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Mena Welcomes ‘The Wall that Heals ‘ Bringing Honor to the Fallen

Mena was a host city for he all that eals, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Monument holding , names he all arri ed from aldron by escort into Mena on ednesday, March , followed by a ery mo ing pening Ceremony on hursday that honored Veterans Don Martin, local Veteran, deli ered an elo uent address, o Much for the lory of ar ee full story and pictorial on page

County Schools Receive OEP Awards

Mena Mayor Delivers ‘State of the City’ Address

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Fire Destroys Hillcrest Home BY MELANIE BUCK • news@mypulsenews.com

All three of Polk County’s school districts received Outstanding E ducational Performance Awards from the ffice for ducation olicy . ach year OE P examines different issues facing educators in an attempt to pro ide higher uality of education. n the most recent Arkansas E ducation Report [ AE R] , schools from across the state were highlighted for their performance in education. explains, n the academic year, Arkansas students have yet again undergone a change in their assessment of student performance

Mena Mayor George McK ee presented his annual State of the City ddress at the monthly meeting of ena ity ouncil on Tuesday, arch , . The ayor stated the city had an operating budget of more than million in and said, gain, a ery conser ati e approach was taken with our budget predictions for the year in order to continue our current level of city services to ensure revenues were a ailable for any unforeseen expenditures or disasters. c ee explained that saw a . decrease in city sales tax, with county sales tax being down . . t feels the decline was due in part to the overall cautious spending in the nation because of the uncertainty of the pending presidential election. nd now that a new president is in office, am hopeful that we will see our local economy

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fire caused the complete loss of a home on olk oad ast in the illcrest community on Friday afternoon and rekindled again on Friday night. call came in to dispatch around p.m. on riday, stating a house was on fire. The home was fully engulfed when firefighters from Acorn arrived and with strong winds in the area, the bla e grew uickly. nk and Dallas alley ire Departments pro ided mutual aid. fter gaining control of the fire and seeming ly extinguishing the flames, firefighters left the scene. owe er, se eral hours later, they re

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City of Mena Announces Spring BY MELANIE BUCK Clean-Up Dates news@mypulsenews.com

he City of Mena Annual Spring Clean-Up is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25 , 2017 through Monday, May 1, 2017 . City trucks will pick up items you want to dispose of at no charge. This Clean-up service is free for residences within the city limits of Mena only. The city asks residents to follow the below listed regulations to ensure that the pick-up runs smoothly. Materials will not be picked up unless they are placed at the curbside and separated. ity officials said it is ery important to separate any items that you want to keep away from those that are to be discarded, such as trash cans. The following items cannot be picked up: tires, concrete, brick, rocks, dirt, shingles, batteries, and construction debris. Please separate your items to be discarded into 4 distinct piles as follows: 1. Furniture--couches, chairs, televisions, window frames, etc.; 2. Household trash--paper items, etc.; (Please place trash cans that you wish to keep, to one side so that they will not be disposed of inadvertently); 3. Metal material--hot water heaters, stoves, appliances, etc.; 4 . Y ard waste--tree limbs, shrubs, grass, etc. Note: It is required that all yard debris such as small limbs, gum balls, and leaves be placed in garbage bags. The Mena Street Department will begin pick up in the Northwest part of the city and work their way across town following the same routes as Southern Disposal. Trucks will run 1 to 3 days after the day of your normal trash pick-up. The response to this CleanUp is usually overwhelming, so please be patient if the trucks are running somewhat behind the posted schedule; however, each route will only be covered one time. It is not necessary to call City Hall in order to receive this service.

Judge Ellison Speaks at Board of Realtors Meeting

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Veterans System to Host Town Hall Meeting in Mena

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he Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System will host a Town Hall meeting in Mena at the Ouachita Center on the campus of UARich Mountain. The town hall meeting will be an open forum to discuss access to care and benefits for rkansas eterans. The says that the meetings proide an important enue for eterans and their families and the public to be informed of eterans ealth and enefits dministrations. y conducting collaborati e outreach e ents and town halls, one of the fi e busiest facilities in the eterans dministration system is able to better meet the needs of Veterans. “Our goal is to reach as many Veterans as we can with ser ices and information, said Dr. argie cott, entral Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System director. “With this strong collaborati e effort, we were able to reach approximately , eterans through outreach last year. s the has impro ed access to care, eterans ha e responded by seeking more care. The strategy focuses on impro ements in three critical areas access, uality, and customer experience. The Town all meeting will be held from p.m. p.m. this riday, arch st, at the uachita enter.

Quorum Court Receives Report of BY MELANIE BUCK Audit Findings news@mypulsenews.com T

he rkansas egislati e udit has issued a report of finding unauthori ed disbursements with the ffice of mergency anagement in olk ounty. The report was presented to the olk ounty uorum ourt at their monthly meeting on arch , . ccording to the report, , of improper disbursements was found from a month period beginning anuary , through ugust , . The disbursements included purchases for replacement parts and maintenance supplies for personal ehicle and e uipment, groceries, medicines, personal clothing, personal cell phone ser ice, accessories, and apps, and other personal items. The report stated that during an inter iew with staff, then Director ames ee es, acknowledged that he made some mistakes. The report also said, The purpose of this report is solely to describe the scope of our testing of internal control and compliance and the result of that testing, and not to pro ide an opinion on the effecti eness of the entity s internal control or compliance. olk ounty udge randon llison said the in estigation by re ealed information that would ha e been ery hard to detect looking at it monthly. The purchases in uestions were generally for items that could be associated within the scope of the mission and were for small amounts, usually less than . ollowing the in estigation, ames ee es resigned. llison also stated that pursuant to rkansas code, it would ha e been unlawful to release this information to the public prior to the appro al of the rkansas egislati e oint uditing ommittee, comprised of enate and ouse members of the eneral ssembly. The committee appro ed the release as of arch , . llison continued, t is important to remember that the is not a court of law. ny finding of this nature is an allegation and could be appealed. lthough llison is admittedly disappointed, he is also thankful the issue wasn t larger. t is disappointing that a public ser ant would take ad antage of their position for personal gain. The ffice of mergency er ices has broad duties and, therefore, must ha e broad purchasing authority to effecti ely operate. am thankful that the rkansas egislati e udit detected the unauthori ed purchases before this problem grew larger and so that we could immediately take correcti e action. t is understood that the rosecuting ttorney has been notified and any action would be at that office s discretion. rosecuting ttorney ndy iner explained that an audit finding is not necessarily indicati e of criminal misconduct and that only a criminal in estigation can determine if there has or has not been any criminal wrongdoing. ha e re uested a criminal in estigation and passed it along to the appropriate authorities rkansas tate olice . ntil a proper criminal in estigation is complete, iner will not know what charges, if any, will need to be pursued.

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Martin Named New Cooperative Extension FCS Agent

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he olk ounty ffice of ooperati e xtension has announced the addition of ridget Martin to their staff. Martin will begin Monday, April 3, as the agencies’ newest Cooperative xtension gent amily and onsumer cience . artin explained that her time will be di ided to and the remaining to . arla aught, the ooperati e xtension gent griculture, is looking forward to welcoming Martin and her experience to the agency, “I couldn’t be more excited to have Bridget join our team at the of olk ounty xtension ffice er experience as an gent in cott ounty and her vast network of connections here in her home county will allow her to hit the ground running. She will be key in helping address issues facing families in Polk County.” Martin is a Mena native and 19 9 1 graduate of Mena High School. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in ome conomics at enderson tate ni ersity and graduated from the ni ersity of rkansas in with a asters degree in griculture xtension ducation. er career with the ooperati e xtension ser ices actually began in ena in where she was a ater uality gent through an opportunity created by a grant. owe er, a gent position later became available in Scott County, where she was hired and served until 19 9 9 . She would later go back in 2015 to serve in that same role until the most recent opening in Mena became available. Martin admitted that as excited as she is to have the opportunity to make a positive difference in her hometown, it was difficult lea ing cott ounty. he spoke highly of the staff from that agency and the relationships she has built over the years. But as the mother of four children, three of which are active in Mena schools, Martin explained it was time to be closer to their activities, and she is grateful for the opportunity to be able to be a resource to the families of Polk County and improve the overall quality of life. Martin’s oldest child, Madison Schuller, is married and has been accepted into the Pharmaceutical Program at UAMS that will begin in August. At home, she has Autumn, a unior mily, a th grader and oah, who is in indergarten. know first hand the challenges of managing work and family and I want to help make mom’s jobs easier and families healthier.” Martin explained she will be coordinating a variety of cooking classes like ‘ how to prepare freezer meals’ as well as making nutrition education more readily available to teachers, students and guardians. e will ha e classes on managing money and financial planning essentially making good, healthy life choices and ha ing less stress Martin said that she loves the diversity of the job and is eager to be able to bring valuable resources, most of which are free, to families. erything we make a ailable is based on research. ou can ha e assurance and confidence that when you re getting information from us, you are getting the most current, research based, factual information out there.”

momma bird has set up a nest in the parking lot of Bearcat Stadium and caused quite a ruckus through the weekend, as hundreds of visitors paid tribute at The Wall That Heals that was set up nearby. The bird is sitting on four eggs directly in the middle of the parking lot. Organizers of The Wall That Heals set up cones around the bird to deter visitors and local wildlife rehabilitator Tommy Y oung said he has had dozens of calls to come pick the bird and nest up. However, Y oung explained that is not an option. Once he touches the eggs, the mother will not return to them. Not only that, she is doing exactly as she is bred to do. The momma bird is a K illdeer and they are graceful plovers common to lawns, golf courses, athletic fields, and parking lots. It is not unusual that she laid her eggs on the hard, rocky ground; it is her nature. Y oung said that as long as the public leaves her be, she will set until the birds hatch and will probably lay her next nest nearby.

