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VA Clinic Construction to be Complete this Week BY MELANIE WADE •

The construction of the new Veteran’s CBOC clinic in Mena is expected to wrap up this week with the Veteran’s Administration conducting a walk through for approval of the new 10,000 sq. ft. facility. The Veterans Administration said the transition of moving patients from their current facility on Highway 71 north to the new facility on South Morrow Street will be a slow one that will not interrupt patient care. The VA expects to be CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

Airport Continues Economic Growth and Improvements

BY MELANIE WADE • The growth continues at Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport as two businesses have moved into new hangars and projects from the 40-year Master Plan continue to improve the airport grounds. Hampton Aviation built a new 110’ x 125’ hangar, which is now complete, and Arkansas Round Engine changed locations as well, and work is to begin on larger projects soon. Much of the success can be attributed to the vast amount of improvements that have been completed and the 40-year Master Plan that has been in develCONTINUED ON PAGE 6

City Maintains Beauty with Ordinance and Annual Clean-Up

Tom Sawyer, played by Jaimeson Biard, and Becky Thatcher, played by Jocelyn Parsons, have a tit-for-tat spat on the Ouachita Little Theatre stage during dress rehearsal on Monday, July 10. The duo are part of the cast that will present Tom Sawyer for the next two weekends. More information can be found in the Organization of the Week article on page 11 of this edition.

BY MELANIE WADE • Seeing manicured lawns, clean streets, and clutter-free residences is the purpose of Mena’s Beautification Ordinance, and Tammy Stockton heads up the job that keeps citizens compliant, keeping the city beautiful in all corners. However, sometimes due to rainy weather, lack of ability, or any number of other reasons, folks get behind on that work and that’s when you’ll receive a visit from Stockton. Each year, Stockton makes sure that citizens are keeping their yards not only CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

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Burns Honored for Selfless Contributions to Veterans BY MELANIE WADE • Carol Burns was recognized and honored for her dedication to help veterans and veteran organizations at the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary (DAVA) meeting on Thursday, July 6, 2017. Burns helps in a vast amount of ways with several organizations in the county. Read more about Burns in an upcoming Citizen of the Week feature in a future edition of the Polk County Pulse. Burns is pictured with local and state DAVA Commander Margaret Scott.

Quick Response Keeps Residents Safe from Gas Leak BY LEANN DILBECK •


ena Fire and Police Departments, as well as Dallas Valley Fire Department, responded to a call that came into dispatch at 10:20 a.m. on Friday, July 7, 2017, with a report of a gas leak near a former gas station on Hwy. 8 East next to Southern Disposal. Mena Fire Chief Steve Egger explained that a construction company had inadvertently dug into a gas line, but that the gas company was on the scene quickly to diffuse the situation. There were no evacuations ordered and Egger assured the public that the scene had been secured and is safe. No injuries were reported.

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RVAC has announced that the Li-Heap Summer Cooling Program will open Monday, July 10, 2017. This program is for assistance with electric only. It is a one-time payment based on family income and household size. Households or individuals must have proof of income for the previous month for all adult (over 18 years of age) members of the household. Persons in Polk County wishing to apply should visit the ARVAC office located at 606 Pine Street, #109 Mena AAR 71953 on Monday thru Friday between 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and between 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Further information may be obtained by calling Mandy Dunlap in the office at 479 394-4707.

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HSO Cat Habitat Nears Opening


reat things keep happening at Humane Society of the Ouachitas [HSO]. Earlier in the year, HSO received grant funding from corporate and local business donors to assist low-income residents with the cost of spay-neutering their pets. Thanks to another grant from PetSmart Charities in the amount of $16,000, HSO was able to make much needed shelter improvements, including the purchase of a 14 ft. x 32 ft. building designated for a new “Cat Habitat.” For over 10 years, HSO’s adoptable cats were housed in a room addition, which was kindly built with the donation of materials and labor by the Eagle Lodge of Mena and the assistance of volunteer Russell Stockton. The room certainly served the cats well, keeping them separated from the dogs’ kennels. As HSO grew, many of the kittens and cats were fostered until ready for adoption by Udene Westphal in a cozy little backyard building she offered, complete with heat and air. “The new cat habitat will provide space for a kitten adoption room, a cat adoption room, and a separate health observation room. This building is a wonderful asset,” said Volunteer Shelter Manager, Tina Ball. “We are grateful that PetSmart Charities has once again invested in Polk County through HSO.” The materials to finish the building’s interior, such as wiring, lighting, heat, air, windows, sheet rock, easy to sanitize wall board, and flooring, were purchased with the remaining grant funds. Finishing the interior of the new building was organized by Volunteer Board Member, Neal Fosdick. “Over the July 4th long weekend, a crew of some of the handiest men in town generously donated their time to assist Fosdick with the job,” said longtime HSO Secretary, Cheryl Murphy. Four volunteers from the United Methodist Men’s Group worked for several days before 4th of July to finish the interior. The men, shown in this photo with Tina Ball, are, left to right, James Ferris, Mike Meiers, and Billy Wood. Bob Mathews (not pictured) was also part of the group. The final detail will be the vinyl flooring installation and the facility will be ready to accept its new feline residents. HSO plans an Open House of the new Cat Habitat in the near future. The date for HSO’s Grand Reopening and Open House has not yet been set, but there will be an announcement for this fun event. “Thanks to all area pet lovers, shelter supporters, volunteers and corporate donors, who help homeless pets every day through supporting their locally owned and operated Humane Society of the Ouachitas,” said Murphy.

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mowed to under 12 inches, but junk free and looking nice. She usually begins with a visit and a warning, as she says most residents comply as soon as possible. Becky Horton, Mayor’s Assistant, said she attributes part of the success of this year’s Spring Cleanup Program to Stockton’s hard work. “She started early this year visiting homes and sending letters to people reminding them to take advantage of the program.” “People took advantage of the city wide clean-up and there more loads taken than ever before,” Stockton said. She also wants to remind the public that there will be a fall clean up coming soon, however it is for brush only. The City also asks that when citizens mow, that they also please mow the easement ways into the ditches or flats out to the road. “There is a lot to keep up with and we would very much appreciate it if they would help us keep those areas clean as well.” “It’s getting better year after year. We are definitely on the uphill swing of things and are happy with people getting their stuff done,” she said. Citizens are encouraged to let the City know of any areas that need work such as trees blocking street signs, un-mowed areas, etc. Tammy Stockton can be reached at 394-7436 or 394-8305.


