Wednesday, May 06, 2015



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

D and D Lawnmower Service - ALL-TIME SPECIAL: oil change, filters changed, blades sharpened, grease job, spark plug, clean-up, $135. Includes pickup and delivery. (501) 843-8800 or (501) 628-7011.

Dish Network - Get MORE for LESS! Starting $19.99/month (for 12 months.) PLUS Bundle and SAVE (Fast Internet for $15 more/month.) CALL Now 1-800-393-5829.

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.


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

BE A HOME INSPECTOR IN 30 DAYS OR LESS - We offer: Home and Commercial Inspection Training, and Continuing Ed  Inspection classes. For details, info: Call 501-796-3627 or e-mail for details or visit:,

Can You Dig It? Heavy Equipment Operator Career! Receive Hands On Training And National Certifications Operating Bulldozers, Backhoes and Excavators. Lifetime Job placement. Veteran Benefits Eligible! 1-866-362-6497.


Immediate Hire - $725 a week. Are you self-motivated? Are you looking for a new career? Local company has 10-15 openings for air quality testers. No experience necessary. Call for an interview at (501) 605-1303.

TRUCK TRANSPORTATION Recruiting openings. First year compensation of $50k attainable plus comprehensive benefits and career advancement with top carrier who is dedicated to its customers and employees! Experience, up-to-date knowledge of the industry, self-motivated with good communication skills a must. Email resume: or call 1-866-423-4367.

NO WEEKENDS or Holidays! Receptionist needed Monday-Friday. Multi-tasking skills and medical terminology a must. Please fax resumes to (501) 843-0144.

Childress Insurance Agency is looking for a full-time licensed personal lines agent. Prefer a minimum of 2 years experience in customer service, preferably as a producing insurance agent. Knowledge of AMS 360 is a plus. Agent will be servicing existing accounts along with cross-selling those accounts, quoting, selling and servicing new business. Email resume to:

Diesel Mechanic: Must have tools $16-$23 plus benefits. Apply online @ CSSAR.COM and call 501-801-8061.

TRUCK DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED! Learn to drive for Stevens Transport! EARN $800 PER WEEK! No Experience Needed! We will get you trained! 1-888-778-0459.

DRIVER TRAINEES! Drive for Schneider! Local, OTR and Tanker jobs at Schneider National! NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! EARN $800+ PER WEEK! Local CDL Training! 1-888-528-5548.

TMC - 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.

Route Drivers: In-state routes. No overnights. Requires CDL A $11-$14/hr plus benefits. Apply online @ CSSAR.COM and call 501-801-8061.

DRIVERS NEEDED! HOME EVERY DAY! Star Transportation is looking for drivers to deliver fuel. Applicants must possess Class A CDL w/Tanker and HazMat endorsements and at least two yrs Class A exp.. BENEFITS INCLUDE: 401k w/matching ins., paid holidays and vacation. FOR MORE INFO: call 870-919-5871 or go online to

DRIVERS- DEDICATED Runs Available. 100% Customer Dedicated Freight. $1100/WK Avg. WEEKLY HOME TIME. TOP-PAY and BENEFITS; Mthly BONUSES and more! CDL-A, 1yr Exp. Req'd. EEOE/AAP LIMITED POSITIONS AVAILABLE. 866-370-4476.

DRIVERS - We support every driver, every day, every mile. No experience? Some or LOTS of experience? Let's talk. Call Central Refrigerated Home. (855) 610-8784.

Butler Transport- Your Partner in Excellence. CDL Class A Drivers Needed. Sign on Bonus! All miles paid. 1-800-528-7825 or


3-FAMILY GARAGE sale, 5/9, 7 am-? 763 Bowen Rd., Furlow. Lots of everything.

YARD SALE, 5/9, 8 am-noon, 10 Country Village Cir., Cabot. Household goods, young men's clothes, some exercise equip., etc.

HUGE GARAGE sale, 5/9, 15 Cabot Cv., Cabot. Furniture, lawn tools, tools, antique glassware, exercise equip., frames, figurines, camera's, books, carpet cleaner, too many other items to list.

YARD SALE, 5/9, 7 am-3 pm, 985 Poppy Ln. Rain or shine. (If directions are needed, call (501) 743-5450.

MOVING SALE, 5/9, 8 am-3 pm, 170 Shantera Pl., Ward. Stools, household items, washer/dryer, desk w/chair, misc.

MULTI-FAMILY YARD sale, 5/9, 7 am-2 pm, 27 Robinson St., Cabot. Lot and lots of different items.


PICKUP BED extender for Toyota or Nissan, no hardware, $65 obo. (501) 843-4890.

1967 EL Camino SS 396, clean title, automatic, matching #s, A/C, factory seats and console, rebuilt engine w/less than 500 miles, $10,500. (501) 259-8990, Kenny.

1996 MERCURY Grand Marquis, very clean, low miles, good paint, new tires, everything works, $4,300 obo. 993-5100.

1979 GMC 1-TON 454 strong engine, set up to pull bumper-pull or gooseneck trailer. (501) 743-8442.

'98 CHEVY S-10 Blazer parts, 4 doors, hood, 2 front fenders (red), dash, heater core, interior parts, 2 gray cloth front seats and more. Make offer. (501) 286-8341.

4 TIRES, 205/75/14 on Ford Ranger wheels, almost new, $350. (501) 983-1445.

TRAILER, 17.5', built for heavy loads (bobcat or heavy tractor), $1`,595. 241-1677 or 554-4078.

GAS TANK for 1976 Impala, great condition, $50. (501) 952-1997.

2006 FORD Taurus, V6, white, cold air, clean, new tires, $4,000. (501) 831-3098.

TIRES, 195/75/14, $30 ea.; 1 new tire, $50. 983-1445.

1995 NISSAN extended cab EX pickup, V6, $2,200. 882-2142.

FORD F150 XL, 6 cyl. reg. cab, 48k miles, $8,000. (501) 605-0908.

2000 TOYOTA Celica GT, white, needs engine, $2,000. 882-2142.

70s ERA Buick rims, 2 w/tires, 2 w/out, 205/15, $125. (501) 983-1445.

3 MICHELIN tires, 235/65/R16, driven 14,000 mi., retail for $165 ea., sell all 3 for $165. (501) 605-1407, Cabot.

'97 TOYOTA Avalon, white, leather seats, 120,000 actual miles, $1,600 cash. (501) 413-5062.

2012 KIA Forte, 55,000 miles, $9,500. (501) 765-6646.

'94 GMC extended cab, 8 cycle 8-6.9 diesel turbo, $4,500. (501) 690-6789.

NEW TEXAS Tiger car hauler trailer, 83"x18" steel diamond plate, tandem axle, 7,000 lb. capacity, elec. brakes. (501) 269-4103.

BRAND NEW Roadmaster universal tow dolly w/electric brakes, $1,200. (501) 352-1914.

1991 FORD F-150 short wheel base, 5-spd., 144,000 miles, some damage, $2,500 obo. (501) 676-5624.

1997 HONDA Civic 4-door sedan, 180,000 miles, $2,800. (501) 259-3312.

PARTING OUT: '92 S10 Blazer, 4WD, auto. trans. and transfer case. Most parts avail., $30 and up. (501) 982-6600.


KAWASAKI 2005 Vulcan Classic 800, lots of chrome and extras, pics. avail., $3,200. (501) 676-3358.

KAWASAKI DIRT bike, 60cc, green, great condition, 6-gears (racing), $1,250 obo. (501) 422-9173 or email

WORKMAN TRIKE, 3-wheels, front wheel brake, $500. 882-2142.

'05 MOTOR home, 4-slides, 1 1/2 bath, extra clean, low mileage. 454-7501.

'07 HD Ultra Class; FLHTCU, 18,800 miles, aftermarket pipes, highway pegs, AM/FM radio/CD player, 96 ci., 1584cc, 6-spd. transmission plus extras, $12,750 obo. (501) 658-3216.


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

ANGEL TRUMPET plants, pink, yellow and white, $4 ea. or 6 for $20. (501) 835-6046.

SNAPPER RIDING lawn mower, 2 cylinders, horizontal motor, needs brake repair, $350; (3) 225/15 tires, like new, $175; (3) 205/15 studded snow tires, on white spoke Chevy wheels, good trailer tires, $175. (501) 983-1445.

MOWING DECKS, 46" Murray, 36" Craftsman, 42" MTD, $100 ea. (501) 983-1445.

MASSEY FERGUSON 150 tractor, gas engine, $3,750. (501) 259-3396.

TRACTOR - FERGUSON 30, 2WD, good condition, runs great, $2,200. (501) 286-0698.

SELF-PROPELLED LAWNMOWER, 22" cut, $75. (501) 676-6956.

CHERRY PICKER, 8-ton engine hoist, $100. (501) 676-6956.

CRAFTSMAN RIDING mower, 42" cut, runs and mows good, $375. (501) 983-1445.

2013 SCRAPPER riding mower, 30" cut, less than 10 hrs. on engine, $800. (501) 350-5118.

JOHN DEERE self-propelled walk-behind mower, runs great. (501) 628-7011.

HUSQVARNA RIDING mower, 23 hp., 48" cut, 124 hrs., like new, $1,150 cash. (501) 422-8946.


WANTED: MALE CHIHUAHUA. (501) 246-0257.

MAMMOTH JENNY donkey and 7 mo. old Jack colt, $500 ea. (501) 350-7872.

