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Routine Traffic Stop Results in Arrest of Alleged Drug Dealer BY MELANIE BUCK
Cossatot River School District to Honor 2016 Homecoming Court
An alleged drug dealer was taken from the streets, following a traffic stop by Mena Police Officer Daniel Sanchez. According to Mena Detective John Logan, Sanchez made a traffic stop on January 9th where methamCONTINUED ON PAGE 7
Controversial Federal Class Action Suit Lands in Local Courts BY MELANIE BUCK • firstname.lastname@example.org
What began as a federal lawsuit case that was eventually filed in Polk County Circuit Court has raised eyebrows across the judicial system and has been frowned upon specifically by U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes, whose court the case was first filed. The lawsuit involves a team of lawyers who represent plaintiffs in a controversial class-action lawsuit against USAA, an insurance company that covers veterans and their families. The original case was filed in federal court, in Fort Smith by several attorneys that include John Goodson of Texarkana, W.H. CONTINUED ON PAGE 9
‘Powerball Mania’ Breaks State Lottery Sale Records BY MELANIE BUCK • email@example.com
The recent record-breaking Powerball lottery, not only broke prize records, but also sales of lottery tickets in Arkansas and other states. Normally the sale of Powerball tickets in Arkansas is about $2 million a month, but the recent record prize heightened interest among consumers causing a ticket buying frenzy. People
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The 2016 Cossatot River Homecoming Royalty has been announced and will be honored during ceremonies beginning at 4:45 p.m. this Friday at the Cossatot River gym where the 2016 Homecoming Queen and Princess will be crowned. The 2016 Royalty are: 7th grade maids [BOTTOM ROW L-R] Kaylin McKee and Landrie Tadlock; [MIDDLE ROW L-R] 8th grade maids Katelyn Baker, Kayla Youngblood, and Freshman maids Adamarie Aguirre, Lindy Price, and Bianca Ralls. [BACK ROW L-R] Sophomore maids Kimberly Gonzalez, Brenna Toon, Jacie Wilkerson; Junior maids Allyson Hoyle, Jacie Tinkes, Kimberly Zarate; Senior maids Hanna Davis, Brittany Jenkins, Hope Lyle and Katie Summit. The Cossatot River Homecoming games of the senior boys and girls will be broadcast on KENA 104.1 FM.
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here are many staples in a self-respecting southerner’s closet and among them is camouflage. Regardless of whether you actually pull the trigger as a hunter, because, after all, it’s not always about practicality or necessity, but an actual fashion statement for others. And it’s not just your run of the mill GI Joe camo anymore. Oh, no! There’s camo for all conditions. All designed with making you unrecognizable to the naked untrained eye. Do you somehow feel as if your “purpose in life” is camouflaged? Hidden from your sight? I’ve focused the last two weeks on the word purpose and God continues to reveal so much about that one simple word to me. God’s blessings AND purposes for our lives can, many times, be camoed as hardships and painful life lessons. It’s not unless and until our eyes and hearts become so focused on Him that He can gradually reveal to us what He has for us. All of a sudden, within a dark, heavily wooded thicket, we see it… as if a beacon from Heaven was shining on it so we can finally see it… with our own two eyes. How did I miss that before? we wonder. It’s about God’s timing and it’s about having our hearts ready for the greatness of what He’s holding for us. It’s about our willingness to see His purpose and His plan. Proverbs 19:21 – “Many are the PLANS in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s PURPOSE that prevails.” When He reveals it to us and we openly surrender to what He has called us to, we, ourselves, can’t be camoed either… trying to blend in. Especially in times such as these, it’s never been anymore important to be set apart from the world’s standards that, most times, do not reflect God’s principles. 2 Corinthians 6:17 - “Therefore, ‘Come out from them and be separate,’ says the Lord.” We’ve all been guilty, at one time or another, of making excuses… digging deep to find an excuse to not do the right thing… making excuses to not do what we know deep down in our hearts that He is moving us to do. We have to make a conscience choice… just ask Nick Vujicic who has every excuse to stay in and allow the world to care for him. Nick was born with no arms or legs. “Often people ask how I manage to be happy despite having no arms and no legs. The quick answer is that I have a choice. I can be angry about not having limbs, or I can be thankful that I have a purpose. I chose gratitude.” The early days were difficult for Nick. Throughout his childhood, Nick not only dealt with the typical challenges of school and adolescence, but he also struggled with depression and loneliness. Nick constantly wondered why he was different than all the other kids. He questioned the purpose of life, or if he even had a purpose. According to Nick, the victory over his struggles, as well as his strength and passion for life today, can be credited to his faith in God. His family, friends and the many people he has encountered along the journey have inspired him to carry on, as well. Since his first speaking engagement at age 19, Nick has traveled around the world, sharing his story with millions, sometimes in stadiums filled to capacity, speaking to a range of diverse groups such as students, teachers, young people, business professionals and church congregations of all sizes. Today this dynamic young evangelist has accomplished more than most people achieve in a lifetime. He’s an author, musician, actor, and his hobbies include fishing, painting and swimming. In 2007, Nick made the long journey from Australia to southern California where he is the president of the international non-profit ministry, Life Without Limbs, which was established in 2005. Nick says, “If God can use a man without arms and legs to be His hands and feet, then He will certainly use any willing heart!” Nick’s latest foray into radio will expand his platform for inviting men and women all around the world to embrace the liberating hope and message of Jesus Christ. Nick embraced His purpose and a testimony was born from what many would have considered a restrictive condition. We all have a testimony and we all have opportunities to share a living God with a dying world. Until every knee bows -
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January 20, 2016
Mena PD Issues Scam Mayor’s Main Focus: Streets and Sidewalks firstname.lastname@example.org Alert C M BY MELANIE BUCK
ena Police Department has reported that several local residents have received automated calls from a voice system claiming to be from the IRS. They indicate that the IRS is filing a lawsuit against the individual they are calling. The caller leaves a number to return, and are requesting personal information. Mena Police Department said these calls are a scam. In a press release on IRS.gov, the IRS stated, “There are clear warning signs about these scams, which continue at high levels throughout the nation,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Taxpayers should remember their first contact with the IRS will not be a call from out of the blue, but through official correspondence sent through the mail. A big red flag for these scams are angry, threatening calls from people who say they are from the IRS and urging immediate payment. This is not how we operate. People should hang up immediately and contact TIGTA or the IRS.”
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ity streets and sidewalks will make up for a large piece of Mayor George McKee’s slate this year, including a long awaited sidewalk streetscape project on Mena Street and a road that is hoped to alleviate much of the school traffic near Holly Harshman Elementary. The completion of the streetscape sidewalk project has been on the back burner since reserve funds were used to repair some of the damage from the April 2009 tornado, as opposed to waiting on FEMA funding that can take years. Now that funds are available, the Mayor said the project is on the front lines again. The new sidewalks will match the rest of Mena Street, complete with brick pavers. The blocks to be worked on will be both sides of North Mena Street between Maple Street and Sherman Avenue. Township Builders of Little Rock submitted the low bid on the project, which was 22% over original estimates. However, because of grants that are connected to the project, the City is waiting on a concurrence from the state Highway Department to accept the bid. The Highway Department is involved due to the sidewalks lining both sides of Ark. Hwy. 88. The Mayor expects work to begin shortly after the bid has been accepted. A new road will also be constructed inside the city in the coming months. A road meant to alleviate morning traffic will be built in between Mena Ford and Sun Country Inn that will lead to Holly Harshman Elementary. The project has been in discussion for years but due to an Ark. Highway Improvement Grant, the money could not be used for a minimum of five years. The project began when Diane Gathright was Superintendent of Mena Schools and has continued on with current Superintendent Benny Weston. “We need another outlet for traffic flow during our school’s peak drop off and pick up times, along with after school activities,” said Weston. The grant awarded brought $1 million into the project funds and the City of Mena committed to $360,000. Because construction costs were known to increase over the five-year period, Mena Public Schools originally agreed to pay any overage of what the city pays. Because the state is still in the bid process, it is unknown if the road will cost the school anything at all. In addition to building the road, Mayor McKee said a large bridge will have to be built over Ward Creek, that runs through the property. For normal maintenance of other city streets, $450,000 has been budgeted for overlay projects. Another $100,000 has been set aside to repair sidewalks throughout the city.
