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City of Mena Designates March 29th As VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY (MENA) --- Mena Mayor Seth Smith signed a proclamation on Monday, March 25th, designating March 29th as National Vietnam Veterans Day in the City of Mena. This holiday will be observed annually on March 29th. In a ceremony attended by various veterans from the area, including representatives from the Polk County Veterans Honor Guard; the Mayor noted that the American Legion Post 18 of Mena, will place American flags on Mena Street to honor Vietnam Veterans and to also promote American Patriotism. President Donald J. Trump signed the Vietnam War Veteran Recognition Act, into law on March 28, 2017, designating March 29th of each year as the National

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Vietnam War Veterans Day. The State of Arkansas appropriately designated the day, on March 29, 2018. Mayor Smith added that, “the City of Mena, are proud and honored to hereby proclaim this Friday, March 29th, as “Vietnam Veterans Day” and we would like to say “Welcome Home” to these honorable men and women who served in the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force, during this war to protect our freedom and the sacrifices they and their families have made for us and our great nation.” Smith concluded that if you know a Veteran , man or woman; regardless of their age, please tell them “Thank You for your service… Welcome Home!”

Green Murder Trial Set Ouachita River School For August Court Dates District Board Meeting (MENA) – Polk County Circuit Judge Jerry Ryan heard the arraignment of Adam Matthew Green, 27, of Mena, in regards to the alleged murder of Calvin “CJ” Goforth Jr. of Mena, on March 9th. Goforth was found dead in his vehicle, as a result of a gunshot, on a road East of Mena, during the early morning hours by a passerby. Authorities searched the area and worked clues until they were notified by law enforcement officials in Broken Bow, Oklahoma of their arrest of Green, at an area motel. Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer said that Green is accused of First Degree Murder, Felony Theft and Illegal Gun Possession, according to the charges filed last week. Green pleaded innocent to each of the charges and awaits an August 12th pre trial hearing and a

court date slated for August 25th. However, those dates may get pushed backed due to the nature of the case. Until then, Green sits in the Polk County Detention Facility on a $1 million bond.

(ODEN) The Ouachita River School Board met on Monday, March 25th and discussed various items of importance. One of which was to consolidate the district’s Activity Checking Account and the Operating Account that are both with the Union Bank. The merging of both accounts into one account was unanimously approved by a vote of 6-0. After a near thirty minute Executive Session, the board returned to handle a few personnel items. The first was to accept the resignation of Sherri Powell, as the Acorn Campus – Yearbook Sponsor, effective at the end of the current school year. Superintendent Jerry Strasner then presented the opportunity of rehiring all licensed staff of the district for the

2019 – 2020 school year and also the 2019 – 2020 Licensed Salary Schedule with Stipends and Indexes. Both measures passed unanimously as well. Kathy Medford gave a presentation on the Federal Grants Management Procedures Manual, with the board approving the manual. The board also approved the bid from Appetgy, for the 2019 – 2020 district website, mobile app and Alert System. Superintendent Strasner updated the board on three current bills that cold negatively affect public education, and also reported that the district enrollment was currently at 735 students.


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(MENA) – The City of Mena and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Ouachita Region will hold a proclamation signing event at Mena City Hall. April is National Child Abuse Awareness month. CASA is an organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the court system. With the belief that every child is entitled to a safe, permanent home, they recruit, train and supervise volunteers to serve as a child’s advocate in court. CASA is a nationwide organization with approximately 77,000 volunteers across the United States, each one dedicated to the children they serve. The organization operates in three counties in the region, Polk, Montgomery and Sevier Counties. CASA is headed up locally by Program Director, Cynthia Martin and the Assistant Director, Renee Hendrix. The organization trains volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children.

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“When a child is brought into foster care they are given a CASA volunteer who will stay with them until the child has found permanence, either by adoption, or with another family member or by being placed back in their home, after their parents have completed their program. CASA volunteers undergo five background checks and thirty hours of training before they are sworn in by the judge. They then meet with the children regularly, as well as anyone associated with the case: parents, teachers, doctors, foster parents. There is a court order signed by the judge that allows the volunteer to be privy to most private information so that when the time comes for the case to go to court, the volunteer is able to write a report documenting the child and parents’ progress and their recommendation for that child,” explained Martin. “We are the judge’s ‘eyes and ears’.”

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CASA volunteers are extremely dedicated to their case and because each volunteer is only given one case they are generally able to spend more time on their case than DHS because their case loads are so overburdened. The volunteer also works closely with the Attorney Ad Litem, the attorney appointed for the child. According to Martin, “our volunteers are a group of very dedicated, big hearted, compassionate individuals who range in age from their 20s to their 80s.” CASA of the Ouachita Region was originally created in 2005 under the umbrella of Healthy Connections until it separated and formed its own 501(c)(3) in 2008. They are funded by state and federal grants but also rely heavily on donations from business and individuals, as well as fundraising. Anyone interested in providing a donation or in volunteering can visit that address or can call the office at 479.243.9277.

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Reflections From Faith and History Jesus, Keep The Wheel -by Jeff Olson Like most other boys at a young age, I looked forward with excitement to the day I could learn how to drive a vehicle and get my driver’s license. My first taste of driving, as I recall, was of my father letting me sit on his lap and help steer our 1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 into the driveway of our home. He was a brave man. As I discovered early on, there is something special between boys/men and cars and trucks which often begins early in life. Perhaps this is also true for some of the ladies as well. Most of us learn early on that our driver’s license is not only a legal document but an avenue to freedom and our first taste of control and power. When getting behind the wheel, regardless of our income, influence, health, physical appearance, or any other human distinctions,

people come closer to meeting one another on an equal playing field than just about anywhere else. Behind the wheel, and with those horses awaiting command, our sense of personal autonomy and confidence can often increase to levels beyond those when we meet face-to-face in other venues of life. With this, our presence of mind and sense of community may often succumb to priorities (sometimes trivial) which trump attention, courtesy, and concern. Often, it is simply a matter of focus. Getting from point A to point B, no matter how close or far, is a journey that demands our undivided attention and, as we all know, there are more distractions today than ever before which compete for that focus. At this point, you might be asking, “What difference does this really make?” Well, aside from the obvious safety aspects in

play, our driving habits are a part of our conduct which serves as a reflection of our character and testimony in substantiating and validating our claims of integrity and faith. This is where we come to the heart of the matter, literally. For those of us who claim to be Christians, we have a mandate by Christ that we place ourselves totally under His lordship (Acts 2:36; Philippians 2:11). Could it be that this lordship even extends into our conduct and witness behind the wheel? To bring into captivity every thought to the obedience to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5) is indeed a tall order, but it can be done (Philippians 4:13). And what about our witness for Christ in obedience to the law? In Romans 13, Paul exhorts us to be subject to the laws of the land and states that if we resist or break those laws then we’ve essentially resisted or broken God’s law. Since government is one of God’s ordained institutions, then it behooves us to respect it and comply with its jurisdiction as a part of our lifestyle and worldview. Think about it: Is exceeding the speed limit or running that stop sign or red light breaking

