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Parents Seek to Increase Awareness of Social Media BY MELANIE WADE • A ena amil aced a harrowing ordeal last wee when their ear old da ghter went missing on onda , Septem er , , t ort natel was o nd ic l , and ret rned home on the night o ednesda , Septem er . The parents o the girl are gi ing od the glor or her ic ret rn and ha e alread held a praise concert or CONTINUED ON PAGE 30

BrowseAloud Program Helps Visually Impaired, ESL Surf the Web BY MELANIE WADE •

The Polk County Library in Mena has implemented a new software program on their computers that will assist people with visual impairments, dyslexia, reading diffic lties, and nglish lang age learners. rowseAlo d is an online tool that will read internet pages to the listener, giving them broader access to resources they may not CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

MRHS Welcomes New Pediatrician SUBMITTED ena egional ealth S stem has welcomed ediatrician oseph A. Aldrich, . ., A , AA . hen the opport nit ecame a aila le in ena, was and still am enth siastic a o t the mo e, r. Aldrich said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 30

Three athletes and one coach from Mena earned their way into the 2018 Special Olympic USA Games that will be held next July in Seattle, Washington. Shown above is Special Olympic Area 14 Coach Elizabeth Thompkins and athletes Jessie Ezell, Maddie Fletcher, and Krista Carsons, who will represent Arkansas in the games. See the full story on page 10 of this edition to learn more about the athletes and their talents. PHOTO BY MELANIE WADE

Celebrity Waiter Dinner to Benefit Relay for Life BY MELANIE WADE •

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Fresh Start Baby Bottle Boomerang Raises Over $12K



ew Executive Director for F resh Start Pregnancy Resource Center, Millie Ratzloff, has released their annual Baby Bottle Boomerang F undraiser totals. After an e tensi e search to find someone to lead the center that pro ides aid to do ens o expectant parents, Ratzloff was chosen, and Debra Lambrecht will continue as Administrative Assistant. “ F resh Start is committed to providing compassionate mentoring, practical help and accurate information to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies or past abortions; openly sharing the love, hope, and truth of Jesus Christ,” said Ratzloff in a statement released by F resh Start. Their services include: free pregnancy tests; Earn While Y ou Learn Program; F irst Time Mom; Life Skills; Option Counseling; Abstinence Education; Post Abortion Counseling; F amily Support Mentoring; Mentoring Moms and Dads, Referrals to Healthcare F acilities, Maternity Homes, and other community resources; and educational information on fetal development. Too ensure funding for their programs, F resh Start hosts annual fundraisers. With the help of over several churches in Polk County, the F resh Start Pregnancy Resource Center was able to raise $ 12,691.85 with their 2017 Baby Bottle Boomerang F undraiser, st nder their collections o , . . The non profit gro p e pressed their sincere gratit de or e er one who ret rned empt a ottles filled with coins, ills, and checks that will enable the center to purchase updated curriculum and meet other ministry needs. Churches and organizations are encouraged to return their baby bottles, empty or full, so they can recycle the bottles. When they get the bottles back, it keeps the organization from having to purchase more. Churches participating this year included: Bethel Baptist Church; Caddo Gap Baptist Church; Calvary Baptist Church; Cherry Hill Baptist; Cherry Hill Methodist Church; Concord Baptist Church; Dallas Avenue Baptist Church; F irst Assembly of God, Mena; irst aptist h rch, o e irst aptist h rch, rannis irst aptist h rch, atfield F irst Baptist Church, Mena; F irst Baptist Church, V andervoort; F irst Christian Church; Grace Bible Church; HEDGE Homeschool Group; Home Churches; Lioness Club; Mena Church of God; Mena Church of the Nazarene; Mena F irst Methodist; Penuel Assembly of God; St. Agnes Catholic Church; The Crossing; Trinity Lutheran; Q uality of Life Group. Another annual fundraiser, the Life is Beautiful Banq uet is coming up in November. Look for more information in an upcoming article of the Polk County Pulse. F resh Start is located in the rock house at 1308 Hwy. 71 N, in Mena, next door to Miner’s A & B Tire and across from Sun Country I nn. They can be contacted at 479-3941186. F or more information about F resh Start and how to partner with them, visit their website at and on F acebook at freshstartprc to keep up with other special events they are planning as well as other news and updates.

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xtension Homemakers will hold a beaded necklace workshop this Saturday from a.m. to noon in the tension fice d cation ilding at e een Street in Mena. Participants will learn to make a beaded, tassel necklack to keep. Cost for the class is $ 5 per person to cover the cost of materials. I nterested parties must register by calling the tension fice at . or more in ormation, contact inda t . The U niversity of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an eq ual opporunity/ e al access a firmati e action instit tion. o re ire a reasona le accomodation to participate or need materials in another ormat, please contact the tension fice at 479-394-6018 as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

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Cossatot River School District Launches New K12 Culinary Connection Partnership C BY LEANN DILBECK •

ossatot River School District launched a new partnership with K12 Culinary Connection for this school year and hosted a Grand Re-Opening last week, giving parents and guardians an opportunity to eat with their student and see the improvements the program has brought. According to Cossatot River Superintendent Donnie Davis, the success of the program is in the q uality of the food and allowing students to make choices. a is e plained that e ore their partnership with linar onnection, it was di fic lt to get st dents to eat l nch pro ided at school. e noticed there was a lot o ll tra s that were j ust getting thrown out, the kids weren’t eating the food and for many of our students, that may be the only full meal they will receive all day.” F ederal health guidelines for school lunches had made some district’s food unpalatable, but with the recipes and training received from Chef Justin Mills, they are noticing that the students are now clearing their tra s. i a and orange chic en ha e emerged as the a orites, The pi as are a ig winner on all o r camp ses, especiall the homemade pi a prepared a ter linar Connection came in and trained our staff,” Davis added. ach o ossatot i er s ca eterias on the ander oort, ic es, and Umpire camp ses are now e ipped salad ars gi ing st dents additional choices and enco raging st dents to make healthy choices. a is admitted that ha ing choices has een challenging or the o nger st dents, The indergarten ids reall str ggle with the choices t the are catching on. a is said the district has recei ed man accolades rom the parents and g ardians who attended the e ent last wee , e ha e recei ed a lot o positi e comments rom the parents who attended the grand re opening. e eel er positi e a o t the new linar onnection.

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wo Polk County men have been sentenced to terms in the Arkansas Department of Corrections following convictions that stemmed from drugs and drug activity. Both received hefty sentences, and one was booked into the Polk County Detention Center the day before his trial on additional drug charges. ason Tom lin o ena pled g ilt on his charges in ol o nt irc it o rt last wee a ter eing arrested in April o this ear. Tom lin was apprehended on April , a ter ic wor ena olice ficers at a local motel. At that time, police had recei ed in ormation stating Tom lin had rented a room at the motel with the alleged intent to sell methamphetamine and also that he was acting cra . As o ficers approached the motel, Tom lin was sitting in his ehicle in ront o his room. As ficer onnie ichardson made his wa across the par ing lot, Tom lin stepped o t o the ehicle. As ichardson commanded Tom lin to get on the gro nd, ichardson stated that Tom lin ept loo ing inside the ehicle. As Tom lin mo ed towards the back of the vehicle, Richardson was able to close the distance and apprehend the s ect. Since the ehicle was started, ichardson ass med that Tom lin ept loo ing inside the ehicle eca se he was considering eeing. owe er, a ter Tom lin was apprehended, police found a loaded .22 pistol in the seat. hen ficer rr arri ed to transport Tom lin to ail, the s ect egan to threaten hie artin and ficer rr . As rr transported Tom lin to the ol o nt etention enter, Tom lin allegedl told rr that he considered shooting it o t with police and wished he wo ld ha e. A ter a search o the s ect s ehicle and motel room, o ficers o nd methamphetamine, marij uana, drug paraphernalia ( including a pipe used to smoke marij uana and a

January 6, 2016

Notice of Annual Meeting

Polk County Farm Bureau will hold its annual meeting on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., at the Polk County Fairgrounds.

The meeting is for the election of board members, new resolutions and the recognition of the Farm Family of the Year. All members are welcome and invited to enjoy a delicious meal.

Please RSVP by September 18, 2017 by calling 479-394-3650 or mail to PO Box 1139, Mena, AR 71953 if you plan to attend. 309 S. Morrow, Mena



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Early Voting Begins for School Board Election



he 2017 Annual School Election will be held on September 19, 2017 for all three county districts – Cossatot River, Mena, and Ouachita River. Early and absentee voting began on Tuesday, September 12 and will continue on weekdays through Monday, September 18th. Early voting will be held at the County Clerk’s fice rom a.m. p.m. each da . Although each district has several expiring positions on their respective boards, there are no contested races in the Mena School District or the Cossatot River School District and neither have req uested a change to their millage rates, according to County Clerk Terri Harrison. Those two school districts will not open any polling places on Election Day, September 19. The positions expiring in the Mena School District are Todd Aynes and Robby Hines, with neither being challenged. The terms expiring on Cossatot River are Mark Duggan and Brian Rusty Y oungblood, also not challenged. The Ouachita River School District will have one contested school board race in one and will ha e a polling place on lection a , Septem er rom a.m. p.m. at oth the Acorn amp s and the den amp s. There are o r terms e piring on the achita i er oard. The are ason e gent, ana hilpot, Robby Strother, and Gene Monk. The contested race for Zone 5 is between Robby Strother and Annette Hays. arrison also said the Ar ansas egislat re passed the oter law in the last legislative session, which req uires “ all voters to verify their registration by showing a doc ment o identification card that show the name and photograph o the person to whom it was issued.” hoto identification m st e iss ed one o the ollowing 1. The U nited States 2. The State of Arkansas . An accredited postsecondar ed cational instit tion in the State . The o nt ler amples o accepta le proo o identit incl de t are not limited to 1. An Arkansas driver’s license; 2. A concealed carry handgun license . A U.S. passport . An emplo ee adge or doc ment iss ed the State o Ar ansas, the federal government, or a postsecondary educational institution located in Arkansas . A U.S. militar doc ment . A st dent card iss ed a postsecondar ed cational instit tion . A p lic assistance card . A photo oter card iss ed the o nt ler The photo is sed to eri the name and appearance o the oter compared to their name on voter registration) . A voter who will not or cannot provide photo will e as ed to ote a pro isional allot. All pro isional allots will then e re iewed the ol o nt lection ommission to determine i the sho ld e counted. or estions, contact the o nt ler s fice at .

NOTICE OF ANNUAL SCHOOL ELECTION IN OUACHITA RIVER SCHOOL DISTRICT OF POLK COUNTY, ARKANSAS In accordance with the requirements of Ark. Code Ann. §6-14-109, notice is hereby given that the annual school election in the above named school district will be held on September 19, 2017, for the following purposes: To elect 4 members to the Board of Directors for a term of 5 years; To submit the question of voting a total school tax rate (state and local) of 31.3 mills on the dollar of the assessed value of taxable property located in this School District. The proposed tax includes the uniform rate of tax (the “Statewide Uniform Rate”) to be collected on all taxable property in the State and remitted to the State Treasurer pursuant to Amendment No. 74 to the Arkansas Constitution to be used solely for maintenance and operation of schools in the State. As provided in Amendment No. 74, the Statewide Uniform Rate replaces a portion of the existing rate of tax levied by this School District and available for maintenance and operation of schools in this District. The total proposed school tax levy of 31.3 mills includes 25.0 mills specifically voted for general maintenance and operation and 6.3 mills for debt service previously voted as a continuing levy pledged for the retirement of existing bonded indebtedness. The surplus revenues produced each year by debt service millage may be used by the District for other school purposes. The total proposed school tax levy of 31.3 mills represents the same rate presently being collected. The polls will open at 7:30 a.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m. at the following polling places: Ward or Precinct

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Early Voting: Polk County Courthouse, Polk County Courthouse, Polk County Clerk's Office, 507 Church Avenue, Mena, AR, beginning Tuesday, September 12, 2017 to Friday, September 15, 2017, and Monday, September 18, 2017 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF OUACHITA RIVER SCHOOL DISTRICT OF POLK COUNTY, ARKANSAS By _________________________________ Secretary _______________________________________________________________________________________________ INSTRUCTIONS: Fill in polling places for each ward or precinct as designated by the County Board of Election Commissioners. Check Early Voting information. Publish once a week for three consecutive weeks in a newspaper published in Polk County. The first publication must be not later than twenty (20) days before the election. NOTICE OF POLLING SITES FORANNUAL SCHOOL ELECTION IN OUACHITA RIVER SCHOOL DISTRICT OF POLK COUNTY, ARKANSAS In accordance with the requirements of Ark. Code Ann. §6-14-106, notice is hereby given that: (1) The polling site for each ward or precinct in the 2017 annual school election is as follows: Ward or Precinct

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The polling sites for the following wards or precincts have changed since the last school election: Former Polling Site

Early Voting: Polk County Courthouse, Polk County Courthouse, Polk County Clerk's Office, 507 Church Avenue, Mena, AR, beginning Tuesday, September 12, 2017 to Friday, September 15, 2017, and Monday, September 18, 2017 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF OUACHITA RIVER SCHOOL DISTRICT OF POLK COUNTY, ARKANSAS ________________________________________ Secretary of the Board _______________________________________________________________________________________________ INSTRUCTIONS: Fill in wards or precincts and polling sites in (1) as designated by the County Board of Election Commissioners. List in (2) those wards or precincts for which the polling site has changed since the 2016 annual school election and the former polling sites. If there have been no changes in polling sites, (2) may be deleted and replaced with the following statement: “(2) No polling site has been changed since the 2016 annual school election.” Check Early Voting information. Publish this notice one time in a newspaper or newspapers with general circulation in each county in which any part of the territory of the District is located. The publication must be not more than ten (10) days and not less than three (3) days prior to the school election.


