January 11, 2017
THE POLK COUNTY
1168 Hwy 71 S • Mena, AR 71953 • 479-243-9600 ...............................................................................................................................................................................
Your DAILY News Sources: KENA 104.1 FM & MyPulseNews.com
Cossatot River Homecoming Royalty to be Honored
There’s a New Sheriff in Town BY MELANIE BUCK • firstname.lastname@example.org olk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer officially took office on Sunday, January 1, 2017 and is ready to jump into his new duties. Sawyer has been in law enforcement for 22 years, beginning his career at the Grannis P olice Department before moving up to a county deputy, eventually becoming Chief Deputy under Sheriff Mike Godfrey. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
Winter Weather Brings County to a Halt BY MELANIE BUCK • email@example.com Winter weather had the county on hold last week after freezing temperatures and snowfall kept roads icy for the weekend. Snow began falling on F riday morning, January 6 before taking a break mid-morning and then bringing in more than an inch on riday afternoon. All area schools made the decision to take a snow day early F riday morning as roads were already proving treacherous. P olk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer said his department began working accidents at 4: 30 a.m. on F riday and had ten before the morning was over. CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
JPs Sworn-In; Scott Honored BY MELANIE BUCK • firstname.lastname@example.org PHOTO BY ILANA BURK
The 2017 Cossatot River Homecoming Court will be honored during ceremonies on the Ed Ste enson Court e innin at p m this ri ay anuary his year’s ourt in lu es (bottom row, L-R) Selena Arce, Laura Flores, Rendi Warren, Tommie Whitmire, Ingrid Cortes, Jennifer Hernandez, (middle row, L-R) Katelyn Cox, Amy Williams, Kim Gonzalez, Jennifer Esquivel, Megan Davis, Rhyen Martin, Monica Turner, (top row, L-R) Liliana Trinidad, Yeritza Lopez, Cayley Stuart, Casandra Lopez.
Mena’s Newest Event Venue! THE GREEN ROOM RESERVE YOUR DATE: 479-394-3737
The olk County uorum Court held their first meeting of the year on Tuesday night, January 3rd. Justices of the P eace were officially sworn in for the year by County Clerk Terri Harrison. J ’s also passed an ordinance determining the time and location of their meetings for the year. Each meeting will be held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the olk County ffice Complex. As per state law, the court must meet within the first five days of the new year to determine the time and location of their meetings CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
January 11, 2017
HSO Provides a Dream Come True email@example.com BY MELANIE BUCK
he Humane Society of the O uachitas ( HSO ) was able to provide a dream come true for one boy this Christmas season. P epsi, a two-year old female P it Bull was a stray that was found in Cove and surrendered to HSO on November 11th and little did she know, she was soon to become man’ s best friend to one special little boy. Nicki Bradley from P aris, Arkansas recently visited an adoption event at P etco in F ort Smith looking to adopt a dog for her 11-year old son, Will Collins. HSO routinely transports animals to such adoption events. Will always wanted a dog, however he was unable to have one due to a diagnosis of cancer and a bone marrow transplant. Will was first diagnosed with Leukemia at age seven and was unable to attend school last year for risk of infection. His mother met with his doctor unbeknownst to Will and cleared permission for him to have a dog. She decided to adopt P epsi and give her to Will as a Christmas present. Incoming HSO P resident, Michael P ovey said he delivered the dog two weeks before Christmas and P epsi stayed with relatives until Christmas morning. Will’ s mom, Nicki, said the picture of Will’ s “ huge smile and a very content puppy tells it all.” P ovey also said that HSO is proud to have been a part of bringing joy to a child’ s heart while providing good a home for a sheltered dog. They are also happy to report that Will has been cleared to go back to school this semester.
CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE
for the year. Due to the early meeting, their next meeting will be held on Tuesday, F ebruary 28th. JP Harold Coogan presented a resolution honoring JP Terry Scott who, as of Tuesday, has served on the P olk County Q uorum Court for 40 years consecutively. The Q uorum Court as it exi sts today, was formed on January 3, 1977 with both JP Coogan and JP Scott serving on the original Court, although Coogan took a brief break from serving in the 1980’ s. Look for more on JP Scott’ s 40 years of service in an upcoming issue of The P olk County P ulse.
The Polk C ounty Pulse &
are publications of P ulse Multi-Media.
Receive Breaking News Alerts!
Meet Our Team Melanie Buck
Staff News Reporter/ Marketing Specialist
Publisher/General Manager firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
KENA 104.1 Radio Personality/ Marketing Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org
Emmye Rowell Assistant Graphic Designer
Polk County Pulse
Curt Teasdale Radio Personality
Bevona Williams Billing/Traffic Specialist
To submit news items/ announcements: email@example.com For billing questions: firstname.lastname@example.org To contact a marketing specialist: email@example.com To submit sports updates: firstname.lastname@example.org To submit calendar items: email@example.com
The Distribution & Insertion Team Dan & Linda Deramus, Jonathon Barton, Jeff Flanigan, Robert & Cassie Hamilton, & Ananda Martin
PHONE: 479-243-9600 FAX: 479-243-9603 1168 Hwy 71 South, Mena
The P olk County P ulse is the area’ s premiere and fastest growing news publication. The P olk County P ulse is F REE and published weekly on Wednesdays with a distribution of 8,000 and estimated readership of 10,000. All rights to contents are reserved by P ulse Multi-Media. MyP ulseNews.com currently has an on-line audience of 24,000 giving us a combined readership of 32,000. P O LICY: The P ublisher reserves the right to reject or cancel any advertisement at any time. All property rights, including any copyright interest, in any advertisement produced by P ulse Multi-Media and/ or The P olk County P ulse using art work and/ or typography furnished or arranged by P ulse Multi-Media and/ or The P olk County P ulse shall be the property of P ulse Multi-Media and/ or The P olk County P ulse. No such advertisement or any part thereof may be reproduced without the prior written consent of P ulse Multi-Media & The P olk County P ulse. P O LITICAL ADV ERTISEMENTS: Advertisements of a political nature must be pre-paid and must also include the name of the entity paying for the advertisement. If an entity other than the candidate the advertisement is endorsing is paying for the ad, a statement must be signed by the candidate verifying the candidate has seen and approved the advertisement.
January 11, 2017
MRHS Welcomes First Baby of the New Winter Weather CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE Many area businesses also made the decision to close early on riday so their emYear SUBMITTED ployees could make it safely home. The highway department and county road department
he first baby of the year is here Mena Regional Health System has announced that ayanna Smith was born on January 3, 2017 at 10 33 a.m., weighing 7lbs 15oz, and measured 21 in. long. Congratulations to mother, Cheyenne Smith. Also present to welcome the new addition was ela Murphy, grandmother, and Amanda avis, Sister-In-Law. Teresa Wise, CN r. Carlos Rocha, B N Hannah Stovall, RN Sasha Wise, RN athy hillips, RN and Joani Shaddon, RN are shown presenting the New ear Baby Basket, an MRHS tradition. MRHS are appreciative of those who donated gift cards and baby items for the New ear Baby Basket, which include Union Bank, iamond Bank, James’ Supersave oods, Sweet eas hotography, Janssen Avenue lorist, MRHS Auxiliary, and MRHS Administration.
had all hands on deck pre-treating highways Thursday ahead of the well-forecasted winter weather. nce the snow began to fall again on riday afternoon, two dozen more accidents were reported. ne area, just south of the andervoort Junction, had several cars in the ditch at once, including a tour bus and several 1 -wheelers, around 2 p.m. that day. It began with two 1 -wheelers and a one-ton truck and escalated from there. Sheriff Sawyer said a fourmile stretch of Highway 71, from andervoort Junction to Wickes, was blocked from around 2 p.m. until 7 30 p.m. We would get it to where we could open up one lane and then another wreck would happen, said Sawyer. At one point, a tour bus loaded with passengers was blocking the highway and it took two wreckers to get the bus going again. The passengers stayed on the bus until the wreckers got there and then we were rotating them in and out of patrol cars to keep them warm, Sawyer said. The deputies did a great job and we really appreciate the hard work that the highway department did with pre-treating the roads. Sawyer also said that there were no serious injuries and most vehicles sustained only minor damage. In all, parts of the county, mostly in the south, received near two inches of snow while Mena gathered around an inch. ueen Wilhelmina State ark, that sits atop the 2,6 0 ft. Rich Mountain, Arkansas’ second highest peak, reported receiving around four inches of snow. ark Interpreter Melissa hillips said a lot of wind blew most of the snow off of the roadways with gusts up to 24 miles an hour on riday. She reported that road conditions going up the mountain are fine now and there is no snow left as temperatures have finally risen above freezing. Nothing stuck to the trees. It was a very cold dry snow. It got down to a -7 wind chill with a temperature of 10 degrees on riday night, hillips said. n Monday night, area weather began another rapid change, bringing daytime temperatures near 70 for the next several days and nighttime temps in the upper 40’s.
January 6, 2016
January Specials 479-394-3650
309 S. Morrow, Mena
EVERY FRIDAY 5-Close Half Price Extra Long Chili Cheese Coney
2 Regular Chili Coney & 2 Tater Tots
Regular Size Pickle-O
Large Single Flavored Soft Drink & Slushes
January 11, 2017
Seventh-Day Adventist Food Pantry Re-Opening
he Mena Seventh- ay Adventist Church food pantry, located at 149 olk Road 43 across from the olk County airgrounds, is scheduled to re-open on January 16th. The pantry will provide individuals and families with non-perishable food, personal care items, and nutritional help. Everyone will be served and no one will be turned away. or the past several years the Mena Seventh- ay Adventist Church has operated a soup kitchen and food pantry on Tuesdays. In an effort to be more accessible to the working poor, the decision was made to close the soup kitchen and exp and the food pantry, with hours of operation that made it accessible to those who work. The new hours of operation for the food pantry will be from 3 30 p.m. until 6 30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month. According to at Lawry, Community Services irector of the Mena Seventh- ay Adventist Church, the mission of the food pantry is to work with other food pantries in the area to eliminate hunger in our community by providing food to fill the basic needs of hungry people. We hope that our afternoon and early evening hours will be convenient for those who aren’ t able to get to a food pantry during the morning hours. As we looked at the hours of operations of other ministries in the area, we saw that people who worked during the day didn’ t have access to food pantries,” Lawry exp lained. According to the United States epartment of Agriculture, over 16 of the residents of olk County suffer from household food insecurity. Arkansas ranked 2nd in the nation in the number of people facing food insecurity. The US A defines food security as access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. The defining characteristic of food insecurity is that, at times during the year, the food intake of household members is reduced and their normal eating patterns are disrupted because the household lacks money and other resources for food. or more information, please call 479-234-2373.
