Wednesday, March 04, 2015



RHEA LANA'S Children's Consignment Event. White County Fairgrounds - Searcy. Baby and children's clothing, toys, baby furniture, and more. Free admission. Monday-Saturday, opens at 10 am.

Did you have a HOMEOWNER'S PROPERTY DAMAGE CLAIM - While insured by the following Insurance Co's in the last 5 years, YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION - American Family • Liberty Mutual Federal Insurance (Chubb), Nationwide • State Farm, Farmers Fire Ins. Exchange, Farmers Insurance Company, Inc., Allstate , Safeco. Contact: CASEY CASTLEBERRY, Murphy, Thompson, Arnold, Skinner and Castleberry for a FREE CONSULTATION, 1-888-902-5580, Batesville, Arkansas.

WANTED 10 HOMES needing siding, windows or roofs. We are opening a branch office and will be using these homes for advertising. Save hundreds of dollars. 100% financing. 866-668-8681.

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

DO YOU LOVE ANIMALS? TRAIN TO BE  a Veterinary Technician,  800.383-4959, Heritage College, 1309 Old Forge Dr. LR,  Heritage has applied for accreditation by the AVMA-Committee on Veterinary Tech Education and Activities. For important program info: please visit


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

DIVORCE WITH OR WITHOUT children $125.00. Includes name change and property settlement agreement. SAVE hundreds. Fast and easy. Call 1-888-733-7165, 24/7.

For Your Legal Needs - Estate and Probate matters, Trust preparations, Wills, Living Wills, Power-Of-Attorneys, Contact Harvey Harris, Attorney at Law.  501-604-4517

DISH TV Retailer. SAVE! Starting $19.99/month (for 12 months.) FREE Premium Movie Channels. FREE Equipment, Installation and Activation. CALL, COMPARE LOCAL DEALS! 1-800-393-5829.

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


HVAC SERVICE Tech needed. Experience preferred. Benefits available. Fax resume to (501) 941-3920 or apply in person at 15 Commercial Drive, Cabot. M-F, 8 am-4 pm. No calls please.

Position open for Administrative Assistant at Jacksonville dental office. Applicant must have a positive attitude and experience in customer service. Professional dress required. Knowledge of insurance billing desired. Send resumes to or fax to 501-983-4716.

DRIVERS: GREAT home time. Excellent pay package and paid driver benefits. Dry van and flatbed divisions. You choose. Refreshers welcome. (800) 234-5710.

RESIDENTIAL FRAMING carpenter wanted. Must have own transportation and hand tools. Pay based on experience. Call (501) 952-7104, Neil.

$350 - $725 week, no experience, air quality testing, 10-15 openings. Must be 18 and have reliable transportation. Paid weekly. Call for interview, Mon.-Fri. 9 am-5 pm, (501) 605-1303.

DOCTOR'S OFFICE staff needed. Full-time. Will train. Apply in person, 10 am-Noon, Monday-Friday, starting 3/2 at 906 South Pine St., Suite 4, Cabot. Apply by 3/9.

DRIVERS - SOLO, O/OPs and COs, round-trip, dedicated lanes and get home weekly! Top dollars, great benefits, newer equipment! Plus monthly bonus program. (855) 200-3671.

DRIVERS: $3,000 orientation completion bonus! $3,000 driver referral bonus! Great pay (new hires minimum $800/wk. guarantee)! CDL-A OTR experience required. 1-888-335-1785.

DRIVERS: ATTENTION Flatbed drivers, Montgomery Transport offers excellent pay/benefits, home weekends! 2 years experience required. Call our family-oriented company today! (205) 320-6000, option 4.

Farmworker, 4/3/15-1/31/16, Kyle and Kevin Barrington, Bradley, OK. 10 temp jobs.  Operate harvesting machines to harvest crops in OK/TX/SD/MT. Adjust speed of cutters, blowers, conveyors, and weight of cutting head. Change cutting head for crop.  Drive truck to transport produce to storage area. Drive truck to haul harvesting machines b/w work sites. Service machinery/make in-field repairs. $10.35/hr.-$2200/mo. plus RandB, depending on location, ≤ work guarantee, tools/equip/housing provided, trans. and subsistence exp. reimbursed. Apply at DWS, 501.982.3835.  Job #122716.

Farmworker, 4/19/15-10/15/15, Ben and Donna Walter Farms, Capron, OK. 35 temp jobs.  Operate harvesting machines to harvest crops in OK/KS/CO/MT. Adjust speed of cutters, blowers, conveyors, and weight of cutting head.  Change cutting head for crop  Drive truck to transport produce to storage area.  Drive truck to haul harvesting machines b/w work sites.  Service machinery/make in-field repairs.  $10.35/hr.-$2000/mo. plus RandB, depending on location,   work guarantee, tools/equip./housing provided, trans. and subsistence exp. reimbursed. Apply at DWS, 501.982.3835.  Job #OK1024909.

Farmworker, 4/19/15-12/31/15, Franke Harvesting, Covington, OK. 10 temp. jobs.  Operate harvesting machines to harvest crops in OK/TX/KS/CO/SD/MT. Adjust speed of cutters, blowers, conveyors, and weight of cutting head. Change cutting head for crop.  Drive truck to transport produce to storage area. Drive truck to haul harvesting machines b/w work sites. Service machinery/make in-field repairs. $10.35/hr.-$2200/mo. plus RandB, depending on location,   work guarantee, tools/equip./housing provided, trans. and subsistence exp. reimbursed. Apply at DWS, 501.982.3835. Job #OK1024772.

Warehouse: Jacksonville company has multiple long-term temp assignments for packaging, forklift, shipping and receiving. Call 501-801-8061.

DRIVERS - TRUCK DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED! Learn to drive for Stevens Transport! EARN $750 PER WEEK! No Experience Needed! We will get you trained! 1-888-778-0459.

25 DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED NOW! Become a driver for TMC Transportation! Earn $700 per week! No CDL? No Problem! Training is available! 1-888-248-1948.

ATTN: OTR DRIVERS! Want to be part of our Team @ Diamond State? Do you have OTR Flatbed Experience? We offer GREAT HT and Excellent Benefits. Call 888-332-5551. Or, download resume: (click on careers). Email resume:

ARMED and UNARMED SECURITY OFFICERS  (EXPERIENCED)- LR  Must be: 18 yrs unarmed/21 w/Guard License to be armed., U.S. citizen or authorized to work in US, pass background ck, (criminal, employment and education verifications,  DMV/credit checks if applicable., and obtain State Security Guard Lic. Apply at 1501 N. University Ave., St. 35,  Mon-Fri, 8am - 4pm or Call 501-663-6161   SOI Security. EOE M/F/D/V/Drug/Alcohol free.


LANDMARK BAPTIST Church Rummage sale, March 21st, 7 am-1 pm, 2200 Marshall Rd., Jacksonville.


2001 JEEP Wrangler soft-top, 6-cyl., 4 liter eng., auto., new tires, $10,500. (501) 944-2081.

4 WHEELS, 2011 GMC, 17", factory alloy. 743-6276.

1984 FORD F150, 6-cyl., auto., air, camper shell, less than 93k miles. 743-6276.

2007 HYUNDAI Sonata Limited Sedan, 3.3 Liter V6, power windows/locks/steering, cruise, heated leather seats, 84,500 miles, $6,500. (501) 425-9201.

2002 PONTIAC Firebird 2-Dr. Hatchback, 3.8 liter V6, pwr. windows/locks/steering, cruise, cloth interior, pewter metallic color, 41,000 orig. miles, $8,000. (501) 425-9201.

2008 CHEVY Impala 4-Dr., 80,000 miles, silver, new tires, $8,500 obo. (501) 230-1232.

BIG TEX utility trailer, 18' long, 84" wide, 7,000 lb. capacity, brakes on rear axle, spare tire, ramps, $1,500 firm. (501) 843-4518.

4x6 HEAVY duty utility trailer, jack on front tailgate, missing 1 floorboard, new tires 14", must register as homemade. Trailer and riding mower for $850. (501) 983-1445.

1993 CHEVROLET Astro window van, V6, auto., 8-passenger, $1,700 obo. 982-1220.

ALLOY WHEELS (4), 5-hole, Chevrolet pickup, 295/50/R15, $350 obo. 982-1220.

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


KAWASAKI DIRT bike, 60cc, green, great condition, 6-gears (racing), $1,200 obo. (501) 422-9173 or email

HONDA ATV, 450 ES Foreman, 1 owner, 4WD, elec. shift, 3,000 lb. Warn wench, rack, new tires, low mileage, EXCELLENT! $4,500. (501) 843-2187.

LOW-BOY TRAILER, 14', 5 new tires and wheels, new bearings, $900. (501) 350-7872.

16' BOAT and trailer, 40 hp. Johnson motor, everything works great. (501) 259-1783.

1979 GLASTRON bass boat and trailer, 85 Evinrude motor and trolling motor, $2,000 obo. 765-6146, Furlow area.

PRIDE CELEBRITY X Scooter, excellent condition, $400. (501) 743-9798.

SOLO SADDLE for Honda cycle, good condition, $65; small back rest, new, $10. 843-4890.


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

MURRAY RIDING lawnmower, 17.5 hp., 42" cut, runs good but needs a starter, $200. No texts. (870) 830-6411, Des Arc.

TRACTOR ATTACHMENTS: small box scraper, $150; large box scraper, $200; rake, $200; disk, $500; bush hog, $400; finish mower, $450; farm sprayer, $500. 286-0698.


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

FREE LAB mix puppies. (870) 256-5943 after 3 pm.

WANTED TO buy or trade: 18'x6' stock trailer, good condition. (501) 268-5464.