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State Parks Announce Fall Activites & Clean-Ups Q

ueen Wilhelmina State Park is recruiting volunteers for their annual Great Arkansas Clean-up on Saturday, September 23. V olunteers are invited to help pick up trash along the scenic Talimena Scenic Drive, Wonder House, trails and around the park lodge. Bring your own snacks, water, and pick-up sticks. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the amphitheater beside the Wonder House. Prizes will be given at the end. Cossatot River State Park ( CRSP) has several upcoming activities that will ensure you see some of the state’s most beautiful scenery, while helping out at the same time. They also have their annual half-marathon coming up that draws visitors from around the region. On September 16, CRSP will host Cossatot Citizens’ Day, in honor of Citizenship Day, which is held nationally on September 17. CRSP says you “ can celebrate by making a difference” at the park. “ We welcome the Eagle Scouts, 4H, Y outh Groups and other civic groups to participate in this event.” They said possible proj ects can include clearing trails, planting, painting sign posts, and highway cleanup. Lunch will be provided to those who participate. Also mark your calendar for October 7, 2017, when you will have another chance to help at the park. The staff at CRSP-Natural Area and members of the Arkansas Canoe Club invite everyone to participate in the Great Arkansas Cleanup event from 10 a.m. –


2 p.m. “ A clean, beautiful park is something you can enj oy and be proud to share with future generations,” said organizers. V olunteers will help clean up the wild and scenic Cossatot River, access points, and surrounding roadways. Registration will be held at the park’s V isitor Center. They will provide trash bags, gloves, safety vests and other supplies, but ask participants to bring your own snacks, water, and pick-up sticks or grabbers. They also highly recommend wearing boots for the event. F or the adventurous types, CRSP will host their 7Th Annual Half Marathon Trail Race on October 21, 2017. They invite all interested persons to challenge your abilities in the mountainous terrain of the Cossatot River State Park - Natural Area for a 13.1 mile single track trail run. Runners will be shuttled to the start at the north end of the trail and race one-way back to the visitor center. Three refueling/ aid stations will be along the trail. Participants can take their time and enj oy the trail or push to the limits and compete for the top honors; either way you are sure to enj oy this event. I f you would like to register go to I f you would like to learn more about these events and the many others offered at Cossatot River State Park, contact them at ( 870) 385 -2201.

Senator John Boozman Named 2017 “Arkansan of the Year” by ABA SUBMITTED


he Arkansas Broadcasters Association recently named Senator John Boozman as its “ Arkansan of the Y ear” for 2017. Senator Boozman accepted the award during the gro p s Awards an et at its Ann al on ention.The award is presented to a person who has made significant contri tions to residents o Ar ansas. n presenting the award, the ABA noted that Senator Boozman has always worked closely with Arkansas Broadcasters on issues affecting the industry, including signing on as a sponsor of the adio reedom Act which fights e orts to attach another per ormance ta to m sic played on radio and TV stations. Past recipients of the, “ Arkansas of the Y ear” were: Johnny Cash, John Paul Hammerschmidt, Lou Holtz, Governor Bill Clinton, Hil5 key facts about Prostate Cancer: lary Rodham Clinton, Don Tyson, Patty U pton, Colin Raye, Senator David Pryor, Senator Dale 1. Affects 1 in every 6 men 2. Deadlier than breast cancer Bumpers, Senator Blanche Lincoln, Senator 3. Detectable in early stages Tim Hutchinson, Jerry Jones, Governor Mike 4. NOT an old man’s disease 5. Does NOT go away if you avoid Huckabee, Richard Davies, James L. “ Skip” Rutherford, Jermain Taylor, Claiborne Deming, testing. Gentlemen: We encourage you to get and Governor Mike Beebe. a PSA blood test.

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OAC to Display Wooden Chair Art; Vendor Applications Available BY MELANIE WADE •

he Ouachita Arts Celebration ( OAC) is adding a new event to their already promising event coming up on Saturday, November 4, 2017, in downtown Mena. The latest addition will include old wooden chairs that have been turned into works of art. OAC organizers will distribute old, non-restored wooden chairs to local artists who will each add their own touch, creating masterful pieces of art. The pieces will be displayed along the sidewalk throughout the celebration for visitors to enj oy. Y ou will also have your chance to vote on the chairs for a People’s Choice Award. Cash prizes will be given to the winning artists. The winning pieces will be displayed for a time at Mena Art Gallery. With the completed chair artworks becoming the property of the OAC for fundraising use for future festivals, the chairs will be auctioned off. “ This is another way to encourage art in our community. The chair artwork shows that beautiful things can be made from old items, which may have outlived their usefulness,” said OAC organizers. I f you have a wooden chair you would like to donate, organizers say they will be greatly appreciated. Y ou can do so by contacting Judy Thompson at scootiej udy@ or 479-216-7644. V endor applications became available last week for this year’s Ouachita Arts Celebration. Applications for vendors wishing to participate will be accepted from September 1 through October 7 at Mena Art Gallery. Booths are all located on concrete and electricity is available if needed. The primary req uirement for vendors is that all work must be hand crafted. Mena Street will be blocked off between Janssen Street and Port Arthur Street so that people from all around southwestern Arkansas can wander freely among all the exhibits. There will e a car show, Tomm o ng s irds, int napping, roaming singers, local m sicians, children s cra ts, art demonstrations, lots o ood, and more. o can pic p detailed information and an entry form with complete rules from the Mena Art Gallery website: I f you still have q uestions, call Julie at the gallery at 479-3943880. Hours are 11 am to 2 pm Tuesdays and 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Chamber Welcomes New Member

Whitley Lind Photography Studio was welcomed into the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, September 9, 2017. The studio is newly opened at 711 Mena Street. Learn more about their services at

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Local Officials Help Elks Raise Funds State Representative John Maddox (standing) talks to Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer (sitting) as the pair lend a helping hand at dunking booth at the Mena Elks Lodge for a recent fundraiser. Mena Elks Lodge raises funding throughout the year for various charitable projects including their Senior Food Baskets and Chile ’s istm s Program.


I want to inform all of my loyal customers that the Wiles Barber Shop will be closing their doors on September 29th, after 42 years in business. Thank you for being the best customers ever for all those years. I have made many friends, had many conversations about a variety of subjects, and a lot of laughs. I have also enjoyed watching 2nd and 3rd generations grow up. Thank you for all the memories.

God bless you all! Benny Wiles


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sed s ringe , and cash. According to the report, etecti e ra too a confiscation report to Tom lin in ail or him to sign and, not onl did Tom lin re se to sign it, he also threatened ra at that time. n ol o nt irc it o rt, Tom lin pled g ilt to Sim ltaneo s ossession o r gs and irearms, a lass elong and recei ed a sentence o months and ossession o ethamphetamine with the rpose to eli er, a lass elon and recei ed months. Tom lin s sentences are to r n conc rrentl , in essence, Tom lin recei ed a total sentence o ears in the Ar ansas epartment o orrections. r an dward St rgis, age , o ena was sentenced ollowing a g ilt erdict a r o his peers on A g st , St rgis was con icted o rnishing, ossessing, or Using rohi ited Articles, a lass elon and ossession o a Sched le ontrolled S stance, ethamphetamine, a lass elon . oth carr a sentence o months each, to r n consec ti el , or a total o eight ears in the Ar ansas epartment o orrections. St rgis con iction stemmed rom a ecem er , arrest. ronicall , St rgis was pic ed p ol o nt ep ties on A g st , , the da e ore his trial, on a ond re ocation warrant and was allegedl carr ing more dr gs. According to police reports, St rgis was seen at a local store in ena and ep t stin agner made contact and placed St rgis into handc s. ring a personal search o St rgis clothing, agner allegedl o nd a small lac ag with a glass pipe wrapped in a paper towel, two s ringes, and a metal can with clear cr stals, that is s spected to e methamphetamine. Two pills were also o nd as well as a t e e chain with a white cr stal resid e, among other items. hen St rgis was searched again at the ol o nt etention enter, a homemade smo ing de ice with mari ana resid e was also o nd. St rgis was oo ed into the ail on co nts o ossession o a Sched le ontrolled S stance and two co nts o ossession o r g araphernalia.

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ter a s ccess l eginning this past alentine s a , the st n la ers are now preparing or another prod ction. Tim esse, director, notes that se en mem ers o the gro p ha e een practicing or ohn atric s A ad ear or Tomatoes. This comed will e per ormed two e enings rida , Septem er and Sat rda , cto er at ena o ntain esort. A ad ear or Tomatoes is a o t an older, s ccess l actress who mo es to a small town to e awa rom her p lic to ha e time to write her a to iograph and lfill a li etime dream o growing tomatoes. She is s ccess l in t rning aside the o ers pressed on her her long time agent, t dealing with her nose , alwa s present neigh ors is a di erent matter. n an attempt to shoo them awa and gain some pri ac , ra in ents a mad, homicidal sister, Sadie who is ept loc ed in an pstairs room, t occasionall escapes long eno gh to scare o nin ited isitors. etween the local dim witted hand man wanting to co rt the insane sister and the neigh ors wanting to con ert her, things go downhill. hen ra anno nces that her imaginar sister has gone o to the cit , the neigh ors elie e Sadie has een m rdered and the sheri is called This hilario s prod ction will eep the a dience la ghing ntil the er end. ast incl de enni ongoria as ra Sister Sadie ichael itt as Tom anc ewis portra ing ora mp and iranda rown as e a arper. anelle arnes will pla illa ae ilco hris ea er will e ine and eighanne al er portra s the sheri . Admission o incl des dinner and the pla . eser ations are necessar and ma e made calling ena o ntain esort at . st n la ers last per ormance was sold o t da s e ore the per ormance. lan now to en o a delicio s dinner and h moro s entertainment

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Local Athletes and Coach Earn Their Way to National Special Olympics S

pecial Olympics Arkansas has announced the team that will represent the state as Team Arkansas at the 2018 Special Olympics U SA Games, and among this team will be three student athletes and one coach from Mena. Among Team Arkansas will be Mena High School students Maddie F letcher and Jesse Ezell, and PCDC member Krista Carstens. MHS I ndependent Living Teacher Elizabeth Thompkins will serve as a coach on Team Arkansas. letcher was chosen to compete in swimming, ell in ag oot all, and arstens in athletics. These athletes competed with man others in tr o ts o er the s mmer, with hopes of being selected to represent Team Arkansas. e are e ond s per sto ed at this opport nit , Thomp ins said, a ter learning o the list that was named to Team Ar ansas. e re pro d to e part o Team Ar ansas and representing o r state, and we re reall loo ing orward to going to Seattle ne t s mmer to compete. The Special l mpics USA ames will e held in Seattle, ashington, l , . The mem er Team Ar ansas incl des athletes, Unified artners, and coaches who will compete in ele en sports at the ames, incl ding so t all, as etall, occe, owling, ag oot all, gol , powerli ting, soccer, swimming, trac and field, stand p paddle oarding. Team Arkansas is a diverse team from all over the state, with athletes and coaches from all areas of Arkansas. V isit our website http:/ / 2018usa-games.html for the full team list and their home towns. Mena is part of the Area 14 Special Olympics. The total cost o sending Team Ar ansas to the USA ames is will e , , , o which will e needed or ena s athletes. The will ha e se eral ndraisers coming up on the local level. Stay tuned to the Polk County Pulse, and KENA 104.1F M for fundraising information as it becomes available. F or information about how you can help sponsor the team or to make a donation, contact Camie Powell camie@ 5 01-771-0222 or 5 01-786-9029.



