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Smith and City Officials sworn in Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Mena begins new year with a new view...

On the morning of Wednesday, January 2nd at the Polk County Courthouse upwards of 100 people gathered for the ceremony to come. Many of those in attendance were there to be sworn in by Judge Danny Thrailkill. Soon after Judge Thrailkill took his seat in front of the packed courtroom and before ceremonies began, he made a short statement regarding the people who took the oath to serve and his pride in them for doing so. After signatures were

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made to official documents the newly sworn in officials made themselves available to those there to watch this small slice in the annals of Polk County history being made. The ceremony was well attended by family members and friends of officials as well as the public. Congratulations, along with hugs and handshakes were exchanged by many in the room. Mayor Smith had appointed Tommy Stueart as the new Mena Police

Chief and the two were officially sworn in at 12:00am on January 1st. A veteran of the United State Air Force and a retired Arkansas State Trooper. Chief Stueart has most recently served as Polk County’s Office of Emergency Management Director. Kris Lyle will be the interim Office of Emergency Management. Mayor Smith also signed first proclamation while in office. Story can be read on page 5.

Yesterday in the Polk County Circuit Court, Brian Travis, age 39, plead guilty to four counts of Capital Murder. Travis admitted his guilt in the April 2017 deaths of Bethany Wester, age 43, Acelynn Wester, age 2, Reilly Scarbrough, age 9, and Steven Payne, age 66. Travis was sentenced to four life sentences without the possibility of parole. Sheriff Sawyer, in his social media post said “He will spend the rest of his life in prison and after today I will never mention his name again. Though this case was initially pursued as a death penalty case, ultimately Prosecutor Andy Riner allowed Travis to plead guilty to 4 Life w/o sentences. There are many reasons why Mr. Riner made this decision, which by the way I support 100%, but ultimately this is the sentence that the family of the victims requested.” Travis was transported to the ADC Varner Supermax after sentencing.

Pretrial hearing set A Pretrial Hearing has been scheduled for January 14th at the Polk County Courthouse for Michelle Golkhajeh, 33, of Mena. Golkhajeh has been charged with murder in the 1st degree of a person

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Area Agency on Aging Lays Off Around 200 Employees The Area Agency on Aging of Western Arkansas has laid off around 200 employees at the first of the year after losing a Medicaid contract to two out of state companies. For over 20 years, Ar-ea Agency on Aging of Western Arkansas has provided non-emergency medical transportation for 30 counties in the region. Area Agency on Aging has offices in Polk County and Scott County. Services are also provid-ed to the Mount Ida area

in Montgomery County through its Visiting Nurses Agency. The agency put in a bid for the federally funded contract but lost to another provider. Area Agency learned about the failed attempt back in November, but the approval process finalized in December. Around 200 people lost their jobs on January 1st. Most of the workers losing their jobs are drivers, and many work parttime. About 30% of the drivers work full-

time for the agency. Upon announcing the lay-offs, Area Agency on Aging of Western Arkansas says that clients should not see a disruption in service. Clients should only notice possibly a different driver and a different vehicle picking them up. Clients will be informed about the changes in the mail. If you have further questions about making arrangements with a driver, call the Medicaid hot-line at 1-888-937-1200.

Grocery Shoppers, Low Earners Get Tax Relief in ‘19 e h T w o l l o F Hogs!

The new year brings tax cuts to Arkansans, one for grocery shoppers and the other for lower income people. On the first day of 2019, the state sales tax on groceries will drop from 1.5 percent to 0.125 percent and the individual income-tax rates for people who make less than $21,000 a year in taxable income will be cut. The grocery tax cut is the final step of former Governor Mike Beebe’s bid to make



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good on a 2006 campaign pledge. He had proposed to incrementally trim the grocery tax from 6 percent to 0.125 percent. Beebe served as governor from 2007-2015. The cut for low-income Arkansans will be the second in individual income-tax rates to take effect in recent years. They were proposed by Governor Asa Hutchinson and enacted by the Legislature. In 2015, the Legislature enacted Hutchinson’s plan to trim individual income-tax rates for people who make between $21,000 and $75,000 a year in taxable income. Then in 2017, the Legislature approved his second cut proposal, for people with less than $21,000 a year in taxable income. Governor Hutchinson hopes to continue his tax cutting in the regular session that starts January 14th. The governor is asking for the Legislature’s approval of his plan to gradually cut the top individual tax rate from 6.9 percent to 5.9 percent.

