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Mena Water Eyes Replacing Clearwell BY MELANIE WADE •

Mena Water Utilities is eyeing the possibility of having to replace their clearwell at the Irons Fork Treatment Facility, a project that could cost upwards of $2 million. In January 2016, a large crack was found in the well but was deemed not to be harmful to the water it houses by engineers from Craig L. Beckham E ngineers (CLB) out of Texarkana, Ark. Mena Water Manager Charles Pitman said the structure is 27 years old CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

Investigation Leads to Multiple Charges for Local Pair BY MELANIE WADE • The Polk County Sheriff’s Department made two arrests on Thursday, January 25 , 2018, for an array of charges including drug charges, possessing stolen property, maintaining a drug premise, and endangering a minor. The Sheriff’s Department along with the 18th Judicial West Drug Task Force executed search warrants in two residences, one in Mena and another in Yocana, that resulted in CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

County’s First Virtual Academy Application Deadline Nears PHOTO BY LEANN DILBECK The Cossatot River Eagles and Lady Eagles will celebrate Homecoming ceremonies and honor their royal court this Friday, February 2, when the teams will battle the Ashdown Panthers on Ed Stevenson Court. The 2018 royal court includes: Bottom row l-r (12th grade) Neila Cruz, Kaylee Kesterson, Jacie Wilkerson, Harley Dering; 2nd row (11th grade) Lauren Driver, Bianca Ralls, Gaitlynn Brady; 3rd row (10th grade) Amy Haynes, Lexi Tumbleson, Kayla Youngblood; 4th row (9th grade) RyLee Dering, Kortlyn McKee, Jasey Holm; 5th row (8th grade) Maggie Haynes, Josey Johnston; 6th row (7th grade) Xitlali Trinidad, Reagan Bills.

BY MELANIE WADE • Applications for the county’s first virtual academy are now being accepting and the deadline is quickly approaching. In today’s technology filled world, the education experience is rapidly changing. Mena School District Superintendent Benny Weston explained, “ n order to reach all learners, we have to do something to benefit CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

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he older I’ve become, the greater the appreciation I have developed for the many different seasons of life. The weather and ecological seasons will change without fail… and so will with the seasons of life. Much like the parable of the sower and the reaper, what we do in one season ensures our success in another season. This will be my last issue as the publisher/ editor of The Pulse. It has certainly not been an easy decision to make but has been a prayerful one and one that I make in complete peace. Put simply… it’s time. My season with the Pulse has been one of my greatest joys and one of my greatest challenges but as in all challenges, we learn and grow. Providing, what I hope many will agree, is a service to a community that I am deeply rooted in and love beyond words has truly been a tremendous privilege. The Pulse, now 10 years old, succeeded through a time when other newspapers were folding and, yet, we ourished in a small rural Arkansas town and as a free publication, against all odds. t’s a testament of God’s favor, I believe, because everyone’s heart at Team Pulse was centered on the same goal – to serve our hometown and to do it with professionalism, dignity, and integrity. Journalism and media has certainly evolved over the last decade and I challenge everyone to hold journalists on all levels, local or national, to a high standard because it is an important part of our society. None of this would have ever been possible without the support of the local business community. Without their hard earned advertising dollars, this publication would not exist. They embraced my concept of a true community newspaper and allowed us to pay the printing bill and make payroll so that week after week, we could continue and I will forever be grateful for that. Thank you to the community who also embraced my way, as non-traditional as it has been, and allowed me to also share my faith openly. You have allowed me the privilege of sharing your stories and have proven time and again what makes my hometown and Polk ounty the greatest place on this oating big rock to live the people. CONTINUED ON PAGE 21



A group has formed which calls itself the “Committee for Growth In Polk County.” It is petitioning for a local option election to “authorize the sale of beer, wine and liquor in Polk County.” They have issued answers to 12 possible questions voters might have about liquor sales. Essentially they are saying liquor is not all that bad and selling it would make money. I disagree. Just because something will make money does not mean it is the right thing to do. The NBC Nightly News, January 17, 2018 reported one-third of all traffic deaths are connected to drinking, and that we have over 10,000 alcohol-impaired fatalities in the US every year. One of the things I love about Mena and Polk County is that it has the courage to stand up and be different. It is a place where I do not have to see bottles of alcohol staring at me in nearly every place I shop. It seems a little strange to me that we even have a “Committee for Growth in Polk County.” While writing my Mena history book, now on my Facebook page, I found that when founded in 1896 Mena was a tent city of about 3,000 people. That means it has not doubled in size in 122 years. Even so, Mena is a small town that is not dying. We have an incredible hospital, excellent school system, a student-centered community college, and a unique arts district in a newly rebuilt downtown shopping area. Compared to the rest of Arkansas, this is heavily industrialized area, with our airport, Sterling Machinery, Brodix, and more. We have excellent senior citizen services, a wide variety of places to shop, and many fine places to eat. We have a public library, many churches, and it is easy to find recently paved city streets and repaired sidewalks. To me Mena is just the right size. It is not crowded or congested. It has no buildings over two stories tall. The people are friendly and welcoming. There is lots to do. If someone wants to live in a city of over 8,000 they would have to move more than 80 miles away. Our “Growth” does not need to be rushed or spurred by selling alcohol. Roy Vail, Mena



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itch Sikes, Polk County Farm Bureau – Mena, won both the Auto Agent of the Year and the Property Agent of the Year for the Southwest District of Farm Bureau Insurance, Friday night, January 19, 2018, at their awards banquet at Lake DeGray State Park. Tony Hooper, Agency Manager at Polk County Farm Bureau said, “We are all very proud of Mitch’s accomplishments and these awards were well deserved. He does a great job for our agency and for his clients each and every day. He is a yearly contender in each of these categories, but to win both in the same year is really special, because he is now competing against agents in Pulaski, Garland, Saline, and Miller Counties, which have much larger population bases than we do here in Polk County. He is a real asset to Farm Bureau Insurance and to those members he has served here for almost 20 years now.” Pictured with Sikes are (L) Randy Lloyd, Associate State Sales Manager and (R) Mike Dunn, District Sales Manager for Southwest Arkansas, which includes 20 counties and 85 agents.

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Bob Carver Charitable Trust Makes Donation to Bearcat Stadium SUBMITTED


t the January 23rd regular monthly school board meeting, Mena Superintendent, Benny Weston, announced that Mena Public Schools received a $200,000 contribution from the Bob Carver Charitable Trust. This donation has been deemed by the Bob Carver Charitable Trust to be used for renovations, additions, and improvements to Bearcat Stadium. With the contribution directed to be used exclusively toward Bearcat Stadium improvements, the members of the Mena School Board have determined that the immediate needs for the stadium at this time are resurfacing the track, replacing the stadium’s perimeter fencing, and press box refurbishment. In last Tuesday’s meeting, board members approved to use $106,220 of the contribution to resurface the track at Bearcat Stadium this spring. With this amount, the entire track perimeter will be resurfaced, that will also include repainting of all lines and markings, as well as certification of the track. One area of need that will be repaired in the process will be leveling a low-lying dipped area of the track that is approximately eight feet in length and 28.5 feet wide. With the $106,220 approved for the track resurfacing, this is comprised of $81,138 for the track being repaired and resurfaced, and $25 ,082 to upgrade the track surface to the BSS 200RE System. This upgrade will create an impermeable surface on the track, and is projected to extend the original life expectancy of the new track surface from 6-8 years to 10-12 years. The new track perimeter, once resurfaced, will be track red in color, replacing the current black surface that has been in place since its original installation. Beynon Sports Surfaces Inc., of Wichita, K ansas, will be handling the track resurfacing, and while no specific date is scheduled for the resurfacing to begin, Bearcat Stadium is on Beynon Sports Surfaces’ schedule for this spring. Beynon has completed track projects at Waldron High School and Ashdown High School, and will be completing the track project at Mineral Springs before beginning the Bearcat Stadium track. Following a period of five consecutive days of temperatures above 50 degrees, Beynon can begin the track project at Bearcat Stadium. Once the track is resurfaced and certified, Bearcat Stadium will be eligible to host track meets again. Bearcat Stadium has not hosted a track meet in the last ten years. The second item of priority that will be improved with the allotted monies will be replacing the fencing around the perimeter of Bearcat Stadium. According to Mena Superintendent Benny Weston, replacing the fencing will fulfill multiple needs that have been discussed for several years by he and the Mena School Board. New fencing will allow for more controlled access points with the entrances around the stadium perimeter that are currently in place. It will also be an opportunity to upgrade the aesthetics of the fencing that has been in place since the stadium’s original construction. The new perim-

