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Voelkel Back In U.S.; Sits in Polk County Jail Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer announced that Chad Voelkel is back in the Polk County Detention Center. Voelkel was extradited from Canada and ﬂown to the Bentonville, Arkansas airport Friday by the US Marshal’s Service. The Polk County Sheriff’s Ofﬁce took custody Voelkel. He will await trial in the Polk County Detention Center on Rape and Failure to Appear. Voelkel was arrested for Rape on January 3rd, 2019. While out on bond he failed to appear for his jury trail last May, a warrant was issued for Failure to Appear. Voelkel ﬂed the Arkansas with his wife, Stephanie Voelkel, and 4 of his minor children. She had a warrant was issued for Permitting Abuse of a Minor. The Voelkels ﬂed over 1,200 miles to Canada and were eventually in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada. Their 4 children were turned over to the Arkansas Department of Human Services. Stephanie Voelkel has not yet returned to Arkansas and is still in Canadian custody awaiting extradition to face charges of Permitting the Abuse of a Minor. Sheriff Scott Sawyer thanked his Deputies and the US Marshal’s Service for their hard work. “Without the involvement of the US Marshal’s Service, we might still be looking for them”. Sheriff Sawyer also wanted to thank US Attorney Dak Kees, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canadian Border Services, the Arkansas Department of Human Services, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for their assistance. “This was a team effort. Everyone involved was focused on ﬁnding the Voelkel children and making sure that Chad and Stephanie Voelke were brought back to face justice.”
Higher costs for turkey, ham, potatoes and milk behind price hike LITTLE ROCK — For the second year in a row the average cost of the traditional Thanksgiving meal this year reﬂected a modest increase, according to Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 34thannual survey of food items typically included in the holiday feast.
This year’s meal will cost $57.75 for a family of 10, up $4.82 from last year’s average of $52.93, but still a relative bargain at less than six dollars per person. Mark Lambert, director of Commodity Activities and Economics for Arkansas
Farm Bureau, says the price farmers receive for their crops and livestock have remained relatively ﬂat the past four years resulting in record lows in net farm income.
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Mena Board of Education Approves Changes to District’s Vision Plan
The Mena School Board met for the regular November meeting on Tuesday evening. The board began by approving the minutes from the September & October meeting. They quickly moved to passing a disclosure statement for board member Kyle Cannon who is also an employee of the Union Bank of Mena. A proposal was made to change the district employees vision plan. Mena Insurance currently holds the contract through Superior Vision. The new plan offered by Mena Insurance would be through Blue Cross & Blue Shield at a lower cost to employees & an increase in beneﬁts. The change was passed by the board & will go into effect February 1, 2020. Next was the approval of the ﬁnancial reports for September & October. Resignations were accepted by the board including Carol Sproles, Michaela VanPelt, David Goodner, & Howard Elliot. The board approved an addendum to the contract of Cheryl Goodner, additional hours to Keri Duer, and a transfer SCHOOL BOARD CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
CRHS Choral Dept to present Christmas concert
The Cossatot River High School Choral Dept will present their Christmas concert on Monday, December 9, 2019 in the Holbert Auditorium in Wickes. The choir concert will begin at 6:00 under the direction of Susan Brewer. The 7th grade TrebleMakers choir will begin the concert, followed by the 7th9th grade AccaFellas choir, then the 8th grade TrebleTones choir. The second half of the concert will be the senior high all girls choir, Cantabile, followed by the senior high mixed choir, Noteworthy. Come out and enjoy a night of festive holiday music performed by many talented CRHS singers.
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LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas is one of 16 states whose legislators are working to help families gain access to medical care for a debilitating disorder that can afﬂict children after a bout of strep throat. It is a neuroimmune disorder commonly known as PANDAS, which stands for pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections. Symptoms may include trouble sleeping, loss of math skills and handwriting skills and severe separation anxiety. Some parents have reported that the symptoms became so severe that they had difﬁculty recognizing their child. Related to PANDAS is pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome, known as "PANS." It is a clinically deﬁned disorder characterized by the sudden onset of obsessive-compulsive symptoms or eating restrictions, accompanied by two or more symptoms of acute behavioral deterioration or motor and sensory changes. Antibiotics and psychiatric care can relieve the severity of the symptoms, but they can be very costly. A foundation that supports families who have been afﬂicted says that medicine can cost from $5,000 to $17,000 per dose. Consistent health insurance coverage is important for affected families, due to the high cost of treatment. With that in mind, the legislature approved Act 878 of 2019, which takes steps to make health coverage in Arkansas inconsistent. The act creates a panel of health care professionals, educators, insurance representatives and elected ofﬁcials. Under Act 878 the panel will report to the joint Senate and House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committees at its December meeting. A similar panel created by Texas lawmakers issued its ﬁrst report in September. The report will include standards for diagnosing and treating PANS and PANDAS. When the standards are in place, health insurance companies can use them to set coverage amounts. According to language in Act 878, legislation that mandates coverage will be considered at the next regular session. The act encourages the governor to in-
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clude mandatory insurance coverage on the call of a special session, if he calls a special session before the 2021 regular session convenes. Act 878 also charges the panel of health and insurance experts with raising awareness, in schools, in health clinics and among families. According to support groups, the disorder is often misdiagnosed. Robocalls Act 677 of 2019 prohibits fraudulent telemarketers from using technology that makes your phone’s caller ID display a fake number. It passed through both chambers of the legislature without a dissenting vote. Judging by the enthusiasm with which lawmakers voted for it, it may have been the most popular bill considered during the 2019 session. This year alone, 35 states have considered more than 150 bills or resolutions to restrict robocalls, and enacted 25 of them. The Federal Communications Commission has issued regulations that allow phone companies to do more to block robocalls. The Commission estimates that in the past six years more than 14,700 people have lost $72 million in fraudulent phone scams. An estimated 4.5 billion robocalls were placed to Americans in September, which is more than 150 million calls a day. Of those, 46 percent were scams, 12 percent were telemarketing calls from legitimate companies, 23 percent were alerts and reminders, and 19 percent were payment reminders.
