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County Officials Announce Re-Election Intentions SUBMITTED

With a huge election year on tap for the entire country “The Pulse” is here to keep you informed of the candidates and their announcements. Keep up to date with us on all of the latest political announcements. Several County Officials are announcing their intentions to seek Re-Election, and you Pulse News has is keeping you up to date with each one. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

Lum & Abner Festival Date is Set BY SHANE HAARMEYER •

Its a staple of the culture here in Polk County, AR and it is back for it’s 41st year. Are you planning on attending? Catch the story inside this edition of “The Pulse,” and save the date in your calendar. It’s the 41st Anniversary of the Lum & Abner Festival and this years celebration promises to be the biggest one yet. Save the date on your calendar and keep up with all the news with us.


BY CHRIS DANIEL • American Legion volunteers braved the rainy weather Monday, President’s Day, to display American flags on a day designated to honor America’s first president, George Washington. American Legion Vice Commander and Flag Program Coordinator Billy Wood said that about a dozen volunteers put out the flags around Mena early Monday. The Hatfield Girls Scouts had been scheduled to assist but Wood cancelled them due to the weather but was very thankful for their willingness and thanked leader Mary Hill for their support. Permanent flags are at halfstaff in the US in honor of the victims of last week’s tragic school shooting in Florida. The volunteers who placed the flags had a collective 150 years of military service. The local American Legion commander is Bob Lancaster. Another program of the American Legion is the presentation of flag etiquette programs to schools and other interested groups. For information on this program, contact Billy Wood at (479) 234-1503.

Downtown Mena Continues to See Growth BY MELANIE WADE •

Downtown Mena experienced quite a bit of TLC in 2017 with many new store owners choosing the historic old buildings as their place of business and they, along with those already in place, are bringing back the glory of Main Street America. For generations, Main Street played the most important role in any town in America. They were the center of activity and commerce and many stories and pictures have been passed down that reinforce those ideas. As CONTINUED ON PAGE 7

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Benefit Chili Supper BY SHANE HAARMEYER •

uachita Regional H ospice will host their annual Chili super, Wednesday, February 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Serena Loyd said that this event is one that is truly helpful to families in nee uring a very ifficult ti e in their lives One hun re percent of the donations received from the annual Chili Supper are ke t ithin the O service area an hel custo ers ith finan cial costs that arise outside of what is provided for by hospice care, or hat is ee e non e ical hese atients an their fa ilies so eti es fin the selves in a very ifficult situation ue to loss of inco e or the financial stress that co es ith ifficulties un foreseen he onations that e receive fro the chili su er hel us to give to these families the comfort that otherwise they would e force to stress over uring an alrea y e tre ely ifficult ti e ast year the o e ro ise oun ation hich is a non rofit or gani ation fille nine re uests for fun ing hat is all thanks to our co unities onations or over five years this Chili Su er has continued to raise money for the H ospice Promise Foundation, and with your continued support this year will be the best ever. Deliv ery is available to all businesses in the Mena area and we hope to hear from you. Y ou can call us Wednesday, February 28 th, from a to at or fa your or ers if you are a usiness to he eal inclu es a o o l of chili, cheese, corn chips, dessert, and a bottle of water.



Letters to the Editor are not edited for grammar or spelling and are printed exactly as they are received. Dear Editor When I was younger, we moved eleven times before moving to Mena. In Mena we seldom heard a siren at night. We lived 2 blocks from H wy 71. Mena is dry. O ther places were wet and the ambulances and police used sirens all night long f ourists ant to drink let them do it elsewhere. Al cohol eans i aire rivers fights knifings an shootings as often out after supper doing my shopping after a day of working. Working people need their rest. V ote No to alcohol sales in Polk County. B arbara Emery, widow of Austin Emery

Dear Editor rea ith interest an a in the anuary issue of he Pulse. I respectfully disagree that we do not need growth in Mena. Y es, our small city does have the advantages listed in the ad. What it does not have is enough j obs so that our young people gro ing u here can look for ar to fin ing ork an aking their lives here oo any have to leave to fin e loy ent that will allow them to raise their families with security. he fact that so any s en their orking lives in other lac es but return here to retire speaks highly of what a great place Mena is to live. I happen to think it would be even if these young eo le i not have to leave in or er to fin the sort of e loy ment they need. ar ara Mena, AR

