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Alstons Named as Polk County Farm Family of the Year BY LEANN DILBECK •

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Luke and Deedee Alston have been selected as Polk County’s 70th annual Polk County Farm Family of the Year. The Arkansas Farm Family of the Year program is one of the oldest of its kind in the nation. The success and longevity of this program has only been possible because of our sponsors and partners,” said Mollie Dykes, coordinator, Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program. “We’re honored to recognize these hard working passionate, and resilient famiCONTINUED ON PAGE 7

Participants to Walk for a Cure in Relay for Life this Friday BY MELANIE BUCK • The annual Polk County Relay For Life fundraising event will be held at Janssen Park on Friday, May 12th, with more than a dozen teams competing for top honors at the occasion that raises money for the American Cancer Society. So far in 2017, fifteen teams in Polk County have raised more than $39,000 for cancer research. At the event, teams will set up booths with food, games, activities, and items to purchase. The event begins at 6 p.m. In case of rain, Relay for Life will be held at the CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

Otto to Receive Ballistic Vest BY MELANIE BUCK •


Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer is pleased to announce that Otto, the county’s K-9 narcotics dog, will receive a ballistic vest thanks to the generous donations of two local Mason clubs. The Dallas Masonic Lodge #128, of Mena, and Mountain Meadow Lodge #218, of Hatfield, each pitched in $500 to donate towards the purchase of the life-saving vest for the county’s newest member of the team. CONTINUED ON PAGE 7

OLT’s musical production Mary Poppins opened last weekend to rave reviews. The main character, Mary Poppins, is portrayed by local talent Lana Coogan. Brakiah Burk debuts as Jane Banks and Robby Burt, plays Michael Banks. The musical opens again on stage this week at Ouachita Little Theatre on Thursday night. Final performances will be Friday and Saturday. Don’t miss this fantastic version of the beloved classic Mary Poppins. See more on page 27 of this edition.

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Annual Baby Bottle Boomerang Starts on Mother’s Day

BY MELANIE BUCK • Fresh Start Pregnancy Resource Center of the Ouachitas is gearing up for their eighth annual Baby Bottle Boomerang campaign. Staff and volunteers have been delivering hundreds of baby bottles to churches, businesses, and organizations in Polk County who are participating in Fresh Start’s largest annual fundraiser. Last year over two dozen churches, businesses, and groups participated by filling baby bottles with coins, cash, and checks. The fundraiser beings on Mother’s Day, May 14, as participants begin to fill the bottles and return them by Father’s Day, June 19. Baby Bottle Boomerang is for any age or size group to have hands-on involvement in a worthwhile project that helps babies, moms, and dads locally. Parents, grandparents, Sunday School teachers, and youth groups participate to instill the sacredness of human life into the lives of children in a tangible way. All you have to do is contact Fresh Start and let them know how many bottles you would like. They will deliver them to you or you can drop by the center for pick up and take a tour. Then, the individual or group distributes the baby bottles on Mother’s Day to be filled with coins, checks, and cash. The bottles are then returned (that’s the boomerang) to the church or group on Father’s Day. Fresh Start staff will pick up the bottles and process them and announce the grand total. It’s that simple! Fresh Start is grateful for the generous individuals and organizations who returned their baby bottles to help them raise over $13,000 last year. This year’s goal is $16,000, and if reached, will help the center purchase new resources, update their current curriculum, and expand and offer more free services to their clients throughout the year. Interim Director Candace Riner mentioned, “Anyone can participate in Baby Bottle Boomerang by saving their pocket change for a great cause. We love to hear the precious stories of children who ask family and friends to donate when walking into their bedroom or selling lemonade to raise money for moms and babies. We also have individuals who donate on behalf of their loved one or mother or give a loved one’s spare change after they passed away. It is because of countless stories of generosity CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

County Hosts National Day of Prayer

On Thursday, May 4th, the annual National Day of Prayer was celebrated in Polk County on the Courthouse lawn at noon. Near one hundred residents showed up to hold hands and pray as one for our nation, those within it, and those who protect it. The 2017 theme, For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us... Forgive Us... Heal Us! Was taken from Daniel 9:19, which says, “O Lord, Listen! O Lord, Forgive! O Lord, Hear and Act! For Your Sake, O My God...” On Thursday, thousands of individuals, churches, and communities worked to rally millions of Christian’s to once again heed this call. National organizers said, “Scripture tells us again and again that our fervent prayer is effective. That our loving God responds to His children’s earnest pleas in mighty ways that avail much, and ultimately determine the course of history. At this crucial time for our nation, we can do nothing more important than pray.” The National Day of Prayer is held each year, by Presidential proclamation, on the first Thursday in May.

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RHF to Host Mother’s Day Event BY MELANIE BUCK • Remembering Hearts Together will gather on Saturday, May 13th, for their annual Mother’s Day event. Anyone who has lost a child, grandchild, or sibling is welcome to attend from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Remembering Hearts Forever Memorial Garden at the Polk County Courthouse. “We will meet there this year to remember our children, and honor the mothers, grandmothers, and siblings,” said Diane Mathis, event organizer. Remembering Hearts Forever is a support group for anyone who has lost a child, grandchild, or sibling, at any age, from any cause. For more information, contact Diane at 479-243-0191.

Hooper Named as New Farm Bureau Agency Manager BY MELANIE BUCK •

Following the devastating loss of Floyd Clark, Polk County Farm Bureau has placed their faith in Tony Hooper to lead the company that has a hand in the lives of almost half of the county’s citizens. Hooper, born and raised in Mena, said he is honored to serve in his new position and plans to continue the community involvement foundation that was laid out before him. “I am truly honored by the confidence they have placed in me as the new Agency Manager.” After spending more than 27 years as an agent, Hooper has stepped up to become the Agency Manager. Hooper graduated from Mena High School in 1980 and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a Minor in Economics from Henderson State University in 1985. After a small stint in Fort Smith, he moved back home in 1989. On January 1, 1990, he began his lifelong career at the local Farm Bureau office as an Insurance Agent. He explained that William Deramus was Agency Manager at that time. “Mr. Deramus approached me and asked if I would like to work for him. The rest is history,” he smiled, “It’s been a pretty good gig.” He admits the foundation laid before him was a key to his success. “Most of the credit for the success of our agency belongs to those who have dedicated much of their lives to help build Farm Bureau into what it has become here in Polk County. I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with them, but more importantly, to have learned from them all.” As a hometown boy, in a hometown office, Hooper said it’s his “dream job” and likes the personal connection that comes with working in a small town. “I feel very fortunate to do what I do in the community where I know a lot of people. It gives us the opportunity to build long term, lasting relationships with our clients. I don’t see how agencies in bigger cities are able to do that. They don’t see people as often like we do here. It’s a personal connection.” Hooper’s experience at the agency should bring a source of confidence to the office and their clients. His lifelong career there is certainly coming around full circle, in a number of ways. “I can remember children that were born since I’ve been working here that are now starting their own families. One girl in particular, her daddy called me the day she was born and said you need to come see my new daughter. So, I left the office and went over there, he was so proud. Now she has a daughter that is three years

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Scott and State DAVA Receive Honorable Awards


Local Disabled American Veteran Auxiliary (DAVA) Commander Margaret Scott was honored for her service to the organization at their monthly meeting on Thursday, May 4th, at the American Legion in Veteran’s Park. Scott has served as Commander of the group, DAVA #46, for two years and is currently serving as the State Commander for Arkansas DAVA. When Scott was honored with a plaque from her local group, she announced that Arkansas’ John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital gave the state DAVA organization their Veteran’s Service Organization of the Year award at a recent function. Scott was honored with her plaque and proud of their state award as well. Taking over on the local level will be Debbie Johnson, who will serve for the next year.

Local Realtors Earn Awards for Excellence


Several local realtors received Awards for Excellence at a recent meeting held in Mena. The Arkansas REALTORS® Association, through the cooperation of Member Boards throughout Arkansas, creates and establishes the Awards for Excellence Program. Eligible REALTORS® may apply as an individual or as a team. There are several categories for achievement, but each of the following recipients has achieved the awards presented through the Residential Volume category for their production in 2016. Awards were presented to local recipients on April 11, 2017 at the Mena Area Board of Realtors monthly meeting. For the Bronze Level, the Individual award was presented to Rachel Lance with Century 21 Perry Real Estate. The Team award was presented to The Cole Team, Farrell and Sharon Cole with RE/MAX Mena Real Estate. For Silver Level awards, two Individual awards Often, when traveling through the Appalachians, I have noted the markers indicating the Eastern were given. Nan Continental Divide. This line denotes the watershed between streams that feed into the Atlantic Gaddis with RE/ Ocean and those that feed into the Gulf of Mexico. Two drops of rain, falling only inches apart on MAX Mena Real the ground, will end up separated by hundreds of miles before they reach the end of their journeys. Estate was honAs we consider, personally, the choices we make day by day, we should recall the words of our ored, as was Debbie Pate with RE/MAX Mena Real Estate. The Team award was given Lord, “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very to The Oates Team, David and Patti Oates and Diana Dugan with Vision Realty. little is also dishonest in much.” (Luke 16:10) The small things in our lives can well lead to big In the Gold Level, two Individual awards were also given. Jan Atchely with Select changes, either for good or for evil. This principle extends to congregations, as well. Realty won an Individual award, and Nancy Wright with RE/MAX Mena Real Estate also Frequently, an emphasis on doctrinal exactness is greeted with a roll of the eyes. Why should was honored as an Individual winner. The Team award was given to The Aleshire Team, we, after all, be concerned over small departures here and there? Isn’t it just nit-picking to question Keith and Sharon Aleshire with Holly Springs Real Estate. everything that doesn’t measure up to the truths we understand from Scripture? One Team award was given in the Platinum category. Team Smallwood, Kevin and We should be concerned about apostasy, even in the smallest measure, because it is a step Rebecca Smallwood with RE/MAX Mena Real Estate, were honored with this top award.


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down a path which will end in destruction. Every heresy that has divided the church began with a small departure from the truth, which lead to greater and greater departures over time. Our fellowship must stand firm on the inerrancy of Scripture, the total truth and authority of God’s word. We must stand firm in attempting to understand and follow the pattern of faith and practice outlined in the Bible. Most centrally, we must stand firm in teaching the exclusive truth of God’s way of salvation through Jesus Christ. Even the slightest deviation in our commitment to these basic truths will plunge the church quickly into all manner of false teaching. When Christian teachers and preachers depart from a complete confidence in Scripture, they stand in danger of losing their faith altogether. When congregations begin introducing unauthorized elements into the worship and work of the church, there is no end to the changes which will occur. When the church begins fellowshipping outsiders as if they were members of the Lord’s church, soon the very heart of the gospel is laid aside. Constant vigilance is needed to keep the Lord’s church true to the Lord’s way. — Gregory Alan Tidwell We welcome all to worship at The Hatfield Church of Christ. Contact us at 479-437-5276, or e-mail us at, like us on Facebook.

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During National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Mena Regional Health System honored their volunteers with a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the Limetree Restaurant. Entertainment was provided by Florin and Livia Liga. All volunteers were presented pins, certificates of service, and a gift. Several were awarded Volunteer of the Year. Each winner is pictured. with exception to George Shipman, Surgery Volunteer of the Year.

