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Acorn Lady Tigers Win Regionals Punch Ticket to State Tourney BY EASTON LEONARD Add ‘Regional Champs’ to the Acorn Lady Tigers growing list of titles this season, already claiming Conference and District Championships. Coach Mike Jackson’s Lady Tigers Basketball Team punched their ticket to the Class 1A State Basketball Tournament after sweeping their opponents in the 1A Region 4 Tournament last week. On Wednesday night, February 22, the Lady Tigers played their first round in the 1A Region 4 Basketball Tournament at County Line High School, the Acorn Lady Tigers took on the Lady Saints of St. Paul. Acorn forced the Lady Saints to call a few timeouts early in the game, starting off on a 9-2 run. Following the timeouts, the Lady Tigers went on to take a 20 point, 26-6, lead into the second quarter of play. The Lady Saints were able to score 13 points against Acorn in the second quarter, but allowed the Lady Tigers to score 18, to make the score 44-19 at halftime. Number thirty, Mariah Shipley, and number thirty-two, Harp, led the lady Saints with 6 points a piece at halftime, while Faith Hill led Acorn with 11 points. CONTINUED ON PAGE 19

Community Rallies to Bring “The Wall that Heals” to Mena BY MELANIE BUCK • news@mypulsenews.com

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State Representative John Maddox [R-District 20] was successful in introducing and passing a house resolution, HR1018, before the 91st General Assembly last week. HR1018 encourages the expansion of the I-49 North-South corridor to improve accessibility and create economic prosperity. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

Organizers have been working for months to bring The Wall That Heals to Mena and their labors have almost come to fruition, and with that, will bring a monument to the community that is only being displayed in 40 cities across the nation in 2017. The Wall That Heals is a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. The half-scale replica was designed to travel to communities across the nation to spread the Memorial’s healing legacy and is accompanied by the Mobile Education Center. Linda Johnson, Commandant of VFW Post 4451, has spearheaded the project. Johnson had visited the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. and had heard of the traveling replicas. “I was sitting one day thinking, I wonder if we can get one of those walls to come to Mena,” Johnson explained. She began searching online and found that there are four traveling walls. The first she found was booked for the year, the second already had applications from Arkansas submitted, so she went for the third. “I applied and in mid-November, I got an email saying Mena would be one of the sites in March,” Johnson smiled. The Wall will be displayed at Bearcat Stadium on Morrow Street in Mena from March 22 – 26. Once the site was secured, funding for the $7,500 site fee expenses began. Johnson spoke to VFW Post 4451 and they agreed to host the event with financial help being chipped

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Prescribed Burn Training to be Held in Hatfield

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he Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Private Lands Section will host a series of workshops offered to landowners, free of charge, to teach the proper and safe use of prescribed fire to improve wildlife habitat. On March 11, a prescribed burn training will be held in Hatfield at 108 Hwy 246 West, from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Throughout history, humans have used fire to shape their landscape, and upland forests and fields in Arkansas have a long history with fire. Fire is still a driving force in our landscape to improve habitat for wildlife by encouraging germination of beneficial plants, controlling undesirable plants, reducing wildfire danger, and opening forests to allow growth of grasses in the understory. Wildlife species such as deer, turkey, quail, and a host of nongame species benefit from and thrive on habitats maintained by fire. Wildlife biologists view fire as the most cost effective method for restoring and maintaining upland habitats, and many landowners are already using this valuable tool in Arkansas. Properly managed habitats using the proper burning methods can increase available high quality food and cover for game animals twice that of planting food plots and at a much-reduced cost. “We strongly believe in the benefits properly-used fire can have on our wildlife and want to train landowners in its use. These workshops are available to all who are interested in learning about using prescribed fire on private property,” explained event organizers. The workshop is intended to educate participants about the benefits and mechanics of prescribed burning, allow them to communicate with and hire professionals to burn their property, and begin the training process for landowners to conduct burning themselves. The course will cover planning, firing strategy and equipment, fire weather, proper safety considerations, Arkansas fire laws and more to give landowners the tools they need to use fire on small burn units on their property. They will also have a demonstration of a prescribed burn by AGFC personnel, weather permitting. To enroll in one of the free workshops, go to https://hatfieldburn.eventbrite.com. There, you will be provided with specific directions and other information. The workshop has been made possible through partnerships with Arkansas Forestry Association, The Nature Conservancy, Arkansas Forestry Commission, and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The class will give landowners the basics of Fire Weather, Equipment used, Wildlife Benefits of Fire, Pre burn planning, Fire Law, and Ignition techniques. This program will include both indoor classroom presentations and outdoor demostrations. Lunch is provided free by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. This is a rain or shine event. For more question contact: Jeff Taverner -870-331-7653.

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Retirement Reception Being Held to Honor Chief Puckett The City of Mena will be honoring Fire Chief John Puckett with a retirement reception from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Friday, March 3rd at Mena Fire Station No. 1 at 603 DeQueen Street. The public is invited to attend. Puckett is retiring after 35 years of service to the Mena Fire Department. Longtime Assistant Chief, Steve Egger, will take the helm as January 6, 2016 Chief upon Puckett’s retirement.

Acorn High School Implements JAG Program

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uachita River School District’s Acorn campus has implemented a program that allows students to go to school and to work, all while earning credits to graduate and gaining a lifetime of skills and experience. Jobs for America’s Graduates, or JAG, as it is commonly referred, is a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who are most at-risk. According to their website, www.jag.org, in more than three decades of operation, JAG has delivered consistent, compelling results – helping nearly three-quarters of a million young people stay in school through graduation, pursue postsecondary education, and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities. Scott Bohlman leads the JAG classroom at Acorn High School and is excited to be able to offer options for students that are at-risk and also to those that only need a credit or two to graduate, but also want to earn their own income. Within the JAG program, they have a classroom hour where they learn a variety of 23 real-life applications and skills such as having . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .a. good . . . . .work . . . . ethic, . . . . . .filling . . . . out . . . .applications . . . . . . . . . .and ..... building resumes, interviewing, and budgeting, just to name a few. “My favorite part is the budget,” explained Bohlman. “That’s not something you get in a normal class. JAG students learn about loans, credit cards, building credit, etc.” Attitude and effort in school and on the job is another favorite topic of Bohlman’s within the program. “We spend a lot of time on that and how it relates to keeping a job.” He said there are currently 11 students at Acorn enrolled in the program. Once the student has completed their classroom hours for the day, they are allowed to leave campus to go to work. Each student must work a minimum of 15 hours per week. Bohlman explained that one of his students lives on a farm and the program allows her to complete her school work, go home in time to complete her farm chores, and then she at Mena is able to maintain a part-time job. Without the flexibility of JAG, she would be unable to maintain a job because of her other schedules. The program began at Acorn in August 2016 and just received a $10,000 grant from the Department of Career Education for the JAG program and also their Alternative EduThe Oaks at Mena is committed to providing personalized care that exceeds the cation program, which Bohlman also teaches. “The whole point of JAG is to not feel like expectations of our residents. Quality care is provided by our staff of respectful a classroom,” he explained. With the grant, they would like to include more office-like and compassionate team members. Call or come by today for a tour! furniture in the classroom, as well as technology. “One of the things the kids like about JAG is it’s not like a regular class. We do work, but it’s all towards jobs and building real-life applicable skills.”

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Hillbilly Healers Raise the Most at 2017 Polar Plunge

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he 2017 Polar Plunge was held on Saturday, February 25, at Janssen Park to raise money for Arkansas Special Olympics. Elizabeth Thompkins, organizer of the annual event, said $1365.30 was collected the day of the event with the Hillbilly Healers earning Most Money Raised by a Team. “Donations are still being received online and through mail so I do not have a final total yet,” Thompkins reported. Other event winners at the Polar Plunge included the Three Little Ducks for Best Costumes and Most Money Raised by an Individual was awarded to Tabitha Levering. “We are very appreciative of all the money donated and the time spent by the plungers collecting the money. We have 15 volunteers that continuously help raise donations and awareness for our athletes.” If you are interested in donating, contact Thompkins at at 870-784-3822, or go online to www.firstgiving.com/SOAR.

The Three Little Ducks were awarded for Best Costumes at the 2017 Polar Plunge held in Janssen Park on Saturday, February 25th. [PHOTO BY LEANN DILBECK]

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he Polk County Fair will be August 29 - September 2 this year. If you’re thinking about entering a quilt or quilted project, here are a few things you need to know. First, it must not have been entered in the Polk County Fair before. It can be something you started a previous year, but must be something you finished since the last fair. Second, all items must be quilted- either by stitching or tying-with a layer of batting between two layers of fabric; and third, all items must be clean, smoke-free, and free of animal hair to be entered (we have to mindful of people’s allergies). There are currently almost 30 categories your quilt or quilted item could be entered in. For example: Is it your first quilt? Is it a group quilt? Does it contain mixed techniques such as hand and machine work? Is it a table runner? Can you wear it? Is it a bag? These are just a FEW of the categories your item could be entered in! Your entries are what makes our fair such a success. Please think about entering your quilt(s) or quilted item(s) in this year’s fair. More info will be available as the fair gets closer. For questions, call Kathy Hagler at 870-389-6750.


Emblem Club Supports The Wall That Heals Mena Emblem Club member Lena White, presented a check to Denie Westphal, of the Veteran’s Service Office, on behalf of the Mena Emblem Club. The donation is for The Wall That Heals that is coming to Mena March 23 – 26. For more information on The Wall That Heals, see story on the front page of this edition.