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The next three or four days will be busy ones for most of us, as we celebrate Thanksgiving and invest time in other activities with family and friends and perhaps even do some hunting, take in some football, and I hope participate in worshiping God. In addition to these, this Saturday we can also recognize the 175th birthday of our beautiful home nestled in the Ouachitas. On November 30, 1844, Polk County became Arkansas’s 48th county. The area of what is today Polk County has a long and interesting history. The first human inhabitants are believed to have been Peleo-Indians as early as 8000 B.C. In the following centuries, numerous Indian cultures evolved. Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto and his band of Conquistadors were the first white men into this area, having wintered on the banks of the Ouachita River near the present site of Hot Springs during the winter of 1541-42. The French followed the Spanish into this area in the late 17th century. The United States acquired the area now known as Polk County as a part of the Louisiana Territory when it was purchased from France in 1803. This area was a part of a vast uncharted wilderness when, in 1812, it became a part of the Missouri Territory. In 1813, Arkansas County was created as a part of the Missouri Territory and two hundred years ago this year, on July 4, 1819, Arkansas began its separate existence under the name of Arkansas Territory. Arkansas Territory became the state of Arkansas in 1836, and in 1837 the first survey of the area was made, authorized by a congressional act which granted veterans of the War of 1812 a patent to lands once in the old Louisiana Purchase. Some of these veterans were among the first settlers of Polk County. During the 1830’s, settlers traveling west to Texas were turned back by soldiers at the Red River due to an Indian uprising. Having heard of the great hunting grounds in west-central Arkansas, many decided to stay and build shelters. Most of these settlers came from Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and other nearby states. At this time, the area that is now Polk County was still a part of Sevier County, but the distance to the county seat in Sevier County posed a hardship on the settlers who had to travel that distance to conduct necessary business.
Subsequently, an area much larger than the Polk County we know today was taken from Sevier County and and established as Polk County. In 1873, six townships of Polk County were ceded to the newly formed Howard County. While Polk County was named for then President James K. Polk, the new county seat, Dallas, was named for Vice President George M. Dallas. The Dallas community was the first part of the county to be settled. During the Civil War, Polk County was partially overrun by scouting parties and guerrilla bands, but the pioneers felt little direct effects of the war. Polk County escaped any major battles and was left mostly unscathed by the war. In the early 1890’s Arthur E. Stilwell, an insurance salesman, and Jan De Goeijen, a Dutch investor, teamed up and initiated and financed the construction of a railroad between Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and Shreveport, Louisiana. This would help to connect Kansas City, Missouri with Port
Arthur, Texas by rail. The railroad, the Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and Gulf (later named Kansas City Southern) went through Polk County and resulted in an economic boost to the county. Several new towns were established along the line, including Mena in 1896. Mena was named after the Dutch investor’s wife, Mena Janssen De Goeijen, and became the county seat in 1898. Over the past 120 years, Polk County has seen many changes and certainly more than I can possibly cover here. However, what hasn’t changed is the wealth of her natural resources and the grandeur of God’s handiwork as seen through her clear mountain streams, winding rivers, solitary pine and oak forests, rocky upland meadows, and rugged and picturesque mountains and stately peaks – all home to a wealth of flora and fauna. These features of our county are known not only by those native here but have also been discovered by so many from beyond our county line, state line and national boundaries.
Reflections from History and Faith Happy Birthday, Polk County!
By Jeff Olson
November 27, 2019
Some of these folks had traveled around the world and some had lived in beautiful places in our own country and/or overseas. However, it was Polk County, Arkansas where they chose to settle and live. That’s amazing.... but yet it really isn’t. It’s one thing to be attracted to and move to an aesthetically pleasing area, but it’s quite another to stay and make it your home. What my wife and I experienced is what so many others have as well: A town, a county at its core, is about people - about community - and it is there through relationships developed with others over time where quality of life is most often built and sustained. So it has been for us. During this special season of the year, when we are counting those blessing for which we are most thankful, we need to include our Polk County and her people.
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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.
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November 17 and 18, 2019 A local man reported a theft of gasoline. Case is pending location and interview of suspect. A local business owner reported that a wrench and tires had been stolen from his building. Case is pending. Report was made of a neighbor’s dog killing chickens. The owner was warned to keep his dog inside or tethered if he is outdoors. November 19, 2019 Michael Jamison, 44, was charged with criminal assault and fleeing. The arrest followed a call from a local retail store. Sarah Mitchell, 35, of Mena was served nine warrants. The arrest followed a call from a Mena resident. November 20, 2019 David Eledge, was charged with several warrants. Arrest followed a call for a disabled vehicle at a local convenience store. November 21, 2019 Kaleb Rushin, 18, of Mena was arrested and served am outstanding warrant following a call from a Mena resident. November 22 & 23, 2019 Tristan Chaney, 24, of Mena was charged with criminal trespass after officers responded to a call at a local retail store. Elizabeth Finley, 20, of Mena was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Nathaniel Riley, 26, of Mena was charged with driving on a suspended license. Michael Wing, 32, of Mena was charged with public intoxication.
Polk County Sheriff’s Report The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of November 18 – November 24, 2019. 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. November 18, 2019 Report from a Mena woman of concerns regarding a family member. Deputy responded. Report from a church on Polk 282 in Hatfield of the break-in and theft of $4,388.00 in cash and checks. Investigation continues. Report of a disturbance on 7th Street in Wickes led to the arrest of Marivel Sanchez, 21, of Wickes, on a Charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Additional information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Arrested was Jade A. Buck, 30, of Hatfield, on a Drug Court Sanction. November 19, 2019 Arrested was Ricky D. Miller, 58, of Cove, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. November 20, 2019 Report of a man in the ditch behind the Hatfield Housing Authority led to the arrest of Logan S. Jacobs, 24, of Cove, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear. Report of a disturbance on Highway 8 West near Shady Grove involving a
17-year-old male. Deputy responded. Report from the City of Cove of the theft of water and damage done to a meter. Investigation continues. Arrested was Alan Currier, 45, of Mena, on a Warrant for Terroristic Act. Arrested was Jesse A. Cheshire, 54, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear. November 21, 2019 Arrested was Mariah Wright, 27, of Mena, on a Drug Court Sanction. Report from complainant on Highway 71 North near Mena of being harassed by an acquaintance. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from complainant on Highway 8 East near Board Camp of damage done to the highway. Deputy responded. Report of a disturbance on Highway 4 in Cove. Deputy responded. November 22, 2019 Report from complainant on Apache Lane near Board Camp of damage done to two windows. Investigation continues. Arrested by an officer with the U.S. Forest Service was Colby A. Miles, 30, of Oden, on two Warrants for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Arrested was Chad B. Voelkel, 39, of Mena, on a Warrant for Felony Failure to Appear. Arrested was Jessica M. Mayo, 33, of Wickes, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. November 23, 2019 Traffic stop led to the arrest of Terrie J. Williams, 32, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Report from complainant on Polk 652 near Mena of problems with a neighbor’s cattle in their yard. Deputy responded. Arrested was Christopher A. Price, 36, of Upshur, TX, and Tarah N. Shelton, 36, also of Texas, each on a Charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. November 24, 2019 Report from complainant on Stevenson Drive in Wickes of being harassed by an acquaintance. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.
