Thursday, April 17, 2014

EVENTS >> 4-16-14


Super Bowl champion and Jacksonville native Clinton McDonald will be the guest speaker at the Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club’s annual banquet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the community center.

Tickets are $50, and table sponsorships are available. Proceeds will be split between the Boys and Girls Club and Jacksonville High School.

The Boys and Girls Club provides after-school and summer programs for youngsters that McDonald and his siblings participated in.

The event will include a silent auction, recognition of the club’s volunteer of the year and presentations of the Boys and Girls Club of Jacksonville Scholarship and the Dub Meyers Leadership Scholarship.

McDonald, a former defensive tackle for Seattle Seahawks, recently signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is a 2005 graduate of JHS.

• The Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club will also host a fashion show at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for 3-year-olds and younger kids. The two-hour show will feature many local vendors and boutiques showing off spring fashions for children and adults.

• Goodsell Truck and Accessories’ 15th annual classic car and truck show, which is a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club, will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at 401 Municipal Drive. In case of rain, the event will be held on Sunday, April 27.

For more information, call 501-982-2245


The Cabot Civitan Club will hold a talent-show fundraiser from 6 until 8 p.m. April 19 in the Cabot High School Auditorium.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available at Bank of Little Rock Mortgage, 16C Ryeland Drive, or at Washboard Laundry, 100 N. First St.

The nonprofit civic group, whose members work to better the lives of people with cognitive and developmental disabilities, is also seeking sponsors for the event.

For $25, individuals or businesses will be included in the program that will be distributed to every attendee.

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


The Jacksonville Farmers Market will open on Saturday, May 3 and will operate from 4 until 8 p.m. every Tuesday and from 7 a.m. until noon Saturdays through Oct. 25. The market is at 9 Municipal Drive near the community center.

Vendor applications are still being accepted. They are available at the community center, 5 Municipal Drive, or by calling 501-982-4171 or online at


The fifth annual Jacksonville-Cabot chambers of commerce luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 29 at the Jacksonville Community Center, 5 Municipal Drive.

RSVP by calling the Jacksonville chamber at 501-982-1511. Tickets are $15 for chamber members and $20 after April 22.

Chuck Welch, who is system president of Arkansas State University, will speak.


The Ward Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual awards banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 18 at Grace Community Church, 30 Second St. Ken Madden, owner of Cruise Planners in Cabot and Searcy, will speak. Tickets are $25 each and tables of eight are $175.

For more information, call Sharon Roberts at 501-743-4395, Charlie Gastineau at 501-413-9341 or visit


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



The Shepherds Center at Beebe United Methodist Church is seeking bridge players for its weekly game at 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Beginners are welcome. For more information, call Pat Graham at 501-843-2930.


The North Little Rock Lions Club will hold its annual fish-and-chicken fry from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Hospitality House at Burns Park in North Little Rock. Takeout service will also be available.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children under 12 and are available at the door or by calling Lions President Jay Hoyle at 501-786-2481 or Dr. Garry Haas at 501-766-6892.

This is one of the club’s three major fundraisers that support vision screenings and assistance programs in Pulaski County.


The Jacksonville Senior Wellness and Activity Center will hold its annual volunteer appreciation luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 25. Anyone who has volunteered at the senior center is invited to attend. It will be held at 100 Victory Circle in Jacksonville.


The Jacksonville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association will meet at 5:45 p.m. Monday at the police station, 1400 Marshall Road. For more information, call 501-412-4115 or e-mail


The Lonoke Exceptional Development Center will host a fundraiser hog roast at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at 518 N.E. Front St. in Lonoke.

County Judge Doug Erwin, Pastor Derek Walker, police officer Randy Mauk and Bo Bevis will be team captains for the obstacle course and relay race. The event will also include live music, a petting zoo and more.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids and are available at Bank of England branches, Lyons Drug and the Lonoke Exceptional Development Center, which provides training for people with developmental disabilities.

CLASSIFIEDS >> 4-16-14


The Pathfinder, Inc. Board of Directors will hold its monthly Board meeting, Thursday, April 24, 2014, 10:00 a.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Administration and Treatment Center, 2520 W. Main St., Jacksonville, Arkansas.

Medical Billing Trainees Needed! Become a Medical Office Assistant Now! Online job training gets you ready. Job placement when program completed. HS Diploma/GED and Internet Required., 1-888-734-6717.

HURRY! Only FIVE MORE HOMES to advertise siding,windows or roofs for  upcoming brochure. Save hundreds of dollars. No money down EZ financing. Home owners only. 1-866-668-8681.

LIVE LINKS- Meet singles right now! No paid operator, just real people like you. Browse greetings, exchange message and connect live Try it free. Call 1-877-939-9299.
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.


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

EXPERIENCED, DEPENDABLE home childcare. Very loving environment. Certified in first aid and CPR. Love kids and have 2 openings for full-time placement. (501) 743-1055.

BROWN'S LAWN CARE - specializing in mowing, weed eating and blowing. Military discount. Serving Sherwood, Jacksonville and Cabot area. (501) 658-8572.

Dish TV Retailer - SAVE! Starting $19.99/month (for 12 months.) FREE Premium Movie Channels. FREE Equipment, Installation and Activation. CALL, COMPARE LOCAL DEALS! 1-800-278-8081.


$725 A week. No experience. Air quality testing. 10-15 openings. Must be 18 and have reliable transportation. Paid weekly. Call for interview, Mon.-Fri. 9 am-5 pm. (501) 605-1303.

FRAMER/CARPENTER wanted, must have transportation and hand tools. Pay based on experience. Call (501) 952-7104, Neil.

LAW OFFICE in Beebe seeking experienced phone collectors. Microsoft Office experience preferred. Fax resume to: (501) 882-9901.

DRIVERS: SMS Trucking, Inc. has an immediate opening for a new 2015 KW. 3 yrs. CDL-A experience required. Excellent pay, benefits! No east coast/no west coast. (501) 605-1125.

Farmworker, 4/28/14-12/31/14, Franke Harvesting, Covington, OK. 10 temp jobs. Operate harvesting machines to harvest crops in OK/TX/KS/CO/SD/MT. Adjust speed of cutters, blowers, conveyors, and weight of cutting head. Change cutting head for crop. Drive truck to transport produce to storage area. Drive truck to haul harvesting machines b/w work sites. Service machinery/make in-field repairs. $10.86/hr-$2200/mo plus R and B, depending on location, ≤ work guarantee, tools/equip/housing provided, trans andsubsistence exp. reimbursed. Apply at DWS, 501.982.3835. Job #902538.

EXPERIENCED METAL Building hands needed. Must be willing to travel. Call (501) 743-6087.

The Fun Factory of Cabot is seeking  a part time weekday manager and a part time weekend manager for immediate hire. We are looking for mature minded, responsible adults with management experience. For more information, please call 501-843-3861, or 501-941-4884. Or you may go by the Fun Factory of Cabot to complete an application. We are located at 209 N. 10th Street, Cabot, AR across from the Silver Screen Theater. Please see our website: for days/hours of operation.

SPORTS-MINDED SALES - Rapidly growing company, representing a national insurance sales organization is looking for a particular type person. One who is dedicated, energetic, will work hard and service our existing clients. 2 SALES REPRESENTATIVES, $60,000+ 1st YEAR POTENTIAL; 1 SALES MANAGER TRAINEE, $90,000+ 1st YEAR POTENTIAL. Call Matthew Czarnowski, 214-360-1373 or e-mail

Heavy Equipment Operator Training! Bulldozers, Backhoes, excavators. 3 Weeks Hands On Program. Local job placement assistance. National Certifications. GI Bill Eligible! 1-866-362-6497 (Allied Career Training, AL Licensed: SBPCE).

DRIVERS - AVERITT APPROVED NEW PAY INCREASE FOR ALL REGIONAL DRIVERS! Get Home EVERY Week + Excellent Benefits. CDL-A req. 888-362-8608. Check Out the Pay Increase for Students! Apply @ EOE - Females, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

DRIVERS - Drive-away across the USA even if you don't own a car. 22 Pickup Locations. Call 866-764-1601 or

DRIVERS - "Partners in Excellence" - OTR Drivers APU Equipped. Pre-Pass, EZ-pass, passenger policy. 2012 and Newer equipment. 100% NO touch. Butler Transport 1-800-528-7825. TRUCK DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED! Learn to drive for Stevens Transport! EARN $750 PER WEEK! No Experience Needed! We will get you trained! 1-888-778-0459.

15 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.

25 DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED NOW! Become a driver for TMC Transportation! Earn $700 per week! No CDL? No Problem! Training is available! 1-888-248-1948

ATTN DRIVERS - Quality Home Time! Avg $1000 Weekly. $$$ Up to 50 cpm $$$, BCB + 401k + Pet and Rider Orientation Sign On Bonus. CDL-A Req - 877-258-8782

COMPANY DRIVERS & OWNER OPERATORS WANTED! No touch freight, 90% drop and hook, dedicated opportunities available. Call 888-710-8707 Also seeking Recent Grads. Call Lavonna 877-440-7890. Apply online:


AUCTION - 104 Kennedy, Norphlet, Ar. 4.5 Acres, Retail  Building, Shop, Mobile Home, Wood/Metal Equipment, Skidsteer, Shelving, Scrap Metal, 9am, April 26th. Info @ 870-723-9116, AALB#1947.


YARD SALE, 4/19, 9 am, 121 Sharp Ln., Lonoke. Large selection of bottles, decanters & misc. items. (501) 843-3771.

4-FAMILY GARAGE sale, 4/18 and 19, 7:30 am, 24 Countrywood, Cabot. Kid's, clothes, handicap shower seat, glasstop dinette set, 2 box springs w/head and footboard, variety of items.

YARD SALE, 4/17 and 19, 8 am-? 113 Campbell Dr., Beebe. Table and 4 chairs, office furniture, antique jewelry and much more.


'70 FORD F350, 360 V8, 4-speed, power steering, good condition, $2,600 cash. 605-2682.

DUMP TRUCK w/6 yd. box, gas engine, $3,000. (501) 288-0850.

TRAILER, 27', 20,000 GVW, dove-tail ramp, $6,000. 288-0850.

FORD LOVER, 12/25 caller about 1973 Pickup. Message erased, number lost. Please call back ASAP. (501) 259-1810.

