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Drug Court Graduate Shares Testimony of Second Chances

Local Department of Human Services to Relocate BY MELANIE BUCK •

The Department of H uman Services is preparing to relocate to a much larger area to benefit the clients that are serviced through the programs they offer. Carolyn Strickland, Administrator at the local DHS office that is currently located in the Polk County ffice Comple , also known as the old hospital,’ at 606 Pine Street, e plained that they have simply outgrown the location and need more space, both inside and outside. Parking has always been an issue at the Polk County ffice Comple . ver the years, CONTINUED ON PAGE 26

Annual Troy Miranda ‘Beagle Run’ to be Held on Saturday BY MELANIE BUCK •

The 8th annual Beagle Run will be held this Saturday to honor SFC Troy . Miranda, a member of the 1 3rd Infantry, also known as Charlie Company, that gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country in Iraq. Miranda was killed in action May 20, 2004 while leading his squad through one of the most treacherous areas of Baghdad, known as “Purple Heart Alley” near Talia Square, a sight of tremendous bloodshed, to assist another unit that was “pinned down.” Miranda’s life was cut short at just 44 years when his unit was CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

Main Street Arkansas Director to Speak on Downtown Revitalization [PHOTO BY MELANIE BUCK]

Doreen Baker, pictured right, is shown with Drug Court Advisor Steven Free, and Circuit Court Judge Jerry Ryan, following her graduation from the Polk County Drug Court Program. Baker is the most recent success story to come from the program and hopes that her story will help others that are battling addiction. See Ba er’s full story on page 8 of this issue.

BY MELANIE BUCK • Rick Chrisman, Mena Downtown Partners president, has announced that reg Phillips, Main Street Arkansas State Director, will be speaking at the uachita Center of the niversity of Arkansas Rich Mountain on Tuesday, May 23, 30 PM. Judy Thompson, MDP Downtown iaison fficer, notes that anyone interested in the revitali ation and development of downtown Mena is invited and encouraged to attend. Both Chrisman and Thompson advise that downtown business owners managers downtown property ownCONTINUED ON PAGE 26

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County Celebrates National Salvation Army Week

BY MELANIE BUCK • National Salvation Army W eek is being celebrated in Polk County this week, in conj unction with hundreds of other outlets across the country. Mena Mayor George McK ee signed a proclamation declaring the week of May 15, 2017 as Salvation Army W eek. The local unit, currently led by director Roxa nne Aleshire, has been serving the citizens of Polk County for over 25 years. I n the proclamation, it states that over those years, they have served as “ Christ’s hands and feet to the lonely and hurting wherever there is hunger, disease, addiction, destitution, and spiritual need.” It goes on to say, “Salvation Army officers, soldiers, workers, and volunteers have an unshakeable faith in od and serve sacrificially, motivated by the love of od and a mission to preach the Gospel of Je sus Christ while meeting human needs in H is name without discrimination.” Mayor McK ee is pictured ( center) with members of Mena’s Salvation Army staff and volunteers on Thursday, May 11, 2017, as he signed the official proclamation.

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Ouachita Q uilt Show Chair Ju dy Myres admires the quilt to be given away during the show. “ I t features a large, hand-appliqued medallion. I t’s a gorgeous quilt. And it’s huge,” Myres said. “ I t’ll cover a king-sized bed with plenty of room to spare.” The quilt show will be held during the L um and Abner Festival, Ju ne 2nd and 3rd at the H istoric Armory on DeQ ueen St. Myres said she’s amazed by the talents of local quilters and invites them to display their work during the show. “ Ju st bring them to the H istoric Armory W ednesday, May 31st, between 8:30 a.m. and noon. There’s no charge for entering quilts and you could take home a ribbon or two.” Profits from the show go towards tension Homemaker Club projects, including the Polk County Single Parent Scholarship Fund.

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Roberts’ Back in Court on 18th Anniversary of Murder


On the 18th anniversary of her death, Andi Brewer’s family found themselves back in Polk County Circuit Court watching a post-conviction relief hearing for her convicted rapist and murderer, K arl Roberts. Roberts’ defense team continues to seek relief for him arguing ‘ineffective counsel’ in the latest legal maneuvering that has spanned almost two decades and in stark contrast to Roberts who, on September 18, 2013, sat on the stand in the same courtroom and told the court, “ I ’m ready to go.” K arl Roberts was convicted by a Polk County j ury on May 24, 2000 of capital murder and sentenced to death for the 1999 rape and strangulation of his then 12-year-old niece, Andria Nichole Brewer. Roberts originally stated that he would appeal his conviction. As is customary in death sentence cases, the Arkansas Supreme Court conducted a review of his file and concluded that there was no evidence of a wrongful conviction and upheld the sentence in April 2003. H owever, only hours before he was scheduled to die by lethal inj ection, Roberts directed his defense team to file a stay of e ecution motion on January 6, 2004, and a long series of legal motions and delays began unfolding that has resulted in Roberts remaining on death row at the Arkansas Department of Corrections 18 years after Brewer’s murder. The Supreme Court of Arkansas ruled in 2016 that Polk County “erred” in its findings that Roberts has the “capacity to choose between life and death and to knowingly and intelligently waive his right to post-conviction relief.” I n the latest proceedings, a Rule 37 hearing is being held to prove Roberts had ineffective counsel during his original trial in 2000. To prove the findings, Roberts’ new team of lawyers, of which four are conducting the current hearing, have called all four of Roberts’ previously lawyers to the witness stand, as well as three j urors from the trial. On Monday, May 15, 18 years to the day after Brewer’s death, Roberts’ hearing began. H is current defense team worked endlessly to put holes in the stories of each j uror, alleging that then Sheriff Mike glesby, as well as presiding Judge ayle Ford, tampered with the jury. They also alleged that one female juror “took a pork chop to the grave” of the victim before serving on the jury and then allegedly told the story to one of the defense lawyers, Don Williams, to which she e claimed, “Well, no! That would be dumb, wouldn’t it ” meaning she neither took the food to Brewer’s grave nor did she tell anyone she did. With all three former jurors, the defense also focused on how they filled out their jury forms and whether they were given any assistance by law enforcement. Judge Ford and now .S. Marshal glesby both took the stand as well and both stated they never had any interaction with the jurors other than what was appropriate in the courtroom. glesby also testified that he “stayed in his office” during most of the trial because he was going to be called as a witness and that the only law enforcement that would have interacted with the j ury is when their lunch was delivered. In their ne t phase, the defense called each of the previous lawyers and mitigators of Roberts to the stand. ach gave testimony of the long hours and hard work they put into

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ocal racquetball player, Ja ck Schoeppy, won the National Masters Racquetball Tournament in Arlington. Ja ck competed in singles in the 80-84 age division where he was crowned the National Champion. Jack also finished th in Doubles while competing with the number three senior player in the world. Ja ck has been playing racquet ball since 196 4, before it was even racquetball in fact. Ja ck was actually teaching at a church conference in W isconsin when a couple of men attending invited him to come play. “ They invited me to play paddleball, racquetball hadn’t started yet. I went and played and then I was hooked. I t was during that time that they started stringing the racquets, so I have been playing since before it started.” Ja ck continued to grow in his love for the fun game and he was playing in tournaments all over. When Jack was in his 0’s he began to play in the Senior Olympics, an event that has literally taken him all over the U nited States. “ I have competed in Orlando, H ouston, the U S Open in Memphis, Albuquerque, and many other wonderful places.” The tournaments that Ja ck and many others compete in can be quite grueling. At maj or tournaments like the one in Albuquerque competitors will play three to four matches a day W ednesday, Thursday, and Friday. During the tournament play the points are tallied up, and the top eight competitors play for the gold on the weekend. “ I am so passionate about playing, it is so much fun. Most of the tournaments take place on the weekend and the only thing that kept me from going all out was that I was worship the L ord on Sundays and so I don’t play hardly on Sundays.” To stay in shape and to sharpen his skills, Ja ck plays racquetball Tuesdays and Fridays at 6 :30 with a couple of local players. “ I would love for there to be more that played, it is so wonderful. I have friends in H ot Springs that meet everyday at 3pm and play for a couple of hours.” J ack hopes to continue playing as long as he is able. H e has a passion not only for playing the game, but teaching it as well. “I enjoy helping people. ive me 1 minutes and I can teach you to double your ability. My advice is that no matter what sport you play or what level you are at, never stop, j ust keep playing it and enj oying it.”

The Potter Fire Department held their annual fundraising fish fry on Saturday, May 6th. The difference this year they held it in their new 3,000 s . ft. facility. The new department includes three bays to hold their e uipment, which includes two engines, a tan er, and three brush truc s. It also houses a training meeting room, an office, and rest rooms, and is wheelchair accessible. To celebrate their new facility that sits behind the old sale barn in Potter, the crew held a ribbon cutting ceremony at their fundraiser. Their membership in Potter includes approximately 600 people. Membership into the department costs 40 per year. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer or a member, contact Chief ernon Wells at 479-243-5377.

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The 40th Annual um Abner Festival is quickly approaching and will be held this year on June 2 3. oted “Best New Festival in Arkansas” in 2006 by the Arkansas Festival vents Association and one of the “Top 20 vents in the Southeast” in 2010 by the Southeast Tourism Society, the festival has received statewide publicity in various newspapers, specialty publications, and television. Putting on such a major event is no easy feat and requires many volunteers, beginning as early as Wednesday, May 31 with set-up, through both days of the festival, and finishing on Sunday, June 4 with clean-up and teardown. Interested in helping Please call Donnie Crain, Festival Marketing Coordinator with the Mena Advertising Promotion Commission at (47 ) 3 4-83 to discuss when and how you might be able to best assist in supporting this major event for the community.



