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Barr Named National Merit Semifinalist Makes ORSD History

MEKINZIE KYLE • On September 13, 201 officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation ( NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship rogram. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some ,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill CONTINUED ON PAGE 7

Healthy Connections Plans Expansion

BY MELANIE WADE • Healthy Connections, I nc. ( HCI ) , in Mena is looking to expand their operations and are in the process of finalizing the details with contractors and the architectural firm.

Workforce Services to Relocate to UARM

Health Dept. to Host Mass Flu Clinic

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services in Mena is changing locations after being in the Northside Shopping Center for more than 40 years. The move is the

The olk County Health nit of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has announced the date of their annual Mass Flu Clinic that benefits hundreds in the county






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Holiday Express Announces Mena as 2017 Stop

BY MELANIE WADE • Mena will once again play host to the Kansas City R ailroad’s Holiday E xp ress when it rolls town through this holiday season. The KCS Holiday E xp ress is a festive, six- car train that brings Santa Claus and his elves to communities throughout the KCS rail network. Guests to the train can visit with Santa Claus and walk through three cars of the cars, which are filled with holiday displays. ach event is free, open to the public and no tickets are req uired. Not only does the train give participants a uniq ue exp erience, at each scheduled stop, a charitable contribution is made to the local Salvation A rmy to provide warm clothes and other necessities for children in need. A ccording to the KCS website, the Holiday E xp ress was created in 2 0 0 1 as volunteers dedicated more than 8 ,0 0 0 hours to transform retired rail cars. Today, these cars feature a smiling tank car named udy a atcar carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a gingerbread boxca r; the elves’ workshop; a reindeer stable; and a little red caboose. The Holiday E xp ress will begin their annual trek on November 2 4 in V ictoria, Texa s and end on December 1 9 in Kansas City, Missouri. Mena is one of the only three A rkansas stops the train will make. R udy and company should pull into Mena’s historic Depot on December 7 at 4 p.m. Other A rkansas stops are in A shdown on December 6 at 4 p.m. and Siloam Springs on December 1 0 at 4 p.m. To learn more about the Holiday E xp ress or how you can contribute to their Salvation A rmy campaign, visit their website, http: / / corporate-responsibility/ giving/ holiday-exp ress

Kyle Accepts Internship BY MELANIE WADE • Pulse Multi-Media is proud to welcome A corn High School j unior MeKinzie Kyle as an intern for the Fall 2 0 1 7 semester. The 8 0 -hour paid internship is made possible through the A rkansas Broadcasters A ssociation. “Kyle is a stellar student and we are grateful she accepted the opportunity,” said Pulse General Manager LeA nn Dilbeck. “She has shown her leadership abilities and eagerness to learn.” Kyle serves as the A HS yearbook editor, vice president of communications for FCCLA , and vice president of the FBLA . She is a member of the National Honor Society, FFA , and was selected as a youth-cabinet member for Senator Boozman. Kyle has also received numerous awards including four President’s A wards for E ducational E xce llence, four E nglish A cademic E xce llence A wards, four History Studies A cademic E xce llence A wards, and Jo stens National Program of E xce llence A ward. Kyle’s internship at Pulse Multi-Media embodies Ouachita R iver School District’s desire for business partnerships within the community that exp oses students to real-life work exp erience and local professionals. During her internship, Kyle has already been providing news coverage and operating the board for Mena Bearcat football broadcasts. She will continue to learn recording and production, traffic, minor programming and sales.

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Steve Azar to Headline UARM Foundation Event BY MELANIE WADE •


teve A zar has been announced as the entertainment for the U A -R ich Mountain Foundation 2 0 1 8 A nnual Campaign Opener that will be held on October 1 2 , 2 0 1 7 at the Ouachita Center at 6 : 3 0 p.m. This year’s theme is ‘Southern Garden Party’ with a southern charm/ denim and dazzle attire. A zar is a world class entertainer that has played every size venue from the largest arenas to small, personal sessions, across the globe. Born and raised in Greenville, Mississippi, The Delta Man, as he is known, grew up near The Crossroads, an infamous intersection in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and developed a ‘blues’ style all his own. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

New VA Clinic to Open in October BY MELANIE WADE •


he Mena V eteran’s Community Based Outpatient Clinic, or CBOC as it is commonly known, will open the doors to their newly constructed facility on October 2 , 2 0 1 7 . The new clinic is set to take calls beginning on September 3 0 . Chris Durney, Public A ffairs Specialist for the Central A rkansas V eterans Health System, told the Pulse that furniture and eq uipment have been delivered and installed, and their I nformation Technology and E ngineering/ Biomedical crews will be working to “install medical eq uipment such as exa m tables, hand sanitizers, sharps containers, etc.” The new 10,000 sq. ft. facility is located on South Morrow Street in Mena, next to the ost Office. We are excited about it, said Durney. We are looking forward to opening, think it’s going to be a wonderful facility. Mark Wilson, Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) Coordinator, said they plan to maintain all the services offered at the current clinic including 1 0 exa m rooms and a women’s health and procedure room, with a goal to exp and all CBOCs to include physical therapy services. The decision to move was made, in part, to implement more services and the ACT ( atient Aligned Care Team) model, in which each veteran has a team that provides primary care services, and helps coordinate services for specialty care when needed. The implementation of PA CT is hoped to make a large impact on how veterans receive care. A ccording to their website, PA CT is “the cornerstone of the New Models of Care initiative that is intended to transform the way V eterans receive care. PA CT assists V HA in transforming V eterans’ care by providing patient-driven, proactive, personalized, team-based care focused on wellness and disease prevention. This results in improvements in V eteran satisfaction, improved healthcare outcomes, and costs. The PA CT model is built on the well-known concept of the patient-centered medical home staffed by high-functioning teams.” They also plan to implement more telemedicine methods at the new facility as well. A lthough the new center will not include dental services, CA V HS staffers exp lained at a recent town hall meeting that they are “focusing on provider agreements to get local dentists to partner with CA V HS” to keep veterans from having to travel to North Little R ock for dental care. Officials hope to have a grand opening event in early November. Details will be announced as they are received.

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s a way to honor veterans and their families, the U niversity of A rkansas R ich Mountain’s Jo hnson Learning Commons hosted the screening of The V ietnam War on Monday, September 1 1 th. A t the req uest of Chancellor Phillip Wilson, the Ouachita Center was selected to hold a screening of the upcoming PBS documentary film series. Thanking those who have served in the military by public recognition, Dr. Wilson also held a moment of silence for those who lost their lives in the events of 9 / 1 1 . A iring on A E TN, beginning on Sunday, September 1 7 , the series was 1 0 years in the making and is directed by award-winning Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. I n an immersive narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the V ietnam War as it has never been told on film. t features testimony from nearly 1 0 0 witnesses, including the A mericans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as V ietnamese combatants and civilians from both sides. A ttendees were able to watch an exce rpt from each of the ten episodes. As the preview depicted the different aspects of the ietnam Con ict, many of the attendees vividly remembered the events, and their comments re ected the emotions and attitudes of the time. A t the conclusion of the screening, guests had the opportunity to share their story and those written comments will be posted on the Jo hnson Learning Commons’ Facebook page. A few of the comments included: “I t was powerful! ” “E very day in school for current events, we talked about V ietnam and the war. I couldn’t stop watching. 1 9 7 5 —I watched the fall of Saigon on TV . So sad! ” ncer: “I didn’t serve. Thank you vets! ” A dditionally, the A rkansas E ducational Television Network ( A E TN) is encouraging the collection of stories from those who exp erienced the events of the V ietnam War using the hashtag # V ietnamStoriesPBS or the “Share Y our Story” tool at http: / / www.aetn. org/ thevietnamwar. Likewise, A E TN is helping to collect missing photos for the Wall of to get Faces for the more than 1 5 0 A rkansans killed in action in the V ietnam War. A complete list of names and instructions are available at http: / / . For more information, contact Brenda Miner, Director of Library Services at (4 9) 394- 622, x. 13 0 or bminer . Please make The Cole Team Bold & larger than the address & phone numbers below it. Omit the 800 number and the e-mail address and substitute instead.


