Wednesday, June 29, 2016

OBITUARIES >> 6-29-16

JASPER SPRADLIN

Jasper Ned Spradlin, 70, of Jacksonville passed from this life on June 26.

He was born on June 26, 1946, in Okolona (Clark County) to Ireland Lee Spradlin and Ruth Ellen Garrett.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ireland Lee and Ruth Ellen Spradlin.

Jasper leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of 49 years, Lois Anita Herring Spradlin; three children, Renny (Shannon) Spradlin of Cabot, Janis (Jeff) Reed of Mabelvale, Roland Spradlin of Jacksonville; four grandchildren, Alexander Hunter, Kelsey Spradlin Ware, Lesley Spradlin and Amber Billingsley; one great-grandchild, Easton Ray Ware; sibling, Sammie (John) Spradlin McClure, of Gurdon; niece, Susan McClure, of Hurst; great-niece, Jenna Hurst, and a nephew, David McClure.

He loved the great outdoors and was passionate about hunting and fishing. But, more importantly, he loved his grandkids.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 30 at Word A Flame Fellowship, 7800 I-30 in Little Rock, with the funeral service immediately following at 11 a.m. with Bro. James Lumpkin Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at Smyrna Cemetery, 1369 Davidson Campground Road in Okolona.

Funeral arrangements are by A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 W. Main St., Jacksonville.


JUAN ORTIZ

Juan Licea Ortiz, 59, of Cabot passed away on June 26.

He was born on Jan. 22, 1957, in Queretaro, Mexico, to Victor Licea Ortiz and Leandra Nunez.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Juan is survived by his mother, Leandra; his wife, Susan; nine children, Guadalupe, Lizbeth, Judith, Juan, Andres, Martin, Manuel, Luz Maria and Juan Luis, and Kylie Howard; two stepchildren, Brian and Kevin Spires, 14 grandchildren, four siblings and numerous other family and friends.

Juan loved everything outdoors but more importantly he loved his family and the family gatherings with lots of food.

A Rosary service will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 30 at a Natural State Funeral Service Chapel in Jacksonville.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 1 in the chapel with Bro. Mike Sipes officiating.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 W. Main St. in Jacksonville, www.anaturalstatefuneralservice.com.


NATHAN HENDERSON

Nathan “Kip” Henderson, 53, of Cabot died on June 20.

There will be a memorial service at the LDS Church, 6110 T.P. White Drive in Cabot, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 29.

In lieu of flowers, make memorial donations the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Arrangements by Wilson Robison Funeral Home in England.


JERRY FITCH

Jerry G. Fitch, 78, of Beebe passed away June 24.

He was born at Redfield (Jefferson County) to Raymond and Joey (Youngblood) Fitch on Feb. 12, 1938.

In March of 1956, Jerry joined the Air National Guard. He worked as a civilian and became a vehicle maintenance superintendent.

Jerry retired with 37 years of dedicated service. His rank was senior master sergeant.

Jerry was a devoted grandfather, lovingly referred to as “Ahh.” He spent much time with his grandchildren. Jerry loved to travel with them and show them new adventures.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 53 years, Virginia J. Thompson Fitch; his children, Karlyn S. Holloway and husband Billy; son, Gregory G. Fitch and wife Natasha; grandchildren, Hannah McDonald and husband Jamie, Daniel Fitch, Erik Fitch; great-grandson, Ethan McDonald, and Jerry’s siblings, Donald Fitch and Doris Dillon.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Alise Tsakir and a brother, Coy Fitch.

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517
Topeka, Kan. 66675.

Family received friends June 27 at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe with funeral in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Beebe.

Arrangements are by Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home of Beebe, www.SmithFamilyCares.com.

EVENTS >> 6-29-16

COOKING CLASS AT SENIOR CENTER

The Pulaski County Extension Agency will hold a five-week cooking class on Fridays from 9 till 10 a.m. starting July 15 at the Jacksonville Senior Wellness and Activity Center.

“You will learn basic concepts of eating healthy on a limited grocery budget,” according to the announcement. The class will be taught by Kim Helmbeck.

To register, call Connie Evans at 501-982-7531.

The seniors center will also serve a lunch — hamburgers, baked beans and watermelon — at 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 1.

A Fourth of July celebration and game day will begin at 9 a.m., which will include chair-volleyball, Baggo, string ball and more.

Coloring classes will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 13.

Rosie Carter and Carolyn Torrence, employees at North Metro Medical Center, will make a presentation called “Red Cross Ready,” giving tips about severe weather events, 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 20.


LOW-INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TO START

The Central Arkansas Development Council will accept applications for its Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program from 1:30 till 4 p.m. Friday, July 8 at the CADC Lonoke Office, 616 N. Center in Lonoke.

Known as LIHEAP, the program helps people in need pay for electric bills. Eligible households must meet income guidelines, provide proof of all household members’ incomes for the month prior to applying, have a picture ID and show a copy of their electric and gas bill needing to be paid.

After July 8, applications will be accepted at the CADC Lonoke County Office, 616 N. Center St. from 8 a.m. till noon Monday through Wednesday and at the Ward Municipal Complex, 405 Hickory St. in Ward by appointment only. Call 501-676-0019 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

Pulaski County residents may apply from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday and next Wednesday at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds Arts and Crafts Building, 2600 Howard St. in Little Rock; at the Arkansas Workforce Center of North Little Rock, 324 Pershing.


HALLELUJAH HARMONY QUARTET PERFORMS SATURDAY

The gospel groups Hallelujah Harmony Quartet and 2nd Generation will perform at The Venue, 1800 S. Pine St. in Cabot, at 6 p.m. Saturday as part of a new concert series called Jubilee Nights to be held at the performance and events center.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

For more information, call Darrell Tullos at 501-628-1861.


CROSSROADS COWBOY CHURCH FESTIVAL ON SATURDAY

Crossroads Cowboy Church at 3071 Hwy. 5 in El Paso will hold a Ranch Rodeo Family Celebration at 1 p.m. Saturday.

There will be mutton busting for kids 6 and under at 12:30 p.m., a free barbeque dinner at 6:30 p.m. and a fireworks show at dark. A cake and pie auction will be held at 5:30 p.m. to raise money for Eastside Nazarene summer camp. The event will also include a competitive rodeo.

Vendors can rent booths for $50 by calling 501-230-7872.


SOUTHERN PLAINSMEN QUARTET AT OLD AUSTIN

Old Austin United Methodist Church will host a concert by the Southern Plainsmen Quartet at 6 p.m. Sunday.

The group is from Hornbeck, La., and has been named Louisiana’s Goodwill Ambassadors. It has performed around the country for more than 30 years.

Old Austin UMC is at the corner of Hwy. 38 and Ray Sowell Road in Ward. For more information, visit www.oldaustinumc.org or call 501-413-9341.



CLASSIFIEDS >> 06-29-16


ANNOUNCEMENTS

HOME IMPROVEMENTS UP TO $25,000 per household with Government Money set aside for these improvements.! WANTED 10 Homes needing METAL ROOFS, SIDING OR WINDOWS! Save Hundreds of $$$$!!!! Free Estimate. Payments $59/Mo. No money down. Senior and Military discounts 866-668-8681wac.


SERVICES

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

FOR ALL types of carpentry and remodeling needs - metal roofs, decks, privacy fences, doors, windows, floor repairs and coverings. 25 years of experience. Call (501) 266-0410.

PERSONAL TOUCH Lawncare. All push mowing, blowing and edging. Call anytime (501) 772-3240.


HELP WANTED

EXPERIENCED FRAMING carpenters in Cabot/Searcy area. Call Ronnie at (501) 416-1498 or (501) 941-5689.

CLASS A CDL driver needed with at least 3 yrs. experience. Will be pulling long End Dump trailers and Hopper Bottoms. Must have GOOD driving record. Home every weekend. Home terminal Beebe, AR. (501) 690-2015.

DRIVERS - CO and O/Ops. Earn great money running dedicated! Great benefits. Home weekly. Monthly bonuses. Drive newer equipment! (855) 582-2265.

“Come join our Management Team at Little Caesars! SEARCY, CABOT, MAUMELLE, BENTON, BRYANT, PINE BLUFF, LR , NLR AND SHERWOOD, Conway, Jacksonville and Russellville. Accepting  applications for: Asst. Managers, Co-Managers and General Managers for all of our Central Arkansas locations listed above. On-going training and a comprehensive benefits package. Looking for dedicated individuals with the desire to succeed in a fast paced environment . 2 years exp. in Restaurant Mgmt. preferred. Call 501-833-9444 or fax resume to 501-835-6112 OR email to: info@littlecaesarsofar.com for  interview.

PACKAGING MAINTENANCE TECH  - Land O Frost, packaged lunch meats, Searcy, AR.  RELOCATION NEGOTIABLE. 1st or 2nd shift job…  maximize Pkg Dpt equip. and  make corrective maint.  repairs  HSD/GED or equiv. mandatory. · pass mechanical aptitude test. Must have completed 1 yr of electronic or multi-craft Maint. coursework with a min. grade of C OR equiv. Good written and verbal communication skills. Work in confined areas, Submit a resume by email at stacy.looney@ landofrost.com or by fax to 501-279-2040.

RNs OR LPNs Exc. people skills,  good work ethic. Friendly work environment. Must have: a valid ARDL, RN or LPN Nursing License, reliable transportation, pass a Pre-Employment Drug Screen/background checks. Qualified candidates please apply online at: jobs.thementornetwork.com NeuroRestorative Timber Ridge, Benton, AR. EOE.

FedEx GROUND - CENTRAL and EAST AR Area, CLASS A CDL DRIVERS – TEAMS- Signing bonus on day one! Currently looking for Class A CDL drivers for team runs. Premium mileage pay and great benefits. Home weekly. Apply today. Must have Class A CDL, 1 year of exp., be able to get doubles endorsement. Call/text: 870-754-5100, email: drivenow@outlook.com.