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January 6, 2016 olk County recently celebrated National Travel and Tourism W eek and P Small Business Week together during the first few days of May. The niversity of Arkansas Rich Mountain, in conjunction with Henderson

State niversity’s Small Business and Technology Development Center, hosted an event at the uachita Center. eah Hasley, Certified Business Advisor, and aren Musick, ender Relations Specialist, both spoke at the event, giving helpful advice and ideas to local small business owners. Joe David Rice, Tourism Director for Arkansas Department Parks and Tourism, also spoke at the uachita Center the following week. He said your town should be thought of much like an amusement park, including bringing in a new attraction each year to keep the tourists coming and the ta dollars they bring, owing. Also during the weeks’ events, all of the county’s Mayor’s signed proclamations claiming National Travel and Tourism Week.


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Photography Entries Needed for County Fair


Nearly everyone takes pictures from time to time. H ow about entering some of them in the Polk County Fair? Y ours may be j ust as good as anyone else’s, and people going to the fair like to see photographs. I t is probably one of the most visited departments in the fair. The rules are pretty simple. Y our photographs have to be taken after the last county fair. All photographs must be 8 inches by 10 inches, and matted in an 11-inch by 14-inch mat, with no frame. Don’t worry if you don’t have a mat, we have some poster board in the correct size we can put your photograph on for you. No glass allowed. E xh ibit must be appropriate for viewing by all age audiences. Photographs can be color or black and white. The classes cover most everything including landscapes, seascapes, animals, portraits, still life, owers, computer photography, birds, bugs butter ies, professional and miscellaneous. The fair is always the weekend before L abor Day. This year the dates fall August 29 through September 2. The time to bring your entries to the E ducation Building is Tuesday, August 29 from 1:00 to 7 :00 pm. This gives you time after the normal work day to get your entries in. Pick up time is Sunday, September 3 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Please enter the fairgrounds from the back entrance on Rodeo Drive. Signs will be visible to help you find this entrance.

Christian Singles Meet

Christian singles of Mena and the surrounding area recently met at Papa’s Mexi can Cafe for an evening of good food and fellowship. Casey Jones of the Arkansas Missouri Railroad served as guest speaker. The group took a trip on the railroad on May 6 th, j ust one of the many activities that will be taking place within the group. Christian Singles are a non-church affiliated group of Christian singles that started in ctober 2016 with about five people that wanted to meet other Christians for fellowship. They currently have over forty wonderful new friends. “ W e j ust enj oy the fellowship of getting together and having a good time. God has truly blessed this ministry. W e range in ages from twenty-eight to eighty-seven,” said Sharon Robbins, member of the group. I f you are single and looking for fellowship or would like more information about the group, call or te t 47 -234-086 . Their meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. The location varies.

Maddox Meets with Realtors State Representative John Maddox has come home from the Capitol following a long early session, as well as a May special session in the Arkansas Legislature. Since being home, he has met with several organizations and served as guest speaker to many. At his most recent appearance, Maddox joined the Mena Area Board of Realtors where he spoke of legislative happenings since anuary 2017. Maddox is in his first term as a State Representative, representing District 20.

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Baker Graduates Drug Court

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ambushed as they approached on the ank to assist their fellow soldiers. The event is named lovingly after Miranda whose nickname was “The Beagle.” When he wasn’t deployed, Miranda served as a member of the Drug Task Force in ittle Rock and had earned the nickname for his ability to “sniff-out” and assess situations. His loss was taken very hard by fellow soldiers as he was held in e tremely high-regard by all that he commanded. He has been described by his military family as a strong man of few words but a “silent professional.” In 2010, Beagle Run evolved from 1 or so friends from the squad that all rode motorcycles and wanted to bring awareness to the ultimate sacrifice paid by a fallen soldier, into what it is today. Many of those same men found themselves preparing to deploy in 2011 and were unable to organi e the event in 2011 but it returned with a strong mission in 2012. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, May 20th. veryone is welcome to participate whether riding motorcycles, cars, trucks, etc. They will stage at the Mena Armory at 11 4 a.m. and will ride to the Polk County Courthouse at 12 1 p.m. The ride will begin from there and will end in De ueen at Herman Dierks Park around 2 30 with lunch at the pavilion. For more information, contact Brewster at 240-377-17 2 or by email at snake.avmc


Dorene Baker, a Polk County native, has a testimony to be told one that includes darkness but leads to light. Baker, mother of three, grandmother of nine, battled an addiction to methamphetamine for nearly three decades until an program offered through the courts changed her life and showed her that, for those willing, people really can change and live a better life. Across the state, the Drug Court Program is proving time and again that with guidance, support, and sometimes a little sternness, drug addicted people can be rehabilitated to become good, productive citi ens. In April, overnor Asa Hutchinson praised the program stating, “ ur drug courts give judges and probation and parole officers the freedom to design punishment that fits the person as well as the crime, but still holds them accountable. We personali e consequences and offer a human touch that increases the chance that a person will defeat addictions to drugs and alcohol.” In 201 , Baker found herself in legal trouble, due to her addiction, and felt she would land in prison. However, when she began the judicial process, an offer was laid before her that gave her hope and the will to push through and get better. “I am very blessed to have gotten drug court instead of prison. There is a lot more to drug court than passing a test once a week. It’s listening to the stories and understanding how you got there and not wanting to go there again.” ne of the most important steps in walking the rugged path of becoming sober is being surrounded by a good support system. With drug court, you have a system built in place with counselors, probation officers, and other members of the program. “Wanting it” is another important step. Baker said the combination of “wanting to quit” and the “support of drug court” is what has kept her clean and looking forward to a bright future. She graduated drug court on May 3, 2016, with honors after 18 months in the program. Judge Jerry Ryan, who presides over Polk County Circuit Court, said that Baker only had one slip during her program, failing a test because of alcohol, but never for drugs. “I wanted to kick it since about three days after my arrest, while I was still in jail. I give od all the glory for it and I have prayed a lot. This is not the kind of lifestyle that I want my grandson to be raised up in.” Another reward of her clean living… of her nine grandchildren, she has had one since his birth, and during her process of drug court and living sober, she has been able to adopt him. “I know I’m not the same person that went in last year. I have had a very good support system… my groups, my church, my mother, brother, sister, and best friend. oing through this has opened doors that would have never been opened otherwise. I adopted my grandson and am now a pre-school teacher at Bethel Christian School.” Her hope now is that others will be able to look at her life, listen to her story, and know it is possible to get sober. Steven Free is the Drug Court Advisor and takes every step he can to help those in the program. “ ou have to be honest with yourself and your counselor. Steven Free is very understanding, but firm,” she laughed. “And the probaFi s h t h e l a k e o f y o u r c h o i c e a n d f i v e p l a c e s w i l l b e a w a r d e d e a c h h o u r o n e a c h l a k e . tion officer and judge, you have to be honest with them as well.” CONCLUSION ON PAGE 26 Sp e c i a l T h a n k s t o o u r Co r p o r a t e Sp o n s o r s

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FLORENCE “KATHLEEN” DOYLE Florence “Kathleen” Doyle, age 92, of Mena, Arkansas went to her heavenly home Sunday, May 7, 2017. She was born in Dallas, Texas on October 6, 1924 to the late William Arthur Thomas and the late Jewel Azalee McNellis Thomas. Kathleen was a dedicated wife of the late Reverend Dan Doyle for 57 years. Kathleen had a servant’s heart and walked faithfully with her husband in his ministry. Most of all she loved God and her family, especially her grandchildren, which she helped care for until they were almost grown. She was an awesome prayer warrior and as D.J. May would say, had a direct “hotline to Heaven.” Kathleen loved singing and listening to music. She was a loving and kind grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, and sister to all. She will be dearly missed. She is survived by grandchildren, Kelly Davis of Mena, Arkansas, Janet Davis -Wagner of Bentonville, Arkansas, Carolyn Doyle of Sherman, Texas, Melanie Morgan of Mena, Arkansas, Kathy Islas of Yukon, Ohio, Jeff McCormack of Mena, Arkansas, Gary Davis, of Centerton, Arkansas, Justin Webster of Chicago, Illinois, Wendy Doyle of Sherman, Texas; 19 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great grandchildren; and sister, Jeanette Farmer of Hillsboro, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Jewel Thomas, her husband Reverend Dan Doyle, three children, Tommy Doyle, Joyce Webster, Sharon McCormack, brother, Derwood Thomas, sister, Geneva Star, and great-granddaughter, Courtney McCormack. Funeral services were Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Southside Church of God Church in Mena with Brother Kenny Posey officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Gillead Cemetery in Rocky under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Pallbearers were Kelly Davis, Jeff McCormack, Gary Davis, Justin Webster, Matt Morgan, Jeff McCormack II, Brian Davis, and Zack Davis. Family and friends visitation werr Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood.

