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Acorn Homecoming to be Crowned

County Budget Exceeds $8 Million in 2017 BY MELANIE BUCK •

Polk County government and the services that fall under its umbrella will operate on a budget of more than $7.5 million in 2017, with $4.3 million of that in County General Expenses. Many of the departments within the County General Expense system stayed very close to their previous years’ budgets, keeping their expenditures as minimal as possible. The County Judge’s Office will have a budget of $97,039.43, which includes payroll, supplies, equipment costs, and other general operating expenses. The County Clerk Office has a budget of $205,288.26; Circuit Clerk, a budget of $176,169.49; County Treasurer, $107,181.45; Tax Collector Office, $204,099; County AsCONTINUED ON PAGE 8

A Message in a Bottle is Finding its way Home BY MELANIE BUCK • Despite all odds, a message in a bottle that traveled over 8,000 miles across ‘the pond,’ only to sit on a shelf for more than three decades, will now makes its way back to its owner and will sit in its rightful place in a position of honor. For one Mena couple, a message found in a bottle has been on their shelf since finding it more than 33 years ago. It wasn’t until recently that they decided to take action and find the owner of the note, and with a little luck and a lot of digging, they did just that. Gordon and Cindy Brevik spent much of their lives in Florida and enjoyed diving in the crystal blue waters as often as they could. “We used to do a lot of diving in dive wrecks CONTINUED ON PAGE 9

Hensley Honored as Longtime Airport Commission Member PHOTO BY LEANN DILBECK

Presenting the 2017 Acorn Homecoming Court: Back row L-R: Freshman Maid Rebekah Frost Sophomore Maid Makayla Anderson, Junior Maids Tori Barrett and Breanna Jones, Sophomore Maid Tessa Kesterson, Freshman Maid Autumn Chumley; seated L-R: Senior Maid Brooke Bates, Homecoming Queen Morgan Fagan, Maid of Honor Harly Dearing, Senior Maid Brittany Wilhite. Fagan will be crowned during Homecoming Ceremonies beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Tiger Gym, Friday, January 20.


Philip Hensley was honored by the Mena Airport Commission at their January 2017 monthly meeting for his 14 years of service to the commission. Hensley resigned from the board for personal reasons and Kevin Williams has been appointed by the Mayor to fill the last few months of the unexpired term. Hensley was presented a plaque and thanked by the commission for his dedication of duties. Airport Manager, Fred Odgen, said, “The airport commission thanked Philip with a plaque for his 14 years of outstanding service on the airport commission. The commission com-

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4th Annual Talimena 13.1 Run and Relay Set



he Polk County Developmental Center has announced the date of the 4th Annual Talimena 13.1 ½ Marathon will be Saturday, March 11, 2017. The primary purpose of this event is to support the programs for physically and mentally challenged adults and children who benefit each day by the services provided by PCDC. Ongoing services and programs provided by PCDC include: The Adult Education and Wellness Center; A recycling center; The AVANTS Group Living Center, which is a residential housing facility for developmentally disabled women; Two resale stores that provides work-training skills for the adult clients; The Jumpstart Preschool and Daycare which provides Developmental Evaluations, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Transportation Services throughout a three county area. Also, one on one teaching and Developmental Training. PCDC is a wonderful resource available to Mena and Polk County that assists challenged persons in meeting goals of greater independence and productivity. In 2014, their annual event was renamed the Talimena 13.1 Run and Relay. It was formerly called the Rich Mountain Classic and was first run in 1986, continuing through 1990, using the Janssen Park to Queen Wilhelmina Lodge race route. In 1991, “The Classic” was renamed the Talimena Drive ½ Marathon and was run from the lodge to near the state line and back. The run, just like the Talimena Drive, is a scenic route that gives runners and spectators a chance to set eyes on the unique terrain of Rich Mountain throughout the 13.1 mile uphill event. To register for the Talimena 13.1, visit or call 479-394-2671. You can also check out or



One in a Million

BY LEANN DILBECK • Every good little Christian child who was brought up in church hits that point when their faith becomes their own. For me, I was 25. I had known and loved the Lord from an early age and always desired to do right, but having no real hardships or tragedies in my life deprived me of learning total reckless surrender, when you realize that you are not in control… it is all Him. At age 25, I had checked off my strategically and well thought out and prayed for list. Marry my high school sweetheart. Check. Bought our first home. Check. Graduated college. Check. Next on “the list” was to have a baby… because after all, that’s all I had ever really wanted since I was tiny, which I guess is normal when you’ve been raised by the World’s Best… and that’s fact. Imagine our disappointment when we learned that it would be a literal one in a million shot for us to become pregnant without medical assistance. It was H E A R T B R E A K I N G and also very humbling for this little planner who had planned every minute of her life, right up to then. Didn’t He know it was next on my list? What possible reason would He have to not allow me to be a mother? I would have taken any medication, no matter the risk… I would have done anything to become pregnant. And then the wise words from my husband, “It’s not like we’re old… CONTINUED ON PAGE 14

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Mena School Board Recognized SUBMITTED for Service


ena School District has joined districts across the state to celebrate School Board Member Recognition Month in January. More than 1,500 Arkansas School Board members are being honored for their service and dedication to public education. “Our board members assume a crucial role in representing our students and advocating for public education,” said Benny Weston, Superintendent. “We are very proud of our members, and Arkansas School Board Recognition Month is a great time to recognize them and celebrate their accomplishments.” Members serving on the Mena School Board are: Robbie Hines, Brian Kesterson, Clint Montgomery, Todd Aynes, Judith Roberson, Edd Puckett, and Kyle Cannon. As publicly elected school leaders, Arkansas school board members set policy for their respective districts. Under state law, they are empowered to hire and evaluate the superintendent, oversee district finances, approve the budget, and determine the vision and mission of the district. School boards must also approve the curriculum and ensure the district maintains adequate facilities for teaching and learning. In addition to their board duties, state law requires Arkansas school board members to earn a minimum of six hours of professional development each year in areas related to their role and responsibilities.

New CASA Volunteer Sworn-In to Advocate for Children O



n January 11th, 2017, the Hon. Judge Jerry Ryan swore in a new CASA volunteer, Casey Kelley. CASA volunteers are Court-Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children. Family and friends gathered in the Polk County courthouse to watch the new volunteer take an oath, promising to advocate for the best interest of the child. The newly appointed CASA volunteer joined 30 other dedicated community members who have been trained and are advocating for foster children in the county’s juvenile dependency court system. As officers of the court, they ensure that the children’s needs are recognized and best interests are considered both in the courtroom and in the community. CASA volunteers are asked to meet with the child regularly and are authorized to interview people in the child’s life such as social workers, attorneys, and teachers. They attend court hearings with the child and report their findings to the judge. “Our volunteers pledge to stay with each child until the case is closed, and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home,” said Cynthia Martin director of CASA of the Ouachita Region. “The advocate is often the only consistent adult presence in the child’s life.” There are no prerequisites for becoming a CASA volunteer other than being at least 21 years of age, clearing an extensive background screening, and successfully completing 30 hours of training. The next advocate training session for CASA of the Ouachita Region begins February 2017. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a CASA volunteer and the rewards that come along with serving as the voice of a child, please contact Cynthia Martin or Renee Hendrix at 479-243-9277. CASA of the Ouachita Region is a member of the National CASA Association, a network of more than 900 CASA programs serving children in 49 states and Washington D.C.

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SWASAP Names Scholarship Honoring Lucy Jones


ucy Jones, former Coordinator of TRIO Programs at Rich Mountain Community College, was honored by the SouthWest Association of Student Assistance Programs (SWASAP) at a conference held in Tulsa, Oklahoma on November 6, 2016. SWASAP has named a new scholarship, The Lucy Jones International Access Scholarship, to recognize Ms. Jones and her work for underrepresented students in higher education. Lucy began her work for the TRIO programs in 1994 as the Associate Director of the Student Support Services and Educational Talent Search programs at RMCC. She later became coordinator of all four TRIO programs: Educational Talent Search, Student Support Services, Upward Bound, and Educational Opportunity Center. In addition to directing the programs, Lucy wrote the proposal to renew the grants every five years, and in 2012, she wrote the grant to add the Upward Bound Math and Science program. Lucy served the TRIO programs in many different capacities in her tenure. She served the Arkansas Association of Student Assistance programs as secretary, representative-at-large, president-elect, and president. At the regional level, Lucy served SWASAP as secretary, program chair, president-elect, and president. She later served the national organization, Council for Opportunities in Education, as a board member, treasurer, chair-elect, and chair. Currently, she serves as consultant for many TRIO programs throughout the nation. Lucy’s daughter, Paula, said it best, “All of my life my mom has been the true example of a servant by helping thousands of students achieve their dream of getting an education in this country.”

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World Class Technology & Medicine for your students! DAV Commander, James Scott, recently presented 44 blankets to the North Little Rock Veteran’s Hospital. The blankets were purchased by the Polk County American Legion and DAV Chapter 46. James Scott, pictured left, is also a local DAV van driver. He delivered the blankets and a volunteer representative of the North Little Rock Veteran’s Hospital accepted the donation. An citizen interested in donating items or monetary donations to purchase items for veterans should contact a member of the local American Legion or DAV.

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he annual Artists’ Garage Sale is going on during January at Mena Art Gallery. You can find almost anything related to art: canvas, sketch pads, pencils, pens, paints, framing materials, or whatever you might need to create art of any variety. There is also completed artwork for sale in lots of different media. If you have been thinking of trying a new or different medium, this is a good chance to pick up the basics without upsetting the budget. How about looking for a small pastel set? Or, maybe some charcoal and graphite drawing materials? Or just come by and see what inspires you to spread your wings a bit. Don’t know how to use some new media? Come by Tuesday Art Day at the gallery with your newly acquired materials. The odds are that someone there will be able to give you some pointers. They’re a friendly bunch! Even if you don’t want to use the materials yourself, how about a gift for a grandchild? Perhaps you will find something that catches your eye among the artwork offered by our local artists. Mena is blessed with a great deal of talent, and much of it finds its way to the gallery. Regular hours are 11 am to 2 pm on Tuesdays, 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays. We’re at 607 Mena Street. Come in and browse!

