Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CLASSIFIEDS >> 7-30-14


4.5 ACRES of grass, needs cutting for free, you keep bales, should yield 7-9 round bales. (501) 676-8310, leave msg.

Rhea Lana's Children's Consignment Event. White County Fairgrounds - Searcy. Baby and children's clothing, toys, baby equipment, furniture and more. Free admission. Monday-Saturday, opens at 10 am.

WANTED 10 Homes in your county needing SIDING, WINDOWS or ROOFS. We are  opening a branch office and will use these homes for our new brochure. If selected you can save hundreds of dollars. Call now to see if you qualify. 100 % Financing. Home Owners Only.  1-866-668-8681.

Medical Billing Trainees Needed! Become a Medical Office Assistant Now at Ayers Career College! Online job training gets you ready. HS Diploma/GED and Internet Required. 1-888-734-6717, Licensed by ASBPCE. 8820 Jewella, Shv., LA 71108.

DO YOU LOVE ANIMALS? TRAIN TO BE a Veterinary Technician, 800.383-4959, Heritage College, 1309 Old Forge Dr. LR, Heritage has applied for accreditation by the AVMA-Committee on Veterinary Tech Education and Activities. For important program info: please visit


HARRELL LAWN Service, specializing in hedge trimming, flower beds, mowing and edging. (501) 259-1607.

HOUSEKEEPING - LET me do the work for you. References available. 17 years experience. Call (501) 941-5689.

DIVORCE is tough enough already! Don't let it hurt your wallet too! DIVORCE with or without children $150.00 Guaranteed. Includes name change and property settlement agreement. Call 1-888-247-5150 - 24/7.

REDUCE YOUR CABLE BILL! Get a whole-home Satellite system installed at NO COST and programming starting at $19.99/mo. FREE HD/DVR Upgrade to new callers. CALL NOW 1-800-474-0423.

DISH TV Retailer. Starting at $19.99/month (for 12 mos.) and High Speed Internet starting at $14.95/month (where available.) SAVE! Ask About SAME DAY Installation! CALL Now! 1-800-393-5829.


ATTENTION: NO EXPERIENCE, $350 plus a week, Simply to test air quality in residential homes on professionally booked appointments. Afternoons and evenings. Call Mon.-Fri. from 9 am-5 pm for interview at (501) 605-1303.

ZELLA’S TRASH Service, Inc. is now accepting applications for Class B CDL driver. Monday-Friday. Truck maintenance required. Experience and organizational skills a plus. PTO. Cell phone furnished. Needs very dependable applicants. Serious inquiries only. (501) 843-5551.

LOCAL HAUL drivers, home daily, night shift preferred, $1,000 sign-on bonus; CDL-A and 1 yr. experience required. 877-656-2695,

Part-time Maintenance Coordinator needed for local church. Job description and application available at Fax resume and application to 982-5544.

SERVERS WANTED at Zaffino’s: family owned and operated Italian restaurant seeks experienced servers. Shifts are 4 pm-10 pm, Tuesdays-Saturdays, (501) 834-7530.

WE NEED an experienced breakfast cook. Good hours. Good pay. Must know how to cook eggs. Call (501) 941-3686, ask for Vicki.

HANDYMAN ASSISTANT - $10/hr.: must be familiar with tools and equipment and able to carry heavy items used in repair and renovations tasks. (501) 837-7302 or (501) 749-1546.

Child Development Center is offering excellent full-time opportunities in an Arkansas Better Chance for School Success funded Pre-K program in Jacksonville. Immediate full time position available for 2014-2015 school year. Requirements: must be at least 18 years old, have a BA in Early Childhood Education or P-4 Teacher License or a CDA and dedicated to making a difference in children’s lives. Pay based on experience, benefits and training available. To apply stop by one of the locations to fill out an application: 1912 McArthur Drive, Jacksonville 501-985-2715. 901 McArthur Drive, Jacksonville, (501) 985-9799.

Class A CDL driver needed with experience pulling long dump trailers. Must have GOOD driving record and pass drug test. Home every weekend and some during the week, home terminal Beebe, AR. (501) 690-2015.

The City of Jacksonville is accepting applications for the entry-level police officer written exam on September 8, 2014. No felony convictions, diploma/GED, at least 21 yrs of age but not yet 46 and pass written exam with a 70% or higher. Salary $34,670/yr. uncertified and $37,909/yr. ALETA certified with 1 yr. exp. Application and background packet may be obtained from the Jacksonville Police Department, 1400 Marshall Rd. or online, Application deadline is August 22, 2014 5pm. EOE

ROUTE SALES/CONVENIENCE Stores. Central Arkansas area. Independent Distributors wanted. $200 daily and up. Call Don at (501) 580-6988.

OTR Drivers Wanted Class A CDL. 2 years experience required. Regional routes. Good home time. 40 cents per mile (total miles). Call 870-613-4646, 870-612-0905870-569-4107. Batesville.

15 TRUCK DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED NOW! Become a driver for Empire Express. NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! New Drivers can earn $800+ per week! Call for details! 1-888-778-0465.

DRIVERS - CDL DRIVERS - NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! Schneider National is the best place to begin your career. NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! We can get you trained! 1-888-528- 5548.


Estate Sale, August 1 and 2, 8 am-3 pm.  Furniture, antiques, old marketing tins, Fenton, kitchenware, glassware, and more! 2201 Hwy 38, Cabot, AR.

BIG YARD SALE, 8/1, 8 am-?, 8/2. 7 am-? 13218 Hwy. 31 N., Ward. Hunting supplies, clothing for all sizes, all types of goodies.

