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Woman Faces Felony Charges for Bomb Threats BY MELANIE BUCK • news@mypulsenews.com A local woman has been arrested after allegedly making bomb threats to a trio of local businesses on Valentine’s Day. Korrie Cathleen Scarbrough, age 41, of Mena, is currently being held in the Polk County CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

County Seeing Increase in Flu Cases BY MELANIE BUCK • news@mypulsenews.com The flu has officially arrived in Polk County. Although some may have experienced the flu, or flu-like symptoms in recent months, 2017 has seen an explosion in its first few weeks. Mena Regional Health System Public Relations Specialist Sonya Maye, has reported 103 patients have tested positive for the flu CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

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STORY BY EASTON LEONARD | PHOTO BY LEANN DILBECK The Acorn Lady Tigers love playing on their home court, an electric environment with loyal fans cheering them to victory, and never was that more apparent than Friday (February 17th) when Coach Mike Jackson’s Lady Tigers hosted a very tough rival, the Kirby Lady Trojans, for the 1A-7West Senior Girls District Basketball Championship. Elated with the victory, Coach Jackson said following the game, “I’m feeling excited for my girls. This was a goal they set … to have a good year and you never know but they’ve played well, especially of late and tonight they played their hearts out. At half-time I told them the third

Charlie Company Seeks Community Support BY MELANIE BUCK • news@mypulsenews.com Soldiers of the local National Guard Armory, the 39th Infantry Brigade, more commonly known as Charlie Company, have arrived safely at The Horn of Africa after being deployed on January 1, 2017. The unit deployed 139 soldiers for a yearlong stint

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Local Teen Airlifted in Valentine’s Day Rollover

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two-ve hicle accident occurred on I ron Mountain around 1: 3 0 p .m. on T uesday, F ebruary 14, 2 0 17 amid rainy conditions that sent one drive r to the hosp ital with a critical inj ury. A ve hicle drive n by 18 -year old N atalie R enard, of Mena, rolled ove r and rested on its top , leavi ng her temp orarily trap p ed. R enard was airlifted to a B ap tist Medical Center in L ittle R ock where she was diagnosed with a hangman fracture, a dangerous fracture in the C2 area of the sp inal cord. Although surgery was initially exp ected, family members exp lained that after seve ral surgeons revi ewed the case, they decided to wait six weeks to see if N atalie’s bones will fuse on their own. “ T he surgery is ve ry inva sive and has many risks because of where the .......................... fracture is,” said her grandmother in a F acebook p ost. “ After six weeks, if it is not healed they will schedule surgery.” N atalie was released from the hosp ital a coup le of days following the accident and is now resting. F amily members are thankful for the outp our of sup p ort receive d. “ Please continue to p ray healing and recove ry for N atalie. W e p raise G od she wasn’t hurt any worse than she was.”

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County Assessor Announces Mobile Office BY LEANN DILBECK • editor@mypulsenews.com

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olk County Assessor Jo va n T homas has announced her p lans to op en two mobile offices to bring added convenience to county residents in assessing their property for 2 0 17 . The first will be held Tuesday, February 1 at the Cossatot Senior Center in Wickes. T homas exp lained that she and her dep artment will be there “ when the doors op en” , and South Polk County residents will be able to come in and assess their p ersonal p rop erty. “ W e’ll also make sure that homeowners are receivi ng their H omestead T ax Credit on their p rincip al p lace of residence,” exp lained T homas. T homas p lans a second mobile site in Mena on March 16 to be held at the Mena/ Polk County Senior Center. T homas exp ressed her ap p reciation to both of the county’s Senior Centers for agreeing to host these eve nts. “ W e truly enj oying servi ng the p eop le of our county and hop e to see eve ryone there! ”

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Time to Register for Talimena 13.1 T

he T alimena 13 .1 is coming up , and registration is op en for teams and indivi duals for the long trek up R ich Mountain, Arkansas’ second highest p eak. T he T alimena 13 .1 is a challenging race making it q uite p op ular on the running circuit. T he ½ marathon also serve s as a fundraiser for the Polk County Deve lop mental Center. T he 4th annual T alimena 13 .1 will be held on Saturday, March 11th, beginning at 8 : 3 0 a.m. at Ja nssen Park. L earn more about PCDC and the eve nt on Monday when David Williams joins the Mena Morning Show at 7 30 a.m. on KE N A 10 4.1. T o register for the T alimena 13 .1, vi sit www.p cdcmena.com or www.runreg.com or call 47 9 -3 9 4-2 6 7 1.

Chamber Community Awards Nomination news@mypulsenews.com Deadline Extended T BY MELANIE BUCK

he deadline to turn in nominations for the 2 0 16 Mena/ Polk County Chamber of Commerce Community Awards has been ext ended. T he awards are give n at the annual Chamber B anq uet each year. T his year’s deadline has been ext ended to F riday, F ebruary 2 4th. Anyone is welcome to nominate. W inners are vo ted up on by the Chamber membership . Categories include olunteer of the ear, Citi en of the ear, Best New Construction, Best Renovation Beautification, and Business of the Y ear. T he Volunteer of the Y ear is a p erson who is always vo lunteering their time for any typ e of function in the county. Citize n is a p erson who has rep resented the area to make Polk County a better p lace to live , work, and p lay. B est N ew Construction is any new construction during 201 . Best Renovation Beautification includes any business or industry renovations made during 2 0 16 . B usiness of the Y ear can include any business in Polk County. T he nomination forms can be found on the Chamber’s website: www.menap olkchamber.com. T hey can also be req uested vi a email at: secretary@ menap olkchamber.com. T he 2 0 17 Chamber B anq uet will be held at CMA facilities on I ron Mountain on T hursday, Ap ril 6 th. T icket sales and eve nt announcements will be made on the Chamber’s F acebook p age, ‘ Mena/ Polk County Chamber of Commerce.’ All p roceeds of the event benefit the Chamber’s 2017 Scholarship Program. F ormer R azo rback T yler W ilson will be the guest sp eaker at the 2 0 17 Mena/ Polk County Chamber of Commerce B anq uet, which p romises to be a “ fun, causal tailgating exp erience.”

Council Approves Rezoning; Firearm Purchase BY MELANIE BUCK • news@mypulsenews.com

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ena City Council vo ted to ap p rove a rezo ning req uest when they met on T uesday, F ebruary 14, for their monthly meeting. T he Council unanimously ap p rove d a rezo ning req uest for a p rop erty on H wy. 8 E ast and amended two ordinances in the p rocess. T he req uest was made by B randon Martin and B ridgett Martin to change their p rop erty zo ne from a C2 / C3 to an R 2 . O rdinance 2 0 8 5 , req uiring a fence and no-build zo ne was attached to the C2 / C3 zo ning and council members included a clause in the R 2 zo ne that if the p rop erty were eve r to return to a commercial p rop erty, the ordinance req uiring the fence and no-build zo ne would be included. T he Council also authorize d adve rtising for bids in the p rop osed p urchase of two new p olice cars and adve rtising for bids to remove buildings located in the right-of-way for the construction of Morgan Street that will connect Hwy. 71 to Holly Harshman Elementary. Also ap p rove d by Mena City Council was a q uote receive d for the p urchase of 17 new service pistols for the Mena Police Department. The firearms will cost just over 7, 00 and will be p urchased from Cruse U niform and E q uip ment in L ittle R ock. T ommy F owler was re-ap p ointed to the Mena W ater Commission for an eight-year term to exp ire in F eb. 2 0 2 5 . Council members also ap p rove d movi ng the March meeting date to March 2 1st at 6 p .m. at Mena City H all. T he p ublic is welcome to attend. And count on me to help. When it comes to affordable, reliable health, dental and vision insurance plans, there are two names you can count on: Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and LaDon Copelin.

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Accident Knocks Out Post on Main Street

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lamp p ost in front of City H all in Mena was hit and knocked ove r by a motor ve hicle after the drive r suffered leg p ains that distracted his drivi ng. Clifton Dove r, age 6 1, was drivi ng northbound on Mena Street in a 2 0 0 2 Dodge Mini Van around 8 : 2 5 p .m. on W ednesday, F ebruary 15 , 2 0 17 , when he ve ered off the roadway striking the p ole of the lamp p ost. Dove r was not inj ured in the accident and his ve hicle suffered around $ 1,0 0 0 in damage, while the damage to the lamp p ost is ap p roxi mately $ 3 ,0 0 0 .

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Crossett man was p ronounced dead up on arriva l after his ve hicle ran off the roadway on Monday, F ebruary 13 , 2 0 17 . R obert Step han H ayden, age 6 4, was drivi ng a 19 9 8 L incoln westbound on H ighway 8 E ast, a few miles outside of Mena, when he crossed the center line and ran off the roadway j ust after 10 a.m. on Monday. I t is susp ected that H ayden p erished while drivi ng, causing the accident. R oad conditions were listed as clear and dry. T he accident was inve stigated by T roop er T erry May with the Arkansas State Police.

Polar Plunge 2017 Set for Saturday BY MELANIE BUCK • news@mypulsenews.com

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he 2 0 17 Polar Plunge is set for this Saturday, F ebruary 2 5 th, at Ja nssen Park. O rganiz ers noted that eve nt times are different this year, with registration being held at 9 : 3 0 a.m., and the p lunge taking p lace at 10 a.m. The Polar Plunge benefits Special lympics Arkansas to provide year-round sp orts training and O lymp ic-typ e comp etition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Arkansas. Currently, more than 15 ,0 0 0 athletes p articip ate in training and comp ete in a yearround p rogram of 2 0 different sp orts. Athletes in Arkansas train and compete in a uatics, track and field, gymnastics, soccer, basketball, tennis, golf, p owerlifting, and other sp orts at the local, regional, state, and international leve ls. This is the first year for the event to take place at Janssen Park. A sp ecial p ool will be set up for the eve nt. T o register, contact Sp ecial O lymp ics Area 14 Director, E liza beth T homp kins at 8 7 0 7 8 4-3 8 2 2 . r go online to www.firstgiving.com S AR

Courthouse Heroes to Host Miss Sweetcheeks Male Beauty Pageant T he Polk County Courthouse H eroes R elay for L ife T eam is kicking off their fundraising season with the Miss Sweetcheeks Male B eauty Pageant. T he eve nt raises money for the American Cancer Society through the Polk County R elay for L ife. T he comedic eve nt will be held on Saturday, Ap ril 1st at 6 p .m. in the Mena H igh School Performing Arts Center. E ve ryone is invi ted to attend. I f you are interested in p articip ating as a contestant in the eve nt, contact R enee H endrix at reneehendrix3 8 @ yahoo.com.


