Monday, November 24, 2014

CLASSIFIEDS >> 11-22-14


BATESVILLE, ARKANSAS  GUN  SHOW - Nov 15th-16th, Independence Co. Fairgrounds. Sat, 9 am - 5 pm, Sun, 9 am -  4 pm. Guns, Knives, Ammo, Militaria, Lg. Selection new/used rifles, shotguns and handguns. G and S Promotions, 1-918-659-2201. $1.00 OFF Admission with this ad.

MEDICAL BILLING TRAINEES NEEDED! Become a Medical Office Assistant at Ayers! NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! Online training gets you ready. HS Diploma/GED & Internet Required. 1-888-734-6717 Licensed by ASBPCE.


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

HOUSEKEEPER, reliable, reasonable rates. Cabot and surrounding areas. To inquire, please call (501) 259-5855.

DOES YOUR HOME NEED: SIDING, WINDOWS or a METAL ROOF? ONLY 3 HOMES LEFT TO QUALIFY for our show case of homes. SAVE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS. No money down.100% Financing. Payments as low as $89/mo. CALL NOW !!!! 1-866-668-8681 to qualify.

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

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


$725 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.

POSITION AVAILABLE for an industrial herbicide applicator. Will train but experience a plus. Proficient with small engines and pumps a plus. Travel required. Offer health insurance and 401k. Over 21, good driving record. We drug test. Call to schedule appt. (501) 843-6710 or (800) 530-7790.

DRIVERS: CLASS A. New pay structure. Stability, security, steadiness. Drive (866) 374-8487.

Child Development Center is offering excellent full-time opportunities in Jacksonville. Immediate  Director, maintenance, and teaching positions available.  Requirements: must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED and dedicated to making a difference in children's lives. Pay based on experience, benefits and training available. Please stop by 901 McArthur Drive, Jacksonville to fill out an application.

Arkansas Healthcare Personnel Hiring - RN's PRN and Travel LPN's and CNA's PRN. Sign-on/Referal Bonuses. 800-959-4625.

Can You Dig It? Heavy Equipment Operator Training! 3 Week Program. Bulldozers, Backhoes, Excavators. Lifetime Job Placement Assistance with National Certifications. VA Benefits Eligible! (866) 740-4564.

PROSPECT STEEL HIRING! WELDERS W/ flux core weld exp. FITTERS - able to read blueprints/pass written test PAINTERS- Min. 2 yrs. Commercial Paint Exp., Familiar w/ paint equip. and coatings HEAVY EQUIPMENT MECHANIC - Exp. w/gas and diesel engines, hydraulics/pneumatics. 501-490-5175 or email OR  apply in person: 8900 Fourche Dam Pike, LR AR.

ATTN: Drivers Average $1000+ p/wk KW 680's Arriving BCBS + 401k + Pet and Rider Home For Christmas! Spanish/English Orientation Available. CDL-A Req (877) 258-8782.

SIGN ON BONUS -  for TEAMS and OWNER OPERATORS! Great Miles, No-Touch Freight, 90% Drop and Hook, On Board  Nav. Call 877-700-6615, Transitioning Military call: 855-693-2791,

DRIVERS - 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.

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.

OTR DRIVERS - Now Hiring FT Drivers, Pulling 53' Vans and Reefers, No Touch Freight, 2 yrs. exp. required. SIGN ON BONUS! $500 after 6 mos. Call 870-887-0800.

DRIVERS- FLATBED DRIVERS NEEDED! $600 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay, Health Ins., Retirement plan, Vacation, Holiday pay, Home weekly, Late Model Kenworths. We CARE about our DRIVERS! Call Chuck or Jeremy, 501-945-1433 or apply in person: 5007 E. Broadway, NLR, AR.


STORAGE SHED/MOVING sale, starting 11/7, every Friday until gone. Next to Roper's Restaurant on Hwy. 64 between El Paso and Beebe.


2000 MAZDA 626, local, one-owner, 61,000 miles, auto., all power, sunroof, $4,500 obo. (501) 985-2387.

2010 NISSAN Altima, white w/tan interior, heated seats in front, sunroof, 12,300 miles, $16,650. (501) 676-2877.

4 ON-ROAD truck tires, 2 almost new, size 255/70R16, $250 obo. (501) 983-1428.

2006 PONTIAC G6 hardtop convertible, black/black, leather, V6, auto., new tires, 66,000 miles, perfect, $8,950. (501) 288-1091.

2004 DODGE Intrepid sedan, 4-door, V-6, 2.7L., auto., A/C, power windows, door locks, steering, cruise, 84,500 miles, $3,800. (501) 425-9201.

2002 PONTIAC Firebird, V6, 3.8L, auto., A/C, PW/DL/Steering, cruise, 41,000 orig. miles, $8,000. (501) 425-9201.

2008 CHEVY Impala, 80,000 miles, 4-door, 4 new tires, perfect condition, $8,500. (501) 230-1232.

'57 Mustang, $6,000; 2 older trailer houses. (501) 882-1045.

(2) 14" Nissan steel wheels, chrome, $75 both obo.; set of older rims for Nissan ruck, $100 for all 4; hood for older model Nissan truck, $75 obo. (501) 882-2142.

2011 TOYOTA Camry LE, 60k miles, all power, $8,600. (501) 605-3312.

'85 EL Camino, $4,000. (501) 288-0850.

17" MICKEY Thompson mud tires, like new, $500 obo. (501) 352-8484, TIm.

17" WHEELS off '99 Ford Expedition, $200 obo. (501) 352-8484, Tim.

2005 BUICK Lacross CXL, V-6, 132,000 miles, 23-29 mpg., do not like, $4,500 obo. (501) 434-0002, evenings.

4 BUICK rims and 4 tires, 2 mounted, 2 not, tires fair condition, 5-15s, $150. (501) 983-1445.

2000 TOYOTA Celica GT, brand new tires, needs engine work, $2,000 obo. (501) 882-2142.

2007 CADILLAC DTS, exc. cond. inside and out, dk. red w/neutral int., dealer maint., remote start, everything works well, all maint. up to date, adult owned, non-smoker, On-Star, sat. radio, new Michelin tires, 141k miles, $7,950 obo. (501) 920-6348.


2002 FLAGSTAFF camper, good for deer camp, everything works, $1,000 obo. (501) 286-2391 or (501) 983-1428.

JAYCO EAGLE motor home, 1995, 464 engine, 37,400 miles, new tires, very clean, $10,000. (501) 288-1414.

TRAVEL TRAILER cover, new, never used, fits 22-24' trailer, zippered panels front, back & sides, $200. (501) 605-7144.

BICYCLE, LIKE brand new, 16", heavy duty, good Christmas gift, $50. (501) 843-5376.

1963 ARROWCRAFT boat, 50 hp. motor, trolling motor, trailer, $1,200 obo. or will trade. (501) 352-8484, Tim.

1979 MOTOR home, $1,000 cash, no checks. (501) 676-6929.

DIAMOND BACK mountain bike, 26", 24-speed, $120 obo.; Pacific mountain bike, $25. (501) 882-2142.


WANTED: NEWER model riding or push mower, must be good price, pay cash. (501) 843-5376.

1965 MASSEY tractor. 843-6456 or 605-2793.

OLDER SNAPPER riding mower, 2-cylinder vertical engine, large tires on back, runs good, mows, needs brake work, $350. (501) 983-1445.

