Wednesday, August 23, 2017

OBITUARIES >> 8-23-17


James “Jim,” Joseph Mongno, 78, of Jacksonville passed away at Baptist Health Hospice in North Little Rock on Aug. 20.

He was born Nov. 25, 1938, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to James J. and Gertrude Mary Kingsley Mongno.

Jim was a retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant, served two Vietnam tours, was a loadmaster and was in medical administration. Following retirement, his enjoyment of sales took him into the material handling business, real estate and cars.

He was an avid reader, enjoyed his Ol‘ Geezer lunches with Little Rock Air Force Base Hospital co-workers, the McDonald’s morning coffee crew, casino trips, world history and good conversation and argument.

Jim is dearly missed by his wife of 40 years, Junelle Mongno; a brother, Tom and wife Linda; a daughter, Lisa Marie; grandchildren, Ileanna (Aurelien), James, Alexandre, Julien, Solene and Kilian; great-grandchildren, Umbelina, Tiago, Alexiane, and Hanae, all of France; nephew Tony and wife Letha (a special lady); a niece, Lisa; brothers- and sisters-in-law Karl and Lois Linke, Norma and Robert Bolton, Ronnie and Diane Linke, and Cheryl and Joe Hazel; great-nieces, Andrea, Lacy, Mariah (Brian), Mandy (Brian), Summer, Abby, London (Mike, three children); great-nephews, Tony, Tim (Tami), Gabe (Julie), Keith (Julie, two children); great-great-nieces, Brianna, Payton, Maya, Payton, Katherine, Hayden and Madison; great-great nephews, Hunter, Jackson, Garrett, Mikah, Kylen and Holden; a former son-in-law, Rui, and many relatives and friends.

His parents, many relatives and friends preceded him in death.

Jim was a Jacksonville Sertoma Club life member, served as past president, board member and sergeant-at-arms, was the only club president to earn the gold coat, was the club’s 2016 Sertoman of the Year and was the 2016 South Missouri/Arkansas District Sertoman of the Year. He was a VFW member and of the Roman Catholic faith.

Viewing and visitation were Aug. 22 with a memorial service at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23 at Moore’s Funeral Home in Jacksonville. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Pet Angels, 501-982-2916, or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home, 501-982-2136. Sign the online guestbook

EVENTS >> 8-23-17


Volunteers are needed for Cabot’s annual fall litter-pickup, which will be held from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, Oct. 7.

Everyone in the Cabot community is encouraged to participate: Civic and service organizations, church and youth groups, school groups and clubs, scouts, individuals, families, neighborhoods and businesses can put together a clean-up crew.

Volunteers should check in at 9 a.m. at the Cabot School District’s Administrative Building parking lot at 602 N. Lincoln St. Volunteers will be assigned routes if they have not already designated their own areas of concern.

Orange safety vests and garbage bags will be provided. Partic-ipants should bring a sturdy pair of work gloves with them and wear good walking shoes.

At noon, volunteers will return to the parking lot to enjoy a free lunch. The city’s main thoroughfares into the city will be the focus of the cleanup effort.

For more information, call 501-920-2122 or email


Southern gospel group the Chuck Wagon Gang will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at DaySpring Missionary Baptist Church at Markham and Church streets in Ward. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information. call 501-850-2056.



The seventh annual Jacksonville train show will be held from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. next Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27 at the community center, 5 Municipal Drive. Admission is $7 and is good both days. Kids 12 and under are free.

The Jacksonville Lions Club will raffle two handmade quilts at the event. For more information, call Daryl Conner of Rail and Sprue Hobbies at 501-982-6836.


Jacksonville Animal Shelter's “barking lot” sale will be held, rain or shine, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 217 S. Redmond Road. Proceeds will help the animals at the shelter. There will also be a barbeque, car wash and dog wash for $10 donations.


Central Arkansas Team Care for the Homeless, known as CATCH, will meet at 10 a.m. next Saturday at the American Legion Post 71 in Cabot, 114 N First St., in the Cabot Mini-Mall.

For more information, call 501-203-5715.


The Cabot AARP will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Cabot Senior Center, 600 N. Grant St.

Tina Hunter, who works with the Alzheimer Association, will speak.


The Jacksonville Citizens Police Association Alumni will hold its monthly meeting at 5:45 p.m. Monday at the Jacksonville Police Department on Marshall Road. All alumni are invited to attend.


Lonoke County Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Graham will speak to the 16th Section Crime Watch at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the community center on Hwy. 319 W.


The Lonoke County Museum is seeking donated items to sell at its fundraiser garage sale Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2.

For more information, call 501-676-6750.

The museum will also perform a comedy-murder mystery called “Who Shot the Sheriff?” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. Tickets are $15 and $25 for couples. For more information or to volunteer, call 501-676-6750. The museum is at 215 SE Front St. in Lonoke.


