Wednesday, February 10, 2016

EDITORIAL>>A big win for district

Jacksonville-area residents voted Tuesday to raise their property taxes to benefit their new school district, showing once again their commitment to improving the quality of education and building new campuses, something the Pulaski County Special School District refused to do for decades.

Jacksonville-area residents have proven once again that they will reach into their own pockets to benefit their kids and expand educational opportunities, and, when votes were tallied last night, they had resoundingly passed a 7.6-mill property tax increase that did both those things.

The move to carve our own independent school district from the northern-most reaches of Pulaski County was like a relay race, with the torch being passed laterally to friends and also down through the decades.

The tax increase will raise $80 million for the Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District, which will pay for a $65 million new high school near Main Street and Hwy. 67/167 and a new elementary school near Little Rock Air Force Base. It will also allow for extensive renovations across the district and erect multipurpose buildings at four elementary schools.

Never has Jacksonville had so much in store for its aging school system. Under the incompetence of PCSSD, the city’s schools were lucky to get a fresh coat of paint or leaky rooks repaired.

Those days are gone.

Although JNP has an independent school board, since its establishment it has been under the thumb of PCSSD, but that will end on July 1.

The new district has a chance to build modern school buildings and bring academic programs up to par with other districts in central Arkansas. It will have the authority to radically change the approach to education.

Overtime, the district should have longer school days and extend the school calendar, as well as offer some of the most competitive teacher pay in the state.

School officials should not only strive for schools that measure up to Cabot’s, but they should try to measure up to ones in Massachusetts, where public schools are among the best in the nation. For inspiration, see what schools in Finland, which are the envy of the world, have achieved with better pay for teachers and a culture that accepts only success when it comes to education and teaching youngsters to become responsible citizens.

There are many people who deserve recognition for helping Jacksonville get to this moment.

We know the decades-long effort goes back at least to former state Rep. Pat Bond and the group she belonged to. We know it moved forward with her son, former state Rep. Will Bond, who wrote or updated the enabling legislation.

Most recently the baton was passed to the Jacksonville Education Corps and the likes of current Jacksonville-North Pulaski School Board President Daniel Gray and others, including interim Superintendent Bobby Lester, who, along with current Superintendent Tony Wood and Chief of Staff Phyllis Stewart, helped navigate the tricky waters of creating a new school district from an older, larger one.

We’ll miss dozens of names from along the way, but a sampling would include Dr. Greg Bollen, Jody Urqhart, Mark Perry, Pat O’Brien, Bishop James Bolden, the late Ben Rice, his partner in crime Reedie Ray, former Mayor Tommy Swaim, Mayor Gary Fletcher, Martha Whatley, attorney Patrick Wilson, Ivory Tillman of the Jacksonville NAACP, Merlene McGhee and others.

Both the appointed JNP school board and the current elected board have worked diligently to bring about the best district possible, reviewing hundreds of pages of proposed board and student policy and making difficult decisions.

And several overlapping groups, including Educating Our Children, Jacksonville World Class Education Organization and the Education Corps should be thanked.

Don Stewart and Winston Simpson conducted feasibility studies that helped move the dream forward, and both former Gov. Mike Beebe and former state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel help make it possible.

PCSSD Superintendent Jerry Guess also played an important role in advancing the cause, determining that a separate Jacksonville school district would help PCSSD achieve unitary status in facilities and spending long hours on working out details of the detachment.

The challenges facing the new district are no longer insurmountable. A new building program will provide students a place to learn and flourish. The district could become a laboratory for the rest of the state as Arkansas looks for innovative ways to educate its young people.

Thank you, Jacksonville voters, for your vote of confidence in the new school district. Better days are ahead for students and all those lucky to live in the district. A new journey begins.

TOP STORY>>Peacock gets Pinnacle award

Leader staff writer

Longtime realtor and businessman Jim Peacock received the Pinnacle Award at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner on Friday night.

Larry Wilson honored Peacock in front of about 200 people.

“This award is not an annual award and in fact it is rarely given by the chamber,” Wilson told the crowd. “But Jim Peacock deserves it for all he has done for the local economy and bringing industry to Jacksonville.”

Specifically, Peacock was honored for his role in bringing Precision Ammo to Jacksonville, which in turn is bringing a Sig Sauer facility to the city that now has three firearms companies looking to come there.

Patrick Franklin was trying to get North Little Rock to allow him to come into that city with Precision Ammo, but the effort turned into a controversy. Peacock stepped in and said Jacksonville would be happy to have them and that there was even an empty ordnance plant building available that produced ammo in World War II.

Wilson said, because of Peacock, Franklin and his business came to the city and Franklin told other manufacturers about the warm welcome and positive dealings.

Wilson said Peacock had a long history of helping the city. “Starting back in 1966, he developed subdivisions and built homes and apartments.”

The banker continued, “Peacock has faithfully served on the planning commission and is in his 20th year with the Jacksonville Water Commission and spent the last seven years as the chairman,” Wilson said.

He added that Peacock’s service to the community has been “very impressive” and brought about “timely and successful efforts, which have and will continue to bring jobs to the area.”

Peacock received a standing ovation as he accepted the award.

In other business, past chamber president Roger Sundermeier and new president Brad West took time at the banquet to emphasize the positive direction of the chamber.

“This past year, the chamber made progress bettering its relationship with the city,” Sundermeier said, adding, “growth doesn’t happen unless seeds are planted.”

He also said that the new school district would be “phenomenal” for the area.

West echoed that, saying the chamber was 100 percent behind the new school district. He’s also pleased with the new highway coming through the city. West added, “An important key to bringing in new families and keeping families is to buy into our businesses, into our effort. If we are all on the same page, working together, our success is guaranteed.”

With 30 new members added in the past year, the chamber now has 351 members, including 290 businesses.

A number of those businesses were honored at the banquet for their service to the chamber and the city.

Receiving five-year pins were Chopsticks International Center, Express Printing, James Gowen State Farm Agency, Mobilized, Inc./Verizon Wireless, Two Sisters Catering, the UPS Store, St. Vincent Family Clinic and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

Ten-year awards went to A Hair Gallery, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Fraley Roofing, Jacksonville Splash Car Wash, Mind Over Matter Massage, TruService Community Federal Credit Union, Redmond Road Storage and University of Arkansas at Little Rock AFB.

Members receiving 15-year honors included CenturyLink, Crestview Optical, Immanuel Family Worship Center, Northgate Mini-Storage and Sue Smith Vacations.

Twenty-year honors went to Arvest Bank.

Celebrating 25 years were Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Johnson and Associates PA, S&J Construction Co.

North Pulaski High School was honored for 35 years of service.

At the 40-year mark were Arkansas Federal Credit Union, Jacksonville Guitar Center, Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home, Wright’s Cabinets and Zumwalt Enterprise.

Gene Bowman Shelter Insurance was honored for 45 years of service.

TOP STORY>>Challenger runs against Williams

Leader staff writer

Dist. 29 Sen. Eddie Joe Williams (R-Cabot) is being challenged in his re-election bid by Republican R.D. Hopper, a Lonoke County justice of the peace.

Early voting for the March 1 primary will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Both attended a meet-and-greet hosted by the Ward Chamber of Commerce on Friday.

Williams said he’d like to continue serving because “There’s a lot of unfinished work.”

Hopper is running because, he said, people who have served a few terms at the Capitol have “become ingrained into the establishment” and are focusing on “big fish” corporations like Walmart and Axiom. He said he wants to represent small businesses.

Williams touted introducing legislation last year that paves the way for reducing government and wasteful spending by consolidating state agencies.

There are about 200 agencies now, and Williams said he’d like to see that number lowered to 100.

Another idea is privatizing some prisons to make cuts there. The senator, at the request of the governor, is leading that effort and directing an in-depth audit of that system.

A Texarkana company is being paid $35 a day to house inmates, while it costs the state $65 a day to do so, Williams said. He noted that Arkansas spends about 7.6 percent of its general revenue on that system, compared to the 5.2 percent other states spend.

The senator said he’d talked to hundreds who agree there is at least 10 percent waste in state government. Williams’ goal is to eliminate that much from the Senate-controlled $5 billion in general revenue, resulting in savings of $500 million, savings that would allow lawmakers to reduce the tax burden on Arkansans.

Hopper said one of the most pressing issues facing the state is Medicaid being in “jeopardy.” He said 200,000 people eligible for Obamacare are on the state’s Medicaid program and Arkansas taxpayers are taking care of them.

Hopper noted that the federal government is cutting back its first 5 percent in funding to that program next year, and the governor has proposed cutting $835 million from traditional recipients.

The JP has a problem with that because those traditional recipients are the states “most vulnerable citizens” — the physically and mentally disabled or handicapped — and 70 percent of the Obamacare people are able to work.

Williams told The Leader he’s proud to have supported a $100 million tax cut for middle-income families and passed a law that adds a fine for those convicted of committing a crime to or in the presence of a child. The fines will help fund child advocacy centers that don’t receive money from the state right now.

Hopper wants to do away with the “unfair” used car tax, citing that Arkansas can afford to do so because it has an average surplus of $48 million a year, according to the governor.

Williams noted that he wants to take Arkansas from “dead last to a respectable position” in education.

