Saturday, September 23, 2017

SPORTS STORY>>Searcy escapes Titans

Leader sports editor

The Jacksonville Titans played Searcy a lot tougher than most of the state’s football prophets predicted, but it wasn’t quite tough enough to get the win Friday at Jan Crow Stadium. The Lions didn’t get close to their average of 54 points per game, but they got 35-20 win in the first 6A-East Conference game for both teams this season.

While Jacksonville didn’t get the win, it did get the highlight play of the year so far. Facing third and 23 from their own 6-yard line, Searcy pressure forced a fumble in the end zone. After one Titan jumped on the ball only for it to squirt loose again, senior running back Shawn Ellis scooped it up at the 1-yard line and ran 99 yards for the score. The extra point made it a one-possession game at 28-20 with just more than 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

While the Jacksonville defense was remarkable overall, it couldn’t get the necessary stop on the next drive to give the Titans the ball with a chance to tie. Searcy’s Division I quarterback prospect, Mason Schucker, passed and ran his way in small bits to the Jacksonville 17-yard line.

The defense moved the Lions backwards from there, foring fourth down and 12 when Schucker found receiver Tim Williams in the end zone for the 19-yard touchdown pass with 6:10 remaining.

Jacksonville got one first down on its next possession, but a dropped pass on second and 7 and a subsequent penalty thwarted the drive and Jacksonville turned it over on downs with four minutes to go. Searcy got one first down and ran out the clock to seal the win.

Jacksonville’s defense kept Searcy out of the end zone the entire first quarter. It was the first quarter this season the Lions did not score. They finally got on the board with 5:30 left in the first half when a short punt gave Searcy a short field on the Jacksonville 40.

Running back Gabe Chap-man went 23 yards on first down to the 17. Two more Chapman runs got it to the 2-yard line, and Schucker sneaked it in from there for the 7-0 Searcy lead.

Jacksonville tied it right back up on the ensuing drive. Quarterback Shavarris Curley hit receiver Harderrious Martin for 21 yards on third and 13. Two plays later, Curley found Ellis in the end zone from 6 yards out with 2:01 left until halftime.

That was just enough time for Searcy to have a drive like it had enjoyed in its first three games. The Lions (4-0, 1-0) went 80 yards in a 1:34 to take a 14-7 lead into intermission.

Chapman scored on the opening drive of the second half to give Searcy a 21-7 lead, but Jacksonville (1-3, 0-1) answered with a 10-yard touchdown run by Ellis that set up the wild fourth quarter.

SPORTS STORY>>McClellan pulls away after half

Special to The Leader

The Sylvan Hills Bears had to travel to J.A. Fair High School on Friday for their 5A-Central conference opener against the McClellan Crimson Lions. The different venue didn’t seem to bother the host team, as McClellan blew open a close game at halftime for a 40-16 victory in the 5A-Central Conference opener for both teams.

“Two or three plays, and we’re in the game,” Sylvan Hills coach Jim Withrow said. “The score was not even close to being indicative of what it was. We’ve just got to finish drives. If we had finished the drive, we probably win 30-24. We made some good plays. I think McClellan is going to be as good as anybody in the league.”

Each team scored three times in the first half, but one of the Bears scores was a field goal, while the rest of the scores were touchdowns. McClellan converted no two-point conversions, though, so the score was 18-16 at intermission. The second half was another story as Sylvan Hills could not get into the end zone, and the Lions added three more touchdowns and two 2-point conversions.

Sylvan Hills had the first possession of the game, but it ended with a 63-yard punt by Ryan Lumpkin to pin the Lions at their own 5-yard line.

McClellan picked up a first down, but then on third and nine, Bennie Kemp III was intercepted by Payton Terry. The Bears had the ball on the Lion 12-yard line, but had to settle for a 25-yard field goal by Tito Mendoza to lead 3-0 with 4:37 remaining in the opening quarter.

Andre Campbell returned the ensuing kick off to the Bear 24-yard line, and the Lions scored two plays later to take the 6-3 lead.

Sylvan Hills responded with a 7-play 65-yard scoring drive with Deon Youngblood scampering in from 21 yards out. Mendoza added the point after for the 10-6 Bear advantage.

McClellan then scored on the first play from scrimmage on a 62-yard run by Kemp to take the lead back at 12-10.

Again, the Bears responded with a score. The drive started at their own 30, and the last 36 yards of the drive was a touchdown pass from Youngblood to Lumpkin on fourth down and three. The two-point conversion was no good, but Sylvan Hills had the lead back briefly at 16-12.

Starting on their own 20, the Lions lost two yards on the first play, but on the second, Kemp hit Jaylin Cunningham for 82 yards and a touchdown to take the lead back at 18-16.

In its first possession of the second half, Sylvan Hills turned the ball over on downs after a long pass was incomplete at the goal line.

Kemp got away again for another 62-yard touchdown run, and the lead was 24-16.

The Bears missed on a 40-yard field goal attempt, and McClellan scored again. They were to score once more with 2:01 in the game, and the two-point conversions were good on both late touchdowns to set the final score at 40-16.

Sylvan Hills had 305 yards of offense, while the Lions had 472 yards. Youngblood rushed 21 times for 96 yards and a touchdown, and was 1 of 2 passing for 36 yards and a touchdown. Lumpkin was 14 of 22 passing for 92 yards and scored a touchdown.

The Bears will host Little Rock Christian next Friday night.

SPORTS STORY>>Badgers beaten at LRCA

Leader staff writer

Beebe’s Friday night game at Little Rock Christian Academy was almost a deja vu performance. Last week at Beebe, the Badgers played Wynne tough through the first half, going into the third quarter tied, before Wynne dominated the rest of the way.

Last night in west Little rock, the Badgers went toe-to-toe with the Warriors into the start of the fourth quarter, with the match tied 28-28 before the Warriors reeled off 20 in a row for a 48-28 victory

Little Rock Christian pulled ahead early in the fourth pushing out to a 42-28 lead. Then with about 37 seconds left in the game the Warriors had the ball on the 50-yard line and then got somewhat un-Christina.

Rather than taking a knee or two and sending Beebe home with a loss, Warrior quarterback Jackson Bowersock threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Trey Harris. And if that wasn’t enough, they tried a two-point conversion to get to the 50-point mark, but Beebe put a stop to that to set the final margin.

The Warriors scored first in the game, hitting the end zone with less than two minutes of the game gone behind runs by Bowersock and running back Kendal Givens.

The Badgers responded on a long drive going 70 yards in six minutes behind the strong, grinding out yards running of Anthony Khalil, Taylor Boyce and Connor Bieker. Khalil set up the Badger’s with a 32-yard run, taking the ball down to the Warriors’ three-yard line. A play later he punched it in. The point-after try by Jaime Rodriquez was good and the score was tied.

Beebe set up its next score just as the first quarter was expiring with a 20-yard pass from C.J. Cauldwell to Alex Boyce, putting high where only Boyce could grab it.

The Badger had the ball on the eight-yard line to open the second quarter and worked it to the one where Khalil powered his way in. Another good PAT and Beebe had a 14-7 lead.