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ena Police Officer Steven Stout is looking forward to an upcoming training that he will complete, courtesy of the Secret Service of the United States. Stout has been a police officer since 2011, and as Chief Brandon Martin puts it, “each officer has his own interests and Officer Stout took an interest in internet crimes.” And that’s just what the all-expense paid trip to BICEP is for. The Basic Investigation of Computer and Electronic Crimes Program (BICEP), held in Alabama and presented by the Secret Service, will give Stout the knowledge to investigate computer crimes; knowing what to look for and how to gather the evidence, such as being able to pull files and information from devices without corrupting the data. Whether it’s fraud or sex crimes, internet crime is a thing of the present and more training is needed all the time to keep up with criminals. “It’s a puzzle,” said Stout. “There have been cases come
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Caregiver Support Meeting • January 25, 2016 at 11:15 am
If you are a caregiver of an adult 60 years and older please come join us. This information could be extremely helpful to you. The topic will be “Signs & Symptoms of Pneumonia” presented by Christie Murry, Amedisys Home Health Care. For information call Taryn Jinks 870-385-2373. Hope to see you there. Refreshments will be served.
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Mena Lioness Lions Club President Carla Mosley and Past President Holly Henry are thanked by Single Parent Scholarship Fund Chair Pete Chambers for the club’s $1,250.00 contribution. The club’s contribution will be matched by the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, making it worth $2,500 to Polk County Single Parents. In thanking the club, Chambers said, “We are both grateful and humbled to be selected as a recipient of funds Lioness members worked so hard to raise.”
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Mena to Host Third State Council Approves Bulk Water firstname.lastname@example.org Tourney in 13 Months email@example.com Rate Increase M A BY MELANIE BUCK
ena Public Schools has won the bid to host their second consecutive Class 4A State Softball Tournament, a fete considered an honor by Mena administration. Mena hosted the softball tournament last year and also hosted the state volleyball tournament last fall, making this their third time to host a state tournament on home turf in 13 months. Mena Superintendent Benny Weston said, “We feel very privileged to have been awarded the state tournament again. We feel this is an indication that the AAA was pleased with how our Mena School District and community successfully partnered to host our previous tournaments.” Mena Schools Federal Coordinator Paulette Sherrer said, “Our community works really hard to help us host this and we are so appreciative of all they do.” Bringing state tournaments in also brings revenue to the community. The economic impact of such a tournament on a community can be huge. Twelve teams will play in the tournament and eight of those teams will have to stay at least one night, filling local hotels. Also, most will eat 3-4 times while in town, giving business to local eateries. Coach Hunter pointed out that most softball parents travel with the teams, tripling the number of out-of-towners that will be in the area, requiring more hotel stays and more meals. And, with each team having only one game a day, the visitors will have many hours to use to take advantage of the area’s sights and activities. The Class 4A State Tournament will be held at Mena May 12 – 14, 2016.
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bulk water rate increase was approved by Mena City Council at their monthly meeting, held Tuesday, January 12, at City Hall, while consumer rates for Mena are expected to stay at or near the same. Bulk water is sold by Mena Water Utilities to three rural water associations, Acorn Rural Water, Freedom Rural Water, and Rural Water District #17 out of LeFlore County, Oklahoma. The rates were increased to $2.78 per 1,000 gallons from the previous rate of $2.46 per 1,000 gallons. Mena Water Utility Manager Charles Pittman said for Mena Water Utility consumers, rates are increased along with the consumer price index, which has not yet been released, but will be soon. Pittman expects that any increase would be minimal. Also at the City Council meeting, A&P Commissioner Terri Neugent reported that tax revenues from restaurant and lodging taxes increased last month, and said it is likely contributed to tourists coming the see the area’s fall foliage. Resolution #1234 was approved that will cancel a contract between the City and Healthy Connections, Inc. (HCI). The original contract gave HCI a 99-year lease for property at Aubrey Tapley Park to build their facilities. However, HCI was later able to purchase their current property and built there instead, therefore, the city released HCI from the lease. Mena Police Chief Brandon Martin reported to the Council that his department made 30 arrests and worked 21 accidents during the month of December. Martin also reported 1,676 volunteer hours were donated by ten reserve officers in 2015. More than 100 surgeries were performed at Mena Regional Health System during the month of December and CEO Jay Quebedeaux expects the arrival of new Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Tariq will increase additional surgeries in the coming months. The hospital also had 144 admissions, 658 visits to the emergency department, and delivered 27 babies. The next Mena City Council meeting will be held on February 9th, at Mena City Hall.
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he oldest building at the Polk County Fairgrounds is being torn down to make room for more activities. Not to be confused with the newer, brick Education Building that is used now, the ‘old school building’, as it is referred to, sits in the area between the concession stand and the poultry and rabbit building. Before being moved to the newer building, the walls held hundreds of displays of children’s art and educational displays over the years, bringing back memories to many. However, over the years, the building has succumb to decay and is being removed. Polk County Fair and Rodeo Association President John Puckett said more room is needed around that area. “It’s an older building and it’s run down and it’s not being used. We’re going to try to have some different activities there,” Puckett explained. He said some play music in that area and it will allow more room for musicians and listeners as well as visitors to the Dale Rogers Show Arena.
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any Arkansan families are in jeopardy of losing medical coverage if they don’t reapply soon. According to state agencies, as many as 100,000 recipients of ARKids 1st health insurance are at risk of losing coverage because new applications have not yet been submitted. Information to determine a child’s eligibility is needed each year to maintain coverage under new rules from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. The Arkansas Department of Human Services said parents and guardians of the recipients haven’t responded to two notices that were sent before the changes went into effect. More that 212,000 notices were mailed and 42,000 have not responded, leaving the one-third of ARKids 1st recipients at risk of losing medical coverage. Although the changes went into effect in 2014, DHS only began implementing the changes last summer because of difficulties when installing the new enrollment system. A third notice and final notice is now being sent granting a 30-day extension to those who still need to complete the application. For more information, contact the Arkansas Department of Human Services at: www.humanservices.arkansas.gov or visit your local DHS office.
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phetamine was allegedly found. Tony William Foster, age 25 of Mena, was subsequently arrested and charged with Expired Vehicle Tags, Driving without a Driver’s License, No Proof of Liability Insurance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Methamphetamine or Cocaine with the Purpose to Deliver. There was $739 in cash and ten bags of methamphetamine seized. Foster is currently being held in the Polk County Detention Center on a $50,704 bond. Mena Police Chief Brandon Martin said, “Our officers work hard to keep drugs off the streets. I encourage the community to help and keep a watchful eye in their neighborhoods. If you see something out of place or suspicious, call the office and report it to our officers.” The number to Mena Police Department is 479-394-1212.
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ue to a discovery of damage to the fiber connection between Holly Harshman Elementary and Mena High School, phone lines and intercom systems have been out at HHE since Thursday, January 14th. The damage required the replacement of the fiber connecting Holly Harshman to the Mena High School server. Paulette Sherrer, Federal Coordinator for Mena Public Schools said service was expected to be down until lunch on Tuesday, January 19.
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lobal superstore giant Walmart has announced it will close 154 of its locations across the U.S. and 115 in other countries, with most closing their doors by January 28th. The company is making a shift in focus to concentrate more on Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets. Fortunately for Polk County residents, Mena Supercenter is not on the list. However, the closures will affect 16,000 workers globally, including 10,000 in the United States. Walmart said they will try to place employees in nearby locations. If they are unable to transfer, employees will be laid-off and given 60-days of pay along with resume and interview skills training. All Walmart Express Stores will close, making up for 102 locations. Walmart officials stated that all closures were poor performers and most were within a 10-mile radius of another Walmart location. Sam’s Clubs will lose four locations and 12 Supercenters will close in the U.S. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said, “Closing stores is never an easy decision but it is necessary to keep the company strong and positioned for the future.” Amongst the closures, the company has also announced plans to open 300 new stores through 2017 including 60 Supercenters and 10 Sam’s Club stores in the U.S. Arkansas will lose 11 locations in the cities of Mansfield, Mulberry, Charleston, Coal Hill, Van Buren, Damascus, Decatur, Gentry, Gravette, Maumelle, and Prairie Grove.
raven Philpot, age 20 of Mena, pled guilty in Polk County Circuit Court last week to two counts of Indecent Exposure. Philpot was originally arrested and charged in September 2015 of Pandering or Possessing Visual or Print Media Depicting Sexually Explicit Conduct Involving a Child and Sexual Indecency with a Child. Both Class C Felonies, the second charge is placed when there is evidence of “a person over 18 who solicits another person who is less than 15 years of age to engage in sexual contact.” After arriving in court on January 11, 2016, Philpot pled guilty and agreed to his sentence of 12 months probation on each count, to run concurrently. Philpot will also be required to register as a sex offender for life.