YARD SALE, 7/31-8/2, 8 am-2 pm, 15434 Hwy. 31 N., Ward. Antiques, collectibles, dolls, furniture, appliances, clothes and more. Something for everyone. Everything must go.

MULTI-FAMILY BACKYARD sale, 8/1 and 2, 805 Stanley St., Carlisle. Rain cancels.

2-FAMILY YARD sale, 8/2, til 4 pm, 320 Alma, Austin. Furniture, houseware, clothes, books, toys, etc.

3-FAMILY GARAGE sale, 8/1, 7 am-noon, 162 Pinewood Ln., Beebe, off Hwy. 31N. Above ground pool, futon, dishes, household appl., clothes, scrubs, antique dolls, movies, bikes and more.

CARPORT SALE, 8/1 and 2, 7 am-4 pm, 3 Shoshoni Dr., Sherwood. Linens, some furniture. (501) 864-7117.

INSIDE SALE, 8/2, 7 am-noon, 2105 West Ln., Jax.

YARD SALE, 8/2, 7 am-? 90 Magness Creek Dr., Cabot. Wide variety of items.

4-FAMILY YARD sale, 8/2, 1 Phyliss Dr., Jax., off Marshall. Furniture, small appliances, dishes, bedding, pictures, cookware, etc.

LARGE FAMILY yard sale, 8/2, 7432 Davenport Rd., off Hwy. 107. 32” flat screen TV, Xbox 360, collector’s items and much more.


1994 CADILLAC Fleetwood, gray leather interior, very well maintained, 108,566 miles, $8,000. (501) 412-5861.

2 CHEVY doors, ‘81 model, brown, $100 ea. 749-9882.

4 ALUMINUM Buick wheels, 2 w/tires, $175; (4) 225/16 tires, good tread, $200. (501) 983-1445.

2 TOOLBOXES, mountable for pickup truck side, Better Built diamond aluminum, reduced price, $80. 843-2789, Cabot.

1995 FORD Taurus Show, 143,000 miles, $1,600 obo. (501) 247-6265.

1997 TOYOTA Camry, great condition, $1,500. 658-9623.

2003 JEEP Cherokee 4x4, good condition, heat and air, all leather, 17 mpg, $4,800. (501) 434-0002.

LEAR CAMPER shell, silver, perfect condition, fits 2001 Dodge 1500 4x4, $300 firm. (501) 743-0678, daytime.

FORD F305 with welder, extra clean diesel. 454-7501.

‘07 HONDA Shadow Aero 750, 1,750 miles, windshield, back rest, excellent condition, $3,500. (501) 472-3056.

1968 CADILLAC and 1995 Lincoln Town car. 835-8430.

20” CHROME wheels, set of 4, $400. (501) 607-2349.

2005 PILGRIM camper trailer, 33’ w/12’ slide out, $9,400. (501) 231-6630.

2006 FORD F250 diesel, $10,500. (501) 231-6630.

1977 CHEVY El Camino, V8, auto., original, needs oil pump, $2,200. 982-1220.


BASS TRACKER, 2005 Pro Team 165, 50 hp., garage kept, excellent condition, $5,900. (501) 941-7069.

NEW SCOOTER hitch/carrier w/ramp, 48”x24”, $150. 988-4396 or 416-0966.

2002 28’ Coachman 5th wheel camper w/1 superslide. 988-2920.

POLARIS 400 4-wheeler, will trade for Wave Runner, or sell. 259-0629 or 422-0181.

2007 WILDWOOD travel trailer, new condition, used very little, $9,500. (501) 835-9099.

NICE BIG RV for Razorback games, extra clean, low miles. 454-7501.

‘06 HARLEY Davidson Electro Glide motorcycle, completely dipped in chrome, very beautiful, nothing like it! Cruiser! Too much to mention, $15,500. (501) 762-3979 or (501) 617-5080.

2007 18’ Lakesport bass boat w/115 hp. Johnson motor, trolling motor, depth finder and trailer, $6,500. (501) 726-3239.

KAWASAKI 2005 Vulcan Classic 800, lots of chrome and extras, pics. avail., $2,800. (501) 676-3358.

2005 SEA DOO GTX, 3-seater, 185 hp., really stable w/trailer. Pics. avail., $5,000. (501) 676-3358.

YAMAHA 50 hp., 2003 model, 4-stroke, tiller steer, low hours, good condition, $3,500. (501) 940-0819.

60CC KAWASAKI, green, great condition, $1,000 obo., (501) 422-9173 or email

2005 HARLEY Davidson FLST-FI, low miles, looks new. (501) 658-9612.


WANTED: LATE model riding lawn mower, prefer John Deere, consider other brands, must be good price, pay cash. (501) 843-5376.

ROLLOVER PROTECTION canopy for smaller I.H. tractors, excellent condition, $150. (870) 830-6411, Des Arc, no texts.

REAR TINE garden tiller, not operational, Poulan brand, $30. (501) 835-9795.

4600 FORD tractor front end loader, good condition, strong motor and transmission, $8,000. (501) 726-3239.

JOHN DEERE riding lawn mower, LT155, $685. (501) 920-9691.

RIDING LAWNMOWER, Murray, needs work, 14.5 hp. industrial/commercial engine, $300. (501) 255-4186.

SELF-PROPELLED 21” Murray lawn mower, Briggs and Stratton engine, 5 hp., runs great, $75. (501) 676-6956 or (630) 209-0957.

SUMMER GRASS SPECIAL - Bermuda $1.25sq yd* Meyers Z-52 Zoysia $2.50/sq yd* Prices are COD on full truckloads in the LR area. Call 800-458-4756, Double Springs.


MISSING SINCE 6/1, 10 yr. old dachshund. (501) 255-4186 or (501) 551-9439.


