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2017 County Royalty is Crowned Hannah McDonald, a junior at Mena High School, was crowned 2017 Miss Polk County at the pageant held annually by The Lady Ouachitas on Saturday, September 30 at the MHS Performing Arts Center. Rhyen Henry was crowned as Little Miss Polk County. The pair will represent Polk County in the next year in events such as parades and festivals. McDonald moves on to the Miss Arkansas Fair Queen Pageant to be held in three weeks at the Arkansas State Fair. Look for a special feature on Hannah McDonald in the October 11, 2017 edition of The Polk County Pulse. PHOTO BY APRIL ROSE

Community Development Efforts Lead to Exciting Prospects for Former School BY LEANN DILBECK•

Z ach Mannheimer, a Principal Community Planner from an Iowa based civil engineering firm, visited Mena recently to assess the downtown area and specifically, the restored , s.f. building that prior to the tornado was Mena Middle School. The property is now owned by Walter Deetz. CONTINUED ON PAGE 7

PaPa’s Mexican Café Moving to New Location in 2018 BY LEANN DILBECK•

scar Sanchez, owner of a a’s Mexican Caf , has announced that they are moving to a new location, just east of their current location, to wy South at the former location of Sign . Sanchez said he and his staff are very excited about the move and that it will be “a good refresh” for one of Mena’s most popular choices CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

Two Local Officials to Serve on AAC Boards BY MELANIE WADE •

Two olk County fficials are now representing the area on state boards after attending the rkansas ssociation of Counties’ C all Meeting in September, held in ittle Rock. The C has nine affiliate associations under their umbrella, with each electing its own officers and holding their own continuing education seminars throughout the CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

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ena Water tilities will conduct their bi-annual water main flushing program October 9 th through 13 th. F lushing of the lines is done as a part of a scheduled preventative maintenance program to help maintain good water quality and to improve water flow in the water distribution system. Mena W ater has scheduled the lines on the south side of H ighway 7 1, including Nunley and oard Camp areas, for flushing on Monday, ctober th, and Tuesday, ctober 10 th. On W ednesday, October 11th and Thursday, October 12th, the lines on the north side of ighway are scheduled to be flushed. s Mena Water flushes your area, you may experience a temporary reduction in water pressure, some color or sand in your water, or a slight change in odor or taste. These conditions are normal and temporary during flushing activities. If you should experience any of these changes, or if you see some cloudiness or rust color in your water, Mena W ater recommends that you refrain from washing light colored laundry; likewise, they recommend that you flush the pipes of your home or business. lushing your home or business’s pipes can be accomplished by opening your front outside hose bib until it runs clear and has no noticeable taste or odor. Mena Water regrets any inconvenience the flushing may cause. If you have questions or if you experience any persistent water quality problems as a result of the maintenance program, call Mena W ater Utilities at 4 7 9 -3 9 4 -27 6 9 .

Mayor Honors Fire Prevention Week with Proclamation BY MELANIE WADE •

e t eek is Fire re ention eek across the co ntry and firefighters ill e o t teaching local st dents this year’s theme of ery Second Co nts – lan T o ays t Mena Mayor eorge Mc ee signed a proclamation on Friday Septem er 29 proclaiming cto er th thro gh 1 th as Fire re ention eek. Fire re ention eek is on record as the longest r nning p lic health o ser ance according to the ational rchi es and ecords dministration’s i rary nformation Center. resident Cal in Coolidge proclaimed the first ational Fire re ention eek on cto er th thro gh 10th 1925 eginning a tradition of the resident signing a proclamation each year. t is o ser ed on the S nday thro gh Sat rday period in hich cto er 9th falls in commemoration of the reat Chicago Fire hich egan cto er th 1 71 and did most of its damage cto er 9th.

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PHOTO BY LEANN DILBECK The City of Mena has begun their annual sidewalk projects for the fall. Glennaire Construction submitted the winning bid for the project. Mayor McKee said the city plans to repair sidewalks around town. The city has allocated $50,000 for the pro ect hich is e pected to e completed y the first of 201 .


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he residents of Polk county will soon see the K GRA Investigations Broadcast/Investigations nit rolling into Mena, rkansas as R Investigations prepares to holds a first of its kind Town H all Meeting. “The extensive historical reports and on-going unexplained activity reported from this area is the focus of the Town H all Meeting,” stated a press release sent out by K GRA, an internet radio station that broadcasts alternative talk radio. L ocal phenomena at the Board Camp Crystal Mines is currently being studied by several teams after mysterious orbs of light, floating rocks and extremely magnetized objects have been discovered on the property. In May, 20 17 , Josh Gates of Travel Channel’s hit show, Expedition nknown and Destination Truth, filmed for an episode at the Crystal Mine with owners rville and Cheryl Murphy. That episode is set to air in one of a four part series titles “Expedition nknown hunt for xtraterrestrials.” The series begins on Wednesday, ctober , at p.m., central time. In addition to the phenomena happening at Board Camp Crystal Mine, the four part series will include Gates’ visits to Easter Island, Chile’s Atacama Desert and the wilderness of Z imbabwe. During ates’ filming, a team from M the Mutual etwork was on site collecting samples and observing events. M was founded in and today is a nation-wide organization with approximately , paid members that has teams of investigators from professional backgrounds who volunteers their time to investigate reports of unexplained anomalies. M field investigator Chase loetzke experienced some of the phenomena, and details of she and ates’ investigation will be revealed during the episode. Currently, M investigator classify the phenomena experienced at the board Camp Crystal Mine as “undeniably scientifically unexplained.” The Murphy’s story and scientific results of the M investigation is also expected to be reported on inside the ovember issue of the M Journal. Visit for show extras including behindthe-scenes photos, factoids and exclusive videos from Josh ates. The K GRA Investigation Team, which will host the Town H all Meeting, is led by loetzke and will be live on location to discuss the subject of s, strange lights, ig oot, hauntings and more. “ veryone is welcome as we continue our fact-finding investigations into these mysteries. L eading investigators will be ready to hear your accounts, take your reports and record these sightings as K GRA Investigations take a serious look in to so many olk County, rkansas unexplained reports,” said the release. rganizers ask that you bring any photos, video or other types of evidence, if available. If you would like more information, please email: investigations@ Refreshments will be provided at the event to those who attend. The event will be held on Saturday, ctober , at the uachita Center on the -Rich Mountain Campus. Doors open at a.m. Meeting starts at .M .The Town all Meeting will be broadcasted live on K GRA’s radio station at:

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n times of crisis, it is always best to be prepared. No matter how big or small that crisis may be, having supplies handy or exit routes planned ahead of time, makes the dilemma much easier to bear. That philosophy is what The Mena Ark, Community Based Disaster Preparedness Group lives by and hopes to pass on to others. The group gathers once a month to learn from one another. Topics vary and each can provide valuable information, whether it’s learning how to use activated charcoal for the smallest of cuts to learn how to “structure” water for better plant growth. They also discuss what to do in the case of larger events such as a tornado, and even an earthquake. The group was formed by husband and wife team, Merwin and L aura Abbott. The couple has longed lived a prepared life, making sure they have food and medicines stocked and other items that most people would never think of. Those are the types of things that are discussed during their meetings. “W e talk about growing better gardens, living healthier, and what lessons we have learned from the past,” said Merwin Abbott. The group that attends has their choice of participation level in each meeting. Each person can either sit and enjoy the presentation or bring something about disaster preparedness to share with the grop: a helpful tip, a story, or a show-and-tell, such as member Jeff F lanagan shared at their last meeting when he showed others how to “structure” water using a simple bucket and a stir stick. F lanagan said, “Merwin asked me, ‘Do you really think that does anything? ’ I said, to be honest, I don’t know, but it’s fun and it doesn’t cost me anything. All other claims are unproven.” L aura Abbott discussed packing backpacks that have 7 2 hours worth of supplies that will get you through almost any catastrophe. Rae Grasso discussed several items of interest, including having earthquake insurance. L iving so close to the New Madrid seismic zo ne that sits in northeastern Arkansas, Grasso feels it is important to keep up the insurance just in case. In most cases, members talk for 5-15 minutes and meetings last around two hours. L aura Abbott also encouraged others to think not only about their own disaster preparedness, but to think ahead on how they can help others who face them. Other topics often include local medicinal plants, how to live in primitive conditions, how to forage for food in the wild, purifying water, permaculture, blacksmithing, and much, much more. If you would like to join in their next meeting, The Mena Ark, Community Based Disaster Preparedness Group, meets the third Thursday of every month at 6 :3 0 p.m. at the Mena Assembly of God Church on Sutherland Avenue. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Merwin Abbott said, “The discussions we have, these are the kinds of discussions that make us stronger as a community. W e have to take the responsibility to lead.”

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ena’s McDonald’s celebrated their 3 0 year anniversary on Saturday, September 3 0 , 20 17 with a full day of prize giveways and special deals. Owners Charlie and Claudia Brown also celebrated by giving charitable contributions to three local organiza tions: Aleeya H ouse, accepted by Edith Ruth; DAV/DAVA, accepted by Carol Burns, and the Polk County L ibrary, accepted by Mary Renick.

