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Alleged Suspect Apprehended Following Shooting BY MELANIE WADE •

A male suspect has been apprehended following a shooting that occurred on Friday, July 21, 2017. Just before 6 p.m. that day, 911 dispatch informed officers that a “car had been shot up” at 114 East Street in Cove. Deputies Jim Smith and Clint Bell responded to the scene where they made contact with a 44-year old female. The victim stated that a vehicle pulled into her yard CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

Choices, Economics Play Part in Student Enrollment BY MELANIE WADE • With the consolidation of schools several years ago and the School Choice Act of 2013, school districts across the state have seen their enrollment numbers fluctuate. Sometimes up, sometimes down, sometimes stable, it’s hard to guess how many students a district may have in any given year. More choices for education have caused some district numbers to decline, while others have soared. From choosing your preferred school no matter what CONTINUED ON PAGE 7

Fresh Start Announces New Director BY MELANIE WADE • Teena Brown, daughter of Clarice Tisher, sits with Mena Mayor George McKee as he signs the official proclamation claiming July 28, 2017 as Clarice’s Room of Hope Day. There will be a celebration on Saturday, July 29 from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Mena Train Depot. See the story on page 5 of this edition for details on the event and on the mission of the non-profit organization that benefits cancer patients. PHOTO BY LOGAN MCCCOURTNEY

Millie Ratzloff has been named the new Executive Director of Fresh Start Pregnancy and Resource Center in Mena. Candace Riner has served as interim director of Fresh Start for the past ten months. Riner said she is excited to continue to serve on the board of directors and volunteer to assist the center and staff with special events, fundraising, marketing and community relations. Fresh Start is an affiliate of Care Net, which supports one of the largest networks of pregnancy centers in North America and runs the nation’s only real-time call center providing pregnancy decision coaching. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8



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Mena Downtown Partners’ Christmas in July is a Success

Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Avalon Keep



he Mena Downtown Partners held a Christmas in July event to promote the vast amount of downtown businesses that keep Mena Street hopping. Many of the stores offered special discounts during the event, and several mega prizes were given away. Musical entertainment lined the street on Friday night and on Saturday, Santa Claus popped in from his beach vacation and enjoyed a nice cold glass of lemonade made by some special little girls who set up shop in front of the Skyline Cafe. PHOTO COURTESY OF SHANNON CLIFFORD

Avalon Keep Botanical Gardens was welcomed into the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, July 20, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. In addition to botanical gardens, Avalon Keep is also a wedding venue with several different locations, an area for family portraits, family reunions, corporate events, and they also have a small nursery where clients can purchase the native-to-Arkansas plants they see in the landscaped area of Avalon Keep. Michael and Melinda Cate are the owners and are located at 4615 Hwy 8 West, Mena.

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Nault Named iCare Star Employee F


ran Nault was recently named the iCARE Star Employee of the 2ndQuarter 2017 at Mena Regional Health System. Fran received numerous nominations from patients and co-workers. She has served as a phlebotomist at MRHS for five years and is an essential asset to the laboratory department. As the iCARE Star Employee of the Quarter, Fran received a paid day off, a personal plaque, her name on the iCARE progressive plaque, and a reserved parking space for the duration of the quarter. Teresa Wise, CNO, and Chandler Cox, HR Director, are shown presenting the award. To nominate an MRHS employee for this award, visit our website at and locate the iCARE nomination’s link, complete and submit.

Absentee Ballots Available for School BY MELANIE WADE Board Elections P

olk County Clerk Terri Harrison has announced that her office is now accepting absentee applications for voters who will need to vote by absentee ballot for the Annual School Election. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Tuesday, September 12, 2017, with the election being set for September 19, 2017. Although each district has several expiring positions on their respective boards, Harrison said there are no contested races in the Mena School District or the Cossatot River School District. Those two school districts will not open any polling places on Election Day. Voting will be conducted by early and absentee voting only for voters in the Mena School District and in the Cossatot River School District. Terms for Todd Aynes and Robby Hines are expiring on the Mena School Board. The terms expiring on Cossatot River are for Mark Duggan and Brian Rusty Youngblood. The Ouachita River School District will have one contested school board race in Zone 5 and will have a polling place on Election Day at both the Acorn Campus and the Oden Campus. There are four terms expiring on the Ouachita River Board, they are: Jason Neugent, Lana Philpot, Robby Strother, and Gene Monk. The contested race for Zone 5 is between Robby Strother and Annette Hays. Early voting for all districts will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12, in the County Clerk’s Office and will last until 4:30 p.m. on Monday September 18th. The Clerk’s Office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. None of the school districts in Polk County are asking for a change to their millage rate during this election cycle.

Suspect Arrested for Sexual January 6, 2016 Offenses A BY MELANIE WADE


Mena resident has been arrested by the Mena Police Department on initial charges of Internet Stalking of a Child and Sexual Indecency with a Child. Kevin Wayne Dehart, age 52, was arrested on Sunday, July 23, 2017, following an investigation by the department. Dehart is currently awaiting formal charges in the arraignment phase, which is expected to occur by Wednesday, July 26, 2017. He remains in the Polk County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond. More details of the case have not yet been released. As a note, all person(s) within this report are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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he City of Mena is preparing for their annual sidewalk construction project, and a bid was approved and accepted at the last meeting of Mena City Council. Glennaire Construction, Inc. from Mena was awarded the bid, being the only bid received for the project. Due to Glennaire Construction, Inc., being owned by Council Member James Earl Turner, the council also had to pass an ordinance permitting a council member to conduct business with the City. Glennaire’s bid was $6.81 per square foot and an additional $660.00 charge for each handicapped ramp constructed. The city has set aside a budget of $50,000.00 for this year’s project, which will include repairs on various damaged sidewalks throughout the City. The project is expected to begin around August 14, and according to their contract, will have 100 calendar days from then to finish the project. The City has not yet released the list of sidewalks that will be replaced or repaired.

Downtown Welcomes Sanctified BY MELANIE WADE Design Studio T he Mena Downtown Partners welcomed Sanctified Design Studio on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Welcome and introductions were made by Downtown Partners’ Liason Judy Thompson, while Victor Rowell, pastor of The Crossing gave an opening prayer for the event. Rick Chrisman, owner of American Artisans and member of the Downtown Partners, and Gar Eisele, owner of Washburn’s and also a member of the Downtown Partners welcomed Sanctified and owner, Jesse Garcia, into the downtown area. Philip Hensley, President of Union Bank of Mena, also gave a welcome from the banking community. Sanctified Design Studio is located at 901 South Mena Street.

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Never Enuff Toys Welcomed into Chamber

The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, July 20, to welcome Never Enuff Toys into their membership. Never Enuff Toys is located at 700 Mena Street and offer arcade, cards, games, and hobby items, as well as toys.

Clarice’s Room of Hope to Celebrate Mayor Signs Proclamation



ecently, Mayor George McKee signed a proclamation declaring July 28 as Clarice’s Room of Hope day. The proclamation acknowledged Clarice Tisher, mother of Teena Brown, who was diagnosed with cancer and received assistance at the Donald Reynolds Cancer Support House. She knew of so many in Mena that could benefit from the service. Teena promised her mother that she would see what she could do and although Clarice didn’t live to see it happen, she lives on through Teena and the volunteer support offered to other cancer patients through Clarice’s Room of Hope. Clarice’s Room of Hope is an established non-profit organization in Mena offering assistance to patients and caregivers in Polk County and the surrounding area who are fighting against cancer. Clarice’s provides several services to cancer patients including gas cards for out of town doctor visits, volunteer transportation to doctor appointments, fitting for wigs, hats, and scarves, just to name a few. Clarice’s Room of Hope Cancer Support Group known as “The Gathering” meets the last Monday of every month at Clarice’s Room of Hope, located at 403 Morrow St. N Suite C, at 6:00 P.M. All those affected by cancer, whether it be the cancer survivor, family, caregiver, or friend, are welcome. The mission of the organization is, “At Clarice’s Room of Hope, we strive to strengthen mind and body by providing services that boost the self-worth of cancer patients; we do our best to help our clients enjoy their lives to the fullest while they undergo the medical treatments that lead them to recovery! Unlike many foundations, Clarice’s Room of Hope can keep its administrative costs to a fraction of 1% of its total contributions, due to the generous professionals who support its vital cause at no cost, and the countless volunteer hours provided by caring champions of the foundation. Therefore, donations are used for their intended purpose; to help individuals in need.” Mayor McKee signed the proclamation and in doing so recognized July 28th as Clarice’s birthday and acknowledge Teena, along with the many volunteers from their group. Saturday, July 29th, Teena and the organization will celebrate this special day with a balloon release, music, and light refreshments to be held at the Train Depot on Sherwood Avenue from 5-8 p.m. “This celebration is not just a time to honor those family members or friends who have passed, but to honor and celebrate those that continue to fight against cancer and for those who have won. We invite cancer patients, survivors, and their family and friends or caregivers to attend the celebration with us,” says Teena Brown. Teena can be reached at 479.234.3215,, or on Facebook. For more information about services provided by Clarice’s, go to