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the law or not? So what?......do our words and actions convey the same message that it’s okay to break the law, just don’t get caught! And, what kind of example are we setting for our children? Within both a literal and figurative context, many of us have already asked (or sung) “Jesus Take the Wheel” especially in moments of desperation and urgency. Is this really the primary role Jesus should have, as a handy co-pilot available just in case we need Him in a pinch or as a miracle healer if and when we are in a collision and perhaps one caused by our own negligence? Wouldn’t it be a whole lot better (and Biblical) if we let Jesus both take and keep the wheel on a regular basis? Then He could steer us not only in the right direction and with the right attitude about ourselves and others on the roadways of life but also within the providence and protection of those laws which He has blessed for our well being and safety. And, in doing so, we will save some lives along the way. Let that sink in!

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Police Reports... The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.

Polk County Sheriff’s Report The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of March 18 - March 24, 2019. 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. March 18, 2019 Report of a domestic disturbance on Polk 671 near Mena led to the arrest of Karson B. Crawford, 26, of Mena, on Charges of Domestic Battery 3rd Degree, Aggravated Assault on a Family Member and Domestic Battery 2nd Degree. Arrested was Brennan D. McMillan, 18, of Mena, on a Drug Court Sanction. Arrested was Jody B. Rogers, 42, of Mena, on Warrants for Sexual Assault 1st Degree, Theft of Property, Forgery 2nd Degree, Theft by Receiving and a Body Attachment Warrant. Arrested was David W. Fain, 51, of Waldron, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. March 19, 2019 Report of a disturbance on Polk 407 near Cove. Deputy responded. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from complainant on Folsom Lane near Shady Grove of the theft of electronics, valued at $330.00. Investigation continues. Report from complainants on Polk 117 near Mena of damage done to mailboxes by a passing vehicle. The driver advised that he would take care of the damages. Arrested was Amber D. Brock, 40, of Mena, on two Warrants for Failure to Appear.

March 20, 2019 Report from complainant on Polk 414 near Hatfield of being harassed by an acquaintance. Investigation continues. Arrested was Jonathan W. Dowdy, 30, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Douglas Maywald, 43, of Mena, on Charges of DWI and Failure to Yield from Private Drive. Report from a bank on Highway 71 in Mena of several fraudulent checks. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 124 near Shady Grove of the theft of cash money. Investigation continues. March 21, 2019 No reports were filed. March 22, 2019 Report from complainant on Polk 87 near Ink of the theft of a knife, jewelry and a go-cart, all valued at $1,002.00. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 43 near Mena of vandalism done to their property. Investigation continues. Arrested by an officer with the U.S. Forest Service was David M. Fraser, 30, of Mena, on Warrants for Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance and a Parole Hold. March 23, 2019 Report from complainant on Polk 602 near Shady of several missing items, including a firearm and jewelry, all valued at $8,300.00. Investigation continues. March 24, 2019 Traffic stop on Highway 246 West near Hatfield led to the arrest of William D. Hembree, 51, of Mena, on Charges of DWI and Refusal to Submit. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 15 Incarcerated Inmates , with 8 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

Mena Police Department Report March 17, 2019 Justin Lee Goins, 30, of Mena was served several outstanding warrants. March 18, 2019 Officers responded to an incident at a local residence involving an argument between a man and woman. No charges have been filed. Michael Phillips, 49, of Mena was charged with disorderly conduct. The arrest followed a call to a local residence. March 19, 2019 Keith E. Ashlock, 58, of Oden was charged with driving on a license suspended for DWI, having no proof of insurance, and having no vehicle tags. Bailey Martin, 19, of Mena was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and loitering. Danny A. Holliday, 50, of Mena was charged with DWI, driving on a suspended license, and having expired vehicle tags. In the same incident, Lisa L. Holiday, 51, also of Mena, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of an instrument of crime. The arrests followed a routine traffic stop. March 20, 2019 Officers responded to a domestic altercation at a local residence. Case has been referred to the prosecuting attorney for possible issuance of warrants. A Mena woman reported that she is being harassed March 21, 2019 A Mena couple reported that an acquaintance had stolen a cell phone and attacked them at a local residence. Case has been sent to the prosecuting attorney for review. March 22 & 23, 2019 Report was made of someone vandalizing a vehicle at a local business. Case is pending further investigation. Officers responded to a call at a locale residence regarding someone trying to break into a vehicle. Case is pending further investigation. Employees at a local convenience store reported a gas skip. Case pending location and interview of suspect. Jennifer Widders, 25, of Mena was charged with possession of marijuana. The arrest followed a traffic stop. Christopher Kevin Hoover, 37, of Glenwood was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also served three outstanding warrants from Polk, Pike, and Montgomery Counties.

Ban On Junk Foods Fails In House

A ban food stamps from being used to purchase soda or junk food has failed in the Arkansas House. The proposal to ban Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from being used to purchase junk foods failed Monday on a 37-29 vote. The ban would have required federal approval for implementation. Opponents of the measure say the ban would be unfair to SNAP recipients and would cost too much for retailers to enforce. The Arkansas House passed a measure much like this two years ago, but it did never made it past the Senate. Arkansas has more than 360,000 people in SNAP.

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14 Safety Tips For DIYers and Others Heading Outdoors This Spring SHREVEPORT, La., (March 19, 2019) -- Spring often ushers in an eagerness to head outside for DIY projects and fun activities. Whether it’s mending a fence, planting a garden or hosting a backyard barbecue, spring is the season many get out of the house to enjoy the sunshine. Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) reminds customers to take caution when working or playing outside near power lines. Here are 14 outdoor safety tips to keep in mind this spring: OUTDOOR PROJECTS o Keep ladders and tools at least 10 feet from power lines. If a ladder or piece of equipment touches an overhead line, both you and the equipment can become a path for the electricity and cause serious injury or death. o Contact SWEPCO at 1-888-216-3523 if a project requires you to work near power lines. For example, if you need to trim a tree near the overhead service line to your house, SWEPCO can de-energize the line for you. o Use a clean, dry wooden or fiberglass ladder anywhere near electric lines. Never use a metal ladder. o If you’re installing or removing an antenna, make sure it is at least 1.5 times its total height away from power lines. If an antenna starts to fall, let it go and stay clear of it. o Overhead lines are not insulated. Never touch a wire. o If you’re planning a house addition, envision where the roof will be in relation to the power line. If necessary, talk with the power company about moving the line before you begin. FLYING KITES & PUTTING UP BALLOONS o Never use wire, tinsel or any metal in kite construction or as string – they can conduct electricity. o Never fly a kite near power lines. Electricity always takes the path of least resistance to the ground. It could go through the string to your body. Choose a wide-open field to fly kites. o If a kite is caught in a power line, leave it there. Parents should call SWEPCO for assistance at 1-888-216-3523. Only properly trained personnel with safety equipment should remove the kite. o Do not fly kites on rainy days where there is a possibility of lightning using the string as a conductor to reach the ground. Wet strings are good conductors of electricity. o Be cautious with balloons around power lines. Metallic coatings on Mylar helium balloons can damage SWEPCO’s electrical system and cause power losses when they come in contact with lines. ON THE LAKE o Look up and check for overhead power lines when sailing. o Always be aware that the water level may have changed on the lake due to rainfall, bringing masts closer to power lines than expected. Look for posted warning signs about overhead lines that may prohibit sailboats on the water. o Avoid all line contact with the boat mast or antennae while rigging, launching or sailing.

