladycats with 3 points, as number ten, Burdess, led Waldron with 9 points. In the third quarter, Mena outscored the Lady ulldogs , to come within three points, , of aldron going into the final quarter of play. In the fourth, the Lady ulldogs were able to hold onto their lead, and went on to defeat Mena 34-29. urdess, number ten, led the aldron Lady ulldogs with points, as Slater, number five, scored points, and ia and Davis 3 points each. Paige Evans led the Mena Ladycats with 10 points on the night, while Cadie Cannon scored 7 points, Destiny Ortiz 5 points, Tateli Thacker 4 points, and K iera K esterson 3 points. This week, on Friday, December 8 , the senior high Ladycats will travel to Cossatot R iver to take on the Lady Eagles.

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Lady Eagles Soar In Booneville Tournament BY EASTON LEONARD • eastonsports@yahoo.com

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he Cossatot senior high basketball teams recently competed in the annual Booneville Bearcats basketball tournament. On Monday, November 27, the Eagles took on the hosting Booneville Bearcats, and fell short 5 2-34. Taking on Western Yell ounty in their next and final game of the tournament, the ossatot senior boys won . The ossatot Lady agles didn’t play their first game of the tournament until Thursday, November 30 , against Waldron. Cossatot defeated the Lady Bulldogs 5 7-24. Ja de R ichardson led the Lady Eagles with 16 points, while R aegan R ichardson scored 13 points, and Ashlen Gonzalez 10 points. Following their win against Waldron, the Lady Eagles moved on in the tournament to take on anville. In the first quarter of the championship game, Cossatot outscored their opponents 23-6 , and 15 -13 in the second quarter, to take a 38 -19 lead into halftime. At halftime, R hyen Martin led Cossatot with 12 points, while J acie Wilkerson and Ja de R ichardson had 9 points. In the second half of play, the Lady Eagles outscored Danville 27-18 , to win by twenty-eight, 6 5 -37. With seven total three pointers in the game, and twenty-two points, Ja de R ichardson won the tournament most-valuable-player. Also in scoring, Ja cie Wilkerson scored 14 points, and R yhen Martin 12 points. On Tuesday, December 5 , Cossatot basketball traveled to Oden, and The Cossatot River Eagles took on Blevins Friday, December 1, and fell 76-51. The Lady on Friday, December 8 , the j unior girls, senior girls, and senior boys Eagles won their matchup, 48-39. teams will host Mena.

quarter, and 24-21 in the fourth, to hold on and win thirteen, 8 2-6 9. In the premiere girls game of the tournament, the Acorn Lady Tigers took on the Hackett lady Hornets in the championship game. Appearing to run away with the game in the first half, the Lady Tigers outscored Hackett , in both the first and second quarters, to take a twelve point, 30 -18 , lead into halftime. In the third quarter, the Lady Hornets held Acorn to only four points, while scoring twelve of their own, to narrow the Lady Tigers’ lead down to four going into the fourth. Hackett outscored the Lady Tigers again in the fourth quarter, 17-13, to tie the game up and send it to overtime. After a rough second half, the Lady Tigers held their ground, and outscored Hackett 9-5 in overtime, to win the game 5 6 -5 2, and claim the championship. Sophie Ja ckson led the Acorn Lady Tigers with 20 points on the night. On Tuesday, December 5 th, both the Acorn senior high girls and boys basketball teams traveled to Dierks to take on the Outlaws.

