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County Receives Turnback Funds BY MELANIE WADE • olk ounty received a large check from the ommissioner of State Lands ffice ( CO SL) as part of an $ 18 million return to counties across the state from 20 16 payments of delinquent real estate taxes and proceeds from excess of taxes due from the sell of delinquent properties. Commissioner Jo hn Thurston recently announced the turnback totaled $ 18 ,244,997.50 . Polk County received $ 1,98 0 .8 3 from excess CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

Site Work Begins on New DHS BY MELANIE WADE • Work has begun on the site that will serve as the new location for Polk County’s Department of H uman Services ( DH S) . The site sits on the corner of H wy. 71 and Industrial Park Road in Mena and is currently in the ‘dirt work’ stage of development, with completion dates being weather dependent. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

MRHS Expands Mental Health Services SUBMITTED Mena Regional H ealth System is pleased to announce that Doris H astey will join edar aven as a board certified sych Mental ealth urse ractitioner beginning September 11, 20 17. Working in behavioral health for the last 14 years as a staff nurse and then as nurse manager of our 12 bed geriatric behavior unit, she brings experience, expertise and excellence into her new role at Cedar H aven. She will CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

Mena Defeats DeQueen, 41-6 It’s been fantastic, says Gene Hendri , of Polk County’s response to the needs of ictims of Hurrican Har ey. A truck carrying 26,000 pounds of supplies was deli ered to Baytown, Te as, a city ust southeast of Houston. Hendri , along with Sheriff Scott Sawyer and the Polk County Peacemakers ha e worked around the clock to gather supplies and make contacts for deli ery. Sawyer said the truck will remain at almart until full. For more details, see Page 3 of this issue. PHOTO BY MELANIE ADE

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BY EASTON LEONARD • B earcat fans will agree that there isn’t a better way to kick off the 20 17 football season than an overwhelming 41-6 victory over long-time rivals, DeQ ueen Leopards. The sweet smell of victory filled the air of Bearcat Stadium as oach Tim arper’s young B earcat team soundly defeated the Leopards. The B earcats won the coin toss, and deferred to receive the ball in the second half.

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ith school back in full swing, Acorn H igh B and Director V alerie Couch, seems both ecstatic and exhausted sitting in her office. er last period class is the Beginning Band, and in that minute period there are out of the musicians in the overall band. There aren’t even enough chairs in the room, but we’re getting more H er statement in itself is an incredible feat, considering that when she arrived to teach music at corn six years ago, there were only students in dvanced Band. She used to make the oke to those musicians, that in every band everyone matters, but in that band everyone really did matter, because bases were literally barely covered now she goes on to explain that they’re looking into buying more obscure instruments to get some leg room in the program. She considers their bases fully loaded. Looking around the F M shelter that doubles as the corn ‘band hall’, it isn’t hard to see the growth. It’s evident in the countless instrument cases, loose sheet music and five sets of choir risers lining the almost every inch of the facility that’s built big enough to hold every student and faculty member on campus. stark contrast from ust two years ago when the band was tucked inside a small two room building with cubby holes on one wall that could hold every instrument case. She attributes this spike in involvement with her program to ust being a place to belong. ot everyone’s passion is band or choir, but if we can give someone a place to feel loved and appreciated, then we want to give them that opportunity. ith all these musicians, and all these new and exciting instruments, the department has founded its own Booster lub to help offset expenses. The club has already gotten right down to business. To start off the organi ation, the department left tip ars out during their Spring oncert, and the community answered that call over , was donated to that first initiative. ver the summer, the boosters hosted a yard sale, and recently CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 Please make The Cole

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County Comes Together for Hurricane Harvey Relief P


olk County is once again rallying together to send much needed supplies to victims of a natural disaster. This time around, supplies are needed for our Texas neighbors following H urricane H arvey, which has dumped historic amounts of rainfall on H ouston, B aytown, B eaumont, and the hundreds of miles that stretch around and between some of south Texas’ largest populated areas. So far, near three doz en have been confirmed dead and thousands more have ed to shelters seeking refuge. As H arvey came ashore on Friday, August 25, it had already been predicted to bring mass destruction. H owever, the ooding arvey brought with him was more than anyone anticipated. fter moving back into the ulf of Mexico, H arvey turned and reared it’s ugly head once again to the Texas coast, bringing massive rainfall and destruction. The 50 -plus inches recorded in parts of the area have been deemed as the largest amount of rain dumped anywhere in the Continental U nited States in recorded history. Although the full effects of H arvey won’t be known for some time, there are already indicators of how wide-stretching H arvey’s destruction will reach. So far, a chemical plant near H ouston has had multiple explosions due to oods affecting its refrigerant systems and with oil refineries being unable to operate their facilities, University of Arkansas Rich Mountain faculty help load supplies onto a massive pipeline that supplies the east coast has been closed until further notice, causing rising fuel prices a trailer bound for Baytown, Texas carrying supplies to victims of Hurricane Harvey. across the country. During it all, neighbors have reached out to neighbors, forming human chains to save each other, bringing boats in to take strangers to safety, and using social media to find others who are trapped with no way out. ith so many in need, and having been in similar situations before, Polk County citiz ens are again stepping up to help. Sheriff Scott Sawyer announced mid-week that his department would have a small trailer set up in the back parking lot of the courthouse beginning Thursday, August 31st, accepting donations for the H urricane H arvey victims. That load left for B aytown, Texas, a city southeast of H ouston, on Friday to the care of Texas State Representative B riscoe Cain, carrying 14 tons, or 28 ,0 0 0 pounds of supplies. “They really need it,” said Sheriff Sawyer. “I have had several people from B aytown call and thank me personally for the assistance that Polk County has sent them.” foot semi trailer was secured by ene endrix, who said a trucking firm out of shdown, rkansas donated its use. That trailer was set up in Mena’s almart parking lot on Monday, September th, where it will remain until it’s filled up. The trailer’s donor will deliver the supplies to Baytown, Texas at that time. Sheriff Sawyer said they are hoping to send tons of supplies this week and he is thankful for all the help that has been received. hen ene endrix and I first hatched the idea of the olk ounty eacemakers sending a trailer of supplies to Texas, we were worried about getting enough donations to fill a foot trailer. e have had such an overwhelming response to the relief efforst that we filled the foot trailer and are well on our way to filling a foot trailer. H endrix said the outpouring of Polk County has been “fantastic.” H e said over $ 10 ,0 0 0 has been received in monetary donations in addition to supplies. “The community has really stepped up and is doing a great job.” Also in addition to what can be seen on the truck currently, there are eight pallets of water and three pallets of cleaning supplies to be loaded. “Cleaning supplies is what they are really asking for now,” said H endrix. The heart of Polk County is large and part of that can be attributed to the help received from others doing the county’s most trying times, especially the tornado that struck in April 20 0 9. “People from all over came in and helped up so we’re going to try to do the same. I don’t know what we’re going to do when [ H urricane] Irma hits, but we are going to do our best,” said H endrix. Although receiving points in Texas have reached their capacity to store clothing, they are still asking for food, drinks, cleaning supplies, bedding, diapers, wipes, formula, and much more. A full list can be found at “The way our community pulls together to help others is just one of the reasons that I am extremely proud to call Polk County my home,” Sheriff Sawyer stated.

