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Buxton Honored as Local, District, and State VFW Teacher of the Year


Ms. Helen Buxton, center,of Cossatot River High School is being recognized as the Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year. Buxton works daily ensurin t at t ay’s generations never forget the sacries enera tions before them that secured their freedoms. See full story, page 8. Also inside this Memorial Day issue, a special feature on WWII Veteran Jim Montgomery, page 18.

Local Marines Honored

Veteran Cyclist Rides for Wounded Warriors

Quadruple Homicide Suspect Moved to ADC

Two local Marines were honored with accolades while attending the Arkansas D epartment of the Marine C orps L eague’s annual convention in C onway, Arkansas in early May. R epresenting local Marine C orps L eague D etachment # 1 2 6 1 were C ommandant G eorge O’D aniel, Sergeant at Arms H ank Todaro, and Ju dge Advocate Ji m C hristie. O’D aniel was awarded the Marine C orps L eague D istinguished Service Award in appreciation for his efforts and interests in the U nited States of America, the U nited States Marine C orps, and the Marine C orps L eague. Todaro was awarded the Arkansas D epartment R ecruit-

A cyclist, only known by the name of Patrick, found his way through Mena on a cross-country trip to bring awareness to veterans. The man, who wishes to remain as anonymous as possible, began his trip on February 1 5th of this year in hopes of raising money for the W ounded W arriors Project and W ishes for W arriors. H e is a self-declared “rogue agent,” he said with a chuckle, in that he hasn’t contacted either of the agencies, but just wants to remain low key as he gathers pledges and letters of intent along the way. H e is a seven-year Army veteran himself, serving as a

Alleged quadruple homicide suspect B rian Travis, who has been held in the Polk C ounty D etention C enter since being apprehended on April 2 6 , 2 01 7, has been moved to the Arkansas D epartment of C orrections, where he will remain until his trial begins. Polk C ounty Sheriff Scott Sawyer explained that Travis was on parole when arrested for drug charges, before being charged with the deaths of 2 -year old Acelynn W ester, 9 -year old R eilly Scarbrough, their mother, 4 3-year old B ethany W ester, and her uncle, 6 6 -year old Steven Payne. The drug arrest violated his parole conditions, as do the






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McMillan Pool to Open Saturday BY MELANIE BUCK •

emorial Day weekend will officially kick of the McMillan Park City Pool’s season. The pool will open on Saturday from noon – 5 and will remain open seven days a week until L abor D ay. Each day the pool will be open from noon – 5 p.m. with general swim fees costing $ 3 per person and $ 1 .50 for kids ages 5 & under. There is also an adult swim time Monday through Friday from 1 0 a.m. – 1 2 p.m. Admission for adult swim times are $ 1 .50. N o kids will be allowed during that time frame unless they are swimming laps. This time is set aside for those that wish to use the pool just for exercise. B rochures will be available for swimming lessons after opening day and you can begin booking your pool parties now by calling 39 4 -8 31 2 .

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City’s Spring Clean-Up Stacks to Near Record Amounts BY MELANIE BUCK •


ear record amounts of yard debris, household waste, furniture, and more were picked up during the C ity of Mena’s annual Spring C leanU p campaign. Aaron R ice, Street Superintendent for the C ity, said he has worked for the city for more than 1 4 years, and this is the most he has ever seen picked up. More Above: The Street Department crew works up and down the streets than 330 loads of Mena picking up large amounts of brush, unwanted furniture, and were hauled from more during the annual citywide Spring Clean-Up. residents’ homes for disposal. Rice said he thinks the only year that saw more picked up was the first year the program began, back in the early 2 000’s. Mena is one of few cities across the nation that give such a free service to residents. Mayor McK ee said the city is proud to offer the program and believes it helps to keep our city cleaner. B ecky H orton, Mayor’s Assistant, said she attributes part of the success of this year’s program to eautification rdinance fficer Tammy Stockton’s hard work. “She started early this year visiting homes and sending letters to people reminding them to take advantage of the program.” Many residents don’t have the means to haul large items and the program gives them a chance to properly dispose of things such as large limbs, old furniture, and more. The C ity also has a Fall C lean-U p program. Those dates will be announced as the information is received.

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man that has stated at least five times that he was ready to serve his death sentence found himself back before Polk County Circuit udge erry Ryan last week, while defense lawyers tried to prove ineffective counsel in yet another Rule hearing after years of court battles and dragging a grieving family back through the horrible chain of events each time. Convicted rapist and murderer, arl Roberts, who has admitted numerous times, both on the witness stand and in letters to the judge that he is “ready to go,” meaning to be put to death, watched on as ederal Public Defenders argued that he was given ineffective counsel in his original trial in . The Rule Hearing began on Monday, the th anniversary of the death of -year old ndi rewer of Hatfield, who was Roberts’ victim. lthough Roberts waived his rights to any further appeals in , the Supreme Court of rkansas ruled in that Polk County “erred” in its findings that Roberts had the “capacity to choose between life and death and to knowingly and intelligently waive his right to post-conviction relief.” Roberts’ new team of defense attorneys presented witnesses in the latest hearing including jurors from the trial, his previous defense attorneys, and expert witnesses. n their latest arguments, the current counsel believes the previous defense team should have focused more on a schi ophrenia diagnosis as a mental health condition, as well as a wreck that happened when Roberts was -years old he was run over by a garbage truck while on a bicycle and suffered brain trauma . They suggest that Roberts’ original defense should have used the injury and diagnosis as reasons for his “out of control” behavior that causes “impulse control” problems. The defense counsel also suggested that some members of the jury knew members of the victim’s family and should have never been allowed to serve on the panel. nother suggestion of the defense was that prior counsel did not fight hard enough for a change of venue and also that there was too much of a police presence during the trial, even though the original defense team re uested the extra coverage due to threats made to them. ollowing nearly three days of testimony, Polk County Circuit Court udge erry Ryan said his decision on the case could take up to days.

he Mena Polk County Senior Center is holding a couple of different fundraisers this week. ne includes raf e tickets for a couple of anti ue uilts, both hand stitched. Tickets are each or for tickets. The drawing will be held at noon on riday, May th. They are also hosting a silent auction that includes both new and old items, and many handmade. There is an anti ue rocking chair, anti ue trunk, and several smaller items. or more information, or to purchase raf e tickets, call the Senior Center at or stop by and see them at utumn Drive, just off of Racetrack Road.

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T he Mena/ P ol k Cou nty Chamb er of Commerce is ex cited to cong ratu l ate the 2017 Chamb er S chol ars hip R ecipients

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Howard County Suspect Flees to Interact Raises Money for Wildlife Polk County BY MELANIE BUCK


he Polk County Sheriff’s ffice arrested a man wanted for aggravated assault late Thursday night after a call came in to dispatch from Howard County, and found a trove of drugs and a firearm in the midst. t approximately p.m. on Thursday, May , , Polk County authorities were informed of a suspect that allegedly committed aggravated assault at Umpire High School, which is located in Howard County, rkansas. The suspect allegedly pulled out a gun at the school. ther details are not known at this time. The suspect, -year old Richard Heifner, had last been seen driving a white ord atbed truck and was suspected to be heading towards Polk County. round p.m., members of the Polk County Sheriff’s Department located the suspect on Highway ast in andervoort. ollowing a traffic stop, the subject was taken into custody. During the traffic stop, officers found a large amount of methamphetamine and a . caliber handgun. Heifner is currently in the Polk County Detention Center awaiting formal charges and arraignment. His preliminary charges in Polk County contain at least two Class Y felonies that could carry life sentences, including Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and irearms and Possession of Methamphetamines with the Purpose to Deliver more than grams but less than grams. He also faces a charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond has been set at , . n Howard County, his bond was also set at , on charges of ggravated ssault. s a note, any suspect within this report is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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his year’s kids’ ishing Derby dates have been announced for the event that is held annually by the U.S. orestry Service. The Mena den Ranger District will head up the local event that will be held at the Ri e Range Pond on May th. Registration begins at a.m. that morning, with the derby beginning at a.m., and ending around a.m. Children ages to are welcome to join. Pri es will be awarded. The event is being held via a partnership between rk. ame and ish, Magic ait, the den Wood and Water Club, and the U.S. orest Service. or more information, contact the Mena den Ranger District at . Please make The Cole Team Bold & larger than the address & phone numbers below it. Omit the 800 number and the e-mail address and substitute Used on: instead.

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olk County’s xtension ffice staffing is now complete with the addition of Jo sh Y ates as Extension Agent last week. Y ates joins longtime agent C arla V aught and newly added agent B ridgett Martin, as well as Sue Oglesby who runs the front. The team has near a century of combined experience under their belt, as all have been in agent positions for several years. Y ates was raised in Sequoyah C ounty, Oklahoma, gradBY MELANIE BUCK • uating from V ian H igh School before attending C offeyville he community of B lackfork will celeCommunity College in ansas. He finished up his college brate a B lackfork H eritage Event on career at Oklahoma State U niversity with a B achelor’s D egree Ju ne 1 0, 2 01 7. Organize rs are looking for in Agriculture. any information on the old schools in the His first xtension gent job was in Lafayette County, rarea, “before everyone was shipped out to kansas where he remained for more than 1 8 months. H e then the ‘ big schools.’” went back to Oklahoma to work as an agent in B artlesville, If you have any old pictures, stories, or Oklahoma. articles of interest on the people, churches, H e admitted that when traveling through Arkansas and he stores, post office, or anything else related, would come through Mena, he always thought it was beautiful and a nice place to be. Little did he know, in just a few short years, they would be greatly appreciated to add to he would call it home. He said he heard of the open position and his old boss from Lafayette County encouraged him to apply. the big day. Once hearing he gained the position, Y ates and wife, K aitlyn, packed up and moved to Polk C ounty. H e also has an 1 1 -year For more information, contact Elaine old daughter named Abbey. They are excited to be here, and Y ates is excited to get to know the people he will serve. H e has Staines at blackforkgarage@ or plans to present programming and workshops to the community, much like previous agents have done. by phone at 4 79 -9 2 3-4 535. Focusing on youth is close to his heart as well. Y ates said he wants to present programming that also gets youth involved so they will carry on the farming tradition. “I want to have programming that educates young people to be young farmers.” H e will also spend around 35% of his time working the 4 H programming. “Y outh is our future. W e are going to have to advocate agriculture and teach kids what that is. Someday we may end up feeding ourselves so we want to give them the opportunities that their parents and grandparents had. W e don’t want to lose Consider Matthew. One of Matthew’ s fav orite lessons is to remind us that Jesus did things in those small farms.” fulfillment of God’ s Old Testament p rop hecies. A s we study the N ew Testament we continue to Teaching others to practice up-to-date procedures by looking at current research is see the fulfillment of God’ s p lan laid down in the b eginning and slowly unrav eled throughout the something else Y ates would like to bring to the table. As eager as he is, he knows he Old Testament. But one ob v ious q uestion comes to mind, “ A re we sure that Jesus is really the has “as lot to learn,” although he has been in extension for several years, and asks for one? ” A fter all, ev en John the Bap tist raised the same q uestion ( Matthew 11: 3) . patience from his visitors. “ will find the right answer,” said Yates. “ ven if have to The Old Testament contains hundreds of references to the coming Messiah, all of which were research it and call you back, will find your answer.” self-admitted “hands-on learner,” written more than three centuries ( and in some cases ov er 1,000 years) b efore H is b irth. he chuckled and said, “G ive me a chance and let me struggle, that’s how I learn.” Included in these are ab out 100 maj or, detailed p rop hecies relating such things as H is p lace of Proud to be here, Y ates said he looks forward to working with everyone and plans b irth ( Micah 5: 2) , time of b irth ( Daniel 9: 25; Genesis 49: 10) , manner of b irth ( Isaiah 7: 14) , to be here for a long time. “I put a lot of thought and prayer into it before I applied for it, b etrayal, manner of death, the p eop le’ s reactions, H is p iercing and b urial. N ow what are the before the interview, and before I accepted it, and I plan on making this home.” chances that such p redictions totally b eyond the human control of Jesus could accidentally For any questions, contact Jo sh, B ridgett, or C arla at 4 79 -39 4 -6 01 8 . The Polk C ounty come true? xtension ffice is a division of the University of rkansas Division of griculture.


