Tuesday, November 21, 2017

SPORTS STORY>>Lighthouse Wolves forfeit four victoriesLighthouse Wolves forfeit four victories

Leader sports editor

The Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School boys’ basketball team will have to forfeit the first four wins of the season, and will be without two more players for the remainder of the year. That brings the total number of players JLC has lost to various eligibility rules to three since the start of basketball season.

Friday’s ruling concerned two transfers from Jacksonville High School. One player, Ke’Shawn McLennan, was ruled academically ineligible and another, Malik Smith, was ruled ineligible according to what’s known as the 365 rule.

Smith had enrolled at JHS at the beginning of the school year, and transferred to Lighthouse after one week. But according to Arkansas High School Activities Association, any transfer during the school year without a bona fide change of domicile is ineligible for one calendar year.

Smith has not played yet this year due to an injury, but McLennan had appeared in all four wins, and was the team’s second-leading scorer. He had a season-high 27 points against Dermott on Nov. 10.

Officials at JHS notified theAHSAA about the players’ ineligibility after the Dermott game. There was an apparent discrepancy between the transcript received by Lighthouse upon the student-athlete’s transfer, and the one JHS has on file from last year, according to one person familiar with JLCS basketball. But JLCS is out of school this week and no one was available for questions.

A few weeks earlier, Light-house lost Gerald Doakes, one of the nation’s top prospects for the class of 2020, to the 365 rule after Doakes had enrolled at NLRHS before coming back to Jacksonville Lighthouse. He has since transferred to Jacksonville High School, where he will be eligible to play next semester.

Since Doakes lives in the Jacksonville-North Pulaski Special School District, the 365 rule is not in effect for JHS.

The Wolves had a record of 4-2 when coach Kelvin Parker was informed of the ruling by the Arkansas High School Activities Association. The Wolves have since beaten Lisa Academy on Saturday at the North Little Rock High School Diabetes Awareness benefit, giving the team an official season record of 1-6.

Lighthouse has not played a conference game, so playoff seedings will not be affected by the forfeits.

SPORTS STORY>>Lady Bruins push past JHS girls

Leader sports editor

The only thing certain about the consolation game of the Heavenly Hoops Classic is that Pulaski Academy beat Jacksonville. The actual final score may never be known, but the official final was 69-57 Saturday morning at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Little Rock.

There were so many discrepancies throughout the game between the clock keeper, the official scorekeeper, the two teams’ bookkeepers and the media tally, that the actual final score may never be known, but there wasn’t 12 points worth of discrepancies, and the Lady Bruins did indeed pull out a hard-fought victory over Jacksonville.

Pulaski Academy made the first run of the game, and went from trailing 7-4 to leading 11-7 with 3:20 left in the first quarter. That lead grew to as much as 16-9, though most of the scorekeepers in attendance, including the scoreboard operator, had it 15-9. Jacksonville’s Deshundria Shockley then hit a baseline floater to cut it to a five-point game. She also hit apair of free throws after forcing another turnover.

Yet another Shockley steal led to a pair of potentially game-tying free throws by Brittney Eskridge, but she missed both attempts, got her own rebound and missed a contested shot to end the first quarter with the scoreboard showing 15-13. But later refiguring changed that score to 16-13.

With the scoreboard at the start of the second period still showing 15-13, Jacksonville forced a five-second inbound violation to begin the quarter. Shockley then hit a 3-pointer that appeared to give Jacksonville a 16-15 lead, but the points were not added to the scoreboard.

Eskridge and Shy Christopher then added baskets that were reflected on the scoreboard, and Pulaski Academy point guard Mattie Hatcher added a bucket, which made the scoreboard show the score to be 17-17.

However, both teams’ bookkeepers showed Jacksonville with a 20-17 lead since Shockley’s 3-pointer had never been posted to the scoreboard. That prompted Jacksonville coach Marian Kursh to ask for a halt to the action to get the score actual score correct.

Once things were settled, Shockley was given credit for her 3-pointer, but another missing point was found for Pulaski Academy as well, making the score 20-18 in favor of Jacksonville with five minutes left in the first half.

Shockley then added another baseline jumper for a four-point Jacksonville lead with 4:32 to play in the half, but somehow the scoreboard showed a basket being scored for both teams and another stoppage occurred.

Once that was cleared up, the scoreboard reflected the correct score, and Jacksonville led by four.

From that point, the Lady Titans turned the ball over on four-straight possessions, and PA closed the first half with a 9-2 run. The Lady Bruins took a 27-24 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Jacksonville (1-4) started the third quarter well, scoring the first five points and taking a two-point lead, but PA answered by doubling that run and scoring 10 in a row for a 37-29 advantage. With three minutes left in the third.

The lead remained eight points until Pulaski Academy’s Isis Woods penetrated the lane and got away with a forearm to Tori Briggs’ face. After knocking Briggs to the floor, Woods hit an open lay-in to send the Lady Bruins (2-1) into the fourth quarter holding a 46-36 lead.

Things broke down defensively for both teams and the fourth quarter became a layup contest with neither Jacksonville gaining ground, nor PA pulling away.

Christopher had her second-straight monster game, finishing with 36 points, including 16 in the fourth rapid-paced fourth quarter. She scored 35 in Thursday’s win over Mount Saint Mary.

Shockley turned in a solid performance as well, finishing with a balanced stat line of 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Eskridge led the team in rebounding with eight while Briggs added a team high five steals.

Hatcher led Pulaski Academy with 29 points. Jazmene McMillian came off the bench to score 20 and Woods added 12. Jacksonville has one game next week before Thanksgiving break, hosting Monticello on Tuesday.

SPORTS STORY>>Cabot ladies can’t coax shots to fall

Leader sports editor

Even with way too many turnovers, too many missed free throws and an incredibly lopsided foul and free throw count, the main culprit in Cabot’s 54-39 loss to Star City on Saturday was simply shooting percentage.