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ill Squires, Science teacher at Caddo Hills High School, has just been named the Midcontinent 2016 Outstanding Earth Science Teacher of the Year by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT). Each year, NAGT selects ten section winners across the United States and Canada to honor for their work and excellence in science education. Mr. Squires was selected as the winner of the Midcontinent Section, which included nominees from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas. He was nominated for this prestigious award by Dr. Jim Musser, Department Head of Physical Sciences, Arkansas Tech University. Will Squires is a native of Polk County and graduated from Van-Cove High School in 2003. Will is the son of James and Linda Squires of Cove. He has taught at Caddo Hills for eight years, five of which included teaching a physical geology course. He has always felt that the geosciences were underserved in the high school curriculum, and as a result, he has always tried to tie in the Earth sciences to all of his other classes. For the first five years, he struggled with ways to motivate and engage his students because they didn’t all show a natural desire to learn. Between his fifth and sixth years, he was able to be a part of a professional development opportunity provided by a partnership between QTL and Arkansas Tech University. It was there that he found a way to get his students engaged through the use of real-world and meaningful projects. Now, Mr. Squires is able to get students interested in geoscience ideas within other disciplines of science, as well as through the use of short-term and long-term projects. During the 2014-2015 school year, his environmental science class became a national finalist in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition with a project that dealt with flash flooding in the rural Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas. Mr. Squires stated, “I am very grateful for this honor and thankful to all of my mentors and colleagues who have helped me to get to this point in my career. It is a privilege to be a science educator and to be a part of the Caddo Hills School District and this wonderful community.” For more information about this award please visit: oest/2016.html

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Polar Plunge 2017 to be held in New Location and New Time



he 2017 Polar Plunge is set for February 25th and they are now accepting registration for the frigid event. The Polar Plunge is held each year to raise money for Special Olympics Arkansas (SOAR). Their mission is to provide year-round sports training and Olympic-type competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Arkansas. Currently, more than 15,000 athletes participate in training and compete in a year-round program of 20 different sports. Athletes in ArkanIn 2016, The Hillbilly Healers came in as top earners in the Polar sas train and compete in aquatics, Plunge, raising more than $1,000 that benefitted Special Olymtrack and field, gymnastics, soccer, pics Arkansas. basketball, tennis, golf, powerlifting, and other sports at the local, regional, state and international levels. “While our competition events are often in public view, it is our training program that forms the foundation of all that we do. Through the strong network of volunteer coaches, Special Olympics athletes spend countless hours preparing for the opportunity to compete for the gold, silver, or bronze medals. In a sense, our athletes are training for life itself. Training becomes an important stepping stone into communities throughout Arkansas for our athletes and their families,” said SOAR in a statement. “Our goal is to bring people with intellectual disabilities into the mainstream of society in Arkansas under conditions where they are accepted, respected, and given the opportunity to become positive citizens. Special Olympics is more than medals or winning. We celebrate that our athletes are at the center of our work and the heart of our movement.” The Polar Plunge has been raising money for Special Olympics Arkansas for several years providing much needed funds for training, and you can help by supporting the event. The Plunge will take place this year at Janssen Park. A special pool will be set up to take ‘the plunge.’ To register, contact Special Olympics Area 14 Director, Elizabeth Thompkins at 870-784-3822. Or go online to Not only is the location new, times are also different this year, with registration at 9:30 and the plunge at 10 a.m. on February 25th. If you are “Too Chicken to Plunge,” you can purchase an official “I Chickened Out” t-shirt for a $25 donation.

OLT to Host Thursday Night Movie BY MELANIE BUCK • The Ouachita Little Theatre will be showing The Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur movie, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, this month. Admission is free, however, donations will be accepted and the concession stand will be open. “This is a great opportunity to take your family out to see a movie that you can all enjoy without breaking the bank,” said Rudi Timmerman, President of OLT. The show will start at 7:30, Thursday, January 19. Timmerman explained, “It is the aim of Ouachita Little Theatre to provide activities to bring folks to town in order to patronize the businesses who also help support the theatre with their membership and their advertising in our programs.” Also, don’t forget their upcoming show, directed by Scotty Jenkins, Southern Hospitality. It is a fun comedy that the whole family will enjoy. It is the third in a series of the Futrel sisters’ plays having previously presented Dearly Beloved and Christmas Bells. The show plays February 10-12 and 17-19. For more information, contact OLT at 479-243-0186.

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Rapid Response Saves Line of Homes



embers of the Dallas Valley Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to a large grass fire on Bethesda Road Tuesday afternoon, January 10, 2017, just after 3 p.m. The grass fire was threatening several homes in the area with high winds pushing the flames directly toward the line of houses. Ink Volunteer Fire Department, Mena Fire Department, and Polk County Emergency Management provided mutual aid. While some firefighters were extinguishing the flames, others provided structure protection, barely saving a mobile home. Flames were within six feet of the mobile home and less than two feet from the air conditioning unit on the backside of the house. Three other homes were also immediately threatened, but the quick actions of firefighters saved them as well. Once the head of the fire was under control, Arkansas Forestry Commission unloaded a dozer to take care of the backside of the large fire. No word yet on a cause of the fire or how many acres have burned. Later that evening, fire fighters responded to the same area again, after a barn rekindled in the burnt pasture.


sessor, $241,660.85; Polk County Quorum Court, $97,455. The Building Maintenance account is designated $207,031.84. One of the biggest decreases in the budget is in the Election Department. In 2016, $128,000 was budgeted, however, that included a general election year. For 2017, election expenses are expected to drop to less than $6,000, and the account holds $5,451.50 in their projected budget. The Polk County Office Complex is budgeted $70,421.08 for their expenses for 2017, which includes salaries, utilities, and normal operating expenses. The County Road account is one of the largest in the county, being responsible for more than 1,300 miles of county roads and dozens of bridges. A total of $367,000 has been reserved for roads, remaining the same as the 2016 budget request. The legal systems of the county hold some of the largest requests in the General budget. The Sheriff’s Department requested a budget of $868,524; Circuit Court, $64,838; District Court, $230,781.51; County Juvenile Office, $140,258.27; School Resource Officers, $143,817; Prosecuting Attorney Office, $172,473.27; and the County Jail, $407,629. The Office of Emergency Management requested $102,472.28; Rural Volunteer Fire Department Fund, $83,800; Veteran’s Service Office, $74,150.76; County Extension Office, $70,546. The County Road Department adds $2,234,387 to the 2017 budget. The Polk County Library requested $79,450; and E911 Services, $214,193.60. County Judge Brandon Ellison said, “The county budget is a very complicated document comprised of dozens of internal budgets. To make it easier to visualize, think of it broken down into three areas. The County General Budget, the Road and Bridge Budget, and Special Funds Budget. Operations for the jail, law enforcement, building maintenance, record keeping, etc., are funded through the general budget. Road and bridge operations are paid from the road and bridge budget. Operations that are considered special include many judicial district and state mandated functions such as, public defender, juvenile intake, and other court operations. Some other special budgets are drug task force, law library, E-911, Sheriff’s drug control, county library, etc. Many of the special budgets are partially or fully grant funded and this type of funding varies from year to year, making continuity of the programs difficult to manage. Primarily, county government is charged with providing basic services and that is what the vast majority of available funds are used for.”

Far left: Firefighters are making a game plan. Below: A firefighter provides structure protection to a mobile home where flames came within six feet of the walls.

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I am sending this off of the USS Coral Sea CV-43 CATAPULT ONE! We are currently on a World Cruise Deployment. Please send thes[e] coordinates: N24 8359; W282 88 24 Sincerely, Ronald Herbst, 09 SEPT 83, USS Coral Sea CV-43 “I just put it up and thought a million times about calling the guy,” said Gordon. However, as the years got away from them, neither Gordon nor Cindy had tried to find Mr. Herbst until mid-December 2016. “A couple of weeks ago, I saw it in my room and thought, you know what, it would be really neat to find that guy. Cindy is like a bulldog and got right on it,” Gordon smiled. Cindy said, “I Googled the “USS Coral Sea 1983 World Tour” and I came up with the Navy website that showed yearbook pictures. I didn’t know what age group I would be looking for but I found a picture, with his name. I went to Facebook and didn’t find his Facebook account, but it showed me his picture on messenger and [when compared to the yearbook picture] I knew it was him.” She messaged Herbst through Facebook, sent him a scanned copy

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of the letter from the bottle and their phone number, but hadn’t heard back. Wondering if they had the right Ronald Herbst, they, in turn, found themselves on the other end of the waiting game, wishing for a speedy reply. Then, on New Year’s Day, they received a message via email. “Cindy, I can’t tell you how excited I was to get your message. It was in my spam folder and I almost missed it completely. I was so thrilled I could barely get to sleep last night,” began the email from Ronald Herbst. Gordon smiled and said, “He was so excited and you couldn’t hardly understand him. He couldn’t believe that over 33 years later that we got a hold of him.” His email went on to explain that he was deployed on a World Cruise, departing from San Francisco, California in March 1983 before heading to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. “After that, we headed north into the frigid Bering Sea between Alaska and Russia. The Soviets shot down Korean Airliner 007 while we were there so our ship aided in the recovery efforts,” Herbst explained. “Our first port was Korea, which is the place of my birth. I turned 19 years old in Korea. We then headed for Subic Bay, Phillippines, Singapore, then headed to the Persian Gulf where we were within sight of Yemen. We traveled up the Suez Canal and stopped in Naples, Italy, Cannes, France, and finally Rota, Spain. It was sometime after Rota that we tossed the note but I’m not exactly sure where. I believe we were somewhere between Africa and the U.S.” A distance that covers more than 8,000 miles. Herbst said he actually dropped two bottles into the ocean, but the first was recovered in Miami Beach, Florida in 1983, by a couple on vacation from Virginia Beach. In an ironic twist to the story, Herbst said that when Gordon was thinking in mid-December about finding the owner of the bottle, Herbst was talking to his Sunday School Class about dropping the bottles overboard more than thirty years before. “It has to be a God thing,” said Gordon. Cindy said, “He called us on New Year’s Day and he

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said that two weeks prior, he had talked about throwing the bottle in his Sunday School Class so they were both thinking about the bottle at the same time. You would like to say it’s a once in a lifetime thing, but it does happen.” Herbst is more than pleased to learn of the discovery of bottle number two so many years later and is even more excited that the Brevik’s are willing to return it. In fact, Herbst now lives in Pensacola, Florida, home of the National Naval Aviation Musuem and has spoken to them about accepting the bottle into one of their exhibits. It is possible that they will keep the bottle a couple of years or longer for display. It wouldn’t be the first display in the museum to house a piece of Herbst’s memories. “We shot the last active duty F6 Phantom from our ship and it is in the Naval Museum,” said Herbst. So this week, the message in a bottle will take one more trek, only this time by land, and not by sea. The Breviks are sending the bottle to Herbst to be entered into the museum, ensuring that this message in a bottle will continue to pique the interests of curious minds. Look for more on The Message in a Bottle in an upcoming edition of The Polk County Pulse, as we follow its journey back to Herbst and to its resting place in The National Naval Aviation Museum.

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and stuff,” said Gordon. As with all divers, they are generally searching under the water, not above, for their treasures. But one day in 1983, Gordon and Cindy would spot something atop the water; something that would take them on a much different type of treasure hunt, three decades later. Gordon explained, “We are advanced divers and we were out there diving in Sombrero Key, off of Marathon Key. We saw this floating and I got it. It still had the tar on it from the ocean.” Ships leave tar in the ocean and the white plastic bottle was covered in it. Much of the residue is still visible today. He admitted that, at first, he thought it may be from someone on a stranded island or something of the sort. “I seen a note in there and you know, years ago, you would hear about bottles with notes and so we opened it up and read it. I thought maybe someone was stranded or something. I thought it was pretty neat.” After retrieving the bottle and looking at the note, this is what they read: 09 SEPT 83 - If you find this please return a reply to: Ronald Herbst, 1754 Halsey Ave., San Leandro, Cal 94578



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mended him for his service, not only to the commission, but also to the community at large and thanked him for his years of dedicated service to the commission noting that the airport has grown and thrived during this time.” “I always enjoyed being a part of the commission because a lot of good things happened during my tenure and those were pretty exciting times. I enjoyed my time and the people I have served with; they are all real top-notch folks from our community. I would do it again if I had the opportunity, but I think that 14 years is enough.” Hensley said he still remains active with the Lions Club and his local church, Christ Community Fellowship but that “sometimes you need to think that there are fresher ideas out there.” He said his replacement, Kevin Williams is, “young and enthusiastic about serving.” Hensley has served many boards over the course of his career including the Chamber of Commerce, Water Commission, Economic Development Commission, and more. “I’ve always been very happy to serve,” he smiled. Other members of the Mena Airport Commission include: Duane Corcoran, Chair; Andy Anderson, Vice-Chair; Rodger Crider, Jeff Montgomery, Nancy Wright, Kevin Williams, and Phillip Wilson. In other happenings at Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport, several businesses are swapping hangars, while others are building new structures to house their planes and operations. Ogden reported that Mike Shepard is building a 100 ft x 150 ft hangar to house his 1941 Douglas DC-3 airplane. Shepard owns Arkansas Round Engines, an aviation business that makes its home at the Mena Airport. Hampton Aviation is also in the process of building a 110 ft x 125 ft hangar. The new building will sit adjacent to the Mena Aviation Complex and will be used to expand Hampton Aviation’s services. There are also some hangar swaps in the works with Mountain Airframe, Hampton Aviation, and Northwest Arkansas Aviation. Ogden said those plans aren’t set in stone yet and more details will be available soon. Ogden said the AWOS, or Automated Weather Observation System, has been repaired for the time being and temperature readings from the airport can again be found through the National Weather Service. The current AWOS is an old system that is becoming increasingly hard to purchase replacement parts for. However, Odgen said that it’s on the airport’s capital improvement plan to be replaced in the next couple of years. The next meeting of the Mena Airport Commission will be February 13, at 3 p.m. in the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Board Room.

