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Quadruple Homicide Rocks the County to its Core

Community Offers Support Through Horrific Tragedy


T he most grueling case to hit P olk C ounty in recent history unfolded last week as four victims were recovered in a five day search that involved local, state, and federal agents who found themselves in a desperate attempt to locate the two young children that had been listed as missing in the heinous crime. n a case that has shaken people across the county and devastated a family, law enforcement and the rosecuting ttorney s office now have the duty of piecing together the evidence in what turned out to be a uadruple homicide involving the deaths of -year old CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

BY LEANN DILBECK The community banded together as the unfathomable events of last week unfolded, showing endless support to the law en r e ent ers and then ending the week with a community prayer vigil for the i ti s’ a ily an t CONTINUED ON PAGE 6- 7

‘Love Our Town’ Service Weekend Held Neighbors Helping Neighbors BY LEANN DILBECK • his past weekend appro imately volunteers poured out across ena, armed with power tools, building cleaning supplies, and a deep desire to serve as he rossing hurch held it s first ove ur own ervice Weekend. ain on aturday couldn t dampen the spirits as volunteers worked with rain slickers and pop-up tents and again on unday, completing over projects across the city. T he planning began months ago as the pastoral staff began signing up volunteers from the church and identifying the various projects. f the projects, appro imately were CONTINUED ON PAGE 7-8

OLT’s Live Production of Mary Poppins Opens This Weekend BY MELANIE BUCK •

ary oppins opens this weekend at the uachita ittle heatre, ena treet, in ena. he curtain will open to the home of ane and ichael anks, two children in need of a new nanny, as they keep running the others off. ary oppins has long been a favored treasure of generations of children and adults alike, and the local production is sure to be as pleasing as the movie. he cast is packed full of old and new players to the theatre. resident, and diCONTINUED ON PAGE 8

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Union Bank Donates to Single Parent Scholarship Fund



nion Bank P resident P hilip Hensley presents the bank’s $ 5 00.00 contribution to P olk C ounty Single P arent Scholarship Fund board members, T im Rodgers and P ete C hambers. In thanking Hensley, C hambers noted that U nion Bank not only has supported the scholarship fund financially for eleven years, but also by serving on the board and providing meeting space. “T he bank including us in the community organizations it supports,” C hambers said, “makes a huge difference in our ability to help single parents get the education and skills they need to build great lives for their families. We are very appreciative.” The 66th Annual NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER Thursday, May 4 12:00 Noon Polk County Courthouse Lawn In case of rain, event will be moved to the Mena First Baptist Church in the Multi-Purpose Building.

Third Annual Color Run This Saturday BY MELANIE BUCK •


he Mena Regional Health System Support Foundation will host their annual Foundation Frenzy 5 K Family C olor Run/ Walk this Saturday, May 6 th. T he popular event raises money for the Foundation while giving participants a vibrant race to run as ‘ color bomb stations’ line the course. T he third annual event will take place at Ja nssen P ark beginning at 8 a.m. T he event will be chip timed at no extra cost to participants. All male and female participants will be in a separate category, and first through third place medals will be given to both males and females in each age division. T rophies will be presented to the overall male and female finishers. T he cost to enter is $ 26 per person. Entry on race day will be $ 30 per person. C hildren 5 and under are free. Strollers and wagons are welcome and children 12 and under may only participate with an adult. O rganizers encouraged participants to wear white to begin the race so you can end in a rainbow of colors. In addition to the color bomb stations, hydration stations will also be set up along the route. For more information or to register online, visit http: / / www.foundationfrenzy. Registration forms are also available at the MRHS Administration O ffice, P olk C ounty P ulse, Non-Stop Fitness, and O uachita Sports and Wellness.

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Weekend Storms Disrupt Services; Cause Minor Damage

Riner Named Official Superhero BY MELANIE BUCK •




eather across the area over the weekend was less than gentle as it ripped across northwest Arkansas leaving many without power and many others in the midst of oodwaters. lthough olk ounty didn t receive the worst of the rains, there was minor damage sustained due to high winds, and water levels that apparently washed away some of s fiber optic cables, causing many residents to be without phone or internet service for several hours. eports of downed trees have been made across the area as well as the storm rolled by just west of the county. eon hilpot of ich ountain lectric confirmed that all power had been restored to residents enduring outages. He said the worst hit areas were the ansom oad area in ena, nk and in the herry Hill community. Following the damage reports, the Arkansas D epartment of mergency anagement declared a state of emergency in several counties including ontgomery ounty, which suffered countywide ooding. n ena, just under an inch of rain was recorded from the storm, with more than five inches reported for the month.

ndy iner, rosecuting ttorney for the 18 th West Ju dicial istrict, was honored with this year s uperhero ward, given by the ercy hild dvocacy enter in ena, at their second annual hild buse revention ally held in olk ounty. T he event was presented at their local location, ort rthur venue, where they serve the county s abused children. aren Wright, irector of the enter, presented the award. he rally was held as county law enforcement, along with other local, state, and federal officers, were on the search for two local children that had been declared missing, of which both were later found deceased, as well as

their mother and great-uncle. iner was surprised and honored by the award. He received an official uperhero cape and a crystal award. n that day, iner spoke of how child abuse and neglect is rampant around all communities. vil never stops,” said iner. t s our job to bring justice to those that commit atrocities against children.”

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t the 25 3rd National Meeting of the American C hemical Society ( AC S) in San Francisco, U A Rich Mountain C hemistry Instructor D r. Gaumani Gyanwali, and U A Rich Mountain Student Eduardo Medina presented Impact of an In-C lass C alculation Work-Sheet in C hemistry and P hysical Science C ourses on Student Success. T he meeting was held from April 2-6 , 2017 with 15 ,000+ national and international attendees. Earlier in D ecember, the AC S awarded one of the seven $ 15 00 travel grants for the submission of the presentation. U nder guidance, Eduardo conducted student interviews at U A C ossatot and collected data for the work. O n April 3rd, Eduardo presented a poster under the AC S D ivision of C hemical Education. O n April 5 th, D r. Gyanwali presented a talk in a session titled, Strategies P romoting Success of T wo-year C ollege Students. It was an excellent opportunity provided by AC S to present and attend professional development workshops, poster sessions, exhibitions, and talks. As parts of the grant requirements, Eduardo volunteered in undergraduate committee’s assigned duties and attended sessions focused on leadership, college education, and career outlook. He will submit a formal report to AC S undergraduate committee for publication in inC hemistry, the AC S member students’ bimonthly magazine. Moreover, the exposure to this level of leadership and professional development for a freshman student like Eduardo will be of tremendous help for his future directions. Many thanks to AC S U ndergraduate C ommittee and U niversity of Arkansas Rich Mountain for the support and opportunity to be involved with this endeavor. “I would like to thank D r. Gyanwali and U A Rich Mountain for providing me this incredible opportunity. I am very glad to represent our college and present our research to multiple individuals in such a large scientific community. his also gave me a chance increase my leadership skills while worked with the undergraduate chemistry committee officers. We took this opportunity to e plore the an rancisco ay rea including the Golden Gate ridge and erkeley ampus. t was interesting to study the geographical location of an rancisco, which is right on top of the famous San Andreas Fault,” stated Eduardo Medina. For more information about U A Rich Mountain courses and programs, check us out at or contact Admissions at admissions@

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Cossatot EAST Students Develop New Mapping App for County C



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ossatot iver nvironmental and patial echnology student aye Wilkinson recently visited the olk ounty heriff s ffice to present a project that she and fellow student ylee tevenson have been developing since the beginning of the school year. While deciding what to give their efforts towards, the students chose to do something with mapping. he student s goal was to help e pedite the response time of local emergency services such as outhwest , andervoort olunteer ire epartment, and the olk ounty heriff s epartment to name a few. In order to do so, the students created an app that could be used by emergency responders to better care for and treat people. he app works almost like Google arth. he or fire department would be able to pull up the address they were given and see what the house looked like, the length of the driveway, and other things that would help,” says aye. aye and ylee have attended many workshops with alcolm Williamson and obyn ane, professors at the niversity of rkansas in the enter for dvanced patial echnologies to learn how to use the mapping softwares rcG and ArcMap. T hroughout the process of creating the app, it was a very time consuming process. “When people think about maps or mapping they think about how nice it is to have Google maps for driving, but in order to have those maps, points need to be plotted. t has taken us a lot of time and effort to plot those points,” e plains ylee and aye. he students were able to use a lot of data from to help with their app, such as residences and geographical locations. In a process that has lasted almost the entire school year, the students completed the development of the app in March. n pril th, the project was presented to heriff cott awyer, ounty udge randon llison, olk ounty mergency oordinator anagement and ire ervices oordinator ommy tueart, and eputy oordinator yle owland. What originally started as a meeting with heriff awyer, uickly turned into a bigger audience. s was presenting, people would walk in and the heriff would tell them to stay and take a look at what we were working on.” ne of the products of the meeting is that the program may be entering into a partnership to map and plot the points for fire hydrants in the county and the helipads as well. teacher at ossatot iver, mily Huckabee, said she is incredibly proud of her students and the work that they have put into the project. or those that don t know, has been designed for student led growth and student led learning. hey find something they are interested in and then take the time to learn the software and start working on their projects. t is so cool that they have had the opportunity to create something that can really help,” says Huckabee. oth aye and ylee are hoping to continue to develop the app more and get other students involved as well. We really want to help teach other students about this and help them get involved so it can continue in the future,” says aye.

