Friday, December 02, 2016

SPORTS STORY>>Jacksonville teams beat McClellan

By RAY BENTON 
Leader sports editor

The Jacksonville girls’ basketball team put an end to a three-game losing streak with an easy home win over McClellan on Tuesday. The Lady Titans dominated the first and third quarters en route to a 52-29 victory, while the Jacksonville boys won 59-49 despite being outplayed in the first and fourth quarters.

In the girls’ game, Jacksonville utilized a good balance of inside and outside play. The Lady Titans shot nearly 50 percent from the floor, and scored 38 of their 52 points from inside the paint. Senior Alexis James made the most of her increased playing time due to an injury to starting point guard Josie Starr. James made 3 of 7 3-point attempts and finished with a game-high 17 points.

Starr, who led the team in scoring in its previous game, has been hampered by injuries the last two years, and missed most of Tuesday’s game with another knee injury suffered early in the contest.

Freshman Shy Christopher, who is the team’s leading scorer on average, posted 15 points, all seven baskets coming inside the paint.

Jacksonville led 14-6 at the end of the first quarter, and took a 23-15 lead into intermission. The Lady Titans put the game away in the third quarter, opening with the first 10 points of the half and going into the fourth period with a 40-19 advantage.

Shattoria Briggs added 10 points for the Lady Titans. Shamaryia Brown led McClellan with 16 points and was the only Lady Lion in double figures.

In the boys’ game, McClellan tried to utilize a box-and-one defense to stop senior Titan Tyree Appleby, who has averaged nearly 30 points per game so far this season. The strategy worked early, as Jacksonville struggled to execute against the gimmick defense, but those problems were resolved in the second and third quarters.

Still, Titan coach Vic Joyner wasn’t that pleased with his team’s performance. In fact, he was downright disappointed, despite the victory.

“I thought it was one of the worst games any of my teams at Jacksonville have ever played,” said Joyner. “To execute means finishing. At times we didn’t even run what I was calling. Other times we ran it and got the shot, and missed wide-open shots. That’s just a lack of focus. This team has potential. We have more pieces to the puzzle than we had last year, and I’m trying to get them to another level. But we’re not going to get there if we don’t focus any better than we did in this one.”

Senior post player Chris Williams led the charge in the second quarter. McClellan led 18-16 after one, and Williams scored nine of the team’s 16 points in the second period as the Titans took a 32-25 lead into halftime.

Senior DaJuan Ridgeway became the go-to player in the second half. He scored 13 of his game-high 17 in the final two quarters, including eight in a 16-6 third quarter than put Jacksonville up by 17.

That lead got up to 18 early in the fourth quarter. McClellan then mounted a comeback, but never seriously threatened.

“We got up 18 and should’ve won by 25 or 30, but this team loses focus so easily,” Joyner said. “At this level, against the teams we’re going to be competing with, we’re not going to win anything missing wide-open shots and getting lackadaisical every time we get a little bit of a lead.”

Williams finished with 13 points while Appleby dropped in 12 for the Titans. Marqis Hall led McClellan with 12 points while James Dotson had 11.

Jacksonville’s boys and girls played at Vilonia on Friday after Leader deadlines. Both teams will be off until Thursday when they hit the road for separate tournaments. The Lady Titans (6-4) will play the host team of the Conway High/Dandra Thomas State Farm Invitational at 8:30 p.m. The Jacksonville boys play at Fayetteville.

SPORTS STORY>>Hillside fends off Badgers’ late rally

By RAY BENTON 
Leader sports editor

The Sylvan Hills Bears remained undefeated with hard-fought 60-47 win over a vastly improved Beebe boys’ team Tuesday in Sherwood. Sylvan Hills led at the end of every quarter, but didn’t have the win secured until late in the fourth quarter, despite taking a 10-point lead into the final frame.

Bear coach Kevin Davis wanted to see his team close it out better, but still sees steady progress from his largely inexperienced group.

“We’re 4-0, and three of them have been really close,” said Davis. “We beat Lake Hamilton down there and that went to the wire. We beat Morrilton at home and that went to overtime. I thought we had a chance to put this one away a little sooner than we did, but Beebe is a much better team this year than they have been. I don’t want to take anything away from them and how much they’ve improved. But I thought we had a little lapse in focus there in the fourth quarter when they got back in it. Hopefully we’ll learn from that and won’t let that happen again.”

Sylvan Hills led 47-37 at the end of the third quarter, but Beebe scored six-straight to start the fourth to make it a four-point game with five minutes remaining. Senior Badger K.J. O’Neill hit two free throws to start the run. Back-to-back Bear turnovers led to back-to-back penetrating layups by D’Andre Butler that made it 47-43 with 5:05 left.

With 2:38 left in the game, Sylvan Hills’ offense still had made just one basket in the period, but the defense had still preserved a 49-45 lead after a Brad Worthington basket for Beebe.

Badger coach Ryan Marshall called timeout after Worthington’s basket at the 2:38 mark, and it was all Sylvan Hills from that point. Jordan Washington started the run with a 6-footer from inside the lane. After a Beebe turnover, Jacobe Davis hit Zion Butler for an alley-oop layup that made it 53-45. After a Grant Jackson miss on Beebe’s end, Justin Glasco hit a 3-pointer from the left corner with 1:30 remaining that gave the Bears an 11-point lead and all but sealed the win for the home team.

“We took fewer 3-pointers in the second half and we made more, and there’s a good reason for that,” Davis said. “Early on we weren’t taking shots in the rhythm of our offense. This group broke a team record in practice on our outside shooting drills that we do. They scored the highest of any team I’ve ever had. We don’t make them in games because we don’t take the right shots. We did a better job of that in the second half tonight.”

The Bears went 3 for 7 from outside in the second half after going 2 for 18 in the first half.

