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Mena City Hall Ceiling Collapses BY LEANN DILBECK • firstname.lastname@example.org Mena Mayor George McKee met with insurance adj usters Monday afternoon, November 2 7 , after a portion of the plaster ceiling in Mena’ s City Hall collapsed. Fortunately, no one was present in the offices affected and no one was in ured in the incident. The area affected was the Animal Control and Code Enforcement Offices, which were not slated to receive any ceiling repairs
Mayor Signs Pulse’s 8th Annual SHOP MENA FIRST Proclamation
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Mena’s Annual Christmas Parade & Festival This Saturday BY MELANIE WADE • email@example.com The City of Mena, in conj unction with the Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission and the Mena/ Polk County Chamber of Commerce is excited to bring the Mena Christmas Festival to the young and old alike on Saturday, December 2 nd in downtown Mena. The fun begins with the annual Mena Christmas Parade of Lights presented by the Chamber of Commerce. There is one important change in this year’ s festival – the parade line up staging area has moved. This year, parade participants will need to meet
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Local Man Advocating for New Legislation for Veterans BY MELANIE WADE • firstname.lastname@example.org A lifetime resident of Mena is actively advocating for a change in legislation to enable certain veterans of the Vietnam War claim benefits that others receive for the same ailments however, due to their location during the war, some have been denied. William Rhodes is one such veteran and his current life mission is to make sure all veterans are able to receive benefits from e po
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MENA MAYOR GEORGE MCKEE signed the 8th Annual Pulse Multi-Media SHOP MENA FIRST proclamation. The campaign launched in 2010 by the Pulse is designed to remind holiday shoppers of the importance of shopping local. Each week from December 6 - 20, the Pulse will feature specials/promotions from local businesses along with a Holiday Shopping Guide. “We have wonderful businesses locally that provide many unique gifts and services... not to mention personalized service. We need to keep our dollars working for us locally,” said Pulse General Manager LeAnn Dilbeck. Front row L-R: Dilbeck, Mayor McKee Mark Hobson. Back row L-R: Melanie Wade, Ilana Burk, Debbie Frost, and Emmye Rowell.
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Backpacks Donated to Foster Children by Modern Woodmen
athy Burks, president of the Polk County Foster Parent Association, is pictured accepting backpacks full of care essentials donated by members of Modern Woodmen of America Chapter 13 5 45 . The backpacks will be used for foster children displaced in the area. Woodmen members gathered and assembled the backpacks as a recent service proj ect. Pictured with Burks, left to right are: MWA Financial Representative Dicey Horn, MWA Chapter Vice President Karla Sims, and Woodmen member Barbara Muilenburg.
Mayor Signs Proclamation for National Home Health Care Month
Mena Mayor George McKee signed a proclamation for Elite Home Health to proclaim November 2017 as National Home Care Month in Mena. Elite Home Health was represented by Tonya Frachiseur (l) and Lauren Davis (r). The proclamation states, “Home care services provide high quality and compassionate health care services to those in need, especially at times of community or personal healthy care crisis.”
Affordable Health Screenings Coming to BY MELANIE WADE Mena email@example.com
esidents living in and around Mena, Arkansas can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. The Elks Lodge will host this community event on December 6 , 2 0 17 . The site is located at 12 4 Elks Drive in Mena. Screenings can check for: the level of plaq ue buildup in your arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke, and overall vascular health; HDL and LDL cholesterol levels; diabetes risk; bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis; kidney and thyroid function, and more. Screenings are affordable, convenient, and accessible for wheelchairs and those with trouble walking. Free parking is also available. Packages start at $ 149, but consultants will work with you to create a package that is right for you based on your age and risk factors. Call 1-8 7 7 -2 3 7 12 8 7 or visit the website: www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is req uired.
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Rich Mountain hosted an author talk and book signing on Monday, November 20 in the Ouachita Center. Featured author, Tims Edwards, retired public school administrator, has written three books celebrating nature and all that it has to offer. nown locally as the “Gray Fox,” Tims is an avid hunter and fisherman who shares his adventures and love for the outdoors in his books. His books are entertaining and philosophical. As Tims states, “When things appeared tough, somehow in a deer stand, duck blind, or a boat, I seemed to find a way to solve whatever problem I might be facing.” With the outdoors themed event, Cossatot State Park representative, Victoria Carson provided a display of native Arkansas animal pelts and bones for a visual and tactile experience. In addition to the three books, his articles and poetry have been featured in numerous magazines, and Tims has received recognition for his years of dedication to the preservation and ethical use of public lands. Opening the event with the reading of his favorite hunting story, followed by a touching poem about hunting and memories of his father, Tims answered questions from the audience regarding his inspiration and writing process. For further information about his books, look for the following titles: In the Woods and on the Water with the Gray Fox, Over the Mountain and through the Creek with the Gray Fox, and Into the Woods to Finish the Game with the Gray Fox.
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he Polk County Sheriff’s Office hosted a Church Security Class recently to help area churches learn to secure their facilities and keep them safe amid several church shootings in the last few years. Sawyer said following the most recent mass church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5, 2017, he was inundated with calls from both concerned pastors and concerned citizens. The training was held on November 20, 3017 at the Mena High School Performing Arts Center. Sawyer was pleased with the turnout. “Our first Church Security class was a huge success. We had over 300 attend. Thank you to everyone that attended and everyone that helped make it possible.” Nathan Sherer, pastor of Union Mission Church of God in Mena, said he is, “thankful to live in a great community with incredible leadership such as our Sheriff Scott Sawyer. It’s a sad reality when we have to have these kinds of meetings but I’m thankful for a Sheriff that wasted no time in putting together this Church Safety Training. Sherer also added, “Scripture instructs us to be ‘wise as serpents and harmless as doves.’ I would encourage you, if you haven’t already, to work with your local law enforcement and get a plan in place for your church to be prepared. Not just for an active shooter but for any number of circumstances.”
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Mena to Host National Geographic Bee
or the 3 0 th year, the National Geographic Society is holding the National Geographic Bee for students in the fourth through eighth grades in thousands of schools across the U nited tates and in the five . . territories, as well as in epartment of efense ependents chools around the world. Mena chool istrict will host their competition on Tuesday, ecember 5, 2017 beginning at 15 a.m. at the Mena High chool AC erforming Arts Center , 1200 allas Avenue, Mena. The champion of the Mena chool istrict ational eography Bee will advance to the ne t level of competition, a ualifying test to determine state competitors. All school champions are eligible to win the national championship and its first pri e, a 50,000 college scholarship, at the national championship May 20 2 , 201 in Washington, .C. Travel for the trip is provided by indblad peditions and ational eographic. This year marks the 0th anniversary of the ational eographic Bee. The ational eo graphic ociety developed the ational eographic Bee in 19 9 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the nited tates. Over three de cades, 1,5 state champions have traveled to .C. to participate in the finals and more than 1.5 million in college scholarship money has been awarded to winners of the competition by the ational eographic ociety. or more information www.nationalgeographic.org bee
Salvation Army Donates Hot Water Heater
The Salvation Army in Mena purchased a hot water heater for a local couple following a disabling medical condition of the husband. The appliance was installed by Aleshire Construction for free. The Salvation Army provides assistance in several ways. They offer utility assistance on Thursdays for those that qualify.
Chamber Welcomes V Nails Professional Salon
Please make The Cole V Nails Professional Salon was welcomed into the Mena/Polk County Chamber of larger thannail Commerce on October 27th with a ribbon cutting ceremony. VTeam NailsBold is a & full service the address & phone salon located at 1002 South Mena Street, just next to Washburn’s Home Furnishings. numbers below it. Omit the 800 number and the e-mail address and substitute www.FarrellCole.com instead. In the web address across the bottom, capitalize the M in Mena, the R in Real & the E in Estate.