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Report of a vehicle stuck on the railroad tracks on Polk 48 near Potter led to the arrest of Robert D. South, 39, of Hatfield, on Charges of DWI, Careless/Prohibited Driving and Refusal to Submit. Report from complainant on Polk 22 near Cove of being harassed by an acquaintance. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report of a disturbance on Settlers Lane near Potter led to the arrest of Tyler L. Kamm, 22, of Mena, on a Charge of Domestic Battery. Report from a Mena woman of problems with her son led to a 15-year-old male being issued a Juvenile Citation for Disorderly Conduct. The juvenile was released to the custody of a parent/guardian. Report from two Mena men of being harassed by acquaintances. Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked three vehicle accidents this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 25 Incarcerated Inmates , with 16 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.
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er liability for theft is limited so long as consumers promptly notify the bank or credit card issuer. Additionally, many credit card issuers have “zero liability” policies under which the purchaser pays nothing if his or her credit card is stolen and used to make unauthorized purchases. • Keep personal information private. Do not disclose personal information – address, telephone number, Social Security number, bank account number or email address – unless you know who is collecting the information, why they are collecting it and how they will use it. • Be cautious when buying gifts from an online auction. Understand how the auction works and check out the seller’s reputation before bidding. Always ask about terms of delivery and return options. Never wire money for the purchase; use some other form of payment. • Keep records of online transactions and check for emails from merchants while doing business. Merchants may email important information about purchases. • Promptly and thoroughly review month-
ly credit card and bank statements for any errors or unauthorized purchases. Notify the credit or debit card issuer immediately if a card or checkbook is lost or stolen or if you suspect someone is using your accounts without your permission. According to the National Retail Federation, 55 percent of consumers cited online shopping as the most popular shopping destination this year. They also expect holiday sales to increase 4.1 percent over last year. That means consumers are expected to spend an average of $1,007.24 this year on gifts. Also, research companies before finalizing the online purchase to ensure it is a credible merchant, and check the anticipated delivery date to make sure it will be delivered in time for the holidays. For more information about consumer-related issues, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s office at (800) 4828982 or consumer@ArkansasAG.gov or visit ArkansasAG.gov or facebook.com/ AGLeslieRutledge.
LITTLE ROCK – As the most popular shopping days of the year are upon Arkansans, scam artists are proactively searching for opportunities to steal your identity, money and personal information. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has identified best practices that will be rolled out throughout the week for consumers that can be used during the entire holiday season. “Every Christmas season, many Arkansans experience some form of fraud from a con artist or bad actor who tries to steal your personal identity, bank account or credit card information, or who fails to uphold the terms of a sales agreement,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday often have us plugging in credit and debit card numbers online where predatory scam artists could be lurking, waiting for an opportunity to steal your money.” Every year, countless American shoppers fall victim to identity thieves by not following a few simple rules. Attorney Gen-
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November 27, 2019 DONALD DEARING
Donald Ray Dearing, 83, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, formerly of Cove, Arkansas, died peacefully in his sleep on November 23, 2019, exactly twenty weeks after losing his loving wife Nelda of 63 years. Don was born on Friday, May 29, 1936, to Buford and Katie Dearing in Wynne, Arkansas. Don was the youngest of nine children and led an interesting life where he never met a stranger along the way. He met and shortly married his dear Nelda in Wichita Falls, Texas while at Sheppard Air Force Base. He served our country in the US Air Force stationed in Japan and after the service, went to work for the Army at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma, as a civilian instructor in the aviation field. Don was a pilot and always had a love for aviation. He and Nelda started out on a small farm in Rush Springs, Oklahoma. He loved the Lord and served as a Deacon and Choir Director in the First Baptist Church there. Eventually, they made the decision to move the family to Cove, Arkansas, to purchase a farm where they raised cattle and chickens. For a while, Don had a construction company where he built and equipped many of Polk County chicken houses. Don also started working for Lane Poultry as a service technician and eventually retired from Tyson Foods as a Breeder Technical Advisor. After retirement, he and Nelda moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas, to live on the lake where he would fish almost daily and sit in the coffee shop spinning tall tales with his friends. Everyone that knew him
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knows of the great love he had for his grandchildren and spending time with them on the lake. He walked a life kindness and grace and passed those traits along to his children and grandchildren. Don always had a big smile and a joke to share and was so loved for his gentle soul. The world has lost a good man, but Heaven has gained an angel. He is preceded in death by his parents and all of his siblings, Joy Dearing Hall, Troy (Jab) Dearing, Pauline Dearing Murphy, Carl Dearing, twins Leona Dearing Hubbard and infant Leon Dearing, twins Winston Muriel (Blackie) and Wayne Earl (Whitey) Dearing. Don is survived by his two children, his son and daughter in law, Steve and Felita Dearing of Cove, Arkansas and his daughter and son in law, Laura and Will Robbins of Pearl River, Louisiana, grandsons, Arkansas and grandson, Chance Dearing of Richmond, Virginia, granddaughter Harly Dearing of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and great grandson, Beau Hawkins of Arkadelphia, Arkansas and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. A graveside funeral will be Monday, November 25, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove with Brother Steve Bradley officiating. Visitation will be Monday, November 25, 2019 from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. The family wishes to thank everyone for all of your support during this difficult time. Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com
Fred Harper and wife Sandra of Benton, Missouri. Dennis Harper and wife Stacey of Mena, Arkansas. Daughter: Theresa Davis and husband Kenny of Mena, Arkansas. Eleven grandchildren, Twenty great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Brother: Kenneth Mitchell of Gladstone. Missouri Sister: Sylvia Ventris of Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Ausborn and Vera Mitchell, her first husband James Harper, second husband Russell Dunagan, brothers, Edward Mitchell, Jimmy Mitchell, and Raymond Mitchell and sisters Jewell Hilton, Norma Drager, and Helen Mitchell and a granddaughter Rita Genung. Funeral service will be Monday, November 25, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Family and friend visitation will be Sunday, November 24, 2019 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood. Pallbearers will be Michael Harper, Joshua Harper, Martin Adkins, Rick Foster, Richard Hilton, and Glenn Erickson. Honorary pallbearer will be Stephe Harper. Online obituary available at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
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Lois “Wanda” Elwanda Harper age 90 of Mena, Arkansas passed Thursday, November 21, 2019 in Waldron, Arkansas. Wanda was born on September 27, 1929 in Sand Springs, Oklahoma to the late Ausborn Newton Mitchell and the late Vera Lee Burris Mitchell. She was very creative and enjoyed redecorating. Wanda loved her family and cherished Sunday family dinners with her family. She was a talented seamstress. Above all she was devoted to her family and friends. Wanda was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friends to all who knew her. She is survived by: Sons: Jerry Harper and wife Sherry of Mena, Arkansas.
