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Home a Complete Loss Following Fire BY MELANIE BUCK •

A two-story home in Shady Grove, approximately 3 miles west of Mena, was deemed a complete loss after a fire consumed the home on the night of Saturday, January 21, 2017. Shady Grove Firefighters were dispatched to the fire around 9:30 p.m. The fire was located in a home directly across the road from the fire station at 120 Polk Road 49; however, it was fully involved when fire fighters arrived. The Mena Fire Department, as well as, Potter, Dallas Valley, Acorn, and Ink, were all called upon to provide mutual aid as they tried to protect nearby structures and drown out the massive flames on the approximately 3,000 sq. ft. home. Polk County Emergency Management CONTINUED ON PAGE 9

Hatfield to Install Outdoor Fitness Area BY MELANIE BUCK • The Town of Hatfield received a $16,400 grant from the Arkansas Blue Cross’ Blue and You Foundation at their monthly meeting on Monday, January 16, 2017. Hatfield Mayor Linda Denton and the Hatfield Town Council accepted the grant from Ginger Hamrick of the Blue and You Foundation. The funds will be used to create an outdoor exercise area at Hatfield City Park. There will be six stations installed and Mayor Denton hopes to have it ready for public use very soon. The six stations to be installed are a Dual Hip station, Dual Abductor station, Ab station, Tri-Fitness station, Stepper-Bike station, and a Dual Air Walker. “We’re excited because now there will be something different we can do without having CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

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Captain Seth Smith of the Polk County Sheriff’s Department has a new partner! ‘Otto’ is a two-year old golden labrador retriever trained to sniff out narcotics and is officially the county’s newest deputy. Smith attended training last week before bringing Otto home and said he had his choice of two dogs, but liked the observancy of Otto the best. Not only will Otto serve as a narcotic K-9 for the department, Sheriff Scott Sawyer said he will also be used to visit children in local schools as an anti-drug tool.

BY MELANIE BUCK • The Polk County Board of Election Commissioners met on Monday, January 23, 2017 to elect a new chair to the three-member commission that presides over all election affairs in the county. Bernie Mize, representing the majority as member of the Republican Party, was nominated as the new Chair, and serves alongside Vice-Chair, LaDon Copelin, who also represents the Republican Party and is new to the commission. David Ray remains a member of the Election Commission, representing the Democratic Party. The law requires that each county board of election commissioners meet by February

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Cosmetology School Enrollment Booms

Craig Added as Instructor; Boydstun Elected President of State Board BY LEANN DILBECK •


he U niversity of Arka nsas R ich Mou ntain’ s Sch ool of C osmetolog y enrollment b oomed this semester, b oasting 38 stu dents from arou nd the reg ion, incl u ding Texarkana, Horatio, De ueen, Glenwood, Hot Springs, Russellville, Mt. Ida, Mansfield, E astern O kl ahoma, and other areas. W ith the incr eased enrollment, K elly C raig has b een added as a fu ll-time instru ct or. C raig said, “ I am very honored and ready to b eg in this ch apter of my life! ” C raig has 2 8 years of experience as a co smetolog ist and ob tained her instru ct or’ s lice nse in 2 0 1 4 . She will co ntinu e to serve cl ients ou tside of her instru c tor du ties at L ottie D a’ s Salon in Mena. T he prog ram is u nder the leadership of T onya B oydstu n, who as of this week, will also b e leading the C osmetolog y T ech nica l Advisory C ommittee, formally referred to as the State B oard of C osmetolog y. B oydstu n, well respect ed among her peers, was elect ed as P resident Monday, Ja nu ary 2 3, 2017. Boydstun was first appointed to serve on the C ommittee in 2 0 1 5 to represent D istrict 4 . T he C ommittee’ s mission is to protect the pu b lic welfare b y estab lishing , maintaining , and enforci ng appropriate standards of co mpetency and pract ice in the C osmetolog y P rofession.

HSO Swears-In New Leadership BY MELANIE BUCK •


ith the c oming of the new year, c ame new leadership in the H u mane Soci ety of the O u ach itas ( H SO ) . Mich ael P ovey, long time memb er of H SO , has b een voted in to take on the role of P resident. Ja ne W eddle will serve as V ice -P resident; C heryl Mu rphy, Secr etary; Sheila T heriot, T reasu rer; and T ina B all remains Shelter Manag er. O ther B oard Memb ers incl u de D anny B reg man, N eal F osdick, and Stephanie P ovey. T hrou g h the work of H SO , hu ndreds of dog s and ca ts are ca red for b efore b eing adopted ou t to g ood homes b oth in and ou t of the state. T hey have also rec ently expanded their service s to incl u de low-co st spay and neu ter fees for elig ib le ca ndidates. T o learn more, c ontact a memb er or ca ll the shelter at 4 7 9 -39 4 -5 6 8 2 .

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St. Agnes Catholic Church Hosts Open House



t. Agnes Catholic Church in Mena recently celebrated 120 years of services and performed a vast amount of renovations on its properties. The church was the first of its kind to be placed in Mena and held their first service on All Saints Day, ovember 1, 1 96. That church was moved in the early 1900’s to its present day location and was placed on the N ational R eg istry of H istorica l P lace s in 1 9 9 1 . n Saturday, January 21, 2017, the church held their annual Feast of St. Agnes, an event always held on January 21st and also held their pen House for The St. Thomas ffice Complex, named for Father Tom eller, who built the original building, and George and Sybil Thomas, who donated the money to have the building renovated. The father’s house, which is called St. John Vianney Rectory, after the patron saint of parish priests, was also renovated, as was The Parish Hall, named Gallagher Hall for Monsignor Gallagher, the founding priest of St. Agnes and Parish Priest for over 0 years. Wendy Martin said that all renovations were completed through donations that the church has been collecting for the last ten years and no debt is owed for the work performed. Pictured are present day parishioners that attend St. Agnes.

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Graves Shares PCDC History and Services with Lions Club BY MELANIE BUCK •


xecu tive D irect or of P olk C ou nty D evelopmental C enter ( P C D C ) , Ang ie Graves, along with D rew Milne, cl ient of P C D C , were g u ests of the Mena L ions C lu b on F riday, Ja nu ary 2 0 , 2 0 1 7 . Graves explained P C D C ’ s vast amou nt of service s to memb ers of the cl u b , as well as g iving a b rief history. Graves said that P C D C was org anize d in 1 9 7 2 b y parents of ch ildren with intellect u al disab ilities. N ow, not only do some of their cl ients attend edu ca tional ce nters, they also work throu g h P C D C ’ s recycl ing ce nter. T o learn more ab ou t P C D C ’ s service s, co ntact them at 479-394-2671 or stop by their offices at 201 Morrow Street in Mena.

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astel artist, T iffany L ane, of Mena, entered her pastel Su nday Snooze has won a hig h acco lade at a show b eing presented cu rrently in L ittle R ock. L ane’ s pastel was approved and j u ried into the Arka nsas P astel Soc iety’ s Ju ried Memb ers Show in L ittle R ock and has plac ed 3rd in the co mpetition that featu res doze ns of piec es from artists acr oss the state. T o b e j u ried in to a show, the artist mu st su b mit their work, and b ased on tech nica l ski ll, c reativity, the mediu m, and/ or other req u irements, the artist’ s work is either acce pted or denied. At the time, L ane said, “ I am honored that my works will b e on display, and wishing lu ck to all of the entrants. ” Su nday Snooze pict u res two b lond dog s, a mother dog and her pu p, asleep on a larg e pillow with exq u isite detail. L ane’ s pastel, America n B eau ty, rece ntly place d 3rd in Mena Art Gallery’ s N ational Ju ried Show, Art of the H eartland E xhib it that featu red artwork from acr oss the nation. I n her most rece nt show, she also exhib its T rib u te to a Firefighter, a stunning rendition of the American flag with firefighter memorabilia displayed in front. Lane said she is thrilled to have been announced the third place winner. “This was my first pastel only’ show, so it was very meaning fu l to me to b e j u dg ed ag ainst artwork presented in my particu lar mediu m. I j u st feel very hu mb led to have rec eived the honor. . . and thankf u l that God b lessed me with the ab ility to paint,” L ane said. Su nday Snooze , as well as all other displayed artwork from the show, will b e on display and u p for sale u ntil F eb ru ary 2 6 th at the C ox C reative Gallery in L ittle R ock.


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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for new Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce member, Terminix, on Thursday, January 19. Terminix is located at 2209 Highway 71 North in Mena.

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Mena School Board Holds Monthly Meeting T BY MELANIE BUCK •

he Mena Sch ool B oard rece ived a treat at their monthly meeting held on T u esday, Ja nu ary 1 7 . H olly H arshman E lementary F L ASH C AT S presented a pu ppet show, titled The Grossest Link, that explained the b ad effect s of smoki ng . T he training stu dents are g iven as pu ppeteers is made possib le throu g h a $ 1 0 ,0 0 0 dru g , alco hol, and ch ild ab u se awareness g rant secu red b y H H E ’ s aftersch ool prog ram. P au lette C rawford and C indy B revik are F L ASH C AT S co ordinators and are shown pict u red with pu ppeteers, Jo rdan W ag ner, Ab b y F elix, H eidi W ells, H ailey E merson, and D enton W arner. Also at the Mena Sch ool B oard meeting , D anny Minton reported that the district’s two newest busses being added to the fleet are available for pick up. Superintendent B enny W eston’ s co ntract was also renewed for a term of three years, ending in the 2 0 1 9 -2 0 2 0 sch ool year. Mena Middle Sch ool P rinci pal C liff Sherrer also discu ssed the most rece nt su ce ss at MMS.

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he long lost ‘ messag e in a b ottle’ fou nd b y Gordon and C indy B revik in 1 9 8 3, off the co ast of the F lorida K eys has b een retu rned to its owner, R on H erb st, and has b een presented to the N ational N aval Aviation Mu seu m in P enseco la, Florida. The story was first reported on in the P olk C ou nty P u lse on Ja nu ary 1 8 , 2 0 1 7 and has g arnered statewide attention acr oss F lorida as interest peaks over the 33-plu s year mystery. D espite all odds, the messag e in a b ottle that traveled over 8 ,0 0 0 miles acr oss ‘ the pond,’ sat on a shelf for more than three deca des, b efore the B reviks search ed for the owner. O nce the search b eg an, it on erbst holds his long lost ‘message in a bot- wasn’ t long b efore they had tracke d tle’ before he donates the treasure to the National down R onald H erb st, who was in the Naval viation useum in Pensecola, lorida on military when he dropped the b ottle. riday, anuary , . R on H erb st was over-the-top exci ted when he rece ived the messag e that they had his b ottle. H e was deployed on a W orld C ru ise, departing from San F ranci sco , C alifornia in March 1 9 8 3 and traveled co mpletely arou nd the g lob e. “ I t was sometime after R ota [ Spain] that we tossed the note b u t I ’ m not exact ly su re where. I b elieve we were somewhere b etween Africa and the U . S. ” A distance that co vers more than 8 ,0 0 0 miles. After co nversing via phone and email, the B reviks mailed the b ottle to H erb st, who now make s his home in P enseco la. H erb st had approach ed the N ational N aval Aviation Mu seu m when the B reviks co ntact ed him to see if they were interested in displaying the find. They got back to him quickly and stated they “would love to accept the bottle and the note. ” U pon rece iving the b ottle, H erb st delivered it to the mu seu m, presenting it on F riday, Ja nu ary 2 0 , 2 0 1 7 . “ T oday I presented the note and b ottle to the N aval Aviation Mu seu m. Today it starts its final journey to its tiny place in history, said Herbst.

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Hatfield Homemakers Donate Funds, Prepare for New Year


he Hatfield Extension Homemakers Club recently held their first meeting of 2017 at Hatfield City Hall. Charlotte Littrell, Program Chairman, discussed ways the homemaker can prepare for the new year and daily survival needs. Suggestions included identification of areas needed such as water, food, clothing, safety, and toher needs. Littrell suggested to relax, but don’t quit evaluating your lifetime needs. Craft and Fun Day is one of the many programs the group hosts regarding home and family needs. For fun at the meeting, the group shared their favorite snowmen, with the favorite coming from Take ff Pounds Sensibly T PS Club, Mena 14. fficers from the HEHC Club also presented their yearly Benevolent Fund to Hatfield Mayor Linda Denton and City Recorder, Michael Callahan. The check was presented by HEHC Club Treasurer, Rose McLain; President, Margaret Scott; and Vice President, Frieda Romine. The fund is donated each year “for the City of Hatfield’s continued support of providing their beautiful Hatfield City Hall for the HEHC monthly meeting place, said Club Recorder, Mollie Thomas. The HEHC Club welcomes anyone to join. To learn more, contact the County Extension ffice in Mena at 479-394-601 . The niversity of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action Equal pportunity Employer.