The Warriors, getting the ball on their own 23-yard line came out passing. Bowersock threw two in a row and tried it a third time, but with no one covered, he ducked and ran to the Badger’s 32-yard line. Another pass brought it to the 25. Bowersock then handed off to Justice Hill who hit Chris Hightower in the end zone. The score was tied, 14-14, with 8 minutes to go in the half.

Like two heavyweights trading blows, it was now Beebe’s turn to score. Getting the ball on their own 27-yard line the Badger running pounded and grinded out the yardage 3 or 4 yards at a time. But Khalil did break lose for a 20-yard gain and Taylor Boyce surged forward for another 16-yards and then pulled off another 20-yard dash.

With the ball on the one and third down Cauldwell scored on a keeper. A good PAT and Beebe was looking good, ahead 21-14 with three minutes left in the half.

But it was the Warriors turn to swing for the goal line and then made less than 60 seconds later, scoring on a 5-yard pass from Bowersock to Chris Hightower.

Both teams went into at halftime tied 21-21.

Beebe had won the toss at the beginning of the game and opted to open the third quarter receiving the ball. The Warriors tried an onside kick, one of many both times executed during the game. This one went the Warriors way at least for one play. On a run to the right side, the Warriors fumbled and Beebe recovered on their own 30 but just couldn’t get anything going.

Just as I looked like the Warriors were going momentum to take the lead again, Gage House intercepted a pass from Bowersock at the 48-yard line. But Beebe couldn’t turn the turnover into a score.

With just under seven minutes to go, the Warriors scored on a 33-yard pass play from Bowersock to MJ Loggins, going ahead, 28-21 and the third quarter ended on that score.

Beebe pushed the ball to the six-yard line before time had expired behind runs by Khali and Taylor Boyce.

Forty seconds into the fourth quarter Cauldwell took it the middle and crossed into the end zone standing up. The score was 28-28, but then it changed quickly. In the last 11 minutes of the game the Warriors put up 21 points against Beebe.

The first of those points came at the 9:23 mark behind runs by Hill and Bowersock despite a strong open field tackle by Taylor Boyce early in that drive.

Beebe worked the ball down the field and looked like it was going to tie things up again, but stalled on the 15-yard line. The team went for it on fourth down, needing five yards, but only got four. Little Rock Christian took over on downs at the 11. Harris took a three-yard pass from Bowersock and turned it into a 90-yard touchdown score, pulling the Warriors way out in front at 42-28.

The Badgers started driving again, but was spotted when a rare pass from Cauldwell was intercepted by the Warriors’ #55. Little Rock Christian scored its final touchdown on a 50-yard pass.

Beebe falls to 2-3 and will play top seeded Pulaski Academy at home next Friday. The Warriors upped their record to 5-0.

SPORTS STORY>>Cabot offense clicks at Catholic

Leader sports editor

The Panthers and Rockets played like old rivals, with plenty of hard hits and penalties in a rough contest, but it was the Panthers that came away with the crucial 42-20 win in the 7A-Central Conference opener for both teams Friday at War Memorial Stadium.

Cabot led just 14-13 at halftime. The difference in the second half was the big play capability of the Panthers. They had three plays of at least 45 yards, and scored on every possession of the second half.

“It didn’t look good at the start,” said Cabot coach Mike Malham said. “They went right down the field and used up half the first quarter, methodically. But our offense looked good in the second half. We hit some big plays, had one long drive. We didn’t punt the whole second half. So that’s a big win. There are four teams 1-0 and we’re one of them. It’s a lot better than being one of them that’s 0-1.”

The fourth quarter was mired by personal foul and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties by both teams, something Malham said he has addressed in the past.

“It’s something we always talk to them about, but they’re kids and they get emotional in heat of battle, and don’t always act right,” Malham said. “It was a hard-fought ball game.”

Cabot’s first big play of the second half was a 45-yard run by fullback Bradley Morales that set up first down at the Catholic 22. Two plays later, quarterback Tommy Oaks found tight end John Wiens for a 16-yard touchdown on a one-receiver route. Ben McCullough’s extra point made it 21-13 with 9:56 to go in the third quarter.

Catholic failed to answer, going three and out before punting on fourth and 12. That set up the Panthers best drive of the game. Cabot marched 73 yards in 15 plays, taking 8:33 off the clock. Again Wiens finished it with a 4-yard run on the counter handoff.

The key play of the drive was a 15-yard personal foul penalty on Catholic, when the Rockets had stopped Cabot for a 1-yard gain on third and 5. Instead of fourth and 4, it gave Cabot a first down on the Rocket 23-yard line.

Catholic had the ball for a total of one minute, 23 seconds in the third quarter.

The Rockets held it for 12 plays on its own 80-yard drive to start the fourth quarter. They also were helped out twice on third down by Cabot jumping off sides. The touchdown by Luke Schildknecht was from a half yard out, and Chris Elser’s extra point made it 28-20 with 7:56 to play.

But there would be no exciting finish. Elser’s kickoff went into the end zone, and on the very first snap of the next drive, halfback T.J. Rogers scampered 76 yards, dragging Elser, who is also a safety, with him for the last 15 to the Rocket 4-yard line. Morales did the rest on the next play. Cabot followed its nearly nine-minute drive with one of just 15 seconds to make it 35-20 with 7:41 to go.

Catholic took the next drive from its own 25 to the Cabot 14, but Zhane Harper intercepted a pass on the goal line on third and 7 and returned it to the 28 with 5:24 to go.

On the fifth play of the ensuing possession, Rogers broke loose for 55 yards and the score with 3:16 to go. Oaks was called for unsportsmanlike conduct on that play for taunting Catholic players as Rogers ran towards the end zone.

He wasn’t called for the exact same thing on Cabot’s first touchdown, a 68-yard run by Morales that tied the game with 5:19 left in the first quarter. Oaks trailed that play and ran 20 yards with his facemask in a Catholic player’s ear hole, but no flag was thrown. The same thing on the last touchdown drew a flag after emotions led to so many other penalties in the second half.

Catholic scored first on its opening drive, and made it look easy. The Rockets went 80 yards 10 plays, never facing a third down until third and goal from the 3-yard line. The handoff went to standout junior running back Samy Johnson. He found the gap between the tackles closed, but bounced it outside and beat every defender to the left corner of the end zone with 7:53 left in the first quarter.

After Morales’ long touchdown run, the two teams traded three-and-out possessions before Catholic scored again. This time it was a 21-yard field goal by Elser that capped a 12-play, 63-yard drive with 9:14 to go until halftime.

The Panthers (3-1, 1-0) then had their best drive. Starting on their own 32 and getting one first down to the 43, Cabot began getting yards in chunks. An option pitch to halfback T.J. Rogers picked up 17 yards on second and 9. A tight end counter handoff to John Wiens got another 20 to the Catholic 19.

Another option, this one the other way to Noah Sorrell, went the rest of the way for the go-ahead touchdown. McCullough’s extra point put the Panthers up 14-10 with 6:37 left until halftime.

Catholic got a field goal on the last play of the first half, and it came with the help of Cabot penalties.