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he Arkansas State Highway C ommission has announced their intent to improve portions of a handful of roads in south P olk C ounty after bids for the projects were approved. C row P aving, Inc., of Morrilton, was awarded the contracts with construction scheduled to begin in two to four weeks. n Hatfield, . miles of ershon rive will be improved. he winning bid on that project was , . . n ove, a total of . miles of ewis treet and arton venue are e pected to receive resurfacing and in Wickes, . miles of ak Grove oad and ld Highway are on the list. hose projects bid out at , . . ll projects are e pected to be completed by mid.

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Quadruple Homicide


Bethany Jo ( Scarbrough) Wester, of Mena, her two children, Reilly Ja mes Scarbrough, age 9 , and Acelynn C arrie Wester, age two, and Bethany’s uncle, 6 6 -year old Steven J. ayne, of Hatfield. T he case began when Wester’s body was found near a creek southeast of C ove, Ark. on T uesday, April 25 , 2017 . T he next morning, her children were announced as missing or endangered. n hursday, Wester was officially identified. When law enforcement arrived at the home of ayne to inform him of the positive identity, they found ayne s body. T he search for the children continued. t a press conference on riday evening, an emotional heriff cott awyer confirmed that the body of a toddler had been found and they assumed it to be that of celynn Wester. She was located in a heavily wooded area near where her mother’s body was recovered. n aturday, at another press conference, awyer announced the final blow eilly s body had also been recovered, also in a heavily wooded area, but was located west of Hatfield, miles from his mother and sister. All four victims were sent to the Arkansas C rime Lab for further investigation. T he causes of death have not been released in the case, as it is an active homicide investigation. awyer said that - certified law enforcement personnel from the , rkansas Game and Fish, Arkansas State P arks, U .S. Forest Service, Mena P olice D epartment, ontgomery ounty heriff s ffice, and the Grannis olice epartment joined the search for the children and have assisted in the case. Brian Bliss T ravis, age 37 , of Mena was arrested on unrelated charges to this case in the very early morning hours of Wednesday, April 26 . T ravis was the live-in boyfriend of Bethany Wester. D uring Saturday’s press conference, Sawyer announced that T ravis had assisted officers in finding eilly s body. O n Monday, May 1, 2017 , T ravis was formally charged with four counts of C apital Murder and is being held in the P olk C ounty D etention C enter without bond. Also during the arraignment, P olk C ounty C ircuit C ourt Ju dge Je rry Ryan issued a P rotective O rder in the case, prohibiting any party from making e trajudicial statements. his process is also known as a gag order.’ T ravis was also arraigned on a count of Furnishing, P ossessing, or U sing P rohibited Articles. benefit account has been established at nion ank of ena to assist the carbrough family with the funeral expenses of Bethany Wester, Steven P ayne, Reilly Scarbrough, and Acelynn Wester. T o see the show of support for the family and law enforcement from the community, see the story beginning on the front page and concluding below and on page 7 . Memorial services for all four victims will be held on Friday, May 5 , beginning at 1 p.m. at ron ountain acility.

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honor the slain after a four day search did not end as everyone had hoped. benefit account was also established to assist the Scarbrough family with the multiple funeral expenses. P olk C ounty Sheriff Scott Sawyer publicly acknowledged and expressed his appreciation for the overwhelming support of the community throughout the week with many providing food, drinks, as well as an abundance of prayers as he and multiple local, state, and federal agencies investigated the disturbing case that shook this community to its core. Hundreds gathered together at Ja nssen P ark Sunday evening to honor the victims of last week’s quadruple homicide that left a family and an entire community struggling to comprehend and mourning the deaths of 2-year old Acelynn Wester, Reilly Scarbrough, just shy of his th birthday, their mother, ethany o carbrough Wester and her uncle, Steven P ayne in what is normally a very Mayberryesque community. P astor Lamar Austin prayed with the family present at the vigil and then offered CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE, (7)

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scripture from Jo hn 14. P astor Nathan Sherrer thanked the law enforcement for their “tireless efforts” and encouraged the community as they come together to always keep the memories of the four victims alive. He then spoke to the family and said, “T o the family I say that we stand behind you, we pray with you and believe that God can be a comfort and peace to you during this time.” he group that was gathered sang mazing Grace as candles were lit then joined together in praise singing How Great hou rt. astor ictor owell offered the final prayer and words of encouragement. Steven’s sister, K ellie Y ancey, lives in Y akima, Wash. and had to watch last week’s event unfold online. She expressed her appreciation for all of the efforts and the support for the family located in the county, would like to thank heriff cott awyer, all the other law enforcement officers, the community, and P olk C ounty P ulse for the searching. I would like to thank everyone for searching, assisting my sister, C arrie, and my other family members during this tragedy. It is so sad that this monster came into their lives. T hanks to the community for showing compassion to my family members. I speak for my other family members that live in other states... our hearts ache with such pain. Rest in peace Steven, Beth, Reilly, and Acelynn.” K ellie shared with the P ulse her memories of her brother, “Steve was a kind gentle man who loved his family very much. He was very much loved by his niece and nephews. He had a great sense of humor, loved taking photos of nature and the shapes of clouds, taking care of his animals, rolling his cigarettes, drinking his coffee, and listening to his music. He loved his beard,” ellie shared. once remembered him carrying one of his ducks and while doing this, the apping of the duck s wings made his beard y up parted in the half! ” She continued, “He had beautiful penmanship. It was like calligraphy. He had 6 sisters to deal with and he handled that the best that he could. He taught us baseball but when it was his turn at bat we would say ‘ we quit.’ Such rotten sisters we could be! He get so mad at us that he would throw the baseball at us as we ran into our house; thus, we became real good at dodge ball! ” He and picked fruit in Washington tate back in the s. He was very good and fast. ack in the late s, teve won first prize on a ays of ur ives sweepstakes. He and our sister, C olleen, went down to Hollywood to see a taping of the show and U niversal C ity. P art of the prize was a trip to Fiji but he cashed that prize to get the money. He used that money to move to rkansas. He was a loving companion for our mother. hey lived together in the same house. ur mother moved to Washington tate in ctober to live with me. t makes me even more sick to think that she could had been the fifth victim of that monster, if she was still living there.” Former co-workers describe ‘ Beth’ as someone who was very “sweet” and “soft spoken.” Reilly’s classmates noted that he was “fast” and that everyone always wanted him on their team but also described him as very quiet and shy like his mother. benefit account has been opened at the nion ank of ena to assist the family with the multiple funeral e penses. he mailing address for the bank is o ena, . lease note carbrough enefit ccount in the memo line. emorial services have been announced for all four victims to be riday, ay , at p.m. at the ron ountain acilities.

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wheelchair ramps.T he rest, according to P astor V ictor Rowell, were cleaning – yard work, tree trimming, clearing brush, painting. Some were more extensive and included replacing oors, building porches, and even roofing. o many amazing projects for CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE, (8)

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Mary Poppins


rector of Mary P oppins, Rudi T immerman said, “T he cast consists of 5 0 talented local folks ranging in age from 7 to 8 0, a true measure of a community theatre.” Brakiah Burk is making her O LT debut as Ja ne Banks and Robby Burt will join as Michael Banks, the two children in need of a nanny. Lana C oogan and Je rod McP herson will play Mary P oppins and Bert. Scott O ’Rear and Je nnifer McP herson will play George and Winifred Banks, parents of Ja ne and Michael. “O LT has become known for its cleaver use of set pieces - this show is no exception. T he audience will be amazed as a simple stage changes from roof top, to parlor to nursery, to a park, and to bank as well as several more,” T immerman said. T he artwork on the set has been designed and completed by Lorraine T immerman and Ji m Brace. Advance tickets are on sale now at the theatre as well as tickets for a dinner theatre on T hursday being held in conjunction with American Artisans. T ickets can be purchased at the theatre on weekdays between 9 am and 4 pm. T icket prices are $ 15 for adults and $ 10 for students and seniors. Membership and a season ticket is $ 40 for an individual or $ 100 for the entire immediate family. Mary P oppins will be presented Friday, May 5 , and Saturday, May 6 , at 7 : 30 p.m. and on Sunday, May 7 , at 2: 30 pm. T he following performances will be held on T hursday, May 11 and Friday, May 12, at 7 : 30 p.m. Along with the T hursday show, American Artisans, just across the street from the theatre, is offering a pre-show dinner. T he combined price for dinner and the show will be $ 26 for adults and $ 18 for kids. For O LT season ticket holders, the cost for dinner is $ 11 for adults and $ 8 for kids. T immerman added, “T here is Mary P oppins magic in the play, as unbelievable things happen. T his show will be a great experience for the entire family.”

