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The Wall That Heals to Arrive in Mena on Wednesday

‘Veteran’s Day Eagle’ Soars Again

BY MELANIE BUCK • The Wall That Heals will arrive Wednesday morning, March 22, after being escorted by a band of motorcyclists from Waldron to Mena. The Wall is expected to come into town around a.m. on igh ay . Citi ens are encouraged to line the streets ith flags and ave them in honor of the names of Vietnam Veterans that line the monument. The route of travel will be Highway 71 to South Mena Street to Dallas Avenue to South Morro , and reach its destination at earcat Stadium here it ill remain for the ne t ve days. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

Westphal Honored as Distinguished Woman in American History BY MELANIE BUCK •

U dene Westphal, mostly known as ‘ Denie,’ was honored with the 2017 Distinguished Woman in American History Award by the James K . Polk Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR ) on Thursday, March 16. The award was given as part of NSDAR’s two-year commemoration of the ending of the war in Vietnam. Westphal was chosen “for her volunteer and paid service to all Polk County veterans over many years.” Not only does Westphal work to help veterans every day, she herself is a veteran. She CONTINUED ON PAGE 9

Sixty-Nine Year Old Cyclist Taking 2,200 Mile Trip BY MELANIE BUCK •

A 69-year old cyclist stopped in Mena overnight to take a short break from his border-to-border trip that began in Matamoros, Mexico on March 6th and will end in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Bill Pierce is a resident of Burlington and had his brother, Martin, drive him, his recumbent bike (with the pedals out front), and his 70 pounds of baggage to South Texas where he would cross the border into Mexico to begin the 2,200 mile journey. The purpose of his trip is to follow Spring north. Pierce said as the season begins to move


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Annual Beauty from Ashes Yard Sale Seeks Donations of Goods



ovenant Ministry is gearing up to hold their annual Beauty from Ashes Spring Yardsale and are seeking item donations from the public. Almost anything will be accepted, and donors are asked to call Marci at 479-234-0927 for where and when to bring your goods. The proceeds ill ene t Covenant Ministries, which provides an array of services to at risk women, children, and families. Through Covenant House, homeless individuals and families can receive housing for up to 30 days in a safe, secure refuge. Covenant Ministry also assists in plans of action for family health and stability, in obtaining supplemental assistance, as well as transitioning women and their children into the Aliyah House Program, and assist in acquiring more permanent housing. In 2016, Covenant Ministries was able to provide shelter to 18 families due to a partnership with the Polk County Housing Authority. They were also able to assist eight families in nding permanent homes and ve families in nding sta le employment. Covenant Ministry has a need for food and household items year round to continue to assist families. For more information on how you can help, contact them at (870) 3896311.

Courthouse Heroes to Host Miss Sweetcheeks Male Beauty Pageant T

he Polk County Courthouse Heroes Relay for Life Team is kicking off their fundraising season with the Miss Sweetcheeks Male Beauty Pageant. The event raises money for the American Cancer Society through the Polk County Relay for Life. The comedic event will be held on April 1st at 6 p.m. in the Mena High School Performing Arts Center. Everyone is invited to attend. If you are interested in participating as a contestant in the event, contact Renee Hendrix at reneehendrix38@

Bearcats for a Cure Wants to Egg Your Yard as Fundraiser T

he Mena High School Bearcats for a Cure Relay for Life Team has launched an gg y ard fundraiser. earcats for a Cure ill place candy lled eggs in your yard the night before Easter so your kids can wake up and enjoy a special egg hunt the ne t morning. ou can purchase candy lled eggs for or eggs for . To place an order, email Marley Jones at marleypayne@, or text or call . All proceeds ill ene t the American Cancer Society through Pol County Relay for Life.

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Lions to Host Gun & Knife Show; Lioness Taking Orders for Famous Fried Pies T


he Mena Lions Club will host a Gun & K nife Show at the Polk County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, April 1st and 2nd, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The event is open to the public with admission being $5 for ages 13 & up. Polk County Law Enforcement are offered free admission. Vendors will have displays and will offer chances to buy, sell, and trade guns, knives, and other outdoor items. No item sales or activities will be in violation of federal, state, or local laws. Also at the show, the Mena Lioness Lions will host a Fried Pie and Bake Sale Fundraiser. The fried pies were a sell-out hit at the last show, and the ladies hope to keep up with the high demand this time around. They will also offer cakes, cookies, and more individual confections. Pre-orders are being taken for the fried pies as well. Call in your order prior to the event at 479-234-0646 or 479-234-1351, or give it to any Lioness member. The ions Clu is also selling raffle tic ets on a uger American ifle anch ith a inch threaded arrel. Tic ets are each or si for $5. Tickets can be purchased from any Lions Club members. The Lions Club meets on Fridays at noon at the Lions Clubhouse on Hwy. 71 South in Mena.

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he otary Clu of Mena/ Polk County recently awarded some of its members with Paul Harris Fellowship certi cates for their contributions to the organization. Longtime member, Mary Alice Head, was honored in memory of her grandson, Will, while Matt Thomas, was honored in memory of his grandfather. The Paul Harris Fellowship recognizes individuals who contribute, or for those who have contri utions made in their name, of , to The otary oundation of otary nternational. t as esta lished in to sho appreciation for and encourage su stantial contri utions to hat as then the oundation s only program, otary oundation ello ships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. The otary Clu of ena Pol County uses their funds for a variety of local and international projects, including donating a dictionary to each third grade child in the county, providing classroom grants for teachers, scholarships, and support for projects to improve the lives of people in the community. They also honor a volunteer of the year, citi en of the year, la enforcement of cer of the year, and annually contri ute to the Single Parent Scholarship und. otarians can e found volunteering at Special Olympics, working in area school concession stands, supporting Chamber of Commerce activities and much more. Their signature fundraiser for the year is Wheel A’Mena Tour to the Top, a bicycle ride that leaves Janssen Park and gives riders the option of a mile ride up the north side of ich ountain, or a mile ride into lahoma and returning to Mena on the Talimena Scenic Drive. 2014 marked the third Wheel A’Mena event and here the otary hosted more than cyclists from si states. The local otary Clu meets each Thursday at a.m. at Papa s e ican Caf in ena. or more information, contact a local otarian, or visit their ace oo Page, .face oo .com otaryClu Pol County ena .

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Mystery China Makes its Way Home After Three Decades



multi-decade mystery was solved when Dr. Herbert Rogers asked his son-in-law, Joel Hinton, to track down the owner of a set of china that was found inside an old hot water heater in the 1980’s. Thinking it was a longshot, Hinton decided to research it anyway, as Dr. Rogers is , and he anted to try to nd the ans er for him. It was on March 7, 2017 when Dr. Rogers asked Hinton to investigate the matter. “The subject of the mystery china came up, just as it had many times over the past 20 or more years. This as a mystery that had affled the og ers and Hinton families ever since the improbable discovery of the china,” Hinton said. He went on to explain that around 1995 or 1996, Dr. ogers as called y a friend, r. ouis Stu s, to remove some honey bees from a home in DeQ ueen, Arkansas. Dr. Rogers had been a beekeeper since the age of 12. The bees were in an old water heater that set behind a barn on the property. The water heater needed to be taken apart to clear the bees and honey out, so Dr. Stubbs told Dr. Rogers to just take it home. After hauling it home, Dr. Rogers opened it up and discovered a full set of Royal Doulton China and a large kitchen knife. Between being stacked with clothing, and the protection of the bees, the set was in perfect condition. ey ystery ina’ sits in a ina a inet e el an ar n int n After several years, the dishes were placed in a cabinet for insi e t e Dr. Rogers’ wife. “We are not certain whether the men ever discussed the discovery of the dishes, but it would make sense that some sort of conversation took place,” said Hinton. Around 2012, the set was passed down to Joel and his wife, Sharon, who proudly displayed the immaculate set in their own cabinet. After Dr. Rogers asked Hinton to research the set, he dug in the next day, checking obituaries and genealogy data ases, nding r. Stu s daughter, Chris omac , ho lives in lo er ound, Te as. She didn t no of any missing ne china, ut hen she called her mother, ouise achel, and said a man as in uiring a out a set of Sher orne made y oyal oulton, ouise immediately said, Sher orne is my mother s pattern pon seeing pictures of the set, ouise said, h my od, those are my mother s CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

4-H Horse Club to Organize SUBMITTED


he U of A Division of Agriculture Polk County Extension Service is proud to announce the organization of a new 4-H Horse Club. This club will conduct its organizational meeting on Monday, March 27 beginning at 6:00. It will meet at the at eld ions Shac ne t to the riding arena at at eld. This club is open to any youth who is interested in learning more about horses. Everyone is invited to join the club. Traditional 4-H age is 5 to 19. Ages 5-9 are considered Cloverbud members. Junior members are 9-13, and 14 and up are Senior members. Youth do not have to have a horse but they must be capable of listening and learning in a group situation. There will be some meetings where members are riding their own horses and improving their skills. Those that do not have horses will learn by observing. The goals of the new club is to teach youth interested in horses life skills such as teamwork, communication, decision ma ing, self con dence, getting along ith others, manage ment, and lifelong learning. We will be working with youth to develop horse judging teams, skillathon teams, public speaking teams, as well as teaching horsemanship skills to improve riding ability, horse management skills, and knowledge about all aspects of horse ownership and care. Our members will compete at horse shows, 4-H events, open shows, and even improve their current competitive events such as barrel racing and pole bending. If you and your family are interested in getting involved in the uc y Clovers orse Clu , oin us on onday, arch at 6 pm. We would love to have a large crowd! For more information about the program, contact Carla at 479-394-6018. The U niversity of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an e ual opportunity e ual access af rmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your (insert appropriate of ce as soon as possi le. ial for Ar ansas Relay.