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Senior Center Fundraiser to be Held at Mena Mountain Resort

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fundraiser is being held on F riday, F ebruary 2 4th for the Mena/ Polk County Senior Center. The center provides meals and activities five days a week to area senior citize ns and ap p reciate the community’s sup p ort. O rganiz ers hop e attendees will truly enj oy watching B lithe Sp irit while raising money for a worthy cause. B lithe Sp irit is a comedic p lay written by N oel Coward. T he p lay tells the story of socialite and nove list, Charles Condomine ( p layed by T im H esse) , who invi tes the eccentric and clairvo yant medium, Madame Arcati ( Denni L ongoria) , to his house in the hop e that he can gather material and ‘ ap p rop riate j argon’ for his next book. T he sé ance is conducted and seems to be a comp lete failure until Charles discove rs that during the session, the spiritualist has somehow returned the ghost of his first wife, occasionally temp eramental and always sultry, E lvi ra ( Ja nelle B arnes) . I t becomes ap p arent ve ry uickly that his second wife, efficient and down-to-earth Ruth (Cheyenne Mayfield), cannot see or hear this alluring ghost. I n fact, Charles is the only one who can and he begins to doubt his sanity. Also in the cast are the Condomine’s eager-to-please young maid, E dith ( Miranda B rown) and neighbors and sé ance p articip ants, Dr. B radman ( T . J. T homp son) and Mrs. B radman ( L eighanne W alker) . The play was performed at Mena Mountain Resort on alentine’s Day to a sold-out crowd. ou can catch it again at Mena Mountain Resort on Friday, February 2 th, as a fundraiser for the Senior Center. Cost is 10 per person and for seniors age 0-plus. All proceeds will benefit the Mena/ Polk County Senior Center. E ve ryone is welcome to attend.

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Severe Weather Awareness Day Planned for Polk County BY MELANIE BUCK • news@mypulsenews.com

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olk County is p lanning a Seve re W eather Awareness Day in conj unction with Arkansas Seve re W eather W eek, F ebruary 2 6 th – March 4th. O n March 1st, at the Polk County E xt ension E ducation Center at 2 11 DeQ ueen Street, between 1 p .m. and 6 p .m., Polk County residents can drop by and bring your weather radio for set up assistance and receive free weather awareness information. T hey will also give away free weather radios, while sup p lies last. W eather radios are limited to one p er address and for Polk County residents only. Also on March 1st, a statewide tornado drill will be held at 10 a.m. I f seve re weather is exp ected during that time, the scheduled backup time/ date for the tornado drill is 10 a.m. on T hursday, March 2 nd. For more information, call the Polk County Extension ffice at 79-39 - 01 .

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Parent Teacher Conferences at Holly Harshman Elementary

Tuesday, March 14th Board Meeting

Week of March 20th-24th SPRING BREAK

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Mena’s Interact Club Visits PCDC Clint Buck, President of Mena’s Interact Club (a junior branch of Rotary International), along with club sponsor and Rotarian Charles Pitman, and Lily Garrett visited the clients at the PCDC Adult Wellness and Education Center on Valentine’s Day. The crew handed out sweet treats, along with plenty of smiles and hugs to the clients.

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n T hursday, F ebruary 16 , 2 0 17 , the N ational Society Daughters of the American R evo lution ( N SDAR ) Ja mes K. Polk Chap ter selected Mena H igh School senior, Avanlea Noelle Furr as first place winner in a G ood Citize n Program and Scholarship contest. F urr’s essay is entitled “ O ur American H eritage and O ur R esp onsibility for Preserving It How Do the Combined Actions of Many G ood Citize ns Keep O ur Nation Moving Forward She received a monetary pri e, certificate, pin, and wallet card. F urr is the granddaughter of R udy LICENSED RESIDENTIAL and Ann F urr. AND COMMERCIAL The runner-up is senior Matthew CONTRACTOR H agen Standridge of Caddo H ills H igh School, who also received a monetary pri e, certificate, pin, and wallet card. H is p arents are R odney and Ja n Dee Standridge. Also selected as a DAR G ood Citize n is Abigail Dallyn T aylor, a senior from Cossatot River High School, who received NEW CONSTRUCTION, ADDITIONS, AND a certificate, pin, and wallet card. Her parREMODELING FROM DESIGN ents are Amber and Dewayne Taylor. TO COMPLETION. T he tradition of givi ng the G ood Citize n CONCRETE, DECORATIVE CONCRETE, Award began many years ago. Today, PATIO COVERS, CARPORTS, SHADE seniors at most Arkansas high schools STRUCTURES, RETAINING WALLS, submit essays in the annual comp etition RV COVERS. with local first-place winners ultimately comp eting for a state scholarship . Mena WE CAN DO IT ALL H igh School Counselor, Pam G ross, LIKE US ON FACEBOOK coordinated with faculty in Furr’s selecWWW.GLENNAIRECONSTRUCTION.COM tion in recognition of her q ualities of good INFO@GLENNAIRECONSTRUCTION.COM JAMES EARL TURNER (479) 234-6244 character, including dep endability, servi ce, leadership , and p atriotism. ERIC TURNER (479) 243-5549

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Detention Center on three charges of F alsely Communicating a T errorist T hreat after causing alarm at three local businesses. According to official reports filed at the Mena Police Department, officers were dispatched to Mena’s Walmart Supercenter on Hwy. 71 North, to investigate a bomb threat. After speaking with store manager, Scott Brown, a thorough search was conducted by several officers with no explosives being found. Store employees reported that an unknown female had called the store and said, “There is a bomb in the store, and immediately hung up. While at Walmart, dispatch advised officers of a similar threat being called in to Healthy Connections, also on Hwy. 71 North in Mena. The threat was made to that location multiple times on Tuesday. fficers of the Mena Police Department, as well as the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, responded and conducted a safety sweep, and again, found no explosives. At 12 10 p.m., officers were called to the McDonald’s restaurant in Mena where another bomb threat had been made via a phone call. Employees there said the caller was a female with a “scruffy voice. The caller allegedly said, “There is a bomb in your building expletive , and then hung up. During the investigation of the three reports, officers attained the phone number and were able to track it to a residence in Mena. When officers arrived at the residence, Scarbrough denied making the threats at first, but later “admitted to making the threatening telephone calls, according to the report. When asked why she made the calls, Scarbrough told Investigator John Logan that she was “just messing around and was “angry at the town of Mena. In Scarbrough’s statement to police, she expressed being disgruntled over having been fired following an arrest for harassment against Healthy Connections. She then sought employment at both McDonald’s and Walmart and was not hired. No one was injured in any of the incidents although at least one of the businesses conducted a full evacuation in the cold rain that fell on alentine’s Day. Scarbrough also said she acted alone. Her three charges of Falsely Communicating a Terrorist Threat are Class B felonies could each carry sentences of to 20 years in the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections and or a 1 ,000 fine each. She remains in jail on a 100,000 bond.

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since January 2, 2017, when the first positive flu case came into Mena Medical Associates. The hospital saw its first positive flu case of the year on February . Teresa Wise, Chief Nursing fficer at MRHS, said peak flu season is typically from ctober 1st March 31st, but the virus got a late start this season. “Not only locally, but statewide, we are experiencing a more widespread flu epidemic. This year is a later outbreak than in previous years. We are currently seeing a significant number of patients that are testing positive for the flu. Wise explained that not only is flu in peak season, strep throat is also spreading rapidly. “Many of these patients are also testing positive for streptococcal sore throat (strep throat). It is highly recommended that everyone receive the flu vaccine. Even though there are many strains of the flu, the vaccine can minimi e the symptoms and provide a faster recovery time. In addition to getting the flu vaccine, there are several healthy practices to help prevent the flu and the spread of the virus. The Arkansas Department of Health reported widespread flu activity in their Week report for 2017 with 2 counties reporting flu cases in their area. Since ctober 2, 201 , ADH said more than ,300 cases have tested positive, with 19 influen a-related deaths in the state. Among flu antigen tests that can distinguish between Influen a A and B virus types, 90 percent were Influen a A, and 10 percent were Influen a B. • Anxiety Wise said some tips to avoid the flu and the spread of the virus are Avoid close contact with those who are coughing or snee ing Stay home when you are sick Cover your • Depression mouth and nose when coughing or snee ing Clean your hands often Avoid touching • Difficulty Managing Stress your eyes, nose and mouth Practice overall good health habits.

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ove rseas. Although they have most necessities, there are a few things the soldiers hav e req uested to make their dep loyment a little easier. O ne rep orted needing bug za p p ers. N ot only are the bugs “ eating them alive ,” it is also much hotter there than in Polk County. O ther items req uested were: head lamp s, sp otlights, and box fans. Personal addresses of soldiers cannot be p ublished for security reasons, so, if you or someone you know would like to p urchase and donate the items, contact Jo di Croft at 47 9 -2 16 -6 7 2 1. Croft will send the items through the p rop er channels to make sure the soldiers receive them.

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T he Mena ladies of the Cap tain W illiam H arrison E arp Chap ter 2 7 18 attended their first luncheon celebrating Lee Jackson Maury Birthdays, during January in Texarkana, Arkansas. T he guest sp eaker was Dr. Samuel E . Mitchum, Jr ., author of ove r 40 books, ap p earances on the H istory Channel, a vi siting p rofessor at W est Point, and former p rofessor at H enderson State U nive rsity. Professor Mitchum p resented an entertaining program on Nathan Bedford Forrest using information from his book, Bust Hell Wide pen The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest. The Texarkana DC Ladies served as hostess and provided a wonderful luncheon. Pictured left to right Leighanna Guillet, ice President Era Looney, 2nd ice President and Recording Secretary and Corte Copher, Registrar. Second row Red Diamond Color Guard Drum Line from the Red Diamond Camp 2193 in Texarkana, T exa s, of which Phil Maynard is the Commander. For information about becoming a member of the DC or future meetings, contact Mrs. Cop her at cortezj cop her@ gmail.com.

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Deborah Ann H endricks Pierce, age 6 6 , of E lkton, MD, p assed away p eacefully and surrounded by family, on T uesday, F ebruary 14, 2 0 17 . B orn in F ort L ee, VA, on Ju ne 14, 19 5 0 , she was the daughter of the late R ay and Patsy H endricks. Mrs. Pierce touched countless liv es throughout her career as a teacher. She taught all ages, including Kindergarten classes at Acorn School in Mena, AR , and eve ntually retired from Christiana H igh School in N ewark, DE . E ach student who p assed through her classroom held a sp ecial p lace in her heart. I n retirement, she enj oyed doing needlework, p laying p iano, sp ending time with friends, and was deep ly devo ted to her family. Debby is surv iv ed and deep ly missed by her husband of 3 8 years, Kenneth Pierce; her daughter, Sara Pierce Milburn and her husband, Dav id; and three grandchildren, Coleman, J ackson and Addison J anusz . She is blessed with a large ex tended family, whom she lov ed v ery much.

I n addition to her p arents, Debby was p receded in death by her brother, J immy D. H endricks. A grav eside serv ice will be held at 2 p .m., on Saturday, F ebruary 2 5 , 2 0 17 , at L iberty Cemetery, B oard Camp , AR . A Celebration of L ife Memorial Serv ice was held on Monday, F ebruary 2 0 , 2 0 17 , in E lkton, MD, for her local family and friends. F lowers are welcome, as are donations to Paws for Veterans. Arrangements were made under the direction of H icks H ome for F unerals in E lkton, MD. www.hickshomeforfunerals.com.

