Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CLASSIFIEDS >> 12-17-14

ANNOUNCEMENTS

DREAMWEAVERS OUTLET DECEMBER SALE - Rugs, Pillows, throws and much, much more!! Dec 5-20 closed on Sundays. 8 am-5 pm, m-f, 7 am-5 pm Saturdays. 1201 S. SPRING STREET, LITTLE ROCK, 501-371-0447.

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

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


SERVICES

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

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

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


HELP WANTED

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

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

Child Development Center is offering excellent full-time opportunities in Jacksonville. Immediate  Director, maintenance, and teaching positions available. Requirements: must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED and dedicated to making a difference in children's lives. Pay based on experience, benefits and training available. Please stop by 901 McArthur Drive, Jacksonville to fill out an application.

City of Austin is seeking a part time (20 hours per week) court clerk. Please fill out an application at Austin City Hall or mail resume to P.O. Box 129, Austin, AR 72007. Deadline for applications is 12/22/14 @ 3 pm. City of Austin reserves the right to reject any applicant.

City of Austin is seeking a part time (20 hours per week) water clerk. Please fill out an application at Austin City Hall or mail resume to P.O. Box 129, Austin, AR 72007. Deadline for applications is 12/22/14 @ 3 pm. City of Austin reserves the right to reject any applicant.

FARMWORKER, 2/1/15-11/21/15, Acadian Family Farm, Fort Cobb, OK. 5 temp jobs. Prepare growth medium, fill flats. Plant plants in greenhouse and field, ride/work on vegetable transplanter. Cultivate with tractor, use appropriate tillage hand tools, hoes, wheel-hoes, scuffle hoes. Haul potting soil, fertilizer. Recognize appropriate grades of produce, wash and pack produce. Load veg on front-end loader and pallets in shed truck. Haul to retail outlets. Clean work areas and store materials. Non smoking/tobacco/drug environment. Emplymnt ref, lift/load 80 lbs, 3 mo exp req'd. $10.86/hr, ≤work guarantee, tools/equip/housing provided, trans and subsistence exp reimbursed. Apply at DWS, 501.982.3835. Job #1005136.

DRIVERS: CLASS A CDL. You choose - van, flatbed, containers. Experienced and refresher welcome! Excellent CSA scores, benefits, bonuses! (866) 374-8487.

FARMWORKER, 2/1/15-11/15/15, Southwood Landscape and Nursery, Tulsa, OK. 5 temp jobs. Plant, cultivate, harvest plants. Prepare soil, growing media. Cultivate, plant, transplant, pot, tag in environmentally controlled conditions and outside. Select, pull plants for market by moving containers and wrapping. Load, unload plants from trucks. Perform routine maintenance on structures/equip. Perform farm, field, greenhouse sanitation duties. Wash produce. Operate farm equip. Non smoking/tobacco/drug environment. Emplymnt ref, 3 mo exp req'd. $10.86/hr, ≤work guarantee, tools/equip/housing provided, trans and subsistence exp reimbursed. Apply at DWS, 501.982.3835. Job #OK1004928.

DRAFTSMAN Full time, Bulk fertilizer, grain handling and spreading equipment. Mech. Product design, using autocad 3D design software, fabricate Equip. Must be AMERICAN CITIZEN, proficient with Inventor or Solidworks, Design exp. Resume: shawnhudspeth@adamsfertequip.com, Dewitt, Ar.

LPN - FT and PRN - days and nights available, 53 bed residential facility for children who are developmentally impaired  Fax resumes to: 501-945-0219 • 4100 Heritage, NLR AR 72117 CALL: 501-945-3177. www.arkansaspediatricfacility.com.

Can You Dig It? Heavy Equipment Operator Training! 3 Week Program. Bulldozers, Backhoes, Excavators. Lifetime Job Placement Assistance with National Certifications. VA Benefits Eligible! (866) 740-4564.

DRIVERS - Owner Operators and experienced OTR drivers needed for expanding fleet. Call USA Truck today. 866-545-0078.

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

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

DRIVERS - ATTN: OTR DRIVERS! Want to be part of Our Team at Diamond State? Do you have OTR Flatbed experience? We offer great Home Time and excellent benefits. CALL 1-800-332-5551. Or, download resume: www.diamondstatetrucking.com (click on careers). Email resume to: diamondstate2001@yahoo.com.