Roger Bishop was honored as Front Entrance Volunteer of the Year - presented by Dr. Dick Black.

Melba Head was given Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year - presented by Linda Johnson, President of the Auxiliary.

Victor Rowell was named as Chaplain of the Year - presented by Ben Finley.

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Dick Black, Volunteer Coordinator, presented a check to CEO, Jay Quebedeaux. The check represented the monetary value of the volunteer hours donated in 2016.

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The Mena Lions Club took a tour of local manufacturing plant, Repops, Inc., on Friday, May 5th, and learned about a booming business that reaches international clients and how it all began with a dream and a few glove boxes. Owner Jeff Montgomery explained to the group about the first time he and son, 5 key facts about Prostate Cancer: also owner in the venture, made Clint Montgomery, 1. Affects 1 in every 6 men five glove boxes in one day in their garage, and really 2. Deadlier than breast cancerthought they were something. Now, the company 3. Detectable in early stages makes dozens and dozens of glove boxes per day, 4. NOT an old man’s disease along with hundreds of other parts made for restoring much of the world’s old cars. 5. Does NOT go away if you avoid With the vastGentlemen: amount of We products theyyou offer, Repops has grown from a small hobby in testing. encourage to get 1991 to having moretest. than 450 distributors worldwide and is continually looking for more a PSA blood ways to expand. They are located in the old Pine Bowl, just south of Mena on Hwy. 71. You can learn more by visiting their website,

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Annual 5K Provided a Rainbow of Color Under Sun-Filled Skies BY MELANIE BUCK •

A colorful good time was held at this year’s Mena Regional Health System Foundation’s Frenzy 5K Color Run as runners and walkers tossed colored chalk in the air, on each other, and got splashed throughout the race, at the popular event held in Janssen Park on Saturday, May 6. Jack Griffin, a teenager from Hot Springs, came across the finish line as the Overall Male winner in a time of 19 minutes, 24 seconds. Kendra Branson, another teen, was the Overall Female winner, crossing the finish line in 25:43. In other results, in the 12 & under girls category, Emma Arnold placed 1st; Sydney Holliday, 2nd; and Bella Tedder, 3rd. Male 12 & under winners were Isaac Tedder in 1st; Tripp Hensley in 2nd; and Dakota Sullivan in 3rd. In the female 13 – 19 division, Allie Martin placed 1st; Belen Vasquez, 2nd; and Jennifer Love Adams, 3rd. The 13 – 19 male winners were Joseph Looney in 1st; Zane Stephens, 2nd; and Drayven Brock, 3rd. Morgan Walters placed 1st in females, ages 20 – 29, with Kaitlan Flowers placing 2nd. Trey Lunsford was the winner in males, ages 20-29, and Dalton Simmons took 2nd. In females ages 30 – 39, Sara Mitchell placed 1st; Jennifer Sullivan, 2nd; and Amber Arnold, 3rd. In males 30 – 39, Brian Hensley took 1st; James Hale, 2nd; and Shelby Sullivan, 3rd. In females 40 – 49, Kelly Hile placed 1st and Toni Pfister took 2nd. In males 40-49, Steve Swall took 1st, with Erick Martin taking 2nd. Earl Rutter won the male 60 & over division. MRHS Foundation thanks all those who participated and made the event possible. The amount raised from the event is still being determined. All proceeds go towards the Foundation’s causes, such as annual scholarships, MRHS staff appreciation luncheons, and more.

Sociable Seniors to Host Potluck

The Polk County Sociable Seniors, a group of people over the age of 50 who gather once a month to laugh and have fun, are hosting this month’s luncheon at a home, rather than a restaurant. At noon on Tuesday, May 16th, bring a potluck dish to 4343 Hwy. 375 West. Also, bring a chair and drink and get ready to meet new people, laugh, and have a great time in general. For more information, contact Diane at 479-243-0191.

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Tripp Hensley, at just 7 years old, completed the 5k in an impressive 23:46, beating much of the pool of runners.

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Alstons Named Farm Family



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lies who work tirelessly to provide our growing world with food, fiber, and shelter.” The county winners will be visited by a set of judges to determine the eight district winners, to be announced June 19. They will be visited again by a different set of judges in July to determine a state winner, which will be announced December 7 at the Farm Family of the Year luncheon in North Little Rock. All winners are judged on their farm production, efficiency, management, family life and rural/community leadership. “Each year, the Farm Family of the Year program identifies and recognizes great farmers and ranchers across our state,” said Randy Veach, president, Arkansas Farm Bureau. “These families literally power our state’s largest economic engine, agriculture.” Since 1947, the Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program has served as a vehicle to recognize outstanding farm families throughout the state. Recent Polk County families honored include: Bryan and Sonya Maye, Bob and Sarah Gorden, as well as Rodney and Kay Bowen. The Alstons feel honored to be in such good company. Luke commented on behalf of the family, “We are more than honored to have been chosen as Polk County Farm Family of the year and grateful God has allowed us to farm for a living.” Both Luke and Deedee once worked in the corporate world and said leaving it behind wasn’t an easy decision, but after a couple of years getting their hands dirty on their farm, they are sure thankful that they did. It is a family business that has brought them together both in work and at the dinner table. “Some companies reorganize, our family reprioritized,” said Deedee. Luke, with a degree in agriculture from UA, worked as an insurance adjuster for Farm Bureau for a decade, while Deedee, with an MBA from UALR, worked as the Chief of Operations Officer for Healthy Connections, Inc., for thirteen years. The pair has two sons, Ryan Ozanich, who will graduate from Mena High School this Sunday, and Drey Ozanich, who will be an 8th grader at Mena Middle School this fall. Life was quite hectic for the family preceding the transition. Between their jobs and the boys’ activities, the family ate on the run, had little time together, and as they assessed their lives, felt a change needed to come. They decided to take a risk and leave their jobs to become full-time farmers. “So much of life’s skills get lost when you’re so busy,” Deedee said. “It was a huge leap of faith for sure,” said Luke. Managing 300 acres, they have cattle and chicken houses and haul hay like many farmers. They grow their own vegetables, canning them at harvest, giving extras to neighbors and friends, and returned to their roots, as they say. Both Luke and Deedee grew up on a farm. In fact, the land they manage connects both of their roots including Luke’s great-great grandfather’s land, creating a ‘century farm,’ and the very land his father was born on. They incorporated three years ago, and Deedee explained that out of their abundance of fresh veggies, an idea came last summer and the family reserved 20 acres to create Holly Springs Homestead. The Farm Family of the Year program begins each year with the selection of top farm families in each county and culminates in December with the selection of the state Farm Family of the Year, who will then go on to represent Arkansas at the Swisher Sweets/ Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year event.

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Sheriff Sawyer said that he was “overwhelmed” by the public’s response to Otto. “Otto is a great public relations tool. He really helps us connect with our local kids. He’s also a great deputy and has helped make several drug arrests since joining the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.” Sheriff Sawyer plans to order Otto’s new vest next week and expects to have it in by the end of the month.


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and benevolence that help us continue the work we do and we are eternally grateful.” Fresh Start is a 501(c)3 non-profit Christian ministry that offers many services to moms, dads, and babies in Polk County. Those services include free pregnancy tests, education information on fetal development, information regarding options, risks and consequences of abortion, referrals to healthcare facilities, maternity homes, and other community resources, family support mentoring, Earn While You Learn Program, Life Skills classes and more. All services are free and confidential. The Mission of Fresh Start is to provide compassionate mentoring, practical help, and accurate information to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies or past abortions; openly sharing the love, hope, and truth of Jesus Christ. Fresh Start is easy to find right in the city limits of Mena at 1308 Hwy 71N, directly across the highway from Sun Country Inn in the Rock House with the red door. Fresh Start’s friendly, trained staff is available Monday – Thursday from 9:30-5:30 and open through lunch. You can reach them by calling 479-394-1186, email them at freshstart67@; check out their website at or Like them on social media @FreshStartPRC.

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years old and she and her husband are building their first new house.” He also said that Farm Bureau is one of the largest promoters of agriculture in the state, an industry that forms the backbone of Arkansas. He is proud to be a part of the organization that gives back to the community. One of those ways is a scholarship program. This year, two Acorn seniors and three Cossatot River seniors will each receive a $600 scholarship. They also help sponsor youth sports, support students through livestock shows, and many other programs. Hooper is a family man as well, being married to Gwena, who teach Psychology at UARich Mountain. Two of their children are employed at local banks, his daughter Alyssa, and his son Tanner. Their daughter Bryna, is married to Paul, who both teach, and have the Hooper’s only grandchild, Sara Elizabeth. “Gwena and I are very excited about this opportunity and we first and foremost give God the glory in this career advance1114A Hwy 71S Mena, AR ment for me. All good things come from Him and we acknowledge that he has made all this Toll Free: 1-888-394-4200 possible for us. I am fortunate to get to work for a company that begins each meeting with Keith’s Cell: 479-243-5341 a prayer and that recognizes God for who He is and what He has done to restore us unto himself.” Hooper said the staff at Polk County Farm Bureau is like family. “We currently have an awesome staff here. Having quality personnel with such vast experience will make this transition much easier for me. We really are like family here and that helps make it a great place to work.” “This agency is not about me, never has been,” said Hooper. “It’s about us. We try to take care of our people. We thank all of our clients for their loyalty to Farm Bureau and look forward to protecting what is important to them for generations to come. I am very fortunate to get to be a part of the Farm Bureau family and I hope that when my career is over, it will be said that I did a good job and that I left it better than when it was placed in my charge.”


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RAY DALTON CAMPBELL Ray Dalton Campbell, age 86, of Mena, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, February 6, 2017. Ray was born in Garland, Texas on October 30, 1930. He married the love of his life Nancy, on January 15, 1949 in California, where they had two children. In 1969, Ray and Nancy moved their family to Mena and they owned Ray’s Market at the corner of Hwy 8 West and Reine Street. A talented carpenter, Ray built and remodeled many fine homes in the area. An avid bowler, he was president of the Rich Mountain Bowling Association for many years. Ray and Nancy were members of the Ouachita Cruizers Car Club. They enjoyed traveling in their 1956 T-Bird, proudly displaying it at car shows. Ray leaves his memory behind with his loving wife Nancy; his son, Mickey Campbell and wife Jeanne; his daughter, Paula Campbell Leslie and husband Lance; sister, Nancy Cox; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. An ice cream social/gathering has been planned at Re-Pops showroom (formerly The Pine Bowl) 3183 Hwy 71 South in Mena to honor Ray’s life on Sunday, June 4th from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Friends and acquaintances of Ray, Nancy, and children are invited to attend this celebration honoring Ray’s life with Nancy and family. Come as you are, no fancy dress required. We look forward to seeing you. Ray loved his ICE CREAM!

