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Stay Your DAILY News Sources: MyPulseNews.com & KENA 104.1 Connected! Arvest Bank Donates Money To Fund New Mena Police Uniforms (MENA) Representatives from Arvest Bank and the City of Mena were on hand for a check presentation on the steps of Mena City Hall on Monday morning. Arvest Bank made a contribution of $8400 on the purchase of new officer uniforms that will be more efficient and comfortable to wear, while on duty throughout the community. According to Chief Tommy Stueart, he stated that he “doesn’t see a way to fund this” without the Arvest Foundation grant. Stueart added that the "uniforms will be more functional and more comfortable for the officers”. Stueart has seen considerable investment in the department and commented that “its fleet is in pretty good shape and as long as we can keep our fleet in pretty good shape and continue to doing the updates on the cars” that they will be in good shape. Mayor Seth Smith added that “it is nice to see local businesses coming together and supporting us and what they do and it makes their jobs easier, when they have support from the community.” Smith continued by saying that he is “appreciative in what they (Arvest Bank) and everyone else are doing” for the police department.

UA - Rich Mountain Enters Into An Agreement With City of Mena (MENA) Mena City Council created a resolution that will authorize Mayor Seth Smith and City Clerk / Treasurer Linda Rexroad to enter into an agreement with the University of Arkansas – Rich Mountain for the use of facilities at Lee MacMillan Park. The university will lease the baseball and softball fields, in addition to the use of the tennis courts for athletic events. The university will also upgrade those facilities and also improve the large parking lot near the ball fields.

-See Agreement, continued pg. 3

City of Cove Reports Savings on Recent Road Project (COVE) Cove Town Council members heard that a recent road project will come in under budget. Mayor Joanne Headley reported that the project was expected to cost the town approximately $223,000; however, with some minor changes in work orders, they were able to save around $800, than what was first expected. According to the Mayor, striping of the Old Cove Road is expected to take place sometime later this month. One other road improvement project from the four way intersection to the new resurfaced roadway on Old Cove Road will cost about $2100 to complete.

Mena Mattress and More Announces That They will be Closing

(MENA) A local bedding store has announced that they will be closing its doors very soon. Mena Mattress and More, located at 516 U.S. Highway 71 in Mena, made the announcement on Friday morning. Gene Nance, 79, who has owned the business for approximately ten years, has decided to retire and enjoy the next phase of his life, outside of retail. Nance added that “he appreciates how the community has supported the business through the years” and wants to show his gratitude with discount pricing on his remaining inventory. The core brand of the store has been the Simmons Beautyrest line of mattresses and box springs. Nance also has plenty of accessories that have been marked down to 75 percent off the regular price. Most of the Beautyrest products have been marked fifty percent off, in order to move the inventory. Beautyrest is one of the oldest and most reliable brands for bedding around. Nance expects to remain open through the end of the month and possibly into August.

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Happy 200th Anniversary of the Arkansas Territory (LITTLE ROCK) Arkansas celebrated a special occasion last Friday. Saturday, July 20th was the 200th Anniversary of the creation of the United States government that made the Arkansas Territory. Even though, June 15, 2036 is Arkansas’ 200th Anniversary as a state, organizers were excited about the events unfolding on the creation of the territory, out of a patch of land from Missouri. The Arkansas Territory was a vast wilderness that stretched from the bottom of

Missouri to the top of Louisiana, and from the Mississippi River almost all the way to the Rocky Mountains, the territory came to be on March 2, 1819. The Department of Arkansas Heritage held a bicentennial celebration on the second floor rotunda of the state Capitol with birthday cake, history displays and special activities. The Arkansas State Archives distributed free territory maps, and Governor Asa Hutchinson spoke at the event as well.

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U.S. Forest Service, as legal proceedings wrap up, to see what options are available. A spokesperson for his office said that they are still gathering constituent input, before moving forward. A petition of over 1500 signatures to reopen the campsite has also been submitted to the USFS. “Whenever I’m home in Arkansas, spending time outdoors is always my

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Reflections From Faith and History by Jeff Olson In December 1606, three small ships sailed from England. On board the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery were 104 colonists full of hopes and dreams of a new world where they could make a new life of freedom, family and prosperity. After more than 4 months at sea, they marveled at the "faire meddowes and goodly tall trees" along the Virginia coast. On April 26, 1607, they sailed into the Chesapeake Bay in what is now Virginia. After coming ashore, they erected a wooden cross and gave thanks to God for their passage across the Atlantic. In the days that followed they explored inland along a wide river they named the James, in honor of their king. In May they established colony of Jamestown, sixty miles from the bay's mouth. Originally known as "James Cittie," it was the site of the first English settlement in America. From the Charter of 1606, we can see from the very beginning something of the initial identity of our nation. "... We, greatly commending, and graciously accepting of, their Desires for the furtherance of so noble a Work which may, by the Providence of Almighty God, hereafter tend to the Glory of his Divine Majesty, in propagating of Christian Religion to such People, as yet live in Darkness and miserable Ignorance of the true knowledge and Worship of God....." One of the first acts of the settlers was to kneel down and commemorate the Last Supper together. Their chaplain, the Reverend Robert Hunt, presided over it and he became the first minister of the colony. Today, a bronze memorial to Robert Hunt stands on this site and includes the colonist's own testimony which reads in part, "We all received from him the Holy Communion together, as a pledge of reconciliation, for we all loved him for his exceeding goodness. He planted the First Protestant Church in America and laid down his life in the foundation of America." Today, the church tower is all that remains of the original 17th-century structure. It was primarily due to the Charters of 1609 and 1612, largely written by Sir Edwin Sandys, that allowed the seeds of the Christian common law from England

to sprout in Jamestown, transferring control from the king to a company-appointed governor. Through Sandys’ continued guidance and the Ordinance of 1618, Jamestown’s journey toward self-government led to America’s first representative legislative assembly, called the House of Burgesses. Four hundred years ago, from July 30 to August 4, 1619, the House met "to establish one equal and uniform government of the people there inhabiting.....But forasmuch as men's affares doe little prosper where God's service is neglected, all the Burgesses tooke their places in the Quire till prayer was said by Mr. Bucke the Minister, that it would please God to guide and sanctifie all our proceedings, to His own glory and the good of this plantation." Thus, Jamestown provided the initial blueprint for American government and our foundation of being a nation of laws and not of men. Early on, Jamestown was almost abandoned. The choice of a swampy site location, impure water, meager diets, illnesses

and diseases, and sharp contrasts of climate resulted in about two-thirds of the settlers dying within a short time. Fortunately, the colony received additional settlers and supplies in 1610 and, with the strong leadership of John Smith and Governor Thomas West, it survived. In March 1622, the Algonquians attacked the plantations, killing over 300 of the settlers, though a last-minute warning spared a total loss of Jamestown. In 1624, Virginia became a Crown colony administered by a Governor appointed by the king. In 1676 and again in 1698, fire destroyed the Jamestown settlement which served as the capital of Virginia until 1699 when it was moved to Williamsburg. Afterward, the town of Jamestown fell into decay but today it is restored as a monument to those whose faith, principles, perseverance, sacrifice and courage planted the seeds of the Christian common law, self governance, ordered liberty, and ultimately a great nation – the United States of America.