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Josh McDowell in his b ook " E v idence That Demands A V erdict" q uotes a study of the p rob ab ilities p ub lished b y Peter Stoner in Science Sp eak s to answer this v ery q uestion. “…We find that the chance that any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled [these] eight prophecies is 1 in 1017.” That is just 1 chance in 100,000,000,000,000,000. To help us understand what this really means, Stoner illustrates it b y sup p osing “ we tak e 1017 silv er dollars and lay them on the face of Tex as. They will cov er all of the state two feet deep . N ow mark one of those silv er dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all ov er the state. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can trav el as far as he wishes, b ut he must p ick up one silv er dollar and say that this is the right one. W hat chance would he hav e of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the p rop hets would hav e had of writing these eight p rop hecies and hav ing them all come true in any one man, from their day to the p resent time, p rov iding they wrote them in their own wisdom.” One scholar lists 127 direct prophecies fulfilled in the life of Jesus. What we end up with is less than 1 chance in 10300 that the p rop hecies were fulfilled in Jesus b y chance! The Hatfield Church of Christ welcomes all to W orship . 479-437-5276 also on Faceb ook .

The extended family of Margie Ivey Phipps would like to express our gratitude to the staff of Peach Tree Assisted Living and Sadie and Ouachita Regional Hospice. We would also like to thank the caregivers that provided 24/7 comfort, true compassion, and care to Margie: Bobbie, Bonnie, Marie, Laveda, & Roxanne your care and friendship mean so much.

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Lease for ‘Welcome to Mena’ Sign More Than Doubles



he Mena Advertising and Promotion C ommission met on Thursday, May 1 1 , to discuss the location of the city’s W elcome to Mena sign. The sign currently sits in the ‘ Y ’ at the junction of H wy. 8 8 East and 71 N orth. The city had a five-year contract with the owners of the property where the sign currently sits, but it ran out a couple of months ago. The prior contract included a $ 2 00 per year lease agreement, but the landowners have asked for $ 500 per year in a new proposal. The lapse in the contract came as the A& P discussed moving the sign to a new location instead of paying a larger annual lease fee. H owever, at the meeting, a motion passed to allow C ity Attorney Patrick McD aniel to negotiate a 1 2 -month contract, instead of a 5-year contract, and to agree to pay the increased proposal of $ 500 per year, in addition to a pro-rated amount for the two-month lapse. Also, commissioners included that the sign must remain visible from both sides and cannot be blocked.

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City Council Approves Rate Increase BY MELANIE BUCK •


rate increase for water services was approved at the most recent meeting of the Mena C ity C ouncil on May 1 6 th. The increase was discussed in April’s Mena W ater U tilities (MW U ) C ommission Meeting, who then sent the recommendation to the full council for approval. Mena W ater U tility Manager C harles Pitman said that the utility consulted with C ommunities Unlimited CU regarding its current water rates and CU confirmed that the utility is not charging enough to cover its costs. The new rate schedule will be changed to two tiers. The cost of water will go from . for the first , gallons, . for the next 7,000 gallons, and $ 2 .6 0 for everything over 1 2 ,1 00 gallons to $ 3.2 0 for the first , gallons and . for water over , gallons. Pitman explained that this will affect the average household (5,500 gallons per month) by less than $ 5 per month. L arger users, such as customers outside of town with chicken houses that use 50,000 gallons of water can expect approximately $ 1 0 additionally each month. MW U ’s largest user should expect to see an increase each month of less than $ 1 00. N ow through the approval phase, customers will begin to see the increase beginning in their Ju ly 2 01 7 bills. In other C ity C ouncil matters, they voted to pass R esolution # 1 338 that authorize s the City’s police and fire departments to apply for funding from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. R ick C hrisman was re-appointed to the Mena Advertising and Promotion C ommission for a four-year term set to expire in 2 02 1 . In department reports, both Mena R egional H ealth System and the Mena Police D epartment had busy months in April. The hospital had a surge of visits and surgeries. Police C hief B randon Martin reported that his department made 6 1 arrests in April, a two-a-day average, and said his officers were “very busy.” Mena C ity C ouncil will next meet on Tuesday, Ju ne 1 3, 6 p.m., at Mena C ity H all. The public is welcome to attend.

capital murder charges he faces. As such, his parole was revoked, making him an inmate of the Arkansas D epartment of C orrections (AD C ). Travis was transported to AD C early on Monday morning, May 2 2 , 2 01 7. Sawyer said Travis will be transported to and from AD C on the dates he needs to appear in Polk C ounty C ircuit C ourt, but he felt it would “be better to have him in prison instead of Polk County.” Travis’ first hearing in the uadruple murder case is set for uly. His trial date is set for September , however, as with most cases, especially Capital cases, those dates tend to change when motions are filed and continuances are sought. Many times, Sawyer said, trials of this nature don’t begin for several months following the initial arrest. As a note, the charges in this article are merely an accusation and under the C onstitution, the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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Local Teacher Named State VFW Teacher of the Year


rs. H elen B uxton, Special Education English teacher at C ossatot R iver H igh School, has been announced as the state’s V FW Teacher of the Y ear. The V eteran’s of Foreign W ars Teacher of the Y ear award contest recognize s exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. Each year, a classroom elementary, junior high, and high school teacher is eligble to be nominated for the award if their curriculum focuses on citize nship education topics for at least half of the school day in a classroom environment. H elen B uxton was nominated by the local V FW post, # 4 4 51 , and moved on to win the district level, qualifying her for the state award. Mrs. B uxton was quite surprised to win locally, much less to win the district and state levels. Speaking of her own military family, she said, “W e have served and believe in America and the V FW , D AV , and other veterans organiza tions. Y ou guys do wonderful work.” She will be honored next month in Little Rock when she receives her official awards. uxton will now move to the national competition. This is the first district Teacher of the Year winner from Polk County in nearly three decades and the first state winner ever. The win was announced at a recent meeting of the local V FW . R on C loud, Sr. V ice C ommander for D istrict 9 , of B enton, Arkansas, made the trip for the announcement. H e, along with other members of the district, presented Mrs. B uxton with a check for her district win. C loud said, “W hen you have a teacher that teaches about the military and things from the past, it’s a big deal. Multiple members of her family have served and are still serving. W hat an honor to have the state winner come from Polk C ounty! ” Other awards will be presented to her at the state convention next month.

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he 3rd annual Armed Forces D ay Picnic was held by the D emocratic Party of Polk C ounty on Saturday, May 2 0, 2 01 7 in Ja nssen Park. Jo L ee Erickson, C hair of the D emocratic Party of Polk C ounty, said they had around 30 in attendance this year and plan to continue the annual event each year. “W e want to do something to support the community that supports us and show gratitude to those who serve in the Armed Forces,” said Erickson. rmed orces Day has been observed in the United States since and was created to honor all five military branches rmy, Navy, Marine, Coast uard, and ir orce. t is celebrated every May 2 0th. “We were thankful that the rain held out for us,” rickson said of the looming forecast. nstead, a great time was had by all as they enjoyed both original songs and merican classics played by Rick erard, and Shannon’s Custom Celebrations painted patriotic faces. ree hot dogs were also enjoyed. Erickson hopes the event grows each year, as it is free to all, not just military. f you are interested in participating in next year’s event, or if you’d like more information on the D emocratic Party of Polk C ounty, they meet each second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at Papa’s Mexican C afé . All are welcome to attend.

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PHILLIP STANLEY SPEER Phillip Stanley Speer, age 61, of Mena, died Sunday, May 14, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Wednesday, April 4, 1956 to Glynn Roe and Hazel Marie Chapman Speer in Texarkana, Arkansas. Phillip graduated from Liberty Eylau High School in Texarkana, Texas, in 1974. He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1978. He moved to Mena to work as a forester in 1979. Phillip managed the same region throughout his career; he loved his job and was well-respected by many people in the forestry industry. He was a firm believer in his faith, and was an active member of First Baptist Church in Mena. His belief in God was the most important thing to him, followed closely by his love for

his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was loving, thoughtful, generous, selfless, and always willing to lend a hand when needed. He enjoyed volunteering for the FBC 9th Street Feeding Ministries, participating in every blood drive possible, and hosting fundraisers for CASA. Phillip loved spending time with his family, no matter what they were doing. Favorite memories include cards on Friday nights, annual fall trips to Petit Jean, and playing croquet in the backyard. He also loved listening to his favorite music from the 70s, and was known to randomly break out in song lyrics relating to the topic at hand. Phillip was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and a great friend, and will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents. Phillip is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Melony Speer of Mena; his son and daughter in law, Tyler and Britney Speer of Texarkana, Arkansas; his daughter and son in law, Stephanie and Stephen Olmstead of Mena;





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trauma nurse. Throughout his trip, he has camped out in a tarp tent, and has certainly come across several of rkansas’ finest predators mos uitoes and ticks. He laughed as he said he had purchased a mos uito net earlier in the day in hopes of a more restful night. He camped Thursday night atop Rich Mountain and found his way to the Mena Polk Senior Center where he was served up a great lunch. ollowing his meal, Patrick was heading towards Pencil luff. When asked what his target date was for his final destination, he chuckled, “ efore the rain and snow hit.”



er of the Year for his outstanding efforts in recruiting new members to both the local detachment, as well as detachments in Texas. state conference in Mena lso, the Mena Detachment has accepted the honor of hosting the making it the first time the county has hosted the event. The conference will be held at ueen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge on May - , . The local Detachment is becoming more and more involved in the community and have an upcoming Troop Train event on May th. They also recently donated shadow boxes to detachments across the state with ags inside that were donated by easley Wood uneral Home of Mena. Nathan Roth, member of the Detachment said the donations were made to foster enthusiasm and espirit de corps’ to all Marine Corps League members. The League meets each th Tuesday of the month at Lighthouse itness Center on Hwy. South in Mena, at p.m. ll former Marines, Navy Chaplains, and Corpsmen are encouraged to attend and join. ther service veterans are also encouraged to join as an associate member. f you are interested in attending or joining the Detachment, contact their r. ice Commandant Michael Mc innis at or any Marine Corps League member.