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ubstance abuse is highly misunderstood and, many times, unfortunately carries a stigma with it… when it is, however, a complex disease. Drugs and other illicit substances change the brain in ways that make quitting hard, even for those who want to. It does take a strong will and discipline but a rock solid strong support system to serve as a lifeline is also crucial to heal and make a full recovery. For Steven Free, Substance Abuse Counselor for the 18 th West J udicial Court, being that ever important lifeline is much more than a j ob or profession, it’s a calling. Steven grew up in California but with family connections in Eastern Oklahoma, he relocated to the Plunkettville area in the 6 th grade. A stark contrast to the California neighborhood where he had grown up, Steven said he had access to over 1,5 0 0 acres of wide-open countryside in which to roam and explore. Eyeing college opportunities, his family would eventually move back to California, where he graduated from Hilltop High School in Chula V ista. Steven attended ortheastern State University in klahoma his first year before transferring to San iego State University for his second year. His family relocated to the Houston area so Steven then transferred to the University of Houston where he would later graduate with his baccalaureate degree in psychology. He was hired in as a counselor for Universal Technical Institute and what he encountered was that the primary problem facing his patients was substance abuse… and many times, more than one substance. Steven returned to school and earned his LCDC [Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor] from the University of Houston to better equip him to counsel those suffering from this ever growing epidemic. His family would eventually make their way to Mena and Steven followed. His first ob was a grant writer for the Polk ounty evelopmental enter and then he learned that Arkansas was beginning to establish ‘drug courts’ so he applied for Polk County and received the j ob. That was 13 years ago. Arkansas now has 39 drug courts. “I love the work that I do. God’s blessed me that way. I’m single… have always been single but twenty-eight years ago, I dedicated my life to God, and said, ‘I’m going to do your will.’ And, look where he’s led me. I’ve gotten more out of it than I’ve ever given. He’s led me to help others. And I am j ust blessed… every time I hear someone’s story, I’m amazed at their willingness to share with me and to say ‘this is what it is and this is what’s going on.’ Despite all life’s circumstances and everything’s that’s been thrown at them, they still have hope. They begin thinking, ‘maybe there is help out there and something can come out of the tragedies that I’ve incurred’… . It humbles me.” Steven explained that the drug courts serve as a way to rehabilitate a drug offender. Whenever someone is arrested for paraphernalia or possession, they appear before the court and may receive a referral from the Prosecuting Attorney that will allow them the opportunity to go through a month, five phase program to aid them in the addiction recovery process. “Recovery is about progress not perfection,” said Steven who said that he walks with each person individually and through group therapy as they fight to emerge clean and a productive member of society. He explained that when they first enter the program, there is an external motivation’ to enter the program in order to avoid ail time, however, as they begin taking those necessary steps to beat their addictions, they begin to feel better, receive positive reinforcement, and it evolves into an ‘internal motivator.’ Many feel defeated when they first enter the program but Steven said he always tells them, “If you don’t believe, believe that I believe,” because he said he’s seen the program change the lives of so many through his years of service to them. “I’ve seen parents back with their kids and lives changed dramatically… recovery is possible.” Steven shared a very personal story of one reaching out to him by phone for encouragement to ‘not do it.’ “I simply said ‘don’t do it,’ and she said, ‘that’s all I needed to hear.’” Steven is obviously a lifeline for people in the battle for their lives. Steven’s ‘lifeline’ is his faith and his church at Faith Missionary Baptist Church, where he teaches a senior adult class that has boomed in attendance over the last few Christmas Hours years, from 5 -7 people to 25 people. “We’re blessed in America to have the opportunity Tuesdays 9am-6pm, for Christmas on the Farm on to have freedom of religion and sometimes I think we take that for granted.” Steven Fridays and Saturdays and extended an open invitation to anyone to worship and learn with them. “They [the Fridays noon- 6pm enjoy a caroling hayride church] are my life lifeline. When someone’s been clean for two months and then they Saturdays noon-7pm around the farm, stop off at test positive, it affects me but when I go into service, get encouraging smiles, and hear the Christmas tree yard to prayer requests and see people’s commitment to God, I know that we are here for a high purpose and a higher calling.” select the perfect family tree from our tree display, see the lights, checkout the barnyard • Unique Finds • Ornaments animals & The Kids Farm. • Jellies/Honey • Baked Goods Will be hosting a Tickets are $4 per person and • Coffee, Cocoa, • Gifts includes cider, coffee or cocoa from our Old Fashioned Baked Cider Goods Shoppe. 217 Polk 184, Mena, AR 479-243-6525

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Juliann and Joshua Oglesby, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on November 22nd. Carolin Howell, of Topeka, KS, is the proud mother of a baby girl, born on November 23rd. Courtney Morris, of Mena, is the proud mother of a baby boy, born on November 26th. Hope Mitchell and Jovani Gonzalez of DeQueen, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on November 28th. Morgan Trammel Westfall and Robert Westfall, of Vandervoort, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on November 30th.