BABY HEDGEHOGS, super cute, very friendly, extremely easy to care for. Call/text (501) 920-9206.

BROWN SWISS cow and calf, $1,200; Jersey cow, $1,000. 676-6929.

HAY FOR sale - this year’s 1st cut, string wrap, 4x5. Last year’s hay cheap! Some net, some string. (501) 416-8107.

FEMALE CAT, black, spayed, 3 yrs. old. 658-2576.

KITTENS, free to good home, 2 brothers, black and white, 8 wks. old. 982-2939.

MALE TABBY cat, orange and white and female orange, black and white calico, both outdoors and very loving. Contact Jax. Animal Shelter for more info. 982-2916.

FREE ROOSTERS and old chicken pens. (501) 516-1016.


YAMAHA STUDENT clarinet, excellent condition, $300. (501) 259-6550.

DRUM/BELL set for band student, book, CD, all included w/pull-behind case, only used 6 mos., orig. receipts avail., $350 obo. (501) 247-0653.

LIFESTYLER 2808 treadmill, $150. 771-5509.

ULTRA JET extra large handicap scooter, rechargeable, $450. (501) 944-3069, after 8 pm.

2 VINTAGE Dooney and Bourke purses: brown, wide crescent w/crossett, excellent condition, $175; black, short zip satchel, excellent condition, $155. (501) 960-3815.

DISNEY MUSICAL pink princess walker, excellent condition, $25; Fisher-Price cradle and swing, musical, excellent condition, $40; other baby learning toys available. (501) 960-3815.

SINGER CANISTER vacuum, excellent condition, like new, $30. (501) 422-1163.

STROLLER, $25; Exersaucer, $15; booster car seat, new, $10. (501) 843-0970.

2 BRASS ceiling fans, w/globes, used 1 yr., $15 ea. (501) 843-0970.

RECORDING KING jumbo type flat top guitar, less than 1 yr. old, pd. $400, sell for $350. (501) 207-3591.

KING-SIZE COMFORTER, bed skirt, pillow shams, great condition, burgundy, $40. (501) 606-2521, Cabot.

SUMMER DRESSES (size 3T-6), short sets, $6 ea.; sz. 4T pageant dress, new, $20; sz. 12 Sketcher shoes, $15; sz. 4 Walls jacket, like new, $20. Cash only. 882-5846.

COORS LIGHT, mirrored and lighted bar sign, really neat, $100 cash. (501) 834-3772 or (210) 748-4170.

BISSELL CARPET steam cleaner, brand new, in box, Reg. $190, asking $75 cash. (501) 834-3772 or (210) 748-4170.

POWER SCOOTER chair w/new rechargeable battery ($85 value). Ideal for small areas, fits in car trunk for travel, $350. (501) 259-2329.

CUSTOM-MADE DRAPES, queen bedspread, dust ruffle, 18 pcs., pd. $1,200. Asking $275. (501) 268-3886.

PORTABLE GRIDDLE, used 3 times, over $400 at Sports Academy, asking $250. 259-0629 or 422-0181.

CLOSING 18x36 in-ground pool. Available: good used pump, filter, robot cleaner, diving board, ladder, step rails, safety cover, misc. equip., $950 for all or will sell separately. 180’ chainlink fence, fabric w/posts, (2) 6’ gates, no rails, 4’ tall, green, $200. (501) 658-7347, Lonoke.

STEEL OUTSIDE entrance door, 32”x8’, new, $50. Also, home switches and receptacles. (501) 843-5376.

SIDE DELIVERY rake, $200 obo. Call for details. (501) 288-0850.

KING TRUMPET, great for student, $200 firm. (501) 837-1663.

16’ FIBERGLASS canoe, 3 paddles, $300. (501) 837-1662.

LARGE PLASTIC container full of new silk flowers, make offer. (561) 358-9997, Cabot.

CHINA, SERVES 6 with extra pieces, $25. (561) 358-9997, Cabot.

APPROX. 40 lg. pint trees, 30-50”, need to sell, make offer. (870) 830-6411, Des Arc, no texts.

LITTLE GIRL’S outdoor playhouse, $100. (501) 837-1663.

CHILD’S SWING set, $75. (501) 541-3601.

CRAFTSMAN WOOD planer and joiner, 6.5” wide, 3’ long bed, Model 113206930, $150. (501) 422-9946.

MOBILE HOME Skirting, $7.25; combo doors, $299; out-swing doors, $169; bath tubs, $160; molding, $1; roof coating, $59. (501) 993-3144.

I WILL come to your property and pay you to haul off scrap metal, riding mowers, air conditioners and junk vehicles. Call Jim at (501) 533-3019 or (501) 850-5646.

TEAPOTS, ALL shapes, sizes and colors, 10 for $45. (501) 982-2688.

CLAW FOOT tub, needs refinishing, $300. (501) 912-0816.

2 BOXES of clothes, 18W-22W women’s pants, XL-2XL shirts, $20 per box. (501) 889-4177, Cabot.

WOODWORKING EQUIPMENT, Delta drum sander, Sears belt sander, Craftsman scroll saw, Delta drill press. (501) 606-4722 or (501) 606-4723.

DEXION ANGLE iron for building shelves, 50 pcs., $40; styro-foam containers, 12, various sizes and lids, waterproof, $15 for all. 982-1220.

SCHOOL UNIFORMS, teen sizes, 14, 16, 20. (501) 983-4016.

INSULATED SADDLEBAGS for horses, $40 obo. 843-4890.

WOMEN’S and children’s costumes, $2-$4 ea. 843-4890.

WINDOW A/C unit, 120V, runs good, $30 obo. 843-4890.