otherwise be able to take advantage of. Brenda Miner, Director of Library Services at U niversity of Arkansas Rich Mountain, also oversees the Ouachita Mountains Regional Library, which includes all library branches in Polk and Montgomery Counties. She explained that the Arkansas State Library System had implemented BrowseAloud into their system and when it became available, she felt it wo ld onl enefit the local comm nit so she too downloaded the program. With BrowseAloud, a user can sit down at a library computer, put on a pair of headphones, highlight text on the screen, and listen. Not only does it read the material to you, it can translate it into 40 languages audibly. I t can also translate the text into 99 languages that can be printed in written word. The program also incl des an on screen te t magnifier that helps sers that ha e is al impairments. An generator can con ert te t to a dio files that can e sa ed on a de ice, s ch as a mp dri e, or later o ine listening. iner said a e eat re is the screen mask, which blocks on-screen clutter, such as ads that line the sides of websites that are often distracting to web viewers. The screen mask allows readers to focus on the text being read. Miner said the program has been installed on the library computers in Mena and at the Montgomery County Library in Mt. I da. The Polk County Library plans to purchase new computers soon and will donate the used ones to branch libraries throughout the county. o e and atfield ranch i raries can e pect to soon recei e the rowseAlo d program on their computers as well. Miner said that branch libraries at Big F ork, Shady, and Board Camp do not have internet access, j ust yet, so they will have to wait. The program downloads are made possible through the Arkansas Library System and a grant from the I nstitute of Museum and Library Sciences. Miner said the legislation had considered cutting the program from the budget this year, but she is glad they did. “ I t will expand the services we can offer at our local libraries and I believe there are many people here that will enefit rom what rowseAlo d has to o er. I f you have any q uestions, or would like to use the BrowseAloud system, visit the Polk County Library in Mena or the Montgomery County Library in Mt. I da.

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................................................................................................................................ DEBORAH S. MELTON Mrs. Deborah S. Melton was called home in a divine spark of light and grace on Thursday, August 31,

2017. She was born to Thomas and Thelma Rowan Allison on August 30, 195 4 at Albuq uerq ue, New Mexico. She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Allison; her mother, Thelma Rowan V ance; and a step-father, John V ance; two sisters, Diane Davis and Karol Hall, an infant brother, Joey Ahrens; two brothers-in-law, Larry Hall and Benny Parks. She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of over 34 years, Paul Melton; two daughters and a son-in-law, Kimberlee Lee and Matt Y ates of Grannis and Erica Melton of Grannis; one brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Cindy Ahrens of

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De Q ueen, one sister, Kim Parks of Wickes; one granddaughter, Baylee Davis of rannis. She is also s r i ed fi e sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law, as well as, a number of nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends. She was a lover of words who enj oyed books and writing. She laughed easily, and always appreciated a good j oke. She loved the people in her life deeply, including her family, friends, and the past and present students of CRHS. She could always be counted on to pray, offer a kind word, or j ust be present where she was needed. She was the hands of God on earth and had a servant’s heart. True to form, she passed on a day that would guarantee her funeral to be convenient. I f you’re reading this, whether you knew her or not, she would like you to know that God loves you and there’s life after death. F uneral services for Mrs. Deborah Melton were held Monday, September 4, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. in the Revival Center Church at Cove, Arkansas. Burial will follow in the Wheelock Cemetery in V alliant, Oklahoma. The family received friends at the funeral home on Sunday, September 3, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. Y ou may send online condolences at

H. ROBERT SMITH Mr. H. Robert Smith, age 73, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died F riday, September 1, 2017 at his home. He was born to Robert, Jr. and Norma Gene Russell Smith at

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on F ebruary 8, 1944. He was a truck driver for over 37 years and was a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association. He enj oyed woodworking, needlepoint, working outdoors, and was a Mason. He was preceded in death by his father and a son, Joe Bob Mills. He is survived by his mother, Norma Gene Smith of Waskom, Texas; his wife of over nine years, Judy Carolyn Morris Smith of Gillham; two daughters and son-in-law, Lynne and Bill Nielsen of Magnolia, Arkansas and Nicole Smith of Sikeston, Missouri; one son and daughter-in-law, Robert Shannon and Kim Smith of F oreman, Arkansas; two sisters and a brother-in-law, B. Scarborough of Waskom, Texas and Patsy and James Creech of Waldo, Arkansas; thirteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild; as well as, a number of nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends. F uneral services for Mr. Robert Smith were held at 3:00 P.M. Monday, September 4, 2017 in the Chandler F uneral Home Chapel, De Q ueen. The family received friends at the funeral home from 2:00 P.M. until service time on Monday, September 4, 2017. Y ou may send online condolences at www.chandlerfuneral. com.

GARY DON CLABORN Gary Don Claborn, age 63, of Mena, Arkansas passed away, Sunday, September 3, 2017 at the Mena Re-

gional Health System in Mena. He was born on Tuesday, August 31, 195 4 to William Albert and Betty Jo Ball Claborn in F rederick, Oklahoma. Gary was a Godly man and served the Lord with all his heart. He was a member of the Anointed F aith Tabernacle in Old Dallas for many years. He and his wife Bren served as youth ministers for over 20 years in different churches. Gary loved his family and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He enj oyed watching his son play baseball, a classic car and motorcycle enthusiast and cooking up his delicious Claborn burgers. Gary worked 8 years at Street & Performance in Mena as a welder. Gary was a loving husband, father, grandfather and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents. Gary is survived by his loving wife, Bren Claborn of Mena; one son, Braxton Claborn of Mena; three daughters and sons-in-law, Brandee and Scott Walker of F ort Smith, Savannah Conner of F ort Worth, Texas and Jackee and Ricky Cook of Weatherford, Texas; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; and a host of other relatives and friends. A memorial service was held Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the Bowser F amily F uneral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Rick Manis o ficiating. Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh. com

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Area Students Earn Degrees at SAU’s Summer Commencement



total of 230 students were honored with undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Southern Arkansas U niversity Summer Commencement ceremony on August 4, 2017. Samantha Boyette graduated with a Master of Education degree. Boyette is from V andervoort, and was a Library Media maj or. Shelly Johnson graduated with a Master of Education degree. Johnson is from Grannis, and was an Elementary Education: Curriculum and I nstruction maj or. The commencement speaker for the undergraduate and graduate ceremonies was Magnolia High School Superintendent and SAU alum John “ Skipper” Ward. Established in 1909, SAU has built on its dedication to student achievement and caring atmosphere, both on campus and online, with more than 80 degrees in four distinct colleges and the School of Graduate Studies. As career and professional trends change, SAU initiates new degree programs to fit those needs. The latest additions include an exciting new Cybersecurity computer science program, Engineering, Musical Theatre, a uniq ue Welding Engineering Technology SAU System program, Supply Chain Management and a new track in the MBA program for Social Entrepreneurship. SAU was recently topped the list of Best Schools for Economic Mobility in Arkansas by F or more information about SAU , visit

Cossatot River School District’s K12 Culinary Grand Opening Cossatot River High School held a Grand Re-Opening of their Cafetorium on Wednesday, September 6, to launch their partnership with K12 Culinary Connection, a food service company that provides healthy meal plans and offers products at a lower cost due to bulk buying. To learn more, check out the story on page 3 of this edition.




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corn High School recently recognized 2nd semester honor roll students from the 2016-2017 school year. These students maintained A’s and B’s on their 3rd nine weeks, 4th nine weeks, and 2nd semester. Students in grades 7-11 were treated to an ice cream of their choice at McDonald’s, thanks to Nidec sponsoring the students. Honor Roll students were: 6th Grade: Braylan Bohlman, Brookelyn Goss, Kaelin Harding, Charish Hill, Olivia Maechler, Reed McGee, Rachael Miller, Lori Richardson, Braven Rodgers, Makayla Sandoval, Rachael Weddle, Jayden Willborg 7th Grade: Damian Bohlman, Lexi Dilbeck, Mason Cunningham, Kiersten Larucci, Jacob Lyle, Abbigail McCarroll, Abi Nance, Justice Neufeld, Josh Tilley, Raeghan Weddle 8th Grade: Keelan Brown, Emmylynn Goss, Corryn Holland, Halli Holland, Harlee Rodgers, Tyler Smedley, Kimberly Strasner, Autumn Strother, Sarah Wallace 9th Grade: Makenna Goss, Kacey Head, Brady Lyle, Matthew Nance, Justin Richmond, Haley Sandoval, Brody Webb 10th Grade: Makayla Anderson, Tessa Kesterson, Haley Richardson, Braxlie Strother 11th Grade: Zane Barr, Josey Webb

Mena Public Schools Welcome New Employees M ena Public Schools would like to welcome their new employees for the 2017-2018 school year. Louise Durham Elementary introduces Charmaine Martin and Sara Parsons. Mena Middle School's newest members are Paul Hooper, Heather Goss, Chad Simpson. Mena High is also proud to welcome Chad Simpson, along with Sadeidre Smith, Emily Randall, Allyssa Hostetler, Cindy Standridge, Gerrie Krudwig, and Macklin Chermak.

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Thursday, 9/14 • 7:00 a.m. until sold out – The Polk ou t me ’s et is open next to the Mena Depot. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 10:30 a.m. – Gator & Friends will be performing at The Mena Senior

Center. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County will meet at Papa’s Mexican Café. Contact Sue Cavner at 234-5844 or Linda Rowe at 234-2575 for more info. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – The First Assembly of God Distributes food at 2111 Sutherland or call 394-1229. • 2:00 p.m. – Cove Library History Club meets at the Cove Library. 00 m - t t eet i ist ies will have a free dinner and fellowship in the 9th Street Ministries building. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous Wome ’s eeti g at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. 00 m t e ’s io ’s u meets at the Lions Club Field House. 0 m e te 2 , e o the Eastern Star will meet at the Masonic Temple at 701 Port Arthur. Meeting will follow refreshments. • 7:00 p.m. – Amputee Support Group meets at First Christian Church in Mena. Call Laura for more information, 479-385-5130. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159


DA A A A VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTwill host their Annual Business Meeting and BBQ Dinner on September 30, beginning at 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome. A OUACHITAS will host their annual Rummage Sale Sept. 15-16 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Mena Elks Lodge.

Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – Cherry Hill Fire Department meeting and training at the Fire Station. Friday, 9/15 • 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. – PCDC Board of Directors meets in the MRHS Conference Room A. 12 00 m e io s eeti gs are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. - Gator & Friends will play at The American Legion in Acorn, admission $6. Potluck and 50-50 drawing, with 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. Saturday, 9/16 • 7:00 a.m. until sold out – The Polk Count me ’s et is open next to the Mena Depot. • 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Citizens Day at Cossatot River State Park. Help clear trails, plant, paint sign posts, etc. Lunch will be provided. Contact the park for more information at 870385-2201. • 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 m 00 m i e ’s A t Class at the Mena Art Gallery, for children ages 5 to 9. Cost is $2. Call 479-394-3880 to reserve spot. • 2:00 p.m. – Wonder House Tour at Q Queen Wilhelmina State Park. • 4:00 p.m. – Critter Signs & Tracks at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Amphitheater. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:30 p.m. – Create Nature Art at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Amphitheater. • 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, 9/17 • 10:00 a.m. – Cossatot River State Park will host Migration Madness about Monarch Butterflies’ migration to Mexico. Meet in the Legacy Room at the Visitor Center. • 10:00 a.m. – Wonder House Tour at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. • 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Inquiry Classes into the Catholic Faith will be held in the St. Thomas House at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 203 8th Street, and continue through Easter 2018. No cost or obligation, anyone interested is invited. Call 479-394-1017 for more information. • 1:00 p.m. – Concord Cemetery Association will have a By-laws Planning Meeting at

Concord Baptist Church. For more information, call 479-234-1555. • 2:00 p.m. – Feed the Critters at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center. • 2:00 p.m. - Spring Trail 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. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 3:00 p.m. – Worship Service at Sulpher Springs Church. • 3:30 p.m. – Bird Bingo at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet in the Hearth Room. • 3:30 p.m. – Kick & Pick at Cossatot River State Park. Snorkel a section of Cossatot River, observe, use seine net. Meet at the Low Water Bridge Below Visitor Center. Wear swim appropriate clothing. Minimum age is 6. 00 m ite et o ist out ou at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. o , 1 • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 11:15 a.m. – Cossatot Senior Center will host a Caregiver Meeting on Gout. • 12:30 p.m. – Cossatot Senior Center will have a Board Meeting. 0 m 0 m e eve t -D Adventist Church Food Pantry across from the Polk County Fairgrounds. Non-perishable food, personal care items, and nutritional help. No one will be turned away. • 5:30 p.m. – Polk County Republican Committee meets at Polk County Library, North Room. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 6:30 p.m. – The Lady Ouachitas will meet at the Bear State Bank Main Branch. • 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. – Ouachita Beekeepers Association meeting at Union Bank. Tuesday, 9/19 • 7:00 a.m. until sold out – The Polk Count me ’s et is open next to the Mena Depot. • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardener Commu it e ’s e st at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Fami issio is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena St. Bring your current project and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. 12 00 m 00 m e t e Branch library will be open.