DRIVERS OTR - $5000 Sign on bonus! Home every weekend, Great benefits (after 60 days), Blue Cross (driver pays 50%) Vision, Dental, 401K, paid holidays and vacation, quarterly safety bonus. Local family owned and operated. Must be 23 years of age and have valid class A CDL and verifiable 2 yrs OTR. ThompsonTrans.net, or call (501) 228-8800.

DRIVERS OWNER OPERATORS ONLY! 80% Gross on Flatbed Freight! Home Weekends. Permits Provided. File/Pay Fuel Taxes. Owner Ops Lease Today! CDL-A, 25 yrs, 2 yr. OTR exp. 870-336-9051.

OTR DRIVERS W/EXPERIENCE – FULL TIME, PNK TRUCKING Firm - $ SIGN ON BONUS $ Located in SW AR. with experience  Call 870-887-0999 , or email kharwell@pnktrucking.com.


YARD SALES

BIG YARD sale, 6/30-7/2, 7 am-? 8 miles north of Lonoke off Hwy. 31 and Hwy. 236 W. Lots of misc. items, toys, dog clothes, decorations, household, tools and much more. Something for everyone. Follow signs. Rain or shine.

YARD SALE, 7/1 and 2, 8:30 am-4 pm, 20 Edgehill Cv., Cabot. Everything must go!

YARD SALE, 7/2, 424 Nottingham Dr., Cabot. Washer, brown leather swivel recliner, lots of clothing and knickknacks!


VEHICLES and ACCESSORIES

2000 CADILLAC El Dorado, bad motor, good straight body, light blue w/dk. blue top, $2,000. (501) 749-9882.

2002 DURAMAX rear end out of a 3500, 8-bolt pattern w/brake assembly, $500 obo. (501) 352-8484, Jim.

1998 FORD Mustang, V-6, 5-speed, runs great, 153,000 miles, leather seats, new pipes, $2,800 obo. (501) 348-5845.

TRUCK BED cover, Undercover brand, F150, 2005-2008 years, shortbed, good condition, $550. (501) 837-7225.

4 FACTORY steel wheels for Toyota, $100 obo. (501) 882-2142.

RETRAX ONE, model #1011, standard one bed cover system, purchased for 2012 Ford F150, fits variety of trucks and year models. Check www.retrax.com for info. Pd. over $1,200. Asking $150. (501) 941-4905.

2009 CHEVY Silverado Hybrid, 4-Dr., just under 65,000 miles, $22,500. (479) 747-1106, Cabot.

LEFT HEADLAMP for 2002 Monte Carlo, used, w/bulbs, $50. 605-7772, Cabot.

1998 FORD Expedition, excellent, 209,928 miles, custom 20” wheels w/fairly new Cooper tires, Triton V8 4.6 w/mild Flowmaster exhaust, DVD entertainment system, kicker subwoofer w/250 watt Alpine amplifier, leather, cold A/C, $3,000 obo. Call/text (210) 296-6384.

1992 GMC Sonoma SLE, 2,8 liter V6, 5-spd., full bedliner, chrome bed rails, new factory rebuilt trans. and clutch, 118,000 miles, all original, blue, rare find! a little time and $$ will turn it into a show stopper! Will be antique in 2017 and you can stop buying license every yr. A part of my family for 21 years. (501) 695-2712, leave msg.

2001 TOYOTA Camry, 278k miles, tires less than 1 yr. old, new A/C compressor, $2,900. (501) 286-5861.


RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

2007 CLASS C Tioja by Fleetwood, 32k miles, everything works, reduced to $36,500 obo. (501) 425-3497.

1995 HOLIDAY Rambler ultra lite custom 32’ camper, bumper pull, kept under shed, exc. cond., $8,000. (870) 256-4248, Des Arc.

HARLEY DAVIDSON ‘08 Anniversary FLHTCU, $13,500 and ‘04 FLSTCI, white, $8,700. Low miles and 1 owner. (501) 941-9857.

HONDA GOLD WING, 1991, running, antique, less than 25k miles, $5,000. (501) 920-2293.

2007 Fleetwood Providence Class A diesel, excellent condition, fully loaded, 4 slides, low miles (16,500), new batteries, $119,900. (501) 843-7491.

BOAT TRAILER for 15’ flat bottom boat or smaller, new axle and spring, 12” wheels, $600. (501) 605-7767.

ANTIQUE HOMEMADE motorbike, 2 hp, motor runs, drives, stops, one of a kind, $300 cash. (501) 952-3937, Jax.

KID’S MINI-BIKE, runs good w/helmet, clean, good condition, $200 cash. (501) 952-3937, Jax.

TIRES FOR ATV/4-wheeler, Dunlap, 22-7-10, $40. (501) 259-2046.

RV TOW bar, Blue Ox BX7445 Aventa Lx, class IV, tow capacity up to 10,000 lb., motorhome mounted, fits 2” receivers, quick release, extending arms, $200. (501) 605-2712, leave msg.

REMCO TRANSMISSION lube pump w/electronic dash monitor, allows flat-towing most auto. trans. vehicles w/out damage to trans., $250. (501) 605-2712, leave msg.

14’ BOAT, 9.8 Mercury and trailer, $1,500 firm. (501) 650-4176.

1995 16’x60’ Lazy Days houseboat. See at https://littlerock.craigslist.org/boa/5600909391.html or call (501) 410-2706.

2006 HONDA Shadow 750, nice bike, low miles, $4,000 obo. (501) 516-0008.

2007 HARLEY Davidson soft tail classic, white/gold pearl. 690-4870.

JOHNSON OUTBOARD motor, 9.9 hp, $200. 941-8573 afternoons only.

2011 Cherokee Greywolf-29BH, 4 bunks-new mattresses, electric jack/stabilizers, slideout, table for 6, sleeps 6 adults, 4 children. Like brand new, $14,000. (501) 944-1239.


LAWN and FARM EQUIPMENT

YARD MACHINE riding mower, needs work, $150. (501) 286-7568, Ward.

8N FORD tractor. (501) 743-6299.

SNAPPER RIDING mower, 2-cylinder w/drive shaft, $325. (501) 983-1445.

CLEANED OUT barn, 2 truckloads of cow manure, $25 for a bed full. (501) 983-1445.

STOCK/HORSE TRAILER, 14’, Ponderosa goose neck, $1,800 obo. (501) 837-5798.

FREE HAY for the cutting, approximately 70 acres, 2990 Mt. Tabor Rd., Cabot. (501) 743-0225.

DECK FOR Sears mower, 46” cut, good condition, ready to go, $150. (501) 843-5475.


ANIMALS, PETS and SUPPLIES

ADORABLE KITTENS, 7 wks. old, free to good home. (501) 286-0698.

LAB./COLLIE MIX, had shots, black and white, free to good home. Text (501) 533-4823.

COCKER SPANIEL for adoption, great with kids. (501) 982-2916.

FREE TO good home, black Eskipoo, expecting puppies, larger mixed breed, comes w/house and food. (501) 891-2946.

FOR ADOPTION: puppies, to good home, Yorkie, male. Call Jax. Animal Shelter for info. 982-2916.

FREE LOVABLE 6 mo. old black Lab/Husky mix, house-trained, knows basic commands. Call/text: (952) 380-8847.

8 LAB./ROTTWEILER mix pups, free to good home, de-wormed. (501) 286-0083.

YOUNG GEESE. (501) 658-8884.

FREE FEMALE cat, to good home, 8 mos. old. (501) 749-6526.


MISCELLANEOUS

RELAX AND SAVE! SAVE $1500 on a new WALK IN TUB. Heated Seat, Hand held Shower, Aromatherapy, 26 Massage jets, Vantage Therapeautic Walk-In-Baths. Call NOW! 1-888-376-4323.

Panther Creek Carports – 10x 20x7 Factory direct, $598. Offer good through July 31st. Call 1-501-835-7222 OD Funk Manufacturing Inc. Sherwood, AR, Since 1976 Rated for 90 mph winds and 20 lbs snow loads.

C-PAP MACHINE, Resmed, good condition, $259. (501) 749-8667, Bob.

METAL BURN barrels, $8; w/lids, $10; w/band and lid, $12. (501) 322-1989 0r (501) 322-6894.

BURN BARRELS, tops are out, 55 gal. steel, $10 ea., off 107 in Vilonia. (501) 796-3901 or (501) 580-9950.

BABY SWING, Fisher Price, electric/battery, lots of options, has mobile, excellent condition, $80 obo. (501) 516-3810.

FICUS TREE, $20. (501) 941-8573, afternoon only.

LARGE BOX of items for your flea market booth: books, record albums, bird feeder, large sunburst wall clock, metal rooster trivet, 2 floral arrangements, Treasure Craft pitcher, lg. musical snow globe, other Xmas items, $35. (501) 983-4168.

9’x18’x48” POOL w/salt water pump, $150. (501) 628-1450.

(2) 5 hp. singe-phase pumps, 230 volts, 60 hz., $300 ea. (501) 837-7225.

ELECTRIC JAZZY wheelchair, pd. $2,100 new, never used, $500. Crutches, $10. (501) 985-9991.

LIBBEY 14 pc. Moderno punch bowl set, used once, new condition, $45 cash. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

4 IRON wood stove legs, $50; Front iron door to same stove, $50. Stove came from Nashville, TN. 882-2142.

WORKMAN’S CYCLE, late ‘70s, front and rear brakes, $250. 882-2142.

GOLF CLUBS: King I2 irons, Taylor woods, Golfsmith putter, Hogan bag, $665, Diabetic shoes, brown and black, size 12/13, $139 each. 749-8667.

