Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CLASSIFIEDS >> 7-23-14


4.5 ACRES of grass, needs cutting for free, you keep bales, should yield 7-9 round bales. (501) 676-8310, leave msg.

WANTED 10 Homes in your county needing SIDING, WINDOWS or ROOFS. We are opening a branch office and will use these homes for our new brochure. If selected you can save hundreds of dollars. Call now to see if you qualify. 100 % Financing. Home Owners Only. 1-866-668-8681.

Medical Billing Trainees Needed! Become a Medical Office Assistant Now at Ayers Career College! Online job training gets you ready. HS Diploma/GED and Internet Required. 1-888-734-6717, Licensed by ASBPCE. 8820 Jewella, Shv., LA 71108.


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

COLSTON'S LAWN SERVICE, (501) 743-9605.

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.

DISH TV Retailer. Starting at $19.99/month (for 12 mos.) and High Speed Internet starting at $14.95/month (where available.) SAVE! Ask About SAME DAY Installation! CALL Now! 1-800-393-5829.


HELP NEEDED: husband and wife team to drive,  Class A CDL required, 2 years minimum experience. 99% drop and hook. Call Anthony (501) 590-5064.

ATTENTION: NO EXPERIENCE, $350 plus a week, Simply to test air quality in residential homes on professionally booked appointments. Afternoons and evenings. Call Mon.-Fri. from 9 am-5 pm for interview at (501) 605-1303.

POSITION OPEN for receptionist/insurance clerk in Dental Office. 4 days per week Tue.-Fri.  Experience as receptionist in dental office and or as a dental assistant is preferred but not required. Fax resume to (501) 983-4716.

ZELLA'S TRASH Service, Inc. is now accepting applications for Class B CDL driver. Monday-Friday. Truck maintenance required. Experience and organizational skills a plus. PTO. Cell phone furnished. Needs very dependable applicants. Serious inquiries only. (501) 843-5551.

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.

LOCAL HAUL drivers, home daily, night shift preferred, $1,000 sign-on bonus; CDL-A and 1 yr. experience required. 877-656-2695,

Part-time Maintenance Coordinator needed for local church. Job description and application available at Fax resume and application to 982-5544.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE for commercial construction. Job superintendent, project managers and estimators. Resumes can be emailed to or faxed to (501) 376-6834. EOE/Drug Free workplace.

SERVERS WANTED at Zaffino's: family owned and operated Italian restaurant seeks experienced servers. Shifts are 4 pm-10 pm, Tuesdays-Saturdays, (501) 834-7530.

HIGH SCHOOL student to work in Cabot, to assist older couple with yard work. At least 2 days a week. If interested, call (501) 843-7855.

Transco Lines, Inc., a 48 State Carrier, is searching for an experienced Compliance Specialist to join our team in Russellville Arkansas. We are searching for a highly motivated, experienced specialist in DOT Hours of Service Compliance, Driver Qualification Files, Electronic Logs, Hazardous Material Training and Compliance and CSA. The applicant must be a detail orientated individual with the ability to communicate directly and indirectly with our professional drivers and other departments as well. This fast pace industry demands an applicant with a sense of urgency and commitment. The position will report to the Director of Safety only. Salary commensurate with experience. Experienced applicants submit your resume to:

SPECIAL ED TEACHER - At approved school for emotionally disturbed teens. Special Ed Certification/ALP in Special Education required. Apply Online at, EOE, Drug-free Workplace.

Home Weekly! Paid Weekly! Excellent Pay! Hospitalization, paid holidays and retirement. Must have flatbed experience, both legal and oversize loads. Family and friendly atmosphere. Apply in person 5007 E. Broadway, NLR. Contact Chuck or Jeremy 501-945-1433.

ATTN: Drivers and Owner Operators. Be part of the team and not a number! Good Hometime, Exc. Benefits. OTR Flatbed Exp. Call Diamond State Trucking, Inc. 800-332- 5551, or apply online: (click on careers).

15 TRUCK DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED NOW! Become a driver for Empire Express. NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! New Drivers can earn $800+ per week! Call for details! 1-888-778-0465.

DRIVERS - CDL DRIVERS - NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! Schneider National is the best place to begin your career. NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! We can get you trained! 1-888-528-5548.


2-FAMILY GARAGE sale, 7/25 and 26, 260 Alma Dr., Austin. Good stuff, no junk.

YARD SALE, 7/25 and 26, 8 am-4 pm, 1208 Eastview Dr., Jax. Clothing, shoes, stuffed animals and household items.

YARD SALE, 7/25 and 26, 501 N. Orange St., Beebe, near ASU. Books, baby stuff, lg. clothes, kitchen stuff and lots of other things.

BIG YARD sale, 7/25 and 26, 2725 Cherry Rd., Cabot.

YARD SALE, 7/25 and 26, 9 am-2 pm, 1405 Wright St., Jax.

YARD SALE, 7/25 and 26, 8 am-5 pm, #8 Collins Rd., Jax. Lots of items, low prices.


1996 DODGE Cummins diesel, 2WD, extra clean, bed liner, cold A/C, 23 mpg., $7,000 obo. 983-0203.

1994 CADILLAC Fleetwood, gray leather interior, very well maintained, 108,566 miles, $8,000. (501) 412-5861.

2011 HONDA Civic LX 4-Door, 56,000 miles, $9,800. (501) 605-3312.

RECEIVER HITCHES: Ranger, S-10, Colorado and Jeep Liberty, $20 ea. 982-8722.

1997 TOYOTA Camry, excellent condition, $2,000. 958-9623.

'92 DODGE D250 extended cab, LWB, auto. trans., diesel engine, 110,000 miles,  new 10-ply tires, $3,000. (501) 676-7165.

2 CHEVY doors, '81 model, brown, $100 ea. 749-9882.

4 ALUMINUM Buick wheels, 2 w/tires, $175; (4) 225/16 tires, good tread, $200. (501) 983-1445.

2 TOOLBOXES, mountable for pickup truck side, Better Built diamond aluminum, reduced price, $80. 843-2789, Cabot.

1995 FORD Taurus Show, 143,000 miles, $1,600 obo. (501) 247-6265.

1997 TOYOTA Camry, great condition, $1,500. 658-9623.

2003 JEEP Cherokee 4x4, good condition, heat and air, all leather, 17 mpg, $4,800. (501) 434-0002.

LEAR CAMPER shell, silver, perfect condition, fits 2001 Dodge 1500 4x4, $300 firm. (501) 743-0678, daytime.

FORD F305 with welder, extra clean diesel. 454-7501.

'07 HONDA Shadow Aero 750, 1,750 miles, windshield, back rest, excellent condition, $3,500. (501) 472-3056.


2000 FISHER Avenger, 25 hp. Mercury, 45 lb. thrust Minn Kota, 3 seats, live well, GPS capable 718 sonar, trailer, $3,000, Abilene, TX. E-mail: or (501) 940-0432.

BASS TRACKER, 2005 Pro Team 165, 50 hp., garage kept, excellent condition, $5,900. (501) 941-7069.

NEW SCOOTER hitch/carrier w/ramp, 48"x24", $150. 988-4396 or 416-0966.

2002 28' Coachman 5th wheel camper w/1 superslide. 988-2920.

POLARIS 400 4-wheeler, will trade for Wave Runner, or sell. 259-0629 or 422-0181.

2007 WILDWOOD travel trailer, new condition, used very little, $9,500. (501) 835-9099.

NICE BIG RV for Razorback games, extra clean, low miles. 454-7501.

'06 HARLEY Davidson Electro Glide motorcycle, completely dipped in chrome, very beautiful, nothing like it! Cruiser! Too much to mention, $15,500. (501) 762-3979 or (501) 617-5080.

2007 18' Lakesport bass boat w/115 hp. Johnson motor, trolling motor, depth finder and trailer, $6,500. (501) 726-3239.

KAWASAKI 2005 Vulcan Classic 800, lots of chrome and extras, pics. avail., $2,800. (501) 676-3358.

2005 SEA DOO GTX, 3-seater, 185 hp., really stable w/trailer. Pics. avail., $5,000. (501) 676-3358.


WANTED: LATE model riding lawn mower, prefer John Deere, consider other brands, must be good price, pay cash. (501) 843-5376.

2 HUSQVARNA garden tractors, 1 year old, 26 hp. Kohler, 54" cut, 12 & 28 hrs. 281-1107, Robert.

OLD MTD riding mower, runs and mows, new battery, $325; electric chainsaw, $25; old band saw, needs blade, $40. (501) 983-1445.

ROLLOVER PROTECTION canopy for smaller I.H. tractors, excellent condition, $150. (870) 830-6411, Des Arc, no texts.

REAR TINE garden tiller, not operational, Poulan brand, $30. (501) 835-9795.

4600 FORD tractor front end loader, good condition, strong motor and transmission, $8,000. (501) 726-3239.

SUMMER GRASS SPECIAL - Bermuda $1.25sq yd* Meyers Z-52 Zoysia $2.50/sq yd* Prices are COD on full truckloads in the LR area. Call 800-458-4756, Double Springs.


MISSING SINCE 6/1, 10 yr. old dachshund. (501) 255-4186 or (501) 551-9439.


BROWN SWISS cow and calf, $1,200; Jersey cow, $1,000. 676-6929.

HAY FOR sale - this year's 1st cut, string wrap, 4x5. Last year's hay cheap! Some net, some string. (501) 416-8107.

FEMALE CAT, black, spayed, 3 yrs. old. 658-2576.

FREE TO good home, 1 yr. old, med./lg. Golden Retriever/bird dog mix, needs space to run, all shots, not spayed, loves children. (501) 246-1899, leave msg.

KITTENS, free to good home, 2 brothers, black and white, 8 wks. old. 982-2939.


YAMAHA STUDENT clarinet, excellent condition, $300. (501) 259-6550.

DRUM/BELL set for band student, book, CD, all included w/pull-behind case, only used 6 mos., orig. receipts avail., $350 obo. (501) 247-0653.