Although he says he’s one of the few blessed with great schools in his district, at the state level, “we need to continue to raise the bar.”

He wants broadband in every school and noted that Common Core is constantly being tweaked. The senator said he’d met with all superintendents in his district and they say changes must be made slowly and efficiently. He also said kids are being tested too much.

Williams said he was not a proponent of the PARCC exam based on Common Core, adding that Arkansas has now switched to ACT Aspire.

Hopper is opposed to Common Core, which he says his opponent voted for three times.

He argued that it’s not good for children to have social engineering that includes homosexuality as a topic in the curriculum. The JP also said Common Core teaches younger kids math they aren’t ready for, and it’s stressing them out.

Hopper wants to give the school board and teachers the power to set a curriculum and that teachers need more flexibility than Common Core allows.

Williams touted traveling, at his own expense, to Cuba to place the state in a position for when sanctions are lifted. That country, losing half of its drinking water before it reaches the faucets, needs better infrastructure that Arkansas can provide, he said.

Williams would also like to see Arkansas companies selling energy to Puerto Rico, which is spending 40 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the 7.23-cent average here.

TOP STORY>>Millage overcomes anti-tax opposition

 Leader senior staff writer

The margin of victory—55.1 percent to 44.8 percent—wasn’t as great as supporters expected, but the patrons in the Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District on Tuesday nonetheless approved a 7.6-mill property-tax hike to help fund an $80 million school facilities construction project.

The unofficial total, gleaned from results posted at polling place doors—was 2,094 to 1,702.

Superintendent Tony Wood said he expected the increase to pass with about 70 percent of the vote, “but the important thing is it passed.”

“We’re excited and relieved,” school board president Daniel Gray said. “It was a long campaign, and now we’re ready to move forward.”

“We will see the fruits of our labor immediately,” Gray said.

One reason the group that worked toward passing the millage increase expected a greater margin of victory was the approval by the same voters of starting their own district with a 95 percent vote in 2014.

Gray said he thought there was a lot of anti-tax sentiment in the Bayou Meto area, regardless of the issue.

Early and absentee votes were posted first, with 819 votes for and 420 votes against.

That was nearly a 2-to-1 margin. The 75 people at the watch party at the community center chatted easily and happily. But the air was sucked out of the room a few minutes later, as the results from Bayou Meto Baptist Church reported 323 votes against, 73 votes for.

Voters at McArthur Church also voted against the increase, 225 to 196.

Patrons at all other polling places each approved the increase.

Gray said the new $60 million Jacksonville-North Pulaski high school should open in fall 2019.

With the tax increase ap-proved, the district should have not only that new high school, but a new elementary school, a resurrected middle school at North Pulaski High School, and all other elementary schools will be repaired and receive a new multi-purpose building each.

Eldon Bock, principal architect with WER architects, has said his group would get to work in earnest now on the design and drawings for the new school.

The Jacksonville Education Corps, which pushed for the millage increase, issued a statement Tuesday, saying, “This commitment to investment is key to all of our future economic prosperity. Families will be attracted to our community because of our commitment to our new educational opportunities. We will finally keep our tax dollars invested within our community to provide our students with the 21st Century learning environments that they deserve.”

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

SPORTS STORY>>Second quarter run gives Jacksonville win

Former crosstown rivals show solidarity at midcourt after game

Leader sports editor

The last-ever meeting between Jacksonville and North Pulaski was close for a quarter despite a huge foul and free-throw discrepancy, but second-quarter turnovers was the demise of the Falcons as Jacksonville went on to a 63-32 victory Friday day at JHS.

After the game, though, the rivalry was symbolically put to rest as players and coaches prayed together and called it up together at midcourt in a show of solidarity as the two schools prepare to become one next school year.

“We wanted to show that the rivalry is over and we’re all one,” said Jacksonville coach Vic Joyner. “We’re all Jacksonville. We all live here, and work here and go to school here. We wanted to show that unity of us all being from the same hometown and now we finally have our own hometown school. That’s what that was all about.”

North Pulaski coach Roy Jackson felt the same way about the post-game show of unity.

“We’re all Jacksonville people and we’re about to join together,” said Jackson. “We wanted to go ahead and get that process started. So I think that’s a good thing.”

Jackson wasn’t as happy early in the game. Halfway through the second quarter, the foul difference was 9-2, and by halftime, Jacksonville had shot 14 free throws to zero for North Pulaski. But the head Falcon didn’t blame officiating after the game.

“We just always seem to have one bad quarter where we can’t make a basket and we commit a bunch of turnovers,” Jackson said. “We just struggled to score the basketball and they had a big run in the second quarter.”

Jacksonville led 15-10 at the end of the first period, but outscored the Falcons 20-2 in the second quarter. The whole second half was played fairly evenly.

Jacksonville put together another small run late in the fourth quarter to invoke the mercy rule with the last basket of the game. Caleb Kendrick scored with 1:07 remaining to put the Red Devils up by 30. His free throw set the final margin.

The decisive second quarter saw the Falcons commit 11 of their 27 turnovers in the game.

Senior guard LaQuawn Smith led Jacksonville with 12 points while senior post Chris Williams added 10 points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Jermaine Lopez led the Falcons with 12 points while sophomore post Christian White had six points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Jacksonville (14-7, 6-3) made 21 of 60 shot attempts including 4 of 16 from 3-point range. The Red Devils made 20 of 31 from the free-throw line.

North Pulaski (3-15, 0-9) went 12 of 33 from the floor, 2 for 5 from outside and 6 of 10 at the foul line.

SPORTS STORY>>Lady Devils overcome late rally by Lady Falcons

Leader sports editor

The North Pulaski ladies were big underdogs going into the very last meeting ever between the Lady Falcons and crosstown rival Jacksonville Lady Red Devils, but someone forgot to tell the Lady Falcons. In the end, Jacksonville prevailed 41-34 Friday at the Devils’ Den, but not before getting a tough fight from NP.

“You have to just give North Pulaski credit for playing hard and fighting to get back in it,” said Jacksonville coach Crystal Scott. “We stepped up on defense and created some turnovers when we had to have them and was able to pull it out. We’re still beat up. We had another player have to sit out tonight. Both our point guards are limping around out there. Our leading scorer got hurt early in the game and wasn’t able to move around like she usually does. So I give our girls a lot of credit, too, for sucking it up and going ahead and getting the win.”

North Pulaski took an early 6-2 lead but Jacksonville dominated the rest of the half. Things got worse for NP when leading scorer Kiarra Evans picked up her third foul with 37 seconds left in the third quarter and had to take a seat on the bench. From 6-2, Jacksonville outscored North Pulaski 18-4 and took a 20-10 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Lady Falcons’ (7-12, 3-6) climb back into the game was slow, despite Zaria Holloway hitting a 3-pointer to open the second half. Jacksonville scored four-straight after that and led 24-13 with 6:30 left in the third. Martina Knight answered with four-straight for NP and Aaliyah Bynum put back an Evans miss to make it 24-19 with 4:30 on the clock. Holloway then hit another 3-pointer 65 seconds later to cap a 9-0 run and pull the Lady Falcons to within 24-22 with 3:25 left in the third.

Scoring ceased for both teams for a couple of minutes before Desiree Williams hit a 3-pointer from the left corner, but NP answered with a basket by Evans to make it 27-24 going into the fourth.

Bynum scored 30 seconds into the final frame to make it a one-point game and the two teams traded baskets for the next three minutes with the Lady Red Devils clinging to the lead. North Pulaski had several possessions to take the lead and finally did when Holloway dished to Elisha Smith with 4:46 remaining to put the Lady Falcons up 30-29.

Scott called timeout and changed her defense to a full-court press that hounded NP into several turnovers and another scoring drought.

Alexis James scored out of the break and Williams went to the line for four-straight free throws after NP turnovers. Another turnover led to a Tatianna Lacy basket, and another turnover was followed by two offensive rebounds and a Lacy putback that put Jacksonville up 37-30 with 2:10 remaining in the game.

North Pulaski finally broke the press and scored, and then got a defensive stop. Evans got an offensive rebound and was fouled, but missed both free throws with 1:10 remaining.

North Pulaski got another chance when James air balled a free throw, and this time Evans scored after an offensive rebound with 39 seconds left that made it 37-34.

The Lady Falcons then got just what they needed when Williams missed the front end of a one-and-one, but Lacy spun around her defender for an offensive rebound and putback with 26 seconds to play that made it a five-point game and sealed the win.

NP missed at the other end and fouled James, who made both shots to set the final score.

Lacy led all players in two categories with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Williams added 11 for the Lady Red Devils. Smith and Bynum each scored eight to lead North Pulaski while Evans and Holloway scored six apiece.

Jacksonville (12-12, 6-3) dominated on the glass, outrebounding North Pulaski 37-23. The Lady Red Devils were 14 of 47 from the floor and 11 of 19 at the free-throw line. North Pulaski went 14 of 54 from the floor and 3 of 8 from the line.

SPORTS STORY>>Cabot mounts comeback to beat Wildcats

Leader sportswriter

Cabot trailed by nine points entering halftime of Friday night’s 7A/6A-East Conference game against North Little Rock at Panther Arena, but the Panthers rallied in the second half, forced overtime and completed the regular-season sweep of the Charging Wildcats with a hard-fought 69-63 win.