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some amazing people that have been trapped in their own homes are now able to get out… but I think what it did for all of the volunteers was really make us more aware of the need of our neighbors around us.” Rowell expressed his appreciation to Buddy Bean who graciously donated all of the lumber needed for the service weekend projects. Another event held in conjunction with the service weekend was the ‘ Y ard Sale-No Sale,’ which was also held inside the T he C rossing’s gym. Q uality items donated by the church membership were available. T he only ‘ currency’ accepted were gift cards that had been distributed by the congregation to people throughout the community. T hose that were not on work crews, made lunches that were provided to all the crews both days, and the event concluded with what was suppose to be a ‘ lawn party’ on Sunday evening but had to be moved indoors due to weather. V olunteers served a full meal and it gave project recipients an opportunity to come and celebrate with the volunteers. Local law enforcement were also served.

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he Ju nior O uachita Little T heatre, or JO LT as they are known, have announced the dates for their next production, T om Sawyer, as written by P aul K ester. Auditions will be held on May 8 th and 9 th from 4: 00 p.m. - 6 : 30 p.m. at the O uachita Little T heater, 6 10 Mena Street. For the play, there are speaking parts for 8 girls and 13 boys, with extras needed as well for non-speaking parts. Scenes will be provided for auditioners, but if you have your own material, you may audition with it instead. T he show will be performed on Ju ly 14th 16 th and Ju ly 21st – 23rd. C ast rehearsals will be held on Mondays, T uesdays, and T hursdays. Work days will be on Saturdays. Also if any one is interested they will also need members for a tech crew for lighting, sound, make up, props, costumes, stage, etc. For more information, contact O uachita Little T heatre at 47 9 -243-018 6 , online at www., or on Facebook at O uachita Little T heatre.


W h a t d e n o m i n a t i o n w e r e Pe t e r , Pa u l , Ph i l i p , a n d Ba r n a b a s m e m b e r s o f ? I d a r e s a y th a t p r a c tic a lly e v e r y o n e w o u ld a g r e e th a t th e y w e r e n o t m e m b e r s o f a n y d e n o m in a tion, for there were no denominations in the first century. Is it possible today for a p e r s o n to b e a s th e y w e r e ? I a m n o t s p e a k in g o f b e in g in a n e c c le s ia s tic a l o r g a n iz a tio n which simply claims to be “non-denominational.” I am talking about actually being an undenominational Christian. O u r a i m i s t o p r o c l a i m u n d e n o m i n a t i o n a l Ch r i s t i a n i t y a n d p l e a d f o r a r e t u r n t o G o d ’ s ways. The basis for salvation in New Testament times was the response of human beings to the preaching of the good news of Jesus Christ (Mark 16:15-16). He, p o s s e s s in g a ll th e a ttr ib u te s o f D e ity , g a v e u p th e g lo r y o f h e a v e n a n d c a m e to th is earth as a humble Savior (Philippians 2:5-8). As a result of His death, burial, and resurrection, salvation was offered as a free gift to all who would submit to Him by faith (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Those who were thus saved by their trust and obedience were added by the Lord to His church (Acts 2:36-41, 47). They were Christians , and Christians only (Acts 11:26, 26:28; 1 Pet. 4:16). The message is that people can be saved in the same way and can still be just Christians today. The Bible presents all the saved as one spiritual body in Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:4, 5:23). Gods word teaches that you can be in this body, or church, without the affiliation to a denomination. How is all this accomplished? “The seed is the word of God” (Luke 8:11). The same gospel of Christ is God’s power unto salvation (Romans 1:16). It can be preached today as it was in the first century, and folks can obey from the heart that same form of doctrine as they did in New Testament days (Romans 6:17-18; cf. vs. 3-4). When this h a p p e n s , th e n th e s a m e r e s u lts w ill b e fo r th c o m in g , ju s t lik e p la n tin g th e s a m e k in d o f seed year after year. W e w e l c o m e a l l t o w o r s h i p a t The Hatfield Church of Christ. Co n t a c t u s a t 479-437-5276, o r e - m a i l u s a t, like us on Facebook.

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• Acorn Elementary will be having Kindergarten registration the month of May. • Acorn Athletic Banquet is May 15th @ 6:30 in the New Gym • Acorn Academic Banquet will be held May 18th in the New Gym Refreshments will start at 6:00 and the ceremony will start at 6:30. • May 22nd is the last day of school • Acorn High School Graduation Ceremony will be May 25th @ 7 pm in the New Gym • Oden High Graduation Ceremony will be held May 26th @ 7 pm in the Gymnasium.

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ur national juried painting competition, T he Art of the Heartland, is in its third year. Building on the success of that endeavor, we are starting a new annual juried competition: Small Works. We would love to see some of our local artists enter and win this national competition. For this show, image size must by no larger than 18 ” ( including frame) in any direction. Work may include oil, water-soluble oils, watercolor, casein, gouche, egg tempera, acrylic, watercolor pencil, colored pencil, or pastel. Awards include: Best in show: $ 300; Arkansas Artist Award of Merit: $ 5 0; Animal Art Award: $ 5 0; Landscape Merit Award: $ 5 0; Figure Merit Award: $ 5 0; Still Life Merit Award: . ertificates will be awarded to the eople hoice chosen by votes throughout the show. Entry fees are $ 15 per entry for non-members or $ 10 per entry for members. C omplete instructions for entering through C aFÉ ( C all for Entry) are online at www. T Y ou can pull up our prospectus or go directly to C aFÉ from that website. As in our other national and regional shows, signature member status may be earned by member artists after they have been accepted into three of our national exhibits or have won awards in two of our national exhibits. Signature status may also be earned by artists who have won three or more awards in our regional Exhibitions: O uachita Expressions and the hotography how. Work accepted into the show must be delivered to Mena Art Gallery, 6 07 Mena Street, between August 23 and September 2, 2017 . If you would like more information or have questions after having a look at the website, please call the gallery at 47 9 Publication -39 4-38 8 0. Weekly


JOY FERN HOOKER Joy Fern Hooker, age 79, of Mena, died Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at her home. She was born on Tuesday, February 7, 1938 to Harris Clyde Walker and Dixie Belle Thomas in DeQueen, Arkansas. She and her family moved to Cove, when she was 5 years old. Joy graduated from Van-Cove High School in 1955, and then attended Texarkana Business College in Texarkana, Arkansas. She married Earl Hooker in October 1956, where they lived in Texarkana, Dallas, Texas, and DeQueen, and then moved to Mena in 1967. She and her husband bought Walker Construction Company in 1970 where she worked as a secretary and bookkeeper. They loved to travel in their RV and visited 48 states, Alaska, and parts of Canada. Joy was a lifetime member of International Good Sam RV Club, belonged to Tri-Lakes Good Sam RV Club, Charter Member of Queen Wilhelmina Good Sam RV Club, and Charter Member of Cossatot Good Sam RV Club. They worked with Arkansas Special Olympic for several years. Joy was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her parents, Clyde & Dixie Walker, husband, Earl Wayne

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Hooker, Sr., her son, Earl Wayne Hooker, Jr., and her sister, Betty Walker. Joy is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Teri and Harl Blair of Fort Worth, Texas and Charla and Rick Hollin of Mena; six grandchildren, Greg Blair and wife, Kara of Roswell, Georgia, Sara Blair Roark and husband, Craig of Fort Worth, Texas, Deedra Hooker of Mena, Brent Hooker and wife, Sydney of Beebe, Arkansas, Eric Hollin and wife, Toby of Mena, Kayla Castor and husband, Rodney of Mena; seven great-grandchildren, Carter and Braelynn Blair of Roswell, Georgia, Cooper and “soon to be born” Eli Roark of Fort Worth, Texas, Kooper and Kashlyn Hollin of Mena, Tatum Castor of Mena, Chisum and “soon to be born“ Barrett Hooker of Beebe, Arkansas; one sister, Dixie Dickson and husband, George of Texarkana, Arkansas; brother, Dale Walker and wife, Joe Ann of Cove; several nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home with Brother R.L. Clark officiating. Interment followed in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Visitation was Friday, April 28, 2017 from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.