Beebe (1-3) jumped out to a quick lead with Worthington starting the game red hot from the floor. He made four baskets over a three-minute stretch as Beebe jumped out to a 12-5 lead. Sylvan Hills closed the first quarter with a 7-0 run over the last four minutes to take a 13-12 lead, but Beebe came right back.

Butler scored four-straight, the last two coming on a steal and layup that put the Badgers up 19-14 with 5:35 to go in the first half. But again, the Bears came back to lead 30-26 at halftime.

Washington got into foul trouble and junior Alex Curry took over inside and became a force on the boards. Meanwhile Jacobe Davis and Butler combined for 13 points to put the Bears in front.

Jacobe Davis and Worth-ington tied for high scoring honors with 19 points apiece. O’Neill added 12 for Beebe while Washington scored 11 for the Bears.

Both teams will be busy next week. The Sylvan Hills boys and girls will host Batesville on Tuesday before entering tournament play in various spots.

The Sylvan Hills boys will play Mountain Home at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Cyclone Classic at Russellville High School.

The Badger boys will face Greenbrier at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Northwestern/Modern Woodmen Classic at Morrilton.

SPORTS STORY>>SH girls storm back on Beebe

By RAY BENTON
Leader sports editor

When the Beebe ladies traveled to Sylvan Hills on Tuesday, it became a tale of two halves. The Lady Badgers dominated the second quarter and took a 23-14 lead into halftime, but Sylvan Hills controlled the entire second half to pull out a 47-39 victory and remain undefeated at 5-0.

Beebe’s lead grew to 27-16 with five minutes remaining in the third quarter when the Lady Bears mounted a rally that practically never stopped. It started with a 9-0 run, spearheaded by junior post player Alana Canady. She scored a bucket inside to start the comeback. At 27-21, Canady got a steal and went the distance for a layup and was fouled. She missed the free throw, but Lannie Ballard hit two free throws after another Canady steal to make the score 27-25 with 3:20 left in the quarter.

Beebe’s Libbie Hill finally broke the streak with a putback of her own miss at 2:02, but Andrea Dolphin answered with a 3-pointer at the other end to pull the Lady Bears to within one.

With 28 seconds left in the period, Dolphin found Canady wide open under the basket to give Sylvan Hills its first lead at 30-29 since three minutes into the first quarter.

That’s how the quarter ended. Holland forced a turnover and got a fastbreak bucket, but the Lady Bears answered with a 7-0 run and never trailed again.

In the second half, Sylvan Hills was switching back and forth between man defense and an aggressive 3-2 matchup zone.

“We played good defense the whole game I thought,” said Sylvan Hills coach Shelley Davis. “I thought the defensive work we did in the first half played a part in how effective we were in the second half. I wish we could execute a little better than we did on offense, but if they’ll keep working like that on defense we’ll have a good year, because we won’t always shoot as poorly as we did tonight, especially in the first half.”

The game was officiated much differently from one half to the other as well. Sylvan Hills was in the free-throw bonus by the 1:33 mark of the first quarter.

Beebe was shooting early in the second and both teams were well into the double bonus by halftime.

In the third quarter, only five fouls total had been called, which Beebe coach Greg Richey believes also played a role in the outcome.

“It wasn’t anything really blatant, it was more about how it changed at halftime,” said Richey. “It’s hard to adjust in the middle of a game. You try to get a feel for how things are going to be called and you make adjustments for that. When it changes within the game, and now they’re allowing a lot of contact they weren’t allowing, it makes it difficult. Especially against a team as physical as Sylvan Hills is. If you let them use their hands and put a body on you, those are some strong, physical girls and that’s an advantage for them.”

While Beebe shot less than half the free throws than Sylvan Hills, it didn’t take advantage of its opportunities. The Lady Badgers made just 6 of 12 foul shots while Sylvan Hills went 15 of 26.

Canady was a force on both ends of the court and filled up the stat box. She finished with 14 points, nine rebounds, six blocked shots and four steals. Jayla Bell added 13 for the Lady Bears while Mallory Kimble scored 10.

Libbie Hill led the Lady Badgers (3-2) with 18 points while Hannah Camp scored 10. Beebe outrebounded Sylvan Hills 36-32, but committed 19 turnovers, including 13 in the decisive second half.

The Lady Bears host Bates-ville on Tuesday, and then play Wonderview at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Northwester Modern Woodmen Invita-tional at Morrilton High School.

Beebe plays McClellan at 7 p.m. Monday in the first round of the Cabot Pre-Holiday Classic.

EDITORIAL>>Christmas charity work

Many Christmas charity drives have begun with the holidays just a few weeks away.

These are great opportunities to help see that children have Christmas gifts, elderly veterans are cared for and that the hungry are fed.

The Beebe Kiwanis Club is holding a pancake breakfast with Santa from 8 till 10 a.m. today in the new Beebe High School 9-10 cafeteria behind the arena as a fundraiser for the Badger Food Pantry, the Angel Tree program, college scholarships and more. Tickets are $5, and kids 3 and under eat free.

The Cabot Christmas for Kids toy drive, which for years has ensured kids in need have a happy Christmas, will accept donations of new toys or monetary donations through Dec. 17 to help buy new toys for youngsters who live in the Cabot School District.

There are boxes at all Cabot public schools to drop off toys. Toys can also be dropped off at Centennial Bank, Fred’s, Dixie Café and Dollar General in Cabot and Ward.

Checks can be mailed to Christmas for Kids, c/o Bill Holden, 100 Gunsmoke Drive, Austin, Ark. 72007.

Checks and toys may also be delivered to the Cabot Schools Warehouse, 310 G.P. Murrell Drive in Cabot, in the Industrial Park off Hwy. 367 toward Austin.

To sponsor a family, call Terena Woodruff at 501-843-3363, ext. 1029. Families who need assistance this year with food or toys, should visit goo.gl/SvwcGF. Recipients must live in the Cabot School District to be eligible.

