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Community and Partnership Ensure Backpacks of Hope Continue

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Cossatot River School District Names Next Superintendent

BY MELANIE WADE • T h e C ossa tot R i ve r S ch ool D i st ri ct h a s a n n ou n ce d th e i r n e xt S u p e ri n te n d e n t f ol l ow i n g cu rre n t S u p e ri n te n d e n t D on n i e D a vi s’ re ti re m e n t a n n ou n ce m e n t. D a vi s w i l l finish his educational career at Cossatot River on June 3 , 2 18 and longtime educator Jim Tankersley will pick up his duties on July 1, 2 18.


State Auditor to Rotary: “Join the Great Arkansas Treasure Hunt”

Community Development Discussions Continue for Former Middle School

BY MELANIE WADE • State Auditor Andrea Lea was the guest speaker at the weekly luncheon of the Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County on Thursday, January 11, and covered several topics, including the Great Arkansas Treasure Hunt, of which she encourages everyone to participate.

Plans are underway for the development of the old Mena Middle School building that has sat empty on Mena Street since a tornado ripped through town on A p ri l 9 , 2 0 0 9 . Fol l ow i n g th e d e va st a ti on , a l oca l m a n , Walter Deetz, purchased the building and has extensively




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Thousands Donated to Help Food Shelter Insurance® Foundation and Insecure Through Backpack Telissa Montgomery Sponsor Local Program High School Scholarship


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total of $ 18,36 1.10 was donated to the River Valley Regional Foodbank out of Fort Smith to support Polk County’s B ackpack Program for K ids on Thursday, J anuary 11 at the monthly meeting of the Mena Lioness Lions Club. The funds were raised through the Lioness’ annual fundraising efforts and their partnership with Pulse Multi-Media through the H arvest of H ope Radiothon. Many individuals and businesses in the county have been staunch supporters of the program for several years, showing the county’s willingness to always assist where needed. “ We forget what a privilege it is to have funds to go to the grocery store and buy food,” said Lioness Patty Young. Through the B ackpack Program, children are able to take a backpack of ‘ kid-friendly, ready-to-eat or simple-to-prepare’ food home with them from school each week to give them something to eat on the weekends while away from school. Not only does it give the student food to eat, they also have food for younger siblings that have not reached school age. Most of the kids they serve get free or reduced lunches at school, but the struggle comes on the weekends, and over holiday breaks. “ Most kids get really exc ited about breaks from school but for the kids on our program, that’s a very troubling thought, that they’re not going to get regular food. The backpacks and meal kits fill that need The Mena Lioness Lions have headed up the B ackpack Program for several years and raise several thousands of dollars each year to support the program and insure its future in the county. To fully implement the B ackpack Program into a school, it costs $ 3,000 per semester per school. That’s $ 6 ,000 per year, and with Polk County having a total of eight schools, that eq uals $ 48,000 in just Polk County. Along with monetary donations, food items are also donated, which supplement the program. Schools and businesses also hold fundraisers throughout the year and donations can be made any time of year. In November, Cossatot River H igh School conducted a three-week long food drive in which students collected an astounding 6 ,6 6 4 food items to supplement their district’s program. For more information on the B ackpack Program, a list of kid-friendly items to donate, or if you would like to conduct a food drive for the program, contact Patty Young at 47 9 39 4-2211 or any Lioness member.

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his spring, the Shelter Insurance Foundation will award a $ 2000 scholarship to a graduate of Mena H igh School. Shelter Agent Telissa Montgomery sponsors and partially funds this scholarship. committee of local high school officials and community leaders will select the local recipient. The committee will consider each applicant’s scholastic achievements, educational goals, citize nship, moral character and participation and leadership in school and community activities. The scholarship is given without regard to race, disability, religion, national origin or gender of applicants. The name of the recipient will be announced at the close of the school year. The student may apply the scholarship funds toward tuition, fees, or campus housing for any course of study beginning the fall after the recipient’s high school graduation and leading to an academic degree at any accredited college or university. The Foundation makes payment directly to the school the recipient selects. Applications and additional information about the Shelter Foundation Scholarship will be available in January and should be completed and returned to the school official serving on the selection committee by March 31st. For more information, interested seniors should contact their high school counselor or principal or Shelter Insurance Agent Telissa Montgomery.


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Polk County Inmate Index Now Available BY MELANIE WADE


olk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer has announced they now have their inmate index available online, as opposed to the smart phone RPS app previously available. To look up inmates currently booked into the Polk County Detention Center, public access can be found at http www findtheinmate com polk and a listing of the jail inmate population appears. As of press time, book-in photos were not available, but Sheriff Sawyer said they are currently working to correct the image data conversions and will have the photos loaded in the coming days.

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he proposed North Morgan Street project has hit another speed bump in its long debated exi stence between the City of Mena and the Arkansas H ighway Commission. Mena City Council had approved an initial cost of the project several years ago, however, since so many years have passed without the state beginning the project, prices have increased and the original bid almost tripled. Since the increase was noted last spring, Mena City Council and Mena Public Schools have been working with state architects to lower cost, and had also hoped to add a traffic light at the intersection, once the road is built H owever, Mena Mayor G eorge McK ee informed the City Council on Tuesday night, Ja nuary 9 , that the state has deemed the traffic light unnecessary nother issue with the project is the realignment of the e isting road that runs ne t to The orner Store, with the new road, which would run from H ighway 7 1, near Mena Ford, to H olly H arshman Elementary. The state informed the Mayor that it would cost an ext ra $ 5 0,000 in engineering fees to realign the design. The council is now tasked with deciding whether to build the road or not, and whether they can or would absorb the total cost of the project. Those discussions will occur in an upcoming committee meeting, whose date has not yet been announced. In other council matters, the council approved a decision to pay for half of the cost to build East B oundry Road, which runs from the Mena Public School B us B arn to Ransom Road. The county owns half of the road and the city owns the other half. As such, the city will pay $ 33,013.5 0 and the county will build the road, compensating for their half of the project. Ju dge B randon Ellison said he feels the project could begin by mid-April, pending weather patterns. lso approved was the purchase of a Laserfiche document management service for ity all to digitally store their documents, making them easily accessible to staff and the public. R&D Computer Systems, LLC submitted the low bid at $ 6 ,7 86 , with three total bids being submitted. City Treasurer Linda Rexr oad said many of the municipal treasurers in the state use the system provided by R&D and “ I have heard very good reports from them,” she said. Mayor McK ee gave an update on the renovations underway at City H all, reporting the project to be around 7 5 % complete. They are still working with their insurance company to see how much they are willing to pay on the project after a portion of the ceiling come crashing down in late 2017 . McK ee said until they know how much insurance will pay, they are unable to determine the City’s portion of the cost. The next monthly meeting of Mena City Council will be held on February 13 at 6 p.m. The public is always welcome.

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Alstons Attend 99th American Farm Bureau Convention

Luke and Deedee Alston of Holly Springs Homestead, LLC, and their sons Ryan and Drake represented Polk County Farm Bureau at the 99th Annual American Farm Bureau Convention Jan. 6-9 in Nashville, Tenn. The Alston Family was also recently announced as the Arkansas State Farm Fa ily o t e ear a rst for a Polk County family. American Farm Bureau Fe eration’s nnual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show allows attendees to participate in educational workshops to expand leadership skills, business acumen, impactful policy discussions, and more. They also celebrate the accomplishments of leaders in agriculture and hear from keynote spea ers in t e general sessions is year’s eynote spea er as ountry superstar Re a ntire o gre up in rural la o a on er a ily’s a re ran resi ent Donal Trump also spoke at the convention.

Library Offers Program for Area Children


The Polk County Library recently held a program for area children on where Library personnel read books about winter and winter activities to those in attendance. Additional fun activities included crafts and games with Lou Shanks and a sing-along with Gay Fountain. Pictured above is Mary Renick, Polk County Librarian, reading to the children. The next il ren’s progra will be February 14 at 10:00 a.m. All area children under the age of 7 are invited to attend.

CASA and Team Pulse Wear Blue for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month BY MELANIE WADE •

CASA of the Ouachitas Director Cynthia Martin encouraged community members to wear t e olor lue on e nes ay anuary in support o ational la ery an Hu an ra ing re ention ont In an proclamation signed by President Donald Trump on December 29, 2017, it stated, During ational la ery an Hu an ra ing re ention ont e re o it oursel es to era i ating t e e il o ensla e ent Hu an tra ing is a o ern or o t e ol est an most barbaric type of exploitation. It has no place in our world. This month we do not simply re e t on t is appalling reality e also ple ge to o all in our po er to en t e orri pra ti e o u an tra ing t at plagues inno ent i ti s aroun t e orl r ansas’ enator Dr o n oo an sai n esti ate illion people are i ti s o u an tra ing aroun t e orl t’s ar to elie e ut it’s also appening in r ansas or ing to t e ational Hu an ra ing Hotline ases o u an tra ing in Arkansas were reported through June 2017.” Read more about the subject in Senator oo an’s op e on page o t is e ition

Lunch and Learn: Fermentation 101 SUBMITTED


he Polk County Ext ension Service will offer Fermentation 101 on Tuesday, January 2 at the tension ducation enter from 2- p m This is the first in a series of Lunch and Learn programs The class will e plore basic health benefits and the process of fermenting things such as cabbage, cucumbers, milk and other vegetables. The byproducts of fermentation have received a lot of publicity in the last few years as having health benefits in the form of prebiotics and probiotics According to FCS Agent B ridgett Martin, “ Fermentation is the oldest form of food preservation. We would like to invite those who are interested in fermentation to join the class and learn proper techniq ues they can use at home to make fermented foods.” There is an optional $ 5 soup lunch available that day or individuals are welcome to bring their own lunch. In order to have a headcount for lunch, please register by Monday, January 22 by calling the office at -

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Fire Destroys Home; Family Searching for Pets


otter olunteer ire epartment called for mutual aid from Shady rove and atfield olunteer ire epartments around p m on Thursday, January , to a structure fire atop a wooded hill on ighway est The structure appeared to be fully engulfed as they responded and firefighters battled the bla e for some time, responding again early riday morning for a hot spot that had ared back up The structure, a complete loss, was the home of Lee and Jennifer ollins, their two children, and their beloved pets. J ennifer told the Pulse that the family had “ lost everything” and that any donations are being accepted and “ greatly appreciated.” In addition to losing all of their possessions, they have also lost a small brown male dog that answers to Rusty and a small black male cat named B oo. “ Please pray for our babies,” she said. Some of the items needed include bedding, towels, laundry baskets, household cleaners, and clothing. Size s for 11-year old son, Matthew: size 12-14 pants, 12-16 medium – large shirts, and si e - shoes -year old daughter, Lea si e - pants, - 2 small-medium shirts, and si e -2 shoes adult si es shirts, -2 or -2 pants, and si e 10-10W shoes. e want to thank each and everyone for their love and prayers, said Jennifer benefit account has also been opened at nion ank of Mena to benefit the family of Lee and Je nnifer Collins.

