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Mena Fire Chief Announces Retirement BY MELANIE BUCK • Mena Fire Department will soon have a ‘changing of the guards’ as long-time Chief John Puckett retires and Assistant Fire Chief Steve Egger will be promoted to fill his position. On March 3, 2017, Puckett will have been a part of the Mena Fire Department for 35 years, exactly. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

Airport Experiencing Surge in Growth BY MELANIE BUCK •

The Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport is experiencing a surge in growth as new hangars are being constructed and businesses are staying busy. With its sizable workforce, payroll and travelers through, the airport generates a very positive economic impact to the local community. CONTINUED ON PAGE 9

18-Wheeler Hits Bridge in Potter BY MELANIE BUCK •


Characters Raynerd Chism (far left), Justin Waverly (center), and Dub Dubberly (right) are pictured in a scene from Southern Hospitality, Ouachita Little Theatre’s latest production. The trio of men are portrayed by Larry Kropp, Chris Swanberg, and Lamar Austin, part of an exceptional cast directed by Scotty Jenkins. Reverand Justin Waverly has just been ‘hog-tied’ by Dub’s rambunctious twin boys as Raynerd tries to sell fried pickles from his little red wagon. The last performances will be held this weekend at OLT. See page 6 in this issue for show times and ticket prices.

Emergency personnel were dispatched on Monday around 1:30 p.m. after an 18-wheeler hit the bridge in Potter that stretches across Highway 71. The semi was traveling northbound when his front passenger tire hit the guardrail, sending pieces of debris flying. The driver of the truck was miraculously able to maintain enough control of the truck to miss the concrete part of the bridge structure and pull the tractor/trailer safely to the shoulder of the road. The accident caused a puncture in the fuel tank but only around 3 gallons was lost before emergency CONTINUED ON PAGE 10




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Burn Ban Issued for Polk County BY MELANIE BUCK •

burn ban has been issued for all of Polk County by Judge Brandon Ellison. Fire districts have reported dangerous conditions around the county following a long duration of dry weather. Ellison issued a statement that said the hazard potential to life and property are such that a ban has been issued for outdoor burning beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, February 9, 2017. On the day it was issued, many An Acorn firefighter battles a wildland fire after residents were not yet aware of the burning trash got out of control. ban, and firefighters in Mena and Acorn responded to residences that PHOTO COURTESY OF KRIS LYLE were taking advantage of nice weather and burning yard debris and trash to inform them of the ban. Around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Acorn Firefighters responded to a 911 dispatch call regarding an out of control fire. The homeowners were unaware of the ban and were burning trash. That fire scorched around half an acre. It took firefighters two hours to extinguish the flames and clean up any hotspots. Later that afternoon, Mena responded to a ditch on fire on Cherry Street. The burn ban will remain in place until further notice and is enforceable by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department. As of press time on Tuesday, February 14, there had been some rainfall, however Judge Ellison is waiting to lift the ban to see if more adequate rainfall is seen. Listen to KENA 104.1FM and check for updates as they are received.

Polk County Farm Bureau Donates Books to Local Elementary Libraries SUBMITTED BY RHONDA COON • Polk County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee


rkansas Farm Bureau recognizes the importance of educating Arkansas students about agriculture, including the many ways agriculture impacts student’s daily lives. To aid in this mission, Arkansas Farm Bureau offers a variety of educational programs. Recently, the Polk County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee has been distributing books to local school libraries. The donated book, First Peas to the Table, written by Susan Grigsby and illustrated by Nicole Tadgell, tells the story of how Thomas Jefferson inspired a school garden. At you can learn more about the many educational programs Arkansas Farm Bureau offers to teachers/students. Farm Bureau Women’s Committee member Carol Fields presents Louise Durham Librarian Tiffany Williams with the book First Peas to the Table, a story about how Thomas Jefferson inspired a school garden.

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HSO Receives $26,000 Grant for Low Cost Spay/Neuter Assistance

Riners Team Up as Guest Speakers at Lioness Meeting



umane Society of the Ouachitas (HSO) is excited to announce it received a grant of more than $26,000.00 from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, to support the low-cost “Spay Neuter Assistance Program” for Polk County pet parents! The PetSmart Charities grant will help subsidize spay and neuter costs, helping pet parents of lower income and, thereby, reducing the overpopulation of pets by preventing unplanned litters in the county in a humane way. HSO expects to be able to serve over 500 pets! By altering their pets, pet parents do not have to worry about dealing with an unexpected, unplanned litters of puppies and kittens, and the cost and stress to feed and find them homes. These free or low-cost spay/neuter surgeries are income based. For more information on how to apply for the Spay Neuter Assistance Program, please call the shelter at 479-394-5682. Various locations around Mena have Spay Neuter Assistance applications available, such as the public library, Department of Human Services, Department of Workforce Services, Mena Animal Control, Veterans Services, to name a few. Dr. Randy Burgess, DVM, of Mena, is a supporter of the Spay Neuter Assistance Program and will be providing the surgeries. You can download the simple one-page application from Simply fill out

Andy and Candace Riner, husband and wife team, served as guest speakers at the most recent meeting of the Mena Lioness Lions on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Candace is currently serving as Interim Director at Fresh Start Pregnancy Resource Center. She shared the programs and services they offer to the community, and how the faith-based organization is structured to meet the needs of the most critical cases. Fresh Start is a 501 C-3 non-profit ministry that provides many services to moms, dads, and babies in Polk County. Those services include: pregnancy tests, education information on fetal development, information regarding options, risks and consequences of abortion, referrals to healthcare facilities, maternity homes, and other community resources, Family support mentoring, First Time Mom Program, Life Skills Classes, and Earn While You Learn Program. The Mission of Fresh Start is to provide compassionate mentoring, practical help and accurate information to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies or past abortions; openly sharing the love, hope, and truth of Jesus Christ. The Pregnancy Resource Center is easy to find right in the city limits of Mena, at 1308 Hwy 71N, directly across the highway from Sun Country Inn in the Rock House. Fresh Start’s friendly, trained staff is available Monday – Wednesday from 9:30-5:30 and Thursday 1-5:30. You can reach them by calling 479-394-1186; email them at:; check out their website:; or Like them on Facebook. Andy is the Prosecuting Attorney for the 17th West Judicial District. He shared how his office works with other agencies in the county to find available resources to those who may be in many serious situations, including abusive instances. He also spoke of the vast amount of services that fall under the umbrella of the prosecutor’s office, including victim’s coordination and the hot check division.



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MRHS Emergency Department Certified as Trauma Center



he Emergency Department at Mena Regional Health System was recently designated as a Level IV Trauma Center. After review and verification of the qualifications and experience, the Arkansas Department of Health recognized this facility as having met the requirements necessary to participate as a state designated Trauma Center within the Arkansas Trauma System. Through its commitment to provide an advanced standard of care in the diagnosis and treatment of trauma patients, and active engagement in injury prevention and trauma system development, the facility demonstrated a commitment to improve the availability and quality of the trauma system for the people of Arkansas. The goal of the MRHS Emergency Department is to earn and keep your trust with timely effective emergency care for you and your family.

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OLT Gives Back; Prepares for Final Showing of Southern Hospitality


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uachita Little Theatre’s latest show, Southern Hospitality, held their opening shows last week, including a special showing for some community members. The show’s director, Scotty Jenkins, has pieced together an exceptional cast that delivers a side-splitting, knee-slapping performance that is a must-see! The first performance was held on Thursday as an invite-only show. Jenkins explained the theatre operates off of the generosity of the community. Individuals and businesses donate and purchase memberships and A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for Mena Spine and Rehab by that’s what pays the bills, as they say. the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce on February 2, 2017, to It isn’t often that OLT is able to return the favor. That’s why Jenkins decided to give something back. welcome them into the membership. Mena Spine & Rehab is located He invited the clients of Polk County Developmental Center to watch the show for free, including at 701 Morrow Street in Mena and specializes in spinal decompresfree popcorn and water. And they certainly enjoyed the show! sion and rehabilitation therapy. Audience members’ laughter filled the air as one stage character after another found themselves in wild predicaments, all while in the middle of trying to work together to save their town by impressing one little lady. The show centers around the Futrelle sisters from Fayro, Texas, a small town that is quickly losing residents. The sisters each have their own ideas of how to save the town, but center on one specific plan… to bring in a salsa factory that will provide the jobs needed to keep people in Fayro. The owner of the factory is set to arrive in a few days Interior/Exterior Lighting Design 17 Years Experience so they create the Fayro Days festival to impress the senorita. Home Theater/Intercom Installation The plans and mishaps that ensue are truly laugh-out-loud dilemnas. It would make in Industrial, Commercial the perfect date night or group activity and there is one weekend left to see it. Don’t Solar Energy and Residential miss the funniest show to hit the stage in some time! The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. on Generator Installation Electric Contracting Friday and Saturday, February 17-18, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 19. Tickets Fiber Optics are available at the door at $12 each for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Southern Hospitality kicks off the 2017 OLT season so 2017 season tickets will be honored. Security Cameras Contact Season tickets will also be available for purchase at the door. Kevin Fryar - 479-234-8636 Whole Home LED Upgrades Another attribute, aside from the cast, is immediately visible when presented with the Stetson Bissell - 479-234-5705 Industrial Control Wiring opening of the curtain. The beautiful set was constructed by Roscoe Splivins, Scotty to schedule an appointment. Jenkins’ alter ego, in his spare time. Electric Motor Applications