WANTED TO buy: several goats at reasonable price. 516-7242, Larry.

PRICE REDUCED - good mixed hay, 4x5 rolls, some string-wrapped, some net wrapped and garden manure for sale and bush hog for hire. (501) 416-8107.

LAB./BEAGLE/DACHSHUND MIX puppies, 1 males, 1 female available for adoption at Jacksonville Animal Control, (501) 413-5821.

FREE, 2 gentle dogs, Basset Hound mix and Australian Shepherd mix. (501) 388-2465.

LAMANCHA GOATS, 1 wether, 1 doe, 6 mos. old, $50 ea. or $80 for both. Call/text (501) 743-5079, Stephanie.

FREE LAB., female, excellent watch dog, good w/kids, house trained, (501) 246-0257.


CUSTOM-MADE INSULATED green drapes, queen bedspread, coral dust ruffle - 15 pcs., pd. $1,200. Asking $165; lg. dried Hydrangeas, 25¢ ea. (501) 268-3886.

PIANO, KIMBALL console upright w/bench, $650. (870) 761-8543.

APPROX. 1/2 acre of chain link fence, $500, you take down, 2 gates, 1 drive-thru, 1 walk-thru. (501) 259-6550.

4 BASEBALL bats, 3 pr. cleats, bat bag, like new, all for $125. (501) 983-1445.

WESLO TREADMILL, brand new, $275 obo. (501) 676-1408.

BROWN EXECUTIVE chair, $45; blue rocker, $45; med. sized wheelchair, $95; Infrared heater, $95. (501) 241-0469.

DESKTOP COMPUTER, HP/ACER, (501) 983-4579.

MEDITERRANEAN-STYLE SAGE green shower curtain, dark sage green silk curtains, 84" length; lg., wide orchid picture, only 2 yrs. old; wreaths for door, asst'd seasons. (501) 983-4579.

WOMEN'S JEANS, khakis vintage Levi's, ladies coat w/hood, new ladies boots, men's Levi's, turquoise, sz. 38. (501) 983-4579.

NEW PANTECH cellphone, $50. 241-1677 or 554-4078.

25 OLD Beckett '93-'96 baseball card books, Nolan, Boy's Life, Price Guide, $20 for all; several lg. travel bags/duffel bags, $5-15. 843-4890.

14' PADDED trampoline, $75; 28' fiberglass extension ladder, used twice, pd. $349, sell for $275. (501) 843-3664.

RAZOR ELECTRIC Euro-style scooter, $275 obo. (501) 944-0322.

WESLO CADENCE EX14 treadmill, on rollers, and folds for storage, $120 obo. (501) 944-0322.

RAUSCH RACING 18-wheeler w/car and tool box, brand new but not in package, $75 obo. 882-2142.

MARCY RECUMBENT exercise bike, like new, pd. $149, sell for $50. 843-2858, Cabot.

2 ELECTRIC motors, 1700 RPMs, $65 ea. (501) 983-1445.

MOBILE HOME door, 77x34, has keys; Apex TV, older model; beautiful gold mirror, 55x34. (501) 882-6102.

UPPER and lower kitchen cabinet doors, wood, make offer; indoor 36" round exercise trampoline w/side arm stretches, $65 obo. 843-4890.

NICE 3-4 person spa, $1,000 firm. (501) 425-8291.

FREE LANDFILL - filling in pond. Will take rocks, bricks, blocks, dirt - NO wood or garbage. Go north on Porter Rd. at Johnson Chapel Store, Hwys. 38 and 86, west of DesArc. (870) 854-5094.

FISH BAIT, got rice tail slick, Hwy. 38 and 86, go north on Porter Rd., west of DesArc. (870) 854-5094.

GLASS VASES, all sizes, 25¢-$2 ea.; pictures frames w/pictures, all sizes, 25¢-$5 ea. (501) 843-4890.

Apple iPhone 5s, 16 GB, ATandT, black and silver, excellent condition, no scratches, etc. Complete in box w/ear buds and charger plus an Otter protective cover, $350 cash. (501) 605-2712, leave msg.

REPAIR and operator manuals for John Deere and Allis Chalmers tractors. (501) 416-8107.

3 PT. DRAW bar for Allis Chalmers D-17. (501) 416-8107.

TIN, new rainbow color, 10' and 12'x36" wide. 843-6354.

6.5 HONDA cement mixer, 3 yd. 288-0850.


HAIRE CHEST freezer, 7.1 cu. ft., used 2 months, good condition, $125 obo. (501) 590-3360.

2 COMPLETE twin beds, mattress, box springs and frame, very good condition, $100 per set. (870) 761-8543.

BAR, HANDMADE, doors and drawer, brass foot rail, 5', $1,000. (870) 761-8543.

REFRIGERATOR, ice and water in door, like new, $650 obo. (501) 843-0232.

BABY BED, adjustable, excellent condition, $75. (501) 676-6956.

FREE TWIN bed mattress, box springs, sheets and bedspread. 941-5189.

PRINCESS PINK and white toddler bed w/mattress, great condition, $50. (501) 605-4422, Cabot.

SANYO 24" HDTV, new, $150 obo. (501) 944-0322.

ANTIQUE STOOL, iron, circa 1940s-1050s, $80 obo. 882-2142.

GREEN ROCKING chair, $30; design ottoman, $25; black leather love seat, $50; entertainment center, $50; lg. white desk, $80. All items obo. Pics. avail. (501) 438-2788.

TWIN BEDS, 2 sets, $100 ea.; handmade bar w/brass foot rail, $1,000; bookcase, $50; chest, $20. (870) 761-8543.

ENTRY TABLE w/matching mirror, solid oak, $125. Pics. avail. 605-3268.

FREEZER, 17 cu. in., older model, needs freon, $100. (501) 749-2026.

CHERRY DRESSER, 2 night stands, armoire, $200; coffee table, sofa table, end table, all marble tops, from Ashley's, $300; sofa and love seat, $150. Morgan/Maumelle exit. (501) 519-7902 after 5 pm.

HAIER DORM refrigerator, great for school, $45. 985-2244.

QUEEN SIZE bed and mattress, heavy duty, solid wood, excellent condition, pd. $1,500, sell for $600. (501) 288-0638.

LARGE CHINA cabinet and hutch, touch lighting, good condition, $700; black leather love seat, very good condition, $175. (501) 615-5615.


WANTED: 5' bush hog. (501) 609-5473.


Jacksonville - Commercial office space available for lease. Approx. 1000 sq. ft.,  $650 per month. Call (501) 743-0766.


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.

CABOT: 5 bedroom, 3 bath, large living room with wood-burning fireplace, ceiling fans, new appliances and heat pump. Large deck w/stairs, $1,500 month, $500 deposit. $500 pet deposit. No smokers. (501) 416-2915.

COZY STUDIO apartment with wood burning fireplace in Jacksonville. Appliance filled kitchen. Starting at $345 plus utilities. No children or pets. Military discount available. Camp Construction, (501) 982-0434.

CABOT - MUST see! 3 bedroom, 2 bath, all brick home, freshly updated. $1,000 mo. w/$1,000 deposit. (501) 628-1225.

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

Jax. - 1 bedroom campers, all utilities, $450 month. Also, 2 and 3 BR MH $450-$600 month + deposit. All located in a quiet park. (501) 472-4100.

CABOT - 2 bedroom, 1 bath, large kitchen, large enclosed yard, close to schools. $650 month, $600 deposit. Call (501) 920-1673.

NICE HOME in Cabot, very good condition, close to schools and parks, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, $850 month plus $800 deposit. Call (501) 920-1673.

CABOT, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 13 Barker, Cabot. All electric, tile throughout, garage, 1350 sf., no pets, 1 year lease, $750 mo., $750 deposit. (501) 951-8096.


HOME FOR sale: 1215 Melrose Dr., Jacksonville. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, new carpet, new flooring throughout. FSBO. (501) 425-7549.


WANT TO BUY A HOME? Have past Issues? We make home buying EASY! Call 501-653- 3204.

MOBILE HOME - Moulding, $1, Floor Vents, $6, Skirting $7.25, Tubs, $160, Outswing Doors, $169, Combo Doors, $299,  Vent hoods, $30-$60, Porch Lights, $5, Screws, $4 per pound, 501-993-3144.


OBITUARIES >> 5-6-15


Doyce D. Owens, 72, of Beebe took Jesus’ hand and made his journey home May 2 leaving behind his pain and suffering from cancer.

He was born May 6, 1942, to Delpherd and Odean Blasingame Owens.

Doyce was a born-again Christian and Baptist by faith. He cast out a lot of demons in his last years. His favorite saying was “Do as I say, not as I do.”

His greatest earthly joy was all his grandchildren.

Doyce loved antique tractors and having a garden.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Kaiden.

Doyce is survived by his loving soulmate, Linda Fowler Owens; one son, Rick Owens and his wife Pam; daughters, Angie Rowden and her husband Mark, and Cindy McColgan and her husband Andrew; grandchildren, Linda and her husband Henry Lavoie, Tosha and her husband Coy Loftis, Matt, Ricky and his wife Karen, Zack, John and his wife Courtney, Jeremiah, and Houston Owens, Justin Rowden and Emily McColgan; great-grandchildren, Destiny and Hayley Lavoie, Dezirae, Ciara, and Jaden Loftis, Lexi Owens, Blaine Owens, Xavior Rowden and Noah Owens, and three sisters, Shirley McKinney, Linda Marek and her husband Dan, and Kathy Jackson.