NORDIC TRACK recumbent exercise stationary bike, Model SL720, programmable, 10 resistance speeds, adjustable seat, like new, $300 negotiable. (501) 241-2362.

3 PANELS for 6'x10' chain link dog kennel, one panel has gate, good condition, $100. (501) 940-5972.

HEAVY OUTER door, 75.5" tall, 35.5" wide, $75; 2 new dressy suits for men w/7 name brand shirts, coats, 40 reg., pants, 34, $75 ea., lots of jewelry. (501) 882-6102.

METAL T-POSTS, 6'-6.5', approx. 325 posts, good condition, $3 ea. (501) 288-1414.

APPROX. 150 treated wood posts, from 3'-7', $5 ea. (501) 288-1414.

AIR CONDITIONER, 10,000 BTU window unit, excellent condition. (501) 834-8886, Sherwood.

JAZZY POWER chair w/leg and foot accessories, excellent condition, $525. (501) 590-1993.

4-TON TRANE air unit, $1,000. (501) 259-6550.

ULTRA JET extra large handicap scooter, rechargeable, $450. (501) 944-3069, after 8 pm.

2 VINTAGE Dooney and Bourke purses: brown, wide crescent w/crossett, excellent condition, $175; black, short zip satchel, excellent condition, $155. (501) 960-3815.

DISNEY MUSICAL pink princess walker, excellent condition, $25; Fisher-Price cradle and swing, musical, excellent condition, $40; other baby learning toys available. (501) 960-3815.

SINGER CANISTER vacuum, excellent condition, like new, $30. (501) 422-1163.

STROLLER, $25; Exersaucer, $15; booster car seat, new, $10. (501) 843-0970.

2 BRASS ceiling fans, w/globes, used 1 yr., $15 ea. (501) 843-0970.

RECORDING KING jumbo type flat top guitar, less than 1 yr. old, pd. $400, sell for $350. (501) 207-3591.

KING-SIZE COMFORTER, bed skirt, pillow shams, great condition, burgundy, $40. (501) 606-2521, Cabot.

SUMMER DRESSES (size 3T-6), short sets, $6 ea.; sz. 4T pageant dress, new, $20; sz. 12 Sketcher shoes, $15; sz. 4 Walls jacket, like new, $20. Cash only. 882-5846.

COORS LIGHT, mirrored and lighted bar sign, really neat, $100 cash. (501) 834-3772 or (210) 748-4170.

BISSELL CARPET steam cleaner, brand new, in box, Reg. $190, asking $75 cash. (501) 834-3772 or (210) 748-4170.

POWER SCOOTER chair w/new rechargeable battery ($85 value). Ideal for small areas, fits in car trunk for travel, $350. (501) 259-2329.

CUSTOM-MADE DRAPES, queen bedspread, dust ruffle, 18 pcs., pd. $1,200. Asking $275. (501) 268-3886.

PORTABLE GRIDDLE, used 3 times, over $400 at Sports Academy, asking $250. 259-0629 or 422-0181.

CLOSING 18x36 in-ground pool. Available: good used pump, filter, robot cleaner, diving board, ladder, step rails, safety cover, misc. equip., $950 for all or will sell separately. 180' chainlink fence, fabric w/posts, (2) 6' gates, no rails, 4' tall, green, $200. (501) 658-7347, Lonoke.

STEEL OUTSIDE entrance door, 32"x8', new, $50. Also, home switches and receptacles. (501) 843-5376.

SIDE DELIVERY rake, $200 obo. Call for details. (501) 288-0850.

KING TRUMPET, great for student, $200 firm. (501) 837-1663.

16' FIBERGLASS canoe, 3 paddles, $300. (501) 837-1662.

LARGE PLASTIC container full of new silk flowers, make offer. (561) 358-9997, Cabot.

CHINA, SERVES 6 with extra pieces, $25. (561) 358-9997, Cabot.

APPROX. 40 lg. pint trees, 30-50", need to sell, make offer. (870) 830-6411, Des Arc, no texts.

LITTLE GIRL'S outdoor playhouse, $100. (501) 837-1663.

CHILD'S SWING set, $75. (501) 541-3601.


HAIER, 4 cu. ft. refrigerator, excellent condition, just in time for college, $75. (501) 940-5972.

OAK DINING table, 48" w/18" leaf, 4 chairs, all in excellent condition, $250. (501) 940-5972.

QUEEN-SIZE SPRING Air mattress set, $1,300 new, sell for $300. (501) 605-0404.

COUCH and love seat, country blue, plaid, $350 obo. (501) 563-7533.

COMPUTER DESK, light oak, 29" high, 57" long, 2' wide, $60. (501) 605-3773.

18 CU. ft. refrigerator, good working condition, $75. 749-9882.

BEIGE SIDE-BY-SIDE freezer/refrigerator, excellent condition, $450. (501) 944-3069, after 8 pm.

5-PC. BEDROOM set, honey finish, $300. Pics. avail. (501) 422-8947.

BEAUTIFUL FRONT glass China cabinet, light oak, 2 doors on bottom, $250. 982-6907.

OAK DRESSER w/mirror and marble top, lingerie chest w/raised top and storage, night stand, excellent condition, $850. (501) 843-0970.

WHIRLPOOL WASHER and dryer, excellent condition, large capacity, warranty, must sell, $285. (501) 612-3521.

WHIRLPOOL REFRIGERATOR, near new, top freezer, must sell, $285. (501) 612-3521.

OLDER-TYPE deep freezer, not upright, 5', $100. 255-4186 or 551-9439.

47" PHILLIPS TV, 4 HDMI inputs and much more, $350 OBO. (256) 468-1669.

GOLD REFRIGERATOR, bottom freezer, large, great for garage or hunting cabin, great condition, $25. (501) 843-5834.

RESTAURANT GRIDDLE, $350. 259-0629 or 422-0181.

MAROON RECLINER, good condition, $125. (501) 605-3773.

ADMIRAL DRYER, runs good but needs a $20 part which can be found at Mid-South Appliances, $25 firm. (501) 676-0750.

KENMORE LARGE capacity washer, good condition, $100. (501) 837-1663.

OFFICE CHAIR, adjustable back and seat, good condition, $35. (501) 920-9691.

6 SOLID wood dining room chairs, normal wear and tear, $90. (501) 920-9691.

ANTIQUE ROCKER and corner shelf, needs restoring, $100 cash for both. (501) 834-3772 or (210) 748-4170.

EXTRA LARGE round black storage ottoman, nice, $50 cash. (501) 834-3772 or (210) 748-4170.

NICE, LARGE microwave, Sharp brand, great for college, $25. (501) 985-2244.

PEDESTAL TABLE w/removable leaf and 6 high back chairs, med. brown, table 4'x6', $400 obo. 833-8616.

GLASS-TOP TABLE w/4 nice chairs, $100; small round table w/4 oak chairs, $150; rocker/recliner, $100. (501) 628-7156.



WANTED: NAME brand, quality girl's clothes, sizes 4 tall-6 tall. Free or very reasonable price. (501) 251-8272, Cabot.

WANTED TO buy: 8' round plastic water trough. (501) 613-7588.


LOT FOR Sale: 715 Cobblestone, NLR. Extremely motivated seller!!! $55,000. Contact Keith Montgomery, Keller-Williams Realty, (501) 231-9503.


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, ONE room studio apartments in Jacksonville. Wood burning fireplace, tile floors and appliance filled kitchen. Starting at $295 plus utilities, deposit $150. No children or pets. Camp Construction, (501) 982-0434.

JAX. - Summer Special - $0 Deposit on all 3 bedroom/ 2 bath mobile homes in park. $500-$550 per month. Call (501) 744-4668.

$0 DEPOSIT, Jax. - 1 bedroom camper in park, $400 month, all utilities paid except propane. Call (501) 744-4668.

FOR RENT: 214 Willow, 3 bedroom, 1 bath w/totally fenced yard (back and front). Side-by-side fridge, stove and dishwasher furnished, $695 month, $695 deposit. (501) 982-9147.

FOR RENT: 27 Ivanhoe, Cabot. 3 bedroom, 2 baths, $1,000 per month, $1,000 deposit. No pets. Charity (501) 286-9083.

JAX. - FREE Flat Screen TV, Laptop or Playstation 4 w/1 yr. lease. 1 and 2 BR apts. w/workout room, pool and on-site laundry. Safe and Quiet.  Call 501-541-9945 now!

CABOT: VERY nice 1 bedroom apartment. 704 1/2 North 3rd St. Gas and water paid, you pay electric. $425 month, $300 deposit. Call (501) 605-7120.


Trade up into a new Luv home today, and we will pay $7,500 guaranteed for your trade in. Call 501-407-9500.

SPORTS EVENTS >> 7-23-14


The Jacksonville Middle School volleyball tryouts will be from 9-10 a.m. Aug. 1, 4 and 5 at the Middle School Girls gym. All seventh- and eighth-graders interested in playing volleyball must attend all three tryouts.

Parents of boys interested in playing football for JMS should attend a meeting at the JHS fieldhouse at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 25. Practice begins at 8 a.m. on Monday Aug. 4.

OBITUARIES >> 7-23-14


Billy R. Baker, 76, of Cabot, passed away on July 19. He was born Sept. 11, 1937, in San Angelo, Texas, to the late Irvin Frank Baker and Erna Wellman Baker.

He was preceded in death by his wife Elfreda Baker.

He coached baseball and softball for many years at Sylvan Hills Optimist Club.He also enjoyed bowling, fishing and making people laugh. He was a loving father and grandfather and will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his daughter, Tamela D. Baker; his son, Curtis R. Baker; one brother, Delbert Baker of Waco, Texas; one sister Joy Mauer of China Springs, Texas; grandchildren, Kayla M. Morris and her husband Will, Kimberly D. White and her husband Chris; a foster grandchild Christian Morris, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 at Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Sue Huffaker Doss, 82, a resident of Fayetteville and a native of Beebe, passed away July 18 in Fayetteville. She was born May 4, 1932, in Little Rock, to Ray and Gladys Staggs Huffaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Bob Huffaker.