Our number one priority should be to go to Heaven. Nothing else is as important. Jesus says in Matthew 6:33, "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Our soul is the most valuable thing we have. There is nothing that can equal its value. We read in Matthew 16:26, "What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?" The tragedy is nobody profits from the loss of their soul. It is easy in today’s materialistic society to get caught up in the pursuit of materialism,(sports, cellphones, video games, money, ect.) if we are not careful. Our Lord says in Matthew 6:19-21, "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Our savings account needs to be in heaven. Everyday we need to tell ourselves that our main goal in this life is to go to Heaven. We read in Colossians 3:2, "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth." We should regularly think about going to Heaven. Heaven is a prepared place (John 14:2-3) for a prepared people. It will be such a wonderful place, which is beyond our wildest dreams. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:9, "...What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived"- the things God has prepared for those who love him." Heaven cannot be described so that mere mortal human beings can understand how wonderful it is. A person will not accidentally go to Heaven. Going to Heaven is a lifelong race as we read in Hebrews 12:1, "Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." Going to Heaven requires endurance, patience, and persistence. We must finish the race. The Hatfield Church of Christ welcomes all to worship. 479-437-5276 also on Facebook. THIS AD PURCHASED BY HATFIELD CHURCH OF CHRIST


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fully transitioned by the end of September. Chris Durney, Public Affairs Specialist for the Central Arkansas Veterans Health System, said, “There will be a little bit of an overlap in the transition. We have a good contract that we will honor at the current facility. We don’t want to close a door one day and open a different door the next day. No patient care will be compromised.” Between now and their official opening, they will furnish the building, install equipment and software systems, have personnel fully hired and trained, and make sure all systems run properly. A grand opening for the facility will be announced at a later date, but they hope to have it in early to mid-September. “We are excited about it,” said Durney. “We are looking forward to opening, I think it’s going to be a wonderful facility.” Durney said they are still looking for qualified staff to fill the facility that will include 10 exam rooms and a women’s health and procedure room. For those interested, visit USA Jobs online and search Arkansas for a list of positions available. Mark Wilson, Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) Coordinator, said they plan to maintain all the services offered at the current clinic, with a goal to expand all CBOCs

to include physical therapy services. Although the new center will not include dental services, CAVHS staffers explained at a recent town hall meeting that they are “focusing on provider agreements to get local dentists to partner with CAVHS” to keep veterans from having to travel to North Little Rock for dental care. The decision to move was made, in part, to implement more services and the PACT (Patient Aligned Care Team) model, in which each veteran has a team that provides primary care services, and helps coordinate services for specialty care when needed. The implementation of PACT is hoped to make a large impact on how veterans receive care. According to their website, PACT is “the cornerstone of the New Models of Care initiative that is intended to transform the way Veterans receive care. PACT assists VHA in transforming Veterans’ care by providing patient-driven, proactive, personalized, team-based care focused on wellness and disease prevention. This results in improvements in Veteran satisfaction, improved healthcare outcomes, and costs. The PACT model is built on the well-known concept of the patient-centered medical home staffed by high-functioning teams.” They also plan to implement more telemedicine methods at the new facility as well.

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opment for several months. Through the Master Plan, goals are attained and often with grants attached. Through this process, new runway lights have been installed, taxiways have received extensive repairs, and now, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) wants to include the resurfacing of Runway 17-35 as well. “The FAA knows the condition of the runway and wants to help us,” said Airport Manager Fred Ogden. The project would be fully funded by the FAA, with no cost to the city. The project is still in the early development stage, so estimates are very rough, according to Greg Shipley, of Morrison Shipley, who consults the airport with engineering services. He said the rough estimates are anywhere from $1.7 million to $2.4 million, depending on the depth of the asphalt that is laid on the runway. Another improvement the Airport Commission discussed is improving their Remote Communication Outlet (RCO). The function allows pilots to talk to air traffic control from their planes, whether on the ground or in the air. The current system isn’t functioning properly and pilots must be at least 3,000 feet in the air before they can “grab the signal” to call in. If a signal cannot be attained, the pilot must call by cell phone before landing. To alleviate that issue, the commission is looking into other towers they can transmit from. A project long in the works and that was a large topic of discussion during the development of the Master Plan was the separation of Runway 17-35 (that runs north and south) and Runway 9-27 (that runs east to west). The intersection of the two runways was the source of discussion and the commission and FAA have agreed to not tear up the existing pavement of the runways, but to instead place reflective chevron markings to indicate an off-limits area. All of these developments help the airport continue to grow, which brings in more businesses, and more clients for those businesses. Longer and wider runways allow for larger aircraft to land, allowing many of the current businesses to receive government contracts in addition to private. Ogden said the airport provides around 300 jobs for community members. Not only do employees spend their hard-earned dollars in the community, travelers coming into the county via the airport also bring money to the local economy. In an Individual Airport Summary Report from 2006 (the latest data available), prepared by the Arkansas State Airport System, the Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport (MEZ) had a total economic impact of $48,544,400. More than $14 million of that was in payroll alone.


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..................................................................................................................................... LONNIE FRANK CARTER

Mr. Lonnie Frank Carter, age 69, of Mena, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017 in Mena, Arkansas. Lonnie was born on April 22, 1948 in Lamesa, Texas to Roger Earl Carter and Bertha Virginia Miles Carter. He was married to Susan Love Carter for 17 years and proudly served his country in the United States Coast Guard. Lonnie also worked as a police officer for the Mesquite Police Department. Lonnie enjoyed being outdoors and going hunting, fishing and playing golf with family and friends. He also enjoyed reloading ammunition. Lonnie dearly loved his family and friends. He was a loving and kind husband, father, stepfather, brother, grandfather and friend to all who knew him. He is survived by wife, Susan Carter of Mena, Arkansas; son, Clinton Carter and wife Amanda of Mosley, Virginia; daughter, Tiffany Carter of Pearl, Mississippi; stepson, Carl Bishop of Centerton, Arkansas; stepdaughter, Laura Bishop

of Maumelle, Arkansas; brother, Ronnie Carter and wife Cherry of Flower Mound, Texas; four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Paul Carter. Mr. Carter was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Online obituary at