4-wheel Rollator walker with seat, never been used, $75 cash. (501) 843-3829, leave msg.

SINGER SEWING machine, $70; 4-place settings fine china, Easterling, $30; Elite cooker, $40. (501) 241-0469.

SEVERAL BIKES for ages 5+, conditions vary; 4 big bags of toys, baby-4 yr. olds. (501) 613-7588.

CROCKS, WOODEN boxes, cast iron, lots of misc., $5 and up. (501) 837-5798.

32’ HEAVY duty extension ladder, $150; heave duty ladder rack, fits a long-wide pickup bed, $200. (501) 580-1941, Don.

JIM SHORE collectibles, 18” yellow cat, $20 cash; Halloween collectible “Wicked Ride”, $25 cash. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

DESIGNER “SASHA” black evening bag w/metal cat handle, $15; Beatles handbag, new condition, never used, $10; Fiestaware cobalt blue pitcher, new condition, $20 cash. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

VEGETABLES, (501) 322-1989 or (501) 322-6894, Butlerville area.

BABY ITEMS: breast pump, $50; bouncy seat, $20. (501) 941-3559.

ICE MAKER, portable, stabilizer support to 5th wheel. 843-6769.

NEW WHITE drop leaf table and chairs, $100; glass top outdoor table and chairs, $100; self-clean drop-in glass top stove, $100; blower, $35. (501) 882-6493.

2016 TRIKE, 3-speed, Schwinn, barely used, blue, $300 obo.; 1963 Huffy Cronbrook, 26”, boys, $75. 551-0250, Jim.

IPAD 2, works great, no problems, replaced w/newer model, $100. (501) 941-4905.

MEN’S BLACK tuxedo, jacket - satin lapels, sz. 46, pants - 46 Reg., 2 large shirts - cream colored, 2 bow ties, 2 cumberbunds, like new, $60 obo. 843-4890.

MEN’S, WOMEN’S, children’s clothes and shoes, nothing over $2. White, med. size commode w/tank, $55 obo. 843-4890.

10x20 NEW greenhouse, $250; ext. door, $25; windows, $25; siding, $100. (501) 322-4096, leave msg.

2 TALL book/movie shelves, good condition, $35 for both; VHS - comedy, action, Disney, $1 ea., nice patio set w/2 chairs, $40; 35 ga. fish tank, stand and accessories, new pump, $40. (501) 516-0008.

GOLF BAG and cart, Wilson clubs, 4 woods: #1, #3, #5 and $7, 6 irons: #9 and #7-3, 3 pitching wedges: #60. #65, #50, 1 putter, $195. (501) 605-8850.

WHIRLPOOL CABRIO Energy Star top loading washer and dryer, large capacity, $500 for set; Playstation 3, all hookups, 2 games, $75; Frigidaire 5000 BTU A/C, $60. (501) 882-6645.

FLOOR TILES, mushroom color, 12x12, 400, 50¢ ea. 605-1364.

TREADMILL, $45; CardioFit Plus, $25; Roll-up, $10. 951-3095.

BEAUTIFULLY FRAMED ship picture of Sir Peter Eason’s (pirate from the 1600s) fleet of pirate ships by Mark R. Myers, 35x20, limited edition #649 or 950, $150 cash. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

FURNACES, $300 and $600; weight bench, $15; Maytag electric dryer, trade for gas dryer, water heater. 353-7167.

TV ANTENNA, 100 mile radius, pd. $180, asking $125 obo. (501) 288-2771.

QUANTUM 6 edge electric power chair, used, very good condition, has 2 new batteries, 4-spd., seat raised up and down, leans back, used, $450. (501) 239-0161.

LARGE SELECTION of scuba gear. (501) 425-1958.

4’ WOOD lathe, 4-spd. w/hand tools, $150 obo. (501) 425-1958.


FURNITURE and APPLIANCES

GE REFRIGERATOR, dorm size, 20” wide x 32” high, 22” deep, 4.3 cu. ft., excellent condition, $50. (501) 940-5972.

BASSET, SMALL sectional, beige, like new, $800. (501) 941-8573, afternoon only.

SMALL AMANA top-load washer, $300; small RIval microwave, $25. Both white and only used 4 month. (501) 230-1640, before 6:30 pm.

ADJ. BED, like new, vibrator, remote, full-size, both ends adj., bed raises to higher elevation when both ends raised, $500. 982-0098.

FRIGIDAIRE REFRIGERATOR, 18.32 cu. ft., black, like new,  has ice maker, $275. (501) 681-9263.

5-PC. WROUGHT iron patio set, $150; concrete patio set, $300. 940-5972.

PUB STYLE table, 6 chairs, leaf can be removed to seat 4, $325; 2 bar stools, tall backs, arms, cushion seats, $40 ea.; lg. overstuffed Lazy-boy sofa, tan, no recliners, $300. (501) 519-7901, Cabot.

4 PC. table set, dk. wood, etched glass inserts, coffee table, 2 end tables and sofa table, $150; extra large sofa table, dk. wood, marble top, $75. (501) 519-7901, Cabot.

KENMORE 80 series super capacity 4-cycle dryer; AMANA, extra large capacity washer, stainless tub, 2-speed, 9 cycles, $80 ea. or $150 for pr. (501) 605-2712.

DOUBLE RECLINER sofa and love seat, country blue, microfiber, StainGuard protection, 1 yr. old, excellent condition, $1,200. (501) 606-0156.

UPRIGHT FREEZER, Kenmore, 4 settings, $250. (501) 605-3773.

WASHER and dryer, used 3 months, still under warranty, $400 cash; side-by-side fridge, $300 cash. (501) 322-2557 or (501) 322-4096, leave msg.

HOTPOINT DOUBLE door refrigerator, ice and water in door, works perfect, $200; Maytag dryer and Roper washer. (501) 265-9545.

LARGE WOODEN desk, 5’x5’ w/large rolling desk chair, best offer, cash only. (501) 628-7969.

WASHING MACHINE, gray, Bravos X, less than 5 yrs. old, moving must sell, works great, $200; Dryer, Kenmore, works great, $75; Cherry wood dresser and mirror, 6 drawers, $100. (501) 590-1032.

GOSSIP BENCH, dark cherry, good condition, $125 cash. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

WHIRLPOOL REFRIGERATOR, Whirlpool over-the-range microwave, electric range, Whirlpool dishwasher, white, $1,100 for all. 941-8573, afternoons only.

4-PC. QUEEN-SIZE bedroom suite, black cherry, queen pillow-top mattress and box springs, $900. (501) 288-2771.

WURLITZER ORGAN, model 4020R, Ser. #986884, w/sound effects, some keys don’t work, $25. 605-7772, Cabot.

MAYO FURNITURE, couch, chair and 1/2 ottoman, 2 coordinating chairs and ottoman, deep god and burgundy, $300 obo. (501) 482-4268, Cabot.

46” MAHOGANY oval mirror on stand, $75 cash. (501) 843-3829, leave msg.


WANTED

SMALL PLAYPEN needed. (501) 259-2046.

WANTED: VEHICLE, electric dryer and washer. (501) 286-4120.

WANTED: T-POST for clothesline. (501) 259-3515.

WANTED: TEETER inversion machine, good condition, will pay cash. (870) 552-3920.


LOTS and ACREAGE

ROMANCE AREA, new development. Rent it, money lost; buy it, money saved. Buy a 2 acre tract, septic included. Mobile or site-built home okay. Great for livestock, $750 down, $255 month, $24,500 total price. (501) 551-1982.


RENTALS

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.

2 BEDROOM, 1 or 2 bath, 5 miles north of back gate on Hwy. 107, utilities paid, no mowing or weed eating. (501) 988-5187, ask for Ed.

ROSEBUD: 3 bedroom, 2 bath brick home, approximately 1300 sq. ft., enclosed garage, front and back decks, $99,900 purchase or $900 month rent with $900 deposit. Call Ronda, (281) 723-2983.

CABOT: NICE older 2 bedroom, 1 bath house with central heat and air, $500 month with 1 year lease and $250 deposit. 401 E. Bailey. Call (501) 843-7812.


HOUSES FOR SALE

I BUY houses. North Pulaski any condition. Quick cash/top dollar. Quick closing. Call or text Bob, (501) 765-8200 or email bobglaserinv@gmail.com


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SPORTS EVENTS >> 6-29-16

REGISTRATION IN JULY FOR MIGHTY VIKINGS

The Jacksonville Mighty Vikings youth football and cheer teams are now taking registrations for prospective athletes and cheerleaders ages 5 through 12.

Registration fee is $75 and parents must bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate. Register on site starting July 15 at the Mighty Vikings Football Field on Ray Road in Jacksonville.

Spring practice is going on now from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. More information can be found at mightyvikingsonline.com, the Mighty Vikings social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or by calling 501-985-2697 or 501-413-7683.

EDITORIAL >> North Metro heads south

(This editorial was the winner in last weekend’s Arkansas Press Association’s Better Newspaper contest in the large weekly category. The editorial appeared here on Sept. 19, 2015.)

North Metro Medical Center in Jacksonville is in turmoil after two of its top administrators resigned when its Louisiana owners reinstated a doctor who was believed to be drunk on the job.

State Rep. Joe Farrer (R-Austin) stepped down last week as the struggling hospital’s chief executive officer after he demanded the resignation of Dr. Tracy Phillips for allegedly drinking on the job as well as sexual misconduct.

Phillips initially complied and agreed to resign, but then, according to Farrer, he pleaded with Farrer’s superiors at Allegiance Health Management in Shreveport and was given back his job.

Farrer was fed up, and quit immediately, saying the doctor was likely to harm a patient and, “I could not in good conscience be a party to that. It’s a shame that one doctor could ruin it for everyone.”