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Richardson Promoted from Patrolman to Sargeant (MENA) The City of Mena Police Department recently promoted a longtime patrolman to the new rank of Sargeant. Chief Tommy Stueart announced at City Council on Tuesday night that Ronnie Dale Richardson was promoted to his new duties. Replacing him on the patrolman ranks will be Alan Walker. Walker has been a part of the reserve corps of officers for the city for quite some time. Chief Stueart reported that during the month of June, the city force responded to approximately 236 calls and resulting in to 102 arrests for various offenses. The chief also was proud to accept Fire Chief Steve Eggers congratulations on winning the recent Boots and Badges campaign. The fire departments and the police departments, along with the Polk County Sheriff’s Department participated in the event recently at the armory in downtown. The campaign was to see how many

-See Promotion, pg. 5

-Agreement, from pg. 1 The city will need to move the skateboard ramps that is widely used by area youth to another location at the park. Mayor Smith assured that the skateboard ramps will remain there, for the safety of the youth. When asked about placing the ramps at Aubrey Tapley Park, the mayor or other council members did not want to see increased foot traffic along U.S. Highway 71 North by the area youth.

-Albert Pike, from pg. 2

favorite thing to do. Having grown up fishing and hunting, I know how important campgrounds like Albert Pike are to recreational enthusiasts. At the same time, we need to take necessary precautions to ensure tragic deaths don’t happen again. I’ve been working with the U.S. Forest Service and as legal proceedings wrap up, I hope to hear from constituents and get their input on whether the campground should reopen, in order to make the decision that’s best for everyone.” – U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.)

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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.

Polk County Arraignment Report STATE OF ARKANSAS vs. TIANA V.M. THOMAS White Female / DOB: 10/01/1987 Date Of Offense: July 12, 2019 Count #1 - POSSESSION OF A SCHEDULE II CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. defendant unlawfully possessed METHAMPHETAMINE, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, in an amount of less than Two Grams. Class D Felony. Count #2 – POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHANALIA, defendant did possess with the purpose to use the drug paraphanalia to INJECT, INGEST, INHALE, or otherwise introduce METHAMPHETAMINE, into the human body. Class D Felony. STATE OF ARKANSAS vs. JAYLON REESE PARNELL White Male / DOB: 03/21/1998 Date Of Offense: June 29, 2019 Count #1 – AGGRAVATED ASSAULT OF A FAMILY MEMBER OR HOUSEHOLD MEMBER, did under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life purposefully impede or prevent the respiration of COURTNEY SULLIVAN, a family member or household member by applying pressure on her throat or neck. Class D Felony. Count #2 – DOMESTIC BATTERY IN THE THIRD DEGREE, defendant with the purpose of causing physical injury, cause physical injury to a family or household member, namely COURTNEY SULLIVAN. Class A Misdemeanor. NOTICE: The State of Arkansas hereby notifies the defendant that it intends to pursue enhanced penalties pursuant to Arkansas Code Annotated 5-4-501 due to the fact that he has been convicted of four (4) or more felonies. STATE OF ARKANSAS vs. THOMAS J. SHAVER White Male / DOB: 09/04/1985 Date Of Offense: June 14, 2019 Count #1 – AGGRAVATED ASSAULT UPON A CERTIFIED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the personal hygiene of the certified law enforcement officer, defendant purposely engaged in conduct that created a potential danger of infection to the certified law enforcement officer while engaged in the course of his employment by causing

a person whom the actor knows to be a certified law enforcement officer to come into contact with saliva or blood by purposely expelling or otherwise transferring the fluid or material. Class D Felony. Count #2 – RESISTING ARREST, defendant did knowingly resist a person known by him to be a law enforcement officer effecting an arrest. Class A Misdemeanor. STATE OF ARKANSAS vs. BRANDON L. EVERETT White Male / DOB: 01/12/1991 Date Of Offense: June 27, 2019 Count #1 – RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY, defendant acting alone or as an accomplice to JERRY W> HAYNES, did unlawfully enter a residential occupiable structure of another person with the purpose of committing in the residential occupiable structure any offense punishable by imprisonment. Class B Felony. NOTICE: The State of Arkansas hereby notifies the defendant that it intends to pursue enhanced penalties pursuant to Arkansas Code Annotated 5-4-501 due to the fact that he has been convicted of four (4) or more felonies. STATE OF ARKANSAS vs. JAYLON REESE PARNELL White Male / DOB: 03/21/1998 ARREST WARRANT - $10,000 Cash Property or Surety, As Approved By Sheriff Count #1 – VIOLATION OF SUSPENDED IMPOSITION OF SENTENCE. Original Offense – DELIVERY OF METHAMPHETAMINE. Class C Felony. STATE OF ARKANSAS vs. IAN M. MURPHY White Male / DOB: 05/31/1996 ARREST WARRANT - $5,000 Cash Property or Surety, As Approved By Sheriff Count #1 – PROBATION VIOLATION. Original Offenses – Possession of Drug Paraphanalia (Methamphetamine or Cocaine), Theft By Receiving (Credit / Debit Card), Fraudulent Use of Credit Card STATE OF ARKANSAS vs. JEREMY RAY CARTER White Male / DOB: 08/17/1983 Date Of Offense: December 15, 2018 Count #1 – DELIVERY OF METHAMPHETAMINE OR COCAINE, defendant did, acting alone or as an accomplice, deliver METHAMPHETAMINE to another person in a quantity of Two Grams or more; but, less than Ten Grams, by aggregate weight including dilulents or adulterants. Class B Felony.