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edical technology is a constantly evolving subj ect and for those in the industry, keeping up with the latest and greatest gadgets can be a full time j ob. For Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation in Mena, they do their best to keep up and have recently implemented a new piece of equipment that has brought speech therapy to a whole new level. Amber Kirkpatrick, M.S. CCC-SLP, is the Speech Language Pathologist at Rich Mtn. Nursing and she said their newest machine, Synchrony Dysphagia Solutions by ACP, is a “great asset to residents and the community.” The Synchrony is used to assist with the diagnosis and treatment of patients with dysphagia - the medical term used to escri e ifficulty s allo ing ys hagia inclu es ifficulty starting a s allo calle oro haryngeal ys hagia an the sensation of foo eing stuck in the neck or chest calle eso hageal ys hagia Many times, those with dysphagia have suffered from ailments such as dementia, stroke, or traumatic brain inj uries and some have a hard time describing what is wrong. With the Sychrony, the patients are monitored with new technology that can actually read muscle movements as a patient swallows, allowing the staff to see ‘ inside’ the patients throat area and decide what protocol to take to treat the patient. “We can see the swallow in real time,” said Kirkpatrick. “We can see the strength and duration of the swallow and the intensity. B efore this, we j ust kind of watched and guessed. This gives us data numbers we can compare with their treatment to see if they are getting better. The patients like the new system too. “There are games they can play that engage them in the treatment. They love it.” While the patient is “hooked up” to the machine via electrodes, they look at a television screen, which directs them what to do. In one such patient, they are working on tongue strength. “H e presses against a tongue deressor an hol s it s long as he is hol ing it his little fish on the screen gets cla s an scores t lets atients see how hard they are working, it engages them, and they enj oy it.”

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More County Officials Announce Intentions to Run for Re-Election

Brian Bowser Seeks Fifth Term as Coroner

I am looking forward to again be serving Polk County for another term for Polk County Coroner; serving as Coroner is not an easy j ob, but it is rewarding serving the people of Polk County. I feel the people of this county deserve to be treated with respect and compassion, especially in the circumstances that I serve in. I have the experience, qualities and professionalism and also have a very good working relationship with the Sheriff’s Office S local fire e art ents an fire res on ers an to remain as your Polk County Coroner,” states B owser. B owser is the owner and operator of B owser Family Funeral o e in ena e has serve in the funeral usiness for years in Arkansas. H e holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree fro rkansas State niversity in ountain o e in ortuary Science e is a license uneral irector an al er in the State of rkansas an Oklaho a an is certifie through the Department of O phthalmology at U niversity of Arkansas for e ical Sciences have anage an o ne funeral ho es for the last years o ser is arrie to Stacey a egistere urse ho orks in the Surgery e art ent at ena egional ealth Syste they have three chil ren uke an shten ho are year ol t ins an atthe ho is 16 . H e is very involved in the community. H e attends and is an active member of the First B aptist Church in ena I want the opportunity to remain an active part of our communities by serving the citize ns of Polk County as Coroner. I am asking for your vote and continued support.”

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argarett argo Kimp announced this week that she plans to seek re-election as Ju stice of the Peace for District 4. “I have been a Ju stice of the Peace for istrict since anuary of ill continue to ork closely ith County Officials an loyees to ake our olk County a wonderful place to live and raise our children and grandchildren in.”

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Lum and Abner Festvial is back!!! Sewing Club Brings Smiles to Residents T T BY MELANIE WADE

he residents of Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab get a special treat each Wednesday with the weekly sewing club. V olunteers Debbie G agnon and Ja net Je well bring sewing machines, fabric, and accessories each week and help residents make pillows, quilts, and more. “My mom was here and she liked to sew,” said G agnon. “So, we started to give them something to do” and something to smile about. The pair purchased a truckload of fabric a few years ago and continues to sew items from the original fabric. The pillows the residents make are sold as fundraisers, mostly to the staff at Rich Mountain Nursing. Each Wednesday is also their ‘ donut social’ day, so it’s a double treat. If you would like to participate in the residents’ activities, call B onne G ibbs, Activities Director, at 479 -3 9 4-3 5 11, and she’ll be able to tell you where you can help.


he 41st Annual Lum and Abner Festival Mena’s signature event! - will take place Ju ne 1 & 2, 2018 . It is organize d by the Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission whose mission is to bring tourists to Mena, which in turn will help our local economy. In years past, the festival has estimated between 7,5 00 and 10,000 visitors throughout the weekend. The Lum and Abner Festival is steadily growing year after year and this year is expected to be one of the biggest! Advertising for the festival is done through the use of newspaper, radio, social media, and e site along ith rint e ia such as signs yers osters an rogra s he ena Advertising and Promotion Commission also uses partnerships with the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, the Arkansas Festival and Events Association, and the National Lum and Abner Society to get the word out far and wide. The festival will be advertised in various in-state and out-of-state newspapers and radio stations. For 2018 , the Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission is once again offering the opportunity for local businesses to become a part of the festival in the form of sponsorships. Enclosed is a list of the sponsorships that are available to you for the 41st Annual Lum and Abner Festival. This is a great opportunity for you to get your name in front of thousands of people and at the same time support Mena’s largest local event. Please feel free to contact A&P Commissioner Terri Neugent with any questions at 479 -3 9 4-8 3 5 5 or email info@