The Jacksonville Museum of Military History, 100 Veterans Circle, will show an episode of the new Ken Burns’ documentary “The Vietnam War” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. The 10-part, 18-hour documentary series was directed by Burns and Lynn Novick. The event is free, open to the public and co-sponsored by AETN, which will premiere the series on TV starting Sept. 17.


Lonoke County Safe Haven’s fourth annual Jeans and Jewels fundraising gala will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at Bella Terra Estates, 500 Hwy. 89 in north Pulaski County.

Tickets are $65, and sponsorship opportunities are available through Lonoke County Safe Haven’s Facebook page.


Jacksonville Wastewater customers are reminded sewer billing is averaged on bills from May through September, which means October sewer bills will be based on actual water use during September.

“If you do not have a sprinkler meter, you may choose to limit lawn and garden watering during September to assist in keeping your sewer bill low,” according to the announcement.

For more information, call 501-982-0581.


American Legion Post 71 in Cabot will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at 114 N. First St.

Pre-meeting meal will be at 6 p.m.

Members and spouses are welcome. Ladies may join or attend the auxiliary meeting. Daughters can join the Junior Auxiliary.

“If you are a veteran and are interested in joining or a son of a veteran, come on by. If you are a motorcycle rider, we have a Legion Riders Chapter, too,” according to the announcement.

For more information, call 501-203-5715 or stop by the post from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. Monday through Friday or from 9 a.m. till noon Saturday.


Zion Hill Baptist Church in north Pulaski County will show the movie “God’s Not Dead 2” (Rated PG) at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3.

Admission is free. There will be free popcorn, cotton candy, pink lemonade and coffee.

The church is at 11923 Zion Hill Road near Hwys. 107 and 89.


The annual Sherwood Fest 5K Fun Run presented by the Rotary Club of Sherwood will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at Sherwood Forest. After the 5K there will be a 1K family run/walk, which will begin around 9 a.m. Strollers and people-friendly pets with current tags are welcome.

Registration can be made online at Sept. 27 is the deadline to guarantee a race T-shirt. Proceeds will support the Sherwood Rotary’s scholarships and youth programs.

CLASSIFIEDS >> 8-23-17


ATTENTION WINE Makers: FREE wine bottles and various other glass bottles. (501) 882-3494.

GREAT Southern Stone Skipping Championship, Saturday, Sept. 2, Starting at 9 am at the Fairfield Bay Marina, 4350 State Highway 330, Fairfield Bay, AR, Cash prizes for top 3 winners in adult and children flights! Free Admission, $10 to Compete, Bring Lawn Chairs! Proceeds benefit Arkansas Foodbank and its member food pantries in Choctaw, Clinton and Greers Ferry.

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.

GET YOUR GRASS ON! Bermuda $1.35/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.

WANTED - Only 5 more homes needing METAL ROOFS, SIDING OR WINDOWS to be displayed in our upcoming before and after photo contest. SAVE HUNDREDS. 100% financing. Payments $89/Mo. Free estimates. Senior/Military discounts. Winner receives $500 Rebate. DETAILS CALL!! 866-668-8681. wac.


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

HOUSE CLEANING Services, $50 for 3 hours. Call Carrie at (501) 743-7365.

CARPET RESTRETCHING and Repairs. 33 yrs. experience. Free estimates. References available. Serving Cabot/Jacksonville/Sherwood areas. Call (501) 538-5261, no text messages please.

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

LANDSCAPING: KURTWRIGHT’S Kustom Kreation, (501) 593-2050. Shrub trimming, flower bed clean-up, mulching, edging, small tree trimming, gutterguard cleaning and installation, French drain installation.

DISH TV. 190 channels. $49.99/mo. for 24 mos. Ask About ExclusiveDish Features like Sling® and the Hopper®. PLUS HighSpeed Internet, $14.95/mo. (Availability and Restrictions apply.) TV for Less, Not Less TV! Call 1-855-374-9776.


GENERAL PROPERTY Maintenance help needed for apartment complex. Little Rock and Jacksonville. Email or fax 501-375-3141.

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.

Kareer Kids Child Development Center is offering full-time opportunities in an Arkansas Better Chance for School Success funded Pre-K program in Jacksonville. Immediate full time position available for 2017-2018 school year. Requirements: must be at least 18 years old, have a BA in Early Childhood Education, P-4 Teacher License or BA in a related field and dedicated to making a difference in children's lives. Pay based on experience, benefits and training available. To apply stop by to fill out an application: 1912 McArthur Drive, Jacksonville, 501-985-2715.

HANDYMAN NEEDED for ongoing maintenance of commercial building in Ward. Text or phone. (785) 547-5213.

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

SHOP WORKERS - Central AR Manufacturing company taking applications for shop workers Starting at $15 hr. Call 501-766-6900.

TEACHERS and SCHOOL NURSES! APPLY TODAY! Equal Opportunity Employer, Drug and Tobacco Free Workplace, Se Habla Español.