The Panthers (14-6, 5-3) controlled most of the game in the first meeting between the two teams last month in NLR, but Friday’s game, at least in the first half, was controlled by the Charging Wildcats.

North Little Rock (10-10, 4-4) only led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter, but extended that lead to 27-18 by halftime. The defending Class 7A state champions led by as much as 34-22 in the third quarter, but that was when Cabot began its comeback.

The Panthers steadily chipped away at NLR’s lead in the third quarter, and by the start of the fourth, Cabot only trailed 41-38. Despite only trailing by three points at the end of the third quarter, NLR maintained the lead through the bulk of the fourth quarter, but never led by more than five points.

Cabot tied the game for the first time in the second half with 2:26 left in regulation. The game-tying basket was the result of a Hunter Southerland steal at half court, and one-hand slam by the senior forward that led to an eruption of cheers from the home crowd.

Southerland’s thunderous dunk tied the game at 50-50, but NLR senior scorer Adrian Moore answered with two free throws shortly after that put the Wildcats back up by two, 52-50.

Cabot tied the game at 52-52 on a pair of Matt Stanley free throws with 2:09 to go in the fourth, and the Panthers took the lead on an inside basket by Southerland with 1:19 remaining. The go-ahead basket was set up by good ball movement from the Panthers in their half-court set, and a well-timed pass by Stanley from the free-throw line.

North Little Rock tied the game at 54-54 on the ensuing possession with two free throws by B.J. Walker, and after crossing half court, the Panthers held the ball for the last shot, but couldn’t convert on what was supposed to be the final shot of regulation.

Point guard Bobby Joe Duncan drove to the basket with nine seconds left, but his shot attempt was well defended. After the unsuccessful shot attempt by Duncan, Southerland chased down and dove for the loose ball near the perimeter.

As Southerland gained possession of the ball, while still on the floor, he simultaneously called and signaled timeout, but instead of being granted the timeout, he was called for traveling with 3.7 seconds left.

The questionable call, which gave NLR the final possession of regulation, was followed by a barrage of boos from the home crowd and protests by the Cabot coaching staff, but Moore’s contested 3-point attempt that followed fell short and forced overtime with the score 54-54.

Cabot struck first in overtime with a pair of free throws by junior guard Jarrod Barned 22 seconds into the extra period. NLR tied it up at 56-56 on the next possession with two free throws by Morris Talbert.

With 2:38 left in OT, Stanley put the hosts back up with two free throws of his own and Barnes added the next two points with one his several contested, acrobatic layups of the night. That one put Cabot up 60-56 with 1:57 remaining.

Barnes added another one of those layups with 1:24 left, and it gave Cabot a 62-56 lead. The closest NLR got to Cabot’s lead the rest of the way was 65-63 on a 3-pointer by Walker with 22 seconds left.

Needing to foul, NLR put Panther sophomore guard Jalen Brown on the line, and Brown made both free throws to push Cabot’s lead to 67-63 with 18.5 tics to play. The Wildcats turned it over on the following possession and Barnes added the game-clinching layup with six seconds left that also set the final score.

“I was proud of our guys because we grinded,” said Cabot coach Jerry Bridges. “After the first half, we talked in the dressing room at halftime. I didn’t think our shot selection was very good or our rebounding, and I thought that got better as the game went on.

“I give credit to our kids and North Little Rock. They’re still good and they got pride and they’re well-coached. It was just a grind. We grinded it out, we hit some shots to get in it and we were fortunate, but it was a good team effort by everybody. I thought we did what we had to do to get back in this game.”

Barnes, a two-time All-State quarterback on the Cabot football team, scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, with eight of those points coming in the extra period, and a good chunk of those points were scored on incredibly-athletic plays while driving to the basket.

“When Jarrod slows down and plays at a controlled pace, and I think that’s what he’s starting to do for us now, I mean, he’s a good player,” Bridges said. “He’s dynamic on the floor like he is on the football field and he’s an athlete, man. I wish I could take credit for that, but I can’t take credit for that.”

For the game, Cabot made 21 of 48 shot attempts for 44 percent, including a perfect 3 of 3 from the floor in overtime (all by Barnes). North Little Rock made 15 of 45 shots from the floor for 33 percent, including 2 of 7 in overtime.

From the free-throw line, the Panthers made 25 of 30 attempts, including 12 of 13 in the second half and 9 of 10 in overtime, and the Wildcats made 30 of 38 attempts in the game. Neither team shot well from 3-point range. Cabot was 2 for 17 from the perimeter and NLR was 3 for 18.

Cabot narrowly outrebounded NLR 28-27, and the Panthers won the turnover category 11-16. After committing eight turnovers in the first half, the Panthers had just three combined in the second half and overtime.

Stanley led all scorers with 21 points and nine rebounds. Other than Barnes, Southerland also scored in double figures for Cabot, finishing with 12 points. Duncan and Brown added seven points apiece.

Two different Wildcats scored in double figures Friday. Moore led the team with 17 points and Walker added 16.

With the win, the Panthers qualified for the Class 7A state tournament for the ninth-consecutive season. This year’s Class 7A state tournament will be held at Panther Arena on March 2-5.

Monday, February 08, 2016

EVENTS >> 2-10-16


The Sherwood Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual installation and awards banquet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Sherwood Forest, 1111 W. Maryland Ave.

A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will include music by Tommy Henderson. Dinner, catered by John Farley, and the program will follow at 6:45 p.m.

Arkansas Surgeon General Greg Bledsoe will speak.

Tickets are $50, and tables of eight are $320. Several levels of sponsorships are available.

To order tickets, or for more information, call 501-835-7600 or email

The Lonoke Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its 47th annual banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 in the Gina Cox Center. The theme is “Building a Foundation,” and David Bazzel will speak.

Tickets are $35 each or $250 for a table of eight.


The Arkansas Constitutional Tea Party will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Papa’s Place, 2798 S. Second St. in the South Fork Shopping Center. The group meets on the second Thursday of the month.

For more information, call 501-813-6980.


The North Pulaski Retired Teachers will hold meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday at First Electric, 1000 S. JP Wright Loop Road in Jacksonville.


The Community Theatre of Cabot will celebrate Mardi Gras on Friday and Saturday with entertainers with a Cajun flair and New Orleans jazz. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Gumbo will be served at 6:30, and the show starts at 7. The theater is at 1102 S. Pine St. For reservations, call 501-941-2266.


The Half Cocked Band will perform at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Lonoke County Museum, 215 S.E. Front St., as part of a fundraiser. Tickets are $15 each, or $25 for two. Sponsorships are $20.

Gumbo will be served.


The Jacksonville Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 2413 Northeastern Ave. in Jacksonville. For more information, call 501-533-7708.

The Verandah Garden Club will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Harper-Alexander House, 18 Olen Lane at Hwy. 70 East in North Little Rock. For more information, call 501-533-7708.


Organizers of the Cabot Farmers Market will hold their annual summit meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Centennial Bank’s community room, 300 W. Main St. across from First Baptist Church.

The summit provides a forum for everyone’s ideas on making the community event bigger and better.

The meeting is open to the public. All are invited to attend.


The Austin Community Auxiliary will hold an all-you-can-eat chili supper from 5 until 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Austin Fire Department. Firefighters will have a chili cook-off that will start at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, children 10 and under are $3 and kids under 2 are free with a paying adult.

Proceeds will go to the Austin Volunteer Fire Department.


Hope Baptist Church in Sherwood will hold special services at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28 to celebrate its sixth anniversary.

David Sorenson, an author and pastor of North Star Baptist Church in Duluth, Minn., will speak. Special music will be provided by the church choir and orchestra, and a film about the church’s history will be shown. There will also be a luncheon after the morning service.

The public is invited to attend. The church is at 139 Shadow Oaks Drive. For more information, call Pastor Terry Coomer at 501-983-4403 or visit


Bridge and canasta players are needed Wednesdays at the Sheperd’s Center at Beebe Methodist Church. Canasta games start at 10 a.m. and bridge is at 1 p.m. Beginners are welcome. For more information, call 501-843-2930.


The Cabot Classroom Teacher Association has begun its annual effort to honor the district’s most outstanding educators.

Through March 2, parents, colleagues, principals, students and members of the public can nominate the community’s teachers for the annual Cabot CTA Teachers with Heart Award.

This year, 14 teachers will be selected as finalists. All finalists will be recognized at the end-of-year district meeting in May.

Two outstanding teachers (one elementary school teacher and one secondary school teacher) will be presented the award and $300.

Nomination forms are available online through the district’s website at

They can be dropped off at any school campus in a sealed envelope or mailed to Pam Sowell at Eastside Elementary School, 17 Bellamy St., Cabot, Ark. 72023.

OBITUARIES >> 2-10-16


Cinderella (Cindy) Vent Bowlan Carter, 74, of Hum-noke passed away on Feb. 9 at Baptist Health Medical Center of Little Rock. She was a lifelong resident of southern Lonoke County and a retired farmer. She was a former president and active member of the Carlisle Altruistic Club and a member of the Hamilton Baptist Church.