BEDSIDE TOILET w/raised seat and arms, never used, reg. $100, sell for $70; bath chair w/back, used, $30. 843-6962.

STYLE HOUSE fine China, Tudor Rose, made in Japan, 6-pc. place setting, bowl, platter, sugar, cream, salt and pepper, $25. 988-1320.

TREADMILL, $50; Ultimate Bowflex w/leg and lateral, $425; EastWing ping pong table, new, $110. 681-7371.


18 CU. ft. refrigerator, good working condition, $75. 749-9882.

BEIGE SIDE-BY-SIDE freezer/refrigerator, excellent condition, $450. (501) 944-3069, after 8 pm.

5-PC. BEDROOM set, honey finish, $300. Pics. avail. (501) 422-8947.

BEAUTIFUL FRONT glass China cabinet, light oak, 2 doors on bottom, $250. 982-6907.

OAK DRESSER w/mirror and marble top, lingerie chest w/raised top and storage, night stand, excellent condition, $850. (501) 843-0970.

WHIRLPOOL WASHER and dryer, excellent condition, large capacity, warranty, must sell, $285. (501) 612-3521.

WHIRLPOOL REFRIGERATOR, near new, top freezer, must sell, $285. (501) 612-3521.

OLDER-TYPE deep freezer, not upright, 5’, $100. 255-4186 or 551-9439.

47” PHILLIPS TV, 4 HDMI inputs and much more, $350 OBO. (256) 468-1669.

GOLD REFRIGERATOR, bottom freezer, large, great for garage or hunting cabin, great condition, $25. (501) 843-5834.

RESTAURANT GRIDDLE, $350. 259-0629 or 422-0181.

MAROON RECLINER, good condition, $125. (501) 605-3773.

ADMIRAL DRYER, runs good but needs a $20 part which can be found at Mid-South Appliances, $25 firm. (501) 676-0750.

KENMORE LARGE capacity washer, good condition, $100. (501) 837-1663.

OFFICE CHAIR, adjustable back and seat, good condition, $35. (501) 920-9691.

6 SOLID wood dining room chairs, normal wear and tear, $90. (501) 920-9691.

ANTIQUE ROCKER and corner shelf, needs restoring, $100 cash for both. (501) 834-3772 or (210) 748-4170.

EXTRA LARGE round black storage ottoman, nice, $50 cash. (501) 834-3772 or (210) 748-4170.

PEDESTAL TABLE w/removable leaf and 6 high back chairs, med. brown, table 4’x6’, $400 obo. 833-8616.

GLASS-TOP TABLE w/4 nice chairs, $100; small round table w/4 oak chairs, $150; rocker/recliner, $100. (501) 628-7156.

FULL-SIZE COUCH, recliner at each end, $150. (501) 912-0816.

FREEZER, KENMORE, 18 cu. ft., chest type, runs good, little rust on outside, $115 cash. (501) 843-6018, Cabot.

WASHER and DRYER, Frigidaire, heavy duty super capacity, $300; Thomasville bedroom set, mahogany dresser, chest, nightstand and 2 long mirrors, needs some TLC, $300. queen mattress set, great condition, $250. 605-0404.

GLIDER/ROCKER w/matching foot stool, beige upholstery, excellent condition, $60 obo. 988-0560 or 988-0334.

SOLID OAK China cabinet, 2-door, glass, perfect condition, $100. 982-6907.

ENTERTAINMENT CENTER, 3 pc., $125; bookshelves, $15 ea.; 2 wooden desks, $10 ea.; 19” and 26” color TVs, $25 ea. (501) 889-4177, Cabot.

HEADBOARD for queen bed w/mirror and 2 shelves, $50. (501) 676-6956 or (630) 209-0957.

WICKER TABLE w/glass top, 23” round, 24” tall, $20. 988-1320.

HIDE-A-BED, 71” long, 29” high, 33” deep, $40. 988-1320.


WANTED: NAME brand, quality girl’s clothes, sizes 4 tall-6 tall. Free or very reasonable price. (501) 251-8272, Cabot.

WANTED TO buy: 8’ round plastic water trough. (501) 613-7588.

WANTED: USED laptop computer, free or cheap. (501) 843-5376.


LOT FOR Sale: 715 Cobblestone, NLR. Extremely motivated seller!!! $55,000. Contact Keith Montgomery, Keller-Williams Realty, (501) 231-9503.

20 Acres ONLY $99/mo. Hurry, Only a Few Remain! Owner Financing, NO CREDIT CHECKS! Near El Paso, Texas. Beautiful Mountain Views! Money Back Guarantee. 800-343-9444.


Jacksonville Mobile Homes for rent.  Quiet safe park, internet security cameras, 2 or 3 bedrooms, kitchen furnished. Water/sewer, trash dumpster and yard care furnished. (501) 982-5267.

IN BEEBE: very nice, 2 Bedroom/ 2 Bath apartments. All utilities paid including basic cable. Washer and dryer furnished. $700 month. Twin Lakes Apartments. Call Lisa at 278-0498.

COZY, ONE room studio apartments in Jacksonville. Wood burning fireplace, tile floors and appliance filled kitchen. Starting at $295 plus utilities, deposit $150. No children or pets. Camp Construction, (501) 982-0434.

JAX. - Summer Special - $0 Deposit on all 3 bedroom/2 bath mobile homes in park. $500-$550 per month. Call (501) 744-4668.

$0 DEPOSIT, Jax. - 1 bedroom camper in park, $400 month, all utilities paid except propane. Call (501) 744-4668.

JAX. - FREE Flat Screen TV, Laptop or Playstation 4 w/1 yr. lease. 1 and 2 BR apts. w/workout room, pool and on-site laundry. Safe and Quiet.  Call 501-541-9945 now!