AUCTION – Sat. Aug. 26th, 10am. 27010 Hwy 107 Cabot, AR, 72023. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE! SUV, Ford F350, Jeep Wrangler, Bike, Signs, Furniture, Collectibles, Antiques and MORE!!Details/Pics. ID #35576. (concessions from SMOKIN’ Buns) Cory Nicholson, AR lic #2447 501-985-SOLD. Terms: 10% Buyer’s Premium up to $10,000. 5% Buyer’s Premium over $10,000.

LARGE PUBLIC ESTATE AUCTION - Sunday, August 27th Special 9 A.M. START TIME 1504 S. Leslie Street, Stuttgart, AR 72160. 4 - 53’ Semi Loads of Quality Estates from the US and European Countries. Over 800 lots of the  finest quality items you will see at auction! Featuring French, American, English, and designer classic home furnishings. Check our website for over 500 photos and terms of sale.! 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 for more info or reserved seating at 870-673-6551 or 870-672-1731 (cell). AALB #787. Preview: Sat., August 26th 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., August 27th 8 a.m. until sale.


BIG YARD sale, 8/25, 8 am-? 208 N. James St., Jax. Chest, TV, bicycles, hunting clothes, microwave stand, appliance and lots more.

MOVING SALE, 8/24-26, 8 am-5 pm, 102 Justice, Lonoke. (501) 951-5568 for info.

YARD SALE, 8/26, 6 am-? 1711 Pioneer Dr., Cabot. Various home furnishings, toys, clothing, etc.


UTILITY TRAILER, 5x14, single-axle dovetail ramp, good condition, $500. (501) 438-9696, Lonoke.

‘92 HONDA Accord, runs and drives well, great on gas, clean interior, burgundy exterior, has dent and scratches, no radio, $1,500. 605-2242, Cabot.

1990 JEEP Wrangler YJ hardtop, 304 motor, good condition, all new tires and wheels, light bar, stereo, $4,900. (501) 416-8107.

1997 MERCURY Mountaineer, all wheel drive, 5.0 motor, 189K miles, good truck, $1,450. (501) 588-5331.

2009 MERCEDES C300 4matic, beautiful black sedan, 85,000 miles, well-maintained, $11,000. (501) 412-8242, Lonoke.

2000 TOYOTA Celica, 5-speed, white, $4,500. Serious inquiries only. 882-2142.

CLEAN 1995 Chevy work van, $2,195. (501) 658-0500.

4 TRAILERS, free, you haul away. (501) 392-5174.

2002 INFINITI i35, 4-Dr., silver w/leather int., cruise, pwr. windows, mirrors and seats, FM/CD, alarm, $6,500 obo. (501) 952-2296, Kimber.

2005 DODGE Caravan, 237,000 miles, good tires, working A/C/heat, very clean, needs transmission repairs, $900 obo. (501) 259-4039 or (501) 288-8138.


2006 SUZUKI Boulevard, 16k mi., windshield, driving lights, hard bags and trunk, Mustang seat w/back rest. (501) 605-3975.

20’ PROWLER RV, excellent condition, $3,000. 772-1928 or 772-2586.

2014 JANCO Eagle HT 5th wheel, exc. cond., inside and out, $27,000. (501) 286-7268.


SNAPPER ZERO-TURN 33” cut, 18.5 hp Briggs and Stratton engine, great condition, $500. (501) 658-1802.

FARM PRO tractor and tiller, $3,800. (501) 983-1445.

LIKE NEW Kioti KL 401 4x4 enclosed cab tractor w/front bucket, heated and cooled cab and lots more. Less than 200 hrs., excellent condition, $21,500. (501) 326-2800, Jax.

TROYBILT LAWNMOWER, 7-speed trans., new battery, 2 new filters, like new, cutting deck for grass or leaves, $825. 982-2504.

CHERRY PICKER, $50. (501) 983-1445.

SNAPPER LAWNMOWER, parts only, good deck, 6-spd. self-propelled unit, $35. (501) 882-2142.

46” and 48” mowing decks, $125 ea. (501) 983-1445.

LAWN SWEEPER, hardly used, paid $250, asking $125 obo. 843-4890.

SEARS, 21 hp. mower, 42” cut, $375. (501) 843-5475.


WHELPING BOX, 44x44, solid wood, $60. (501) 266-2732, Lonoke.

FREE TO good home, female Springer Spaniel mix, 4 mos. old, shots current, 10 lbs., comes w/food. (501) 773-8796.

POLICE DOG to good home, must have big fenced yard, very sweet dog, loves people. (501) 988-5141.

FREE TO good home, kitten, gray and white tabby and calico, litterbox trained, (501) 837-5798, Beebe.

LARGE BIRD cage, $40. (501) 983-1445.

FREE TO good home, 2 adult dogs, male German Shepherd mix and female Blue Heeler mix. (501) 259-9559.