SNAPPER REAR-TINE tiller, like new, gave up gardening, $550. (501) 288-2233, Beebe/Antioch.

BRIGGS and Stratton 12.5 hp. motor for lawn mower, $125. (501) 983-1445.


LOST: WHITE and brown pit bull, last seen in Hickory Plains area. Reward if found. (501) 412-0479.


FERTILIZED BERMUDA, 4x5, net wrapped. String wrapped 1st and 2nd cut mixed hay. Can deliver. Also, garden manure for sale and bushhogging for hire. (501) 416-8107.

FREE TO loving home, 3 female kittens, white and gray, very friendly and sweet. (501) 628-7527, text only.

GOATS, 1 Nigerian dwarf buck, 2 yrs. old, 2 pygmy does, approx. 5 yrs. old, $175 for all. (501) 941-1557.

DOG HOUSE, new, shingled pitch roof, entry overhang, plywood, painted, 29" w, 36" l, 33" t, $140. 266-0553.

LONG-HAIRED CHIHUAHUA, needs a home, male, 4 lbs., 2 yrs. old, all shots current, FREE. (501) 259-8102.

SMALL MALE dog, tan and white, named Shorty, short legs, missing since 9/26, from Pinewood Elementary area. (501) 650-1094.

3 GOATS. 843-6456.

MULTI-COLOR Lab puppies, free to good home, avail. Nov. 25th. (501) 438-3540.


CUSTOM-MADE INSULATED drapes, queen bedspread, dust ruffles - 15 pcs., pd. $1,200. Asking $195. (501) 268-3886.

15 REEL-TO-REEL tapes, Scotch, 290 mins., new, still wrapped, $25 ea. 882-2142.

GOLF COBRA driver amp., 10.5 deg., reg. flex, almost new, played one round, pd. $299, asking $100. 982-6103 or 580-3751, Jax.

FREE, 2 toilets in very good condition, round, heavy duty, ideal for remodeling, workshop, cabin, etc. (501) 843-2187.

ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR, Golden Compass, joystick control, $400. (501) 676-2877.

TRAIN TABLE w/village, approx. 100 trains from Toys R Us, $75. (501) 613-7588.

NIKE GOLF bag, CarryLite w/stand, black and green, $95. (501) 796-8057.

2 KAYAKS w/accessories and roof rack, $400. (501) 259-3993, Randy.

NYLON ROPE, 3 reels, 3/8" diameter, 300' long, $60 ea.; 300' reel, 1/4" diameter, $40. $220 for all. 982-1163.

TREADMILL, TX50RC, $100. 985-1175.

NORDIC TRACK, used 3 months, $125; original SnoVillage, 64 buildings and accessories, all retired pieces, worth $7,100, asking $1,000. (501) 843-9635.

7 1/2' PRE-LIT Christmas tree in 2 rolling storage bags, 3 yrs. remaining on warranty, $100. (501) 843-0970.

CRAFTSMAN 360º rotating laser track level system w/tripod, used 2 times, $50. (501) 843-0970.

AMERICAN HERITAGE pool table, perfect condition, used only a few times, pd. $3,500, asking $1,500. (501) 438-2612.

DEAN VENDETTA electric guitar, $75 obo. (501) 425-4921.

WOMEN'S COAT, new, $25 cash; men's gold pocket watch, $50 cash, women's teddies, 7 or 8, $20 cash for all; exercise bike, great condition, $55 cash. (501) 858-9530.

STATIONARY BIKE, Exertec, great condition, $75 cash. (501) 834-3772 or (210) 748-4170.

ANTIQUE DELTA table saw; rip fence and miter bar, 3/4 hp., 1725 rpm, 15x24 table, model R5070, cuts 2" deep, belt drive, $200 cash firm. (501) 551-0854.

BOX OF size 7 boy's clothing w/newer Levi's jeans, $35; box of sz. 6 boy's clothing w/jackets, $20; box of boy's sz. 6 summer clothing, $20; box of boy's sz. 4 and 5, both winter and summer clothing, $25. 843-0997.

12x20 STORAGE building, wired w/built-in shelving, to be moved. $3,000. 843-0997.

CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS; leather purses; asst. lg. jackets for women; nice ladies clothing, asst. sizes; ladies rain boots, new colored polka dots; ladies designer brand dress boots, sz. 8M; computer CPU; Hewlitt monitor, Acer, med./lg. sized screen, needs power cord; asst. jewelry. 983-4579.

TEAPOT COLLECTION, couch, hutch, big toolbox with tools. (501) 940-0188.

LAWNMOWER WHEELS and tires from MTD, $35 for rear, $25 for front. (501) 983-1445.

LARGE, WHITE orchid picture, 38x48 framed. (501) 983-4579.

HUSQVARNA FRONT scoop, 36" for lawn tractor, new, never used, assembled, paid $570, asking $450. (501) 288-4833.

SENTRY 1170 file safe, excellent condition, like new, $20. (501) 422-1163.

JUST IN time for Christmas! 10 beautiful 18" porcelain dolls!!! Some have boxes others don't. Can meet in Cabot, Ward or closer to El Paso or Romance. Very nice, always in a case, $15.00 ea. or 22 for 25. (501) 590-2564, text for pics.

BOWLING BALL and bag, 8 lbs., $25; China, Fashion Mana, 12 pc. setting, $30. (501) 864-7117, Sherwood.

USED RV awning, 8'x20', good for deer camp, $45; 2 RV brake controls, $40 ea. 288-7261.

WOMENS WINTER clothes, size 16/16W, average length, name brands, very nice, pants, blouses, sweaters, jackets, etc. $5 per item. (501) 912-2958, Beebe.


COUCH, NICE, like new; glider rocker w/foot stool; 3-pc. bookcase; Queen Anne chair; dining table and hutch; sofa table. (501) 940-0188.

SERTA PERFECT Sleeper queen-size mattress and box spring, 2 yrs. old, clean, like new, $100. (501) 676-2799.

BLACK GLASS entertainment center, $200 obo. (501) 605-7346.

MAPLE DINING room set by Riverside. Round table w/2 leaves, 6 chairs, China cabinet w/hutch, $400. 985-2975.

WASHER/DRYER, Kenmore, stackable; glass top end table; glass top sofa table; computer and table; small TV; mattress and box springs, clean. 940-0188.

GLASS TOP stove and range, $100. (501) 259-3993.

APARTMENT RANGE stove w/butane, tall bottle. 882-6167.

REFRIGERATOR, KENMORE w/ice maker, black, 4 yrs. old, $400 cash. (501) 834-3772 or (210) 748-4170.

3 BAR stools, black, wrought iron, $25 cash ea. (501) 834-3772 or (210) 748-4170.

IRON ROLL-AROUND stool, circa 1950s, $100 obo. (501) 882-2142.

GAS COOK stove, like new, white; lg. electric fireplace; red 2-pc. chaise lounger; brown baby crib w/mattress, excellent condition. (501) 676-6008.

SQUARE TABLE, oak, white w/butcher block top, 4 chairs to match, $125. (501) 983-1445.

WASHER and dryer, Whirlpool, excellent condition, must sell, have warranty, $285 for both; Refrigerator, excellent newer model, must sell, warranty, $285. (501) 612-3521.

KING-SIZE SERTA pillow-top mattress, $80; recliner chair, $25, exercise bike, $25. (501) 286-7606.

FREE, ENTERTAINMENT stand, holds 32" TV, DVDs, CDs and books, light oak color w/glass doors. 681-5388, Jax.