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Mena Defeats DeQueen

CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE Christian Lua # 5 kicked off for Mena to open the game, and bounced the ball into the end zo ne for a touchback, starting the Leopards at their own twenty yard like for their first drive. In their first possession, e ueen earned two first downs, before the Leopards B, Mack arver, was sacked by onny unn on third down, forcing the Leopards to punt on fourth down. Taking over on their own twenty seven yard line following the punt, the Bearcats called B arson annon to keep the ball, gaining twelve yards on the first play of Mena’s season. ne play later, annon handed the ball off to prospect ustin ean, who ran for a sixty yard Bearcat touchdown. amden Brodersen’s point after attempt was no good, keeping Mena’s lead at . Following the touchdown, hristian Lua’s kick was returned by e ueen’s Mar ue ster to their own yard line. Two plays into their second offensive possession, on third and twelve, Mack arver’s pass was de ected by the Bearcats and inter cepted by ustin ean. n the return, e ueen was penali ed for a face mask ag, giving Mena the ball on the Leopards’ eight yard line. n first down at the eight yard line, annon kept the ball for a six yard gain, moving the Bearcats up to the two. Following a penalty against Mena on second down, annon threw a six yard touchdown pass to onny unn on third down. hristian Lua’s point after at tempt split the uprights, extending the Bearcats lead to . Lua’s kickoff was again returned by the Leopards’ Mar ue ster to their own yard line. e ueen drove the ball down to the Bearcats yard line on their third possession, before the first uarter came to an end. Starting the second uarter, arver kept the ball on third and four, gaining five yard and earning the Leopards a first down at the . n first down, unter arney gained four yards on a hand off. e ueen then threw two straight incomplete passes, bringing up fourth down. n fourth down, Mena was able to hold the Leopards as arver threw yet another incomplete pass, giving the Bearcats the ball on their own yard line. fter earning one first down on their third possession, the Bearcats were forced to punt on fourth and twelve after a tough holding call against Mena. ane Stephens punted the ball only nine yards after kicking it off the side of his foot, giving e ueen the ball at the Bearcat yard line. The Leopards earned two first downs on their fourth possession, before arver’s pass was intercepted by Marc ilson on second and eleven. ilson returned the ball back to the Mena yard line. Mena went three and out on their fourth offensive possession, as Stephens was unable to gain the first down on a fake punt on fourth and twelve, handing the ball back to the Leopards with : left in the first half of play. n both teams fifth possessions, neither were able to score, as the first half came to a close with the Bearcats leading . ane Stephens returned the second half kickoff for the Bearcats to the yard line. owever, Mena was unable to capitali e on the good field position as they were forced to punt on fourth and eight. Stephens punted, and ster returned the ball to the e ueen yard line. fter a five yard run by ster on first down for e ueen, the Leopards fumbled on second down, and ean recovered the ball for the Bearcats, giving Mena the football on the Leopards’ yard line. onny unn ran thirteen yards on first down for the Bearcats, moving the ball to the . fter a few short gains and a first down, arson annon threw an eight yard touchdown pass to ick Linch on third and goal. oing for the two point conversion, annon ran straight up the middle and into the end zo ne, adding two more points to the scoreboard, and extending Mena’s lead to with : left in the third uarter.


