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Wiles Family Farm Inducted Into Arkansas Century Farm Program
Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward have inducted 46 Arkansas farms into the Arkansas Century Farm Program in 2019, including the Wiles Family Farm in Polk County. The Arkansas Century Farm Program recognizes Arkansas farms of 10 acres or more owned by the same family for at least 100 years. The Arkansas Department of Agriculture began the Century Farm Program in 2012 to highlight the contributions of these families to the agriculture industry as well as their overall
contributions to the state. The Wiles Family Farm in Polk County was established in 1889. Also on the 2019 induction list were two Scott County Farms. The Beaty Old Homeplace, established in 1889, and the Highﬁll Family Farm, established in 1915, were also among the inductees. Agriculture is Arkansas’ largest industry, contributing more than $21 billion to the state’s economy annually and providing one in every six jobs in the state. Arkansas
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Friends of the Ouachita Trail Gains Big Sponsor
In an announcement on the social media page, Friends of the Ouachita Trail (FoOT) announced they have entered a partnership with outdoor outﬁtter REI. If you’ve never heard of REI think Bass Pro Shops for campers, hikers, kayakers and those serious about being in the outdoors. REI is opening a new store in Oklahoma City has been in search of forming partnerships with outdoor groups. According to the post, FoOT has submitted a grant to REI for the Ouachita Trail. The partnership of FoOT and REI will look at different areas such as trail needs and conservation. FoOT currently has corporate sponsorship from Mountain Valley Spring Water. Also in their release FoOT has received approval from the Arkansas Highway Department on a trail grant request to remodel eight of the older shelters along the Ouachita Trail. An Eagle Scout Troop has remodeled and upgraded the
Oak Mountain Shelter as a part of a project. The shelters along the trail offer hikers places to rest and get out of the weather. The Ouachita Trail is 223 miles long and runs from Talimena State Park through Queen Wilhelmina State Park
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Bearcats Show No Mercy To Subiaco Academy
Friday was senior night for the Mena Bearcats Football team. Mena continued winning ways as they welcomed Subiaco Academy to Bob Carver Mena Bearcats Stadium in class 4A-4 play. The Trojans came into this matchup as underdogs with a 1-7 win loss record. Subiaco won the toss and elected to receive ﬁrst. From there things did not go well for the Trojan’s. Subi had to punt from deep in their own territory after a Mena put up a defensive wall. This gave the Bearcats a good position to begin their ﬁrst drive of the game. It didn’t take long for Mena to start ﬁring away when at the 7:50 mark in
the 1st quarter when running back Evan Graves put six on the board with a Touchdown run. A Luiz Pessoa PAT made it 7 and the Bearcats never looked back. Subiaco’s next possession didn’t fare any better when on 3rd down Mena Linebacker Logan Yang sacked the Subi quarterback which led to another punt in as many possessions for the Trojans. Once again Mena would start with great ﬁeld position at their own 48. Junior Running Back Jake Wiles showed he still has jets attached to his shoes when ran for
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Reflections From History & Faith: Profession Without Confession CONTRIBUTED BY JEFF OLSON Today, church buildings are usually occupied several times a week by many people, some of whom have experienced the new birth, who are a part of the church, the family of God, the Body of Christ. Their conversion was likely expressed through a profession of faith in Jesus Christ, probably a public one. By definition, the word profession means in part, “a declaration.” But another part of this definition includes the phrase, “whether true or false.” So then, a profession can be either true or false and still qualify as a profession. Most of us can probably identify with this. Have any of us ever made a profession which was not true? Of course, but hopefully a profession of faith in Christ was not one of those. A profession expressing salvation is the beginning of a process which is characterized not only by a lifestyle of professing Jesus Christ but also a lifestyle of confessing Jesus Christ. You may ask; can we profess Christ in exclusion of confessing Christ? Yes, and some of us do. The Apostle Peter is one of the
most notable examples of this. He boldly professed Christ on a regular basis but when it came down to where the “rubber meets the road” what happened? Did Peter confess or deny Christ? From Matthew 26:33-35, we know that Peter’s intentions were good but from verses 69-75 we also know that he denied Jesus three times, something he said he would not do and yet did. Peter boldly professed Christ, yet he would not confess Christ when the going got tough, and Jesus knew this would occur; just like He knows each of us better than we know ourselves. As we should see from Peter’s example, confession includes the elements of personal identification, commitment to truth, and sometimes courage - all of which should transcend circumstances and consequences. It is often very easy and convenient to profess our personal beliefs and creeds and to even embellish them with “Christ” or “Christian” or “The Lord” and yet at the same time not confess or identify with the suffering Servant, the crucified Christ, the One who came to serve - not to be served (Romans 10:9-10).
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Another excellent example of this can be found in the life of Martin Luther (14831546), an Augustinian monk who was instrumental in the Protestant Reformation. Luther, once he found the key that unlocked the redemptive story of the Bible and rediscovered the grace of God, was used by God to challenge the core of false theologies and to open the door for the the written Word of God to be accessible to thousands of people. Luther stated, “If I profess with the loudest voice and the clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ.” Exactly! Peter came to understand, as Luther understood, that where the battle rages the loyalty of the soldier is proved - where profession is validated or proven hollow.