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nyone interested in joining a new 4-H Club in the Mena area is invited to attend an organizational meeting on Thursday, March 2. This initial meeting to organize will be held at the First Methodist Church in Mena. The meeting will begin at 6:00 and last approximately an hour and a half. The 4-H program is the youth development program of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. The Cooperative Extension Service is available in every county in the state. County Agents are on staff to serve the community in the areas of agriculture, 4-H, family and consumer science, and community and economic development. The 4-H program serves youth from the age of 5 until 19. Youth ages 5-8 are designated as “cloverbud” members and become eligible for full membership at age 9. The 4-H program is more than raising animals for the county fair. 4-H has project areas for any interest area. The program uses a youth’s interest in a project to develop life skills to become a productive member of our society. Research shows that 4-H members are 2.5 times more likely to go to college; 50% less likely to smoke, shoplift, or use illegal drugs, 20% more likely to hold a leadership position in their school or community; and 24% more likely to get involved in projects that “help others” than their non 4-H member peers. 4-H members learn how to plan, organize, and conduct a meeting; how to work together to achieve goals; how to keep records; be responsible and meet life goals; as well as how to serve the community and make things happen. They have the opportunity to get involved at the club, county, district, state, and even national level through project work. There are camps, workshops, competitions, tours, scholarships, and career opportunities available in the program. 4-H is conducted by the U of A Extension staff through certified volunteer leaders who are trained to provide safe, positive, and educational experiences for our youth. It is a family affair. The most successful 4-H members always have involved and active parents. Come join us! We think you may be surprised at what 4-H has to offer your family. The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your (insert appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

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The resolution garnered the support of 55 co-sponsors. The resolution was adopted and a copy is being provided to the Arkansas congressional delegation with the intent to encourage support of federal funds being delegated to the completion. Following its adoption, Maddox said, “This resolution informs the federal government that the State of Arkansas deems the completion of I-49 from Fort Smith to Texarkana as vital for the economic viability and long term growth of all of the communities on the I-49 corridor.” Gard Wayt, Executive Director of the I-49 International Coalition, commended the efforts of Maddox and everyone in the Arkansas House who supported this important piece of legislation, “We commend Representative John Maddox for his vision and leadership in bringing this issue to his colleagues in the legislature. We also commend him and his colleagues for recognizing the great economic benefit the completion of this North-South Interstate through Arkansas will bring not only to the entire state of Arkansas but to all of Mid-America from Winnipeg, Canada to New Orleans, Louisiana as the final pieces of a 1,700 mile trade and travel corridor open new opportunities for tourism, trade and travel through the heartland of America to and from everywhere in the world by way of the ports of the Gulf Coast and through the expanding Panama Canal.” The adoption of this resolution just adds to the I-49 Coalition’s growing support. In June 2016, Regional Chambers of Commerce met and determined a common agreement to encourage forward actions on the project, with the focus being on the bridge over the Arkansas River at Fort Smith, and the initiation of acquiring right of ways to further the highway through Arkansas. President Donald Trump has pledged $1 trillion in much needed infrastructure improvement over the next 10 years and Arkansas Business published a report this week saying that a 13.7-mile section of Interstate 49 with a bridge across the Arkansas River in the Fort Smith area, with a price tag of $380 million, will be on Arkansas’ “wish list.” Scott Bennett, Director of Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department, is quoted in the Arkansas Business article --GAR EISELE, as identifying this stretch of road as “shovel ready.” Bennett said the design is mostly finished and the state has the I-49 INTERNATIONAL COALITION & ARCO BOARD MEMBER environmental clearances for the work. If money were available, Bennett believes construction could start this year. Weekly Publication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wayt . . . . .is . .grateful . . . . . . .for . . .this . . . strong . . . . . . show . . . . . .of. .support . . . . . . .from . . . . Arkansas . . . . . . . . .legislative . . . . . . . . .leaders, . . . . . . . “Passage . . . . . . . of HR1018 brings the important additional influence and prestige of the Arkansas Legislature to support the 100+ members of the I-49 International Coalition in Arkansas, Missouri and Louisiana who are working to bring attention to the need to finish this High Priority #1 Interstate from Kansas City to New Orleans. We will publicize the passage of the Resolution up and down the I-49 corridor among our members and supporters, and in all the states from Canada to the Gulf Coast who will benefit economically from the completion of I-49. It will be encouraging to all those involved to know they have the support of Arkansas’ political leaders.” Slightly over 200 miles of interstate highway development remain to complete the 1,700 mile corridor from New Orleans to Winnipeg, Canada. The highway, providing a safer transportation network and directly affecting 12 states, is expected to expand 1114A Hwy 71S Mena, AR Keith & Sharon Aleshire, economic development including jobs, business opportunities, and tourism developToll Free: 1-888-394-4200 Broker/Owners Keith’s Cell: 479-243-5341 www.hollyspringsrealestate.com ment. Gar Eisele, local business owner and board member of both ARCO (Arkansas Regional Coaliton of the Ouachitas) and the I-49 International Coalition was grateful to see Maddox spearheading a resolution that is crucial to his constituency. “There’s nothing that can bring prosperity to this part of the state more than the completion of I-49. It’s time that all of these discussions actually turn in to results. Everyone acknowledges the need and the importance, but we need strong leaders like Maddox willing to push for the federal monies to complete this project and transform it from a vision to a reality for the people of west central Arkansas.”

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he 2nd Annual UA Rich Mountain Science Fair was held on February 10th on the main campus in Mena. The fair was held in the Ouachita Center from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There were a total of 21 exhibits of which, 11 were competitive, and 10 were for display. A total of 31 students participated in the exhibition, 16 were U of A Rich Mountain students, and 15 were elementary-school-age through highschool-age students. The projects entered in this year’s fair included the following titles: Catapult 2, Oscillating Reaction, Hatching Eggs, Catapult Launch, X-Impact, Hot Ice, The Launch, Natural Dye, Catapult 1, Is Black Ink Really Black?, Chem Champions, Plants Breathe Too, Animalicules, Flora of Polk County, Boney Similarities, Catalytic Glow, Is the Ice Dry?, Are U Charged?, Fun with Liq. N2, Buttermilk Color, Superabsorbent. All participants received a certificate for their project entry. The top projects received awards in the following categories: Best Project, Most Creative, and Community Choice. Awards recognized for honorable mention, second place, and first place in each category were: Best Project, 1st Place: X-Impact – Austin Tweedle, Emilio Soto, and Taide Velasquez of Caddo Hills High School. Prize awarded – 1st Place plaque and $300 check. Best Project, 2nd Place: Is Black Ink Really Black? – Shreetika Gyanwali of Mena High School. Prize awarded – $150 check. Best Project, Honorable Mention: Hot Ice – Jacob Ezell and Trey Lacoste of University of Arkansas Rich Mountain. Prize awarded – $50 gift card. Most Creative, 1st Place: Hatching Eggs – Haley Richardson, Makayla Fall, and Jaden Miller of Ouachita River Schools – Acorn High School. Prize awarded – 1st Place plaque and $200 check. Most Creative, 2nd Place: Oscillating Reaction –Saujal Gyanwali of Mena High School. Prize awarded –$100 check. Most Creative, Honorable Mention: Chem Champions – Christopher Thompson of Mena High School. Prize awarded – $50 gift card. Community Choice, 1st Place: Natural Dye – April Burt and Miranda Burt. Prize awarded – 1st Place plaque and $200 check. Community Choice, Honorable Mention: Catapult 1 – Ivan Obregon of Mena High School. Prize awarded – $50 gift card. “I am thrilled to have such a great supportive team for programs like these. Such support means a lot and helps only to do First Place: Best Project better and grow bigger in the years to come”, said Dr. Gaumani Gynawali, Chemistry and Physical Science Instructor. “From this year’s participation and turn-out, I am already excited for next year and equally hopeful that we will have more competing and participating teams next year.” Preliminary plans are being developed to host the 3rd Annual Science Fair in the third week of February 2018. For more information about the 2018 Science Fair and University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Science Club, contact: Dr. Gaumani Gyanwali, Chemistry and Physical Science Instructor and Science Club Advisor, at (479) 394-7622 ext. 1339 or gyanwali@rmcc.edu.