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Puckett’s interest in fire fighting began as an employee of what was then U.S. Motors. He was a part of the fire brigade at the factory and was trained by Odell Egger (Mena Fire Chief at the time, and also Steve Egger’s father). In 1975, Puckett attended the Fire Academy in Camden and said he was “instantly hooked.” His career as a fire fighter began in 1979 when he joined the Ink Volunteer Fire Department after attending the academy, on March 3, 1982 he was hired on at Mena. Becoming a “full-timer” in 1992, he transitioned to Chief in 2001. “We’ve had a great bunch of guys and they are just like family. I raised several of them. I know I helped raise him,” Puckett laughed while pointing at Egger. In fact, Steve Egger was raised in the fire department, literally. With his father being Chief, Egger’s family lived above the Mena Fire Department. He fondly remembers playing on the fire trucks as a young boy and riding in the parades. “My house was the place for all the best birthday parties,” Egger smiled. Egger said Puckett has “been a good leader, even prior to becoming Chief.” Puckett admitted that one of his worst fears as a leader was to have to tell a person’s loved one they had died or were hurt. “I never had to do that,” said Puckett. Egger believes one of Puckett’s largest undertakings were his duties during the 2009 tornado that ripped through Mena. “He was in charge of clean up and getting rid of debris, hiring crews, getting things back to normal. That was a chore. He served the community well during that time,” said Egger. Puckett was honored as The Pulse’s Citizen of the Year during that time due to his extraordinary efforts during on the community’s most devastating tragedies. Puckett is sure he is leaving the place in good hands. “I’ll miss it, there’s no doubt. I’ll miss the guys and fighting fire.” He plans to travel in his free time. Egger, being raised around the industry, carries a lot of knowledge with him to the position of Chief. Although right out of high school he chose another path, it eventually led him back to his roots. His career as a fire fighter began in 1984. “I realized I was missing out on the department,” he said and has been there ever since. His wife, Cindy, has also served as a volunteer for 28 years. Egger has no major changes or plans for the department. “I just want to continue to strive to make it a better community with the best services we can.” He said the comradery and “working with a group of brothers and sisters that all work hard for their community to keep it safe” is his favorite part of the job. “One of the most satisfying things is educating the kids at school. They are just like a sponge soaking it up.” Both men agreed that educating the community has cut back on calls over the years. A retirement party is being planned for Puckett on March 3, 2017 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Mena Fire Station #1 on DeQueen Street. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Hit and Run Claims Airport CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE Airport Manager Fred Ogden said the airport currently has 18-20 hangars, many filled with businesses, and it provides Life of Former around 300 jobs for community members. Not only do employees spend their hard-earned dollars in the community, travelers coming into the county via the airport also bring money to the local economy. Mena Resident In an Individual Airport Summary Report from 2006 (the latest data available), prepared by the Arkansas State Airport System, the

Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport (MEZ) had a total economic impact of $48,544,400. More than $14 million of that was in payroll alone. In the report, the State Airport System explained how the impact is attained. “Through a comprehensive survey process, the direct economic benefits related to on-airport business tenants and the indirect benefits associated with visitor-related expenditures were determined for each system airport. The total economic activity is the sum of all direct (on-airport), indirect (off-airport visitor industry), and multiplier impacts. The study finds that aviation-related businesses located on airports support thousands of jobs and produce billions of dollars of economic impact.” It also said the airport supported 824 jobs at that time, including those on-airport and off-airport jobs, in the local community and throughout other regions. In that same study, it showed the impact the aviation industry has across the state as well. In 2006, employees in the industry accounted for $1.3 billion in payroll and benefits. When compared with local payroll numbers, Mena’s airport accounts for 1% of aviation payroll and benefits in the state out of 91 airports. In a 2016 study conducted by Morrison Shipley Engineering Firm, who has consulted with the airport throughout the development of their 40-year Master Plan, the socio-economic factors were outlined. In 2014, MEZ was directly responsible for approximately 3% of jobs in Polk County. In the private sector, it makes up 4% of local jobs. In the City of Mena, the numbers grow to 13%, making up a large portion of the workforce. Also in Morrison Shipley’s report, they stated, “Airport tenants, businesses and management all indicated that there is substantial current demand to drastically expand business at MEZ. It is estimated that the various businesses would like to add approximately 110 jobs and develop multiple new hangars in the next 5 years at MEZ, through expansion of their current business activities – primarily maintenance, repair, paint, and overhaul services. This growth in employment and aircraft services would have a substantial effect on the local and regional economy, would lead to some increase in the number of aircraft operations, and could possibly increase the number of aircraft.” The increase is clearly being visible already. Mike Shepard, owner of a Douglas DC3, is currently in the construction phase of a new hangar to house the transport plane originally built in 1941. The construction is being completed by a local company, sending payroll dollars into local workers’ pockets and, thereby, also into the local economy. Hampton Aviation, which is located at the airport, is also in the process of building a new hangar. The new 110’ x 125’ hangar will be used for extra room needed by the company that performs maintenance, repairs, and paint jobs on aircraft as well as interior L.L.C. work. Ogden said that he believes one thing that makes Mena’s airport stand out above other Dr. Robert S. Williams, M.D. smaller airports is their Instrument Landing System. “A lot of bigger planes require the use All Major Insurance Accepted of ILS’s. I have seen planes safely land at Mena in rough weather because of the ILS.” 403-E N. Morrow St., Mena, AR 71953 Mena Airport Commissioner Jeff Montgomery added, “Ninety-five percent of all dollars 479-243-9024 that are brought into the airport by outsiders is spent in the local economy, generating a constant income in our economy. The value of our airport is huge.” New Patients And with their 40-year Master Plan in place and new developments being seen, the value of Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport will continue to grow in the coming years. Welcome

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A former Mena woman has become the victim of a fatal hit-and-run accident. Sandra L. Wagner, age 70, was residing in Alma, Arkansas and was said to be leaving an event at a local church. Wagner was walking along U.S. Hwy. 64 East when she was struck by an unknown vehicle that immediately left. Wagner was pronounced dead at the scene. ncer:The accident occurred around 6:50 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, 2017. Weather conditions were listed as clear on the police report, and road conditions were listed as dry. Police are searching for the suspect to get who is believed to be driving a white car with possible damage to the front. Police are also reviewing surveillance cameras near the scene.



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Hunter Honored State at Auctioneer Convention BY MELANIE BUCK


ocal auctioneer, Shannon Hunter, had a successful weekend while attending the Arkansas Auctioneers Association Annual Convention. Hunter brought home two trophies for her talents as an auctioneer. She was awarded 1st place in the 2017 Ringman Competition and 2nd Runner-Up in the Pro-Bid Calling Championship. She was also elected as an Association Board Member for a three-year term. Hunter said, “I couldn’t have done it without the support and encouragement of my family, my auction team, and my friends. I love you all so much. I am bringing new knowledge home to continue to provide our clients with the best auctions possible.” Hunter has been an auctioneer for almost 14 years and owns Hunter’s Auction Service in Mena, along with her husband, Ray. She is also a real estate agent with Holly Springs Real Estate in Mena. Hunter plans to go back to compete again next year. She said there are not a whole lot of women auctioneers in the south and that none had ever won the Pro-Bid Calling Championship. “I want to go back next year to win,” Hunter said. She added, “I really appreciate the support from our community. They have been real accepting, even when we first started. We have built our business up over the years and we try to give support back. We volunteer to do auctions for Lioness and the Chamber. I like to use my talents to give back to the community.”




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the application and mail or return to the shelter, email a scan or photo to tinasball@aol. com, or call the shelter and they will take your application over the phone! Thanks to PetSmart Charities, cost will no longer be a barrier for dog and cat owners who desire to spay or neuter their pets! HSO has been helping pets in Polk County since 1978. Its mission is to rescue unwanted pets and find them loving permanent homes. HSO also assists with spay-neuter services, and with animal cruelty/neglect cases, which most often take a ‘helping hand’ approach to resolution. PetSmart Charities aims to proactively prevent pet homelessness and assist pets in need through many efforts including facilitating adoption and increasing spay and neuter initiatives. With the help of its more than 3,000 animal welfare partners, including the Humane Society of Ouachitas, PetSmart Charities has funded more than 1.4 million spay and neuter surgeries in the U.S. since 2009.

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KING H. BISBEE Mr. King H. Bisbee, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away in the early morning hours of February 11, 2017 from a short bout with cancer. He was born in Pryor, Oklahoma to the late Lewis Henry Bisbee and Mary Lucinda Tucker Bisbee. King grew up in Depression style on a farm around Vandervoort, Arkansas. After working with the Civilian Conservation Corps at Shady, he entered WWII and served as a Flight Engineer on a B-24 bomber flying missions over Japan. Like so many soldiers of that era after the war, he immediately married his wartime sweetheart, Mary Katherine Hardy. They bought a farm near Vandervoort and had two sons, Ronald Gene and Lyndell Dee. Eventually they moved to Houston, Texas where King worked in a factory making wire rope and various other jobs for forty years. They enjoyed living close to Katherine’s family and fishing on the Texas coast. King’s favorite activity on the coast was dragging a shrimp net in the bay. After retirement, King and Katherine moved back to his beloved hills of Arkansas and settled in Mena. He became active in the Mena Elks Lodge and was recognized as the State Elk of the year for 1993-94 and served as Exalted Ruler for 2000-01. He was also a member of the American Legion and drove the DAV van carrying veterans to Little Rock for medical treatment at the VA hospital for a number of years. As a member of First Presbyterian Church, he served on the Session for a term. King was a very active man, never liking to just sit around. Mowing grass (4 acres), raising a garden, and cutting firewood for the fireplace was enjoyment for him. As was tinkering around in his shop fixing things and making cutting boards for his friends. He was always willing to use his many talents to help others with such things as building garages, fixing cars, or repairing lawnmowers. His parents preceded him in death, as well as seven of his siblings including: William Lewis (Bill) Bisbee, Leatha Lucinda

Sprinkle, Mary Irene Phyllis McElfresh, Walter James (Jim) Bisbee, Elsie Marie Daniels, Ralph Royce Bisbee and Lynn Holden Bisbee. He is survived by wife, Katherine, of 71 years; sons, Ron and his wife Brenda, Lyndell and his wife Carolyn; and sister, Ima Jean Davis of Pomona, California. Also surviving are four grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Beasley- Wood Chapel with Pastor Bill Seitz officiating. Interment follows in Witherspoon Cemetery in Vandervoort under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday evening, February 14th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Mena at 904 Church Street, Mena, AR 71953. Pallbearers will be Tommy Daniels, Nathan Bisbee, Jared Bisbee, Wayne Hardy, Bobby James, Mike Hardy and Nathan Cline.