Most of us know that when the roots of a plant are inj ured, or die, the plant is affected seriously, sometimes to the death of the plant. I am not a pessimist, but I am a realist. T he roots of our country have been severely damaged, perhaps even to the death of the plant. School shootings! C ar bombs! T hose of us who are older, especially those of us much older, remember an America which was q uite different than the one we live in now. N o, it was never a perfect place, but it was a safer place. Parents never had to worry that someone would bring an AR - 15 or an AK - 4 7 to the school ( or the restaurant) j ust to see how many people he/she could kill. B ut it is happing now, and with increasing freq uency. And our “ leaders” don’ t seem to be able to deal with it. T heir only “ solution” seems to be to get rid of the guns and then if will be OK . N ot so. N ot a bit! T he problem is not nor has it ever been the gun. It is the insanity that exists and is growing in a culture that has cut itself from its roots. And those of us who are C hristians have let it happen! And that without very much dissent. How so? W hen the obj ective Standard upon which rested the core values of our nation was removed from the public school system there should have been a massive opposition raised from the C hurch. Instead this divided C hurch j ust whimpered a little and went along with it. Y es, there were individuals who tried, but one drop of water does not make a flood. And a flood of C hristian voices is what is needed. W e can come up with at least a doz en reasons for what we have done in departing from the Standard. Forget that. T here is only One reason that matters. As a people we have forgotten, and are still forgetting the G od who has blessed us as a nation in so many ways. “ G od bless America” is almost never heard anymore. “ stand beside her and guide her through the night with the Light from above. ” B iblical T ruths are ignored, and by some, even disparaged as “ old fashioned, and out- of- date. ” B ut it is the ignoring of those T ruths that has allowed the development of insanity that we see in America today. B iblical T ruths and real W orship of the real G od were our roots. N o, we have never been a C hristian nation, but B iblical T ruths were incorporated everywhere at every level. W e have elected “ leaders” who do not live by or believe in those T ruths, and they have led us down a path that will lead us to destruction. As a people we were born by the G race and touch of G od. W e will not, because we cannot, exist separated from that G race and that touch. Seventeen more last week. W hat will happen next week? I once was young. I am old now, and the America of my youth no longer exists. And I miss it. G od has told us how to fix it. W ill we listen? “ If My people who are called by my name, will humble themselv es, and pray, and seek M y fac e, and turn from their wic k ed ways, I will hear from Heaven, forgive their sin, and HEAL T HEIR LAN D” ( II C hronicles 7 : 14 ) . T he conseq uences of disregarding the W ord of G od and G od of the W ord are inevitable. C ut the roots and the plant dies. And some are still chopping at the roots that remain. My name is G ene Stacks, and I approve of this message. TH I S A D P U R C H A S E D B Y G E N E S TA C K S

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................................................................................................................................ day, February 18 , 2018 from 2-4 P.M .at CLARENE WARD B owser Family

Clarene Ward, age 8 1 of Mena, Arkansas, left us on, hurs ay e ruary to be with the Lord that she loved and served. She was born on Saturday, March 7, 19 3 6 to William O de and O da Malinda Sanders Wiles in Posey H ollow, Arkansas Clarene was a long time member of the Southsi e Church of o in ena She en oye s en ing time with her family, reading, going shopping with her friends and crocheting. Clarene was a loving sister, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents; her hus an arrel ar her son a es ar her rother arren iles t o sisters ula ean olfen arger an r a ean arker an one ne hew, Larry Parker. Clarene is survived by her brother and sister in law, Ralph and B etty Wiles of Mena; her sister, Cora Ann B olton of Rockaway B each, Missouri; several nieces and nephews, as well of four great nephews, icolas Cannon icah Cannon ustin unsfor an avi iles ho she thought of as her gran children and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Monday, February 19 , 2018 at 10: 00 A.M. at the Southside Church of G od in Mena, Arkansas. Interment is to follow at the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena V isitation is Sun-

Funeral H ome Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Arrangements are entrusted to B owser Family Funeral H ome in Mena, Arkansas. Pallbearers will be Micah Cannon, Nicholas Cannon ustin unsfor onathan unsfor al h iles r an hil olfenbarger.

Downtown Mena Continues to See Growth

BILLIE JO MCCOY illie o McCoy, age 74, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, February 16 , 2018 in Cove, Arkansas. illie o as orn on une 19 43 in Mena, Arkansas to Earl hite an ertha ickison hite She as ha ily arrie to ay on ale cCoy for years as a egistere urse an as e icate to the e ical fiel ost of all she love her family and was a loving and kind wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. H er parents, Earl and B ertha White, and her half rother esse hite rece e rs cCoy in death. She is survived by her husband Raymond ale cCoy a son arry cCoy an ife eslie of Cove rkansas a aughter anyce ooney of ena AR; six grand children Kristen Pomraning, Raymond ren er arry cCoy aran a ees osh c-