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get back on track.” He praised new businesses that developed during 2016 and with a large increase in building permits for the year , he feels this is an encouraging sign of a healthy economy. lso attributing to the growing economy is the eautification rdinance. The City’s E nforcement Department took advantage of 1,160 hours from community service workers and were able to tear down seven dilapidated houses and are working on another 17 currently. They also made contact with 107 residents for lot cleanliness and structure issues, and wrote warnings and citations for iolations of the eautification Ordinance. The Mena Police Department had a busy year, increasing their drug arrests, while decreasing thefts and accidents. A 139 % increase was seen in drug arrests in 2016, with a 21% increase in DWI arrests, totaling 109 felony arrests and 35 5 misdemeanor arrests. The department also worked 27 0 accidents and completed more than 1,5 00 reports. The Mena Fire Department saw decreases in their statistics, logging 14 5 runs of which were fire related, first responder calls, and re uired stand bys at the airport. The numbers in show a significant decrease from , which is always a good thing and indicates the department s fire pre ention efforts are paying off, said McK ee. All parks in the city, Janssen, McMillan, and Tapley, have all received improvements throughout the year, including new or repaired benches, cleaning the ponds, and replacing roofs on bathroom facilities. mpro ements are expected to continue. c ee said, ur ity parks are great assets to the entire community. They are widely used for family gatherings, church activities, and company picnics, as well as the many large events scheduled there each year.” The Mayor reported Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport had a good year, with all hangars being currently rented with new construction occurring and all businesses ha ing steady growth. The airport employs people. ontracts with military branches help support good paying obs with benefits to our area, said c ee. He also reported that Mena Regional Health System employs 315 people, paying out more than . million in salaries, wages, and benefits, and is also doing well. c ee is proud to ha e completed the Downtown treetscape pro ect with the addition of street lamps, benches, and new sidewalks and pavers on North Mena Street and praised the downtown area for continuing to thri e. any accomplishments were made during 2016 toward the betterment of our City and I am looking forward to 2017 also being a positive year for Mena. We are blessed to live in a remarkable, diverse community with good people, and we en oy an ama ing uality of life with state of the art schools and hospital, a unique airport, beautiful parks, and a thriving downtown.” e is optimistic that sales tax will increase in , as well as new retail and industrial de elopment, tourism growth, and new ob creation. belie e our ity is successful because we work together and have a ‘ cooperative spirit’ to accomplish a common goal of keeping our city strong and progressive.” e concluded, am always mindful that it is the people of ena that we work for, and want to gi e my promise that take the responsibility of your tax dollars ery seriously. pledge to continue to maintain a careful outlook when managing tax dollars. work for, and answer to, the people because the City belongs to the people.”

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Storms Take Pulse Multi-Media news@mypulsenews.com Stations Off-Air A BY MELANIE BUCK

s storms rolled through the county on Friday night, March 24 , the K E NA AM and STL site on Reine Street were hit with both a power surge and lightning. As a result, all Pulse Multi-Media stations, K E NA 104 .1FM, K Q OR 105 .3FM, and K E NA 14 5 0AM, have been affected and will suffer random outages until new equipment arrives to fix the issues. uachita roadcasting s Technical Director hris Daniel explains, s is the case with most lightning hits, it takes a while to discover all the damage.” Daniels also said that the station’s internet provider took a bad hit with parts of town being without internet service for 24 hours or more. The radio station requires internet service to broadcast from it’s Hwy 7 1 studios to the STL site and was without internet ser ice for approximately hours. Citing blown fuses, breakers, and surge protectors, Daniel said the worst part of the damage was found between the router and connected equipment. Although there is no time frame to when it will be completely fixed, Daniel and other radio engineers are continuing to monitor the stations to keep disruptions in broadcasting to a minimum.

Atwoods Parking Lot Receives Facelift

The parking lot in front of Atwoods in Mena is getting a facelift, or at least a partial facelift for now. The work currently being done is on the portion directly in front of the farm goods store, while the portions on either side will have to wait for a while. Danny Powell, owner of the side portions of the parking lot said the pro ect will take until the end of ummer before the entire pro ect is complete


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ichael received his Bachelors of Health Science with a minor in Nutrition and Psychology from the University of Central Arkansas. He continued pursuing his educational goal and completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Central Arkansas in 2013. He was born and raised in Mena, but moved to Ocala, Florida following graduation, where he practiced at Strive Physical Therapy serving as Regional Director of Outpatient Therapy for three clinics. Michael, his wife Jennifer, and daughter Lexi (3 months old) now reside in Mena. Jennifer also has her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and specializes in Pediatrics. “I am excited to join the excellent team at MRHS and bring my experience and enthusiasm to the Rehab Team. I am looking forward to serving the community and improving the quality of life of everyone I have the pleasure of interacting with both professionally and personally,” Michael Wood, DPT.

Polk County Assessor Provides Mobile news@mypulsenews.com Office P BY MELANIE BUCK

olk County Assessor Jovan Thomas and Tara Simonton, Assessor for Commercial/Personal Property, set up a mobile office at the ena olk oun ty Senior Center on Thursday, March 16, to provide citizens an opportunity to have their assets assessed and to make sure homeowners are receiving their tax credits. Several of the center’s patrons took advantage of the set up and Thomas plans to continue her mobile offices to better assist Polk County citizens. “I thoroughly enjoyed visiting both the Cossatot And Mena/Polk County Senior Centers. It was a positive response that was super rewarding,” said Thomas.

Reminder: ArkansasGives news@mypulsenews.com Coming Soon S BY MELANIE BUCK

everal area organizations are hoping to receive much needed support through the annual ArkansasGives program. ArkansasGives is a 12-hour online giving event that will be held on April 6th, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is sponsored by the Arkansas Community Foundation. ArkansasGives challenges all Arkansans to make a donation in recognition of the vital work all local charitable organizations do. “Whether it’s feeding the hungry, caring for the elderly, or mentoring our children, the work of rkansas s nonprofits affects e ery citi en and helps improve every community. ArkansasGives is a chance for our state to say thanks,” states their website, www.arkansasgives. org. olk ounty organi ations that will benefit from the e ent include Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, ARVAC, INC., Bost, Inc., CASA of the Ouachita Region, Inc., Clarice’s Room of Hope, Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center, Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House, First Step, Inc., Fort Smith Trolley Museum, Fresh Start Pregnancy Resource Center, Friends of the Ouachita Trail, Girls Shelter of Fort Smith, Inc., Healthy Connections, Inc., Mena Art Gallery, Ouachita Artists Gallery and Studio, Ouachita Little Theatre, Our Promise Cancer Resources, Polk County Developmental Center, Inc., Rich Mountain Community College Foundation, River Valley Regional Food Bank, The CALL, and United Way of the Ouachitas. More organizations may be added the closer the date gets, be sure to visit their website and search Polk County to see the list of beneficiaries. n addition to the local and regional organi ations that benefit olk ounty, there is also a list of statewide non profits that also ser e the county. Go to www.arkansasgives.org for a complete list. As a special incentive to give, each gift made through ArkansasGives on April 6th will be matched with additional bonus dollars, gi ing all participating nonprofits a portion of a pool of bonus dollars made possible through the Arkansas Community Foundation. The more that is donated, the more the organizations will receive in bonus dollars. For more information, visit their website, or ask one of the non profits abo e.


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turned after high winds rekindled a hot spot. Due to firefighter efforts, the flames were kept from other homes in close proximity of the location and also kept it from spreading into a nearby wooded area. The cause of the fire is thought to be electrical in nature, but has yet been confirmed.

School choice is a parents decision. The deadline for School Choice for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year is approaching. Applications must be filled out and returned by May 1st. Regardless of your present school district or physical home address, you have the ability to choose the district where you want your child’s educational opportunities to be fulfilled. At Mena Public Schools, our focus is to inspire students, prepare graduates, and engage the community. We offer an innovative curriculum program provided by state and national award recognized instructors.

The following educational opportunities are available at Mena Public Schools:

Firefighters from Acorn, Ink, and Dallas Valley Volunteer Fire Departments, along with Polk County Emergency Management, battle to control the flames before high winds carry them to nearby homes and wooded areas.

Automotive Repair Center Joins Chamber of Commerce

“It’s more than an education. It’s an experience. Come experience it with us!” A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to welcome Automotive Repair Center to the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, March 16. Automotive Repair Center is owned by Mike Vega and is located at 918 Hwy. 71 South in Mena.

• Award winning academic programs in world-class facilities • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) opportunities • EAST Labs at both Mena Middle and Mena High school • AP (Advanced Placement) courses • Concurrent Credit opportunities • Award winning Fine Arts programs: Band, Choir, Drama, Art • Award winning national student organizations: FFA, FBLA, FCCLA, JAG (Our school to work program allows for students to be employed while still receiving high school credit) • Our K-12 Alternative Education Program offers a non-traditional classroom learning experience • Our 9-12 Hub academy allows for seat time waivers for those enrolled in the program • The K-12 cafeteria food program offers multiple choices in a customer friendly environment • Before and after school programs through a 21st Century Grant • 3 tornado safe rooms • Multiple pre-kindergarten classes • Two award winning elementary schools: Louise Durham and Holly Harshman • Award winning Mena Middle school • AdvancEd accredited Mena High School • State Championship winning athletic programs • Classroom instruction enhanced through technology

We would love for you to consider Mena Public Schools to meet your student's educational needs. Applications for School Choice are available at the Mena Schools Administration office located at 501 Hickory Street behind the Polk County Courthouse. Applications must be filled out and returned or mailed back by May 1st.