NICE 2 and 3 bedroom duplexes for rent. All brick, energy efficient, very spacious, $600 and $675 monthly. Cabot School District. Call (501) 286-0698.


FOR SALE: This log cabin and six acres on White River near Des Arc can be a great hunter’s camp. A must see. Also great for retirement. Has out buildings. Call Des Arc Realty, (870) 256-5223.


Trade up into a new Luv home today, and we will pay $7,500 guaranteed for your trade in. Call 501-407-9500.

SPORTS EVENTS >> 7-30-14


The Jacksonville Middle School volleyball tryouts will be from 9-10 a.m. Aug. 1, 4 and 5 at the Middle School Girls gym. All seventh- and eighth-graders interested in playing volleyball must attend all three tryouts.

OBITUARIES >> 7-30-14


Dr. Ruth Lazelle Couch, daughter of Ben D. and Zettie Couch, was born Sept. 23, 1936, in Magnolia; she passed from this life July 26 in Beebe.

Her parents preceded her in death. Ruth was a devoted Christian, who accepted Christ during an Easter Service at First Baptist Church in Magnolia in 1953. She was baptized shortly thereafter.

It has been said that a dog is a man’s best friend. Ruth is survived by her best friend, Missy; two cousins, Darlene Maddy and Jacinta Denton.

Dr. Couch received her baccalaureate degree at Southern Arkansas University-Magnolia and became a teacher, then received her master’s degree at Henderson State University, and her doctorate at Oklahoma State University. She began working with Arkansas State University-Beebe in 1971 as an English teacher. She later became division chair and served as the first female vice chancellor for academic affairs at the university for nine years. She was also the first person to become a full professor at ASU-Beebe.

In addition to sponsoring students on a personal financial basis, she endowed a scholarship at ASU-Beebe to help students pursue a college degree. Ruth furnished a faculty workroom in the library and purchased campus chimes in the student center. They continue to ring on the hour daily.

Dr. Couch was a member of the editorial board for The Community College Enterprise, a professional journal. She joined Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional honor society for women educators, in 1976 and held several Delta Kappa Gamma offices and was chairwoman of the society’s state leadership committee.

She was active in the Business and Professional Women’s Association, in which she held a variety of offices, including state president, and the Southwest Regional Conference on the Teaching of English, where she also held a variety of offices. From 1982 to 2004, she served on the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools as a consultant evaluator. She visited about 30 higher education institutions to assist with evaluations for accreditation.

After 32 years at ASU-Beebe, she retired and took a part-time job as director of the Beebe Chamber of Commerce, where she worked tirelessly for the next 10 years to encourage all citizens to work together for the best interest and development of Beebe.

In her spare time, she was a prolific writer producing at least one novel and two books of poetry. She also helped collect oral histories of ASU-Beebe and wrote historical booklets about changes in some communities that she found of particular interest. Her most recent writings were “The Academic Americana Heritage of the Antioch and Floyd Schools” and “The Noble Heritage of Harvey C. Couch School in Calhoun, Arkansas.”

Because she cared about people and wanted to help them, she was a workaholic whether she was working for her church, her communities or her university. Although she had no immediate family living nearby, she had a large family of friends who loved her dearly because she was a true friend with a positive outlook on life. She was an intelligent, successful, witty person with a great sense of humor who, even at the end of her life, encouraged others to be positive and keep the faith. Her many friends will miss her wit, charm and positive encouragement.

Ruth expressed a profound gratitude for all who helped her generously in her times of need.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas State University-Beebe Development Council, P.O. Box 1000, Beebe, Ark. 72012 or to your local church.

There will be a memorial service and celebration of her life at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 30 at Beebe First Baptist Church.

Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home.


On the evening of July 25, God called Rhunette Jones Phillips into eternity at the age of 84.

She was born on Feb. 14, 1930, to the late Dock Jones Sr. and Loucinda Bell Jones. She was the oldest of six children.

She professed her faith in God at an early age. Her spiritual life was nurtured by her parents and this faith remained.

After moving to Arkansas, she continued her walk with the Lord in the Church of Christ, where she served faithfully to the end. She was also a dedicated minister’s wife and served alongside her husband for decades.

She was a faithful member of the Central Church of Christ in Little Rock, where she enjoyed being an active member of the Forerunner’s Life Stage Group, visitation ministry and prayer team.

Rhunette graduated from Washington High School in Cairo, Ga., and Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla., with a bachelor’s of science in education. She was an experienced classroom teacher serving others throughout her professional career.

She met and married the love of her life, John L. Phillips Sr., to whom she was married for 60 years. To this union, three children were born: Johnnetta, John Jr. and Jennifer. Later, she became the proud grandmother of seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Rhunette was a perpetual source of encouragement. She was friendly, outgoing and never met a stranger. She loved people and had a great sense of humor. All who knew her appreciated her sincerity, passion and spirit of Christian fellowship.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dock and Loucinda Jones of Cairo, Ga., and two sisters, Janie Lester and Beatrice Smith, and one brother, Dock Jones Jr.

She leaves to cherish her love and precious memories, her beloved husband; daughters, Johnnetta Kelly and Jennifer Pounds; son John Phillips Jr. and his wife Valerie; one sister, Juanita Hollis-Rosebud, of Tallahassee, Fla.; one brother, Osborn Samuel Jones, of Cairo, Ga.; grandchildren, April Ellis and her husband James, Christopher Kelly and his wife Lisa, Jonathan Phillips and his wife Mia, John Marcus Phillips and his fiancé Kara, Paul Kimbrough Jr. and his wife Tina, Justin, Jayla and Jeremy Pounds; four great-grandchildren LaMya Kelly, Jillian, Jonathan Phillips II and Paul Kimbrough III, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1 at the Central Church of Christ Little Rock. Visitation will take place one hour preceding the service and a family reception will be held at the church fellowship hall following the services.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Funeral Home of Jacksonville.


