Wednesday, April 23, 2014

EVENTS >> 4-23-14


BENEFITS WILL HELP TWO SICK CHILDREN

A fundraiser fish fry will be held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. next Saturday in the Jacksonville High School cafeteria, 2400 Linda Lane. There will also be a bake sale, face painting and a silent auction.

Proceeds will help fund out-of-state travel expenses for the medical care of 6-year-old Charli Kay Cooper who is suffering from a rare seizure disorder.

The meal of catfish or chicken, coleslaw, baked beans and hushpuppies is available for dine-in or take out. Tickets are $10 and available at the JHS office or by calling Mrs. Hicks at 501-982-2128. Donations are also being accepted at the JHS office.

 A fundraiser 5K run/walk to help pay for the medical expenses of Gracie Hall, the 15-month-old daughter of Josh and Juli Hall, will be held Saturday, May 3 at Beebe City Hall.

The toddler has HLH (Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis), a rare disorder of the immune system. She is the granddaughter of Sherry and Rick Sowell, and Charlotte and Steve Hall, all of Beebe. Steve Hall is pastor of Beebe First Church of the Nazarene and a part-time chaplain and police officer.

All donations will be appreciated.

For more information, e-mail prayingforgracie@yahoo.com or call Jenni Taylor at 501-281-0540 or Mary Seymore at 501-605-2864.


CABOT STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL OPENS ON THURSDAY 

The 12th annual Cabot Strawberry Festival kicks off Thursday with carnival rides from 6 until 10 p.m. at the Veterans Park Community Center. There will be live music from 6 until 9 p.m. Friday, when 65 vendor booths will also be open. The festival continues all day Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. A dunking booth featuring many prominent Cabot residents will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday. A beauty pageant will also be held on Saturday.


GOODSELL TRUCK CLASSIC CAR SHOW ON SATURDAY

Goodsell Truck and Accessories’ 15th annual classic car and truck show, which is a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club, will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at 401 Municipal Drive. In case of rain, the event will be held on Sunday.

For more information, call 501-982-2245.


SENIOR CENTER WILL HONOR VOLUNTEERS AT LUNCHEON

The Jacksonville Senior Wellness and Activity Center will hold its annual volunteer appreciation luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 25. Anyone who has volunteered at the senior center is invited to attend.

It will be held at 100 Victory Circle in Jacksonville.


THEATER HELPS AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

The Cabot Community Theatre will perform the musical “The Nerd” Thursday through Saturday and again May 1-3. Proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and May 2 with the show will begin at 7:30. The Thursday performances will not include dinner. A matinee will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

For tickets, call 501-941-2266. The theater is at 204 N. First St.


McRAE, WARD CHURCHES PLAN GOSPEL CONCERTS

Shiloh Baptist Church in McRae will host a performance by southern gospel band 86 Hwy. at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The church is at 460 Shiloh Road.

 The Old Paths, a southern gospel quartet, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2 at Day Spring Missionary Baptist (formerly First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church) in Ward. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, call 501-843-3336.


JHS CLASS OF 1952 REUNION PLANNED FOR MAY 5

The Jacksonville High School class of 1952 will hold its annual reunion at 1p.m. Monday, May 5 at the Western Sizzlin in Jacksonville. For more information, call Doris Gray at 501-982-8930 or Blanche Holland at 501-835-1652.


LANDMARK BAPTIST CANCER-RESEARCH FUNDRAISER

Landmark Baptist Church’s Relay for Life Survivor’s dinner, which is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 1. Craig O’Neil will speak.

The church’s Relay for Life will be at from 6 p.m. May 9 until 6 a.m. May 10 at Jacksonville High School’s Jan Crowe Stadium.

For more information, call Barbara Smith at 501-416-1012.

The church is at 2200 Marshall Road in Jacksonville.


HOG ROAST FOR LONOKE EXCEPTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The Lonoke Exceptional Development Center will host a fundraiser hog roast at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at 518 N.E. Front St. in Lonoke. County Judge Doug Erwin, Pastor Derek Walker, police officer Randy Mauk and Bo Bevis will be team captains for the obstacle course and relay race. The event will also include live music, a petting zoo and more.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids and are available at Bank of England branches, Lyons Drug and the Lonoke Exceptional Development Center, which provides training for people with developmental disabilities.

SPORTS EVENTS >> 4-23-14

JCP CITIZEN POLICE ALUMNI  GOLF TOURNAMENT ON APRIL 28

The Jacksonville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association is sponsoring a three-person scramble April 28 at Southern Oaks Country Club.

Entries will be accepted until April 24. The fee is $225 per team and includes lunch. Refreshments will be provided throughout the tournament. For more information, call Bob Colford at 501-258-9269 or e-mail r.colford07@comcast.net.


CABOT  FOUNDATION GOLF NEXT MONTH

The 7th Annual Cabot Panther Foundation Four-Man Scramble still has sponsorships available. Registration/lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 5 at Rolling Hills Country Club. Tee time is 1 p.m. Cost is $400 per team and sponsorships for $2,000, $1,000, $500, $400 Wand $125 are available. Donations for prize giveaways are also accepted. For more information, contact Amanda Elizandro at 501-843-3363.


BEEBE 5K FUNDRAISER BENEFITS TODDLER'S MEDICAL BILLS 

A fundraiser 5K run/walk to help pay for the medical expenses of Gracie Hall, the 15-month-old daughter of Josh and Juli Hall, will be held Saturday, May 3 at Beebe City Hall.

The toddler has HLH (Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis), a rare disorder of the immune system.

She is the granddaughter of Sherry and Rick Sowell, and Charlotte and Steve Hall, all of Beebe. Steve Hall is pastor of Beebe First Church of the Nazarene and a part-time chaplin and police officer.

All donations will be appreciated.

For more information, e-mail prayingforgracie@yahoo.com or call Jenni Taylor at 501-281-0540 or Mary Seymore at 501-605-2864.


CABOT BMX HOSTING YOUTH CLINIC ON MAY 20

Veteran professional BMX racer Jason Carnes will be hosting a Redline Flight Clinic at the Cabot BMX track from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 20. Registration is $25 and there is a maximum of 40 participants. There are still about 30 spots open. Bike and helmet are only equipment required. To register, visit cabotflightschool.eventzilla.net, or e-mail cabotbmxtrack@gmail.com, or call Mark Martin at 501-278-7343. For more information, visit cabotbmx.com or find Cabot BMX on facebook.

CLASSIFIEDS >> 4-23-14

ANNOUNCEMENTS

LOCAL SCHOOL in need of tree logs for outdoor seats. For details call: (501) 554-6154.

7th ANNUAL VETERANS Celebration - Monday, May 26, 11 am - 1 pm.  Veteran's Memorial Hwy, Marvell, AR.  Special Speaker Ret. COLONEL MIKE ROSS OF NLR, Veteran Iraqi Wars, complimentary lunch! SPECIAL RECOGNITION Of TWO "Purple Heart" Cities to be announced! Call Mary Ned Foster, 870-338-1460.

IF YOU USED THE BLOOD THINNER PRADAXA and suffered internal bleeding, hemorrhaging, required hospitalization or a loved one died while taking Pradaxa between October 2010 and the present. You may be entitled to compensation. Contact Attorney Charles Johnson 1-800-535-5727.

HURRY! Only FIVE MORE HOMES to advertise siding, windows or roofs for upcoming brochure. Save hundreds of dollars. No money down EZ financing. Home owners only. 1-866-668-8681.


SERVICES

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

BROWN'S LAWN CARE - specializing in mowing, weed eating and blowing. Military discount. Serving Sherwood, Jacksonville and Cabot area. (501) 658-8572.

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


HELP WANTED

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

EXPERIENCED METAL Building hands needed. Must be willing to travel. Call (501) 743-6087.

The Fun Factory of Cabot is seeking  a part time weekday manager and a part time weekend manager for immediate hire. We are looking for mature minded, responsible adults with management experience. For more information, please call 501-843-3861, or 501-941-4884.  Or you may go by the Fun Factory of Cabot to complete an application. We are located at 209 N. 10th Street, Cabot, AR across from the Silver Screen Theater. Please see our website: www.funfactoryofcabot.com for days/hours of operation.

HELP WANTED in compiling book document. Flexible work hours, 3 or 4 days part-time. Salary negotiable. Strong background in Microsoft Word, experience with compatibility problems preferable. Call Robert Hall, (501) 985-4312.

INSURANCE AGENT/CSR - Independent insurance agency in Cabot seeking licensed agent for inside sales and service. Benefits, salary and possibility of commission. Sent resume to: marcia@childress-ent.com or fax to 501-605-1502.

DRIVER: CDL-B with hazmat, Monday-Friday, 1 year experience and clean MVR. Health, dental, vision and 401k. Apply at www.nuway.com. Recruiting 309-834-2017.

TEMPORARY POSITION (2 months) for Dental office reception. No dental experience required but must be able to answer phones and greet patients. Please send resume by fax: 501-983-4716 or by email: loveyoursmile@att.net.

MECHANICS WITH Truck and Trailer experience needed! Competitive pay DOE, full comprehensive health benefits and more! Must have 2 years experience, own tools, clean background, CDL-A a plus. E-mail resume: charlesg@tctrans.com or call: 501-562-5591.

NOW HIRING - Plant Superintendent, also Mig and Tig Welders, Riggers, and Supply Clerk Salary DOE. F-T positions include benefits. Call 870-367-5317. Apply at 728 W. Patton St. Monticello, AR

JOB OPENINGS! WELDERS - Must have flux core exp., FITTERS, 2 yrs exp, ability to read blueprints/pass written test. MAINTENANCE, Heavy Elec. Pneumatics/hydraulic exp. IND. PAINTERS min. 2 yrs. COMMERCIAL paint ext. 501-490-5175, danna@lexgrpinc.com, OR 8900 Fourche Dam Pike, LR.

Heavy Equipment Operator Training! Bulldozers, Backhoes, excavators. 3 Weeks Hands On Program. Local job placement assistance. National Certiļ¬cations. GI Bill Eligible! 1-866-362-6497 (Allied Career Training, AL Licensed: SBPCE).

REFERAL/ADMISSIONS COORDINATOR - FT, NLR • Exc. Org.  skills and time mgmt. skills., Basic computer/typing skills , Knowledge of ins. Some medical background preferred. Email resume to: dedra.angel@thementonetwork.com NeuroRestorative Timber Ridge, 4500 West Commercial Drive, NLR  Ar 72116 • 501-707-3252, EOE.