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Profession without confession is often seen in people who talk the talk but don't or can't walk the walk, either because they've never known God (Titus 1:16) or because their relationship with Him is at best shallow, rendering them disobedient and ineffective (2 Peter 1:59). Consequently, both of these conditions have rendered the Church impotent in a potent counterculture. It is far past time that we, like Peter, Martin Luther and others, join on the field of battle for the heart and soul of those around us and for our culture and nation. We must never lose sight that the battle is the Lord’s (1 Samuel 17:47, 2 Chronicles 20:15) and it will be won or lost in great part from the degree to which our profession of Christ and our confession of Christ are not only consistent with one another but one and the same.
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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.
Polk County Arraignment Report Joshua Dean Fernandez, age 33, was arraigned on one count. Count 1, Theft By Receiving. The count states that on or about October 22nd, 2019, the defendant, received, retained or disposed of stolen property of another person, knowing it was stolen or having good reason to believe it was stolen, with said property valued at more than twenty-ﬁve thousand dollars ($25,000). A Class B Felony. Malcolm Ryan Wells, age 33, was arraigned on one count. Count 1, Furnishing, Possessing, Or Using Prohibited Articles. The count states that on or about September 25th, 2019, the defendant did introduce a prohibited article, namely a controlled substance, into a correctional facility, constituting a Class C Felony. Stephanie Abbott, age 39, was arraigned on two counts. Count 1, Domestic Battery In The Third Degree, Subsequent Offense. The count states that on or about October 28th, 2019, the defendant, with the purpose of causing physical injury to a family or household member, did cause physical injury to a family or household member, constituting a Class C Felony. Count 2, Possession Of A Schedule II Controlled Substance. The count states that on or about October 29th, 2019 the defendant, unlawfully possessed Methamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance, in an amount of less than two grams, a Class D Felony. A Criminal Information is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Mena Police Department Report October 27, 2019 Report was made of an altercation be-
tween a brother and sister. No charges have been made at this time. Ofﬁcers responded to a city residence regarding a disagreement between two individuals. Case is pending further investigation. October 28, 2019 Stephanie Abbott, 39, of Mena was charged with third degree battery, possession of methamphetamine and furnishing prohibited items. The arrest followed a call to a local residence. Sean Craddock, 24, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Ofﬁcers travelled to Sebastian County and brought him back to Polk County. October 29, 2019 Report was made of a local woman having unauthorized transactions on her debit card. Case is pending receipt of and preview of a surveillance video. October 30 & 31, 2019 A local woman reported that one of her sons was at her residence and had been warned to stay away. Ofﬁcers responded. The woman stated that she did not want to press charges, she just wanted him to stay away from her house. The man was given a verbal warning and ofﬁcers left the scene. November 1 & 2, 2019 Ofﬁcers responded to a call from a local man who reported that his medication had been stolen from his vehicle while he was in a Mena store. Case pending. Jason Robertson, 40, of Mena was served an outstanding warrant.
Police Department was Anthony W. Cottman, 31, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. October 31, 2019 Report from complainant on Highway 8 West near Rocky of the alleged violation of an Order of Protection. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Ofﬁce for further consideration. November 1, 2019 Report from complainant on Polk 412 near Potter of damage done to a mailbox. Investigation continues. Report from walk-in complainant of problems regarding child custody exchange. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Ofﬁce for further consideration. November 2, 2019 Arrested was Juan C. Luna, 36, of Horatio, on a Body Attachment Warrant. November 3, 2019 Report of a death from complainant on
Highway 88 East near Cherry Hill. Deputy responded. Report of a domestic disturbance on Hope Lane near Acorn. Deputies responded. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Ofﬁce for further consideration. Report from complainant on Polk 89 near Mena of an individual that refused to return their vehicle. The vehicle was returned to the owner. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Ofﬁce for further consideration. Report from complainant on Highway 246 East near Vandervoort of the theft of a ﬁrearm, valued at $179.00. Investigation continues. Polk County Sheriff’s Ofﬁce worked six vehicle accidents this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 20 Incarcerated Inmates , with 15 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.