YARD SALES

ESTATE SALE, 12/19, 12/20, 12/21, 10 am-3 pm, 409 Brewer, Jacksonville. Tons of furniture, clothing, household items, tools, decor, Christmas, ladies' shoes, purses, art, kitchenware, lamps, vintage items and much more.


VEHICLES and ACCESSORIES

2000 TOYOTA Celica GT, brand new tires, needs engine work, $2,000 obo. (501) 882-2142.

2012 CHEVROLET Tahoe LT, 2WD, 1 owner, silver, low miles, loaded, bluetooth, $35,000 obo. (501) 843-7748.

2001 VOLVO S-40 turbo, silver, new tires, heat and air, good body, 155,000 miles, good mpg, $5,000 obo. (501) 676-6106.

2001 BUICK Park Avenue, 164,000 miles, white, leather, loaded, gently lady driven, clean, non-smoker, $2,300. (501) 676-8436.

1957 GMC 2-ton flatbed truck, partially restored, $4,500. (501) 743-2580 or (501) 843-1443.

1972 FORD Ranchero 500, partially restored, $5,000. (501) 743-2580 or (501) 843-1443.

4 ON-ROAD truck tires, 2 almost new, size 255/70R16, $250 obo. (501) 983-1428 or (501) 259-0279.

2004 FORD F250 diesel truck front bench seat, gray cloth interior, $200 obo. (501) 988-2714.

200 CHEVY Silverado extended cab, 2WD, 5.3L V-8, power windows and locks, lots of extras, $7,000 obo. (501) 352-0268 or (501) 658-3834.

2007 GMC extended cab 1500, 5.3 liter engine, tow package, 1 owner, 30,000 miles, $18,000. 982-2504.

1974 VOLKSWAGEN Beetle, yellow/black, good condition, runs good, undercoated, needs muffler, $3,450. 288-1091.

1999 FORD Explorer Eddie Bauer, isn't pretty, but runs great! Leather, sunroof, $1,000. (501) 743-9449, Ward.

UTILITY TRAILER, 5x14, single-axle dovetail ramp, good condition, $750. (501) 438-9696, Lonoke.

'03 NISSAN Sentra GXE, good Christmas gift, needs a little work, $600 obo. (501) 266-3093.

2001 NISSAN, 152k miles, gets 30 mpg., good heat and air, auto., $2,800. 988-0530.

BRAND NEW Roadmaster universal tow dolly w/elec. brakes, $1,500. (501) 982-2407.

2001 TRANS Am, power steering/brakes, V8, 165,000 miles, T-tops, black cherry color, $9,000 cash. 982-6653.


RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

2002 FLAGSTAFF camper, good for deer camp, everything works, $1,000 obo. (501) 259-0279 or (501) 983-1428.

2013 JAYCO Jay Flight Swift SLX 184BH travel trailer, excellent condition, sleeps 4 comfortably, light weight, can be pulled by a 6-cyl., $9,800. (501) 259-4527, Cabot.

2013 ROCKWOOD travel trailer, 30', $17,500. (501) 605-1299.

'98 COACHMAN travel trailer, 29', $5,250. (501) 743-9488.

1995 PROWLER, spacious upstairs bedroom, new roof (3 yrs. old), 1 yr. tire, vent covers, $4,500. 259-0629 or 422-0181.

1994 LAYTON camper trailer, 40' park model, lived in, $800. (501) 882-1045.

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

2001 PAN Am Spyder RTS, black, 998cc, semi-automatic transmission, cruise control, 8,000 miles, excellent condition, $17,500 obo. (501) 749-6596.


LAWN and FARM EQUIPMENT

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

LAWN MOWER, Yardman, 46" cut, runs/mows well, $375. (501) 983-1445.


LOST and FOUND

LOST DOG: brown and white heeler mix, ring-tailed, last seen 12/7, Hwy. 321 East, Austin. 843-6314 or 743-7002.


ANIMALS, PETS and SUPPLIES

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

FREE TO good home: 5 mixed breed puppies, very lovable, all unique, born 8/1, must go, can't care for them anymore. (501) 533-9228.