MARLENE JUNE HOTALING KING Marlene June Hotaling King, born June 12, 1954, to Burdette and Francis Hotaling in Cobleskill, New York, 62 years old, died April 29, 2017. She was the most courageous person. Even blind and memory impaired she fought for her dignity and self worth. She had been an avid horsewoman, talented artist, gifted seamstress, loved animals of all kinds. She was a longtime “Goat Girl” and for a time supported herself raising goats. As a Witness of Jehovah, she spent many hours serving the needs of the good and gentle people she came to know. Marlene is survived by her mother, Francis Hotaling, of Cobleskill, NY; two sisters, Nancy Chase and husband Robert

of Powhatan, VA and Marilyn Gilmore and husband Ray of Laurens, NY; two brothers, Gary B. Hotaling of Sharon Springs, NY and Bruce and Tammy Hotaling of Cobleskill, NY; two children, Charisma Marin and husband Robert of Orlando, Florida and Dallas King of Florida; and three grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her father, Burdette Hotaling, and one nephew, Brandon Hotaling. Memorial services were held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Kingdom Hall in Mena, Arkansas, at 1:30 p.m. central time and the Kingdom Hall in Schodack, New York, at 2:30 p.m. eastern time.

DOT LUNSFORD RIGGLE Dot Lunsford Riggle, age 90, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Friday, May 5, 2017 in Mena. Dot was born in Yocana, Arkansas on June 3, 1926 to the late James Taylor Lunsford and the late Belle Cox Lunsford. She was married to the late Richard Riggle and worked in retail as a clerk. Dot is survived by nephews, James Bates and wife Patricia of Mena, Arkansas, Gerald Bates of Mena, Arkansas, Roger Bates of Van Buren, Arkansas; niece, Marilyn Royal and husband Bob of Abilene, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Belle Lunsford, her husband, Richard Riggle, brothers, Alvin, Noble, Lon and Gilbert Lunsford, sisters, Pebble Bates and Guessie Willis, and nephews Elton Willis and Darris Bates. Graveside services were 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Justin Leonard officiating under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Visitation was be general.


Cedric Leon Mosley, age 60, of Mena died, Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Mena Regional Health System in Mena. He was born on Friday, June 15, 1956 to Redic and Hazel Charlene Williamson Mosley in Marble Falls, Texas. Cedric began as a child attending the Board Camp Assembly of God and is where he attended to this day. He was a graduate of Mena High School and loved playing football and in his later years enjoyed watching and listening on the radio. Cedric was an

avid deer hunter, fisherman, and loved being in the great outdoors. He worked several years as the manager of the Wolf Pen ATV Campground in Board Camp and enjoyed every minute of it. Cedric loved his family and spending time with his sons and his wife, Linda. Cedric was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents. Cedric is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Linda Mosley of Mena; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Tim and Amisha Mosley of Mena and Jonathan Mosley of Mena; his brother and sister-in-law, Rocky and Marla Mosley of Wainwright, Oklahoma; his sister, Cendy Orr of Wagoner, Oklahoma; several nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 4:00 P.M. at the Board Camp Assembly of God with Brother Tim Rose officiating. Cremation services are entrusted to the Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. Online Guestbook:

LLOYD “ALTON” PATE Lloyd “Alton” Pate, age 64, of Mena, formerly of Hatfield, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in Mena. Alton was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on July 18, 1952 to the late Lloyd Alton Pate, Sr. and Sybil Joyce Beam Pate. He was talented in woodworking, making canes, and knives. Alton was member of the NASH and ATFA organizations. He loved his dogs, and most of all enjoyed squirrel hunting. He was a loving father, son, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to all. He will be dearly missed. Alton was survived by daughters, Amanda Lee Pannell of DeQueen, Arkansas, Tyra Nicole Cornelius and husband Shane Richard of Hatfield, Arkansas, grandchildren, Adrienne Michelle Pannell of Vandervoort, Arkansas, Kylie Nicole Cook of Hatfield, Arkansas, Jody Nicollett Cook of Fouke, Arkansas, Riggin Lane Cornelius of Hatfield, Arkansas; great-grandchild, Hayden Lee Neal of Vandervoort, Arkansas; mother, Sybil Pate of Hatfield, Arkansas; sisters, Barbara Rice of Hatfield, Arkansas, Betty Dollar and husband Alton of Pine Ridge, Arkansas, Linda Ellison and husband Brandon of Mena, Arkansas, and Amy Fruen of Mena, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Pate, Sr., and a sister, Janet Oglesby. Graveside services were Thursday, May 4, 2017, 2:00 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Big Fork under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Pallbearers were Michael Rice, Tracey Rice, Andrew Ellison, Rusty Oglesby, Rex Dollar and Ricky Dollar.


Sheila Diane Stewart Griffie, age 51, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017 in Mena. Sheila was born on December 4, 1965 in England, Arkansas to Gene Stewart and Carolyn Lacefield. She was a waitress and a “jack of all trades.” Sheila was a hard worker and was blunt, but honest, a trait people came to expect and accepted. Sheila had a big heart for helping family, raising nieces and nephews. She was funny and very independent. She was a loving and kind mother, aunt, sister, and friend to all. She will be dearly missed. She is survived by daughter, Jessica Albright and husband John of Little Rock, Arkansas; furbaby, Dixie Diane Stewart; two grandchildren; father, Gene Stewart and wife Connie of Mena, Arkansas; brothers, Danny Carter and wife Doyla of Humoke, Arkansas, David Williams and wife Jenni of Plano, Texas, and Adam Harp of Ft. Worth, Texas; sister, Emily Harp-Tennis and husband Michael Tennis of Mena, Arkansas; uncle, Gary Stewart and wife Deborah of Las Vegas, Nevada; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Carolyn Lacefield Herring; husband, Elmer; and grandparents, Clyde and Irene Lacefield and R.V. and Bessie Stewart. Mrs. Griffie was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

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e in the Extension Service have grown to hate the term “best kept secret”. Somehow, across our great state of 75 counties, people don’t know what all the U of A Division of Agriculture Extension Service can do to help improve their quality of life. We aren’t sure WHY we are still a secret after over 100 years of existence, but it seems that we are. Polk County is no exception. We run into people all the time that don’t know the services we offer to all of you. Let’s start with our name: We are the U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. We are part of state government through the U of A. We are also part of the Division of Agriculture through our vast network of research and experimentation at various sites across the state. We have “cooperative” in our name because we are a joint effort between state government, the US department of agriculture, and our local county government. All three levels of government contribute funding to make it possible for us to be housed locally and available to you in each county in Arkansas. So, what do we do? Our jobs in each of the 75 counties is to help improve the quality of life for our citizens. We do this through four very broad program areas: 4-H Youth Development; Family and Consumer Science; Community and Economic Development; and Agriculture. The county agents that work in these program areas hold degrees in areas of agriculture or family and consumer sciences. A huge percentage of our agents hold both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in these areas. That is an average of 6 years of education beyond high school. This, added to a vast array of “in-service training” that agents attend throughout their career, makes a county agent a wealth of knowledge for the community they serve. Experience and tenure also weigh in to make your county agents an important part of your family’s, agriculture industry’s, home’s or business’ map to success. Let’s break it down even farther: Agents work with advisory committees made up of citizens from across the county. These folks represent you and help us identify various educational needs our citizens may have. Once the needs are identified, we go back to our resources located on our campuses at the state level and get ideas to help meet the educational needs. Our network of PhD’s and researchers are located at the various research stations across the state, the U of A campus at Fayetteville, and at our State Extension Headquarters in Little Rock. Programs and activities are developed to meet those needs and brought back and conducted in the county. These are often done through demonstrations, field days, workshops, newsletters, seminars, school programs… the list is long! We do our best to advertise and promote the programs offered. Everyone is always invited! In addition to planned educational efforts, we also offer many standard services. We offer soil testing to help you determine what the fertilizer and amendment needs are for your soil. Soil testing is done free of charge. We offer fee-for-service testing for water quality; hay and grass samples; poultry litter for feed and fertilizer; and feed samples. We provide identification service for insects, weeds, plants, trees, plant problems and diseases… this list is long and we have seen a huge variety of items! We can assist you in altering your recipes, safely preserving your garden goodies, or testing your pressure canner gauge. We are available to meet with you individually at our office or at your farm/home/business. We are available by Several Lines of Equine Feeds: email, phone, messenger, and even text. All you have to do is ask. Are we relevant and important? Yes. Sure, you can google anything from your smart phone Total Advantage • Omega Force • Ultra Fat or computer, but how accurate is that information you get back? Is it research based? Is it proven? Is it merely someone’s opinion? How do you know? We KNOW. We are unbiased, Garden Supplies • Seed and Plants research based, and have no economic gain at stake when we give you information. Being your private consultant, free of charge is our business. Help us make the news and not be a Pet Food • Animal Health “best kept secret”. Big V • Caldwell Feeds For more information, contact the County Extension Office at 211 DeQueen Street. Our phone number is 479-394-6018.

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pproximately 175 kindergarten through second grade students from Acorn Elementary School and over 150 parents and grandparents attended the Fishing Derby Day on May 4 at Janssen Park. Weather was absolutely wonderful. After several days of rain, the sun came out. As part of the Hooked on Fishing Not On Drugs program, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission had stocked the pond with hungry catfish, so students were excited to catch “the big one!” Many dads, moms, and granddads were there to help. Mena Police Officer Steven Stout, Game Warden Bernie Soliz, City Park staff, and other police officers were there to show support and help the young anglers be successful. First grader, Jace Flores has a fish story to tell! HOFNOD instructor Cindy Standridge’s high school students were a tremendous help. They put the hooks, lines, sinkers, and bobbers on the poles and were at the event all day to help the younger students. [PICTURED Event organizer Kathy Rusert says, “It was a beautiful day for kids and RIGHT] their parents and grandparents to go outside to relax, learn how to fish, Mena Police Offimake new friends, and see all the smiles and excitement as the kids caught cer Steven Stout ‘the big one’. It was exactly as it should be—family and teachers creating made a friend! bonds to support kids in such a positive atmosphere.” He helped kinPrior to the event, the students completed many activities from the HOFdergartner KoopNOD curriculum. This included learning the external fish anatomy, casting er Hollin land the practice, aquatic stewardship and conservation, and aquatic habitat energy “big one!” pyramids.

Mena High School Choirs Earn Academic Honors T

he Arkansas Choral Directors Association initiated an academic achievement awards program in 2016-17 to recognize academic achievement as well as achievements through choral performance assessment. The ArkCDA recognized individual students and choral groups that participated in region performance assessment this Spring. The program features two levels of recognition based on a 4.0 grading scale: Excellence in Academic Achievement (GPA of 3.00-3.24) and Distinguished Academic Achievement (GPA of 3.25-4.00). First semester GPA was used to determine awards. Group awards were determined by calculating a cumulative GPA for the group. The Spotlight Singers earned a cumulative GPA of 3.81 and received Distinguished group academic honors. Each member of the Spotlight Singers earned Distinguished individual academic honors. The Bearcat Chorus earned a cumulative GPA of 3.17 and received Excellence in Academic Achievement honors. Sixty-one percent of the Bearcat Chorus received academic achievement honors, with 11 members of the group earning Excellence individual honors, and 20 members of the Bearcat Chorus earning Distinguished individual honors. Academic Excellence honors: Abigail Baker, LaDonna Barber, Ashtan Carr, Curtis Curry, Devin Durham, Elizabeth Bill, Alyssa Scott, Heather Wilcox, McKayla Lane, Israel Thomasson, and Krystina Armstrong. Distinguished Academic honors: Kendra Bodey, Lillian Bowen, Maria Castillo, Szilvia Fuleki, Hajin Kim, Anna Liu, Arus Melkonyan, Felix Nguyen, Nalu Pruitt, Suzie Rivera, Hannah Willis, Fisher Neufeld, Danielle Clegg, Mackenzie McAllister, Kaitlyn Richmond, Dylan Dodd, Seattle Laws, Gillian Moore, Raychel Woody, Sumer Brown, Brooklyn Beck, Cassidy Delaney, Hope Egger, Hannah McDonald, Abi McPherson, Sarah Rose, Ciarra Ryan, Tiffany White, and Kelsey Wiggins.