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DORIS WITHERSPOON

BARHAM Doris Witherspoon Barham, age 101, of Little Rock, Arkansas, died on March 24, 2017. She was a descendent of two Arkansas pioneer families, the Witherspoons and Woodells. She was born in Cove, Arkansas, on October 1, 1915 to O. B. Witherspoon and Mattie Woodell Witherspoon. When she was in the 8th grade, the family moved to Eagleton, Arkansas, where her father was one of the founders of the Witherspoon Lumber Company. The company built houses for many of their employees, as well as a general store and post office for their use. She lived in a house on the company premises and attended high school in the nearby town of Acorn. In 1933, at the age of 16, she graduated from high school and then attended Arkansas College (Lyons) in Batesville. There she was a member of Beta Sigma Omicron sorority. In the summer of 1934, she moved

with her family to Mena, Arkansas. Doris married Edward C. Payne, Jr., in 1936. They had two daughters and divorced. She and her daughters lived with her parents in Mena after that time. In 1942, Doris married Captain J. B. Wallace, Jr., just before he was shipped overseas. He served in an Infantry division that recaptured the Philippines during World War II. Doris and her children continued to live in Mena during the war. Upon her husband’s return, a son was born, and soon after, the couple established the Wallace Drug Store in Mena. In 1956, her husband died of a heart attack. She continued to manage the drug store for several years before selling it. She later kept books for the Dale Rodgers Lumber Company. In 1980, she retired and married Richard (Dick) Barham, who sold his insurance agency and retired. The couple enjoyed traveling at home and abroad. Dick died in January of 1997 after a lengthy illness. Doris then moved to Little Rock to be closer to her family and grandchildren. After moving to Little Rock, she was one of the first volunteers in the gift shop of Little Rock’s new Main Library of the Central Arkansas Library System.

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Throughout the years, Doris was known for her impeccable sense of fashion and her innate graciousness and charm. She was deeply devoted to the First Presbyterian Church in Mena, which she joined as a teenager, and served for many years as a member of Women of the Church. She was elected an Elder and served on the Session for three years. She was also a member of P.E.O., Chapter AO, in Mena where she served in several offices. When she moved to Little Rock, she transferred her membership to Chapter C and a few years later received her 50-year pin. During her years in Mena, she served as a den mother, a member of Rotary Anns, and a Lioness. Survivors include her children, Dr. Thomas R. Wallace (Anne), Patty Payne Smith (Michael R.), Joan Payne Neikirk (Richard); grandchildren, Dr. Thomas W. Wallace (Anne), Elizabeth Wallace Grotte (Shawn), Michael R. Smith, Jr. (Rachel), Amy Smith, Jeffrey Lewis (Tela), and Kelly Neikirk Killian (Josh); 13 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; step-children, Becky Barham Crawford (John), Brenda Barham Tate, and Barbara Barham Beaver (Eric); and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, O.B. and Mattie Witherspoon; her husbands, J. B. Wallace, Jr., and Richard Barham; her sister, Dorothy Witherspoon Fulkerson; and her brother, Gene Witherspoon. A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. On Sunday, April 2, 2017, a graveside service will be held in Mena at 2 p.m. at the Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 400

9th Street, Mena, Arkansas 71953. Arrangements are under the direction of Little Rock Funeral Home and Beasley Wood Funeral Home in Mena. The family wishes to thank Brookdale Chenal Heights and Kindred Hospice for the compassionate care given Doris during her illness.

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BOBBY ALAN DENTON Bobby Alan Denton, age 69 of Old Potter, went to be with the Lord on March 20, 2017 surrounded by family and loved ones. He was born on November 2, 1947 to Alvin and Gladys Denton in Mena, Arkansas. Bob was a 1966 graduate of Hatfield High School. His sense of humor was evident even as a young man. In his senior yearbook, he remarked his ambition was to start a gambling casino on wheels in an old school bus. Shortly after graduating, Bob suffered a tragic accident, which resulted in the loss of his mobility. But through the love of his family and his determination, he overcame doctor’s predictions that he would never walk again. Bob’s true passion was classic cars. He owned a Chevelle that was the envy of many national collectors. Throughout his life he was also a model car enthusiast, and carefully curated a collection that contained thousands of vintage models. He was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed the works of Walt Whitman. His love for the outdoors also included hunting and fishing. He faithfully followed the Arkansas Razorbacks, an activity he shared with his

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father. He enjoyed spending time with his family, who will always remember him for his well-timed dry sense of humor. When his greatniece and nephews were young he took great interest in their care. He organized elaborate scavenger hunts, and always took time to include them in his hobbies. They remember him teaching them to use a olaroid camera and taking selfies’ long before they had a name. He is preceded in death by his father, Alvin Denton. Bob is survived by his mother, Gladys Denton of Old Potter; his sister, Betty Smith of Mena, his nephew, David Smith of Mena and niece, Debra Miller of Mena; several other close family, friends and loved ones. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Keith Rose and Dr. Wes DeSpain officiating. Interment followed in the ann Cemetery in Potter. Visitation will be general at the Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Pallbearers were Darrell Thacker, Jerry Denton, Jacob Miller, Joel Miller, Monty Gray and Wes DeSpain. Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh. com

DONALD LEE MILLER

Donald Lee Miller, age 76, of Mena, died Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Mena Regional Health System. He was born on Thursday, November 14, 1940 to James Floyd and Elvira Golden Miller in Umpire, Arkansas. Donald loved life and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He served in the National Guard, was a member of the Elks and Eagles, and was a machinist for Hampton Aviation for many years. He loved the outdoors and never missed a chance to go hunting and fishing. onald was a loving father, grandfather, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents; and his loving, best friend and life companion, Ms. Wilma Liles. Donald is survived by two sons, Jamie Miller of Mena, and Steven Miller of Euless, Texas; one stepdaughter, Kristina

Davis of Mena; one brother, Ray Miller of Big Fork; nine grandchildren, Jaden Miller of Mena, Rachael Miller of Mena, Brennan Miller, Cheyann Miller, Gracie Miller, and Brier Miller all of Euless, Texas, Arianna Blanton, Kayla Blanton, and Joseph Blanton all of Mena; four great grandchildren, Jorden Davis, Benjamin Kincaid, Gabrielle Kincaid, and Kylie Rose Kincaid; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Graveside services were Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the leasant Hill Cemetery in Hatfield with Brother Mark Lyle officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. Visitation was general at the Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh. com

JANET SUE ALSTON CORCORAN

Janet Sue Alston Corcoran, age 6 of Ink, Arkansas passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born in Mena, Arkansas on November 21, 1951 to the late Claud Gilbert and Jewel Alston and graduated from Mena High School in 1970. Janet married Joseph (Joe) Patrick Corcoran in May 1976 at England Air Force Base, Alexandria, Louisiana, while they were both serving in the USAF. Janet worked as a legal services specialist for the USAF Area Defense Counsel. Janet and Joe met one day in the barracks parking lot when Janet caught Joe sitting on her prized 1968 Plymouth Satellite and started yelling at him. Joe was smitten with the pretty redhead and they began dating immediately. They were married within a year, and were then stationed at Osan Air Base, South Korea. After their USAF service, Janet and Joe attended college on the I Bill and both graduated from Louisiana State University, where Janet received 3 college degrees. Janet and Joe have three lovely children: Edward, Nicholas and Catherine. Janet is survived by Joseph Corcoran her husband of 40+ years and their children: Edward Alston Corcoran and wife Heidi Gustad, Nicholas Patrick Corcoran, Catherine Suzanne Corcoran Koehler and her husband Stephen Koehler, her brother Ronald Dean “Dude” Alston and Helen Velmer, niece Shelly Alston, nephew Luke

Alston, sister-in-law Margie Alston, greatniece Presley Ashcraft and great-nephew Gregory Blaschka, great-great nephew Slate Ashcraft and many, many wonderful Corcoran in-laws and nieces and nephews and by her dear childhood friend and sister-in-law Ann Hughes and her BFF Jeanne Bonkofsky. She was preceded in death by her parents, Claud Gilbert Alston and Jewel

Alston, and her brother, Fred Alston. Janet, who was raised as a Southern Baptist, raised her children in the Catholic faith with Joe. Janet was baptized recently while in the hospital and received the last rites by a Catholic priest. So, as musician Ray Stevens would say, she was a “Captist.” anet really en oyed her flowers and gardening and recently completed a mas-

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ter gardener program. Above all, she loved her family and was a “mother hen” to many. According to Joe, Janet was feisty, opinionated and told him one time that she en oyed the fighting and making up as a part of marriage. hey fought to stay together and they dearly loved each other. he funeral service was conducted on Saturday, March 1 , 1 at Concord Baptist Church at Ink with Michael . Corcoran brother of oe Corcoran presiding. The American Legion Veterans Honor uard provided military honors and the pallbearers were: Stephen Koehler, Tom Bonkofsky, ay Balkenhol, Luke Alston, avid Maddo , and ohn guyen. Interment was at the Concord Cemetery at Ink near her parents and brother.

BETTY STEEL HARDEGREE Betty Steel Hardegree, age , of Mena, Arkansas passed away at her home on Monday, March , 1 . She was born September 1 , 19 in klahoma City, to the late Robert Earl and Frances Boyce Steel. She was preceded in death by her husband of years, oe Hal Hardegree. In early 196 , Betty and oe moved to Mena where oe established a law practice. Betty was very active in her community throughout her life. She was a 6 year member of the irst United Methodist Church in Mena, a member of . . ., the Lioness Club, and founder of a still active book club group, among many other things. She was passionate about golf and regularly competed in tournaments throughout the state and surrounding areas. Betty is survived by daughters, Alison Hout and husband reg of San iego, California and ennifer Hardegree of Mena, Arkansas grandchildren, Andrew and oe Hout of ayetteville, Arkansas and Ben Hout of San iego, California. Betty also leaves a host of friends and her canine companion, Captain. Memorials may be made to the irst United Methodist Church of Mena. A Memorial service was held, 1 p.m., Saturday, March , 16 at the irst United Methodist Church of Mena. Arrangements were under the direction of the Beasley Wood uneral Home of

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ROBBIE TODD MEDLIN Robbie eanna odd Medlin, age , of Mena, Arkansas passed away Sunday, March 19, 1 in Mena. Robbie was born in Mena, Arkansas on May 16, 19 9 to the late, Robert odd and the late Lila Bates odd. She worked as a Home Health Aide and was a Minister of God. Robbie was a mighty prayer warrior for anyone needing prayer and was strong in her ministry of sharing od’s Word. She was a loving and faithful servant to God and will be missed by her family. She is survived by son, William rey Todd and wife Brandy of Bentonville, Arkansas grandchildren, Michael oseph odd, raci li abeth odd brother, Ronnie Edward Todd and wife Shirley of Mena, Arkansas nephew and niece, yle odd and wife ebbie and ana avis. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Monty Medlin and a daughter, Angela oy. Graveside service were Wednesday, March , 1 , 1 a.m. at leasant rove Cemetery at Big ork, Arkansas with Brother Steve Bradley officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood uneral Home of Mena. amily and friends visitation was uesday, March 1, 1 from 6 p.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel.