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BY LEANN DILBECK

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-E-S-P-E-C-T… Aretha Franklin sang it… some live it… and some completely disregard it but lately, I feel it is at the core of so many troubles within our own families, corporately, and even nationally. It crushed my heart when I heard a young mother publicly berate her 9ish year old son who was trying to assist, what I assumed to be a younger sibling, who was a toddler, while she was j uggling holding an infant and bags of groceries. I’m certain that other people nine rows over could have heard her belittle the child but I had a bird’s eye view of the look in his eyes. He probably wasn’t doing it the way she would have done it but this impressionable young boy, who would grow into a father one day, was trying to help and all I could wonder was if he would grow into a parent who also berated his children or if from his scars, he would emerge the polar opposite, commending his son/ daughter for being so helpful and coaching them through the task. I don’t know what struggles that young mother carried, or what had occurred earlier in her day, or what mischief the young boy may have caused her earlier, but I do know that no little human or adult human deserved to be publicly or privately berated in that manner. Discipline is essential but should never attack the character of the child. I couldn’t help but wonder if it was some sort of vicious cycle that starts in the family and spills over into all other walks of life. Disrespectfully sharing opinions on social media, at work, at school, to all walks of life – rich or poor. It’s destructive when a child isn’t taught to treat ALL human beings with respect and may be more of an issue of the parent not respecting their own selves. Most will model the behavior they observe… like little sponges… that will become their ‘normal.’ We don’t want to be responsible for raising adults who will later abuse their own authority, Lording over someone and playing the ‘superior’ card, which may, in fact, say more about their own need to be in control or their own inadequacies than it does the person or child they treat disrespectfully. Differing opinions are inevitable and healthy debate or discussion is essential to progress within a family or in society. Many of today’s kids are disrespectful and it stems from entitled attitudes and lack of discipline, but more often than not, it stems from what they are observing from home. Teaching and modeling respect empowers your child in developing empathy and appreciation for all of the different people that we share this world with.

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Thursday, 12/7 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 10:30 a.m. – Gator & Friends will be performing at The Mena Senior Center. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/ Polk County meets at Papa’s Mexican Café. Contact Sue Cavner at 234-5844 or Linda Rowe at 234-2575 for more info. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Salvation Army Family Store helps families with utilities. • 5:00 p.m. - 9th Street Ministries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the 9th Street Ministries building. • 5:30 p.m. – MHS Class of 1959 will have their Christmas Dinner at Chopping Block. Contact Flora McChristian at 479-394-4478. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous women’s meeting at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 6:00 p.m. – Disabled American Veterans & Auxiliary meeting and potluck. Meeting follows dinner, American Legion at Veteran’s Park at Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. • 7:00 p.m. – Big Fork RVFD Business Meeting & Training will be at the Fire Station. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – The Ink RVFD Business Meeting & Training will be at the community building. • 7:30 p.m. – Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 meets at the Mena Lodge located in the Old Post Office by Janssen Park. Friday, 12/8 • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Road tests are given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room unless the roads are wet. Written tests are given at 1:00 p.m. • 10:00 a.m. – Ouachita Regional Hospice will hold a Caregiver Meeting on “Caregiving and the Holidays” at 602 DeQueen Street. Anyone caring for the elderly or a sick loved one are welcome to attend. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 2:00 p.m. – Wonder House Tour at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Wonder

House. • 3:30 p.m. – Critter Signs & Tracks at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Amphitheater. • 6:00 p.m. – Black Bears at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet in the Hearth Room. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Gator and Friends will be playing at the American Legion in Acorn. $6.00 admission. 50/50 drawing, potluck, and door prizes. • 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Dance at Cossatot Senior Center, 7366 Hwy. 71 South, Wickes. Chili and cornbread dinner, $5. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 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, 12/9 • 7:00 a.m. until sold out – The Polk County Farmer’s Market is open next to the Mena Depot. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fibers Arts Group meets at Mena Art Gallery. • 12:00 p.m. – Ouachita Amateur Radio Association monthly meeting at the Limetree. • 1 00 p.m. 00 p.m. Children’s Art Class at the Mena Art Gallery, for children ages 10 & up. Cost is $2. Call 479-394-3880 to reserve spot. • 2:00 p.m. – Wonder House Tour at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Wonder House. • 4:00 p.m. – Nature Hike at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the north side of Lover’s Leap. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 7:00 p.m. – Christmas Tree Painting at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet in the Hearth Room. • 7:00 p.m. – Holly Grove Church in Grannis will have Gospel Music. • 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, 12/10 • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 3:00 p.m. – Worship service is held at Sulpher Springs Church. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. Monday, 12/11 • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 1:30 p.m. – Polk County Genealogical Society will meet at the Polk County Library. • 3 00 p.m. The Airport Commission’s meeting will be held at the UA-Rich Mountain Boardroom in the Spencer Building, 1100 College Drive.