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The newly built Christ Community Fellowship church on Highway 88, east of Mena, was welcomed into the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

State Representative John Maddox to Seek Re-Election


hris Daniel, of Mena, has announced his intent to run for Justice of the Peace in Polk County. Daniel submitted the following: “I would like to announce my independent candidacy for Polk County, Arkansas Justice of the Peace District 1. I held this position for two terms several years ago and chose not to seek re-election due to a lot of out-oftown, work related travel at the time. “I will be circulating my petition over the coming weeks and plan to file as soon as the books are open on February 22nd. I am not running against anyone, nor do I have an agenda. I am running for the people of Polk County and JP District 1. “I enjoyed my time on the Q uorum Court before and feel I have something to offer, and I have had a great deal of encouragement to run. No promises now or later, I’ll just do the best I can! If you live in JP District 1, your support and vote will be greatly appreciated.”



tate Representative John Maddox, who serves district 20, announced he will be seeking re-election for his seat in the State House. The district includes portions of Montgomery, Polk, and Sevier counties. “When first decided to run for office wanted to make government more efficient and accountable. I’ve delivered on those promises by backing legislation that has allowed us to focus on growing our economy instead of our government,” said Maddox. In the 91st General Assembly, Maddox served on the House Judiciary Committee, the House Insurance and Commerce Committee, and Joint Budget. He is Vice Chairman of the Financial Institutions Sub-Committee. Maddox has been honored by the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorney’s Association and the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce separately for backing law enforcement legislation and supporting pro-business policies. During his first term, Maddox played a key role in passing legislation that centered on helping Arkansas employers by reducing burdensome costs and supported legislation that incentivize people to get back into the workforce. “I want to continue to focus on reforms to make Arkansas more attractive for businesses so our state’s economy can thrive,” added Maddox. Maddox is an attorney at Maddox and Maddox Law Firm in Mena where sits on the board of directors of the Union Bank of Mena and Rich Mountain Community College. Maddox and his wife Mandy, reside in Mena with their two daughters, Madison and Macy.

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Mena Regional Honors Anesthetists SUBMITTED

Mena Regional Health System recently honored their Certified Registered Nurse nesthetists during National CRN Wee . s highly educated and s illed anesthesia experts, CRN s stay with patients throughout their procedure to ensure their comfort and safety. For CRN s, providing patient-centered, holistic pain management and anesthesia care is both their profession and their passion. Pictured from left: Chandler Cox, HR Director Py e Bobo, CRN Teresa Wise, CNO Ben Campbell, CRN Mar Hamelin , CRN and Jay uebedeaux, CEO.

DAR Celebrates with a Heritage Tea BY MELANIE WADE •


he James . Polk hapter, ational Society Daughters of the American Revolution, celebrated ancestry and heritage on Saturday, January 27, 2018 with a Heritage Tea, held at the First nited Methodist hurch in Mena. We are here to celebrate the James . Polk hapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This chapter was active in the early 1900’s before going dormant in the 1960’s 70’s,” said athy Haglar, 1st ice Regent. “Mary arpenter came in the early 2000’s and brought it back. We have the tea to celebrate our heritage as patriot descendents.” The Ouachita Strings Orchestra played as entertainment, much to the delight of participants, and refreshments were served. While most wore their Sunday best, some ladies oined in the traditional American Revolution dress pictured right). The event was attended by the local chapter, as well as district and state members. Reggie Fryer, history teacher at osstatot River High School and also the 2016 local and state DAR Teacher of the ear, served as the guest speaker and gave an extensive account of women’s roles in the American Revolution - a speech that was information, striking, and at times, funny. Back then, “They had patriotic passion,” said Fryer. “They were steadfast and dependable. wish more people were as passionate about patriotism,” as they were back then.


CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE them,” said Weston. “We are entering an ‘ any time, any pace, any place’ educational experience,” which are exactly the benefits a virtual school provides and works much like a charter school. A virtual school consists of online classes that can be completed anywhere, as long as the student has internet access and a device to log on with. Lessons can be watched through videos, homework can be completed and submitted online, and students can work at their own pace. The Mena District will bring the county’s first school of the kind, which will be called the Polk ounty irtual Academy, or P A. Enrollment for P A is open to any -12 aged student in the Mena School area for the fall semester of the 2018-19 school year. There is an enrollment cap of 25 students for the first year. The district hopes to increase the cap to 200 students by the 2022-202 school year. Enrollment information is available to parents and students via the district’s social media and website. Applications are now available on the Mena School District Facebook page and school websites. Printed forms are available at any of Mena’s four school campuses or at the Mena Public Schools entral Office, 501 Hickory Street in Mena. All completed applications must be returned to the entral Office by February 16, 2018. For additional information or uestions on the Polk ounty irtual Academy, call the entral Office at 79- 9 -1710, or e-mail Assistant Superintendent Jeanne Smith at jeanne. smith or pcva

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and the crack is from natural wear through the years. Since then, water levels in the 600,000 gallon have been kept at a level below the crack, just under 45 0,000 gallons, so that water loss was not an issue. At that time, options ranged from putting sealant in the crack, to placing a liner inside the well, to replacing the entire well. However, in the years since, the crack has grown larger, requiring its replacement. “It is past the point of sealant, it would cost a fortune and wouldn’t last as long as a liner. The liner is also no longer an option because it takes too many days to cure,” Pitman explained. “The only option that we can see that is feasible is to just replace it.” Although the full estimated cost has not yet been determined, Pitman says it could cost around $2 million. At a meeting of the Mena Street Committee on Monday, January 29, Pitman updated City leadership and informed them that he would be seeking funding for the project. In order to keep the cost from being passed on to consumers, he hopes to secure state or federal funding. “The engineer is working on a more detailed engineering report that funding Mena Water Utilities Manager Charles Pitman shows a large crack to engineers from Craig L. Beckham Enagencies would require… before you go ask them for money, they gineers of Texarkana, Ark. in January 2016. The crack has since grown larger, causing the utility company want to make sure this is all you need and that you have thought of to replace the well. all scenarios,” Pitman continued. “This is something that has to be done and we will exhaust all funding options before passing on the cost to the customers.”



eter fencing will be the black coated chain link material that is also used at the Mena baseball and softball complex. According to Weston, bids are still being secured for the fencing project. Once the current perimeter fencing at the stadium is removed, it will be taken to the Mena Schools Transportation Complex where it will eventually be put up around the perimeter. This fencing will provide limited access and security for that location. This will be able to fulfill an overall facilities goal. With the track and fencing improvements, these upgrades will benefit community members and Mena students for years to come. “Almost every student who comes through Mena Schools uses the track and stadium in their school career,” Weston said. “This stadium is used for so much more than school functions, though. It’s a venue the entire community uses.” The stadium is used for school and community events. E xamples of school events include Physical E ducation classes, band, cheer, track, soccer, football, Senior Night, graduation, and Special Olympics. E xamples of community events include community walking track, PT tests for Armed Forces recruits, Forest Service and E mergency Personnel operations, Fields of Faith, E aster Sunrise Community Service, and many other community events. “Year in and year out, the Mena High School Performing Arts Center and Bearcat Stadium serve as hosts to some of the biggest functions held at Mena Public Schools,” Weston said. “It’s imperative that we make and keep these locations accommodating, safe, and fully functioning facilities. The Mena High School Performing Arts Center is in excellent condition, so at this time, we have a need for improvement at our Bearcat Stadium facility.” Other upgrades that were already scheduled to take place this summer are improvements to the restrooms at Bearcat Stadium. Other areas that have been considered for the use of these donated funds include refurbishing the press box as well as improvements to the interior fencing.

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the arrests of Ricky Paul Ferguson, age 41, and Clara D. Ferguson, age 42, both of Mena. The warrants were attained following a two-month investigation. While executing the search warrants, officers found a large amount of cash and methamphetamine. Authorities also recovered a motorcycle that had been reported stolen from the Fort Smith area and a truck reported stolen from Conway. Although formal charges are pending, initial charges for the pair are: Possession of Methamphetamine, Theft by Receiving, Possession of a Firearm by Certain Persons, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Maintaining a Drug Premises, and E ndangering the Welfare of a Minor. Bond was set at $100,000 each. Both currently remain in the Polk County Detention Center awaiting formal arraignment.