BILLY WAYNE BLANTON Billy Wayne Blanton, age 82, of Mena, died Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Mena Regional Health System. He was born on Friday, November 9, 1934 to Samuel Houston and Susie Elzora Brock Blanton in Vandervoort, Arkansas. Billy was a professional musician most

of his life. He was a country western singer and received the Key to the City of Mena for headlining the Lum & Abner festival, in June of 1981. In his free time, Billy enjoyed writing new music and having jam sessions with his friends. Billy Blanton lived by the philosophy of treating others as you would want to be treated. Billy was able to travel the nation playing music, and enjoyed nothing more than the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Billy was a lifelong member of the National Musicians Association, and once even opened for Kenny Rogers. Billy was a loving grandfather, father, brother and a great friend who will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Millie Blanton; his brother, J.R. Blanton; two sisters, Helen McLaine, Macie Moler; and daughter, Linda Kaczmarek. Billy is survived by three sons, David Blanton of Alabama, Michael Blanton of Alabama, and Austin Blanton of Mena, Arkansas; two daughters, Anita of Alabama, and Dorothy of Alabama; three sisters, Elizabeth Hensley of Mena, Arkansas, Margie Smith of Mena, Arkansas, and Hazel Bender of Greenville, Texas; ten grandchildren, and

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n account has been set up at U nion B ank of Mena to help with the cost of Sandra W agner’s funeral exp enses after becoming the vi ctim of a fatal hit-and-run accident. Sandra L . W agner, age 7 0 , was residing in Alma, Arkansas and was said to be leavi ng an eve nt at a local church. W agner was walking along U .S. H wy. 6 4 E ast when she was struck by an unknown ve hicle that immediately left. W agner was p ronounced dead at the scene. T he accident occurred around 6 : 5 0 p .m. on Sunday, F ebruary 12 , 2 0 17 . W eather conditions were listed as clear on the p olice rep ort, and road conditions were listed as dry. Police are searching for the susp ect who is believe d to be drivi ng a white car with p ossible damage to the front. Police are also revi ewing surve illance cameras near the scene. T o donate, go to U nion B ank. All donations are much ap p reciated by the family of Mrs. W agner.

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a host of other relatives and friends. Memorial Mass was held Monday, February 13, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at the Saint Agnes Catholic Church in Mena, Arkansas.

DAVID EDWARDS FRACHISEUR Mr. David Edward Frachiseur, age 70, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas, passed from this life, Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at his home in Grannis. He was born to Math Christopher and Rena Elizabeth Reid Frachiseur on January 28, 1947 in Grannis. He married the love of his life, Elizabeth Ann Bismark on August 25, 1967 at the Wickes Methodist Church in Wickes, Arkansas. He had a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and was a plant manager at Tyson Foods, Inc., for almost 40 years. David was a collector of heads Heads on stamps, arrowheads, deer heads, and ancestral heads through many years of genealogical research. He was a Christian man and an active member of Holly Grove Missionary Baptist Church at Grannis, CONTINUED ON PAGE 11


where he was a leader in numerous church and cemetery projects and activities. He served in the United States Army, stationed in Okinawa and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and farming. He was a father of two and a “Pop” of four. He was also a big brother of six. He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Daniel Shawn Frachiseur. He is survived by his wife of over 49 years, Elizabeth Ann Bismark Frachiseur of Grannis; one son and daughter-in-law, Christopher David and Ann Elizabeth Frachiseur of Grannis, one daughter and son-in-law, Crystal Annette and Matt Wheeler of Dover, Arkansas; one brother, Richard Douglas and Anetta Frachiseur of Grannis; five sisters and their husbands, Ruby Kathleen and Jim Weston of Sidney, Arkansas, Anna Gwendolyn Lavender of Texarkana, Arkansas, Bonita June and Walter Smith of De Queen, Roberta Kay and Terry Youngblood of Watson, Oklahoma, and Jackie Louise and Kenny Icenhower of Redwater, Texas; four grandchildren Danielle Frachiseur of Russellville, Arkansas, Coy Frachiseur of Grannis, Rylie Wheeler and Bailee Wheeler both of Dover, Arkansas; as well as, a number of nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends. Funeral services for Mr. David Edward Frachiseur were held Friday, February 17, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Holly Grove Missionary Baptist Church at Grannis, with Bro. John Gilbert and Bro. Jim Weston officiating. Burial followed in the Holly Grove Cemetery. There was open visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made In Memory of David E. Frachiseur to the Holly Grove Cemetery Fund. You may view the Memorial Tribute Video, as well as, send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

RICHARD VINCENT MORRIS MAECHLER Richard Vincent Morris Maechler, age 94, passed away in his home surrounded by family on August 4, 2012. He was born January 30, 1918 in St. Louis, Missouri to the late Vincent Maechler and Matilda Nowack Maechler. He loved his family, computers, photography, gardening, and there was nothing he couldn’t build or design. He always said he was born in a great time to see so many new inventions and ideas. He was loved by all he met. We miss his love, his ability to fix anything, and his sense of humor.

He served in the US Navy during WWII and was a painting and drywall contractor by trade. He was married to his loving wife, Imogene Taylor Maechler and was an adored father of Larry Maechler and wife, Carol Maechler of Mena, Carolyn Maechler Salerno and husband Tony of Springdale, Arkansas, Rick Maechler and wife Amy of Mena, Samantha Maechler of Mena, Patience Maechler Eddleman and husband Travis of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, and was preceded in death by his infant daughter Mary Maechler. To date he is a grandfather of fifteen, a great-grandfather of twenty-nine, and a great-great grandfather of three. Sent for cremation after his death, his wife asked that his ashes be buried with her when she passed. Funeral services for them both will be held February 25, 2017 at the Whole Council of God Church Cemetery with Brother Robby Smalley officiating. Pallbearers are grandsons, Derek Maechler, Brian Maechler, Paul Maechler, Jon Maechler, Austin Stamps, and Danny Douglas.

IMOGENE TAYLOR MAECHLER Imogene Taylor Maechler, age 85, passed in her home with her family by her side on February 19, 2017. She was born in Bolivar, Tennessee on March 26, 1931 to the late Rainey Columbus Taylor and Mittie Ann Roberts Taylor. She was a Godly woman who dedicated her life to God pastoring The Whole Council of God Church, Inc. for the last 45 years. She loved to cook, sew, shop, but most importantly, she loved reading her Bible every day. She was the most perfect example of how to live a Godly life and how to love and live God’s word. She taught God’s love and in return was surrounded by love by all who knew her. We will miss her wisdom, her teaching, her instructions, and her fun sense of humor. She was an adored wife of her late husband Richard Maechler, a cherished mother of Larry Maechler and wife Carol of Mena, Carolyn Maechler Salerno and husband Tony of Springdale, Arkansas, Rick Maechler and wife Amy of Mena, Samantha Maechler of Mena, Patience Maechler Eddleman and husband Travis of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, and infant daughter Mary Maechler who proceeded her in death. She is a grandmother of fifteen, a great-grandmother of twenty-nine, and a great-great grandmother of three. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the

Whole Council of God Church Cemetery with Brother Robby Smalley officiating. Visitation will be Friday, February 24, 2017 at Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Derek Maechler, Brian Maechler, Paul Maechler, Jon Maechler, Austin Stamps, and Danny Douglas. The family requests all that knew her to post their memories, thoughts, and stories about her to the website www.bowserffh. com. Your comments will be printed into a book for the family to bring comfort and joy in years to come.

PEGGY LOUISE WILLIAMSON JOHNSON Peggy Louise Williamson Johnson, age 90, of Mena passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017 in Mt. Ida, Arkansas. Peggy was born August 13, 1926 in Cimarron, Kansas to the late Eugene Williamson and the late Florence Bates Williamson. She was married to the late Thomas Johnson and worked in the clerical field as a profession. Peggy was a member of the First Christian Church and enjoyed singing in the choir for many years. She loved spending time with her family and many friends. Peggy enjoyed listening to all kinds of music. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed by all. She is survived by son, Martin Johnson and wife Dee of Patterson, California; daughter, Mary Willcoxon, and David Smith of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren, Matthew Johnson, Russell Johnson, Corey Brown and Rachel Cox; great-grandchildren, Aaron and Mason Johnson, Timothy and Kyle Johnson, Kalib and Kinley Cox, and Colton Brown; sister, Jo Ann Huffman; special family, Marion Williamson, and Dove Johnson. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Thomas Johnson, and brothers, Delmar Williamson, Marian Alvis, and Le Roy Williamson. Mrs. Johnson was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. A Memorial service will be at a later date.

BONNIE HARRISON Mrs. Bonnie Harrison, age 83 of Mena, left this world, to be with her Lord and Savior,

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Saturday, February 18, 2017 at her home. Bonnie was born March 25, 1933 in Tribby, Oklahoma to the late H.E. and Cora Bissell. She was married to the late Clifford Harrison and was a loving housewife. Bonnie worked as a retail cashier for Citgo Northside Gas Station and Wal-Mart for 30 years. She loved being outdoors, fishing, and working in her flowers, most of all time alone with her Lord, who is so precious to her. Bonnie loved all her family, under all the tears she shed. Above all she was an honest, modest, God fearing woman that put God and family first. She was a loving and kind mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, greatgreat grandmother and friend to all who knew her and loved. She is survived by sons, Therron Harrison and wife Doris of Mena, Arkansas, Darrell Harrison and wife Jennifer of Mt. Ida, Arkansas, Ronnie Harrison of Grady, Arkansas; brothers, Jim Beene, Joe Beene, Jerry Beene of Norman, Oklahoma and Robert Beene of N. Richland Hills, Texas; nine grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Clifford Harrison, sons, Dennis Harrison, Freddie Harrison, Steven Harrison, and daughter and son-in-law, Eva Smallwood and husband Mike. Graveside service will be Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Big Fork, Arkansas with Brother Mark Lyle and Brother Kenny Posey officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Pallbearers will be Dwight Harrison, William Huff, Jimmy Huff, Kevin Smallwood, Gregory Smallwood, and Travis Huff. Honorary pallbearers are Adam Harrison and Nathan Smallwood.

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Victoria N eedham, a senior at Cossatot R iv er H igh School, receiv ed the Arkansas Alternativ e E ducation Diamond Award T hursday, F ebruary 9 , 2 0 17 at the Cap itol in L ittle R ock. T he Diamond Award was p resented to a select thirteen students in the state for diligence, p ersev erance, sensitiv ity, and resiliency. She trav eled to the cap itol with Princip al Dewayne T aylor, teacher Kim Meeks, Virtual Arkansas facilitator R obbie B agley, and fellow student J acob Y oungblood. T he Cossatot R iv er group was giv en a p ersonal tour of the treasury by State T reasurer Dennis Milligan. T hey also attended a session of the State Senate. Victoria entered Alternativ e E ducation in 2 0 15 due to p regnancy, absenteeism, failing grades in Algebra I I , and the risk of drop p ing out of school. She ended the 2 0 15 -2 0 16 school year with darling baby boy, R yland, ex cellent grades, and A’s in Algebra I I and Pre-calculus. W hile on maternity leav e, Victoria attended math classes ev ery day at CR H S v ia Z oom through a school issued iPad. H er other classes were through irtual Arkansas. In fall of 201 , ictoria passed the CLEP test for College Algebra, a very difficult test for a very difficult class. By testing out of College Algebra, ictoria had a free class period to be a teacher assistant, during which she taught other students in credit recov ery Algebra. T his year, Victoria is earning 2 1 additional college hours by taking concurrent credit and online college classes: Comp osition I and I I , American H istory I and I I , College T rigonometry, Chemistry I , and Sp anish I . B ecause she asp ires to attend v eterinary school, Victoria has focused on medically related electiv es through Virtual Arkansas. She p lans to attend SAU in Magnolia in the fall. T he current Alternativ e E ducation p rogram is due in large p art to former Princip al L aDonna W hite, who p romoted AE and help ed make Victoria’s success p ossible. W ith continuing sup p ort and encouragement from Princip al Dewayne T aylor and Assistant Princip al Mickey F ord, Counselors G ina R osson and J ill H unter, Alternativ e E ducation at Cossatot R iv er H igh School is a forward thinking p rogram that assists students in achiev ing their goals for the future.