The drive started poorly. Johnson dropped the kickoff, and was only able to advance to the 12-yard line. The Rockets went to work, and advanced to the Cabot 36, where they faced fourth and 7 with 2:30 left in the half. Catholic sent Elser out to attempt a 53-yard field goal, but Cabot called timeout.

During the break, Catholic coach John Fogelman changed his mind, and decided to go for it. A hard count got Wiens to jump off sides, making it fourth and 2. Fullback Luke Schildknecht then picked up 4 yards for the first down to the Cabot 27 with 1:55 left.

Three more plays made it fourth and 3, and Catholic attempted a 38-yard field. Elser missed, but he was hit after the kick, giving the Rockets a first down at the 15. Cabot’s Zhane Harper then picked off a pass in the end zone, but the play was nullified by a pass interference penalty that saw receiver William Plafcan dragged to the ground during his route.

Catholic then settled on a 24-yard field goal on second down as time expired, making it 14-13 at the break.

Cabot finished with 455 total yards of offense, 38 through the air and 417 on the ground. Rogers led all players with 11 carries for 171 yards and one touchdown. He had seven carries for 36 yards through three quarters, and four carries for 135 yards in the fourth quarter.

Morales finished with 14 carries for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

Catholic (2-2, 0-1) had 371 total yards. Johnson led the Rockets with 21 totes for 125 yards to go with four receptions for 42 yards.

Friday, September 22, 2017

EDITORIAL>>State to lose $6 billion

Americans who may have found no reason to feel indebted to John McCain for enduring five and a half years of mental and physical torture as a captive in an unpopular war may find more palpable reasons to be grateful for the old soldier’s sacrifices next weekend. He may protect the right of 20 to 30 million Americans to get medical care when they need it.

McCain, who is dying of brain cancer, said Friday that he could not vote for Graham-Cassidy, the latest and final version of a repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that his party has long promised. The bill would demolish the nation’s health-insurance system over the next 10 years and replace it with something no one can possibly anticipate.

If only two Republican senators join him, the bill will be dead and Congress and the president will have to return to the system used to pass laws for the previous 225 years—all the country’s elected representatives doing it together. Deeply divided congresses still worked year after year to get the kinks out of Social Security, Medicare, veterans’ health care, antitrust and environmental laws. They should be able to do it, too, with the Affordable Care Act, which tried to use the country’s old commercial insurance system to extend the right to medical care to nearly everyone rather than follow the European models of socialism or government-provided insurance.

Graham-Cassidy’s sudden appearance with the backing of the nation’s biggest political donors—the Koch brothers, Mercers and the like—took everyone by surprise. Six months of failures in either the Senate or House of Representatives left the Affordable Care Act standing for some 20 million Americans who depend upon it for their medical care but badly crippled by President Trump’s promises to undermine it by denying federal support for signups and out-of-pocket expenses to help poor people afford the coverage.

Here in Arkansas, Graham-Cassidy has been particularly perplexing. Arkansas’ congressional delegation, with a rare exception here and there, has gone along with every “repeal and replace” bill, no matter how harmful to the 400,000 working people who depend upon it or how damaging to the state’s tight budget. The Affordable Care Act—Republicans called it Obamacare to rev up the popular fury over the passage of a law backed by the black president—created tens of thousands of jobs, returned many people to the workforce and infused more than a billion dollars a year into the Arkansas economy when it began to kick in four years ago. Our unemployment rate plunged to historic lows.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who privately or publicly opposed the earlier bills that subverted the state’s insurance system and the budget, announced his support for Graham-Cassidy because, he said, it would give the state some flexibility in dealing with Arkansas’ peculiar health problems. We are still perplexed how that could be so.

Under Graham-Cassidy, Medicaid coverage for low-income working adults would end in 2020—or at least the specific federal support. The flexibility the governor spoke of is this: His successor will have the flexibility of dealing with the state’s medically frail population—more than a million Arkansans need Medicaid coverage at least some time every year—with about a billion dollars a year less federal support. The state will have the enjoyable option of raising taxes, cutting off aid to people in nursing homes, health care for children or the blind and disabled, or else curtailing other services for Arkansans, like prisons, law enforcement or schools.

Hutchinson doesn’t seem susceptible to the terrible pressures faced by some other Republican governors who have opposed one or more of the repeal bills or the senators and congressmen who are threatened with heavily financed Republican opponents in next year’s primaries. Hutchinson is running next year and will get no serious opponent, but he can’t run again after Graham-Cassidy takes effect.

Maybe that is the explanation. He can be a loyal Republican advocate of eliminating all vestiges of the Obama presidency and not have to deal with the real consequences.

Repeal and replace has a single underlying objective. It is not better or more efficient health care. It is the premise of the Koch brothers, Mercer and of a few senators, including Rand Paul of Kentucky, who says he plans to vote against Graham-Cassidy because it does not go far enough to deny medical care to the poor. That is the premise behind it all. People who cannot afford medical care are not entitled to medical care. Gov. Hutchinson already is seeking Washington’s permission to cancel the health insurance of tens of thousands of poor people who cannot meet certain conditions like regular jobs or proof of residency, their incomes are slightly above the poverty line, or else they lack diligence in keeping up with government paperwork.

We are dismayed at the lack of honesty—could it be mere ignorance of the law and their own bill?—by the actual sponsors of Graham-Cassidy. Senator Cassidy said his big concern was that people with pre-existing conditions have to pay too much to buy health insurance. He said his bill would help them! It would help them by eliminating their protections entirely. If his bill were enacted, their premiums would skyrocket, if they could get insurance at all. He could not explain exactly how his bill would help those people. It would dump the problem on the states. Perhaps a state official somewhere could think of some way to do it without federal assistance.

As for the Arkansas budget, think of Graham-Cassidy as doing this: It will take more than $6 billion of federal aid for Arkansas health care between 2020 and 2026 and give it to Texas. Graham-Cassidy would transfer some $25 billion from states like Arkansas, Kentucky and California and hand it to the Lone Star state. Is that a great deal for Arkansas, or what?

TOP STORY>>Jacksonville to hold meeting on downtown

Leader staff writer

One of Jacksonville’s biggest problems is that it has no historic downtown.

“We aren’t a county seat, so we don’t have a courthouse square,” Mayor Gary Fletcher told the city council on Thursday. “But we have a beautiful library on Main Street that can become our anchor.”

Plans for what the city has planned from Main Street and Hwy. 67/167 east to the overpass will be unveiled at a luncheon at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.

It’s taken more than a year of behind-the-scenes work by Dr. Robert Price, the city’s director of downtown planning and development, and his committee to put into action a plan for revitalizing “downtown” Jacksonville.

Plans include a fountain-style welcome-to-the city park area where an abandoned gas station sits, extensive streetscape work up and downtown Main Street, a focus on the five-points area of Dupree, James and Main streets, bringing in more pedestrian traffic and brining in a mix development of businesses and living areas.

Price and his group came up with 13 objectives to improve the city in a 140-page report. The first one was to coordinate efforts to pass the “alcohol-by-drink” issue, but after that almost every other objective can be tied to the Main Street, or the downtown area.

In a letter Fletcher mailed to most property owners near Main Street, he wrote, “The city of Jacksonville recognizes the changing retail landscape and how it has affected property use and values across the country. Our Main Street business environment needs to address the growing problem of losing appeal for business as well as the customer base.”