PHYLDEANA MARILYN ENYEART Phyldeana Marilyn Enyeart, age 53, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Sunday, May 7, 2017 in Mena. She was born on March 7, 1964 in Lebanon, Oregon to Elvy Andrew Mowdy and Phyldeana Cox. She was a homemaker and enjoyed doing arts and crafts such as, adult coloring books, craft beads and collecting pictures of angels and butterflies. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her. She is survived by sons, Cody Enyeart of Mena, Arkansas, Aaron Enyeart of Forest Grove, Oregon; daughter, Katelyn Enyeart of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren, Karson Attebery, Kylee Enyeart, and Feather Enyeart of Mena, Arkansas, Lillyanna Enyeart of Oregon; mother, Phyldeana Mowdy of Mena, Arkansas; brothers, Andrew Mowdy of Oregon, Jose’ Mowdy of Oregon, Shawn Mowdy of Mena, Arkansas, Eric Mowdy of Mena, Arkansas; sisters, Amber Mowdy of Little Rock, Arkansas, Andrea Mowdy of Kansas, Tarra Mowdy of Mena, Arkansas, Tana Mowdy of Oregon, Tasha Mowdy of Oregon, Mercedes Mowdy of Mena, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her husband Larry Kessel and brother, Shane Mowdy Memorial service were Friday, May 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Grace Bible Church in Mena with Brother Lamar Austin officiating. Arrangements were made under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena

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the address & phone Major Marjorie Lavinia numbers Phipps, age 95, ofbelow Menait.passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017 in Mena. She was born January in and Omit the21, 8001922 number Peoria, Illinois to the W.H. Turner the late e-mail address and and the late Olive substitute Tennant Turner. She proudly served country in the United States Army for 23instead. years, she retired as a Major. Marjorie was a resident of Mena for forty years, with aIn brief of tenacross years the interim web address living with her sister, in Peoria afterthe theFlo bottom, capitalize becoming widowed. M in Mena, the R in Major Phipps grew in EPeoria, Illinois, Real up & the in Estate.

where she graduated from high school and continued to three years of nurses training. Though she never had children, Major Phipps was married twice, both of which were Colonel Curtis Ivey and Lieutenant Colonel Robert C. Phipps. In 1936, after her brother had joined the Army, she was feeling patriotic and choose to enlist. She worked as a floor nurse and spent time in Paris, after serving in the Philippines during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. After retirement, she and her husband Colonel Ivey moved to Mena on a farm and raised cattle and she continued to live there after his death. She later married Robert Phipps. She loved animals and worked as a shelter manager with the Humane Society for twenty years. Major Marjorie was a true Patriot of Country and a loving step-mother, and aunt. She is survived by nieces, Angie Boaden of Cushing, Texas, Barbara Carver of Warrenton, Missouri; nephew, Brad Chernauski of Peoria, Illinois; step-children, Diane Maddox, Mary Ann Kemp, Robert Phipps, Mike Phipps, from her marriage to Robert C. Phipps. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister and brother, first husband, Colonel Curtis Ivy and second husband, Lieutenant Colonel Robert C. Phipps. Funeral service will be Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 9:30 a.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel. Interment will follow at 1:00 p.m. in the National Cemetery in Fort Smith, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Pallbearers will be Don Maddox, Kent Shrader, Jim Evans, David Evans and Justin Myers. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Human Society, 366 Polk 50, Mena, Arkansas 71953


Mrs. Mary H. Smith, age 83, of Mena, Arkansas passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017 in El Dorado, Arkansas. She was born in December 29, 1933 to the late Charles Hiaumet and Irene Hiaumet. She was united in marriage to the late Paul Smith for 59 years and was a longtime member of the First Christian. Paul and Mary owned and operated the Peoples Insurance Agency in Mena for many years. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and an avid Arkansas Razorback fan. Mary is survived by sons, David Smith of Benton, Arkansas, Greg Smith and wife Rhonda of El Dorado, Arkansas; granddaughters, Lynley and Kelsey Smith; brother and sister-in-law, Michael Smith and wife Elizabeth of Purcellville, Virginia; nieces and nephews, Andrew Smith, Erin Smith, Bill Hiaumet, and Margaret Hawk. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Irene Hiaumet, her brother and sister-in-law, Joe and June Hiaumet. Memorial services were Friday, May 12, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church with Reverend Gary Garrett officiating. Interment of remains was at Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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he Acorn H igh School Faculties have chosen the following students for the April Students of the Month. 6 th Grade, Ja yden W illborg daughter of Bobby & Rhonda W illborg; 7 th Grade, Abbigail McCarroll daughter of Clint & Tracy McPherson; 8th Grade, Sarah W allace daughter of Rickey & Sheri W allace; 9th Grade, Corinne Branson daughter of L ee W agner; 10th Grade, Jo shua Swint grandson of Ja nice Carter & L onnie Carter; 11th Grade, Z ane Barr son of Michael & Je ssica Barr; 12th Grade, Blake McCourtney daughter of Bill & Sherri McCourtney. The students were chosen based on the following characteristics: performing at ability level, participating in the classroom, respectful to faculty and peers, demonstrating a good work ethic and demonstrating all-around good citizenship. Students receive an academic plaque as well as had their lunch furnished by Nidec at a restaurant of their choice.


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verybody loves a mystery. K indergarten thru 6 th grade students at Oden E lementary recently became detectives in a case called, “ W ho borrowed Mr. Bear? ” “ Combining mystery and investigation in an engaging way makes for great hands-on learning. That’s what 4-H is known for,” remarked Tammy McAdoo, Montgomery County 4-H Program Assistant. The students conducted forensic science tests on evidence found at a “ crime scene.” The mystery layered complexi ty to provide positive science exp osure to all grade levels. The mystery culminated in a reveal party with all students exa mining lab results, a suspect chart, and voting on possible solutions to the mystery. “ Y ou could see the gears turning as student-sleuths struggled to sort through the evidence. Critical thinking skills were brought together with real-life application science. I t was a j oy to watch! ” added McAdoo. The E xt ension Service has partnered with Science Specialist, K athy Rusert, to bring the I n-School 4-H program to Oden. Montgomery County was one of twelve counties selected from around the state to pilot I n-School 4-H . 4-H and science have proven to be a great fit! All three school districts have benefitted from In-School 4-H grant money. The money has provided needed funds to continue the 4th grade school garden proj ect. The E xt ension Service hopes to continue and exp and this type of programming in all three school districts.

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everal MHS students were named winners last month in the statewide Arkansas Association of I nstructional Media’ s S tudent Media Festival. S tudents and teachers from Mena High S chool entered proj ects created in various classes, and four students were chosen as winners. First place in S eq uential S tills proj ect was I srael T homasson for his screen cast created in E AS T . First place in E dited Black & W hite P hotography was Danni W hite for her picture taken in E AS T . S econd place in U nedited Color photography was Austin Devries for his picture taken in E AS T . T hird place in Live Action V ideo was Ja rred Harley for his video created in Digital Communications. T he competition is held each spring, and students gain entry through the membership of their school librarian.

Nurse Norma Foster Retiring from HHE I


t is with heavy hearts that W E at Holly Harshman E lementary wish N urse N orma Foster a happy retirement. N urse N orma was born in U kiah, CA. S he lived in California until she was 13 . S he moved with her parents, two brothers, and two sisters to Caddo G ap, Arkansas. After her graduation from Caddo Hills S chool District, N urse N orma married and went to work for AllT el T elephone for a number of years. After her time with AllT el, N urse N orma worked as a legal secretary for a number of years for her husband, Orvin Foster. In 1995, she graduated with her LPN certificate from Rich Mountain Community College. After graduating from the LPN program, she worked at the Montgomery County Nursing Home for several months. I t was in the fall of 1995 that she was hired by Mena P ublic S chools, starting at Louise Durham E lementary. T he following year, she came to Holly Harshman E lementary and has remained there for 22 years. S he has been blessed with the privilege of watching her students grow from j ust a young child into an adolescent and seeing the promise of what that student will become. S he has taken care of each of these children as she would her own. Her co-workers and friends at Holly Harshman are more than friends, W E are family. Although she will miss her family at Holly Harshman E lementary, W E will miss her more. T ogether, N urse N orma and Orvin Foster have 5 children: S herri S ikes, Jo e Foster, Gina Richardson, Leslie Foster, and Neal Foster. They have been blessed with nine grandchildren. Retirement holds plans with her mother and spending more time with those grandchildren. W hen asked what she wants her students to remember, “ I hope the students will always remember their years here at Holly Harshman E lementary with fondness. I believe happy memories play an important role in the development of a child’s character. My wish would be that I made a positive influence on each of their MENA PUBLIC SCHOOL’S BREAKFAST lives.” W E wish N urse N orma only the best of j oy, family and relaxa tion in her retireMONDAY 5/22 Cereal, graham crackers, string cheese, fruit, juice, milk ment. TUESDAY 5/23 Cereal, graham crackers, string cheese, fruit, juice, milk WEDNESDAY 5/24 Cereal, graham crackers, string cheese, fruit, juice, milk

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MENA PUBLIC SCHOOL’S LUNCH MONDAY 5/22 Elementary: Chicken tenders, mashed potatoes, bread stick, fruit blend juice, fruit, milk. Middle School: Pizza, cheeseburger, chicken sandwich, tater tots, vegetables, fruit, juice. High School: Pizza, cheeseburger, chicken tenders, egg tolls, fries, vegetables, fruit, juice. TUESDAY 5/23 ELEMENTARY: Spaghetti, chicken sub, red pepper strips, green beans, fruit milk. MIDDLE SCHOOL: Pizza, sandwiches, vegetables, juice, fruit. HIGH SCHOOL: Pizza, sandwiches, vegetables, juice, fruiT. WEDNESDAY 5/24 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - ELEMENTARY: Sack lunch, juice, milk. MIDDLE SCHOOL: Sandwiches, chips, fruit, juice. HIGH SCHOOL: Sandwiches, chips, fruit, juice. This weekly info proudly sponsored by:


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Wickes Elementary School Students Place at Art Show


everal students from W ickes E lementary recently participated in the Cossatot Arts and Crafts S how in K ing, Arkansas. S ome of those students brought home winning ribbons for their talents. Cossatot R iver S chool Districts wishes to commend the following W ickes E lementary students for winning with their winning art pieces: Back R ow ( L to R ) Cooper Hayes ( 4th G rade) , Y ensenia V asq uez ( 2nd G rade) , K yla Ferguson ( 6 th grade) , LJ Blackmon ( 2nd G rade) , Front R ow ( L to R ) E unice Monsivais ( 1st G rade) , V ioleta Camarillo ( 1st G rade) .