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President Signs Boozman-Schatz Bill into Law Ensuring Veterans Receive Full Housing Benefits President Donald Trump signed into law the Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reimburses veterans for missed or underpaid Forever GI Bill housing benefits. The legislation was introduced by U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, to hold VA accountable for its failure to fully comply with reimbursement rates set by the Forever GI Bill. The legislation moved swiftly through both chambers of Congress. The Senate approved the bill on December 18 and the House passed it on December 20. “I’m pleased that President Trump signed this bill into law to protect veterans who rely on this benefit. There’s simply no excuse for failing to fully deliver the housing benefits that GI bill recipients are owed. I will continue to use congressional

oversight to make certain VA’s errors do not go uncorrected,� Boozman said. “I encourage any Arkansan who has been affected by this problem to reach out to my office so that we can ensure they get their full benefits.� “Now that this bill is law, student veterans no longer have to worry about being shortchanged,� Schatz said. “Congress will also have more tools to make sure the VA does right by our veterans. I’m glad we were able to get this done.� The VA should have used the Department of Defense’s 2018 Basic Allowance for Housing rates which should have been calculated based on the zip code where the student takes the majority of classes, rather than on the zip code in which the school’s main campus is located. Instead, some GI Bill recipients have been receiving housing stipends at the 2017 rate and based on the school’s zip code. In all cases, the 2018 rate is higher than the 2017 rate. The legislation is cosponsored by Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT), Richard Blumenthal (D-

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CT), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Jerry Moran (RKS), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Mark Warner (D-VA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Maggie Hassan (DNH). The Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act would require the VA to: • End improper payments as soon as possible; • Establish a team of specialists

who will be responsible to report to Congress a detailed plan to correct this egregious error; • Provide a report to Congress by July 2020 that identifies how many beneficiaries were impacted and to what extent, aggregated by state; and • Certify the department is fully compliant with the law.

Price of First-Class Mail Forever Stamp Increasing to 55-cents The United States Postal Service has announced price changes to take effect on January 27, 2019 that will include a five-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp to 55 cents. The price of a stamp for a one ounce letter will increase from 50 cents to 55 cents on January 27th. Across the board, mailing services product prices will increase an average of about 2.5



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Police Reports... The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner. SHERIFF’S LOG The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of December 31, 2018 – January 6, 2019. December 31, 2018 Report from complainant on Polk 117 near Mena of being threatened by an unknown individual. Investigation continues. January 1, 2019 Report from complainant on Highway 88 West near Rich Mountain of vandalism done to a building, causing damage to two doors. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Knighten Lane near Cove of a death. Deputy respond-ed. The body was released to the Polk County Coroner. Report of a disturbance at a business on Highway 71 North near Acorn led to the arrest of August E. Hollins, 26, of Mena, on a Charge of Disorderly Conduct. Report of a disturbance on Polk 76 East near Mena. Suspect fled the scene before deputies arrived. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report of a disturbance that had occurred earlier on Highway 8 West near Rocky. In-vestigation continues. January 2, 2019 Report from complainant on Polk 188 near Acorn of the theft of an engine and two jacks, totaling losses at $1,630.00. Investigation continues.

Report from a Mena woman that her adult daughter was missing. The family member was later located. January 3, 2019 Report from complainant on East Boundary near Mena of an individual that refuses to return a vehicle to the owner. Investigation continues. Report of a domestic disturbance on Polk 121 near Mena led to the arrest of Matthew P. Owen, 22, of Mena, on a Charge of Public Intoxication. Report from complainant on Highway 88 East near Cherry Hill of financial identity theft, totaling losses at $1,000.00. Investigation continues. Arrested was Sean T. Henry, 25, of Cove, on three Warrants for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. January 4, 2019 Report from complainant on Polk 414 near Hatfield of an unauthorized person on their property. The suspect was advised to never return to the property. Report of a dog bite on Crystal Lane near Mena. Owner was advised to quarantine the animals for ten days. Arrested was Leslie N. Gillaspy, 41, of Wickes, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. January 5, 2019 Report of suspicious behavior on Highway 8 West near Mena led to the arrest of Thom-as L. Kidwell, 39, of Mena, on a Charge of Disorderly Conduct. Report of an unattended death

on Polk 284 near Hatfield. Deputy responded. January 6, 2019 Report of a disturbance at the Polk County Detention Center. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report of a disturbance at the Polk County Detention Center. Deputies responded. Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked three vehicle accidents this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 26 Incarcerated Inmates, with 4 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility. Mena Police Department December 28 & 29, 2018 Julie Golden, 42, of Hatfield was charged with theft of property (shoplifting) after officers responded to a call at a local retail store. Rosie R. Arthur, 45, of Mena was charged with criminal trespass after a call to a local retail store. Jason Wayne Busby, 49, of Hatfield was served an outstanding warrant for failure to appear. December 30 & 31, 2018 Torrey S. Drager, 26, of Mena was charged with DWI, third offense. He was also served an outstanding warrant. David Chaney, 23, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant for violation of an order of protection. January 1 & 2, 2019 Abram Abernathy, 22, of Mena was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after officers were called to a local fast food restaurant regarding someone harassing customers. A local man found several counterfeit bills on a Mena street. The