MELVIN RAYMOND DAVISON Melvin Raymond Davison, Jr., age 70, passed away on Feb. 5, 2017 at home with his family. He was born to the late Melvin Raymond Davison, Sr. and Stella Johanna Nolte in Harris County, TX on Feb. 14, 1946. He was an independent, professional truck driver and heavy equipment operator who specialized in hauling super heavy loads and was certified to haul anything. He drove cross country and enjoyed taking his wife and children with him when the opportunity arose. He was an old-school biker, who owned several Harley Davidson’s throughout his life, and an award-winning custom-made bike. He loved taking his soul mate and wife, Robyn, on rides through the countryside. He was a Christian and a loving family

man who was always willing to help his family without hesitation. He was a man of strong faith and had the heart of a hero. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with family and friends. He was a free spirit, full of laughter and kindness. He loved his family unconditionally. He made friends with many, didn’t judge people, and was always quick to forgive. He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin, Sr. and Stella, a brother, John Dee Davison, an infant sister, Pauline, and his soulmate and loving wife of 32 years, Robyn Lynn Bledsoe Davison. He is survived by his son Harley Davison; daughters, Debra Davison Randles, Bonnie Davison Peterson, Jennifer Davison Zarnes, Amanda Davison Sorel, and Rebecca Davison Scull. He has 26 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren. The family is planning a memorial for Feb. 2018 and will announce details closer to time.

MADGE CARPER JOHNSON Madge Carper Johnson, age 94, of Mena Arkansas, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at St. John’s Home in Rochester, New York. She was born on September 25, 1922 in Hatfield Arkansas to the late Alex & Dora Carper. Her family moved to Mena when Madge entered high school. She worked for her family at their store in town called Carper-Dover Mercantile. She met her future husband, Ralph E. Johnson, Jr. in high school. After a few years in college and right after Ralph enlisted in the United States Air Force they were married on June 12, 1943 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After the war, they settled in Mena where they built their home on Magnolia Avenue and lived for over 50 years. She was an active member of the community where she was a Lioness, a member of the PEO Sisterhood, the Bill Spencer Sunday School Class, and the First United Methodist Church of Mena. Madge and her husband, Ralph owned and operated Ralph’s Buick Pontiac GMC Company on

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Highway 71 North in Mena for over 30 successful years. She lived her last remaining years in Rochester, New York. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, Gigi, sister, aunt and friend who will be missed greatly. Madge was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sisters, Maxine Hall and Taddy Magbee, and her beloved daughter, Dianne Dawn Johnson Pegg. Survivors include granddaughter, Emily Pegg Haines and husband Timothy of Pittsford, NY; son-in-law, William J. Pegg of Henrietta, NY; great-grandson, Jonathan J. Haines of Pittsford, NY; nephews, Howard Hall and wife Martha of Wylie, TX, Keith Wood of Bentonville, AR; niece, Lynn Ashley of Mena, AR; nephew, Ken Wood and wife Kathy of Prosper, TX; niece, Beth Strickland and husband John of Bentonville, AR; niece, Priscilla Hackney and husband Wes of Raleigh, NC; great-nephew, Wesley Hall and wife Suzanne of Russellville, AR; great-nephew, Brent Hall and wife Pam of Little Rock, AR; and many extended family and friends in NY, AR, OK, TX and NC. There was a Memorial Service in the Chapel at St. John’s, 150 Highland Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620 on Friday, February 10th at 2:00 PM with Reverend Chava Redonnet officiating. All family and friends are welcome. Funeral Services will be at 10:00 AM on Friday, February 17th, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church of Mena Arkansas with Pastor Ann Ferris officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Timothy Haines, Jonathan Haines, Howard Hall, Brent Hall, Wesley Hall, Ken Wood and Keith Wood.

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ouise Durham Super Students of the Week for February 6th are: Gavin Griffin, Jacob Holt, Kiera Killian, Mason Tomblin, Makenley Sullivan, Alec Erickson, Shayla Benson, Mason Holloway, Ty Thomas, Maxwell Dollarhyde, Camren Edwards, Hailee Pullen, Zoe Byrd, Aiden Whisenhunt, Patricia VanFleet, RoxAnne Ezell, Sergio Maldonado, Shooter Davis, Bryant Thomas, Tiffiny Cavelli, Hadassah Torres,Serenity May, Madison McWilliams, Stori Lindsey, Rayden Lopez, Hannah Hicks, Rebecca Cude, Abbigale Cook, Hailey Tosta, Kamryn Decker, Logan Winger, Kameron McDaniel, Jacob Smith, Ashton Nordyke, Ashton Loyd.

MENA PUBLIC SCHOOL’S BREAKFAST MONDAY 2/20 NO SCHOOL TUESDAY 2/21 Sausage pancake on a stick, Cocoa puff or Trix cereal bar, Scooby Doo or animal crackers, mixed fruit, fruit blend juice, milk WEDNESDAY 2/22 Southwest strata, Cheerio’s, Fruit Loops, string cheese, applesauce, orange juice, milk THURSDAY 2/23 Maple Blast pancakes, strawberry banana yogurt, Scooby Doo or animal crackers, raisins, cherry star juice, milk FRIDAY 2/24 Apple cinnamon muffin, Cheerio’s, Lucky Charms, string cheese, diced peaches, apple juice, milk MENA PUBLIC SCHOOL’S LUNCH SACK LUNCH THIS WEEK: HAM & CHEESE SANDWICH

HHE Continues in the Great Kindness Challenge H olly Harshman Elementary participated in the national Great Kindness Challenge throughout the week of January 23 - January 27. WE challenged our students to perform as many acts of kindness throughout the school, their homes, and in the community as they could. For each act of kindness WE added a link to our kindness chain. WE unveiled our chain of 1,262 links at an assembly on February 3, 2017. WE are so proud of the kind students at HHE. WE encourage everyone to continue performing acts of kindness throughout the year. In the words of the late Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a destiny.” WE hope that your kind thoughts and words become your destiny.

MONDAY 2/20 NO SCHOOL TUESDAY 2/21 Elementary: Salisbury steak, noodles, chicken tenders, green beans, red pepper strips, orange apple juice, milk. Middle School: Salisbury steak, noodles, BBQ rib sandwich, cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, popcorn chicken burrito, salads, sandwiches. High School: Salisbury steak, pizza choice, beef, chicken or cheese nachos, beef or chicken taco, BBQ rib patty sandwich, hamburger, chicken sandwich. WEDNESDAY 2/22 Elementary: Orange popcorn chicken, broccoli, cilantro rice, grape juice, milk. Middle School: Orange popcorn chicken, cilantro rice, beef & bean burrito, sandwiches. High School: Orange popcorn chicken w/ broccoli, cilantro rice, BBQ cheeseburger, beef or chicken tacos, bean quesadilla. THURSDAY 2/23 Elementary: Chicken penne rose pasta, hot dog, black charro beans, celery sticks, applesauce, orange juice, milk. Middle School: Chicken penne rose pasta, cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, chicken fajita, hot dog, salads, sandwiches. High School: Chicken penne rose pasta, hot dog, pizza burger, beef or chicken tacos, beef, chicken or cheese nachos, chicken fajita, pizza choice. FRIDAY 2/24 Elementary: Pepperoni pizza, chicken sandwich, baby carrots, coleslaw, fruit salad, juice, milk. Middle School: Chicken rice soup, sloppy joes, cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, nachos, chef salad, sandwiches. High School: Chicken rice soup, sloppy joes, cheeseburger, chicken tenders, pizza choice, beef & bean nachos, beef, chicken or cheese nachos, beef or chicken tacos. This weekly info proudly sponsored by:


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Acorn Elementary Students Make Pizzas with Chef Justin A

corn Elementary had 12 students that made the highest score on their ACT Aspire tests. As a result, they were able to make their own personal pizzas with Chef Justin from K-12 Culinary.