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he Sixth annual Wheel ’Mena Tour to the Top sponsored by the Rotary Club of olk County Mena was held on Saturday, September . tour record of riders from five states registered to ride a -mile, -mile or -mile route. ll routes included a portion of or the entire Talimena Scenic Drive, including Q ueen W ilhelmina State Park. irst place finisher in the -mile route was Cesar Silva of the rapevine Chain ang in rapevine, Texas. is time was hours minutes. eorge scobar of Texarkana finished first in the -mile route with a time of hours minutes. swald slan of ittle Rock was top finisher in the -mile route with a time of hours minutes. Wheel ’Mena Tour to the Top is an annual fundraiser of the Rotary Club of Mena olk County. ll proceeds benefit local club projects.


for Tex-Mex food. H e was very complimentary of the extensive efforts of building owner Danny Powell, who, according to Sanchez, “… is working very hard to make everything customize d just the way we like it.” The new restaurant location will seat approximately 16 0 -17 0 people and will have all new tables and seating. H e added that the new location will also feature a larger meeting room than their current location to host groups or large family gatherings. It will also have a roomier parking lot for customers. Sanchez is particularly excited about the brand new state of the art kitchen that Powell is installing. Customers can look forward to updated menus and they will also be able to serve homemade tortillas as well. Sanchez explained that they are expecting to be in their new location in early 20 18 and that he and Powell were coordinating closely to minimize any downtime for the business with the relocation. PaPa’s Mexican Café has been serving Mena and the surrounding area since 20 0 0 . L ook forward to future editions of The Polk County Pulse for PaPa’s grand re-opening.

year. Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison and County Clerk Terri H arrison have been elected to represent on separate boards. Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison was elected by his peers in the County Judges’ Association of rkansas CJ , an affiliate association, to serve as their st Vice resident. e replaces Madison County Judge F rank W eaver who was elected as President of the CJAA. Judge llison’s term as st Vice resident will last for two years. e has previously served as CJ nd Vice resident. s st Vice resident, Judge llison will become resident in , according to their bylaws, if he seeks and wins re-election in 20 18. Judge Ellison has held Polk County’s highest seat since 20 11. “I want to thank the citize ns of Polk County for allowing me to serve as our County Judge. It is indeed an honor and humbling to be elected by the other 7 4 County Judges in Arkansas to be next in line to lead our organiza tion. This opportunity allows Polk County to have increased visibility, a chance to share our rural values, and to help shape policies with a loud voice that reflect us, in ittle Rock.” County Clerk Terri H arrison was elected by her fellow Arkansas Association of County Clerk members to represent them on the C board. ach affiliate association of the C chooses two members to serve on the AAC Board of Directors. H arrison will serve in that role for two years. H arrison was chosen as the 20 14 -20 15 President of the State Association of County Clerks. H arrison said she was honored and humbled by the appointment. “I am very honored to be chosen by my fellow County Clerks to represent them on the Association of Arkansas Counties Board of Directors. The Association’s purpose is to work for improved county government in the State of Arkansas and to serve as a voice for all 7 5 Arkansas Counties. I am very excited and look forward to this opportunity to work with and learn from other elected officials across the state about matters that affect county government and ways to better serve the citize ns of Polk County.”

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Mannheimer’s specialty for McClure Engineering Co. is ‘creative placemaking’ for rural communities with the goal of helping them achieve economic and population growth through cultural and entrepreneurial amenities, concepts, and catalytic projects. Two downtown business owners and community leaders, Rick Chrisman and John Vacca, first heard Mannheimer this summer while attending a U of A Extension Service Breakthrough Solutions Conference subtitled: Reimagining Your Community/Region in the 21st Century Economy. Chrisman is owner of American Artisans and active with The Mena Art Gallery as well as an A&P Commissioner. Vacca is owner of Janssen Park Place Bed & Breakfast as well as co-chair of ARCO (Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas). They were both quickly impressed with Mannheimer’s concepts and success as the founder of the Des Moines Social Club, which was once a vacated firehouse in a decaying downtown. With Mannheimer’s vision and leadership, Des Moines Social Club now spans two buildings, multiple floors, an outdoor courtyard and features an art gallery, gift shop, black-box theater, music venue, restaurant, and coffee shop, as well as numerous performance spaces, classrooms, and non-profit office space. The project served as a catalyst to spark a revitalization of a specific area of downtown as well as generating community engagement. Mannheimer has a track record of creating economic development and population growth by generating cultural amenities, housing projects, and incentive packages to attract and retain young people to rural areas. Chrisman said that after hearing Mannheimer’s presentation, he and Vacca immediately thought of the Deetz property and its endless possibilities. “It seemed to be an appealing project because it is in an unusually sound condition with the hardest work completed. Never having met Walter Deetz, we made contact with him to get an understanding of his plans and wishes for the building. It turned out that his interest was in recouping his investment but had little luck to date with the conventional approach of selling it outright,” said Chrisman. “We explained what we had heard from Zach to see if he was receptive to this unconventional approach that would recoup his investment as well as develop the building into a multi-use facility that would benefit the community. To address Walt’s skepticism and understanding, we set up a conference call to allow he [Deetz] and Zach to discuss the approach. Zach was very impressed with the level of restoration already completed and Walter was prepared to learn more. In a subsequent conference call, Zach agreed to travel to Mena for a tour of the building, community, and make a presentation to community leaders.” Mannheimer made a such visit Thursday, September 28, and followed with a presentation to approximately 15 community leaders and the media, in which he was extremely complimentary of Mena’s downtown as well as the large investment Deetz had made with the restoration of the former school property. “You have a great downtown. You have great bones, you have great activity… but there could be more.” Mannheimer gave multiple examples of other communities that have implemented his ‘creative placemaking’ concepts and referenced the tremendous potential with the former school property, restored by Deetz. “I hope you realize how much he’s done for your community by taking on that project. It was incredibly risky… by putting in his own money. I work with communities of different sizes all the time… I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s amazing.”

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Matthew F ranklin H ayner, age 56 , of Mena, Arkansas passed away Thursday, September 28, 20 17 in Mena. Matthew was born on March 12, 19 6 1 in Columbus, Ohio to Robert H ayner and Susann F out H ayner. H e was a general laborer by profession. Matthew lived his life being generous and had a “BIG” heart to help any family or friend. H e was a loving son, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to all who knew him. H e is survived by daughters, Christina Owen and husband Emmit, Jennifer H ayner; mother, Susann H ayner; sister, Rebecca Jo Swords and husband Jim; brothers, David H ayner, Tim H ayner and Marlie, F loyd H ayner; four grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends. H e was preceded in death by his father, Robert H ayner. Mr. H ayner was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley W ood F uneral H ome of Mena.

RICHARD BERNARD BISMARK Mr. Richard Bernard Bismark, age 89 , of Cove passed away September 26 , 20 17 at his home surrounded by those he loved. Richard was born to the late W erner Bismark and the late Gertrude K indler Bismark. H e was married to Jean W are Bismark for 14 years. Mr. Bismark served in the United States Army during the K orean W ar. H e also served in the Army as an MP (Military Police) for 2 years. H e was born, raised and lived in H atton, Arkansas where he enjoyed cattle ranching. H e was a member for many years of the F irst Baptist Church in Vandervoort, Arkansas and was a member of the W ickes Masonic L odge where he was a past master. H e was a skilled carpenter and built many houses. Richard was a loving husband, brother, and friend and will be missed by all of those who knew him. H e is survived by wife, Jean Bismark of H atton, Arkansas; sister, L ydia F ox of W ashington; nieces, L eola Rye, Betty F rachiseur, Nora Bismark, L ana Ewing, and Toni Alexander; nephews, Paul Bismark, L eRoy Sanders and Bert Sanders; many

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more nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Richard was preceded in death by his parents W erner and Gertrude Bismark, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, nephew Jerome Sanders and a special nephew Bill Bismark. F uneral services with Military H onors will be F riday, September 29 , 20 17 at 2:0 0 p.m. at the F irst Baptist Church in Vandervoort, Arkansas with Brother Aaron nglin officiating. Interment will follow in the W itherspoon Cemetery in Vandervoort under the direction of the Beasley-W ood F uneral H ome. Visitation is general. Pallbearers are Jesse Oliver, Bill Barrett, Terry W illiamson, Eric Sanders, Jon W eldon Rye and Jimmy H unter. H onorary pallbearers will be the W ickes Masonic L odge, Don Apple and K enny W erst. Online obituary at


she has enjoyed following the exploits of their lives as their families grew. She and Ted relocated to Mena from H ouston in 20 0 1 to be closer to extended family, which they have truly appreciated over the past sixteen years. Jo was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many. She was a member of the Methodist faith her entire life, and belonged to the F irst United Methodist Church of Mena. Jo is survived by her husband, Ted L ivin; sons, Jeff L ivin and wife Cindy of L ufkin, Texas, Greg L ivin of L akewood, Colorado; grandchildren, Cassidy L ivin, Jessie L ivin and Tanner L ivin of L ufkin, Texas and Drew L ivin and Sam L ivin of L akewood, Colorado. Jo is also survived by some very close extend family and friends that were truly considered “family” to her, Jerry and Gary Ryan of Mena, Moppy Billingsley of Mena, and Jennifer H ardegree of Mena, along with many others that were so meaningful to Jo in her life. She was preceded in death by her parents, H al and L utie Barnes. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, October 21st at 2 p.m. at the F irst United Methodist Church of Mena. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the American Cancer Society in remembrance of Jo.