Weekly Publication case is pending further investigation. January 3 & 4, 2018 A local woman reported that she was being verbally harassed by an acquaintance. The offender agreed to cease his activity. No arrests were made. Sarah Mitchell, 25, of Mena was charged with theft of property after a call from a local retail store. A Mena woman reported that an unknown man had been prowling on the carport of her residence. Case is pending. Matthew Hackworth, 34, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Polk County Sheriff’s office. Brenda Gebhardt, 45, of Mena was served an outstanding warrant for failure to pay fines and court costs, January 5, 2018 Charles Daniel Miner, 45, of Mena was charged with battery III, terroristic threatening, obstructing governmental operations, third degree assault, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. The arrest followed a call to a local residence. A Mena woman reported that an acquaintance had changed a tire for her. She later discovered some tools missing from her vehicle and asked him about them. He denied taking the tools, threw a hammer at her, and caused a gash in her hand. She reported that an 82-piece tool kit was missing. Case has been sent to the prosecuting attorney for possible issuance of a warrant. Thomas Lee Tidwell, 39, of Mena was charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental operations after officers responded to a call at a local fast food restaurant.

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Weekly Publication MICHAEL WILLIAM PROCH Michael William Proch, age 55, of Mena passed away December 30th, 2018 in Plano, Texas. He was born July 23rd, 1963 to his mother Helen Proch and late father John Proch. His parents were born in Michigan and later raised their family in the Dallas, Texas area. Mike was born and raised in Dallas later moving to Arkansas with his wife to raise his family. He was preceded in death by his father and wife, Rose Proch. Mike was a comedic soul who cared greatly for his family and friends. He was a hard worker who provided for his family. He loved the outdoors and spent a lot of time fishing and hunting. He loved classic vehicles and motorcycle and enjoyed riding. He enjoyed the fall and watching the trees change colors, his favorite time of the year. Mike is survived by his children Michael and Rachel Proch, and stepchildren Matthew Anderson and Gwyn Gayler. Grandchildren Heidi Wells, Ross Wells, Kristen Trulock, Patrick Trulock, Bradley Trulock, and Cole Davis. Great grandchildren Maci Smith and Atticus Davis. Siblings John David Proch, Tom Proch, Robert Proch, Katie Burnett, Susan Corbett, and Mary Ruhala, all from the Texas area. Mike had countless other relatives and friends who care for him greatly. Family will hold a celebration of life and memorial to be announced at a later date.

DOTTIE DIMPLE MOORE PUTMAN Dottie Dimple Moore Putman, age 93, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2019 in Mena. She was born May 29, 1925 in Jackson, Tennessee to the late Hubert O. Moore and the late Gertie Livingston Moore. She was married to the late Tuly Putman and was a homemaker. Dottie loved to cook and was a lover of animals. She was a wonderful neighbor and friend to all she met. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and will be missed by many. She is survived by his sons Tillman Putman of Mena, Arkansas; Carroll Putman of Houston, Texas. Daughter Janet Hill of Camden, Arkansas. Sister Mikki Moore of Houston, Texas. Grandchildren Lillee Hill and David Hill. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tuly Putman, her parents, Hubert and Gertie Moore, her son, Truman Putman, and two brothers, Marty and Van Moore. Mrs. Putman was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. A private family service will be held at a later time. Memorials may be made in her name to the Humane Society of your choice. Online obituary available at www.beasleywood- 479-243-9600

BENJAMIN GLENN KAIL Benjamin Glenn Kail, age 75, of Mena, Arkansas died Tuesday, December 25, 2018 in Mena. He was born on Tuesday, July 20, 1943 to Theo and Opalene Murphey Kail in Little Rock, Arkansas. Ben was a Godly man who lived by his Christian values. 1st Corinthians Chapter 13 played a large part in guiding his life, and he believed that love is the greatest commandment. He was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ where he served as an elder for ten years. Ben also served as President of the Victoria Christian School Board. He worked as an investment advisor for forty years before retiring. Ben loved to hunt, fish, and go camping. God and family were always most important to him and he always strived to make them proud. Benjamin was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents. Ben is survived by his loving wife, Jay Dene Kail of Mena; two daughters and sons in law, Lisa and Lawrence Selensky of Wharton, Texas, and Shawna and Thayne Williams of Mena; one brother, David Kail of Springfield, Missouri; two sisters, Janet Kail of Jacksonville, Arkansas, and Karen Bedor of Austin, Texas; several grandchildren, Lauren and Caleb Hicks of Lansing, Mississippi, Lianna Selensky of Wharton, Texas, Mason Williams of Searcy, Arkansas, Alexa and Zac Clemens of Fayetteville, and Kaylee Williams of Fayetteville; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Cremation services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, via mail at P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or online at Online Guestbook:

ANDREW BRIAN HAMMER Andrew Brian Hammer, age 31, of Hatton, Arkansas died Wednesday, January 2, 2019 in Hatton. He was born on Tuesday, June 30, 1987 to Butch Wayne and Leona Rutherford Hammer in De Queen, Arkansas. Andy graduated from Wickes High School in 2005 and later became an auto mechanic. He liked all different kinds of music and he truly loved his mother. In his free time, Andy liked deer hunting, going fishing, and doing woodworking. His daughters were the apple of his eye and he loved every second he spent with them. Andy was a loving father, son, grandson,

brother, uncle and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Richard Hammer; maternal grandparents, Donald and Clarace Rutherford; and uncle, Donald Rutherford. Andy is survived by his father, Butch Hammer of Cove; his mother and step father, Leona and Jerry Robb of Hatton; two daughters, Lexi Hammer of De Queen, and Page Hammer of De Queen; paternal grandmother, Harvey Hammer of Wickes; two brothers, Danny Hammer and wife, Jessica of Wickes, and Curtis Hammer of Hatton; one sister, Olivia Hammer of Cove; several aunts and uncles, Harvey and Carolann Hammer of Gillham, Mary Snow and husband, Mike of Blain, Washington, and Linda Standridge and husband, Daniel of Malvern; four nieces and nephews, Colton, Marissa, and Spencer Hammer of Wickes, and Artemis LeAnn of Cove; and a host of other relatives and friends. A memorial service was held Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 3:00 P.M. at Wickes United Methodist Church with Brother Brian Richardson officiating. Cremation services were entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. Online Guestbook:


Evelyn Ann Waxler, age 49, of Mena, Arkansas died Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at home surrounded by family. She was born on Tuesday, May 20, 1969 to Elzie Ray and Margaret Ann Roach Waxler in Marshall, Texas. Evelyn loved her family with all her heart. She liked to go shopping, play softball and take her boys fishing. Evelyn’s specialty was cooking fried potatoes, pinto beans, and sweet cornbread to the delight of her family. However, her favorite food to eat was tacos and a Dr. Pepper to drink. She was a big Dallas Cowboys fan and she enjoyed the thrill of the casino on occasion. Evelyn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her parents; her biological mother, Margaret Roach; her grandparents, Mitchell T. and Velma Waxler; one son, James Larry Smith; and one sister, Wendy Waxler. Evelyn is survived by her loving husband, James Larry Smith of Mena; six sons, James Smith III of Mena, James Smith IV of Mena, Justin Johnson of Marshall, Texas, J.J. Craver of Harleton, Texas, Jesse Craver of Harleton, Texas and Damian Guffey of Marshall, Texas, five daughters, Jaquita Smith of Mena, Justina Smith of Mena, Ashley Smith of Mena, Cheyenne Smith of Cove, and Chelsey Lay of Altus, Oklahoma; two brothers, Thomas Waxler of Harlton, Texas, and Thomas Dale Amburn of Longview, Texas; six grandchil-

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dren, Aiden Perry of Altus, Oklahoma, Kayden Perry of Altus, Oklahoma, Kayanna Beecham of Cove, Caleb Perry of Altus, Oklahoma, Brayligh Young of Pittsburg, Texas, and Trey Barnes of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. A funeral service was held Monday, January 7, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Panther Creek Church in Watson, Oklahoma with Brother Cody McDaniel officiating. Interment followed at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas. Visitation was general. Arrangements were entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. Online Guestbook:

JOHN ANDREW DOZIER John Andrew Dozier, age 42, of Mena, Arkansas, died Friday, December 28, 2018 at his home. He was born on Wednesday, June 9, 1976 to Charles Averitt Dozier and Charlotte Ann Rogers Kraiger in Shreveport, Louisiana. John was a quiet man with a fun loving personality. He enjoyed fishing for catfish and bass and deer hunting. John enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. John worked at several different jobs over the years where he learned several different skills. He currently was working in the automotive department at WalMart. John was a loving father, brother uncle and friend who will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his sister, Stephanie Ferry. John is survived by his children, Trystan, Beau and Lyndsey all of Hot Springs; his father, Charles Dozier of Gray, Texas; his mother and step father, Charlotte and Kirk Kraiger of Mena; his brother, Dennis Dozier of Hot Springs; his sister, Terra Prososki of Little Rock; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. A memorial services will be held at a later date with cremation services entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home. Online Guestbook:


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a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Gilbert and Marie Barton and his sons Robert Dwayne Brock and Rusty Barton. Funeral service was 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 4, 2019 at the Cove First Baptist Church with Brother Ron Ladd officiating. Interment followed in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Visitation was general. Pallbearers were Dean Barton, Billy Barton, Bobby Rhodes, Keith Roberts, Pack Roberts and Michael Ventris. Online obituary at