Sue grew up in Beebe, graduating from Beebe High School in 1950, where she was student body president, a cheerleader and editor of the school newspaper. She graduated from Hendrix College in Conway in 1954. She married her childhood sweetheart, David Westbrook Doss, Sr. In 1957.

Sue was active in the Beebe community, including the PTA, Junior Civic League, First Baptist Church and several other organizations. She also worked full-time alongside her husband at Huffaker Implement Co. in Beebe, and was a loving wife and mother.

She is survived by her beloved husband, David Westbrook Doss, Sr., of Fayetteville; son, David West-brook Doss, Jr., of Fayetteville; daughter, Suzanne Doss Shiner and son-in-law Frank Shiner of Chappaqua, N.Y.; and daughter, Deana Doss Day of Meridian, Miss. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jacob Doss and his wife Jennifer, Jessika Doss, Jayme Doss Kutter and her husband Blake, Janna Doss, Matthew Shiner, Jeremy Shiner, Lindsay Shiner, Maggie Day, Will Day and Savannah Sue Day.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24 at First United Methodist Church of Beebe, with burial following at Beebe Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Westbrook, a Smith Family Funeral Home.


Pamela Jean Watts, 66, of Cabot, went to be with her Lord on July 19 in Little Rock. She was born on March 9, 1948, in Barling to the late James Othel and Faye Morris McDonald.

She was also preceded in death by son Mathew Watts and stepson Martin Darrell Watts Jr.

Pamela is survived by husband, Martin Darrell Watts Sr. of Cabot; son, Michael Duane Watts of Cabot; brother, Othel; five sisters, Helen, Zona, Phyllis, Becky and Rita; five grandchildren, Ashley, MacCoy Dylan, Micah, Makya and Gage, and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 23 at Thomas Funeral Chapel.

Arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Clyde Barnwell Duke, 92, of Austin went to be with the Lord on July 20. He was born April 6, 1922, at Oak Grove to Howard and Jennie Duke. He was predeceased by his parents; three brothers, Floyd Duke, Guy Duke and Fred Duke; and his sisters, Elizabeth Plummer and Murl McCorkle.

Clyde was a World War II veteran who served his country in the 437th Fighter Squadron of the U.S. Army from 1942-1946 in the South Pacific Theater, including Iwo Jima.

Decorations and citations include World War II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbons, AP Theater Ribbon, two Bronze Service Medals, Philippines Liberation Ribbon, Purple Heart, and National Defense Medal.

He was retired from Timex Corp. in Little Rock. Clyde was a member of American Legion Post No. 200 in Lonoke and a Methodist. He loved the outdoors and was an honest, generous and loving family man.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Betty Jo Dixon Duke of Austin; his son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Vickie Duke of Beebe; his daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Dick Weigt of Conway; his daughter, Donna Cauley and his son-in-law Bill Cauley, both of North Little Rock.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Brian Duke of Beebe, Charray Ellis and her husband Mike of Cabot, Jonathan Weigt and his wife Laura of Conway, and Jason Cauley and his wife Reba of Sherwood; great-grandchildren, Kanada Weigt, Kyle, Hayes and Van Pruitt, J.D., Kalyn and Christopher Duke, Brayden and Emersyn Ellis, and Alex, Corbin and Knox Cauley. Two brothers also survive, Bob Duke of Cabot and Rex Duke of Ward, along with special lifelong friends, Nell and C. E. Cochran.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 909 W. 2nd St., Little Rock, Ark. 72201.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. A celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, at Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery. Arrangements are by Westbrook, a Smith Family Funeral Home.


Madge Marie Gray, 89, of Cabot, went to be with her Lord on July 18. She was born Aug. 9, 1924, in Texas to the late William Ernest Pickens and Naomi Evelyne Beavers Pickens.

She was preceded in death by her husband John P. Gray Jr.; her son John P. Gray III, and two brothers, William Elmer Pickens, and Billy Joseph Pickens. She attended Zion Hill Baptist Church, and she enjoyed sewing, gardening, and cooking.

She is survived by her son Wm. David Gray; her daughter, Margaret Jane Laney and her husband Robert J. Laney; one sister, Sabre Ernestene Pickens, and four grandchildren, Katherine Clair Gray, David Jason Gray, Kelly Marie Gray, and Karen Elizabeth Gray.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Cabot with Bro. Terry Fortner officiating. Interment will be at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston, Mo.

Arrangements were by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Terri Jo Keener, 59, of Lonoke, passed away July 19. She was born April 6, 1955, in Little Rock. She was preceded in death by her father, Felix Holcomb; sister-in-law Kristine Easter and aunts Linda, Jenny and Laverne.

She is survived by her husband, Manuel Keener of Lonoke; daughter, ToiJean Keener of Lonoke; brothers, Daryl Easter and Curtis Easter, both of Jacksonville; and her mother, Dorothy Jean Easter of Jacksonville.

A visitation service was held Monday at Weems Family Funeral Services Chapel in Carlisle.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the American Liver Foundation.


Linda Lou Buchheit, 69, of Jacksonville, born Nov. 4, 1944, went with the Lord on July 13. She is preceded in death by husband, William Buchheit Sr.; son, William Buchheit Jr.; parents, Cloyd and Helen Reavis; brothers, Richard Reavis, Bud Reavis, and Kay Reavis; and very best friend, Janet Brawley.

Linda is survived by twin sister, Brenda Schuetz; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Diabetes Association.

No memorial service is planned.

Arrangements made by Arkansas Funeral Care.


Jose (BeLoot) Allen Acosta, 20, of Cabot died July 4.

He was born Oct. 16, 1993, in Crestview, Fla., to Joseph and Sonja Terry Acosta.

Jose attended Jacksonville High School and enjoyed computers and video games.

He is survived by his parents, Joe and Sonja Acosta; siblings, Victoria, Elizabeth and Nikolas Acosta; grandparents, Joe Acosta and Debra Acosta, and aunts and uncles, Jason, Shawn and Tisouli Acosta, and Jeff, Laticia, Penny and Robert Terry Jr.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Sharon Terry and Robert Terry, and great-grandmother Jewell Bakalekos

A memorial service was held July 19 at Arkansas Funeral Care in Jacksonville.


Janet Elaine Price, 65, of Beebe departed this life on July 20 with family by her side. She was born Nov. 5, 1948, in Arlington, Va., to E.L. (Buddy) and Jane Price.

Janet served the Lonoke and White County areas in the title and abstract fields. She owned and managed her own company in Cabot for more than 35 years. During this time, Janet made many life-long friends and helped a lot of people.

Janet was preceded in death by her father and her sister, Carolyn Schutz.

She is survived by her mother, Jane Price; her sisters, Barbara Laurion of Colfax, La., Linda Willhite of Sherwood, Patricia Scott and her husband Ed of Wilson, Wy., Myra Burrow and her husband Joe, and Pamela Pierron; her brother, E.L. (Buddy) Price Jr. and his wife Glenda, all of Beebe, and her many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Janet enjoyed raising and riding horses, scuba diving, piloting small engine aircraft, and camping and canoeing. She had a passion for traveling, her pets, reading and being with her family and friends.

She was also very talented with her hands and created many beautiful crafts that will be cherished for generations to come.

The funeral was July 22 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.

EVENTS >> 7-23-14


The Sherwood Chamber of Commerce’s 38th annual fish fry will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday at Sherwood Forest.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-10 and kids 5 and under are free. The menu will include catfish fillets, chicken tenders, fries, coleslaw, hushpuppies and drinks. There will also be door prizes.


The Cabot Farmers Market will go to the dogs from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday when Cabot Lions Club and Cabot City Beautiful sponsor an event promoting pet ownership.

The event will include an ugliest dog contest at 10 a.m., a cutest-dressed dog contest at 10:30 a.m. and a horseshoe-pitching contest at 8 a.m. The entry fee for each is $5.

The Cabot Animal Shelter’s mobile-adoption unit will also be on hand, as will a dunking booth that will charge $1 a throw.

The farmers market is at Hwy. 367 and Richie Road in Renew Church’s parking lot.


Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held five times a week at the Lonoke County Christian Clinic, 502 Richie Road in Cabot.

Closed discussions are held at 8 p.m. Tuesdays and at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. An open discussion is held at 8 p.m. Fridays, and an open-book study is held at 10 a.m. Saturdays. A closed meeting for women is held at 6 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, visit Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held in the Presbyterian church on the ASU-Beebe campus. Open meetings are held at 8 p.m. Monday, and closed meetings are held at 8 p.m. Thursday.


The Skinner Family will perform gospel and Christian music at Cabot AARP’s meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, July 28 at the Cabot Senior Center, 600 N. Grant St.

A potluck supper will be followed by a short monthly business meeting. Members and prospective members are invited.

For more information, call 501-492-1456.


The Cabot Chamber of Commerce will hold its 10th annual ice-cream social from 5 until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29 at the Army National Guard Armory, 300 Commerce Park Drive.

A homemade ice cream tasting contest will be held.

Awards to be given are Judges’ Choice Ice Cream, Most Unique Ice Cream, Members’ Choice Ice Cream and Best Display Table.

Political candidates or booths supporting political causes will not be allowed.

For more information, call 501-843-1861.


Carlisle Public Library plans the following events as part of its summer reading program:

Elementary pupils are invited to a blob experiment at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 29. Later in the day, the library will also host a stuffed animal sleepover. “Bring your stuffed friends to storytime at 5:30 p.m. Wear your pajamas and, once storytime is over, you will tuck your stuffed friends into bed and pick them up the next day to see what they did while you were gone,” according to a news release from branch manager Lynnette Ward.

Adults are invited to make their own laundry detergent at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11. Bring an empty detergent jug.

For all ages, BINGO4Books will be held from 3 until 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Angry Birds War, also for all ages, will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Then elementary students can wrap up summer with a back-to-school party with Clifford the Big Red Dog and prizes from 2 until 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14.

The library is at 105 E. Fifth St. Call 870-552-3976 for more information.


Sherwood is hosting pool-of-the-month celebrations this summer.

The July Pool of the Month celebration will be held from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Fairway Pool, 800 Fairway Ave.

Admission is free.