To arrange for donated toys to be picked up, call Bill Holden or Rita Stewart at 501-743-3560. Toys may also be brought to any elementary school in the Cabot Public School District today through Dec. 16 or leave a message for Shelley Montoya at 501-286-8912.

Another longtime collection drive, the Jackson-ville Museum of Military History and the Major Jacob Gray Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, have begun their annual collection drive for elderly patients living in the Community Living Center units at Fort Roots VA Hospital.

The deadline to donate is Dec. 30.

See page 4 for a complete list of items requested, which includes new clothing, sneakers, flip-flops, house shoes, toiletries and much more.

Monetary donations are also needed. Checks can be made out to CVAHS Voluntary Services and designate Community Living Center Donation in the memo line. Volunteers are also needed at Fort Roots. For a list of opportunities, call its Voluntary Services Office at 501-257-3288.

People are asked to bring donated supplies to the museum at 100 Veterans Circle. Call 501-241-1943 for more information.

For those in need of a meal and camaraderie, Word of Life Worship Center in Jacksonville will hold a free community Christmas dinner from noon until 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The church is at 607 N. First St., Suite 4 inside Stonewall Square shopping center.

People may eat at the church or carry out their meals. Delivery will be available to elderly residents in Jacksonville by calling 501-708-5843. For more information, call Alcorn at 501-708-5843.

Let us know about your community’s charitable activities, and we’ll help get the word out.

Happy holidays!

TOP STORY>>National Book Award

Sherwood native Nate Powell has won a National Book Award for “March, Book Three,” which he illustrated with authors Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) and Andrew Aydin.

The award is the top prize in American literature.

“Powell is the first and only cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award,” according to his website.

The “March” series, which has won critical praise, ex-plains the civil rights movement in a way that can more easily be embraced by young people.

The Georgia congressman worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King to win voting rights for blacks and end segregation.

Powell, 38, is a graduate of North Little Rock High School and now lives in Bloomington, Ind. He is also a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York.

In an emotional acceptance speech, Lewis said, “Some of you know I grew up very, very poor in rural Alabama. Very few books in our home. And I remember in 1956, when I was 16 years old, with some of my brothers and sisters and cousins, going down to the public library and trying to get library cards. And we were told that the library was for whites only and not for coloreds, and to come here and receive this award, this honor, it’s too much.”

“I had a wonderful teacher in elementary school who told me, ‘Read, my child, read.’ And I tried to read everything. I love books,” Lewis said.

Powell’s acceptance speech included a challenge to President-elect Donald Trump, “I challenge you to take this trilogy into your tiny hands and allow your tiny heart to be transformed by it. None of us are alone in this. Not even you.”

Powell told the National Book Foundation, which presents the awards, “Our work was in the spirit of illuminating those participants whose contributions have been less celebrated, but as the trilogy progressed, it clearly told a story of 2016 as much as it did of 1964, and I found myself increasingly focused on future readers.

“As my two daughters grow into the world, as their perspectives rapidly expand, ‘March’ is a road map, providing a real sense of continuity and empathy for those who came before—and how best to move forward. In such a toxic time, I hope this continues to be a part of the antidote for which we’re all hungry,” Powell said.

His animated illustrations in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s documentary “Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot” are expected to be seen by one million students in 50,000 schools across the nation.

Powell’s next book, “Come Again,” is due in 2018. He was the artist for the upcoming comic book “Two Dead,” written by Van Jensen, about a 1947 murder-suicide of a Little Rock police chief and his lieutenant.

Powell has also won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, two Eisner Awards, two Ignatz Awards, two Harvey Awards, a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, four YALSA Great Graphic Novels For Teens selections, a Best American Comics selection, and has been a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

TOP STORY>>Council rebuffs veto by mayor

By RICK KRON 
Leader staff writer

Sherwood Mayor Virginia Young, in a rare use of veto power, vetoed an ordinance the council passed in October splitting the city’s engineering department into two sections.

But the city council turned right around Monday night and overturned the mayor’s veto by a 6-2 vote.

Back on Oct. 24 the council voted 7-2 Oct. to split its engineering department into an engineering department and a planning department.

In a letter where she vetoed the ordinance, Young wrote that state law says, “a mayor may veto, within five days, Sundays excepted, after the action of the city council thereon, any ordinance, resolution, or order adopted or made by the council, or any part thereof, which in his or her judgment is contrary to public interest.”

City Attorney Steve Cobb said it’s the first time that he could recall in his time with the city that a mayor has used the veto power.

The veto letter was dated Oct. 26 and received by the city’s clerk office the next day.

In the letter, which she read into the record Monday night, Hillman stated she issued the veto because she believed the ordinance was “contrary to the best interest of the public.”

A number of residents and developers spoke on Monday night in favor of the veto, and Alderman Tim McMinn read a letter into the record from a number of people opposing the veto.

The split of the departments could take place as early as Jan. 1 even though no one has been hired yet to be the city planner.

Alderman Mary Jo Heye, the sponsor of the ordinance that called for streamlining the engineering, permits and planning department into an engineering department and creating a planning, permitting and inspection department, said Sherwood was a growing city and like most growing cities in the state it needed two departments.

She also made the motion Monday night and garnered enough votes to override the veto. Only Alderman Mike Sanders and Beverly Williams voted no. They were the only two to vote against the ordinance back in October.

Back in October, Williams said even though everyone on the council believed in the concept of the city planner, the “elephant” was whether or not there should be two separate departments.

Williams said the original concept was for a joint unit. “As the only one up here with human resource experience, I can say that the joint unit plan was doable and viable.”

The mayor said then the new ordinance would just be passing the burden from the city engineer to the city planner. “You are just going to move the problem,” Young said.

At one time the city had two separate departments.

Former longtime mayor Bill Harmon was the one to merge the two departments because of his relationship with Michael Clayton who became the city engineer. “My dad believed Clayton could do anything. It was a personality move, not a personnel move,” Alderman Charlie Harmon, the former mayor’s son, said previously.