Happiness Homemakers Extension H
appiness Homemaker Ext ension Club is a growing EHC club that began in 2016 having new members join to continue supporting the many projects and programs that all Ext ension Homemakers over the years have shared with P olk County citizens. Debbie Thompson, County EHC P resident, along with the EHC Council assists several EHC clubs regarding any desired information needed to continue homemaking skills. Dr. Laura Hendrix, State EHC Representative ( pictured) spoke at a recent meeting of the club on the future of EHC. If you are interested in the group, join them at their meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at Hatfield City Hall from 9 30 a.m. 12 p.m. The University of Arkansas System ivision of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexu al orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action Equal pportunity Employer.
We’re always on. . . We’re always current! powered by
THE POLK COUNTY PULSE
479-394-4535 Open 7 Days a Week
Like us on Facebook! willSub HIRING SUBSTITUTES TEACHERS - CAFETERIA - CUSTODIAL
Manufacturer of Quality CNC Parts
479.394.4248 104 Port Arthur Avenue Mena, AR 71953-3344
Lori Johnston, CPA, Manager Bambi Sharp Joseph Sanford, CPA Dottie Hobbs, PA Kelli McCurry Tiffany Bayne Stan Johnston
• Bookkeeping • Compilations, Reviews and Contractor’s Licenses • Payroll Services • Individual, Farms, Corporate and Partnership income tax preparation
• Estate, Trust, Exempt, Organization, Gift and Benefit Plan returns • Tax Planning & Consulting • Estate Booking • QuickBooks Support
812 DeQueen, Mena, AR 71953 • (479) 394-5414 270 E 6th Street, Waldron, AR 72958 (479) 637-2860
Ouachita River School District
www.pcmiservices.com • Apply NOW complete and submit an application Click the link to register for the upcoming training session. Online registration required, limited seating
Oden Campus Tuesday January 17th 10:00am – 12:30pm Acorn Campus Tuesday January 17th 3:30 6:00pm BRING: Driver’s License and Social Security Card or Birth Certificate Direct deposit banking info, payment (credit card) for FBI background check Check or money order for $10 for the Child Maltreatment Form If you have a college degree – official transcripts must be provided PCMI 1-877-855-7264
Smith Wins Quilt
Acorn Afterschool Program Now Serving Full Meals
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January . . . . . . . . 11, . . .2017 ...
BY MELANIE BUCK • firstname.lastname@example.org
he Acorn Afterschool P rogram has received a new facet. They are now serving meals to students immediately after school lets out for the day. Rose Bates, head of Acorn’ s food service program applied for a DHS At-Risk Afterschool Supper Grant and was approved for the remainder of the school year. Bates said the meals are prepared on campus and are not only a way to help combat food insecurity, but also relieves parents of stress. Tina Kesterson, a teacher at Acorn school, exp lained that elementary students begin eating lunch at 10: 30 a.m. for K-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grades eat at The volunteers of the Cove Branch of the Polk County Library chose to raise funds on a Christmas quilt 11 a.m. The new program gives as their project to support the needs of the library. the students a chance to eat earlier in the evenings before launching into homework help, tutoring, and enrichment activiWinner of the quilt was Harold Smith (pictured), from ties. Michelle McGee and Kim P osey are facilitators of the Afterschool P rogram and McGee said, “ The students are really Vandervoort. hungry after school so we feed them first in case some need to go early. Bates also said the meals are for all students, not just the ones who participate in the Afterschool P rogram. “ The program is not limited to just the Afterschool students, we even feed the basketball teams before games. The program is not so much about food insecurity as it is nutritional backing. The program began in late November, as soon as approval was granted for the reimbursement grant. “ When Michelle McGee told me about the program, I started making phone calls and after being approved, we started the program immediately. We will also serve lunch two weeks during the summer, Bates exp lained. There are an average of 105 students fed each day after school and their menus aren’ t quite as limited as breakfast and lunch, due to funding sources. McGee said, Rose fixed biscuits and gravy for the kids one afternoon and they all loved it. Students are also given a snack at 4: 30 p.m. each Monday through Thursday. The Afterschool PineMoore Shavings has one (1) opening for a P rogram is not held on F ridays. To learn more about Acorn’ s Afterschool P rogram, contact Acorn school at 479-3945544.
January 6, 2016
Class-A CDL Truck-Driver
Please contact Beverly at 479-243-4577 for additional details or come by for an application.
Please make The Cole
Team Bold & larger than Outpatient the address & phone numbers Clinic Veterinary below it.
Dr. P.C. Roberts, III
Omit the 800 number and Mena, AR 71953 the e-mail address and substitute www.FarrellCole.com instead.
(Talk or Text)
In the web address across the bottom, capitalize the M in Mena, the R in Limited P rac tic e Real & the E in Estate.
MENA REAL ESTATE
Farrell & Sharon Cole
The Cole Team
816 S. Mena St. Mena, AR 71953 Office: (479) 394-5000 www.FarrellCole.com www.MenaRealEstate.com
January 11, 2017
CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE
Sawyer is thankful to follow such a Sheriff. “ I am really fortunate to follow Mike Godfrey as Sheriff. The decisions he made when he came into office were changes I would have made so, I have very few changes to make but I would like to add a couple of programs. We’re going to be changing our jail program and reporting program. Some of his future plans include bringing the jail up to state standards and using citizens’ tax dollars wisely. We are working with the state on finalizing our jail safety upgrade. The architects are working on the design now. The long-term plan is to probably add an addition to the current facility. It will not require a new tax. The public shot the tax down when we brought it to them so we’re going to lan B. ne of the hallmarks of my administration is we are going to show the public just how thrifty we can be. I’m going to get the most I can with their tax dollars. He is looking forward to beginning the safety upgrade on the jail in late spring or early summer this year, with a completion date of phase one, the safety upgrade, two to three months after beginning. Sawyer also praised his department and is excited to work with such a great group. As one of his first official duties, Sawyer announced Randy Jewell as his Chief eputy. Jewell is a native of andervoort, graduating an-Cove High School in 1997. He became a part-time reserve officer in 2006 and went full-time for rannis in 2007. I like to give back to the community. I’ve always been drawn to try to help people, especially those who can’t help themselves, those that don’t have a voice, said Jewell of why he chose law enforcement as a career. He was quite surprised and humbled when Sawyer asked him to be his Chief eputy. I was surprised. It was very much an honor, said Jewell. The ones who have done this job before me are the ones I’ve always looked up to. It’s an honor to be able to follow them and to continue to serve the citizens of olk County. I work with an exceptional and outstanding group 1114A Hwy 71S Mena, AR of people. Toll Free: 1-888-394-4200 Sawyer has also announced Seth Keith’s Cell: 479-243-5341 Smith as Sergeant of the olk Counncer: ty Sheriff’s ffice. Sawyer said it had been a few years since the position had been filled and he felt that a thirdin-command that could make decisions when he and Jewell are not at the detopartment get would only serve to benefit the county. Smith will also soon receive a -9 narcotics dog that will also benefit the department.
County to Receive K-9 Unit BY MELANIE BUCK • email@example.com
The olk County Sheriff’s epartment will soon receive a new friend, one of the furry, four-legged type. Sheriff Scott Sawyer has reported the department will be taking on a -9 unit narcotics dog thanks to a few grants they obtained. Sawyer said they haven’t had a -9 unit in around eight years and they are excited to bring in another. I applied for and received around 10,000 in grants to fund a -9 program and we are going to get it started in a couple of weeks at no cost to olk County. The dog itself costs around 7,000. The remainder of the funds will be used for a kennel, dog food, vet bills, shots, and things like that. The dog the county has purchased is a trained narcotics dog. Sawyer said, I wanted one that could find drugs and also one that I can take to the schools and let the kids see. olk County eputy, Sergeant Seth Smith, will be the dog’s handler and will travel next week to attend a special -9 unit training. The new dog will make his way to olk County the week of the 23rd. I don’t want to give out his name or what kind he is just yet, said Sawyer. When we get him, we will make sure to introduce him to the county.
HOLLY SPRINGS REAL ESTATE, LLC 394-4200
Williams Medical Clinic, L.L.C.
Dr. Robert S. Williams, M.D. All Major Insurance Accepted
1102 Crestwood Circle Mena, AR 71953
403-E N. Morrow St., Mena, AR 71953
New Patients Welcome
Keith & Sharon Aleshire, Broker/Owners www.hollyspringsrealestate.com
3696 - Lovely White Colonial style home sits on an acre and half lot. 4 b edrooms, 2 full b aths, w ith p lenty of room for entertaining. Liv ing room has b eautiful w ood floors and firep lace. Gourmet kitchen has q uality stainless ap p liances. 3 b edroom and b ath dow n stairs p lus a b onus room. Must see! ! MLS16035690 $175,000
3630 - Great Location -- This b eautiful 3 b dr/ 2 b ath Brick Home is comp lete w ith a 18 x 40 in ground p ool, large p atio w ith a b uilt in grill for entertaining your family and guests. A w ired shop / storage b uilding. MLS 16010396 $116,000
3578 - Ideal investment property in Mena! Large 3 b ay Building w ith office/ show room in a v ery good location is leased, inv estor w ill assume lease tenant to remain. MLS15032361 $95,000
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .January . . . . . . . 11, . . .2017 .......
At Ouachita River School District... Fire Destroys Structures in Midst
we go beyond the classroom caring for our students OUACHITA RIVER WELLNESS CENTER
Now OPEN to students and the local community Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
to schedule an appointment. Patient registration packets are available at ouachitariversd.org or at the school nurse's office.
1/10 Kirby JG,SRS Home 5:30 1/13 Umpire JB, SRS There 5:30 1/14-1/21 Nashville Senior Tournament TBA *1/20 Mineral Springs SRS (Homecoming) Home 5:30
BY MELANIE BUCK
irefighters battled two blazes in two parts of the county on riday, January 6, 2017 in the midst of snow covered roads. allas alley olunteer ire epartment was called to a fire at a welding shop on olk Road 401. irefighters were dispatched around 10 30 a.m. after a call was made to 911. The cause of the fire came from a fallen pipe from a wood stove inside the shop. In Wickes, firefighters were paged out just after 11 30 a.m. on riday morning after a call came in to 911 reporting a fire inside Cossatot River State ark at the superintendentâ€™s house. The fire began as a ue fire and the home was a complete loss. All occupants of the home were uninjured, however, they lost all of their possessions. A fundraiser has been set up for the arringer amily who resided in the residence. n January 2 , a dinner and auction will be held at Wickes Elementary Cafeteria to benefit the family. Anyone wanting to donate items for the auction can bring them to the Wickes Elementary Cafeteria as early as 10 00 a.m. on January 2 th.
VIOLET J. REED COX
1/31 Dierks JB, SRS Home 5:30 2/3 Oden JG, SRS There 5:30 2/6-2/11 Junior High District Tournament Umpire TBA 2/7 Mt. Ida SRS Home 5:30 2/13-2/17 Senior High District Tournament Acorn TBA
2/22-2/25 Regional Tournament TBA
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
Not only will students be able to participate in multiple enriching after school programs but a complete FULL meal is now being served to keep students performing at their best!