May Ann Brewer age 73 of Hatfield, Arkansas passed away Friday, January 4, 2018 in Hatfield, Arkansas. She was born July 10, 1945 in Searcy, Arkansas to the late Claud Massey and the late Nola Wilkerson Massey. Ann worked for Cowden’s for ten years and for twenty plus years as a WalMart Associate. Above all Ann loved God and her family genuinely and was proud of each one. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed by all. Ann was a mom or nanny to everyone she met. She is survived by sons Jeff Brewer and wife Kim, Greg Brewer and wife Kristian; daughters Charlene Coffman, Trina Roberts; twelve grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren; brother Jimmy Massey; sister Mary Massey Knott along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Charles Brewer and a grand daughter, Andria (Andi) Brewer, brothers and sisters, Howard Massey, Raymond Massey, Calvin Massey, Kay May, Sister Mary Bridgett Massey and Joan Massey Deramus Long. Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Hatfield First Baptist Church with Brother Paul Easter officiating. Interment will follow in the Six Mile Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Family and friend’s visitation will be Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood. Pallbearers will Nick Brewer. Bradley Roberts, Chase Brewer, Brayden Blake, David Harris, David Stone, Steven Knott, Burt Nichols and Jay Massey. Honorary pallbearers will Jeff Brewer, Greg Brewer, Butch Townsend, John Embry and Chip Bentley.



Joe Dell Smalley, age 91, of Cove, Arkansas died Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at his home. He was born on Monday, October 10, 1927 to Franklin Doctor and Vera Gober Smalley in Celeste, Texas. Joe was a founding member of the Whole Council of God Church in 1975 and attended faithfully for the rest of his life. He proudly served in the United States Army during World War II. Joe went on to be a truck driver for over 30 years before retiring from Yellow Freight. Joe was proud of the Safe Driver Pens he accrued while truck driving and was a longtime member of the Teamsters. God and family were always his main priorities and gave him the most joy in life. He liked to listen to Gospel music and work in the garden and yard. He also volunteered for the Cove Volunteer Fire Department. Joe was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Dewey Smalley, J.D. Smalley, Frank Smalley, G.W. Smalley, and Philip Smalley; three sisters, Ruthie Adamson, Maxine Smalley, and Vera Smalley. Joe is survived by his loving wife, Lorene Smalley of Cove; two sons and daughters in law, Robby and Felicia Smalley of Cove, and David and Cynthia Smalley of Cove; one daughter and son in law, Mary and John Harper of Cove; three sisters, Denzil Coulter of Memphis, Tennessee, Irene Witherspoon of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Anna Jean McCollum of Dallas, Texas; nine grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. A private family service was held Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 3:00 P.M. at the Whole Council of God Church Cemetery in Cove with Brother Robby Smalley officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. Pallbearers will be Nicholas Dunn, Dennis Colbert, Brian Bennett, Bryan Johnson, Malachi Harper, and Joe Davis. Honorary pallbearers are David Smalley Jr. and Caleb Smalley. Online Guestbook:

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MRHS Welcomes New Baby of the Year

It’s a Boy! Mena Regional Health System welcomes the First Baby of the New Year! Dr. Carlos Rocha

delivered Chism Wade Beggs on January 1, 2019 with the assistance of Mark Hamelink, CRNA. Baby Beck was born at 11:27 a.m. weighing 5 lbs. 14 oz. and measuring 18 ¼ inches. Proud parents are Taylor and Ashleigh Beggs. The family was honored with the presentation of a gift basket full of generous donations from several local businesses including: Union Bank of Mena, Diamond Bank, First Financial Bank, James SuperSave Foods, Janssen Florist and Gifts, Freedom Pharmacy, Mena Regional Auxiliary, The Corner Shoppe, and Mena Regional Health System.

Pictured from left: Rick Billingsley, CNO; Sara Hale, Quality Improvement; Ashleigh, Taylor and Chism Beggs; Jay Quebedeaux, CEO; Minta Milam, RN; Sarah Loyd, LPN and Sarah Willis, RN.

Wesley Wells, MRHS Radiology Technologist, was recently named the iCARE Star Employee of the Quarter. Several nominations were submitted on Wesley’s behalf. With this honor, Wesley received a paid day off, a personal plaque, reserved parking for the duration of the quarter and his name on the progressive plaque displayed on the iCARE Wall of Fame. Pictured from Left: Karey Don Kesterson, CFO; Jay Quebedeaux, CEO; Todd Laing, Director of Radiology; Wesley Wells, iCARE Recipient; and Chandler Cox, HR Director. To nominate an MRHS employee for this honor, visit and click on the iCARE link or submit nomination in any of the iCARE boxes throughout the hospital or MRHS clinics.