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Pallbearers will be grandsons Greg Blair, Brent Hooker, Craig Roark, Eric Hollin, and Rodney Castor. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to niversity of Arkansas Rich Mountain Nursing Scholarship Fund, C/O Tammy oung 1100 College Drive, Mena, Arkansas 71953 or to the Arkansas Special Olympics Area 14, C/O Jeff Dyer, 327 West 5th, Booneville, Arkansas 72927. Online Guestbook:

BETHANY JO SCARBROUGH WESTER Bethany Jo Scarbrough Wester, age 43, of Mena, died Tuesday, April 25, 2017 near Cove. She was born on Sunday, November 4, 1973 to James Allen and Carrie athleen O’Brien Scarbrough in Toppenish, Washington. Bethany loved her children and her family and spending time with them. She enjoyed reading, camping and listening to country music. Bethany worked for Elite Home Health in Nashville with Community Based Services. Bethany was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her son, Reilly Scarbrough; her daughter, Acelynn Wester; her uncle, Steven Payne and aunt, irginia Harmon. Bethany is survived by her parents, James and Carrie Scarbrough of Mena; her husband, Michael Wester of Pine Bluff; three brothers, David Scarbrough of Edinburg, Texas, Jimmy O’Brien and Charlie O’Brien Scarbrough of Washington; two sisters, orrie Scarbrough of Mena and Rebecca Scarbrough of Mena; maternal grandmother, Joyce Alexander of Moxee, Washington; great aunt, Thelma Hensley of Mena;

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aunts and uncles, Opal Duffield of Moxee, Washington, Colleen Gorden, ellie ancey, Linda O’Brien all of Moxie, Washington and Bonnie Siggette of Reno Nevada; nieces and nephews, Sarah Broach and husband, Jay, Amanda Tolbert, Abby Tolbert, Alexis Tolbert, atherine Scarbrough, Jaslene Scarbrough, Brandie Tolbert, Sabrina Moore, Anthony Scarbrough, John Tolbert, Dominic Scarbrough, Andrew O’Brien, Paul O’Brien and Nathan O’Brien; one great niece, Aiyanna Broach, and a host of other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at the Christian Motorcycle Association on Iron Mountain with Brother Justin Leonard and Bobby Tatum officiating. Interment will follow in the Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. No isitation is planned. Online Guestbook:

REILLY JAMES SCARBROUGH Reilly James Scarbrough, age 9, of Mena, died Thursday, April 27, 2017 near Hatfield. He was born on May 19, 2007 to Bethany Jo Scarbrough in Reno, Nevada. Reilly attended the Holly Harshman Elementary in Mena where he excelled as a student in the 4th grade. Reilly love playing his video games and was well on his way to becoming a great gamer. He enjoyed playing sports, cub scouts, and riding his bike. Reilly was a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, and friend and will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his mother, Bethany Jo Scarbrough Wester and baby sister, Acelynn Wester. Reilly is survived by his stepfather, Michael Wester of Horatio; maternal grandparents, James and Carrie Scarbrough of Mena; paternal grandmother, Stella Pitts of DeQueen; maternal great grandmother, Joyce Alexander; one brother, Jonathan Wester of Horatio; four sisters, Bettany Wester of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Taylor Smith of Baytown, Texas, Harley Wester of Horatio, and Shaylee Ruth of Quitman, Arkansas; and a host of other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at the Christian Motorcycle Association on Iron Mountain with Brother Justin Leonard and Bobby Tatum officiating. Interment will follow in the Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. No isitation is planned. Online Guestbook:

ACELYNN CARRIE WESTER Acelynn Carrie Wester, age 2, of Mena, died Tuesday, April 25, 2017 near Cove. She was born on March 3, 2015 to Michael Joseph Wester and Bethany Jo Scarbrough in Mena, Arkansas. Acelynn loved playing with her baby dolls. She enjoyed playing with her brother Reilly and cousins. Acelynn was a loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her mother, Bethany Jo Scarbrough Wester and brother, Reilly Scarbrough. Acelynn is survived by her father, Michael Wester of Horatio; paternal grandmother, Stella Pitts of DeQueen; maternal grandparents, James and Carrie Scarbrough of Mena; maternal great grandmother, Joyce Alexander of Moxee, Washington; two brothers, Jonathan Wester of Horatio, and Afton Wester of Horatio; four sisters, Bettany Wester of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Taylor Smith of Baytown, Texas, Harley Wester of Horatio, and Shaylee Ruth of Quitman, Arkansas; and a host of other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at the Christian Motorcycle Association on Iron Mountain with Brother Justin Leonard and Bobby Tatum officiating. Interment will follow in the Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. No isitation is planned. Online Guestbook:

STEVEN JAMES PAYNE Steven James Payne, age 66, of Hatfield, died Thursday, April 27, 2017 at his home. He was born on Tuesday, May 2, 1950 to James Floyd and Joyce Lucille Hulett O’Brien in Fontana, California. Steven proudly served his country in the nited States Navy during the ietnam War for three years stationed on the Supercarrier SS itty Hawk (C -63). Steven enjoyed his family and his animals. He enjoyed photography, listening to Rock n Roll Music and working on the farm in Washington. Steven was a loving son, brother, uncle and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his father, James O’Brien; one sister, irginia Harmon. Steven is survived by his mother, Joyce

Alexander of Moxee, Washington; five sisters, Carrie Scarbrough of Mena, Colleen Gorden, ellie ancey, Linda O’Brien all of Moxie, Washington and Bonnie Siggette of Reno Nevada; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at the Christian Motorcycle Association on Iron Mountain with Brother Justin Leonard and Bobby Tatum officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. No isitation is planned. Online Guestbook:

ZELDA LOUISE “DUSIE” LILES Zelda Louise “Dusie” Liles, age 103 of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Monday, April 24, 2017,

in Mena. Louise was born on September 9, 1913 in Pearland, Texas to the late Archie Bennett and Claricy Olin. She was married to the late George W. Liles. Louise rode the train all the way to California to marry George in October 1936. George was born and raised in Cherry Hill, Arkansas, but traveled to California for work. Louise and George lived in the Old Potter and Mena communities before moving to Fort Smith in 1976 to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren. They enjoyed gardening, playing cards, and bowling in their younger years. Besides being a wonderful cook, Louise enjoyed reading, quilting, and growing flowers. Most of all she loved her family dearly, especially her grandchildren. She will be lovingly missed by all including extended family she kept up with. She is survived by grandchildren, Johnna Bach of Little Rock, Arkansas, Stan Bach and wife Susan of Richardson, Texas, and J. ris Bach of Little Rock, Arkansas; great-grandchildren, John-Paul, Caroline Louise, Sarah ate, and Mary Claire Bach. Also numerous nieces and nephews including a special niece Cynde Bennett Hampton and husband Fred, of Mena and special friends and neighbors, Gloria and Gerald Roberts of Fort Smith, Arkansas. Louise was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George W. Liles; her daughter, Tamyra Deborah Savely; brothers, Wallace Bud Bennett, Hubert Gub Bennett, Robert “Bob” Bennett; and sisters, Inez Lane, Gladys Liles and Matilda Herring. Funeral service was Saturday, April 29, 2017, 2:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel. Interment followed in the Gann Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Pallbearers were ris Bach, Stan Bach, David Farmer, and Fred Hampton.

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cK enzie K nighten, a 4th grader in Mrs. Riley’s homeroom class at Holly Harshman Elementary, was chosen as this year’s winner of the annual Elks D rug Awareness P oster C ontest from Mena Elks Lodge # 7 8 1. Following her local win, K nighten’s artwork was submitted to the Elks’ state level competition where she was awarded with Honorable Mention. For her award, K nighten’s poster artwork was printed onto a T -shirt and her original poster was framed for her. She Pictured left to right: Cheryl Higgins, Member of Mena was presented a check in the Elks Lodge, McKenzie Knighten, Phyllis Caldwell, Chairamount of $ 5 0 and her whole pers n ena l s’ Dr areness C ittee class was treated to a pizza party. Mrs. Riley said, “We would like to congratulate McK enzie and thank the Elks for sponsoring this important contest.”

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ouise D urham Elementary has announced their Super Students for the weeks of April 3-14. C hosen students are: C amryn Stepp, Hunter Hicks, Sequoya Rothenberger, K yle Smith, K lover K iersey, Makenley Sullivan, Emmi Hensley, C olton Bowling, Gage Henry, Garrett C ook, Emma Gortemiller, Lynda Maechler, Isaiah Robinson, Francesca V acca, Ja smine P arker, Lexi Bledsoe, Makinzee May, Genesis Fabian, T ycen Baber, Hunter Henry, Allison Morse, C hloe P ollard, Ricky Burgess, K ayla C ross, Ja mes Fenstermacher, C ooper Rowe, and Mason McMaster.