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corn F CCL A ( F amily, Career and Community L eaders of America) , are currently taking p art in a Star E ve nt ( Students T aking Action with R ecognition) through the national organiza tion. Star E ve nts are comp etitive eve nts in which members are recogni ed for proficiency and achievement in chapter and indivi dual p roj ects, leadership skills, and career p rep aration. ST AR E ve nts offer indivi dual skill deve lop ment and ap p lication of learning through coop eration, indivi dualiza tion, and comp etition. ST AR E ve nts are group ed into F oundational, L eadership , Career Prep aration, and O nline E ve nts. Acorn F CCL A chose Advo cacy as their eve nt p rogramming and won the district leve l. T hey will next head to state comp etition. F or their eve nts, they advo cated for the B ack Madison Blair, Abbi McCarroll, and Joy Chaney will compete in Advocacy. the B lue move ment. Students have p resented p rograms to elementary students and had black and blue bracelets made for the younger students to wear that say ‘ B ack the B lue.’ F CCL A teacher, Sydney Ja ckson, said the students chose advo cating for law enforceMaKenna Goss will be competing in ment in light of all of the negative attention Illustrated Talk at state competition. ACORN SCHOOL’S BREAKFAST across the country in regards to officers. M OND A Y 2/27 Variety cereal, blueberry muffin, yogurt, variety fruit, juice, m ilk T U ES D A Y 2 / 2 8 Variety cereal, omelet w/ cheese, yogurt, variety fruit, juice, m ilk SUBMITTED W ED NES D A Y 3 / 1 Variety cereal, super donut, sausage link, raisins, fruit, olk County 4H members made a vi sit to the Arkansas State Cap itol on F ebruary juice, milk 16 th as p art of N ational 4H Day. T he eve nt give s p articip ants an op p ortunity to T H U RS D A Y 3 / 2 Variety cereal, mini chocolate donuts, fruit, yogurt, juice, learn more about state gove rnment. N ot only were they able to tour the Cap itol building, m ilk they also got to meet up with members of the legislature that rep resent Polk County. F RID A Y 3 / 3 Variety cereal, biscuit & gravy, jelly, fruit, yogurt, juice, milk Senator L arry T eague, R ep resentative Jo hn Maddox, and R ep resentative Marcus R ichmond all vi sited with the students. T here were more than 5 5 0 p articip ants and chap erACORN SCHOOL’S LUNCH ones from across the state that enj oyed the day. M OND A Y 2/27 K - 6 T H G R A D E : Chicken fried steak, chicken tenders, mashed Pictured are Polk County 4H students with R ep resentative s Maddox and R ichmond. potatoes w/ gravy, wheat roll, pinto beans, pineapple, salad bar, milk. 7T H To learn more about H, contact the Polk County Extension ffice at 79-39 - 01 . – 1 2T H G R A D E : Chicken fried steak, chicken tenders, mashed potatoes w/

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Mena Middle School Students Help Raise Money for St. Jude’s

ena Middle School had seve ral 6 th graders that p articip ated in the St. Ju de Children’s R esearch H osp ital Math-A-T hon. T he students raised $ 1,7 45 for St Ju de’s. Students that p articip ated were: Dusty Miller, Corbin Moody - T O P Money raiser with $ 3 3 5 , B rayden F aulkner, Abby Smith, G abby Pierce, E mmi H ines, R anessa R icker, T revi n Plunkett, Carmen Puckett, Alex ia Minze l, L ucas L eve ring, Kendall Posey, E ve lynn E llis, Jo shua F erguson, Mikayla Cook, Je ff McCormack, Cyze r Mellard, Vivi Denton, Katey Davi s, Addi Dollar, Mackenzi e Vincent, Kiayla Vasq uez, and E liza Mesko.

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embers of the Mena H igh School band recently comp eted in All-R egion B and, with some earning a sp ot in the cov eted All-State Auditions. T o earn the sp ot, students must be a top student in regional comp etition. Mena H igh School students, Davi d Chaney, B rynn H arve y, and Pictured left to right are: David Chaney, Fisher Neufeld, and Brynn Harvey, Mena F isher N eufeld High School Band Players that are advancing to All-State. each earned a p osition in the Arkansas All State Ja z B and. B rynn H arv ey and Davi d Chaney also earned a p osition in the Arkansas All State Concert B and. H arve y receive d 1st chair in both Ja z and Concert B ands, making him the best B aritone Saxo p hone in the state.

MENA PUBLIC SCHOOL’S BREAKFAST M OND A Y 2/27 M o r n i n g s a u s a g e r o l l , C h e e r i o ’ s , C i n n a m o n T o a s t C r u n c h , s tr in g c h e e s e , S c o o b y c in n a m o n g r a h a m s , p e a r s , g r a p e ju ic e . T U ES D A Y 2 / 2 8 B r e a k f a s t p i z z a , C o c o a P u f f c e r e a l b a r , a n i m a l c r a c k e r s , S c o o b y c in n a m o n g r a h a m s , m ix e d fr u it, fr u it ju ic e . W ED NES D A Y 3 / 1 F r e n c h t o a s t s t i c k s , C h e e r i o ’ s C h e e r i o ’ s , T r i x c e r e a l , s tr in g c h e e s e , S c o o b y c in n a m o n g r a h a m s , a p p le s a u c e , o r a n g e ju ic e . T H U RS D A Y 3 / 2 Ham & potato strata, cheery yogurt, lfin grahams, S c o o b y c in n a m o n g r a h a m s , a p p le s a u c e , o r a n g e ju ic e . F RID A Y 3 / 3 Blueberry muffins, Cheerio s, pple acks, string cheese, S c o o b y c in n a m o n g r a h a m s p e a c h e s , a p p le ju ic e . MENA PUBLIC SCHOOL’S LUNCH M OND A Y 2/27 E L E M E N T A R Y : C h e e s e q u e s a d i l l a , c h i c k e n s a n d w i c h , r o a s t e d B r u s s e l s p r o u t s , t o m a t o w e d g e s , m i x e d f r u i t , f r u i t j u i c e . M ID D L E S C H O O L : C h ili m a c , s p ic y c h ic k e n s a n d w ic h , c h e e s e & p e p p e r o n i p iz z a , c h e e s e q u e s a d i l l a , p o p c o r n c h i c k e n o r h a m s a l a d s , p i z z a s a l a d . H IG H S C H O O L : C h ili m a c , C a ju n c h e e s e b u r g e r, c h ic k e n te n d e r s , h a m b u r g e r, to r tilla lin e , p iz z a lin e , p o p c o r n c h ic k e n o r p iz z a s a la d s . T U ES D A Y 2 / 2 8 E L E M E N T A R Y : C h i c k e n n u g g e t s , b r e a d s t i c k , c h e e s e b u r g e r , f r e n c h f r i e s , p e a c h e s , a p p l e j u i c e . M ID D L E S C H O O L : C o u n t r y c h i c k e n b o w l , b r e a d s tic k , c h ic k e n p h illy s u b , c h e e s e o r p e p p e r o n i p iz z a , c h ic k e n fa j i t a s , c h i c k e n c a e s a r o r h a m c h e f s a l a d . H IG H S C H O O L : C o u n t r y c h i c k e n b o w l, c h ic k e n p h illy s u b , c h ic k e n s a n d w ic h , c h e e s e b u r g e r, to r tilla lin e , p iz z a lin e , c h ic k e n c a e s a r o r c h e f s a la d . W ED NES D A Y 3 / 1 E L E M E N T A R Y : K o r e a n m e a t b a l l s t e w , c i l a n t r o r i c e , c h i c k en tenders, hot roll, campfire beans, celery sticks, pears, grape juice. M ID D L E S C H O O L : K o r e a n m e a t b a l l s t e w , c i l a n t r o r i c e , c h i c k e n t e n d e r s , b e e f & b e a n b u r r ito , h o t h a m & c h e e s e , p o p c o r n c h ic k e n o r h a m p iz z a s a l a d . H IG H S C H O O L : K o r e a n m e a t b a l l s t e w , b a c o n g r i l l e d c h e e s e , c h i c k e n te n d e r s , h o t d o g , to r tilla lin e , p iz z a lin e , p o p c o r n c h ic k e n o r p iz z a s a la d s . T H U RS D A Y 3 / 2 E L E M E N T A R Y : C h i c k e n d r u m s t i c k , h o t r o l l , f r i l l e d c h e e s e s a n d w ic h , z u c c h in i s q u a s h , b a b y c a r r o ts , a p p le s a u c e , o r a n g e ju ic e . M ID D L E S C H O O L : C h i c k e n d r u m s t i c k , h o t r o l l , b r u s c h e t t a c h i c k e n s a n d w ic h , c h e e s e o r p e p p e r o n i p iz z a , c h ic k e n n a c h o s , c h ic k e n c e a s a r o r h a m c h e f s a l a d . H IG H S C H O O L : C h i c k e n d r u m s t i c k s , b r u s c h e t t a c h i c k e n s a n d w ic h , c o r n d o g , h a m b u r g e r, to r tilla lin e , p iz z a lin e , c h ic k e n c e a s a r o r c h e f s a la d . F RID A Y 3 / 3 E L E M E N T A R Y : C h e e s e p i z z a , c h i l i , z u c c h i l i s q u a s h , c u c u m b e r s , m a n d a r i n o r a n g e s , f r u i t j u i c e . M ID D L E S C H O O L : C h e e s e b u r g e r , c h i l i , cinnamon roll, cheese or pepperoni pizza, fish taco, popcorn chicken o r h a m p i z z a s a l a d . H IG H S C H O O L : C h i l i , c h i c k e n t e n d e r s , c h e e s e b u r g e r , c h ic k e n s a n d w ic h , to r tilla lin e , p iz z a lin e , p o p c o r n c h ic k e n a n d p iz z a s a la d .

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t the 2 0 17 Annual G ivi ng Camp aign eve nt, An E ve ning of Ja z, the G ene H aas F oundation p resented a donation of $ 15 ,0 0 0 to fund scholarship awards for the 2 0 17 year for U nive rsity of Arkansas R ich Mountain students enrolled in the following U A R ich Mountain technical p rograms: Machine T ool T echnology, Adva nced Manufacturing, and W elding. Priority for scholarship criteria consists of demonstration of academic performance and financial need. T he G ene H aas F oundation was founded by G ene H aas in 19 9 9 . H aas is the owner of H aas Automation, I nc., America’s leading builder of CN C machine tools, which he started in 19 8 3 . T he G ene H aas F oundation focuses on manufacturing education in the form of scholarship s for CN C machinist training to p rep are students for the industry’s skilled workforce. F or more information, contact the U nive rsity of Arkansas R ich Mountain F inancial Aid ffice and Foundation ffice at ( 79) 39 -7 22. Pictured L to R : Dr. Phillip W ilson, U A R ich Mountain Chancellor, Michael G arner, H aas F actory O utlet G eneral Manager, and Jo nathon L unsford, U A R ich Mountain Machine T ool T echnology I nstructor.