RESCUE KITTENS, need homes, (2) 8 wk. old and (4) 3 month old. (501) 539-2838.

FREE LAB. mix puppies, 1st shots and wormed, to good homes only. (501) 288-5190.


MISCELLANEOUS

1 DELL PS/2 keyboard and 1 HP PS/2 keyboard, free to good home. (501) 920-9691.

DOUBLE SINK w/faucet; leftover Christmas decorations, $30; ProBox 412, $50; 17" mule saddle, $600. (501) 628-7085.

9' PRE-LIT Christmas tree, excellent condition, $100. (501) 941-0641.

JHS 1999-2000 yearbook, $20. Call/text: (501) 255-4186.

AIWA HOME stereo speakers, small, new in box, $35. Call/text: (501) 255-4186.

TREADMILL, HR Healthrider, very nice, $225 firm. 288-2931 after 5 pm.

7' PRE-LIT Christmas tree, 600 clear lights, $40. 843-2858.

FIREPLACE LAMP from '70s, $50 obo.; antique iron stool, $75 obo. (501) 882-2142.

EXERCISE BIKE, Exertek, looks new, great for Christmas, $75 cash. (501) 834-3772 or (210) 748-4170.

I-QUEST LEAPFROG cartridge, science, grade 6-8, ages 11-14, $10. (501) 259-2046.

XBOX GAME, The Sims, $15. (501) 259-2046.

CHILLMARK INSULATED boots, like new, size 9, $20. 255-4186.

DICKENS LIGHTED nativity, $25; Possible Dreams large angel, $20; boxed mauve hydrangeas, 14"-16", 75¢-$1 ea. (501) 268-3886.

GAYMAR T/PUMP and pad heat system, cost $300, sell $75. (501) 255-4186.

81 CHRISTIAN audio cassette tapes of the Bible, $20 for all. (501) 843-4890.

GUITAR CASE, hard shell, acoustic, older, good condition, $30. (561) 358-9997, north Cabot.

SILK FLOWERS, new, large container, excellent condition, make offer. (561) 358-9997, north Cabot.

ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR, $300. (501) 676-2877.

PACK RAT tool box, made by Weather Guard, excellent condition, $500 obo. (501) 288-0850.

BETTER -BUILT TOOL box for full-size pickup, $125. (501) 983-1445.

CARHARTT BLACK insulated overalls, nearly new, youth size Lg., $10. (501) 266-2732, Lonoke.

TRUMPET, Bundy, gold w/hard case, good condition, $200. (501) 266-2732, Lonoke.

ORGAN, Baldwin Orgasonic, good condition,  $100. (501) 266-2732, Lonoke.

WOOD PELLETS, 50#, $2 per bag, 20 bags. (501) 951-8097.

REMCUMBENT EXERCISE bike, like new, $200. (501) 743-0133.

BOY'S 16" Ninja Turtle bicycle, like new, has coaster and hand brakes, training wheels, $35. (501) 882-9800.

NIKE CARRY light, new, black and green, retail for $155, sell for $50. (501) 796-8057.

AB ROCKET twister, excellent condition, instructions and DVD included, great Christmas gift, $50. Call/text: (501) 772-0044.


FURNITURE and APPLIANCES

TABLE and 4 chairs, like new, $100; adjustable office chair, excellent condition, $25. (501) 628-7085.

SOFA and love seat, $200; cherry dinette set, $100. (501) 944-5546, Cabot.

SOFA and love seat, $150; Whirlpool washer and dryer, $125. (501) 944-5546, Cabot.

ANTIQUE, FULL bed, chest, vanity and mirror, original finish, $800. (501) 605-1299, leave msg.

AMISH 48"x72" dining room table w/8 chairs (2 Captain), natural hickory, 60" hutch, $3,500. (501) 843-4730 or (303) 913-4728.

7-DRAWER DRESSER, $75; desk w/pull-down top and 3 drawers, $50. 982-1014.

7-PC. QUEEN bedroom suite, $400. (501) 743-9488.

REFRIGERATOR, KENMORE w/ice maker, like new, clean, $375. (501) 834-3772 or (210) 748-4170.

OTTOMAN, LARGE, round, black, better quality, great for Christmas, $40 cash. (501) 834-3772 or (210) 748-4170.