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

15 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 - AVERITT APPROVED NEW PAY INCREASE FOR ALL REGIONAL DRIVERS! Get Home EVERY Week + Excellent Benefits. CDL-A req. 888-362-8608. Check Out the Pay Increase for Students! Apply @ AverittCareers.com EOE - Females, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

DRIVERS - "Partners in Excellence" - OTR Drivers APU Equipped. Pre-Pass, EZ-pass, passenger policy. 2012 and Newer equipment. 100% NO touch. Butler Transport 1-800-528-7825. www.ButlerTransport.com

CONTRACTORS, HIGHEST PAY INCREASE EVER! USA Truck is proud to announce the highest pay increase EVER for Independent Contractors, making them one of the highest "real" pay packages offered today. For more information or to apply, call 866-545-2014.

DRIVERS - NEW PAY INCREASE! Your new career starts now! * Tuition Cost 100% Paid * No Credit Check * Great Pay and Benefits Guaranteed job after successful Completion of training! Call: (866) 228-3222, www.joinCRST.com

COMPANY DRIVERS and OWNER OPERATORS WANTED! No touch freight, 90% drop and hook, dedicated opportunities available. Call 888-710-8707 Also seeking Recent Grads. Call Lavonna 877-440-7890. Apply online: www.driveforpamtransport.com

Medical Billing Trainees Needed! Become a Medical Office Assistant Now! Online job training gets you ready. Job placement when program completed. HS Diploma/GED and Internet Required. Ayers.edu/disclosures, 1-888-734-6717.

STEEL MILL SHUTDOWNS!!! We are looking for Ironworkers, Millwrights and Welders for shutdowns starting in Blytheville, AR on May 13, 2014. Min. of 2 yrs. exp. and all required hand tools. Must have verifiable exp. Rate is $18.00/hr. + $4/hr. subsidy. Day and night shifts available. Payoff at end of each shutdown. Call to get on the list @ 800-925-4565 or email danna@lexgrpinc.com for more info. EOE/Drug Free Workplace.


YARD SALES

YARD SALE, 4/26, 7 am-2 pm, 68 Pear St., Cabot. Rain or shine. Plus size clothes, kid's clothes, knickknacks and household items.

YARD SALE, 4/25-27, 4444 Hwy. 321 E spur, Austin. Tools, car parts, exercise equipment, king mattress, credit card processing machine, misc.

YARD SALE, 4/26, 7 am, off Hwy. 5 at 319 gas station. Fishing rods, lots of tools, toys.

HUGE YARD sale, 4/26 and 27, 7:30 am-? 2019 Dean Martin Dr., Cabot. Various items.

3-FAMILY YARD sale, 4/26, 7 am-noon, 281 Spence Ln., Austin. (Hwy. 38, right on Dogwood, left on 7 Gables, left on Spence. Kid's stuff, household, furniture, etc.

GARAGE SALE, 4/25 and 26, 7 am-? 160 Romine Rd., Cabot., off Mt. Tabor. Furniture, tools, misc.

HUGE YARD sale, 4/25 only, 7 am-2 pm, 1800 S. 2nd St., Cabot, across from Westside Elem. Tons of household items, decor, teen girl's clothes, furniture and more.

MULTI-FAMILY YARD sale, 4/25, 7 am, 240 Wenlock Cv., Cabot. Furniture, books, clothes, dishes, bedding, miscellaneous, Bullet Express. Rain cancels.


VEHICLES and ACCESSORIES

F350 truck bed, left side has dent by fender area, tailgate and lights good, $400 obo. (501) 416-8107.

'09 LINCOLN MKS, 64,000 miles, dual sunroof, V6, leather seats, nav. system, loaded, like new, garage kept, $16,900. 882-7161.

1997 NISSAN 4WD, parting out. (501) 288-0850.

2004 MERCURY Grand Marquis, 56k miles, 1-owner, blue metallic, power seats, all leather, nice, $7,300. 288-2931.

2000 JEEP Grand Cherokee, 2WD, 6-cyl., new tires, 181k miles but drives great, $3,000. (501) 858-8988.

(4) WHEELS and tires, black and chrome, ICW wheels and Venezia tires, 22540ZR18, very good condition, $500 for all. 985-2387.

1972 CHEVY Cheyenne LWB, 350, auto., 3/4 ton, camper shell, $2,200 obo. 982-1220.

EXTRA NICE camper shell, fits Dodge and Chevrolet King Cab, $350. (501) 327-5207.

2002 CHEVY Trailblazer, 176k miles, 1 owner, non-smoker, clean, $3,800 obo. (501) 239-0876.

CHEVROLET COBALT, 2007, 2.2 sedan, auto., AM/FM/CD, excellent condition, 63,000 miles, $6,000. (501) 412-1264.

2011 HONDA Ridgeline RTL, 19,500 miles, navigation, backup camera, auto., garage kept, excellent condition, $29,500. (501) 605-7088.

2009 HONDA Civic 2-door LX 5-speed, $7,400. 605-3312.

2009 FORD Ranger XLT, 12k miles, V6, auto., white, extras @ $15,000 firm. (501) 749-5822.

1968 FORD F-250 Ranger, 390 dual tanks and exhaust, factory A/C, 16" wheels, exc. cond., $2,500 obo. (501) 882-2142.

1992 FORD F-150, $2,000. (501) 259-2807.

'84 CHEVROLET 1/2 ton long bed fleetside, 2WD, 6-cyl., auto., needs engine work, $1,000 obo. (501) 288-0850.

2012 HUNDAI Sonota 2.0 limited turbo, fully loaded, new tires and brakes, panoramic sunroof, 41,000 miles, leather heated seats. (501) 259-4802, Andrew.

1993 SUBARU Legacy, right hand drive setup for mail delivery, $3,000. 539-3917.


RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

COLEMAN 11.2 fiberglass boat w/2 seats, tilt trailer, trolling motor, 5 hp. 4-stroke Evinrude engine. 517-3956.

YAMAHA MOTORCYCLE, 2001 V-star 1100, just been serviced, loaded, road ready. (501) 743-8442.

2011 WILDWOOD WDT28VHXL, rear bunks, full slide, front queen, plank wood linoleum, radius entry door, nitrogen filled tires, Back Pack Edition, skylight over tub, dbl. door frige ipo. single door, TV/DVD player, AM/FM radio, (2) 25' water hoses and all the attachments for sewer and power, $18,500. (501) 580-3080.

BOAT SEATS w/pedestals, like new, high quality, $75. (714) 321-8546, Beebe.

2001 Maxum 1900SC ski boat, 4.3L, 190 hp., 50 hrs., needs new starter, Cuddy cabin, bimini top ready, $6,000. Pics. avail. Call/text (501) 772-5318.

ATV RAMPS, brand new, aluminum, $100. (501) 438-9696, Lonoke.

ENCLOSED MOTORCYCLE hauler, 7'x19', reinforced walls w/mounted heat/air unit on roof, elec. brakes, elec. tongue jack, roll-out awnings, rear loading ramp, other upgrades, $7,000 cash firm. (501) 351-7051.


LAWN and FARM EQUIPMENT

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

ELECTRIC MULCHING rear bag mower, 18", Black and Decker, excellent condition with manual, $85. (501) 605-2541.

'63 MODEL Massey tractor; also, propane bottle. (501) 843-6456.

3" WATER pump, like new, 20' suction pipe, $450. (501) 454-6641.

100+ TOMATO cages, store bought, 3 and 4 tier ea., $20 takes all. 993-6412.

8' DISK, 3-pt. hitch, heavy duty, good condition, $350. (501) 882-3016 or (501) 882-2474.

LAWN MOWER service - all time special - oil change, filters change, blades sharpened, grease job, spark plug, cleanup, $135, includes pickup and delivery. (501) 843-8800 or (501) 628-7011.

BOLIN RIDING mower, parting out, $50. 982-3203.

JOHN DEERE Sabre, 15 hp. hydro, great condition, $550. (870) 256-5101.

YARD MACHINE, 145 hp., 42" cut, $250. (501) 983-1445.

TRACTOR TURF tires, rear, 29x12x15 Firestone 4-ply, $300. (501) 416-5369, Cabot/Austin area.

POULAN RIDING mower, 38" cut, excellent condition, $400 obo. (501) 286-5194.


LOST and FOUND

LOST: BLACK 2014 appointment calendar. REWARD. 982-1688.

$100 REWARD offered for return of clarinet in lime green case, lost in Cabot. (601) 672-9669.


ANIMALS, PETS and SUPPLIES

PRICE REDUCED - Good mix horse hay, 4x5 string-wrap, in barn. (501) 416-8107.**

EASTER RABBITS, 4-5 wks. old, does, 1 buck and cages. 988-5684, 5 pm-8 pm.

BABY HEDGEHOG, born 3/14, super adorable, very friendly. Call/text (501) 920-9206.


MISCELLANEOUS

GOLF CLUBS, men's and lady's full set, irons, woods, bag and putter, right-handed, used little, $95 each. Might consider trade. (501) 476-1207 or (417) 438-5480.

5-PC. CB drum set, excellent condition, all pedal parts included, $325 obo. (501) 941-8595.

BLESSING TRUMPET, book included, $350. (501) 457-7751.

TOTAL GYM fitness personal trainer, deluxe edition, all optional accessories and paper work, never used. Pd. $1,000, asking $750. (501) 843-6962.

TREADMILL, LIFESTYLER 2808, $200. (501) 771-5509, NLR.

CHAINSAW, $150. 985-6996 or 960-3651.

2 BRASS ceiling fans w/globes and reverse switch; lg. table saw, miter saw, tilt bed, scroll saw, new in box; bench grinder, all Craftsman. (501) 843-0870.

EXERCISE BIKE w/large seat, $75; Gazelle exercise machine, $20. (501) 232-4543.

CARGO LINER, older model Explorer, $60; 9'x13' two-room tent, $50; portable electric typewriter, $20. (501) 944-3670.

INTEX POOL w/accessories, 18"x48", used once, $100. 743-0133.

COMPUTER HUTCH, white washed, 55" tall x 36" wide, top and bottom shelf w/pull-out keyboard tray, DVD holder, great condition, $100. 743-0133.

LADIES CLOTHING, great condition, sz. 8-10, $3-$5 apiece. (501) 231-1324 or 988-2327.

CHRISTMAS BALL set, jewel tones, very lg. to small; dk. sage green curtains, 84" length; 2 new shower curtains, Dillard's, 1 dk. sage, 1 taupe; Ladies summer pants, sz. 10-14, some sz. 18; computer, tower CPU HP, Acer monitor w/power cord, needs repair; leather purses, 1 backpack style, 1 white, 1 red. (501) 983-4571.

REGULAR HOT tub cover, practically new, $75. (501) 982-6776.

ADULT WOMEN'S bike, good condition, $80; digital camera, brand new, never used, $50. 241-1097.

LADY RIDER full leather 2-pc. motorcycle suit, sz. 12, can be zipped together and has removable jacket liner, $250. Call/text (501) 772-5318.