The Lady Panthers played good defense and created lots of scoring opportunities, but couldn’t seem to finish, at least not until the fourth quarter after the game had all but been decided. The end result was a fourth-place finish in the Heavenly Hoops Classic at Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock.

“We just have to make those shots,” said Cabot assistant coach Jeremy Halbrook. “You saw there in the fourth quarter, when we finally started scoring consistently, how different the game looked. We just couldn’t make anything.”

The Lady Panthers struggled mightily to score the basketball through most of three quarters. By the time they did begin to find their range, they trailed by 24 points late in the third period.

Cabot scored 27 of its 39 points from the 1:10 point of the third quarter to the end of the game. The Lady Panthers trailed 26-10 at halftime. After getting a defensive stop to startthe second half, Cabot executed its offense perfectly, and it resulted in a layup by Emily Belin off a backdoor pass by Hannah Chandler. But it wasn’t a sign of things to come.

That bucket came 25 seconds into the third quarter and made the score 26-12. Cabot’s next bucket came with 1:10 left in the third quarter, and made the score 37-14.

The game was back-and-forth the rest of the way. Though Cabot managed just 12 points up to that point, it scored 27 from that point forward, but a huge discrepancy in foul totals allowed Star City to maintain its lead predominantly from the free-throw line.

After a first half in which 16 fouls were called on Cabot and 13 on Star City, Cabot seemed to be the only team called for fouls in the third period. The third-quarter foul total was 12 on Cabot and three on Star City. The Lady Bulldogs were in the bonus three minutes into the second half, and in the double bonus with three minutes still to go in the third period.

“It’s really hard to get any sort of offensive rhythm going when there are so many whistles,” Halbrook said. “But I don’t want to say that was the cause of things. We’re still right there in this if we just make a few shots.”

The Cabot ladies made just 4 of their first 26 shot attempts until junior guard Dejah Jimerson scored with 1:10 left in the third. They made 10 of the last 17 attempts in the game.

Cabot (1-2) ended up making one more shot from the floor than did Star City, but free throws made the difference. Cabot shot 16 foul shots, and made just half of them. Star City hit 26 of 40 from the line.

Turnovers were a problem for both teams, but it was the third time in four games that Cabot has committed too many turnovers. Both teams finished Saturday’s game with 28.

Rebounds were also a deficiency for Cabot for the second-straight game. But unlike eStem Charter, who beat Cabot on Thursday, Star City did not enjoy a huge size advantage. Still, the Lady Bulldogs outrebounded Cabot 37-26.

Junior guard Izzy Arnold came off the bench to lead Cabot in scoring with 11 points. She scored 10 of those in the fourth quarter.

Hannah Ogilvie, who also came off the bench, added 10 points while Chloe Thompson came off the bench to contribute seven points and a team-high six rebounds. Belin had three points and six boards for Cabot.

Point guard Janiya Johnson led Star City (4-2) with 15 points. Center Anna Wynn added 11 points and a game high seven rebounds. Wynn went 0 for 3 from the floor, but made 8 of 8 free-throw attempts.

The Lady Panthers play twice more before the Thanksgiving break. They will be at Searcy on Monday, and then will host Mills University Studies on Tuesday. That game will be a twin feature. The Cabot boys also play at home Tuesday night against J.A. Fair.

SPORTS STORY>>Lady Bears take trophy

Special to The Leader

The Sylvan Hills Lady Bears won the championship Saturday at the Joe T. Robinson annual girls basketball tournament. The Lady Bears defeated the Caddo Hills Lady Indians by a score of 52-49 in the final. They had defeated Mills 73-27 in the opening round and Bald Knob 57-25 in the second. Bald Knob placed third in the tournament, defeating Conway Christian 51-43.

The Lady Indians (6-4) led by four at the end of the first period and by two at intermission, but Sylvan Hills (3-0) won the second half, outscoring Caddo Hills 17-12 to overcome the deficit and win the contest.

“I thought it was a good game,” said Sylvan Hills coach Shelley Davis. “I thought Caddo Hills played very hard. To have such little people, they missed no free throws the first half and maybe two threes. They were on fire. We struggled defending it, but I was proud of the team for coming back and eventually catching up. Our guards played well. They did a great job, but it bounced in our favor in the end. We had too many turnovers, and just missed opportunities. But, all this is right now a learning opportunity for them to get better, so hopefully they will.”

Lainie Ballard got the Lady Bears on the board first with a baseline 2-pointer plus one free throw. Gracie Wisener answered with a two for Caddo Hills, but Jayla Bell sank a 3-point basket to give Sylvan Hills a 6-2 advantage.

A three and a two gave the Lady Indians the 7-6 edge before Alana Canady hit a 2-pointer from the free throw line. The lead then changed hands three times before Wraylin Phillips connected on a three from the corner at the buzzer to give Caddo Hills the 14-10 lead at the end of the first period.

The Lady Bears scored 25 in the second frame to their opponents 23 to cut the lead to two at the half. Canady opened the quarter with a 3-point basket for Sylvan Hills, but the Lady Indians extended their lead to 21-14. Bell connected on a 3-pointer from the baseline on a baseline inbounds play for Sylvan Hills.

The teams traded back-and-forth, but since two of the Caddo Hills scores were 3-point baskets, the lead grew to eight.

Two consecutive turnovers by the Lady Indians and 3-pointers by Ballard and Olivia Wilkins brought the Lady Bears to within one. Two free throws by Caddo Hills stretched the lead back to three, but Ballard tied the score at 35-35 with her second three.

The Lady Indians scored once more to take the 2-point halftime advantage.

Sylvan Hills cut into the lead by another point in the third period, outscoring the Lady Indians 9-8. Andrea Dolphin started the quarter with a layup, Ballard sank her third three and a pair of free throws, and KJ Johnson had a score under the basket. The score at the end of three quarters was 45-44.

The Lady Indians added a free throw for a 2-point edge to begin the fourth, but Canady tied the score with a layup following a Caddo Hills turnover.