ACORN SCHOOL’S BREAKFAST MONDAY 2/20 Variety cereal, omelet w/ cheese, toast, variety fruit, yogurt, juice, milk TUESDAY 2/21 Variety cereal, super donut, sausage link, raisins, variety fruit, juice, milk WEDNESDAY 2/22 Variety cereal, biscuit & sausage, jelly, variety fruit, yogurt, juice, milk THURSDAY 2/23 Variety cereal, Mini chocolate donuts, variety fruit, yogurt, juice, milk FRIDAY 2/24 Variety cereal, biscuit & gravy, jelly, yogurt, variety fruit, juice, milk ACORN SCHOOL’S LUNCH MONDAY 2/20 K-6TH GRADE: Orange chicken, beef dippers, fried rice, steamed broccoli, oranges, salad bar, milk. 7TH – 12TH GRADE: Orange chicken, beef dippers, pizza, fried rice, steamed broccoli, oranges, salad bar, milk. TUESDAY 2/21 K-6TH GRADE: Cheeseburger, steak sandwich, fries, blackeyed peas, apples, salad bar, milk. 7TH – 12TH GRADE: Cheeseburger, steak sandwich, pizza, fried black-eyed peas, apples, salad bar, milk. WEDNESDAY 2/22 K-6TH GRADE: Chicken nuggets, turkey & cheese sub, corn, wheat roll, peaches, Jell-o, salad bar, milk.7TH – 12TH GRADE: Chicken nuggets, turkey & cheese sub, pizza, corn, wheat roll, peaches, Jell-o, salad bar, milk. THURSDAY 2/23 K-6TH GRADE: Vegetable beef soup w/ grilled cheese, chicken tenders, wheat roll, steamed carrots, pears, salad bar, milk. 7TH – 12TH GRADE: Vegetable beef soup w/ grilled cheese, chicken tenders, pizza, wheat roll, steamed carrots, pears, salad bar, milk. FRIDAY 2/24 K-6TH GRADE: BBQ chicken, popcorn chicken, green beans, wheat roll, mixed fruit, salad bar, milk. 7TH – 12TH GRADE: BBQ chicken, popcorn chicken, green beans, wheat roll, mixed fruit, salad bar, milk.

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HHE Launches Class Ambassador Program F

ollowing the suggestion of some of their 3rd graders, Holly Harshman Elementary is excited to roll out a new program - the Class Ambassador Program. A Class Ambassador helps visitors or new students learn their way around and keep new students company at lunch and recess. These very important helpers also explain classroom projects or displays to parents or visitors with questions. “Our Class Ambassadors go out of their way to make our new students and visitors feel welcome at Holly Harshman. WE are excited about this new program,” said HHE personnel. The inaugural group of Class Ambassadors are pictured: 5th Grade (l to r, standing) Brenden Ricker, Brady Montgomery, Caroline Cannon, Kiylee Hughes, Jancey Harris, and Nicholi Carillo; (l to r, sitting) Kaelyn Nichols, Hudson Vacca, Jaxon Baber, Amy Gragg, and Joseph Cude. Not Pictured: Haylee McCravens. 4th Grade: (l to r, standing) Emma Ferguson, Colten Quebedeaux, John Murphy, Kaeilor Hastey, Rylie Bentley, Alexis Clegg, Charleigh Self, and Abigail Koppein; (l to r, sitting) John Logan, Lauren Beck, Cooper Plunkett, and Scotty Gragg. 3rd Grade: (l to r, standing) Ryder House, Andrew Erickson, Riya Desai, Sawyer Golden, Anabelle Peters, Elliott Dugan, Eden Hooper, and Trinity Cude; (l to r, sitting) Zane McMellon, Kylene Denton, Gage Hicks, Kallye Gates, and Eli Goger. Not Pictured: Adam Hughes, Beck Vacca, Kili Cox, Chloe Stepp.

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Local Students Participate in Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom Contest

olk County Farm Bureau would like to thank all the local student participants in the recent Ag in the Classroom Coloring, Poster, and Essay Contest and extend congratulations to the local and state student winners. Winners of the contest were chosen at the county and state level and received a check from Farm Bureau at both levels of the competition. Winners of the Polk County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Coloring Contest Kindergarten to 2nd grade: 1st Place - Mariah Dilbert, 2nd grader at Louise Durham/Teacher – Trammel; 2nd Place – Bryant Thomas, 2nd grader at Louise Durham/Teacher – Wagner; 3rd Place – Eachan Helms, 2nd grader at Wickes/Teacher – Duggan. Winners of the Polk County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Poster Contest 3rd to 6th Grade: 1st Place – Mallory Farringer, 5th grader at Wickes/Teacher – Johnson; 2nd Place – Ale Rodriguez, 6th grader at Wickes/Teacher – Johnson; 3rd Place – Monse Salgado, 5th grader at Wickes/Teacher – Johnson. Winner of the Polk County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Essay Contest 7th and 8th Grades: Aryana Carter - 7th grader at Mena Middle School/Teachers – Swall, Rose. Aryana Carter, a 7th grader at Mena The above county winning entries were submitted for state level competition. Middle School - 2nd Place State Winner State Winners from Polk County: 1st Place State Winner Ag in the Classroom Coloring ConFarm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Essay test - Mariah Dilbert, 2nd grader at Louise Durham/Teacher – Trammel; 2nd Place State Winner Contest Ag in the Classroom Essay Contest - Aryana Carter, 7th grader at Mena Middle School/Teachers – Swall, Rose. In addition to congratulating the students with the winning entries and thanking all the students who participated, Polk County Farm Bureau would like to thank the participating local teachers. The Farm Bureau Ag in the Mariah Dilbert, a 2nd grader at Louise Classroom Program offers a variety of teacher Durham Elementary resources including teacher workshops, classroom materials, and garden grants. More information can be found at or by COSSATOT RIVER SCHOOL’S BREAKFAST contacting your local Farm Bureau office. MONDAY 2/20 Cereal bar, orange wedges, apple juice, milk

Public Invited to Science Fair at UA Rich Mountain T

he University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Science Club will host their 2nd annual Science Fair on Friday, February 17th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The science fair has several categories across several age groups including elementary to college level and homeschool students. There will be competitive and non-competitive exhibits on display. The event will be held in the Ouachita Center on the campus of UA Rich Mountain. Gaumani Gyanwali, science instructor at UA Rich Mountain encourages people to attend. “Anyone interested in science and science related projects is welcome to attend. Also, if there is an audience, that encouragement will support more interest and creativity in the exhibitors.” Gyanwali said there are a few more exhibitors than last year and hopes the program will continue to build each year. He also noted there are several cash awards given away to the winners. “If there continues to be more interest, we will continue,” he said. For more information, contact Gaumani Gyanwali at 479-394-7622, ext. 1339.

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Legend has it that there is a bar in New York where, in the Ladies’ Room, there is a very special mirror. If one stands in front of the mirror and tells the truth, one is granted a wish. However, if one tells a lie, *POOF* you are instantly swallowed up by the mirror, never to be seen again. A redhead of questionable looks walks into the Ladies Room and stands before the mirror and says, “I think I`m the most beautiful woman in the world.” *POOF* The mirror swallows her. Next, a rather large brunette stands before the mirror and says, “I think I think I`m the sexiest woman alive! *POOF* The mirror swallows her. Then an absolutely gorgeous blond comes in and stands before the mirror and says, “I think...” *POOF*


Kelsey and Lloyd Kendrick, of Cove, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on February 6th. Jessica and Seth Smith, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on February 6th. Kellie and Justin Loyd, of Grannis, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on February 7th.

No Limits W

e’re taught as small children to color within the lines – to stay within the margins. We learn our parents rules, the school’s rules, and of course, girls have there own set of rules but everywhere children look, there’s rules, margins, guidelines and we anticipate that one day when we achieve adulthood – all of those rules, margins, and guidelines will just disappear. As encouraging parents, we all do our best to inspire our children that there’s absolutely ‘nothing’ they can’t do, that there are ‘no limits’ to what they can attain, and then we follow that by doing all we can to help them achieve (fill in the blank here). And yet, so many times, our best intentions result in families being over-scheduled, over-drawn, over-financed and over-stressed. What sacrifices the most? Time together? Happiness? Contentment? Sometimes what matters the most is what gets sacrificed the fastest… completely unintentionally… all in an effort to have more… to have it all. So, I ask, is there really ‘no limit’? Time and finances seem to be where today’s families seem the most stretched beyond healthy margins. Over-scheduled and over-drawn is too often the norm for some families. We’re over scheduled to the point that from the minute our feet hit the floor, we’re running 90 miles an hour to not only make all of our commitments but to help every family member make their commitments… and when something goes awry… as it will… we literally DO NOT have a minute to spare to deal with it. We miss opportunities to speak an encouraging word, to give a few extra minutes to listen or even pray with someone who needs it, or our mood and disposition declines because we are so stressed to get to the next thing on our proverbial ‘to-do’ list. The same can be said about finances, to the degree, that so many times families are literally lighting a match to money when they cost themselves in over-draft fees, late fees, disconnect charges, overage after overage, and paying high-interest finance programs. It’s not even always about trying to have it all or have more… sometimes it’s justified that its ‘survival.’ It’s so easy for God to be shoved aside… and we end up sacrificing what we need first and MOST. God gives us the margins in which to live, but we have to practice it. When we honor God with the first of our week (Deuteronomy 5:12), the first of our day, (Mark 1:35) by spending time in His word, worshipping and praying, seeking His counsel – either time seems to multiply, or maybe He gives us better discernment of what we should commit – but it works! The same with our finances and to those saying, ‘there’s not enough left,’ I encourage you to consider not giving Him what is LEFT but give to Him FIRST (Matthew 6:21), because when we honor and live putting God first – there really is ‘no limit’ to His abundant blessings!