Heye said the city did have a city planner consultant for a while. “But he was dismissed by the mayor and the position never filled.”

She said a city planner would provide long-term strategic planning for the city. “We are one of the few cities our size that doesn’t have a planner. The up-and-coming cities have them. The growing cities have them,” she said, adding that North Little Rock had three planners, so does Conway, and Bentonville has a number of them.

Heye said it has nothing to do with the city engineer. “It’s two different areas of expertise. The engineer knows how to build infrastructure and work with draining. The planner looks at where the roads need to be, how the city will grow so it will be vibrant 20 years from now, 50 years for now. We’ve had no guidance for quite some time,” she said.

TOP STORY>>Bill grants tax breaks to veterans

By JOHN HOFHEIMER 
Leader senior staff writer

In an attempt to retain or attract military veterans to Arkansas, state Sen. Jane English (R-North Little Rock) and Rep. Bob Johnson, (D-Jacksonville) have filed a bill exempting military retirement pay from state income taxes. A similar move failed to get out of committee in 2015, according to English, but passage this year could make the state more competitive.

State Sen. Charlene Fite, (R-Van Buren), state Sen. Missy Irvin (R-Mountain View) and state Rep. Scott Baltz (D-Pocahontas) are sponsoring HB1003 toward the same ends.

Currently, veterans are eligible for the same $6,000 exemption as other retirees.

Arkansas veterans can essentially give themselves a raise by moving to one of the 48 other states—including contiguous states—where their military retirement pay is not subject to state tax. But neighboring states like Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee don’t tax military retirement pay at all.

In fact, New Hampshire and Oregon are the only other states where military retirement is taxed, according to retired Col. Don Berry of the Arkansas Veterans Coalition.

The first year of the veterans retirement pay tax cut would decrease state revenues by $10 million, according to Don K. Berry, who lives in Sherwood. But the estimated population of 25,000 military retirees in Arkansas should begin increasing by about 1 percent, or 250 retiree families per year, according to Berry.

Growth would be from Arkansans returning home from their final assignments in 16 countries and 48 other states, from non-residents from Little Rock Air Force Base who choose to stay in Arkansas and from other retiring military families from other states who see the economic value to their family of being part of a stronger Arkansas workforce, Berry explained.

Throughout the region, excluding Arkansas, the military retiree population has increased by an average of about 1.3 percent, while Arkansas’ military retiree population growth has been flat since 2009. At a conservative 1 percent increase, the fourth year would be the break-even point from a tax perspective, he said.

If the projected 1 percent annual veteran population growth holds, the estimated increase to the Arkansas economy over a 40-year lifetime would be an estimated new $500 million or $12.5 million every year.

The current tax proceeds of about $10 million will not go up going into the future as retirees leave or die, according to Berry. “Conversely, with the new retiree growth-driven revenue stream in year 10 new general tax proceeds of $26 million or two-and-a-half times current tax revenue can be projected.”

ON TAX COMMITTEE

“This is something I worked hard last year to get through committee,” Johnson said. “I got on the Tax and Revenue Committee this time to help get the bill through.”

“I’m the lead House sponsor for this bill, and Jane English is the lead in the Senate,” Johnson said. Little Rock Air Force Base is in English’s and Johnson’s districts.

In 2015, efforts to pass that tax cut were overwhelmed by the new governor’s tax-cut initiative, Johnson said.

Johnson said some people look at the bill as a $10 million tax and revenue cut. “But it’s not,” he said. “It’s an economic development bill.”

“I’ve been working on this since I first went into the House,” said English, “How to encourage those who are retiring to make this their home. “

She said it would be good for economic development.

ECONOMIC IMPACT IN MILLIONS

The economic development impact of Little Rock Air Force Base is about $800 million a year and the economic impact of retaining and attracting military retirees across the state could be about the same.

These are people who don’t need health care, social services or unemployment benefits, and they have retirement checks to spend in their communities and 20 years worth of skills available for hire, English said.

English said some people were retiring with 20 years in the service, when they are 38 or 40 years old, with long, taxable careers ahead of them.

“They would put more money into the state,”she said.

The bill is pre-filed and ready to start the process toward passage when the three- or four-month session of the General Assembly begins Jan. 9, English said.

Johnson said by encouraging veterans to retire or move on to a retirement career in Arkansas, after a few years additional revenues would be generated after about four years.

Their experience would be a valued addition to the state’s workforce, Johnson said.

“We already exempt active duty pay,” Johnson said. “You haven’t been paying state income tax, you retire and now you’re going to have to pay income tax. The exemption would continue to the spouse when the retired military member died,” he said.

The tax break would apply to retirees and those who receive survivor benefits as beneficiary of a uniformed services survivor benefit plan

“Uniformed services” includes the Army, the Marine Corps, the Navy, the Air Force, the Coast Guard, the Public Health Service commissioned corps or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration commissioned Officers Corps, the federal reserve component of any of those and the National Guard of any state.

“We’re not trying to select a group just to give a tax break,” said Johnson, who is a CPA. “I lose clients who retire and move to a state like Texas or Missouri when they retire.”

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

OBITUARIES >> 11-30-16

EVENTS >> 12-3-16

CHRISTMAS PARADES ARE THIS WEEKEND 

Sherwood will hold its Christmas parade at 2 p.m. today. The theme is Hometown Christmas Memories.

Freddie Hudson will be the parade’s grand marshal. The parade will begin at Kiehl Avenue and Lantrip Road and will continue west down Kiehl. It will end at Oakbrooke Drive.

To request an entry form, or for more information, call Julie Tharp at the Duran Youth Center at 501-835-9599 or email sherwoodparade@sherwoodparks.com.

Lonoke will hold its first Christmas parade and the 33rd annual Merry Thanks merchant open house and window decorating competition on Sunday.

Merchants will be open from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and the parade starts at 5 p.m.