Again, the Lady Indians went ahead by a free throw, and again Canady scored two, this time to give Sylvan Hills the lead. Canady then had a block to give her team the ball back, and Aaliyah Bynum scored under the basket.

Rachel Dumont responded for the last 2-point basket for the Lady Indians. After a Caddo Hills foul, Bell made the final 3-point spread with two free throws, and the final score was set at 52-49.

Ballard led Sylvan Hills in scoring with 16 points. Canady was next with 13, and then Bell with 10 points.

Taylor Allen led the Lady Indians with 10 points. Scoring was balanced as the next five scorers had 9, 8, 7, 6, and 5 points.

The Lady Bears were 9 of 13 from the free throw line, while Caddo Hills was 11 of 18. Sylvan Hills outrebounded the Lady Indians by one, while turning the ball over 12 times to 10 for Caddo Hills.

EDITORIAL>>Thanksgiving wishes to all

This Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, every one of us will have the God-given gift of 86,400 seconds to use as we choose.

Granted, a large portion of it will be idled away moaning, groaning, yelling and cheering at football players on the television screen and some of that time will disappear with us gobbling up turkey or ham with loads of sides and pies. And, of course, the obligatory nap.

But that will still give us plenty of time to say thank you to those near and dear and those far away that we may not even know personally.

Let’s start with the military. The men and women in Afghanistan and Middle Eastern countries defending our right to watch the Cowboys and Chargers go at it for three hours on a Thursday. Some of them may not get a turkey dinner of any kind and yet some of them may not even make it through the day.

To every current and former member of the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard – Thank you.

Close to home, a special thank you to the police, whose jobs unfortunately have become deadlier over the past few years, for protecting our streets, homes, property and us. Likewise, to the firefighters we don’t usually see unless there’s a fire or accident, and then we are so grateful for their presence, action and aid.

Let’s give thanks to the teachers who work hard to educate children in a world that offers very few rewards for the teachers, who often have to buy supplies for their students but don’t get to write off the expense on their tax returns.

To city officials for doing what they think is best for the city and accepting the criticism when the masses think they are wrong, and getting very little praise when it turns out they are right.

Very importantly, give thanks to mom and dad, whether they are with us or not, as they helped shape us into who we are today. Who doesn’t say something, do something or stand in a certain way, and go “oh my, that’s my mother coming out in me.” Thank you, mom and dad.

Be thankful for each other and for neighbors, friends and other family members. Be thankful for that weird uncle whose unique adventures are retold around the Thanksgiving table every year.

Be thankful for you…that you are alive to use these 86,400 seconds on Thanksgiving to reflect on where we’ve been, where we are and how we can be in the future.

Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

TOP STORY>>Furniture Store marks 30 years

Leader staff writer

The Furniture Store in downtown Cabot is celebrating its 30th anniversary with special sales until the end of the year.

Owner Cyndi McElmurry purchased the company in 1999, when her father, Don Holt, retired after opening the business in 1987. It is still a family-run business, with her husband, Keith, and their son, Chris, working at the store with 10 employees.

The store at 111 S. Adams St. has expanded over the years to 20,000 square feet.

“The growth of Cabot and the surrounding areas has changed dramatically in 30 years. We have three generations now purchasing from us,” Cyndi McElmurry said.

Customers travel from Austin, Ward, Beebe, Jackson-ville and farther away cities of Conway, Little Rock, Heber Springs and Batesville.

“I believe it’s by having a home-like atmosphere, personable. We’re involved with the community, supporting CabotFest and other events, civic organizations and sponsoring youth sports teams,” she said.

The Furniture Store has long-time employees whom customers have grown accustomed to seeing over the years — Jerri Wedimann, 23 years; Brent Walker, 19 years, and Joan Hill, 13 years.

“Chris is more involved with the younger customers. As a millennial, he is able to keep up with their trends. People change furniture more often,” Cyndi McElmurry said.

In the 1980s, water beds and TV armoire were popular. Now it is accent side drawers and adjustable beds, for a unconventional reason: The beds are not for medical necessities used by senior adults. Many millennials are buying them as a luxury item. The beds have USB ports, night lights and wireless controllers.

Floral prints, early American, Victorian and vinyl were stylish 30 years ago, but today is it rustic and contemporary.

The Furniture Store has a touch-screen kiosk to show customers furniture styles and options, although they still have catalogues to flip through.

The store carries popular furniture brands such as Ashley, Broyhill, Best, Hooker, Mayo, Riverside, Universal and others. In bedding, they have Serta and hometown manufacturer Dreamline.

“For the sale, we bought special purchases, while they last. For the holidays we have dining room and living room groups,” Cyndi McElmurry said.

The Furniture Store is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

TOP STORY>>Cypert to run again

Cabot Mayor Bill Cypert wants to be mayor one more time.

He announced Monday his intention to run for a third term in 2018, which he said would also be his final term.

No one else has announced, at this point, that they are running against him.

“It has been an honor and pleasure to serve the residents of this great city for the last seven years. Working as a team with residents, the city council, all of the city commissions, the Cabot Public School District and our partners, not only in the city and Lonoke County, but all of central Arkansas,” Cypert said, announcing his decision Monday.

He cited his record of achievements as one of the reasons for staying in office.

Cabot has a lot to offer, according to Cypert and “we want to tell that worldwide in partnership with the chamber and through a new city website to be implemented early next year.”

“We have made significant progress and put in motion a long-term strategic plan that will address infrastructure, reinvestment in city streets, highways in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Transportation, sidewalks, quality of life and community and economic development, as well as promoting beautification on U.S. Hwy. 67/167, Main Street and downtown. Cabot has a very bright future,” Cypert said.

He continued, “I have brought to the mayor’s office extensive experience as a senior executive in information technology and finance management in the private sector as well as, with my wife, owning several small businesses. Cabot in the last seven years has implemented major community-development projects on time and on-budget.”

In his announcement, Cypert also said that Cabot’s growth during his tenure has been a team effort.

“As a team, we will continue to provide proven leadership and progress you can trust,” the mayor said.