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brother, Mike Speer of Texarkana, Texas; his two sisters, Carla Lacy of Texarkana, Texas and Marion Branson of Dallas, Texas; two grandchildren, Christopher Olmstead of Mena and Eleanor Speer of Texarkana, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. A funeral service was held Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the First Baptist Church in Mena with Brother Russell Threet officiating. Interment followed in the Hillcrest Memorial Park in Texarkana, Texas at 3:00 P.M. under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Visitation was Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena. Pallbearers were Doug Palmore, Michael Palmore, David Palmore, W.D. Lacy, Eddie Cokeley and Kevin Lawing. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to First Baptist Church Feeding Ministries, 811 Port Arthur Street, Mena, Arkansas 71953; Visiting Nurses Agency of Western Arkansas, 600 7th Street, Mena, Arkansas 71953; American Cancer Society, 901 North University Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72207. Online Guestbook:

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BRUCE WAYNE EDWARDS Bruce Wayne Edwards, age 59, of Mena passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Mena, Arkansas. Bruce was born in Rockford, Illinois on June 12, 1957 to the late Irvan Edwards and the late Rowena Loofboro Edwards. He leaves behind his loving wife, Donna Toye Edwards. Bruce was a Machinist for Sterling Machinery for 27 years. Apart from his love of fishing, hunting and bowling, he deeply loved and enjoyed spending time with his family most of all. Bruce was a loving and kind husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and will be missed by all. He is survived by wife, Donna Edwards of Mena, Arkansas; daughter, Krista Rudder and husband Robert of Navarre, Florida; grandchildren, Autumn Rudder of Navarre, Florida, Jackson Rudder of Navarre, Florida; brothers, Dennis Edwards of Delwood, Wisconsin, Ronald Edwards of Illinois; sisters, Lucille Johnson and husband Dave of Winnebago, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents, Irvan and Rowena Edwards, and sister, Connie Edwards.

Funeral services will be Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at The Crossing with Brother Victor Rowell and Brother Brad McClenny officiating. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Pallbearers will be Giles Bruce, Rickey Hughes, David Young, Keith Shelly, J.J. Reeves and John Napier. Honorary Pallbearers will be Robert Bates, Kenny James, Travis Sprague and Eddie Cottone. Visitation with family and friends will be Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Online obituary at


Stanley “Jackie” Eugene Bennett, Sr., age 72, of Mena, Arkansas, died Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at his home. He was born on Saturday, November 18, 1944 to Stanley Acil and Mary Shewmake Bennett in Fort Worth, Texas. Stanley was raised by his Aunt Doris and Uncle Sam Lehmann.

Stanley was a Class of 1962 Mena High School graduate. Stanley served in the U.S. Navy for 24 years achieving Master Chief Rank, serving in Vietnam, before retiring in 1988. He continued serving people afterwards, working at the Mena Post Office for eighteen years as a Clerk. He loved fishing, deer hunting, and most of all, his family. Stanley was a loving companion, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and a great friend, and will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Archie Lehmann, and Marvin Bennett; and two sisters, Judy McCoy and Jeanette Bennett. Stanley is survived by his loving companion, Nell Bennett of Mena; two sons, Stanley Eugene Bennett, Jr. of Ferndale, Washington and Larry Leroy Bennett of Sacramento, California; two stepsons, Jamie Williams of Mena and John Just of Bismarck, North Dakota; one daughter, Brenda Lea Lavoy of Lignum, Virginia, and one stepdaughter, Alicia Terrell of Waco, Texas; three sisters, Janie Van Kempe of Oregon, Sharon Rostollan of Mena, and Betty Geyer of Mena; ten grandchildren; two great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. A graveside service was held Friday, May 19, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the Mount Gilead

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Gilead Cemetery in Rocky, Arkansas with Brother Mark Lyle officiating. A visitation was held at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 P.M. Funeral services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. Pallbearers were Danny Spencer, Billy Martin, Jimmie Crawford, Dewey Lance, Dean Terrell, William Hopper, Jeff Renfro, and Mike Rostollan. Online uestbook:


Marilyn Clift Eads passed away May 5, 2017, in Owasso, OK, at age 92. She was born June 14, 1924, to Ray and Ollie Clift of Mena, Arkansas. After graduating from Mena High School, Marilyn attended beauty school in Little Rock. pon completion, she returned to Mena and worked as a beautician at Clift’s Beauty Shop. On May 13, 1945, she was united in marriage to Ray Eads of Mena. Two years later the couple moved to Lamar, Colorado, where they made their home. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ray; her only daughter, Becky Jordon; a sister, Lillian Campbell; and an aunt, ladys eyer and husband, Walter. Survivors include her brother, Ray Clift and wife, Orlene, of Mena; a son-in-law, Jim Jordan of Springfield, Colorado; granddaughters, Shelley Key of Burleson, Texas and Abbey Jordan of Lamar, Colorado; great-grandchildren, Courtney, Lucas and ayleigh of Burleson, Texas; Sara, Anthony and Marcus of Lamar, Colorado; nephews, Randy Clift and wife, Debbie, of Houston, Texas; Wayne Campbell and wife, Connie, of Owasso, Oklahoma; erald Lovell, Jr. of ensington, Kansas; nieces, Tracy McCullar and husband, Shane, of Russellville, Arkansas, and ay Ramsey of Sheridan, Arkansas; cousins, Janis Geyer Shull of Mena and Chrys Geyer of Colleyville, Texas. Marilyn was a woman of strong faith and an example of Christ-likeness to her family and friends. She en oyed teaching Sunday school for adults, which she did for many years. Following a graveside service, Marilyn was laid to rest beside her husband and daughter at Fairmont Cemetery in Lamar, CO, on May 18.

JUNE CAROLE JOHNSON June Carole Johnson, age 82, of Watson, Oklahoma died Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Peachtree Hospice in Fort Smith. She was born on Saturday, June 9, 1934 to Ivus Johnathan

William and Imogene Wilson White in Octavia, Oklahoma. June was a very active member of Cove First Baptist Church, teaching Sunday school and acation Bible School. She was a loving foster parent throughout the years and it was very important to her. Her family and grandkids gave her immense oy. June loved gospel music, reading, uilting, crocheting, and going to Smithville High School Braves basketball games. June was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, J.L. Hoot Johnson; and daughter Elaine Scott. June is survived by two daughters and son in law, Carmiel and Ted Aldred of Fort Worth, Texas and Denise Bridger of Watson, Oklahoma; one brother and sister in law, Wayne and Jessie White of Fort Worth, Texas; brother in law, Ron Mayo of Guthrie, Oklahoma; sister in law, Doris Johnson of Watson, Oklahoma; six grandchildren, Jennifer ing of atesville, Texas, Lauren Rainbolt of Maypearl, Texas, Jess Aldred of St. Mary’s, eorgia, Carlton Aldred of Jacksonville, Florida, Jana Synder of Grand Prairie, Texas and Jared Scott of Dallas, Texas; ten great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. A memorial graveside service was held Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. at the Octavia Cemetery in Octavia, Oklahoma with Brother Ron Ladd officiating. A time of fellowship and gathering was held at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 noon. Cremation services were entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. Online uestbook:

NODENE FAULKNER DILBECK GOODGAME Nodene Faulkner Dilbeck oodgame, age 75, passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Fort Myers, Florida. Nodene was born March 20, 1942 to the late Lewis Faulkner and Mary Lee Burnett Faulkner. Nodene was best known for her bright smile and deep love for her family. In her retirement, she en oyed traveling, long walks on the beach looking for shells, playing dominoes very competitively with her girls, and spending time with her devoted husband of 28 years, Richard Dick oodgame. Nodene was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by one sister, Doris Abbott, and one daughter, Stephanie

Dilbeck. She is survived by her husband Richard Dick oodgame; one daughter, Tammy Broomfield of Waldron, Arkansas; one son David Dilbeck and wife LeAnn of Mena; three sisters, Nancy Abbott and husband Tom of Owasso, Oklahoma; Linda Davis and husband Jim, Carla Mosley and husband Steve all of Mena; two brothers, Jimmy Faulkner and wife Linda of Greenwood, Arkansas, and Jack Faulkner of Mena; one brother-in-law, Gus Abbott of Tulsa, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of loving friends. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 26, 2017 at 11 a.m. in The Crossing Church with Bro. ictor Rowell officiating. Interment will be a private ceremony at Pinecrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the Mena/Polk County Senior Center, PO Box 750, Mena, AR 71953.

WANDA MCBRIDE JONES Wanda McBride Jones, age 81 of Mena, Arkansas went to be with her Lord on Monday, May 15, 2017 in Mena. Wanda was born in Big Cedar, Oklahoma on May 19, 1935 to eorge McBride and Annie Peters McBride. She married len Jones on July 5, 1952, and was a loving and faithful homemaker. Early years she went to work at Renova Shirt Factory. In 1977 she began to work at Polk County Memorial Hospital and retired in 2008. First and foremost Wanda loved od and her family. She was a dedicated mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and friend to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed. She is survived by daughters, lenda Lunsford and husband Benny of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Kathy Smallwood and husband Darrell of Mena, Arkansas, Ton a Boyd and husband Dewayne of Corpus Cristi, Texas; grandchildren, Derreck Smallwood, eisha Burden, Ty Jones, Jaccey and Wyatt Boyd, Bridgett Lunsford and Tasha Smith; eight great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, eorge and Annie McBride, husband, len Jones, brother, Leon McBride, sister, Lucille Foster, son, Dennis Jones and a grandson Dennis irk. Funeral service were Friday, May 19, 2017, 2:00 p.m. at First Freewill Baptist Church in Mena with Brother Donnie Jewell and Brother Tim Harper officiating. Interment followed in the Big Cedar Cemetery in Big Cedar, Oklahoma under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Family and friends visitation was Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Beasley Wood from 6:008:00 p.m. Pallbearers were Ronnie Peters, Dewayne

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Our Dearest Diane Lavon Bovee oehler passed away on April 1, 2017 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. She was born March 6, 1970 in Mena, Arkansas to John and ioletta Bovee. She was a reader, a documentary film buff, with interests in psychology and criminal ustice. Her dearest friends came from River Group of San Marcos, North Austin 24 Hour Club of Austin, and Austin Recovery where she gave hope to countless others through the sharing of her own life experiences. Wherever Diane went people wanted to be around her. She loved Austin, Texas. The all time greatest love of her life is her son Tanner. Her faith and belief in od was unwavering. She now resides in His presence. Diane is survived by her son, Tanner oehler of San Marcos, T ; her father, John H. Bovee and step-mother, ivian Dodd Bovee of Bunnell, Fla.; her mother, ioletta Bovee of San Marcos, TX; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is preceded in death by her brother, John Stacy Bovee; her paternal grandparents, Art and era Meyer; her maternal grandparents, Jess and Hattie Conduff; and adoptive grandparents, Edward and Amy Bovee. Acknowledgments to Dr. James yeki of Texas Oncology and the S.T.A.R.T. Center San Antonio, T . Her dogs, Dizzy and Sister. A Memorial Service was held for our dearest beloved Diane on Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Mena. She is laid to rest in the Pinecrest Memorial Park. She is missed by so many who love her.