LINGERIE CHEST; slider rocking chair; sofa; desk, 50 yrs. old, no scratches. (501) 952-0055.

SOLID OAK entertainment/curio cabinet, 54" tall x 49" wide x 16" deep, holds 21" TV, adjustable shelves. 985-2404.

WHITE CRIB w/mattress and matching changing table w/pad. All bedding included, plus extra sheets, $150 obo. (501) 605-3685.

2 WOOD chest of drawers, $40 ea.; 2 bedroom suites; antique claw foot table and buffet. (501) 951-6057.


WANTED TO buy: GoKart in good running condition. (501) 612-7748.


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 - 1, 2 and 3 bedroom MH's in nice, quiet, safe park, $400-$600 per month. "One bedroom includes utilities."  Call (501) 472-4100.

NEWLY REMODELED, cozy, one room studio apartments in Jacksonville on Stamps Street. Wood burning fireplace, tile floors and appliance filled kitchen. For rent, $345 plus utilities, deposit $150. No children or pets. Camp Construction, (501) 982-0434.

2 BEDROOM, 2 bath mobile home, newly remodeled, gas and water paid, no mowing, $550 plus security. Also, 3 bedroom available. (501) 988-5187, ask for Ed.

CABOT, NEW construction, 3 BR, 2 BA, 1410 sq. ft. home on 1 acre. Quiet lot. All electric. $1,150 mo. plus deposit. 1 yr. lease. Call (501) 259-8828.

CABOT, CLEAN 3 BR, 2 BA, refrigerator w/ice maker, gas range, dishwasher, garbage disposal, laundry room w/hookups, single car garage w/automatic door opener and storage room. Fenced backyard and storage shed. $850 mo., $600 dep. Pets okay. (501) 286-0128.

UPDATED THROUGHOUT! 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1800 sq. ft., 1-car garage with workshop. $850 month, $850 deposit, includes water and lawn care. Hwy. 38 near Cabot Middle School North. No pets. Call (501) 259-0283.

2300 GREEN Acres, Jacksonville. 2 BR, 1 BA, fenced yard, $550 month, plus deposit. Also, 1412 Pine Dr., 3 BR, 2 BA mobile home, private lot, fenced yard, $600 mo. plus deposit. Call John 912-7976.

CHRISTIAN ROOMMATE wanted, 1 bedroom, kitchen and utilities included. Jackonsville, $250 per month. (501) 533-3122.


FOR SALE: 4 bedroom, 3 bath, metal roof and central heat and air replaced 4 years ago. Beebe School District, 7 miles north of Beebe, 13 miles south of Searcy. (615) 948-6465.


MOBILE HOME OUTSWING DOORS - $169, Combo doors $299, Skirting $7.25, Tubs, $160, Toilets, $75, 501-993-3144.

SPORTS EVENTS >> 11-22-14


Verizon Arena in North Little Rock will host the SEC/Big 12 Women’s Basketball Challenge on Sunday, Dec. 21. The two-game event begins with Texas taking on Texas A and M at 12:30 p.m., with Arkansas facing Oklahoma at 2:30 p.m.

Sophomore Jessica Jackson, of Jacksonville, and junior Melissa Wolff of Cabot are both starters for the Razorback women’s team. Tickets are on sale now at Verizon Arena and all Ticketmaster locations.

Charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or visit or Tickers are $18 for adults and $12 for children. Group sales of 10 adult tickets or more are $15 each.

The Razorback men’s team hosts Southeast Missouri State on Saturday, Dec. 20 at Verizon Arena. Fans that purchase a ticket to that game will get $5 off a ticket for the women’s games on Sunday if purchased at the same time.

OBITUARIES >> 11-22-14


Steve Dennis Fikes, 67, passed away peacefully Nov. 19, at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock.

Steve was born April 3, 1947, in Hot Springs to Morris and Floy Fikes. He enjoyed being outside with his younger brother, Bruce, and playing football. He graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1965 and received a bachelor of science in business administration from Henderson State University in Hot Springs.

Steve served in the Air Force before working as a general manager at several companies. He worked at Arkansas Power and Light, Roto Rooter, and most recently at North Pulaski Waterworks in Cabot.

Steve married his best friend, Karen, on June 17, 1972, in El Dorado. They spent much of their time in Jacksonville where they raised two sons, Kevin and Scott. Steve was a devoted dad, spending many hours at the ballfield coaching and watching his boys play. Steve and Karen could frequently be found traveling the state to cheer on their boys in all their games.

Steve loved to read and had a soft spot for Blue Bell ice cream and other delicious sweets. You could frequently find him sitting in his favorite chair watching the news or ordering another cooking gadget.

He served on the personnel committee at the Jacksonville First Baptist Church, where he was a dedicated member for more than 25 years.

Steve was a true example of a Christian man. He was known for his integrity, strength of character and devotion to his friends and family. His faith was immeasurable and he always put others’ needs first. As “Peepaw” to his two grandsons, Steve fulfilled one of his most important roles. Playing cars, throwing balls and cutting up bananas were simple yet precious tasks that Steve took great joy in doing.

Steve’s giving nature will continue as he was an organ donor. This would thrill him to no end, knowing he is helping others even after he is gone.

Steve was preceded in death by his father, Morris Fikes. He is survived by his beloved wife Karen of 42 years; sons, Kevin of Austin, Texas, and Scott and his wife Meaghan of Little Rock; grandsons, Finley and Miller Fikes of Little Rock; mother, Floy Fikes of Hot Springs; brother, Bruce and his wife Ruth Ann of Hot Springs; two sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law, and many loving nieces and nephews.

The memorial service will be at noon on Monday, Nov. 24. Both services will take place at the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church building fund, 401 N. First St., Jacksonville, Ark. 72076.

Special thanks to Dr. Stephen Tilley, Dr. Fred Meadors, Dr. Ian Cawich, and the CVICU nursing staff at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary.

Steve will be dearly missed, but his faith in Jesus provides a hope that his family and friends will one day see him again.


Malvin Earl Goode, 89, of Cabot went to be with the Lord on Nov. 20 surrounded by his family. He was born Jan. 18, 1925. Malvin was a lifelong farmer and construction worker. He was a Mason for over 50 years, a member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church and a kind loving person who never met a stranger. Malvin was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; daughter, Mary Burrows, and grandson, Greg Rester. Survivors include his daughter, Sandra Rester and her husband Maury of Fort Worth, Texas; son-in-law, Larry Burrows, Sr. and his wife Brenda of Bryant; two grandchildren, Larry Burrows, Jr. and his wife Stephanie of Jacksonville and Kristi York and her husband Mike of Waco, Texas; three great-grandchildren, Kinley and Clayton Burrows and Kimberly Ann York; brothers-in-law, John Ginaris of Danville and Curt Kinnett of Houston, Texas; sister-in-law, Jean Ginaris of West Monroe, La.; one special niece, Lori Cole and her husband Art, and one special great-nephew, Parker Cole, along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24 at Boyd Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Cabot.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Chris Morgan and Chambers Nursing Home for their excellent care, love and support. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Chambers Nursing Home Residents Christmas Fund, Carlisle. Arrangements are by Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke.


Talitha Mayrene Dews, 59, of Jacksonville passed away Nov. 15 at home surrounded by her children.

Mayrene was preceded in death by her father, Earl Thorn; her husband, Bobby Dews, and a granddaughter, Dawn Necole Mays.