“We are now ready to put in motion a bold and aggressive partnership with the Cabot Chamber of Commerce for community development to provide strong leadership in business retention and new business development that will continue building rooftops and attracting retail to our community as well as jobs in larger business settings. Cabot is a healthy, growing, and prosperous community,” the mayor said.

Cypert and his wife, Betty, have been married for 52 years and have two children, both graduates of Cabot High School.

His grandson now attends the high school.

TOP STORY>>Holiday savings found locally

It’s that time of year again.

Friday happens to be Black Friday – the biggest shopping day of the year – followed by Small Business Saturday.

Local businesses are joining in the festivities with special holiday hours and marked-down sales.

The Furniture Store in Cabot will have 40 to 60 percent off storewide Saturday and Sunday, and Grandma’s Collectibles will offer sales on gifts, Christmas décor, jewelry and more. (See page 4A for a list of area businesses with Black Friday specials.)

Jacksonville will hold a special Small Business Saturday event, complete with prizes.

Crafton’s Furniture in Jacksonville and Searcy, along with many other local merchants, are also marking down prices for holiday shoppers.

Participants will pick up a passport and must make a purchase from four participating businesses and enjoy a meal from a participating restaurant to be eligible to win.

The passport will be stamped at each location and must be handed in or mailed to the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, 200 Dupree Drive by Dec. 7. Drawings for prizes will be held Dec. 11.

Prizes range from a candle from Double R Florist, a shirt and harmonica from Jacksonville Guitar Center and gift cards ranging from $20 to $100 from businesses such as Cabot Café and Cake Corner, Barnhill’s Steak and Buffet, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, First Arkansas Bank and Trust and more.

See page 5A for a complete list of participating businesses, prizes and instructions.

Monday, November 20, 2017

OBITUARIES >> 11-22-17


Chief Master Sgt. Samuel Freel McGoldrick, 78, of Vilonia passed away Nov. 17.

He was born July 23, 1939, in Motherwell, Scotland, to the late William and Janet Freel McGoldrick.

He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1959 at the age of 20 and devoted 50 years as a C-130 mechanic, flight engineer and instructor. He retired as a chief master sergeant after 29 years of service in the Air Force.

He worked an additional 20 years as a flight engineer instructor with Lockheed Martin.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Isabella Muir McGoldrick Johnston, and his beloved aunt, Margret “Aunt Peggy” Freel.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sachiko Ishikawa McGoldrick; his daughter, Nana McGoldrick Wiles and her husband Matthew of Jacksonville; his brother, Thomas McGoldrick and wife Cathy of Yardley, Pa.; close family friends, Ken and Sadako Shimabukuro of Vilonia and William P. St. John of Cabot; a sister-in-law, Sueko Miyagi of Okinawa, Japan; a brother-in-law, Isamu Ishikawa of Okinawa, Japan, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock with military honors.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home, 501-982-2136. Sign the online guestbook at www.mooresjacksonvillefuneralhome.com.


Carl Eugene Ray Jr., 83, of Jacksonville passed from this life on Nov. 17. He was born July 27, 1934, in Detroit, Mich., to Carl Eugene Ray Sr. and Virginia Josephine Finch Ray.

Mr. Ray served his county in the United States Air Force, retiring after 21 years of faithful and dedicated service. He then went on to serve in the Civil Service with the United States Post Office, retiring after 23 years.

Carl was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He always loved hunting and fishing until his laryngectomy prevented him from doing so. In the absence of those hobbies he took up golf — a passion that he shared with many friends in his final years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James M. Ray, and two great-granddaughters, Ashley and Kelley Ray.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Erma Jean Ruple Ray; children, Carl Douglas Ray and his wife LaNan of Cabot, Janis Leigh Ray Alexander and husband Van of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Amber Rowden (Brian), Kristen Beene and Eric Ray, and great-grandchildren, Zachary Woodyard, Xander Beene, Chance Ellis, Easton Bisbee, Shanly Ray, Shealy Ray, Shawna Ray, Cloe Bisbee and Dillon Bisbee. Other survivors include brothers, John Ray and his wife Sharon of Englewood, Fla., Robert Ray and his wife Linda of Cummins, Ga., along with a host of extended family and friends.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24 at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home, 501-982-2136, www.mooresjacksonvillefuneralhome.com.


Julius “Buster” Welch, 87, of Ward went to be with the Lord on Nov. 17.

He served in the Army during the Korean War. After being discharged from the Army, he served in the Marines Active Reserve. Julius retired from Western Electric Govern-ment System. After retirement, he and Ozell owned and operated Welch’s Grocery Store in Ward.

He was a member of the Ward First Baptist Church for 35 years and a volunteer at St. Vincent Hospital for 10 years.

Julius is survived by one son, Jerrel (Connie) Welch of North Carolina; one daughter, Paula Koch of Ward; one brother, Ivan (Pat) Welch of Beebe; two sisters, Sue Menser of Kensett and Margaret Herbert of Beebe, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ozell; a son, Jimmy; parents, Dee and Nan Welch; two brothers, Billy and Wayne Welch, and one sister, Evelyn Nick.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22 at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements are by Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home, www.smithfamilycares.com.


Rita M. Miller, 59, of North Little Rock passed from this life on Nov. 3.

She was born on Nov. 16, 1957, in Little Rock to the late Arthur F. and Dollie V. Miller.

Rita loved spending time with her family, going to the flea markets and her birds.

She is survived by her significant other, David, of over 18 years; her sisters, Doris (Tony) Kyzer and Pat (David) Kyzer; a special niece, Angela McVicker and a host of other family and friends. Rita was also preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

A memorial celebration of her life was held Nov. 16 at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville. Sign the online guestbook at www.anaturalstatefuneralservice.com.


Gerald W. Lloyd, 54, of Jacksonville passed from this life on Nov. 5.

Funeral was held at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville on Nov. 10. Burial was at Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Online guestbook at www.anaturalstatefuneralservice.com.