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MHS Theatre Places at Ark. Young SUBMITTED Playwrights Competition

MENA PUBLIC SCHOOL’S BREAKFAST MONDAY 5/15 Cherry frudel, variety cereal, string cheese, Scooby grahams, diced pears, grape juice, milk TUESDAY 5/16 French toast sticks, Cocoa Puff bar, animal crackers, Scooby grahams, mixed fruit, fruit blend juice, milk WEDNESDAY 5/17 Breakfast pizza, variety cereal, string cheese, Scooby grahams, applesauce, orange juice, milk THURSDAY 5/18 Banana, muffin, variety cereal, Elfin grahams, Scooby grahams, raisins, cherry star juice, milk FRIDAY 5/19 Sausage pancake on a stick, variety cereal, string cheese, Scooby grahams, diced pears, apple juice, milk MENA PUBLIC SCHOOL’S LUNCH MONDAY 5/15 Elementary: Pancakes & sausage, cheeseburger, tator tots/ hashbrowns, broccoli, mixed fruit, fruit juice, milk. Middle School: Spaghetti w/ meatballs, chicken sandwich, cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, Frito chili pie, popcorn chicken salad, ham pizza salad. High School: Cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, chicken sandwich, chicken tenders, cheeseburger, tortilla line. TUESDAY 5/16 ELEMENTARY: Salisbury steak & mac and cheese (HHE), Fish sticks & mac and cheese (LD), chicken sandwich, green beans, red pepper strips, diced peaches, apple juice, milk. MIDDLE SCHOOL: Fish sticks, mac & cheese, hamburger, cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, chicken & bean burrito, chicken Caesar salad, ham chef salad. HIGH SCHOOL: Fish sticks, mac & cheese, chicken tenders, spicy chicken sandwich, hamburger, tortilla line, pizza line, Grab N Go Salads & Sandwiches. WEDNESDAY 5/17 ELEMENTARY: Chicken pot pie, hot dog, zucchini squash, salad, banana, grape juice, milk. MIDDLE SCHOOL: Turkey sub, hot ham & cheese sandwich, chicken Caesar wrap, beef & pepperoni personal pizza, popcorn chicken salad, ham chef salad. HIGH SCHOOL: cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, chicken sandwich, chicken tenders, cheeseburger, tortilla line. THURSDAY 5/18 ELEMENTARY: Corn dogs, BBQ pork sandwich, black charo beans, celery sticks, applesauce, orange juice, milk. MIDDLE SCHOOL: chicken nuggets, BBQ pork sandwich, cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, chicken fajita, chicken Caesar salad, ham chef salad. HIGH SCHOOL: chicken nuggets, chicken fried steak, chicken tenders, hamburger, tortilla line. FRIDAY 5/19 ELEMENTARY: pepperoni pizza, hamburger, baby carrots, cucumber/tomato salad, diced pears, fruit juice. MIDDLE SCHOOL: Sweet & sour popcorn chicken, egg roll, chili dog, cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, beef taco. High School: cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, chicken tenders, chicken sandwich, bacon cheeseburger, tortilla line. This weekly info proudly sponsored by:


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ena Theatre II and III classes went to the Arkansas Young Playwrights Competition on April 15th for the fourth year in a row. This year they won 1st runner up for the play What are You in For?, written by Cece Metcalf Cearley. Mark Castillo was awarded Best Actor, one of the four acting awards, for the second year in a row. The Arkansas Young Playwrights Competition was started in 2003 by Stacey Bean, an Arkansas playwright and Henderson alum, who wanted to encourage other playwrights in Arkansas. “In the past four years, we have had five finalists (scripts chosen as the five best in Arkansas), first runner up twice, Best in State once, and several best actor/actresses awards,” said MHS Theatre Instructor Jessica Kropp. “I am so very proud of all of my students that went to this competition this year. My students are top notch! That we have been able to go to AYPC four years in a row shows the strength of the students we have at Mena High School. We also have always taken away at least one of four acting awards presented at the award ceremony. I am very blessed. Cece worked very hard at rewriting this play for the competition. It was steep competition, and I am very happy that we were chosen as second best in the state.” This year’s featured actors were Marcos Castillo III, Abi McPherson, Gary Boehler, Kelsey Wiggins, Jaric Shaw, Cody Gee (won a best actor award last year), and Elijah Beaty. They also had an innovative shadow box element that was thought up by Cearley. “We needed many additional actors to help with the shadow box element,” Kropp said. Those were Kara O’Donnal, Nick Sorel, Brynn Harvey, Breanna Sanders, Brittany Ducote, and Sophie Dennis.

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HHE to Participate in Summer Food Program


olly Harshman Elementary is participating in the DHS Summer Food Program. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided to all children under 18. Each will be served without charge and meals are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service. Meals will be provided at a first come, first serve basis, at the site and times as follows: Holly Harshman Cafeteria, 1000 Geyer Drive, Mena, AR. •Breakfast: 7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. •Lunch: 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. These will be provided at the Holly Harshman Elementary Cafeteria Monday – Thursday, June 12-15 and June 19-22. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), found online at html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit by mail: US Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410. Fax: (202) 690-7442 or Email: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Retirement Reception for Coleen Clark and Pam Curry


retirement reception will be hosted next week for a pair of Holly Harshman faculty members. The staff of HHE, also known as “WE”, will be hosting a “come and go” retirement reception for Mrs. Clark and Mrs. Curry. “WE” invites you to stop by between 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm on Friday, May 19, 2017 at Holly Harshman Elementary in the lounge. “WE” look forward to celebrating the careers of these amazing teachers with all of you.



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Wickes Elementary Visits Wildlife Refuge W

ickes Elementary 5th and 6th grade students recently had the opportunity to visit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge [TCWR] in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The students received the opportunity because of a service project that they started this school year. With a desire to do a community service project, the students began looking around and decided that they wanted to support the mission of the wildlife refuge. The 5th and 6th graders at Wickes Elementary competed in a “Dime Challenge”, in which their goal was to fill a two-liter bottle full of dimes. Students were told that when full, the bottle would contain around $400-500. Not only did they meet their goal, but they exceeded it and filled up a second two-liter bottle, totaling $800-$1,000. As a part of their ongoing project, the 5th and 6th graders learned about the history of TCWR and became familiar with some of their animals after extensive time on their website. The mission of the wildlife refuge is to provide a lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused, and neglected “Big Cats”, with emphasis on tigers, lions, leopards, and cougars. Throughout their time of research, the students learned about the lack of laws preventing people from owning exotic cats and the living conditions for most of the cats before they are bought to the refuge. After their research, 5th and 6th grade students presented to the Elementary school their findings. In addition, students held a bake sale to raise money for TCWR t-shirts. As a culminating activity, the Wickes 5th and 6th graders made a visit to the wildlife refuge on April 28th. The students presented the two bottles full of dimes to the staff and as a reward they received a tour of the facility and saw many of the animals they learned about. One of the highlights of the trip for the students is when they had the opportunity to hear the big cats “caroling” to each other, a sound that can be heard over five miles away. While touring the facility, students saw Savannah, the lioness from the movie Secondhand Lions. To see more pictures of their trip, visit the Wickes Elementary Facebook page and learn more about the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.

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he Cossatot River High School Music department showcased their immense talent, Tuesday, May 2nd as their students rocked Holbert Auditorium in Wickes with performances by both their choirs and bands. The evening began at 6:00 p.m. with performances by several groups from the choir department and then the show continued at 7:30 with the high school band. Holbert Auditorium was packed with family, friends, and community supporters as they watched the talented group of students. The crowd was often captivated by the different performances during the night. Many songs were very familiar to the crowd in attendance, including songs like “I am a man of COSSATOT RIVER SCHOOL’S BREAKFAST constant sorrow” from the movie O MONDAY 5/15 Poptart, orange wedges, apple juice, milk Brother Where Art Thou? Throughout TUESDAY 5/16 Biscuit & sausage, applesauce, juice, milk the evening the audience was singing WEDNESDAY 5/17 Cereal bar, banana, orange juice, milk and clapping along as students THURSDAY 5/18 Sausage roll, apple wedges, juice, milk performed. The theme for the eveFRIDAY 5/1 Super donut, raisels, apple juice, milk ning was ‘A Night at the Movies’, the name inspired by the songs that were performed during the evening, many of the songs coming from popular movies. Songs like COSSATOT RIVER SCHOOL’S LUNCH ‘Happy’ from the Dispicable Me movies, ‘Ghostbuster’, and ‘Footloose’ had the auditorium MONDAY 5/15 Pizza, tossed salad w/ dressing, pineapple, marshmalsinging along. low treat, milk Cossatot also had their 7thand 8th grade bands, along with their senior high band wrap TUESDAY 5/16 Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, gravy, green up the performances for the night. The band followed in the path of the choir and provided beans, fruit cocktail, roll, milk excellent music for those in attendance. The 7th and 8th grade bands played songs ‘Be WEDNESDAY 5/17 Beef nachos, lettuce, tomato, salsa, pinto beans, Our Guest’ from Beauty and the Beast, and ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ from Toy Story. mandarin oranges, milk The senior high students played songs that were equally familiar to those in attendance. THURSDAY 5/18 Chicken noodle soup w/ crackers, cheese toast, Phantom of the Opera, Jurassic Park, and Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, and many more tossed salad, broccoli w/ dressing, pears, milk were performed. FRIDAY 5/19 Sub sandwich, lettuce, tomato, pickle, french fries, End of the year choir and band awards were given to students for their hard work and peaches, fruit bar, milk efforts. Awards were given for Most Improved, Best Attitude, and Most Outstanding. Senior band and choir members were recognized during the evening for their contributions towards the respective programs. 2017 Choir Seniors are Megan Andrews, Silas Barrett, Jessica Eledge, Kim Evans, Jordan Glover, Lara Herrlich, Allyson Hoyle, Rachel Lyle, Gabbi Pritchett, Jordan Schmitz, Caylee Stuart, Abby Taylor, Karli Underwood, and Sabrina Ward. 2017 Band Seniors are Gilberto Cervantes, Jose Cordova, Isaac Counts, Alejandro Gonzalez, Casandra Lopez, Alissa Miles, Liliana Trinidad, and Ashley Wenzel. powered by THE POLK COUNTY PULSE The band is under the direction of Timothy Walston and the choir is under the direction of Susan Brewer.