HSO to Host Open House in Celebration of Cat Habitat H


umane Society of the Ouachitas is exci ted to announce the public is invited to share in an Open H ouse in honor of its new Cat H abitat. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Ja nuary 20th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., located at the shelter property at 36 8 Polk Road 5 0, south of Mena. The celebration will include a Ribbon Cutting/B usiness-after-H ours event sponsored by the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce. The new 448 sq . ft. building is adjacent to the exi sting shelter where the dogs are housed. The Cat H abitat is bright, airy and has lots more room for rescued cats and kittens while they await adoption. SO credits volunteer oard Member eal osdick for taking the lead in researching and selecting the pre-built structure to meet the need, as well as finishing the interior with the help of several volunteers. “ The previous cat room has been remodeled into a much needed Animal Treatment Room,” stated volunteer Shelter Manager Tina B all. “ We have PetSmart Charities to thank for this tremendous asset for H SO.” Volunteer secretary Cheryl Murphy said, “ I want to recognize Tina B all for applying for the PetSmart Charities grant, which has made this a reality. Tina originally established a positive working relationship with PetSmart stores by holding adoption events on location. This relationship led the way for grant opportunities. In fact, in the last 10 years, PetSmart harities has invested nearly 2 , in our community through SO The benefits were shelter improvements, spay-neuter funding to help low-income pet owners spay/neuter their pets, and H SO’s ability to develop its canine transport program. Our community can truly thank etSmart harities for its benevolent financial assistance making it possible for H SO to increase services and outreach to help more pets and the people who love them. The whole community benefits when more pets are spayed and neutered, reducing the number of stray and uncared-for animals.” Murphy added, “ Last but not least, H SO has four dedicated staff members who deserve credit for the fine condition of the shelter and animals. They work hard seven days a week to provide q uality care and cleanliness which makes our shelter shine.” The Open H ouse will include refreshments, door prize s, and gifts. Adoptable pets are always present to welcome visitors. H SO’s staff looks forward to meeting guests and answering q uestions. H SO is approaching its 40th anniversary, making it a vital and longstanding member of the community. Though policies and procedures have evolved over time, the mission is the same: to care for pets in need. The Open H ouse is a true celebration of not only H SO’s recent accomplishments, but a wonderful tribute to its past.


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5th Annual Talimena 13.1 Run and Relay Registration is Open T


Mena Regional Health System recently named Med/Surg as the iCARE Star Department of the Quarter. The department was presented a plaque to be displayed on the iCARE Wall of Fame, a traveling trophy, and a pizza party. Pictured from left to right: Jay Quebedeaux, CEO; Angela Cunningham, LPN; Sara Short, LPN; Teresa Wise, Chief ursing er isa oo e urg an C Dire tor Terah Lee, RN; and Chandler Cox, Human Resource Director.

The 2017 overall individual winner, Clint Buck, completed the 13.1 miles in 1 hour, 59 minutes, 57 seconds, with the overal female winner, Sarah Blickenstaff just 3 minutes behind.

he fifth running of the Talimena 13.1 Run and Relay is set for March 1 , 2 18, with the race beginning at Janssen Park in Mena, running up Mena Street, and over the Talimena Scenic Drive to the historic ueen Wilhelmina State Park, in an epic challenge for any long distance athlete. “The race features not only a running challenge, but showcases the beauty of the area from Mena up the Drive that overlooks some of the most scenic views of National orest anywhere,” said event organizers. The famous Talimena Scenic Drive is a National Scenic Byway extending 54 miles from near Talihena, klahoma to just north of Mena. Past participants of the Talimena 13.1 describe it as beautiful and challenging. All agree that the enthusiasm and excitement really shows from start to finish. And in between, their aid stations always receive the highest marks. The Polk County Developmental Center (PCDC) of Mena benefits from the race each year. They provide services to the mentally and physically challenged adults and children in Polk and Scott Counties and the surrounding area. PCDC operates an adult wellness and education facility, Jumpstart Preschool and Daycare, and A ANTS Group Living Center. Adult clients have the opportunity to receive employment skills through the Supported mployment Program or work at the Recycle Center or the Resale Store. Children may access physical, occupational, and speech therapies at their Jumpstart campus. “PCDC is grateful to the race sponsors and participants for their support that allows the Center’s programs to improve and grow.” or more information, including race details and registration, go to: R R R call PCDC at 479-394-2 71.

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(B) Umpire vs. Dequeen - Marquez Ester (G) Umpire Vs. Horatio - Cassady Rankin (B) Mt. Ida Vs. Cossatot River - Trenton Rosson (G) Dierks vs. Foreman - Ashton Alexander (G) Mt. Ida vs. Caddo Hills - Rachel Dumont (B) Horatio vs. Caddo Hills - Tate Dumont (G) Dierks vs. Cossatot River - Ashlen Gonzalez (B) Dierks vs. Cossatot River - Jerrett Fox (G) Murfreesboro vs. Nashville - Raley Potter (B) Murfreesboro vs. Acorn - Cross Hughes (G) Horatio vs. Acorn - Tori Barrett (B) DeQueen vs. Nashville - DK Kight (G) Nashville vs. Acorn - Sophie Jackson (B) Nashville vs. Caddo Hills - KuJuan Scott (G) Cossatot River vs. Caddo Hills - Rhyen Martin (B) Dierks vs. Acorn - Aaron Stokes (G) Acorn vs. Cossatot - Jade Richardson

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Davis said, “ When I came to Cossatot River School District approaching four years ago, there were many challenges that faced the district. I took the challenges one at a time, one day at a time, but find myself leaving some of those challenges for my successor to resolve.” Davis also praised the staff and faculty in the district for their part in making Cossatot River School District a success. “ Along with those challenges were many resources with which to help. I appreciate the CRSD School B oard, the principals, the entral Office staff, the many teaching and support staff, and many patrons of the several CRSD communities for supporting me during my time here.” Tankersley hails from a little further south, but has a connection to the area from serving as principal of Wickes H igh School in the 19 9 0’s. Currently, Tankersley is the Superintendent of Leary Independent School District in Leary, Texa s. H e has served in education for 39 years and his wife is an educator as well, currently as principal of Foreman Elementary School in Foreman, Arkansas. H e served there as well for 18 years before going to Leary. H e is exci ted about the opportunity to serve in the area again and said he enjoys that the district has “ a good reputation in its staff and students” and is ready for the challenge. “ I’ve worked in all different kinds and size s of districts. I like variety and I’m ready for a change. I have grandkids in Cossatot River School District so I look forward to being able to spend more time with them.” Tankersley is also looking forward to the area’s outdoor activities m on a deer lease down there and fish on illham Lake, he said H e intends to “ pick up where Donnie [ Davis] left off” and would like to see a forward movement resulting in “ better test scores and better opportunities” and says that he “ wants kids to grow up in a safe environment.” Cossatot River School District includes several campuses in both Polk and H oward Counties. In Polk County, Vandervoort Elementary and Wickes Elementary are under the Cossatot River umbrella, along with Cossatot River H igh School. In H oward County, U mpire Schools are part of the district. For more information on their campuses, staff, activities, and more visit their website:

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K ay Sherrill McDaniel, age 7 0, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, J anuary 9 , 2018 in Mena. K ay was born in H ickory, North Carolina on August 13, 19 47 to Walter Sherrill and H elen Ruth Day Sherrill. She was married to Charles McDaniel for 43 years. K ay worked over the years at Aalfs and Watkins H ardware. She enjoyed cooking for family and friends. K ay was a good cook and they all loved her cooking. H er hobbies were reading and crocheting. She was a loving and kind daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her. She is survived by husband, Charles McDaniel of Mena, Arkansas; sons, Mike McDaniel and wife Traci of Roanoke, Virginia, K evin McDaniel and wife Melody of Mena, Arkansas; daughters, K aren Epperly and husband Steve of Christiansburg, Virginia, Sherri Powell and husband Duane of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren, Ashlee and Alex ius Powell, Adam McDaniel, K ameron and Cisley McDaniel, Christopher McDaniel, Nicolas and Samira McDaniel, K atelyn and Steve K eck, Connor, Piper, Skylar Epperly; brother, B ob Sherrill of Atlanta, G eorgia; and sister, Alice B rown and husband J oe of Atlanta, G eorgia. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and H elen Sherrill. Visitation service was Saturday, J anuary 13, 2018 at B easley Wood Chapel from 5 :00 - 7 :00 p.m. under the direction of the B easley Wood Funeral H ome of Mena.

JAMES VIRGIL MARTIN J ames Virgil Martin, age 86 , of Mena, Arkan-

sas, passed away Wednesday, J anuary 10, 2018 in Little Rock, Arkansas. J ames was born in B engal, Oklahoma on March 10, 19 31 to the late Ed Martin and Maud Wilcox Martin. H e proudly served his country in the U nited States Army in K orea. H e was owner of Martin’s Service Center, which he and his wife J oyce operated from 19 7 3-19 86 . J ames attended Acorn H igh School and gave back much to the Acorn Community as a member of the American Legion, Acorn School B oard, Acorn Volunteer Fire Department and Acorn Water Department. J ames enjoyed gardening, spending time with his pets and taking long drives with his friend. H e liked to research his genealogy and discover family history. H e was a loving and kind husband, father, stepfather, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend to all who knew him. H e is survived by step-sons, Roy Moody and life friend Vonda of Mena, Arkansas, Cary Moody and wife Annette of Colorado; daughter, Shirley Lawson of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; grandchildren, Chris Moody and wife Alisha of Mena, Arkansas Matt Moody and wife H illary of Colorado J osh Moody and wife J amie of Conway, Arkansas Natosha Williams and husband K enny of Mena, Arkansas; twelve great-grandchildren; brothers, J ohn W. Martin and wife Nowita of Idabel, Oklahoma Leo Martin and wife H az el of Pickens, Oklahoma; sister, B onnie G atliff and husband G eorge of Little Rock, Arkansas; and a host of friends. H e was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Maud Martin, wife of 40 years J oyce Martin, brother, J erry Martin, and brother, B arney Martin. Funeral service was Monday, J anuary 15 , 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at B easley Wood Chapel. Interment followed in Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the B easley Wood Funeral H ome of Mena. Visitation is general.