Violet J. Reed Cox, age 78, of Mena passed away at home Friday, January 6, 2017 in Mena, Arkansas. Violet was born in Acorn, Arkansas on April 16, 1938 to the late Clarence H. Reed and Grace Viola Emmons Reed. She was married to Jerry Cox, Sr., for 61 years and was a loving homemaker. Violet had a heart to serve others and often volunteered to help with many local causes and organizations. She also enjoyed quilting, gardening, and loved nature hikes She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend to all who knew her. She is survived by husband, Jerry Cox, Sr., of Mena, Arkansas; sons, Jerry Cox, Jr. and wife Betty of Potter, Arkansas, Richard (Ricky) W. Cox of Satellite Beach, Florida; daughter, Teresa Marshall and husband Chester of Batesville, Arkansas; grandchildren, Beverly Cox Gilbert, David Cox, and Ella Grace Marshall; great-grandchildren, Matthew Gunner Gilbert, Katelyn Gilbert, Ramsey Gilbert, Brylee Cox and Cason Cox, Cooper Cox and Kaylee Cox; brothers, Oscar J. Reed, and wife Beverly of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Jesse Reed of Mena, Arkansas; sister, Margo Kimp and husband Billy of Acorn, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her par-
Richard Reed and sister, Peggy Reed Beaver. Memorial service will be planned later. Arrangements were made under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
1/24 Mt. Ida JG,JB,SRS There 4:00 Weekly Publication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .January . . . . . . . .6, . 20 1/26 Mineral Springs JRS There 5:30 ents, brother, William Reed and
TONY RANDALL HICKSON, SR Tony Randall Hickson, Sr., age 56, of Vandervoort, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016 in Vandervoort. Tony was born in Lewisville, Arkansas on October 6, 1960 to Truman Hickson and Lela Lee Walker. He was married to Suzanne Roser Hickson and worked at Tysonâ€™s in the maintenance department since 1999. Tony enjoyed working on cars and riding motorcycles. He also loved hunting with family and friends. He was a loving and kind husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend to all who knew him. He will be missed. He is survived by wife, Suzanne Hickson of the home; son, Tony R. Hickson, Jr., and wife Tanya; grandchildren, Serenity, Jaylan, and Tegan Hickson; daughter, Carolyn E. Hickson and husband Ivan Flanary; grand-
January 6, 20
CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
. . January . . . . . . . . 11, . . .2017 ................................................................................................................... Weekly Publication
children, Adrien Hickson and Katelyn Flanary; daughter, Kathryn Watkins and husband Adam; grandchild, Xane Watkins; brothers, Gary Hickson and wife Stacy, Lonnie Hickson and wife Cindy, Robert Hickson and wife Shirley; sisters, Onita Bolton and husband Billy, Peggy Guyton and husband Wayne, Margret Daniels; best friend, Roy G. Shearer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Truman A. Hickson and Lela Lee Walker, brother, Doyle Hickson, and sister, Maxine Guyton, and best friend, Mary C. Shearer. Memorial service was Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 10:00 a.m. Beasley Wood Chapel with Brother Reggie Fryar officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. www: bwfuneralhome.com
BILLY JIM WILLIAMSON Billy Jim Williamson, age 85, of Mena, Arkansas passed into the presence of the Lord on Monday, January 2, 2017, in Mena, Arkansas. Billy Jim was born in Cherry Hill, Arkansas on October 14, 1931 to the late James E. Williamson and Willie Chambers Williamson. He was married for 60 years to Ollie Louise “Doodle” Williamson. After serving in the United States Air Force from 1951-1955, he worked for Lockheed Aircraft Company in Marietta, Georgia as a systems technician on C-130 aircraft. In 1958, he and his wife returned to Cherry Hill and established their present family cattle ranch while he worked for the U.S. Forest Service until 1973. Having been a talented basketball player, Billy Jim was an avid college and professional basketball fan. As a cattleman, his stewardship of the land and the gentle handling of his premium calves were paramount. His greatest love was for his wife and family, including his two granddaughters, Claire and Rachel. His unmatched character and presence will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him, especially his twinkling smile and keen wit. He is survived by wife, Ollie Louise “Doodle” Williamson; son, Tim and Laura Williamson of Mena, Arkansas; granddaughters, Claire Williamson of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Rachel Williamson of Mena, Arkansas. Billy Jim was preceded in death by his father, James E. Williamson of Castle Rock, Washington; his mother, Willie Chambers Garrett of Pine Ridge, Arkansas; and brother, Tommy Williamson of Pine Ridge, Arkansas. Funeral services were held at the Cherry Hill Methodist Church on Thursday, January
5, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Mark Lyle officiating. Interment followed at the Cherry Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena. In lieu of owers, donations may be made to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital or the Cherry Hill Cemetery Fund. Pallbearers were Dennis Philpot, Frank Davis, Arvin Egger, Lee Fountain, Randy Oglesby and Alton Dollar. Honorary Pallbearers were Paul Alexander, Jimmy Tenbrooke, Stan House, Lonnie Cobb, Gary Young and Jamie Williams.
MARTHA SCHROYER Martha Schroyer, age 101, of Mena, died Friday, January 6, 2017 at her home. She was born on Monday, February 15, 1915 to Carl Nels and Hattie Adaire Engrav Hoel in Peterson, Minnesota. Martha was a woman who grew up during the depression and her life re ected those difficult times in her life. She was an honest, modest, God fearing person that put God and family first. She loved life and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking and her family enjoyed her Thanksgiving Turkey and Lemon Meringue Pie. Martha worked for 33 years for Montgomery Ward before her retirement. Martha was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, O. Carl Schroyer; her brother, James Hoel; and her sister, Harriet Purdy. Martha is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Marilynn Schroyer of Mena; her daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Larry Deutsch of Hallsville, Texas; one sister, Charlotte Herrold of Wichita, Kansas; six grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of
other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held Friday, January 13, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church in Mena with cremation services entrusted to by Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. In lieu of owers, memorials can be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Mena, 904 Church Street, Mena, Arkansas 71953. Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com
GENE ALLEN HOOVER Gene Allen Hoover, age 85 of Mena passed away Thursday, January 5, 2017 in Mena. Gene was born in Cherry Hill, Arkansas on April 20, 1931 to Euel Hoover and Ruby Egger Hoover. He was married to Joyce Betz Hoover for forty-two years and was in Transportation as a truck driver for many years. Gene also worked in grocery retail and logging. He en oyed hunting and fishing with family and friends. Gene loved watching baseball games. Most of all he loved his family and will be dearly missed by all. He is survived by wife, Joyce Hoover of Mena, Arkansas; children: Stacey HooverBell and husband Rod of Dallas, Texas, Letha Moore and husband Clark of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Brandon Burford and wife Christina of Hatfield, Arkansas, Derke Hoover of California, Russell Hoover and wife Lisa of Idaho, Kevin Hoover of California, Gina Hoover of Texas, Gordan Hoover of California; brother, Aldon Hoover and wife Kay of Sonora, California; gifteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Euel and Ruby Hoover. Graveside services were Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 2:00 p.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Park with Brother Mark Lyle and Brother Russell Hoover officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
Pallbearers were his grandsons, Coy Buford, Dustin Sexauer, Adam Hoover, Alex Hoover Aaron Hoover, Kameron Hoover, Koda Hoover, Kole Hoover, Gage Hoover and Spencer Hoover.
JAMES ALBERT LANG
James Albert Lang, age 74, of Mena passed away Friday, January 6, 2017 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Mr. Lang was born in Buffalo, New York on October 31, 1942 to the late Clarence William Lang, Sr., and the late Florence Emma Brown Lang. He was married to Debra Kay Norman Lang and proudly served his country in the United States Navy until he retired. Mr. Lang enjoyed riding his motorcycles, bowling with family and friends, and fishing in the White River. Above all he loved and enjoyed his family, and will be dearly missed. He is survived by wife, Debra Kay Lang of Mena, Arkansas; son, Brian Lang and wife Shirley of Mena, Arkansas; step-son, Ethan Rawlings and wife Haley of Mena, Arkansas; daughter, Kim Lang of Virginia Beach, Virginia; step-daughter, Stephanie Adams of Mena, Arkansas ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his infant son, James Lang, father, Clarence William Lang, Sr., and mother, Florence Emma Brown, five brothers and three sisters. Pallbearers will be Brian Lang, Donny Lang, Stacey Swanson, Don Cloud, Ethan Rawlings and Peter Johnson. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Grace Bible Church in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Lamar Austin officiating, under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Visitation is general.
The family of Steven Loyd Cole
would like to thank everyone for their prayers, cards, food, flowers and support through this very difficult time. A special thank you to Father Norbert and St. Agnes Church. Steve loved Michelle with all of his heart and was a loving son. He will truly be missed. Like his dad, Steve is too well loved to ever be forgotten. We love you Steve. ~ Mom, Michelle and Julian ~
C aring f or you r f am il y since 1 928 479-394-1310 611 Janssen Ave. Mena, AR 71953 BeasleyWoodFuneralHome.com
January 11, 2017
POLK COUNTY BIRTHS AT My Last 500 Days MENA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM T Cheyenne Smith, of Hatﬁeld, is the proud mother of a baby girl, born on January 3rd. Shawna and Dustin Powell, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on January 3rd. Tiffany and Brandon Smith, of Wickes, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on January 4th. Kristy and Daniel Hinojosa, of Waldron, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on January 5th.
CUTEST PET PIC
hat “ aha” moment… when you know your time is running out. The once tiniest human in our home is now the tallest; and the one that we all call when we can’ t reach something… the one that used to rely on his daddy to lift him above his head and y with the angel to put the finishing touch on the tree is now the one we call to put that angel on that same tree because he doesn’t require a ladder or step stool How can it be But there he was, in my aha moment, doing just that and leaving me to feel like his days were filtering through my hands like sand. As parents we have approximately 6,574 days to raise od-fearing, loving, responsible, compassionate, productive human beings that will leave our nests in search of od’s plan for their lives amid a very complex world that competes for their attention, seeks to distract them from what is really important, tempts them with glitz, convenience, and catapults promises and lies faster than a pitching machine. es, I know, even after they turn 1 , we are still very much parents and they still very much need our guidance, because at my age of forty ahem something, I certainly still seek my parents’ guidance. I understand that it will simply be a new season of life and one that I will embrace but at that particular aha moment, I relished in it as if wanting to push pause and cherished each and every one of those 6,022 days I’d had with him and yes, soon the reality of the fact that I had merely 552-plus days left sunk in. 23 outside of the truck driver phase, All I had ever dreamed of being, 6, highest 2016 in being able was to be a momma. O ur chances January weren’ t the ................................................. to have children and it tested both of our faith but in the end, through od’s grace, we ended up with two answers to very faithful prayers, however, nagging, demanding, and desperate they were, and I couldn’t be prouder of both of them. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that as parents, we spend so much of the time on the to do list in raising children and get absorbed with the busyness that the reality of only 6,574 days is lost, it is a blink of an eye, and regardless of their As and their athletic accomplishments, it’s about their heart that really matters. As 2017 is quickly upon us, I hope each of us will cherish each and every moment. ur family is incredibly close, to the point that we are awkward if one is missing for even the briefest moment, but I take comfort in knowing that we are each other’s safe spot, comfort in knowing that even if they didn’t keep up with those proverbial Jones kids, od and family are at their core and in the end, that’s all that really matters.