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Ladycats Drop Home Opener to Booneville BY EASTON LEONARD •


ena V olleyball hosted the Booneville Ladycats at the nion Bank enter on Tuesday, u gust th, for their first home game of the season. To kick off Tuesday night’s action, Mena’s unior igh team took the court for their best of three match, and scored the first fifteen points of the first set before Booneville even scored. Mena went on to win the first set , but fell short in the second , forcing a third set. fter a back and forth start, the Ladycats of Mena took the third , and won the match . READ THE CONCLUSION OF THIS STORY @ MYPULSENEWS.COM


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taxes on sales and $ 8 9,511.73 from delinquent tax payments, totaling $ 91,492.56. “O ur whole purpose in collecting delinquent real estate taxes, and in selling long-delinquent properties, is to get that funding to the counties where it is owed,” Thurston explained. “When we sell properties that have been delinquent for many years, it gets them back onto the county tax rolls, producing income that helps a county with its roads, schools, and emergency services.” There is a public auction coming up for the sale of tax delinquent land in Polk County on September 13, 20 17 at : a.m. at the olk ounty xtension ffice in Mena. egistration will begin at : a.m. the day of the sale. n online catalog of available properties can be found at U nder ‘Catalog of Tax Delinquent Lands,’ you will find statutes governing the sales, auction dates for other counties, times, locations, and other pertinent information regarding parcels being sold. “B idding begins at the amount of taxes and fees that are due,” Thurston explained. “O wners of delinquent parcels should remember that they have only 10 days to redeem their property if it sells at auction. To re uest a etition to edeem, a delin uent property owner can visit their website or call 50 1-324-9422. Since Thurston took office in , almost million has been returned to counties across the state. lthough Pictured left to right: Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer, County turnback totals have slightly declined over the last few years, Thurston says more properties are being returned to Treasurer Tanya Fretz, State Lands Commissioner John Thurcounty tax rolls. ston, Circuit Clerk Michelle Heath-Schnell, County Assessor More people are purchasing property now, since bidding begins lower and the waiting period is shorter, said ThurJovan Thomas, and County Clerk Terri Harrison. ston. U ntil 20 13, the law stated bidding at auctions began at the assessed value of the land and processes took longer. U nder the new law, bids can begin at accrued delinquent tax amounts and related penalties, and the redemption and litigation periods were reduced. ccording the SL, property is certified when it becomes two years delin uent and owners have two years beyond that to redeem the property before it goes to public auction. ny parcels that do not sell at auction are placed on a post-auction sales list where the public can submit offers.


CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE provide initial evaluations and medication management for Cedar H aven clients as well as those not currently seeking outpatient therapy. “Doris’s clinical background and leadership experience will add tremendous value to this very important service and will further establish the program as a center of excellence” said Program Director Sue Cavner. oris obtained her Masters of ursing Science from the niversity of rkansas for Medical Science in Little ock and completed practicums at Baptist Malvern, Baptist South in Little ock, alley Behavioral in Fort Smith and Mena Senior Behavioral ealth and edar aven in Mena. She is certified by the merican ursing redentialing enter. Doris feels it is her calling to help those with behavioral health needs and prefers a holistic approach to mental and physical well being. Mental wellness plays such a significant role in our overall health, it is imperative that we make it a priority. My goal is to assist our clients in achieving optimum mental health in a respectful and safe environment” stated H astey. oris is married to en astey and they have two children, alen astey, of Fayetteville and Brooke astey, of Mena. She is looking forward to providing mental health care for her community. Cedar H aven is an outpatient behavioral health treatment program for children and adults that has served the community for more than years. For more information or to schedule an appointment contact edar aven at . For more on oris H astey, check out her Citize n of the Week feature on page 12 of this edition.

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Danny Powell, who owns the land specified, will build an , sq. ft. facility, which will be leased to the government agency to house the offices of case workers that serve the area. Carolyn Strickland, Administrator at the local S office that is currently located in the olk ounty ffice omplex, also known as the ‘old hospital,’ at 60 6 Pine Street, explained that they have simply outgrown the location and need more space, both inside and outside. Parking has always been an issue at the olk ounty ffice omplex. ver the years, it has served as a hospital as well as housing many other businesses and services. B randy H inkle, Deputy Chief of Communications, Arkansas Department of H uman Services, said the Division of B uilding Authority through the Department of Finance and Administration is currently working with the site owner to complete a lease agreement with DH S.

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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O den Anderson Gentry, of Grannis, Arkansas, passed away on Sunday, August 27, 20 17, at the age of 91. H e was born on November 19, 1925, in Lovejoy, Texas to Ader Elmer and O den Gentry. O den was preceded in death by his mother and father, his brothers, Sidney Gentry and Ja mes Gentry; his sisters, Ja nice Stuckey, O pal K etner, Ja nelle B ush, and Nettie B elle B lackman; and his daughter-in-law, V ickie Gentry. H e is survived by his sisters, Willie Shaw from Mathis, Texas; Myrlene Logan from B urleson, Texas; and Lorraine Smith from Mena, Arkansas. O den was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all. H e was a veteran who proudly served in the U nited States Navy during World War II. O n February 12, 1945, in Wickes, Arkansas, O den married O netta Roberts who became his beloved wife of more than 72 years. den is lovingly remembered by his five children, Larry Gentry and his wife Glenda of Grannis Arkansas, Steve Gentry and his wife Pat of Grannis, Arkansas, Monte Gentry of Sherman, Texas, Anna McClane and her husband Mike of H ouston, Texas, and Terry Gentry and his wife Melanie of Grannis, Arkansas. O den had seven grandchildren, B rett Gentry of San Antonio, Texas; K atrina B rown of Euless, Texas; Monte Gentry, Jr . of Texarkana, Texas; Larry Gentry II of Sherman, Texas; Richard Gentry of Grannis, Arkansas; Susan Cox of Abilene, Texas; and Rachel Garza of H ouston, Texas; eight great grandchildren, and many other family members and friends. A funeral service to honor O den and his life

was held at Wickes Church of Christ located on H ighway 71, Wickes, Arkansas on Thursday, August 31, 20 17, at 1:0 0 p.m. B urial will follow at the Grannis Cemetery in Grannis, Arkansas. Arrangements are under the direction of the B easley Wood Funeral H ome of Mena.