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Polk County Spelling Bee Winners BY MELANIE BUCK •


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Belknap Speaks to Cove History Club


he C ove T ownship H istory C lu b met at the C ove L ib rary on T hu rsday, Ja nu ary 1 9 , with B u rt B elk nap, one the C ove’ s oldest ci tize ns, serving as g u est speake r. H is speech co vered many of the act ivities from the early 1 9 2 0 ’ s u ntil the present days. B u rt lived in the town of what is ca lled O ld C ove, the first town established b efore the railroad ca me. H e also spoke on the b u ilding of small co mmu nities that existed in the movement of people throu g h the area where the K ansas C ity R ailway was later b u ilt and O ld C ove T ownship was moved to its present loca tion. Ab ou t the co mmu nity of O ld C ove, B elkn ap spoke of the g roce ry store, dru g store, and blacksmith shop along with the school and church that then existed. The first church b u rned and a small ch u rch was b u ilt that is now u sed as a family home. T he road b u ilt long ag o, in the 1 8 0 0 ’ s, still exists b ehind B elkn ap’ s present home. A two-story hou se still stands in the O ld C ove C ommu nity that was b u ilt in 1 8 9 6 b y the Givens family. T he C ove T ownship invites each and everyone who has memories of the b u ilding of O ld or N ew C ove to j oin them at the C ove L ib rary each Monday, W ednesday, and T hu rsday from 2 p. m. – 5 p. m.

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to travel to a g ym and we’ ll b e in the g reat ou tdoors with all the fresh air,” said Mayor D enton. She also hopes the eq u ipment will b e installed within the month; however, weather will play a fact or. “ T he eq u ipment is ordered and they said it wou ld b e a co u ple of weeks b efore we g et it. So hopefu lly we will have it installed within the month if the weather co operates. ”

Mena School District joins districts across the state to celebrate School Board Member Recognition Month in January. More than 1500 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.” The members serving the Mena School Board are Robert 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.

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and the P olk C ou nty Sheriff’ s D epartment also provided aid. The person who resides in the home was out of town when the fire occurred and no inj u ries were listed. T he owner is listed as W illiam E hret. Lightening is suspected as the cause but has not been confirmed at this time.

Kidwell Appeal Denied



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Polk County man’s appeal has been denied after Ju dg e B art F . V irden of the Arka nsas C ou rt of Appeals issu ed his official opinion on January 1 , 2017. Thomas K idwell had orig inally pled g u ilty in Ja nu ary 201 to Theft of Property and received six years of probation as a result. In April 2016, a petition was filed to revoke idwell’s probation based on several violations of the terms and conditions of his probation. idwell recently appealed the revocation, asserting that the trial court erred. Included in revocation findings, the state alleg ed that K idwell had failed to pay fines, costs, and restitution; failed to report as directed; failed to permit an officer to visit his home or place of employment; failed to obtain permission before changing his residence; failed to refrain from using controlled substances; and failed to refrain from using alcohol. At the revocation hearing, Brittany uinn, idwell’s probation officer, testified on all of the alleged violations and idwell’s probation was revoked. He was remanded to the Arkansas Department of Corrections, where he would serve a six year sentence. idwell argued in appeals that the trial court erred in determining that he had inexcusably violated a condition of his probation. idwell stated that his failure to pay fines, costs and restitution should be excused because he was on disability and supervision fees had been waived. Although idwell had arguments for each violation, Judge Virden sided with the state. In Judge Virden’s opinion, he said idwell had, “violated more than one of the conditions even if you cut him some slack on a couple of things. He added, “only one violation5 was andProstate either of the violations discussed was sufficient to uphold keynecessary, facts about Cancer: the revocation probation, and they “need not address the other alleged 1. Affectsof 1 in idwell’s every 6 men violations. 2. Deadlier than breast cancer 3. Detectable stages of the Arkansas Department of Corrections. idwell remains in in early the custody


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CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE 2 8 of each odd-nu mb ered year to elect one memb er to serve as c hairman. E ach of the 7 5 co u nties in Arka nsas has a C ou nty B oard of E lect ion C ommissioners who are responsib le for c ondu ct ing all elect ions within their respect ive co u nty. E ach b oard co nsists of two memb ers elect ed b y the co u nty co mmittee of the maj ority party and one memb er elect ed b y the co u nty co mmittee of the minority party. Althou g h the D emocr atic P arty was co nsidered the maj ority in Arka nsas since 1 8 7 3, in 2 0 1 5 , the R epu b lica n P arty b ec ame the maj ority, therefore, the co mmission now has two R epu b lica n memb ers and one D emocr atic memb er. Also at the meeting , co mmissioners discu ssed a possib le sch ool elect ion in 2 0 1 7 , b u t have no other act ivities planned at this time.

Lawrence Ray Chandler, age 70, a lifelong resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life, Saturday, January 21, 2017, in De Queen. Lawrence was born August 2, 1946 in Sentinel, Oklahoma. He was the youngest of nine, born to Frankie Gene and Lona Lee Griggs Chandler. He married the love of his life, Marian Joyce Penney, on November 24, 1965. In 1968, Lawrence graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science; and has since, dedicated his life to serving his community as a funeral director, and for countless years, as county coroner. Breaking ground in 1998, along with his wife Marian, Lawrence became the proud owner and founder of Chandler Funeral Home. Over the years, Lawrence has been an active member of the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association, Gideon’s International, the Arkansas Funeral Director’s Association, and the National Funeral Director’s Association. He was a member of Memorial Missionary

brothers, Randall Eugene Chandler, Franklin Chandler, and Dub Chandler, four sisters, Grace Settoon, Ruth Dorsey, Becky Alice Allen and Lois Wray. Lawrence is survived by his wife of over 51 years, Marian Penney Chandler of De Queen; a daughter, Stephanie Kaye Chandler-Wishard of De Queen; two grandchildren, Lawrence Allen Wishard and Andrea Nichole Wishard, both of De Queen; a great granddaughter, Khloé Grace Wishard of De Queen; a brother and sister-in-law, Noel Duane and Sandy Chandler of Brenham, Texas; three sisters-in-law, Linda Ann Brazile of Amarillo, Texas, Jane Chandler of Horatio, Arkansas and Carol Chandler of De Queen; a number of nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends. Funeral services for Mr. Lawrence Chandler will be held Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery under the direction of the Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.


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EDNA BERNICE GROSSMAN dna Bernice Gross man, a e , of ena passed awa onda , Januar , in

ena. dna was born in Nashville, Arkansas on Jul , and passed from this life on onda , Januar , at ich ountain Nursin and ehab in ena, Arkansas. Her parents were alter and Dovie till c wain. he rew up in the Center oint and ock , Arkansas communities and radu ated from ena Hi h chool in . he attended Central Bible Colle e in prin field, issouri where she studied si n lan ua e and business. he worked as a secretar in prin field, issouri until her mother’s death when she returned to ena. he worked as a tree planter, meter reader for A, secretar for ena lectric, and for the nion Bank of ena. he married aul Grossman in and together they ran the Happy Acres store near Board Camp, Arkansas until aul’s death in . he retired from otors and contin ued to live in her home beside the old store. dna was an avid lover of photo raph and received reco nition for her landscapes in several publications. Havin been raised durin the depression, Edna was frugal in her lifestyle but shared enerousl with man deservin causes in cluding many animal shelters and to agencies who cared for several Indian children homes. he adopted man cats and do s who became the ob ect of her love of photo raph and the center of her fur famil . dna was independent and believed in doin thin s herself and in her own wa . he loved her animals, her uiet lifest le and her Chevrolet Impala, which she still drove into ena until her stroke in November . dna is survived b her step children, aul Grossman, ar ahn, atricia anser, an dra Hartle , Jean irk and James Grossman cousins, David Jones, illian Jones, Jane hompson and Nanc Doole special friends, John e errell, ichard and ar uth artin, Dwi ht and ori Goodner. he was preceded in death b her parents and her husband. In lieu of owers, please make donations

to the Humane ociet of the uachitas, olk oad , ena, Arkansas Funeral service was aturda , Januar , , p.m. at Beasle ood Chapel with Brother Britt ee officiatin . Interment followed in the Rocky Cemetery under the direction of the Beasle ood Funeral Home of ena. isitation was General. In lieu of owers, please make donations to the Humane ociet of the uachita’s, olk oad , ena, Arkansas allbearers were Bill in leton, ravis rickson, obert Fer uson, Jonathan Co , Chuck Co , and alph Allen. Honorar pallbearers were ichard artin and Dwi ht Goodner.


inda Jones Co a e , of ena, Arkansas passed away Wednes da , Januar , in ena. inda was born in ena, Arkansas on Au ust , to Boise Ca er Bias and ada ae Bias ni ht. he was married to on Co for ears and worked for man ears as CNA at ich ountain Nursin . inda was ver active in different hobbies such as arts and crafts, watchin soap operas, collectin teapots, which she had over pots. he was a member of the ena mblem Club and she had a servant’s heart doin volunteer work for different organizations through the mblem Club. inda en o ed shoppin at ea markets with friends. ost of all she en o ed spendin time with children, randchildren and best friend of ears, enn Banks. he was a lovin and kind wife, mother, randmother, sister and friend to all she knew. Linda will be dearly missed. he is survived b husband, on Co of the home dau hters, Ammie in er and husband om of ena, Brand ridd of ena randchildren, Ale abor and Camron abor of ena, Arkansas brothers, ldon Bias of ena, Arkansas, and Bias of ulsa, klahoma sisters, etha Hooper of ena, Arkansas, ue a lor of Colorado prin s, Colorado. he was preceded in death b her parents, a sister, Donna Hartsell, adopted randpar ents, dward and Ame Jones, step father, Bert indham, and first husband, orter ridd . Funeral service was aturda , Januar , at a.m. at Beasle ood Chapel with Brother on ille officiatin . Interment followed in the inecrest emorial ark un der the direction of the Beasle ood Funeral Home of ena allbearers were ick Davis, John c ni ht, err oone , Jeff Co , Bill inkler, and Bias and Chad Bias.

WILLIAM JACKSON BARNES r. illiam Jackson Barnes, a e , of ena, Arkansas joined his wife Jane in eternal rest on Frida , Januar , in ena, Arkansas. He was born eptember , in ena, Arkansas, to the late Harve ove Barnes and lla Gertrude eller Barnes. Jack owned and operated ena Auto uppl and outhwest utdoor ower until his retirement, but he wore man hats. He was a certified diver with the local search and rescue, and was instru mental in helpin to set up the Civil Defense and olunteer Fire Department in olk Coun t he did his own vehicle restoration, and did woodworkin . Jack was in the alimena Drive Band, amon others where he pla ed the steel uitar, and he built his own ski boat and enjoyed spending summers with his family at ake uachita. His favorite past time was teaching his skills to others and to his children and randchildren. He was a lovin father, grandfather and a friend to many. He is survived b children, Beverl An lin and husband illiam of ena, Arkansas, ar line orrells and husband am of ussellville, Arkansas, Bett Acheson and husband on of ena, Arkansas, Jack Barnes, II and wife her l of ena, Arkansas randchildren, DeAnna kipper, Duane owell, Dennis ow ell, annie ierse , cott ierse , Darrell ow ell and Donita Gann reat randchildren, reat reat randchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death b his parents, ove and Gertrude Barnes, and his wife, Jane Barnes. Funeral services with ilitar Honors will be ednesda , Januar , at p.m. at the Cherr Hill ethodist Church with Brother ark les officiatin . Interment will follow in the Cherry Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Beasle ood Funeral Home. allbearers will be Duane owell, Dennis owell, annie ierse , cott ierse , Darrell owell, Coltn owell, Aaron ierse , and Anthon Garcia. Honorary pallbearers will be the Employ ees of Crow Burlin ame. N IN BI A www.beasle woodfu

BOBBY CLYDE SKIPPER Bobb Cl de kipper, a e , of ena passed awa ednesda , Januar , in ena, Arkansas. Bobb was born on a , in ake rovidence, ouisiana to the late unice Cl de kipper and the late orine alker kipper. He proudl served his countr for ears in the nited tates Nav durin the Vietnam War.