• 5:00 p.m. – T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union Bank Community Room for weigh-ins, followed by a meeting. • 6:00 p.m. – Country and Gospel music at the Polk County Housing Authority Community Room. 00 m e egu t e o Council will meet at the Town Hall in Hatfield. • 7:00 p.m. – VFW Post 4451 meeting at Veterans Park in Acorn. 00 m e i e o s e gue Detachment will meet at Lighthouse Fitness. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for families of addicts and alcoholics meets at the ABC Club. • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Bluegrass music at Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room. 0 m ou t i e o so i o ge 21 will meet at the Hatfield Lodge. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479-234-2887 or 479-234-3043. Wednesday, 9/20 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 10:30 a.m. – Cossatot Senior Center will host a Blood Pressure Clinic 12 00 m e me ge i g sirens will be tested in Mena. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Polk County Library Cove Branch is open. m e e i st ite et o ist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – Warriors for Christ will meet at the Southside Church of God. 00 m ege e tio out i ist ies at Mena Church of God Hwy 88 East. • 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church hosts Discovery Kids – Kindergarten Thru 5th Grade; Collide Youth Ministry – 6th Thru 12th Grades; and Adult Bible Study. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at Grace Bible Church, 1911 Hwy 71 N. Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297.

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2017 Polk County Junior Livestock Sale

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Trayton Johnson - Cossatot Achievers 4H Res. CB Champion Market Steer Toon Cattle Co. - $1,700

Dalton Jewell - All Around 4H Res. Champion CB Market Goat Bear State Bank - $600

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Lindy Price - Cossatot River FFA Res. Grand CB/Res. Champ Mkt Hog Gentry Chevrolet - $1,200

Braden Smith - Cossatot Achievers 4H Supreme Champion Dairy Goat Gentry Chevrolet - $1,200

Karson Miller - Mena FFA Market Hog Union Bank - $800

Zaide Morgan - Cossatot River FFA Market Hog Union Bank - $750

Josey Webb - Acorn FFA Market Steer 5J Electric - $2,400

Hope Lott - Mena FFA Market Lamb Gentry Chevrolet - $2,000

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Lauren Driver - Cossatot River FFA Market Hog Union Bank - $1,200

Makori Gabourel - Mena FFA Market Goat Union Bank - $800

Shanna Johnson - Cossatot River FFA Market Steer Toon Cattle Co. - $1,000

Lynnlee Cook - Mountain Valley 4H Market Lamb Union Bank - $900

Hannah McLain - Mountain Valley 4H Market Hog Union Bank - $1,600

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Hoyt McLain - All Around 4H Market Hog Union Bank - $1,700

Shanna Johnson - Cossatot River FFA Market Lamb Union Bank - $800

Landrie Tadlock - Cossatot River FFA Market Hog Union Bank - $950

Coy Frachiseur - Cossatot River FFA Market Steer Anthony Frachiseur - $4,100

Pate Taylor - Cossatot River FFA Market Lamb Tyson - $1,000

Kyntlie Wiles - Mena FFA Market Hog Diamond Bank - $1,100

Lacy Floyd - Cossatot Achievers 4H Market Goat Air Gas - $800

Cooper Hayes - All Around 4H Market Hog Chambers Bank - $800

Shayla Reel - Cossatot River FFA Market Hog Union Bank - $900


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Maddie Johnston - Cossatot Achievers 4H Market Hog Union Bank - $1,100

Katie Mesko - Mena FFA Market Lamb Farm Bureau Women Committee - $1,000


Hannah Bell - Cossatot Achievers 4H Market Hog Gentry Chevrolet - $1,000

Nicholas McCourtney - Mountain Valley 4H Market Goat Union Bank - $900

Katy McLain - All Around 4H Market Steer Toon Cattle Co. - $2,400

Cassidy Ashcraft - Mena FFA Market Lamb Union Bank - $900

Maggie Tadlock - Cossatot Achievers 4H Market Hog Union Bank - $1,100

Kelcy Frachiseur - Cossatot Achievers 4H Market Hog Gentry Chevrolet - $1,500

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Rendi Warren - Cossatot Achievers 4H Market Steer Union Bank - $2,800



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Paige Evans - Mena FFA Grand Champ/Grand CB Mkt Lamb Union Bank - $2,500

Brandi Frachiseur - Cossatot River FFA Supreme Champion Heifer/Reserve Champion Steer Gentry Chevrolet - $1,500

Jacie Wilkerson - Cossatot River FFA Grand Champ Market Steer Union Bank - $1,300


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Troy Bailey - Cossatot River FFA Grand Champion CB Bull Gentry Chevrolet - $1,400

Halie Standerfer - Mena FFA Chand Champ Market Goat Union Bank - $1,100

Harlie McCourtney - Mountain Valley 4H Grand CB Market Goat Union Bank - $600

Lindy Price - Cossatot River FFA Grand CB Registered Heifer Doug’s Automotive - $1,200

Jose Rios - Cossatot River FFA Grand Champion CB Steer Union Bank - $1,200

Kilee Rowe - Clover Cats 4H Grand Champion Pen of Pullets Gentry Chevrolet - $800

Tori Evans - Mena FFA Res. Champ/Res. CB Market Lamb Gentry Chevrolet - $2,000

Raegan Richardson - Cossatot River FFA Res. Champion Market Goat Gentry Chevrolet - $1,900

Keilah Barney - Lead 4 Life 4H GC Pen of Fryer Rabbits Union Bank - $600

Mattie Youngblood - Straight Shooter 4H GC GB Commercial Heifer Union Bank - $1,000

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Tommie Jo Whitmire - Cossatot River FFA Res. GC CB Commercial Heifer Union Bank - $1,800

Lacy Floyd - Cossatot Achievers 4H Res. Champ Fryer Pen of Rabbits Union Bank - $600

Jacie Wilkerson - Cossatot River FFA GC & CB Market Hog Tyson - $1,200

Easton Johnson - Sod Busters 4H Res. CB Registered Heifer Shawn Lloyd - $2,900

Max Watkins - All Around 4H Res. Champion Pen of Pullets 5J Electric - $700

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Congratulations to all the Polk County Junior Livestock Winners!

Congratulations to all Junior Livestock Exhibitors!

Team Smallwood Kevin & Rebecca Smallwood 816 S. Mena St. • Mena, AR 71953 Office: (479) 394-5000 Cell: (479) 243-3407(K) • (479) 243-3226(R) or

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Carmindy Ashcraft - Mountain Valley 4H Market Lamb Polk County Farm Bureau - $700

Chelsey Hamm - Cossatot River FFA Market Hog Toon Cattle Co. - $1,400

Braylee Jewell - All Around 4H Market Goat Tyson - $1,300

Rhyen Martin - Cossatot River FFA Market Hog Union Bank - $1,200

Braylee Jewell - All Around 4H Market Lamb Bear State Bank - $1,200

Ashlen Gonzalez - Cossatot River FFA Market Hog Kenny Miller - $800

Josey Johnston - Cossatot Achievers 4H Market Hog Doug’s Automotive - $1,200

Katy McLain - All Around 4H Market Hog Union Bank - $2,000

Dalton McCourtney - Mena FFA Market Goat Union Bank - $1,000


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RABBITS: Reserve Grand Champion Meat Pen of 3 Grand Champion Meat Pen of 3 1st Reserve Champion Overall Best Show 2nd Reserve Champion Single Flyer Rabbit Showmanship - Senior Rabbit Showmanship - Junior Rabbit Showmanship - Pee Wee

Paul Wood & First Financial Bank Sonsyweld Page Interprises Mountain Airframe, LLC Ligion Oil Company Paul Wood & First Financial Bank Polk County 4H Polk County 4H Polk County 4H

Lacy Floyd Keilah Barney Kenna Ferguson Josiah Wilson Bladen West Josiah Wilson Keilah Barney Lacy Floyd Taeden Broach

POULTRY: Pullet Chain - Grand Champion Pullet Chain - Reserve Grand Champion Best Standard Chicken Best Bantam Chicken Best Standard Trio Best Bantam Trio Poultry Showmanship - Senior Poultry Showmanship - Junior Poultry Showmanship - Pee Wee Best Over-All Entry

Woods Enterprises First Financial Bank Woods Enterprises First Financial Bank Woods Enterprises First Financial Bank Woods Enterprises First Financial Bank Woods Enterprises & First Financial Bank Dodge Cowart

Kilee Rowe Mac Watkins Sabastian Madena Austin Melius Colton Taylor Sarah Grenier Grace Carmack Kohlea Carmack Jade Watkins Sabastian Madena

SHEEP: Junior Sheep Showmanship e io ee o m s i m io et m Grand Champion County Bred Market Lamb Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb Reserve Grand Champion County Bred Market Lamb

Mena Pawn & Gun im’s m u gi ’s out e Auto Maye Lambs Mandy Parks Photography Rich Mountain Lumber

Pate Taylor o e ott ige v s Paige Evans Tori Evans Tori Evans

SWINE: Junior Swine Showmanship Senior Swine Showmanship Grand Champion Market Hog Grand Champion County Bred Market Hog Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog Reserve Grand Champion Country Bred Market Hog Supreme Champion Gilt

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Duffle & Buckle Winners


to all The Polk County Junior Livestock Winners! John Maddox

State Representative District 20

“We can make it happen!”

Servicing Mena & Surrounding Areas (479) 394-3419 Robby & Sonja Birtcher

Congratulations to the Fair Winners!


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Duffle & Buckle Winners Sponsor:


Freedom Pharmacy Ouachita Equine Sonsyweld Gilchrist Tractor Lehmann Farms Razorback Auto Parts Six Mile Construction Lehmann Farms Hampton Aviation Hampton Aviation

Lacy Floyd Raegan Richardson Evelyn Horn Grace Carmack Braden Smith Halie Standerfer Harlei McCourtney Grace Carmack Raegan Richardson Dalton Jewell

BEEF: Senior Beef Showmanship u io ee o m s i Grand Champion County Bred Commerical Heifer u eme m io ei e Grand Champion Steer Grand Champion County Bred Steer Grand Champion County Bred Registered Bull Grand Champion County Bred Registered Heifer County Bred Reserve Grand Champion Commerical Heifer Reserve Grand Champion Steer Reserve Grand Champion County Bred Steer Reserve Grand Champion County Bred Registered Heifer

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Landrie Tadlock ie mit Mattie Youngblood i iseu Jacie Wilkerson Jose Rios Troy Bailey Lindy Price Tommie Jo Whitmire Brandi Frachiseur Trayton Johnson Easton Johnson

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Farm Bureau Women’s Committee Announces SPAM Cookoff Winners


he first ann al arm rea omen s ommittee Spam oo o is o ficiall in the oo s. The coo o was held at the ol o nt air on Th rsda , A g st st. ar o son o the lse, harlotte iles o UA , and Tan ner ooper o ham ers an dged the coo o . There were si entries that ranged rom enchiladas to alo dip. The winners o this ear s Spam oo o are st lace, ett So es i eli cio s Spamchiladas , nd lace inda ee enton ie a la talian and rd lace e ie Thompson Spam and acaroni Salad . The cash pri es or each place will e awarded ol o nt arm rea . A ig than o to all who entered, the dges and all o those who stopped to watch the e ent. e loo orward to seeing what new entries ol s dream p ne t ear.