Polk County Sheriff’s Report October 28, 2019 Report from complainant on Polk 35 near Hatﬁeld of being harassed by an acquaintance. Investigation continues. Trafﬁc stop on Polk 35 near Hatﬁeld led to a Citation for No Vehicle Insurance being issued to Jason W. Busby, 46, of Hatﬁeld. October 29, 2019 Report from complainant on Polk 286 near Hatﬁeld of two dogs killing their goat, totaling losses at $200.00. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Ofﬁce for further consideration. Trafﬁc stop on Polk 482 near Vandervoort led to the arrest of Chelsey R. Rodgers, 27, of Mena, on Charges of DWI 2, Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License and Defective Signal Lamps. Arrested was Richard L. Smiley, 61, of Mena, on a Body Attachment Warrant. October 30, 2019 Arrested by an ofﬁcer with the Grannis
‘Tis the Season Monday was the ﬁrst day for candidates to toss their hats into the ring as they seek to run for public ofﬁce in Arkansas. The Polk County Clerk’s ofﬁce saw these seven political hopefuls ﬁle their paperwork Monday Chris Daniel Harold Coogan Terry Terrell Tommy Floyd Mitch Tidwell Ray Haglar Calvin Cummings
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Elite Hospice Places Memorial Stone in Janssen Park
On Saturday, October 26, the staff and volunteers of Elite Hospice (formally Ouachita Regional Hospice) gathered at Janssen Park to honor the families who had lost loved ones this past year on hospice services. The event commemorated the memories of family members who meant so much to so many. A memorial stone was placed as a perpetual reminder. The boulder was contributed by Rick and Sandy Lyle of Hillcrest Stone. This massive rock was quarried from the family acreage north of Rich Mountain. The sandstone plaque with the inscription “Rock of Remembrance” was
donated by L & L Stone, Gene & Barbara Lyle owners. Each family who attended the memorial were given their very own rock of remembrance inscribed with “Forever in our hearts”. Hospice chaplains shared encouraging thoughts to encourage the families during their time of loss and a reception was hosted by the caring staff of Elite Hospice. This SERVING POLK COUNTY monument is the beginning of a 5 year memorial plan to honor families by Elite Hospice and Mena Mayor Seth Smith. Hospice Executive Director Tom Patterson and staff want our community to know it is MEMORIAL STONE CONTINUED ON PAGE 19
The Farm House was a busy place in October! They held classes about helpful kitchen herbs for colds and flu. They held seminars on nutrition and how to improve your health. They even showed a THE ole screening of “Secret Ingredients,” a documentary about genetically modified foods and how GMO foods are impacting our health. After the movie, Dr. Carmen Jones answered questions from attendees. In keeping with their commitSERVING POLK COUNTY ment to health and wellness education, the Farm House brought a nutritionist that specializes in neurological disorders to Mena all the way from Mississippi. Dr. Oils - Extracts - Balms - Liniments - More Crystal Whitten gave six seminars and met privately with individuals seeking to improve their overall health. The community’s response 819 Mena St. - Mena, ARK to Dr. Whitten was so overwhelm479-385-2151 ing that the Farm House has arranged for her to return to Mena in January! If you missed the October activities at the Farm House you have more opportunities to get involved! November has already started out to be a busy month! Here are a list of classes and seminars planned for this month:
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Teal Elyse Lowery of Cove, Arkansas passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at the Mena Regional Health System. She was born on Thursday, October 31, 2019 to Jordan Reese and Kayla Denise Jordan Lowery in Mena, Arkansas. Teal is survived by her parents, Reese and Kayla Lowery of Cove; two sisters, Cadence Lowery of Cove, and Taya Lowery of Cove; paternal grandparents, Arnold and Melody Lowery of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; maternal grandparents, John Jordan and Cindy Herring of Cove; paternal great grandmothers, Betty Young of Star City, Arkansas, and Joyce Dobbins of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; maternal great grandparents, Vincent and Marie Raymond of Watson, Oklahoma; several aunts and uncles, Vanessa and Donnie Toon of Smithville, Oklahoma, Larissa and Riley Johnson of Hatfield, Samantha Jordan of Cove, Chris and Kathy Lowery of White Hall, Arkansas, and Shawn and Kim Lowery of Shawnee, Oklahoma; several cousins and a host of other relatives and friends. A funeral service was held Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Panther Creek Christian Church in Watson, Oklahoma with Brother Cody McDaniel officiating. Interment followed at the Panther Creek Cemetery in Watson, Oklahoma. Arrangements were entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. Pallbearers were Reese Lowery and Riley Johnson. Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com
James K. Polk DAR Shines The Light On Outstanding Mena Students The James K Polk Chapter NSDAR drove more than 300 miles in two days to six school districts in Polk and Montgomery Counties to deliver Constitution booklets for middle school and high school American History Classes. They also gave each of the eleven teachers a folder of supplemental work containing U.S. Constitution Week materials that the teachers could use during student constitution study. On November 1, the James K. Polk Chapter visited with Tommy Johnson and his classes at the Mena Middle School. Shelly Collins and Cortez Copher viewed students posters entered in the U.S. Constitution Poster Contest and watched students playing the “Constitution Quest” game given to the school last year by the DAR. Winning Students of the contest
received Mena Middle School Shirts from DAR Regent, Cortez Copher.
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Photo submitted by the James K. Polk Chapter DAR Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Reggie Fryar, teacher at Cossatot River High School, as the winner of a $500 award given to teachers throughout its four-state footprint. A total of 131 awards, totaling $65,500, are being given by Arvest Bank this year. The Arvest initiative to honor educators was launched on Oct. 7. Nominations were accepted via the Arvest Bank Facebook page. The decision to award 131 $500 gifts to individual teachers throughout the Arvest footprint was made out of respect and appreciation for the work teachers do. Mr. Fryar was nominated with the statement: “Mr. Fryar has been in the teaching field for more than 25 years. He is loved and respected by all his former and current students. Mr. Fryar is so caring and self-sacrificing. He is one deserving teacher!”