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William Robert Harvey, age 65 , of Cherry Hill, died Monday, January 22, 2018 at the Mena Regional Health System. He was born on Tuesday, December 9, 195 2 to E arl E dwards and Frances Marie Harvey in Mena. William was a godly man, and a member of the Acorn Baptist Church. He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam era as well as the Army National Guard. Family and God always guided his life and were most important to him. William worked in construction, rock laying for Harvey Construction. He loved fishing, hunting, and tinkering, but nothing gave him more joy than his grandkids. William was a loving husband, son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and a great friend who will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his father, E arl E dwards Harvey; his son, Gregory Harvey; his brother, James Harvey; and his sister, E arlene Harvey. William is survived by his wife, Mary Harvey of Cherry Hill; his mother, Frances Harvey of Acorn; one son, Charlie Harvey of Mena; four daughters, Cheryl Stubbs of Mena, Michele Harvey of Mena, Billie Bloodworth of Mena, and Misty Dukeshire of Acorn; three brothers, Wayne Harvey of Duluth, Michigan, John Harvey of Russellville, Arkansas, and Alan Harvey of Moberly, Missouri; eighteen grandchildren; four great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. Memorial services with military honors were Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home hapel with Brother Roger Bishop officiating. Cremation services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Online Guestbook:

EARLDENE YOUNG BLACK E arldene Young Black, age 91, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Monday, January 22, 2018 in Mena, Arkansas. She was born on November 19, 1926 in San Benito, Texas to the late Clyde M. Young and the late Pearl Garner Young. E arldene was married to K eith Smith Black and he preceded her in death. E arldene lived in

Mena the last several years and prior in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Also, she was a loving homemaker. She was an avid ower gardener and loved her family dearly. E arldene was of the Methodist faith. She was a loving sister, mother, grandchildren and friend. She is survived by, sister, Clydel Hardegree of Victoria, Texas; children, Brandon Black and wife Linda of Van Buren, Arkansas, Scott Black and wife Micki of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Monta Black Philpot and husband Leon of Mena, Arkansas; and several grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, K eith Black, and her parents, Clyde and Pearl Young. Graveside service was held Thursday, January 25 , 2018 2:00 p.m. at Daniel Cemetery in Wickes, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Visitation was general.

PAMELA SUE BRAWLEY HEIFNER Pamela Sue Brawley Heifner, age 5 1, of Bonnerdale, Arkansas passed away on January 21, 2018 at St. Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs. She was born November 9, 1966 to the late Juanita Faught Brawley and George (Shack) Brawley. She was united in marriage to Stanley Heifner. She is survived by her husband; one brother, William Raines of Florence, Alabama; two nephews and one great niece; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins in the Mena area. Pam was employed by Selected Insurance, where she had many special friends who lovingly supported her during her two year fight with cancer. A memorial service will be held at Faith Missionary Baptist church in Mena on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 2 p.m.

JOAN REYNOLDS Joan Reynolds, age 83, of Cove, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Ft. Smith, AR. Joan E lizabeth Anderson was born March 25 , 1934, to James Anderson and Laura May Anderson, (ne VanCampen) in Philadelphia, PA. She is survived by her husband, James Reynolds of Cove; her brother, Jim Anderson of Vista, CA; her daughter, Mary Ditzel of Cove; her son, Tom Reynolds of Siloam Springs; and her son, Scott Reynolds of

Cove. Joan was a loving grandmother and great-grandmother to eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter Leslie Smith of Cove, her parents, two brothers, and a sister.

AUBERT “SPIKE” PHILLIS Aubert “Spike” Phillis, age 73, of Cove, died Friday, January 26, 2018 at his home. He was born on Tuesday, March 21, 1944 to Aubert B. Phillis, Sr. and Marguerite Welsh Phillis in Gardiner, Maine. Spike was a contractor for many years where he built custom homes and carpentry. He served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam E ra and came home as a Staff Sergeant E -6. He was honored to have a statue of himself and two other soldiers in Tunica, Mississippi. He loved to help people, be the boss, go camping, watching the deer in his backyard, spending time with his wife, his kids, and especially his grandchildren. Spike was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a great friend who will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents, Aubert B. Phillis, Sr., and Marguerite Welsh Phillis; his mother-in-law, Ginny Hendricks; his sister, Toni St. Peter; his sister-in-law, Jackie Phillis; and brother-in-laws, Skip Dutil and Don Smith. Spike is survived by his wife, Debi Hendricks of Cove; one son and daughter in law, Lane and Jenifer Hendricks of Lake Charles, Louisiana five daughters and sons in law, Janna and K evin Meythaler of Huntsville, K ristina and Charles Dixon of Cove, Amber Hendricks of Mena, Stacie and Johnny McLellan of Huntington and Taryn Jinks of Cove; one brother and sister in law, George and Faye Phillis of Maine; sisters and brothers in law, Madeline and Gordan Doughty, Ann Dutil and Sheila Smith all of Maine; his father in law, Chuck Hendricks and wife, Inez of Mena; fourteen grandchildren, Hayden Hendricks, Laila Billings, K avon and Trinity Vincent, K adi, Mia, and Laci Dixon, Mark, K elli, and Jordyn Meythaler, Baylee, Logan, and Reed McLellan, and Loretta Johnston; one great granddaughter, K ylee Parnell; two cherished sons, Tony Davis of Cove and Josh Davidson of Centerton; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Monday, January 29, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas

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with Brother Stacy Strother officiating. nterment followed in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Visitation was held Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 2-4 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena. Pallbearers were John McLain, Dustin Burk, Matthew Broach, Michael Richardson, Jamie Williams, and Bobby Jones. Honorary Pallbearers were Mark Meythaler, Logan McLellan, Reed McLellan, and K avon Vincent. Online Guestbook:

JUANITA CLAUDINE WHITE Juanita Claudine White, age 87, of Mena passed away Monday, January 22, 2018 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was born in Mena, Arkansas on February 21, 1930 to the late Claude Brown and Rosa Watkins Brown. Juanita was a loving, caring homemaker and was married to the late Wilbur White. She worked hard for family and was a great loving mom. Juanita was a caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend, who loved her family very much. She will be dearly missed. She is survived by sons, James Aaron White and wife Phylis of Mena, Arkansas, Neil Wilbur White and wife Terri of Warrenville, South Carolina, Jerry Noel White and wife Sandy of Mena, Arkansas; seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by parents, Claude and Rosa Brown, her husband, Wilbur W. White, and a brother, Owen B. Brown. Graveside was held Friday, January 26, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at Norris Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Online obituary: Beasley Wood Funeral Home

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Hill & Hughes Lead Acorn On Senior Night BY EASTON LEONARD


n Tuesday, January 23rd, Acorn senior high basketball hosted the Mount Ida Lady Lions and Lions for Senior Night at Acorn High School. The Lady Tigers opened the game on a 7-0 run before Mount Ida made their first bucket. With 28 left in the opening quarter, Acorn forced the Lady Lions to call a time out, down by ten, 14-4. Following the time out, the Lady Tigers ended the quarter on a 9- run, to take a fifteen point, 2 -8, lead into the second. With eight points from Sophie Jackson and sevCONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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Local Residents Named to Harding University Dean’s List

E ARCY, AR - The following students are among more than 1,400 Harding University students included on the dean’s list for grades achieved during the fall 2017 semester. Hollee Phelps, a junior accounting major from Mena Connor Purvis, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major from Mena The dean’s list is published each semester by Dr. Marty Spears, university provost, honoring those who have achieved high scholarship. To be eligible, a student must be carrying 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher grade-point average and no incompletes. Harding University is a private Christian university located in Searcy, Arkansas. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, it is the largest private university in the state. Harding’s student body is made up of students representing 5 0 states and 5 4 nations and territories. The University offers more than 100 undergraduate majors, graduate and professional degrees at the master’s, specialist and doctoral level as well as numerous international study offerings including locations in Australia, Chile, E ngland, France, Greece, Italy and Z ambia. For more information, visit