Special thanks to Summit Hospice, his beautiful nurse, Jenna Williams, and Letty Tippit’s special care.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe, with entombment in Meadowbrook Mausoleum.


Brett Allen Lund, 55, of Cabot died May 3 at his home. He was born March 29, 1960, in Rolla, Mo., to the late Gerald and Velma Razor Lund.

Mr. Lund served his country in the Air Force as a pilot for more than 20 years. On July 27, 1985, he married Jill Ann Thompson in Salem, Mo.

Brett was a private pilot following his military career.
 Mr. Lund is survived by is survived by his wife, Jill Lund; three children, Sara Michelle and her husband Richard Nowroski of Jacksonville, Brittany Lund of Cabot and Mark Lund of Bonne Terre, Mo., and grandchildren, Jenna Nowoski and Maxen Lund.

A memorial service will be held in Salem, Mo., at a later date. Cremation arrangements are by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home and Crematory.


Johnnie Bruce Tanner, 70, passed away May 2.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Henry and Mary Beth Tanner, and a sister, Cheryl.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Tanner, of Lonoke; children, Mary Ann and her husband Wayne Smith of Lonoke, and Gary and his wife Stephanie Tanner of Alexander; siblings, Don and his wife Marilyn Tanner of California, Bobby and his wife Jenny Tanner of Arizona, Ronnie and his wife Judy Tanner of Washington, Roger and his wife Nancy Tanner of Missouri, Jimmy and his wife Becky Tanner of California, and Debbie and her husband Robert DePriest of Lonoke, and a grandson, Davis Tanner.

The family thanks Home Hospice Care and the staff at Lonoke Heath and Rehab for the care they gave him.

A graveside service was held May 4 in Brownsville Cemetery in Lonoke. Arrangements were by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.


George (Ken) Foutch, 81, of Vilonia passed away on April 30.

He was born Sept. 21, 1933, in Burnyville, Okla., to the late Jason James Foutch and Susie M. Moore Foutch.

He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Georgia Hall.

Mr. Foutch was a retired Air Force veteran, a member of Whispering Pines Chapter of the Good Sam’s RV Club.

He is survived by his loving wife Josey (Jo) Foutch; one son, Bruce Foutch; one daughter, Evelyn Anderson; granddaughters, Kristi Wright, Amanda Shepherd and Samantha Shepherd, and four great-grandchildren.

The funeral was held May 5 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. Interment with military honors was at Arkansas State Veteran’s Cemetery in North Little Rock.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association or your favorite charity.


Billy Sloan Thornton was born on July 2, 1929, a son of the late Claude and Ester Thornton.

Bill married Christine Allison on Jan. 27, 1956. Together they raised four children and ran a dairy farm in Hickory Plains. They were married for 59 years and were devoted members of Hebron United Methodist Church.

Bill served faithfully in many areas over the years including superintendent, lay leader and Sunday school teacher.

In addition to his military service as radio operator during the Korean War, Bill served with Associated Milk Producers, Inc. for many years.

Among his many honors and accomplishments, he was appointed by President Bill Clinton’s secretary of agriculture, Dan Glickman, to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Dairy Promotion and Research Board in 1996.

Bill was known throughout the community as a hard-working, kind and honest man. He is loved and treasured by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James and Charles Thornton, and a sister, Melba Brantley.

Bill is survived by his wife Christine; sisters, Martha Akin of California and Alice Adams of Cabot; a daughter, Terry Cody Mitchell and her husband Earl; sons, Doug and his wife Denise, Rob and Bob and his wife Kim Thornton, nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

The funeral was held May 4 at Hebron United Methodist Church in Carlisle.

Burial was at Hebron Cemetery. Arrangements were by Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.


Eula Mae Rowlett, 91, of Ward went to be with the Lord on May 1 in Beebe.

She was born on Jan. 15, 1924, in Imperial, Calif., to the late William Homer and Eulah Wiggly Jones.

She was also proceeded in death by her husband, Sol Rowlett; a son, Daniel Rowlett, four sisters, five brothers and one great-grandchild.

EVENTS >> 5-6-15


First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville will host a free classical music concert by the winners of an international contest called the IBLA Grand Prize Music and Voice Competition.

The performance will be held at 7 p.m. Friday. The church is at 220 W. Main St. For more information, call 501-786-2639.

A second performance will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at the Argenta Community Theater, 405 Main St. in North Little Rock. For more information, call 501-353-1443.

Musicians slated are Italian soprano singer Francesca Adamo, Italian guitarist Alessandro Blanco, Italian guitarist Giuseppe Sinacori, Italian Jazz pianist Giuseppe Blanco, Italian cellist Luca Giovannini, Italian violinist Andrea Timpanaro, Japanese pianist Miwa Hoyano, South Korean pianist Cho Hyun Park, who lives in the United States; French soprano singer Elsa Roux Chamoux, Polish pianist Anna Rutkowska-Schock, pianist Nanke Flach and lame sonore player Annette Scholten, both of Holland.


St. Vincent Medical Center-North and the clinic it operates inside Walmart on Hwy. 107 has partnered with Sylvan Hills High School and Sylvan Hills Middle School to provide physicals for male and female athletes who are required to have them.

Physicians will be at the schools on the next four Fridays — May 8, 15, 22 and 29.


The North Pulaski High School band and choir will present their spring concerts in the next two weeks at the NPHS auditorium.

The choir concert is at 7 p.m. Thursday, and the band concert is Thursday, May 14, with the last Northwood Middle School concert at 6:30 p.m. and the high school performing at 7:30 p.m.


The Jacksonville High School choir will present a two-hour performance of “Flashback Follies 2015” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the JHS auditorium.

Director Chris Cross says the follies features hit songs from music eras of the past, present, future and far, far away with highlights of shows from the past three years.

The 65-student choir will perform music from the Beatles, Motown and Memphis soul music, then more modern music from Christina Aguilara, John Legend and Pink. They will also perform Disney classics, Broadway selections and provide other entertainment.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for adults.


The Highway 86 Gospel Band will perform at 5 p.m. Saturday at Shiloh Baptist Church, 460 Shiloh Road in McRae.

Everyone is invited. There will be a hot dog roast and fellowship following the program. Call 501-230-1285 for more information.


The Jacksonville Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, 2413 Northeastern Ave.

For more information, call 501-533-7708.


The Verandah Garden Club will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 16 at 6917 Ponderosa Drive in North Little Rock. For more information, call 501-819-0739.


The Cabot Tea Party meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Grandpa’s Bar-B-Que, 1801 S. Pine St. The meetings are open to the public.

Dist. 44 state Rep. Joe Farrer (R-Austin) will speak at the group’s meeting on May 14. For more information, call 501-813-6980.


Jacksonville will hold a National Day of Prayer gathering at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at city hall, 1 Municipal Drive.

Eight pastors from churches of several denominations will participate, and the mayor is set to sign a proclamation.

According to the event’s organizer, Pastor Dennis Wilkins, Alderman Bill Howard will lead the group in reciting the pledge. Angie Mitchell will sing “God Bless America.”

 A prayer rally will be held at 7:45 a.m. Friday at the Sherwood Police Department’s flagpole to celebrate the national event.

 Cabot invites the public to its annual National Day of Prayer event at 2 p.m. Thursday in the courtyard behind city hall.

Several local pastors and organizations will be on hand to lead the community in prayer.


The Tri-Community Fire Department will hold a fish fry from 4 until 7 p.m. Saturday, May 16 at the fire station on Hwy. 321 at Bear Road.

The menu includes fish, chicken, hush puppies, slaw and all the trimmings, plus a dessert and a drink. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children 5 to 12. Kids under 5 eat free.

Proceeds will benefit the fire department. For more information, call Faith Wurl at 501-213-6444 or Linda Baldwin at 501-843-3336.


Calvary Pentecostal Church of God in Beebe will hold an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 5 until 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16. The event will be catered by N&N Family Restaurant in Cabot.

Tickets are $15 each for adults. Children 4-10 are $9. Kids under 3 eat free. There will also be live music and a silent auction.

Proceeds will help send the church’s youth group to the National Talent Expo Finals in Texas. The menu will include catfish, chicken strips, sides, banana pudding and drinks.

The church is at 370 Hwy. 64 West.


The North Pulaski Retired Teachers Association will hold its annual potluck, installation-of-officers ceremony and scholarship award presentations at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 14 at First Electric, 1000 S. JP Wright Loop Road in Jacksonville.

Members are asked to bring membership dues and volunteer hours to this meeting or email them to Elaine Wolf. Membership packets will be distributed to new retirees in the school district following the meeting.

For more information, call Sharon Johnson at 501-982-6345.


The Jacksonville chapter of the NAACP will not hold its monthly meeting this Sunday because of Mother’s Day. The civil rights group will announce a make-up date soon.


Zion Hill Baptist Church in Cabot will host its spring revival Sunday, May 17. A morning service will start at 10:55 a.m., and an evening service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Services will also be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 18 through Thursday, May 21.

Paul McClung, who retired as pastor at Sherwood First Baptist Church and worked for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, will speak. He and his wife, Linda, still live in Sherwood.

Billy Davis will lead the revival music. He is pastor of worship at Central Baptist in North Little Rock.