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Ouachita Challenge Mountain Bike Racers to Hit the Trails this Weekend SUBMITTED


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he Ouachita Challenge mountain bike race will be March 25th and 26th and will involve 500 riders. This 60 plus mile race is produced by the Ouachita Mountain Challenge Association and will take place over parts of the Ouachita Trail and the Womble Trail, as well as connecting roads between the two trails. This is a very challenging racecourse that features steep mountain ascents and descents, creek crossings, and narrow rocky trails. Encounters with wildlife are not uncommon for the riders. The race begins and ends at the Oden School starting at 8 a.m. both days. The fastest riders will cover this course in about four hours and thirty minutes. There are categories for men and women, as well as age groups and a single speed bike class. In past races, riders have come from about 20 different states. The attraction to our area is partly due to the fact that the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) has designated three trails nearby as Epic Mountain Bike Trails. These are the Womble Trail, the Ouachita Trail, and the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail. The grouping of three epic trails in such a small area is unusual in the U nited States. This epic designation adds not only to the rider’s interest in this event, but also to increased tourism year round. The Ouachita Mountain Challenge Association is an all volunteer group that represent the organizations ho ill ene t from the revenue the event produces. All proceeds from the event are distri uted to the local non pro t organi ations that help put on the race. These include the den School, riends of the uachita Trail, Traildogs, Polk County Development Center, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Joplin VolunAbove: Ouachita Challenge 2013 riders cross a creek in the Ouachita teer ire epartment, Cove olunteer ire epartment, Sims olunteer ire epartment, and the uachita Forest. PHOTO COURTESY OF CODY WOODS Amateur Radio Association. The event has a very positive impact on these agencies and their operations. The Ouachita Challenge has a large economic impact for this area of the state. Motels, campgrounds, and ca ins ill e lled in the area. ost riders ill ring friends and families to the event for the ee end, and many racers spend several ee ends in the area practicing for the event prior to the race weekend. With this economic impact in mind, everyone is encouraged to welcome the visitors to our beautiful part of the state. Helping them to have an enjoyable time on race ee end ill insure return visits and additional tourism ene ts for our area. rgani ers also as the pu lic to please e careful driving and atch out for riders on area roads over the next week.

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MRHS Welcomes New Human Resource Director SUBMITTED



ena Regional Health System has welcomed Chandler Cox as their new Human Resource Director. Cox was born and raised in Mena, graduating from Mena High School in 2007. He knew early on he wanted to raise his family here. He married his high school sweetheart, Casey (Ellison) Cox ten years ago. They have two children, K ili (8) and Behrett (5 months . ollo ing graduation, Chandler egan or ing in the nancial eld. n the last couple of years, Co transitioned from nance to a more human resource centered role at a multiple clinic healthcare company. am eager to ring my comined e perience of nance and human resources to ene t the employees of ena egional ealth System , Chandler Co . e are very pleased to elcome Chandler to our team. e rings uality e perience to the position and ill e a positive advocate for our employees, Jay ue edeau .

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The Annual Board Camp Rural Volunteer Fire Department PANCAKE BREAKFAST

will be conducted at the fire house on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 7am to 11am. Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee and orange juice will be served. There will be no charge for the breakfast, but the “donation boot” will be out. All Board Camp residents and others are invited to attend. Remember the date: Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 7am to 11am.



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Camp Pioneer Pinewood Derby – A Scouting Tradition



he Cossatot District of the Boy Scouts of America held their District Pinewood Derby on Saturday, March 11th, at Camp Pioneer Boys Scout Camp. Cub Scouts from across the region, with the help of parents, build their own cars from wood, plastic wheels, and metal axles. The cars must meet criteria PHOTOS COURTESY OF DANO HIGGINS of weight and length of car, and it also must t on the track provided. At the Derby, scouts watch them zoom down the trac hoping theirs crosses the nish line rst a national scout tradition that has been in place since 1953. In the 2017 Camp Pioneer Pinewood Derby, Jaylon Boyles won 1st place, Noah Grubbs placed 2nd, and John Maturino placed 3rd. Best in Show was awarded to Travis ene eld. Camp Pioneer Boy Scout Camp has been providing events such as the Pinewood Derby and teaching youth outdoor skills since 1916. As the Pulse’s history contributor, Jeff Olson, put it, “Camp Pioneer’s story Derby cars were built using all is that of many thousands of people - boys, leaders, types aterials an a e in parents, volunteers, and others who experienced (and many shapes, sizes, and colors. gave of themselves so that others might experience) the best that Scouting had to offer during summer camp and other outdoor gatherings and events. In turn, these boys and young men grew into adults who espoused and lived out Scouting’s core values and became the men, husbands, fathers, employees, and leaders who helped to make their communities, states, and nation a better place for their generation and for those yet unborn.” And indeed, the comradery and skills created through the designing, building, and racing of their cars will last the scouts a lifetime and carry the tradition on to future generations.

Pancake Breakfast/Bake Sale

The local Christian Motorcyclists Association Chapter is having their annual Pancake Breakfast & Bake Sale for Missions

Saturday, March 25 7:00 am - 10:30 am at Grace Bible Church Hwy. 71 N. Rain or Shine All Donations go to CMA’s Run for the Son fundraiser.

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Mystery China


dishes!” And sure enough, her mother’s china that had been missing since 1985 was found. But how did those dishes get inside of that hot water heater? And, why? Those questions were on everyone’s minds and when they all got together and matched clues and facts, the story developed. In 1983, Louise had to take her mother, Lela Rowell, from the home Lela shared with her husband, Allen. Lela needed cancer treatment in Louisiana. Allen was “enraged” at Lela’s leaving and “decidMs. Louise Rachel proudly holds her mothers beloved ed to punish Lela by yal D lt n ne ina r t e rst ti e in years taking two of her prized possessions, her family photo albums and her Royal Doulton China, and hiding them,” Hinton explained. From that time until his death, he would never tell where he hid them. Some time after his death the family as a le to nd the photo albums inside his residence. In 1987, one platter from the china set was found in the Rowell barn, lodged between two bales of hay, but the rest were never recovered, having been secretly hidden in the old hot water heater. Hinton decided the only thing to do was the right thing to do – return the china to its rightful owner, three decades after last being seen. While on the phone with Louise, Hinton said she was “sobbing” and “so thankful” that he was willing to return them. Hinton did not want to mail the precious set, so the two families made arrangements to meet. On March 10, just three days after the initial conversation, Hinton, Dr. Rogers, and the china set off to Texarkana where they met with Louise and her daughter, Chris. “It was a joyous day for both families and Louise was overcome with tears and happiness when she held her mother’s china again, almost 34 years after it had last been seen,” smiled Hinton. “Two families had two different mysteries, both involving the same set of china. What a joy that the mystery has been solved,” he ended.

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Homemakers to Host Workshop on Saturday T



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he Polk County Extension Homemakers are hosting a workshop to teach others how to make a Microwave Bowl Holder. The event will be held on Saturday, March 25th from 10 a.m. until noon at the Extension Education Center at 211 DeQ ueen Street in Mena. on t urn your ngers hen you heat your o l of soup in the micro ave, said event organi ers. a ric and pattern ill e provided, ho ever, participants are as ed to ring of a yard of cotton fa ric and cotton flannel, or cotton uilt atting for the inside of the bowl holder. You may also bring sewing supplies such as scissors, rotary cutter and mat, pins, thread, and sewing machines. The niversity of Ar ansas System ivision of Agriculture is an e ual opportunity e ual access af rmative action institution. f you re uire a reasona le accomadation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact the Polk County Extension f ce at . ial for Ar ansas elay.

Mena Art Gallery Holding Fundraiser for The Art of the Heartland BY MELANIE BUCK •


he Mena Art Gallery is holding a fundraiser to help bring The Art of the Heartland National Juried Paint Show back to Mena for the third year. They have a goal of $15,000 and need the community’s help. A challenge has been set up by two donors. f the gallery raises $1,100 in the next week, those donors will match the amount one for , and another for . rgani ers of the event said the fundraising is “especially important considering the probable loss of national funding for the arts. f you ish to donate, visit .ra story Artofthe eartland. There, you can ma e hatever si e donation you ish. The gallery than s all those ho support the arts in south estern Ar ansas.

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The Wall That Heals


rgani ers as ed that you ring a flag if you have one, if not, there ill e flags availa le throughout the route. ne volunteer, Shannon Clifford, is offering free patriotic face painting to ids starting at a.m. on the corner of South ena Street and allas Avenue. inda Johnson, head organi er of the event, said although The all ill e set up on ednesday morning and availa le for vie ing, the opening ceremony ill e held on Thursday, arch , at a.m. veryone is invited and encouraged to attend. ight refreshments ill e served. The all That eals ill e availa le for vie ing anytime, day or night, until Sunday, arch , at p.m. There ill also e an ducation Center on site. The e terior sides of the trailer that carries The all That eals open to ecome a mo ile ducation Center. nformation cases display photos of service mem ers hose names are found on The all, along ith letters and memora ilia left at The all in .C. The useum also includes a map of ietnam and a chronological overvie of the conflict in ietnam. The e hi its tell the story of the ietnam ar, The all and the era surrounding the conflict, and are designed to put American e periences in ietnam in a historical and cultural conte t. Johnson said the ducation Center ill include a television screen that sho s veterans from Pol County and surrounding counties that ere illed in ietnam. or school groups, church groups, or any other ind of organi ations, special spea ers are provided that give an oral history of their e periences in ietnam. To schedule a group session, to volunteer, or for more information, contact inda Johnson at . or those that haven t served, volunteer Sandy avis said, t should ring than fulness in reali ing hat the nited States has done to eep us the free country e are and ho important it is to eep it that ay. f they hadn t fought for this country, it ould

Mena Lioness Offer Scholarship BY MELANIE BUCK •


he ena ioness ions have released the applications for their annual scholarship. This is the si th year for the ioness to present a scholarship to local students. This year s scholarship is orth , , paya le in t o e ual installments, ith the second installment contingent upon the student s PA during the rst semester. The scholarship applications are availa le to high school seniors, as ell as current college students. Applications for the scholarship can e pic ed up at high school of ces, as ell as from ioness mem ers. t is important to note that an applicant does not have to e af liated ith the ioness to apply. Applications are due y ay st, .

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enlisted in the U nited States Navy right after graduating high school in Pineville, Louisiana in 1965. Not only did she want to earn money for college, Vietnam was also in full swing and she wanted to do something to help. “I felt like I needed to do something,” she said. And she did. “I was strictly a pencil-pusher,” Westphal laughed. And although she makes her job in the Navy seem minimal, her duties included handling classi ed documents and or ing ith senior of cers in the military. She served for three years actively. “I was very proud. At the time, they didn’t allow ‘ WAVES’ (Women’s Auxiliary Voluntary Emergency Services) on the ships so I served where I could,” Westphal explained. She added that WAVES are now known as women sailors. n addition to her or ith veterans at the Pol County eterans Service f ce, she also volunteers her time at the American Legion, where she is the Adjutant (secretary). “I love helping the vets. Anything I can do to help a veteran, I will.” Other volunteer projects include being part of the Military Honor Guard, the Humane Society of the Ouachitas, Hospice Services at Ouachita Regional Hospice, and serves on the board of the Polk County Family Mission. Dotty K inyon, DAR Regent, stated in her presentation leading up to the award that it is a privilege to honor Westphal “as a notable woman for her outstanding contributions and the difference she has made in her community. She has been especially instrumental in involving James K . Polk Chapter, NSDAR, members in activities related to our mission and serving local military personnel and veterans.” When honored with the Distinguished Woman in American History Award, Westphal thanked the Society and tearfully said, “When I joined the Navy, it was the best thing I ever did.”