10 MO. old fawn Pug, free to good home, fixed, shots up-to-date, Jax. city license, high energy, needs fenced yard. (501) 249-1122.

2 SADDLE blankets and saddle rack big enough for 2 saddles. 259-1573.


RESMED C-PAP machine, good condition, 6’ hose, face mask, $399. (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, $375. 749-8667.

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

SIG SAUER P226 Legion case, medallion and 2 factory 10-round magazines, firearm not included, $150. (501) 438-9696, Lonoke.

WALKER, tall and wide, new, $56. (501) 749-8667.

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

HANDCRAFTED PLAYHOUSE for ages 2-6, pd. $5,500, sell $1,700. Must pickup, no delivery. (501) 605-2242, Cabot.

PEARL DRUM w/zylophone in case, $175. (501) 843-5847.

KIMBALL UPRIGHT piano w/bench, Spanish pecan, good condition, best offer. Only non-profits need call. (501) 597-0798 after 4 pm.

NEW RELIANCE 310C manual indoor transfer switch (30A) for generator, $250. (501) 941-0657, Cabot.

NEW IN box, Kohler stainless Barossa pull-down kitchen faucet w/soap/lotion dispenser, $160. (501) 941-0657, Cabot.

SEVERAL BIKES from small kid’s to adult sizes, $25-$65. (501) 983-1445, Cabot.

GUITAR. New in box, Spectrum 38" concert style acoustic, Case, strap, pick and electronic tuner, $30. (501) 266-2732, Lonoke.

NEW REGULAR size wheelchair, navy blue, $60. (501) 941-5189.

RARE OLD carnival glass sleigh, 9”x5”x6.5”, excellent condition, $65 firm. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

3 DRAGONS by M. Pean, Peacock, hatching and coiled emerald dragons, pd. $115, asking $60 for all. (501) 983-4168.

UNDERPINNING FOR 16x80 mobile home w/J-trim used, some pieces, some not, 21” to 29” in height, $125. 680-0128.

CHANDELIER, $25; ceiling fan, white, $25. (501) 590-9758.

LITTLE GIRL’S dresses, sz. 5/6X-8, like new, $6-$8. (501) 590-9758.

KOHLER PORCELAIN dbl. kitchen sink w/Delta fixtures, good condition, $100. (501) 843-5376.

TRI-FOLD PICTURE frame, standing holds twelve 8x10’s, $20; Xbox one, games GTA-5 and The Walking Dead, $20 ea. or both for $35. (501) 286-3553.

GOLD RINGS, 3 heart-shaped, one cat’s eye sapphire and one turquoise crystal, sizes 7/8, $50 ea. or all for $175. (501) 286-3553.

SWIMMING POOL, Easy Set, still in box, 12’x30” w/ ladder, leaf skimmer, filter, pump, maintenance kit, all for $150. (501) 628-6456, Cabot.

HALO, 360º baby bassinet, used once, plays lullabies with feeding timer, etc. Beautiful. Pd. $250. Asking $150. (501) 628-6456, Cabot.

WHITE STORM door w/glass window, 32”, $50, (501) 983-1445.

LOTS OF good yard sale items: vacuum cleaners, toys, bicycles, videos, clothes, too much to list. Cheap. Must sell. 843-4890.

NIKE CLEATS, size 11, very good condition, black and silver, $30. (501) 247-0653.

REFRIGERATOR, STOVE, washer and dryer, recliner, rocking chair, dresser, 2 ladders (8’9” and 6’), 100 lb. butane bottle, lawnmower jack. 628-2238.


SOLID OAK entertainment center, 5’ wide x 6’ tall, good condition, $75; Med. sized entertainment center w/TV, $25; Curio cabinet, good condition, $100. (501) 676-0823.

BEIGE DBL. reclining sofa, good condition, $400 obo. (501) 319-5429.

WHIRLPOOL WASHER and dryer, $500. (870) 494-5100, Diana.

4-DRAWER CHEST, solid wood, $65; microwave stand, $10; wicker rocking chair, $10. 985-2244.

BEAUTIFUL MIRRORED bar and 2 heavy duty swivel barstools, $750 cash. (501) 983-4168.

QUEEN BED w/mattress, good condition, $325 obo. 843-0997 or 681-3041, Cabot.

LG 10,000 BTU portable air conditioner, cools 400 sq. ft., works great, $200. (501) 941-5274.

HEADBOARD, WHITE, wicker, full-size, 53” tall and rounded at top, $45. (501) 286-7394, Cabot.

MOVING - WASHER and dryer and other misc. items, all must be sold by 8/25. (501) 590-9119 after 3 pm.

CEDAR STORAGE chest, 46”x24”w x 20”h w/hearts on exterior, $100; Corner desk w/credenza, $60; couch, light gray, $75. (501) 286-3553.