Jo Ella “Jo” L ivin, age 83 , of Mena, passed away Saturday, September 3 0 , 20 17 in Mena, Arkansas. Jo was born in Vandervoort, Arkansas on January 7 , 19 3 4 to the late H al Cecil Barnes and L utie Jane Barnes. Jo was a graduate of Cove H igh School. She FREDDIE M. relocated in H ouston, Texas in 19 52 and WOLFENBARGER attended 5the University of H ouston. There key facts about Prostate Cancer: she met Ted L ivin,1 whom married 1. Affects in everyshe 6 men F reddie M. W olfen2. Deadlier than in 19 58 and enjoyed thebreast next cancer 59 years barger, age 6 5, formerly 3. Detectable early stages together in marriage in with their two sons, of Mena passed away 4. NOT Jo an enjoyed old man’sadisease Jeff and Greg. number of Thursday, September 28, 20 17 in Spring5. Does NOT go away if you avoid passions testing. in L ife,Gentlemen: including her of you todale, We love encourage get Arkansas. baseball and a PSAfollowing blood test.her beloved H ousF reddie was born on September 22, ton Astros, gardening, and cooking, and 19 52 in Cottage Grove, Oregon to his entertaining with family and friends. Surbiological parents Otis J. W olfenbarger viving the challenges of raising two sons, and K ay W ard K night, but credits his Please make The Cole Team Bold & larger than the address & phone numbers below it.

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rearing to his step-father, L adurl K night. H e was married to the late Bonnie Jewell W olfenbarger until her death. F reddie was a truck driver by profession. H e enjoyed cars, and was a great story teller. H e also was known as a “prankster”. F reddie was a loving father, step-father, grandfather, brother, and friend to all who knew him. F reddie is survived by son, Nathan W olfenbarger of Tonitown, Arkansas; step-father, L adurl K night of Mena, Arkansas; step-sons, Stephen Smith of F ayetteville, Arkansas, W arren Smith of Cove, Arkansas, Michael Smith of Cove, Arkansas, Barry Glenn of Springdale, Arkansas; step-daughter, Adriane K ing of Cove, Arkansas; sisters, W endy Martin and husband Bob of Mena, Arkansas, L ea Ann Mayer and husband J.R. of H ot Springs, Arkansas, Tanya Tritt and husband Chris of Cabot, Arkansas, K risti Tull of Cabot, Arkansas, Teresa Satterwhite of Colorado; grandson, Carter W olfenbarger of Clarksville, Arkansas; many nieces and nephews. H e was preceded in death by his father, Otis W olfenbarger, mother K ay K night, and wife, Bonnie W olfenbarger. Graveside service will be Monday, October 2, 20 17 at 10 :0 0 a.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Park with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating. rrangements were made under the direction of the Beasley W ood F uneral H ome of Mena. Visitation will be general. Online obituary at

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E”, as the students and staff of H olly H arshman Elementary are known, are proud to announce their partnership with the Pop Pop Shop for their 2nd annual popcorn fundraiser. L ast year, W E earned enough from their sales to make some changes to the playground. They were able to replace the old wood walkway with a concrete ramp so that their students no longer have to fight the wasps and bugs. lso, W E purchased new tables and chairs for improved lounging at recess. Popcorn sales will go through October 13 th. W E needs community support in order to make this a successful fundraiser. If you are interested, please see any H olly H arshman Elementary student. If you do not know a student, please do not hesitate to call their office. The top seller in each grade will be awarded with a VIS gift card. Each student who sells 10 bags or more will be invited to a popcorn party. The popcorn is fantastic and all funds raised will benefit the students at olly arshman. ren t you in the mood for popcorn now? “Thank you to our kids, parents and community for helping us make this a very successful fundraiser. W E always appreciate you.”



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he niversity of rkansas Rich Mountain oundation has released participation information for their annual Wreath Silent uction, held each year to raise money for the oundation’s charitable efforts. Businesses, organiza tions, and individuals can participate by decorating and donating a wreath for auction. There are two ways to donate a wreath. ption is to build and bring your own wreath. wreath space fee is required and wreath decorations must be in the spirit of the holiday season. If lights are used, they must be battery operated. ption is to donate , which includes the wreath space fee, and a decorated holiday wreath will be purchased and put on display for the silent auction. Wreaths will be on display in the hallways of -Rich Mountain from ovember through December . Silent auction bids will close at p.m. on December . roceeds from the silent auction will benefit the ackpack for ids ood rogram and the ack- -School ash School Supply Drive. or more information, contact -Rich Mountain at .

CRHS Launches Power of ICU Program


ossatot River H igh School has launched the “Power of ICU” program that hopes to keep students on track with their assignments. ICU is an academic support system for students and a communication tool for teachers and parents that is built around a school-wide electronic database that tracks missing assignments. “ ll students completing all assignments is the foundation of this program,” said school officials. Through the program, students and parents can quickly learn if they are missing assignments, have poor quality assignments, or if their grade is sick and needs attention. Students with missing assignments will have their name added to an ICU list that can be viewed by all staff members. Students will be asked by those staff members questions, such as: W ho do you owe? W hat do you owe? W hat do you need? H ow can I help? Staff members will also re-teach content material and provide students with extra assistance to complete their work before school, during lunch, after school, etc. Students names will be removed from the ICU list when assignments are completed and quality work has been done. fficials stated, “It is crucial that parents, teachers, and administrators are all on the same page and convey the message that ll students will complete all assignments and do quality work.’” If a child’s name is placed on the ICU list, the parent will receive a text and/or and email message; the child will be given the opportunity to complete the assignment; and if the work remains incomplete, additional arrangements may become necessary such as coming in before school, working during lunch, or staying after school. To ensure your correct contact information is on file with Cossatot River igh School, contact them at so that you won’t miss their notifications.

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MHS Students Taking Pet Food Donations he Mena H igh School Alternative L earning Department is hosting a Cat/Dog F ood


Drive to assist the H umane Society of the Ouachitas. Students are asking citiz ens to donate a bag or two of feed for cats or dogs. There is a box in the high school office to drop donations in. Donations will be collected daily by the students. F or more information, contact the MH S Alternative L earning Department.

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class are elected by their classmates. They will then compete with other grades to see which class will raise the most money for the overall coveted titles of Elementary K ing & Q ueen and H igh School K ing & Q ueen. This money stays with each class. In the elementary division, the money raised will be used to purchase items they use in the classroom. In high school, they will use the funds to pay for prom when they’re juniors, and anything they need to purchase as a class their senior year. The public is invited to the annual H arvest F estival which will be held October 13 in the “new” gym. Each class will have games for everyone to enjoy and will add to the overall class total. The H arvest F estival Royalty will be presented and winners will be announced.

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Paris and James Smith, of Horatio, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on September 22nd. Tracy Kuykendall, of Cove, is the proud mother of a baby girl, born on September 23rd. Rocio Sotelo, of Horatio, is the proud mother of a baby girl, born on September 23rd. Jessica and Jack Sickles, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on September 25th. Misty Crow and Anthony Burleson, of Eagletown, OK, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on September 26th. Barbara Wilkinson and Ismael Tena, of Grannis, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on September 26th. Tevita Lopez and Ricardo Martinez, of DeQueen, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on September 27th. Crystal and Thad Thomas, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on September 29th.