• 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. – Democratic Party of Polk County meets at Papa’s Mexican Café. Anyone interested is welcome. You do not have to be a member. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United 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. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – Mena Elks Lodge meeting. All Elks are invited to attend. • 7:30 p.m. – Mountain Meadow Chapter #22 Order of the Eastern Star will meet at the Mountain Meadow Masonic Lodge Hall in Hatfield. Tuesday, 12/12 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardner Community Men’s Breakfast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena St. Bring your current project and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 12 00 p.m. 00 p.m. The Hatfield Branch Library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. – T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union Bank Community Room for weigh-ins, followed by a meeting. • 6:00 p.m. – Home Front Warriors CMA Chapter 377 Bible Study at the Limetree Restaurant. Public is invited. • 5:00 p.m. – Country and Gospel music is played at the Polk County Housing Authority Community Room. • 6:00 p.m. – American Legion Post 18 potluck dinner, at Veteran’s Park in Acorn, with meeting to follow at 7 p.m. • 6:30 p.m. – Shady Fire and Rescue District 10 will meet at the Shady Community Center. • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Bluegrass music at Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for the families of addicts and alcoholics meet at the ABC Club. • 7:00 p.m. – The Dallas Valley R.V.F.D. will meet for training at the Firehouse. • 7:00 p.m. – The Acorn Fire and Rescue will meet at the Fire Department. • 7:00 p.m. – The Wickes V.F.W. Post #10484 will meet at the Wickes Community Center. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479-234-2887 or 479-234-3043. Wednesday, 12/13 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society

of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. - The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in Mena. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Polk County Library Cove Branch is open. • 12:00 p.m. – Polk County Retired Teachers will meet at Papa’s Mexican Café. Bring food donations for food pantry. President to be elected. All Polk County retired school employees are encouraged to attend. • 12:00 p.m. – Quality of Life Outreach meeting at Lavilla Restaurant. • 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – The Mena First United Methodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – The Southside Church of God Warriors for Christ will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Regeneration Youth Ministries at Mena Church of God Hwy 88 East. • 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church hosts Discovery Kids – Kindergarten Thru 5th Grade; Collide Youth Ministry – 6th Thru 12th Grades; and Adult Bible Study. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at Grace Bible Church, 1911 Hwy 71 N. Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – Inquiry Classes into the Catholic Faith will be held in the St. Thomas House at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 203 8th Street, and continue through Easter 2018. No cost or obligation, anyone interested is invited. Call 479-394-1017 for more information.

• SOCIABLE SENIORS will host their Christmas Celebration on December 14th, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Daisy Room, behind Janssen Avenue Florist. They will have potluck and fun games. Bring a silly wrapped gift. Call Shirley at 479-385-5096 for info. • HOLIDAY BAKE SALE & GIFT WRAPPING EVENT will be hosted by New Heights Gymnastics, 202 Port Arthur, next to Sterling Machinery. Gifts wrapped complete with bows, tags, etc. Although not necessary, you are welcome to bring your own wrapping paper. • ZAFRA CHURCH OF CHRIST will present “For Unto Y’all – A Cowboy Christmas” on December 17 at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call 918-755-4462