She ran her planting interests with an iron fist and beautiful smile, be it the farm or her beloved rose bushes. She was well known for a lovely yard and home.

Cinderella was named by her oldest brother, Carl Andrew Vent. Carl had been promised the chance to name his fifth sibling if it was a girl. When Cindy was born, Carl held his mother to her word and named his only sister Cinderella after his favorite book. Her beauty lived up to her name.

She was born March 19, 1941, to Vester and Hazel Mayher Vent. She married Jack Martin Bowlan on May 15, 1959, and was married 38 years until his death in 1998. They had two children, Teresa and Steven.

She was married to her loving husband R.B. (Bud) Carter on Jan. 7, 2008, and is survived by him. She is also survived by her daughter, Teresa Bowlan Cash and her husband Dee of Vilonia; her son, J. Steven Bowlan of Little Rock; two grandchildren, Derek Cash of Pensacola, Fla., and Erica Cash Bullard and her husband Cody of Stuttgart; two brothers, Paul Vent and his wife Jean of Carlisle and Lee Vent and his wife Carolyn of Clarendon; her sisters-in-law, Freda Vent of Pine Bluff, Blanch Bowlan of Carlisle, Mary Lee Vaught of Houston, Ark., and Angela Vent of Jacksonville; two stepchildren, Barbara Terry and her husband Pip of Humnoke and Brad Carter and his wife Lasha of Stuttgart, and a lifelong best friend, Mary Nell King of Humnoke and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, her parents and her brothers, Carl, J.J., Robert and George Vent.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 at Hamilton Baptist Church in Carlisle. Interment will follow at Hamilton Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.


Delton Edward Morris, Jr., 62, of Concord (Cleburne County), passed away Feb. 5.

He was born June 30, 1953, to Delton and Dorothy Morris.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

Delton is survived by his sisters, Holly Sutherland, Portia Taylor and Hazel Brecheen, all of Concord, and Brenda Brown of Harrisburg, and his brothers, Leslie (Joe) Barker of Concord and Jeff Morris of Wolf Bayou.

He loved all children, especially little ones, and they loved him. He will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements are by A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville.


Thelma Mae Hackney Walden, 89, of Ward died Feb. 6. She was born Dec. 26, 1926, in Carlisle to the late Roy Oshield Hackney and Eva Artie Honeycutt Hackney.

Mrs. Walden was a member of Cornerstone Assembly of God Church in Ward. She was very active in the city of Ward, where she lived for over 40 years. She was a member of the Municipal League of Ward and of the Ward City Council.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Walden was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Carter Walden; her son, Roy Walden; daughter, Brenda Walden; brother, Marion “Buddy” Hackney, and sister, Nadine Highfill, who are all happy to see her.

Mrs. Walden is survived by her daughter, Tanya Bauer of Little Rock, daughter-in-law, Brenda Walden of Little Rock; four grandchildren, Jessica Carnes of Little Rock, Paige Bauer of Benton, Kim Morriss of Calhoun, La., and Brad Long of Bryant, and eight great-grandchildren, Ethan, Mallory, Ashton, Dylan, Grady, Kelsey, Henry and Luke.

The Walden family would like to thank the staff of Spring Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center for their loving care. Memorial gifts may be made in Mrs. Walden’s name to the Special Events Fund for the City of Ward.

A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Rosie Belle Talley Modlin, 96, of Beebe went to be with the Lord Feb. 5. She was a very loving and caring lady. She loved all her children and grandchildren very much and she will be missed greatly.

She is survived by her seven children, Ann Monroe, Betty Morrow, Orine Modlin, Alene and husband Hubert Gee, Kathy Nicholson, Danny Modlin, and Michael and wife Kathy Modlin; 23 grandchildren, 36 great-grand children, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rosie was preceded in death by her parents, Lula Ann (Hightower) and Charlie Edward Talley; husband, Allen Wayne Modlin; her sons, Gary Wayne Modlin and Earnest Dale Modlin, and one great-grandson, Justin O’Brian.

Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home.


Retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brady Odell Clendenin Jr., 77, of Jackson-ville passed away on Feb. 8.

He was born Feb. 20, 1938, in Charleston, W.Va., to the late Brady Odell Clendenin Sr. and Goldie Smith Clendenin.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Travis Clendenin.

Mr. Clendenin retired from the Air Force in 1984 after 24 years of service, serving in Vietnam, Korea, Hawaii, Taiwan, England, Michigan, Virginia, Missouri, California and finally retiring in Arkansas.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge, the VFW and the Air Force Sergeants Association.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Colleen; three sons, Michael Clendenin and his wife Diane of Jacksonville, Mitch Clendenin of Las Vegas and Matt Clendenin of Little Rock; two brothers, Rockie and Hewitt; a sister, Nellie, of Ohio; eight sisters of West Virginia; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Park with military honors. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Mary Elizabeth Ann Roach, 50, of Cabot died on Feb. 7. She was born in Little Rock on Jan. 16, 1966, to the late Alvin Hilton and Mary Ann Richardson Hilton. Mary was a loving, caring person who put others first. She was of the Pentecostal faith and was well loved by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, John Riley Roach.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Heather Dawn Roach; her siblings, Donald Roach of Ola, Bobby Roach of Lamar, Karen Wedge of Plainview and Tony Roach of Texas, and numerous special nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will have a memorial service at a later date. Arrangements are by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Almon (Corky) Cornelius McCann, 68, of Jacksonville passed away on Feb. 5. He was born June 22, 1947, in West Helena to the late Almon Irving McCann and Lorene Thomas-Miller.

He is survived by his wife, Roberta Joan Green-McCann, and her daughter, JoAnn Stout and her husband Kenny of Macon; his children, Ellen Brooks, Nancy Fulmer, Daniel McCann, Melody Carson and Philip McCann; his brothers, David McCann, Terry McCann and Philip Andrew (Andy) Miller; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and many other family and friends.

In accordance with his wishes, there will be a private family memorial service. Arrangements are by A Natural State Funeral in Jacksonville.


Gary Dean Cozad, 70, of Jacksonville passed away on Feb. 6. He was born on April 28, 1945, in Muscatine, Iowa, to the late Clifford Warren and Velma Arnet Conner Cozad.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Cozad. Gary was the manager at Truckomat for 30 years. He served in the Marine Corps and was a member of the American Legion.

Survivors include his fiancée, Cathy Jackson; a brother, Dennis Cozad; three stepsons, Ralph, Ronald and Robert Farmer, numerous grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel.



GUN SHOW - 102nd annual AGCCC February 6-7, Little Rock State, Fairgrounds,W. Roosevelt Rd. 9-5 Sat, 9-4 Sun., Adm. $10.00 – Adult, AGCCC-Club Show, 501-833-8064, FREE PARKING.

WANTED 10 Homes needing METAL ROOFS, SIDING OR WINDOWS! The Government has set aside Up to $25,000 per household for these improvements. Save Hundreds of dollars!!!! Free Estimate. Payments $59/Mo. No money down. Senior and Military discounts 866-668-8681wac


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

HOUSEKEEPING - LET me do the work for you. References available. 18 years experience. Call (501) 941-5689.

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

IF YOU’RE looking for a dependable housekeeper with 20+ years experience, for the Cabot to NLR areas, Call (501) 231-5966.


WANTED: EXPERIENCED trim carpenters, hanging interior doors, running ceiling molds, trimming windows and baseboards. 40 hours/week, work rain or shine. Transportation furnished from shop, but still need valid license. (501) 681-9938.

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

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

DRIVERS: CLASS-A CDL Weekly, OTR and Casual runs. Home time that will let you have a life, mileage AND Driver Benefits too! or 800-234-5710.

CABOT DENTAL office seeking full-time dental assistant. Experience in restorative dentistry, oral surgery and crown/bridge required. Monday-Thursday. Fax resume to: (501) 941-2483 or email

Farmworker, 4/1/16-12/1/16, Steve Jansa Farms, Vernon, TX. 3 temp jobs. Operate farm equip. to swath, rake, bale, stack hay. Load on truck. Maintain, service farm equip. 3 mo. exp., emplymnt. ref., English, clean MVR req’d.  $11.15/hr,   work guarantee, tools/equip/housing provided, trans. and subsistence exp. reimbursed. Apply at DWS, 501.982.3835. Job # TX2889086.

3 BEDROOM, 1.5 bath, completely redone, country setting, carport, non-smokers, no pets, $750 mo. and $500 deposit. Call (501) 940-2746.

GOODSELL TRUCKING Accessories is accepting applications for the following two positions. Accessories Installer, Front counter truck accessories sales. Looking for experienced applicants for both positions. Good benefits, vacation, insurance and holidays. Apply in person at 401 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville.

TEST ADMINISTRATORS NEEDED to Administer state required student exams across the state for 1st-10th graders for the following dates:  April 5-7 and April 18-May 5. AR CERTIFIED TEACHERS ONLY. Areas of need include Conway, Hot Springs, Little Rock, and White Hall. Email with copy of license and/or for more information.

