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Stay Your DAILY News Sources: MyPulseNews.com & KENA 104.1 Connected! Open Pit Quartz Mining Proposed in the Ouachita National Forest By Jamie Hammack Mining is not a word heard much in these parts for quite some time, but if Barber Mining Company and the U.S. Forest Service have their way, quartz mining in the Ouachita National Forest will take place on a 21 acre tract north of Mount Ida. Some may ask “Why is this important?” To a group called Friends of the Ouachita Trail (FoOT for short) it is very important. And it should be for you and I as well. The Ouachita National Recreation Trail runs for 223 miles, beginning at Talimena State Park in Oklahoma, passing through Queen Wilhelmina State Park and ending at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, near Little Rock. What, there’s a hiking trail nearby you say? Yes. The Ouachita Trail is the premier hiking trail in this part of the United States. Many people use the Ouachita Trail as a warm up to hiking the much longer Appalachian

Trail, which runs from Georgia to Maine. Look it up on YouTube. Videos posted by hikers of their adventures on the Ouachita Trail are many and give us a glimpse of the beauty that a walk through the woods can offer. The Friends of the Ouachita Trail are volunteers who maintain the trail by clearing brush, building shelters, providing assistance through maps on their website and listing water sources so that hikers can have a safe journey. What has them upset is the proposed quartz mine is slated to be in the Ouachita National Forest and at a point will sit right along the Ouachita Trail. The mine isn’t the usual type of mine we envision, the below ground mine with miners in hard hats with carbide lights. This is a proposed open pit mine that would require removal of all vegetation. Meaning trees, bushes, shrubs and anything else above

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Former Mena resident receives award from FBI Director for 2017 investigation Operation Shank and Bake In 2017 the FBI North West Arkansas Safe Streets Task force began monitoring a drug trafficking organization in the Western District of Arkansas. During the investigation it was found that large amounts of meth, cocaine, heroin and marijuana were being trafficked into Benton and Washington counties in NW Arkansas. The task force was able to determine that the narcotics were being brought from Los Angeles, California, Dallas Texas and Jackson Mississippi. The Safe Streets Task Force conducted control narcotics purchases and surveillance on the Nicholson Drug Trafficking Organization. In January of 2018 the FBI conducted simultaneous search and arrests warrants in Los Angeles, Dallas, Jackson, Fayetteville and Springdale Arkansas. At the conclusion of the investigation, it was determined that the Nicholson Drug Trafficking Organization was importing hundreds of pounds of meth into NW Arkansas each year. 13 arrests were made and all have been convicted in Federal Court. On December 11,

2018, Director Christopher Wray, presented an award to Benton County Detective and

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Hikers enjoying the Ouachita Trail last weekend during the wintery weather. Photo permission provided by FoOT

UARM names coach for new soccer program Submitted photo: FBI Director Christopher Wray presented award to Benton County Detective and FBI Safe Streets TAsk Force Officer James Chamberlin.

UA Rich Mountain has a new Soccer program and now the university has its first coach with the hiring of Brian Byrd. Coach Byrd comes to UARM by way of Coastal Bend College in Beeville, Texas. Before Byrd’s arrival at Coastal Bend they had won only one game in 14 years. In his 5 years at Coastal Bend Byrd led them to the regional

semis or finals every year. Quite impressive is that he also led them to victories over several nationally ranked Soccer programs. UARM Athletic Director, Morris Boydstun says that UARM has landed “The best candidate we had” and that

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Dear Editor, Ken and I had to take some dead branches out to a place on 375. He put them in a BIG cardboard box. As we got going out 8 West he said, “Oh no the box fell out” I looked and sure enough there was the big box full of branches laying in the middle of the road. I said we must go back. He was already turning around. There weren’t any cars coming in either direction. Ken pulled up to the box and backed right up to it. We were in the wrong land but we didn’t think it would take very long to get it. As I started to get out of the truck, a truck came over the hill headed for us. I stuck my hand out the window and waved at them. I got all the way out of our track and there were 3 cars in the other lane stopped. I tried to get them to go around us but instead both of the first trucks drivers in each direction got out and came to help us. One watched the other cars and told them to wait. The other man helped Ken pick up that big box. It took them about 2 minutes. We were in shock. We did not know these people and they stopped to help us. I think that is one of the reasons Mena is such a good place to live. Those two men were darn nice.