MICHAEL JOE DONNAVAN PURTELL Michael J oe Donnavan Purtell, age 33, of Cove, died Thursday, J anuary 11, 2017 at his home. H e was born on Thursday, September 6 , 19 84 to Danny J oe Stover and K aren Annette Davis West in DeQ ueen, Arkansas. Michael was an outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing e loved spending time with his family and friends. H e enjoyed all different types of music. Michael worked many years as a diesel mechanic. Michael was a loving husband, son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a great friend who will be missed by all who knew him. H e is preceded in death by his stepfather, Robert Purtell. Michael is survived by his wife, Linda Purtell of Cove; his mother, K aren Davis and husband, J immy of Clarksville, Arkansas; his father, Danny Stover of Round Rock, Tex as; four sons, G age Purtell of Oz ark, Seth Purtell of Oz ark, J ustin B ond and wife, Darion of G reenwood, Arkansas, and J ordan B ond of Cove; two daughters, Fawn Purtell of Cove and Devon B ond of Shady Point, Oklahoma; two brothers, Shannin Purtell of Mena and Morgan Purtell of Oz ark; one sister, K atausha Purtell of Clarksville; one granddaughter, Arabella Laymon of Shady Point, Oklahoma; paternal grandmother, Margie Stover of DeQ ueen, Arkansas; maternal grandparents, J ames and Donna West of Smithville, Oklahoma several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. G raveside services were held Monday, J anuary 15 , 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at West View Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas under the direction of B owser Family Funeral H ome in Mena. Pallbearers were Danny Stover, Dewayne Dix on, Shannin Purtell, Morgan Purtell, Todd Dix on, and Charles Dix on

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DONNA GADDIS HEFNER Mrs. Donna G addis H efner, age 80, a resident of Mena, Arkansas, died Saturday, J anuary 13, 2018, in Mena. She was born on May 29 , 19 37 , in Dierks, Arkansas. Mrs. H efner worked in retail, was a homemaker, and a member of the First U nited Methodist Church in Mena. Mrs. H efner was preceded in death by her parents, J oseph Othel “ Pap” and Vondal Alex ander G addis, and her husband, David Phillip H efner. She is survived by a daughter and sonin-law, Laurie and Stan Craig of Mena; two sons and a daughter-in-law, J immy Lovell of Mena and J eff and Suz anne Lovell of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; one sister, B etty J ohnson of Mena; one brother and sister-in-law, J immy and K ay G addis of Tex arkana five grandchildren seven great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Mrs. Donna H efner will be held at 10:00 a .m., Wednesday, J anuary 17 , 2018, at the B easley Wood Funeral H ome Chapel in Mena with Randolph merson officiating urial will follow in the G reens Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral H ome. The family will receive friends from 6 :00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday the 16 th at the funeral home in Mena. You may leave a condolence online at

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Within each heart is a plan, set forth by God, to express His love in a unique and encouraging way. No matter the life stage or even the circumstances, every human life has precious value and is deserving of our support and care.

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Meet UARM’s Faculty: Dr. Gaumani Gyanwali

n the fall of 2014, Dr. G aumani G yanwali joined as a faculty member of the U A Rich Mountain family. H is responsibilities include teaching the physical sciences as well as serving in an advising role to the U A Rich Mountain Science Club membership. H is formal education accomplishments include; completing high school at the Pashupati Mitra School in K athmandu, Nepal; receiving a B S and MS from Tribhuvan U niversity at K athmandu, Nepal; and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State U niversity in Stillwater, Oklahoma. “ I started professional science teaching while I was a B S student back in 19 9 5 . Once I started communicating science, I enjoyed it a lot and I never thought of changing my profession. When I came to the U nited States for my Ph.D., I had gained 13 years of teaching science at school and college levels. My interest in STEM education grew even more when I started to teach undergraduate chemistry classes and laboratories as a teaching assistant and later on as a full instructor. During my graduate study years, I attended science/chemistry/education conferences where professionals would deliver comple concepts in a very understandable and fun-filled way My goal is to blend past exp erience with content knowledge in my classrooms and labs here at U A Rich Mountain. Writing my own lab manuals was one of those efforts. One of the joys of teaching is that I get to learn a lot from my own students, semester after semester” , stated G yanwali. r yanwali is a firm believer in the correlation between student engagement leading to retention and a successful college exp erience. H e has utilize d a research study process using in-class work sheets for calculation and classroom discussion. The results have shown that more engaged and involved the students are in these work sheets, chances of retention over the semester and success in the end is high. Additionally, he is supportive of co- and ext ra-curricular activities outside of the classroom environment as eq ually important for student growth and success. As U A Rich Mountain Science Club Advisor, he has found students growing both on a personal and professional level when they are involved in community-clean ups, recycling programs, science fairs, committee meetings, and fundraising activities organize d through the U A Rich Mountain Science Club. H e also co-coordinates the U A Rich Mountain Science Fair each year with the U A Rich Mountain staff and faculty as well as area secondary school science teachers. is hobbies include playing ping-pong and tennis, reading scientific journals and new findings, taking science-related field trips, and backyard gardening e also enjoys traveling with his family, including visiting and celebrating festivals with families from Nepal. H is goals include serving on STEM education-related committees and working with business and industry on recycling programs. H e is married to Sharmila who shares his love of gardening and travel. They have a son, Saujal, alumna of Mena H igh School who attends the U niversity of Arkansas, and a daughter, Shreetika, a junior at Mena H igh School. Come by the campus to meet Dr. G aumani G yanwali, Chemistry & Physical Science Instructor at U A Rich Mountain!




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eanette will celebrate her 2 th year anniversary as a member of the niversity of rkansas ich Mountain family this year The first year she started at ich Mountain she worked in the business office then moved into the T iO programs following that year She has held positions within the T iO programs that include ducational Talent Search and ducational Opportunity enter She serves as the ducational Opportunity enter Outreach epresentative for the ich Mountain Mena campus Jeanette is an alumna of eorgia State niversity rior to working at ich Mountain, she gained e tensive e perience as usiness Manager and ssistant to the irector of acilities lanning at eorgia State niversity and in the rants and ontracts Office at oastal arolina niversity in South arolina am so proud to be associated with ich Mountain and the T O programs s began college as a first generation student, had no idea of what to do, where to go, or if aid was even available hat a scary adventure Thankfully the people of the Ouachita Mountain region can receive assistance with the admission paperwork and applying for financial aid process here at their local college am very proud of our students as they graduate and move on with their career or enter a four-year institution , stated erry n addition to her position responsibilities, Jeanette has served on a number of T iO regional and state boards, ich Mountain committees, and involved in community organi ations er prior and current e periences include South est ssociation of Student ssistance rograms S S epresentative and resident- lect for rkansas ssociation of Student ssistance rograms S Secretary, raduate of S S merging Leaders nstitute L , and assisting instructor for S S L resident of the ich Mountain rofessional ssociation, and served in numerous roles and capacities for inth Street Ministries and irst aptist hurch, where she is an active member Jeanette is a proud mother of three children and grandmother of four grandchildren er son, Scott erry, was an alumna of ich Mountain ommunity ollege and rkansas Tech niversity Scott was the first Student overnment ssociation resident at ich Mountain ommunity ollege n 2 , the ich Mountain Student ssociation oom was dedicated in his honor and officially named, Scott erry Student ssociation oom er daughter, Stephanie erry aswell is a corporate trainer for uth hris in tlanta, eorgia and daughter, Michelle erry rroyo is a nurse practitioner in Myrtle each, South arolina ome by the campus and meet Jeanette erry, Outreach epresentative for T iO ducational Opportunity enter at ich Mountain

VES Announces Vandervoort Elementary School Releases 2nd 9 Weeks SUBMITTED Honor Roll Perfect V January 6, 2016 Attendance



he following students had perfect attendance at andervoort lementary School for the first semester of the 2 2 school year irst rade Jace Shouse, Joslyn atkins ifth rade Landon ase, lijah Smith Si th rade ustin ailey, unter eal, raylen alls, esiree ard These students were announced as having perfect attendance for the second nine week period of the 2 -2 school year indergarten Maken ie utler, alynn ard irst rade nastasia roach, Jasmine unn, Jace Shouse, Joslyn atkins Second rade utumn unn, eaudy Lile Third rade ai Stokes ourth rade hristopher rane, lijah Owens ifth rade Jennifer rce, Landon ase, iley unn, rooklyn Joplin, Mattie oss, lijah Smith, aylee ard Si th rade ustin ailey, lliana ia , herokee Joplin, unter eal, raylen alls, Lyniya Treadway- undel, esiree ard

andervoort lementary of the ossatot iver School istrict has released the names of students who have been recogni ed as having met the criteria to be placed on the honor roll Those students are Kindergarten - A l l A ’ s: licia aron, delyn arton, lleigh ennett, ivi rewer, iden roach, adence roach, aston ryce, Maken ie utler, sabelle enham, hristopher ickens, dalyn lder, melia spinola, Joshua roce, Savanna utson, yan yde, Shaelynn Manning, orben eal, evaeh Simpson, ate Tooker, Jeli a Turner, Jolena Turner, alynn ard, Ma atkins, ristina ilkinson A l l A ’ s & B ’ s: hristian airless, Lacy obinson, Sabriah Scott, Timothy illiams First Grade - A l l A ’ s: Leliana nglin, heyenne roach, racelee urk, riana Shaver, Joslyn atkins A l l A ’ s & B ’ s spen oldrey, nastasia roach, Samuel avis, Jasmine unn, ailey uff, aron Jewell, rake Jopling, ambree Manning, Tristan ollard, atalie ushing, Jace Shouse, racie Smith, ra ton ilkinson, Saphina immerman Second Grade - A l l A ’ s: Temperance ell, rody reel, utumn unn, harlee ortner, eaudy Lile, Jacee Mc hee, Trinity Standridge A l l A ’ s & B ’ s: Lillyann ennett, aith rown, heyann dwards, dan arcia, shley opkins, Jakub enry, Madison Jewell, Jay Moss, onnor ogers Third Grade - A l l A ’ s: Tayden roach, lint ickerson, Joe ing, , ylee Manning, Jade atkins A l l A ’ s & B ’ s: yden rthur, atalie ailey, Jayden roach, Thomas hesser, Matthew au, Michael oward, nthony Johnson, Jamey Johnson, Saphira McJunkins, Lyn ie ilkinson Fourth Grade - A l l A ’ s & B ’ s: Jake arrett, ylene enton, ayton iasson, Jimmy lenn, olton reen, yatt unn, ylon Morris Fifth Grade - A l l A ’ s: iley unn, lijah Smith, radley ade A l l A ’ s & B ’ s: Jennifer rce, ani tchley, Michelle roach, Landon ase, Laci i on, Shawn arris, radley arwood, Jayden Johnson, arley Loveless, yler Mc ee, Mattie oss, aylee ard Sixth Grade - A l l A ’ s: ustin ailey, raylen alls A l l A ’ s & B ’ s: Thomas roach, aylynn urke, lliana ia , rodie ickerson, yla lder, Landon stes, Madelyn oyle, enia Schmidt

University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Announces Fall 2017 Honor Recipients T

he niversity of rkansas ich Mountain has announced the students named to the hancellor s List and ice hancellor s List who were enrolled for the fall 2 semester Students named to the hancellor s List are full-time, current students who complete 2 semester credit hours or more, e cluding developmental coursework, and earn a grade point average or higher The hancellor s List for the fall 2 semester are as follows in alphabetical order by city ove, Shelby shcraft, evon raig, elica avis, Jacob Lagoy, Lesia Meredith, Lela Smith e ueen, imberly larcon lenwood, Shauna Martin atfield, Jocelyn alter Mena, Stephanie bbott, den arney, Savannah rown, Shana ush, Sally arnahan, rystal avelli, hristopher loud, aige raig, Laura aubus, achel o , atelin aines, riann enry, Terah Lee, utumn Liles, ustin Lunsford, CONTINUED ON PAGE 14