many in the world seem to be turning ‘ back to their roots’, Main Street America is making a comeback. For Mena, Main Street activities are also resurging ith activities centere s ecifically aroun the area he o nto n Streetsca e rought a out several years ago has eautifie the streets an si e alks an the o nto n rts istrict has encourage any to o en u artisan-type shops, antique stores, creative arts, and more. Still yet, many buildings in the downtown area remained empty – until evin olfen arger is the Co e nforce ent Officer for the City of Mena and as part of his duties, he issues permits for construction, repairs, etc. Wolfenbarger said several buildings in downtown Mena received extensive updates and repairs in 2017 and several businesses opened up or expanded as a result. here ere a lot of ig ro ects in in ena he sai On e ueen Street Stanley Craig restore a uil ing hich eca e ottie a s Salon run by his wife and daughter. O n North Mena Street, the Rowell’s restored the old te tile uil ing an turne it into a creative arts center na e e ections that offers multiple art forms including dance, music lessons, marital arts, yoga an ill feature a coffee ice crea sho soon he uil ing as in co plete disrepair, however many of the original structural pieces remain and old ceiling boards now line the walls, creating a piece of art in themselves. And on South Mena Street, Aleshire Electric purchased and restored the old B ob Carver Chevrolet building with a new roof, lighting, windows, and CONTINUED ON PAGE 14

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Coy, Talon McCoy, 7 G reat-G randchildren, and numerous special cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Mrs. McCoy was sent for cremation under the direction of the B easley Wood Funeral H ome of Mena. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

FRANKLIN KEITH RUTHER Franklin Keith Ruther, age 9 0, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, February 16 , 2018 in Mena. H e was born in Sparks, Nebraska on April 25 , 19 27 to the late Frank Thomas Ruther and the late Dorothy Schroeder Ruther. H e grew up working on his parents’ farm with his brother G ene, caring for animals, crops and the land. H e was a country boy at heart and his strong work ethic continued throughout his life. H e was an excellent student and loved sports, especially basketball which he played in high school. After graduating high school, Keith j oined the Merchant Marines and served during World War II visiting many interesting orts in the acific on returning to Nebraska he married V ivian B urns Ruther and they have been lovingly married for 6 9 years. After several years of running a fox farm, Keith moved his family, which now included two young boys, to the Wichita, Kansas area. Keith and V ivian raised their boys in Derby, Kansas and lived in the area for over 3 0 years. Keith was an aeronautics technician by profession, working for B oeing and Sperry. B ut he always made time for horses and a garden. In the 19 8 0s, he started buying, raising and training miniature horses. H e retired to Mena, Arkansas in 19 8 9 and, together with his wife, created a nationally known and well-respected miniature horse farm operation. Their horses were shown all over the country and were awarded numerous prize s and awards, including the National Reserve Champion in 19 9 2. Keith was very artistic, creating beautiful wood carvings. H e was also musical and loved to sing and play the organ and guitar. H e and

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ivian travele to all arts of the nite States and to Europe and Mexico. B ut his favorite place to be was home, in Polk County, with his family and friends. H e was a loving and kind, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Franklin is survived by his wife, V ivian Ruther of Mena, Arkansas, his sons, Chuck Ruther and wife Sandy of Wichita, Kansas, an reg uther of Salt ake City tah nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren, his brother: Eugene Ruther and wife Marlene of H ot Springs, South Dakota, many nieces, nephews, other family and friends. H e was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Dorothy Ruther and two great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 2: 00 p.m. at Cherry H ill Methodist Church in Cherry H ill. Interment will follow in the Cherry H ill Cemetery in Cherry H ill, Arkansas under the direction of the B easley Wood Funeral H ome of Mena. Family and friends visitation will be Friday, February 23 , 2018 at 6 : 00-8 : 00 p.m. at B easley Wood. Pallbearers will be Fred B urns, Lee Fountain, Troy Lunsford, Trey Lunsford, Dave Werner and Frank Davis. H onorary pallbearers will be Lawrence Philpot, Rex B urns and Tim Ruther.

MAURICE MANASCO SR. Maurice “G reasy” Manasco, Sr. age 8 4, of Cove, Arkansas passed away Thursday, February 15 , 2018 in Mena. Maurice was born on O ctober 16 , 19 3 3 to the late Thomas Je fferson “Je ff” Manasco and Ju lie Ann Davis Manasco in Cove, Arkansas. H e proudly served his country in the Army during the Korean War and was also active in the V FW. Maurice was a man who loved his family dearly and loved family gatherings. Above all he had a deep love for G od and his church family and friends. H e was a loving, kind and a true friend to all. Maurice loved being a father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to all. H e will be dearly missed by all.

H e is survived by his daughter, Tammy Jo rdan of Cove, Arkansas, son, Reese Manasco and wife Je annette of Cove, Arkansas, his grandchildren B lake H anney, Jo shua Jo rdan, Kristen Manasco, Chance Manasco and Reeselyn Manasco, his great grandchildren, Ja yce B erry, Analeigh Tarkinton, and Landon H anney, brothers, B rice “Cottontop” Manasco, Tom “Tomcat” Manasco, and sisters, Laveda “B easey” Tubbs, Inavay “Dugan” Ralls, Rosella “B aby” B rown, and Pat Merrill, mother of Tammy and Reese, numerous nephews, nieces, and friends. H e was preceded in death by his parents, Je ff and Ju lie Manasco, sisters, B etty Jo “Je anie” Snowden, V erna Mae “Trixie” Ja mison, and Novella “Ninnie” Manasco, brothers, Leon “Koley” Manasco, Ja mes “Loop” Manasco, and B oyd Manasco. Funeral service will be Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 10: 00 a.m. at First B aptist Church in Cove rkansas ith rother on a officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant G rove Cemetery in Cove under the direction of the B easley Wood Funeral of Mena. Family and friends visitation will be Monday, February 19 , 2018 at B easley Wood from 6 : 3 08 : 3 0 p.m Pallbearers will be Reese Manasco, B lake H anney, Jo shua Jo rdan, Chance Manasco, Mike Snowden and Kenneth Manasco. H onorary pallbearers will be Jo el Anderson, Larry Kesterson, B ruce B arton. and G eorge Elliott.