Polk Co. Sheriff’s Report July 15, 2019 •Report from complainant on Polk 71 near Yocana of the attempted theft of a vehicle. Suspects fled before deputy arrived. Investigation continues. •Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Levi R. Cottman, 29, of Mena, on a Body Attachment Warrant. July 16, 2019 •Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Rhonda F. Allen, 53, of Wickes, on a Charge of Theft by Receiving. •Arrested was Michelle R. Beaty, 44, of Hatfield, on Warrants for Probation Violation and Parole Revocation and a Body Attachment Warrant. July 17, 2019 •Report of a domestic disturbance on Polk 38 near Potter. Deputy responded. •Arrested was Malcolm R. Wells, 33, of Mena, on a Warrant for Violation of Suspended Imposition of Sentence. July 18, 2019 •Report from complainant on Polk 227 near Cove of the theft of a travel trailer and several household items. Investigation continues. •Report from complainant on Polk 67 near Big Fork of an unauthorized person on their property led to the arrest of Randall D. Burkett, Jr., 27, of Mena, on a Charge of Criminal Trespass. •Arrested was Brennan D. McMillan, 18, of Mena, on a Warrant for Probation Violation. July 19, 2019 •Report from complainant on West Dover Street in Hatfield of damage done to a car. Investigation continues. July 20, 2019 •Report of a domestic disturbance on Polk 76 East near Mena. Deputy responded. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. •Attempted traffic stop on Highway 246 West in Hatfield. Suspect fled from deputy. Investigation continues. •Report from a Mena woman of a missing family member. The individual was located. •Traffic stop on Highway 8 West near Shady Grove led to the arrest of Matthew R. Morrison, 29, of Mena, on a Charge of DWI. •Arrested was Lukas M. Holliday, 28, of Jonesboro, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. •Arrested was Kenneth J. Chaney, 25, of Mena, on a Charge of Absconding. July 21, 2019 •Traffic stop on Polk 75 near Acorn. Suspect fled from vehicle. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. •Arrested was Stephanie E. Thomas, 43, of Mena, on a Warrant for Harassing Communications. Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked one vehi-

cle accident this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 18 Incarcerated Inmates, 8 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

Mena Police Report July 14, 2019 •Officers responded to a call from a local woman concerned about her vehicle being tampered with. Investigation continues July 15, 2019 •Officers responded to a welfare check on an individual. July 16, 2019 •Officers took a report of a harassment complaint from a local woman. File has been forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office for further consideration. July 17, 2019 •Joy Reed,31, of Mena was cited for criminal trespass after a local business reported the offense and an investigation was completed. July 18,2019 •Officers conducted a traffic stop on a local man. Items of contraband and drugs were found on the stop. File has been forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office for consideration for issuance of a warrant. •Matthew Hackworth,34, of Mena was arrested for a body attachment warrant. July 19, 2019 •Officers responded to a local business in Mena in reference to a harassment complaint. File has been forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office for consideration for issuance of a warrant. •Officers responded to a theft complaint at a local business. Before arriving the suspect fled on foot. He was later identified by officers through video surveillance. File has been forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office for consideration for issuance of a warrant. •Officers responded to a complainant in the lobby of the police department. The complainant advised she was being harassed. A statement was taken for informational purposes. The complainant advised she did not want to press charges at this time. •Officers responded to a phone scam complaint in the lobby of the police department. Investigation continues. •Officers responded to a loud noise complaint on Gary Drive in Mena. Jacob Woodell, 25, of Mena was issued a citation for the incident. •Timothy Hooks,33, of Mena was arrested on four outstanding warrants for contempt of court. And a felony absconding warrant. Robert Daniels, 28, of Mena was arrested for a contempt of court warrant. July 20,2019 •Officers responded to a local business for a harassment complaint. File has been forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office for further consideration. •Officers took a complaint from a local business for criminal trespass and theft. File has been forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office for consideration for issuance of a warrant.


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Mena City Council Votes to Accept Grant Money (MENA) Members of Mena City Council met on July 16th to accept a grant from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program for much needed renovations to the historic train depot. The $28,526.68 grant, in addition to the city’s share of funds will go to electrical and plumbing upgrades at the depot. Mayor Seth Smith and other representatives from the city and the Mena Depot Commission went to Little Rock for the presentation in late June. The council rejected the lone bid for the remodeling of the two bathrooms at the city’s Fire Station #1. Six requests for quotes were sent out, with only one return-

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ing with a bid. That bid was considerably over the threshold of $20,000 set aside for the project. In addition, the city leaders approved the matter of going with Chambers Bank on placing four Certificate of Deposits with that institution at a rate of 2.54% over a twelve month period, with interest compounded quarterly. The Streets Department are preparing to put on an overlay to South Reine Street, that will give that roadway several more years of life and will give the city an opportunity of getting other roadways a more prioritized importance of fixing or repairing those streets.

New Equipment Purchased for Mena Water Utilities (MENA) Mena Water Utilities will get a much-needed piece of equipment that is anticipated to curb the amount of water loss to the system. Council approved the purchase of a leak detection system equipment and software that will be fully owned by the city, that is anticipated to cut the loss from its

current rate of 29.1 percent. That loss rate should be more around 10 to 15 percent, compared to the almost three times that currently. Two other quotes were submitted for consideration; but, council went with the best system that will benefit the city for the long term needs.

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Miss Arkansas Darynne Dahlem Returns Home to Greenwood

(GREENWOOD) Miss Arkansas 2019, Darynne Dahlem returned to her hometown in Greenwood for a homecoming event on Sunday afternoon. A 2015 graduate of Greenwood High School, Dahlem said it was amazing to be back in Greenwood for the event. Dozens of local residents, including elected officials, welcomed her to the Bell Park Pavilion, in Greenwood, where they got their pictures taken with Dahlem, and enjoying a variety of refreshments and socializing with one another. Dahlem was crowned Miss Arkansas 2019 on June 15th. Dahlem’s platform

during her presentation was "Know Who You Are." She focused on addiction awareness by bringing knowledge to the root problems of addiction, including lack of self-esteem, not setting goals for oneself and peer pressure. "That way, I can really talk to the younger generation about what it means to know who you are and know that that's enough

and you don't have to change yourself and you don't have to do or be something that you're not," Dahlem said. "So you end up being successful, going to college, or even just staying at home and doing whatever you want." Among the guests at Dahlem's celebration was Arkansas State Senator Mat Pitsch. Pitsch presented Dahlem with an

Arkansas Senate citation, in addition to an Arkansas House of Representatives citation in the place of State Representative Lee Johnson, who was absent. Greenwood Mayor Doug Kinslow presented a proclamation declaring Sunday as “Darynne Dahlem Day�, as well as a lapel pin and a key to the city.

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-Promotions, from pg. 5 donations of blood could be garnered and to which department would get the credit for the blood. Approximately 139 donations of blood was raised through the generosity of people here in Polk County. Fire Chief Egger vows to hose the badges in next year’s campaign.