The church is at 11923 Zion Hill Road near Hwys. 89 and 107. Call 501-988-4989 for more information.


Beebe Animal Control is holding a dog adoption fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16 at the Beebe Animal Shelter, 1401 E. Center St. The event will have free hot dogs, popcorn and drinks.

For more information, call Kim Weeks at 501-288-1940.


The Rock City Cruisers car club will hold its third annual car and bike show at Knight’s Super Foods in Jacksonville, 315 S. James St., at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 30.

Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. and will feature one for Knight’s Favorite of the Show and best Backyard Builder for car and motorcycles. The entry fee is $20 for the first vehicle and $10 for each additional vehicle per participant.

Proceeds will be donated to local charities.

The show is free to the public. In case of rain, the event will be held from 1 until 5 p.m. Sunday, May 31.

For more information call Knight’s at 501-982-3841, 501-315-3881 or 501-568-2358.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

SPORTS STORY >> Lady Panther power leads to win at ATU

Leader sports editor

The Lady Panther softball team scored six runs on eight hits and took advantage of four Atkins errors to beat the Lady Red Devils 6-1 Monday in a nonconference matchup at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville.

Cabot pitcher Megan Good-night threw six innings of shutout ball before yielding a run in the bottom of the seventh on two singles and a hit batter. The Senior right-hander gave up six hits total while striking out eight and walking two.

Cabot got on the board first in the top of the second inning when a leadoff double by Kaitlyn Felder was followed two batters later by a two-out single by Hannah Montgomery.

The Lady Panthers got the first two runners on in the third inning when Macee Abbott beat out a single to shortstop and Heather Hill doubled to center field. That put runners on second and third, and Lauren McCluskey hit a sacrifice grounder to shortstop to score Abbott while Hill held up at second. An error advanced Hill to third, and another error allowed her to score to give Cabot a 3-0 lead.

Cabot had another rally going in the fourth inning, but it stopped at just one run when Abbott, who was originally called safe at second on a line drive single by Hill, was called out on appeal. But before that, Bethany Knowles scored on Hill’s line drive to make it 4-0.

In the top of the fifth, Goodnight opened the inning by sending a 0-1 pitch over the wall in center field, her team-leading eighth home run of the season and a school record. The team’s 22 home runs is also a school record in fastpitch softball, which began in 1998.

“It’s by far the most home runs of any team I’ve coached,” said Cabot coach Chris Cope. “My first year at Dardanelle I had a girl hit two or three maybe. My teams at Searcy probably never hit more than that. I think the weight room has helped us more than anything. We’ve done the weights here more than anywhere I’ve been. And it seems like they keep making the bats hotter so that plays a part in it, too.”

Felder almost duplicated Goodnight’s hit, but her shot hit the wall in center for a stand-up double. Courtesy runner Shauna Attendorn replaced the catcher on the base paths, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Rachel Allgood to cap Cabot’s scoring.

Felder went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Hill went 2 for 4 with a double and a run batted in, and Abbott went 2 for 3.

Cabot (23-4, 11-1) hosted West Memphis in a 7A/6A-East Conference game on Tuesday, and will travel to Crittenden County for the rematch and conference finale on Friday.

SPORTS STORY >> Home runs help Cabot beat Rockets

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The Cabot baseball team dropped its first 7A-East Conference game of the season Friday in Little Rock with a 2-1 loss to Central, but on Monday, the Panthers got a quality nonconference win in Little Rock with a 6-4 victory over Catholic High.

“That’s a great nonconference win,” said Cabot coach Ronnie Goodwin after Monday’s win. “That’s a quality opponent, and that was a state tournament type of atmosphere. It was a little bit of an emotional game on both sides.

“I kind of just told the team – first thing I said when I went out to the huddle was, ‘I honestly don’t know how you won the game.’ I mean, four or five double plays in seven innings that we either hit into or ran ourselves into with some bad base running.

“We made two errors on the day, but what saved us was our pitching. We didn’t walk guys. We made them earn everything. It was a great, quality win. When you don’t play your best and you still beat a quality team, you’re doing something right.”

Cabot (14-8) scored two runs in the first inning on a two-run home run off the bat of Tristan Bulice, but Catholic (19-7) answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning to lead 3-2 after one.

Starting pitcher Evan Hooper scored Cabot’s third run in the top of the second. He hit a double off the left-field fence and scored the next at-bat on a tough error at shortstop off the bat of Jonathan Latture.

The Rockets, though, answered with a run in the bottom of the second. That came as the result of a Will Dickinson solo home run, which gave Catholic a 4-3 lead.

Hooper pitched a scoreless inning in the third before being relieved by Logan Gilbertson in the fourth. Gilbertson gave up just two hits and no runs in his two innings of work, and Brett Brockinton pitched the last two innings.

Cabot, though, didn’t score again until the sixth. The Panthers looked as if they were going to have yet another scoreless inning, but designated hitter Easton Seidl reached on a two-out single to right field before Hooper blasted his third hit of the game over the fence in left center, putting the Panthers up 5-4.

Brockinton kept the Rockets off the board in the bottom of the sixth and Cabot scored an insurance run in the top of the seventh to set the final score.

With two outs in the top of the seventh, catcher Denver Mullins walked. Jake Slunder came in to run for Mullins, and scored the next at-bat on a Bulice double off the high wall in center field, which gave Cabot the 6-4 lead.

Catholic leadoff hitter Cameron Tissue led off the bottom of the seventh with a hard-hit single to left field. Zach Sokora tried to advance Tissue to second with a bunt, but the ball was popped up in front of home plate where Mullins made the routine catch.

Three-hole hitter William Hancock then came to the plate, representing the tying run, but Hancock hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the game.

Brockinton officially earned the win for Cabot. He gave up just the one hit to Tissue in the bottom of the seventh. Gilbertson had two strikeouts in his time on the hill. Hooper struck out two as well. He gave up four hits, but only two of the four runs scored on him were earned.

Hooper may not have gotten the win on the mound, but he along with Bulice led Cabot at the plate. They each went 3 for 3, and both were a triple shy of the cycle. Bulice had three RBIs and a run scored and Hooper had two RBIs and two runs scored.

Dylan Bowers also had multiple hits for Cabot, going 2 for 4 with two singles. The Panthers outhit the Rockets 11-7.

Against Central on Friday, each team totaled seven hits, but Cabot had one error while the Tigers had zero. The Tigers scored their two runs in the third inning, and the Panthers scored their run in the top of the fourth.

Mullins and Bowers led the offense in that game. They each had two hits.

Cabot’s loss to Central on Friday puts the two teams in a tie for the top spot in the 7A-East standings, with 3-1 records. The Panthers, though, hold the tiebreaker over the Tigers, since they beat Central by a greater margin in their first meeting of the season earlier last week.

The Panthers control their own destiny as far as getting a No. 1 seed in the 7A state tournament, and even though they lost their first 7A-East game on Friday, they did get a quality win on Monday over Catholic, and Goodwin believes his team is starting to play its best ball at the right time.

“We always preach in our program, be playing your best at the end of April and May, and I feel like that’s kind of happening now.”

Cabot resumed 7A-East play last night at home against West Memphis after deadlines, and they’ll go to West Memphis this Friday for the final 7A-East game of the season. This Friday’s game at West Memphis is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

SPORTS STORY >> Lonoke earns third-straight district

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The Lonoke baseball team won its third-straight 4A-2 District Tournament championship Saturday at Riverview High School in Searcy with a dominant 14-4 mercy-rule victory over Newport in the tournament championship game.

Lonoke got to the championship game with a come from behind 8-7 win over Central Arkansas Christian in the semifinal round. Newport advanced to the tournament final by knocking off regular season conference champion Stuttgart in the semis.

By the tournament final, the Greyhounds had used up a good chunk of their pitching, but were hitting the ball well enough to lead in the early goings. Lonoke led 2-1 after the first inning, but Newport scored three runs in the second to take a 4-2 lead.

Unfortunately for the Greyhounds, though, it was all Lonoke after that. The Jackrabbits scored a run in the third inning to cut the deficit to 4-3, and added five more runs to their side of the board in the fourth to take an 8-4 lead.

Lonoke then had its most productive inning in the fifth, scoring six runs to end the game on the sportsmanship rule.

Both teams had nine hits in the five-inning game, but Newport walked nine Lonoke batters, hit another, and the Greyhounds committed five errors in the field. Conversely, Lonoke gave up just one walk and committed just one error.

“That first game with CAC, we knew we were going to be in for a dogfight,” said Lonoke coach Darrick Lowery. “They played a heck of a game with Heber (Friday) night, going to 10 innings. They’re playing extremely well here at the end of the year and they made us work for everything.

“We made a lot of mistakes that kept them in the ballgame, but we found a way to win. In this game, Newport, they had it tough having to play so many games in three days.

“They were running out of pitching, but we did a good job of being patient at the plate and taking walks and doing what we needed to do to eventually pull away.”

In the inning that Lonoke put the game away, the bottom of the fifth, Casey Martin got things started with a walk. He stole second base and went to third on a passed ball before scoring on an error at second base off the bat of Haven Hunter. That put the Rabbits up 9-4.

Cody Martin also reached on an E4 the next at-bat, and Nick Graves drew his third walk of the game to load the bases. Christian James then walked with the bases juiced, scoring Hunter for Lonoke’s 10th run of the game.