BARSTOOLS, 3 black wrought iron, better quality, $25 ea. (501) 834-3772 or (210) 748-4170.

TV ARMOIRE, cherry wood, excellent condition, $200. (501) 605-2521, Cabot.

GENTLY USED king-size bed frame, mattress and box springs plus sheet set, $200. (501) 743-0133.

DINING ROOM table w/hutch and 6 chairs, $350; queen-size bedroom set, $300; king-size bedroom set, $400. (501) 676-2877.

NEW WALL hugger recliner, $150; 2 swivel rockers, $75 ea.; sleeper sofa, $75, Whirlpool washer and dryer, $150. (501) 250-3110.

STOVE, Whirlpool, white, electric, needs 2 burners, $100. (501) 438-9696, Lonoke.

FREE: SAMSUNG 50" TV, model T-50768, defective capacitors in power supply caused premature failure. Do Google search for repair details. Reasonably simple for person w/circuit board exp. or use for salvage. Daytime ph.: (501) 605-2712.

3-PC. burgundy leather couch, love seat and recliner, $300; (2) 8x10 matching rugs, $50; southwest pine antique armoire, $100. (501) 606-0807.


WANTED

WANTED: BLUE Ox base plate to fit Jeep Wrangler. (501) 350-7567.

CHAIN LINK WANTED. Looking for fencing material, posts and gates as cheap as possible. (501) 266-2732, Lonoke.


MOBILE HOMES

MOBILE HOME - Moulding, $1, Floor Vents, $6, Outswing Doors $169, Combo doors $299, Skirting $7.25, Tubs, $160, Tires, $60, Faucets, Vent Hoods, 501-993-3144.


COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

CABOT, 12 Douglas Road, 500+- sq. ft. office space for rent. $400 month, includes water and power. Call (501) 286-7706. Flexible lease terms.


RENTALS

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 - 1, 2 and 3 bedroom MH's in nice, quiet, safe park, $400-$600 per month. "One bedroom includes utilities." Call (501) 472-4100.

3 BEDROOM, 2 bath home for rent on 6th Street in Cabot. No pets. Avail. Dec. 1st, $675 mo., $400 deposit. Call (501) 288-4177.

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

3 BEDROOM, 2 full bath house in Ward, 2-car garage, stainless steel appliances, side-by-side refrigerator. $900 month, $600 deposit. (501) 416-5159.

CABOT - NEW construction, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1410 sq. ft. home on 1 acre. Quiet lot. All electric. $1150 month and deposit, 1 yr. lease. Call (501) 259-8828.

NICE MOBILE home, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, all electric on 1/2 acre, Cabot Schools. Trash/yard paid. Double carport with storage, front and back covered porches. $650 month, $400 deposit. No pets. (501) 259-8404.

705 HILL - 3 bedroom, 1 bath, 1-car garage, central heat and air, refrigerator furnished, fenced backyard, storage building. $750 month, $750 deposit. 982-9147 or 231-2790.

3 BEDROOM, 1 bath mobile home. Washer and dryer furnished. Rent $600, deposit $400. Pets with additional non-refundable deposit 57 Black Oak Circle, Ward, 501-944-8503.

SPORTS EVENTS >> 12-13-14

JACKSON, WOLFF TO PLAY IN NORTH LITTLE ROCK

Verizon Arena in North Little Rock will host the SEC/Big 12 Women’s Basketball Challenge on Sunday, Dec. 21. The two-game event begins with Texas taking on Texas A and M at 12:30 p.m., with Arkansas facing Oklahoma at 2:30 p.m.

Sophomore Jessica Jackson, of Jacksonville, and junior Melissa Wolff of Cabot are both starters for the Razorback women’s team. Tickets are on sale now at Verizon Arena and all Ticketmaster locations.

Charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com or verizonarena.com. Tickers are $18 for adults and $12 for children. Group sales of 10 adult tickets or more are $15 each.

The Razorback men’s team hosts Southeast Missouri State on Saturday, Dec. 20 at Verizon Arena. Fans that purchase a ticket to that game will get $5 off a ticket for the women’s games on Sunday if purchased at the same time.

OBITUARIES >> 12-17-14

BETTY JO MARTIN

Betty Jo Martin, 57, of Jacksonville passed away on Dec. 13.