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Arvest Partners with HHE Students to Benefit Local Food Bank BY MELANIE BUCK •

he students at H olly H arshman Elementary were recently challenged to donate non-perishable foods that would benefit a local food bank, and the classes that raised the most were promised a popcorn party. Organize rs of the event were overwhelmed at the response. s a part of rvest ank’s Million Meals campaign, the local branch made the decision to include the students. When the donation of , items came through, they knew they made the right challenge. The donations, which include canned goods, cereals, oatmeal, and more, were donated to od’s eeding Hands Mission Center located at Reeves venue in Mena. The Center was founded in by Larry and yong Weathersby. “We are shocked and humbled by how many groceries we received from the students,” said yong. Larry added, “We appreciate their hard work.” The food will help supply local residents that seek assistance at the Center. They are open on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. They also distribute free D D’s for recovery programs that offer hope and healing. od’s eeding H ands is also a H ouse of Prayer and B ible studies are also available. rvest, as promised, gave the classes with the largest donations a popcorn party. Mrs. iersey’s rd grade class, along with Mrs. Wells’ th grade class, and Mrs. Smith’s th grade class all enjoyed popcorn, oreos, and juice boxes while visiting with the folks from rvest and the Weathersby’s, who were on hand to say a big “thank you” to the students.

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retirement reception was held to honor two teachers from H olly H arshman lementary on riday, May . etween the two educators, more than years has been poured into countless students, helping shape each “next generation.” Mrs. Colleen Clark has served in education for years, with the last eight being a part of the Mena School District. Mrs. Pam Curry has served the district for years. Surrounded by their peers, hugs were given and goodbyes were said, and through it all, one thing was apparent… these ladies will surely be missed by both faculty and students.

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Local Students Compete in Destination Science Challenge

4th Grade: (L-R) Boden Hebert 3rd, Lauren Beck 2nd, Zoie Rupe 1st place

4th Grade: (L-R) Olivia Latham 1st, Colton Quebedeaux 3rd, Augustine Frost 2nd

4th Grade: (L-R) Scotty Gragg & Dorian Knight 1st place, Cody Short 3rd, Abi Koppein 2nd

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he Annual D estination Science event was held at the C MA Iron Mountain Pavilion on Friday, May 1 2 th, with students from around the region attending and showing off their experiments that included robotics, catapults, paper rockets, and much, much more. The event is hosted each year by the Mena-D eQ ueen Educational C o-Op. Mena Public Schools took a host 5th Grade: (L-R) Nicholas McCourtney, Kasen Schuller, of students to compete and came home with several winners. A synopSully Massey 2nd place sis of each category is listed below Robotics Maze with winners pictured left. Robotics Ma e n the Robotics Ma e competition, the teams had five minutes to sketch and measure what was called the practice table. After five minutes the team was given a roll of masking tape and had to recreate the ma e using their sketch and measurements on the oor before they could start programming the robot to go through the maz e and had to be back at the competition table ready to compete within an hour. The winner was determined by the robot that traveled the farthest distance without touching the walls. January 6, 2016 Egg D rop competition the kids were given a list of materials that they could use to build a container to hold and egg and keep it from breaking when dropped from various heights of 3,6 ,9 meters. The winner was determined by the container that was dropped from the highest point without breaking the egg. Airplane the students had to build a paper airplane using any kind of paper but it had to meet certain measurement requirements. They had to throw them through PV C doorways. The winner was determined by the number of doorways the plane traveled through spaced out at 2 .5 meters, 5 meters, 7.5 meters. C atapult Students had to build a catapult that met certain measurement requirements. The winner was determined by who could catapult a hacky sack of a certain weight into the most containers (3 containers were placed at various distances from the catapult launching pad, 1 meter, 3 meters, 5 meters) Paper R ocket student had to build a paper rocket and shoot it at a target that was 2 0 meters away from the launch pad using a launcher that uses air pressure to launch them. The schools can borrow this equipment for students to practice. W hen practicing the student has to determine what angle and air pressure they need to land their rocket on the target. Sailboat the student has to build a sailboat that meets certain measurement re uirements that will oat in cm of water. The winner is determined by the following formula (1 000/ W ) xT W = Mass T= Sailing time Toothpick B ridge students were given a kit that included colored glue and a box of round toothpicks. They had to research and build a bridge that weighed less than 1 6 0 grams. They could not cover more than 1 0% of the toothpicks with glue. The bridge had certain measurement requirement that it had to meet. The winner was determined by the bridge that held the highest load to weight ratio before breaking wins. PHOTOS COURTESY OF CINDY BREVIK

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Wickes Students Earn Accolades at Cossatot Art Show



ossatot R iver School D istrict is proud to announce several of their students from W ickes Elementary were winners at the coveted C ossatot Arts & C rafts Show recently held in K ing, Arkansas W inners were chosen in various categories. Those from W ickes placing in several different categories were: 1 st Place W inner - Jo se Arvizu ; 2 nd Place W inners - N icole Martinez and B ria D otson; 3rd Place W inners - Evin Fraciseur (not pictured) and Eachan H elms; R omine Oil Awards - C hristopher Salinas and Addison W atkins; H onorable Mention Award - Taylan Powell; Special Merit Award - Autumn Irons and Aiden McK enzi e. Pictured are: B ack R ow (L to R ) B ria D otson (6 th G rade), Autumn Irons (4 th G rade), C hristopher Salinas (6 th grade), N icole Martinez (2 nd G rade), Front R ow (L to R ) Eachan H elms (2 nd G rade), Addison W atkins (3rd G rade), Jo se Arvizu (1 st G rade), Taylan Powell (2 nd G rade)

Acorn Band Delivers Riveting Spring Performance

Acorn Choir Hosts “Disney Dinner Theatre”




he Acorn B eginning, Middle and H igh School B ands were recently showcased during their Spring C oncert held May 9 in the Acorn gym. The bands are under the direction of Ms. V alerie C ouch. The band opened the concert with the Mickey Mouse March. The band went on to play Frere Ja cques, Sawmill C reek, Montego B ay, R egal March, L iberty March, Slidin’ the B lues, Any W ay Y ou W ant It, C hattanooga C hoo C hoo, 2 1 G uns, H appy, The Pink Panther, Magma, D isney Film Favorites and closed out the show with the American Spirit March.



corn High School hosted their first annual dinner theater, pril th and 2 9 th in the Acorn C afetorium. G uests were seated by their own personal host/ hostess and served a spaghetti dinner complete with dessert before the choir students performed a medley of “B e Our G uest” and “Mickey Mouse C lub” to kick off their own “D isney D inner Theater.” The performance included some of the older classics like “Z ip-A-D eeD ah” and “W hen Y ou W ish U pon a Star” as well as some of the newer songs, “H akuna Matata” and “A W hole N ew W orld.” The choral program is under the leadership of Ms. V alerie C ouch, who expressed her appreciation to not only the students, but many others who helped make the large scale dinner theater and production possible, including Ms. R uby K . Manis, K ristin H aggard, Mike Sanchez, Mark L yle, R on Tilley, Mindy L yle, Sean C ouch, C hantry B lake, R ebekah C ole, Ja den Miller, and K atie Ann Pippen.

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t’s time to recogni e the Class of . had the honor of addressing graduates at Williams aptist College in Walnut Ridge on May , . Here is some of the advice gave to graduates ’m sure many of you are documenting this milestone on social media. You have a lot to be proud of so it is no surprise that you want to share your accomplishment. f you check my acebook, Twitter or nstagram later today, you’ll likely see a picture of me congratulating the Williams aptist College Class of as well. Social media offers a wealth of information that helps keep us up-to-date with the latest news from around the world, to what is happening with our friend next door. The ease and convenience of these platforms allows us to stay engaged with our friends and share what is important to us. t’s become so easy to share about ourselves that we lose grasp of the virtue of humility. We are called to be humble, to follow the example set by esus, but as a society we are struggling to follow on this path. Social media makes it more pronounced. n his book “Mere Christianity,” C.S. Lewis wrote, “True humility is not thinking less of yourself it is thinking of yourself less.” od has given us each uni ue talents to help others. t’s a very personal path to understanding how we have been called to help and how we can best serve the needs of the community. This is important to living a life of faith. We should be asking ourselves how we can make the lives of others better This is something we all need to be reminded of including Washington. When was first elected to Congress to represent the Third District of rkansas in , became friends with Congressman Tom sbourne who was representing a district in Nebraska. Prior to being elected to Congress, Tom was one of the winningest head coaches in collegiate football history. He coached his teams to conference championships, national championships, and earned a spot in the College ootball Hall of ame. He understood that this life we are given is about more than personal accomplishments. He felt compelled to give back and thought the best way to use his talents was to serve in the House of Representatives. The old football player in me sought out the Coach for counsel when got to Washington. He provided a wealth of advice, but perhaps the best lesson he taught me is that even in a place like Washington, you can get a lot accomplished if you don’t care who gets the credit. That is the truth. We are stronger and smarter as a team. When each person brings their individual talents to the table we can change things for the better. n a T D talk in pril, Pope rancis relayed a message to act humbly or risk ruin. “The more powerful you are, the more your actions will have an impact on people, the more you are called to be humble,” he said. We are all capable of helping others. You don’t have to be a U.S. Senator or have your dream job or live in your dream house. There is a role for us all to play. Humility is a civic virtue. We all want to leave our state, country and world a better place for future generations. The uestion to ask yourselves, Class of , is how can you make a difference s my college football Coach rank royles repeatedly told my Ra orback teammates and me, there are two types of people in this world givers and takers. Live your life as a giver, not a taker.