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Melvin Heath, age 86, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, July 19, 2019 in Little

Rock, Arkansas. He was born February 13, 1933 in Big Fork, Arkansas to the late Nick Heath and the late Maudie Marie Roach Heath. He was united in marriage to Nancy Seel. Mr. Heath was an equipment operator for the Highway Department. He was a member of the Mt. View Methodist Church. He loved spending time outdoors, gardening, fishing and just enjoying nature. Melvin was a gentle, calm man that was slow to anger until you messed with any of his grandchildren. He was a loving and caring family man that will be dearly missed. Survivors are his Wife, Nancy Heath of Mena, Arkansas; Son, Steven Mel Health and wife Gayla of Roanoke, Texas; Daughter, Teresa Heath Parks and husband Mike of Mena, Arkansas; Grandchildren, Cassandra Parks of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Tyler Heath of Mansfield, Texas, Bryar Heath Parks of Mena, Arkansas and Great-Grandson, Tyler Payton Heath of Waco, Texas; Brother, Donald Heath of Big Fork, Arkansas; Nephews, Ken Branstetter of Houston, Texas and Matthew Heath of Waskom, Texas; Nieces, Susan Young of Fort Smith, Arkansas and Amanda Andrews of El Dorado, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents Nick and Maudie Heath and his sister Winnie Louise Branstetter. Memorial service will be Saturday, August 03, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Mountain View Methodist Church with Brother Brian Richardson officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

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Jay Travis Rodgers, age 68, passed into Heaven on July 17, 2019. He was a resident of Bella Vista, Arkansas, but lived and worked most of his life in Mena Arkansas. He passed away in Mena while visiting friends. Jay Rodgers was born in Brackettville Texas on August 17, 1950 to James Travis Rodgers and Lela Grace Brown Rodgers. He is survived by his beloved wife, Joyce Kaufman Rodgers, two beautiful daughters, Lecia Hoover and Lydia Rodgers, and three adored grandchildren, Jazmin, Violet Rodgers and Michael Stidham. His fourth grandchild will be born to Lecia and Ryan Hoover in November. He is also survived by his siblings, Rhonda Rodgers, Tim Rodgers, Lorna Rodgers Long, Kenneth Shamburger, Katheryn Shamburger Davis and Melissa Rodgers Rossborough. He was preceded in death by his younger sister Amelia Rodgers and his parents. Jay is remembered as a generous and kind humanitarian, loving family man, and antique car enthusiast. He was a gifted musician and poet, and many were blessed by his talents. He was a member of the Ouachita Little Theater where he performed in numerous productions and plays, some alongside his daughter Lecia. He was a well-spoken and educated man who received a Master’s Degree from Henderson University in Arkadelphia. He devoted 38 years to serving the people of Polk County through the Department of Human Services. Jay could be found ringing the bell for Salvation Army every Christmas season, and this remains one of his most cherished ways to give back to a community that he loved and called home. Among many things, he was a life long Baptist. Jay Rodgers’ life and legacy are built around compassion for his family and service to the needy. He will be greatly missed by many. Jay would be proud to have donations made in his memory to the Ouachita Little Theater or the Salvation Army. Funeral services were held Saturday, July 20, 2019, 2:00 p.m. at Ouachita Little Theater in Mena, Arkansas with Pastor Davis Thompson officiating. Interment followed in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

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SHERROUSE Mrs. Mary Louise Sherrouse, age 67, of Cove, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2019 at her home. She was born on October 19, 1951 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Leonard Wesley Belknap and the late May Cook Belknap. She was married to the late Troy E. Sherrouse and was a custodian at VanCove Elementary School. Louise had a heart for the Lord and was active in the church and was there every time the doors were open. She had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening and especially loved her purple flowers. She was a loving mother, step-grandmother, step-greatgrandmother, sister, aunt, and a friend to all she knew. She is survived by her Step-Son, Nick Sherrouse and wife Rebecca of Springfield, Virginia; a Brother, Terry Belknap and wife Renee of Cove, Arkansas; a Sister, Doris Sanders of Kentucky. Two Nephews, Gary Thornton and wife Robin of Kentucky and Jimmy Don Thornton of Plainview, Arkansas; a Special Friend, Barbara DePriest aka “Mother Hubbard” of Cove, Arkansas; numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and May Belknap, her husband Troy Sherrouse and a step-son, Troy Gene Sherrouse. Funeral services were held Monday, July 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cove Revival Center with Bro. Tim Smedley and Bro. Reggie Fryar officiating. Interment followed in the Six Mile Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. There was no visitation. Online obituary available at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

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Update on Voelkels (MENA) The couple that escaped the United States to avoid prosecution in regards to allegations involving their children, still are awaiting a hearing in Manitoba, Canada in regards to extradition proceedings to be returned to the United States. Chad and Stephanie Voeckel fled the United States back in May, after failing to appear before Polk County Circuit Court, answering to charges of Rape, a Class Y Felony, against Chad Voeckel and Permitting Abuse of a Minor, a Class B Felony, against Stephanie Voeckel. Officials in Manitoba, Canada eventually cooperated with United States Marshals on the apprehension of the couple and the recovery of the four minor children of the Voelkels. The arrest of the Voelkels occurred on July 10th in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada. The father of the children was issued a warrant for his arrest after failing to appear for his Rape allegation. Chad Voeckel was out on bond for the alleged Rape that occurred on or about January 3rd of this year. Polk County Sheriff deputies immediately began a search for the couple and determined that the parents had fled the area. May 29th was the date that the mother had been charged with her charge of Permitting the Abuse of a Minor, and officials determined that the four minor children were endangered at that point after the couple had fled the area. The U.S. Marshals Service, along with Polk County deputies then began searching for the couple, which took approximately one and a half months of searching and coordinating with Canadian authorities. No word on when the couple will be returned until that hearing is conducted on Monday, July 29th in Canada. The couple was considered legal entrants into Canada, at the border crossing.


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Cove Town Council Gets Update on Water Issues Union Bank Supports Single Parent Scholarship (COVE) Cove Town Council members were updated Tuesday evening on the ongoing water issues that have affected the southern Polk County community recently. Water Superintendant Dewayne Isaacs reported that the water quality from Gillham Lake is improving based on recent testing and incorporating the annual average. Isaacs said that the municipality just had tests conducted within the last week that should indicate another improvement in their score.

Mayor Joanne Headley mentioned that she would like to see the water tested on the main line before it reaches Cove. The town will need to address a response to the state on the Operational Control Levels of their water. According to Isaacs, they should only have to continue flushing efforts. The Gillham Lake Reservoir has been using a different disinfectant that has made a considerable difference. In his report on the water issues, Isaacs said that the results from the last quarter showed their best numbers in quite some time.

Cove Town Council Looking into Purchasing Mower Attachment (COVE) Cove Town Council members heard from Dewayne Isaacs at their recent town council meeting on Tuesday that they are looking at purchasing a mower attachment for their Bobcat Track Hoe. The purchase would help with dangerous slopes of grass that is needed to be mowed within the community and would also keep from having other equipment breakdowns and would give town workers

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MSD Accepting Transfer Applications (MENA) If you live outside the Mena School District and your child wants to be a Bearcat, or if you missed the school choice deadline, there are some important dates coming up that you need to know about. Applications for student transfers will be accepted Monday, July 29th thru Monday, August 12th. You may fill out an application at the Mena Public Schools Administration Building at 501 Hickory in Mena. For more information call (479)394-1710

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FBC Hosting a Home School Curriculum Fair (MENA) The Home Educators Devoted To Godly Education (HEDGE) will host a home school curriculum fair on Monday, August 5th from 5 to 7pm at the First Baptist Church in Mena. If you have been considering home schooling your kids; but, don’t know where to begin, this curriculum fair should answer those questions.