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he Cossatot River School District held a special called board meeting on Tuesday night, November 2 8 th for the purpose of conducting interviews for Superintendent candidates. Mr. Donnie Davis, the District’ s current superintendent, announced his intentions to retire at the conclusion of the 2 0 17 -2 0 18 earlier this summer. Davis has served Cossatot River School District as Superintendent since 2 0 13 . Cossatot River School District includes campuses in Wickes, U mpire, and Vandervoort, with students in grades Pre-K through 12 th grade. t
Women’s Committee and Webb Join Forces to Teach Students BY MELANIE WADE • email@example.com
olk County Farm Bureau Women’ s Committee member, Karla Falls, recently teamed up with Josey Webb of Acorn FFA to present a program about laying hen operations to Acorn 3 rd grade students. Webb also read the book The Kid Who Changed the World, to the Acorn After School Program, along with Dotsy Webb, member of the Polk County Farm Bureau Women’ s Committee.
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The History Behind Mena’s Spectacular Janssen Park Lighting Display BY LEANN DILBECK • firstname.lastname@example.org
PHOTO COURTESY OF HAROLD COOGAN
THE MENA CHRISTMAS PARADE is a long-standing tradition. The above photo was taken circa 1950 on North Mena Street. Shown in the background is the Mena City Auditorium that was built in 1941 but is no longer standing. The driver is the late Bill Wood, Santa was the late Cecil Harvey, the two lead majorettes were Sylvia Cox and Linda Williams.
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behind the old Mena Middle chool across from the Courthouse at 5 0 p.m. Anyone wishing to participate in the parade must turn in a completed registration form to the Chamber office no later than Thursday, ovember 0th. orms can be found at menapolk chamber.com, at the chamber office, or call 79 9 2912 for additional details. The magical and bright parade will make its way down Mena treet starting at 6 p.m., continuing on to Oak Avenue, e ueen treet, Hwy 71 outh, 7th Avenue, and ending at Historic Janssen ark. ou’ll see hundreds of smiling faces along the spectacular one mile parade route as they delight in the sights and sounds of the season. Christmas themed entries will include illuminated and brightly decorated oats, marching bands, e uestrian units, and non profit groups. This is Mena’s biggest and brightest parade, making it a holiday favorite you won’t want to miss, said Chamber irector Ashley mith. The Chamber’s 2016 olunteer of the ear, Carla aught, will serve as the parade’s rand Marshall. And as tradition goes, anta Claus will be the caboose of the parade. There will be a contest for the oats and entries with the best interpretation of the theme reaming of a White Christmas. Announcements of winners will be made at the Christmas estival in Janssen ark following the parade. Candy and other goodies will be tossed to onlookers. We encourage everyone to line the parade route, fill the sidewalks, bring your chairs or sit along the curbs to en oy the show, said mith. A few safety reminders for parade onlookers Organi ers ask parents to help ensure the safety of the children and do not allow them to go into the street during the parade while trying to retrieve candy and goodies. Walking Candy Tossers are encour age to toss to the curb in efforts to help. They also have to ask that you do not park any vehicles along the parade route, as this limits and blocks the viewing area of the parade. We truly appreciate your assistance in making this a wonderful and family friendly event, mith added. The Mena Advertising and romotion Commission will once again host the 2017 Mena Christmas estival with activities both downtown and Janssen ark. mmediately after the parade, en oy a special Christmas concert by ana ail and ail orce at Jans sen ark at 7 p.m. ail, a ashville recording artist, along with her band ail orce comprised of Todd Coogan, tan Beaver, Tiffany ane, and ucas Hairston, are known for their upbeat country, rock, pop, and blues music, playing songs from today and yesterday. After the concert, en oy a spectacular fireworks display and the official lighting ceremony of Janssen ark.
The City of Mena and its visitors have been enj oying the elaborate Christmas Lights of Janssen Park for 2 1 years now but few may know the history of how the extensive display found its way here. On any given night following the official lighting of the park in early ecember, cars are seen steadily streaming up and around the circle to view the spectacular display. t was through the work of Mena native and former Mena City Clerk/ Treasurer Regina Walker that the display became a reality in 1996 . Jennings Osborne, the man who, in 1995, had the huge and yet controversial display of Christ mas lights at his home in ittle Rock made the decision to downsi e and share it with communi ties throughout Arkansas. Jennings was a personal friend of one of Walker’s brothers, and he had ties to Mena, so Walker approached him about Mena being one of the Christmas display sites and he was delighted. Jennings brought in an extraordinary display and he had a crew that brought the components in, working with the City of Mena Parks Department. The City of Mena made the necessary electrical upgrades to handle the large capacity of electricity needed. or the first official lighting, Jennings want ed to do something very special for the people of Mena and facilitated bringing the real Mickey and Minnie from isney World to serve as the grand marshals for the annual Christmas Parade. Jennings paid for their transportation and wages, besides an elaborate 25,000 spectacular fire works display. Jennings also provided frames and lights for additional figures for the display, which led to a continued effort for the following two years of assembling frames, adding lights to them and expanding the holiday display. ach year since then, the Mena arks epart ment has created and designed their own creative displays to add to the park. Their crews have to begin work in late October and early ovember each year to assemble the thousands of twinkling lights. The Mena Advertising & Promotion Commission began sponsoring the fireworks display and have combined the Chamber of Commerce’s annual pa rade with park activities into an annual Christmas estival that local residents and tourists can look forward to each ecember.
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TOYS FOR TOTS & MENA ELKS LODGE Applications for Christmas Toys for Children Who Otherwise Would Go Without! (FOR POLK COUNTY ONLY)
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sure to chemicals while enlisted in the U.S. military during the long conflict. Rhodes was stationed in Thailand during the Vietnam War, making his trek in 1973. He served in the aviation side of the United States Marine Corps. “I was on the draft and they called me in for a physical and testing. The Marines guaranteed me aviation so I decided if I was going to have to go, I wanted to get the best training I could so, I joined the Marines,” recalled Rhodes. During his service time in Thailand, Rhodes, along with many other servicemen, were exposed to many chemicals and herbicides, with some being exposed to ‘Agent Orange,’ which is widely known for its use by the U.S. military as part of its ‘herbicidal warfare’ program. The mixture is made of equal parts of two herbicides, 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D. In addition to its damaging environmental effects, the chemical has caused major health problems for many individuals who were exposed. Up to four million people in Vietnam were exposed to agent organge, with around one million now suffering serious health issues. The chemical is capable of damaging genes, resulting in deformities among the offspring of exposed victims. There are also documented cases of leukemia, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and various kinds of cancer in exposed veterans. It also caused enormous environmental damage in Vietnam, eroding tree cover and seedling forest stock and making reforestation difficult in numerous areas. For those veterans exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam, benefits are given, including medical benefits. However, for those in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia, it has been another battle to get what many feel they deserve just as much as those in Vietnam. VA currently awards service-connected benefits for exposure to toxic chemicals to veterans whose duties placed them on or near the perimeters of Thai military bases from February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975. This restriction arbitrarily disqualifies veterans who may otherwise be able to prove their exposure. For more than 20,000 conditions determined by the VA to be eligible for service-connected exposure to toxic chemicals in Fiscal Year 2016, 12,025 claims were filed by veterans who served in Thailand during the Vietnam War era. Only 14% of those claims were approved for additional benefits. When Rhodes himself began exhibiting symptoms a few years ago, he applied for benefits but was disqualified quickly. That’s when Rhodes said he, “began to research, collect documents, contacted other veterans, got a multitude of official government documents, and statements from other veterans stationed there,” he explained. “I got to reading the law and the regulations and realized it affected all of us.” He began his research in 2015 and eventually gained enough information that he convinced U.S. Senator John Boozman’s office to introduce legislation that includes all the veterans, not just those stationed in Vietnam. Afterall, the soldiers were all there for the same purpose, the war, no matter where they were stationed. “I wrote the first letter to Congress in April of 2015. As of November 8th, legislation was introduced.” Although many veterans have been receiving the benefits due to their exposure for decades, Rhodes explained that the new legislation, is really just a change in the ‘accepted locations’ in the original law. But now, it has to go through the entire process, as if the legislation were just beginning. “It’s got to go through the Veteran’s committee, senate, budget office, and other possible committees… if it gets approved through committees, it will go to the floor for a vote and then to House of Representatives.” Rhodes said that Congressman Westerman is prepared to introduce the bill as well into the House. Senator Boozman said, ““We made a commitment to our veterans, but current VA policy restricting service-connected benefits for our men and women who served in certain locations and career fields in Thailand during their military service is undermining that commitment. Arbitrarily limiting consideration of a veteran’s claim is misguided, especially considering the VA determined that herbicides were used on fenced-in perimeters of military bases in Thailand. This will eliminate the unreasonable burden on veterans to prove toxic exposure.” The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) have also weighed in on the subject. “The VFW greatly appreciates the support from Senators Boozman and Donnelly on this important issue. The idea that veterans can only be exposed to Agent Orange if they were on a small portion of a base ignores both science and common sense. The fact is that veterans were exposed on all parts of these bases and now suffer from the effects of Agent Orange. We look forward to the passage of this important legislation that will provide long overdue recognition and care that these veterans deserve,” said Carlos Fuentes, Director, VFW National Legislative Service. “There is a very large group of veterans working with me and others on this. One other has started keeping track of all the people that contact their senators… to this day, they have contacted 80+ senators in 32 states since the 10th of November,” Rhodes said as he smiled, knowing that there are many that could benefit from the process. If you or someone you know would like more information, there are several Facebook pages for those who are seeking benefits. They include: Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia Veterans FB Group; Veterans of Namphong 1972-1973; Agent Orange in Thailand; Thailand Veterans Herbicide Exposed; USARSUPTHAI FB Association. There you’ll find others affected, and advice on how to research and apply for benefits. “One person can still make a difference,” Rhodes said. “It’s a lot of hard work but, somebody locally here with a high school education has managed to get something done.”