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in by American Legion Post 18. However, more funding was needed so Johnson sent out sponsor letters and hit the streets in downtown Mena. They received a wonderful response from the community. “We had two private citizens donate $1,000 each because they wanted to see The Wall come here.” They also had many businesses and other individuals donate, as well as holding a fundraiser at the Limetree Restaurant in which 10% of their breakfast and lunch profits were donated for a day. They also held a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at a local church. Those two fundraisers brought in around $1,400. In January, Johnson’s friends, Marge Ledbetter and Sandy Davis of CMA began helping. Ledbetter said, “My husband is so enthused. He is a big patriot and I knew he would love it. It’s an awesome idea and I’m really excited about it. My knowing Linda helped me to be bold enough to help,” she said. Davis said, “Margie asked if I wanted to help with the Wall and I said ‘sure.’ I didn’t have a clue what I was in for.” And indeed, they and the rest of their support team still need the community’s support. They are asking that the community line the streets to welcome The Wall when it comes to town, as well as hang flags up at local businesses and homes. They also need volunteers for setup, security, and teardown. When The Wall That Heals arrives on March 22, it will begin its journey in Waldron. The Wall will tour Second Street in

CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE Waldron at 10 a.m. before hitting Highway 71 South to Mena. It will be escorted by various motorcycle clubs from Arkansas and Oklahoma including the Patriot Guards, Christian Motorcyclists Association, Combat Vets, Amercian Vets Motorcycle Club, and others. Around 11 a.m., the group asks that community members line Highway 71, South Mena Street, Dallas Avenue, and Morrow Street near Bearcat Stadium and wave flags in honor of the veteran’s whose names are on The Wall. Once at the stadium, volunteers are needed to help set up. Watchers are also needed. Each watcher shift runs six hours: 4 a.m. – 10 a.m.; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.; 10 p.m. – 4 a.m. Watchers will also help people find names on The Wall and show what the Education Center entails. Volunteers are also needed for teardown at 4 p.m. on March 26. An orientation for volunteers will be held on March 22 at 6 p.m. For the community, the Opening Ceremony will be held on March 23, at 10 a.m. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served. The Wall will be available for viewing until March 26 at 3:30 p.m. There will also be an Education Center on site. The exterior sides of the trailer that carries The Wall That Heals open to become a mobile Education Center. Information cases display photos of service members whose names are found on The Wall, along with letters and memorabilia left at The Wall in D.C. The Museum also includes a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the conflict in Vietnam. The exhib-

its tell the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the era surrounding the conflict, and are designed to put American experiences in Vietnam in a historical and cultural context. Johnson said the Education Center will include a television screen that shows veterans from Polk County and surrounding counties that were killed in Vietnam. For school groups, church groups, or any other kind of organizations, special speakers are provided that give an oral history of their experiences in Vietnam. Davis explained that for those that served in Vietnam or even other conflicts, The Wall can bring a sense of healing. “When you see a name on The Wall, it’s like seeing a tombstone, it makes it very real, it makes it personal. It’s healing in the sense where they can release emotions that were built up. Everybody grieves differently and it’s something that is going to be a solemn thing for people to see. It will be an emotional thing.” For those that haven’t served, Davis said, “It should bring thankfulness in realizing what the United States has done to keep us the free country we are and how important it is to keep it that way. If they hadn’t fought for this country, it would not be free, and they died to keep it that way. The Vietnam Vets were scoffed at when they came home where as now, the ones coming home are honored. It’s time to honor Vietnam veterans and that’s what this does.” To schedule a group session, to volunteer, or for more information, contact Linda Johnson at 956-241-2633. Weekly Publication

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J.L. “Hoot” Johnson, age 82, of Watson, Oklahoma died Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Mena Regional Health System in Mena. He was born on Thursday, March 1, 1934 to Jess Leon and Nina Mary Ladd Johnson in Watson, Oklahoma. Hoot attended the Cove First Baptist Church. His life was guided by what was most important to him, his wife, raising his children, and his work at the Fire Department. He served 34 years as Captain of the fire department in Grand Prairie, Texas and was proud to teach new firefighters at Texas A&M. Hoot loved to rebuild cars and had a gift for fixing just about anything. Often times he enjoyed playing guitar at the Mena Senior Center. Hoot was a loving companion husband, father, brother in law and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Elaine Scott; and one brother, Paul Johnson. Hoot is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, June Johnson of Watson, Oklahoma; two daughters and son in law, Carmiel and

Ted Aldred of Fort Worth, Texas and Denise Bridger of Watson, Oklahoma; sister in law, Doris Johnson of Watson, Oklahoma; six grandchildren, Jennifer King of Gatesville, Texas, Lauren Rainbolt of Maypearl, Texas, Jess Aldred of St. Mary’s Georgia, Carlton Aldred of Jacksonville, Florida, Jana Synder of Grand Prairie, Texas and Jared Scott of Dallas, Texas; nine great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. A memorial graveside service was held Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. at the Octavia Cemetery in Octavia, Oklahoma with a time of fellowship and gathering at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena on Saturday Morning from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 noon. Cremation services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

FAYE BREWER Faye Brewer, age 80, of Mena, Arkansas died Friday, February 24, 2017 at Rich Mountain Nursing Home. She was born on Wednesday, January 6, 1937 to Robert Edward and Effie Isabelle Ridge Lawrence in Shady, Arkansas.

Faye’s personal philosophy of life was to do what sits well with your soul. She attended the Salem Baptist Church and enjoyed her Ladies Sunday school class for over twenty years. Nothing was more important to Faye than her family and grandchildren. Faye was a big nature lover and loved her flower gardens. She was a member of the Optimist Club as well as the Hospital Auxiliary. Faye owned with her husband, Gerald, Brewer’s Southern Auto Supply for over twenty years. She enjoyed classical and contemporary Christian music. She enjoyed cooking immensely, and no one made better chicken and dressing and potato salad than her. Faye was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Ira Lawrence, Herbert Lawrence, Holder Lawrence, and Grady Lawrence; and her sister, Verna Smith. Faye is survived by her husband of 47 years, Gerald Brewer of Mena; two daughters, Angie Brown of Mena, Shannon Posey and husband, Andy, of Mena; one brother, Jess Lawrence of Mena; two sisters, Mary Massey of Quintard, Alabama, and Corie Roper of San Marcus, Texas; four grandchildren, Maddie Titsworth and husband, Jimmy, of Hatfield, Dylan Brown of Mena, Kameron Posey of Arkadelphia, and Kendall Posey of Mena; one great-grandchild, Brylee Titsworth of Hatfield; several nieces and

nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at Salem Baptist Church in Nunley, Arkansas with Brother Andy Arnold and Brother Jack Schoeppey and Brother Jason Brewer officiating. Interment followed in the Shady Cemetery. Visitation were held at the Bowser Family Funeral Home on Monday, February 27, 2017 from 6-8 P.M. Pallbearers were Kevin Spurgin, Andy Brown, Joffery Putman, Lambert Foster, Robert Hutcheson, and Jared Williams. Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

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embers of the Mena Middle School Bearcat basketball team wanted to honor troops of Charlie Company who were deployed from Mena’s Armory on January 1, 2017 to The Horn of Africa for a year-long mission. MMS Basketball Coach Randy Peters said, “We did this in honor of our Polk County troops and to show the community that we support them. It was good for the kids to kind of put themselves in the troops’ shoes and realize how blessed they are to be able to be a part of athletics and a team.” The athletes also each wrote a small note of encouragement for the troops. “We just wanted the troops to know they have people, not only in support of them, but are praying for them daily,” said Peters.

Forty Van-Cove Preschool students participated in February’s Dental Health Month by visiting Dallas Avenue Dental Care, Inc. Students and teachers expressed their appreciation to Dr. Diane Marosy and her staff for a wonderful demonstration on dental care and healthy dental habits.

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corn FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), students recently competed in Star Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) through the national FCCLA organization. Their most recent competition was at the state level, with one student earning her way through to the national competition to be held in Nashville, Tennessee this June. Makenna Goss, a freshman at Acorn High School, brought home a gold medal in Illustrated Talk Junior, in her first year of competition. Goss gave a presentation on Keys to Success in which she highlighted that relationships and family make a person more successful than say, monetary things. “Whenever they announced that I had placed in the top two in the state and that I would be going to nationals, I was so excited! At the beginning of this project, I never thought that I would achieve gold, much less qualify for nationals. It’s like a dream come true,” said Goss. She is also looking forward to her trip to the FCCLA National Star Events this summer. “I am honored to be representing Acorn High School, as well as Arkansas, at National Conference this summer.” Goss’ FCCLA chapter is led by teacher Sydney Jackson at Acorn High School.

Acorn Students Rewarded with Picnic in the Park A corn Elementary 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders got a well-deserved treat recently. The students are from the AES ACT-Aspire 90% & 100% Clubs and they celebrated their Interim test scores with a reward of a picnic and games at Mena’s historic Janssen Park on a sunny February day.

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MHS Choirs Participate in Region 3 Choral Performance Assesment MENA PUBLIC SCHOOL’S BREAKFAST MONDAY 3/6 Cherry frudel, Cheerio’s, Cocoa Puffs, string cheese, Scooby grahams, diced pears, grape juice, milk TUESDAY 3/7 French toast sticks, Cocoa Puff bar, animal crackers, Scooby grahams, mixed fruit, fruit blend juice, milk WEDNESDAY 3/8 Breakfast pizza, Cheerio’s, Fruit Loops, string cheese, Scooby grahams, applesauce, orange juice, milk THURSDAY 3/9 Banana muffin, raspberry yogurt, Elfin grahams, Scooby grahams, raisins, cherry star juice, milk FRIDAY 3/10 Sausage pancake on a stick, Cheerio’s Lucky Charms, string cheese, Scooby grahams, diced peaches, apple juice, milk MENA PUBLIC SCHOOL’S LUNCH MONDAY 3/6 Elementary: Cheeseburger, tater tots, broccoli, mixed fruit, fruit juice, milk. Middle School: Spaghetti w/ meatballs, chicken sandwich, cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, Frito chili pie, popcorn chicken salad, ham pizza salad. High School: Spaghetti w/ meatball, chicken ranch club, chicken tenders, cheeseburger, tortilla line, pizza line, Grab-N-Go salads & sandwiches. TUESDAY 3/7 Elementary: Fish sticks and mac & cheese, chicken sandwich, green beans, red pepper strips, diced peaches, apple juice, milk. Middle School: Fish sticks, mac & cheese, hamburger, cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, chicken & bean burrito, chicken ceaser salad, ham chef salad. High School: Fish sticks, mac & cheese, chicken parmesan melt, chicken sandwich, hamburger, tortilla line, pizza line, Grab-N-Go salads & sandwiches. WEDNESDAY 3/8 Elementary: Chicken pot pie, hot dog, zucchini quash, salad, banana, grape juice, milk. Middle School: Chicken pot pie, hot ham & cheese sandwich, bean quesadilla, beef & pepperoni calzone, popcorn chicken salad, ham pizza salad. High School: Chicken pot pie, hot ham & cheese, chicken tenders, cheeseburger, tortilla line, pizza line, Grab-N-Go salads & sandwiches. THURSDAY 3/9 Elementary: Corn dog, grilled cheese, kickin pintos, celery sticks, applesauce, orange juice, milk. Middle School: Chicken nuggets, tomato soup w/ grilled cheese, cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, chicken ceasar salad, ham chef salad. High School: Tomato soup w/ grilled cheese, pizza burger, chicken sandwich, hot dog, tortilla line, pizza line, Grab-N-Go salads & sandwiches. FRIDAY 3/10 Elementary: Pepperoni pizza, hamburger, baby carrots, cucumber tomato salad, mandarin oranges, milk. Middle School: Sweet & sour chicken, egg roll, chili dog, cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, beef taco, popcorn chicken salad, ham chef salad. High School: Sweet & sour chicken w/ rice & egg roll, chili dog, chicken tenders, cheeseburger, tortilla line, pizza line, Grab-N-Go salads & sandwiches. This weekly info proudly sponsored by:

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he Mena High School choirs participated in the Region 3 Choral Performance Assessment held at Henderson State University on Friday, February 24. The Bearcat Chorus earned a Division II Excellent for their prepared music and a Division I Superior in sight reading. The Spotlight Singers earned a Division I Superior for their prepared music and a Division I Superior in sight reading. The Spotlight Singers qualified to participate in state choral performance assessment in April. Spotlight Singers with director, Ferroll Mena High School choirs are directed “Tammy” Taylor in center. by Ferroll "Tammy" Taylor. Accompanist for the Bearcat Chorus was Judy Kropp and Fisher Neufeld accompanied the Spotlight Singers. The Bearcat Chorus

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ena Basscats Fishing Club informational and organizational meeting will be held March 2, 2017 at 6:30 P.M. in the Mena Middle School Library. Children ages 11 to senior in high school are welcome and must have a love for bass fishing. Organizers are looking for parents and community members to support and be involved in the set up and governing body of this organization, as it is not school affiliated. Potential participating children with a parent are requested to attend the meeting. Spring is a busy time, if a student is unavailable to attend due to extra curricular commitments, please send a family representative to the meeting.


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argaret Elizabeth Sangster once said, “There’s nothing half so pleasant as coming home again.” Home is not necessarily a town or a destination, but a place that is warm with smiles and love from family and friends. Fond memories from the past help shape the places that people call home. For Fred Ogden, Mena is home, it is a place of family, friends, and fun memories. Fred grew up as the son of an Air Force Pilot, growing up loving and learning about aviation. Growing up on an Air Force base, Fred had the pleasure of always being around airplanes, pilots, and of course, talks with his dad made his love grow all the more. “I grew up playing baseball on the base, while my friends and I played baseball, we watched the planes and jets take off. That was what we talked about at school, dreamed about, it was great.” After moving from Texas, the family relocated in Mena, where Fred’s dad was a flight instructor at the Mena Airport. Mena became home, a place of memories, and specifically, the airport was his life. Growing up with a dad that was a pilot, Fred grew up with the desire to be a pilot. “I heard my dad talking about it around the table, I saw it and watched it growing up and loved everything about it,” recalls Fred with a smile. Upon graduating, he went off to study in Fayetteville at the University of Arkansas. “I wanted to be a pilot, but at the time there weren’t any slots open. I decided that I would go to school and study.” Fred earned his Masters in Business Administration, a degree that would prepare him for years of diligent service in administration. Before he ever stepped into an office, Fred was working hard on the oil rigs so that he could pay for school, a field of work that would prove to be beneficial after college. “I was working on the rigs just like many young guys. I was screwing pipes together and learning the oil world. It would pay off later as I worked in the oil and gas industry,” explains Fred. After earning his degree, Fred would work on the business side of the oil and gas industry. His main job responsibilities were administrative; focusing on profit and loss, along with ensuring the success and trajectory of the business. In 2015, the opportunity came open for Fred to mix two loves, aviation and administration. Moving back to Mena to be closer to family and aging parents, he received an opportunity to come and work where he used to play. The Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport was in need of a manager and because of past administrative experience and knowledge of the field, Fred was the perfect fit. “It’s such an honor to be a part of the tradition that the airport has. I am extremely fortunate to come full circle,” says Fred proudly. The airport that he previously grew up on, watching planes take off, and running around while his dad worked, he is now managing the day to day operations and business. Most people don’t understand the significance and positive impact that the airport has on the community. The airport provides jobs for people in the community, in return those people spend their hard earned money in the community, while the consistent growth of the airport provides so many unique opportunities. “There is a commercial pilot that flies in a group of cardiologists from out of town so that they can come spend the day seeing patients. Without the growth of the airport, that isn’t possible for the people of Mena,” says Fred with a smile. “It has been extremely gratifying to be a part of what is happening at the airport and in Mena.” Undoubtedly, Fred’s business skills and leadership has provided support for the businesses at the airport. Much of his job is to ensure that the airport is up to spec and ready to continue to serve pilots in and out of the community. “I am currently overseeing the work of having a runway resurfaced. That has included applying for a grant, lots of paperwork, and working with our engineer.” OWNER - JASON MILES In addition to working at the airport and growing up around airplanes, Fred also has his pilots license. Though he loves flying, Fred’s favorite hobby is time with his family. When time allows outside of work, he loves spending time with his dad. “My favorite “We’ll go the extra mile for you!” thing to do is to pick up my dad who is 86, we go driving through the mountains at * Custom Homes Shady, or on Rich Mountain. I love spending time with him, we have electric trains we * Remodels play with together,” says Fred fondly. Along with time with family, Fred enjoys amateur * Window Replacement radio. * Additions Fred is thankful to be back in Mena, “It’s really neat to see people that remember you and remember your name after all these years. It is great to be in a place like this.” The * Vinyl Siding airport, and the community for that matter, are thankful and benefactors of Fred’s return and faithful leadership.

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Dr. P.C. Roberts- Personal Care Through Outpatient Veterinary Medicine BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY • l.mccourtney@mypulsenews.com

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ogs have been called man’s best friend. There is nothing more fun growing up than enjoying the friendship of your dog while you play in the yard. Some families aren’t complete without a cat or dog. Dr. P.C. Roberts understands the special place that pets have in families and has spent a majority of his life working to keep these special family members healthy. After growing up on a farm in south Louisiana, he quickly developed a love for animals. “I guess I was like any other boy that got to live on a farm. I enjoyed the animals and the science behind it all.” Growing up, he participated in the 4H program, Herd Management, raised horses and showed cattle. After going through an accelerated program in high school, Roberts went off to pre-vet school at Louisiana State University [LSU]. At that time, Auburn, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma were the only vet schools taking Louisiana students. He was accepted to A&M and graduated in 1968. Dr. Roberts has been practicing veterinary medicine for 50 years, having practiced in Louisiana for 32 years, and then Colorado for 13. After living and practicing in Colorado, he and his wife, Priscilla, decided it was time to move south. “We were looking for somewhere that was smaller, a place that we could slow down, but still practice,” explains Dr. Roberts. During his tenure in Louisiana and Colorado, he owned and managed four different clinics. “At that time, we treated large animals as well, but when we made the move to Mena, I decided to focus more on family pets, limited to cats and dogs,” says Dr. Roberts. Decades in veterinary medicine has made Dr. Roberts very knowledgeable about medicine and different practices used for treatment. His experience has earned him the respect of many in the field. “I still have people that call and want to consult with me. It’s an honor,” says Dr. Roberts proudly. His experience in the field has it made it possible for him to place an emphasis on preventive health care and educating clients. Since relocating to Mena, Dr. Roberts has downsized from a large clinic to a home office. Mountains, forests, and lakes were on the list of wants for a new home, but so was practicing in a home office. Knowing from first hand experience over the years that the costs of veterinary medicine were rising, Dr. Roberts was determined to offer quality care at affordable prices. “Veterinary medicine has made great advances over the years, but the advances also call for higher costs, which is not usually affordable for everyone,” explains Dr. Roberts. He understands that for many families, their pets are dear to them and he doesn’t want people to be unable to give their furry family members the care they need. “I understand that a home office may seem inconvenient, but it is designed so that I can keep overhead and costs to a minimum in order to provide care for people and their pets,” says Dr. Roberts. It may seem that since Dr. Roberts doesn’t practice out of a full office that he may be limited in scope of treatment and care, but it is still a full service facility with the exception of boarding and overnight hospitalization. Nearly all of the services that could be provided at an office are still offered by Dr. Roberts, “I still do surgeries, pregnancy ultrasounds, dental care, along with vaccinations.” Two concepts that are very familiar to people is outpatient services and same day surgeries. In the same way, Dr. Roberts has made this available for clients and their pets. “With veterinary medicine, I believe doing it this way keeps costs down and creates less stress for pets. Like humans, pets often tend to recover better at home with loved ones.” If there ever is a need for hospitalization or prolonged treatment, Dr. Roberts will refer clients to veterinary hospitals of their choice. Pets can bring laughter to a room full of children, provide joy to a family, and even give companionship. These, and many more, are all reasons why Dr. Roberts continues to practice, “I still love the medicine and I love the patients and their families. I feel like this is a productive and meaningful way I can give back to society.” For more information about services provided, or to set up an appointment, call 719-738-0800. Dr. Roberts does his best to answer his phone 24/7, contact him today.