By S. J . Varner

W hen a b ab y is b orn, p eop le will of ten comment how much he/ she resemb les mom or is more lik e dad, and, indeed, as the child matures it continues to dev elop into the image of its p arents. This is no accident rather it is designed to b e this way. In Ge n 1 : 2 6 God said: " L e t Us m a k e m a n i n O u r i m a g e … And so H e gav e man that which was lik e unto H imself : the ab ility to think and reason, to p lan and b uild, to f eel emotions and b e creativ e, and to p ossess character traits uniq uely H is own. Y et when man ate of the f ruit of the tree of k nowledge of good and ev il, man’ s nature changed. H e chose to p ursue his f leshly desires than ob ey the Sp irit. It’ s called “ sin” . A transgression against God. 1 J o h n 2 : 1 6 notes: “ Fo r a l l t h a t i s i n t h e w o r l d - t h e l u s t o f t h e f l e s h , t h e l u s t o f t h e e y e s , a n d t h e p r i d e o f l i f e i s n o t o f t h e Fa t h e r b u t i s o f t h e w o r l d . ” Being in this world, what then are we to do? Ga l 5 : 1 6 instructs us to: “ Wa l k i n t h e Sp i r i t , a n d y o u s h a l l n o t f u l f i l l t h e l u s t o f t h e f l e s h . ” And Ga l . 5 : 2 2 - 2 5 instructs us regarding how we are to distinguish b etween the ways of the f lesh and the ways of the Sp irit. “ … t h e f r u i t o f t h e Sp i r i t i s l o v e , j o y , p e a c e , l o n g s u f f e r i n g , k i n d n e s s , g o o d n e s s , f a i t h f u l n e s s , g e n t l e n e s s , s e l f - c o n t r o l . Ag a i n s t s u c h t h e r e i s n o l a w . An d t h o s e w h o a r e Ch r i s t ' s h a v e c r u c i f i e d t h e f l e s h w i t h i t s p a s s i o n s a n d d e s i r e s . If w e l i v e i n t h e Sp i r i t , l e t u s a l s o w a l k i n t h e Sp i r i t . ” Therein are the character traits of God which we must dev elop ov er the course of our liv es. It tak es a lot of p rayer, study and ef f ort if these traits are to b ecome our f irst nature and not our second choice. R o m 8 : 1 4 notes: “ Fo r a s m a n y a s a r e l e d b y t h e Sp i r i t o f Go d , t h e s e a r e s o n s o f Go d . ” As the child is inf luenced b y the p arent so it is the child of God is inf luenced b y the Sp irit of God. H e cares ab out you. Good day. The Hatfield Church of Christ welcomes you this Sunday. F or more inf ormation, you may reach us at 479-437-5276, email hatf ieldcof c@ gmail. com and/ or lik e us on F aceb ook .

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undreds of spectators looked on as a rehabilitated bald eagle soared back into the wild on Saturday, March 18, at Riverside Park in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Along the banks of the Arkansas River, Tommy Young, wildlife rehabilitator for more than three decades, lifted the raptor high as she spread her ings and ent flying across the river. Although the eagle hit the water before she made it all the way across the expansive river, she swam her way to a rockbar where she sunned for a while. The moment the eagle landed on the river, sounds of gasps and ‘ oh no’ could be heard from the crowd. They feared the beautiful creature wouldn’t make it. However, it is a normal occurrence, as Young explained to the audience and television cameras. Before a release, Young makes sure the animal has had a full meal and it sometimes ma es it hard for the irds to fly far. t happens at a lot of releases, e plained oung. They have full ellies and it ma es them heavy and harder to fly. She’ll sit for a while and then take off.” And sure enough, she did. In less than an hour, she was ready to soar again and remaining spectators, and her reha ilitator, atched as she fle out of sight. oung said she ll nd a place close to nest and live, as long as other eagles in the area allo her to stay. f not, she ill nd a home a little further a ay. The bald eagle was brought to Young after being found on Veterans Day near Hot Springs y an of cer ith the Ar ansas State Police. She had a head in ury, fractured ing and ligament sling, and a calcium deposit from an old injury. After months of treatment, it was time for her to return to the wild. Young has a juvenile bald eagle as well that he has been working with since last Summer. She suffers from zinc poisoning and must wait until this Fall after her molt to be released. That eagle and others animals are still in need of sponsors. If you would like to help support the efforts of Tommy Young and the Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center, donations are always accepted and appreciated. Monetary donations can be made by mailing to: P.O. Box 1881, Mena, AR 71953. Or, direct bank drafts can be sent to Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center accounts at either U nion Bank of Mena or Bear State Bank. Non-monetary donations are also needed. Many of the supplies needed can be purchased at the Farmer’s Co-op in Mena and left for Young to pick up. For more information, contact Young at 479-437-3750. As a 501(c)3 organization, all donations are tax deductible.

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Cove History Club to Write History Book

northward, it moves at a rate of 19 miles per day, which is how far he tries to travel each day. y his con guration, he should e home SUBMITTED around the middle of May. However, that accounts for the weather cooperating, which it he Cove History Club meets every second doesn’t always do. While in Mena on March Thursday of each month between 2-4p.m. at the 11, the area suffered a rather cold, balmy, and Cove Library, located at the Cove City Hall. They invite wet day, meaning he didn’t get to explore like anyone who has ever lived in the township of Cover to he wanted, but he was rather curious about join them in the journey of writing a book. This request the history behind the town. “Small town folks is from the newly established library volunteers. “Every are small town folks everywhere,” said Pierce, family is important and our desire is to cover the lives of noting that Mena’s small town folks are just as every family who would like to share life-long memories friendly as others along the way. That is part for the generations to come. We desire to cover as of the point of his trip – meeting new people much as we can to write a book on the history of the and listening to their stories, their history, their township of Cove, ” says Molly Thomas. Information on pride. “I like people, places, maps. It’s all a big the is needed on the following: family names and inadrenaline rush for me,” Pierce said. formation of your family from the founding of Old Cove He said he could drive from Brownsville to located on East Cove 32 or old line road as it is often Winnepeg in three long days in a car, “but what would the point of that be,” he asked. “When you’re passing called, plus the movement to the township of New Cove through, what’s the point of being totally anonymous and not talking to anybody? It’s stopping and poking around when the railroad movement came into existence. To and talking to people… that’s the fun thing about it. That’s what keeps me going.” help with the book, meet us at the library or mail your “Bill is a 69-year-old former doctoral student in English, college instructor, newspaper writer, editor and movie memories to the Cove Library and City Hall, Cove, Ar critic, computer net or engineer, professional re er and certi ed eer udge. e has an encyclopedic no l71937. edge of people, places and history, but lacks the depth of those interesting places and stories that only local residents possess,” explained his brother, Martin. As part of his meeting people along the route, one common question he asks is: What does Springtime mean to you? For that, he gets many answers, and hopes to record them in a book. Although he is The Family of Dendin Guinn would like to unsure of publishing, he would like to try to write it nonetheless. And although he is now 69 and the trip is generally a once-in-a-lifetime experience, extend our deepest thanks to those who have shown it is actually not the rst time he has ridden a icycle across orders. n , he kindness during our difficult time. A special thanks to too a , mile i e trip across countries in urope that too months. ou get Roger Morphew, Southwest EMS, and Gene Hendrix for older, get a lifetime of experience. It seems easier for me now than it would have then,” all of your efforts. Thanks to Beasley Wood Funeral Home said Pierce of the ene t of his current age. He hopes that others are able to take something from his trip as well. “I hope that for making the arrangement process easy. Thank you to people get as much from my trip as I get from them. Otherwise, I feel like I’m stealing Concord Baptist Church for the use of the facilities. Thank all your stories, and what am I giving back? Maybe a few stories of my own.” you to John and Ginger Atchley for always looking out for If you would like to follow Pierce in his journey, he keeps a blog going at www. log. There you can nd photos and information on here he has Dendin and his animals. Thank you, Brother Tommy een and here he is going. As of arch , he as in Jay, lahoma, follo ing his Beshears for preaching the service and forever touching designated route of .S. igh ay , hich stretches from the e ico order to the lives. Thank you, Alice Womack, for playing one of Canadian border.


Dendin’s favorite songs. A heartfelt thank you to the Pall Bearers. Each one of you hold a special place in our family. Thank you to all who have sent flowers, cards, money, and genuine condolences for our loss.

No one is ever prepared to lose a loved one, but knowing how much Dendin was loved has helped bring peace and comfort. He was a big part of our lives and is already greatly missed.

With Love from Seth and Janet Guinn, Mike & Donah Simmons, and Shirley Guinn.

RAYMOND HAYWARD Raymond Hayward, age 80, of Big Fork died Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at the St. Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs. He was born on Monday, October 19, 1936 to Robert and Nettie Addison Hayward in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Raymond was always a hard worker. He was the Fire Chief at Big Fork for twenty years as well as an active member of the Community Center for seventeen years. Raymond spent twenty-eight years as the owner/operator of Big Fork Mall and spent 365 days a year serving his community. He loved every minute of it. Raymond was most proud of building the new fire station in ig Fork. Raymond was a loving husband, grandfather, father, brother and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Joseph Hayward and Kenny Hayward; and one brother, David Hayward. Raymond is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Hayward of Big Fork; three sons, Bob Hayward of Robeline, Louisiana, Kevin Casey of Gresham, Oregon, and Damon Burns of Alexandria, Virginia; one daughter, Tami Broadway of Big Fork; one brother, Donald Hayward of Natchitoches, Louisiana; one sister, Lottie Wallingsford of Shreveport, Louisiana; nine grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation was Friday, March 17, 2017 at 5:00 P.M. at the Big Fork Baptist Church with services entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. Online Guestbook:

SCOTT KELSO Scott Kelso, age 95, of Mena, Arkansas died Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Mena Manor in Mena. He was born on Saturday, December 24, 1921 to Charles Rufus and Sarah Elizabeth Damron Kelso in Mountainburg, Arkansas. Scott was a man of God, a member of ible eliever’s aptist hurch, and an ordained Deacon of the Baptist faith. As a young man, he and his wife, Betty served as missionaries to Southern Mexico to the Huichol Indian tribe for many years. He was very proud of this greater work in his life. Scott was a World War II Veteran serving in the Army Air Corp. Scott enjoyed woodworking and bird watching. He worked several years as a construction engineer making blueprints for new homeowners. He also earned his Bachelor’s egree in heology. Scott was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Newton Duane Kelso; two brothers, Newton Kelso and Raymond Kelso; and two sisters, Julia Teague and Faye Spencer. Scott is survived by his loving wife, Betty Kelso of Mena; his daughter, Joyce Kelso of Albuquerque, New Mexico; his granddaughter, Debbie Ulpton, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral service were held Monday, March 20, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel with Brother erry Musgrove officiating. nterment

followed in the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena. Visitation was general. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. Online Guestbook:

ELVA LOU FRANCES STEWART WILLIAMS Elva Lou Frances Stewart Williams went to be with the Lord on March 15, 2017 just 5 days short of her 86th birthday. She was born on Friday, March 20, 1931 to Ira and Laura Lou Duncan Stewart in Wickes, Arkansas. Elva loved the Lord, her family, and friends. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mena where she served faithfully and was involved in many ministries up until her death. Elva was married to the love of her life, Xavier Ross Williams, for almost 70 years. Elva married Ross when she was 16 years old and followed him to Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas and then on to Southwestern Theological Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, , where she got an Associate’s egree. Later, Elva received her teaching degree at the Southern State College in Magnolia, Arkansas. Elva touched many lives as an elementary school teacher for 35 years even getting an award for the Elementary Teacher of Year in the State of Arkansas, but her greatest ministry was as the best friend and wife working alongside Ross as a pastor’s wife. Elva loved and was loved by all the church members they worked with over the years. Her heart was always in Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, or any other ministry leading people to


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know the Lord. Elva loved her kids and grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was so proud of their accomplishments in life and supported them in all their endeavors. Elva was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, brother, Olen Stewart, and two sisters, Bonnie Vasil, Oza Herring. Elva is survived by her two children, Gary Williams and wife, Sharon of Mena, and Donna Merriman and husband, Hal of Jacksonville, six grandchildren, Kristi Schuller and husband, Steven of Mena, Kevin Williams and wife, Tiffany of Mena, Keith Williams and wife, Amber of Mena, Melissa Kennedy and husband, Robert of Maumelle, yle Williams and fianc , Cori of Hot Springs, Kim Williams and husband, Chadd of Siloam Springs and nine great grandchildren, Olivia Lockhart, Andrew Davis, Alexis Williams, Nicholas Williams, Grayden Kennedy, Tessa Williams, Jenna Williams, Everly Kennedy, and Aubrey Williams; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the First Baptist hurch with rother Russell hreet officiating. Interment followed in the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home. Visitation was Friday, March 17, 2017 from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena. Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh. com

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indergarten - All A’s: Leliana Anglin, Makenzie Arthur, Aspen Boldrey, Gracelee Burk, Jasmine Dunn, K eelie Haynes, Bailey Huff, Aaron Jewell, Cambree Manning, Tristan Pollard, Natalie Rushing, Nevaeh Scott, Ariana Shaver, Jace Shouse, Gracie Smith, Joslyn Watkins, Braxton Wilkinson , Saphina Z immerman. All A’s & B’s: Madyson Broach, Samuel Davis, Easton Johnson. First rade - All A’s: Temperance Bell, Brody Creel, Charlie Fortner, Beaudy Lile. All A’s & B’s: Makayla Arthur, Lillyann Bennett, Tristan Dau, Autumn Dunn, Jakub Henry, Madison Jewell, Jacee McGhee, Jay Moss, Abagayl Pollard, Jayden Scott, Trinity Standridge, Shiloh Taylor. Second rade - All A’s: Ayden Arthur, Tayden Broach, Thomas Chesser, Matthew Dau, Flint Dickerson, Anthony Johnson, Joe K ing, Rylee Manning, Jade Watkins. All A’s & B’s: Natalie Bailey, Jayden Broach, Michael Howard, Jamey Johnson, Emmie Owens, Abbie Penney, Lynzie Wilkinson. Third rade - All A’s: Colton Green. Third Grade - All A’s & B’s; Jacob Barrett, Alex Broach, Jimmy Glenn, Z achary Gunn, Elijah Owens. Fourth rade - All A’s: Elijah Smith, Bradley Wade. All A’s & B’s: Jennifer Arce, Dani Atchley, Landon Case, Laci Dixon, Riley Dunn, Shawn Harris, Bradley Harwood, Jayden Johnson, K yler McK ee, Mattie Ross. Fifth rade - All A’s: Austin Bailey, Braylen Ralls. All A’s & B’s: Thomas Broach, Caylynn Burke, Illiana Diaz De Leon, Brodie Dickerson, Landon Estes, Falesha Harris, Meera Henry, Madelyn Hoyle, Z enia Schmidt. Sixth rade - All A’s & B’s: Hunter Burke, Mia Dixon, Jessica Green, K imberly Hackworth, Jessica Harris, Christian Hoyle, Braylee Jewell, Harley Loyd, K eeton McCarver, Lillian McIntyre, K ylie Owens, Gracie Potter, Nathan Watkins.

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irst rade: Anastasia Broach and Jakub Henry.Third rade: Jacob Barrett and Michael Howard. Fourth rade: Jennifer Arce and Bradley Wade. Fifth Broach, Illiana Diaz De Leon, and Darnay Pierce. Sixth rade: Rudy Arce, Austin Caramez, Tyler Graham, K imberly Hackworth, and Jessica Harris.

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ickes Elementary sixth graders Toby Brown, Ashley Castro, and Emily U garte were selected to attend the Discovering Excellence in Arkansas STEM Conference at the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock. Only 100 6th graders from across the state were chosen. These students have shown an aptitude in Math & Sciences and are thinking about pursuing a STEM career.


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Mena Schools Host ‘Donuts with Dad’ Mena Public Schools held a Donuts with Dad event on Friday, March 17, 2017. Each t e istri t’s r campuses allowed dads to eat breakfast with their children, being served donuts, milk, and fruit. The schools reported a great turnout for the event. PICTURED is Jordyn Gilchrist and her dad enjoying their donuts.

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Acorn Archery Receives Grant for 3D Targets SUBMITTED


he Acorn Archery Team recently expanded its competition to include 3D Targets. Ten 3D targets were purchased with the assistance of the Farmer’s Cooperative through a grant with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The $1000.00 grant was funded through the Wildlife Conservation Education Program. The new targets will help the Acorn Archery Team increase their competitive base at the National Archery in the Schools competition in Louisville, K entucky this coming May.

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corn Elementary has announced their February 2017 Students of the Month. Students chosen have displayed excellent citizenship, exceptional academic effort/ improvement and good attendance. Simple Simon’s Pizza, Goss Electronics, and Laark Enterprises provided lunch and games. Front Row: Sarah Bloodworth, K indergarten, daughter of Billie Jo Bloodworth; Caston Horn, 1st grade, son of Nathan and Rachel Fox; Tucker Garner, K indergarten, son of Bradley and Leigh Garner. Middle Row: Landon McAdams, 2nd grade, grandson of Lisa Pearson; Cooper Strother, 1st grade, son of Dakota and K ala Strother; Addison Ledbetter, 1st grade, daughter of Chris and K yLynn Ledbetter. Back Row: Tara Hart, 4th grade, daughter of Randall and Dana Hart; Shay Allen, 5th grade, daughter of Chance and Brandy Allen; Rebecca Moore, 4th grade, daughter of Nathan and Brittney Moore; Nicholas Hicks, 3rd grade, son of Eric and Trista Hicks; K aleb Sullivan, 3rd grade, son of Shelby and Jennifer Sullivan; Clay McGee, 2nd grade, son of Jaime and Michelle McGee.

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Mena High School 40 Year Club Grows Scholarship Endowment


he Mena High School 40 Year Club recently presented a donation of $10,000 to the U niversity of Arkansas Rich Mountain Foundation to continue growing the Club’s established endowment for scholarships. The MHS 40 Year Club Endowment Scholarship currently provides three annual scholarships, with the fourth annual scholarship endowment nearing completion. The scholarship awards are designated for Mena High School graduates attending U niversity of Arkansas Rich Mountain. Scholarship award is based on need and academic performance. The Mena High School 40 Year Club is open to Mena High School graduates who graduated 40 or more years ago. Tim Masters, Board President, stated the Club meets every two years for a reunion and this year’s reunion weekend is May 26 & 27, 2017. For more information on the Mena High School 40 Year Club and Reunion details, visit and Mena High School Forty-Year Club Facebook page at Facebook/ Mena High School Forty Year Club. Foundation Board Members, Donors, and Chancellor pictured (l to r): K aren Mosier, David Alley, Brian Hensley, John Vacca, Damon Miller, MHS 40 Year Club Board President Tim Masters, Donna Montgomery, Avel Mendoza, Ben Finley, and Dr. Phillip Wilson. For more information about the U A Rich Mountain Foundation and giving opportunities contact, Tammy Young, Director of Development and Community Relations at (479) 394-7622, x. 1220 or tyoung@

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he U niversity of Arkansas Rich Mountain is offering ACT prep courses for anyone interested. Prep courses will be offered in reading, math, and English. The reading course will be Tuesday, March 28th from 6-8pm. The math prep course will be available Wednesday, March 29th from 6-8pm. For those seeking to take the English course, it will be offered Thursday, April 6th from 6-8pm. The cost for each prep course is $20. To register, or for more information, contact Lisa Jumper at 479-394-7622 ext. 1310, or ljumper@ The prep courses are made available through a partnership with U niversity of Arkansas Rich Mountain and Lifelong Learning & Workforce Development.

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n March 4th, in Joplin, Missouri, Ryan Erickson of Southern Impact Martial Arts, made his debut as a professional mixed martial arts ghter. ric son as matched against another de uting pro and hometo n favorite, eAlan ic s. ic s strength as his o ing, as he as the o ing coach for the ictory ym in Joplin, issouri and his pro ciency in the discipline as evidenced early hen he landed a solid right hand that dropped ric son flat to the canvas in the rst minute of the rst round. ric son as a le to regain his senses and his feet, and pressure ic s against the cage efore ic s forced distance et een the t o and unleashed ith a arrage of stri es that again had ric son in trou le. ue to sheer heart and determination ho ever, ric son as a le to eather the early storm and force ic s against the cage efore pic ing him up and planting him rmly on his ac . rom top position, ric son landed a steady flo of punches and el o s to end the rst round. The eginning of the second round sa ic s slo do n and ric son pic up steam as he forced ic s once again to the cage and easily pic ed up ic s on his shoulder and thunderously slam him to the canvas. ric son then resumed his top position ground and pound game until, due to a controversial stand up y the referee, the ghters ere rought ac to their feet to resume the out. This stand up only proved to e a disadvantage to the o er as ric son landed some of his hardest punches of the night on ic s efore tying him ac up and dragging him to the ground. ric son continued his dominating ground assault as he landed more and more heavy punches and el o s until the referee as forced to stop the ght at of the second round, declaring ric son inner y Technical noc January 6, 201 out. This successful de ut ma es ric son the only professional A ghter raised in and ased out of ena. e is a trainer at Southern mpact and credits his team and the uachita ountain artial Arts team for helping prepare him for his out and encourages any ody ho ants to train A, learn self defense, or ust get into shape to contact Southern mpact at or on ace oo . PHOTO COURTESY OF KYLE MILLION BUTTERCUP PHOTOGRAPHY