Cody Martin scored the 11th Lonoke run on a passed ball before Kade Stuart walked to once again load the bases. Winning pitcher Keith Lingo walked the following at-bat to score Graves, and James scored Lonoke’s 13th run on an error at shortstop off the bat of Savonte Rountree.

Newport got the second out of the inning the next at-bat, but Casey Martin ended the game the following at-bat with a single to right field. Stuart scored on the play, and the game ended because Lonoke’s lead reached 10 runs in five innings of play, invoking the sportsmanship rule.

Casey Martin led Lonoke with three hits against Newport. Cody Martin also had multiple hits against the Greyhounds, going 2 for 2 with a double, single and three runs scored.

Lingo took over pitching duties at the start of the third inning with his team down 4-2. He recorded zero strikeouts, but didn’t give up a single run on just three hits and one walk allowed in the three innings of work.

“He’s a kid that was injured for over half the year,” Lowery said of Lingo. “He comes in and we throw him in in a big spot and he throws three scoreless innings. I’m proud for him and I can’t say enough about the kids playing good defense behind him.

“He did his job coming in and throwing strikes and we played a heck of a ballgame.”

Against CAC, Lonoke trailed 7-5 heading into the seventh inning. Cody Martin led off the bottom of the seventh and reached on an error at shortstop before Graves was hit by a pitch.

James then hit a clutch, stand-up double to left field, scoring both runners and tying the game at 7-7. Still no outs, Stuart singled to left field the next at-bat, scoring James for the walk-off win.

Lonoke outhit CAC 9-5, and the Jackrabbits overcame a total of seven errors committed. Casey Martin went 3 for 4 in that game as well to lead the Rabbits at the plate. Rountree was the only other Lonoke player with multiple hits, going 2 for 2.

James earned the win on the hill. He pitched the final one and two-third innings and recorded one strikeout in that time.

For the third-straight year, Lonoke will enter the regional tournament this Friday as a No. 1 seed, but will look to avoid being ousted in the first round like it’s done for the past two years. The last time Lonoke made the state tournament was in 2012, and that team made it all the way to the Class 4A state championship game.

As long as his team can avoid making mistakes like it did in the district semifinal, Lowery likes his team’s chances Friday to advance in the first round of regionals, and perhaps go further.

“I feel good about our chances,” Lowery said. “I think we can compete with anybody. It’s just if we can clean up our mistakes. If we make a lot of mistakes like we did today, it will be tough.”

Lonoke (14-3) will play Trumann, a No. 4 seed, in the first round of the regional tournament at Pocahontas this Friday at 10 a.m.

SPORTS STORY >> Red Devils start slow, rout Mills for victory

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A sluggish start still resulted in a 2-0 halftime lead, and a dominant second half led to a 6-1 victory for the Jacksonville soccer team Monday at Mills University Studies.

Jacksonville coach Adam Thrash benched two starters for the first half for being late for the bus, and overall energy was low in the first 40 minutes.

“Except for that game last week, we’ve always been a second-half team,” said Thrash. “We’ve got the state tournament coming up and we can’t afford to be that way then. Maybe we need to start doing 40-minute warm-ups or something. I don’t know.”

On Monday, it wasn’t hard to overcome the slow start against the 1-11 Comets. The Red Devils tried to use the game to practice situations like being down a goal with a certain amount of time remaining. The first scenario was down a goal with seven minutes left, and Jacksonville failed to score in that time, but not by much.

In the eighth minute, Cortez Jordan took a pass from Jacob Alcorn behind the Comet defense and beat goalkeeper Nathan Milsap for a 1-0 Red Devil lead.

The Red Devils failed to score on the next several fake scenarios, but finally added to its lead on the same combo of Alcorn to Jordan in the 29th minute of the first half.

Jordan made it a hat trick early in the second half. A high entry pass from the opposite side of midfield came down behind the Comet defense again. After one bounce on the ground, Jordan, in a dead run towards the Mills goal, bounced the ball off his own head twice before heading it out in front of himself and scoring in the fourth minute.

Another long drought was followed by a blitz of Jacksonville goals late in the match. In the 25th minute, Gerald Walton scored his 14th goal of the year after taking a cross pass from Glen Mitchell.

Three minutes later, Mills made a mistake by throwing the ball in from its own side of the field towards its goal.

Jacksonville’s Keilen Richardson beat everyone to the ball and then beat one defender and Milsap to score and put the Red Devils ahead 5-0.

Five minutes after Richardson’s goal, Mitchell got a breakaway down the right side. His initial shot was blocked by Milsap, but Mitchell was there for his own putback to make it 6-0 with five minutes remaining.

Just a few seconds later, Mitchell placed a perfect pass from the right sideline to Walton just in front of the Mills goal. Walton executed a perfect bicycle kick, but Milsap deflected it over the goal, ruining the potential highlight.

Mills finally got on the board and avoided the shutout with a goal with 20 seconds remaining in the game.

Jacksonville (9-3) hosted a makeup game with Mills on Tuesday for senior night, and will play at McClellan to close the regular season on Thursday. A win in either of those games guarantees the Red Devils a two-seed in the state playoffs that begin next Thursday in Hope.

SPORTS STORY >> Badgers, Lady Bears win

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The Beebe boys and Sylvan Hills girls won championships at the 5A-Central Conference track meet Friday at Beebe’s Erwin Stadium.

The Badgers were utterly dominant in the boys’ meet. Second through fifth place combined did not match Beebe’s 268 points, and all seven other teams added together only beat the Badgers by 34. McClellan was second with 85 points. Sylvan Hills took third with 74, J.A. Fair scored 62, North Pulaski 30, Mills 27 and Jacksonville 24.

The Lady Bears were in a much tougher competition, prevailing with an impressive 196, beating out the host team by 38 points. Mills also competed well, specializing in field events to score most of its 118. The Jacksonville girls were fourth with 42 points.

McClellan scored 28 and North Pulaski 18. J.A. Fair did not score in the girls’ meet and Pulaski Academy did not enter a team in boys’ or girls’ competition.

Beebe junior Connor Patrom was the top individual scorer in the boys’ meet. He won the long jump, took second in the 100-meter dash to Sylvan Hills’ Keyundra Hardimon, was third in the 200- and 400-meter races and finished fifth in the high jump. He also served on Beebe’s 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams that each finished second.

The Badgers swept the top four spots in the pole vault, 300-meter hurdles and 3,200-meter race. They took the top two spots in the 1,600-meter race and discus, and took three of the top four in the 1,600.

J.A. Fair’s Jabraylon Ellis won the 200-meter dash and Beebe’s Keishaun Davidson finished second. Sylvan Hills’ Lukas Burrow took fourth to qualify for state, and his teammates Nick Porter and Hardimon scored points by finishing fifth and sixth.

McClellan’s Andre Jones won the 400-meter race and Ellis was second. Fair’s Justyce Allen took fourth behind Patrom for the final state qualifying spot.

Jordan Jones of Fair won the 800-meter race, but Sylvan Hills junior Malcolm Nelson, Beebe’s John Paul Savage and Jacksonville’s Emmanuel Moore qualified for state by finishing second, third and fourth.

Beebe junior Chris Owen won the mile while sophomore teammate Gus McCoy finished second. Moore took third and Savage fourth. Owen and McCoy took the top two spots in the two-mile race as well, with Beebe’s Sean Langley finishing third and Savage fourth.

Jaylen Peterson of McClellan won the 110-meter high hurdles, but the Badger trio of Trip Smith, freshman Logan Archer and senior Micah Dubose took second, third and fourth to qualify for state.

North Pulaski freshman Ladarian Price was fifth and Jacksonville senior Trabek Price was sixth.

Davidson won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles for the Badgers, while teammates Dubose, freshman Richey Dane and Archer were second, third and fourth. North Pulaski sophomore Kris Johnson took fifth.

The Sylvan Hills team of Hardimon, Burrow, Porter and Malik Strong won the 4x100-meter relay. Fair took the 4x400 while Beebe’s Savage, Brown, Tyler Childress and Owen won the 4x800.

McClellan’s Jones and Beebe sophomore Kirkland Miller each cleared 6-feet, 2-inches in the high jump. Beebe swept the qualifiers in the pole vault, largely because Badger vaulters made up four of the five competitors.

Sophomore Isiah Hutson won the event at 10-6. Classmates Miller and Nathan Clifton each cleared 10-feet while junior Tanner Tozer and McClellan’s Jospeh Lewis cleared nine feet.

Patrom’s winning long jump went 19-9 1/4 inches and Strong’s winning triple jump was 41-2 3/4 .

Beebe seniors swept the throwing events. Dusty Grier tossed the shot put 45-1 1/2 to beat teammate Jesse Crisco by that inch and a half. North Pulaski’s David Jackson took third with a throw of 43-11 3/4.

Crisco won the discus with a toss of 139 feet, beating Mills’ James May by 14 feet. Jacksonville’s Terry Brown faulted three times in the finals, but his preliminary throw of 118-6 was good enough to qualify for state by finishing third. Beebe’s Wade Jones was the final state qualifier.

In the girls’ competition, Sylvan Hills not only won, but also made a statement about the future. Five of the Lady Bears’ state qualifiers were freshman and while four more were only sophomores. Sylvan Hills coach Grover Garrison also feels very confident about next year’s group of freshmen.

“We only have two seniors and one junior on this team, and everyone else is either a freshman or sophomore,” said Garrison. “This could be a special team. My eighth-graders are very talented as well.”