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Dream More, Learn More, Care More, SUBMITTED and Be More

n 1995 Dolly Parton established the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Sevier County, Tennessee. She wanted every preschool child to have his/her own collection of books because she knew that reading with the preschool child is the single most important activity to prepare a child for school success. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has since that time expanded across the US and to other countries. Did you know that Polk County is the first county in southwestern Arkansas to get onboard with this truly effective program? Currently one hundred thirty-eight children are enrolled here in Polk County! Polk County Library has partnered with Quality of Life Outreach to bring the gift of books into the homes of preschoolers in our county at no cost to the parents. How does this work? Local businesses, local groups, churches, and good-hearted folks invest at the rate of only $25 per year per child. This pays for twelve books per year for a preschooler right here in Polk County. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library pays all the administrative costs. The preschool child whose parents/ guardians have signed him/her up will start receiving books in the mail addressed to him/her in about six weeks. The child keeps receiving a quality, age-appropriate book at this rate until his/her birthday. 5 key factsfifth about Prostate Cancer: Having1.books in the home and being read to increases the potential for a child’s Affects 1 in every 6 men success in2. school Success in school in turn increases the likelihood of Deadliertremendously. than breast cancer staying untilingraduation, Detectable early stages and that in turn increases the potential for the child to NOT an old man’s become a4.successful, happy,disease and productive adult in our community. NOT go away group, if you avoid Are you5. aDoes local business, church, or good-hearted person who would like to testing. Gentlemen: We encourage you to get invest in our community in this manner? It’s easy. Contact Mary Ditzel (479) 216-9329, a PSA blood test. at Quality of Life Outreach for more details. Or mail a donation to Quality of Life Outreach, PO Box 1135, Mena, AR 71953 to start supporting one or more children here in Polk County today.


while she was behind the house burning trash. When she approached the front side of her home, she noticed a truck backing out quickly. She tried to take pictures of the vehicle, but the truck was not identifiable in the pictures. The truck returned and pulled back into her driveway. She said a young man, who she identified as “Jayden”, was driving the truck. When he exited the truck, the female noticed a gun barrel and “Jayden” allegedly said, “prove yourself or you can die.” The female said she jumped into her car and crouched down and heard several gunshots. Deputies found three shell casings on the scene, approximately 30 feet from the victim’s car, two of which were ‘birdshot’ and one was ‘buckshot.’ After identifying a suspect, several attempts were made to locate him. During the search, a female friend of Jayden Scott More-Brown, age 20, of Wickes, stated that he had called and asked her for a place to stay. After telling the friend that he had ‘shot up’ someone’s car, she told him he could not stay with her. He then allegedly threatened to burn her house down. On Sunday, July 23, 2017, Deputy Justin Wagnor was able to make contact with More-Brown at his residence in Wickes and an arrest was made. More-Brown was booked into the Polk County Detention Center on charges of Terroristic Act, Terroristic Threatening, and Possession of a Firearm by Certain Persons. His bond is set at $100,000. Formal charges, including other possible charges are pending arraignment in Polk County Circuit Court. No motive has been stated at this time. As a note, all person(s) within this report are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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district you live in, to the internet making homeschool materials much more accessible, many districts are finding creative ways to keep their student populations on the rise. For Polk County’s three districts, Mena, Cossatot River, and Ouachita River, they have all seen and felt the blessings and the woes of the fluctuations. Over the past decade, all three districts’ enrollment numbers have had ebbs and flows. Student enrollment numbers were figured using information attained from the Arkansas Department of Education. The Pulse reached out to each of the districts and asked what each felt was the largest factor in the success or decline of the district’s student population. For Cossatot River (whose trend numbers only go back seven years due to their consolidation), in the 20102011 school year, they had 1,143 students. In the 2016-2017 school year, their population was 1,022 students (15 of which are ‘school choice’ students), creating a difference of 121 students. Cossatot River Superintendent Donnie Davis said his opinion of why the numbers dropped is “derived from talking to school community people” and that “the local economy has caused families to move to areas where jobs are available or better paying jobs are available.” During the 2015-2016 school year (latest available data), there were 57 homeschool students within the Cossatot River district. Cossatot River’s district includes: Cossatot River High School, Umpire Schools, and Elementary campuses in Cove, Wickes, and Vandervoort. In Mena, the trend is much the same. Mena’s district includes: Mena High School, Middle School, and Holly Harshman and Louise Durham Elementary Schools. Consolidation saw a large increase in students, only to see the numbers slowly decline. In the 20072008 school year, one decade ago, Mena School District had 1,983 students. This last year, the 2016-2017 school year, the number dropped to 1716 (with zero ‘school choice’ students), creating a difference of 267 students. During the 2015-2016 school year (latest available data), there were 146 homeschool students living within Mena’s district. Superintendent of Mena Public Schools, Benny Weston, said, “I believe the biggest factor to our declining enrollment is lack of industry and economic strain. The largest majority of the student population leaving our district are also leaving our county area.” Ouachita River School District on the other hand, has seen a rise in their student population over the last several years. They include all Acorn and Oden Schools. Their Superintendent, Jerry Strasner, said he believes the small atmosphere is a draw for students and their families. “We have had a bunch of students ‘choiced’ over in the last four years. Parents say they come for a smaller environment.” Those ‘choiced’ students come from several surrounding districts including Waldron, Mena, and Cossatot River. During the 2007-2008 school year, Ouachita River’s student population was 724 students. In 2016-2017, that number sat at 736 (51 of those being ‘school choice’ students). Although that increase seems to be small, they had dipped down to 674 in the 20132014 school year. After the School Choice Act of 2013, their numbers have had a steady increase. There were 44 homeschool students within their district’s borders in the 20152016 school year (latest data available). No matter what the reason, each district does their best to provide a quality education and retain their students year to year. Whether it be implementing more activities and class selections or attempting to launch a virtual school (see Mena District Applies to State for Virtual School; Holds Public Meeting the July 12 edition of The Polk County Pulse or check out, student retention is at the forefront of their minds.

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Ratzloff is a Care Net trained mentor and worked in a Care Net pregnancy center. Russell Threet, Board Chair and Pastor of First Baptist Church in Mena, said, “We are very excited about Millie coming to Fresh Start to lead the day to day operations of the ministry. We believe that her extensive background working for and leading in non-profit and ministry settings are going to mean great things for the future of the pregnancy center. However, the thing that was most important to me and the rest of the board was that we keep the focus on Jesus. We believe that Millie’s heart for Christ will mean that people that come into the center not knowing Christ will be impacted by the Gospel.” Ratzloff comes from Arkansas and Northern Louisiana, being born in the Delta in Dermott. “While growing up, we often traveled to visited family. Many special memories throughout my life are from visiting here. Currently, I have extensive family that resides throughout the state,” said Ratzloff. She also spent time being raised in the rural redwoods of Northern California, living on a farm. “My husband and I have a heart is for the rural communities and families. We enjoy living in this beautiful region.” Bringing a long list of experience and certifications, Ratzloff is excited to begin her newest journey. Her experiences include: teaching and developing special education schools; social work; ministry; and advocating for children and families with numerous board positions. More recent positions were at the Pregnancy Care Center in Northern CA and CEO of a Family Resource Center. “It has been a privilege to work with churches and civic organizations, as well as diverse people groups.” Her extensive training and certifications were obtained through Cal Baptist University, Simpson College, and Pepperdine University, in addition to numerous conferences and workshops on Child and Family needs. “My personal experience with Pregnancy Care Centers began when my oldest daughter, who was a six and a half month preemie, needed clothes that our local stores didn’t carry. The local PCC had the tiny clothes available. The clothing and support through the months after her