EVENTS >> 11-22-17


The 20th annual Santa Shack at Walmart in Cabot will be open Friday through Dec. 23.

Its hours are 6-8 p.m. Fridays; 9-11 a.m., noon-2 p.m., 3-5 p.m., 6-8 p.m. Saturdays; noon-2 p.m., 3-5 p.m. Sundays; 1-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday from Dec. 19-Dec. 23.

Kids can have their pictures taken with Santa, get a candy cane and tell him what they want for Christmas.

Santa Shack is sponsored by Cabot City Beautiful.


Jacksonville First United Methodist Church will hold a free Thanksgiving dinner at 5:30 p.m. today. The church is at 308 W. Main St. For more information, call 501-982-8176.


The Jacksonville Rotary and Sertoma clubs have kicked off their annual Civics for Kids as a Christmas drive to ensure Jacksonville elementary students have a happy holiday.

The civic groups are seeking monetary donations to pay for the gifts through Nov. 30. To make a contribution, call Ron McDaniel at 501-590-0183.

Students in pre-K through fifth-grade who attend Homer Adkins, Dupree, Tolleson, Taylor, Bayou Meto, Pinewood, Lighthouse Charter School and the Arkansas School for the Deaf will be given Christmas presents from the clubs.

“Gifts will be distributed by school counselors and staff to the families in need who otherwise might not have much of a Christmas,” the according to the announcement.

The public is invited to attend the Sertoma Club’s weekly meetings at noon Wednesdays at Southern Oaks Country Club.


The Housing, Educational, Learning Program, a Cabot-area homeless-outreach group known as HELP, will meet at 10 a.m. next Wednesday at the American Legion Post, 114 N. First St. in Cabot.

For more information, call Allen Miller at 501-203-5715.

Mission Jacksonville Community Outreach will hold a Christmas celebration in Galloway Park from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Children can receive free haircuts, and free canned goods will be distributed. “We will have Mr. and Mrs. Santa, a big birthday cake for Jesus, candy, singing, a short sermon and lots of fellowship. We also will be giving out lots of canned goods to the community. We are expecting lots of pastors to attend and a lot of people from the community as well,” the announcement said.


Cabot Civitan meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at First Security Bank in downtown Cabot.

The Civitan Club helps physically and mentally challenged people with various needs. For more information, call Peggy Doyle 501-454-8724.


The ham-radio club STARS will hold classes by Steve Moore with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. Dec. 16, Jan. 20 and Feb. 17. Anyone can attend. They’ll be held at the American Legion Post 71.

STARS Club will hold its Christmas party at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 at El Paso Community Center. Guests are asked to bring side dishes. There will be a raffle for 4 DMR radios.

For more information about the programs, email Gordon Miller at gmiller266@gmail.com.

American Legion Post 71 is accepting submissions from Cabot High School students for its annual oratorical contest, which promotes knowledge of the Constitution.

Speeches should be eight to 10 minutes long and pertain to the document that serves as the nation’s framework.

The applications are available from Kim Gibson at Cabot High. They must be submitted to the American Legion Department Headquarters by Dec. 31.

The first-place winner at state level will win $2,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Indianapolis, where the group is headquartered, plus a $1,500 scholarship to compete in the national American Legion contest. The national winner will receive $18,000.

For more information, call Susie Goebel at 501-203-5715 or 501-606-0466.

CLASSIFIEDS >> 11-18-17


The Pathfinder, Inc. Board of Directors will hold its monthly Board meeting,  at 10:00 a.m. , Thursday, November 30 at the Donald W. Reynolds Administration and Treatment Center, 2520 W. Main St., Jacksonville, Arkansas.

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REGISTERED DENTAL assistant needed for Jacksonville Office. Must be eager to learn and have a positive attitude. Excellent verbal and computer skills are required. Dental assisting experience is preferred. Please send resume to loveyoursmile@att.net or fax to 501-983-4716.

LADY NEEDED for cleaning every 2 weeks, small duplex, Cabot area. (501) 605-6431.

SubteachUSA - NOW HIRING SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS FOR THE SEARCY AREA SCHOOL DISTRICTS! Applicants Must: 1. Be at least 21 yrs of age, Have HS Diploma (min.)Pass FBI background check –(Please Call for Instructions) Documents Required: ARDL, SS Card, Proof of HS Diploma or College Transcript. For Info: 1-800-641-0140. SubTeachUSA.com.

BUSINESS OFFICE DIRECTOR – Millcreek of Arkansas, Fordyce, for our PRTF and ICF/IID Program. The candidate must, be at least 21 years of age, have minimum of 2 years Supervisory experience, knowledge of rd party payers with emphasis on Medicaid, and in depth understanding of Social Security, and Disability Determinations. Prefer A.A.S or B.A. in a business related field. Contact  the Human Resources Department (870) 352-8203. or apply online at https://recruiting.ultipro.com/ACA1001.

ICF/IID DIRECTOR OF NURSING RN/DON - Millcreek of Arkansas, Fordyce . Seeking a DON for our Intermediate Care Facility/Individuals Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID). Minimum requirements: Arkansas RN license; 21 years of age; two years supervisory experience, experience with child/adolescent with developmental disabilities. Must be flexible with work schedule to ensure efficient operations. Prefer B.A. Degree in related field. EEO employer. Contact  the Human Resources Department (870) 352-8203. or apply online at https://recruiting.ultipro.com/ACA1001.

SUPER-SUBS Needed! Now Hiring “Super Substitutes” for Area School Districts. Apply online at: subteachusa.com or call our offices at: 1-800-641-0140 for more information on how you can get started substitute teaching! Flexible Hours Weekly Pay,  Free Training.


1997 FORD Ranger extended cab, second owner, 4-cyl., auto., 164,000 miles, clean inside and out, good tires, good condition, $3,400 obo. (501) 680-0128.

BLUE OX drop hitch/receiver, (1) 4” and (1) 6”, $25 ea. (501) 843-5521.

5th WHEEL hitch and adapter, $400 for both; LWB truck rack, $175. (501) 772-1928.