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Thank you so much. Ken and Diane Mathis Dear Editor, I heard that Arkansas would give a substantial price break for car license plates to military veterans. On my next renewal, I gathered up my military papers and headed to the Tax Office. The nice lady did all the paper work, handed me my new plate and announced that I owed her $4.90. As I was reaching for my billfold, a nice man sitting in the first

row, who had heard the whole transaction, jumped up and paid my bill. I admit that I was walking with a pronounced limp due to my bad back. But, this really made my day. Bill Spohn The Polk County Pulse reserves all rights to reject submissions. Anonymous letters are not permitted. All letters to the editor must be signed, include author’s town of residence, and be free of the threat of libel. Letters must be 300 words or less. We prefer they stay in the bounds of sensibility and good taste. We reserve the right to authenticate letters before publishing.

Cotton, Boozman, and Blunt Introduce the Estate Tax Rate Reduction Act Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) along with Senators John Boozman (R-Arkansas), and Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) today introduced the Estate Tax Rate Reduction Act, which would reduce the estate tax to 20 percent, the same as the current capital gains tax rate. “Families shouldn’t have to sell major portions of their businesses or farms after the death of a parent just to afford the 40% estate tax. Breaking apart a family’s livelihood is neither fair or good for the economy, especially since families are often forced to sell to large corporations. My legislation would cut that rate in half, bringing the rate in line with the current capital gains rate and making it much easier to preserve a family’s legacy and way of life,” said Cotton. “Punishing years of hard work

and investment, as the estate tax does, has never been fair or reasonable to family farmers and small business owners in Arkansas who rightly view it as a real threat to passing their businesses and assets on to the next generation,” Boozman said. “Reducing the rate of the estate tax is another step in the right direction and builds on previous efforts to reduce this burden for families.” “The current estate tax is often a crushing blow to family businesses and farmers who are trying to plan for the future,” said Blunt. “This legislation will bring relief to family farms and businesses as they transition from one generation to the next.”

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Reflections From Faith and History A Nation of Laws or of Men? -by Jeff Olson The cornerstone of individual rights in the American founding was two-fold. First - by virtue of his origin in the image of God, man holds a special place among the Created Order, as a free moral agent with the capacity for faith, reason, and redemption; Second – our nation’s Founders understood that human rights are pre-political, endowed to us by our Creator (as articulated in our Declaration of Independence). Therefore government, as one of God’s ordained institutions, is necessary to protect and preserve those rights. Inherent in this is the assurance that God, not government (or man), is the author and final arbiter of truth and justice, and it is His law, Natural Law, that is the constant and unchanging source from

which government receives its moral clarity and legitimacy. Without Natural Law, either in its application within human laws or within the ethical perceptions or norms governing people’s lives, no law is superior to that of the state. While Natural Law and human law are not one in the same, it is necessary that the latter appeal to the former for its inspiration and sustenance so that a secure and lasting moral and political order can be achieved. This I believe is what has given America’s civil rights movement its strongest validation and most salient quality, and what I have to think ultimately motivated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his quest for racial equality. In his “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Dr. King

expressed his belief that there are two kinds of laws: just laws and unjust laws. A person has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws, but conversely one has a moral responsibility to challenge unjust laws and work to get them changed. Upon what basis is a law just or unjust? King stated that “A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God and an unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.” In quoting St. Augustine, King wrote “An unjust law is no law at all,” and in quoting St. Thomas Aquinas, “An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.” Without a transcendent standard, justice is arbitrary. King understood and confronted some of the great questions of his time, our time, and for all time in America: Is law rooted in truth? Does law originate from an eternal and enduring moral authority? Is law transcendent, immutable, and

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morally binding? Or, is law merely a subjective and expedient means of political gain and social engineering to be selectively obeyed and enforced in serving the self-interest and agendas of those in power at the expense of those whom they are elected to serve? Is America a nation of laws or a nation of men? The answers we choose will determine the future of ordered liberty in America. January 15th would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 90th birthday, thus it is fitting that we recognize what may be his greatest legacy: to have brought these issues and their questions and answers to the forefront of the public square and political forum; that they may always serve to remind us of America’s foundational premise of truth and justice rooted in the law of God, and that it is His design that we live in harmony with the moral law as God established it and as He brought it to fulfillment through Jesus Christ.

Polk County Circuit Court Arraignments The office of Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner submitted three arraignments from the Polk County Circuit Court Criminal Division. Cheyenne Smith, age 24, was charged with possession of methamphetamine with the purpose to deliver. A class “B” felony. And a second count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a class “D” felony.

Eric D Revels, age 34, was charged with theft by receiving of property of more than $5,000 dollars and less than $25,000 dollars in value. A class “C” felony. Jerrin Heath Vaught, age 22, was charged with two counts of battery in the second degree. It is alleged that the defendant did recklessly cause physical injury to two other people while in operation of a motor vehicle,

while intoxicated or having an alcohol concentration of eight hundredths or more constituting a class “D” felony. These are the arraignments submitted to us from the Polk County Circuit Court. All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The Polk County Pulse will print a retraction for charges dropped. Proper paperwork must be submitted to our offices do so.