REBA FAYE MCMELLON STANFIELD Reba Faye McMellon Stanfield, age 67, of Mena, died Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the Mena Regional Health System. She was born on Monday, July 11, 1949 to Everette William and Emma Shelton Martin in Mena, Arkansas. Reba was a Christian homemaker who loved life and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loved cooking at holidays, and everyone loved her pancakes and chocolate gravy. Reba could play the piano by ear and enjoyed playing and listening to Gospel, Blue Grass and Country Western music. She liked listening to music live and always enjoyed going to Turkey Track

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and going dancing. Reba was a loving companion, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, James Embrey; her first husband, James Darrel McMellon; her loving companion of 14 years, Willard Hooper; and one sister, Helen Steinbock. Reba is survived by her two sons, Cecil McMellon and companion, Misty Martin of Mena, and Archie McMellon of Mena; two daughters, Mina Anderle and husband, Ron of Mena, and Cindy Hill and companion, Greg Tarkinton of Mena; four grandchildren, Zachary Anderle, Cooper Anderle, Shiloh Taylor, and Adileigh McMellon all of Mena, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the Bows-

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er Family Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Ron Tilley and Brother Mark Lyle officiating with interment following at Concord Cemetery in Ink. Visitation was Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena. Pallbearers were Joe Bowling, Raymond Falls, Doug Nursery, Roger Howard, Charlie Escobar, and Roy Harris. Honorary Pallbearers were the Gang at the corner, Senior Center, American Legion, and all those that touched Reba and her family’s lives. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Acorn High School Music Program at 143 Polk Rd 96, Mena, AR 71953. Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh. com

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gram kicked off, Monday July 10. Fast Cats is a 3 week speed and conditioning program for all athletes K-12th grade. The camp runs Monday-Thursday each week until the last day on Thursday, July 27. Dayne Turner (L) was named the senior high athlete of the day for the first day of Fast Cats. Andrew Davis (R) was recognized for his work as well.

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oach Tim Harper and the Bearcats have returned from their trip to Kansas City, where they competed in a Regional USA Football 7-on-7 camp. The camp was hosted in Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs. The Bearcats played in six games during their time at the camp, playing against teams from Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Nebraska. After competing, the Bearcats finished with a 1-5 record, but despite the record, Coach Harper was really proud of his guys. “I know the record may not show it, but I feel like we competed really well and got better. We lost two of the games on the last play and three of the five we lost by less than a touchdown.” The Bearcats competed well in each of their games, but played especially well on the defensive side of the ball. The most points Mena gave up during the camp was 26 points and the defense showed a lot of grit. Typically in a 7-on-7 game 40 plus points may be scored by both sides. Coach Harper commented on the defensive saying, “I was really pleased with the way our defense competed. We didn’t move the ball as well offensively as I would have liked, but I was impressed by the improvement of our defense.” Many of the games in Arrowhead came down to the wire for the Bearcats against their opponents. Mena took Westmoore Oklahoma, a 6A powerhouse to the last minute of regulation before losing. When the Bearcats moved to the tournament, they lost to Glendale Missouri on the last play of the game in OT. “In the summer, you aren’t truly looking at your success completely based on wins and losses, but improvement and guys playing well. I know the record doesn’t showJanuary it, but in that 6, 2016 sense, we played well,” explains Coach Harper. The Bearcats had several young players that got a good amount of reps during the six games, allowing for them to mature throughout the camp. “We had some guys get some good exposure and reps that gives them great experience. This was a good environment for them, a chance to play when nothing serious is on the line. Specifically, I was really impressed by Mark Wilson,” says Harper. The Bearcats are back in Mena and are training in the annual Fast Cats Camp for the next three weeks and are looking forward to the start of fall practice. Look to a future edition of the Pulse for more coverage on the Bearcats.

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Health Screenings by Life Line to be Held

ertussis, also known as Whooping Cough, is a highly contagious respiratory illness. It is caused by a bacteria known as Bordetella pertussis. This disease usually starts with cold type symptoms and a esidents living in and around the Mena, Arkansas cough that worsens and goes into severe fits of uncontrolled coughing. The pertussis bacteria attacks the can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, lining of the breathing passages and causes inflammation and narrowing of the airway. It affects the lungs, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious condithroat, and nose. This can spread to people in close contact with the sick person through the secretions in tions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. the airway. The powerful cough sprays the bacteria into the air and can be inhaled by others, spreading the Screening will be held at The Crossing on July 26. The site disease. is located at 106 Mena St in Mena. This disease all but disappeared in the 1940s after a vaccine was made to protect people against whooping Screenings can check for: cough. In recent years, there has been outbreaks of Pertussis that have reached numbers not seen since • The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to the 1960s. The most recent peak year was in 2012 when there was 48,277 cases of Pertussis reported to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health. the CDC. There is many more that go undiagnosed and unreported. That was the largest number of cases • HDL and LDL Cholesterol levels reported in the United States since 1955 when 62,786 were reported. Worldwide, there is an estimated 16 • Diabetes risk million cases of pertussis and about 195,000 deaths per year. • Bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis When a person first gets pertussis they will start off with cold type symptoms. At first, the symptoms include • Kidney and thyroid function, and more a mild cough, sneezing, low grade fever, and a runny nose. Following those symptoms, within one to two Screenings are affordable, convenient and accessible weeks cough attack begins. The cough is very forceful and uncontrollable and severe. It often has a “whoopfor wheelchairs and those with trouble walking. Free parking” sound that is made when gasping for air that follows an episode of coughing. Once the cough begins ing is also available. it can last up to 10 weeks. Pertussis is sometimes known as the “100 day cough” because of how long the Packages start at $149, but consultants will work with cough can last. you to create a package that is right for you based on Pertussis can affect people of all ages and can be very serious in children less than one year of age, and your age and risk factors. Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit the can even cause death. Children will often have a bluish appearance around the mouth, they may drool, eyes website at Pre-registration is tear up, and even vomit the cough is so intense. Babies can develop very serious complications like infecrequired. tions, pneumonia, have seizures, and even stop breathing. Approximately 50% of babies less than one year old will need to be hospitalized for treatment. Adults can break ribs or rupture blood vessels in the eye from the severity of the cough. PREVENTION Beth Polo Beckel RD LD CDE Vaccination against Pertussis is key in prevention of the disease. Having the disease does NOT give a person immunity. People who have received the vaccine can still come down with Pertussis, however, it is likely to be a very mild case as compared to our local those who have not been vaccinated against the disease. Vaccination for the disease begins at the age of 2 months in infants. licensed Pregnant women should receive the vaccine between 27 to 36 weeks of the pregnancy. Protection is provided by antibodies nutrition developing during the pregnancy and are passed on to the fetus. educator TREATMENT will always Early treatment of pertussis is very important. Pertussis is usually treated with an antibiotic. The earlier a person starts treatment, the better. Treatment is used to control the symptoms and to prevent the spread of the infection. Treatment should begin be in one during the first one to two weeks BEFORE coughing attach begins. The treatment should also be given to those of close contact place... within three weeks of exposure. If you have cold type symptoms or feel you have had an exposure to pertussis, please contact your provider for treatment. Remember, the sooner the better. Reference: Center for disease control. Website:


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#LOL Judy rushed in to see her doctor, looking very much worried and all strung out. She rattles off, “Doctor, take a look at me. When I woke up this morning, I looked at myself in the mirror and saw my hair all wiry and frazzled up, my skin was all wrinkled and pasty, my eyes were bloodshot and bugging out, and I had this corpse-like look on my face! What’s wrong with me, Doctor?” The doctor looks her over for a couple of moments, then calmly says, “Well, I can tell you that there ain’t nothing wrong with your eyesight.”

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way I did, for keeping the scorecard of continued poor decisions they had made and inability to put God first in their life. Self-righothers is a blessing, right? David and I are big believers of ‘love in teously, I questioned why they would keep making the same (in my opinion) action.’ Whether it’s for a family member, friend, or for a complete stranger, poor decisions, expecting a different outcome. I said that I trusted that His we all have the opportunity each and every day to do a kind and thoughtful Word would not return void, but clearly, questioned that truth when a lifestyle deed that wasn’t asked for, and we shouldn’t expect anything to be reciprowasn’t transformed as I had hoped. And then I confessed, it selfishly made cated or for recognition. It’s great in theory, until someone takes advantage me not want to invest in anybody but my close family. of your generosity. When those kind deeds become more of an expectation My sweet husband then lovingly explained that we don’t do for strangrather than the gift of love they are intended to be, the sweetness of the ers ever expecting anything in return but when we do continuously give to gesture becomes bitter. I was a million miles away and only in the passenger seat as my husband someone considered a friend, it is different… and it does become much more personal. The challenge is not to allow those hurt feelings to stop us from drove. I kept going over and over in my mind the millions of reasons my those loving acts. There are “givers” and “takers” in the world and to know feelings shouldn’t be hurt. I felt I had poured into a friend and been the kind which category our loved ones fit in will help us tailor our expectations. If we of friend I would want to have. Instead of feeling good about being able to were perfect, we wouldn’t have those expectations, but as fallible people, do for them, I was more hung up on a scorecard I had kept on how they had they creep up from time to time. May we always keep Philippians 2:2-3, “Do missed my expectations. My head knew it wasn’t right, but my heart couldn’t nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others help but feel like my generosity had been taken advantage of. Then came above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the the words, “Something on your mind?” Words I’m sure 30 minutes later interests of the others,” close to our hearts. he regretted because that’s the only encouragement I needed to open the We can’t just claim to love without selfish ambition or vain conceit. The floodgate of emotions I had been trying to keep locked up. He listened patrue state of our hearts isn’t revealed until we not only put but KEEP our love tiently, as he always does as I proceeded to chastise myself for feeling the in action. Instead of being tempted to grumble and close ourselves off, as a follower of Christ, we aren’t given that luxury. Our call is to put His love into action — with a clean heart. We must pray faithfully for God’s direction when we see a AT ENA EGIONAL EALTH YSTEM need, for His guidance to know if we are to intercede personally Amanda Neill and Edgar Cruz, of Waldron, are the proud parents or on our knees in prayer, and trust Him and His masterful ways, of a baby boy, born on July 5th. timing, and plan with it all.






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he ability to be able connect with people is a gift. To be able to walk into a room, make connections with people that leads to good conversation and then connect other people seems to be a gift that is all too lost in our world. More and more our ‘connecting’ is done through 140 characters on Twitter or through a picture on Instagram, but to really connect, this is special. In a world of seldom face to face connections, Ashley Smith loves to talk and connect with the people of Mena. Ashley grew up in Mena after moving to the area when she was thirteen. She was actively involved in school in the school newspaper, The Bear Facts, and she was also the local and state president for the GCE program, now known as Jobs for America’s Graduates [JAG]. “I really enjoyed public speaking and it just fit my personality really well. I enjoy that type of environment, speaking in front of people and leading,” says Ashley smiling. Through the JAG program Ashley worked at Mena Insurance throughout high school and continued to grow and develop as a leader. “I took that experience and went to work at a very large general agency in Fayetteville and started working as an underwriting assistant. While I was there I earned my insurance license and this was during the time I was taking classes at Northwest Arkansas Community College,” explains Ashley. After starting a family, Ashley and her husband, Warren, moved back to Polk County. When they returned to Mena, Ashley and Warren lived in Mena for a year before moving to Cove. After being back for a couple of years, Warren bought his dad’s business, Smith’s Grocery in Cove. “When we bought the store that occupied most of my time. I did a lot of the sales and advertising, PR, and HR work, along with the customer relations side of things,” explains Ashley. While running the business together, Warren took care a lot of the logistics such as ordering and day to day operations. During the time of working at Smith’s, Ashley continued to grow in her love for connecting with people and small businesses. “It was a great balance for us. Warren did a lot of the ordering and I tried to think about how to promote the business and spend time interacting with people. It was a great balance that really worked,” says Ashley with a smile. Ashley is currently working to finish her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications online through the University of Arkansas, which is fitting for somebody that loves to connect and communicate with others. In addition to being a student, helping run the store, and being the mom of three children, Ashley didn’t shy away from an unexpected, but welcomed opportunity. Recently, Ashley was named the newest Executive Director of the Mena Chamber of Commerce, an opportunity that she wasn’t sure would even happen. “You know I wasn’t necessarily looking for a job seeing that we were so busy with the store, but I couldn’t get the position off my mind. My interest was peaked and so I applied. It ultimately worked out and I feel that it is a perfect fit for where I am gifted.” Ashley brings years of experience of small town business, leading people, and advertising and marketing to her new position, all strong assets to lead the Chamber. “I already love what I’m doing here. I am very goal oriented and love seeing completion, I feel that we can set long term goals that are achievable,” explains Ashley. Mena and Polk County has a lot to offer, not only for those who call the area home, but for those who are passing through. “There is an energy here that I don’t feel has been here in a long time and there are tremendous possibilities for this area. I just hope that I can be a part of that in some way, even if it is just helping lay a foundation,” Ashley says proudly. One of the things that Ashley really has a passion for is keeping consumer dollars local and connecting people to the great opportunities here. Each year thousands of people visit the area for the beautiful scenery and trails. “We want people to see what Mena has to offer, I think that is a lot. My hope is that we would be a small town Chamber, doing big town Chamber things.” One of the first projects as Executive Director that Ashley has is the Rod Run, an event that is a local and tourist favorite. “I think this is such a great event and year in and year out more and more people get to see through this event what Mena has to offer. We just want to help connect them to that,” smiles Ashley. Along with her work at the Chamber and around the store, Ashley and Warren and their three kids, Eli, Cash, and Stella love being outside when possible. “We are a big fan of the rivers and trails right here in Polk County.”