Adding to the alarm, the hospital’s head nurse, Deb Bostic, also resigned on principle and criticized Allegiance’s competence. “I don’t believe they have the ethical and moral standards to run this hospital. They do not have the capacity to run a hospital,” she told The Leader.

The community’s faith in North Metro has never been weaker in large part to the bungling executives at Allegiance, who have so far refused to explain why a doctor believed drunk while handling patients was allowed to keep his job.

The problems keep piling up for Allegiance, and it’s not the first time a doctor at North Metro has raised unwanted attention.

Back in April, The Leader’s Rick Kron reported that another North Metro doctor, Jeffrey Summerhill, had been hired despite his problematic past, which included drinking on the job and improperly handling prescription drugs. Summerhill admitted to the state medical board that he had a drug problem after being accused of “being under the influence of alcohol while practicing medicine and he has exhibited excessive and intemperate use of scheduled medication and alcohol, and has endangered the public health, safety and welfare.”

Kron also reported that emergency-room doctors weren’t being paid on time, and the hospital switched its insurance providers without notifying employees, and that North Metro even owed the city more than $20,000 in past-due water bills as recently as last year.

Allegiance executives claimed the hospital’s payroll company was to blame for the late checks, but Allegiance’s top executives run the payroll firm.

Another questionable practice that’s come to light is an insurance company, also controlled by Allegiance, selling health plans to North Metro employees, which may well be a conflict of interest.

An Allegiance hospital in Hattiesburg, Miss., was found to have fraudulently received Medicare reimbursements for services that weren’t needed. A whistleblower is set to receive $3.5 million for tipping off the federal government to that activity.

These are all bad signs that North Metro is rudderless while in Allegiance’s care.

Farrer’s predecessor, Cindy Stafford, was fired soon after Kron’s story last spring. She was a nurse who knew how to manage a hospital. She was always available for interviews and explained in detail how the hospital was beginning to improve. Perhaps Allegiance should reinstate her, but why would she come back?

Allegiance bosses probably thought they could blame Stafford for the problems. If so, they failed. The community knows that Allegiance is ultimately running things at North Metro.

She, too, blasted Allegiance after her dismissal.

Stafford was replaced with Farrer, a key member of the House of Representatives and a physical therapist. It was a savvy promotion that lent North Metro desperately needed credibility.

Farrer thinks the hospital’s problems could force it to close someday. “I took the job of CEO to save the hospital and to help keep 350 people employed,” he told us.

Farrer knew what the public would think if another inebriated doctor was found working at the hospital. What if on-the-job drunkenness harmed patients?

For Allegiance, though, these troubled doctors are probably a bargain and paid less than what their more distinguished colleagues earn in Little Rock at UAMS, Baptist Health or St. Vincent’s, or at Unity Health in Searcy.

For now, North Metro’s chief financial officer, Mike Randle, an accountant who graduated from Grambling State University in 1991, has taken the reins. He hasn’t returned The Leader’s calls to explain his new role or how he can clean up the frat-house atmosphere at the hospital.

Construction on a new medical complex across the street is set to begin within months. That may be too much competition for North Metro. The developer should find a way to include an emergency room if Allegiance fails.

Jacksonville and Cabot city officials and our state legislators should be discussing backup plans if North Metro does close. Its emergency room serves both communities, as well as Little Rock Air Force Base. They should talk to paramedics and emergency responders about what it will be like when they have to drive to St. Vincent’s in Sherwood or Baptist North in North Little Rock. Survival rates will decline, along with both cities’ images.

TOP STORY >> Funeral director is found innocent

By JOHN HOFHEIMER 
Leader senior staff writer

It took a jury of eight women and four men about an hour late Tuesday afternoon to acquit former Arkansas Funeral Care director Edward Snow, 61, of Cabot, of eight abuse-of-corpse charges in Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza’s court.

Abuse of a corpse is a Class C felony, and Snow faced up to 80 years in prison and $80,000 in fines if convicted.

The defense rested without calling witnesses.

The jury was left to determine whether or not the apparent neglect of eight corpses at the Jacksonville funeral home rose to standard of abuse of a corpse and if so, whether Snow or owner Leroy Wood and his son Rodney were ultimately responsible for actions taken.

Leslie Stokes, then an investigator for the state Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, found corpses in various state of decay when she entered the business in early January 2015.

Her affidavit read in part, “There is evidence of multiple bodies stored outside of the cooler over a period of time in January…Bodies were stacked on top of one another, on pallets, on the washer and dryer and on every available space they could find.

“Coffee cans with deodorizer were placed next to bodies to help with the odor in the room.”

Wood, 87, of Jacksonville and his son Rodney, 62, of Heber Springs, accepted a plea agreement, avoiding both prison and a fine, although the business was fined $50,000.

Snow declined a plea deal that would have included prison time.

In closing statements, the defense attorney Lee Short argued that neglect does not meet the standard of abuse of a corpse, while Pulaski County Deputy Prosecutor Tonia Acker, armed with gruesome 8x10 color photographs, argued that’s exactly what it is.

Under Arkansas law, it would be abuse of a corpse were handled:

“In a manner offensive to a person of reasonable sensibilities” (including) without limitation the dismembering, submerging or burning of a corpse.

Short added that it requires an affirmative action on the part of the person alleged to have committed it.

He argued that failing to cremate, embalm or bury a body is not such an affirmative action.

TOP STORY >> Mother recalls end of horror

By GARRICK FELDMAN 
Leader executive editor

(This column from April 18, 2015, was the winner in the large weekly category at last weekend’s Arkansas Press Association’s Better Newspaper contest.)

“They have said, ‘Come, let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.” Psalms, 83:5

My 89-year-old mother spoke on Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday at the assisted-living facility in Florida where she lives. She spoke for 10 minutes about the horrors of the concentration camps, as did another survivor, a man who is a couple of years older than my mother.

There are several others at the residence who survived Auschwitz, but they no longer talk about the past. My mother still remembers the names of the concentration camps where she was imprisoned, first Auschwitz, then Frankfurt, Ravensbruck and finally Bergen-Belsen. “The past is with me every day,” she says.

She was there on April 15, 1945, when the British army entered Bergen-Belsen in northwest Germany. I told her that Wednesday was the 70th anniversary of her liberation, when she was 19. At first she didn’t believe me, and then she added up the years in her mind and said, “That’s right.”

Bergen was the first camp liberated by the Western allies, who were stunned when they found thousands of people dead from hunger, overcrowding, hard labor, typhus and other diseases.

An estimated 35,000-40,000 died in Bergen-Belsen, many of them executed by orders of Josef Kramer, the commandant, who had the vicious look of dozens of serial killers you see in the news all the time. Kramer was tried and hanged in 1946.

Anne Frank and her sister died from typhus in Bergen a few weeks before liberation. “One day they simply weren’t there anymore,” one survivor recalled. Victims died from typhus 12 days after they showed their first symptoms.

My mother was too weak to walk after her liberation, and she remembers seeing corpses all around her. But she insists she never lost her faith in God. She heard the birds singing outside the camps and daydreamed about seeing them someday on the other side of the fence.

In her short memoir of surviving the camps, she writes of hearing the British approaching Belsen and the German guards running away.

“The next day, April 15, Sunday, I was lying down — I couldn’t move. We didn’t have food; I felt very weak. I heard the girls saying they will be here soon. We will be free; we will be liberated soon. When I heard that I said, my God, don’t let me die now. Maybe it is true; maybe the Germans left.

“So, a few hours later, early afternoon, the big miracle happened. I saw the first tank with the soldiers. Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery of the British army liberated Bergen-Belsen, the death camp. The girls who could walk, they jumped on the tanks. They were crying and laughing and hugging each other. I was just lying on the ground. I was happy and sad, and the truth is, I didn’t understand the whole thing.

“I was there a couple of hours, then I thought I should move from here because it is spring. It can rain, then what will I do? So slowly I started to crawl and I got in the warehouse. There was lots of clothing — the SS uniforms, the long winter coats with fur linings. I lay down on that and I was lying and thinking. I was so mixed up with my feelings. I was very weak. I didn’t know how long we didn’t eat. I think I fell asleep for a little while.

“All of a sudden I heard a man’s voice. He asked in Hungarian, ‘Is anybody here?’ I got scared. I didn’t see him because I was lying down. I was afraid to answer. Then he said, ‘I want to help you.’ Then I answered. I said, ‘Hurry up, I am sick.’ I told him I am in the left corner of the room. He found me and he came closer. He asked my name and from where I came. I told him and he said where he is from Hungary. His village wasn’t far from Nyirtura, where I was born. I looked at him and noticed a Star of David on his uniform’s arm. He explained to me he left Hungary illegally and went to Palestine and from there he voluntarily went to the English army — that was the International Jewish Brigade. They went to fight and they defeated the Nazi monsters together with the allies.

“I was so amazed. The first soldier, the first liberator whom I saw, was a Hungarian Jew from my part of the country. He felt very sad about what he saw. They saw many terrible camps, but Bergen-Belsen was one of the worst.

“He gave me a piece of chocolate and some cookies. It was a lifesaver to me.

“He asked me about his mother. He told me her name and asked if somewhere I was with her. But I wasn’t. He heard what they did in Auschwitz.”

He thought his mother was also sent to Auschwitz like my mother and her family. They all perished in the gas chamber soon after they arrived in the most notorious death camp, where more than 1 million people, mostly Jews, were murdered.

“He left,” my mother continues in her memoir, “and soon I heard the microphone, the loudspeaker in every language. Attention, Achtung, Uraga, Pozor — then in Hun-garian, ‘Figelem, Figelem. Attention, Attention. All the prisoners in Bergen-Belsen who suffered so much, you are all free now. The British army has liberated our lager.”