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Polk County Celebrity Waiter Raises Over $12K for Relay for Life


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ocal celebrities raised more than $ 1 2 ,0 0 0 for cancer research during the 6 th annual R elay For Life of Polk County Celebrity Waiter E vent held on September 1 6 th. Lou and Denni Longoria, of Mena Mountain R esort, prepared a delicious meal, and 1 8 local celebrities waited tables for tips. The room looked beautiful as each celebrity decorated their table with themes such as Masq uerade, R osie the R iveter, 1 9 5 0 ’s R ock and R oll, R azorbacks, Crime Scene, The Flintstones, and The Presidents featuring Donald and Melania Trump. Many of the waiter’s guests dressed according to the theme. The local celebrity waiters who participated in the event were: Jo hn and Christy Titsworth sponsored by A rkansas Country Properties, R egina and R ichard Lawry sponsored by U SE M Federal Credit U nion, Ji m and Jo yce Stroope, sponsored by Nidec, Teresa Bates, Cassondra Gortemiller, Shelly Harvey and R ebecca Whitaker sponsored by U nion Bank and Smith Regina and Richard Lawry Pallet, Brandon Martin sponsored by 2017 Celebrity Waiters of the Year the Mena Police Department, Scott Sawyer sponsored by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Jo hn Maddox sponsored by Maddox and Maddox, Y uri A guilar sponsored by Tres A gaves, Heather Lackey and Tabitha V iera sponsored by R elay For Life of Polk County and Genesis Cancer Center, and Bonita and Maegan Kent. A fter the meal, donated items were auctioned off by auctioneer Ji mmy Martin. There was spirited bidding on the many items that had been donated to the event. Leslie Humphrey, representing the A merican Cancer Society, along with volunteers from outside of Polk County j udged the event. The Celebrities who received the most tips were Ji m and Jo yce Stroope. Second place went to R egina and R ichard Lawry. The award for the Best Theme was given to Bonita and Maegan Kent for The Flintstones. Second went to Jo hn Maddox for the R azorbacks. The award for Best Dressed Waiter went to Brandon Martin and his table’s Crime Scene theme. Second place was given to Teresa Bates, Cassondra Gortemiller, Shelly Harvey, R ebecca Whitaker, Heather Lackey, and Tabitha V iera for the 5 0 ’s Theme. The Sneakiest Waiter award went to Ji m Stroope who seemed to be at every table in the room at once. Second went to R enee Hendrix and her baby A melia. The Most Spirited Waiter award was presented to Jo hn and Christy Titsworth for their entertaining portrayal of Donald and Melania Trump. The runners-up were Cassondra Gortemiller and Teresa Bates. The 2 0 1 7 Celebrity Waiters of the Y ear were R egina and R ichard Lawry. Leslie Humphrey of the A merican Cancer Society said, “Congratulations Mena on a wonderful and fun Celebrity Waiter. I ’m so glad I was able to be a part of such an awesome event. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event so successful.” A uctioneer Ji mmy Martin added, “I want to thank the R elay for Life of Polk County A rkansas for letting us do their Benefit Auction. We had a wonderful time and got to meet some wonderful people.” A ll of the funds raised at the event will be donated to R elay For Life of Polk County to support the A merican Cancer Society. A CS saves lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking research and by fighting back by rallying communities worldwide to oin the fight. The American Cancer Society is the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research. A s a result, over 1 1 million people in A merica who have had cancer, and countless more who have avoided it, will be celebrating birthdays this year.

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ventually Azar made his way to Nashville and released his first full-length album in 2002, Waitin’ on Joe. The album sealed his name in the hearts of music fans and he has built on that stardom ever since. His first hit single, Don’t Have To Be Me Til Monday, peaked at number two on the country radio charts and is one of the top 5 most played songs on country radio in the last decade. The hit single Waitin’ on Joe reached the top 10 charts on radio and the video, that featured a cameo by Crossroads native Morgan Freeman, reached number one on CMT’s video charts. n 2006, Azar released ndianola and in 200 , he toured with Bob Seger, a highlight of his career. grew up listening to him and I got to tour and open up more than 5 0 shows with him and his band,” said A zar fondly. Slide On Over Here followed in 2009 and represented the beginning of a new chapter of Steve’s musical ourney. Moo La Moo was the first single from a 13-track effort and both the song and the video en oy chart success, catapulting A zar back in the Top 4 0 on the country charts. “Sunshine” soon followed and won not only critical praise but set a record for highest charting song from a true independent label on the Billboard Activator chart. I t achieved Top 2 0 success on all the country radio charts and landed the # 1 spot on the GA C-TV Top 2 0 V ideo Countdown. Soldier Song was released on Memorial Day 2011, followed by Delta Soul olume One that fall. n April of 2016, Steve became the first artist to record a full-length studio album at the legendary Mississippi landmark, Club bony. A long time in the making, and his first record in 5 years, Steve cut 13 new original tracks. The club, now belonging to the BB ing Museum, was turned into a recording studio capturing the rich history and vibe of the room and in turn inspiring incredible performances on the record. The album was made with the participation of The ings Men, a group of musicians who backed BB ing, lvis resley, and other musical ings. Azar continues to write, record and produce music and was recently appointed as the Music Culture Ambassador of Mississippi. Azar is also an avid philanthropist and golfer. He said the show he will present at the A- M Foundation event will be a storyteller event. ’ll be able to talk to the audience about a song, what it means, when it was written, and then play it. I t will be a close and intimate performance.” Tickets for the event are $50 per person, a tax-deductible purchase, and can be bought through the Office of the Foundation. Call Tammy Y oung at 4 7 9 -3 9 4 -7 6 2 2 , ext . 1 2 2 0 , or email at foundation@ All proceeds will benefit the A M Foundation.

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ons of Confederate V eterans, Camp 2 2 6 4 The Polk County I nvincibles, will be hosting a Park I nterpreter from Old Washington State Park at their monthly meeting, Tuesday, October 3 , starting at 6 : 3 0 p.m. at the Limetree I nn. The program is called “Then and Now,” and is an interactive program comparing common items from the mid1 9 th century to those of the present day. They will exp lore fashion, sunscreen, fabric manufacturing, and games. How many things are similar or totally different? Come and test your knowledge of Civil War era life. There is no charge for this program and everyone is invited to attend. The Sons of Confederate V eterans Camp 2 2 6 4 will hold their regular monthly meeting after the presentation. For more information you may contact Old Washington State Park at 8 7 0 -9 8 3 -2 6 2 5 .

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF MRHS Mena Regional Health System held their annual Health Fair on Saturday, September 16. Hundreds of participants strolled the halls of the hospital learning about new new products and services from dozens of vendors on site. Several forms of testing and health screenings were also available for free and reduced prices. The Mega Brain was included in this year’s Health Fair and was a big hit with kids.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOAN CHILDS Ouachita River School District recently received a donation of books from Modern Woodmen of America. Pictured, Acorn Elementary Librarian Kimberly Posey accepts books and school supplies from Modern Woodmen Chapter 13545 President Joan Childs, Vice President Karla Sims, and MWA Financial Representative Dicey Horn.


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result of several partners coming together with a vision of being under one roof. Tom Bonkofsky of Mena’s Workforce Center said that they have partnered with U A R ich Mountain, R ich Mountain A dult E ducation, A rkansas R ehab, and Western A rkansas mployment Development Agency for several years because the benefits each agency offers works hand in hand. With all of those partners on one campus, with the exception of the Workforce Office, the decision was made to move them under the same roof. U A R M President Dr. Phillip Wilson ex plained the Workforce I nnovation and Opportunity A ct is a U nited States public law that consolidates j ob training programs under the Workforce I nvestment A ct of 1 9 9 8 (W A) into a single funding stream. The program encourages government entities to find ways to collaborate for the betterment of the entire system. “Workforce Services was looking for partners, as was our A dult Basic E ducation and our Career Pathways. A ll three fall under some of the same legislation so it j ust makes sense that all three of these components come together and work in the same proxi mity. A lot of their clients are going to need retraining, or their GE D, as well as our Career Pathway students looking for j ob employment. There is a lot of synergy between the three,” Wilson said. For the partnership to have the most optimum results, the local Workforce Services Office will move into the Abernathy Building on A M’s campus. Workforces Services will continue to offer all of their benefits to all citizens there. A- ich Mountain has remodeled the A bernathy Building to house the Workforce Center, who will rent out the space from the college. The newly renovated building will house A DWS, U A R M’s TR I O program, including U pward Bound, E ducational Talent Search, the GE D program, and Career Pathways. The Double-Nickel Program ( formerly known as the 6 0 -plus program) has moved into the Maddox Building. CONCLUSION ON PAGE 9



About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. One of these Semifinalists is Acorn High School’s very own ane Barr. Barr, the seventeen year old son of Michael and Jessie Barr, is the first in the Ouachita iver School District’s history to hold the esteemed title of Semifinalist. To become a Finalist, Barr and Acorn High School must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 1 5 ,0 0 0 are exp ected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. Barr’s father, a teacher at Acorn High School, is especially proud of the academic dedication his son has exh ibited in being awarded this title. Barr is very thankful for the teachers, administrators, and staff members at AHS for giving him what he believes were the essential tools to get him to this point in his educational career. He also appreciates the student body’s positive reaction, saying, “I feel very supported by my peers; I couldn’t do it without my pals.” Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2 0 1 8 . E very Finalist will compete for one of 2 ,5 0 0 National Merit® $ 2 5 0 0 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. A bout 1 ,0 0 0 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approxi mately 2 3 0 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. n addition, about 190 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4 ,0 0 0 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2 0 1 8 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in A pril and concluding in Ju ly. These scholarship recipients will j oin more than 3 3 0 ,0 0 0 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title. f there is another word for pride, the staff and student body at Acorn High are searching for it. Barr has displayed all the aspects of a great academic, and surely will continue to bring the school great satisfaction as Finalists and recipients are announced in the following months.