F350 truck bed, left side has dent by fender area, tailgate and lights good, $400 obo. (501) 416-8107.

'09 LINCOLN MKS, 64,000 miles, dual sunroof, V6, leather seats, nav. system, loaded, like new, garage kept, $16,900. 882-7161.

1997 NISSAN 4WD, parting out. (501) 288-0850.

PAIR OF bucket seats w/seat tracks, excellent condition, $200 obo. (909) 771-9155, Lonoke.

327 CU. in. Chevy block, 62-64 casting, #3782870 w/crank and main caps, no cracks, been magna flexed, $300 obo. (909) 771-9155.

ORIGINAL METAL sun visor, fits above windshield for 1949-1952 Chevy car, $250 obo. (909) 771-9155, Lonoke.

2000 TOYOTA Corolla, 323,699 miles, runs and drives good, $800. 988-0530.

WANTED: GEO Metro parts car. Any Metro yr. 89-95, Call/text (501) 615-3923.

'01 HONDA Odyssey, 224k mi., 20 mpg., good heat/air, needs some work, $2,600. (501) 438-9696, Lonoke.

2005 HYUNDAI Sonata, V6, 125k miles, runs good, $4,500 cash. No texts. (501) 206-7592.

1998 CAVALIER, good running, very clean car, $2,000. (501) 707-5451, Sunny.

1994 FORD F-150, 160,000 miles, untitled, $3,500. (870) 672-2246.

2004 MERCURY Grand Marquis, 56k miles, 1-owner, blue metallic, power seats, all leather, nice, $7,300. 288-2931.

2000 JEEP Grand Cherokee, 2WD, 6-cyl., new tires, 181k miles but drives great, $3,000. (501) 858-8988.

(4) WHEELS and tires, black and chrome, ICW wheels and Venezia tires, 22540ZR18, very good condition, $500 for all. 985-2387.

1972 CHEVY Cheyenne LWB, 350, auto., 3/4 ton, camper shell, $2,200 obo. 982-1220.

EXTRA NICE camper shell, fits Dodge and Chevrolet King Cab, $350. (501) 327-5207.

2002 CHEVY Trailblazer, 176k miles, 1 owner, non-smoker, clean, $3,800 obo. (501) 239-0876.

CHEVROLET COBALT, 2007, 2.2 sedan, auto., AM/FM/CD, excellent condition, 63,000 miles, $6,000. (501) 412-1264.

2011 HONDA Ridgeline RTL, 19,500 miles, navigation, backup camera, auto., garage kept, excellent condition, $29,500. (501) 605-7088.

2009 HONDA Civic 2-door LX 5-speed, $7,400. 605-3312.

2009 FORD Ranger XLT, 12k miles, V6, auto., white, extras @ $15,000 firm. (501) 749-5822.

1968 FORD F-250 Ranger, 390 dual tanks and exhaust, factory A/C, 16" wheels, exc. cond., $2,500 obo. (501) 882-2142.


30' JAYCO Eagle 464, V8, clean, 37,000 miles. 288-1414.

12' JOHN boat, high sides, trolling motor, seat, etc., $400. 813-4054.

BASS BOAT, 1896 PRO GATOR, 175 hp., excellent condition, $5,500. (501) 843-3456 or (815) 693-7386.

2008 HONDA Goldwing, audio./nav./comfort pkg., CB, extras. (870) 643-0314.

COLEMAN 11.2 fiberglass boat w/2 seats, tilt trailer, trolling motor, 5 hp. 4-stroke Evinrude engine. 517-3956.

YAMAHA MOTORCYCLE, 2001 V-star 1100, just been serviced, loaded, road ready. (501) 743-8442.

2011 WILDWOOD WDT28VHXL, rear bunks, full slide, front queen, plank wood linoleum, radius entry door, nitrogen filled tires, Back Pack Edition, skylight over tub, dbl. door frige ipo. single door, TV/DVD player, AM/FM radio, (2) 25' water hoses and all the attachments for sewer and power, $18,500. (501) 580-3080.

BOAT SEATS w/pedestals, like new, high quality, $75. (714) 321-8546, Beebe.

2001 Maxum 1900SC ski boat, 4.3L, 190 hp., 50 hrs., needs new starter, Cuddy cabin, bimini top ready, $6,000. Pics. avail. Call/text (501) 772-5318.

ATV RAMPS, brand new, aluminum, $100. (501) 438-9696, Lonoke.


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

BOX BLADE for hood, heavy duty, 3/4 hitch, $350. 266-3369.

ELECTRIC MULCHING rear bag mower, 18", Black and Decker, excellent condition with manual, $85. (501) 605-2541.

'63 MODEL Massey tractor; also, propane bottle. (501) 843-6456.

3" WATER pump, like new, 20' suction pipe, $450. (501) 454-6641.

100+ TOMATO cages, store bought, 3 and 4 tier ea., $20 takes all. 993-6412.

8' DISK, 3-pt. hitch, heavy duty, good condition, $350. (501) 882-3016 or (501) 882-2474.

LAWN MOWER service - all time special - oil change, filters change, blades sharpened, grease job, spark plug, cleanup, $135, includes pickup and delivery. (501) 843-8800 or (501) 628-7011.

BOLIN RIDING mower, parting out, $50. 982-3203.

JOHN DEERE Sabre, 15 hp. hydro, great condition, $550. (870) 256-5101.

YARD MACHINE, 145 hp., 42" cut, $250. (501) 983-1445.


PRICE REDUCED - Good mix horse hay, 4x5 string-wrap, in barn. (501) 416-8107.

2 JUVENILE kittens, 1 calico, 1 black and white. Jacksonville Animal Shelter.

FREE DOG, approximately 5 yr. old, 70 lbs., Lab. mix, needs room/larger yard. 982-0380.

BLACK MALE cat, very gentle, needs good home, free. (501) 726-3788.

KATAHDIN SHEEP, 2 mos.-2 yrs. 207-2678.

EASTER RABBITS, 4-5 wks. old, does, 1 buck and cages. 988-5684, 5 pm-8 pm.


GOLF CLUBS, men's  and lady's full set, irons, woods, bag and putter, right-handed, used little, $95 each. Might consider trade. (501) 476-1207 or (417) 438-5480.

5-PC. CB drum set, excellent condition, all pedal parts included, $325 obo. (501) 941-8595.

BLESSING TRUMPET, book included, $350. (501) 457-7751.

TOTAL GYM fitness personal trainer, deluxe edition, all optional accessories and paper work, never used. Pd. $1,000, asking $750. (501) 843-6962.

TREADMILL, LIFESTYLER 2808, $200. (501) 771-5509, NLR.

CHAINSAW, $150. 985-6996 or 960-3651.

HEAVY STEEL I-beams, 21'-32' long, $250-$350 ea.; 22 shells, 306 shells. (501) 241-9085.

BLACK and Decker bench grinder, $30; McCraw-Edison 7" double insulated saw, $30; double insulated drill w/bits, $20. (501) 268-3886.

LINCOLN ELECTRIC AC-225 arc-welder, works, good condition, welding rods included, $75. (909) 771-9155.

MORTAR MIXER (bag and 1/2), Honda engine, no smoke, starts easy, heavy duty ball hitch, $950, cash only. (501) 982-2688, Jax.

2 CHILDREN'S outdoor fold up chairs, $5 ea.; Kenmore natural gas clothes dryer, $45. (870) 552-7661 or (870) 552-5066.

PRO BOX 412TB sub woofer, holds (4) 12" speakers, $200. (501) 628-7085.

KENMORE SEWING machine in antique cabinet, $50; Jig fishing molds, $50; solid oak swivel bar stool, $25; Tiffany style brass floor lamp, $40. (501) 628-7085.

ANTIQUE ACCORDION, made in Italy, $350; chandelier, 6-globe, $35; Hunter baseball ceiling fan, $40; VTG Harley Davidson motorcycle models, $35. (501) 628-7085.

ADULT MEDICAL walker, $35; adult medical shower chair, $25; Rawlings youth XL baseball pants, $6 pr.; Rawlings new right hand baseball glove, $40. (501) 628-7085.

INTEC GAMING system, complete, $50. (501) 628-7085.

PFALTZGRAFF YORKTOWN blue stoneware, 16 pc., 4-place settings, no chips or cracks, $35. (501) 940-5972.

2 BRASS ceiling fans w/globes and reverse switch; lg. table saw, miter saw, tilt bed, scroll saw, new in box; bench grinder, all Craftsman. (501) 843-0870.

EXERCISE BIKE w/large seat, $75; Gazelle exercise machine, $20. (501) 232-4543.

CARGO LINER, older model Explorer, $60; 9'x13' two-room tent, $50; portable electric typewriter, $20. (501) 944-3670.

INTEX POOL w/accessories, 18"x48", used once, $100. 743-0133.

COMPUTER HUTCH, white washed, 55" tall x 36" wide, top and bottom shelf w/pull-out keyboard tray, DVD holder, great condition, $100. 743-0133.

LADIES CLOTHING, great condition, sz. 8-10, $3-$5 apiece. (501) 231-1324 or 988-2327.

CHRISTMAS BALL set, jewel tones, very lg. to small; dk. sage green curtains, 84" length; 2 new shower curtains, Dillard's, 1 dk. sage, 1 taupe; Ladies summer pants, sz. 10-14, some sz. 18; computer, tower CPU HP, Acer monitor w/power cord, needs repair; leather purses, 1 backpack style, 1 white, 1 red. (501) 983-4571.

REGULAR HOT tub cover, practically new, $75. (501) 982-6776.

ADULT WOMEN'S bike, good condition, $80; digital camera, brand new, never used, $50. 241-1097.

LADY RIDER full leather 2-pc. motorcycle suit, sz. 12, can be zipped together and has removable jacket liner, $250. Call/text (501) 772-5318.

LOGITECH Z5300 THX 5.1 surround sound speakers for computer, gaming console, smartphone or tablet, $100. Call/text (501) 772-5318.

ICON SQUAD II motorcycle backpack, orange, like new, $65. Call/text (501) 772-5318.

4 STANDARD windows of blue custom made drapes w/cornices, pd/ $1,200. Sell $400. (501) 268-3886, Searcy.

GOLD TRIM mirror, 42"x30", $75; 2 twin mattresses, new, $100 ea.; stainless double sink, $25; lots of odds and ends. (501) 882-6102.

REECE 5th wheel trailer, can carry 16,000 lbs., adjustable, $450 obo. (501) 286-7652.