Three weeks later, on May 5, 1945, a group of black American soldiers entered Mauthausen concentration camp as Patton’s Third Army swept through Austria and into Germany.

My father and his cousins were among the survivors. He passed away almost eight years ago, having outlived most of the Nazis, as have my mother and another survivor who is 84 years old.

In November 1944 in Budapest, Hungary, when this survivor was only 14, a group of local Nazi thugs took her away, along with 19 other children from a so-called Swedish house that enjoyed the protection of the Swedish government.

The children were to be shot on the banks of the Danube, their bodies tossed into the river. They stood at the river when a couple of men working for the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg drove up in a car and told the fascists to let the girls go.

The Germans went along with the Swedes who offered asylum to the persecuted, but the men at the river were local Nazis. The 14-year-old girl heard the Swedes call out her name and she ran toward the car and escaped with the men, while the other children were murdered and thrown in the river.

A monument honors those victims, along with hundreds of empty shoes they were forced to take off before they were killed.

Raoul Wallenberg rescued thousands of Hungarian Jews and is honored at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum as one of the Righteous Among the Nations. The Soviets kidnapped him after the Red Army entered Budapest in January 1945. He was executed in Moscow a few years later.

“Whosoever saves a single life, saves an entire universe.”

(Mishnah, Sanhedrin 4:5)

TOP STORY >> French medals for vets

By JEFFREY SMITH
Leader staff writer

A dozen Second World War veterans from Arkansas, including one from Jacksonville, received the French Legion of Honor medal during a special ceremony Monday at the state Capitol rotunda in Little Rock.

Honorary Consul of France Beatrice Moore presented the Legion of Honor medals, the highest medal presented by the French government.

Receiving the French Legion of Honor Medals were Wilmer Plate of Jacksonville, Coy Buford of Stephens, Alice Beatty of Conway, Kenneth Evans of North Little Rock, David Huckabay of Paragould, Alvin McCarn of Mountain View, Russell Salento of Bella Vista, James Siler of Bradford, Kenneth Smith of Searcy, Chester Treadwell of Clinton, Elzer Tucker of Lowell and Earnest Yarbrough of White Hall.

Plate, 97, told The Leader, “I’m highly honored to receive the medal. It is something that I will remember for the rest of my life. Tears came to my eyes when I remembered some of things that happened.”

Plate, a bomber pilot, recently published an autobiography, “The Storm Clouds of War,” about his combat experience flying B-24 Liberators during the war.

Plate, who retired as a lieutenant colonel, flew 31 missions with the 489th Bomb Group’s 10-men crew over Germany and France from May 30 to Sept. 27, 1944.

Two of those missions were on D-Day, June 6, 1944, when their plane returned to England with 300-plus holes. It did not fly again.

Plate was wounded in an aircraft crash in October 1944 in England when returning from a mission delivering fuel to Gen. George Patton’s advancing army.

One of Plate’s memories of France was during a mission seeing the French citizens rush to the bomber when they unloaded supplies. The French greeted them with handshakes and hugs.

Plate had grown up as a farmer and at age 25 needing employment he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942. He already had experience flying small civilian planes.

Plate got out of the service in August 1945. He returned in 1947 enlisting as an aircraft mechanic. He retired from the Air Force Reserves in 1971 after a 30-year career.

He and his wife, Helen, moved to Jacksonville in 2008 to be near family. They were together for 71 years until she passed away in 2011.

Plate was awarded many service medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit and the Purple Heart.

Moore, the honorary consul, said, “The French authorities decided to give the Legion of Honor to all Americans veterans who fought in at least one of the three major campaigns for the liberation of France. Today we must remember all the World War Two veterans and the unique comradery between French and American soldiers.”

“These veterans today were just 18 to 25 years old when the landed on Omaha Beach. They were just kids and most were farmers,” Moore said.

She said France is free because of their bravery and that France honors their sacrifice and remembers their comrades who died in battle.

“Today, more than ever, we need our two nations to stand together, because there is another war in front of us,” the honorary consul said.

First Dist. Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) and Second Dist. Rep. French Hill (R-Ark.)read the names of the honorees. Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin also attended.

TOP STORY >> Paper does it again

By RICK KRON
Leader staff writer

“Aggressive reporting at this paper leads to aggressive editorials,” the judges said as The Leader was named the best large weekly newspaper in the state by the Arkansas Press Association.

Besides winning the General Excellence award (best in state) now eight out of the past nine years, The Leader garnered 30 other awards at the annual state press convention in Bentonville on Saturday. The paper took 14 first-place awards, including top honors in editorial writing, sports writing, investigative reporting, photography and design. The paper also won eight second-place honors, seven third-place awards and one honorable mention.

More than 30 weekly newspapers submitted over 1,000 entries that were judged by members of the Nebraska Press Association.

Publisher Garrick Feldman took home the top prize in the news/political column category and the general interest column competition. Judges called Feldman’s political column, “Apocalypse in age of horror,” “Dynamite! Well written.” Judges said his general interest column about his “Mother recalls end of horror,” a “great column about your mother’s remarkable life and everything she survived.”

Editor Jonathan Feldman took first and second place in editorial writing with his thoughts on North Metro Medical Center and former Lonoke County Assessor Jack McNally.

Commenting on the North Metro editorial, the judges called Jonathan Feldman’s writing a “strong stand on a most important issue. Lots of details give the reader clear understanding and backs the editorial’s bite.”

“Wow! So much dirt aired on the editorial page,” the judges said about the Jack McNally piece. “What an indictment on Arkansas politics. No doubt this paper’s editorials are consistently a must-read!”

Reporter Sarah Campbell took top honors with her coverage of a local funeral home and its legal issues. Fellow reporter Rick Kron took second with his ongoing coverage of North Metro Medical Center.

Judges called Campbell’s series “well researched and written.” They said Kron’s hospital articles were “interesting stories” and added, “hope I don’t need medical attention in Arkansas any time soon.”

The paper’s senior staff writer John Hofheimer took first for his in-depth coverage of the formation and growth from infancy of the new Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District.

Sports editor Ray Benton took home blue ribbons for sports news, sports column writing and best sports page. Judges call his news story, “Twins finish first, second by one point,” an enjoyable read. Judges said it was a “neat story about the girls and the family lines in the event. Well written and the visuals added depth to the story. Very nice.”

Benton’s sports column “Alleged killer squandered unique talent,” was called great by the judges. “Best of a talented lot by the writer,” they said. The judges said Benton’s sports pages had “great photos and he had consistently clean, good-looking pages.”

Kron took first place in the humor writing category with his column about the calls the Butterball turkey line gets every year. “A very funny column. It makes me appreciate my mother and grandmother’s fine cooking on Turkey Day,” the judge said.

The Leader also took first and third place in freelance writing with articles that were written by Little Rock Air Force Base members Kaylee Clark and Regina Edwards.

Clark’s article, “Taking it to the woods,” was called excellent by the judges. “Great lead that sets the stage for the remainder of the article. Wonderful use of visual language. Solid writing,” the judges said in making their selection.

“Cancer stories tug at the heart. Very relatable,” the judges said of Edwards’ article, “Shut up and color.”

Photographer David Scolli scored blue ribbons with his single news photograph of a fatal fire and his single sports action shot of a Cabot quarterback.

Judges said Scolli’s news photo of a father and son embracing after a fatal fire told the “story of grief and heartbreak. A great shot.”

Judges called Scolli’s sports photo “great timing to capture an awesome play.”

Creative editor Christy Hendricks took first with the best graphic design portfolio. “Great photos and good use of type to make main packages standout even more,” the judges said.

Reporters Jeffrey Smith, Hofheimer and Campbell teamed up to take first in the coverage of business and agriculture by submitting a variety of articles. Judges liked the reporting because it showed enterprise and was not run-of-the-mill ribbon cuttings or new business stories.

Other awards received by the newspaper staff included:

A second place award to Smith in the news story category for his article, “Judge leaving bench for his upcoming trial.

Kron took third and received an honorable mention in the feature story category for his articles about a baby born in an ice storm in the parking lot of North Metro hospital and a mother getting to hear her deceased son’s heart again after it was successfully transplanted into a young woman.

Sports writer Graham Powell netted second place honors in both sports news and sports feature writing. Judges called his sports news story about a girl grappler a “really unique story that was put together well.

Not only did Garrick Feldman take the blue ribbon in the general interest column category he also garnered a third place plaque for his column, “Lehoczky: A class act and witness to history.”

Scolli also scored second place finishes in the single feature and single sports action photograph categories.

Smith, who works as a reporter and photographer, grabbed third in the single feature photograph with his photograph of a color run.

The newspaper placed third in competition for best front page.

Hofheimer, Campbell, Smith and Kron, as a team, took third place for education coverage and were third in tourism coverage.

They took second place in health and medical coverage.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

SPORTS STORY >> Gwatney Juniors win big over Bears

By GRAHAM POWELL
Leader sportswriter

The Gwatney Chevrolet Junior American Legion team cruised in their game against Sylvan Hills Monday night at Mike Bromley Field in Sherwood, scoring eight runs in the first two innings en route to a 12-2 win.

Six of Jacksonville’s 12 runs came in the first inning, and all six came with two outs. Trent Toney singled the second at-bat of the game for the first hit of the night, but went back to the dugout the next at-bat on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Caden Sample.

Starting pitcher Foster Rash then walked before Axton Ramick delivered an RBI single. Joe Cummings and Robert Johnson reached base consecutively before catcher Jayden Loving and Isaiah Cain followed with back-to-back RBI singles, giving the Chevy Boys a 6-0 lead.