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ore than 1,3 00 students were included on the Harding U niversity dean’ s list for grades achieved during the spring 2017 semester. T wo students from Mena were honored to be included on the list. T hose students were: Hollee P helps, an accounting maj or, and K anembe S hanachilubwa, a mechanical engineering maj or. T he dean’ s list is published each semester by Dr. Marty S pears, U niversity provost, honoring those who have achieved high scholarship. T o be eligible, a student must be carrying 12 or more hours with a 3 .6 5 or higher grade-point average and no incompletes. Harding U niversity is a private Christian university located in S earcy, Arkansas. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, it is the largest private university in the state. Harding’ s student body is made up of students representing 5 0 states and 5 4 nations and territories. T he U niversity offers more than 100 undergraduate maj ors, graduate and professional degrees at the master’ s, specialist and doctoral level as well as numerous international study offerings including locations in Australia, Chile, E ngland, France, G reece, I taly and Z ambia. For more information, visit

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Jeff Field Deputy

• 19 years in Law Enforcement • Recognitions/Awards: Senior Certificate Law Enforcement Officer, Certified Narcotics Officer, Certified Police Instructor, Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst • Married to Elicia for 5 years and has 6 children and 2 grandchildren • Hobbies: Fitness Training • Attends Dallas Avenue Baptist Church

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Gene Hendrix Deputy • 25 years in Law Enforcement • Married to Vicki for 37 years and has 4 children and 10 grandchildren • Hobbies: Hunting and fishing • Attends New Hope Baptist Church

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Acorn Softball Ends Season Against Woodlawn BY EASTON LEONARD


he Acorn Lady T igers ( 7 -8 ) softball team defeated the R ural S pecial Lady Rebels 14-4, in the first round of the 1-A State Softball Tournament, on May 10th. T he Lady T igers hit the ball real well, putting runners on the bases and scoring runs early. “ W e hit the ball real well. T heir pitcher j ust threw strikes and we hit the ball. T hat is what you want as a hitter, good pitches to put into play and do something with,” says Coach Chris Ledbetter. Defensively Acorn played really well in the field and was sharp in their fielding. “Tori just pitched well, she threw strikes and the defense played well behind her like they have all year.” After the first round win, the Lady Tigers, a number four seed, moved onto the second round to take on the number one seed W oodlawn Lady Bears ( 16 -7 ) . Acorn was unable to get the bats going against a tough pitcher and gave up some big hits to the Lady Bears that opened the game up. T he Lady T igers dropped the game to the Lady Bears by a score of 7 -0. “ T heir pitcher could really go. S he was throwing 5 8 -6 0mph and had a good rise ball and curve. W e couldn’ t hit the ball very well and even tried bunting on them, but they fielded the bunt well. Tori Barrett did seem to have her number, she had three of our four hits against her.” Despite losing in the second round of the state tournament, the Lady T igers had a great softball season and advanced to the state tournament for the third year straight. “ I ’ m proud of our girls and the way we played. I know it doesn’t show based on how we finished, but we have a good team. When you look at the region we took third in, all four teams ended up in the tournament. Dierks advanced to the second round like us, Mt. Ida made it to the semi-finals, and now Scranton, our region champ, will be playing for the state championship.” Coach Ledbetter is exci ted about the future of Acorn softball and the talent that will be returning next year to compete, “ W e bring everybody back ex cept two players and we get some 8 th graders that are really good. Our middle school girls are looking good. W e are looking forward to the future of softball at Acorn right now.” Congratulations to Coach Ledbetter, and seniors, as well as the rest of the Lady Tigers on finishing up the 2017 softball season.

Ladycats Fall to Pea Ridge in State Tournament BY EASTON LEONARD


he Mena Ladycats (12-19) softball team took on the P ea R idge Lady Blackhawks (28-5) in the first round of the 4-A S tate S oftball T ournament last T hursday, May 11th. Mena came into the first round game as a number four seed out of the south region, as the Lady Blackhawks came into the game as a number two seed out of the north region. T he Ladycats were unable to generate timely hits and score runs against the Lady Blackhawks, while P ea R idge demonstrated some good pitching and timely hitting. “ W e actually played pretty well against P ea R idge. T hey had a good pitcher that threw a good rise ball that we didn’ t handle CONTINUED ON PAGE 20

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O f a ll th a t w e c a ll c e r ta in , n o th in g is m o r e c e r ta in th a n th a t w e a ll d ie . I th in k s o m e tim e s w e ju s t ig n o r e it, b u t it d o e s n ’t g o a w a y . T h e r e h a s n e v e r b e e n a r e a l q u e s tio n a b o u t th is : 1 0 0 % o f u s d ie . T h e o n ly q u e s tio n a b o u t d e a th is th is : I s it th e te r m in a tio n o f life ? O r, d o e s life c o n tin u e a fte r th e d e a th o f th e b o d y th a t w e w a lk a r o u n d in , th e s h e ll th a t w e liv e in fo r a s h o r t tim e ? T h e A n s w e r to th is q u e s tio n lie s in a n e m p ty to m b w h e r e th e b o d y o f J e s u s o n c e la y fo r a w h ile . T h e p e r fe c t S a c r ific e , th e U n b le m is h e d L a m b , w h o w illin g ly to o k u p o n H im s e lf th e s in o f th e w h o le o f th e h u m a n r a c e , a n d d ie d o n a c r u e l c r o s s , w a s b u r ie d th e r e a n d s e a le d th e r e a n d g u a r d e d b y s o ld ie r s , d id , b y th e p o w e r a n d a u th o r ity o f a n a lm ig h ty G o d , c o m e o u t o f th a t to m b a liv e a g a in ! W h e n h is d is c ip le s c a m e th e y fo u n d a n e m p ty to m b , th e y fo u n d s o ld ie r s in s h o c k , b e c a u s e s o m e th in g h a p p e n e d th e r e th a t ju s t c o u ld n o t h a p p e n , b u t d id ! “ h e is n o t h e r e ! H e h a s r is e n a s H e s a id !” A n d th e q u e s tio n w a s fo r e v e r a n s w e r e d ! J e s u s o v e r c a m e th e d e a th o f s in fo r U S ! (2 C o r. 5 :2 1 ). T h e e v e n ts in o u r c o u n ty in th e p a s t fe w d a y s h a v e s h o c k e d a n d s a d d e n e d u s a ll. T h in g s lik e th is h a p p e n in o th e r p la c e s , b u t n o t in o u r to w n , n o t in o u r c o u n ty . B u t th e y d o . A n d th e y h a v e b r o u g h t r e a l p a in to a ll o f u s . T h e r e is a p a in th a t la s ts a n d la s ts a n d w e d o n o t a lw a y s fin a lly g e t o v e r it; w e ju s t le a r n to liv e w ith it. A n d th e g r e a te s t h e lp p o s s ib le in t h e p r o c e s s is t h e a b s o lu t e a s s u r a n c e t h a t w h e n J e s u s c a m e o u t o f t h e t o m b H e o v e r c a m e d e a t h f o r a ll o f u s ! C .S . L e w is w r o te th a t in d e a th w e b e g in th e G r e a t S to r y w h ic h “ g o e s o n fo r e v e r in w h ic h e v e r y c h a p te r is b e tte r th a n th e o n e b e f o r e .” C o m fo r t d o e s c o m e , s o m e tim e s a fte r a lo n g w h ile . B u t it c o m e s w h e n w e fin a lly b e lie v e w h a t o u r L o r d s a id a n d J o h n r e c o r d e d f o r u s in c h a p t e r 1 4o f h is b o o k : “ I n m y F a t h e r ’s h o u s e a r e m a n y m a n s io n s . I f t h is w e r e n o t s o I w o u ld h a v e to ld y o u . I g o to p r e p a r e a p la c e fo r y o u a n d if I g o I w ill s u r e ly c o m e a g a in a n d r e c e iv e y o u u n to M y s e lf th a t w h e r e I a m t h e r e y o u m a y b e a ls o .” D e a th is o u r o ld e s t a n d m o s t d r e a d e d e n e m y . E v e n th o s e w h o o u tw a r d ly p r o fe s s n o fe a r o f it, in w a r d ly c o w e r a t th e t h o u g h t o f it . “ I ’ m n o t a f r a id o f d y in g ,” f o r m o s t w h o s a y it , is j u s t s im p ly a lie . I n e v e r y o n e o f u s t h e r e is t h e q u e s t io n o f H e a v e n , a n d y e s , o f h e ll. F o r th o s e w h o th in k a b o u t it, it w ill, a t s o m e p o in t b e c o m e a s e r io u s q u e s tio n . “ W a s J e s u s r ig h t? I s th e B ib le tr u e ? H a v e I b e e n g o o d e n o u g h ? ” T r u th fr o m th e W o r d o f G o d , a d m in is te r e d b y th e S p ir it o f G o d , p r o v id e s th e O N L Y r e a l a n s w e r, a n d w e d a r e n o t c o m p r o m i s e t h a t a n s w e r . T h e r e i s O n e a n d o n l y O n e a n s w e r t o t h e q u e s t i o n o f l i f e b e y o n d d e a t h . W e find th e answer in th at empty tomb a n d n o w h e r e e l s e . T h e r e s u r r e c t i o n o f J e s u s C h r i s t i s h i s t o r i c a l f a c t . D e a t h c o u l d n o t h o l d J e s u s , n e i t h e r c a n it h o ld a n y o n e w h o h a s c o m e t o H im in f a it h , e v e n t h e f a it h o f a “ g r a in o f m u s t a r d s e e d .” G o d ’s W o r d is s u r e a n d c e r ta in a n d it s a y s , “ B u t I w o u ld n o t h a v e y o u to b e ig n o r a n t, b r e th r e n , c o n c e r n in g th e m w h ic h a r e a s le e p , th a t y o u s o r r o w n o t, e v e n a s o th e r s w h o h a v e n o h o p e . F o r if w e b e lie v e th a t J e s u s d ie d a n d r o s e a g a in , e v e n s o th e m a ls o w h ic h s le e p in J e s u s w ill G o d b r in g w ith h im . F o r th is w e s a y u n to y o u b y th e W o r d o f th e L o r d , th a t w e w h ic h a r e a liv e a n d r e m a in u n to th e c o m in g o f th e L o r d s h a ll n o t p r e v e n t th e m w h ic h a r e a s le e p . F o r th e L o r d H im s e lf s h a ll d e s c e n d fr o m H e a v e n w ith a s h o u t, w ith th e v o ic e o f th e a r c h a n g e l, a n d w ith th e tr u m p o f G o d ; a n d th e d e a d in C h r i s t s h a l l r i s e … ” ( 1 T h e s s a l o n i a n s 4: 1 3-1 6 ) . Su b mitted to all wh o h ave lost loved ones in th e su re and certain h ope of th e V ictory of th e C ross, and life with H im forever and ever and ever… M y n a m e is G e n e S ta c k s a n d I h e a r tily a ffir m