Judith Lucille Fast, age 74, of Mena, Arkansas died Thursday, November 21, 2019 at the Mena Regional Health System. She was born on Monday, July 23, 1945 to Leonard Jerome and Dorothy Lucille Clausen Slechta in Denison, Iowa. Judy was an active member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Mena and served her faith devoutly for forty-nine years after being baptized in 1970. Her spiritual family was very important to her and she cared deeply for them all. Judy loved helping people and her faith, family, and husband, Jack, were the most important things in life to her. She was close with her sisters, and enjoyed every moment spent with Jack and all the family they had been blessed with. Judy enjoyed reading, watching Westerns, country music, fishing, and especially loved to camp and travel. Judy was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother and friend and will be missed by all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her parents. She is preceded in death by her parents.
Judy is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Jack Fast of Mena; one son and daughter in law, Joseph and Tammie Fast of Benton, Arkansas; one daughter and son in law, Julie and Mike Brown of Mena; two sisters and brother in law, Joann Wood of Manning, Iowa, and Janice and Lloyd Dieber of Denison, Iowa; six grandchildren, Trenton Fast, Tait Fast, Nikki Henry, Colby Miles, Tori Stockton, and Sumer Brown; ten great grandchildren; several nephews and nieces and a host of other family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 1509 S Reine St, Mena, AR 71953 No services are planned at this time. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com
CECIL F. TEX BAKER
Cecil F. “Tex” Baker went home to be with his Lord on October 26, 2019. He was 94 years old. “Tex” was born in Ada, Oklahoma, on September 21, 1925 to Frank and Leola Baker. Tex was in automobile sales and later in life an entrepreneur. He was a musician who loved Country and Western music and sang and played his guitar at various venues across the country. His music idol was Ernest Tubb who he met many years ago and said he was his friend. Wherever Tex went, he would share the love of Jesus Christ. He never met a stranger and loved everyone. He was a kind man who always had a positive attitude. He is survived by his son Richard Baker and daughter Barbara Sloan, and stepson Royce Hanson and wife Staci, as well as special friends Hope and Tony Main, who he considered his family. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Virginia; his parents; and all his siblings.If you knew Tex, you were indeed blessed. Tex will be dearly missed by his friends and loved ones. His graveside service was at Owens Chapel Cemetery in Acorn last Sunday, November 24, 2019 with Pastor Steve Ellison officiating. FIND UP-TO-DATE
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As holiday travel begins for many, motorists in Arkansas should be aware that law enforcement officers from state, county, and local departments will be conducting a high- visibility Click or Ticket It enforcement campaign. Beginning Monday, officers will be patrolling various roadways through the state, especially Interstate 40, to ensure drives and their passengers are wearing their seat belts. The National Highway Transportation Safety Board estimates that proper seat belt usage reduces the risk of fatal injury to front passengers by 45 percent and the risk of moderate to serious injury by 50 percent.
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Holly Harshman Elementary Quiz Bowl team: The Holly Harshman fifth grade Quiz Bowl team received 1st place at the Polk County Quiz Bowl on Nov. 21. There were five teams. They will advance to De Queen-Mena Educational Cooperative in January to compete against other counties. Pictured are Ruby Dewitt, Laliegh Powell, Makenley Sullivan, Ryan Jiang, Kaiden Walls, Alayna Powell, Tessa Williams, Ty Thomas, Chandler Hendrickson, Lucas Johnson, Parker Koppein, Auden Woods, and Tiffiny Cavelli. Submitted photo.
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Mena Senior Named Coca-Cola Semifinalist Mena High School senior Macie Johnson has been named a Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Semifinalist. Johnson was selected from 93,000+ applicants. 1,928 high school seniors across the country were selected as Semifinalists from a pool of 93,075 submitted applications based on their academic excellence, leadership and service demonstrated in school and community activities. The Semifinalists are in the running for 150 college scholarships worth $20,000. With the addition of the 2020 class, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will have provided more than 6,300 Coke Scholars nationwide with over $72 million in scholarships over the course of 32 years Johnson will now have to complete Phase 2 applications, which include essays, recommendations, and transcripts. An independent selection committee will review the applications and select 250 Regional Finalists by the end of January to participate in online or in-person in-
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In fact, farmers and ranchers receive only eight cents of every dollar consumers spend on food. “This is the fifth year in a row of record protein production in the meat sector,” said Lambert. “The cost of protein has increased from last year primarily due to decreased ending stocks and slightly higher feed costs. The inventory of frozen turkey stocks decreased by 15 percent from 2018, while ham inventory is down from record stocks in 2016 with the farm price received for pork remaining low. These factors have led to the increase in retail poultry and pork prices.” “Relatively speaking the consumer price index for food at home rose one percent meaning food prices are relatively stable, considering global trade concerns,” Lambert added. The statewide average is based on responses from members of the Arkansas Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee and other volunteers who surveyed food prices at 13 grocery stores and supermarkets across the state. They were asked to report the “best in-store price” of 15
items included in the meal and are allowed to take advantage of advertised specials, excluding discount coupons and purchase requirements. Arkansas food prices continue to remain more affordable than elsewhere. American Farm Bureau’s national survey revealed an average price of $62.32 or roughly $6.23 per person. “America consumers continue to benefit from abundant supplies of poultry and pork products which are the centerpiece of most holiday meals,” said Arkansas Farm Bureau president Randy Veach. “We are fortunate to have the most affordable and abundant food supply in the world and, as we do each Thanksgiving, many families and charitable organizations will share the meal with those who are not as fortunate. That is truly reason to give thanks.” Veach said the fact consumers continue to enjoy the meal for less than $6 a person, on average, is a result of the efficiency of the nation’s food production system. “Grain prices continue to remain low and our farmers continue to feel the effects of the tariff war with China,” he said. “Flood-
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ing in the spring and drought during harvest affected crop production, but despite this, because of research and the latest technological advancements, farmers and ranchers are able to manage their cost of production,” Veach said. Though unscientific, the survey is intended to be a snapshot of actual prices across Arkansas and the nation. The survey period was Nov. 1 - Nov. 17. Click here for a comparison price chart of items in the survey. The average cost of a 16-pound young tom turkey was $16.92 or $1.06 per pound. That’s up from 87-cents per pound in 2018. American Farm Bureau’s national survey reported an average of $20.80 or $1.30 per pound for the whole bird. The average
price of a four-pound half bone-in ham is $8.25 or $2.06 per pound, up from $1.65 per pound last year. The cost of protein products such as turkey and ham are the major drivers of the cost of the meal. Other items in the shopping list that reflected price increases are a 3-pound bag of sweet potatoes which cost $3.16 or $1.05 per pound, and a gallon of whole milk which averaged $3.29, up 65 cents from $2.64 last year. The remaining items surveyed included a package of fresh cranberries, a fivepound bag of russet potatoes, carrots, celery, frozen green peas and green beans, pumpkin pie mix and pie shells, stuffing mix, dinner rolls, and a ½-pint carton of whipping cream.