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Police Reports... 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 Report January 13 & 14, 2019 Report was made of a local man violating an order of protection. Case is pending further investigation January 15, 2019 Brittni McWilliams, 20, of Mena was charged with possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Report was made of damage to two mailboxes in a local neighborhood. The responsible party came forward and made restitution. No charges were filed. January 16, 2019 A Mena woman reported that she is being harassed by a former boyfriend. Case is pending interview of suspect and further investigation. A complaint was made concerning custody of a juvenile. Parties were advised that custody is a civil matter, and that they needed to contact their attorneys. Report was made of items being stolen from a local residence. Case is pending receipt from complainant of further information.

Corps of Engineers Summer Job Openings The Little Rock District, Corps of Engineers is accepting price quotations for 2019 summer gate and park attendant positions. There is one solicitation for all positions within the Little Rock District. More than 35 positions are available throughout the district. Gate and park attendants play a vital role in keeping Corps parks in top shape. Park attendants are responsible for cleaning the parks and surrounding areas. Gate attendants, who greet visitors, are among the Corps’ more visible contractors. The gate attendants, who reside within the park, are primarily responsible for collecting fees, providing information to park visitors, and assisting Corps staff. For more information about park attendant solicitations contact, Contract Specialist Ashanti Brown at 501-340-1257.

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January 17, 2019 Adam Matthew Green, 26 of Mena was arrested on four outstanding warrants from the Mena Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff’s office. January 18, 2019 Employees at a local convenience store reported a gas-skip. Case is pending further investigation and identity of suspect. Report was made of a local man being bitten by a dog. Case was referred to the animal control officer. January 19, 2019 Kenneth Wayne Carey, 39, and Brandi Deann Gilmore, 33, both of Gillham, were charged with theft of property (shoplifting) after officers responded to a call at a local retail store. Report was made of the theft of a bicycle from a local residence. Case is pending. Matthew Paul Owen, 22, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding body attachment warrant from the Polk County Sheriff.

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Wickes Elementary Star Students for December

Submitted photo: Front Row (L-R) Carson Price and Emilce Moreno. 2nd Row (L-R) TyLynn Robb, Tyrel Hennings, Jackson McGough, Jaynee Castro, and Cay Flores. Back Row (L-R) Serenity Fraser, Melanie Hernandez, Joseph Dosch, Thomas Goethals, Jose Ruiz, and Kailee Hill. Not pictured: Cooper Hayes and Darvin Rojas.

Acorn High School Honor Roll 2018-2019 1st Semester Honor Roll All A’s 7th Grade: Kenzie Daniels, Daisy Dollar, Holiday Neufeld, Kensey Rosson, Ava Smith-Hawley, Sophie Strasner, and Sarah Tedder 8th Grade: Brookelyn Goss, Kaelin Harding, Rachael Miller, Lori Richardson, and Rachael Weddle 9th Grade: Kiersten Larucci, Jacob Lyle, Justice Neufeld, and Raeghan Weddle 10th Grade: Corryn Holland and Halli Holland 11th Grade: Makenna Goss and Brady Lyle 12th Grade: Tessa Kesterson and Mekinzie

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1st Semester Honor Roll A’s & B’s 7th Grade: Kora Carter, Payton Davis, Noah Holland, Audrey Holliday, Rileigh Husted, Rayden Laird, Harlei McCourtney, Nicholas McCourtney, Lucas Parnell, Kayleigh Pool, Sarah Sullivan, and Annabella Tedder 8th Grade: Cora Bell, Charish Hill, Michael Laing, Olivia Maechler, Reed McGee, Rachael Miller, Addyson Prewett, Jamie Richardson, Dakota Sullivan, Emily Whorton, Jayden Willborg, and Addison Wood 9th Grade: Damian Bohlman, Mason Cunningham, Huy Huynh, Kyla Kimp,

J.T. Miller, Abby Nance, Joshua Tilley, and Riley Weddle 10th Grade: Hunter Davasher, Emmy Goss, Jaden Miller, Jayden Quebedeaux, Trysten Richey, Harlee Rodgers, Autumn Strother, Theethach Sutthiwarotamakul, and Sarah Wallace 11th Grade: Kacey Head, Sophie Jackson, Fiona Ogunmuyiwa, and Alexius Powell 12th Grade: Makayla Anderson, Kendra Branson, Sydney Crawford, Christian Marschall, Haley Richardson, Noah Sharp, Noah Stout, Braxlie Strother, Jacob Ward, Kaitlin Warren, Jeb Willborg, and Chassie Wornick