After Rash and Jacksonville’s defense held the Bears off the board in the bottom half of the inning, Gwatney added their next two runs in the top of the second. Sample got things started that inning with a one-out triple, and Rash followed with an RBI double that put the Jacksonville juniors up 7-0.

Ramick then flew out to right field for the second out of the inning, but Cummings followed with an RBI single to drive in Peyton Williams, Rash’s courtesy runner, giving Jacksonville its 8-0 lead.

The junior varsity Bears scored both of their runs in the bottom of the third. Sylvan Hills’ first run of the night came on an RBI triple by Dylan Smith. Gage Taylor hit into a 6-2 fielder’s choice two batters later, and advanced to second base on a wild pitch with teammate Payton Terry at the plate.

Terry then hit a two-out triple to left field, scoring Taylor and cutting the Jacksonville lead to 8-2. After Terry slid into third base, lightning struck nearby and put the game to a halt at 6:30. Play resumed 47 minutes later, but a 6-3 groundout the first at-bat after the lightning delay ended the third inning with the score 8-2.

In the top of the fourth, Jacksonville scored the remainder of its runs. The inning began with four-straight walks. Ramick’s gave him an easy RBI as Caleb Anderson scored for a 9-2 Jacksonville lead.

After Ramick’s walk, Cummings singled to straightaway center field to drive in two more runs. Sample and Williams scored on the play, putting Jacksonville on top 11-2. The final run of the inning came on a two-out, RBI single to left field by leadoff hitter Kameron Whitmore.

Cummings scored on Whitmore’s RBI hit, and Jacksonville held Sylvan Hills scoreless in the bottom of the fourth to end the game on the 10-run sportsmanship rule.

Rash earned the win on the hill for the Chevy Boys. He threw the first three innings before being relieved by Sample at the start of the fourth. Rash gave up just two hits in his three innings of work, striking out two and walking only one batter. Sample gave up no hits in the fourth inning, and had one strikeout and one walk.

Jacksonville had eight different players get a base hit Monday – Whitmore, Toney, Sample, Rash, Ramick, Cummings, Loving and Cain.

SPORTS STORY >> Cabot prevails at Jacksonville tournament

By RAY BENTON
Leader sports editor

Cabot-Centennial Bank knocked off defending tournament champion Conway on Sunday to claim the first-place trophy in Jacksonville’s FDH Investments Senior American Legion Classic.

The Cougars scored two runs in the top of the first inning thanks to two hits and two Cabot errors, but the Centennial Bank squad scored five in the fifth inning to take a 6-2 lead that was also the final score.

Cabot needed a little help getting to the championship game after losing in pool play to Magnet Cove 9-8 on Friday. But Searcy, who Cabot beat 8-0, upset the Black Cats 9-6 on Saturday. That created a situation where all three teams in the pool finished 1-1, and Cabot got the tiebreaker by virtue of fewest runs allowed.

“I like how our guys bounced back,” said Cabot coach Casey Vaughan. “We had a bad inning. We lost it. That’s just baseball.

“We came out today a little flat, but we got a couple of big-time hits, got our guys jacked up and were able to finish it off.”

Logan Gilbertson started on the mound for Cabot. His first inning was his worst, but neither run was earned. After starting with a strikeout, Josh Walker singled to left field. Gilbertson got Christian Hamilton to hit into what should’ve been an easy, inning-ending double play, but the throw from third to second sailed into right field, leaving runners safe at first and third.

Cleanup hitter David Beck then bounced a double off the fence in right field to score Walker and leave runners in scoring position. Gilbertson then struck out Eli Davis on a breaking ball in the dirt, but the throw to first was wide, leaving Davis safe at first, Beck safe at third and scoring Hamilton.

A wild pitch turned into a break for Cabot. Beck tried to score when the ball got past Logan Edmondson, but it careened off the bottom brace of the fence and back towards home plate. Edmondson scooped it up in plenty of time to toss to Gilbertson for the second out of the inning.

Brian Dumas then grounded out to end the bad opening frame for the Centennial squad.

Cabot (6-9) got one back in the bottom of the first when Easton Seidl singled to left field to score Edmondson, who had singled earlier in the inning.

The score stayed 2-1 until Cabot’s big fifth inning, and Seidl got that one started as well with a leadoff single to right. Gavin Tillery grounded to second base for what should’ve been a double play, but the ball was missed by Walker. Koleton Eastham singled to shallow center field to load the bases for Gino Germer, who had taken over on the mound for Gilbertson in the top half of the fifth.

The left-hander pulled a line drive to the fence down the right-field line for a three-RBI, stand-up double that gave Cabot a 4-2 lead.

Jack Broyles walked with one out, and Brian Tillery reached on an error at shortstop to load the bases again. Edmondson then hit a two-RBI single that scored Germer and Broyles and set the final margin.

Gilbertson threw four complete innings. He gave up only three hits and no earned runs, but had to settle for the no decision.

Germer got the win in three innings of relief. He gave up one hit and no runs. He was also good at the plate the entire tournament. He finished the three games at Dupree Park going 5 for 9 with a double and five RBIs and four runs scored.

“He’s one of the unsung heroes for us,” Vaughan said of Germer. “He’s one of those guys who keeps his mouth shut, plays baseball the way it’s supposed to be played and he’s having a lot of success.

“I really feel like the whole team is playing at a high level right now because we’re playing as a team. We weren’t doing that early and it’s been fun watching the transition and seeing the success they’re starting to have.”

Cabot hosts Morrilton at 6 p.m. tonight at the Cabot Sportsplex. The Centennial Bank Junior team will host a doubleheader with Beebe at the same place and time on Thursday.

SPORTS STORY >> Jumping Jeff rests for Trials in Eugene

By RAY BENTON
Leader sports editor

Two years removed from winning the United States Outdoor Championships, and almost a year since winning Gold in the Pan Am Games in Toronto, world-class long jumper Jeff Henderson prepares for the biggest meet of his life when he hits the runway on Saturday and tries to become a member of the United States Olympic team.

The U.S. Olympic Trials for track and field begin Friday, and the men’s long jump qualifying round starts at 11:45 a.m. in Eugene, Ore.

2016 has already been a whirlwind year for the 2007 Sylvan Hills graduate and resident of McAlmont. After years spent as an IAFF supported athlete, he finally received a sponsorship contract from Adidas after winning the Pan Am Games. It wasn’t an NBA superstar level contract, but it does pay Henderson $70,000 a year to wear Adidas apparel when he competes.

He has also been on a tour of sorts through the NFL, visiting several training facilities and working out for teams interested in his speed. He has had multiple workouts with the Kansas City Chiefs, who seem to be the team most interested.

Henderson hasn’t jumped the distances in 2016 that he did in the two previous years. He’s only competed in two major events this year, and has been around 26-feet in both of them. He jumped more than 28 feet to win the Pan Am Games.

Henderson declined an interview so he could remain focused on training, but his coach, 1984 Olympic triple jump champion Al Joyner, was available, and has no concerns about Henderson’s short distances in recent meets.

“There were a couple factors involved in that,” said Joyner. “He had put on weight to go around to these NFL teams. He was up over 195 pounds. They were also meets where we weren’t as concerned as much with winning as we were working on some new techniques. We’re focused now. We have our game plan, and he is, as the old saying goes, back down to his fighting weight.”

For the final week leading up to the trials, Henderson is on what Joyner calls “active rest”. The tough part of training over and his body is gathering strength for the big event.

“It’s not a case where he’s doing nothing but resting,” Joyner said. “It’s just that the grind is over. He’s doing light exercise, eating right, focusing mentally. It’s just at this level his body has to be rested to be at full strength. That’s just the nature of it at this elite level.”

If anyone knows what it takes to peak at the right moment, it’s Joyner. Not only an Olympic champion himself in 1984, he also trained his late wife Florence Griffith-Joyner, who won three Olympic Gold Medals and set two, still unbeaten world records in the 1988 Olympics. He is also older brother to two two-time Olympic heptathlon champion and world record holder Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

Joyner was a star athlete at Lincoln High School in East St. Louis before going to Arkansas State University and winning six NCAA triple jump championships, three each in indoor and outdoor competition.

He says Henderson is at that same level of talent that he, his wife and sister were.

“He is the best pure athlete I have trained since my wife,” Joyner told The Leader in a previous interview.

Joyner knows Jeff’s distances so far this year probably won’t land him a spot on the team, but he’s confident his charge is peaking at the right time.

“We’re not worried about winning,” Joyner said. “This is not the Olympics. This is just the trials. We want top three, but it’s probably going to take jumping up around 28 feet to get top three. But he’s ready to do it. He’s the best long jumper in the world. He just has to focus and get it when it counts. Those meets earlier didn’t mean anything. This is the biggest event of his life and he’s ready. Right after it’s over, there will be an even bigger one waiting.

“As kind of an Arkansas guy myself, I’m proud he comes from Arkansas, and I hope the people of central Arkansas will rally around and support him. They might just have an Olympic champion.”

SPORTS STORY >> First gridiron Red Devils unite

By GRAHAM POWELL
Leader sportswriter

The Jacksonville High School class of 1951 had its 65th reunion Saturday at Taylor Farms, and included in that group were two of the remaining members of the first-ever JHS Red Devil football team.

The football program at JHS began in the fall of 1948. The Red Devils’ roster that year was around 30 players, not bad numbers for a first-year program during that decade. But only one player on the team had ever played football before that season. As expected, the lack of experience led to a tough inaugural season for the team and first-year coach Fred Higginbotham.

Two members of that team were on hand at Taylor Farms on Saturday, and two others who joined the team in 1949 and helped make up the first group of senior Red Devil football players were as well.

Original members were Bill Arrington and John Parks. Roy Huddle and Harold Sneed joined the team as juniors.