OREN DAVID JOEL RHODES O ren David Jo el Rho es age of atfiel passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at his home. H e was born on Monday, November 11, 19 40 to H ayden Samuel Monroe and Myrtle Lee Lambert Rhodes in V andervoort, Arkansas. O ren was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a great friend, who will be missed by all who knew him. H e is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, B onnie Rhodes; three brothers, Arvel Rhodes, Nathaniel Rhodes and Samuel H ayden Rhodes and one sister, Isabelle McClinton. O ren is survived by his son and daughter in la ichael an onna ho es of atfiel

JOAN REYNOLDS Jo an Reynolds, 8 3 , of Cove, passed away Sunday, Ja nuary 28 , 2018 , at Mercy H ospital in Ft. Smith, AR. Jo an Eliza beth Anderson was born March 25 , 19 3 4, to Ja mes Anderson and Laura May Anderson, ( ne V anCampen) in Philadelphia, PA. She is survived by her husband, Ja mes Reynolds of Cove; her brother Ji m Anderson of V ista, CA; her half-brother David Anderson of San Fransisco, CA; her step-brother Steve Murphrey of Apex, NC her step-sister Aline Arnold of B illerica, MA; her daughter Mary Ditze l of Cove; her son Tom Reynolds of Siloam Springs; and her son ScottReynolds of Cove. Jo an was a loving grandmother and great grandmother to eleven grandchildren ( Nicole Reynolds, B rian Reynolds, Eleanor [ Libby] Reynolds, Jo nathan Ditze l, B enj amin Ditze l, Robert Ditze l, B randon Riddle, Tyler Smith, Je nny H ogan, Crystal Perales, and Amber Williams) and four great-grandchildren ( Rider Riddle, Kadence Reynolds, Abigail Reynolds, and Anderson Reynolds.) She was preceded in death by her daughter Leslie Smith of Cove, her parents, two brothers [ Charles, and Jo hn] , and a sister [ B arbara] . Jo an will be missed by all her family and friends.

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February 21, 2018



Do You Want Polk County Wet? Mr. Vail responded beautifully to the “Committee for Growth in Polk County.” Our committee of self-appointed citizens would like to respond to the article as well. Our questions are the same ones used in their article.

in our county is not limited to church congregations. In church and out, there are folk who drink who appreciate Polk County as dry.

A committee for local positive growth has a good sound but this is a discussion of the sale of alcohol in our county. Guaranteed growth would be four liquor stores and possibly a distillery. This happens to be a growth that we oppose and believe we represent many others in our community.

But, how many of our pastors are going to stand up and be counted and organize their congregations to vote? If the sale of liquor passes in Polk County, it will be because our leaders in our churches do not organize their congregations to get out and vote. All community growth is not positive and our church leaders have a chance to say no to the negative effects of alcohol. If they sit on their hands, it will happen.

The article states “the local option requests that an election be held to authorize the sale of beer, wine, and liquor in Polk County.” Is this a special election? Who pays the bill? Has there been a petition to put this item on the ballot? Will it be on the May ballot? These are answers we did not get in the article.

In the same paper that carried Mr. Eisele’s list, there was an article on the impact we have on our small children. No one would argue. They are a precious resource but what kind of mixed message do we send to our toddlers and teens when we say avoid and allow it in all our stores.

This committee for growth submits that property values go up in wet counties. If so, so do taxes. A person selling is wanting higher property values, while one buying is wanting values to be lower.

Won’t this make it easier for some to abuse the use of alcohol? Granted, distance does not affect those who are chronic abusers of alcohol. But distance, may deter some of our youth who would go down the same path.

Is Mr. Eisele familiar with Faulkner county? Being a dry county does not seem to have had an effect on the growth of Conway.

Doesn’t the sale of alcohol increase the crime rate? Men and/or women who get drunk and disturb the peace are not deterred by distance. Only a population change should effect the crime rate.