Mena DAV Auxiliary Provide Locals with Gift Bags Members of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Unit 46 visited Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab, Mena Manor, and Peachtree Assisted Living during Christmas to deliver bags that contained toiletries and gift items. Pictured are Betty Staggs, Rose McLain, Ethel Glenn, Margaret Scott, and Carol Burns (not pictured) had the privilege of delivering the packages and said the gifts were appreciated by all.
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Taylor of Fayetteville, and Steve Engstrom of Little Rock for the plaintiffs and Lyn Pruitt of Little Rock for the defendants (USAA). The class action suit claims that USAA improperly applied depreciation to lost or damaged structures that claims were made during January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2014. According to other published reports, the case sat in federal court for over a year and a half, under Judge Holmes, lawyers of both the plaintiffs and defendants asked to dismiss the case and filed it in Polk County Circuit Court the following day. Polk County Circuit Court Judge Jerry Ryan heard the case in December 2015 and approved a class-action settlement between both parties. However, after Holmes was made aware of the change of venue, he was quoted as accusing the attorneys of ‘forum shopping’ and is considering imposing sanctions on them at an upcoming court hearing. The case has drawn the attention of national and state publications that said Goodson, who is the husband of Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson, and his firm Keil & Goodson of Texarkana, have been in class-action controversy for several years with some accusing them of using smaller courts, such as Miller County, Arkansas, to file large class action cases, which were then drug out so long in court that defendants settled rather than being stuck in legal limbo for years. Lawyers for the defense say no legal merit was considered in the cases, yet each case cost some defendants millions in fees, before payments for settlements January 6, 2016 were considered. An article published in Fortune in 2013 cited Keil & Goodson, along with two Texas firms, Nix Patterson & Roach, and Crowley Norman, LLP, together took in more than $420 million in attorney’s fees from 23 set23 tlements January 6, 2016filed in Miller County Court between . . .the . . . U.S. . . . . .Su..................................... 2005 and 2012. In March 2013, preme Court put a halt to the law firms’ strategy of “trapping defendants in front of friendly and slow-moving elected judges in state courts.” Critics now believe the firms have changed their strategy and have moved beyond Miller County court to rope in other smaller courts. Little Rock attorney Robert Trammell is challenging the current suit saying the settlement is unfair to class members and favors the law firms that represent them. The settlement, if approved, would pay $1.85 million in attorney fees and expenses, while $3.4 million dollars would be reserved by USAA to pay potential claims. A hearing in Holmes’ court has been set for 10 a.m. on February 19th, 2016 at the Federal Courthouse in Fort Smith. Arkansas Business reported Holmes as saying that he learned from a December 2015 article they published that the case had been re-filed “under terms that Holmes said the parties knew he wouldn’t approve.”
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MRHS Environmental Services Dept. Recognized as the iCare Star Department Mena Regional Health System recently named the Environmental Services Department as the iCARE Star Department of the Quarter. Environmental Services is a professional team that provides excellence when caring for the cleanliness of the hospital and maintains the needs of all departments within the facility. The team received a plaque that will be displayed in the iCARE Hall of Fame, a Department of the Quarter traveling trophy and a pizza party. Jay Quebedeaux, CEO presented the award to the group. [PHOTO SUBMITTED]
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along and I don’t mind digging through them and putting the puzzle together.” Stout has hopes to be able to take computer forensics in the future to be able to not only collect data, but analyze it as well. “I’ve taken other courses involving internet crimes and computer forensics and it’s ever-evolving. It will be an ongoing training that I continue.” “We work alongside the Secret Service everyday on various cases. This will be one more way that our department can assist them. Being able to fill a hole and collect data for internet crimes will be beneficial to us and them,” said Martin. More than 500 hours of training were taken by Mena officers in 2015 and more than 560 hours were taken by reserve officers. “Most of the trainings we took were free. We only used 22% of our training budget. We like free trainings, they don’t cost the city and our officers are prepared. Training makes for quicker responses and quicker solutions.”
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Faye Deen Carlson, age 86, of Roswell, formerly of Mena, died Saturday, January 16, 2016 in Alpharetta. She was born on Saturday, June 22, 1929 to Archie and Ona Barron in Mena, Arkansas. Faye Deen went to Acorn school and graduated from Acorn High School in 1947, then started her working career as a Southwestern Bell telephone switchboard operator. When she started her family, she was a “stay at home” mom who was very involved in her children’s school activities. Between PTA, sports, piano lessons and her church, she stayed very busy. As her children got older and left for college, she worked parttime outside the home. Faye Deen loved to travel. Between family vacations and bus tours, she met her goal of visiting all 50 states and most of the Canadian provinces. She also visited several countries in Central and South America either on vacations or mission trips. Faye Deen also loved to garden. Faye Deen move from Mena, Arkansas to Roswell, Georgia, in November of 2012. Faye Deen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and will be missed by all who knew her. She is survived by, husband, Les Carlson of Roswell; two daughters, Janice Quinsaat of Fountain Hills and Judy Bell of Roswell; her son, Ron Bell and his wife Emily Bell of Johns Creek; one grandson, Javen Quinsaat of Fountain Hills; her brother, Archie Barron and his wife Sally Barron of Longview; her niece, Cindy Barron Castillo and husband Joel and their daughter Lucy, in Longview; and a host of other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; and her daughter, Sue Bell. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 10:00 A.M at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena with Brother Wally Beckman officiating. Inter-
Mary T. Marshall, age 83, of Mena passed away Monday, January 11, 2016 in Mena. Mary was born in Pine Ridge, on January 22, 1932 to the late Tom Willhite and the late Mae McKinzie Willhite. She was happily married to the late Hollis E. Marshall. Mary worked at Renova and also was a hospital assistant by profession. Mary was a very unique and special person who loved to help people and the community. She enjoyed working for the Salvation Army for over 15 years, Mary especially loved her children and family and spending time with them by cooking and hosting get togethers. Family time was enjoyed by all. Mary also volunteered with the Dallas Valley Fire Department. She was a loving and kind mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed by all. Mary is survived by, sons, Larry Marshall of Arizona, Thomas Marshall and wife Kathy of Mena, Charles Marshall and wife Joan of Mena; daughters, Gay Marshall of Mena, Kathy Bailey and husband David of Mena, Carol Sickles and husband Clay of Mena; Grandchildren, Teresa Cochran of Ohio, Steven Bailey and wife Jessica of Hot Springs, Mary Standerfer and husband Tracy of Mena, Heather Sickles of Atlanta, Laura Clark and husband Anthony of Mena, Josh Marshall of Little Rock and Lily Marshall of Tennessee; GreatGrandchildren, Madison Gilbert, Macy Gilbert, Halie Standerfer, Austin Bailey, Gunner Clark and Grayson Clark She was preceded in death by, her parents, Tom and Mae Willhite; her husband, Hollis E. Marshall; brothers, George Willhite, John Willhite, Toye Willhite, Gordon Willhite, and Taylor Willhite; and sisters, Alena Wells and Jessie Holden.
the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Family and friends visitation was Wednesday, January 13, 2016 from 5:007:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Funeral Home Pallbearers were Josh Marshall, Anthony Clark, Tracy Standerfer, Scott Suzanne, Steven Bailey and Billy Clark.Honorary pallbearers were Gerald Brewer, Danny Miller, Jessie Lawrence, Ed Stevenson, David Bailey, Clay Sickles, Terry Capehart, Ray B. Stanley and Shelton Bohlman.
