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County Joins State Associations to Form Unified Front Against Painkillers BY MELANIE WADE •

“Counties and cities across Arkansas are poised to hold accountable the nation’s leading pharmaceutical companies over their misleading and deceptive marketing of prescription opioid painkillers,” said a statement released by the Association of Arkansas Counties last week. In a unique and strategic move, the Association of Arkansas CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

Cossatot River EAST Named as Prestigious Award Finalist BY MELANIE WADE • The Cossatot River High School EAST program has been named as a finalist for a prestigious award that is based on their accomplishments within the program. Cosstatot River’s EAST classrooms are led by Emily Huckabee who said the students have been working towards this goal for three years. The students had to create videos for applications for each of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 7


A lunar trifecta was visible across the planet on January 31, 2018. The rare occurrence, known as the S er l e lood Moon, res lted rom the com ination o eri ee the closest oint o the moon’s or it ith arth ca sin the moon loo to lar er, hence the s er moon’ , as ell as the second ll moon in the same calendar month l e moon’ , and a l nar ecli se, here aint red s n eams ee o t aro nd the ed es o the arth, ivin it a reddish, co er color lood moon’ . stronomers have said it will not happen again until January 21, 2019. The above photo was captured by renowned local photographer, William Rainey, at the Fire Tower atop Rich Mountain. You can view more of his images at

Westerman Introduces Bill Encouraged by Local Man BY MELANIE WADE • Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR) and a bipartisan group of House members introduced a bill to modify the presumption of service connection for veterans exposed to herbicides while serving in Thailand on Thursday, January 18, after a lifetime resident of Mena, Bill Rhodes, has actively advocated for a change in legislation CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

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n Friday, February 2, the 2018 Arkansas Auctioneers Association Winter Meeting kicked off with their Annual Competitions. The Arkansas Auctioneers Championship Bid Calling Champion, the sought after title at each years’ meeting, was won by Mena’s own Shannon Hunter. The competition is where men and women alike compete for the prestigious title and the opportunity to represent Arkansas, not only at a state level, but also at the N ational Auctioneer Champion Contest held July 17-21, 2018, in Jacksonville, FL. There is truly something for everyone at this convention, in addition to Champion Bid Calling, the Junior and Rookie Contests are included for the novice beginner and the ingman competition is fierce. The following winners were announced at the 201 Winter Meeting. The 2018 Junior Bid Calling Champion—E than Davis. The 2018 Rookie Competition: Reserve Champion—P aul Dottley & Champion—K im Daniels. The 2018 Ringman Competition: 3rd Place—S pencer Wilson, Reserve Champion—D ennis Huggins & Champion— Tony Wisely. The 2018 Top 5 Pro Bid Callers: Tony Wisely, Glen Swafford, Shannon Hunter, Dennis Huggins, Tom Rhoads. The 2018 Pro Bid Calling Competition: 3rd Place—G len Swafford, Reserve Champion— Dennis Huggins and the 2018 Pro Bid Calling Champion is Shannon Hunter.

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year after being hosted at a variety of other locations in the last few years. The Polar Plunge is held each year to raise money for Special Olympics Arkansas. This year’s event will take place on February 24th. Registration will begin at noon and participants will take the plunge at 1 p.m. Each year, the Polar Plunge raises money for Special Olympics, but this year the excitement is bigger than ever as Polk County has three members, Krista Carstens, Jesse Ezell, and Maddie Fletcher, heading to the N ational Competition in Seattle, Washington this July, making the fundraising effort even more important. Y ou can enter as a team or an individual and fundraising prior to the event is encouraged. There are multiple ways to donate and prizes are given to those who collect the most. For those that are too ‘ chicken’ to take the plunge in the cold waters, there are “I hickened ut t-shirts available that also help raise money. To find out more, contact Tammie at 479-394-8163 or Elizabeth at 870-784-3822.

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Election Commission Seeks Volunteer Polling Workers E


lections are just around the corner and the Polk County Election Commission is asking for more volunteers that are interested in working at the polling places on Election Day or during Early V oting. ndividuals that volunteer to work as an election official must be a resident and a registered voter of Polk County, must be willing to attend training, and must be e ible about what days and hours you can work. For the May 2018 Primary the dates, workers would be needed Monday, May 7th, thru Monday, May 21st, for Early V oting and on Election Day, Tuesday, May 22nd. N ovember General Election Dates are Monday October 22nd, thru Monday N ovember 5th, for Early V oting and Election Day, Tuesday, N ovember 6th. If you are interested in more information about serving as an election worker, please notify the ounty lerk’s ffice at 394-8123.

Ashcraft to Lead Cossatot River State Park - Natural Area D

avy Ashcraft has been promoted to park superintendent of Cossatot River State Park - N atural Area. Stretching out for 5,401 acres, Cossatot emphasizes outdoor recreation, river preservation, and environmental education. The park is managed by Arkansas State Parks and the Arkansas N atural Heritage Commission. “It was clear in the interview that his passion for the park started in his youth, where he grew up and e plored the ossatot iver corridor e tensively, said Arkansas tate Parks Operations Manager Mike Wilson. “He is well-rounded in his knowledge and e perience in regards to the park’s operation and mission statement, which focuses on education and preservation of the natural resources. PHOTO COURTESY OF ARKANSAS STATE PARKS After graduating from Henderson State University and completing brief seasonal park interpretive duties with Arkansas State Parks, he started his career at Cossatot River as a full-time park interpreter in the spring of 2004. In 2006, he became Cossatot River’s park ranger and was promoted to assistant park superintendent in the fall of 2009. Also in his 14 years with ASP, he has gained certifications in search and rescue A T H , swift water rescue, law enforcement instructor and as a prescribed burn boss. “I feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to manage my boyhood outdoor playground, said Ashcraft. “ y wife eleste and our three daughters assidy, armindy, and amilla also love making our home at this ama ing park. This park-natural area stretches for 12 miles along the wild and scenic Cossatot iver, Arkansas’s premier whitewater e perience renowned as the best whitewater oat stream in mid-America. Located in southwest Arkansas south of Mena, the Cossatot forms ossatot alls, a rugged and rocky canyon that challenges the most e perienced canoeists and kayakers with its Class IV and V rapids. When the water is high, the paddlers are here. This ational ild and cenic iver is a watershed basin with ow levels dependent on rainfall. After significant precipitation, the river level rises, allowing e perienced paddlers the opportunity to test their skills in challenging whitewater. n the river’s cossatot falls area with its distinct ledges, the river drops 33 feet in elevation within 1/ 3 of a mile.

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Turner Passes Municipal League Floyd Named County Winner of Certification Program Arkansas Big Buck Classic T SUBMITTED

he Arkansas Municipal League congratulates James Earl Turner, Mena City Council Member, who has maintained his status as a ertified unicipal fficial through the eague’s oluntary ertified ontinuing ducation Program. The certified municipal officials were honored at the eague’s 201 inter onference, held anuary 10-12 in Fort Smith. umerous municipal officials representing cities and towns from across the state completed 21 hours of study in subjects such as budgeting, personnel management, methods of effective leadership and more. To maintain certification, graduates must complete si hours of continuing education classes each year. The program continues in 2018 with classes held at the League’s N orth Little Rock headquarters and in une at the eague’s Annual onvention in ittle ock. The Arkansas unicipal eague is a service and advocacy organi ation for the municipalities of Arkansas. The eague offers its programs and services to 00 cities and towns in Arkansas and was created in 1 4 to assist cities with information and representation in the public affairs of our state and nation. To find out more, please visit www.

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he Polk ounty ociable eniors have a busy calendar ahead of them. The group that meets once a month invites all those age 0 and over to oin in to en oy great food and meet great people. They kicked off 201 at ew hina and Polk ounty heriff cott awyer served as the guest speaker. Their February luncheon will be held at Paisano’s at 1110 Hwy. 71 outh in ena on Tuesday, ebruary 1 , at 12 noon. essica oodall of uachita egional Hospice will serve as guest speaker and is hoping to recruit some volunteers. “Humor will be the sub ect of the meeting, said Diane athis, founder of the group along with husband, Ken. n arch, the group will meet at Papa’s e ican estaurant at their new location, 1317 Hwy. 71 South in Mena on Thursday, March 22, at 12 noon. County Judge Brandon llison will serve as guest speaker. A trivia contest is planned as entertainment. ociable eniors is a fun and e citing group for anyone over 0. or more information, call Diane or en at 47 -24 -01 1.