KOBALT HAND saw and various tile tools, $150 obo. (501) 920-2293.

CELTIC CROSS motorcycle helmet, like new, $20. (501) 286-7775.

2 PANASONIC digital phones, cordless, one w/answer service, like new, $20 for both. (501) 286-7775.

DISNEY PRINCESS walker, $25; Safety 1st electric swing, $40; Pink V-Tech laptop, $15; Push N' Play Learning Walker, $10; See and Say, $7; lots of baby girl's clothes and shoes, 3 mos.-2T. (501) 960-3815.

WEDDING DRESSES and prom gowns, sz. 6, 8 and 10, most new, ladies dresses & shoes. (501) 960-3815.

ONAN 650 amp. generator, elec. start, 2-cyl., can weld with, $1,000 obo. (501) 882-2142.


GAS FIREPLACE insert w/porcelain wood blocks, $50 obo. (501) 882-2142.

HAIER 4 cu. ft. black refrigerator, excellent condition, $75. 940-5972.

JENNY LIND twin bed w/pillow top mattress and box springs, $150. 940-5972.

RIDGEWAY 6' grandfather clock, needs slight repair, $150 obo. 985-2079.

FILING CABINET, metal, 2 drawer, $10. (501) 438-9696, Lonoke.

EXECUTIVE DESK, solid wood, 7-drawer, glass top included, $100. (501) 438-9696, Lonoke.

BLUE COUCH, $50 obo. (501) 438-2788.

BAKER'S RACK, 3-shelf, brass, excellent condition. 985-4454.

NICE DINETTE set w/table and 4 chairs, $130, cash only. (501) 941-9051, Beebe.

COUCH and love seat, $75 ea. (501) 676-0238.

DINING TABLE, solid oak w/pedestal base, 48" w/18" leaf, 6 + 2 extra oak chairs, $325. (501) 940-5972.

SOFA and love seat, clean, country blue/white plaid, $800 obo. (501) 563-7533.

LARGE DEEP freeze, very clean, works great, $250 obo.; stove, gas, fairly new, very clean, white, $350 obo. (501) 605-6558, Mike.

SEALY MATTRESS and box spring, Butterfly Meadow 2, full-size, perfect condition, $200. (870) 552-3920 or (870) 552-7776, Carlisle.

ALL GE: white, flat top, self-cleaning, electric range; above the range 1100 watt microwave and dishwasher, $200. Not sold separately. (501) 835-3126.

RECLINER, TAN cloth, Lazyboy, $100. (501) 827-7035.

WORK TABLE for shop, 6'x4', $80. 988-1923.

SHARP 70" LED 3D TV, excellent condition, comes w/2 pr. of 3D glasses, $975. 941-5186.

GE GAS stove, white, electric starter w/flex line, $100. 982-1220.

ANTIQUE GLIDER swing, excellent condition, $250 obo. (501) 553-0903.

LANE CEDAR chest, good condition, $75; Lifestyle treadmill, $50; bookcase, $15; 2 glider rockers, $70 for both; 2 artificial plants, $15 and $10; 2 maroon Queen Anne chairs, good condition, $50 ea. 985-2244.

DISHWASHER, KENMORE, black, $125 obo. 628-7385.

SPINNING ROCKING chair, TV, white ottoman. Pics avail. (501) 438-2788.


WANTED: PIECES of Mikasa "Carp 2 Silver Moon" China. (501) 268-3886.


Mobile Homes with ACREAGE. Ready to move in. Seller Financing (subject to credit approval). Lots of room for the price, 3Br 2Ba. No renters. 501-588-3300.

Luv Home's in Bryant will take almost anything on trade in for a new home. RVs, Cars, 4 wheelers, boats, or anything with value. Call 501-407-9500.


Sherwood/Jacksonville areas. Beautiful 2, 3 and 4 Bedroom Mobile Homes. Large lots, in quiet safe park, close to LRAFB. Clean, quiet, and safe park. $425-$650 plus deposit. (501) 835-3450.

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.

JACKSONVILLE, $0 deposit! 3 bedroom/2 bath mobile home in park. $500-$575 per month. Call Wendy 501-744-4668.

Jax. - April Special - Half Deposit on 3 bd/2 bath MH in park. $500-$550 per month. Call Wendy at (501) 744-4668.

4 BEDROOM, 2 bath house in El Paso, 2600 sq. ft., stainless appliances, recently updated, huge family room, open floor plan, lots of storage, $1,200 mo., $600 deposit. Available April 15. (501) 259-0735.

ROOM FOR rent: $300 month, nice area, all amenities, utilities included. 501 Neal St., Jacksonville. (501) 982-4722.

OBITUARIES >> 4-16-14


Alice Margaret Hawking, 83, of Sherwood, passed away April 11 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She was born on Aug. 11, 1930, in Queanbeyan, Australia, to the late Amos and Ruby Bellchambers. In Australia, she was the secretary/bookkeeper for the family business, WD&AM Hawking Windows and Doors. Alice moved to Arkansas in 1986 and continued with Styleline Windows and Doors. With much love and grace, she gave her life to caring for her family, but always called Australia home.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband, William Hawking, and sons, David and Paul Hawking. She is survived by her sister, Chrystine Crick and her husband Ian of Australia; her sons, Peter Hawking and his wife Maury of Baton Rouge, Michael Hawking and his wife Jeananne of Sherwood and John Hawking and his wife Lynn of Sherwood; daughter-in-law, Nancy Hawking of Little Rock; grandchildren Marianne, Megan, Matthew, Steven, Mark, Stacy, Christy and Samantha, and great-grandchildren, Kennedy and Madeline.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Lawrence Mendelsohn and his staff for their loving care of Mrs. Hawking for 13 years and the staff of Arkansas Hospice.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in North Little Rock, with entombment to follow at Rest Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Arkansas Hospice, 14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, Ark. 72116 or the North Little Rock High School STARS Peer Leadership program. Mail donations c/o Christy Hawking, 5 Mohave St. Sherwood, Ark. 72120.


Lisa Marie Zipfel, 52, of Smyrna, Ga., died April 9 at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Ga.

Lisa was born Feb. 15, 1962, in Searcy to Marvin R. Zipfel and Marie G. Herzog Zipfel.

Lisa was an honor graduate of Cabot High School in 1980. She attended Hendrix College in Conway, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics. She continued her education, earning an master of science degree in statistics at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla.

Lisa had more than 20 years of experience as a statistician in pharmaceutical research, achieving the rank of senior project statistician. She co-authored several articles in medical journals and received Solvay Pharmaceuticals Summit Award for excellence in 2003.

Throughout her high school, college and professional career she developed and maintained many friendships.

Family was always important to her, and she enjoyed spending time with them and researching genealogy. She had a beautiful smile and an infectious sense of humor. Lisa was loved dearly and will be greatly missed by her family, friends and her cat and constant companion of 17 years.

Lisa was preceded in death by her mother, her grandparents, two aunts and two uncles.

She is survived by her father, Marvin R. Zipfel; her sister, Karen K. Zipfel of Cabot; two aunts, four uncles and a host of cousins and numerous other family and friends.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 16 at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Jacksonville, with Father Andy Smith officiating. Entombment will follow at Rest Hills Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation or to the Cabot Animal Shelter.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Barbara Ann Harasta, 65, of Cabot passed away April 8. She was born in North Little Rock to the late Lloyd Thomas and Ethel Cruise Hall. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Andrew John Harasta.

Barbara was the owner and operator of a newsstand. She enjoyed meeting people and taking care of her garden.

She is survived by her sister, Marilyn Jordan; stepdaughter, Brenda Eckman, and her niece and nephew.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at her home.


Veronica Cheri Wheetley, 26, of Cabot went to be with her Lord on April 9. She was born on Nov. 13, 1987, in Little Rock to Ronald and Patty Roach Wheetley.

Cheri was employed at Sonic Drive In in Cabot.

Cheri is survived by a daughter, Briana Leeann Mahony of Cabot; mother, Patty Wheetley; dad, Ronnie Cole; father, Ronald Wheetley, all of Cabot; brother; Ronald Lee Calvin Wheetley of Cabot, and a host of other family and friends.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday, April 18 at Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at Mountain Springs Cemetery.


Keri Ann Buckaloo, 35, of North Little Rock went to be with her Lord on April 11 in Little Rock. She was born Sept. 26, 1978, in Searcy to Thomas Mullins and Diane Pokejoy Baker.

Keri is survived by her four children, Danielle Fiser of Beebe, Domonic Mullins of Rogers, Dakota Buckaloo of Siloam Springs and Devin Mullins of Beebe; her mother, Diane Baker of North Little Rock; her father, Thomas Mullins of Searcy; two sisters, Shannon Burr of Ward and Kameo Whited of Vilonia; three brothers, Travis Mullins of Beebe, Tommy Mullins of Ward and Kevin Mathis of Siloam Springs, and a host of other family and friends.

The funeral was April 14 at Thomas Funeral Chapel, with interment at Old Austin Cemetery.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SPORTS EVENTS >> 4-16-14


The second annual Clinton McDonald Iron Sharpens Iron Youth Football Camp will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19 at Jacksonville High School. Clinton McDonald is a former Jacksonville Red Devil and current starting defensive tackle for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. The camp for children ages 6 to 13 will be Friday, ages 14 to 18 will be Saturday. Cost for early registration is $35 and $40 to register on the day of the camp. The camp will include training by NFL, college and high school coaches, education on the ACT and the college recruitment process, as well as college preparedness and financial information.

Registration is available online at, by e-mailing or calling 501-410-0492.


The Cabot Parks and Recreation department is opening registration for the 2014 men’s basketball league. Registration began Friday, March 21 and continues through Monday, April 21.

There will be an upper and lower division, and team managers can register at the parks and recreation office at 508 Lincoln Street.

Registration is $450 per team and due at the time of registration. Play is scheduled to begin on April 27. For more information contact Travis Young at 501-605-1506 or


The Cabot Piranha swim team will be holding registration from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, Tuesday April 15, and Thursday April 17. There will also be one Saturday registration from 12 to 3 p.m. on April 12. Registration is for youths between ages 4 and 18. Cost is $100 for members of the Cabot Community Center and $120 for non-members. Fee includes a swim suit, T-shirt, meet fees, coach’s cost, pool cost and awards. Practice starts in May and competition begins in June. For more information, contact Cabot Parks and Recreation at 501-605-1506 or coach Brian Bowen at


The Jacksonville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association is sponsoring a three-person scramble April 28 at Southern Oaks Country Club.