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HCI ’s CE O, Tony Calandro, said they hope to add approxi mately 1 4 exa m rooms and an additional central supply and restrooms to exp and their current services and make room for new programs. Calandro said the exa ct sq uare footage and cost of the addition is still unknown, but they will have grant funding to help with construction. The U .S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that Mena’s HC is one of several beneficiaries of over $ 2 6 0 million in funding to 2 9 0 health centers in 4 5 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto R ico for facility renovation, exp ansion, or construction. The funding comes from the A ffordable Care A ct’s Community Health Center ( CHC) Fund, which was ext ended with bipartisan support in the Medicare A ccess and CHI P R eauthorization A ct ( MA CR A ) of 2 0 1 5 . Health centers will use the funding to increase their patient capacity and to provide additional comprehensive primary and preventive health services to medically underserved populations. HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said, “Health centers are cornerstones of the communities they serve. Today’s awards will empower health centers to build more capacity and provide needed health care to hundreds of thousands of additional individuals and their families.” Calandro said HCI is “always seeking and exa mining programs that provide access of care” for the communities that they serve. “A ny goal for exp ansion of services or facilities are meant to enhance the exp erience for our exi sting patients and future patients that we serve.” HCI currently provides an array of medical and dental services including: Primary & Preventative Medical Care, General Dentistry, 3 4 0 -B Pharmacy Program Discounts, A ffordable Care A ct and Private Option E nrollment, Discounted Medical & Dental Care, A rkansas A bstinence E ducation Program, Healthy Families A merica home visiting program, Behavioral Services, R adiology Services, and Cardiology Services. As safety net providers, Federally ualified Health Centers (F HCs) fill a huge void in A merican health care. “We are at the front-lines serving the most vulnerable by delivering q uality care,” said Calandro. “We are proud to be one of the some 1 ,2 0 0 health centers in the country.” Together, he exp lained, health centers care for more than 2 1 million people annually, with the vast maj ority living in medically underserved populations as determined by a lack of primary care providers in their area, high infant mortality, high rates of poverty, homelessness or large elderly populations. Calandro listed several reasons for the pride HCI ’s staff has in the services they offer. He said, “we offer comprehensive care that treats the whole person, we focus on delivering services that respect the diverse cultures and needs of our patients, include the use of technology to better coordinate the care of our patients receive, compile and analyze health data about our communities to better understand and treat chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma or obesity, and we are led by a Board of Directors of which a maj ority of the members are patients of our centers. We believe that it makes us responsive to the needs of our patients and all the communities we serve.”

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each year. The clinic will be held on September 2 8 at their location on Hornbeck A venue in Mena from 9 : 0 0 a.m. to 3 : 0 0 p.m. Participants need to bring their insurance cards with them on that day. I f you do not have insurance, or the insurance does not cover u shots, the vaccine will be available at no charge. We want olk County residents to stay healthy this u season, and getting a yearly u vaccination is the best line of protection, Tresa Craig, olk County Health U nit A dministrator, said. “We encourage everyone to come to the mass clinic or the local health unit to get their u shot. Not only will they hold their annual mass clinic, A DH will also visit area schools to administer u shots as well. The vaccines are optional and parents will be sent a paper home to fill out and return to school if they want their child to get their u shot at school. They will administer the u vaccines at Wickes Schools on October 5th, Mena High School on October 1 0 th, A corn Schools on October 1 0 th, Cossatot High School on October 1 1 th, Cove E lementary on October 1 1 th, Holly Harshman El ementary on October 1 2 th, Mena Middle School on October 1 2 th, and Louise Durham on October 1 3 th. ven though new observations about the u vaccine continue to be made, experts continue to recommend annual u vaccinations for children and adults. The u virus changes from year to year, and this year’s vaccine protects against the u viruses that are expected to cause the most illness this u season. The u should not be taken lightly, said Dirk Haselow, MD, State pidemiologist at ADH. We are encouraging everyone to get a u shot to protect themselves and their families because it is hard to predict in advance how severe the u season is going to be this year.” eople of all ages can get the u. Certain people are more likely to have serious CONCLUSION ON PAGE 9

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“We’re exci ted for the partnership, remodel, and the dollars gained from the rental,” Wilson exp lained. “The rent will pay for the construction and it will allow us to remodel our two science labs and bring them up to date.” Bonkofsky said the ADWS offices will be closed on September 28, 201 for the move and will re-open at their new location at 8 a.m. on September 2 9 . He also said their current staff of Kristina Davis, Michael Howell, Shawn E rickson, and Shari Dominguez will continue to provide assistance in j ob search/ j ob preparation, unemployment insurance claims and Transition E mployment A ssistance/ Work Pays programs. “The new Workforce Center will allow us to broaden our services with the assistance of our partners,” said Bonkofsky. This will be the sixth Arkansas Workforce Office to make the transition to college campuses in the state, but the first in Western Arkansas. The other programs in West Memphis, Blytheville, Newport, Camden, and Magnolia, have had positive impact on clients, and Bonkofsky, as well as the other program directors, believeWeekly it’s a great move for their clients as well. Publication



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health problems if they get the u including older adults, young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions ( such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease) , people who smoke, and people who live in nursing homes. Therefore, A DH strongly recommends that people in these groups get a u vaccine. t is also recommended that friends, family members and people who provide care to people in these groups also get a vaccine—n ot only to protect themselves but also to decrease the possibility that they might expose the people they love and care for to the u. The u vaccine is safe and does not cause the u. Some people may have mild soreness and redness near the site of the shot and a low fever or slight headache. There are very few medical reasons to skip the u vaccine. These include life-threatening allergic reactions to a previous dose of the u vaccine or an ingredient in the vaccine. eople with allergies to vaccine ingredients can often receive the vaccine safely, if it is given in a doctor’s office where they can be monitored. The u is easily spread through coughing or sneezing and by touching something, such as a door knob, with the virus on it and then touching their nose or mouth. So good hand washing habits are important in preventing the u. However, the best way to prevent the u is to get the vaccine. For more information, go to or www.

TOKA JUANITA LAMBERT Toka Ju anita Lambert, age 9 6 , of Mena, A rkansas passed away Monday, September 1 1 , 2 0 1 7 in Little R ock, A rkansas. Toka was born on Ju ne 1 8 , 1 9 2 1 to the late George Chambers and the late Delia Brown Chambers in Cherry Hill, A rkansas. She was married to Olen Lambert for thirty-four years and enj oyed raising a family together. She also worked for R enova factory for many years and made many friends. Toka loved to travel and her favorite q uote was “suitcase packed and if you are waiting on me, your left behind”. She enj oyed watching sports, especially the A rkansas R azorback Hogs basketball and football. Most of all she enj oyed watching her boys play basketball. Toka was famous for her banana-nut bread, which everyone in her neighborhood en-

j oyed. She loved wearing the color “red”. Toka truly loved her family and friends dearly and will be missed by all. She was a loving and kind mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother, sister and friend to all. She is survived by sons, Tony Lambert and ( Ji ll) of Wesley, A rkansas, Teal Lambert and ( Betty) of Q ueen City, Texa s, William Lambert and ( Glenda) of Mena, A rkansas; grandchildren, Tia King and ( Kenny) , Ja yme Ozanich and ( Lanny) , D’A nn Fryar and ( William) , Cherish Lambert and ( Heath Noble) , Nathaniel Lambert, TJ Lambert, Melissa Hawkins and ( Houston) , Cade Lambert, Tyse Lambert and Gage Lambert; numerous great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; sisters, Betty Jo Martino, LeeWanda Costa, Ja ckie Wade. She was preceded in death by husband, Olen Lambert, parents, George and Delia Chambers, son, Stephen ( Steve) Lambert, and sisters, Je an McNutt and E lwanda Chambers. Funeral services will be Saturday,

September 1 6 , 2 0 1 7 at 2 : 0 0 p.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel with Brother A lvin osson officiating. nterment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. V isitation is general. Pallbearers will be Nathaniel Lambert, TJ Lambert, Cade Lambert, Tyse Lambert, Gage Lambert, Kenny King, Houston Hawkins, Lanny Ozanich, William Fryar and Heath Noble.