She is survived by her mother, Alice Thorn; children, Tracey May Norman Hensley, Shannon Mays and Sam McDowell and son-in-law, Robert Mays, all from Jacksonville; sisters, Shirley Stern of Mesa, Ariz.; Carolyn Eggleston and her husband George of North Little Rock; Margie Brooke of Cabot, and Freda Pearow of Sherwood; grandchildren, Veronica and Jacob Richardson, James Mays, Alexis Mays and Adison McDowell: great-grandchildren, Violet and Christian Richardson, and several nieces and nephews.

Mayrene will be missed by many. The stars shine bright just for you.

A service was held Nov. 22 at Smith – North Little Rock Funeral Home.


Mazie May Cruz, 90, of Jacksonville passed away Nov. 13. She was born June 25, 1924 in St. Louis to the late Samuel and Eva Zummo.

She enjoyed going to the senior center and casinos with her husband. She will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, Macedonio R. Cruz, Sr.; children, Brenda Whitley and John Estes; stepchildren, Barry and Mackie Cruz and Veronica Reed, and numerous grandchildren.

Arrangements by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home


Vernie “JoAnne” McBee Ryan, 78, of Cabot, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Nov. 17. She was born Nov. 20, 1935. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.A. Ryan; mother, Hazel McBee; father, Vernie McBee, and brother, Jim McBee.

JoAnne is survived by her sons, Randy Ryan and John Ryan and his wife Paula; daughters, Debbie Ryan and Allison James and her husband Greg; sisters, Alice McBee, Gertie Sanders and her husband James and Nell McBee; grandchildren, Miranda Rogers and husband John, Angela Ryan and husband Tim, Paige Soderlund, Taylor James, Greg James; great-grandchildren, Lainey Rogers, Bryce Ryan, Myleigh, Rogers, and James Rogers.

She loved spending time with her family, going to Branson, puzzlebooks, fleamarketing, beads and buttons. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Graveside service was held Nov. 22 at Flynn Cemetery in Humnoke.

Arrangements by Arkansas Funeral Care.


Dorothy (Leak) Mason, 89, of Beebe, was born May 2, 1925 at McRae, to Issac and Helen (Yoakum) Leak, and she passed away Nov. 18.

She was a precious, beautiful lady who was loved by all. She enjoyed crafts, and lived her life “one day at a time.”

She is survived by two sisters, Mabel Hooper and Ruth Wyatt; two brothers, Arlen and Lester Pipkins; and five generations of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Mason; birth parents Jack and Helen Leak who died when Dorothy was very young; and Jess and Mae Pipkins, who raised her as their very own; sisters Margaret Cradduck, Leta Wilkerson and Delois Mills; brothers Harlie, Howard and Harold Glenn Pipkins.

Funeral services were held Nov. 21 at Smith – Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Antioch Cemetery. Arrangements were by Smith – Westbrook Funeral Home.


William Carroll Roberts, 70, of Cabot, went to be with our Lord on Nov. 14. He was born on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1943, to Glyn and Jean Roberts of Sheridan.

Raised in Mabelvale, he married the love of his life, Sheila Jean Hastings, his wife of 47 years. He was preceded in death by both his parents, his sister, Betty Welch, and niece Deshea Lankford.

He is survived by his wife, Shelia; son, Chris Roberts and his wife Michelle of Cabot and their three children, Lauren, Lesley and Colton; Jason “Matt” Roberts and his wife, Tracy of Cabot and Matt’s son, Crew of Dallas, and Tracy’s son, Eric Pique of Cabot; his sister, Greta Lankford and her husband Doug of Cabot and their son, Derrick.

Senior Master Sgt. Roberts served in the Air Force for 23 years as an air traffic controller. During his military career, he was recognized many times for his duty and service to his country as a top performing noncommissioned officer. His service included a tour in Vietnam.

Roberts retired from the Air Force in 1983, accepting a position with Cabot High School as the NCO for its JROTC program. He served in this role for over 10 years.

During this time he mentored hundreds of JROTC students, many who credit their military career to him.

He later took a position with the Air National Guard’s Youth Challenge program at Camp Robinson where he worked with troubled youth for over 12 years. Roberts’ passion was always centered on mentoring young people, whether young airmen, students or troubled teens.

He was a deeply devoted Christian father and husband. He attended Cabot Southside Church of Christ. He will be missed deeply by his family and friends. His family is comforted knowing he is with our Lord in Heaven.

Graveside services were Nov. 17 at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander.

Arrangements were by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Evelyn Maurene Spurlock Grimsley, 86, of Sherwood passed away Nov. 14, surrounded by her children. She was a daughter of the late Palmer and Elsie Spurlock of Judsonia.

Mrs. Grimsley was a wonderful, loving and caring mother who will be remembered and missed. She was preceded in death by husbands, Alfred Arnzen and Webb Grimsley, and two sons, Joseph Wayne Arnzen and Gregory Lynn Grimsley.

She is survived by her daughters, Mary Ellen Arnzen of Sherwood; Annette Marie Arnzen Stevens of Durham, N.C.; and son, Alfred William Arnzen of Sherwood; siblings, Jewel Spurlock of Judsonia and Bill Spurlock of Searcy; grandchildren, Suzanne Lee of Durham and Jaymes Stevens of Maumelle, and two great-grandchildren.

She loved roses, watching hummingbirds and visiting with her great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Nov. 18 at Arkansas Funeral Care. Burial was in Serenity Gardens cemetery.

EVENTS >> 11-22-14


The second annual Fill the Truck Toy and Coat Drive will kick off from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Beebe Walmart Supercenter.

New toys, coats and monetary donations will be accepted until Sunday, Dec. 14. All donations will go to the Beebe Angel Tree program to assist local children in need this holiday season.

The toy and coat drive is a collaboration of the Beebe Police Department, Beebe Fire Department, Beebe Chamber of Commerce and Walmart. Collection boxes will be available inside the store, and volunteers will be onsite during weekends to accept donations.

“Time and again, this community has shown love and compassion for one another. More than 600 children are in need of assistance this holiday season. You can place a smile on the face of a child with a simple toy donation, or warm the soul during this winter season with the gift of a coat. The greatest gift one can give is love for another. Please give during this holiday season to help those in need,” Mayor Mike Robertson said.

For more information about Fill the Truck, one may call the Beebe Chamber of Commerce at 501-882-8135. For more information, call Penny Parchman at 501-912-2917 or Flo Fitch at 501-882-5463.


Cabot AARP will hold its monthly potluck dinner and short meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Cabot Senior Center, 600 N. Grant St. next to the library. The Tullos Family and Friends will perform.

Members and people considering membership are invited. For more information, call 501-492-1456.


El Paso’s annual community Thanksgiving supper will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20. The potluck meal will be held in the community center in El Paso. The public is invited to attend.

• A free Ward Community Thanksgiving meal will be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at Cornerstone Assembly Church, 13 Brewer St.

• Beebe First United Methodist Church will hold a free Thanksgiving Day dinner from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27. To attend, call the church office at 501-882-6427 or Bill Palmisano at 501-882-9565.

Reservations are accepted but not required. There will be take out and local delivery available. Transportation can also be arranged.

The church is at 302 N. Main St.


The Cabot Community Theatre, which recently relocated to 1102 S. Pine St. in Heritage Plaza, will perform “Rented Christmas: The Musical” on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6 with dinner being served at 6:30 p.m. and the show starting at 7:30.