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Acorn High School Honor Roll T

he following students have been recogni ed for having ll s for the first semester of the 2 -2 school year at Acorn H igh School. th rade rookelyn oss, achael Miller, Jayden illborg th rade iersten Larucci, Jacob Lyle, Justice eufeld, aeghan Weddle; 9 th G rade: Corryn H olland, H alli H olland, Ja den Miller, H arlee Rodgers, Sarah Wallace; 10th G rade: Makenna G oss; K acey H ead, B rady Lyle, Ju stice Richmond; 11th G rade: Makayla Anderson, Tessa K esterson; 12th G rade: Eliza beth H achtel, Jo sey Webb. These students received ll s and s for the first semester th rade aelin arding, harish ill, estin Johnson, Michael Laing, aylin Lane, eed Mc ee, Lori ichardson, raven odgers, Makayla Sandoval, achael eddle, ddison ood th G rade: Damian B ohlman, Faith B randon, Tavis Carter, K ayla Curry, G age Mortimer, Abigail Nance, Jo sh Tilley, Riley Weddle; 9 th G rade: K eelan B rown, H unter Davasher, Emmy G oss, Trysten Richey, Tyler Smedley, K imberly Strasner, Autumn Strother; 10th G rade: Matthew Nance, H aley Sandoval, B rody Webb; 11th G rade: K endra B ranson, Sydney Crawford, Mekinzi e K yle, Caleb McPherson; Rachel Murr, H aley Richardson, B raxl ie Strother, Faith Walker, Ja cob Ward; 12th G rade: Z ane B arr, H eather Frady, Makenzi e G oss, Caici H annaman, Cross H ughes.

VES Releases 1st Semester Honor Roll T

he following students have been recogni ed as having met the criteria to be listed on the first semester honor roll for the 2 -2 school year at andervoort lementary School, of the ossatot iver School istrict Kindergarten - A l l A ’ s : Alicia Aaron, Adelyn B arton, Alleigh B ennett, Vivi B rewer, Aiden B roach, K adence B roach, Easton B ryce, Makenzi e B utler, Isabelle Denham, Christopher Dickens, Adalyn Elder, Amelia Espinola, Jo shua G roce, Savanna H utson, Ryan H yde, Shaelynn Manning, K orben Neal, Nevaeh Simpson, K ate Tooker, Je liza Turner, Jo lena Turner, Max Watkins, K ristina Wilkinson. A l l A ’ s & B ’ s : Christian Fairless, Lacy Robinson, Ja nessa Rogers-Walker, Sabriah Scott, Falynn Ward, Timothy Williams. First Grade - A l l A ’ s: Leliana Anglin, Anastasia B roach, Cheyenne B roach, G racelee B urk, Cambree Manning, Ariana Shaver, Ja ce Shouse, J oslyn Watkins. A l l A ’ s & B ’ s: Samuel Davis, Ja smine Dunn, B ailey H uff, Aaron Je well, Drake Jo pling, Tristan Pollard, Natalie Rushing, G racie Smith, Saphina Z immerman. Second Grade - A l l A ’ s: Temperance B ell, Lillyann B ennett, B rody Creel, Autumn Dunn, Madison Je well, B eaudy Lile, Trinity Standridge. A l l A ’ s & B ’ s: Tristan Dau, Cheyann Edwards, Charlee Fortner, Ja kub H enry, Ashley H opkins, Ja cee McG hee, Ja y Moss, Connor Rogers. Third Grade - A l l A ’ s: Tayden B roach, Flint Dickerson, Anthony Jo hnson , Jo e K ing, III, Rylee Manning, Ja de Watkins. A l l A ’ s & B ’ s: Ayden Arthur, Natalie B ailey, Ja yden B roach, Thomas Chesser, Matthew Dau, Ja mey Jo hnson, Saphira McJu nkins, Lynzi e Wilkinson. Fourth Grade - A l l A ’ s & B ’ s: Ja ke B arrett, K ylene Denton, Payton G iasson, Ji mmy G lenn, Colton G reen. Fifth Grade - A l l A ’ s : Riley Dunn, B radley H arwood, Shawn H arris, Elijah Smith, B radley Wade. A l l A ’ s & B ’ s: Je nnifer Arce, Dani Atchley, Michelle B roach, Landon Case, Laci Dixo n, K arley Loveless, K yler McK ee, Mattie Ross, K aylee Ward. Sixth Grade - A l l A ’ s: Austin B ailey, Illiana Diaz, B raylen Ralls. A l l A ’ s & B ’ s: Thomas B roach, Caylynn B urke, B rodie Dickerson, Ayla Elder, Landon Estes, Madelyn H oyle, Z enia Schmidt.

MMS 2nd Nine Week Honor Roll and Merit List

The faculty of Mena Middle School has released the names of students who achieved H onor Roll and Merit List status. Those students are: All A’S: 6 th grade - Elaina Aleshire, Ja xo n B aber, Jo celyn B iard, Sohpia B rewer, Caroline Cannon, Taten Collins, K atrina Dixo n, H ailey Emerson, Ja eli Fields, Amy G ragg, B reanna Parker, Nichole Philpot, B renden Ricker, Casady Rode, H udson Vacca, Sophia Vacca. 7th grade Taeyon nderton, Olivia utterfield, eira all, mmi ines, mma Johnson, le ia Min el, Taylor ance, aige Parnell, G abrielle Pierce, Carmen Puckett, Alex Rocha, Layla Spenser. 8th grade Jett aber, arlie ailey, llison ates, atie enefield, le is avis, illiam avis, hitney ilbert, bri vangelista, G rayson Fairless, H unter French, Ja smine G alloway, Christina G ragg, Sarah G renier, Alexi s H arper, Tate H unter, Emily Liles, Triston Maritt, Abigail McConnell, Ja iden Milam, Avery Powell, Austin Rose, Sarah Simmons, B renna Smith, Taylor Thacker, Annika Thompson, Rachel Wilson. All A’s & B’s: 6 th grade - Isabel Adams, Isreal B arnes, Amelia B etz, Nature B rown, Nicholi Carrillo, Omar Cecilio, Payton Clark, H ayden Copelin, Jo seph Cude, G abriel Cunningham, Eisayah Day, B riley Dean, G racie Fairless, Alayna Fisk, Je sse G arcia, Mia G oforth, Robert H ill, K iylee H ughes, Rayden Laird, Sully Massey, H arlei McCourtney, Nicholas McCourtney, H aylee McCravens, Maddox Medlin, B rady Montgomery, K aelyn Nichols, Rebekah Ogden, Isabella Paoli, Je ssie Perales, Antonio Sanchez, Logan Shone, Caleb Simmons, Ja mes Smith IV, Cash Smith, Shantal Tecson, Abagail Thomas, Eliza beth Tosta, B racey Turner, Makayla Vega, H eidi Wells, CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

Fall 2017 Honor Recipients CONTINUED FROM 13 H ope Lyle, Calvin Mourton, Jo hn Phillips, Ciarra Ryan, Allie Sessler, Ashley Skipper, Steffanie Skipper, Tony Smedley, Ashley Sullivan, Stephanie Tapley, Morrisa Tibbs, Trista VanAelstyn-H icks, Je ssica Waller, K imberly Wise, Michael Wood. Norman, AR – Sydney B rewer, Ju lton Sword. Oden, AR – Mary Norman, B reanna Stovall. Poteau, OK – K atie Sanders. Story, AR - Crystal Stauffenecker. Waldron, AR – Ashley Austin, B randon Mack, K risti Stovall. Watson, OK – B randi K eiss. Wickes, AR – B rooke H owell, Lyndsey Smith, Liliana Trinidad. Students named to the Vice Chancellor’s List are full-time, current students who complete 12 semester credit hours or more, excl uding developmental coursework, and earn a 3.5 to 3.9 9 grade point average. The Vice Chancellor’s List for the fall 2017 semester are as follows ( in alphabetical order by city) : Caddo G ap, AR – David G raves. Cove, AR – B rianna Peters, Leigha Randall. G rannis, AR – Andrew Mayo. H ackett, AR – William Yingst. atfield, riana rce, ierra earley, anessa ice, Jennifer arnes Mansfield, AR – Sarah Mott. Mena, AR – Christopher B rown, Nathan Chaney, Charlotte Davasher, Matthew Davis, Destiny Floyd, Ashley Fowler, K imberly G ebhardt, Lara G ibson, Lacey G oodner, Ross G raves, Jo deci Ingoglia, Megan LaSalle, Ashlee Long, Amy Maechler, Selena Maechler, B onnie Murphy, Angelica Osburn, Marie Pollard, Ji llyan Reppo, K aren Roberts, Robert Russell, Theodore Schoeppey, Norma Sims, B rooklyn Tackett, Andrew Tkach, Tammy Vaught. Mount Ida, AR – Samantha Jo nes, Ju dith K lingbeil. Parks, AR – Racheal Furr. Pencil B luff, AR – Ja cob Millwood. Waldron, AR – Lidia K eomoungkhoune, Samuel Richmond, Andreina Rivera, Tyler Roberson. Watson, OK – Miranda B rown. Wickes, AR – Luz Alarcon, Adrienne Pannell, Ju an Soliz . For more information about the U niversity of Arkansas Rich Mountain, visit our website at or contact us at ( 47 9 ) 39 4-7 6 22.

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Stress Less Stress can have adverse effects on minds and bodies, as insomnia, weight gain, anxi ety and depression are all potential related risks. While it isn’t always avoidable, simple changes will help you manage tension. Sometimes, stress can be solved with some “ me time.” Treat yourself to a massage or manicure, soak in a hot bath, or unwind with a nature walk. Connecting with others can help, too. Plan a brunch with your best friend or a date night with your significant other Feeling overwhelmed with work and family life? B uild out a to-do list or calendar to feel more in control of your busy schedule, then cross items off the list when completed.

Practice Positivity A sunny outlook can affect your wellbeing. K eep a gratitude journal by writing down something good that happens each day. On bad days, you’ll be forced to focus on the positive aspects of your life. One of the best ways to improve your happiness is by giving others a boost. Volunteer with a charitable organiza tion or donate to a favorite cause. Practice doing something kind daily. This new year, take small steps to help you feel happier and healthier.

Make a Difference in Your Community this New Year...