LOGITECH Z5300 THX 5.1 surround sound speakers for computer, gaming console, smartphone or tablet, $100. Call/text (501) 772-5318.

ICON SQUAD II motorcycle backpack, orange, like new, $65. Call/text (501) 772-5318.

4 STANDARD windows of blue custom made drapes w/cornices, pd/ $1,200. Sell $400. (501) 268-3886, Searcy.

GOLD TRIM mirror, 42"x30", $75; 2 twin mattresses, new, $100 ea.; stainless double sink, $25; lots of odds and ends. (501) 882-6102.

REECE 5th wheel trailer, can carry 16,000 lbs., adjustable, $450 obo. (501) 286-7652.

KOBALT HAND saw and various tile tools, $150 obo. (501) 920-2293.

CELTIC CROSS motorcycle helmet, like new, $20. (501) 286-7775.

2 PANASONIC digital phones, cordless, one w/answer service, like new, $20 for both. (501) 286-7775.

DISNEY PRINCESS walker, $25; Safety 1st electric swing, $40; Pink V-Tech laptop, $15; Push N' Play Learning Walker, $10; See and Say, $7; lots of baby girl's clothes and shoes, 3 mos.-2T. (501) 960-3815.

WEDDING DRESSES and prom gowns, sz. 6, 8 and 10, most new, ladies dresses and shoes. (501) 960-3815.

ONAN 650 amp. generator, elec. start, 2-cyl., can weld with, $1,000 obo. (501) 882-2142.

30' EXTENSION ladder, 500 lb. rating, $200. (501) 288-0850.

FENDER BANJO w/hard case, used very little, $175; Fender electric guitar, $75. (501) 940-4648.

2 CARAT Cushella special cut ring w/36 diamonds, 6.3 grade white gold, can provide paperwork regarding registration, pd. $2,999. Sell for $1,500 cash firm. (501) 351-7051.

USED U-HAUL boxes, pd. $100, will take $25 for all; Tybo exercise tapes, $1 ea.; hand exercise weights, 3 sizes. 985-9991.

TRADE DOUBLE date coins for lawn mower and weed eater. (501) 410-6467.

TRUMPET, BUNDY, gold w/hard case, good condition, $250. (501) 438-9696, Lonoke.

ACORN SUPER glide 120 stair lift motor and housing, new, $600; Tecumseh 10 hp. generic generator, $400; concrete water meter cover, new, large, $50. (501) 628-7085.

MOBILE HOME tie downs with straps, $150. (501) 676-3964.

SPRING STEEL BUILDING SALE! Great for garages, shelters workshops with various styles and sizes. BEST POSSIBLE SAVINGS ON CLEARANCED BUILDINGS. LOW payments available. 1-800-991-9251, Ciara.

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 - SAVE! Starting $19.99/month (for 12 months.) FREE Premium Movie Channels. FREE Equipment, Installation and Activation. CALL, COMPARE LOCAL DEALS! 1-800-278-8081.


FURNITURE and APPLIANCES

LARGE DEEP freeze, very clean, works great, $250 obo.; stove, gas, fairly new, very clean, white, $350 obo. (501) 605-6558, Mike.

SEALY MATTRESS and box spring, Butterfly Meadow 2, full-size, perfect condition, $200. (870) 552-3920 or (870) 552-7776, Carlisle.

ALL GE: white, flat top, self-cleaning, electric range; above the range 1100 watt microwave and dishwasher, $200. Not sold separately. (501) 835-3126.

RECLINER, TAN cloth, Lazyboy, $100. (501) 827-7035.

WORK TABLE for shop, 6'x4', $80. 988-1923.

SHARP 70" LED 3D TV, excellent condition, comes w/2 pr. of 3D glasses, $975. 941-5186.

GE GAS stove, white, electric starter w/flex line, $100. 982-1220.

ANTIQUE GLIDER swing, excellent condition, $250 obo. (501) 553-0903.

LIFESTYLE TREADMILL, $50; bookcase, $15; 2 glider rockers, $70 for both; 2 artificial plants, $15 and $10; 2 maroon Queen Anne chairs, good condition, $50 ea. 985-2244.

DISHWASHER, KENMORE, black, $125 obo. 628-7385.

SPINNING ROCKING chair, TV, white ottoman. Pics avail. (501) 438-2788.

STOVE, ELECTRIC, Kenmore drop-in stove, clean, good condition, $250 obo. (501) 628-7385.

MICROWAVE, BLACK, Kenmore, over the stove, like new, $125 obo. (501) 628-7385.

MICRO-SUEDE SOFA, great condition, sage green, no stains, $100. (501) 882-9447.

LENNOX HEAT and air pump, Elite series, used 1 year, $400; Heil air condition compressor, $200. (501) 676-3964.

WASHER, WHIRLPOOL Duet, front-load, 3 yrs. old, new cond., $300. (501) 941-7069.


WANTED

WANTED: PIECES of Mikasa "Carp 2 Silver Moon" China. (501) 268-3886.


RENTALS

Sherwood/Jacksonville areas. Beautiful 2, 3 and 4 Bedroom Mobile Homes. Large lots, in quiet safe park, close to LRAFB. Clean, quiet, and safe park. $425-$650 plus deposit. (501) 835-3450.

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.

JACKSONVILLE, $0 deposit! 3 bedroom/2 bath mobile home in park. $500-$575 per month. Call Wendy 501-744-4668.

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OBITUARIES >> 4-23-14

GEORGE LYBRAND

George William Lybrand, 78, of Lonoke went to be with his Lord on April 21 in Little Rock.

He was born on Oct. 30, 1935, in Sheridan to the late Jack and Gracie Reynolds Lybrand.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine Lybrand; children, Michael Eugene Lybrand of Texarkana, Diana Lybrand Goodwin of Shreveport, La., Stephen Wayne Lybrand of Lonoke, and seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.

The graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Cabot. Arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

EDITORIAL >> No bullying in courthouse

A former deputy assessor in Lonoke County told our reporter Sarah Campbell a harrowing tale of bullying by her former boss, Assessor Jack McNally, who has a reputation of harassing employees and being absent from the job most of the time.

In a heartbreaking interview at The Leader on Saturday, the former chief deputy assessor, Therese O’Donnell, said McNally was in his Lonoke or Cabot offices less than 10 hours a week when it wasn’t campaign season.

McNally wasn’t in his office on Friday when The Leader called him for a comment.

O’Donnell’s grievance hearing was canceled four times before she was transferred to Collector Patricia McCallie’s office on March 31. O’Donnell is obviously a knowledgeable county employee who, like all public servants, deserves to be treated with respect. No one, especially in the courthouse, should be yelled at or harassed. She has the documents, along with incriminating text messages, to back up her allegations.

The texts from McNally include compliments such as, “You are the best,” “You are a blessing in my life” and “…please forgive me for relying on you so much.”

One sent on Nov. 18 reads, “Things run well because of you. Things run well in spite of me.”

Even McNally’s wife complained about her husband staying home too much. She texted O’Donnell, “If he’s going to keep this job, he needs to be there and be seen WORKING!!”

O’Donnell said McNally often became upset at work, yelling at her and the other women on his staff. “Jack McNally showed a side of himself that should have never been seen at any point in time. He put a fear in me that I have never experienced before. I felt that he was uncontrollable.”

She said he upset her family when he told The Leader she had been prescribed four kinds of heart medication. She told us a cardiologist gave her a clean bill of health last summer and she has never been prescribed heart medication.

O’Donnell also told Campbell that, even if his comments had been true, McNally violated the HIPPA law that prohibits employers from releasing medical information about their employees.

The former deputy, who has lived in Lonoke County for more than 40 years, began working at the courthouse in 1999, first for Hugh Keller, a former county collector, and then for former Assessor Jerry Adams. She is bright, dedicated and much liked: Just the kind of public servant the people want taking care of their business.

O’Donnell said the assessor has for three years refused to learn how to do the job he was elected to do. Instead, he delegates tasks to the staff, she told the newspaper.

An employee is doing the budget for him, O’Donnell said. She started signing time sheets because he wasn’t in the office and she didn’t want to drive to his house to make him sign them.

O’Donnell said, “I was hoping that he would take responsibility for the job he was elected to do because I was tired of doing the job that the taxpayers pay him to do…I cannot sit by any longer and see him waste the taxpayers’ money for his own gain. He has said many times this is the best job I ever had for not doing anything.”

She accused McNally of making several questionable or unnecessary purchases, including T-shirts promoting the Homestead Credit program and signs and stands for The Wounded Warrior Project. Some of the purchases have been hotly debated during Lonoke County Quorum Court meetings.

She also said she appreciates the several quorum court members who apologized about her having to go through this ordeal, although few public officials wanted the full story to come out in the newspaper.

O’Donnell said McNally cursed at her. Her husband later confronted the assessor, telling the assessor to stop abusing her.

“I don’t need this (expletive),” McNally answered back. She was terminated after her husband spoke with McNally. She said McNally met her at the back door of the courthouse on Feb. 3, asked for her key, told her she was a good employee and that she was fired. The assessor has insisted that she resigned.

O’Donnell said she never turned in a letter of resignation. But the former deputy did say she told McNally she would quit in May if he didn’t start helping her run the office.

A hostile work environment is inexcusable everywhere, but especially in a courthouse that is home to many of our democratic institutions. Public officials must set an example for those around them and treat subordinates with respect and honor the dignity of work.

In his treatment of Therese O’Donnell, Jack McNally showed poor judgment and calls into question his suitability for the job. Voters will have a chance to decide on his qualifications in the May 20 Republican primary.

We think there are more qualified candidates on the ballot.

TOP STORY >> Big birthday bash in Sherwood

By SARAH CAMPBELL
Leader staff writer

Those who attended Sher-wood’s 66th birthday shindig on Tuesday learned how the city got its name, and the city’s new logo took center stage.

Darrell Brown, chairman of the Sherwood History and Heritage Committee, spun the short tale for a crowd of about 100 at the Jack Evans Senior Center.

He said a group of men met on Jan. 2, 1948, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Duran to discuss incorporating the area and what it would be called.

One of the men noticed some children playing with bows and arrows in the front yard. They were wearing homemade caps with feathers, reminiscent of Robin Hood in English folklore, Brown said.

The man suggested naming the city Sherwood Forest after the fictional setting in the tale, but others at the meeting thought Sherwood Forest, Ark., was too long. Brown said that is why they shortened it to Sherwood.

The North Hills Jaycees developed the Robin Hood logo in 1975, the chairman continued. It features a man dressed as the hero of the legend aiming a bow and arrow.

The city, the chamber of commerce, several civic groups and several businesses, such as First State Bank of Sherwood, Sherwood Realty and Woody’s Sherwood Forest, used the Robin Hood logo because it wasn’t trademarked.