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Taylor McNeel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John McNeel of Vilonia, Arkansas , and Justin Wiseman, son of Clarence Wiseman of Mena, Arkansas, were married on January 5, 2019. The ceremony was held at Legacy Acres in Conway, Arkansas, with Rev. John Doyle officiating at the ceremony. Given in marriage by her father, the bride was attended by Caleigh Moyer as maid of honor along with her friend Caroline Lester as matron of honor. The best man was Cameron Imler and Stephen Riemer served as groomsman. Mathew McNeel, brother of the bride, and Taylor Wiseman, brother of the groom, served as ushers. The couple both earned their bachelor’s degree from Southern Arkansas University. The bride is pursuing a Masters of Science in Agriculture Economics at the University of Arkansas. The newlyweds will reside in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Polk County Births Mena Regional Health System January 11, 2019 - January 18, 2019

3 Robyn Ashworth and Joshua Owens, of Hatfield, Arkansas, are the proud parents of a baby girl born January 15th.

3 Elissa and Uriel Rios, of Gillham, Arkansas, are the proud parents of a baby girl born on January 15th.

3 Krystal and Monte Hostetler, of Mena, Arkansas, are the proud parents of a baby boy born on January 15th.

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Weekly Publication BRUCE FRED FRATUS SR. Bruce Fred Fratus Sr., age 89, of Salem, Missouri, passed away December 12, 2018. He was a former Mena resident for many years. A private, family service will be held at a later date. Bruce was a World War II veteran and served in Japan. He was awarded the Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal. He later retired from law enforcement after serving 41 years in the Lake County area of Illinois. Bruce was a member of the Gurnee-Waukegan American Legion and the Little Fort Gun Club where he served as treasurer. Bruce Fratus Sr. was preceded in death by son, William and his wife Katherine. He is survived by his children: Bruce Fratus Jr. and wife Lea of Sallisaw, Oklahoma; Francis Fratus and wife Veronica of Paradise, Texas; Vincent Fratus of Waukegan, Illinois; seven grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren; special friend and companion Gladys Randall of Salem, Missouri; as well as a host of friends.

DELLA M. DAVIS Della M. Davis, age 95, of Mena, Arkansas passed away peacefully on Friday, January 18, 2019, in Mena Regional Health System. She was born February 5, 1923 in Foose, Missouri to the late Zenith Patten and the late Susie Isabell Perdue Patten. The Pattens moved to Mena in 1928 and Della attended school at the Ransom School. She then lived out the rest of her life in Mena. She was a nurse at Polk County Memorial Hospital for many years. She was also employed at Renova Shirt Factory as a supervisor for several years. Her favorite pastime was vegetable and flower gardening. She also enjoyed writing poems, cross stitch, needle point work, quilting and canning. Her number one priority in life was caring for her family and putting others’ welfare in the forefront. She is survived by one daughter Joan Oats Purifoy and husband Marshall, two sons Donald Joe Davis, Jim “Jimbo” Davis and wife Linda, granddaughter Kalyse Greener and husband Steve, step-granddaughter Gemma Humphrey and husband Mike, grandson Patrick Purifoy and wife Kim, great granddaughter, Keeley Purifoy, step-grandson Ethan Nathe, step great-granddaughter Hadley Titsworth, great-grandsons Pierce Purifoy and Braden Donaldson, step great-grandson Gavin Humphrey, nephews Ernal Cunningham, Jeff Cunningham, Vester Parks, great-nephew

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Chris Head, great-nieces Melissa Tedford and Kelly Mos. Adopted family members were Dave Mitchell and Shelton Bohlman. Elizabeth “Pete” Hensley was a lifetime friend to Della and the family. She had a host of other friends including Lydia and other special nurses at Peachtree Assisted Living. Funeral service will be Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Chapel with Brother Ronnie Wagner officiating. Interment will follow in the White Oak Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Pallbearers are Gary Ryan, Jeff Cunningham, Dewayne Lewis, Bobby Copelin, Patrick Purifoy, Braden Donaldson and Terry Plunkett. Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