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Imogene Simpson Imogene Simpson was born on December 27, 1926 in Cherry Hill, Arkansas to Jesse Simpson and Callie Hoover Simpson. She passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2019 in a Fort Smith hospital. She went to work immediately out of high school as an operator for Southwestern Bell and was a dedicated employee until her retirement in 1981 after 35 years. Imogene loved to travel and bowl at Holiday Lanes, but the two great loves of her life were the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers. She was an active member of the Fort Smith Quarterback Club and was also active in the Telephone Pioneers. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: Waymon Simpson and Truman Simpson; and two sisters: Thelma Simpson Hays and Mary Kate Simpson Black. She leaves behind to honor her memory a host of friends and nine nieces and nephews and their families. The service will be graveside at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Ann Ferris officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

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Johnnie Wade Loyd age 61 of Grannis, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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in Mena. Johnnie was born on March 06, 1958 in DeQueen, Arkansas to the late Arthur Loyd and the late Minnie Mae Heaton Loyd. He worked on the pipeland and hauled pulp wood as a profession. Johnnie enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors with family and friends. He treasured spending time with his grandchildren, who was the highlights of his life. He was a loving and kind father, grandfather, brother, and friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed by all. He is survived by sons: Josh Loyd of Zafra, Oklahoma and Justin Loyd and wife Kellie of Wickes, Arkansas; daughter: Trina Myers; grandchildren: Ely Loyd, Klara Loyd, Colton Loyd, Aison Loyd and Harper Loyd; brothers: Gary Loyd, Donnie Loyd and Bill Loyd; sister, Jerry Burch; friends: Jim Milspaul, Virby Hamm and Leslie Shores. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Minnie Mae Loyd; brothers: DeWayne Loyd, Udale Loyd, Odale Loyd; and a sister, Joanne Calicoat. Graveside service was Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Baker Rock Cemetery with Brother James Squires officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

20, 2019. She was born February 8, 1940 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma to the late William and Thelma Edith (Rickard) McClemore. Lynda retired after caring for patients as a registered nurse for over fifty years. During that time, she helped deliver hundreds of babies in labor and delivery, was a medical/ surgical nurse, and was director of nursing in Mena, Arkansas. Lynda loved spending time with her grandchildren and was their biggest fan at all their sporting activities. She was a huge Dallas Cowboy and Dallas Maverick fan. Lynda enjoyed crocheting and made beautiful afghans for her family. Spending time on Lake Ouachita with her family was a favorite pastime and hold memories that family will cherish forever. Lynda enjoyed reading her Kindle and watching television. She was a loving, dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother who always put her family first. Preceding Lynda in death are her husband of fifty-two years, Billy Leroy Wright; parents; and grandchildren: Renea Wright and Hope Christian Wright. She leaves to cherish her memory her children: son, Rickard “Rick” Wright and wife Mitzi of Helena, Arkansas, daughter, Terri Schuller and husband Mike of Mena, Arkansas, and son, Jeff Wright and wife Cyrie of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; eight grandchildren: Greg Davis, Nate Davis, Ryan Davis, Josh Wright, LeAnn Wright, David Wright, Jacob Wright, and Kasie Wright; twenty-two great-grandchildren; sister, Nancy Fancher and husband Leon of South Carolina; three brothers: Bob Merideth and wife Carla of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Buz McClemore and wife Gail of Guiman, Oklahoma, and Mike McClemore and wife Janet of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and a host of family and friends who love Lynda and will miss her always. Graveside service will be held at Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery in Mena, Arkansas at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, March 27. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. www.SmithFamilyCares.com

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Rowena Barr Rowena Barr, age 72, of Mena, Arkansas, died, Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Arkansas Hospice Center in Hot Springs. She was born on Thursday, January 9, 1947 to Allen Gaston and Nancy Mary Jane Glass Parten in Nanafalia, Alabama. Rowena was a Christian woman who always trusted in the Lord. She was a courageous and determined person that never faced an obstacle she would not overcome. Her family was always her number one priority and she loved them all unconditionally. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Mena and taught Sunday school there and at previous churches for most of the past 45 years. Rowena was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend, but her favorite role was Gammy to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and scores of other children. She will be missed by all who knew her. Rowena is preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, James Parten, Allen Parten, Jr., and Earl Parten and one sister, Betty Story. Rowena is survived by her husband of 54 years, Howard Barr of Mena; two sons, David Barr and special friend, Patti Tice of Centralia, Washington and Michael and Jessie Barr of Mena; her daughter, Shannon McCormick and special friends, Daniel Ashcraft of Vandervoort; her brother and sister in law, Ronald and Barbara Parten of Selma, Alabama; her sister and brother in law, Arline and Jamie Walker of Mena; five grandchildren, four great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Monday, March 25, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at Calvary Baptist Church in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Andy Arnold and Brother Vic Anglin officiating. Interment will followed in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas. Visitation was held on Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 2-4 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Pallbearers were Aaron Kiersey, Dylan Ashcraft, Zane Barr, Seth Barr, Lannie Kiersey and Joel Ashcraft. The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society or Gideons International. www.bowserffh.com