There will be games and prizes for awards like Biggest Splash, Best Trick and more. Concessions will be available too.

“These celebrations are an effort to let the community know that we have three wonderful outdoor pools in Sherwood,” according to Aquatic Coordinator Sarah Coulter. The August Pool of the Month celebration will be held at Thornhill Pool on Aug. 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m


The Lonoke County Museum will host a gumbo supper fundraiser from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 each. The museum is at 215 SE Front St.

For more information, call 501-676-6750.


Panther Stadium at Cabot High School will be closed through the end of July while new synthetic turf is installed. Renovations will take a few weeks. There will be no access to the field or the track during this time.


The Shepherd’s Center at Beebe United Methodist Church is seeking bridge players for its weekly game at 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Beginners are welcome. For more information, call 501-843-2930.

Old Cabot school records set for destruction

State and federal guidelines allow public agencies to destroy special-education due-process forms and records when they are no longer needed to provide educational services to children.

The Cabot School District will keep records five years after the student graduates. Records that are not picked up will be destroyed on Aug. 16.

Guardians and former students can review or pick up a copy of their records if they received special education services from Cabot Public Schools.

People 18 or older must pick up the records or sign a consent document allowing someone else to pick them up for them. If a former student has been declared incompetent or incapacitated, parents or guardians may review or pick up the records on behalf of that individual.

These records are available at the Special Programs Administrative Office at 802 N. Second St. in Cabot. Records that are not picked up will be destroyed on Aug. 16.

For more information, call the special-programs data clerk at 501-743-3543. These records do not include transcripts or grade reports.


State and federal guidelines allow public agencies to destroy special-education due-process forms and records when they are no longer needed to provide educational services to children.

The Cabot School District will keep records five years after the student graduates. Records that are not picked up will be destroyed on Aug. 16.

Guardians and former students can review or pick up a copy of their records if they received special education services from Cabot Public Schools.

People 18 or older must pick up the records or sign a consent document allowing someone else to pick them up for them. If a former student has been declared incompetent or incapacitated, parents or guardians may review or pick up the records on behalf of that individual.

These records are available at the Special Programs Administrative Office at 802 N. Second St. in Cabot. Records that are not picked up will be destroyed on Aug. 16.

For more information, call the special-programs data clerk at 501-743-3543. These records do not include transcripts or grade reports.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TOP STORY >> 60 years for child porn

A Lonoke County man arrested last year by agents with Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s Cyber Crimes Unit has been sentenced to 60 years in prison.

Ryan David Oyen, 30, of Cabot pleaded guilty on Monday to 20 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. Lonoke County Circuit Court Judge Sandy Huckabee handed down the 60-year sentence, with an additional 20-year suspended sentence.

Oyen, a former sergeant who was stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base, was being held in the Lonoke County Detention Center awaiting transfer to the Arkansas Department of Correction. Oyen will be required to register as a sex offender.

“Arkansas children and families are safer when individuals who exploit our childen are held accountable for their crimes,” McDaniel said.

“This man had more than 16,000 images of child pornography on his computer. I am glad he will be unable to continue preying upon our most vulnerable citizens,” McDaniel said.

Oyen was arrested last July after agents with the Cyber Crimes Unit carried out a search warrant at 23 Haywood, his Cabot residence.

Special Agent Mike Lett had begun investigating Oyen a month earlier after suspecting that child pornography was at his home.

The Cabot Police Department and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations assisted state officials in the investigation and arrest of Oyen.

Assistant Attorney General Will Jones was appointed as special prosecutor in the case by 23rd Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Graham.

TOP STORY >> Her niece one plane ahead of fatal flight

Leader Editor

Hedy Wuelling, who runs the Jacksonville Animal Shelter, follows the news of the downed Malaysian airliner on Dutch websites because she’s from Holland.

She’s appalled that two-thirds of the 298 victims were from her native country and it’s taken almost a week for the pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine to release the bodies. The rebels are suspected of shooting down the plane with a surface-to-air missile that Russia probably gave them in their fight with the Ukrainian government.

Wuelling was telling a visitor to the shelter Monday that her niece had flown back to Holland on Malaysian Airlines just a few days before Flight 17 was shot down last Thursday.

“She came back on Flight 16,” Wuelling said, speaking with a Dutch accent.

Flight 17 was carrying 193 Dutch passengers. The rest were Malaysians, including the crew, as well as Australians, Indonesians, Britons, Belgians, Germans, Filipinos, a Canadian and a New Zealander.

Wuelling is upset about the way the Ukrainian rebels have collected bodies onto refrigerated trains, stolen the victims’ wallets and credit cards and refused to allow investigators to enter the crash scene until early this week.

“It’s disgusting how they’re holding up personal belongings like teddy bears as if they were trophies,” she said. “No respect. They’ve got their own war, but they should respect other people.

“If they’re innocent, they should let other people in to investigate,” she added.

Wuelling, who moved to Jacksonville 11 years ago, said Dutch people like to travel to Malaysia because of its resorts and its natural beauty. Many of the victims were vacationers. Others were prominent AIDS researchers flying to a conference.

The Ukrainian rebels stalled for almost a week, hiding pieces of the Russian missile they used to shoot down the plane and stealing valuables from the passengers, who lay in a wheat field for days in the oppressive heat while their bodies decomposed.

Some were thrown on stretchers like cordwood reminiscent of previous massacres in the region. The historian Timothy Snyder, in his book “Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin,” recounts the atrocities that took place there before and during the Second World War.

Ukraine is where the Nazis and Soviets took turns killing millions of their victims, depending on who was in control of the area. Their descendants and collaborators are still committing atrocities there almost 70 years later.

Alexander Borodai, the rat-faced commander of the rebel forces, looks like someone who comes from a long line of thugs. His grandfather could have been a Nazi collaborator, and his father a communist enforcer.

Vladimir Putin, the Russian strongman who supplied the rebels with the missile, must be proud of his Ukrainian stooge.

Putin, a former KGB official who continues to arm the separatists, has finally given into international pressure and ordered the rebels to release the plane’s black box and allow foreign monitors into the area.

The Dutch are in mourning. They want the culprits punished.

The Dutch military is sending its C-130s to Ukraine to pick up the victims and fly them home for identification.

Wuelling can see the C-130s from her home on Hwy. 107 near Little Rock Air Force Base. That’s where all C-130 crews do their training, including foreign allies like the Dutch.

She brought her parents here from Holland a few years ago. They’re a long way from home, but, when they see the C-130s flying overhead, they feel a little closer to the victims who perished.

TOP STORY >> Surprising results in math test

Leader staff writer

Lonoke Middle School and Ahlf Junior High in Searcy are two of the best schools in the state based on the recently released Algebra I end-of-course test scores.

The Algebra I test is a high-stakes, state-required exam. It is high stakes because most students who score below basic on the exam will have to repeat the course regardless of their report-card grade.

But students at Beebe Junior High don’t have to worry. They all scored proficient or advanced on the test.

The students at Lonoke and in Searcy did even better as all the students who took the test scored advanced. Lonoke and Searcy are two of just five schools in state that had all of their students score advanced.

Test scores on the Algebra I exam fall into one of four categories: Advanced, proficient, basic or below basic.

On the troubling end of the math spectrum is Jacksonville High School, where only four out of 10 passed the test and 18 percent scored below basic.

The Algebra I exam is one of three end-of-course tests required by the state. The other two are biology and geometry. Neither of them are high stakes, so a poor score doesn’t mean repeating the course.

In geometry, all the students taking the test at Cabot Junior High North and South scored proficient or better. Students at North Pulaski and the Lighthouse College Prep Academy were at the bottom of area schools, scoring 60 and 61 percent respectively.

In biology, Searcy had 65 percent of its students at proficient or advanced, while Jacksonville had just 18 percent make the cut.

Here is a closer look at area school results:


All students at Beebe Junior High School who took the Algebra I end-of-course exam scored either proficient or advanced. At the high school, 77 percent scored proficient or better and 5 percent scored below basic. Most of the 5 percent will have to repeat the course.

In Searcy, not only did all the Ahlf Junior High students taking the test pass, they all scored advanced. At the high school, 82 percent were proficient or advanced with 2 percent scoring below basic.

Lonoke Middle School also had 100 percent of their students taking the test score advanced. At the high school, 89 percent were proficient or advanced while 4 percent were below basic.

England High School had 48 percent score proficient or advanced and 13 percent scored below basic.

Students at Cabot Junior High South and Cabot Junior High North tied with 84 percent scoring proficient or advanced. Both had just 1 percent score below basic. At Cabot’s Academic Center for Excellence, 50 percent were proficient, none were advanced and 19 percent were below basic.

Students taking the high-stakes test at Jacksonville Middle School were 80 percent proficient or advanced and 2 percent scored below basic. At the high school, just 39 percent were proficient or advanced and 18 percent were below basic.

Sylvan Hills Middle School had 92 percent score proficient or advance, but, at the high school, is was 67 percent with 9 percent scoring below basic.

North Pulaski High had 54 percent score proficient or better, and 16 percent fell below basic.

Of the students taking the test at Lisa Academy North, 95 were proficient or advanced and none were below basic.

The test was given at three of the Jacksonville Lighthouse campuses. At the middle school, 73 percent were proficient or advanced with none below basic. At the upper academy, 81 percent made the cut and 3 percent were below basic. But, at the college prep campus, just 52 percent scored proficient or advanced while 17 percent were below basic.


Of the Beebe High School students who took the test, 77 percent scored proficient or better.

At Searcy, 93 percent of the students who took the test scored proficient or advanced and none were below basic.

At Lonoke High School, 68 percent were proficient or better. England High School had 63 percent make the cut and Carlisle had 74 percent of its students taking the test score proficient or better.

All students taking the test at Cabot Junior High North and Cabot Junior High South scored proficient or advanced. At the high school, it dropped to 81 percent proficient or better.

Jacksonville High School had 65 percent score proficient or better, while Sylvan Hills was at 66 percent and North Pulaski came in at 60 percent proficient or better.

Nearly all — 95 percent — of the students taking the test at Lisa Academy Middle scored proficient or advanced, but that fell to 69 percent at its high school.