Entries will be accepted until April 24. The fee is $225 per team and includes lunch. Refreshments will be provided throughout the tournament. For more information, call Bob Colford at 501-258-9269 or e-mail


The 7th Annual Cabot Panther Foundation Four-Man Scramble still has sponsorships available. Registration/lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 5 at Rolling Hills Country Club. Tee time is 1 p.m. Cost is $400 per team and sponsorships for $2,000, $1,000, $500, $400 Wand $125 are available. Donations for prize giveaways are also accepted. For more information, contact Amanda Elizandro at 501-843-3363.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SPORTS STORY >> Cabot setter to Lindenwood

Leader sportswriter

The Cabot volleyball program had its first official college signee in the DeAnna Campbell-coached era Friday, as senior standout setter Bailee Uhiren signed her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball for Lindenwood University in Belleville, Ill.

Uhiren was a key player for the Lady Panthers all three years she was with the team, and her passion for the game itself had a lot to do with her wanting to take her game to the next level.

“Playing volleyball is more than just a sport to me,” said Uhiren. “It’s taught me a lot about life in general, the challenges I’ll have to face when I’m older. It’s helped me mold and grow into the person that I am today.”

Uhiren said Lindenwood was already on the short list of schools she was interested in attending, but it was when she visited the campus in Belleville that her interests grew.

“I went to go visit the school and just fell in love with it,” Uhiren said. “The volleyball program was very promising and they offered me a good amount of money to play. So I took the chance and decided to sign with Lindenwood.”

As a key starter in all three years she played for the Lady Panthers, Uhiren was part of a senior class that in many ways laid the foundation for success in the Cabot High School volleyball program.

This past season, the Lady Panthers advanced to the second round of the Class 7A state tournament before losing a 3-1 match to eventual state champion Fort Smith Southside. Campbell said she believes Uhiren will have no trouble taking the success she’s had to the next level.

“I think she’ll do great,” said Campbell. “She already has the skills and the smarts. She’s got a really high volleyball IQ. She gets this game inside and out, and she’s just always been a strong player.”

Because of the success and camaraderie her class had, Uhiren said she’s leaving a lot of great memories behind at Cabot, but added that she looks forward to the opportunity to make new ones at Lindenwood.

SPORTS STORY >> Lady Panthers hold mark at Jonesboro

Leader sports editor

The Cabot softball team held on for a 4-3 road win over Jonesboro on Friday in a crucial 7A/6A East Conference matchup.

A scoreless game for four innings suddenly burst open when the Lady Panthers posted four runs in the top of the fifth inning, but all that almost slipped away when Jonesboro responded with three in the bottom of the sixth.

After Jonesboro’s Marcie Bewley was hit by a pitch to start the sixth inning, Madi Bishop cut the lead in half on the first pitch of her at-bat when she put it over the fence in right-center field. Susannah Kelly followed that with a double, and scored two batters later on a single by Taylor Rainey.

Cabot pitcher Lauren McCluskey got a groundout to shortstop and struck out the next two batters faced to get out of the jam.

McCluskey then struck out the first and third batter of the seventh inning, and got a groundout inbetween to hold on for the victory.

Cabot was at the top of the order when it broke through for four runs in the fifth. Leadoff hitter Rachel Allgood got things rolling with a single and Erin Eckert walked. The next two batters went down in order, but an error at shortstop kept the Lady Panthers alive.

Molly Wood hit a hard grounder to short. The error allowed Allgood to score and left two runners on base for Macee Abbott.

She sent a 1-0 pitch over the fence in left-center field to clear the bases and give Cabot just enough runs to maintain the lead and victory.

Cabot got just six hits, but walked five times and had several opportunities to score throughout the game. Allgood and Abbott led the way, each going 2 for 4 at the plate. Heather Hill and Hannah Montgomery got the other two hits for the Lady Panthers.

McCluskey went the distance on the mound for Cabot. She gave up five hits, three in the sixth inning, while walking just one and striking out six.

The Lady Panthers, 8-6, 6-0, played Little Rock Central at home on Tuesday, and added a home nonconference game against Wynne on Thursday. Look for details of those games in Saturday’s edition of The Leader.

SPORTS STORY >> Cabot girls runner-up to Conway

Leader sports editor

The Cabot Lady Panthers turned in another second-place performance last week at the Wampus Cat Invitational Relays at Conway High School. The host school won the event with 133 points while Cabot finished with 114. Vilonia was third with 82 points while Bryant’s 75 and Little Rock Central’s 66 rounded out the top five.

The boys scored 70 points in their meet, but it was only good for seventh place. Sylvan Hills also made a decent showing as one of the smallest schools participating in the meet.

The Lady Panthers got just one event win. Lexi Weeks did not approach her career best by clearing 12 feet, but it was still five feet higher than second place.

Lexi and Tori Weeks joined Ladaysha Evans and Danielle McWilliams to finish second in the 4x400m relay, and that same team finished fourth in the 4x400 relay. Cabot also took second in the 4x800m relay. The team of Ashley Odom, Emily Dey, Seaton Howard and Ashley Gore finished with a time of 11:01.72.

McWilliams was also second in the long jump with a lead of 16-8.5, which North Little Rock’s Malica Monk won at 18-5.5. Sylvan Hills sophomore Aljahnay Duncan was eighth in that event.

Katie Wright took second in the shot put with a toss of 29-10, but she was still more than six feet short of Greenbrier’s Shelby Shaw. Samantha Nickell took second in the 3,200m run, not far behind Conway’s Lauren Campbell. Gore took fifth in the 3,200m and the 1,600m.

Cabot’s Rachel Hall took second in the 300m hurdles, just .18 behind Conway’s Kelsey Kordsmeier’s time of 49.4. Sylvan Hills’ Cassidy Zgonc was seventh in that event and Cabot’s Briley Quardstrom finished eighth.

Evans took fourth in the 200m while teammate Miranda Walker was sixth. Marquetta Magwood took fourth in the 100m hurdles while Wright tied for fifth in the high jump. Dey and Howard finished fifth and sixth in the 800m run. Lexi Weeks took sixth in the 100m dash. Walker was seventh in the triple jump and Odom took seventh in the discus throw. Sylvan Hills’ Jasmine Washington was second in the discus with a toss of 79-7.

In the boys’ meet, the sprints were among the most exciting events. Cabot’s Jordan Burke took second in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Central’s Tre James won the 100m with a time of 11.28, but Burke and North Little Rock’s Anthony Louden tied for second at 11.30.

Cabot’s Layton Alley was fourth at 11.55 and Sylvan Hills’ Qunicy Flowers was fifth at 11.66. James also won the 200m. His time of 22.58 was .26 faster than Burke. Alley was fifth in that event.

Sylvan Hills’ Malik Strong took third in the high jump and triple jump. His teammate Trajan Doss took sixth in the triple jump. Doss was also sixth in the long jump, clearing 19-4, exactly two feet shorter than winner Darian Jarrett of Bryant. Strong took eighth in the long jump for the Bears.

Cabot and Sylvan Hills finished fourth and fifth in the 4x100-meter relay. Burke, Alley, Jalen Hemphill and Logan Melder made up Cabot’s fourth-place team, while Strong, Keyundra Hardimon, Doss and Flowers made up the Sylvan Hills’ sprint squad. Strong, Hardimon and Doss were joined by Tre West to finish eighth in the 4x400, one spot behind Cabot’s Hemphill, Burke, A.J. McClean and Caleb Duerkop.

Duerkop was also fifth in the 300m hurdles while McClean took seventh in the 800m run.

McClean also anchored Cabot’s fifth-place 4x800 team that included Nick Davis, Brayden Mercantel and Dylan Ball.

Rocky Burke took fourth for Cabot in the pole vault with an 11-6 vault. Jake Ferguson took fifth for Cabot in the 400, Keith Pledger and Brandon Jones were fifth and eighth in the discus throw and Davis took eighth in the 3,200 meter run.

SPORTS STORY >> Badgers second at relays in Heber

Leader sports editor

The Beebe Badgers were a close second behind Heber Springs last Friday at the Sarah Low Relays at HSHS. The hosting Panther boys racked up 91 points while the Badgers were just three points shy of that mark. Jacksonville also turned in a good showing, scoring 68.5 points to finish in sixth place out of 22 teams participating. Sylvan Hills had 31 points for ninth place and North Pulaski totaled 20 points to finish in 11th.

Beebe’s Connor Patrom won the 400-meter race with a time of 50.94, and he finished second, just .1 seconds behind Batesville’s Justin Gallant, in the 200m. Jacksonville’s Jaylon Tucker and Danial Curley were third and fourth in the 200m, while Sylvan Hills’ Qunicy Flowers was sixth.

Gallant also won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.62. That was only .05 seconds ahead of Tucker. Flowers was right behind Tucker while fellow Bear Keyundra Hardimon was fourth and Red Devil Treseasn Lambert was fifth.

Two Red Devils placed behind Patrom in the 400m as well. Quinlan Britt and Dameion Smith were sixth and seventh.

Jacksonville won the 4x100m relay. The Red Devils’ team of Lambert, Tucker, Curly and Damon Thomas finished with a time of 43.98, beating second-place Batesville by almost a full second. Sylvan Hills’ team of Kadarius Wilson, Tre West, Hardimon and Flowers finished third and North Pulaski’s team of Christopher Johnson, Joe Aikens, Ny-Gel Cross and Michael Johnson finished in fifth place, which was good for four team points.

Beebe took second place in the not-so close 4x400. The Badger unit of Patrom, John Diaz, Justin Burlison and Keishaun Davidson was eight seconds behind Heber Springs. Jacksonville was fourth and Sylvan Hills seventh in that event.

Beebe, Sylvan Hills and Jacksonville finished third, fourth and fifth in the 4x800 as well.

Marcus Burns took second and teammate William Peterson third in the 300 hurdles. Peterson was also fourth in the 110m hurdles while Diaz took third in the 800 for the Badgers.

North Pulaski’s Aikens, Sylvan Hills’ Malik Strong and Jacksonville’s Curly were three parts of a seven-way tie for second place in the high jump, two inches below Cameron Wilkins of Vilonia.