The logo was featured on the city’s first flag, made by Rosa Cummings, and on the cover of Sherwood’s first history book, written by Ailene Duran in 1976. The new logo is a bow and arrow followed by the city’s name, written horizontally.

Brown said, “No doubt our city’s new logo with its bow and arrow pays homage to our city’s past, while showing the world Sherwood is aiming toward its best and brightest days that are yet to come in its future.”

Chamber Executive Director Marcia Cook agreed. She said the new branding “sends the message that we want to preserve our heritage, but we also wanted to send the message that we’re a great place to live, we’re a great place to do business, and we think we can do that with this logo.”

Then Alderman Marina Brooks announced the city’s new catch phrase, “close to the action, far from the noise.”

Brooks said, “That represents the fact that Sherwood is the best of both worlds.”

Guests received free T-shirts and drink cozies with the new logo and catch phrase.

Centennial Bank provided hot dogs and chips. Cake and cookies were also served.

The Sherwood Fire Department parked its first fire truck, from 1951, and a new engine in front of the center. Department volunteers, with help from local businesses, recently restored the older model to its former glory.

Dignitaries at the event included Mayor Virginia Hill-man, state Sen. Jane English (R-North Little Rock), Pulaski County Quorum Court Dist. 12 justice of the peace Democratic candidate Jeff Rollins of Sherwood, state representative Dist. 41 Democratic candidate Danny Knight of Sherwood, Pulaski County judge candidate Barry Hyde of North Little Rock, former Alderman Butch Davis and several city officials.

TOP STORY >> Beebe economic development booming

By RICK KRON
Leader staff writer

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of articles taking an in-depth look at how area cities are pursuing economic growth.

Jacksonville is staking its economic growth on an outside consultant. Sherwood is doing with an economic developer jointly funded by the city and chamber. In Cabot, the city is the lead entity and has just formed a development committee.

So who’s leading the pack?

Possibly Beebe.

Beebe is in the midst of a commercial building boom.

The new Walmart is in full swing and the city has received plans for a new AutoZone store.

The city has also received site plans for The Shoppes at Beebe. The shopping center will have a Dollar Tree, Hibbett Sports, a Pizza Hut WingStreet restaurant, a fitness center and other businesses. Auto Zone is being built near there.

City Attorney Barrett Rogers is moving his law office to a new business complex on Dewitt Henry Drive. It will be home to the Beebe Flower Shop, Merle Norman cosmetic store and Sunset Breeze sandwich restaurant.

And another shopping center, Shadow Center, near the highway is planned.

That deal has already been closed, said Mayor Mike Robertson.

Why has Beebe become the place to be?

“There’s no magic formula at work here,” he said. “It’s a combination of hitting the magic number of about 10,000 area residents and the fact that we are easy to work with.”

“We are an excellent trade area with the population and access to all the highways,” Robertson said.

“Retail and commercial developers are seeing that it’s beneficial to be here, and we are growing in housing too,” the mayor said, adding that there are about 200 new homes in the works.

The mayor said, “It’s exactly what we want and planned for.”

Kristen Boswell, director of Beebe’s Chamber of Commerce, simply said, “The secret is out.”

She added, “We are a very friendly and warm community.”

Boswell said the chamber works hand-in-hand with the mayor when a developer is “shopping Beebe. We assist and expedite.”

Incorporated in 1875, the central Arkansas community of Beebe was named for Roswell Beebe, a member of a prominent railroad family and an executive with the Cairo and Fulton Railroad.

Beebe and its surrounding environs have been influenced heavily by four major events, according to city officials, in its economic development plan.

The first was the development and location of the railroad in the early 1870s, and then the city’s rejection of it.

Financier Jay Gould proposed the building of a railroad shop in Beebe. A town meeting was called, and it was determined that it would not be in the best interests of the community. So Gould subsequently bought land in Argenta [North Little Rock], and that area quickly saw growth.

The second event, according to the development plan which was last revised about 10 years ago, was the location of highways in the area. Beebe sat at the crossroads of two U.S. highways, 64 and 67/167, as well as a state highway.

Because Beebe was a trade center for surrounding agricultural interests, and because the highway network provided easy access, the commercial sector in the city thrived. Later, when U.S. 67/167 was relocated and designed to interstate standards, residential development was given new life. It became easier for families to work in the bigger cities of central Arkansas while living in the quiet, “small town” environs of Beebe.

The third event was the devastating tornados that swept through the town on Jan. 21, 1999. Besides killing two people and injuring 29, the path of destruction dramatically altered the look and feel of the community.

The school system had to be rebuilt from the ground up. For all practical purposes, the tornados acted as a kind of unwelcome urban renewal, according to the development plan. In a strange twist of fate, the school system suddenly went from average facilities to totally modern, state-of-the art campuses.

That ties in with the fourth major factor: The development of the Beebe’s educational facilities, and, more specifically, the presence of Arkansas State University at Beebe and the Beebe School District. A college campus has long been a part of the city, but the small college town went to the next level when it became affiliated with ASU.

“We are just easy to work with,” the mayor said, noting that developers don’t have to jump through a lot of hoops or get overloaded with a lot of restrictive regulations and zoning issues.

“Developers contact the mayor’s office and, from there, we walk them through whatever they need. There’s no layer of commissions or boards they have to deal with,” Robertson said. “They need us here or there, we’re there. They need an inspection, we are there. But we aren’t like some other cities and have inspectors hovering over a project all the time.”

The mayor said the city works hard to live up to its motto: “Your Dream Hometown.”

TOP STORY >> Huckabee backs Byrd for House

By JOHN HOFHEIMER
Leader senior staff writer

With House Speaker Davy Carter (R-Cabot) term limited, a pair of conservative Republicans will meet in the May 20 primary seeking the Dist. 43 House seat, which represents Cabot and surrounding areas. The winner will be unopposed in the November general election.

Darlene Byrd, 55, a nurse practitioner and longtime health-care advocate, faces Tim Lemons, a civil engineer who has served three terms on the Lonoke County Quorum Court.

“As a nurse practitioner and former teacher, I’ve been an advocate all my professional life,” Byrd said Tuesday.

The owner of APN Healthcare in Cabot, she’s been doing that ever since she became a nurse practitioner and running for office “is the next step as an advocate,” she said. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee endorsed Byrd this week, while the National Rifle Association endorsed Lemons.

“I have always enjoyed solving problems,” said Lemons. “That’s the main reason that I am a professional engineer. My goal with both my profession and in the political field has and will be to find the least expensive solution to a problem.”

“In light of Obamacare and how it’s implemented, healthcare will be a major topic for the next several sessions,” Byrd said.

“Just giving someone a card doesn’t give them access to health care,” she said. “You have to remove regulatory impediments.”

“This is the next step,” she said. “Health-care policies will be a major issue for us. … I have the foundation to address those issues.”

A former math teacher, she said she opposes Common Core, but not high standards or developing critical-thinking skills early in life. She says she doesn’t want to see teachers’ hands tied so they can’t develop individualized lessons and teaching strategies.

Byrd says she is against gay marriage and abortion, will fight for lower taxes and to simplify the tax code and will “push back” against an overreaching federal government.

Lowering taxes is a priority for Lemons in the next session. “We are one of the highest taxed states in the U.S.” He says he’ll fight Obamacare, uphold Second Amendment rights and limit federal government involvement in state government. That’s why he can’t support Common Core curriculum, he said.

Carter was one of the architects and prime movers of the private option health insurance that has now enrolled more than 200,000 people in Arkansas, most of them working poor.

But neither Lemons nor Byrd is committed to maintaining it.

Asked how she would have voted, she said, “I lost a lot of sleep over private option. As it stands, it’s hard to support. It has some things that could hurt access to health care.”

She said she understands it’s already over budget.

“I would have voted against the private option, both in 2013 and 2014,” Lemons said.

The benchmark numbers provided by the Department of Human Services were flawed, he said. Nearly twice as many people qualified for the program as estimated earlier, he said.

“Left unchecked, this program will be a financial burden for the taxpayers of our state.”

“Fortunately, our legislature has the opportunity to review the private option program annually. It is my hope that common sense will be used to get a handle on this in future sessions. It all comes down to whether this program is sound financially,” Lemons said.

“I do have compassion for those who are elderly or disabled and we must provide them with the health care that they deserve. My problem is with the people who abuse the system. Possibly a time limitation would be in order to limit the continued abuse of the system,” Lemons said.

ENDORSEMENTS

Byrd said she was pleased to get Huckabee’s enthusiastic endorsement.

“I hope it reaches out to people who don’t know me as well, but know and respect him, so they feel more comfortable voting for me,” Byrd said.

Lemons called the endorsement “a non-issue,” saying Huckabee was a friend of his as well, but he did not seek the endorsement of the out-of-state resident.

He said the endorsement he received from the National Rifle Association “is much more relevant,” as are the support he said he’s received from the Arkansas Medical Society and state Board of Realtors.

No shrinking violet on Second Amendment rights, Byrd says she has a concealed- carry permit.

QUALIFICATIONS

While on the Lonoke County Quorum Court, Lemons has served as chairman of the budget committee and was active on the jail committee that built a new $5.5 million Lonoke County Detention Center in Lonoke.

As for her qualifications for the position, Byrd, who has been appointed to a number of boards, including the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health, says she has the knowledge on which to build.

“Anything worth doing is worth doing right,” she said, “and I have the habit of continuing education.” She has four degrees — three in nursing, one in education.

As she works around the state, filling in for doctors, advanced nurses and nurse practitioners at clinics that have a temporary need, she says mandated electronic medical records are discouraging older doctors and driving some out of the business.

Lemons says his platform is a “Republican for Common Sense Government,” and he best represents the typical Cabot resident.

“I have been married for 31 years to my high school sweetheart. I have been a resident of Cabot for over 20 years, and my children were raised in Cabot and graduated from the Cabot school system.

“I believe that our churches are the foundation of our community,” said Lemons, a member of First Baptist Church for 22 years.

He’s been active in several community groups, such as CASA and Open Arms Shelter, Special Olympics, Race for the Cure and others.

SPORTS STORY >> Lady Panthers rally late, pummel Lions

By RAY BENTON
Leader sports editor

The Cabot Lady Panthers got a two-hitter from pitcher Lauren McCluskey and busted open a scoreless game in the fifth inning to pummel hosting Searcy 13-0 on Friday in a 7A/6A East matchup.

Cabot was without a hit through four innings, and had gone two-up and two-down in the top of the fifth when all that suddenly changed.

The Lady Panthers got four-straight base hits, starting with eight-hole hitter Lane Justus. Shauna Attendorn and leadoff hitter Rachel Allgood followed with singles before Erin Eckert doubled to drive in the game’s first two runs. A Searcy error off Heather Hill’s bat scored another run, and Molly Wood singled for two more RBIs and a 5-0 Cabot lead.