PAULINE JAMES Pauline Ja mes, age 96, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 24, 20 17 in Waller Texas. She was born on Saturday, August 20 , 1921 in a place close to Mena, Arkansas named Posey H ollow. She was a member of the Salem Primitive B aptist Church in B ig Fork Arkansas. She was the matriarch of our family. She lived her life for her three sons and taught them to be honest, strong and to always try and do the right thing. She will never be forgotten for her beautiful spirit and kindness. She loved crocheting, sewing, playing the guitar, singing, reading the bible, listening to gospel music and copying and sharing recipes. A special thank you to Seasons hospice for all of their support to Pauline and her family the last two years, and to the B rown ouse for helping us in her final months. Pauline was preceded in death by parents, O la B rown Rhodes and Colonel B ascom Rhodes, husband, Walter Ja mes, sons, Charles and Wayne Ja mes, brother, Luther Rhodes and sisters Jo sephine Meschnig and Ellen Sutphin. She is survived by her youngest son, B obby Ja mes and wife Noelia; daughters-in-law, Jo sie Ja mes B rown and Je an Ja mes; sister-in-law, Minnie B isbee; nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A graveside service was held Saturday, September 2, 20 17 at 12:0 0 P.M. at the Witherspoon Cemetery in V andervoort under the

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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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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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WARREN L. COLE Warren L. Cole, age 95, of Texarkana, Texas, formerly of Mena, passed away Wednesday, August 30 , 20 17 in Texarkana. Mr. Cole was born on March 9, 1922 in Mena, Arkansas to the late William Roy Cole and the late Ida Smith Cole. H e was happily married to Nell Rose Davidson until his death. Mr. Cole worked in the U nited States Postal Service until he retired. H e enjoyed coaching baseball in his younger years and was an avid sports fan. H e enjoyed doing anything outdoors such as, hunting, fishing, riding T ’s, and coon hunting. Most of all he loved his family and friends. Mr. Cole was a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend to all. H e will be dearly missed. H e is survived by wife, Nell Cole of the home; sons, Rick Cole and wife Shay of H ooks, Texas, Rod Cole and wife Debbie of Texarkana, Arkansas; grandchildren, Chad Cole of Waco, Texas, Chris Cole of B ryan, Texas, Courtney Cole of Y ukon, O klahoma, Samantha Stephenson of B altimore, Maryland, Catherine Stephenson of Fayetteville, Arkansas; great-grandchildren, Aaron Cole of Waco, Texas, Gabriela Cole of Waco, Texas, and one-on-the-way; brothers, William Roy Cole, Jr . of O regon, Dale Cole of O regon. H e was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ida Cole, son, Ronald Cole , a daughter, Eliza beth Cole, brother, Loyd Cole, sisters, Lorene Spake and H elen Je an B ull, and a nephew, Steve Cole. Funeral services were held Saturday, September 2, 20 17, 2:0 0 p.m. at B easley Wood hapel with Brother oger Bishop officiating. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the B easley Wood Funeral H ome of Mena. Pallbearers will be Chad Cole, Chris Cole, Courtney Cole, Jo hn Ponder, Philip H ensley, and Shelton B ohlman. H onorary pallbearer will be Ray Cliff.

Emerson K ay Lyle, age 8 , a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, died Monday, August 28 , 20 17 in the Mena Regional Medical Center. She was born on March 23, 20 0 9 in Texarkana, Texas. She was a member of the Midway entecostal hurch at andervoort, and she en oyed make up, fishing, hunting, dancing, playing dress-up, and music. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Alwyn Lyon, Richard & Rena Terrell, Loyd Lyle, Tommy Williams, Cecil and Je ssie Warren, as well as, a great-uncle, Marvin Williams. She is survived by her parents, Chance and K ayla Lyle of Mena, Arkansas, and Whitley and Z achry Currence of Lockesburg, Arkansas; three sisters, B raylie Williams and Gracelyn Currence, both of Lockesburg, Arkansas, and Chloe O dom of Mena, Arkansas; two brothers, B rycson O dom and K onner O dom both of Mena, Arkansas; her grandparents, Reggie and Donna Lyle of Wickes, Arkansas, K irk and Cindy Williams, Lori and Toby Gathright, and Doug and Dawn Currence all of Lockesburg; her great-grandparents, Mary B rewer of Wickes, Lois B rown of H ayward, California, Je rry and Ju dy Pickett of Lockesburg, Carolyn and Arnold Parrish of Pinehurst, Texas, B etty Williams of Lockesburg, K enneth and B etty Currence of Lockesburg, Louise Lyon of H oratio, and K urt and Anita Farquhar of Lockesburg; her uncles and their spouses, Chad and Shawna Lyle, Clint and K risti Lyle, Cortney and Amy Lyle, Chance Pearson, and Ja ryd and Traci Lyon of Lockesburg; her aunts, Sierra B rown of Castro alley, alifornia, Stormie uggins of Texarkana, Texas, Lana Lyon of Guthrie, O klahoma, and MacK enzi e Fields and her husband K enneth of Lockesburg. Funeral services for Emma Lyle were held on Saturday, September 2, 20 17 at 2:0 0 P.M., in the First B aptist Church of De Q ueen, with B ro. Billy Sullivan and Bro. had Lyle officiating. B urial will follow in the Coulter Cemetery, Lockesburg, rkansas. isitation was on Friday, September 1, 20 17 at the Je rry and Ju dy ickett’s residence, Shady Lane, Lockes-

burg, Arkansas beginning at 2:0 0 P.M. Y ou may send an online sympathy message at www.