DOROTHY M COLLIER Dorothy M. Collier, age 79, of Mena, Arkansas died Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Mena Manor. She was born on Saturday, July 22, 1939 to John Cliner and Gladys Fletcher Prueitte in Lemoore, California. Dorothy was of the Baptist faith and was guided in life by her friends and family. She worked as the cook at Country Express for twenty-four years where she was greatly appreciated for knowing how to have a good time. Dorothy loved raising her children and loved them immensely. She enjoyed all kinds of arts and crafts and had quite a knack for them. Dorothy was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack Collier Sr; her son, Michael Bain; two brothers, Roy Prueitte and David Prueitte; and two sisters, Mabel Dias and Bess Digario. Dorothy is survived by four sons, Jack Collier Jr of California, Karl Collier of Mena, David Bain of Escondido, California, and Billy Bain of Oakhurst, California; one daughter, Michelle Overturf of Bass Lake, California; one brother, Junior Prueitte; one sister, JoAnn Hoover of Visalia, California; her nephew, Scott Horner; ten grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. A graveside service will be held at the Grannis Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, 2019. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. Pallbearers are Twila Boyt, Shannon Andrews, Danna Rowe, Anne Gonzalez, Lanette Emry, Tuny Hunt. Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

TESSIE FAYE MCCONNELL Tessie Faye McConnell age 76 of Wagoner, Oklahoma passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019 in Waldron, Arkansas. Tessie was born December 7, 1942 in Muldrow, Oklahoma to the late Homer Welch and the late Pearline Johnson Ortner. She worked as a CNA for many years. Tessie enjoyed reading novels of all kinds and doing word puzzles. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed preparing meals for family and friends. Tessie thoroughly adored her dogs. Most of all she loved her family and friends. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to all. Tessie will be dearly missed. She is survived by sons: Danny McConnell and wife Mona of Mena, Arkansas, Charley McConnell and wife Cathy of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren: Brandon McConnell, Connor McConnell, Aaron McConnell and Abigail McConnell; brothers: Jim Welch, C.B. Welch, Wayne Welch, Chuck Ortner all of Oklahoma; and sister, Charolette Ortner of Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Lonnie Welch, and a sister, Lucy Preston. Graveside service will be Friday, January 25, 2019, 1:00 p.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Park with Brother Jerry Musgrove officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Online obituary:beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

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She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Edward Henry and Virgil Henry. Mrs. Copelin was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

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SHERRY DEANNE COPELIN Sherry Deanne Copelin age 55 Of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday, January 14, 2019 in Mena. She was born on December 18, 1963 in Coos Bay, Oregon to the late James Edward Henry and the late Nelda Harvey. She was lovingly married for 24 1/2 years to Wesley Copelin. Sherry worked as secretary/bookkeeper as a profession. She loved being outdoors fishing, camping, basically anything to do with being outdoors with family and friends. Sherry loved and adored spending time with her family and was a loving wife and mother. She will be missed by all. Sherry was a devoted wife, mother, sister, and friend to all who knew her. She is survived by her husband Wesley Copelin. Sons Wesley J. Copelin, II and wife Hailey; Jonathan D. Copelin; Nathan W. Copelin. Brothers John Henry; Jack Henry and wife Betty. Sisters Bonnie Leach; Patricia Heard and husband James Heard; Nita DePriest and husband Dennis. Sister-in-law Fran Henry. Numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

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The UA Rich Mountain Board of Visitors held its first meeting of 2019 on Wednesday in the Board Room on the Mena Campus. As the first order of business, Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson welcomed newest board member, Michael Wood. Wilson told members that Wood had been incredibly supportive of all of the College’s efforts since the announcement of its athletic program, “We are very grateful to have him.” Wood is a Physical Therapist at Mena Regional Health System. After reviewing the financial reports with the Board, Vice Chancellor of Administration and Athletic Director Morris Boydstun provided an update on the developing athletics program, including welcoming new Head Soccer Coach Brian Byrd. Boydstun also shared that he and Dr. Wilson had recently attended a meeting of the Division 2 NJCAA, comprised of Oklahoma and Arkansas colleges. Boydstun noted that the UA Rich Mountain was one of very few Arkansas colleges represented, “It was observed that Arkansas

attendance was light but Dr. Wilson and I believe that building these relationships within the NJCAA, staying connected and well informed is essential to us building a successful athletics program.” The inaugural ladies Bucks cross country team is eligible to be recognized as an Academic All American Team and all qualified as individual Academic All American athletes as well. Before introducing Coach Byrd to the Board, Boydstun noted that grade has been shot at the proposed soccer field site at Tapley Park to begin field work. The first season of Fall 2019 will be played at Bearcat stadium per an agreement negotiated with Mena Public Schools. Byrd shared about his previous coaching experience and what led him to Mena after learning about the new soccer program. He explained that he had already signed three international players, which

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-Soccer, from pg. 1 that he was surprised that a coach with trips to multiple divisional and state playoffs championships plus four Championship Cups was interested in the position. Being a new program, Coach Byrd knows he is behind in the recruiting process and says he has already contacted FC Dallas to inquire about potential recruits. The recruiter for the Major League Soccer club is putting together a list of athletes who would be a good fit for UARM. Byrd has also reached out to the director of Sporting Kansas City to seek out the best athletes who have not committed to a club as yet. Though he may be behind, he is not letting that slow him down. AD Boydstun says

that Byrds contacts within Soccer are vast and that he has already made over 120 contacts. Byrd says he committed to becoming involved in the local community, stating in the UARM press release, “ I want to help build the soccer community from the grass roots level up. I’ll be working with the youth every opportunity I’m given. I will even offer a Soccer 101 class for the entire community.” Coach Byrd has designated February 17th as a day for local tryouts. He would like everyone to keep track of “Bucks Athletics” on social media for more information. Information taken from UARM press release.