TIRES, P255/60R19, set of 4, $30. (501) 286-3553.

1998 CHEVROLET Cavalier, runs good, $1,000 obo. (501) 516-3810.

TOYOTA FUEL injector kit for 4-cyl. 22-R, $25. (501) 983-1445.

2009 NISSAN Altima, 89,000 miles, new tires, $4,250 cash. (501) 239-1083.

DUMP TRAILER, 8’x6’, $1,985 cash. (%01) 605-2682, no text.

2012 HONDA Accord, 113k miles, clean, silver, $9,500. Call/text: (870) 930-7715 after 5 pm.

2001 PONTIAC Sunfire, runs good, 187,000 miles, $900 cash. (501) 206-7592, no texts.


‘04 SPORTSCOACH motorhome, 38’, 2 slides, all bells and whistles, extra clean, low mileage, $65,000. (501) 982-7916.

2015 DENALI 289RK RV, 35’, 2-slides, 2 TVs, fireplace, make offer. (501) 605-1299.

KAWASAKI ‘90s model 4x4 for parts, $200. (501) 983-1445.

RV, TOP of the line, 2005, fully loaded. (501) 454-7501.

JAYCO HT 5th wheel, 2014, $27,000 obo. (501) 286-7268.

2009 YAMAHA 650 Classic Star, less than 100 actual miles, beautiful, $3,800. (501) 259-2523.


SWISHER PULL-BEHIND bush hog, 44”, 10 hp. motor, $800. (501) 658-1802.


FOUND: YOUNG female coppery/brown and white puppy, Mt. Springs Rd., Cabot area. (501) 286-4034.

LOST: MALE Maltese/Yorkie mix, tan/sandy color, about 5 lbs., has collar, named Charile, lost from Foxwood Dr., Jax. (501) 804-9293.


FREE CAT to good home, declawed and spayed, 3 yr. old female. (501) 837-8126.

EXTRA WIDE metal pet gate w/dog door opening, $25. (501) 255-4186.

3 CHAINLINK fence dog pens, $200 for all. No checks. (501) 676-6929.

STAIRS FOR small dog or cat, 4 steps, reg. $35. Asking $15. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

BLACK MOUTH Cur dog, 3-4 yrs. old, has shots, tags and chip. (501)626-0138.

DOG HOUSE for medium size dog, heavy molded plastic, pd. $60, asking $25 obo. (501) 454-7411.


RESMED C-PAP machine, good condition, 6’ hose, face mask, $186.86. (501) 749-8667.

size 12/13 diabetic shoes, black, good condition, $93.93. (501) 749-8667.

GOLF CLUBS: Ping I2 irons, Taylor woods, Golfsmith putter, Hogan bag, all in excellent condition, $499.99. 749-8667.

new metal walking cane, excellent condition, $30; backpack, new, red and black, $66.66. 749-8667.

WALKER, tall and wide, new, $79.79. (501) 749-8667.

KOHLER PORCELAIN dbl. kitchen sink w/Delta brass fixtures, $100. (501) 843-5376.

pink Brahmin crossbody purse, nwt, $195. Dooney and Bourke purse, tan, $50; Dooney and Bourke, blue, $70; (501) 944-5346.

GAZELLE EXERCISER, $30; tri-fold picture frame, standing holds (12) 8x10s, $20; Xbox One games, GTA5, Walking Dead, $20 ea. (501) 286-3553.

(1) 2x10 10’ board, (7) 2x4 8’ boards, 2 oak thresholds, vinyl seat, 36”, make offer. (501) 843-5376.

BABY GIRL clothes, $30; Minnie Mouse high chair, $40; women’s XL scrubs, $20 set or $15 pc.; women’s XL scrub jackets, $20 ea. (501) 944-5346.

WOMEN’S BROWN boots, sz. 5.5, new in box, $80. Clean, smoke-free. (501) 944-5346.

PRESONUS AUDIO Box studio, studio one with a M-Studio Key Studio keyboard, complete set, everything needed to produce a demo. All for $160. (501) 457-7892.

COMPUTER TOWER, Dell, Lexmark printer, as is, $75. (501) 983-1445.

CREAM COLORED Venetian blinds, 107.25”x71.5”, $40 obo.; wall quilt rack, $20; Royal 435 VX electric cash register, $40; Umbrella stroller, $8. 843-4890.

LARGE METAL clothes rack, very heavy, 2-sided, 53” tall, 60” long, 24” deep, $50 obo. 843-4898.

FREE SCRAP material, 3 old mobile homes to be salvaged. Lonoke Co. (501) 940-4648.

TEA POTS, all colors, shapes and sizes, hard to find Hall T pots, $10-$25; beautiful Elvis picture disc, $20. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS, figurines, statues, some musical scenery, reasonable prices. 843-4890.

MEN’S BLACK leather jackets, $30-$40. (501) 259-2046.

SKILLSAW, $25, DeWalt handheld grinder and Milwaukee, $50 ea.; glue gun, $20. (501) 983-1445.

4” AMERICAN belt sander, $125; Weller soldering gun, $25. (501) 983-1445.

SWISHER PULL-BEHIND bushhog, 44”, 10 hp motor, $800. (501) 658-1802.

1949 MARX electric train set. Call for info. (870) 321-6212.

SINGER ULTRALITE sewing machine, $150. (501) 454-5896.

26” BIKE, $50; deer stand, $25; big compressor, $100; lots of small hand tools. (501) 605-3248.

ANTIQUE DOLLS, small-large sizes, various prices. (501) 605-6431.

(2) 4’ Teddy bears, 1 white, 1 brown, $10 ea.; small toys, dollhouses, bicycles, adult and kid’s; sewing machine, $60 obo. 843-4890.

ENGLANDER WOODBURNING stove w/2 speed blower, $350, no checks. (501) 843-2865.