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2019 Choctaw Election Results are Official (DURANT, OK) The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma General Election was held July 13 with official results released July 17. The 2019 Public Notice of Official General Election Results for the propositions and Council Members in Districts 2, 5, 8, and 11 states: “In accordance with the Chief and Tribal Council Election Ordinance, adopted by CB-124-18 (amended by CB-39-19, CB-8819), the period for Contest of Irregularities, Death or Fraud (Article XIX) and Recount ended at 4:30 p.m. on July 17. There were no contests or recount requests, so the Election Board officially ended the General Election cycle with the signing of the Official General Election Results (Article XVIII, Section 9). All election results listed below have been duly certified by the Election Board and will be communicated to the Bureau of Indian Affairs office: “Legislative Proposition Number 001: Passed with 11,621 votes in the affirmative. “Legislative Proposition Number 002: Passed with 11, 451 votes in the affirmative. “District 2 winner: Jonathan Anthony Ward (Tony) with 478 votes in the affirmative (56.43%). “District 5 winner: Ronald Clyde Perry with 726 votes in the affirmative (79.69%). “District 8 winner: Perry Thompson with 873 votes in the affirmative (79.80%). “District 11: No candidate received more than 50% of total votes cast. The two candidates that received the most votes were Robert Karr (43.68%) and Bob Pate (28.41%). Article XXII, Section 3 requires a Runoff Election. However, Bob Pate submitted a notarized letter to withdraw his candidacy and remove his name from the Runoff Election, and in accordance with Article VI, Section I, a Runoff Election will not occur for this Council District. Robert Karr is duly certified as the winner by the Election

Board.” C h i e f Gary Batton was unopposed in the 2019 Tribal Election and will begin serving his second full term as Chief of the Choctaw Nation. Batton believes in the vision of living out the Chief Gary Batton Chahta spirit of faith, fami- Photo submitted by Choctaw Nation ly and culture and looks forward to continuing the journey of building a great future together for the Choctaw Nation. “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the Choctaw people for another four years,” said Chief Batton. “Thank you for the trust you have placed in me.” District 1 Council Member Thomas Williston was also unopposed and will begin serving for a third full term. The single candidate filing for the Council seat in District 3, Eddie Bohanan, will begin his first term in September. Chief Batton and the six Council members will be sworn in during a ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, in the amphitheatre at Tvshka Homma. The swearing-in ceremony will be followed by the 2019 State of the Nation address by Chief Batton, bringing to a close this year’s Choctaw Nation Labor Day Weekend Festival. For more information about Choctaw Nation elections, visit http://www.choctawnation.com/elections.

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Mena Barracudas Participate in Championship Meet at Warren (WARREN) The Mena Barracudas Swim Team traveled to Warren, Arkansas July 20th for the SASA (Southern Arkansas Swim Association) Championship Meet. The Barracudas took eight swimmers and came home with the Summer-Only Small Teams Division 1st place trophy out of six teams. Arkadelphia came in 2nd and Camden was 3rd. In the 10 and Under Boys Division, Ryan Jiang placed 1st in the 50 Meter Backstroke, 1st in the 50 Meter Breaststroke, 1st in the 50 Meter Freestyle, and 1st in the 50 Meter IM. Ryan also received the High Points trophy for 10 and Under Boys Division Summer-Only. Ayden Dong placed 2nd in the 50 Meter Freestyle and 3rd in the 100 Meter IM. In the 12 and Under Boys Division, Brenden Ricker placed 4th in the 50 Meter Butterfly, 1st in the 50 Meter Breaststroke, 8th in the 50 Meter Freestyle, and 3rd in the 100 Meter IM. Brandon Dong placed 7th in the 50 Meter Breaststroke. In the 14 and Under Girls Division, Ranessa Ricker placed 8th in the 50 Meter Butterfly, 2nd in the 100 Meter Freestyle,

7th in the 50 Meter Freestyle, and 3rd in the 200 Meter Freestyle. In the Senior Girls Division, Tabitha Levering placed 5th in the 100 Meter Butterfly, 4th in the 100 Meter Breaststroke, and 8th in the 50 Meter Freestyle. Allison Bates placed 2nd in the 100 Meter Butterfly, 4th in the 100 Meter Backstroke, 3rd in the 100 Meter Freestyle, and 5th in the 100 Meter Freestyle. The Senior Girls 200 Meter Medley Relay of Savannah Levering, Tabitha Levering, Ranessa Ricker, and Allison Bates placed 5th. The girls also placed 4th in the 200 Meter Freestyle Relay. The 12 and Under Boys 100 Meter Medley Relay of Ayden Dong, Ryan Jiang, Brandon Dong, and Brenden Ricker placed 3rd. The boys also placed 2nd in the 100 Meter Freestyle Relay. Congratulations to these fine swimmers for a wonderful season! The Barracudas will also have two swimmers traveling to North Carolina to the AAU Junior Olympics. Good luck to Ranessa Ricker and Brenden Ricker!

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Fishing Being Touted As Another Recognized Sport with AAA (LITTLE ROCK) Some schools across Arkansas are seeking to add Fishing as an officially recognized and sanctioned sport. If it were to be realized, some believe that Fishing could be held to a “tight line� with no drag allowed. The Arkansas Activities Association are considering the matter. On June 19, Brody Jacks, president of the Bauxite High School bass fishing team, asked the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to support efforts to persuade the AAA to recognize bass fishing as an officially sanctioned school activity. Jacks said the association's sanctioning would boost growth in high school fishing, and would therefore boost interest in fishing among students at large. More students fishing would, by extension, encourage parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to fish, as well, Jacks said. The Mena Basscats have had success with high schoolers hitting the ponds and achieving many accolades. In February, the AAA recently sanctioned video gaming, Jacks said, which

encourages kids to stay indoors. Sanctioning fishing would encourage kids to get outdoors, he said. Pat Fitts, director of the Game and Fish Commission, and Ben Batten, chief of the AGFC's fisheries division, recently met with Lance Taylor and Steve Roberts, director and associate director, respectively, of the Arkansas Activities Association. Roberts is an avid angler, but he said high school anglers and their parents might not like the limitations that AAA sanctioning would impose on traditional practices and customs that anglers take for granted. For starters, high schools would not be allowed to wear jerseys or other attire showing sponsor logos, Batten said. Anglers would also not be allowed to compete for or accept cash prizes or merchandise. The AAA would probably also institute eligibility requirements for fishing team members, Batten said. Currently, anybody can participate in a high school fishing program. Presently, high school anglers have no restrictions on travel. Many teams compete in tournaments all over the Southeast in

tournaments conducted by the Student Angler Federation (FLW) and B.A.S.S. Nation (Bassmaster). Those are major portals into the professional minor leagues for teenage anglers.