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AGNOLIA, AR - Southern Arkansas University announced the names of more than 5 00 students who earned a 3.5 or higher GPA for the fall 2018 semester and recognition on the Southern Arkansas University Dean’s List. Students from this area who were honored include the following: E lizabeth Baker, of Mena, is a senior Pre-Nursing (BSN) major. Michelle Cox, of Mena, is a senior E lementary E ducation (K -6) major. Carrie Craver, of Grannis, is a freshman Pre-Nursing (BSN) major. Jamie Grasman, of Mena, is a senior E lementary E ducation (K -6) major. Tamra Hudson, of Cove, is a senior E lementary E ducation (K -6) major. RebaFaye McLellan, of Hatfield, is a senior Elementary Education -6 ma or. Jerusha Tedder, of Mena, is a junior E lementary E ducation (K -6) major. Breuniece Turner, of Mena, is a sophomore E arly Childhood E d P-4 major. Adrianna Wolfenbarger, of Mena, is a junior Business Administration: Management major. A total of 5 05 students were honored to this year’s Dean’s List, compared to 402 who ualified for the Dean’s List in the spring and 26 in the fall 2016. Southern Arkansas University announced the names of 280 students who earned a 4.0 GPA for the fall 2017 semester, earning recognition on the Southern Arkansas University President’s List. Cheyenne Bell is a senior Agricultural E ducation major from Cove. Tara Davis is a senior E lementary E ducation (K -6) major from Mena. Candace Ford is a senior E lementary E ducation (K -6) major from Wickes. K ara Richardson is a junior E lementary E ducation (K -6) major from Grannis. A total of 280 students were honored on the fall SAU President’s List. SAU “feels like home” and has built on its dedication to student achievement and caring atmosphere, both on campus and online, with more than 80 degrees in four distinct colleges and the School of Graduate Studies. As career and professional trends change, SA initiates new degree programs to fit those needs. The latest additions include an exciting new cybersecurity computer science program, a unique Welding E ngineering Technology SAU System program, and a new track in the MBA program for Social E ntrepreneurship. For more information about SAU, visit https:/ /

JANUARY 28 - FEBRUARY 2, 2018 MONDAY ACORN SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: Variety cereal, pancake wrap, syrup, parfait, fruit, juice, milk. ELEMENTARY: Beefy macaroni, popcorn chicken, roll, mashed potatoes, green peas, fruit, salad bar, milk. HIGH SCHOOL: Choice of potato bar. MENA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: Egg/cheese fundle, assorted cereal, string cheese, animal crackers, diced pears, grape juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, chicken sandwich, french fries, ham chef salad, sun butter & jelly sandwich. MIDDLE SCHOOL: Popcorn chicken, hamburger/cheese, chicken tenders, turkey/ham sub, ham chef salad, pepperoni or cheese pizza. HIGH SCHOOL: Other choices of corn dog or cheeseburger pizza.

TUESDAY ACORN SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: Variety cereal, super donut, parfait, fruit, juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Ham & cheese sub, frito chili pie, fries, fruit, salad bar, milk. HIGH SCHOOL: Choice of hamburger. MENA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: Sausage pancake on stick, assorted cereal, string cheese, animal crackers, mixed fruit, fruit blend juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Rotini w/ meat sauce, breadstick, green beans, cheeseburger, ham & turkey cobb salad, sun butter & jelly sandwich. MIDDLE SCHOOL: Rotini w/ meat sauce, chicken sandwich, bacon cheeseburger, turkey sun/chicken salad sandwich, pepperoni or cheese pizza. HIGH SCHOOL: Other choices of Bacon grilled cheese and meatlovers pizza.

WEDNESDAY ACORN SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: Variety cereal, biscuit and sausage, parfait, fruit, juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Meatloaf, chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes w/ gravy, roll, purple hull peas, fruit, salad bar, milk. HIGH SCHOOL: Choice of pizza. MENA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: Chocolate donut, assorted cereal, string cheese, animal crackers, applesauce, orange juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Baked potato w/ broccoli & cheese, chicken tenders, hot roll, turkey chef salad, sun butter & jelly sandwich.MIDDLE SCHOOL: Chicken tenders, hamburger/cheese, turkey chef salad, ham or turkey sub, pepperoni or cheese pizza. HIGH SCHOOL: Other choice of sausage pizza.

THURSDAY ACORN SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: Variety cereal, chocolate donut, parfait, fruit, juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Spaghetti w/ meat sauce, chicken alfredo, breadstick, green beans, fruit, salad bar, milk. HIGH SCHOOL: Choice of chicken patty sandwich. MENA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: Chicken biscuit, assorted cereal, string cheese, animal crackers, banana, cherry star juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Grilled cheese, hot dog, baked beans, celery sticks, popcorn chicken salad, sun butter & jelly sandwich, chicken. MIDDLE SCHOOL: Beef taco mac & cheese, chicken sandwich, fish sandwich, ham sub, chicken salad sandwich, popcorn chicken salad, pepperoni/cheese pizza. HIGH SCHOOL: Other choices of BBQ rib, meatball sub, ranch club pizza.

FRIDAY ACORN SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: Variety cereal, biscuit & gravy, parfait, fruit, juice, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Chicken fajitas, chicken taco soup e/ fritos, spanish rice, pinto beans, fruit, salad bar, milk. HIGH SCHOOL: Choice of potato bar. MENA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: BREAKFAST: Breakfast pizza, assorted cereal, poptart, string cheese, animal crackers, diced peaches, milk. LUNCH: ELEMENTARY: Pepperoni pizza, corn dog, steamed broccoli, baby carrots, ham pizza salad, sun butter & jelly sandwich. MIDDLE SCHOOL: Gen Tso chicken/rice, hamburger/cheese, chicken tenders, ham or turkey sub, ham pizza salad, pepperoni/cheese pizza. HIGH SCHOOL: Other choices of pizza burger, Mexican pizza. This weekly info proudly sponsored by:


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Thursday, 2/1 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 10:30 a.m. – Gator & Friends will be performing at The Mena Senior Center. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County meets at Papa’s Mexican Caf . Contact Sue Cavner at 234-5844 or Linda Rowe at 234-2575 for more info. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3655 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Salvation Army Family Store helps families with utilities. • 5:00 p.m. - 9th Street Ministries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the th Street Ministries building. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue aptist Church amily ife Center. Call 4 34 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous women’s meeting at the A C Club across from Chopping lock, 11 Hwy, 1, S., Mena. 4 1 4 0 or 4 43 0 . • 6:00 p.m. – Disabled American Veterans & Auxiliary meeting and potluck. Meeting follows dinner, American egion at eteran’s Park at Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave lorist. • 7:00 p.m. – Big Fork RVFD usiness Meeting & raining will be at the ire Station. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the A C Club across from Chopping lock, 11 Hwy 1, S., Mena. 4 1 4 0 or 4 43 0 . • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next he Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – The Ink RVFD usiness Meeting & raining will be at the community building. • 7:30 p.m. – Dallas Masonic Lodge 1 meets at the Mena odge located in the ld Post ffice by Janssen Park. Friday, 2/2 • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Road tests are given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room unless the roads are wet. Written tests are given at 1:00 p.m. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway

1 South. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fibers Arts Group meets at Mena Art Gallery. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next he Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Gator and Friends will be playing at the Hatfield Auditorium. $6.00 admission. 50/50 drawing, potluck, and door pri es. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the A C Club across from Chopping lock, 11 Hwy 1, S., Mena. 4 1 4 0 or 4 43 0 . • 9:30 p.m. – Karaoke Contest at raternal rder of the Eagles, 30 1 Hwy. 1 orth. Entry fee. Must be 1 years old. Saturday, 2/3 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 1:00 p.m. – M.S.A.A. Support Group meeting in Room 1 at A Rich Mountain. • 6:00 p.m. – Gospel Singing at the Little Hope aptist Church near Pine Ridge with dinner following. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American egion uilding, Hwy 1 ., Acorn. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the A C Club across from Chopping lock, 11 Hwy 1 S., Mena. 4 43 0 or 4 1 4 0 . Sunday, 2/4 • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the A C Club across from Chopping lock, 11 Hwy 1, S., Mena. 4 1 4 0 or 4 43 0 . • 3:00 p.m. – Worship service is held at Sulpher Springs Church. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the irst nited Methodist Church in Mena. Monday, 2/5 • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Mena Seventh Day Adventist Church Food Pantry at 14 Polk Road 43, across from airgrounds. on perishable food, personal care items, and nutritional help. Everyone will be served. • 6:00 p.m. – Polk County Fair & Rodeo meets at the airgrounds. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American egion uilding, Hwy 1 ., Acorn. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at irst nited Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 6:30 p.m. – Shady Grove RVFD business and training meeting. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the A C Club across from Chopping lock, 11 Hwy 1, S., Mena. 4 1 4 0 or 4 43 0 .