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AG N O L I A, AR - Southern Arkansas U nive rsity has announced the names of 2 5 1 students who earned a 4.0 G PA for the F all 2 0 16 semester to secure a p restigious sp ot on the President’s L ist. Students from this area include: Allison H ughes, a senior E lementary E ducation maj or, from Mena. B ethany B arney, a senior Agricultural E ducation maj or, from Mena. Candace F ord, a j unior E lementary E ducation maj or, from W ickes. Cheyenne Anderson, a senior Agriculture B usiness maj or, from Mena. Cheyenne B ell, a j unior Agricultural E ducation maj or, from Cov e. Daryan T orix , a sop homore Athletic T raining maj or, from Mena. Ja q ueline W agner, a senior E lementary E ducation maj or, from Mena. Kara R ichardson, a sop homore E lementary E ducation maj or, from G rannis. L ucas H ead, a senior Agriculture B usiness maj or, from Mena. T amra H udson, a senior E lementary E ducation maj or, from Cove . Southern Arkansas U nive rsity also announced the F all 2 0 16 semester Dean’s L ist, which is comp rised of 5 14 students who earned a 3 .5 G PA or higher. Students from this area include: E liza beth B aker, a sop homore Pre-N ursing ( B SN ) maj or, from Mena. R achel B owling, a senior E lementary E ducation K-6 maj or, from Mena. Summer Daugherty, a senior Management major, from Hatfield. Tara Davis, a freshman Elementary Education K- major, from Mena. Chance Dearing, a senior Agriculture Business major, from Cove. Reba Faye McLellan, a sophomore ndeclared major, from Hatfield. Donah Simmons, a senior Elementary Education K- major, from Mena. Shelby Vaughn, a senior E lementary E ducation K-6 maj or, from Mena. T aylor W ard, a senior Social W ork maj or, from Mena. Jo di W est, a senior E lementary E ducation K-6 maj or, from Mena. Southern Arkansas U nive rsity has been recognize d nationally for its q uality and affordability. W ith more than 8 0 degrees and p rograms at the undergraduate and graduate lev els, SAU has the comp lete college exp erience on camp us as well as many online degrees offerings. F or more information, vi sit www.SAU mag.edu.


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Thursday, 2/23 • 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 Caf . Call Lisa Martin 21 - 8 or Charles Pitman 216-4882 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. – 3:00p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 71 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 5:00 p.m. - 9th Street Ministries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the th Street Ministries building. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s Meeting at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 115 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 47 -21 -4 0 or 47 24 -02 7. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. Call 47 -2 4-22 7 for more

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• ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE will be held at Mena First United Methodist Church on March 1st at p.m. Everyone is welcome. • MENA HEAD START PRESCHOOL is taking applications for fall enrollment. Call 47 -4 7- 7 for details. • STARLAB PRESENTED BY COSSATOT RIVER STATE PARK will be held on Saturday, February 25th at the isitor Center. Join Park Interpreters to enjoy a unique experience exploring the wonders of the night sky and discovering the Native American folklore of the constellations. The Starlab is a large inflatable dome that can stars can be projected onto. Programs will begin at a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m, and p.m.

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, 115 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 47 -21 4 0 or 47 -24 -02 7. Friday, 2/24 • 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. - PCDC Board of Directors meet at the MRHS Conference Room A. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Fiber Arts group meets at Mena Art Gallery. • 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. - Gator & Friends will play at The American Legion in Acorn, admission . Potluck and 50-50 drawing, with door pri es. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 115 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 47 -21 4 0 or 47 -24 -02 7. Saturday, 2/25 • 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, 115 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 47 -24 02 7 or 47 -21 -4 0 . Sunday, 2/26 • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 115 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 47 -21 4 0 or 47 -24 -02 7. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. Monday, 2/27 : a.m. : p.m. God’s Feeding Hands Mission Center will serve free Groceries free Toiletry to the needy at 1200 Reeves Ave, Mena. • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. : p.m. Clarice’s Room of ope group gathering will be held at 40 North Morrow St., Suite C.

• 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, 115 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 47 -21 4 0 or 47 -24 -02 7. • 7:00 p.m. – Mena Elks Lodge meeting. All Elks are invited to attend. • 7:00 p.m. – Home Front Warriors CMA Chapter 377 meeting at Limetree Restaurant. Tuesday, 2/28 • 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 th Street Ministries Building. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art Gallery, 07 Mena St. Bring your current projects and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 71 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Hateld 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. – Al-Anon for the families of addicts and alcoholics meets at the ABC Club. • 7:00 p.m. – The Marine Corps League Detachment will meet at Lighthouse Fitness. • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Bluegrass music at Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room. • 7:30 p.m. – Mountain Meadow Masonic Lodge #218 will meet at the Hatfield Lodge. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, th Port Arthur. 47 -2 42887 or 47 -2 4- 04 . Wednesday, 3/1 • The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in Hatfield, Wickes, Grannis, andervoort, Cove, and Mena at noon. • 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Charm Quilters will meet at the Free Will Baptist Church on the corner of Petros and Cherry St. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove

Branch Library is open. • 5:45 p.m. – The Mena First United Methodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – Warriors for Christ will meet at the Southside Church of God. • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Regeneration Youth Ministries meets at Mena Church of God Hwy 88 East. • 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church offers Discovery Kids Kindergarten Thru 5th Grade Collide Youth Ministry th 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, 1 11 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, 115 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 47 -21 4 0 or 47 -24 -02 7. • 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 20 8th St. No cost or obligation. Everyone is invited. Call 4-1017 or 4-5 55 for more info.


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oddlers lov e to p lay with buttons. O ur son’s fav orite toy and teether was either the T V remote control or cordless p hone.. J ust seeing it caused him to saliv ate ex citedly while reaching as if it was chocolate cov ered ( that’s what my brain relates to.) T he worst that could hap p en with these, if you weren’t p aying close attention to your little darlin’, was the p ossibility of changing the channel just as you were about to find out if Dr. McDreamy was really dead R making an international call to Russia. T oday, anywhere we go, we see the tiniest of human beings maneuv ering their way on iPads/ cell phones tablets… it’s as if there has always been this unknown internet app gene that allows them to be born already knowing how to navigate the global informational highway AND teach parents and grandparents along the way! As parents, we now have this added awesome responsibility to not only teach our children how to navigate the world safely, we hav e to educate them to be tech sav v y while nav igating this new digital world as safely as p ossible. Here are some interesting facts - the most recent survey, I could find, of teens who have a smart p hone was from 2 0 15 and estimated that 7 8 % of all teens hav e a cellp hone, 47 % of which are using a smart phone a staggering 9 are using social media (Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat) of which 71 are using multiple platforms daily and while we like to think that they are safe when they are tucked in their room, if they are online v ia a comp uter or a cellular dev ice, thousands of child p redators hav e access. Hundreds of thousands of teen girls are kidnapped each year and many of those are lured via online, many times by a predator appearing to be the child’s age. So many children fall prey to this type Tina Estes celebrated her nd birthday along with her of attention because they are so starv ed for attention in general. grandmother Bea addo , who just turned years old. T here are p lenty of brochures and sites that offer adv ice of monitoring your child’s online activ ity and The celebration took place in Tyler, Te as, on anuary , I certainly recommend learning from all of them, but I think in the grand scheme of our efforts to not only 2 with family. educate our child of the dangers and to ultimately p rotect them, the best defense is a January solid relationship 6, 2016 with your child. A relationship that encourages openness and honesty, a relationship that is built on trust, that they know whom they can come to for guidance, a relationship that allows them to feel safe and not threatened to ask uestions when faced with those completely unpredictable and unscripted situations. And those types of relationships don’t just happen overnight. It comes from years of devoting your attention to your child, confirming their worth and value, balancing the responsibilities with fun and silly times, and lov ing them as unconditionally as J esus lov es us, which includes saying “ no” and being the “ bad guy” as often as being their “ friend.” I, personally, would love to lock them up in a safe little bubble and protect them ank is Katelyn Strother’s month old Blue Heeler. like a ferocious momma gri ly bear, but I know (and trust) that God designed them for a specific purpose (Ephesians 2 10) and that He loves them more than I can (although I do struggle with grasping that.) This world seems to be getting darker each and ev ery day and we must raise them to be H is light in an ev il, p erv erted, twisted, Please share your favorite photo of your pet. and fallen world that seeks to rob them of their innocence (1 Peter ). Raise them ou may drop it off or mail it to: to be courageous and willing to forego the acceptance of their peers to recogni e The Polk County Pulse wy S. when certain situations must be stopped. (Deuteronomy 1 2) Raise them to be all Mena, AR or email: e.rowell mypulsenews.com that He has called them to be… and the only people that need to be locked up are the p redators that p rey on their comp assion and innocence.

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Rolling Back Regulations CONTRIBUTED BY U.S. SENATOR JOHN BOOZMAN

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resident R onald R eagan, well known for his oratorical skills, delive red one of the best lines on how an effective government should operate during his first inaugural address. Standing on the steps of the .S. Capitol, he told the American people the way to fix Washington was to make government “work with us, not over us to stand by our side, not ride our back. Regulations that protect consumers, borrowers and the environment improve the uality of life for all Americans. They ensure we have safe food to eat, access to credit at fair rates and clean air to breathe. When properly devised, they closely follow President Regan’s philosophy of making government “stand by our side, not ride our back. When agencies overregulate, the rights of law-abiding Americans are ignored and our economic growth comes to a grinding halt. verbearing, excessive regulations take farmers away from tending to their crop s, slow the lines at manufacturing p lants, and sap resources that could otherwise be p ut toward hiring more Americans. Someone who normally would be doing work that creates revenue is taken off task for a considerable amount of time to fill out burdensome paperwork. verregulation became the norm during President bama’s administration. Rather than working with Congress the direct representatives of the American people to resolve our country’s issues, President bama used the regulatory process to enact his own agenda. nder his direction, agencies issued regulations at such a rapid pace that the New ork Times dubbed him the “Regulator-in-Chief. Congress has been moving uickly to deliver on its promise to reverse ill-advised and economically damaging bama-era regulations by using the powers granted to the Senate and the House of Representatives through the Congressional Review Act. This law allows Congress to overturn any new regulation within sixty days of its submission, with a joint resolution of disapproval. So far, the Senate has p assed resolutions of disap p rova l to eliminate misguided regulations that threatened thousands of American coal workers’ jobs, placed unreasonable compliance burdens on our energy sector, and potentially deprived seniors and disabled Americans of their Second Amendment rights without due process. Confirming cabinet nominees is another important step that the Senate will play in this process. The new administration shares this view of overregulation and is putting forth nominees who will work support our efforts to address it. Scott Pruitt, the new Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is a perfect example of a someone who will be a strong partner in our efforts. During President bama’s administration, the EPA became the poster child for overregulation. For the past eight years, the agency acted as a political arm of the bama administration by developing rules not based on sound science, but political ideology. When rules are being released, states, the private sector and even Congress have had trouble getting the EPA to show the science that helped develop these rules. Finally, I will work with my colleagues to pass meaningful reform, such as the REINS Act, which I am cosponsoring, to bring commonsense to the rule making process. ur system of government grants the executive branch the ability to make regulations. In doing so, we entrust agency officials with the responsibility of making sensible rules that do not encroach on our freedoms. When regulations go too far, Congress has a responsibility to protect the rights of the American people. We’ve taken the first steps of many to roll back regulations and I look forward to working with my colleagues and the White House moving forward.