Performances without a meal will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11. Dinner-and-show performances will also be held Friday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m., with the show at 7:30. For reservations, call 501-941-2266.


The Christmas for Kids toy drive and the Cabot Christmas Alliance food collection are underway. The group provides for children of all ages and their families who live in the Cabot School District.

Monetary donations can be mailed to Christmas for Kids, care of Bill Holden, 110 Gunsmoke Drive, Austin, Ark., 72007.

To tell the group about families who need toys and food for Christmas, call Terena Woodruff at 501-843-3363, ext. 1018.

To donate toys and to arrange a pickup, call Rita Stewart at 501-743-3560 or Bill Holden at 501-843-2152.

Toys may also be dropped off at all Cabot elementary schools through Dec. 19. They can also be dropped off by calling Randy Holden at 501-743-6171, or 501-408-1792 and leaving a message for Shelley Montoya.


The Jacksonville Sertoma Club is teaming up with the Jacksonville Rotary Club and Lions Club for the annual Civics for Kids at Christmas drive. The organizations are helping children in Pre-K through fifth grade during Christmas. Participating schools are Adkins Pre-K, Dupree, Tolleson, Taylor, Bayou Meto, Pinewood, Arnold Drive, Lighthouse Charter and Pathfinder.

Gifts will be distributed by counselors and staff to families in need who otherwise might not have a Christmas. To donate or for more information, contact Sertoma member Ron McDaniel at 501-590-0183. Checks should be mailed and payable to Jacksonville Sertoma Club, P.O. Box 933, Jacksonville, Ark., 72078. Donations must be in by Sunday, Nov. 30 to ensure a timely distribution of gifts.


Cabot City Beautiful’s 18th annual Santa Shack will be open from Nov. 28 through Dec. 23 at the Walmart Supercenter.

Kids can sit on Santa’s lap and get a free candy cane, plus have their picture taken with him for a small fee.

Its hours from Nov. 28 through Dec. 21 are 6 until 8 p.m. on Fridays; Saturdays from 9-11 a.m., noon-2 p.m., 3-5 p.m. and 6–8 p.m.; and Sundays from 1–3 p.m. and 4–6 p.m. The Santa Shack will also be open from 3-5 p.m. and 6 until 8 p.m. Dec. 22-23.

Friday, November 21, 2014

SPPORTS STORY >> Cabot swim teams victorious at home

Leader sportswriter

The Cabot High School boys’ and girls’ swim teams each took first place in their first home meet of the season Wednesday at the Veteran’s Park Community Center in Cabot.

The Panthers totaled 443 team points to easily outpoint North Little Rock, whose 329 points were good for second place. Valley View finished third out of the eight teams competing in the boys’ division, finishing with 162 points. Jonesboro finished fourth with 149, and Lonoke finished fifth with 129.

In the girls’ division, the Lady Panthers were even more dominant. The Cabot girls totaled 540 points, which was more than double the points that second-place North Little Rock totaled. The NLR girls finished with 242 points.

Jonesboro finished third out of the 11 teams competing in the girls’ division, totaling 215 points. Greene County Tech took fourth place with 199, and Valley View finished fifth with 116.

The Cabot boys finished first overall in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 4:31.24, beating second-place NLR by more than 10 seconds. North Little Rock finished that relay event in 4:43.79.

The Panthers had two different swimmers finish first in individual events. Payton Jones won the 200-yard freestyle race, as well as the grueling 500-yard freestyle race, and Jordan Woodson won the 200-yard individual medley.

Jones was the only swimmer to finish the 200-yard freestyle in less than two minutes. He won that race in 1:54.96, beating Jonesboro’s Colby Neves, who finished second, by more than 10 seconds.

Jones won the 500-yard freestyle by almost two full minutes. He finished that race in 5:15.47, beating Andrew Stuff of NLR, who finished second with a time of 7:10.71.

Woodson’s winning race was much closer. He finished the 200-yard IM in 2:14.24, which barely beat NLR swimmer Josh Hale’s time of 2:14.27.

The Cabot girls won two different relay events Wednesday. The Lady Panthers won the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:47.78, beating second-place Jonesboro’s time of 1:51.67.

In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Cabot girls finished first with a time of 4:19.06 – more than a minute faster than second-place NLR’s time of 5:20.04.

Haylee Beckley and Jessie Baldwin each won two separate individual events for Cabot. Beckley won the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle races, and Baldwin finished first in the 100-yard backstroke and breaststroke races.

Beckley won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:07.76, beating second-place Sydney Adams, of Greene County Tech, who finished in 2:16.38. Beckley won the 500-yard freestyle race with a time of 5:35.38.

Baldwin won the 100-yard backstroke event by more than four seconds. Her winning time of 1:03.55 beat out Jonesboro’s Grace Tedder, who took second place with a time of 1:07.59.

Baldwin narrowly won the 100-yard breaststroke. She finished that race with a winning time of 1:11.87, which edged Lonoke’s Kayla McGee, who finished second with a time of 1:11.96.

McGee did finish first in the 50-yard freestyle race. She finished that event with a winning time of 0:25.40, beating Cabot’s Caytee Wright, who finished second with a time of 0:25.86.

Wright did win an individual event as well, though. She won the 100-yard freestyle race with a time of 1:00.07, beating second-place Mary Kline of Jonesboro, who finished in 1:01.38.

Cabot’s next swim meet will be Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Jacksonville Community Center, and it’s scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

SPORTS STORY >> Cabot boys pull away late against the Rockets

Leader sports editor

The Cabot boys’ basketball team won its season opener Tuesday, beating the Catholic Rockets 51-33 with a dominant second-half performance at Panther Arena. Cabot led just 21-20 at halftime, but a renewed emphasis on rebounding and the ability to capitalize on Catholic foul trouble led to a runaway win.

“I was pleased,” said Cabot coach Jerry Bridges. “The jamboree we went to exposed some things we needed to work on, and I thought the boys responded to those things in practice and executed them better in this game.”

Foul trouble for both teams’ point guards played a big role in the game. Cabot sophomore Bobby Joe Duncan missed most of the second quarter, and the Rockets closed a 21-13 deficit to just one by halftime.

Catholic point guard Chad Wharton picked up his second and third fouls in the first 90 seconds of the third quarter, and Cabot went from up 24-23 to 36-25 over the next few minutes.

“I think you could see when Bobby Joe had to take a seat that we need him out there,” Bridges said. “Of course we don’t have everyone yet and when we get them all here and healthy we’ll have a lot more help there. But you could also see a difference when their point guard went out. I felt like we had a good advantage when (Wharton) wasn’t out there and I thought we did a good job of taking advantage of that.”

Cabot led 33-25 when Tyler Hill lobbed from the top of the key to post player Jared Dixon at the rim. Dixon was fouled and completed the three-point play with 1:21 left in the third quarter.

Wharton checked in after the free throw and drained a 3-pointer to cut the margin to eight, but he picked up his fourth foul with six seconds left in the third and went back to the bench to start the fourth.

Cabot forward Hunter Southerland missed the shot on the inbound play after the foul, but Dixon got the offensive board and putback to make it 38-28 going into the fourth quarter.

The first bucket of the fourth was also a Dixon putback. The 6-foot-6 junior got all six of his rebounds in the second half.