GRETA FAYE PIERCE Greta Faye Pierce, age 61, of Mena, passed away March , 1 . She was born uly , 19 to Rudy achary and Wanda Strickland in Lockney, e as. reta is preceded in death by her father, Rudy achary, and one daughter, Jennifer Pierce. Survivors include husband, irby ierce of Mena, AR son, Carson ierce of Mena, AR mother, Wanda Strickland of Mena, AR grandkids, alton ierce, Austin ierce, and Caitlan ierce, all of Mena, AR. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, March 9, 1 , p.m. at Cherry Hill Cemetery in Cherry Hill with irby ierce officiating. Arrangements were made under the direction of hornton

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MICHAEL RAY REESE Michael Ray Mike Reese, age 6 , a resident of Mena, Arkansas, died riday, March , 1 at his home. He was born April , 19 in ceola, hio. He was a truck driver, a U.S. Air Force veteran, and a member of the orthside Church of Christ in Mena. Mr. Reese was preceded in death by his parents, onald and ladys Burt Reese a daughter, iffany Reese and two sisters, erry Lynn Reese Cosby and Karla Jo Reese Lamb. He is survived by his e wife, Ava Reese, of Mena two sons, Robert Reese and enneth Reese, both of iffin, hio two brothers, arl Reese of hio and ohn Reese of Mineral Springs, Arkansas and a number of nieces and nephews. raveside funeral services for Mr. Reese were held at 1 a.m. uesday, March , 1 in the Sunshine Cemetery in ierks with eremy ones officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson uneral Home in ierks. he family received friends from 6 p.m., Monday, March , 1 , at Wilkerson uneral Home in ierks. ou may register on line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

BRENDA NELL CARTER ROBBINS Brenda ell Carter Robbins, age 66, of Alder Springs, died Monday, March , 1 at her home. She was born on Monday, April 1 , 19 to verett ernon and Mary Lou Hunt Carter in umas, e as. Brenda attended the orthside Church of Christ and taught Sunday school. She loved the Lord and went on mission trips to Honduras and uatemala. Brenda spent thirty-eight years as an elementary teacher at Heritage Hall Elementary School in dmond, klahoma, Sunray lementary in Sunray, e as, and Louise urham lementary in Mena. Her proudest accomplishment came last year when she received the Louise urham

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Mena ublic Schools eacher of the ear for 16. othing gave her more oy than her grandkids and seeing her students e cel. Brenda liked to sew and crochet and was a member of elta Kappa Gamma Sorority. Brenda was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her parents. Brenda is survived by her loving husband of 9 years, im Robbins of Alder Springs, Arkansas her son, verett Robbins of Little Rock two daughters and sons in law, Laura and Chris Wiles of Bigelow, Arkansas and li abeth and Adam oung of Sherwood one brother, Bill Carter of Amarillo, e as five grandchildren, Hayden Wiles, wen Wiles, Carter oung, Hunter oung, and Adelyn ate oung several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. uneral services were hursday, March , 1 at .M. at the orthside Church of Christ with Bob oung and eremy ones officiating. isitation was Wednesday, March , 1 from 6 .M. at the Bowser amily uneral Home Chapel in Mena. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Southern Christian Children’s Home, 1 West Harding Street, Morrilton, Arkansas 11 . allbearers were im Robbins, Chris Wiles, Adam oung, Will Robbins, Craig Williams, and Mark Robbins. Honorary allbearers will be Bill Carter, H.A. Carter, Rocky Re rode, Charles Wood, and Claude Webster. nline uestbook www.bowserffh.com

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he Acorn campus of Ouachita River School District recently sent a group of students to compete in the Mena-DeQ ueen E ducational Co-Op’s annual Battle of the Books. Students at the Reading Fair gave presentations via storyboards, technology, and oral presentations on their chosen books. Categories included Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Technology. Winners and categories are pictured. Sophie Strasner and Holiday Neufeld won 2nd place with their 5 th Grade Technology Presentation of the fiction book Wonder by RJ Palacio. Jonathan Bodkin and Michael Laing won 2nd Place for their 6th Grade Technology Presentation on the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. K aelin Harding won 3rd Place in 6th Grade Fiction on the book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. E mmy Goss and Ashlynn Bissell won 2nd Place for 8th Grade Fiction on the book Ghost Dog Secrets by Peg K ehret. Makenna Goss won overall Best Presentation for 9 th Grade for A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.

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( StateP oint) For some, Spring cleaning is a time-honored ritual, which doesn’ t just apply to your house. Remember that your car is likely in desperate need of some attention after the winter months. “A car that` s well-maintained is safer, cheaper to run, more reliable, and can be worth more money at resale time,” says Brian Moody, ex ecutive editor of Autotrader. To help, Autotrader editors are sharing “S imple Spring Car Care” tips to get your car in tip-top shape for the busy driving season ahead: • Wash and wax your car thoroughly. If you can afford it, have it professionally detailed. However, if you do it yourself, be sure to use a pressure nozzle in order to rid your car of any leftover road salt or sand from the winter. Direct sunlight can cause a car’ s fini to become ull, but a t oroug a ing an a ing can al o el ee your car aint an clear coat loo ing goo t tem ting to run t e car t roug an automate car a , but t o e big re ol ing bru e can ull t e fini o er time f you’ re not allowed to wash your car at home due to regional laws or neighborhood rules, seek out a good drive-thru wash and hand wax instead. ec an et your car tire re ure to t e le el ecifie in your o ner manual or on t e ri er oor ill tem era tures warm up, the air in your tires can ex pand and that might impact the way the car handles. e ure not to o er in ate t e tire ile lo tire re ure can cau e t e tire to eat u if it not rolling o n t e roa ro er ly, e treme o er in ation can cau e a blo out in ig tem erature f you re not comfortable oing t i your elf, ta e your car to a shop like Big-O Tires, Sears Auto Center, or Firestone Auto Care Center -- those kinds of chains will usually do it for free. a e a ualifie mec anic o a i ual in ection un er t e oo f you re comfortable oing t i your elf, c ec for orn belts or hoses and make sure your coolant ( sometimes called anti-freeze) isn’ t too old. Coolant lasts a long time, but keeping track of when it was last changed, especially in older cars, can help you avoid overheating as the temperatures gradually climb. For more tips for keeping your vehicle in great shape whether it’ s hot, cold, or rainy can be found at www.Autotrader.com. For better driving all season long, make sure your Spring to-do list includes cleaning and maintaining your car.

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his year at the 2017 National E AST Conference, Cossatot River High School E AST students had the opportunity to connect with students and staff from other E AST programs and present to and network with some amazing guests such as Congressman Bruce Westerman’s Field Representative Cara Cox, and Ben arley, enior d iser at the . Department of tate ffice of lobal riminal ustice. CRHS E AST students received numerous complements on how professional they were, the quality and sophistication of the projects they were presenting, and their level of excitement for and commitment to their E AST program and local communities. They truly were a class act and could not be more proud of how they represented our program and our district. The students ha e come back with some great ideas for new pro ects and ways to impro e pro ects they are already working on. They are fired up and ready to use what they ha e learned to ser e and hopefully better our communi ty in a positi e way, said T acilitator rs. uckabey.

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ossatot i er chool District was well represented by students who tra eled to the De ueen ena ducation o p to participate in the attle of the ooks Competition Monday, March 13, 2017 . There were students representing Cossatot High School, Vandervoort E lementary, and Wickes E lementary. Cossatot sent two 7 th grade teams to compete in the e ent. Team from ossatot placed rd in the th grade di ision of the attle of the ooks. Team members are hanell rito, aura lores, acob ich ardson, and aylee Da is. The students are sponsored by u anne esterson. ander oort lementary had se eral students from grades st th represent the school at the e ent, with each team competing for se eral rounds. ander oort ibrarian amantha Boyette is the sponsor for the students participating. st rade inners are pictured left ack ow acee Mc hee, Charlee Fortner, rinity tandridge, eaudy yle Front ow acob enry, rody Creel, emperance ell

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Johnson Learning Commons Receives Art Book Donation

corn igh chool has announced their honor roll list for the rd nine weeks. A ll A s - 6th G rade: rookelyn oss, aelin arding, harish ill, li ia Maechler, Reed McGee, Braven Rodgers, Makayla Sandoval, Jayden Willborg. 7th G rade: Damian Bohlman, Lexi Dilbeck, K iersten Larucci, Jacob Lyle, Abigail Nance, Raeghan Weddle. 8 th G rade: mmy oss, orryn olland, alli olland. 9 th G rade: Makenna Goss, Brady Lyle, Matthew Nance, Justin Richmond. 1 0 th G rade: Tessa K esterson. 1 1 th G rade: ack a, uby ua, wen Tran, osey Webb. 1 2 th G rade: Brooke Bates, Morgan Fagan, K ayla Shuey, Josh Staggs. A s & B s - 6th G rade: Allyson Bissell, Braylan Bohlman, K irsten Gee, E ricka olliday, estin ohnson, ichael aing, achael iller, ori ichardson, a in Strother, Lucas Watts, Rachael Weddle, Addison Wood. 7th G rade: Michael uces, unshine utterfield, ason unningham, yla imp, bbigail c arroll, Justice Neufeld, Joshua Tilley. 8 th G rade: eelan rown, ichael ickly, arlee Rodgers, Tyler Smedley, K imberly Strasner, Autumn Strother, Sarah Wallace. 9 th G rade: acey ead, aley ando al, rody ebb. 1 0 th G rade: Makayla Anderson, eo acinto, achel urr, aley ichardson, raxlie trother, egan aughn. 1 1 th G rade: ane arr, li abeth achtel, my guyen, Tyler impson, ker Solozabal, Josey Webb. 1 2 th G rade: Aaron Bissell, Chantry Blake, Matt Davis, arly Dearing, shley Duncan, Dalton ane, lden aywald, rittany ilhite.