Westerman: “America Must Always Take Care of Those Who Defend Our Freedom” CONTRIBUTED BY CONGRESSMAN BRUCE WESTERMAN

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ASHINGT N Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-0 ) released the following statement Monday (February 13) upon passage of the BRA E Act, the HIRE ets Act, and the WINGMAN Act “The men and women who serve our nation in uniform make incredible sacrifices in defense of freedom, Westerman said. “We must honor their courage and commitment to our country by taking care of them. n Monday, the House of Representatives passed a series of bills that would prioriti e the hiring of veterans and streamline casework. America must always take care of those who defend our freedom and that is why I was glad to cast my vote for these bills. A description of each bill, according to the House Republican Conference H.R. 2 , HIRE ets Act “… would re uire the Department of Labor (D L) to establish the HIRE ets Medallion Program, within one year of enactment, to annually recogni e businesses for their efforts to employ veterans. D L would make awards to employers, on a voluntary basis, who recruit, employ, and retain veterans and provide community and charitable services supporting the veteran community. Employers would earn either p latinum or gold status based on req uirements related to the number of veterans hired each year, if they provide pay e uity for Guardsmen and Reserve employees who were called up to active military service, and if certain other re uirements are met. H.R. 12, the WINGMAN Act “… would enable congressional staff, which would include staff sometimes referred to as caseworkers,’ to have read only’ access to veterans’ records in the databases of the eterans Benefits Administration ( BA), if the veteran provides permission to the Congressional office to allow their records to be accessed. This would enable staff, who are already certified to access these records, to bypass the step of having to use the A as a intermediator to receive them. H.R. 97 , the BRA E Act “… would allow the Secretary of the Department of eterans Affairs, when awarding procurement contracts for good or servi ces, to give p reference to gove rnment contractors that employ veterans on a full-time basis.


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Senate Proposes Limiting Attorney Fees CONTRIBUTED BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE

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L I T T L E R O CK – G ov . Asa H utchinson today signed into law a bill to p rovi de p aid maternity leave to state workers. SB 12 5 was introduced by Senator Missy I rvi n and R ep resentative DeAnn Vaught. T he bill p rovi des for four weeks of p aid maternity leave for state agency emp loyees. G ove rnor H utchinson issued the following statement: “ I am p leased that the maternity leave bill p assed through the legislature with bipartisan support. Mothers make up a significant portion of our state’s workforce and this bill will ensure that we retain their vi tal contributions, while also allowing them to take care of their new additions. A fair maternity leave p olicy is crucial to a state’s ability to retain va luable emp loyees and I am p leased that this is now the law of the state.” Senator I rvi n issued the following statement: “ T his is a monumental day for women, families and children in Arkansas. I n p assing Senate B ill 12 5 we are leading the nation on this imp ortant p ro-family and p ro-woman issue. Senate B ill 12 5 p rovi des for p aid maternity leave for our state emp loyees for births and adop tions by utilizi ng hours donated by fellow employees without costing taxpayers a dime. It is by far, one of the smartest and most efficient laws we have passed. R ep resentative Vaught issued the following statement: “I love that we have finally found a way to help soon-to-be parents that work for state agencies here in Arkansas at no additional cost to taxpayers. T oday is a great day for working mothers in our state. As a mother, I am honored to be able to carry legislation that will help our dedicated state emp loyees as they become p arents.” E mp loyees may now take up to four weeks of p aid maternity leav e within the first 12 weeks after the birth or adoption of a child. The program reuires the employee to have been employed by the state for more than one year. The law does not re uire employees to exhaust sick or annual leave p rior to being awarded catastrop hic leave for maternity p urp oses. U nder the new law, all agency catastrop hic leave banks will be eliminated and rep laced with a single leave bank for all agencies that will be administered by the ffice of Personnel Management. I t is imp ortant to note that the state’s maternity leave p rogram will op erate with no additional cost to taxpayers because the hours donated to the catastrop hic leave bank are already accounted for as an unfunded liability in the state budget.

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L I T T L E R O CK – After a lengthy and imp assioned debate, the Senate vo ted to refer to vo ters a p rop osed constitutional amendment that would limit attorneys’ fees in civi l lawsuits and limit the amount of p unitive damages that can be awarded. T he measure is Senate Jo int R esolution 8 . T he Senate vo te is a vi rtual guarantee that it will be one of the p rop osed constitutional amendments that the legislature will refer to vo ters this session. I n each regular session the legislature may refer up to three, although it has sometimes referred fewer than three. T his year the Senate and the H ouse each will select a p rop osed amendment, and SJR 8 will be the Senate’s choice. B oth bodies will have to agree on a third p rop osal. T he p rop osed amendments will be on the general election ballot in N ove mber of 2 0 18 . SJR 8 would limit contingency fees charged by attorneys in civi l lawsuits to a third of the net recove ry. Punitive and non-economic damages would be limited to $ 2 5 0 ,0 0 0 , or to three times the amount of compensatory damages awarded. The resolution defines non-economic damages as those that cannot be defined in money, including pain and suffering, mental and emotional stress, loss of life or comp anionship , vi sible result of inj ury and p hysical imp airment. T he Senate also amended H B 12 49 , which would allow staff at state-sup p orted colleges and universities to carry a concealed firearm if they have a permit. The amendment re uires them to take an additional 16 hours of training. Even if they are licensed to carry a firearm and have taken the re uired 1 hours of additional training, the amendment would not allow them to take a gun into a meeting at which their j ob p erformance, grieva nces or discip linary matters were being discussed. Also, they still could not take the weap on into a child care facility on the camp us, nor could they carry their firearm into a dormitory. Adding the amendment means that H B 12 49 must be reconsidered by the H ouse before it becomes law. T he H ouse Ju diciary Committee would vo te on the amended ve rsion of the bill, and if the committee adva nced it the entire H ouse would vo te on the amended bill. I n other news the gove rnor signed SB 12 5 to allow maternity leav e of up to four weeks with p ay for state emp loyees. I t is now Act 18 2 . T he act will not cost the state money because the leave will come from time donated by fellow workers into a catastrop hic leav e bank. E mp loyees may use their maternity leave within the first 12 weeks after the birth or adoption of their baby. They will not have to exhaust their annual leave or sick leave in order to ualify for maternity leave. The Senate approved SB 123 to make permanent a pilot program that re uires welfare recipients to take drug tests. I n the p ilot p rogram, 3 ,0 40 recip ients were asked if they used drugs, and based on their answers 17 of them were red-flagged. f those, 11 refused to take a drug test and lost their benefits for six months. Another two tested p ositive and because they refused to go into drug counseling they also lost their benefits for six months. SB 123 was sent to the House, where it was referred to the Public H ealth, W elfare and L abor Committee.

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ale Carnegie once said, “ Peop le don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” T his is true of anyone, ev eryone wants to know they are cared for. At Acorn, Valerie Couch is a liv ing ex amp le of this q uote, she is caring for her students and inv esting in their liv es each and ev ery day. Valerie is the band teacher at Acorn H igh School. Along with the band, she also leads the choir for students as well. Valerie is no stranger to music, she has been p laying music and singing herself since she was in high school. “ I lov e music, I lov e teaching it and I lov e p erforming. I t can be a lot of fun,” Valerie says smiling. She earned her Associate of Arts at Central B ap tist College [ CB C] while attending school on a v ocal scholarship . After her time at CB U , she earned her B achelor’s in Music from the U niv ersity of Central Arkansas [ U CA] . Valerie grew up in Polk County and attended Mena, when she had the op p ortunity to come back to the area she j ump ed at it. She took a j ob at O den where she taught K-12 music. “ I t was a real family atmosp here there, it help ed that my husband worked there as well,” she says with a smile. As much as Valerie lov es music, she lov es books and reading. “ I decided to get my Masters in L ibrary Science and then I worked in the L ibrary as well. I worked at O den for a total of 18 years, I had some great students,” ex p lains Valerie. W hen an op p ortunity p rov ided itself for her husband Shawn to become the p rincip al at Acorn, the band teacher p osition also op ened up and so Valerie came to Acorn as well. “ I wanted the op p ortunity to work where Shawn was and I’m glad I was able to come here, it’s been great, she says. When alerie first arrived at Acorn, she taught all grades for band. alerie had a busy schedule. “I was booked up for a coup le of years, I enj oyed it a lot, but I am blessed for the op p ortunity to focus on the high school band.” Valerie enj oys teaching band, not only because it is a j oy of hers, but she lov es the difference it is making in students’ liv es. “ At Acorn we hav e tried to p rov ide sev eral op portunities for students, we want them to feel like they belong. It’s so awesome seeing the confidence that kids get while they are learning, says alerie proudly. It means a lot to Valerie that students want to take band or choir, although they are considered ‘ academic’ and students get grades, it is not a req uirement that students p articip ate in band or choir. “ I t means the world to me that they take my classes; hop efully, it means that they enj oy what I ’m teaching and they feel like I care about them,” says Valerie. As a result of Valerie’s care for students, the band has swelled to almost 10 0 students! T he administration and teachers at Acorn hav e tried to p rov ide a p lace where students feel like they belong. Valerie’s efforts has help ed mov e this v ision forward. She is undoubtedly making band and choir fun, but maybe more than anything else, she cares about her students so much. “ My students make it easy to come to work. Some days I can’t believ e that I get to come here and work,” Valerie said beaming. L ife is full of relationship s, relationship s among families, friends, co-workers, and the list goes on and on. Valerie takes her j ob seriously because it is more than a j ob, it is about building relationship s with her students. “ My j ob isn’t j ust transferring information, it is totally about building relationship s and caring for students,” says Valerie. W hile at college, she learned the imp act that a teacher’s words can hav e on a student. “ I was always tough on myself when it came to p laying the p iano. O ne day my p iano teacher told me I did a good j ob, she had nev er said that before, but I remember how imp ortant it was to me,” ex p lains Valerie. Since this interaction, she has tried to make sure that she is always sp eaking encouragement into the liv es of her students. “ I ask myself, do the students feel lov ed today? I f I feel like they do, then I did my j ob that day.” Valerie is an ex amp le to ev eryone around her that their words and actions can build into the liv es of p eop le. A kind word and a caring attitude towards others giv es v alue to those around us, “ I can forget, but our words carry a big imp act in the liv es of p eop le,” said Valerie.