• 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next he Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – Potter RVFD meeting at the ire Station. • 7:00 p.m. – Acorn RVFD meeting will be at the ire House. • 7:00 p.m. – Mena Emblem Club meets at the Elks odge. Tuesday, 2/6 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardner Community Men’s reakfast at the irst nited Methodist Church in Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the th Street Ministries uilding. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art allery, 0 Mena St. ring your current pro ect and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3655 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 12:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. The Hatfield Branch Library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. - T.O.P.S. will meet in the nion ank Community Room for weigh ins, followed by a meeting. • 5:00 p.m. – Country and Gospel music is played at the Polk County Housing Authority Community Room. • 6:00 p.m. – Sons of Confederate Veterans meet at the Limetree Restaurant for their monthly meeting. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for the families of addicts and alcoholics will meet at the A C Club. • 7:00 p.m. – Dallas Valley RVFD meets for training at the ire House. • 7:00 p.m. – Acorn Fire & Rescue meets at the ire Department. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at irst nited Methodist Church, th & Port Arthur. 4 34 or 4 234-3043. Wednesday, 2/7 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. - The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in Hatfield, Wickes, rannis, andervoort, Cove, and Mena. • 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. – Warriors for Christ will meet at the Southside Church of od. • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Regeneration Youth Ministries meets at Mena Church of od Hwy East.

• 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church offers Discovery ids indergarten Thru 5th Grade; Collide Youth Ministry th hru 1 th rades and Adult ible Study. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at race ible Church, 1 11 Hwy 1 . Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the A C Club across from Chopping lock, 11 Hwy 1, S., Mena. 4 1 4 0 or 4 43 0 . • 7:00 p.m. – Inquiry Classes into the Catholic aith will be held in the St. homas House at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 03 th Street, and continue through Easter 01 . o cost or obligation, anyone interested is invited. Call 4 3 4 101 for more information.

• FREE CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION Class will be held by Mena Regional Health System on Monday, ebruary from p.m. Expectant mothers can attend at any stage of pregnancy. Call Women’s Services at 4 43 400 to register or for more questions. • MEMORIAL BENEFIT for ruce Johnson will be held on Saturday, ebruary 3rd at p.m. at the Hatfield Auditorium. Music by ator and riends dance, auction, bake sale, uilt raffle, and door pri es. 10 per person, 1 per couple. All funds with help with family expenses.



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Acorn Senior Night

Dean Announced To All-Star Roster



n Thursday, January 25th, Justin Dean of Mena High School was officially announced to the 2018 West All-Star Football Roster. Along with Dean, Cade Helms and Brody Davis of Mount Ida High School were also named to the West All-Stars team. Dean says, “I’m just honored to be able to be a part of something like this! ” The Arkansas High School Coaches Association/ National Guard AllStar Football game will take place at E stes Stadium, on campus on the niversity of entral Arkansas, on June 2 rd at 6 00pm.

Jr. Bearcats Take Down Ashdown BY EASTON LEONARD •


n Monday, January 22nd, the Mena Jr. High Bearcats took on the Ashdown Jr. Panthers at Jim Rackley Gymnasium. Before the junior high varsity game, the Junior High JV Bearcats won a close one by six, 19-13. Mena took an early lead in a close ballgame in the first uarter, and managed to outscore the Panthers 11-9. Little by little, extending their lead, the Jr. Bearcats outscored Ashdown 6- , to take a five point, 17-12, lead into halftime. At the half, Mason Brotherton led Mena with 8 points, while Harris led the Panthers with 5 points. Continuing to control the pace of the game, Mena extended their lead a bit more in the third quarter, outscoring the Panthers 12-9, to take an eight point, 29-21, lead into the fourth quarter. The Jr. Bearcats didn’t let up one bit in the final uarter of play, extending their lead to twelve, and making the final score - 1, by outscoring their opponents 14-10. Harris led the Ashdown Jr. Panthers with 10 points, as Williams scored 9 points of his own, Turner 7 points, Day 3 points, and Benton 2 points. On Thursday of last week, the Jr. Bearcats traveled to Arkadelphia and defeated the Jr. Badgers in overtime, 58-52. This Monday, January 29th, Mena hosted Hot Springs at Jim Rackley Gymnasium.

Jr. Lady Eagles Win Steve Martin Invitational



ver the weekend, on Saturday, January 27th, the Cossatot River Jr. Lady E agles defeated the Acorn Jr. Lady Tigers 46-37, to win the Steve Martin Invitational basketball tournament, on campus of Dierks High School. Congratulations to both teams on great performances throughout the tournament. Please make The Cole Team Bold & larger than the address & phone numbers below it. Omit the 800 number and the e-mail address and substitute instead.


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 en points from Lexi Powell, Acorn outscored the Lady Lions 19-12 in the second quarter, to take a twenty-two point, 42-20, lead into halftime. At the half, Faith Hill led the Lady Tigers with 12 points, as Carlton and K . Jones led Mount Ida with 7 points each. Mount Ida turned their offensive game on in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Tigers 22-12, to narrow Acorn’s lead down to twelve going into the final uarter of play, with the score 5 - 2. The Lady Tigers answered with twenty-one points in the fourth quarter, to Mount Ida’s ten points, to hang onto their lead, and win the game by twenty-three, 75-52. K . Jones led the Mount Ida Lady Lions with 13 points in the game, while Carlton scored 11 points, Smith 10 points, A. Jones 7 points, Burke 6 points, Carr 3 points, and Swindle 2 points. Faith Hill led the Acorn Lady Tigers with 21 points on the night, as Tori Barrett and Sophie Jackson added on 19 points each, Lexi Powell 8 points, Sydney Crawford 4 points, Makayla Anderson 3 points, and Braxlie Strother 1 point. In the senior high boys game, the Acorn Tigers also got off to a quick start, and forced the Lions to call a timeout down 8-2, with 5 07 left in the opening uarter. Following the timeout, Acorn outscored the Lions 13-8, to take an eleven point, 21-10, lead into the second. The Tigers offense lit up in the second quarter, outscoring Mount da 29-8, to take a thirty-two point, 50-18, lead into halftime. Thomas led the Lions with 12 points at halftime, while Cross Hughes led Acorn with 21 points. Thanks to eight points from Jeremiah Swint, the Tigers outscored Mount Ida 13-9 in the third, to take a thirty-six point, 63-27, lead into the final uarter of play. n a low scoring fourth, Acorn held the Lions to only five points, while scoring eight points of their own, to win the game by thirty-nine, 71-32. Braden Thomas led the Mount Ida Lions with 13 points, as Goss scored 8 points, Stipe and Norman 3 points each, Carr and number thirty 2 points, and Dillion 1 points. Cross Hughes led the Acorn Tigers with 21 points, while Jeremiah Swint added on 15 points, Leo Jacinto 10 points, Moore 7 points, Josh Swint 6 points, Z ak Abbott 4 points, Brady Lyle and number twelve 3 points, and number twenty-three 2 points. On Friday, January 26th, Acorn senior high basketball traveled to Mineral Springs. The Lady Tigers won 79-37, as the Acorn senior boys also won 66-60.


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Mount Ida No Problem For Acorn Jr. Basketball BY EASTON LEONARD •


n Tuesday, January 23rd, the Acorn Jr. Lady Tigers and Jr. Tigers hosted Mount Ida. Allowing Mount da to score zero points in the first quarter, the Jr. Lady Tigers outscored the Jr. Lady Lions -9 in the first half of the girls game. Acorn continued to extend their lead throughout the game, outscoring Mount da 18-10, to win the game by thirty-two, 51-19. Halli Holland led the Acorn Jr. Lady Tigers with 12 points in the game, while Butterfield and Tedder scored 8 points each, Ashlynn Bissell 7 points, Ellis and Blair 3 points each, Strother, Goss, Weddle, and Rodgers 2 points each, and Corryn Holland and Larucci 1 point each. n the unior boys game, the Jr. Tigers outscored the opposing Mount da Jr. Lions 26-1 in the first, as J. Lyle led Acorn with 7 points. n the second half, the Jr. Tigers extended their lead to twenty-three, by outscoring Mount da 2 -1 , to win the game 9-26. Brown and D. Bohlman led the Acorn Jr. Tigers with 1 points each in the game, as B. Hair scored 10 points, J. Lyle 7 points, and T. Lyle 6 points.