birth provided encouragement when it looked hopeless.” She began a lifelong association with PCCs when she was recommended to have an abortion while pregnant with her son. “He was a five and a half month baby who doctors said had no chance to live normal life. Then, I was asked if I wanted to save him at birth; he was not developed. To make a long story short, he developed perfectly. He has become a wonderful husband, father, and employee and we are extremely proud to be his parents.” Another recommendation for an abortion came to Ratzloff when she was twelve weeks pregnant with her youngest daughter and a doctor tried to abort her without permission. “Thankfully, I carried her to ten months. She became the first girl in the California Miss American Teen pageant to win every category and scholarship. She is a wife, the mother of a beautiful and extremely intelligent little boy, and an award winning Ombudsman for the Navy,” explained Ratzloff proudly. Stepping into her next role, Ratzloff said, “It is privilege and a challenge to accept the position of Director for Fresh Start. I am available to speak at churches, organizations, and visit ladies groups. No group is too large or too small.” She recommends calling Fresh Start to scheduled an appointment or arrange a visit. All clients’ information is kept confidential and they protect their privacy. “I often wonder what my life and others would have been like without all of the joy that my children have brought . . . children I was told to forget,” said Ratzloff. “We are blessed with three biological children and one adopted, which have made us grandparents to fifteen and one great-granddaughter. Motherhood and being a grandmother are my greatest joy.” Fresh Start is located at 1308 Hwy 71 N in Mena next to A & B Tire. You can call them at 479-394-1186 or check out their website at:

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................................................................................................................................ KEVIN WADE BIRDWELL Memorial services for Mr. Kevin Wade Birdwell, age 51, was held at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel, Springhill, LA, with Bro. John Franklin officiating. Visitation was held Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from 1:00 pm until service time at the funeral home. Kevin was born on November 19, 1965 to Thomas Ruvin and Daphne Juanita Tyson Birdwell in Shreveport, LA and passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 15, 2017 in Eudora, AR. He was a good hearted man and a hard worker that was very determined and spoke what was on his mind. He was a loyal friend to so many over the years and had your back. It is often said that you preach your own funeral by the way you live your life and Kevin was a testament of that. Through some rough and troubled years Kevin had emerged a changed man, heart and soul. He was focused on succeeding in all of his endeavors and loved life to the fullest with no fear. Kevin was a hard working man but always made time to explore and play. He enjoyed riding his motorcycles and ATV’s. He took pride and pleasure in showing off the hidden beauty he had found in the trails of the mountains. He had found peace in his heart and soul in the place he called “God’s Country”. He is survived by two sons, Kevin Blake Birdwell of Shreveport, Nathan Clay Birdwell of Springhill; daughter, Haley Lin Carson of Springhill; girlfriend, Melinda Smith Mosley and her daughter, Christina of Springhill; mother, Daphne Tyson Roberson of Vivian; one sister, Connie Birdwell Bullock and husband Paul of Katy, TX; nieces and nephews, Brittany Birdwell-Shephard, Justin Lane Birdwell, Erica Paige Olmsted, Adam Bullock; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Kevin was preceded in death by his father, and sister, Wanda Carol Olmsted. Honorary pallbearers will be Brent Howard, Scott Allison, Billy McEachern, Greg Sanders, Brad Durbin, Herb Simon, Bobby Booth, Don Booth, and Chris Pace. Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to the Kevin Birdwell Memorial Fund at Regions Bank. Sign our online guest book at

JANICE HENRY Janice Henry, age 73, of Mena, passed away Saturday, July 22, 2017 at her home. She was born March 2, 1944 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Millard Deramus and the late Dollie Miller Deramus.

She was united in marriage to the late Deward Wayne Henry. Janice’s whole life focused around her spirituality and God. She put her heart and soul into being the organist at the Mt. View Methodist Church in Mena. She was an excellent cook. She dearly loved her grandchildren and so enjoyed Bristol’s company. Janice was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, a beloved sister and dear friend. Survivors are son, Teil Henry and wife Jeanie of Mena, Arkansas; daughter, Tonya Higgins and husband Dale of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren, Trent Henry and wife Lori, Tiffany Davis and husband Chad, Jade Olinger and husband Shawn, Ashley Ruth and husband Dustin; great-grandchildren, Reed Henry, Ross Henry, Bristol Olinger, Brayden Ruth, Julia Henry, Carson Olinger, Conner Davis; brothers, Dan Deramus, Doyle Deramus, Randy Deramus; sisters, Mae Dean Hoover, Mary Ellen New, Betty Philpot, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son, Todd A. Henry, brother, Marion Bow, sister-in -law, Lorna Deramus, and 6 Brothers-in-law. Funeral service was Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cherry Hill Methodist Church with Brother Bryan Richardson officiating. Interment followed in the Cherry Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation was Monday, July 24 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Pallbearers are Greg Henry, Waylon Deramus, Josh Deramus, Chris Deramus, Billy Henry, and Shane Deramus. Online obituary at

WILLIA D. HOYLE Mrs. Willia D. Hoyle, age 75, of Cove, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. She was born on February 11, 1942 in Lebanon, Missouri to Willia A. Norris and Lillian Smith Norris. Willia was married to Benjamin F. Hoyle for 51 years. Willia worked at Mena Area Agency and Hospice and was loved by people she took care of thru the Agency. She greatly enjoyed the senior citizens who were under her care. Most of all she loved her family and friends. Willia was a loving and kind wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend to all. She will be dearly missed. She is survived by husband, Ben Hoyle of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; sons, Edward Hoyle, Paul Hoyle and wife Ashley, Alan Hoyle and wife Lynette, David Hoyle and wife Lorri, Jason Hoyle, Eric Hoyle and wife Megan, David R. Hoyle and wife Lavon, Mark Hoyle and wife Ann; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Stephanie, Jesse, Amanda, Jessica, Josh, Christian, Allyson, Caitlyn, Sage, Daniel, Deaglan, Aarron, Jared, MacKenzi, Jeffery, and Shelby; eleven great-grandchildren; one great-great grand-

child; best friend, Allyson Hoyle; and many other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willia and Lillian Norris, a son, Steve Hoyle, sisters, Deanna Palilla and husband John, Jean Peterson, and best friend, Louise Baker. Mrs. Hoyle will have a memorial service Sunday, July 30, 2017, 2:30 p.m. at the Nazarene Church in Wickes, Arkansas with Brother Jon Newlin and Brother David Baker officiating. Mrs. Hoyle was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Online obituary at

MARGARET FLORENCE JONES Margaret Florence Jones, age 74 of Cove, Arkansas passed away Saturday, July 22, 2017 in

Mena. She was born September 6, 1943 to the late Vernon Eugene Dean and Alice Pauline Barrett Dean. She was a homemaker and attended Pleasant Grove Church of the Nazarene in Vandervoort for many years and was involved with the Foster Grandparent Association. She married Robert “Bob” Jones August 29, 1959 and was happily married for 58 years. She was a loving and kind wife, grandmother, mother, sister, aunt and friend and will dearly missed by all. Survivors are husband, Robert “Bob” Jones of Cove, Arkansas; sons, Rodney Dale Jones and wife Sherry of Cove, Arkansas, Michael L. Jones and wife Chasidy of Cove, Arkansas; brothers, Keith Dean of Vandervoort, Arkansas, Roy Dean of Vandervoort, AR; sisters, Mabel Pennington of Langley, Arkansas, Mildred Sherrouse of Vandervoort, Arkansas; grandchildren, Hunter Paul Jones of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Brooke Ashlyn Jones of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Trey Martin of Cove, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Alice Dean, son, Paul Edward Jones, brothers, John Dean, Delvin Dean, Franklin Dean, and Gene Dean, sister, Ollie Fay Keeney. Graveside services will be Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Witherspoon Cemetery in Vandervoort, Arkansas under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home Family and friends’ visitation will be Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Funeral Home Online obituary at