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Mena Junior Boys Track Wins Booneville Meet



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ena Junior earcat Trac Team on their rst meet ever hen they travelled to ooneville on arch th. The oys team placed st out of teams competing. The meter team on rst for the rd time this season ith amon Clar , Thadeus ance, evin Adams, and Curtis Curry. The meter team too second ith ane Stephens, arc ilson, evin Adams, and a a ngoglia. ra ton ahr placed second in shot put and st place in discus. la e Castor got th in discus. Chris ollmeyer got nd in high ump and st in m hurdles. athe cCravens placed nd in pole vault ith a vault of ft in Thadeus ance placed th in pole vault. Curtis Curry nished at the top of the m and m, ta ing rst place in oth events, and evin Adams nished in the top of the m. ane Stephens placed th in high ump and th in long ump, st in m, and th in m. arc ilson got nd in triple ump and th place in the m run. ena Junior oys Trac mem ers are th rade a a ngoglia, arc ilson, ane Stephens, evin Adams, Jeremiah S int, Andre raves, Curtis Curry, ra ton ahr, and Jayden Castillo. th rade athe cCravens, amon Clar , Sam rd, Thadeus ance, ogan yers, la e Castor, ol e Smith, Chris ollmeyer, and Jet ernande . Seventh grade also held a meet recently ith Cale Peters running a mile and ta ing rst place ith Trey c illan coming in second. Seventh grade team mem ers are avid ee, Cale Peters, van raves, Ashton Po ell, Austin ose, Trey c illian, Travis Thrail ill, Seth ruen, la e ro n, rendon ro n, Ale hite, Jarrett urger, Jonathan iffee, ac edlin, ra ton Clay orn, uncan cCauley, oah Snyder, ogan ang, o y allace, and ilson ughes.

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ena Team ass held their rst tournament of the season last ee end on e ueen a e. Coming in st place as team Co ielding ith . l s. n nd, itchell itchell yielded . l s. and rachiseur To ers too rd ith . l s. ig ass as a arded to team Co ielding for their . l catch. ther results ere . Cog urn Pitchford . . . Toon Toon . . . orse ohanan . . . alls right . . . Teague Thigpen . . . Page arner . . . oore oore . . . ussell Currance . . . Jopling Ta or . . Johnston Johnston . . . oc hart iles . . . T. ose ose . . . oyd ate e . . . P. ose A. ose . . . c ride hite . . . eputy orphe . . ossen ro n . . . organ Cummins . . . arton or gan . . . rien rien . . . radley radley . . . Amason Amason . . . roo s roo s . .

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TT C The legislature has passed and sent to the governor a campus carry measure that as amended numerous times and applies to many more areas than college campuses. As originally introduced, ouse ill ould have allo ed faculty and staff at state colleges and universities to carry a concealed rearm on campus, as long as they already had a concealed carry permit. That as the version that the ouse passed y a vote of to . t as sent to the Senate, here seven amendments to the ill ere considered and ve amendments ere adopted. After amending it, the Senate passed it on a vote of to . The nal version of the ill allo s anyone ith a permit to carry a concealed rearm on campus, as long as they ta e an additional eight hours of training. Permit holders ho ta e the additional training ill not have to rene it in future years, and the cost ill e nominal. ith the added training, they ill also e a le to carry on certain government property and many other locations here they could not carry under previous la , such as churches and restaurants ith li uor permits. o ever, churches and esta lishments may still prohi it entry to people carrying concealed rearms if they post a ritten notice at the entrance that is clearly reada le from ithin feet. The ill ill pro a ly allo Ar ansas concealed carry permit holders to legally carry in other states, ecause reciprocal agreements re uire additional training. The ouse formally agreed ith the ve Senate amendments to , and sent the ill to the governor for his signature. n a related vote, the Senate approved legislation to allo people ith concealed carry permits to store a handgun in their motor vehicle on the par ing lot of their place of employment. The gun must e stored out of sight in a loc ed handgun storage container. The right to eep a gun in a motor vehicle does not e tend to people ho are not employees. The Senate passed the measure, Senate ill , y a vote of to and sent it to the ouse, here it as referred to the Judiciary Committee. to create education savings accounts as amended ve times efore the ducation Committee sent it to the full ouse. t ould allo individuals and corporations to earn ta credits hen they ma e donations into the accounts. Parents ould e a le to apply for nancial aid from the accounts to help ith tuition and other costs associated ith sending their children to private schools and non pu lic schools. The nancial ene ts from an education savings account ould not e considered ta a le income for the parents. ne of the amendments to reduced its impact on state revenue. ntil scal year the total amount of ta credits may not e ceed million each year. n part due to concerns e pressed y pu lic school of cials, the ill failed y a vote of to .



e are no in the nal ee s of the legislative session. Committees and ouse floor proceedings have een meeting for e tended hours the last several days to hear as many ills as possi le efore e ad ourn. This ee , the ouse moved for ard legislation impacting education funding, uvenile sentencing, ta deductions, and even speed limits. The ouse passed hich sets the funding for our pu lic schools. This ill increases the funding from , per student to , per student for the ne t school year. The ouse also passed legislation allo ing teachers to ta e a ta deduction for out of poc et e penses for the classroom. allo s teachers to ta e a deduction on state ta es if he or she pays for classroom materials, including oo s, school supplies and even food or clothing for his or her students. This ee , e also passed legislation, hich a olishes life sentences ithout parole for anyone under the age of . S ould allo parole to e considered for a uvenile, tried as an adult, after serving years for a non homicidal offense, years for a rst degree murder conviction, and after serving years for capital murder. The ouse also passed S hich allo s the f ce of river Services to issue a digital copy of an Ar ansas river s icense upon re uest for a fee. The digital copy of the license ould e availa le for vie until the e piration of the traditional license. The ouse also passed a ill impacting speed limits in the state. allo s the high ay commission to increase the speed limit on interstates to mph. t raises the speed limit on other high ays to mph here permissi le. And e passed the ocal ood, arms, and Jo s Act. sets a goal for all state agencies, colleges, and universities that receive , from the state for the purchase of food. The goal outlined in the legislation is that y , of all the food purchased y the agency is either gro n or pac aged in Ar ansas. The goal increases to in the years follo ing. As a reminder, the ouse streams all committee meetings in the Capitol and all ouse floor proceedings on our e site .ar

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ith less than a month to go efore our ta es are due on April , many Ar ansans are hard at or navigating our nation s complicated and confusing ta code. ver the past years, there have een nearly , changes to the ta code, an average of more than one a day. It’s no wonder that the Ta payer Advocate Service, an independent of ce ithin the S, estimates that individuals and usinesses spend si illion hours each year to comply ith the ta code. ortunately, navigating the comple ta code has ecome easier. The paper, pencil and calculator method of guring out ta es no includes easier ays to le income ta es. Private usinesses have made ling ta es more painless for us. Advertisements for ta preparation services and ta soft are are tures on T during this time of the year. ore than percent of individuals rely on these to le their income ta es. For more than a decade, the IRS has worked with several private online ta preparation usinesses to form the ree ile Alliance. This program helps ma e it easier for people to le their ta es online. Ta payers ho earned less than , last year are eligi le for free online individual income ta preparation and electronic ling services. nfortunately, this program is underutili ed y eligi le ta payers. That’s why I recently joined Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas organizations to increase awareness of this program. This pu lic private partnership has helped more than million ta payers save over . illion in ta preparation costs since the ree ile Alliance as launched in . Arkansas is one of 21 states that has its own Free File programs, allo ing eligi le ta payers to le oth their federal and state ta return online for free. This is an important service that enables Arkansans to keep more of their hard-earned money. I’m proud to support the goals of the Free File Alliance. This is an important resource that ma es ta preparation easier and increases access to free online ling options for eligi le ta payers and ma es the federal government operate more ef ciently. The overnment Accounta ility f ce estimates the ree ile Alliance has saved the S at least million in processing costs. This is an important public-private partnership that uses the e pertise of ta preparation companies to empo er Ar ansans and all Americans to etter understand their nances and ease ta ling complications. There is still time to take advantage of this service for 2016 ta lings. encourage Ar ansans to learn more a out this program and use this free service at free le.


Cotton, Lee, Rubio, and Hill Introduce Legislation to Save Social Security Disability Insurance from Bankruptcy

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ashington, D.C.- Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) along with Senators Mike Lee (R-U tah) and Marco Rubio (R-Florida) today [ March 15, 2017] introduced the Return to Work Act of 2017, legislation that will save Social Security Disability Insurance from bankruptcy. This bill would help Social Security isa ility nsurance ene ciaries ho can recover return to or , hile also preserving the program’s long-term sustainability for the permanently disabled. Congressman French Hill (R-Arkansas) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. “We shouldn’t resign people with treatable conditions to a lifetime of sitting on the sidelines. If they can get back to work, then by all means we should help them,” said Cotton. “That’s why we’ve got to this program so it ta es into account people s different capa ilities. This ill not only save the program, which is dangerously close to going bankrupt; It will save our aid for the people who need it most.” “We can’t keep stealing from the Social Security Trust Fund to bail out the Social Security Disability Insurance system,” Lee said. “We need real reforms that will both make it easier for recovering Americans to return to work and make the program solvent,” said Lee. “Social Security Disability Insurance is supposed to be a safety net for people with disabilities. o ever, rampant a use, la enforcement and insuf cient accounta ility have ena led this program to grow unchecked and prevented many people from going back to work. The health of our national economy and strength of our communities depend on able-bodied Americans earning paychecks. This legislation represents a long overdue reform that takes care of working Americans and saves our social safety net for the truly disabled,” said Rubio. “SSDI was developed to be a safety net for those who suffer from a permanent, debilitating disability and to provide temporary assistance for those with a recoverable illness or disability while they heal, but disincentives to work and delays in continuing disability reviews have resulted in disabled individuals forgoing employment to remain on the program and maintain much needed ene ts. In order to ensure that it will continue to aid those who need it most and promote work for those willing and able, SSDI needs to be reformed. This bill is the type of reform that will keep the program solvent by helping those with recoverable illnesses and disabilities live full and independent lives by returning to the workforce. I am pleased to be joined by Senators Cotton, Lee, and Rubio in promoting this smart reform of this crucial program,” said Hill. ac ground Social Security s isa ility nsurance program has gro n more than si fold from to illion dollars in since . At the same time, the num er of ene ciaries ho leave the program to return to or has dropped from nearly si percent in to less than one half of one percent today. The eturn to or Act re uires disa ility determiners to classify ne ene ciaries ased on hether medical improvement is e pected. ene ciaries ho are e pected to recover would be given a timeline and additional resources to obtain employment while on SSDI. These bene ciaries ill also e a le to re apply if they have not recovered. ene ciaries ho are not e pected to recover will have no timeline for program participation. for more Editorial and Commentaries. We’re ALWAYS on!