Everyone’s a Critic



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riticism doesn’t feel good. It just doesn’t. It hurts and it may even make us mad. Everyone is a critic these days and with the convenience of the internet, it’s no longer left to the “professionals” who have a column like “The Critic’s Corner” in the newspaper, critiqueing movies, restaurants, or plays. Everyone with an opinion is now an ‘expert’ on any given subject matter and it’s quickly broadcasted both far and wide. The interesting common denominator in the critics’ equation is the negativity and often “nasty” way that they offer their opinion… belittling and demeaning to the person, service or business… that I can only assume is beneficial to inflating their own personal ego and self-worth. I particularly love a quote from L ysa TerK eurst about criticism: “If it’s hurtful, realiz e their criticism says a lot more about their insecurities than our inadequacies.” W ow! That really sums it up, doesn’t it? F or some people, the best way to make themselves feel better is to criticiz e someone else. Pride is an ugly thing. “W hen pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2 Personally, I value constructive criticism. It makes you or your service better. (K eyword being constructive) All the while, understanding that it is impossible to be all things to all people or to please all people. But I have little value for those who only wish to tear down or criticiz e someone’s effort without knowing all the details or being able to provide a solution… and one that is not completely self-serving. And don’t hide behind anonymity and be emboldened by your keyboard, hiding behind screen names, etc. If you’re going to put it out there, BACK IT UP, right? As a natural born ‘people pleaser,’ I’m diligently trying to focus on the 9 8% ... because there is 2% that will never, and I repeat NEVER, be happy. Perhaps, it’s a deeper understanding of a phrase I remember hearing my sweet momma saying, “Some people just aren’t happy, even if you hung them with a new rope! ” W ell, of course not, Momma, they’re being hung, as my mind used to ponder what on earth that saying meant. But isn’t it just the truth? You know the 2% I’m referring to… they’re in our family, they’re in our schools, they’re in our work, and they’re in our church. They founded groups I know you must be familiar with like the “Committee Against Every Conceivable Positive Idea.” W hen do you pay attention to criticism and when do you let it roll-off like water on a duck’s back? W hen you can discern if the person meant it to help you or to hurt you. L et us also remember that the next time, we too, feel like an expert and want to offer our own criticism. Are we helping or hurting? W ipe the smirk off and remember, no matter how much you say you mean it to be helpful, God knows our hearts. Criticisms meant to be helpful should not feel like attacks. And we should also realiz e that when they do, we should practice the most challenging art of self-control because after all, staying calm is as much of a gift to ourselves as it is our offenders. L ike so often discussed, there are two-sides to every story and we should all hesitate more often when offering our million dollar opinion, recogniz ing that we may not have all of the facts. There will always be differences of opinions, but if we truly desire to live our lives in a way that honors and reflects od, we will remember that our words and actions should be edifying to others and not destructive to the soul. L et your light shine bright because it’s full of Jesus… blowing out someone else’s candle does not make yours shine any brighter.

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Local XCountry Teams Compete In Stuthard Ladycats Volley For A Cure BY EASTON LEONARD Stampede BY EASTON LEONARD • O

On Tuesday, September 26 th, the local Acorn, Cossatot River, and Mena Cross-Country teams competed in the Stuthard Stampede meet at Acorn H igh School. In the Junior igh irls race, the De ueen eopards placed first with Waldron in second, Mansfield in third, corn in fourth, oratio in fifth, eavner in sixth, Mena in seventh, and Cossatot in eighth. eira all of Mena came in second overall. In the Junior igh oys race, the Mena earcats came in first place with the corn Tigers in second, De ueen in third, Mansfield in fourth, Cossatot River in fifth, eavener in sixth, and Waldron in seventh. ogan Meyers of Mena placed first overall, while Justice eufield of corn came in second, Thaddeus ance of Mena in fourth, Caleb eters of Mena in sixth, rady air of corn in seventh, Jake yle of corn in eighth, and Daimien ohlman of corn in tenth. The De ueen eopards also placed first in the Senior igh irls race, with Mansfield in second, corn in third, eavener in fourth, oratio in fifth, Mena in sixth, Waldron in seventh, and Mount Ida in eighth. aith ill of corn placed fourth overall in the race with teammate endra ranson in ninth. In the Senior igh oys race, the De ueen eopards placed first again, with corn in second, Waldron in third, eavener in fourth, oratio in fifth, Cossatot River in sixth, Mena in seventh, and Mansfield in eighth. Cross ughes of corn came in fifth overall, as Robert McIntyre placed sixth, and rady yle of corn came in tenth. Complete results for each local team: corn Junior igh irls - lyssa Warren th, imberly Strasner th, mily lair th, iersten arucci th, Corryn olland st, Reaghan Weddle rd, alli olland th, mily Curry st, bby ance th, Jayden Willborg th, Sarah Wallace rd, aylee Tedder th, aith randon th, Reese Rogers th, livia arper th, manda Stine th, bbigail McCarroll nd, and River Rogers rd. corn Junior igh oys - Justice eufield nd, rady air th, Jake yle th, Damien ohlman th, Issac Tedder th, Dakota Sullivan st, Sky Carmack rd, Cole air th, Jacob Cottman th, eelean rown nd, TJ issell th, Vince Vang nd, Trysten Richey th, raylan ohlman th, Trent yle th, ndrew Watts rd, and Marc


n Monday, ctober nd, Mena Volleyball hosted the shdown anthers for Volley or Cure’ night at the nion ank Center. rior to Monday night’s games, the adycats had been raising money for reast Cancer awareness along with all cancers in general. The Junior igh Varsity adycats took the court to start off the night’s volleyball action, and didn’t disappoint. Mena earned an early lead and didn’t look back, defeating the ady anthers by fourteen, - , in the first set of the match. In the second set, both teams kept it closer, however, the adycats broke the - tie and went on an - run to defeat shdown - , and win the match - . or the finale of the night, the Senior igh Varsity adycats took on the ady anthers of shdown. The adycats demolished shdown in the first set, winning by nineteen, - . shdown took advantage of a close back and forth set in the second, and closed the set on a - run to win - . Tied at one set win a piece going into the third set, the adycats were able to run away with the game after being tied at - , and finished on an - run, to win the set - . Mena scored the first six points of the fourth and final set and didn’t let up. The adycats went on to win by six, - , and win the match - . Mena Volleyball traveled to aris on Tuesday, ctober rd, and will be back in the nion ank Center next Monday, ctober th, to host the Russellville L ady Cyclones.

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H anaman 6 6 th. Acorn Senior H igh Girls - F aith H ill 4 th, K endra Branson 9 th, Josey W ebb 19 th, Mercedes Mowdy 27 th, Amelia Still 28th, Mackenz ie Goss 3 4 th, and Makenna Goss 3 7 th. Acorn Senior H igh Boys - Cross H ughes 5th, Brady L yle 11th, Matthew Chaney 21st, Melchiah H icks 22nd, Adam H ughes 23 rd, Chad Sutton 3 0 th, Z ack Mayo 3 1st, Jeremiah Swint 3 3 rd,Brian K ha 4 1st, Josh Swint 4 3 rd, Jessie MacDonald 4 6 th, Curtis Short 53 rd, Jack Young 54 th, and Jon O’Donal 6 7 th. Cossatot Junior H igh Girls - L aura F lores 3 6 th, L abrayla Robb 4 4 th, and Brenci Marrufo 4 6 th. Cossatot Junior H igh Boys - Christian Alarcon 21st, Justin F rachiseur 22nd, Victor Trinidad 24 th, Dalton McK enz ie 3 0 th, Enrique L oredo 3 7 th, K oty Martin 4 1st, Daniel Alarcon 4 8th, Eduardo Maya 53 rd, Alex Perez 6 4 th, and Ricardo Esquival 6 8th. Cossatot Senior H igh Boys - Brandon Marrufo 29 th, Ruben Trinidad 3 4 th, Colton Richardson 3 6 th, Alexis Brito 3 8th, Manuel Esquivel 55th, Jordy Roldan 6 2nd, Sebastian Medina 6 6 th, and H ector H ernandez 7 1st. Mena Junior H igh Girls - K eira H all 2nd, Maddy Carty-Mauk 19 th, and Madison Parnell 50 th. Mena Junior H igh Boys - L ogan Meyers 1st, Thaddeus Nance 4 th, Caleb Peters 6 th, Matthew McCravens 12th, Silas McIntyre 13 th, L ogan F airless 17 th, Bryce F airless rd, Will Davis th, Trevin lunkett th, Sam fird th, Micah Wilson th, Alex Rocha 4 6 th, Michael Auces 4 9 th, Marty Ryan 51st, Alessio Stumpf 54 th, and Z ack Dehart 7 1st. Mena Senior H igh Girls - H annah McDonald 3 3 rd and Moe Nakanishi 3 6 th. Mena Senior H igh Boys - Robert McIntyre 6 th and K enny Denley 16 th.