ROBERT OTTO SCHANINK Robert O tto “B ob” Schanink, age 90 , of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday, September 2, 20 17 in Polk County, Arkansas. H e was born O ctober 3, 1926, in Lake County, South Dakota to Ernest and Sadie Abrahamson Schanink. H e served in the Army beginning in until honorably discharged after World War II. After returning from Germany, he worked as a carpenter until he retired. H e en oyed health matters, gardening, fishing, and was very proud of the carpenter work he did for his church. H e also enjoyed his time with friends at the Senior iti en’s lunch everyday, walking his dog 2 miles daily, and studying his bible. Survivors are wife, Twila Ann Skinner Schanink of Mena, Arkansas; sons, Gerald Schanink and wife Je annie of Cannon Falls, Minnesota, Daniel Ray Schanink and wife Cynthia of Dardanelle, Arkansas; daughters, Ja nice Winnes and husband David of Caledonia, Minnesota, Constance O sterlitz and husband B arry of Phoenix, Arizo na, Ju dy Fryar and husband Wayne of Mena, Arkansas, Sonja B arnard and husband Jo n of Tualatin, O regon; brother, Alfred Schanink of Colorado Springs, Colorado; 21 Grandchildren, reat randchildren and reat, reat Grandchildren. H e was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Sadie Schanink, a sister, Ruth Schanink Skyberg, his first wife, Mavis ogers Schanink, and his grandson, Ja mes Winnes. Pallbearers are Travis Schanink, K en Goodwin, Rodney Dominguez, Gary Floyd, K yle Robertson, and Richard Pena. H onorary Pallbearer is Robin Weddle. Funeral service will be Thursday September 7, 20 17 at 10 A.M. at the First B aptist hurch with Brother ussell Threet officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial

Park under the direction of the B easley ood Funeral ome. isitation will be Wednesday September 8 , 20 17 from 5 to 8 P.M. In lieu of owers donations may be made to the Polk County Senior Center. O nline obituary at

BOBBY ROSS BEAVER B obby Ross B eaver, age 78 , of Mena, passed away Friday, September 1, 20 17 in Little Rock, Arkansas. H e was born Ju ly 10 , 1939 in Acorn, Arkansas to the late Clifford Q . B eaver and Eliza beth “B ess” Ray B eaver. B ob was retired from Acorn Schools. During his years in the education system, he was a bus driver, coached basketball, baseball and volleyball and taught Drivers Education. is main field in education was istory. H e was also a member of the Jo b Corp. and National Guard. B ob valued education intensely. H e loved his students and will be fondly remembered for his kind and patient guidance. e also loved fishing, hunting, baseball and football with his favorite team being the St. Louis Cardinals. H e was known for his jokes and witty humor and will be dearly missed. Survivors are sons, Stanley Neal B eaver of Mena, Arkansas, Clifford Andrew B eaver of Mena, Arkansas; sister, Sandy K uhns of Colorado; grandchildren, Chris B eaver, Cathy B eaver, Ja son B eaver, Ja mes B eaver, Marissa B eaver, B randy H all, B rad Mitchell and Misty Everett. H e was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Peggy Irene Reed B eaver, son, B rian K eith B eaver, and brother, B ill B eaver. B ob was sent for cremation under the direction of the B easley-Wood Funeral H ome. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later time. In lieu of owers memorials may be made to the Acorn School Reunion Scholarship fund or a local animal Shelter. O nline obituary at

January 6, 2016

National Family Caregiver Support Program

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Vandervoort Elementary to Honor Grandparents


andervoort Elementary would like to honor their grandparents with “Goodies for Grandparents”. O n September 8 , 20 17 at 2:0 0 p.m,. grandparents can meet with their grandchildren for cookies and punch in the cafeteria. The school will have someone available to take pictures if you would like to have a picture made with your grandchildren. “Grandparents play an important role in a child’s life, and V andervoort Elementary would like to say thank you for all you do.”



they held a bake sale. Student volunteers and B ooster Club members have really hit the fundraising hard, considering that this growing program has growing ideas. long talked about idea that may finally be coming to fruition is taking both band and choir students from the department to perform in B ranson, MO . “It’s still in its beginning stages, but I’m really excited to be talking about it.” H er excitement also blends into talking about her plans to further expose students to colleges and universities where music scholarships and programs are available around the state, including her alma mater, Central B aptist College. At that particular college, a former AH S exchange student is currently working towards her degree, thanks in part to her exposure to the college through Couch. The AH S B and B ooster Club will help to take a lot of the financial strain off of the department’s funds, and make the trips easier to be planned more often. All in all, Couch seems thrilled for what the future holds for her music department. The expansion during her six years at Acorn has astounded all those who have been there to see it, and there doesn’t seem to be a sign of it slowing down anytime soon. Couch truly credits the program’s high membership numbers to taking time to make sure everyone in the room loves their instrument, feels supported by the department as a whole, and enjoys their time spent in the band hall. “It’s made all the difference to focus on the enjoyment,” Couch said. The musicians and staff at AH S completely agree.