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All Female Boxing Card Coming to Mena in October (MENA) Defenders Boxing Club has planned an All Female boxing card, scheduled for Saturday, October 5th at the former Mena Gymnasium.

Richard Hexamer from the boxing club in Mena is calling the event, FEMALE FURY I and encourages females from all around the region to sign up for the event.

Teammates Make Commitment to Hogs (FAYETTEVILLE) A pair of teammates from Knoxville, Tennessee has chosen to continue playing together at the University of Arkansas. Linebacker Drew Francis and defensive end Tyrece Edwards have played together since the seventh grade, and they'll continue to do so after both orally committed to the Hogs over the weekend. Francis, 6-2, 200 pounds, of Knoxville (Tenn.) West pledged to the Razorbacks shortly before midnight on Saturday. Edwards, 6-3, 240, did the same early Sunday morning. The family atmosphere in Fayetteville sold both players.

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-Fishing, from pg. 12 ing tournaments. On the other hand, Batten said that AAA sanctioning would establish official state high school fishing championships. Currently, there are half a dozen high school bass fishing circuits in Arkansas that convey their own version of a state championship. Commissioner Andrew Parker asked if the agency has considered having its own statewide bass fishing circuit. The Game and Fish Foundation, the commission's fundraising and lobbying auxiliary, has run a statewide trap shooting tournament since 2007. That was a diplomatic way of saying that the commission does not want any part of

the drama that swirls around the bass tournament universe. Ultimately, Batten suggested that the Game and Fish Commission remain neutral. Only Illinois, Kentucky, New Hampshire and Louisiana officially sanction high school bass fishing. In Arkansas, high school fishing is thriving in its unregulated configuration. It has evolved to its freewheeling condition naturally and organically. High school anglers want the respect that they believe sanctioning will bring, but they will lose the freedom that makes fishing attractive in the first place.


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Meeting Scheduled at PCDC Wellness Center (MENA) The Ouachita Regional Hospice hosted a talk and demonstration for the adult clients at the PCDC – Wellness Center, located at 1410R Amsterdam Street in Mena on Friday. The hospice is currently striving towards a “Level 5 - We Honor Veterans” status. One of the obligations in achieving that status is to host a veterans event towards an "Invisible" population.

The local color guard and a recruiter with the Arkansas National Guard came and spoke to the clients and demonstrated the proper techniques of folding a flag in a ceremony, along with playing Taps, while telling of the history behind the traditions. The flag was presented to the center, thanks to the generous donation of The Beasley-Wood Funeral Home, who supplied the flag.

Mena Animal Control Shelter To Get Their Own Shelter (MENA) The Mena Animal Control Shelter will be getting their own shelter building that will be efficient and will serve a great purpose. Council members Dwight Douglas and Mary Alice Head motioned to approve the

purchase of a 12 x 32 loft barn cabin from The Outback Barn in Mena, in the amount of $8696.88. A few minor modifications will be needed that will provide an office, restroom and storage space within the portable building.

(ARKADELPHIA) Embattled Henderson State University President Glen Jones announced his resignation on Friday. Hours later, Henderson and Arkansas State University announced moves that may be a prelude to the Arkadelphia campus becoming an ASU branch. Jones’ departure follows a no-confidence vote of 129-6.from HSU faculty. HSU has been in a cash crisis due primarily, Jones said, to poor collection of student debts. Henderson’s enrollment has also slipped to about 3,300 students, which had added to its cash flow problems. The fiscal woes prompted a hiring freeze, some layoffs, elimination of non-essential travel, downgrading of HSU’s debt rating, and consideration of other austerity measures. Jones is a tenured professor at Henderson State University and will be on sabbatical through the end of the fiscal year. Jones plans to return to campus as a professor in August 2020. Earlier this month, the State of Arkansas authorized a $6 million loan to help Henderson get through its fiscal problems. The resignation of Jones, Henderson State’s President since 2012 and a 1992 graduate, was effective immediately. Elaine Kneebone, HSU general counsel, will serve as acting president until trustees designate an interim president. State higher education officials have suggested that Henderson seek a merger with another university system. On Friday, Hen-

derson trustees and Arkansas State University President Chuck Welch announced a “memorandum of understanding” through which ASU will provide various operations support services to HSU. Welch was Jones’ predecessor at Henderson. "Henderson State University is an important institution in Arkansas, and the ASU System stands ready to assist its leadership as they navigate through some challenging times,” Welch said. “As a former president of Henderson, I’m very familiar with the campus, excellent faculty and staff. I’m confident our team can provide valuable support and input to the acting president as decisions are made that will return Henderson to sound financial footing.” HSU trustees voted to hire the ASU system to provide financial, internal audit, information technology, institutional research, executive support and legal support services from August 1 through December 31 unless a different time period is mutually agreed to by the parties. Jones said in a statement that serving as president of his alma mater has been one of the great blessings of his life. “I believe the time has come for a new vision for our beloved institution,” Jones said. “I am proud of the many things we have been able to accomplish together during my tenure at HSU and am grateful for the efforts of our campus community in providing an outstanding educational ex-

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“Obey The Sign Or Pay The Fine”: Added Law Enforcement Presence and Assignments Aimed at Stopping Speeders (LITTLE ROCK) Arkansas law enforcement officers will be working overtime shifts and regular patrols committed to the assignment of making state highways and streets safer by stopping drivers who don’t obey the speed limit. The special enforcement operation will begin today (Monday, July 15th) and continue through Sunday, July 21st. “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” is a coordinated effort aimed at stopping drivers who exceed the posted speed limit along

streets and highways they’re traveling. The intensified enforcement effort underscores the severity of the problem, both locally and across the nation. “Speeding translates into injury and death on our roadways,” said Colonel Bill Bryant, Director of the Arkansas State Police and the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. “It greatly reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around another vehicle, a hazardous object on the roadway or an unexpected change in the highway,