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Mena Senior Teams Split at De Queen The Mena Bearcats remained unbeaten in conference play with an impressive 74-43 victory over the Leopards in De Queen on Friday night, while the LadyCats dropped a 51-38 decision to the Lady Leopards in action heard live on KQOR. The senior-laden Bearcats raced to a 22-5 lead in the opening quarter, and Coach Thomas Powell substituted freely the rest of the way as the Mena boys posted the easy 31 point win. Daniel Davis led all scorers with 22 points. Davis, a 5’9” senior guard, also collected six rebounds and dished out two assists on the night. Connor Harvey, a 6’2” senior guard, chipped in with 17 points. Nick Myers was also in double figures with 12. Zane Stephens added seven. Davin Burgess and Weston Harp led De Queen with 18 each. With the victory, the Bearcats improve to 12-4 on the season and 3-0 in the 4A –7 Region. Coach Powell credit-

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ed his senior leaders for playing with poise. “It’s always good to get a Mena’s nice win on the road”, Coach Powell said. “It was a solid team effort.”

While the Mena boys have lots of experience, Coach Scott Wright’s LadyCats feature several underclassmen playing key roles. The De Queen girls came out hot, racing to a 33-16 halftime lead. That sparked De Queen to the 5138 victory. Coach Wright says the Lady Leopards, now 12-2 on the season, are the favorites to win the conference. “Our young team got a little rattled in that first half”, Coach Wright said. “But I’m pleased with how we settled down, and actually outscored a good De Queen team 22-18 in the second half.” Sophomore Gracie Lyle led Mena with 14 points. Junior Paige Evans added 10. Hannah Stockton contributed six, while Emily Wagner added four. Kennedy Winship led De Queen with 19.

Mena’s Hannah Stockton (#20) is double-teamed by De Queen.

The LadyCats are now 7-7 on the season, and 2-1 in the 4A-7 Region.

CRSD Senior Tournament Schedule Mena’s Daniel Davis (#1) goes up to block a shot from De Queen’s Davin Burgess, as Nick Myers (#23) denies the passing lanes. Bearcats rolled over the Leopards 74-43.

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Six girls teams and seven boys teams will compete for team titles in the annual CRSD Senior Invitational Basketball Tournament January 7th – 12th. The De Queen Lady Leopards are the top seed in the girls division, while the Nevada Blue Jays are the number one seed in the boys division. Other girls teams competing include Caddo Hills, Dierks, Nashville, Acorn, and Cossatot River. Other boys teams include Dierks, Caddo Hills, Nashville, Acorn, Cossatot River, and De Queen.

Monday, January 7th: Game 1 5:00 Dierks vs Caddo Hills Boys Game 2 6:20 Dierks vs Caddo Hills Girls Game 3 7:40 De Queen vs CRSD Boys

Thursday, January 10th: Game 6 4:00 De Queen vs Winner Game 2 Game 7 5:20 Nevada vs Winner Game 1 Game 8 7:40 CRSD vs Winner Game 4 Game 9 9:00 Winners Game 3 vs Game 5

Wednesday, January 9th: Game 4 5:00 Nashville vs Acorn Girls Game 5 6:20 Nashville vs Acorn Boys

Saturday, January 12th Game 10 6:00 Girls Championship Game 11 7:30 Boys Championship

Toys for Tots 2018 Deemed a Success SUBMITTED

Edward Anderson stated that he takes great pleasure in thanking the good people and businesses of Polk County for their generosity and support which made for a successful 2018 Toys for Tots campaign. He further reported that our communities kindness brought Christmas joy to 551 Polk County children. Your donations of toys and cash allowed Toys for Tots to purchase and distribute 2160 toys, 207 books and 693 Stocking stuffers. I would like to recognize the wonderful folks at the Mena Elks

Lodge 781. The task of receiving, sorting and preparing thousands of toys as wells as processing applications is monumental. It absolutely could not happen without their assistance. Finally, Mr. Anderson said that he would like to thank Pulse Multi-Media for their support with radio adds and live remotes. This aid is essential for Toys for Tots success. 2018 is in the books and Mr. Anderson reported that he is so very grateful to know and work with the fine people of Polk County Arkansas. See you in 2019.

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Rainy Year Linked to Increase in Potholes on Highways weakening the material. During cold weather, state road crews are not able to use their most effective mix for patching potholes, according to the Arkansas Department of Transportation. Highway crews use hot asphalt during the warmer months, but the hot asphalt will not bind during freezing

A year of high rainfall has left a lot of Arkansas highways and roadways with an increased number of potholes. Statewide, most counties have received more rainfall in 2018 than usual. And, precipitation causes potholes. Water seeps into the asphalt or bubbles up underneath the asphalt after a big rain,

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Mena Takes Two Out of Three during the Kameron Hale Invitational