State Legislature Looks to Reform Taxes



his week several members of the legislature will take the first step in crafting new tax reform legisla-

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tion. When the eneral ssembly passed the Tax Reform and Relief ct of we not only reduced taxes for low-income families, we also laid the groundwork for future tax cuts and reform. The legislation created the Tax Reform and Relief Legislative Task orce. The purpose of the task force is to examine and identify areas of potential reform within the tax laws of the State of rkansas and to recommend legislation for consideration during the Regular Session. There are members of the legislature, including senators and representatives, on the task force. ppointments were announced earlier this month and are posted on our website. The task force is charged with recommending legislation to Moderni e and simplify the rkansas tax code. Make the rkansas tax laws competitive with other states in order to attract businesses to the state. C Create jobs for rkansans. January 6, 201 D nsure fairness to all individuals and entities impacted by the tax laws of the State of rkansas. y simply changing tax structures every year or every other year, states may miss an opportunity for reform that re ects structural economic change. rkansas now joins several other states that have created a commission or task force to craft a comprehensive report. The task force is re uired to file their first preliminary report of their findings and recommendations by December , . Their final report and recommendations to the overnor, Speaker and Senate President Pro-Tem is due by September , . This report will be instrumental in crafting legislation for the next regular session. The task force is re uired to meet once every months, but can elect to meet more often. The first meeting is May at am in the M C uilding room . uture meeting dates will be posted at



May 24, 2017

Memorial Day 2017

May 24, 2017


We Salute All Military Men & Women and Their Families! The annual Memorial Day Ceremony, sponsored each year by Mena Emblem Club #470, will be held on Monday, May 29, 2017 at the Veteran’s Memorial Wall on the lawn of Polk County Courthouse. The Ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by a lunch served at Mena Elks Lodge. Any Civic organization, business, school church, or even family are welcome to bring a wreath to lay at the monument. Come honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to preserve freedom and liberty for all of us. In case of bad weather, the Ceremony will be held at the Mena Elks Lodge on Hwy 375 East. PHOTO BY DUSTIN DILBECK

REMEMBERING THESE 152 POLK COUNTY SOLDIERS WHO PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE PROTECTING OUR FREEDOMS! World War I Feaster Bailey Robert Bard George Bates Joel Baugh Charles Bennett Arthur Boerstler George Carper George Cook William Cook Will Daniels Claude Eddleman Lawrence Farley Frank Fried Wyatt Gann Lee Graves William Guinn Robert Hilton Lemuel Loftis Ben Matteson Douglas McDaniel Baxter Melton Wesley Miller Murtchie Mitchell Gentry Nesbest Joseph Norton Steel Ramsey Barney Sammons

Samuel Schell Harold Shetley Ross Standridge Sam Suit Wagoner Trow Frank Ward Jr. William Ward Herbert Woodell Runie Wooley World War II Hollis Almonrode Glenn Anderson Frank Bainum Leon Baker Thomas Bass William Bennett Arbie Bills Samuel Blanton Robert Bobb William Brock Thomas Burgess Jack Burnett Ervin Calicott Howard Cameron James Emory Cole Paul Combs Henry Cooper Waldo Cummings

James Dandridge Grover Davis Walter Derris Charles Ellison Sig Foley William Ford John Forsyth James Fulks Ray Gambol A. Dewitt Gilbert Lester Gillaspy William Gregory Theodore Guinn Chelsea Hall Virgle Hamock Lester Hankins James Hansard Herbert Hardin A.V. Harrison Clyde Harrison Robert Hillard Freeman Hodges Robert Holmes Algia Hoskinson Ralph Howard Teal Hughes Olen Johnson Josephine Kearney

Lincoln Kesterson Odes Lawrence John Lewis Robert Lewis John Lichlyter William Malone Jack Marlar William Martin Robert McCauley Raymond Moore John Musgrave Ernest Oats Eugene Parks Edward Payne Jr. Eugene Philpot Morden Plunkett Clifton Putman John Rabb William Rackley Henry Richardson Harvey Richmond John Roberts Fred Ruddell Foy Rush Eugene Ryan Charles Schott Haskell Simpson Vernon Simpson

Harold Smith Hollis Smith Jesse Smith William Springs W.L. Standridge John Standridge Elmer Stewart George Thirkill Thadeus Tunnell Eddie Terrell Jodie Upchurch George Vaughn Ulysses Webb Clifton White Odis Wilkins Joe Wimberly Richard Wiseman Emmitt Wooley Enoch Wright Korea Bennie Barron Robert Batey Jr. Robert Caudle Everitt Elmore Deltis Fincher George Foshee Elzie Hughes Miles Kidd

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A Man from ‘The Greatest Generation’ - Jim Montgomery “N


othing is as strong as the heart of a volunteer,” said immy Doolittle, WW LTC. This attitude is re ected in the lives of those who served in World War . During a time in which there was a military draft, many of these valiant men volunteered before ever having to be asked ne of those such men was none other than Mr. im Montgomery. im grew up in central llinois, the oldest of five siblings. “We had somewhat of a separated family because of the ages of the kids. When enlisted in the Navy, my brother was just being born,” says im. fter graduating high school, im, like his classmates, enlisted to serve his country in the great war. “They didn’t have to draft me. There wasn’t any thought or option about what would do. t was your duty and so we signed up. very boy in my class enlisted to serve.” Montgomery epitomi ed many men of this generation who had such a sel ess attitude, putting the needs of fellow citi ens and mericans above their own. “We didn’t speed. f the speed limit was mph, we drove mph because we felt when we sped we took gas away from our soldiers.” lbert instein once remarked, “ nly a life lived for others is worth living.” This kind of thinking can be challenging, uncomfortable honestly, but this best summari es who the greatest generation’ are. “We cared for one another. You didn’t have to know them to care about them, we cared for them because they were fellow mericans,” says im somberly. im and many others were never able to make it to the battle front because the war ended while they were in boot camp, “ t wasn’t that we were looking forward to the war. We were looking forward to doing our job because the fighting in the war was our job. t was our responsibility to protect those that couldn’t protect themselves.” The sel essness of these men is remarkable, an attitude of others first’ that no other generation can relate to. Their commitment to fighting wasn’t begrudgingly either, “ t was our responsibility to fight and we were ready to do that. owe my attitude to my dad received as much training from Dad as did anywhere. think that is some of the problem these days, in my time - times more dads were active in their children’s lives.” fter his service in the Navy, im got married to his wife, ettie, eight months later. “ grew up with her, but think while was gone in the Navy she grew up a little,” im says laughing. n similar fashion to his commitment and attitude towards serving in the military, im devoted himself to his work. Shortly after getting married, he worked in the poultry business for six years. im would then spend several years operating a grocery store in llinois that his dad had operated before him. n im and ettie moved to Mena, making the uachitas their home, and they haven’t looked back since. Upon moving to Mena, im opened the former bowling alley, the Pine owl. Starting the business was a big shift for the family, after all, they had never pursued anything like it. “ felt that Mena needed a new form of entertainment and felt like after being in the grocery business, saw that enjoyed interacting with people so we did it.” The Pine owl was a staple of family entertainment in Mena for years, countless people having their parties at the bowling alley, or many having their first date there. “We have had everything in that bowling alley. I had a death, a funeral, and even a wedding in the bowling alley. The only thing that didn’t happen in the bowling alley was a baby being born,” says im chuckling. Throughout the years of operating the Pine owl, im had the opportunity to meet and get to know many people in the community. “The people here are great, just super. There aren’t people like this elsewhere in the world. ’ve been all over the United States and haven’t met better people or seen a better place.” im and ettie are staying plenty busy these days, spending time with family and traveling to many destinations. “We have a bit of an aggressive bucket list. ne of the things is that we want to visit all of the presidential libraries. W e have six of them done so far and we plan on spending much of our summer visiting the others,” explains im. They have been uite the experienced travelers, traveling to every state and beyond to include Mexico. oth im and ettie have been heavily involved in the community for decades, each of them have served through the efforts of the local Lions Club. This summer thousands of people will travel all over this great country to see the sights and sounds of merica’s greatest cities. s they do, may they never forget the sel ess sacrifices made by the greatest generation of men this country has ever known.


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ehind every small business, there’s a story worth telling. B lood, sweat, tears, and countless hours are put into running a business. Most often, small town businesses start with a dream that had humble beginnings. This is the case for M eed in Hatfield rkansas, a hometown feed store that has been family run for over two decades. R odney H atten, owner of B & M Feed, is carrying on the family run business. “The feed store was started by my father and nephews, Tom McCormick, and Ryan and errod achuss, hence where M came from,” explains Rodney. The feed store certainly had small beginnings, the boys would work after school and on the weekends. Operating the store was a collective family effort, “It was a joint effort from the start. Even after they graduated and went to college, my dad and a third nephew worked the store until dad retired in .” long with the feed store, Rodney’s parents owned and operated the old rock grocery store that sat in front of the feed store on the corner. fter graduating from corn, Rodney enlisted in the Navy where he served as an aircraft mechanic. “ really enjoyed what did in the Navy. worked as a supervisor and then as a lead, loved the atmosphere that was working in. t was a great time,” explains Rodney. or almost years he served as an aircraft mechanic in both the Navy and commercial aviation. fter exploring much of the world and seeing the things many hope to, Rodney wanted to come back to Mena. “ really just wanted to slow down the pace of life was living and be near my folks. lthough loved what was doing, wanted a change of pace and enjoy small town life again,” Rodney says with a smile. He made the move and officially settled back in Polk County une , and then re-opened the feed store in September. Moving back to Hatfield provided not only an opportunity to be near his parents and live a slower pace, but to continue the family business. fter his dad retired, M feed was closed, but Rodney wanted to bring back the feed store and the same friendly service that the community had once known. “ wanted to come back and continue what my family had already started. The McCormick name carries a good reputation with it around here and so kept the store name the same, and hopefully the same great service my dad provided, will be able to provide as well,” says Rodney. The store is not only the place to stop and get feed and supplies, but it acts as the community center where many locals gather to laugh and tell stories. “ love having the store and the people that come in. We have a lot of fun characters’ that come visit us, it is always a good time,” smiles Rodney. The best part about the feed store may very well be the friendly environment, when customers walk through the door they are greeted and treated like family. B & M feed is not only a friendly place to stop and do business, but R odney has a wide variety of supplies that will be sure to meet any need. “W e have supplies for home, garden, animal, and pet. We have a little bit of everything and if we don’t will order it.” or customers that have more specific needs, Rodney can provide custom ordering that will fit their needs. Rodney carries a wide variety of pet and animal feeds including Caldwell, B ig V , protein and cattle tubs, D iamond and V ictor dog foods, and his newest feed, B lue onnet. “ am really excited about carrying lue onnet eeds. think that have an op1114A Hwy 71S Mena, AR Keith & Sharon Aleshire, portunity to provide something for customers that they can’t get anywhere else. B efore Toll Free: 1-888-394-4200 Broker/Owners started carrying lue onnet, people would have traveled to Texarkana, Hot Springs, Keith’s Cell: 479-243-5341 or Howe, klahoma to pick some up.” n addition to feed, M carries garden supplies, including plants, seeds, and fertilize rs. 3722 - Delightful Home here in or any livestock, pet, or gardening needs, stop in and see Rodney at M feed. Mena. This 3 b dr/ 1.5 b ath Brick Customers are treated like family and a trip to the feed store will be sure to end in good H ome features b eautiful stories and laughs. “My dad understood what it meant to care about his customers and H ardwood floors in the sp acious that is something I want to continue. W hen people come in here, they aren’t just cusliv ing room, dining room and 2 tomers, but they are family.” To check out all the supplies that M has to offer, go see of the b edrooms! Custom cab inetry in the k itchen and Rodney at ohnson Street in Hatfield, or call him at .