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Ladycats in State Tournament

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18 very well. W e needed to be a little more selective at the plate, but overall I felt that we played pretty well. I think that we played well defensively behind our pitcher, but they were j ust able to get hits when they needed them,” exp lains Coach Ray H unter. The L adycats fell short by a score of 4-0. Maj or contributions were made by seniors on the softball team for the L adycats. Reagan Sikes, L exi Brooks, Sealy Thigpen, and Brandie H arrison were all seniors that embodied what it meant to be a L adycat. “ I ’m really proud of our seniors this year. Brandi was our starting catcher and did a great j ob defensively. She had been in the outfield and then made the transition for us. I’m proud of her and how she made that move. Reagan played third base and was our lead off hitter. I can’t say enough about how hard she worked and the L adycat spirit that she embodies. Sealy was our starting shortstop and our biggest power hitter. She led the team in RBI ’s Ladycat seniors Brandie Harrison, Lexi Brooks, Reagan and she provided a good bat that teams had to deal with. And then Sikes, and Sealy Thigpen were all major contributors for our pitcher, L exi , she was a central part of our team. W e leaned the Ladycats. a lot on her during the year and she was central to what we did. Overall, I ’m proud of our seniors and what they mean to L adycat softball.” Despite losing to Pea Ridge, the L adycats softball team made their sixt h consecutive appearance in the state tournament, winning two straight championships in 2015 and 2016 . The softball program has been a model of consistency and will continue to prove to be a force to be reckoned with over the coming years. Congratulations to Coach H unter, and seniors Reagan Sikes, L exi Brooks, Sealy Thigpen, and Brandie H arrison, as well as the rest of the L adycats on a fantastic 2017 season.

Mena Soccer Drops Second Round BY EASTON LEONARD Game in OT T he Mena Bearcat soccer team ( 9-10) traveled to northeast Arkansas this past week to compete in the 4-A State Soccer Tournament. In the first round, the Bearcats upset number one seed St. Joseph (11-2), by a score of 5-4. Mena then moved on to the second round, and took on the W ildcats of E piscopal ( 10-4) . Both teams scored one goal a piece in the first period of the second round game and later scored two goals a piece in the second period, sending the game to overtime. I n the first overtime, both teams came up empty, scoring no goals. However, in the second overtime the W ildcats scored the one and only goal to win the game by a score of 4-3. Congratulations to Coach Tibbitt, and seniors H udson U lmer, Ryan Ozanich, E lias Ntidam, Marco Roggero, Saujal yanwali, Feli Nguyen, an Rigby, Boston Butterfield, Brennan Ayres, David Chaney, Austin W agner, E lij ah Snider, Abraham Anton, Fredik Gudim, Bernado Sousa, and Jo ao Baranua, as well as the rest of the Bearcats on a very successful 2017 season.

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Eagles Fall to Hamburg in State Tournament BY EASTON LEONARD


he Cossatot River E agles soccer team ( 14-1) competed in the 4-A State Soccer Tournament this past week as a number two seed out of the second region. Cossatot won their first game in the first round, as the E agles took down Ja cksonville L ighthouse ( 14-5) , by a score of 5-1. The E agles held the Wolves to their only goal in the first period and scored two of their own, while scoring three goals in the second and final period. I n the second round, the E agles took on the hard task of playing number one seed H amburg ( 20-2-1) , and lost by j ust three goals, 5-2. Congratulations to Coach Fryar, and seniors Gerardo Arias, Jo nathan Castrej on, Gilberto Cernantes, Jo se Cordova, Jo el Delgado, Alej andro Gonzalez, Brayan Perez, Marc Trinidad, Y air V alencia, and K eelan Y oungblood, as well as the rest of the agles on a terrific 2017 season.

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Registration Opens for Adult Softball League

Fagan Signs with UAFS


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he summer 2017 Adult S oftball League at T apley P ark has opened up registration. T he season begins in Ju ne and submitted applications must be completed and turned in with payment by June 1st to the Tapley Park Office. Game nights are Monday’s. Co-ed teams must have a ratio of 7 to 3, men and women. Games are slowpitch. For more information, contact N athan Fowler at 47 9-243 2023 .

Mena Barracudas Swim Team Opens Registration SUBMITTED


egistration is now open for the Mena Barracudas S wim T eam. For information on the team and registration links, contact Dana at 23 4-2403 . Y ou can also check them out on Facebook at: Official Mena Swim Team Group.

5 key facts about Prostate Cancer: 1. Affects 1 in every 6 men 2. Deadlier than breast cancer 3. Detectable in early stages 4. NOT an old man’s disease Fagan, decorated athlete from Acorn High School, signs her letter 5.Morgan Does NOT go away if you avoid testing. Gentlemen: We encourage to get of intent to run cross country you at University of Arkansas Fort Smith [UAFS] ain PSA test. teammates, family, and coaches. Morgan will join her sister, theblood fall with

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W hat did Jesus say that H e would b uild H is church up on? H e said, " U p on this rock I will b uild my church. " N ow, someone might ask : Just ex actly what or who is the " rock " Jesus sp ok e of? Did H e want it understood that H e was going to b uild H is church up on Peter? Or could the " rock " have reference to something else? A b rief ex amination of the original language reveals that the name " Peter" does indeed mean " rock . " " Peter" is from the Greek " p etros" which is masculine in gender and means a detached stone that might b e thrown or easily moved. This " p etros" for which Peter was named is different from the " rock " on which Jesus said H e would b uild H is church. That " rock " of verse 18 comes from the Greek " p etra" which is feminine in gender and denotes a mass of rock . For ex amp le, Jesus used " p etra" in Matthew 7: 24-25 when H e said, " E veryone that hears these words of mine and does them shall b e lik ened unto a wise man, who b uilt his house up on the rock , and the raid descended and the floods came and the winds b lew and b eat up on that house and it fell not for it was founded up on the rock . " Jesus describ ed the solid, immovab le foundation that the wise man b uilt his house up on - a rock ! The same word H e used to describ e what H e would b uild H is church up on! I f Jesus had wanted to indicate H e would b uild H is church on Peter, why would H e have used a contrasting term? W ouldn' t H e have said, " Peter, I will b uild My church up on you? " The meaning of the p assage is clear: Peter was human - a good man, b ut not the foundation on which the church would b e b uilt. The L ord didn' t intend to b uild H is church up on Peter or any man. W hat then was " the rock " H e sp ok e of? The " rock " was the divinely insp ired statement that Peter had j ust made, " Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. " The church that Jesus said H e would b uild would b e b uilt on the foundation that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. This is in harmony with what the ap ostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 3: 11, " For other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. " Jesus is the cornerstone of the church and H e is also the foundation. Paul would write to the church in E p hesus that they were " no more strangers and soj ourners b ut you are fellow-citiz ens with the saints and the household of God, b eing b uilt up on the foundation of the ap ostles and p rop hets, Christ Jesus H imself b eing the chief corner-stone, in whom each individual b uilding fitly framed together, grows into a holy temp le in the L ord" ( E p hesians 2: 19-20) . The Hatfield Church of Christ welcomes all to W orship . 479-437-5276 also on Faceb ook .


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Cossatot River State Park Offers Trio of Summer Camp Adventures BY MELANIE BUCK •


ossatot River State Park will offer a series of Summer camps for kids while they are out on their annual Summer break from school. The camps will take participants on a variety of adventures, while providing life skills knowledge in the great outdoors. The first in the series is ids Nature Camp, designed for ages 6-8, and will be held June 7th through June 9th, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. I f you would like your child to get out more and enj oy nature, then this camp is for them. During the three-day camp, they will e plore the Cossatot River by participating in hikes, adventures, close-up nature studies, hands on activities and crafts. The fee provides for a gift bag and daily snacks. Reservations are required by calling (870) 38 -2201. Admission is 40 per camper. The second is the 4-Day cology Camp for ages -13. This camp will be held June 20th through June 23rd, also from 00 a.m. 4 00 p.m. plore the secrets of nature by discovering what an ecosystem is and what ecosystem you are in at Cossatot River State Park while participating in hands-on activities, close-up nature studies, and e periencing the fun of an cologist adventure. njoy healthy outdoor fun through ecologist e periments, wade in or along the Cossatot River waterways discovering the many different types of water life while fostering a deep connection to nature through the fun, hands-on adventures. This fee provides for a gift bag, daily snacks, and lunch the last day. Reservations are required by calling (870) 38 -2201. Admission is 0 per camper. The third is an overnight adventure that will take place over four days and three nights. SWAT vernight Camp is for ages -13, and will be held July 24th through July 27th. Join park interpreters as they discover Southwest Arkansas’ State Parks. They will be hiking, fishing, swimming, kayaking, campfire cooking, and more. Spend three nights and four days camping and e periencing fun programs at each park. Registration provides a gift bag, meals, daily snacks, gear rental and transportation. Space is limited, for more information and to make required reservations by, call (870) 38 -2201. Admission for this adventure is 12 per camper.