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D r. T om MacMah 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! Marriage , f amily or individu al cou nseling. First visit is just $50, then affordable sliding rate scale according to income. Daytime and evening hours. To arrange an appointment, call Carolyn at:

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MMS First Semester Honor Roll M

WES December Star Students

ena Middle School has announced their H onor Roll and Merit List students for the first semester of the 2 -2 school year Receiving All A’S are: th grade - laina leshire, Jocelyn iard, Sophia rewer, aroline annon, Taten ollins, Joseph ude, atrina i on, ailey merson, Jaeli ields, Jesse arcia, my ragg, iylee ughes, aelyn ichols, ichole hilpot, rendan icker, asady ode, Logan Shone, ash Smith, Shantal Tecson, udson acca, Sophia acca th grade Taeyon nderton, ddi ollar, eira all, mmi ines, Madilyn Lyle, le ia Min el, harlie Mock, Taylor ance, aige arnell, abrielle ierce, armen uckett, anessa icker, le ocha, Layla Spenser th grade Jett aber, arlie ailey, llison ates, Travis eck, atie enefield, illiam avis, hitney ilbert, bri vangelista, rayson airless, unter rench, Jasmine alloway, hristina ragg, Sarah reiner, le is arper, reeanna endri , Tate unter, mily Liles, Triston Maritt, bigail Mc onnell, Jaiden Milam, very owell, ustin ose, Sarah Simmons, arleigh Smart, renna Smith, yra Stephens, Taylor Thacker, nnika Thompson, achel ilson ickes lementary has announced their Star Students for the month of ecemeceiving ll s s are ber 2 ictured are ront ow L- Jenna Trinidad, Jac ueline Teodoro, th grade sabel dams, arter llen, Ja on aber, mily aker, srael arnes, llison ere , Jesus ui , and Jonny guilar Middle ow Litlally ui , Leslie melia et , randy radley, ature rown, icholi arrillo, Omar ecilio, ayten s uivel, aydince ray, and ernando ortes ack ow LJackson ering, lark, ayden opelin, abriel unningham, isayah ay, riley ean, le is ooley, manuel Trinidad, Maria ere , icole Martine , orey heeler, and ayden atson racie airless, layna isk, Juan ee, lla eorge, Mia oforth, Jancey arris, ot ictured Jaynee astro and Sophie hisenhunt eed enry, rooklyn ilderbrand, obert ill, Shauna ughes, Jeff irkendoll, ayden Laird, Mickkalee Lane, Sully Massey, arlei Mc ourtney, icholas Mc ourtney, aylee Mc ravens, illiam McMellon, Maddo Medlin, ristian Miller, rady Montgomery, ebekah Ogden, Jacob almer, sabella aoli, reanna arker, Jesse erales, ntonio Sanche , shlyn Seaton, aleb Simmons, nyston Smith, James Smith , bagail Thomas, Troy Thomas, li abeth Tosta, racey Turner, Makayla ega, Michael allstrom, laire alston, ylie alters, eidi ells, ena hitehead, ase iles, ylee iles, than illiams, evin illiams, utumn oakem th grade ustin dair, mmalee ndrews, iden eck, Olivia utterfield, abriel orcoran, li abeth rawford, rooklyn ummings, usty avis, ivian enton, Sara o ier, aley airless, velyn arrier, Jayden eli , aron erguson, atience erguson, harissa alloway, raven air, mily olloway, Jamie olt, Madison oward, slynn Jackson, amiana Johnson, mma Johnson, mily Leonard, Lucas Levering, mily Maechler, mily May, ate Mc onald, aniel Mc onald, mmanuel Mc ee, Silas Mc ntyre, Joseph McLellan, Oliviana Orti , amryn ellerin, rooklyn ennington, armony eterson, ric inon, Trevin lunkett, endall osey, athan aney, Layla Sessler, James Smith , li abeth Taylor, mma Threlkeld, shley Titsworth, atie aldovinos, Macken ie incent, Londyn agner th grade assidy shcraft, Michael uces, sabella alkenhol, Olivia et , Jaimeson iard, manda ooth, Jake rotherton, ra ton laborn, Samuel ross, ourtney urry, le is avis, Jadelyn oodner, age orden, van raves, Lindsey ackett, Jayden arris, an ughes, Jeremiah elley, avya Morris, llsion Ogden, rey O anich, achel ennington, bby ere , aleb eters, aitlyn ode, Liberty Sharp, Travis Thrailkill, anessa ue, illiam hite, Madison igley, le is illiams, Tanner illiams, le oung


MMS 2nd Nine Weeks Honor Roll


ase iles, ylie iles, than illiams 7th grade iden eck, abriel orcoran, rooklyn ummings, usty avis, Tre ay, ivian enton, ddi ollar, Sarah o ier, velyn arrier, Jayden eli , aron erguson, evin urr, harissa alloway, raven air, mily olloway, Madison oward, slynn Jackson, Jasmine James, amania Johnson, mily Leonard, Lucas Levering, Madilyn Lyle, mily Maechler, mily May, ate Mc onald, aniel Mc onald, mmanuel Mc ee, Silas Mc ntyre, Joseph McLellan, athan McLellan, harlie Mock, Jessica icholson, Oliviana Orti , amryn ellerin, rooklyn ennington, armony eterson, ric inon, Trevin lunkett, endall osey, athan aney, anissa icker, Layla Sessler, li abeth Taylor, mma Threlkeld, shley Titsworth, Mc en ie incent, London agner 8th grade - assidy shcraft, Michael uces, sabella alkenhol, Travis eck, Olivia et , Jaimeson iard, manda ooth, Jake rotherton, ra ton laborn, Samuel ross, ourtney urry, age orden, ackery rafton, Lindsey ackett, reeanna endri , an ughes, Jeremiah elley, rey O anich, achel ennington, bby ere , aleb eters, aitlyn ode, Liberty Sharp, arleigh Smart, yra Stephens, Travis Thrailkill, anessa ue, Mathew allstrom, illiam hite, le is illiams, Tanner illiams, le oung

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Hawkins Family Continues Scholarship Support O




n December 19 th, Edgar and Sue H awkins presented the U niversity of Arkansas Rich Mountain Foundation with a $ 10,000 donation to continue their support in building additional endowments for the Nick H awkins Endowment Scholarship Fund. The Nick H awkins Endowment Scholarship Fund was established with the U A Rich Mountain Foundation in 2015 by Edgar and Sue H awkins to honor the life and memory of their beloved son, Nick. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide a legacy of higher education opportunities for Scott County residents. Priority awards for the scholarship include the following: Waldron H igh School graduate or non-traditional student residing from Scott County, bilingual, and pursuing an education-related degree or teaching field For more information about the Foundation scholarships and giving opportunities contact: Tammy Young, Director of Development and Community Relations at ( 47 9 )

39 4-7 6 22, x. 1220 or tyoung@< mailto:tyoung@> . Foundation B oard Members, Donors, and U A Rich Mountain staff, pictured: Je ssie B arr, Development Assistant, Jo e Liles, Damon Miller, Jo hn Vacca, Sue H awkins, Edgar H awkins, Charles “ B o” Collins, David Alley, and Tammy Young, Director of Development and Community Relations.

SAU Fall Commencement 2017 M


AG NOLIA, AR -- Southern Arkansas U niversity recogize d more than 5 00 graduates with degrees at the fall commencement ceremony on December 8, 2017 . H onorees from this area included: K ylie Coker graduated with a B achelor of Science. Coker is from Mena, and was a Psychology major in the College of Liberal and Performing Arts. Chance Dearing graduated with a B achelor of Science. Dearing is from Cove, and was a Agriculture B usiness major in the College of Science and Engineering. Chase McCormick graduated with a B achelor of Science. McCormick is from Mena, and was a Agriculture Science: Animal Science major in the College of Science and Engineering. Summer Myers graduated with a B achelor of B usiness Administration. Myers is from atfield, and was a usiness dministration Management major in the ankin ollege of B usiness. Madison Peppers graduated with a B achelor of B usiness Administration. Peppers is from Mena, and was a B usiness Administration: Marketing major in the Rankin College of B usiness. Lane Pounds graduated with a B achelor of Science. Pounds is from Mena, and was a Wildlife B iology and Conservation major in the College of Science and Engineering. SAU 2017 H onor Professor Dr. Abdel B achri provided both commencement addresses. H e currently serves as associate professor of physics, interim dean of the College of Science and Engineering, and the chair of the Department of Engineering and Physics. Southern Arkansas U niversity “ feels like home” with personalize d tour visits, faculty Stacy has b een working in the healthcare and staff who care about student success, and a caring campus community. SAU also f ield since 1993. She b eg an as a certif ied offers traditional and uniq ue academic degree programs that are ranked nationally for Nursing Assistant and then a certif ied q uality and affordability. Med ication Aid e. She earned her Bachelors For more information about SAU , visit in Human Biolog y f rom the Univ ersity of Kansas in 2000 and continued Please make with The nursing Cole school. Stacy earned Bachelors in than Teamher Bold & larger Nursing f rom thethe Univ address ersity of Kansas in & phone Top eka, KS in 2003. As a nurse, she cared numbers MENA REAL ESTATE f or p atients in ICU, Med -Surg below it. , Lab or and Deliv ery, and ER. In 2017, she g rad uated f rom Fort Hays Univ ersity Master of and Omit thewith 800a number Science in Nursingthe . e-mail address and To schedule ansubstitute appointment, 816 S. Mena St. contact Mena instead. Medical Associates Mena, AR 71953

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Lady Eagles Win Cossatot Tournament



aturday night, Ja nuary 13th, the Cossatot Lady Eagles and Acorn Lady Tigers matched up in the girls’ championship game of the Cossatot River Sr. H igh B asketball Tournament. The Lady Eagles came into Saturday’s game with tournament wins against Dierks ( 36 -24) and Caddo H ills ( 43-29 ) , as Acorn entered with wins over H oratio ( 5 9 -40) and Nashville ( 6 3-46 ) . n a one-sided first uarter, the Lady Tigers of corn outscored the Lady agles - , to take a fifteen point lead into the second uarter, ossatot began to show up in the second uarter, outscoring the Lady Tigers 19 -7 , to trail by only six, 26 20, at halftime. At halftime, Tori B arrett led Acorn with 8 points, as Raegan Richardson led the Lady Eagles with 7 points. n the third uarter, the Lady agles took their first lead in the game, as there were four different lead changes, but with a Tori arrett putback with ten seconds left in the uarter, corn was able to take a two point, - , lead into the final uarter of play nder a minute into the fourth uarter, Jade ichardson gave the Lady agles a uick - lead with a three pointer Acorn was able to regain the lead thanks to a few free throws. Cossatot took their biggest lead of the game when Ashlen G onza lez made a layup off of a steal, to make the score 44-41 in favor of the Lady Eagles. With exa ctly one minute left in the game, Makayla Anderson of Acorn tied the game up at 44-44, as she drained a three pointer. Then, with about twenty-five seconds remaining, aegan ichardson scored the final points of the game on a short jumper in the lane, making the score 46 -44 Cossatot. The Lady Tigers were fouled with two seconds left in the game, but missed both free throws, to make the final score Lady Eagles. Faith H ill was awarded Player of the G ame for Acorn, as J ade Richardson was awarded Player of the G ame for Lady Eagles. Tori B arrett led the Acorn Lady Tigers with 14 points on the night, as Sophie Ja ckson scored 11 points, Makayla Anderson 9 points, Faith H ill 7 points, and Lex i Powell 3 points. Raegan Richardson led the Cossatot River Lady Eagles with 16 points, while Ja de Richardson added on 12 points of her own, Rhyen Martin 8 points, Ashlen G onza lez 7 points, and J acie Wilkerson 3 points. Following the girls’ championship game, the Nashville Scrappers defeated the Dierks Outlaws 5 6 -45 in the boys’ championship game. Other local teams in the Cossatot Tournament: The ossatot agles were defeated - in the uarterfinals against ierks, and the corn Tigers were knocked out in the semi-finals against ierks, -

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Bearcats Hand Nashville First Loss O


n Tuesday night, Ja nuary 9 th, the Mena B earcats senior high basketball team hosted the Nashville Scrappers at the U nion B ank Center.