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................................................................................................................................ ALVA DEWAYNE HUBBARD Mr. Alva Dewayne Hubbard, age 6 3 of Cove, passed away Saturday, November 2 5 , 2 0 17 in Mena. He was born on December 5 , 195 3 in Oark, Arkansas to Sam Hubbard and Avo Martin Hubbard. He was happily married to Annette Moll Hubbard. Mr. Hubbard was a foreman at Lewis Lumber in Cove before he became disabled. He also enj oyed spending time with his family and friends hunting, fishing and mudding. Above all he loved God and his family. He will be dearly missed by all. He is survived by wife, Annette Hubbard; son, Jeff McCartney and wife Kelly; daughters, Melissa Baker and husband Joe, Amanda Abbott and husband Jerod; seven grandchildren; four brothers and four sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Avo Hubbard, three brothers, and one sister. Mr. Hubbard was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
LESLIE GORDON MCCAIN Leslie Gordon McCain, age 93 , of Mena, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, November 2 2 , 2 0 17 in Talihina, Oklahoma. Mr. McCain was born in Hinds, Mississippi on December 19, 192 3 to Leslie Harris McCain and Pearl Sarah Tweedy McCain. He was married to Kathryn Foster McCain. He proudly served his country in the U . S. Army during World War II and was a lifetime member of the American Legion and the VFW. He was employed for 3 9 years with U nited Gas Pipeline. Gordon enj oyed traveling with family and friends. He loved to work in his garden and he also drove the van for Veterans for 14 years in Mena. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all who knew him. He is survived by wife, Kathryn McCain; sons, Barry McCain of Oxford, Mis-
sissippi, Ira Lamar Carroll of Shreveport, Louisiana; daughters, Kay Lynn McCain Jones and husband Sam of Jackson, Mississippi, Susan Diane Carroll of Shreveport, Louisiana, Jenny Laurene Carroll of Shreveport, Louisiana; daughter-in-law, Elaine McCain (wife of the late Ron McCain); grandchildren, Freyj a Stoltz and husband David, Ronald Kyle McCain, Leslie Lynn Doyle and husband Pat, Donovan McCain, Conner McCain, Z ane Jones, Wyatt Jones; great-grandchildren, Peter Stoltz, Joseph Stoltz, Kayleigh Doyle, Landance Doyle, Jon Patrick (JP) Doyle. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Pearl McCain, and son, Ronald McCain. Graveside service was held Sunday, November 2 6 , 2 0 17 at 2 :0 0 p.m. in Nunley Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Family visitation was held Saturday, November 2 5 , 2 0 17 6 :0 0 -8 :0 0 p.m. at Beasley Wood. Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
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working for ramp services loading aircraft with baggage, cargo, and food. He worked first at O’Hara Airport in Chicago, then transferred to Sacramento, California in 198 6 . After 3 3 years, he retired from U nited in 1995 with a hard won and deserved disability pension. After visiting friends in Mena, Arkansas and discovering the beauty, warmth, and friendship of the community, Curt and Carol retired to Mena in 1999. They made a good life here and have many friends. In his retirement, Curt enj oyed driving to town to shop or to meet friends for breakfast, and RV camping in Arkansas State Parks. He was fun, loving, generous, and always ready to offer help to anyone who needed it. To the very end, Curt enj oyed listening to music, watching movies and his favorite TV shows, and reading Tom Clancy novels. Curtis is survived by his wife, Carol Johnson; daughter, Christine Johnson; brother, Dennis Johnson; and one granddaughter, Cayleigh Johnson, all of Mena. Born into a Norwegian-American family, Curt, like the Vikings of old, wished to be cremated. Cremation was under the direction of the Lewis-Roberts Funeral Chapel in Greenwood, Arkansas. A gathering of friends and family, to remember Curt, will be held at a future date.
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Affects 1away in every 6 men Mary Ann Pittman, Arkansas1.passed peacefully in hos2. Deadlier than breast cancer went to her Heavenly pice care,3. after a long and debilitating illDetectable in early stages Home on Saturday, Noness, on November 16 man’s , 2 0 17disease in Ft. Smith, 4. NOT an old vember 25, 2017 at her daughter’s home Arkansas.5. Does NOT go away if you avoid Watson, Oklahoma. Mary Ann was born Gentlemen: We2 encourage Curtis testing. was born October 6 , 193 7 you in toinget a PSA blood test. in Watson, Oklahoma on March 1, 193 4, Chicago, Illinois to the late Violet A. Erikthe daughter of Stanton “ Pete” Johnson sen and Richard E. Johnson. He grew up in a loving family, went to Sunday School and Orene Weaver Johnson. Mary Ann at the neighborhood Lutheran Church, was called into the Ministry at the age of
and attended Lane Technical High School graduating in 195 6 . After high school, Curt served in the U .S. Navy Reserves for seven years. As a teen, he enj oyed sailing on Lake Michigan, riding his motorcycle, and was active in scouting, becoming a senior leader of the Sea Explorer Ship Viking. It was during a Sea Scout dance with girl scout Sea Mariners that Curt met his wife, Carol Reimer of Greenbay, Wisconsin. They married in 1962 and settled first in Chicago, then in Fox Lake, Illinois where Curt was a proud member of the Fox Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Their only child, Christine, was born in 197 3 . Curt j oined U nited Airlines in 196 2
17 and her love for the Lord was proclaimed through her singing and sharing of the word of God. She was a lifelong member of the Watson Free Holiness Church in Watson. Mary Ann and Jerry Pittman were united in marriage on March 4, 196 0 and shared 40 years together until his death on June 2 3 , 2 0 0 0 . Mary Ann was employed as Postmaster in Watson for over 2 2 years. She loved her family, especially her two grandchildren, Brennan and BreeAnn. Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Pittman, and her parents, Stanton “ Pete” and Orene Johnson. Her memory will be forever cherished by her daughter and son in law, Deana Ann Burnett and husband Jeff of Watson, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Brennan and BreeAnn Burnett of Watson, Oklahoma; sister and brother in law, Judy Nichols and husband Billy of Golden, Oklahoma; a host of other relatives and many special friends. A visitation for family and friends was on Monday, November 2 7 , 2 0 17 from 5 :0 0 to 8 :0 0 p.m. at the Smithville Assembly of God Church in Smithville, Oklahoma. A Celebration of Life Service was held on Tuesday, November 2 8 , 2 0 17 at 1:0 0 p.m. at the Smithville Assembly of God Church in Smithville with the Bro. Keith Tatham, Rev. Lendell Birdsong, Rev. Bill Wakely and Rev. J.M. Baggs officiating. Interment followed at the Watson Cemetery in Watson, Oklahoma.