She was born on May 10, 1957, in Harrisburg, Pa., to the late Raymond and Parcenia Cross.

She was a member of First Pentecostal Church in North Little Rock, where she annually helped with camp meetings. She was a great mother and grandmother who loved her family dearly.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Martin Sr. Betty is survived by her children, Patricia Lemke, Lisa Martin, Debra Wehagen, Tina Mejia and Calvin Martin Jr.; one brother, Bobby Wallace; brothers and sisters-in-law Jessie Martin Jr., Marie and Larry Holman, Mary Roberts and Robert Martin; nephews, Gregory Combs, Charles Edward Combs and Gregory Combs, Jr., and nine grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18 at First Pentecostal Church in North Little Rock, followed by burial at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander.

Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday. Dec. 17 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


CYNTHIA FULLER 

Cynthia Sue Fuller, 64, of Jacksonville died Dec. 11.

She was born Dec. 22, 1949, in Little Rock to Gladys Sue Holt Fulbright and the late Ransom Rex Fulbright.

Mrs. Fuller was a member of First Church of the Nazarene. She had a generous heart and never met a stranger. She enjoyed traveling, camping, waterskiing and was said to be a surfer in her youth.

In addition to her father, Mrs. Fuller was preceded in death by her daughter, Amber Lynn Shaw.

Mrs. Fuller is survived by her husband, Ronald Omes Fuller; children, Michael Fuller, Eric Fuller and Carrie Jones; mother Gladys Sue Fulbright; sisters, Belinda Hollingshead and Patty Moneagle; brother Mike Fulbright, and grandchildren, Christopher McCarley, Kaitlyn McCarley, Morgan Kukkola, Zachary Fuller, Seth Brown, Aaron Fuller, Jaden Jones and Caylee Jones.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 in the chapel of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home with burial to follow at Glover Cemetery in Cabot.


CECILE HOPPER 

Cecile W. Hopper, 75, of Mammoth Springs (Fulton County), passed away Dec. 12. He was born on Aug. 16, 1939, in Marvell (Phillips County) to the late Royal and Flossie Mae Hopper.

He served his country for 20 years in the Air Force before retiring and serving an additional 20 years in civil service.

Cecile was a loving family man who was a former minister. He dedicated many hours of his time to volunteer work, in particular, the Salvation Army, and was always looking for ways help others. He was previously a member of Calvary Temple before he moved and was currently attending StateLine Pentecostal Church in Thayer, Mo.

Mr. Hopper was also preceded in death by his first wife of 40 years, Pat; his daughter, Sandy Hubbard; brothers, Delbert and Denver; a sister, Darlene, and his son-in-law, Gerald Foreman.

Cecile is survived by his wife, Robin Hopper; children, Kathy Stone and her husband Harold, Gail Foreman, Andy Hopper, Micky Hopper and his wife Shela, Barbie Duell, Lisa Crowell and her husband Kirk, Stephanie Gustafson, Shantella Golay and her husband Kris, Tammy Henry, Ann Henry, Ciera Henry and Porshea Henry, brother N.R. Hopper, sister Rosie Stout, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who he loved dearly, as well as a host of other family and friends.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 in the chapel of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home with Brother Wayne Hurst officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Park.


BILLY RUSSELL

Billy Allen Russell, 79, of Ward was born on Jan. 16, 1935, in Eaton (Lawrence County) to Jasper and Eva Russell and died Dec. 13 at his home in Ward.

Bill was a good and kind man who loved his family dearly. He was a faithful member of Cabot Church of Christ for more than 42 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, J.D. Russell and Tom Ingram, and his sisters, Marie Baker and Sue Bollinger.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Betty Russell; his children, Stephen and his wife Tuesdi Russell of Gravel Ridge, Deborah Wallace of Cabot, James Russell and his wife Barbara of Ward and Mark Russell of Ward; his brothers, Ray Russell and Jim Russell of Rockford, Ill., and Delon Russell of Davis Junction, Ill.; his sister, Marg Harkey, of Long Beach, Calif., seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 at Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Old Austin Cemetery in Ward. Memorials may be made to Friend’s House at Cabot Church of Christ.


HELEN WELLS 

Helen Marie Wells, 76, of Cabot died Dec. 14.