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veryone wishes that they could escape every once in a while, to be somebody else, somewhere else. Acting allows for someone to do this, to take on the role and character of someone else, somewhere else. Lee Hall once said, “The point of theatre is transformation: to make an extraordinary event out of ordinary material right in front of an audience’s eyes.” The Junior Ouachita Little Theatre [JOLT] has been providing teens the opportunity to ‘be’ somewhere else, be a part of something extraordinary that brings laughter, and maybe most importantly, giving them a place to belong. JOLT was started in 1996 with the desire to educate, equip, and give young actors a great experience. The JOLT is a separate entity of the Ouachita Little Theatre [OLT], but is supported by the ‘mother’ organization. “Seeing that there aren’t often many roles for young people to be in most of the plays, we wanted to give them a way to continue in theatre and continue learning for their future,” explains JOLT sponsor, Judy Kropp. The young theatre group is open for students 3rd grade through college, and it isn’t just for those aspiring to act. “I really believe that theatre is a team sport to the upmost. Everyone is important to the end production, and so even if somebody doesn’t want to act, they still have a part to play and JOLT is designed to educate students about what those opportunities may be,” says Kropp. Team…the dictionary defines ‘team’ as a number of persons associated in some joint action. When most people think about team sports, their minds rush to basketball, football, soccer, or another sport with multiple individuals, but according to Kropp, theatre really is the ultimate team sport, “Nobody gets to sit out or not have a part in a production. I believe this really to be about being a team. Although everyone sees the actors, they don’t see those doing lights, sound, or the ones working with costumes in the back. If we aren’t all on the same page, the production is not what it could be.” In JOLT, Kropp wants to encourage students to come find their place on the team at the theatre and in the process they may just find their gift. “It’s been amazing to see how many young people ventured into theatre not knowing what they may be gifted in, but through the process really learned a lot about themselves,” Kropp says with a smile. One of the primary reasons for creating JOLT was to educate young students about theatre in the hopes that they would learn more and as they grow older, they would have a place to showcase their gifts and talents. One of the ways that JOLT seeks to educate is through workshops every third Thursday at the theatre. “This is an opportunity to teach theatre skills, but as I said earlier, it’s not just for those that want to act. We bring in people to talk about costume design, props, and many other things in hopes that students can see where they may fit in.” Kropp’s daughter and Mena High School Drama teacher, Jessica Kropp, is also involved helping train the young students. “Jessica will sometimes come over and help and bring some of her senior students who will help train our students,” explains Kropp. These workshops as well as time spent working towards a production is an opportunity to educate and equip. “The best way to think about JOLT is a vehicle to educate and provide opportunities to put on productions by young people.” The workshops usually last from 4-5:30p.m. and snacks are provided. Like any other good team, JOLT is extremely diverse and welcomes any student to come participate in theatre, whether they are 8 or 18. “That is the neat thing about JOLT, with so many different roles in the play and so many needs for the production, we have room for students of all ages. It isn’t often that a third grader and high school senior can work together, but we feel like here they can,” explains Kropp smiling. The theatre provides a wonderful atmosphere that seeks to bring out the best in each individual and help them discover their gifts and talents. “Whether somebody is 10 years old or 18, they have gifts and abilities and we hope to help them find a place to belong among others and a place that they can use their gifts. Even when other things are gone, you can always be a part of theatre and we want to help students develop a love for theatre that will last as long as they want it to.” JOLT is open to any student ages third grade and up and membership fees are only $10 a year. “For an opportunity to be a part of a couple of productions a year and learning the ins and outs of theatre, you can’t find a better deal. Plus, it’s all a lot of fun,” says Kropp smiling. To see the hard work of the JOLT and to measure someone’s interest in the group, check out their production of Tom Sawyer at the OLT July 14-16 and July 21-23, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Matinee at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $8 R&C Aviation Inc. is for adults and $5 for students. Since JOLT is a separate organization from the OLT, OLT season passes will not be valid for the show. Scotty Jenkins and Alexa Night, two adult looking to hire leaders, have been directing this show. The show is sure to be a favorite for families.

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Thursday, 7/13 • 7:00 a.m. until sold out – The Polk County Farmer’s Market is open next to the Mena Depot. • 9:00 a.m. – Polk County Election Commission will meet in the basement of the Polk County Courthouse. Purpose of meeting is to draw for ballot positions for school elections. • 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – St. Agnes Emergency Food Pantry is open. • 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 will meet at Papa’s Mexican Café. Call Lisa Martin 216-3383 or Charles Pitman 2164882 for more information. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – The First Assembly of God Distributes food at 2111 Sutherland or call 394-1229. • 2:00 p.m. – Cove Library History Club meets at the Cove Library. • 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 Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s Meeting at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479-


• POLK COUNTY CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION ANNUAL PIE AUCTION FUNDRAISER will be held on July 18 at 7 p.m. at the Fairgrounds. • HATFIELD BAPTIST CHURCH HOSTS OCEAN COMMOTION VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, July 15-19, 5:30-8:30 p.m. each night. Kids ages 4 years thru 6th grade are welcome. • SALEM BAPTIST CHURCH HOSTS GALACTIC STARVEYORS VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL for pre-K thru 6th grade, July 2428, 6:00-8:83 p.m. each night. • ZAFRA CHURCH HOSTS VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, Lassoing five Values from the Parables of Jesus, July 17-21, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. for ages 4 years thru 12th grade. • HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE OUACHITAS monthly meeting will be held July 20, 5:30 p.m. at the Limetree Restaurant.