Brandyn Vines got a hit to start the sixth inning, but she was thrown out at third later in the inning and two fly outs made it another three-up, three-down inning.

The seventh inning, however, was huge for the Lady Panthers.

Attendorn hit a leadoff double and scored on a single by Allgood. Eckert then hit her second double of the game before Hill recorded the first out with a liner to second base. Wood walked before back-to-back errors on ground balls scored two runs and left Macee Abbott and Vines safe.

Kaitlyn Felder then hit a two-RBI double before Justus recorded the second out. Attendorn stepped to the plate for the second time in the inning, and for the second time hit a stand-up double. This one scored Abbott and Vines to make it 11-0 and left her and Felder in scoring position for Allgood, who made good with a two-RBI base hit that set the final margin.

“We finally woke up,” said Cabot coach Chris Cope about his team’s hitting and scoring burst in the fifth inning. “It wasn’t really well-done, but we’ll take it.”

McCluskey went the distance on the mound for Cabot. She gave up one hit in the second and one in the fifth while striking out three and walking no one.

The Lady Panthers improve to 9-0 in conference play and remain alone atop the East standings. They played another conference game at West Memphis on Tuesday and will host Paragould on Thursday. Look for details of those games in Saturday’s Leader.

SPORTS STORY >> Hornets win Beebe meet

By RAY BENTON
Leader sports editor

The National Guard Badger Relays were infested by Hornets on Thursday at Irwin Stadium in Beebe. The Beebe boys and girls finished second with each team scoring 62 points, but neither was close to Bryant, the only class 7A school in the event. The Lady Hornets won with 127.67 points while the Hornet boys won by 100 points.

The Jacksonville boys took seventh place with 35 points after what Red Devil coach Rick Russell called “a bad day”.

“We had two drops in relays and still finished seventh,” Russell said. “We’re usually strong in the relays and should’ve finished in at least the top five.”

Beebe sophomore Connor Patrom won the 400-meter race with a time of 50.94, beating Bryant’s Steven Murdock by .33 seconds. His teammate, senior John Diaz, won the 800m with a time of 2:04.00, beating Searcy’s Tucker Windley by .09. Abundant Life sophomore Daniel Carrell came out of nowhere in Heat 1 to finish seventh and score two points with a time of 2:11.32.

Beebe’s Race Payne won the shot put, coming just a half-inch short of 50 feet. North Pulaski’s David Jackson was second and Beebe’s Dusty Grier took fifth. Beebe also got 10 points in the discus, thanks to junior Jesse Crisco’s throw of 129-2.

Beebe took second in the 4x800m relay, third in the 4x400m and fourth in the 4x100. Beebe, who had lost to Jacksonville in the 4x100-meter relay last week at Heber Springs, beat the Red Devils at home. The Badgers’ team took fourth, one spot ahead of Jacksonville’s, Jaylon Tucker, Danial Curley, Tresean Lambert and Damon Thomas.

Jacksonville came back to finish seventh in the 4x400 despite an exchange error.

Curley tied Darian Jarrett of Bryant for first place in the high jump, with each competitor clearing 6 feet.

Sophomores from Jacksonville took third and fourth in the 100-meter dash. Jacksonville’s Jaylon Tucker was third, .25 seconds behind winner Justin Bullard of Mills with an 11.37 time. Jacksonville Lighthouse’s Jordan McNair was fourth with an 11.46. Tucker was also fifth in the 200m while teammate Curley, a senior, was eighth. John Winn of Bryant won that event.

Jacksonville’s Damon Thomas took fifth in the long jump with a 19-9.5 effort while Lambert was eighth, exactly five inches shorter.

Thomas was only eight inches short of second place, but Searcy’s Karonce Higgins won the event by a wide margin with a leap of 23 feet.

Lambert was also fourth in the triple jump at 41-0, just one-foot, nine inches short of first place Mar’Kevius Nelson of Bryant.

The distance races and hurdles were not strong suits for local teams. Beebe’s Kirk Allen scored two points in the 3,200m with a seventh-place finish, and William Peterson took eighth in the 110-meter hurdles.

In the girls’ event, only one local athlete placed in the 100-meter dash, but Jacksonville’s Antrice McCoy won it with a time of 12.85.

Madison Richey won the high jump by clearing 5-1. She also took second behind Bryant’s Jayla Anderson in the 300-meter hurdles, third in the long jump and scored one point in the 100-meter hurdles with an eighth-place finish.

Beebe’s Taylor McGraw took third in the 800-meter race and fifth in the 200m. Lady Badger senior Brenna Johnson was fifth in the mile and two-mile races.

The Beebe girls were strong in the relays, taking second in the 4x800, sixth in the 4x400 and third in the 4x100. The Lady Badgers took third in the 4x100-meter relays behind Bryant and Mills, while Jacksonville’s team finished seventh.

Though they were second in the 4x800, they were 23 seconds behind the dominant Lady Hornets.

SPORTS STORY >> Red Devils earn a win over Cabot

By RAY BENTON 
Leader sports editor

The Jacksonville baseball team got a late-scheduled road win over Cabot Friday, beating the interstate rival 7-2 in a nonconference matchup at Brian Wade Conrade Memorial Field.

Jacksonville pitcher James Tucker threw six innings for the Red Devils. The Panthers got seven base hits off Tucker, including at least one in every inning but the sixth, but failed to take advantage of some prime opportunities.

Tucker, who has made a habit of working out of trouble, did so several times on Friday.

Jacksonville got a leadoff double on the game’s first pitch from Courtland McDonald to start the game, but didn’t scratch again off Cabot pitcher Gavin Tillery until the third inning. Tillery retired seven-straight batters after the opening pitch, but ran into trouble in the third when he began to struggle to throw strikes early in at-bats.

Nine-hole hitter Deaundray Harris got a one-out single to the gap in right-center on a 2-0 pitch. The base hit started a string of five-straight batters getting on base. McDonald followed with another first-pitch single before Brandon Hickingbotham was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Kaleb Reeves then singled on a 1-0 pitch for two RBIs and cleanup hitter Greg Jones doubled on a 1-0 pitch to drive in two more runs and give the visiting team a 4-0 lead.

Tillery walked Ryan Mallison with two outs to put runners on the corners, but got Derek St. Clair to fly out to left field to get out of the jam.

The Panthers posted a run in the bottom of the fourth. Tristan Bulice and Coleman McAtee got back-to-back, one-out singles before Tillery hit a sacrifice fly to deep center field that scored Bulice.

Jacksonville then made it 7-1 with a three-run rally in the top of the fifth inning. Reeves started the rally with a single. He stole second base and reached third on a passed ball. With one out, Tucker singled to score Reeves and made it to second on another passed ball. Tillery got Mallison to ground out to shortstop to end his night with two outs in the fifth inning.

Sophomore pitcher Chase Kyzer took the mound for the Panthers and gave up back-to-back singles to St. Clair and Blake Perry that made it 7-1.

Kyzer gave up a leadoff double to McDonald to start the sixth inning, but settled in and retired the next three batters in order.

Cabot appeared to be in business in the bottom of the fifth inning when it loaded the bases with no outs. Denver Mullins and Grayson Cole got singles to start the inning and Tucker walked leadoff hitter Lee Sullivan. Adam Hicks then hit into a 4-6-3 double play that scored Mullins and Riley Knudsen grounded to shortstop for the third out.

Tucker allowed eight hits and two earned runs, recorded only two strikeouts but issued no walks for the win.

Tillery also gave up eight hits in five and two-thirds innings. He gave up six earned runs while walking one, hitting one and striking out none.

Kyzer gave up three hits and one earned run while striking out one in one and a third innings.

Knudsen pitched the last inning for Cabot and struck out the side in order.

The leadoff hitters did most of the damage for both teams. Sullivan led Cabot offensively with two base hits while six others picked up one each.

McDonald went 3 for 4 with two doubles for Jacksonville. Reeves and Perry also got two base hits apiece for the Red Devils.

Cabot traveled to West Memphis for a 7A/6A East matchup on Tuesday. Jacksonville plays host to 5A-Central foe Little Rock Christian Academy on Thursday. Look for details of those important doubleheaders in Saturday’s edition of The Leader.

SPORTS STORTS >> McDonald camp a big hit

By RAY BENTON
Leader sports editor

Amazing what a Super Bowl championship can do for one’s public profile. The evidence of it was on display Saturday at the second annual Clinton McDonald Iron Sharpens Iron Youth Football Camp. McDonald, who in January won the Super Bowl as the starting nose tackle for the Seattle Seahawks, hosted approximately 130 young people from the central Arkansas area at Jacksonville High School’s Jan Crow Stadium.

A number of obstacles and roadblocks hampered the planning of the first McDonald camp that ended up being moved to Dupree Park because of Arkansas High School Activities Association’s prohibitive rules. Only about 20 to 25 kids attended that first camp, but Jan Crow Stadium was buzzing with activities on Saturday.

“It’s just by the grace of God that we have the opportunity to give back to the community like this,” said McDonald. As the campers gathered in the bleachers before lunch and in between morning and afternoon sessions, McDonald and the rest of the camp instructors each took a turn stressing the importance of self-discipline, education and faith.

“All of these men down here are telling you all important lessons on how to go about your lives the right way,” McDonald said. “But the most important thing you can do is walk every day with God and do what you can do to glorify Him. That’s why we’re here today, to try to give back and thank God and give Him the glory for the success we’ve had.”

Like last year, McDonald’s colleagues in the NFL, Michael Johnson and Demetrius Harris, also taught stations at the camp.

Harris is also a graduate of JHS and spent his rookie season last year on the Kansas City Chiefs’ developmental squad – the same way McDonald spent his first season in Cincinnati after being drafted out of Memphis University in the seventh and final round.

Former Arkansas Razorback and Green Bay Packer wide receiver Anthony Lucas also volunteered at the camp, as did McDonald’s older brother Cleyton, who played college ball at Mississippi Valley State and is now an Arkansas state trooper. Clinton McDonald’s former teammate at Memphis and current personal trainer Abraham Holloway was also on hand for the second-straight year. Holloway lost more than 100 pounds after graduating as a 320-pound offensive lineman.

Cleyton McDonald stressed an acronym he practices, W.I.N.

“Y’all all like to win don’t you?” Cleyton asked the campers. “Well let me tell you what else winning means. It means ‘What’s Important Now’. We’ve talked a lot about following your dreams, and some of you have dreams of playing in the NFL. But let me tell you something. None of you are going to be in the NFL in the next few years. That’s just a fact. So what you have to focus on is what’s important now, in order for me to achieve that dream. And that’s listening to your parents, and listening to your teachers and getting that work done and developing good habits at home and in the classroom. Everyone you see here today talking to you has been through college. And you have to do the things that are important now to get to college and be successful to even have a chance to reach that dream.”