Sylvan Hills freshman Brielle Hayes won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.94. Jacksonville’s Tatiana Lacy took second. Lacy, however, won the 200-meter dash while Sylvan Hills’ Chanel Miller, also a freshman, was second and Hayes took third.

Yet a third Sylvan Hills freshman, Erykah Sanders, won the 400-meter dash to beat out sophomore teammate Chloe George by 1.46 seconds. Beebe’s Jabria Coleman was third in that race and a fourth freshman Lady Bear, Sierra Towles, finished fourth to qualify for state.

Sylvan Hills sophomore Dallyn Stubbs won the 800-meter race, finishing a little more than three seconds ahead of Beebe sophomore Allie Lane. Sylvan Hills senior Justis Jakes took third and Beebe junior Tori Colbert was fourth.

Beebe senior Trystan Taylor beat Stubbs in the mile while Lady Badger Taylor McGraw was third and North Pulaski’s Rachel Mason took fourth.

Mason, a sophomore, won the two-mile by a wide margin, finishing in 13.37.08 to beat Beebe freshman Courtney Smith by more than 34 seconds. Colbert was third and Sylvan Hills junior Gabriella Marquez took fourth.

Jacksonville’s Amber Lockhart came from nowhere to win the 100-meter high hurdles. She shaved nearly two full seconds off her preliminary time to finish in 17.38 seconds. Meanwhile, Sylvan Hills senior Jahnay Duncan dropped .31 seconds from her top preliminary time to finish second at 17.51. Beebe freshman Bri Martindill was third and Mills’ Zoreia Robinson took fourth.

Martindill took second in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles behind Robinson. Miller took fourth in that event to qualify for state.

Hayes, Miller, Sanders and Ka’Necia Allen won the 4x100 relay while Towles, Allen, Sanders and George won the 4x400.

Beebe’s Lane, Colbert, McGraw and Natalie Childress won the 4x800 relay.

Beebe and Mills were the only teams to enter the pole vault. Beebe’s Sydnye Shuttleworth and two Mills Comets cleared 7-6 to lead the event.

Mills freshman Cetra Dale won the long jump at 15-1, just three quarters of an inch farther than Hayes. Lockhart and Ducan were third and fourth while Lacy took fifth.

Beebe’s Hannah McGee broke up a top-four sweep by Sylvan Hills in the triple jump, finishing second. Miller won the event by leaping 32 feet while Sanders and sophomore Makayla Smith were third and fourth.

Dale won the shot put for Mills as well, but Sa’Maya Farmer of Sylvan Hills was second while Beebe’s Kierston Miller took third and Raigen Thomas of North Pulaski finished fourth. Dale also won the shot put, with Beebe junior Natalie Briggs taking second, Sylvan Hills freshman Jayla Bell taking third and Beebe junior Nicole Salman taking the final state qualifying spot.

EDITORIAL >> PCSSD needs a millage hike

This much is certain. We should always vote. We should always vote in our own best interest, though sometimes we are confused or misled.

If you live in either the Pulaski County Special School District or the new Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District—it is in your best interest to support the 5.6-mill property tax increase to replace or extensively remodel every school left in the in PCSSD after the departure of the new district.

The special election is next Tuesday. Early voting began yesterday and ends Friday at the Jack Evans Senior Center in Sherwood, the Jess Odom Community Center in Maumelle, the Roosevelt Thompson Library off Chenal Parkway and the County Regional Building at Markham and Broadway in Little Rock

If you live within the boundaries of the new Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District, you can’t vote, won’t have to pay an increased tax and won’t receive proceeds from the increase for your schools.

Nonetheless, you will benefit. PCSSD is still not unitary—desegregated—in five areas. Those are facilities adequacy, school discipline, staffing, student achievement and monitoring. And if PCSSD is not unitary, by definition and court order, neither is JNP.

It’s often assumed that the facilities piece of the puzzle is the most difficult. And until the schools are unitary, the federal courts will scrutinize every substantial move made by either district.

For instance, the court had to sign off on this millage election. And by court order, neither Sherwood, Maumelle nor any other area of PCSSD can stand up its own school district until PCSSD is unitary.

The millage increase would cost $112 a year on a $100,000 home and raise $221 million over 30 years to pay for construction while still leaving PCSSD with the lowest millage of any of the county’s three districts.

If the millage increase fails, major facilities improvements will be limited to building a new school to replace Mills High School and to remodel Mills as a middle school for students who would otherwise attend Fuller. Fuller would then be demolished.

Here’s what parents and students get if the PCSSD millage passes:

A large addition to Sylvan Hills High School will make it basically a new school. It will include new classroom space, a new gymnasium and a new approach to, essentially, create a whole new high school. The existing auditorium could be repurposed into a seminar room.

Sylvan Hills Middle School, although recently built, still needs restrooms at the practice and play fields. Sherwood Elementary will get a gym, a cafeteria and new parking.

Sylvan Hills Elementary is slated for additional classrooms, air conditioning in the gym and paved parking. Cato Elementary, with open-space classrooms, could be moved in about three years to the building that currently houses Northwood Middle School, Scott said.

A new Mills High School will be built for about $52 million, with the current high school remodeled and converted to a middle school. Fuller, the existing middle school, would be then demolished.

The Pulaski County district would build the proposed new elementary school to replace Scott and serve a large attendance zone. Harris and College Station elementaries would be extensively remodeled, including new additions.

Landmark and Daisy Bates elementary schools would be gussied up and would each get a gymnasium/multipurpose room.

The district will build a new Robinson High School, converting the current high school to the middle school and demolishing the current middle school. Robinson Elementary School, also an open-space facility, will be demolished and replaced.

Chenal Elementary needs increased parking, and both Baker and Lawson elementaries need gymnasiums and facility improvements. Maumelle High School, the most recently built school in the district, still needs a track, visitors’ bleachers, restrooms, lights on the softball and baseball fields and the conversion of practice fields into game fields, according to Scott.

Maumelle Middle School, also a recent construction, needs restrooms at the athletic fields and air conditioning in the gym. Crystal Hill and Oak Grove elementary schools need gyms and general improvements. Pine Forest, which has a gym, still needs general facility improvements.

If the millage fails, Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District will likely have enough money to implement its own facilities building plan, especially if it approves a millage increase of its own down the road. Residents have always been willing to tax themselves here if they can see benefits for the children.

JNP will qualify for substantial school facilities partnership money, the Defense Department seems on the verge of agreeing to pay 80 percent of the costs of replacing Arnold Drive Elementary and providing as much as 300 acres for that school and a new high school. That’s progress.

TOP STORY >> Lonoke’s exceptional greenhouse

Lonoke Exceptional Development Center clients Deidre Hellyer and Jason Gannon work at the center’s greenhouse, tending geraniums, dianthus, lantanas, marigolds, petunia and coleus and vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, squash, eggplant and jalapeno, cayenne and bell peppers. The school will hold a hog-roast fundraiser at 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids.
For tickets, call  501-676-2786.

Leader staff writer

Needing a gift idea for Mother’s Day? How about flowers and plants from the Lonoke Exceptional Develop
ment Center Greenhouse in Lonoke?

The greenhouse is located at the center’s grounds off Northeast Front Street in Lonoke. It has been in operation since 2001 with the help of clients.

The greenhouse is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. It is open year round.

The greenhouse grows geraniums, dianthus, lantanas, marigolds, petunia and coleus. It also has vegetable plants — tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, squash, eggplant and jalapeno, cayenne and bell peppers.

“I really like working with plants. There is something about plants that catches my eye. They are almost a human beings. It’s like caring for a baby. They need water and nurturing,” LEDC client Jason Gannon said.

“I want people to come to the greenhouse and for them to be going in and out all day long,” he added.

Greenhouse supervisor Melissa Davidson said proceeds from plant sales are reinvested into the greenhouse for supplies and that LEDC clients learn about horticulture as flowers grow from seeds to plants.

“Customers always say our flowers are a lot healthier, and it helps our clients with their learning,” she said.

“We do a lot of cuttings, too,” Davidson noted.

“In the fall, we will sell 500 mums. We supply churches with poinsettias during Christmas,” she continued.

Gannon said, “There is a lot do with the greenhouse. My favorites are purple flowers.”

Davidson also said, “We would like to expand by adding another greenhouse or enlarging it.” A small greenhouse is being constructed at the program’s Cabot center.

• LEDC is holding a fundraiser hog roast starting at 5 p.m. Saturday at its Lonoke location. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. The event will have a Battle of the Barnyard obstacle course and relay race, a barbecue dinner, live music and a petting zoo.

For tickets, call 501-676-2786.

TOP STORY >> PCSSD asking voters for tax

A 5.6-mill increase goes before voters in the Pulaski County Special School District on Tuesday.

Early voting started yesterday.

Patrons of the new Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District still under the PCSSD umbrella will not vote on or pay the millage hike if it passes.

The increase would fund $61 million in improvements to Sherwood schools, with $51 million of that going toward the expansion and updating of Sylvan Hills High School.

A total of $221 million in district-wide facility projects are planned.

The increase would equate to about $10 a month for the owner of a $100,000 home.

Early voting is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday at the Jack Evans Seniors Citizens Center, 2301 Thornhill Drive in Sherwood.