2019 Bucks Cross-Country Team To Be Debuted During Meet the Bucks Night (MENA) Four members of the Bucks Cross Country team will be returning for the team’s second year of competition in the NJCAA and are looking to bring home their second Division I Region 2 Championship trophy. They will be joining 11 team members who are joining the Bucks from across Arkansas, Texas, and New Mexico. Athletic Director Morris Boydstun has released the Bucks Cross Country Schedule, which is available online at UARichMountain.edu. Boydstun also said that a new BucksAthletics.com site is under construction and will be launched in the coming weeks. Head Cross Country Coach Samantha Shores said she is incredibly proud of the caliber of the team both on and off the course. Three members of the Bucks Cross Country inaugural team of 2018 were recognized as Scholar All Americans by the NJCAA Cross Country Coaches Association for maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or higher. The Scholar All Americans were Alisa Kimble, Miriam Mendez, and Marlenne Mendez. Now in her second year of coaching Bucks Cross Country, Shores has her sights set on Nationals, “I am looking forward to competing as a team, that means the ability to medal in meets and/or win meets. We will place as a team as well as individuals. We plan to win a second Region championship. The goal moving forward is to place in at least the top 20 at

Nationals.” Shores is looking forward to debuting her team during the Meet the Bucks Night on August 15 at Bearcat Stadium. Tailgating begins at 5:30 p.m. and both the cross country and soccer teams are looking forward to meeting Buck fans from throughout the community. “I’m not sure people understand the positive impact the tremendous community support Bucks Athletics has received has on our student-athletes. That kind of energy is felt and only helps to motivate these already motivated runners,” said Shores. Businesses also have an opportunity to get involved during Paint the Town Red starting August 12, leading up to Meet the Bucks Night. “We have been overwhelmed by the amount of community support, particularly businesses, eager to show their Buck Pride so we’ve built a campaign where they can do just that,” said LeAnn Dilbeck, Director of Marketing, Community Relations and Business Outreach. “The community will have an opportunity to vote for their favorites via social media and we’ll have prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.” Nine men and six women will make up the 2019 Bucks Cross Country team. “Our women’s team is smaller, but should be very strong and competitive,” said Coach Shores. “Our men’s team is grouped very tightly on times and should score low points at meets. They are definitely a team to watch this year.”

such as a sharp curve.” During calendar year 2017, speeding was a contributing factor in 26 percent of all fatal crashes in the U.S., accounting for more than 9,700 deaths. “Speeding drivers put themselves, their passengers and other drivers at tremendous risk,” Colonel Bryant stated, “and the Arkansas State Police is prepared to dedicate whatever resources necessary to stop speeders and make the highways safer.” According to records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a motor vehicle crash on a road with a speed limit of 65 miles per hour or greater, is more than twice as likely to result in a fatality than a crash on a road with a speed limit of 45 or 50 MPH and nearly five times as likely from a crash on a road with a speed limit of 40 mph or below. Each year across the nation approximately 15 percent of the speeding-related

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Humane Society of the Oauchitas

PET OF THE WEEK Tux is dressed to impress! This gorgeous kitty is ready to grace your home with his

classic good looks! Won't your family be happy to meet him? Tux is litter box trained. He is good with cats and children. Celebrate his birthday in July (BD 07/19/2017) ALL ANIMALS AT HSO ARE SPAYED/NEUTERED AND ARE CURRENT ON

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THEIR VACCINATIONS PRIOR TO ADOPTION. OFFICE PHONE NUMBER: (479) 394-5682 • WEB SITE: www.hsomena.org • HSO is a 501(c)(3) organization. Please consult your tax advisor to see if your donation is tax deductible.


Weekly Publication THURSDAY, JULY 25TH – • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 368 Polk Road 50. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County will meet at Papa’s Mexican Café. Contact Sue Cavner at (479)234-5844 or Linda Rowe at (479)234-2575 for more info. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Good Vibes Art Day at the Mena Art Gallery. All mediums welcome, from fiber art, painting and crafting. Open to public. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – St. Agnes Church will distribute food at 203 8th Street in Mena. • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Salvation Army Family Store helps families with utilities. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s Meeting at the ABC Club at 1159 Highway 71 South, Mena. (479)216-4606 or (479)243-0297. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Education Wing, West End. Call (479)234-2297 for more information. • 5:55 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. – Salem Baptist Church VBS – ‘Kingdom of the Son’ will be ongoing for ages Pre-K to 17 yrs old at the Salem Baptist Church- Hwy 8 East & Polk Rd 56 in Mena. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club, 1159 Highway 71 South, Mena. (479)216-4606 or (479)243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn, next to The Crossing Church. FRIDAY, JULY 26TH – • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 368 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – PCDC Board of Directors will meet in the MRHS Conference Room A.

• 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fibers Arts Group meets at Mena Art Gallery. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 5:55 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. – Salem Baptist Church VBS – ‘Kingdom of the Son’ will be ongoing for ages Pre-K to 17 yrs old at the Salem Baptist Church- Hwy 8 East & Polk Rd 56 in Mena. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn, next to 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 Highway 71 South, Mena. (479)216-4606 or (479)243-0297. SATURDAY, JULY 27TH – • 10:00 a.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous Men’s Meeting – ABC Club, across form Chopping Block, 1159 Highway 71 South, Mena – (281)387-0400. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 368 Polk Road 50. • 11:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Jewell Family Reunion at the Vandervoort Baptist Church. Potluck begins at noon. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Highway 71 North, Acorn. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club, 1159 Highway 71 South, Mena. (479)243-0297 or (479)216-4606. SUNDAY, JULY 28TH • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club, 1159 Highway 71 South, Mena. (479)216-4606 or (479)243-0297. • 3:00 p.m. – Worship Service is held at Sulpher Springs Church.

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MONDAY, JULY 29TH – • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Highway 71 North, Acorn. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church, Mena. Everyone is welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club, 1159 Highway 71 South, Mena. (479)216-4606 or (479)243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn, next to The Crossing Church. TUESDAY, JULY 30TH – • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardner Community Men’s Breakfast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The written portion of the drivers test will be given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority, and as long as road conditions are optimal the driving portion of the test will be given. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 368 Polk Road 50. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena St. Bring your current project and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Hatfield Branch Library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. - T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union Bank Community Room for weigh-ins, followed by a meeting. • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Polk County Housing Authority Community Room LIVE Country and Gospel music. • 7:00 p.m. – Dallas Valley RVFD will meet for training at the Fire House. • 7:00 p.m. – Acorn Fire & Rescue will meet at the Fire Dept.