She was born Oct. 24, 1938, in Lake Village (Chicot County) to the late Sid and Georgia Kenaum Caine.

Mrs. Wells attended Celebration Christian Fellow-ship. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Sidney, Roy, Harold and Billy Joe Caine, and her sister, Earlene Collins.

Mrs. Wells is survived by John Abner Wells, the father of her daughters: Judy Wells of North Little Rock and Pam Wells Dolan (Tracy) of Cabot; her sister, Betty Lauhon and her husband Gerald of Hamburg and her grandchildren, Andrew and Hannah Dolan.

Visitation will be from 10 until 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19 at Grace Fellowship in Cabot with the funeral at 11 a.m. under the direction of Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home. A second visitation will be at Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg from noon until 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 with a graveside service to follow at 2 p.m. at Promised Land Cemetery in Hamburg.


JIMMIE ESTES 

Jimmie Allen Estes, 77, of Jacksonville passed away on Dec. 15.

He was born Oct. 8, 1937, in Sulphur Rock (Independence County) to the late Bob and Kate Estes. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Ella Rae Bishop, Lorene Michalis, Hubert Neal Estes and Bobbie Lee Hall.

Jimmie lived in the Jacksonville Towers for many years and loved baking pies for all of its functions. Baking was something Jimmie loved to do most of his life.

He is survived by his brother, Robert Estes and his wife Debbie, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

His family thanks everyone who took care of him during his time at Woodland Hills.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Arkansas Memorial Gardens.


TIMOTHY BANIA

Timothy Edward Bania, 34, of Cabot went to be with our Lord and Savior on Dec. 12 as a result of complications with pneumonia.

He was born March 24, 1980, in Hayward, Calif., to Joseph C. and Patricia C. Scott Bania.

Tim enjoyed playing football for Cabot High School, where he graduated in 1999.In his spare time, Tim enjoyed spending time with his family riding four-wheelers, watching Razorback football and deer hunting at the Knee Deep Hunting Club in Arkadelphia.

Tim was employed at Cal-Frac in Beebe and thought of his crew as his second family.

He also was a Cabot firefighter for a short time. Tim’s cherished memory will live on in his loving family and friends, most importantly, in the eyes of his children. Tim, we love you and miss you, until we see you again.

Tim was a loving husband, father and best friend. He is survived by his wife of eight years, DeAnna M. Moulder-Bania; son Tristan Michael, 6; daughter Addison Marie, 3; his parents, Joseph and Patricia Bania; sister, Brenda Bania Reynolds and her husband Mike; nieces, Lauren and Kaitlyn; brother John Bania and his wife Stacy, and nieces, Elizabeth and Trinity.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Please make donations in remembrance of Timothy to the memorial fund set up at First Arkansas Bank and Trust in support of his children and wife.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 16 at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Jacksonville.

Arrangements were by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


VERA PARNELL

Vera Jean Gable Parnell, 84, of Lonoke passed away Dec. 13.

She loved to go fishing, work in her garden, quilting and going to deer camp with her niece and nephew.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Parnell Sr., and grandson, Timothy J. Parnell.

Survivors include her sons, Ronnie Parnell and his wife Rita, and Virgil Parnell Jr. and his wife Michelle; granddaughter Amy Jo Parnell; great-granddaughters, Anna Marie Pannell and her husband Jordan, Jessica Ellan Case and Ashley Parnell Harbison; sister, Bessie Gable Barber and her husband Phillip; brother Garland Gable and his wife Martha; special niece Judy Gable Gordon and her husband Clifton; special “grandson” Luke Evans, and a host of family and friends.

The funeral was held Dec. 16 at Boyd Funeral Home Chapel in Lonoke, with interment in Brownsville Cemetery.

EVENTS >> 12-17-14


CABOT CHRISTMAS DRIVES UNDERWAY

The Christmas for Kids toy drive and the Cabot Christmas Alliance food collection are underway. The group provides for children of all ages and their families who live in the Cabot School District.

Food boxes will be distributed Saturday.

Monetary donations can be mailed to Christmas for Kids, care of Bill Holden, 110 Gunsmoke Drive, Austin, Ark. 72007.

To tell the group about families who need toys and food for Christmas, call Terena Woodruff at 501-843-3363, ext. 1018.