PROCESSING MAINTENANCE LEADPERSON 2nd shift , Relocation Reimbursement negotiable, Searcy, AR. Responsibilities: Direct the activities of the assigned shift employees in  Processing Maintenance, Qual: Self-motivated MUST HAVE EXP. LEADING OTHERS. Min. of two yrs. exp. in Mechanical Maintenance and one yr. experience in Industrial Elec. Confined areas with widely varying temperature conditions • Good written/verbal communication skills. Submit a resume either by email at or by fax to 501-279-2040.

TRUCK DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED! Learn to drive for Maverick Transportation! EARN $800 PER WEEK! No Experience Needed! Local CDL Training! Call for details! 1-888-407-7168.

OTR TRUCK DRIVERS - Class A CDL, 2-yrs OTR driving exp. Verifiable Previous 5-years Employment History, Clean MVR , DOT Qualifications, Complete a required DOT physical, Driver must be able to sit for extended periods of time in a truck tractor. Driver must be able to walk, bend, reach, push, pull, stoop, squat, and climb, as necessary, to perform vehicle inspections. Submit a resume either by email at or by fax to 501-279-204025.

TRUCK SHOP MECHANIC, 3-5 years exp. working on large trucks in shop environment. Responsible for all types of repairs on trailers and be responsible for pre-tripping trucks. Need Basic computer skills, proper hand tools and storage. Must be able to operate power tools, welders, cutting torches, air tools, and heavy machinery. Submit a resume either by email at or by fax to 501-279-2040.

TRUCK DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED! Become a Driver for Stevens Transport! No Experience Needed! New Drivers Earn $800+ PER WEEK! PAID CDL TRAINING! Stevens covers ALL costs! 1-888-528-8863.


FARM and CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AUCTION – Thurs - Fri, Feb. 18-19th • 9 AM, 2408 Hwy 64 West, Wynne, AR 72396 - Equipment to sell at this auction? Equip. Accepted through Tues. Feb 16. 10% BP on first $2500 ea. item sold, $250 max BP per item. Live Online bidding Details: 870-238-1400 AALB#’s 2100, 2101.


MOVING SALE, furniture and assorted items. (501) 533-3333.


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

2002 TOYOTA Sienna, clean, good tires, non-smoker, 3rd row seat, all power, runs, great family van, 197,000 miles, $3,700. 920-2290.

FRONT and back chrome bumpers for 1975-1979 Chevy pickup, $100 ea. (501) 982-1220.

‘97 NISSAN 4WD, parting out drive line. 288-0850.

2010 F150, V8, reg. cab, STX, red, 64,500 miles, excellent condtion, $13,995. (501) 628-1225.

2007 CHEVY SIlverado Classic, SWB, 2WD, LT, reg. cab, 5.3 V8, midnight blue metallic, 68k miles, very nice, clean. $13,647. Serious inquiries only. (501) 941-1557, no calls after 9 pm.

EQUIPMENT TRAILER, 26’, 10000 lb. axle, new floor and tires, $4,250. (501) 348-4245.

GOOSENECK IN-LINE stock trailer, $1,500. (870) 552-0121.

2006 HONDA Civic LX 4-door, all power, spoiler, CD, new tires, great gas mileage, like new, must see. (501) 985-5569.

1967 PONTIAC Tempest 2-door, runs good, needs some restoring, needs brakes, $8,500; 1983 GMC box van, runs good, 6 new tires, $1,600 cash. (501) 983-1445.

1997 FORD F-350 dually, 7.3 liter, powerstroke diesel, runs great, good looking, $4,000 obo. (501) 940-4857.

2 FULL-SIZE pickup truck mirrors, electric, brand new, $65. (501) 983-1445.

‘98 HONDA Civic, not running, $500 obo. (501) 422-8624.

2008 MERCEDES E350, 4-matic, white, 4-door, 64k miles, 1 owner, garage kept, mint condition, driven by wife only, $18,000. (501) 837-0553.

HEAVY DUTY ladder rack, fits full-length pickup, $200. (501) 580-1941,


2014 GULF Stream Ultra light camper w/slide, fully loaded, $13,000. (501) 605-7756.

2004 FLEETWOOD RV, 32’ w/super slide-out, excellent condition, $8,500. (501) 676-2092.

2005 BAYLINER ski boat, 185 Series w/wake board, knee board, skis, tube and trailer, $8,000 obo. (501) 470-8905.

2004 FLEETWOOD bumper-pull camper, 32’, super slideout, excellent condition, $8,500. (501) 766-2092.

2006 BOUNDER, V-10, auto levelers, washer/dryer, 2 slides, new tires, very nice, $39,000 obo. (501) 590-2582, Cabot.


‘72-73 KABOTA TRACTOR, L210, 912 hours, 21 hp., very good condition, includes bush hog, tandem disc, seeder, sodbuster, rear lift, hitch, rock break, $6,500. 288-7706.

27 TON Troybilt wood splitter, used very little, $1,099. (501) 982-6812.

1952 H Model Farm-all tractor, (IHC), no leaks, good tires, $2,500 obo. (501) 843-8259.

PAINT SPRAYER w/75’ hose for parts, $25; Murray 46” cut mowing deck, looks almost new, $75; rear end for Snapper riding mower, good cond., $100. (501) 983-1445.

REAR TINE tiller, Cub Cadet, $500 cash. 772-7245.

SEARS, SELF-PROPELLED push mower w/bagger and key ignition, $150 cash. (210) 748-4170, Sherwood.


LOST: CAT, Siamese, black and brown w/blue eyes, 6 lbs., Mt. Springs Rd./Willie Ray Dr./James Dr. (501) 514-5205.


FREE, FEMALE Rottweiler. (501) 772-7181.

HAY FOR Sale - good mixed grass/hay, 4x5 net wrapped in barn. Local delivery. Call (501) 416-8107 anytime.

FREE TO good home, Dachshund/Chihuahua mix puppy. (501) 487-0244, Shay.

HUSKY MIX puppy to give away. (732) 964-2398.

BLACK LAB puppies, 6 wks. old, free. (870) 256-5943.

BORDER COLLIE, male, 3 yrs. old, black and white, good w/kids, free to good home. (501) 941-8641.

2 LAB MIX dogs, 1 yr. old, free to good home. (501) 286-3595.

FREE TO good home, 6 yr. old Shih-Tzu and 7 yr. old Dachshund, (501) 690-1376.


PROTECT YOUR VEHICLE FROM SNOW AND WIND! PANTHER CREEK CARPORTS - FACTORY DIRECT - 10'x20'x7', $598. Delivered and Installed! Rated for 90 mph winds and 20 lb. snow loads. Offer Extended to 1-31. Call 501-835-7222, O.D. Funk Manufacturing, Sherwood, AR. Since 1976.

WORKMAN’S 3-WHEEL tricycle, must sell, $250. (501) 882-2142.

REGIONS BICYCLE, 26”, hardly ridden, $250 obo. (501) 882-2142.

BURN BARRELS, $8-$12. (501) 658-6008.

RESMED C-PAP machine, good condition, 6’ hose, face mask, $189; black velcro diabetic shoes, sz. 13, $89 or 2 for $150. (501) 749-8667.

STYROFOAM COOLERS w/lids, various sizes, $2 ea. (501) 982-1220.

WALL MIRRORS, various sizes, $10 ea. (501) 982-1220.

GARTH BROOKS, boxed CD set of 5, $25; 22” butcher block Lazy Susan, $15. (501) 983-4168.

POLISHED WOOD and brass altar knife, 533-4663.

TROMBONE, JUPITER, good condition, $125. (501) 796-3901 or (501) 580-9950.

MUST GO: brown leather sectional, $400 obo.; washer and dishwasher, $250 ea. obo.; name brand purses, formals, women’s clothes, men’s and boy’s clothes and lots more. (501) 944-5346.

10 BICYCLES, small-large, boy’s and girl’s, some need work, $50 for all. 843-4890.

RAM GOLF bag, 2 large Bay Boys, 20 clubs, make offer. 843-4890.

KOZY-WORLD GAS heater, 5-burner, radiant-type, operates on natural gas or propane, used one season, excellent condition, $125. (501) 941-7719.

FISCHER WOOD burning Grandma Bear stove, $275; Vanguard Infrared propane heater, $175; 32x80 steel door w/frame, $70; 32x80 glass storm door and frame, $70. (501) 348-4245.

4 STALL racehorse starting gate, great condition, $7,000. (870) 552-0121.

SMALL DEEP freezer, day bed, large cherrywood desk, complete 4-pc. set of dishes, Men’s winter coats. Cash only. (501) 259-8044.

24 BULB tanning bed, 6 yrs. old, only used beginning of summer, $1,500 obo. (501) 912-8806, Bill.

SELLING AMERICAN log home kit #403, Augusta Model -, $26,000. (870) 723-7836.

21” VIEWSONIC monitor, $15; approx. 35 misc. ceramic tiles, $25; Alto spa buffer w/pads, $30. (501) 628-7085.

HARLEY DAVIDSON helmet, large, used couple if times, $60. (501) 983-1445.

KIRBY VACUUM, all accessories, pd. $1,500, asking $350 obo. (501) 590-2564, Cabot.

WHITE KILGORE toilet w/tank, good condition, $45 obo. 843-4890.