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Cecil Lee Rose age 80 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Thursday, March 21, 2019 in Mena. Cecil was born on May 8, 1938 in Boles, Arkansas to the late John H. Rose and the late Edith Miller Rose. Cecil proudly served his country in the Army National Guard. He was married to Brenda Davis Rose and owned a Farm Store for many years. Cecil was an active member of the First Freewill Baptist Church and loved his church family. He enjoyed listening to gospel music. Cecil loved to garden and do woodworking. Above all he loved God and his family dearly. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to all. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Brenda Rose of Mena, Arkansas; sons: Steve Rose of Mena, Arkansas, Ronnie Rose and wife Tammie of Prescott, Arkansas, Jeff Rose of Hope, Arkansas, Alan Rose and wife Shannon of Hope, Arkansas; grandchildren: Marcus Rose, Melinda McKinsey, Ben Rose, Corey Rose, Allison Rose, Madison Rose, Chris Rose, Jon Rose, Shelby Rose, Lindsey Johnson, and Justin Rose; and nineteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Edith Rose and a half-brother, Henry Miner. Funeral service were Monday, March 25, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at First Freewill Baptist Church with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating. Interment followed in the Board Camp Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Visitation was Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood. www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

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Local Athlete Krista Carstens Medals In The World Games of Special Olympics Held In Abu Dhabi (MENA) The only athlete from Arkansas has come home to Mena with two bronze medals from the recently held World Games of the Special Olympics. The games took place March 14th through the 21st. Krista Carstens participated in the 4 x 100 relay, the 100 meter and 200 meter sprint competitions this past weekend in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Carstens received her first bronze medal in the 200 meter sprint and another bronze medal later in the 4 x 100 relay race. For her efforts, a Homecoming Escort in honor of Carstens will take place on Thursday, March 28th at 10:30am. The escort will start at The Crossing Church, go down Mena Street to Pine Street / Dallas Avenue and proceed to the Mena School Bus Loop and end at the Polk County Development Center (PCDC). This was the first Special Olympics games held in the Middle East / North African (MENA) region. Approximately 7500 athletes from all around the world, that represents over 190 countries, that competed in 24 events throughout the United Arab Emirates capital city. Prior to the trip and participating during the Special Olympics World Games, Carstens had been doing preliminary training with the relay team. CONGRATULATIONS on a job well done and representing Polk County, Arkansas and the United States on such a big stage.

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(ACORN) – For a high school program in rural Western Arkansas, pride is running high especially after only being a program for only seven years. The hard work paid off and now the Acorn Archery team would like to get some help that would help pay for expenses in their trip to the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) Archery Nationals that will be held in Louisville, Kentucy in May. The team is going to nationals after winning the Arkansas NASP State competition. This is not only representing Acorn and Polk County, but the entire state of Arkansas. Acorn Archers have placed in the top ten at states, since its creation of the program.

The school has had individual winners previously at nationals, but this is the first time for the entire team to participate at the event. Mindy Lyle, FCCLA / Archery Coach at Acorn High School said that the students will be holding a fundraiser on Thursday, March 28th that will include a Spaghetti Dinner and Dessert Auction, that will be held in the Acorn Cafeteria. Lyle added that “the team is looking forward to representing Arkansas in Kentucky in May”. The dinner will start at 5:30pm and the dessert auction will get underway at 6:30pm. All proceeds will go towards the trip and any donations would be greatly appreciated.


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Senator Tom Cotton Seeking Summer Interns for Arkansas State Offices (WASHINGTON, DC) Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) recently announced that he is seeking summer interns in his state offices in Little Rock and Springdale. Internships will be offered in two sessions: May 13 June 28 and July 8 – August 23. Interns will have the opportunity to help with the daily operations of Senator Cotton’s office. Depending on their college requirements, students may be able to receive academic credit for their service. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Nicole_Millar@cotton.senate. gov and specify their desired office location and session.

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Ban On Bump Stocks: Now Illegal In The United States (BOISE, ID) – The Bump Stock – the attachment used by the killer during the 2017 Las Vegas shooting to make his weapons fire like machine guns – became illegal on Tuesday, March 26th, in the only major gun restriction imposed by the federal government in the past few years. A period that has seen massacres in places like Las Vegas, Thousand Oaks, California, Sutherland Springs, Texas, Orlando and Parkland, Florida. Unlike with the decade – long assault weapons ban, the government is not allowing existing owners to keep their bump stocks. They must be destroyed or turned over to authorities. In addition, the government is not offering any compensation for the devices either, which can cost hundreds of dollars in fines.

David Lunsford, an avid gun owner, who has a firing range on his Texas spread said that with the bump stock ban, he grudgingly decided to sell off his and let someone else figure out what to do with them.

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AAA Rule Changes For High School Football Includes A 40-Second Play Clock, State Option for Postseason Instant Replay (INDIANAPOLIS, IN) In an effort to establish a more consistent time period between downs in high school football, the play clock will start at 40 seconds instead of 25 seconds in many cases beginning with the 2019 season. This change was one of seven rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Assn. (NFHS) Football Rules Committee at its January 13-15 meeting in Indianapolis, which were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. The play clock will continue to start at 25 seconds (a) prior to a try following a score, (b) to start a period or overtime series, (c) following administration of an inadvertent whistle, (d) following a charged time-out, (e) following an official’s time-out, with a few exceptions, and (f) following the stoppage of the play clock by the referee for any other reason. In all other cases, 40 seconds will be placed on the play clock and start when the ball is declared dead by a game official.

Previously, the ball was marked ready-forplay when, after it had been placed for a down, the referee gave the ready-for-play signal and the 25-second count began. Beginning next season, in addition to the above situations when the 25-second count is used, the ball will also be ready for play when, starting immediately after the ball has been ruled dead by a game official after a down, the ball has been placed on the ground by the game official and the game official has stepped away to position. “The entire committee needs to be commended for its thorough discussion regarding the move to a 40-second play clock, except in specific situations that will still have a 25-second play clock to show play is ready to begin,” said Todd Tharp, assistant director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association and chair of the NFHS Football Rules Committee. “This is one of the most substantial game administration rules changes to be approved in the past 10 years, and without detailed experimentation from several state

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clearly contrasts with the body color of the jersey. “The purpose of numbers on jerseys is to provide clear identification of players,” said Bob Colgate, NFHS director of sports and sports medicine and staff liaison to the NFHS Football Rules Committee. “In order to enhance the ability to easily identify players, the committee has clarified the size requirements for jersey numbers through the 2023 season and added a new requirement for the 2024 season.” Two changes were approved by the committee in an effort to reduce the risk of injury in high school football. First, tripping the runner is now prohibited. Beginning next season, it will be a foul to intentionally use the lower leg or foot to obstruct a runner below the knees. Previously, a runner was not included in the definition of tripping. Second, in Rule 9-4-3k, the “horse-collar” foul was expanded to include the name-plate area, which is directly below the back collar. Colgate said grabbing the name-plate area of the runner’s jersey, directly below the back collar, and pulling the runner to the ground is now an illegal personal contact foul. A change in the definition of a legal scrimmage formation was approved. A legal scrimmage formation now requires at least five offensive players on their line of scrimmage (instead of seven) with no more than four backs. The committee noted that this change will make it easier to identify legal and illegal offensive formations. The final change approved by the NFHS Football Rules Committee for the 2019 season was a reduction in the penalty for illegally kicking or batting the ball from 15 yards to 10 yards. According to the 2017-18 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, 11-player football is the most popular high school sport for boys with 1,036,842 participants in 14,079 schools nationwide. In addition, there were almost 30,000 boys who participated in 6-, 8- and 9-player football, with around 2,500 girls who played the sport for a grand total of 1,068,870.