2 STOCK tank heaters, $20 ea., 1 mineral/salt block tray, $20. No checks. (501) 843-2865.

Panther Creek Carports – Back by Demand! Factory Direct Carport  $598!  Rated for 90 mph winds and 20 lbs snow loads, 10’x20’x7’, Call 1-501-835-7222. OD Funk Manufacturing Inc. Sherwood, AR, Since 1976.

GIVE YOUR HOME A MAKEOVER FOR the HOLIDAYS. Does your home need: SIDING • WINDOWS or METAL ROOF? We make it affordable. And receive $500 off or gift card on your installed project. Payments as low as $89month. NO MONEY DOWN - No payments till Feb. 2018. CALL NOW!! 866-668-8681. Senior/ military discounts. wac/this ad only.


BEDROOM SUITE - queen or double bed, dresser with mirror, night stand, no mattress, perfect condition, $100. (501) 628-4212, Cabot.

BROYHILL SOLID wood dresser w/mirror, $300; LG front load washer and dryer, matched set, $600. (501) 944-5346.

2 TWIN beds w/mattresses, Chifferobe, large ornate trunk, roll top desk, large wood burning stove w/accessories. 605-3519 after 2 pm, Sherry.

HOSPITAL BED, $100. (501) 772-2586.

CEDAR STORAGE chest, 46” wide, 24” deep, 20” high, with hearts on ext. $100; small desk, $10; Oak TV stand, $30. (501) 286-3553.

WHIRLPOOL COOKSTOVE, good condition. (501) 982-1408.

OVERSTUFFED BROWN couch, $175. (501) 983-1445.

GE DRYER, 5-cycle, automatic, heavy duty, extra large capacity, $135. (501) 259-2046.

4 BAR stools, $25 ea. or all for $75. (501) 843-2865.

3 black and 2 silver metal rolling shelves, 56” tall, 51.25” wide, 26” deep; 3 white metal rolling racks, 59.5” tall, 45.25” wide, 16” deep; 10 stationary racks, 81.5” tall, 34” wide, 23.5” deep, 2 tie racks, 74” tall, 4” wide w/wide 12”x15” base, 1.5” deep. (501) 843-8507.

GE ELECTRIC dryer, 5-cycle, heavy capacity, $135. (501) 259-2046.

5 CU. ft. chest freezer, good condition, $100. 982-0076.

KING SIZE bed, 2 twin size box springs, $25 ea.; white washing machine, $100; 3 wrought iron stools, $25 ea.; whitewashed country shelf for patio/porch, $25; light oak king headboard and footboard, $100. (501) 605-3248.


For Lease - West Main, Jacksonville, AR.  2 available. $600 per month. Perfect for Small Café, Gift Shop, Hair Salon, Spa/Massage, Flower shop, etc. Call 501-743-6803.


ALGONKIN STREET, Indianhead Lake Subdivision - Lot for sale amidst older homes. Size 110x114 (south measurement) and 110x120 (north measurements). 2 outbuildings on lot. Call 501-835-5503.


IN BEEBE: very nice, 2 Bedroom/2 Bath apartments. All utilities paid including basic cable. Washer and dryer furnished. $750 month. Twin Lakes Apartments. Call Lisa at 278-0498.

DUPLEX FOR rent. 3635 and 3637 Hwy. 367, Austin. 1200 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, fenced backyards. (501) 590-2438.

2 BEDROOM mobile, 2103 Hamilton St. Call for special price. Also, 2 bedroom mobile on South Road. Call for special price. (501) 749-9882.

CABOT RENT house: 3 bedroom, 2 bath, garage, completely remodeled inside, close to all schools, $795 month. (501) 743-9107.

QUIET, COUNTRY setting, completely renovated, large 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, large deck, attached garage, 1/2 acre yard. No pets, no smokers, $750 month +$500 security deposit. For information, call (501) 733-5712 or (501) 416-9128.

FOR RENT: 3 bedroom, doublewide in country on White Ln., Cabot School district, large yard, $650 month, $650 deposit, no house pets, 1 year lease. (501) 605-3997.


Have a title to your Car, Boat, or Mobile home? Get a new home with any trade-in! Call 501-653-3205.

Must sell Single wide. $5000.  Needs to be moved. 501-653-3201.

SPORTS EVENTS >> 11-22-17


Tampa Bay Buccaneer Clinton McDonald’s 6th annual Iron Sharpens Iron Youth Football and Cheerleading Camp is set for April 6 and 7 of 2018, but will now include a week of events. It starts on April 2 with Motivational Monday, in which McDonald will visit Murrell Taylor Elementary School. Give-back Tuesday follows with a visit to and fundraising effort for Ronald McDonald House. Wednesday is Bowliing with the Pros, as other professional players, including JHS graduate Demetrius Harris or the Kansas City Chiefs, will go bowling as well as take pictures and sign autographs for fans. Thursday is the fundraiser golf tournament at The Greens at North Hills. Friday is Family and Friends Fun Day at Jacksonville High School, and Saturday will be the football and cheer camp in which young athletes get training from multiple NFL and professional athletes.

Sponsorships and donation opportunities are available. For more information on sponsorships, call Dominique at 501-773-9017, or email mccgrudder1421@gmail.com. For camp information, visit macclid.org.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

SPORTS STORY >> Sylvan Hills makes final at Joe T.

Special to The Leader

The Sylvan Hills Lady Bears reached Saturday’s final of the Joe T. Robinson annual girls basketball tournament by defeating the Bald Knob Lady Bulldogs Thursday evening by a final of 57-25. The Lady Bears had defeated Mills 73-27 in Monday’s opening round.

Sylvan Hills will play the winner of Conway Christian and Caddo Hills at 11:30 in the tournament final on Saturday.

Sylvan Hills never trailed in the contest, jumping out to a 7-0 early lead and doubling up the Lady Bulldogs at intermission with a 40-20 advantage. The Lady Bears capitalized on Bald Knob turnovers the entire game, and held the Lady Bulldogs to five points in the second half.

“We shot much better tonight, causing the lead to jump on up there,” Sylvan Hills coach Shelley Davis commented. “We had career highs from Lainie Ballard and KJ Johnson. I’m very proud of their unselfishness and team play.”