2 ELECTRIC bikes, men’s and women’s, $300 cash. (870) 255-5513.

QUEEN/KING-SIZED comforter, bed skirt and 2 pillows, silver design, $50. (501) 843-4890.

FOLD and Go scooter, powered, new batteries, $250; Cozy scooter, powered, $350. 551-0250, Jim.

PANASONIC SURROUND-SOUND stereo, 330 watts, speakers and sub-woofer, $50 cash. (501) 533-4663.

GOLF CLUBS, Ping irons, Taylor woods, Hogan golf bags, $425. (501) 749-8667.

300 GAL. water tote, $75; 100 gal. fuel tank, $150. (501) 288-0850.

4 MARBLE vanity tops, 32”, $25; 36”, $35; 42”, $50; 48”, $60; Heavy duty ext. ladder, 32’, $150. (501) 580-1941.

2 BATHROOM sets, 2 rugs each, 6 towels each (new) and accessories, $35 each set. 982-7152.


GE WASHER and dryer, like new, $350. (501) 982-3203.

UNDER-COUNTER DISHWASHER, Frigidaire Gallery, white, runs and looks good, $150 obo. (501) 843-4890.

ROCKER RECLINER; gun cabinet w/4 shelves; patio set, 7-pc. Martha Stewart, 6 mos. old, (501) 941-8732, Cabot.

CHERRY CUCKOO clock, rebel flag covered doors, opens to sound of cannon fire; Rebel round cherry side table, $80 or both for $150. 286-4534 or 843-4003.

SOFA, BEIGE w/pillows, $100; chair, animal print, black, beige and dk. green, $100 or $125 for both. (501) 286-4534 or 843-4003.

COUCH W/MATCHING chair and ottoman, Bassett, green, 4 yrs. old, great condition, $400. (501) 843-0535.

24” SANYO HD TV, 720p, $45 cash. (501) 533-4663.

GENIUS 3 alternating pressure mattress, Okin electric hospital bed, motor, mattress and pad. (501) 658-6008.

BEAUTIFUL LARGE vintage wood bar w/arched mirrors and 2 swivel bar stools, $950 cash. (501) 983-4168.

KENMORE REFRIGERATOR, white, frost free w/ice maker, $250. (501) 628-7385.

LANE CEDAR chest, vintage, $75 cash. (501) 983-4168.

WHIRLPOOL ELECTRIC dryer, $150 cash. (501) 350-8876.

TABLE and 4 chairs, good condition, $50. (501) 796-8023.

BUTANE CLOTHES dryer, works good, $25; old iron bed and rails, $100. (501) 796-8023.

REFRIGERATOR, side-by-side, ice in door, $275 cash. (210) 748-4170, Sherwood.

RIVERSIDE CHERRY entertainment center, 43.5”x76”, excellent condition, $300. (501) 231-4473.


WANTED: FREE or inexpensive fencing for backyard. (501) 200-2657.

WANTED: 14’ Alumiguard boat w/trailer. (501) 843-0121.


JACKSONVILLE- APPROXIMATELY 1,000 sq. ft. commercial property, downtown, eye view of Post Office. $650 per month. Call (501) 743-0766.


ROMANCE AREA - new development. Rent it, money lost, buy it, money saved. Buy a 2 acre tract, septic included. Mobile or site-built home okay. Great for livestock. $750 down, $258 month. (501) 551-1982.


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.

3 BEDROOM, 1 bath mobile, central heat and air, washer/dryer hook-ups, open floor plan, Cabot schools, safe and quiet area. Black Oak Circle in Ward, $550 month, $300 deposit. Call Jamey (501) 281-6007.

TRAILER FOR rent: 16x80, 3 bedroom, 2 baths, big yard, washer/dryer, refrigerator and dishwasher, on dead-end road, very quiet, Cabot School District, Elmore Rd. off Hwy. 89, $500 month. Call (501) 230-8490.

3 BEDROOM, 2 bath, central heat and air, fireplace, fenced-in backyard, 2-car garage, stove and refrigerator furnished. No pets, $500 deposit, $1,000 month ($100 off rent if paid by the 1st.) (501) 944-1905.


New Single Wide for sale  - $19,900. call 501-653-3201.

MOBILE HOME SKIRTING - $8.25, Outswing doors, $125 to $169. Combo doors $225 to $360. Tubs, $160, Interior Doors, $20 to $45. Floor vents, $4, Batten, $1. Screens, Windows, Sinks, Faucets, Locks, Anchors, Roof Coating, Electrical, Molding, 501-241-2032.

Mobile Homes with acreage. Ready to move in. Lots of room, 3Br 2Ba. Quick and easy owner financing (subject to credit approval). No renters. 501-588-3300.

SPORTS EVENTS >> 2-10-16


Tampa Bay Buccaneer Clinton McDonald is hosting his fourth annual Iron Sharpens Iron Youth Football and Cheer Camp and Family Fun Day on Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2 for kids ages 6-17. Registration is going on now and campers can sign up by visiting

Cost is $30 for cheer and $40 for football camp, and proceeds will benefit the Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club, the JHS athletic department and Ronald McDonald House.

The weekend begins with the Family Fun Day that starts at 5 p.m. Friday, April 1 at Jacksonville High School. Family Fun Day is free. Parents can register for camp and kids can meet the professional athletes who will coach the campers on Saturday.

Camp starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 2 and campers will learn skills and techniques from real pro players. Joining McDonald will be Cincinnati Bengals’ defensive end Michael Johnson, Arizona Cardinals’ defensive tackle Red Bryant, British Columbia Lions’ Pep Levingston, and Jacksonville’s own Demetrius Harris - tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The camp is sponsored by the McDonald Association’s Collective Collaboration-Light Into Darkness charitable foundation, as well as First Arkansas Bank and Trust, Little Rock Photo Booth, Whole Hog Cafe, Mayflower RV and JBooker Productions. For more information, contact Dominique McGrudder at or 501-773-0917.


The 2016 Beebe Project Graduation is hosting the first Beebe Color run on March 19 to raise funds for the Project Graduation chaperoned, drug-free, alcohol-free party held on campus the night of graduation.

The walk/run will feature a 5K and a one-mile Little Leprechaun run. During the race runners are doused with color. Check in time is 7:30-8 a.m. and the race will begin at 8:30 a.m. Registration prices range from $30-$40 and runners can register online at

Friday, February 05, 2016

EDITORIAL >> Why you should support millage

Here’s what happens if the 7.6-mill increase in property taxes on the ballot passes:

The Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District, completely on its own for the first time for the 2016-2017 school year, will begin construction on the first new public school buildings in the area in nearly 40 years—a high school and an elementary—the best remaining building will be remodeled as a middle school and the four other elementary schools will each get a new multipurpose building.

The new high school, which will be on prominent display from Hwy. 67/167, will serve as a beacon proclaiming the city’s faith in its new school district and calling families to settle in the area and stop abandoning Jacksonville for Cabot and other communities and school districts.

Here’s what happens if the millage increase does not pass when the votes are counted after the polls close at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday:

The entire building program will suffer and the school building program will be delayed and scaled back.

The main reason Pulaski County Special School District Superintendent Jerry Guess and Joshua Intervenor attorney John Walker agreed to allow Jacksonville-North Pulaski to detach from PCSSD was so the building program could move forward faster.

Fixing and replacing facilities is the most expensive and one of the most difficult pieces of getting PCSSD—and by extension, JNPSD—declared desegregated and out of federal court after decades.

U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall and court desegregation monitor Margie Powell both found that JNPSD’s school facilities master plan meets requirements of desegregation plan 2000.

Vote for the 7.6-mill tax on Monday in Little Rock—the last day of early voting—or Tuesday, which is Election Day.

TOP STORY >> Zero violations for water, sewer

Leader staff writer

For the 20th year in a row, Jacksonville’s wastewater utility has had zero permit violations at its treatment facility.

Jacksonville Water Works also had zero water-quality violations in 2015.

“There are few facilities which can claim such a feat, and we are honored that Jacksonville is in such an elite group,” said Fred Belote, chairman of the Jacksonville Sewer Commission.

The utility’s general manager, Thea Hughes, presented the report at a recent Jacksonville City Council meeting.

She told the aldermen and those attending the meeting that the department treated 1.8 billion gallons of water in 2015, up from the 1.6 billion treated the year before. “And we did it all under budget,” she said.

Hughes said the utility, which consists of five different departments, is responsible for nearly 200 miles of sewer lines, 3,500 manholes and 14 pump stations.

The utility not only processes the city’s sewer water but also wastewater from Little Rock Air Force Base.

Hughes said the utility’s Operations Challenge team took first place in the state competition in Hot Springs and first place in the Division II competition in Corpus Christi, Texas. For the second year in a row, Engineering Manager Jay Summer took first place in the Water Environment Federation’s “Ingenuity Contest,” for his creative and educational depiction of smoke-testing sewer lines.

Jake Short, head of the water department, told the council that water production for 2015 was 1.1 billion gallons, down about 5 percent from the previous year.

The average daily water flow for the city was about 3 million gallons for the more than 10,000 customers the utility serves. Water loss for the year was 12.1 percent, down 1 percent from the previous year.

“Once again, Jacksonville Water Works has completed a year within its budget while providing the citizens of Jacksonville with quality water and services that they not only deserve, but have come to expect,” said Jim Peacock, chairman of the water commission.