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he ossatot iver High chool program will be hosting their first annual ossatot iver High chool hosted their first ever senior college signing day arnival ay th from p.m.p.m. he fest carnival will be an opportunity Wednesday, pril th in their afetorium. he signing day was to recogto showcase the projects the students have been working on throughout the school nize seniors who are making the commitment to pursue higher education. ften, year. pecifically, the event was organized by ossatot students, osh House and mmanhigh school athletes have a signing day ceremony with the school that they are uel aya. he two students have been working to make the Wickes lementary playground attending to compete athletically, the ceremony recognizes their accomplishments a safer and friendlier environment for both students and parents using the advanced techand their desire to move forward. n similar fashion, ossatot administration wantnology offered by the district s program. ed to have a signing day not only to recognize the seniors, but to also hold them sing the software ketch p, the students were able to enter the G coordinates of the up as a model of hard work to younger students. rincipal wayne aylor said of current Wickes lementary playground and design their improvements on top of the e isting the event, We wanted to recognize our students that have worked so hard. n playground to give the administration and staff a more accurate model of what their vision of event like this recognizes their hard work and encourages other students to work renovation entailed. towards something similar.” osh and mmanuel have worked diligently to create a budget for their project, and with long with family members attending the event, representatives from several the help of numerous community sponsors and the administration and staff at Wickes lecolleges were on hand for the signing day. tudents attending different schools mentary, they have organized an event to raise money for their renovations. would sign a certificate with their school representative. niversities represented he festival will have games, rides, music, food, printed prizes, and virtual reality fun. at the signing day were astern klahoma tate niversity, niversity of rkant will be a great time for people of all ages and those attending will be impressed by the sas ossatot at e ueen, niversity of rkansas ich ountain, and rkansas many elaborate projects. ll proceeds from the festival will go towards the Wickes T ech. lementary - playground renovation. he following students participated in the college signing day bby aylor- astern klahoma tate niversity lissa iles- niversity of rkansas ossatot at e ueen ilas arrett- niversity of rkansas ossatot at e ueen ody aker- niversity of rkansas ossatot at e ueen eritza opezniversity of rkansas ossatot at e ueen aytlin oredo- niversity of rkansas ossatot at e ueen Gilberto ervantes- niversity of rkansas ich ountain achel yle- niversity of rkansas ich ountain revon roach- niversity of rkansas ich ountain iliana rinidad- niversity of rkansas ich ountain arc rinidad- niversity of rkansas ich ountain asandra opez- niversity of rkansas ich ountain elene larcon- niversity of rkansas ich ountain essica ledgeCOSSATOT RIVER SCHOOL’S BREAKFAST niversity of rkansas ich ountain imberly vans- niversity of rkansas ich MONDAY 5/8 C ereal, orange wedges, apple juice, milk ountain lly Hoyle- niversity of rkansas ich ountain Gabbi ritchett- niversity TUESDAY 5/9 Sausage & egg wrap, applesauce, juice, milk of rkansas ich ountain eelan oungblood- rkansas ech randon yle- rkansas WEDNESDAY 5/10 Dutch waffle, banana, orange juice, milk T ech.

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EARC Y , AR ( 04/ 26 / 2017 ) -- K imberly Hanners of Mena was inducted into the Harding U niversity circle of O micron D elta K appa on April 23. O micron D elta K appa is a national leadership honor society with 29 3 circles nationwide, comprising of almost 300,000 scholars. Harding U niversity is the only circle in Arkansas. Hanners, cognitive neuroscience major, was among the one percent of the student body invited to join the group this spring. Student membership candidates must rank in the upper 35 percent in scholarship of the U niversity and must show leadership in at least one of five areas scholarship athletics campus or community service, social and religious activities, and campus government journalism, speech and the mass media and creative and performing arts. Harding U niversity is a private C hristian university located in Searcy, Arkansas. Accredited by the Higher Learning C ommission, it is the largest private university in the state. Harding’s student body is made up of students representing 5 0 states and 5 4 nations and territories. T he U niversity offers more than 100 undergraduate majors, graduate and professional degrees at the master’s, specialist and doctoral level as well as numerous international study offerings including locations in Australia, C hile, England, France, Greece, Italy and Z ambia. For more information, visit

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2017 LPN Class Tour AirEvac O

n April 14, the U niversity of Arkansas Rich Mountain LP N C lass of 2017 had an opportunity to tour the AirEvac helicopter at Mena Regional Health System during their clinical rotations. T he educational tour of the helicopter provided by the AirEvac Lifeteam allowed the students to have hands on experience to learn from a medical team perspective about the services and experiences to serve patients that will need AirEvac services. For more information about the LP N P rogram contact C harla Hollin, Nursing D irector/ Instructor at 47 9 -39 4-7 6 22 ext. 136 6 . V isit the U A Rich Mountain website at www. information about the LP N program and requirements.

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Amanda Posey - An Advocate for All Children I


t could be argued that teachers are one of the biggest shapers of society. For hours at a time, teachers are tasked with the responsibility of molding, shaping, inspiring, and teaching young minds that will one day in uence the world. o much of the world, teachers may just be another professional, but to many of their students, they are in fact a hero. manda osey is just that, a teacher, a mother, an advocate, and most recently, the founder of B.A.S.E. manda osey, a fifth grade literacy teacher at Holly Harshman lementary chool, grew up and went to school in P olk C ounty. She attended Mena P ublic Schools and graduated in 19 9 4. After high school, she attended to college to pursue her teaching degree. While attending RMC C , Amanda married her husband, Ja son, owner of J& A russ and umber. fter her time at , she commuted to Henderson tate niversity in rkadelphia where she earned her teaching degree. t the time, went to school thinking would teach history. loved history and had the opportunity to take many of the wonderful history teachers Mena had. I always felt that I had such good teachers and I felt that calling and leading to want to teach,” recalls Amanda with a smile. urrently, manda is a literacy teacher at Holly Harshman, but she had the privilege of teaching at both Hatfield and corn early in her teaching career. have been really blessed to have the opportunity to come teach back home and to have been at each school that have been in.” s a literacy teacher, manda works with students on their reading, writing, grammar, and spelling, all of which makes them better readers and maybe more importantly, communicators. We have the opportunity to teach them to love reading, it only takes a spark and then they are hooked,” says manda. ike many teachers, manda is trying to find different ways to engage students with reading material that they will be interested in. She spends countless hours strategizing ways to make reading fun for her students, in hopes that they will read not only for school, but because a life long love has been developed. eading opens a whole world for our students. Not only with their imagination, but reading will affect their everyday life for as long as they live. ve been doing this for twenty years and have been blessed to see so many kids turn into great adults,” Amanda says with a big smile. long with her work at Holly Harshman, manda is an advocate for special needs children in the community. With the help of other families that have special needs children, manda helped form . . . .- uilding, ccepting, upporting, and ducating. he group meets to support parents and their special needs children as they journey through the process of change, care, and creating stability. s a parent of a child with special needs, have asked, How can be an advocate for my child? How can bring about change that will positively affect her and others? ver the last couple of years the group has steadily grown and there has begun to be a support system that has developed for parents. We have been really fortunate to have a good steady process going. amilies are coming and receiving support. t has been really encouraging,” manda recalls. ne of the things that manda and the parents are most e cited about is that they have been able to be a voice for children with special needs. he group wrote letters to congressman to OWNER - JASON MILES urge them to vote for H a House ill , that called for the diversion of . million from the tobacco settlement fund to fund the needs of a waiting list with , rkansans that are waiting for services. he House ill was just recently passed and the settlement “We’ll go the extra mile for you!” money was realocated towards meeting the needs of special needs citizens in Arkansas. * Custom Homes hat was a part of the process of being an advocate and speaking up for our kids. We * Remodels are thrilled that they made the decision to move forward in such a positive light,” manda * Window Replacement says with a big smile. * Additions manda serves as a good e ample, that everyone, every child has so much value and potential that is ready to be discovered. s a teacher have had the blessing of working * Vinyl Siding with amazing people, but probably even more ve worked with amazing kids. When one of these kids get confidence in their reading or another skill, it s contagious.”