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Brandon Floyd has earned the honor of winning the Arkansas Big Buck Classic contest for Polk County. Floyd received his award at the annual event held this year on January 29. County winners are chosen and placed using a full credit score system, which includes ta in the total inches o antler ro th and addin the idth o the s read. lo d’s i c measured 167 4/8. He and his trophy are pictured far left with other county winners from Pope, Prairie, Pulaski, and Randolph Counties.

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County Joins Fight


Counties (AAC), Arkansas Municipal League (AML), and Arkansas Public Entities Risk Management Association (APERMA) have retained the same outside law firms to pursue litigation against the drug companies on behalf of the local governments of Arkansas. To date, 6 of the state’s 7 counties have signed on to the litigation, including Polk ounty. ities and towns are strongly represented in the litigation, as well. “At any given time, 0 of the Polk ounty ail population is directly attributable to opioid use, said ounty udge randon llison in the December 2017 uorum ourt meeting. “ e can’t simply arrest our way out of the crisis. pioids are substances that act on opioid receptors to produce morphine-like effects. edically they are primarily used for pain relief, including anesthesia. amples of opioids are morphine, methadone, uprenorphine, hydrocodone, and o ycodone. pioid drugs sold under brand names include y ontin , Percocet , icodin , Percodan , Tylo and Demerol among others. Heroin is also an opioid and is illegal and is what many opioid addicts turn to when they can no longer find a doctor to write their prescriptions. llison, along with the AA , and many others, agree that ust placing people in ail isn’t the solution, so they are looking further up the chain, where the drugs are being invented, manufactured, and distributed. t has long been known, and proven through hundreds of lawsuits, that pharmaceutical companies knowingly distribute short term drugs for long term use. llison e plained, “ n early 2000’s doctors were encouraged by the drug manufacturers to reevaluate these medications and they were told over and over again that the opiates that were now available weren’t as addictive as previously believed. want to say they tried to dupe the doctors and told them they were ok for long term use. That’s when doctors began prescribing them long term. “A membership comprising more than 0 percent of the population living in Arkansas’ cities and towns have signed contracts and oined the Arkansas opioid litigation, said A ecutive Director Don immerman. Cumulatively, the AAC, AML, and APERMA represent virtually every city and county in the state of Arkansas. This unique legal collaboration brings together county udges, mayors, sheriffs, police chiefs, fire chiefs, first responders, and coroners officials best positioned to lead the charge against opioids. As a unified force in this litigation, local government in Arkansas will have the ability to end this high- priced epidemic and to heal our communities from the ravages of opioid abuse. The AML, AAC, and APERMA were encouraged last week when Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced her intention to launch an investigation into the opioid crisis. Throughout her time in office, utledge has been a leader in response to the opioid epidemic. he introduced a first-in-the-nation educational tool Prescription for ife that is free to high schools across Arkansas. Additionally, the Attorney eneral sponsors statewide drug take-back initiatives and the annual Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention ummit. The summit provides free training and educational opportunities for law enforcement officers, medical professionals, pharmacists, and educators on prescription drug abuse prevention and treatment. iven the Attorney eneral’s vast knowledge and e pertise on the matter, the state’s investigation adds strength to the opioid litigation that is unprecedented. “ e applaud Attorney eneral utledge and her office for taking a stand for Arkansas, stated the AA . Arkansas overnor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Drug Director irk ane also have shown great leadership in response to the opioid epidemic. overnor Hutchinson and Director ane have supported legislation allowing pharmacists to dispense nalo one, an antidote for opioid overdose, without a prescription. They also helped establish a statewide protocol for tracking the prescribing and dispensing of opioids, allowing law enforcement to watch for trends and anticipate problems, and they have worked to establish more drug courts, among other initiatives, to combat the opioid epidemic. “ ur hope is to work cooperatively with all governmental entities in Arkansas that have been affected by the opioid epidemic, including the state, said AA ecutive Director hris illines. nity among Arkansas counties and cities has created a force to be reckoned with that can put an end to this epidemic. “Through cohesion and cooperative efforts, we hope for a united Arkansas approach to this litigation that would force drug companies and the courts to take Arkansas seriously cities, counties, and the state, illines said.

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CRHS Students Benefit from Educational Program


pplications for the prestigious Arkansas Declaration of Learning program are now open. Over the last three years, more than 6,000 Arkansas students have participated in classroom lessons and civic engagement projects developed through the program. Leisa Green, who teaches grades seven to 12 at Cossatot River High School in the Cossatot River School District, recently completed the year-long program. The program provides participating educators with the opportunity to use historic art and objects to develop innovative lesson plans for classroom learning and civic engagement projects. Green remarked that the ADOL Program was one of the most exciting she has been part of in her ten years of teaching, saying, “My students became actively engaged with the artifacts, realized the connections with different subjects, family, and community, and learned that they, too, can make an impact on their communities! ” Arkansas school librarians and teachers of art, English language arts, and social studies in grades 7 to 12 are encouraged to apply at http: / / 2AopCBK. Applications are now open and close at 11: 59 p.m. on February 25. To learn more about the program, visit http: / / 1RRIrwP Arkansas is the first state in the nation to participate in the Declaration of earning program. Partners include the Arkansas Department of Education, Clinton Foundation, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Central Arkansas Library System’s Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, William J. Clinton Presidential Library, and the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms. “This program is a great learning experience for teachers and students,” said Cassandra Barnett, the Arkansas Department of Education program advisor for school libraries. “Because of the hard work of these teachers, students have the opportunity to explore real world issues using art and historic objects.” The Declaration of Learning program was formed in 2013 as part of an inter-agency educational initiative that began when representatives from 12 national organizations committed to working with state and local partners to create learning tools for educators and students in middle and secondary education. The U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms is leading the initiative nationally. For program information, contact Cassandra Barnett, ADE program advisor for school libraries, at cassandra.barnett@ or (501) 682-6576. Media inquiries may be directed to Kimberly Friedman at kimberly.friedman@ or (501) 683-4788.

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ena Regional Health System partnered with the American Heart Association for ‘ Little Hats, Big Hearts’, a program designed to raise awareness of heart disease, the N o. 1 killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the world. Even children who are born with healthy hearts can develop cardiovascular disease because of poor lifestyle habits as they grow up. Lack of exercise, eating an unhealthy diet, and using tobacco all increase the chances kids will develop heart disease later in life. V olunteers have handmade baby red caps to be given to newborns during Heart Health Month. For more information on how to raise healthy babies, visit littlehatsbighearts.

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his spring, the helter nsurance oundation will award a 2000 scholarship to a graduate of ossatot iver High chool. helter Agent enny iller sponsors and partially funds this scholarship. A committee of local high school officials and community leaders will select the local recipient. The committee will consider each applicant’s scholastic achievements, educational goals, citi enship, moral character and participation and leadership in school and community activities. The scholarship is given without regard to race, disability, religion, national origin or gender of applicants. The name of the recipient will be announced at the close of the school year. The student may apply the scholarship funds toward tuition, fees, or campus housing for any course of study beginning the fall after the recipient’s high school graduation and leading to an academic degree at any accredited college or university. The oundation makes payment directly to the school the recipient selects. Applications and additional information about the helter oundation cholarship is available now and should be completed and returned to the school official serving on the selection committee by arch 1st. or more information, interested seniors should contact their high school counselor or principal or helter nsurance Agent enny iller. The helter nsurance oundation is a not-for-profit corporation for charitable and educational purposes. t is sponsored by the helter nsurance ompanies offering auto, home, life, farm and business insurance services to customers in 14 states via a network of local insurance agents and headquartered in olumbia, issouri.

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three Award of cellence categories tudent rowth, ommunity ollaboration, and Pro ect ophistication nnovation. “ t wasn’t necessarily based on specific pro ects, but how our program as a whole best exhibits those traits and characteristics,” said Huckabee. EAST schools are invited to compete in each of these categories separately for Awards of cellence, of which ossatot iver has been named a top five finalist. “To be named a finalist in the ounder’s Award competition is, itself, a tremendous accomplishment, said att Do ier, president and of the A T nitiative. “ t means these schools represent communities strengthened by service and technology and felt strongly enough about their accomplishments that they self-selected their work for this e tra level of consideration. t means students themselves are growing and becoming critical thinkers. t means they are using sophisticated tools to find innovative solutions to real-world problems.” ome of the pro ects they submitted were their virtual trail tours, their collaboration with the ld tate House useum in ittle ock, A T ight ut program, and a new mapping app that they presented to county officials last year. This year’s conference team members that will be representing Cossatot River’s A T program are Dalene asque , Ale enkins, mmanuel aya, y ichardson, Ale is Tumbleson, than riffin, lianett squivel, ennifer Amador- squivel, and ayne iller. “I am so incredibly proud of our EAST students,” said Huckabee. “They have worked so hard to serve those around them and have been so giving of their time and talents and could not be more humbled to get to be their acilitator. e have received a tremendous amount of support from the communities we serve, parents, our teachers and staff, administration and school board members and I am so thankful for all they have done and continue to do to help us grow.” inalists for the ounder’s Award will present to udges during the A T onference, arch 1 -1 in Hot prings. The winners of each Award of cellence, along with the winner of the ounder’s Award, will be announced at an awards gala that begins at 7 p.m. ednesday, arch 14, at the Hot prings onvention enter. Tickets for the general public are 1 .