Democratic Party of Polk County Announces Fair Drawing Winners


he emocratic art o ol o nt set p their ann al ooth at the o n t air and held drawings or those who stopped and registered. in ners this ear are honda ross Tomm Alario inner or Two at a a s e ican a e arlene asm ssen Tee Shirt

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Bearcats Drop The Trojans In Hot Springs T


he Bearcats hit the road for the second game of this season and traveled to Hot Springs to take on the Troj ans, September 8. Mena went into the game trying to break the winning streak of the Troj an team, who have defeated the Bearcats the last two years. And, in a game which was close for the maj ority of time, the Bearcats were able to bring home the victory, defeating the Troj ans on their own gridiron, 29-18. As in week one, the Bearcats won the coin toss and deferred to receive the ball to start the second half. Christian Lua’s opening kickoff for Mena was received and returned by the Troj ans to their own eighteen yard line. A ter a first down alse start against ot Springs, the Tro ans arter ac , # 7 Aaron Williams, connected a pass to # 32 Joseph Westbrook of the home team, who caught the ball and ran down to the Mena 21-yard line. A few plays later, the Troj ans handed the ball off to Kenneth Byrd who ran into the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown run. Christian Jovel’s point-after-attempt for the Troj ans was no good, leaving the score at 6-0. ena too o er on their first possession at the ard line, a ter a holding penalty on the kickoff. After gaining a few yards on a couple plays, the Bearcats fumbled the ball on second down, giving the ball back to Hot Springs on the Mena 44-yard line. The Troj ans lost yardage on a few plays during PHOTO COURTESY BEAR FACTS • CODY GEE their second possession, right before Nick Linch intercepted a Hot Springs pass, returning the ball to the Mena 38. On second and ten from the 38, senior Carson Cannon handed the ball off to the unstoppable Justin Dean, who ran all the way down to the Troj ans 36. After a penalty against Hot Springs on the same play, the Bearcats moved down to the 26, with a new set of downs. A few plays later, on second and goal from the 1-yard line, Cannon kept the ball up the middle for 1-yard and ran into the end zone, giving Mena the lead, 8-6, with 1:37 le t in the first arter. Camden Brodersen’s kickoff for Mena was returned by the Troj ans to their own 35 -yard line. The Tro ans third o ensi e possession went into the second arter, howe er, ot Springs went three and o t, eing forced to punt. Justin Dean returned the Troj ans punt to the 38-yard line. After driving down to the Hot Springs 34-yard line, the Troj ans forced Mena to turn the ball over yet again, handing Hot Springs the ball on their own 36-yard line. On Hot Springs’ fourth offensive possession, the Troj ans drove down to the Mena 18-yard line before Damien Walker was handed the ball and ran in for an 18-yard touchdown run. The Troj ans went for the 2-point conversion, but were unsuccessful, making the score 12-8 Hot Springs. Mena took over on their own 35 -yard line following the kickoff and drove down to the for Cossatot Senior Center needed. Hot Springs 12-yard line before Justin Dean ran in for the second Bearcat touchdown of the night. On the 2-point conversion try, Cannon, again, ran into the end zone right up Duties include responsible for the day-to-date operation of our the middle, giving Mena the lead 16-12 with 1:39 left before halftime. Hot Springs went three-and-out on their next possession, but time expired during their senior program, inventory, bookkeeping, and monthly reports. punt. Making the halftime score 16-12 in favor of the Bearcats. Knowledge of Quickbooks, Microsoft Office, and supervisory The Bearcats took over after halftime at their own 38-yard line after the kickoff, but were na le to score on their first possession o the second hal , a ter ailing to earn a experience, is needed. Must be willing to do all jobs at the center. first down on o rth down rom the ot Springs se enteen. Both teams went scoreless in each of their next two offensive possessions, going into

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the fourth q uarter with the score still 16-12. Breaking the scoreless drought, the Troj ans drove from their 25 -yard into the Mena red zone, before Hot Springs ran in for a touchdown. Going for the two-point conversion yet again, the Troj ans were unsuccessful, with the score 18-16 with 7:5 2 left in the game. I t only took the Bearcats a few minutes before taking the lead again, as Mena drove from their 35 down to the Troj ans 15 , where Justin Dean ran in for a 15 -yard touchdown. Mena went for the extra two points again, but came p short. a ing the score with le t in the final q uarter. Hot Springs went three-and-out on their next possession, gi ing the earcats the all ac with e cellent field position, after going for it on fourth down. Mena took over from the Troj ans 25 -yard line on their ninth o ensi e possession. n first down, annon ept the all or fi e ards, e ore ean ro e m ltiple tac les with the stiff arm he is known for and ran 20 yards for a earcat to chdown on second down. amden rodersen s point-after-attempt split the uprights, making the score 2918 with 2:49 left in the game. Each team played another offensive possession before the game came to an end, but neither were able to score, keeping the Bearcat victory in line, by a score of 29-18. The now 2-0 Mena Bearcats will host the rival Waldron Bulldogs this F riday, September 15 th, at Bearcat Stadium. The lldogs will come into rida s game, also with a sea son record o , a ter a wee one win against ansfield, , and a wee two win against edar ille, . The earcats ha en t lost a game against aldron since . ic o or this rida s match p against aldron is set or pm. o can t ma e it to the game, ma e s re to tune in on KQ OR 105 .3 by downloading the app or catching the stream at

Ladycats Sweep Hackett M


onday night, September 11th, Mena V olleyball hosted the Lady Hornets of Hackett in the U nion an enter. F ollowing a few eight-minute periods of play by the seventh grade volleyball teams, the Mena Junior High V arsit ad cats too the co rt to ic o the nights o ficial games. n the first set o their match against ac ett, the nior ad cats were a le to sta close with the ad ornets and come ac rom a deficit, to e ent all win the set 26-24. I n another closely knit set, Hackett forced a tie-breaker by defeating the Junior Ladycats 25 in the second set. The ad ornets won the first ew points o the third set, and won the tie rea er . Winning the match against the Junior Ladycats, 2-1. I n the second match of the night, ena s Senior igh nior V arsity team took the court to take on the Lady Hornets. n the first set o the match, both teams kept it close, going back in fourth, but the Ladycats battled for a two-point lead and won the set 25 -23. The Ladycats had no problem scoring at all in the second set, as Mena took an early lead and ended up winning the set by nine, 25 16, defeating the Senior High Junior V arsity Lady Hornets 2-0. or the finale match o the night, the Senior High V arsity Ladycats took the court to take on Hackett. Mena started the first set on a r n, e ore the Lady Hornets were able to score. The ad cats held onto their lead, and too the first set a score o . n the second set, oth teams ept it close to start, howe er, ena was a le to p ll awa and win the set . The ad cats didn t let p at all, in what ended p eing the final set o the night, as ena p lled awa earl on and won the set , sweeping the Lady Hornets 3-0. n T esda , the ad cats tra eled to ansfield to ta e on the Tigers, t will e ac pla ing in the Union an enter on Th rsda , Septem er . The ena th grade team, along with the nior igh , nior igh V , Senior High JV , and Senior High V will all play host to the Lavaca Lady Arrows. F irst serve is set to be at 4:00pm.

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Missing Teen


that very reason. The reports first came in on T esda , Septem er , that a ear old girl, rithne arie il ert, was missing and had last een seen her mother aro nd p.m. on onda night. rithne s clothing that she had een wearing were on the oor o her residence t she co ld not e located. er parents contacted law en orcement who ic l egan attempts to locate her. oncern grew when initial reports stated that a riend with whom rithne attends school reported that rithne had een sing a te ting app and tal ing to an n nown male who li es o t o state. ol o nt Sheri Scott Saw er and his department wor ed diligentl to find her. rithne s parents were naware that she was te ting an one. er ather, imm , e plained that the phone rithne had een sing had no ser ice and can onl e sed i wi fi is a aila le. The had no idea that te ting apps can e downloaded and sed to comm nicate, m ch less that their da ghter was sing one. aria, rithne s mother, said that she sometimes as s her da ghter i she has a o riend and other normal mom estions. hen she answered no, wo ld elie e her. o sho ld hear her sing, people ha e said her whole li e that she is anointed. eca se o rithne s sweet disposition, The Dilbert Family can be heard singing at churches across the county as Chosen the amil was lindsided to learn o her acti ities and hopes their stor ma es others Generation Singing Group. Pictured left to right: Brithney, Jimmy R., Maria V., Jimmy H., aware o the dangers, e en in the iet town o ena, and that i it weren t or the pra ers i , i , , it e ot i tu e e t e ou e’s ou gest gi s, o so man in their time o need, the o tcome might ha e een m ch di erent. nstead, Samantha and Hannah. rithne was located on ednesda in ort Smith. e elie e the local radio pla ed a ig part eca se people were listening and the wo ld hear and pra . Also, her riends heard and it made them want to come orward to tell what the new, imm e plained. aria said eca se o the stor posted the lse on social media, their amil in ond ras and all aro nd the United States new and were pra ing e ore the e en had a chance to call them. nce o nd, Sheri Saw er made the trip to ort Smith to retrie e rithne and ret rn her home. imm and aria il ert and their amil o eight children orm hosen eneration ospel Singing ro p and ne er tho ght something li e this co ld a ect their amil , altho gh traged has str c them e ore. The co ple is originall rom ond ras, imm mo ing to the U.S. in and aria ollowing in . The li ed in ew rleans, o isiana when rricane atrina nleashed her r in and the o nd themsel es at ort ha ee, a ational ard Arm ase, st o tside ort Smith, Ar ansas, a ter their home ooded. There the wo ld sta or a while ntil the were mo ed to amp igh oint, the irl Sco t amp that sits east o ena. imm went ac to their ew rleans home da s a ter atrina had str c and it was still sitting in two eet o water at that time. hile at amp igh oint the were o ered a home in ena and made the decision to ecome residents. The people are so nice here, said imm . t was the hospitalit o the people and the close nit, sa et net ind o eel that made them s re to call ena home. ittle did the now, the o tside world wo ld slowl creep in and tr to claim their precio s da ghter, rithne . The eel that o tside in ences ca sed rithne to want to lea e home t are more than glad that she had a change o heart and egan responding to law en orcement, who wo ld e ent all ring her home. There are man dangers aro nd, incl ding those online. Too o ten o th are drawn in predators and the internet ma es it an all too eas tas . To ed cate o rsel on the dangers o the internet and downloaded apps isiting www. nternetSa te .org. o will find statistics, g ides, and m ch more on the dangers o social media and mo ile and wireless comm nications, as well as sa et and pre ention ad ice.


r. Aldrich grad ated rom the ansas it ollege o osteopathic edicine, now nown as the ansas it Uni ersit o edicine and iosci ence in . e also completed his otating nternship ediatric esidenc and at the same instit tion. e ser ed two ears acti e d t in the U.S. a al eser es as a eneral edicine ficer two ears acti e and o r ears reser e . Upon his completion o residenc , r. Aldrich accepted a position at the ir s ille ollege o steopathic edicine in ir s ille, as an assistant pro essor o pediatrics. e ad anced to associate pro essor o pediatrics and mo ed to the est irginia School o steopathic edicine. A ter est irginia, he entered pri ate practice in Toledo, . n the spring o , he was as ed to ret rn to ir s ille, and ass me the position o hairman o ediatrics or the steopathic edical School. e wo ld ha e interns and amil practice residents on his pediatric ser ice. r. Aldrich participated with the A S ediatric Ad anced i e S pport rogram rom and eonatal es scitation rogram a o t the same length o time. n essence, he was on call or ears. e ad ance to ro essor o ediatrics and de eloped a pediatric residenc program in concert with the Uni ersit o isso ri at ol m ia ediatrics and St. ohn s ospital in Springfield, . e grad ated two pediatric residents, oth are er s ccess l. ith all o that responsi ilit , he was rning the candle at oth ends. e was orced to decide etween amil and wor , which he did a mo e to Spar s in ort Smith. There, he practiced as one o se eral general pediatricians in the ort Smith in the Spar s o ndation. is most c rrent practice was in Siloam Springs. resentl , li e with m lo el wi e o ears. o r o r children, all are married with amilies o their own. The oldest da ghter is a teacher in ansas it , S with a do le masters in teaching. The second da ghter is a pharmacist in the rlando area. r third da ghter is ite ad anced in hiropractic and s pport medicine. r son is an ph sician in the San Antonio, T area. loo so orward to eing at ena egional ealth S stem.


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40th Wedding Anniversary R od ney a nd E mma L ott wi ll celeb r a te 4 0 yea r s of ma r r i a g e a t a n outd oor op enhouse style r ecep ti on f r om 4 p m to 8 p m a t the Ca mp Pi oneer B oy S cout Ca mp on S ep temb er 1 6 th, 2 0 1 7 . R od ney a nd E mma wer e ma r r i ed S ep temb er 1 6 , 1 9 7 7 a t Mounta i n F or k Chur ch. A ll f r i end s a nd f a mi ly a r e i nv i ted to commemor a te R od ney a nd E mma ’ s R ub y A nni v er sa r y.


Panda &

G retta

Panda and Gretta loves playing outside. Their owner is Dixie Shemwell.