This is Misty May who cuddles with Janelle & Tom Baldwin and wrestles with her “sister” Lilly Rose. Please share your favorite photo of your pet. You may drop it off or mail it to: The Polk County Pulse | 1168 Hwy 71 S. Mena, AR 71953 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This week’s Cutest Pet Pic made possible by your friends at:
Ouachita Equine Clinic Serving all your small & large animal needs. Hours: Mon. Tues. Wed., and Fri. 8am-5pm • Closed on Thurs.
Randy J. Burgess D.V.M. 2920 Hwy. 71 N, Mena, AR 71953
“Life is not measured by
Kimberley Huff, of Mena, is the proud mother of a baby girl, born on January 3rd.
BY LEANN DILBECK
the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
January 6, 2016
Aunt Bessie loved to visit her nieces and nephews. However, she had relatives all over the country. The problem was that no matter how much she enjoyed seeing them, she hated flying. No matter how safe people told her it was, she was always worried that someone would have a bomb on the plane. She read books about how safe it was and listened to the stewardess demonstrate all the safety features. But she still worried herself silly every time a visit was coming up. Finally, the family decided that maybe if she saw the statistics she’d be convinced. So they sent her to a friend of the family who was an actuary. “Tell me,” she said suspiciously, “what are the chances that someone will have a bomb on a plane?” The actuary looked through his tables and said, “A very small chance. Maybe one in five hundred thousand.” She nodded, then thought for a moment. “So what are the odds of two people having a bomb on the same plane?” Again he went through his tables. “Extremely remote,” he said. “About one in a billion.” Aunt Bessie nodded and left his office. And from that day on, every time she flew, she took a bomb with her.
Please share your favorite photo of your pet. You may drop it off or mail it to: The Polk County Pulse | 1168 Hwy 71 S. Mena, AR 71953 or email: email@example.com
. .January . . . . . . . .11, . . 2017 ....................................................................................................................
Acorn Elementary’s November & December Students of the Month T
he November Students of the Month from Acorn Elementary School were chosen having displayed exce llent citizenship, exce ptional academic effort/ improvement and good attendance. Simple Simon’ s P izza, Goss Electronics, and Laark Enterprises provided lunch and games. P ictured are: F ront Row: Samuel Strasner, Kindergarten, son of Jerry and Misti Strasner; Avery Singleton, Kindergarten, daughter of Gary and Colby Singleton; Ciara Candelaria, Kindergarten, daughter of Anselmo and Robbin Candelaria; P ayson Belcher 1st grade, daughter of Danielle and Brandon Knight, and Josh and Monica Belcher. Middle Row: Jaylen McQ ueen, 1st grade, daughter of Rodney and Diana McQ ueen; Reily Crabtree, 2nd grade, daughter of Renee Shaffer; Kendra Hughes, 1st grade, daughter of Ray and Anelise Hughes; JT Walsh, 2nd grade, son of Stacey Medcalf; Anabell Adaway 3rd grade, daughter of Michael and Briana Adaway; Gage Sarabia, 2nd grade, son of Jonah and Sarah Sarabia. Back Row: Skylar Landrum, 3rd grade, daughter of Jessica Shores; Destiny Mabry, 5th grade, daughter of Mark and Charity Mabry; Daisy Dollar, 5th grade, daughter of Ricky and Darcy Dollar; P aige Smedley, 4th grade, daughter of Danny and Jessica Smedley; Rebecca Bloodworth, 4th grade, daughter of Billie Jo Bloodworth.
ACORN SCHOOL’S BREAKFAST M O N D A Y 1/16 V a riet y c erea l , b a g el w / c rea m na na s, ra isins, j u ic e, m il k T U E SD A Y 1 / 1 7 V a riet y c erea l , f renc h t oa st l ink , a p p l esa u c e, j u ic e, m il k W E D N E SD A Y 1 / 1 8 V a riet y c erea l , sa u sa g e & g u rt , j u ic e, m il k T H U R SD A Y 1 / 1 9 V a riet y c erea l , b isc u it & g ra j u ic e, m il k F R I D A Y 1 / 2 0 V a riet y c erea l , su p er d onu t , a p p
he December Students of the Month from Acorn Elementary School were chosen having displayed exce llent citizenship, exce ptional academic effort/ improvement and good attendance. Simple Simon’ s P izza, Goss Electronics, and Laark Enterprises provided lunch and games. P ictured are: F ront Row: Ella Walsh, Kindergarten, daughter of Stacy and David Metcalf; Levi Cummings, 1st grade, son of Calvin and Summer Cummings; Brody Lopez, Kindergarten, son of Cody and Mary Jane Lopez; Dawson Davis, 1st grade, son of John and Kayla Davis. Middle Row: Ace Sarabia, 2nd grade, son of Jonah and Sarah Sarabia; O wen Manley, 1st grade, son of Sawyer and Heather Manley; Sheridyn Salley, 3rd grade, daughter of John and Lindee Salley; Joseph Harris, 2nd grade, son of Dillon and Wendy Harris. Back Row: Christian Staggs, 3rd grade, son of Scott and Charley Staggs; Noah Holland, 5th grade, son of Steven and Samantha Holland; Lucas P arnell, 5th grade, son of Chris and Cindy P arnell; Hailee Shores, 4th grade, daughter of Mary Jane & Cody Lopez and Jeffrey & Jewlea Shores; Sydney Holliday, 4th grade, daughter of Ricky and Amanda Holliday.
c h eese, sa u sa g e l ink , b a st ic k s w / syru p , sa u sa g e b isc u it , j el l y, b a na na s, yov y, j el l y, yog u rt , a p ric ot s, l es, j u ic e, m il k
ACORN SCHOOL’S LUNCH M O N D A Y 1/16 K - 6tH gradE: Beef d ip p ers, ora ng e c h ic k en, f ried ric e, st ea m ed b roc c ol i, w h ea t c ra c k ers, ora ng es, sa l a d b a r, j u ic e, m il k . 7 tH – 12 tH gradE: Beef d ip p ers, ora ng e c h ic k en, p izza , f ried ric e, st ea m ed b roc c ol i, w h ea t c ra c k ers, ora ng es, sa l a d b a r, j u ic e, m il k . T U E SD A Y 1 / 1 7 K - 6tH gradE: Cheese urger, fish strips, fries, lack eyed p ea s, w h ea t rol l , a p p l es, sa l a d b a r, j u ic e, m il k . 7 tH – 12 tH gradE: Cheese urger, fish strips, pi a, fries, lackeye peas, heat roll, ap p l es, sa l a d b a r, j u ic e, m il k . W E D N E SD A Y 1 / 1 8 K - 6tH gradE: C h ic k en nu g g et s, t u rk ey & c h eese su b , c orn w h ea t rol l , p ea c h es, j el l o, sa l a d b a r, j u ic e, m il k . 7 tH – 12 tH gradE: C h ic k en nu g g et s, t u rk ey & c h eese su b , p izza , c orn w h ea t rol l , p ea c h es, j el l o, sa l a d b a r, j u ic e, m il k T H U R SD A Y 1 / 1 9 K - 6tH gradE: V eg et a b l e b eef sou p w / g ril l ed c h eese, c h ic k en t end ers, w h ea t rol l , st ea m ed c a rrot s, p ea t s, sa l a d b a r, j u ic e, m il k . 7 tH – 12 tH gradE: V eg et a b l e b eef sou p w / g ril l ed c h eese, c h ic k en t end ers, p izza , w h ea t rol l , st ea m ed c a rrot s, p ea t s, sa l a d b a r, j u ic e, m il k F R I D A Y 1 / 2 0 K - 6tH gradE: BBQ c h ic k en, p op c orn c h ic k en, g reen b ea ns, w h ea t rol l , m ix ed f ru it , sa l a d b a r, j u ic e, m il k . 7 tH – 12 tH gradE: BBQ c h ic k en, p op c orn c h ic k en, p izza , g reen b ea ns, w h ea t rol l , m ix ed f ru it , sa l a d b a r, j u ic e, m il k
Acorn Menus Sponsored by:
CR Students Attend Summit
Cossatot River Choir Sings at State Capitol
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .January . . . . . . . .11,. .2017 ........
Cossatot i er i h S hool ea hers of omorro atten e the rst annual m pa t omorro Summit in enton in De em er hey ere a le to hear u ation Commissioner ohnny ey an a host of other rkansas Department of u a tion professionals talk a out the future of tea hin in rkansas he Cossatot i er Senior i h Choirs ote orthy an Canta ile performe at the annual Soun s of the Season at the rkansas State Capitol on on ay De em er he hoirs are un er the ire tion of Susan re er
January 6, 201
COSSATOT RIVER SCHOOL’S BREAKFAST
M O N D A Y 1/16 uffin, orange e ges, apple uice, milk A iscuit sausage, anana, uice, milk A Cereal, apple e ges, orange uice, milk A am cheese croissant, applesauce, uice, milk A uper onut, raisels, apple uice, milk
COSSATOT RIVER SCHOOL’S LUNCH
M O N D A Y 1/16 Hot ham cheese san ich, tater tots, ranch eans, fruit cocktail, milk A Chicken strips, macaroni cheese, tosse sala ressing, roll, pears, milk A oft taco, lettuce, tomato, cheese, salsa, pinto eans, man arin oranges, milk A Country frie steak, mashe potatoes, gra y, green eans, roll, pineapple milk A Chicken crispito, cheese stick, tosse sala ress ing, peaches, cupcake, milk
Cossatot Menus Sponsored by: powered by
THE POLK COUNTY PULSE
Vandervoort Elementary’s Perfect Attendance
F IRST 9 WEEKS in ergarten None; irst ra e Karrie P arker; econ ra e Jayden Broach, Jade Watkins; hir ra e None; ourth ra e None; ifth ra e None; i th ra e Chyanne Brown, Austin Caramez, Jessica Green. SECO ND 9 WEEKS in ergarten None; irst ra e Lilyann Bennett, Anastasia Broach, Karrie P arker, Lydia P hillips, Connor Rogers; econ ra e Natalie Bailey, Jayden Broach, Timmathy P arker, Jade Watkins, Lynzie Wilkinson; hir ra e Kaylee Thomas. F ourth Grade: Dani Atchley, Bradley Harwood; ifth ra e Austin Bailey, Darnay P ierce, Braylen Ralls; i th ra e Chyanne Brown, Austin Caramez, Tyler Graham, Jessica Green, BreAnna Hutson, Aiden Thomas, Corbin Wilson.