A research team at the niversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is searching for what most people try to avoid… ticks! Dr. Jon Blevins, an associate professor in the microbiology and immunology department is hoping to gather ticks from all 7 counties in Arkansas. Blevins is interested in studying bacteria carried by the ticks, specifically bacteria that cause the dreaded L yme disease. Blevins cited they have limited resources and are unable to go across the state of Arkansas collecting the little blood sucking pests so he is soliciting the public’s help by providing them with samples. Blevins said ideally he would like to collect at least 00 samples, which will be submitted in ip-seal plastic bags. To find out how to prepare samples and where to send them, visit arkansas-ticks.

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n Saturday, May 20, the ueen invites everyone to participate in the annual Pioneer Day from 10 am until 3 p.m. L essons and demonstrations will be presented on a variety of pioneer activities including dutch oven cooking, pioneer games, int knapping, skins and skulls, wood crafts and much more. The event will take place beside the W onder H ouse at the top of Arkansas’ second highest peak, Rich Mountain.

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Mena Police Department - Protecting & Serving H


ero. How might we define a hero When hero is said, such iconic figures as Superman, Spiderman, and Batman come to mind, but we reali e that these aren’t heroes. Heroes are those that continue to make sacrifices for the welfare and intentional good of others and never e pect any kind of recognition. A hero is an ordinary person facing e traordinary circumstances and acting with courage, honor, and self-sacrifice. This description perfectly fits the men and women of the Mena Police Department. The Mena police motto is to protect and serve’, something that is the driving force for the men and women of the department. aw enforcement officers are in the community for the purpose of keeping everyone safe, protecting citi ens from being victims of crimes, and serving the overall welfare of the city. “Most police officers get into this business because they wanted to do their part, they wanted to help their community. Some people want to change their community by being a teacher, others through medicine, but we want to make this a safe place to live,” says Police Chief Brandon Martin. Brandon Martin has been serving as Mena’s Police Chief since 201 , but has spent 20 plus years in law enforcement. He has served as a patrol officer and as a detective, both positions preparing him to lead the department now. “I know what it’s like for these other guys trying to do their job because I have had the opportunity to be where they are and I know how important their jobs are. That’s why I don’t ever like sitting behind this desk because I want to be working with them.” The department currently has 13 full time officers including the dispatcher, but has reserves, which Brandon is e cited about, “We are working on our third reserve class and we take a lot of pride in it. We are getting to train good reserves who are then going on to get full time jobs. We also like it because when we hire our reserves full time we know what kind of guys we are getting.” ach reserve class meets three nights a week and a Saturday for si weeks. Mena is a great place for law enforcement to work, the community is very supportive of Mena Police Chief the work that is being done and that makes the work of police more manageable. “I have Brandon Martin talked to other Chiefs and we are real fortunate to not have the problems that others do. ur support makes us want to work that much harder for the people in the community.” ne of the ways that Martin and the other officers are trying to show their appreciation to the community is by continually building relationships with citi ens. “I am always encouraging guys to take time to talk to people in town or when they are in a neighborhood to stop and visit. We want people to know that we are doing everything we can to protect 23 them and that we care about the things they care about.” Martin and the other officers are working constantly to let the January 6, 2016 community know that they appreciate their support and to maintain good relationships with citi ens. ................................................ ach day that the officers head out on the streets, they have one thing in mind, keeping their community safe and bringing justice for victims, “By victims’, we mean a business owner that had his store broken into, or a home that was vandali ed. In both cases people were the victim of someone else’s actions. ur goal is to keep this from happening and when it does, solve the cases as soon as we can so that we can earn justice for the victims,” says Martin. Seeing people being victimi ed is what drives the officers to seek the welfare and the intentional good of the community. “I once had my home broken into and so I know what it’s like to have that feeling of helplessness. very time I work a break in, my e perience is on my mind, e plains Martin.” According to Martin, each officer has gifts and skills and passions that they are trying to use for the purpose of serving the community. “Part of my job is to help foster these abilities and put officers in a position where they can better serve Mena.” aw enforcement so often make sacrifices that will go unnoticed, leaving their families so that others may be protected. When freedom and protection is enjoyed, the reali ation hits that true heroes don’t always wear capes.

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Thursday, 5/18 • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. – The Board Camp Baptist Church at 107 Country Road 63 will distribute food. • 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 Caf . Call Lisa Martin 216-3383 or Charles Pitman 216-4882 for more info. • 12:00 p.m. – Polk County Library Board will meet in the Susanna Mosley Community Room at the Library. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Salvation Army Family Store helps families with utilities. • 5:00 p.m. - 9th Street Ministries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the 9th Street Ministries building. • 5:30 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas will hold their monthly meeting at the Limetree Restaurant. Call 479-243-0771 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s Meeting at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 6:00 p.m. – Acorn Water monthly meeting at the Water Office. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen


• BARBEQUE COOK-OFF will be held at Hatfield Baptist Church at 5 p.m. Eating will begin after judging. Drawings for free prizes, music by Walker Mountain Boys. Hosted by Ouachita Baptist Association Men’s Ministry. Call 479-216-

0231. • WICKES DANIEL CEMETERY MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES will be held on May 29 at 10:30 a.m. Potluck lunch afterwards. Bring your favorite foods and lawn chairs. • ARVAC, INC., will issue commodities at the Polk County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m.

Ave Florist. • 6:00 p.m. – Christian Singles will meet at Union Bank of Mena Community Room. • 6:30 p.m. – Ouachita Little Theatre Annual Membership Meeting will be held at the theatre, 610 Mena Street. All are welcome. • 6:30 p.m. – Disaster Preparedness Group meets at Assembly of God Church, 2111 Sutherland Ave. in Mena. • 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. • 7:30 p.m. – Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 meets at the Mena Lodge located in the Old Post Office by Janssen Park. Friday, 5/19 • 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. – PCDC Board of Directors meets in the MRHS Conference Room A. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 2:00 p.m. – Wonder House Tour at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Wonder House. • 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Retirement Reception at Holly Harshman Elementary for Coleen Clark and Pam Curry. All are welcome. • 4:30 p.m. – Take a Silent Hike at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the North Side of Lover’s Leap Trailhead. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Leon Page Band will be playing at the American Legion in Acorn. $6.00 admission. • 7:00 p.m. – Learn about Slithering Snakes at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet in the Hearth Room. • 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, 5/20 • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Guided Kayak Tour at Cossatot River State Park. Cost is $30.94 per person. Call 870-385-2201 to register. Meet at the Visitor Center. • 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Pioneer Day will be held at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Dutch Oven Cooking, Pioneer Games, Flint Knapping, Skins & Skulls, Woodcrafts, and more. • 10:00 a.m. nnual Women’s Conference will be held at Covenant of Life Family Church in Mena, 1101 Pine Ave. Lunch will be provided. Please pre-register by calling 479394-6763. • 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - The Democratic Party of Polk County is hosting a free barbecue in honor of Armed Forces Day at Janssen Park. Everyone os invited to attend. • 5:30 p.m. – 3rd Saturday Gospel Singing to be held at Janssen Park. Bring a lawn chair and cold drink. Musicians and singers welcome. For more information, contact Stanley

or Jeanette Dreyer at 479-216-0533. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 479-243-0297 or 479-2164606. Sunday, 5/21 • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Guided Kayak Tour at Cossatot River State Park. Cost is $30.94 per person. Call 870-385-2201 to register. Meet at the Visitor Center. • 10:30 a.m. – Snorkeling Scavenger Hunt at Cossatot River State Park. Minimum age 6. Meet at the Sandbar Parking Lot. • 12:00 p.m. – Rocky Cemetery Decoration will be held. Potluck begins at noon followed by a brief business meeting. • 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. – Feed the Critters and Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center. • 2:30 p.m. – Lone Valley Cemetery in Hatfield will have Decoration Services with Keith Rose as speaker. • 3:00 p.m. – Worship Service at Sulpher Springs Church. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. Monday, 5/22 • 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. God’s Feeding Hands Mission Center will serve free Groceries & free Toiletry to the needy at 1200 Reeves Ave, Mena. • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. - Clarice’s Room of Hope group gathering will be held at 403 North Morrow St., Suite C. • 6:00 p.m. – Home Front Warriors CMA Chapter 377 meeting at Limetree Restaurant. Meeting follows meal. • 6:00 p.m. – We The People Tea Party meets at Polk County Public Library North Room. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is 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. – Mena Elks Lodge meeting. All Elks are invited to attend. Tuesday, 5/23 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardener Community Men’s Brea fast 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, followed by a meeting. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for the families of addicts and alcoholics meets at the ABC Club. • 7:00 p.m. – The Marine Corps League Detachment will meet at Lighthouse Fitness. • 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, 5/24 • 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 outh 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 or obligation. Everyone is invited. Call 394-1017 or 394-5655 for more info.

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POLK COUNTY BIRTHS AT MENA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM 90th Birthday Celebration Taryn Milham and Zachary Swicegood, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on May 5th.

Jim Montgomery celebrates his 90th birthday. Bettie and the family will have a celebration for him on Sunday, May 21st from 2 pm to 4 pm at Repops.

#LOL In the hospital, the relatives gathered in the waiting room, where a family member lay gravely ill. Finally, the doctor came in looking tired and sombre. “I’m afraid I’m the bearer of bad news” he said as he surveyed the worried faces. “The only hope left for your loved one at this time is a brain transplant. It’s an experimental procedure, quite risky, and you’ll have to pay for the brain yourselves.” The family members sat silent as they absorbed the news. At length, someone asked, “Well, how much does a brain cost?” The doctor quickly responded, “A female brain goes for $20,000. A male brain costs $50,000.” The moment turned awkward. Men in the room tried not to smile, avoiding eye contact with the women, but some actually smirked. A girl, unable to control her curiosity, blurted out the question everyone wanted to ask, “Why does the male brain cost so much more?” The doctor smiled at her childish innocence and then said to the entire group, “It’s a standard pricing procedure. We mark the female brains down because they’re used.”