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Bearcats Lose Fourth Quarter Thriller Against Malvern BY EASTON LEONARD •


ast F riday night, September 29 th, the Mena Bearcats (3 -2, 0 -2) senior high football team traveled to Malvern to take on the L eopards (2-3 , 1-1). The Bearcats opening kickoff was returned ninety-six yards by number two Demias Jimerson of Malvern for an early L eopards touchdown. After a made point-after-attempt, the eopards led - with still left in the first quarter. With left in the first quarter, on third down and short, Justin Dean took the handoff from Carson Cannon and ran twenty-eight yards for a Bearcat touchdown. Mena’s point-after-attempt was no good, making the score 7 -6 . ater on in the first quarter, Malvern’s quarterback, Demias Jimerson scrambled around for an eleven yard L eopards touchdown. And after another made point-after-attempt, Malvern led - with left in the first quarter. either Malvern or the earcats of Mena scored again in the first half, keeping the score at 14 -6 going into halftime. To start off the second half and the third quarter, on third down, Carson Cannon completed a sixty-five yard touchdown pass to number twenty-six Devin elknap. oing for the two-point conversion, Cannon ran into the end z one to convert, to even out the score at 14 -14 . few minutes into the fourth and final quarter, Carson Cannon completed another touchdown pass, this time for twenty-eight yards and to number six Nick L inch. Cannon again kept and ran into the end z one for the extra two points, making the score 22-14 in favor of the Bearcats with 9 :0 6 left in the game. L ess than a minute later, Malvern’s Demias Jimerson again scrambled for a L eopards touchdown, this time for forty-four yards. Number twenty-one of Malvern took the snap and ran into the end z one converting the two-point try, to tie the score at 22-22 with 8:18 left in the fourth quarter. After a few minutes with no points scored, with 4 2.8 seconds left in the game, Carson Cannon completed a forty-six yard touchdown pass to number twenty-three Justin Dean. The Bearcats were unable to complete the two-point conversion, making the score 28-22 with under a minute left in the game. Brodersen’s kickoff for the Bearcats was returned by Jimerson to the Malvern twenty-seven yard line. fter losing two yards on first down, and throwing an incomplete pass on second down, on third down Demias Jimerson scrambled for a twenty-four yard gain to the forty-nine yard line with around seconds left in the ballgame. n first down from the forty-nine, Jimerson completed a fifty-one yard touchdown pass into the end zone to number seven Darion W eaver. Number seventeen Michael Cervantes made the point-after-attempt for Malvern, to give the L eopards a 29 -28 lead. F ollowing a touchback on the kickoff into the end z one, the Bearcats were able to get off only one more play, a pass to Dean, and after a few laterals and fumbles, the L eopards ended up recovering the ball to end the game with the score 29 -28 Malvern. Mena will travel to Bauxite this F riday, October 6 th, to take on the Miners (3 -2, 1-1). The Miners will come into F riday’s game following a week one loss to H armony Grove (13 -6 ), a week two win against Glen Rose (23 -22), a week three win at Dumas (20 -16 ), a week four win against Malvern - , and a week five loss at shdown - . ast season, the Bearcats defeated Bauxite, at Bearcat Stadium, by a score of 51-6 . K ickoff for this F riday’s matchup in Bauxite is set for 7 :0 0 pm. If you can’t make it to the game, make sure to tune in on K Q OR 10 5.3 by downloading the app or catching the stream at

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Steve Ellison – Teacher of the Word S


teve Ellison grew up on the family farm in Board Camp, Arkansas and attended Board Camp Baptist Church. Steve has many fond memories from those days. Steve indicated that Pastor and Mrs. Vernual Ridgeway were instrumental in him coming to Christ and surrendering to the ministry, “Mattie was my Sunday School teacher and Brother Ridgeway was my pastor.” Pastor Ridgeway baptiz ed Steve in Board Camp Creek when he was 13 -years old. Steve graduated 3 rd academically in the 19 7 7 class of Mena H igh School. Steve participated in basketball and was a starter on the 19 7 6 Arkansas State Champion F ootball Team from Mena. After high school, Steve earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the University of Arkansas in F ayetteville. Steve would later graduate with highest honors with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in K ansas City, Missouri. Steve would also earn certification in Intentional Interim Ministry from the Center for Congregational ealth in Wake orest, orth Carolina. e also earned certification in asic Christian pologetics from the Creation pologetics Teachers College based in Idaho. In , Steve put his double majors of hysical ducation and Social Studies to use as a public school teacher and coach for ten years in atesville, Texas. Steve also taught and coached in Cedar ill, Texas as well as Waldron and Mena, rkansas. Steve was active in the F ellowship of Christian Athletes as a student at Mena and in three of the schools he coached. That F CA involvement led him to raise the necessary funds to open an C office in Waco, Tex., where he served as that office’s first rea Representative. Steve ministered in more than two-hundred school campuses in a -county area around illeen and Waco, including aylor niversity. During this time, Steve was ordained to the gospel ministry by Trinity aptist Church in atesville, Texas. ecause of their C relationship, rant Teaff preached Steve’s ordination message. Steve served in F CA as a volunteer for many years and for nine years in a variety of paid positions. Steve explained, “Those years were a tremendous learning experience for me. I worked alongside many great and humble men, including Coach Teaff, ene Stallings, urton awless, obby owden, Cody Carlson, Tom sborne, Spike Dykes, Tom andry, and many others you have never heard of but who were just as awesome. During that time, I drove a church bus on Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings, and Wednesday evenings for six years. Putting on large and small evangelistic events, teaching leadership training events, hiring staff, directing large summer camps, etc. for F CA taught me more than you could ever imagine.” ecause of the C position, Steve began to receive requests to fill in for ill or traveling pastors. efore long, a small country church very near eorge ush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas asked Steve to be their bi-vocational pastor. e served there for four and one-half years while also continuing to serve as the rea Director for the eart of Texas C . fter that, Steve transitioned into a full-time pastorate in klahoma and later in the ot Springs area. While still in the ot Springs area, in ctober of , Steve received a call from Marvin eters, then ssociational Missionary for the uachita aptist ssociation, asking if Steve would be interested in serving as the Manager and dministrator for the uachita aptist ssembly. That presented a tough choice for Steve, “It was a chance to come home and work at a place I dearly love. owever, I knew that od would have me pastor again.” Steve officially went to work for the on eath Valley Road on January , . Within three weeks, he received a call from H oratio F irst Baptist Church to supply preach. That turned into a thirty-one month stint as their Interim astor. Very soon after finishing at oratio C, Steve added ssociational Missionary duties to his other responsibilities. Since then, Steve has served as Interim astor at Mena C, Calvary aptist Church, and Salem Baptist Church before being installed as permanent pastor at Salem aptist Church. Steve has been recently selected to serve on the oard of Directors for the rkansas aptist ewsmagazine for and . astor Steve said, “Just as coming to the was a difficult decision, so was the decision to leave the . There are many things I will miss about leading the ssembly and ssociation, but I know that od has called me to pastor. Malea [his wife] and I look forward to being able to focus all my efforts on ministering in a local church, knowing that I will be remaining with that church. Malea has been by my side for all these years. She is the perfect pastor’s wife. There is not a better church pianist anywhere and we work very well together. She has been a tremendous help to me in all areas of ministry. I rely upon her for many things. I grew up four miles east of Salem. Malea grew up about six miles west of Salem. Salem seems very much like home to us. We look forward to many years of blessing here.”


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Polk County Master Gardeners – Beautifying Mena and Polk County BY LEANN DILBECK •


Judge Brandon Ellison signs a Proclamation designating October 8-14 Master Gardener Appreciation Week in Polk County. L-R: LaRayne Risenhoover, Fran Hadaway, Judge Ellison, Josh Yates, Patricia Roberts, and Kim Hughes. The public, former Master Gardeners, and families of those Master Gardeners that have passed are invited to a reception to be held at the Extension Education Center at 211 DeQueen Street in Mena at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11. Following will be a dedication and remembrance at the Memorial Bench at the front of the courthouse.


f you’ve ever enjoyed the landscape at Mena’s historic Depot, or the beautiful Memorial Rose Garden at the Polk County Courthouse, you are admiring the talents and volunteer effort of the Polk County Master Gardeners, who are responsible for much of the beautification efforts in and around Mena. The niversity of rkansas Master ardeners has been active in rkansas for years. f rkansas’ counties, have county Master ardener programs. olk County received its charter in with founding members. Master Gardeners sponsor events in a wide range of activities including educational seminars and workshops, youth gardening programs, plant therapy work with hospitals and nursing homes, and community beautification projects all helping to disseminate horticulture information. Many people have a talent for gardening but to hold the title of Master Gardener requires additional effort in training and volunteer service. s a first year Master ardener, you are required to attend 4 0 hours of training, pay a membership fee, and volunteer 4 0 hours to Master Gardener sanctioned projects. The requirement drops to hours of education the second year forward. Josh Yates, agent for the local xtension ffice, explained that while the olk County Master ardener group has dwindled in membership, they still make a significant impact for the local community. “The Master Gardeners, even with our small group, bring about $ 3 5,0 0 0 in economic value to the county in volunteer hours. It’s like having an extra county worker.” Master Gardener F ran H adaway explained that the county provides the supplies for their projects at the courthouse and, “We supply the labor,” she explained. n estimated , hours of volunteer labor to the city and county were logged in . The group also works with local students through their Junior Master Gardener Program as well as sponsoring the orticulture division of the olk County air. The local Polk County Master Gardeners also hold annual plant sales each spring that are open to the public. ne local member, aRayne Risenhoover, explained that many of those plants actually come from the Master Gardeners’ own yards, “Then our buyers know they will grow here and they are acclimated.” ny money earned from the sale will fund scholarships for local students. The next Master ardner lant Sale will be May , . Currently, the active members of the Polk County Master Gardeners are encouraging the public, former Master Gardeners and families of those Master Gardeners who have passed to attend a reception honoring Master ardener ppreciation Week at a.m. on Wednesday, ctober , at the xtension ducation Center at De ueen Street in Mena. ollowing will be a dedication and remembrance at the Memorial ench at the front of the courthouse that will honor six former members who were instrumental in the olk County Master ardeners. Those members are Sondra Wood, Carol Williamson, Denia Singleton, Jessie Schweinle, rances Smith, and Janet Corcoran. Anyone interested in joining the Polk County Master Gardeners can contact Josh Yates at the xtension Service at or the club’s president, atricia Roberts at .