“I got on him a little bit at halftime because he didn’t have a single rebound for us,” Bridges said of his center. “I really needed him to respond to that and I was very pleased with how he did. He’s long and he’s so athletic, we need him to step up. I love how hard he works in practice, but he got to watching a little bit in that first half. I was very pleased, though, with how he played in the second half. We need that from him all the time.”

Seconds after checking back in, Wharton fouled out with 5:48 remaining, crashing into Dixon’s back going for a rebound. The Rockets struggled mightily on offense without Wharton on the floor, failing to score a bucket in the final quarter until 1:16 remained in the game.

Garrett Rowe led Cabot with 14 points, and drew the head Panther’s praises.

“I thought Garrett did a great job of being that guy that was steady for us the whole game,” Bridges said. “He’s been that way for us. He played with a lot of energy.

“I thought the whole team played with a lot more energy in the second half, and toughness. One thing I hadn’t been seeing in practice was the willingness to step in and take that hit to draw a charge. I think we drew three or four and that made me feel a lot better.”

Rowe also led the Panthers with seven rebounds, while Dixon finished with 13 points and six boards. William Hancock led Catholic with 11 points while Wharton scored 10.

Cabot held the Rockets to just 31 total shot attempts while forcing 21 turnovers. The visitors made just 10 of them, including 4 of 11 from three-point range.

Cabot hit 20 of 42 attempts from the floor, including 2 of 11 from outside.

The Panthers, 1-0, travel to Conway on Tuesday.

SPORTS STORY >> Jackrabbits top Carlisle

Leader sportswriter

The veteran-led Lady Jackrabbits’ basketball team dominated visiting Carlisle from the start of their nonconference game Tuesday night at the Gina Cox Center, as Lonoke improved to 2-0 on the season with a 62-31 win over the Lady Bison.

Lonoke, a team that returns every key player from last year’s group that advanced to the Class 4A quarterfinals, led 16-1 after the first quarter. The Lady Bison (1-1), of Class 2A, were able to find more offense in the second and third quarters, but the early deficit was far too much to overcome the more talented and experienced host team.

“I thought we did a better job of competing in the second and third quarters,” said Carlisle coach Jonathan Buffalo. “It’s tough when you spot a team that good with that much experience a 16-1 lead in their own gym.

“We went on a little run in the second quarter and cut it to 18-12. I told them before coming over here, play hard and compete, because the next 18 games we play are the most important 18 games we’ll play all year.

“We only get two nonconference games, so we wanted to see what we could do, and test ourselves a little bit.”

Carlisle’s 11-2 run to open the second quarter began on a free throw by freshman starter Kylie Warren 44 seconds into the quarter, and ended with a 3-pointer by Molli Weems, which cut the Lonoke lead to 18-12 with 2:37 left in the half.

Lonoke coach Nathan Morris called timeout after Weems’ three, and the Lady Jackrabbits closed the first half with a 9-2 run to lead 27-14 at the break.

Carlisle enjoyed its best quarter, offensively, in the third, despite Warren sitting most of it after picking up her fourth foul with two minutes left in the second quarter. The Lady Bison scored 14 points in the third, but Lonoke maintained its double-digit lead at the start of the fourth.

The third quarter ended on a 3-pointer by Lonoke’s Jarrelyn McCall, which gave the host team a 44-28 advantage going into the final eight minutes. Warren picked up her fifth foul 12 seconds into the fourth, and 35 seconds later, Lonoke pushed its lead to 20 on a short baseline jumper by McCall, which made the score 48-28.

McCall then went on a scoring tear till being pulled near the 4:30 mark of the fourth, with Lonoke leading comfortably. The Lady Rabbits doubled the Lady Bison’s point total for the evening on a short jumper in the middle of the lane by senior guard Callie Whitfield with 1:40 remaining, which also set the final score.

Morris was pleased, for the most part, with the way his team played in transition Tuesday, and although Lonoke got the win in a big way, he notices some areas where his group will need to improve before conference play begins next week.

“We’re pushing the ball pretty well,” said Morris. “We’re getting it up and down the floor in transition, and that’s a plus, but we’re still not talking in transition very well. Defensively, we’re not quite rebounding the way we want to, and we’ve got to work on our shot selection a little bit.”

Morris was definitely pleased, though, with the way his leading scorer from a season ago performed throughout the second half, especially in the fourth quarter.

“She’s got a very good jump shot,” Morris said of McCall. “She’s got a good base, good balance, she elevates well, keeps those elbows high – she’s just a pretty dang-good jump-shooter, and midrange at that.”

Lonoke finished the game 21 of 53 from the floor for 40 percent. The Lady Rabbits made 17 of 28 foul shots for 61 percent, and outrebounded the Lady Bison 28-21. Lonoke finished with 13 turnovers; Carlisle had 29 turnovers in the game, but just eight in the second half.

The Lady Bison went 12 of 38 from the floor for 32 percent, and made 4 of 10 free throws for 40 percent.

McCall led all scorers with 20 points – 15 of which came in the second half. Amanda Sexton also had double-digit points. She finished with 13, and a team-high six rebounds. Whitfield had eight points. Kerasha Johnson had six points and a game-high six steals, and Ashlyn Allen added five points.

For Carlisle, Elex McClain led the way with 12 points. She also had five rebounds. Weems had seven points. Warren added six points, and Kayla Golleher had a team-high six rebounds.

Lonoke plays again next Tuesday at home against Heber Springs in the 4A-2 Conference opener.

Carlisle’s next game will be Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Palestine-Wheatley, which will be the 2A-6 Conference opener. Both games are scheduled to tipoff at 6 p.m.

SPORTS STORY >> Red Devils hold back Lion surge

Leader sports editor

The Jacksonville Red Devils bounced back from a disappointing loss on Tuesday with a 74-67 win over the Searcy Lions on Thursday in the first round of the Citizen Bank Classic.

Jacksonville lost 80-63 at Hot Springs in its second game of the season before coming into Searcy High School to defend the tournament championship it won last year.

Jacksonville coach Vic Joyner didn’t start any of his usual starting five against Searcy, but not because of their performance at Hot Springs, and not because the bench played well on Tuesday, but because it played poorly.

“It was a blessing to get this win, but that was not the objective of this game,” said Joyner after Thursday’s game. “We’re trying to establish some depth. We’re going to have to run this year and you can’t run with six or seven players. We jumped out 25-13 on Hot Springs and I put that second group in. In about two minutes we were down. I started those guys tonight to find out if they were going to be able to play for me at all. They just have to get some confidence in themselves. They played a lot better today.”

In each of the first two quarters, players that usually come off the bench played the first five minutes, with typical starters, except Devin Campbell, who sat out to rest a sore knee, playing the final three.

The plan to get more people involved worked. All 12 Jacksonville players that took the floor scored at least one basket while 10 different Red Devils grabbed rebounds and six went to the free-throw line.

The Red Devils jumped out to a 6-0 lead on baskets by Craig Watson, Braylin James and Dajuawn Ridgeway. Searcy guard James Wade began to find his way through the press, and Jacksonville usually dropped back into an extended 2-3 zone. The game slowed down and Searcy answered with a pair of 3-pointers to tie the game with 3:38 left in the first quarter.

Joyner changed units and Jacksonville raced back out to a seven-point lead, but Searcy reserve Anthony Arnold came off the bench to drain back-to-back 3-pointers off the press break to cut the margin to one, where it stayed 17-16 until the start of the second quarter.

James hit a 3-pointer to start the second quarter and Malik Aaron got an offensive rebound and putback to quickly make it 22-16.