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Tigers Defeat Lions on Senior Night PCDC Athletes Attend STORY BY EASTON LEONARD | PHOTOS BY LEANN DILBECK Arkansas Special Olympics T

he Acorn Tigers hosted the Mt. Ida Lions on Senior Night, Tuesday February 7th, at Acorn High School. Acorn started the game on a 12-2 run, before the Lions called a timeout with 3:31 left in the quarter. Following the timeout, Acorn finished the first on an 8-6 run, taking a twelve point, 20-8, lead into the second quarter. Mt. Ida cut the Tigers lead down to six, forcing Acorn to called a timeout with 2:00 left in the half, and the score 29-23. After the timeout, the Tigers scored another three points and Mt. Ida scored another two before the first half came to a close with the score 32-25 in favor of the Acorn Tigers. Tyler Bates led the Acorn Tigers with 14 points, as Sparling led Mt. Ida with 14 points at halftime. In the third quarter, the Tigers continued to keep control of the game, outscoring Mt. Ida 14-10, to take a 46-35 lead into the final quarter of play. The Lions were unable to cut Acorns lead down below 10 as Acorn held on to win the game by 13 points, with the score 56-43. Sparling led the Lions with 18 points in the game, while McAdoo added on 10, Saylor 7, Ellison 4, and Carr and Ashely 2. Tyler Bates led Acorn with 18 points in the game as well, as Leo Jacinto scored 16 of his own, Aaron Bissell and Logan Frost 8, and Zak Abbott 6.

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Bearcats Take On Genoa Central On Senior Night BY EASTON LEONARD

ena took on the Genoa Central Dragons on Senior Night Friday, February 10th, at the Union Bank Center. The Bearcats set the tone early in the game, as Mena outscored the Dragons 17-5 in the opening quarter of play. Genoa Central couldn’t stop the Bearcats in the second quarter either, as they allowed Mena to score twenty-seven points to their four points. This gave Mena a thirty-five point, 44-9, lead at halftime. Allen, number twenty-two, led the Dragons with 4 points at the half, while Cross Hughes led Mena with 15 points. Mena continued to play great on both sides of the ball in the third quarter as the Dragons were held to only six points, while the Bearcats scored fourteen. The Bearcats held a 43 point lead going into the final quarter of play, with the score 58-15. The Dragons outscored Mena 15-9 in the fourth quarter, but ultimately fell short by 37 points, as the Bearcats went home winners by a score of 67-30. Woodle, number eleven, led Genoa Central with 11 total points in the game, as McCoy added on 5, Allen 4, Michaelis 3, Hughes and Cole 2, and Cobb and Brigham 1 point. Cross Hughes led Mena with 15 points, Connor Harvey and Zeb Wilson scored 6 of their own, Blake Seals and Darius Simms 5, Carson Cannon, Ty Cole, Brock Strother, and Austin Wagner 4, Nick Myers and Marc Wilson 3, and Aaron Thornsberry, number thirty-four, Jonathan Gunn and Zane Stephens 2. Genoa Central defeated the Mena Ladycats by a score of 57-31 on Senior Night as well. TOP RIGHT: Zeb Wilson pushes past Dragon defense for 2 of his 6 game points. BOTTOM RIGHT: Marc David Wilson celebrates scoring his first 3-pointer as a member of the Bearcat Senior High Basketball Team.


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The Acorn Junior Lady Tigers defeated the Kirby Lady Trojans 30-27 in the final round of the 1A-7W Junior District Tournament making them 2017 District Champions. The Acorn Junior Lady Tigers finished the season off with an overall record of 19-3. They are coached by Mike Jackson.

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son of Oscar & Veronica Ramirez

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n Senior Night, Tuesday February 7th, the Acorn Lady Tigers took on the Lady Lions of Mt. Ida at Acorn High School. Both Acorn and Mt. Ida shot the ball well in the first quarter, but the Lady Lions took a 14-17 lead into the second. The Lady Tigers took over the lead of the game with 3:17 left in the half, with the score 27-26. After taking the lead, Acorn finished the second quarter on an 11-6 run to take a six point, 38-32, lead into halftime. Smith led the Lady Lions at halftime with 15 points, while Faith Hill led Acorn with 14 points. Acorn started to extend their lead in the third quarter, forcing the Lady Lions to call a timeout with 2:24 left in the quarter, and the score 54-45. Following Mt. Ida’s timeout, both teams scored bucket after bucket before Acorn took a 61-53 lead into the final quarter of play. Mt. Ida started the fourth quarter on a 10-5 run, bringing the Lady Tigers’ lead down to three with 5:25 left in the game. With 1:15 left in the game, the Lady Lions tied the game at 71 points. Acorn called a timeout with 17.0 seconds left in the game, having possession of the ball, and the game still tied 71-71. The Lady Tigers passed the ball in and ran the clock down to just a few seconds before passing the ball to Faith Hill on the left side of the basket. She shot a jumper that bounced around the rim and went in, to win the game for Acorn as the buzzer rang. Number ten, Smith, led Mt. Ida with 30 points, as Wingfield scored 19 of her own, Whisenhunt 14, Fiovello 5 and Bates 3. Faith Hill led the Lady Tigers with 26 points, while Morgan Fagan added on 17, Brittany Wilhite and Makayla Anderson 8, Brooke Bates 7, Tori Barrett 5, and Braxlie Strother 2.

Eagles and Panthers Trade Wins in Two Nights of Action BY JAY BUNYARD


hat a difference a day makes! After the Ashdown girls upset Cossatot River 65-60 in Overtime on Thursday night, February 2, at Cossatot River High School, the Lady Eagles rebounded for a convincing 45-27 win at Parker Gymnasium in Ashdown on Friday night, February 3. The boys’ action turned around as well. After the Eagles claimed a 48-42 win on their home floor Thursday, the Panthers gained revenge with a 51-30 decision on Friday night. In the girls contest, the state-ranked Lady Eagles played shut-down defense. Ashdown’s Adaysia Thompson was held to six first half points Friday after torching the nets for 39 on Thursday. Cossatot River jumped to a 15-6 lead early in the second quarter and never looked back. The Lady Eagles outscored Ashdown 8-0 in the third quarter to blow the game open. Raegan Richardson and Ashlen Gonzalez led the way with 11 each, as the Lady Eagles improved to 21-3 on the season. Cambre McCollough led Ashdown with eight. In the boys contest, Ashdown raced to a 13-0 lead before the Eagles were able to put some points on the board. To Cossatot River’s credit, the Eagles outscored the Panthers 13-6 in the second quarter to pull to within 19-13 at the intermission. However, the Panthers dominated the second half to pull away for the victory. Ashdown, now 10-7 on Want to work in healthcare but don’t have the the season, was led in scoring by Jevon O’Guinn with 11. Chris Scroggins added nine. The Eagles, now 16-8 on the year, were paced by Trevon Broach’s eight. Cody Baker necessary training? chipped in with six.


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Acorn Knocks Out Umpire in First Round of District




Cossatot Juniors End Season at District The Cossatot Jr Boys beat Horatio 42-26 in opening round of District play in Genoa last week. High scorers for that game were Brian Strother with 17 points and Coy Frachieseur with 11. They advanced to the semi-finals round but were defeated by Prescott. Frachiseur led the team in that game, garnering 19 and Strother scored 10. The Cossatot Jr Girls beat Genoa Central, 44-26 during the early round. Kayla Richardson led the Jr. Lady Eagles with 18 points and Landrie Tadlock secured 15. The Jr. Lady Eagles were ultimately beat by Centerpoint in a nail-biter game, 37-34 Richardson continued to lead her team in that game as well, scoring 18 points again.

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he 1-A 7-West Sr. High District Basketball Tournament kicked off Monday night at Acorn High School. In the first game of the evening, the Dierks Outlaws defeated the Mt. Ida Lions. Following, the Kirby Lady Trojans defeated the Umpire Lady Wildcats by a score of 67-26. For the last game Monday night, the Acorn Tigers took on the Wildcats of Umpire. Both teams kept the game neck and neck in the first quarter, before Aaron Bissell shot a jumper at the buzzer, to put Acorn on top 13-11 after one. The Tigers started to pull away in the second quarter of play, outscoring Umpire 17-9, to take a ten point, 30-20 lead into halftime. Pinson, number 35, led the Wildcats with 11 points at halftime, while Leo Jacinto led Acorn with 12 points. Acorn continued to extend their lead in the third quarter, forcing the Wildcats to call a timeout with 1:06 left in the quarter, down by 16 points, 52-36. After the timeout, Umpire went on to score two buckets, but Logan Frost made an easy layup at the buzzer to put the Tigers up 14 points, 54-40, at the end of three. Nothing changed in the final quarter of play, as Acorn extended their lead up to 21 points with just a few minutes remaining in the game. When the final buzzer rang, the Tigers defeated Umpire by 17 points, 73-56. Pinson led the Umpire Wildcats with 31 points through the night, while Kesterson chipped in 14 of his own, Vaughn 9, and Strasner 2. Leo Jacinto led the Acorn Tigers with 20 points, as Tyler Bates added on 17, Aaron Bissell 14, Zak Abbott 7, Logan Frost 6, Matthew Chaney 4, Josh Swint 3, and Daniel Cottrell 2. The Acorn Tigers will face the Kirby Trojans in the second round, Thursday night at 5:20 p.m. on the campus of Acorn High School. The hometown Acorn Lady Tigers who received a bye, will play their first round in District action Thursday at 4:00 p.m. against the winner of the Mt. Ida versus Mineral Springs game.