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Razorbacks Football Prep For Annual Red / White Game Sports Schedule (FAYETTEVILLE) – The Arkansas Razorbacks Football team is starting to make final preparations for the annual Spring football game at Reynolds / Razorback Stadium. Head Coach Chad Morris begins his second season at the helm of the Hogs and is expecting better outcomes from this years squad. Broken Arrow (Okla.) four-star safety Myles Slusher has trimmed his list to ten, and Arkansas is still alive in the recruiting battle for the athlete. The Razorbacks join Alabama, Georgia Tech, LSU, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Oregon, TCU and Texas A&M on the defensive back’s list of favorites.

Slusher, 6-0, 180, has been high on Arkansas’ radar for several months and has made multiple trips to Fayetteville in the last year, although he missed the Hogs’ elite prospect day on March 9. Slusher was initially offered by the Hogs on March 28, 2018, approximately one month after making an unofficial visit on the Hill for Arkansas’ elite prospect day for 2018. Slusher returned to Fayetteville for the Woo Pignic in July and again in October for a game. The Razorbacks are hopeful that Slusher will make up his latest scheduled visit at some point this spring. The game will air on 104.1 FM – KENA, on Saturday, April 6th beginning at 2:30pm.

Hogs Lose by 3 In The NIT Tourney (BLOOMINGTON, IN) The Arkansas Razorbacks scraped and clawed their way close to overtaking the top seeded, Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday, March 23rd; but, could not get enough in the end, losing to the Hoosiers, 63-60, in front of over 12, 000 spectators in Bloomington, Indiana.

Guard Desi Sills scored 18 for the Hogs (17-14). Isaiah Joe added another 12 points and Mason Jones chipped in nine points. Head Coach Mike Anderson was impressed with how the Razorbacks press gave Indiana expected problems, creating turnovers and disrupting the Hoosiers’ of-

fense. But, the Razorbacks also struggled to make much of a dent on the boards in either half, playing from behind in terms of rebound margin virtually all afternoon. Broken Arrow (Okla.) four-star safety Myles Slusher has trimmed his list to ten, and Arkansas is still alive in the recruiting battle for the athlete. The Razorbacks join Alabama, Georgia Tech, LSU, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Oregon, TCU and Texas A&M on the defensive back’s list of favorites.

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Winter will soon make way for spring and while many of us take our vehicles for granted, we should all take the time to get them properly serviced. Here are some tips for spring car care. For any that you cannot do, we recommend you use some of the area shops to get your car or truck in tip-top shape for spring!

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(FAYETTEVILLE, AR) Arkansas came out on fire on Sunday, inside Bud Walton Arena and stayed hot all afternoon, smashing Alabama - Birmingham, 100-52, in the second round of the WNIT. The Razorbacks made a school record 15 - three pointers, shooting 15-for-30 and 37-for-72 (51.7%) overall from the floor for the game. Arkansas jumped out to a 26-10 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, leading by 52-22 at the break. The home team put up 31 points in

the third quarter and pushed their lead to 50 points in the second half. Every Razorback who saw the floor, scored with four players reaching double digits, including Alexis Tolefree who paced the Hogs with 17 points and eight rebounds. Chelsea Dungee added 13 points and Malica Monk scored 15 points. Arkansas is set to host TCU, on Thursday night at 7 p.m. inside Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.

(KNOXVILLE, TN) The UA softball team was unable to string together enough base hits in the final innings of Sunday’s rubber-match, dropping game three to #5 Tennessee in a 5-2 decision. Arkansas (22-9, 4-5) would score first, as junior Sydney Parr took her first at-bat up the middle and to the warning track in center field for a triple. Sophomore Hannah McEwen followed with a key sacrifice hit to center field, giving Parr the chance to score from third and putting the Hogs ahead, 1-0. The sacrifice hit by McEwen is Arkansas’ 15th of the season, an SEC best. Tennessee (26–5, 4-2) would capitalize off an error by the Hogs on a two-out dropped fly ball to tie the game at one run each in the bottom of the fourth. After a lead-off strikeout by sophomore starter Mary Haff in the fifth, the Lady Volunteers strung together four runs on three hits and another Razorback error to take a 5-1 lead. Junior Autumn Storms would enter in relief for Haff in the fourth, retiring the final

five Lady Vols in order through the next inning. Designated player Danielle Gibson sent one into right field for a base hit in the sixth inning, as Arkansas called on pinch runner Sam Torres. Torres found herself on third base after a double by senior Ashley Diaz, and then scored as senior Katie Warrick put the ball in play and was thrown out at first. The rally would end there for Arkansas as the next two batters would be retired. Arkansas recorded five hits in the contest, two from Gibson and one a piece from Diaz, Parr, and pinch-hitter Ryan Jackson. Haff followed her career-best performance with another impressive show in the circle, striking out five Lady Vols while allowing only four hits in 22 batters faced. The Razorbacks will continue their road stint with a double-header at Texas -Arlington on Tuesday (March 26). After the midweek contest, Arkansas will jump back into SEC play with a home series against #18 Kentucky (March 29-31).

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NFL’s 100th Season To Feature Two Big Rivals

(PHOENIX) As part of the celebration of its 100th season, the NFL will break from tradition and feature the Green Bay Packers vs. the Chicago Bears in its season opener Sept. 5. Staging the Thursday night game at Chicago’s Soldier Field -- even if it is a modernized version of the stadium -- adds to the theme. There will be a free fan festival and concert in nearby Grant Park and, for the first time, the league has approved a free viewing event of the game in the park. Usually, the Super Bowl champion is the home team for the prime-time opener, but the league wants to salute historic rivalries in 2019. None fits better than Chicago-Green Bay. The teams have met 198 times since 1921, when the Bears were the Chicago Staleys. Green Bay leads the series 97-95-6, including the clubs splitting two postseason games. This will be the first time since 2003 the Super Bowl champion has not played in the opener. New England instead will open at home in the prime-time game Sunday night, Sept. 8. The opponent has not yet