For more information call 501-676-2552 or contact Shelby Durbin at durbins.wadecac@att.net.

Jacksonville will hold its 59th annual Christmas parade at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The theme is Sights and Sounds of Christmas.

The parade will begin at Sharp and Main streets and will end at First United Methodist Church. To enter a float, call 501-982-4171 or visit www.cityofjacksonville.net.

Ward will hold its Christmas parade at 3 p.m. next Saturday from Front Street to Markham Street and on to Hwy. 367, ending at city hall. To enter a float, call 501-843-7686

Cabot’s Christmas parade will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 on South Pine St. The theme is Christmas Around the World.

Entry forms are available on the park department’s website, www.cabotparks.com. Entry fees are $10. Awards will be given in several categories.

Cabot has rescheduled it Christmas-lighting ceremony for 5 until 8 p.m. next Saturday. The event was planned for today but rescheduled due to rain forecasts.

MORMON CHURCH PLANS DNA RESEARCH CLASS

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Family History Center at 6110 T.P. White Drive in Jacksonville will host a free DNA workshop at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 led by Mike Engle, who was educated at Western Connecticut State University, has six years of experience researching family history and four years of experience in genetic genealogy.

“DNA research is used to find living relatives and to assist in identifying ancestors. If you are considering having DNA testing done of if you have already done DNA testing and want to know what to do with the results, then this workshop is for you. Participants who have already had DNA testing done are encouraged to bring laptop computers for more efficient assistance from Mr. Engle,” according to the announcement.

For more information, call Sherry Smith at 501-941-9604.

CABOT AMERICAN LEGION YARD SALE IS TODAY 

The Cabot American Legion Post 71 will hold an indoor yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the post, 114 N. First St., to raise money to help children and support veterans programs.

FRANKLIN ELECTRIC’S REUNION SET FOR MONDAY

Former employees of Franklin Electric will hold their annual reunion at 2 p.m. Monday at Western Sizzlin, 500 Gregory St. in Jacksonville.

For more information, call Shirley Roberts at 501-607-4512.

COLLECTION DRIVE FOR ELDERLY VETS

The Jacksonville Museum of Military History and the Major Jacob Gray Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are holding their annual collection drive for elderly patients living in the Community Living Center units at the Fort Roots VA Hospital.

The deadline to donate is Dec. 30.

Monetary donations are also needed. Checks can be made out to CVAHS Voluntary Services and designate Community Living Center Donation in the memo line.

Volunteers are also needed at Fort Roots. For a list of opportunities, call its Voluntary Services Office at 501-257-3288.

People are asked to bring donated supplies to the museum at 100 Veterans Circle. Call 501-241-1943 for more information.

The following list of needed items was made with help from the Voluntary Services Office at Fort Roots:

Clothing: No used clothing and no dress shoes.) Dire need – tennis shoes, sizes 9-14; long and short sleeve, white and colored, pocketed and no pocket T-shirts – sizes L - XXXL; sweatpants and shirts – sizes M, L, greater need of XL, 2X, 3X dark colors; underwear for men and women, M, L, XL, XXL; and non-slip shower, flip flops and house shoes for men sizes 11-14 and for women sizes 5-10.

Personal care items: No used items. Large containers of shampoo and 3-in-1 body wash for men and women, deodorant for men and women, hair oil and spray, toothbrushes and holders, toothpaste, denture adhesive, soap dishes and single-edge razors.

Miscellaneous: Liquid laundry soap, high-efficiency detergent, craft items for recreational therapy for men and women like models, leather and needlecrafts, magnifying glasses, pocket calculators, sugar-free candy, large-print puzzle books, gift cards, lap and full-length Americana service blankets, and reading glasses – 1.00-2.50.

CHRISTMAS FOR KIDS TOY DRIVE NOW UNDERWAY

Organizers of Cabot School District’s Christmas for Kids toy drive are asking the public to donate new toys or make monetary donations to help buy new toys so that kids can have a happy Christmas.

The program will accept donations through Dec. 17.

There are boxes at all Cabot public schools to drop off toys. Toys can also be dropped off at Centennial Bank, Fred’s, Dixie Café, and Dollar General in Cabot and Ward.

Checks can be mailed to Christmas for Kids, c/o Bill Holden, 100 Gunsmoke Drive, Austin, Ark. 72007.

Checks and toys may also be delivered to the Cabot Schools Warehouse, 310 G.P. Murrell Drive in Cabot, in the Industrial Park off Hwy. 367 toward Austin.

To sponsor a family, call Terena Woodruff at 501-843-3363, ext. 1029. Families who need assistance this year with food or toys, please go to goo.gl/SvwcGF. Recipients must live in the Cabot School District area to be eligible.

To arrange for donated toys to be picked up, call Bill Holden or Rita Stewart at 501-743-3560. Toys may also be brought to any elementary school in the Cabot Public School District today through Dec. 16 or leave a message for Shelley Montoya at 501-286-8912.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS CONTEST IN SHERWOOD

Keep Sherwood Beautiful is holding a yard-of-the-month Christmas decoration contest.

Nominations are open now through Monday, Dec. 12, and awards will be presented Tuesday, Dec. 13.

“Yards will be judged on use of lights, lighted items and originality. Blow-up décor is limited to two and should blend with other traditional decorations. Yards may be considered in day or night times and should be noted which at the time of nomination,” according to the announcement.

Anyone can make a nomination by calling 501-835-4699 or emailing KSBArkansas@gmail.com.

SANTA SHACK IS NOW OPEN AT CABOT WALMART 

The 20th annual Santa Shack at Walmart in Cabot will be open through Dec. 18.

Its hours are 6-8 p.m. Fridays; 9-11 a.m., noon-2 p.m., 3-5 p.m., 6-8 p.m. Saturdays; 1-3 p.m., 4-6 p.m. Sundays; 1-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday from Dec. 19-Dec. 23.