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lvia Golden Dees, a e , of ena, passed awa Frida , Januar , at her home. he was born ctober , in mpire, Arkansas to the late Henr Anderson Golden and the late iolet Dulene alls Golden. l via loved ardenin , cookin Arkansas acos was amon one of her favorites and an thin sweet to eat. he was an avid a orback and Cowbo fan. he also loved watchin movies but above all, her reatest love was her kids and randkids. he was a lovin mother, sister, randmother, reat randmother and friend. he will be dearl missed. urvivors are sons, Gu Dees and wife ichelle of Drippin prin s, e as, Gordon Dees and wife aria of ierra Blanca, e as dau hter, Ga la Dees of ena, Arkansas randchildren, Gavin, Dillon, eece, eno, mil , John uke, rent, Noah, c en ie, pencer and la reat randchildren, Des tin , risten, Nevaeh, Connor, and Callie h brothers, teve Golden of ena, Arkansas and Jimm Golden of ena, Arkansas sis ters, Jo oberts of ena, Arkansas and eda Baker of ena, Arkansas and beloved aunt and best friend in life, ue alls of Broken Bow, klahoma. rs. Dees was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasle ood Funeral Home. A memorial service was held onda , Januar at p.m. in the First Freewill Baptist Church with Brother Donnie Jewell officiatin . nline obituar at Beasle ood Funeral Home.

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Thursday, 1/26 • 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 apa’s e ican Caf . Call isa artin or Charles itman 216-4882 for more info. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at Hi hwa est, one mile from ouise Durham. • 4:00 p.m. – Wilderness Skills presented b Cossatot iver tate ark at Cove Branch ibrar . • 5:00 p.m. - 9th Street Ministries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the th treet inistries buildin . • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous omen’s eeting at the ABC Club across from Choppin Block, Hw , , ., ena. or .


* BEARCATS FOR A CURE RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES FUNDRAISER – re order re ular chocolate or white chocolate covered strawberries b Februar st. Deliver is Februar th. Call or te t or to order. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer ociet throu h olk Count ela for ife. S C SS O ‘ 9 will have their ne t meetin on Februar at he Brandin Iron at a.m. pouses and friends are welcome. For uestions call, . * POLK COUNTY RETIRED TEACHERS will meet on Februar at a.m. at New China estaurant. aula Baile , ecutive Director of the ena olk Count Chamber of Commerce. All olk Count retired school emplo ees are encoura ed to attend.

• 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Famil ife Center. Call for more information. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Dais oom at Janssen Ave Florist. • 6:30 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meetin at aint A nes Church arish Hall. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Choppin Block, Hw , ., ena. or . Friday, 1/27 • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Road tests are iven at the orrow treet Housin Authorit Communit oom unless the roads are wet. ritten tests are iven at p.m. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the ions Club House on Hi hwa outh. • 12:00 p.m. - PCDC Board of Directors meetin will be held in the H Conference oom A. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.- Gator & Friends will pla at he American e ion in Acorn, admission . otluck and drawin , with door pri es. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Choppin Block, Hw , ., ena. or . Saturday, 1/28 • 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. - Journey Stick Hike at Cossatot iver tate ark meet at the e ac oom in the isitor Center. • 2:00 p.m. – Eagle Craft at Cossatot iver tate ark meet at the e ac oom in the isitor Center. • 3:30 - 4:30 – Bird Beak Buffet at Cossatot iver tate ark meet at e ac oom at isitor Center. p.m. enefit Dinner and auction for the Farrin er Famil who lost their home to a fire. Grilled chicken dinner served startin at p.m. with auction beginning at 6 p.m. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American e ion Buildin , Hw N., Acorn. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Choppin Block, Hw ., ena. or . Sunday, 1/29 • 9:00 a.m. – Morning Stroll at Cossatot iver tate ark, meet at the isitor Center. • 1:30 p.m. – The Rose Family Gospel Concert at Cove First Baptist Church. ver one is welcome.

• 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Feed the Critters at Cossatot iver tate ark, meet at isitor Center. • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Choppin Block, Hw , ., ena. or . • 3:30 - 4:30 – The Winter Sky will be presented at Cossatot iver tate ark. eet at e ac oom at isitor Center. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First nited ethodist Church in ena. • 6:30 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meetin at aint A nes Church arish Hall. Monday, 1/30 • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American e ion Buildin , Hw N., Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. - The Gathering will meet at Clarice’s oom of Hope. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First nited ethodist Church. ver one is welcome. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Awanas Clubs meet at Grace Bible Church hi hwa North. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Choppin Block, Hw , ., ena. or . Tuesday, 1/31 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardner Community en’s reakfast at the First nited ethodist Church in ena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the th treet inistries Buildin . • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at ena Art Galler , ena t. Brin our current pro ect and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at Hi hwa est, one mile from ouise Durham. p.m. p.m. he atfield Branch Library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. - T.O.P.S. will meet in the nion Bank Communit oom for wei h ins, followed b a meetin . • 6:00 p.m. – Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 646 will meet at the imetree. For more info, call Henr Hank odara at . • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for the families of addicts and alcoholics meets at the ABC club. • 7:00 p.m. – Dallas Valley RVFD will meet for trainin at the Fire House. • 7:00 p.m. – Acorn Fire & Rescue will

meet at the Fire Department. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meetin at First nited ethodist Church, th ort Arthur. or . Wednesday, 2/1 • The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in Hatfield, ickes, Grannis, andervoort, Cove, and ena at noon. • 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Charm Quilters will meet at the Free ill Baptist Church on the corner of etros and Cherr t. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library is open. • 5:45 p.m. – The Mena First United Methodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous eetin , Hw ., ena. • 6:00 p.m. – Warriors for Christ will meet at the outhside Church of God. • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Regeneration Youth Ministries meets at ena Church of God Hw ast. • 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church offers Discover ids inderarten hru th Grade Collide outh inistr th hru th Grades and Adult Bible tud . • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for iddle and Hi h chool students at Grace Bible Church, Hw N. ena. All Area iddle and Hi h chool students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Choppin Block, Hw , ., ena. or . • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Inquiry classes into the Catholic Faith be ins in the arish Hall of t. A nes Catholic Church at th t. No cost or obli ation. ver one is invited. Call or for more info.

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hildren’ s b rains are like little spong es that seem to take in every sing le word and visu al arou nd them. And, j u st when you think they are not paying attention, and let something “ slip,” we are q u ic kl y and hu mb ly reminded of how ke enly aware they always are. T he b rain’ s retention at that ag e is remarka b le. F or me, it seems I ca n rememb er more from ch ildhood than I ca n from yesterday! E xperience s and princi ples learned at an early ag e are rooted deep within our souls, defining who we become and the choices that we will make. And what better content to fill those you ng , eag er to learn, spong y b rains than with the L iving W ord! W hen you see it in act ion in their lives as they b eco me older, it is su ch an incr edib le b lessing . W hen they are afraid and they b eg in repeating 1 T imothy 1 : 7 over and over, or when they feel overwhelmed and pray P hilippians 4 : 1 3 for streng th, or when they b eg in j ou rnaling and dreaming ab ou t their fu tu re spou se and incl u de Je remiah 2 9 : 1 1 … there are no words for how it eases you r mind as a parent to watch them apply God’ s tru ths on their own in their daily lives. W hen they co me home b roke n hearted and co nfu sed and you find them on their bed with their Bible open searching for the answer because they’ve come to know and trust that His Living Word replenishes our souls, our hearts and our minds Hebrews 4:12 , it gives parents such a reassuring peace. They never knew that verses they once memorize d to earn j ewels in their cr owns that they so prou dly pinned to their tiny vests wou ld not retu rn void… b etter yet, those verses will help to g u ide their deci sions and act ions to live the life of a b eliever ensu ring that, someday, those same metaphoric jewels will return to adorn their promised heavenly crowns James 1:12 . As a family, we have the awesome responsib ility of ch oosing how to invest ou r ch ildren’ s time ab sorb ing and learning ; arg u ab ly the g reatest g ift you ca n g ive you r c hild is teach ing memoriza tion of the L iving W ord. I t will literally never retu rn void and will serve as their g reatest tool in navig ating life… for those times when you aren’ t ab le to b e with them… He and His Living Word will be. Deuteronomy 6:6-7



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A school teacher injured his back and had to wear a plaster cast around the upper part of his body. It fit under his shirt and was not noticeable at all. On the first day of school, still with the cast under his shirt, he found himself assigned to the toughest students in school. Walking confidently into the rowdy classroom, he opened the window as wide as possible and then busied himself with desk work. When a strong breeze made his tie flap, he took the desk stapler and stapled the tie to his chest. He had no trouble with discipline that year.

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MENA PUBLIC SCHOOL’S BREAKFAST MONDAY 1/30 Cherry Frudel, Cocoa Puffs, string cheese, Scooby Doo grahams, diced pears, grape juice, milk TUESDAY 1/31 Bosco apple sticks, Cocoa Puff bar, animal crackers, Scooby Doo grahams, mixed fruit, fruit blend juice, milk WEDNESDAY 2/1 Breakfast pizza, Cheerio’s, Fruit Loops, string cheese, Scooby grahams, applesauce, orange juice, milk THURSDAY 2/2 Cinnamon roll, raspberry yogurt, elfin grahams, Scooby grahams, raisins, cherry star juice, milk FRIDAY 2/3 Sausage pancake on a stick, Cheerio’s, Lucky Charms, string cheese, Scooby grahams, diced peaches, apple juice, milk MENA PUBLIC SCHOOL’S LUNCH MONDAY 1/30 Elementary: Cheeseburger, tater tots, broccoli, mixed fruit, milk. Middle School: Spaghetti w/ meatballs, chicken sandwich, cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, Frito chili pie, popcorn chicken, ham pizza, or salad. High School: Spaghetti w/ meatballs, chicken ranch club, chicken tenders, cheeseburger, tortilla line, pizza line, Grab-N-Go salad & sandwiches. TUESDAY 1/31 Elementary: Fish sticks w/ mac & cheese, chicken sandwich, green beans, red pepper strips, diced peaches, apple juice, milk. Middle School: Fish sticks w/ mac & cheese, hamburger, cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, chicken & bean burrito, chicken ceasar salad, ham chef salad. High School: Fish sticks w/ mac & cheese, chicken parmesan melt, chicken sandwich, hamburger, tortilla line, pizza line, Grab-N-Go salads & sandwiches. WEDNESDAY 2/1 Elementary: Chicken pot pie, hot dog, zucchini squash, salad, banana, grape juice, milk. Middle School: Chicken pot pie, hot ham & cheese sandwich, bean quesadilla, beef & peperoni calzone, popcorn chicken salad, ham pizza salad. High School: Chicken pot pie, hot ham & cheese, chicken tenders, cheeseburger, tortilla line, pizza line, Grab-N-Go salads & sandwiches. THURSDAY 2/2 Elementary: Corn dog, grilled cheese, kickin’ pintos, celery sticks, applesauce, orange juice, milk. Middle School: Chicken nuggets, tomato soup w. grilled cheese, cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, chicken ceasar salad. Ham chef salad. High School: Tomato soup w/ grilled cheese, pizza, burger, chicken sandwich, hot dog, tortilla line, pizza line, Grab-N-Go salads & sandwiches. FRIDAY 2/3 Elementary: Pepperoni pizza, hamburger, baby carrots, cucumber tomato salad, mandarin oranges, milk. Middle School: Sweet & sour chicken, egg roll, chili dog, cheese or pepperoni pizza, beef taco, popcorn chicken salad, ham chef salad. High School: Sweet & sour chicken w/ rice & egg roll, chili dog, chicken tenders, cheeseburger, tortilla line, pizza line, Grab-N-Go salads & sandwiches. This weekly info proudly sponsored by:


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ena H ig h Sch ool F B L A stu dents rece ntly partici pated in a D istrict L eadership C onference and several place d in their respect ive areas of interest. T hose placi ng were: Marc W ilson, 9 th place , I ntrodu ct ion to F inanci al Math; L ance L ee, 8 th place , B u siness C alcu lations; C hantal Sims, 8 th place , F B L A P rinci ples and P roce du res; Aimmee W illiams, 8 th place , P u b lic Speaki ng I I ; D aniel Green, 7 th place , I mpromptu Speaki ng ; K arley C line, N oah Swall, 6 th place , B u siness E thics. Several students qualified for competition at the State Leadership Conference in April. T hose stu dents are: Avanlea F u rr, 6 th place , P ersonal F inance ; Aleig ha F ortner, 6 th place , Jo u rnalism; H attie H u nter, Spence r T hrailki ll, 5 th place , P u b lica tion D esig n; R ob ert Jo hnson, B ryce n Aynes, Mark D eL ord, 5 th place , Sports and E ntertainment Manag ement; H alie Standerfer, 5 th place , Ag rib u siness; Greg ory B lashka , 5 th place , I ntrodu ct ion to B u siness C ommu nica tions; Amb er D evries, C aroline Morg an, H annah McD onald, L indsey L og an, Shreetika Gyanwali, 4 th place , P arliamentary P roce du res; I an C ameron, 4 th place , C ompu ter P rob lem Solving ; D ylan D odd, 3rd place , B u siness L aw; D avid C haney, Ja rred H arley, 3rd place , D ig ital V ideo P rodu ct ion; C arson C annon, B en F rost, Sau j al Gyanwali, 3rd place , W eb site D esig n; K assidy D ahlem, 2 nd place , B u siness C ommu nica tions; P ayton Medlin, 1 st place , I ntrodu ct ion to B u siness; Skyl ar Smedley, 1 st place , I ntrodu ct ion to B u siness P roce du res. Mena place d 8 th L arg est C hapter Memb ership b ased on marke tshare ( perce ntag e of stu dents in F B L A) . R ob ert Jo hnson will serve as the D istrict I State V ice P resident ( D istrict P resident) for 2 0 1 7 -2 0 1 8 .