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4th Grade Mena Girls Get 1st Runner-Up

Rose & Graves Takes 2nd in AR Youth Fishing Association Bass Tournment

The 4th grade Mena girls won 1st runner up at the Hot Springs Hoop Play on March 12th. Pictured left to right: Coach Cody Gibbs, Dani Gibbs, Bracee Lance, Rylie Bentley, Laney Gilchrist, Isabelle Vacca, Karley Sharp, Taliyah Borin, Addison Thomas, and Coach Matt Thomas. Not pictured Reese Montgomery and Emma Ferguson.

Austin Rose and Evan Graves took 2nd place in the Arkansas Youth Fishing Association Bass Tournament, "Whiplash on the Ouachita," at Lake Ouachita, on Saturday, March 18. There were more than 89 teams/boats from around the state competing. he asscats ne t statewide tournament will be held on ull hoals on April

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Visitor Finds 7.44-carat Diamond at Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park

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SUBMITTED BY ARKANSAS STATE PARKS hile in southern rkansas for a baseball tournament, year old alel angford, of enterton, rkansas, fulfilled a longtime dream of isiting rkansas s rater of Diamonds tate ark. alel and his parents arri ed at rkansas s diamond site on the afternoon of aturday, arch . y the end of the day, he had registered the th largest diamond found at the rkansas tate ark since . alel was walking near the ast Drain, in the southern portion of the park s diamond search area, when he spotted the shiny, dark brown gem. e explained, t was ust a few inches from a stream of water, with a bunch of other rocks that were about the same si e. e picked up the gem and called to his dad raig angford, who was searching nearby. ccording to raig angford, e had only been at the park for about minutes when he found it. ts color was so dark that we weren t sure if it was a diamond, but we knew we needed to ha e it looked at. The family stopped by the Diamond Disco ery enter to ha e their finds identified before lea ing the park, and alel was shocked to learn he had found one of the biggest diamonds in the park s history. ark nterpreter aymon ox noted, onditions were ideal for alel to find his diamond. bout an inch of rain fell on the plowed search area during the week. hea y rain can unco er larger diamonds near the surface. Diamonds ha e a metallic looking shine and are often easier to spot on top of the ground. ox continued, alel s diamond is about the si e of a pinto bean, and it s ery dark brown, similar to coffee. erall, the gem has a frosted appearance and is shaped somewhat like a pillow or a kite. alel named his gem uperman s Diamond, for his uni ue connection to the D omics superhero. raig angford noted, hen we chose to name him alel, we didn t reali e that al l was also uperman s birthname. hen asked about his plans for uperman s Diamond, alel says he plans to keep it as a sou enir of his first isit to rater of Diamonds tate ark. ccording to ox, This diamond is a truly extraordinary find. t was alel s dream to isit the rater of Diamonds tate ark, and now he will always be part of this park s remarkable history. e are all ery happy for him. January 6, 201 The diamond is the largest registered at the rkansas tate ark since une , , when olorado resident obbie skarson found an . carat white diamond that she named the speran a. t is the largest brown diamond registered in nearly years, topped in weight only by an . carat brown diamond found by etty amMost of us have heard the phrase "and the truth will set you free," but do you know the le, of itchcock, in . s of this writing, diamonds ha e been registered at rater of Diamonds tate origin? Typically, it is used out of context. It is found in John 8:32; "Jesus said, Then you ark so far in , weighing a total of . carats. Three other diamonds weighing will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." The truth being spoken of here is Jesus at least one carat ha e been registered this year, including a . carat yellow diahimself. In John 14:6; Jesus says "I am the way, and the truth, and the life." In John 1:14; mond that was found earlier in arch. It says "The Word became flesh, and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory rater of Diamonds tate ark is located on rkansas ighway in urfrees, the glory of the one and only son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." So boro. t is one of state parks administered by the tate arks Di ision of the rkan"truth" here means The Word of God manifested in the flesh whom is Jesus Christ. sas Department of arks and Tourism. The second part of the verse (the phrase we hear most often), "and the truth will set you or more information, contact rater of Diamonds tate ark at , free", is Jesus speaking about spiritual freedom from the bondages, or slavery of sin (John email raterofDiamonds arkansas.com or isit www. raterofDiamonds tate ark. 8:34). There are two types of freedom, worldly freedom (to be, and do as you please), and com.

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Biblical (spiritual). The "truth," here again, is Jesus Christ. The "bondage", or "slavery", started with Adam early on. Paul says in Romans 5:12; "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned", and also says in Romans 3:23; " for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God". We are all slaves. To know the "truth" is to know Jesus, the Word of God. To hear the "truth" John 8:47 says; "Whoever belongs to God hears what God says...." To be free from the bondage and slavery of sin, Romans 6:4-6; says "We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin- ." "So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know I am He...." (John 8:28) " Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32). We welcome all to worship Him. The Hatfield Church of Christ. Contact us at 479-437-5267, or e-mail hatfieldcofc@gmail.com, or like us on Facebook.

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he Mena Bearcat baseball team hosted the Ashdown Panthers at Union Bank Field Monday night, March 27 th. an artin started the game on the mound for the earcats. ena allowed only one early run, but ga e up six two out runs in the first. shdown held an early lead after half an inning. shdown retired the earcats one two three in the bottom of first, to hold in place their se en run lead after one complete inning. Landon Stidman came out to pitch in the top of the second and retired Ashdown, allowing only one run to the Panthers. Jon Beckman led off the bottom of the second for the earcats with a double down the right field line. eckman s courtesy runner was able to reach third base, but ne er scored. The score was shdown after two innings. ena sent out tidman in the top of the third inning for another inning of work. tidman allowed three runs before escaping the inning, to extend the anther s lead to . shdown s pitcher, ogan enry, retired the earcats in order, again, in the bottom of the third. enry held ena scoreless and shdown s lead at . n the top of the fourth, the earcats brought in rown to pitch. rown allowed ust two runs, to get ena out of the inning down by . The earcats got a runner on base in the bottom of the fourth, but shdown turned a slick double play to end the inning. etaining the anthers lead after four complete innings. n the last inning, yndon chuller pitched for the earcats and ga e up only one anther run. aking the score going into the final half inning of the game. The anthers kept ena scoreless yet again in the fifth inning, preser ing shdown s lead to win the game. shdown held the earcats to only one hit the entire game with ero errors, while ena ga e up hits to the anthers and committed three errors. The earcats next baseball game is Thursday afternoon, arch th at , at ossatot i er.

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to replace the artnership for ssessment of eadiness for ollege areers . The T spire examinations were administered to students in grades through in Math, Reading, Writing, E nglish, and Science. For the purposes of this report, the scores obtained in Reading, Writing, and E nglish were combined to create a combined E LA

score.” The awards received by Polk County Schools were based on those E LA scores. Cossatot River School District was the recipient of several. Vandervoort E lementary was named one of the top fi e elementary schools in the outhwest region for their T spire erformance tests. The elementary school was also recogni ed as a top fi e eating the dds, school, an award given to high achieving schools, based on their ACT Aspire E xams, serving in low income communities. ickes lementary was awarded for their hard work, earning two separate eating the dds awards, outhwest egion and cience. mpire school were also recipients of the award for their region for beating the odds as well. n response to the district s hard work and recei ing recognition, uperintendent Donnie Da is, said, The ossatot i er chool District is ery proud of each of our schools that recei ed the awards. ur teachers and students ha e worked ery hard and we are proud that their hard work is being recogni ed. uachita i er chool District recei ed se eral as well. corn lementary chool recei ed outhwest egion ath eating the dds and outhwest egion cience eating the dds. corn igh chool recei ed outhwest egion eating the dds and outhwest egion cience eating the dds. den igh chool recei ed outhwest egion ath eating the dds and outhwest egion cience eating the dds. ongratulations to our students, teachers, administrators, and staff on their most recent awards, said D uperintendent erry trasner. ena iddle chool recei ed se en awards in arch, in addition to regional awards gi en in ebruary. They include, erall eating the dds, which put them th in the state, eating the dds, th in the state, ath eating the dds, st in the state, cience eating the dds, th in the state. ena iddle chool was also awarded outhwest egion eating the dds, nd in the state, outhwest egion ath eating the dds, st in the state, and outhwest egion cience eating the dds, st in the tate. n ebruary, ena iddle chool was recogni ed by as one of the highest achie ing middle schools in rkansas. t that time, they recei ed four awards outhwest egion erall igh chie ing, nd in the outhwest egion, outhwest egion igh chie ing, nd in the outhwest egion, outhwest egion ath igh chie ing, st in the outhwest egion, and outhwest egion cience igh chie ing, nd in the outhwest egion. ena iddle chool rincipal lifton herrer said, e are so proud of our parents, teachers, and of course our students for these achie ements. or our students to achie e this success is a credit to our school, as well as our elementary schools who ha e de eloped these student s foundation. e couldn t be prouder, o T ena ena igh chool was also included in the awards list. They recei ed outhwest egion cience igh chie ing, to which rincipal hane Torix said, t is a great honor for our students and teachers alike. t s not ust the cience Department, but all teachers and students worked hard to get this. t s a great honor for our school. To learn more of the county s awards, you can isit s website at www.officeforeducationpolicy.org.