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Thursday, 3/2 • 10:30 a.m. – Gator & Friends will be performing at The Mena Senior Center. • 11:15 a.m. – Cossatot Senior Center in Wickes will host a Caregiver Meeting on Pressure Ulcers. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/ Polk County meets at Papa’s Mexican Café. Contact Lisa Martin at 216-3383 or Charles Pitman at 216-4882 for more information. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 5:00 p.m. - 9th Street Ministries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the 9th Street Ministries building. • 5:30 p.m. – Ouachita Regional Hospice’s “Growing Through Grief” support group meets at the Hospice office, 1106 South Mena Street. For more information, call 394-1134. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous women’s meeting at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 6:00 p.m. – Disabled American Veterans & Auxiliary meeting and potluck. Meeting follows dinner, American Legion at Veteran’s Park at Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. – Christian Singles meets at the Limetree. All singles are welcome. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist.

• COSSATOT SENIOR CENTER IN WICKES will host a fundraiser breakfast on March 11, 2017 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Sausage/Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Gravy, Biscuits, Juice/ Coffee/Milk will be served for a donation. There will also be a mini-auction with Auctioneer Jack Jones beginning at 9:30 a.m. All proceeds benefit the Cossatot Senior Center. • MT. VIEW METHODIST CHURCH in Mena will host a God’s Not Dead Series leading up to Easter, each Sunday morning at 11 a.m. at 1711 Sutherland Ave.

• 7:00 p.m. – Big Fork RVFD Business Meeting & Training will be at the Fire Station. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – The Ink RVFD Business Meeting & Training will be at the community building. • 7:30 p.m. – Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 meets at the Mena Lodge located in the Old Post Office by Janssen Park. Friday, 3/3 • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Road tests are given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room unless the roads are wet. Written tests are given at 1:00 p.m. • 9:00 a.m. - ? – Cossatot River Eagles Soccer Team will host a Bake Sale at Union Bank in Wickes. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fiber Arts Group meets at Mena Art Gallery. All types of fiber welcome. • 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. – Richmond Road Band will play at The American Legion in Acorn. $6 admission. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. Saturday, 3/4 • 9:30 a.m. – Take a Morning Stroll at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Waterleaf Trailhead by the Visitor Center. • 1:00 p.m. – There will be an M.S.A.A. Support Group meeting in Room 156 at RMCC. • 2:00 p.m. – Animal Tracks will be presented at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center Legacy Room. • 3:30 p.m. – Do You Speak Frog? Presented at Cossatot River State Park Visitor Center Amphitheatre. • 6:00 p.m. – Gospel Singing at the Little Hope Baptist Church near Pine Ridge with dinner following. • 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. 479-243-0297 or 479-2164606. Sunday, 3/5 • 9:00 a.m. – Cossaot River State Park presents Leave No Trace. Meet at the Cossatot Fall’s Parking Lot. • 2:00 p.m. – Feed the Critters at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center. • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 3:00 p.m. – Sulfur Springs Church worship at Sulfur Springs. • 3:30 p.m. – Geocaching Adventure at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Visitor

Center. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. Monday, 3/6 • 10:00 a.m. – Cossatot Senior Center in Wickes will host a Drum’s Alive presentation. • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Mena Seventh Day Adventist Church Food Pantry at 149 Polk Road 43, across from Fairgrounds. Non-perishable food, personal care items, and nutritional help. Everyone will be served. • 6:00 p.m. – Polk County Fair & Rodeo meets at the Fairgrounds. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 6:30 p.m. – Shady Grove RVFD business and training meeting. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – Potter RVFD meeting at the Fire Station. • 7:00 p.m. – Acorn RVFD meeting will be at the Fire House. • 7:00 p.m. – Mena Emblem Club meets at the Elks Lodge. Tuesday, 3/7 • 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 Famil3y Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena St. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Hatfield Branch Library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. - T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union Bank Community Room for weigh-ins, followed by a 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 479-234-3043. Wednesday, 3/8 • 11:30 – The MHS Class of 1959 will meet at American Artisans. Spouses and friends welcome. Call 394-6221 for questions. • 11:30 a.m. – The Polk County Retired Teachers will meet at Simple Simons Pizza in Mena. All Polk County retired school employees are encouraged to attend. • The Emergency warning sirens will be

tested in Mena at noon. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Polk County Library Cove Branch is open. • 12:00 p.m. – Mena Lioness Lions Club meeting at Limetree. For more information, call 243-3752. Guests welcome. • 12:00 p.m. – Quality of Life Outreach meeting at Lavilla Restaurant. • 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – The Mena First United Methodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – The Southside Church of God Warriors for Christ will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Regeneration Youth Ministries “Regenerating this Generation” at Mena Church of God Hwy 88 East. • 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church hosts Discovery Kids – Kindergarten Thru 5th Grade; Collide Youth Ministry – 6th Thru 12th Grades; and Adult Bible Study. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at Grace Bible Church, 1911 Hwy 71 N. Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Inquiry classes into the Catholic Faith begins in the Parish Hall of St. Agnes Catholic Church at 203 8th St. There is no cost or obligation and anyone interested is invited to attend. Call 394-1017 or 394-5655 for more information.


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BY LEANN DILBECK

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he art of half-listening is truly an art form, I believe, perfected by moms who are meticulously performing 10 tasks… all at the same time. Finishing dinner while trying to catch the highlights of the National news, and keenly aware that the buzzer may go off at anytime on the dryer, of which she will need to go fold so no one is wearing wrinkled underwear or t-shirts, all while listening for Dad’s truck coming in the driveway signaling to put the rolls in the oven. You’re expecting the text tone to go off on your phone at any moment from your parents with their report from the doctor or from your bottomless pit teen wondering what’s for dinner while the child that is home with you is telling you, in detail, about the complexity of the newest song they are learning in band. Ahhh…. It’s pure bliss. Literally. Life seems to demand we be so many things to so many people, all at the same time and same place. When you have unrealistic expectations of yourself, it’s so easy to feel inadequate, but that’s when you find strength and comfort in knowing from Whom all our strength and endurance comes from… and those moments are not found in the noise. For me, they are found in the freshest part of each day, mornings. Before anyone is awake. Before my mind is cluttered by all that the enemy sought to drag me down with through the day. It’s just me, my coffee, my Bible, my devotion… seeking for God to teach me, to guide me, to fill me, to equip me, to multiply the works of my hands. Sometimes I do all the talking and it’s not those churchy prayers that sound like poems… it’s raw, without fear of judgement. It’s unloading worries, burdens, and admitting I need help. Other times, they are songs of praises, not the kind you hear on the radio, but the kind that pour from your heart of gratefulness for all that He has and continues to provide and deliver me 23 through. My mornings with God are intimate. They are healing. They are the best part my day. He teachJanuary 6,of 2016 ............................................................. es me, He loves me, He restores me, He speaks to me, and it’s not always comfortable but it’s those refreshing, quiet, still times that He has my full attention… no half-listening, no timeline… we’re done when we’re done and that may be 10 minutes or it may be an hour, but it’s all His time with no distractions and no “noise.” Without it, the days will lack balance and purpose. Of course, He and I have conversations throughout the day as I need Him to breathe grace into me and help refrain from having a “teaching moment” as only a momma can with people who don’t understand the art of taking turns in the double lanes at the McDonald’s drive-thru but there’s nothing like that close, intimate quiet time with Him each morning to keep me close with Him throughout the day. Think you don’t have time? Not taking the time may be translated to not having the time that you’re willing to invest in being a more patient mom, loving wife, stronger friend, faithful daughter… James 4:8 – Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

“...they are songs of praises, not the kind you hear on the radio, but the kind that pour from your heart of gratefulness for all that He has and continues to provide and deliver me through.”

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A little boy had just got home from Sunday School and mom was cooking lunch. “Mommy, is it true that before you’re born you’re just dust and after you die you go back to being dust?” “That’s right son, why?” “Well that’s just what they said at church today.” “Run up stairs and wash your hands son, lunch will be ready in a few minutes.” About 10 minutes went by and she called out for him to come down. “I’ll be there in a minute.” As they were about to sit down at the table, the little boy asked again about being dust before being born and after you die. Once again mother said yes son. The little boy looked at her and said, then you better get up to my room pretty quick, because something under my bed is either coming or going!!