After lunch campers went back to the field for more work on running and blocking technique, route running, taught by Lucas and Harris, and learned tips on improving 40-yard dash times.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

SPORTS STORY >> Lady Red Devils fend off persistent Falcons

By RAY BENTON
Leader sports editor

The Jacksonville Lady Red Devil softball team got a doubleheader sweep of rival North Pulaski on Wednesday, but it didn’t come as easily as expected. Jacksonville has enjoyed success against some teams that have beaten the Lady Falcons handily, but the youthful NP team brought its A game on Wednesday.

Jacksonville won by scores of 5-1 and 9-4, but North Pulaski coach Tony Bohannon was still pleased with what he saw from his team.

“You have to remember I’m starting five freshmen, three sophomores and a senior,” said Bohannon. “We’ve struggled at times this year, but I’m as proud as I can be of how they played tonight. Defensively this is probably our best game of the year. They competed. They kept their heads about them when Jacksonville started hitting the ball and scoring a little bit. At times this year we’ve lost our focus when things started going wrong. Tonight they stayed with it and competed. I’m very proud of them.”

Given that North Pulaski competed so well, and even put some pressure on Jacksonville early in both games, Lady Red Devil coach Hank Hawk praised his team as well.

“I love competing with these girls,” Hawk said of his squad. “If they get in jams, they don’t panic and they work out of it. They’ve done it for the last seven games. This team competes hard.”

North Pulaski, 12-7, 6-2, took the early lead in the bottom of the first of game one. Allison and Kelsey Seats got back-to-back singles to start the inning. Bailea Holt lined out to third base, but a sacrifice grounder by Madeline Graves scored Allison Seats.

Jacksonville got on the board in the top of the second inning when Brianna Loyd hit a two-RBI single to right field that scored Kymberly House and Sacha Richardson.

The score remained 2-1 until the sixth inning when Jacksonville, 11-4, 6-2, added the game’s final three runs. House reached on an E6 to start the rally. Emily Lovercheck singled to center field. Richardson tried to bunt, but Holt picked the ball up and fired to third to get House. Loyd then put down a bunt single to load the bases and Alexis Goodman was hit by a pitch for an RBI. Morgan Lloyd then hit what should have been a sacrifice grounder to second base, but the throw went home, wasn’t in time to get Richardson and left everyone safe. Zyla Richardson then grounded to third for what should have been the third out, but again the throw went home and this time got Loyd for the second out. Bailea Mitchell then grounded to third for what again should have been the third out, but again the throw went home, and again wasn’t in time to get Goodman, whose run set the final margin.

Loyd took the mound in relief of House in the fourth inning. She gave up a double to Holt to start the fourth, then issued a one-out walk to Peyton Mullen. After that, Loyd retired 11 in a row, including six strikeouts, to finish the game. She fanned the side in the bottom of the seventh.

North Pulaski got three hits, one each by Allison and Kelsey Seats, and Holt.

House gave up hits to the first two batters before retiring nine straight in the first three innings.

Kelsey Seats scattered seven hits over seven innings on the mound for North Pulaski. She struck out three, walked one and gave up just three earned runs.

Loyd started on the mound and pitched three innings before yielding to House in game two.

The Lady Red Devils scored four runs in the first inning to quickly assume control of the nightcap. North Pulaski answered in the second with four runs to tie the game, but Jacksonville added five runs in the bottom of the third to set the final margin. House and Seats dominated from the mound for the rest of the game.

SPORTS STORY >> Beebe bangs out two wins against Rams

By GRAHAM POWELL
Leader sportswriter

Beebe’s baseball team got a 5A-East doubleheader sweep over Paragould on Wednesday at Gillam Field with a 3-2 win in eight innings in the opener, and a 5-2 win over the Rams in the nightcap.

Neither team scored in the first inning of game one, but Paragould, 2-4 in 5A East play, scored in the top of the second to take a 1-0 lead. That lead, however, wouldn’t last, as Beebe (8-7, 5-3) scored two runs in the bottom part of the inning to take a 2-1 lead.

Badger five-hole hitter Will Aughnbaugh started the bottom of the second with a single to left field. Two batters later, catcher Hunter Naramore singled to left field and then stole second base. With runners at second and third with two outs, center fielder Justin Browning drove both runners in with a stand-up double to left field, which gave the Badgers a 2-1 lead.

The score remained 2-1 till the top of the seventh, when the Rams took advantage of two costly Beebe errors at shortstop that tied the game at 2-2 as a result, sending it to extra innings.

The Badgers held Paragould scoreless in the top of the eighth, and Beebe shortstop and cleanup hitter John Finley made up for the costly mistakes in the field with the game-winning hit.

Two-hole hitter Dawson Burge started the bottom of the eighth with a leadoff single to center field, and a sacrifice bunt by John Underwood the next at-bat put Burge at second base with one out.

That brought Finley to the plate, and Finley won the game with a stand-up double that dropped in deep left-center field, allowing Burge to score with ease and set the final score of game one.

Even though they won both games, Beebe coach Mark Crafton wasn’t entirely pleased with his team’s performance Wednesday, especially in game one. On top of the two errors at the end of that game, his team left runners stranded at pivotal times that helped Paragould stay in the game.

In the bottom of the fourth, Beebe had the bases loaded with just one out, but the next two batters struck out, allowing the Rams’ starting pitcher to get out of the jam.

“We are missing those timely hits,” said Crafton. “We had runners at third and couldn’t get them in. We had a popup and then the bases loaded and two strikeouts. We kind of put it in cruise control when we get ahead instead of keeping that gas pedal pushed down and staying on people.”

Beebe won the second game with five runs on four hits. The Badgers scored two runs in the second inning and three in the third. Paragould set its run total with a run in the third and one in the fifth.

Kord Simpson got the win on the mound in game two. He threw six innings and recorded six strikeouts and gave up six hits and four walks. Browning got the save in the seventh and struck out one and walked one in that time.

Angus Denton was the winning pitcher of game one. He threw all eight innings and finished with a game-high 13 strikeouts. He gave up six hits, one walk and one earned run.

Denton, Burge, Finley, Aughnbaugh, Simpson, Nara-more and Browning each had one hit in game one. Under-wood, Finley, Simpson and Naramore combined for Beebe’s four hits in game two.

The Badgers played a nonconference game against Mayflower yesterday at home after deadlines, and will resume conference play Monday with a doubleheader at Nettleton.

The first pitch of game one Monday is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

SPORTS STORY >> Two big innings lift JHS over NP

By RAY BENTON
Leader sports editor

Jacksonville’s baseball team stayed perfect with a doubleheader sweep of crosstown rival North Pulaski on Wednesday at Dupree Park. The game was scheduled to be on North Pulaski’s field on Tuesday, but Sunday’s torrential downpours made that end of Dupree Park unusable, so the two teams met on Hickingbotham Field the next day.

Game one was a miserable one for the officially recognized host school, as Jacksonville won 19-0 in four innings. Game two was close for four innings, until a 7-run fifth lifted the Red Devils to a 13-4 victory.

Jacksonville’s Derek St. Clair tossed a phenomenal game in the opener. St. Clair threw a no-hitter and was one walk from a perfect game. He got the leadoff hitter to groundout to shortstop to start the game, then walked Jordan Walter. From there, St. Clair struck out the next 11 batters in a row before the game ended in the fourth on the 15-run mercy rule.

Jacksonville had trouble adjusting to North Pulaski freshman Caleb McMunn’s slower approach in game two. The Red Devils got their early runs largely from North Pulaski errors and capitalizing when McMunn struggled with control. Otherwise, McMunn got the 5A-Central leading Red Devils to pop it up numerous times for easy outs.

Jacksonville pitcher Blake Perry also struggled with his control, and North Pulaski made good use of it, especially Ean Collie. He went 2 for 3 and drove in all four of the Falcons’ runs in game two. Three of the four he drove in got on base via base on balls.

Jacksonville was the home team in game two, and took an early lead in the bottom of the first inning without a base hit. Courtland McDonald’s routine grounder to second base was mishandled.

He stole second and moved to third on a sacrifice grounder by Brandon Hickingbotham. Kaleb Reeves then walked and stole second, and McDonald scored on the throw to second base.

The lead didn’t last long. North Pulaski scored two runs in the top of the second. McMunn drew a leadoff walk and Tyler Montgomery was hit by a 1-2 pitch. Hunter McPherson’s sacrifice bunt didn’t work and McMunn was thrown out at third. But Collie came through with a two-run double to deep left-center field to bring both base runners around. Collie tried to steal third, but was gunned down by Greg Jones and Brandon Bridges flew out to left field to end the rally.

Jacksonville tied it in the bottom of the second. St. Clair drew a leadoff walk and stole second base. Perry then singled to left field for the RBI. The Red Devils then took a 5-2 lead with a rally in the bottom of the third.

Reeves started it off with a leadoff single, and that’s where the rally should have ended. Jones flew out to left and James Tucker grounded out to shortstop, but Ryan Mallison’s routine pop up to second base was missed, leaving him safe at first and Reeves at third.

St. Clair then doubled down the right-field line to score both runners. He then scored off another RBI base hit by Perry.

North Pulaski answered with two runs in the top of the fourth on one hit. The Falcons loaded the bases with no outs when Perry walked Fred Thomas and McMunn. A pitch in the dirt advanced the runners, leaving first base open. Perry then struck out Montgomery on a breaking ball in the dirt that got by Jones behind the plate. Jones gathered the ball, but his throw drew Hickingbotham off of first base, leaving everyone safe.

Jones made some amends for the series of follies that led to loading the bases when he picked off Thomas at third base. Perry then struck out McPherson for the second out, but Collie came through with another base hit to score the two base runners.

Jacksonville loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth but was unable to score.

Hickingbotham took the mound for Jacksonville in the fifth. He committed a fielding error and walked two batters to load the bases, but also struck out the side to get out of the jam.

Jacksonville finally broke it open in the bottom of the fifth after McMunn left the game after walking or hitting three of the first four batters. Collie, who started on the mound in the run-rule shortened first game, took the mound in relief, and it was a wanted change for Jacksonville, who is more comfortable against harder-throwing pitchers.

St. Clair and Perry drew the walks before D.J. Scott put down a bunt single that loaded the bases. McDonald took a pitch to the hip to drive in one run. Hickingbotham then singled to left field for one RBI, and another run scored when the ball was misplayed. Reeves then hit a double down the left-field line for two RBIs and Jones walked. Tucker then hit a two-RBI shot to left field to make it 12-4. Though there were still no outs after eight batters, Jacksonville did not score again.

The Red Devils added a run in the sixth when Reeves doubled again, stole third base, and then walked home after the throw from to third sailed into left field.