Lion forward Jeremiah Clifton then began to heat up, and stayed hot the rest of the game. He led Searcy to a 33-30 lead before Jacksonville’s unit change. From that point, the Red Devils closed the first half on an 11-2 run.

The last bucket came off a steal by LaQuawn Smith deep on Jacksonville’s end of the court. After chasing down his deflected pass, Smith lobbed to Tedrick Wolfe for an alley-oop dunk just before the buzzer, sending the Red Devils to halftime with a 41-35 lead.

Joyner began mixing and matching players in the second half, and the first group continued the momentum from the first half. The Red Devils built a 51-37 lead over the first six minutes, but Searcy closed the quarter with a 9-2 run to make it 53-46 at the start of the fourth.

Clifton continued to carry the scoring load for Searcy while Wade effectively broke the press with his dribble. The Lions had several possessions to tie or take the lead, but the Jacksonville defense came through when it had to. A Clifton three made it 61-58 with 3:32 remaining, but missed free throws hurt the Lions down the stretch.

Jacksonville answered the Clifton bucket when Smith scored on a nifty inbounds play. Wade then missed a pair of free throws and Jacksonville answered with a stickback by Wolfe for a 65-58 lead. Searcy’s Montel Williams then drained a three and Jacksonville turned it over on the ensuing possession. Williams then scored and was fouled to make it 65-63, but missed the free throw with 1:45 remaining.

Jacksonville sophomore Tyree Appleby got the rebound and dribbled the length of the court before dishing to Wolfe for a layup and a 67-63 lead with 1:38 left. Wade then missed a driving shot, but got his own rebound and kicked it out to Clifton for another 3-pointer that pulled Searcy to within one with 1:10 remaining.

Joyner called timeout and the Lions would get just one free throw from that point while Jacksonville closed the game out by hitting 7 of 8 foul shots when Searcy was forced to foul.

Wolfe led Jacksonville with a double-double, scoring 21 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. James added 13 for the Red Devils while Kahlil Hill scored eight.

Clifton led all scorers with 33 points while Wade added 11 points and seven assists.

Free throws played a big role as well. Jacksonville hit 17 of 22 for the game, including 9 of 10 in the fourth quarter and 7 of 8 in the final minute. Searcy hit just 15 of 29, and only 5 of 12 in the fourth quarter. Jacksonville outrebounded Searcy 31-22.

The Red Devils played Greenbrier on Friday and will face Benton at 4:30 today in the final round. Look for details of those games in Wednesday’s edition of The Leader.

SPORTS STORY >> Badgers rally into semifinals

Leader sports editor

HOT SPRINGS – A 31-year absence from the semifinal round of the football playoffs is over for the Beebe football team. The Badgers overcame two early turnovers, a 14-0 deficit and a nearly unstoppable Hot Springs tailback to beat the Trojans 42-35 Friday at Hot Springs High School.

The Badgers fell behind 28-14 to what could have been a dagger play on the opening possession of the second half. From that point, the Badgers outscored the Trojans 28-7 to punch their ticket to a semifinal berth against the Wynne Yellowjackets next week.

“I felt good about it because look, we’ve been here before,” said Beebe coach John Shannon about his team’s early deficit. “Whatever kind of adversity you can think of, this team has been through it. But they’ve persevered through all of it. I’m so happy for those guys.”

Trailing 20-14, Beebe’s defense had backed the Trojans up after the Badgers failed to cover an onside kick to start the second half, but on third and 12, Hot Springs, which usually lines up in the Wing-T or Flexbone, went with an empty backfield and running back Cleo Floyd at quarterback. Floyd rolled right and the Badgers sold out to stop him. But Floyd pulled up and hit a wide-open Kenneth Jones for a 31-yard touchdown and a 14-point lead with 8:27 left in the third quarter.

The Trojans scarcely had the ball the rest of the game.

Beebe answered with a nine-play, 60-yard drive that included two hard counts that got Hot Springs to jump off sides on third down. After Clayton Meurer’s 7-yard touchdown run, Beebe kicker Tyler Jones got a perfect bounce on a second on-side kick, and Bo Smith covered it for the Badgers at the Hot Springs 44. Meurer then went 30 yards on first down, Trip Smith went 9 yards and Jo’Vaughn Wyrick went 5 for the score. Jones’ extra point tied the game with 3:10 left in the third.

Hot Springs needed just two minutes to score when Floyd went 60 yards on third and 6 to put the Trojans back up 35-28.

The Badgers then got behind the chains with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after a 1-yard gain. They got 17 yards on the next two plays to set up fourth and 7. The punt unit took the field but it was a fake – a fake that did not work properly, but worked nonetheless. The quick handoff was dropped and kicked. Wyrick chased it down 7 yards behind the line of scrimmage, dodged one tackler and outran everyone else for the first down. The Badgers converted four more third downs on the drive, including a 32-yard run by Meurer to the Hot Springs 7. Nunez got the last two for the score and the tie with 7:30 remaining.

Hot Springs faced fourth and 3 on the ensuing possession, and Beebe senior Austin Huhn stopped Floyd short of the first down to give the Badgers possession with 5:26 remaining.

“That was just another senior who didn’t want it to end,” Shannon said of Huhn’s stop. They all played big tonight.”

What followed was a methodical Beebe drive – going 50 yards in 10 plays, including a 10-yard gain by Smith on fourth and 1 from the 15. Nunez kept up the middle on the next play for the score with 30 seconds remaining.

Hot Springs got to the Badger 34, but Connor Patrom intercepted a pass intended for Floyd with five seconds left.

The Badgers fumbled the opening kickoff and the Trojans recovered on the Beebe 27. Hot Springs scored in five plays to take a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.

Beebe took over on its own 26 and drove down inside the Trojan 20, but Wyrick fumbled again while fighting for extra yards, and again Hot Springs covered.

The next Hot Springs drive wasn’t as fast, but the result was the same. The Trojans went 85 yards in 15 plays, with a key play being a 22-yard run by Floyd on third and 9. Floyd also got the last 2 for the score with 11:34 left in the second quarter.

A nice return by Wyrick set the Badgers up at their own 44, and this time they held onto the ball. The Badgers went 56 yards in 10 plays with Wyrick scoring from 4 yards out with 6:35 left in the first half.

Beebe defensive end Dusty Grier put Hot Springs behind the chains when he tackled quarterback Anthony Goffigan for a 2-yard loss. Floyd only got back to the original line of scrimmage on second down, and a third down pass attempt fell incomplete.

The subsequent punt went just 15 yards, and Beebe took over on its own 42.

The Badgers got behind the chains as well, but a 13-yard pass from Nunez to Meurer converted a third and 11. Wyrick gained 17 on first down from the Hot Springs 32, and Smith got 12 on the next play to set up first and goal at the 3. Two plays later, Nunez scored the first of his three touchdowns on the sneak to tie the game with 1:13 remaining in the first half.

Hot Springs went into halftime with the lead when Floyd went 67 yards on the first play of the ensuing possession.

Beebe finished with 407 total yards to just 289 for Hot Springs. Floyd had almost all of them, carrying 18 times for 223 yards and three touchdowns.

Smith led Beebe with 25 carries for 153 yards. Meurer carried 10 times for 118, including eight for 105 in the second half. He also caught three passes for 34 yards.

TOP STORY >> Cabot runoff election Tuesday

Leader staff writer

Tuesday is Election Day in the runoff for Cabot alderman Ward 3, Position 1.