Lambert won the triple by bounding 43 feet, seven inches. Strong was seventh and Curly was eighth in that event.

Beebe’s Race Payne won the shot put and teammate Jesse Crisco won the discus throw. Payne’s toss of 50-7.75 was three feet farther than second place David Jackson of North Pulaski. Beebe’s Dusty Skinner was fourth at 43-4. Payne was also fourth in the discus throw. His toss of 114-11 was well short of Crisco’s 133-7.

Thomas took fifth and Aikens seventh in the long jump to round out the local scoring.

The Lady Badgers finished third with 80.5 points and Heber Springs was second with 91.5, but both were far behind Vilonia’s winning score of 146. The Lady Bears finished sixth with 52 points, Jacksonville was eighth with 28 and North Pulaski 12th with 5 points.

Jacksonville’s Antrice McCoy won the 100m dash with a time of 13.04. Beebe’s Kassidy Elam and Paige Smith were sixth and eighth in that event.

Beebe’s Taylor McGraw won the 800m with a time of 2:33.28, wile teammate Tori Colbert was fifth. McGraw was also third in the 200m dash while Sylvan Hills’ Mya Graham was fifth and Smith eighth. Beebe’s 4x100 relay team edged out Jacksonville by .87 seconds for first place. The team of Jabria Coleman, McGraw, Elam and Madison Richey finished in 53.05 while Jacksonville’s unit of Dyshaii Doyne, McCoy, Nastassia Williams and Amber Lockhart finished in 53.92. Sylvan Hills’ team of Graham, Aljahnay Duncan, Ariona Flemons and Justis Jakes took third. The Lady Bears were also second in the 4x400. Graham, Jakes, Duncan and Cassidy Zgonc made up that unit. Beebe was fifth in the 4x400 and Jacksonville was eighth. Beebe and Sylvan Hills also finished third and fifth respectively in the 4x800 relay.

Zgonc took second in the 400m race while Flemons was seventh and Beebe’s Trystan Taylor eighth.

Beebe’s Breanna Johnson took third in the mile while Taylor again finished eighth. North Pulaski’s Rachel Mason took fourth in the two-mile while Sylvan Hills’ Abigail Persson was eighth.

Duncan took third for Sylvan Hills in the 100m hurdles while Richey was seventh and Lady Bear Nia Savage was eighth. Elam took fifth in the 300m hurdles while Savage took seventh.

Richey took second in the long jump with a leap of 16-4 while Doyne took fifth and Lockhart seventh for Jacksonville. Richey was also third in the high jump while Duncan finished tied for fourth.

Elam and McGraw took fourth and fifth in the triple jump.

Sylvan Hills’ Ke’Jana Taylor was fourth in the shot put and Jacksonville’s Alayah Johnson was fifth and Sylvan Hills’ Sa’Maya Farmer was seventh.

SPORTS STORY >> Beebe one-hits, skunks Lonoke

Leader sportswriter

The Beebe Badger baseball team put up five runs in the second and fifth innings Friday at Lonoke en route to a 12-0 mercy-rule win over the host Jackrabbits in a nonconference game between the two local rivals.

The first inning was scoreless, but Beebe grabbed a 5-0 lead with that many runs scored in the top of the second. The third inning went scoreless before the visiting Badgers added two more runs to their side of the board in the fourth to lead 7-0.

Beebe starting pitcher Kord Simpson kept the Lonoke bats at bay once again in the bottom of the fourth to maintain the seven-run lead, and the Badgers got back to work in the top of the fifth, scoring five more runs and holding the host team scoreless in its next at-bat to leave Lonoke County with the dominant shutout victory.

Simpson threw the first four innings and got the win on the mound. He gave up just one hit and three walks and recorded one strikeout, allowing his team to play solid defense behind him. John Finley relieved Simpson in the fifth inning, and he retired the side to ensure the 10-run after five innings mercy-rule win.

Beebe scored its 12 runs on seven hits while also taking advantage of Lonoke’s four errors committed in the field. Half of the Badgers’ runs scored were unearned. Lonoke’s only hit of the game came off the bat of Pierce Johnson.

For Beebe, leadoff hitter Angus Denton led the way offensively with a 3 for 4 showing at the plate. He also scored three runs and had an RBI. Cleanup hitter John Finley was 2 for 4 for Beebe, and he had four RBIs, while teammate and three-hole hitter Jonathan Underwood went 1 for 4 at the plate, and he too finished the game with four RBIs.

The Badgers played a 5A-East doubleheader yesterday at home against Paragould after deadlines, and will play again at home Friday against Mayflower in a nonconference game.

Lonoke played a nonconference game against Carlisle yesterday at home after deadlines, and will resume conference play Thursday at Stuttgart. Both games Thursday and Friday start at 4:30 p.m.

EDITORIAL >> School board is not missed

Jacksonville High School, still in the care of state authorities charged with rehabilitating the Pulaski County Special School District, has been named one of the state’s most improved schools, but area residents are tired of not having an elected school board.

In Sherwood last Thursday, parents of children in the troubled district said they were tired of paying taxes just to see more cuts to education programs. One parent, who said she was happy when the state took over three years ago, when the district’s finances were in a tailspin and school board members couldn’t get control of themselves or the mounting problems, is now unhappy that the state won’t let go.

We recall former school board president Tim Clark making false allegations about a fellow board member taking bribes. Clark had worked diligently to build the new Maumelle High School that the district couldn’t afford. The state quickly began monitoring all of the district’s spending after that reckless building project.

There was more foolishness from that school board than we care to remember. We don’t miss them. That wasn’t how a school board was supposed to operate, but they still won re-election time and time again.

The man who was appointed by the state Education Department to fix things may not win the support of skeptical residents, who for decades have seen the district’s quality slip away, but Jerry Guess, the interim superintendent, first needs to trim spending as millions of dollars in desegregation funding will soon end and property taxes will drop after Jacksonville finally breaks away.

But there still is reason to be hopeful:

Guess has already appointed an advisory panel that will help the district transition back to a traditional elected school board. A plan for Sherwood to leave PCSSD is gaining momentum, too. It could take several more years, but with the desegregation agreement settled, local control of schools is looking more feasible.

Jacksonville High’s recent most improved designation was based on its end-of-course algebra test. The school went from just 21 percent of its students being proficient on an algebra test in 2007 to 71 percent making the grade in 2012. The school’s grade-point average went from 1.82 to 2.82, nearly four times faster than the state average. If students don’t score well enough, they must repeat algebra.

The University of Arkansas study also ranks Cabot Middle School South as the state’s eighth best middle school based on its 2013 benchmark scores. Students there were 87 percent proficient or advanced in both math and literacy and those students had a grade-point average of 3.41.

Cabot High School is third best in central Arkansas based on its biology end-of-course scores.

Cabot Middle School North ranks 23rd in the state with a math and literacy score of 86.5 percent proficient or better and a GPA of 3.34. It tied with its counterpart, Cabot Middle South, as the 15th best in the state based on math achievement.

Cabot Junior High South is 10th best in the state based on geometry scores. Students scored 98 percent proficient or advanced.

Westside was named the top school in literacy for the state’s northeast region and it was fourth in the region in math. Cabot’s Magness Creek Elementary ranks 21st best school in the state in literacy with a proficiency or better rate of 93 percent and a grade-point average of 3.65.

Lonoke Middle School was the eighth most improved middle school in the state in algebra from 2007 to 2012. It was also the third best middle school in central Arkansas based on algebra scores.

So we can have first-rate public schools. If Cabot and Lonoke can do it, Jacksonville and Sherwood can, too. It will take time, patience and talented administrators.

When the time comes to elect school board members in north Pulaski County again — Jacksonville will vote this fall on forming its own district — whoever wins must listen to school administrators and not return to the combative, aimless ways we’ve seen in the past.

TOP STORY >> Legacy Jewelers opens in Cabot

Leader staff writer

Legacy Jewelers opened its new store in Cabot last month after being a Jacksonville fixture for decades.

Owner Cathy Miller said the timing was right for the move. The store on South Pine Street has double the floor space, is closer to where her family lives, and she followed the customer market.

Miller said, since the move, the store has been welcomed by the community.

“It was an immediate sense of being home,” Miller said.

She is pleased her customers from Jacksonville, Sherwood and Little Rock are visiting the new location.

Miller worked for Abdin Jewelers for 28 years. When Mike Abdin passed away in 2000, Miller ran the business for 11 years for his wife.

In 2011, Miller bought the store from Abdin’s widow.

Miller said, if the name of the business hadn’t changed to Legacy Jewelers because of its new ownership, this would have been Abdin Jewelers’ 50th year.

“(Mike Abdin) taught me how to engrave and watch and jewelry repair,” Miller said.

“The name seemed to sum it all up. The legacy is, I hope, to honor the Abdin family and have a growing legacy for my daughter and her children to keep alive,” Miller said.

Miller’s daughter, Tracy Garner, has worked at the store with her since 1999.

Miller said is proud of being able to restore or repair family heirlooms that may be 75 to 100 years old. The new generation is privileged to wear them, she added.

Miller also sees jewelry she sold in the 1970s coming into her store for resizing or an update. Customers sometimes update older pieces to give as gifts.

Miller said wants the store to be welcoming. “We want customers to feel like they walked into our living room. We don’t want a museum feel,” she explained.

Garner said, “Jewelry is bought for the celebratory times in a person’s life. It should be fun, a lighthearted time, not haute.”

Legacy Jewelers offers watch and jewelry repair and engraving.

They can custom design a diamond engagement ring and replace stones in costume jewelry.

The store has Case pocket knives, wedding accessories and gifts, officially-licensed sports jewelry, watches and accessories, Seiko watches and clocks and alternative metals jewelry made of titanium or stainless steel.

The staff can order previously-owned Rolex watches. And Legacy Jewelers has a case full of heirloom jewelry.

The store has everything, from sterling silver baby spoons and cups to memorial pieces for crematory remains, Miller said.

“We can take care of customer’s needs from the cradle to the grave,” she said. “We hope to be here for generations to come.”

Legacy Jewelers is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at 1604 S. Pine Street, Suite A and B. The store’s phone number is 501-941-3003.

TOP STORY >> Thurman will keep district’s top post

Leader staff writer

Cabot School District Superintendent Tony Thur-man is staying on to continue leading one of the largest districts in the state.