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he Mena Ladycats softball team (12-16) took on the Monticello Lady Billies (23-5), Friday afternoon in the first round of the 2017 4-A South Region Softball Tournament. Mena came into Friday afternoons game being the fourth seed out of the seventh district, while the Lady Billies came into the game being the first seed out of the eighth district. Reagan Sikes led off the ball game for the Ladycats with a double off of the right field wall, but was tagged out between second and third trying to extend her hit to a triple. After a popup single from AnnaBeth Hunter, and a line out to left field from Lexi Brooks, Sealy Thigpen put Mena on the board with a two-run home run to right field. Autumn Powell then grounded out to third base for the third out of the inning. Lexi Brooks pitched for the Ladycats on Friday afternoon. Monticello’s lead off hitter hit a line drive off of the centerfield wall, but was thrown out at second trying to add a base, for the first out of the inning. The next batter then hit a line drive single to right field, but was thrown out trying to steal second a few pitches later. Brooks struck out the third batter of the inning, keeping the Ladycats 2-0 lead in tact. The Ladycats went down in order in the top of the second, as Hattie Hunter popped out to the shortstop, and Lynch and Harrison struck out swinging. In the bottom of the second inning, Brooks kept the Lady Billies under control after walking a batter, getting the first two outs via pop out and line out, then striking out the last batter. Mena maintained a 2-0 lead after two complete innings. In the top of the third, Mena’s first two batters reached base as Lockhart singled to left field and Reagan Sikes walked. AnnaBeth Hunter hit a sacrifice bunt for the first out of the inning, but moved the runners up to second and third. The fourth batter of the inning, Lexi Brooks, grounded a ball to third, in which the Lady Billies threw home for the out, putting runners at the corners. Sealy Thigpen then came to the plate and hit a pop up single over the second baseman, driving in two more runs for the Ladycats. The next batter, Autumn Powell, then grounded out to the shortstop, ending the inning. With the score 4-0 in favor of Mena, in the bottom of the third, Lexi Brooks retired the Lady Billies in order with a pop out, a strike out, and a fly out to left field. Keeping the Ladycats lead at 4-0 after three innings. Mena was unable to get anything going in the top of the fourth, but in the bottom half of the inning, the Lady Billies were able to connect with a few hits to score their first run of the ballgame. The Ladycats held Monticello to only one run in the fourth, keeping their lead, with the score 4-1. Both teams went down scoreless in the fifth inning, bringing the game to the sixth. In the top of the inning, Thigpen led off with a pop up single behind the shortstop, but the Ladycats were unable to connect with any more hits, going down with two pop outs and a line out. To lead off the bottom of the sixth, Monticello hit a solo home run to deep centerfield. A few batters later, after two walks, he with one out, the Lady Billies hit a ball off of the wall in left field, scoring one more run. Brooks and Mena the Ladycats were able to escape the inning with a few groundouts. After six complete innings, Bearcats and Mena continued to lead the ballgame with a score of 4-3. Cossatot In the final inning of play, the Ladycats were retired on three balls in the outfield, with no runs River Eagles scored. In the bottom half of the seventh, Brooks struck out the first two batters she faced, and soccer teams induced a groundball to first base for the final out of the game, securing Mena with the win, 4-3. are officialIn continued action in the Regional Tournament, the Ladycats went down scoreless against ly headed Nashville 6-0 on Saturday and on Monday, Mena fell just short against Crossett 3-1. Moving on to to the 4A the 4-A State Softball Tournament, the Ladycats will be a four seed and take on the two seed out of State Soccer the north region, Pea Ridge (27-4), on Thursday at 3:00pm. Tournament., being hosted by Southside High School in Batesville. Mena (8-9) will go into the tournament as a number four seed and take BY EASTON LEONARD on a number one seed, St. Joseph (11-1). The Bearcats will take on the he Acorn Lady Tigers (6-7) faced off against County Line in the first game of the Regional Bulldogs on Thursday at 2:00pm. Tournament last Friday. The Lady Tigers were dominant, displacing County Line 20-5. Acorn Cossatot River (13-0) will head into the state tournament as a number put on a hitting clinic against County Line, scoring 11 runs in the third inning to help create sepatwo seed and match up with number three seed, Jacksonville Lighthouse ration in the game early. Coach Chris Ledbetter was pleased with the way his team opened up the (14-4). The Eagles will play their first game on Thursday at 10:00am. CONTINUED ON PAGE 20

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Acorn Girls Team Earns Third in State Track Meet BY MELANIE BUCK •


corn Senior Morgan Fagan competed in her last state track meet on Tuesday, May 2nd in Conway during the Class 1A/2A State Track and Field Championship, bringing home ribbons in multiple events. Fagan, along with Faith Hill, a junior, competed in the 800-meter run, Hill taking 5th in 2:50.41 and Fagan placing 8th in 2:55.46. The pair traded places in the 1,600 meter as Fagan secured 2nd place in 6:22.41 and Hill coming in 4th in 6:30.58. In their third race of the day, the duo competed in the 3,200 meter with Fagan again taking 2nd place in 13:43.15 and Hill again in 4th in 13:58.34. In field events, freshman Sophie Jackson showed a lot of promise in the high jump, earning 4th in the state with a 4-06. Junior Tori Barrett grabbed 2nd in discus with 87 and 3rd in shot put with 30-03. As a team, the Acorn girls earned 3rd in the state. On the boy’s side, Acorn’s 4x800 team took 5th in 10:03.33. Freshman Adam Hughes ran in his first state meet taking 9th in the 1,600 in 5:42.25. Another freshman, Brady Lyle took 11th in the 3,200 meter and Chadd Sutton, a sophomore, took 14th.

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tournament, “It was a real collective effort. All of our girls, 1-9 hit the ball well. Tori Barrett pitched a great game, only gave up 4 to 5 hits and the defense played great. After a dominant performance in the opening round, Acorn lost a close one on Saturday against Mt. Ida by a score of 3-2. The Lady Tigers had their chances against Mt. Ida, several times placing runners on second and third, but unable to string together a series of hits Acorn couldn’t get over the top. “We felt good about the game. We really feel like if we would have won that game we would have matched up well in the championship,” says Coach Ledbetter. Following the hard fought game against Mt. Ida, Acorn battled against Dierks on Monday. After a long weekend of competitive softball, the Lady Tigers ran out of steam and lost to Dierks 7-0. The Lady Tiger’s ace pitcher Barrett had a tired arm after the previous two games and Dierks came out hitting the ball well. “We competed hard, but feel like we could have done even better. In my opinion, there isn’t much that separates the top four seeds out of this region. We all compete well,” explains Coach Ledbetter. Despite the loss, Acorn has secured their birth in the 1-A 610 Mena Street, Mena presents State Softball Tournament as a four seed. Disney and The Lady Tigers will Camron Mackintosh’s Directed by face off against the Rudi Timmerman fourth seed out of reMusic Director gion one, Rural Special (3-15), today at 12:00pm. “We think that we have received a good Judy Kropp match up and I am anticipating a good game from our girls.” Through their playoff run the Lady Tigers have been anchored by a couple of seniors, Harley Dearing and Brooke Bates, “Harley has been a four year starter at third base and she has been pivotal. Brooke has provided excellent hitting down the stretch.” The 1-A State Softball Tournament will be hosted by Woodlawn in Pine Bluff.

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Umpire Basketball Makes History BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY •


istory was made Wednesday, May 3rd, at Umpire High School in Umpire Arkansas. For the first time in the history of the school and athletic programs, two athletes from the same team signed a letter of intent to play basketball in college. Desmond Pinson and Dusty Kesterson, both players from this years Umpire high school boys team, signed their letter of intent in front of a gym packed with family, friends, school faculty, and students K-12. Both Pinson and Kesterson signed to play basketball at National Park College in Hot Springs. Present at the signing were family members, but also several guests, including past alumni who had signed to play college basketball in the past. Each of the eleven individuals who played at Umpire and then college were recognized for their accomplishments and their part in the rich history of the school. One of the alumni and current coach, Kenny Tabler, spoke of the significance of both players signing to play, “What we are a part of today is history. In the history of the basketball programs we have never had two student CONTINUED ON PAGE 21

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MHS Athletes Compete in State Track and Field Championship BY MELANIE BUCK •


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ena High School was well represented in the 2017 Class 4A State Track and Field Championship in Paragould, Arkansas on Tuesday, May 2nd. As seniors took their last steps on the track as high school athletes, several freshmen took their first steps in the coveted state meet, showing promise to the future of the sport at MHS. Senior Landon Stidman was first up in the high jump. Although he missed his mark, he set his sights on later races. He was able to secure 5th in the state in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:10.11. In other field events, Braxton Bahr placed 8th in discus, with 117-5, and Zion Barnes pulled in 12th with 107-9. Caleb Holmes entered his first state event as a freshman in the triple jump, taking 14th with 37-6.75. Seniors Clint Buck and Anthony Kennedy also secured placings in their events, ending their careers in a top-notch slot. Both ran in the 4x800 relay with freshmen Devon Adams and Curtis Curry. Adams took the lead leg and bolted through the two laps before passing on to Curry who kept pace with the front of the pack. Kennedy pulled in the third leg and brought the team into second place behind Heber Springs. Buck ran the anchor leg and kept the pace going to become 2nd in the state in the event. The girls 4x800 relay team also fared well, earning 6th, and their team also consisted of two seniors, Abbie Smith and Evie Smith, and two freshmen, Sierra Grimsley and Julianna Kennedy. Again, the two freshmen took the first two legs and kept pace with the pack. Although Evie Smith was battling an injury she pulled up the third leg, toughing it out until passing the baton to Abbie Smith who rocketed around the track to secure 6th place for the team. Abbie Smith also ran the 800 meter run, earning 3rd in a time CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20 of 2:27.85. The girls 4x400 meter relay took 13th place and the boys 4x400 took athletes signed in the same year. It has been more than thirty years since a player left here to go 10th. play. This is an accomplishment that every wildcat fan should be excited about.” In long distance runs, Buck took 8th place in the 1,600 meter in Coach Tabler recognized each past player present and then spoke to the other students, K-12, that 4:58.69, in a grueling pack with Robert McIntyre coming in 12th in were present. “This is a big day not just for these two young men, but for each of you. What they have 5:07.07 The pair also ran in the 3,200 meter with McIntyre coming in done is gone before us and shown each of us a model, a model of what it means to work hard and 9th in 11:01.50. Buck was tripped up during the second lap, but got up pursue our goals.” After Coach Tabler spoke, the coach for National Park spoke briefly about the two quickly to continue the rack. He finished 10th in 11:24.71. signees and how excited Although these talented seniors will not return next year, the future he was to have them. “As of Mena Track and Field shows much promise and the coaches look a coach, I need somebody forward to next year. The boys are coached by Aaron Pennington and that can put the ball in the the girls by Brad Lyle. whole, someone that can move their feet and play defense, but just as important to me, I need guys who I can trust to represent our program and school the right way. That is what I am getting with both of these guys. We are proud to have them.” Both Pinson and Kesterson were decorated athletes at Umpire, both of them earning All-Conference honors for three powered by THE POLK COUNTY PULSE years straight. Along with conference honors, both were named All-State honorable mention, each player was nominated for the East-West All Star Game as well. “These are the kind of kids you want to coach, the kind you hope you have the opportunity to coach. Two great kids, very coachable. Yes sir, no sir. Good students. Type of kids you want representing you and your community. They have left a lasting mark on this program,” says Coach Tabler.