-School Board from pg. 1 of duties for Alicia Moody. Superintendent Benny Weston presented a plan to restructure current Mena School District custodial employees & outsource the needed evening janitorial shifts.
The board approved accepting a bid from SG360 for only the evening janotorial shifts at Louise Durham Elementary & Holly Harshman Elementary.
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The Arkansas Razorbacks fell to the #1 team in the nation Saturday night. The Hogs were defeated by the LSU Tigers 56-20. The Razorbacks, in their first game since the firing of Chad Morris, had only 100 yards of total offense in the first half while giving up over 300 yards to the top ranked Tigers. Arkansas gave up 612 total yards for the game while only amassing 304 yards. The Razorbacks will finish the 2019 campaign Friday in Little Rock against Missouri. You can listen to the Hogs and Tigers on 104.1 KENA Friday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 1:30 from War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
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Cowboys fall to Patriots The Dallas Cowboys are still in first place in the NFC East despite a loss Sunday at the hands of the New England Patriots. In brutal conditions, the Cowboys passing game which was the best in the league going into the game, was basically ineffective in the wind, rain, and cold weather at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was 19 of 33 for 212 yards. Prescott went into the game averaging a league best 312 yards per game. Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliot gained 86 yards on 21 carries in the loss. Dallas still sits atop of the NFC East due to the Philadelphia Eagles losing on Sunday as well. Next up the Boys, a Thanksgiving Day match-up with the Buffalo Bills at ATT Stadium in Arlington. You can hear the game on Classic Hits 105.3 KQOR. Kickoff is set for 3:30 Thursday afternoon.
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JOLT Production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Opens Dec. 6 Looking for a fun family event to inspire you to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas? Then mark your calendar for your choice of performance dates to see “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” The play runs December 6-8 and again on December 13-15. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 PM and Sunday matinees are at 2:30 PM. Junior Ouachita Little Theatre is producing this comedy under the direction of Alexa Night. It was made into a play in 1982 and has been performed several times on the OLT stage through the years. It has always been well received by audiences, as it combines witty humor with the warmth of Christmastime.
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Director Alexa Night had this to say about her cast: “This is a talented group of kids who bring so much energy to each of their roles. They work together in the true spirit of the holiday season. This play is a lot of fun and introduces a unique cast of characters portrayed brilliantly by each of these young actors. While this play itself is extremely funny, it also tells a timeless story about the importance of opening our hearts to each other and discovering the true meaning of Christmas.” Advance tickets are now on sale at the OLT office. Your season ticket can also be traded in for a reserved seat or used at the door of any performance. Merry Christmas from the OLT!!!
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Bonhamâ€™s Mackenzie Person pitches last February during the Lady Warriorsâ€™ annual tournament. Photo by Rich Hilliard
By Rich Hilliard Fannin County Leader sports BONHAM -- Earning academic all-district notoriety yearly shows a few things about Bonham senior Mackenzie Person. She's able to succeed simultaneously during the season on and off the field. She's also able to use skills useful in one place in another. Take an observation she has made about her pitching -- and how to be the most successful. "I never had much speed," said Person. "I focused [instead] on spin. I thought maybe movement was more of a way to go." "She does a good job using spin [of the ball] to get outs when she is pitching," said Bonham softball manager Micky Englutt. "That's her weapon. It's what got her to the next level. She will be very effective." That next level equates pitching and playing shortstop for the University of Arkansas-Rich Mountain after graduation.
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Person announced her decision at a ceremony held in the Bonham High School main gymnasium on Nov. 22 with teammates, coaches, family and friends in attendance. "[UARM] watched my videos ... and gave me an offer," said Person, who will be part of the Division-II school's first softball team in 2021. "They said I showed leadership qualities. Since they are a new team, they thought I'd be a good fit" "You hear the cliche: 'hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work.' She's that kid who has worked hard to get in this position that is next [for her]," said Englutt, calling her the Greg Maddox of Bonham's pitching staff. "She has done it. Kudos to her. She has worked to get this offer." Knowing where she will pitch after high school, Person, also an all-district honorable mention on the field in 2019, will now focus on her final season with the Lady Warriors who will vie in 2020 for a 12th-con-
secutive postseason. Bonham exited last spring in the area round via eventual Class 3A state champion Emory Rains. "I want to go as far as possible," said Person. "I want to have fun and make the most of this moment." Last season, Person combined with her younger sister, Cameron, now a sophomore, to give opponents an abrupt change when one left -- and the other entered -- the pitching circle. "Cameron is more speed," said Mackenzie Person. "I'm more movement." That dissimilarity made the difference in the decisive game of the Lady Warriors' bi-district series. Person's 6 2/3 innings of scoreless relief left Pilot Point unable to adjust -- and helped Bonham advance. She entered the game with the Lady Warriors trailing, 2-0, in the first inning -- with Pilot Point having just reloaded the bases. LADY BUCK CONTINUED ON PAGE 15
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13 walks during 58 innings for the Lady Warriors. "She will have a similar role this year, with a few more starts," said Englutt. "It will again be an offset situation: out of speed, go to movement. Maybe flip flop. “She will also have to step up and play other positions," he said. She's a kid I'll look to to fill roles left by graduation. She will be a full-time player in games going forward."