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Thursday, 10/5 • 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. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 5:00 p.m. - 9th Street Ministries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the 9th Street Ministries building. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous women’s meeting at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. • 6:00 p.m. – Christian Singles meets at Union Bank Community Room. • 6:00 p.m. – Disabled American Veterans & Auxiliary meeting and potluck. Meeting follows dinner, American Legion at Veteran’s Park at Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. • 7:00 p.m. – Big Fork RVFD Business Meeting


• POLK COUNTY EXTENSION HOMEMAKERS will host a rummage and bake sale on October 6 & 7, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Polk County Fairgrounds Education Building. • ACORN HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC DEPARTMENT will host their annual Fall Fun(d) Concert on October 5, 5:30 p.m, outside the FEMA shelter. • IMAGINATION LIBRARY will host a bake sale at Walmart on October 7. Proceeds provide age appropriate books monthly to preschool children in Polk County at no cost. • 3-ON-3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT will be hosted by the Acorn Sophomore Class on October 7, 8 a.m., $40 entry per team. Four divisions available. • QUEEN WILHELMINA STATE PARK WAGON RIDES will be held on October 14th and 21st from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Storytelling, hot chocolate, and marshmallow roast. Space is limited. Call and reserve at 479-394-2863. Admission is $6 for adults (15 & older); $ for kids (4-14); kids under 3 are free.

& Training will be at the Fire Station. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 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, 10/6 • 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. • 2:00 p.m. – Spring Trail Hike at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Amphitheater. • 5:00 p.m. – Slithering Snakes at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet in the Hearth Room. • 6:30 p.m. – Sunset Art in the Park at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Picnic Area. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Gator and Friends will be playing at the American Legion in Acorn. $6.00 admission. 50/50 drawing, potluck, and door prizes. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 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, 10/7 • 7:00 a.m. until sold out – The Polk County Farmer’s Market is open next to the Mena Depot. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Cossatot River State Park will host Fall River Cleanup. Bring your snacks, water, and pick-up sticks. Park will provide trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and other supplies. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 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. • 2:00 p.m. – Wonder House Tour at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Wonder House. • 4:00 p.m. – Critter Signs & Tracks at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Amphitheater. • 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. • 7:00 p.m. – S’mores at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Picnic Area. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 479-243-0297 or 479-2164606. Sunday, 10/8 • 10:00 a.m. – Wonder House Tour at Queen

Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Wonder House. • 10:30 a.m. – Homecoming at Christ’s Church of Mountain Fork, 5696 Hwy. 8 West. Special music by The Rose Family. • 10:30 a.m. – Pleasant Grove Church in Cove will host The Parnells from Van Buren. Lunch will be served. Everyone is welcome. • 2:00 p.m. – Unnatural Hike at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Amphitheater. • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. • 3:00 p.m. – Nature Art at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Amphitheater. • 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, 10/9 • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 1:30 p.m. – Polk County Genealogical Society will meet at the Polk County Library. • 3:00 p.m. – The Airport Commission meeting will be held at the UA-Rich Mountain Boardroom. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. – Democratic Party of Polk County meets at Papa’s Mexican Café. Anyone interested is welcome. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. • 7:00 p.m. – Mena Elks Lodge meeting. All Elks are invited to attend. • 7:30 p.m. – Mountain Meadow Chapter #22 Order of the Eastern Star will meet at the Masonic Lodge Hall in Hatfield. Tuesday, 10/10 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardner Community Men’s Breakfast 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 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. • 6:00 p.m. – Home Front Warriors CMA Chapter 377 Bible Study at the Limetree Restaurant. Public is invited. • 6:00 p.m. – Country and Gospel music is played at the Polk County Housing Authority Community Room. • 6:00 p.m. – American Legion Post 18 potluck dinner, at Veteran’s Park in Acorn, with meeting to follow at 7 p.m.

• 6:30 p.m. – Shady Fire and Rescue District 10 will meet at the Shady Community Center. • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Bluegrass music at Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for the families of addicts and alcoholics meet at the ABC Club. • 7:00 p.m. – The Dallas Valley R.V.F.D. will meet for training at the Firehouse. • 7:00 p.m. – The Acorn Fire and Rescue will meet at the Fire Department. • 7:00 p.m. – The Wickes V.F.W. Post #10484 will meet at the Wickes Community Center. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. Wednesday, 10/11 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 11:30 a.m. – Mena High School Class of ’59 will meet at The Branding Iron. • 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. • 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – The Mena First United Methodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – The Southside Church of God Warriors for Christ will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Regeneration Youth Ministries at Mena Church of God Hwy 88 East. • 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church hosts Discovery Kids, Collide Youth Ministry, and Adult Bible Study. • 6:30 p.m. – Wednesday Night at the Lyric will present the Mel Brooks comedy/horror film classic, Young Frankenstein, at Ouachita Little Theatre, 610 Mena Street. Admission is free, concessions are open. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at Grace Bible Church, • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. • 7:00 p.m. – Inquiry Classes into the Catholic Faith will be held in the St. Thomas House at St. Agnes Catholic Church. Call 479-394-1017.


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Moments from America’s History: Copy That....? I


seriously doubt that there is anyone about to read this article who hasn’t enjoyed the convenience of making a photo copy of a picture or document. Today, we take this technology as a given and for granted. nd, most of us probably have never given much thought as to how this marvel ever came to be. Chet was born on ebruary , in Seattle, Washington, the only child of an itinerant barber. pon resettling in San ernadino, California, and at age he began working after school and on weekends to support his family. is father was crippled with arthritis and his mother died of Tuberculosis when he was . ne of his jobs was working for a local printer, from whom he acquired in return for his labor a small printing press about to be discarded. e used the press to publish a little magazine for amateur chemists. ven as a boy, Chet was fascinated with graphics and chemistry. fter graduating from high school, Chet worked his way through a nearby junior college where he majored in chemistry. e then entered the California Institute of Technology where he graduated in two years with a degree in physics in . Job opportunities were very limited at the time, though he applied to firms and received only replies before finally securing a -a-week job as a research engineer at ell Telephone aboratories in ew York City. s the reat Depression deepened, he was laid off at ell, worked briefly for a patent attorney, and then was hired by an electronics firm, R. Mallory Company. While there, he studied law at night and earned a law degree from ew York aw School in . Chet was eventually promoted to manager of Mallory’s patent department. s he later recalled, “I had my job, but I didn’t think I was getting ahead very fast. I was just living from hand to mouth, and I had just gotten married. It was kind of a struggle, so I thought the possibility of making an invention might kill two birds with one stone It would be a chance to do the world some good and also a chance to do myself some good.” While at his job, Chet noticed that there never seemed to be enough carbon copies of patent specifications, and also no quick or practical way of getting more. s the old saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention.” So, Chet had two choices e could send for expensive photo copies or he could have the documents retyped and then reread for errors. It then occurred to him that offices might benefit from a device that would accept a document and make copies of it in a matter of seconds. or months Chet spent his evenings at the ew York ublic ibrary reading all he could about imaging processes. With an inventor’s instinct, he decided to “think outside the box”, as we would say today. e pursued the little-known field of photoconductivity and primarily the work of ungarian physicist aul Selenyi who was experimenting with electrostatic images. Chet learned that when light strikes photoconductive material, the electrical conductivity of that material is increased. e began some experimenting in his home in Jackson eights, ueens to convert his theory into practice. e poured what few resources he had into his research and set up a small lab in storia, regon in . e hired a young erman physicist named tto ornei to assist in the lab. It was in this lab, a rented second-floor room above a bar, where they discovered the core

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“Young Frankenstein” 3rd Annual Art of the Heartland Exhibition CONTRIBUTED BY BARBARA LEWIS is OLT’s Next Free Film E Feature SUBMITTED J ust in time for your alloween celebrations, uachita ittle Theatre selected the comedy horror classic film by Mel rooks, Young rankenstein, to be the ctober feature at Wednesday ight at the yric. This film made in is a parody of the classic horror film genre, mainly adapted from Mary Shelley’s novel, rankenstein. er novel was made into a series of horror films in the ’s by niversal Studios. Director Mel rooks, along with lead actor ene Wilder, wrote a screenplay based on the original Shelley story combined with the well-known features of the original horror films. The homage of Young rankenstein to its predecessors is demonstrated by use of the original lab equipment used in the rankenstein film. rooks also fought th Century ox to film the movie in black and white rather than color, which further enhances the likeness to the horror film collections of earlier days. Young rankenstein is an award-winning film, having won two academy awards, including one for rooks and Wilder for est Writing dapted Screenplay. Two of its leading actresses, Cloris eachman and Madeline ahn, won olden lobes for their performances. Young rankenstein is rated on merica ilm Institute’s list of unniest merican Movies, and selected for preservation for the ibrary of Congress ational ilm Registry. The T oard invites the community to see this movie on ctober at pm at the theater. dmission is free, as always, but donations appreciated. The concession stand will be open for items, including fresh hot popcorn. arents of young children are advised this is a rated movie.