VERLOS ‘GENE’ MYERS V erlos “Gene” Myers, age 8 2 , of R oyal, passed away on Friday, September 1 5 , 2 0 1 7 at CH St. incent, Hot

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2 0 , 1 9 5 4 , he married Peggy V anator. He was preceded in death by his parents. Gene retired from the U nited States A rmy after 2 6 years and later went to work for the U .S. A rmy Corps of E ngineers at the Blakely Dam complex for 2 0 years. He was a j ack-of-alltrades who loved the outdoors, working and tinkering on mechanical things in his shop, being with family and working in the yard with his wife of 6 2 years. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Je an Myers of R oyal; his daughter and son-in-law, Chris and Gary Devahl of Garden Grove, California; three sons and daughters-in-law, Carey and Ja n Myers of Houston, Texa s, R ussell and Lisa Myers of Mena and Scott and Sherri Myers of Opal; eight grandchildren, Tali Hawkins, Savannah and R obert Todd, Natalie and Steven DelA ngel, Candace and Kyle R owe, Dalton and Summer Myers, Ji ll Callahan, A my A nn and Ja son V anwinkle and Brandon K. and Melissa Devahl; seventeen great-grandchildren; four sisters, Je annie, Peggy, Sue and Dory; nieces, nephews and a host of wonderful friends. Graveside services will be held at 1 : 0 0 PM, Thursday, September 2 1 , 2 0 1 7 in the A rkansas State V eterans Cemetery with Bro. Andy ennedy officiating. Full military honors provided by the U nited States A rmy Honor Guard. V isitation will be held from 6 : 0 0 PM until 8 : 0 0 PM, Wednesday evening at the funeral home. A rrangements are under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Hot Springs. Guest registry is at www.davis-smith. com.

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Students Seek to Interview Veterans for Upcoming Programs


wo of Polk County’s E A ST classrooms are in the planning and developing stages for V eteran’s Day Celebrations in November. Both Mena Middle School E A ST and Cossatot R iver High School E A ST are not only inviting veterans to the program, they each wish to interview veterans prior to the events and collect pictures and memorabilia to use. The CR HS E A ST Program will host a “What’s I n Y our A ttic E vent” for all local V eterans and their families to bring in any pictures, letters, medals, uniforms, memorabilia, etc., for them to scan copies, and print or 3 D-print replicas to help preserve the history of local V eterans and their service to the community and country. CR HS E A ST will also have a room set up for students to interview any V eterans or family members that would like to share their stories as well as a special scanning station set up to scan any 35 mm slides, 35 mm film strips, medium format film, and 4 x 5 film. t will be a come and go as you’re able to event in the Cossatot iver High School Library on Wednesday, September 2 7 th & Thursday, September 2 8 th from 9 : 0 0 am - 3 : 0 0 pm. A fter the event, the E A ST students will begin preparing a display for the Wickes V eteran’s Day Program on Wednesday, November 8 th to display as many items from the “What’s I n Y our A ttic E vent” as possible. For more information, contact CR HS E A ST at 8 7 0 -3 8 5 -7 1 0 1 . Mena Middle School E A ST has made appointments to interview some V eterans. They will be using the interviews to create a video documentary. Others have designed cards to give to the V eterans when they visit the nursing homes, the armory, sheriff’s department, and the police department. The ceremony will be entirely run by students. The MMS E A ST V eteran’s Day Celebration will be held on November 3 , 2 0 1 7 at 1 : 3 0 p.m. at the Mena High School Performing A rts Center. I f you are a V eteran, MMS E A ST would like to formally invite you. R efreshments will be served to veterans. A lso, if you are willing to be interviewed they asked that you please call them at 4 9-394-25 2.

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LD Receives Visit from MHS Drama L

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rystal Boyd who has been announced as the Mena High School September Teacher of Month by the Orientation to Teaching classes at MHS. Lindsey Logan and Breanna Price stated that Mrs. Boyd is, “always in a good mood and makes sure students understand the concepts by working through problems with the class.” Tateli Thacker said “Mrs. Boyd is always willing to help, always has a positive attitude, and makes sure we do our best.” Lance Lee stated that Mrs. Boyd has the “drive and determination” to make students learn. She will receive a certificate and a $25 gift card from Wal-Mart.


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riday night, September 15th, the Mena Bearcats (3-0) football team hosted the rival Waldron Bulldogs (2-1) at Bearcat Stadium. Both teams went into the matchup undefeated. Waldron won the opening coin toss and chose to receive the ball to start the second half. Gerardo Lopez’s kickoff for the Bulldogs was caught by Mena’s Nick Linch who ran out of bounds at the thirty yard line. On their first offensive possession, the Bearcats drove down to the Waldron five yard line but were unable to get into the end zone, forcing Coach Harper to go to kicker Camden Brodersen for the field goal try. Brodersen cleared the uprights, putting Mena on the board first, 3-0, with 5:41 left in the first quarter. Christian Lua’s kickoff for Mena was returned by Levi Franklin to the twenty-five yard line. The Bearcat defense forced Waldron to punt after three plays on their first possession. Levi Hayden’s punt was returned by Mena’s Justin Dean from the forty-four yard line to the end zone, for a fifty-six yard Bearcat touchdown. Lua’s point-after-attempt was good for the Bearcats, to make the score 10-0. After a touchback on the kickoff, Waldron took over on their own twenty yard line to start their second possession. Two plays later, the Bulldogs handed the ball off to #25 Levi Hayden who ran for a sixty-eight yard touchdown, silencing the home crowd. Trey Williams’ point-after-attempt for Waldron was good, making the score 10-6. Nick Linch returned the kickoff thirty-four yards for Mena, to the Waldron forty-one yard line. On first down, Carson Cannon handed the ball off to Justin Dean who ran for a forty-one yard Bearcat touchdown. Cannon kept up the middle and into the end zone for the two-point conversion. Making the score 18-6 with 1:54 left in the first quarter. The Bulldogs went three-and-out on their third offensive possession, giving Mena the ball back via punt at their own forty-one yard line. Mena only ran one play before the first quarter came to an end. Four plays into the second quarter, Cannon handed the ball off to Dean who fumbled. Waldron recovered the fumble at their own thirty-six yard line. Waldron ran ten plays on their fourth offensive possession, but were unable to score, having to punt it back to the Bearcats. The punt went out of bounds, giving Mena the ball at their own seventeen yard line. The Bearcats drove down to the Waldron twelve yard line on eight plays, before Carson Cannon ran into the end zone for a twelve yard Bearcat touchdown. Lua’s point-after-attempt was good, making the score 25-6 with 3:28 left in the first half. Four plays following the kickoff, the Bulldogs handed the ball over to Levi Hayden who ran into the end zone for a twenty-five yard touchdown. Waldron went for the extra two points, but threw an incomplete pass. Making the score 25-12 with 2:09 left in the half. Mena took over at the twenty-one yard line following a penalty on the kickoff, but gave the ball right back to the Bulldogs via a fumble on second down. Waldron recovered the fumble at the Mena twenty-one. On first down, #13 Trey Williams threw a twenty-one yard touchdown pass to #24 Cole Huddleston. Trey Williams’ point-after-attempt split the uprights for Waldron to make the score 25-19 with 1:15 left in the half. Thanks to a sixty-one yard pass from Cannon to Dean on third and twenty-two, the Bearcats were able to drive down to the four yard line and score via a touchdown pass to Nick Linch. Cannon kept up the middle and into the end zone, converting for an extra two points. Making the score 33-19 with 14.2 seconds left in the first half. The Bulldogs were able to get off only two plays on their seventh offensive possession before the first half came to an end, with the score 33-19. Both teams were forced to punt on their first offensive possessions of the second half. Waldron ran in for an eighteen yard touchdown on their ninth offensive possession, but missed the point-after-attempt. Making the score 33-25 with 6:09 left in the third quarter. After forcing Mena to punt on their next possession, the Bulldogs took over from their thirty-one and ended up handing the ball off to Levi Hayden who broke a few tackles an ran for a fifty-two yard touchdown. Going for the tie, the Bulldogs were unable to convert the two-point conversion. making the score 33-31 with 3:02 left in the third. On Mena’s ninth offensive possession, on first and ten from mid-field, a bad snap led to a fifty yard touchdown pass from Cannon to Dean. The Bearcats converted the two-