To donate toys and to arrange a pickup, call Rita Stewart at 501-743-3560 or Bill Holden at 501-843-2152. Toys may also be dropped off at all Cabot elementary schools through Friday. They can also be dropped off by calling Randy Holden at 501-743-6171, or 501-408-1792 and leaving a message for Shelley Montoya.


ROAD TO BETHLEHEM IN CHRISTMAS DISPLAY OPEN 

Bethlehem United Methodist Church’s Christmas-story display, called Road to Bethlehem, is open until New Year’s Day.

The church will also host four nights of musical programs and open houses with music and refreshments at 7 p.m. today through Saturday:

Today — Bethlehem United Methodist soloists and ensembles; Thursday — Finest Forte, an award-winning youth vocal ensemble from Carlisle; Friday — Bobby Burns Bluegrass, and Saturday — Bull Creek Boys and Girls.

The church is at 2540 Bethlehem Road.


SUPPORT GROUPS FOR ALCOHOLISM OFFERED IN AREA 

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

Closed discussions are held at 8 p.m. Tuesdays and at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. An open discussion is held at 8 p.m. Fridays, and an open-book study is held at 10 a.m. Saturdays.

A closed meeting for women is held at 6 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, visit www.araadist6.org.

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

 Meetings for friends and family of alcoholics are held in Jacksonville at 4 p.m. every Sunday at 119 N. Spring St.


CHRISTMAS MUSIC MONDAY AT CABOT AARP

Jerry Miller and Val Wilson of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church will perform during the Cabot AARP’s meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Cabot Senior Center, 600 N. Grant St.

“Christmas classics, both secular and sacred, will be presented as well as a sing along. It has been a tradition for probably 20 years that we provide the music in December,” Miller said.

A potluck dinner will be served while AARP business is discussed. Members and prospective members are invited.

For more information, call 501-492-1456.


GUEST EVANGELISTS AT FIRST ASSEMBLY ON SUNDAY 

The evangelists Joe and Chelsea Garner will minister at Jacksonville First Assembly of God at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Sanctuary Choir will present “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” during the events. “Everyone is invited to come,” Pastor Royce L. Lowe said. The church is at 221 N. Elm St. Call 501-982-5018 for more information.


JACKSONVILLE GARDEN CLUB MEETING ON JAN. 12

The Jacksonville Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 2413 Northeastern Ave.

A representative from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will speak about birds. The public is invited to attend.

For more information, call 501-533-7708.


WORLD WAR I PHOTO EXHIBIT NOW OPEN IN CABOT

The Museum of American History in Cabot has opened its new photography exhibit about the World War I history of Arkansas and Lonoke County.

The exhibit features 12 photos of Arkansas soldiers, 10 of them connected to Lonoke County.

Several World War I artifacts from the museum’s permanent collection are also included.

The museum, 114 South St., is part of the Cabot School District. It is open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and by appointment.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SPORTS STORY >> Lady Rabs earn road win over Ricebirds

By GRAHAM POWELL
Leader sportswriter

The Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits improved to 3-1 in 4A-2 Conference play last week with Friday’s 53-30 win at Stuttgart.

The Lonoke girls (6-3, 3-1) lost to Heber Springs in the first conference game of the season last month, but have since won three straight league games, and they were able togradually pull away from the Lady Ricebirds as Friday’s game progressed.

At the end of the first quarter, the Lady Jackrabbits led 15-9, and by halftime, Lonoke managed to gain a double-digit lead, with the score 31-15.

By the end of the third quarter, Lonoke pushed that lead to 20-plus, leading 43-22, and were able to keep that distance on the scoreboard throughout the fourth en route to the comfortable win.

“We had a pretty big second quarter,” said Lady Jackrabbit coach Nathan Morris. “Eboni Willis had six points in the second quarter and went 4 for 4 from the free-throw line.”

Fellow senior Riely Rowton hit a 3-pointer later in the third quarter that helped Lonoke continue to further its lead, and maintain the momentum in the final quarter of play.

In the last three conference games, Morris said his team is showing gradual improvement, but added there’s still plenty to improve upon.

“We’ve still got some things to work on,” Morris said. “We’re not a tournament team right now. There’s still some work to be done, but we’re improving. We’re improving on things that we needed to get done.