ach year in ctober, SouthWest rtists, Inc., and the Mena rt allery bring what is becoming one of the nation’s finest painting competitions to Mena. Called the rt of the eartland ational xhibition, it is composed of paintings by some of the top artists on this continent. Some of the masters of art history began with the inspiration of seeing their first painting of significance. It is the goal of this show to bring that inspiration to those in our part of the state who may never have had the opportunity otherwise to realize the opportunities that lie within themselves. eyond painting alone, virtually everything we encounter throughout the day started with the development of creativity. When creativity is nurtured, careers in endless fields are opened. This may include anything from architecture, stage design, or cartoons to the design of the very labels seen on the grocery store shelves. Contact the gallery for information about one of their many affordable workshops for all ages. Discover that the arts and the pleasure of creating is at your disposal. You only have to ask. The show opens with a private reception on Saturday, ctober , from until . allery hours will be extended during the month of ctober on Thursdays through Saturdays until pm and Sunday from until and closed on Mondays with the exception of private showings by reservation. ocal artists whose works were accepted amongst the best are Susan ibson, Judith Cantrell and Tiffany ane, competing amongst other rkansas rtists for the special Van Wolf rkansas rtist ward of , . The painting that will receive the est in Show award will walk away with an award of , . veryone of all ages is welcomed and encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to see this show. rganizations and art classes may arrange tours by contacting the gallery. Stop by the Mena rt allery at Mena Street or contact us. hone . mail email

Hamlet to be Performed at OLT R


ehearsals at uachita ittle Theatre are well underway for one of the best-known Shakespearian tragedies of all time, “ amlet”. T often makes us laugh or sing familiar songs for many productions on its stage, but any credible theatre is obliged to offer the classics. These productions, such as amlet, include those that inspire, instruct, and maybe even frighten. Director rad Storey states, “The famous logo of the theater world has two faces one laughing and the other crying. ccasionally, we do tragedies to offer a balanced theater experience to our audience.” amlet is perhaps one of the most recognized plays in the entire world, having been performed countless times in every major language over a period of four centuries. It is full of colorful characters who struggle with familiar experiences, such as mourning loved ones, feelings of betrayal and revenge, and self-doubt. rad Storey, director of amlet, states, “Shakespeare reminds us that we are not alone as we take stock of our lives and seek meaningful understanding of an often difficult and indifferent world.” In other words, this very old play is still very relevant today. Theater goers will recognize famous lines such as “To be or not to be that is the question,” as the young Danish prince ponders his own fate. It is considered a dark play, but full of action and special effects. It will be a thrilling and memorable performance for the patrons of the theater. Storey has directed several Shakespearian plays in the past for T, including “Romeo and Juliet”, another famous tragedy. e reminds us that the authorship of this famous collection is sometimes debated among experts, but he believes amlet to be the work of William Shakespeare, and most historians agree. Storey muses, “We don’t know everything there is to know about Shake-

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The Time is Now I


Maddox Addresses Farm Bureau Membership S

BY LEANN DILBECK hope you are all enjoying your fall so far and gearing up for the upcoming winter months. Before we go too far we need to remember that insects are still out and causing problems for farmers and homeowners. W e are having an tate Rep. John Maddox was the keynote speaker at the recent F arm abundance of calls on fall armyworms, variable oak leaf caterpillar, and ticks. Bureau membership meeting and shared impressive statistics on the F all armyworms are causing problems for our local farmers, especially for importance of farmers and agriculture in Polk County and in Arkansas. “Agrithe farmers trying to stockpile culture is responsible for 25% of Arkansas’ economy and employing 1 out of forages for winter feeding. every 6 Arkansans. Ark is home to 1.6 3 million cattle including 86 3 ,0 0 0 beef Armyworms may not be as cows. In 20 15 the states cattle earned a production value of 6 3 5 million. noticeable this year because of “Grain sorghum production more than tripled in Arkansas from 20 14 -15. the early abundance of forage W e are number three in turkey production, tenth in the nation in soybeans. available, but now that the rain One half of our state’s total land mass is devoted to agriculture. has stopped, it will be noticed H e continued by saying that he was particularly proud of one new piece more. There are easy ways to of legislature passed that will have a significant impact locally, “ griculture control, just call me if you need is the states largest economic engine. W e passed the local food, farm and a recommendation. jobs act which requires any state agency that purchases food to purchase at The most common call we least 10 % of their food from Arkansas farmers. W e hope to increase that to are receiving is over the vari20 % in the next few years. able oak leaf caterpillar. People Maddox also encouraged today’s young farmers to continue the tradition, are very worried about the “In the 6 0 ’s, one farmer would feed an average of 4 3 people. Today, we damage it looks like they are need each farmer to feed at least 150 people to keep our population fed and doing to their oak trees. There our economy stable. More than 6 0 % of the farmers in America are over age is no need to worry. This is a of 55. In Arkansas, the average age is 57 . W e need more young people to natural process and it will do become farmers.” no damage for your trees. Just think it can be less raking this fall. They can cause a mess with their droppings and can stain your sidewalks temporarily. On control, I do not recommend doing anything. It is not economical and the caterpillars are already close to done with their goal by the time you find them. One last thing I would like to write about is ticks. Earlier this year, we asked residents of Polk County to help us collect ticks (Speaking of this, if you have a kit please turn it in to me). Every year, hundreds of Arkansans fall victim to tick-borne illnesses. We are trying to find out what tick-borne diseases we have here in the county and in the State. W e want to remind you to be safe when you are going to be outdoors. I have been surprised of how many people told me they have a tick-borne illness in this county. Ticks are back out since the weather is drying up and temperatures have been staying up. Avoid tick-infested areas when possible. Tick-infested areas may include dense vegetation or tall grass and the “edge” between open and forested areas. 2. Use tick repellents and apply according to label instructions. Insect repellents containSouth of Town ing DEET or clothing-only repellents containing permethrin are most commonly used. on Hwy 71 Other repellents such as Bio UD (2-undecanone) have been effective in repelling ticks. If you feel sick please consult with your doctor and tell them your concerns. This can save your life! Contact me anytime at 4 7 9 -3 9 4 -6 0 18 Mineral Tubs or by email at jjyates@ if you with Enzymes for Cattle and Horses have any questions or would like to contact me for an agriculture issue. The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Guaranteed Products Guaranteed Results Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an ffirmaHolly Springs Homestead (479-243-6525) MEMBER tive Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. is a Sale Rep for D&E Feed Supplements


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Community Development Mannheimer also demonstrated the logic of why ‘creative placemaking’ is so successful. H e is of the opinion that it is due in large part that the old economic model isn’t as effective anymore. “Essentially, the old economic development model is ‘how do you throw as many incentives, tax incentives,’ as possible to a company to get them to move to your community versus another one. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with it [ the old economic development model] except that today, it is a ‘z ero sum’ gain. The amount of money your community has is really no different than the amount of money the next town over has or the amount of money the next state has.” In contrast, he presented concepts that addressed the two concerns for most communities: 1.) workforce development and 2.) housing stock. In his examples, he presented incentives to improve housing stock and also incentives to recruit younger professionals that, if successful, would ultimately embed them in the local community. “I would argue that you would have greater return on an investment of $ 20 ,0 0 0 [ in incentives] than a $ 10 million tax incentive that you would give to a company that may or may not create the jobs they said they would.” H e also shared two other components that have been instrumental in many downtown revitaliz ation efforts. F irst, he discussed the increased popularity of microbreweries. “I bring this up because I cannot overstate enough the economic development impact that breweries can have. I know you guys are a dry county and I know you are potentially working on changing that next year and I highly recommend that. There are ways


to do that and still have limitations for those who may be on the fence about whether that should happen but the economic development impact of having a brewery is enormous and it is going to sprout up so many other things… it can just be enormous.” Second, Mannheimer discussed the same concept that has been presented before by Ed L evy who works through Breakthrough Solutions and has facilitated other community meetings for ARCO regarding downtown revitaliz ation, a ‘street diet.’ The concept is to reduce on North Mena Street back to two lanes but keep the parallel parking. H e also talked about the addition of bicycle lanes and additional streetscape that will invite people to get out and walk, allowing them the opportunity to notice and visit the various shops. The traffic will be slowed and also increases opportunity for pedestrian traffic in a safer environment, a concept that has sparked controversy within the local community because of concerns for school and emergency vehicles. Chrisman said following the meeting, “It has become obvious to me and others that Z ach has real knowledge, experience and success in developing these projects from start to finish. is excitement for the potential of Mena to capitaliz e on its location and amenities for future economic growth are contagious. e has seen the benefits on an international stage as well as domestically the results are proven. e has refined what he has seen in urban areas, adapting it to benefit rural communities that address many of the concerns in those communities. Such concerns are declining population, exposing communities