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n Monday, January 22nd, the Mena Jr. Ladycats hosted the Ashdown Pantherettes at Jim Rackley Gymnasium. Prior to the unior high varsity game, the Junior High J Ladycats blew out their opponents 1-5. n a very low scoring first uarter, Mena outscored the Scrapperettes by two, -2. Both teams continued to play good defense in the second uarter, as only ten total points were scored, to tie the score up at eight points apiece at halftime. Emily Wagner led the Jr. Ladycats with points at the half, as Greenlee led Ashdown with points. The Pantherettes fought back their lead in the third uarter, outscoring Mena 12-8, to take a four point, 20-16, lead into the fourth uarter. Mena kept the game close in the final uarter of play, but was never able to regain their lead. Down by four in the final seconds of the game, Ally Wright hit a deep three pointer, but the Jr. Ladycats fell short by one in the end, 0-29. Smith led the Ashdown Pantherettes with 10 points in the game, while Greenlee added on 7 points, Hill 6 points, Randle 5 points, and ook 1 point. Hannah Stockton led the Mena Jr. Ladycats with 11 points, as Gracie Lyle and Ally Wright scored 6 points each, Emily Wagner points, and Grayson Fairless 2 points. Later in the week, the Jr. Ladycats traveled to Arkadelphia and won by two, 1-29, and on Monday, Mena hosted Hot Springs.

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Forbes article recently cited that employee loyalty is at an all time low. reported 76%

of full-time workers, while not actively looking for a new job, would leave their current workplace if the right opportunity came along. Other studies show that each year, the average company loses anywhere from 20% to 5 0% of its employee base. In contrast to those staggering statistics is Union Bank’s Sarah Curry, who recently announced that she would be retiring after 47 years in the banking industry… all of which have been spent at Mena’s locally owned bank, the Union Bank of Mena. Union Bank of Mena President Philip Hensley spoke of Sarah’s impeccable work ethic and integrity, “I’ve known Sarah most all of my life. My mother worked at Union Bank alongside Sarah. She is a very self-motivated individual who took her job seriously and enjoyed her job. In recent years, banking has changed a lot with more emphasis on regulatory paperwork. Sarah would not let these changes affect her customers. She would go the ‘ extra’ mile for her customer. We will miss her as a part of our management team here at Union. She has been a great example of a ‘ hometown banker’.” Sarah graduated from Mena High School as Valedictorian in 1968. She married James Curry and they raised two sons, James and Jared. Like many working moms, she juggled the responsibilities of family and professional career. “Banking was my love,” said Sarah, “The Bank has been an important part of my life and my role in the community.” Sarah’s knowledge of the banking industry is extensive. She notes, “ have had the opportunity to work in many areas of the bank and currently serve as Loan Officer, ompliance Officer, BSA Officer, RA Officer, and supervisor of the ice President of Loan Operations.” She acknowledged that lending has been her favorite aspect of banking. She further explained that the nature of lending enables one to develop longer-term relationships with customers. She also stated, “As a loan officer, have had the honor to work with many members of the community from all walks of life and will miss those relationships. now have the privilege of serving second and third generations of some families. I thank the bank and my customers for placing their trust in me.” With almost five decades in the business, Sarah has witnessed many changes in the industry. Business hours have increased to better serve customers and technology changes have been monumental. “There were no computers when I began my career at Union Bank in 1968. We posted all the checks individually by hand. Customers can now use technology such as mobile banking and nternet banking. Loan customers can now contact loan officers by email and by text. My customers know they can contact me after hours and on weekends.” This is a stark contrast to the early part of Sarah’s career when her workday ended at 3 in the afternoon. “Banking has changed much like generations have changed,” but she will be very quick to tell you that the one constant is “The nion Bank way,” referring to the bank’s decades-old philosophy of focusing on the customer experience which, in Sarah’s tenure, has included five chairmen of the board, five presidents, and three locations. “Although each of the chairmen and presidents may have had different banking strategies, the community and the customer experience were always the focus. That’s what I’ve always loved about Union Bank and I think that is why we continue to grow in a much more competitive environment. Our goal is and always has been investing in and serving our local community with consistent focus on the customer experience.” Sarah has en oyed traveling extensively over the last few years with her husband, Buck Titsworth. The couple have traveled to Paris, London, Rome, enice, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Hawaii, just to name a few, but Sarah will quickly tell you that paragliding through The Swiss Alps has been her favorite! As many retirees do, Sarah is looking forward to spending more time with family and grandchildren. “Grandchildren make the world go around,” she said. “They ust know me as ana’ that gets down in the oor to play with them and not as a banker.” Her son James and his wife, Beth, live in Duncan, Okla. and have three children, Allison, Ava, and Gavin. Her son Jared and his wife, Lindsey live in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and have two children, Braeden and Anniston. Buck has four daughters along with 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Stacey Skinner, with husband Steve, live in St. Joseph, Missouri with five children and one grandchild. Shelley Mashburn, and husband Tracy, live in Broken Arrow, Okla. with five children and one grandchild. Lauren Wolf, with husband Jason, live in E dmond, Okla. with one child. And, atherine Roberts, with husband Josh, also live in Edmond, Okla. Through the years of working closely with the community, Sarah has also served on the hospital commission of Mena Regional Health System, as president of the Mena Lioness lub, and also as a member of the Healthy Connections, Inc. Board of Directors. Retiring was a “bitter sweet” decision said Sarah because she will miss her customers and colleagues but freely admits that she is eager to give back to the local community in a more personal manner now that she is looking forward to retirement. Union Bank will host a retirement reception honoring Sarah’s 47 years of service on Friday, February 23 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and the public is invited to come and celebrate with her.



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ashburn’s Home Furnishings, a cornerstone retailer in downtown Mena for almost eight decades was recently purchased. New owners, Michael and Jessica Myers of Mena, said that the store’s founding principles, which can be attributed to the store’s growth and sustainability, will still very much be in practice. Gar E isele, who managed the store with his wife Debby (Washburn) E isele, are proud that the Myers’ saw the value and reputation in the Washburn’s name, which is synonymous with quality and customer service, “Debby and I are pleased that Michael and Jessica chose to keep the Washburn’s name, our wonderful employees, and are continuing the tradition of customer service beginning with Omar Washburn in 1939. Obviously, we have a great deal of sentimental value in the store and are confident in the Myers’ ability to continue Mr. Washburn’s founding principles.” “Mr. Washburn started the tradition of great customer service and an easy furniture buying experience back in 1939. Our plan is to continue that tradition with all the same friendly faces, same exible financing, and the same friendly customer service,” said Jessica who jumped at the opportunity to purchase the store that she had long been a customer of. “When the opportunity to buy the store arose, it was a very uick and easy ES’ decision for us to make ” said an enthusiastic Jessica. “We have loved Washburn’s as a customer for many years and the opportunity to own the store was something we approached with great enthusiasm. We loved Washburn’s before we owned it. t only made sense for us to buy it.” The Myers also felt compelled to keep the store with such a long-standing, impeccable history… local. “The store is not only a good investment for our family, it is very important to us that the store remain locally owned because it is an important part of the local economy.” The Myers recognize that they have the proverbial “big shoes” to fill and are poised to continue what they recognize as being Washburn’s strongest competitive differential, customer service. “We plan to maintain the customer-friendly buying experience and the very popular in-store financing. ustomers deserve to be taken care of and service is our top priority. f a customer chooses to do business with us, we owe it to them to take care of their needs to the greatest extent humanly possible – making people happy. That is what we want to do. ontinuing the in-store financing for ualified buyers is also very important to us, it allows us to be able to take better care of our customers.” Besides their reputable customer service, the Myers want to continue all that Washburn’s has offered product wise and looks forward to expanding those selections, as well. “We love Washburn’s and we love most everything that the store has been for all the years it has been in business. We do not plan on changing anything other than adding additional brands of appliances, bedding and adding to the product lineup in general.” The appliance line-up will be the most immediate, “We do plan to really enhance the major appliance selection in the store. We will have an appliance ‘ superstore’, offering almost all of the ma or appliance brands including the ever popular Maytag, Whirlpool, itchenAid, Amana, Frigidaire and Speed ueen lines.” Bedding will be expanding. “We are also bringing the Sealy mattresses to the store. We also plan to bring Tempurpedic bedding to the store as well.” Jessica said the store receives new merchandise, literally, every day so there is always a reason to stop by. “ get new furniture every day ” said Jessica like a child on hristmas morning “New products that I have ordered arrive in our receiving department every day. I absolutely love picking out product. I have always had a love for all things creative and I truly love interior M o u n t a i n V i e w C l i n i c i s a l o c a l l y o w n e d c l i n i c i n M e n a , AR , s e r v i n g P o l k C o u n t y design. Finding products for our store inventory to provide to the citizens of Polk ounty has to a n d s u r r o u n d in g c o m m u n itie s . be my favorite thing about this new venture.” Besides new appliances, furniture, and bedding, the only new faces will be that of Jessica’s We are currently seeking a full-time and her daughter Allie. Jessica explained that there will be no staff changes. Washburn’s has always had the best of the best when it comes to employees and we plan to keep all the existing staff in place. If you stop by and see us, expect to see all the same smiling faces when in our Family Practice Clinic. you come in for a visit.” Jessica will be very involved in the day-to-day operations. Michael is a senior vice-president for Union Bankshares. T h is p e r s o n w ill b e a p a r t o f a te a m th a t d e d ic a te d to im p r o v in g th e q u a lity a n d d e liv e r y o f h e a lth c a r e to The Myers are both Mena natives and share 5 children and are very much looking forward o u r p a tie n ts . W e a r e a p a tie n t- c e n te r e d m e d ic a l h o m e th a t p r o v id e s g e n e r a l m e d ic a l c a r e , b o th a c u te to being entrepreneurs in their hometown. “We really want the store to be a one-stop-shop for a n d c h r o n ic m a n a g e m e n t. W e h a v e a n o n - s ite la b o r a to r y to e n h a n c e o u r a b ility to tr e a t p a tie n ts a lo n g all your bedding, furniture and appliance needs. We want the citizens of Mena and Polk ounw ith r a d io lo g y . ty to be able to get whatever brand or product they want in our store.” Jessica extends an invitation to all to come and experience the Washburn’s tradition, “ ome Responsibility pay us a visit and you will be glad that you did. If you are unhappy for any reason, call me • W o r k w ith p r im a r y c a r e p h y s ic ia n to p r o v id e th e b e s t c a r e personally, Jessica Myers. Our customers will be happy – that is my top personal priority – for • P r o v id e p r e v e n ta tiv e a n d p r im a r y c a r e fo r p a tie n ts o f a ll a g e s d u r in g w o r k h o u r s in a c lin ic s e ttin g my customers to be happy.”