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for several months. The bill would give veterans who served in Thailand during the V ietnam War era the opportunity to prove e posure to herbicide agents like Agent range and receive eterans Administration benefits for service-related health problems. urrently, many veterans who served in Thailand are not entitled to such benefits on the basis of Agent range e posure. “ hen a veteran serves our nation, they earn the respect of a grateful people and should receive treatment and long-term benefits for illness or in uries incurred in the line of duty, esterman said. “ have heard from veterans in my district who believe they were exposed to herbicides like Agent Orange while serving in Thailand during the V ietnam era, but have not received A disability benefits for their illness. This bill gives them the opportunity to make their case and receive the benefits they have earned and deserve. This is the right thing to do for the brave Americans who served our country during the V ietnam con ict. “The valorous Americans who served our country deserve the health benefits that they were promised and have more than earned, said co-sponsor immy Panetta A . “ am proud to work on this bipartisan and bicameral legislation that would help ensure that veterans e posed to Agent range while serving in Thailand are able to receive the health benefits that they need and deserve. This bill will help fulfill the commitment that our country made to those men and women who served. “Thousands of ainers and millions of Americans served and sacrificed for our ation during the ietnam ar, co-sponsor ruce Poliquin said. “ n addition to battling a gruesome war, many were also e posed to chemicals that have resulted in long term illnesses, cancers, and birth defects for their children. t is long overdue to give those who are suffering from these ailments and their children--the support and compensation they deserve. This is an important and commonsense bill for our eterans that e tends the same benefits that we give those that were e posed to these dangerous chemicals in ietnam and Korea, to their fellow V eterans that served in Thailand and exposed to the same chemicals. As a member of the V eterans’ Affairs ommittee, am honored to oin my colleagues in introducing this important and long overdue piece of legislation. “Our veterans deserve far better treatment than what they currently receive, and this bill is a step towards closing that gap, co-sponsor acky osen said. “This bill will help ietnam-era veterans who were based in Thailand receive special consideration in their treatments after being exposed to herbicides in those regions. This bipartisan bill represents our nation’s commitment to improving veterans’ health coverage and am proud to support this measure. “ f a veteran at any time during their service was e posed to herbicide agents and is now suffering because of that e posure, they deserve A benefits, said co-sponsor cott Tipton -0 . “ nfortunately, current law based on arbitrary specifications dictates that veterans serving at military bases in Thailand during the ietnam ar do not qualify for these benefits, despite a report proving that dangerous herbicides were in fact used in that area. Our nation’s veterans deserve better. am glad to support legislation that will allow them the opportunity to prove their e posure, so that they can finally receive the benefits owed to them. This bill covers veterans of the Armed Forces who served in Thailand from February 28, 1961, to May 7, 1975, regardless of assigned duties at the time. Children diagnosed with pina ifida whose parents were e posed to Agent range during service in the Armed Forces in Thailand during this period would also be able to receive covered benefits. n addition to eps. esterman, Panetta, Poliquin, osen, and Tipton, the bill is also co-sponsored by ep. tephanie urphy . A enate version of this bill, . 210 , was introduced by enator ohn oo man -A on ovember , 2017. o-sponsors include Democratic enators oe Donnelly obert enende , eff erkley , hris an Hollen D , li abeth arren A , and epublican enator Dean Heller .

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t’s once again time for shopping and fun. n aturday, ebruary 10, at 10 a.m., the ash ob sponsored by ena Downtown Partners will be hosted by hameleon Arts. The theme for this month’s Mob is Mardi Gras. ob’sters will en oy coffee, refreshments, door pri es and games prior to the name of the shop to be ‘ mobbed’ being drawn. The ob meets the second aturday of the month at 10 00 a.m. at a predetermined place for morning refreshments. All participating DP retailers who have not yet been selected will have their business names placed in a container. One of the Mob’sters will draw the name and then the Mob will proceed to the selected business for a fun shopping experience. Through the DP member businesses, door pri es and special incentives are given to ob’sters. ules are simple 1 ommit to spend at least 20 at each ash ob 2 eet new people each time and most importantly Have fun. ou do not have to be pre-registered as a ob member. ust show up and sign your form at the door. Help the local economy and indulge in that all-American pastime of shopping.


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................................................................................................................................ Visitation was Thursday, February 1, 2018 uncle and a great friend who will be missed by of Bowser Family Funeral Home in VIOLETTE 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood. Mena. Visitation will be Wednesday, all who knew him. KATHLEEN Mark is survived by his mother and step February 7, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at father, Lanell and Harvey Price of Waco, Tex- the Bowser Family Funeral Home BARRICK NEAL JOEL as; his brother, Daniel Lazarus of Fort Worth, Chapel JOHNSON Pallbearers are Samuel Crees, Texas; his sister in law, Geni Lazarus of Fort Violette Kathleen Barrick, age 87 of Mena, Arkansas, went to her heavenly home Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in Mena. She was born on October 13, 1930 in Brea, California to Roy C. Austin and Thelma Irene Tidwell. She was happily married for 54 years to Emmit Barrick and enjoyed being a loving homemaker. Kathleen enjoyed watching old western movies and talking on the phone with family and friends. She loved to look at photos and telling stories about the pictures. Kathleen was an amazing cook everyone enjoyed her meals. Most of all she loved the Lord, her family and her dog, Ruby. She was a loving wife, mother grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to all. She is survived by husband, Emmit Barrick; sons, Homer Turner and wife Barbara of Sumner, Texas, Johnny Lee Turner and wife Sandy of Cloverdale, California, Roy Turner of Marysville, California, Eddie Barrick of Costa Mesa, California, Donald Barrick of Ferris, Texas; daughters, Emma Chenowith and husband Paul of Orville, California, Kathy Barrick and husband Harold of Ferris, Texas, Debbie Hogg and husband Bob of Fresno, California, Bonnie Bellman of Fresno, California; 32 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; half-brother, Roy Charles Austin; brother-in-law, Rick Henderson and wife Terri of Valley Springs, California; half-sister, Linda Pedman; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends and church family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Thelma Austin. Graveside service were Friday, February 2, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Sherwood Cemetery in McCurtain County, Oklahoma with Brother Ron Tilley officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

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Neal Joel Johnson, age 57, of Mena, died Sunday, February 4, 2018 at his home. He was born on Friday, December 16, 1960 to Herbert Andrew Johnson and Melva Juanita Freeze Johnson in New Iberia, Louisiana. Neal was a humble man and served Jehovah over 40 years as a minister as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He loved serving God alongside his friends and his family. He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren. He worked over 30 years in the well drilling business working for G&W Well Drilling and Johnson Pump Service. Neal also enjoyed playing basketball and splitting wood in his spare time. Neal was a loving husband, son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a great friend who will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his father, Herbert Johnson. Neal is survived by his wife, Janet Johnson of Mena; his mother, Melva Johnson of Mena; daughters and sons-in-law, Adrienna and Marcus Purdy of Rogers, Arkansas and Emily and Shelby Bartow of Mena; one brother, Eddie Johnson of Tulsa, Oklahoma; one sister, Judy Larru of Mena; two grandchildren, Jonah Bartow of Mena and Milo Purdy of Rogers; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at the Mena Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. with Brady Knight officiating. Cremation services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Online Guestbook:

MARK ALAN LAZARUS Mark Alan Lazarus, age 55, of Acorn, died Saturday, January 27, 2018 at his home. He was born on Wednesday, August 8, 1962 to Leeman Don and Beverly Ann Richardson in Lubbock, Texas. Mark loved photography, taking nature pictures, glamour shots and all other types of subjects. He worked many years for Mena Public Schools as a bus driver. Mark was a Past Master Mason holding a 32nd Degree at the Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 and Mountain Meadow Lodge #243; Member of the Scottish Rite, York Rite and Order of the Eastern Star. Mark was a loving son, brother,

Worth, Texas; his two nieces, Sarah and Emily Lazarus of Fort Worth, Texas; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena with Brother Victor Rowell officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove. Pallbearers were Kirk Dickinson, Mena Public Schools Bus Drivers, and Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 Lodge members. Online Guestbook:

NOAH MEDFORD, JR. Noah Medford, Jr., age 74, of Board Camp, died Monday, February 5, 2018 at his son’s home in Mena. He was born on Saturday, December 11, 1943 to Noah Sr. and Lucille Keech Medford in Board Camp, Arkansas. Noah was a man who loved his family and spending time with children and grandchildren, for they were his pride and joy. He enjoyed working on the family farm raising his cattle, ranching, and hunting and fishing. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed Country Western and Gospel music. Noah worked many years at the Arkansas Highway Department in Mena. Noah was a faithful member of the Faith Missionary Baptist Church. Noah was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and a great friend who will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Melvin Medford. Noah is survived by his wife of 51 years, Karen Medford of Board Camp; two sons, Danny Medford of Mena and Gene Medford and wife, Wendy of Board Camp, his daughter, Tammy Medford Free and husband, Shawn of Mena; two sisters, Fairy Dilbeck of Board Camp and Mary Head of Board Camp; grandchildren, Ronnie Medford and wife, Nicole of Mena, Andrew Medford of Mena, Michael Medford of Mena, Christina Free of Mena, Chloe Speight of Board Camp, Trevor Speight of Board Camp, and Brad Bowden of Fairbanks, Alaska; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Faith Missionary Baptist Church with Brother Tim Harper officiating. Interment will follow in the Board Camp Cemetery under the direction

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JOHN SCOTT John Scott, age 73, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2018 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. John was born on July 28, 1944 in Bradshaw, West Virginia to Chester Scott and Minnie Gillespie Scott. He was married to Linda Sue Hensley Scott for fifty one years. He worked in Tool and Die as a machinist by profession. John enjoyed John Deere tractors and just tinkering around with things. Most of all he loved his family dearly. He was a loving and kind husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friends to all who knew him. He is survived by wife, Linda Sue Scott; son, John H. Scott, Jr. and wife Lisa of Pearland, Texas; daughter, Holly Marie ScottLee and husband Michael of Jacksonville, Arkansas; grandchildren, Tyler, Lauren, Ian, and Megan; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Minnie Scott, two brothers, and six sisters. Mr. Scott was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

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BEXLEY DIVINA WHITE Infant Bexley Divina White, daughter of Michael Ray White and Alissa Cheyenne White, passed away January 29, 2018 in Mena. Bexley united the family with a tremendous amount of joy for the last nine months. Bexley has a large caring family that awaited the arrival of this sweet “Angel” and will be dearly missed by all. She is survived by parents, Michael Ray White and Alissa Cheyenne White; grandparents, Jamie and Lorene White and Terry and Renee Belknap; uncles, Cody Shores, Jarred Hoobler, Gary Belknap, and John Belknap; aunts, Haley White, Chelsee Shores, and Vivian Turner. Memorial service were Friday, February 2, 2018 at The Crossing Church in Mena, at 5:00 p.m. with Brother Victor Rowell officiating. Arrangements were made under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena



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Smith Named UA Rich Mountain SSS TRiO Hall of Fame Student For 2018

ichael A. Smith was named the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Student Support Services’ TRiO Hall of Fame student for 2018. Mike is a non-traditional student who has received two Associate’s degrees from the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain, but continues to take classes in order to transfer to the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. Mike’s course load this semester includes Physics II, Calculus I, and Chemistry II. At UAFS, he plans to major in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry. His ultimate goal is to attend the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Last semester, he served as president of the UA Rich Mountain Science Club and helped organize a community clean up. During the spring 2017 semester as a member of the UA Rich Mountain Theatre Arts Actors’ Guild, he competed in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and voted, High Honor Crew Member. As a member of the US Armed Forces, served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation N ew Dawn. He has been both a participant in the TRiO Student Support Services Program to now serving as an active tutor for SSS participants. “I truly believe in Student Support Services. It was there for me when I needed it and I am truly humbled to be given the opportunity to help, even in the smallest of capacities, and other students when they need it. not only helped me with academics but also with transfer options and finding scholarships.” For more information about TRiO Student Support Services Program at UA Rich Mountain, contact Lisa Rackley, Director of Student Support Services at (479)394-7622, x. 1624 orlrackley@

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ena Public Schools recently held the Mena Invitational Q uiz Bowl tournament for fourth, fifth, and si th grade students. Mena’s teams each placed at the meet and are pictured. There were ten teams and the Mena 4th grade GT students took fourth place. Back row from left to right is Dax McMellon, Andrew Erickson, Eli Swall, Denton Warner, and Lynnlee Cook. Front row is Brandon Dong, Tripp Hensley, Jake Sherer, Mackenzie V ega, and Jackson Thompson. The middle picture [RIGHT] is of the sixth grade GT Q uiz Bowl team. They placed third amongst 12 teams on January 11th. Back row from left to right are Elaina Aleshire, Hailey Emerson, Amy Gragg, Jocelyn Biard, Heidi Wells, and Robert Hill. Front row is Maddox Medlin, Hudson V acca, and Sophia V acca. The picture on the right is of the 6th grade ui owl team. They won first at the DMEC Q uiz Bowl tournament on January 26th out of six teams. Back row left to right are Heidi Wells, Elaina Aleshire, Hailey Emerson, Jocelyn Biard, and Rayden Laird. Front row is Hudson V acca, Sophia V acca, and Maddox Medlin. Additional pictures available at MuPulseN

FEBRUARY 12-16, 2018 MONDAY COSSATOT RIVER BREAKFAST: Variety cereal, graham cracker, waffle w/ syrup, gogurt, fruit, juice, milk. LUNCH: LEMENTARY: Chicken & cheese crispito, chicken fajitas, spanish rice, pinto beans, fruit, salad bar, milk. HIGH SCHOOL: Chicken & cheese crispito, chicken fajitas, pizza, spanish rice, pinto beans, fruit, salad bar, milk. MENA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: PB&J sandwich, assorted cereal, string cheese, graham crackers, diced pears, grape juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Meatloaf/gravy, mashed potatoes, chicken sandwich, french fries, ham chef salad, sun butter & jelly sandwich. MIDDLE SCHOOL: Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, hamburger/cheese, chicken tenders, ham or turkey sub, ham chef salad. . HIGH SCHOOL: Chicken fried steak, ham/cheese melt, buffalo chicken, calzone, pepperoni/cheese pizza, nachos, tacos, burrito.

TUESDAY COSSATOT RIVER BREAKFAST: Variety cereal, graham cracker, chicken biscuit, gogurt, fruit, juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Beef tips w/ brown gravy, pizza, brown rice, baked beans, fruit, salad bar, milk. HIGH SCHOOL: Crispy chicken ranch sub, beef tips w/ brown gravy, pizza, brown rice, baked beans, fruit, salad bar, milk. MENA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: English muffin w/ egg & cheese, assorted cereal, string cheese, Scooby grahams, mixed fruit, fruit blend juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Popcorn chicken bowl, hamburger, ham cobb salad, sun butter/jelly sandwich. MIDDLE SCHOOL: Popcorn chicken bowl, chicken sandwich, corn dog, turkey sub, chicken salad sandwich, ham, turkey cobb salad. HIGH SCHOOL: Popcorn chicken bowl, corn dog, bacon cheeseburger, sausage/jalapeno pizza, cheese pizza, nachos, tacos, burrito. WEDNESDAY COSSATOT RIVER BREAKFAST: Variety cereal, graham cereal, mini powdered donut, gogurt, fruit, juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Beef Salisbury steak w/ brown gravy, chicken nuggets, wheat roll, mashed potatoes, fruit, salad bar, milk. HIGH SCHOOL: Beef Salisbury steak w/ brown gravy, chicken nuggets, pizza, wheat roll, mashed potatoes, fruit, salad bar, milk. MENA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: Glazed donut, assorted cereal, string cheese, graham crackers, applesauce, orange juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Chili, chicken tenders, hot roll, turkey chef salad, sun butter/jelly sandwich. MIDDLE SCHOOL: Chili, hamburger/cheese, chicken tenders, ham/turkey sub, turkey chef salad. HIGH SCHOOL: Chili, hot dog, chicken parmesan flatbread sandwich, sausage or cheese pizza, tacos, nachos, burrito.