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Baker said she would love to sometimes continue with group sessions to show others that it can be done. “I trusted Steven with everything. I could tell him whatever and he would be firm with the answers. I might not like the answers, but they were the truth.” Some other perks of her sober life are “being able to do things with a clear mind.” She said the positive things in her life make her not miss the drugs. “It was hard on my body, my family life, my social life… now, I have everything I need,” without the drugs. Feeling better “mentally, physically, and spiritually,” Baker says, “I just hope that at least one person can read my story and learn something from it and get clean. If it saves just one person, it would be great!” Proving that the system can work, Baker stands as a testament to others. Governor Hutchinson looks forwards to many more success stories through the program. “A drug free Arkansas is a strong Arkansas. I am committed to making Arkansas a better place to live, start a business, or raise a family. I am pleased that Arkansas drug courts are working hard to do the same through providing compassionate and personalized care that provide a way out and a hand up for those in recovery.” And indeed, Doreen Baker is one of those that was able to grasp the hand up and have the will to stay standing. Smiling, Baker said she is very happy with her life now. “I believe I’m the happiest I’ve ever been!”

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it has served as a hospital as well as housing many other businesses and services. The new DHS office is set to be located on Industrial Park Road on the north edge of town. Danny Powell, who owns the land specified, will build an 8,000 sq. ft. facility which will be leased to the government agency. He said the architect is developing the building design now and plans to start construction in about 60 days. Weather dependent, Powell hopes the facility will be completed by the end of the year. Brandy Hinkle, Deputy Chief of Communications, Arkansas Department of Human Services, said the Division of Building Authority through the Department of Finance and Administration is currently working with the site owner to complete a lease agreement with DHS.

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ers; municipal leadership; other business representatives and civic and community organizations’ leaders are especially urged to attend. There will be a ‘meet and greet’ with light refreshments at 5:00 PM prior to the presentation. Greg Phillips is a 20-year veteran of Main Street Arkansas and has served as director for five years. Main Street Arkansas is a part of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and works closely with Main Street America (National Main Street Center of the National Trust for Historic Preservation). Phillips will speak on the Main Street approach to downtown revitalization and how it has helped renew the historic commercial areas of towns across Arkansas and throughout the nation. Since 1984, Main Street Arkansas has been a leading advocate for downtown revitalization and has provided technical assistance and design services to help create economic development in the state’s downtown areas. The Main Street approach focuses on four areas: design, organization, promotion and economic restructuring. The mission of Main Street Arkansas is to be the leading resource for communities seeking to revitalize their historic downtown commercial districts. He will give information on both the Main Street program and Arkansas Downtown Network and will address the requirement and criteria for both of these downtown revitalization efforts. Phillips will be available to answer pertinent questions immediately after the presentation. The presentation is open to the public at no cost. Reservations are not necessary. The event will take place on May 23, 5:30 PM at the Ouachita Center. For further information, contact Rick Chrisman (243-3043) or Judy Thompson (216-7644).

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the case. R oberts’ current team, led by Don Braden of Little R ock, allege that his previous defense should have used his diagnosis of schizophrenia as a defense and should have filed for a change of venue. However, as previous lead attorney Buddy Hendry claimed, the trial has to remain in the district and evidence has to be presented to back the claim that a fair trial cannot be given in the county the crime occurred. Hendry said it became apparent for various reasons that Montgomery County wouldn’t take the case and Garland County couldn’t take the case, leaving it in Polk County. Cheryl Upshaw Bernard, mitigator during the original trial phase, testified of the enormous amount of police presence during that time. S he admitted that the defense had req uested the ext ra security due to death threats made against them and the defendant. However, she seemed disturbed at the amount of security given and now thinks it was “excessive” and that it created “tension” and a “harsh atmosphere.” The defense also focused on an alleged fourteen speeding tickets the defendant had received, using that to point to “impulse control” issues. As of press time, the defense continued calling witnesses on Tuesday, May 16. The Pulse will carry the conclusion of the hearing in next week’s edition and online at S pring has sprung and it’ s time to start gardening if you haven’ t already. As you plan what you will grow this year, think about what you might be able to enter in the fair. T here is a class for just about anything you might grow in your garden, flower beds or landscaping. S ome of the garden and farm crop classes include common vegetables such as cucumbers and sq uash, and also fruits such as blueberries and watermelons. There are many more. In the Horticulture Department, there are

three divisions. The first is potted plants, including everything from giant ferns to tiny African violets. Another division is arrangements. T his is usually 2 or more flowers, or even colorful leaves such as Coleus arranged in a container with water. The final division is called single flower and is where you would enter a single rose, or a single cluster such as Hydrangeas or Crepe Myrtle in a container with water. Just think of

all the beautiful entries. T he day to enter most items in the E ducation Building at the fair this year is T uesday, August 29, from 1:00 – 7:00 pm. Baked goods and fresh cut flowers are to be brought in the following morning, Wednesday, August 30, from 7:30 – 10:00 am. Farm crops and garden produce ( including honey and eggs) is either day. We’ll let you know when the catalog is available so you can look at all the classes available.

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BUSINESS & FINANCE 3 Financial Must-Do’s for College-Bound High School Families ( StatePoint) One challenge looms large for many American families as students approach high school graduation: how to pay for college. Financial planning should ideally begin several years before college applications are even due. But no matter what financial preparation your family has done, everyone planning to attend college should take these concrete measures during senior year of high school. • Seek Federal Aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. The FAFSA is your first step to securing financial aid for college, including federal student loans, and most state and institutional aid. U nfortunately, many students don’t realize they are eligible for such aid, leaving tons of money ( and potential educational opportunities) on the table. To complete the FAFSA, visit • Search for Scholarships. Because scholarship money typically does not have to be repaid, it’s important to secure as much of it as possible. Begin your search using online scholarship databases, such as, and meet with your school counselor to discuss other available scholarship opportunities. Micro-scholarships are another option to consider. Check out sites like to learn more about how you can earn scholarship money for your high school achievements. • U nderstand Family Finances. Now is the time to have some important family discussions. Parents should set ex pectations about money with their students, letting them know what, if any, portion of college ex penses they plan to pay. Students should find out if any funds have been set aside for their education, as well as what their responsibilities will entail -- whether that involves holding down a part-time j ob or maintaining a particular grade point average. • Consider Private L oans. After ex hausting grants, scholarships and other aid options that don’t require paying Ginger Sterner interest, private loans may be worth some consideration and can, in Financial Advisor some cases ex pand your educational opportunities as a college-bound 501c Hwy 71 North student. Mena, AR 71953 “ I t’s important to keep in mind that there are often many unanticipat479-394-7940 ed ex penses associated with the college years -- from taking an ex tra course to paying for materials and technology to spending a term studying abroad,” says J ohn Rasmussen, head of W ells Fargo’s private student lending business, who cautions against a cavalier attitude where loans are concerned. “ W hether you take out a private student loan or leverage other financial products to pay for miscellaneous e penses, it’s Member SIPC important to understand the terms of repayment.” More tips, as well as free college planning resources, can be found at collegeplanning. Don’t leave the future uncertain. I f you are college-bound, plan ahead to ensure that you can meet the costs of your education. MEMBER SIPC

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he Junior Ouachita Little Theatre (JOLT) held auditions for their yearly summer production last week, and have a cast full of talent ready to grace the state at Mena’s historic theatre. The play will be co-directed by longtime member, Scott Jenkins, and upcomer, Alexa Night. The story, Tom Sawyer, was written by Paul Kester and founded on the story of the Tom Saywer) by Samuel L. Clemens, also known as Mark Twain. Jaimeson Biard has been cast in the lead role, Tom Sawyer, and Becky Thatcher will be portrayed by Jocelyn Parsons. The rest of the cast includes: Nick Fairless as Muff Potter; Skylar Wade as Amy Lawrence; Ian Cameron as Injun Joe; Braden Purvis as Walter Potter; Heather Wilson as Mrs. Harper; Madilyn Dees-Quaker as Sid; Kara O’Donnal as Widow Douglas; Cody Wayne as Dr. Robertson; Beth Coogan as Aunt Polly; Mercedes Mowdy as Mary Rogers; Abbie Baker as Ben Harper; McKayla Lane as Mrs. Thatcher; Cristian Miller as Alfred Temple; Yuri Richmond as Joe Harper; Annie Baker as Huck Finn; Jocelyn Biard as Gracie Miller; Mikel Kenyon-Ortiz as Mr. Sprague; and Tia Moe as Sheriff Jones. There are also several extras that have been cast for school and town folk including: Jerry, Melanie and Olivia Pitman-Vekre, Abigale Dees-Quaker, and Finleigh and Briggs Robertson. Judge Thatcher’s role is still to be announced. Eric Mowdy will serve on the tech crew. Production dates for Tom Sawyer are July 14, 15, & 16, and July 20, 21, & 22. Friday and Saturday night shows start at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows at 2:30 p.m. For more information on Publication Ouachita Little Theatre, or their Junior branch, check out their website, or give them a call at 479-243-0186. Weekly

Moments from America’s History: The Spirit of St. Louis CONTRIBUTED BY JEFF OLSON •