Ila Mae Hall, 81, of Jacksonville went to be with her Lord on July 28. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Hall; two children, Bobby and Evelyn Hall, and her parents, Marie and Robert Wise.

She loved to cook, take care of her children and talk about her family.

She leaves behind two brothers, Charles and James Wise of Little Rock; one sister, Ester Grimes; seven children, Dennis, Mike, William and Jim Hall, Debbie Stiles, Donna Harrell, Tina Hall, 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 31 at Bethel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Ruth Marie Allen, 88, of Jacksonville died July 28.

Ruth was born Feb. 2, 1926, in Havana (Yell County) to the late Ples and Mattie Blaylock Harris.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Del-mas Allen; a granddaughter, Brittany Oliger, and six siblings.

Mrs. Allen was a member of the Church of Christ and was loving and kind to all who knew her.

She is survived by children, Debbie Talley and her husband Larry of Jacksonville, Phyllis Boyd and her husband Glen of Cabot, Mary Jo House and her husband Ronnie of Jacksonville, Cathy McArthur and her husband Buddy of Des Arc, Bob Allen and his wife Janese of Cabot, and Mark Allen of Jacksonville, 20 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31 at Arkansas Funeral Care in Jacksonville. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1 at the funeral home, with LeRoy Wood officiating.

Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Mt. George Cemetery in Yell County.


Rheuben Franklin Green, Jr., 55, of Ward was born Dec. 29, 1958 to Rheuben and Margie Green and passed away July 25. Junior was a Missionary Baptist pastor for 18 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Sheila Roberson and Wanda Weatherly, and granddaughter, Natalie Beth Peters.

He is survived by his wife, Robin Green; daughters, Emily Hignight and her husband Jason and Katie Resimont and her husband Jim; son, Jonathan Green; granddaughters, Kinley Claire Hignight and Ruby Grace Resimont; grandson, Pryce Thomas Hignight; brother, Rodney Green, and a host of loved ones and friends.

Funeral service was July 29 at Dayspring Baptist Church in Ward, with burial in Butlerville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to: The Green Family, P.O. Box 490, Beebe, Ark. 72012.

EVENTS >> 7-30-14


The Cabot Walmart Supercenter and Hope’s Closet and Pantry are teaming up to “Stuff the Bus” with school supplies from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8 to support students in the Cabot School District.

Hope’s Closet director Kim Buchberger said, “All supplies donated will supplement schools in the district. We’ll take everything the kids need to have a good school day.”

She said the supplies collected from the Stuff the Bus event will be used as a buffer for teachers buying supplies with their own money. Items needed include pencils, paper, hand sanitizer, tissue, notebooks, binders and glue.

“We definitely need community support,” she said.


Arkansas State University at Little Rock Air Force Base will hold a free seminar to explain veterans’ educational benefits at 9 a.m. Friday at the Jacksonville-LRAFB University Center, 1490 Vandenberg Blvd., in Room 134.

The university’s Fall 2014 classes start Aug. 18.

For more information, call 501-988-4151.


Lonoke County residents who have World War I memorabilia they would like to share in upcoming exhibits commemorating the United States’ entry into the Great War are asked to call Mike Polston of Cabot’s Museum of American History at 501-286-9665 and Sherryl Miller of the Lonoke County Museum at 501-676-6750.

Items of interest include diaries, letters, documents and photos that relate to the war.


Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held five times a week at the Lonoke County Christian Clinic, 502 Richie Road in Cabot.

Closed discussions are held at 8 p.m. Tuesdays and at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. An open discussion is held at 8 p.m. Fridays, and an open-book study is held at 10 a.m. Saturdays. A closed meeting for women is held at 6 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, visit

 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held in the Presbyterian church on the ASU-Beebe campus. Open meetings are held at 8 p.m. Monday, and closed meetings are held at 8 p.m. Thursday.


The Chuck Wagon Gang, a Southern gospel group, will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 at DaySpring Missionary Baptist Church.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. The church is at Markham and Church streets.

For more information, call 501-843- 3336.



The Cabot Civitan Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Mondays every month at First Security Bank in downtown Cabot. Nonmembers are welcome.

For more information, call Tom Nolting at 501-606-3731.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

EDITORIAL >> Our air base safe, secure

Little Rock Air Force Base officials went into high alert last week when they received a report of a suspicious person on base. Fortunately, it was a false alarm. But, even if there had been just a 1 percent chance of a maniac loose, the authorities had no choice but to close the base for several hours.

The incident occurred during an emergency-readiness exercise that started early last Wednesday morning. There was some confusion at first on whether a report of a person trying to forcibly gain access to a base building was part of the exercise or if someone suspected that a real troublemaker was making his way around the base. Investigators later found that “no threat existed,” according to a news release.

The base was locked down from 11:45 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. Airmen and civilians hid behind closed doors until the all-clear was sounded that afternoon. It was a tense day for thousands of people on base and for their loved ones waiting for word on the outside.

As one contractor said of her experience, “There was a moment when the atmosphere in the room turned from normal to intense, when things went from exercise to real world. We didn’t know details, just that we were on lockdown. The sirens were sounding every 10 minutes or so, and all we could do was sit in a locked room and wait.”

She added, “The airmen did their jobs, and everything turned out to be OK. Base leadership made the right call to investigate. They made sure we were safe.”