BOBBIE FAYE WOOTEN JONES Bobbie Faye Wooten Jones, age 74, of Mena passed away Friday, January 15, 2016 in Hot Springs. Bobbie was born on December 22, 1941 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She worked as a CNA for Mena Manor for 15 years and also at Renova/Aalfs as a sorter at different times. Bobbie enjoyed helping people, and especially loved her family. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed by all. Bobbie is survived by, sons, Joe Erman and wife Patty of Mena, John Erman of Mena and Randy Tibbs of Oklahoma; sister, Freda Welch; grandchildren, Josh, Courtney and Brook; great-grandchildren, Ashlynn, Breanna, Gabriella, Isaiah, Abigail, Laila, Trinity and Kavon, brother, Robby Wooten and wife Barbara of Benton; sisterin-law, Ginger Jones and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by, her husband, Tommy Jones; parents; son, Doug Jones; brothers, Carl Wooten, Jimmy Johnson, Dale Johnson; and sister-in-law, Pat.
Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. General Visitation. Pallbearers will be Mike Burnett, Josh Davidson, Paul Lamproe, Larry Lamproe, Brian Erickson and Joe Lewis.
AVA JEAN DAVIDSON Ava Jean Davidson, age 88, passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab in Mena, Arkansas. She was born on March 28, 1927 at Yocana, Polk County, Arkansas. She grew up in the Opal-Big Fork area. Her parents were William Arnold Bates and Cynthia Dilbeck Bates of Big Fork, Arkansas. Ava married Harold N. Davidson on June 25, 1948 in Mena, Arkansas She has been one of Jehovah’s Witnesses since 1952. She loved studying and talking about the Bible and was very firm in her faith. She also loved homemaking, gardening, cooking, reading, and music. Her family remembers her as the one that kept them laughing. She was a wonderful, caring, fun-loving mother. She dearly loved all of her family. She is survived by, daughter, Billie Mattern and husband Dale; brother, Dale Bates and wife Marylou; sister, Pat Harrison; and two nephews, and five nieces, and many other relatives and good friends. Memorial will be set at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial can be made to Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab and The Oaks of Mena. Mrs. Davidson was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
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isa Daniels, a 2nd grade teacher at Acorn Elementary School, applied for a Petco for Pets in the Classroom grant, and as a result, her classroom has been awarded a special gift. With the funding received through the grant, Daniels’ classroom was able to purchase a 10-gallon tank, a hermit crab care kit, and two hermit crabs. This will create an opportunity to allow students to learn a sense of responsibility and encourage nurturing. Having pets in the classroom also enhances the science curriculum by giving students a “hands-on” experience to make observations, record information, and compare the diversity of life in different habitats. Pictured are Kaden Carter and KaitLynn Ledbetter holding the hermit crabs that were named Leo and Patrick. PHOTO COURTESY OF LISA DANIELS
MENA PUBLIC SCHOOL’S BREAKFAST MONDAY 1/25 Ham slice, fruit, juice, milk TUESDAY 1/26 Cereal, fruit, juice, milk WEDNESDAY 1/27 Breakfast boats, fruit, juice, milk THURSDAY 1/28 Mini donuts, fruit, juice, milk FRIDAY 1/29 Biscuits & gravy, fruit, juice, milk
MENA PUBLIC SCHOOL’S LUNCH MONDAY 1/25 Main: Pizza, salad, broccoli, fruit, milk; Choices: Chicken stir fry, hot roll, broccoli, fruit, milk; or Chef Salad TUESDAY 1/26 Main: Taco soup, salad, tortilla chips, cheese stick, fruit, milk; Choices: Cheeseburger, lettuce, tomato, pickles, Chex Mix, baby carrot w/ ranch, fruit, milk WEDNESDAY 1/27 Main: Steak fingers, mashed potatoes w/ gravy, green beans, fruit, cookie, milk; Choices: Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes w/ gravy, green beans, fruit, cookie, milk; or Chef Salad THURSDAY 1/28 Main: Chicken sandwich, French fries, lettuce, tomato, fruit, milk; Choices: Mini corn dogs, French fries, salad, fruit, milk; or Chef Salad FRIDAY 1/29 Main: Enchilada bake, salad, streamed carrots, fruit, milk; Choices: Chicken bacon ranch wrap, lettuce, tomato, steamed carrots, fruit, milk; or Chef Salad ACORN SCHOOL’S BREAKFAST MONDAY 1/25 Sausage pancake on a stick, fruit, juice, milk; Choice: Cereal TUESDAY 1/26 Chocolate mini donuts, fruit, juice, milk; Choice: Cereal WEDNESDAY 1/27 Cereal, fruit, juice, milk THURSDAY 1/28 Biscuits, gravy with sausage, fruit, juice, milk; Choice: Cereal FRIDAY 1/29 Super donut, fruit, juice, milk; Choice: Cereal
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ouise Durham has selected the following students as their Super Students for the week of January 11: Top - David Mondragon, Jaren Smith, Kenneth Thomlison, Caleb Seitz, Matthew Moss, Aiden Everitt, Ryder House; Middle - Asher Cook, Blayden West, Ryan Denton, Auden Woods, Gavin Griffin, Katherine Swann, Orion Muns; Bottom - Isaac Griffin Jordyn Gilchrist, Ravyn Wilson, Savannah Christian, Abbie Clegg.
ACORN SCHOOL’S LUNCH MONDAY 1/25 Chicken patty on a bun, French fries, lettuce, tomato, tropical fruit, milk TUESDAY 1/26 Fish, pinto beans, coleslaw, cornbread, peaches, milk WEDNESDAY 1/27 Oven fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, roll, applesauce, milk THURSDAY 1/28 Spaghetti, green beans, tossed salad, garlic bread, fruit, milk FRIDAY 1/29 Pizza, tossed salad, fresh fruit, milk COSSATOT RIVER SCHOOL’S BREAKFAST MONDAY 1/25 Mini donuts, applesauce, orange juice, milk TUESDAY 1/26 Biscuit w/ sausage, banana, apple juice, milk WEDNESDAY 1/27 Pop tart, orange wedges, cherry juice, milk THURSDAY 1/28 Pancake on a stick, apple wedges, orange juice, milk FRIDAY 1/29 Super donut, fruit cup, apple juice, milk
COSSATOT RIVER SCHOOL’S LUNCH MONDAY 1/25 Chicken fajita, lettuce, tomato, cheese, salsa, pinto beans, mandarin oranges, milk TUESDAY 1/26 Hot ham & cheese sandwich, baked beans, carrots & broccoli w/ dressing, chips, fruit cocktail, milk WEDNESDAY 1/27 Vegetable beef soup w/ crackers, cheese toast, tossed salad w/ dressing, pears, milk THURSDAY 1/28 Baked chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, pineapple, roll, milk FRIDAY 1/29 Hamburger, lettuce, tomato, pickles, strawberries, sugar cookie, milk
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st Grade: All As - Matthew Dau, Jamey Johnson, Rylee Manning, Emmie Owens, Jade Watkins, Ayden Arthur, Alissa Ayers, Jayden Broach, Flint Dickerson, Michael Howard, Anthony Johnson, Saphira McJunkins, Kaiden Walls. As & Bs - Thomas Chesser, Weston Ross, Lynzie Wilkinson, Natalie Bailey, Tayden Broach. 2nd Grade: All As - Jimmy Glenn, Wyatt Gunn, Aiden Mckenzie, Elijah Owens. As & Bs - Blane Brett, Colton Green, Maleena Hopkins, Dylon Morris, Victoria Squires, Ezekiel Wilson, Evan Pierce. 3rd Grade: All As - Riley Dunn, Shawn Harris, Bradley Wade, Elijah Smith. As & Bs - Jennifer Arce, Chelsey Green, Cooper Hayes, Dillon Loving, Kyler McKee, Jasmine Wilkinson, Dani Atchley, Michelle Broach, Landon Case, Derek Dixon, Laci Dixon, Bradley Harwood, Jayden Johnson, Mattie Ross. 4th Grade: All As - Austin Bailey, Meera Henry, Braylen Ralls. As & Bs - Thomas Broach, Caylynn Burke, Illiana Diaz, Brodie Dickerson, Falesha Harris, Ben Tooker. 5th Grade: All As - Harley Loyd. As & Bs - Kendra Bell, Chyanne Brown, Jessica Green, Hunter Hamm, Christian Hoyle, Lily McIntyre, Zachary McKee, Gracie Potter, Nathan Raney, Kimberly Hackworth, Sadie Hall, Braylee Jewell, Kylie Owens, Nathan Watkins. 6th Grade: All As - Winnie Smith. As & Bs - Cody Beck, Shayna Bowen, Curtis Broach, Bela Diaz, Rilyn Gasca, Bethany Harper, Alaina Harper, Jonny Loyd, Katelyn Owens, Jolene Sechser, Gracie Smith, Mckenzi Summit.