HALF GERMAN Shepherd puppies, $100 each. Please text (501) 351-0887 for info.


DIAMOND mountain bike, 26", 24-speed, front shocks, $120 obo.; 26" Pacific mountain bike, 18-spd., $40. (501) 882-2142.

2 MED./LG. dog kennels, $30 ea. Text (501) 944-5346.

16 PKGS. of Prevail pads (bladder protection), 16 count, moderate absorbency, long length, $48 for all. (501) 286-3190.

MOVING, LOTS of stuff. Call/text: (501) 554-5341.

LARGE ROBOT, made by WowWee Toys, $100. (501) 255-4186.

VACUUM, WET/DRY, Sears, new in box, $35. 834-3772.

CHRISTMAS TREE, pre-lit, 6', used once, in box, $10. 834-3772.

NEW IN box, clean mist humidifier, table or floor use, red lite weight by Air Innovations, $60. (734) 812-5229, Ward.

FREE HOT Tub, lg. Jacuzzi, 20 yrs. old, needs work, heater and jets work, just come and get it in Austin. (501) 425-8089.

NEW LARGE purse, $5 cash; women's shoes, sz. 7.5, $10 cash; women's coat, sz. lg, $10 cash. 4 hanging pictures, 1 lg., $5 cash; 1 med., $3 cash; 1 Donald Duck, 16x20, $6 cash; 1 of a train, $4 cash. (501) 858-9530.

LADIES DRESS, tops, skirts and slacks, sz. 10, 12 and 14. (501) 259-2046.

MARCIE RECUMBENT bike, used very little, $75; Craftsman wet/dry shop vacuum, 16 gal., $40. (501) 743-9798.


FARM FRESH brown eggs, $2.50/dozen. (501) 259-8785, Cabot.

IPOD TOUCH 5th Generation, green, 32 GB, with charger, $200. (501) 422-9173 or e-mail

RICK Thum dulcimer, 17.17, all accessories, 3 custom stands, 1 adjustable and wheeled cart for toting, walnut, $1,800; Ultimate Bowflex, lat bars, $400; Schwinn 220 recumbant, $110; Rainbow, all attachments, $1,000. 681-7371.

NEW SPRING dresses, sz. 10, SteinMart, $20;   fuschia formal, sz. 6, $20; dressy heels, $5. (501) 268-3886.


SERTA KING mattress set, excellent condition, $175. 941-5186.

FRONT LOAD washer and gas dryer set, like new. 982-3203.

KING IRON bed w/clean Bassett mattress set, white w/gold trim, must see, $200. (501) 843-5166.

ENTERTAINMENT CENTER, real oak, large w/storage, fits 32" TV, $275. 834-3772.

COMPUTER DESK, large, wood, nice, $75. 834-3772.

HANDMADE OAK desk w/hutch top, glass doors, lights inside, $500 obo. (501) 941-8858.

DINING TABLE, 6 chairs w/new seats, 2 China cabinets, all for $500; 2 burgundy swivel rockers, $25 ea. (501) 843-2365.

3 ROUND  glass top tables, $100 cash; not flat screen TV w/remote, works well, $5 cash. (501) 858-9530.

DINING ROOM set - table w/6 chairs, China cabinet and buffet, beautiful, $1,000. (501) 941-0676.

LIVING ROOM couch w/2 chairs, $150. (501) 843-5460.

ESTATE BY Whirlpool refrigerator, 16 cu. ft., white, $175. (501) 743-9798.

2 MAROON Queen Anne chairs, $75 for both; small settee, maroon and mauve, $40; round dinette set, 4 chairs, $75; TV stand, black, $15; small blue recliner, $15. 985-2244.

SMALL DORM refrigerator, $50. 985-2244.

SAMSUNG 46" LED 3D TV, from smoke free home, $275. (501) 941-5186.


WANTED: 1968 Plymouth Satellite to restore. (501) 266-2290.


2 CRYPTS for sale in Chapel Pines Mausoleum. Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Jacksonville, AR. $8500.  Other serious offers will be considered. (501) 253-4800.


Jacksonville Mobile Homes for rent.  Quiet safe park, internet security cameras, 2 or 3 bedrooms, kitchen furnished. Water/sewer, trash dumpster and yard care furnished. (501) 982-5267.

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

COZY STUDIO apartment with wood burning fireplace in Jacksonville. Appliance filled kitchen. Starting at $295 plus utilities. No children or pets. Military discount available. Camp Construction, (501) 982-0434.

JACKSONVILLE: 2/3 bedroom - 2 bedroom starting at $395 and 3 bedroom starting at $450. Discounted deposit for military and good credit. Call Mandy (501) 835-3450.

FOR RENT: 3 BR, 2 BA nice, clean house, dbl. garage with opener, CH/A, fenced backyard, will consider pet. 24 Bent Tree, Cabot, $600 deposit, $900 month rent. Call (501) 250-3626 after 1 pm.

FOR RENT: 3 bedroom, 2 bath, doublewide mobile home, new appliances. 127 Glenn Ln., Cabot. $700 + $350 deposit. Call (501) 681-3139 or (501) 352-1913.

HOUSE FOR rent - Cabot: 3 bedroom, 2 bath, quiet 1 acre lot, very nice, military discount available, $995 month. Call (501) 259-8828.


MOBILE HOME Skirting, $7.25, Molding, $1, Tubs, $160, Out-swing Doors, $169, Combo Doors, $299, Floor Vents, $4, Vent hoods, $59, Screens, Windows, Roof Coating, 501-993-3144.



Jacksonville High graduate and Tampa Bay Buccaneer Clinton McDonald will host Fortitude Through Family and Friends Fun Day at the Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club on April 3. The event will include fun games and competitions, and participants will get to meet and hang out with the players who will be coaching at the third annual Iron Sharpens Iron Football/Cheerleading Camp at Jacksonville High School on April 4. Admission to the Fun Day is $5 for everyone 5 years old and up. Early registration for the football camp is $40 and $30 for cheer camp. Day-of registration is $5 more. For more information, visit facebook:macc/lid or call 501-773-0917.


The Jacksonville Youth Baseball Association is holding registration Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m, and will include 3 year olds for T-ball. The JYBA is also in need of coaches. Currently only five coaches have signed up.

All youths ages 3-15 are invited to sign up. Registration will be at the Jacksonville Middle School fieldhouse. First-year players must provide a birth certificate, school record, passport or military ID. For more information, call 501-982-8650 or 501-410-2778.

OBITUARIES >> 3-4-15


Susan Lynne Pinkstaff, 52, of Cabot became an angel on March 2. She was born Nov. 19, 1962, to William D. and Ira Ruth Pinkstaff in North Little Rock. She had a sweet smile that would warm your heart. There were two special places in Susie’s world.

She attended the Lonoke Exceptional Development Center for many years. The staff and clients are all devoted to each other. As Susie’s health declined that bond became even stronger.

Susie lived most of her life in the Furlow community, where she was a lifelong member of Concord United Methodist Church. She loved singing and lending a helping hand in the nursery. Her infectious smile was evidence of the love that the church family had for her.

She loved her little friends, Caroline and Kendall, who entertained her with their antics and shared M and M’s with her.

Susie was a great fan of Elvis. Her one vice in life was having one soda a day.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her infant sister, Betty Ann.

She is survived by her sister, Billie Ruth Pinkstaff; a niece, Kimberly Ann Pinkstaff, and a nephew, Tom Jordan. Her extended family includes Dorothy and Jimmy Felton, Lynn Sample and Haley Young. A special thank you to Dr. Kent McKelvey Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Lonoke Exceptional Development Center, P.O. Box 980, Lonoke, Ark. 72086 or Concord United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 410, Lonoke, Ark. 72086.

Arrangements are by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.

Visitation and a celebration-of-life service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 6 beginning at Concord United Methodist Church, Hwy. 89 in Furlow.


Richard Judkins Spades of North Little Rock, formerly of Black Rock (Lawrence County) and Cabot, passed away on Feb. 28 at age 91. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Ina Ruth Wilson Spades, on Oct. 22, 2011, and his parents, Pearl Iva Judkins and Sebastian Augustine Spades. He was one of nine children and was also preceded in death by seven of his siblings.

Richard was born in Black Rock on Dec. 25, 1923. He attended elementary school and high school at Black Rock, graduating as the valedictorian honor student in May 1941. As a young teenager, he was a member of Boy Scout Troop 65 in Black Rock.

Richard joined the Army Air Corps in November 1942 and served in the 8th Air Force in England during World War II as a radio operator and gunner on a B-24 Liberator. He served in the U.S. and in Europe, where he survived a forced-landing plane crash in France. Shortly afterward, Richard’s plane was shot down during a bombing mission over Germany, where he spent more than two months as a prisoner of war.

After World War II ended, he completed his active-duty service and returned to Black Rock and was later awarded the Purple Heart.

Richard married Ina Ruth Wilson on December 23, 1950 in Hoxie (Lawrence County). He is survived by their four children.

Richard attended college at Arkansas State University as a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Soon after joining the Army Air Corps, he enrolled in classes at the University of Tulsa as part of his military training. After separating from active duty, he enrolled in college at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he graduated with a math and physics degree. He also completed studies at Johns Hopkins University during the 11 years he and his family lived in Baltimore.

Richard taught math and science for one year at Black Rock High School before joining Commercial Credit Equipment Corp. in Baltimore as a field adjustor. He retired from Commercial Credit Equipment Corporation in 1971 as a national director. After Richard and his family moved back to Arkansas for a short time, he joined Mobile Home Associates in Atlanta. He and his family lived in Atlanta for three years and then returned to Black Rock, where he founded and owned Spades Realty.

He also co-owned and operated the Three Rivers Fish House in Black Rock for two years. Richard then returned to teaching math and science at Black Rock High School from 1982 until 1987.