He said Price and his group have created a plan that will “help create a place where people will want to come and be a part of a new as well as our established business environment. This plan will increase potential property value as well as draw new interest in area property and reinvigorate our downtown into a destination to help keep our shoppers here and draw from surrounding areas as well.”

“It is time we address new ways to save our downtown, turn it around and get in a leadership position for our New Downtown that will be anchored with the new $65 million Jacksonville High School. This will be a game changer for all of us if we get in a leadership role to help make this happen,” the mayor wrote.

Price and his group are looking at a three-prong approach to revitalizing, developing and promoting Jacksonville’s downtown.

“First is the Gateway, or entrance, followed by the Loop (the area where Main Street is a divided boulevard) and the Five-Points area of Main, James and Dupree streets,” he said.

Price said the new high school topping the knoll off Main Street was going to be a great start, “but what else is going to happen to improve Jacksonville?” he asked.

He said a study by Retail Attraction showed that Jacksonville was losing $100 million a year because people and businesses are going elsewhere and that needed to change.

Price called the plan to bring a vibrant downtown to Jacksonville an economic plan. “Almost everything in our Master Plan calculates in some way into an economic development strategy. This applies whether you are beautifying streets or attracting new restaurants, it all helps regarding the quality of living and the economy.

Price said the Gateway or lead into Main Street from Hwy. 67/167 is the most logical place to start and get “the biggest bang for the buck.”

Retired Admiral Bob Carius, who has helped revitalize downtown Batesville, will be speak at Wednesday’s lunch. The mayor said the admiral will explain how downtown Batesville was revitalized.

TOP STORY>>Governor backing Obamacare repeal

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday endorsed the so-called Graham-Cassidy health care bill and urged the U.S. Senate to approve the partisan legislation before a Sept. 30 deadline makes its passage effectively impossible.

The governor called the bill — sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) — the nation’s “last, best chance to repeal the Affordable Care Act.”

Although Hutchinson is a Republican and campaigned against the ACA, or Obamacare, his support for the latest repeal effort was not a foregone conclusion. He opposed legislation earlier this year that would have pared back federal Medicaid spending and unwound other parts of the ACA. The governor said in July that one such bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, would “shift costs to the states, and that leaves states like Arkansas with few choices.”

Arkansas, unlike most Southern states, chose to expand its Medicaid program under a funding stream made available by the ACA, thereby extending health care coverage to some 300,000 low-income adults and drastically reducing its uninsured rate.

Hutchinson said Tuesday that the Graham-Cassidy bill was different. “It does not represent a significant cost-shift to the states,” he said. The proposal would “take the heart out of the ACA” while not harming Arkansas in the process, he added later. “We’ve looked at these numbers carefully, our whole team, and I’m satisfied that there’s not a retrenchment on the federal participation in the health care system here in Arkansas.”

Yet several health care experts said Graham-Cassidy would slash projected federal funds to Arkansas. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal-leaning think tank in Washington, D.C., estimated the state would see a $1.1 billion reduction in federal funding in 2026 when compared to the money Arkansas would expect to receive that year under existing law. That’s partly because the bill would trim overall spending, but also because it would reallocate money between the states in a way that would penalize Arkansas, according to Judy Solomon, the CBPP’s vice president for health policy.

“There’s a redistribution of the funds from states that have taken up the Medicaid expansion, like Arkansas, to states that haven’t,” Solomon said. “For the most part, the states that are winners [under Graham-Cassidy] are states that did not expand Medicaid. The states that are losers are states that did. … You’re starting at a lower point than you would under current law, and then you’re redistributing from states like Arkansas to states like Alabama and Mississippi and Texas.”

Those three states are among the 19 that refused to expand Medicaid under the ACA. If Graham-Cassidy becomes law, the CBPP estimates that Alabama will see a federal funding increase of $1.7 billion, Mississippi $1.4 billion and Texas $8.2 billion, the same year that Arkansas will see a $1.1 billion reduction.

Avalere Health, a D.C.-based consulting firm, released an analysis of Graham-Cassidy Sept. 20 that concluded Ark-ansas stands to lose out on $6 billion in federal funding over the period between 2020 and 2026 if the bill passes. The Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care nonprofit based in California, published a report Sept. 21 that projected Arkansas’s loss to be $2.2 billion for the same period. Though the analyses differ by a significant margin, both show that states that rejected Medicaid expansion would benefit at the expense of those that accepted it. Alabama, Mississippi and Texas would see their share of federal funds rise by $3.4 billion, $5.3 billion and $28.4 billion, respectively, from 2020 to 2026, the Kaiser Family Foundation report indicated.

On Tuesday, Hutchinson chose a different comparison. “It should be noted that 37 percent of all the federal funds in the Affordable Care Act go to four states: California, New York, Massachusetts and Maryland,” he said. “I don’t think anyone in middle America would see that as a fair distribution of funds. And so what the Graham-Cassidy bill does, it not only repeals the individual mandate and the employer mandate ... but it also block-grants to states the federal funds that are currently utilized, [and] it does it in a way that is more equitably distributed and does not represent a cost-shift to the states.…The block grants to the states will keep up with the health care inflation rate.”

Graham-Cassidy would transform the American health care system by instituting major spending cuts and giving states much broader authority to structure and administer programs independent of federal oversight. It would end the Medicaid expansion in 2020, along with the ACA’s premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions, which are funding mechanisms that help low-to-moderate income people buy insurance plans on the individual marketplace. All of that money would instead be distributed to all 50 states in the form of block grants, the amount of which would be based on a complex funding formula partly dependent on a state’s poverty rate.

But the bill does not fund the block grants beyond 2026, meaning the money would disappear entirely if Congress did not act to renew it at that time. The Kaiser Family Foundation report said that would result in an additional $3.1 billion removed from Arkansas in 2027 alone. Graham-Cassidy would also change funding for traditional Medicaid to a per-capita funding model that would limit spending on children covered by ARKids, disabled people and the elderly.

In addition to overhauling Medicaid, Graham-Cassidy would undo the ACA mandate that individuals be insured and that employers provide insurance to their workers. States could opt out of consumer-protection regulations that the ACA imposed on the insurance industry, including requirements that insurance cover certain “essential” benefits — such as mental health, substance abuse or maternity care — which were intended to prevent the sale of substandard, bare-bones health plans. States could also waive the ACA’s prohibition against insurers charging more to customers with pre-existing medical conditions.

The Congressional Budget Office has yet to issue an estimate on the bill’s projected impact to the uninsured rate or the federal deficit. A preliminary CBO score on Graham-Cassidy may be available by early next week. But Senate Republicans are racing to pass the legislation before Sept. 30, which is when the window expires for the chamber to approve an ACA repeal bill with just 50 votes using the budget reconciliation process. Republicans control the Senate 52-48.

Most Republican senators seem to be on board with the proposal, including Arkansas Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton, but several key Republican lawmakers who voted “no” on an earlier repeal effort have yet to announce a public position.

Sen. John McCain of Ari-zona opposes the bill. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are also unlikely to vote yes. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has said he’ll oppose the Graham-Cassidy measure because it doesn’t go far enough in repealing Obamacare.