to cultural experiences, lack of opportunity causing young adults to leave for employment and to start and raise families, declining tax revenue and deteriorating infrastructure. H e commented that the “good job” is not what is attracting individuals as much as in the past but amenities are a requirement. Companies are looking for inclusive, progressive places with appropriate amenities to locate, providing quality of life for employees.” Deetz , now age 7 3 , is looking for someone “take it and run with it.” H e added that most of the major expense with the building has been restored including the roof and the elevator. “The next decision to be made is the air/heat systems,” which Deetz explained would be based on what the building would be used for. “It’s a strong, tough building,” said Deetz who remains cautiously optimistic about Mannheimer’s concepts. Chrisman explained the next step, “Z ach is to put together a proposal for the building and present it to W alt for discussion. It’s our plan to facilitate the discussion with W alt and provide any information or support we can to help him decide if the proposal will accomplish his goals. It is up to him to make that determination. I feel that if the proposal can satisfy his goals and moves forward, the community will come out with something that is beyond anything imagined for the building up to now. I feel like successes with projects of this nature will only lead to further excitement for community development. Seeing is believing! ”

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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 September 24, 2017 A local woman reported that someone had taken cash that belonged to her while she was shopping. The suspect was identified and located. The case had been sent to the prosecuting attorney for consideration of a warrant. September 25, 2017 A Mena man reported that someone had damaged his vehicle while it was parked on a street. Case is pending further investigation. A local woman reported that someone had thrown a brick through the windshield of her car when it was parked in her yard. Case is pending location and interview of suspect. A Mena woman reported that her former husband is harassing her. Case is pending. September 26, 2017 A Polk County man reported that medication was missing from his vehicle. Case is pending further investigation. September 27, 2017 A local man reported that someone had been tampering with an air conditioning unit at his business. Case is pending further investigation. Jason D. Rosson, 35, and Joy M. Reed, 29, both of Mena, were charged with disorderly conduct after a call to a local neighborhood. Rosson was additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Sarah M. Mitchell, 23, of Mena was charged with driving on a suspended license, having no liability insurance, and having no tags on her vehicle. Shannon Shaw, 37, of Mena was charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia. Also charged with felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia was Jeremiah C. Kahn, 32, also of Mena. Zachary Benson, 24, of Mena was charged with public intoxication and pos-

session of drug paraphernalia. The arrest followed a call from Polk County dispatch. Kevin Grahn, 23, of Mena was charged with driving on a suspended driver’s license and having no liability insurance. September 28, 2017 Report was made of a repossessed vehicle being taken from the parking area at a local bank. Case is pending. September 29, 2017 Amanda Adams, 29, of Mena was charged with theft of property (shoplifting) after a call to a local retail store. Hunter Hogan, 19, of Mena was charged with third degree battery, public intoxication and two counts of disorderly conduct. A Mena man reported that someone damaged his vehicle while he was at a local retail store. Case is pending. September 30, 2017 Michael Hook, 57, of Mena was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct after officers responded to a call at a local retail store. Stacie Leeann Shores, 27, of Mena was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and driving on a suspended driver’s license. A local man reported that his former wife’s current boyfriend had attacked him. Case is pending. olk Co nty Sheriff’s September 25, 2017

of Grannis, on a Body Attachment Warrant.

September 27, 2017

Report from complainant on 4th Street in Vandervoort of a dog bite victim. Deputy responded. Report from complainant on Canterberry Avenue in Vandervoort of being harassed by an acquaintance. Deputy advised suspect to cease all contact with the complainant. Report from complainant on Polk 482 near Cove of a missing family member. The individual was later located.

September 28, 2017

Report from complainant on Polk 35 near Hatfield of problems with neighbors concerning dogs. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

September 29, 2017

Report of a disturbance on Polk 181 near Mena led to the arrest of Donna C. Jones, 64, of Mena, on Charges of Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct.

September 30, 2017

Report from complainant on Polk 168 near Potter of vandalism and theft of electronics, DVDs and collectibles, all valued at $600.00. Investigation continues. Report of a one-vehicle accident on Polk 54 near Mena. Deputies responded. Arrested was Eric G. Williams, 40, of Cove,

on a Warrant for Felony Failure to Appear. October 1, 2017 Arrested was Steven W. Barnett, 30, of Dequeen, on a Body Attachment Warrant. Report from complainant on Polk 78 near Potter of the theft of $200.00 in cash. Deputy responded. Complainant refused to press charges. Report from complainant on Greenbrier Lane near Mena of an unauthorized person on their property led to the arrest of Matthew P. Owen, 21, of Mena, on a Charge of Public Intoxication. Report of a disturbance on Highway 88 West near Mena led to a Citation for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia being issued to Roger A. Burton, 28, of Hatfield. Report from complainant on Polk 61 near Board Camp of the break-in and theft of an ATV, building materials, tools and hunting accessories, all valued at $3,810.00. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Highway 71 South near Potter of a hit-and-run accident. Deputy responded. Investigation continues. Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked one vehicle accident this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 23 Incarcerated Inmates, with 9 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.


Report from complainant on Treasure Lane near Acorn of damages done by a neighbor’s dogs. Deputy responded. An agreement was reached to cover damages. Report from complainant on Thalia Drive in Mena of a person taking a vehicle without permission led to the arrest of Nathan M. Abell, 30, of Mena, on a Warrant for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle. Report of a disturbance on Highway 8 East near Mena. Deputy responded. Report from complainant on Polk 37 near Potter of damage done to a vehicle by a lawn mower. Deputy responded. Report from a Mena woman of being battered by an acquaintance. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from walk-in complainant of a minor accident on Polk 67 near Cherry Hill on the previous day. Report from complainant on Highway 71 South near Hatfield of the break-in and theft of welding equipment, all valued at $750.00. Investigation continues.

September 26, 2017

Report of a one-vehicle accident on Polk 76 East near Mena. Deputies responded. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Charlie B. Tadlock, 30,


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speare, but we know he left us with an exceptional collection of deeply moving plays to be performed.” As a director, Storey has had much success on the T stage coaching young actors and actresses to understand the dialect and perform the scenes in a way that olk County audiences not only understand and follow the storyline, but they are educated and inspired. e states, “Shakespeare didn’t write his plays to be read, but to be performed. Therefore, many people including myself were bored reading the old English of his time, especially within the complexity of his plots. But the illiterate people of Shakespeare’s time were thrilled with the spoken word and the dramatic performances delivered by the actors that made the story become a living thing. That reaction still happens today. Modern theater goers come away surprised not only by how much they understand the play, but how much they enjoyed it! ” H amlet will be performed at the Ouachita L ittle Theatre ctober - , and - . Sunday performances are at M, all evening performances will be held at M.

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fundamentals of what Chet called electrophotography, which was later named xerography. As he stated, “I knew that I had a very big idea by the tail, but could I tame it? ” In September 19 3 8, he applied for a patent based on the principles of electron photography. month later he and tto made the first electrophotographic copy. It read simply “ - storia.” The patent application was filed in pril , and seventy-five years ago this week, ctober , , Chet’s patent .S. atent , , was issued. ny concern Chet may have had about other scientists taking the same path or trying to copy no pun intended his ideas was unfounded, to say the least. H e and he alone was blaz ing this trail, having no contemporaries who believed there would ever be any practical value to xerography. rom to , he was turned down by more than companies in his search for one that would develop his invention into a useful product. s he stated, “The years went by without a serious nibble.. .I became discouraged and several times decided to drop the idea completely. But each time I returned to try again. I was thoroughly convinced that the invention was too promising to be dormant.” t last, in , attelle Memorial Institute, a non-profit research organization, showed enough interest to sign a royalty-sharing contract with Chet, and began to develop the process. In , attelle entered into an agreement with a small photo-paper company called aloid later to be known as erox , giving aloid the right to develop a xerographic machine. In , the first office copier using xerography was marketed. The Copier could make copies on plain paper quickly at the touch of a button. It was a huge success and made Chet a wealthy man. Today, xerography is the foundational cornerstone of a huge worldwide copying industry, including erox and other corporations which make and market copiers and duplicators. Chet’s determination and belief in his cause had finally payed off, but Chester loyd Carlson was not in it for the money. e had always lived quite modestly, even after becoming wealthy, and was very generous with his fortune. During his last years, he was given dozens of honors for his pioneering work, including the Inventor of the Year in and the oratio lger ward in . ll the fame, wealth and honor he received was met with the grace and humility of a reserved, quiet and gentle soul - a man who gave away most of his wealth to various foundations and charities by the time of his death in . e once said, “You are successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal.” n ctober , Chester Carlson was honored as “The ather of erography” with the issue of a cent stamp.



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