SOLID OAK 5-pc. sectional custom built entertainment center, 7’10” tall, 7’2” wide, $1,000 obo. (501) 628-6456, Cabot.

ROUND, OAK pedestal table and 6 chairs, extended leaf. 241-0469.

KING-SIZE MATTRESS and box spring, no frame, great condition, $150. (501) 672-6239, Cabot.

VERY NICE queen bed w/mattresses and bedding, decorative bedding and pillows; black leather twin bed headboard. (501) 366-5702.

GAS STOVE, $20. (501) 541-3599.


Land for Sale: 1.88 Acres on Dana Lane, Cabot, Mobiles Allowed. $18,000; 1 Acre at 129 Morgan Road, Jax.,  Mobiles Allowed. $10,000; Tract 1 Moss Lane, Austin, 5/8 of an acre. $25,000; Fast growing area. Possible Commercial Potential, 2 Acres Hwy 107, Enola, No Restrictions. $17,500; 63.5 Acres Caudill Road, Enola, Timber, Pasture and Pond, $3,350 per acre. Vowell Realty and Auction Company, 501-605-1212.


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.

JACKSONVILLE - NICE area, 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bathrooms, nice kitchen and living room, carport, utility room, large fenced yard with 2 large sheds. Rent $790 month, deposit $790 (can be paid in 2 installments). (501) 596-2700.

FOR RENT: manufactured housing, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, on large shaded lot, quiet neighborhood. 113 Charlie Loop, Lonoke County, approximately 7 miles from Jacksonville. $600 month, $500 security deposit. (501) 982-2090 for appointment to see.


2 BEDROOM, open garage, large lot w/storage bldg., 25 mins. from LRAFB, 312 Winston St., Ward, $68,000., (501) 416-0992.


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.

SPORTS EVENTS >> 8-23-17


The Jacksonville athletic department is hosting a Burgers, Beans & Bingo fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Jacksonville Senior Center. The center is located at 100 Victory Circle.

Cost is $30 per person and includes Bingo cards and a meal. Dinner will be served at 6:00 and Bingo will be from 6:30 to 8:30. Must be 18 to participate in Bingo.


The Cabot Lions Club will host its annual Memorial Golf Classic at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11 with a shotgun start. The four-person scramble will be held at Cabot’s Rolling Hills Country Club on Mount Carmel Road/Hwy. 321. Entry forms can obtained via email at or by calling 501-920-2122. Entry fees are $100 per person or $400 per team, which includes greens fees, golf cart and two free mulligans. Prizes will be presented for the top three winning teams and additional tournament contest prizes will be awarded.

There will be two hole-in-one contests, sponsored by Excel Ford and Centennial Bank. Entry fee also includes a steak and baked potato dinner, which will be served immediately following the tournament.

Door prizes will be given away during the dinner (must be present to win). Deadline for entry is Sept. 5. Proceeds raised from this event will go directly toward providing vision screenings, eye exams and the purchase of eyeglasses for local school children and in-need adults.
Sponsorships will also be provided to in-need children and adults for vision-saving procedures and surgeries. Assistance is also provided to those who may request life-skills training or guide-dog training.

Opportunities are available for corporate and hole sponsors. For more information, call 501-920-2122.


The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Trap Shoot will be held Friday, Oct. 27 at the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Shooting Sports Complex on Graham Road. Proceeds will go towards funding the chamber’s year-round programs. Deadline is Sept. 1, but day-of registration will be available starting at 11:30 a.m. Registration cost is $25 per shooter, or $15 for anyone who just wants to come for lunch, which begins at 11:30 a.m. Shooting starts at 1 p.m. Sponsorships are also available. Drink sponsorship is $350. Food and trophy sponsorships are $500 and event sponsorships are $1,500.

Fees cover lunch and two rounds of shooting. All shooters must provide two boxes of certified ammunition as well as ear and eye protection, which can also be purchased at the range. For more information or to obtain a registration form, call the chamber at 501-982-1511 or email

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

SPORTS STORY >> Richardson works way back into a starting job

Special to The Leader

FAYETTEVILLE – During the 2016 preseason, then brand new Arkansas defensive backfield coach Paul Rhoads extolled Kevin Richardson’s versatility value to the Razorbacks’ secondary.

Richardson displayed what Rhoads discussed making seven tackles as a nickel back and cornerback during the Razorbacks’ 21-20 season-opening victory over Louisiana Tech at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Unfortunately it marked Richardson’s only game for 2016. He tore pectoral muscles during that game, a season-ending injury that didn’t allow Richardson to play football again until spring practice.

So during the 2017 preseason practices that Coach Bret Bielema’s Razorbacks began on July 27 it seems Rhoads is avidly determined that he and Richardson make up for lost time.

“Kevin Richardson has to be on the field somewhere for us,” Rhoads said.
So even before Rhoads implemented the nickel package in July, with Richardson listed first-team nickel, Richardson, the fifth-year senior former walk-on from Jacksonville, was all over the secondary nearly all the time those first two days of mandatory non-contact practices.