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Wickes Elementaryâ€™s Star Students of the Month
ickes Elementary has selected their Star Students of the month, the following students were chosen: Front row (l-r): Elizabeth Goethals, Melenie Flores, Hector Marrufo, Carter Hexamer, Alisson Avila, Jessie Bailey, and Crystal Ruiz; Middle row (l-r): Melanie Hernandez, Jareli Herrera, Veronica Alarcon, Alexander Aguilar, and Kaleb Olalde; Back row (l-r): Brody Bailey, Madison Linker, Aylin Ortega, and Diana Munoz. Not Pictured: Ethan Richardson and Peyton Tidwell.
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Holly Harshman 4th Grade Competes in Quiz Bowl H
olly Harshman Elementary 4th graders competed in the Ashdown Invitational Quiz Bowl on Thursday, November 9th, against eight other teams. They were undefeated all day and went on to capture 1st place for the competition. Pictured: (Back Row, Left to Right) Dax McMellon, Lynlee Cook, Braxton McMillan, Eli Swall; (Middle, Left to Right) Jake Sherer, Makenzie Vega, Denton Warner; (Front Row, Left to Right) Andrew Erickson, Tripp Hensley, Brandon Dong.
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Mena High School Attends ‘Chasing the Dragon’ Program H ig h S c h o o l s tu d e n ts a tte n d e d th e " C h a s in th e D ra g o n " p ro g ra m th a t w a s p re s e n te d h e re a t M e n H ig h S c h o o l a s p a r t o f R e d R i b b o n W e e k . Th e p r o g r a m e x p la in e d th e d a n g e r s a n d s e r io u s n e s s o f th e O p io id e p id e m ic a n d th e a b u s e o f p r e s c r ip tio n m e d ic a tio n s . E e r y s tu d e n t in M H S a tte n d e th e p r o g r a m , a s d id 2 4 ,0 0 0 A r k a n s a s s tu d e n ts la s t w e e k .
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h i s ye a r , B r a n d o n ce l e b r a t e s h i s 1 0 t h ye a r a n n i ve r sa r y a t t h e U n i ve r si t y o f A r kansas Rich Mountain. For five o f t h o se ye a r s, h e w o r ke d i n h i s cu r r e n t p o si t i o n a s t h e O u t r e a ch R e p r e se n t a t i ve w i t h t h e Ta l e n t S e a r ch TR i O P r o g r a m . F o r t h e first two years he worked at the C o l l e g e , h e h e l d a p o si t i o n i n t h e A r ka n sa s C a r e e r P a t h w a ys P r o g r a m a n d h a s h e l d t h e p o si t i o n o f D i r e ct o r o f A d m i si o n s f o r t h r e e ye a r s. B r a n d o n i s a n a l u m n a o f V a n -C o ve H i g h S ch o o l , o b t a i n e d a n A so ci a t e o f A r t s d e g r e e f r o m t h e U n i ve r si t y o f A r ka n s a s R i ch M o u n t a i n , a n d o b t a i n e d a B a ch e l o r o f S ci e n ce i n B u si n e s A d m i n i st r a t i o n f r o m A r ka n sa s Te ch U n i ve r si t y . “ I ’ ve a l w a ys t a ke n a l o t o f p r i d e i n , n o t o n l y co m i n g b a ck t o m y h o m e co u n t y a f t e r co l l e g e , b u t a l so i n b e i n g p r o vi d e d t h e o p p o r t u n i t y t o w o r k a t t h e i n st i t u t i o n w h e r e I b e g a n m y co l l e g e e d u ca t i o n a n d , u l t i m a t e l y , i n t h e p r o g r a m t h a t h e l p e d p o i n t m e i n t h e r i g h t d i r e ct i o n u p o n h i g h sch o o l g r a d u a t i o n . M y TR I O e xp e r i e n ce d i d n o t st a r t a s a Ta l e n t S e a r ch R e p r e se n t a t i ve , b u t d a t e s b a ck t o h i g h sch o o l a s a Ta l e n t S e a r ch p a r t i ci p a n t . I r e ce i ve d so m u ch h e l p a n d g u i d a n ce i n p r e p a r i n g f o r co l l e g e a s a st u d e n t , a n d I j u st h o p e t o g i ve m y Ta l e n t S e a r ch p a r t i ci p a n t s h a l f t h e e xp e r i e n ce I h a d ” , st a t e d B u r k. B r a n d o n a n d h i s w i f e , I l a n a h a ve b e e n m a r ri e d f o r 1 3 ye a r s a n d h a ve t w o ch i l d r e n , B r a ki a h a n d B r e n n a n . H e e n j o ys b e i n g a ct i ve w i t h i n h i s ch u r ch a n d h i s ch i l d r e n ’ s l i ve s, w h e t h e r t h a t b e co a ch i n g l i t t l e l e a g u e b a se b a l l a n d K -2 n d g r a d e b a ske t b a l l , w a t ch i n g a l l 6 p e r f o rm a n ce s o f t h e sa m e O L T p l a y , a t t e n d i n g d a n ce a n d m u si c r e ci t a l s, o r e ve n p u t t i n g o n h i s “ …A w e so m e C h e e r D a d ” t -sh i r t a n d ch e e r i n g o n h i s l i t t l e ch e e r l e a d e r ! C o m e b y ca m p u s a n d m e e t B r a n d o n B u rk , O u t r e a ch R e p r e se n t a t i ve f o r Ta l e n t S e a r ch a t U A R i ch M o u n t a i n !
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he Mena High School Sr. High Ladycats hosted the Dierks Lady Outlaws at the U nion Bank Center for their first home game of the season on Monday, ovember 27. n a low scoring first uarter, the adycats outscored ierks 6, to take a 2 point lead into the second uarter of play. Only 1 total points were scored in the second, as Mena outscored the ady Outlaws 10 , taking an point, 1 10, lead into halftime. At halftime, abby trasner led ierks with points, as aige vans led the adycats with points. The game retained its same pace in the third uarter, as Mena outscored the ady Outlaws ust 10 9, to e tend their 1, to 9. ierks attempted a come back in the final uarter, narrowing the adycats lead to only points. However, Mena regained their lead and finished off the fourth uarter with 1 points to the ady Outlaws 12 points. Making the final score 2 1 in favor of the adycats. abby trasner led the ierks ady Outlaws with 21 points on the night, while Jaycee Runnels added on points, elaney ckert points, Halle Mounts 2 points, and racie Thomas 1 point. race Wagner led the Mena adycats with 9 points, as iara esterson, Tateli Thacker, and aige vans scored points each, Cadie Cannon 6 points, and estiny Orti points.