216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. • 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 refreshments. • 7:00 p.m. – Amputee Support Group meets at First Christian Church in Mena. Call Laura for more information, 479-385-5130. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – Cherry Hill Fire Department meeting and training at the Fire Station. Friday, 7/14 • 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. • 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – St. Agnes Emergency Food Pantry is open. • 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 71 South. • 5:00 p.m. – Benefit Indian Taco Supper and Dessert Auction at Hatfield Auditorium. Proceeds go toward medical expenses for Leonard and Scottie Newman. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Gator and Friends will be playing at the American Legion in Acorn. $6.00 admission. 50/50 drawing, potluck, and door prizes. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. Saturday, 7/15 • 7:00 a.m. until sold out – The Polk County Farmer’s Market is open next to the Mena Depot. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fibers Arts Group meets at Mena Art Gallery. • 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Children’s Art Class at the Mena Art Gallery, for children ages 5 to 9. Cost is $2. Call 479-394-3880 to reserve spot. • 5:30 p.m. – 3rd Saturday Gospel Singing to be held at Janssen Park. Bring a lawn chair and cold drink. Musicians and singers welcome. For more information, contact Stanley or Jeanette Dreyer at 479-216-0533. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. – Sulpher Springs Baptist Church at Big Fork will host a fundraiser for a new roof. Dinner for donations, items to be auctioned, raffle tickets, etc. For more info, call 870-356-8627. • 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. – The Caddo Cowboys will play at the Vandervoort Picnic

Grounds. Dance admission is $5, children under 6 are free. Chicken Dinner served from 6 – 8 p.m. for $7. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 479-243-0297 or 479-2164606. Sunday, 7/16 • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 3:00 p.m. – Worship Service at Sulpher Springs Church. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. Monday, 7/17 • 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – St. Agnes Emergency Food Pantry is open. • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 12:30 p.m. – Cossatot Senior Center will have a Board Meeting. • 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Mena Seventh-Day Adventist Church Food Pantry across from the Polk County Fairgrounds. Non-perishable food, personal care items, and nutritional help. No one will be turned away. • 5:30 p.m. – Polk County Republican Committee meets at Polk County Library, North Room. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 6:30 p.m. – The Lady Ouachitas will meet at the Bear State Bank Main Branch. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – Ouachita Beekeepers Association meeting at Union Bank. Tuesday, 7/18 • 7:00 a.m. until sold out – The Polk County Farmer’s Market is open next to the Mena Depot. • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardener Community Men’s Breakfast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – St. Agnes Emergency Food Pantry is open. • 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. – 3:00 p.m. – The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Hatfield Branch library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. – T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union Bank Community Room for weigh-ins, fol-

lowed by a meeting. • 6:00 p.m. – The Regular Hatfield Town Council will meet at the Town Hall in Hatfield. • 7:00 p.m. – VFW Post 4451 meeting at Veterans Park in Acorn. • 7:00 p.m. – The Marine Corps League Detachment will meet at Lighthouse Fitness. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for families of addicts and alcoholics meets at the ABC Club. • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Bluegrass music at Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room. • 7:30 p.m. – Mountain Meadow Masonic Lodge #218 will meet at the Hatfield Lodge. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479-234-2887 or 479-234-3043. Wednesday, 7/19 • 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – St. Agnes Emergency Food Pantry is open. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in Mena at noon. • 11:15 a.m. – Cossatot Senior Center in Wickes will host a blood pressure clinic. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Polk County Library Cove Branch is open. • 5:45 p.m. – The Mena First United Methodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – Warriors for Christ will meet at the Southside Church of God. • 6:00 p.m. – Regeneration Youth Ministries at Mena Church of God Hwy 88 East. • 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church hosts Discovery Kids – Kindergarten Thru 5th Grade; Collide Youth Ministry – 6th Thru 12th Grades; and Adult Bible Study. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at Grace Bible Church, 1911 Hwy 71 N. Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Inquiry classes into the Catholic Faith begins in the Parish Hall of St. Agnes Catholic Church at 203 8th St. No cost. Everyone invited.

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Moments from America’s History: The Northwest Ordinance




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wo hundred thirty years ago this week, July 13, 1787, the third of three ordinances, “An Ordinance for the Government of the Territory of the United States NorthWest of the River Ohio,” was enacted by the Second Continental Congress. The purpose of the ordinances was to establish orderly and equitable procedures for the settlement and political incorporation of the Northwest Territory. Better known then as the Ordinance of 1787, the Northwest Ordinance was patterned after principles outlined by Thomas Jefferson in the Ordinance of 1784. The Land Ordinance of 1785, also authored by Jefferson, provided for the scientific surveying of the Northwest Territory lands and for a systematic subdivision of them into sections and townships. The Ordinance of 1787, authored primarily by Nathan Dane, articulated a plan that provided the means by which a territory could eventually apply for statehood, and it included the provision for the government of the region which today is the modern states of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and part of Minnesota. Article I of the Ordinance stated: “No person, demeaning himself in a peaceable and orderly manner, shall ever be molested on account of his mode of worship or religious sentiments, in the said territory.” In Article III, Congress stated: “Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” Therefore, the Ordinance set aside one section in every township for the maintenance of public schools and also allotted one section for the purpose of religion. This relationship of government and religious freedom was unique for its time, as it wisely encouraged the incorporation of religion, morality and justice into the infancy of new states to help ensure that the nation maintained a strong moral and ethical foundation. Many of the concepts and guarantees of the Ordinance, including the Natural Rights provisions, foreshadowed the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Among the stipulations were trial by jury, religious freedom, and fair treatment of Native Americans. Various legal and property rights were enshrined and slavery was outlawed. Article III states, “The utmost good faith shall always be observed towards the Indians; their lands and property shall never be taken from them without their consent; and in their property, rights, and liberty they never shall be invaded or disturbed unless in just and lawful wars authorized by Congress; but laws founded in justice and humanity shall, from time to time, be made, for preventing wrongs being done to them and for preserving peace and friendship with them.” Article VI states, “There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in the said territory, otherwise than in the punishment of crimes, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted....” The Northwest Ordinance set a unique precedent in world history. Territories would be regarded as essentially autonomous, unlike the American colonies which were held in subordination to a mother country. And, the principle of granting new states equal rather than inferior status to older ones was firmly established. The Northwest Ordinance is considered a part of America’s Organic Law, recognized in the “United States Code Annotated” as one of America’s four most significant governmental documents. It was signed into law by President George Washington on August 4, 1789, during the same time period that the First Amendment was being formulated. Both the Northwest Ordinance and the First Amendment presented Government’s role in religion as one not of neutrality nor hostility, but one of favorability, accommodation, and encouragement in providing a civil atmosphere and moral order where liberty of conscience and freedom of religious expression could live and flourish.