DOLLIE MOZELLE WILHITE Dollie Mozelle Wilhite,

age 94, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, July 21, 2017 in Mena. She was born January 7, 1923 in Ink, Arkansas to the late William A. Crawford and the late Starlie Goodman Crawford. She married Alfred (Pete) Wilhite in 1952 and was married for over 56 years. She was a member of Oak Avenue Church of Christ and kept a strong faith throughout the years. Dollie was a wonderful homemaker and loved to garden with her husband. Dollie was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, and grandmother. She maintained loving relationships with everyone she met and was loved by everyone that had the pleasure to meet her. She would do whatever she could to help her family and friends and will be greatly missed by all! Survivors are son, Vernon Lee Wilhite and wife Annette of Mena, Arkansas; daughter, Judy Jones of Mena, Arkansas; sister, Eva Jo Luck; 4 Grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Starlie Crawford, her husband, Alfred (Pete) Wilhite, daughter, Betty Ann Wilhite, brother, Albert Crawford, sister, Milie Jan Clark, and her son-in-law, Harold Jones. Funeral services were Monday, July 24, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Beasley-Wood Chapel with Dino Weingarten officiating. Interment followed in the Concord Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Family and friends’ visitation was Sunday, July 23, 2017, from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Andrew Jones, Patrick Burns, Delmar Krigbaum, Jim Crawford, William Crawford, and Byron Clark. Honorary Pallbearers were Wendell Crawford, Bob Keeter, Brian Hilton, Larry Kesterson, Edd Myers and Russell Powell. Online obituary at

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UA Rich Mountain Machine Tool Tech Student Places in National Competition



he week of June 19, 2017, University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Machine Tool Technology student, Tyler Young, competed and placed 8th in CNC Milling at the SkillsUSA National Competition held in Louisville, Kentucky. This is the second year in a row that a UA Rich Mountain student has placed in the top ten in the SkillsUSA National Competition. NIDEC Motor Corporation and Sterling Machinery, Inc. provided support to make the trip possible for students to compete in the 2017 SkillsUSA Competition. For more information about the UA Rich Mountain Machine Tool Technology Program, contact: Jonathon Lunsford, Machine Tool Technology Instructor at 1364 or

MaKenna Goss Earns Gold at Nationals A


corn FCCLA’s MaKenna Goss recently traveled to Nashville, TN to compete in the Star Event Illustrated Talk. Students had to place in the top two in the state of Arkansas in order to move on to compete at the event, a feat that MaKenna accomplished. This was her first year to compete in any FCCLA event and she had tremendous success. MaKenna has earned a Gold Medal at the District, State, and now the National level. MaKenna’s project highlighted that having strong family relationships was the true meaning of success, versus materialistic values and focusing on career and money. MaKenna would like to thank the sponsors that helped her go to the National FCCLA Leadership Conference. Local sponsors included Bear State Bank, Union Bank, Diamond Bank, and Walmart, each making it possible for MaKenna to compete in Nashville and represent her community and school. She would also like to thank all of those who helped with fundraisers and those who purchased and participated in fundraising events. MaKenna is the 15yr old daughter of Greg and Kim Goss of Mena.

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n Thursday, June 29th, the 2017 University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Practical Nursing Capping Ceremony was held at the Ouachita Center on the Mena campus. Chancellor Phillip Wilson welcomed a record crowd and the 2017 LPN Class of 25 students to the ceremony. Pyke Bobo, CRNA for Mena Regional Health System, was chosen by the LPN students as this year’s guest speaker. Bobo shared experiences and opportunities the graduates would value throughout their career and expressed appreciation to the family and friends who have supported the students through the past year. The 2017 Jane Anderson Award was presented by Ruth Gray to Ntxhee Sing Yang, LPN graduate. The UA Rich Mountain Practical Nursing Staff include: Charla Hollin, Nursing Director, Jeri Ashcraft, Nursing Instructor, and Sada Wilson, Clinical Instructor. A reception in the Ouachita Center followed the event. For more information about the UA Rich Mountain Practical Nursing Program, contact: Charla Hollin, UA Rich Mountain Nursing Director, at 479-394-7622, x. 1366 or mail to:

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HOLLY HARSHMAN ELEMENTARY THIRD GRADE 3 boxes of #2 pencils (24 count), 2 boxes of crayons, 1 large pair of scissors, 2 pkgs of loose leaf paper (wide ruled), 4 spiral notebooks (70 pg), 3 boxes of Kleenex, 2 bottles of glue, 4 large glue sticks, 21” white 3-ring binder, 1 composition notebook, 2 pocket folders, 1 pkg Expo markers for student mini-boards, 1 big pink eraser, 1 black Sharpie, 1 container Clorox wipes, ***Third grade teachers ask that you DO NOT bring any of the following items: trapper keepers, pencil sharpeners, mechanical pencils, pencil boxes FOURTH GRADE 3 large containers disinfecting wipes, 1 large hand sanitizer, 2 plastic pocket folders with prongs, 48 #2 pencils (please no mechanical pencils), 1 package highlighters, 2 packages cap erasers, 2 Pilot G-2 red gel ink pens, 2 packages of 12 pack colored pencils, 1 box of 24 crayons, 1 package glue sticks, 3 packages of loose leaf paper (wide-ruled), 3 large boxes of Kleenex, 2 packages tabbed dividers (5 tabs), 1 composition notebook (non-spiral), 1 pair Fiskar scissors (sharp point), 1 flat athletic string bag or small canvas tote *Please NO backpacks or trapper keepers ART: 2 black Sharpie markers; LIBRARY: 1 (70 page) spiral notebook; MATH: 1 package multiplication/division cards to leave at home to study with all year, or 2 packages of 3x5 index cards (to make their own). FIFTH GRADE 24 pencils (No. 2) *per semester, 1 pkg of pencil top erasers *per semester, One 3-ring pouch, 2 pkg subject dividers (8 count) 1 pack washable markers or colored pencils, 2 packages of loose leaf paper (wide-ruled), 3 boxes of Kleenex, 1 package of pink erasers, 1 set of ear buds (computer/I-Pad use) LITERACY: 2 Expo markers (any color) for students, SCIENCE: One 1” 3-ring binder (red or blue), MATH: 1 pkg of BLACK Expo markers, One 1” 3-ring binder ART: 1 black Sharpie * NO NEED to mark child’s name on supplies (except binders and ear buds)


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KINDERGARTEN 4 ct. dry erase markers, 4 boxes 24 ct. regular size crayons, 2 boxes kleenex, 1 small PLASTIC school box, 4 Elmer’s glue sticks, 1 plastic pocket folder, 1 box of Ziploc Bags (Girls: Quart size, Boys: Gallon size), 1 backpack with child’s name on it *pencils will be supplied* FOR REST TIME: 1 “THIN” folding Kindermat and 1 towel; both with child’s name written on it. Please do not send: PILLOWS, STUFFED ANIMALS, OR MAT COVERS! FOR CHANGING: 1 complete change of clothes with child’s name on each article in a large zip-loc bag. FIRST GRADE 2-24 count crayons, 1 pair Fiskar scissors, 2 large pkgs #2 pencils, 1 small plastic school box, 2 Elmer’s glue sticks, 1 plastic pocket folder, dry erase markers SECOND GRADE 1 small pencil box, 1 box crayons, 48-#2 wood pencils, 1 pair scissors, 1 pkg cap erasers, 6 glue sticks, 1 spiral notebook, 1 plastic folder, 1 composition notebook (wide-rule), 3 boxes Kleenex, 1 box quart baggies, 1 pkg antibacterial wipes, No roll ing backpacks THIRD GRADE 5 pkg (24 ct) pencils (made in USA), 1 box crayons, markers or colored pencils, 2 glue sticks, Fiskar scissors, supply box, 2 packages pencil top erasers, 2 boxes Kleenex, 4 composition notebooks (wide-rule), 2 plastic folders with prongs, 1 package loose-leaf paper, 1 pencil pouch FOURTH GRADE 3 pkg (24 ct) pencils, 1 pencil bag, pencil top erasers, colored pencils, 2 glue sticks, 2 boxes Kleenex, 1 spiral notebook (1 subject - wide-rule), 1 composition notebooks (wide-rule), 1 package loose-leaf paper, 1 binder (3 ring) FIFTH GRADE 2 composition notebooks, 4 packages loose-leaf paper, 1 package cap erasers, 1 package cap erasers, 1 package colored pencils, 3 packages #2 pencils, 1 package highlighters, 1 container disinfectant wipes, 1 bottle Germ-X, 2 boxes Kleenex, 1 big pink eraser

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Acorn Court Receives New Design


The basketball court in the Acorn Gymnasium received new coats of paint and a new design. There is a new two tone stain on the court and on each end of the court there is a tiger head inside the lane. In addition, both baselines have received a fresh blue paint and new design. Most notably, center court now boasts a large ‘A’ for Acorn with Tigers written over the top. PHOTO BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY

Hensley and McMellon Attend Ft. Smith Camp L


ocal youth, Tripp Hensley and Dax McMellon, recently attended the Fort Smith Southside Mavericks football camp. The football camp was for athletes entering grades 2nd through 7th. The camp was well attended by young players with nearly 100 kids in attendance. Both Tripp and Dax had a successful experience at the camp, each earning awards. Tripp won the 4th grade division in the 40 yard dash. Dax competed in the punt competition, placing 2nd in the event for his age division. In addition to individual success, both players competed on the same 7-on-7 team that won 1st place in their division.