Bonham senior Mackenzie Person (seated, center) finishes signing on Friday, Nov. 22, to play softball for the UA-Rich Mountain in Mena. On hand to see it were (L to R) dad Doug Person, UARM assistant athletic director Jerod McCormick and mom Robin Person. Photo by Rich Hilliard
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"I wanted to do the best I could by coming in and helping my sister and getting outs," said Mackenzie Person. "That was all I was focused on." Person needed only three pitches to get consecutive force outs at home on grounders back to the pitcher to end the threat. Bonham eventually won, 4-2, to advance. Expect more of that in 2020 from the older Person who enters the season with a 4-2 record, five saves, 32 strikeouts and only
In Romans chapter seven Paul has given to us a very important part of the human experience. "For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am fleshy, sold unto sin. For what I work out I do not acknowledge, for what I will this I do not practice, but what I hate this I do" (Romans 7:14,15). "For I delight in the law of God according to the inner man, but I see a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin which members" (Romans 7:22,23) The entire passage from Romans 7:7 to the end of the chapter sets forth a truth that is often neglected, that truth being the weakness of the "flesh" even in the lives of Christian men and women. It just occurred to me that this weakness has taken 100% percent of us, even those who pretend that they have already achieved. Jesus said "watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" (Mt. 26:41). Jesus was at that time speaking to a group of men who knew Him better than most of us ever do, yet, they needed a warning and a reason for the warning. Temptations come, they came for them and come for us...all of us. The danger is that in each of us who know Him in the full and free pardon of sin, there is still a weakness! Very few Christians realize that in the three-part personality (all of us have it!) there is "spirit, soul, and the body" (I Thes. 5:23), and even those who understand this, often do not know that the only part of that person which is "born again, or "saved" or "regenerated is the spirit! Remember that John wrote "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the spirit if spirit" (John 3:6). It could not be made much clearer! He did not say "that which is born of the flesh is spirit! Not at all. Our "spirit" is the only part of us that is re-born. We, all of us, still struggle with a "flesh" that is not yet made over at this time. And because of this there is a weakness in all of us. And remember the Standard of our strength or weakness of Jesus Christ. Are you a strong as He is? So when do the struggles end? From I John 3:2 come these words "...we know that when He is manifested we will be like Him, because we will see Him even as He is." Then, and not before then. And that day is coming! It is on God's Timeclock, and the signs all around us. There is no license for bad behavior! It is just the assurance that when we "mess up" we are in good company: the born again people of Jesus Christ! And "messing up" is not the end! And precisely because of this we (all of us) run into things that we do not handle just like Jesus would handle them. What was true for Paul is true for every believer, no exceptions. Jesus was right, as He always is, the "flesh" is weak, even in the lives of the pretenders. Pretender: someone who pretends to be better than they are in the Christian journey to Christian-likeness. And it is not at all unusual for those who have this idea to feel themselves a little bit better than those who may be struggling with something. Truth: Jesus not only died for us, He HAD TO DIE FOR ALL OF US BECAUSE WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME TROUBLE! Compared to the Idea, to the goal, we are ALL of us a "mess just waiting fo happen." Some will not like this, but it is the truth about all of us! We HAD to have a Savior! No exceptions, none at all! My name is Gene Stacks and I approve of this message. PAID FOR BY GENE STACKS
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Bucks Baseball Field Taking Shape The baseball fields at McMillan Park are getting in shape for the inaugural season of University of Arkansas Rich Mountain baseball. Coach Lance Spigner said in an interview recently with Mena Today on 104.1 KENA that they have nailed down a site design and bulldozers should be working in the next couple of weeks. “We can’t get too far ahead of schedule because you can’t lay the sod until it can take root” said Coach Spigner. As far as recruiting goes, Coach Spigner is out talking to possible recruits and says he’ll sign 19 to 20 guys this year. The program has already 17 players that have committed to play for the diamond Bucks. The team will begin play in the fall of 2020.
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LOCATED IN THE NORTHSIDE SHOPPING CENTER Local fighters took to the ring Friday night in Fort Smith at Fight Night In The Fort. Jesse Self lost in a tough bout, but fought hard. Smith moves his record to 1-2 but he gaining valuable ring experience every time out. Jesse is the 15 year old son on Melissa and David Self of Wickes. Zack Willis brought home some well deserved hardware after a very nice bout against a very tough opponent improving his record to 2-2. Zack is the grandson of Tammy and Garland Cox. “Simple Words cannot say how proud of this young Team I am”, says Richard Hexamer. The Defenders now prepare for the State Silver Gloves tournament in North Little Rock December 6th and 7th. Team Mena will have 7 members competing 4 Youth Boys and 3 of the always popular Attitude Angels female team. Photo submitted.
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One person was killed and another injured Thursday night as the result of a two vehicle accident on State Highway 88 near Pine Ridge in Montgomery County just after 6:00 p.m. According to the Arkansas State Police, 74 year old Judith Fast, a passenger in one of the vehicles, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, 79 year old Jackie Fast, also of Mena, was transported to Mena Region-
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Hatfield Bridge Replaced on Buddy Bean Drive The town of Hatfield has just completed a bridge replacement on Buddy Bean Drive. The small bridge built in the 1930's was structurally weak and had been damaged by an automobile accident in recent years. The town received a Community Development Block Grant through the Arkansas Economic Development Commission in the amount of $100,000 to replace the old bridge with a 10 X 12 box culvert.
The work was done by D & S Poultry Contractors, LLC out of Waldron. The engineer for the project was Engineering Services Inc. from Springdale. Hatfield Mayor Linda Denton expressed thanks to the community for their patience while the street was closed to traffic during construction. The town is working on another grant to resurface the remainder of Buddy Bean Drive in the future.