Of the students taking the test at Jacksonville’s Lighthouse College Prep Academy, 61 percent scored proficient or advanced.


At Beebe High School, 54 percent of the students taking the end-of-course biology test scored proficient or advanced.

Among Searcy students taking the test, 65 percent scored proficient or better.

Lonoke had more at the basic level than the proficient and above levels. Of those taking the test, 43 percent were proficient or better while 45 percent were basic.

England had none scoring advanced, 25 percent at the proficient level, 48 percent basic and 27 percent were below basic.

At Carlisle High School, 54 percent scored proficient or better.

Cabot High School students were 61 percent proficient or advanced. But just 31 percent made the cut at the Academic Center for Excellence.

Of those taking the test at Jacksonville High School, 18 percent scored proficient or advanced, 43 percent basic and 39 percent below basic. Sylvan Hills didn’t do much better. It had 29 percent at proficient or better, 44 percent basic and 26 percent below basic.

North Pulaski High School students taking the test were 36 percent proficient or better, 44 percent basic and 20 percent below basic.

None of the students taking the test at Lisa Academy North scored proficient or advanced while 63 percent were basic and 38 percent were below basic.

Students at the Lighthouse College Prep Academy were 28 percent proficient, 52 percent basic and 20 percent below basic.

Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series taking an in-depth look at the results of this year’s state-mandated testing of elementary, middle school and high school students.

SPORT STORY >> Gwatney stays alive with shutout win over Conway

Leader sports editor

CONWAY – The Gwatney Chevrolet Senior American Legion team got its second win of the Zone 1 tournament Monday at Hendrix College in Conway, beating the Conway Cougars 9-0 and advancing to the semifinals. It was Jacksonville’s first win on the field.

The Chevy Boys won their first-round game by forfeit when Russellville did not have the required minimum of 12 players show up for their scheduled 9:30 a.m. game on Saturday.

After a 4-1 loss to Cabot on Sunday, Jacksonville blew open a 1-0 game in the seventh inning by posting eight more runs.

It seemed to be a matter of time before Jacksonville would have such an inning. Gwatney pitcher Derek St. Clair kept Conway off balance the entire game, while Jacksonville was on the brink of several big innings before the seventh, but were not able to capitalize on those opportunities.

The Chevy Boys loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first inning and failed to score. Four of their five batters reached base in the second inning but only one run scored. That inning included one strikeout, one runner picked off at first and another thrown out at home trying to score from second base.

In the third inning, the first two runners reached base and were in scoring position with one out. There was a fruitless triple to the wall in left-center field by Greg Jones in the fifth. Jacksonville went three up, three down in the sixth before finally blowing it open in the seventh.

It started with the always-ominous leadoff walk of the nine-hole hitter. D.J. Scott drew that walk and reached second on a base hit to right field by Courtland McDonald. Ryan Mallison then put down a sacrifice bunt, but everyone was safe when the first baseman dropped the throw.

Blake Perry hit a fly ball to right field deep enough for Scott to score from third. Jones then singled to center field to drive in the remaining two base runners. St. Clair then singled to left. He was picked off by Conway pitcher Shawn Schichtl, but was safe at second on another dropped ball. James Tucker then bunted down the third baseline, and again everyone was left safe on an errant throw that also allowed Jones to score.

Laderrious Perry then drew a walk to load the bases again.

Brandon Hickingbotham struck out swinging at a wild pitch that scored St. Clair. Scott drew another walk in his second at-bat of the inning to again load the bases. McDonald hit a hard grounder to third base where a half-hearted effort to field the ball was unsuccessful, allowing two more runs to score and leaving Scott and McDonald safe in scoring position. Mallison walked to load the bases again and Blake Perry was hit by a pitch to drive in the final run of the game.

Jacksonville got just six base hits with Jones’ two leading the way. The Chevy Boys were helped by seven walks, six Conway errors and three hit batters.

Conway got seven base hits, six off of St. Clair in eight innings of work. He also struck out six and walked three. Hickingbotham pitched the ninth inning. He gave up a leadoff single and an E6 to put two runners on with no outs, but got two groundouts and finished it off with a strikeout to preserve the shutout.

Jacksonville faced Fort Smith-Kerwins at 7 p.m. Tuesday after deadlines. Kerwins entered that game 3-0 in the tournament but it’s an elimination game for Jacksonville. A win means a date with the winner of Cabot-North Little Rock on Wednesday. Look for details of those games and the rest of the tournament in Saturday’s edition of The Leader.

SPORTS STORY >> Cabot wins two at Zone tourney

Leader sportswriter

CONWAY – The Cabot-Centennial Bank Senior American Legion team fell to 2-1 in the Arkansas American Legion Senior Zone Tournament after losing to Fort Smith by the final score of 3-2 Monday at the Hendrix College baseball field.

Both teams were 2-0 heading into Monday’s matchup. Cabot beat Bentonville 10-0 in seven innings on Saturday while Fort Smith beat Conway in the nightcap Saturday by the final score of 7-6.

On Sunday, each team advanced in the winners’ bracket yet again as Cabot handed Jacksonville a 4-1 loss, while Fort Smith won another close game; this one a 5-4 triumph over North Little Rock.

Cabot can still win the double-elimination tourney if it wins out, but for Fort Smith, the win over Cabot guaranteed it a spot in the state tournament that starts Saturday at Bryant.

Cabot scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first inning Monday. Shortstop and leadoff hitter Conner Vocque started the inning with a double to left field, and advanced to third base two batters later on an infield single by teammate Ryan Logan.

With runners at the corners, Fort Smith pitcher Jorden Lawrence tried several times to pick off Logan at first base as he anticipated Logan trying to steal second, but on Lawrence’s final pickoff attempt, Vocque broke for home plate and was able to slide under catcher Jordan Miller’s tag on the throw from first to home, making it 1-0 Cabot.

The score remained 1-0 until the top of the fifth when Fort Smith scored two runs to take the lead. Lawrence singled down the third baseline to lead off the inning, and Miller got on base after being hit by a pitch.

Brennan Dooly tried to lay down a sacrifice bunt the next at-bat, but got the bat too far underneath the ball and popped it up in the air where it was easily caught for the first out of the inning. That brought leadoff hitter Hunter Wilson to the plate, and he reached base safely on a 5-4 fielder’s choice.

With two outs and a 3-1 count, two-hole hitter Drew Person hit a clutch stand-up double down the right-field line to send both Lawrence and Wilson across the plate and give the Kerwins Sportsmen team its first lead at 2-1.

Fort Smith added its third and final run in the top of the eighth. Wilson started things off with a single to the gap in right field, and Person put him in scoring position with a sac bunt.

Wilson stole third base with three-hole hitter Michael Rhea at the plate, and scored the next at-bat on a sac fly to right field by Houston Kennedy, which put Fort Smith on top 3-1. Cabot added its final run in the bottom part of the inning.

Gavin Tillery singled to get on base in the bottom of the eighth. Hayden Vinson came in as Tillery’s courtesy runner, and he stole second base to get in scoring position.

Vinson later stole third base, and was able to score on the same play as Miller made a low throw to third that ended up in shallow left field. Cabot made a serious threat to tie it up in the ninth, but had some bad luck on its side.

Cleanup hitter Landon James singled to right center to lead off the bottom of the ninth, and advanced to second on a groundout to first by Grayson Cole. That brought catcher Tristan Bulice to the plate, and Bulice hit a hard line drive to left field.

James rounded third for what would’ve been a close play at the plate, but tripped up and fell halfway home, and was therefore tagged out on the play. Cabot wasn’t able to recover after that, and Fort Smith was able to escape with the hard-fought win.

Lawrence got the win on the mound. He went the distance and finished the complete game with nine strikeouts and two walks, but gave up eight Cabot hits. Although Lawrence had an overall solid game on the hill, Cabot coach Chris Gross thought his team could’ve and should’ve hit the ball better than it did against him.

“We shut it down,” said Gross. “For seven innings straight we quit swinging the bat and acted like we didn’t want to be here. Grayson Cole made a play in right (field) and all of a sudden everybody’s motivated, and we start hitting the ball.

“We outhit them. If we would’ve showed up to play we would’ve won that game. (Fort Smith) is a really good ball team. They all showed up. They wanted to play, we didn’t. I think we have enough talent and enough pitching to go a long way, but we’ll see if they show up (Tuesday). I know they want to play these guys again Wednesday, so maybe that’s what we needed.”

Cabot outhit Fort Smith 8-5 and Centennial Bank had no errors to Fort Smith’s one error.

Tillery and James led Cabot offensively with two hits each, while teammates Vocque, Logan, Bulice and Kason Kimbrell had one hit apiece.

Lawrence was the only player for Fort Smith with multiple hits. He was 2 for 4.

Cabot played North Little Rock last night after deadlines. Those two teams, along with Jacksonville and Fort Smith, were the last four teams left in the tournament as of Tuesday. Look for details of the Cabot/NLR game and the rest of the tournament in Saturday’s edition of The Leader.

SPORTS STORY >> JHS wide receiver’s decline is shocking

Leader sports editor

What a monumental difference a year can make in the life of a young person, especially those who are graduating high school and embarking on life without the structure, rules, authority and accountability they’ve lived with.

That difference can be positive or negative, and the negative can be illustrated no better than the recent tragedy involving former Jacksonville standout wide receiver Robert Harris, whose rapid decline that began in earnest last September at the start of his senior year, has culminated in him now sitting in jail charged with capital murder. He’s being held without bail after his arraignment on Tuesday.

Harris, still only 17, was arrested early Monday morning as the prime suspect in the shooting death of 29-year-old Michael Cook in North Little Rock.

Harris allegedly robbed Cook at gunpoint in the wee hours of Saturday morning, and then shot him near Whipporwhil Lane and Campbell Road. Cook, a father of two young boys, was found alive, but died later at the hospital. Harris was arrested around 6 a.m. Monday after two witnesses identified him as the shooter.