Richard was a member of the Methodist Church for more than 85 years and served in several capacities until his health intervened. He was a member of several veterans’ organizations and served as Commander of both the American Legion Post 4550 in Black Rock and the American Ex-Prisoners of War Chapter 1 in Little Rock.

Richard is survived by his sister, Kathryn Callahan of Pocahontas, and his four children, Steven W. Spades of Sherwood; Richard J. Spades, Jr. of Little Rock; Samuel W. Spades and his wife Becky of Black Rock and Julie Ann McCarroll and her husband Billy of Cabot. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Casey, Jessica, Steven and Sean Spades; Candace Petty, Sara Kopp and Amanda Ball and Nathan and Gregory McCarroll. Richard is also survived by seven great-grandchildren: Colby Morgan; Erik Harmon and Dakota Grim; Xander and Lola Ball; Bryson Spades and Dane McCarroll

Both the visitation and funeral will be conducted at First United Methodist Church in Cabot. Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 6 followed by the funeral at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock.

Arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


George (Wally) Wallace Durley, 65, of Cabot went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 2 in North Little Rock.

He was born Sept. 3, 1949, in Pine Bluff to the late George William and Lucille Jenkins Durley.

Mr. Durley retired after nearly 30 years of service to his country in the Air Force as a master sergeant with the 189th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base. He was an aircraft electrician and environmental systems technician on C-130 aircraft.

He loved doing anything outdoors including hunting, fishing, camping and horseback riding, but he especially loved turkey hunting. He also played the guitar and mandolin and enjoyed listening to gospel bluegrass music.

Wally loved eating Cheetos and watching Fox News with his dog, Zoey (Zobo).

Wally loved Maggie, Diane and Faith with all his heart. He was a devoted Christian from the time he was nine years old until he finished the race.

Mr. Durley is survived by his wife and best friend of 46 years, Maggie Durley; his daughter, Diane Boyer and her husband Jim of Sherwood, and a granddaughter, Faith, who was his “Boogie Boo” and held a very special place in his heart and life.

He was also survived by his sister, Nancy Webb and her husband Bud of Collierville, Tenn.; his brothers, William (Bill) Durley and his wife Trevia of McKinney, Texas, and Joe Durley and his wife Deloris of Chicago; a brother-in-law, Robert Young of Humble, Texas, and three nephews and seven nieces.

Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Thursday, March 5 with the funeral at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery.


Wilma Jean Cherry, 98, of Little Rock passed away on March 2.

Jean was born on Dec. 16, 1916, to Homer and Maymie Herring in McRae.

Her life brought joy to many, especially her family. As an active member of St. Luke United Methodist Church, she took every opportunity to serve her Lord, the church and others.

She was family and friends oriented and enjoyed bridge, reading, crossword puzzles and travel. As a teacher and counselor, she affected many student lives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 45 years, Forrest Hardy Cherry Sr.; her son, Hardy Cherry Jr., and her sisters, Sarah Price and Lottie Mae Herring.

She is survived by her daughter, Frances Buercklin and her husband John of Cabot; her son, Homer Cherry and his wife Cheri of Alexander; a daughter-in-law, Jayna Cherry of Orem, Utah; 11 grandchildren, Nancy Thomas and her husband Daren of Nashville, Tenn., Frank Buercklin and his wife Nancy of Murphy, Texas, Tami Eubank and her husband David of Houston, Texas, Beth McKamy and her husband Todd of Clearwater, Fla., David Cherry and his wife Nikki of Rochester, N.Y., and Tim Cherry of Benton and Hardy Cherry III and his wife Bethany of Lehi, Utah; Jennifer Bennion and her husband Doug of Gainesville, Fla., Cindy Cherry, Thom Cherry and William Cherry of Orem, Utah, and 11 great-grandchildren, Seth and A.J. Thomas, Joshua, Lydia, Samuel and Anna Kate Buercklin, Corbin Cherry, McKenzie Cherry, Amanda, Donovan and Martin Bennion.

Jean graduated from McRae High School in 1933, attended Ouachita Baptist University two years and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1943 with a bachelor’s of science and in 1968 with a master’s in education and counseling.

She taught chemistry and biology at Central High School and was a counselor at Mabelvale Junior High School and Joe T. Robinson High School for many years, retiring in 1979.

She was a member of the National and Arkansas Education Associations.

After living 51 years in the Broadmoor neighborhood in Little Rock, she moved to the Pleasant Hills Retirement Center and later to Cabot Nursing and Rehabilitation.

The family is grateful for the kind and loving attention she received in both places.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, March 6 at Griffin Leggett Healey and Roth Funeral Home in Little Rock. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7 at the funeral home. Interment will be at Beebe City Cemetery in Beebe.

Memorials may be sent to St. Luke United Methodist Church, 6401 W. 32nd St., Little Rock, Ark. 72204, to Arkansas Children’s Hospital or to a charity of your choice.


H. Jeanette Kirk Boyles, 57, of Ward went to be with her Lord on Feb. 27. She was a member of Sylvania Evangelical Church.

She was a retired school teacher, having taught in Pulaski County and Ward. Jeanette devoted her life to her daughter, whom she adored, and taught her school at home until time for her to start kindergarten. She loved the beach and traveled there every year.

She is survived by her daughter, Brittany Boyles, and her mother, Faye Kirk, both of Ward.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jon; father, Douglas Kirk, Sr.; brother, Douglas Kirk, Jr.; sister, Marchelle Thebeau and her husband Kirk, and grandparents, Clyde Kirk and Christine Kirk Sharp and Bill and Gladys Marshall.

Funeral was March 2 at Smith - Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Sylvania Cemetery.


Viola Coleman, 90, passed away Feb. 27. Survivors include her children, Emma Jean Norman, Doris Jones, Murline Lee, Lee Andrew Coleman, Jr., Bernice Russell, Jack Coleman and Vivian Taylor; siblings, Leroy Coleman and Geraldine Washington; 32 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 6-7 p.m. Friday, March 6 at Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke.

Funeral service will be at noon Saturday, March 7 at St. John Baptist Church, interment in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Lonoke.


Dianne Reynolds Folsom, 56, of Lonoke, died March 1. She is survived by her father, Howard Reynolds and his wife Virginia of Sherwood; husband, Glen E. Folsom; sons, Kenneth Bailey of Lonoke and Joseph Robinson of Trion, Ga.; three grandchildren, Kennedy Bailey, Kaitlin Bailey and April Fowler, and a brother, Rodney Reynolds of Georgia.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 4 at Highway Baptist Church in Sherwood with entombment at Chapel Hill Mausoleum.

Arrangements by Boyd Funeral Home.


Cicely M. Southerland, 92, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Feb. 28.

Cicely was born on Sept. 30, 1922, in Walsham-le-Willows, Suffolk, England. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 50 years, William L. “Bill” Southerland; a grandson, Scott Southerland of Fort Smith; sisters, Lilly Hubbard, Gladys Champion, Joan Drake, Connie Rust and Jean Barnes; brothers, Ronnie Newton, George Newton and John Dew.

Cicely and Bill were married in 1943 in Walsham-le-Willows. They were blessed with three sons, eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was a dedicated member of Steel Bridge Baptist Church in Lonoke, where she served as Sunday School teacher, member of the Women’s Missionary Union and worked in Vacation Bible School as of age 87. The love of Jesus always shined brightly through her life.

She was a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother who always went above and beyond for her family and friends. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed having her afternoon tea as had been the custom with her family growing up in England. Most people in the community at some time or other had been delivered, by herself, a cake, pie or casserole. She kept the faith and is now rejoicing with Jesus and possibly enjoying tea for two.

Cicely is survived by three sons, Jimmy Southerland and his wife Cherry of Lonoke, Dale Southerland of Cabot and Barry Southerland and his wife Mari of Van Buren; sister, Audrey Foulger of Walsham-le-Willow; grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the staff at Golden Years Manor/Red Oak Manor for their years of loving care.

Funeral services were March 3 at Steel Bridge Baptist Church with burial at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Lonoke.

Memorials may be made to the Steel Bridge Baptist Church Building Fund, 1214 Hwy. 31 South, Lonoke, Ark. 72086.


Eugene Eldred Eggman Sr., 92, of Cabot passed away Feb. 24 at St. Vincent’s Infirmary in Little Rock.

He was born on Aug. 10, 1922, in San Jose, Calif. He was the second-born son of Arthur and Judith Fears Eggman. He was a World War II veteran who served in the Naval Reserve from Dec. 5, 1942, to Oct. 13, 1944, as an apprentice seaman.

He was a hard worker, having his own produce markets and then was a produce manager of Swan’s and Lucky’s, and for many years was a district produce manager for the San Francisco division of Safeway Stores.

Eugene retired early from Safeway. After retirement, he and Jackie moved to Heber Springs, though for several years they spent many months in Hawaii and California.

His true passion was trout fishing in the mountains, especially if it involved climbing in and out of ravines. He built a large family cabin without using electricity in the 1950s in the Bucks Lake area of the Plumas National Forest in California, where he continued to spend summers into his mid-80s. He loved to garden and make jams and apple butter. At Christmas, he enjoyed making persimmon cookies and candy for friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Jackie Lymangrover Eggman; his brothers, Garland, Arthur and Ray, and a sister, Barbara, all of California.

He is survived by two brothers, Max Eggman and his wife Jane of Terra Bella, Calif., and Ardith Eggman and his wife Beulah of Porterville, Calif.; his children, Gloria Hammond and her husband David of Hot Springs, Donna Hammond and her husband Mike of Beebe, Gene Eggman and his wife Anita of Rogers and Terri Sherland of Cabot; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren and friends.