THURSDAY COSSATOT RIVER BREAKFAST: Variety cereal, graham cereal, mini powdered donut, gogurt, fruit, juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Beef Salisbury steak w/ brown gravy, chicken nuggets, wheat roll, mashed potatoes, fruit, salad bar, milk. HIGH SCHOOL: Beef Salisbury steak w/ brown gravy, chicken nuggets, pizza, wheat roll, mashed potatoes, fruit, salad bar, milk. MENA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: Morning roll, assorted cereal, string cheese, animal crackers, raisins, cherry star juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Beef nacho bites, tortilla chips, grilled cheese, ham chef salad, sun butter/jelly sandwich. MIDDLE SCHOOL: pepper steak, chicken sandwich, fish sandwich, ham sub, chicken salad sandwich, popcorn chicken salad. HIGH SCHOOL: Pepper steak, nachos, buffalo chicken sandwich, grilled cheese, chicken ranch sub, pizza. FRIDAY COSSATOT RIVER: FRIDAY: NO SCHOOL MENA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: Chicken/cheese biscuit, poptart, string cheese, Scooby grahams, diced peaches, apple juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Cheese pizza, hot dog, broccoli, corn, ham pizza salad, sun butter/jelly sandwich. MIDDLE SCHOOL: Chicken alfredo, hamburger/cheese, chicken tenders, ham/turkey sub, ham pizza salad. HIGH SCHOOL: Chicken alfredo, fish sandwich, meatlovers pizza, nachos, tacos, burrito. This weekly info proudly sponsored by:


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ew moms want to give their babies everything they need to grow up healthy and strong -- and the first si months are some of the most important, helping determine the course of their health trajectories. During this crucial time, there are many different ways that parents can help create a foundation for life-long health. • Breastfeed. Breastfeeding is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, as it’s the best source of nutrition for your baby and is beneficial to both mothers and children. The benefits are far-reaching and include protection against diseases and conditions such as respiratory tract infections, type 1 and type 2 diabetes and certain cancers in babies, and can reduce a mother’s risk of breast and ovarian cancers. et more out of breastmilk. or all of breastmilk’s benefits, its third most abundant nutrient is indigestible by babies’ bodies. But recent research from Evivo, a maker of baby probiotics, has solved the parado this component of breastmilk is actually the perfect nourishment for a key type of beneficial gut bacteria critical to the development of a baby’s metabolism and immune system during the first si months of life. t’s this initial setup of good gut bacteria that helps fight off potentially bad bacteria linked to colic, eczema, allergies, asthma, diabetes and obesity. “Unfortunately, the last 100 years of modern medicine have created a negative shift in the balance of good vs. potentially harmful gut bacteria in most U.S. babies, due to the unintentional consequences


of antibiotic use, C-section deliveries and formula feeding,” says Dr. Tanya Altmann, D, and spokesperson for vivo. “But parents can restore their baby’s gut microbiome with probiotics.” To get more out of breastmilk, and promote your baby’s developing metabolism and immune system, Altmann recommends incorporating a probiotic such as Evivo into your routine. Evivo is the only probiotic clinically proven to restore a baby’s gut to the way nature intended. To learn more, visit • Good nutrition. If you are breastfeeding, consider keeping a food diary to note how your baby responds after you eat different foods. It’s also important to follow safety recommendations regarding alcohol consumption, prescription medications and caffeine. • Regular check-ups. Follow your pediatrician’s guidelines for scheduling checkups carefully. These appointments are crucial to ensure your baby is growing at a healthy rate, having healthy re e ive responses and is infection-free. This is also one of your best opportunities to have all of your questions answered. Lastly, these appointments will include all the vaccinations your baby needs. • Healthy interactions. Spending time with your newborn is critical for their physical and emotional health, as well as his or her neurological development. Spend as much time as possible with your baby. If you go back to work, be sure that your baby’s caregivers spend plenty of time holding, playing and speaking to your baby. The right nutrition and habits can reduce a child’s risk for many common health conditions. Take every step you can to offer your child the healthiest future possible.

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HA , Ala. After consecutive seasons without postseason play, ackson tate heads into the 201 season looking to reverse its fortunes and return to the level of championship contender. or third-year coach Darnell alker, perhaps the most significant factor in the ady Tigers’ success this season lies in the avoidance of sophomore slumps. ith several newcomers receiving e tended playing time, ackson tate saw some growing pains, but also ashes of potential cornerstones that can lead the team back to prominence in the SWAC Eastern Division. Although ackson tate’s core is a sophomore-heavy unit whose best days may lie ahead, the ady Tigers are planning to win now. ith this in mind, the team looks to unior first baseman Ale is Hansard as one of the team’s leaders in the dugout and on the field. Hansard hit .2 1 with 0 hits, 24 and two home runs, but also missed nearly one-fourth of the team’s games. A full season of health might be what Hansard needs to insert herself in the conversation of the league’s top run-producing bats. After a strong freshman campaign, sophomore centerfielder heyenne Aplon pro ects as the team’s best allaround offensive player. The top returning bat in the ady Tigers’ lineup as evidenced by her . batting average, 6 hits, 2 runs scored, 21 , seven triples and three home runs Aplon has the potential to emerge as a Hitter of the ear candidate for ackson tate, who won’t return its leading power hitter. ellow sophomores like utility infielder ierra mith .2 2 A, 20 H, 10 , 2 , outfielder alicia Hughes .244 A, 20 H, 11 , 11 , and catcher outfielder aitlyn l ie .2 A, 21 H, 14 , 7 can also pay dividends provided there’s an uptick in their production. There may be some questions for inside the circle, though leading arm Symone illiams 4-14, . A, 4 , 12 .1 P returns. As she looks to improve on her numbers from her freshman season, pro ected Lori Johnston, CPA, Manager Bambi Sharp o. 2 pitcher Ashley ain will also have to Joseph Sanford, CPA Dottie Hobbs, PA make considerable strides in year two. Kelli McCurry Tiffany Bayne f ain and illiams can provide some Stan Johnston consistency for a ady Tigers team that does SERVICES have the makings of a solid offensive unit, • Bookkeeping • Estate, Trust, Exempt, • Compilations, Reviews Organization, Gift and Jackson State may be able to do some damand Contractor’s Licenses Benefit Plan returns age within the league. • Payroll Services • Tax Planning & • Individual, Farms, Consulting ackson tate opens the 201 season Corporate and Partnership • Estate Booking Feb. 9 as it hosts the Lady Tigers Invitational income tax preparation • QuickBooks Support in ackson, iss. will go against ane 812 DeQueen, Mena, AR 71953 • (479) 394-5414 ollege at 4 p.m. to open its tournament play. 270 E 6th Street, Waldron, AR 72958 (479) 637-2860

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uesday, January 30th, the Acorn Lady Tigers and senior boys basketball teams traveled to Ouachita High School to take on the Lady Warriors and Warriors. In the senior high girls game, Acorn outscored the Lady arriors 2 -2 in the first half, to take a four point lead into halftime. The ady Tigers played ust as close of a game in the second half, outscoring uachita by ust two, to win the game by six, 57-51. ophie ackson led the Acorn ady Tigers with 22 points, as aith Hill chipped in 17 points, Tori arrett points, ydney rawford points, and e i Powell 4 points. The Acorn senior boys outscored the Ouachita Warriors by five in the first half of the senior high boys. And in the second half, the Tigers outscored uachita by si , to win the game by eleven, 66-55. ross Hughes led the Acorn Tigers in scoring with 24 points in the game, while eremiah wint added on 1 points, rady yle points, eo acinto points, ak Abbott 4 points, and atthew haney 2 points. Tuesday, February 6th, Acorn basketball traveled to ount da, to take on the ady ions and ions.

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Cossatot Earns Upset Win Over Panthers F

or Homecoming last Friday, February 2nd, the Cossatot River Eagles basketball team hosted the Ashdown Panthers (14-5, 10-1) on campus of Cossatot River High School, and ended up breaking the Panthers’ nine game winning streak with a 44-41 victory. Ashdown opened up a 6-point lead early in the game and looked like they were going to cruise to a victory, but the Eagles came storming back in the 2nd quarter and took a 2-point lead into halftime 21-19 In the 2nd half, the Eagles built their own 6-point lead only to see it disappear to a 40-40 tie late in the fourth, and it looked eerily similar to the Sr. Girls contest. However, the Eagles battled and Sophomore Center Coy Frachiseur stepped up with some huge plays to end the game blocking and causing turnovers. After a free-throw by Garrett Watkins gave the Eagles a 41-40 lead, Ashdown came down the court and Lamar Wilkerson drove the left side of the lane to give them the lead, but Coy Frachiseur came up huge by blocking the shot and taking possession and then taking the foul. Frachiseur then iced the game with 1.9 seconds left on the clock by hitting both free-throws and giving the eagles the final lead 44-41. Ashdown tried a desperation full-court 3-point shot that came up short and the Eagles saved homecoming night with heart stopping victory For the Panthers, Kaiden Hunter led the scoring with (11), followed by Jimmy Dunn, Lamar Wilkerson and John Smith with (6) each. For the Eagles, Coy Frachiseur led the scoring with (15) followed by (13) by Cody Brown and (6) points a piece by Brayden Smith and Trenton Rosson.