been determined. The Patriots’ 2019 home opponents are the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, New York Jets or the Pittsburgh Steelers. The full schedule will be announced next month. “With the 100th season, we want to do something to kick it off in a special way,” said Hans Schroeder, the league’s chief operating officer of media. “We’re celebrating the Bears, one of the original member clubs, in their 100th season, and the Packers are in their 101st. It’s an iconic matchup.” Schroeder and Brian Rolapp, the NFL’s chief media and business officer, outlined other plans for the 100th season: NFL Films will produce a series that selects the 100 greatest teams, plays, games, characters and game changers; an all-time team is being chosen and will be featured in a TV series; and Peyton Manning will talk to fans around the country about the history of the NFL for another television series. The league also disclosed plans for next

month’s draft that will supplement the proceedings in Nashville, Tenn. Teams will make selections in eight of the original 13 towns that comprised the NFL for its first season. In Dayton, Ohio, the field used back then, Triangle Park, still exists, and a selection will be made there. The NFL also has committed to installing new turf on the field. Each of the 32 clubs will stage a “Fantennial Weekend” during the regular season in which it will work in conjunction with local high school football teams on a Friday, stage a fan festival on Saturday, and then have former players from the NFL club at the game on Sunday. The home team also will reveal the greatest moment or play in its history that day. Rolapp said the league is talking to DirecTV about expanding the digital presence for its popular Sunday Ticket option that makes available all out-of-market games. The NFL could opt out of its contract with DirecTV after next season.

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(MENA) – The Polk County Library has announced that it has added a Spanish – speaking librarian to help assist those individuals that may need translation assistance in finding Spanish reading materials. Lydia Razo will be available every Tuesday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, and on Thursday from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, each week.

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Help the AGFC Keep Tabs on Arkansas Turkeys

LITTLE ROCK — Hunters can help the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission track hunting effort and success throughout turkey season this spring by signing up to be a part of the annual Spring Gobbler Hunting Survey. It’s free to participate and your responses will help shape important aspects of wild turkey management in Arkansas. The spring turkey hunting survey has been in place since 2007 to gather information on hunter activity, gobbling activity, turkey observations and hunting success throughout turkey season. Volunteers record data from each hunt in a small booklet

provided by the AGFC and send the results to be analyzed at the end of the hunting season. Biologists then compile all the data to identify trends in hunter participation and satisfaction and provide a report for all hunters to compare notes. With days getting longer and hopefully warmer, many turkey-hunting fanatics already have reorganized their hunting vest so many times they are beginning to lose patience. Some die-hards will be scouting for this year’s turkey-hunting prospects in the next few weeks, if they haven’t started already. This scouting data also is very important to the survey, as it helps biologists see what most hunters are experiencing in the woods throughout the state all spring. “It gives us a snapshot of how each season progresses and helps show trends in gobbling activity, flock breakup and other factors that influence turkey hunting,” said Jeremy Wood, turkey program coordinator for the AGFC. “We’ll send the results of the survey out later in the year, so both manag-

ers and hunters can look at how the season was with some perspective.” Participation in the survey has waned in recent years, but Wood hopes more hunters will take advantage of this tool to help the AGFC manage turkeys and turkey hunting opportunities in Arkansas. “We’re only looking to identify the eco-region and whether hunters were on private or public land, so hunters can speak freely about their experiences without worrying that they’re giving away any secrets,” Wood said. It’s no secret that wild turkey populations have declined throughout the southeastern United States in the last decade. Even turkey hunting destinations like Missouri have seen as much as a 17 percent decline in turkey harvest from spring 2017 to spring 2018. Arkansas’s turkey population has seen the same decline, and biologists are working to reverse the trend. It may be easy to pick out one or two obvious things that have changed since Arkansas’s turkey

hunting heyday in the early 2000s, but many factors play into turkey population health. Overall, declines in high-quality nesting and brood-rearing habitat have been a major player in the downward trend, but poor hatches from cold, wet springs, declining demand for fur, supplemental feeding of wildlife during the spring which congregates nest predators in certain areas while hens are trying to nest and potential disease transmission, all may be playing a role in local areas contributing to statewide declines. “We are conducting other surveys, such as brood surveys and telemetry studies that will look more in-depth into population characteristics, but this survey is designed around hunter participation, expectations and satisfaction,” Wood said. Email Wood at jeremy.wood@agfc. ar.gov or call 800-364-4263 to participate in the survey. Hunting journals will be mailed within the next few weeks.

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(LITTLE ROCK) Arkansas Game and Fish Commissioners heard the first reading of the coming year’s migratory bird seasons, including early migratory seasons as well as duck and goose seasons. This year sparked some debate, as new federal frameworks allow the state to extend regular duck season to the last day of January. It previously required duck seasons to end on the last Sunday of January, which could be as early as Jan. 26 in some years. As proposed, this year’s duck season would run through Jan. 31, but some shifts to other portions of the hunt were required to keep as many days as possible toward the tail end of the season while accomodating special dates, such as Christmas and Thanksgiving. The season proposals also include new combination youth/veteran days, in which veterans of the nation’s armed forces may participate in the hunt. This also is a reflection of federal frameworks recently passed in regard to waterfowl season. This year’s youth/veteran hunts are proposed to be December 7 and February 8, similar to last

year’s youth-only hunts. In addition to the overall season dates, staff recommended the days in which nonresidents could hunt Arkansas wildlife management areas with a Nonresident WMA Waterfowl Hunting Permit as Nov. 23-Dec. 2, 2019; Dec. 27, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020; and Jan. 22-31, 2020. These dates are set in blocks of 10 to prevent nonresidents from losing hunting days when purchasing multiple 5-day permits. Another topic of debate was the opening day of this year’s mourning and Eurasian collared-dove season, which traditionally falls on Labor Day Weekend. This year, the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend falls on Aug. 31, which is outside the time the federal frameworks allow for the season to begin. Biologists were faced with opening the season one weekend later or conducting the hunt beginning on Sunday, Sept. 1. The proposed date chooses the traditional Labor Day Weekend approach, so hunters would have as much time with families afield as possible.