About this time last year, Harris was volunteering as an instructor and helper at the Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club’s annual Fun Day, which is sponsored by the Jacksonville Police Department. Alongside JPD officers, Harris was teaching kids how to play kickball and volunteering to be plunged into the cold water of a dunking booth, all for the entertainment of Jacksonville’s little ones.

He was also interviewed that day for The Leader’s annual football tab for the remarkable comeback he made from a serious injury suffered during the Red-White game before his junior year.

The injury was gruesome. Harris’ skin appeared to be the only thing keeping his right foot attached to his leg, as it protruded in a grotesque angle away from his body and dangled loosely as paramedics lifted him onto the stretcher.

It cost him his junior season, but he worked hard to get ready for his senior year, with teammates helping him get to practice and physical therapy sessions. Last summer, Harris dazzled as a wide receiver in multiple 7-on-7 camps, including a remarkable performance in the Shootout of the South, where he caught 19 touchdown passes and led the Red Devils to a fifth-place finish in the 22-team tournament that included teams from four states.

That performance launched Harris into prospect status among college coaches, but it didn’t carry over into tackle football. Once school started, something changed.

At the time, coaches, fans and media scratched their heads wondering why the talented receiver wasn’t producing like he did in the summer. He dropped passes frequently, got into scuffles on the field and played with an overall lack of focus.

Bewildered observers only needed to let the year play out. Harris was no longer focusing on football or school like he used to. The talented young man, who was always very polite and respectful in the presence of adults, was becoming a different person among his peers.

He was involved in a fracas with Little Rock McClellan after their football game last season, and really began to show his downward direction during basketball season. He didn’t play basketball, but loved being a part of the rowdy JHS student section. Only Harris went further than the rest.

The week of the rivalry game against North Pulaski, Harris took to twitter to get under the skin of one NP player who used to play for Jacksonville.

That nearly resulted in a fight after Jacksonville’s win. Harris finally did get in a fight after Jacksonville’s away game at Sylvan Hills, and that landed him his first arrest for battery.

It also ended his schooling, as he was expelled from JHS only two months from graduation.

It apparently got worse from there. Witnesses say on Saturday evening, Harris and three friends were sitting in a car when one of them, Cook, got out and walked away.

Harris followed him around a corner where he stopped Cook at gunpoint. Cook reportedly began to empty his pockets and throw the contents on the ground. Harris then, according to one witness, fired several shots and fled.

The outcry on social media is varied. The more outrageous and shortsighted involves anger at the snitches who told on Harris.

Those people show a callous and despicable lack of regard for the lost life and the people who are mourning over it.

Some of his coaches, teachers and others who know Harris are distraught over the extreme and rapid nature of his decline.

One former coach even lamented that “this is not who he really is.” It’s an understandable sentiment. It didn’t seem like that’s who Harris was to the reporter who sat down with him among the raucous and happy little kids at the Boys and Girls Club last July.

That coach’s lament has been shared by many people, including by this reporter.

Often times those we see going down a destructive path turn things around and become the good person we knew was underneath the horrible decisions they were making. But sometimes people just aren’t who we thought they were.

Friday, July 18, 2014

SPORTS STORY >> Jacksonville golf set for season two

Leader sports editor

With the high school golf season rapidly approaching, Jacksonville is ready to begin its second year of competition, and will do so with one returning player who qualified for the state tournament last year.

Senior Jeremy Wilson tops the list of three returners and one newcomer to the Red Devil boys golf team. Wilson had very little experience when Jacksonville was an upstart program last season, but head coach Max Hatfield said he was the team’s most improved player from beginning of the season to the end.

“Jeremy worked on it and ended up finishing high enough in conference to qualify for state,” Hatfield said. “He’s been taking lessons and he’s been playing in tournaments. He’s been working hard. He wants to be good and he works at it. And he will be if he keeps working. He just got such a late start at the game he’s got a lot of ground to try to make up.”

Senior John Hermann and sophomore Tyler Cox also return for their second year, while sophomore Cody Anderson joined the team this summer.

“John has a good swing but he’s spent a lot of his summer at football camps and things like that,” Hatfield said. “He’s the kicker and he’s pretty good at that. Cody just joined us so I don’t really have a really good idea of where he’s at right now.”

Junior Haley Elmore is the only female player on the team right now. Hatfield lost his top female golfer, Nicole Hardison, who moved to Highland. Hardison just barely missed qualifying for state last season, but Hatfield said a few rounds with Elmore this summer show a marked improvement from her form last year.

“Haley has taken some lessons from the same guy Jeremy has, Tommy Rutherford,” Hatfield said. “She’s played in some tournaments over the summer, too. I’ve played with her a few times and there’s a noticeable improvement. She’s hitting the driver really well. It’s huge to play in those summer tournaments to get that experience in real competition.”

The season begins on Aug. 4 in a six-team match at Hickory Creek Golf Course outside Jacksonville. Sylvan Hills, North Pulaski, Robinson, Mills and England will compete.

The rosters are not set and more interested students are encouraged to sign up, he said.

“Hopefully we’ll get some more interest once school starts and a few more will come out,” Hatfield said. “If anyone is interested they need to call the high school and they will get them in touch with me. They take the top four scores in boys and the top three in girls for team competition, but you can enter as many as you want into an event, so everyone will get to play.”

SPORTS STORY >> Youth coach’s suspension upheld

Leader staff writer

Against the advice of the city attorney, the Cabot Parks and Recreation commission on Tuesday upheld its one-year suspension of a youth baseball coach and denied his request to appeal until 60 days.

Last month, the commission affirmed the baseball advisory board’s decision to ban John Elizandro from coaching for a year because he allowed someone to play in the wrong age division to give the child a chance to adjust to the game and enjoy himself on the field, he said.

In a letter to the commission, Elizandro said he did not believe the older player gave his team an advantage, or he would not have played him.

Elizandro did not attend the June meeting and requested the commission hear his appeal.

City Attorney Jim Taylor, arguing that the parks commission should leave disciplinary matters up to the parks director, advised the commission not to get involved in the suspension and send it back to the parks director for a decision.

He also recommended that the commission’s by-laws be changed so that it can no longer hear appeals, effectively getting the commission out of the punishment business and helping the city to avoid lawsuits.

Chairman Maggie Cope said the by-laws give the commission the final say in any sports league decision, and it should hear the appeal.

Taylor said if they did hear appeals, the commission is exposing itself to lawsuits and its members could even be sued personally. In that case, Taylor said the Municipal League and the city attorney’s office will not represent commission members.

“You are going to get into highly intense situations athletics carry with them. It is something, in my opinion, you should not be doing,” Taylor said.

He said the commission is delving into the day-to-day operations of the parks and recreation department. In his view, the commission’s job is to simply set and follow up on the parks’ budget. Hearing appeals is the job of the park director, Taylor recommended.

Commission member Nick Whitaker said, “I have really big trouble after last month’s meeting, you (Taylor) did not say a word. The next morning, a man went to the mayor’s office, and we start getting e-mails from you saying we shouldn’t have done it.”

Taylor said he knew nothing about the meeting, until e-mails were sent out. He said at the time he did not know the position the commission would be put in.

“I, nor my office, are no way involved in any kind of political things of nature in this town, and never will be,” Taylor said.

After the meeting adjourned, Whitaker continued to have words with Taylor, angrily pointing at him.

SPORTS STORY >> Cabot Red’s season ends in semifinals

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The Cabot Red Junior American Legion team’s season came to an end Tuesday in the semifinals of the Junior American Legion state tournament at North Little Rock’s Burns Park, where it lost a close 2-1 decision to the Sheridan Yellowjackets.

Sheridan (22-5) scored the game’s first run in the top of the first inning, and held Cabot scoreless through the first four innings.

The Centennial Bank team knotted up the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth, but the Yellowjackets scored the game’s final run their next at-bat in the top of the sixth and kept the Cabot bats at bay for the remainder of the game to move on to the finals.

Other than getting timely hits when needed, Cabot played an overall solid game, but so did Sheridan. Both teams totaled seven hits in the game, and Centennial Bank didn’t commit a single error in the field and didn’t have a single strikeout at the plate in the seven innings played.

Sheridan committed two errors at shortstop in the first inning alone, but didn’t have an error the rest of the way, which is what ultimately kept Cabot from putting together any sort of rally. For the game, Cabot left a total of 10 runners stranded on base – four more than Sheridan’s six.

“They’re a good, solid team, but you expect that at this level,” said Cabot Red assistant coach David Smith, who took over head-coaching duties Tuesday in head coach Justin Moore’s absence. “One thing you know when you play a Sheridan team is they’re going to play the game the right way. They’re going to play fundamentally sound, and that’s what they were.

“Defensively, I thought we did an excellent job. We made the plays when we had to make the plays. Offensively, I couldn’t have asked for anything else. They hit the ball hard – right at them a lot of times. It was just that timely hit that eluded us.

“One thing I was telling the guys, we were in the fifth inning, I said, ‘guys, we’ve had a runner at third every inning. We’re just waiting to bust one open.’ In that inning we finally got that clutch hit, that timely hit, we just didn’t have enough of them.”

Sheridan leadoff hitter David Vilches hit a double to start the game, and two-hole hitter Lathan Wylie drove him in the next at-bat with a single to give the Yellowjackets a 1-0 lead. The score remained 1-0 till the fifth.

In the bottom of the fifth, Cabot Red leadoff hitter Blake McCutchen doubled to right field to start the inning, and he advanced to third base on a 6-3 groundout by starting pitcher Chris Odom.

That brought three-hole hitter Jacob Slunder to the plate, and he drove in McCutchen with a one-out single to right field, tying the game at 1-1. However, Sheridan responded with a run in the top of the sixth to take the lead for good.

Yellowjacket cleanup hitter Evan Thompson hit a stand-up double to the wall in center field to lead off the inning, and he advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt by teammate Dustin Reid.

That brought Brady Bibb to the plate, and he sent the go-ahead run across the plate with a sac fly to left field. Odom then struck out designated hitter Isiah Quintanilla to end the top part of the sixth inning.