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Thursday, 2/16 • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. – The Board Camp Baptist Church at 107 Country Road 63 will distribute food. • 10:30 a.m. – Gator & Friends will be performing at The Mena Senior Center. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/ Polk County will meet at Papa’s Mexican Café. Call Lisa Martin 216-3383 or Charles Pitman 216-4882 for more info. • 12:00 p.m. – Polk County Library Board will meet in the Susanna Mosley Community Room at the Library. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 5:00 p.m. - 9th Street Ministries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the 9th Street Ministries building. • 5:30 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas will meet at the Limetree Restaurant and will hold the annual election of board members. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s Meeting at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 6:00 p.m. – Acorn Water monthly meeting at the Water Office. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass


• MISS SWEETCHEEKS MALE BEAUTY PAGEANT will be hosted by the Polk County Heroes Relay for Life team on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Mena High School Performing Arts


and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. • 6:30 p.m. – Disaster Preparedness Group meets at Assembly of God Church, 2111 Sutherland Ave. in Mena. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:30 p.m. – Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 meets at the Mena Lodge located in the Old Post Office by Janssen Park. Friday, 2/17 • 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 and Friends will be playing at the American Legion in Acorn. $6.00 admission. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. Saturday, 2/18 • 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Dine and Dance at Double T Diner in Mount Ida. Loyd Knight and Friends to play. • 6:00 p.m. – Mena Church of God hosts Justin Todd Herod for a Christian country music concert with a message. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 479-2430297 or 479-216-4606. Sunday, 2/19 • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. Monday, 2/20 • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 12:30 p.m. – Cossatot Senior Center will have a Board Meeting. • 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Seventh-Day Adventist Church Food Pantry across from the Polk County Fairgrounds. Non-perishable food, personal care

items, and nutritional help. No one will be turned away. • 5:30 p.m. – Republican Party meets at Polk County Library, North Room. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 6:30 p.m. – The Lady Ouachitas will meet at the Bear State Bank Main Branch. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Ouachita Beekeepers Association meeting at Union Bank. Tuesday, 2/21 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardener Community Men’s Breakfast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena St. Bring your current project and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Hatfield Branch library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. – T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union Bank Community Room for weigh-ins, followed by a meeting. • 7:00 p.m. – The Marine Corps League Detachment will meet at Lighthouse Fitness. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for families of addicts and alcoholics meets at the ABC Club. • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Bluegrass music at Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room. • 7:30 p.m. – Mountain Meadow Masonic Lodge #218 will meet at the Hatfield Lodge. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479-2342887 or 479-234-3043. Wednesday, 2/22 • 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 Youth 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. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 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 3945655 for more info.

February 15, 2017



Mena High School Senior Night Alex Bazygin

Ansley Simmons

exchange student of Rick & Michelle Yahn

daughter of Jennifer Simmons

Darius Sims

Kelsey Wiggins

son of Donny & Jodie Hunt

daughter of Mark & Sandra Wiggins

Hajin Kim

exchange student of Angel & Alicia Villalpando

Evie Smith

daughter of Van & Kathy Smith

Marly Jones daughter of Leslie & the late Chris Jones

Reagan Sikes

daughter of Mitch & Sherri Sikes

Olivia Cannon

daughter of Matt & Leah Cannon

Pedro Vieira

exchange student of Dwight & Pamela Curry

Austin Wagner

son of Kevin & Sara Wagner



February 15, 2017

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Terri Neugent- Honored Volunteer Driven to Serve the Community



s communities join together for long-standing traditions and new festivities, few recognize the amount of work “behind the scenes” and attention to detail that assures its success. Many times, these people are paid but more often than not in small rural communities, such as in Polk County, they are volunteers that are driven to give back to their community and to showcase it to others. Such is the case with Terri Neugent who devotes many hours to serving the residents of Mena as both an alderman on the Mena City Council and on the Mena Advertising and Promotion (A&P) Commission. Terri, recently the recipient of the Arkansas Festival & Events Association’s [AFEA] Volunteer of the Year award, has always loved the feeling of giving back to the community. “In whatever way possible, I want to be a part of helping Mena move forward,” says Terri excitedly. In both areas that Terri serves, City Council and the Advertising & Promotion Commission, attention to detail is beneficial. Before moving to Mena, Terri lived in Fort Smith, where she graduated from Northside High School and later went to work in the banking world. She started as the branch secretary, managing new accounts among other things, and then due to her hard work and attention to detail, Terri was promoted to the main bank to assist the Vice President of Lending. Terri took some time away from the banking world to stay at home with her kids, but upon arriving back in the banking scene, she found herself back in the familiar world of commercial lending. All of her banking experience, 25 plus years in all, has really grown her heart for seeing projects through and has prepared her for the public service she now finds herself in. Terri isn’t the only one in her family who is in the role of public service. Her husband, Jim, currently serves on Polk County’s Quorum Court. “I am really proud of the work we are both able to do in the community. Jim has served on the Quorum Court since 1989 except for two years,” says Terri. Originally, City Council wasn’t on her radar, it wasn’t something she had ever considered. Terri explains, “My husband and others were encouraging me to run for city alderman, they were so supportive so I stepped up the plate.” Upon her election, she was quickly appointed as the Chair of the Fire and Law Enforcement Committee and then shortly after, Terri was appointed to the Advertising and Promotion Commission. Terri currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Advertising and Promotion Commission, a position she is grateful to serve. “In this position, I have the wonderful opportunity of helping people outside of Mena come and experience all the wonderful things that Mena has to offer,” says Terri. Details often sound like labor, but for Terri, she loves digging into the details. City Council serves as the legislative branch of the community, a responsibility that she takes seriously. “Our job is to be as thorough as possible. This means that I do my homework, I am reading and staying up to date on the laws. I want to take my job seriously because people put me there.” Terri has served in a plethora of roles in the Promotion Commission, sitting on several of the committees. Some of the events that she has helped with include the 4th of July fireworks, the Christmas Festival and light show, but most notably, the Lum and Abner Festival. Her help with each of these events is part of what earned the attention of people around the state and the recognition needed to win the AFEA Volunteer ALFiE Award. “I have really loved being a part of planning each of these events. I enjoy all the aspects of what we are doing,” says Terri. Terri enjoys all the events that the City plans, but she especially enjoys the Lum and Abner Festival. Not only is the festival great for families and people in the community to enjoy, but it helps stimulate the local economy with visitors. “When we are able to plan and market what is happening in Mena, we are able to bring a lot of people here. That helps local businesses and the local economy,” explains Terri. Not only does she enjoy the ‘details’ and ‘business’ of putting together the festival, she loves the people involved. “I’ve always tried to make a point of getting to know our vendors that come in. Many of them have come each year and have said that it is their favorite festival. Talking with them feels like talking with family,” says Terri with a smile. Terri and Jim, now both retired from banking careers, both share a great love for Mena, excitement that is evidenced through her service to the community in City Council and as Mena Advertising and Promotion Commissioner. “We have a great community and a lot to offer to tourists. It is my desire and plan to help move Mena forward as the great community that it is,” says Terri excitedly. Her passion for the community and surrounding area is evident, “Each week Jim and I drive up the mountain just to enjoy the beautiful area we live in. We love everything about Mena, especially the people around us that we are fortunate to know.”

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A-Z Rental - The Big Toy Store for Contractors & Weekend Warriors




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very year at this time, folks are gearing up for their latest remodel or home project. The nice Spring weather and tax returns make this an ideal time to finish that big weekend project, or the honey-do’s. In whatever situation, help is just down the road. Steve Graves at A-Z Rentals has all the rental equipment that anyone will need to complete their list of projects, even experienced contractors. There is equipment from small to big that is sure to make those Spring and Summer projects easier. Steve and his wife, Angie, are recognizable faces in the community after serving the people of Mena and Polk County in the dry cleaning business. They owned and operated K&K Cleaners for 21 years before selling out. Steve and Angie’s kids, Leslyn, Ben, and Ross, spent much of their time at the cleaners with Mom and Dad. “We had a good time down there with them. We had a play area in the back for them that they could have all their toys in. It was like spending each day together,” recalls Steve. While raising their family, the Graves were actively supporting and volunteering with their childrens’ sports. People could often find the Graves at a ball game with one of their kids, or Steve could be seen at the Aubrey Tapley Baseball Park volunteering his time. In 2008, when the rest of things were slowing down in the economy and things were moving slower at the cleaners, Steve began to think about other areas to work and give his time. “We love Mena and the people here. We didn’t want to leave and I wanted to do something a little different so we kept our eyes open,” says Steve. Shortly after this, the property and buildings that sit on the A-Z rental site were for sale and Steve was interested. After much thought and consideration, Steve purchased the business and began his work. “I was excited about starting, I have a back ground working in mechanics and with equipment and so I thought it could be fun,” recalls Steve with a smile. A-Z Rental is a one stop shop for all your project needs. If painting is the next thing to check off the list, Steve has paint sprayers that can make the job easier. Maybe the job is a little bigger, Steve has scissor lifts and boom lifts to help get you to the height needed for repairs. There is equipment of all sizes and for all projects, Steve will have something to meet the needs of the customer. “We have a variation of equipment, anything from a chainsaw to an excavator.” Not only does Steve rent equipment for the weekend warriors finishing their project, but he welcomes contractors as well. “Often, contractors need equipment from a new job and rather than having to bring it in from somewhere else, I can get them what they need here,” explains Steve. Not only is there a great selection of equipment and tools that may be needed, Steve is committed to making sure that each customer leaves comfortable knowing how to operate the equipment. “I’ve done my homework on our equipment and know the maintenance and care they need. Before each customer leaves I walk them through exactly how to use the rental so they feel comfortable.” To ensure that the job gets done correctly, Steve has assembled a good line of equipment to be rented. His background in mechanics and equipment gives him the knowledge needed to access the quality of the equipment. “Before any piece of equipment is rented and goes out, I inspect it to make sure it is up to my standard and is ready for the work. Only then, do I allow it to be rented,” says Steve. One of the things that Steve enjoys about the rental business is helping people finish their projects. He doesn’t just rent them equipment to do this, Steve loves sitting down with people to look at what they are working on so that he can ensure they get the best help and tools necessary. Steve says, “When I get the opportunity to work with somebody that is trying to finish their remodel project and I feel like I was able to help, that’s what it is about.” Whether it’s contract work, or finishing the last task around the house, Steve at A-Z can help you finish well. It’s easy to rent, drop in and see Steve or give him a call, and reserve tools and equipment today! Rental prices are based on daily use, equipment can • Anxiety be reserved for one day, or a week to finish the big projects. “Come in and see me, we • Depression will have something to make whatever it is you are doing easier,” says Steve. A-Z Rental is located on Highway 71 just behind Sweet Peas Photography and is • Difficulty Managing Stress opened 7:30-5pm. Drop in to see the rental equipment selection, or give Steve a call at • PTSD 479-394-1300.