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Cossatot River Kicks off Cross Country Season BY EASTON LEONARD •

he Cossatot R iver High School Cross Country team has kicked off their 2 0 1 7 season, and looks to succeed during Coach Blake A lexa nder’s second year. Coach Alexander was pleased with his first year, as the senior boys placed District unner- p. However, the girls team did not have enough competitors to compete in the post-season meets. When asked about his expectations for this year’s team he said, We hope to compete for a District Championship, and finish within Top Five in the state . Coach Alexander says to keep an eye out for uben Trinidad, Alexis Brito, and Brandon Marrufo as standouts on this year’s sq uad. Cossatot started their season with a meet at Magazine last Thursday, September 14th, and will continue the season at Acorn, Tuesday, September 26th, at Mena, Tuesday, October 3rd, and at Magazine again on Tuesday, October 10th. Additional meets may also be added to the schedule. The district meet is expected to be at Bismark, but official time and place has not yet been determined. The State Meet will be hosted in Hot Springs on Friday, November 3rd. The Boys Cross-Country Team includes: Seniors - Hector Hernandez, Sebastian Medina, and Daniel uniga. Juniors Brandon Marrufo and Miguel Ortiz. Sophomores - Sixto Aquilar, Alexis Brito, Manuel squivel, Jordy oldan, and uben Trinidad. Freshman - Christian Alarcon, Daniel Alarcon, Justin Frachiseur, aul Gutierrez, nrique Loredo, oty Martin, duardo Maya, Dalton Mc enzie, and Alex erez. 8th Grader - ictor Trinidad. th Grader - icardo squivel. The Girls Cross-Country Team includes: Senior - Justine Smith. Junior - atya Gonzalez. Sophomores - Lizbet Delgado and speranza Ortiz. Freshman - Brenci Marrufo. 8th Graders - Laura Flores, Josey Johnston, Labrayla obb, and endi Warren.

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point conversion, making the sore 41-31 with 1:56 left in the third quarter. Waldron’s eleventh offensive possession went into the fourth quarter, but didn’t include any point being scored, as the Bulldogs were forced to punt. Mena took over from their own fourteen yard line. After a penalty pushed the Bearcats back to the eight yard line, on second and sixteen, Carson Cannon handed the ball off to Justin Dean who ran for a ninety-two yard touchdown. Lua’s point-after-attempt for Mena was blocked. Making the score 4 -31. Both teams gained possession of the ball one more time each, before the game came to an end, but no more points were scored. Making the final score 4 -31 in favor of the home team Bearcats. Mena will play again at home this Friday, September 22nd, as the Bearcats will host the anthers of Ashdown. Ashdown will come into Friday’s game following wins against Monticello (48- ), Hope (46- ), and Hamburg (56-10). Last season, the anthers defeated Mena in Ashdown by a score of 13-12. ickoff for this Friday’s matchup against Ashdown is set for :00 p.m. f you can’t make it to the game, make sure to tune in on O 105.3 by downloading the app or catching the stream at My

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ena Cross Country attended their first meet of the season at the R attler R un in Magazine, A rk. on Thursday, September 1 4 . Coach R andy Peters reports that the Ju nior Bearcats team came in 1 st overall. Ju nior Bearcat Logan Myers lead the team, coming in 2 nd overall in the division, with Mathew McCravens coming in 7 th. Keira Hall came in 4 th in Ju nior Girls and Maddy Mauk came in 1 0 th. Senior Bearcat R obert McI ntyre came in 1 0 th place in the Senior Boys Division. Mena will travel to Mansfield for their next meet on Saturday, September 2 3 rd.

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he A corn Tigers Cross Country got off to a great start at the Magazine R attler run with Freshman A shlynn Bissell leading the Jr . Lady Tigers to a 3 rd place team finish, by winning the 1.5 mile race in class 1A- 6A. Justice Neufield lead the Jr. Tigers to the team title, finishing in first place in the 1A3A division with Brady Hair 5th, Jake Lyle th and TJ Bissell 9th. Sr. Girls Faith Hill helped the Acorn Lady Tigers to a 2nd place team finish in the 1A -3A division by winning first place. endra Branson was 6th. Cross Hughes lead the Tigers to the team championship with top honors in the 1 A 3A division. The Tigers dominated by placing 5 in top 10 with Brady Lyle 4th, Matthew Chaney th, Chad Sutton 8th, and Melchiah Hicks 9th.



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April Dickerson – Riding for a Cause F


inding a hobby that you enj oy is such a rewarding exp erience. U nderstanding that the hobby is a God-given gift that can be used to serve others can bring an undeniable and deep satisfaction. Such is the case for A pril ( Lee) Dickerson of South Polk County, who recently was part of an event that raised over $ 1 2 1 ,4 1 2 ,0 0 0 to help fund MS ( multiple sclerosis) research and critical programs for people living with MS. A pril was one of 2 6 5 participants who rode for the Bike MS: R ock’n Hot R ide this year – a grueling 2 -day fundraising cycling event. The ride is a 1 2 6 -mile j ourney from North Little R ock to Ponce De Leon Center in Hot Springs V illage and back… certainly not a ride for the novice cyclist. A pril will tell you that she doesn’t personally have a connection to MS but her heart is clearly motivated to give back to those who are not blessed with the same abilities, “I like to bike and I feel like since God gave me the ability to ride and I was able to ride… I j ust kinda wanted to pay that to people who can’t ride. I f you have multiple sclerosis, you’re not able to do all of this stuff… this helps them and I wanted to do that.” A pril grew up in neighboring Watson, Okla. and attended most of her school at Smithville before relocating to A rkansas and graduating from Hatfield High School in 2002. She married oger Dickerson of andervoort in May 2004, after attending MCC for two years. The couple has two children, Brodie, age 1 1 and Flint, age 9 , who are both students in the Cossatot R iver School District. A pril is also part of the CR SD family, serving as a paraprofessional at the high school in V andervoort. A nd somehow, between working a full-time j ob and raising two busy boys, she finds time to ride about 50-60 miles per week, on either her mountain bike or road bike. She confirmed that her husband and her boys are her strongest cheerleaders. A s if the causes that A pril rides for are not enough, she said she is continually pushing herself. I t was the challenge and competitiveness of the R ock’n Hot R ide that attracted her. And competitive she was, April averaged 16 mph over the very hilly terrain and finished within the Top 30 of 265 participants, all while raising $800 herself. None of this would have been possible without the support from my family and local businesses.” Kenny Je well Logging, U nion Bank, Ouachita E q uine, Shelter I nsurance – Kenny Miller, I nsulation Works, A mber Denton, Maxi ne and Cullis Lee, Nicole E vans, Tammy Callicott, and Scotty’s all rallied around A pril and her ambitious goal. Her heartfelt passion for riding for a cause is fairly new, three years ago to be exa ct, and it was through friends in Texa s that she found her niche. A lso an avid runner, A pril now runs in two races and rides in two events each year. She said it is very much a family event as her husband and boys cheer her all along the route and are ready to greet her at the finish line The boys will ride with me during the week sometimes, maybe four to six miles but they haven’t done a race yet. ’m hoping they continue. The other races April competes in each year are the Conq uer the Gauntlet, the Warrior Dash, which is a fundraiser for St. Ju de Cancer R esearch, and the True Grit, which funds a ‘backpack’ program. A pril said cycling is very much an addiction for her and that even when she isn’t in a race, she’s in a race… against herself, “E ven when I ’m riding the same trail, I ’m always looking at my time… ‘am I better than last time? ’” While she said it is an addiction, she also exp lained there is a large amount of determination each time, going from one point to another. “I ’m always giving myself little pep talks along the way... but I j ust love being out there looking at the scenery.” A pril had a deep appreciation for the scenic route of the 2 R ivers Trail, came around Pinnacle Mountain, and then down to Hwy 7 during the R ock’n Hot R ide in particular, “I t was a real pretty ride and I think A rkansas has such beautiful countryside… and I like to look. That’s one thing about the bike, you’re out there by yourself and you have nature and you have God… and you’re j ust out there riding in the big middle of it all.” There appears to be no limit to A pril’s intrinsic determination to use her passion for the good of others, At the finish line, you’ll see people there who have or know someone with MS… I had this one guy I didn’t even know come up to me and thank me for riding because his wife has MS. She explained that race officials announced that this event helps around 6 ,0 0 0 people around A rkansas with MS, and that’s all the inspiration A pril needs.