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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 June 25, 2017 Jason R. Ward, 43, of Mena was charged with DWI, breathing intoxicants, and careless driving. Jimmy Lee Wright, 32, and Christina Wright, 25, both of Mena were each charged with third degree battery after officers responded to a call at a local residence. June 26, 2017 Kelly Don Shreve, 48, of Mena was charged with DWI II, possession of drug paraphernalia, and refusal to submit to a chemical test. The arrest followed a call from employees at a local convenience store regarding an impaired man. June 27, 2017 Alesha St. Germaine, 35, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant for theft by receiving. Jimmy Lee Wright, 32, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant. An employee at a local convenience store reported a gas skip. Malcolm Ryan Wells, 31, of Mena was charged with third degree battery after officers responded to a call at a local residence. June 28, 2017 James Clinton Shaffer, 29, of Mena was charged with third degree battery. The arrest followed a call to an altercation at a local residence. June 29, 2017 No reports on file. June 30, 2017 Report was made of the break in at a local business. Several items and cash were missing. Case is pending interview of suspects. Andres Warner, 27, of Mena was charged with third degree battery after a call to a local neighborhood. July 1, 2017 Jeffrey T. Terwilliger, 26, of Mena was arrested on three outstanding warrants. Report was made of an altercation at a local residence. Case is pending further investigation and location and interview of suspect. Amanda Wood, 35, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Oklahoma. Larry Graham, 49, of Mena was arrested on felony possession of methamphetamine or cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Chandie Lynn Bottomly, 26, of Mena was arrested on two outstanding warrants. July 2, 2017 John L. Ingram, 32, of Texas was arrested on a warrant from Texas. He was additionally charged with possession of a firearm. Joseph Alpheus Stubbs, 41, of Mena was charged with DWI, having no driver’s license, and refusing to submit to a chemical test. Alban Robert Beckwith, 25, of Mena was charged with driving on a suspended driver’s license and having no vehicle insurance. Amanda Harvey, 29, of Mena was charged with driving on a suspended driver’s license, having no vehicle license, and having no vehicle insurance. July 3, 2017 Donovan Thomas Hunt, 25, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant. Tisha Renee Whitehead, 30, of Mena was arrested and charged with theft of property. A Mena woman reported that someone had broken into her vehicle. Case is pending. July 4, 2017 Tisha Renee Whitehead, 30, of Mena was charged with felony possession of a schedule I or II controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, and one count of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. She was later charged with theft of property as well. July 5, 2017 Officers responded to a call at the local hospital regarding an unruly patient in the emergency room area. The situation was diffused and the suspect was allowed to leave with a relative. No charges have been filed at this time. Report was made of two vehicles driving erratically at a local sports facility. The driver’s were reprimanded and left the area. July 6, 2017 The following arrests were made on outstanding warrants: Katie Scarbrough, 21, of Mena on five warrants for violation of Arkansas hot check law. Rodney G. Chelius, 22, of Mena. Roger Stewart, 42, of Mena on a body attachment warrant David Eaker, 52, of Mena on a warrant from the Polk County Sheriff’s office. Levi Cottman, 26, of Mena for non-payment of child support Jimmy Lee Wright, 32, on a body attachment warrant. Wright was also charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia, and misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing, and possession of a controlled substance. Nya Faye Shores, 27, of Mena was charged with third degree battery after officers were called to a local residence. July 7, 2017 Patricia Lynne Jackson, 49, of Mena was arrested on two warrants for violation of Arkansas’ hot check law. Robert Christopher Jackson, 37, of Mena

was charged with disorderly conduct after a call to a local residence. July 8, 2017 Joseph Chance Davis, 25, and Christi Hope Green, 25, both of Muse, Oklahoma, were charged with felony fraudulent use of a credit card and possession of drug paraphernalia. Further charges may be filed. Polk County Sheriff’s Department June 26, 2017 Report of a disturbance on Reine Street in Mena led to the arrest of Jason A. Wood, 39, of Mena, on Charges of Possession of an Instrument of Crime and Resisting Arrest. Also arrested was Jessica M. Fox, 36, of Mena, on a Charge of Possession of an Instrument of Crime. Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Zackery W. Benson, 24, of Mena, on a Charge of Public Intoxication. June 27, 2017 Request for assistance on Polk 647 near Ink led to the arrest of Addam B. D. Dilbeck, 18, of Mena, on Charges of Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance, Posses-

sion of Drug Paraphernalia and No Liability Insurance. A 17-year-old male was issued a Juvenile Citation for Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance. The juvenile was released to the custody of a parent/guardian. Arrested was Maegan L. Anderson, 26, of Fort Smith, on a Sebastian County Warrant. Arrested was Charles D. Morgan, II, 40, of Mena, on a Warrant for Probation Violation. June 28, 2017 Report of a disturbance on Highway 71 South near Grannis led to the arrest of Ava M. Dixon, 23, of Gillham, on Charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance. Additional information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from complainant on Highway 71 South near Wickes of being harassed by an unknown person. Investigation continues. Report from a Mena man of inappropriate behavior regarding a juvenile. Report from complainant on Polk 616 near Mena of a person trespassing on their prop-