In the last couple of years, he received comfort from his friends at the Cabot Senior Center and First Assembly of God Church in Cabot.

The funeral was held Feb. 28 at Olmstead Funeral Home in Heber Springs with Bro. Danny DuVall officiating. A graveside service followed at Cleburne County Memorial Gardens.

The family plans to have a memorial service at Olmstead Funeral Home at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8 for family and friends who were unable to attend the funeral.


John Garner Derickson, 101, of North Little Rock, passed away Feb. 26.

He was the founder of Hiwasse Manufacturing Company in Jacksonville.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 9 at Lakewood United Methodist Church in North Little Rock. A reception at the church will follow the service. A graveside service will be private.

Arrangements are by Little Rock Funeral Home.

A full obituary will be printed in The Leader on Saturday.

EVENTS >> 3-4-15


The Cabot Scholarship Foundation will hold its 20th annual Roast and Toast Banquet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 in Cabot Junior High North’s cafeteria. The event honors students who are receiving scholarships from the foundation this year.

Last year, the foundation awarded 92 scholarships worth $93,550. This year, 99 scholarships worth a combined $108,225 will be given.

The dinner’s honoree is Eugene L. (Laddie) Crouch. He will be roasted by James Handley, Ken Hatfield and Mike Malham. John C. Thompson will be the master of ceremonies, and Rev. David (Buzz) Crouch, who is the honoree’s brother and pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church in Searcy, will deliver the invocation.

Tickets are $30 per person or $240 for a table of eight. They may be purchased from John C. Thompson, Cal Aldridge, Nina Butler, Fred Campbell, Carole Jones, Stephen Tipton, Mike Verkler and Angela Wallace or at Cabot High School’s main office.

The Cabot Scholarship Foundation was formed in 1992 by the Cabot Centennial Committee to encourage and recognize academic achievement in Cabot schools. The Roast and Toast Banquet is the foundation’s only fundraising event. Due to the tremendous growth at Cabot High School, community support is greatly appreciated.

Donations, which are accepted year round, can be mailed to the Cabot Scholarship Foundation office at 200 W. Main St.


The Jacksonville chapter of the NAACP will hold its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday in the education center of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, 1013 Ray Road. For more information, call 501-982-7752.


The Jacksonville-Cabot Tea Party is meeting at a new location. The group will now meet at Grandpa’s Barbeque, 1801 S. Pine St. in Cabot. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. Dist. 14 state Rep. Joe Farrer (R-Austin) will speak at the next meeting on March 12. Call 501-813-6980 for more information.


The Grand Prairie Civil War Round Table Meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Lonoke County Museum, 215 SE Front St. in Lonoke.

Stuart Towns of Forrest City, who is a retired college professor and author, will discuss his most recent book, “Arkansas Civil War Heritage: A Legacy of Honor.” The book is about the creation of public memory of the Civil War in Arkansas through the commemoration of Confederate Memorial Day, Confederate monument dedications and Confederate veterans reunions.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Membership dues are $20. For more information, call 501-676-6750.


Jacksonville First Assembly of God will hold a special service called Ministering in Song and Testimony at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 8.

Gloria Elliott of Branson, Mo., will be a special guest singer.

Admission is free. The church is at 221 N. Elm St. For more information, call Pastor Royce L. Lowe at 501-982-5018.



The Cabot High Cruzers, a car club at Cabot High School, will host its annual car show from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday at the schools’ Champs Hall parking lot.

In case of rain, the event will be held March 14.


Cabot Civitan will hold a fundraiser talent show on Saturday, March 14 in the Cabot High School Fine Arts Center.

The club meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month at the First Security Bank in downtown Cabot.

For more information, call Tom Nolting at 501-606-3731.


The El Paso 4-H Club will hold its annual chili supper and dessert auction from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday at the El Paso Community Center. There is no charge, but donations will be accepted at the door.

The meal will be followed by a dessert auction, with pies, cakes and cookies sold to the highest bidders.


A fish-fry fundraiser for the Sixteenth Section Community Center, 8733 Hwy. 319 W in Austin, will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. Saturday, March 14. The menu includes fried fish, chicken, fries, coleslaw, baked beans, okra, onion rings, hush puppies, beverages and desserts. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 children, ages 6-12. Kids under 6 eat free.


A safe-driving class for seniors will be held at First United Methodist Church of Cabot at 2003 S. Pine St. from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. next Wednesday.

The class is sponsored by Cabot AARP and will be taught by Bertie and Jerry Yates. It costs $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Members must bring their AARP card to get the discount.

To register, call Jean Davenport at 501-843-5694.


The annual Cabot Cleanup and Hazardous Waste Roundup will be held from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, March 21.

The event is sponsored by Cabot City Beautiful. Civic, church, youth groups, school and scouting groups are encouraged to volunteer, as well as individuals, families, neighborhood groups and businesses.

Volunteers should meet at Cabot Junior High South on Panther Trail at 9 a.m. that Saturday for registration and to receive areas to cleanup.

To register, call 501-920-2122.

“Cabot is an amazing community. We all have a responsibility to keep it clean and attractive. If Cabot is littered and ill-kept, our potential to attract industry and tourism can be significantly impacted. Simple steps can greatly affect economic development. A fresh coat of paint, a few new flower plantings, roadsides and waterways free of litter, they all can make a big difference in Cabot’s future,” said Cabot City Beautiful president Becky Boyett.

The event will also include a free drop-off point for the disposal of various electronic waste and household hazardous waste materials like latex paints, oil-based paints and paint thinners, motor oil, antifreeze, fluorescent bulbs, pesticides and herbicides, household cleaners, household batteries, automotive batteries and tires, which must be off the rims.

Also to be accepted are computer components, TVs, VCRs and other types of electronic equipment. All appliances containing Freon must have proper documentation stating that the Freon has been legally removed or they will not be accepted. Scrap metals will be collected by the local Boy Scout troop. Donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of operating the disposal site.


The Community Theatre of Cabot will perform “Smoke on the Mountain” this Friday and Saturday and again on Friday, March 13 through March 15 at the Starlight Dinner Theatre, 1102 S. Pine St., suite 3 in Cabot.

The Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m., and dinner will be available for $25 starting at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:15. The show without a meal costs $15.

All Sunday matinees, which don’t offer meals, will start at 2 p.m.


The youth group of Oak Grove First Baptist Church in Austin will hold a cornbread and bean supper fundraiser at the Woodlawn Community Center, 10070 Hwy. 31 North, from 6 until 9 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds will help send the youth group to church camp this summer.

The event will include a performance by the Little Grand Old Opera.

For more information, call 501-628-4948.


A discussion group about Arkansas history and genealogy will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Duran Youth Center in Sherwood, 508 Sherwood Ave., on the second and fourth Thursday of each month starting March 12.

Amy Jones, an interpreter at the Historic Arkansas Museum and a history student at UCA, will host the informal group.

For more information, contact her at 501-425-1372 or by email at

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

SPORTS STORY >> Locals shine at state meet

Leader sportswriter

The Cabot girls’ swim team finished fifth overall at Saturday’s Arkansas High School State Swim Meet on the campus of UALR, and the Lonoke girls’ swim team had one swimmer earn a state championship in one event.

Lonoke’s Kayla McGee earned the state championship in the 100-yard breaststroke. She won the event with a time of 1:06.49, narrowly beating second-place Corinne Despain, of Haas Hall Academy in Fayetteville, who finished the event in 1:07.63.

Cabot’s Jessie Baldwin finished sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:10.05, and teammate Melanie Abbott finished 10th in that race with a time of 1:14.48.

The Cabot girls totaled 194 team points at Saturday’s event, which put them ahead of sixth-place Bryant, who had 170 team points.

Bentonville won the girls’ division. The Lady Tigers dominated the competition, finishing with 404 team points. Pulaski Academy was second with 325 team points. Haas Hall Academy was third with 270 team points, and Conway finished fourth overall in the girls’ division with 211 team points.

The Lonoke girls finished the meet with 36 team points, which put them in 19th place out of the 30 teams that competed in the girls’ division.

McGee was the only swimmer from Lonoke County to win a state championship, but the Cabot girls had several top-10 finishers.

Caytee Wright had two top-5 finishes. She finished second overall in the 100-yard freestyle race. Carly Holland of Rogers Heritage won the event with a time of 0:52.96, just beating Wright’s second-place time of 0:53.34.

Wright had a fourth-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 0:24.56. Lonoke’s McGee finished sixth in that event with a time of 0:24.68.

Baldwin finished third in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 0:59.66, which was less than three seconds behind Heritage’s Holland, who won the event with a time of 0:56.91.

Baldwin and Wright weren’t the only Cabot swimmers to earn two top-10 finishes. Teammate Haylee Beckley finished fifth in the grueling 500-yard freestyle race, and took seventh in the 200-yard individual medley.

Beckley finished the 500-yard freestyle race with a time of 5:24.71, and her time in the 200-yard IM was 2:19.65.

The Lady Panthers’ relay teams had a pair of top-5 finishes. The Cabot girls finished fourth overall in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:43.22, and third in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:54.92.

Cabot’s boys didn’t have as strong a showing as the Cabot girls’ team, but they did place higher than 21 other teams Saturday. The Panthers totaled 84 team points at the meet, which was good for 13th place. They finished 22 points behind Siloam Springs, who finished 12th overall with 106 team points.

Bentonville also finished first in the boys’ division, and were even more dominant than the Lady Tigers were. The Tigers totaled a whopping 521 team points Saturday, which was more than half the points second-place Little Rock Central accumulated.

Central took second place with 213 team points, which just edged third-place Little Rock Catholic’s total of 212 team points. Magnolia finished fourth among the 34 teams that competed in the boys’ division with 178 team points, and Springdale Har-Ber rounded out the top five with 168 team points.