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GEORGE LAFAYETTE CLEMENT Dr. George Lafayette Clement was born near Potter, Arkansas on August 14, 1918 to James L. and Caddy (Cook) Clement. He grew up in the Alder Springs area. He died on January 8, 2017 at Brandon Woods, in Lawrence, KS. George was a six-year Veteran of World War II serving as a Chief Gunners Mate aboard Navy destroyers in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. On October 2, 1942, he married Ruby Stinnett in Mena, Arkansas. The couple had two sons. After his discharge from the Navy in 1946, he worked a year in Mena as a barber, prior to attending college at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. In 1955, upon receiving his Doctoral degree in Veterinary Medicine, he moved his family to Miller, South Dakota spending a year working at the Miller Veterinary Clinic. In 1956, the family moved to Howard, South Dakota where Dr. Clement established the Howard Veterinary Clinic and raised Red Angus cattle. He remained at this practice for twenty-six years during which he served on the Howard School Board and the Howard City Council, serving as president of the Council for one year. Dr. Clement was active in the South Dakota State Veterinary Medicine Association, serving as both a board member and president of this organization. Dr. Clement also served on the South Dakota Veterinarian Examining Board. After George retired from Veterinarian practice in 1981, he and Ruby moved back to Arkansas where he enjoyed working on his tree farm, vegetable garden, and yard. They enjoyed traveling for many years and visiting their children and grandchildren. In 2009 the couple moved to Lawrence, KS to be near their oldest son. He is survived by his sons, G. Edward Clement (Mary Jane), Lawrence, KS; and Donald D. Clement (Denise) Sioux Falls, SD; five grandchildren, Teresa Clement (Larry Pierce) Seattle, WA: Deanna Clement (Matt Miller) Nelson, New Zealand; Robert Clement Kansas City, MO; Katelyn and Kyle Clement,

Sioux Falls, SD; two great-grandchildren in New Zealand; and his brother, Newton, in Mena, AR. George was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby, his parents, brother, James, and sister, June. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Visiting Nurses Hospice 2OO Maine, Third Floor, Lawrence, KS 66044. Graveside rites with Military Honors will be held at Pine Crest Cemetery, (New Section) in Mena, Arkansas on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

ELEANOR JEAN HALKS Eleanor Jean Halks, age 85, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, January 13,

2017 in Mena. She was born on May 27, 1931 in Los Angeles, California to the late Lawrence Chappel and the late Meta Jones Chappel. She was married to the late Thomas “Tucker” Halks and was a loving homemaker. Jean loved the Lord and instilled in her family to know Him. She enjoyed quilting and was a talented writer and wrote many articles for the church newspapers. Her granddaughter, Kimberley Griffin, compiled them into a book. She was a kind mother, grandmother, great-grandchildren, sister and friend to all. She is survived by son, William Duane Halks; daughters, Jeanne Jordan and Joann Perry; grandchildren, Kenneth Jordan, Kimberly Griffin, Robin Ashmore, Sarah Ludwig, Emily Coyle, Richard Coyle, and Tom Halks; 20 great-grandchildren; and twin sister, Esther Joy Pickering. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Thomas William Halks. A private burial was held Friday, January 13, 2017 at Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

WANDA LOU MCCAULEY We loved her, but God loved her more. Wanda Lou McCauley

left this world to be with our Lord on January 12, 2017. Wanda was born January 17, 1926 in Atoka, Oklahoma to William T. Johnson and Neta McCoy. She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Clara Ethel King, and her husband, Howard Eugene McCauley. Wanda is survived by her brothers, Bill Johnson, Richard Johnson, and Darrell Johnson; and her two sons, Jay Howard McCauley (Enedina McCauley) of Killeen, Texas and Ted Eugene McCauley (Dona McCauley) of Mena, Arkansas. Wanda has four granddaughters, Jeniffer McCauley, Lillian McCauley, Emily McCauley, and Misty Everett and three great-grandchildren, Ethan, Logan, and Tegan in addition to numerous nephews and nieces. The Beasley-Wood Funeral Home at 611 Janssen Mena, Arkansas arranged funeral services. Wanda’s family received family and friends for the viewing on Sunday, January 15 from 5:00-7:00 pm. The funeral service was held at the Emanuel Baptist Church in Cove, Arkansas with Steve Ellison officiating on Monday, January 16 at 2:00 pm. Interment followed at the Panther Creek Church of Christ Cemetery in Plunketville, Oklahoma. Pallbearers were granddaughters, Jeniffer McCauley, Lillian McCauley, Emily McCauley, and Misty Everett, (niece Karen Pierce, alternate) and nephews, Gary Johnson and Ross Johnson. Services are under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

OPAL LEE MCCORMICK Opal Lee McCormick, age 88, of Hatfield passed away Monday, January 9, 2017 peacefully in her home. She was born in Hatfield, Arkansas on March 8, 1928 to the late Gaylord and Fredie Griffin. Opal graduated from Hatfield High School in 1947. She graduated from Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas, with a Bachelors in Elementary Education. Opal continued her education at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and graduated with a Masters of Education. She was a member/Sunday school teacher of Hatfield Methodist Church and a long-time teacher in the area. Opal was a member of the Hatfield UMC Quilting Group. She was a beloved wife, mother,


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grandmother, and a friend to many. She will be dearly missed by all. She is survived by husband of 45 years, Thomas McCormick of Hatfield, Arkansas; sister, Pauline Lane and husband Hal Dean of Crestwell, Oregon; brother, Thomas Dale Griffin of Salem, Oregon; daughter, Gayla Bonin of Horatio, Arkansas; son, Rodney Hatten of Hatfield, Arkansas; grandsons, Ryan Bachuss and wife Lyndsey of Camden, Arkansas, Jerrod Bachuss and wife Angela of Van Buren, Arkansas, Jeffrey Pate of Hatfield, Arkansas, Daniel Hatten and wife Laura of Phoenix, Arizona, Justin Hatten of Avondale, Arizona; great-grandson, William McNeese; great-granddaughters, Serena Hatten, Emerson Bachuss and Rylyn Bachuss; and beloved grand-dog, Sprinkles. Opal was preceded in death by her parents, Gaylord and Fredie Griffin, and one sister-in-law, Dorothy Griffin. Funeral service will be Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Hatfield United Methodist Church with Reverend Bryan Richardson and Sydney Simpson officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Family and friends visitation will be Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood. Pallbearers are Rod Titsworth, Mitch Titsworth, Alan Titsworth, Jimmy Titsworth, Garry Rose, and Billy Bates. Honorary pallbearers are Ben Ray. Sydney Romine and Al Townsend.

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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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• At 20 weeks, a fetus can be startled by loud external noises. • At 23 weeks, a fetus can demonstrate rapid eye movements (REM). • At 6 months, fine hair grows on the fetus’s head and eyebrows, and small eyelashes begin to appear. • At 7 months, a fetus’s hands can support his/her entire weight. • At 8 months, a fetus weighs more than four pounds. • During the 9th month, from conception, a fetus gains half a pound per week. Of the 45 total generations of cell replication that will occur by mature adulthood, 41 have already taken place.

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One in a Million

I think we just need to wait and let God have it for a while…” He kept talking but I didn’t hear one single word past that point. Not old? How did he figure that? I was only 25 but he was 31! That isn’t old? Let God have it for a while? Hadn’t he heard the doctor? ‘Wait’ for my dream to come true? After I had obediently accomplished everything on the list to prepare for this momentous occasion? Over the next year, I would struggle with a roller coaster of many emotions. Anger, frustration, jealousy, judgment, and alas… humility, I wasn’t really ever in control, it had been God’s grace all along. And then, finally, trust set in. Trusting God’s sovereignty in my life. I never considered fostering, but began to pray about adoption. I was no longer demanding, pleading, bargaining that God would allow me to be a mother. I truly learned to completely surrender my desires to God and trust that He had a divine plan… and that plan may include adoption. And then… it happened… within a few months, we were pregnant and experienced a joy I had never known. I realize that not everyone has the “one in a million” thrown at them and that some people find themselves pregnant in unfortunate circumstances but that rarely produces reasons or justification to terminate. I know now, on a very personal level, that I could have loved an adopted baby with the very same love I shower my children with now. Adoption is not selfish of the mother, but is quite the contrary. Adoption is recognizing that every heart beats with a purpose and that by trusting your child in capable hands to help them realize God’s amazing plan for their life takes more love than the quick solution that has lifelong consequences. As the Sanctity of Life message is shared this week on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, I pray that anyone who finds themselves making such a difficult decision will not be lured by the lies of the Enemy and spend a lifetime with a decision that can never be undone. I pray they won’t be distracted by words like fetus or embryo and know that it is very much a baby… it is life. I pray they will find themselves in the same complete surrender as I found myself and know that what the Enemy may have meant for harm, that our merciful Lord can redeem and restore... choosing to give birth to that precious life living within you, who may be the “one in a million” that holds many of the answers or cures that the world has been praying for.


A couple decided to go to Cyprus for the weekend, but because they both worked it was hard to coordinate their schedules. So they decided the husband would go a day early, and his wife would join him the following day. On arriving, the husband thought he would email his wife from his laptop, but he accidentally mistyped her email address and sent it off without realizing. A widow had just returned from her husband’s funeral. He was a minister of many years who had been ‘called home to glory’ following a heart attack. The widow checked her e-mail, expecting messages from relatives and friends, but instead found this: To: My Loving Wife From: Your Departed Husband Subject: I’ve Arrived! I’ve just arrived and have checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was. (P.S. Sure is hot down here!)




Ashton and Heath Stuard, of DeQueen, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on January 10th. Heather and Dustin Hopkins, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on January 10th. Haylie Chambers, of Wickes, is the proud mother of a baby girl, born on January 10th. Rachel and Seth Christner, of Altus, is the proud parents of a baby girl, born on January 11th. Deanna and Matthew Andrews, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on January 11th. Ashley and Kendall Johnson, of DeQueen, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on January 12th.