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new Dean is headed to the campus of Ouachita Baptist University. Justin Dean of Mena High School signed his letter of intent to further his football playing career at OBU, Wednesday morning, February 7th. Dean says he remembers playing football for the first time when he was seven or eight years old, when, “I would ride the school bus over to the old middle school, the one by the courthouse, and I would play football with my brother Jordan and all of his friends, until one of our parents came to pick us up.” The game of football has always been his favorite sport, “because of the toughness you have to have.” Dean went on to state that, “Football is one of the most demanding games, and it requires you not only to be physically fit but also mentally. And if you’re weak in either area, you cannot expect to be great at it. It requires work to better yourself, and I like working on myself.” Dean mentioned that, “I never really had that one player that I always looked up to, but I tried to always be like the players who tried their hardest no mater what.” He added, “Those guys always stood above the crowd to me.” When asked about a most memorable moment playing football, Dean mentioned he had a couple. He says the first one happened in the 2016 season, “when the team [Mena Bearcats] went over to Arkadelphia and came back to win a very hard fought game, when the Badgers’ kicker missed the game winning kick, with just a few seconds remaining.” The second moment came during this year’s season, when the Bearcats traveled to Hot Springs, and came back to win after being down the whole game. Dean says, “When we took the lead in the fourth quarter, you could feel the excitement amongst the crowed and the team. It was very special to me.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 19

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Lady Eagles Fall At Buzzer To Ashdown O


n Friday night, February 2nd, the Cossatot River Lady Eagles (20-5, 9-3) hosted the Ashdown Pantherettes (12-9, 11-2) for Homecoming at Cossatot River High School. The Pantherettes opened up an 8 to 1 lead to start the game but the Lady Eagles came back, and the two teams swapped leads throughout the 2nd quarter before the end of the 1st half coming to an end with a 20-20 tie. In the 2nd half the Lady Eagles built up to a 6-point lead, which they would hold onto throughout the 3rd quarter, but in the 4th quarter the Pantherettes began chipping away at the lead and finally tied the game at 40 with 6.7 seconds left in the game. Cambrey McCullough took what looked to be the last shot of regulation from three-point range with 3.2 seconds left in the game and missed, but Adaysiah Thompson fought for the rebound and put up a prayer off the glass. As the siren sounded and time officially expired the ball dropped through the net and the Pantherettes pulled off the heart stopping victory 42-40 over the Lady Eagles For the Lady Eagles Jade Richardson led all scorers with (12) followed by Ashlen Gonzalez with (11), and Regan Richardson with (8). For the victorious Pantherettes Adaysiah Thompson had (26) followed by (6) points by Cambrey McCullough, and (5) points a piece by Zakiah Rhone and Kenya Wilson.

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hursday night, ebruary 1st, the ena r. adycats took on the Arkadelphia r. ady adgers at Jim Rackley Gymnasium. Prior to the Junior V arsity game, the Junior JV Ladycats defeated Arkadelphia 14-2. n a booming first quarter, the r. adycats ran all over Arkadelphia, outscoring the r. ady adgers 2 -2. nly ten total points were scored in the second quarter, as Arkadelphia outscored the r. adycats 6-4, to narrow ena’s lead down to nineteen going into halftime, with the score 27- . mily agner led the r. adycats with 7 points at halftime, as lgas led Arkadelphia with 4 points. n the lowest scoring quarter of the game, both teams scored ust two points each in the third, leaving the score at 2 -10 going into the fourth. The r. ady adgers attempted a short lived comeback in the final quarter, outscoring ena 12-7, but fell short in the end by fourteen, 6-22. lgas led the Arkadelphia r. ady adgers with points on the night, as ims and i both scored 6 points, and hitaker 1 point. racie yle led the ena r. adycats with 11 points in the game, while rayson airless and Hannah tockton chipped in points each, mily agner 7 points, and Ally right 2 points. n aturday, the r. adycats defeated Arkadelphia again, in the first round of the 7-4A r. asketball District Tournament on the campus of ena High chool, and on onday, ena took on the ashville Jr. Scrapperettes.

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onday night, January 29th, the Acorn Jr. Lady Tigers hosted the Dierks Jr. Lady Outlaws. Acorn opened the game up with a bang, holding the Jr. Lady Outlaws to only four points in the first quarter, while scoring twelve points of their own. n the second quarter, the r. ady Tigers defense didn’t let up one bit, holding Dierks to ust five points, while their offense scored thirteen. The Jr. Lady Tigers went into halftime with a sixteen point, 25-9, lead. At the half, ounts led Dierks with 4 points, while utterfield led the Jr. Lady Tigers with 8 points. n the third quarter, Acorn outscored the r. ady utlaws 11-0, to e tend their lead to twenty-seven, 6- , going into the fourth and final quarter of play. ontinuing e cellent defense, the r. ady Tigers held Dierks scoreless again in the fourth quarter, to win the game by forty-one, 0- . Mount led the Dierks Jr. Lady Outlaws with 4 points, as Eckert and ones added on 2 points each, and A. trasner 1 point. unshine utterfield led the Acorn r. ady Tigers with 11 points, while Halli and orryn Holland both chipped in points each, lair and llis 6 points each, Ashlynn issell and eddle 4 points each, arren 2 points, and Tedder 1 point. This week, the r. ady Tigers will compete in the 1A-7 est r. District Tournament at Oden.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 Dean says he has always wanted to play football in college, because he knows he won’t get to play forever, so he wants to play for as long as he can. He added, “I always wanted to be like the college players too, because I knew that they were good if they were on TV .” hy , you may ask. Dean says uachita aptist niversity was the best choice for him, because of the amount of interest they showed. He stated, “They weren’t the first school to offer me anything, but once they did they were always checking in on me and making sure everything was going good. They also seemed like the program that I’ve always wanted to be a part of. Everyone there always has the same mindset to be as good of a person as they can, and to better themselves as much as possible. ooking forward to the coming year, Dean says, “I am most looking forward to just being a part of the kind of team they are, because each team member holds each other accountable, and they always strive to be great.” Earning All-Conference in his Sophomore and Junior season, and All-State in his Senior year, Dean says, “I’m honored to say that I have earned that much.” Dean says, he would first like to thank od, “for giving me every opportunity and allowing me to become who I am.” Secondly, “I would like to thank all of my friends for always believing in me and being there for me.” He added, “Third, I would like to thank my family. They’ve done so much for me that I cannot begin to explain how blessed I am for having them. They have helped me tremendously over the years, and they always will.” Dean is also grateful for all of the coaches he has played for, saying, “All of the coaches from pee-wee to where I am now, there is absolutely no way I could’ve become such a player without all of their amazing guidance and instruction. ast but certainly not least, he would like to “thank everyone who has ever helped me to become the person I am today.”



n Monday night, January 29th, the Acorn junior boys basketball team hosted the Dierks Jr. Outlaws at Acorn High School. The r. Tigers started the game on a 4-0 run, forcing Dierks to call a timeout with left in the first quarter. Following the timeout, the Jr. Outlaws outscored Acorn 12-8, to tie the game going into the second quarter at twelve points apiece. Both teams continued to keep the game close in the second, scoring twelve points each, to make the score 24-24 at the half. At halftime, D. Sirmon led the Jr. Outlaws with 13 points, as Damian Bohlman led Acorn with 12 points. In the third quarter, Acorn fought for a small lead, outscoring the Jr. Outlaws 6-4, to take a two point lead into the final quarter of play. Dierks got within one point of the r. Tigers in the fourth, but were never able to take the lead, as Acorn held on to win by three, 39-36. D. Sirmon led the Dierks Jr. Outlaws with 19 points, while K. Helms chipped in 7 points, A. Kirby 5 points, K. Kersey and A. Mack 2 points each, and B. Starks 1 points. Damian ohlman led the Acorn r. Tigers with 21 points, as number fifteen added on 7 points, T. yle 6 points, and . yle points. n onday, ebruary th, the r. Tigers took on deon in the first round of the 1A-7 est r. District Tournament at Oden.