n Monday, ovember 27th, the Mena Bearcats r. High basketball team took on the ierks Outlaws for their home opener at the nion Bank Center. rior to the varsity team action, the unior varsity Bearcats defeated ierks 6 0. Mena started the game on a 10 0, before the Outlaws scored their first bucket with 59 left in the first uar ter. The Bearcats went on to outscore ierks 21 10, to take an eleven point lead into the second uarter. ierks narrowed down the Bearcats lead in the second, outscoring Mena 20 1 , to trail by only four points at halftime, with the score 0 Bearcats. At the half, Jarrett o led the Outlaws in scoring with 1 points, while eb Wilson led Mena with 11 points. The Bearcats e tended their lead a little in third uarter, outscoring ierks 11 7, to take an points, 5 7, lead into the fourth uarter. ierks stepped up their game a bit in the fourth, and took their first lead of the game for short while. After both teams going back and forth, with left in the uarter, and the Outlaws leading 59 57, eb Wilson made a 2 pointer, tying the ball game up at 59 59. either team scored another bucket in the uar ter, making the official score 59 59 at the end of regulation, and taking the game into overtime. n the first overtime of four minutes, the Outlaws took a uick point lead, but after a technical foul from ierks, Mena was able to eventually retake the lead 65 6 . With about 0 left, the Outlaws retook the lead on a layup 66 65, but that didn’t last long as Mena’s eb Wilson countered with a 2 pointer of his own, to make the score 67 66, and after a steal and score by ick Myers, the Bearcats led 69 66 with under fifteen seconds left. ollowing the steal and score by Myers, ierks tied the game at 69 69 with a pointer with 0 left, to send the game into a second overtime. ierks made the first bucket of the second overtime, a 2 pointer, but stayed scoreless for the remainder. Mena went on to outscore the Outlaws 12 2 in the second overtime, to win the game by 10, 1 71. Jarrett o led the ierks Outlaws with 22 points on the night, as Blayn Turner scored 21 points of his own, Cameron ugh 20 points, rant trasner 5 points, Aaron tokes 2 points, and ane Co 1 point. eb Wilson led the Mena Bearcats in scoring with 2 points, while Blake eals and ick Myers scored 15 points each, ane tephens and Brock trother points, Marc Wilson points, and Williams hanner and Bra ton Bahr 2 points.
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Thursday, 11/30 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 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 Sue Cavner at 234-5844 or Linda Rowe at 234-2575 for more info. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Salvation Army Family Store helps families with utilities. • 5:00 p.m. - 9th Street Ministries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the 9th Street Ministries building. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous women’s meeting at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. Friday, 12/1 • 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. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 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 The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Leon Page Band will be playing at the American Legion in Acorn. $6.00 admission. • 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, 12/2 • 7:00 a.m. until sold out – The Polk ount Farmer’s Mar et is open next to the Mena Depot. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Mena Art Gallery will host Christmas Open House. Bake sale, hot drinks during and after parade. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fibers Arts Group meets at Mena Art Gallery. • 1:00 p.m. – There will be an M.S.A.A. Support Group meeting in Room 156 at RMCC. • 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. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 479-2430297 or 479-216-4606. Sunday, 12/3 • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 3:00 p.m. – Worship service is held at Sulpher Springs Church. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. Monday, 12/4 • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 3:30 – 6:30 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, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 6:30 p.m. – Shady Grove RVFD business and training meeting. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous
meets at the old bus barn next 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. • 7:00 p.m. – Mena Emblem Club meets at the Elks Lodge. Tuesday, 12/5 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardner ommunit Men’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. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena St. Bring your current project and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. 12 00 .m. 00 .m. he Hat eld Branch Library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. - T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union Bank Community Room for weighins, followed by a meeting. • 5:00 p.m. – Country and Gospel music is played at the Polk County Housing Authority Community Room. • 6:00 p.m. – Sons of Confederate Veterans meet at the Limetree Restaurant for their monthly meeting. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for the families of addicts and alcoholics will meet at the ABC Club. • 7:00 p.m. – Dallas Valley RVFD meets for training at the Fire House. • 7:00 p.m. – Acorn Fire & Rescue meets at the Fire Department. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479-234-2887 or 479234-3043. Wednesday, 12/6 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. - The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in Hatfield, Wickes, Grannis, Vandervoort, Cove, and Mena. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library is open. • 5:45 p.m. – The Mena First United Methodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – Warriors for Christ will meet at the Southside Church of God. • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Regeneration Youth Ministries meets at Mena Church
of God Hwy 88 East. • 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church offers Discovery Kids – Kindergarten Thru 5th Grade; Collide Youth Ministry – 6th Thru 12th Grades; and Adult Bible Study. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at Grace Bible Church, 1911 Hwy 71 N. Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-2164606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Inquiry Classes into the Catholic Faith will be held in the St. Thomas House at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 203 8th Street, and continue through Easter 2018. No cost or obligation, anyone interested is invited. Call 479-394-1017 for more information.
• MRHS AUXILIARY ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST will be held on Thursday, December 7, 7 – 10 a.m. in the Mena Regional Cafeteria for a donation. Local celebrities will serve scrambled eggs, biscuits, white gravy, chocolate gravy, bacon, sausage links, sweet breads. • HOMEMADE CHILI LUNCH presented by Mt. Meadow Chapter 22 OES on Saturday, December 2 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Hatfield Masonic Hall. Chili by donation, homemade crafts for sale. • OPEN HOUSE AND LIVE NATIVITY presented by Mena First United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 2 at 7 p.m., following the parade, at 501 9th St. • COMMUNITY HOLIDAY MEAL will be served on Sunday, December 3, 4 – 6 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 2100 Hwy. 375 West, Mena. Everyone welcome. • UARM ART GUILD SALE will be held December 4 – 7 at the UARM Maddox Building, Room 112, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day. Pottery, paintings, quilts, etc.
November 29, 2017
POLK COUNTY BIRTHS AT MENA
REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM
Brooke and Hugo Sanchez, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on November 17th. Jacquillyn Young and Anthony Hamm, of Cove, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on November 20th. Kristian Taylor and Gregory Brewer, of Hatﬁeld, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on November 22nd.