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Vandervoort Elementary’s Second Nine Weeks & Semester Honor Roll

2ND NINE WEEKS: Kindergarten: All A’s - Makenzie Arthur, Gracelee Burk, Samuel Davis, Jasmine Dunn, Keelie Haynes, Aaron Jewell, Easton Johnson, Cambree Manning, Tristan Pollard, Natalie Rushing, Nevaeh Scott, Ariana Shaver, Jace Shouse, Joslyn Watkins, Braxton Wilkinson, Saphina Zimmerman. A’s & B’s - Aspen Boldrey, Bailey Huff, Gracie Smith, Madyson Broach. Grade 1: All A’s - Temperance Bell, Lillian Bennett, Brody Creel, Autumn Dunn, Charleen Fortner, Jakub Henry, Dalton “Beaudy” Lile, Jay Moss, Lydia Phillips, Trinity Standridge. A’s & B’s - Koda Bailey, Laymon Beggs, Cheyenne Broach, Tristan Dau, Ashley Hopkins, Jacee McGhee, Karrie Parker, Abagayl Pollard, Connor Rogers, Jayden Scott, Shiloh Taylor. Grade 2: All A’s - Tayden Broach, Thomas Chesser, Flint Dickerson, Anthony Johnson, Joe King, III, Rylee Manning. A’s & B’s - Ayden Arthur, Natalie Bailey, Jayden Broach, Jamey Johnson, Emmie Owens, Jade Watkins. Grade 3: All A’s - None. A’s & B’s Jimmy Glenn, Colton Green, Zachary Gunn, Elijah Owens, Cody Shelton. Grade 4: All A’s - James “Hunter” Brett, Shawn Harris, Andrew “Elijah” Smith, A’s & B’s - Jennifer Arce, Dani Atchley, Laci Dixon, Riley Dunn, Chelsey Green, Bradley Harwood, Jayden Johnson, Kyler McKee, Bradley Wade. Grade 5: All A’s - Austin Bailey, Braylen Ralls. A’s & B’s - Thomas Broach, Caylynn Burke, Illiana Diaz, Brodie Dickerson, Madison Frachiseur, Falesha Harris, Meera Henry, Madelyn Hoyle, Zenia Schmidt. Grade 6: All A’s - Lillian McIntyre. A’s & B’s - Chyanne Brown, Hunter Burke, Mia Dixon, Jessica Green, Kimberly Hackworth, Christian Hoyle, Harley Loyd, Keeton McCarver, Zachary McKee, Connor Mink, Mary “Gracie” Potter, Aiden Thomas, Nathan Watkins.


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1ST SEMESTER: Kindergarten: All A’s - Makenzie Arthur, Aspen Boldrey, Madyson Broach, Gracelee Burk, Samuel Davis, Jasmine Dunn, Keelie Haynes, Bailey Huff, Cambree Manning, Natalie Rushing, Nevaeh Scott, Ariana Shaver, Jace Shouse, Gracie Smith, Joslyn Watkins, Braxton Wilkinson, Saphina Zimmerman. A’s & B’s - Aaron Jewell, Easton Johnson, Tristan Pollard. Grade 1: All A’s - Temperance Bell, Lillian Bennett, Brody Creel, Tristan Dau, Autumn Dunn, Charleen Fortner, Jakub Henry, Dalton “Beaudy” Lile, Jacee McGhee, Jay Moss, Lydia Phillips, Jayden Scott, Trinity Standridge. A’s & B’s - Makayla Arthur, Koda Bailey, Laymon Beggs, Cheyenne Broach, Chelsea Creel, Cheyann Edwards, Ashley Hopkins, Madison Jewell, Karrie Parker, Abagayl Pollard, Connor Rogers, Shiloh Taylor. Grade 2: All A’s - Jayden Broach, Tayden Broach, Thomas Chesser, Flint Dickerson, Anthony Johnson, Joe King, III, Rylee Manning, Jade Watkins. A’s & B’s - Ayden Arthur, Natalie Bailey, Matthew Dau, Michael Howard, Jamey Johnson, Emmie Owens. Grade 3: All A’s - None. A’s & B’s - Jimmy Glenn, Colton Green, Zachary Gunn, Maleena Hopkins, Elijah Owens, Kaylee Thomas. Grade 4: All A’s - James “Hunter” Brett, Shawn Harris, Andrew “Elijah” Smith, A’s & B’s - Jennifer Arce, Dani Atchley, Michelle Broach, Laci Dixon, Riley Dunn, Chelsey Green, Bradley Harwood, Jayden Johnson, Kyler McKee, Mattie Ross, Bradley Wade. Grade 5: All A’s - Austin Bailey, Braylen Ralls. A’s & B’s - Thomas Broach, Caylynn Burke, Illiana Diaz, Brodie Dickerson, Madison Frachiseur, Falesha Harris, Meera Henry, Madelyn Hoyle, Breanna Parker, Zenia Schmidt. Grade 6: All A’s - Lillian McIntyre. A’s & B’s - Chyanne Brown, Hunter Burke, Mia Dixon, Jessica Green, Kimberly Hackworth, Christian Hoyle, Harley Loyd, Keeton McCarver, Zachary McKee, Connor Mink, Kylie Owens, Mary “Gracie” Potter, Nathan Watkins, Corbin Wilson.

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he First Annual Arkansas FFA Shooting Sports Contest was held at the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Shooting Sports Complex in Jacksonville on Friday, January 13, 2017. Cossatot River participated in the event and earned a

couple of trophies for their efforts. In the Southern District Team Competition, Cossatot River came in 2nd place, with Mount Ida Team 1 coming in first and Mount Ida Team 2 coming in 3rd. Female High Individual State Winners included Jessica Blackman (pictured third from right) of Cossatot River, who placed 3rd.



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Homecoming Queen

Caylee Stuart,

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Kimberly Gonzalez,

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Acorn High School Students Receive MOS Certificates T

he Microsoft Office Specialist Exam assesses a person’s ability and knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite. The Exam covers the programs Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, SharePoint, and OneNote. At Acorn High School the students only test on Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. This test gives the students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of these programs. The students take practice tests before taking the actual MOS test. When they have tried the test, they are given the opportunity to take the MOS exam. If the student scores at least a 700 on the test, then they are certified in that program. Once passed, the certification can be presented on résumés and possibly receive college credit. The students to the left passed the PowerPoint test for 2013. Back row: Ethan Sides, Gracie Hill, Lexi Powell, Cody Abbott, CJ Thacker, and Jack Young. Second Row: Shianne Johns, Nikole Denley, Makenna Goss, Brickie Sachs, Matthew Chaney, Mercedes Mowdy, and Haley Sandoval. Front row: Rebekah Frost and Chad Sutton. Matthew Chaney, pictured right, passed the Word test for 2013.

Vandervoort Elementary Perfect Attendance

SECOND 9 WEEKS Kindergarten: None; First Grade: Lilyann Bennett, Anastasia Broach, Karrie Parker, Lydia Phillips, Connor Rogers; Second Grade: Natalie Bailey, Jayden Broach, Timmathy Parker, Jade Watkins, Lynzie Wilkinson; Third Grade: Kaylee Thomas. Fourth Grade: Dani Atchley, Bradley Harwood; Fifth Grade: Austin Bailey, Darnay Pierce, Braylen Ralls; Sixth Grade: Chyanne Brown, Austin Caramez, Tyler Graham, Jessica Green, BreAnna Hutson, Aiden Thomas, Corbin Wilson. FIRST SEMESTER Kindergarten: None; First Grade: Karrie Parker; Second Grade: Jayden Broach, Jade Watkins; Third Grade: None; Fourth Grade: None; Fifth Grade: None; Sixth Grade: Chyanne Brown, Austin Caramez, Jessica Green.

UARM to Present Calculator Workshops The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain will present Calculator Workshops in February. The first will be held on Wednesday, February 8, from 3 – 5 p.m., with a repeat of the workshop of Friday, February 10, from 12 – 2 p.m. Both classes will be held in Room S245. There will be doorprizes and a chance to win a TI-83 calculator. To enroll or learn more, contact UARM at 479-394-7622.

ACORN SCHOOL’S BREAKFAST MONDAY 1/23 Variety cereal, strawberry parfait, sausage link, apricots, juice, milk TUESDAY 1/24 Variety cereal, pancakes w/ syrup, sausage link, peaches, juice, milk WEDNESDAY 1/25 Variety cereal, breakfast pizza, oranges, yogurt, juice, milk THURSDAY 1/26 Variety cereal, sausage & cheese biscuit, jelly, bananas, yogurt, juice, milk FRIDAY 1/27 Variety cereal, blueberry muffin, peaches, yogurt, juice, milk ACORN SCHOOL’S LUNCH MONDAY 1/23 K-6TH GRADE: Chicken spaghetti, frito chili pie, breadstick, green beans, apples, salad bar, juice, milk. 7TH – 12TH GRADE: Chicken spaghetti, frito chili pie, pizza, breadstick, green beans, apples, salad bar, juice, milk TUESDAY 1/24 K-6th grade: Hamburger, chicken sandwich, fries, blackeye peas, bananas, salad bar, graham crackers, juice, milk. 7th – 12th grade: Hamburger, chicken sandwich, pizza, fries, blackeye peas, bananas, Jell-o, salad bar, graham crackers, juice, milk WEDNESDAY 1/25 K-6th grade: Chicken quesadilla, chicken & cheese crispitos, string cheese, steamed carrots, mandarin oranges, graham crackers, salad bar, juice, milk. 7th – 12th grade: Chicken quesadilla, chicken & cheese crispitos, pizza, sting cheese, steamed carrots, mandarin oranges, graham crackers, salad bar, juice, milk THURSDAY 1/26 K-6th grade: Chicken parmesan, honey mustard chicken, wheat roll, corn, peaches, salad bar, juice, milk. 7th – 12th grade: Chicken parmesan, honey mustard chicken, pizza, wheat roll, corn, peaches, salad bar, juice, milk FRIDAY 1/27 K-6th grade: Chicken nuggets, cheese burger, wheat roll, fries, blackeye peas, mixed fruit, salad bar, juice, milk. 7th – 12th grade: Chicken nuggets, cheese burger, pizza, wheat roll, fries, blackeye peas, mixed fruit, salad bar, juice, milk

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MENA PUBLIC SCHOOL’S BREAKFAST MONDAY 1/23 Morning sausage roll, Cheerio’s, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, sting cheese, Scooby cinnamon grahams, pears, grape juice TUESDAY 1/24 Breakfast pizza, Cocoa Puff cereal bar, aminal crackers, Scooby Doo grahams, mixed fruit, fruit juice WEDNESDAY 1/25 French toast sticks, Cheerio’s Trix Cereal, string cheese, Scooby Doo grahams, applesauce, orange juice THURSDAY 1/26 Ham & potato strata, Cherry yogurt, elfin grahams, Scooby grahams, raisins, cheery star juice FRIDAY 1/27 Blueberry Muffins, Cheerio’s, Apple Jacks, string cheese, Scooby grahams, peaches, apple juice MENA PUBLIC SCHOOL’S LUNCH MONDAY 1/23 Elementary: Cheese quesadilla, chicken sandwich, roasted Brussel sprouts, tomato wedges, mixed fruit, fruit juice, milk. Middle School: Chili mac, spicy chicken sandwich, cheese & pepperoni pizza, cheese quesadilla, popcorn chicken or ham, pizza, salads. High School: Chili max, Cajun cheeseburger, chicken tenders, hamburger, tortilla line, pizza line, popcorn chicken, pizza, salads TUESDAY 1/24 Elementary: Chicken nuggets, breadstick, cheeseburger, french fries, peaches, apple juice. Middle School: Country chicken bowl, breadstick, chicken philly steak, cheese or pepperoni pizza, chicken fajitas, chicken Caesar or ham chef salad. High School: Country chicken bowl, chicken philly sub, chicken sandwich, cheeseburger, tortilla line, pizza line, chicken ceasar or chef salad. WEDNESDAY 1/25 Elementary: Korean meatball stew, cilantro rice, chicken tenders, hot roll, campfire beans, celery sticks, pears, grape juice. Middle School: Korean meatball stew, cilantro rice, chicken tenders, beef & bean burrito, hot ham & cheese, popcorn chicken or ham, pizza, salad. High School: Korean meatball stew, bacon grilled cheese, chicken tenders, hot dog, tortilla line, pizza line, popcorn chicken, pizza, salad. THURSDAY 1/26 Elementary: Chicken drumstick, hot roll, grilled cheese sandwich, zucchini squash, baby carrots, applesauce, orange juice. Middle School: Chicken drumstick, hot roll, bruschetta chicken sandwich, cheese or pepperoni pizza, chicken nachos, chicken ceasar or ham chef, salad. High School: Chicken drumstick, bruschetta chicken sandwich, corn dog, hamburger, tortilla line, pizza line, chicken ceasar or chef salad FRIDAY 1/27 Elementary: Cheese pizza, chili, zucchini squash, cucumbers, mandarin oranges, fruit juice. Middle School: Cheeseburger, chili, cinnamon roll, cheese or pepperoni pizza, fish taco, popcorn chicken or ham, pizza, salad. High School: Chili, chicken tenders, chicken sandwich, torilla line, pizza line, popcorn chicken, pizza, salad.