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Through the Eyes of a Child T

his week is a very special week for our family. This week will mark five years that our family was restored after three years of brokenness. Five years ago this week, our children’s and parent’s faithful prayers were answered. You all have allowed me to share our story so many times before so on this anniversary, I thought it would be more than fitting to share an essay our daughter recently wrote for a class assignment. Such a gentle reminder that, sometimes, the greatest gift we can give our children is to truly love their other parent. Below is our sweet Lexi Faith’s own words, she simply titled ‘My Favorite Memory’: I remember this day so well. The feeling of happiness, joy, grace, and love. I remembered the feeling of being blessed to have my family back together. It all started on the day before the wedding. It was me, my brother, and my mom. We were at a football game cheering on our team. I remember sitting next to my friends Kyra, Avery, and Jaiden. They were always there for me when I needed them. My brother walked down from the top where my mom was and told me we were going home. I looked at him confused, “there was still half a game to watch?” I walk up to where my mom is and when I look up … could it be? My dad was sitting next to my mom. They were divorced so what was he doing here? We started walking to the car. When I sat down in the back of the car, Dad was about to close my door but he whispered into my ear, “We have a surprise for you at home.” To this day, my first guess has always been ice cream. On our way home. I remember looking behind Mom’s car and seeing lights of a car and I was so surprised when I figured out Dad was behind our car. When we get home, I walk into the house and put my bag away on my bed and look around in my room. My second guess was “were we moving?” What didn’t seem very long, the garage door opened and in came Daddy. I wondered, “Was me and my brother going to his house?” He and Mom walk into the living room and sit down on the couch. My mom called me and my brother to sit down on the floor in front of them. So then they told us that the surprise was here. I look around still confused. Dad takes a deep breath and says that he and mom are getting married again. (Editor’s note because this was one of the most precious things to me… he


asked them what would make them happier than anything and my son immediately answered, “For you to marry our Momma.”) I didn’t believe him. He always said jokes. I turn to Mom and ask her if that’s true because she always told the truth. She said yes. And that’s when my world started turning again and my whole body on the inside was jumping for joy. I actually started crying and Mom and Dad hugged me. “When are we doing it?” I choked these words out from me crying tears of joy. “In two days,” they told me and my brother. The next day, we packed and went to DeGray Lake, one of my favorite vacation places. It was a gorgeous sunny day and the road was so smooth to the destination. I could not sit still in my seat through the whole road trip. When we get there, we check into the hotel and go to our room. I got to see my flower girl dress that was white lace with a flower on the side of my waist. I had a cute little basket with rose petals in it for the next day, when my life would change forever and I would have a new beginning. The next day, I woke up to the sun shining on my face. For a second, I had to remember where I was and that’s when I remembered that my life was going to change today. I woke up to Mom blow drying her hair. After what didn’t seem long, me and my mom were ready. I loved playing with the petals in my basket and the way they felt. When it came to coming outside to the lake, me and my family walked out. I felt the grass against my feet. The sound of the song “God gave me you” was in the background. I had the feeling of a new beginning and the feeling of being so blessed. When we got to one of our friends, a brother in God’s image, we stood there and we began with a prayer. And then the vows came and the rings and then the best part, the kiss that holds a man and woman together forever. And after the kiss came, it felt like a whole new me came into my body. I had never had a feeling like it before and it is still in me today. Love is so amazing and I can’t wait to see what more memories I can make with my family and with my future husband.

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Doris Hastey – Advocating and Empowering the Vulnerable B


eing an effective nurse requires not only a very special skill set, but a heart that is motivated by compassion and a discipline to always put the patients’ needs first. o one would argue that the field isn’t demanding, both mentally and physically, and is best served by those who believe that they’ve been called to the profession. For Doris H astey of Mena, her road to the nursing profession started at a young age, growing from treating dolls and stuffed animals to caring for actual patients, I was drawn to nursing from a young age. I had a nurse kit when I was probably or so that included a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, and candy pills. I think someone decided candy pills might not be a great idea. I treated all my dolls, stuffed animals, and any family member sitting for longer than a minute. oris explored a few other fields before reali ing that her heart was being a nurse, fter working in clerical obs in banking, universities, temp agencies, industrial, and dentistry, I discovered I still wanted to be a nurse. So I began that ourney. hile her husband, en, worked for orthwest irlines, she worked part time and attended school, I’ve worked in long term care, medical surgical, rehab, women’s services, and psych from Minnesota to eorgia to rkansas with a short stent in Mississippi. hen I returned to Mena in there was an opening in the geriatric behavior unit and it was here that I found my niche. I obtained my Bachelors of Science in ursing from rkansas Tech in and considered pursuing an administration position. owever, after managing our geriatric unit for years I reali ed I wanted to maintain direct patient contact but with more autonomy. Becoming a nurse practitioner could provide that contact, while challenging me professionally. I graduated with my Masters’ from MS in May and completed my sych Mental ealth certification in uly. oris is particularly looking forward to her new role as a board certified sych Mental ealth urse ractitioner at Mena’s edar aven that will begin September . So many times in life, our career choices are in uenced by pivotal events in our life or by people themselves. For oris, her mother had more in uence than she probably reali ed at the time. She said her mother had always been interested in the nursing profession, but instead committed to making a home and caring for her family, She had a home medical book that she referenced when we were ill. She always seemed to know what to do and when it was worthy of a doctor’s visit. She also had a friend that directly exposed her to nursing and may have been what exposed her to the satisfaction and fulfillment that a career in nursing can deliver, I also had a very good friend who was a home health nurse in the ilonia area. She let me ride shotgun to some of her visits and I was hooked. I loved the interaction with the patients and they were comfortable in their home environment and valued their nurse. Like so many families of this time, Doris works to keep the balance between work and her family that she is incredibly proud of - husband K en, as well as their two children, alen, age of Fayetteville, and Brooke, age of Mena. Doris is a member of Mena’s Christ Community Fellowship and said she is looking forward to becoming more involved there now that she is not in school. I am interested in mission trips and giving back to our community and other communities in need. I used to be involved in a drama team at church years ago and I would love to be involved in that again as well. rama is a non threatening way to relay a powerful message. ursing, like many careers, has its challenges but for oris, she’s more than ready and is more focused on the satisfaction that comes with it, robably the single most challenging aspect of nursing is spreading yourself between the needs of your patients, providing high uality care, and meeting governmental re uirements for documentation. O ne of the most satisfying is feeling you have advocated and empowered someone in The meeting is for the election of board members, new such a vulnerable position, and impacted them in a positive way.