Col. Patrick Rhatigan, 19th Airlift Wing commander, said afterward, “We take all reports seriously and investigate them thoroughly. Due to this report, I implemented a lockdown, and our highly trained Security Forces airmen responded to secure our airmen, their families and Air Force resources.”

Random violence on U.S. bases is too common these days. Rhatigan and other commanders on base acted prudently. Every day, our military faces dangers at home and abroad. Here’s a partial list of violence on military bases in this country in recent years:

• Fort Hood, Texas, April 2014, three people killed, 16 wounded.

• Fort Hood, Texas, November 2009, 13 killed, 32 wounded.

• Washington Navy Yard, September 2013, 12 killed.

• Virginia’s Quantico Marine base, March 2013, two marines killed.

• Fort Bragg, N.C., October 1995, one killed, 18 wounded.

• Fairchild Air Force Base, June 1994, Spokane, Wash., four killed, 23 wounded.

Our airmen know all about violence, as they’ve served in Asia and the Middle East for more than a decade. That’s why they’re on guard around the clock, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Thank you, Col. Rhatigan, for making sure everyone is safe at Little Rock Air Force Base.

TOP STORY >> Ruth Couch, Beebe educator, dies at 77

Leader staff writer

The prim and proper Ruth Couch, 77, of Beebe passed away at her home on Saturday.

Couch spoke eloquently and had a great sense humor. She was a college professor, a chamber director, a writer and a giver.

Couch was born Sept. 23, 1936, in Magnolia. She was the daughter of Ben and Zettie Couch, who preceded her in death.

Couch is survived by her dog, Missy, and two cousins, Darlene Maddy and Jacinta Denton.

Couch earned a bachelor’s degree at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia.

She became a teacher, and then she earned a master’s degree at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. She earned a doctorate at Oklahoma State University.

Beebe Mayor Mike Robertson said, “Dr. Ruth Couch dedicated her life to this community. Civic organizations, the city, Arkansas State University and churches will all miss her passion for assisting others. Never have I known a person with a heart of gold as Ruth Couch.”

Angie Gibbons, administrative assistant to the mayor, said Couch cared about what everyone had to say and tried to help them.

Gibbons said, when she was with Couch, she learned the value of listening, how to be kind and gentle and how to strive to be a little better every day.

In 1971, Couch began working for Arkansas State University in Beebe as an English teacher.

She was the first full-time professor at ASU-Beebe and the first woman to be vice chancellor for academic affairs there, a position she held for nine years.

Couch endowed a scholarship at the university and furnished a faculty workroom in the library that is named in her honor.

She also purchased the bell chimes that ring out across campus on the hour.

After 32 years at ASU-Beebe, Couch retired in 2003. She left a large part of her estate to the university.

ASU-Beebe chancellor Eugene McKay said he and Couch were longtime friends. They were both English teachers at ASU-Beebe in 1971.

“She was a fine person and an excellent teacher. She loved the university. She was tremendously witty and had an extensive vocabulary. (Couch) was a smart, successful, likeable woman. She loved dogs and always had one,” McKay said.

“We will miss her greatly. She was a good employee and a great friend,” McKay said.

Beebe Superintendent Belinda Shook had Couch as a teacher during her freshman English classes at ASU-Beebe.

“She made an impression on me, because she was the first person I met with a doctorate. It was really cool,” Shook said. The superintendent now holds her own doctorate degree.

After retiring from education, Couch took a part-time job as the Beebe Chamber of Commerce director, a position she held for 10 years.

Chamber director Kristen Boswell said, “She was truly an inspirational woman. She made a positive and lasting impression on everyone she met. She was always willing to help. She was a wealth of knowledge. She will be greatly missed.” The chamber’s lifetime service award is named in Couch’s honor.

Couch was also a writer. She wrote a novel, “No Bells Will Ring,” and two books of poetry. She was working on a second book.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. today at Beebe First Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas State University-Beebe Development Council, P.O. Box 1000, Beebe, Ark., 72012 or to your local church.

TOP STORY >> Sherwood backs jail plan

Leader staff writer

The Sherwood City Council voted unanimously on Monday night to approve a new five-year, interlocal agreement that will support the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility. The city will pay $133,000 for the jail next year.

The agreement offered to Sherwood, Jacksonville, North Little Rock, Little Rock and Maumelle proposes a 5 percent increase in the amount assessed to each city in the first year and annual increases tied to the consumer price index.

Mayor Virginia Hillman told aldermen before the vote, “This is the lowest our price is going to be. We only stand to have an increase in it if we continue to wait.” She said City Attorney Steve Cobb believed signing the agreement would lock in that price for the city.

Last week, the Pulaski County Quorum Court approved unanimously a new per diem fee schedule that will kick in for any of the five cities that don’t ratify a new agreement like Sherwood did. The per diem is a more expensive option, with the cities charged $248 for the first day a prisoner is booked into the county jail and $45 a day after that.

Alderman Ken Keplinger asked, before the council voted, what it would take to reopen Sherwood’s jail.

Police Chief Jim Bedwell said that would require the city to expand its facilities at a price tag of at least $1 million.

He said Sherwood has a 24-hour holding facility now that can house up to 10 inmates. The department could open up a few more cells if needed, the chief noted.

At one time, the city had a 14-day holding facility that “worked great,” Bedwell continued.

So, he asked the state for a list of what would be needed to reinstate that.

The chief explained, “There is no way, with our facility, we can go back to the 14-day without hiring more people and doing a major add-on. We’d have to have visitation. We’d have to have a dietician, an exercise room with daylight. The list just goes on and on and on. There is no way that we can afford to do that.”