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Polk County Farm Bureau - A Legacy of Insuring and Protecting Rural Life BY LEANN DILBECK •


he Polk County Farm Bureau I nsurance A gency provides personal lines of insurance for homes, auto, boat, farms, eq uipment, health through Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, life insurance, and annuities for approx imately 3 ,1 2 5 members in Polk County. They also provide limited banking services including loans, CD’s, checking, money market accounts, business lines of credit, and credit cards. The agency is headed by Tony Hooper who became the agency manager May 1 of this year, and while he is proud of their many products and their competitive rates, it’s the heart and ex perience of his agents and support staff that he believes differentiates his agency from the others. I n a business where ex perience and accessibility makes all the difference, the agency’s three agents have a combined ex perience of 7 4 years, Tony Hooper, 2 8 years; A ndy Brown, 2 7 years; and Mitch Sikes, 1 9 years. The agency also has two local adj usters, that Hooper ex plains, ex pedites processing claims for members. One adj uster, Shane Frost, has been with Farm Bureau for 1 4 years and has received numerous district and state awards. J ake Bunch is the other adj uster who has been with the agency for two years. The glue that keeps it all together is the agency’s three administrative assistants: J anice Wagner, A licia House, and J anet Dean. Hooper ex plained that House is receiving additional training to become a Farm Bureau Customer Service R epresentative. Hooper said that they plan to add two additional agents in 2 0 1 8 . A ll the agents are active in various parts of the community. “A ndy has served on the Mena City Council for years and is very involved in city business. He’s also the Sunday School Director at Salem [ Baptist Church] . Mitch is real involved with the youth sports at Mena and his church at Mountain Fork.” Tony ex plained that he serves as the men’s pastor at enuel Church in Hatfield. A s it has with so many businesses and industries, technology has been the biggest change Tony has seen through his years in the insurance business. Tony ex plained that members are able to get quotes, pay bills, and file claims, all online. Community involvement is also greatly valued at Farm Bureau. Tony said his agency spends between $ 5 ,0 0 0 to $ 6 ,0 0 0 each year at the county fair livestock show, they also award five $600 scholarships to county graduating seniors. There is a Farm Bureau Women’s Committee that is led by Lauren Frost, Deedee Alston, ita eener, Carol Fields, and Dotsie Webb. The agency sponsors the Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Y ear that recognizes an outstanding local farm family, who then has the opportunity to compete at the district and state levels. Farm Bureau is also active on the federal level with the Farm Bureau Federation. “They are the big boys in agriculture,” Tony ex plained, adding that they have a paid staff of lobbyists, who, year round advocate to protect private land rights, water q uality, and other issues important to rural farming and rural families. Locally, Farm Bureau is governed by its 15 member board: Allen Stewart resident, onney Fields . ., Terry eener Secretary, Greg Hunter , Terry Terrell , J ames Watkins, Duane Webb, R odney Bowen, Mitchell Tidwell, Steve Barney, Farrell Cole, Bill Hoek , Dennis hilpot , David Head, and Lucas Alston. Of course, products and rates are very important but Tony knows that at the end of the day, it’s all about relationships. “Over the years, we’ve built relationships with our clients that don’t go away very often. When mommas and daddies have children and those children get big enough to start driving, we’ll end up writing them, too. I t’s kind of a legacy.”

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Thursday, 9/21 • 7:00 a.m. until sold out – The Polk unty Far er’s Mar et is open next to the Mena Depot. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. – The Board Camp Baptist Church at 107 Country Road 63 will distribute food. • 10:30 a.m. – Gator & Friends will be performing at The Mena Senior Center. • 11:15 a.m. – Cossatot Senior Center in Wickes will host a Caregiver Meeting on “Resilience: A Helpful Tool for Caregivers.” • 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. – Polk County Library Board will meet in the Susanna Mosley Community Room at the Library. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Salvation Army Family Store helps families with utilities. p. . th treet Ministries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the 9th Street Ministries building. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s Meeting at the ABC Club across from


M H F T M T COOKOUT will be held on September 29 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Grilled hamburger, drink, cookie, chips for $6. Pre-orders and large orders call ahead to 479-234-6119 or 479-234-0741. • ARVAC,INC. will close their Li-HEAP program on September 29. Call 479-229-4861 for more information. T F TM T BB Fundraiser and Business Meeting at the fire department on September 30 at 5 p.m. F M UNION on October 7 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at American Legion in Acorn. • FUNDRAISER FOR CLARK CENTER AT . H ’ H T presented by Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Hwy. 71 North in Acorn on September 30. Full day of activities and food. All are welcome.

Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 6:00 p.m. – Acorn Water monthly meeting at the Water Office. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. • 6:30 p.m. – Disaster Preparedness Group meets at Assembly of God Church, 2111 Sutherland Ave. in Mena. • 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. p. . allas Mas nic dge meets at the Mena Lodge located in the Old Post Office by Janssen Park. Friday, 9/22 a. . a. . ad 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 will meet in the MRHS Conference Room A. p. . The i ns Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 2:00 p.m. – Wonder House Tour at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Wonder House. • 5:00 p.m. – Ask a Park Interpreter at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet on the southeast side of the Lodge Restaurant. • 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. • 7:00 p.m. – Sunset Art in the Park at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Picnic Area. p. . lc h lics n ny us at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. Saturday, 9/23 • 7:00 a.m. until sold out – The Polk County Far er’s Mar et is open next to the Mena Depot. a. . ueen ilhel ina tate ar Cleanup. Help keep your State Park Clean. Volunteers wanted. Meet at the Amphitheater. • 10:00 a.m. – Hives & Honey at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center Amphitheater. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – Baking Sweet Rolls with Barbara Tobias at Mena Art Gallery. Class fee is $15. Call Gallery to sign up. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fibers Arts Group meets at Mena Art Gallery. • 2:00 p.m. – Animal Tracks at Cossatot River State Park. Meet in Legacy Room at Visitor Center. p. . Meet and reet at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at Visitor Center. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. p. . lc h lics n ny us at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159

Hwy 71 S., Mena. 479-243-0297 or 479-2164606. Sunday, 9/24 • 9:00 a.m. – Tree ID at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Cossatot Falls Parking Lot. • 10:00 a.m. – Wonder House Tour at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Wonder House. • 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. • 2:00 p.m. – Feed the Critters at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center. • 2:00 p.m. – Nature Hike at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the north side of Lover’s Leap. • 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. – Sulpher Springs Church meets at Sulpher Springs. • 3:30 p.m. – Snorkeling Exploration at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Low Water Bridge below Visitor Center. • 4:00 p.m. – Frisbee Golf at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet beside Campground Bathhouse. p. . nited Meth dist uth r up at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. M nday • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. p. . larice’s of Hope group gathering will be held at 403 North Morrow St., Suite C. p. . H e Fr nt arri rs M Chapter 377 meeting at Limetree Restaurant. Meeting follows meal. • 6:00 p.m. – We The People Tea Party meets at Polk County Public Library North Room. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is 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. p. . Mena l s dge meeting. All Elks are invited to attend. Tuesday, 9/26 • 7:00 a.m. until sold out – The l unty Far er’s Mar et is open next to the Mena Depot. a. . The eynolds Gardener Community Men’s Brea ast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – l unty Fa ily Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building.