Cabot didn’t have any first-place finishers, but the Panthers’ relay teams, like the Cabot girls, had two top-10 finishes. They finished sixth overall in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:47.40, and 10th overall in the 200-yard freestyle relay, finishing that race in 1:38.36.

Payton Jones was the strongest swimmer for the Panther boys Saturday. He had two top-10 finishes. He finished fifth in the 200-yard freestyle race with a time of 1:50.04, and sixth in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 0:55.46.

SPORTS STORY >> Jacksonville ladies fall in first round

Leader sports editor

PARAGOULD — Atrocious shooting and trouble rebounding, especially in the first half, led to a first-round exit for Jacksonville in the Class 5A state tournament Tuesday. Host and 5A-East champion Greene County Tech moves on to the second round with its second win of the season over Jacksonville, 55-31.

The Lady Red Devils didn’t make a shot from the floor until the three-minute mark of the second quarter. Desiree Williams’ running baseline jumper made it 15-4 at that point. It was the beginning of a brief bright spot for the Lady Devils. Williams came off the bench to score six-straight points and cut the Eagles’ margin to eight, but the Lady Eagles also got help from their bench.

Post player Kassie Tyner came off the bench to score eight points in the last two minutes of the half, leading her team into intermission with a 25-8 advantage.

Jacksonville’s poor start included a turnover on its first possession and misses on its first 16 shots. Tech (22-6) didn’t shoot well early either, but the Lady Eagles got several offensive rebounds and second-chance points in the first quarter.

“You just can’t shoot that bad and beat anybody that’s good enough to be here in the state tournament,” said Jacksonville coach William Rountree. “We came out in a junk defense and the two we were guarding went into the half with a combined two points. So I thought our defense was OK. We didn’t quit. We fought hard in the second, we just couldn’t get anything going offensively.”

Jacksonville didn’t quit in the second half, even though Tech opened the third quarter with a 6-0 run to take a 31-8 lead.

The Lady Red Devils got to within 35-20 on a Williams’ 3-pointer. After a steal by Asiah Williams, Desiree Williams hit a 3-pointer just as the officials called an offensive infraction away from the ball. It would have pulled Jacksonville to within 12 with six minutes left. Instead, Tech’s Lara White hit her own 3-pointer to make it 38-20 and end the Lady Devil threat.

Only five Lady Red Devils scored in the game, with Antrice McCoy and Desiree Williams each finishing with 11 points. Alexis James and Asiah Williams each scored four for Jacksonville.

Blair Metheny led GCT with 11 points while Tyner and Josie Fletcher scored 10 apiece for the Lady Golden Eagles.

SPORTS STORY >> Lady Panthers get tourney host first

Leader sports editor

The Cabot Lady Panthers have been on a tear since their last loss all the way back on Jan. 20. They beat two of the highest-ranked teams in the state and earned a share of the 7A/6A-East Conference title. For all that they get the No. 3 seed, are the only conference champions to not get a first-round bye, and have to play their first-round state tournament game against host school Springdale Har-Ber. The Lady Panthers and Lady Wildcats are scheduled to tip off at 4 p.m. today.

“They’re pretty good and we have to play them at home so that will be tough,” said Cabot coach Carla Crowder.

Still, Cabot enters the postseason as one of the hottest teams in the state. Ball pressure on defense, transition offense and good ball movement in the half-court sets has been key to Cabot’s success. There’s also been more and more effective contribution from the bench during the recent run.

“Our kids are playing hard and playing well,” Crowder said. “We’re excited about that going into this thing, we just hope it will continue. Har-Ber is good.”

The Lady Wildcats will be bigger than Cabot, but not something the Lady Panthers haven’t dealt with, and overcome, before. North Little Rock and Little Rock Central, Cabot’s conference co-champions, are far bigger than Cabot, and Cabot beat them both in the last three weeks.

But size is about the only similarity between Har-Ber and those other two teams. The Lady Wildcats’ style of play is different and they’re not as athletic as the East teams.

“There’s nobody we’ve played that even resembles Har-Ber,” Crowder said. “So that’ll be a challenge. They like an up-tempo game, too, but our league is so athletic I don’t think it’s going to be like what we’ve seen. They’re pretty big. They shoot it very well and have a really good post player. They have the whole package.”

Har-Ber (20-9, 8-6) enters the tournament having lost four of its last five games. It lost four-straight before closing the season with a 64-48 road win at Rogers Heritage. Before that, they lost 66-52 at home to top-ranked Fort Smith Northside, 66-57 in overtime at FS Southside, 50-36 at home to second-seeded Fayetteville and 69-60 at home to three seed Bentonville.

SPORTS STORY >> Malham honored, humbled by award

Leader sportswriter

Longtime Cabot High School head football coach Mike Malham was one of 12 members inducted into Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame on Friday night at the 57th annual induction ceremony at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Malham just completed his 34th season at CHS, and is one of the most successful coaches in Arkansas high school history. In his 34 years as head coach of the Panthers, Malham has compiled an impressive record of 274-114-4, making him the third-winningest coach in the state’s high school football history.

Under Malham’s lead, the Panthers have won two state championships. Their first came in 1983. That team finished with a 13-1 record, and in 2000, the Panthers won another state title and finished that season with a perfect 14-0 record.

Malham’s teams finished as state runner-up three times, in 1997, 1998 and in 2013. His teams have advanced to the state semifinals a total of 11 times, and have won 14 conference championships.

Malham said he was surprised and humbled when he got the news earlier this year that he’d be inducted into the latest Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame class, but said it was an enjoyable evening Friday, and he was quick to thank everyone that helped him earn this prestigious honor.

“I had a lot of people that came out and gave me a lot of support,” said Malham. “It was a great evening. I really enjoyed it – pretty humbled by it. I’m fortunate enough to be honored this way.

“Of course it took a lot of great teammates, coaches and players to help get me here. I didn’t get here by myself, that’s for sure. It was a fun evening, and I really enjoyed seeing a lot of the old greats that came before me, and they were all real nice and congratulated me.”

With Friday’s induction, Malham joined his father, Mike Malham Sr., into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. Malham Sr., a former high school football coach at Little Rock Catholic and assistant at Arkansas State University, was inducted in 1999.

That makes the Malhams one of just a handful of father and son members in the state’s sports hall of fame.

“That’s kind of neat,” Malham said. “I think there are only five of those. In fact, Steve Jones is going in the same year as me, and my dad and his dad went in the same year. So that’s kind of neat.”

Stephen Jones is the son of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Stephen Jones and Malham, along with Dwight Adams, Pat Bradley, Leon Clements, Eldon Hawley, Bowden Wyatt, Christy Smith, Stan Lee, Carl Jackson, Jack Fleck and Ron Calcagni made up this year’s hall of fame class.

In addition to his coaching success, Malham saw success as a player as well. He had a successful playing career at Arkansas State, where he played from 1973-1975.

After the ASU Indians finished 11-0 and became the Southland Conference champions and finished No. 21 in the final Associated Press poll among major universities his senior season, Malham was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 17th round of the NFL Draft in 1976.

A broken arm ended his professional playing career in 1977, and his coaching career began as an assistant at Jacksonville High School in 1978. The Red Devils won the state championship in 1981, Malham’s last year there.

He was named the head coach at Cabot in 1981, and has been there ever since. Part of the shock Malham received when he got the news of his hall of fame induction stemmed from the fact that he’s still coaching.

“When I got the call it did shock me a little bit,” Malham said, “because I’m still actively coaching. Usually that’s something that comes after your career is over. It shocked me a little bit, but, again, it’s a humbling experience.

“Everybody was so nice, and like I said, the support that I have from Cabot, I think we had about 10 or 12 tables here, it was really neat. Not only were all these other people here, but Cabot was well-represented, which represents me, and I appreciated that.”

SPORTS STORY >> Red Devils are ready to run

Leader sports editor

The first round of the Class 5A boys’ state tournament will feature a rematch of last year’s state championship game. Jacksonville and Forrest City will take the floor at Greene County Tech High School in Paragould at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in what could be the most exciting game of the first round.

Forrest City interim coach Barry Hodges has his team running at a blistering pace. The No. 2 seed from the East has broken the 90-point margin three times this season, and Hodges believes that’s when his bunch is at its best.

“It’s absolutely nothing like our state championship team,” Hodges said on Monday. “Last year we went 6-foot-8, 6-6 and 6-5 in the starting lineup. This year our tallest guy is 6-3 and my only real post player is a football kid who’s about 6-0 or maybe 6-1. So we had to play faster and we have some guys who can shoot it. I’d be lying if I said we didn’t.”

Forrest City (15-11, 11-3) is led by junior guard Robert Glasper, who was the only starting underclassman from last year’s team that beat Jacksonville handily in the state finals. He averages almost 25 points per game and has scored more than 30 several times.

Jacksonville also has shooters, but has looked its best playing a half-court game, feeding 6-4 Tedrick Wolfe and 6-3 Devin Campbell inside. Both of those guys can also step outside and score, and Campbell is also effective off the dribble.

Teams that have been able to force a frenetic pace have troubled the Red Devils this season, but head coach Vic Joyner welcomes the challenge.

“If they want to run, let’s run,” said Joyner. “It’s not running that has hurt us. It’s been pressure. We have athletes and we have some depth, so just running up and down the court is no big deal. We haven’t done it much this year because we haven’t been disciplined enough to press ourselves. When we settle down and execute my offense is when we look really good.”

Jacksonville hasn’t had a size advantage many times this year, but will have one on Thursday. So despite Joyner’s talk of running with the Mustangs, the Devils might slow it down and feed the middle.