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FF A Banquet FFA Award & Scholarships

Greenhand Award

Cason Cannon Brendan Catlett Cameron Downen Mikala Evans Marissa Grafton Cooper Hughes Macie Johnson Katie Mesko Morgan Miller Daniel Young

Star Greenhand Award Brendan Catlett Macie Johnson

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Star Chapter Award

Matthew Bowser Jason Cude Amber Devries Carson Nash Connor Nash Emiley Sorge Halie Standerfer Kristen White Kyntlie Wiles

Honorary Chapter Degree Greg Aleshire Bo James

Charles Allbaugh Leadership Award

Kennedy Downen Apri Rose

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Dr. Max Cress Leadership Award Dustin Dilbeck Autumn Liles Spencer Thrailkill

Chris Jones Memorial Scholarship Travis Mos

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Mena FF A Banquet Career Development Teams Agricultural Mechanics: 2nd District, 3rd State

The Mena FFA has a continued legacy of excellence in competitive activities. Our teams have continuously proved to be hard working, competitive teams that have created a tradition of success. It is our privilege to recognize this year’s teams.

Dustin Dilbeck Austin Terwilliger Conner Nash Jason Cude Nathan Restine Cason Cannon Daniel Young Travis Mos

Creed Speaking: 1st Sub-Area, 4th District

Macie Johnson Brendon Catlett

Forestry: 8th District, 14th State

Electricity: 2nd District, 5th State Clint Buck Kaleb Reeves David Philpot Nate Aleshire Anthony Kennedy David Thomas, Jake McCauley Brad Bates

Food Science:

1st District, 7th State April Rose Kennedy Downen DeAnna Allen Hannah McDonald

Parliamentary Procedure: 1st Sub-Area, 1st District

Autumn Liles Spencer Thrailkill Marley Jones April Rose Halie Standerfer Hanna McDonald

Noah Swall Colton Sawyer Cooper Hughes Coy Burford Josh Graves Brendon Catlett Matthew Bowser

Opening & Closing Ceremonies: Brendon Catlett Macie Johnson Cameron Downen Mikala Evans Paige Evans Katie Mesko Marissa Grafton

Spencer Thrailkill Amber Devries Emiley Sorge Kristen White Morgan Miller Mikala Evans Kyntlie Wiles

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1st Sub-Area, 4th District

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Sonya Maye - Serving for the Good of Others I


n a world full of marketing, public relation specialists, and networking, it can feel complex and overwhelming. The truth is, each and every person has a role in the world of marketing. People are marketing a product everyday, that product is themselves and the things they are most passionate about. Sonya Maye, Marketing and Public Relations Director at Mena Regional Health System, is passionately promoting things like the Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Mena hospital. Sonya is married to Bryan Maye, agriculture teacher at Mena and operator of Maye Club Lambs Farm. She has been serving in the role as Marketing and Public Relations Specialist for nearly four years now. In her time at the hospital, she has passionately promoted the hospital and the services provided to people in the community. Before she ever planned an event for the hospital or made any marketing plans, Sonya was a school teacher. “I have my Bachelors of Science in Education and I taught for 12 years. I was approached about a marketing opportunity in Oklahoma and after careful consideration I took it. Some time after that, I received the opportunity to come to Mena,” says Sonya. Since coming to Mena, Sonya has really devoted herself to the task of serving her community in a variety of ways. One of the ways that she does so is through the local Chamber of Commerce, where she serves as secretary. This is her second year to serve the board as secretary, but has been a member of the board for three years. “Our goal for the Chamber is to advance the general welfare and prosperity of the area citizens and businesses and we do that in several ways. One way is that we provide annual scholarships for students in Polk County through funds raised at our annual Polk County Chamber Awards Banquet. This year we were fortunate enough to raise over $10,000 that can go to students,” beams Sonya. In addition to her time and service given to the Chamber, Sonya is also a member of the Rotary Club of Mena and, she serves on the Mena Regional Support Foundation, a philanthropic avenue for money to be donated to MRHS. The motto for Rotary Club is ‘Service about Self’, an ideal that Sonya very much embodies. “My dad taught me the value of hard work growing up and Mom always taught me to give back. If you want your community to be successful and flourish, then we each have our part to play,” says Sonya. One of the ways that Sonya and fellow members of the Rotary Club are doing that in Mena is by promoting literacy among children in Polk County. “Locally, we personally deliver dictionaries to all 3rd grade students in the county in hopes that we can improve literacy and education among the children of our community,” says Sonya proudly. One of the ways that Sonya is helping the community is by supporting the hospital through the support foundation [MRHS Foundation] in its attempt to provide quality care for patients. “Our goal is to assist the hospital through funding equipment and facility improvements. We are very grateful for everyone who has given over the years.” Recently, the MRHS Foundation hosted their 3rd Annual Foundation Frenzy Color Run, which has become a signature fundraising event. The event is a great time for families to take part in an activity that encourages family involvement, but also supports and gives back to the hospital as a whole. “We are really fortunate to have the support that we do. Not only is the Foundation supported by many in the community, but by numerous MRHS employees who donate to the foundation monthly. In order to show our appreciation, we host an employee appreciation luncheon. When Sonya isn’t at work or involved with one of her other service opportunities, she can be found outside somewhere. “Most people that see me wouldn’t think this, but I love being outside. I love the outdoors, fishing, camping, hunting, I love all of it. I also really love to cook for my family and exercise,” Sonya says with a smile. Sonya and Brian stay busy outside of their regular jobs with the day to day operation of their farm. “It keeps us pretty busy. There is always something to be doing. Even when we vacation, we just go down to Gilham so we are close enough still for the animals.” Although Sonya hasn’t been in Mena long, it is her home, it feels like family, “This is a wonderful community that is so welcoming and friendly. It feels like a close-knit family.” Sonya is a great reminder of the influence that we each can have around us. Through Offering these services in Polk & Montgomery County telling others about the things we love and are excited about, there is a real possibly to help bring about positive change. “Giving back is rewarding. Making an impact for the Hospice intentional good of others is wonderful.” Home Health


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Polk County Sheriff’s Department - Protecting Polk County T


hey are the protectors of a community, the ones that ensure safety and bring justice. The needs of a community are almost always put above their own. Who are they? They are the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, a group of individuals who are always seeking the welfare of Polk County. It’s not just a job to the men and women at the sheriff’s department, it’s a calling. It is not just a 9-5, it’s a 24/7. No matter how stressful it gets, even in the worse possible days, it is their passion and their heart is to serve. Sheriff Scott Sawyer believes that he is the luckiest sheriff in Arkansas to have the men and women he works with on a daily basis, “I have 13 deputies that I work with daily and 13 jailors and dispatchers, all of which are great at their job and work hard for each other.” Scott took over as Sheriff January 1, 2017, after serving in law enforcement for twenty plus years. While Mike Godfrey served as Sheriff, Scott served as his deputy sheriff. He believes that he has such a wonderful and dedicated department because of the past efforts of past sheriffs, Mike Olgesby and Mike Godfrey. “I really can’t express how grateful I am to have these men come before me. They have really paved the way for me and are part of the reason that we are able to do our job so well.” After assuming the responsibilities of sheriff, Scott appointed Randy Jewell as his Deputy Sheriff and Seth Smith as sergeant of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Although he may be the face of the department, Scott is quick to give recognition and credit to his deputies. “We have been so blessed to have the men Pictured above is Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer. working here that we do. Really, again, I credit Mike Godfrey for so much of that. When I got here, all these guys were already in place. We have high character guys that excel in their job and that makes what I do easier.” He is quick to point out that every person serving in the department was already serving their community in some capacity before they were ever a part of the department, “Most of these guys were serving in some way. Many of them were serving at the fire department. The guys that we have here, service is their heart, it is what they live for,” says Scott proudly. Another aspect of the Sheriff’s Department that many aren’t aware of is how tight knit of a group this is. Each of the guys view their fellow deputies as more than a co-worker, but a family. “We have a mentality here, ‘Do your job so others don’t have to’, these guys work hard for each other and that makes it even better,” says Scott. One of the ways that Scott acknowledges that he is fortunate to be Sheriff is the community that he gets to serve. “Mena is unbelievable. We are so cared about by our community. I want people to know, I go to trainings around the state and I hear about the perception that other places have of their law enforcement. We are blessed to have the opportunity to serve Polk County.” Another way that the Sheriffs Department takes time to invest in the community is through taking time to spend with area sixth grade students. “Each year sixth grade students come up here and we talk with them and give them a tour. It is one of my favorite days.” The Sheriff Department also has a new deputy that the community especially loves, K-9 narcotics dog, ‘Otto’. “Everyone loves Otto. Everywhere we go the kids love him and people want to see him. I think people forget we exist now,” Scott says jokingly. Scott believes that their job is so much easier to do when they know that ‘day in’ and ‘day out’, they have the backing of their community, that no matter the circumstances, Polk County stands behind those protecting them. In the face of recent unfathomable tragedy, Scott and the deputies saw most clearly the support of the community. “During our time of search and rescue for 5 days, we were fed by people in the community for three meals a day. We had food, snacks, and drinks, everything that we needed. It just goes to show you how even in the midst of something terrible our community cares for us,” Scott says humbly. It isn’t just Scott and the local deputies that notice something different about the community, those who don’t call Mena home took notice. “We had 9 different agencies here working with us. A couple of FBI agents said to me, ‘We have been all over the world and THE COSSATOT SENIOR CENTER sincerely thanks you. worked so many different cases, but we have never seen a community like this. We have never seen a community show this kind of support’.” Thanks to all the Merchants who donated prizes for the auction; Polk County is blessed to have the Sheriff Department that we do, not just because they do a good job, but because they genuinely love the community they serve. “I couldn’t be the volunteer team who donated and prepared the food and all the prouder to be the Sheriff of Polk County. I would not want to do this anywhere else. I know I churches that donated food items for the dinner; to the auctioneering speak for everyone in the Department, but we love Polk County.” team that made the auction run smoothly. Check out the ‘Behind the Badge’ feature in next week’s Polk County Pulse for pictures and information on all the law enforcement.

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Seasonal Allergies D

id you know that it is estimated that 50 million Americans, about one in five, suffer with allergies? One of the wonders of the human body is that it can protect itself against harmful invaders such as viruses or bacteria. Sometimes these defenses are too aggressive, and harmless substances such as dust mites, mold, or pollen are mistakenly identified by the human body as dangerous. Allergies, often called “hay fever” or referred to as seasonal allergies, are abnormal responses or excessively aggressive symptoms that occur during certain times of the year. This usually occurs when the immune system overreacts to what seems to be harmless substances. These substances include grasses, pollen, dust mites, cockroach, foods, mold, feathers, animal dander, and insect stings. There are many harmless substances that can affect the body. When these substances release tiny pollen particles to fertilize other plants or when outdoor molds release their spores into the air, those substances are called allergen(s). When people with allergies come in contact with one of these allergens their immune system releases chemical’s to combat the “invader.” The body then releases a chemical, including histamine, into the bloodstream to defend off the invaders. This is a response of the body’s immune system. The actual release of the chemicals in the body is what actually causes the allergy symptoms. People can be allergic to one or more types of pollen or mold. The type someone is allergic to determines when symptoms happen. From April to June, grass pollen will be a problem for many. Mold spores tend to peak midsummer through fall. In the fall ragweed and other weed pollen is a problem. Many kids with these allergies are likely to have increased symptoms at those times. Symptoms include watery eyes and runny nose. Even people who have never had seasonal allergies in years past can develop them. Seasonal allergies can start at almost any age, though they usually develop by the time someone is 10 years old and reach their peak in the early twenties, with symptoms often disappearing later in adulthood.