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There’s No “I” in Team BY LEANN DILBECK •


t is one most the most beloved and highly anticipated seasons, folks, and there’s an all consuming, contagious mania that seems to come with it. This season will stir emotions and excitement, all at the same time. I t brings about a kindred bond among complete strangers and can simultaneously cause strain in the best of relationships. I t will even cause the most prudent to cuss. Welcome to football season in America, a whopping $ 100 billion industry! Road trips, tailgating, BBQ s, and parties are held around the games, whether high school, college, or the NF L… and in the end, the winner is determined by the highest number on the scoreboard. How do you choose who you support? F or many, it’s a tradition or an alma mater. F or others, it’s based on the talent of the team or the coach. There isn’t always a method to the madness, but one thing is or certain, the winner is alwa s determined the final score. How many of us get consumed with keeping score in our own relationships? I ’ve certainly been guilty of it at points in my life and I doubt that I ’m alone. Whether we’re scorekeeping at work to see who’s made the most mistakes… and making sure they are pointed out… or keeping score with our spouse over who has been more right, there’s no place or score eeping, e cept on the all field. Maturity has taught me to have compassion for those who have to feed their own passive aggressive or dominating personalities by making sure they are on the winning side of their own personal scoreboard in order to feel superior. How or why? A deeper understanding that some of s find o in enco raging and pli ting others while others are so ro en internall that the onl way they survive is by knocking others down in a brutal race to be at the top, forgetting that they have walked all over others to gain that shallow satisfaction. Sadly, a satisfaction that provides only eeting, temporar gain. January 6, 2016 When we keep score at work, or at home, or in any of our personal relationships, there is no winner. The purpose of a score is to determine a loser… and if that is our goal at work, when we should strive for a team environment, the game has already been lost. Let’s strive to keep the competition and scorekeeping on the gridiron! Work, family, or friends is no place to try to make a loser out of someone!

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Emily Huckaby – Embracing Technology to Help Students Soar to Success



ith more and more advancements in technology, education is continually changing. Changes are made to help better engage students,

but new technology can be used for more than student participation. I s it possible to mix new and innovative technology to bolster student education, while also serving the community? Emily Huckabey, EAST F acilitator at Cossatot River High School [ CRHS] certainly thinks so, and she is engaging students with new technology, while encouraging students to make a difference in the community. mil grew p in T lsa la. and grad ated rom ro en Arrow. A ter high school, she attended isso ri State in Springfield, where she earned her degree in I nstrumental and V ocal Music. Emily worked as a choir and band director for almost seven years in a couple of high schools before she and her husband moved to New Y ork so that he could pursue his Master’s degree. “ We moved to New Y ork so my husband could attend NY U , where he had a scholarship. We packed two suitcases a piece and a one wa tic et, sa s mil thin ing ac on the mo e. A ter her h s and finished his degree, the co ple oth wor ed at edwater igh School in Te as before moving back to the area. Now, the couple both work at the Cossatot River School District. “ I t was a great move for us and our family. We wanted our daughter Cecilia to be a in a place that we would have community support.” U pon moving to the area and starting at Cossatot River, Emily was named the EAST F acilitator. She was very excited about the opportunity to work with students in a new capacity, but also nervous because she had no previous experience with EAST. “ I didn’t have any previous experience with EAST so I started doing research. EAST sounded really innovative and I felt like it would be something I would enj oy so I said ‘ yes’,” recalls Emily. Three years after taking the position, not only is Emily enj oy the position, but the EAST program is growing leaps and bounds under her leadership. Over the last year alone, Emily has guided the students in EAST at Cossatot River to exciting opportunities, including their most recent partnership with the Old State House Museum. While she is the EAST facilitator at Cossatot, Emily would q uickly point out she is j ust that…a facilitator, “ that’s what I love about EAST, I am a facilitator, meaning I help ‘ guide’ students and give them guard rails so that they can succeed. So much of what is happening is because we have awesome students,” Emily says proudly. The AST initiati e is a non profit s pporting st dent dri en comm nit ser ice sing teamwor and the latest in technolog . This is the dri ing principle ehind AST and this is what mil loves about facilitating opportunities for students, “ The basis of EAST is solving problems and this goes beyond bookwork to teaching them skills that will help in the real world. I really believe that our students are learning skills that will make a difference.” Recently, the EAST students have been working with the Old State House Museum to print and replicate artifacts and busts to be used at the museum, an opportunity that Emily is extremely e cited a o t, The st dents that are in ol ed with this pro ect are learning how to se c tting edge technolog and the get to e a part o an awesome pro ect that will enefit co ntless people, explains Emily. While Emily gives a lot of recognition to her EAST students, and rightly so, anyone around Emily recognizes her enthusiasm for learning and teaching her students. “ I love being where I am and doing what am doing. lo e the aha moments when the light goes on and a st dent finall grasps the concept the ha e een wrestling with that moment is so rewarding or me, mil sa s with a smile. n the AST classroom there is a little more e i ilit with c rric l m than there ma e in other classes, which allows for Emily to teach kids in a variety of dynamic ways. One of the opportunities she uses for teaching are team building exercises for students. “ This is a great way for our students to get to know each other. Many of the students may spend a whole semester working on a proj ect with another and so it allows for them to get to know each other better, but it also can provide a break from the stressful moments.” AST pro ides not onl opport nities or st dents to thri e, t is specificall designed to help the community thrive as well. “ At its very core, EAST is designed to help communities solve problems through innovative technology. I love this… may be more than anything… that we have the opportunity to solve real problems that affect so many people.” There are many proj ects that are worth the time and effort of the students and Emily, but they try to focus on more sophisticated proj ects. “ When I say ‘ sophisticated,’ I mean proj ects that help solve tangible problems in the community.” This past year alone, students in EAST have helped designed a model for a new Wickes Elementary School playground, begin a partnership with Old State House Museum, and a ew st dents partnered with the ol o nt Sheri s fice to roll o t a potential emergenc management app. People have always said, “ Do what you love and you will never ‘ work’ another day in your life. Emily Huckaby loves her EAST students and Cossatot River High School family, making each day a new opportunity to serve the community. “ Our staff and community are so supportive of what we are doing and I am thankful.”



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Ouachita Regional Hospice – Care During One of Life’s Most Important Times BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY •


here are literally hundreds upon thousands of websites and books on how to strategically select a career, but in many cases, the most gratifying careers select us or even call us. And that is precisely the case with the caring professionals at Ouachita Regional Hospice, who walk their patients and their families through one o li e s most di fic lt transitions. The gro p recentl relocated rom So th ena Street to a larger and more spacio s o fice at e een Street to etter accommodate their sta fing needs. achita egional ospice ser ices a mile radi s aro nd Mena but is part of a larger organization, LHC Group, that also cares for patients in Polk, Scott, Howard, Sevier, ogan, i e, and parts o Se astian co nties in Ar ansas with a sta o ll time and part time n rses, As, chaplains, and social wor ers, who wor in partnership with ena egional ealth S stem, nder the leadership o r. atric o as the medical director and r. Ste e orrest as the assistant medical director. n a career where care and e perience can ma e all the di erence, this gro p is partic larl pro d o their com ined ears o e perience. All o these pro essionals ser e as an in al a le li e line as m ch to their patients amilies as the do the patients themsel es d ring one o li e s most di fic lt and emotional transitions. ospice care oc ses on the alit o li e rather than its length. t pro ides ind and compassionate care or people in the last phases of incurable circumstances so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible. “ People’s natural perception of Hospice has always been that someone is going to pass in a short period of time, said achita egional ospice Administrator Tom atterson, who also e plained that wasn t alwa s the case. “ A lot of times, with that continuity of care, they can get better. And, in many cases, they get discharged back to Home Health until a later time.” Jessica Woodall, who manages public relations for the group, added, “ We’ve serviced some of our patients for up to three years.” achita egional ospice pro ides e tensi e s pport and reso rces or the amilies as well, incl ding erea ement, chaplain, and aids that can assist not onl in a clinical capacity but also with light housekeeping or cooking. n hospice care, healing is no longer applica le, t s a di erent ind o healing, e plained essica. e re here to ma e them as com orta le as possi le, added Tom, so that the transition is as com orta le as eas as possi le or them and to help the amil e more prepared. er one s role is incredi l ni e. t act all pro ides a certain amo nt o relie or the amil . The patient has the n rses, the aids, the chaplain, t a social wor er as well as the chaplain is there to help the amil . ten, the amil is s r prised to know that someone is there to take care of them and to keep them eq ually healthy.” The gro p also has a ospice romise o ndation, that is a c non profit organi ation that the hold local ndraisers or. This allows them to assist alified patients and their amilies in their ser ice areas with cr cial e penses that ma not e Medicaid or Medicare eligible. The are also a e el e onor eterans rogram participate and wor close l with the eterans Administration A to assist the patient amilies are recei ing all of the aid they are eligible to receive. The amilies satis action o the encompassing s pport recei ed was re ected recently in a very prestigious award that Ouachita Regional Hospice received, the est o the est Award. achita egional ospice scored in the top o o er hospice providers across the country but they will all very q uickly tell you, they don’t do it for awards, it’s all about helping someone during one of the most important times in life. The hope that hospice brings is to allow patients to live comfortably, with dignity, when a cure is no longer possible.

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uicide Prevention Week for 2017 is set for September 10th through 16th. Suicide is the leading cause of inj ury related deaths for Arkansans between the ages of 20 and 64 and the second leading cause of death among all other age groups, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. The statistics are staggering. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U nited States with one suicide occurring on average every 11.9 minutes. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among 15 to 24-yearolds. The elderly make up 14.5 % of the population, but comprise 16.6% of all suicides. Approximately 1,104,825 Americans attempt suicide each year. I t is estimated that 5 .1 million living Americans have attempted to kill themselves. Every year in the U nited States, more than 22,018 men and women kill themselves with a gun; two thirds more than the number who use a gun to kill another person. An estimated 6.5 million Americans are survivors of suicide of a friend, family member, or loved one. There is such a stigma that accompanies suicide that leaves many feeling even more helpless. I t’s a perpetual cycle. I t plagues those mired by suicidal thoughts and attempts, as Kevin Caruso, founder of, explains on the site: Because of the stigma ( the ignorant stigma, mind you)

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that still exists concerning mental illness, many people who need help do not seek it. Even though there is clear scientific data that indicates irre ta l that a ph sical connection exists with most mental disorders, many people still stigmatize others because they stupidly hold on to the misguided beliefs of yesteryear that people with mental disorders are weak or j ust lack will power. Suicide doesn’t j ust affect the person suffering. There is a circle of family, friends, and co-workers that are left to cope with not only the pain but the endless q uestions they hold themselves and are asked by others. What is the answer? Awareness. One such survivor, Kristina Cowan, lost her brother to suicide and has led a campaign to bring awareness that help cultivate a change in its perception and reduce the stigma associated with it: No one, no institution or part of our society, is free from stigma associated with suicide and mental illness. Changing this will be an enormous endeavor. What will it req uire? Raising our voices individually and collectively, as some attempt survivors have. Working with our mental-health providers and places of worship, to q uell fears of lawsuits and unfavorable public opinion. Examining our own misconceptions, and striving for greater sensitivity. And that’s j ust a short list. Many times there are signs that warn us someone is

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considering suicide but many times, there are not. I f you are suffering from any of the following or know of someone exhibiting any of the following, there is help: • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself; • Looking for a way to kill oneself; • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose; • Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain; • Talking about being a burden to others; • I ncreasing the use of alcohol or drugs; • Acting anxious, agitated, or reckless; • Sleeping too little or too much; • Withdrawing or feeling isolated; • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge; and • Displaying extreme mood swings. Don’t wait to reach out. There’s never going to be a better time than right now.