“We haven’t installed our nickel package yet,” Richardson said. “Thatpackage in yet,” Richardson said. “That will be primarily where I play, but right now it’s some corner and some free safety. Coach Rhoads told me to be prepared for whatever. I just embrace wherever he wants me to play.”

He’s done a lot of embracing during the preseason. Because he’s been busy enough practicing at cornerback and safety even before slotted at nickel.

Must be difficult simultaneously preparing to be primary throughout the secondary.

“It’s not really difficult,” Richardson said. “It’s just being in condition. You’ve got to be in condition to play all of those because it will be reps with ones at the nickel, twos at corner and threes with the free safety. You got to be in condition to do things like that.

“Coach Herb (strength coach Ben Herbert) does a great job conditioning us.”

The conditioning isn’t just about speed and strength but endurance, too, Richardson said.

“Coach Rhoads talked about being in football shape,” Richardson said. “There is a difference between being in football shape and being able to carry your pads.”

To have been a 150-pound walk-on muscled up to 185 pounds on a 5-11 frame that played every game on special teams in 2014 and every game on special teams and as a defensive backup jack of all trades in 2015 takes tremendous extra effort.

Richardson’s teammates noticed. They elected him and junior safety Santos Ramirez as defensive co-captains.

Rhoads knew why.

“I think, even in today’s age where guys have a tendency to brother-in-law each other too much and take it easy on each other, they recognize somebody who is not afraid to speak,” Rhoads said. “And Kevin is not afraid to speak. They’re intelligent words, words that make sense to the kids and elevate them. Anytime somebody elevates somebody else, they’re displaying leadership.”

Richardson said his parents ingrained in him to speak when needed.

“I was always taught to be myself,” Richardson said. “So you know I’m going to be blunt with you if there is something wrong. If something needs to be addressed I’m going to tell you about it. Coach B lets us speak to the team and sometimes I call people out if I feel there is something they should work on. That’s something I feel a leader should do. Sometimes it’s tough love when you’ve got to speak to somebody.”

Richardson admitted sometimes it takes prudent words if you are a 185-pound captain and are closest at hand when 6-3, 286 sophomore defensive end McTelvin “Sosa” Agim of Hope and sophomore 6-5, 298 left offensive tackle Colton Jackson of Conway “skirmished” like during the second preseason practice.

“They are bigger guys than me,” Richardson said. “It’s kind of hard with bodies that big. I can’t physically do anything but I try to do what I can. It might require some different language but I do what I can to make them stop.”

Although Richardson was seventh on the 2015 in tackles with 44 playing all over the secondary and on special teams before his injury induced one and done in 2016, Bielema explained to a bewildered SEC Media Days audience back on July 10 in Hoover, Ala. why he brought Richardson along with heralded senior third-team Preseason All-SEC quarterback Austin Allen and Preseason All-SEC first-team/consensus All-American candidate senior center Frank Ragnow.

“Kevin Richardson is a former walk-on and just really embodies everything I believe in,” Bielema said. “He’s a little undersized, under-recruited, underdeveloped coming out of high school but we presented an opportunity for him to walk on. Really, in the first two weeks I knew we had something. Probably one of the most intelligent football IQ players I’ve ever been around.”

SPORTS STORY >> Panthers’ defense dominates Wolves

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Defense shined the brightest as Cabot played its annual preseason scrimmage game against Lake Hamilton on Monday at Panther Stadium. It was a controlled scrimmage in which the teams traded 15-play possessions with no down limitations. If a team failed to get a first down, the ball stayed where it was and the downs were reset.

Even with four 15-play drives with no down restrictions, the Panther defense kept the Wolves out of the end zone the entire game.

Lake Hamilton only got close enough for a field-goal attempt once, and missed it.

“I think we got after it pretty good,” said Cabot coach Mike Malham. “I thought we played hard. We just have a lot of inexperience out there. We’ve got to get it as we go.”

The offense also performed well. The first two plays of Cabot’s first possession picked up 34 yards to the Lake Hamilton 36. Halfback T.J. Rogers then broke free on the dive play for a 36-yard touchdown run.

During Lake Hamilton’s first possession, Cabot safety Justin Nabors read the bubble screen perfectly, stepped in front of the receiver for the interception and returnedit 40 yards for the score.

During Cabot’s second varsity possession, halfback Noah Sorrells took the option pitch from quarterback Tommy Oaks around the right corner and scampered 30 yards down the sideline for another Panther touchdown.

Later than same series, another solid drive got the ball inside the 10, where Sorrells busted free from 8 yards out for his second touchdown of the night.

Also during that possession, sophomore kicker Rhett Thurman made a 43-yard field goal. He had missed a 36-yarder wide right earlier, but the successful kick is an improvement from last season, when the Panthers failed to make a field goal all season.