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Mena Schools Participates in Great Kindness Challenge M

ena Schools will be participating in the Great Kindness Challenge January 23-27. The Great Kindness Challenge is one school week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible. Students will be encouraged to do 50 kind acts, all that can be accomplished on campus. The students are encouraged to continue sharing their kindness at home, in their communities, and in our world. Louise Durham, Holly Harshman, Mena Middle School, and Mena High School will each be participating this year. The list of kindness ideas can be found on the Great Kindness Challenge App found in your app store or at online. This is a week devoted with the focus on kindness, with the hope of creating a culture of kindness everyday. Join TEAM Mena in this week of intentional acts of Kindness.

Louise Durham’s Super Students

The Mena Elks Lodge partnered with Holly Harshman Elementary last semester to recognize students of the month. At the end of the semester, each student receiving the accolade gathered together in the cafeteria for a 50-foot Banana Split Party, provided by Mena Elks. The well-deserving students enjoyed the extra large treat. The Mena Elks intend to provide another party at the end of second semester as well.

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January 18, 2017

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Cossatot Hosts Prescott for Homecoming


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BY EASTON LEONARD ossatot River hosted the Prescott Curly Wolves for homecoming on Friday, January 13th. The Jr. High Eagles started the evening off, taking on Prescott. The Curly Wolves took an early 7-2 lead, forcing Cossatot to call a timeout with 4:03 left in the quarter. Following the timeout, Prescott went on an 8-5 run, making the score 15-7 at the end of the first. Both teams scored eight points apiece in the second before Cossatot called a timeout with 3:21 left in the half, and the score 23-15 Prescott. The Curly Wolves continued to play great basketball after the timeout, ending the quarter on a 10-2 run, to make the score 33-17 at halftime in favor of Prescott. Prescott came out in the third quarter shooting the ball well, outscoring the Jr. Eagles 15-8, to make the score 48-25 going into the final quarter of play. There was very little offense in the fourth quarter, as Cossatot held the Curly Wolves to eight points and Prescott held the Eagles to only five. Prescott held on to defeat the Jr. Eagles by a score of 56-30. Cossatot’s Jr. High Lady Eagles took the court for the second game of the night. After Prescott took a 3-0 lead to begin the game, the Lady Eagles scored ten straight points to hold a seven point lead going into the second quarter, with the score 10-3. Not much changed in the second quarter, as Cossatot held onto their healthy lead, outscoring the Lady Curly Wolves 8-3, to make the score 18-6 at halftime. India Rooney led Prescott at halftime with 6 points, as Amy Williams led the Lady Eagles with 8 points. Jordan Bailey came out in the third quarter with a hot hand for the Lady Eagles, as she made three three-pointers to help Cossatot go on an early 7-0 run. After the Lady Curly Wolves called a timeout, Cossatot ended the quarter on an 8-2 run, to make BY EASTON LEONARD the score 33-8 going into the fourth quarter. In the final quarter of play, Prescott held the Lady Eagles to uesday, January 10th, Acorn Lady Tigers hosted the Kirby Lady Trojans. After a slow start, both teams eight points, as the Lady Curly Wolves scored only were able to end the first quarter with thirteen points apiece. In the second quarter, Kirby shot the ball two, to make the final score 41-10. pretty well, outscoring the Lady Tigers 15-11, as the Lady Trojans took a four point lead into halftime, with the In Cossatot’s thirty-one point defeat of the Lady score 28-24. Number twenty, Anderson, led Kirby with 8 points at halftime, while Faith Hill led the Lady Tigers January 201 Curly Wolves, Jordan Bailey led the Lady Eagles6,with with 7 points 12 points, as India Rooney led Prescott with 8 of their The Lady Tigers came out with hot hands in the third quarter, scoring twenty points of their own, as they held points. Kirby to only eleven points. Hill put up 10 points just in the third for Acorn, as Tori Barrett added on 8 for the The Cossatot Lady Eagles led off Friday Night’s Sr. Lady Tigers as well. In the fourth quarter, Acorn continued playing great basketball, outscoring the Lady Trojans High action as they took on the Prescott Lady Curly 16-8, to make the final score 60-47 in favor of Acorn. Wolves. The Lady Curly Wolves started off the first Number twenty-two, Smith, led Kirby in scoring with 14 points, as number 23 added on 11 points as well. quarter on an 8-2 before Cossatot called a timeout Faith Hill led the Lady Tigers with 24 points, while Tori Barrett added on 19 points, Morgan Fagan 5 points, with 4:28 left in the quarter, and ended the first on a Brooke Bates 4 points, Makayla Anderson and Braxlie Strother 3 points and Brittany Wilhite 2 points. 12-1 run of their own, to make the score 14-9 in favor The Jr. High Lady Tigers also defeated Kirby in a close one, with the score 31-28. of the Lady Eagles after the first quarter. Prescott started off the second on a 7-1 run, to take the lead 17-16, forcing Cossatot to call a timeout with 3:43 left in the half. Following the timeout, the Lady Eagles ended the first half on a 6-2 run, to re-take the lead 21-18 going into halftime. Prescott came out of the locker room ready to play in the third, tying the game at twenty-three before the Lady Eagles called a timeout with 3:22 left in the third. Coming out of the timeout, Cossatot ended the third quarter on an 8-0 run, to re-take the lead again with the score 31-23, going into the final quarter of play. The Lady Eagles held onto their hefty lead in the fourth, as the Lady Curly Wolves never reached within nine points. Cossatot went on to beat the Lady Curly Wolves 48-34, after outscoring them 17-11 in the final quarter of play. For the final game of Friday night’s basketball action, the Cossatot Sr. High Eagles took on the Prescott Curly Wolves. In the first quarter, there was very little offense, as both teams scored only 13 points combined. However, the Eagles ended taking


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he United States and Israel have a long-standing strategic alliance that, while tested throughout the years, has always been strong whether a Republican or Democrat is in the White House. Over the last eight years, that relationship has been strained to say the least. Throughout President Obama’s time in office, he acted counter to Israel’s best interest. In the end, he walked away and abandoned one of our most important allies in a time of need. During the height of the holiday season, the United Nations Security Council approved a resolution criticizing Israel for its construction of settlements in the West Bank. The settlements have long been the focal point of a contentious debate within the international community. The United States has long maintained that any viable solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict must be the result of direct, bilateral negotiations between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority, whose leadership has purposefully and continually obstructed efforts to reach peace. The U.N.’s attempt to unilaterally impose a one-sided “solution” undermines decades of work that has been put into the two-state solution. The U.N. Security Council’s resolution condemning Israel only pushes us further away from reaching a peace accord by emboldening the anti-Israel states within the organization. Given the U.N.’s long history of trying to delegitimize Israel, our relationship carries extra weight within the organization. Over thirty countries belonging to the U.N. do not even formally recognize the state of Israel, despite the fact that it has been a member state for over sixty years, so it should come as no surprise that these nations would seek to punish it. President Obama should have loudly objected to the U.N. resolution and used our veto power in the Security Council for these reasons. Instead, by choosing to abstain on the vote, he abandoned our friend and ally in a time of need. Congress is prepared to send the message that there should be no daylight between the United States and Israel. The U.S. House of Representatives already overwhelmingly passed a resolution that declares unwavering support for Israel and insists that the current and incoming administrations reject any future U.N. actions that are similarly “one-sided and anti-Israel.” I am cosponsoring a similar resolution in the Senate and am working with my colleagues to bring it up for a vote. The U.N. is a place where our voice matters. In this instance, our silence says all the wrong things. I am deeply disappointed in the vote condemning Israel, but I’m even more upset over President Obama’s failure to use the United States’ veto to stop this attack. Israel is our greatest and sole democratic ally in the region. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress and President-elect Trump to reinforce our commitment to Israel.

Gov. Hutchinson & Facebook Announce Arkansas & Facebook Techstart Partnership CONTRIBUTED BY GOVERNOR ASA HUTCHINSON


ITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson announced recently the details of an agreement with Facebook, Inc. to launch the company’s Techstart program in Arkansas high schools. The Arkansas & Facebook Techstart Partnership is a first-ofits-kind partnership with the social media giant. Under the agreement, Facebook will donate 500 Virtual Reality (VR) classroom kits, including computers, cameras and the Oculus Rift equipment necessary to administer the Techstart program. Techstart is a program developed by Facebook, Inc. that aims to give students access to high quality computer science and virtual reality education in order to generate interest in computer science careers and provide instruction for students. Techstart uses a combination of virtual reality instruction, curriculum support and professional development for educators, access to computer science events and connections to engineering mentors to provide a powerful tool for students. Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement: “Arkansas continues to lead the nation in computer science education and this partnership with Facebook’s Techstart program will make us even stronger in that regard. Facebook’s generous donation will both excite and empower Arkansas students to sharpen their computer science skills and to explore STEM careers. Students who utilize this incredible platform will be positioned to succeed in our increasingly technology driven economy.” According to the agreement, Facebook will donate 500 VR kits to the state that will be distributed to approximately 250 schools, educational co-ops and STEM education centers. These donations will primarily target high schools that contain a high percentage of low-income students. Under the agreement, distribution and facilitation of these resources would be administered through the Arkansas Department of Education Computer Science Division and the Arkansas Public Resource Center. Erin Egan, Facebook’s Vice President of U.S. Public Policy, issued the following statement: “Facebook aims to inspire the next generation to be involved in and excited about computer science. With 500,000 open computing jobs in this country and just 50,000 computer science graduates every year, the opportunity is clear. Given Governor Hutchinson’s commitment to computer science education and establishing coding opportunities to Arkansas classrooms, bringing Techstart to the Natural State just made sense. We are thrilled to launch this first-of-its-kind partnership and look forward to seeing all the exciting projects students here will build.” This Facebook Computer Science Education program will give students the opportunity to learn about careers in technology, connect with engineering professionals, participate in coding and other technology-minded workshops and gain exposure to virtual reality using the Facebook- provided Oculus VR kits.