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his week I would like to highlight a brief chapter of the Civil War which gave America an iconic and timeless reminder and sustainer of the American spirit. In the early days of the Civil War, the song “John Brown’s Body” was very popular. Although in its original incarnation it had nothing to do with the infamous abolitionist leader hanged at Harpers Ferry on December 2, 1859, it became indistinguishably identified with him and acquired new verses that were sung by Federal troops and Union sympathizers alike. Confederate soldiers sang it with their own version of the words. The tune was borrowed from an old Methodist hymn, “Say, Brothers, Will You Meet Us?” by William Steffe. In November 1861 Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910), a poet, author and daughter of a well-known New York City banker, was touring Union army camps near Washington, DC. Along with her were with Reverend James Freeman Clarke and her husband, Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, who was a member of President Lincoln’s Military Sanitary Commission and a dedicated abolitionist. During their camp visit, the group began to sing some of the currently popular war songs, among them “John Brown’s Body.” In one of those rare moments of inspiration that leave their mark on the history of a nation, Reverend Clarke was moved to suggest that Mrs. Howe pen new lyrics to the familiar tune. She replied that she had often thought of doing exactly that. Howe went back to the Willard Hotel in Washington, and in her words: “I went to bed and slept as usual, but awoke the next morning in the gray of the early dawn, and to my astonishment found that the wished-for lines were arranging themselves in my brain. I lay quite still until the last verse had completed itself in my thoughts, then hastily arose, saying to myself, “I shall lose this if I don’t write it down immediately. I searched for an old sheet of paper and an old stub of a pen which I had had the night before, and began to scrawl the lines almost without looking.” Howe submitted the verses of her poem to the Atlantic Monthly, which accepted them and paid her a fee of four dollars. The magazine first published the lyrics on the first page of its February 1, 1862 issue under the title “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Editor James T. Fields is credited with having given the song the name by which it is known today. The words as first published are slightly different from her original manuscript version as documented in Howe’s Reminiscences 1819-1899, published in 1899. Later versions have been adapted to more modern usage and to the theological inclinations of the groups using the song. The Battle Hymn of the Republic was but only one of many contributions of the long and extraordinary life of Julia Ward Howe. However, it is the one usually most closely associated with her. After her poem was published, she became an instant celebrity and the song would make her one of the most famous women in 19th century America. More important however is the fact that this song has served then and ever since, in times of war and peace, as a source of inspiration and praise as one of America’s most beloved hymns and patriotic anthems. Weekly Publication




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uachita Little Theatre patrons are encouraged to stop by the OLT office on Main Street to pick up advanced seating reservations and tickets for their next production. “Four Weddings and an Elvis” is a comedy directed by Scotty Jenkins that is sure to entertain theatre-goers. Julie Ulmer, board member of OLT states, “Live theater is such a special treat in entertainment options. This production is very funny and would make a wonderful date night for the weekends surrounding Valentine’s Day. This is a PG production due to some mild adult language, so it’s a good time to hire a baby sitter and enjoy dinner and a show with your special someone.” In fact, OLT is offering a special Valentine’s Day performance on February 14th at Mena Mountain Resort that includes dinner for $32 at the Resort location. Call the resort directly at 394-3110 for reservations and information. Season ticket holders will have discounted tickets for $20 that will include the meal. All other From left to right: Denni Collins, Tara Cornelius, Will Hose, and performances, February 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18 will Michael Jacoby rehearse a scene from OLT’s next production, be held at the Ouachita Little Theatre. Friday and Four Weddings and an Elvis . The show is set to be performed Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays are at in February 2018. 2:30 p.m.

Reception for “Portrait of Arkansas” Exhibit BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS


his Saturday, February 3, from 1 to 3 p.m., there will be an opening reception for Mena Art Gallery’s first “Portrait of Arkansas” Exhibit at 607 Mena Street. Arkansas artists from around the state have been invited to enter their concept of what the Natural State means to them. There are no limits to the media used, so artists could create paintings, photographs, or three-dimensional work to show what their state means to them. When you come in to see their work, you will be able to compare it with your concept of Arkansas. With such a wide variety of beautiful and interesting things that mean “Arkansas,” there is an almost, unlimited variety of topics that could be included.

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Jenna and Cobry Campbell, of Cove, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on January 21st. Kurstine Ross and Billy Bakert, Jr., of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on January 23rd. Elizabeth and Cooper Deaton, of Vandervoort, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on January 26th. AVAILABLE ONLINE AT MYPULSENEWS.COM

I once read that a “fearless leader” is someone who has the courage to fail, the resilience to recover, and a mindset for success. Those qualities, and many more, can be found in our leader, LeAnn Dilbeck, who has announced her departure from our working world here at Pulse Multi-Media. Although we are so very proud of her decision, we find ourselves already missing her, before she has even gone. The above picture gives a small glimpse into the fun we’ve had over the years. What it does not show is the family love that we have for each other and our community – a spirit created by our fearless leader. From us to you, LeAnn Dilbeck, you are the best! And although we wish you future success in everything you do, we will surely miss our small, but mighty, fearless leader!!!

I reflect with a heart overflowing with gratitude for being able to work with what I consider the ‘dream team.’ Nothing we do here is from the effort of just one individual but the reflection of a completely devoted team, who all share the same goal of serving our community but we also have an enduring mutual respect and love for each other’s talent, perspective, and vision. In this business, to be done well, it is a relentless pace and not for the faint at heart. We reach a point in life when our priorities change… for me, it is recognizing all that God has entrusted me with and fully trusting His leading when He calls me to step out in complete faith from everything that I know to be comfortable and secure… it’s recognizing that time is our most precious commodity and once it’s gone, it’s gone, never to be retrieved. God’s blessings on our family are abundant, and I don’t necessarily mean in material terms, but as it says in Luke 12:48 – for whom much has been given, of him much shall be required, so it is time to share our enduring faith and love for families and hurting people in a new way. Who will be leading the ‘dream team’ is still undetermined at this time but I will remain faithful in prayer for the business and the team that truly makes this the heartbeat of the community.