Doyle Tullos, who earned more votes than his two opponents in the general election but fell short of the required 50 percent, is facing off against Wendell Gibson.

Lonoke County Clerk Larry Clarke said, as of 4 p.m. Thursday, 262 people had early voted. “That’s not too bad,” for a runoff, he noted.

Clarke also said 91 voted Tuesday, 94 voted Wednesday, and 77 voted Thursday. He expects turnout to hit about 500 voters.

Alderman Angie Jones finished third in the general election earlier this month, losing her bid for re-election.

The official results were 2,490 (41.62 percent) for Tullos; 1,817 (30.37 percent) for Gibson and 1,676 (28.01 percent) for Jones.

Early voting for the runoff is at Re:New Community Church, 1122 S. Second St., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday.

On Tuesday, normal polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

The sites are Grace Fellowship Church at 601 W. Elm St. for Ward 1 residents, Cabot First Baptist Church at 204 N. Third St. for Ward 2 residents, Veterans Park Community Center at 508 N. Lincoln St. for Ward 3 residents and Mount Carmel Baptist Church at 163 Mount Carmel Road for Ward 4 residents.

Tullos is confident he will win. The candidate has been at the polls every day and said, “I’m going to be there until it’s all over Tuesday.”

He also said, “It’s going well…I think they want to put the best qualified person in office, and I have the best credentials for office.”

Jones, who will be leaving office on Dec. 31, has endorsed him.

She told The Leader, “I want someone in there the council can work with. I know that (Tullos is) somebody who loves Cabot and is wanting to be in there for the right reasons… He’ll do a good job.”

Gibson said he was at the polls Thursday and is also optimistic.

“We just hope the people will see a brighter future for Cabot and get out to vote for Wendell Gibson,” he told The Leader.

Tullos is retired and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration. The ASU and Arkansas National Guard Academy graduate has 35 years of management experience in state government and private industry.

Gibson is a licensed contractor and realtor who founded a construction company in 1995.

He and his wife own Arkansas Homes and Land Realty in Cabot.

TOP STORY >> Award is given to wing

The 19th Airlift Wing has been awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for exceptionally meritorious service from August 2012 through last July.

The wing and all supporting groups and squadrons contributed to the success of the award by performing peacetime and wartime missions at their best.

The 19th Airlift Wing is the world’s largest C-130 wing and base in the Department of Defense and is includes four groups, 21 squadrons and 17 staff agencies.

The 19th Airlift Wing continues to carry out missions in Afghanistan and the Middle East, where it’s been active since soon after the terrorist attacks in September 2001.

From supporting the combat airlift mission around the world, disaster relief efforts, unit effectiveness inspections and presidential visits and air shows, the 19th AW has been recognized for excellence in all they do and for contributing significantly to the Department of Defense’s and the Air Force’s overall mission readiness.

“I am extremely proud of you, your hard work and all of the amazing things you accomplish every day,” said Col. Patrick Rhatigan, 19th AW commander. “I’m thrilled that many outside of our organization have noticed your extraordinary efforts as well.”

The Outstanding Unit Award is awarded to any Air Force unit — including the Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard — that performs exceptionally meritorious service, accomplishes specific acts of outstanding achievement, excels in combat operations against an armed enemy of the United States, or conducts with distinct military operations involving conflict with, or exposure to, a hostile action by any opposing foreign force.

The Air Force Historical Foundation also recently presented its James H. Doolittle Award to the 19th AW for its contribution to airpower for more than 80 years.

In giving the award, the foundation noted that the 19th Airlift Wing “has displayed gallantry, determination and esprit de corps while accomplishing its mission under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions in multiple conflicts, and thus has made a sustained, significant contribution to Air Force history.” The 19th AW, also known as the Black Knights, arrived at Little Rock Air Force Base in 2008 and flies the all-new C-130Js in the Global War on Terror.

The wing is part of Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Air Force Base.

TOP STORY >> Holiday events planned in area

Leader staff writer

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a series notifying readers of holiday happenings. If you’d like your event listed, please call Sarah at 501-982-9421.

While only a few are hosting Thanksgiving events next week, the upcoming holiday season is set to be full of holly jolly Christmas fun.

First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville is hosting a Thanksgiving meal for the community and church members at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the family life center. Volunteers are still needed and should arrive at the church an hour before the meal if they would like to help with setting up, serving and/or cleaning up.

Jo Ann Silvi, the church’s office administrator, said she expects hundreds of people to attend.

The event is part of Mission 5000, which provides meals twice a week for those in the community who are less fortunate. The meals are at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and at 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays.

Average attendance is about 150, Silvi said, with Saturday’s meal sometimes feeding about 200.

Volunteers run the program with no paid staff. Food is purchased through donations and received from a local food bank.

About next week’s event, Silvi said, “For someone who might not have the chance to go and have a good Thanksgiving with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes…This is the opportunity to, at no cost, enjoy Thanksgiving.”

Other free meals planned include a Ward Community Thanksgiving supper from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. today at Cornerstone Assembly Church, 13 Brewer St., and a Thanksgiving Day dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Beebe First United Methodist Church, 302 N. Main St.

The annual Cabot Community Thanksgiving Feast has been canceled. Organizers wrote on its website that they were too “overwhelmed” to host it because they started a new ministry over the summer in Mountain View. The website says, “We asked for someone in the community to take over the feast (with our guidance) but there was no one that could take on that huge responsibility.”

But all is not lost for Cabot residents in need. Re:New Church’s food pantry will be open by appointment on Tuesday.

They will give Thanksgiving food boxes to needy families who call 501-286-7966 to make an appointment. The food will have to be prepared at home.

Christmas will be in full swing for The Leader’s coverage area after Thursday.

The Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the 37th annual Holiday Craft and Gift Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the community center, 5 Municipal Drive. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 12-18.

The Christmas Gifts and Décor Bazaar at the Ward Chamber of Commerce Com-munity Building, 80 W. Second St., will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on “Small Business Saturday,” which is Nov. 29.

The first of many parades will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 on Main Street in Jacksonville. The fee to enter a float is $25. Proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club.

Call Laura Walker at 501-982-4316 or email her at to register.

Mayor Gary Fletcher said the parade is being held on a Tuesday because people had left early in the past for larger events in Little Rock. He added that 15 floats and one lighted truck had signed up.

Trophies for the float contests will be awarded during the annual tree-lighting ceremony at Jacksonville City Hall. That will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, with the Arkansas Parks and Tourism Department’s new mascot, the “Holiday Hog.”

The Sherwood Chamber of Commerce has chosen economic development director Barry Sellers to serve as the grand marshal for this year’s Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 6.

The rain date is Sunday, Dec. 7. The parade’s theme is “A Candy Cane Christmas.”

Sellers was surprised to have been chosen after having moved to the community almost a year ago for his current post.

But, he said, “I just honored and humbled and very appreciative that I’ve been so welcomed.

“I couldn’t ask for a better place.”

Beebe’s parade will also be held on Dec. 6. It starts at 6 p.m. from the school campus on Badger Drive, and the theme is “Star Spangled Christmas.”

Judging for awards in civic, commercial, educational and religious categories starts at 5.

The parade will be scheduled for the following Saturday if there is inclement weather.

Parades in Cabot and Ward are set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, respectively.

Ward entries are being accepted through Dec. 12 while Cabot’s deadline is Dec. 8.