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s with every legislative session, one of the greatest challenges we face will be to balance a budget that does not burden taxpayers while providing needed services. This year, we will consider tax exemptions for retired military living in our state and competing proposals for other tax reductions. Before we can begin any tax reform, we must have a clear picture of the current economic situation for the state. That is why the House Revenue and Taxation Committee this week began with a review of the Revenue Stabilization Act and the current budget forecast. Approximately 54% of our General Revenue comes from state income tax. Another 36% comes from state sales tax. The current growth rate for revenue is 1.5%. Six months into the fiscal year, there is now $38.2 million more in revenue than this time last year. The forecast shows we will fund the current year’s budget and will have a $5.4 billion budget to balance for the next fiscal year. All bills calling for tax cuts have been directed to the House Revenue and Taxation Committee. That committee is expected to begin running bills on Thursday of next week. In the Governor’s State of the State address, he asked for the legislature’s support not only for his tax proposals, but for increases in funding for foster children in the state and for mental health centers. He is also requesting the legislature to redirect portions of the tobacco settlement funds to help reduce the number of Arkansans on the waiting list for disability services. Chairs of standing committees and members of Select Committees were announced moments after members were sworn in on Monday. The House has posted a list of all committees including chairs and vice-chairs on the House website The House reconvenes on Tuesday at 1:30 pm. As a reminder, the House streams all committee meetings held in the Capitol and all House Chamber proceedings live. You can also find recorded proceedings in the Video Library on the website.

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Arkansas Legislators Look at Tax Cuts, Medical Marijuana and More CONTRIBUTED BY U.S. SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE


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ITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas legislature convened the 2017 regular session with tax cuts, Medicaid and medical marijuana are at the top of its agenda. Also, legislators will consider a package of bills that would change the state’s child welfare system and how neglected children are placed in foster care. Two types of tax cuts have been proposed. The governor wants to lower individual income taxes for lower income families. Wage earners whose income is less than $4,300 a year would pay no state income taxes at all. They currently pay a rate of 0.9 percent. Taxpayers with incomes between $4,300 and $8,399 would pay state income taxes of 2 percent, down from the current 2.4 percent. The next bracket would affect people earning less than $12,600 but more than $8,400. Their rate would go down from 3.4 percent to 3 percent. People making between $12,600 and $21,000 a year would pay state income tax at a rate of 3.4 percent, down from the current 4.4 percent. In all, the cut would save Arkansas taxpayers about $50.5 million a year when they take full effect. State tax officials estimate that the cuts would benefit 657,000 Arkansas taxpayers, about 44 percent of the 1.5 million people in the state who pay income taxes. About 120,000 people would be completely exempt from paying income taxes because they earn less than $4,300 a year. Middle class taxpayers would receive smaller reductions. Several lawmakers had pushed for a broader income tax cut that would benefit all taxpayers, not just those in the lower brackets. They rallied behind the governor’s plan when he proposed the creation of a tax force to work on a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s income tax system in the future. Another tax cut is being proposed for military veterans. It would exempt them from all state income taxes their retirement income and save veterans who live in Arkansas about $13 million a year. Current law exempts the first $6,000 of veterans’ retirement benefits. Last November Arkansas voters approved a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana. Setting up a system of growing and dispensing it will take time. The House Rules Committee endorsed HB 1026 to postpone by 60 days the series of deadlines in the amendment. The bill gives the Health Department and the newly created Medical Marijuana Commission more time to adopt regulations. The legislature will write a budget for the largest state agency, the Human Services Department, which will include funding of the Medicaid program. Medicaid pays for medical services for low-income families, people with disabilities and people in long term care facilities. Throughout the country, the growing costs of Medicaid have strained state budgets. Adopting a budget for Medicaid and DHS will have a ripple effect on the budgets of smaller agencies in state government. The legislature will consider a package of bills affecting another division within the Human Services Department, the child welfare and foster care system. At least seven bills have been introduced and more are expected. Also, lawmakers will consider proposals to create three detention centers that specialize in stabilizing inmates going through a mental health crisis. Along the same lines, legislators will consider proposals to enhance training of law officers to better equip them to handle people who get arrested while suffering from a mental health crisis.

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David Dutton - A Model of Consistency BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY •


arely can someone be found that has been working in the same job for ten years, much less forty. It takes a special and unique blend

of character traits to not only work somewhere with that longevity, but to do so with consistency. Determination, endurance, patience… these are each qualities of a man or woman that is to be highly admired. David Dutton, long time salesman at Washburn’s Home Furnishings embodies the character that every man hopes to have and they would hope their children to have. Seeing David at Washburn’s is just as expected as seeing furniture when someone walks through the doors to be served. His consistency is to be admired, a consistency that has led to 47 years of faithful service to Washburn’s and the people of Polk County. No, that is not a misprint, David has worked at Washburn’s for 47 years, four decades worth of shaping and changing the lives of people around him. Originally, he didn’t start in the furniture business, David was roofing for a living and was soon to be married. A few weeks before getting married, David and his wife, Maureen, needed furniture so they went down to Washburn’s to see what they could buy. While at the store, he was approached about a job. The store needed another delivery driver, but David was satisfied with roofing. “We were poor as snakes. Washburn’s was only offering $1.60/hr and I was already making $2.25, I just couldn’t leave for that,” recalls David. He went back to roofing and one day at work someone hollered at David on the roof while his boss worked next to him. It was one of the delivery drivers from Washburn’s, he yelled, “Mr. Washburn wants to know if you are still interested in the job?” David was shocked, he thought for sure that his boss would be upset. “He told me, I know you are getting married, we are about to come into a slow time. Go check on the job, you will always have one when you come back,” says David thankfully. Washburn’s would help David make up for that difference in pay, he worked 55-60 hours a week, 6 days a week. David started on a Saturday with a task that he still remembers clearly today. “They had an old, greasy electric range that I spent half a day cleaning on. I thought that if everyday was like this I may go back to roofing,” recalls David jokingly. At the time, there were two full time salesmen at the store before one of them left. Gene Rose, one of the salesmen, talked Mr. Washburn into letting David try out sales part-time. With a blink of an eye, and at the age of 21, David was a deliveryman and a salesman for Washburn’s. Although you wouldn’t know now, David was scared to be a salesman. “I didn’t have a clue about being a salesman, I had never done sales and I wasn’t sure how it would go,” recalls David like it was yesterday. It took David two to three years before he could build a good customer base. “I was just a kid, every time somebody came in they wanted to see Gene, or Mr. Washburn,” laughs David. The benefits of working in one place for a long time is ample, but one of the biggest blessings is that the people working around you become like family. Just as consistent as David has been at Washburn’s, the leadership has been steady through the years. It started with Omar Washburn and now the legacy of personal service is carried on by Gar and Debby. Mr. Washburn was a great businessman and an even better role model for David. “Mr. Washburn’s philosophy was that the last person the customers would see is the delivery person and so they were the most important part of the chain. What we did in their home, the way they were treated would determine if they came back,” explains David. This type of personal care is what has been exemplified in David’s long career at Washburn’s. Customers trust him, they know that David genuinely wants to serve them, and this attitude has earned him great respect. “I have never viewed myself as a salesman, I am an order taker. You tell me what you need, I will tell you what we have, and I will do my best to serve you,” states David. Throughout his time serving at Washburn’s, David has grown to love the people he works with and serves in the community. With a smile on his face, David recalls a funny memory with one of the other salesmen, Jeremiah. “He was just a kid when he started working here. Often I would go pick him up for work and had to wake him up and get him out of bed just to get him to work.” Now, twenty plus years later, David and Jeremiah are still enjoying their friendship. Many things have changed about the appliances and furniture at Washburn’s, but one things remains the same, the people are still as genuine as ever, especially David. Four decades the community has received the blessing to be served by David, a blessing that will be greatly missed as he retires at the end of this month. It seems odd that upon entering the store David won’t be able to be found, after all, many adults in the community can remember shopping in Washburn’s as a kid, and now they are taking their children. “I will miss this place. They can’t fully get rid of me, like a bad penny I will keep coming back,” jokes David. During retirement, David plans to spend as much time as possible with his kids and grandkids. He and Maureen have two daughters and one son so they have plenty to keep them busy. Not only will there be a void for customers, but for David as well. “I have done this for almost 50 years, I don’t have many hobbies, but my brother bought a new bass boat and has bugged me for two years to retire. I guess I will be out on the lake with him,” smiles David. Washburn’s will be celebrating David and his work at the store this Friday, January 20, and encourages everyone to stop by and tell David how much you appreciate him.


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Farm Credit - Enriching Rural Life BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY •


aul Harvey, the former radio personality, once wrote a speech honoring the hard working farmer in America. He said, “And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, ‘I need a caretaker’, God made a farmer.” Paul painted a picture of the hard working farmer and rural life that has been forever imprinted in the minds of everyone. Farm Credit of Western Arkansas shares these high views of farmers and those in the rural community that we live and work. Farm Credit of Western Arkansas appreciates the hard working farmers much like Paul Harvey and is working to support rural communities and agriculture through a variety of financial services. Rex Dollar is the vice-president of Farm Credit of Western Arkansas, which services Polk and Scott County. Rex and others with Farm Credit are working together with the hard working farmer and those in rural communities to enrich their lives. He grew up in neighboring Montgomery County, just down the road at Pine Ridge and graduated from Oden High School. “I grew up loving the rural life. I lived on a poultry and chicken farm and thought that is what I always wanted to do,” recalls Rex as he thinks back. Knowing that he wanted to be in the world of agriculture, upon graduation, Rex attended Southern Arkansas University (SAU) where he would get a bachelor’s in Ag. Business. Later on, Rex earned his Masters in Agriculture from the University of Arkansas. Rex and his wife Amy, a middle school teacher at Mena, have two kids, Addi and David, that they love raising in the rural setting. Rex and Donne Johnson, Financial Service Specialist work closely in the Mena branch, and Robin Saylor serves as the Financial Service Specialist in Waldron. Together, they are all working together to provide strong financial services to those working in the agriculture business and living in the rural community. Rex perfectly embodies the desires of Farm Credit, which is to make the rural life experience more enriching and enjoyable. He explains, “I love agriculture and the people involved, serving in the capacity I do allows for me to help them keep up what they are doing.” Farm Credit comes alongside local farmers and those living in rural communities to help finance farms, homes with acreage outside of city limits, rural land, timber tracts, and even recreational land. Farmers can get help with their loans, advice about keeping operating costs low, and even receive cash back through the Patronage Refund Program. “We exist to help farmers and those in agriculture thrive. We do this through a variety of different services, but we want to help them have success financially as they pursue their goals,” states Rex. Farm Credit embraces the local farmer, after all, it is a local business. Farm Credit prides itself in treating customers with respect and a personable manner. When farmers need somebody to talk to about their business, they can go to the office and talk to Donne or Rex and they will take time to personally help. With their vast experience in the industry, farmers can trust that the best advice will be given. Rex explains the structure of Farm Credit. “We are not a bank, but we can offer some unique services. Sometimes we may be able to provide credit and services to farmers that a bank may not be able to. Our local banks in the area are very knowledgeable and do a great job, but as a cooperative lender we have some neat opportunities such as one-time closing, fixed interest rates.” Often it is said that you will only get out what you put in. For farmers, this is good news because Farm Credit is a cooperative and it pays back a share of the profits, meaning, the members own the company! “From Little Rock west, is all Farm Credit of Western Arkansas and last year we paid back $7.5 million to farmers,” says Rex. Farmers have the peace of mind knowing they have a voice in the business. “The best noise to our ear is hearing our own name. Farm Credit has tried to make our service extremely personable and care for the people in the community,” states Rex proudly. Everyone at Farm Credit understands the struggle of thriving in the farming and agriculture industry and so they are making business personable and caring. Explaining this in his own words, Rex says, “I have been with our farmers when things aren’t going well. We have talked face to face and I have done everything to help them get through their tough times. Fortunately, we often have the opportunity to see them having success on the other side of things.” Farm Credit takes pride in being a voice for the farmer and those desiring to live the rural life. With many different services, Farm Credit wants to make the rural lifestyle possible, and the farming business easier and more accessible. “We want to do things the right way. We want to do the things we said we were going to do, when we said we were going to do it,” says Rex. For more information about the services Farm Credit offers, or the people they serve, contact Rex at 479-394-1027, or email at

January 6, 2016

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Thursday, 1/19 • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.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 Café. Call Lisa Martin 216-3383 or Charles Pitman 216-4882 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 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Wickes Pentecostal Church of God will host their Soup Kitchen. Jambalaya, rolls, dessert. Get a free meal and enjoy fellowship. • 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 meet at the Limetree Restaurant and will hold the annual election of board members. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. - We The People Tea Party will meet at the Polk County Library in the North Room. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s Meeting at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297.