. .January . . . . . . . .11, . .2017 ....................................................................................................................
Louise Durham Elementary Participates in the Spelling Bee MENA PUBLIC SCHOOL’S BREAKFAST M O N D A Y 1/16 NO SCHOOL T U E SD A Y 1 / 1 7 Sa u sa g e p a nc a k e on st ic k , C oc oa P u f f or T rix c erea l b a r, Sc oob y D oo or a nim a l c ra c k ers, m ix ed f ru it , f ru it b l end j u ic e, m il k W E D N E SD A Y 1 / 1 8 Sou t h w est st ra t a , C h errio’ s, F oot L oop s, st ring c h eese, a p p l esa u c e, ora ng e j u ic e, m il k T H U R SD A Y 1 / 1 9 M a p l e b l a st p a nc a k es, st ra w b erry b a na na yog u rt , Sc oob y D oo or a nim a l c ra c k ers, ra isins, c h eery st a r j u ic e, m il k F R I D A Y 1 / 2 0 Apple cinnamon muffin, Cherrio’s, Lucky Charms, string c h eese, d ic ed p ea c h es, a p p l e j u ic e, m il k
ouise Durham recently held their annual Spelling Bee. Winners were 3rd place Lucas Johnson, 2nd P lace - Jordan Lyle, 1st P lace - Ryan Jiang. The second and third box over and down are all the top three winners of each 2nd-grade and 1st-grade classes. The bottom right box is our 1st-grade winners. 3rd P lace Ayden Dong, 2nd P lace Alec Erickson, 1st P lace Shooter Davis.
Louise Durham Elementary Students Win Coloring Contest
ouise Durham Elementary ( LD) students recently participated in the Arkansas Ag in the Classroom coloring contest. Chloe Buck ( pictured left) won 3rd place at LD, Bryant Thomas ( pictured right) came in 2nd place at LD and at County, and Mariah Dilbert ( pictured center) came in 1st place at LD, 1st place in the County, and 1st place in State.
MENA PUBLIC SCHOOL’S LUNCH M O N D A Y 1/16 NO SCHOOL T U E SD A Y 1 / 1 7 ELEmENtary: Sa l isb u ry st ea k , nood l es, c h ic k en t end ers, g reen b ea ns, red p ep p er st rip s, ora ng e, a p p l e j u ic e, m il k . middLE SCHOOL: Sa l isb u ry st ea k , nood l es, BBQ rib p a t t y sa nd w ic h , c h eese p izza , p ep p eroni p izza , p op c orn c h ic k en b u rrit o, sa l a d s, sa nd w ic h es. HigH SCHOOL: Sa l isb u ry st ea k , p izza c h oic e, b eef , c h ic k en or c h eese na c h os, b eef or c h ic k en t a c o, BBQ rib p a t t y sa nd w ic h , h a m b u rg er, c h ic k en sa nd w ic h . W E D N E SD A Y 1 / 1 8 ELEmENtary: O ra ng e p op c orn c h ic k en, b roc c ol i, c il a nt ro ric e, g ra p e j u ic e, m il k . middLE SCHOOL: O ra ng e p op c orn c h ic k en, c il a nt ro ric e, b eef & b ea n b u rrit o, sa nd w ic h es. HigH SCHOOL: O ra ng e p op c orn c h ic k en w / b roc c ol i, c il a nt ro ric e, BBQ c h eeseb u rg er, b eef or c h ic k en t a c os, b ea n q u esa d il l a . T H U R SD A Y 1 / 1 9 ELEmENtary: C h ic k en p ennerose p a st a , h ot d og , b l a c k c h a rro b ea ns, c el ery st ic k s, a p p l esa u c e, ora ng e j u ic e, m il k . middLE SCHOOL: C h ic k en p ennerose p a st a , c h eese p izza , p ep p eroni p izza , c h ic k en f a j it a , h ot d og , sa l a d s, sa nd w ic h es. HigH SCHOOL: C h ic k en p ennerose p a st a , h ot d og , p izza , b u rg er, b eef or c h ic k en t a c os, b eef , c h ic k en or c h eese na c h os, c h ic k en f a j it a , p izza c h oic e. F R I D A Y 1 / 2 0 ELEmENtary: P ep p eroni p izza , c h ic k en sa nd w ic h , b a b y c a rrot s, c ol esl a w , f ru it sa l a d , j u ic e, m il k . middLE SCHOOL: C h ic k en ric e sou p , sl op p y j oes, c h eese p izza , p ep p eroni p izza , na c h os, c h ef sa l a d , sa nd w ic h es. HigH SCHOOL: C h ic k en ric e sou p , sl op p y j oes, c h eeseb u rg er, c h ic k en t end ers, p izza c h oic e, b eef & b ea n na c h os, b eef , c h ic k en or c h eese na c h os, b eef or c h ic k en t a c os.
This weekly info proudly sponsored by:
GEORGE S. DAVIS STATE FARM AGENT SINCE 1964
Insurance with a name you know STATE FARM INSURANCE 624 Sherwood Avenue, Mena, AR
479.394.4521 Res. 479.394.1895
January 11, 2017
THE POLK COUNTY PULSE
Whether you are looking for change in your health, time management, ﬁnances, style, pain management, education, career or anything else, we’ve got you covered!
To Look and Feel Better...
410 Sherwood Ave., Suite 4 Mena, AR 71953 479-394-3777 Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00am - 5:30pm Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm
Every life is PRECIOUS!
Colors ~ Perms Haircuts ~ Facials Pedicures ~ Massages
206 N. Morrow Lyn Watkins Karen Lance Lonita Doty
479-394-1186 1308 Hwy 71 N., Mena www.FreshStartPRC.org
Quality Food Supplements Custom Picture Framing Tanning • Custom Embroidery
Foot of the Hill Gift Shop 200 Grandview Heights • 479-394-1169
We provide: • Prenatal/Labor & Delivery, and Newborn Classes • Mentoring Moms and Dads • Free Pregnancy Tests • Options Counseling • Post Abortion Counseling
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is January 15th
THE POLK COUNTY PULSE
January 11, 2017
ARE YOU AT RISK?
Early Detection May Save Your Life
February Special for Couples or Individuals
Heart Saver CT It’s your year Shape up with savings on top exercise gear!
Why Choose Screenings? Every year more than 1.5 million Americans suffer heart attacks. A half million die. A simple test using a Low Dose CT Scanner may detect heart disease. • Early detection and treatment may save your life • CT Scan can uncover heart disease in less than seven minutes and years before any symptoms occur
• Low Cost: $56.50 per person or $100.00 per couple
Health Solutions for the New Year! Vitamins, Sports Nutrition, Weightloss, Diet Food & Drinks
What Happens After the Screening? • All screenings are read by the radiologist and sent to your Primary Care Physician. To Schedule your Heart Savers CT Scan, call 479-394-6100 ext. 2214
LOSE WEIGHT • BUILD MUSCLE • QUIT SMOKING
SUPERCENTER 67 600 Hwy. 71 N
311 North Morrow Street • Mena, AR 71953 • 479-394-6100
January 11, 2017
THE POLK COUNTY PULSE
Reg. $550.00 per syringe
NOW $399.00 for the month of January
••••••••••••••••••••••••• Get 100 Units of
FREE with the purchase of
2 or more syringes of filler
Get a Complete
Liquid Face Lift
(valued up to $4,620)
** No Surgery & Very Limited Down Time **
Paul Buschman, MD Aesthetic Medicine 408 Janssen Avenue, Suite C, Mena • 877-592-9079
THE POLK COUNTY PULSE
January 11, 2017
Clariceâ€™s Room of Hope We couldnâ€™t have gotten where we are today without our community support in 2016! Thank you Polk County!! On to bigger & better services in 2017!
403 Morrow North, Suite C Mena, AR 71953 For more information: Teena Brown 479-385-5071
Attention LAP-BAND patients or those thinking about weight loss surgery: Debra Tooker, P.A.C. is certified to provide pre-surgery counseling and routine adjustments after surgery. She is also certified in placement of Nexplanon, which is an arm implant that gives the patient the option of up to 3 years of continuous pregnancy prevention.
Happy New Year & God Bless! ~ Teena
NON-Profit 501(c)3 LOCAL Charity
A r k a n s a s C h r is tia n C o u n s e lin g Hope and Help, from a Christian Perspective
D r. T om M ac M ah on, Licensed Professional Counselor If your relationship is in trouble, or if you are struggling with depression, anxiety, family or life issues, th ere is h elp! M arriage, f amily or ind ivid ual c ouns eling. First visit is just $50, then affordable sliding rate scale according to income. Daytime and evening hours. To arrange an appointment, call Carolyn at:
W illo w b r o o k R e tr e a t C e n te r
479-8 8 3-5 492
E m a il: D r T o m @ A r k a n s a s C h r is t ia n C o u n s e lin g .c o m Please call 479-394-7301 today to schedule your appointment. 1102 CRESTWOOD CIRCLE | MENA, AR 71953
F o r m o r e in fo r m a tio n , v is it th e w e b s ite : w w w .A r k a n s a s C h r is t ia n C o u n s e lin g .c o m
• 6:30 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meeting at Saint Agnes Church Parish Hall. Monday, 1/16 • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 12:30 p.m. – Cossatot Senior Center will have a Board Meeting. • 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Seventh-Day Adventist Church Food Pantry across from the Polk County Fairgrounds. Non-perishable food, personal care items, and nutritional help. No one will be turned away. • 5:30 p.m. – Republican Party meets at Polk County Library, North Room. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 6:30 p.m. – The Lady Ouachitas will meet at the Bear State Bank Main Branch. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Ouachita Beekeepers Association meeting at Union Bank. Tuesday, 1/17 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardener Community en’s reakfast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena St. Bring your current pro ect and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. pm pm he at el Branch Library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. – T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union Bank Community Room for weighins, followed by a meeting. • 7:00 p.m. – The Polk County Cattlemen’s sso iation will meet at the Polk County Fairgrounds for a presentation on The Veterinary Feed Directive. • 7:00 p.m. – The Marine Corps League Detachment will meet at Lighthouse Fitness. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for families of addicts and alcoholics meets at the ABC Club. • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Bluegrass music at Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room. • 7:30 p.m. – Mountain Meadow Mason-
ic Lodge #218 will meet at the Hatfield Lodge. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479-234-2887 or 479-2343043. Wednesday, 1/18 • 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. • 11:00 a.m. – The Cossatot Senior Center will host a Blood Pressure Clinic. • The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in Mena at noon. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Polk County Library Cove Branch is open. • 5:45 p.m. – The Mena First United Methodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – Warriors for Christ will meet at the Southside Church of God. • 6:00 p.m. – Regeneration Youth Ministries at Mena Church of God Hwy 88 East. • 6:15 p.m. – Discovery Kids Kindergarten Thru 5th Grade Collide Youth Ministry 6th Thru 12th Grades and Adult Bible Study at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at Grace Bible Church, 1911 Hwy 71 N. Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Inquiry classes into the Catholic Faith begins in the Parish Hall of St. Agnes Catholic Church at 203 8th St. No cost. Everyone invited. Call 394-1017 or 394-5655 for more info.