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Mena High School Band Tries Out for Regional VIII All-Region Band S

everal stu dents from the Mena H ig h Sch ool B and rece ntly tried ou t for the R eg ion V I I I All-R eg ion B and, with several earning ch airs. T hose stu dents who earned a position in the All R eg ion B and are: K atlin L ooney- F lu te, 3rd b and, 3rd C hair; T elissa Smith- B ass C larinet, 3rd b and, 1 st ch air; D avid C haney- T enor Saxophone, 2 nd b and, 2 nd ch air; D aniel Green- T enor Saxophone, Alternate; B rynn H arvey- B aritone Saxophone, 2 nd b and, 2 nd ch air; T rey B rown- T ru mpet, 2 nd b and, 8 th ch air; Alex C u de- T ru mpet, 3rd b and, 1 st ch air; F isher N eu feld- T romb one, Alternate; R ob ert Jo hnson- B ass T romb one, Alternate; Mark D elord- B ass T romb one, 2 nd Alternate; C hristopher T hompson- B aritone, 2 nd b and, 4 th ch air; Ja rred H arley- P ercu ssion, 2 nd b and, 1 1 th ch air.



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University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Announces Fall 2016 Honor Recipients

he U niversity of Arka nsas R ich Mou ntain has annou nce d the stu dents named to the C hance llor’ s L ist and V ice C hance llor’ s L ist who were enrolled for the F all 2 0 1 6 semester. Stu dents named to the C hance llor’ s L ist are fu ll-time, cu rrent stu dents who co mplete 1 2 semester cr edit hou rs or more, excl u ding developmental co u rsework, and earn a 4 . 0 g rade point averag e or hig her. T he C hance llor’ s L ist for the F all 2 0 1 6 semester are as follows ( in alphab etica l order b y ci ty) : B oles – Jo ani Shaddon, C handra W arren; C ove – Meg an Andrews, Shannon Je sse, Michael Smith; De ueen Tessa Gentry; Grannis Mireya Lopez; Hatfield Courtney Meador; Horatio yra Gonzalez; Mansfield Cheyenne Garlin; Mena Mary Bailey, ole Birtcher, Sally Carnahan, Megan Casey, Christa Castillo, Christopher Cloud, Lindey Deramus, Laura Faubus, Elgecca Gem Lewis, Thomas Lewis, Adria Lewis Manuel, Catherine McEntire, April McGough, Maranda Meador, John Phillips, Jordan Powell, Joseph Rickman, Jennifer Seitz, Allie Sessler, Tony Smedley, Cheyenne Soliz, Erica Sullivan, Samantha Talamantez, Jerusha Tedder, Trista VanAelstyn-Hicks, imberly Wise, Adrianna Wolfenbarger, Jamie iemniak; Pencil Bluff Tyler Fair, LaJennifer ash; Sims Brandi Summitt; Waldron Sarah Escalanta, Maiya Moua; Watson Sabrun Lee; Wickes - Carissa Dowdy, Eduardo Medina. Stu dents named to the V ice C hance llor’ s L ist are fu ll-time, cu rrent stu dents who co mplete 1 2 semester cr edit hou rs or more, excl u ding developmental co u rsework, and earn a 3. 5 to 3. 9 9 g rade point averag e. T he V ice C hance llor’ s L ist for the F all 2 0 1 6 ACORN SCHOOL’S BREAKFAST semester are as follows ( in alphab etica l order b y ci ty) : B oles – J enna Shaddon; C adMONDAY 1/30 V ariety cereal, cheese omelet, orange, yogurt, juice, milk do Gap David Graves, Richard York; Cove ori Alberson; Hatfield Vanessa Rice; TUESDAY 1/31 V ariety cereal, cinnamon roll, sausage link, bananas, yoMena – B rianne Allen, Ja mes Ashcr aft, Andrew B lackw ell, Ashten B owser, C asey F alls, gurt, juice, milk Benjamin Ferguson, Christi Freeze, Ashli incaid, Ashton LaCoste, Philip Lance, Brent WEDNESDAY 2/1 V ariety cereal, super donut, sausage link, raisins, v ariety L axamana, H ope L yle, Selena Maech ler, C onner McC onnell, B rittany Mc C ool, Shawn fruit, juice, milk Mowdy, Brooke Pearce, Jeremy Powell, Victoria Rudman, Annette Savage, Jessica Siler, THURSDAY 2/2 V ariety cereal, mini chocolate donuts, v ariety fruit, yogurt, Brooklyn Tackett, Brandon Ward; Mount Ida Sara Black, Bonnie Golden; orman juice, milk FRIDAY 2/3 V ariety cereal, biscuit & grav y, jelly, v ariety fruit, yogurt, juice, milk

UARM Science Club to Host 2nd Annual Science Fair T

he U niversity of Arka nsas R ich Mou ntain Sci ence C lu b is preparing to host their 2 nd Annu al Sci ence F air on F riday, F eb ru ary 1 7 , 2 0 1 7 . T he Sci ence F air will b e held from 9 a. m. – 2 p. m. and is open to partici pants from elementary to co lleg e level, incl u ding homesch ool stu dents. Participants will be awarded in at least nine categories with cash prizes and certifica tes b eing g iven to all winners. F irst place winners will also rec eive a plaq u e. T he proj ect deadline is Ja nu ary 31 , 2 0 1 7 . T he Sci ence F air is also open for non-co mpetitive exhib its as well. F or either g rou p or individu al partici pation in the co mpetition or to exhib it you r proj ect , co ntant Gau mani Gyanwali at 4 7 9 -39 4 -7 6 2 2 , ext. 1 339 or g yanwali@ rmcc. edu . F or sch ools who wish to b ring their stu dents, please co ntact Je rod McC ormick at 4 7 9 -39 4 7 6 2 2 , ext. 1 4 30 or j mco rmick@ rmcc. edu .

Area Graduates Earn College Success B

ethany B arney of Mena was honored at the Sou thern Arka nsas U niversity F all C ommence ment on D ece mb er 9 , 2 0 1 6 . Barney was an Agricultural Education major and graduated Cum Laude from the College of Science and Engineering with a Bachelor of Science degree. Sydnee C u rry, who attends H endrix C olleg e, was honored for b eing on the D ean’ s L ist for the F all 2 0 1 6 semester. Maria E. Super recently completed a three-year internship after earning a degree in steopathic Medicine from the niversity of Pikeville- entucky. Dr. Maria Super, D. ., has b een assig ned as a H ospitalist in the I ntensive C are U nit at St. Jo hn Medica l C enter in T u lsa, O kl ahoma.


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ic ke s E lementary has released the their H onor R oll lists for the seco nd nine weeks and first semester of the 2016-2017 school year. In 1st grade, receiving All A’s for the second nine weeks are: Shayla uintana, Ethan Richardson, Melenie Fores, imber Hayes, Carter Hexamer, Aliha Pena, Damaria Thompson, Temoc Antunez, Jaylie Brantley, Samuel Cordova, Eunice Monsivais, Elianna Villarreal, orey Wheeler, arder Helms, and Vanessa Hernandez. Receiving all A’s B’s for 1st grade are: Paola Gomez, Jerry Antonio, Ben Davis, ortsen Edwards, ataly Garcia, Yarel rtiz, Jayna Sanchez, Isaac Gray, Alexis Miller, Aedan Arcos, Richard Campuzano, Yeshle Campuzano, Porter Roper, Raeleigh Speight, Shawna Watson, Violeta Camarillo, Yurani Esquivel, Dayami Ruiz, L.J. Blackmon, Jacqueline Teodoro, and Lance Thomas. Receiving All A’s for the semester in 1st grade are: Paola Gomez, arder Helms, Vanessa Hernandez, Makayla Molina, Shayla uintana, Ethan Richardson, Jerry ntonio, Temoc Antunez, Jaylie Brantley, Samuel Cordova, Eunice Monsivais, Lance Thomas, Elianna Villarreal, orey Wheeler, Melanie Flores, imber Hayes, Carter Hexamer, Aliha Pena, Damaria Thompson, and Jerry Antonio. Receiving All A’s and B’s for the first semester are: L.J. Blackmon, Violeta Camarillo, Yurani Esquivel, Elina liver, Dayami Ruiz, Isaac Gray, Alexis Miller, Tabatha Rodriguez, Ashlyn Richardson, Raeleigh Speight, Faith Brown, Yeshle Campuzano, Ben Davis, orsten Edwards, ataly Garcia, Yarel rtiz, Porter Roper, Jayna Sanchez, and Shawna Watson. Receiving all A’s for the second nine weeks in 2nd grade are: Marvin Brito, Jonas Hernandez, Joey Propes, Claira Morris, Lexi McCarley, Adileni Herrera, Abigail Goethals, and aleb lalde. Receiving all A’s and B’s for the second nine weeks: Clint Hennings, Brent James, Maggie Jo Tadlock, Gracie Linker, oah Saxour, Jayro Campuzano, aydince Gray, Jareli


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Herrera, Allison Medina, Rynley Richardson, Braden Smith, Thomas Stover, aden Whitmire, Alexander Agular, Isai Esquivel, innah Ferguson, Promise night, icole Martinez, Alan Munoz, Tylynn Robb, and Callie Jo Miranda. Receiving All A’s for the first semester in 2nd grade are: aydince Gray, Rynley Richardson, Braden Smith, Thomas Stover, Marvin Brito, Clint Hennings, Jonas Hernandez, Adileni Herrera, Claira Morris, aleb lalde, Joey Propes, Alan Munoz, and Lexi McCarley. Receiving All A’s and B’s for the first semester in 2nd grade are: Jayro Campuzano, Allison Medina, Axel Moreno, Valeria Munoz, Yesenia Vasquez, aden Whitmire, Gregory Delgado, Abigail Goethals, Brent James, Gracie Linker, oah Saxour, Maggie Jo Tadlock, Callie Jo Miranda, Tylynn Robb, icole Martinez, Promise night, innah Ferguson, Isai Esquivel, and Alexander Aguilar. In 3rd grade, receiving All A’s for the second nine weeks are: Eli Stark, Thomas Goethals, and Raylee Youngblood. Receiving All A’s and B’s in 3rd grade for the second nine weeks are: Jhovani Perez, Connor McCormick, Aspen Johnson, Diego Alvarado, Vanessa Flores, Grayson Farringer, athan White, enya Antunez, James Davis, Garrett Hennings, Aiden Mc enzie, Diana Munoz, Mairany Marrufo, Josi Harrelson, and athaniel Trinidad. Receiving All A’s for the first semester in 3rd grade are: Eli Stark and Thomas Goethals. Receiving All A’s and B’s for the first semester in 3rd grade are: Diego Alvarado, enya Antunez, Madalynn Benning, James Davis, Vanessa Flores, Phillip Hackney, Garrett Hennings, Sulem Lopez, Aiden Mc enzie, Diana Munoz, Raylee Youngblood, Mairany Marrufo, atanael Trinidad, Tony Weinert, athan White, Josi Harrelson, Aspen Johnson, Connor McCormick, Mackenzie Molina, Alexis Jhovani Perez, and Abby Pinon. In 4th grade, receiving All A’s and B’s for the second nine weeks are: Dillon Loving, Edwin Trinidad, Bradley Thomas, Gustavo Cortes, Brody Bailey, and Easton Johnson. Receiving All A’s and B’s for the second semester are: Easton Johnson, Dillon Loving, Edwin Trinidad, Brody Bailey, Gustavo Cortes, Alyssa Hackney, Isaac Hall, Brenna Roper, and Bradley Thomas. Receiving All A’s for the second nine weeks in th grade are: Landrey Richardson. Receiving All A’s and B’s for the second nine weeks are: Ashton Miller, Mallory Farringer, Jocelyn Hernandez, Monse Salgado, Megan Abney, Madison Linker, John Bata, Hazael Cordova, Ethan Youngblood, Pablo Arellano, Emanuel Trinidad, Aylin rtega, Derek Perez, and Chris Salinas. Receiving All A’s for the first semester in th grade are: Landrie Richardson. Receiving All A’s and B’s for the first semester in th grade are: Meagan Abney, Hazael Cordova, Mallory Farringer, Jonathan Gonzalez, Jocelyn Hernandez, Madison Linker, Ashton Miller, Aylin rtega, Chris Salinas, Emanuel Trinidad, Ethan Youngblood, Pablo Arellano, John Bata, Jesus Lopez, Edwyn Luna, Brandon Morano, Monse Salgado, and aylee Williams. In 6th grade receiving All A’s for the second nine weeks are: Ashley Castro and Ale Rodriguez. Receiving All A’s and B’s for the second nine weeks in 6th grade are: Maria Salgado, Reagan Bills, Toby Brown, Breonna Cecil, Bria Dotson, Ricardo Esquivel, yla Ferguson, Grant Stark, Eric Pinon, and Lucas Trinidad. Receiving All A’s for the first semester in 6th grade are: Ashley Castro and Ale Rodriguez. Receiving All A’s and B’s for the first semester in 6th grade are: evin campo, Maria Salgado, Mayra Vasquez, ylie Bailey, Reagan Bills, Toby Brown, Breonna Cecil, Bria Dotson, Ricardo Esquivel, yla Ferguson, Eric Pinon, imberly Rodriguez, Lucas Trinidad, and Grant Start.