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enry F ord once said, “ I f I had asked p eop le what they wanted, they would hav e said faster horses.” T hankfully, Mr. F ord didn’t ask and as a result of his work and the work of others, millions of Americans enj oy the comfort of trav eling in automobiles. As anyone knows, cars left alone without maintenance and care, they won’t p erform effectiv ely. R obbie at H ornet T ire in Cov e is working hard to ensure that p eop le hav e can hav e p eace of mind as they driv e each day. R obbie and Deana are the owners of H ornet T ire since Ap ril of 2 0 14. W hen they p urchased the land for the shop , you could say it was a ‘ slam-dunk buy’. T hat’s because in a p ublic auction in 2 0 13 , R obbie p urchased the old Van-Cov e basketball gymnasium along with the rest of the school p rop erty. “ I t was a great deal. I was fortunate to get the gym and then started going to work to make it a shop . R obbie has worked in the automobile industry in some cap acity for nearly 3 0 years. “ I worked for different wrecker serv ices and I worked in sev eral shop s learning the rop es,” ex p lains R obbie. B efore buying the p rop erty, R obbie was working on the road, but wanted to be back in Polk County. B oth he and his wife are from the Cov e area and that is where they wanted to end up . “ I hav e liv ed here since I was 15 . I wanted to be at home with my wife and kids, and the idea began for op ening a shop ,” he says. Although Hornet Tire may be one of the biggest shops in Polk County, it had small beginnings. “At first, it was just me here. My first job was changing the oil on a lawn mower, laughs Robbie. After purchasing the gym, Robbie spent time taking up the old gym floor and began transforming the gym into a shop. This transformation included installing three large bay doors on the south end of the building and installing eq uip ment. “ T here was a lot in here that had a lot of history. W e hav e actually kep t the section of flooring with the hornet mascot on it and put it in the lobby. We wanted to keep a piece of the community alive, says R obbie. O v er time, the crew has grown and more and more eq uip ment has been added. “ Combined, we hav e almost 45 years ex p erience.” B efore coming back to op en the shop , R obbie had been on the road working and a lot had changed in the automobile industry. “ I had to do some homework on the newer cars that were coming out. J ust like anything else, we had some growing p ains at the beginning.” 2 R obbie is p roud of the ability they hav e to serv e the surrounding communities and p rov ide serv ices that meet ev ery need. “ W e do work for p eop le here in Polk County, January 2016 Smithv ille, W atson, and other p laces in O klahoma as well.” R obbie and the crew can do light and heav y duty rep airs, the heav y duty rep airs meaning Semi trucks, 6, R V’s, ambulances, and ev en deliv ery trucks. “ W e hav e an alignment rack that allows us to pretty much put any vehicle on it. It is an 1 ,000lb rack, we can service fire trucks with it,” says R obbie p roudly. Along with rep air work, the crew does a lot of alignment and tire work. “ W e hav e a machine that p rints out a full diagnostic rep ort when we do an alignment check so customers can see where their v ehicles hav e gotten out of sp ec.” R obbie has a good selection of tires on hand and if he doesn’t hav e what you are looking for, they can order your tires and hav e them in the nex t day! “ Almost all of our tires hav e road haz ard warranty, which is imp ortant around here.” H ornet T ire takes p ride in doing the hard work for the hard working p eop le in Polk County. Along with car and truck tires, they can work on large truck tires and any agricultural tires. “ W e hav e worked on tires for dump trucks, skidder, and a road grater as well.” H ornet T ire in Cov e is working hard to take care of p eop le’s automotiv e needs. T heir decades of ex p erience can get your car working and back on the road in no time. F or information on serv ices p rov ided, call R obbie or Deana at 8 7 0 -3 8 7 -8 2 7 0 or v isit them on H ighway 4 at the old high school gymnasium in Cov e.

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q uarter would be imp ortant and they couldn’t relax eve n though we had an 11 p oint lead and they come back out, p layed good defense, rebounded well and kep t their turnove rs down and that’s the key in most games.” Acorn started the ballgame on a 7 -3 run, forcing the L ady T roj ans to call a q uick timeout with 4: 2 2 left in the first uarter. After the timeout, the L ady T igers went on to score six more points to Kirby’s five, making the score 13 -8 after one. T he L ady T igers started ext ending their lead in the second q uarter, as Kirby allowed 2 0 p oints to Acorn, while the L ady T roj ans were held to j ust 14. After two q uarters, the score was 3 3 -2 2 in favo r of the L ady T igers at halftime. N umber twenty-two, Smith, led Kirby with 11 p oints at the half, as F aith H ill led the L ady T igers with 16 p oints. Juust st as their Coach told them, the L ady T igers didn’t relax and continued to dominate the court after the half. During the third q uarter, the Kirby offense was held to 12 p oints, while their defense gave up 20 points to the Lady Tigers, to make the score 3-3 going into the final uarter of p lay. Acorn didn’t let up in the fourth q uarter, as the L ady T igers outscored Kirby 18 -8 , to win the game and become 1A 7 -W est District Champ ions by 2 9 p oints, with a score of 7 1-42 . Smith led the Kirby L ady T roj ans with 11 p oints, while R amsey and H armon added on 6 each, Swanson 5 , number twelve 4, Anderson and R eid 3 , and Price and Duggan 2 . F aith H ill led the Acorn L ady T igers with 3 1 p oints on the night, while T ori B arrett scored 12 of her own, Sop hie Ja ckson 9 , B rooke B ates 5 , Morgan F agan 4. Coach Ja ckson admitted that p laying on home court certainly has its adva ntages, “They played with a lot confidence. ou know we’re 1 -0 at home for the year. We’ve

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he Mena B earcats hav e been on a tear in the second half of their season, stringing together sev eral imp ressiv e v ictories heading into the p ost season. T heir competitive play took them into the first round of the 7- A Senior High District Tournament where they defeated the Fountain Lake Cobras by 12 points. The B earcats were led in scoring by Connor H arv ey with 2 0 p oints, as Cross H ughes chip p ed in 14 as well. Second round of the district tournament found the Bearcats battling against the B aux ite Miners. Mena started off the game slow, allowing the Miners to take an 1 -11 lead into the second uarter. The second uarter was a defensiv e struggle, both teams only scoring eight p oints a p iece. After the defensiv e battle, B aux ite p ossessed a sev en point lead at halftime, with the score 2 -19. Cross was the leading B earcat scorer at the half with 8 p oints. T he third n Saturday, F ebruary 11, 2 0 17 , the Acorn Archery teams p articip ated at R egional comp etition in Delight, uarter proved to be competitive, both teams fighting for Arkansas. T eams from around the region including Mena, Cossatot, and DeQ ueen comp eted for one of an adv antage, but the Miners ultimately took the lead into the top three seats to receive an invi tation to Archery State comp etition. Acorn Archery Senior H igh team p laced third in the region with a total score of 3 0 7 3 . I n addition, Senior the final uarter of play with a score of 1-33. The Bearcats Chantry B lake was the high ov erall shooter of the tournament with a 2 8 9 . F reshman B rody W ebb came in 2 nd were within four p oints multip le times in the fourth q uarter, in the tournament with a 2 8 8 . Ju nior B ridgette Magness p laced 2 nd in the female divi sion with a score of 2 8 2 . but couldn’t finish Bauxite off. Both teams went on to score Acorn Archery will comp ete at the State tournament in H ot Sp rings on March 4, 2 0 17 . Acorn hop es to make nineteen p oints a p iece in the last q uarter, as the Miners a rep eat vi sit to the N ationals tournament in L ouisvi lle, Kentucky. Coach Standridge and Coach L yle are ve ry defeated Mena by eight points, 0- 2. Cross Hughes led the p leased with all the archers and look forward to future successes. Bearcats with 1 total points in the game, while Connor Harv ey added on 11 p oints of his own, B lake Seals 9 p oints, Z eb Wilson 7 points, Nick Myers points, and Darius Simms, Back Row: Mindy CONTINUED ON PAGE 26 Lyle, Bridgette

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n Ja nuary 2 8 th, Cody W oods of Southern I mp act Martial Arts trave lled to comp ete in the E ast T exa s O p en B razi llian Ji u-Ji tsu T ournament in T yler, T exa s. W oods rep resented both Southern I mp act and Mena ve ry well by winning a gold medal in the no-gi, 15 6 16 7 p ound weight class of the blue belt divi sion. H is exp erience and ap titude in catch wrestling p rove d too strong for his op p onents as he won his semi-final match in less than a minute and a half and his championship match in a resounding 12 seconds, both vi a straight ankle lock. Desp ite his dominant p erformances to win gold, W oods’ most gratifying moment of the day was getting to watch his son enj oy the sensation of comp etitive grap p ling. Seve n year old Auden W oods ( trains out of O uachita Mountain Martial Arts) took silve r in the gi, 5 7 -6 7 p ound weight class of the grey belt divi sion, where he won his first match by a 1 -2 point margin. He lost the championship match via a choke hold, but desp ite losing, gained a trove of exp erience. “ I believe our success as a team in multip le discip lines, p oint systems, and rule sets speaks volumes for the fundamentals we teach. We don’t train specifics for different rules but focus on ove rall control. G rap p ling is an indivi dual sp ort, but also has a team comp onent, and still teaches teamwork and the imp ortance of working together. T hat’s something I believe is imp ortant to teach our kids at a young age,” said W oods.

Cody Woods, center, earned a Gold Medal in the East Texas Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament in Tyler, Texas in the no-gi, 156-167 lb. weight class of the blue belt division.

Auden Woods, pictured far left, won a Silver Medal in the gi, 57-67 pound weight class of the grey belt division, in the East Texas Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament in Tyler, Texas.

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got a p retty good seed in the regional already … this j ust help s us j ust a little bit more. W e p layed with a lot of heart tonight. I figured it up, we’re at 7 -11 at home since 2012. The Lady Tigers had a bye in the first round of district play and defeated the Mt. Ida Lady Lions in the second round on Thursday. Acorn outscored the Lady Lions 21-1 in the first uarter, as Brooke Bates added on points and 2 three pointers. The Lady Tigers extended their lead to 10 points in the second uarter, as Acorn scored 17 points to Mt. Ida’s 13, to make the score 3 -2 at halftime. Patty Ann Whisenhunt, number 23, led the Lady Lions with 9 points, while Faith Hill led Acorn with 10 points. The Lady Tigers defense shined in the third uarter, as Acorn held the Lady Lions to only 7 points, while the Lady Tigers scored 1 of their own. Making the score -3 going into the final uarter of play. Adding to the excitement of the game and the on-going rivalry between the Lady Tigers and the Lady Lions, was a Technical call against number 22 Braelynne Bates of the Lady Lions, resulting in the Lady Tigers adding 2 more to their score. Acorn held a lead as large as 30 in the fourth, but when the final bu er rang, the Lady Tigers defeated Mt. Ida by 2 points, 70- 2. Whisenhunt led the Mt. Ida Lady Lions with 1 points, as Bates scored 10 points of her own, Smith , Burke , and Fiorello 3. Sophie Jackson led the Acorn Tigers with 21 points, while Brooke Bates added on 1 , Faith Hill 1 , Makayla Anderson , Tori Barrett . The Lady Tigers are the top seed going into regional action this week at County Line High School. Coach Jackson’s strategy is simple, “They’re playing well right now. ou just got to make your game plans, it’s all about match-ups, who you draw, and doing it one game at a time. The Lady Tigers will travel to Branch, Ark. Wednesday, February 22, to face the Lady Saints of St. Paul with tip off at 7 p.m.