Kids can have their pictures taken with Santa, get a candy cane and tell him what they want for Christmas.

Santa Shack is sponsored by Cabot City Beautiful.

BRIDGE PLAYERS NEEDED WEDNESDAYS IN BEEBE

Bridge players are needed at 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Shepherd’s Center in the Beebe United Methodist Church, 302-A N. Main St. Beginners are welcome. For more information, call 501-843-2930.

CLASSIFIEDS >> 11-30-16

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BRIDGE PLAYERS are needed at the Shepherd’s Center in the Beebe United Methodist Church, 302-A N. Main St., 1:00 Wednesdays. Beginners are welcome (501) 843-2930 for info.

ATTENTION HOMEOWNERS needing METAL ROOFS, SIDING OR WINDOWS. Government program offering Home Owners up to $25,000 per household for these improvements. No money down, Payments from $59/Mo. Free estimate. Senior and Military Discounts. Save Hundreds of Dollars CALL NOW 1-866-668-8681 wac.


SERVICES

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

FOR ALL of your carpentry and remodeling needs - metal roofs, decks, privacy fences, doors, windows, floor repairs and coverings. 25 years of experience. Call (501) 266-0410.

EMMA’S PECAN House - We BUY, SELL and CRACK PECANS. We’ve been in business in Lonoke, AR since 1969. Come see us at 604 N.W. Front St., or call (501) 676-2598.

OXYGEN - Anytime. Anywhere.  No tanks to refill. No deliveries. Only 4.8 pounds and FAA approved for air travel!  May be covered by medicare. Call for FREE info kit: 844-397-2688.


HELP WANTED

Child Development Center in Cabot is offering excellent full-time opportunities in our program, must have completed high school/GED. If you have love and compassion for children and are dedicated to making a difference in children's lives please come by, training available. Pay depending on experience, benefits available call 501-605-9228 or come by 46 Financial Dr. Cabot, Arkansas 72023 to fill out an application.

MAINTENANCE MECHANICS NEEDED! LAND-O-FROST, Searcy, AR. Sign-on bonus,  Relocation negotiable, Comp. Wages and more!  Processing and Pkg. facility maint requ.: HSD/ GED, Min. 1 yr. electronic training from Accredited School, or 2 yrs equiv. work exp., able to work confined areas and varying temps. Packaging Maintenance Also need 1 yr. of electronic or multi-craft maintenance coursework with a minimum grade of C OR equiv. knowledge as verified by an Electrical Aptitude test, Interested? Please submit a resume to: stacy.looney@landofrost.com.

DRIVERS. Join Our Team! $5000 Sign on bonus. Home every weekend. Great benefits, paid holidays and miles. New equipment. Dry vans. Local family owned and operated. Must be 23 years of age and have a valid class A Commercial Drivers License. 2 years over the road experience is a must. With You for the Long Haul. ThompsonTrans.net or call (501) 228-8800.

TRUCK DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED! Become a driver for Steven's Transport! NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! New drivers earn $800+ per week! PAID CDL TRAINING! Stevens covers all costs! 1-877-649-3153. Drive4Stevens.com.


AUCTION

FARM and CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AUCTION Thurs. - Fri, Dec, 8-9 • 9AM. 2408 Hwy 64 W.,  Wynne, AR 72396. Equipment to sell at this auction? Live Online bid @proxibid.com. Details: www.witcherauctions.com. 870-238-1400 AALB#’s 2100, 2101. 10% BP on first $2500 ea. item sold, $250 max BP per item.

REAL ESTATE AUCTION- Fri., December 9th, 11 a.m. 3 BR with 1.46 AC m/l 3274 HWY 157, JUDSONIA, AR. Very nice 3 BR 1 Bath, carport, 2 nice storage buildings, across from White Co. Schools. Great first home or investment. Selling As-is, Terms: 10% Down Auction day. Balance due in cash at closing within 30 days. For more details, pics, directions, etc. Go to: www.nealdavisauctioneers.com or auctionzip.com ID 19078, Neal Davis, Broker/Auctioneer AALB #1, 501-940-2138 or Jason Davis, AALB #1202 at 501-454-3382.


YARD SALES

YARD SALE, 12/1 and 2, 160 Fairview Rd., Lonoke, off Hwy. 31.

YARD SALE, 12/3, 7 am-2 pm, 103 Hallett St., McRae. Christmas items, glassware, vases, record albums, Pioneer stereo, tools, clothes, odds and ends.


VEHICLES and ACCESSORIES

2000 CADILLAC El Dorado, bad motor, good straight body, light blue w/dk. blue top, $2,000. (501) 749-9882.

2002 DURAMAX rear end out of a 3500, 8-bolt pattern w/brake assembly, $500 obo. (501) 352-8484, Jim.

‘92 GEO, 3-cyl., 4-door, liftback, air, auto., new tires and paint, fun auto., great gas mileage, $2,100 obo. (501) 796-8174.

2005 TOYOTA Tacoma Prerunner, SR5 pkg., access cab w/lockable bed cover. (501) 351-5723.

RADIATOR and fan shroud, good condition, no leaks, for big block motor, $150. (501) 983-1445.

2010 HONDA Accord 4-door EX, 80,000 miles, pics avail. (501) 605-3312.

1996 LINCOLN Town Car, high mileage, runs great, cold air, clean body, clearcoat peeling, $1,500 obo. (501) 422-0357.

2006 CHEVY Malibu LT, 4-dr., 106,400 miles, V6, nicely equipped, cold air, clean title, runs good, $3,850. (573) 217-5511.

1999 FORD full-size truck, extended cab, V8, auto., runs and drives good, body has a few dings, new tires, A/C works, $2,500. (501) 983-1445.

1999 CHEVY Malibu LS, clean, A/C, V6, new brakes, tires good, 126,500 miles, $2,850 obo. (501) 837-7225.

1997 CHEVY 1500 body, frame and transmission, good condition, new tires, new brakes, engine runs but needs work, $1,400 firm. (501) 605-2337.