* FUNDRAISER FOR THE FARRINGER FAMILY will be held on January 28th at 10 a.m. The Farringers recently lost their home due to fire. A grilled chicken dinner and auction will be held at Wickes Elementary.

• 6:00 p.m. – Acorn Water monthly meeting at the Water Office. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. • 6:30 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meeting at Saint Agnes Church Parish Hall. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:30 p.m. – Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 meets at the Mena Lodge located in the Old Post Office by Janssen Park. Friday, 1/20 • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Road tests are given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room unless the roads are wet. Written tests are given at 1:00 p.m. • 12:00 p.m. – PCDC Board of Directors meeting at MRHS Conference Room A. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Leon Page Band will be playing at the American Legion in Acorn. $6.00 admission. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. Saturday, 1/21 • 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Mena Senior Center Breakfast Fundraiser. Scrambled eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, biscuits and gravy, coffee or juice for $6 per plate. • 9:30 a.m. – Cossatot River State Park hosts Ouachita Walk on the River Corridor Trail. Meet at Cossatot Falls parking lot. • 2:00 p.m. – You-nique Snowflakes presented by Cossatot River State Park. Meet in the Legacy Room in the Visitor Center. • 3:30 p.m. – Cossatot River State Park presents Quick Frozen Critters. Meet at the Amphitheater by the Visitor Center. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 479-2430297 or 479-216-4606. Sunday, 1/22 • 9:00 a.m. – Cossatot River State Park presents Hike-ku. Meet at Cossatot Falls Parking Lot. • 2:00 p.m. – Feed the Critters at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center. • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous

at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 3:30 p.m. – Cossatot River State Park presents Bundle Up. Meet at the Amphitheater by the Visitor Center. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 6:30 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meeting at Saint Agnes Church Parish Hall. Monday, 1/23 • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – God’s Feeding Hands Mission Center will serve free Groceries & free Toiletry to the needy at 1200 Reeves Ave, Mena. • 11:15 a.m. – Cossatot Senior Center Caregiver meeting – Signs and Symptoms of Dementia. • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. - Clarice’s Room of Hope group gathering will be held at 403 North Morrow St., Suite C. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Mena Elks Lodge meeting. All Elks are invited to attend. • 7:00 p.m. – Home Front Warriors CMA Chapter 377 meeting at Limetree Restaurant. Tuesday, 1/24 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardener Community Men’s Breakfast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena St. Bring your current project and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Hatfield Branch library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. – T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union Bank Community Room for weighins, followed by a meeting. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for the families of addicts and alcoholics meets at the ABC Club.

• 7:00 p.m. – The Marine Corps League Detachment will meet at Lighthouse Fitness. • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Bluegrass music at Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room. • 7:30 p.m. – Mountain Meadow Masonic Lodge #218 will meet at the Hatfield Lodge. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479-234-2887 or 479234-3043. Wednesday, 1/25 • The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in Mena at noon. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Polk County Library Cove Branch is open. • 5:45 p.m. - The Mena First United Methodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – Warriors for Christ will meet at the Southside Church of God. • 6:00 p.m. – Regeneration Youth Ministries at Mena Church of God Hwy 88 East. • 6:15 p.m. Dallas Avenue Baptist Church hosts Discovery Kids – Kindergarten Thru 5th Grade; Collide Youth Ministry – 6th Thru 12th Grades; and Adult Bible Study. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at Grace Bible Church, 1911 Hwy 71 N. Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Inquiry classes into the Catholic Faith begins in the Parish Hall of St. Agnes Catholic Church at 203 8th St. No cost or obligation. Everyone is invited. Call 394-1017 or 394-5655 for more info.

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Cossatot vs.Prescott

Trojans Run Past Acorn

Irons Fork Squirrel Hunters Host NKC Hunt T

he Irons Fork Squirrel Hunters held an NKC squirrel hunt on Saturday, January 14th. The overall winner was Bengi Bass, hunting Brumbelow’s Sally. Sally also had a win toward Super Grand Champion. Jeff Black, hunting Bugs Buddy, won the non-titled dog class and placed 2nd overall. Tod Johnson, hunting Dixie, finished 3rd overall. There was a Youth Cast of 3 hunters consisting of Clay Davis, Connor Davis, and Cauy House. Clay Davis won the Youth Cast, keyfinished facts about Prostate Cancer: the Bench Show,5 and 4th 1. Affects 1 in Kate, every 6 men overall, with Ouachita River Deadlier than breast cancer giving her a win 2. toward Grand Detectable in early stages Champion. Cauy3.House finished 4. NOT an old man’s disease 2nd in the Youth 5.Cast, Does followed NOT go away if you avoid Bengi Bass was the overall winby Connor Davis.testing. Brendan Catlett We encourage you to get Gentlemen: ner, with his dog, Sally. a PSA blood finished 5th overall, with Santest. Creek Smoke. Clay Davis, on left, with Kate; Connor Davis, center, with Irons Fork Squirrel Hunters next hunt will be March 4th, in Ink, ArkanBushwhacker; and Cauy House, on right, with Jake. sas.



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he Acorn Tigers took on the Trojans of Kirby, Tuesday night, January 10, 2017, at Acorn High School. Defense was the key of the first quarter, as Kirby held the Tigers to ten points and Acorn held the Trojans to only 9. However, in the second quarter, both teams picked up their pace a little, as Kirby outscored Acorn 21-14. Making the score 24-30 in favor of the Trojans at halftime. Number two, Smith, led Kirby in scoring at halftime with 12 points, as Tyler Bates led the Tigers with 10 points. In the third quarter, Kirby continued to shoot the ball well, as number two, Smith, scored 10 of the Trojans 24 total points. The Tigers were held to only 10 points in the third, as Tyler Bates scored 8 of those himself. The Trojans didn’t let up in the fourth, as they outscored Acorn 18-4, to make the final score 72-38. Smith, number two, led Kirby in scoring with 24 points, as Jones, number 23, added on 15 points, Rudulph and Bailey 7 points, Stewart and Mount 5 points, Cimino 3 points, and Johnson, Garrett and O’Neal all with 2 points. Tyler Bates led the Tigers with 18 points, while Aaron Bissell added on 10 points, Zak Abbott and Logan Frost 4 points and Warren McPhearson 2 points.


a 7-6 lead into the second quarter of play. In the second, both teams were able to get more shots down, as Cossatot outscored the Curly Wolves 16-12, to take a 23-18 lead into halftime. Jordan Glass led Prescott with 7 points at the half, as Cody Baker led the Eagles with 9 points. In the third quarter, the Eagles made a few buckets to extend their lead to ten points, forcing Prescott to call a timeout with 4:32 left in the quarter and the score 30-20. Following the timeout, the Curly Wolves scored seven up against Cossatot’s five points, to take the Eagles’ lead down to eight going into the fourth quarter. Cossatot continued to keep a nice lead throughout the fourth, as the Curly Wolves called a timeout with 2:28 left, down by eight and the score 43-35. After the timeout, nothing went Prescott’s way, as the Eagles ended the quarter on a 12-9 run, defeating the Curly Wolves by a score of 55-44. Jameson, number five, Gulley, number twenty-three, and Jordan Glass all led the Prescott Curly Wolves with 9 points, as Rucker, number twenty-two, added on 6 points and number three, Giles and Braylon Wilson added on 5 points of their own. Cody Baker and Marco Ramirez led the Cossatot Eagles with 15 points, while Trevon Broach added on 11 points, Keelan Youngblood 9 points, and Juan Trinidad 5 points.



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Mena Regional Health System to Offer Couples CT Scans at Reduced Rate


he radiology department of Mena Regional Health System is once again offering their Coronary Calcium scan at a reduced rate for couples in the month of February. “It is always rewarding when we can use our current technology to impact our patients’ lives in a positive way,” said Jonathan Welsh, M.D., Diagnostic Radiology, MRHS. Heart attacks happen when there is a buildup of plaque in the arteries, which feed the heart. If the plaque gets thick enough, it can ‘clog’ the artery and prevent adequate blood flow to the heart muscle. Very often this plaque is calcified, and studies have shown that the amount of calcium present in plaque correlates with the risk of heart attack. This is where the technology comes in. The new CT scanner at MRHS acquires images very quickly… so quickly that technicians are able to take pictures of a beating heart. Any calcium in the coronary arteries shows up well and they can measure the amount to determine if you are at risk for a heart attack. As a radiologist, I personally review all the images and we make a report out to your doctor. We will also give you a copy of your results before you leave,” Dr. Welsh explained. “I really like this test for several reasons,” he added. “It is very quick, taking only about 10 minutes. It is non-invasive, so there are no needles, catheters, injections, or dye. And most importantly, this test can discover significant coronary artery disease while it is still ‘silent,’ before symptoms like chest pain ever show up. This test can literally save lives and we have seen that here. A good report can also help you rest easier knowing that you are in the ‘low risk’ group.” Dr. Welsh recommends the test to men over 40 and women over 45 who have one or more risk factors for coronary artery disease. Risk factors include family history of heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, overweight, and diabetes. If you are interested, call your doctor or the radiology department at Mena Regional Health System, 479-394-6100, to find out how you can schedule an appointment.