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Acorn High School All A’s Honor Roll 1st Nine Weeks Honor Roll All A’s 7th Grade: Colten Quebedeaux, Hailee Shores, and Jordan Wagner 8th Grade: Nicholi Carrillo, Kenzie Daniels, Kensey Rosson, and Sophie Strasner 9th Grade: Brookelyn Goss, Addyson Prewett, Emily Whorton, and Jayden
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Hebrews 12: 2
“…Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” The passage in Hebrews 12 is amazing! It tells us that in spite of all that Jesus would go through, He would count it joy for two reasons. First, He loves each of us with a love that is far past understanding, and because of that love for us, and what He would accomplish for us on the cross, He counted it “all joy.” And, second, because of His full obedience to the Father, He would, after His passion, return to the Father. Mission accomplished! Jesus took the full penalty of our sin upon Himself. He literally “became sin” in those moments and accepted the judgement that our sin demanded upon Himself. How could He, knowing what He would be going through in the next few hours pray “Thy will be done”? He could do that because He knew what would happen to Him would happen for our eternal good. It was not just that Jesus suffered all that the cross and human sin could offer; it was that He counted it “joy.” Amazing! And herein is an incredible lesson for us, for in this we have probably the best example and definition of the Love of God that is found anywhere in the Scripture. Love for us put Jesus on the cross! Love for us allowed Him to take the pain and penalty of our sin upon Himself. This is what God’s love is about! He not only did what He did, He counted it “all joy.” And then He said, “A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another AS I HAVE LOVED YOU” (John 13: 34). Wow! If this is God’s love, and if this is what He expects of us, then it is quite different than what most of us have experienced. Anyone can do a “good thing” for someone else, but it is very different when that “good thing” costs us everything, especially if the subject of our “good thing” happens to be someone who simply does not like us and who has done things against us beyond human ability to overlook. It is one thing to do something for someone else, someone who could never earn what we do, but it is something else when we do it and get real “joy” form it. When we can do it with joy we have then learned a little bit of what His love for us is all about. “Count it all joy” brothers and sisters. What He did He did not do out of obligation nor out of expectation; He did it out of real love for us, and it was that real love that allowed the joy. Many of us are forced to learn something of this when we are put into situations that require real giving of ourselves to someone who can never repay us. Can we do it? Yes. But that isn’t the real question. Can we do it with joy? That is the real question, for that is the real test of God’s love in and through us. Failing this we fail the most important part of the Christian life. But how? How can we do this? How achieve the highest kind of love required of us and made possible to us? One way: His love must be operating in our lives, and when that is true of us, we “…can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4: 13). PROVIDED AND PAID FOR BY GENE STACKS
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WILES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 sas consistently ranks in the top 25 nationally in the production of more than 15 agricultural commodities. “How reassuring that we are adding more families to the Arkansas Century Farm Program”, Governor Hutchinson said. “Families who have held onto their farms for generations lend a sense of continuity in a time of frequent change. These families pass down more than the knowledge of farming. They are handing down love of family and an ethic of hard work as well as a love for the land.” Applications for the 2020 Century Farm Inductees will open in February. $159,939 to be used for the Senior Center from the Arkansas Community and Economic Development Grant funds. These funds originate from the U.S. De-
The 37th annual Ouachita Quilt Show took place last weekend in the historic armory on De Queen Street in Mena. There were 32 categories from first timers to experienced quilters. Both groups would like to thank all of the volunteers that helped make the show possible. The quilt show was coproduced by The Polk county Extension Home Makers and The Nimble Thimble Quilt Guild. Picture by Pulse Multi-Media
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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Auditions and More in November at OLT
Ouachita Little Theatre, in conjunction with the UA Rich Mountain drama department, is announcing auditions for the winter production of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream.” This classic Shakespearean comedy will be directed by Robby and Gini Burt. This is not the first time UARM and OLT have joined forces to bring enriching entertainment to Polk County. The result is certain to be a well-produced
special event for our community. At this printing, the exact dates for performances are not chosen, but will most likely occur over two weekends in late February. Auditions for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be held at the UA Rich Mountain Lecture Hall on two dates: Wednesday, November 13 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and Thursday November 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. There will be an additional audi-
Acorn High School A’s and B’s Honor Roll
1st Nine Weeks Honor Roll A’s & B’s 7th Grade: Rebecca Bloodworth, Christian Christiana, Damon Cruz, and Karli Davis 8th Grade: Randy Dill, Daisy Dollar, Noah Holland, Ava Smith-Hawley, Sarah Sullivan, and Sarah Tedder 9th Grade: Jonathan Bodkin, Charish Hill, Michael Laing, Reed McGee, Rachael Miller, Dakota Sullivan, and Rachael Weddle
10th Grade: Jacob Lyle, Tony Reyes, Lauren Treat, and Raeghan Weddle 11th Grade: Keelan Allen, Emmy Goss, Corryn Holland, Halli Holland, Jayden Quebedeaux, Harlee Rodgers, Autumn Strother, Sandy Strother, and Sarah Wallace 12th Grade: Kacey Head, Brady Lyle, Matthew Nance, Ha Nguyen, An Pham, Lexi Powell, Haley Sandoval, and Brody Webb
tion at OLT on Friday, November 15 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The directors are seeking a large number of cast members from all age groups from the community at large as well as the college. Rehearsals for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” directed by Alexa Night are underway. The large cast of the JOLT production has been chosen and is published on the OLT Facebook page. Mark your calendar for performance dates on December 6th and 13th weekends; Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays
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at 2:30 PM. You can buy tickets for this popular show in advance at OLT, and it is included on your OLT season ticket. On November 13, don’t miss your chance to see Dustin Hoffman in the famous film “Tootsie” for free! OLT’s Wednesday Night at the Lyric will be showing the popular comedy at 6:30 PM at the OLT. Hot popcorn, candy, cold and hot drinks available at low prices. This film is rated PG but contains adult content and some language that is not recommended for young teens and under.