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Dallas Avenue Dental Care, Inc.- Enjoy a Laugh at the Dentist BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY •


verybody has one. Sometimes they aren’t used all the time, but they are always there ready to brighten somebody’s day. Everybody has a smile, a smile that can quickly turn someone’s day near you right around. It has been said that a smile is the prettiest thing you can wear. D r. D iane Marosy and the team at D allas Avenue D ental C are, Inc. are striving daily to provide quality dental care for the community and surrounding areas. ‘ D oc’ as all her patients call her, is not a native of Mena, but nobody talking to her would know any different. She grew up in Long Island, but when her parents moved to Mena in 19 8 0, she followed. “I’ve been here so long now, Mena is home,” D oc says with a smile. After deciding to pursue her calling as a dentist, she attended the U niversity of Missouri K ansas C ity [ U MK C ] School of D entistry. D oc would go on to graduate from U MK C in 19 8 0 and would begin to practice dentistry. “It was really my experience growing up that led me to want to be a dentist.” It has been commonly said that laughter is the best medicine. If this is the case, there is plenty of that medicine at allas venue ental. We are not a typical dentist office, we love laughing and cutting up with our patients,” says D oc proudly. O ften, there are a lot of nerves that patients experience when they go to the dentist, but the team wants patients to feel like they are sharing a good laugh with friends. “We love helping our patients relax and have a fun e perience at a dental office. t is really cool to make the really nervous patients become more comfortable.” When patients walk through the door at D allas Avenue, it will be clear that they are cared for by everyone on the staff. rom the moment that somebody walks into the office they will be greeted by a smile that will help ease any of their anxiety. T he staff at D allas Avenue feels that their patients are more than that, they are dear friends. D oc and the team have went above and beyond to express to their patients that they care about them, not just when they come into the office, but all throughout the year. ne of my best memories is getting an anonymous letter from a patient that we sent a birthday card to. T hey told us that was the only birthday card they received from anyone. Experiences like that are what makes our job totally worth it,” says D oc. T he team feels they are different and set apart from any other dentist office, We re fun, always cutting up ” When that isn t enough they take it a step further, “We are always singing, dancing, whatever it takes to get the patient to relax and enjoy their time,” says the staff. Helping patients regain their beautiful smile is the goal of the team at allas venue. We want to do what we can to help people feel confident about themselves. o much of being confident about who you are is being confident in your smile,” e plains oc. hey are a full service dentist office that provides the best care for the patient and their teeth. Some of the services included are bleaching, bonding, veneers, implants services, dentures, and Six Month Smiles. Six Month Smiles is a cosmetic brace system made for straightening and aligning adult teeth in a short amount of time. It is similar in function to traditional braces, but uses clear brackets and tooth-colored wires making them barely visible. “We have so many great patients with beautiful personalities and we want to help them regain their beautiful smiles to match ” omething that the team does to show off their patients and their beautiful smiles is what the office calls mile of the Week . hey Manufacturer take a picture of one of their patients ashing their pearly whites and recognize them in of Quality CNC Parts the paper as a way of saying ‘ thanks’. For 25 years now, D oc has created an experience at the dentist that will leave you 479.394.4248 laughing and readily anticipating to come back, ur office is dedicated to the pursuit of 104 Port Arthur Avenue excellence and the freedom of choice. We strive to meet our patients’ needs through education, advanced technology, and a caring, sympathetic approach,” says D oc. For more Mena, AR 71953-3344 information about services provided, or to set up an appointment, call 47 9 -39 4-7 8 00, or visit their website, allas venue entals office is located at 701 S. Morrow, Mena 400 P ine Avenue.

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Lady Tigers Crowned District Champs, Boys Come in Third; Several Move BY MELANIE BUCK on to State

he Acorn Lady T igers Senior T rack T eam were crowned as the C lass 1A-7 West D istrict C hampions at a meet held in Mineral Springs on T uesday, April 25 , 2017 . T he Senior Boys placed third in their district competition held the same day. Several of Acorn’s athletes will move on to state competition being held this week. Acorn’s Morgan Fagan took 1st place in the 8 00 meter run with Faith Hill coming in a close 2nd. J osey Webb took 4th in the event while K endra Branson came in 5 th. Both Fagan and Hill took 1st and 2nd in the 1,6 00 meter as well, with Makenna Goss coming in 3rd and Mercedes Mowdy in 4th. In the 3,200 meter run, Fagan again took 1st, with Hill in 2nd, Branson in 3rd, and Goss in 4th. In the 100 meter dash, Allie Strothers took 5 th and Mindy Hibbs came in 6 th. Sophie J ackson got 3rd in the 200 meter dash with Sydeny C rawford in 5 th, Hibbs in 7 th, and Shianne J ohns in 8 th. Hill took 2nd in the 400 meter dash, Fagan pulled in 3rd, Alli Strothers in 4th, and Makayla Anderson in 6 th. Mindy Hibbs took 4th in the 100 meter hurdles, while Braxlie Strother placed 6 th and Shianne J ohns 7 th. In 300 meter hurdles, J ackson took 3rd, Hibbs 4th, and B. Strother in 5 th. In relay races, the 4x8 00 team took 1st, and the 4x100 and 4x400 both took 3rd place.

In high jump, J ackson placed 2nd, B. Strother 3rd, Fagan 4th, and C rawford 6 th. Makayla Anderson took 5 th in long jump, with Fagan in 6 th. B. Strother placed 5 th in the triple jump, Andernson 6 th, Hibbs 7 th, and C rawford 8 th place. T ori Barrett placed 1st in discus. J ackson placed 3rd in the event, Madison Andrews plaed 5 th, and Elizabeth Hachtel took 6 th. Barrett placed 2nd in shot put, Hachtel placed 6 th, and Hill took 8 th. T he senior boys also brought home several ribbons from the district meet. T heir 4x8 00 team took 1st place and their 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams each placed 3rd. Nathan C haney pulled in 5 th in both the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash. K acey Head took 6 th in the 200, with Will Monk coming in 8 th. Head took 6 th in the 400 meter as well. C had Sutton placed 5 th in the 8 00 meter and Majjor White came in right behind in 6 th. Adam Hughes took 2nd place in the 1,6 00, J esse McD onald 4th, Brady Lyle 6 th, and C had Sutton 7 th. Lyle also placed 2nd in the 3,200 meter, McD onald 3rd, J on O ’D onal 4th, and Sutton in 7 th. K obe Hogan grabbed 4th in the 110 meter hurdles, Logan Frost pulled in 6 th,

Matthew C haney 7 th, and J acob Moore 8 th. Hogan took 4th in the 300 meter hurdles as well, with Frost in 5 th, Moore in 6 th, and J ack Y oung coming in 8 th. In high jump, Will Monk placed 5 th, Aaron Baker 6 th, and William Hicks in 7 th. Brian K ha took 6 th in long jump, Monk took 8 th. In triple jump, Monk placed 5 th, Baker 6 th, and Sutton 7 th. Monk also placed 5 th in pole vault, K ha placed 6 th, and D ylan Hayner placed 7 th. William Hicks took 5 th in discus and 8 th in shot put. All athletes placing 1st or 2nd in any event moves on to the C lass 1/ 2A State T rack C hampionship Meet to be held on T uesday, May 1, in C onway at Hendrix C ollege.

Local Baseball Teams Finish Season Ladycats Soccer Finish on Good Note BY EASTON LEONARD



The Mena Ladycats soccer team (2-10) won on Thursday night, defeating the Centerpoint Lady Knights 3-1. The Ladycats end their season on a good note with a win. Congratulations to Coach Bledsoe, and seniors, as well as the rest of the Ladycat soccer team on nishin the s er season.

he Mena Bearcats baseball season came to a close this past week, as the Bearcats traveled to shdown to play in the first round of the istrict ourna-

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18 pril at ierks. corn lost the game by a score of - . he igers won their only game of the season on arch th, at home against addo Hills, by a score of - . C ongratulations to C oach Bohlman, and seniors, as well as the rest of the T igers on finishing the baseball season.