According to Mr. Eisele, alcohol on demand will make Polk County “more attractive place to live, work, and play.” Like Mr. Vail, we consider Polk County an attractive place to live, work, and play without alcohol and done so for most of our lives.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Why do you want Polk County to vote for the sale of alcohol? Mr. Eisele says alcohol sales would encourage tourism. How many people check to see if a county is wet or dry before they make a visit to a tourist attraction? Not having liquor is not a deterrent to tourism. Case in point would be the long line of four wheelers and all-terrain vehicle that pass through Mena when the weather permits. Many of these are repeat customers. Not being a wet county would keep a brewery from finding a home in the old school building across from courthouse. Get creative and find another idea. What is the estimated Economic Impact? We do not have dollar value for negative impact but cannot help but feel that much of the revenue would go toward problems that arise from our “growth.” Won’t there be a bar on every corner? Mr. Eisele assured us that liquor stores are limited by population. Beer, on the other hand, is not. If you look at other counties, you see beer stacked in every service station and grocery store. Businesses want that profit, not tax revenue. We can count on one finger the number of service stations and grocery stores in Mena who turned down the opportunity to sell lottery tickets.

Can we expect DUI’s to increase? Expecting more responsible drinkers because we are a wet county is unrealistic. The same folk who drink and drive now will drink and drive then. The implication is because they are closer to home, they are less likely to get impaired before getting home. We don’t buy that. It is the drinker’s mindset that he’s okay and in control, not the distance. Mr. Eisele says he checked DUIs in Randolph County. This does not strengthen this argument for alcohol, since the folks in Randolph County say it is dry and has been since 1950. After going dry, some industries made their home there and Pocahontas doubled their population over a ten year period. How many package stores will there be in Polk County is we vote yes? Mr. Eisele says we could have only four stores that sell hard liquor. He did not address beer sales. Don’t you believe the sale of alcohol is an immoral and corrupting influence on our youth? You bet we do, and adults as well. We can’t do anything about adult choices, but alcohol has been shown to lower inhibitions in youth. Sure, parents teach morals but most teens are more concerned impressing their peers than their parents.

Won’t litter increase with the sale of alcohol? “We expect the litter on those county roads to decrease,” says Mr. Eisele. A wet county will decrease litter!!!! If anyone drives through Smithville to Broken Bow, that argument flies out the window. Folks who don’t bag their trash, don’t bag their trash, no matter the distance. The bright blue Keystone Beer cans, along with other beer cans, line our county With beer, comes the option of beer concessions at local activities, such as Lum & Abner roads now, but according to Mr. Eisele, this will improve if we are wet!!!??? days. We feel this would not be an added asset for a totally family oriented activity. Can liquor stores open next to schools and churches? Not the hard liquor, but beer is as close as the nearest gas station. Mr. Eisele mentioned our “private clubs” and well he should use quotes, for there is nothing private about them. If the folk who do not imbibe had boycotted out “private Won’t property values drop when alcohol is sold in the county? clubs”, wine and beer would have been removed from the menu. Profit is the driver of Our guess would be that if you were unfortunate enough to have a home next to a liquor sales. We as a people who suffer from inertia. We need a push to start moving. If we store, your property value would go down. wish to keep Polk County dry, we must put on our shoes and show up at the poles. Will church groups oppose the selling of alcohol in Polk County? First, let us state, churches should be the first to oppose liquor. But, not wanting liquor

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ast Tuesday night, February 13 th, the Cossatot River senior boys basketball team took on the enoa Central ragons in the uarter finals of the istrict asket all ourna ent at Cossatot iver igh School he ragons starte the ga e off on a run forcing Cossatot to call a ti eout ith left in the first uarter ollo ing the ti eout enoa outscore the agles to take a t elve oint lea into the secon Cossatot narro e o n the ragons lea in the secon uarter of lay outscoring enoa n thanks to a uan rini a three ointer at the en of the uarter the agles ent into halfti e o n y only t o ith the score

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his ast eek the corn senior girls an senior oys asket all tea s co ete in the est istrict asket all ourna ent hoste at ount a igh School ollo ing a first roun ye an a se i finals in over ierks the a y igers ove onto the girls cha ionshi ga e against ir y ho ha ins over ire an ount a n a very lo scoring first uarter corn outscore the a y ro ans to take a three oint lea into the secon oth offenses ca e alive in the secon as ir y narro ly outscore the a y igers to gain the lea y one at halfti e t halfti e oce ount le the a y ro ans ith oints hile akayla n erson le corn ith oints n a close knit an lea changing accruing thir uarter the a y igers ere a le to gra a one oint lea at the en of the uarter to take a lea into the fourth corn as a le to gra u to a si oint lea in the final uarter of lay ut thanks to a fe free thro s y the a y ro ans ir y as ack ithin one oint ith forty seven secon s left in the ga e fter a isse one an one o ortunity y the a y igers racen S ith of ir y as foule ith secon s left in the ga e S ith a e oth of her free thro s to give the a y ro ans a one oint lea ith the re aining secon s So hie ackson rove the length of the court ut isse the last secon shot to ake the final score in favor of ir y oce ount le the ir y a y ro ans ith oints as racen S ith a e on oints of her o n ones oints ar en oints an ei an avis oints each ori arrett akayla n erson an So hie ackson all le the corn a y igers ith oints each hile aith ill score oints an Sy ney Cra for oints or the finale of the night the corn senior oys took on the ir y ro ans in the oys cha ionshi ga e he igers score the first ucket of the ga e an ent on to outscore ir y in the first uarter n the secon uarter the ro ans took their first lea ith left in the uarter