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wrecking homes, loss of productivity, and addiction in both the young and old, the rich and the poor, and as of yet, has no end in sight. For the coming lawsuit, the AAC is asking all 75 counties in Arkansas to j oin in the step to make pharmaceutical companies accountable for the problems their drugs are causing. Opioids are substances that act on opioid receptors to produce morphine-like effects. Medically they are primarily used for pain relief, including anesthesia. Examples of opioids are: morphine, methadone, Buprenorphine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone. Opioid drugs sold under brand names include: OxyContin® , Percocet® , V icodin® , Percodan® , Tylox® and Demerol® among others. Heroin is also an opioid and is illegal and is what many opioid addicts turn to when they can no longer find a doctor to write their prescriptions. rom overdoses, to ails being filled with addicted opioid users, to children in foster care because of addicted parents, a shrink in the workforce, and so many of society’s current problems stem from a prescription that was, at first, legally attained, but after long term use, was attained by whatever means necessary. “At any given time, of the Polk ounty ail population is directly attributable to opioid use,” said ounty udge randon llison. “ e can’t simply arrest our way out of the crisis.” ften times that means “doctor shopping” where individuals see multiple doctors and are receiving multiple prescriptions for the same drug. “There are federal laws in place to catch the ones that are getting multiple prescriptions.” However, those systems don’t always work. llison, along with the AA , and many others, agree that ust placing people in ail isn’t the solution, so they are looking further up the chain, where the drugs are being invented, manufactured, and distributed. It has long been known, and proven through hundreds of lawsuits, that pharmaceutical companies knowingly distribute short term drugs for long term use. Ellison explained, “In early ’s doctors were encouraged by the drug manufacturers to reevaluate these medications and they were told over and over again that the opiates that were now available weren’t as addictive as previously believed. I want to say they tried to dupe the doctors and told them they were ok for long term use. That’s when doctors began prescribing them long term.” In fact, several companies have admitted that very fact in multiple lawsuits – lawsuits that the companies settled for millions of dollars, admitting their guilt, yet they still continue the same practices. or this reason, udge llison has asked the Polk ounty uorum ourt to oin in the AA ’s lawsuit. “ ur counties are the ones dealing with the problems these drugs cause,” said llison. “ e should be compensated for that.” He explained that through the lawsuit, the AA hopes to bring opioid drug awareness and education to the state, as well as crisis intervention. “There are so many that don’t understand what a large issue this is in our area,” llison said. Referencing a study by the enter for isease ontrol, llison further explained, “There are opioid prescriptions filled for every people in Polk ounty.” In contrast, More than of Arkansas’ counties have oined the lawsuit and llison is hopeful that a win could mean less burden on the area. “In , drug manufacturers sold billion, that’s billion, with a ’,” said llison, “in opioid pain drugs alone. And it can affect anyone. e’re seeing year olds that are addicted.” Not only has the AAC and dozens of counties backed the lawsuit, it has also been endorsed by the Arkansas Association of County Ju dges and the Arkansas Opioid Task Force. If you or someone you know has a problem with opioid addiction, there are many local resources that are available to help. ew ision inside Mena Regional Health System is a medically based detox program, there are several counselors in the area, and group meetings such as arcotics Anonymous check the Pulse alendar of vents on page for dates and locations.) “ e want this activity stopped and we want compensation for the damages it has caused our counties,” llison concluded.

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hether a new member or someone who has been there for a decade, they each have the opportunity to share, to listen, and to love each other through it. ne new member, onnie Rogers, said he thought the group may be “depressing and it might bring back some bad memories,” but he and his wife, Annette, met with the group anyway, and they are glad they did. It was in when onnie and his former wife lost their first child, as an infant, and twenty years later, in , he lost another son to suicide at the tender age of years old. The grieving process was initially a bitter one for onnie. “ hen I had to bury my son, there was no one I could talk to except for family there was no group in Texas I started getting into fights and things because I was angry over the loss of my son. I’m a first degree blackbelt in Tae won o and I was using it for bad instead of good,” said onnie. He had a good ob working for the City of Irving, Texas where he was the lead welder. After losing his son and suffering an eye inj ury, Donnie retired six years earlier than he planned to and moved to a house in Cove he had purchase some years before. “Grief was anger for about a year and then I became reclusive,” said onnie. “I stayed at home and didn’t want to go anywhere.” After a while of being a recluse, onnie grew restless. “I got tired of feeling the way I was feeling so I started remodeling and began a mowing service. I was drinking every day and I didn’t want to keep drinking. It wasn’t me to feel that way. I was a highly motivated person before it happened.” nce he gained the strength to “get up,” life began again. He gained support in his trek when he met and married Annette, who admits, she’s had some pain herself, but that together, they work through it. Annette attends a local counselor and sometimes onnie comes along. “It helps us to better understand how to help the other,” said Annette. It was through counseling that they learned of Remembering Hearts orever. They wanted to take another step closer to healing, so they decided to attend. “ nce I got there, it was kind of depressing and it did bring back some bad memories,” chuckled onnie, “but it’s becoming healing. It’s good to get it out, off of my chest, with people who understand. They make you feel like it’s ok to talk about it. A lot of people don’t want to hear your depressing story but they RH encourage it it’s ok to talk about it and it’s ok if you don’t want to talk about it, they all understand.” Annette said that listening to others stories has helped her understand how she can better help onnie. “I can vouch that Remembering Hearts orever has made a difference for him and to now see him actively involved...,” smiled Annette. “ veryone during their lifetime will lose someone that they love unconditionally, but with a child or grandchild, it’s a different loss and I didn’t reali e that until this group.” ne of the key facets of the group that onnie is proud of is their hotline.’ hen you oin Remembering Hearts orever, they give you a list of other members, their telephone numbers, and the manner in which they lost their child so that others can call someone up, no matter the time of day or night, and connect with someone who “gets it.” onnie said an important step in the healing process is telling your story. He also encourages others to “get out and sociali e.” or those trying to help the griever, onnie says, “ on’t push someone to try to talk about it. Let them speak their mind when they need to. It’s something you need to talk about but not something that needs to be drug out of you.” or the Rogers, RH is beginning a process of much needed healing, and they encourage others to seek the same solace. ach year, RH holds several events on holidays including Mother’s and ather’s ay, and at hristmas. Their annual hristmas andle Lighting will be held on ecember th at p.m. at the Union ank ommunity Room, in con unction with The ompassionate riends orldwide andle Lighting, which unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon. As candles are lit at p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon. Anyone who has lost a child, sibling, or grandchild too soon is welcome to attend. “ e will light a candle and say our child’s name,” explained iane Mathis, who heads up the group. “ ring your family and friends to share this remembrance with us. After the lighting we will stay and visit with others that understand.” or more information, contact iane Mathis at .