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The Wall That Heals

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he Wall That Heals rolled into Mena on Wednesday, March 22, and had thousands of visitors visit to pay homage to the soldiers who gave all during the Vietnam War. Head organizer Linda Johnson said 7 ,000 signed in during The Wall’s stay in Mena and said that many “started their healing process.” The Wall That Heals is a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Monument in Washington, D.C. It gives those who have served and those who have lost a chance to bring healing. On their website, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund explains, “Bringing The Wall home to communities throughout our country allows the souls enshrined on the Memorial to exist once more among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings. The traveling exhibit provides thousands of veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of facing The Wall to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities, thus allowing the healing process to begin.” The Wall was escorted from by dozens of motorcyclists from across Arkansas and Oklahoma and paraded through Mena before stopping at Bearcat Stadium where the set up remained until Sunday, March 26. An education center on site showed memorabilia from the Vietnam War and also pictures of local soldiers who lost their lives while serving there. On Thursday, an Opening Ceremony was held inside Bearcat Stadium where dignitaries spoke of the losses incurred and thanked veterans, both li ing and deceased, for their ultimate sacrifice. Of the thousands of visitors attending, some came from as far as New Mexico. Johnson said one man drove 25 0 miles on his motorcycle to see it and fi e klahoma schools brought students. he noted that since Arkansas schools were on Spring Break while The Wall was here, Oklahoma schools were in session and able to bring their students. “It went great,” said Johnson. “A lot of veterans and Vietnam vets appreciated it being here.” Johnson also thanked all of those who helped make The Wall coming to Mena possible and those who visited. “Thanks to all the volunteers, the escorts, the churches who donated food to feed the escorts, committee people… my husband, who put up with my madness for four and a half months and everyone else who contributed and visited. Without all of them, it would not have been possible or nearly the success.” For those that were unable to attend the parade or the Opening Ceremony, videos of both are posted on the Polk County Pulse Facebook page.

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Thursday, 3/30 • 10:30 a.m. – Gator & Friends will be performing at The Mena Senior Center. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County meets at apa’s Me ican Caf . Contact Lisa Martin at 16 or Charles itman at 16 for more information. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 6 1 Highway West, one mile from Louise urham. • 5:00 p.m. - 9th Street Ministries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the 9th Street Ministries building. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at allas Avenue Baptist Church amily Life Center. Call 9 9 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous women’s meeting at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 11 9 Hwy, 1, S., Mena. 9 16 6 6 or 9 9 . • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Blue-

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• MISS SWEETCHEEKS MALE BEAUTY PAGEANT will be hosted by the olk County Heroes Relay for Life team on Saturday, April 1, 1 at 6 p.m. at the Mena High School erforming Arts Center. • EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA HOSTED BY UNION MISSION will be held at anssen ark on April 1 , 1 , from p.m. Ages 11 are welcome. here will be bounce houses, refreshments, face painting, and more. All are welcome to attend.

grass and Gospel music in the aisy Room at anssen Ave lorist. • 7:00 p.m. – Amputee Support Group meets at irst Christian Church. Call Laura at 9 1 for more information. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 11 9 Hwy 1, S., Mena. 9 16 6 6 or 9 9 . Friday, 3/31 • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Road tests are given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room unless the roads are wet. Written tests are given at 1 p.m. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 1 South. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fiber Arts Group meets at Mena Art allery. All types of fiber welcome. • 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. – A band will play at he American Legion in Acorn. 6 admission. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 11 9 Hwy 1, S., Mena. 9 16 6 6 or 9 9 . Saturday, 4/1 • 1:00 p.m. – M.S.A.A. Support Group meeting in Room 1 6 at RMCC. • 6:00 p.m. – Gospel Singing at the Little Hope Baptist Church near ine Ridge with dinner following. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 1 ., Acorn. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 11 9 Hwy 1 S., Mena. 9 9 or 9 16 6 6. Sunday, 4/2 • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 11 9 Hwy 1, S., Mena. 9 16 6 6 or 9 9 . • 3:00 p.m. – Sulfur Springs Church worship at Sulfur Springs. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the irst United Methodist Church in Mena. Monday, 4/3 • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Mena Seventh Day Adventist Church Food Pantry

at 1 9 olk Road , across from airgrounds. on perishable food, personal care items, and nutritional help. veryone will be served. • 6:00 p.m. – Polk County Fair & Rodeo Association meets at the airgrounds. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 1 ., Acorn. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at irst United Methodist Church. veryone is welcome. • 6:30 p.m. – Shady Grove RVFD business and training meeting. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 11 9 Hwy 1, S., Mena. 9 16 6 6 or 9 9 . • 7:00 p.m. – Potter RVFD meeting at the ire Station. • 7:00 p.m. – Acorn RVFD meeting will be at the ire House. • 7:00 p.m. – Mena Emblem Club meets at the lks Lodge. Tuesday, 4/4 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardner Community Men s reakfast at the irst United Methodist Church in Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art allery, 6 Mena St. Bring 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 6 1 Highway West, one mile from Louise urham. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Hatfield ranch ibrary will be open. • 5:00 p.m. - T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union Bank Community Room for weigh ins, followed by a meeting. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for the families of addicts and alcoholics will meet at the ABC Club. • 7:00 p.m. – Dallas Valley RVFD meets for training at the ire House. • 7:00 p.m. – Acorn Fire & Rescue meets at the ire epartment. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at irst United Methodist Church, 9th ort Arthur. 9 or 9 .

Wednesday, 4/5 • The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in Hatfield, Wickes, rannis, andervoort, Cove, and Mena at noon. • 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Charm Quilters will meet at the ree Will Baptist Church on the corner of etros and Cherry 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 Church of od. • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Regeneration Youth Ministries meets at Mena Church of od Hwy ast. • 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church offers iscovery ids indergarten hru th rade Collide outh Ministry 6th hru 1 th rades and Adult Bible Study. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at race Bible Church, 1911 Hwy 1 . Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 11 9 Hwy 1, S., Mena. 9 16 6 6 or 9 9 . • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Inquiry classes into the Catholic Faith begins in the arish Hall of St. Agnes Catholic Church at th St. o cost or obligation. veryone is invited. Call 9 1 1 or 9 6 for more info.


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Tips to Throw Better Movie Nights at Home W

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hether it’s family movie night and you’re watching an old classic, or you’re hosting a big crowd to screen the latest blockbuster, you can take steps to make the viewing experience feel more like the theater -- from upgrading your technology, to improving your hosting game. ere are some cool ideas to help mo ie lo ers better en oy their fa orite flicks at home. Thema ti c S na cks When it comes to food and drink, treat guests to all their theater favorites. Candy bars, soda and popcorn are great standards, and these days, many theaters also offer beer, wine, cocktails and elevated fare. Y ou can also take it one step further by tailoring your menu to the theme of the movie. Think about the setting, the characters, and the plot for inspiration. But remember, foods that are easy to eat in the dark and don’t make a lot of racket work best. U p g r a d e Y our Tech Flat screen TVs are great, but for the real theater feel, consider a high-quality projector designed for home use. Look for one that’s low maintenance, easy to turn on and off, and comes with HDMI terminals as well as a USB power supply. Since you may not have the option of a windowless room or blackout curtains in your home, seek out a projector that senses ambient light in the room and automatically adjusts its brightness accordingly. For example, the X J-F210WN LampFree Projector from Casio’s Advanced Series line features Intelligent Light Control that does just that, so viewers can enjoy optimal visuals any time of day and in any lighting conditions. This model also comes e uipped with , hour estimated operating life and reaches full brightness in as fast as fi e seconds. ts combination of laser and D light source is a great high brightness, mercury-free option. More information can be found at CasioLampFree.com. Costume Pa r ty hether you re watching a dramatic period piece or en oying a sci fi action flick, add a touch of excitement to your party by encouraging guests to wear costumes. This will help get everyone pumped up for the movie well in advance of the screening. As host you may even want to include a trivia round afterwards and offer prizes to winners. With a few tech upgrades and hosting tips, movie night just got even more fun.

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Phil Feerance - Giving His Life for Charity “O

LOGAN MCCOURTNEY

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h, the places you’ll go”, this phrase was so cleverly coined in Dr. Seuss’s book. Life does seem to take people places they never would have expected, on journeys that make their life worth living. Phil Feerance is a man well traveled. Military and work has allowed him to experience new places and new faces, with the newest being Mena. Phil grew up in Pennsylvania, one of seven boys and eight kids total. He loved being outside playing in his childhood, “Often my mom couldn’t find me, would be off by myself playing in the woods, hil recalls laughing. fter high school, he worked at a foundry on the floor before becoming a cost accountant. hile continuing to work full time, he worked his way through college, before being drafted in the rmy. t that time they drafted by the lottery system and got picked so went and ser ed. hil recei ed leadership opportunities in the military, earning himself the opportunity to be st ieutenant latoon eader. e explains that he en oyed his position because you had to get things done, but that it was demanding, was years old and was responsible each day for the li es and actions of other men. t led to real uick growth. is time in the military, leading men each day and accomplishing tasks, would prepare Phil for his next step in life. Currently, Phil serves as a Senior Buyer for a traction product at Nidec. Before coming to Mena, he and his wife of 4 6 years, K athleen, were living in Conway. “Our daughter was going to school in Conway and my job in Vicksburg was changing and so we decided to move there.” Phil has spent most of his professional career in the automotive industry before working at Nidec. His work led their family to many different states including aryland, Tennessee, and ississippi. really en oyed the work that did because you were constantly mo ing. f things were to get done then you had to constantly be working. like ha ing a game plan and accomplishing it. hil has uite the experience in the automoti e industry, ser ing as a commodity manager in Tennes see before he earned the opportunity to help open a facility in icksburg, ississippi. worked in aterials anagement there, which included shipping and recei ing, customer ser ice, purchasing, and logistics. started all those departments from scratch. Despite the demanding needs of the automoti e industry, hil excelled in the industry, taking things in full stride. t was demanding, but it was something en oyed. f you don t do your part, the whole thing doesn t work. That s a lot of pressure, but en oyed it. hil s latest place to put down roots has been ena, a place that he and athleen en oy a lot. feel like m at home. The mountains here are beautiful, it reminds me of being back home where grew up. lthough he is proud of his work at idec, hil has a real passion for ser ing the community with the nights of olumbus. any people are unsure of what the nights are or what we stand for, but it is such a good organi ation that is meeting many needs. lo e what we are doing. The nights were formed in due to the faithful efforts of ather i chael c i ney, assistant pastor of t. ary s hurch in ew a en, onnecticut. The nights were formed to ser e the needs of widows and orphans in the community and the parish. t started with Father McGivney and other men sitting in a room passing around a hat to take up donations to take care of those that couldn’t take care of themselves,” explains Phil. The K nights are playing an important role in meeting the needs of the communities they serve. This role is something that Phil, as Grand K night of the local council, takes seriously with great passion. ha e not been in ena but fi e years, but wanted to continue to be more closely tied with the people and needs of this community. That is why the nights and myself are here.” The K nights serve with four principles in mind: Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. E ach of these components of their service can be seen throughout their community service and outreach. s a night, belie e that these four precepts fall into e eryday life. n general, if e eryone li ed out these ideals then our world would be a better place. Members of the K nights have been able to help meet needs and effect change, not just locally, but world wide as well. e ha e helped with the eteran s dministration, and currently we ha e been raising funds for the hristian yrian refugees. ur influence isn t ust local, but is world wide.” lthough the nights ha e a far reaching effect in the world, each local council has different ways that they can reach out to their community. Phil is excited about the service opportunities they have here in Mena. “One of the ways we live out our principle of charity is loving our neighbors around us, this includes our community as a whole,” explains Phil. Their signature fundraiser in the local community is their annual Tootsie Roll Drive, a fundraiser that benefits D and their efforts for the special lympics. long with their support of D , the K nights are supporting many other efforts in Mena that support the welfare of the community. Phil is thankful for the opportunity they have to meet real tangible needs for the people here, ena is my home and the people are great here. want to be a part of helping make it a great place to live.” The service and thoughtfulness of people like Phil are what makes Mena such a great place to li e. always ask the other nights, hat is the most charitable thing you ha e NORTHSIDE done recently This uestion and attitude should certainly prompt anybody to li e a life with SHOPPING CENTER a more fuller purpose.