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Faith Hill posted up for a shot from the elbow, landing her team the rst of many pointers. ill along with the rest of the team were on re as they bla ed through the Lady Trojan defense.

Team member hoisted Senior Morgan Fagan up to proudly move their team’s name to the Championship slot on the bracket.

Lady Tiger Sophie Jackson fought strong Lady Trojan defense to sink a basket from inside the lane.

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B rock Strother, and Carson Cannon 2 p oints. After losing a close one to the Miners in the second round of District, the B earcats took on the R obinson Senators in a consolation game, Saturday F ebruary 18 th, at N ashv ille H igh School. T he contest p rov ed to be a battle with R obinson only taking a six p oint lead into halftime. Coach T homas Powell said of his team’s effort in the first half, “We played hard and executed the game plan well to keep us in the game.” T he B earcats came out of the locker room battling, cutting into the Senator’s lead and keeping the game close going into the final uarter. Bearcat players continued to p lay hard-nose basketball, p utting p ressure on R obinson to p rotect the lead. Desp ite their efforts, the B earcats came up short at the end of the game, with a final score, 1- 3. “We kept it close, but just couldn’t get the lead from them and they made free throws in the end to keep their lead. I ’m p roud of our guys,” says Coach Powell. The Bearcats competitive play and first round district win against Fountain Lake has earned them a sp ot in the 4A South R egional T ournament at N ashv ille H igh School. Mena will come into the tournament as a 4 seed, the B earcats will comp ete against the Lumberjacks of Warren, the 1 seed in the bottom half of the bracket. Coach Powell on the upcoming match up with Warren, “They won their conference championship by upsetting Monticello. They are what you would expect from a team like Warren, long and athletic, with speed and uickness. The Bearcats and Lumberjacks will tip off Wednesday February 22, at Nashville High School. F or more information on each of these games, click on the Sp orts tab at myp ulsenews.com

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he Vandervo ort E lementary and Middle School Archery teams recently comp eted in their R egional T ournament, earning 3 rd p lace. T heir p lacing garnered them a bid in state comp etition, which will be held March 3 rd in H ot Sp rings. Pictured bottom left is Vandervo ort E lementary Archery T eam: B ack row: Coaches, Samantha B oyette, Amy Martin, and T ina J ewell. Middle R ow: Ja yden Jo hnson, T homas B roach, B rodie Dickerson, L andon Case, Z enia Schmidt, Desiree W ard, Mattie R oss, Kyler McKee, Shawn H arris, B raylen R alls. F ront R ow: B radley H arwood, B radley W ade, L aci Dixo n, G arrett T umbleson, E lij ah Smith, Austin B ailey, R ylee Dunn. Pictured botton right is Vandervo ort Middle School Archery T eam: B ack R ow: Coach Samantha B oyette, H unter B ruke, Colton Peters, Jo hn Je well, Kody Martin, Corbin W ilson, Coach T ina Je well. Middle R ow: G racie Potter, Je ssica H arris, B raylee Je well, T oby W atkins, Ja cob Mize , B etty Je well, Coach Amy Martin. F ront R ow: B ailynn Dehart, N athan W atkins, R udy Arce, Connor Mink, Keeton McCarve r, Mia Dixo n, H unter H amm, L ily McI ntyre, T yler G raham.

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his week of President’s Day we shall honor our nation’s first president, George Washington. Born February 22, 1732, Washington is known as the “Father of our country and has been described as, “First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen. When he was leaving home to begin what would become a lifelong service to his country, the parting words of his mother, Mrs. Mary Washington, included “Remember that God is our only sure trust. To Him, I commend you..... My son, neglect not the duty of secret prayer. Through his creation of a personal prayer book at age 20, his witnessed prayers at alley Forge, and his many supplications to Almighty God as President on behalf of his nation, Washington was indeed faithful in heeding his mother’s admonition. In what has come to be known as Washington’s “Earnest Prayer , as expressed in his Circular Letter Addressed to the Governors of all the States on Disbanding of the Army, June 1 , 17 3 from Newburgh, New ork, he stated, “Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the Characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation. In this same letter Washington continued, “I have thus freely declared what I wished to make known, before I surrendered up my public trust to those who committed it to me. The task is now accomplished. I now bid adieu to your Excellency, as the chief magistrate of your State, at the same time I bid a last farewell to the cares of office and all the employments of public life. When King George III heard that Washington would resign his commission to a powerless Congress (essentially refusing the opportunity to be a king), he told the painter Benjamin West “If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world. It has been said that Washington was less elo uent than Thomas Jefferson less educated than James Madison less experienced than Benjamin Franklin and less talented than Alexander Hamilton. et, these men (and many others) looked to Washington for leadership. They knew from his personal virtue and character that he could accept, exercise, and relin uish power - all with assurance, humility, and purpose guided by religious principle and tempered by moral restraint rooted in his Christian faith. In three vital ways George Washington shaped our nation. First, he commanded American military forces during the War of Independence. Second, he presided over the writing of our Constitution. And third, he served as our first president. After Washington’s death, Reverend J.T. Kirkland said of him, “....no one could express, more fully, his sense of the Providence of God, and the dependence of man. Washington was, as biographer James Flexner called him, the “Indispensable Man of the American founding. Without George Washington, there may never have been a nited States of America. America’s future has never been secured by the greatness of her people or leaders of years past. ur forefathers only be ueathed to us what was paid for through their faith in God, their uest for freedom, and their blood and treasure. ur future, likewise, will depend on our decisions in whether or not to continue in the same strength of commitment and resolve. As another great president reminded us in more recent history “you and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right. Well I’d like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down man’s old, aged-old dream, the ultimate individual freedom consistent with order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism.

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ow that the uachita Little Theatre hit, Southern Hospitality, has finished its run, it is time to start on Mary Poppins, the next LT production. This Thursday, February 23, Friday, February 2 , and Saturday, February 2 , both budding and experienced thespians will have the opportunity to audition for one of the 30 plus roles in the show. All auditions will be held at the LT, 10 Mena St. Thursday’s audition will be held from p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday’s audition will be held from p.m. to p.m., while Saturday’s auditions will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cast selection will be published no later than Monday, February 27. The first cast meeting will be Tuesday, February 2 at 00 pm. According to the director, Rudi Timmerman, and music director, Judy Kropp, an attempt was made to have a variety of times so that anyone interested would be able to audition. However, added Timmerman, if these times don’t work, give us a call at 2 3- 903 and arrange for another time. Mary Poppins will be presented May through 7 and May 11 through 13. It should be noted that the second weekend will have shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday, May 1 is Mena High School graduation so there will be no show on that day. There are 2 named characters in the show in addition to an ensemble of Park Strollers, Customers, Kite Flyers, Sweeps, etc. Lots of folks of all ages, with the exception of those younger than 7, and genders will be needed. The major roles of Bert, Mary, Jane, Michael, and several others will be chosen solely on the bases of auditions. Nevertheless, anyone who wants to be in this show and is a paid member will be offered a part, even if it is in the ensemble. Rehearsals will typically be Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings. However, depending on the role, an individual’s attendance may be limited to one or two nights until just before the show date. This is a musical so characters playing major roles will need to demonstrate their musical ability. To that end, the directors will ask for the following Everyone sing a portion of “Let’s Fly a Kite - Words and music will be available, and a brief tutorial, if desired, will be provided Those auditioning for Mary Poppins may need to sing “Practically Perfect. Dance team choreographers may ask for a demonstration of dance skills. Demonstration and instruction will be available prior to the audition. Musical accompaniment will be provided. Mary Poppins promises to be a great show. The directors hope you will audition and become part of this wonderful show. There are no precast parts and everyone has an e ual chance for any part. LT has been putting on uality shows since 1979 and has established itself as a champion of the arts and mainstay of the community. None of that would have been possible without community support. Auditioning for a show is one way to show your support. For more information, check out www.oltmena.com.

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ena Art Gallery’s featured artist for March will be James Anderson, a photographer from an Buren. Jim is a retired school teacher who taught and coached in Poteau, klahoma for 30 years. He has a true love of geography, and his love of teaching showed in the students he taught. He now resides in an Buren, Arkansas, with his wife, Theresa. Jim’s photography business is located in his home in an Buren. He has won national awards with his camera you can see some of it on his website site JimAndersonphotos. com. In addition, his photographs hang in law offices, banks, libraries, and in private homes all across America. Some are in private homes in Europe. He has a true love for the natural world and has traveled and photographed in all 0 states and on four continents. Jim has been involved in the Photographic Alliance of Fort Smith, Arkansas for over 20 years. He has photographic exhibits at the present time at Western Heritage studios and S Bank in an Buren, First National Bank in Poteau, the Fort Smith Public Library, and Bedfords Camera and ideo in Fort Smith. His work will be on display at the gallery here in Mena during the month of March, with a reception on Saturday, March , from 1 to 3 pm. The name of the exhibition is “A Photographic Journey Across America.

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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 12, 2017 Jennifer Sue Hale, 23, of Pine Ridge was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Polk County Sheriff’s office. A 14-year-old Mena boy was arrested and charged with theft of property shoplifting after officers were called to a local retail store. Case was forwarded to juvenile authorities.

February 13, 2017 A local woman reported receiving harassing texts and threats. Case is pending. February 14, 2017 Daniel Green, 40, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Report was taken of an altercation on a local street. Shots were allegedly fired. Case is pending interview of all witnesses and suspects. Adam Rose, 38, of Mena was arrested and charged with third degree battery after a call to a local residence. Korrie Scarbrough, 41, of Mena was arrested and charged with three counts of communicating a false alarm after several incidents in Mena. She was also served an outstanding warrant for failure to appear. Other charges are pending. February 15, 2017 Barry Trent Talley, 32, of DeQueen was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant.

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A local resident reported that someone had broken into his house. Case is pending further investigation. February 16, 2017 Justin Ray Simpson, , of Mena was arrested for possession of an instrument of crime, driving on a suspended driver’s license, and having no vehicle insurance. He was also served an outstanding warrant from Sequoyah County, Oklahoma. Jennifer Hale, 22, of Pine Ridge, and April Godwin, 4, of Oden were charged with possession of an instrument of crime after a traffic stop. Jeremy Dean Dover, 40, of Mena was arrested on a warrant from Montgomery County. Report was taken of an employee at a local convenience store receiving a counterfeit 10.00 bill.

February 17, 2017 John D. Hillard, 25, of Mena was arrested on a warrant from Scott County. A 14-year-old Mena boy was charged with possession of a schedule I marijuana controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Case was sent to juvenile authorities. A local man reported that his cell phone is missing. Case is pending. February 18, 2017 incent Lee Rudman, 5 , of Mena was charged with DWI second offense and careless driving. Polk County’s Sheriff’s Departent police report was not available at press time, but will be online at MyPulseNews.com


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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 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 47 - 4-2 and DeQueen: 870-279-2250. TFN

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