Bearcats Win Big Over Prescott


ast Friday night, the Mena Bearcats (15-9, 8-3) senior high basketball team hosted the Prescott Curley olves 7-16, 6- at the nion ank enter. n a close knit first quarter, the urley olves came back to take a three point, 17-14, lead over ena going into the second quarter. Both teams continued to stay close in the second, as the Bearcats outscored Prescott 13-10, to tie the game up at twenty-seven at halftime. ith 1 left in the third quarter, the earcats retook the lead from Prescott with a Daniel Davis umper inside the lane, to make the score 7- . n the last forty-five seconds of the third quarter, ena scored seven points, to e tend their lead to twelve, 47- , going into the final quarter of play. n the fourth quarter, the urley olves were held to only si points, as ena scored eleven points of their own, to make the final score -41. Connor Harvey led the Mena Bearcats with 16 points in the game, as Blake Seals added on 13 points, and N ick Myers and Brock Strother both chipped in 9 points each. Also on riday night, the ena adycats matched up against Prescott but fell short by five, 41- 6.

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Mena Jr. Boys Battle Past Jr. Badgers T


hursday night, ebruary 1st, the ena r. earcats basketball team hosted the Arkadelphia r. adgers at im ackley ymnasium. efore the unior aristy game, the Junior High JV Bearcats fell short to Arkadelphia 23-11 n what played out to be a close game most of the night, ena narrowly outscored the r. adgers 12- in the first quarter. The r. earcats pulled away for a bit in the second, outscoring Arkadelphia 11-5, to take a nine point, 23-14, lead into halftime. At the half, Harris led the Jr. Badgers with 5 points, as Mason Brotherton led Mena with 9 points. The Jr. Badgers narrowed down Mena’s lead to one point in the third quarter, outscoring the Jr. Bearcats 11-3, to make the score 26-25 going into the fourth. Arkadelphia took the lead with 5: 40 left in the game, but with a bucket from Brotherton, the Jr. Bearcats retook the lead and didn’t look back. Mena went on to outscore the Jr. Badgers 9-5, to win the game by five, - 0. heeler led the Arkadelphia r. adgers with 11 points in the game, while Harris and cAnally added on points each, c lure 4 points, are points, and Phifer 2 points. ason rotherton led the ena r. earcats with 1 points on the night, as a ontgomery scored 10 points of his own, atthew c ravens and ake iles 4 points each, and am fird and aleb Peters 2 points each. n onday night, ebruary th, the r. earcats played in the second round of the 7-4A r. asketball Tournament at the nion ank enter.

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Thursday, 2/8 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 10:30 a.m. – Gator & Friends will be performing at The Mena Senior Center. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County will meet at Papa’s Mexican Café. Contact Sue Cavner at 234-5844 or Linda Rowe at 234-2575 for more info. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – The Mena Lioness Lions meet at the Limetree Restaurant. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3665 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Salvation Army Family Store helps families with utilities. • 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – The First Assembly of God distributes food at 2111 Sutherland or call 394-1229. • 5:00 p.m. - 9th Street Ministries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the 9th Street Ministries building. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s Meeting at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. • .m. Hat eld’s ion’s l meets at the Lions Club Field House. • 6:30 p.m. – Mena Chapter #243, Order of the Eastern Star will meet at the Masonic Temple at 701 Port Arthur. Meeting will follow refreshments. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – Cherry Hill Fire Department meeting and training at the Fire Station. Friday, 2/9 • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Road tests are given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room unless the roads are wet. Written tests are given at 1:00 p.m. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South.

• 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fibers Arts Group meets at Mena Art Gallery. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Gator and Friends will be playing at the Hatfield Auditorium. $6.00 admission. 50/50 drawing, potluck, and door prizes. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. Saturday, 2/10 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • a.m. .m. hildren’s rt Class at the Mena Art Gallery, for children ages 10 & up, including adults. Cost is $3. Call 479-394-3880 to reserve spot. • 12:00 p.m. – Ouachita Amateur Radio Association monthly meeting at the Limetree. Testing will be available. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 7:00 p.m. – Holly Grove Church in Grannis will have Gospel Music. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 479-243-0297 or 479-216-4606. Sunday, 2/11 • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 3:00 p.m. – Worship service is held at Sulpher Springs Church. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. Monday, 2/12 • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 1:30 p.m. – Polk County Genealogical Society will meet at the Polk County Library. • .m. he ir ort ommission’s meeting will be held at the UA-Rich Mountain Boardroom in the Spencer Building, 1100 College Drive. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. – Democratic Party of Polk County meets at Papa’s Mexican Café. Anyone interested is welcome. You do not have to be a member. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous

meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – Mena Elks Lodge meeting. All Elks are invited to attend. • 7:30 p.m. – Mountain Meadow Chapter #22 Order of the Eastern Star will meet at the Mountain Meadow Masonic Lodge Hall in Hatfield. Tuesday, 2/13 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardner Comm nit Men’s rea ast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena St. Bring your current project and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3665 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • .m. .m. he Hat eld Branch Library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. – T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union Bank Community Room for weigh-ins, followed by a meeting. • 6:00 p.m. – Home Front Warriors CMA Chapter 377 Bible Study at the Limetree Restaurant. Public is invited. • 5:00 p.m. – Country and Gospel music is played at the Polk County Housing Authority Community Room. • 6:00 p.m. – American Legion Post 18 potluck dinner, at Veteran’s Park in Acorn, with meeting to follow at 7 p.m. • 6:30 p.m. – Shady Fire and Rescue District 10 will meet at the Shady Community Center. • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Bluegrass music at Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for the families of addicts and alcoholics meet at the ABC Club. • 7:00 p.m. – The Dallas Valley R.V.F.D. will meet for training at the Firehouse. • 7:00 p.m. – The Acorn Fire and Rescue will meet at the Fire Department. • 7:00 p.m. – The Wickes V.F.W. Post #10484 will meet at the Wickes Community Center. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479-234-2887 or 479-2343043. Wednesday, 2/14 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • a.m. he MHS lass o ’ will hold their monthly meeting at the Branding Iron.

• 12:00 p.m. - The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in Mena. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Polk County Library Cove Branch is open. • 12:00 p.m. – Polk County Retired Teachers will meet at New China. Carla Vaught to present program. All Polk County retired school employees are encouraged to attend. • 12:00 p.m. – Quality of Life Outreach meeting at Lavilla Restaurant. • 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – The Mena First United Methodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – The Southside Church of God Warriors for Christ will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Regeneration Youth Ministries at Mena Church of God Hwy 88 East. • 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church hosts Discovery Kids – Kindergarten Thru 5th Grade; Collide Youth Ministry – 6th Thru 12th Grades; and Adult Bible Study. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at Grace Bible Church, 1911 Hwy 71 N. Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Inquiry Classes into the Catholic Faith will be held in the St. Thomas House at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 203 8th Street, and continue through Easter 2018. No cost or obligation, anyone interested is invited. Call 479-394-1017 for more information.

• HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE OUACHITAS will host a bake sale on Monday, February 12th in front of Mena Walmart from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Surprise your valentine with sweet treats and help benefit HSO. H DR N’S R R M will be held at the Polk County Public Library in Mena on Wednesday, February 14, at 10 a.m. Games, crafts, and story time. The free program will last about an hour and are for children ages 7 and under. • FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE in Mena will host missionaries from Argentina on February 19th, at 6:30 p.m. 503 South Morrow Street in Mena.