“Listen, this team doesn’t really have an identity,” Joyner said. “This team has just had to morph into whatever we need given each matchup. Sometimes we’ve done that and looked extremely good. Other times we’ve struggled and looked like crap. But our struggles have primarily been our own fault, not the people we were playing. If we’ll just go out there and take care of our own business, we’re as good as anybody in 5A.”

Both teams’ most recent games have been against their respective league’s champions. Jacksonville (20-7, 10-4) pulled off a mild upset by going to previous 5A-Central unbeaten McClellan and winning 68-64 in overtime. The Red Devils did it by cutting off the lane on defense and playing with patience on offense. Wolfe finished with 25 while Campbell had 11. Sophomore guard Tyree Appleby scored 18 from outside to help keep things open inside.

“We played a complete game and executed,” Joyner said. “Their two main guys got their points, but they weren’t all dunks like they were when they beat us. They had to work.”

Forrest City comes off an 80-62 loss to Valley View. Unlike Jacksonville’s game with McClellan, for which nothing was on the line, the winner of the FC-VV game at FCHS was for a share of the conference championship and the No. 1 seed in the state tournament. The Mustangs had beaten the Blazers 90-88 in their first meeting in Jonesboro.

Forrest City has been without longtime leader Dwight Lofton, who suffered two strokes between the Christmas break and the second conference game, the last one requiring surgery, hospitalization and a long period of rest.

Hodges has been with Lofton at Forrest City for 18 years, making the transition easier for the players.

“I’ve been here so long there wasn’t much adjustment the players had to do as far as how things are done around here,” Hodges said. “Just the fact of not having coach Lofton around, that has been a big adjustment for everyone, me included. I’m really kind of surprised and pleased and very proud of how well our players have handled it.”

EDITORIAL >> More funds for air base

“Sequestration is the dark cloud up ahead, and it could affect us in readiness,” Col. Patrick Rhatigan, commander of the 19th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base, recently told The Leader.

Rhatigan said, eventually, the Air Force has to get back to pre-sequestration funding levels and beyond. “We took a hit in Little Rock on flying, then got some relief in FY 2015, and we thought we turned the corner,” the colonel said.

While budget cutbacks or another round of sequestration could slow modernization and infrastructure replacement, three major projects worth $133.6 million are underway at Little Rock Air Force Base and due for completion by 2017.

Those include rebuilding a 50-year-old runway and adjacent landing strip. Sundt Construction of Tempe, Ariz., is the contractor. In addition, the construction of a fifth C-130J simulator is underway as the 19th Airlift Wing transitions to an all C-130J combat unit. They needed a new 12,000-foot runway and adjacent landing strip, along with the construction of a fifth C-130J simulator as the wing continues its combat missions in Asia and Africa in the war against al-Qaida and the so-called Islamic State.

Currently, the base has four C-130J simulators, and an annex to house the fifth is due for completion by November. Alessi-Keyes Construction of Maumelle is the contractor and the cost of the project is $4,218,503.

The base has eight aircraft and 12 crews deployed in Afghanistan, one airframe and two crews flying in support of the Combined Joint Task Force in the Horn of Africa, supporting that operation as they counter the violent extremist groups in East Africa and two flying out of central Europe, flying missions and sitting alert for places like Libya, Rhatigan said.

Although the size and scope of all other construction at the base is overshadowed by the construction of the runway and airstrip, there’s still more construction going on. To keep the planes flying, they need fuel to stay in the air. The new C-130 fuel-cell building project is 74 percent completed.

As part of their job, fuel-systems repair airmen here immerse themselves in highly flammable fuel tanks to keep C-130s flying. The team of more than 80 enlisted airmen works three shifts around the clock to get the job done.

They will service, maintain, repair and, if necessary, replace the plastic wing bladders that actually hold the fuel. The original awarded amount in June 2013 was $20,869,000, but the scope of work increased. The new facility replaces Hangar 222, a 1950s-era building that was not designed for the C-130.

Construction of the new two-bay fuel-systems maintenance hangar project is on schedule for November completion. That new building is being constructed on a design-build contract by Ross Construction Corp. of Tulsa for $21,464,972.

But sequestration still looms, with no assurance that there won’t be another round of sequestration imposed by Congress this year. Including the National Guard and the Reserve, the Air Force seeks a troop strength of 492,000 airmen. The Active Air Force would account for about 311,000 of that, the lowest since the Air Force was formed in 1947 with 307,000.

“It’s easy to get caught up in sequestration and what’s the next plane,” Rhatigan said. “The main thing is to let people know we’ve got to make sure the airmen are focused on the missions.”

As Washington politicians haggle over the defense budget, it could take years before our base gets another major infusion of funds. The $133.6 million in improvements will make LRAFB better prepared for the tasks ahead.

Our airmen have been flying into hot spots on three continents almost nonstop since 9/11. They deserve all the improvements and all the help a grateful nation can give them.

TOP STORY >> Leader starts its 29th year

The Leader is starting its 29th year this week. The award-winning newspaper was launched 28 years ago with the March 4, 1987 issue.

One headline on the front page: “Lester is optimistic on new busing plan, pushes millage hike.”

Bobby Lester was superintendent of the Pulaski County Special School District then and is now interim superintendent of the Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District.

We have covered local school news almost every week since then.

Our talented staff of reporters and photographers cover news, sports and events that matter to you.

When Jacksonville residents pushed for their own school district, we helped lead the way to make it happen. When we called the Pulaski County Special School District dysfunctional, the state agreed and took over the troubled school district.

The Leader has covered Cabot’s growing school district from day one and told readers Cabot’s district would be a good model for its neighbors to follow.

We are a family-owned Arkansas newspaper that has helped build this community for 28 years. We will build on this tradition of journalism excellence for years to come.

The Leader has been locally-owned and operated since the beginning. We live where you live. When you buy and advertise in The Leader, your money stays in our communities. We have the hometown advantage.

There are only a few family-owned newspapers left in Arkansas. Most are owned by out-of-state corporations with no other local connection.

We thank our readers and advertisers for making The Leader the biggest paid non-daily newspaper in Arkansas.

To subscribe for a year, send $18 to The Leader, 404 Graham Road, Jacksonville, Ark. 72076, or 105 N. 8th St., Cabot Ark. 72203. Call 501-982-9421 or 501-941-5132 to subscribe with a credit card.

TOP STORY >> CHS to present musical ‘Shrek’

Leader staff writer

The Cabot High School Theater presents “Shrek the Musical” at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $8 and can be reserved by texting 501-259-1305.

The musical is based on the 2001 film. Student director Heidi Mackey explained that Shrek is an ogre who was sent away by his family when he was 7 to live in a swamp.

Shrek was happily living alone there when Lord Farquaad banished fairy-tale creatures to the swamp for being freaks of nature and not conforming to his vision of society.

Shrek goes to the Castle Duloc to talk with Lord Farquaad because he wants his swamp back. Lord Farquaad is looking for a queen because he is not considered a king without a queen.

The Gingerbread man tells the lord there is a princess in a dragon guarded castle.

Farquaad makes a deal with Shrek. If Shrek gets the princess, he sayw he will give Shrek the swamp back.

The musical follows the adventure as Shrek and Donkey go out to find Princess Fiona and bring her to Lord Farquaad.

Kolby Cole, who plays Shrek, said, “Shrek grows up believing the world hates him. He finds friendship through Donkey and learns the world isn’t so bad.

“Being the hero, he becomes more appreciative of what he is gaining. It’s a huge honor to take on this role.”

J.P. Gairhan, who plays Donkey, said that character brings a touch of humor and some light-heartedness. But, really, Donkey just wants a happy ending for Shrek and Fiona.

Jeni Fuller, who has the role of Fiona, said the most challenging part for her will be doing a full tap-dance break in “Morning Person” and to sing afterward.

Student director Zoe Eddington said the best part of this show was, “creating the cast list and then watching it all come to life. Seeing all the hard work everyone puts into the show and seeing it come together.”

Mackey said the students started work on the musical in November. “We missed six days of rehearsals due to snow. But all the leads went to the second student director’s house and rehearsed on their own as a group.

“The pit band is working continuous hours. The music is hard. Makeup and costume is what is going to make the show. We made a lot of props and costumes,” Mackey added.

The cast includes Seth Stewart and Andrew Hupp as Lord Farquaad, Charl Young as Pinocchio, Ashley Martin as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Hannah Brletich as Dragon, Tanner Johnson as the Pied Piper, Spencer Worth as Papa Ogre, Annalisse Riley as Mama Ogre, Justin Cheatham as King Harold, Aspen Hendricks as Queen Lillian and Brandon Turner as Captain of the Guard.

The show features Keaton Grimmett as Thelonius, Ashley Julison as Teen Fiona, Piper Mobbs and Lily Guess as Young Fiona, Wyatt McMahan as Young Shrek, McKenzie Marks as the Shoemaker’s Elf, Jordan Gately as the Big Bad Wolf and Bishop, Savannah Woods as the Head Duloc Dancer, Marcela Shipley as the Fairy Godmother, Greg Stone, DJ Boswell and Skyler Ward as the Three Little Pigs; Autumn Romines as Humpty Dumpty, Ashton Williams as Miss Far Far Away, Blain Mahoney as Peter Pan and Audrey Lightfoot as Wendy.

Also in the musical are Emily Adair as Tinker Bell, Payton Carlton and Courtney Lewis as the White Rabbits, Greer King as the Wicked Witch, Madi Burrow and Elizabeth Ring as the Ugly Ducklings, Lane Burchfield as Papa Bear, Clarissa Struble as Mama Bear, Brooklyn Jennings as Baby Bear, Jay King as the Mad Hatter, Savannah Woods, Laiken Kaylor and Ashley Julison as the Three Blind Mice, April Watts as Esmeralda, Allie DeStefano as Dorothy, Holdyn Barnes as Aladdin, Vicky Ray as Jasmine, Avery Elliot as Little Bo Beep, Sydney Calvert as Dorothy, Natalie Brewer as Little Red Riding Hood and Kallie Benedict as Mother Goose.