The mayor pointed out that Sherwood’s annual $133,000 contribution to help the county jail wouldn’t even pay the salaries of three people to staff a city jail.

Alderman Marina Brooks chimed in with, “Sounds like it’s a bargain.”

But Keplinger, earlier in the discussion, said, “My frustration with the whole deal is, if we take and we send an inmate down there, they’re turning these inmates around, turning them away, releasing them. So, we’re not really getting the value. And I understand that they have to be supported, but it just irritates me, things like that.”

The city attorney said he asked, during the negotiations, whether that issue — caused by overcrowding — could be addressed by speaking with the Department of Corrections about making room in state prisons.

One police chief who was in that meeting told Cobb that the state was already working to release more nonviolent offenders.

Cobb told the council that the police chief said he had received more than 300 parole notifications recently compared to the 15 he typically sees.

The attorney added, “It’s a statewide problem…Yes, it’s frustrating, for the court, too, because they don’t have the teeth.”

The mayor voiced another concern before the vote.

Hillman said, “If we publicize that we’re not going to have an agreement with the county, and (criminals) know we’re not going to have anywhere to take them, I promise you the criminal activity will certainly (go up).”

Bedwell agreed. He said he is already seeing an increase in crime since overcrowding has prompted the county jail to release nonviolent offenders sooner and more frequently.

But, he added, the county jail does keep violent offenders. The chief said he can also work with the judge and sheriff to make sure a repeat offender who needs locked up stays that way.

Minor criminals, like shoplifters, are quickly released though. Sherwood can’t do anything about that, Bedwell said.

Alderman Mary Jo Heye asked the council and mayor to clarify which cities were for and which cities were against the agreement.

Those on the council confirmed that Jacksonville and Little Rock are opposed to the agreement, while Maumelle and North Little Rock seem to be on board.

But, the mayor added, Sherwood signing the agreement is an independent action. It would not affect any other cities and other cities signing would not affect Sherwood’s deal.

Pulaski County is required by law to house prisoners from municipalities within its borders, and the five cities agreed in 2004 to support the $26-million-a-year jail to the collective tune of about $3 million a year.

The state and federal government pay about $2 million a year for the inmates they send to the county’s facility.

Jacksonville Mayor Gary Fletcher objects to Jacksonville’s share in the proposed agreement, which would be $68,000 more a year than Sherwood pays.

He has pointed out that Sherwood has a bigger population and had 50 percent more inmates in the county jail last year than Jacksonville did.

But the pier-diem plan approved by the quorum court could increase that city’s financial liability from $201,000 a year, under the proposed interlocal agreement, to nearly $500,000.

Fletcher told The Leader previously that he wouldn’t bring the interlocal agreement to the Jacksonville City Council until he has a proposal he can support.

He has said the biggest problem is the high number of state prisoners in the county jail and that the state pays only $24 a day per inmate, while the cost of housing an inmate is $44.

Fletcher said previously that he hopes the General Assembly will agree to pay its fair share when it convenes in January, but Villines has said jail and prison overcrowding is perceived elsewhere as a central Arkansas problem.

Legislators from other areas of the state are unlikely to be eager to pay more, the judge told The Leader previously.
Pulaski County is required by law to house prisoners from municipalities within its borders, and the five cities agreed in 2004 to support the $26-million-a-year jail to the collective tune of about $3 million a year. The state and federal government pay about $2 million a year for the inmates they have in the county lockup.

During a three-day special session recently, the General Assembly appropriated about $6.2 million to open another 600 prison beds around the state. Pulaski County’s work-release center, also known as the Wrightsville Satellite Center, just reopened and will hold 250 inmates.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Carl Minden told The Leader previously that the county would benefit by half that number.

The Pulaski County Detention Center, which twice this year stopped taking any but the most violent inmates, is open now and was down to a count of 1,157 Friday morning, he said last week. The center’s capacity, which it sometimes exceeds, is 1,210.

In other business:

• The council voted unanimously to appropriate $33,000 of the $39,000 in matching funds required to receive a $78,000 grant from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program that will complete the $164,000 Roundtop filling station restoration project.

The remaining $6,000 of the match will be covered by private donations that were collected for the project, according to the mayor.

The $78,0000 grant is funding phase two of construction — renovating the interior of the 360-square-foot building off Hwy. 161.

Phase one — stabilizing the old gas station at Trammel and Roundtop roads, replacing the roof and some work on the slab as well as the plumbing — was paid for with the first $50,000 matching grant the city received from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

Sherwood’s match of $25,000 for the first grant came from private donations, a $12,500 chamber of commerce contribution and city funds.

Heye was concerned about how much more money would be needed to use the historic landmark as a police substation, one requirement of the grants.

The mayor said this second grant would finish the building and the city has been encouraged to apply for more funding through the state program next year.

Harmon said that approving this second grant would fulfill the substation requirement.

The city attorney pointed out, in response to another question, that compliance with the grants occurs before checks are written.

City Engineer Ellen Norvell said the program understand that turning the building into a substation would be a lengthy process.

And the police chief said doing so would be simple, as the building is small, an “no major” furnishings are needed other than one computer or laptop officers would use to file reports.

Darrell Brown, chairman of the Sherwood History and Heritage Committee, added that several local companies and Sinclair Oil have agreed to donate the heating and air conditioning system, the roof, signage and memorabilia.

He told Heye the city would not need to spend any more money on the project.

And the police chief was asked about preventing vandalism. Bedwell said there hadn’t been any problems so far, and patrols are deterring that.

He added, “The officers do have a good interest in that because it’s something unusual. It’s something that no one else has got. I think it’s going to be great for the community out there.”

Keplinger said the Round-top would be a draw for people coming to Sherwood and that the council needed to support it.