“We had one young man named Ed Tompkins who played football before,” said Arrington, a sophomore running back/quarterback on that first JHS football team. “Coach Fred Higginbotham, from Ruston, Louisiana, was our coach. He never coached before, so we started out fairly slowly.”

The Red Devils tied Bismarck 7-7 that first season, but didn’t come away with any wins in the eight games they played. The second year, the team showed signs of improvement, winning two out of 10 games.

In the third year, however, Arrington and the rest of the JHS seniors led the team to a 7-1 start, and the Red Devils finished the 1950 season with an impressive 10-2 record.

Getting a 10-win season in the program’s third year isn’t too shabby, but it took a lot of work and effort to get there. There were no home games for Jacksonville on Friday nights in 1948. The first home games were played where the old JHS playground used to be, a very hard and unforgiving surface.

Then the first stadium was built to host JHS football games shortly after. That stadium is now the junior high football field. It’s a stadium and program the Red Devil players literally helped build, and just getting to practice day in and day out also took some effort.

“Each day after school was over, all of us walked about the two miles to the practice field and then we had practice,” Arrington recalled. “But then again we had home games since we had a field. A lot of us worked to put up the fence, the lights and all those things, so we could have a football team.”

A lot of teaching was involved in practice sessions that first year, along with a lot of drills to both teach and get the players in shape.

“We did a lot of drills,” Arrington said. “Coach Higginbotham was a hard-nosed football coach – took nothing off anyone and got us in real good shape. I can still remember one practice session; we always did a lot of exercises. Some of the guys were goofing off during the warm-up practice drill, (coach Higginbotham) said, ‘You’re gonna do one more. One more time.’

“Every time he said that, in my mind I said if he makes us do it again I’m going to quit. I didn’t come close to quitting because he made us do it again another 10, 15 times, but I wasn’t even close to quitting because you didn’t enjoy the practice but we certainly enjoyed the games enough to continue playing.”

It was a feeling the majority of the JHS players shared, and the tight-knit group stuck through the hard times. The hard work didn’t pay off right away, but it certainly did that 1950 season.

“I don’t remember anyone ever quitting,” Arrington said. “Surely (there were some that) did, but I can’t remember if they did. It was kind of like this class (’51), it was really a close group. We had guys that kidded a lot, had a lot of great people. If you couldn’t take kidding you had no place.

“We have (class) reunions at least every five years and they’re considering they may want to have it every year. So it is a very close class, and that makes a difference.”

Parks was a right tackle during his JHS playing days. Sneed played at the other tackle spot and also at end on Higginbotham’s five-front defense.

Huddle was a fullback and Arrington a full-time halfback by his senior year. Arrington was later inducted into the JHS sports hall of fame and is also in the Ouachita Baptist University sports hall of fame.

Arrington was actually offered a Major League Baseball contract with the New York Giants out of high school, but instead wanted to go to college, where he lettered in five sports at OBU – football, basketball, baseball, tennis, and track and field.

“I’ve been blessed with a lot of great teammates, a lot of fun,” Arrington said. “I was fortunate enough to go on and play college football. I coached for nine years before I went back and finished my college degree, and I was a university professor after that.”

In 1950, Arrington was one of the leaders in the JHS backfield under Higginbotham’s modified T offense. Though it was a run-oriented offense, the Red Devils did pass quite a bit out of that formation, keeping the offense more balanced and, as a result, opposing defenses honest.

Arrington split time at quarterback with Joe Barnwell in the fall of ’48, but shifted to halfback by his senior year and Barnwell took the snaps full-time throughout the very successful 1950 season.

“The first year, Joe and I both were quarterbacks,” Arrington said, “and they moved me to halfback and Joe took over as quarterback – tremendous arm. He couldn’t throw it long, but very accurate for 30 yards down. So we threw the football quite a lot.”

Barnwell threw it well, throwing for double-digit touchdowns in 1950.

“I don’t believe we ever split anyone out,” Arrington said of the offense. “We probably should have, but they didn’t have the wide-open formations that they do now. Naturally, if we were running well, we’d kind of stay with whatever was working. Coach Higginbotham was good with that.”

It was a unique experience for the first football players to ever play three full seasons at Jacksonville High School, and a lot of good memories were made during that span, and going out with a 10-win season was a good way for the class of 1951 to leave their mark on the school and the Red Devils football program, and Arrington said it took a lot of good guys and a good coach to get them there.

“It was tough the first year because, naturally, you’re always the underdog and we were very inexperienced,” Arrington said. “After that, though, we were competitive – a lot of good guys, and a good coach. Coach Higginbotham did a great job.”

Friday, June 24, 2016

SPORTS STORY >> Sherwood, Cabot win league meets

By RAY BENTON
Leader sports editor

The Sherwood Sharks and Cabot Piranhas each won their second meets of the season last Saturday, continuing a crash course for each other in July, when the two largest teams in the Central Arkansas Swim League will face one another in the regular-season finale.

The Sherwood Sharks went into Bryant for their second swim meet of the season last Saturday and won in dominant fashion, 1,034 to 432. It was the Sharks’ second win of the season, and continues their win streak that is now in season 12.

In the 6 and under boys’ division, Malik Hatcher won every event he swam.

Jacob Dunn, Doug Gaylor, Russell Lipsey and Noah Keen dominated the boys’ 7-8-year old division, trading wins amongst each other in each event. In the 9-10 age division, Meredith Lipsey continued her domination of the age group, recording a win in every performance. In the 11-12 year old age division, Ashley Jackson made a splash in her first year in the age group, winning the 100-yard individual medley.

In the 13-14 year old division Betsie Ponder made her season debut, sharing wins with Shelby Stanley.

In the 15-18 year old division, team veteran Ian Heye also made his season debut, recording two wins over older competitors.

“Despite having our normal practice schedule disrupted this week with the Harmon Center pool maintenance issues, the kids took advantage of the pool time we had available and are still improving despite the obstacles.” Coach Mary Jo Heye said.

The next swim for the sharks is June 25 against Conway in Sherwood, where they will have their first home meet of the season, looking to set new pool records in front of a friendly home crowd.

The Piranhas were in a much closer battle with Conway at the Lakewood pool in North Little Rock. Conway won most of the upper-level events in the younger age groups, while Cabot’s older swimmers made up the difference to lead the Piranhas to a 505-389 win. Lakewood finished with 285 points.

Kolton Fulcher recorded a platinum level time in winning the gold level 50-yard breaststroke in the boys’ 12-under division. In the same age group, Piranha Brock Godbee recorded a platinum level 34.61 in the 50-yard backstroke while Fulcher was second with a gold level 39.44.

Piranha veteran Abigail Breedlove won the platinum division 50-yard freestyle in the girls’ 18-under group.

Cabot will host Otter Creek on Saturday.

Thomas Heye contributed to this story

SPORTS STORY >> Gwatney falters late at home

By RAY BENTON
Leader sports editor

Since making a strong run to the championship game of the Wood Bat Classic last week, the Gwatney Chevrolet Senior American Legion team ran its losing streak to three with an 8-4 loss to White Hall-Relyance Bank on Thursday in the first round of the FDH Investments American Legion Classic at Dupree Park.

Jacksonville led at the end of the first four innings, but failed to capitalize on some prime scoring opportunities that would’ve given it more of a cushion.

Starting pitcher Mike Havard began to struggle finding the strike zone in the fourth inning, walking three of the first four batters, but was able to minimize the damage.

With one out, White Hall nine-hole hitter Remington Curtis singled to right field to drive in one run. Cade Canada rounded third as well, trying to score from second base, but Javan Wakefield’s throw beat him to the plate, and catcher Peyton Traywick applied the tag for the second out of the inning.

Havard then jammed leadoff hitter Chase Bryan with a curveball. Bryan’s check swing produced a weak grounder back to the mound where Havard fielded it and threw to first for the third out.

Leading 3-2, Havard got the first batter out in the top of the fifth, but the Relyance bats came to life after that. Caleb Carr and Lane Hartsfield hit back-to-back doubles to right field to tie the game.

Hartsfield then scored on an error in left field that left Zachary Harrison safe at second base. Bryce Kincaid singled to right to put runners on the corners.

Canada then hit a home run over the wall in left field that scored three, gave Relyance a 7-3 lead and ended Havard’s night on the mound.

Brandon Hawkins took the hill for Jacksonville and struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

The Chevy Boys (9-8) were setting up for a big inning in the bottom of the sixth when Caden Sample led off with a single to right and stole second base. But he was picked off by Carr for the first out.

It proved an important out because Traywick and Caleb Smith each walked and Tyson Flowers singled to right to drive in a run and leave the bases loaded with the meat of the lineup coming to the plate.

But Carr overcame the stumble. He struck out Havard and Caleb McMunn to get out of the jam.

Relyance added its last run in the bottom of the sixth with a walk and two errors, one each by Hawkins and Flowers.

Hawkins and Carr both struck out the side without a hit in the seventh inning.

Jacksonville grabbed the early lead with two runs in the bottom of the first inning on two walks, an error and an RBI base hit by McMunn.

By the time McMunn got back to the plate in the second inning, the bases were loaded with two outs. He hit a hard shot to right field, but right to the fielder for the third out.

Caleb Smith scored Jacksonville’s third run after drawing a one-out walk in the fourth inning. He later scored on an error at first base.

Havard went 4 1/3 innings on the mound. He gave up eight hits and six earned runs, while striking out three and walking four. Hawkins threw 2 2/3 with no hits and no earned runs while striking out six and walking no one.

Carr went the distance for White Hall. In his seven innings of work, he gave up five hits and three earned runs while striking out 10 and walking seven.