Supporters say the increase will also pave the way for Sherwood to have its own district because PCSSD must be released from federal court oversight and declared unitary — desegregated — before Sherwood can detach.

Facilities is one area in which PCSSD is not yet unitary.

TOP STORY >> City welcomes new school chief

Leader senior staff writer

“We’ve got a lot of good things on the horizon,” Jacksonville-North Pulaski Superintendent-select Tony Wood told those at a small reception in his honor Monday evening before the monthly school board meeting.

“We were blessed to have a legend as our first interim superintendent (Bobby Lester) and now we have another legend, Mr. Tony Wood, as superintendent,” said Daniel Gray, president of the JNP school board. “As it said in the local paper, we hire all-stars.”

Among the approximately 40 invited guests at the reception were local officials, principals, chamber of commerce officials, Little Rock Air Force Base representatives, the fire chief and police chief and five of the seven school board members.

“My first impression is the hospitality,” Wood said. “Everyone has been so kind. It takes that kind of support for us to be successful.

“I told each of the principals I met this afternoon how important they are. The only person who is more important is that individual teacher who’s making a difference in the classroom.”

Wood recognized the decades of effort by Jacksonville residents in the movement to form their own school district — “to make sure your children can have the opportunities you want them to have.”

Wood said that was a major factor in his choosing to apply for and accept the job as the district’s first school-running superintendent.

“It’s clear — you validated it when you went to the ballot boxes. Has there ever been an election that reflected the percentage of support that this community brought forth in what you wanted for your kids?”

Jacksonville-area residents last year approved the creation of the new school district with 95 percent of the vote.

Wood, a Searcy-area resident, said that, for now at least, he would not be moving to Jacksonville, but that he would nonetheless be of the community in regard to participation and community events.

In a brief interview, Lester said that Wood submitted his job application the day before the deadline, but that he would be glad to hand over the reins to Wood at the end of his contract, June 30.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson re-placed Wood, the former state Education Commissioner, on March 25. As deputy commissioner, he is no longer involved in decision-making regarding PCSSD and JNPSD, so he’s free to work with Lester and Gray until he starts full time.

Because the state took over PCSSD in 2011 and dissolved the school board, the education commissioner has been a one-man board for PCSSD and, by default, for JNPSD.

He has worked previously with “Bobcat Lester,” and with Chief of Staff Phyllis Stewart, and said, “I hope I can do what they’ve done in terms of being a service to the community.”

Later, at the school board meeting, Wood was introduced to the audience, as were Charles Stein, current director of the state transportation and facilities partnership program, who retires this summer and will help JNP navigate the tricky waters of that program.

Jacksonville is expected to be eligible for about 55 percent matching money from the state for approved facilities construction or remodeling, but won’t be eligible to receive funds until 2017-18.

Also acknowledged were the district’s attorneys, Patrick Wilson and Scott Richardson.

The board recognized the achievements of three students and one team of students.

Caleb Brackett, a Dupree Elementary School student, was recognized as state champion and eighth nationally in an essay contest about successful investing.

He will compete in the regionals and faced off against 684 other entrants.

Jonah Rodgers, president of the Jacksonville High School student council, was recognized for a slew of academic achievements.

John Herman, another high-achieving Jacksonville High School student, was accepted to West Point Academy for engineering training. Earlier, he was accepted into the Air Force Academy.

The Jacksonville High School Automotive Team, which tore down and rebuilt an engine in 35 minutes, qualified for the National High School Automotive competition.

Lester reported that he and the board are investigating membership in the Wilbur D. Mills Educational Cooperative.

He also said plans were being made for the North Pulaski High School and Jacksonville High School bands to practice and perform together as one unit, much as the football teams will do beginning in the fall.

Friday, May 01, 2015

SPORTS STORY >> Devils’ soccer holds off NP

Leader sports editor

The Jacksonville Red Devils put themselves in the driver’s seat for second place in the 5A-Central soccer standings with three games left after beating North Pulaski 2-1 Thursday at Jan Crow Stadium. The Red Devils got two first-half goals from Gerald Walton and held on after the Falcons cut the margin to 2-1 with six minutes remaining in the game.

The winner of the game was all but assured a two seed in the state tournament, and a Jacksonville win kept the Red Devils, at least mathematically, in the race for a conference title.

“When we beat PA we were outstanding and we really haven’t felt like we’ve seen that again since then,” said Jacksonville coach Adam Thrash. “Tonight was pretty close, though. We passed tonight and that’s something we’ve been working hard on and trying to get them to do more. We did it tonight and it was beautiful.”

Strangely, both of Jacksonville’s goals came in the first half when North Pulaski played with five defenders in order to try and counter the Red Devils’ speed advantage. After falling behind, the Falcons had to go with more offensive players, and stopped Jacksonville from scoring.

Jacksonville did not try to protect its lead by going defensive in the second half, but still held the Falcons scoreless until the waning moments.

“We didn’t feel like we needed to change anything because things were going so well,” Thrash said. “I still thought we played pretty well in the second half. We created several opportunities and had a lot of shots; we just weren’t able to finish.

“We did a good job of keeping someone between the goal and their scorer the whole game. We made one mistake and let him get behind us and he beat us. But we didn’t let that happen again.”

With six minutes remaining, Illajah Carter took a through ball behind the Jacksonville defense and he scored an easy one-on-one goal to pull the Falcons to within one goal. But Jacksonville held NP to just one more shot on the goal the rest of the game, while getting three themselves.

“We never did go all out just defending,” Thrash said. “We play better when we attack.”

The Red Devils scored shortly after the start of the game on a play that quickly established that it was a rivalry match with a lot on the line.

Jacksonville’s leading scorer, Cortez Jordan, was tackled hard as he worked himself into position for a shot. He passed to Walton as he went down, and Walton finished the play to put the Red Devils in the lead just five minutes into the game.

Twenty-three minutes later, with 12 minutes left in the first half, Jordan took a pass on the right side near the Falcon goal. He attracted three NP defenders and made a nice pass to the middle of the field where Walton was cutting for a wide-open goal and a 2-0 Jacksonville lead.

“He (Walton) has had an ankle injury and hasn’t been able to go full speed for a while,” Thrash said. “He’s finally 100 percent and you could tell he was ready to go tonight. He was all over the place and he played some outstanding soccer.”

Jacksonville is now 8-3 in conference play with three games to get in next week, the final of the regular season.

SPORTS STORY >> Pitch Panthers get exact score in wins

Leader sportswriter

The Cabot boys’ and girls’ soccer teams each won their 7A-East Conference games against West Memphis on Tuesday at Panther Stadium, and both teams won by the final score of 6-0.

Though both Cabot coaches were pleased with the end result, neither was entirely pleased with how their teams played from start to finish.

“I didn’t think that we played with the kind of quality that we could,” said Cabot girls’ coach Kerry Castillo. “We had moments where we did.

“We were lackadaisical out of the gate, and rather than looking to possess the ball like we can, we were trying to play too direct. We were trying to put it (the ball) in behind them and be faster than them because we knew we were. Considering the quality of opponent, it made playing like that too easy.

“I can’t say that I’m not pleased. I mean, six to zero, how could you not be pleased? But, there are still some things to work on.”

Cabot boys’ coach Steve Porter echoed similar feelings about his team’s performance in the nightcap.

“Finishing and our intensity wasn’t where you’d like it to be, necessarily,” said Porter. “But having said that, if you’re going to have a night to have a bit of a letdown in performance level, then a 6-0 letdown isn’t so horrible, I guess, at the end of the day.”

It took the Panthers more than 11 minutes to score their first goal Tuesday, while the Lady Panthers scored their first goal just over three minutes into the game.

At the 36:54 mark of the first half, Maddie Rice scored the Lady Panthers’ first goal with a kick that landed in the lower left corner of the goal. At the 29:20 mark, Tristyn Edgar gave the Lady Panthers a 2-0 advantage with a goal from 13 yards away. Braxton Reed earned the assist on the play.

The same combination of Reed to Edgar, this one from 10 yards out, gave the Cabot girls a 3-0 lead with 26:41 left in the first half, and just over two minutes later, Reed scored Cabot’s fourth goal from five yards away. That time, Edgar got the assist.

By halftime, the Lady Panthers led 5-0. Leelee Denton scored the final goal of the half with 13:06 remaining, from about seven yards out.

In the second half, the sportsmanship rule was invoked less than three minutes in, at the 37:17 mark, the result of another Edgar to Reed scoring combination.

Reed’s second goal scored set the final margin of the girls’ game, and cut the clock time in half, from 37:17 to 18:38, and the bulk of Cabot’s starters sat the remainder of the game.

In the boys’ game, Cabot took a 1-0 lead at the 28:38 mark of the opening half on a goal by Luis Nascimento from about 12 yards out. The Panthers’ next goal came less than four minutes later on a 15-yard kick from Dylan Wagnon. Jesse Hidalgo picked up the assist on that scoring play, which gave Cabot a 2-0 lead in the 15th minute.

The Panthers scored two more goals before halftime to push their lead to 4-0 at the break. Abi Brown scored the first of those two, and Wagnon scored the second with 1:01 remaining. Like the CHS girls did, the CHS boys scored their first goal of the second half with 37:17 remaining.

Brown scored the goal from two yards away, with Kilian Oelrich getting the assist.

Brown’s second goal gave the Panthers a 5-0 lead. Porter sat a good portion of his starters after that, and the Panthers scored their final goal with 5:23 remaining, on a 12-yard boot from Somma Rodas in the middle of the field.