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st Grade: All As - Leo Barranco, Kinnah Ferguson, Colton Finley, Gracie Linker, Nicole Martinez, Rynley Richardson, Marvin Brito, Jonas Hernandez, Axel Moreno, Alan Munoz, Liliana Gasca, Clint Hennings, Lexi McCarley, Kaleb Olalde, Braden Smith, Abigail Goethals, Alex Aguilar. As & Bs - Brent James, Thomas Stover, Gregory Delgado, Isai Esquivel, Kaeden Hammer, Jaxin McClendon, Allison Medina, Claira Morris, Luke Helms, Eachan Helms, Kaden Whitmire, Adric Willis, Promise Knight, Jayro Campuzano, Yesenia Vasquez-Antunez. 2nd Grade : All As - Eli Stark, Aspen Johnson, Garrett Hennings, Raylee Youngblood. As & Bs - Diana Munoz, Mady Dowell, Mairany Marrufo, James Davis, Nathan White, Oliver Cannon, Vanessa Flores, Gerarado Gonzalez, Tony Weinert, Madalynn Benning, Diego Alvarado, Thomas Goethals, Abby Pinon, Connor McCormick, Maddie Johnston, Nathaniel Trinidad, Sulem Lopez, Grayson Farringer, Jose Ruiz, MacKenzie Molina, Kenya Antunez. 3rd Grade : All As - Gustavo Cortes. As & Bs - Sabera Land, Cooper Price, Easton Johnson, Heidi Turnbough, Brenna Roper, Edwin Trinidad, Sholeyve Campuzano, Bradley Thomas, Alyssa Hackney, David Ortiz, Nadelyn Ruiz, Jaylee Pollard, Ismael Medina, Vanessa Gomez, Ashley Antunez, Parker Bagley, Santiago Maya, Nahomi Ruiz. 4th Grade : As & Bs - Landrey Richardson, Brandon Moreno, Mallory Farringer, Jocelyn Hernandez, Monse Salgado, Emmanuel Trinidad, Derek Perez, Hazael Cordova, Madison Linker, Ashton Miller, Ali Thurston, Ethan Youngblood, Aylin Ortega, Ivy Taylor. 5th Grade: As & Bs - Ale Rodriguez, Breonna Cecil, Grant Stark, Lucas Trinidad, Kyla Ferguson, Ricardo Esquivel, Ashley Castro, Kylie Bailey. 6th Grade : All As - Pate Taylor, Rendi Warren. As & Bs - Marissa Hammer, Trayton Johnston, Shanell Brito, Alyssa Wilson, Cole Brantley, Maira Arias, Baylee Davis, Laura Flores, Kelcy Frachiseur, Trayton Johnson, JT Miller, Kalli Smith.
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Acorn High School Nine Weeks
th Grade: All As – Faith Brandon, Kiersten Larucci, Jacob Lyle, Abigail Nance, Raeghan Weddle. As & Bs – Adrianna Bates, Emily Blair, Damian Bohlman, Mason Cunningham, Lexi Dilbeck, Kyla Kimp, Abigail Smedley, Ethan Sutherland. 7th Grade: All As – Corryn Holland, Halli Holland, Harlee Rodgers. As & Bs – Ashelyn Bissell, Travis Bissell, Haley Blair, Rebeka Cole, Hunter Davasher, Makayla Fall, Emmy Goss, Brooklyn Marks, Jaden Miller, Tyler Smedley, Autumn Strother, Sarah Wallace, Alyssa Warren. 8th Grade: All As – Cara Driggers, Makenna Goss, Brady Lyle, Mowdy, AndrewCancer: Philpot, Daniel Warren, Brody Webb, Matthew Weighous. As & Bs – Vivan Harper, Kacey 5 keyMercedes facts about Prostate Head, Sophie Jackson, Jonathan O’Donnal. 9th Grade: All As –1 in Makayla Anderson. As & Bs – Sydni Fry, Emilee Harvey, Leo Jacinto, Tessa Kesterson, Adam McDaniel, Chey1. Affects every 6 men enne Reynolds, Haley Richardson, Luke Sawyer, Noah2.Stout, Braxlie Strother, Kaitlin Warren, Jeb Willborg. 10th Grade: As & Bs – Zane Barr, Makenzie Goss, Blake McCourtney, Deadlier than breast cancer Josey Webb. 11th Grade: All As – Harly Dearing, Morgan Fagan. As & Bsstages – Brooke Bates, Chantry Blake, Dalton Lane, Marissa Pate, Josh Staggs, Brittany Wilhite. 12th Grade: 3. Detectable in early 4. NOTMaechler, an old man’s diseaseWallace. As & Bs – Macie Adams, Ethan Bird, Hank Chin-Han, Daric Echols, Lane Ferguson, Blake All As – Elizabeth Baker, Shawn Goss, Ashlee Long, Selena Rachel 5. Does NOT go away if you avoid Head, Travis Huff, Taylar Loyd, Connor McConnell, Hunter Myers, Ashton Pardun, Bethany Rowell, Brandon Ward, Jamie Ziemniak. testing. Gentlemen: We encourage you to get a PSA blood test.
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life-long resident of Mena, Wes Lyle is an incredibly and refreshingly humble man who is dedicated to his faith, his family, his alma mater and unlike much of the world, defines success not by wealth, fame or material value but by his abundant blessings. His priorities are simple: God, family, and friends; and he is much more interested in what he gives than what he receives. Wes grew up locally and graduated from Acorn High School in 1993, a school he has a deep fondness for and where he still actively volunteers. “I love the personal touch the school had… and still has. I felt like I really mattered to the teachers… they really took care of me.” Wes shared a very close relationship with his grandfather, George Lyle, and said there is still not a day he doesn’t think about him. “He was the yard stick that a man should be measured by… I never wanted to disappoint him. He was truly the hardest working man I ever knew. He taught me that you go to work and you take care of your family. You treat people right.” Wes said he never remembers him missing work or missing church, epitomizing the principles he taught to his young and impressionable grandson. Wes also praised his Uncle Mark Lyle for being a solid and strong Christian influence in his life. Wes is married to the “absolute love of his life” and high school sweetheart, Shannon, also an Acorn alum. “Everything that I am lacking in life… God gave me in my wife. She’s my best friend. There’s nothing I can’t tell her.” Wes said the couple began dating his freshman year and now together share three children, Katelyn (19), an RN student at RMCC, Brady (14) and Jake (11), both students at Acorn. The family is incredibly close-knit and the center of Wes’ world. Wes began working at U.S. Motors, now Nidec, in April 1994, starting on the floor before being promoted to management five or six years later. Currently, he is the Production Control Manager, where he is the main contact from the plant to the sales division as well as oversees the Shipping & Receiving Dept. He spoke favorably of Nidec’s acquisition of one of Mena’s largest employers from Emerson, saying it provided “much needed stability.” He was complimentary of the Plant Manager Mark Kinder and credits his leadership with the plant’s success and positive work environment. The family attends the Southside Church of God where Wes actively serves wherever needed. He is also active in the Mena Lions Club. Not just investing in his own children, Wes has a heart to serve today’s youth. He coaches peewee basketball at Acorn and volunteers anytime or anywhere needed at the school. With his wife as the high school principal, Weekly Publication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and . . . .his . . .sons . . . . as . . .students, . . . . . . . . it, . . too, . . . .is. .a. family . . . . . .affair. . . . . . Wes . . . . .is. .also . . . .one . . . of . . the . . . .voices . . . . . of . . .the . . .Tigers . . . . . and . . Lady Tigers on KENA’s 104.1FM, something that is very near and dear to his heart, stemming from his love of the students and school, but also a passion he enjoys sharing with his treasured friend John Daniels. “John and I have a unique relationship that goes beyond friendship… it’s more of a brotherhood. It Walk-ins Welcome helps to go through life with true friends,” Understanding the value of true friendship, Wes said being a good friend is something he stresses with his sons and hopes that he Specializing in Color is someday remembered as a truly loyal friend. Wes is certainly not a man who is distracted by the many lures of the world, but Men’s & Women’s a man completely devoted to his faith and family, a man seeking only to be the best Cuts & Styles father and husband he can be. He stands firm as someone who strives daily to be the cornerstone and anchor for his family just as the example demonstrated by his grandFacials father. “We do everything together. Shannon and I have found very few things that we are willing to do that aren’t completely family oriented.” He lives as an example of what today’s families are missing. The couple has no desire or ambitions to ever move from Mena, unless God tells them differently. “I love Mena so much. I love that it is a close-knit community. Everything that’s important to us in life is right here in Mena.”