TOP STORY >> Foundation to roast Marshall

Leader staff writer

Longtime Cabot educator Martha Marshall will be honored during the Cabot Scholarship Foundation Roast and Toast Banquet to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10 at the Cabot Freshman Academy Cafeteria.

Marshall, 71, is in her 46th year as an educator. She will be roasted by two former students, Lonoke County Judge Doug Erwin and real estate agent Steven Blackwood, and her former co-worker, Jane Balgavy.

“I am honored. It is one of the highlights of my life and my career. I’ve been with the school for more than half my life. I feel valued. My colleagues are all wonderful to me,” Marshall said.

The event will also honor students who are receiving scholarships from the foundation this year. In 2015, the foundation awarded 101 scholarships totaling $105,725.

The Cabot Scholarship Foundation was formed in 1992 by the Cabot Centennial Committee to encourage and recognize academics in Cabot schools. The Roast and Toast Banquet is the scholarship foundation’s only fundraising event. Due to the growth at Cabot High School, community support is appreciated. Donations are accepted throughout the year at Cabot Scholarship Foundation, 200 West Main St., Cabot, Ark. 72023.

Marshall is a 1962 graduate of Cabot High School. She was voted Miss Cabot High and homecoming queen. Marshall and her husband, Tommy, have been married 50 years. They have four adult children: Peter Marshall of Seattle, Susan Marshall of Memphis, Alexandra Marshall of Little Rock and Stephen Ray Marshall, who lives in Dalian, China.

She attended the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where she received her bachelor’s degree in three years, graduating in 1965, when she was 21.

Marshall’s first assignment was in 1965 as a first-grade teacher in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Her father was in construction. He would work in Alaska for several months and return to Cabot after. Marshall said her father could earn four times the money than around Cabot at that time. They would stay and visit with her father during the summers.

After graduating from college, Marshall was going to be an elementary school teacher in Springdale. She was visiting her family and friends in Alaska when a school principal offered to double her salary if she taught school in Alaska. Marshall and her husband were there for seven years.

While in Alaska, she was nominated as Outstanding Young Educator.

Marshall was active in her community, serving as director of the Miss Fairbanks Pageant, a preliminary to Miss Alaska. She also earned her master’s degree in education at the University of Alaska.

She returned to Cabot in 1972 and taught fifth grade for a year.

Former school superintendent Don Elliott asked her to join the high school faculty to be coordinator of the General Cooperative Education Program, a position which she continues to hold today.

Marshall earned her doctorate from the University of Mississippi. She was recognized as GCE Teacher of the Year and served as president of the Arkansas GCE Coordinators.

Marshall developed the work program into two distinct programs for students: Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) and internships.

Her students consistently win state competitions and travel to Washington to compete nationally.

Marshall was named Out-standing JAG Specialist in 2013. “I enjoy helping students develop a work ethic. I feel like I’m fulfilling a need,” she said.

Marshall is also an active philanthropist. She currently sponsors Cabot High School’s Junior Civitan Club, which has grown from 10 members last fall to more than 60 currently.

Marshall has served as director of the Miss Cabot Pageant and president of Cabot’s Business and Professional Women.

Marshall was listed in the Outstanding Young Women of America. She served as co-chair of the Lonoke County Bicentennial Committee. She is a member of the Cabot Teachers Association, Arkansas Education Association, National Education Association, the Cabot’s Chamber of Commerce Education Committee and is a member of the Cabot Panther Foundation.

Marshall is the owner of Miss Martha’s Pine Hill Cottage Bed and Breakfast and Dr. Martha Marshall’s Hypnotherapy Success.

Individual tickets for the Roast and Toast are $30 and a table for eight is $240. Tickets are available by calling the Cabot High School Office at 501-843-3562 or from the following board members: John C. Thompson, Nina Butler, Fred Campbell, Carole Jones, Stephen Tipton, Mike Verkler and Angela Wallace.

TOP STORY >> Millage vote is critical to new district

Leader senior staff writer

With 1,175 votes already cast, Jacksonville-North Pulaski County School Board President Daniel Gray said he expects the 7.6-mill property tax increase to fund a district-wide building program to pass by the time all votes are counted after polls close at 7:30 Tuesday evening.

“The only question is by how much,” he said. “I have complete faith. This has been decades in the making. When we get our opportunity, we’re going to knock it out of the park.”

He said volunteers carrying signs outside the Jacksonville Community Center polling place are being greeted by thumbs up from passing motorists.


“We’ve got no Plan B,” he said. “Why focus on anything but success?”

With the 228 early votes cast Friday, 1,175 Jacksonville-area voters have been to the polls to be counted on a 7.6-mill increase to fund a new Jacksonville-North Pulaski High School and help fund a new elementary school to replace the Arnold Drive School on Little Rock Air Force Base, according to numbers provided by Pulaski County Election Commission staff Friday.

Anecdotally, lots of people have said they have voted for the measure, but no one will really know until after the polls close.


“We need to go forward and vote for it,” said Alderman James Bolden III, a former Pulaski County Special School District board member. “After all these years paying into PCSSD and getting nothing in return, we need to get our millage passed and our children taken care of locally.”

The Jacksonville Lions Club announced its endorsement of the proposed tax increase that would make way for school improvements to the Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District.

“The Jacksonville Lions Club (endorses) the millage increase necessary to move the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District Forward,” said Dianne Williams, president. “This millage will help move the community forward and promote a better quality of life for all residents.”


“We’ve got kids who deserve a good education,” Williams said. “From an economic development standpoint, we’re on the road to a super community.”

Education Corps spokeswoman Laura Walker said that this latest endorsement is among those by several civic groups, business leaders and elected officials in Jacksonville and the surrounding area supporting the millage.


Other groups that have endorsed the increase include:

• Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce

• The Leader

• Jacksonville City Council

• Jacksonville Lions Club

• Jacksonville Sertoma Club

• Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce

• North Pulaski Board of Realtors

• Jacksonville Rotary Club

• Stonewall Homeowners Association

• Jacksonville Museum of Military History

The Jacksonville NAACP has encouraged its members and others to vote on the issue, but stopped short of endorsing it.

On its Facebook page, it wrote, “The Jacksonville NAACP has a responsibility to the citizens of Jacksonville to ensure that EVERYONE is informed. The NAACP believes in fairness for all people and will not endorse either way. If you desire a yard sign please inbox Jacksonville NAACP. God Bless!!”


The Jacksonville-North Pulaski Education Corps will host an election watch party beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Jacksonville Police Department FEMA room at 1400 Marshall Road, according to Walker.

She said it was open to the public and the press.

SPORTS STORY >> Lions can’t keep pace with Bears

Leader sports editor

The Sylvan Hills Bears ran themselves to a critical 60-48 victory over McClellan on Tuesday in Sherwood. Sylvan Hills senior point guard Cordy Winston repeatedly beat the Lion defense down the court for easy transition layups, and finished with a season-high 30 points.

Sylvan Hills (12-7, 4-4) post player Jordan Washington, who is also the football team’s starting quarterback, looked like a quarterback much of the time Tuesday as he compiled his first triple-double. Washington finished with 13 points, 19 rebounds and 10 assists, many of the assists coming from court-length passes to Winston after defensive rebounds.

“It was something to see,” said Sylvan Hills coach Kevin Davis. “There was one play where he got a rebound, took one dribble, threw a football-style pass right down the middle of the court through about three McClellan guys. And he hit Cordy in stride to where he didn’t have to dribble, just one step and score.”

The Bears were up by 20 points midway through the third quarter and in control of the game when McClellan (10-11, 4-4) made a run to pull within 10. Davis had subbed and put his starters back in to finish.

“McClellan is going to press and trap anyway,” Davis said. “They got down and they really came after us and made the game kind of crazy. I had some subs in there and they turned us over a few times. So I put the starters back in to hold the fort for us.”

Sylvan Hills only made 10 of 17 free-throw attempts, but hit six of its last seven to seal the win.

“We didn’t shoot as well as you want, but we hit them when we had to,” Davis said. “Overall I was pleased. That’s our style. That’s what we do and we did it well this time. Sometimes you just do things better than other times.”

The Bears and Lions are tied for fifth place, trailing fourth-place Jacksonville by one game while Pulaski Academy, J.A. Fair and Mills are tied for first place with 6-2 league records, just two games ahead of Sylvan Hills and McClellan.

“It was one we had to have,” Davis said. “We let one get away on the road (at Jacksonville, 62-60) that we thought we had a chance to go in and steal, so it was important to hold serve at home.”

In the girls’ game, the Lady Bears (11-7, 5-3) were never seriously threatened, but could not completely put away the Lady Lions (4-12, 2-6) until the fourth quarter of their 68-36 victory.

“They’re just athletic and they make things happen with that athleticism,” said Sylvan Hills girls’ coach Shelley Davis. “But I thought we played pretty well. Da’Bria Thompson had one of her best games even though she didn’t score much. She’s our leading scorer, but she hasn’t shot it well at all the last few games. In this one, she just started creating openings for her teammates and delivering the ball to them. She made us go.”