Second Candidate to Vie For Arkansas Supreme Court Position
Over the weekend, another candidate announced their candidacy for the high court of Arkansas. Barbara Webb, a former circuit judge in Saline County and the chief law judge on the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission confirmed her intention to run in a phone call with the Arkansas Democratic-Gazette. The 62 year old Webb is the second candidate to announce for the Arkansas Supreme
Court, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Morgan “Chip” Welch launched his campaign last month. The current position on the state’s high court is held by Justice Josephine “Jo” Hart who hasn’t announced her intentions. Monday at noon is when candidates can officially file for office.
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The American Veteran By Jamie Hammack
As a little boy I was enthralled with all things military. Nearly every Sunday morning programs such as “The World At War” would air on channel 39 in Houston. Before my eyes were the stories of World War II in black and white on our Curtis-Mathis television. In my free time from school or sports I had books about the military that I constantly read. I had books about the American Revolution, Civil War, WWI and WWII. When I was a kid it wasn’t uncommon to meet a Korean War, Vietnam War, or WWII veteran. Occasionally I’d meet a WWI veteran. I remember being in awe of them all. So many of those hero’s are now gone. Unfortunately wars never go away for long and now the children of today see and meet veterans of the First Gulf War, Second Gulf War and The War on Terror. Sadly, the veterans of wars such as Korea and Vietnam weren’t given the respect they should have been given on returning home. They didn’t have the support systems they should have had. Though not perfect the veterans today have more help than previous generations. But for how long? Many programs are only around for as long as they are popular. That is where you and I come in. It is up to us to support these veterans. It is up to us to educate our children about these men and women who went and sacriﬁced for us. They may have served in war time, or they may have served during peace, but they served. Do not forget those who stood guard around the world protecting us even when a shot wasn’t ﬁred. Their sacriﬁce helped keep us safe as well. We must teach young people to respect our military and its veterans. If we do not, then they will not care. And as I mentioned, programs are around as long as they are popular. This goes for sentiment too. If the American veteran is forgotten or pushed to the wayside, the help they need will fall there too. Teach the young. Volunteer at organizations that help Veterans. Join those orgs. Do something. The veterans have already done what they can for you. In fact, some did so much that they are no longer here to do more.
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The Soldier stood and faced God Which must always come to pass He hoped his shoes were shining Just as brightly as his brass. “Step forward now, you Soldier, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To My Church have you been true?” The Soldier squared his shoulders and said, “No, Lord, I guess I ain’t Because those of us who carry guns Can’t always be a saint. I’ve had to work most Sundays And at times my talk was tough, And sometimes I’ve been violent, Because the world is awfully rough. But, I never took a penny That wasn’t mine to keep… Though I worked a lot of overtime When the bills got just too steep, And I never passed a cry for help, Though at times I shook with fear, And sometimes, God forgive me, I’ve wept unmanly tears. I know I don’t deserve a place Among the people here, They never wanted me around Except to calm their fears.
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If you’ve a place for me here, Lord, It needn’t be so grand, I never expected or had too much, But if you don’t, I’ll understand.” There was a silence all around the throne Where the saints had often trod As the Soldier waited quietly, For the judgment of his God, “Step forward now, you Soldier, You’ve borne your burdens well, Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets, You’ve done your time in Hell.”
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Three Lady Bearcats Earned All-State Honors in Volleyball
The Mena Lady Bearcats volleyball season came to an end on Wednesday, October 30th with a 3-1 loss to Brookland in the class 4A state tournament. Gracie Lyle, Morgan Puckett and Lauren Sikes were named All-State and Sikes was named to the All-Tournament team. Other Lady Bearcats who were award-
ed All-Conference post-season honors were: Paige Evans, Kiara Kesterson, Cadie Cannon, Hannah Stockton, Madison Blair, Ally Wright, Andrea Maechler, Brenna Aynes and Grayson Fairless. The Lady Bearcats ended their season with a 28-5-3 overall record and 14-0 in conference.