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ringing health and fitness to others is the passion of Larry Wood, owner of Ouachita Wellness and Sports Center, LLC, located at 400 Crestwood Circle, in Mena. Larry, along with his wife, Sherry, purchased the business in 2010 and made it their mission to educate their clients about health and wellness. Both Larry and Sherry grew up in Mississippi and married on Christmas Eve of 1984. The couple has two children, Rachael, a student at RMCC, and Daniel, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Larry attended the University of Southern Mississippi and received his Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in Sports Nutrition and Biomechanics Your Satisfaction is Our Goal at the University of Memphis. Following college, Larry worked in various coaching and training positions at such places as the University of Tennessee and six other universities. Larry admits that fitness has always been a part of his life. He fondly remembers going with his mother to her aerobics classes. “My mom was always into exercise and I was always into sports and it just went hand-in-hand,” Larry said. His dad wasn’t into as much but once they got him involved and he was able to get off of his Commercial An Affordable blood pressure medicine, he’s now “on a 3-day a week program and he’s 80!” and Residential Plan for Everyone In 1998, Larry got the opportunity to interview with Steve and Cathy Schulte, then owners of Termites • Household Pests the fitness center, and was able to secure the job. “I grew up Bed Bugs • Fire Ants in the country and my parents had moved here and told me Polk County 479-234-2038 about the center so I thought I’d give it a shot.” The Schulte’s hired Larry and from there, the rest is history. Scott County 479-637-6064 Expansions have occurred over the years and partnerships have been created with clients and business5 Year No Price Increase Guarantee es. Ouachita Rehabilitation that sits next door is owned by Mena Regional Health System and they work with their patients at Ouachita Wellness and Sports Center quite often. “We have a fantastic relationship with the hospital and the patient gets advice from both sides,” said Larry. He added that one benefit of the relationship is that when patients are done with rehab, the Sports Center is still there with a plan in hand to help them stay rehabilitated. Manufacturer “I like to help people overcome obstacles,” he said. “There are people that come here from ages 12-94 of Quality CNC Parts and we have something for them all.” Larry and his trainers, Shane Medlin and Jackie McLellon, provide 479.394.4248 exercise programs to clients and offer special programs as well. “My mom teaches the Silver Sneakers and CALL 479-243-9600 104 Port Arthur Avenue Silver and Fit programs for seniors,” he said with a smile. The senior programs are taught by Janice Wood Mena, AR 71953-3344 twice a week, one at the Sports Center and one at the Mena Senior Center. Larry is also into weightlifting and won his first title, Mr. Southern Mississippi Body Building Championship, in 1981. He has continued to compete and help train others for competition as well. His most recent accomplishment is holding the national record for bench press in the 50-54 age group/242-weight class. He claimed “Serving your families with the record in Blyeville, Arkansas in late 2015 when he benched 410 lbs. His next goal is to train for the world FULL ATV record, Dignity & Care for over 80 years” which now sits at 511 lbs for SERVICE that weight class. He said he has to Selected Funeral & Life Insurance Agent & REPAIR bench 515 lbs. to claim that title. Member of the National Funeral Directors Assoc. Hwy 71N/Hwy 88E Junction You can stop by and see Larry 611 Janssen, Mena, AR (Behind Terminix) and staff at Ouachita Wellness and (479) 394-1310 479-216-3519 OPEN MONDAY - FRIDAY Sports Center during their hours of operation, Monday thru Thursday 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday 5:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., or call 479-3947979. “You just don’t find this kind of facility in small towns. We can address any concern; athletes, Bruce Erickson, Owner parapalegic, COPD, severely overweight. We have a motivational and supportive facility.” Like us on Facebook!
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Thursday, 1/21 • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. – The Board Camp Baptist Church at 107 Country Road 63 will distribute food. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County meets at Papa’s Mexican Café. Contact Lisa Martin at 216-3383 or Charles Pitman at 216-4882 for more information. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00p.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. – Polk County Cancer Support Group meeting at the Polk County Library, 410 8th St. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous –
in Mena. • 6:30 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meeting at Saint Agnes Church Parish Hall. Monday, 1/25 • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – God’s Feeding Hands Mission Center will serve free Groceries & free Toiletry to the needy at 1200 Reeves Ave, Mena. • 11:15 a.m. – Cossatot Senior Center – Caregiver meeting • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. They will have a free sign language class at 3:00 p.m. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meeting, 812 Hwy 71 S., Mena. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – AWANA Clubs meet at Grace Bible Church, Highway 71 North. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous – ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Mena Elks Lodge meeting. All Elks are invited to attend. • 7:00 p.m. – Home Front Warriors CMA Chapter 377 monthly meeting at Limetree Restaurant. Tuesday, 1/26 • 8:00 a.m. –The Reynolds Gardener 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. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena St. Come join other artists, from beginners to pros, working on their individual projects in the gallery classroom. For more information, call 479394-3880. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Free lunch at Vegetarian Soup Kitchen at Mena Seventh Day Adventist Church, 149 Polk 43 (Fairground Road), Mena. 479-394-7404. Take-Out available. All are welcome. • 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. – 5:30 p.m. – T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union Bank Community Room for weigh-ins, followed by a meeting from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome. • 6:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous, 812 Hwy 71 S., Mena. • 7:00 p.m. – The Marine Corps League
Detachment will meet at Lighthouse Fitness. • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Bluegrass music at Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room. • 7:30 p.m. – Mountain Meadow Masonic Lodge #218 meets at the Hatfield Lodge. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous – meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479-234-2887 or 479234-3043. Wednesday, 1/27 • The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in Hatfield, Wickes, Grannis, Vandervoort, Cove, and Mena at noon. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Polk County Library Cove Branch is open. • 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – The Mena First United Methodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous Meeting, 812 Hwy 71 S., Mena. • 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 “Regenerating this Generation” at Mena Church of God Hwy 88 East. • 6:15 p.m. – Discovery Kids – Kindergarten Thru 5th Grade; Collide Youth Ministry – 6th Thru 12th Grades; and Adult Bible Study at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at Grace Bible Church, 1911 Hwy 71 N. Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous – ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Inquiry classes into the Catholic Faith begins in the basement of St. Agnes Catholic Church at 203 8th St. There is no cost or obligation and anyone interested is invited to attend. Call 394-1017 or 394-5655 for more information.
• THE POLK COUNTY FAIR AND RODEO ASSOCIATION will be holding their annual membership meeting on Monday, February 1st, at 6:00 pm at the fairgrounds office. The meeting is open to the public.
women’s meeting – ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 5:30 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas meeting at the Limetree Restaurant. Please join. Call 479-243-0771 for info. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. • 6:00 p.m. – We the People Tea Party meeting at the Polk County Public Library, North Room. • 6:30 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meeting at Saint Agnes Church Parish Hall. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous – ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:30 p.m. – Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 meets at the Mena Lodge located in the Old Post Office by Janssen Park. Friday, 1/22 • 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. – Cossatot Senior Center – Gator & Friends will perform. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Dance to Don Thompson & Talimena Drive Band, American Legion, Acorn, $6.00 admission. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meeting at 812 Highway 71 South, Mena. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous – ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. Saturday, 1/23 • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Overeater’s Anonymous Newcomer’s Meeting at Church of God 2771 Hwy 88E Mena. Contact Charlotte at 501-413-4498. • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Overeater’s Anonymous Big Book Meeting at Church of God 2771 Hwy 88E Mena. Contact Charlotte at 501-413-4498. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous – ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. Sunday, 1/24 • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous – ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church
January 20, 2016
Polk County Births at Mena Regional Health
Brittney and Mark Ruth, of Lockesburg, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on January 11th. Jennifer and Daniel Roberts, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on January 12th. Kori and Cody Alberson, of Cove, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on January 13th. Torri and Jonathan Pate, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on January 14th. Sarah and Anthony Mitchell, of Mena, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born on January 15th.