• 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena St. Bring your current project and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. p. . p. . The Hat eld 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 is played at the Polk County Housing Authority Community Room. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for the families of addicts and alcoholics meets at the ABC Club. p. . The Marine rps eague etachment will meet at Lighthouse Fitness, 2011 Hwy. 71S, Mena. For more information, call 479-234-0769. • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Bluegrass music at Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room. p. . M untain Mead w Mas nic dge will meet at the Hatfield Lodge. p. . lc h lics n ny us meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479-234-2887 or 479-234-3043. Wednesday, 9/27 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in Mena at noon. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Polk County Library Cove Branch is open. p. . The Mena First nited Meth dist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – Warriors for Christ will meet at the Southside Church of God. p. . egenerati n uth Ministries 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. • p. . p. . Tre and arsity 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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Medcalfs Celebrate 50 Years R ob er t a nd S ylv i a Med ca lf wi ll b e celeb r a ti ng thei r 5 0 th wed d i ng a nni v er sa r y on S a tur d a y, S ep temb er 2 3 , 2 0 1 7 a t the D a i sy R oom, 8 0 0 J a nssen A v enue f r om 1 : 0 0 p m to 3 : 0 0 p m. A ll f r i end s a r e i nv i ted . They wer e ma r r i ed i n H ouston, Tex a s, a nd li v ed ther e unti l 1 9 9 9 when R ob er t r eti r ed f r om S outhwester n B ell a nd mov ed to Mena .

OLT Presents New Memories Saver Service O


uachita Little Theatre is always looking for new ways to enhance the entertainment and leisure past-time activities of the local community. The newest venture is taking form as the “Memories Saver Service.” The Memories Saver Service gives patrons the opportunity to convert their personal V HS tapes, old home movies, audio cassettes and more, to a new DV D format. There will also be copies of all previously recorded OLT plays and musicals to purchase, including vintage performances from many years past. People who wish to make personal copies will be able to take advantage of this individualized service, performed onsite at the Theatre Business Office, 610 Mena St. The greatest advantage for the consumer is that materials will never leave the premises of the OLT office. Theatre officials promise they will be treated with great individual care and respect, especially old or delicate media. The OLT Board members desire to keep prices very reasonable; in most cases it will not cost more than $20 to convert up to a 2-hour videotape to D D. Costs will decrease as numbers of copies increase. No copyrighted materials may be copied, but anything of a personal nature will be allowed. To place your order, drop by the OLT office between 10:00 AM and 2:00 M on weekdays after September 18th. More details are available on the Ouachita Little Theatre Facebook page or at All proceeds from this venture will go directly into the funds for the nonprofit organization of the Ouachita Little Theatre.

January 6, 2016



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ittl e Roc k, 1957

he quest for civil rights in America is a long and arduous one. n fact it can be traced all the way back to the earliest days of our republic. n The Declaration of ndependence, Thomas Jefferson wrote his famous words about all men being created equal. From then on, this quest has been an ongoing part of our history and it has taken many forms, including a very costly war a war that was as much about federalism and states’ rights as it was about slavery and freedom. Since then, much progress had been made toward securing equal rights for all but at the same time, we still face challenges to this day. However, the progress made (while good) was incomplete and a long time coming, and it still faced barriers, which would likely require stronger and more effective means to break through. This accelerated in the 1950s, starting with Claudette Colvin. n March 1955, Ms. Colvin was a 15-year old taking the bus home from high school in Montgomery, Ala. when the bus driver ordered her to get up and she refused, saying she’d paid her fare and it was her constitutional right. Two police officers put her in handcuffs and arrested her. There were a number of other women who refused to give up their seats on the same bus system, but most of them were quietly fined, and no one heard much more. Over two years later, in September 195 , Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus refused to comply with the 1954 Brown vs Board of ducation Supreme Court decision which called for the desegregation of all schools throughout the nation. After the decision, the NAAC attempted to register black students in previously all-white schools in cities throughout the South, including Arkansas. The Little ock School Board agreed to comply with the high court’s ruling. The Superintendent of Schools submitted a plan of gradual integration to the school board on May 24, 1955, which the board unanimously approved. The first phase of the plan, the integration of Little ock’s Central High School, would be implemented in September 195 . The second and third phases would be implemented in 1960 and 1963, respectively. By the fall of 195 , the NAAC had registered nine African American students to attend the previously all-white Little ock Central High. The students were selected on the criteria of grades and attendance. Several segregationist councils threatened to hold protests at Central High to physically block the students from entering the school. Governor Orval Faubus deployed the Arkansas National Guard to support the segregationists on September 4, 195 . The sight of a line of soldiers blocking out the students made national headlines and polarized much of the nation. On September 9, the Little ock School District issued a statement condemning the governor’s deployment of soldiers to the school, and called for a citywide prayer service on September 12. resident Dwight isenhower attempted to de-escalate the situation




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by summoning Faubus for a meeting, warning him not to defy the Supreme Court’s ruling. Woodrow Mann, the mayor of Little ock, asked resident isenhower to send federal troops to enforce integration and protect the nine students. The resident responded by ordering the 101st Airborne Division of the nited States Army (without its black soldiers) to Little ock and federalized the entire Arkansas National Guard, taking it out of the hands of Faubus. This was the first time the federal government had sent troops to the South since the econstruction ra. Sixty years ago this week, September 24, 195 , the nine students were admitted to Little ock Central High under military protection. nown as the Little ock Nine , they were: rnest Green, lizabeth ckford, Jefferson Thomas, Terrence oberts, Carlotta Walls, Minni ean Brown, Gloria ay arlmark, Thelma Mothershed, and Melba attillo Beals. While they did get to attend Central High, it didn’t come with out the price of a year of physical and verbal abuse. From that time to the present, civil rights has remained a core cultural and political issue in America. Three months after the Little ock crisis, the Civil ights Act of 195 was passed by Congress and signed into law by resident isenhower. Seven years later, the Civil ights Act of 1964 was passed and signed into law by resident Lyndon Johnson. While these and other subsequent legislative achievements provided the legal basis needed to address discrimination, in no way could they provide the foundational moral clarity and incentive on a personal level needed for such laws to be fully effective. We must remember that true law is rooted in ethical assumptions or norms, and those ethical principles are initially derived from religious perceptions or convictions. Norms are not changed by new laws, rather our culture’s moral sensibilities and cultural norms gradually change over time through those perceptions and convictions and, with them, new and better laws often follow. A nation’s civil social order foreshadows its laws, and many aspects of it are determined by beliefs and customs rather than being created by good laws. As we should be very thankful for and supportive of the good laws which have come about in the arena of civil rights, we should never forget two things. First, the goal of civil rights in a constitutional republic such as ours should not be an equality of economic and or social condition promised through government-enforced social ustice, but an equality of opportunity supported by law and undergirded by moral principle at all levels of society. And second, enduring changes for the better will originate from our own attitudes and moral convictions rooted in Christian faith and religious principle.

January 6, 2016

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Mena Art Gallery’s Volunteer Spotlight: Missy Williams OLT Auditions CONTRIBUTED BY BARBARA M. TOBAIS • Being Held for ELF M SUBMITTED


he next Junior Ouachita Little Theatre (JOLT) play will be the holiday musical lf. erformances are December 8-10 and December 15-1 . Auditions will be held October 6 from 4-6 M and October from 9-11 AM at the OLT. This cast requires 2nd and 3rd graders to play elves and teens to perform the ma ority of the parts. There are also a few adult roles to be filled. lf is under Direction of Brad Storey and under Musical Direction of Amanda Baker.



issy Williams loves to knit and loves to help others find as much oy in tangling up yarn as she does. She volunteers at Mena Art Gallery each Saturday afternoon to lead the Fiber Arts group: several people who are enthusiastic about the various kinds of art that can be made from fiber. There are a few who like to spin, creating beautiful yarn from the eece of sheep, llamas, alpacas, and goats to name ust a few of the types of yarn that can be produced using local animals. One or two others en oy crochet, some prefer embroidery, others like to dabble in a variety of fiber arts, and of course there are several other knitters. As Mena Art Gallery is a non-profit organization, it is primarily staffed by volunteers. There is one part-time employee, Julie ande ande, the xecutive Director. But Missy and her crew make sure that the gallery is open for everyone to come in and en oy the art on display each Saturday afternoon from noon until 3:00 pm. Missy started volunteering at the gallery in order to start the fiber arts group. She particularly likes having an opportunity to visit with the people coming in and learning things from them about the area. She and her husband (who is a manager for Walmart) previously lived in Mena about 10 years ago. They are back for a second stint with the local Walmart. Her plans for the Fiber Arts Group possibly includes doing a Fiber Arts exhibit at the gallery in 2018. n the meantime, she is willing to help anyone interested in knitting, and does a great ob of that. Missy says, want this to be a place where people can come together, learn from each other, and have fun and make new friends in the process. The group is open to anyone interested in these things. f you would like to learn more about fiber arts or the group, ust show up at the gallery on Saturday afternoons from noon to 3 pm.