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a 40 yard gain which set up an Andrew Graves TD run taking the score to 14-0 after the PAT. On their 4th possession of the game Subiaco put together a strong offensive showing from their own 4 yard line by stringing together some first downs and chewing up yardage to reach the Bearcats red zone. Subiaco took over 7 minutes off the clock but fell short on a 4th down try and the Bearcats took over on downs, and with their backs to their own goal the Bearcats drive down field leading to a Sam Efird TD reception to make the score 21-0 going into the half. This must have had a debilitating effect on the Trojans offense because they couldnâ€™t muster any worthwhile yardage for the remainder of the game. The third quarter started like the others with the Bearcats adding to the score. Zane Stephens scored on a TD run making the score 27-0 then the Pessoa PAT made it 28. On a Bearcats kickoff after the
BEARCATS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 score, Subi fumbled and Blake Castor came up with the ball. Soon after Evan Graves scored on a run down the left side to make the lead 35-0 to Mena after the PAT. This took the game into the Mercy Rule. According the Arkansas Activities Association (AAA) the Mercy Rule kicks in when the score reaches 35 points over the opponent. Jake Wiles ran for 107 yards on the night. TJ Kiser had 10 tackles on the night. Senior Tristen Beck was named the Comfort Center Home Furnishings Player Of The Game. Tristen is in his third year as a lineman for the Bearcats.The Bearcats improve to 7-2 overall and hit the road to Dardanelle to face the Sand Lizards. Dardanelle beat Elkins 44-18 last week to improve to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in conference play. You can catch all of the action from kick-off to the final whistle with Phillip Wilson and Todd Aynes on Classic Hits 105.3 FM beginning at 7pm Friday.
UA-Rich Mountain Bucks Win Region 2 Championship in Inaugural Year
Enid, Oklahoma – The Rich Mountain Bucks (8-3-5 overall; 4-2-4) faced the Rose State College Raiders (12-6-1 overall; 7-2-1) in the Region 2 Championship on Sunday afternoon. This was the rubber match between the two school. The Bucks lost at home and tied the Raiders in Midwest City. To start the first half, the Raiders controlled the first 10 minutes of the game and got multiple looks at the goal. Keeper Edward Garcia made a few nice saves to keep the Raiders scoreless. In the 19th minute, a 2 v 1 situation presented itself, and the Bucks capitalized with a goal. Thomas Mullen baited the defender with a great pass to Trevor Lewis to put the Bucks on the board. Rose State tried to counter, but the Bucks maintained possession for the remainder of the half. On a throw in, Caleb Summerfield found the shoulder of Mackenize Crerie for the second Bucks goal in the 30th minute. Both teams went back and forth for the remainder of the half. Bucks took a 2-0 lead to the locker room. Rose State tried stealing any momen-
tum the Bucks had in the second half. The Raiders controlled the entire half of play, and the Bucks did not attempt a shot the entire half. The Raiders connected in a controversial goal in the 78th minute of play by #10 Justin Croke. The ball appeared to go off the post, and Edward
Garcia would save it. Upon further review by the officials, it was ruled a goal. The Raiders continued to press, but the Bucks defense held strong. The Bucks would win 2-1 and become the 2019 Region 2 Champions in their first season!! The Bucks had 4 players selected to the
Region 2 All-Tournament Team: Josh Gounden, Euwin Stevens, Thomas Mullen, and Rodrigo De Castro. DeQueen native, Edward Garcia, was named the
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Annual Employee Chili Cook-Off Held by MRHS...
Community Celebrity judges pictured from left: Steve Egger, Fire Chief; Pasha Watson, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director; Marisa Johnson, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Assistant; Scott Sawyer, Sheriff; Seth Smith, Mayor; and Rick Chrisman, Mena A & P Commission. Photos submitted by Mena Regional Health System
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Giving Thanks at November Is The Theme of the November Cash Mob Submitted by Judy Thompson As the time for the November Downtown Cash Mob nears, Mob Coordinator and Downtown Business Liaison Judy Thompson acknowledges that there is much for which to be thankful. She ex-
tends thanks to all those who have attended a Cash Mob and contributed to the success of downtown merchants. Thompson especially thanks those who regularly attend the monthly Cash Mobs. She notes that a great part of the success of this effort has been
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as a result of those other businesses and organizations which have hosted the Cash Mob each month. They graciously provide the location, refreshments and frequently, a door prize. Thompson added that several of those have volunteered without being
asked. Nearly all of those who are asked are happy to assist with this downtown program. The Mob is very thankful for its hosts. Extreme gratitude is extended to CASH MOB CONTINUED ON PAGE 15
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CASH MOB CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14 the local media for their assistance in promoting the Cash Mob. Joel Bush at Chameleon Arts will host the November 9th Mob at 10 AM. Light refreshments will be served prior to the social gathering including games and door prizes. The name of the shop to be mobbed by the group will then be drawn. At that time, the Mob’sters will converge on the selected business to shop and have more fun. Cash Mobs continue to be popular throughout the country and are an entertaining way to encourage shoppers into businesses where they not only normally shop but also to stores that they are not familiar with. The monthly Mobs provide an
opportunity to shop at various businesses and promote the Buy Local effort of Downtown Partners. Through the Mena Downtown Partners member businesses, door prizes and special incentives are given to Mob’sters. Rules to participate are very simple… 1) Commit to spend at least $20 at each Cash Mob and 2) Have fun. Thompson reminds that you do not have to be pre-registered as a Mob member. Just show up and sign in at the door. Everyone is invited. Help the local economy and indulge in that all-American pastime of….shopping! This is a great opportunity to meet new people and hang out with old friends. Remember: November 9, 10 AM, Chameleon Arts. BUCKS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13
Region 2 Tournament MVP. With the win, the Bucks advance to the Plains District in Wichita, Kansas. The Bucks will face Johnson County out of Kansas City, KS on Wednesday, Novem-
ber 7th at 7 pm. The District Tournament is November 6th and 7th. The winner advances to the National Tournament in Tyler, TX.