#LOL The Slacker A company, feeling it was time for a shake-up, hires a new CEO. This new boss is determined to rid the company of all slackers. On a tour of the facilities, the CEO notices a guy leaning on a wall. The room is full of workers and he thinks this is his chance to show everyone he means business! The CEO walks up to the guy and asks, “And how much money do you make a week?” Undaunted, the young fellow looks at him and replies, “I make $200.00 a week. Why?” The CEO then hands the guy $200 in cash and screams, “Here’s a week’s pay, now GET OUT and don’t come back!” Feeling pretty good about his first firing, the CEO looks around the room and asks, “Does anyone want to tell me what that slacker did here?” With a sheepish grin, one of the other workers mutters, “He’s the pizza delivery guy.”
Top New Book Titles for Kids
(StatePoint) Books make great gifts for kids, whether you’re shopping for a birthday or you just want to help encourage a love of reading. Don’t know what’s the latest and greatest in the world of kid’s literature? Here are three new titles to consider for the young book lovers in your life: Serial Adventure Followers of the Miss Peregrine series will be excited to receive The Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Boxed Set featuring all three novels in the series, including the newly released “Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children.” This action-packed series includes a special collector’s envelope of 12 peculiar photographs, highlighting the most memorable moments of this extraordinary three-volume fantasy. Spooky Mystery Meet Warren the 13th, of “Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye,” a cursed 12-year-old Victorian bellhop who’s terribly unlucky, yet perpetually optimistic, hard-working, and curious. Orphan Warren’s pride and joy is his family’s hotel, but he’s been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Annaconda took over the management. Annaconda believes a mysterious treasure is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she’ll do anything to find it. If Warren wants to preserve his family’s legacy, he’ll need to find the treasure first -- if the hotel’s many strange guests don’t beat him to it! This middle-grade adventure features illustrations on every page and a lavish two-column Victorian design. True Tales for Athletes Help make every goal, touchdown, and championship of all the greats comes to life, from Babe Ruth (so incorrigible that his parents put him in reform school at age seven) to Muhammad Ali (who learned to fight at age 12 after a thief stole his bicycle). “Kid Athletes” is packed with inspirational stories from the world of sports, sharing tales from the childhoods of famous athletes. Billie Jean King rose from modest circumstances to win 39 Grand Slam championships; Wilma Rudolph triumphed over polio to become the fastest woman on earth; and martial arts legend Bruce Lee credited his success, in part, to childhood dance lessons. Shopping for lit lovers? While a gift card to a book retailer is nice, you can put even more thought into the present with a new exciting title.
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Moments From America’s History: Rights and Lives F
orty three years ago this week, January 22, 1973, the “Roe v. Wade” Supreme Court decision was made. It essentially declared that a woman has a right to an abortion at any time during the entire time of her pregnancy, provided it was deemed medically necessary to preserve her health or life. This decision overturned all state anti-abortion laws, and opened the door to unrestricted abortion in America. It is indeed an issue which is often complex and polarizing, and characterized by emotion, passion and personal experience. What follows here is worthy of our understanding and consideration. The abortion issue has been framed largely around the subject of rights which has, in itself, been at the forefront of America’s founding and in much of America’s social and political discourse and activism in the public square since. Within the plethora of claimed rights in recent history are reproductive rights and the exclusive right to one’s own body, but here is some food for thought: All human rights are predicated first and foremost on the right to life, and it is the sanctity and dignity of human life (originating from human creation in the image of God) which provide the cornerstone upon which all justice and freedom stand. However, there can be neither one if life has no source, value or meaning beyond what only humans subjectively define as acceptable and legitimate. In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court evidently rejected this moral premise and the federalism designed into our Constitution. The Court: trumped state’s rights, disregarded cultural/ community norms and moral sensibilities, failed to consider shifting social trends, and circumvented the legislative process. The result: a decision based not on original constitutional intent or principle nor on historic jurisprudence or precedent but on highly questionable interpretation and adjudication of the 9th and 14th Amendments and insufficient consideration of the ethical and medical aspects of human conception and pre-natal life. Therefore the Court created (legislated) a national law re-defining a “right of privacy” as an avenue for the elimination of a God-given right to life. Perhaps it would have been prudent for the Court to take a closer look at (among other things) the Bible, the Decla-
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ration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. The Court’s ideological and explicit rejection of the fetal “right to life” argument has had fatal consequences for tens of millions of unborn babies and left an untold and immeasurable void that only their presence, love, and unique gifts could have filled in the lives of families and in society and culture. We live in an America (and world) where much human suffering still exists. As we continue in pursuance of solutions on issues such as AIDS, human trafficking, poverty, health care and other human life concerns, our success remains in peril if the question of life itself is simply an arbitrary choice with no moral basis in the transcendent and no legal protection for the most vulnerable, innocent and defenseless among us. History has shown that the value of human life is the thread that connects virtually all humanitarian causes and it is at the root of most every major question facing humans today, including euthanasia, bioethics, medicine, the economy and the environment. As President Ronald Reagan expressed it in 1988, “We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life -the unborn - without diminishing the value of all human life...” Norma L. McCovey (Roe in Roe v. Wade) revealed in 1995 that she became pro-life and is now a vocal opponent of abortion. In her testimony to Congress in an effort to have Roe v. Wade overturned, she stated “It was my pseudonym, Jane Roe, which had been used to create the “right” to abortion out of legal thin air.” As America looks ahead, we must be attentive and proactive to what kind of society we will be and what kind of government we will choose. Do we want a culture of life; one which is responsible in protecting the rights of human beings whose dignity and worth depend not on their convenience to individuals or utility to the state but on their inherent value from and to the Creator? Beyond just a matter of personal choice, the right to life is a foundational determinant and safeguard for all basic (“unalienable”) human rights, individual freedom, an enduring moral order and stable self-government. And, to a great extent it will continue to define who we are as a people and a nation.
BUSINESS & FINANCE How to Pick a Healthcare Plan if you have a Chronic Condition
(StatePoint) Choosing a healthcare plan can be difficult, especially when you have a chronic lung disease like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Affecting millions of Americans, COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema and makes it difficult to breathe. It can also be very expensive. “Understanding the true total cost associated with available healthcare plans is so important for those with high-cost health needs like COPD, as access to care doesn’t help patients unless they can afford it,” says Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association. When choosing a plan, consider all the factors that affect yearly out-of-pocket costs, including the premium, deductible and co-pay or coinsurance amounts. Also, check each plan’s coverage for doctors, specialists, hospitals and medications. COPD patients may reach the maximum out-of-pocket expenses. Adding the total premiums to that figure should give patients an accurate estimate of annual costs. The deadline for individuals to enroll in a healthcare plan for 2016 is January 31. For guidance on choosing the most cost-effective plan, visit Lung.org. COPD patients and their caregivers can call the Lung Association’s free HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA to speak with a certified enrollment counselor. Before enrolling in a healthcare plan, use free resources available to help you make the most financially sound decision for your circumstances.
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January 20, 2016
Call for Entries for Mena Art Gallery Open Show O
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n Wednesday, February 3, from 10 am to 4 pm, you may bring your entries for the Winter 2016 Open Show. This one is open to any media and any style including paintings, photography, three-dimensional work, collage, and drawings. You can either download the entry form from the gallery website: www.MenaArtGallery.org or drop by the gallery at 607 Mena Street to pick up your copy of the rules and entry form. If you cannot get your work there on the 3rd of February, call Julie VandeZande at the gallery (479-394-3880) to see if she can accept your work at another date. One advantage of dropping by the gallery is to have a look at what is on sale at the Artists’ Garage Sale. There are all sorts of art supplies as well as a variety of paintings, drawings, photographs, and other art-related things. Bargains and fun! Gallery hours are 11 am to 2 pm Tuesdays and 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.