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MONDAY 1/30 Sub sandwich, lettuce, tomato, pickle, broccoli & carrots, chips, peaches, milk TUESDAY 1/31 Chicken fajita, lettuce, tomato, salsa, cheese, pinto beans, mandarin oranges, milk WEDNESDAY 2/1 Corn dog, tossed salad w/ dressing, ranch beans, strawberry fruit bar, milk THURSDAY 2/2 Pork chop, mashed potatoes, brown grav y, green beans, pears, roll, milk FRIDAY 2/3 Hamburger, lettuce, tomato, pickles, potato wedges, pineapple, cookie, milk

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ossatot River High School will host their first annual Miss Cossatot River Pageant on January 27th in the High School Cafetorium at 6:30 p.m. The contestants range in age from Pre- to 12th grade. Admission is $ and there will be a small concession. Audience members are encouraged to vote at the beginning of the pageant for their favorite contestant for their chance to win the Crowd Favorite Sweetheart Award. Everyone is invited to support the young ladies and support the Cossatot River Junior Class.



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Terry Scott - A Dedicated Public Servant and Businessman for South Polk County BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY •


ne of the g reatest thing s ab ou t a D emocr acy is that it g ives people the opportu nity to voice their co nce rns and desires. T hrou g hou t g enerations, men and women have b een appointed to b e the voice of a seg ment or g rou p of people. F or over 4 0 years now, T erry Sco tt has b een a voice for many in P olk C ou nty. T erry serves as a Ju stice of the P eace [ JP ] on the Q u oru m C ou rt, a position he has held since the C ou rt’ s ince ption in P olk C ou nty. T he Q u oru m C ou rt is the voic e of the people co nce rning the c ou nty issu es in their district s. T he C ou rt ca n vote to make ordinances or resolutions that pertains to county issues such as road, budget and finance, and public safety. The Court’s inception was 1976 and their first official meeting was on January 3, 1977. This was also Terry’s first year to serve as JP. Since the first year, he has served as a JP for each and every year withou t any lapse in service . T hat acco mplishment is very rare, even in loca l politics. “ I had a co u sin who worke d at the co u rthou se, he co ntact ed me and said there was a new system and they needed a representative for the C ove area. I had never b een interested in politics, b u t I thou g ht I wou ld try it ou t,” reca lls T erry. F or someb ody that was j u st ‘ trying ’ it ou t, T erry’ s service has proved to b e exce ptional, as voters co ntinu e to elect him to represent them on the co u rt. T erry was b orn in Mena and g radu ated from C ove H ig h Sch ool. H e and his wife, Jo an, raised their family in C ove as well. T hey have two ki ds, one b oy and one g irl, b oth of whom co mpeted at C ove in b aske tb all and track. P olitics was not always on the front b u rner for T erry; early on in his life he was q u ite the b u sinessman. After his time in the Army, he worke d in variou s setting s, always learning and pu rsu ing the next b u siness opportu nity. T erry ch u ckl es talki ng ab ou t his work experience , “ I worke d at a ch icke n plant and drove a tru ck, then I owned a mech anic g arag e, Sco tt’ s Garag e. W hen it b u rned down, we reb u ilt and made it a parts hou se. My old b u ilding is act u ally C ity H all now. ” L ater, T erry started selling videos, as well, in C ove. “ I act u ally g ot in selling videos when it was popu lar and still a thing ,” lau g hs T erry. P ossib ly T erry’ s b ig g est b u siness adventu re was Sco tty’ s co nvenience store in C ove. T he store was b u ilt in 1 9 9 6 . T he ‘ b u siness b one’ ru ns throu g h T erry’ s family, his son worke d as a manag er for W almart for many years b efore b u ying T J’ s co nvenience store in Hatfield, and his daughter is a superintendent. “I always wanted to be my own boss. We have just been fortunate that it has worked out the way it has, says Terry. Many thing s in politics have ch ang ed du ring T erry’ s time of service , b u t his desire to b e loyal and a voice for the people has not ch ang ed. “ I started in politics b eca u se they needed someb ody, b u t what has ke pt me in it has b een wanting to do the rig ht thing . W hen I started, I thou g ht that there were u nfair taxes and I wanted to speak u p for the worki ng man. E arly on there were only 9 JP ’ s, often the vote may b e 8 -1 b eca u se I wanted to stand u p for what people wanted and needed,” states T erry. I t isn’ t very often that politici ans stay in office as long as Terry, some of this is due to restrictions on how long someone ca n serve for, b u t it may also b e b ec au se it is su ch demanding work at times. T erry is now in his 4 1 st year of serving the residents of P olk C ou nty, there have b een co u ntless times he has served people well b y speaki ng for them when they personally ca n not speak for themselves. “ I have done this for so long b eca u se it means a g reat deal to me that I g et to represent the people. I have viewed this like a j ob , I felt ob lig ated, I wanted to honor my word and honor the people who have appointed me,” says T erry. H is tenu re has allowed for many friendships to b e formed with other JP ’ s and to really g row in u nderstanding and appreci ation for the co mmu nity. T erry is thankf u l for the time he has had as a JP . “ I am thankf u l for the co mmu nity’ s respect to co ntinu e to place me in the position I am in. I t means a g reat deal that over and over ag ain they wou ld desire for me to b e their voice ,” explains T erry. I t is cl ear that no matter what party a co mmu nity or people emb race s, politics needs more men and women like T erry Sco tt. H is service as a JP and his faithfu lness to speak u p for the worki ng people of P olk C ou nty is important. “ I ch erish that people tru st me the way they do. T ru st me to b e a voice and b e log ica l and wise in all of ou r dealing s,” says T erry.


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January 25, 2017

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Friendship House- New Faces, Same Great Tastes



riendship H ou se is arg u ab ly one of the area’ s most popu lar g athering plac es for lu nc h. And, one visit is all it will tak e to k now why! Step inside and b e g reeted b y the aroma of fresh c offee, smells of fresh sou p, and the noise and lau g hter c oming from friends eating tog ether. Good food is all the b etter when shared with g ood friends and this happens eac h and every day at F riendship H ou se. T here is always something g ood to eat, it is c onsistent, whether it is the sou p, or a loaded b ak ed potato. T here is something new at the restau rant, as of J anu ary 1 st, P risc illa Strother and Arb y R yalls are the new owners. P risc illa and Arb y are thrilled to b e a part of su c h a meaning fu l plac e that has long b een an environment where family and friends meet to share a g ood meal and a few lau g hs. “ W e are j u st so b lessed to have had the opportu nity to b u y from B randi and N orma and are exc ited ab ou t the fu tu re,” says P risc illa. I f the past is any indic ation, they will most lik ely enj oy a lot of su c c ess as F riendship H ou se c ontinu es to b e a Mena favorite. Priscilla and Arby have been working together for over four years now. They worked together at Dr. Fox’s office over the last several years and it was du ring this time that the idea was b orn. “ I ’ ve always wanted to open a c offee shop and P risc illa and I said that if B randi ever wanted to sell that we shou ld b u y. I was k ind of j ok ing , b u t I was the seriou s one,” rec alls Arb y with a smile. T he time c ame when B randi and N orma dec ided to sell and posted it on F ac eb ook . P risc illa saw the post and was shoc k ed, she immediately c alled Arb y. “ I c alled and told her they were selling F riendship H ou se and ask ed if she was still interested or seriou s ab ou t b u ying . W hen I ask ed, she said sure’, explains Priscilla laughing. Just like that, an idea that came up one day at the office was now soon to be reality. O nc e b oth of them dec ided they were on b oard, they b eg an the paperwork and proc ess of b ec oming the b u yer the first week of ovember. “At first there were a lot hiccups, it was during the holidays that we needed to get most of our things done and we kept having to wait because so many people were already out of the office, states Prisc illa. D espite the setb ac k s, the ladies were fortu nate that the proc ess went as fast as it did. T heir orig inal plan was to start leading the b eg inning of J anu ary and it tu rned ou t j u st lik e they were hoping . “ W e have b een really b lessed in the proc ess. N ot only did it g o faster than we expec ted, b u t we are j u st really thank fu l that B randi and N orma wou ld c hoose to sell to u s,” says Arb y thank fu lly. T his dream to open a coffee shop, and specifically this one, is something that they have wanted and are thankful to have the support of their families. Priscilla explains with a grin, “ ur families have b een su pportive. I think b oth of ou r hu sb ands have k inda stayed ou t of it and wished u s lu c k . ” Arb y and P risc illa say that it is an honor to serve the people of Mena eac h and every day. “ W e haven’ t b een doing this very long , b u t already, we love the people that c ome in here. I f it were u p to me, I wou ld j u st talk to people all day,” says Arb y with a lau g h. B oth of the ladies are notab ly ou tg oing and c learly love people, their personalities are b u b b ly and fu ll of j oy, ensu ring anyone that c omes in to F riendship H ou se is g oing to feel welc omed and lik e a dear friend. “ I t has b een really neat to see how many ‘ reg u lars’ there are eac h day. As I talk to people I g et to hear their stories and that is really neat,” says P risc illa. I n order to mak e those same reg u lars feel c omfortab le, Arb y and P risc illa have left the drink and food menu s exac tly the same from b efore. “ W hen we talk ed to B randi ab ou t b u ying , ou r one c ondition was that the rec ipes stayed. W e k now how mu c h people love the food here,” explains P risc illa. F or anyone stopping b y, they c an rest well k nowing that the thing s the c ommu nity loves will stay the same. “ W e are apprec iative of all the people who c ome here, their b u siness means a lot to u s and so we didn’ t want to c hang e what has made people so happy,” says Arb y. F riendship H ou se is a g reat plac e to c ome and share a c u p of c offee and lau g hs with g ood friends. I t is an ideal c offee shop to c ome u nwind and g et lost in a g ood b ook . W ith the sou ps, salads, and sandwic hes, F riendship H ou se is su re to c ontinu e to b e a favorite. “ W e are so thank fu l, b eyond thank fu l, that people mak e F riendship H ou se a part of their week ly rou tine,” says P risc illa. F or more information on hou rs or the delic iou s menu , And count on me to help. When it comes to affordable, reliable health, c all 4 7 9 -39 4 -2 38 5 , or stop b y the restau rant rig ht ac ross from the Mena D epot. dental and vision insurance plans, there are two names you can count on: Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and LaDon Copelin.