Mena Senior Boys Earn District Track Runners-Up; Senior BY MELANIE BUCK Girls and Boys Head to State


he Mena Bearcat Senior Boys T rack T eam brought home the runner-up trophy at the 2017 C lass 4A-7 West D istrict Meet held in Ashdown on T uesday, April 25 , missing first place by just five points. he senior girls brought home several honors themselves with many heading to aragould on uesday, ay , for the lass tate rack hampionship. andon tidman wowed the audience during the high jump portion of the meet, jumping so high and far that he landed either near the edge of the mat, or completely off of the mat, causing many ohs and oh no s coming from the crowd. tidman cleared si -feet to win st place and move on to state competition. ll district track participants earning st or nd

Local Softball Teams Finish Successfully BY EASTON LEONARD


n Monday night, May 1st, the Acorn Lady T igers softball team ( 5 -5 ) took on the irby ady rojans in their last regular season game. corn gave up one run in the top of the first on onday night, but answered with nine runs in the bottom half of the inning. he ady rojans were able to score one more run off of Acorn in the top of the third, but were held scoreless for the remainder of the game. he ady igers defeated irby in five innings, with a final score of - . C ongratulations to C oach Ledbetter, and seniors, as well as the rest of the Lady T igers on a successful regular season. T he Mena Ladycats ( 11-16 ) softball team played host to the Bauxite Lady Miners in the first round of the istrict ournament on pril th. au ite scored four runs in the first inning, and held the adycats to one run. T hen, the Miners added on quite a few insurance runs in the second, scoring . he Lady Miners won the game in three innings by runs, - . ena will move on to the outh Regional T ournament in Monticello, and take on the illies - in the first round on ay th.

place move on to the state tournament. n other district wins, William haner took th in the meter dash and th in the meter. nthony ennedy took th in the . tidman also secured a st place win in the meter with evin dams coming in nd, urtis urry in th, and lint uck in th. uck won st place in the , meter run with teammate obert c ntyre on his heals placing nd, and oe ooney in th. he roles reversed in the , when c ntyre took st with uck coming in nd, and ooney again in th. ndrew Graves gave it his all in his longest distance race ever, pulling in th. y ole took th in the meter hurdles and th in the meter hurdles, and also took th in long jump. n relay races, the team took st place, the team took rd, and the team placed th. aleb Holmes came in th in triple jump. lint uck took th in pole vault. ra ton ahr placed rd in discus with ion arnes in th. n senior girls results, bbie mith took st place in the , meter run and the meter. aychel Woody took th in the meter. ddison mith took th in the meter hurdles with yntlie Wiles in th. he senior girls relay team placed nd, the and each took rd, and the took th place. adie annon placed th in high jump. ook for state results in the ay edition of the olk ounty ulse.

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Thursday, 5/4 • 10:30 a.m. – Gator & Friends will be performing at The Mena Senior Center. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County meets at Papa’s Mexican Café. Contact Lisa Martin at 216-3383 or Charles Pitman at 216-4882 for more information. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 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. – Ouachita Regional Hospi e’s r in Thr h rie support group meets at the Hospice office, 1106 South Mena Street. For more information, call 394-1134. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous women’s meeting at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 6:00 p.m. – Christian Singles meets at Union Bank Community Room. • 6:00 p.m. – Disabled American Veterans & Auxiliary meeting and potluck. Meeting follows dinner, American Legion at eteran’s Park at Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. • 7:00 p.m. – Big Fork RVFD Business Meeting & Training will be at the Fire Station. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – The Ink RVFD Business Meeting & Training will be at the community building. • 7:30 p.m. – Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 meets at the Mena Lodge located in the Old Post Office by Janssen Park. Friday, 5/5 • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Road tests are given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room unless the roads are wet. Written tests are given at 1:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fiber Arts Group meets at Mena Art Gallery. All types of fiber welcome.

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Gator and Friends will be playing at the American Legion in Acorn. $6.00 admission. 50/50 drawing, potluck, and door prizes. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 9:30 p.m. – Karaoke Contest at Fraternal Order of the Eagles, 3091 Hwy. 71 North. $5 Entry fee. Must be 21 years old. Saturday, 5/6 a i ’s r n h at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church, 300 Dallas Avenue, Mena. 479-394-2697. a i e l n the an s of the Cossatot River will be presented at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Cossatot Falls parking lot. p There ill e an Support Group meeting in Room 156 at RMCC. • 3:00 p.m. - Look at those Teeth! presented at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Sandbar Picnic Area. • 4:00 p.m. - Take a Nature Hike at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the north side of Lover’s Leap Trail. • 6:00 p.m. – Gospel Singing at the Little Hope Baptist Church near Pine Ridge with dinner following. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. p Che t the n ers of Queen Wilhelmina State Park at the Touch Table. Meet in the Hearth Room. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 479-243-0297 or 479-216-4606. Sunday, 5/7 a Ta e a il er al at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Harris Creek Trailhead. • 9:00 a.m. - Fishing Fun! At Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center Legacy Room. • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 2:00 p.m. - Feed the Critters at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center. • 3:00 p.m. - Go on a Snorkeling Exploration at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Low Water Bridge below the Visitor Center. • 3:00 p.m. – Sulphur Springs Church worship at Sulphur Springs. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. Monday, 5/8 a p ’s ee in

Hands Mission Center will serve free groceries & free toiletry to the needy at 1200 Reeves Ave, Mena. • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 1:30 p.m. – Polk County Genealogical Society will meet at the Polk County Library. Program will be “Joining a Lineage Society: by Dotty Kinnum. p The irp rt C issi n’s meeting will be held at the UA-Rich Mountain Boardroom in the Spencer Building, 1100 College Drive. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. – Democratic Party of Polk County meets at Papa’s Mexican Caf . Anyone interested is welcome. You do not have to be a member. p y ts eri a Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Mena Elks Lodge meeting. All Elks are invited to attend. p ntain ea Chapter #22 Order of the Eastern Star will meet at the Mountain Meadow Masonic Lodge Hall in Hatfield. Tuesday, 5/9 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardner C nity en’s rea ast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. a p rt Day at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena St. Bring your current project and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. p p The at el Branch Library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. – T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union Bank Community Room for weigh-ins, followed by a meeting. • 6:00 p.m. – Home Front Warriors CMA Chapter 377 Breakfast Bible Study at the Limetree Restaurant. Public is invited. • 6:00 p.m. – American Legion Post 18 potluck dinner, at eteran’s Park in Acorn, with meeting to follow at 7 p.m. • 6:30 p.m. – Shady Fire and Rescue District 10 will meet at the Shady Community Center. • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Bluegrass music at Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for the families of ad-

dicts and alcoholics meet at the ABC Club. • 7:00 p.m. – The Dallas Valley R.V.F.D. will meet for training at the Firehouse. • 7:00 p.m. – The Acorn Fire and Rescue will meet at the Fire Department. • 7:00 p.m. – The Wickes V.F.W. Post #10484 will meet at the Wickes Community Center. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479-234-2887 or 479234-3043. Wednesday, 5/10 will a The Class meet at Papa’s Mexican Caf . Spouses and friends are welcome. The er en y arnin sirens ill e tested in Mena at noon. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Polk County Library Cove Branch is open. • p ality ie trea h meeting at Lavilla Restaurant. • 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – The Mena First United Methodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – The Southside Ch r h Warriors for Christ will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Regeneration Youth Ministries at Mena Church of God Hwy 88 East. • 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church hosts Discovery Kids – indergarten Thru 5th Grade; Collide Youth Ministry – 6th Thru 12th Grades; and Adult Bible Study. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at Grace Bible Church, 1911 Hwy 71 N. Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 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

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Squires & Hernandez to Wed

Steve and Vicky Squires and Phillip and Jennifer Yates are happy to announce the wedding of Brittany Hernandez and Ethan Squires. The wedding will take place at The Noble Learning Center in Cove on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 7pm. There will be a reception following the wedding. Ethan and Brittany will be making there home in Cove, AR.


AT MENA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM Sokkheng Heng and Sry Johnny Ou, of Waldron, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on April 23rd. Sarah and Jonathan Fox, of Langley, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on April 25th. Laura Rogers and Shay Ahmed, of DeQueen, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on April 25th.

Coming Together in the Face of Tragedy: #PolkCountyStrong BY LEANN DILBECK •


xhausted. Burdened. Grieved. Last week, like many of you, left me confused, admittedly angry and disgusted, and just plain heart broken. For myself, I had seen the absolute worst of people and the best of people at the same time… and my, oh my, what a stark contrast it was… but in the end, out of all the darkness, there were beacons of light shining bright and I can honestly say, I’ve never been more proud to call Mena my home. Never having lived anywhere else my entire life, like many of you, believed those heinous unspeakable crimes only happened somewhere else… in cities full of concrete and lights, or maybe even in some barbaric third world country, but certainly not in my quaint little hometown. While we all grieved, hoped, and prayed for one family… we all seemed to forget about our many differences and the community became one… as we always seem to do in times of tragedy. We came together and did all we could to support our law enforcement, providing food, providing drinks, and certainly providing prayers and an abundance of gratitude. Gratitude for their tireless and relentless efforts in challenging weather conditions… knowing that every second mattered. Gratitude for the incredible heart in which they do their job. And, respect for the burden they must have felt over those five very long days. Now, we will come together to pray for their healing. We came together and surrounded a hurting and devastated family with candles, sang hymns, and held our arms outstretched in prayers… from coast to coast, people across this great Nation joined with our community online to provide support to a family that will forever miss the lives of not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 precious souls that were stolen from them. Now, we will come together to pray for their peace. We came together to financially assist a family that never anticipated paying for the funeral of a 2 and 10 year old… let alone, two more all at the same time. We came together to alleviate a financial burden yes, but also, because we felt compelled to do something for this family to show that they do not have to carry this burden alone. Now, we will come together and pray for His provisions. We will come together to memorialize these four lives – Steven, Bethany, Reilly, and Acelynn – to so many of us, they are only pictures but to their family and friends, they were so much more and their absence, especially under these circumstances, will forever pose the question, “What if…?” We must come together to pray for God to fill their life-sized void in a way that only He can. We will come together to pray for the prosecution team as these ministers of justice carry the very heavy burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law the guilt of one evil man. We will surround this team with the respect in which their office deserves and know that they are the only ones that know the true facts of the case. We will not impede the pursuit of justice by posting or sensationalizing details of the case as if we know them to be fact, when in fact, we do not, and perpetuate a horrific crime for family members to be subject to reading. We will uplift these ministers, praying for their discernment and wisdom… and know in our hearts they are motivated by finding justice for the most vulnerable of this world. We will come together to pray for justice.