Acorn Cheerleaders Earn Trip to Disney T


he Acorn high school cheer squad recently held a National Cheer Association cheer camp on their campus. Mercedes Mowdy, MaKenzie Goss, and Brickie Sachs all received All-American nominations and tried out for All-American Honors. All three cheerleaders scored high enough during their tryout to receive All-American Honors. Each of the girls are now eligible to go perform in Disney World at NCA special events in November and December.

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Mena Ladycats Play This Summer Ladycat volleyball players have been playing in various tournaments and camps throughout the summer, but as the school year and their season approaches, Coach Lyle is starting to put the girls through various drills. The girls are practicing almost daily from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Union Bank Center at Mena High School.


Bearcats Host ‘Man Camp’ BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY •


oach Tim Harper and the Bearcat football recently hosted a ‘Man Camp’, a football camp for other teams to come and participate. The Man Camp is a day-and-a-half football camp that was attended by schools from around the state. Mansfield, Mineral Springs, and Riverview high school attended the camp at Bearcat Stadium. On Wednesday evening the teams participated in several competitions, including individual competitions and contests between position groups from each school. While at the camp, each school had the opportunity to work through drills and fine tune their offenses and defenses. Essentially, the camp provided a place for teams to come and practice while getting away from their normal routine and allowing their players to compete against other athletes. Thursday, each team continued to run through drills before scrimmaging against each other. During this time of scrimmaging, one team would run 10 plays on defense while a couple of different schools would run choice offensive plays. After 10 or so plays the teams would rotate, allowing each team to work on their offense and defense. The camp provided a good opportunity for Bearcat players to compete against players from other schools before heading into fall camp where they will be hitting and playing against each other day in and day out. Look to a future edition of the Pulse for more coverage on the Bearcat football team.

January 6, 2016

Mena junior high basketball players work through various drills in Jim Rackley Gymnasium as the summer comes to a close. Throughout the summer Coach Randy Peters has taken his team to compete in camps and recently both the senior high and junior high teams played in a team camp hosted by Mena. Coach Peters worked with his players for one of the last times this summer. willSub HIRING SUBSTITUTES TEACHERS - CAFETERIA - CUSTODIAL

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Josh Bradford - Focusing on the Process C


hina. Africa. Vietnam. America. Each of these countries are different in more ways than somebody could count. The cultures aren’t the same, the languages aren’t similar. Someone from America would find it hard to go to Vietnam and speak the language and adapt to the culture perfectly. However, there is one thing that transcends cultures and communicates across all barriers…music. Josh Bradford has given his life to teaching music because he believes that it can be used for something good and shared with others. Josh was born and raised in Harrison, Arkansas and graduated from Harrison Public Schools. From an early age he has been playing music or involved in music in some way, “I was in the kids choir at church when I was growing up, but my first major study was piano in fourth grade,” says Josh. He continued to play music, learning to play the saxophone in sixth grade and started taking guitar lessons in seventh grade. Saxophone was actually the only instrument that Josh played in the band until college. Like many other middle school students he began playing in the beginner band and just continued to progress in his musical ability. As Josh continued in music he began to enjoy it more and more and saw that he had an ability. “After I earned All Region and All State I began to think, ‘maybe this is something I can make into a career’, and so I started just paying attention to the way our band directors were doing things.” In seven years of band, he had eight different band directors, but through it all Josh was able to see things in each one that would prepare him to be a band director later down the road. “My senior year my band director was fun and light hearted and so I knew one day that I wanted it to be fun for students, but I also saw how hard it was,” remarks Josh. Josh attended college at Arkansas Tech in Russellville on a academic and band scholarship pursuing a degree in education so that he could teach. While at school Josh met his wife, Kendra, and after graduation they would settle in Harrison again for a couple of years. Although they lived in Harrison, Josh worked as the music teacher at Alpena Public Schools, a little community about 20 minutes from Harrison. “I learned a lot and I enjoyed it a lot there. It was my first job as a music teacher and I had a lot to learn, not to mention that I was the only music teacher in the district and my job consisted basically of having four different jobs. It was good because it taught me a lot that I use now.” After spending a couple of years in Alpena, Josh and Kendra moved to Mena, where Josh has directed the Mena Middle School band for three years now. Along with directing the middle school band, Josh assists Charles Morgan in directing the high school band. “I have really enjoyed my time working with Charles, I have learned a lot from him and I think that we complement each other well. He sees things that I don’t and I am able to help him as well,” explains Josh. A retired CEO was once asked how they always ensured the product was what they desired and he responded confidently, “If the process is right, the product will turn out just fine.” For Josh, teaching middle school students is so much more about the process and developing young musicians than it is anything else. “It is easy to focus on the finish product, but sometimes if you do that you miss out on the process. Now I want to focus on the process of developing these students and asking how we can make it fun for them each and every day,” says Josh. This past school year Josh was recognized for his efforts and hard work with the middle school band and was named the co-middle school teacher of the year. It has been said that everyday progress will lead to big results and this is something that Christ, who is all knowing, tells us that many people are going to be lost in eternity. In encourages all teachers, but especially Josh. “I want to see students make progress in Matthew 7:13-14 He says, "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the band and their musical ability. We often get students who have never really played the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and music, but we have the opportunity to teach them and help them grow. That’s fun.” As a middle school teacher it is always fun to watch as students you have taught move on narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." According to the Bible the majority and graduate and Josh is now getting to experience this a little as he moves into his of people will be lost. This warning must be taken seriously! The Lord says that only a few fourth year. “It’s great to see our students move along and complete their time in the people will be saved. band. Seeing students become leaders is great.” How few can it be? In 1 Peter 3:20 we read, " those who were disobedient long ago Josh’s teaching style and patience with his students is a reminder that the process when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few and progress made is the most important thing. It is all too easy to get caught up in the people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now final product and steps in the process are skipped over. “I love music because I feel saves you also.." The conservative estimate of the number of people on the face of the that it teaches so many things. It is another art form for people to express themselves and it communicates; no matter where you go in the world people know the language earth in the days of Noah is two hundred million (200,000,000) people. But only eight (8) out of music.” of the estimated two hundred million (200,000,000) were saved. This is not very good odds.