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Whitley Lind Photography - Focusing on You! I


t has been said that a photograph is like the pause button of life. A photograph captures a moment in time so that the moment can be enjoyed years later. Photographers dream of capturing the moment that perfectly portrays the essence of their subject. Alfred Eisenstaedt once said, “It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.” Whitley Lind Photography strives to make their photo shoots more about relationships and their customers their complete focus. Logan and Whitley Lind are no strangers to a camera. Logan is known by many in the area as a singer and songwriter, performing at local venues as well as around the country. Whitley grew up playing sports in Mena her entire life so both her and Logan are comfortable having their pictures taken. A little over a year ago though, the camera turned the other way and now Whitley and Logan are taking photos of everyone else. “We were both working at PCDC at the time and I had a passion for photography and we felt like God said ‘take a jump of faith’ and we just asked how high? A year later we are doing photography and music full-time and we love it,” says Whitley smiling. A couple of years ago Logan was traveling for a show that he was playing and he asked Whitley to be the photographer of the trip and she had a blast. “I just really enjoyed taking the pictures. When I was growing up playing sports, I always saw Tom White on the sidelines capturing photos and it inspired me to want to capture the moment for others,” explains Whitley. The motto that the Lind’s live by as they take pictures is “we focus on you.” “So often photographers come in with a style that they prefer and they may dictate how the shoot goes, but we want our focus to be the things our customers love. We want to capture what makes them who they are,” says Logan. Each photo shoot is uniquely designed around the personality and desires of the client. “We challenge ourselves to do one thing at each shoot…to capture that spark. The spark that makes every person unique and full of life and dreams is what we want to capture, that spark can many forms: a talent, family, faith, love, and much more.” Whitley and Logan want their shoots to be much more about relationships than just taking photos. “It has been so cool to get to know people during their shoots. As we talk and get to know them, they loosen up and we get to see who they truly are. Months later, we have seen people and they are asking how we are doing and we are talking about family like we have been friends for years,” says Logan with a smile. Along with a fun and relaxed environment, Whitley and Logan produce a quality product that their customers love. Many times during a session there may only be one photographer, but with the Linds clients get two photographers, sometimes three if you count their baby Freya. “It’s funny how it came about that we both took photos. When Whit got further along in her pregnancy and it was hard for her to get down low to take photos, I would help. We would get home and look at the photos and think ‘hey, these are really good.’ After that it became normal and now we are both at every shoot.” For photographers, having more than one person taking pictures is a huge advantage because they are able to catch different shots at different angles that one photographer couldn’t. “We have also found that it makes it a lot more comfortable for people when there is a guy and a girl taking photos,” remarks Whitley. Another advantage of having two people work on the same job is the turn around time for photos. Normally, Whitley has photos ready for people in less than a week, effort that is appreciated by many customers, “We know that people are anxious to see their photos and excited so we want to get them back as soon as possible. Especially for weddings, our goal is to have the pictures ready by the time they get back from their honeymoon,” Logan says. Recently Logan and Whitley found a location for their studio that is beautiful and centrally located, “We found a building that is perfect for us that is right on Mena Street. The location is great and accessible for so many people.” The studio serves as a meeting place for clients, but also somewhere that photos can be taken. “Portraits are our biggest seller and so this provides another place for us to do these, especially new born photos. We love taking photos outside though because of the natural lighting and we feel like outdoors captures the moment well. We are thankful to now have both,” says Whitley. The will host their open house showcasing their work and their new studio at 711 Mena Get yourcouple team together and call 479-394-3740 or Street from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, September 9 . come by the Elks Lodge for an Official Entry Form Their website, www.whitleylindphotography is a great way to see the diversity of the Lind’s work, subjects that vary from dogs to weddings to families to babies, versatility that is driven by the customers themselves. For more information, you can call or text them at 479-234-5936.

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Thursday, 9/7 • 7:00 a.m. until sold out – The Polk County Farmer’s Market is open next to the Mena Depot. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – 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. • 11:15 a.m. – Cossatot Senior Center will host a caregiver meeting on ‘Flu Prevention.’ • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County meets at Papa’s Mexican Café. Contact Lisa Martin at 216-3383 or Charles Pitman at 216-4882 for more information. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 5:00 p.m. - 9th Street Ministries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the 9th Street Ministries building. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous women’s meeting at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 6:00 p.m. – Remembering Hearts Forever will host a potluck dinner at the Union Bank Community Room. For questions, call 479-3946392. • 6:00 p.m. – Disabled American Veterans & Auxiliary meeting and potluck. Meeting follows dinner, American Legion at Veteran’s Park at Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. • 6:30 p.m. – Louise Durham Elementary will host Family Night. All parents and students are invited. • 7:00 p.m. – Big Fork RVFD Business Meeting & Training will be at the Fire Station.


• THE MOTHER OF ALL YARD SALES, hosted by Marine Corps League Detachment #1261, will continue on Sept. 8 & 9 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the old Salvation Army Store on Magnolia Street. • CHRIST CHURCH OF MOUNTAIN FORK REVIVAL will be held at 7 p.m. nightly, Sept. 10-13. • HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE OUACHITAS will host their annual Rummage Sale Sept. 15-16 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Mena Elks Lodge.