BY JOAN MANZELLA, APRN, HEALTHY CONNECTIONS, INC. depending on how severe SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF SEASONAL ALLERGIES: the symptoms are. The most If someone you know develops a “cold” at the same important part of treatment is time every year, seasonal allergies might be the cause. knowing what allergens that Allergy symptoms, which usually come on suddenly are affecting them. Some peoand last as long as a person is exposed to the allergen, ple can get relief by reducing can include: or eliminating exposure to • sneezing allergens that bother them. • itchy nose, throat, and/or eyes If certain seasons cause • clear, runny nose symptoms, keep the windows • coughing closed, use air conditioning • nasal congestion if possible, and stay indoors • facial pressure and/or pain when pollen/mold/weed counts are high. It’s also a good • itchy, red eyes idea with seasonal allergies to wash the hands or shower • hoarse voice and change clothing after working or playing outside. • daytime fatigue If reducing exposure to the allergens isn’t possible or These symptoms often come with itchy, watery, and/ is ineffective, medicines can help ease allergy symptoms. or red eyes, which is called allergic conjunctivitis. Kids Antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal spray steroids who have wheezing and shortness of breath in addition are some of the medications that can help. If symptoms to seasonal allergy symptoms might have allergies that can’t be managed with medicines, the medical provider trigger asthma. may recommend seeing an allergist for evaluation for alDIAGNOSIS: lergy shots (immunotherapy), which can help desensitize Seasonal allergies are fairly easy to identify because a person to specific allergens. the pattern of symptoms returns from year to year following exposure to an allergen. It is fairly easy to diagnosis seasonal allergies. The provider will ask about symptoms and when they National Family Caregiver appear. Based on the Beth Polo Beckel RD LD CDE Support Program answers and a physical exam, the provider should our local Caregiver Support Meeting be able to make a diagnolicensed May 15, 2017 at 11:15 am sis. If not, they may refer nutrition you to an allergist for blood educator If you are a caregiver of an tests or allergy skin tests. will always Medical test can confirm adult 60 years and older please the diagnosis and identify be in one come join us. This information the offending allergens and place... other triggers that bring on could be extremely helpful to the allergic rhinitis. TREATMENT: you. The topic will be There are many ways “Multiple Sclerosis” presented to treat seasonal allergies

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by Pamela Tabor, Ouachita Regional Hospice. For information call Taryn Jinks 870-385-2373. Hope to see you there. Refreshments will be served.

The Cossatot Senior Center

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Chamber of Commerce Coffee at Mena Art Gallery BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS


n Friday, May 12, 2017, from 9 am to 11 am, Mena Art Gallery will host a coffee with light refreshments for the local Chamber of Commerce. The current exhibit at the gallery is the work of Patricia Trulock and Gilda Meyers: Artwork Along The Way captured in photos, pen & ink, carvings, and jewelry. Come by to enjoy the company and the art work. The gallery store, with work by local artists, will also be open.



ary Poppins opens again this weekend on Thursday and continues only on Friday and Saturday. In addition, American Artisans is offering a dinner before the show option on Thursday. Tickets for both are available at the theatre from 9 am to 4 pm. The first weekend was a big success with sold out crowds, and the audiences humming the tunes as they left the theatre. Music director, Judy Kropp, commented that this show is one of the musically most difficult she has attempted, but is very pleased with the cast as they stepped up to the challenge and delivered one of the best shows seen on the OLT stage. The singing, the dancing, and the staging all added to the superlative results made available to the patrons. Director, Rudi Timmerman, added that in light of the fact that everyone volunteered their time, sometimes adding up to hundreds of hours, the show was presented on a professional level. He added that while none get paid, there are still a lot of expenses that come up. Costumes, set construction material, props, and the biggest single expense, royalties. It costs the OLT $2,500 for the rights to do the show. All you get for your $2,500 is permission to do the show. Even with a cast, sets, lights, and permission, a place for the show is also needed. OLT is blessed to have its own building, but that also comes with expenses. The mortgage, insurance, utilities, and maintenance add up to over $2,000 per month. When put in this light it becomes doubly obvious that the Mena/Polk County folks strongly support OLT as it presents entertainment, as well as an outlet for the talent in our community to be developed and enjoyed by both the presenter and the audience. Three more shows, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm. Don’t miss this great show.

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Moments from America’s History: The Hand That Rocks The Cradle.... CONTRIBUTED BY JEFF OLSON •


his coming Sunday we have an opportunity to honor a person who gave each of us the greatest gift of all - life. Mother’s Day has a long history in America, going all the way back to 1872 when Julia Ward Howe made the first known suggestion for a ‘Mother’s Day for Peace.’ She recommended that people observe a Mother’s Day on June 2 and for several years she led an annual Mother’s Day meeting in Boston. In 1887 a Kentucky schoolteacher, Mary Towles Sasseen, started conducting Mother’s Day celebrations. In 1904 Frank Herring of South Bend, IN started a campaign for the observance of Mother’s Day. In 1907, Anna Jarvis (1864-1948) of Grafton, WV began a campaign for a nationwide observance of Mother’s Day, inspired by her own mother, Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis (1832-1905), who had dedicated much of her life in God’s service there and who had founded Mother’s Day Work Clubs in five cities to improve sanitary and health conditions, which also fed and clothed and treated wounds of Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers. Anna selected the 2nd Sunday in May (beginning in 1908) and introduced the custom of wearing a carnation, her mother’s favorite flower. Anna Jarvis devoted herself full time to the creation of a national Mother’s Day, endlessly petitioning state governments, business leaders, women’s groups, churches, and other institutions and organizations. Eventually, her progress towards this goal accelerated as many states would soon institute Mother’s Day observances. In 1912, West Virginia became the first state to officially recognize Mother’s Day. One hundred and three years ago this week, May 8, 1914, Congress passed a joint resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Upon his signature, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first Mother’s Day presidential proclamation, calling for “a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.” In 1972, the International Mother’s Day Shrine was established in Grafton, WV, dedicated to the spirit and preservation of motherhood and the institution of Mother’s Day as championed through the lives of Anna Jarvis and her mother. As important as the history and national observance of Mother’s Day is, even more important is what this should mean to each of us on a personal level - not only on this day, but every day of every year. The Holy Scriptures command and admonish us to honor our father and mother (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:2). I am eternally grateful to my mother, Rubie Lea Franks Olson (1928-2000), and to my wife Denise. Their lives to this day testify that a mother’s love is second only to God’s in its depth, breadth, truth, selflessness, and consequence. I will close with a stanza from a well-known poem by William Ross Wallace (1819-1881). “Woman, how divine your mission, Here upon our natal sod; Keep—oh, keep the young heart open always to the breath of God! All true trophies of the ages Are from mother-love impearled, For the hand that rocks the cradle Is the hand that rules the world.”

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Thursday, 5/11 • 10:30 a.m. – Gator & Friends will be performing at The Mena Senior Center. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County will meet at Papa’s Mexican Café. Call Lisa Martin 216-3383 or Charles Pitman 2164882 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. – 3:00p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – The First Assembly of God distributes food at 2111 Sutherland or call 394-1229. • 2:00 p.m. – Cove Library History Club meets at the Cove Library. • 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 Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s Meeting at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen


• MOLLIE GANN CEMETERY DECORATION will be held on Sunday, May 14th. Business meeting begins at 10 a.m. The cemetery is located at the intersection of Polk Roads 38 & 28, near the old iron bridge over the Mtn. Fork river. • HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE OUACHITAS will meet on May 18th at 5:30 p.m. at the Limetree Restaurant. Call 479-2430771 for information. • ANNUAL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE will be held at Covenant of Life Family Church in Mena on May 20th at 10 a.m. Call 479-394-6763 for more information. • POLK COUNTY RODEO ROYALTY contestant information and sign up meeting will be held at the Fair Office on May 13th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Divisions for boys through age 12 and girls and ladies of all ages. Contact Phyllis Caldwell at 479-243-6212.

Ave Florist. • 6:00 p.m. – Hatfield’s Lion’s Club meets at the Lions Club Field House. • 6:30 p.m. – Mena Chapter #243, Order of the Eastern Star will meet at the Masonic Temple at 701 Port Arthur. Meeting will follow refreshments. • 7:00 p.m. – Amputee Support Group meets at First Christian Church in Mena. Call Laura for more information, 479-385-5130. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – Cherry Hill Fire Department meeting and training at the Fire Station. Friday, 5/12 • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Road tests are given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room unless the roads are wet. Written tests are given at 1:00 p.m. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fibers Arts Group meets at Mena Art Gallery. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 2:00 p.m. – Take a Spring Trail Hike at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Amphitheater. • 4:00 p.m. – Butterflies will be presented at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Amphitheater. • 6:00 p.m. - Queen Wilhelmina State Park presents Black Bears. Meet in the Hearth Room. • 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Gator and Friends will be playing at the American Legion in Acorn. $6.00 admission. 50/50 drawing, potluck, and door prizes. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. Saturday, 5/13 • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - Ouachita Photography Club, everyone is welcome. • 12:00 p.m. – Ouachita Amateur Radio Association monthly meeting at the Limetree. • 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Children’s Art Class at the Mena Art Gallery, for children ages 6 - 12. Cost is $2. Call 479-394-3880 to reserve spot. • 2:00 p.m. – Take a Wonder House Tour at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet in the Wonder House. • 4:00 p.m. – Play Volleyball at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Volleyball Court. • 6:00 p.m. – Make Pinecone Birdfeeders at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Amphitheater. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 7:00 p.m. – Holly Grove Church in Grannis will have Gospel Music. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the

ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 479-243-0297 or 479-2164606. Sunday, 5/14 • 10:00 a.m. – Take a Wonder House Tour at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet in the Wonder House. • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 2:00 p.m. – Go on a Color Hike at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Amphitheater. • 3:00 p.m. – Worship service at Sulpher Springs Church. • 4:00 p.m. – Play Bird Bingo at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet in the Hearth Room. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group meets at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. Monday, 5/15 • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 12:30 p.m. – Cossatot Senior Center will have a Board Meeting. • 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Mena Seventh-Day Adventist Church Food Pantry across from the Polk County Fairgrounds. Non-perishable food, personal care items, and nutritional help. No one will be turned away. • 5:30 p.m. – Polk County Republican Committee meets at Polk County Library, North Room. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 6:30 p.m. – The Lady Ouachitas will meet at the Bear State Bank Main Branch. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – Ouachita Beekeepers Association meeting at Union Bank. Tuesday, 5/16 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardener Community Men’s Breakfast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena St. Bring your current project and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Hatfield Branch library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. – T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union Bank Community Room for weigh-ins, fol-

lowed by a meeting. • 6:00 p.m. – The Regular Hatfield Town Council will meet at the Town Hall in Hatfield. • 7:00 p.m. – VFW Post 4451 meeting at Veterans Park in Acorn. • 7:00 p.m. – The Marine Corps League Detachment will meet at Lighthouse Fitness. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for families of addicts and alcoholics meets at the ABC Club. • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Bluegrass music at Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room. • 7:30 p.m. – Mountain Meadow Masonic Lodge #218 will meet at the Hatfield Lodge. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479-234-2887 or 479-234-3043. Wednesday, 5/17 • 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Charm Quilters will meet at the Free Will Baptist Church on the corner of Petros and Cherry St. • The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in Mena at noon. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Polk County Library Cove Branch is open. • 5:45 p.m. – The Mena First United Methodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – Warriors for Christ will meet at the Southside Church of God. • 6:00 p.m. – Regeneration Youth Ministries at Mena Church of God Hwy 88 East. • 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church hosts Discovery Kids – Kindergarten Thru 5th Grade; Collide Youth Ministry – 6th Thru 12th Grades; and Adult Bible Study. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at Grace Bible Church, 1911 Hwy 71 N. Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Inquiry classes into the Catholic Faith begins in the Parish Hall of St. Agnes Catholic Church at 203 8th St. No cost. Everyone invited. Call 394-1017.