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Polk County Fair and Rodeo Association - Providing Family Entertainment BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY •


ablets. Cell phones. Netflix. These are often the sources of entertainment for millions across America. What has happened to family entertainment? More and more ‘family time’ is spent around a TV, but this is not how it has always been. The Polk County Fair and Rodeo Association seeks to provide quality family entertainment at a price that is affordable for everyone. Modern rodeo has its origins on ranches dating back to the 1700s. After cowboys would complete a long cattle drive to the stockyard, the cowboys would began to brand, herd the cattle, and break-in the horses. The cowboys would hold informal competitions among themselves to determine who had the best riders and ropers. Before they knew it, rodeo was born. Cowboys began to include their wives and as time went on it became a family event, a time when everyone gathered to have fun after a day of hard work. At the time, little frontier towns would host a rodeo or what was then called ‘gatherings’ and cowboys would travel and have ‘Cowboy Competitions.’ These competitions provided a way to earn a little extra income and as the lifestyle of the western frontier disappeared, the popularity of rodeo continued to grow. Wendy Strother, Chairman of the Rodeo Board, desires for rodeos and events at the riding arena to serve the community as they did in the 1700s, by providing quality family entertainment. “Family entertainment and fun is really what rodeo is all about. Our hope is that we can provide a safe and fun environment for families to come and enjoy a good show.” Wendy has been serving on the board for 28 years and rodeo has been a big part of her life and she wants for people to enjoy the sport the way she has. When families attend the rodeo in Mena they will see the press box with the name Andy Risenhoover, long time rodeo announcer. The name represents so much more, his name represents the hard work of countless people to make the riding arena and rodeo in Mena a place for everyone to come. “I knew Andy from rodeos he did with my grandparents. For many of us out here, we love this place so much because it has meant so much to our families. Our hope is that through hard work we can provide a place for families to gather for years and years to come,” says Wendy. Often, it is easy to take something for granted until you no longer have it and this is most likely true of the fairgrounds in Mena. “I have been involved with rodeo all my life and have traveled all across the country and not everyone has what we have here. There are many rodeos that are talking to land owners asking to put up a portable arena,” explains Wendy. Like with anything, the upkeep of the arena and the price of hosting a rodeo and event can become expensive. Currently, the rodeo association is continuing to replace bleachers at the arena, but still have some way to go. “It adds up real quick when you start looking at costs. To provide quality entertainment and a rodeo that people want to come to, it takes money. Our cost for the stock in the rodeo is usually $9,000, the cost of providing quality stock that will bring out the best cowboys.” Wendy says that one of the biggest things the community can do is share their voice at their monthly meeting, which are the first Mondays of the month at 6 p.m. “The arena and the rodeo are here to serve the community and provide a place for people to come. We would love for people to come to the meeting and share what they would love to see and we will do what we can to implement ideas While the Fair and Rodeo Association hosts the annual rodeo, the members also seek to provide opportunities for family fun throughout the year. “We always have something going on out here. Throughout the year there are play days for all ages. These are days where families can come out and enjoy a time of riding, running barrels, or for the little ones, roping goats. We have even had people who have come out and didn’t have a horse, but wanted to participate.” One of the most popular events in the that is hosted at the arena is the Handicapable Rodeo. The event is for those who may have different physical or mental challenges and allows for them and their families to enjoy the rodeo life and competition. “This is probably our favorite OWNER - JASON MILES event. This is our 17th year in a row to host the event and we couldn’t without our sponsors. Our sponsors make it possible to give t-shirts to each contestant and make the admission for the event free.” “We’ll go the extra mile for you!” With a desire to make the rodeo a safe and fun place for families to gather, the members of * Custom Homes Call us when you’re ready to treat the board have sought to make some fun changes for this year’s rodeo. “One of the things that * Remodels will be different this year that we are excited about are large inflatable horses. This has been the problem, not the symptoms! a popular event at other rodeos and so we are bringing it this year. We will also have Clara * Window Replacement Morris, a local eight year old trick rider from Cove. Another thing that we have continued to do * Additions is keep our ticket prices at an affordable rate for everyone,” remarks Wendy. Like years past, * Vinyl Siding the rodeo will also have calf scrambles, mutton bustin, and much, much more. 701 S. 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6 Tips for Throwing a Great Outdoor Party


hrowing the perfect party outdoors requires a bit of precision. Here are six great ways to keep guests happy, comfortable and entertained. 1. Keep bugs away. You can keep bugs at bay naturally with a bit of strategic gardening. Plants that ward off bugs include lavender, marigolds, and rosemary. Plant these varieties in and around areas where you entertain guests. 2. Pump up the jams. Have guests request a few of their favorites to create a playlist that everyone enjoys, or use a streaming app. To pump up the tunes, use waterproof Bluetooth speakers. 3. Create ample seating. Depending on the number of guests you are expecting, you may need to increase your seat count. Rent additional tables and chairs, or take a trip to a local secondhand shop and give used outdoor furniture some love with a makeover. Benches and inexpensive poufs work well in a pinch, too! 4. Play games. If kids are attending, you may want to set up some games to keep them occupied. Chalk and bubbles can create hours of enjoyment, or get out the classics like corn hole and horseshoes. 5. Show a movie. After a day in the sunshine spent grilling and playing games, kick back and relax with an outdoor movie. Elevate your backyard theater experience with a high-quality projector designed for home use such as those from Casio’s line of LampFree Projectors. The XJ-F210WN from the Advanced Series, for example, features intelligent light control that adjusts projection brightness accordingly. Inflatable screens are available to rent or purchase and make a great choice for outdoor use. Or you could simply use a wall or an extra-large sheet. 6. Create ambience. Street lights, hurricane lanterns or tealights create a warm and inviting ambience. Use lighting both to stylishly set the mood and allow the party to continue even after the sun goes down.

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POLK COUNTY BIRTHS AT MENA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM Tayler Broach and Kyle Vaughn, of Cove, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on July 16th. Joani and Robby Shaddon, of Boles, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on July 17th. Lesley and John Wisinger, of Grannis, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on July 18th. Arian and Christopher Robertson, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on July 18th. Melanie Priest and Johnathan Libby, of Oden, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on July 19th. Holly and Ryan Byford, of Boles, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on July 19th. Azucena Ortiz and Eliud Perex Guzman, of Wickes, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on July 20th. Jillian Breeden, of Mena, is the proud mother of a baby girl, born on July 20th.



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Ouachita River School District today announces its policy for providing free and reduced meals for children served under the National School Lunch and National School Breakfast Program. Acorn HS/Elementary and Admin. Offices as well as Oden HS/Elementary offices have a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by an interested party. The price charged for a paid student breakfast is $1.00; the price charged for a paid student lunch is $1.95. HOUSEHOLD APPLICATIONS The household size and income criteria identified below will be used to determine eligibility for free and reduced price benefits for SY 2017-2018. Children from households whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced price meals. FREE MEALS - 130%


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12,060 16,240 20,240 24,600 28,780 32,960 37,140 41,320 4,180

15,678 21,112 26,546 31,980 37,414 42,848 48,282 53,716 5,434

1,307 1,760 2,213 2,665 3,118 3,571 4,024 4,477 453

654 880 1,107 1,333 1,559 1,786 2,012 2,239 227

603 812 1,021 1,230 1,439 1,648 1,857 2,066 209

302 406 511 615 720 824 929 1,033 105

22,311 30,044 37,777 45,510 53,243 60,976 68,709 76,442 7,733

1,860 2,504 3,149 3,793 4,437 5,082 5,726 6,371 645

930 1,252 1,575 1,897 2,219 2,541 2,863 3,186 323

859 1,156 1,453 1,751 2,048 2,346 2,643 2,941 298

430 578 727 876 1,024 1,173 1,322 1,471 149

Household application forms are being distributed by the school with a letter informing households of the availability of free or reduced price meals for their children. Only one application should be submitted for each household. Applications are also available at the principal’s office in each school. To apply for free or reduced price meals, households must complete the application and return it to the school. Applications cannot be approved unless it contains complete information as described in the instructions provided with the application. Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year as circumstances change. The information households provide on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and verification of data. Applications may be subject to verification at any time during the school year by school officials. CATEGORICAL ELIGIBILITY Children who are members of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly food stamps, household are categorically eligible for free meals. School officials will determine eligibility for free meals based on documentation obtained directly from the SNAP office. School officials will notify households of their eligibility. Households who are notified of the eligibility but who do not want their children to receive free meals must contact the school. SNAP households should complete an application if they are not notified of their eligibility by August 16, 2017. Households with children who are members of currently approved Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly food stamps, may submit an application with abbreviated information as described in the application instructions. Children who are enrolled in Head Start/Even Start programs are categorically eligible for free meals. Contact NA with questions regarding Head Start/Even Start meal benefits. Children certified as migrant, homeless or runaway by the district are categorically eligible for free meals. Contact Tammi Faught at 479-394-2348 with questions regarding migrant, homeless or runaway meal benefits. Foster children who are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court are also eligible for benefits regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside. Eligibility of the foster child is based on the child being the legal responsibility of welfare agency or court. An applications for a household that includes both foster children and non-foster must be completed for eligibility to be determined for the non-foster children. Contact Tammi Faught at 479-394-2348 with questions regarding foster children. Children in households that receive WIC may be eligible for benefits. An application must be completed for determination of eligibility. If a household member becomes unemployed during the school year, the household may be eligible for free or reduced price meals PROVIDED that the loss of income causes the household income to be within the eligibility criteria. An application should be completed for determination of eligibility benefits. Under the provisions of the free and reduced price meal policy Tammi Faught – Acorn Campus 479-394-2348 and Crystal Hill – Oden Campus 870-326-4311 will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the determining official may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may make a request either to: Jerry Strasner at 479-394-2348 A household may SUBMIT an application ANYTIME DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR. 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To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Comlaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866)632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: 202-690-7442; or (3) email: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