The Mena Bearcats and LadyCats swept the Hope senior teams Friday night at the Union Bank Center in action heard live on KQOR 105.3. The LadyCats led throughout the contest for a convincing 60-43 victory. Although the Bearcats started out slowly, the Mena boys roared back in the second half to defeat Hope 56-46. Tateli Thacker and Paige Evans each scored eight points in the opening quarter as Mena jumped out to a 19-12 lead. Thacker and Evans were working the high post-low post game perfectly, while the LadyCats played a stifling 2-3 zone on the defensive end. Although Thacker and Evans both picked up their second personal fouls and had to sit out much of the second quarter, the LadyCats still extended the halftime lead to 34-20. According to “The Voice of the Bearcats” Phillip Wilson, the LadyCats did a nice job of rebounding and limiting Hope to just one shot on the defensive end. The LadyCats led by as many as 20 in the second half on their way to the 60-43 win to improve to 5-2 in the 4A-Region 7 conference and 10-8 overall. Thacker led Mena with 18 points and Evans added 14.

The Bearcats came out ice cold in the boys contest, and didn’t score in the first six minutes of the game. To compound matters, Mena big man 6’4” Brock Strother picked up two early fouls and had to go to the bench. Strother’s absence allowed the Hope big men to go to work down low. Finally, Connor Harvey and Zeb Wilson hit three point shots to get Mena going late in the first quarter. Hope led 10-6 after the opening quarter. Hope took a 26-20 lead into the locker room at half. However, the second half was an entirely different story as Connor Harvey started dialing in from long distance with three point jumpers. The 6’2” Harvey, who is being recruited by Ouachita Baptist and other colleges, knocked down 9 three-pointers on the night and finished with 31 points to spark the Mena rally. The Bearcats took the lead for the first time in the final seconds of the third quarter on a three-point shot to make it 38-36 going into the final quarter. Mena outscored Hope 20-8 in the fourth quarter to win by ten at 56-46. Harvey was

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Cossatot River Lady Eagles Continue to Soar in 7-2A conference Coach Tyler Timms has his Cossatot River Lady Eagles playing outstanding basketball and peaking at the right time with post-season action coming up in February. On Friday night, the Lady Eagles traveled to Mount Ida and defeated the Lady Lions 58-43 in action heard like on KENA 104.1. With the victory, the Lady Eagles improved to 9-1 in conference play and

16-9 overall. The Cossatot River senior boys dropped a 48-36 decision in Mount Ida on Friday night. The Eagles are 5-5 in league play and 8-14 overall. On Tuesday night January 15th, Cossatot River traveled to Foreman and split a pair of senior contests. The Lady Eagles rolled to a convincing 58-29 win over Foreman’s senior girls, while the Eagles lost a heart-breaker to the Gators 58-56.

Acorn splits with Dierks and Horatio The Acorn senior teams split contests on the road at Dierks on Friday night. The Lady Tigers posted a 62-42 victory over the Lady Outlaws, while the Tigers dropped a 70-38 decision to the highly regarded Dierks senior boys. With the 62-42 win, the Acorn senior girls improved to 8-2 in conference play, and 14-10 overall on the season.

With the 70-38 setback at Dierks, the Tigers fell to 5-5 in the league and 8-16 overall. The league-leading Outlaws are 10-0 in the conference and 16-2 overall. On Tuesday night January 15th, the Acorn senior teams traveled to Horatio. The Lady Tigers came away with a 53-46 victory, while the Tigers lost at Horatio 74-66.

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across eight zones in Arkansas based on population. There will be four dispensaries allowed in each zone. Polk County is in the zone six geographic area. Zone six also includes Montgomery, Scott, Garland, Perry, Saline, Hot Spring, and Grant counties. The top five scoring companies that applied for medical marijuana dispensary licenses in zone six were Green Springs Medical, Native Green Wellness Center, Doctors Orders RX, Natural State Medical Group, and Green Remedies Group. Several submitted applications in multiple zones but will have to choose one zone in which to open a dispensary. There were a total of 29 applications for dispensaries in zone six.