* THE MENA SENIOR CENTER WILL HOST A BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 8 a.m. 10 a.m. They will serve scrambled eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, and biscuits and gravy, with coffee or uice, for $6 per plate. * WE THE PEOPLE TEA PARTY will meet on January 19 at 6:00 p.m. in the North Room of the Polk County Public Library.
4606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Cherry Hill Fire Department meeting and training at the Fire Station. Friday, 1/13 • 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. • 11:00 a.m. – The Mena Senior Center will host a Caregiver Support Group Meeting titled Nutrition for Caregivers. For more information, contact Sara at 479-3945459. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fibers Arts Group meets at Mena Art Gallery. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Leon Page and Friends, featuring Kenny Page on steel guitar, will be playing at the American Legion in Acorn. $6.00 admission. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. Saturday, 1/14 • 8:15 a.m. – Home Front Warriors CMA Chapter 377 Breakfast Bible Study at the Lime Tree Restaurant, Public is invited. • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - Ouachita Photography Club, everyone is welcome. pm pm Chil ren’s rt Class at the Mena Art Gallery, for children ages 6 - 12. Cost is $2. Call 479-394-3880 to reserve spot. • 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. 479-2430297 or 479-216-4606. Sunday, 1/15 • 9:00 a.m. – Eagle Eye Hike at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Low Water Bridge below Visitor Center. • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 2:00 p.m. – Feed the Critters at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center. • 3:00 p.m. – Beaks, Feet, and Feathers-Fantastic Flying Machines at Cossatot River State Park. Meet in the Legacy Room in the Visitor Center. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena.
Thursday, 1/12 • 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 216-3383 or Charles Pitman 216-4882 for more information. • 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 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – The First Assembly of God distributes food at 2111 Sutherland or call 394-1229. • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Cove Library History Club meets at the Cove Library. • 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 omen’s eetin 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. pm at el ’s ion’s Clu 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. • 6:30 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meeting at Saint Agnes Church Parish Hall. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-
January 11, 2017
Ronnie Wagner-Running the Race Well L
ife has often been compared to a race, more specifically, a marathon. Seasons of this race are full of joy, and other parts of the race are crash and burn. The search for joy is something that every person has experienced. Ronnie Wagner spent much of the first part of his race searching for joy in business, money, and racing cars. He finds his joy now in his relationship with Jesus, a relationship that propels him to the finish line of the race called life. Many people may know Ronnie because he has worked on their cars, or maybe even sold somebody a used car. There is a small circle of friends that know and remember Ronnie best from his racecar days. Ronnie was born in Marshall, Tex. in 1965, his dad was driving a truck at the time. Ronnie and his family moved to Mena when he was 2-years old and have been here ever since. My dad had a car shop and then he sold it to my uncle. We lived on a farm, but then my dad died when I was 12. We moved to town and I started working with my uncle in the shop, recalls Ronnie. uring his junior and senior year of high school Ronnie had the opportunity to work for different car shops and businessmen, where he continued to learn about cars and business. When I turned 22 I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to work on my own. I went out to my mom and stepdad’s farm and cleaned out a small storage building and made it a shop. It was small, but the door was big enough that I could get a car in there. The first vehicle I painted was the preacher’s truck. It took me two weeks to paint it, recalls Ronnie with a smile. Every small boy grows up wanting to drive fast and Ronnie spent several years of his life doing so. Ronnie explains, I got interested in race car driving, dirt track racing, and my wife, Lisa, at the same time. Ronnie bought a racecar and began his racing career when he was 25. In order to race the way he wanted to race, Ronnie had to get sponsors for his car in order to race the best way possible. Ronnie said this was difficult because at the time he was shy, but if you sit in a room with Ronnie very long, it becomes clear he is far from shy. After the first year, they won a track championship and were starting to have some success. Ronnie opened a shop during this time and continued to race, but was racing further and further from home. In order to keep racing the way I wanted to, we needed the shop to do well and so I kept working. We did well, we even finished third in a national event, but you can’t continue to do both for very long, says Ronnie. He kept racing because he loved it, but he explained that over time, things began to change. ou can burn people out, you start missing a couple days of work each week so you can go race and you can’t keep that up. We were racing in Mt. Ida and I crashed a 12,000 car. Instead of seeing that maybe I should stop, I went and bought another car. It had no engine or anything needed to race, but I was going to make it work, states Ronnie. Things continued to change in Ronnie’s life, things he wasn’t sure about. Ronnie explains, The things and places that used to bring me joy were gone, they weren’t satisfying me anymore. Looking back now I can see how od was preparing me for so much more. He wanted more for my life than I even did. There are many people that can describe a time, or string of events that took place in their life, that shaped their lives to what they are today. or Ronnie, these events stretched over time, and to his own admission, his stubbornness kept him from seeing what was happening. This whole time od was working in my life and I didn’t care or notice. As long as things were going well, or money was coming in, I didn’t care at the time what od was doing, says Ronnie. About three years ago Ronnie started looking for proof of the Bible and od. Like most people, I would recognize that od was there, but I wasn’t sure if it was all real. I needed to know for myself that this was all real and trustworthy. Ronnie and Lisa started attending church and he began to realize something wasn’t right. I looked around at other people who said they loved od. Their lives just looked different than mine. It just hit me one day driving home with Lisa, I needed the Lord, explains Ronnie. or those who have known Ronnie, they would all vouch to say that Ronnie has been a good man and a good friend, but Ronnie says there needs to be more. I couldn’t be the man, the business, the friend, or husband that I needed to be without od. My life has been transformed and my mission is to make much of Jesus in everything I do, states Ronnie. OWNER - JASON MILES After decades of mastering racing, Ronnie recognized that life was more than nuts and bolts, dirt tracks and trophies. He now finds joy in mission trips and Sunday School lessons and knowing that the ultimate track and trophy is by way of Jesus-the way, the truth, the “We’ll go the extra mile for you!” light. Ronnie loves talking about Jesus wherever he goes, if he is out eating or at a local store, Palmer G rad uate * Custom Homes you can almost guarantee it will come up. Currently, Ronnie and Lisa serve at allas Avenue * Remodels Baptist Church, where Ronnie leads the 5th and 6th grade ministry to students. Ronnie * Window Replacement has a contagious joy that he desires others would have, a joy that he says can transform * Additions somebody’s everyday life. I just want people to know, really know od, that they can have * Vinyl Siding a relationship with Him. It can be more than just attending church, they could have a thriving 701 S. Morrow, Mena relationship with Him, explains Ronnie joyfully. Ronnie’s story is certainly challenging to all menaspineandrehab.com of us and encourages us to take a close look at our lives.
MILES CONSTRUCTION & HANDYMAN SERVICE *Free Estimates*
D r. K ervin Putman
Same loc ation f or over 4 5 years
Prices effective December 28, 2016 - January 24, 2017
Hunter Computerized 4-Wheel Alignment & Wheel Balancing Tires • Brakes • Custom Exhaust • Shocks & Struts Hours: Mon.-Fri. • 8am-5:30pm 1500 Hwy 71 South, Mena
•394-1938• Owner: Stacy & Julie Nash
394-1351 TOLL FREE 1-800-394-1351
FIND US ON FACEBOOK
201 HWY. 71 N., Mena
Mon.-Fri. 7am-6pm, Sat. 8am-4pm
M ena’ s O NL Y loc ally ow ned and operated parts s tore
Your Choice TruFuel
Oil Stabilizer or Fuel Treatment
LUC 10001 Oil Stabilizer 32 oz. 10003 Fuel Treatment 32 oz.
Pre-Mixed 2-Cycle Fuel
TSO 00007 40:1 32 oz. 00009 50:1 32 oz.
• Ethanol free
January 11, 2017
................................................................................................................................ BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY
Lottie-Da’s - Styling Hair Artistically
t’ s not too often that parents get to work alongside their kids later in life, much less run a business with them. This is ex actly what is happening at Lottie-Da’ s salon. Laurie Craig and her daughter, Alex a Graves, own the business and style hair together. Lottie-Da’ s is located nex t to Southwest EMS on Highway 71. Both Alex a and Laurie attended Rich Mountain School of Cosmetology at the same time, and actually graduated together. During this time they both built good relationships that would later become clients and even friends. “ O ur time there was helpful because we got to work on our craft and develop some great clients through the process,” stated Laurie. Many people in the community may know Laurie from years past as a teacher. Laurie taught for 10 years at Mena Middle School before she moved on to teach GED-Adult Ed for a couple of years at RMCC. Laurie laughs as she talks about the change, “ I went home and told Stan I think I want to do something different, I want a change. I asked if he thought I was crazy and he said ‘ I could do anything I set my mind to.’ I should have just bought a sports car, but instead I chose to go to cosmetology school.” Laurie knows what it takes to develop and maintain a good business because her husband, Stan Craig, has been building homes for years. “ Even when I was teaching, I was still helping him run the business. It was like a part time job,” recalls Laurie. O ften hair stylists don’ t receive enough credit for the job that they do, or it is thought that their job is simple; just cut and style hair. Alex a says, “ Cutting hair is a science. I know most people wouldn’ t think about it that way, but it really is because you have to understand the color wheel when you color somebody’ s hair. If you want to style hair well, you need to understand the latest styles and the steps needed to get there.” Throughout the years of helping Stan pick out colors for a house or design elements of the home, Laurie has developed an eye for things. “ A home is about art and developing a product. Styling hair, if done right is an art. I need to be able to look at a picture somebody brings in and make that a reality. In order to do that, I need to understand angles and color so that we can produce what our clients desire,” says Laurie. Alexa and Laurie are able to help transform a client’s look and help them leave confident because they take the process so seriously and are always looking for ways to do it better. Laurie ex plains, “ When I have somebody coming in for a haircut, and especially if they want something different, I run it pass Alex a and the other girls because we each bring a skill to styling hair that is needed.” Clients who visit Lottie-Da’ s can ex pect personal care and attention to detail. Laurie and Alex a, along with the other stylists, Ashley and Marissa, take pride in the work they do. “ O ften times hair dressers are thought to just “ cut hair” , but we take pride in understanding the process behind things so that we can produce the right product,” ex plains Laurie. “ There are times that I wake up in the middle of the night when I know I have a new client coming in and I will think about what we can do to make their haircut the best. We are always thinking, working out the details so that our clients love their new look.” That kind of attention to detail makes people feel cared about when they know that somebody is taking the time to think of how to do their best. Clients who step into Lottie-Da’ s, will quickly know the stylists love people and love having fun. “ The best part of what we do, by and far, is that we get to hang out with people while we do something we love,” says Laurie. She and Alex a both have contagious bubbly and fun personalities. The four girls love working together and share a lot of laughs. “ I like the part when I get to be creative and not just do an artistic look with their hair, but transform their look completely. This is so worth it and what makes it fun,” ex plains Alex a. If you need your hair styled and cut and you want somebody to care about your hair as much as you, Lottie-Da’ s is the place for you. The stylist’ s attention to your desires and the details to make it the best ex perience possible will make you want to come back over and over again. “ When people leave here, not only will they leave feeling better about themselves, but they will leave knowing that they can always come back and we are their salon family,” states Alex a. She and Laurie both want to make people aware that they have big plans for their salon in 2017 and are ex cited to share it with their friends and clients. To keep up to date with Lottie-Da’ s or to schedule an appointment, you can contact them at ( 479) 394-6287 or check out their social media accounts @ lottiedassalon 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. National Family Caregiver Support Program
January 6, 2016
Soliciting agent for Arkansas Blue Cross, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Plans available only to residents in Arkansas.