Enjoying the Moment
BY LEANN DILBECK
’ ve admitted it before… I used to be a worrier… and that was an understatement when it came to absolutely anything that remotely was related to my children. Over the years, I’ ve learned to relax a bit and trust that He has it all covered! I probably missed some priceless moments by not being ‘ in the moment.’ Y ou know the type… worried about being prepared about the next ‘ thing’ … whatever that might be… whether that was an hour ahead or ten years ahead. This is my first born’s senior year and y’all don’t even have words for all that I’ m feeling. I’ ve feared and anticipated it his entire life, watching my one in a million blessing grow from that chubby eight pound miracle into this mature, focused, and driven young man. Man? How is that possible? A friend of mine was recently discussing how exhausting it is to get her young son to eat at mealtime… something we also encountered. I found myself telling her to treasure it because before long, he was going to be all grown up and planning for college and his own career and she will actually miss telling him to get “ one more bite.” And now, in what has seemed like the blink of an eye, it’ s that moment. The moment that I knew would eventually come. Y es, he will always come home but our little ‘ 4-pack’ is never going to be q uite the same. We’ re nearing the end of one season and soon will begin a new season of life. As I try to savor, literally, each and every day and moment, I’ m asking the Lord to not only prepare this momma’ s heart, but thanking Him and praising Him for the privilege of being his momma… and for each and every fun, exhausting, sleep-deprived, exasperated, elated, j oyful, blessed moment we’ ve had … “for this child we prayed.” 1 Samuel 1:2 7
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Ashley George – Bringing ‘New Vision’ to Polk County A
BY LEANN DILBECK
r e p o r t r e le a s e d in 2 0 1 6 b y th e U .S . S u r g e o n G e n e r a l e s tim a te d th a t o n e in s e v e n p e o p le in th is c o u n tr y a r e b a ttlin g a s u b s ta n c e a d d ic tio n , a n d th o s e n u m b e r s h a v e o n ly c o n tin u e d to r is e . A n e v e n m o r e a s to u n d in g s ta tis tic is th a t a p p r o x im a te ly o n ly o n e in te n a d d i c t e d A m e r i c a n s r e c e i v e t r e a t m e n t f o r t h e i r a d d i c t i o n d u e t o t h e f r a g m e n t a t i o n i n t h e h e a l t h c a r e s y s t e m . Th e r e p o r t s e r v e d a s a n a t i o n a l c a ll to a c tio n a n d b r o u g h t lig h t to a g r o w in g e p id e m ic in o u r c u ltu r e . L o c a lly , o n e h o m e to w n w o m a n is s ta n d in g o n th e fr o n t lin e s a n d h e lp e d fo r g e m u c h n e e d e d h e lp to P o lk C o u n ty a n d s u r r o u n d in g c o m m u n itie s to p r o v id e th e n e c e s s a r y s e r v ic e s to h e lp th o s e b a ttlin g a d d ic tio n s . Ashley (Holder) George has been a Polk County resident all of her life, graduating from Hatfield before its consolidation with the Mena School District. She married her husband, Paul, “young” and first received her associate’s degree from (then) Rich Mountain Community College before commuting to Texarkana to finish her bachelor’s degree from Texas A M. As a ‘non-traditional’ student, Ashley was able to take advantage of a new program, at the time, CACREP accredited online universities, such as Capella. “I now have a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Capella that has allowed me to work as a professional counselor and LAC supervisor, and a licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor. I currently am working on completing my PhD in psychology from Walden University with an emphasis on teaching. I hope to eventually be able to work as a professor and sh a r e m y p a s s i o n f o r p s y c h o l o g y a n d c o u n s e l i n g w i t h o t h e r s . ” She is notably proud of a recent milestone celebrated with her husband, “We just celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary, a feat we find miraculous since we got married so young We have two amazing children who are both in the Mena Middle School this year. Tyler is involved with sports and Ella is in band, each of them love the Mena School district and we feel very lucky for them to be growing up here.” She and Paul were able to purchase her childhood home when they first married but would choose to move to Mena, seven years ago, finding a neighborhood they adore. “We love our neighborhood and how we are in the middle of things but still q u ie t… it h a s th e fe e lin g o f b e in g in th e c o u n tr y .” Professionally, Ashley has always been in the trenches advocating for those battling addictions. “I have worked with people who suffer from substance abuse and addictions for all of my adult life. First, I worked as a probation and parole officer in the drug court program and then later as a mental health and substance abuse counselor. I love being able to be a small part in watching people change their lives for the better and reach their potential in their own way. It is so satisfying as a professional to be a part of that change process.” Today, Ashley works as the Service Coordinator for a new detox program available at Mena Regional Health System through a company called New Vision, a program that Ashley worked passionately to bring to Mena, believing it would be a tremendous resource for those fighting addictions. “I have searched for opportunities for clients that I have worked with who needed a form of medical stabilization to help them on their road to substance abuse recovery, so when I heard that New Vision may be coming to Mena, I was absolutely thrilled When I reached out to the company I knew that this needed to happen in Mena, whether I was a part of it or not, but I really wanted to be involved. I am loving getting to be a p a r t o f s h o w c a s in g th is s e r v ic e , a n d te llin g p e o p le th a t th e r e is h o p e a n d a g o o d o p tio n to g e t th e m s ta r te d o n th e ir r e c o v e r y .” Ashley admits this is a bit of a stretch from her comfort zone since she has always been counseling based and not medical, “but feel so at home at MRHS that it has been a really easy transition for me… and the doctors and nurses do all the hard work The hospital has welcomed me and New Vision in, and made it so easy to build this service in Mena from the ground up. I look forward to this service gaining ground and becoming known around our area as a great opportunity for withdrawal stabilization and the first step on th e ro a d to re c o v e ry .” Ashley’s motivation is simple and pure, stopping the hurt. “As I am sure so many others in the helping professions know, it is so hard to see people hurting. I want to change their lives for them, but then it would be what I think is best and not what is best for them. In my new position now, I am able to provide patients with options and allow th e m to c h o o s e w h a t is b e s t to s u it th e ir n e e d s a n d d e s ir e s fo r th e ir o w n r e c o v e r y .” S h e a ls o b e lie v e s in g iv in g b a c k to a c o m m u n ity s h e h a s b e e n p r o u d to c a ll h o m e h e r e n tir e life , “ A fr ie n d o f m in e in tr o d u c e d m e to th e L io n e s s c lu b a fe w y e a r s a g o a n d I fell instantly in love with the way that this club gives back to the community through a l l o f o u r c h a r i t a b l e d o n a t i o n s . Th e l a d i e s o f t h e L i o n e s s c l u b w e l c o m e d m e i n a n d now I am the vice president. I look forward to our service projects every year and am so t h a n k f u l t o b e i n v o l v e d i n s o m e t h i n g t h a t i s s o e m b e d d e d i n t h e c o m m u n i t y . P o l k County is home, and if I am going to live here, then I am going to try to make a positive impact I believe the Lioness club helps me to do just that.”
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November is National Adoption Month CONTRIBUTED BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN MADDOX
urrently, there are 3 7 5 children in Arkansas waiting to find a permanent family. ovember is National Adoption Month, an initiative designed to bring attention to the need for permanent families for children in the foster care system. For a child, there is nothing more important than having a parent to protect, love, and care for them. We know there are families in Arkansas capable of providing the stability, safety, and commitment they deserve. everal of our members know firsthand the oys adoption can bring. i representatives currently serving in the Arkansas House have adopted children. To successfully adopt a child, who is registered on the Department of Human Services, a parent must have the ability to: • make a commitment deal with re ections • provide stability • laugh • provide safety • accept differences • set realistic expectations • look at progress in small steps • handle stress and change • learn new parenting skills • reach out for help/ support • advocate for the child ualified adoptive homes are needed for children of all nationalities, sibling groups and children with special needs to include children with emotional, mental or medical needs. Many of the children currently available for adoption were removed from their birth family or legal parent due to neglect, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. An adoption cannot take place unless the birth parent or legal parent’ s rights have been terminated by the court. The adoption process can take up to 6 months to complete. It includes a home study and background check. Financial assistance may be available in form of monthly support for the child, one-time reimbursement for expenses related to initial adoption expenses, and a federal tax credit for the year in which the adoption takes place. We invite you to visit www.pro ect ero.org which features a collection of beautiful photographs of waiting children and teens, taken by professional photographers from every corner of our state. Adopting one child may not change the world. But for that one child, the world will change. If you are interested in adoption or would like more information visit www. humanservices.arkansas.gov.