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The earcats started off the contest on a - run, but ashville answered with a - of their own, forcing Mena to call a timeout with left in the first q uarter, down by one, 7 -6 . Following the timeout, Mena outscored the Scrappers 4-2, to take a one point, 10-9 , lead into the second q uarter of play. Continuing to keep the game close, Nashville edged the B earcats 14-13 in the second, to tie the game at 23-23 going into halftime. At the half, D.K . Right led the Scrappers with 9 points, as Connor H arvey led Mena with 10 points. In a close third q uarter, the B earcats began to take a lead, outscoring Nashville 19 -15 , to take a four point, 42-38, lead into the final uarter of play Mena didn t let up one bit in the fourth uarter, ext ending their lead, and forcing the Scrappers to call multiple timeouts. The B earcats went on to outscore Nashville 14-6 in the final uarter, to win the game by twelve, D.K . K ight led the Nashville Scrappers with 13 points on the night, as C.J. Adams scored 12 points, Scott 6 points, Finley 5 points, Ty Pettway 4 points, G illiam 3 points, and Dunham 1 point. Connor H arvey led the Mena B earcats with 25 points, while Daniel Davis added on 10 points, B lake Seals 8 points, Z ane Stephens 5 points, Nick Myers 4 points, and B rock Strother and Marc Wilson 2 points each. 2 The Mena Ladycats battled the Nashville Also on Tuesday night, junior varsity B earcats Scrapperettes on January 9th at the Union January 6, 2016 defeated Nashville 24-19 , and the varsity Ladycats Bank Center at Mena High School, taking a continued their losing streak with a 45 -30 loss to the loss of 45-30. Pictured is sophomore Paige Evans taking the shot. Scrapperettes.

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Acorn Basketball Blows Past Umpire


n Fri d a y n i g h t, J a n u a ry 1 2 th , A c orn B a s k e tb a l l h os te d U m p i re a t A c orn H i g h S c h ool . P ri or to th e s e n i or h i g h g a m e s , th e A c orn J r. T i g e rs d e f e a te d U m p i re 5 5 - 2 1 . In the first quarter of the senior girls game, the Lady Tigers outscored Umpire 37-4, to take a thirty-three point lead into the second. Acorn outscored the Lady Wildcats by only two in the second quarter, 12-1 , to take a thirty-five point, 49-14, l e a d i n to h a l f ti m e . A t h a l f ti m e , T h om a s a n d C ook l e d U m p i re w i th 5 p oi n ts e a c h , a s Fa i th H i l l a n d Sophie Jackson led the Lady Tigers with 11 points each. In the third quarter, the Lady Tigers continued to extend their lead, outscoring Umpire 12- , to take a forty-one point, 1-2 , lead into the final quarter of play. Both Acorn and the Lady Wildcats scored eleven points apiece in the fourth, to make the final score 72-31, in favor of Acorn. Maeghen McCarley led the Umpire Lady Wildcats with 1 points on the night, as mily McCarley scored points, and Lindsey Thomas, Maddie Cook, and Barlore 5 p oi n ts e a c h . aith Hill led the Acorn Lady Tigers with 13 points, while Tori Barrett, Sophie Jackson, and Lexi Powell each scored 11 points apiece, Sydney Crawford 9 points, M a k e n n a G os s a n d G ra c i e H i l l 5 p oi n ts , M a e g a n V a u g h n 3 p oi n ts , a n d M a k a y l a Anderson and Braxlie Strother 2 points each. In the first quarter of the senior boys game, the Tigers outscored Umpire 37- , to take a thirty-one point lead into the second. The Wildcats outscored Acorn 11-1 in the second quarter, to narrow the Tigers lead down to just thirty, 47-17, going into h a l f ti m e . A t h a l f ti m e , C ol ton T u rn e r l e d th e W i l d c a ts w i th 8 p oi n ts , a s J e re m i a h S w i n t l e d A co rn w i th 1 5 p oi n ts . The Tigers extended their lead just a bit in the third quarter, outscoring Umpire 13-9, to take a thirty-four point, -2 , lead into the final quarter of play. In the fourth quarter, Acorn outscored the Wildcats 12-1 , to win the game by thirty-six, and make the final score 72-3 Acorn. C ol ton T u rn e r l e d th e U m p i re W i l d c a ts w i th 1 6 p oi n ts i n th e g a m e , a s B e a rd e n a n d D u n s on s c ore d 7 p oi n ts , a n d S tra s n e r, S h e rw ood , a n d P e re z 2 p oi n ts e a c h . J e re m i a h S w i n t l e d th e A c orn T i g e rs w i th 1 7 p oi n ts on th e n i g h t, a s C ros s H u g h e s and Leo Jacinto added on 11 points each, Matthew Chaney 8 points, Josh Swint p oi n ts , Z a k A b b ott a n d n u m b e r th i rty - th re e 4 p oi n ts , n u m b e r th i rty - on e 3 p oi n ts , a n d Brady Lyle, Jacob Moore, number forty-four, and number ten 2 points each.

I would like to Thank all the people for their help, prayers and donations to me after my recent house fire. The VA, Hatfield First Baptist Church, Extension Ladies, Dallas Lodge #128, Silver Hill OES, John & Teresa Mitchell, Red Cross, Max and Lavon Dugan, Ron, Hatfield Lions Club, Mt. Meadow OES #22, Hatfield RVFD, Cove RVFD, Potter RVFD and any others I might have missed in the turmoil. Thank you a lot and God bless you all. ~ Larry E. Winfield

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Bentley Burk

Bentley Burk was born to Hanna and Dustin Burk, on December 30th, 2017. He was 6 pounds 6 ounces and 18.9 inches long. Grandparents are Brenda And Gerald Burk, of Vandervoort and Gina Hogue, of Cove.




J a yd e Pog ue a nd D a kota H elms, of D eQ ueen, a r e the p r oud p a r ents of a b a b y g i r l b or n on J a nua r y 6 th.

Manoah Hosea Christopher

Matthew and Elisabeth Christopher would like to announce the birth of their son, Manoah Hosea Christopher. He was born at home on December 29th, 2017 at 2:22 am. He weighed 9.5 pounds and 22.5 inches long. All glory to God.

Courtney Sullivan, of Hatfield, i s the p r oud mother of a b a b y b oy b or n on J a nua r y 7 th. Meli ssa H a r r i son a nd B r a nd on H a ckney, of Mena , a r e the p r oud p a r ents of a b a b y g i r l b or n on J a nua r y 9 th. A ng el H a ckney a nd Na theni el Nob le, of Mena , a r e the p r oud p a r ents of a b a b y g i r l b or n on J a nua r y 9 th.

January 6, 2016

Hometown Pride


R ollie &

Through the good times over the years, championship sports teams, generations of local families, nights spent at little league games, church on Sunday and high school graduations, and new babies and grandparents, Union Bank of Mena is proud of the hometown spirit that makes our communities a great place to live. And we’re proud that the relationships with our customers allow us to be flexible with their financial needs, from loans to online banking.

M ila

Rollie & Mila loves snuggled up watching tv. They belong to Bethany & Nano Faught. 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:

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Thursday, 1/18 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – The Board Camp Baptist Church at 107 Country Road 63 will distribute food. • 10:30 a.m. – Gator & Friends will be performing at The Mena Senior Center. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County will meet at Papa’s Mexican Caf . Contact Sue Cavner at 234-5844 or Linda Rowe at 234-2575 for more info. • 12:00 p.m. – Polk County Library Board will meet in the Susanna Mosley Community Room at the Library. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3665 Highway 8 West. • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Salvation Army Family Store helps families with utilities. • 5:00 p.m. - 9th Street Ministries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the 9th Street Ministries building. • 5:30 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas will host their annual election of oard Members at the Limetree Restaurant. Call 479-243-0771 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue aptist Church Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous o en’s eeting at the A C Club across from Chopping lock, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479-234-2887 or 479-243-0297. • 6:00 p.m. – Acorn Water monthly meeting at the Water Of ce. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. • 6:00 p.m. – Christian Singles will meet at Union Bank Community Room. • 6:30 p.m. – Disaster Preparedness Group meets at Assembly of od Church, 2111 Sutherland Ave. in Mena. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the A C Club across from Chopping lock, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-243-0297 or 281-387-0400. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:30 p.m. – Dallas Masonic Lodge 128 meets at the Mena Lodge located in the Old Post Of ce by Janssen Park. Friday, 1/19 • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Road tests are given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room unless the roads are wet. Written tests are given at 1 00 p.m. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Soci-

ety of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fibers Arts Group meets at Mena Art Gallery. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Gator and Friends will be playing at the Hat eld Auditorium. $6.00 admission. 50/50 drawing, potluck, and door pri es. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the A C Club across from Chopping lock, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-243-0297 or 281-387-0400. Saturday, 1/20 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. p p C il ren’s rt Class at the Mena Art allery, for children ages 5 to 9. Cost is $2. Call 479-394-3880 to reserve spot. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion uilding, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the A C Club across from Chopping lock, 1159 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 479-243-0297 or 281-387-0400. Sunday, 1/21 • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the A C Club across from Chopping lock, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-243-0297 or 281-387-0400. • 3:00 p.m. – Worship service is held at Sulpher Springs Church. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First nited Methodist Church in Mena. Monday, 1/22 • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion uilding, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. p Clari e’s Roo o Hope group gathering will be held at 403 North Morrow St., Suite C. • 6:00 p.m. – Home Front Warriors CMA Chapter 377 meeting at Limetree Restaurant. Meeting follows meal. • 6:00 p.m. – We The People Tea Party meets at Polk County Public Library North Room. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the A C Club across from Chopping lock, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-243-0297 or 281-387-0400. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing

Church. • 7:00 p.m. – Mena Elks Lodge meeting. All Elks are invited to attend. Tuesday, 1/23 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardener Co unity en’s rea ast at the First nited Methodist Church in Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art allery, 607 Mena St. ring 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 3665 Highway 8 West. p p e Hat el Branch library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. – T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union ank Community Room for weigh-ins, followed by a meeting. • 5:00 p.m. – Country and Gospel music is played at the Polk County Housing Authority Community Room. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for the families of addicts and alcoholics meets at the A C Club. • 7:00 p.m. – The Marine Corps League Detachment will meet at Lighthouse Fitness, 2011 Hwy. 71S, Mena. For more information, call 479-234-0769. • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Bluegrass music at Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room. • 7:30 p.m. – Mountain Meadow Masonic Lodge 218 will meet at the Hat eld Lodge. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First nited Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479-234-2887 or 479-2343043. Wednesday, 1/24 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. - The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in Mena.