Johnson scored the first two baskets of the game, followed by a 3-pointer by Jayla Bell to give Sylvan Hills the 7-0 start. Whitney Byers got the Lady Bulldogs on the scoreboard with a layup. Ballard hit the first of her three 3-point baskets, Gerkari Parker had an offensive rebound put back, followed by Ballard’s second 3-pointer to give the Lady Bears a 15-4 lead. Kinlee Varnell answered with a three for Bald Knob, but Ballard sank her third three.

A pair of baskets pulled the Lady Bulldogs to within 18-11, but a driving lay-in by Alana Canady, another bucket under the basket by Johnson on an assist by Bell, and then a 3-pointer by Bell gave the Lady Bears a 25-11 advantage at the end of the opening frame.

Johnson also scored the first two Lady Bear baskets of the second period, the first with a free throw added and made. Parker had another offensive rebound put back, this time of her own miss, Olivia Wilkins a layup, and Canady a layup on an assist by Wilkins.

Madi Pierce had six points in the quarter for the Lady Bulldogs, but Parker had yet another offensive rebound put back, and Canady one as well to give Sylvan Hills the comfortable 40-20 halftime lead.

It was all Lady Bears in the third as well, as they did not allow a Bald Knob score, while scoring 12 themselves. Canady led the way with six points.

Each team scored five in the final frame. Aaliyah Smith had a two in the lane, and Leriah Cly a three for the Lady Bears. Kahlan Gracey sank the front end on a one-and-one for Bald Knob to set the final score at 57-25.

Johnson led Sylvan Hills in scoring with 15 points. Canady was next with 12 points, Ballard added nine, and Parker eight.

Pierce had 11 points for Bald Knob, and Varnell had nine.

Rebounding was even for the teams, but the Lady Bulldogs had 19 turnovers while Sylvan Hills had eight.

Bald Knob went to the free throw line 14 times and made six, while Johnson sank the only free throw attempted by a Lady Bear.

In Monday’s win over Mills, Wilkins led the Lady Bears with 13 points. Aaliyah Bynum added 12 and Canady had 10.

Both Sylvan Hills teams will play Tuesday at Morrilton.

SPORTS STORY >> Beebe girls dominate Benton

Leader sports editor

A totally dominant second quarter gave the Beebe girls a big-enough halftime lead to experiment a little in the second half. The experiment didn’t go as well, but the Lady Badgers till hung on for a comfortable 56-44 victory over Benton on Tuesday in the season opener at Badger Arena.

The Lady Badgers struggled from the floor in the early going, but their defense remained solid. Beebe led just 11-7 at the end of the first quarter, but then the defense went from solid to shut down.

“Our offense took a little bit to get going but I was really proud of the way we played defensively,” said Beebe coach Greg Richey. “We were able to get a pretty good lead in the half and that gave us a little room to work on some things in the second half. I thought the way the officiating changed at halftime kind-of hurt our ability to really get into what we were trying to do, but overall I’m pleased with the win. I thought it was a good start.”
There was a bit of question mark going into the game.

It would be Beebe’s first game in three seasons without Libby Hill, the team’s leading scorer from last year. She suffered a back injury just before the start of the season that will have her on the bench most of the first semester games.

But after the early shooting struggles, Beebe began to score well. Benton had no answer for senior Katie Turner. She played post most of the time, but when point guard Abbie Henley got into foul trouble, Turner seamlessly took control of those duties as well.

Turner missed most of last season with a torn ACL, and is playing 100 percent healthy for the first time since that injury.

“She looks like a totally different player,” Richey said. “Even after she came back (last year) she wasn’t 100 percent. But she’s confident with it now. She’s moving well. She’s strong and can handle the ball. She looked great tonight, and I expected her to.”

The second-quarter run started with a long possession. Turner went to the line and made 1 of 2 free throws, but her miss was rebounded by sophomore Hannah Gammill, and she went to the line. Gammill missed both foul shots, but her second miss was pulled down by Turner, who made a nifty interior pass to Riley Bridges, who scored for a 14-7 lead.

Turner then got steals on back-to-back Benton possessions. She took one the distance for a layup, and passed to Gammill for another, giving Beebe an 18-7 lead and forcing Benton to call a timeout.

It seemed to help momentarily. The Lady Panthers scored on the ensuing possession Katie Morrow hit a mid-range jumper. Benton then got a stop, and post player Maci Jones was fouled at the other end. She made 1 of 2 foul shots to make it 18-10 with four minutes left until halftime, but it was the last point Benton would score in the quarter as well. The Lady Badgers (1-0) scored finished the first half on an 11-0 run that sent them into the locker room with a 29-10 lead.

Richey and Henley were the only two players in the game with two fouls at the break, but Beebe was called for eight fouls in the third quarter, two each on Richey and Henley that put both players on the bench for most of the rest of the game.

It also thwarted any rhythm the game might have reached. Beebe’s biggest lead was 40-18 at the end of the third quarter. Benton then far exceeded its 18-point total in three quarters, with 26 in the fourth quarter alone.

“We were playing a lot of kids by then and they had a couple shooters get hot,” Richey said. “You’d like to finish better, but I’m not too worried about it. That wasn’t our regular lineup and we weren’t doing our regular stuff. We tried to run a zone for a little bit. We haven’t practiced it much and we probably won’t do it a lot. We were just trying to look at some different things.

“Turner had a complete performance. She finished with 20 points, five rebounds, four steals, four assists and three blocked shots. Richey had 11 points despite limited playing time. Gammill finished with eight points and a game-high seven rebounds, and Bridges added another eight points off the bench.

Makenzy Davidson led Benton (0-3) with 11 points while Kennedy Stringfellow came off the bench to score nine. Beebe was 2 for 5 from 3-point range while Benton hit 9 of 16 overall, including 6 of 8 in the fourth quarter.

Free throw shooting was bad for Benton (7 of 14), and horrid for Beebe (6 of 18).