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Acorn Archery Earns 2nd Place Senators Put An End To Bearcats Season BY EASTON LEONARD • in ANASP Competition O


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n Monday night, February 12th, the Mena B earcat senior boys basketball team traveled to J oe o inson to take on the hosting Senators in the first roun of the Conference asket ball Tournament. he earcats ke t o inson fairly close in the o ening uarter as the Senators outscore ena y only five oth tea s laye tight in the secon as o inson ust narro ly outscoring the earcats to take a si oint lea into halfti e arris le o inson ith oints at the half hile lake Seals le the earcats ith oints ena outscore the Senators in the thir uarter to shorten o inson s lea to five going into the fourth n the fourth an final uarter of lay the Senators a solutely ran a ay ith the ga e outscoring ena to in y si teen an ake the final score he o inson Senators ere le in scoring y arris ith oints as orter score oints c ra oints C ush oints elley oints ohnson oints an o s an ush oints each Connor arvey le the ena earcats ith oints on the night hile lake Seals a e on oints of his o n rock Strother oints an aniel avis oints

February 10, 2018, Acorn Middle School and High School Archery competed in the ANASP Region 9 Competition in Delight, AR. Acorn High School placed 2nd in the High School division with a team score of 3182. Middle School placed 5th with a team score of 2833. There were 404 archers in attendance that day. In the High School division, Brody Webb placed 2nd, Haley Richardson and Josey Webb placed 3rd. In the Middle School division, Tyler Lyle placed 1st, Lori Richardson placed 2nd, and Caleb Reynolds placed 3rd. The High School team will be advancing on to the State competition in Hot Springs on March 3rd. The team is coached by Mindy Lyle.

Ladycats Place 4th At District; Headed To BY EASTON LEONARD Regionals L ast Monday night, February 12th, the Mena Ladycats basketball team took on the Robinson Lady Sena tors in the first roun of the Conference asket all ourna ent at oe o inson n a lo scoring first uarter the a ycats hel o inson to only five oints hile scoring thirteen of their o n to take an eight oint lea into the secon he a y Senators narro e ena s lea o n to only one oint in the secon outscoring the a ycats to ake the halfti e score

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Thursday, 2/22 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 10:30 a.m. – Gator & Friends will be performing at The Mena Senior Center. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County will meet at Papa’s Mexican Café. Contact Sue Cavner at 234-5844 or Linda Rowe at 234-2575 for more info. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3665 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Salvation Army Family Store helps families with utilities. • 5:00 p.m. - 9th Street Ministries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the 9th Street Ministries building. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s Meeting at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. Friday, 2/23 • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Road tests are given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room unless the roads are wet. Written tests are given at 1:00 p.m.

• 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – PCDC Board of Directors will meet in the MRHS Conference Room A. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fibers Arts Group meets at Mena Art Gallery. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Leon Page Band, Vernon Johnson, and Pure Country Band will be playing at the Hatfield Auditorium. $6.00 admission. 50/50 drawing, potluck, and door prizes. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. Saturday, 2/24 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 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, 2/25 • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 3:00 p.m. – Worship service is held at Sulpher Springs Church. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. Monday, 2/26 • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 00 p.m. - Clarice’s oom of Hope group gathering will be held at 403

North Morrow St., Suite C. • 6:00 p.m. – Home Front Warriors CMA Chapter 377 meeting at Limetree Restaurant. Meeting follows meal. • 6:00 p.m. – We The People Tea Party meets at Polk County Public Library North Room. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – Mena Elks Lodge meeting. All Elks are invited to attend. Tuesday, 2/27 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardener Community Men’s Breakfast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena St. Bring your current project and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3665 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 12 00 p.m. 5 00 p.m. The Hatfield Branch library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. – T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union Bank Community Room for weigh-ins, followed by a meeting. • 5:00 p.m. – Country and Gospel music is played at the Polk County Housing Authority Community Room. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for the families of addicts and alcoholics meets at the ABC Club. • 7:00 p.m. – The Marine Corps League Detachment will meet at Light-

house Fitness, 2011 Hwy. 71S, Mena. For more information, call 479-2340769. • 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, 2/28 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. 12:00 p.m. - The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in Mena. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Polk County Library Cove Branch is open. • 5:45 p.m. - The Mena First United Methodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – Warriors for Christ will meet at the Southside Church of God. • 6:00 p.m. – Regeneration Youth Ministries at Mena Church of God Hwy 88 East. • 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church hosts Discovery Kids – Kindergarten Thru 5th Grade; Collide Youth Ministry – 6th Thru 12th Grades and Adult Bible Study. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at Grace Bible Church, 1911 Hwy 71 N. Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Inquiry Classes into the Catholic Faith will be held in the St. Thomas House at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 203 8th Street, and continue through Easter 2018. No cost or obligation, anyone interested is invited. Call 479-394-1017 for more information.