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January 25, 2017

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Acorn Hosts Mineral Springs For Homecoming BY EASTON LEONARD


c orn hosted the Mineral Spring s H ornets for H omec oming F riday, J anu ary 2 0 th, at Ac orn H ig h Sc hool. T he Ac orn g u ys g ot the nig ht started off, as they took on the H ornets. T he T ig ers c ame ou t shooting the b all well and playing g ood defense, as they ou tsc ored Mineral Spring s 1 - in the first quarter. Both teams shot the ball well in the second quarter, as 37 total points were scored and the Hornets cut Acorns’ lead to nine, to make the score 36-27 in favor of the Ac orn T ig ers at halftime. T u rner, nu mb er three, led Mineral Spring s with 2 0 points at halftime, while Tyler Bates led the T ig ers with 1 5 points. Mineral Spring s started the sec ond half off on a 7-0 run, forcing the Tigers to call a timeout with :36 left in the the quarter, with the score 36-34. Following the timeout, the Hornets continued to keep the game close, outscoring Acorn 1 -11, to make the score 474 in favor of the Tigers going into the final quarter of play. In the fourth quarter, Acorn was able to hold onto their small lead, outscoring the Hornets 1 -16, to defeat Mineral Springs by a score of 6 -61. T u rner, nu mb er three, led the H ornets with 2 8 points, as R ob inson, nu mb er twenty-one, added on 1 1 points, Perkins - 7, Brown - 6, Esters - 4, Williams - 3 and Dixon - 2. Tyler Bates led the Acorn Tigers with 27 points, while Z ak Ab b ott added on 1 5 points of his own, L eo J ac into - 1 1 , Aaron Bissell - 7, Cottrell - 4 and Logan Frost - 1. T he L ady T ig ers took on the Mineral Spring s Lady Hornets in the final g ame on F riday nig ht. Both teams started off slow in the first quarter, but Acorn was able to hold a 14-11 lead going into the second. Acorn turned up the heat in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Hornets 13-4, to take a 27-1 lead at halftime. Johnson, number five, ewton, number twenty-three and Johnson, number twenty-four, all led the Lady Hornets with 4 points at halftime, while Tori Barrett led the Lady Tigers with 12 points. Acorn continued to add onto their twelve point lead in the third quarter, as the Lady Tigers outscored Mineral Springs 14-1, to take a 41-16 lead going into the final quarter of play, up b y 2 5 . T he L ady T ig ers didn’ t let u p in the fou rth, as Ac orn sc ored seventeen points to the Lady Hornets’ four points, to make the final score -20, as the lady Tigers defeated Mineral Springs by 3 points. ewton, number twenty-three, led the Mineral Springs Lady Hornets with 6 points, while both Johnson’s added on 4 points and Cherry, Draper and Lewis scored 2 points a piece. Tori Barrett led the Acorn Lady Tigers with 16 points, as Morgan Fagan added on 14, Faith Hill - 11, Sydney Crawford - 6, Braxlie Strother - 4, Makayla Anderson 3, and Mekenzie Goss and Harley Dearing 2 each.

January 25, 2017




The 28th Annual Mena FFA Alumni Consignment Auction

February 4, 2017

anyone can buy anyone can sell no buyer’s premium! get your items consigned early!! To consign items, please call: Rondal Mullen: Allen Stewart: Jimmy Martin:

234-1745 394-1731 216-2488

Steve Singleton: Brian Erickson:


David Head:


Tim Kiser: Dar rell Mos: Dedrick Hale:

243-7512 394-4539 234-1549 394-2997

PARTIAL LISTING!! Vehicles: 1997 Chevy C7500 Diesel Dump Truck 8 Yard Bed; 2005 Chevy Z71 pickup; Hyundai Sonata; 2004 Chevrolet Impala(gold); 2005 Ford Expedition 4X4(gold); 2010 Dodge Charger (Hemi); 1991 Toyota truck 4X4 (red); 1994 Chevrolet Camaro (red); 1994 Chevrolet Camaro(white); 2002 Chevrolet S10 4 door 4X4, 4.3 liter V6 automatic (146k miles) Tools and Misc: (2) set new tires LT 245/75R17; Several assorted used Plastic Culverts; Electric Shop Fan(needs motor); 4000 watt Generator(no carburetor); (2) Oxygen Bottles; Several sheets of Used Fiber Board; XMark Zero Turn mower; several Bicycles; several Used Security Lights; Industrial Limb Cutter for side arm on tractor; several used Truck and Tractor tires; Used 8 Yard Dump Bed; Aluminum Door with Frame; 250 gallon Oil Tank with pump; several short pieces of Steel Pipe(16 inch, 20 inch, 24 inch diameter)

rain or shine

Consigned items can be checked in on Friday, Feb. 3rd from 9am-5pm or on the day of the sale until sale starts. CO-SPONSORED BY



January 25, 2017

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Mena Jr. High Bearcats Take On Nashville BY EASTON LEONARD


fter defeating the C ossatot Jr . H ig h E ag les last T u esday b y a sco re of 4 9 -2 6 , the Mena Jr . H ig h B earca ts took on the N ashville Jr . H ig h Scr appers T hu rsday, Ja nu ary 1 9 th, at Ji m R ackl ey Gymnasiu m in Mena. Both ashville and Mena started off very slow on the offensive side of the game during the first quarter, as the Jr. Scrappers scored the only five points of the quarter, to take a -0 lead into the second. T he Jr . B earca ts picke d u p their g ame a b it in the seco nd, as they sco red seven to N ashville’ s twelve points, to trail b y ten at halftime with the sco re 1 7 -7 in favor of the Jr . Scr appers. Mason B rotherton led the Jr . B earca ts with 4 points at halftime, as nu mb er twenty-one for N ashville led the Jr . Scr appers with 7 points. N ashville ca me ou t shooting the b all well in the third q u arter, as they ou tsco red the Jr . B earca ts 17- , to make the score 34-1 in favor of the Jr. Scrappers going into the final quarter of play. The Jr. Scr appers didn’ t let u p in the fou rth either, holding Mena to nine points and sco ring fou rteen of their own, to make the final score 4 -24 ashville. Marc Wilson led the Mena Jr. Bearcats with points, as Mason Brotherton and number twenty-three added on 4 points, Je remiah Swint – 3, and Z ane Stephens, Andrew Graves, D avid Grenier, and E li C ook - 2 . O ther sco res from T hu rsday nig ht: 1 -10: ashville Junior Varsity Scrapperettes over the Mena Junior Varsity Ladycats 41-14: ashville Junior Varsity Scrappers over the Mena Junior Varsity Bearcats 39-37: Mena Junior High Ladycats over the ashville Junior High Scrapperettes

Bearcats Defeat Cossatot, 63-53 BY EASTON LEONARD


he C ossatot E ag les hosted the Mena B earca ts T u esday, Ja nu ary 1 7 th, at C ossatot H ig h Sch ool. Both teams went back-and-forth in the first quarter before Mena was able to esca pe with a 1 2 -1 1 lead g oing into the seco nd. T he B earca ts extended their one point lead into a ten point lead in the seco nd, as Mena ou tsco red the Eagles 19-10. C onner H arvey led the B earca ts in sco ring at halftime with 1 1 points, while C ody B ake r led C ossatot with 6 points. C ossatot started off the third q u arter on a 1 3-6 ru n, forci ng the B earca ts to ca ll a timeou t with 4 : 33 left in the q u arter. F ollowing the timeou t, the E ag les continued a nice 9-6 run to tie the game, 43-43, going into the final quarter of play. T he B earca ts shot the b all really well in the fou rth, never allowing C ossatot to take over the game. When the final buzzer rang, the Mena Bearcats walked away victors against the Cossatot Eagles by a score of 63- 3. C ross H u g hes led Mena in sco ring with 1 8 points, as C onner H arvey added on 1 6 points, B lake Seals and Au stin W ag ner each had 6 points, N ick Myers , Darius Sims and Carson Cannon - 4, eb Wilson - 3, and Brock Strother - 1.

Thigpen Named All-Star

Sealey Thigpen, a senior at Mena High School, has been named as a 2017 AHSCA High School All-Star Selection by the Arkansas High School Activities Association. Thigpen earned her accolade in the sport of volleyball and will represent the county on the 2017 Arkansas West Volleyball Team. Thigpen also plays softball for the Mena Ladycats and was part of the state championship team that brought home two consecutive trophies.

Lady Eagles Coast Past Mena BY EASTON LEONARD


uesday, January 17th, the Cossatot Lady Eagles hosted the Mena Ladycats, at Cossatot H ig h Sch ool. C ossatot won the tip-off and started off playing spect acu lar b aske tb all. Grace W ag ner scored the Ladycats’ only two points in the first quarter, as Cossatot scored 1 , to make the score 1 -2 going into the second quarter of play. The Lady Eagles continued to play great defense in the seco nd q u arter, as they held Mena to only fou r points. Mena, on the other hand, allowed 1 7 points to C ossatot in the seco nd, maki ng the sco re 36 -6 at halftime. liva Cannon led the Ladycats in scoring with 4 points at halftime, as Ashlen Gonzalez led Cossatot with 10 points. The Ladycats had their best quarter in the third, as they outscored Cossatot 10- , to make the score 44-16 going into the final quarter of play. The Lady Eagles stepped up their defense in the fourth, holding Mena to only four, making the final score 7-20 in favor of the Lady E ag les of C ossatot. Grace W ag ner led Mena in sco ring with 1 3 points, while O livia C annon added on 6 points, and K yntlie W yles 1 point. Megan Andrews led the Lady Eagles with 11 points, as Ashlen Gonzalez and Caylee Stuart added on 10 points, Jade Richardson - , Shanna Johnson - 6, Reagan Richardson - , Rhyen Martin - 4 , and H arley D earing - 3.

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Polk County Spelling Bee Winners



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O ther g rade winners were:

8 th Grade:

1 st P l a ce – R aeg han W eddle, Aco rn 2 nd P l a ce – Stephanie L u a, Mena Middle Sch ool 3 rd P l a e c – H alli H olland, Aco rn

7 th Grade:

1 st P l a ce – R aeg han W eddle, Aco rn 2 nd P l a ce – H u dson V acca , of H olly H arshman 3 rd P l a e c – L au ra F lores, C ossatot R iver

6 th Grade:

1 st P l a ce – H u dson V acca , of H olly H arshman 2 nd P l a ce – E mily U g ante, W icke s 3 rd P l a e c – D u sty D avis, Mena Middle Sch ool

5 th Grade:

6, 2016 1 st P l a ce – H u dson V acca , January H olly H arshman 2 nd P l a ce – Shantal T ecso n, H olly H arshman 3 rd P l a e c – H oliday N eu feld, Aco rn 4 th Grade:

1 st P l a ce – Y ennyte T ech son, H olly H arshman 2 nd P l a ce – E lij ah Smith, V andervoort 3 rd P l a e c – B radley W ade, V andervoort

3rd Grade:

1 st P l a ce – L evi N eu feld, Aco rn 2 nd P l a ce – K allye Gates, H olly H arshman 3 rd P l a e c – Aspen Jo hnson, W icke s

2nd Grade:

1 st P l a ce – R yan Ji ang , L ou ise D u rham 2 nd P l a ce – Shooter D avis, L ou ise D u rham 3 rd P l a e c – K aleb O lade, W icke s

1st Grade:

1 st P l a ce – Shooter D avis, L ou ise D u rham 2 nd P l a ce – Alec E rickso n, L ou ise D u rham 3 rd P l a e c – N evah D au g htery, Aco rn