Marquita Little, health policy director at Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, said the bill “has many of the same dangerous features as previous proposals, although repackaged in a new way. It would result in deep cuts to Medicaid funding. It would result in, we think, tens of thousands of Arkansans losing coverage. It would result in cost increases, and it would remove a lot of important consumer protections, such as those for pre-existing conditions.”

Asked whether Graham-Cassidy constituted a cost shift to Arkansas, Little said, “We think it absolutely is. And we’re all patiently waiting for the CBO analysis to know what the impact really will be. … There is definitely going to be a scenario where states are operating with significantly fewer funds, and so there’s just no way around the idea that it doesn’t create a cost shift to the states and require states to make changes.

“Some folks might interpret that to mean, ‘It’s not an automatic cost shift because the states get flexibility in determining how they use funds’ and maybe that money is freed up in other ways … but we are opening the door to having to make dangerous changes to what we cover [and] who we cover in order to operate in the environment where we have fewer federal dollars.”

Bo Ryall, president and CEO of the Arkansas Hospital Association, said his organization has “a lot of unanswered questions” about Graham-Cassidy. “The numbers I’ve seen show that there would be less money going to the states, and Arkansas in particular would see less funding under this formula from 2020 to 2026. ... We’re concerned about that cost shift.” Hospitals have seen their uncompensated care numbers fall dramatically in recent years as Arkansans have gained insurance under the ACA, and Ryall said that policies that cause people to lose insurance would fall on rural hospitals particularly hard. (The AHA is a financial donor to the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network’s health coverage.)

Hutchinson said on Tuesday that allowing states the flexibility to spend federal health care money how they choose would allow them to defray a possible rise in hospitals’ uncompensated care. “When you get rid of the individual mandate and give people freedom of choice, some are going to decide not to have [insurance], and so there will be some uptick in uncompensated care,” he acknowledged. “But what the block grant does is allow us the flexibility to arrange our own system, so that we can cover [insurance] on the front end, but if there’s some that slip through and wind up in the hospital in the uncompensated care category, then we can cover that.”

But under the block grant funding model, the state would have to balance uncompensated care costs with every other health care need. That would inevitably mean tradeoffs about what the state paid for and what it didn’t. “We’d have to see the numbers, and then if there’s enough money there,” Ryall said. “We’re suspect about there being enough money in the pot to do that.”

On Tuesday, Hutchinson said that reports of Arkansas losing hundreds of millions of federal health care dollars under Graham-Cassidy are “just not so. … If you look at the entire nation, the Graham-Cassidy bill between now and 2026 will fund 95 percent of what is currently funded under the ACA.” Asked to clarify later, J.R. Davis, a spokesperson for the governor, wrote in an email that “federal spending will grow at a slower rate under Graham-Cassidy than under current law. But federal spending on Medicaid in 2026 is already lower under the latest CBO baseline than it projected the previous year. No one views the lower spending level as a loss of federal funds. Graham-Cassidy sets a budget. This is the fiscal discipline that is long overdue in Washington. It is a realistic budget that is achievable.”

The major difference between the governor’s analysis and those performed by groups like the Kaiser Family Foundation is that they are using different points of reference. Kaiser compared what states will receive in 2026 if the ACA is left intact to what states will receive in 2026 if Graham-Cassidy becomes law. The governor appears to be comparing what states receive now, in 2017, to what states will receive in 2026 if Graham-Cassidy becomes law. Spending on Medicaid, and health care in general, has been growing for decades, and the ACA envisions growth in spending that would keep pace with beneficiaries’ needs. In contrast, Graham-Cassidy would establish strict limits on spending.

The governor said that the proposal represented “our only chance” to repeal Obamacare. If it fails to pass, he said, “the Affordable Care Act is here in perpetuity, and it’s built into the fabric of our health care system, and I don’t see it changing.”

Despite others’ concerns about spending cuts, Hutchinson projected confidence that giving Arkansas more control over its health care system would allow the state to drive down costs and create savings in innovative ways. He told reporters on Sept. 19 that Graham-Cassidy “repeals as much of the ACA as it can under the reconciliation [process] … and then it allows states to make decisions beyond that. We can reject more of it, we can retain parts of it, we can come up with our own formulation as to what our health care system should be like in Arkansas — or any individual state.”

Solomon, of the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, was not so optimistic. “The problem is that the funding is going to fall short,” she said. “It’s not going to be enough, particularly if you think about anything happening that increases the need for coverage. A recession. A natural disaster. The money is fixed — a fixed allotment that starts off not being enough, and anything that increases the need would make it less likely [to be enough.]”

“There’s a proof point here that hasn’t been met: Show me how you would do that. Show me how you would take what you’re getting and how you would build yourself a program. … That’s why it’s very hard for me to understand how states that have had successful [Medicaid] expansions — and Arkansas has been very successful — think that this can be a substitute.”

This reporting is courtesy of the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network, an independent, nonpartisan news project dedicated to producing journalism that matters to Arkansans. Find out more at

TOP STORY>>Escaping East Germany

Jacksonville resident, sister speak at military museum

“When walking, we always walked close to the woods because bombs were falling. We had to run and hide, lying down on the ground.”

Ursula Czichon

Story and photo by JEFFREY SMITH 

Leader staff writer

Jacksonville resident Ursula Czichon was a little girl when her family fled to West Germany on the eve of the Russian occupation of East Germany in 1945 at the end of the Second World War.

Czichon, 78, with her sister, Magda Kubis, 81, talked about their experience during a Sertoma Club meeting held at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History on Wednesday.

Czichon was 5, and Kubis was 8, living in Bolko, East Germany, near the border of Poland. Their family learned they still had a chance to get out of East Germany to escape the Russian regime if they had somebody living in West Germany.

In January 1945, Czichon, Kubis, their 1-year-old sister, their mom and her 70-year-old parents packed what they could carry on their backs and began their five-month trek west to their uncle’s home in Hungen, Germany, 50 miles south of Frankfurt, arriving in May.

“We literally walked away from everything,” Czichon said.

Their father was drafted in the war in 1945. He was later captured by the Russians and sent to Siberia. He was athletic and tried to escape twice. He was one of the last prisoners of war released in 1949 because he could speak Russian and was used as an interpreter. After his release, he was 100-percent disabled and lived to be 71.

“When walking, we always walked close to the woods because bombs were falling. We had to run and hide, lying down on the ground. We let everything go by and then got up again and traveled a little bit farther. It was a slow walk,” Czichon said.

“We got rides on hay wagons, sometimes on a train wherever we could catch a ride, because we were among many others. There were flatbed cars. People climbed on and laid down close together. I remember one night on the train, we laid very still. A lot of railroad tracks were already bombed. The train went over one area, and we felt the tracks give a little bit. We hoped and prayed we made it through that particular area,” she said.

“On the journey we slept where people took us in, hay barns, on straw in schools.

The hygiene was terrible. My sister got lice and had to get it treated. She received the wrong medicine, and it burned her. I had boils on my head and had to have my hair shaved off. I wore a bonnet for three month until my hair grew back,” Czichon said.