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March 22, 2017

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The Dollar Family- Stewarding God’s Gifts



or many families, farming is more than a job, it is a heritage that has been passed down from generation to generation. Farming is hard work and is often weary for those involved, but it is a rewarding work. Many families have given their lives to this way of living, a life that is commendable. It is has been said that a family farm is more than a business, it is a lifestyle, an ideal worth preserving. This concept is fully embodied by the Dollar family. Ricky and Darcy Dollar both grew up in Polk County and met as young kids. “We both grew up on a farm and met as kids at the play days,” Darcy says. The play days were a time for families in the area that had an interest in riding horses and sharing laughs and good fellowship together. “It was like 35 years ago that we met, seems like forever ago,” says Ricky with a smile. Both Ricky and Darcy continued riding and participated in rodeo through their school years. During that time they lost contact with each other while they went to different schools in the county. “I had just graduated high school and we met up again. We started dating in 1998 and then got married in 2002,” Darcy recalls. Now the family includes their three kids, Daisy, Jasper, and Josey, each of them loving the farm and rodeo life just as much as their parents. When asked what they do for fun, Josey piped up with a grin, “We rodeo, it’s on Saturdays.” It’s evident that the Dollars love everything about rural life in the area. Ricky is a cattle farmer, running a cow-calf operation of 100 cattle. arcy or s at a local accounting rm, ut she loves the farm, especially her chic ens and their garden. ife at the Dollar farm is busy work and constantly keeps them moving. “The kids all have chores to help with to make sure that things get done. It isn’t a free ride, without their help many things can’t get done. It’s just been our way of life,” explains Ricky. Farmers have said that children aren’t farm working for free to help their parents make a living, but they are part of families working together to make a life. This is true of the Dollar family, each of them pulling their weight to make it all possible. “I can’t think of a better place to raise our kids. If there isn’t hard work, there is no reward,” Ricky says. Although there is much work to be done, the family loves having fun together. Daisy describes a fun time together, “We love getting dirty from playing. Some times we throw mud at each other and it’s so fun.” Along with riding horses here in Polk County, the Dollars travel all over to rodeo. Often you hear someone say that it’s a family affair, but this is certainly the case with the Dollars. All the kids are involved with competing or training for rodeo competition. With excitement and a grin, Jasper spoke up and said, “I do barrels, poles, and ride goats. The family travels all over to compete and aisy has en oyed the fruits of her hard or . She has een competing in ational ittle ritches rodeos and has competed in the National Finals twice. At the end of April, Daisy will be going to Oklahoma City to compete in BBR (Better Barrel Races) World Finals. Rodeos are more than just a hobby for the Dollars, it is more like being with family. “Some of our good friends have been through rodeo over the years.” As much as the family loves rodeo and has enjoyed the fun and opportunities it has provided, rodeo has also provided a way for them to care for the needs of others. In the last couple of ee s, more than , acres have een destroyed ecause of a re that started in the Texas Panhandle. People have lost their homes, their livestock, their very A Relay for Life Fundraiser livelihood. Seeing the devastation and the loss of so much, the Dollar family was moved with compassion and decided to help. “When you can see yourself in their situation, you realize how big the need really is.” Originally, Daisy was supposed to go to a barrel racing clinic during her Spring Break, but because of other participants’ school schedules, she went a week early. “It was really God that lined this up. When we saw that we were going down a week early, we contacted Sabrina and asked how we could help.” In the end, the Dollars, through the generous donations of other people in the community, were able to take nearly two trailers full of supplies. “We believe that we are to be stewards of all that we have; whether that be land, money, cattle, or time. We felt that being a good steward would be giving to those in need,” explains Ricky. Families like the Dollars are what makes small communities like Mena such wonderful Email: places to live. When people pull together in crisis and times of need, it raises the ation for people around you. “We feel that there are so many good Christian people here, it ma es living life here all that more ful lling. Text/Call:

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March 22, 2017

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Silver Screens - A Great Movie Watching Experience



ovies are a favorite past time for many families, a time to laugh and eat great snac s together. any couples have e perienced their rst date atching a movie to gether after dinner. The laughter and cac ling of small children atching their favorite movie is priceless. All these memories and many more are hat ma es atch ing movies so great. A fe years ago, the Silver Screens sat empty, ut some here in ena a vision as developing. eanna and uddy Ayres, along ith usiness partner reg avis, purchased the land and uilding and egan to remodel the theater. eanna and uddy gre up and lived in ena and have continued to or and raise their family in the area. After or ing in aviation since she as , eanna as loo ing to ma e a change and the theater as hat she as envisioning. as loo ing to ma e a change and love movies. thought hat etter o could ant, e plains eanna. The theater as sitting empty and as in need of a lot of or , ut she sa it for hat it could e again. t as the plan had in mind hen thought a out ma ing a change. uddy thought as cra y and still pro a ly does, says eanna laughing. eanna has al ays een a movie uff, she loves everything a out movies. y favorite movie is still The ote oo , ut ust love atching movies. t s something you can do together ith friends or family, eanna says. t seems natural that she ould e a good t to manage and oversee the theater. or anyone that comes to see a movie, they ill notice some considera le differences a out the uilding. ne of the more fun and impressive changes are the uniforms of the or ers. e anted to go ith a s theme, so all the girls and guys ear hite utton up shirts and lac pants ust li e they ould have then. ven our movie posters that deco rate the alls are from that era, e plains eanna. The s theme can e seen throughout the theater, from the tic et ooth in the front, to the chec ered tiles in the lo y, it has all een done to give a face lift to the theater. any changes have een made, not only to ma e the uilding etter, ut to also ma e the movie e perience etter for everyone involved. ne of the things that can rst e noticed hen you al in is the concession area. Television screens have the menus scrolling through for easy reada ility and then more televisions play movie trailers hile you ait. o matter ho is coming to the movies ith you, there ill e snac s for every taste. e have candy for the ids, ut e also have hite Castle urgers, pi a, chic en, and much more eanna and uddy also anted to ma e sure that their food prices ere reason a le. e traveled to other theaters to see hat they ere doing and compared prices. e anted to give people the est food for their money. So much of the changes made to the theater ere ith movie atchers comforts and preferences. eanna anted to ma e Silver Screens a premier movie theater for people in Pol County to e proud of and so many ne things have een added. ne of those things that she is most e cited a out is the second floor of the theater. n the past, the second floor as storage, ut no it has een turned into a space that any movie atcher ould love to e a part of. e anted to create a place here people could come and ta e their movie atching e perience to a hole ne level. A P room has een created for people to come and atch the movie hile they ic ac in recliners and couches, says eanna. The P room is for mem ers only, a small cost for the onderful e perience. A year long mem ership is only . ot only do you get to atch the movie on the couches, ut you can have one of our aitresses ring your snac s and food to you. ou can t eat that, says eanna e citedly. There is also a istro room upstairs e uipped ith televisions that could e used for irth day parties or even meetings as ell. The second level is an e perience that is ell orth loo ing into for any avid movie fan Silver Screens in ena is a movie atching e perience that ill e great for the hole family. e did everything e could to ma e this great. e are daily cleaning the theater, eeping it clean for everyone coming in. ore compliments have een given a out our staff and that ma es me happy. The theater ill for sure e ceed e pectations and ma e movie vie ers ant to return. am so grateful to manage the staff e have and to run this theater. t has een so great, e have received than you notes for opening the theater again. That ma es it all orth it. Set-up Friday, March 31: 12pm - 8 pm hen eanna and uddy decided to open the theater, they did more than open doors to a uilding, they opened doors for families, friends, and couples to en oy the entertain ment and fun of a good movie. ena needs this, e need a good theater here family and friends can come. or more information a out service provided, movies playing, or sho times, chec out Silver Screens at or on their ace oo page, Silver Screens Theater.

January 6, 2016

Mena Lions Club

Gun & Knife Show April 1st & 2nd

April 1st: 9am - 5pm • April 2nd: 9am - 4pm

Open to the Public Polk County Fairgrounds Polk Road 43 • Mena, AR 71953 BUY - SELL - TRADE - DISPLAYS

BLT or Grilled Ham & Cheese

$1 per ticket $5 for 6 tickets

Admission • 13 and older - $5

March Specials

(Free admittance to any Polk County Law Enforcement)


: 300 aliber rel C • 8 r l# 696 ed Ba Mode 6” Thread 1 • BLK

For information or reservations contact: Kevin Sweeney • 501-240-6212

Half Price Regular Size

Cheeseburgers & Hamburgers

HALF PRICE Extra Long Cheese Coney

$2.79 Pizza Stick $1.59 Regular Size Arctic Whirl $3.09


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Thursday, 3/23 • 10:30 a.m. – Gator & Friends will be performing at The Mena Senior Center. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County will meet at Papa’s Mexican af . all isa Martin 21 33 3 or harles Pitman 216-4882 for more info. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3 71 Highway West, one mile from ouise urham. • 5:00 p.m. - 9th Street Ministries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the th Street Ministries building. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous en’s eetin at the A lub across from hopping lock, 11 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 7 21 0 or 7 2 3 02 7. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at allas Avenue aptist hurch Family ife


• MISS SWEETCHEEKS MALE BEAUTY PAGEANT will be hosted by the Polk ounty Heroes Relay for ife team on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at p.m. at the Mena High School Performing Arts

Center. • ARVAC COMMODITIES will be issued on March 2 , 2017 from a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Polk ounty Fairgrounds. For applications, contact the AR A office at 7 3 707. • CMA PANCAKE BREAKFAST/BAKE SALE FUNDRAISER on March 2 from 7 – 10:30 a.m. at race ible hurch, Hwy. 71 North in Mena. Rain or shine. All donations benefit MA’s Run for the Son fundraiser. • FUNDRAISER FOR KASSIDY VALDEZ, daughter of ritni asten of Mena, will be held at Subway in Mena on Friday, March 2 . A portion of the day’s sales will be donated to assidy for her upcoming trip to Washington, . .

Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the aisy Room at anssen Ave Florist. • 7:00 p.m. – Amputee Support Group meets at First hristian hurch. all aura at 7 3 130 for more information. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the A lub across from hopping lock, 11 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 7 21 0 or 7 2 3 02 7. Friday, 3/24 • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Road tests are given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority ommunity Room unless the roads are wet. Written tests are given at 1:00 p.m. • 12:00 p.m. – PCDC Board of Directors will meet in the MRHS onference Room A. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the ions lub House on Highway 71 South. • 12:00 p.m. – Fibers Arts Group meets at Mena Art allery. All types of fiber are welcome. • 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. - Gator & Friends will play at he American egion in Acorn, admission . Potluck and 0 0 drawing, with door pri es. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the A lub across from hopping lock, 11 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 7 21 0 or 7 2 3 02 7. Saturday, 3/25 • 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Annual Board Camp Rural Volunteer Fire Department Pancake Breakfast at the fire house. he donation boot will be set out. reakfast includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee, and orange uice. • 5:00 p.m. – Dine and Dance at ouble iner, Mt. da, to oyd night and Friends and ernon ohnson, two time winner of NACMA. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American egion uilding, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the A lub across from hopping lock, 11 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 7 2 3 02 7 or 7 21 0 . Sunday, 3/26 • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the A lub across from hopping lock, 11 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 7 21 0 or 7 2 3 02 7. • 3:00 p.m. – Sulfer Springs Church meets at Sulfer Springs. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First nited Methodist

hurch in Mena. Monday, 3/27 a p ’s ee ing Hands Mission Center will serve free roceries free oiletry to the needy at 1200 Reeves Ave, Mena. • 11:15 a.m. – Cossatot River Senior Center will host a aregiver Meeting on Al ehimers. • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American egion uilding, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. p Clari e’s pe group gathering will be held at 03 North Morrow St., Suite . • 6:00 p.m. – We The People Tea Party meets at Polk ounty Public ibrary North Room. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First nited Methodist hurch. Everyone is welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the A lub across from hopping lock, 11 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 7 21 0 or 7 2 3 02 7. • 7:00 p.m. – Mena Elks odge meeting. All Elks are invited to attend. • 7:00 p.m. – Home Front Warriors CMA Chapter 377 meeting at imetree Restaurant. Tuesday, 3/28 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardener C nity en’s rea ast at the First nited Methodist hurch in Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the th Street Ministries uilding. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art allery, 07 Mena St. ring your current pro ect and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3 71 Highway West, one mile from ouise urham. p p e at el Branch Library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. – T.O.P.S. will meet in the nion ank ommunity Room for weigh ins, followed by a meeting. • 5:15 p.m. – Healthy Connections, Inc., monthly oard of irectors meeting at H Mena ommunity Room. he public is welcome to attend. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for the families of addicts and alcoholics meets at the A lub. • 7:00 p.m. – The Marine Corps League Detachment will meet at ighthouse Fitness. • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Bluegrass mu-

sic at Morrow Street Housing Authority ommunity Room. • 7:30 p.m. – Mountain Meadow Masonic Lodge #218 will meet at the Hatfield odge. :00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First nited Methodist hurch, th Port Arthur. 7 23 2 7 or 7 23 30 3. Wednesday, 3/29 • The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in Mena at noon. • 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Charm Quilters will meet at the Free Will aptist hurch on the corner of Petros and herry St. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library is open. • 5:45 p.m. – The Mena First United Methodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – Warriors for Christ will meet at the Southside hurch of od. • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Regeneration Youth Ministries meets at Mena hurch of od Hwy East. • 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church offers iscovery ids – indergarten hru th rade ollide outh Ministry – th hru 12th rades and Adult ible Study. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at race ible hurch, 1 11 Hwy 71 N. Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the A lub across from hopping lock, 11 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 7 21 0 or 7 2 3 02 7. • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Inquiry classes into the Catholic Faith begins in the Parish Hall of St. Agnes atholic hurch at 203 th St. No cost or obligation. Everyone is invited. all 3 1017 or 3 for more info.


March 22, 2017

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Family-Friendly Tips to Transform Your Home this Season T


ransition your interior dé cor when temperatures drop -- it’s a great time to tap into your creativity and make a statement. Here are some ideas -- big and small -- to freshen up your home this season. PLAY WITH COLORS When the weather is cool, think rich colors like plum, navy, and amber. Bringing in a unique color palette will inspire you to ma e other changes as ell, from painting a replace to adding an accent all, to incorporating a tile backsplash. MAKE-OVER A ROOM Make your home cozier by installing a soft, but durable carpet. Just remember to consider your household dynamics when making a selection. “Those with pets or children will want to keep in mind that spills and stains can be a common occurrence and select a family-friendly carpet,” says Jennifer Bertrand, Designer for Flooring America and Flooring Canada. Make life easier with material designed to release pet hair and reduce pet stains. For example, the Stainmaster PetProtect Carpet and Cushion system is designed with pets in mind and is extremely durable to withstand the activity of a busy family with pets. More information can be found at PILLOWS Have fun turning vintage wool blankets into pillows. Or if you just want to purchase items, seek out plaid patterns

or materials that are full of textures and heavier weights. f you have pets, e ary of nit pillo s, as animal hair can get stuc in the material. oo for tight eave fa ric to t into your lifestyle. CAPTURE SOME ART U pdate your framed photos around the house. If you have children, let them get creative and contribute to the overall design. Give them the phone or tablet and let them capture what the season means to them: nature, family, friends, or whatever! PAINT TOGETHER Change your front door color. Have fun with colors like spice amber, plum, navy, black, or whatever color makes your heart happy. Or paint a piece of furniture with a lacquer paint to add a high sheen and a fun splash of color. Cooler weather means cozier interiors. Take steps to change your dé cor to suit the changing weather.

January 6, 2016


Maj or &

C opper

German Shepard named Major, and a Bassett Hound named Copper are “Lil Buddies” owned by Cindy Knittig. Please share your favorite photo of your pet. You may drop it off or mail it to: The Polk County Pulse | 1168 Hwy 71 S. • Mena, AR 71953 or email:

This week’s Cutest Pet Pic made possible by your friends at:

POLK COUNTY BIRTHS AT MENA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM Jade and James Tipton of DeQueen, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on March 14th.

Please share your favorite photo of your pet. You may drop it off or mail it to: The Polk County Pulse | 1168 Hwy 71 S. Mena, AR 71953 or email:


A terrific explosion occurs in a gunpowder factory, and once all the mess has been cleared up, and inquiry begins. One of the few survivors is pulled up to make a statement. “Okay Simpson,” says the investigator, “you were near the scene, what happened?” “Well, it’s like this. Old Charley Higgins was in the mixing room, and I saw him take a cigarette out of his pocket and light up.” “He was smoking in the mixing room?” the investigator said in stunned horror, “How long had he been with the company?” “About 20 years, sir” “20 years in the company, then he goes and strikes a match in the mixing room, I’d have thought it would have been the last thing he’d have done.” “It was, sir.”


March 22, 2017

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Seniors Cut a Rug, Shoot the Bull, and Pool at Mena Center

here is plenty of fun to be had at the Mena/ Polk County Senior Center, located just off Racetrack Road in Mena, at 401 Autumn Drive. The center offers much more than daily meals. They have a variety of activities that include everything from drinking coffee and talking with friends, to shooting pool, working jig saw puzzles, a library full of great reads, and dancing on Thursdays when Gator and Friends pick and sing beginning at 11 a.m. Any senior is welcome to visit. On average, the Center serves one hundred people inside the facilities and up to 100 meals per day are home delivered. The Center delivers twice per month to homes outside of town, giving those clients fourteen frozen meals at a time, totaling 200 meals on each of those trips. They also provide transportation to and from the center each day, to local stores twice a ee , and to doctor s of ces.

Sociable Seniors Held Meeting at Little Italy T


he Polk County Sociable Seniors held their February luncheon at Little Italy in Glenwood, Ark. and had a very nice group attend. The group enjoyed meeting and talking with the owner of Little Italy, Ari (pictured third from left). Polk County Sociable Seniors meet monthly and anyone over the age of 50 is welcome to join them. They mostly meet in Mena, but on occasion travel to other areas for lunch. Each meeting is a fun memorable event and a great place to meet others. For more information, contact Shirley at 479-216-1649.

Pictured right: Pat McCool and Bill Swope dance to Gator and Friends. Below: The pool room was full as all three tables had players intent on beating their opponents. PHOTOS BY MELANIE BUCK

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Caregiver Support Meeting • March 27, 2017 at 11:15 am

If you are a caregiver of an adult 60 years and older please come join us. This information could be extremely helpful to you. The topic will be “Alzheimer’s” presented by Pamela Tabor, Ouachita Regional Hospice. For information call Taryn Jinks 870-385-2373. Hope to see you there. Refreshments will be served.

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Moments from America’s History: An I nstrument of God




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ince March is Women’s History Month, I thought it would be a good opportunity to recognize a young woman whose life was small in time, but large with moments crucial to our nation’s beginnings. Born in 1595, Pocahontas was the daughter of a Native American chief named Wahunsenaca (Powhatan), the leader of an alliance of about 30 Algonquian-speaking groups and chiefdoms in Tidewater Virginia known as Tsenacommacah. Pocahontas was a favorite of her father’s, his “delight and darling,” according to the colonist Captain Ralph Hamor. Early in her life she was called Matoaka, but was later known as Amonute. The name Pocahontas was used in childhood, probably as a casual or family nickname, meaning “laughing and joyous one.” John Smith, the leader of the settlers in Jamestown, Virginia, claimed that Pocahontas saved his life after he was captured by a hunting party led by Powhatan’s younger brother, Opechancanough, and brought to Powhatan’s home at Werowocomoco. Smith wrote in his book, True Relation of Virginia, that Powhatan was about to bash his head in with a stone war club, but “... at the minute of my execution she hazarded the beating out of her own brains to save mine; and not only that, but so prevailed with her father, that I was safely conducted to Jamestown.” Pocahontas became a frequent visitor to Jamestown, playing with the English children and at times even bringing food. After Smith left for England, Pocahontas was kidnapped by the settlers and temporarily held captive aboard an English ship before being brought to Jamestown, until her father returned some prisoners and stolen supplies. A minister named Alexander Whitaker instructed Pocahontas in English customs and in Christianity, helping her to improve her English through reading the Bible. She converted to Christianity and Whitaker baptized her with a new Christian name, Rebecca. During her religious instruction she met a tobacco farmer, John Rolfe. In a long letter to the governor requesting permission to wed Pocahontas, Rolfe expressed both his love for her and his belief he would be saving her soul through the institution of Christian marriage. On April 5, 1614 they were married, a marriage which produced a son, Thomas, and helped to bring a much-needed 8 year period of peace between the colonists and Powhatan. In 1616, Rebecca and John set sail for England to promote the Jamestown colony. The English thought of her as an Indian “princess” and she was treated as royalty. The following year, shortly after beginning the voyage back to Virginia, Pocahontas fell ill and died, possibly of pneumonia, tuberculosis, or smallpox. Four hundred years ago this month, March 21, 1617, she was buried in the village of Gravesend. After her death, Rolfe returned to Virginia and became a member of the Virginia council. He was killed in the massacre of 1622. Their son Thomas was educated in England and later went to America and became an important settler in Virginia. Though much legend surrounds the life of Pocahontas, the recorded accounts of her life reflect an important chapter of American history. Captain John Smith may have said it best: “...she next under God, was still the instrument to preserve this colonie from death, famine and utter confusion.”