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Southern Hospitality Opening Soon at OLT S

co tty Je nki ns, the direct or of the most rece nt O u ach ita L ittle T heatre produ ct ion of S ou thern H g rave: Ann Glenn; H oney R aye F u trelle: L inor T homas; Gina Jo ( G. J. ) W averly: Alexa N ig ht; R honda L ynn L ampley: D onna Sloan; T wink F u trelle: Ja cki e B aird; Ju stin W averly: C hris Swanb erg ; Jo hn C u rtis B u nter: W ill H ose; D u b D u b b erly: L amar Au stin; F ranki e F u trelle D u b b erly: Amanda B ake r; R aynerd C hisu m: L arry K ropp; I ney D u b b erly: L aD onna V anW olf; D . D ayva D avidson: L inda Jo hnson; B u ck Strickl and: Jo e V anW olf. I n discu ssing the F eb ru ary 1 0 -1 2 and 1 7 -1 9 shows Sco tty says his ca st is one of the b est he has had the opportu nity to work with. H e added, “ T hey are g reat act ors and are worki ng as a team to make this show the fu n event it will b e. ” T he show is the third in a g rou p of plays revolving ab ou t the F u trelle family. T he other two, C hristm a s B el l es and D ea rl y B el ove d were b ig hits on the O L T stag e. Sco tty wanted to b e su re to mention that he and the ca st are thankf u l for all the co mmu nity su pport b y proving props and helping b u ild the set. T he following synopses g ives the story line: T he F u trelle Sisters—F ranki e, T wink, H oney R aye and R honda L ynn—a re in trou b le ag ain. T his time, the prob lem is b ig g er than ever. T heir b eloved hometown, F ayro, T exas, is in dang er of disappearing , and it’ s u p to the sisters to save it from extinct ion. E ver since the Su per SmartMart and the rendering plant cl osed, folks have b een leaving F ayro in droves, b u t H oney R aye, with a maj or assist from her former nemesis, Geneva Mu sg rave, has co me u p with a possib le solu tion. I t seems a salsa manu fact u ring fact ory is looki ng to reloca te, and a co mpany representative is headed to F ayro on a sco u ting mission. H oney R aye, as the president of the C hamb er of C ommerce , make s promises that are not to b e b elieved in order to woo the rep to ch oose F ayro. I n fact , H oney R aye has told them that on the very weeke nd of the rep’ s visit, the town j u st happens to b e having their b ig g est ce leb ration of the year, F ayro D ays, whic h incl u des a cr aft show, a pet co stu me parade, a b eau ty pag eant, and a hu g e C ivil W ar b attle reenact ment. So now it’ s u p to the ci tize ns of F ayro to q u ickl y make her promises a reality. T he b ig g est hu rdle to impressing the salsa representative is stag ing a Civil War battle reenactment with only fifteen participants. Added to this is the dilemma of T wink b eing so desperate to g et married that she’ s pract ica lly drag g ing the unwilling groom, Deputy John Curtis Bunter, to the altar. But this pales next to the financial problems the preach er and his wife are having —u nless you don’ t co nsider g amb ling away you r mob ile home a prob lem. F ranki e, however, seems to have it worst of all, what with her hu sb and, D u b , g oing throu g h a maj or midlife crisis at the same time her five-year-old twins are literally tearing up the town. And unfortunately for all of them, the “ meanest woman in twelve co u nties,” D u b ’ s wicke d, old Au nt I ney, is on her way for a visit. Iney’s arrival in Fayro is definitely cause for alarm for the sisters; but it’s nothing compared to their panic when the old g irl drops dead in the D u b b erly home j u st b efore the salsa rep shows u p. B u t how the F u trelle sisters and the other ci tize ns of F ayro, incl u ding sweet, simple R aynerd C hisu m, pu ll tog ether and save their town is a testament to Sou thern streng th and ing enu ity—a nd a reci pe for total hilarity. D on’ t miss this hilariou s produ ct ion F eb ru ary 1 0 -1 2 and 1 7 -1 9 . F riday and Satu rday shows start at 7 : 30 pm. Su ndays are at 2 : 30 .


osp ita l ity , has annou nce d the ca st. T hey are: Miss Geneva Mu s-

Mena Art Gallery’s Sweetheart Show



eb ru ary and V alentine’ s D ay are j u st arou nd the co rner, and you r loca l art g allery is g etting into the spirit of the times. T he F eb ru ary show will offer work in any media and on any su b j ect : painting , drawing , scu lptu re, pen and ink, pastel, waterco lor, oils, acrylic, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, photography, fiber arts, and more. T he g allery will b e deco rated with a V alentine’ s D ay theme, b u t the show is not limited to that—a ny artwork ca n b e entered. E ntries will b e acce pted on T u esday, Ja nu ary 31 , from 1 0 am to 4 pm. E ntry forms are availab le on the g allery web site, www. MenaArtGallery. org , or you ca n pick one u p in the g allery at 6 0 7 Mena Street du ring reg u lar g allery hou rs: 1 1 am to 2 pm T u esdays and 1 0 am to 3 pm W ednesdays throu g h Satu rdays. Come during February to enjoy the artwork. You might even find something speci al for you r sweetheart!

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Legislature Talks Disabilities, Tax A Post-Obamacare Health Care Cuts, and Marijuana in New Session System

at the capitol

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u rrently there are 3,0 0 0 Ark ansans with intellec tu al or developmental disab ilities waiting for c ommu nity-b ased or in-home servic es. T he needs rang e from adaptive eq u ipment at home to day treatment prog rams. This week the House took the first step in an effort to eliminate this waiting list. I n a vote of 9 3-0 , we approved H B 1 0 33. T his leg islation c alls for the diversion of $ 8 . 5 million from the tob ac c o settlement fu nd to fu nd the needs of the waiting list. T his money is c u rrently not b eing u sed on any other prog ram. T he state fu nds wou ld then b e matc hed b y $ 2 0 million in federal fu nds. I t is expec ted the fu nds will assist 5 0 0 -9 0 0 of those on the list. T his b ill is now heading to the Senate. Meanwhile, heading to the Governor’ s desk is a b ill that allows the Medic al Marij u ana C ommission more time to implement ru les for g rowers and dispensaries. T he Medic al Marij u ana Amendment, passed b y voters in N ovemb er, g ave the c ommission 1 2 0 days to b e appointed and c reate all ru les and reg u lations reg arding g rowing and dispensing . T he sponsor of the b ill said while ru les c an b e passed q u ic k ly, 1 2 0 days did not allow enou g h time for pu b lic inpu t and partic ipation in the proc ess. H B 1 0 2 6 g ives the c ommission 1 8 0 days and it req u ires the c ommission to b eg in ac c epting applications by July 1, which aligns with the start of the fiscal year.The date in the amendment approved b y voters in N ovemb er was J u ne 1 . I t has passed b oth the H ou se and the Senate and is now waiting on the Governor’ s sig natu re. T he H ou se R evenu e and T axation C ommittee has advanc ed two tax c u t proposals. H B 1 1 5 9 targ ets tax c u ts to those mak ing u nder $ 2 1 ,0 0 0 a year. H B 1 1 6 1 provides an earned inc ome tax c redit for those who already q u alify for the federal c redit. T he fu ll H ou se will b e c onsidering these proposals in the third week of the session. W e will c ontinu e to k eep you u pdated. R ememb er you c an watc h all H ou se proc eeding s and c ommittee meeting s held inside the C apitol on ou r web site, www. ark ansashou se. org .

hen the Senate voted to pass the b u dg et resolu tion, it b eg an the proc ess of repealing and replac ing O b amac are. U nderstandab ly, the Americ an people want to k now what’ s next, what to expec t and if they will have health c are c overag e. The budget resolution was the first of several steps that Congress will take to keep ou r promise to repeal and replac e this failed law. O b amac are has driven u p c osts, busted our budget, stifled job growth and raised taxes on hardworking Arkansans. It has c reated more prob lems than it solves and it has to g o. I n doing so, I am c ommitted to work ing with my c olleag u es to estab lish a c arefu l and orderly transition to a patient-c entered health c are system that tru ly is affordab le, not j u st in name b u t in prac tic e, and ac tu ally work s for the Americ an people. I understand the problems with our health care system firsthand. For 2 years, I prac tic ed optometry and operated a c linic with my b rother in Ark ansas. My experienc es, as b oth a health c are prac titioner and c linic owner, led me to u nderstand that there is a rig ht way and a wrong way to address the systemic issu es that plag u e ou r healthc are system. O b amac are is the wrong way. T here are piec es of the P resident’ s law that I su pport, su c h as c overing pre-exist2 ing c onditions and allowing parents the option to c over an older c hild u ntil they are ab le to afford their own health c are insu ranc e. H owever, the b ad January far ou tweig 6, hs2016 the g ood. T here are many ways to address these prob lems that don’ t req u ire trillions in deficit spending. You can be assured that our replacement will strive to meet those g oals. T hose c onc erns are among the most freq u ent voic ed b y Americ ans nervou s ab ou t what the fu tu re holds for their health c are, b u t they also, u nderstandab ly, want to k now what new polic y direc tives an O b amac are replac ement will inc lu de. I will b e work ing with my c olleag u es to fashion a replac ement that transitions the employer-based private insurance market towards one that allows for flexibility, c hoic e, portab ility and fairness for all. P atients shou ld b e in c ontrol of their health care decisions and have the flexibility to determine what coverage best fits their needs and those of their family memb ers. At the same time, ou r replac ement mu st drive down health c are c osts. bamacare’s fatal flaw is that there is absolutely nothing in the law to control costs. As a resu lt, c osts c ontinu e to rise u nsu stainab ly, erasing any promises of affordab le c overag e that O b amac are su pporters made. We must embrace market-based reforms that lower healthcare costs. From crossstate insu ranc e pu rc hases and healthc are c o-operatives to medic al malprac tic e reform and medic al rec ord moderniz ation initiatives, it is c ritic al that we implement responsib le reforms. Moreover, we mu st preserve and protec t the role of patients, providers and physic ians as the princ iple healthc are dec ision-mak ers, not the federal g overnment. Americ ans are rig htfu lly c onc erned ab ou t what c omes next. I c an’ t stress enou g h that we won’ t leave people in the lu rc h. W e won’ t pu ll the ru g ou t from u nder them. I nstead, we will empower Americ ans with this type of free-mark et approac h so that we c an b ring real reform to ou r health c are system. It is time for us to come together and find commonsense solutions to our challeng es. Americ a fu nc tions b est when we work throu g h ou r differenc es and tac k le ou r c ou ntry’ s prob lems. Moving forward, I am c ommitted to work ing with c olleag u es on b oth sides of the aisle to reform ou r healthc are system so it mak es sense for all Americ ans.


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Tips to Curb Muscle Loss as You Age


As the population of Americans over age soars toward 70 million over the next decade, more Americans are searching beyond avoiding wrinkles and fine lines for tips, foods, and produ c ts that will help them live the lives they desire well into their advanc ed years -- and this inc lu des mu sc le maintenanc e. As people ag e past 30 , they c an lose u p to eig ht perc ent of their mu sc le mass eac h dec ade. F inding a way to maintain mu sc le throu g h the years has b een one of the more elu sive parts of the healthy ag ing q u est. “Muscle loss can really take its toll. Even simple movements like opening a jar of pickles or gardening, become more difficult, said medical director of Y Langone’s Preston Robert Tisch Center for Men’s Health, Dr. Steven Lamm. “When you have less muscle mass, the muscles you have must work harder. It can be exhausting. Per Dr. Lamm, there are a few easy steps that can keep your muscles healthy as you age -- and new research shows there may even finally be a way to curb muscle loss assoc iated with ag ing . Be Activ e O ne of the most effec tive ways to k eep mu sc les in tip-top shape is to b e ac tive. E ven q u ic k exerc ises done reg u larly c an mak e a hu g e differenc e in you r mu sc le health. “Try the long route when you’re taking the dog for a walk, or take the stairs instead of the escalator. Staying active can also maintain joint health, said Dr. Lamm. Feed Your Muscles Most people know that protein is a building block for muscle, yet don’t get enough of it. Sleep also feeds muscle growth and recovery. “I tell my patients to aim for a regular sleep schedule of eight or nine hours each night to promote optimal muscle mass, heart health, and brain health, said Dr. Lamm. Try a Supplement You cannot halt aging, but new research shows you may be able to curb the muscle loss that comes with getting older. A new clinical study showed that daily supplementation with the su per antioxidant, P yc nog enol ( pic -noj -en-all) , improved mu sc le fu nc tion and endu ranc e, and redu c ed some of the symptoms ac c ompanying mu sc le loss. “I’ve recommended Pycnogenol to my patients for years as a natural extract for healthy aging, and as an important building block of wellness. This research builds on those findings, says Dr. Lamm. Pycnogenol is one of the most researched ingredients on the market, and decades of research demonstrate the benefits of this natural extract for cognitive support, joint health, and skin health that all contribute to an overall healthier self as we age. It’s available in more than 700 dietary supplements, multi-vitamins, and health products worldwide. F or more information, visit pyc nog enol. c om. Muscle maintenance is a key to healthy aging. Luckily, there are many steps you can take to prevent muscle loss and stay strong through the years.