Though neither Cabot coach was entirely pleased with their team’s performance Tuesday, there were some positives each could take away.

“I was able to play a number of players,” Porter said. “I think four freshmen got on the field tonight, and a couple of them surprised me. They did pretty well. So that could be a positive. We were able to play a lot of players and give them some varsity game experience for next year.”

“The things that I was pleased with,” Castillo said, “there was a 10-minute span in the first half, between the 10th minute and the 20th minute, where we scored three goals and they were off really quick combinations.

“They were really fast passes – just one-, two-touch passes inside the 18 (yard line). That was the bright spot for me. We scored three like that, and actually had really good movement off the ball and executed on some combinations we had worked on this week in practice, and had some good finishes.”

The Cabot girls, who are now 7-5-2 overall, are currently second in the 7A-East behind Little Rock Central. The Central girls are unbeaten against 7A-East teams thus far with a 3-0 record, while the Lady Panthers are 2-1 in 7A-East play.

The Lady Blue Devils’ record dropped to 4-5-1 overall and 0-3 in 7A-East play with Tuesday’s loss.

The Cabot boys are currently sitting atop the conference standings. Their overall record improved to 11-1-2 with Tuesday’s win. The Panthers are 3-0 against 7A-East teams, and they’re the only team in the 7A/6A-East Conference without a league loss with a 5-0-2 record. The Blue Devils are still winless this season.

SPORTS STORY >> JHS counts all of NPHS for newest AAA cycle

Leader sports editor

The Arkansas High School Activities Association released the classification numbers for the 2016-18 cycle after business hours on Thursday, and Jacksonville High School’s attributed numbers will not reflect the actual number of students that will be attending JHS once it becomes its own district. Every member of the board of directors was out for the entire day on Friday, unable to comment on Jacksonville’s larger than expected jump in enrollment numbers.

Jacksonville expects to increase in enrollment because of the students it will receive from North Pulaski once the new Jacksonville-North Pulaski district opens in 2016.

It doesn’t expect that enrollment to nearly double, as the new classification numbers indicate, because a little more than half of North Pulaski’s current student population lives in Sylvan Hills’ zone and will likely attend SHHS.

Jacksonville had 680 students as of the 2014-16 cycle and played in the 5A classification, but jumped to 1,184 for the 2016-18 cycle. That makes JHS the second largest 6A school by AHSAA enrollment numbers.

Jacksonville was attributed 100 percent of North Pulaski’s high school enrollment because JHS and NPHS are technically considered to be consolidating, thereby making NP athletes immediately eligible to play for Jacksonville, regardless of which zone they live in.

North Pulaski’s doors will remain open for the 2015-16 school year, but NPHS athletes will be allowed to play football for Jacksonville because NP has canceled its football program due to lack of participation.

Furthermore, because Jacksonville and North Pulaski are considered to be consolidating, current NP students can still enroll at Jacksonville for 2016, regardless of where they live, and be immediately eligible to participate in sports.

Sylvan Hills athletic director Denny Tipton believes the ruling and enrollment numbers are fair, even if they’re not technically accurate.

“Right now, because NP is considered to be consolidating with Jacksonville only, we can’t even talk to the kids that live in our zone and are supposed to come here, while Jacksonville can,” Tipton said. It’s really one school consolidating with two, but it’s technically recognized as just NP and Jacksonville.”

Even though Jacksonville nearly doubled, it expected to move up to 6A anyway, although it didn’t expect to nearly be 7A.

There’s a sliver lining for Sylvan Hills as well. SHHS jumped from 639 last cycle to 712 for the next one, just based on growth within its own zone. But that did not move the school up to 6A. Because many NP students will go to SHHS, Sylvan Hills will almost certainly compete in 5A for two years with 6A enrollment numbers.

“In a way, that is a break for us,” Tipton said. “But I would take the numbers right now if they would let us have contact with our kids.”

SPORTS STORY >> Panthers shut out 7A Tigers

Leader sports editor

The Cabot Panthers got a gem on the mound from senior Gavin Tillery and picked up a big 7A/6A-East Conference win, beating Little Rock Central 6-0 Wednesday at Brian Wade Conrade Field.

Tillery gave up just three hits in the complete-game shutout, striking out three and walking two.

Cabot’s five, six and seven hitters LandonJames, Easton Seidl and Evan Hooper each went 2 for 3, picking up six of Cabot’s 11 base hits.

Cabot got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning. Catcher Denver Mullins hit a one-out single to center field and was replaced by courtesy runner Brandon Jarnigan. Two batters later, James tripled to the wall in center to score Jarnigan.

The Panthers scored another run in the second inning on a triple by Hooper and a sacrifice grounder by Jake Slunder.

In the third inning, Cabot recorded two quick outs before putting together a two-run rally. It started with back-to-back doubles by Tristan Bulice and James, with James driving in Bulice. Seidl then singled to score James and put Cabot up 4-0.

The Panthers made it four innings in a row with a run scored in the fourth. It started with an infield single by Hooper, followed by an error at second base off the bat of Slunder. Hooper advanced to third on the miscue and scored on a sac fly by Ethan Smith.

Central finally got out of an inning without allowing a run in the fifth, and Cabot set the final margin in the sixth. Seidl led off the inning with a single to center field. Slunder walked and Lee Sullivan hit a two-out, RBI single to drive in the run.

The win lifts Cabot to 13-7 overall and 8-3 in conference play, but more importantly, it makes the Panthers 3-0 against 7A teams in the conference, which are the only games that matter under this year’s rules.

The Panthers traveled to Central last night after Leader deadlines. They will play a nonconference game against Catholic on Monday, then host West Memphis on Tuesday in another crucial clash of 7A conference teams.

SPORTS STORY >> Badgers sweep for Central title

Leader sportswriter

The Beebe softball team put itself in the driver’s seat for the 5A-Central Conference championship by getting a doubleheader sweep over Sylvan Hills on Thursday at Beebe High School.

Beebe mercy-ruled the Lady Bears in game one of the twin bill – winning 10-0 in six innings. Sylvan Hills gave the Lady Badgers a much tougher game in the nightcap, but Beebe scored three runs in the sixth inning of game two to win 3-0.

Both teams entered Thursday’s 5A-Central doubleheader unbeaten in conference play, and with only two conference games left this season, both of which are winnable games for each team, the Lady Badgers likely sealed the conference championship in their first year in the Central.

“We’ve got to win two over at North Pulaski and I think they (Sylvan Hills) beat North Pulaski pretty good,” said Beebe coach Eric Chambers. “It is what it is, our conference. They put us in there, so I said let’s just go 14-0 and win the darn thing.

“In the first game, that’s kind of what I expected. We had trouble hitting the ball in the second game. The strike zone got a little big on us. It was big on both sides, and we didn’t hit it solid until that one inning.

“We’ve lost games like that, because we didn’t have enough offense. We’d lose 1-0 or 2-1 when we’d make mistakes. But we didn’t really make a lot of mistakes in the second game.”

Beebe had just one error in game two, while Sylvan Hills had three. The second game was scoreless through the first five innings of play. Beebe, though, ended that scoreless streak by scoring all three of its runs in the top of the sixth.

Nikita Howell walked to lead off the sixth inning, and she advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt laid down by catcher Haley Dinapoli. Sydney Smith then came to the plate, and drove Howell in with a RBI single to right field.

Smith went all the way to third base on the hit, because of a throwing error. She scored Beebe’s second run of the game the next at-bat on a 4-3 groundout by Baylee Halford.

Calah Hill followed Halford’s at-bat with a two-out single up the middle. Hill scored the next at-bat on a Courtney Shepard double to left field. Shepard’s RBI double set the final score of game two.

Beebe outhit Sylvan Hills 7-5 in game two. Aleighu Porterfield led the Lady Badgers with two hits in that game, while teammates Hill, Shepard, Megan Davlin, Howell and Smith had one hit apiece.

Callie Cavender led the Lady Bears at the plate in game two, going 2 for 3, and teammates Cara Pozza, Maddison Shelton and Taylor Yeoman each had one hit.

Ellie Reaves earned the win in the circle in both games. She recorded eight strikeouts in game two and six strikeouts in game one.

In game one, Beebe scored three of its 10 runs scored in the second inning to take an early 3-0 lead. The Lady Badgers added four more to their side of the board in the fourth inning, two more in the fifth and one more in the sixth to set the final score. That game ended after six innings because of the sportsmanship rule.

Howell led all batters in game one with three hits – a home run and two doubles.

Despite coming out on the losing end in both games, Sylvan Hills coach Mark Anderson was pleased to see his team respond with a more competitive effort in game two after being mercy-ruled in game one.

“In the first game, we made way too many errors, way too many mistakes,” said Anderson. “Against a good team like that, you just can’t make many mistakes and stay in it, especially with the pitcher they have.

“In that second game, it made me feel better, because it showed me we’re going to keep fighting. If you get run-ruled you can always turn around and get run-ruled again, and that didn’t happen. I feel pretty good about us. We just have to come out and make the routine plays and not make a bunch of mistakes.”

Both teams end their conference schedule Tuesday. Beebe (20-3, 12-0) will play at North Pulaski and Sylvan Hills (14-11, 10-2) will play Pulaski Academy at home on senior night. Both games will be doubleheaders and the first pitch of those doubleheaders is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.