MPI 3362 1/15
For more than 65 years, Arkansans have looked to the Cross and Shield for health plans to fit their health and budget needs. And, as an Arkansas Blue Cross Preferred Agent, LaDon Copelin can advise you on the plan that’s best for you and your family.
Caregiver Support Meeting • January 13, 2017 at 11:00 am
If you are a caregiver of an adult 60 years and older please come join us. This information could be extremely helpful to you. The topic will be “Nutrition for Caregivers” presented by Edward Ellis, UAMS. For information, call Sara Holliday 479-394-5459. Hope to see you there.
Mena/Polk County Senior Center 401 Autumn Drive • Mena, AR 71953
. .January . . . . . . . .11, . . 2017 ....................................................................................................................
Tigers and Lady Tigers Make a Bid in Cossatot Tourney T
BY EASTON LEONARD
he Acorn Tigers and Lady Tigers began their bid in the Cossatot River Basketball Tournament on Wednesday, January 4. The Lady Tigers faced the Caddo Hills Lady Indians in round one of the tournament and won with a score of 54-48. The win moved the Lady Tigers to round two, where they faced the Nashville Scrapperettes on Thursday, January 5. Both teams kept it close throughout the first half, as Nashville led by five, 24-19, at the end of the second quarter. In the third quarter, the Scrapperettes started to pull away from Acorn, outscoring the Lady Tigers 17-11, to make the score 41-30 going into the fourth quarter. Nashville ran away with the game in the final quarter of play, scoring 22 points while holding Acorn to only 6 points. The final score 63-36, ended in favor of the Scrapperettes, and knocking the Lady Tigers out of tournament play. Senior Boys The Acorn Tigers played the Umpire Wildcats in the first round of the tournament, defeating Umpire 56-4 , and moving the Tigers on to round two. The Acorn Lady Tigers took on the Caddo Hills Lady Indians The Tigers next faced the Nashville Scrappers on on January 4 in the Cossatot River Basketball Tournament. Thursday, January 5. efense was a key part of the first quarter, as both teams held each other to only 21 points combined. But when the buzzer rang, Nashville led the Tigers 14-7 going into the second quarter. Nashville took off on an -0 run to start the second quarter, forcing Acorn to call a timeout with 6 01 left in the half. After the timeout, the Scrappers ended the half on a 10-7 run, to make the score 32-14 at halftime. Acorn played right up with the Scrappers in the third quarter, holding Nashville to 16 points, while scoring 15 points of their own, making the score 4 -29 going into the final quarter of play. The Acorn Tigers battled the Umpire Wildcats for a win in the The Scrappers ran off with the game in the fourth quarter, holding Acorn to only points, while scoring 27 points Cossatot River Basketball Tournament on January 4. for themselves. Making the final score 75-37 in favor of Nashville, knocking the Tigers out of tournament play.
2017 Super Bowl SQUARES Be listening to
for more details and a list of participating sponsors!
1168 Hwy 71 S., Mena 479-243-9600 MyPulseNews.com
How to Play:
Game sheets will be available at all participating sponsors. (to be announced) LIsteners will have 2 ways to qualify: 1. Listeners will be directed to KENA 104.1 FM weekdays beginning January 16 through February 2 between 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. to listen for the Super Bowl Cue to Call. When they hear the cue, they will be assigned one of our wildcard squares and that will become their Super Bowl Square! 2. Participants can register at sponsor locations. Qualifiers will be randomly drawn from registration boxes on February 3 and will receive the square(s) of the corresponding sponsor. A completed play sheet with all qualifiers will be posted to the Mena Radio Facebook page and MyPulseNews.com on February 3. Winner will be determined by the final score of the game & will be announced during the Monday, February 6 morning show. Listeners must visit participating sponsors locations to pick up a Super Bowl Squares play sheet.
Eagles and Lady Eagles Declared Runner-Up in Tournament T
BY EASTON LEONARD
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .January . . . . . . . .11, . . 2017 ........
he Cossatot River Eagles and Lady Eagles hosted the Cossatot River Basketball Tournament on Monday January 2 through Monday, January 9 at Ed Stevenson Gymnasium at Cossatot River High School. The tournament included Cossatot River, Mt. Ida, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Umpire, Acorn, and Caddo Hills. The Cossatot River Lady Eagles had a bye in the first round and began their bid on Thursday, January 5, taking on Mt. Ida who had squashed Mufreesboro in the first round. The Lady Eagles held the Lady Lions to zero points in the first quarter, outscoring them 20-0. In the second quarter, Mt. Ida woke up and held the Lady Eagles to only 13 points, while scoring 10 points of their own, to make the score 33-10 at halftime. There was very little offense in the second half, as only 20 total points were scored. Cossatot outscored the Lady Lions 10-2 in the third quarter, while both teams scored 4 points a piece in the fourth, to make the score 47-16 after the final quarter of play and advancing the Lady Eagles into the Championship Round, facing the Nashville Scrapperettes on Monday, January 9th. The Scrapperettes defeated Umpire in the first round and Acorn in the second round to make their way to the final game. Both teams played it close in the first quarter, as the Lady Eagles held Nashville to eight points and scored eleven of their own. In the second quarter, the Scrapperettes outscored Cossatot 15-11, to take a one point lead into halftime with the score 23-22. Nashville came out playing good defense in the third quarter, holding Cossatot to only eight points to their fourteen, extending their lead to seven going into the final quarter of play. Twenty-three total free throws were shot in the fourth quarter, as fouls overruled the game, but both teams were able to put up seventeen points each. When the final buzzer rang, Nashville walked away champions of the Cossatot Tournament, as the Lady Eagles fell just short with the score 54-47, and came in as Runner-Up. Ashlen Gonzalez led Cossatot with 15 points, as Reagan Richardson scored 10 points, Harley Dering January 9 points, Jacie 6, 201 Wilkerson 6 points, Ryhen Martin 5 points and Megan Andrews 2 points. Senior Boys The Cossatot River Eagles also had a bye in their first round and faced Caddo Hills in round two. Caddo Hills beat Mt. Ida in the first round. After a back and forth first quarter, Cossatot ended up outscoring the Indians 15-10, to lead going into the second quarter. In the second quarter, the Eagles added on to their lead, outscoring Caddo Hills 16-10, to make the score 31-20 at halftime. Caddo Hills gained a few points on the Eagles in the third quarter, outscoring Cossatot 10-8, to make the score 38-30 in favor of the Eagles going into the fourth quarter. The Indians were as close as five points to Cossatot in the fourth, but in the end fell short. As the Eagles outscored the Indians 12-10, to make the final score 50-40, Cossatot. In the third and final round of play, the Eagles faced the Nashville Scrappers, who defeated Acorn in round two. It was an evenly fit match in the first quarter, as the Eagles outscored Nashville 14-12 to take a small lead into the second. However, the Scrappers tightened up their defense in the second, holding Cossatot to only six points while scoring fifteen for themselves. Nashville led by seven at halftime with the score 27-20. Nashvilleâ€™s defense didnâ€™t let up in the third quarter, holding the Eagles to just five points while scoring twelve points of their own. The Scrappers widened the scoring gap to fourteen points with the score 39-25 going into the final quarter of play. Nashville kept up their rough and tough style of play throughout the fourth, outscoring the Eagles 22-11, to make the final score 60-36, and leaving the Eagles as Runner-Up in the tournament. Keelan Youngblood led the Eagles with 12 points, while Cody Baker added on 8 points, Marco Ramirez 5 points, Juan Trinidad 4 points, Trevon Broach and Kolt Richardson 3 points and Cody Brown 1 point.
We are always on at MyPulseNews.com
January 11, 2017
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 1, 2017 No reports on file. January 2, 2017 Michael McKelvey, 47, of Purcell, OK, was charged with obstructing governmental operations and theft of property in two separate reports. Bryan L. Strother, 25, of Mena was charged with loitering and driving on a suspended driver’s license. January 3, 2017 Levi Luke Jeffrey, 44, of Spiro, OK was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. January 4, 2017 Matt Cannon, 37 was charged with two counts of theft of property. Jeremy Dean Dover, 40, of Mena was arrested on a felony warrant for theft of property. He was additionally charged with careless driving, driving on a suspended driver’s license, having no liability insurance, and misdemeanor possession of an instrument of crime. Amber J. Westbrook, 27, of Fort Smith was arrested on a felony parole violation. She was also charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and possession of an instrument of crime. Riley Joseph Philpot, 20, of Mena was charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and possession of an instrument of crime. January 5, 2017 Branden Foster, 25, of Mena was charged with possession of a controlled substance mari uana and possession of an instrument of crime. January 6, 2017 Report was taken of an altercation between a local woman and her teenage daughter. No charges have been filed at this time. A Mena man reported that he had been physically attacked by another Mena man. Case is pending. January 7, 2017 A local man reported that a man at the residence of a mutual acquaintance had attacked him. Case is pending interview of all suspects and witnesses. A Mena man reported that three youths were going through the garbage in the
yard of a local residence. The boys were warned but not cited. Brandon S. Rippy, 25, of Mena was charged with internet stalking of a child and sexual indecency with a child.