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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 11, 2018 Martin Calwell, age 18, of Mena, was arrested for Obstructing Governmental Operations, Possession of Schedule VI-less than 4oz, and Possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop for an inoperative brake light. Anthony Domingez, age 21, of Mena, was arrested for DWI 1st offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Driver’s License, and Inoperative Brake Light. Anastasia Jennings, age 33, of Mena, was arrested for Obstructing Governmental Operation and Criminal Impersonation after an incident at a local store parking lot. February 12, 2018 A female reported a case of Harassment involving a face book post from her ex-husband. Case had been forwarded to the prosecutor for review. February 15, 2018 A local gas station reported a thief of motor fuel valued at $83.96. Case is under investigation pending review of security cameras. Jessica Justice, age 27, of Mena, was ar-

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and didn’t look back at all. Kirby went on to outscore the Tigers 27-9 , to take a fourteen point, 3 5 -21, lead into halftime. Carson Smith and G aither led the Troj ans with 12 points each at halftime, while J eremiah Saint led Acorn with 9 points. In the third quarter, the Troj ans continued to extend their lead to twenty-six, by outscoring corn to take a lea into the fourth an final uarter of lay he igers ere held to only two points in the fourth, as Kirby scored thirteen points of their own, to make the final score Cimino led the Kirby Troj ans with 26 points on the night, as Carson Smith added on 19 points, G aither 14 points, J ohnson 7 points, G arrett 4 points, and Tyler B ates and Franks 3 points each. Je remiah Swint led the Acorn Tigers with 14 points, while Cross H ughes scored 12 points of his own, Z ak Abbott 7 points, Leo J acinto 4 points, and J ack Y oung 2 points. This week, on Thursday, February 22nd, both the Acorn Lady Tigers and Tigers will compete in the 1A Region 4 B asketball Tournament at Dierks H igh School. The Lady Tigers will take on St. Paul at 7: 00pm, and the Acorn senior boys will follow against H artford at 8 : 3 0pm.

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Robinson led the Lady Senators with 9 points at halftime, as Paige Evans led Mena with 6 points. Continuing to stay a close game, Robinson tied the ball game up at thirty-six going into the fourth, as the Lady Senators outscored Mena by one 15 -14. In the fourth, the game wasn’t tied for long, as the Ladycats earned the lead and didn’t look back, outscoring o inson to ake the final score Rouse led the Robinson Lady Senators with 14 points in the game, while Robinson and Jo nes scored 12 points each, Williams 2 points, and Kentle 1 points. Paige Evan led the Mena Ladycats in scoring with 15 points on the night, as Tateli Thacker added on 13 points of her own, G race Wagner 11 points, Kiera Kesterson 10 points, G racie Lyle, Emily Wagner, and Cadie Cannon 2 points each, and H annah Stockton 1 point. oving onto the se i finals the a ycats took on au ite ut lost ena then laye rka el hia in the consolation ga e an lost y fifteen to earn fourth lace This Wednesday, February 21st, the Ladycats will travel to Monticello, to take on the hosting onticello a y illies in the first roun of the South egional asket all ourna ent at 4: 00pm.


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PROPOSED BUDGET OF EXPENDITURES WITH TAX LEVY FOR FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JULY 1, 2019 TO AND INCLUDING JUNE 30, 2020 The Board of Directors of Cossatot River School District of Polk County, Arkansas, in compliance with the requirements of Amendments No. 40 and No. 74 to the Constitution of the State of Arkansas and of Ark. Code Ann. § 6-13-622 has prepared, approved and hereby makes public the proposed budget of expenditures, together with the tax rate, as follows: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Salary Fund Expenditures Instructional Expense Maintenance & Operation Expense Dedicated M & O Expense Pupil Transportation Expense Other Operating Expense Non-Bonded Debt Payment Bonded Debt Payment

$6,419,000 $2,528,000 $1,446,000 $0 $ 571,000 $898,000 $8,442 $565,804

To provide for the foregoing proposed budget of expenditures, the Board of Directors proposed a total school tax rate (state and local) of 44.0 mills on the dollar of the assessed value of taxable property located in this School District. The proposed tax includes the uniform rate of tax (the “Statewide Uniform Rate”) to be collected on all taxable property in the State and remitted to the State Treasurer pursuant to Amendment No. 74 to the Arkansas Constitution to be used solely for maintenance and operation of schools in the State. As provided in Amendment No. 74, the Statewide Uniform Rate replaces a portion of the existing rate of tax levy of 44.0 mills includes 25.0 mills specifically voted as a continuing levy pledged for the retirement of existing bonded indebtedness. The surplus revenues produced each year by debt service millage may be used by the District for other school purposes. Total proposed school tax levy of 44.0 mills represents the same rate presently being levied. GIVEN this 11th day of January, 2018. BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF COSSATOT RIVER SCHOOL DISTRICT OF POLK COUNTY, ARKANSAS Mike Fortner - President of Board Alex Wade - Secretary of Board

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