The Mena Bearcats and LadyCats took two out of three contests over the holidays at the Kameron Hale Invitational Tournament at Lake Hamilton High School in Hot Springs. The Bearcats turned back the Star City Bulldogs on Dec. 27th 68-59. The Mena senior boys dropped a tough 73-65 decision to the Kirby Trojans on the following Friday, before bouncing back to smack the Arkadelphia Badgers on Saturday afternoon 76-50. In the Mena victory over Arkadelphia to claim third place in the tournament, Connor Harvey led the Bearcats with 29 points, including four 3-pointers. Zeb Wilson also knocked down four treys and ended with 14 points. Nick Meyers added ten points. The Bearcats improved to 11-4 on the season. The LadyCats dropped their tour-

nament opener on Thursday to Class 5A Hot Springs 50-23, before bouncing back to win their next two contests. Mena trailed by only 19-18 midway through the second quarter, but hit a 12 minute scoring drought to allow Hot

The Mount Ida Lions and Lady Lions dropped a pair of contests over the final weekend in 2018 at the Chartwells Spa City Shootout at the Bank O.Z.K. Arena in Hot Springs. The Lady Lions lost to the Hot Springs Lakeside Lady Rams 57-28 on Thursday. Banner Carlton and Madison Smith led the Lady Lions with eight points each. On Friday, the

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Springs to pull away. Hannah Stockton led the LadyCats with 10 points, including 6 of 6 from the free throw line. The LadyCats slipped past the Kirby Lady Trojans 41-38 on Friday. On Saturday, Klara Kesterson’s 18 points paced the

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Mount Ida girls dropped a 51-50 nail biter to the Fordyce Lady Bugs. The Lady Lions fall to 6-5 on the year. The Lions lost on Thursday to Class 5A Hot Springs 62-17. On Friday, the Mount Ida senior boys dropped a 69-39 decision to the Class 6A Greenwood Bulldogs. The Lions

fall to 4-7 on the season. The Mount Ida senior teams travel to Acorn for junior girls and senior high action on Tuesday, January 8th. The Lions and Lady Lions also compete in the Western Yell County Invitational Tournament January 5th – 12th.

Acorn Competes in the Larry Ray Memorial Tournament at Jessieville

The Acorn Lady Tigers split a pair of contests, while the Tigers dropped two games over the weekend at the Larry Ray Memorial Tournament at Jessieville High School. The Lady Tigers dropped a 60-52 decision on Dec. 27th to the Bigelow Lady Panthers. On Friday, the Acorn senior girls bounced back and pounded Prescott 65-39. The Lady Tigers

are 10-10 on the season. The Tigers lost to the Bigelow Panthers 76-53 on Thursday, and fell to the Caddo Hills Indians 61-43 on Friday. The Acorn Boys fell to 6-13 on the year. The Acorn senior teams return to action as they compete in the Cossatot River Senior Tournament January 7th – 12th.


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Weekly Publication Thursday – 1/10/19 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County will meet at Papa’s Mexican Café. Contact Sue Cavner at 234-5844 or Linda Rowe at 234-2575 for more info. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – The Mena Lioness Lions meet at the Limetree Restaurant. • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Salvation Army Family Store helps families with utilities. • 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – The First Assembly of God distributes food at 2111 Sutherland or call 394-1229. • 5:00 p.m. - 9th Street Ministries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the 9th Street Ministries building. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Education Wing, West End. Call 479234-2297 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s Meeting at the ABC Club at 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 6:00 p.m. – Hatfield’s Lion’s Club meets at the Lions Club Field House. • 6:30 p.m. – Mena Chapter #243, Order of the Eastern Star will meet at the Masonic Temple at 701 Port Arthur. Meeting will follow a meal at 6:30 p.m. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – Cherry Hill Fire Department meeting and training at the Fire Station. Friday – 1/11/19 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House 479-243-9600

on Highway 71 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 The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Hatfield Auditorium Country-Western Dance Admission is $6 and 50/50 drawing. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. Saturday – 1/12/19 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 10:00 a.m. – Winter Wonderland Cash Mob, 501 Mena Street • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Children’s Art Class at the Mena Art Gallery, for children ages 10 & up, including adults. Cost is $3. Call 479394-3880 to reserve spot. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 7:00 p.m. – Holly Grove Church in Grannis will have Gospel Music. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 479-243-0297 or 479-216-4606. Sunday – 1/13/19 • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 3:00 p.m. – Worship service is held at Sulpher Springs Church. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. Monday – 1/14/19 • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 1:30 p.m. – Polk County Genealogical Society will meet at the Polk County Library. • 3:00 p.m. – The Airport Commission’s meeting will be held at the UA-Rich Mountain Boardroom in the Spencer Building, 1100 College Drive.

• 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. – Democratic Party of Polk County meets at Papa’s Mexican Café. Anyone interested is welcome. You do not have to be a member. • 6:30 p.m. – Polk County Democrats will be holding their monthly meeting at Papas. They will be selecting officers. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – Mena Elks Lodge meeting. All Elks are invited to attend. • 7:30 p.m. – Mountain Meadow Chapter #22 Order of the Eastern Star will meet at the Mountain Meadow Masonic Lodge Hall in Hatfield. Tuesday – 1/15/19 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardener Community Men’s Breakfast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The written portion of the drivers test will be given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority, and as long as road conditions are optimal the driving portion of the test will be given. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena St. Bring your current project and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Hatfield Branch library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. – T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union Bank Community Room for weigh-ins, followed by a meeting. • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Polk County Housing Authority Community

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POLK COUNTY BIRTHS December 21, 2018 to January 4, 2019

Polk County Births Mena Regional Health System Deianeira and Matthew Wise, of Wickes, Arkansas, are the proud parents of a baby girl born December 21st.