Mason Martin handled the PATs, and made them all.

After the four 15-yard possessions, two each by varsity and JV, the teams traded goal-line situation possession, spotting the ball at the 10-yard line.

Oaks fumbled once but Cabot recovered. On the very next play, Oaks walked in on the keeper for the final touchdown of the night.

The Panther defense again kept the Wolves out of the end zone.

“I think we did all right considering all the new people we have out there,” Malham said. “Oaks looked comfortable. They’re putting in a new offense; the Wing-T stuff (Tommy Gilleran) was running at Fountain Lake. That may have hurt them some, the first real test of that new system. I’m sure we’ll watch the tape and find a lot of mistakes, but just first impression, I thought we did pretty good.”

SPORTS STORY >> Eliminating turnovers is first task for Hillside

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It would be easy to look at Sylvan Hills’ jamboree with Arkadelphia and Greenbrier on Monday in Sherwood and see only the mistakes, because there were plenty of them, but there was also plenty to be excited about, if those mistakes get corrected.

Each team played one half of football against the other two. Overall, it was Arkadelphia’s night. The Badgers beat Sylvan Hills 14-7 in the opening half of the game, and then beat Greenbrier 21-0.

The Bears came back to play two quarters against Greenbrier and pulled off a 20-14 win, despite four turnovers.

“We’ve got to hang onto the ball,” said Sylvan Hills coach Jim Withrow. “Offensively that was the thing. I felt pretty good about how well we executed and moved the ball, but we need to hang onto it. We fumbled five times, lost it three, threw an interception, and scored 20 points – in a half. Now what’s the state of high school football today? Remember 10 years ago, if you turned it over three or four times in a half, you got beat by 21 at least.”

Greenbrier trailed 13-7 and had just turned the ball over on downs when Sylvan Hills committed its final turnover of the night; a fumbled snap with 1:10 left that gave the Panthers possession at the Bears’ 46-yard line. On third down and 12, Greenbrier hit a deep touchdown pass for the score to go up 13-7 with 34 seconds to go.

Sylvan Hills took over on its own 30, and quarterback Ryan Lumpkin hit receiver Darius Waddell for 57 yards to the Panther 23 on the first play of the drive.

Lumpkin then scrambled for 9 yards, and then found Nathaniel Floyd in the end zone for a 14-yard, game-winning touchdown pass with six seconds left.

“That’s just where we’re at in this sport,” Withrow said. “Two touchdowns in 34 seconds. We took the ball with 34 seconds left and nobody missed a beat. Lumpkin throws a fastball. Floyd makes a great catch. We’re pretty confident in what we’re able to do if we don’t give it up.”

Sylvan Hills’ first possession against Greenbrier was pretty good also. Deon Youngblood carried for 15 and 13 yards on the first two plays. A late-hit penalty was tacked onto the second run, putting the ball on the Panther 27-yard line. Another Youngblood carry went for 11 more yards before Payton Terry shook two defenders on a wide receiver screen and scored.

Greenbrier answered right back when it busted a run up the middle for 50 yards and a 7-6 lead.

Sylvan Hills next two possessions all ended in turnovers, and a long touchdown run by Youngblood was called back for holding. But the defense held Greenbrier each time.

After taking over on the SH 31, Lumpkin hit Waddell for 48 yards to the Greenbrier 11. Three plays later, Daelyn Fairrow punched it from the 2-yard line and Tito Mendoza’s extra point gave the home team a 13-7 lead.

The next two possessions also ended in turnovers, setting up the wild final 34 seconds.

Waddell (6-0, 170) is a college prospect at safety, but the loss of two starting receivers during preseason has forced his move to offense. Withrow was impressed.

“Darius did a great job on offense,” Withrow said. “Unfortunately we’re going to have to use him on both sides. Payton Terry, too, is going to have play some defense for us. That’s just where we’re at right now.”

There were no turnovers against Arkadelphia, but a fumble and a few penalties halted drives for the Bears. The touchdown came after a 29-yard completion from Lumpkin to Terry on third and 5 moved the ball to the Badger 21. From there, Fairrow made a first-down catch to the 8, Youngblood ran it to the 1-yard line and Ty Compton punched it into the end zone to tie the game at 7-7 with 8:21 left in the second quarter.

Sylvan Hills had Arkadelphia going backwards and facing third and 13 when it hit a 34-yard pass to the Bear 29. A quick snap on the next play caught Sylvan Hills still scrambling into position, and a screen pass went to the 6-yard line, setting up a touchdown with 4:52 left that set the final margin.

“Our defense got better as it went along,” Withrow said. “Teams are a lot farther along at this point than they ever have been in the past, but it’s still a scrimmage. You don’t get too worked up about a scrimmage one way or the other. You just take it for what it is and get back to work.”