1999 FORD Explorer XLT 2-Door, $278. (501) 286-2534.

‘93 GEO Prism, good condition, (501) 422-4303.

TRUCK BED cover, Under Cover brand, 2005-2008 short bed, good condition, $350. (501) 837-7225.

2 SETS of chrome wheels, 17” and 22”, both are 6 lugs, $200 for each set. Call/text: (501) 772-7728.

2002 CHEVY Silverado LS, 1 owner, extended cab, 5.3 vortex V8, very good condition inside and out, 57,973 actual miles, $8,500 cash. (501) 628-2238.

LOADING RAMPS, aluminum, for ATVs, lawn equip. etc. Set of 2, curved, 90” long x 12” wide, like new, $75. (501) 843-2187.

TIRES, 4, Michelin Primacy, 215/55/R17, radials, lots of tread remaining, $125 for all 4; alloy wheel, 17” for Honda Accord, very good condition, $50. (501) 843-2187.

2 SETS of 4 chrome wheels, 17” and 22”, both 6 lug, $200 for each set. Call/text: (501) 772-7728.


RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

ATV RAMPS, brand new, aluminum, never used, $65. (501) 438-9696, Lonoke.

2004 Outback Sydney Edition 5th wheel, 28 FRLS. Actual length 32' tip to tip. Slide extends a full 3’, holds sofa and dining table, Rear-living w/lg. window and 2 chairs, ducted heat and air. (2) 30# propane tanks, wired for satellite (2 outlets) and portable dish incl. Has outdoor grill and full cover. Many acc. incl. (501) 843-2424, Cabot.

2009 GMC 2500 HD Duramax diesel crew cab w/Allison trans., 66,000 miles, local truck, used as daily driver and pulling camper, white w/dark, cloth interior, power mirrors w/turn signal, manually extendable, Pull-Rite 5th wheel hitch on standard rails. (501) 843-2424, Cabot.

2014 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic, 608 miles, Vance and Hines, nice chrome, black. (501) 350-6114.

2005 BASS Tracker PT175 boat, 50 hp., 2-stroke electric trolling motor, trailer, $5,800 obo. (501) 286-7268.

2005 HARLEY Davidson Super Glide custom, orange and black, saddlebags, VNH exhaust, excellent condition, $7,800 obo. (501) 626-3464.

14’ FLAT bottom boat, 9.9 Evinrude outboard and trailer, $1,000. (501) 837-1810, Lonoke.


LAWN and FARM EQUIPMENT

KUBOTA TRACTOR tire, brand new, $150. 843-5475.

19 HP. 42” cut, runs good, needs repair on steering. (501) 843-5098.

TROYBILT LAWN tractor, 19 hp., 42” cut, runs good, needs repair on steering, $100. (501) 843-5098.

1 POULAN 18 hp. 42” riding lawnmower, $300. 843-5475.


LOST and FOUND

LOST: CAT, large, male, black and white, missing from 1409 Red Hill Rd., Mt. Vernon/Romance, $100 REWARD for return. (501) 514-4910.

FOUND: DOG, small, black and white spotted, male, 15-20 lbs., very short legs, erect ears, has flea collar, empty ID ring. (501) 843-5695.


ANIMALS, PETS and SUPPLIES

HAY FOR Sale in Austin - good mixed grass in barn, net wrapped 4x5, 1st and 2nd cut available. Local delivery. Call (501) 416-8107 anytime.

ONE-EYED STRAY kitten, 7-8 mos. old, looking for loving home, shots updated. (501) 286-3235, Helen.

HEAVY DUTY cage, 50”x22”x22”, $50. (501) 983-1445.

SADDLE, BRIDLE and stand, pony-sized, leather, $100. (501) 837-5798.

4 CUTE male puppies, 7 wks. old, mixed breed. Can send pics. 772-0204, Amanda.


MISCELLANEOUS

DIGITAL HEARING AIDS - Now offering a 45-Day Risk Free Offer!  FREE BATTERIES for Life!  Call to start your free trial!  855-502-3676.

Panther Creek ALL STEEL Carports – 10 x 20, Protects against limbs, sun ,pollen, hail, tree sap, 90 mph winds and 20 lb snow load. $787. Call 1-501-835-7222 or 1-800-643-8728, OD Funk Manufacturing Inc. Sherwood, AR, Since 1976.

SAWMILLS from only $4,397 - MAKE and SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill. Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship! FREE info/DVD:www.NorwoodSawmills.com. 1-800-578-1363 ext. 300N.

BEAUTIFUL GOLD Bundy trumpet, good condition, hard case included, $125. (501) 438-9696, Lonoke.

TWIN-SIZE, BRAND new Invocare hospital bed, good condition, $1,414. (501) 749-8667.

PR. size 12/13 diabetic shoes, black, good condition, $83.83. (501) 749-8667.

BRAND NEW blood pressure cuff, Life Source$26; new metal walking cane, excellent condition, $29; backpack, new, red and black, $33. 749-8667.

55 GALLON metal barrels, white removable tops, $15 ea. (501) 454-4660.

STATIONARY EXERCISE bike, good condition, $75 firm; Body Works exercise machine, good condition, $75 firm. (501) 319-5429.

PELLET STOVE fuel. Heat Resources brand. 1 ton (50-40 lb. bags), $220 per ton + tax. Call or text Robert at new number (501) 487-3436.

24’x48’ SHOP, to be moved or torn down for material, $2,000. 988-1320.

SANTA FE quesadilla maker, used twice, works great, $15; GTXpress meal, snack and dessert maker, new condition, $10; beautiful Nutcracker table runner and 4-place mats from Lillian Vernon, new cond., $20 for set. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

2 white working Kenmore dishwashers, $150 ea. obo. NEED gone ASAP.  (501) 944-5346.