College Athletic Program Expenditures CONTRIBUTED BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE
LITTLE ROCK – State-supported universities in Arkansas spent $ 17 6 million on athletics last year, a 6 .3 percent increase over the previous year. Two-year colleges spent $ 6 0 0 ,0 0 0 . About 7 2 percent of the income that was spent on sports came from ticket sales, license fees and sources of athletic department income. Almost $ 2 6 million, or 13 percent, of the money spent on athletics came from fees charged to students. U niversities may spend a certain proportion of their state funding on athletics. Last year they spent $ 12 .6 million in state aid on athletics. A state law enacted in 198 9 req uires colleges and universities to submit annual reports on athletic expenditure to the Higher Education Department. The institutions must use uniform accounting procedures and standard definitions of what amounts to spending on athletics, so that comparisons are valid. The report on athletic spending in 2 0 16 -2 0 17 was presented to the state Higher Education Coordinating Board at its October meeting. The U niversity of Arkansas at Fayetteville has by far the largest athletic program in the state. Its total spending on athletics last year was more than $ 10 6 million. However, due to the popularity of Razorback athletic events, the university brings in so much revenue from ticket sales, royalties and licensing fees that it does not use any state aid to supplement its sports budget. January 6, 2016 The only other institution that did not transfer from its general education budget for athletics was the U niversity of Arkansas at Fort Smith. Its athletic budget was $ 3 .5 million. Arkansas State U niversity at Jonesboro spent $ 18 .2 million on athletics, the U niversity of Central Arkansas at Conway spent $ 12 .5 million and the U niversity of Arkansas at Little Rock spent $ 9.2 million. Salaries represent a large proportion of total spending on athletics. All Arkansas institutions of higher education spent more than $ 6 2 million last year on salaries in their athletic departments. That was 3 5 percent of the total amount spent on athletics. The Razorback athletic department spent $ 3 0 .1 million on salaries. ASU athletics spent $ 4.4 million on salaries. U CA and U ALR each spent $ 2 .8 million on athletic department salaries. The second largest spending category for university athletic departments was scholarships for players. The statewide total was almost $ 3 1 million. The Fayetteville campus reported that $ 9.3 million went for athletic scholarships. ASU reported $ 5 .5 million, U CA $ 4 million and U ALR $ 2 .5 million. Other significant e penses of the Ra orback athletic program were game guarantees to universities whose teams play at Fayetteville. That item cost the program $ 3 .6 million last year. Debt service cost the athletic program $ 11.4 million. Team travel cost $ 9 million. Fringe benefits for personnel cost 6.9 million. Rentals and maintenance of facilities cost 7 million. Eq uipment and uniforms for Razorback players cost $ 3 .6 million. Medical expenses and medical insurance cost the athletic program $ 1.6 million. Ticket sales to Razorback games brought in $ 40 .7 million in revenue. Another $ 16 million came from the NCAA and Southeast Conference, which distributes revenue from television networks to its members. Broadcast rights for television, radio and Internet streaming brought in 0.1 million. Royalties and licensing, from firms paying for the right to use the Ra orback
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Moments From America’s History – Thank You, Rosie! O
CONTRIBUTED BY JEFF OLSON
ver the past ten years, World War II has been a subj ect of this column on several occasions. In the course of those articles, I’ ve alluded to the fact that our victory in that war could be substantially attributed to the home front where folks like you and me contributed to the war effort. Taking part in the rationing of items such as food, clothing, shoes, coffee, gasoline, tires, and fuel oil and the purchasing of war bonds were good examples that re ected the commitment of Americans to oin our military in the common goal of victory. can still remember my parents and other family and friends of that generation reminiscing about how we all pulled together and put our country first. The demands of the war also spurred changes in the labor force of the day. While women working outside the home is uite common today, this was not the case in the 19 0s. American women entered the workforce in unprecedented numbers during World War II, as widespread male enlistment in the military left huge vacancies in the industrial labor force. While women made their own choice to serve their country, their response to do so was in great part a result of a government recruitment campaign to inform them of America’s need for their service and to encourage their participation. That campaign’s face became that of Rosie the Riveter. rimarily a fictitious character, but also based in small part on a real-life munitions worker, Rosie portrayed a tough but feminine bandana-clad woman with her sleeves rolled up and a determined countenance. There was no more iconic a symbol for the working women on the home front of the war than that of “ Rosie the Riveter.” Posters of Rosie’ s image with the slogan “ Do the Job He Left Behind” and others with slogans such as “ Soldiers Without Guns” appealed to women and inspired them to contribute in a greater way to winning the war. Although Rosie’s image re ected the industrial work of welders and riveters during World War , the ma ority of working women filled non factory positions in every sector of the economy. Women learned how to do drafting and do sheet metal work to build airplanes, j eeps, and ships. They packed ammunition and tested guns, worked in steel and lumber mills, drove trucks, operated cranes and other heavy eq uipment, and the list goes on.... They would often work 6 days a week without vacations or holidays and at the end of a long, hard day go home to care for their children and all this in the hopes that their sacrifices would shorten the war and bring loved ones home alive. The most famous image of Rosie the Riveter was illustrated by Norman Rockwell (modeled by Mary Doyle Keefe, 1922 2015 on the cover of the May 29, 19 issue of The aturday vening ost, portraying Rosie with a ag in the background and a copy of Adolf Hitler’s racist tract Mein ampf under her feet. Rosie’s prototype was actually created in 1942 by artist J. Howard Miller (modeled by Geraldine Hoff Doyle, b.192 4) and featured on a poster for the Westinghouse power company under the headline We Can o t The term Rosie the Riveter was first used in 1942 in a song of the same name written by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb and recorded by numerous artists. The name is said to be a nickname for Rosie Bonavita (192 0 -196 6 ) who was working for Convair in San Diego. The individual who was the inspiration for the song was Rosalind P. Walter (b.192 4) who worked on building the F4U Corsair fighter. Rosie the Riveter became most closely associated with another real woman, Rose Will Monroe (192 0 -1997 ), who worked as a riveter at Ford Motor Company’ s Willow Run Aircraft actory in psilanti, Michigan building B 2 bombers for the . Army Air orces. t was 75 years ago this week, ovember 2 , 19 2, that this plant turned out its first B 2 Liberator bomber. By the summer of 1944, when the plant reached its peak production, it was turning out a bomber an hour – thanks in no small part to Rosie the Riveter! n 19 a motion picture, Rosie the Riveter, was released. t was a wartime comedy which centered around the Rosie theme. A 19 0 a documentary film, The ife and Times of Rosie the Riveter, produced by Connie ield, tells Rosie’s story as no other film has before or since. n 1996, it was selected for preservation in the nited tates ational ilm Registry by the ibrary of Congress as being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. Without Rosie the Riveter, perhaps the map of the free world would look different than it does today. he truly re ected not only an important part of America’s greatest generation, but she also contributed to the eventual transformation and e pansion of women’s opportunities in America’s culture and workforce. How many Rosie the Riveter’ s were there? We don’ t have an exact number, but we do know there were tens of thousands and not all left their j obs at the end of World War II. One such lady was linor Otto, known as America’s last Rosie the Riveter. Otto began working at the Rohr Aircraft Corporation in Chula ista, California in 19 2 and retired from Boeing Corporation in Long Beach, California in 2 0 14 at the age of 95 . To you Rosie, one and all - Thank you!
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n ecember 2, there will be a Christmas Carol ing a long held in the theatre immediately following the parade and fireworks display. Come and go as you please The Lyric Theatre Players will also be doing a Reader’ s Theatre performance. Enj oy free admission and the concession stand will be open. Be sure to save a date to see lf performed by the Junior Ouachita ittle Theatre. erformance dates are ecember 10 and 15 17 at 7 0 M on riday and aturday unday performances are at 2 0 M. Watch for a full article on lf in ne t week’s issue. ree movie night will be a holiday feature shown at the theatre on ecember 1 at 6 0 M. on’t miss eorge C. cott in A Christmas Carol. We will have the popcorn hot and ready. Free admission and concessions are only $ 1 per item. And if you are looking for the perfect Christmas gift, stop by the theatre office on Main treet and visit with an O T volunteer about our memory making service converting your home movies on H and film to a convenient format. Office hours are 10 00 AM until 2 00 M.