Four weeks before arriving at their uncle’s house, they were in Bavaria. Residents allowed the family to sleep in hay barns and go into the farm fields and find something to eat.

“That’s were my little sister passed away. She didn’t have any milk, medicine, and she had pneumonia. We had to bury her there. That was pretty hard,” Czichon said.

“People exchanged jewelry for food. We were malnourished. My grandfather gave his food to us during the trip. When we got to Hungen, Germany, he was put to bed right away. A week later he died,” she said.

Their uncle was on the police force and had nice housing. He took care of them until they got an apartment of their own. Their grandmother lived for five more years.

Czichon came to the U.S. in 1958. She was 17 years old and married a service man. She’s lived in Arkansas for 60 years.

“I love it here. This is home and very proud to be an American,” Czichon said.

She worked 20 years with Barnes Security as a security guard, later training armed guards. Czichon lived in Jacksonville for 18 years with her daughter, Pat, and her husband, Gary Green. Czichon has three children.

Kubis lives in Bottrop, Germany.

She was a homemaker and worked as a city recreation administrator. She has four children. She was married 54 years until her husband died three years ago.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

OBITUARIES >> 9-20-17


Stella Frances Rounsaville, 76, of Jacksonville passed from this life on Sept. 15.

She was born Dec. 27, 1940, in Independence, Ind., to Murphy Rohner and Elois Miller Rohner.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dickey Rounsaville, her parents, and a grandson, Mike Radak.

Survivors include children, Joe Rounsaville, of Jacksonville, Dickey Rounsaville Jr. of Annapolis, Md., Timothy Rounsaville of Jacksonville, Stephen Rounsaville of North Little Rock, Amanda Rounsaville of Lake Charles, La., and Belinda Rounsaville of Jacksonville. Other survivors include brothers, Elmer Rohner, of Louisiana and Jesse Rohner of California; a grandson, Dave Radak, of Ward as well as several other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at St. Jude Catholic Church in Jacksonville. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6 till 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home and Crematory, 501-982-2136.

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Roy Edward Sword Sr., 83, of Jacksonville sacrificed his life to the Lord to his eternal home in Heaven with Jesus on Sept. 14.

He was born Nov. 11, 1933, in Pikeville, Ky., to Thomas Sword and Oliva Branham Rich.

Roy was a Bible student, knowing exactly his future home in Heaven. Roy was an avid tournament fisherman, winning the Western Military Bass Tournament and numerous other tournaments. He enjoyed bowling, basketball, softball, volleyball and gardening.

He also served 28 years in the Air Force and 20 years at Dassault Falcon Jet.

Praise God for having him on earth as a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and good provider.

Roy is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patsy Sword; daughters, Rhonda McEnany (Cary) and Sylvia Helfrich; a son, Roy Edward Sword Jr. (Kim); three grandchildren, Kelly Helfrich Perretti (Vincent), Taylor Helfrich and Jeremy Sword (Melissa), and three great-grandchildren, Caden Sword, Sam Sword and Madden Sword. He was preceded by his parents and brothers, Johnny Rich and Jackie Rich.

Memorials may be made to North Hills Baptist Church, 9618 Hwy. 107, Sherwood, Ark. 72120.

Visitation was held Sept. 19 and was followed by a funeral service at North Hills Baptist Church. Burial with military honors was in Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery.

Read the online obituary at


Egbert Wesley “Sonny” Acree, 91, passed away on Sept. 16.

Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville.

Graveside services will be held at 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at Pine Crest Cemetery in Alexander.

EVENTS >> 9-23-17


The Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 508 in Cabot will hold Lodge-a-Palooza from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m. today in the parking lot of the Masonic Lodge, 750 W. Locust St.

The event is free and open to the public. Visitors should park at Northside Elementary School or at Fields Family Dental.

In case of rain, it will be held Saturday, Oct. 7.


St. Jude Knights of Columbus and Ladies of the Knights will hold their annual Oktoberfest from 6:30 till 10 p.m. today at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, 2403 McArthur Drive in Jacksonville.

Tickets are $15. The event includes music, dancing, brats, adult beverages and raffles.

For more information, call 501-680-7818.


The Cabot AARP chapter will hold a potluck supper at 6 p.m. Monday in the Cabot Senior Center.

There will be a short business meeting, and David Edward, communications director for Arkansas Hospice, will speak.


Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, 5417 Valentine Road in rural Jacksonville, will host a Women’s Day event at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The event will be attended by members of churches in Jacksonville, Sherwood, Beebe, North Little Rock, Little Rock, Sherwood, Jacksonville and Dallas.

The themes are “I am a daughter of the King” and “Living as a Royal Daughter of the King” – 1 Peter 2:9.

Anita Thomas of Dallas will speak, and Doris Allen of North Little Rock will be a guest Sunday school teacher for a class starting at 9:45 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. Men are also welcome. Timothy Smith is pastor of Mt. Ararat. Charlotte Thomas and Ardellia O’Neal are organizing the event.


The 16th Section Crime Watch will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the community center on Hwy. 319 West in Austin to elect new officers for next year.


First Electric Cooperative and the National Weather Service will host a free and open-to-the-public SKYWARN storm-spotter training class at 6 p.m. Thursday at the power company’s headquarters at 1000 South J.P. Wright Loop Road in Jacksonville.

The class is intended for anyone with an interest in learning more about severe weather. This is part of an area-wide severe weather preparedness campaign conducted by NWS. Attendees will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Midland WR120 weather-alert radio.

“By attending this class, you will learn how to identify dangerous storms by sight and then learn how to communicate that information to help keep the people in your community safe,” said Dennis Cavanaugh, warning coordinator meteorologist with the NWS in Little Rock.

Class size is limited. Register online at, online at or by calling 501-985-4543.


The Criswell Robinson American Legion Post 71 in Cabot is seeking members.

“Our monthly meeting is held on the fourth Thursday of each month. Next meeting will at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 with a pre-meeting meal at 6 p.m. at 114 First St. All military members and spouses are welcome to come join us,” according to the announcement. All wives may join the Auxiliary and daughters may join the Junior Auxiliary. Sons of military members may join its Sons of American Legion chapter.

The Post also has a motorcycle club called the Legion Riders and a ham-radio club.

For more information, call 501-203-5715. The Post is located in the Cabot mini-mall and is open from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. till noon Saturday.


The Cabot Public Library, 909 W. Main St., will hold a free bluegrass concert by local musicians from 6 till 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2 in the library’s garden.

Free burgers and hot dogs will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs. In case of rain, the event will be held indoors.

CLASSIFIEDS >> 9-20-17


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

GENERAL CLEAN-UP, plus yard work. Whatever is needed. References provided. Fair prices. Cabot and surrounding area. (501) 960-2037.

HOWIE’S DO-ALL Handyman Services - offering a wide variety of home repair, drywall, plumbing, home appliance and light auto. repairs and much more. Always a FREE estimate. Call (501) 912-1098.

OXYGEN - Anytime. Anywhere. No tanks to refill. No deliveries. The All-New Inogen One G4 is only 2.8 pounds! FAA approved! FREE info kit: 844-397-2688.