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ITTLE ROCK – A Senate committee has advanced legislation that requires voters to present a photo ID before they can cast a ballot. Under House Bill 1047, numerous types of identification are acceptable. They include drivers’ licenses, military and student IDs, public assistance card, concealed carry permits, and passports. People who have no valid form of photo ID can get one for free, after making a sworn statement that they do not have any other acceptable form of ID. A person who lives in a long-term care facility or nursing home can use a document signed by the nursing home administrator. If voters arrive at their polling place without a photo ID, they can cast a provisional ballot and sign a sworn statement that will be sent to the County Board of Election Commissioners for verification. Or they can visit the office of the County Board of Election Commissioners before the following Monday and show a valid photo ID, then their provisional ballot will be counted. HB 1047 was given a do pass recommendation by the Senate Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs. The House approved a similar measure, except it is in the form of a proposed constitutional amendment that will be referred to voters in the general election in November, 2018. That measure is HJR 1016 and it passed the entire House on a 73-to-21 vote. The Senate amended HB 1249 to allow people to carry a concealed firearm on a college campus if they have a permit. Originally the bill applied only to faculty and staff, then it was amended to require them to take an additional 16 hours of active shooter training. It was amended again to allow anyone over 25 to carry a concealed firearm on campus, if they have a permit and take additional training. In order for the bill to become law, both the Senate and the House must pass an identical version of the bill. Minimum teacher salaries will go up next year by $400 under, thanks to Act 246. The minimum starting salary for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree would be $31,400 a year 5 key facts about Prostate Cancer: and for a new teacher with a master’s degree, the minimum starting salary would be $36,050. 1. Affects 1 in every 6 men In school year 2018-2019, the minimums will be $31,800 and $36,450. 2. Deadlier than breast cancer Both chambers passed SBstages 31 to expand the opportunities for college students to qualify for lottery scholarships as traditional students, rather than as non-traditional students. 3. Detectable in early The difference important 4. NOTisan old man’sbecause disease the pot of money for traditional scholarships is larger. Does NOT go away if you avoid a 19 on the ACT right out of high school they are not eligible for a lottery scholarship as a freshman. However, if they get good grades in If a high5. school student fails to score testing.year, Gentlemen: We encourage youwhile to getcompleting 27 hours, they can qualify as a traditional student their sophomore year. their freshman maintaining a 2.5 GPA a PSA blood test. Both chambers passed SB 123 to make permanent a pilot program that required welfare recipients to be tested for illegal drugs. The bill not only makes the program permanent, but also makes it statewide, rather than effective in only a few counties. Also, both chambers passed HB 1426 to restructure various scholarship programs and create a new one called the Arkansas Future Grant Program. It provides two years of tuition and fees to students who take courses in engineering, science, math, technology, or a high-demand field.

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Acorn Finishes Season With Tough Game Against County Line

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he Acorn Tigers took on the County Line Indians, Wednesday night, February 22, in the first round of the 1A Region 4 Basketball Tournament at County Line High School. County Line started the game off on a 9-2 run and went on to outscore the Tigers 13-5 in the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Indians extended their eight-point lead to fourteen, as Acorn was held to six points, making the score 25-11 at halftime. Gage GaHis led County Line with 11 points at halftime, while Leo Jacinto and Aaron Bissell led the Tigers with 5 points apiece. Acorn allowed the Indians to score another 24 points in the third quarter, while scoring 12 points of their own, to make the score 49-23 going into the final quarter of play. In the fourth quarter, County Line continued to add onto their lead, outscoring the Tigers 18-9, to make the final score 67-32 in favor of the Indians. Number twenty-three, Gage GaHis led the County Line Indians with 22 points, as Pacyn Reames added on 13 of his own, Michael Lloyd - 11, Evan Johnston - 7, Tyler Young - 4. Leo Jacinto led the Acorn Tigers with 8 points, while Aaron Bissell scored 7, Josh Swint - 6, Logan Frost - 4, Tyler Bates - 3, and Zak Abbott and Jeb Wilborg - 2. The Acorn Tigers finish their season with a 16-15 record (according to MaxPreps.com). Congratulations to seniors Aaron Bissell, Daniel Cottrell and Logan Frost, as well as the rest of the Acorn Tigers on a great season.

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he Mena Bearcats took on the Warren Lumberjacks, on Wednesday, February 22, at Nashville High School, in the 4A South Regional Basketball Tournament. Mena’s Cross Hughes led the team with seven of their eight points in the first quarter, but the Lumberjacks’ offense was able to put up 15, to hold a 15-8 lead after one. In the second quarter, Warren’s number twenty-three scored six of their 13 points, compared to the Bearcats only seven points. Making the score 28-15 at halftime. Number four led Warren with 8 points at the half, while Cross Hughes led the Bearcats with 7 points. Warren had their highest scoring quarter in the third, as the Bearcats defense allowed 20 points, while their offense was able to put up only 11, to make the score 48-26 in favor of the Lumberjacks going into the final quarter of play. The Lumberjacks continued to extend their lead in the fourth, as Mena was outscored 16-9. Making the final score 64-35 in favor of Warren. Cross Hughes led the Mena Bearcats with 14 points on the night, as Connor Harvey and Blake Seals chipped in 9 points of their own, number thirty-four 2, and number twenty-five 1 point. The Mena Bearcats finished their season with a 14-16 record (according to MaxPreps.com), and won ten of their last eleven regular season games. Congratulations to Coach Powell, seniors Darius Simms and Austin Wagner, as well as the rest of the Bearcats on a great season.

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The Lady Tiger’s defense let up a little in the third quarter, as St. Paul outscored Acorn 18-16, to make the score 60-37 going into the final quarter of play. Sophie Jackson and Lexi Powell led the Lady Tigers with six points a piece in the fourth quarter, as Acorn scored 20 points to the Lady Saints 15 points, giving Acorn a 28 point, 8052, victory over the Lady Saints. Faith Hill led the Acorn Lady Tigers with 18 points on the night, while Sophie Jackson scored 11 of her own, Tori Barrett and Morgan Fagan 8, Makayla Anderson - 7, Brooke Bates and Lexi Powell - 6, Brittany Wilhite, Braxlie Strother, and Sydney Crawford - 4, and McKenzie Goss and Harley Dearing - 2. Following Wednesday’s win, they next took on the Kirby Lady Trojans on Saturday night, February 25th, in the 1A Region 4 Championship game, also held at County Line High School. Both teams started the game off slow on the offensive side of the ball, but Kirby was able to control a two point, 12-10, lead after one quarter of play. In the second quarter, Acorn and the Lady Trojans continued a back-and-forth paced game. However, the Lady Tigers were able to outscore Kirby 15-10, to control a five point lead at halftime. Number twenty-two, Smith, led the Lady Trojans with 12 points at the half, while Morgan Fagan led Acorn with 7 points. Acorn came out of the locker room at halftime on a 19-9 run, forcing the Lady Trojans to call a timeout with 2:37 left in the third. Following the timeout, Kirby finished the The Mena Ladycats hosted DeQueen in their season quarter on a 7-3 run, to cut the Lady Tigers lead to nine going into the fourth quarter with opener on Monday, February 27, 2017 at Bearcat the score 47-38. The Lady Trojans reached within two points in the fourth quarter, but Stadium. The Ladycats fell to the Lady Leopards, 5-1. Acorn never gave in. Brooke Bates and Faith Hill finished the game off with a couple free Their next game is scheduled for Friday, March 3 in the Razorback Invitiational. throws, to give Acorn a six point, 63-57, victory over the Kirby Lady Trojans. Faith Hill led the Acorn Lady Tigers with 19 points on the night, as Tori Barrett scored 15 points 701 Port Arthur of her own, Sophie Jackson - 13, and Morgan FaNext to Library, gan and Brooke Bates - 8. Across from Coach Jackson is proud of his team hopes the Janssen Park fans will follow the Lady Tigers throughout the tournament. “I’m very proud of the girls this year. We set out the year, set our goals, and we didn’t expect to be District and Regional Champions both. Making it to the state tournament was a goal and we’re very happy to be there.” Eat in I’m looking for a good turnout at the state tournament. It’s only 45 minutes to get to Mount includes Dining Room Ida.” Dessert & Iced Tea As for his coaching abilities, “You’ve got to have good players. You can have the best or coach in the world but if you don’t have talent and good players, you’re not going to do Take Home Dinner much good. It’s your ‘jimmies and joes, not your x’s and o’s,” said Jackson. The Acorn Lady Tigers will play Omaha on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 in the 1A High for The Family School Basketball State Tournament at 7:00pm at Mt. Ida High School.

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Bearcats Drop Season Opener To DeQueen BY EASTON LEONARD

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he Mena Bearcat baseball team kicked off their 2017 season Monday Night, February 27th, against the DeQueen