Hayley and Jeremy Parnell, of Vandervoort, Arkansas, are the proud parents of a baby girl born on December 21st.

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Regina Trusley and Steffan Barrington, of DeQueen, Arkansas, are the proud parents of a baby girl born December 30th.



Ashleigh and Taylor Beggs, of Cove, Arkansas, are the proud parents of a baby boy born on January 1st.


Their boy is honored as the MRHS baby of the new year!

Emily and Richard Shipman, of Sims, Arkansas, are the proud parents of a baby girl born on December 25th. Makala and Blake Turner, of Mena, Arkansas are the proud parents of a baby girl born on December 26th.



Whitney Caudill, of Vandervoort, Arkansas is the proud parent of a baby girl born on December 27th.


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Summer Food Program Provider Application to Open January 14 Applications for the 2019 Arkansas Summer Food Service Program (ASFSP) will be processed in two phases, beginning in January, according to officials with the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS). The first period, only for schools and government sponsors, will open on January 14. All other provider applications will be accepted beginning February 15, and the deadline for all applications is April 30, 2019. The ASFSP operates through DHS to provide healthy snacks and meals to children who receive free or reduced lunches during the school year. It is 100 percent funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). “The program ensures that these children have a nutritious weekday meal when school is out,” said DHS Health and Nutrition Program Administrator Tracey Shine. “Unfortunately, USDA estimated that over 40 million people, including 12 million children,

in the United States were food insecure in 2017. That means 1 in 6 children lived without consistent access to adequate food. Less than 15 percent of kids who qualify for free or reduced lunches during the school year are getting the same high-quality meals in the summer,” according to Shine. In 2018, the daily summer program provided more than 1.5 meals and snacks at 700 sites at a cost of $1.4 million. Youth ages 18 and younger or persons over 18 who are deemed either mentally or physically handicapped and who participate in a public school established for mentally or physically handicapped are eligible. Typically, schools and daycares are summer food program providers, but any public or non-profit summer camps, community centers, churches, government agencies or similar groups can apply. Providers will be asked to supervise the production, distribution, and administrative tasks of their sites.

All meals and snacks must meet USDA nutritional guidelines. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. All applicants must complete an eligibility process that includes free training and approval by DHS, USDA, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Organizations that qualify will be reimbursed for costs of all meals and snacks served. The deadline for all applications is

April 30th. To submit an ASFSP application or receive program technical assistance, please call 501-682-8869 or visit snp/SummerInfoM.aspx. To find sites across the state to assist children and adults in need of free food, Arkansans can visit www.whyhunger. org, call 1-800-5HUNGRY, or text their ZIP code to 1-800-548-6479.

MRHS Business Office Named iCARE Star Department of the Quarter...

Polk County Housing Authority 509 South Morrow Street, Mena, AR

“Smoke Free” and well maintained. The cooking and heating in most apartments is natural gas which is paid by the housing authority. Water, sewer and garbage pick-up are also paid by the housing authority. You will be responsible for your own electric service. Rent amount is based on income. Lawn mowing service is provided to elderly/disabled residents and available for a fee to all other residents. Apartments have washer and dryer hook-up and are equipped with a range and refrigerator as well as central heat and air conditioning. PCHA also has an income based rental assistance program for housing anywhere in Polk County. or visit our website at

The MRHS Billing Office was recently named the iCARE Star Department of the Quarter. This department has taken on additional assignments as MRHS has focused on making their revenue cycle as efficient and effective as possible. Alongside navigating through the revenue cycle and consulting projects, the department has posted a collection rate that has exceeded the monthly target for the past eight months. The Business Office is led by Gayla Crowley, who has an unmatched passion for MRHS and the local community. As the recipient of this award, the department received a traveling trophy, a plaque displayed on the iCARE Wall of Fame and a pizza party. Pictured from Left: Briann Henry, Physician/ Clinic Billing; Gayla Crowley, Business Office Director; Christina Burford, Chargemaster Coordinator; Sylvia Lyle, Medicare; Ellen Busch, Private Pay; Chasidy Emerson, Blue Cross Blue Shield; Susie Barrett, Office Manager; Susan Gilbert, Medicaid; Carol Lane, Commercial Biller; Karey Don Kesterson, CFO; Heather Farley, MMA Clinic Biller; Chandler Cox, HR Director; Jay Quebedeaux, CEO; and Shanna Ham, Physician/Clinic Billing.

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