Jacksonville led just 1-0 after two innings in game one before scoring 15 in the third inning on eight hits, three walks, one hit batter and five North Pulaski errors.

Reeves went 3 for 3 with two walks, two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored in game two. Perry went 2 for 2 with two walks and two RBIs, and St. Clair went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs.

SPORTS STORY >> Panthers’ penalty kicks beat Tigers 5-4

By GRAHAM POWELL
Leader sportswriter

The Cabot Panthers’ soccer team battled Little Rock Central to a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation Tuesday at Panther Stadium, but the host team won the 7A/6A East matchup by scoring one more goal than the Tigers did in the penalty shootout, which ended the game 5-4 in Cabot’s favor.

With the win, the Cabot boys improve their overall record to 5-2-1 and are still perfect in conference play with a 3-0 record.

Central (4-7-1, 2-2) scored the first goal of the game less than 10 minutes into the first half with a successful kick from 17 yards out by William Mitchell. The Tigers maintained their 1-0 advantage till Cabot senior midfielder Fabian Knoell booted a free kick from 53 yards away that sailed into the goal with 1:56 remaining in the first half.

Knoell’s lengthy shot tied the score at 1-1, and that was the score till the end of regulation. Central scored the first goal of the shootout on its first attempt, but Cabot’s Edi Alfonso answered with a goal on the Panthers’ first attempt, which tied the score at 2-2.

Central’s Ross Regan was next up for the Tigers and his kick was blocked, thanks to a diving save by Panthers’ goalkeeper Jack Whisker. Cameron Stokes was next up for Cabot, and he put one in the net that sailed just under the top crossbar, which put the Panthers up 3-2.

The Tigers scored on their next shot, but Knoell answered with his second goal of the game, making the score 4-3 Cabot. Central’s Peyton Robinson scored on the visitors’ next attempt, but Nathan Taylor scored on the next attempt for the Panthers, which set the final score.

College signee Trevor Reed would’ve been next up for Cabot had Central been able to tie the score, but Central’s Ian Kim missed wide left on his shot attempt, which gave Cabot the win.

It was a good win for the host Panthers, but head coach Steve Porter was surprised there weren’t more goals scored during regulation.

“It was one of those games that I thought on the balance of play and chances that it should’ve been like a 6-5 game,” said Porter. “There were that many opportunities for both teams. I thought, especially in the first half, we should’ve had more chances, better chances.

“We just need to maintain focus. Technically, during practice they can do it. But we need that when we’re in a game under pressure, when it matters. We can always improve technically and tactically. The mental aspect of it – staying focused, staying tough, that’s what we need to continue to work on.”

The Lady Panthers’ game also took a shootout to decide a winner, but Central came out on top in their matchup, winning by the final score of 3-1. Neither team could score in regulation, but Central’s Rebecca Hardcastle scored on the first shot attempt of the shootout to give the Lady Tigers a quick 1-0 lead.

Cabot missed its first attempt, but the Lady Tigers’ next attempt was blocked. Braxton Reed tied the game at 1-1 with a goal, but Central retook the lead with a goal by Paige Sander.

Cabot missed its next attempt, and the Lady Tigers (3-1 in 7A/6A East) won it with a goal by Grayston Barron that set the final score.

“I really expected us to finish our chances better than we did,” said Cabot girls’ coach Kerry Castillo. “We had three point-blank chances to score right in front of the goalkeeper, and when you don’t make those and you let a team that’s as athletic as they are hang around you’re going to pay for it.”

Both the Panthers and Lady Panthers (8-3-2, 2-1) will play a nonconference game at Little Rock Christian on Monday before resuming conference play Tuesday with a pair of games at home against West Memphis. The girls’ game will be played first on each day, and both games are scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

SPORTS STORY >> JHS No. 40 jersey retired

By GRAHAM POWELL 
Leader sportswriter

Jacksonville High School had its first jersey number in school history officially retired Friday. Former Red Devil standout Clinton McDonald, a starting defensive tackle for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks last season, was honored with a ceremony in the JHS gym that ended with his No. 40 football jersey being retired.

McDonald’s No. 40 jersey is one of two Jacksonville jersey numbers to be retired this year. Later in the fall, former Red Devil and Hall-of-Fame defensive tackle Dan Hampton, who won a Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears in 1985, will also have his jersey number retired.

McDonald’s journey to success wasn’t easy. The Seahawks cut him just before week one of last season, only to re-sign him for less money the next week. He started the next 15 regular-season games for Seattle’s stellar defense, as well as each playoff game that followed, including Super Bowl XLVIII.

“I think it’s more so a blessing than anything, along with a responsibility,” said McDonald. “God has allowed me to make it this far, to play in a Super Bowl and actually be a Super Bowl champion. I feel like he set the responsibility on me, too, to go out there and speak on his behalf and show the kids a positive role model.”

McDonald wore No. 21 throughout his junior high playing days, and described what led to him switching to No. 40 in high school.

“I wore No. 21 in junior high and coach Rick Russell said a guy named Dominique Harris wore No. 40 before me, and when he gave me the jersey, he said ‘You’ve got some big shoes to fill.’ He was a pretty good player, and I told him I was going to try to do my best to fill them.

“I like a challenge. So when I get a challenge I like to try to meet that challenge. I just wanted to make the best out of whatever jersey they put me in.”

Russell was McDonald’s defensive coordinator at the time he played for JHS, and he said McDonald is just as impressive of a guy off the field as he is on it.

“The thing that comes to mind most is the way that he and his family approach life,” said Russell, “athletics, school, and relationships and everything they do. And that comes from their home.

“They had such a great example to follow with Mr. Mac and Mrs. Mac. They’re all just great kids with great character. They’re hard workers, leaders; every aspect of being a champion, they have. Whatever it takes for him to be successful he’s going to do.”

Jacksonville athletic director Jerry Wilson, who was McDonald’s basketball coach at JHS, shared much of the same sentiments.

“The thing that I like about him is he’s very humble,” said Wilson. “He’s given back to the community. What he’s meant to the city and the community, he’s an example.”

McDonald was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009 before being traded to Seattle in 2011. He had his best year as a pro last season, recording 35 tackles, 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.

On March 11, he was rewarded for his play on the field with a four-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers worth $12 million.

EDITORIAL >> Support sick kids

Two upcoming fundraisers deserve extra mention because they will benefit sick children. So we encourage community members to turn out and support the families who are trying hard to help their kids overcome rare illnesses. (See Events Notebook, page 2A.)

The first one, a fish fry from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday in Jacksonville High School’s cafeteria, will help pay for out-of-state travel expenses for the medical care of 6-year-old Charli Kay Cooper, who is suffering from a rare seizure disorder.

Catfish, chicken, coleslaw, baked beans and hushpuppies are available dine-in or take-out for $10. Tickets are available at the JHS main office or by calling 501-982-2128. Donations can also be contributed at the JHS office.

The other is a 5K run/walk Saturday, May 3 at Beebe City Hall. It will help pay for the medical expenses of Gracie Hall, the 15-month-old daughter of Josh and Juli Hall. The toddler has HLH (Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis), a rare immune system disorder.

All donations will be appreciated. For more information, e-mail prayingforgracie@yahoo.com or call Jenni Taylor at 501-281-0540o or Mary Seymore at 501-605-2864.

Let’s show these families that we are with them in their time of need.

EDITORIAL >> School chiefs key to future

Cabot Superintendent Tony Thurman told us this week he’s withdrawing his name for consideration as leader of the Fayetteville School District. He said his work in Cabot is not finished and his ties to the community are too strong to be lured away to Hog heaven in northwest Arkansas.

That’s good news for Cabot, which owes much of its success to its quality public schools. Thurman deserves a lot of the credit, as do the scores of teachers and administrators who make up his team. Under his leadership, several of the city’s schools have been ranked among the best in the state.

Had Thurman jumped ship, the community would have had little time to find a first-rate successor before the new school year starts in August.

Cities either thrive or languish depending on the quality of their schools. A case can be made that superintendents are as important as mayors. It seems that school boards and city councils understand that educating young people is the top priority.

School districts win out over city halls. Just look at the superintendents’ salaries:

Thurman’s annual pay is $174,000. Cabot Mayor Bill Cypert’s salary is about $90,000.

The Pulaski County Special School District’s interim superintendent, Jerry Guess, takes in $215,000 every year. And he manages one of the largest school systems in the state. It is also arguably one of the most financially and academically challenged in Arkansas. Though he will only be in charge of PCSSD for one more year, he could get a long-term contract when the district is freed from state supervision.

Jacksonville Mayor Gary Fletcher’s salary is $89,000, and Sherwood Mayor Virginia Hillman is paid $87,419.

Both cities are part of PCSSD but hope to form their own districts soon. Jacksonville will vote in September to leave PCSSD and could hire a superintendent next year.

Guess would be a good choice to lead either city’s new district. Who is in a better position to understand the complicated issues of breaking up the district than him?

For comparison, state Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell, who lives in Cabot and was also up for the Fayetteville superintendent job, is paid about $220,000. As a political appointee, he will likely be replaced next year by a new governor since Gov. Mike Beebe is term-limited.

Kimbrell would also be an excellent choice to lead Jacksonville schools when they split from Pulaski County. After all, it was his call to have the state take over PCSSD. He’s also been supportive of Jacksonville’s efforts to gain control of its schools. As a Cabot resident, he sees what communities expect their schools to look like.

The smaller towns in our area also pay superintendents more than their mayors.

In Beebe, Belinda Shook is paid $135,410, and Mayor Mike Roberson gets $40,310.

Lonoke Superintendent Suzanne Bailey’s yearly salary is $105,000 compared to Mayor Wayne McGee’s $30,000.

Thurman, who will likely have a pay raise before next school year, was right to stay here. We hope Cabot residents understand their good fortune because he won’t stop until their city looks like a college town that even Fayetteville would envy.

Besides, he’s a Monticello Boll Weevil at heart.

TOP STORY >> Super Bowl champ returns home for tribute

By JEFFREY SMITH
Leader staff writer

Super Bowl Champion Clinton McDonald came back home this week to help raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Jacksonville, a place that allowed him to make friends and grow into the humble man he is today.

McDonald, a former defensive tackle for the Seattle Sea-hawks who recently signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was the guest speaker of the Boys and Girls Club banquet on Thursday at the Jacksonville Community Center.

“We are here to honor a great entity in this community, the Boys and Girls Club. This isn’t about me. I’m just a product that came out,” McDonald said.

McDonald, his brothers, sisters and friends went to the Boys and Girls Club during the summers when they were young to play and get a meal.

One time, McDonald’s father and community members got together and — through the Boys and Girls Club — took some kids to a flight school.

“They taught us about the Tuskegee Airmen and other pilots. It opened our minds to aviation and flying. We went to a hangar and got a chance to fly,” McDonald said.