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Thursday, 7/27 • 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. • 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 Pit-


• MENA HEAD START PRESCHOOL is currently accepting applications for fall enrollment. Children must be at least three years of age to qualify for preschool. Early Head Start offers early childhood education for children ages birth to three and also expectant mothers. They do not transport. For information, stop by 606 Pine Avenue in Mena or call 479-437-3733. • YOCANA BAPTIST CHURCH will host a revival August 6-9 at 7 p.m. nightly with meals being served at 6 p.m. Evangelist Scott Teague and Music Evangelist Price Harris. Call 479234-1086 for more information. • CONCORD BAPTIST CHURCH will host Story Time Around the Campfire Vacation Bible School from July 30 – August 1, 6-8 p.m., ages 3 years old through 6th grade. Call 479-2435634. • MENA STREET CHURCH OF CHRIST will host a Gospel Meeting July 30 – August 2. Sunday at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m; Monday – Wednesday at 7 p.m. Bobby Blackburn of Nashville, TN will preach. • MENA FOOTBALL - All Mena football players, 7th-12th grade will have pictures Wednesday, August 2. Players will need to be at the field house at 7 a.m. Parents meeting for all football players will be held August 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the PAC at Mena High School.

man 216-4882 for more info. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 5:00 p.m. - 9th Street Ministries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the 9th Street Ministries building. • 5:30 p.m. – Mena Hospital Commission will meet in the MRHS Board Room. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s Meeting at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. • 7:00 p.m. – Amputee Support Group meets at First Christian Church. Call Laura at 479-385-5130 for more information. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. Friday, 7/28 • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Road tests are given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room unless the roads are wet. Written tests are given at 1:00 p.m. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – PCDC Board of Directors will meet in the MRHS Conference Room A. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. - Gator & Friends will play at The American Legion in Acorn, admission $6. Potluck and 50-50 drawing, with door prizes. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. Saturday, 7/29 • 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. – Mena Club Volleyball will host a hotdog fundraiser at Atwoods in Mena. Get two hot dogs and drink for $1. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Soci-

ety 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. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 479-2430297 or 479-216-4606. Sunday, 7/30 • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 3:00 p.m. – Sulpher Springs Church meets at Sulpher Springs. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. Monday, 7/31 • 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, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. Tuesday, 8/1 • 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 Gardner Community Men’s Breakfast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 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 weighins, followed by a meeting. • 6:00 p.m. – Sons of Confederate Veterans meet at the Limetree Restaurant for their monthly meeting. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for the families of addicts and alcoholics will meet at the

ABC Club. • 7:00 p.m. – Dallas Valley RVFD meets for training at the Fire House. • 7:00 p.m. – Acorn Fire & Rescue meets at the Fire Department. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479-234-2887 or 479234-3043. Wednesday, 8/2 • 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 Hatfield, Wickes, Grannis, Vandervoort, Cove, and Mena at noon. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library is open. • 5:45 p.m. – The Mena First United Methodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – Warriors for Christ will meet at the Southside Church of God. • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Regeneration Youth Ministries meets at Mena Church of God Hwy 88 East. • 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church offers 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. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 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 or obligation. Everyone is invited. Call 394-1017 or 394-5655 for more info.

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Moments from America’s History: America’s Song of Remembrance




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ow many of us have attended funerals or memorial services for an American veteran and, at the end, heard that sobering reminder of the commitment to duty and sacrifice which was layed at the altar of freedom? Taps is among the most American of traditions in honoring those who either payed the ultimate cost for freedom or risk paying that cost. Having played Taps for many years, I know it to be musically very simple (only 4 different notes and 24 total notes), but also among the most challenging of songs to do appropriately well. However, this simplicity is at the core of its capacity to convey its profound and eternal message; a message which evokes a depth of emotion, which penetrates the soul and resonates with the patriotic spirit of those for whom it honors. This month marks the 155th anniversary of Taps and so we shall take a closer look. Taps is actually a variation of a French bugle call known as the “Scott Tattoo” (signaling “lights out”), which was used in the U.S. from 1835 to 1860. The variation was arranged by Union Army Brigadier General Daniel Butterfield because he thought that the regular call for Lights Out was too formal. He wrote it to honor his men while in camp at Harrison’s Landing (now Berkeley Plantation), Virginia, following seven days of battle during the Peninsular Campaign where 600 men were killed and Butterfield himself was wounded. Butterfield’s bugler, Oliver W. Norton, was the first to play the new call in July 1862. Several days later Captain John C. Tidball, Battery A Commander, had the call played for a deceased soldier; the first time it was part of a military funeral. Within months both Union and Confederate forces were using it. In 1874 the call was officially recognized (with the name “Taps”) by the U.S. Army, and it became a standard component to U.S. military funerals in 1891. Since then, Taps has become America’s song of remembrance and is still played at thousands of ceremonies and services across the nation, including the 2,500 military wreath ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier each year. The tune has also been known as “Butterfield’s Lullaby”, or by the first line of the lyric, “Day is Done.” While there are no official words to Taps, many lyrics have been written and there are several versions. This is among the most popular: “Day is done, gone the sun, From the hills, from the lake, From the skies. All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. Go to sleep, peaceful sleep, May the soldier or sailor, God keep. On the land or the deep, Safe in sleep. Love, good night, Must thou go, When the day, And the night Need thee so? All is well. Speedeth all To their rest. Fades the light; And afar Goeth day, And the stars Shineth bright, Fare thee well; Day has gone, Night is on. Thanks and praise, For our days, ‘Neath the sun, Neath the stars, ‘Neath the sky, As we go, This we know, God is nigh.” In the prayer of Chaplain (Colonel) Edward Brogan (USAF, Ret.) “Lord of our lives, our hope in death, we cannot listen to Taps without our souls stirring. Its plaintive notes are a prayer in music–of hope, of peace, of grief, of rest… Prepare us too, Lord, for our final bugle call when you summon us home! When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound and death will be no more.”

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his year Ouachita Expressions is scheduled for the month of August, with entries due at Mena Art Gallery from 10 am to 4 pm on Wednesday, August 2. It is time for local artists to be thinking about their entries for the gallery’s traditional judged exhibit. So break out your brushes, pencils, welding torches, chisels, or whatever you need to get something spectacular ready for check-in next week. And keep an eye on the website: where you will find the entry form with all the details. Of course you can always pick up an entry form by going by the gallery at 607 Mena Street with the added benefit of seeing the Americana show celebrating all the things that make our country a fantastic place to live. Or pick up the phone and call 479-394-3880 during regular gallery hours of 11 am to 2 pm Tuesdays and 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.

OLT participated in the Mena Downtown Partners’ Christmas in July event and displayed “Chrismoose” for the day. The moose was painted by Lorraine Timmerman. Shown is new board member and costume chair, Jane Buttermilk.