• 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – The Ink RVFD Business Meeting & Training will be at the community building. • 7:30 p.m. – Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 meets at the Mena Lodge located in the Old Post Office by Janssen Park. Friday, 9/8 • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Road tests are given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room unless the roads are wet. Written tests are given at 1:00 p.m. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 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, 9/9 • 7:00 a.m. until sold out – The Polk County Farmer’s Market is open next to the Mena Depot. • 8:00 a.m. – Ouachita Amateur Radio Association monthly meeting at the Queen Wilhelmina Lodge Conference Room. Testing will be available. • 8:00 a.m. – Cossatot Senior Center will host a Breakfast/Yardsale Fundraiser. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fibers Arts Group meets at Mena Art Gallery. • 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Children’s Art Class at the Mena Art Gallery, for children ages 10 & up. Cost is $2. Call 479-394-3880 to reserve spot. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 7:00 p.m. – Holly Grove Church in Grannis will have Gospel Music. • 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, 9/10 • 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. – 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 • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. Monday, 9/11 • 10:30 a.m. – Cossatot Senior Center will host Drums Alive.

• 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 1:30 p.m. – Polk County Genealogical Society will meet at the Polk County Library. • 3:00 p.m. – The Airport Commission meeting will be held at the UA-Rich Mountain Boardroom in the Spencer Building, 1100 College Drive. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. – Democratic Party of Polk County meets at Papa’s Mexican Café. Anyone interested is welcome. You do not have to be a member. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 6:30 p.m. – THE CALL will host an informational meeting for prospective foster familes at the home of Jeff and Pat Flanigan, 1134 Crescent Drive in Mena. For questions, call 479-234-6286. • 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. – Mena Elks Lodge meeting. All Elks are invited to attend. • 7:30 p.m. – Mountain Meadow Chapter #22 Order of the Eastern Star will meet at the Mountain Meadow Masonic Lodge Hall in Hatfield. Tuesday, 9/12 • 7:00 a.m. until sold out – The Polk County Farmer’s Market is open next to the Mena Depot. • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardner Community Men’s Breakfast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena St. Bring your current project and work with other artists. • 11:30 a.m. – Polk County Sociable Seniors will meet at Papa’s Mexican Café in Mena. For questions, call 479-243-0191. • 12:00 p.m. - The Board of Trustees for the Polk County Public Library will meet in regular session in the Community Room at the Polk County Library. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Hatfield Branch Library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. – T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union Bank Community Room for weigh-ins, followed by a meeting. • 6:00 p.m. – Home Front Warriors CMA Chapter 377 Bible Study at the Limetree Restaurant. Public is invited. • 6:00 p.m. – American Legion Post 18 potluck dinner, at Veteran’s Park in Acorn, with meeting to follow at 7 p.m. • 6:30 p.m. – Shady Fire and Rescue District 10

will meet at the Shady Community Center. • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Country and Gospel music at Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for the families of addicts and alcoholics meet at the ABC Club. • 7:00 p.m. – The Dallas Valley R.V.F.D. will meet for training at the Firehouse. • 7:00 p.m. – The Acorn Fire and Rescue will meet at the Fire Department. • 7:00 p.m. – The Wickes V.F.W. Post #10484 will meet at the Wickes Community Center. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479-234-2887 or 479-234-3043. Wednesday, 9/13 • 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. • 11:30 a.m. – The MHS Class of 1959 will meet at the Limetree Restaurant. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Polk County Library Cove Branch is open. • 12:00 p.m. – Quality of Life Outreach meeting at Lavilla Restaurant. • 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – The Mena First United Methodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – The Southside Church of God Warriors for Christ will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Regeneration Youth Ministries at Mena Church of God Hwy 88 East. • 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church hosts Discovery Kids – Kindergarten Thru 5th Grade; Collide Youth Ministry – 6th Thru 12th Grades; and Adult Bible Study. • 6:30 p.m. – Wednesday Night at the Lyric will host a showing of Jerry Lewis’ “The Nutty Professor” at the Ouachita Little Theatre. Admission is free, concession available. • 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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at the Acorn Campus of the Ouachita River School District, Mena, Arkansas. Proposals will be accepted at the Superintendent’s Office, 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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Need someone to mow & weed eat the yards at 801 & 805 1st St. as needed in Mena. If interested call 2163691 or come by 1st St. with a bid. 9/6 September Special Student Discount 15% on all books. Books & Stuf. Mena St. & Sherwood. Sunday – Thursday 10-6. Friday 10-5. Saturday Closed. 9/20 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 479-234-8223 or 479-234-1502. 9/13 Daniel’s Carpentry 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

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Huge Sale – Christ Episcopal Church, 803 Church St. Thursday, Sept. 7th; 8 am – 5 pm. Friday, Sept. 8th; 8 am – 5 pm. Something for all!! Microwave, quilts, duvet covers, sheets, really nice clothing, books, canisters and assorted kitchen items and much more. Proceeds to local charities. 9/6 House Cleaning and more. Call Winnie Cotter at 2343418. 9/13 New Family Practice Clinic in search of X-Ray Tech, MLT lab technician and LPN. Bring or mail resume to 1706 Hwy 71 North, Mena, AR 71953. 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 L Caf . Sherwood Ave. Monday – Wednesday 8-3 pm. Friday – Sunday 8-3 pm. Closed Thursday. Waf e & egg $2.35. Monday Burgers $2.75. Homemade Salads. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. 9/6 Clean and comfortable housing since 1969, J. Ray & Maria’s MH Park and Rentals. Hwy 71 North, Mena, AR. 479-216-3085 TFN Fi e Family Yard Sale - Fri & Sat, Sept 8th - 9th at 3089 Polk 54 (Ransom Rd) 7am to 4pm. Lots of clothing new born to adult. High chairs, strollers, baby bed and changin table. Lots of home decor and mics items. 9/6



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