Advances in aviation have been a hallmark of the American spirit for well over 100 years, but especially so since the Wright Brothers made their historic flights in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in December 1903. Since then, many courageous fliers whose names most of us will never know lost their lives in building upon what the Wright Brothers pioneered. One aviator who has been practically a household word for generations of Americans is that of Charles A. Lindbergh. He was born on February 4, 1902, in Detroit, Michigan. He studied mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin, but left in February 1922 to pursue flying at the Nebraska Aircraft Corporation’s flying school in Lincoln. He made his first solo flight in 1923 and became a barnstormer, performing at fairs and other events. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1924 and trained as an Army Air Service Reserve pilot. He later worked as an airmail pilot, flying back and forth between St. Louis and Chicago. In 1919 Raymond Orteig, a Frenchman who owned the Brevoort and Lafayette hotels in New York City, made a sizable financial offer to the growing but struggling flying world. Captivated by stories of pioneer aviators, Orteig offered $25,000 to the first aviator to fly nonstop from Paris to New York, or New York to Paris. Orteig said his offer would be good for five years, but the five years came and went with no one even attempting the feat. So, in 1926 Orteig extended the term of his offer for another five years. By this time, aviation technology had advanced to a point where some thought it might actually be possible to make such a flight. Charles Lindbergh was one of those, but there were others as well, some of whom would attempt to make this flight. All would fail, and some would die trying – except for one. Lindbergh went to work enlisting the support of St. Louis businessmen. Harry Knight, president of the St. Louis Flying Club and a pupil of Lindbergh’s, put him in touch with the head of the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce, Harold Bixby. Through convincing Bixby and the Chamber of St. Louis’s potential as an aviation hub advanced by the flight’s publicity and success, they agreed to sponsor Lindbergh’s flight with a budget of $15,000. With his backers and a budget firmly in place, Lindbergh set out to find the right plane. He believed that a single engine plane was the best choice because of less weight and increased fuel efficiency, which would provide a longer flying range. In early 1927 the Ryan Aircraft Corporation of San Diego, California offered to build Lindbergh such a plane for $6,000, excluding the engine. The plane would be designed by Donald Hall under the direct supervision of Lindbergh. It was completed on April 28th. After a record-breaking transcontinental flight from San Diego to Long Island on May 12, Lindbergh spent the next week making final preparations for his transatlantic flight. At 7:52am on May 20, he took off from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York for the 3,600 mile flight to Paris. The heavy plane, loaded with 450 gallons of fuel, cleared telephone wires at the end of the runway by only 20 feet. After more than 33 hours of fighting fog, icing, cold, fatigue and hallucinations (and without any sleep for 55 hours), Lindbergh landed safely at Le Bourget Field in Paris at 10:21pm on May 21, 1927. Upon his arrival in Paris, Lindbergh was welcomed by close to 100,000 people.The success of his flight gained him immediate international fame. The press named him “Lucky Lindy” and the “Lone Eagle.” He received many prestigious honors, including the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Flying Cross from President Calvin Coolidge. Charles Lindbergh’s milestone transatlantic flight, ninety years ago this month, was one of the most daring and perhaps greatest feat in the annals of aviation history, and it contributed immensely to the future of aviation technology and advancement. Afterward, he would continue his role as an advocate of and contributor to aviation and in serving his country and fellow man in various capacities. Charles Lindbergh died in 1974, but his spirit and the “Spirit of St. Louis” will continue to inspire current and future generations in aviation and in other walks of life.

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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 May 7, 2017 Jennifer N. Smith, 29, of Mena was served a warrant for failure to appear. A local woman reported that she is being harassed by a neighbor. No charges have been filed. A Mena man reported that his son’s bicycle had been stolen from their property. Case is pending. May 8, 2017 David Joseph Hill, 44, of Amity was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. A local woman reported her vehicle being stolen. The vehicle was later found and has been returned to her. Case is pending further investigation. May 9, 2017 Jennifer Hale, 23, of Pine Ridge was arrested on three outstanding warrants. Richard Lee Young, 53, of Mena was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. May 10, 2017 Richard Chad James, 38, of Mena was served an outstanding warrant for failure to appear. Report was made of a riding lawn mower being stolen from a local resident. Case is pending. Randall L. Martin, 55, of Tyler, Texas was charged with theft of property, having defective vehicle equipment, having no driver’s license, and no vehicle insurance. May 11, 2017 A 17-year-old Mena youth was charged with city curfew violation. He was released to an adult relative. Employees at a local retail store reported that someone had attempted to return stolen merchandise for a refund.

The suspect had left the store when officers arrived. May 12, 2017 David Sinyard, 41, of Mena was charged with theft of property (shoplifting) after officers responded to a call at a local retail store. Report was taken of an altercation between two Mena men. No charges have been filed at this time. A local woman reported that someone had driven through her yard and done a substantial amount of damage. The vehicle has not been located. May 13, 2017 Efrain Villatoro, 21, of Mena was charged with DWI, having no driver’s license, careless driving. The arrest followed traffic stop. A 13-year-old Mena girl was cited for disorderly conduct and released to her parent. She was later cited again, and was transported to a juvenile facility.

Pol County Sheriff’s Department May 8, 2017 Report from complainant on Highway 375 West near Mena of the breakin and theft of tools, a grill and deer antlers, all valued at $350.00. Report from Mena Regional Health System of an 8-year-old dog bite victim. The owner was advised to quarantine the animal for ten days. Arrested was Aaron P. Whisenhunt, 25, of Mena, on a Warrant for Criminal Mischief 1st Degree and two counts of Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer. Arrested was Oscar Ramirez, 46, of Cove, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. May 9, 2017 Report of an unattended death on Polk 34 near Hatfield. Deputy responded. The scene was released to the Polk County Coroner. Report from two businesses on Highway 71 North near Mena of the theft of services, totaling losses at $2,000.00. Investigation continues. May 10, 2017 Report from complainant on Highway 71 North near Mena of vandalism done to their vehicle while traveling on the roadway, causing damages of $200.00. Deputy responded. Arrested was Richard C. James,

38, of Mena, on a Warrant for Theft of Property and a Citation for Fleeing. May 11, 2017 Report from complainant on Highway 8 West near Mena of the theft of a license plate, valued at $25.00. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Amber Lane near Mena of the theft of $328.00 cash, personal documentation and prescription medication. Investigation continues. May 12, 2017 Report from a contractor working near Smithville, OK of the theft of an ATV, valued at $7,300.00, led to the arrest of John Pitchford, Jr, 42, of Cove, on a Charge of Theft by Receiving May 13, 2017 Report of an ATV accident on Polk 626 near Nunley. Deputy responded. Traffic stop on Highway 71 North in

Mena led to the arrest of Timothy L. Carls, 67, of Mena, on Charges of DWI and Driving Left of Center. Report of a one-vehicle accident on Polk 117 near Mena led to the arrest of Donavan T. Hunt, 25, of Mena, on Charges of DWI and Careless/Prohibited Driving. Additional information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. May 14, 2017 No reports were filed. Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked two vehicle accidents this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 20 Incarcerated Inmates, with 3 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

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Hicks family reunion Saturday, May 20, 2017. Pleasant Grove Nazarene Church. Polk Road 288, Cove AR. 5/17 The Polk County Sheriff’s Department will be accepting sealed bids for (2) new Ford 2017 Explorers. Bids are to be opened in the Polk County Judge’s office at the Polk County Courthouse at 507 Church Avenue in Mena, Arkansas at 9:00 AM June 1st, 2017. All interested parties should contact Polk County Sheriff, Scott Sawyer, at 479394-8163 for complete specifications and instructions. 5/24 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. 05/17 Have Guitar will travel – singer/songwriter with P.A. systems. Parties – Weddings – Meeting – Etc. Reasonable Rates, Arkansas Songster. 479-394-1617. 5/31

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 Land for sale by owner. Commercial/Residential. 14+ acres. Heavner, OK. Highway 28 frontage. 2 small buildings. No Leaks. Railroad right of way South boundary. Access Roads Highway 28 and West end. Small electric scales. Gravel ground cover. Good drainage. No flood zone. 2 electric poles. $80,000/negotiable. 580-244-3303. Personal Care Aide state certified and EMT trained looking for new clients. Assist with daily tasks of elderly, mentally disabled, chronically ill, or physically challenged clients, as well as hospice patents. Duties include light cleaning, cooking, running errands and laundry. Assist clients with bathing, grooming, and other personal hygiene tasks. Please call Heather at 479-437-3270. 5/24

Backhoe and concrete work. Licensed – Dependable. Over 30 years experience. William J. (Jack) Barnes. 479-394-6175 or 234-2608. 5/17 Help Wanted – The Oaks is hiring for a Full-Time LPN. Please apply in person between 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Monday-Friday. 5/24



Dugan Lawn Care and Landscaping a complete ground maintenance company servicing both residential and commercial lots in Polk, Sevier, and Scott County. Call for a free estimate on any of your lawn care or landscaping needs. 479-394-2699. TFN Daniel’s Carpentry and Painting, home repair, desks, fence rows, underpinning, etc. Also lawn and garden work. Call 479-216-1101 or 870-334-2068. 5/24

Plunkett Family Reunion. All relatives and friends of the late Chester and Dixie Plunkett are welcome. Limetree Restaurant, Saturday, May 20th. Beginning at 11 am. 5/17

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

Seeking general outside laborer. Pay based on experience. Must be able to pass a background check and have valid driver’s license. Call Dugan Lawn Care at 479-3942699. 5/17

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

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. 5/17

House Cleaning and more. Call Winnie Cotter at 2343418. 6/7

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

January 6, 2016

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

Clean and comfortable housing since 1969, J. Ray & Maria’s MH Park and Rentals. Hwy 71 North, Mena, AR. 479-216-3085 TFN

Humane Society of the Ouachitas PET OF THE WEEK

The eyes have it! This girl has those eyes you just can’t resist! Ewok is just a cutie! She is a senior Pugapoo ( Pug & Poodle) with maybe a dash of Scotty in those perky ears! Ewok weighs 28 pounds. She dreams of a forever home with adult owners. Ewok’s personality is a bit shy when she first meets someone, is calm and sedate, but also independent. She walks well on a leash and enjoys taking car rides. Sound like your kind of doggie? Ewok is waiting! Spayed. Shots. Uses dog door. Give us a call. You’ll be glad you did! OFFICE PHONE NUMBER: (479) 394-5682 • WEB SITE: • HSO is a NO KILL Shelter. HSO is not affiliated with any other local, state or national animal rescue organization. HSO is a 501(c)(3) organization. Please consult your tax advisor to see if your donation is tax deductible.



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Chevy Silverado 3500 HD Crew Cab

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‘Hats Off ’ to all area graduates!

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