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Cross Country

Coached by Randy Peters All-State: Clint Buck

Coached by Tim Harper

2016 Class 4A Football Playoffs All 7-4A: Anthony Kennedy, Ryan Ozanich, Carson Cannon, Elijah Snider, Justin Dean, Jonny Gunn, Conner Hendricks, Noah Swall, and Jackson Sullivan ll tar inees Ryan Ozanich, Jackson Sullivan, and Elijah Snider n ra le enti n ll tate Taylor Redding ensi e Player war Justin Dean De ensi e Player war Taylor Redding/Jonny Gunn

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Coached by Brad Lyle

2016 Conference Champions 2016 District Champions 2016 Class 4A State Semi-Finalist t lley all C n eren e C a t e ear Brad Lyle All-State: Sealy Thigpen and Lexi Brooks ll tate ll rna ent ea Sealy Thigpen & Grace Wagner ll C n eren e Reagan Sikes, Grace Wagner, Jayzlee Bahr, Alicia Barrett & Ansley Simmons n ea ll C n eren e Courtney Milham & Brandie Harrison est ll tar Sealy Thigpen Player war s est etter Sealy Thigpen est itter Grace Wagner est l er Grace Wagner est Passer Alicia Barrett


Coached by Thomas Powell tate

ali ers – Payton Medlin and Zeb Wilson


Coached by Ray Hunter 4A Boys State Runner-Up C a t e ear Ray Hunter All-State: Daniel Davis & Austin Johnson ll Distri t Daniel Davis & Landon Stidman

Girls Basketball –

Coached by Scott Wright

ll C n eren e Grace Wagner, Reagan Sikes, and Olivia Cannon ensi e war Grace Wagner De ensi e war Reagan Sikes l s irls as et all war Reagan Sikes & Grace Wagner

Boys Basketball

Coached by Thomas Powell 2017 4A-South Regional ournament Qualifiers

ll C n eren e Cross Hughes & Connor Harvey ensi e war Cross Hughes De ensi e war Blake Seals

Jim Rackley Elks Boys Basketball Award: Austin Wagner


Coached by Trent Wilson Player t e ear: Kadden Crawford ew er t e ear Kyndon Schuller

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Girls Soccer

Coached by Kevin Bledsoe All Conference: Morgan Bowling

Girls Track

Coached by Brad Lyle tate ali ers Abbie Smith, Evelyn Smith, Addison Smith, Julianna Kennedy, Raychel Woody, Sierra Grimsley, Maddie Linch

Most Outstanding Girls Track Athlete: Abbie Smith Boys Track

Coached by Aaron Pennington tate ali es Anthony Kennedy, Clint Buck, Landon Stidman, William Shaner, Robert McIntyre, Devin Adams, Curtis Curry, Braxton Bahr, Zion Barnes

Most Outstanding Boys Track Athlete of the Year: Clint Buck, Anthony Kennedy, and Landon Stidman


Coached by Ray Hunter A State Qualifier ensi e war Sealy Thigpen De ensi e war Lexi Brooks

Boys Soccer

Coached by Greg Tibbitt A State Quarterfinalist All-State: Christian Lua and Ryan Ozanich

7-Athletic Letter Multi-Sport Athletes:

Brennon Ayres, Lexi Brooks, Brandie Harrison, Ryan Ozanich, Van Rigby, Abbie Smith, Landon Stidman, and Austin Wagner

9-Athletic Letter Multi-Sport Athletes:

Clint Buck, Anthony Kennedy, Reagan Sikes, Ansley Simmons, and Evelyn Smith

Ladycat Award:

Given by Karlene Hooker Reagan Sikes

Orville David McMellon Award: Austin Wagner Frank Mosley Award: Outstanding Senior Girl Athlete : Reagan Sikes

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Thursday, 5/25 • 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 2164882 for more info. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 5:00 p.m. - 9th Street Ministries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the 9th Street Ministries building. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s eetin at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. • 7:00 p.m. – Amputee Support Group meets at First Christian Church. Call Laura at 479-385-5130 for more information. • 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. Friday, 5/26 • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Road tests are


P C ’ MARKET opens Saturday, May 27, at 7 a.m. until they run out. The Market will open each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 7 a.m. next to the Mena Depot. Celebrate summer with healthy, locally grown choices. • CHARM QUILTERS has announced they are taking a summer break and will not be meeting again until fall. • MHS 40-YEAR CLUB will host their reunion activities this weekend. On Friday, May 26, incoming classes of 1976 & 1977 will gather at the Ouachita Center at 6 p.m. On Saturday, May 27, a brunch for those who graduated 60-plus years ago will be held at 10:30 a.m. The reunion will begin at 2 p.m. with a reception and dinner will be served at 5 p.m.

given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room unless the roads are wet. Written tests are given at 1:00 p.m. • 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 reserve a spot. Meet at the isitor Center. • 12:00 p.m. – PCDC Board of Directors will meet in the MRHS Conference Room A. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 12:00 p.m. – Fibers Arts Group meets at Mena Art allery. All types of fiber are welcome. • 2:00 p.m. – Reservoir Hike at ueen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Reservoir Trailhead. • 2:00 p.m. – Sneaky Snorkeling at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Low Water Bridge below the isitor Center. • 4:30 p.m. – Touch Table at ueen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet in the Hearth Room. • 7:00 p.m. – Sunset Hike at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Harris Creek Trailhead. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. - Gator & Friends will play at The American Legion in Acorn, admission 6. Potluck and 50-50 drawing, with door prizes. • 8:00 p.m. – Sunset in the Park at ueen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet in the Picnic Area. • 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, 5/27 • 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 reserve a spot. Meet at the isitor Center. • 2:00 p.m. – Wonder House Tour at ueen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Wonder House. • 4:00 p.m. – Unnatural Hike at ueen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Amphitheater. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. p n y ’ res at ueen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Picnic Area. • 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, 5/28 • Decoration Day will be held at Board Camp Cemetery. Donations for maintenance can be mailed to: P.O. Box 1424, Mena, AR 71953. • 9:00 a.m. – You Too Can be a Bird Nerd at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Cossatot Fall’s Parking Lot. • 10:00 a.m. – Wonder House Tour at ueen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Wonder House. • 10:30 a.m. – Snorkeling Exploration at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Sandbar Parking Lot.

• 1:15 p.m. – Skins and Skulls will be presented at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the isitor Center Legacy Room. • 2:00 p.m. – Feed the Critters at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the isitor Center. • 2:00 p.m. – Dutch Oven Demonstration at ueen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Picnic Area. • 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. • 3:00 p.m. – Sulpher Springs Church meets at Sulpher Springs. • 3:30 p.m. – Snorkeling Exploration at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Sandbar Parking Lot • 4:00 p.m. – Frisbee Golf at ueen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet beside Campground Bathhouse. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First nited Methodist Church in Mena. 8:00 p.m. – Constellation Exploration at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Cossatot Falls Parking Lot. Monday, 5/29 • 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 reserve a spot. Meet at the isitor Center. • 10:00 a.m. – Nature Hike at ueen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet on the north side of Lovers Leap. • 10:30 a.m. – Wickes Daniel Cemetery Memorial Day Services. Potluck for lunch following. Bring your favorite foods and lawn chairs. • 10:30 a.m. – Snorkeling Scavenger Hunt at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Sandbar Parking Lot • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 2:00 p.m. – Wonder House Tour at ueen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Wonder House. • 2:00 p.m. – Snorkeling Exploration at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Low Water Bridge below isitor Center. • 3:00 p.m. – Crafty Kites at ueen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Amphitheater. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First nited 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. Tuesday, 5/30 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardner Comnity en’s rea ast at the First nited Methodist Church in Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art allery, 607 Mena St. Bring your current

pro ect and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. p p e at el Branch Library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. - T.O.P.S. will meet in the nion 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. – Dallas Valley RVFD will meet for training at the Fire House. • 7:00 p.m. – Acorn Fire & Rescue will meet at the Fire Department. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First nited Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479-234-2887 or 479-234-3043. Wednesday, 5/31 • The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in Mena at noon. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library is open. • 5:45 p.m. – The Mena First United Methodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – Warriors for Christ will meet at the Southside Church of od. • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Regeneration Youth Ministries meets at Mena Church of od Hwy 88 East. • 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church offers Discovery ids – indergarten Thru 5th rade; Collide outh Ministry – 6th Thru 12th rades; and Adult Bible Study. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at race Bible Church, 1911 Hwy 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 Charity and Jessie Ryles of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on May 15th.

Sonja Wiggins, of Mena, is the proud mother of a baby girl, born on May 17th. Destiny Floyd, of Mena, is the proud mother of a baby boy, born on May 17th. Tiny Shoes and Justin Lands, of Hatfield, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on May 17th. Josefa Antunez and Oscar Gonzalez, of Wickes, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on May 18th. Amber and Caleb Pennington, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on May 19th. Torri Jo Veal and Cody McVay, of Hatfield, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on May 19th. Amber Polland and Michael Milner, of Grannis, are the proud parents of a baby boy,born on May 19th.

#LOL During the wedding rehearsal, the groom approached the minister with an unusual offer. “Look, I’ll give you $100 if you’ll change the wedding vows. When you get to me and the part where I’m to promise to ‘love, honor and obey’ and ‘forsaking all others, be faithful to her forever,’ I’d appreciate it if you’d just leave that part out.” He passed the minister the cash and walked away satisfied. The wedding day arrives, and the bride and groom have moved to that part of the ceremony where the vows are exchanged. When it comes time for the groom’s vows, the minister looks the young man in the eye and says, “Will you promise to prostrate yourself before her, obey her every command and wish, serve her breakfast in bed every morning of your life and swear eternally before God and your lovely wife that you will not ever even look at another woman, as long as you both shall live?” The groom gulped and looked around, and said in a tiny voice, “Yes.” The groom leaned toward the minister and hissed, “I thought we had a deal.” The minister put the $100 into his hand and whispered back, “She made me a much better offer.”