Young Artists Competition M


ena is fortunate enough to have many excellent young artists. We feel at Mena Art Gallery that supporting these young people is one of the most important things we can do, as they are our future. On Tuesday, April 4, from 10 am to 4 pm, Mena Art Gallery will be accepting entries to our 2017 Young Artists Competition. It is open to all artists, ages 5 through 17 (or through 18 if the student is still in high school). Home-schooled and independent students are also welcome. If a young artist has work to enter, but cannot get it to the gallery on April 4, please call the gallery at 479-394-3880 D nal ’s representati e i elle an in a e t allery e ti e Dire t r lie an e an e before April 4 to arrange for a different date. There will be a reception on Saturday, April 8, from 1 to 3 pm. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. The types of artwork that can be accepted are: Drawing - Pencil, Graphite, Charcoal, Pen & Ink, Colored Pencil, Marker, Digital; Painting - Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor, Pastels, Mixed Media, Digital; 3-D - Any Three Dimensional Artwork. Categories within each type are: Ages 5 – 8; Ages 9 – 13; Ages 14 – 17. There are no entry fees for this show. Awards include: Best of Show - $50; For each category in each medium: First Place - $40; Second Place - $30; Third Place - $20; Honorable Mention - $15. Special awards include the McDonalds Award and Lucy Mulcahy Award. New this year is a People’s Choice Award for $20. Plan to come to the reception to vote for your favorite. And if you know a budding artist who may not have heard about this competition, will you help us spread the word?


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January 6, 2016

OLT to Upgrade Lighting System O BY MELANIE BUCK

uachita Little Theatre will soon be upgrading their lighting system, just in time for their next production, Mary Poppins, and all due to a generous donation. OLT President, Rudi Timmerman, explained that the stage lighting currently in the building was manufactured in the 1960’s and was acquired second hand 20 years ago. Some problems exist with the set including “more and more of the channels that dim the lights have failed,” said Timmerman. “Aleshire Electric is working with the theatre to make it all possible. New dimmer packs, which are compatible with our current light board, have been ordered and should arrive in time for Mary Poppins.” One of the advantages of the new system will be the ability to locate lights when needed without the excessive use of extension cords. The dimmers are controlled digitally using a “DMX” system, which allows control through a single computer type wire. “We will have 32 channels for lights compared to about 10 or so that were still working in the old system!” Timmerman exclaimed. The upgrades are thanks to a recent donation from the Bob Carver Estate. “The OLT Board of Directors wants to thank our community for the support that OLT has received in recent years, which makes it possible to present great shows. It has been this support that hasJanuary also allowed for 6, 2016 the major improvements to the theatre enjoyed by the patrons.” Marry Poppins, a musical, will be presented at OLT May 5th through May 7th and May 11th through May 13th. There will be no show on Sunday, May 14, due to Mena High School graduation.



March 22, 2017

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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 March 12, 2017 Richard Chad James, 38, of Mena was charged with driving on a suspended driver’s license. harles E. uff, 2 , of Mena was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. he arrest followed a traffic stop. March 13, 2017 A 1 year old Mena boy was charged with public intoxication after a call regarding someone lying in the highway. He was released to his grandmother. ase has been forwarded to the uvenile authorities. Adam Matthew reen, 2 , of eQueen was charged with driving on a suspended driver’s license. March 14, 2017 No criminal reports filed. March 1 , 2017 ustin Wayne ane, 23, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Officers traveled to Waldron where ane had been incarcerated and brought him back to Polk ounty. A local man reported that there were holes in the front window of his home. ase is pending. imothy S. Woods, 1, of ove was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine or cocaine, driving on a suspended driver’s license suspended for W , having no insurance on a vehicle, and having expired vehicle tags. he arrest followed a traffic stop. Employees at a local bank reported receiving a counterfeit 20.00 bill in the deposit from a local restaurant. A local man reported that someone had stolen a license plate from the front of his vehicle. ase pending.

March 16, 2017 A local woman reported that someone had opened a cell phone account in her name without her knowledge. She has since closed the account. March 17, 2017 rooke ing, 2 , of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the office of the Polk ounty Sheriff. Owner of a house in Mena reported that someone had broken his mailbox. March 18, 2017 Adam ee ollarhyde, 2 , of Mena was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after a call from neighbors regarding his behavior.

l C nty eri ’s Depart ent March 13, 2017 Report from complainant on aker Road near Wickes of financial identity fraud. he information was forwarded to the proper authorities. March 14, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 3 near Hatfield of the theft of four wheels, all valued at 00.00, led to a 13 year old male and an 11 year old male each being issued a uvenile itation for heft of Property. he uveniles were released to the custody of a parent/ guardian. he wheels were returned to the owner. March 15, 2017 Arrested was rian . Whisenhunt, 3 , of mpire, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear. March 16, 2017 iscovery of an illegal item led to the arrest of William W. Scott, 1 , of Mena, on a harge of Possession of rug Paraphernalia and a Warrant for Failure to omply with a ourt Order. March 17, 2017 Arrested was avid aucom, 3, of Mena, on a ody Attachment Warrant. Report from complainant on Polk 2 near the Shady rove community of a telephone scam from rell usiness. raffic stop on Highway East near nk led to itations for No river’s icense, No iability nsurance, No ehicle icense and Fictitious ags being issued to Rachel R. arkington Wolf, 1 , of Wickes. March 18, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 32 near ove of a dead goat. nvestigation continues.

Report from complainant on Polk 277 near andervoort of the theft of meat, valued at 2,000.00. Report of an A accident on Holly ane near Hatfield. eputies responded. March 19, 2017 Report from complainant on hird Street in Hatfield of damage done to two windows, totaling losses at 3 0.00. nvestigation continues. Report from a Mena woman that she hadn’t heard from her husband in three days. he individual was later located in another state. raffic stop on Highway 71 South near Hatfield led to the arrest of Adam W. Smith, 30, of ove, on a Warrant for Failure to omply with a ourt Order. Report from complainant on Polk 2 near Potter of an unauthori ed person on their property led to the arrest of us-

tin A. Ashley, 2 , of Mena, on a harge of iolation of an gnition nterlock evice. raffic stop on Highway 37 West near Mena led to the arrest of ord . Olson, 31, of Hatfield, on a harge of ntent to efraud a rug or Alcohol Screening est. Additional information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. raffic stop led to a itation for No iability nsurance being issued to Amber . rock, 3 , of Mena. Also arrested was aniel . Howard, 3 , of Hatfield, on two Warrants for Failure to omply with a ourt Order. Polk ounty etention enter ail Population: 22 ncarcerated nmates, with nmates currently on the Waiting ist for a State Facility.

March 22, 2017

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Ad deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday. Payment is due with ad. Publishing and distributing 8,000 copies weekly. Yard Mowing, weed eating, bush hogging, handyman services, power washing, garden plowing and tilling. Have tractor with implements for larger jobs. Bill Duff. Call 479216-5204. 4/5 Help Wanted – The Oaks at Mena is hiring for a Full-Time LPN. Please apply in person between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. 3/29 By Owner – Home for sale – In Board Camp on quiet dead end road, great neighborhood. 2BR/2BA, Central Heat/Air, 2,193 sp.ft., on 2 acres – ½ chain link fenced – ½ woven wire. Great potential for mother-in-law apt & add bedroom. $75,000 Call 234-8310. 3/22 Dine and Dance – Saturday, March 25th, 5:00 to 8L00 at the Double T Dinner, Mt. Ida, Arkansas Hwy 270. Loyd Knight and Friends. Come hear Vernon Johnson 2-time winner of NACMA. 3/22 House 5 acres – 3 bed/2 full bath. Office Space, laundry room, large walk-in pantry. Call for details. 394-6429 4/12 Have guitar will travel. Singer/songwriter wither P.A. systems. Parties – Weddings – Meetings – Etc. Reasonable rates. Arkansas Songstr. 479-394-1617 4/12 House Cleaning and more. Call Winnie Cotter at 2343418. 4/5

Rose Aircraft Services is currently taking applications for Bookkeeper. Applicants must have previous experience with knowledge of QuickBooks. Must be able to manage multiple checkbooks, accounts receivable and payables. Knowledge with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook a plus. Starting pay is negotiable based on experience. Contact Dena Johnson at 479-394-2551. 3/22 House For Sale by owner – 3 bed/2 bath. 2 acres. Fence backyard. $143,900. 479-234-0719 or 479-234-8699. 3/22 Dugan Lawn Care and Landscaping a complete ground maintenance company serving both residential and commercial customers. NOW TAKING NEW CLIENTS FOR 2017 MOW SEASON! We trim ornamental trees, grasses, shrubs, and more. Free estimates. Offices in both Mena: 479-394-2699 and DeQueen: 870-279-2250. TFN For Sale – One 200 Amp Meter 100p all copper encased in 19-foot steel post. Also 200 Amp main breaker. 870584-6026 or 870-784-0707. 4/12 Daniel’s Carpentry and Painting, home repair, decks, fence rows, underpinning, etc. Also lawn and garden work. Call 870-334-2068. 3/29 Local Transportation company looking for Flat Bed Truck Drivers. Well maintained equipment. Good pay and good working environment. Home most weekends. Please call 479-243-4524. 3/29

J&N Dozer- Trackhoe, Backhoe, Dump Truck, Ponds, Pads, Clearing, Roads, Hauling, Rich Top Soil, Fill Dirt, Shale, Gravel. Dozer operator Randy Egger, over 30 years’ experience. We appreciate your Business! Call 479-234-1357 TFN



MENA SOUND Company – Sound systems with professional technician. Small to medium large like shows. Indoor or Outdoor (weather permitting). Reasonable Rates. Rick Gerard 479-394-1617. 3/22 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 – Wooden chicken house. Rafters 40 ft. wide 50 ft. underground .04 cable. 870-584-6026 or 870-7840707 2/12 DLC Dirt Works, providing light tractor services to Polk County and surrounding areas. Brush Hogging, light drive way repair, front end loader work, general property clean up, dirt work and much more. Free estimates: 479-3942966. TFN

January 6, 2016

Rose Aircraft Services, Inc. has been in continuous operation at the Mena Airport for 53 years making airplanes beautiful and customers happy. We are currently expanding out painting operations and are seeking candidates of the highest integrity who desire to team up with us. Only the best need apply. Contact Dena Johnson Human Resources Manager at 479-394-2551. 3/22

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