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embers of the Ouachita Little Theatre Board met Thursday, July 20 at the office in Suite B next to the theater lobby. President Rudi Timmerman directed the meeting and discussed several goals for the upcoming season. One of those goals is to have regular set hours for the office in Suite B to be open to make it easier for patrons to purchase advance tickets and sign up for memberships. Also, there will be the opportunity for the public to have their old VHS tapes made into the DVD format by OLT for a reasonable price at this location. Plans also include reviving the Free Movie Night at the Lyric for the public. First show is planned for August 9 . OLT also participated in the Christmas in July program downtown the weekend of July 21-22, as the JOLT production of Tom Sawyer completed their successful performances. The cast for OLT’s fall production of Hamlet, directed by Brad Storey, has been selected and rehearsals will begin in August. Committees were formed and will be chaired by the following people: Production (director of current play in production); Box Office, Justin Fenwick; Concessions, Bill Hays; Publicity, Julie Ulmer; Play Selection, Lamar Austin; House, Brad Storey; Costumes, Jane Buttermilk; Programs, Beth McMillen; Finance, Linda Johnson; Membership, Barry Mickelson; Outreach, Amanda Baker; Social, Amanda Baker. For more information, visit the website at

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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 July 16, 2017 No completed reports filed. July 17, 2017 Michael Hook, 57, of Mena was served an outstanding felony warrant. Officers responded to a call regarding someone trespassing at a local residence. Case is pending. Matthew Warren Hackworth, 32, of Mena was charged with violation of a no-contact order. July 18, 2017 Cheryl Lanelle Smith, 27, of Mena was charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of schedule I or II controlled substance. Report was made of someone stealing items from a local resale shop. Case is pending location and interview of suspect. July 19, 2017 Timothy Dale Bass, 37, of Mena was arrested on a warrant from Montgomery County after a routine traffic stop. Benny Lee Anderson, 44, of Mena was arrested and charged with driving on a suspended driver’s license. He was also charged with having no insurance on his vehicle. Ronnie L. Watts, 37, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding felony body attachment warrant. Rachel Tarkington, 19, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant for theft of property. July 20, 2017 Amber D. Brock, 39, of Mena was charged with theft of property (shoplifting) after officers were called to a local retail store. Report was made of a break in and theft at a local business. Case is pending further investigation and location and interview of suspect. Bascillio Castillo Vogel, 24, of Oden was arrested and charged with theft of property (shoplifting) after a call to a local retail store. July 21, 2017 Stacie Leann Shores, 27, of Mena was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug parapherna-

lia, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. The incident followed a traffic stop. Jared Paul Blank, 29, of Mena was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear. He was later charged with third degree battery. Elena Hendershot, 34, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Grannis Police Department. July 22, 2017 Asa Reid Dixon, 19, of Mena was charged with underage DUI and expired registration. The arrest followed a traffic stop. A local man reported that someone had slashed a tire and scratched the side of a vehicle he had borrowed from his employer. Case is pending.

Polk County Sherriff’s Department July 17, 2017 Traffic stop on Highway 88 East near Mena led to a Citation for Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License and No Liability Insurance being issued to Brandon W. Rose, 19, of Mena. July 18, 2017 Arrested was Hannah L. White, 34, of Mena, on Warrants for Forgery and four counts each of Failure to Appear and Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Report from complainant on Highway 71 North in Acorn of fraudulent credit card purchases. Investigation continues. Arrested was Melissa D. Turpin, 42, of Hatfield, on a Warrant for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Arrested was Andrew D. Morrison, 29, of Fort Smith, on Warrants for Absconding, Failure to Comply with a Court Order and a Probation/Parole Violation. Report of a domestic disturbance on Polk 70 near Cherry Hill. Suspect fled before deputy arrived. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. July 19, 2017 Report of reckless driving led to a Citation for Careless/Prohibited Driving being issued to William I. Foster, 18, of Mena. Report of an ATV accident on Polk 412 near Potter. Deputy responded. Report from complainant on East Street in Cove of forged checks, totaling losses at $700.00. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from complainant on Polk 671 near Mena of the break-in to a storage building and the theft of tools, valued at $400.00. Investigation continues. Report of a disturbance on East Street in Cove. Deputy responded. One of the parties left the residence for the evening. July 20, 2017

Traffic stop on East Barton Street in Cove led to the arrest of Aaron M. Mink, 37, of Vandervoort, on Charges of DWI, Driving Left of Centerline, Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License and Failure to Register a Vehicle. July 21, 2017 Report of a disturbance on East Street in Cove led to the arrest of Jayden S. Brown, 20, of Wickes, on Charges of Aggravated Assault, Terroristic Act, Terroristic Threatening 1st Degree and Possession of a Firearm by Certain Persons. July 22, 2017 Report of an unattended death on Highway 8 East near Big Fork. Deputies responded. The scene was released to the Polk County Coroner. Arrested was Anthony W. Cottman, 29, of Heavener, OK, on a Warrant for Felony Failure to Appear. Report of an accident on Polk 48 near Potter led to the arrest of Alexandra C. Dolak, 29, of Mena, on a Charge of DWI. Report from complainant on Polk 76 East

near Acorn of the theft of three hens and a bench, all valued at $80.00. Investigation continues. July 23, 2017 Report from a Hatfield woman that her 17-year-old daughter was missing. The juvenile was located and issued Juvenile Citations for Disorderly Conduct and Possession of a Controlled Substance. The juvenile was returned to the custody of a parent/ guardian. Additional information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report of a domestic disturbance on Polk 287 near Cove. Deputies responded. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked one vehicle accident this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 23 Incarcerated Inmates, with 12 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

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Saturday, 27th 8am - ?. Community garage sale. Benefits Acorn Music Booster Club. Held at Southside Church of God. 101 Dallas Ave. Clothing for the whole family. Bed liners, books, scrubs, household and electronics. 7/26 Mobil Park in Hatfield has a 2 bedroom with central heat and air, stove and refrigerator furnish. ALL electric for $300 a month with Hatfield City water. If interested, please call 479-234-8223 or 479-234-1502. 8/2 For Sale – 1000 gal fiberglass water tank new with all plumbing pump and filters. 5900 max graco airless sprayer like new - Lots new drop cloth & some used, HVLP spray rig 2 gallon pot, ladder, table, heaters, electrical stuff. Tires, Corvette BIG drag tires & aluminum wheels. Lots of paint - 5 gal & 1 gal cheap. Tow Hitches for Jeep Cherokees & Miscellaneous stuff. Kid’s antique bike & scooter. 1608 N Eve Street. July 29 & 30th. Big Tan Shop. Saturday, 7am – 7 pm, Sunday, noon – 4pm. 505-4140302. 7/26 Dallas Avenue Baptist Church is seeking a part time Maintenance/Custodian. Apply in person at church office at 300 Dallas Avenue Mena, AR 479-394-2697. Office hours Monday-Thursday 8:00am-4:30pm.

Pick your own blueberries, $7 per gallon. 25 minute drive southeast of Mena. 479-234-7595. 7/26 Moving Sale – 338 Polk 69, Opal. Building Materials & Timbers, Tools, Air Compressor, Pull Behind Swisher Finish Mower, 8ft tractor blade, and disc harrows. 832-8177744. 8/16 House Cleaning and more. Call Winnie Cotter at 2343418. 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

Daniel’s Carpentry and Painting, home repair, decks, fence rows, underpinning, etc. Also lawn and garden work. Call 479-216-1101 or 479-2162299. 8/16

Books & Stuf closed for vacation July 27- July 31. Reopen August 1. 7/26 2 family yard sale, Thursday & Friday, July 27th – 28th, 7-2 daily. 72 Evans Circle, Mena. Priced to sell. 7/26

Aleshire Affordable Lawn and Landscape. Dependable Quality Service. For over 20 years. 479-243-2072. 8/16 Clean and comfortable housing since 1969, J. Ray & Maria’s MH Park and Rentals. Hwy 71 North, Mena, AR. 479-216-3085 TFN

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Multi-Family Sale – Lots of great treasures. Kids – Adult clothes, etc. July 27-29th. 308 Simpson St. 7/26




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Humane Society of the Ouachitas

January 6, 2016

PET OF THE WEEK Meet Duane! This exceedingly handsome large Flat Coated Retriever is about a year old. Duane knows how to walk on leash. He is a nice & friendly dog with a zeal for life. Duane knows the sit command. He loves to chase a ball! Duane would be ideal for a loving adult home as he is lively and large. Duane is good with other dogs. He has a gorgeous coat of midnight black fur. Duane deserves a happy home just like yours! Neutered, Shots, Uses dog door. Give our no kill shelter a call. You’ll be glad you did! OFFICE PHONE NUMBER: (479) 394-5682 WEB SITE: • HSO is a NO KILL Shelter. HSO is not affiliated with any other local, state or national animal rescue organization. HSO is a 501(c)(3) organization. Please consult your tax advisor to see if your donation is tax deductible.



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