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Coach Lisa Falls Stran Strother Brody Webb

SR BOYS TENNIS Kobe Hogan Ethan Hendrix Kasey Head Matthew Chaney

SR GIRLS TENNIS Morgan Fagan Faith Hill Sydney Crawford Martha Ingram Brittany Wilhite Harly Dearing Josey Webb

William Hicks, Jeb Willborg, Zak Abbott, Leo Jacinton, Adam McDaniel


Makenzie Goss - Leadership and Sportsmanship Brickie Sachs – Leadership and Best Flyer Martha Ingram – Most Dependable Kim Strasner – Perseverance Award Mercedes Mowdy – Best Jumps and Best Tumbler Jaden Miller – Teamwork Award Reese Rogers – Most Improved Lexi Dilbeck – Most Improved Faith Walker – Vocal Strength Award Abby Nance – Enthusiasm Award Abigail McCarroll – Optimist and Sunshine Award Corinne Branson – Base Award Matthew Davis & Gracie Hill – Tiger Pride Awards


Brady Lyle, Matt Chaney, Jordan Ward, Jacob Moore, Major White, Nathan Cottman, Jacob Cottman, Kacey Head, Jacob Lyle, Tyler Lyle, Damien Bohlman, Justice Neufeld, Keelan Brown, John Fagan, Jack Young


SR GIRLS GOLF Harly Dearing Brooke Bates Sophie Jackson Gracie Hill

*Conference Champions Conference Tournament Champs* Sophie Jackson, Lexi Powell, Halli Holland, Ashlyn Bissell, Corryn Holland, Gracie Hill, Makenzie Goss, Autumn Strother, Alyssa Warren, Emmy ss ns ine tter el Kaylee Tedder, River Rodgers, Reagan Weddle, Kiersten Larucci, Madison Ellis, Harlee Rodgers, Emily Blair

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*District Champions – 2nd at Regionals – 8th at State* Kenny Denley, Nathan Chaney, Jeff Lewis, Adam Hughes, Brady Lyle, Matthew Chaney, Chad Sutton, Curtis Short, Mason Stout, Jack Ha

SR GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY *State Runner-Up Class A-AA* *Magazine-Mansfield Champions – District Champions – Runner-Up SW Regionals* Morgan Fagan – ALL STATE Faith Hill – ALL STATE Brittany Wilhite Harley Dearing Josey Webb Makenzie Goss Allie Strother Sophie Jackson Kendra Branson Breanna Jones


Brady Lyle, Nathan Cottman, Eric Mowdy, Michael Auces, Calem Bowers, Jacob Moore, Adam Hughes, Damien Bohlman, Braxlie Lyle, Justice e el issell risten Richey, Jacob cottman, Tristen Green, Ethan Mayo, Majjor White, Mason Mallard, Cheyenne Reynolds, MGR

SR GIRLS SOFTBALL *State Qualifier Class A* Brooke Bates – ALL CONFERENCE Harly Dearing – ALL CONFERENCE Torri Barrett – ALL CONFERENCE & ALL-STATE Ashley Sides – All ConferenceMakayla Anderson, Braxlie Strother, Morgan Fagan, Lexi Powell, Caici Hannaman, Madison Andrews, Makenna Goss, Megan Vaughn


Matthew Chaney – Highest FG%, Most Steals, Most Points Brody Webb – Highest FT% Brady Lyle – Best Defender, Most Assists Jacob Moore – Most Rebounds


Ashlyn Bissell – Best Defender Gracie Hill – Most Charges Taken Halli Holland – Highest FG% Most Improved – Autumn Strother Best Attitude – Makenna Goss Corryn Holland – Hustle Award Lexi Powell – Highest FG%, Most Assists, Most Steals Sophie Jackson – Highest 3pt FG%, Most Rebounds, Most Steals


Tyler Bates – ALL CONFERENCE, Most Points Aaron Bissell – ALL CONFERENCE, Highest FT%, Most Assists, Most Steals, Best Defender Logan Frost – Hustle Award Leo Jacinto – Highest 3pt FG% Zak Abbott – Highest FG%, Most Rebounds


Morgan Fagan – ALL DISTRICT, Most Assists, Most Steals Brooke Bates – HONORABLE MENTION, Highest 3pt FG%, Most Improved Player Brittany Wilhite – Hustle Award Harly Dearing – Best Attitude Tori Barrett – ALL DISTRICT, Highest FG%, Most Rebounds, Faith Hill – ALL DISTRICT, ALL STATE, Highest FT%, Most Steals, Sophie Jackson – ALL STATE TOURNAMENT



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Jr High Cheerleader

AAA Award (Awesome Attitude Award): Kiersten Smith Most Valuable Cheerleader: Elorie Hopper Best Sportsmanship: Gracie Smith Most Improved: Winnie Smith Eagle Pride Award: Kadi Dixon

Cross Country Girls

Sr. High Cheerleader

Best Sportsmanship: Kim Gonzalez Best All Around Cheerleader All American: Kaylee Kesterson Most Improved: Haley Warren Eagle Pride: Madison Hernandez Most Coachable: Gaitlynn Brady Megaphone: Larra Herrlich Cheer Clown- All American: Jacie Tinkes

Cross Country Boys

All District: Keelan Youngblood & Cody Baker Most Outstanding Runner Keelan Youngblood

Jr. Track

Most Outstanding Runner Enrique Loredo (Boys Team) & Jayden Dering (Girls Team)

Most Outstanding Runner: Liliana Trinidad

Special Olympics

Don Johnson: Shot Put- 2nd, 100 Meter- 1st, 4x100 Meter Relay – 1st David Johnson: Shot Put- 3rd, 100 Meter - 2nd, 4x100 Meter Relay – 1st Landon Counts: Standing Long Jump- 1st, 100 Meter - 3rd, 4x100 Meter Relay – 1st Melissa Johnson: Standing Long Jump- 2nd, 100 Meter - 1st Megan Davis: Softball Throw 3rd, 50 Meter- 2nd Jennifer Hernandez: Softball Throw- 1st, 100 Meter Walk- 1st Robert Maddox: Running Long Jump- 3rd, 200 Meter - 2nd, 4x100 Meter Relay – 1st Kolby Frachiseur: Running Long Jump-3rd, 100 Meter - 2nd 4x100 Meter Relay – 2nd David Miranda: Softball Throw2nd , 100 Meter- 3rd, 4x100 Meter Relay – 2nd Elgin Williams: Softball Throw1st , 100 Meter- 1st Xavier Araiza: Running Long, Jump- 1st, 100 Meter - 1st, 4x100 Meter Relay Alishia Thompson: Running Long Jump- 2nd , 100 Meter- 1st, 4x100 Meter Relay – 2nd

Sr. High Track

Most Outstanding: Keelan Youngblood

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Most Valuable Hitter: Harley Dering Eagle Eye: Raegan Richardson Tough Out: Shanna Johnson Golden Glove: Rhyen Martin Pitching Excellence: Shanna Johnson Most Improved: Rachel Lyle Lady Eagle Spirit: Mackenzie Winkley MVP: Rhyen Martin Softball All Conference: Rhyen Martin All Conference Honorable Mention: Harley Dering & Shanna Johnson

Girls Soccer

All State: Ashlen Gonzalez All Conference: Megan Andrew & Esperanza Ortiz Offensive MVP: Ashlen Gonzalez Defensive MVP: Katya Gonzalez Hustle: Lara Herrlich Best Attitude: Liliana Trinidad Most Improved: Zebera Schmidt All Star Nominee: Megan Andrews

Jr. Girls Basketball

Hustle: Landrie Tadlock Playmaker: Kaylin McKee Best Attitude: Katelyn Baker Best Offense: Jordan Bailey Most Improved: Savannah White Best Defense: Kayla Richardson

Sr. Girls Basketball

Hustle: Jacie Wilkerson Playmaker: Raegan Richardson Best Attitude: Caylee Stewart Best Free Throw %: Raegan Richardson Best Offense: Ashlen Gonzalez Most Rebounds: Ashlen Gonzalez Most improved: Megan Andrews Best Defense: Jacie Wilkerson




Most Improved: Brian Strother Spirit Award: Karl Reible Gold Glove: Braydon Smith Clutch: Gavin Ralls Outstanding pitcher: Cody Brown All Conference: Cody Chandler All Conference Honorable Mention: Cody Brown

Boys Soccer

All State: Jonathan Castrejon, Daniel Perez & Yair Valencia All Conference: Daniel Zuniga, Jose Rios & Joel Delgado Offensive MVP: Daniel Perez Defensive MVP: Gerardo Arias & Gilberto Cervantes Hustle: Miguel Ortiz Versatility: Brayan Perez Best Attitude: Juan Trinidad Most Improved: Alejandro Gonzalez All Star Nominee: Jonathan Castrejon State All Tournament Team: Daniel Perez

Jr. Boys Basketball

Most improved: Justin Frachiseur Hustle: Victor Trinidad Best Attitude: James Stark Best Defense: Gavin Hicks Best Offense: Coy Frachiseur Playmaker: Brian Strother

Sr. Boys Basketball

Most Improved: Keelan Youngblood Hustle: Cody Brown Attitude: Juan Trinidad Best Defense: Trevon Broach Best Offensive: Cody Baker Playmaker: Marco Ramirez Most Rebounds: Keelan Youngblood Best Free Throw %: Marco Ramirez All Conference: Cody Baker, Trevon Broach & Marco Ramirez All Conference Honorable Mention: Keelan Youngblood All State: Cody Baker

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Moments from America’s History: An Unconventional Convention



wo hundred and thirty years ago this week, May 2 5, 1 78 7; the C onstitutional C onvention began in Philadelphia. At the outset, the states were bitterly divided. The Continental dollar was extremely in ated and the economy was very depressed. The instability was so severe that ngland and Spain were postured to pick up the pieces of the colonies when things fell apart. Holding a convention under such circumstances was a challenge, to say the least. With the convention’s purpose evolving into the drafting a new constitution rather than just revising the rticles of Confederation, many delegates were not expecting a four month commitment. Conse uently, this extended investment of time resulted in shortages of money for many delegates since this took them away from their livelihoods. ven ames Madison was living on borrowed funds after less than a month into the convention. The delegates came to understand that their ultimate purpose was to seek a general agreement on what form of government the Constitution should provide one that allows the people to govern themselves, but also prevents democratic majorities from endangering the freedom of minorities. Tensions became high from time to time, especially on the issues of what should be the authority and scope of the new national government and how to provide a more e ual political playing field for both large and small states. The process involved patient, methodical and often intense deliberation which was more than simply the forcing of issues to finality through compromise. So heated did the debates get that at one point the convention came very close to ending after a short time and with little progress that is until its elder statesman, enjamin ranklin, gave some much-needed timeless words of wisdom. n part, this is what he said “ have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer live, the more convincing proofs see of this truth -- that od governs in the affairs of men. nd if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that “except the Lord build they labor in vain that build it. firmly believe this and also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the uilders of abel We shall be divided by our little partial local interests our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall be become a reproach and a bye word down to future age.” rom this point forward, the convention made steady progress. The genius of the Constitutional Convention included an enormous treasure of knowledge, experience, and wisdom - all taking into account man’s vain and unsuccessful attempts at self-government through the ages. The failed democracies of the reek city-states and the decline of the great Roman republic were among the lessons of history which informed the convention. The delegates also knew that the social civil institutions of the merican colonies, developed over the previous years, would serve as relevant references, proven precedents, and reliable supports from which to construct a national constitution particular to the merican culture. These intermediate institutions would need to be preserved and remain empowered so that their inherent and foundational role in sustaining the merican polity could continue. Trying to achieve the proper balance between the claims of freedom and the claims of authority through a national government was a delicate, tedious and arduous process, but it was undergirded with a realistic and truthful understanding of the human condition, based upon the doctrine of original sin. Concepts such as three branches of government, checks and balances, federalism and the primacy of individual freedom, responsibility and accountability are rooted in biblical principles and remain fundamental safeguards against tyranny. These underlying precepts are what made the convention itself the first of its kind in the world and what has made the Constitution so uni ue and enduring. s ames Madison reminds us, “The essence of government is power and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.” “We have staked the whole future of merican civili ation, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of od.”