-Board, from pg. 8 will bring diversity to the campus and that he, Boydstun, and Assistant Athletic Director Jerod McCormick would be attending the College of the South Showcase in Little Rock to continue the recruiting process. His contacts within the sport are vast and has been actively working those relationships in identifying student athletes that will be a good fit for UA Rich Mountain. The Board was particularly impressed with his commitment to academic performance from his athletes and that 100% of his graduate athletes at Coastal Bend went on to 4-year universities to continue playing and pursuing their education. Vice Chancellor Chad Fielding reported to the Board that enrollment numbers are still fluid at this point so early in the semester but that administration was pleased to see numbers maintaining in three key areas of ‘Returning Students,’ ‘Transfer Students,’ and ‘First-Time Freshman.’ Community College enrollments continue to trend downward as is customary when unemployment rates are very low. When jobs are available, people prefer to be working. Dr. Wilson credited ‘case management’ and the individualized relationships that UA Rich Mountain has always maintained

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-Trail, from pg. 1 the quartz deposit has to go. That includes wildlife. Also to take in to consideration is this question. Will this be the only permit for open pit mining? That’s highly unlikely given the resources in our area. If one 21 acre tract is great for the mining company, then why not more? I’ve worked half my life in the Oil and Gas industry. One lone permit it will not likely be. Once an area of National Forest is opened up it makes it much easier for another permit to be given that will reap more profits for the mining company, and I’m all about profits, but at the expense of the forest itself? Which is at the possible expense of tourism to our area? No thank you. That could mean fewer tourism dollars that Mena and the people of the Ouachita Mountains depend upon to make a living. Bo Lea, President of FoOT, took the time to speak to me by phone while he was on vacation. Mr. Lea said he and FoOT members have a great relationship with the U.S. Forest Service, especially at the local level. But the proposed mining operation will have an adverse affect on the National Forest and the trail. It could also have an effect tourism that comes through our area because the open pit

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-Award, from pg. 1 FBI Safe Streets Task Force Officer James Chamberlin for Operation Shank and Bake. Chamberline grew up in the Big Fork community and attended school in Mena. He played football for the Bearcats and graduated in 1997. Chamberlin graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and Sociology. He

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Tyson Foods has petitioned the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission to raise the levels of minerals allowed in a tributary of the Poteau River and the river itself. Tyson's Waldron plant asked the commission to increase the amount of chlorides allowed in a tributary of the Poteau

River from 120 milligrams per liter to 185; sulfates allowed from 60 milligrams per liter to 200; and dissolved solids allowed from 500 milligrams per liter to 786. Tyson’s also wants to increase the amount of chlorides allowed from 150 milligrams per liter to 180; sulfates allowed from 70 milligrams per liter to 200; and dis-

MRHS Welcomes U of A Rich Mountain LPN Class of 2019. Mena Regional Health System recently hosted a welcome to the U of A Rich Mountain LPN Class of 2019. The students and nursing instructor, Jeri Ashcraft were greeted by Dr. Richard Billingsley, CNO who shared the desire of MRHS to become a partner with their educational journey in the profession of nursing and spoke of Mena Regional’s focus to provide excellence in quality of care and service to their patients. Following the welcome, the students were given a tour of the facility and the opportunity to hear from each nursing director about specifics of individual departments within the hospital.

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Sixth running of the Talimena 13.1 Run and Relay set for March 9, 2019 The sixth running of the Talimena13.1 Run and Relay is set for 03/9/19. The race begins at Janssen Park in Mena, running up Mena Street and over the Talimena Drive to the Queen Wilhelmina State Park. It features not only a running challenge, but showcases the beauty of our area from our city and up the Talimena Drive that overlooks some of the most scenic views of National Forest any-

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Weekly Publication Thursday – 1/24/19 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County will meet at Papa’s Mexican Café. Contact Sue Cavner at 234-5844 or Linda Rowe at 234-2575 for more info. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Salvation Army Family Store helps families with utilities. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s Meeting at the ABC Club at 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Education Wing, West End. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 6:00 p.m. – St. Agnes Church Exposition of Sacred Relics on display at 203 8th Street, Mena, AR • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. Friday – 1/25/19 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – PCDC Board of Directors will meet in the MRHS Conference Room A. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fibers Arts Group meets at Mena Art Gallery. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Hatfield Auditorium Country-Western Dance Admission is $6 and 50/50 drawing.