• 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Polk County Library Cove Branch is open. • 5:45 p.m. - The Mena First United Methodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – Warriors for Christ will meet at the Southside Church of od. • 6:00 p.m. – Regeneration Youth Ministries at Mena Church of od Hwy 88 East. • 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church hosts Discovery ids indergarten Thru 5th rade Collide outh Ministry 6th Thru 12th rades and Adult ible Study. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at race ible Church, 1911 Hwy 71 N. Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the A C Club across from Chopping lock, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-243-0297 or 281-387-0400. • 7:00 p.m. – Inquiry Classes into the Catholic Faith will be held in the St. Thomas House at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 203 8th Street, and continue through Easter 2018. No cost or obligation, anyone interested is invited. Call 479-394-1017.

• BISCUITS AND GRAVY FUNDRAISER SALE will be held at the Union Bank of Mena to bene t Relay for Life on Friday, January 19, from 7 45 a.m. 10 a.m. Cost is $4 for two biscuits with gravy plain or sausage gravy . Advance orders are welcome and orders of 10 or more can be delivered. Call Shelly at 479-394-2211 for pre-orders.



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National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Budget Committee Reviewing Next Fiscal




ecretary of State e Tillerson wrote in the 2 Trafficking in ersons eport that uman trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time agree uman trafficking, the criminal enterprise of smuggling people for forced labor and se slavery, is a heinous crime These atrocities are happening all across the globe including, unfortunately, the nited States ongress is making progress to combat this modern-day slavery and resident Trump is raising awareness by declaring January ational Slavery and uman Trafficking revention Month n estimated 2 million people are victims of human trafficking around the world t s hard to believe, but it s also happening in rkansas ccording to the ational uman Trafficking otline, cases of human trafficking in rkansas were reported through June 2 ortunately, our state is fighting back Last year rkansas legislators approved a law re uiring state-licensed truckers to be trained in spotting the red ags of human trafficking sing their position on the road, these drivers have the tools to recogni e the signs of human trafficking and alert the authorities to any suspicious activity ongress is also increasing efforts to combat human trafficking n September, the Senate unanimously passed two pieces of legislation to renew e isting programs in support of survivors of human trafficking and help bring perpetrators of these horrific crimes to justice The bolish uman Trafficking ct provides more resources to law enforcement in their effort to combat human trafficking and establishes uman Trafficking Justice oordinators at every S ttorney s office and at the epartment of Justice n addition, the legislation helps survivors rebuild their lives by e tending the epartment of Justice omestic Trafficking ictims und The Trafficking ictims rotection ct reauthori es key programs to help survivors in their recovery as well as offering speciali ed training on human trafficking to judges and federal investigators on human trafficking e have made progress, but more needs to be done That s why m a cosponsor of the Stop nabling Se Traffickers ct This legislation would eliminate federal liability protections for websites that assist, support or facilitate online se trafficking and allow prosecution of these offenders The Senate ommittee on ommerce, Science and Transportation unanimously approved the bill late last year m looking forward to supporting it when it comes before the full Senate This fiscal year, the Senate ppropriations ommittee included at least million in federal funding to combat human trafficking s a member of the committee, will continue to support funding for these important programs and look forward to the Senate completing work on fiscal year 2 funding bills e can be proud of the nited States leadership in combatting human trafficking worldwide This fight re uires attention from the international community That s why last ongress we passed the nd Modern Slavery nitiative ct to partner with governments and private organi ations to assist in ending trafficking This helped establish the lobal und to nd Modern Slavery The S and the nited ingdom have contributed 2 million to the fund which will be used to formulate a global strategy to eliminate this crime m pleased to see all levels of government lending their support to help fight this crime Together we can end this attack on human rights in our state, our country and around the world


at the capitol


he Joint udget ommittee spent this week reviewing projections for the ne t fiscal year and recommendations by the overnor for spending The revenue forecast presented by the epartment of inance and dministration shows an e pected net available revenue of billion This is 2 million more than what is e pected for the current fiscal year The state s fiscal year begins on July The revenue forecast also predicts moderate job gains and rising wage income The rkansas economy remains near the national average growth rate rkansas law re uires the overnor to submit a balanced budget proposal and present the proposal to the eneral ssembly before every session ov sa utchinson began the hearing by presenting a billion budget for iscal ear 2 The proposed increases in this budget include an additional January 6, 2016 million for the public school fund million for the epartment of orrection million for the epartment of ommunity orrection million for county jail reimbursement million for higher education 2 million for epartment of uman Services S The increase for S includes increases for Medicaid and funding for new child welfare case workers is proposal also projects to provide a surplus of million e is re uesting that million be used to match federal grants for highways and the remaining be set aside in a reserve fund to be used only in the event of an economic downturn gency heads then presented their individual re uest before the committee Members were able to ask uestions about e penses and upcoming needs ll of the information presented this week will aid in drafting appropriation bills Members can now begin filing bills to be considered Just as your household budget re ects your priorities, the state budget does the same e will be working diligently over the ne t few weeks to ensure we craft a budget that meets the needs of rkansans while being efficient in our spending The iscal Session begins ebruary 2

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re p a i re d i t; h ow e ve r, se l l i n g th e p rop e rty or d e ci d i n g on w h a t to d o w i th i t h a s l on g b e e n a n i su e . Recently Mr. Deetz was approached with some ideas and he has been receptive. In recent months, he has met with members of both the Arkansas Regional Coalition of the uachitas, also known as ARC , and the Mena Downtown Partners, who encouraged him to begin working with ack Mannheimer of McClure ngineering in Des Moines, Iowa. Mannheimer has worked on many house restaurants, residences, retail shops, the arts, and non-profit elements and specializes in taking old buildings and making them showcases of the community. When the building was built in 1942, replacing the first high school that was destroyed by fire in ebruary 1 9 4 0 , a co rd i n g to l oca l h i st ori a n , H a rol d C oog a n . H e p rovi d e d a l i st of co n st ru ct i on m a te ri a l s f or th e p roj e ct to The Pulse. The list is a testament to how solid the building was built, ending with nearly 18-inch thick cement walls. The list included: 9, bags of cement; -tons of reinforcement steel; 1 , nails; 1,398 cubic yards of crushed stone; 1,358 tons of sand; 7,21 feet of piping; 125, feet of form lumber; 28,11 feet of Masonite form lining; 1 mile of conduit; 3 miles of wire; and 258 light fixtures. T h e p roj e ct a l so e m p l oye d 3 0 0 w orkm e n . “When Deetz bought the building at auction in 2 1 , his original plans were to salvage what he could and tear down the rest of the building,” explained Rick Chrisman, of Mena Downtown Partners, who is working with Deetz. “But, he changed his mind.” “People from Mena came up to me and said how sad they were the old school was going to be demolished. They told me about the fond memories they had of going to school here,” said Deetz. “They were the ones that convinced me to save the old school. Chrisman explained that Deetz admits that at the time, it was not his best business decision but was willing to proceed anyway. His efforts to sell fell at. Now, members of ARC and Downtown Partners are determined to help Mr. Deetz showcase the old, sentiment filled building. Although full plans of the old Mena Middle School are not yet known, an associate of Mannheimer’s, John Sutherlin, will pay a visit to Mena soon to meet with residents and b u si n e s l e a d e rs to d e te rm i n e w h a t th e y w ou l d l i ke to se e h a p p e n to th e ol d sch ool . Gar isele, Chairman of ARC , said, “In recent years we have seen an increased interest and growth on Mena Street and the historic Arts District. ARC has always supported downtown revitalization and this commitment by Walter Deetz is certainly welcomed. We believe the old high school can be a real jewel for our downtown.”

Treasure Hunt


L e a h a s se rv e d a s th e st a te ’ s 4 0 th a u d i tor si n ce 2 0 1 4 . I n h e r rol e , sh e se rve s a s th e st a te ’ s g e n e ra l a co u n ta n t, a d m i n i st ra tor of the Arkansas Unclaimed Property Act, and payroll officer for over elected officials and their employees. A s p a rt of h e r d u ti e s i n th e A rka n sa s U n cl a i m e d P rop e rty A ct , sh e a n d h e r st a f f ta ke u n cl a i m e d m on e y a n d a se ts, w h e th e r i t b e ca sh f rom a n ol d u ti l i ty d e p osi t or a l i f e i n su ra n ce p ol i cy th a t w a s n e ve r co l l e ct e d , or m a yb e th e co n te n ts of a sa f e ty d e p osi t b ox. O n ce re ce i ve d , th e y try to d i st ri b u te th e a se t to th e ri g h tf u l ow n e r. Currently, there is more than 3 million dollars in unclaimed property at the auditor’s office. T o e n co u ra g e ci ti ze n s to se e i f th e y m a y h a ve m on e y w a i ti n g , T h e G re a t A rka n sa s T re a su re H u n t w a s b orn . I n ‘ th e h u n t’ p e ople can contact the auditor’s office or go online to, put in their information, and see if they have assets waiting. A s a f u n e xe rci se , sh e sa i d w h e n sh e kn ow s sh e i s tra ve l i n g to s p e a k to a g rou p sh e l i ke s to l ook u p th e n a m e s of th e g rou p ’ s members to see if they are on the Unclaimed Property list. She did just that before attending the Rotary meeting on Thursday a n d f ou n d th a t se ve ra l of th e i r m e m b e rs w e re on th e l i st . O n e m e m b e r l ooke d u p h e r n a m e i m m e d i a te l y i n th e on l i n e d a ta b a se a n d sh e h a s $ 9 w a i ti n g to b e co l l e ct e d . A l th ou g h so m e cl a i m s a re h i g h e r th a n oth e rs, i t i s w orth th e ti m e to l ook u p . Lea said just before Christmas, a man down on his luck came into her office and found he had 37, available. “We both just stood there and cried,” she recalled. or this reason, Lea encourages everyone to look themselves up “just in case.” ou can also search relative’s names, and church and business names. ou can also call 1-8 -CLAIM-IT.