Thurman was contacted by the Fayetteville School District and interviewed by the Fayetteville School Board on March 31 for the superintendent position. He notified Fayetteville on April 7 that he was withdrawing his name from consideration for the job.

Thurman said Fayetteville has a strong school system and will be a great position for the applicant who will be chosen as its next superintendent.

He will begin his eighth year as Cabot school superintendent in July and his 14th year in the district. He was principal at Middle School South for three years and Cabot High School principal for four years.

Thurman said he will remain a part of the growing Cabot Schools District for several reasons.

“We have lived in Cabot for 14 years and this is our home. Cabot is a great place to live and raise a family. I’m very proud of our school system but there is still so much work to be done,” Thurman said Tuesday.

“I’m excited about the continued development of our programming for students in grades seventh, eighth and ninth. The opening of the Freshman Academy this fall provides us with many opportunities,” he said.

“We will begin a renovation and addition to the S-building on the high school campus that will provide our agriculture and broadcasting programs with much needed space for growth. We will redesign the student parking area at the high school in the summer of 2015, closing out the transformation of Cabot High School that we started when I was principal at the high school in 2003,” Thurman continued.

“We are in a very good situation with our facilities and space across the district with the opening of the Freshman Academy this fall. Growth patterns must be constantly monitored, and future facilities and classroom additions considered, depending on enrollment,” he said.

Thurman said the district is financially stable and performs well academically. Students are graduating from the Cabot school system. They are successful in college, the workforce and the military. He attributes this to the faculty and staff that comes to work each day focused on doing what is best for the children.

The district will be making a presentation tomorrow to the Arkansas Department of Education requesting approval to expand its charter school to include a classroom building on the high school campus. Thurman said there are students in seventh through 12th grade who need a setting other than a large campus to be successful.

“This model will allow the district to offer a true blended learning environment utilizing the elective resources of Junior North, Freshman Academy and Cabot High School with the core academic online system currently being used at the Academic Center of Excellence,” Thurman said.

“Another aspect of Cabot that is an exciting challenge is how we will continue to integrate technology into every classroom. Technology will never be able to take the place of a highly effective teacher, but its impact on teaching and learning in the future will be great,” he said.

TOP STORY >> Hospitals see more insured with new law

Leader senior staff writer

While stressing the perils of extrapolating from such a small data set and in a short period of time, the percentage of uninsured patients coming to his hospital has declined each month since Medicaid expansion began on Jan. 1, according to Dan Riley, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ chief financial officer.

“Historically, our uninsured levels are 12 percent to 14 percent,” Riley said. “December’s uninsured rate was 13.8 percent. January, despite startup problems (enrolling on the federal website), moved to 11 percent, a pretty precipitous drop. It usually moves slowly.”

Riley said the percentage of uninsured — which translates into millions of dollars in uncompensated care — dropped again, to 7.5 percent for February. In March, it fell to 6.5 percent — less than half of the uninsured rate in the month before the January launch of the private option and the federal health exchange.

Riley again stressed that the numbers could be an aberration — the 6.5 percent could be the nadir, he said, although the numbers of uninsured could keep dropping.


“But we can see affordable care in totality is having an impact on our uninsured numbers. We’re hoping it is a harbinger,” he said.

Riley said emergency room visits during that time have remained relatively stable. “All things being equal, we’re on the right trail,” Riley said.

Other providers agree it’s too early to evaluate the effects that Arkansas’ private option and the federal health care program will have. But, just weeks after the enrollment deadline, some local hospitals are reporting emergency room visits are up while uncompensated or charity care is down.

236,742 COVERED

Arkansas’ private-option applicants totaled 195,341 by March 22, according to Kate Luck, director of communications for the Department of Human Services, and — as of this week — 41,401 applicants through the federally facilitated health-insurance marketplace have been determined eligible. Their data has been processed by the state.

Together, that’s 236,742 Arkansans insured under the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion.


“Patients who come in with the private-option plan are still a little confused,” said Cindy Stafford, North Metro Medical Center chief executive officer.

“Many don’t have the primary-care physician,” she said, so they still go to the emergency room.

She said private option hadn’t been in effect long enough to know if it is financially helping North Metro.

“Potentially, it’s a good thing,” Stafford said. “We just have to see how it plays out.”

Dr. Joe Thompson, Arkansas Surgeon General, told a legislative subcommittee that estimated savings to hospitals for the first two months of the year were hundreds of thousands of dollars, attributable to implementation of both Arkansas’ unique private option and the federal Affordable Care Act.

That’s according to House Speaker Davy Carter (R-Cabot), a chief architect of the private option.


“Uncompensated care for hospitals raises insurance premiums for everyone and places a greater revenue burden on the state,” according to Carter.

Stuart Hill, vice president and treasurer, said, “White County Medical Center saw an increase in emergency department visits by 2.5 percent, or 600 visits, more than expected, since Jan. 1.”

But ER visits are only one measure of the effect the new insurance is having, he said.

“Also, our hospital admitted 5 percent more patients with commercial insurance, 20 percent more Medicaid patients and 6 percent fewer self-pay patients, since January 1, than had been projected,” he said.


Meanwhile, the number of Arkansans enrolled in the federal health-insurance marketplace part of the new insurance increased about 23 percent in the two weeks between March 24 and April 7, according to public information manager Heather Haywood with the Arkansas Health Connector Division of the Insurance Department. Statewide, 41,401 are now enrolled in the federal portion.

New numbers and numbers by county for the private option portion haven’t been released.

In Pulaski County, 5,647 out of an estimated 32,472 eligible people signed up for the federal program — a 25.1 percent increase from the 4,514 who signed up by March 24.

In Lonoke County, enrollment increased 23.4 percent, from 692 to 854 over the two weeks. In White County, the number signed up increased from 795 to 970, or 22 percent.


Statewide, emergency room use may be “up a little bit,” because there is a lot of re-educating to do, according to Paul Cunningham, executive vice president of the Arkansas Hospital Association.

“People need to get used to going to their physician after years or decades of treating the emergency room like a family clinic,” he said. “We just don’t have any hard information yet.”

The new policies went into effect Jan. 1.

In the first quarter, Baptist Health Center’s emergency room numbers were up 10.6 percent, according to vice president Mark Lowman.

“The private option is a critically important issue to the health of all Arkansans and critically important to the hospitals in the state,” Lowman said. “In 2013, Baptist provided $50 million in charity, bad debt and discounted care.” He also said that was the net amount, not gross.

“Insuring people won’t come close to equalizing that number, but it will help, and particularly in small rural hospitals,” Lowman said. “It’s well thought out and starting to work.”


The Baptist system, including the North Little Rock branch, saw an increase of 38 percent — 3,785 — for in-patient, out-patient and emergency room visits by Medicaid patients compared to the first quarter of 2013, Lowman said.

Nearly half of all visits were to the emergency room, he said.

In the first quarter, 2,161 private-option patients came to Baptist Health, a third of them to the emergency room.

At St. Vincent’s Infirmary, the number of first-quarter emergency room visits had increased 25 percent, from about 4,000 a year ago to about 5,000 this year, according to spokeswoman Margaret Dedman.

Dedman said that was the only information the hospital would provide and that “There won’t be an opportunity for an interview.”


In a recent column, Carter wrote: “It is easy to become confused with the private option and the marketplace, but there are some very important distinctions that Arkansans need to know.

“The private option is available to individuals making less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level. That is roughly $30,000 for a family of four and $15,414 for an individual. Premiums for the private option are paid for with federal Medicaid dollars. There is no deadline to enroll for the private option. However, you can still be penalized for not having coverage for an extended period of time.”

He said the deadline for enrollment in the marketplace exchange was March 31. The next open enrollment period will begin Nov. 15. Those looking for coverage under the exchange are being directed to

The marketplace exchange offers health-care plans with prices based on income and household size. The plans are available to anyone making from 138 percent to 400 percent of the federal poverty level. That is, an individual making up to $46,680 a year or a family of four making up to $95,400.

Advance tax credits are also available to help pay the cost of premiums to those who qualify.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

EDITORIAL >> Saluting veterans: We can do better

Jacksonville, home to the 7,200-member strong Little Rock Air Force Base, which pumps more than $900 million into the local economy, couldn’t or wouldn’t — and definitely didn’t — support last Saturday’s “Welcome Home Vietnam Vets” parade.

Jacksonville, a two-time winner of the Abilene Trophy for its unique and strong commitment to the military, couldn’t or wouldn’t — and definitely didn’t — support a salute to veterans.

Jacksonville, home of one of the finest military museums in the region and the lead sponsor of the annual salute to Vietnam vets, couldn’t or wouldn’t — and definitely — didn’t make itself proud last Saturday.

First off, the parade was the shortest and sparsest in the three-year history of the event.

Where were the school bands? Almost everyone at Jacksonville and North Pulaski high schools has military connections, yet no cheerleaders, no marching bands, no drum line, no flag corps, no junior ROTC. No middle school or even elementary school participated.

Did they think it was not important to salute these heroes or maybe no one even thought to go and ask? Either way it gave the city a black eye.

On top of that, no Huff and Puff, no Sharon’s School of Dance, no fire vehicles and not a single civic club. Perhaps they were too busy or too inconsiderate to say thank you to our veterans. Or maybe these men and women of the military were just not important enough to give up a few hours on a Saturday.

Not only was the parade lacking, but so was the crowd, although the mayor and two aldermen were there. Good for them for adding dignity to the proceedings.

If those in the parade had candy to throw to the crowd, half the bags would have remained unopened. The event was advertised well, but very few people lined the streets. Surely that was a heartbreaking sight for the veterans and veterans groups marching, driving or riding in the parade.

The crowd was large at the museum during the remembrance ceremony after the parade quickly ended, but take away the active-duty military, the dignitaries, the workers and the veterans — leaning on canes, in wheelchairs and being assisted by nursing aides — there weren’t too many regular folks there to say, through their attendance, “We appreciate you, love you and thank you.”

Jacksonville, support yourself and your activities and good things will happen. Let the veterans and everyone know that you care and that your city is something special, so from this newspaper to all veterans: “We appreciate you, we love you and thank you.” — Rick Kron

TOP STORY >> Several Easter events planned

Several Easter events are planned in the area:

 Jacksonville Parks and Recreation is holding a free Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 12 at Excell Park. Children will be split up by age group. Ages are from walkers to 10 years old. In case of rain, all ages should go to the Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club at 10 a.m.