DISH Network Satellite Television Service. Now Over 190 channels for ONLY $49.99/mo! FREE Installation, FREE Streaming, FREE HD. Add Internet for $14.95/mo! 1-800-511-6322.


NOW HIRING. Base pay $300-$600 per week. Commissions available. Full/part-time jobs. Call (501) 605-1303 or text (501) 259-6430 for more information.

OPEN the door to Opportunity! Signature HomeStyles has been a leader in offering an opportunity to own a business while maintaining personal and professional priorities for over 41 years. Be your own boss! Earn 25% base commission! Earn great money doing something you love! Go to Representative Personal Web Page or call (870) 613-8949.

Kareer Kids Child Development Center is offering excellent full-time opportunities in Jacksonville. Immediate Director/Assistant Director and teaching position 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. Childcare experience required for director/assistant director positions, management experience preferred. Pay based on experience, benefits and training available. Please stop by 1912 McArthur Drive, Jacksonville to fill out an application.

CAREGIVER NEEDED in Austin. Must be able to pass federal background check. Please contact: (501) 366-5702.

CAREGIVERS and CNAs, 24 Hour Care needed in Searcy, Sherwood, Cabot, Jacksonville area. Must have clean background, phone, transportation. Please call (870) 942-4700.

GOODSELL TRUCK Accessories is taking applications for a Retail Truck Accessories Sales Position. Great place to work with good benefits. Monday-Friday, 8:30 to 5:30 and 9:00 to 12:00 Saturday. Looking for Automotive Experience. Apply in person at 401 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville or send resume to

DIESEL MECHANIC Full-time M-F, 7am-5pm. Must be able to Weld, perform PM’s and maintenance. Must provide your own tools. Benefits include: Retirement, paid holidays, company paid insurance. We furnish uniforms also! Call Chuck 501-945-1433.

LITTLE ROCK AREA JOB FAIR - September 27th, 2017 - 9:00 am- 4:00 pm. Marquette Transportation NOW HIRING - ALL POSITIONS! Deckhands, Cooks, Engineers, Wheelhouse, Wyndham Riverfront, 2 Riverfront Place • North Little Rock, AR 72114. Please apply online prior to arriving at Job Fair! • Walk-ins welcome!

TEAMS – NEED ASAP! Harrison, LR and Memphis. TOP PAY - 55cpm , HOME 2 days per week, 4 weeks of vacation after 10 years • Signing Bonus Day One! CLASS A CDL TEAMS, DRIVE FOR FedEx GROUND Contractor! Great benefits! Must have 1 yr. of exp. and able to get doubles endorsement. 870-754-5100.

TRUCK DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED! Become a driver for TMC Transportation! Earn $800 per week! Local CDL Training! 1(501)557-6171


PONDERS LARGE PUBLIC ESTATE AUCTION – F INEST FRENCH AUCTION WE’VE HAD Sunday, September 24th • Special 9 A.M. START TIME, 1504 S. Leslie Street, Stuttgart, AR 7216 Over 800 lots of the finest quality items you will see at auction! Featuring French, American, English, and designer classic. Over 500 photos at: TERMS: Cash and checks with a 10% buyer's premium. All major credit cards accepted with additional 5% transaction fee. All sales are final, and sold as-is. Call J.E. Ponder 870-673-6551 or 870-672-1731 (cell). AALB #787. Preview: Sat., Sept 23rd 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 24th 8 a.m. until sale.


YARD SALE, 9/21 and 22, 4177 Hwy. 294 (Military Rd.), Jax. Rain cancels.

YARD SALE, 9/23, 8 am-? 226 Weathering Cir., Austin. Baby/toddler clothes and items, girl clothes, toys, household items and more.

HUGE YARD sale, 9/23, 7 am-3 pm, 21 Stacey Lynn Terrace, Ward. Furniture, tools, miscellaneous, clothes, etc.

YARD SALE, 9/22 and 23, 1505 Mill Rd., off Military Rd. Household goods, lots of misc., baby girl clothes, etc.

2-FAMILY YARD sale, 9/22 and 23, 604 Southhaven Ave., Cabot.-

LARGE YARD sale, 9/22 and 23, 8 am-4 pm, 13 Chelsea Ln., Cabot, (Shiloh Subdv.), weather permitting.

CARPORT SALE, 9/21-23, 7 am-? 8 mi. north of Lonoke off Hwy. 31, lots of 25¢ items. Household, tools, jewelry, CDs, too much to mention. Rain or shine. (501) 425-0324.


FLATBED DUMP trailer, 8’x6’, $2,200 cash. (501) 605-2682, no texts.

‘83 FORD F-100, 94,000 miles, runs good, $950. (501) 843-9485.

2004 BUICK Rendezvous, best offer. (501) 944-4852.

NEW PARTS: electron control module, oil pressure switch, gas filter, PCV valve and thermostat for 351 engine, $20. (501) 843-3240, Benny.

1997 FORD Ranger extended cab, 4-cyl., 167,000 miles, good condition, $3,500 obo. (501) 680-0128.

2001 DODGE Caravan Sport, low miles, fully loaded, nice vehicle, moving, $5,000. (501) 605-2242.

CADILLAC DEVILLE, 1991, 84,000 miles, needs compressor, no reverse, $1,100 obo. 676-5624, Lonoke.

MOUNTED LT245/75/R16, $75; 205/75/D15 trailer tire and wheel, $40; donut tire and wheel for GM, $10. (501) 983-1445.

SET OF Goodyear Wrangler SRA tires, size 275/55/R20, only 18 miles, $600. (501) 259-1512.

KOMATSU FORKLIFT, side shift, 3 stage life, 4k lbs., $4,000. (501) 454-1859.

SET OF running boards for 2014 Chevrolet super crew cab, $250. (501) 454-1859.

1991 ACURA Integra LS Special, white, 2-Dr. hatchback, 5-spd. manual trans., 1.8L, project car w/rebuilt motor and trans., as is $1,411, have title. (501) 982-8316, leave msg.

2011 CHEVY Impala LS, 101,000 miles, 3.5 V6, white, $6,300. Call/text: (501) 882-9009.

SET OF Goodyear Wrangler SRA tires, 275/55/R20, only 18 miles, $600. (501) 259-1512.


KAWASAKI 2005 Vulcan Classic 800, lots of extras, adult driven, garage kept, super clean, $2,200, Can text pics. (501) 676-3358.

KAWASAKI 2000 Prairie 300 4x4, auto, winch, title, $2,200 cash. (501) 605-2682, no texts.

‘04 SPORTSCOACH motorhome, 38’, 2 slides, all bells and whistles, extra clean, low mileage. (501) 982-7916.

2104 KEYSTONE Bullet Premier 31-BHPR, lots of extras including outdoor kitchen and additional A/C unit added after market. Price has been reduced well below NADA value, $18,500. (501) 286-5500.

4 ATV rims and tires, $200. (330) 519-9973, Sherwood.

2010 CLUB CAR golf cart, 48v w/charger, $2,500. (501) 454-1859.

2014 JAYCO 5th wheel HT, excellent condition, inside and out, $27,000 obo. (501) 286-7268.


FALL PRICING - Bermuda $1.45/sq. yd., Meyers Z-52 Zoysia $2.50/sq. yd. Call 800-458-4756. (Double Springs Grass Farm) Prices are COD on full truck loads in the LR area.