Polk County Sheriff’s Department December 19, 2016 Report from a utility company that a substation on Highway 8 West near the Oklahoma State Line had been broken into and $9,444.00 in equipment was stolen. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. December 20, 2016 Arrested was Joshua B. Crow, 36, of Deueen, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Arrested was David M. Fraser, 48, of Hatfield, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear. December 21, 2016 Report of $15,000.00 in damages done to a building by a vehicle on Highway 8 East in the Nunley community led to Citations for Careless/Prohibited Driving and Leaving the Scene of an Accident being issued to Justice Owens, 19, of Mena. Report of a domestic disturbance on Polk 26 near Hatfield led to the arrest of Jessica M. Justice, 26, of Hatfield, on Charges of Domestic Battery 3rd Degree, Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Mischief 1st and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor 3rd Degree. Report of an unattended death on Polk 40 near Potter. The scene was released to the Polk County Coroner. Report from a Mena woman of a violation of a No Contact Order. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. December 22, 2016 Report from Polk County Detention Center of the theft of prescription medication. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from complainant on Polk 404 near Cove of the theft of tools and propane bottles. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from a Hatfield woman of being harassed by an acquaintance. Investigation continues. Traffic stop on Highway 71 North near Mena led to the arrest of Jeff A. White, 36, of Mena, on a Parole Warrant. Also arrested was Daniel S. Green, 39, of Mena, on a Parole Revocation Warrant. Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Ubaldo Lopez-Ruiz, 29, of Mena, on Charges of DWI, Driving Left
of Center, No Driver’s License and Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance. Also arrested was Eloy Lopez-Ruiz, 24, of Mena, on a Charge of Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Elena M. Hendershot, 33, of Mena, on a Charge of Criminal Trespass. December 23, 2016 Arrested was David M. Fraser, 28, of Mena, on a Warrant for Theft of Leased Property. Report from a Mena woman of inappropriate behavior involving children. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Traffic stop on Pine Street in Mena led to the arrest of Philip M. Cunningham, 45, of Mena, on Charges of DWI, Driving Left of Center, Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License, No Liability Insurance and Improper Use of a Tag. Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Justin R. Simpson, 39, of Mena, on charges of two counts of Careless/Prohibited Driving and Driving with
a Suspended Driver’s License, and one count each of Fleeing, Following too Close, No Seatbelt, Failure to Register a Vehicle, Faulty Equipment, No Liability Insurance, and Criminal Trespass. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Roy A. Beeney, 36, of Grannis, on a Charge of Criminal Trespass. December 24, 2016 Report of a suspicious vehicle parked on Polk 42 near Mena led to a Citation for Possession of an Instrument of Crime being issued to Patricia J. Wyant, 18, of Mena. December 25, 2016 Report from complainant on Highway 270 West near Acorn of the theft of two firearms, a camera and checks. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from a business on Fifth Street in Cove of the break-in and theft of tools and a vehicle. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report of a disturbance on Highway 88 East near Mena led to the arrest of
January 11, 2017
UP TO 20 WORDS - $4 PER WEEK, $0.25 EACH ADDITIONAL WORD • BORDER $1 • ALL CLASSIFIEDS MUST BE PREPAID.
Ad deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday. Payment is due with ad. Publishing and distributing 8,000 copies weekly. Peachtree Assisted Living is looking to hire an experienced cook. Shifts are 12 hours and benefits after 90 days. Pay based on experience and must pass a drug and background check. Must apply in person and ask for Debbie. 1/11
House Cleaning and more, Call Winnie Cotter at 2343418 1/25
Clean and comfortable housing since 1969, J. Ray & Maria’s MH Park and Rentals. Hwy 71 North, Mena, AR. 479-216-3085 TFN
scmobiledogwash.com- Dog grooming, Hand dry, nails trimmed, ears cleaned, brushing. Deanna Boyd 479-2341866. I will come to you! Like Facebook. 1/18
Dugan Lawn Care and Landscaping is offering both residential and commercial lawn care and landscape maintenance. Now taking customers fro 2017 in the Mena area, call 479-394-2699. Let us keep you place looking great! We are a fully insured and uniformed ground maintenance company. 1/25
J&N Dozer- Trackhoe, Backhoe, Dump Truck, Ponds, Pads, Clearing, Roads, Hauling, Rich Top Soil, Fill Dirt, Shale, Gravel. Dozer operator Randy Egger, over 30 years’ experience. We appreciate your Business! Call 479-234-1357 TFN
For Rent: Two bedroom, two bath brick home in Mena, Stove & refrigerator, central heat & air, no inside smokers or HUD. Rent $475. Deposit $350. 394-4634 TFN
Moving Sale: 1804 Oak View Rd. January 20-21 @ 7am 1/18
Notice is hereby given that DFA, DIVISION BUILDING AUTHORITY on behalf of ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES is soliciting lease proposals for potential office space in the City of Mena, Polk County, AR. Proposals for existing structures consisting of approximately 8,000 sq.ft., w/40 parking spaces will be considered. Interested parties should contact Charles Thomas, Division Building Authority, 501-682-4344 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an RFP package. The deadline for proposals is 2 p.m. C.S.T. on Thursday, February 9th, 2017. 1/11
I BUY computers! Desktops, laptops, new, old, broken, working, full of viruses, in pieces, hit by lightening, I’ll offer you a fair price! NO printers or CRT monitors, Mitchell Computer Services, 717 Mena Street next to OMG Phone/tablet repair. 1/25
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22 Shelly E. Alston, 46, of Mena, on Charges of Public Intoxication and Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance. Report of a two-vehicle accident on Polk 485 near Wickes. Deputy responded. Report of a one-vehicle accident on Polk 284 near Hatfield. Deputy responded. Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked five accidents reports this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 20 Incarcerated Inmates, with 5 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility. December 26, 2016 Report from a Mena man of the theft of a $500.00 check. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. December 27, 2016 Report from complainant on Polk 152 near Hatfield of the theft of a vehicle, valued at $8,000.00. The vehicle was later located in New Mexico. December 28, 2016 Report from complainant on Polk 32 near Cove of an unauthorized person on their property. Investigation continues. Report of a disturbance on Venable Lane near Mena led to the arrest of Tyler W. Everett, 25, of Mena, on Charges of Disorderly Conduct, Fleeing and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. December 29, 2016 Report of a domestic disturbance on
Polk 1 near Grannis led to the arrest of Christopher R. Chandler, 36, of Grannis, on Charges of Domestic Battery 1st Degree, Aggravated Assault, Making a Terroristic Threat and Possession of a Firearm by Certain Persons. Report of a suspicious vehicle on Highway 8 East near Big Fork led to the arrest of Ricky L. Karr, 49, of Norman, on a Charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Also arrested was Anthony J. Karr, 24, of Mena, on a Charge of Disorderly Conduct. Report of a disturbance on Polk 83 near Big Fork. Deputy responded. Arrested was Jerome D. Brown, 40, of Smithville, OK, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear. Report of a domestic disturbance on Polk 188 near Acorn led to the arrest of Danielle R. Stewart, 25, and Wade R. Stewart, 42, both of Mena, each on Charges of Domestic Battery 3rd Degree and Public Intoxication. Report of a domestic disturbance on Polk 238 near Mena led to the arrest of James D. Duncan, 47, of Mena, on a Charge of Disorderly Conduct. Arrested was Allen J. Hazen, 56, of Mena, on a Warrant for Stalking. Arrested was Juston M. Wikel, 31, of Cove, on a Warrant for Bigamy. December 30, 2016 Traffic stop on Highway 8 West near Mena led to the arrest of Rachel A. Lewis, 24, of Siloam Springs, on Charges of DWI
and Driving Left of Center. Report from complainant on Highway 270 West near Acorn of vandalism done to heavy equipment. Investigation continues. Report from a business on Highway 71 South in Potter of five storage units that had been broken into. Investigation continues. Report of a disturbance at a business on Highway 71 South in Cove. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Arrested was Johnny R. Bissell, 32, of Lahoma, OK, on a Warrant for Probation Violation. Arrested was Megan R. Frederick, 27, of Hatfield, on Charges of DWI, Failure to Obey a Stop Sign, Public Intoxication and Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License. December 31, 2016 Arrested was Michael L. McKelvey, 47, of Purcell, OK, on Warrants for three counts of Failure to Comply with a Court Order, two counts of Theft of Property, and one count each of Theft by Receiving, Unlawful Removal of a Theft Detection Device, Theft and Obstructing Governmental Operations. Arrested was James W. Durham, 57, of Hatfield, on a Body Attachment Warrant. Report of a yard on fire on Highway 88 East in the Cherry Hill community. Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Daniel M. Heifner, 32, of Vandervoort, on Charges of DWI and Driving Left of Center.
January 1, 2017 Report from a business on Highway 88 East in Cherry Hill of vandalism done to a building, totaling losses at $200.00 . Investigation continues. Traffic stop on Highway 71 South in Mena led to the arrest of Mark A. Solomon, 30, of Mena, on Charges of DWI, Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance and Failure to Obey a Traffic Light. Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Clemon E. Fairless, 63, of Hatfield, on Charges of DWI and Public Intoxication. Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Kayla L. Morgan, 25, of Mena, on a Charge of DWI. Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Kathleen M. Orris, 37, of Mena, on a Charge of Public Intoxication. Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Lindell D. Melvin, 70, of Mena, on Charges of DWI and Refusal to Submit. Arrested was Pat-Sand Barber, 36, of Mena, on Warrants for two counts each of Failure to Comply with a Court Order and Failure to Appear. Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked six accidents reports this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 25 Incarcerated Inmates, with 7 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.
January 6, 2016
January 6, 2016
THE POLK COUNTY PULSE
January 11, 2017
2017Chevy Colorado 2017Chevy Silverado 2016Chevy Silverado Crew 1500
Colorado Diesel 4x4
MSRP $40,590 Gentry Discount -$2,125 Select Model Tag -$1,000
2017Chevy Silverado 1500
MSRP $45,705 Gentry Discount -$3,307 Consumer Cash -$1,000 Bonus Cash -$500 Select Model Tag - $1,000 $39,898 Lift & Tires +$1,222
P6858 Special OPS Package
Leveled & 33” Nitto
2017Chevy Equinox MSRP $26,445 Gentry Discount -$1,480 Consumer Cash -$750 Bonus Cash -$500 Select Model Tag -$1,000
Gentry Price: OR $0 Down & $301 A MTH 3.99% @ 87 MTH-TTL EXTRA - WAC
MSRP $48,470 Gentry Discount -$4,076 Consumer Cash -$1,000 Bonus Cash - $500 Select Model Tag - $1,000 $41,894 GM Accessories +$1,533
2LT Z71 4x4
6.0 2500 HD 4x4
MSRP $55,355 Gentry Discount -$4,967 Consumer Cash -$2,000 Incremental Cash - $1,000 Select Model Tag - $1,000
Silverado 2017 2016Chevy 3500 HD
Chevy Suburban 1500 LT MSRP $67,555 Gentry Discount -$7,205 Consumer Cash -$1,000 Bonus Cash -$500 Select Model Tag -$1,000
S6813 Loaded w/ All You Want
MSRP $50,270 Gentry Discount -$4,298 Consumer Cash -$2,000 Select Model Tag -$1,000 $42,972 CM 4 Box Skirted Bed +$4,125
P6718 6.6 Duramax 4x4
2016Chevy Silverado 3500 HD
MSRP $20,400 Gentry Discount -$901 Consumer Cash -$500 Select Model Tag -$1,000
Gentry Price: OR $0 Down & $237 A MTH 3.99% @ 87 MTH-TTL EXTRA - WAC
6.6 Duramax 4x4
MSRP $51,845 Gentry Discount -$4,377 Consumer Cash -$2,000 Select Model Tag -$1,000 $44,468 CM 4 Box Skirted Bed +$4,125 GM Accessories +$872
1027 Hwy 70 East De Queen, AR 1-800-649-9929