In the last inning, Cabot was able to get runners at first and second base with two outs after Slunder hit a double to left field and cleanup hitter Easton Seidl was intentionally walked, but Reid, who came in to relieve starting pitcher Zach Glidden the next at-bat, got Cabot’s Gavin Tillery to fly out to shallow center field to end the game in the Jackets’ favor.

Even though Cabot lost the game, it was still an excellent year for the Centennial Bank Red team. In addition to advancing all the way to the semifinals of the Junior American Legion state tournament, the Centennial Bank Red team qualified for the state tournament by winning the Zone 3 tournament championship last week in Heber Springs.

The Cabot Red team finished the summer with an overall record of 24-9.

“It was a good year with this group of guys,” Smith said. “They went out there and they fought. They faced some adversity and I thought they did well. Today, they just came up a bit short.”

Odom threw all seven innings for Cabot. He recorded a game-high three strikeouts and allowed just one walk in his time on the hill.

Offensively, Slunder led all batters, going 3 for 3 with an RBI, while teammates McCutchen, Tanner Wilkie, Bobby Duncan and Mike Havard totaled one hit apiece. For Sheridan, Vilches, Wylie and Reid each had two hits, while Thompson had one hit.

SPORTS STORY >> New head coach at CHS

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The Lady Panther volleyball program just completed its annual summer camp, and the 2014 camp was the first under new program leader Kham Chanthaphasouk, who takes over as Cabot head volleyball coach after former coach DeAnna Campbell stepped down after three years at the helm.

Campbell took over the program in 2011 after the 30-plus year career of Terry Williams.

Chanthaphasouk applied for the Cabot job when Campbell got it, but CHS athletic director Steve Roberts was impressed enough with the France-raised former Sheridan coach to call him and ask him to apply this time around.

Chanthaphasouk coached at Sheridan for eight years, the last three as head coach, and took the Lady Yellowjackets to the state quarterfinals each of those years. Since 2009, he has been a teacher at Benton High School, and has continued to coach in Little Rock’s junior Olympic volleyball program.

Born in Laos, Chanthaphasouk’s family moved to France when he was very young, where he became in involved in competitive volleyball. He had to temporarily give it up when he came to Little Rock Central as an exchange student and found that Arkansas didn’t offer boys’ high school volleyball.

He stayed in Arkansas after graduation and attended UALR and later the University of Arkansas, neither of which have a men’s volleyball program. But he did compete; joining the U.S. Open national team and winning a regional championship at the A level. He competed on the national scene from 1993 to 1998.

He was also a volunteer coach for the UA women before planting roots in central Arkansas as a Sheridan and JO coach, and winning one national championship as coach of a level B team.

The Lady Panthers didn’t begin summer practices until July 7, so Chanthaphasouk hasn’t had much time with the team, but he likes what he’s seen so far.

“There’s a lot of talent on this team,” Chanthaphasouk said. “There’s not a lot of experience, though. I think most of the starters and key players last year were seniors, but I see a lot of potential in this group. I think this is the perfect place to start lifting volleyball in central Arkansas up to the level it’s at in the northwest part of the state.

“For so many years it was just Jonesboro and Fort Smith because they had those strong year-round programs. Now the northwest is becoming very strong and Conway is building a really strong program. I see no reason why Cabot shouldn’t be among programs. Coach Campbell obviously did a great job of getting that started and I hope to keep making it better and better.”

Campbell had a core group of sophomores her first year that remained the core group of starters all three years. They won just one conference game their sophomore year. They made the playoffs but lost in the first round their junior season, then made state and advanced to the quarterfinals last season.

“This is a program that’s headed in the right direction and I’m very happy to be here and have the opportunity to continue to help it grow,” Chanthaphasouk said.

TOP STORY >> Quorum court honors lifesaver

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Lonoke County contractor Barry Weathers and his wife, Patti, the county treasurer, were honored with plaques at Thursday’s Lonoke Quorum Court meeting for their role in saving the life of a young boy.

Both Weathers were given the plaques by Sheriff John Staley. Barry Weathers was also honored with a special resolution from the quorum court. He received a standing ovation from everyone at the meeting.

Weathers downplayed the incident, saying he just happened to be the first one there, and it was the sheriff’s department that calmed the chaos of the event and directed the medical helicopter in.

According to the resolution, Weathers was being honored for his “quick action, performance during an emergency and skill in saving the life of a drowning victim on July 4 in rural Lonoke County.”

At an Independence Day celebration, a 3-year-old child was found floating in a residential swimming pool. The proclamation said the “unresponsive child was brought out of the water, hands and lips blue, with no heartbeat or breathing. Upon hearing the cries for help, Barry immediately ran to the pool area, took charge of a very dire, chaotic situation and began CPR.”

Weathers said he performed CPR for the nine minutes it took the ambulance to get there. “It took about seven minutes for the child to actually take a breath,” he said.

After the incident, Weathers’ brother, Larry, told Barry, “I saw what you were doing and didn’t want to interfere, so I just prayed hard.”

Weathers said that praying contributed to the boy’s recovery as much as his CPR efforts.

The boy, taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, was released the next day “with an excellent prognosis for a full recovery with no adverse effects and will go on to lead a normal, healthy childhood,” according to the resolution.

Weathers’ son, JP B.J. Weathers, introduced the resolution. “Proudly, in my dad’s honor, I make the motion to approve this resolution,” he said. It was unanimously approved.

Patti Weathers was given a plaque for her efforts to get the sheriff’s department and others on the scene with updated information.

Staley said, “I know 911 was bombarded with calls, but Patti called me directly and made sure I was exactly aware of the severity of the situation and made sure that I had the helicopter coming in. She saved precious moments for that child, and I’m sure it made the difference.”

Weathers downplayed his role, but did admit that his phone had been jammed up with positive and congratulatory messages, especially from the boy’s family.

In other quorum court business:

• It took more than 30 minutes of debate, but the court did vote to dissolve the Grand Prairie/Bayou Two water board in favor of a water authority that had already been established through state law to oversee the water entity. The ordinance was tabled last month after it was brought to the court with no notice and the JPs wanted time to research exactly what was in it.

Switching from a water board to a water authority, by state law, gives Grand Prairie/Bayou Two more ability to raise money and issue bonds, more power to set rates and to condemn property.

JP Larry Odom said the old board made the water entity grow without using any condemnation powers or raising rates.

The vote was not unanimous as JP Mike Verkler still wasn’t happy with the whole affair after all the debating.

Nearly all the JPs were upset that the water entity basically went behind the quorum court’s back to form the new governing body and then, as their last action, moved for the dissolution of the old water board.

Verkler was upset that the water group never came before the council with its bylaws, which state that the new authority board members get to replace successor board members instead of the ratepayers.

The attorney for the water entity said it would discuss changing the bylaw to allow ratepayers to elect board members, but that the court couldn’t force the issue.

At this point, the changeover means very little in the day-to-day operations of the water entity.

But Grand Prairie/Bayou Two is moving into the wastewater/sewer end of the business and charging customers a minimum of $40 a month, which is higher than most surrounding areas.

TOP STORY >> Cabot middle school kids do well on test

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Cabot middle school students tested smarter than almost 70 percent of the middle school students across the country in math on the recently released Iowa Test of Basic Skills.

On the other hand, nearly 70 percent of the students across the country outscored Jacksonville students.

The norm-referenced test is given as part of the annual Benchmark exam but is pulled out and scored separately. It is not used to determine whether a school is failing or not, but as a tool for teachers to see how well students are doing on basic skills.

Being a norm-referenced exam, it does not have cut scores and students do not “pass” or “fail.”

Sixth graders at Cabot Middle School South scored the best in math in the local area. Students were in the 69th percentile in math, followed by CMS North students at 66 percent, meaning they did better than almost seven out of 10 sixth graders across the country.

On the other hand, sixth graders at Jacksonville Middle School were in the 32nd percentile in math, meaning seven out of 10 students across the country are doing better than them.

Kimberly Friedman, spokesperson for the Arkansas Department of Education, said, “Unlike the Arkansas Benchmark, ITBS is a norm-referenced exam that provides data in math, literacy and science for Arkansas students as compared with other students in the nation. This feedback is at the individual, school and district levels.

“The only other national assessment is the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress), which uses a sample size of Arkansas students. With NAEP, neither the school nor the students receive feedback regarding the national sample given for literacy and math in grades 4, 8 and 12,” she said.

The deputy superintendent for the Pulaski County Special School District, Dr. Laura Bednar, said, “It is one more indicator of where each student is at, and we also looked at it to make grade-level improvements.”

About 35,000 fifth graders statewide were tested in April and the scores were released last week. Out of 35,000 students, they were in the 54th percentile in math, 47th in reading and 50th in language — basically average.

Here is a closer look at the scores from fifth through eighth grades:


Beebe Middle School students scored in the 50th percentile in math, 49th in reading and 47th in language.

In Searcy, fifth graders at Southwest Middle School were in the 61st percentile in math, 57th in reading and 63rd in language.

Lonoke fifth graders were in the 45th percentile in math, 46th in reading and 49th in language.

In England, the students were in the 47th percentile in math, 32nd in reading and 40th in language.

Carlisle fifth graders were in the 63rd percentile in math, 55th in reading and 64th in language.

Students at Cabot Middle School South were in the 69th percentile in math, 60th in reading and 58th in language

Cabot Middle School North students were 66th in math, 56th in reading and 54th in language.

In PCSSD, Bayou Meto was in the 50th percentile in math, 47th in reading and 46th in language. Clinton Elementary was 52nd in math, 49th in reading and 54th in language. Warren Dupree was 42nd in math, 35th in reading and 44th in language. Harris Elementary was 25th in math, 19th in reading and 26th in language.

Tolleson was in the 56th percentile in math, 49th in reading and also 49th in language. Sherwood Elementary was 51st in math, 41st in reading and 62nd in language. Sylvan Hills Elementary was 50th in math, 43rd in reading and 49th in language. Cato was in the 56th percentile in math, 52nd in reading and also 52nd in language. Pinewood was 35th in math, 42nd in reading and 43rd in language.