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National Family Caregiver Support Program

Caregiver Support Meeting • February 16, 2017 at 11:15 am

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February 15, 2017

BUSINESS & FINANCE Tech Goals to Save Money and Make Life Easier

(Statepoint) - These days, the average consumer needs to budget for a variety of tech-related expense from data plans to cable bills. These monthly expenses quickly add up. Here are a few smart strategies for saving money on these budget line items, as well as tips for avoiding common pain points and consumer grievances: • Know what you’re paying for. Many tech-related monthly bills contain hidden fees and fine print. “Your mobile bills are some of the most complex. From paying for bits and bytes to hidden fees, the advertised low monthly payment never seems to materialize on your statement,” says Andrea Smith, technology expert and journalist. In an average year, consumers pay more than $17.2 billion in taxes and fees to the wireless carriers. Often they don’t even know what these fees are for! To save on your bills, look for transparent billing practices, like those that include all taxes in fees on statements and don’t charge you a penny more than promised. T-Mobile’s unlimited monthly plan, T-Mobile ONE, now includes all taxes and fees in the pricing. It’s one of the only wireless providers who guarantee that the price you are advertised is the price you pay. • Treat your data as a egy right, not a privilege. It is predicted the majority of TV will be viewed on mobile devices this year, so be prepared to your use more data each month than ever before. One key tip: connect your mobile devices to Wi-Fi whenever possible. If excess data charges constantly turn your family’s wireless bill into a monthly nightmare, find an unlimited plan or a wireless provider that doesn’t charge overages so your leisure activities aren’t counted against you. Right now, T-Mobile is offering a family of four unlimited data for $40 per line, with taxes and fees included in that price, so there cost, are no bill surprises. The plan also pays $10 back each month to customers who use less than 2GB. . • Help technology help you.These days, mobile apps can help you track spending and some can even help you save. For example, Mvelopes, a free budgeting app, helps users avoid over spending by offering real-time updates ased as purchases are made. Other apps such as Mint, give users an opportunity to check credit scores and automate bill payments. To learnRetired. why consolidating You’re . • Look for rewards, and then take advantage of them. When choosing your accounts to Yourretirement Money Isn’t. service providers, seek out reward programs like the ones you find for credit cards. Some tech companies offer customers exclusive deals on ard Edward Jones makes sense, To learn why consolidating your retirement accounts entertainment, dining and more when you download an app or sign up for to Edward Jonesyour makes sense, contact your Edward ay. contact Edward Jones Jones financial advisor today. the program. For example, the T-Mobile Tuesdays app features weekly financial advisor today. free offers and discounts to customers from partners including Fandango, Lyft, Wendy’s, Shell Gas, and more. • Evaluate your needs and slim down accordingly. Do a tech audit. Are Ginger Sterner Financial Advisor you really using that cable or landline service enough to make the expense worthwhile? Could you be a cord cutter and just use streaming video ser501c Hwy 71 North Mena, AR 71953 vices for TV? Evaluate your consumption for a month and determine if you 479-394-7940 actually use all the services that you pay for each month. As we all come to rely more on our technology, it can be easy to pay extra fees blindly. Becoming an informed consumer can help take on any potential challenge or unexpected change.

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iffany Lane is a woman of many talents, and she generously shares many of them with Mena. She owns a successful Century 21 real estate business; she is President of the Mena Rotary Club; she is on the board of Lioness; she is Secretary for the Mena Depot Commission; she plays piano at Christ Community Fellowship; she is in a backup band for rock/country singer Lana Gail Coogan; she is on the board of directors for the Mena Art Gallery and active on several committees for them. And she is an incredibly talented artist working in pastels. She has won awards at the gallery in both the Ouachita Expressions regional competition and the 2016 Art of the Heartland national competition. She also recently won a third-place award in a National Pastel Artists competition. All of this in her almost non-existent spare time! She took a series of art classes with her mother’s pastel instructor, Fran May, when she was 19. Tiffany’s mother is also a pastel artist and said Tiffany showed an interest and ability in drawing from the time she was a small child. Tiffany says, “I’m surprised at my ability—that I can do what I can with art. I think it is just something in me that has to come out. When I start making a lot of effort or if I don’t work fast, that’s when I mess it up.” January 2016 Her first painting, a seascape that still hangs on her office wall, is 6, a beautiful job. She says, “I think I was just meant to do it—something in me forcing its way out.” We are all looking forward to seeing more of Tiffany’s work in the future.


ehind the main display area at Mena Art Gallery, you will find a variety of work by local artists. There are affordable, original paintings and drawings; small editions of photographs, note cards, and prints; beautiful handmade jewelry, and a variety of other items, all handcrafted, one of a kind little jewels. Looking for a thank-you gift for a friend? Is there a birthday coming soon that you’d like to celebrate? Or just looking for the perfect something to complete the décor of a room at home? You just might find it here. All of the items on sale, are by gallery members, and all sales help to support your local artists and gallery so that we can continue bringing you fun and educational events ,as well as great exhibits like the annual Young Artists show, national shows, and so many others of interest. We invite you to come have a look, experience your gallery, and see what treasures you can find.

Meet the Artist: Tiffany Lane




his is the time of year when the sweet tooth is craving something it has been accustomed to for a very long time. Most of us are so familiar with it that we knew what kind we were going to order well before the sales began. It is an American tradition that dates back many years, and it has secured a place in our society and culture which has no equal. By now you have probably guessed that I am referring to Girl Scout Cookies. The history of Girl Scout Cookies is a long and interesting one. Their earliest beginnings were in the kitchens and ovens of the Scouts’ homes, with moms volunteering as helpers and technical advisers. Five years after Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouts in the United States in 1912, the sale of cookies as a way to finance troop activities began when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project. In July 1922, The American Girl magazine, published by Girl Scouts of the USA, featured an article by Florence E. Neil, which provided the first Girl Scout (sugar) cookie recipe. However, throughout the 1920s, Girl Scouts in different parts of the country continued to bake their own simple sugar cookies with their mothers and with help from their community. Girls held their first sale of what they specifically called Girl Scout Cookies in Philadelphia in 1933. In 1935, the Girl Scout Federation of Greater New York raised money through the sale of commercially baked cookies. Buying its own die in the shape of a trefoil, the group used the words “Girl Scout Cookies” on the box. In 1936, the national Girl Scout organization began the process of licensing the first commercial bakers to produce cookies that would be sold nationwide by girls in Girl Scout councils. Girl Scout Cookies sales were halted during World War II when sugar, flour, and butter shortages led Girl Scouts to find an alternative product to sell for fund raising. So, the first Girl Scout calendars were sold in 1944. After the war, cookie sales increased, and by 1948 a total of 29 bakers were licensed to bake Girl Scout Cookies. During the 70 years since, many changes have taken place – from improving packaging, to adding new flavors, to expanding sales, to utilizing digital technology, to improve marketing strategies and train girls in entrepreneurship. From the very beginning, the Girl Scout Cookie Program has been the engine that powers Girl Scouts. Without this program, Girl Scouts could not have the resources to function optimally, locally and at all levels. Girl Scout Cookie sale revenues have been benefiting communities and beyond in ways which most of us are unaware of, such as contributing to law enforcement needs and creating care packages for patients at local children cancer centers. In 2001, Girl Scout Cookies were delivered to United States military personnel around the globe. In 2010, cookie earnings were used to send care packages to victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti and to victims of Superstorm Sandy in 2012. These are but a few examples. This year, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scout Cookie beginnings, may we continue to invest in girls and young women who desire to learn and grow and 2 make their communities and world a better place. I know for sure those cookies have made my world a better place! January 6, 2016 Weekly Publication

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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 February 5, 2017 Report was made of a renter having items removed from her house without her permission. Case is pending. February 6, 2017 Melissa Turpin, 42, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant from the Polk County Sheriff’s office. A local woman reported that she is being harassed and that a former boyfriend has vandalized her vehicle. Case is pending. A local bank reported that they had received a ten-dollar bill and a five-dollar bill that were counterfeit. Case is pending. February 7, 2017 Michael Trivette, 25, of Mena was arrested and served four outstanding warrants for failure to pay fines and court costs from the Mena Police department. David Andrew Ward, 47 of Cove was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Barbara Connell, 25, of Mena was served an outstanding warrant for parole violation. Report was taken of an altercation between a local man and woman. No charges were filed. February 8, 2017 Report was made of a verbal altercation between two Mena men regarding a dog. Case is pending. A local man reported that he had been bitten by a dog at a residence where he was doing repairs. Case was referred to animal control. A local woman reported that someone had taken several prescription pills from her purse. Case is pending. A Mena woman reported that someone had stolen a Honda Rubicon four-wheeler and trailer from her business. The vehicle was entered in ACIC as missing. Case is pending. Wade Roger Stewart, 42, of Mena was arrested and charged with third-degree battery after a call to a local residence. February 9, 2017 A local woman reported that someone had stolen an advertising flag from her business. Case is pending further investigation. A Mena man reported that someone had broken into his house by bursting the wood on the doorjamb. Case is pending. February 10, 2017 Laura Kay Giesel, 45, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Owner of a business at the airport reported several items had been stolen. Case is pending.