After the Easter egg hunt a family fun day will be held for the April Park of the Month. All ages are welcome. Food and admission is free.

For more information call 982-4171.

 The Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club and Jack-sonville Parks and Recreation will hold an underwater Easter egg hunt from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 14 in the Jacksonville Community Center pool. The event is for children ages 3-12.

Children will take the plunge in pool diving for eggs and a chance to win prizes, Splash Zone passes and more.

Admission is $5 per child and $3 for any parent accompanying children who cannot swim.

The event is a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club. The public is invited to sign up for the event by calling 982-4171 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday Same day registration at 5 p.m. if space is available. Swimsuits are required.

 The Worship Choir of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville will present the Easter musical, “Jesus: Son of God, Friend of Sinners,” at 5 p.m. April 13 and 6:30 p.m. April 14. The musical will consist of music and testimonies telling of the love and grace of God.

The church is located at 401 North First Street in Jacksonville. A nursery will be provided. Admission is free. For more information, call the church office at 982-1519.

 The Beebe First United Methodist Church will hold an Easter egg hunt 5 p.m. Friday, April 18 at Daniel Park. It is open to all ages. Free hot dogs will be served after. If it rains the egg hunt will take place inside the church on North Main Street.

 CrossRoads Cowboy Church in El Paso will hold its first Easter service in the Two Bar Two Arena on Easter Sunday, April 20. Johnny Keys and his chuckwagon team will start the day at 8 a.m. cooking breakfast from an original chuckwagon. The service begins at 9 a.m. with Pastor Ron Riddle preaching on the resurrection.

There will be activities for the children, all cowboy style and music by the CRCC Band. For more information, call Becky Switzer at 501-230-7872.

 The Nixon Library, located at 703 W. Main St. in Jacksonville, will hold an egg hunt at 1 p.m. April 12.

TOP STORY >> Library celebrates National Poetry Month

Cabot’s library is celebrating National Poetry Month with several events throughout April.

A Blackout Poetry session will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Blackout poetry, also referred to as “creative deconstruction,” involves taking an article or copy of any piece of print material and blacking out the words you don’t want to create your own poem with the words left over. This activity is intended for pre-teens through adults.

April 24 is Poem in Your Pocket Day, a part of National Poetry Month, everyone is invited to stop by during library hours, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., to visit our Poem in Your Pocket stations.

Station one will feature material and instructions to create your own origami pocket.

Station two will feature our poetry exchange, where people can pick out a poem for their pocket and also leave a poem in exchange if they would like. This event is for all ages.

Other ways to participate in National Poetry Month include simply checking out one of our many poetry books or sharing your favorite poem with us on our Facebook page, Cabot Public Library.

For more information about these or other upcoming events, call the library at 501-843-7661 or email

TOP STORY >> Charity hub: Cabot Resource Center

Leader staff writer

The Cabot Resource Center offers free assistance to people in need by directing them to organizations or services so they can help themselves.

Deaconess Colleen Caldwell of Christ United Methodist Church opened the one-stop information hub in March at the old Larry’s Pizza store at 15361 Hwy. 5 next to Sonic.

“I heard people in church who were middle class or had a spouse who was laid off who had no idea where to look for help,” Caldwell said.

The resource center is a place to find information for those without Internet access.

Caldwell has file folders full of forms and brochures to help those seeking assistance find the help they need to get back on their feet and be self-reliant.

The Cabot Resource Center does not have food, clothing or money.

“I do not give a hand out but a hand up,” Caldwell said.

She wants to help people in the community live a better life, instead of putting food in their pantry.

“They get a self-pride that they did it themselves,” she said.

Caldwell can put people in touch with programs and services in Lonoke County for clothing, employment, financial, food, legal, medical, mentoring and parenting, military and veteran’s services, senior care, housing and transportation.

A copy of the Cabot Resource Guide that she developed is available for download from

Caldwell can help clients plan a budget and a financial analysis to find where they can cut non-essential purchases to make their money go further. She can assist with writing a resume, give tips for appearance and dress for a job interview and practice answering questions during an interview.

The resource center is a place for prayer if needed.

The Cabot Resource Center is open 9 a.m. to noon on Monday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday or by appointment. Caldwell can be reached at 501-529-0604 or by e-mail at

TOP STORY >> Group wants school board to run PCSSD

Leader staff writer

Nineteen people on Thursday evening aired their concerns about paying taxes and not having an elected school board due to the state’s recently prolonged takeover of the Pulaski County Special School District.

Among those who attended the first meeting of a new grassroots group at the Bill Harmon Recreation Center in Sherwood were term-limited state Dist. 41 Rep. Jim Nickels (D-Sherwood); Danny Knight, who is running for Nickels’ seat, and Sherwood Alderman Mike Sanders, a member of the Sherwood Public Education Foundation Committee that is leading the city’s effort to detach and form its own district.

Meredith Poland, a Clinton Elementary School parent who helped organize an effort to lobby against cuts to the technology and speech communications programs there and the laying off of home-school counselors districtwide, agreed to head the new group.

Nickels said there isn’t support for a legislative solution to the no-representation issue. But he suggested that the taxpayers focus on convincing the state Board of Education that PCSSD is not in fiscal distress. The board recently voted to continue the takeover for one more year.

Another Clinton Elementary School parent, Tina Lee, said she thought parents were relieved when the state took charge in 2011 to straighten out obvious problems. But those who are aware of the situation now are frustrated, Lee said.

The parent argued that the continued takeover is unnecessary because the last legislative audit of PCSSD was good.

Lee said the state Board of Education, according to its online packet of documents, had an outdated audit when they voted to keep the district under state Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell’s control for another year.

Kimbrell has appointed a Community Advisory Board to help him with student discipline hearings, employee grievances and make recommendations concerning other actions.

Before Nickels spoke, Sanders announced that the feasibility required by state law would be released at the end of this month or early next month. But the alderman clarified that a detachment would take several years.

Nickels said city officials “missed the boat” by talking about the detachment rather than intervening in the desegregation proceedings.

The judge said Sherwood wasn’t a party in the 1989 case. Then he approved a settlement that allows Jacksonville but no other district to break away before PCSSD is declared unitary.

The representative also pointed out that the state law would have to change to allow a Sherwood detachment because, when Jacksonville leaves, PCSSD won’t have the 15,000 enrollment required for any part of it to detach.

Pam Fitzgiven, who identified herself only as a tax payer who lives in Sherwood, kicked off the meeting by asking those who attended what they had to say. She said, “Basically they can spend the money (and) make whatever cuts they want to without our input.”

Lee said, “We’ve seen nothing but cuts at our school for the last three years. This year the cuts are going to start impacting the children’s ability to learn. I think that it’s an uphill battle but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible.”

She also said the district is tearing the schools down “brick by brick” by making cuts until all they do is meet the minimum state requirements.

The district will lose $20 million a year after 2017-18 because of the desegregation settlement. But Lee pointed out there will be savings from not having to meet desegregation requirements, so PCSSD will have to cut less than that.

A home-school counselor, who received a termination letter because those positions are part of the cuts effective next year, agreed. The counselor said, “My job directly impacts student achievement, student learning…I have a caseload of about 110 but I service the entire school.”

The counselor asked to remain unnamed in The Leader, but told those at the meeting that home-school counselors make sure kids have supplies and other necessities, like food.

The counselor said, “When the district did this big cut a few years ago that said, you know, after three charges, students can’t eat, I have to make that happen some kind of way. Our kids still have to eat. They’re still on our campuses, and they’re still charged with learning. But I feel like we’re setting them up for failure.”

Sandra Eldridge said the district is laying her and other instructional facilitators off but allowing them to reapply for the same positions. The application process is two phases, and she said it doesn’t make sense to her.

“When does it stop? When do they stop playing with the lives of people?” the former Educator of the Year recipient asked.

Eldridge said she paid for and completed the professional development PCSSD required her to have. Then district officials chose not to reimburse her for it, she noted. Eldridge said she lost between $5,000 and $6,000 because of their decision.

Judy Lambertus and Fitzgiven said former administrator Linda Remele told teachers, during the district’s first year of Common Core implementation that, if they didn’t like it, they could go to Texas or Walmart. Remele has since retired, and she co-chairs the detachment committee.

Fitzgiven said at the meeting, “We have worked under that kind of thinking. Instead of building us up and making us feel like we’re worth something and trying to get us involved in what they’re doing, they have steadily, it’s like a divide and conquer.”

Former PCSSD school board member Gloria Law-rence asked where her tax money is going and how much of it would fund new Jacksonville/North Pulaski school buildings before the neighboring city detaches to form its own district.

Parent Chris Nash complained that students are using antiquated books. His son lost a book and the school didn’t have a replacement, Nash said.

Officials had to requisition one from another district, and Nash bought the book outright.

The parent said that means, “The (tax) money is not being spent where it needs to be.”

He told those at the meeting that school officials couldn’t say why they were using antiquated textbooks when students are going to be tested next year on the new Common Core curriculum.

Lee said that she, Nash and other parents have no option other than sending their kids to private schools or moving because PCSSD is exempt from the School Choice Act.

Sherwood will suffer if families move to cities in more desirable school districts, she pointed out.

SPORTS STORY >> Cabot takes care of Mountain Home

Leader sportswriter

The Lady Panther softball team improved their 7A/6A East record to 5-0 with a doubleheader sweep over Mountain Home on Wednesday at the Cabot Softball Complex. Cabot won the first game 8-4, and dominated the second part of the twin bill en route to an 11-3 victory.

Cabot (7-6, 5-0) scored 10 of the first 11 runs in game two to lead comfortably the whole way, but the first game was much tighter. The Lady Bombers (4-6, 2-4) scored two runs in the first inning off of winning pitcher Lauren McCluskey, who pitched all seven innings, striking out two, and held the host team scoreless in its first at-bat to lead 2-0 after one.

The Lady Panthers, though, retook the lead with three runs in the bottom of the second. Senior right fielder Molly Wood led off the inning with a hard-hit single to the right-field gap and Hannah Montgomery walked two batters later.

Brandyn Vines loaded the bases the next at-bat with a bunt single, and with two outs, leadoff hitter Rachel Allgood walked, which allowed Wood to score and gave Allgood an easy RBI. The next at-bat, two-hole hitter Erin Eckert hit a line-drive single to center field, which sent Montgomery and Vines across home plate and put Cabot on top 3-2.