Remembering Hearts Forever Holds Meeting to Plan for December Candle Lighting Ceremony
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Remembering Hearts Forever will meet November 12th at the Union Bank community room from 6p until 8p. At that meeting they will plan their candle lighting which will take place December 8th. Remembering Hearts Forever is a group which of people which had family members leave too soon. If you lost a loved one you are welcome to come. There will be snacks and finger foods. Photo courtesy of Korrie Scarbrough
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Joan Childs (center) of Mena was recently chosen as the 2019 Modern Woodmen of America Hometown Hero for Chapter 13545. The Hometown Hero award gives Modern Woodmen members an opportunity every year to honor an individual for their outstanding volunteer service to the local community. Childs received a certificate of appreciation and a $100 voucher to be given to a charity of her choice. Pictured presenting the award is Modern Woodmen Financial Representative Dicey Miller (left) and Chapter President Barbara Muilenburg (right). Ms. Joan Childs has chosen to present the $100 donation voucher to Teena Brown and Carol Sickles. Brown is founder of Clarice’s Room of Hope located at 403 Morrow Street N., Suite C, Mena. Photo courtesy of Modern Woodmen
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Humane Society of the Ouachitas PET OF THE WEEK
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THURSDAY, NOV. 7TH – • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. - Santa for Seniors applications available at the Polk County Extension Office at 211 DeQueen St. in Mena. Program open to low income citizens that are age 65 and older. Applications must be returned by Nov. 15th to qualify for consideration. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 368 Polk Road 50. • 10:00 a.m. – GriefShare meeting at the First Presbyterian Church, 904 Church Ave. Meeting open to anyone who has experienced the recent death of a loved one. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County meets 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. – 2:00 p.m. – St. Agnes Church will have food distribution at 203 8th Street in Mena. • 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. • 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – LIVE Country & Gospel Music. Open to the public at the Daisy Room, Janssen Florist in downtown Mena. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Education Wing, West End. Call (479)234-2297 for more information. • 6:00 p.m. – Disabled American Veterans & Auxiliary Meeting and Potluck. Meeting follows dinner, American Legion at Veteran’s Park at Acorn. • 7:00 p.m. – Big Fork RVFD Business Meeting & Training will be at the Fire Station. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club, 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. – The Ink RVFD Business Meeting & Training will be at the community building. • 7:30 p.m. – Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 meets at the Mena Lodge located in the Old Post Office by Janssen Park.
FRIDAY, NOV. 8TH – • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. - Santa for Seniors applications available at the Polk County Extension Office at 211 DeQueen St. in Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 368 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 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. 9TH – • 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. • 12:00 p.m. – Ouachita Amateur Radio Association monthly meeting at the LaVilla Restaurant. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Highway 71 North, Acorn. • 7:00 p.m. – Holly Grove Church in Grannis will have Gospel Music. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club, 1159 Highway 71 South, Mena. (479)243-0297 or (479)216-4606. SUNDAY, NOV. 10TH – • 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 Sulphur Springs Church. MONDAY, NOV. 11TH – • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. - Santa for Seniors applications available at the Polk County Extension Office at 211 DeQueen St. in Mena. • 9:00 a.m. – Parade Line-up at the Crossing • 10:00 a.m. – Polk County Veterans Day Parade to honor those who served in WWII & All Veterans – Route: East on Mena St. to Washburn’s Furniture. • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 1:30 p.m. – Polk County Genealogical Society will meet at the Polk County Li-
brary. • 3:00 p.m. – The Airport Commission Meeting will be held at the UA-Rich Mountain Boardroom in the Spencer Building, 1100 College Drive. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Highway 71 North, Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. – Democratic Party of Polk County meets at Papa’s Mexican Café. Anyone interested is welcome. You do not have to be a member. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 6:30 p.m. – Polk County Genealogical Society will meet in the Polk County Library. Program is a skit “Genealogy Pox” • 6:30 p.m. – Mena Community Choir practice at the First Methodist Church. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479216-4606 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. – Mena Elks Lodge meeting. All Elks are invited to attend. TUESDAY, NOV. 12TH – • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardner Community Men’s Breakfast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The written portion of the driver’s 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. – Home Front Warriors CMA Chapter 377 Bible Study at the Limetree Restaurant. Public is invited. • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Remembering Hearts Forever will meet at Union Bank community room. Planning of their candle lighting for remembrance on Dec. 8th. Light refreshments. • 6:00 p.m. – American Legion Post 18 Potluck Dinner, at Veteran’s Park in Acorn, with meeting to follow at 7 p.m. • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Polk County Housing Authority Community Room LIVE