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February 11, 2017 A 12-year-old Oden boy was charged with theft of property (shoplifting) after a call to a local retail store. He was released to his parents and the case has been referred to juvenile authorities. Polk County Sheriff’s Department February 6, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 16 near Cove of being harassed by an acquaintance. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from complainant near Hatton that equipment had been tampered with by unauthorized persons. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Arrested was Amber R. Thomasson, 34, of Mena, on a Warrant for Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Arrested was Jeffery M. Prine, 51, of Cove, on Charges of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Additional information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. February 7, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 288 near Cove of problems with a neighbor’s dogs. Deputy spoke with the owner of the animals. Report of a disturbance on Polk 41 near Potter led to the arrest of William W. Wecker, 38, of Mena, on Charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Public Intoxication. Also arrested was Andrea D. Cowden, 55, of Mena, on a Charge of Public Intoxication. February 8, 2017 Arrested was Bobbi S. Roper, 36, of Cove, on a Warrant for Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Request for assistance on Highway 4 West near Cove with an unresponsive person. Deputies responded. Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Fernando F. Diaz Deleon, 34, of Cove, on two Body Attachment Warrants. February 9, 2017 Arrested was Rocky E. Daugherty, 24, of Mena, on a Body Attachment Warrant. Arrested was Jesse E. Saxour, 28, of Mena, on a Bench Warrant. Arrested by an officer with the Drug Task Force was Britney L. Yates, 27, of Mena, on a Warrant for four counts of Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud. February 10, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 290 near Cove of being harassed by acquaintances. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from complainant on Polk 76 West near Mena of the theft of $220.00 in cash. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Stone Lane near Acorn of a missing vehicle led to the arrest of Roy R. Savage 2nd, 25, of Mena, on

Charges of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Public Intoxication and Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Joseph S. Langford, 31, of Hot Springs, on a Warrant for Theft. Arrested was Gena L. Whichard, 47, of Hot Springs, on a Body Attachment Warrant. Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Kenneth W. McCormick, 22, of Grannis, on a Warrant for Probation Violation. February 11, 2017 Report of a disturbance on Pioneer Lane near Potter. Deputies responded. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 136 near Cove of the break-in and theft of a cell phone, valued at $200.00. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Robert A. Youngblood, 38, of Watson, OK, on a Charge of Criminal Trespass. February 12, 2017 Report from complainant on Gold Lane near Potter of the theft of heavy equipment. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Highway 71 South in Hatfield of vandalism done to a sign,

causing $250.00 in damages. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Highway 375 East near Mena of damage to a window. Investigation determined the damage was accidental, caused by a neighbor. Report from complainant on Highway 8 East near Mena of the theft of timber. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 76 East near Mena of vandalism done to a vacant residence. Investigation continues. Report from Mena Regional Health System of a battery victim. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report of a disturbance on Polk 41 South near Potter led to the arrest of Danny A. Holliday, 48, of Mena, on a Charge of Disorderly Conduct. Traffic stop on Highway 71 North near Mena led to the arrest of Janet A. Marcantel-Hebert, 55, of Mena, on Charges of DWI, Driving Left of Center, No License Plate and No Liability Insurance. Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked one vehicle accident this week.Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 26 Incarcerated Inmates, with 5 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

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Ad deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday. Payment is due with ad. Publishing and distributing 8,000 copies weekly. For Sale: 2013 Ford F150 FX4. $31,000 Miles. Nice truck. 479-234-1471. 3/1 J & L Café – Mena Mini Mall – Corner of Mena & Sherwood. Phone 479-216-8845. 8:30 am – 3 pm. Closed Thursday. Monday Breakfast $3.00. Wednesday Pork Day Dinner. Friday Codfish Fry Shrimp Basket. Sunday waffle with fruit. 3/8 Booth Rent Available – Apply for this. Special offer you can’t refuse. Call Josette Douglas. Mena Mini Mall. 479385-5211. 2/15 Dugan Lawn Care and Landscaping a complete ground maintenance company serving both residential and commercial customers. NOW TAKING NEW CLIENTS FOR 2017! Time to trim up crape myrtles and ornamental grasses. Office in both Mena: 479-394-2699 and DeQueen: 870-279-2250. TFN HOUSE FOR RENT: country living in Big Fork on 3 arces. 2 bedroom – W/D – A/C. 2 vehicle carport – RV storage. Kitchen with range, refrigerator & custom cabinets. RV Storage – 2 car carport and shop. Call & leave a message for more information. 479-394-2018 or 501-961-1227. 2/22 A New Year’s Resolution you will want to keep… Earn your GED or improve your employability skills. Day and Night Classes Available. Free Classes – Free Books. GED Test is only $16.00. Classes in Mena, Mt. Ida, and Waldron. Call 479-394-7622 ext. 2309 for more information. Ad paid for with funds from the Department of Career Education. UA Rich Mountain is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. 2/15 Dine and Dance Dat. Feb. 18th 5:00 to 8:30 at the Double T Diner, Mt. Ida AR Hwy 270. Loyd Knight and Friends. Loyd Knight, Mena, AR lead singer, Roy rogers, Checotah, Ok. Singer. John Turk, Mena, AR on bass, Johnny Cottrill, Muskogee, Ok on lead guitar, Max Crosby, Morris Ok on steel; Jake Powell, Mt. Ida, AR on drums, See you there! 2/15 House Cleaning and more. Call Winnie Cotter at 2343418. 2/15

Help: Are you looking for a way to help support your community? Are you willing to volunteer 2 to 4 hours a week helping your fellow citizens? If so, Mena Regional Health System needs your help. Call 394-6100 Ext: 2378 to find out how you can help. 2/15



FOR SALE: Whirl Pool Cook Stove – bought new – used only 1 year. 4 burner, burns natural gas or propane. Great condition. $250. 479-216-7223. 2/15

NOTICE FOR INSURANCE BIDS Mena Regional Health System is seeking bids for insurance to cover the following: Property, EDP & Equipment, General & Professional Liability, Automobiles, D&O/EPL, Storage Tank Liability, Heliport Liability, Crime, Fiduciary Liability, Cyber Liability, and/or Executive Protection Coverage. Please submit qualifications and license with bids. All information needs to be submitted in writing to Administration, Mena Regional Health System, 311 North Morrow Street, Mena, Arkansas 71953 by noon on Wednesday, April 25, 2017 by either mail or hand delivered to the administration office. Sealed bids will be opened at 5:30 pm meeting on Thursday, April 27th. Please contact Ewanta Turner or Jay Quebedeaux for Insurance Matrix packet for bidding or questions at 479-243-2237. 2/15

Big Moving Sale starts February 15. 7675 Hwy 71 South in Wickes. Two big entertainment centers, three kitchen tables, coffee table, two end tables and other stuff. 3/8

Clean and comfortable housing since 1969, J. Ray & Maria’s MH Park and Rentals. Hwy 71 North, Mena, AR. 479-216-3085 TFN

FSBO 5.75 acres. Board Camp, AR. Lots of timber. 40 ft storage container. Area for building. Productive well. New 200A electrical service. $25,000 with container. $22,000 without. 479-437-3886. 2/15

Yard Mowing, weed eating, bush hogging, handyman services, power washing, garden plowing and tilling. Have tractor with implements for larger jobs. Bill Duff. Call 479216-5204. 2/8

THE WALL THAT HEALS (Vietnam War) Coming to Mena in March. Volunteers needed to help wall crew. Call 479234-0800. 2/22

For Sale: 2,400 sq.ft. brick home. Almost 2 acres in town. Needs a little TLC. $90,000. 479-234-1471. 3/1

Daniel’s Carpentry and Painting, home repair, decks, fence rows, underpinning, etc. Also lawn and garden work. Call 870-334-2068. 2/15 2010 Honda Accord, 69,000 miles, new tires, great condition and gas mileage, $10,500. Call 479-234-6242 2/15

Cossatot River School District is accepting proposals for the remodeling of one of its elementary buildings located at Vandervoort, AR. The building requires sheet rock hung to the walls of several rooms as well as taped, bedded, and painted. For further information, please contact Mr. Randell Baker at 870-557-3069. Submit bids to: Superintendent, VES Project, 130 School Drive, Wickes, AR 71973. Deadline for submission is March 3, 2017. The CRSD Board of Directors will consider these proposals on Thursday, March 9, 2017, beginning at 6:00 pm during their meeting held at the Administration Office in Wickes, AR. 2/22

January 6, 2016 Dog grooming, Hand dry, nails trimmed, ears cleaned, brushing. Deanna Boyd 479-2341866. I will come to you! Like Facebook. 2/22 J&N Dozer- Trackhoe, Backhoe, Dump Truck, Ponds, Pads, Clearing, Roads, Hauling, Rich Top Soil, Fill Dirt, Shale, Gravel. Dozer operator Randy Egger, over 30 years’ experience. We appreciate your Business! Call 479-234-1357 TFN



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