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• 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. Saturday – 1/26/19 • 9:00 a.m. - Elks Annual Hoop Shoot at the Mena Middle School Gym for all girls and boys ages 8-13. Must have gym shoes. If you need more information call 394-3740. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 479-243-0297 or 479-216-4606. • 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. – Elks Lodge of Mena Dance with Stormin’ Norman playing live. Must bew over 21 years of age. Elks Lodge at Hwy 375 East, 124 Elks Lane. Sunday – 1/27/19 • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 3:00 p.m. – Worship service is held at Sulpher Springs Church. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. Monday – 1/28/19 • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – God’s Feeding Hands Mission Center at 1200 Reeves Ave., Mena, AR offers free groceries, free toiletry items and free clothing for the needy. • 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. • 6:00 p.m. – Home Front Warriors CMA Chapter 377 meeting at Limetree Restaurant. Meeting follows meal.

• 6:00 p.m. – We The People Tea Party meets at the Lime Tree Restaurant. • 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 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – Mena Elks Lodge meeting. All Elks are invited to attend. Tuesday – 1/29/19 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardner Community Men’s Breakfast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The written portion of the drivers test will be given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority, and as long as road conditions are optimal the driving portion of the test will be given. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena St. Bring your current project and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 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 weigh-ins, followed by a meeting. • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Polk County Housing Authority Community Room live country and gospel music. • 7:00 p.m. – Dallas Valley RVFD will meet for training at the Fire House. • 7:00 p.m. – Acorn Fire & Rescue will meet at the Fire De-

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partment. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479-234-2887 or 479-2343043. Wednesday – 1/30/19 • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Shepherd’s Closet open at First Baptist Church 4802 Hwy 71 S Hatfield, AR 870-389-6412. Accepting and distributing clothing/usable household items/and nonperishable food items. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. - The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in Mena. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library is open. • 5:30 p.m. – Dinner at Christ Community Fellowship followed by services at 6:15 p.m. services for Youth, Children’s Activities, Young Adult and Adult Bible studies. • 5:30 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Bible Study Service. • 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. • 6:30 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 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297.

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Barnes, Moore to be inducted into Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame Bill Barnes, president of the Tri-Pennant Family of Resorts, and Robert Moore, a farmer and politician, will be inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame during a noon luncheon Monday, Feb. 25, during the 45th annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism. The conference will be held in Hot Springs on Feb. 24-26, 2019. The Hall of Fame honor is presented annually to an individual or individuals who have been actively involved in tourism for many years and who have made substantial contributions to the betterment of the industry as a whole. Bill Barnes

Born in Wyoming in 1948, Barnes graduated from Hot Springs High School and studied hotel and restaurant management at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, at Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma, and at Forest Park College in Missouri. Since 1971, he’s been active in the management of Mountain Harbor Resort, which his father Hal started in 1955 just outside of Hot Springs in Joplin, Ark. He helped Mountain Harbor Resort transition from a small fishing outpost into one of the top resorts in Arkansas. Barnes developed Harbor East, the only privately owned condominium development on Lake Ouachita and Harbor South, a private residential development adjacent to Mountain Harbor Resort and Lake Ouachita. His career accomplishments also include building and operating the largest in-land marina in the Mid-South United States, housing approximately 1,200 boats. He also formed a volunteer fire department and first response team for the Joplin area. Today, the de-

partment provides emergency medical and fire response on Lake Ouachita, as well as covering the eastern end of Montgomery County. Barnes has served as fire chief for 37 years. He also serves as a member of the State Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission, president of the Lake Ouachita Association, and member of the Arkansas Forestry Commission Boat Committee. During his long career, Barnes has been honored as Arkansas Tourism Person of the Year and has received the Arkansas Hospitality Association Gold Key Award for Lodging, Arkansas Times Readers Choice Award for Best Marina for nine years in a row, Hernando DeSoto Award, Arkansas Hospitality Association President's Award, Silver Cup for Tourism, Best Friend Award from the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and Employer of the Year Award from the Mount Ida Chamber of Commerce. He was inducted into the Arkansas Hospitality Hall of Fame in 1999. Robert Moore An Arkansan who loves music, writing, bicycling and outdoor recreation, Moore was born in Dumas in 1945. He graduated from Ouachita Baptist University and obtained a degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry and the Vietnam War. He currently resides in Arkansas City. Moore has a vast political career and his contributions to the tourism industry have been significant as well. For information on the Hall of Fame Awards, contact Leigha Jones at 501-6821676. For information on the 45th annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism or to register to attend, contact the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism at 501682-1926.

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Longtime Polk County Extension Agent Carla Vaught Retires After 33 ½ years of service (21 of those in Mena), Carla Vaught is retiring as the Staff Chair for the Polk County Cooperative Extension Service, a part of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. Her duties focused toward the education and advancement of Consumer and Commercial Agriculture, 4H Youth Development, as well as Community and Economic Development. She began her academic studies at Southern

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