Mountain Home retook the lead its next at-bat with two runs scored in the top of the third, but the Lady Panthers added three more runs to their side of the board in the fourth to give them all the runs they’d need to get the win.

In that inning, Lane Justus reached base after her ground ball went through the Lady Bomber second baseman’s legs, and she scored the game-tying run the next at-bat on a stand-up triple by Allgood that soared to the fence in right field.

Eckert followed Allgood’s at-bat with a stand-up double, which drove in Allgood and put the Lady Panthers on top 5-4. Three-hole hitter Heather Hill grounded out the next at-bat, but Eckert was able to score during the play, thanks to a bad throw to third base after Hill was thrown out at first.

Eckert’s run put Cabot up 6-4, and the Lady Panthers added two more in the bottom of the sixth to set the final score. Vines and Justus both singled in that inning. Vines later scored from third base on a passed ball at home plate, and Eckert picked up her fourth RBI of the game on a sacrifice fly to deep left field, which allowed Justus to score with ease.

Cabot outhit Mountain Home 8-7 in game one, but the Lady Panthers were also the better team in the field as they committed just one error to the Lady Bombers’ four. Cabot continued its solid defensive play in game two.

“We want to try to stay ahead and that way everybody chases us,” said Cabot coach Chris Cope. “We made some great (defensive) plays. Our infielders made some great plays and kept our pitchers in the game, and that’s the way we’ve got to be, because they’re going to put it in play and we rely on our defense so much.”

Allgood, Eckert and Vines each went 2 for 3 at the plate in game one, while teammates Wood and Justus had one hit apiece.

Hill had the hit of game two, though, as she hammered a grand slam that put the Lady Panthers up 8-1 at the time. Montgomery got the win in the circle in that game. She threw all seven innings.

The Lady Panthers continued conference play yesterday at Jonesboro, and will play a nonconference game at home against Greene County Tech on Monday before resuming 7A/6A East play with a doubleheader at home against Little Rock Central on Tuesday. Both games start at 5 p.m.

SPORTS STORY >> Lady Bears shut down JHS

Leader sports editor

Though the conference schedule is not even halfway complete, the Sylvan Hills Lady Bears staked an early claim to the 5A-Central softball championship on Wednesday, beating Jacksonville 2-1 and 2-0 in a doubleheader Wednesday at Dupree Park.

That matchup has been circled on both teams’ schedules as the likely deciding factor for the top two spots from the league in the state tournament, which will be played at Dupree Park as well.

North Pulaski also has a competitive team, but the rest of the league is, in a word, bad.

“We knew this was the one that we couldn’t afford any big mistakes in,” said Sylvan Hills coach Mark Anderson. “We should’ve hit the ball better, but we played great defense as the pitching was great. That’s probably the best defensive performance we’ve had all year as far as making all the plays we had to make.”

Defense was especially crucial for Sylvan Hills in game one. Jacksonville got five base hits off Sylvan Hills’ usually dominant starting pitcher Michele Sorensen. She also walked three, giving the Lady Red Devils several scoring opportunities.

Sylvan Hills got on the board first in the top of the second inning without a base hit. Maddison Shelton drew a leadoff walk, stole a base and scored on two sacrifice grounders.

Jacksonville tied it in the bottom of the fourth. Zylah Richardson slapped a single down the third baseline, but was caught stealing on the first pitch of the next at bat. It proved costly. Kinley Burrows then walked, which was followed by back-to-back base hits by Kymberly House and Emily Lovercheck, with Lovercheck’s drive to left field scoring Burrows.

“I wish I had that one back,” said Jacksonville coach Hank Hawk on his decision to send Richardson. “She’s very fast, but I probably shouldn’t have sent her on the first pitch.”

Sylvan Hills reclaimed the lead and set the final margin in the top of the fifth with a two-out rally. At the top of the order, Sorensen tripled down the right-field line and Callie Cavender drove her home with an RBI single.

Briana Loyd also threw a five-hitter for Jacksonville and neither team committed an error. Sorensen got three of Sylvan Hills’ five hits in four plate appearances. She also added 10 strikeouts to tally on the mound. Lovercheck went 2 for 3 at the plate to lead Jacksonville.

Loyd struck out five and walked two in taking the loss.

The Lady Devils got just four base hits in game two to five for Sylvan Hills, but the Lady Bears showed patience at the plate and were more efficient with their opportunities.

Playing as the visiting team in game two, Jacksonville leadoff hitter Morgan Lloyd got a base hit, but was thrown out on a fielder’s choice that left Richardson safe at first. A groundout moved her to second and Burrows singled to put runners at the corners with two outs, but Sorensen struck out House to get out of the jam.

The Lady Bears then took the lead in the bottom of the first and never relinquished it. Sorensen drew a leadoff walk from House, and scored with two outs on a single by Cara Possa.

The game’s final run came in the third inning. Sorensen drew another leadoff walk, but was thrown out on a 5-4 fielder’s choice by Cavender. Ashley Broadway then walked and Possa got her second RBI of the game with a single to right field.

Sorensen again went the distance for the win, striking out nine and walking just one batter.

“She had all her pitches in game two that she didn’t have in game one,” Anderson said. “She had hurt her finger earlier in the week and put tape on it, so she didn’t have her grip to throw all her pitches in the first one. She took it off and just dealt with it in game two, and that gave her the ability to throw all of her pitches.”

House gave up five hits, walked three and struck out one batter.

“The girls were upbeat afterwards,” Hawk said. “I was a little surprised by that. The pitching was great and the defense was outstanding. I’ve been watching the 5A rankings and Sylvan Hills has been up there all year. These girls knew they had just played some solid softball. We have to get better on our base running and we could use a little more offense, but with the pitching and defense we’ve been getting, we feel like we can compete with anybody.”

Jacksonville, 9-4, plays North Pulaski on Tuesday at Dupree. Sylvan Hills, 11-4, plays at Benton on Monday and doesn’t get back to conference action until facing McClellan on April 24.

SPORTS STORY >> Red Devils win two in double dip

Leader sports editor

The top four baseball teams in the 5A-Central Conference faced each other this week, and a pair of crucial doubleheaders has left Jacksonville alone atop the standings, at least for the time being.

The Red Devils pulled off a 7-1, 2-1 sweep of rival Sylvan Hills at Dupree Park on Wednesday, while Pulaski Academy and Little Rock Christian Academy split their doubleheader on Tuesday. Despite the current league standings, Jacksonville coach Larry Burrows isn’t putting too much into Wednesday’s accomplishment.

“A sweep in April doesn’t mean very much,” said Burrows. “This tonight is just what it is, two really good wins.”

The Bears entered the series fresh off an outstanding trip to Orlando, Fla., where they hammered the baseball and utterly dismantled four 6A teams from the Chicago area. The offensive prowess on display in Florida was not there on Wednesday.

“I’m just going to give Jacksonville credit,” said Sylvan Hills coach Denny Tipton. “We had a lot of opportunities and just didn’t come through. And their pitchers did a good job of working out of those situations. They were just a little better than we were.”

Jacksonville took the lead in the hotly-contested nightcap with an unearned run in the top of the third inning. Blake Perry’s grounder to shortstop couldn’t be gathered in time for a throw. Perry moved to second base on a wild pitch. Two batters later with two outs, leadoff hitter Courtland McDonald fought a 0-2 pitch off to right field to score Perry.

The Bears tied it in the bottom of the fourth when Jacob White hit a leadoff single to center field, stole second base, moved to third on a sacrifice grounder by Charlie Roberts and scored on another by Hunter Heslep.

Jacksonville reclaimed the lead in the top of the fifth. Perry hit a one-out single and tried to score all the way from first base when Deaundre Harris doubled to the wall in center field. But Brandon Baoni’s cutoff throw from behind second base got Perry at the plate.

McDonald then hit his own double, again with two strikes, down the right field line to score Harris and set the final margin.

Sylvan Hills put up a serious threat in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases with no outs, but Jacksonville pitcher James Tucker struck out the two and three hitters, and got White to fly out to center field to get out of the jam.

“That was just toughness,” Burrows said of Tucker. “(Derek) St. Clair got out of a similar situation in game one. I don’t think either one of them had their best tonight, but they’re tough. This team is tough.”

Tucker struck out the first two batters of the sixth inning to record four of his six strikeouts in his last two innings on the mound. He finished the game with six innings pitched, allowing five hits while fanning six and walking one. Kaleb Reeves pitched the seventh inning. He hit one batter and walked another, but got a strikeout and two infield pop-ups for the save.

Connor Poteet had a good outing as well. He went the distance giving up just four hits while striking out five and walking three.

McDonald went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs for Jacksonville, while White led Sylvan Hills with two hits and a run scored.

In game one, Jacksonville wasted little time in jumping all over Sylvan Hills’ staff ace Heslep. The first three batters got base hits with Reeves’ single scoring McDonald and putting Brandon Hickingbotham on third base. Greg Jones drove in Hickingbotham with a sacrifice grounder and Reeves scored on a fly out by Tucker.

Sylvan Hills scored in the top of the second on two base hits and two walks, but left the bases loaded as St. Clair ended up striking out the side.

The Red Devils added to their lead with four runs in the second inning, and ran the starting pitcher off the mound. With one out, Perry and Harris drew back-to-back walks and McDonald got an RBI base hit on a 1-0 pitch. Hickingbotham then walked and Reeves drove in two runs with a bases-loaded hit.

Marcus Long took the mound for the rest of the game for the Bears, and held Jacksonville to just one run over the next four innings. Heslep’s night ended after one and a third innings. Long threw five and two-thirds, giving up seven hits and one earned run.

Jacksonville got four of those hits in the third inning, but failed to score when Ryan Mallison was thrown out at home. The final run came in the fifth inning on a leadoff hit by St. Clair and an RBI knock by Harris.

St. Clair went the distance for the Red Devils, giving up four hits while walking four, hitting one and striking out nine.

Jacksonville added a wild 16-9 win over Hot Springs Lakeside on Thursday at Dupree to improve to 13-3 overall and 6-0 in league play.

Sylvan Hills, 10-5, 3-3, takes part in the Valley View tournament this weekend, and gets back to conference action with a doubleheader against Helena-West Helena Central on Tuesday in Sherwood.

Pulaski Academy is now 5-1 in the Central while Little Rock Christian Academy is 4-2. The Warriors also split a doubleheader with the Bears on March 18.