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The Fire Department Boasts New Mural CONTRIBUTED BY BARBARA M. TOBAIS •

efore the tornado, Mena teacher athy Marshall and a group of students, both from amily, Career and Community Leaders of merica CCL and uture usiness Leaders of merica L , began a makeover project in Mena that consisted of students painting walls, lockers, and replacing some old furniture and bedding. s part of the project, Mrs. Marshall, Mrs. Cunningham, and some other teachers at the time, were painting a mural for the Mena ire Department. n the midst of the mural project, the tornado of hit Mena, devastating much of the city, and the project was left incomplete. n , current ire Chief Steve gger ssistant ire Chief prior to ohn Puckett’s retirement on March , , wanted the project finished for Chief Puckett’s retirement and appealed to Mena rt allery for help. ulie ande ande, xecutive Director for the gallery, found some artists who could do the job. Lorraine Timmerman, Niki Dempsey, and udith Cantrell made a few changes to the original design and finished the mural. So now the ire Department has a beautiful mural celebrating both the ire Department’s vital contributions to our community and our country’s ag. To see the mural, call the ire Department at to find out when you can come by, although Chief gger said a prior phone call is not necessary and folks can stop by anytime. “The staff of the Mena ire Department is so appreciative to Lorraine Timmerman, Niki Dempsey, and udith Cantrell for their countless hours and creativity with completing this wonderful mural,” said gger. To see more artwork by gallery members ilda Meyers and Patricia Trulock, stop by Mena rt allery at Mena Street during regular gallery hours Tuesdays am to pm Wednesdays through Saturdays, am to pm.

Mena Art Gallery Receives Book of Bernice Campbell’s Paintings

ary and oann Campbell have honored the Mena rt allery with a book of his mother’s paintings. ernice Campbell had taken an art class in high school in the mid’s. She rekindled that dream in the late ’s when Rich Mountain Community College offered art classes. She went on to further her art education with classes at Rich Mountain and at Wenatchee, Washington, as well as lessons from individual artists. She also learned photography and took thousands of slides during travels with her husband, arl Campbell. She used those slides as inspiration to paint many pieces, which were still hanging in her home when she passed away in anuary of this year. n , some of her children and grandchildren published a book of her paintings, and a copy of this book has been donated to Mena rt allery where a seating area is available for you to sit and enjoy them. Come by the gallery during regular hours am to pm Tuesdays and am to pm Wednesdays through Saturdays. rom now through une , you can also enjoy seeing the work of ilda Meyers and Patricia Trulock when you come to the gallery.

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DAV Presents Plaques & Gives Chocolate Bunnies DAV Auxiliary members Rose McLain, Debbie Johnson, and junior member Alexia Minzel took Easter cards and chocolate bunnies to veterans at Rich Mountain Nursing Home and Peachtree Assisted Living Facility. They presented plaques to Benny Anderson and John Graves at Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab.

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s the population of Americans over age 55 soars toward 70 million over the next decade, more Americans are searching beyond avoiding wrinkles and fine lines for tips, foods, and products that will help them live the lives they desire well into their advanced years -- and this includes muscle maintenance. As people age past 30, they can lose up to eight percent of their muscle mass each decade. Finding a way to maintain muscle through the years has been one of the more elusive parts of the healthy aging quest. “Muscle loss can really take its toll. Even simple movements like opening a jar of pickles or gardening, become more difficult,” said medical director of NYU Langone’s Preston Robert Tisch Center for Men’s Health, Dr. Steven Lamm. “When you have less muscle mass, the muscles you have must work harder. It can be exhausting.” Per Dr. Lamm, there are a few easy steps that can keep your muscles healthy as you age -- and new research shows there may even finally be a way to curb muscle loss associated with aging. Be Active One of the most effective ways to keep muscles in tip-top shape is to be active. Even quick exercises done regularly can make a huge difference in your muscle health. “Try the long route when you’re taking the dog for a walk, or take the stairs instead of the escalator. Staying active can also maintain joint health,” said Dr. Lamm. January 6, 2016 Feed Your Muscles Most people know that protein is a building block for muscle, yet don’t get enough of it. Sleep also feeds muscle growth and recovery. “I tell my patients to aim for a regular sleep schedule of eight or nine hours each night to promote optimal muscle mass, heart health, and brain health,” said Dr. Lamm. Try a Supplement You cannot halt aging, but new research shows you may be able to curb the muscle loss that comes with getting older. A new clinical study showed that daily supplementation with the super antioxidant, Pycnogenol (pic-noj-en-all), improved muscle function and endurance, and reduced some of the symptoms accompanying muscle loss. “I’ve recommended Pycnogenol to my patients for years as a natural extract for healthy aging, and as an important building block of wellness. This research builds on those findings,” says Dr. Lamm. Pycnogenol is one of the most researched ingredients on the market, and decades of research demonstrate the benefits of this natural extract for cognitive support, joint health, and skin health that all contribute to an overall healthier self as we age. It’s available in more than 700 dietary supplements, multi-vitamins, and health products worldwide. For more information, visit Muscle maintenance is a key to healthy aging. Luckily, there are many steps you can take to prevent muscle loss and stay strong through the years.

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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 14,2017 Kyle A Woody, 22, of Mena was charged with disorderly conduct after officers were called to a disturbance at a local park. May 15, 2017 Rodney Scott McQueen, 39, of Mena was arrested on two warrants for non-payment of child support. Savannah Wyman, 19, of Mena was arrested on a felony warrant for delivery of methamphetamine or cocaine. Stacey Leann Shores, 26, of Mena was arrested on a failure to appear warrant from the Mena Police Department. May 16, 2017 Report was made of a community service worker using a weed-eater inadvertently breaking a window on a vehicle. May 17, 2017 A local man reported that he is being threatened by the husband of a co-worker. Case is pending. Melvin E. Benson, 46, of Mena was charged with theft of property (shoplifting) after officers were called to a local retail store. May 18, 2017 A Mena woman reported that her former boyfriend had taken the keys to her vehicle and would not return them. Case is pending location and interview of suspect. May 19, 2017 ent A. imbrell, 42, of Mena was charged with DWI (drugs) and driving left of center after officers responded to a complaint of a possibly intoxicated motorist. Employees at a local bank reported that they had received a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill in a deposit. May 20, 2017 Roy Savage, 26, of Mena was charged with public intoxication and violation of a

curfew violation in a city park. Rodney Dale Morrison, 31, of Mena was charged with violation of an order of protection and criminal trespass. The arrest followed a call to a local residence and subse uent search for the sub ect.

P l C nty eri ’s Depart ent May 15, 2017 Report from complainant on Heritage Lane near Hatfield that their fence had been cut. Deputy responded. Arrested was Richard B. Roper, 34, of Cove, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. May 16, 2017 Traffic stop on Highway 246 East near Vandervoort led to the discovery of a suspicious item. Investigation continues. May 17, 2017 Report of a disturbance at a business on Highway 71 North near Acorn. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report of a disturbance on Polk 20 West near Cove. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report of a disturbance from a Mena woman led to a 14-year-old female being issued a Juvenile Citation for Domestic Battery 3rd Degree. The uvenile was released to the custody of a parent/ guardian. May 18, 2017 Report from a Mena man of being threatened by an ac uaintance. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from complainant on Clover Lane near Cherry Hill of problems involving a neighbor. Report from complainant on Polk 31 near Hatfield that their mailbox had been shot. Report from complainant on Polk 139 near Cove of problems with a neighbor concerning an animal. Deputy responded. Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was James H. Bailey, 39, of Mena, on Charges of DWI and Careless/Prohibited Driving. May 19, 2017 Arrested was Richard L. Heifner, 44, of Little Rock, on Charges of Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, Possession of Meth or Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and a Howard County Warrant for Aggravated

Assault. May 20, 2017 Traffic stop in Mena led to the arrest of Christopher L. Ridley, 54, of Mena, on Charges of DWI and Careless/Prohibited Driving. Traffic stop on Polk 54 near Mena led to the arrest of Jason G. Hale, 32, of Mena, on Charges of Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License, No License Plate, No Liability Insurance, Criminal Trespass, Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Arrested was Brandon W. Rose, 19, of Van Buren, on two Warrants for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. May 21, 2017 Traffic stop on Highway 71 South in Mena led to the arrest of Scott D. Boyd, 50, of Mena, on Charges of DWI, Following too Close and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.

Report from complainant on Trailwood Lane near Mena of their dog being shot. Deputy responded. Report from a Mena man of a missing 17-year-old male. The uvenile later returned home. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 16 Incarcerated Inmates, with 3 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility. ***SCAM ALERT*** Another scam that you need to be aware of is one where people represent themselves as satellite provider companies, such as Dish and Vyve, in order to obtain pers nal an nan ial in r ati n you did not initiate the phone conversation, you probably should not be sharing your information. Be very careful!!

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Ad deadline is 12 p.m. on Monday. Payment is due with ad. Publishing and distributing 8,000 copies weekly.

Now Hiring: R & C Aviation Inc. is looking to hire skilled sheet metal mechanics. Experience and A&P license preferred but not required. Willing to train motivated employees. All positioms include competitive salary and benefits. Inquire at 293 Polk Rd 52 (at the airport) or email your resume to 5/31 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 DVDs $1.00 – 10 or More. Retirement Sale. Dan’s Pawn Shop. 100 Hwy 71 S at 1st Street, Mena. 6/14 Available for Rent June 1: Remodeled Historic 1650 sp. ft. commercial space; high traffic area, 711 N Mena Street; open floor plan, display windows, some shelving. Call 479-216-2724 for information. 5/31 FOR RENT: Beautiful 3 bed/2bath house. Great location, $750/month & $750 deposit. No pets. Call 394-4886. 5/31 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 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

The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce is seeking bids for the design and production of the 2017 Mena/ Polk County Connection Chamber of Commerce Directory Magazine. Contact the Chamber Office at 479-394-2912 for details. 5/29 ADVERTISMENT FOR SEALED BIDS – The Polk County Housing Authority will receive sealed bids on a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 2WD Pickup with Tommy Lift. Further information may be obtained upon request. The vehicle can be seen at the Housing Authority office at 509 South Morrow Street, Mena, AR, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The Polk County Housing Authority reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids. Sealed bids must be clearly marked and received at the Housing Authority office no later than 3:00 p.m. Thursday, June 22, 2017. Send sealed bids to: Polk County Housing Authority – SEALED BID-2009 Chevrolet Pickup – Attn. Dixie Shrader – 509 South Morrow Street – Mena, AR 71953 5/31 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 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 Sharpening Business For Sale. Owner Retiring. Call for Details. Dan, 479-394-5515. 6/14

Clean and comfortable housing since 1969, J. Ray & Maria’s MH Park and Rentals. Hwy 71 North, Mena, AR. 479-216-3085 TFN Help Wanted – The Oaks is hiring for a Full-Time LPN & CAN/Housekeeping. Please apply in person between 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Monday-Friday. 5/24



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 Have Guitar will travel – singer/songwriter with P.A. systems. Parties – Weddings – Meeting – Etc. Reasonable Rates, Arkansas Songster. 479-394-1617. 5/31 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 Dan’s Pawn Shop is closing. All pawned items must be picked up be June 23rd. Almost everything in the store is 20% off. 100 Hwy 71 S at 1st Street, Mena. 479-3945515. 6/14

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