If approved, the 2019-20 migratory bird seasons will be as follows: Dove Season Sept. 1-Oct. 27, 2019 Dec. 14, 2019-Jan. 15, 2020 Duck, Coot and Merganser Season Nov. 23-Dec. 2, 2019 Dec. 11-23, 2019 Dec. 26, 2019-Jan. 31, 2020 White-fronted Goose Season Oct. 26-30, 2019 Nov. 23-Dec. 6, 2019 Dec. 8, 2019-Jan. 31, 2020 Canada Goose Season Oct. 26-30, 2019 Nov. 23-Dec. 6, 2019 Dec. 8, 2019-Jan. 31, 2020 Snow, Blue and Ross’ Goose Season Oct. 26-30, 2019 Nov. 23-Dec. 6, 2019 Dec. 8, 2019-Jan. 31, 2020

Snow, Blue and Ross’ Goose Conservation Order Season Oct. 5-25, 2019 Oct. 31-Nov. 22, 2019 Feb. 1-7, 2020 Feb. 9-April 25, 2020


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Choctaw Nation Princess Applications Being Accepted For Upcoming Pageant DURANT, Okla. – Applications are now being accepted for participants in the 2019-2020 Choctaw Nation district princess pageants. Each of the 12 districts of the Choctaw Nation will hold pageants to choose three princesses: Senior Miss Choctaw Nation of the district, Junior Miss, and Little Miss. The winners in each district will compete in the finals pageant at the Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival in September. Contestants must live within the district in which they compete; must be single; have a minimum of 1/16th Choctaw blood quantum; and not have held the title before. The Senior Miss group is for ages 18 through 22; Junior Miss is 13 through 17; and Little Miss is 8 through 12. For a full list of contestant guidelines, visit https://www.choctawnation.com/2019-2020-district-princess-pageant-information.

“Applications may be picked up at any Choctaw Nation Community Center,” said pageant coordinator Faye Self. “Deadline for applications to be turned in is two weeks before each pageant.” Scheduled pageants are April 18 in McAlester (District 11) and Broken Bow (District 2); April 25 in Poteau (District 4), Stigler (District 5), and Wilburton (District 6); May 16 in Antlers (District 7), Hugo (District 8), and Atoka (District 10); May 23 in Talihina (District 3), Coalgate (District 12), and Idabel (District 1); and May 31 in Durant (District 9). All pageants start at 6 p.m. and will be held at the local Choctaw Nation community centers, except for that of District 9, which begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Choctaw Nation Event Center. For information, contact Self at fself@choctawnation.com or 800-5226170, Ext. 2192.

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Celebrating a Century of American Legion Service

The American Legion, the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, is celebrating its centennial. For the past 100 years the American Legion has been a leading advocate for veterans and their families. The Legion has played a role in crafting legislation, shaping policies, expanding services and creating generations of civic-minded Americans. I’m proud to commemorate its century of service. Since its founding, Legionnaires have proudly worked to strengthen our country and our communities while upholding the promise our country made to those who have worn our nation’s uniform. The Legion has helped fight for the creation of the U.S. Veterans Bureau in 1924, the forerunner of the Veterans Administration. Decades later, the organization was active in elevating it to cabinet-level status as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

During WWII, the American Legion drafted legislation that would become the G.I. Bill. Legionnaires were instrumental in securing passage of this landmark legislation that helped returning troops further their education, buy houses and start businesses. It also established hiring privileges for veterans. The Legion continues its strong advocacy for improving these and other benefits. Its efforts were vital in the passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the enhancement measure passed in 2017 which bears the name of former American Legion Commander Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act. I am optimistic about the progress we will make on issues important to the veterans community because of the excellent and active work of the American Legion Department of Arkansas, which has more than ten thousand

Teen Charged With Murder In Hot Springs (HOT SPRINGS) A first-degree murder charge filed against a Hot Springs teen in the fatal shooting of a 21-yearold man Saturday was amended Monday to capital murder. Laquan Vontae Paskel, 18, was taken into custody without incident about 3:45 p.m. Sunday at a residence in the 200 block of Oakcliff Street in the death of Keon Lashawn Jackson early Saturday, according to Hot Springs police. Jackson was found lying on the ground in front of Apartment No. 30 at 241 Autumn St. after officers responded to a possible shooting at that location at 2:20 a.m. Saturday, police said. Paskel was initially charged with first-degree murder, punishable by up to life in prison, but Garland County Prosecuting Attorney Michelle Lawrence said the charge was amended Monday in Garland County District

Court to capital murder, punishable by life in prison or the death penalty. Paskel also is charged with aggravated robbery, punishable by up to life in prison, and felony theft of property over $1,000, punishable by up to six years. The probable-cause affidavit in the case was sealed Monday by a court order, but police said in a news release Sunday that it is believed the incident was narcotics related. Paskel was initially held without bail but appeared Monday via video conferencing before Garland County District Judge Ralph Ohm, who set bail at $750,000. Paskel pleaded innocent to all the charges, and a felony review hearing is set for May 13. Ohm issued a court order barring Paskel from contact with any witnesses in the case and issued a gag order.

members in nearly 150 posts throughout the state. I had the opportunity recently to visit American Legion posts in Harrison, Batesville and Jasper and join Legionnaires in celebrating this anniversary. In recognition of its century of service, I presented these posts with a flag flown over the United States Capitol and a copy of the speech I delivered on the Senate floor to mark this occassion. I look forward to visiting other posts throughout the year to recognize Legionnaires for their dedication to improving the lives of veterans and their families and promoting American values and serving others. For 100 years, the American Legion has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of veterans and their families. In honor of the centennial, Congress ap-

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proved minting commemorative coins to recognize this milestone. The coins went on sale earlier this month. Proceeds from the sales will help support veterans in need and support mentoring programs such as Boys and Girls State. This program has helped influence generations of leaders, myself included. As a member of the Senate Vet-

erans’ Affairs Committee, I have seen up close Legionnaires and the American Legion Auxiliary’s dedication and the results their efforts have produced in Arkansas and across our entire country. I’m proud to recognize the American Legion on its 100 years of advocacy and celebrate this century of service with the two million members who are making a difference each day as Legionnaires.

State Takes Control of Eastern AR School (MARIANNA) The Arkansas Board of Education on Monday voted to assume control of the Marianna-based Lee County School District, immediately removing Superintendent Elizabeth Johnson and the district’s School Board. The 8-0 vote followed the Education Board’s initial decision to place the Lee County district and Lee County High School on probation for violating state accreditation standards that require maintenance of accurate student records for graduation. The board overruled the appeal by Johnson and her staff that the 718-student district not be placed on probation. Deborah Coffman, the state Department of Education assistant commissioner for public school accountability, told the Education Board at the special meeting that the Lee County district violated state standards by failing to maintain accurate, up-to-date transcripts for its students, and that parents and students were not given timely notice of issues affecting students’ eligibility for

graduation. As for the high school, Coffman said, students expecting to graduate did not have appropriate guidance to schedule the minimum 22 course credits that are necessary to graduate. The last day of school for seniors in the district is May 10, about 45 days away. “Without immediate intervention, 35 of the 56 seniors will not graduate on time or will graduate with an incomplete or incorrect transcript,” Coffman said. She described the need to correct student records and ensure that affected students are enrolled in online credit recovery courses, concurrent college credit courses, and summer school courses. That’s all on top of the classes students are currently taking at school. Until Monday, the Lee County School District was not on probation for violating state standards for operating a school or district.