A Special Valentine Surprise from OLT A
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s it is less than one month from Valentine’s Day, the Ouachita Little Theatre in conjunction with Mena Mountain Resort, invites everyone to the opening of Dearly Beloved on Friday, February 12, at the resort. For the third year, the two are providing a dinner theatre event for the community. Judy Thompson, director for the upcoming play, notes that this delightful play has everything needed for a Valentine treat: comedy, family situations and romance. The play is about planning and then actually carrying off an elegant wedding. Between the loud mouth gossiping of wedding coordinator, Miss Geneva Musgrave, Miss Twink Futrelle’s idea to turn the wedding catering into a community potluck meal and menopausal Honey Ray showing up wearing a gold lame’ dress with patent leather pumps, Frankie’s perfect wedding slowly begins to crumble. To top things off, as the wedding hour nears, it is learned that the bride-to-be has run away with her fiancée. In an effort to save the wedding, Frankie sends the gunshot-happy highway patrolman to find the couple and bring them back to the Tabernacle of the Lamb Church before the wedding guests notice anything is wrong. Reservations are necessary for the dinner theatre. Please call Mena Mountain Resort at 394-3110 to make your reservation. Everyone is invited to attend. Bring your sweetheart, friends, family or just yourself. Cost for the event is thirty dollars per person, which includes dinner and the play. Dinner consists of choice of beef or salmon, twicebaked potato, green beans, rolls, salad, dessert and tea. Dearly Beloved will be performed at OLT for the remaining five performances: February 13 & 14 and 19-21. For further information, call OLT at 243-0186.
January in the Garden H
“R” Names for Girls: RACHEL • RAIN • RALEY • RAMONA • RANDI • RAQUEL • RAVEN • RAYE • REAGAN • REBA • REBECCA • REESE • REGINA • REMY • RENATA • RENEE • RHEA • RHODA • RHONDA • RICHELLE • RIHANNA • RILEY • RITA • ROBIN • ROSALIE • ROSE • ROWENA • ROXANNA • RUBY • RUTH
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appy New Year, and let us hope we will have a great growing season in 2016! Our December was much kinder and gentler than last year, so let us hope that trend continues in January and February. The warmer than normal December had some plants confused and we had a few spring blooming plants thinking spring was already here. We saw some unexpected blooms on iris, daylilies and a few tulip magnolias. Hopefully they have now gone back to sleep and will be ready for bloom next spring. If you still have spring blooming bulbs that you haven’t planted, do so soon. Remember they need at least 12 weeks of cold weather to break dormancy and perform at their best. If you already see spring bulb foliage up and growing from earlier plantings, don’t worry, but do leave the foliage alone. That is the only set of leaves those bulbs contain and you don’t want to damage it. On mild days, fertilize your pansies and violas and other winter annuals. On days below freezing, plant tissue will freeze and they will be brittle, but if you leave them alone they will defrost and keep on growing. Winter vegetables are doing nicely – from winter greens to broccoli, cabbage, bok choy and more. In mild winters they can grow unprotected with no damage, but if temperatures are going to drop below 28 a light covering will help protect them. An inverted plant pot, cardboard box or a small covering will do the trick. Winter weeds are really doing well with the mild December we just had. Try to keep them cut back with a lawnmower or weed eater. If you just have a few, hand-pull or use a hoe to eradicate. If your yard is covered, consider using a broadleaf weed killer soon. If the layer of leaves is minimal, consider just mowing and mulching them in place. Leaves can be shredded and used as mulch or added to a compost pile. Leaving your lawn covered with a heavy layer all winter can smother it out. Article is from www.uaex.edu - yard & garden link, by Janet Carson. Go to this Extension Service website for more gardening information.
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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 January 10, 2016 Zoey Bea Driskell, 25, of Mena was charged with theft of property (shoplifting) and possession of schedule VI (marijuana) controlled substance. The arrest followed a call to a local retail store. January 11, 2016 Report was taken of a local couple fighting at the home of a relative. No charges were filed. Silvia Mary Ann Morris, 31, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear to pay fines and courts costs. January 12, 2016 Cameron Virgil Gundy, 20, of Mena was charged with disorderly conduct after officers were called to a fight at a local business. A Mena man reported that his cell phone had been stolen from a common area at his place of employment. Case is pending. Charles Czarnetzki, 41, of Mena was arrested on two outstanding warrants for failure to appear to pay fines and court costs. January 13, 2016 Report was made of a bicycle having been stolen from a storage shed at a local residence. Case is pending. A local woman reported that her daughter had broken the glass on her front door. The damage happened when the women had had a verbal altercation and the suspect was leaving the residence. The suspect was located and agreed to pay for the damage. Michael Trivette, 24, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Douglas Ryan Manley, 33, of Hatfield was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear to pay fines and court costs from the Polk County sheriff’s department. January 14, 2016 A 15-year-old Mena youth was taken into custody after an altercation with his father had left the man with a broken nose. Officers responded to an altercation in the line at a food pantry at a local church. One of the men left the area and no charges were filed. January 15, 2016 Officers responded to a local business where the owner advised that one of the employees, who was her son, was throwing chairs and had broken a window. The suspect was taken home by other employees.
No charges were filed. Report was taken of a gas drive off from a local convenience store. Case is pending. Owner of a local building reported that someone had broken into the building and had stolen cash. Case is pending interview of suspect. January 16, 2016 Report was taken of a local woman trying to harm herself after an altercation with her boyfriend. She was transported to the local hospital for evaluation. Officers worked three traffic accidents.
Polk County Sheriff’s Department January 11, 2016 Report from complainant on West Boundary Road in Mena of an intruder in their home. Arrested was Daniel J. Vela, 46, of Mena, on a Charge of Breaking or Entering. Also arrested was Debbie M. Roberts, 52, of Mena, on a Charge of Hindering Apprehension. Arrested was Stephanie E. Thomas, 39, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Report of a domestic disturbance on Polk 117 near Mena. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. January 12, 2016 Report of an accident on Polk 41 South near Potter led to the arrest of Jonathan D. Martin, 27, of Mena, on Charges of DWI, Careless/ Prohibited Driving and No Liability Insurance. Report of a domestic disturbance on Highway 71 South near Mena. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. January 13, 2016 Report from complainant on Highway 71 South near Cove of being sideswiped by another vehicle while traveling on the roadway, causing $1,000.00 in damages. The suspect vehicle then traveled on, causing damage to approximately 100 feet of fence on Polk 18. Arrested was Jonathan D. Martin, 27, of Mena, on Charges of Leaving the Scene of an Accident, two counts of Careless/Prohibited Driving and two counts of No Liability Insurance. January 14, 2016 Report from complainant on Polk 42 near the Potter community that an unauthorized person had been in their home. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 464 near Grannis of a loader, valued at $15,000.00, that had caught fire and burned. Investigation determined the cause was from mechanical failure. January 15, 2016 Request for assistance from an officer with the Arkansas Probation/Parole with an ongoing investigation. Report from complainant on Rhodes Lane near Hatfield of having found suspicious items. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consider-
ation. Report of a disturbance involving two juveniles led to a 13-year-old Mena male being issued a Juvenile Citation for Battery 3rd Degree. Report of a domestic disturbance on Highway 71 North in Acorn led to the arrest of Aaron Brandon, 33, of Mena, on a Charge of Domestic Battery 3rd Degree. January 16, 2016 Arrested was Pat-Sand Barber, 35, of Hatfield, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Report of a domestic disturbance on 3rd Street in Grannis led to the arrest of Donna M. Jones, 51, of Grannis, on Charges of Disorderly Conduct and Obstructing Governmental Operations. Arrested was Tammy D. Tomblin, 35, of Hatfield, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear.
Report from Mena Regional Health System of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Investigation determined action was a hunting accident. A law enforcement officer with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission was notified. January 17, 2016 Report of problems with a juvenile led to a 12-year-old Cove female being issued a Juvenile Citation for Disorderly Conduct. The juvenile was released to the custody of a parent/ guardian. Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Brianna S. Vanauken, 33, of Mena, on a Charge of Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License. Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked two vehicle accidents this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 9 Incarcerated Inmates; 1 Inmate currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.
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