SPORTS STORY >> Good effort for all at Vilonia

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Jacksonville and Lonoke convened with Vilonia at Phillip Weaver Stadium on Monday for a three-team preseason jamboree that saw a mixed bag for all three squads.

Each team played one quarter of live action against each of the other two teams, and the results for varsity play were split.

Lonoke opened by outscoring Vilonia 7-0, then got beat by Jacksonville 6-0. The Eagles then came back out and beat Jacksonville 13-0.

Lonoke’s touchdown came on its first drive against Vilonia, and it was nearly flawless.

Junior receiver Braidon Bryant made a 9-yard reception on the first play. Senior running back Xavier Hodge barreled forward for 20 yards on four carries. Bryant then took a swing pass and weaved his way through a series of defenders before racing down the west sideline for the score.

The next three possessions were all three-and-out, two by Vilonia and one by Lonoke. The Jackrabbits’ third possession featured a 14-yard scramble by quarterback Daniel Seigrist, and another big play by Bryant.

This time the swing pass went to the left side, but nothing was there. Bryant reversed directions and again got loose down the right sideline to the Vilonia 13-yard line. On the next play, however, a high shotgun snap lost 20 yards and the Jackrabbits ended up turning it over on downs as time expired.

“We had a backup center in there and those things are going to happen,” Lonoke coach Taggart Moore said. “I was really pleased with how well Daniel ran the offense. He was nearly flawless. He did a great job of moving around in the pocket and finding receivers.

“Bryant is a junior, but he was hurt all of last season, so really he’s like a sophomore. He’s got a chance to be maybe the best player in our conference if he gets his mind right and gets focused. And he’s getting there. He’s a great athlete.”

Jacksonville went three and out on its first possession against the Jackrabbits, but the defense forced the same from Lonoke. On the Titans’ second possession, quarterback Harderrious Martin kept on the read option and raced 65 yards for a touchdown.

Lonoke started the next drive on its own 20, and picked up 57 yards in two plays. Ethan Mulligan made a 23-yard reception and Hodge ran 34 yards to the Jacksonville 23. But Jacksonville held the Jackrabbits to just one more yard and took over on downs.

Jacksonville then put together its best drive of the game, taking seven plays to get to the Lonoke-5-yard line, but a penalty moved the Titans backwards and they turned it over on downs with 1:48 left.

Lonoke then drove from its own 10-yard line to the midfield, but Martin picked off a Siegrist pass deep downfield on the last play.

“We tried to go deep and score on that last play, but Daniel really doesn’t have the arm strength for that,” Moore said. “He did what he’s supposed to do, and he did it well. I’m really encouraged by how well he played.”

Vilonia’s Veer offense took its toll on the Titans, who had not prepared to face an option offense. Jacksonville did a good job of stuffing the fullback and picking up the pitch man on the option, but Vilonia quarterback Jordan Britton ran loose and the halfback dive broke a few big plays against the Jacksonville defense.

“You need a week to prepare for offenses like that,” said Jacksonville coach Barry Hickingbotham. “I thought we did a pretty good job. We’re not going to see an offense like that all year, and I thought we did really well against the other offense that’s more similar to everything we’re going to see throughout the season. The defense played well.”

Britton had one run of 46 yards and another of 14 yards and a touchdown on the opening drive against Jacksonville. The Titans then picked up three first downs and moved the ball from their own 20 to the Vilonia 5, but another false-start penalty moved them backwards, and Vilonia stuffed the run for a 4-yard loss on the next play. Jacksonville managed just two more yards on the next two plays, and an incomplete pass on fourth and goal from the 10 ended the drive.

Vilonia then marched 90 yards in 13 plays; with Britton breaking loose on the option keep for the last 20 yards and the final score of the game.

EDITORIAL >> Two cities plan vote on liquor

Both the Sherwood and Jacksonville city councils last week passed ordinances Thursday asking the Pulaski County Election Commission to give a legal description of the defunct Gray Township, which remains dry and saddles both cities. Officials in both cities want to allow restaurants to serve “alcohol by the drink” everywhere, not just in wet areas and in “private clubs.”

About half of Sherwood is dry and 90 percent of Jacksonville is dry because Gray Township voters decided more than 60 years ago to ban alcohol, according to The Leader’s Rick Kron.

A bill passed by the state legislature last session allows the cities to schedule a vote on the issue, but first the boundaries of the defunct township must be officially determined. Once the election commission provides that information in a few weeks, both councils will meet again Sept. 7 to approve an ordinance calling for a vote.

The councils will set a fall election date. Even though the voting will be on the same day, each precinct will be tallied separately so there is a chance that only a portion of Jacksonville could become wet.

City officials and chambers of commerce are pushing the vote as a way to stimulate economic development and hope to attract high-end restaurants and steakhouses that serve alcohol. Both Sherwood and Jacksonville would make excellent choices for national chains, which would create jobs and attract diners who have to travel to Little Rock and North Little Rock.