LOTS OF women’s clothes, sz. 4-12, scrubs, XS and XL, women’s shoes, sz. 6; name brand purses, NEED GONE! (501) 944-5346.

QUADRA FIREPLACE insert, pellet burning, $300. (501) 920-7711 or (501) 944-2422.

DANNER COMBAT hiker boots, brand new, sz. 9, $80. Other shoes from $1-$2. (501) 843-4890.

ANTIQUE STANDARD ball bearing coaster wood wagon, 28”x13”x13” by South Bend Toy, great Christmas gift, $50. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

HEVI-METAL DUCK loads, 3”, #2, case, $175. (501) 438-9696, Lonoke.

ANTIQUE SCHOOL desk, cotton scales, churn, ice tongs, lots more, $20 and up. (501) 837-5798.

FREE MEN’S, women’s and children’s clothing and shoes. (501) 843-4890.

2 WINDOWS, 35” tall x 31.5” wide, $25 ea.; enough vinyl siding to do 16x50, $100. (501) 322-4096.

KIRBY G Series vacuum cleaner, complete w/all accessories, carpet shampooer, spare bag and belt, like new, $150. (501) 843-3240.

2 BOXES of nice Christmas decorations, 14” angel, 18” swag, stocking holders and stocking, ornament candy dish and more, $15 cash. (501) 983-4168.

WOOD BURNING stove, Englander w/blower and accessories, $400. (501) 951-4819.

LARGE TOYOTA princess battery-powered car, pink and purple, good condition, needs battery, $20. 843-4890.

(2) 26” bicycles, like new, $75 ea. 24” bicycle, $50. (501) 983-1445.

110,000 BTU kerosene forced air heater, perfect for construction sites, $150. Call/text: (501) 772-7728.

PORTER CABLE 4.5 gal. 150 psi. air compressor, construction site ready, $150. Call/text: (501) 772-7728.

2 BURNER Brinkman grill, works great, includes about half tank of propane, $35. (501) 843-5098.

CRISTAL D’ARQUES Durand France crystal grand piano trinket/jewelry box, excellent! Great Christmas present, $20 cash. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

ANTIQUE BED frame w/rails, brown, $75; stackable toolbox, $50; bug shield for Toyota truck, $35. 983-1445.

DANNER BOOTS, pair, hunting/all around, black leather, lace-up, 11” tall, Gortex w/200 grams thinsulate, lug soles, sz. 14B, like new, $50. (501) 843-2187.

SUBWOOFER, DOWN firing, 20W, 6” wide, 10” tall, new/unused, $40. (501) 843-2187.

CRISTAL D’ARQUES France snowflake covered candy dish or jewelry box, 24% lead crystal, Google for pic. Great Christmas present, $25 cash. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

TABLE SAW, $100. TIllers for sale. 843-5475.

NEW TOYS and clothes, brand names, very nice and lots of them. Great, low prices. (501) 882-3587.

3 ARTIFICIAL Christmas trees, small, medium and large, $5-$25. 259-2046.


FURNITURE and APPLIANCES

OAK TABLE, 6’x4’ w/6 chairs and 2’ leaf, good condition, $300. MUST SELL! (501) 743-8593.

POWER WASHER, 2400 psi, $150; Whirlpool electric washing machine, 5-cycle; Frigidaire electric oven, cooktop, 4-burner, $100. (501) 676-6956.

RECLINER, BLUE, good condition w/book organizer; Weslo strider exercise machine, Total Gym, TX335 treadmill, desk. (501) 891-0206.

GE FRONT load washer, must sell, $200 obo.; specialized 20” bicycle, retail $800, asking $200 obo. (501) 882-2142.

FRONT LOADING Whirlpool washer (4 yrs. old) and dryer (1 yr. old approx.) (501) 730-1796.

5-DISC. DVD player w/1,000 watt surround sound system, $200. (501) 941-9142, Ward.

LG FRONT load washer and dryer, dryer works well, washer runs short cycle only, $200. (501) 438-9696, Lonoke.

ETHAN ALLEN 4-poster bed w/canopy frame, $300. (501) 843-5521.

2 LIGHTED curio cabinets, 36x80 and 1 lighted cherry wall curio, 44x78, excellent condition, choice $500 each. (501) 259-0130, Cabot.

WASHER and dryer, $25 ea. (501) 843-0121.

SOLID WOOD executive desk, good condition, $50 obo. (501) 920-9691.

TABLE W/6 chairs and beautiful matching China cabinet, solid wood, $350. 843-7966 or 743-1256.

WHIRLPOOL REFRIGERATOR, range, microwave and dishwasher, good condition, all white, $1,000 for all. 941-8573.

20” COLOR TV w/converter box, works good, $100. (501) 983-1445.

SOFA, FULL-SIZE, green, $50. (501) 920-9691.


WANTED

WANTED: free swingset frame. 988-1320.


LOTS and ACREAGE

ROSEBUD, 2 acres, owner financed, cleared, septic, county water, electric, mobiles okay, $500 down, $236 month. (501) 551-1982.


RENTALS

IN BEEBE: very nice, 2 Bedroom/2 Bath apartments. All utilities paid including basic cable. Washer and dryer furnished. $700 month. Twin Lakes Apartments. Call Lisa at 278-0498.

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.

BEEBE: 3 bedroom, 2 bath home, recently remodeled, $825 month plus deposit and references. (501) 747-6811.

3 BEDROOM, 1 bath duplex, Cabot schools, fenced yard, washer/dryer hookup, 20 minutes from base. (501) 605-7502.


MOBILE HOMES

REPOSESSED MOBILE HOMES. Move in ready. No rent option, but buying could be cheaper than rent! Owner financing on select homes with approved credit. 501-588-3300.

3b/2b Doublewide for Sale. $39,860 delivered! 501-653-3202.

Must Sell Singlewide. $22,315 Delivered! 501-653-3202.