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REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM Celorah and Cameron Conrad, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on April 28th. Kristi and Darrell Elmore, of DeQueen, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on May 2nd. Tabatha and Douglas Bodwell, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on May 2nd. Britney and Briar Yates, of Cove, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on May 4th.

#LOL A man is speeding down the freeway when he’s stopped by a police car and has to pull over. “Do you realize you were doing 80 m.p.h. in a 60 m.p.h. zone, sir?” asks the policeman. “That’s impossible, sir, I never break the speed limit,” replies the driver. The driver’s wife butts in and says, “Yes, you do, I’m always telling you to keep your speed down.” The policeman says, “I also noticed, sir, that you didn’t have your seat belt on. You put it on as I was walking over to your car.” That is not true, sir; I always wear my seat belt,” replies the driver. “No, you don’t, I’m always telling you to put your seat belt on,” says the driver’s wife. “Stupid woman,” the driver explodes, “can’t you, just for once, keep that big, fat trap of yours shut?” The policeman is a bit shocked by how the driver is speaking to his wife, so he moves around to her side of the car. “Does he often speak to you like this, madam?” “Oh, no, officer,” she says, “only when he’s drunk.”


Mr. and Mrs. Rose Celebrate 60 Years of Marriage Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rose, of Mena, AR, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Saturday with a private family celebration in their honor. Paul Rose and the former Billie Keen were married in Grand Prairie, TX, on May 11, 1957. Mr. and Mrs. Rose have been in ministry together for their entire married life, serving in pastoral positions in churches in Texas and Arkansas. They have three children: Tim Rose of Mena, Deborah Hunt and husband, Buck, of Poteau, OK and Philip Rose and wife, Leilani, of Mena. They have seven grandchildren: Misty Bradley and husband, Heath, of Mena, Tim Rose and wife, Casi, of Mena, Josh Hunt of Huntsville, AL, Kacie Rose of Mena, Jessica Hunt of Norman, OK, Natalie Ledbetter and husband, Jake, of Mena, and Austin Rose of Mena. They have six great-grandchildren: Teagan, Brynten and Haezleigh Rose of Mena, Alexis and Trevin Bradley of Mena, Hank Rose of Mena. The family will have a private celebration Saturday, May 13. Board Camp Assembly of God Church will hold a small celebration on Sunday, May 14, directly after services. Cake will be served. If you would like to mail a card, you may do so to Paul and Billie Rose, 708 Polk Rd 191, Mena, AR 71953.

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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 April 30, 2017 No reports on file May 1, 2017 Jesse Saxour, 28, of Mena was charged with disorderly conduct after a call to a local residence. May 2, 2017 John Robertson, 38, of Mena was picked up on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear. A local man reported that someone had entered a vacant house that he owns. He had placed “no trespassing” signs on the property, and the signs had been removed. Case pending. May 3, 2017 Renee Veal, 45, of Mena was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and theft of property (shoplifting) after a call to a local retail store. Jason Wayne Busby, 44, of Hatfield was arrested and charged with theft of property (shoplifting), possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving on a suspended driver’s license. Michael Bartholomew Mellette, 32, of Oden was charged with driving on a suspended driver’s license. May 4, 2017 Report of a break in at a local tire shop was taken. Cash was taken from the business, and there was substantial damage done. Case is pending further investigation and identification of suspect(s). A Mena man reported that someone had vandalized his vehicle by smearing a substance on the side of his truck. Case is pending. May 5, 2017

Jesse Saxour, 28, of Mena was arrested and charged with criminal trespass, violation of a no contact order, and disorderly conduct after officers were called to a local residence. David Anselm Pajuodis, 41, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Mena Police Department. May 6, 2017 Joshua Dwain Schell, 27, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant from Dallas County, Texas. Alban Robert Beckwith, 25, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and Dustin Ross White, 18, was charged with possession of a controlled substance after a traffic stop. Both men are residents of Mena. Report of a break in at a local resale shop was made. Case is pending further investigation.

Polk County Sheriff’s Department May 1, 2017 Report from complainant on Pate Lane near Board Camp of the theft of three tires & wheels and a grill, all valued at $900.00. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 290 near Cove of the break-in and theft of a flashlight, valued at $20.00. Investigation continues. Arrested was Aaron P. Whisenhunt, 25, of Mena, on a Warrant for Sexual Indecency with a Child. May 2, 2017 Report from a business on Maple Avenue in Mena of the theft of an engine block, valued at $4,500.00. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from complainant on Webb Lane near Rocky of vandalism to two vehicle windows, totaling damages at $300.00. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 14 near Wickes of the theft of a firearm, valued at $300.00. Investigation continues. Arrested was Christopher S. Davy, 25, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear. May 3, 2017 Report from walk-in complainant of receiving suspicious messages on a cell phone.

Report from complainant on Polk 67 near the Opal community of receiving harassing phone messages. Investigation continues. May 4, 2017 No reports on file. May 5, 2017 Report from a complainant on Highway 71 South in Cove of being threatened by an unknown individual. Report from complainant on Highway 71 South near Cove of the breakin to their residence. Deputy responded. May 6, 2017 Report from complainant on Eve Street in Mena of a missing license plate. Report from complainant on Polk 412 near Potter of the break-in and theft of electronics, appliances and DVDs, all valued at $235.00. Investiga-

tion continues. Arrested was Eric L. Cearley, 23, of Mena, on three Warrants for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. May 7, 2017 Report of an individual walking in the roadway on Highway 8 West near Mena led to the arrest of Laura K. Giesel, 46, of Mena, on Charges of Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. Arrested was Roy V. Lister, 45, of Cove, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Arrested was William C. Page, 35, of Van Buren, on a Warrant for Possession of a Firearm by Certain Persons. Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked one vehicle accident this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 24 Incarcerated Inmates, with 12 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

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The Ouachita River School District will receive proposals for a Project Manager until May 25th, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. Proposals will not be accepted after the time and date stated. In general, this position will be responsible for managing a possible construction project valued between $1.5-2 million. Minimum qualifications will be; 5 years of experience and minimum of 10 projects of comparable size and scope. Responsibilities will be to oversee and assist with design development, bidding procedures and cost evaluations during the pre-construction phase. Coordination of contractors and owner’s schedules and provide cost savings opinions to owner during the construction phase. Project manager will also be responsible for quality control and project oversight during the construction phase. Project Manager will serve as an advocate to the owner in an advisory position. This will be a purchase services contract and will not be a district employee position. Selected person will not have any rights to any benefits provided by the district. Project Manager will be responsible for furnishing of any or all insurances and all equipment, tools or transportation that may be required to complete the project. For further information or details you may contact Jarrall Strasner, Superintendent at (479) 394-2348. The Ouachita River School District is an equal opportunity employer. 5/17 Yard Sale – Friday & Saturday, 12th & 13th, 8:00-?. Storage unit #63 on Morrow. Behind the carwash. 5/10 Available for rent June 1: Remodeled Historic 1,650 sp. ft. commercial space; high traffic area 711 N Mena Street; open floor plan, display windows, some shelving. Call 479-216-2724 for information. 5/10 800 Ford Tractor with Bush Hog and PTO Tiller. Needs hydraulic work. $2,100 OBO. 479-437-5353 5/10 Rymer’s Mobile Park in Hatfield has a 2 bedroom with central heat and air, stove and refrigerator furnish. All electric for $350/month with Hatfield City Water. If interested, please call 479-234-8223 or 479-234-1502.

ATTENTION Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles . . .

Clean and comfortable housing since 1969, J. Ray & Maria’s MH Park and Rentals. Hwy 71 North, Mena, AR. 479-216-3085 TFN Help Wanted – The Oaks is hiring for a Full-Time LPN & CAN/Housekeeping. Please apply in person between 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Monday-Friday. 5/10 Polk County Rodeo Royalty contestants information and sign up meeting will be held at the Polk County Fair Office on May 13, 2017 from 11 AM – 2 PM. Divisions for boys through age 12. Divisions for girls and ladies all ages. Contact Phyllis Caldwell at 479-243-6212 or at caldwell. for more information. 5/10 Dugan Lawn Care and Landscaping a complete ground maintenance company servicing both residential and commercial lots in Polk, Severe, and Scott County. Call for a free estimate on any of your lawn care or landscaping needs. 479-394-2699. TFN For Sale: 2009 16x80 Clayton Mobile Home. Like new condition. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Master bath has garden tub and separate shower. Includes all kitchen appliances, washer & dryer. Will need to be moved. Asking $24,000. For more info call 479-394-4197 or text 479-234-0052. 5/10 Have Guitar will travel – singer/songwriter with P.A. systems. Parties – Weddings – Meeting – Etc. Reasonable Rates, Arkansas Songster. 479-394-1617. 5/31 Backhoe and concrete work. Licensed – Dependable. Over 30 years experience. William J. (Jack) Barnes. 479394-6175 or 234-2608. 5/17 House, 5 acres – 3 bedroom, 2 full bath with office space. Laundry room, Large walk-in pantry. Call for more details, 394-6429. 5/24

Daniel’s Carpentry and Painting, home repair, desks, fence rows, underpinning, etc. Also lawn and garden work. Call 479-216-1101 or 870-3342068. 5/24



J&N Dozer- Trackhoe, Backhoe, Dump Truck, Ponds, Pads, Clearing, Roads, Hauling, Rich Top Soil, Fill Dirt, Shale, Gravel. Dozer operator Randy Egger, over 30 years’ experience. We appreciate your Business! Call 479-234-1357 TFN LPN – Licensed Practical Nurse is seeking employment with in-home care/private care duty of patients. Trustworthy, dependable, and hardworking. References are available. Contact Missy Cost LPN at 479-216-1201. 5/17

House Cleaning and more. Call Winnie Cotter at 2343418. 5/10 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. 5/31 Dugan Lawn Care and Landscaping, a complete ground maintenance company servicing both residential and commercial customers. NOW TAKING NEW CLIENTS FOR 2017 MOW SEASON! We trim ornamental trees, grasses, shrubs, and more. Free estimates. Offices in both Mena: 479-394-2699 and DeQueen: 870-279-2250. TFN

January 6, 2016

2011 Harley Davidson Ultra Class Motorcycle, FLHTCU-1584CC. 9,410 low miles – 2 tone root beer colors. Excellent condition. Mena, Polk County. Call Rod @ 817371-3977. $17,349. 5/17

Salute Your 2017 Graduate in the CALL TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE BY MAY 15!

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