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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 November 26, 2107 Report was taken of a verbal altercation between neighbors in Mena. No charges have been filed at this time. November 27, 2017 eport was made of several unauthori ed transactions being made to a local woman’s debit card. Case is pending. A report was taken regarding unauthori ed transactions on a debit card. Case is pending further investigation. November 28, 2017 arah Mitchell, 2 , of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to pay fines and court costs. eport was made of unauthori ed transactions being made to a local woman’s debit card. Case is pending. Jamie Lee May, , of Mena was charged with theft of property shoplifting after officers responded to a call at a local thrift store. November 29, 2017 achel enise Crow, , of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to pay fines and court costs. eport was made of a local man repeatedly trespassing at a local residence. After a written warning, he returned. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. eport was made of someone coming into a local woman’s house and taking food items. Case is pending. mployees at a local convenience store reported a gas skip. Case is pending location and interview of suspect observed on surveillance tape. November 30, 2017 an Murphy, 2 , of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant for theft of property. December 1, 2017 Jimmy Lee right, 2, of Mena was arrested on a body attachment warrant. avid Odom, , Travis Mos, , li ah nider, , all of Mena, were cited for loitering. A local woman reported that her live in boyfriend was verbally abusing her. Case is pending location and interview of suspect. eport was made of an altercation be-

tween a local man and woman. o charges have been filed at this time. ecember 2, 20 enneth L. Clement, , of Mena was charged with , second offense.

Polk County Sheriff’s Department November 27, 2017 eport from complainant on Polk near ocky of the fraudulent use of a credit card, totaling charges at 2 . . nvestigation continues. eport of a disturbance on Polk 2 near hady Grove. eputy responded. nvestigation continues. eport from complainant on over treet in Hatfield of an unauthori ed person in a residence. nvestigation continues. eport from complainant on Jones Lane near Mena of the theft of a weedeater, valued at 0.00. nvestigation continues. eport from complainant on Polk ast near Mena of the theft of e uipment, valued at 0.00. nvestigation continues. Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas tate Police was Brandy . Taylor, 2 , of Hot prings, on Charges of Possession of Meth or Cocaine, Possession of rug Paraphernalia, Criminal mpersonation 2nd egree, and Obstructing Governmental Operations. Also arrested was ichard . Clift, , of Hot prings, on Charges of Failure to Maintain Lane, o Liability nsurance, riving with a uspended river’s License, Possession of Meth or Cocaine and Possession of rug Paraphernalia. Additionally arrested was Corey . Bellamy, 2, of Hot prings, on Charges of Possession of Meth or Cocaine and Possession of rug Paraphernalia. Arrested by an officer with the rug Task Force was antana . Vaughn, 2 , of Mena, on Charges of elivery of Meth or Cocaine and elivery of a chedule V Controlled ubstance. November 28, 2017 eport from a business on Polk 2 in Hatfield of the break in and theft of checks, cash and firearms. nvestigation continues. eport from complainant of the theft of a piece of e uipment led to a year old male being issued a Juvenile Citation for Theft of Property. The uvenile was released to the custody of a parent guardian. eport from complainant on Highway est near Potter of the theft of a chainsaw, valued at 0.00. nvestigation continues. Arrested by an officer with the rug Task Force was lan M. McMillan, , of Mt. da, on a Charge of elivery of Meth or Cocaine. November 29, 2017 eport from complainant on Highway