He remembered wondering how many other kids ever had the chance to fly in a private plane and being grateful that someone was taking time out of their busy schedule to do it.

McDonald said, when Seattle won the Super Bowl, his teammates were in the back of the plane saying, “Hey Champ”. They were laughing because they accomplished something people only dream about.

McDonald told the guests that one of Seahawks’ coaches turned the conversion around and said, “It is a responsibility being a champ. Everyone knows your face. What are you going to do with that responsibility?

“My responsibility is to come back to the community or the community I’m in and affect it in a positive manner that Christ wanted me to affect it. For me to do (youth football) camps in Jacksonville was not to get glory for it. God has blessed me enough that I can be fine if I did not want to do anything else,” the football player said.

“But, at the same time, it’s a responsibility he blessed me with as well, to give back and be a part of Jacksonville. God has made it so that I stand here today as a Super Bowl champion and as a champion in his eyes, to be an example to this community,” McDonald said.

“This Boys and Girls Club has more impact on the children than we know,” he continued.

McDonald said the Boys and Girls Club helps children see their value and see that they can succeed. The club produces a lot of great people and needs the community to make sure opportunities remain open for the children and for people for who want to participate and give back wholeheartedly, he noted.

“The Boys and Girls Club means a sacrifice. A responsibility for (director) Laura (Walker) and (athletic director) Mike (Williams) that they take out of their busy schedule every day and make sure the children are taken care of,” McDonald said.

He said it is one thing to have, but it is another to give back your time, sometimes money, effort or a word of encouragement to a young child. “You never know which flower is going to bloom the brightest. You water them all the same. Today, I just happen to be the flower that bloomed. It’s not by chance, but the grace of God,” McDonald said.

He said there is another star in Jacksonville who needs somewhere to go and get creative, to let that anger off, to come to after school, to learn different things, to meet new people. That is the Boys and Girls Club, McDonald said. They do not deny kids. They allow them to grow and mature, he explained.

McDonald said, without the club, he may not have become the well-rounded person he is today. And he is still friends with people he first met there as a 6-year-old.

The Boys and Girls Club encourages youngsters to get out of their comfort zones and see what the world has to offer, McDonald said.

During the banquet, Mayor Gary Fletcher gave McDonald the key to the city. Fletcher said, “He loves people and it shows. He is a great role model for our young people.”

 The Boys and Girls Club of Jacksonville presented $500 scholarships to Kayla Williams and Tiffany Smith. Both are 12th graders.

 The Dub Myers Leader-ship Award, a $500 scholarship, went to Sierra Thompson, a 10th grader at Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School.

 Chris Perry was given the Boys and Girls Club’s Volunteer of the Year Award.

TOP STORY >> A modern library opens in Beebe

By JEFFREY SMITH
Leader staff writer

The Goff Public Library in Beebe, a dream of many people, held a grand opening on Wednesday for residents and city leaders.

Mayor Mike Robertson said White County Regional Library System chairman Clay Goff came to him over a year ago and told him the city needed a library.

Robertson said no grants were available, but the library system, the city and the state helped fund the project.

Developer Leroy Goff donated his time, labor and expertise to design and construct it.

Robertson said, “This building was paid for by your tax dollars. The regional library system saved money. (The city) had some money, so we put it all together, and a dream came true.

“We have a wonderful library to be proud of,” he concluded.

The $375,000 library was paid for with funds from the White County Regional Library System plus $100,000 from the city.

The 3,500-square-foot building is located between city hall and the fire department.

It moved from its old 1,200-square-foot building the city leased for $350 a month from the Beebe American Legion Post 91. The library has been at the Legion hut since the 1970s.

Clay Goff said, “About five years ago, I had a dream but did not have a plan. I began to study, and, finally, 18 months ago, I went to the board and said, ‘I’ve got some ideas.’ We began to work on things, and they said, if you can make it happen, do it.”

Clay Goff met with his dad, Leroy, who helped make it happen. His father was at the building site daily making the plans a reality.

“I had lots of folks come to my office — 90 percent were excited and had positive comments, but 10 percent were negative comments. A library? Aren’t they on the verge of extinction? Aren’t they a dinosaur with today’s technology and modern times? Do we really need a library?” Goff said.

“Yes, we do. What we have today is a state-of-the-art building that is a tree of knowledge that will continue to grow,” he said.

Goff said the library offers summer reading programs for grade schoolers so they do not forget what they learned and do not fall behind during the upcoming school year.

For teenagers, the library has Wi-Fi access and a teen area with books and magazines for their age group.

The building has six computer stations, so people looking for work can apply for jobs online.

The library also offers e-books to download, so patrons do not have to leave their homes to enjoy reading.

For retirees, the facility is a place to socialize, stay up to date on current events and keep their minds sharp.

And they can e-mail their children and grandchildren.

Goff said 55,000 items were checked out last year from the old library.

“Imagine what this facility will do,” he said.

State Librarian Carolyn Ashcraft said libraries have changed over the years to meet the needs of today.

She said there is something for everyone at the Goff Public Library.

“Every year, circulation keeps going up. As you open up this new facility people (will) start coming in and using it,” Ashcraft said.

“You will see, in less than five years, this board will be talking about how can we raise the money to do an expansion on that new building we’ve already outgrown. That is a wonderful thing,” Ashcraft said.

“Think of this facility as your community center. There are lots of things you can get besides just a book to checkout,” Ashcraft said.

The Goff Public Library is open from noon until 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday.

It is closed Friday and Sunday.

TOP STORY >> Ex-clerk airs grievance

By SARAH CAMPBELL
Leader staff writer

The Lonoke County employee whose grievance hearing was canceled four times before she was transferred to another office says she did Assessor Jack McNally’s job before he fired her.

According to the former chief deputy assessor, Therese O’Donnell, McNally was in his Lonoke office or the Cabot office less than 10 hours a week when it wasn’t campaign season.

She claims he didn’t even work then, instead delegating tasks and “bullying” his staff.

The assessor wasn’t in his office on Friday when The Leader called.

O’Donnell also said McNally worried her family when he told The Leader last week that she had been prescribed four kinds of heart medication.

O’Donnell said in an interview at The Leader on Thursday that a cardiologist gave her a clean bill of health in July, and she has never been prescribed heart medication.

Even if his comments had been true, McNally violated the HIPPA law that prohibits employers from releasing medical information about their employees, O’Donnell said.

The former deputy — who has lived in Lonoke County for more than 40 years — started working for Collector Patricia McCallie on March 31.

Her career in Lonoke County government began in 1999. She worked for Hugh Keller, a former county collector, and then for former assessor Jerry Adams.

“I loved my job, loved working with the people,” O’Donnell said.

She and her husband, Paddy O’Donnell, said they were trying to keep things civil and out of the press, but McNally’s claims about her health was the last straw.

O’Donnell said the assessor has, for three years, refused to learn how to do the job he was elected to do.

Instead, he delegates tasks to the staff, she told The Leader. An employee is doing the budget for him, O’Donnell said.

She added that Jerry Adams, not McNally, brought Geographic Information Systems to the county. The county piloted GIS in the early 2000s, while McNally was elected in 2011.

O’Donnell said she started signing time sheets because he wasn’t in the office, and she didn’t want to drive to the Cabot office or his house to make him sign them.

Then she was asked to pay the office’s bills and write a grant the day before it was due, O’Donnell said.

On Thursday, she was still receiving calls from other county employees about how to complete their duties that involved the assessor’s office.

O’Donnell said, “I was hoping that he would take responsibility for the job he was elected to do because I was tired of doing the job that the taxpayers pay him to do…I cannot sit by any longer and see him waste the taxpayers’ money for his own gain. He has said many times this is the best job I ever had for not doing anything.”

The former deputy said McNally has made several questionable or unnecessary purchases, including T-shirts promoting the Homestead Credit program and signs and stands for The Wounded Warrior Project.

Some of the purchases have been hotly debated during Lonoke County Quorum Court meetings.

Paddy O’Donnell added that McNally’s favorite saying is: “We can get around this. We’ll work around this.”

He said the assessor has been saying that since he was a code enforcement officer for Cabot under then-Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh.

Theresa O’Donnell then shared several text messages she would have read to county officials if her grievance hearing had been held.

But, she said, she appreciates several quorum court members who apologized about her having to go through this ordeal.

The texts from McNally are compliments, such as, “You are the best,” “You are a blessing in my life” and “…please forgive me for relying on you so much.”

One text sent on Nov. 18 reads, “Things run well because of you. Things run well in spite of me.”

O’Donnell said McNally’s wife sent one of the longest text message. It reads, “Between you and me, please try and get Jack to stay at the office and work today. If he’s told ‘it’s under control, we can handle it,’ he uses that as an excuse to stay home. He’s on his meds and has had a good diet all weekend and says he feels better. When he’s home, all he does is sit in the chair and watch TV or lay in bed. He needs to be up and active and he will NOT do that here. That can’t be good for his health either. If he’s going to keep this job, he needs to be there and be seen WORKING!!…”

The assessor never explained to her why she had been fired, O’Donnell said.

She said McNally met her at the back door of the courthouse on Feb. 3, asked for her key, told her she was a good employee and that she was fired.

O’Donnell said McNally often became upset at work, yelling at her and the other women on his staff. She became emotional over what he might say to them after this article is published.

“I want to apologize to the ladies that I worked with in the Lonoke office. I hope this will not make it any harder on them. Jack is known to carry a grudge,” O’Donnell said.

She added, “It breaks my heart because they don’t deserve it.”

On Jan. 23, O’Donnell said McNally yelled at her after County Judge Doug Erwin came in to remove and replace the carpet in the assessor’s office.

O’Donnell said McNally wanted the office to close, but she suggested the staff work with their office doors closed while the main room was worked on.

The assessor called her into his office, she said.

“At that point, Jack McNally showed a side of himself that should have never been seen at any point in time. He put a fear in me that I have never experienced before. I felt that he was uncontrollable. He was mad because the judge did not inform him in advance that he was doing the carpet. I was told later that the judge did try to contact him a few times, but he would not answer his phone.”

O’Donnell said McNally cursed at her, but that he would probably dispute her accusation because some words may be curses to one person but not to a another person.

Eight days later, on a Friday, O’Donnell’s husband confronted the assessor. He told McNally that his wife should not be treated that way.

O’Donnell said her husband didn’t raise his voice, but McNally did, saying, “I don’t need this (expletive).” Then, she said, the assessor sarcastically apologized to her as she was speaking to another county employee.

O’Donnell was terminated the Monday after her husband spoke with McNally.

The assessor has argued that she resigned.

O’Donnell said she never turned in a letter of resignation. But the former deputy did say she told McNally she would quit in May if he didn’t start helping her run the office.

O’Donnell added that she canceled only one of the four grievance hearings that were scheduled.