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Imagine this beautiful boy at your house! Sid is housetrained. In December, celebrate Sid's birthday ( bd 12/13/16 ). He dreams of the day you will visit him! If you like white cats then Sid is sheer purrfection! ALL ANIMALS AT HSO ARE SPAYED/NEUTERED AND ARE CURRENT ON THEIR VACCINATIONS PRIOR TO ADOPTION. OFFICE PHONE NUMBER: (479) 394-5682 • WEB SITE: www.hsomena.org • HSO is a 501(c)(3) organization. Please consult your tax advisor to see if your donation is tax deductible.


Weekly Publication Thursday- March 28th • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 11:15 a.m. – Cossatot Senior Center at 7366 Hwy 71 S, Wickes will be having a Caregiver Meeting. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County will meet at Papa’s Mexican Café. Contact Sue Cavner at 234-5844 or Linda Rowe at 234-2575 for more info. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Salvation Army Family Store helps families with utilities. • 5:15 p.m. – Women Run Arkansas 10 week walking/running clinic meets at the Mena High School track. Preparation for 5K in May and to jump start your fitness routine. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s Meeting at the ABC Club at 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Education Wing, West End. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church Friday- March 29th • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fibers Arts Group meets at Mena Art Gallery. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Hatfield Auditorium Country-West-

ern Dance Admission is $6 and 50/50 drawing. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479243-0297. Saturday- March 30th • 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. – Boardcamp VFD Pancake Breakfast at the Board Camp firehouse. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 5:30 p.m. – Fundraiser Dinner for Acorn Archers – Spaghetti Dinner and a Dessert Auction held at the Acorn Cafeteria. All proceeds go to the Acorn Archers trip to Kentucky. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 479-243-0297 or 479216-4606. Sunday- March 31st • 9:00 a.m. – First Presbyterian Church host 1st of the Fifth Sunday Programs “Helping Hands Sunday” as an effort to reach out to offer care and assistance throughout the community. Meet at church; it will take the efforts of the pastor, members, and friends. • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479243-0297. • 3:00 p.m. – Worship service is held at Sulpher Springs Church. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. Monday- April 1st • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Mena Seventh Day Adventist Church Food Pantry at 149 Polk Road 43, across from Fairgrounds. Non-perishable food, personal care items, and nutritional help. Everyone will be served. • 6:00 p.m. – Polk County Fair & Rodeo meets at the Fairgrounds. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71

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N., Acorn. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 6:30 p.m. – Shady Grove RVFD business and training meeting. • 6:30 p.m. – Mountain Meadow Chapter #22 Order of The Eastern Star will meet for refreshments followed by their chapter meeting at 7:30 p.m. at The Mountain Meadow Masonic Lodge Hall in Hatfield • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – Potter RVFD meeting at the Fire Station. • 7:00 p.m. – Acorn RVFD meeting will be at the Fire House. Tuesday, April 2nd • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardner Community Men’s Breakfast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The written portion of the drivers test will be given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority, and as long as road conditions are optimal the driving portion of the test will be given. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena St. Bring your current project and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Hatfield Branch Library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. - T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union Bank Community Room for weigh-ins, followed by a meeting. • 5:15 p.m. – Women Run Arkansas 10 week walking/running clinic meets at the Mena High School track. Preparation for 5K in May and to jump start your fitness routine.

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• 6:00 p.m. – Sons of Confederate Veterans meet at the Limetree Restaurant for their monthly meeting. • 7:00 p.m. – Dallas Valley RVFD meets for training at the Fire House. • 7:00 p.m. – Acorn Fire & Rescue meets at the Fire Department. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479234-2887 or 479-234-3043. Wednesday- April 3rd • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Shepherd’s Closet open at First Baptist Church 4802 Hwy 71 S Hatfield, AR 870-389-6412. Accepting and distributing clothing/usable household items/and nonperishable food items. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. - The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in Hatfield, Wickes, Grannis, Vandervoort, Cove, and Mena. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library is open. • 5:30 p.m. – Dinner at Christ Community Fellowship followed by services at 6:15 p.m. services for Youth, Children’s Activities, Young Adult and Adult Bible studies. • 5:30 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Bible Study Service. • 5:45 p.m. – The Mena First United Methodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – Warriors for Christ will meet at the Southside Church of God. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at Grace Bible Church, 1911 Hwy 71 N. Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479243-0297.


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Two people each won $150,000 from Powerball tickets purchased in Arkansas stores, lottery officials said, but no one won a jackpot that has now grown to an estimated $750 million. The winning numbers in Saturday’s drawing were 24, 25, 52, 60, 66 F.M. Dix Foundry is accepting appliwith a Powerball of 5. cations for general labor positions. AppliOne of the state’s winners purchased the ticket at an E-Z Mart in cations may be picked up at the office, Hope, 2403 N. Hervey St., while the second was purchased in Helelocated at 301 Maple Avenue in Mena, na-West Helena, at the Y-Camp Truck Stop, 3053 Interstate 49, accordfrom 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday ing to a news release by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. Both tickets through Friday. Competitive starting matched four white ball numbers and the Powerball number, and the wages with benefits available. Notice to Applicants: Screening tests buyers had purchased a Power Play option that tripled the $50,000 winfor alcohol and illegal drug use may be nings, officials said. required before hiring and during your The release didn’t indicate whether anyone had yet claimed the prizemployment. T032719 es. The cash option for Wednesday’s drawing is estimated to be $465.5 Cossatot River School District is seek- million. The odds of winning are roughly 1 in 292.2 million.

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4-Hers get certified in Stop the Bleed The Polk County 4-H program partnered with Mena Regional Health Systems to present the nationally recognized Stop the Bleed program on March 18. Twenty-five Polk County 4-Hers and parents became certified in lifesaving techniques taught in the program. Kohlea Carmack, an 11 year old 4-Her who is interested in healthcare, expressed an interest in the program after suffering a rather bad cut from barb wire that required numerous stitches. She, along with her mom, worked with Mena Regional Health Systems staff to get

the program taught to area 4-Hers over spring break. MRHS employees Tammy Harrison, Pam Posey and Debbie Nelson instructed the 4-Hers on how to identify situations where life threatening bleeding is occurring and techniques to use if you are involved in a situation where bleeding is uncontrolled. The training included wound packing and proper use of tourniquets. Bridgett Martin, Polk County FCS/4-H agent stated, “We are glad that Kohlea was interested in such a great program. It fits in great with the Health component of 4-H which

sometimes gets overlooked. It was also very timely considering the Arkansas House just passed HB1014 ‘requiring that bleeding control training be taught as part of high

school health courses’. Overall this information was very life applicable and our 4-Hers are already ahead of the game in that training.”

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