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The following information was received from Polk County law enforcement agencies. The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed, or that they have been found innocent, and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner. Mena Police Department April 23, 2017 Anthony William Cottman, 29, of Mena was charged with public intoxication, criminal mischief, and violation of park curfew. John Andrew Phillips, 49, of Mena was served an outstanding warrant from Montgomery County, and was charged with public intoxication and obstructing governmental operations after officers responded to a disturbance. Report was taken of someone removing theft detection devices from items at a local farm store. Case is pending further investigation and review of surveillance tapes. Employees at a local retail store reported that a man took left the building with merchandise for which he did not pay. When confronted, the man fled across the parking lot and left the area. Case is pending location of suspect. April 24, 2017 Report was made of someone stealing and attempting to cash a check on a local business. Case is pending. Employees at a local bank reported that they had received a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill in a deposit from a local business. Case is pending. April 25, 2017 Clark Hunter, 26, of Mena was arrested on a white warrant for parole violation. Lacie L. Howell, 41, of Mena was charged with disorderly conduct after a call to a local residence regarding an altercation between two women. Bradley Verba, 19, of Mena was arrested on two warrants for failure to pay fines and court costs. Report was made of a verbal altercation between a Mena woman and her adult son. No charges have been filed at this time. A Mena man reported that someone had made charges to his credit card in Florida. Case is pending further information.

April 26, 2017 Brian B. Travis, 37, of Mena was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. He was served an outstanding warrant from Sevier County. He was later charged with furnishing prohibited articles. A burglary and theft was reported at a local restaurant. Cash was taken from a register and from arcade machines in the business. Case is being investigated. Report was made of the theft of several items from a local residence. Case is pending location of witnesses and further investigation. April 27, 2017 Report was taken of a man being hit in the face by an individual. Case is pending further information. April 28, 2017 John Douglas Hillard, 25, of Mena was charged with possession of a controlled substance. The arrest followed a traffic stop. April 29, 2017 A local man reported the theft of a power washer from his front porch. Case is pending.

l C nty heri ’s Depart ent April 24, 2017 Report from complainant on Evergreen Lane near Hatfield of the theft of a guitar, valued at $1,000.00. The item was later located and retrieved by the owner. Report of a disturbance at the Polk County Detention Center, causing $175.00 in damages, led to Citations for Criminal Mischief and Impairing the Operation of a Vital Public Facility being issued to John A. Phillips, 49, of Mena. Report of a missing cellphone, valued at $200.00, led to a 15-year-old male being issued a Juvenile Citation for Theft. The phone was returned to the owner. The juvenile was released to the custody of a parent/guardian. Report from complainant on Race Lane near Mena of unauthorized persons placing items in a dumpster. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Waters Lane near Mena of the theft of prescription medication and a game camera, all valued at $300.00. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Pioneer Lane near Potter of the theft of a generator and truck rims, all valued at $1,250.00. Investigation continues. April 25, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 139

near Cove of trash dumped in their driveway. Investigation continues. Arrested was Cheryle A. Crawley, 60, of Bentonville, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Report from a Wickes man of a missing family member. The subject was later spotted in Grannis. Arrested was Roger A. Burton, 28, of Hatfield, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear. April 26, 2017 Report from complainant on Wildwood Drive near Mena of the theft of $600 cash and personal documents. Investigation continues. Arrested was Alicia L. Burk, 45, of Mena, on a Charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Arrested was Jody B. Rogers, 40, of Mena, on Charges of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card and Theft of Property. April 27, 2017 Arrested was Robert P. Lanham, 24, of

Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. April 28, 2017 No reports were filed on this day. April 29, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 68 near the Cherry Hill community of vandalism to a vehicle window, totaling damages at $200.00. Investigation continues. April 30, 2017 Report of a domestic disturbance on Edgewood Drive near Mena led to the arrest of Christopher S. Davy, 25, of Mena on a Charge of Domestic Battery 1st Degree. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Michael E. Green, 56, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 23 Incarcerated Inmates, with 12 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

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Big 4 family yard sale, 209 Eve street. Friday, May 5th and Saturday, 6th, 9-5pm. Many Items! New 3 Wheel Schwinn Bike and cargo basket, new electric master build smoker, garden tiller, small dining set, tables, lamps, chairs, storage bench, area rug, electric lift recliner, lots of house décor, men and women’s clothes, and much more! 5/3 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 & Cna/Housekeeping. Please apply in person between 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Monday-Friday. 5/10 Dugan Lawn Care and Landscaping a complete ground maintenance company servicing both residential and commercial customers. Now taking new clients for 2017 Mow Season! We trim ornamental trees, grasses, shrubs, and more. Free estimates. Offices in both Mena: 479-3942699 and DeQueen: 870-279-2250. For Sale: 2009 16x80 Clayton Mobile Home. Like new condition. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Master bath has garden tub and separate shower. Includes all kitchen appliances, washer & dryer. Will need to be moved. Asking $24,000. For more info call 479-394-4197 or text 479-234-0052. 5/10 Have Guitar will travel – singer/songwriter with P.A. systems. Parties – Weddings – Meeting – Etc. Reasonable Rates, Arkansas Songster. 479-394-1617. 5/31 Backhoe and concrete work. Licensed – Dependable. Over 30 years experience. William J. (Jack) Barnes. 479394-6175 or 234-2608. 5/3 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

Estate Sale – Christ Episcopal Church, 803 Church Street, Thursday, May 4, 8/5. Friday, May 5, 8-?. Lots of books, a tent, bar stools, chairs, boots, lots of glassware and kitchen items; pillows, linens, gas log burning, hom décor, framed pictures and much more! 5/3 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 J&N Dozer- Trackhoe, Backhoe, Dump Truck, Ponds, Pads, Clearing, Roads, Hauling, Rich Top Soil, Fill Dirt, Shale, Gravel. Dozer operator Randy Egger, over 30 years’ experience. We appreciate your Business! Call 479-234-1357 TFN LPN – Licensed Practical Nurse is seeking employment with in-home care/private care duty of patients. Trustworthy, dependable, and hardworking. References are available. Contact Missy Cost LPN at 479-216-1201. 5/17 Brodix, Inc. is accepting applications for a full or parttime office position. Bookkeeping, business letter typing/ drafting, and computer experience (accounting software, e-mail/internet, spreadsheets, etc.) would be helpful. Applications may be picked up at the Brodix office, located at 301 Maple in Mena, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Competitive starting wages; benefits available for full time positions. Notice to Applicants: Screening tests for alcohol and illegal drug use may be required before hiring and during employment. 5/3 – Dog Grooming, hand dry, nails trimmed, ears cleaned, brushing. Deanna Boyd. 479-2341866. I will come to you! Like Facebook. 5/3 Available For rent June 1: Remodeled historic 1650 sq. ft. commerical space; high traffic area 711 N Mena Street; open floor plan, display windows, some shelving. Call: 479-216-2724 for information

For Sale – Maroon recliner has vibrating and heat. $250. Call 479-216-9551. Cash Only. 5/3



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 patients. 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. 5/3

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 Yard Mowing, weed eating, bush hogging, handyman services, power washing, garden plowing and tilling. Have tractor with implements for larger jobs. Bill Duff. Call 479216-5204. 5/3 Dugan Lawn Care and Landscaping, a complete ground maintenance company servicing both residential and commercial lots in Polk, Severe, and Scott County. Call for a free estimate on any of your lawn care or landscaping needs. 479-394-2699. TFN

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Local Transportation company looking for Flat Bed Truck Drivers. Well maintained equipment. Good pay and good working environment. Home most weekends. Can make up to $1,000/week average pay. Can earn $300 sign on bonus after 3 months of employments. Please call 479243-4524. 5/3 The Cherry Hill Cemetery will have Decoration Day on Sunday. May 7, 2017. There will be a short business meeting at 9:30 a.m. on the benches under the big oak tree. 5/3 House Cleaning and more. Call Winnie Cotter at 2343418. 5/10

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