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Cossatot River School District is accepting application for a Bookkeeper II. Submit application and resume to: Donnie Davis, Supt., 130 School Drive, Wickes, AR 71973 or fax to 870-385-2238 or email ddavis@cossatot. us 7/19 For Sale – Beautiful 3 bedroom/ 2 bath. New heat/air, roof, HW heater, appliances. New master bath with tile walk-in shower. Approx. ½ acre of landscaped yard. Great neighborhood. 304 Lakewood. $114,900.00 479394-4886. 8/2 Three-family Yard Sale – Baby/kids clothes and toys, household items, furniture. Friday – Saturday, 7:30 am – 2:00 pm. 182 Deer Run Lane, Mena. 7/12 Clean and comfortable housing since 1969, J. Ray & Maria’s MH Park and Rentals. Hwy 71 North, Mena, AR. 479-216-3085 TFN



The Sulphur Springs Baptist Church at Big Fork invites everyone to our fundraiser on Saturday, July 15th at 6 pm at the Norman City Hall. Local businesses and friends have donated many specialty items to be auctioned off. Raffle tickets will be available for a YETI Cooler. Dinner donations will be accepted. Proceeds go to a new church roof. For more information call Pastor Scott Vaugh at 870356-8627. 7/12

Daniel’s Carpentry and Painting, home repair, decks, fence rows, underpinning, etc. Also lawn and garden work. Call 479-216-1101 or 479-2162299. 7/19

Mena Water Utilities is currently seeking applications for a Water Treatment Plant Operator/Trainee. Applicant must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, and a valid driver’s license. Grade III Water Treatment License preferred. Applicant should be self motivated, mechanically inclined, able to work some weekends and shift work, and be able to obtain a water treatment license within one year of employment All candidates are subject to a drug screen and background check. Mena Water Utilities is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Mena Water Utilities offers a competitive salary and benefits package including health, vision, dental, and life insurance; paid holidays and vacation. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Bring all applications to Mena Water Utilities, 701 Mena Street, or the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, Northside Shopping Center in Mena. 7/12

House Cleaning and more. Call Winnie Cotter at 2343418. 8/2

House For Sale, 5 acres – 3 bedroom, 2 full bath with office space. Laundry room, Large walk-in pantry. Call for more details, 394-6429. 7/19

For Rent – Beautiful 3 bedroom/ 2 bath home in lovely neighborhood. $700 per month plus deposit & references. 479-394-4886. 8/2 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 Sale July 22 & 23, 9-3. All remaining inventory from Cove Hardware plus garage sale. Offers will be taken on fixtures, coolers, key machine, and the building itself. Old Cove Hardware across Tres Agaves. Interested commercial offers, call 479-216-1214. 7/19

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erty led to the arrest of Daniel D. Howard, 36, of Hatfield, on a Charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Arrested by an officer with Arkansas Probation/Parole was Robert L. Wallis, 36, of Mena, on a Probation/Parole Violation. June 29, 2017 Report of a disturbance on Polk 69 near Opal. Deputies responded. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from complainant on Polk 82 near Shady of damage done to a holding tank, totaling losses at $1,500.00. Deputy advised complainant of legal options. A Citation for Possession of an Instrument of Crime was issued to Robert D. Krell, 51, of Mena. Arrested was Stephanie E. Swint, 38, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Michael S. Milner, 22, of Grannis, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear. June 30, 2017 Arrested was Jennifer D. Hobbs-Taff, 39, of Cove, on a Warrant for six counts of Violation of the Arkansas Hot Check Law. Arrested was Malcolm R. Wells, 31, of Mena, on a Warrant for Probation Violation. July 1, 2017

Report from complainant that speakers, valued at $50.00, had been stolen from a vehicle while parked at Wilhelmina Lake. Investigation continues. Arrested was Kerstan L. Willis, 24, of Hatfield, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Report of an ATV accident on Polk 125 near Rocky. Report from Mena Regional Health System of a dog bite victim. The owner was advised to quarantine the animal for ten days. July 2, 2017 Report from a Mena woman of being harassed by an acquaintance. Deputy advised complainant of legal options. Report of a disturbance on Hornbeck Street in Hatfield led to Citations for Disorderly Conduct being issued to both Darla N. Henry, 33, of Hatfield, and Tyler Starr, 20, of Mena. Juvenile Citations for Disorderly Conduct were issued to both a 16-year-old female and a 17-year-old female. Report from complainant on Polk 13 near Wickes of the break-in and theft of $240.00 in cash and change. Investigation continues. Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Heather N. Turbeville, 22, of Mena, on a Charge of Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance. Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked one

vehicle accident this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 23 Incarcerated Inmates, with 7 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility. July 3, 2017 Report from complainant on Highway 8 East near Nunley of the theft of a horse, valued at $2,500.00. Investigation continues. July 4, 2017 Traffic stop on Highway 71 South near Mena led to a Citation for Disobeying a Traffic Control Device being issued to Treyton C. Dial, 19, of Mena. July 5, 2017 Report of a disturbance on Highway 246 East near Vandervoort. Deputies responded. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 40 near Mena of an accident involving fireworks. Deputy responded. Report from a Mena woman that her 13-year-old daughter was being harassed by a known juvenile acquaintance. All parties were advised to cease all contact with one another. Report from a Mena woman of problems regarding child custody exchange. Arrested was Michael C. Martin, 33, of Mena, on a Drug Court Sanction.



July 6, 2017 Report from a Mena man of being harassed by an acquaintance. Report from complainant on Highlane Lane near Potter of issues with a neighbor concerning animals and livestock. July 7, 2017 Report from a Hatfield man of being threatened by an acquaintance. Investigation continues. Arrested was Brandon W. Rose, 19, of Mena, on two Warrants for Failure to Appear. Report of a structure fire on Polk 62 near Big Fork. Report from complainant on Butler Circle in Hatfield of damage to three tires, totaling losses at $525.00. Investigation continues. July 8, 2017 Report from complainant on Highway 4 West near Cove of being threatened by an unknown individual. Complainant refused to press charges. Deputy advised all parties to cease all contact. July 9, 2017 Report from Mena Regional Health System of a dog bite victim. The owner was advised to quarantine the animal for ten days.




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