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Johnson Manor B&B- A Vacation that Feels like Home

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BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY

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t is said that the bed and breakfast inn was born of sharing food with friends. At Johnson Manor Bed and Breakfast, that’s just what guests are considered to be… friends. A warm smile and open doors await visitors from all over the world. Larry and Carol Johnson, innkeepers of the charming bed and breakfast located at 600 11th Street, are actually originally from Texas. Their path to Mena is unlike many others who have found themselves here nestled in the scenic Ouachita Mountains. Larry and Carol are ‘ retired’, but not in the typical sense. As owners and operators of the bed and breakfast there is always something to be doing to prepare the home for the next guests. In addition, to the bed and breakfast, Larry works as an E MT for Southwest Ambulance service. Mena is certainly a stark contrast from where the couple moved from just outside of Dallas, an opportunity that almost didn’t happen. Johnson Manor B& B almost never came to be. fter the tornado of left ena in de astation, arry, along with other fire fighters and ser ice men, came to help rebuild ena. e was a part of a relief and rebuild team called ‘ New Y ork Says Thank Y ou’ (NY STY ), a group he was introduced to by a good friend from the National ire cademy. first helped them rebuild a house in Texas and was hooked. fter the tornado in ena, we came here to help rebuild a home for a family.” Because NY STY is an all volunteer group, they are limited to 3-4 days for projects, but many of their volunteers remain in contact with communities and return to complete many of the initiated projects. “My friend E ric called and said he thought about going back up to Mena to finish working on the house and asked if wanted to come. e had really connected with the family and so said sure , recalls arry. This time, instead of coming alone, Carol came to see the beautiful area Larry had talked so much about. hile staying in ena, the ohnsons stayed at anssen ark and learned a little more about the surrounding area. ne afternoon while they were out driving around, they ran across an old Victorian house on Maple Street that caught Larry’s eye, it was the old Cox Mansion, and it was for sale. “Larry said, ‘ Oh we should stop and look at the house’ and I said ‘ no way’. I didn’t have any interest,” Carols recalls with a smile. They were driving out of town towards Texas when Larry felt compelled to go back and look at the house. “Just like that, we turned around and called and got a key to look at the inside of the house. As soon as we unlocked the door, we saw the wood work and fell in love.” Although they knew they wanted to make an offer on the house, it wasn t necessarily with a bed and breakfast in mind. arry and arol had no real intentions at first to mo e to ena, e ust thought this would be a weekend home for us, a place that we could get away for the weekend. t has ob iously turned into much more than that. A walk through the doors of the large Victorian home showcases intricately detailed wood combined with Southern decorating, a unique blend that will make the most weary souls feel right at home. atural pine floors flow throughout the home, making the already large home seem e en bigger. s arol says, t s outhern ospitality in it s finest fashion. hen they bought the year plus home, there was extensi e restoration work that needed to be completed to preser e and remodel the aging house. fter two years of hard work, the home is once again ready to welcome guests and rings with charm. e are ery thankful for how it has turned out. e wanted to lea e the integrity and charm of the home while still making necessary updates. The ohnson s are true examples of humble hospitality. hile in their home, arry and arol do e erything possible to bring rest and relaxation for their guests. e know that when people want to get away or rest, they really want to do that. e ha e tried to arrange things to make their stay as con enient as possible. art of their hospitality and great guest ser ice are the meals prepared in the home. or each meal, unless otherwise notified, the ohnsons prepare a hot, fresh cooked meal. Taking this service a step further, they provide the meals when the guestsx ask for them. e ha e had guests that wanted to eat at a.m. and guests that don t want breakfast until a.m. either way, we ser e them fresh meals. This is one of the biggest compliments we get from guests, they feel like we have went the extra mile to serve them.” Along with freshly prepared, home-cooked meals, there are four bedrooms that are all furnished with a bath, refrigerator, i i, and Direct T . ach of these amenities make the stay all the more en oyable and restful. In addition to guests staying with the Johnsons, they have also hosted luncheons, brunches, meetings, and birthday parties as well. “Our dining room provides a good place to come meet and eat. e ha e had birthday parties, wedding parties, and then ust families coming to share a meal.” Larry and Carol could have never dreamed of being where they are now with the bed and breakfast. e are truly blessed to ha e had the people stay here with us. They ha e been so The Oaks at Mena is committed to providing personalized care that exceeds the wonderful and kind. e ha e en oyed the people the most. Tra eling will take you all o er the expectations of our residents. Quality care is provided by our staff of respectful world, and places you ha e ne er been, and this is what the ohnsons lo e the most. e like and compassionate team members. Call or come by today for a tour! the world coming to us. hen we open our doors, we open them to the world. or more infor mation about Johnson Manor or to book a room, go to their website johnsonmanorbb.com or call them at 214 -67 3-7 7 64 .

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Lawmakers Approach End of Regular Session

CONTRIBUTED BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE

TT s the eneral ssembly approaches the final days of this year s regular session, lawmakers approved bills affecting public and private education, criminal ustice, prisons, election procedures, campaign finance, and unemployment benefits. enate ill is a page measure that sets up new accountability and assessment tools used in public schools. ducators will be affected by how it changes the methods for designating schools that are in academic distress. The enate passed the bill by a ote of to . t went to the ouse ducation ommittee. The enate passed , by a ote of to , to set up education sa ings accounts into which indi iduals and corporations can donate money and recei e tax credits. arents can apply for financial help from the accounts to offset the cost of tuition and other expenses of sending their children to pri ate schools. t also was referred to the ouse ducation ommittee. The enate oted unanimously in fa or of to allow teachers to claim up to a year in income tax deductions for expenses they incur buying school supplies for their students from their own pocket. t went to the go ernor. oth chambers passed and the go ernor signed ct to eliminate the death penalty and life without parole for people who commit capital offenses before they turn . Those inmates would be eligible to appear at a parole hearing after or years in prison, depending on their original sentence. The enate passed a criminal ustice measure, to re uire inmates to ser e at least percent of their sentence if they ha e been in prison at least three times pre iously. ome lawmakers oiced concerns o er the potential million a year in additional costs the bill would create for state prisons. fter it passed the enate on a to ote, it was referred to the ouse udiciary ommittee. The legislature appro ed and sent to the go ernor to re uire oters to present identification with a photo in order to cast a ballot. registered oter without photo D can sign a sworn statement that they re registered oters and their pro isional ballots will be counted. false statement would be considered per ury. olitical action committees, exploratory committees and independent expenditure groups must file their finance reports electronically under , which has been appro ed by both chambers and sent to the go ernor. t is similar to ct , appro ed earlier in the session, which re uires candidates to file electronically. The ouse appro ed to permanently mo e the date of primary elections to arch. t was referred to the enate tate gencies and o ernmental ffairs ommittee. The primary was temporarily mo ed from ay to arch in so that rkansas would ha e a more influential oice in the presidential races. The legislature has passed and sent to the go ernor to shorten from to weeks the length of time someone may recei e unemployment insurance benefits. t also lowers the wage base from , to , , which will lower unemployment insurance taxes for rkansas businesses by an estimated million a year.

House Focuses on Elections, Rental Agreements, Veterans Services CONTRIBUTED BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN MADDOX

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mong the pieces of legislation advancing from the House this week are measures which will impact elections, rental agreements, and veteran services, On Monday, the House passed a bill to change the date of primary elections and fiscal sessions in rkansas. HB17 07 would move permanently move the preferential primary from ay to the first Tuesday in arch. The bill also mo es the date of fiscal sessions for the eneral ssembly from the second Monday in February to the second Wednesday in pril. iscal sessions are held in e en numbered years only. The ouse also passed which allows a tenant to terminate a lease agreement if the residential landlord fails to provide heating and air conditioning (if provided when signing the lease), functioning electricity, potable water, and a sanitary sewer system. The ouse passed , which allows the Department of eteran Affairs to create a data collection system to locate veterans and military families li ing in rkansas. The information would be used to make sure they have access to information and resources available to them. s the egular ession is winding to a close, members are directing their attention to the budget for the next fiscal year. rkansas s budget process is rather uni ue. The budget is enacted by the e enue tabili ation ct . The pro ides the mechanism for distributing the state’s revenue and is amended each year to reflect the actual budget. y law, rkansas cannot pass a budget with a deficit. is what keeps us operating in the black. ny appropriation not funded by is essentially null and oid. lthough, it is needed for appropriations to become effecti e, itself is not an appropriation bill. Throughout the session we ha e been passing appropriation bills based upon needs we heard during the fall budget hearings. efore we ad ourn, we must pass the to fund appropriations. By law, the proposed budget must be given to the members three (3) days before we are asked to ote on the legislation. As soon as the budget is given to us, the House will post the proposal on our websitewww.arkansashouse.org.