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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 21, 2018 fficers responded to an altercation at a local residence. o arrests have been made at this time, but the investigation is ongoing. Rosie R. Arthur, 44, of Cove was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear from the Mena Police Department. January 22, 2018 Report was made of someone stealing a man’s banking information and forging a check in Massachusetts. Case is pending. Employees at a local bank received a counterfeit one hundred dollar bill in a deposit from a local restaurant. Case pending. January 23, 2018 icholas esterson, 1 , of Cove was charged with theft of property shoplifting after officers responded to a call at a local retail store. A 1 year old Mena girl was charged with theft of property shoplifting . Case was referred to uvenile authorities. illie Jennings, , and Carrie Carter, 3, both of Mena, were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of schedule narcotics mari uana . Jennings was additionally served an outstanding warrant for failure to appear. Christina Wright , and Jimmy Wright, 3 , both of Mena, were both charged with second degree forgery and possession of drug paraphernalia. oth suspects were served outstanding warrants as well. January 24, 2018 fficers responded to an altercation between a man and woman at a local mobile home park. o charges were filed. Cody Dees, 3 , of Mena was arrested to two outstanding warrants for failure to pay fines and court costs from the Mena Police Department. January 25, 2018 A local man reported that someone had stolen several appliances from his residence while he was out of town. Case is

pending location and interview of suspect. Danny J. Haynes, 41, of Mena was charged with possession of cocaine or methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing, and resisting arrest. January 26, 2018 A local woman reported that she had been bitten by a dog. Case is pending receipt of further information. January 27, 2018 ara ott, 34, of Mena was charged with theft of property shoplifting after a call to a local retail store.

Pol County Sheriff’s Department January 22, 2018 Report from complainant on May ane near Mena of the break in and theft of an air compressor, causing damage to several windows. Report from a Cove woman of harassment by an ac uaintance. nvestigation continues. January 23, 2018 Report of a disturbance on Polk 41 South near Shady rove led to the arrest of Rusty . Revels, 31, of Mena, on a Charge of Disorderly Conduct. Arrested was Jason A. Wood, 3 , of Mena, on Warrants for ailure to Appear and Absconding. Arrested was Christopher A. rown, , of Mena, on a Charge of Criminal respass. January 24, 2018 Arrested by an officer with the rannis Police Department was elly W. McCarley, 3 , of rannis, on a Charge of iolation of an rder of Protection. January 25, 2018 Report from a business on Highway 1 South in Hatfield of damage done to a sign, totaling losses at 100.00. nvestigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 11 near Mena of financial identity theft. Report from complainant on Highway 1 South near rannis of the theft of a battery and charger, totaling losses at 0.00. nvestigation continues. Arrested was Shaon D. Watts, 3 , of Mena, on a Warrant for nauthori ed se of a ehicle. Arrested was Ricky P. erguson, 41, of Mena, on Charges of Possession of Meth or Cocaine, heft by Receiving, Possession of a irearm by Certain Persons, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Maintaining a Drug Premise and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor 1st Degree.

Arrested was Clara D. erguson, 4 , of Mena, on Charges of Possession of Meth or Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Maintaining a Drug Premise, heft by Receiving, Possession of a irearm by Certain Persons and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor nd Degree. January 26, 2018 Report of a suspicious vehicle on Robin ane near Mena led to a Citation for Possession of an nstrument of Crime being issued to Joshua S. Smith, , of Mena. Arrested was Patricia . Jackson, 0, of Mena, on a Warrant for Possession of Meth or Cocaine. January 27, 2018 Report from complainant on Highway 1 South near Wickes of extensive damage to a vehicle led to a Citation for Criminal Mischief 1st Degree being issued to Richard S. Chaney, 3, of ockesburg. Report from a Mena woman of threats made by an ac uaintance. nformation has been provided to the Prosecuting At-

torney’s ffice for further consideration. Report of a disturbance on Highway West near Mena led to the arrest of Eric M. Almond, 3 , of Mena, on a Charge of Domestic attery 3rd Degree. Report of a disturbance on Highway 1 South near Mena led to the arrest of Jennifer Wilson, 3 , of Hatfield, on a Charge of DW . January 28, 2018 Report from complainant on Polk 11 near Mena of damage to windows of six vehicles, totaling losses at 3, 00.00. nvestigation continues. Arrested was Jessica M. Justice, , of Mena, on two Warrants for Contempt of Court. Polk County Sheriff’s ffice worked five vehicle accidents this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 1 ncarcerated nmates, with nmates currently on the Waiting ist for a State acility.




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Mena Water Utilities is currently seeking applications for a Water and Wastewater Maintenance Operator/Trainee. Applicant must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, and a valid driver’s license. Must have Water and Wastewater Distribution License or be able to obtain them in a reasonable period of time. Commercial Driver’s License preferred. Applicant should be self-motivated; mechanically inclined; and be able to work some weekends, evenings and holidays. Duties are typically performed outdoors in all weather conditions. Occasional heavy lifting is required. Knowledge and ability to operate a backhoe and a tractor is preferred. All candidates are subject to a drug screen and background check. Mena Water Utilities offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Application deadline will be Friday, February 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm. Applications can be picked up and returned to Mena Water Utilities at 701 Mena Street or to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services on the UARM Campus. 2/7

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Mobile Dog Grooming, bath, nails, eats, brushing, clipping. Deanna Boyd, 479-234-1866. I will come to you. 1/31 Dallas Avenue Baptist Church currently has a job opening. Position available is a Part Time Housekeeping. For full hob description and application, please come by the Dallas Avenue Church office at 300 Dallas Avenue here in Mena, Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 4 pm. Phone: 479-3942697. 2/7 J&N Dozer- Trackhoe, Backhoe, Dump Truck, Ponds, Pads, Clearing, Roads, Hauling, Rich Top Soil, Fill Dirt, Shale, Gravel. Dozer operator Randy Egger, over 30 years’ experience. We appreciate your Business! Call 479-234-1357 TFN Clean and comfortable housing since 1969, No Pets. J. Ray & Maria’s MH Park and Rentals. Hwy 71 North, Mena, AR. 479-216-3085 TFN


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Public Notice: The following items from Polk county will be sold to the highest bidder at a public auction held at the Polk County Fairgrounds on February 3, 2018 starting at 10:00AM. Road Department items: 1994-416B Cat 2 wheel drive backhoe, 1998 Chevy C7500 single axle dump truck, 2003 Chevy 4x4 pickup, 2000 Doge 1 ton 4x4 flatbed truck with Cummins diesel, assorted used plastic culverts, Craftsman 250 amp 220 volt welder, Wacker packer compactor, airless paint sprayer, 2000 automotive monitor tester system, Hobart Beta mig, big box of heavy equipment shop manuals, old barrel pumps, truck tool boxes, 10 brand new LT 245/75R17 tires, several used truck and tractor tires, several large steel pipe cutoffs, and other misc. Sheriff’s Department items: 2012 4x4 Jeep Liberty. 1/31 House Cleaning and more. Call Winnie Cotter at 234-3418 or Ina Lewis at 234-5396. 1/31

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Dugan Lawn Care Fall and Winter services. Shrub and hedged trimming, flower bed cleanup, leaf clean up gutter clean out, brush hogging, light driveway repair, property cleanup, and light tree removal. Residential and commercial services. 479-3942699. TFN

J&L Cafe Next to book store. Sherwood Ave. Open Tue-Sun 8am-3pm. Lunch Dinners with salad $8.50. Soup Chili - Fresh Potatoes. Closed Mondays. 479216-4807 1/31

Humane Society of the Ouachitas PET OF THE WEEK Pyewacket is ready to join your family. She is the 1 and a half year old kitty you have been dreaming of! She is a gorgeous pantherlike kitty who gets along with dogs. Pyewacket likes other cats too, in case you have other cat brothers or sisters for her to play with. She is spayed, has her shots and is litter box trained. Elegance and beauty will be yours when you adopt Pyewacket! Give us a call. You’ll be glad you did! OFFICE PHONE NUMBER: (479) 394-5682 • WEB SITE: • HSO is a NO KILL Shelter. HSO is not affiliated with any other local, state or national animal rescue organization. HSO is a 501(c)(3) organization. Please consult your tax advisor to see if your donation is tax deductible.



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

January 31, 2018  
January 31, 2018