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ow many of us have heard or read the phrase, “separation of church and state? ” It has become such a common part of America’s legal and social lexicon that many of us are likely to assume it to be in our nation’s constitution. Wrong. It is nowhere to be found in this or in any other of our founding documents. Where then did this famous phrase come from? Original references to a wall of separation in a church-state context were made by Anglican theologian Richard Hooker (1590s), colonial champion of religious liberty Roger Williams (1644) and Scottish schoolmaster James Burgh (1767). The phrase “wall of separation” entered the lexicon of American constitutional law in 1879 in the Supreme Court case eynolds v. nited tates, but only as a historical non-precedent-setting reference. o, how did this little phrase emerge into such prominence as the defining metaphor for the irst Amendment to our Constitution? On January 1, 1802, Thomas Jefferson penned a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut in reply to a letter they sent congratulating him on his election to the presidency of the United States. In their letter the Baptists, a beleaguered and persecuted religious and political minority, expressed grave concern about the future of religious liberty in America. In his letter of reply, Jefferson essentially endorsed the Baptists’ aspirations for religious liberty stating in part, “..I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.” James H. Hutson of the Library of Congress has concluded that the President “regarded his reply to the Danbury Baptists as a political letter, not as a dispassionate theoretical pronouncement on the relations between government and religion.” N evertheless, it should be understood that Jefferson’s “wall,” was erected between the federal and state governments on matters pertaining to religion and not, more generally, between the church and all civil government. This was his understanding of the irst Amendment, and one consistent with most of the drafters. t was not until the seminal upreme ourt case of verson v. oard of ducation, decided seventy-one years ago this week, ebruary 10, 1 47, that efferson’s phrase from his personal letter was resurrected, taken out of its interpretive and historical conte t, and given authoritative gloss on the irst Amendment. n a -4 opinion authored by ustice Hugo lack, the upreme ourt in affirming the udgment of the ew ersey ourt of Appeals found that a law authori ing local school boards to reimburse parents for the transportation costs of pupils who attended parochial schools including private atholic schools in wing Township, did not violate the stablishment lause of the irst Amendment. The ourt reasoned that so long as the policy granting the reimbursements remains neutral to religion and serves the general public purpose of safely transporting children to accredited schools, the Establishment Clause remains unviolated. The verson case marked the first time that the upreme ourt had, by means of the ourteenth Amendment, made the stablishment lause of the irst Amendment applicable to individual states. Although the result reached in the case is consistent with a proper reading of the irst Amendment, the ourt’s reasoning is not because it relies upon the e tra-constitutional language from efferson’s letter. This error would be compounded for decades to come as it would serve as reference and precedent in many cases misconstruing the meaning of the irst Amendment. This was done without any previous supportive court precedent and was based on udicial ideology and a shallow and inaccurate reading of the historical record. And, for the ourt to invoke efferson as a primary, direct constitutional source is dubious at best since at the time of the drafting of the irst Amendment he was overseas serving as inister to rance. rom this case forward an entirely new and in uential body of urisprudence emerged which, among other issues, misinterpreted “church to mean religious e pression. hen combined with an unrestrained federal udiciary, this brand of urisprudence has contributed to the progressive e clusion of religion primarily hristianity from the public arena and classroom and consequently to a gradual but radical change in the social and moral landscape of America. The good news is that some of the ground lost in religious freedom over the past 70 years has been regained. The impact of legal defense organi ations such as the American enter for aw and ustice and educational organi ations such as all uilders has substantially contributed in this progress. And, in light of President Trump’s nomination and subsequent enate confirmation of eil orsuch to the upreme ourt, perhaps more ground will be reclaimed in the future. n his acceptance speech, orsuch stated, “ respect, too, the fact that in our legal order it is for ongress and not the courts to write new laws. t is the role of udges to apply, not alter, the work of the people’s representatives. A udge who likes every outcome he reaches is very likely a bad udge... stretching for results he prefers rather than those theWeekly law demands. Publication

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ebruary is a busy month at Ouachita Little Theatre. Auditions have been announced for the spring musical production of “ odspell , which will be held Tuesday and Thursday, ebruary 1 and 1 , from 6: 00 – 8: 00 p.m. at the theatre. This groundbreaking production originally debuted in 1971 and is based on a series of parables from the gospels of atthew and uke. The memorable song “Day by Day is from this musical and has earned worldwide recognition and appeal. Those auditioning should come prepared to sing the chorus of “ od Save the People” from the production and are encouraged to sing a solo of any cast character for which they want to try out. “ our eddings and an lvis opens this riday, ebruary with remaining performances at the theatre on ebruary 10, 11, 16, 17, and 1 . vening shows begin at 7 0 p.m. and unday shows begin at 2 0 p.m. A special performance is being held on alentine’s Day, ebruary 14, at ena ountain esort. Dinner is at 6 00 p.m., followed by the show at 7 0 p.m. eservations for this unique showing must be made through the resort by calling 47 - 4- 110. or the alentine’s performance, season ticket holders pay 20 for the meal. All non-season ticket holders get the package deal of 2 including dinner and the play. emember, for all shows at T, you can pick up your reserved seats at the theatre office weekdays 10 00 a.m. to 2 00 p.m. f course, tickets will also be available at the bo office immediately prior to each show at the OLT. The Wednesday night movie party, which is usually held on the second Wednesday of the month, will be moved back one week to ebruary 21 to allow patrons to attend the alentine’s Day play. The ebruary movie has a alentine’s Day theme, and stars Tom Hanks and eg yan in one of the most popular romantic comedies of all time, “ leepless in eattle. oin us at 6 0 p.m. for fresh popcorn, a great film, and an evening among friends. or more information about these events or uachita ittle Theatre, visit our website at or our acebook page.


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our local art gallery is bringing you an exhibit that is in our tradition of embracing all forms of art, and this one is truly new to us: The Art of Hair. Artists will have two entry opportunities: photography (with before and after photographs and mannequin. There are four categories under photography: braid, color, cut, and style. The theme for the mannequin is anadu anything imaginative, magnificent, beautiful. Let your imagination go wild. Entries will be accepted on Tuesday, ebruary 27 at the gallery 607 ena Street) from 10 am to 4 pm. There will be a reception and awards ceremony on aturday, arch , from 1 to pm. Awards will be presented around 2 pm. ou will find entry forms on the gallery website, www. enaArt ou may call the gallery at 47 - 40 if you have questions. r better still, stop by and see the current exhibit, Portrait of Arkansas, at the same time you get answers. This show is sponsored by niversity of Arkansas ich ountain.

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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 January 28, 2018 A Mena woman reported that someone had used her debit card without her permission. Case is pending. Jennifer Hardigree, 55, of Mena was arrested and charged with DWI, second offense after officers responded to a call of a car in a ditch on a local street. Danen Dewayne Davis, 25, of Mount Pleasant, Texas, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Mena Police Department. Davis was picked up in Sevier County and local officers brought him to Polk County. January 29, 2018 Layman Hughes, 42, of Mena was arrested on two outstanding warrants for failure to pay fines and court costs. One warrant was from the Polk County Sheriff and one from the Mena Police. January 30, 2018 Officers responded to a call regarding two mailboxes having been knocked down on a local street. Case is under investigation. January 31, 2018 No criminal reports on file. February 1, 2018 oseph Brumfield, 27, of Mena was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule V controlled substance, theft by receiving, and driving on a suspended driver’s license after officers responded to a call at a local manufacturing company regarding someone trespassing. February 2, 2018 A local woman reported that she had

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been harassed by an unknown man while she was in her front yard. Case is pending identification and interview of a suspect. na Eli abeth Lewis, 30, Donna Price, 66, both of Mena, were charged with theft of property shoplifting after officers responded to a call at a local retail store. Michael Hook, 57, of Mena was charged with public intoxication. February 3, 2018 A counterfeit 20 bill was turned in to police from employees at a local restaurant chain. Case is pending. Tony Pike, 39, of Mena was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after officers responded to a complaint at a local residence. He was also served an outstanding warrant. David Blaine Freeman, 30, of Mackinaw City, Minnesota, was charged with driving on a suspended driver’s license. ol o nt Sheri ’s De artment January 29, 2018 Report from complainant on Polk 22 near Cove of being harassed by an acquaintance. Deputy advised suspect to not return to complainant’s property. Report from complainant on Edgewood Lane near Mena of damage to a residence by an unauthori ed person on the property. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from complainant on Highway 71 South in Hatfield of being threatened by an acquaintance. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from complainant on Polk 74 near Acorn of unauthori ed persons on their property. Deputy responded. Arrested was Joseph E. Lawrence, 35, of Mena, on a Body Attachment Warrant. January 30, 2018 Report of an unattended death on Polk 188 near Acorn. Deputies responded. The body was released to the Polk County Coroner. Arrested was Ronald D. Staggs, 55, of Mena, on a Charge of Public ntoxi-

cation. Report of a structure fire on Polk 404 near Cove. January 31, 2018 Arrested was Carlos D. Pelae , 27, of Dequeen, on a Warrant for Rape and Sexual Assault 2nd Degree. February 1, 2018 Report of a disturbance on Polk 48 near Potter. Deputies responded. Investigation continues. Arrested was ermial B. ohnson, 41, of acksonville, on Warrants for Failure to Appear and Failure to Comply with a Court Order. February 2, 2018 No reports were filed. February 3, 2018 Traffic stop on Highway 71 South near Mena led to the arrest of Christopher D. Brown, 34, of Mena, on Charges of DW , Carless Prohibited Driving, m-

proper Passing and Refusal to Submit. Arrested was Windal D. Loyd, 37, of Odessa, T , on two Warrants for Failure to Appear. Arrested was Nathan M. Abell, 30, of Mena, on two Warrants for Failure to Appear and three Warrants for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. February 4, 2018 Arrested was Atrea Lytle, 21, of Hatfield, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear. Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked six vehicle accidents this week. Polk County Detention Center ail Population: 26 ncarcerated nmates, with 8 nmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

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