The Duloc Announcers are Lauren Travis, Kelsey Drees, Caleigh Pickard and Ashton Williams. The Freak Flag Spinners are Allie DeStefano and Sydney Calvert. The Dragon Doo Wop Singers are Natalie Way, Autumne Kendricks, Heidi Mackey and Rheagan Tyner.

The Dancing Duloc Per-formers are Savannah Woods, Lauren Travis, Laiken Kaylor, Sarah Mitchell, Saralyn Hell-stern, Ashley Julison, Macy McClanahan, Destiny Coyle, Corbin Friddle, Autumn Romines, Kelsey Drees, Madison Coffer, Charl Young, Halie Eastham, Caleigh Pick-ard, Shelby Thompson, Braylin Powers, Lauren Roberts, Savanna Young, Madison Schumacher and Lindsey Slazman.

The Knights are Logan Melder, Jalen Hemphill, Benjamin Davis, Brennen Applegate, Justin Hagar, Cody Nabors, Seth Carter, Easton Seidl, Kent Tarvin, Cody Pugh, Jack Teague and Tristan Bulice.

The Happy People featured singers are Emily Freeman, Payton Adam, Brittany Billingsly, Haleigh Geheb, Hannah Scogin, Jessica Pauley, Amariz Galvex, Rheagan Tyner and Gracie New.

The Angry Mob and Knights are Kayla Looney, Amanda Gathright, McKenzie Runsick, Hallie Lubinski and Kayli Sims.

The Rat Trappers are Savannah Woods, Kelsey Drees, Charl Young, Caleigh Pickard, Lauren Travis, Macy McClanahan, Laiken Kaylor, Christian Weatherly, Alexis Baker and Ashlee Hankins.

The Seven Dwarfs are Sam Owens, Isabel Carpenter, Logan Williams, Paisley Mobbs, Asa Eddington, Cash Tarvin and Grace Bing.

The Skeleton Tumblers are Morgan Walters, Brooklyn Jennings, Lauren Travis, Aspen Hendricks and Halie Eastham.

The Dragon Puppeteers are Noah Tiner, Gacie New, Payton Adams, Brittney Billingsley, Amaris Galvez, Kayli Sims and Brent Simmons.

TOP STORY >> Bill to form new districts passes

Leader senior staff writer

House Bill 1242, which, without naming them, makes it easier for Sherwood and Maumelle to form their own school districts by detaching from the Pulaski County Special School District, passed the Senate on Tuesday by a vote of 20-6.

Eight didn’t vote, and the bill was returned to the House, which is expected to send it to the governor for his signature.

HB1242 lowers the threshold to 2,500 students for districts trying to stand up their own districts. The law previously required 4,000 students, which was fine for its then-intended purpose, allowing Jacksonville to detach from PCSSD.

Jacksonville has jumped through three decades worth of hoops, including desegregation concerns, court approval, approval by PCSSD, approval by the state Board of Education and approval by a majority of affected residents (95 percent of voters supported the split in a special election). The city is now just a year off from having neighborhood schools.

Senate sponsors Jane English (R-North Little Rock) and Mark Lowery (R-Maumelle) were among the 20 yea votes, as was Sen. Eddie Joe Williams (R-Cabot).

Sen. Linda Chesterfield (D-Little Rock), whose husband was president of the Pulaski County Association of Support Staff, voted against the measure, as did Sen. Joyce Elliott (D-Little Rock), who is past president of the Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers.

Among local senators, only Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang (R-Beebe) didn’t vote.

In the House last week, the bill passed 60-21, with 18 not voting. House sponsors were state Reps. Karilyn Brown (R-Sherwood) and Donnie Copeland (R-North Little Rock).

State Rep. David Hillman (D-Almyra) was among the nay votes in the House, with Copeland, Bob Johnson (D- Jacksonville), Douglas House (R-North Little Rock) and Jeremy Gillam (R-Judsonia) not voting.

Still in the way of both detachments is a court-approved desegregation agreement that declares only Jacksonville can detach from PCSSD until it is declared unitary — desegregated — in all aspects.

Each district will also have to conduct timely feasibility studies that show, among other things, that a new district could support itself, achieve racial balance and would not harm PCSSD by detaching.

Sherwood has already completed one study that shows all three, including that the racial composition of its proposed district would mirror PCSSD.

But a new study will be required to factor in changes that are a result of the Jacksonville split.

Maumelle has not completed a feasibility study yet.

Friday, February 27, 2015

EDITORIAL >> Common Core fails many kids

The biggest problem with Common Core is not the curriculum, but the testing — it sets up Jacksonville students to fail.

Students will fail, not because of lack of knowledge, but because of lack of computer and keyboarding skills.

Many students are excellent writers and Common Core testing will require students to write at least one essay or narrative. With pencil and paper students can focus on being creative and making sure of the facts, but on the computer, the focus moves from content to where the letters are on the keyboard or how to indent a paragraph.

Now this may not be true everywhere, but students in Pulaski County Special School District are not taught keyboarding. It’s simply not required.

So students go in at a disadvantage. Not knowing basic keyboarding skills can cause frustration and students could shut down or just type in anything to be done with it.

A student must be able to type 20 words a minute fluently to “write” on the computer faster than they do with a pencil. Test your child. If they can’t do that as a minimum there is a chance they will fail or at least score much lower than their ability on the language arts portion of the test.

Yes, computers are the wave of the future. Walt Disney recognized that 40 years ago, but one must be trained to operate in that wave. And scoring high on Minecraft or New Jack City isn’t keyboarding training.

The typewriter has gone the way of the dodo bird, but not keyboarding. It’s more important as ever as Common Core essays are graded on spelling, mechanics and sentence structure – as well as content and style –but spelling, mechanics and sentences go downhill without keyboard training.

Lts knot set up r children 4 failere. — Rick Kron

EDITORIAL >> How to sue legislators

State legislators continue to violate the recently passed ethics amendment that prohibits lobbyists from offering free meals and booze to lawmakers.

Many legislators keep ignoring the intent of Amendment 94, the lobbying, ethics and term-limits law, which the voters last November passed thinking that lobbyists could no longer entertain lawmakers. The amendment doubled term limits for lawmakers to 16 years and established a pay commission that will greatly increase legislators’ salaries. Ignoring the ethics provision, lobbyists continue to wine and dine politicians under the so-called special events exemption. Citizens groups should file suit against this flagrant violation of the new amendment since the state ethics commission will not stop them.

Lawmakers should also worry about a possible lawsuit that Jacksonville attorney Mike Wilson could re-file against the pork-barrel politics at the state Capitol, so-called General Improvement Funds that funnel millions of dollars for local projects, in obvious violation of the law.

The former state representative told our reporter John Hofheimer he has not yet decided whether to take the matter back to court, which sided with Wilson and declared the practice illegal. He says funding GIF projects amounted to local legislation. A state constitutional amendment says the legislature must attend to statewide issues and may not cut special deals for targeted local communities.

Former state Sen. Bob Johnson (D-Bigelow) had earmarked $400,000 for road improvement in Bigelow, clearly not a statewide need. Wilson believes it’s unconstitutional for the state to do it with the equivalent of local legislation.

Since the court rulings on Wilson’s suit, he says the General Assembly has basically developed a money-laundering scheme, running each legislator’s share through the local planning and development districts. Their recipients of these grants are laughing all the way to the bank.

To date, the board of directors of the Central Arkansas Planning and Development District awarded a total of $9,243,289 from the GIF received through the 89th General Assembly, according to district director Rodney Larson.

Local legislators got funding for 186 transactions worth $6,096,030, according to information provided by CAPPD. They all go for good causes, of course, from local libraries to volunteer fire departments to Civil War battlefields and many other projects.

But as Jim Nickels, the former Sherwood state representative, told Hofheimer, “It takes money away from statewide projects, it ends up local, and we have a prohibition against that.”

Wilson probably could successfully challenge the next round of general improvements funds before they’re handed out to local politicians, who like nothing more than having their pictures taken presenting checks to area recipients.

Should Wilson win for the second time, local prosecutors should consider filing charges against lawmakers who abuse the ban against local improvement grants, as well as those who accept free meals and booze from lobbyists.

If legislators can’t follow the law, why should the rest of us?

TOP STORY >> Mrs. Hutchinson will guest speak at shelter dinner

Arkansas First Lady Susan Hutchinson will speak during Open Arms Shelter’s third annual Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Banquet at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 2 in the cafeteria of the Cabot Freshman Academy.

In 1986, Open Arms Shelter began providing emergency safe housing for children who have been abused or neglected.

It is one of the few emergency shelters in the state that will accept children under the age of 8, teenage mothers with their children and large sibling groups. Most of the children the shelter cares for are from central Arkansas.

Tickets are $25, tables of eight are $200 and sponsorships are available for $500. For more information or to make reservations, call 501-676-6166 or 501-843-9460.

A silent auction will be held from 6 until 7 p.m., and dinner will be served by Cabot’s ROTC at 6:30 p.m.

Singer, songwriter and motivational speaker Sondra Burnett will emcee the event and will sing “The Star Spangled Banner” as Cabot High School’s ROTC presents the colors.

John C. Thompson and an army of volunteers will cook boneless pork loin. Lapel pins will be given to all attendees to be worn throughout April in recognition of National Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Open Arms Shelter will participate in the statewide online campaign Arkansas Gives on April 2.

“You can help Open Arms Shelter compete for additional bonus dollars from a $250,000 match pool by making your donation at on April 2 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.,” according to a news release.