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How to Protect Your Expensive New Smartphone STATEPOINT


he latest smartphones have some cool new features, but they come with hefty price tags, and such devices are not necessarily built-to-last. The new iPhone X , for ex ample, recently hit the market at a $ 1,000 starting price and ex perts say it’s ex tremely fragile. ith its all-glass design, you may be wondering if it s worth the investment ecent tests conducted by S uareTrade using scientific robots to drop, bend, tumble, and dunk devices, revealed the iPhone X to be one of the most breakable i hone models ever made, shattering on its first face down drop. “ Without taking a few key precautions, consumers are likely going to spend more than the $ 1,000 they’ve already invested in their phone over their devices’ lifetime,” says J ason Siciliano, vice president global creative director at Sq uareTrade. To protect your investment, whether you have an iPhone X or any other mobile device, Siciliano recommends the following. Cov er U p Your new phone may have a sleek design you want to show off, but not using a case is a big mistake. With so many designs on the market, as well as opportunities to customiz e, there is no reason these days not to better protect your phone. The breakability tests conducted by Sq uareTrade revealed damage that went beyond cosmetic issues, compromising the device s operability in a number of ways onsider what your hobbies include, and find a case durable MENA enough to withstand your lifestyle. A screen protector is also a great idea, guarding against scratches and HATFIELD - WICKES residue. G et Cov er ed With potential repair costs on the rise, protection plans are becoming more important than ever. For ex ample, the iPhone X has a thinner, costlier OLED screen that’s more ex pensive to replace, a smaller logic board, multiple cables, and a split battery that s more difficult to remove ll of which may be why pple is charging 2 for front screen replacement and for other repairs Accidents are often beyond one’s control. So, don’t have a false sense of security regarding drops and spills. H owever, protection plans can be affordable. For ex ample, those offered by Sq uareTrade cover old or new devices, for both accidents and common malfunctions such as battery failure and charging port failure. Phones can be repaired at-home, at local repair shops or by mail. And if you have an Apple device, you can simply have your G enius B ar bill reimbursed. Ginger Sterner For more information on protection plans for today’s most popular Financial Advisor smartphones, visit sq 501c Hwy 71 North B eing a savvy consumer goes beyond making the latest tech purMena, AR 71953 479-394-7940 chase. It also means making your purchase last. Take smart steps to protect your smartphone.

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Moments From America’s History: Rights and Lives F


orty-five years ago this coming Monday, January 22, 1973, the “Roe v. Wade” Supreme Court decision was made. It essentially declared that a woman has

a right to an abortion at any time during the entire time of her pregnancy, provided it was deemed medically necessary to preserve her health or life. This decision overturned all state anti-abortion laws, and opened the door to unrestricted abortion in America. It is indeed an issue which is often complex and polarizing, and characterized by emotion, passion, and personal experience. What follows here is worthy of our understanding and consideration. The abortion issue has been framed largely around the subject of rights which has, in itself, been at the forefront of America’s founding and in much of America’s social and political discourse and activism in the public square since. Within the plethora of claimed rights in recent history are reproductive rights and the exclusive right to one’s own body, but here is some food for thought: All human rights are predicated first and foremost on the right to life, and it is the sanctity and dignity of human life (originating from human creation in the image of God) which provide the cornerstone upon which all justice and freedom stand. However, there can be neither one if life has no source, value or meaning beyond what only humans subjectively define as acceptable and legitimate. In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court evidently rejected this moral premise and the federalism designed into our Constitution. The Court: trumped state’s rights, disregarded cultural/community norms and moral sensibilities, failed to consider shifting social trends, and circumvented the legislative process. The result: a decision based not on original constitutional intent or principle nor on historic jurisprudence or precedent but on highly questionable interpretation and adjudication of the 9th and 14th Amendments and insufficient consideration of the ethical and medical aspects of human conception and pre-natal life. Therefore, the Court created (legislated) a national law re-defining a “right of privacy” as an avenue for the elimination of a God-given right to life. Perhaps it would have been prudent for the Court to take a closer look at (among other things) the Bible, the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. The Court’s ideological and explicit rejection of the fetal “right to life” argument has had fatal consequences for tens of millions of unborn babies and left an untold and immeasurable void that only their presence, love, and unique gifts could have filled in the lives of families and in society and culture. We live in an America and world where much human suffering still exists. As we continue in pursuance of solutions on issues such as AIDS, human trafficking, poverty, health care and other human life concerns, our success remains in peril if the question of life itself is simply an arbitrary choice with no moral basis in the transcendent and no legal protection for the most vulnerable, innocent and defenseless among us. History has shown that the value of human life is the thread that connects virtually all humanitarian causes and it is at the root of most every major question facing humans today, including euthanasia, bioethics, medicine, the economy and the environment. As President Ronald Reagan expressed it in 1988, “We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life -the unborn - without diminishing the value of all human life...” Norma L. McCovey (Roe in Roe v. Wade) revealed in 1995 that she became pro-life and is now a vocal opponent of abortion. In her testimony to Congress in an effort to have Roe v. Wade overturned, she stated “It was my pseudonym, Jane Roe, which had been used to create the “right” to abortion out of legal thin air.” As America looks ahead, we must be attentive and proactive to what kind of society we will be and what kind of government we will choose. Do we want a culture of life; one which is responsible in protecting the rights of human beings whose dignity and worth depend not on their convenience to individuals or utility to the state but on their inherent value from and to the Creator? Beyond just a matter of personal choice, the right to life is a foundational determinant and safeguard for all fundamental, “unalienable” human rights, individual freedom, an enduring moral order and stable self-government. And, to a great extent, it will continue to define who we are as a people and a nation.

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Mena Art Gallery is Working with the “Cash Mob” BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS


he “ Cash Mob” is a creation of Mena’s Downtown Partners, a group of merchants in the Mena Arts District who are working to help Mena grow. They ( approxi mately 10 to 15 ladies) meet at 10 am the second Saturday of each month for coffee and snacks, a couple of planned activities, and to draw the name of the store to be mobbed. They then conspicuously parade down Mena Street with music and balloons to the store chosen for the month to spend $ 20 each. They met at the gallery this past Saturday. Our gallery is in the hat and will be drawn at some point as the “ target of the month.” If you are interested in joining the fun, you can pick up information at the gallery ( 6 07 Mena Street) about when and where the Mob will meet in February. It’s a great way to meet new people, find out more about what Mena has to offer in the shopping department, and have a good time while helping to support our local merchants. And the end result of all this will be a healthier economy for your home town and a growing, thriving downtown.

OLT to Present “Four Weddings and an Elvis”



Offers Valentine’s Dinner Theatre Option


f you are looking for a special winter-time treat, mark your calendar to see “ Four Weddings and an Elvis” at the Ouachita Little Theatre. Performance dates are February 9 , 10, 11, 16 , 17 , and 18 with a special dinner theater show on Valentine’s Day, February 14, at the Mena Mountain Resort. Sunday performances are at 2:30 p.m., all others begin at 7 :30 p.m. The Valentine’s Day Dinner Theatre will be held at the Mena Mountain Resort located at 2817 H wy 7 1 North. A delicious Valentine’s Day themed dinner will be served at 6 :30 p.m. before the show begins at 7 :30 p.m. Advance reservations for the Valentine’s Day Dinner Theatre should be made by calling the Resort directly at 39 4-3110. The cost of the meal and show is $ 32 per person. If you have OLT season tickets, the dinner theatre price will be discounted to $ 20. Reserved seating for all other performances will be available at the OLT office on Mena Street beginning January 22, or tickets may be purchased at the door. “ Four Weddings and an Elvis” is a light-hearted comedy about the owner of a Las Vegas wedding chapel who has seen her fair share of weddings, both personally and professionally. The play features some of her most hilarious weddings including one of her own that promises a great twist. The production is directed by Scotty Jenkins, and he has assured theatre-goers they will enjoy watching his competent and talented cast perform this delightful comedy. H e does caution that due to some mild language, this show has a PG -13 rating. B righten up your February with laughter and live entertainment and make plans to attend “ Four Weddings and an Elvis.” Check the OLT website or Facebook page for more details about the play.

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The following information was received from Polk County law enforcement agencies. The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed, or that they have been found innocent, and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner. Mena Police Department January 1, 2018 Report from a Wickes woman of a missing family member. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 121 near Mena of the theft of a rearm. Investigation continues. Traf c stop on Highway 71 South near Mena led to the arrest of Lance R. Birtcher, 20, of Mena, on Charges of Disorderly Conduct and Obstructing overnmental Operations. Also, a 17-year-old male was issued a Juvenile Citation for Disorderly Conduct. The uvenile was released to the custody of a parent/guardian. Additional information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Of ce for further consideration. Report from complainant of attempted forgery on vehicle paperwork. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 71 near Ink of the theft of a log splitter, valued at $900.00. Investigation continues. January 2, 2018 Arrested by an of cer with the rannis Police Department was Christopher Jackson, 32, of rannis, on Charges of Domestic attery 3rd Degree, Terroristic Threatening 1st Degree and Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree. January 3, 2018 Arrested was Jeff A. White, 37, of Mena, on Charges of Fleeing on Foot, and two counts each of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance. Additionally, he was served Warrants for Fleeing in a ehicle, Failure to Appear and Parole Revocation. Arrested was Amy D. Pa uodis, 41, of Mena, on a ody

Attachment Warrant. Arrested was Paula . Schuller, 47, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Arrested was Juston M. Wikel, 32, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Arrested was elly W. McCarley, 38, of rannis, on Warrants for Domestic attery 3rd Degree and Terroristic Threatening 2nd Degree. January 4, 2018 Report from complainant on Polk 165 near Potter of the break-in and theft of electronics and household items. Investigation continues. Arrested was Larry D. raham, 52, of Mena, on a Warrant for Felony Failure to Appear. Arrested was ristina E. Thomas, 23, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear. January 5, 2018 Report of an accident on Highway 8 West near Rocky involving a horse. Arrested was Justin M. Cannon, 29, of Mena, on Warrants for Probation Violation and Criminal Contempt. Arrested was ristina E. Thomas, 23, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear. Report from complainant on Highway 71 South near Mena of the fraudulent use of a debit card. Investigation continues. Report of an unattended death on Polk 14 near Hatton. Deputy responded. Arrested was Cristina E. uintero, 25, of rannis, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear. January 6, 2018 Traf c stop on Polk 76 West near Mena led to the arrest of Jessie A. . Heath, 28, of Mena, on Charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, Possession of Firearms by Certain Persons, Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance and Possession of a Schedule Controlled Substance. Report of a grass re on Polk 26 near Hateld. Report from complainant on Polk 129 near

Rocky of the theft of personal information via a scam. January 7, 2018 Report of problems between neighbors on Highway 375 East near Mena. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Of ce for further consideration. Arrested was Roger A. T. urton, 29, of Hat eld, on a Warrant for Domestic attery 3rd Degree. Arrested was Davis M. Fraser, 49, of andervoort, on two Warrants for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Arrested was Sarah M. Mitchell, 24, of Mena, on a Warrant for Disorderly Conduct. Arrested by an of cer with the rannis Police Department was Daniel D. Weekes, 30, of illham, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Polk County Sheriff’s Of ce worked two vehicle accidents this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population 29 Incarcerated Inmates, with 18 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

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