est near Mena of the theft of 0.00. nformation has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. eport from a ickes woman of problems with her year old son. eputies responded. November 30, 2017 eport of an unattended death on Polk near Acorn. eputies responded. December 1, 2017 Arrested was illiam J. Hanselman, 0, of Mena, on a arrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. eport from complainant on Highway outh in Cove of vandalism done to a bulldo er window, causing damages of 00.00. nvestigation continues. eport from a business on Highway outh in Cove of a hit and run accident. eputy responded. nvestigation continues. eport of a disturbance led to a year old male being issued a Juvenile Citation for isorderly Conduct. The uvenile was released to the custody of a parent guardian.

December 2, 2017 eport from complainant on Polk near Opal of the break in and theft of three firearms, valued at ,00 .00. nvestigation continues. eport from complainants on Polk outh near hady Grove of damage done to four mailboxes. nvestigation continues. Arrested was illiam Floyd, , of Cove, on a arrant for Failure to Appear. December 3, 2017 Arrested was Carl J. Madison, 2, of Glenwood, on a arrant for Felony Failure to Appear. Arrested was atina Maples, , of Mena, on Charges of and riving Left of Center. Arrested was Brannon . Parnell, 22, of Gillham, on a arrant for Assault st egree. Polk County etention Center Jail Population 2 ncarcerated nmates, with nmates currently on the aiting List for a tate Facility.


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ear after year, many of us probably remember dates from America’s history which are very significant, some of which have altered the course of history. One such date I include in this column every year. On December 7, 1941 the J apanese empire launched a surprise and unprovoked attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor and the Army Air Corps Base at Hickam Field, Hawaii. The attack commenced at about 7:5 0 am and by morning’s end there were approximately 2,40 0 people dead and 1,30 0 wounded, with 19 ships and more than 30 0 airplanes destroyed or damaged. These losses were devastating, dealing a huge blow to America’s Pacific eet and air power. ortunately, our aircraft carriers were not at Pearl Harbor. They would sail to fight another day, and that day and many more would come, first with the oolittle bombing raid on Tokyo the following April and then in J une when the American carriers would hand the much larger J apanese naval force a stunning and decisive defeat in the Battle of Midway. The attack on Pearl Harbor unified America as she had rarely if ever been, before or since. World War II was the most costly war in history; in lives, destruction, and far-reaching consequences. America’s “Greatest Generation” fought World War II on the combat front and home front, and it took commitment and sacrifice on both to achieve victory a victory which is one reason I have the freedom to write this and you to read it on this day. However, the war was not won by America alone. It also took strong and decisive leadership and resolve by other nations, especially Great Britain which had been in the war for several years prior to America’s entrance and for a while stood alone against the Nazis war machine. As Winston Churchill stated during some of Great Britain’s darkest hours: “Y ou ask what is our aim? I can answer in one word: V ictory. V ictory at all costs. V ictory in spite of all terror. V ictory however long and hard the road may be. For without victory there is no survival.” Ours may not be the greatest generations, but we must be great enough to make our own commitments and sacrifices needed on all fronts to preserve a free America a nation which needs to return to our Christian roots and heritage and rediscover a unity based on those principles of truth and freedom which we still have in common. R emembering such events as Pearl Harbor and 911 is always important because it serves as a reminder of the cost of our freedom and how fragile and vulnerable to extinction it is in the absence of vigilence from each generation. I would like to close with a brief excerpt from President Franklin R oosevelt’s address to Congress in the House Chamber on December 8 , 1941. “No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.... There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger. ith confidence in our armed forces with the unbounding determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God.”

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