Leopards at Union Bank Field on the campus of Mena High School. Landon Stidman earned the starting pitching job for the season opener, and for the first pitching of this season, he threw a ball low and away to the Leopards lead-off hitter. Stidman and the Bearcats were able to retire DeQueen’s first two batters, before allowing a walk to the Leopard’s three-hole hitter. After a passed ball, allowing the runner to advance to third, Stidman threw over to third for the pick-off, but his throw went into the outfield, allowing the runner to score. Following DeQueen’s first run of the night, Mena walked another batter, and then escaped the inning as the Leopard’s grounded out to the pitcher. DeQueen’s starting pitcher, number ten, struck out the first two batters he saw, before Colton Sawyer drew a walk. After the walk, Mena’s Brycen Aynes struck out swinging, to end the inning with the score 1-0 in favor of the Leopards. The Bearcats sent Stidman out for another inning of work in the second, as he struck out the first batter of the inning. DeQueen then singled to left field for their first hit of the night. Stidman later struck out the third batter of the inning as well. After a few walks and multiple passed balls and errors, the Leopards were able to add on two runs in the top of the second. Ty Keene struck out to start off the bottom of the second, but reached first base as the catcher dropped the ball. With a runner on first, Mena’s Chandler Fretz singled to center field, to put runners at first and second with no outs. However, after a pop out and two strikeouts, the Leopards were able to keep Mena scoreless after letting the first two batters reach base. To keep the score 3-0 Leopards, after two complete innings. Mena sent out C.J. Brown to pitch in the third inning, he retired the first two Leopard batters via groundouts. The Bearcats then gave up a walk and a double, hit a batter, and missed a few plays to allow DeQueen to score three more runs. After two and a half innings, the score was 6-0. Stidman led off the bottom of the third for the Bearcats with a single to the pitcher, and then stole second base on the next pitch. Luke Golding struck out a few pitches later, giving Colton Sawyer a chance to drive in the run, with a runner on second and only one out. With Sawyer batting, DeQueen’s pitcher thew back to second base for the pick off, but his throw went into centerfield, allowing Stidman to advance to third. A few pitches later, Sawyer singled down the right field line, driving in Mena’s first run of the season. Brycen Aynes was able to reach base after the pitcher bobbles the ball, to put runners at first and second with still only one out. After a strikeout by Ty Keene, the Bearcats were able to score again off a bobbled ball by the Leopards third baseman. Mena’s Beckman then struck out to end the inning. After two runs, the Bearcats narrowed DeQueen’s lead to 6-2 after three innings. The Bearcats sent out Colton Sawyer to pitch in the fourth inning. Sawyer faced nine batters and wasn’t able to retire a single one of them. Mena’s defense played a big part though, dropping a few bloopers and missing a few ground balls. Brycen Aynes came into the game to face the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth batters of the inning, and gave up a walk, hit a batter, and took a single off of the shin. The Bearcats then brought in Kyndon Schuller, who finished the inning for Mena, facing five batters. DeQueen ended up scoring 11 total runs in the fourth, to make the score 17-2 going into the bottom half of the inning. C.J. Brown led off the bottom of the fourth for the Bearcats, as he struck out. Schuller then walked, Jeremiah Swint ran as a courtesy runner for Schuller. Landon Stidman and Luke Golding both struck out to end the inning, with the score 17-2 after four. In the fifth, and final inning of play, Mena sent out Ian Martin to pitch. After allowing a pop up single to the first batter he faced, Martin retired the next three in order. Colton Sawyer, Brycen Aynes, and Ty Keene all struck out in the bottom half of the fifth to end the game. The final score was 17-2 in favor of the DeQueen Leopards.

Mena Soccer Kicks Off Season

The Mena Bearcats Soccer team hosted the DeQueen Leopards on Monday, February 27, 2017 in Mena at Bearcat Stadium. The Leopards defeated the Bearcats, 5-2. The Bearcats will next play in the Razorback Invitational on Friday and Saturday, March 3 - 4.

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raditionally, Presidents Lincoln and Washington have garnered most of the attention in February and on Presidents’ Day, given their birthdays are this month. However, before we get much past February, I would like for us to give recognition to more of the 45 men who have served as President of the United States over the past 228 years. I will do so as much as space permits. I have chosen to do this by providing quotes from some of our presidents. These quotes represent some of the fundamental values, philosophy, faith, and collective wisdom which characterized our nation’s founding and form of government, and which have also helped to sustain our ordered liberty under law and self-government. While the scope of the presidency is limited to within the confines of the Constitution, every president has contributed to the office and country in his own unique ways. I will start from our earliest years and proceed to those more recent. “We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity… to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” -James Madison. “Before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe. And to the same Divine Author of every good and perfect gift we are indebted for all those privileges and advantages, religious as well as civil, which are so richly enjoyed in this favored land.” -James Monroe. “It becomes us in humility to make our devout acknowledgments to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for the inestimable civil and religious blessings with which we are favored.” -James K. Polk. “I do believe in Almighty God! And I believe also in the Bible...Let us look forward to the time when we can take the flag of our country and nail it below the Cross, and there let it wave as it waved in the olden times, and let us gather around it and inscribed for our motto: “Liberty and Union, one and inseparable, now and forever,” and exclaim, Christ first, our country next!” -Andrew Johnson. “Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet-anchor of your liberties; write its precepts in your hearts and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization, and to this we must look as our guide in the future. Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people.” -Ulysses Grant. “All must admit that the reception of the teachings of Christ results in the purest patriotism, in the most scrupulous fidelity to public trust, and in the best type of citizenship.” -Grover Cleveland. “The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.” -Calvin Coolidge. “If you think too much about being re-elected, it is very difficult to be worth re-electing.” -Woodrow Wilson. “The whole inspiration of our civilization springs from the teachings of Christ and the lessons of the prophets. To read the Bible for these fundamentals is a necessity of American life. -Herbert Hoover. “Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.” - Franklin Roosevelt “The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.” -John Kennedy. “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.” -Gerald Ford. “You can’t divorce religious belief and public service... I’ve never detected any conflict between God’s will and my political duty. If you violate one, you violate the other.” -James Earl Carter, Jr. “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” -Ronald Reagan. “Any definition of a successful life must include serving others.” - George H.W. Bush.

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he directors of Mary Poppins, the next OLT musical, have announced their cast following three days of auditions that included the budding talents of 65 actors and actresses. “The multitude of talent and enthusiasm displayed is a mixed blessing for those of us who are charged with deciding on who is cast in what role. There were truly two, three, or more candidates that could have filled each of the limited number of roles available. As directors we are charged with presenting the most esthetically pleasing show and need to take many factors into account, not only acting, singing and dancing, but also things over which you have no control,” said directors. Lana Coogan and Jerod McPherson will play Mary Poppins and Bert, two of the main characters. Brakiah Burk and Robby Burt have been cast as Jane and Michael, the two youngsters Poppins is charged with caring for. With the excellent cast of old and new players, the show is sure to be a hit. The complete list of characters cast in the show are (in alphabetical character order): Admiral Boom - Larry Kropp; Bank Chairman - Tom McClanahan; Bank Clerks - Morgan Caldwell, Brithney Dilbert, Marvin Glenn, and Justin Richmond; Bert - Jerod McPherson; Customer and Sweeps Dance Team - Brandon Bartow, Jimmy Dilbert, Hanah McDonald, Zoe McPherson, Caroline Morgan, Kelsey Wiggins, and Gabriel Sims; Customer and Sweeps Dance Team & Neleus - Brynn Harvey; Customer and Sweeps Dance Team & Toy - April Burt; Customer and Sweeps Dance Team Leader - Abi McPherson; George Banks – Scott O’Rear; Jane Banks – Brakiah Burk; Katie Anna & Kite Flyer/Nannies/Moms group – Sherry Hughes; Kite Flyer/Nannies/Moms group – Miranda Burt, Anna Burt, Naomi Curry, Evette Harner, Gabriel Jackson, Linda G. Johnson, Kristie Kenyon, Mikel Kenyon-Ortiz, Jordyn Prewett, Elizabeth Richmond, Donna Sloan, and Winnie Smith; Marry Poppins - Lana Coogan; Michael Banks - Robby Burt; Miss Andrews and Bird Woman – Brandy Benner; Miss Lark – Jane Buttermilk; Mr. Northbrook – Chris Benner; Mrs. Brill – Renee Hendrix; Mrs. Corry – Gini Burt; Park Keeper – Bill Hays; Park Strollers – Patience Broach, Nick Fairless, Shylee Head, Mystrey James, Jocelyn Parsons, and Amanda Wiggins; Policeman – Ian Cameron; Queen Victoria – Ann Glenn; Robertson Ay – Daniel Green; State Crew – MaKayla Kenyon-Ortiz, Carol McClanahan, and Kate McDonald; Statue-Nymph – Blanca Carol; Statue-Nymph & Customer and Sweeps Dance Team – Alexandria Junghans and Isabela Junghans; Toys – Abigail Baker, Annalyse Baker, Madilyn Dees Quaker, Kiylee Hughes, Matt Lyle, Addyson Prewett, and Emily Ryan; Valentine & Bank Clerk – Brandon Purvis; Von Hussler – Roy Vail; Winifred Banks 6, – Jennifer January 2016 McPherson. Rehearsals for Mary Poppins begin this week. Performance dates will be May 5 – 7 and May 11 – 13. For more information, go to www.oltmena.com or give them a call at 479-243-0186.

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ena Art Gallery is holding its annual art competition for young artists in April. If you are between the ages of 5 and 17 (including 18 if still in high school), this one is for you! Older than that? Do you know of a young person who is a budding artist? Tell them about this one. This competition includes home school, independent and others. You can find full details including entry forms on our website: www.MenaArtGallery.org. Work should be brought to the gallery (607 Mena Street) on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you cannot get your work to the gallery on April 4, be sure to make an appointment PRIOR to the 4th to set up a date when you can bring it in. Just call the gallery at 479-394-3880. There will be a reception on Saturday, April 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. with children and their parents invited. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. McDonald’s of Mena and the Mena Title Company are again sponsoring this show, and we very much appreciate them making it possible. Shows featuring professional artists such as the Art of the Heartland exhibit in the fall are great, but the young artists are our future. We are extremely happy to be able to help support them.