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. . was orn on Septem er , in enr ille, ndiana. hen he was si ears old, his father passed away leaving him to cook and care for his siblings. I n seventh grade he dropped o t o school and le t home to go wor as a armhand. hile he was a old o ng man with a strong sense for challenge and adventure, he found no real sense of direction or purpose until many years later. At age 16, falsifying his date of birth, he enlisted in the U nited States Army. After being honora l discharged a ear later, he got hired the railwa as a la orer. hile he wor ed or the railway, he studied law by correspondence and practiced in j ustice-of-the-peace courts in Arkansas until a courtroom brawl with a client ended his legal career. Then he found a j ob selling life ins rance. id he last long o, he got fired or ins ordination. At this point, . . s t re loo ed q uite dim and unpromising to say the least. Not one to give up, H.D. operated a steamboat ferry that crossed the Ohio River between Kentucky and I ndiana. Later, he tried cashing in his ferry boat business to create a lamp manufact ring compan onl to find o t that another compan alread sold a etter ersion o his lamp. I t was then, at about age 40, that “ I t came to me that the one thing I could do was cook. And fig red co ldn t do an worse than the people r nning these places aro nd town. So, . . went to wor at a gas station in orth or in, ent c . hen he wasn t p mping gas or repairing tires, he was coo ing and ser ing ried chic en. The recipe he d een wor ing on, r ing chic en with a uniq ue blend of herbs and spices in a new device called a pressure cooker, began proving successful so he opened a restaurant across the street. His restaurant became very popular over the next decade; so popular in fact that the governor of the state named H.D. a colonel in 195 0, the highest title of honor the state could give. n , . . married la dia rice, whom he met in the s when she wor ed as a waitress in his restaurant in Corbin. F ollowing the war, he set out to franchise his restaurant, but his recipe was rej ected over 1,000 times. F inally, in 195 2, it was accepted by Pete Harman, who owned one o Salt a e it s largest resta rants. A ter arman s s ccess, se eral other resta rant owners franchised the concept and paid H.D. $ 0.04 per chicken. Harman soon came up with a catchy restaurant moniker, which is still in use today. H.D. still operated his restaurant in Corbin t, a ter nterstate opened, the red ced c stomer tra fic se erel red ced his siness so he sold it in 195 6. At age 65 , and with only his savings and $ 105 per month from Social Security, H.D. decided to oc s e cl si el on ranchising his idea so he hit the American road in his ord. ith the car o ten also serWeekly ing as a Publication ed pac ed with press re coo ers, o r, and spice lends, he



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would enter a restaurant, offer to cook his chicken, and then negotiate franchise rights if the owners liked what they tasted. By 1963, he was receiving franchise req uests without having to travel much and had more than 600 restaurants across the U .S. and Canada. During these years, Claudia would remain at home packaging phone-in orders and ta ing them to the train station, sometimes late at night. n earl , nowing he d ta en his company as far as he could at age 74, he sold his interest in the company for $ 2 million to a group of investors. Some believed he should have received more money, but as a company e ec ti e stated, ith the olonel, it isn t mone that co nts, it s artistic talent. e ore and a ter they sold the chain, H.D. and Claudia traveled the world promoting their fried chicken. As she later reco nted, went into resta rants all o er the co ntr and pla ed the part o the hostess with this ante ell m dress on. As a compan e ec ti e p t it, e co ld not ha e een the compan we are now witho t la dia s contri tions. now o e pro a l fig red o t who this senior citi en was that wo ld ne er gi e p, who was not content with a social security check and a savings account, who saw failure as a stepping stone to something better, and who has inspired so many - Harland David Sanders. Kentucky F ried Chicken ( KF C) went public in 1966 and was listed on the New Y ork Stock Exchange in 1969. More than 3,5 00 franchised and company-owned restaurants were in worldwide operation in 1971. KF C was acq uired in October 1986 from RJR Nabisco, I nc., by PepsiCo, I nc., for approximately $ 840 million. Colonel Sanders died of leukemia on December 16, 1980 at the age of 90 in Louisville, Kentucky. At the time of his death, there were an estimated 6,000 KF C outlets in 48 countries worldwide. By 2013, there were an estimated 18,000 KF C locations in 118 countries. Claudia passed away in 1997 at the age of 94. Toda , the olonel remains the center o s randing and his ace still appears in their logo. is goatee, white s it, and western string tie contin e to s m oli e not onl delicio s finger lic in good ried chic en all o er the world, t perhaps more importantl the s m oli e the indomitable spirit of the American dream, the entrepreneur - that special class of men and women whose dreams, faith, determination, innovation, and courage have helped to make our nation the greatest econom and land o opport nit the world has e er nown. n Sander s words, made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.” “ I t makes me feel good that my food has helped make life a little easier for people.”

January 6, 2016

OLT Bonus Event: Benefit for Hurricane Relief SUBMITTED


uachita Little Theatre had originally scheduled performer Evan Torch to do a show on Saturday, September 30. U nfortunately, that event will need to be rescheduled as Torch is helping with hurricane relief efforts in Texas for an undetermined amount of time. OLT board members decided to assist with hurricane disaster relief in a way that would still entertain our local population but raise money to help storm victims as well. The result is the “ Hope and I nspiration Concert” scheduled for 7:30 p.m., September 30, at the Ouachita Little Theatre. This e ent is independent o other organi ations and will result in a cash donation to a national charita le organi ation. The designated charit will e determined by the audience present at the performance. oard mem er Amanda a er is organi ing this event and pulling together some musical groups to perform. I f you desire further information, please go to the OLT website at

Small Works Exhibit Opens at Mena Art Gallery





aturday evening saw the debut exhibit of a new national j uried painting competition at our local art gallery. Artists from all over the U nited States ( and a few from Canada) sent photographs of their entries; a panel of j urors picked the 80 they felt were the very best; these artists were invited to send their paintings to Mena for us to enj oy for a month and for you to have a chance to purchase. They range from tiny miniatures ( complete with a small magnifying glass to let you see how beautifully they are painted) to paintings as much as 18” wide or tall. Subj ect matter varies from landscapes to animals to portraits to abstracts. Our j udge was Daniel Mark Cassity ( a superb painter in his own right) . Daniel took the time to explain why he picked the particular paintings he selected for awards, helping all of us understand a bit more about art and what artists are trying to accomplish. Rick Chrisman, who was Chairman of the Board for the gallery for nine years, then e plained some o what it ta es to eep o r non profit galler operating. e ha e an operating budget of about $ 5 0,000 per year to hold classes for children and adults, to provide a place for our talented local artists to display and sell their work, to pay our one part-time employee, and to bring you art exhibits that change monthly. The maj ority of the work to keep the gallery open is done by volunteers: they keep the gallery open in the afternoons, teach classes, make the dull but necessary business decisions, and pick up the tasks that are beyond the time that our one part-time employee can give us. The galler has long een the eneficiar o the generosit o local sinesses and indi id als, t we also wor to raise nds in a ariet o ways to meet the expenses of keeping the doors open. One way the gallery is supported is through memberships, and you can become one for as little as $ 20 a year. ring the Small or s e hi it, we ha e an ongoing silent a ction a ariet o pieces are displa ed and o can id on an that appeal to o . o ma find a real treas re or a s rprisingl small amo nt o mone . o also ha e the satis action o nowing that o are helping to eep a ital part o ena ali e and thri ing. ormal galler ho rs are am to pm on T esda s and am to pm ednesda s thro gh Saturdays. However, during September and October, we will remain open until 6 pm on Thursdays, F ridays, and Saturdays, and will be open Sundays from noon until 4 pm to give you a better chance to get in to see the exhibit and auction.

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The Time is Now I


t’s now time to start thinking about those annoying stickers we all step on in your yards. I get many calls in the spring and summer months on how to remove sandbur and spurweed from the landscape because it’s unsafe for kids to play outside and can be dangerous to pets. U nfortunately, not a lot can be done when the weeds are evident and we have to advise our customers on what to do in the fall to prevent them. So this is my attempt to help you get an early start and hopefully you won’t have this problem next summer. Here are a few options provided by the U niversity of Arkansas Extension Service; you can use a pre-emergent herbicide in mid-October to mid-November or you can wait for the weeds to germinate and then easily kill them with a broad leaf herbicide such as 2-4 D. The key is to make the application early enough in the winter season to prevent seed set. The seeds on spurweed are the stickers, and once formed you can’t get rid of them until the next season. Spray the post-emergent spray of 2, 4-D in January or F ebruary. As with any pesticides used around children or pets, read and follow all label directions for any precautions. I know you may be thinking that it is very early for me to be alerting you about this. I j ust want to be sure to educate you on this. There are not many things you can do once it’s too late. Also, weed and feed fertilizers are not very effective. I hope this has helped you and you enj oyed reading. I f you have any q uestions or advice on what you would like me to write about in future articles, please email me at ates ae .ed or call me at the o fice at 479-394-6018. The Arkansas Cooperative Extension 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 legall protected stat s, and is an A firmati e Action/ Eq ual Opportunity Employer.


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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 August 27, 2017 Debra Beshears, 46, of Mena was arrested on two outstanding warrants for failure to pay fines and court costs. Kyle Woody, 22, of Mena was charged with public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest followed a call to a local neighborhood after report of a disturbance was received. Report was made of the theft of two appliances from the dock of a local retail catalog store. Case is pending. August 28, 2017 A local man reported that someone had stolen gasoline and a logging chain from his property. nvestigation is underway.

Susie James, 39, and a 13-year-old youth, both of Mena, were charged with theft of property shoplifting after officers responded to a call at a local retail store. August 29, 2017 Rachel Renee Tarkington Wolf was arrested on outstanding a warrant from the Mena Police Department. Christy Jean Grensberg, 21, of Mena was charged with possession of methamphetamine or cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and disorderly conduct. The arrest followed a call and subse uent investigation from employees at a local convenience store. Jesse Dean Henry, 27, of Mena was served two outstanding warrants. August 30, 2017 Robert Christopher Jackson, 37, of Mena was charged with terroristic threatening and criminal trespass after a call to a local neighborhood. August 31, 2017 Brandon E. Powell, 32, of Mena was charged with DW and having no driver’s license. The arrest followed a call to an accident. A 10-year-old Mena girl was cited for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, carrying a weapon, and fleeing.


September 1, 2017 Report was made of damage to a sign at a local medical clinic. Case is pending location and interview of suspect. September 2, 2017 Nathaniel Posey, 28, of Choteau, klahoma was charged with DW and careless driving after a traffic stop. September 3, 2017 Dakota Bullard, 18, of Mena was charged with disorderly conduct and fleeing after an incident at a local mobile home park. September 4, 2017 Brandy rene Holt, 36, and Vicky Lynn Cambre, 58, both of Mena, were charged with theft of property shoplifting after officers were called to a local retail store. September 5, 2017 A Mena woman reported that someone had stolen her debit card and used it in a vending machine at her place of employment. The card was later found and returned to her. Case is pending. September 6, 2017 Wesley Harold Henry, 33, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant. A Mena woman reported that someone had stolen laundry from a dryer at a local laundromat. Case is pending. A local man said he had bought a washer and dryer from a woman. He had paid for the items, but when he called to make arrangements to pick them up, the woman did not respond. Case is pending further investigation. September 7, 2017 A Mena woman reported that someone had stolen and used her credit card. Her bank and merchants have made some reimbursements, but some items are still outstanding. Case is pending. September 8, 2017 A Mena woman reported that someone had stolen her cell phone from her apartment. Case is pending. September 9, 2107 Report was made of a fight at a peewee football game between parents of opposing players. No one wished to press charges. o ou t e i ’s De tme t August 28, 2017 Traffic stop on Polk 38 near Hatfield led to the arrest of Greg D. Brewer, 48, of Mena, on a Body Attachment Warrant. Report of a disturbance on Polk 256 near Wickes led to the arrest of Lawrence E. Houser, 30, of Wickes, on Charges of Disorderly Conduct and Terroristic Threatening 2nd Degree. Report from complainant on Highway 8