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Country and Gospel music. • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Hatfield Jam Session at the Hatfield Auditorium. All muscians/singers and listeners welcome. • 6:30 p.m. – Shady Fire and Rescue District 10 will meet at the Shady Community Center. • 7:00 p.m. – The Dallas Valley R.V.F.D. will meet for training at the Firehouse. • 7:00 p.m. – The Acorn Fire and Rescue will meet at the Fire Department. • 7:00 p.m. – Ross-Tunnell Post #249 will meet at the Wickes Community Center. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. (479)234-2887 or (479)2343043.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13TH – • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Shepherd’s Closet open at First Baptist Church 4802 Hwy 71 S Hatfield, AR (870)389-6412. Distributes free clothing and nonperishable food items. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 368 Polk Road 50. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Mena Art Gallery Art Group meeting. • 11:30 a.m. – MHS Class of ’59 will meet at Little Italy Restaurant in Mena. • 12:00 p.m. - The Emergency Warning Sirens will be tested in Mena. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Polk County Library Cove Branch is open. • 12:00 p.m. – Quality of Life Outreach meeting at Lavilla Restaurant. • 4:00 p.m. – Freedom Water Assoc. yearly & monthly meeting at 4063 Hwy. 375 West. • 5:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m. – Auditions for ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ a joint production between the OLT and UARM. Auditions in the College Lecture Hall. All ages needed. • 5:30 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Bible Study Service. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at Grace Bible Church, 1911 Highway 71 North, Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 6:30 p.m – Ouachita Little Theater presents “Tootsie” for the Free movie night at the Lyrics- 610 Mena Street. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club, 1159 Highway 71 South, Mena. (479)216-4606 or (479)243-0297. CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE
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Visitor Finds 3.29 carat diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park
(MURFREESBORO, ARK.) – After summer-like heat gave way to cooler temperatures this week, 65-year-old Pat Choate and her husband John made the two-hour drive from their home in Jacksonville, Arkansas to search for diamonds
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Arkansas, completed a deep plowing project in early October to reveal unsearched diamond-bearing material. Rainfall this week washed away loose soil from the surface and likely exposed Mrs. Choate’s diamond.” Many people choose to name the diamonds they find at Crater of Diamonds State Park. Choate has named her gem Illusive Dream, saying, “It has been a long time coming, a lot of dirt, and many years of searching—and I thank the good Lord for it! I know it’s not a perfect diamond, but it sure is a thrill!” Choate says she plans on keeping her gem as a reminder of the memories she and her husband have made during their many visits to Crater of Diamonds State Park. As of this writing, 426 diamonds have been registered at Crater of Diamonds State Park in 2019, weighing more than 84 carats.; 15 diamonds registered this year have weighed at least one carat each.
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The Process Begins for Elected Positions: Polk County Filling Dates
The Preferential Primary Election will be held Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Candidate ﬁling period opens Monday, November 4, 2019 at noon and closes Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at noon. Party candidates will see their party representative ﬁrst to pay party ﬁling fees. The Republican Party will be set up in the basement of the Polk County Courthouse and the Democratic Party will be set up in the Quorum Court room of the Polk County Ofﬁce Complex on Pine Street. Once candidates pay their ﬁling fee they will need to go to the County Clerk's Ofﬁce to ﬁle. Independent Candidates will need to go to the County Clerk's Ofﬁce to ﬁle during this same ﬁling period in November. They will ﬁle as a candidate in the County Polk County's Shadowriders Drill Team competed in the Northeast Texas Drillfest along with 11 other teams at the OK Corral in Terrell, TX on November 2, 2019. The team competed in 4 divisions: Color Guard, Intermediate, Theme and Championship - placing in all divisions and are Reserve High Point Champions for the competition. Team members are Andrea Lane, Amanda Harrison, Tori Barrett, Maggie Barrett, Aby Fortner and Michelle White. The Shadowriders have performed yearly at the Polk County Rodeo and at other rodeos in the area. Photo courtesy of Shadowriders Drill Team.
all about helping people and that they care deeply for the citizens of our area. Special thanks to the Polk County honor guard for providing military honors and to the Mena Parks Department for assistance in preparing for this event.
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Clerk's Ofﬁce. They will then need to gather signatures on a petition to gain ballot access, however, petitions shall not be circulated until February 1, 2020 and must be ﬁled in the County Clerk's Ofﬁce no later than 12:00 p.m. (noon) May 1, 2020. Positions up for re-election are JP Districts 1-11, all constable positions, Mena School Board Positions 1 and 2, Ouachita River School Board Zone 6 (Montgomery County), Cossatot River School Board Zone 2 and Zone 4. Incumbents planning to seek re-election, or anyone interested in running should contact the County Clerk's Ofﬁce at 479-394-8123 or visit the County Clerk's Ofﬁce in the Polk County Courthouse for additional information. MEMORIAL STONE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 Elite Hospice offers bereavement services for 13 months after a loved one dies. Bereavement Coordinator Mark Lyle leads the aftercare for families who beneﬁt from grief care.
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