The biggest recipient of Thompson’s penetrate-and-dish was senior forward Raigen Thomas, who dropped in a season-high 18 points.

“She finally did it,” Davis said of Thomas. “You see her potential and you just want to do something to make her mad enough to play aggressively. She’s so passive most of the time and she’d be a tremendous player if she’d just go for it. She’s so strong and athletic she’s hard to deal with. She just had to make up her mind to do it. Hopefully this is a turning point for her.”

Sylvan Hills led 33-22 at halftime, but dominated the second half. The home team outscored McClellan 20-10 in the third quarter and 15-4 in the fourth.

Jayla Bell added 10 points for the Lady Bears while fellow sophomore Kourtney Johnson added nine for her season high.

SPORTS STORY >> Cabot makes dual state

Leader sportswriter

Despite injuries, the Cabot High School wrestling team put together a strong showing at Tuesday night’s meet in Cabot, as the Panthers beat Little Rock Central by one point in the team standings, 37-36, to qualify for today’s dual state tournament meet in Van Buren.

The dual state tournament isn’t the same event as the Arkansas Activities Association sanctioned state tournament that’s held Feb. 19-20 at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock, but in Class 7A, the dual state tournament is one that features the top four teams from the Central and West conferences and is a good warm-up for the AAA sanctioned state tournament.

With Tuesday’s one-point win over the Tigers, Cabot took over sole possession of the fourth spot from the Central Conference and the right to make the trip to Van Buren this morning.

“Last year they started doing the dual state tournament,” said Cabot coach David Payne, “where they set up an eight-man bracket and you’re seeded as a team and you win or lose as a team just like a standard dual would be. They take the top four teams from the Central Conference and the top four teams from the West Conference and they have a dual tournament.

“It’s not really AAA sanctioned, it’s wrestling association sanctioned. They present the awards and stuff for the dual state championships at the state tournament.”

Cabot fell into an 18-point hole after its first three matches against Central. Two of those losses were by pin and one was by forfeit because of injuries in the 113-pound weight class. However, the Panthers won their next five matches to take a 30-18 lead in the team standings.

Four of those wins were by pin. Cameron Pitchford was the first Panther to win by pin, in the 126-pound class. He won his match with 37 seconds left in the first round. Olivia Wheeler earned the next win via forfeit in the 132-pound class, and Dillan Friesner was the next Cabot wrestler to win by pin.

Friesner won his match with four seconds left in the first round over Central’s Blake Hill. Jason Osborn and Austin Dye won the next two matches for the Panthers.

Osborn, wrestling at 145 pounds, pinned his opponent with 32 seconds left in round one and Dye pinned Central’s Gabe Kerr 31 seconds into the first round in the 152-pound class.

Cabot lost four of the next six matches against Central, but CJ Long’s decision win and Harris Sutton’s majority decision win were enough to give the Panthers the one-point win over the Tigers in the team standings.

Searcy and Pulalski Aca-demy were also at Tuesday’s match.

The Panthers faced both of those teams, but lost against both in the team standings. However, the win against Central was the one that mattered as far as getting to today’s dual state tournament.

Searcy won their match over Cabot 48-34, and PA also totaled 48 team points against the Panthers while the hosts earned 36 team points in that dual.

Cabot earned five individual wins against Searcy. Pitchford won his 126-pound match by majority decision and Friesner won his 132-pound match by pin with just 50 seconds left in the third and final round.

Dye won his 145-pound match by pin with just one second left in round one. Nate Bonilla and Sutton also won their matches against Searcy by pin. Bonilla, wrestling at 182 pounds, pinned his opponent with 40 seconds remaining in the first round and Sutton pinned his opponent with just 14 seconds left in round three.

Chris Jones also picked up a win in the 285-pound class, winning by forfeit. Against PA, the Panthers did earn three wins by forfeit, but the Bruins got two wins by forfeit. The other three wins Cabot earned against PA came by pin.

Dye won his match with five seconds left in round one. He wrestled that match in the 145-pound class. Long, wrestling in the 170-pound class, pinned his opponent with six seconds left in round two, and Sutton pinned PA’s Luke Jones with 48 tics left in the first round of the 220-pound match.

Though they came up short in the team points against Searcy and PA, Tuesday’s meet was a good one for the hosts, considering they beat Central to get to today’s dual state tourney despite the nagging injuries the team is dealing with.

“You know, we hung in there with them,” Payne said. “Luckily it worked out for us against Central. It got us where we need to be to get into dual state. We’ve got to go up there and hopefully we’ll be a little healthier by this weekend, and maybe go surprise some people.”

Today’s dual state tournament matches in Van Buren begin at 9 a.m. and weigh-in is at 7 a.m., with the finals taking place this afternoon. The 7A-Central Conference Tournament will be next Saturday at Panther Arena and will begin at 8 a.m.

SPORTS STORY >> Devils change their scheme, confuse Bruins

Leader sports editor

Early on, it appeared another 5A-Central superstar was going to shoot Jacksonville into another home loss Tuesday at JHS, but a defensive adjustment helped the Red Devils recover and earn a crucial 69-53 victory over Pulaski Academy.

Jacksonville scored the first four points of the game, but Pulaski Academy’s Tulsa signee Lawson Korita led a run that put the Bruins up 12-6 and forced a Red Devil timeout. Jacksonville scored out of the break but Korita made a 3-pointer that made it 15-8 before Jacksonville began to take back some control.

The Bruins led 17-16 at the end of the first quarter, and Korita had 11 of those points, including 3 for 4 shooting from 3-point range. Connor Parr also hit a 3-pointer for PA in the first period.

That’s when Jacksonville’s defensive strategy began to take effect.

“We changed our philosophy a little bit on how to defend their screen and roll,” said Jacksonville coach Vic Joyner. “I think that confused them for a while and we were able to create some turnovers once we got settled into the game. That first quarter, he (Korita) was just stepping back off the screen and popping threes. When he’s hot like that, there ain’t anything you can do. But guys usually aren’t going to keep hitting everything, and I think we got into their legs a little bit with our defense.”

After the first quarter, Korita went 0 for 7 from long range, but still finished with 25 points. PA led 23-20 with five minutes left in the half when Korita took a seat on the bench for a rest. Jacksonville made the most of the opportunity, going on an 8-0 run and taking a five-point lead with 2:35 to play.

It started with a nice penetrate-and-dish from Bralyn James to Chris Williams. Harderrious Martin then got a steal and assist to Tyree Appleby for a transition layup. LaQuawn Smith then found Appleby streaking to the basket along the baseline for a layup, and Appleby got a steal and another layup to give Jacksonville a 28-23 lead.

Korita came back in the game after PA’s second timeout, but Jacksonville continued to control the action. The Bruins went six-straight possessions without a shot attempt. James scored with 2:05 left in the half and freshman post player Joe Phillips made it 32-23 with 1:15 left in the half with a putback of an Appleby miss.

Korita scored his only two points of the second quarter at the free-throw line with 17 seconds on the clock to set the halftime score at 32-25.

The two teams traded baskets the first five minutes of the third. Jacksonville took its first double-digit lead on a short alley-oop pass from a penetrating Appleby to a baseline-running Smith that made it 44-33.

The Bruins battled back to within eight points, but James closed the third quarter with the Red Devils’ first and only 3-pointer to make the score 51-40 going into the fourth quarter.

Rico Lindsey answered for PA (15-6, 6-2) with a 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter, but Jacksonville scored the next six points in a row.

One key play in the run was Phillips’ rebound after two missed free throws by Smith. Phillips missed, but Smith got that rebound and scored for a 55-43 lead. Korita dribbled the ball off his leg on the ensuing possession, and Appleby got to the rim for a layup that made it 57-43 with 6:20 remaining.

Jacksonville then suffered three-straight turnovers and PA scored after each one, again making it an eight-point game with 4:56 left and forcing Joyner to use another timeout.

James hit one of two free throws after a long Jacksonville possession, and Jacksonville again got the offensive rebound. Appleby then went to the line and hit two foul shots that made it 60-49 with 4:20 to play.

PA began to foul to extend the game, but Jacksonville made 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch to keep the Bruins at a distance.

The win was particularly important for the Red Devils (13-7, 4-3), who are still in fourth place despite the win over the previous outright league leaders.

PA, Mills and J.A. Fair are all 6-2 atop the Central standings. Jacksonville is alone in fourth while Sylvan Hills and McClellan are 4-4. PA has beaten McClellan and the other two teams tied for first, and lost to JHS and Sylvan Hills.

“Anybody can beat anybody in this league,” Joyner said. “It doesn’t matter who you play or where. This was huge because a loss tonight would’ve put us three games behind them. The final standings in this conference are going to go down to the last night.”

Korita’s 25 led all scorers while Parr added 13 points and rebounds for the Bruins. Smith led Jacksonville with 17 points and six rebounds. Appleby had 16 points and five assists. James added 12 for the Red Devils.

Jacksonville shot 43 percent from the floor (22 of 53 overall), but only 1 of 10 from 3-point range. The Red Devils were 22 of 31 from the free-throw line and dominated on the boards, outrebounding the Bruins 30-18.

PA shot well, too, hitting 40 percent of its 45 shot attempts, and went 12 for 15 from the free-throw line.