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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 November 19, 2017 A Polk County woman reported someone had vandalized her vehicle by “keying” the fender. Case is pending. Jessica M. Justice, 27, of Mena was charged with theft of property (shoplifting) after officers were called to a local retail store. Report was made of a physical altercation on the parking lot of a local store. Case is pending location and interview of all suspects, victims, and witnesses. November 20, 2017 A local woman reported that someone had made unauthorized charges to her bank account. Case is pending further investigation. Report was made of two men removing merchandise from a local retail store without paying for the items. Case is pending identification and location of suspects. November 21, 2017 Report was made of someone illegally using a debit card number to make purchases. Case is pending review of surveillance tapes. Report was made of a fight between two local men on the parking lot of a local restaurant. Case is pending. November 22, 2017 Report was made of someone using a debit card without authorization. Case is pending. Officers responded to a call regarding a fight on the parking lot of a local business. Case has been sent to the prosecuting attorney for review. Report was made of a domestic disturbance at a local residence. The case has been forwarded to the prosecuting attorney for review and possible issuance of a warrant. November 23, 2017 Shalena Allen, 41, of Mena was charged with public intoxication, criminal trespass, resisting arrest, and obstruction of governmental operations. The arrest followed a call to a local residence.
November 24, 2017 Mary Hunt, 60, of Mena was charged with criminal trespass after officers responded to a call at a local retail store. November 25, 2017 A 17-year-old Mena girl and a 14-yearold Mena youth were charged with theft of property (shoplifting) after a call to a local retail store. Case has been forwarded juvenile authorities. A local 13-year-old boy was cited for harassing communications. Case was forwarded to juvenile authorities. Report was made of a physical altercation at a local residence. Case has been forwarded to the prosecuting attorney for review.
November 21, 2017 Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Arrested was Roger A. T. Burton, 28, of Police Department was Sylace G. Vanhoose, 20, of Cove, on a Warrant for Failure Hatfield, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear. Report from complainant on Heritage to Comply with a Court Order. Lane near Hatfield of the theft of a cast iron November 19, 2017 nvestigation Report from complainant on Highway 375 stove, valued at 200.00. West near Shady Grove of being harassed continues. Arrested was Michael W. Thomas, 37, of by an ac uaintance. Deputy advised susCove, on a Warrant for Terroristic Threatenpect to cease all contact with complainant. Arrested was Joseph Sparks, 49, of De- ing 2nd Degree. November 22, 2017 ueen, on a Body Attachment Warrant. Report from walk-in complainant of probPolk County Sheriff’s Office worked one lems with child custody exchange. vehicle accident this week. Report from complainant on Polk 191 Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 22 ncarcerated nmates, with 7 near Yocana of the fraudulent use of a crednmates currently on the Waiting List for a it card, totaling losses at 1,015.00. nvestigation continues. State Facility. Report of a disturbance on Highway 71 November 20, 2017 ol ount Sheri ’s e artment Report of stolen property led to a South near Wickes. Deputy responded. nformation has been provided to the ProsNovember 13, 2017 16-year-old male being issued Juvenile CiReport of a disturbance on Tilley Road tations for Theft of Property and Possession ecuting Attorney’s Office for further considnear Hatfield. Deputy responded. nvestiof Narcotics. The juvenile was released to eration. Polk County Pulse 11/29/17 Crossword PuzzleJun gation continues. the custody of a parent/guardian. CONTINUED ON PAGE 23 November 14, 2017 Report from a Mena woman of probAcross lems with her 16-year-old son. Deputies 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 responded. 15 16 14 1 Decree November 15, 2017 6 Actress Perabo 19 17 18 Report of $1,500.00 in damages done 11 Car ad abbr. to a vehicle led to a 16-year-old male be20 21 22 14 Like some ing issued a Juvenile Citation for Criminal eclipses 25 26 27 23 24 15 Conception Mischief 2nd Degree. The uvenile was re16 Fla. neighbor leased to the custody of a parent/guardian. 29 30 28 17 Harper Lee novel, Report of an unattended death on Strider 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 “To Kill a ___” Lane near Mena. Deputy responded. 19 Verb for Popeye 40 41 42 39 Arrested by an officer with the Grannis 20 Kind of blocks Police Department was Sam L. W. Thomas, 21 Bring into play 45 46 43 44 22 Overdue 63, of De ueen, on a Warrant for Failure to 47 48 49 50 23 Take off Comply with a Court Order. 25 Very large dogs November 16, 2017 56 51 52 53 54 55 28 Lunch meat Report from a Scott County man of the 29 Epoch 58 59 60 57 theft of a vehicle and services while in Polk 30 Harden 61 62 63 64 65 County. nvestigation continues. 31 Indivisible 32 Because Arrested was Johnny P. Webb, 37, of 67 68 66 35 Out in front Mena, on Warrants for Failure to Appear 39 Geologic time 70 71 69 and Failure to Comply with a Court Order, 40 Court wear and a Probation Parole Warrant. Copyright ©2017 PuzzleJunction.com 42 Wee hour November 17, 2017 43 “Same here!” 69 Old Tokyo 9 Marsh birds 38 Search for water Report from a Mena man of an acciden45 Carpal bone 70 Stimulates, as an 10 Like roses 41 Put on a pedestal 46 Pilot’s problem appetite 11 Yucatan native 44 Container weight tal shooting of a dog. Subject agreed to pay 47 Curve 71 Cunningly 12 Batter’s position 48 Medical device for the animal. 49 To the ___ degree 13 War and Uno, e.g. 51 Fire sign November 18, 2017 50 “___ Doubtfire” 18 Skull, to some Down 52 Crossed one’s Report from complainant on Amber Lane 51 Kind of missile 22 Strip of wood fingers near Mena of the theft of appliances, valued 56 Portend 1 Kind of beetle 23 Did a blacksmith’s 53 Expenditure at 250.00. nvestigation continues. 57 Grimace 2 Batman and job 54 Prior to, old58 Roswell sighting Robin, e.g. 24 Capital west of style Arrested was Blake D. Loyd, 23, of Wat59 And others 3 Crummy, as Haiphong 55 Fair-sized son, OK, on Charges of Fleeing in a Ve(Abbr.) weather 26 Extend, in a way musical group hicle, Theft by Receiving, Possession of 61 Choose 27 Scarcity 4 Coated 56 Pesto base a Schedule Controlled Substance and 62 Bricklayers 29 Classify 5 Math subject 60 Smidgens Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 66 Beer bust 6 Porker 33 Beetle, e.g. 62 Got an eyeful Report of a one-vehicle accident on essential 7 Permeate 34 Squeezing (out) 63 Hook shape 67 Farm units 8 Nepalese rupee 36 Study of words 64 Zero Highway 71 South near Cove. Deputy re68 Finger or toe part 37 Honor 65 Sloppy digs sponded.
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..................................................................................................... CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22 Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Jamie R. Arce, 34, of Mena, on a Body Attachment Warrant. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Bradley Moss, 41, of Mena, on Charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Tina M. Richey, 30, of Cove, on Charges of Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. November 23, 2017 Report from complainant of animals on Kings Lane near Acorn without food and water. Deputy responded. Report of a disturbance on Highway 71 South near Wickes. Deputy responded. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. November 24, 2017 Report from a Junction City man of be-
ing threatened by an acquaintance while in Polk County. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report of a disturbance on Polk 76 East near Mena. Deputy responded. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from complainant on Polk 71 near ocana of the theft of a firearm, hunting accessories, camping accessories, electronics, clothing and personal items, all valued at 3,476.67. nvestigation continues. Arrested was Jason W. Busby, 44, of Hatfield, on two Warrants for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Arrested was Robert L. Craddock, 21, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. November 25, 2017 Arrested was Colby K. Gillespie, 20, of Texarkana, T , on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. November 26, 2017 Report of suspicious behavior led to a 16-year-old female being issued Juvenile
Citations for Possession of an Intoxicating Li uor by a Minor and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. The juvenile was released to the custody of a parent/guardian. Report from complainant on Highway 8 West near Shady Grove of the theft of a table, valued at $3,000.00. Investigation continues. Report from a business on Highway 71 South in Cove of damage done to the building. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 188 near Acorn of an unauthorized person on their property. Deputies responded. Report from complainant on Polk 117 near Mena of an unauthorized person in their residence. Deputy responded. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from complainant on Highway 4 West near Cove of problems with the purchase of a used vehicle.
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