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8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics • Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. (479)234-2887 or (479)234-3043. WEDNESDAY, JULY 31ST – • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Shepherd’s Closet open at First Baptist Church 4802 Hwy 71 S Hatfield, AR (870)389-6412. Accepting and distributing clothing/usable household items/and nonperishable food items. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 368 Polk Road 50. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Mena Art Gallery Art Group meeting. • 12:00 p.m. - The Emergency Warning Sirens will be tested in Mena. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library is open. • 5:30 p.m. – Dinner at Christ Community Fellowship followed by services at 6:15 p.m. for Youth, Children’s Activities, Young Adult and Adult Bible studies. • 5:30 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Bible Study Service. • 6:00 p.m. – Warriors for Christ will meet at the Southside Church of God. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at Grace Bible Church, 1911 Highway 71 North, Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club, 1159 Highway 71 South, Mena. (479) 216-4606 or (479)243-0297. Covering the News and Committed to OUR

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The Polk County Veterans Engagement Team (C-VET) will present a free showing of Suicide - The Ripple Effect, a documentary, in the Ouachita Center at UA Rich Mountain on Saturday, July 27th, from 6 PM to 7:30 PM. Everyone is welcome. A young man attempted suicide and lived. He now travels the globe spreading a message of hope, recovery and wellness. T072419

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U.S. Senator John Boozmn: U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Will Help Arkansas’ Economy Grow (WASHINGTON, D.C.) Fair trade agreements have become increasingly important to Arkansas’s economy over the last half-century. The world is more connected than ever. Access to global markets is necessary, not just for the large corporations that call Arkansas home, but also for small and medium-sized businesses looking to expand their operations and footprints. With a level playing field, Arkansas’s agriculture, manufacturing and small businesses can compete with anyone around the globe. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is the type of mutually beneficial trade agreement we need to pursue to help Arkansas’s economy grow. According to the Arkansas World Trade Center, Natural State goods and services are exported to 181 countries, but Canada and Mexico combined for over one-third of our exports in 2017. Our exports to these two countries added $2.1 billion to Arkansas’s economy that same year. Nearly 69,000 jobs in the state are dependent on trade with Canada and another 41,000 jobs are tied to trade with Mexico. They are the workers in the paper mills in south Arkansas. The employees of the steel mills in northeast Arkansas. The family farmers producing rice in the Delta. The line workers at the poultry processing plants in northwest Arkansas. These Arkansans, and many more, work in the industries that produce our top exports to Mexico and Canada. For them, and countless others, the announcement that a trade agreement has been reached with Canada and Mexico was very welcome and promising news. Arkansas farmers, business leaders and workers understand how vital it is to have free—but also fair—trade, particularly with

our neighbors to the north and south. It helps create the sense of certainty that has been sorely missing for our manufacturers, small businesses and agriculture industry. Arkansas has a diverse economy ranging from aerospace and defense to steel production to the world’s largest retailer, but agriculture is by far our largest industry. It adds around $16 billion to our economy every year and accounts for approximately one in every six jobs. For our agricultural community, it is particularly critical that we push this agreement across the finish line. Our farmers face a very tenuous situation right now. Commodity prices are well below the cost of production. Farm incomes in 2018 dropped sharply again for the fifth consecutive year. Total farm debt has risen to levels not seen since the early 1980s. A rainy fall and spring have hampered planting season in Arkansas while producing one of the worst floods in our state’s history. In my discussions with farmers on how we can help, the same mantra is often repeated—they prefer trade over aid. While they appreciate the president’s efforts to ease the pain during these trade standoffs, what they really need are more markets in which to sell their products. They understand that increased trade is the way to create a better long-term outlook for their operations. Our neighbors to the north and south are our natural allies and trading partners. The president and his team worked hard to get Canada and Mexico to the negotiating table to formalize a more mutually beneficial agreement. That hard work has paid off in the form of the USMCA. Now, Congress has a responsibility to see it through to the end.


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Deputy Sheriff Killed in Shooting in Northcentral Arkansas (STONE COUNTY) An Arkansas sheriff’s deputy was killed Thursday morning in a shooting that left one other person wounded and the suspected killer dead, police said. Mike Stephens, 56, was identified as the Stone County Sheriff's deputy that was

-HSU, from pg. 14 perience for our students.” “Under Glen’s leadership, Henderson has attracted more incoming freshmen and graduate students at a time when competition for a shrinking pool of students is on the rise,” Johnny Hudson, board chairman, said. “New academic programs, increased fundraising and enhanced student life on campus that began during his tenure will benefit Reddies both now and in the future. I am grateful for his service and wish him well as he returns to the classroom.” Highlights of Jones’ presidency include: -- Increased freshman enrollment to a record of 855 first-time freshmen enrolled for the 2018 fall semester. -- Expanded online education options, which contributed to record graduate school enrollment. Since 2012, graduate school enrollment has increased by 65 percent to a high of 559 last fall. -- Growth in enrollment led to increased housing needs, which resulted in the construction of expanded, modern residential housing including Reddie Villas and University Place. The number of students living on campus increased by 23 percent since 2012. -- Established a satellite campus in downtown Hot Springs in 2014 at the Landmark Building to bring four-year degree options to the Hot Springs community. -- Invested in athletics, including the addition of junior varsity teams, a pom squad and competitive cheerleading, which resulted in a 56 percent growth in the number of student athletes. -- Completed a $3 million renovation to the exterior and interior of the Old Caddo Center funded by a grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council to preserve the facility and provide a permanent home for the largest collection of Caddo Indian Artifacts. -- Doubled the amount of annual contributions raised via the Henderson State University Foundation from $1.1 million to a near two-decade high $2.2 million.

killed in the incident, Arkansas State Police Spokesman Bill Sadler said at a press conference. The suspected shooter was also killed in the incident, but it was not immediately clear whether he took his own life or if he was shot by other deputies. He has not been identified. Authorities were called to a home in the rural area of Leslie at 8:02 a.m. over a domestic welfare check, Sadler said. Stephens arrived at 8:39 a.m. and encountered a woman who he began talking to before gunfire quickly erupted. Stephens was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman, who was not identified, was wounded and taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Sadler. Sadler noted that the amount of time it took Stephens to reach the scene was be-

cause of how far away from the home he was when he got the call to respond. He declined to say whether officials had ever been called to the home before. Stephens was a 20-year veteran of law enforcement and a U.S. Army veteran, Stone County Chief Deputy Sheriff Zach Alexander said at the press conference. "Every action that he's ever done, he always would be the first guy in somewhere and last one out," Alexander said. United States Senator Tom Cotton issued a statement that says “Today, the State of Arkansas mourns the loss of a brave law-enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. Mike Stephen protected the people of Stone County, standing as part of the thin blue line separating our communities from crime and chaos. I encourage all Arkansans

to pray for and comfort his family, friends, and neighbors during this moment of loss.” Governor Asa Hutchinson said that “It was heartbreaking to hear that Stone County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Stephen was killed in the line of duty today. Deputy Stephen’s death is a somber reminder that our law-enforcement officers risk their lives every day to protect ours. I am grateful for the men and women who willingly put their safety on the line every time they put on the uniform. My heart goes out to his wife and son, and to his fellow officers and friends in their grief at the tragic loss of Mike Stephen.” Governor Hutchinson ordered the state flag of Arkansas to fly at half-staff in honor of Deputy Stephen. The flag is to be flown at half-staff immediately through the day of interment.

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