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East in Big Fork of the theft of a bow, valued at $1,500.00. nvestigation continues. Report from walk-in complainant of being harassed by an ac uaintance. nformation has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s ffice for further consideration. Report of a death on Highway 88 West near Mena. Deputy responded. The scene was released to the Polk County Coroner. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Alex B. Tucker, 18, of New beria, LA, on Charges of Speeding and Careless Prohibited Driving. August 29, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 32 near Cove of the theft of a manne uin, valued at $200.00. nvestigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 18 near Vandervoort of suspected stolen electronics, valued at $200.00. The property was returned to the owner. nformation has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s ffice for further consideration. Report of a suspicious vehicle on Strother Lane near Yocana. Deputy responded. nformation has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s ffice for further consideration. August 30, 2017 Report of a disturbance on Polk 193 near Yocana. Deputies responded. Arrested was Bryan E. Sturgis, 50, of Mena, on a Bond Revocation Warrant and Charges of Misbranded Drug, Possession of a Schedule Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Carrying a Weapon. August 31, 2017 Report from complainant on Highway 71 North near Acorn of computer fraud involving banking information. nvestigation continues. September 1, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 280 near Cove of being threatened by an acuaintance. nformation has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s ffice for further consideration. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Luke P. Gon ale , 59, of Grannis, on Charges of DW , Driving Left of Center and Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License. September 2, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 88 near nk of receiving suspicious text messages. Deputy forwarded information to the proper authorities.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 37 Arrested was Michael W. Thomas, 37, of Cove, on a Warrant for Disorderly Conduct. Arrested was Jessica A. Simmons, 32, of Cove, on Warrants for Harassment and two counts of Disorderly Conduct. Report from complainant on Polk 52 near Mena of a robbery, totaling losses at $320.00. Deputies responded. Investigation continues. Arrested was Donnie E. Jennings, 39, of Malvern, on a Warrant for Absconding. Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Yancarlos Marroquin-Toledo, 31, of Dequeen, on Charges of Possession of Meth or Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. September 3, 2017 Arrested was Seara S. Trammel, 22, of Wickes, on two Warrants for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Report from complainant on Polk 13 near Wickes of the theft of a phone, valued at $100.00. The phone was located and returned to the owner. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s ffice for further consideration. Report from complainant on Polk 72 near Yocana of the theft of a tractor and brush hog, valued at $10,000.00. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 26 near Hatfield of being threatened and battered by an acquaintance. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s ffice for further consideration. Polk County Sheriff’s ffice worked one vehicle accident this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 29 Incarcerated Inmates, with 10 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility. September 4, 2017 Traffic stop led to Citations for No Liability Insurance and Fictitious Tags being issued to Cody W. Lane, 22, of Mena. Report from Mena Regional Health System of a possible battery victim. Deputies responded. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s ffice for further consideration. Report of a disturbance in Wickes involving a juvenile. Deputies responded. Report of a disturbance on Polk 57 near Nunley. Deputies responded. Complainant refused to press charges. Traffic stop on Highway 246 West near Hatfield led to the arrest of Donnie E. Jennings, 39, of Malvern, on a Warrant for Ab-

sconding. Report of inappropriate behavior involving a juvenile. Investigation continues. Report of a dog bite victim at Mena Regional Health System. Deputy responded. Report from complainant on Polk 76 East near Mena of being harassed by an acquaintance. Deputy advised suspect to cease all contact. Report of a disturbance on Polk 121 near Mena. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s ffice for further consideration. Arrested was Renee D. Veal, 46, of Hatfield, on Charges of Public ntoxication, Possession of a Schedule IV/V Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Report from complainant on Highway 375 West near Potter of the theft of vehicle titles. Traffic stop on Highway 980 near Mena led to a Citation for Careless Driving being issued to Jacob C. Brown, 19, of Shreveport, LA. Citations for Careless Driving and No Liability nsurance were issued to Seth A. Steele, 18, of Shreveport, LA. Arrested was Timmy R. Lane, 29, of Norman, on a Body Attachment Warrant. Traffic stop on Highway 375 West near Mena led to Citations for No Driver’s License and No Proof of nsurance being issued to a 17-year-old male. Arrested was Jennifer S. Hale, 23, of den, on a Charge of bstructing Governmental Operations and a Warrant for Failure to Appear. September 5, 2017 Report from a Mena man that his 15-year-old daughter was missing. The juvenile was later located and returned to the custody of her parents. Traffic stop on Polk 165 near Potter led to a Citation for Careless/Prohibited Driving being issued to Adam C. Stoeckinger, 20, of Mena. September 6, 2017 Report from complainant on Highway 71 South near Cove of the break-in and theft of a firearm. nvestigation continues. Report from complainant on Highway 246 East near Vandervoort of being harassed by an acquaintance. Deputy responded. Arrested was Windal D. Loyd, 36, of Watson, OK, on a Warrant for Probation Violation. Arrested was Billy P. Souther, 31, of Cove, on Warrants for Impairing the Operation of a Vital Public Facility and Probation Violation. Report of a disturbance on Polk 41

South near Potter. Subject left the residence before deputies arrived. September 7, 2017 Report from a Hatfield woman of problems with her 17-year-old daughter. Deputy responded. Report from complainant on Highway 71 South near Mena of an individual that refused to return a borrowed vehicle led to the arrest of Kaylie Stroud, 21, of Mena, on a Charge of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle. Arrested was Aaron M. Shores, 26, of Hatfield, on two Warrants for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Arrested was Michael A. White, 51, of Mena, on a Warrant for Probation Violation. September 8, 2017 Report of a two-vehicle accident on Highway 88 East near Mena led to Citations for Careless/Prohibited Driving and Following Too Close being issued to Jordan L. Dodds, 21, of Mena. Arrested was Lynea C. Wright, 29, of Hatfield, on four Warrants for Failure to Appear. September 9, 2017 Report of an unattended death on Highway 71 South near Hatton. Deputy responded. The scene was released to the Polk County Coroner.

Arrested was Monica D. Shores, 32, of Hatfield, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. September 10, 2017 Report of a disturbance on Highway 88 East near Yocana led to the arrest of Kirk L. Carter, 48, of Mena, on a Charge of Domestic Battery 3rd Degree. Report of an alarm going off on Highway 88 East near Yocana. Deputy responded. Arrested was Nicholas H. Kesterson, 18, of Cove, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Report from complainant on Highway 8 East near Board Camp of problems with neighbor’s dogs. Deputy responded. Arrested was James E. Carver, 25, of Haworth, OK, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear. Request for a welfare check on Polk 627 near Mena. Deputy responded. Polk County Sheriff’s ffice worked four vehicle accidents this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 27 ncarcerated nmates, with 8 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

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Project New Cafetorium Ouachita River School District Acorn, AR APlus Project No.: 15-85.01

Architect Architecture Plus, Inc. 907 South 21st Street Fort Smith, AR 72901 Tel: 479-783-8395 Fax: 479-783-0935 Email:

Ouachita River School District will accept sealed Contractor Bids for a New Cafetorium at the Acorn Campus of the Ouachita River School District, Mena, Arkansas. Proposals will be accepted at the Superintendent’s ffice, 143 Polk 96, Mena, Arkansas, no later than 2:00 p.m. on September 26, 2017. Bids will be publicly opened & read aloud at the time & date mentioned. Interested parties are invited to attend. Proposals shall be contained within an envelope clearly identified with the project s name & contractor s name. The Owner, unless designated to another entity, supervises the bidding & awarding of all construction contracts, approves contracts, change orders & requests for payment. Contract documents may be examined at the office of the Architecture Plus or the plan room listed below: Fort Smith Blueprint: Fort Smith, AR A complete set of contract documents may only be obtained from Architecture Plus for a refundable deposit of $100.00 per set. In order to receive plan deposit refund ALL sets must be returned in satisfactory condition within 10 days without exception) of the bid date. Contractors wishing to have documents shipped to them must provide Architecture Plus with a FedEx or UPS shipping number. All shipping costs are the responsibility of the contractors, sub-contractors or suppliers. Shipping costs will not be paid for by Architecture Plus or the Owner. Obtaining contract documents through any source other than Architecture Plus is not advisable due to the risk of receiving incomplete or inaccurate information, & the bidder runs the risk of basing bidder s proposal on such information. The documents obtained through the Architect are considered the official version & take precedence if any discrepancies occur. Bid Security in the amount of 5 of the bid must accompany each bid in excess of $20,000.00 in accordance with the Supplement to Instructions to Bidders. The successful bidder on construction that exceeds $20,000.00 shall provide a performance & payment bond for 100 of the contract amount. This bond must be filed in the county where the work is being performed before authorization to proceed is granted. All bidders must conform to the requirements of the Arkansas State Licensing Law for General Contractors. All general contractors submitting a proposal/bid shall be licensed on the day of bid opening. No bidder may withdraw his bid within 60 days after the bid date. Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage Rates does not apply to this project. The Owner reserves the right to waive any formalities, reject any & all bids & to accept bids which are in their best interest. Ouachita River Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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J&N Dozer- Trackhoe, Backhoe, Dump Truck, Ponds, Pads, Clearing, Roads, Hauling, Rich Top Soil, Fill Dirt, Shale, Gravel. Dozer operator Randy Egger, over 30 years’ experience. We appreciate your Business! Call 479-234-1357 TFN

Mobile park in Hatfield has a 2 bedroom w central heat and air, stove and refrigerator furnish. All electric for $300 a month w/ Hatfield City Water. f interested call 479-2348223 or 479-234-1502. 9/13

Garage Sale – Saturday, Sept. 16. 310 7th Street. (corner of Church & 7th) Furniture, yard tools, glassware, household items, etc. 9/13

Lots for Sale – Bethesda Rd., Mena, Arkansas. Build your dream home in Grand Oak Estates. Retirement/family-friendly. Quiet/wooded setting. 2 minutes from town. 1.12 to 13.12 acre lots. $19,900 to $89,900. 479-234-1926. Website: http: eQqzfr. 9/20

J&L Café Mena Mini Mall. Sherwood Ave. Mon-Wed 8am-3pm. Fri-Sat 8am-3pm. Closed Thursdays. Mon Burger $2.75 Daily. House Special – Hash browns topped w/ egg – meat - cheese Toasted. $6.00. Homemade salads - fresh hash browns. All day waffle & egg $2.35. Biscuit & Gravy $3.65. 10/4 Mentoring Coordinator. Youth and family organization seeking a part time employee to coordinate a volunteer mentoring program in Polk and Montgomery Counties. Responsible for recruitment and training of adult volunteers and matching them with local at risk youth. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in a human services field. Experience with the juvenile justice system preferred. Background checks and drug screening required. Send updated resume and 3 letters of reference by September 27, 2017, to: Personnel Manager. 1606 South J Street. Fort Smith, AR 72901. EOE. 9/20 September Special Student Discount 15% on all books. Books & Stuf. Mena St. & Sherwood. Sunday – Thursday 10-6. Friday 10-5. Saturday Closed. 9/20 House Cleaning and more. Call Winnie Cotter at 234-3418. 9/13 Resolution: AND WHEREAS the local tax rate to be included on the 2017 school election ballot is not being changed or restructured. AND WHEREAS there are no ballot issues other than the tax rate and school board director positions to be submitted to district electors for consideration; IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED by the Board of Directors of Ouachita River School District that the Board of Directors hereby requests the Polk County Board of Election Commissioners to have two polling places in Ouachita River School District on September 19, 2017, one at Oden Campus Board Room and one at Acorn High School Classroom, so that the election can be conducted by voting at polling places and early voting only. 9/13 ’s A u Fall Rumamage Sale! September 15-16, 8am-2pm. Mena Elks Lodge 100% of proceeds benefit the shelter Yard Sale – Thursday-Saturday, 8-noon. 2008 Hwy 8 East. 1 Mile past high school. Lots of collectables. 9/13

Now Hiring outside laborer. Pay based on experience. Call 479-394-2699 for more informtaion.

D ie ’s e t and Painting, home repair, decks, fence rows, underpinning, etc. Also lawn and garden work. Call 479-216-1101 or 479-216-2299. 9/13

Looking for a house with a minimum of 25+ acres, pasture and barn, to rent or lease with option to buy, close to Mena or in Oklahoma. 903-520-3797. 9/20 House Cleaning, handy man, odds and end jobs, comparable pricing, experienced, references. Call or text 479-234-1909. 10/4

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Deramus Reunion – The annual Deramus Family Reunion was held Sept. 3, 2017 at McMillan Park with 33 attending. Those attending from out of town: 24. Della Faye Liles and her granddaughters Michelle & husband Josh, Carla Wells, Grandson Shane, Great grands Hannah Fore, Allie & Kinsli. Out of town family were Shirley & Terrell Whorton, Sally & Jerry Arocha, Angela Phalen, Tesla Moody, Tony & Carrie Pennington. From Mena were Connie & Wes Hendrix, Susan & Curt Boyd, na Mae Standrige, David Sikes, Mae Dell Sikes, Verdell Melton, Dan & Linda Deramus, Betty Philpot, Arlene Amason, Laverne Davis, Ryan & Krystal, Levi & Kash Boyd. 9/13 e mi Practice Medical Clinic. Need X-Ray Tech, LPN and MLT. Call 479-394-4800 ask for Karen Ward. 1706 Hwy 71 North, next to Arvest Bank, Mena, AR. TFN Dugan Lawn Care & Landscaping. Residential and commercial lawn care and landscape maintenance. Dugan Lawn Care your local professional, uniformed, and fully insured company. Serving our community for over 12 years. 479-394-2699. TFN Clean and comfortable housing since 1969, J. Ray & Maria’s MH Park and Rentals. Hwy 71 North, Mena, AR. 479-216-3085 TFN The Polk County Road Department will be accepting sealed bids for (1) new linear rock crusher. Bids are to be opened in the Polk County Judge’s office in the Polk County Courthouse at 507 Church Avenue in Mena, Arkansas at 9:00 AM September 28th, 2017. All interested parties should contact Polk County Judge, Brandon Ellison, at 479-394-8133 for complete specifications and instructions. 9/20



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