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Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 85th Annual Convention Set for Dec. 4-6
LITTLE ROCK — Farm and ranch leaders from across the state will come together Dec. 4-6 for Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 85th annual convention, set for the Marriott Hotel and the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall of Georgia and ArFB President Randy Veach headline the speakers for the event. Veach is not seeking reelection, after serving for the past 11 years as the organization’s president and with 20 years of service on the state board of directors. Other featured speakers for the event include Delaney Howell, host of Iowa Public Television’s Market to Market program, and comedian Taylor Mason. The event is expected to attract about 1,200 farmers and ranchers and will include a trade show that features vendors of farm services, equipment and supplies. The convention’s theme, “Let’s Get Growing,” will be reinforced with work-
shops that include topics such international trade, precision agriculture, feral hogs, animal disease traceability, leadership development and the marketing of farm commodities. Farm Bureau’s annual business session, where voting delegates define the organization’s policy positions on items of importance to its members, will conclude the event. The delegate body also elects the organization’s president and vice president. “It is always exciting when the leaders of Arkansas’ largest industry come together,” said Veach, a third-generation farmer from Manila (Mississippi County). “To see those dedicated volunteers embrace the mission of this organization is both inspiring and gratifying. “Arkansas Farm Bureau was founded in 1935 to be the voice of agriculture in Arkansas. It is through the action of those who will gather from every part of Arkansas that our collective voice gains strength. I have felt that grassroots power very clearly over
the past 11 years as president. “It is the appropriate time for new leadership to step up and guide the meaningful and honorable work of the Farm Bureau.” Awards will be presented to county Farm Bureaus for their work in support of the organization’s agricultural advocacy and membership efforts, along with recognition of ArFB’s winners in its Young Farmer & Rancher competitions and recipients of its statewide Ag Education awards. The or-
ganization will also recognize the recipient of the Stanley E. Reed Leadership Award, given annually to an active Farm Bureau member, 36 to 45 years old, for outstanding leadership within their county Farm Bureau and community. Arkansas Farm Bureau is the state’s largest agricultural advocacy group, working to improve farm and rural life. With more than 190,000 member families, ArFB represents roughly 1 in 4 Arkansans.
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Giving Thanks and Showing Gratitude: An Opportunity and Privilege By Senator John Boozman Once again, the holiday season has quietly and rapidly descended upon us. Arkansans are getting into the holiday spirit and preparing to share meals and extended time with their loved ones. We will also be looking for ways to give back and pay it forward. Thanksgiving’s history within our nation is rich, if not complex. While claims of communal meals centered around fellowship and thanks date back to the 1500s, the tradition that epitomizes the concept of a traditional Thanksgiving meal occurred in 1621 in New England. That year, pilgrim settlers in Plymouth Colony celebrated their first successful harvest alongside the Native Americans who assisted them in learning how to cultivate the land in the New World. Depictions of Pilgrims and Native Americans gathered together to share in an abundance of food and gratitude are inescapable. Ever since, the idea of assembling for the specific purpose of showing gratefulness while break-
ing bread has been a hallmark of American life in some shape or form. The first president of the United States, George Washington took the recommendation of Congress to call for a national day of Thanksgiving in 1789. He spoke of “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God.” Later, even amid the turmoil of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln would proclaim a national day of Thanksgiving, declaring it “fit and proper” to be “solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged” that our country had been the beneficiary of gracious gifts from on high. More recently, President Ronald Reagan described Thanksgiving as “a day Americans extend a helping hand to the less fortunate” and extolled the spirit of voluntary giving that was “ingrained in America,” while President George W. Bush once surprised American troops serving in Iraq GIVING THANKS CONTINUED ON PAGE 19
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New Holiday Celebrates the Power of College Savings for Arkansas Students Little Rock – Sunday, December 1, 2019 has been designated as Savings Sunday by Arkansas Treasurer of State Dennis Milligan. Research suggests that on average, college tuition triples every 17 years. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, college graduates will earn an average of $1 million more over their lifetime than a high school graduate. “Student loan debt is now the second-highest debt category behind mortgages, so I wanted to set aside a day for families to start a conversation about saving for continuing their child’s education,” Milligan said. “Savings Sunday was established to create a day to help families become mindful of their children’s and grandchildren’s future education desires and expenses.” The Arkansas 529 Education Savings Plan, a 529 program administered by the Treasurer of State’s office and available to investors nationwide, combines state and federal tax advantages with trusted investment management to assist in reaching
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-Giving Thanks from pg. 1 on the holiday in 2003 to eat with them and extend his encouragement and gratitude on behalf of the American people for their courage and sacrifice. Each of these moments, and countless others, shows how Americans innately possess a desire to pause and give thanks for the many blessings and opportunities afforded to us. And while time spent with loved ones enjoying delicious food and treasured fellowship are a staple of this holiday, it has also come to serve as a reminder of the privilege we have to give back. Whether it’s serving food to the hungry, collecting and distributing toys or clothing to those in need or finding other ways to
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Humane Society of the Ouachitas PET OF THE WEEK Tina is a tremendously attractive girl!
Satiny black with bright green eyes! And she is so friendly too! Tina is good with cats. Buy Tina a Solution on next page in February ( 02/19/16 ). She is ready to become your new best friend! cat toy on her birthday ALL ANIMALS AT HSO ARE SPAYED/NEUTERED AND ARE CURRENT ON THEIR VACCINATIONS PRIOR TO ADOPTION.
HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE OUACHITAS TUES. THROUGH SAT. 10 A.M. TO 2 P.M. 368 POLK 50, MENA, AR (479) 394-5682 WWW.HSOMENA.ORG
FRIDAY NOV. 29TH• 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 368 Polk Road 50. • 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. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn, next to The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Hatfield Auditorium Country-Western Dance Admission is $6 and 50/50 drawing. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club, 1159 Highway 71 South, Mena. (479)216-4606 or (479)243-0297. SATURDAY NOV. 30TH• 10:00 a.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous Men’s Meeting – ABC Club, across form Chopping Block, 1159 Highway 71 South, Mena – (281)387-0400. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 368 Polk Road 50. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Highway 71 North, Acorn. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club, 1159 Highway 71 South, Mena. (479)243-0297 or (479)216-4606. SUNDAY DEC. 1ST• 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club, 1159 Highway 71 South, Mena. (479)216-4606 or (479)243-0297. • 3:00 p.m. – Worship Service is held at Sulpher Springs Church. MONDAY DEC. 2ND-
• 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Mena Seventh Day Adventist Church Food Pantry at 149 Polk Road 43, across from Fairgrounds. Non-perishable food, personal care items, and nutritional help. Everyone will be served. • 6:00 p.m. – Polk County Fair & Rodeo meets at the Fairgrounds. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Highway 71 North, Acorn. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church, Mena. Everyone is welcome. • 6:30 p.m. – Shady Grove RVFD Business and Training meeting. • 6:30 p.m. – Mena Community Choir practice at the First Methodist Church. • 6:30 p.m. – Mountain Meadow Chapter #22 Order of The Eastern Star will meet for refreshments followed by their chapter meeting at 7:30 p.m. at The Mountain Meadow Masonic Lodge Hall in Hatfield • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club, 1159 Highway 71 South, Mena. (479)216-4606 or (479)243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next to The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – Potter RVFD meeting at the Fire Station. • 7:00 p.m. – Acorn RVFD meeting will be at the Fire House. TUESDAY DEC. 3RD• 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardner Community Men’s Break-
fast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The written portion of the drivers test will be given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority, and as long as road conditions are optimal the driving portion of the test will be given. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 368 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Hatfield Branch Library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. - T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union Bank Community Room for weigh-ins, followed by a meeting. • 6:00 p.m. – Sons of Confederate Veterans meet at the Limetree Restaurant for their monthly meeting. • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Hatfield Jam Session at the Hatfield Auditorium. All muscians/singers and listeners welcome. Refreshements served, cookies or fingerfoods accepted.
THURSDAY, NOV. 28TH• 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 368 Polk Road 50. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County will meet at Papa’s Mexican Café. Contact Sue Cavner at (479)234-5844 or Linda Rowe at (479)234-2575 for more info. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Good Vibes Art Day at the Mena Art Gallery. All mediums welcome, from fiber art, painting and crafting. Open to public. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Salvation Army Family Store helps families with utilities. • 4:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s Meeting at the ABC Club at 1159 Highway 71 South, Mena. (479)216-4606 or (479)243-0297. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Education Wing, West End. Call (479)234-2297 for more information. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club, 1159 Highway 71 South, Mena. (479)216-4606 or (479)243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn, next to The Crossing Church.
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District Judge Speaks To Local Tea Party Members Judge Emily White was the guest speaker at the We the People TEA Party meeting Monday night. Judge White, who currently serves as District Court Judge in the 33rd State District Court which covers Hot Spring and Grant counties, is seeking the District 4 Position 2 Arkansas Court of Appeals position. The district covers 15 counties along the western part of the state from Fort Smith to Texarkana and includes Sebastian, Miller, Logan, Scott, Yell, Garland, Montgomery, Polk, Sevier, Howard, Pike, Clark, Hot Spring, Hempstead and
Little River counties. Meredith Switzer who was appointed is currently holding the position. Switzer was to the position by Gov. Asa Hutchinson after the death of Judge David “Mac” Glover. Due to state law Switzer is prevented from running for the seat. When asked why she’s running, she said she thought being on the Court of Appeals would be the best way she could “serve the people of this state”. Judge White, in the past, has served as deputy executive director of the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, was managing attorney for a law practice in central Arkansas, where she oversaw all aspects of civil and criminal litigation, and served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for both the 6th and 22nd Judicial Districts. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Henderson State University, she graduated from the William H. Bown School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Juris Doctorate. Judge White and her husband, David Lengefeld, have been married for 16 years and have two school age daughters. White’s family has lived in the Hot Spring County area for over 100 years.
Group Seeks Expanded Gambling
A group called Arcade Arkansas has filed paperwork for the purpose of collecting signatures in the state in hopes of placing a constitutional amendment on the ballot in 2020 to make casino type gambling legal in the state. If passed coin operated machines would be legal in the state according to Family Council’s Ken Yang. The amendment would allow a store in Arkansas to have up to ten coin operated machines. Yang says “we have already estimated that’s over 15,000 machines here in the state of Arkansas”. He also said, “people could gamble 24 hours a day”. Arcade Arkansas submitted the proposed amendment to the Secretary of State’s office in September. According to the SOS, the proposed amendment’s language contains a new 20% tax on coin operated machines in the state with 100% of that tax revenue going to the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. However, the Family Council has an issue with the money going to the Arkansas Scholarship Fund. Yang said “currently this fiscal year the Scholarship is at 14.2% given to scholarships”. Arcade Arkansas will have to gather approximately 90,000 signatures of registered voters by July 3 of next year in order for the measure to be placed on the November ballot. Get Noticed! List In The
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Arkansas’ Winter Weather Awareness Week is Dec. 1-6
Winter can bring a variety of hazardous weather conditions to the Natural State, including heavy snow, ice, and cold temperatures. These conditions can make driving conditions hazardous, with power outages occurring at times. In the end, you may become exposed to the elements...with your life threatened. To help Arkansans prepare for these conditions, a special week has been set to review safety rules and to better understand the hazards of winter. This year, Winter Weather Awareness Week runs from December 1 - 6, 2019. For our Winter Weather Awareness Week, the following safety topics will be highlighted: Sunday: Introduction to Winter Weather Awareness Week - Introduces the #WinterPrep week ahead. Monday: Outlook for the Upcoming Winter — Provides a general outlook for the temperature and precipitation expectations expected from December - February across Arkansas this winter season. Tuesday: Winter Precipitation Types — Highlights the different types of wintry precipitation that are possible across the
state and what weather conditions typically cause these different types of wintry weather. Wednesday: Winter Weather Watches, Warnings and Advisories — We will describe what the National Weather Service means when we issue winter weather watches, warnings, and advisories this winter. We will also be introducing a new warning, the “Snow Squall Warning”, which will be rarely issued, but is new for 2019. Thursday: Winter Weather Safety Rules — We’ll talk about what you can do to prepare for winter storms, and offer tips and strategies to help keep you and your family safe at home or if you’re travelling across Arkansas this winter. Friday: The Cold of Winter — We’ll be talking more about winter weather safety… but focusing strictly on cold weather versus staying safe in times of frozen precipitation. Even without snow and ice, cold air temperatures can lead to exposure dangers if you’re not properly prepared to be outdoors. For more information, please visit: http:// www.weather.gov/LZK/win1a.htm. The Time to Prepare is NOW!!
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