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Moments from America’s History: F ar ew el l to T he G reat est Show CONTRIBUTED BY JEFF OLSON • olson0371@gmail.com

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f you’ve been around very long then you’ve probably heard of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey. It has been said that THE GRE ATE ST SHOW ON E ARTH is as much a part of American culture as baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie! I’m sure many of us would heartily agree because generations of Americans can’t remember a time when this institution wasn’t a part of the America we grew up in and loved. This most famous of all circuses was not the first, of course. The modern circus was created in E ngland by Philip Astley (17 4 2-1814 ), a former cavalry Sergeant-Major turned showman. In 17 68, Astley moved to London and opened a riding-school where he taught in the morning and performed his “feats of horsemanship” in the afternoon. He designed his own building featuring a circular arena that he called the circle, or circus, and which would later be known as the ring (devised earlier by other performing trick-riders). stley opened aris s first circus, the mphith tre nglois, in . uestrian harles ughes opened a ri al amphitheater and riding school in ondon, the oyal ircus and uestrian hilharmonic cademy. This was the first show that officially included the term circus in its title. ne of ughe s pupils, ritish e uestrian ohn ill icketts, opened the first circus in the nited tates, in Philadelphia in 17 9 3. In 187 1, former museum promoter and impresario Phinaeus Taylor Barnum (1810-189 1), in association with circus entrepreneur illiam ameron oup , launched the .T. arnum s useum, Menagerie ircus. mong the inno ations which oup would contribute was the addition of a second ring in 187 2 and a third ring in 1881. 2016 .T. arnum and ames nthony ailey of the ooper January and ailey6, ircus entered into a partnership in 1881, combining their two circuses as the Barnum & ailey ircus. fter arnum died, ailey took the circus on an extensi e uropean tour from to . hen he returned to the . ., he found his old market under the control of the giant circus conglomerate created by the Ringling Brothers. In 19 07 , the inglings ac uired arnum ailey, which they combined with their own circus in under the title ingling ros. and arnum ailey ombined hows. The first performance of this new show was held in ew ork ity s adison uare arden years ago this week, March 29 , 19 19 . For almost a century, children and adults alike have been amazed and captivated by the skills and artistry of these circus professionals through both their performances and that of their trained animals. The circus was one of the few venues in life where everyone in the audience could be a child. It was an escape to a new world where imagination and reality coincided in a most magical way. This year, however, we learn of a new reality. According to show producer K enneth eld, after much e aluation and deliberation, my family and ha e made the difficult business decision that ingling ros. and arnum ailey will hold its final performances in May of this year. Ringling Bros. ticket sales have been declining, but following the transition of the elephants off the road, we saw an even more dramatic drop. This, coupled with high operating costs, made the circus an unsustainable business for the company.” It’s hard to believe, but the end of an era is just around the corner. An important part of our culture which has touched so many lives is soon to become but a great chapter of America’s rich history. I am so thankful that my parents took my sister and I to see The Greatest Show back in 19 7 1, and also that Denise and I took our children to see it. They saw other circuses before and since, but none could compare to the best of them all! Y es, America will continue to have circuses and the show will go on, but it will never be uite the same again. The legacy of .T. arnum, the aster howman , can best be summed up by Mr. Barnum himself, “To me there is no picture so beautiful as smilWORL D L ANG UAG ES: D T ing, bright-eyed, happy children; no music so sweet as their clear and ringing laughter.” D T That picture and that music will live on in the memories of those of us who were fortuD D nate enough to see The Greatest Show on E arth. D D T T T


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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 19, 2017 Page Michelle Hullinger, and Robert Ruess, 23, both of Mena were charged with theft of property (shoplifting) after officers were called to a local store. March 20, 2017 Michelle Diane Bice, 38, of Mena was arrested on three warrants. wo warrants were from Mena for failure to pay fines and court costs and the third was failure to appear from Montgomery County. Christopher Stephen Davy, 25, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear. Malcolm Ryan Wells, 30, of Mena was charged with disorderly conduct after officers responded to a call regarding a reckless driver. Laine Barber, 22, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to pay fines and court costs. Billy Souther, 31, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Matthew Warren Hackworth, 32, of Mena was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a schedule VI controlled substance. mari uana icky L. ussell, , of Mena was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant for probation violation. Carl James Madison, 33, of Glenwood was charged with residential burglary, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, public intoxication, drinking in public, assault, and impairing the operation of a public facility. he arrest followed a call to a local residence. He was also served a warrant. Jason Glen Hale, 32, of Mena was arrested on a warrant for failure to pay fines

and court costs. Melissa Ann DeHart, 27, of Mena was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after a call to a local residence. She was also served an outstanding warrant for failure to pay fines and court costs. March 21, 2017 Debra Nicole Sullivan, 33, of Mena was charged with DWI, careless driving, fleeing, endangering the welfare of a minor, obstructing governmental operations, leaving the scene of an accident, and refusal to submit to a BAC te t. he arrest followed a call from a local resident. March 22, 2017 y Wayne ones, 1, of Mena was charged with DWI, careless driving and driving on a suspended driver’s license following a traffic stop. Report was taken of a misplaced wallet. he incident happened at a local retail store. he victim left his wallet on a counter. It was inadvertently returned to the wrong man, who kept it. Case is pending identification of suspect from surveillance tapes. March 23, 2017 William L. Copelin, , of Mena was charged with speeding, fleeing in a vehicle, disregarding a traffic sign, and resisting arrest. Rodney Dale Morrison, 31, of Mena was charged with disorderly conduct and harassment after officers responded to a call at a local residence. March 24, 2017 Report was made of someone failing to pay for a room at a local motel. he suspect was contacted and indicated that it was an error and would pay the charges. March 25, 2017 o reports on file. Polk County heriff s Department March 20, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 61 near the Board Camp community of the theft of a firearm and two bows, all valued at 1, . . Investigation continues. March 21, 2017 Report from complainant on Chester Lane near Mena of the theft of a motorcycle, valued at , . . Investigation continues.

Report from complainant on Polk 70 near Cherry Hill of the theft of food from their residence. Arrested was atrick . Spenser, , of Mena, on a Warrant for ailure to Comply with a Court rder. Report from complainant on West Oak Street in Cove of an A that had been left on their property by an unknown individual. he A was later reported as stolen from a different residence. Investigation continues. Report from complainant in Hatfield of the break-in and theft of tools and logging e uipment. Investigation continues. Arrested by an officer with the rannis olice epartment was Lawrence . Houser, 30, of Wickes, on a Colorado Warrant. March 22, 2017 Report from complainant on Highway 1 South near Cove of financial identity theft. Investigation continues. Arrested was eremiah R. Brown, , of Mena, on a Warrant for ailure to Com-

ply with a Court rder. March 23, 2017 Arrested was Cord . lson, 1, of Hatfield, on a Warrant for robation iolation. Arrested was Robert R. Montemayor, , of harr, , on a Warrant for robation iolation. Arrested was Cameron . Rose, 6, of Hatton, on a Warrant for Absconding and a Body Attachment Warrant. Report from complainant on Polk 70 near Cherry Hill of unauthorized persons on their property. Report from complainant on railers Inn Lane near Cove of financial identity theft. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 76 East near Mena of the theft of an appliance, valued at 1 . . Arrested by an officer with Arkansas robation arole was athaniel . oble, , of Mena, on a White Warrant. Arrested was yler W. verett, , of Mena, on a rug Court Sanction. CONTINUED ON PAGE 31


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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’ e perience. We appreciate your Business Call 479-234-1357 TFN MENA SOUND Company – Sound systems with professional technician. Small to medium large live shows. Indoor or Outdoor (weather permitting). Reasonable Rates. Rick Gerard 479-394-1617. 3/22

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 30 March 24, 2017 Report of an incident on Highway 88 West near Mena. Information has been provided to the rosecuting Attorney’s ffice for further consideration. March 25, 2017 Report of a domestic disturbance on Highway 246 East near Vandervoort. Suspect fled before deputies arrived. Information has been provided to the rosecuting Attorney’s ffice for further consideration. Arrested was ason . Hoyle, , of Gillham, on a Warrant for Probation Violation. March 26, 2017 Arrested was Matthew . rris, , of Hatfield, on Warrants for Criminal Mischief and Domestic Battery 3rd Degree. Arrested was uan C. Luna, , of Horatio, on a Body Attachment Warrant. Report of a domestic disturbance on Polk 418 near Potter led to the arrest of William L. Copelin, 22, of Mena, on a Charge of Domestic Battery 3rd Degree.

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Arrested was Seth . arrett, 30, of Mena, on a Warrant for ailure to Appear. Arrested was Steven L. Stroud, 53, of Mena, on a Warrant for ailure to Appear. raffic stop on Highway West near Mena led to the arrest of Martin R. Henry, , of Mena, on a Body Attachment Warrant. raffic stop on Highway 1 South in Cove led to the arrest of Casey J. Jewell, , of Watson, , on a Charge of WI. Arrested was Stacie L. Shores, 6, of Mena, on a Charge of Disorderly Conduct and a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. olk County Sheriff’s ffice worked one vehicle accident this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 26 Incarcerated Inmates, with 6 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.


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