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hose of u s in the B ab y B oomer g eneration g rew u p du ring some interesting times in Americ a. C ompared to ou rs, today’ s you ng er g eneration lives in a soc iety so mu c h more c omplic ated and fu ll of not so savory c ompetition for their time and attention. O u rs c an rememb er a simpler time when distinc t lines of rig ht and wrong , and c lear and enforc ed parental b ou ndaries g ave u s a strong sense of moral c larity, love, and sec u rity. I t was also a time when as k ids we c ou ld entertain ourselves for hours at a time or with friends, both real and imaginary. Imaginations were needed and could be seen through boys fighting cowboy and indian battles, racing c ars and operating T onk a du mp tru c k s j u st to name a few sc enarios. F or g irls, it was often playing nu rse or hou se with B arb ie and K en, and mayb e with one of those talk ing dolls that req u ired only a pu lled string to invite a repetitive, b u t c omforting voic e. O f c ou rse, some of the g irls did pretty well at k eeping u p with the b oys, and a few exc elled b eyond! And, we rarely went anywhere in the neig hb orhood withou t ou r b ik es, and if you didn’ t have a sk inned-u p k nee as a b adg e of honor, well, then you were ob viou sly a rook ie or mayb e something even worse. . . O f c ou rse, most of u s had a favorite pet g rowing u p. Mine was C asey, a wonderfu l mu tt who wou ld ride standing u p in my red ( R adio F lyer) wag on as I pu lled him as fast and fu riou s as I c ou ld u ntil he c ou ld no long er stay on as I rolled the wag on. B u t, he never failed to land on his feet. W hat a dog ! I f P E T A had b een arou nd b ac k then, I mig ht still b e doing time - b u t for C asey and me it was all a fu n g ame. My stroll down Memory L ane wou ldn’ t b e c omplete withou t inc lu ding a spec ial part of my c hildhood that is still arou nd. Ab ou t the time I was eig ht or nine years old, I learned throu g h one of my b u ddies of a plastic rou nd disc that was really fu n to throw and c atc h. After spending time with him and his F risb ee, I k new rig ht away that I had to have one too. So, I saved my money and b efore long b ou g ht my own from either the loc al T G& Y or B en F rank lin store. My F risb ee and I were b est friends, as I c ou ld often b e fou nd g iving it a spin to a friend, two leg g ed or fou r-leg g ed, or even b y myself sinc e it wou ld c ome b ac k to me if I threw it a c ertain way. R ememb er, it is mostly in the wrist ac tion and follow throu g h to g et the rig ht spin and direc tion. W hat has prompted this little stroll is an important moment from Americ a’ s history, well - at least so to me. I t was sixty years ag o, J anu ary 2 3, 1 9 5 7 , that the W ham-O Company first marketed the “Pluto Platter. In 19 , the company modified the platter and trademark ed the name F risb ee. W hile c ertainly a milestone, this was b y no means the beginning of the phenomena of the flying disc. In the 1920s, Yale students disc overed the fu n of throwing pie tins from the F risb ie B ak ing C ompany of B ridg eport, CT. In 194 , Fred Morrison, a California carpenter, building inspector, and former World War II P W, manufactured the first plastic flying disc, calling it the Whirlo-Way, later renamed the F lyin-Sau c er. I n 1 9 5 5 Morrison was invited to j oin W ham-O , and in 1 9 6 4 E dward H eadric k was hired as General Manag er and V P in c harg e of mark eting . From there, the Frisbee’s flight soared in popularity and into a household word in the Americ an lexic on. T oday, what b eg an as a simple idea rooted in the lives and imag ination of the you ng has g rown b eyond j u st a past time and into a well-rec og niz ed, widely-played rec reation ac tivity. I n addition, the F risb ee has inspired sports su c h as disc freestyle, U ltimate and D isc Golf, req u iring new disc desig ns and spu rring the c onstru c tion of c ou rses and the g rowth of assoc iations, leag u es and tou rnaments all over Americ a. Good old fashion Americ an c reativity and entrepreneu rship has g iven u s c ou ntless benefits, some admittedly more consequential than the Frisbee, but for thousands of k ids in my g eneration the F risb ee has left u s with some of ou r fondest memories of more innoc ent times when a you ng ster’ s imag ination c arried him or her to heig hts well b eyond the F risb ee’ s rang e. And, I for one am c onvinc ed that the F risb ee is needed today more than ever to help g ive u s a b reak from the relentless servitu de we are su b j ec ted to u nder demands and addic tions from modern tec hnolog y. O c c asionally swapping the disc drive on ou r c ompu ters for a disc drive in the b ac k yard, or on the U ltimate c ou rse seems lik e a pretty g ood trade-off that we may all need to c onsider more often.


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January 25, 2017

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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 15, 2017 Timothy Ryan Perry, 25, of La Junta, Colorado was charged with obstructing governmental operations. Charges were later amended to loitering. Zach Bryan, 24, of Mena was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended driver’s license, havin no liability insurance, and having no vehicle license. A local woman reported that someone is making obscene and harassing calls to her cell phone from an unknown number. Case is pending. January 16, 2017 Trevor Johnson, 18, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Polk Count heriff’s ffice. A Mena man reported that someone had broken the back windshield of his vehicle and slashed two tires. Case is pendin identification, location and interview of suspect(s). January 17, 2017 A 17-year-old Mena youth reported the theft of his cell phone. Case is pending further investigation. January 18, 2017 Employees at a local retail store reported that a customer had fallen while on their parking lot. The individual was transported to the local hospital. No further information is available. January 19, 2017 Charles Grahn, 46, of Mena was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of an instrument of crime. He was additionally served an outstanding warrant for failure to pa fines and court costs from the olk Count heriff’s ffice. In the same incident, Kevin Grahn, 22, also of Mena was cited for possession of an instrument of crime. Report was made of a counterfeit $20.00 bill being taken at a local farm store. Case pending. A Mena man reported that someone had stolen prescription medication from his home while he was away. Case is pending. A local woman reported that she is being harassed by a former acquaintance against whom she has an order of protection. Case is pending. January 20, 2017 A local man reported the theft of a drone. Case is pending further information. January 21, 2017 A local man is receiving hang up calls and

harassing calls on his cell phone. Case is pending. A Mena woman reported that her former husband is harassing her. Case is pending.

Polk County Sheriff’s Department January 9, 2017 Report of a domestic disturbance on Highway 88 East near the Yocana community led to the arrest of Kenneth D. Frost, 43, of Mena, on a Charge of Domestic Battery 3rd Degree. Report from complainant on Highway 375 East near Mena of the theft of a vehicle. Deputies responded. Information has been provided to the rosecutin Attorne ’s ffice for further consideration. January 10, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 92 near the Shady Grove community of the break-in and theft of household items. Investi ation continues. raffic stop led to Citations for No iabilit Insurance and No icense late bein issued to Amber D. Brock, 38, of Mena. Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Troy A. Smith, 51, of Cove, on Char es of D I, Careless rohibited Driving and Refusal to Submit. January 11, 2017 eport of a rass fire on Barton ane near Mena. January 12, 2017 Report from complainant of the break-in to a stora e unit in Hatfield and the theft of tools and furniture, totaling losses at $994.00. Investi ation continues. Report from complainant on Freedom Lane near Potter of the theft of mail from mailbo es. Investi ation continues. Arrested b an officer with the Grannis olice Department was Robert R. Montemayor, , of harr, , on Char es of Improper se of a a , No iabilit Insurance, ossession of an Instrument of Crime, ossession of a chedule I Controlled ubstance and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. January 13, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 689 near Mena of the theft of two generators, valued at , . . Investi ation continues. Report from two Mena individuals of the forgery and theft of checks, totaling losses at , . . Investi ation continues. January 14, 2017 eport of a car on fire on Hi hwa West near Mena. raffic stop on olk near Hatfield led to Citations for Driving Left of Center and ossession of a chedule I Controlled ubstance being issued to Trenton L. Dees, 18, of mithville, . Report from complainant on Loftis Creek Lane near the Yocana community of damage to vehicle tires, totaling losses at $400.00. Investi ation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 78 near

Potter of individuals trespassing on their property. Deputy advised all parties involved to sta off of the nei hbor’s propert . Report from a Mena woman of problems with her teenage daughter. Deputies responded. Report of a domestic disturbance on Polk 59 near the Board Camp community. Deputies responded. Information has been provided to the rosecutin Attorne ’s ffice for further consideration. Report of a disturbance on Hornbeck Avenue in Vandervoort. Deputies responded. All parties involved were advised to cease all contact. Arrested was Tyler W. Everett, 25, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear. January 15, 2017 Report of a two-vehicle accident led to a Citation for No roof of Insurance bein issued to Bonnie F. illis, , of Hatfield. Report from complainant on Highway 88 East near Mena of damage done to windows and doors. Information has been forwarded to the proper authorities. Report of a 911 call from an individual lost in the area of Polk 402 near Cove. Search teams were able to locate the individual.

olk Count heriff’s ffice worked three accidents reports this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population Incarcerated Inmates, with Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility. J anuary 16 , 20 17 R eport from c omplainant on H ig hway 2 7 0 near Ac orn of a stolen vehic le led to the arrest of Mic hael W . W illiams, 4 5 , of I rving , T X , on W arrants for F ailu re to Appear and two c ou nts of F ailu re to C omply with a C ou rt O rder, and Sc ott C ou nty W arrants also. R eport of a j u venile rec eiving a su spic iou s text messag e. R eport of a distu rb anc e led to a 1 2 -yearold female b eing issu ed a J u venile C itation for T heft of P roperty. T he j u venile was released to the c u stody of a parent/ g u ardian. Arrested b y a trooper with the Ark ansas State P olic e was Stephen M. K ig ht, 32 , of C ove, on C harg es of D W I , C areless/ P rohib ited D riving , N o D river’ s L ic ense and R efu sal to Su b mit. J anuary 17 , 20 17 R eport from c omplainant in P olk C ou nty of the theft of c hec k s in T exas. I nformation has b een forwarded to

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the P ec os C ou nty and W ard C ou nty, T exas au thorities. R eport from a Mena woman that her adu lt dau g hter is missing . T he individu al has b een entered into AC I C as a missing person. Arrested was J oseph R . H olmes, 31 , of Mena, on a C harg e of O b stru c ting Governmental O perations. R eport from a Mena woman of issu es c once rning property near the I nk c ommu nity. J anuary 18 , 20 17 R eport from c omplainant on P olk 1 1 near W ic k es of a b reak -in to their residenc e, ca u sing $ 2 0 0 . 0 0 in damag es to a window. I nvestig ation c ontinu es. R eport from a Mena man of b eing b attered b y an ac q u aintanc e. I nformation has b een provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s ffice for fu rther c onsideration. R eport of a distu rb anc e in the P olk C ou nty D etention C enter led to a C itation for B attery 3rd D eg ree b eing issu ed to D avid M. F raser,

2 8 , of Mena. R eport from a Mena woman of the violation of an O rder of P rotec tion. I nformation has b een provided to the P rosec u ting Attorney’ s ffice for further consideration. R eport of a domestic distu rb anc e on P olk 4 1 9 near P otter. D epu ties responded. I nformation has b een provided to the P rosec u ting Attorney’s ffice for further consideration. J anuary 19 , 20 17 R eport from c omplainant on C ardinal L ane near Ac orn of prob lems reg arding neig hb or’ s dog s. D epu ty advised parties of leg al options. R eport from walk -in c omplainant of a previou s inc ident with an ac q u aintanc e. D epu ty advised c omplainant of leg al options. Report from a Hatfield woman of being harassed b y an ac q u aintanc e. I nformation has b een provided to the P rosec u ting Attorney’ s ffice for further consideration. Arrested was B randon S. R ippy, 2 5 , of Mena, on a P rob ation V iolation W arrant.

Arrested b y a trooper with the Ark ansas State P olic e was K athy R . H arper, 37 , of Mena, on C harg es of D W I , R ec k less D riving , E ndang ering the W elfare of a Minor 2 nd D eg ree, N o L iab ility I nsu ranc e and R efu sal to Su b mit. J anuary 20 , 20 17 R eport from c omplainant on P olk 6 1 near the B oard C amp c ommu nity that an u nk nown person had made u nau thoriz ed c hang es to a u tility ac c ou nt. I nvestig ation c ontinu es. R eport from a C ove man of b eing threatened b y text messag e. I nvestig ation c ontinu es. J anuary 21, 20 17 R eport from c omplainant on P olk 5 4 near Mena that their mailb ox had b een ran over. I nvestig ation c ontinu es. R eport of a b attery on P olk 2 38 near Mena led to the arrest of L au ra K . Giesel, 4 5 , of Mena, on C harg es of B attery 3rd D eg ree and D isorderly C ondu c t. R eport from c omplainant on P olk 2 6 7 near



C ove of the theft of a winc h, valu ed at $ 5 0 0 . 0 0 . I nvestig ation c ontinu es. R eport of a distu rb anc e on Stone L ane near Ac orn. D epu ty responded. Traffic stop on Polk 4 near N u nley led to the arrest of T homas Z . T aylor, 2 7 , of Mena, on C harg es of D W I 2 and D riving with a Su spended D river’ s L ic ense. J anuary 22, 20 17 R eport of a domestic distu rb anc e on H ig hway 37 5 W est near the Shady Grove c ommu nity. D epu ties responded. O ne of the parties left the residenc e. Report of a structure fire on Polk 49 in the Shady Grove c ommu nity. T he c au se of the fire is suspected to be lightning. Polk County Sheriff’s ffice worked two vehic le ac c idents this week . P olk C ou nty D etention C enter J ail P opu lation: 1 4 I nc arc erated I nmates, with 2 I nmates c u rrently on the W aiting L ist for a State F ac ility.



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