SPORTS STORY >> Old Shark makes trials

By RAY BENTON
Leader sports editor

Dramatic improvement since becoming a college swimmer culminated in Sherwood’s Christopher Heye qualifying for the Olympic Trials in the 200-meter breaststroke. Heye will be in Omaha, Neb., next week, competing for a spot on the United States Olympic team in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Heye met the qualifying standard just two weeks before the trials at the Columbia Swim Club Invitational at the University of Missouri. The Missouri State sophomore set the goal at the beginning of his college season. At the CSC meet, he beat the standard of 2:18.39 by eight one-hundredths of a second.

“It had been my goal all season,” said Heye, who started competitive swimming at 4-years old for the Sherwood Sharks. “My coaches and I talked about it. We knew that it was an attainable thing for me to do. We spent all year training for it, and I thought I had a pretty good chance.”

Not much was expected of Heye early in his career at MSU, but since getting to college, he has shaved five seconds off his time in the 200-yard breaststroke and seven seconds off his 400-yard individual medley.

He finished third in the Mid-American Conference meet in the 200 breast, and second in the 400 IM this year.

“I came in as someone who was expected to be a step swimmer, a kind of a role guy,” Heye said. “After two years I’ve improved to the point where I’m one of the key guys on the team. Typically when you get to college you don’t see huge improvements. I think they’re a little surprised at how well I did.”

Heye got to train alongside an Olympian all season, and says that helped tremendously. His MSU Bear teammate Uvis Kalnins competed for the Latvian national team in 2012.

Heye is a long shot to become an Olympian. The nation’s fastest swimmers are a few seconds faster than Heye’s personal best, but he’s going to soak in the experience.

“”It’s just an experience thing for me,” Heye said. “I’ll probably have to go around 2:09 to make the Olympic team. You have to finish in the top two in your event to make it. My goal is to go there, try to go up in places, swim a personal best, maybe win my heat and represent my club and my university the best I can.”

Trials will be a fun and invaluable experience, but Heye is looking forward to another, even better experience at the start of the next college season.

That’s when little brother Thomas will join him on the Bears’ swim team as a freshman.

“Him coming up there is going to be so nice,” Christopher Heye said. “I love having him around. We grew up swimming together all the time and training with him at this level him is going to be a lot of fun.”

Heye is a chemistry major at MSU. He holds a 3.7 GPA and was named an NCAA scholar athlete this past season. He is currently training with the Arkansas Dolphins swim team in Little Rock.

The Olympic trials begin on Sunday. Heye’s event will be on Wednesday.

All prelims and finals will be broadcast online at NBCSports.com/live, and available on the NBC Sports app.

SPORTS STORY >> Cabot run rules Searcy

By RAY BENTON
Leader sports editor

The Centennial Bank Senior American Legion team has been a team of streaks this season, and it’s currently on a winning streak. The Cabot squad won its second-straight game on Thursday, hammering Searcy 8-0 in the opening round of the FDH Investments American Legion Classic at Jacksonville’s Dupree Park.

Before this week, Cabot was mired in a six-game losing streak, but beat Jacksonville at home on Monday before the big win on Thursday.

Cabot coach Casey Vaughan says the turnaround has been mostly about attitude.

“Our work ethic changed is the main thing,” Vaughan said. “We weren’t playing or acting like a team. We had some attitude problems. So we did some things off the field. We took them swimming and spent the day together like that. We started coming together, attitudes changed and we started working.”

Playing games three days apart allowed Cabot to put 6-foot-4 southpaw Gavin Tillery on the mound for the second time this week, which also helps.

“He’s our ace for sure,” Vaughan said. “We feel like we have a chance against anybody with him out there. But we’re hitting the ball a lot better than we were, too. Offense is coming around as well and that’s been a big part of it.”

Cabot’s first two batters reached base in the top of the first inning. Brian Tillery walked and Gino Germer singled to drive him home. Dillon Thomas then grounded to second base where the ball was mishandled, allowing Germer to give Cabot a quick 2-0 lead.

Logan Edmondson led off the second inning with a double to the wall in center field. He was still standing on second with two outs when Brian Tillery walked and Germer came through with his second RBI base hit to left field. Brian Tillery also scored on the play when the Searcy left fielder let the hop get past him and roll almost to the wall.

Searcy got two hits in the bottom of the second and one in the third, but was unable to produce any runs.

Searcy pitcher Mickey Ivey sat Centennial Bank down in order in the third and fourth innings, but the bats came alive in the fifth for Cabot. The four-run rally started with Brian Tillery taking a pitch to the hip. His stat line for the night was 0 for 0, a 1.000 on-base percentage and three runs scored.

Germer followed with his third single that put runners at first and second. Thomas hit an infield single that was fielded deep in the gap between shortstop and third base. With the bases loaded, Easton Seidl drew an RBI walk that made the score 5-0. Gavin Tillery then singled to right to score Germer. With one out, Edmondson singled to right field to drive in Thomas. Caleb Wilson also singled to right field to score Seidl to set the final margin.

Searcy got out of the jam when Nick Belden hit into a 4-3 double play.

Searcy needed one run to keep the game from ending on the eight-run-after-five-innings sportsmanship rule. It had an opportunity when Garrett St. Clair reached base on an error at second.

But Gavin Tillery coaxed him into leaving for second base too soon, and he became a 1-3-4 second out. Leadoff hitter Aaron Decker then hit a fly ball to right field to end the game after just an hour and seven minutes.

Cabot (4-6) got eight base hits and Germer led the way, going 3 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Edmondson went 2 for 3 with a double and scored one run.

Gavin Tillery threw all five innings, giving up four hits while striking out four. For the second-straight outing, he walked zero.

EDITORIAL >> Our election and Brexit

The reaction, in America and around the world, to British voters’ narrow decision Thursday to depart the European Union befits the England of Shakespeare "this sceptered isle, this earth of majesty, this happy breed of men, this blessed plot, this realm, this England!", not the diminished power that is Great Britain today.

But the pound and the European currency instantly collapsed and the Dow, which had soared above 18,000 Thursday on the prospect the Brits would vote to stay in the union, fell 610 points when the returns came in. Fears of deep recessions and worse spread across Europe, the USA and Asia. Had the ugly nationalism creeping over continental Europe crossed the channel to merry England? Would it ford the Atlantic, too? All this over little Great Britain?

Only Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin were thrilled. Russia sees Brexit as a hopeful sign that the western alliance is weakening. Putin’s mutual admirer Trump has not been a fan of the Atlantic alliance either. Let Europe, he says, as well as Korea, Japan and rest of the phalanx against China and Russia, defend themselves, with their own nuclear weapons if they like, but don’t keep running to us.

We frankly don’t have a clue whether the market turmoil and instant gloom that followed the vote will have a grave long-term impact on the U.S. economy or our strategic global interests, and we don’t believe anyone else does. The immediate impact is obvious, from the exchange problem if nothing else. Weak European currencies and the robust dollar will hurt U.S. exports and jobs, but the pound and Euro collapse may be very short-lived. The Federal Reserve now clearly will stay with cheap money for a while to counter the jittery investor mood. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump must worry now that they will take office with a crumbling global economy, as Barack Obama did in January 2009. But even without Brexit, the candidates, especially Trump, need to find a way to talk sensibly and rationally about how to maintain our strength in an inevitably globalizing economy. Roaring about getting in everybody’s face except Putin’s won’t do it.

We do recognize and fear the dark omens in the British vote, the similarities of the anger quotient in Britain, the continent and, yes, the United States—wherever people are voting. When Trump landed in Scotland to gloat about the ritzy hotel and golf course at Turnberry that are now emblazoned with his name, he claimed he had encouraged and predicted the vote to dismember united Europe. People are angry in the isles just as his primary victories in the United States demonstrated a giant reservoir of anger in the United States against foreigners and the establishment. He twittered that the Scots, like him, were jubilant over the vote. Actually, the Scots voted against Brexit and now, owing to it, are likely to demand independence from Britain and fortify their union with the rest of Europe.

But Trump was not far off the mark. The polls showed a great divide among the voters. Young people—those between 18 and 35—heavily and passionately favored the union while older voters favored exit. Trump’s votes reflect the same cleavage—young voters, along with minorities and women, don’t like him but he is simpatico with older white men. Immigration is a big part of the anger in both countries, although in England it is not blacks, Hispanics or the swarthy Middle Easterners. There, the anger is with Europeans—principally, Romanians, Poles and southern Europeans, usually people with skills, who have swarmed into England and garnered jobs that Brit tradesmen thought were rightfully theirs. They resent the wage competition. Under Euro rules, there are no national boundaries for Europeans and England cannot keep them out. In the United States—well, you know, Trump will build a giant wall from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico and round up and deport 13 million aliens. He has flip-flopped on everything else, but not on getting rid of all the Latinos who don’t have papers.

President Trump will not build the wall, because the president does not have the power, and only a few Republican congressmen would ever vote to give him the money and authority to do it. He won’t deport 13 million aliens, most of whom have lived and worked here for many years. Nearly everyone knows that, but millions admire him for expressing it and so rudely, noisily and uncompromisingly. They like the bluster when every other politician they know pussyfoots around delicate matters. And then they like it that he treats every other question and everyone of a different mind with contempt and insults. They are crooks, liars, weaklings, weenies. Someone is finally telling it like it is.

According to the prints, many Brits who voted their frustration Thursday regretted it when they actually won and now must face the country’s uncertain future. It is equally clear that for millions of Americans, the presidential election, like the Brits’ Brexit vote, is a chance just to register a protest, long held inchoate in their breasts, against the world as it exists. While the electoral map makes a President Trump look nigh impossible, it does not consider the irrational—that millions may vote their frustrations rather than their knowledge of what the sane course ought to be. It is something that ought to weigh heavily on the Republican delegates who gather in Cleveland as well as on the Democratic nominee for president, who still relies on old political instincts that have not proved too reliable for her in the past.