Executive director Nancy Hamlin said, “Open Arms Shelter is licensed by the state of Arkansas and is a nonprofit organization. Your tax-deductible donations ensure that children in need have hope for a better tomorrow.”

Donations may be mailed to Open Arms Shelter, P.O. Box 161, Lonoke, Ark. 72086.

TOP STORY >> Judge will decide on Lewis’ competence

Leader staff writer

The husband and wife accused in the capital murder of real estate agent Beverly Carter will be back in court for a hearing Wednesday, when the judge will rule on a mental evaluation declaring Arron Lewis mentally competent to stand trial.

The victim’s body was found Sept. 27 in a shallow grave near Hwy. 5 in north Pulaski County. Carter was reported missing a few days earlier, when she didn’t return from showing a house in Scott.

The evaluation finds that Lewis, 34, of Gravel Ridge has antisocial personality disorder. He also told a therapist from the State Hospital that he could prove co-defendant Crystal Lowery is innocent.

Lowery, 42, appeared for a hearing on Thursday in front of Judge Herbert Wright, but the Arkansas Department of Corrections failed to transport Lewis.

The hearing date for both was reset for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 440 at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock.

Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney John Johnson said he didn’t know why Lewis wasn’t transported and that he couldn’t comment on the evaluation or how the victim’s family felt about that news.

A mental evaluation has not been requested for Lowery, and Lewis told the therapist he would not seek a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease of defect.

The accused elected to not cooperate in the evaluation of his mental state at the time of the alleged offenses. He denied committing the kidnapping and murder charges he and Lowery are facing, according to the report.

Having violated his parole, Lewis is incarcerated at the Tucker maximum-security unit while Lowery is being held at the Pulaski County jail awaiting trial.

Lewis was arrested after the victim’s phone records showed Carter called and texted a phone that belonged to Lowery. The deleted text messages could not be recovered.

Investigators watched the couple’s residence until Lewis, who matched the description given of a man neighbors saw with Carter at the Scott home, drove away and was involved in a single-vehicle accident. His vehicle also matched the description of a vehicle witnesses said they saw at the scene of the abduction.

Lewis was taken to a hospital for minor injuries after the accident. But he fled the hospital and was apprehended later in Little Rock, according to the report.

Police found the cell phone Carter had called and texted. Duct tape, a baseball bat and rope were also found in Lewis’ car. The victim’s phone was found in the home where Lewis and Lowery lived.

The evaluation not only gives a few details about the case not previously released, but also paints a detailed portrait of Lewis.

The accused was born in Louisiana but moved several times after his white father and Mexican mother divorced when he was 6 years old, the report reads. He described his mother as frequently unfaithful to his father and as an “alcoholic.” Lewis said she was charged with child neglect once, but is now a “Christian fanatic.”

The report states that Lewis refused to say whether he was sexually abused but that he remarked, “I believe both my parents deserve to die for how they brought me up. They were (expletive) parents.”

His father remarried and Lewis said the relationship between him and his stepmother deteriorated after she tried to “assert herself as an authority figure.”

Lewis has two children with different women. He married the mother of his second child because he was “going on the run” and so that his son would have his last name, the report reads.

They divorced when he went to prison. Lewis married Lowery, after having known her for five to six months, because she had a daughter and it would “look good for the court” as he was trying to gain visitation rights with his son.

Lewis told the therapist he was in charge of waking Lowery’s daughter and would sometimes throw a glass of water on her if she didn’t get up in five minutes.

The accused claimed he “fast-tracked” high school to graduate at age 16 because he wanted to start working.

Lewis also told the therapist he was “beat near to death” at age 30 during a robbery in Mexico. He said he was hit on the back of the head with a brick and suffered from a collapsed lung, chipped teeth, a broken nose, broken ribs and internal bleeding. At a federal prison in Indiana in 2009, Lewis said two inmates stabbed him and his ear had to be reattached.

At age 17, he robbed a bank and served six years for that offense. Lewis was later convicted for “interstate commerce of stolen vehicles” and theft. His violations while incarcerated include passing notes to female inmates, according to the report.

A previous doctor described Lewis as “extremely arrogant, narcissistic…very demanding and manipulative.”

Lewis told the State Hospital’s therapist, “The only person helping me is the media” and her opinion was that he enjoys publicity, according to the report. He added that media was keeping him from being attacked by officers while incarcerated.

According to the report, the accused claims his confession was coerced after 12 hours of interrogation.

Lewis said police were “beating the (expletive) out of me,” his face was “smashed into the wall in the bathroom” and that he yelled for help and asked for a lawyer several times.

The report states that Lewis also complained about his attorney requesting the evaluation against his wishes and — although he said, “I really don’t care about my own case” — was concerned about having a fair trial. He stated that he preferred the death penalty to life in prison, it continued.

Lewis also made “pejorative” statements about the victim, such as “It’ll be a real shocker when everyone hears what the good girl did,” the report states.

TOP STORY >> Liquor petition nears deadline

Leader staff writer

The Jacksonville wet-dry campaign has until Thursday to turn in 1,415 verified signatures for putting to a vote whether alcohol sales will be allowed or continue to be prohibited here. Not meeting that deadline means starting over, and now petitioners are up against seemingly faceless opposition.

The front of a mailer paid for by “Keep Jacksonville Dry and Safe” and received by a Leader editor on Thursday states, “Sometimes the best way to protect Jacksonville’s future and quality of life…is by doing nothing at all. Don’t sign on the dotted line.” The back reads, “Protect our future and our quality of life. Don’t sign the petition.”

“Keep Jacksonville Dry and Safe” has not registered with the Arkansas Ethics Commission, according to Graham Sloan. He said groups that are raising money to campaign must register within five days of spending or collecting more than $500 in contributions.

But, Sloan added, a lot of people are unaware of that requirement. Also, the first financial report for a group is due 15 days after the end of the month in which that group was registered.

The mailer further states the following “facts”:

 “Crime skyrockets when counties go wet. Crime rates for assaults, prostitution, and even murder are alarmingly higher in Arkansas’s wet areas.” An asterisk directs the reader to note that statement is based on an Arkansas Family Coalition Crime Stats Report available at

When a similar placard was mailed out to residents protesting the liquor petition two years ago, then-Police Chief Gary Sipes said those statistics were simply not true.

In 2011, based on figures provided by the Arkansas Crime Information Center, the dry White and Lonoke counties had statistically higher crime rates than the mostly wet Pulaski and Garland counties.

The Leader reported then that, even though about half of the state’s 75 counties are dry, nearly all have some exceptions, and those areas would have to be pulled out of any “dry” statistic to be valid. Also, DWI-related fatalities were found to be pretty even in both wet and dry counties.

 “Hard alcohol sales in Jacksonville don’t guarantee new restaurants, and may hurt existing local mom-and-pop businesses.” The city’s chamber of commerce is collecting signatures in support of the wet-dry vote, and many chamber members are local, small businesses.

 “Allowing hard alcohol sales will hurt our economy. When you factor in reduced quality of life, higher crime, and education costs, it makes no economic sense to go wet.” Those who support going wet have touted a University of Arkansas at Little Rock study that found Jacksonville going wet could add $600,000 to the city’s economy.

The chamber group, as of Feb. 10, had collected 200 of the 1,415 signatures needed.

Chamber board president Roger Sundermeier said Thursday, “We are still moving forward.” But he and events coordinator Amy Mattison didn’t have an updated count of signatures.

Mattison blamed the recent bout of winter weather. She added that she had been and would continue contacting those with petitions every day to ask that they turn in the signatures they’ve collected.

The last week of January, the campaign turned in more than 5,000 signatures. The first week of this month, 3,593 were certified by the Pulaski County clerk’s office. But a total of 5,008 are needed to set an election.

Petitioners have said before that, if the campaign is successful, a special election could be held this spring.

A state law passed in 2013 allows residents of the defunct Gray Township to circulate the petition. If voters approve of going wet, alcohol sales will be allowed at restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, according to that law.

The township, which contains 90 percent of Jacksonville and the half of Sherwood north of Maryland Avenue, voted in the 1950s to be dry — not allowing alcohol sales.

People can sign the Jacksonville petition at the chamber office, 200 Dupree Drive, or contact events coordinator Amy Mattison by phone at 501-982-1511 or via Facebook. The chamber has a page on the social media site.

The Sherwood chamber has spearheaded its effort over the same period as Jacksonville but has collected just 1,500 of the 4,752 signatures needed there. Going wet could add $10 million to Sherwood’s economy, according to the UALR study.

Economic developer Barry Sellers said Friday that the group is holding off on signature gathering in favor of pushing bills in the legislature that would help both cities.

The two campaigns have been circulating their petitions since the summer of 2013.

The Sherwood campaign is considering several other options, Sellers said previously. Those options include lobbying the legislature to reduce the number of signatures required by state law from 38 percent of the registered voters to 10 percent — the same required for other ballot measures.

The Sherwood petition drive was also put on hold a few months ago so that its supporters could campaign for a constitutional amendment that would have turned every county in the state wet. But 57 percent of voters statewide struck that down in the Nov. 4 general election.

There is another petition drive underway to put the statewide initiative back on the ballot in 2016. The 2014 amendment would have made the petition drives by both cities obsolete if it had passed.

The local-option elections will not mean more liquor stores — unlike the statewide initiative that would have brought some to dry counties in The Leader’s coverage area — because the state Alcohol Beverage Control Division allows one liquor store per 5,000 people and Pulaski County is maxed out on permits.

But liquor stores in Jacksonville and Sherwood would likely be allowed to relocate — not next to churches or schools because of zoning requirements — to areas that were once dry if voters do approve of going wet in local-option elections.