September 20, 2017


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Tips to Save Money and the Planet by Reducing Food Waste



early 5 0 percent of produce in the U S is thrown away before it reaches your plate, according to U SDA estimates. This waste not only affects the environment, it impacts shoppers’ wallets, as well. The average family of four discards $ 1 ,6 0 0 of food each year, according to a study published by the I nternational Jo urnal on Food System Dynamics. How can you stop wasting and start saving? Follow these tips to ensure the produce you buy is used to its full potential.


Plan meals to create an ingredient shopping list comprised of everything you need for the week. Don’t stray at the store. Select items that can be used in multiple dishes. Be sure to also consider your dining out habits; if you typically grab a few meals away from home, consider picking up a mix of fresh and frozen items to leave some wiggle room in your seven-day plan.


When it comes to using fresh items, your policy should be first in, first out. Organize produce in the order you purchased it. eep items that need to be consumed first within eyesight and put the freshest goods in the back, moving food forward as you go. This will help ensure items don’t get forgotten in the back.


Today’s tomato slices can be tomorrow’s tomato soup. Simply place leftover tomatoes and a few other ingredients into the container of a high-powered blender. For exa mple, with a V itamix A 3 5 0 0 A scent Series blender, you can create soup without the stovetop using the Hot Soup program setting to blend and heat ingredients. Or, if you have potato, carrot or zucchini skins available, store them in a freezer bag to easily make homemade vegetable broth later. Ad d the veggies to boiling water and let it simmer on the stove. Drain, season and incorporate the versatile broth into recipes like risotto, curry and vegetable soup. Making guacamole or avocado toast? Leftover avocado browns q uickly, so it’s good to have a plan for how to use it immediately. Why not whip up a creamy green smoothie bowl Or, if you’re not hungry, make a natural facial mask to tighten pores and firm skin. se leftover chicken to add some protein to a salad or stir-fry, or finely chop and crisp leftover beef to give texture and extra avor to pasta and soup.

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The latest smart kitchen gadgets can help you limit waste. A sk Al exa what you can make with key ingredients, or try a tool like the V itamix Perfect Blend Smart Scale & I nteractive R ecipe A pp, which allows users to input items on hand and find blended recipes utilizing those specific ingredients. I t can even scale any recipe to the exa ct amount of the least ingredient available.




E ven after taking steps to reduce food waste, you’ll still likely have a few items that need to be discarded. Create a compost pile where you can toss old food scraps to give them new life as fertilizer for your garden.



September 20, 2017

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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.

stop. She was also served three outstanding warrants from the Mena Police epartment. eport was made of a counterfeit . bill being found at a local bank. September 16, 2017 Brandee Allison Lingo of orman was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear from the Mena Police epartment. A Mena woman reported that a glass door on her residence had been shattered. Case pending.

Mena Police Department September 10, 2017 Josue Ruiz Castro, 21, and Rubi Francisco Reyes-Sarabia, 18, both from unknown areas in Texas, were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop. Castro was additionally charged with driving without a driver’s license. Report was made regarding someone stealing multiple newspapers from a machine at a local convenience store. Case is pending location and interview of an identified suspect. September 11, 2017 Efrain Villatoro, 22, of Mena was charged with DWI II, driving left of center, having no driver’s license and driving a vehicle under a W suspension. A local man reported that an unknown individual assaulted him when he was walking on a local street. Case is pending. September 12, 2017 A local woman reported an altercation between her neighbors. he couple said they were just having a verbal dispute and neither wanted to press charges. Employees at a local hair salon reported an irate man causing a scene in their business. he man was advised to leave and not come back. o charges were filed. September 13, 2017 Dwight Daniel Howard, 36, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Emily Phillips, 18, of Mena was served two outstanding warrants from the Mena Police epartment for failure to pay fines and court costs. Anastasia Jennings, 33, of Mena was arrested on a warrant out of Scott County. September 14, 2017 Benito A. Muno of Mena was charged with DWI, refusal to submit to a BAC, careless driving having no driver’s license and obstructing governmental operations. September 15, 2017 Seth Lee Caughern, 19, of Mena was charged with obstructing governmental operations after a traffic stop. Stacie Leeann Shores, 27, of Mena was charged with possession of schedule IV controlled substance, possession of schedule VI controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. he arrest followed a traffic

l unty heri ’s epart ent September 11, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 676 near Acorn of being harassed by an ac uaintance. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report of an ATV accident on Pedal to the Metal Lane near Shady. eputy responded. Report of a disturbance on Mills Lane near Potter. nformation has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Arrested was Chance . Wherley of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. eport of . in damages to electronics led to a 16-year-old female being issued Juvenile Citations for Criminal Mischief and isorderly Conduct. he uvenile was released to the custody of a parent guardian. Report from complainant on Polk 238 near Mena of . in damages done to a vehicle. nvestigation continues. Report from complainant on Hidden Lane near Mena of an unauthorized person on their property. Complainant refused to press charges. September 12, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 19 near Cove of . in damages done to a vehicle. nvestigation continues. Report of a disturbance on Polk 32 near Cove led to the arrest of Phillip A. iley of Cove, on a Charge of Battery 2nd Degree and Warrants for Failure to Appear and Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Report from complainant on Polk 88 near Ink of an unauthorized person in their residence. eputy responded. nformation has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from complainant on Polk 92 near Shady rove of a missing firearm valued at . . nvestigation continues. Arrested was eronica M. Maddox of Cove on a Warrant for heft of Property. September 13, 2017 Arrested was ustin C. mfress of Galveston, TX, on a Galveston County, TX Warrant. A 16-year-old male was issued a Juvenile Citation for Criminal Mischief 1st Degree for . in damages done to school prop-

erty in a previous report. he uvenile was released to the custody of a parent guardian. September 14, 2017 raffic stop on Polk near Potter led to a Citation for Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License being issued to Billie C. Jennings of Mena. raffic stop on Highway West near Potter led to the arrest of Adam W. Hurst of Mena on Charges of Public ntoxication, Reckless Driving, Driving Left of Center, riving with a Suspended river’s License and Possession of rug Paraphernalia. eport from a Hatfield woman of problems with her year old daughter. eputy 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 nauthori ed se of a ehicle. Arrested was Aaron M. Shores of Hatfield on two Warrants for ailure to Comply with a Court Order. Arrested was Michael A. White of Mena on a Warrant for Probation iolation. September 15, 2017 Report from complainant on Icy Lane near Wickes of the theft of a trailer, valued at . . nformation has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Arrested was alyn . Lee of Cove

on a Warrant for ailure to Appear. Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Phyllis A. Winkley of Cove, on Charges of DWI, Driving Left of Center o Seatbelt and efusal to Submit. Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Michael A. oberts of Mena, on Charges of DWI and Refusal to Submit. September 16, 2017 Arrested was ocky . augherty of Mena on a Warrant for ailure to Appear. Arrested was Herbert L. Williams of Mena, on Charges of Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Manufacture of a Schedule Controlled Substance. September 17, 2017 Report of a disturbance on Highway 8 East near unley. eputies responded. nformation has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Arrested was Christopher A. Brown of Mena, on Charges of Public Intoxication, Theft of Property, Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree and esisting Arrest. Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked one vehicle accident this week. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 22 Incarcerated Inmates, with 8 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

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J&L Café Mena Mini Mall. Sherwood Ave. Mon-Wed 8am3pm. Fri-Sat 8am-3pm. Closed Thursdays. Mon Burger $2.75 Daily. House Special – hash brown topped w/ egg – meat - cheese toasted. $6.00. Homemade salads - fresh hash browns. All day waf e egg . . Biscuit ravy $3.65. 10/4 lean and comfortable housing since 1969, J. Ray & Maria’s MH Park and entals. Hwy orth Mena A . 479-216-3085 TFN w ailable in Mena and Surrounding Areas – Christian Singles Group. If you are single and would like to fellowship with other Christians – men & women, no age limit, please text or call the following number for more information. Sharon. 479-234-0865. 10/11 Ment ring rdinat r. 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. xperience with the uvenile ustice 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 The Marine Corps League is sponsoring the final Mother of All Yard Sales for 2017 at the old Salvation Army Store on Magnolia Street from 9am-5pm Friday, 22 through Sunday, 24. Nothing over $5.00. 9/20

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