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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 February 19, 2017 Alicia Burk, 45, of Mena was arrested on two felony warrants. A Mena woman reported that her grandson is harassing and threatening her. Case pending. February 20, 2017 Report was taken of employees at a local fast food restaurant finding several pieces of drug paraphernalia in the restaurant. Case pending. February 21, 2017 Evan Patrick Miller and Gerald Aleshire, both 20 and both of Mena, were arrested and charged with harassment and possession of alcohol by a minor. The arrests followed a call to a local retail store. Bruce Merrill Huber, 29, of Mena was charged with driving on a suspended driver’s license and having no insurance. Bobby Huber, 24, of Mena was charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana). Jeffery A. McAllister, 47, of Cove was charged with possession of an instrument of crime, Quinn Derek Ray, 18, of Mena was charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia, and reckless driving. The arrest followed a traffic stop. Mark Gradilone, 38, of Cocoa, Florida was arrested and charged with violation of an order of protection. Crystal May (Davis), 33, of Mena was charged with theft of property (shoplifting) after officers were called to a local retail store. February 22, 2017 Clay Leonard 37, of Conway was arrested on a felony warrant. Jason Chester Robertson, 37, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Mena Police Department. Officers responded to a local residence regarding a verbal altercation between a Mena man and woman. No charges have been filed at this time. A Mena woman reported that someone had vandalized her vehicle while it was parked at the airport. Case is pending. A 13-year-old Mena boy was charged with commercial burglary and theft of property. He has been referred to juvenile authorities. Christopher D. Brown, 21, of Mena was charged with third degree battery after a call to a local residence. Report was made of a fight between a local man and woman. No charges have been

filed. Case is pending. February 23, 2017 A local woman reported that someone had made unauthorized purchases charged to her debit card. Case is pending review of surveillance tapes and identifying suspect. Owner of a business at the airport reported that someone had broken into his business. Case is pending. February 24, 2017 Ernest Allen Pennell, 40, of Mena was arrested on a warrant from the Mena Police Department for failure to pay fines and court costs. February 25, 2017 Owners of a local property reported that someone had moved some things and had stolen several items. Case is pending. Polk County Sheriff’s Department February 13, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 682 near Mena of a break-in that caused $100.00 in damages to a door frame. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Aviation Lane near Mena of a break-in that caused $50.00 in damages to a door. Investigation continues. February 14, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 41 North near the Shady Grove community of the discovery of illegal traps. Information has been turned over to an officer with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Report from complainant on Polk 41 near the Shady Grove community of the theft of art supplies, valued at $218.00. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report of a missing phone led to a 12-year-old female being issued a Juvenile Citation for Theft of Property. The juvenile was released to the custody of a parent/ guardian. February 15, 2017 Report from walk-in complainant of the violation of an Order of Protection. Suspects were advised to cease all contact. Arrested was Lorraine M. Noahubi, 47, of McAlester, OK, on a Warrant for Non-Financial Identity Fraud. February 16, 2017 Report of a domestic disturbance on Polk 71 near the Yocana community. Deputy responded. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from a Cove woman that her 15-year-old daughter was missing. Deputy responded. The juvenile was located and returned to the custody of a parent/guardian. Report of a domestic disturbance on Polk 42 near Potter. Deputy responded. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from a business on Highway 71

South near Potter of the theft of $500.00 in bedding. Items were later returned, all charges were dropped. Report from complainant on Polk 41 South near Potter of identity theft. Deputy spoke with involved agencies and all issues were resolved. Report from complainant on Hollow Lane near Hatfield of the theft of prescription medication. Investigation continues. Arrested was Kelly J. Turner, 55, of Vandervoort, on a Charge of Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance. Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Steven E. Arnold, 23, of Mena, on Charges of DWI and Speeding. February 17, 2017 Arrested was Danny J. Haynes, 40, of Magnolia, on a Body Attachment Warrant. Report from complainant on Polk 72 in the Cherry Hill community of the theft of coins and jewelry, all valued at $8,000.00. Investigation continues. Report from a Mena man of inappropriate behavior regarding his 12-year-old daughter. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Alex C. Hunter, 23, of Ashdown, on two Warrants for Failure to

Appear. Arrested was Harry J. Cummings, 54, of Alma, on a Body Attachment Warrant.

February 18, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 76 East near Mena of an unauthorized person on their property. Report of a structure fire on Highway 375 West near Mena. February 19, 2017 Arrested were Robert R. Montemayor, 37, of Pharr, TX, and Karen M. Magee, 32, of Mena, each on Charges of Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Theft by Receiving. Report of an unattended death on Polk 647 near Mena. Deputies responded. The scene was released to the Polk County Coroner. Report of vandalism done to the roadway on Polk 18 near Vandervoort, causing $500.00 in damages. Investigation continues. Report of suspicious behavior led to a 16-year-old male being issued a Juvenile Citation for Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance.

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Ad deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday. Payment is due with ad. Publishing and distributing 8,000 copies weekly. Private Caregiver, in your home. 23 years experience. All phases of care. Flexible hours. Wage according to care needed. 479-216-7106 – Kimberley Black. 3/1 For Sale: 2,400 sq.ft. brick home. Almost 2 acres in town. Needs a little TLC. $90,000. 479-234-1471. 3/1 Paraoptometric Position Available – Looking to hire a couple of highly driven people 5 day work week. We offer on the job training. Wonderful new office space. Generous bonus program. Send your resume to PO Box 1138, Mena, AR 71953. 3/15 J & L Café – Mena Mini Mall – Corner of Mena & Sherwood. Phone 479-216-8845. 8:30 am – 3 pm. Closed Thursday. Monday Breakfast $3.00. Wednesday Pork Day Dinner. Friday Codfish Fry Shrimp Basket. Sunday waffle with fruit. 3/8 Clean and comfortable housing since 1969, J. Ray & Maria’s MH Park and Rentals. Hwy 71 North, Mena, AR. 479-216-3085 TFN For Sale: 2013 Ford F150 FX4. $31,000 Miles. Nice truck. 479-234-1471. 3/1 Weekly Publication

Mena Water Utilities is currently seeking applications for a Water and Wastewater Maintenance Operator/Trainee. Applicant must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, and a valid driver’s license. Must have Water and Wastewater Distribution Licenses or be able to obtain them in a reasonable period of time. Commercial Driver’s Licenses preferred. Applicant should be self-motivated; mechanically inclined; and be able to work some weekends, evenings and holidays. All candidates are subject to a drug screen and background check. Mena Water Utilities is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Mena Water Utilities offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Application deadline will be Friday, March 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm. Bring all pllications to Mena Water Utilities, 701 Mena Street, or to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, Northside Shopping Center in Mena. 3/8

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Traffic stop led to the arrest of Denton J. Halvorson, 20, of Mena, on Charges of Careless/Prohibited Driving and Possession of an Intoxicating Liquor by a Minor. Traffic stop led to the arrest of John A. Davis, 28, of Hatfield, on a Charge of DWI. Arrested was Joshua A. Graham, 26, of Mena, on a Warrant for Probation Violation. Arrested was Adam W. Hurst, 33, of Mena, on Charges of DWI, Careless/Prohibited Driving and Refusal to Submit. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Thomas L. Mosley, 38, of Grannis, on a Charge of Domestic Battery 3rd Degree. Traffic stop on Highway 71 North near Mena led to the arrest of Janet A. Marcantel-Hebert, 55, of Mena, on Charges of DWI, Driving Left of Center, No License Plate and No Liability Insurance. Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked two vehicle accidents this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 28 Incarcerated Inmates, with 7 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility. February 20, 2017 Report of a house fire on Polk 5 near Grannis. Investigation continues into the origin of the fire. Report of $50.00 in damages done to yard ornaments by a vehicle on Highway 8 West in the Shady Grove community. Suspect was

located and agreed to pay for damages. Report from complainant on Polk 401 near Mena of being harassed by an acquaintance. Investigation continues. Report from a Mena woman of the violation of an Order of Protection. As a result, arrested was Michael T. Higgins, 30, of Hatfield, on Warrants for Violation of an Order of Protection and two counts of Failure to Comply with a Court Order. February 21, 2017 Report from complainant on Highway 88 East near Mena of unauthorized persons on their property, causing damage to the ground. Subjects agreed to help repair the damage done. February 22, 2017 Report of a structure fire on Polk 22 near Cove. Investigation continues into the origin of the fire. February 23, 2017 Report from complainant on Highway 71 South near Vandervoort of the theft of $350.00 in coins. Investigation continues. February 24, 2017 Report of a disturbance on Polk 136 near Cove led to the arrest of Wesley R. Dunning, 52, of Cove, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear. Additional information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report of an ATV accident on Polk 61 near the Board Camp community, causing $800.00 in damages to a fence.

Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Timothy S. Woods, 41, of Hatfield, on Charges of Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License, No License Plate, and No Liability Insurance, and a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. February 25, 2017 Report of an ATV accident on Polk 64 in the Shady community. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Veronica M. Maddox, 19, of Cove, on a Charge of Criminal Trespass. February 26, 2017 Report of a disturbance on South Golden Lane near Mena. Deputies responded. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Arrested was Melissa F. Mettie, 29, of Richardson, TX, on a Warrant for Violation of the Arkansas Hot Check Law. Report from walk-in complainant of being battered by an acquaintance. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from a Mena man of problems regarding child custody. Report of an unattended death on Polk 76 West near Mena. The scene was released to the Polk County Coroner. Arrested was Adam M. Green, 24, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear. Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked three vehicle accidents this week.

Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 26 Incarcerated Inmates, with 8 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility, of which 2 are currently out of jail on a monitoring system.

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SCAM ALERT!!!! The Polk County Sheriff’s Office would like to make our citizens aware of two scams that we have received several calls regarding lately. The first is from a caller that claims to represent Microsoft and advises that the customer’s Microsoft account has been compromised. They request login and credit card information so that they can investigate further. This is a scam. Please do not release any information to this person. The second is a person claiming to represent your local law enforcement agency and they ask for credit card information to make payments on fines and warrants. This is also a scam. You will not receive a phone call from law enforcement regarding credit card payments for any type of fine or warrant. Always be very careful to whom you give personal information of any kind to. If you are in doubt, call the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 479-394-2511 with any concerns.

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