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BUSINESS & FINANCE Tips to Save and Spend Wisely in 2017 (StatePoint) Did you get carried away with the holiday spirit this past season? On the heels of hefty spending, the New Year is the best time to take stock of personal finance habits and make beneficial changes for the year ahead. Here are some useful tips and tricks to spend and save wisely in 2017. Think Long-Term Don’t neglect the future. It’s never too early to save for retirement. In fact, the sooner you start, the better off you will be. Invest through a company-sponsored plan if possible. If not, look into IRAs that can help you grow your wealth exponentially. Create Categorized Funds Consider the 52-week savings challenge. In the first week, save $1, followed by $2 the second week, all the way through week 52, when you put aside $52. Sticking to this plan results in $1,378 saved at the end of the year, as well as any interest you’ve earned. Creating a savings account for a specific purpose is a perennially sound savings strategy. Look for banks that are fee friendly, such as Ally Bank Member FDIC, ally. com, which allows you to open an Online Savings or Money Market account with no minimum and no monthly maintenance fee. You can deposit money easily through e-check deposit, direct deposit and you’ll earn interest compounded daily on your savings. In addition, putting this money in a separate account allows you to track your spending against the account balance. Use Shopping Apps It is incredibly easy to save money with a little online research. With a few minutes effort, you’ll find discount codes, alty programs or cashback websites that track your purchases and reward you for the extra step of navigating through their shopping portal instead of going straight to the big name retailers’ websites. Reap Rewards While no personal finance expert would advocate running up credit card bills one can’t afford, savvy consumers know how to take advantage of credit card reward programs for hotel points, airline miles or just straight cash in their pockets. “Use credit cards that reward you for the things you buy the most,” says Diane Morais, chief executive officer and president of Ally Bank, the direct banking subRetirement may be sidiary of Ally Financial Inc. far off, but the April 18 There are often offers for opening a new credit card with a minimum spend, deadline for IRA such as the Ally CashBack Credit Card, which provides a $100 bonus when you contributions isn’t. make $500 in eligible purchases during the first three billing cycles, and offers Ginger Sterner Financial Advisor two percent cash back at gas stations and grocery stores, and one percent cash To learn more about the back on all other purchases -- as well as 10 percent bonus on rewards that are 501c Hwy 71 North advantages of an Edward deposited into an eligible Ally Bank account. Mena, AR 71953 Jones IRA, call or visit today. 479-394-7940 If you don’t want to open a new account, check your current credit cards for promotions or cash back offers, which can add up quickly on everyday purchases. With a little homework, savvy consumers can make 2017 the year they spend Member SIPC MEMBER SIPC strategically and save more.

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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 8, 2017 Report was taken from a local woman who said that someone had been on her property yelling and swearing. No charges were filed. Debra Cannon, 59, of Mena was charged with theft of property after an incident at a local convenience store regarding a gas skip. January 9, 2017 Officers entered a report regarding a local woman having been accused of 19 counts of theft of property (shoplifting) from a local retail store. Cases have been forwarded to the prosecuting attorney for evaluation. January 10, 2017 Officers assisted the Dexter, Missouri Police Department in finding a woman listed as missing. She was located at a residence in Mena. A local woman reported that she had located drug paraphernalia in her home that she believes belonged to an acquaintance. The paraphernalia was seized. January 11, 2017 Jeremie E. Williamson, 41, of Mena was charged with DWI and driving left of center. The arrest followed a traffic stop. Donald M. Baugh, 56, of Mena was charged with DWI, refusal to submit, and having no proof of insurance. The arrest followed response to a traffic accident. A local man reported having witnessed three youths vandalizing a sign at a local utility facility. The individuals had left the scene. Case is pending. A Mena man reported that his former daughter-in-law was on his property and refused to leave. She was advised to leave the scene. January 12, 2017 No completed reports filed. January 13, 2017 Melissa Turpin, 42, of Mena was charged with theft of property (shoplifting) after a call to a local retail store. Owner of a local vehicle repair business reported that someone had broken

into several vehicles on his property and stolen several items. Case pending. Bridget D. Glasgow, 42, was arrested on a warrant for parole violation. Elizabeth Seaman, 47, of Cove was charged with theft of property (shoplifting) after officers were called to a local retail store. Brandon Lee Montgomery, 29, of Oden was charged with theft of property (shoplifting). The arrest followed a call to a local retail store.

Polk County Sheriff’s Department January 2, 2017 Report of a disturbance on Highway 278 near Wickes led to the arrest of Carolina G. Slocum, 37, of Wickes, on a Sevier County Warrant. Report of a suspicious vehicle on Polk 74 in the Ink community led to the arrest of Wade R. Stewart, 42, and Danielle R. Stewart, 25, both of Mena, each on a Charge of Violation of a Protection Order. Traffic stop on Highway 71 in Mena led to the arrest of Jessica Medina, 34, of Mena, on Warrants for two counts of Failure to Comply with a Court Order. January 3, 2017 Report from a Hatfield man of problems concerning child custody. Arrested was Matthew E. Cannon, 36, of Mena, on a Charge of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance. Report from complainant on Polk 70 near Acorn of vandalism to a sign. Investigation continues. Report from a Mena woman of inappropriate behavior involving a juvenile. Investigation continues. Arrested was Courtney R. Sullivan, 20, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. January 4, 2017 Arrested was Jeremiah T. Smith, 33, of Mena, on a Body Attachment Warrant. Report of a disturbance on Polk 44 near Mena. Deputy responded. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Arrested by an officer with the Drug Task Force was Darrell W. Sanders, 46, of Mena, on Charges of Possession of Meth or Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Shawnee C. Abney, 40, of Wickes, on a Charge of Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License. January 5, 2017

Report of a domestic disturbance on Highway 375 East near Mena. Deputies responded. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from complainant on Polk 23 near Cove of the fraudulent use of their credit card, totaling losses at $2,183.18. Investigation continues. Report of a domestic disturbance on Highway 246 West near Hatfield. Suspect fled the residence before deputies arrived. January 6, 2017 Traffic stop on Highway 71 South in Potter led to the arrest of Roger A. Burton, 28, of Hatfield, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Arrested was Kizzie E. Brown, 33, of Mena, on a Drug Court Sanction. January 7, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 646 near Mena of the theft of their identity. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Goodner

Lane near the Ink community of the theft of a sign, valued at $350.00. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 75 near Acorn of the theft of chainsaws, valued at $200.00. Investigation continues. Arrested was Justin Dees, 29, of Corpus Christi, TX, on a Warrant for Absconding. January 8, 2017 Arrested was Loyd D. Bolton, 46, of Mena, on a Probation Warrant. Report from complainant on Polk 414 near Hatfield of the theft of a backpack, valued at $58.00. Investigation continues. Report from Mena Regional Health System of an assault victim. The victim refused to press charges. Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked three accidents reports this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 29 Incarcerated Inmates, with 8 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

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Ad deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday. Payment is due with ad. Publishing and distributing 8,000 copies weekly. Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab is now accepting applications for Full-Time CNA for day shift and nigh shift. 12 Hour shift: 6am – 6pm, 6pm – 6am. Apply at Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab, 306 Hornbeck, Mena, AR. 1/25 Books ‘N’ Stuf 704 Mena Street. Mena Arkansas. Just arrived Foxfire Books, Zane Grey & Agatha Christie hardbacks, and art books. Come see. 2/1

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House Cleaning and more, Call Winnie Cotter at 2343418 1/25

Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab is now accepting applications for full-time RN, A.D.O.N. Must have minimum of 2 years supervisory experience and have excellent communication skills and possess the ability to develop working relationship with staff, doctors, other clinicians, therapists, and referral sources. Apply at Rich Mountain Nursing & Rehab, 306 Hornbeck, Mena, AR. 1/25

INVITATION TO RE-BID: The Polk County Housing Authority will receive sealed bids under HUD procedures for lawn and grounds maintenance services until 3:00p.m. Thursday, February 9, 2017. Bid packers are available upon request at the Housing Authority office at 509 South Morrow Street, Mena, AR; Monday through Friday 8:00a.m. until 4:00p.m. The Authority desires to enter into a contract for these services for a periods of two (2) years with the option to renew for two (2) additional one-year periods. This bid will be provide lawn and ground maintenance services at six sites within Polk County. Complete descriptions of services requested and requirements are included in the bid packet. The Polk County Housing Authority reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids and to waive informalities. Sealed bids must be received at the House Authority office no later than 3:00p.m. Thursday, February 9, 2017 CLEARLY LABELED – LAWN CARE RE-BID 2017. 1/25

Clean and comfortable housing since 1969, J. Ray & Maria’s MH Park and Rentals. Hwy 71 North, Mena, AR. 479-216-3085 TFN Dugan Lawn Care and Landscaping is offering both residential and commercial lawn care and landscape maintenance. Now taking customers fro 2017 in the Mena area, call 479-394-2699. Let us keep you place looking great! We are a fully insured and uniformed ground maintenance company. 1/25

Moving Sale: 1804 Oak View Rd. January 20-21 @ 7am 1/18 Dog grooming, Hand dry, nails trimmed, ears cleaned, brushing. Deanna Boyd 479-234-1866. I will come to you! Like Facebook. 1/18



Help Wanted: The Oaks at Mena is hiring for a Full-Time LPN. Please apply in person between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. TFN Notice is hereby given that DFA, DIVISION BUILDING AUTHORITY on behalf of ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES is soliciting lease proposals for potential office space in the City of Mena, Polk County, AR. Proposals for existing structures consisting of approximately 8,000 sq.ft., w/40 parking spaces will be considered. Interested parties should contact Charles Thomas, Division Building Authority, 501-682-4344 or charles. for an RFP package. The deadline for proposals is 2 p.m. C.S.T. on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017. 1/11 J&N Dozer- Trackhoe, Backhoe, Dump Truck, Ponds, Pads, Clearing, Roads, Hauling, Rich Top Soil, Fill Dirt, Shale, Gravel. Dozer operator Randy Egger, over 30 years’ experience. We appreciate your Business! Call 479-234-1357 TFN

January 6, 2016

For Rent: Two bedroom, one bath, duplex. Has stove and refrigerator, washer and dryer connection. Water bill paid. No inside smokers or HUD. Rent $400. Deposit $250. 394-4634. TFN



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2016Chevy Silverado 2017Chevy Silverado 2017Chevy Equinox 3500 HD

6.6 Duramax 4x4



MSRP $51,845 Gentry Discount -$4,377 Consumer Cash -$2,000 Select Model Tag -$1,000 $44,468 CM 4 Box Skirted Bed +$4,125 GM Accessories +$872

Gentry Price:


2017Chevy Cruze


MSRP $48,470 Gentry Discount -$4,076 Consumer Cash -$1,000 Bonus Cash - $500 Select Model Tag - $1,000 $41,894 GM Accessories +$1,533

2LT Z71 4x4

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Manager’s Special


Gentry Price: OR $0 Down & $237 A MTH 3.99% @ 87 MTH-TTL EXTRA - WAC


Gentry Price: OR $0 Down & $301 A MTH


3.99% @ 87 MTH-TTL EXTRA - WAC

2017 2017Chevy Silverado 1500

Chevy Suburban 1500 LT MSRP $67,555 Gentry Discount -$7,205 Consumer Cash -$1,000 Bonus Cash -$500 Select Model Tag -$1,000

MSRP $20,400 Gentry Discount -$901 Consumer Cash -$500 Select Model Tag -$1,000


MSRP $26,445 Gentry Discount -$1,480 Consumer Cash -$750 Bonus Cash -$500 Select Model Tag -$1,000

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S6813 Loaded w/ All You Want

Victory Red

22” Wheels


MSRP $45,705 Gentry Discount -$3,307 Consumer Cash -$1,000 Bonus Cash -$500 Select Model Tag - $1,000 $39,898 Lift & Tires +$1,222

P6858 Special OPS Package

Leveled & 33” Nitto

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2016Chevy Silverado 2016Chevy Silverado 2017Chevy Colorado 2500 HD


6.0 2500 HD 4x4

MSRP $55,355 Gentry Discount -$4,967 Consumer Cash -$2,000 Incremental Cash - $1,000 Select Model Tag - $1,000

Gentry Price:



3500 HD

P6718 6.6 Duramax 4x4

MSRP $50,270 Gentry Discount -$4,298 Consumer Cash -$2,000 Select Model Tag -$1,000 $42,972 CM 4 Box Skirted Bed +$4,125

entry hevrolet

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Colorado Diesel 4x4

MSRP $40,590 Gentry Discount -$2,125 Select Model Tag -$1,000

Gentry Price:

$37,465 $47,097 B6890

1027 Hwy 70 East De Queen, AR 1-800-649-9929

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January 18, 2017