JOHN DEERE riding mower, 48” deck, $775 cash. (501) 605-2682, no texts.

CRAFTSMAN LAWNMOWER, 22” cut, $100; Home Right gas blower, $30. 843-4890.


AMISH BUGGY, black, upholstered inside, excellent condition, $1,400. (501) 350-7872.

VERY LARGE pet carrier, $65 and large pet carrier, $55. (501) 983-1445.

FREE HAY, several acres, you cut, bale and haul away. (501) 843-2187, Cabot.

YOUNG, MALE cat, very loving, white and tan, FREE. Needs good home. (864) 498-3420.

ENERGETIC, RAMBUNCTIOUS, loving 10 mo. old Boxer/Lab mix looking for new home, neutered and vaccinated. (904) 502-1514.

FREE TO good home, 2 male pups (4 mos.), 2 females and 1 male (1 yr. old) 1/2 Cocker, 1/2 Chiweenie, all very nice dogs, good w/children, call/text: (501) 388-9037, McRae.


Attn: Hunters! CAMPING SHED for ATV - All galvanized steel, $749 delivered, Call 501-766-6900.

WE SHOP, YOU SAVE on your Medicare Supplement Insurance! Call 888-982-3775 today to compare Medicare benefits and costs from up to 20 top-rated carriers. Receive the best option for you.

WANTED 10 HOMES- In your county Needing METAL ROOFS, SIDING OR WINDOWS For our Before and after picture brochure. Upon being selected receive free $300 gift certificate. SAVE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS We are opening a branch office and will be using these homes for our brochure. No money down financing. Payments $89/Mo. Free estimates Senior/Military discounts. wac. CALL NOW!! 866-668-8681.

RESMED C-PAP machine, good condition, 6’ hose, face mask, $199. (501) 749-8667.

size 12/13 diabetic shoes, black, good condition, $99. (501) 749-8667.

GOLF CLUBS: Ping I2 irons, Taylor woods, Golfsmith putter, Hogan bag, all in excellent condition, $299. 749-8667.

new metal walking cane, excellent condition, $30; backpack, new, red and black, $37. 749-8667.

WALKER, tall and wide, new, $39. (501) 749-8667.

BIG MAN’S electric scooter w/truck lift, $1,350. 982-7916.

HANDCRAFTED OUTDOOR playhouse for ages 2-8, pd. $5,000, sell $1,200 obo. Moving. (501) 605-2242, Cabot.

NEW REGULAR size wheelchair, navy blue, $50 cash. (501) 941-5189.

NURSING SCRUBS, women’s small, assorted colors, like new, $1 ea. 944-9698.

ANIMAL PRINT pictures, different sizes, some sets of 4, small animal figurines as well, $5 to $30. (501) 519-7901.

BICYCLES, 26” Power Climber, $65 obo.; Huffy Gear-up, 16” w/training wheels, $30 obo.; Cobra Next, 12”, $18.50. 843-4890.

VERIFONE CREDIT card terminal w/pinpad, $50 obo. Call for details. 882-2142 or 606-1314.

18x18 CHARCOAL grill, excellent condition, little used, on stand, with wheels, $15; large crockpot for big families or church gatherings, used twice, $15. 985-2244.

4 CABOT PANTHER stadium seats, excellent condition, will sell separately, in pairs, or all together, $20 ea. (501) 259-1511.

9-PC. PLACE setting, Noritake dinnerware, good condition, white w/fruit pattern, missing 2 cereal bowls, $50. (501) 259-1511.

BOX OF goodies for your Flea Market, rooster pitcher, tea pots, Jack-o-lanterns, frog bowl and more, $20 for all. (501) 983-4168.

NEW 5’x8’ enclosed utility trailer, used once, less than 50 miles, $1,700. (501) 607-3965.

ELECTRIC AIR compressor, 1 hp., $100. (501) 454-1859.

EPICURE PRODUCT, Inc. speakers, made in Massachusetts, model 100V, $250 obo. for pair. (501) 882-2142 or 606-1314.

YAMAHA SLIDING horn, made in Japan, $250 obo. (501) 882-2142.

SCHOOL UNIFORMS, girl’s sizes, 7/8 and 8/10, 50¢-$3 ea.; leftover yard sale items, make reasonable offer. (501) 291-5519, Jax. No call after 8 pm, please.

EMERSON QUIET Cool, 18,000 btu, 220v, must sell, $125 obo. (501) 882-2142 or 606-1314.

DITCH FULL of rocks, take as many as you want. 983-1445.

CUTE FALL silk floral arrangements, some in wagon and small wheelbarrow, will last for years, $5-$25. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

3 VINTAGE McCoy floral canisters, perfect condition, $10. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

GENDER NEUTRAL car seat stroller combo, $80; baby girl clothes, $30; girl Bumbo seat w/tray, $10; pink Brahmin crossbody purse, nwt, $200. Dooney and Bourke purse, tan, $50; Dooney and Bourke, blue, $70; (501) 944-5346.

USED BOB motion single child stroller, has wear, comes w/handle console, tire pump, Buggygear hooks, $100. (501) 658-2872.

9-PC. PLACE setting, Noritake dinnerware, good condition, white w/fruit pattern, missing 2 cereal bowls, $50. (501) 259-1511.


COFFEE TABLE, 54x30, 2 drawers, good condition, $50. 835-9795.

2 LARGE couches, same colors and styles, $65 ea. 835-9795.

LEATHER RECLINER, electric, Ashley, brand new, you haul, $400. (501) 837-3140 after 2 pm.

LG DISHWASHER, white, clean, no scratches, $75. (501) 681-4085.

VERY OLD bedroom suite, antique, 3-pcs., excellent condition. Dishes, household items, riding mower, odds and ends and more. (501) 288-4540.

CONTEMPORARY OVEN by Munsey, 6 cu. ft., European plue, $100; 5.5’x7.5’ braided rug, $15. 843-4890.

GE UPRIGHT freezer, $25. (501) 676-6109.

WHITE, WOOD porch swing, $50. 940-5972.

27” SAMSUNG TB, cable ready, $50. 985-2244.

BROYHILL SOLID wood dresser w/mirror, $300; LG front load washer and dryer, matched set, $600. (501) 944-5346.


WANTED TO buy: Adult tricycle. (501) 613-7588.


IN BEEBE: very nice, 2 Bedroom/2 Bath apartments. All utilities paid including basic cable. Washer and dryer furnished. $750 month. Twin Lakes Apartments. Call Lisa at 278-0498.

COZY, one room studio apartments in Jacksonville. Bed pulls down from wall in Living Room in front of wood burning fireplace. Includes appliance filled kitchen. Starting at $325 plus utilities, deposit $200. No children or pets. Camp Construction, (501) 982-0434.

22’ CAMPER - all furnished, utilities paid, Cabot area, $550 month plus deposit. (501) 941-9872.


Have a title to your Car, Boat, or Mobile home? Get a new home with any trade-in! Call 501-653-3205.

VERY CLEAN 3 BED 2 BATH Singlewide for sale! call 501-653-3202.