PCSSD’s Arnold Drive was in the 51st percentile in math, 57th in reading and 54th in language. Oakbrooke was 51st in math, 48th in reading and 51st in language. Murrell Taylor was 35th in math, 31st in reading and 36th in language.

Lisa Academy North was in the 48th percentile in math, 46th percentile in reading and 47th in language.

Jacksonville Lighthouse Middle School was in the 38th percentile in math, 30th in reading and 36th in language. The charter school’s Flightline Upper Academy was 52nd in math, 52nd in reading and 57th in language.


Beebe sixth-grade students scored right in the middle at the 50th percentile in math, 50th percentile in reading and 45th percentile in language.

Searcy students at Southwest Middle School were in the 61st percentile in math, 58th in reading and 59th in language.

Lonoke Middle School sixth graders were 48th in math, 43rd in reading and 46th in language. England sixth graders were in the 42nd percentile in math, 34th in reading and 30th in language. Carlisle students were 53rd in math, 48th in reading and 50th in language.

Cabot Middle School South students were in the 69th percentile in math, 53rd in reading and 53rd in language. CMS North students were 66th in math, 55th in reading and 55th in language.

In PCSSD, Jacksonville Middle School sixth graders were in the 32nd percentile in math, 28th in reading and 32nd in language. Sylvan Hills sixth graders were 48th in math, 39th in reading and 42nd in language.

Lisa Academy North was in the 54th percentile in math, 49th in reading and 58th in language.

Jacksonville Lighthouse Middle School students were in the 47th percentile in math, 37th in reading and 42nd in language. Lighthouse’s Flightline Academy was 62nd in math, 57th in reading and 63rd in language.


Beebe Junior High seventh graders scored in the 55th percentile in math, 60th percentile in reading and 46th percentile in language.

Seventh graders at Searcy’s Ahlf Junior High scored in the 60th percentile in math, 58th in reading and 55th in language.

Lonoke students were 53rd in math, 42nd in reading and 41st in language. England seventh graders were 40th in math, 39th in reading and 36th in language. Carlisle students scored in the 44th percentile in math, 39th in the reading and 39th in language.

Cabot Junior High South students were in the 56th percentile in math, 54th in reading and 49th in language. CHJ North finished in the 60th percentile in math, 58th in reading and 49th in language.

Jacksonville Middle School seventh graders were in the 40th percentile in math, 33rd in reading and 33rd in language.

Sylvan Hills students were 47th in math, 43rd in reading and 43rd in language.

Lisa Academy North finished in the 58th percentile in math, 62nd in reading and 53rd in language.

Jacksonville Lighthouse Middle School was in the 43rd percentile in math, 37th in reading and 43rd in language. At the Upper Academy, students were 55th in math, 55th in reading and 52nd in language.


Beebe eighth graders scored in the 54th percentile in math, 55th in reading and 48th in language.

Ahlf Junior High students in Searcy were in the 57th percentile in math, 65th in reading and 58th in language.

Lonoke eighth graders were 53rd in math, 52nd in reading and 46th in language. England students were in the 40th percentile in math, 40th in

TOP STORY >> Big firm looks to bring in 400 jobs

Leader staff writer

There is a good chance that Sherwood will see more than the 250 jobs TeleTech is already working to fill, senior vice president for global operations Todd Baxter said during a grand-opening celebration Wednesday afternoon.

According to a news release announcing the company’s intention to open a second Arkansas site in Jonesboro, Sherwood’s site at 2402 Wildwood Ave. could see another 150 jobs created — a total of 400 — when all is said and done.

TeleTech is an inbound customer service call center for health-insurance providers, according to Sherwood economic development director Barry Sellers.

The Jonesboro office will open in August with a staff of 150 and the ability to later employ up to 600, according to the release.

It states that both the Jonesboro and Sherwood sites could expand to employ a total of 1,000 Arkansans.

Baxter hinted during the grand opening in Sherwood at the Wildwood Centre and Medical Tower that the announcement of the second site was hours or days away.

He said then, “All in all, we’re going to have capacity to expand here and expand in that location in the state of Arkansas significantly over the next several months.”

Baxter compared Sherwood to the company’s office in Melbourne, Fla., which created 250 jobs at first.

“We’ve made the decision to double in size there. Actually, we’ll be closer to 600 jobs. We doubled our footprint, and we made that decision in less than 18 months,” Baxter said. “That was a great market for us, and I think we have a real opportunity to do the same thing here.”

Sherwood was one of 30 markets the company considered for its first Arkansas location, Baxter told the crowd of about 40 attending TeleTech’s grand opening.

“In a market like Sherwood, one of the things that’s so important to us is to be able to go in and have it be of a size where we can attract the type of employees we need but also have it be small enough where we know who to pick up the phone and call when we have an issue, and we can get the creative help we need,” he continued.

Baxter said, “The first time I pulled up, one of the most pleasant surprises was that this building is part of a medical center. Somehow, that didn’t make it on the data sheet before I got to town. So I thought ‘well, this might be meant to be’ and it turns out that it was.”

He noted, “We’re fortunate to be a company that has had a tremendous amount of growth in the last two years. In fact, we’ve opened several sites around the country.”

TeleTech opened a location in Ennis, Texas, two years ago that has grown to a staff of 800, Baxter said.

In Hopkinsville, Ky., 400 jobs became 700 while 150 jobs became 556 at TeleTech’s Paducah, Ky., site, Baxter noted.

“We’ve done a nice job keeping up with this pace,” he said.

Baxter also praised Sher-wood’s economic development director, Barry Sellers, for being the “linchpin” in TeleTech moving to the city.

He added, “We often find that colleges are great partners with us, not just in the beginning, but long term in terms of sourcing employees and finding a place to continue education.”

Bentley Wallace of Pulaski Technical College, the largest two-year college in the state, was one of three speakers at the grand opening. He said he was happy to help as PTC is committed to providing world-class workforce training and helping launch new enterprise.

Wallace noted that he was invited to an April 2013 Arkansas Economic Development Commission training session in Sherwood on attracting and retaining good jobs.

During that session, “I realized that the passion and desire to bring good jobs to Sherwood and retain good jobs in Sherwood was there among that group,” he said. “I’m so pleased today to see the fruits of that labor and that passion playing out.”

Sherwood Mayor Virginia Hillman also spoke at the grand opening.

She said, “We are very excited that TeleTech has chosen Sherwood to be a part of their family. It’s going to be a great partnership between the two entities and, not only for Sherwood, but for central Arkansas. So we’re excited about the jobs and the potential it has for us.

“No success is gained alone. None of us are successful by ourselves. This has been a very huge team effort,” Hillman said.

She named Sellers, state Sen. Jane English (R-North Little Rock), the Metro Little Rock Alliance, Pulaski Technical College, Gov. Mike Beebe and his staff, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and local elected officials as essential players in the deal to bring TeleTech here.

Baxter said TeleTech’s global public health insurance operation is serving Fortune 500 companies with 41,000 employees on nearly every continent.

Sellers said some of those who apply for open positions at TeleTech will be trained as licensed health-care agents.

To view open positions and apply, visit

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SPORTS STORY >> Cabot seniors sweep Benton

Leader sports editor

The Cabot-Centennial Bank Senior American Legion team pulled off a doubleheader sweep of Benton on Saturday in Saline County. Cabot won by scores of 8-1 and 7-5 to improve to 13-9 on the season and head into the Zone 3 tournament with some momentum.

In game one, left-handed pitcher Ryan Logan scattered seven hits over seven innings, striking out six and walking no one in getting the win. Cabot got just two more hits than Benton. Sportshop starting pitcher Andrew Swaim gave up just three hits in three innings of work, but struggled with control. Swaim walked five Cabot batters while the home team’s defense committed three errors behind him. Most of that came in the second inning when Cabot scored three of its runs.

Grayson Cole started the second-inning rally by drawing a leadoff walk. After an out, Dylan Bowers reached on a fielder’s choice that also left Cole safe at second. Grant Bell then hit a single to load the bases and Conner Vocque singled to score a run. After another out, Logan and Adam Hicks drew RBI walks to make it 3-0.

That’s how it stayed over the next four innings before Centennial Bank blew it open in the seventh.

Tristan Bulice started the rally with one out when he took a pitch to the hip. Cole and Lee Sullivan hit back-to-back singles to load the bases. Two runs then scored when Hayden Vinson hit into an error in left field. Vinson became the second out when he was thrown out on a fielder’s choice by Bell. Sullivan also scored on the play, leaving just Bell at first. Vocque’s grounder to second base was mishandled, leaving both runners safe. Kason Kimbrell walked to load the bases. Logan then singled to left to score Bell and Vocque, but Kimbrell was thrown out at third from centerfield to end the inning.

Benton finally got on the board with a leadoff single, a sacrifice bunt and two more base hits, but could not manage a serious rally.

Game two took on a very different route to Cabot’s victory. The Centennial Bank squad fell into a 5-0 hole after three innings, but cleaned up its defense and took advantage of a Benton pitching change to come away with the victory.

Zachary Patterson started on the mound for Cabot and threw three and two-thirds innings. He gave up four of Benton’s five hits while walking five and striking out eight of the 11 outs he recorded, but the defense fell apart behind him, committing five errors that helped the host team, though Cabot was home team on the scoreboard for game two, to a 5-0 lead by the middle of the fourth.

Benton starting pitcher Wesley Ramsey held Cabot hitless in his three innings of work, but Centennial Bank pounced on reliever Tyler Hamilton in the fourth. Cabot scored three runs on one hit and three Benton errors to make it 5-3.

Cabot got another run back in the fifth when Vocque reached second base on an error in right field, advanced to third on a fielder’s choice and scored on a wild pitch.

Cabot took the lead and set the final margin in the bottom of the sixth, starting with a Bowers leadoff double. Bell walked and Sullivan bunted the runners into scoring position for the first out.

Vocque then singled to center field to drive in both base runners, and advanced to second when Ramsey misplayed the hop. Kimbrell then singled to right-center field to score Vocque and set the final margin.

Cabot begins play in the Zone 3 tournament at Hendrix College at 4:30 p.m. Friday against Bentonville.