“Our transition defense, we keep harping on that. It’s still not all the way where it needs to be, but it was better last week than it was the week before. Hopefully we can keep building on that, and keep finding the positives in all of the work that we’re doing.”

Willis led the Lonoke girls in scoring Friday. She had 18 points. Amanda Sexton was Lonoke’s next leading scorer with eight points. Callie Whitfield came off the bench to score seven, and Rowton came off the bench to score five.

The Lonoke boys didn’t fare as well Friday against the Ricebirds. It was the Jackrabbits’ first 4A-2 game on the road, and the host team won by the final score of 44-36.

Stuttgart doubled Lonoke’s point total in the first quarter, taking a 10-5 lead into the second. The Jackrabbits did, however, outscore the Ricebirds 15-8 in the second quarter to take a 20-18 lead into halftime.

The hosts came out in the third quarter and outscored Lonoke by a point, 12-11, to cut the Jackrabbits’ lead to 31-30 at the start of the fourth, but Lonoke was outscored 14-5 in the final eight minutes, giving the Ricebirds the eight-point win.

“Our shooting percentage has to get better,” said Lonoke coach Dean Campbell. “We’ve been putting in a lot of time in the shooting part of it. From time to time I see the benefits, and then other times it kind of goes away. So it can be frustrating at times for myself and for the guys.

“We played well in spurts, but our decision-making still has to get better. They’re always going to play extremely hard. That’s never a question, but I got a chance to look at the shot chart, and again, we’re getting to places we want to get to, we’re just not finishing.”

Jawaun Bryant led the Rabbits (3-4, 2-2) in scoring Friday with 15 points. Isaac Toney was second on the team in scoring. He had eight points.

The Lonoke boys and girls resumed conference play at Riverview on Monday, and they’ll play host to North Pulaski on Friday in a pair of nonconference games. Friday’s games will tip-off at 6 p.m. with the girls taking the floor first.

SPORTS STORY >> Sluggish final sees Wolves defeat Bears

By RAY BENTON
Leader sports editor

RUSSELLVILLE – The Sylvan Hills Bears suffered a scoring drought at the most inopportune time, resulting in a 35-30 loss to Lake Hamilton in the championship game of the Cyclone Invitational on Saturday at RHS.

In a strangely lethargic atmosphere for a tournament championship, both teams and their sparse fans seemed sluggish throughout. The arena was close to empty for the tournament’s last game, and the energy was lagging. Both teams played most of the game in a 2-3 zone and it fell into a very slow pace throughout. Sylvan Hills coach Kevin Davis also thought his team’s tournament schedule left it somewhat fatigued by tournament’s end.

“We played back-to-back 8:30 games,” Davis said. “We played the 8:30 game last night then had to drive home, and most of them got up early to go take the ACT this morning. Then we had to come up here and play. So I think we were a little tired, and I think the whole atmosphere in here wasn’t what you’d expect for a championship game. Neither team is from this area and not many people made it up here. I think all that had to do with why I thought both teams looked a little sluggish tonight.”

Sylvan Hills picked its moments to try and infuse some intensity into the game, trapping occasionally out of the zone and briefly switching to full-court pressure after Lake Hamilton extended its lead to seven in the third quarter.

The Wolves, 7-2, scored first after winning the opening tip. Despite not scoring another basket from the floor until the 6:23 mark of the second quarter, the bucket gave them a 9-8 lead. The Wolves missed 13 consecutive shots, but made four free throws while Sylvan Hills struggled with turnovers.

The Bears led 8-6 at the end of the first quarter, but Lake Hamilton’s Samuel Scott hit the three that put his team up early in the second. All but two of the Wolves’ 11 second-quarter points came from beyond the arc, and the 6A-South squad took a 17-12 lead into intermission.

Sylvan Hills committed just two turnovers in the second quarter, but struggled from the floor and the free-throw line. They were only able to get nine shots off, making two of them. But they missed all five free-throw attempts. The Bears only got two more the rest of the game, making one of them to finish 1 for 7 from the line.

The Wolves scored first to start the third quarter, but Sylvan Hills answered with a 7-0 run, the only scoring burst by either team the entire game, and it tied the score with 5:43 left in the third.

Lake Hamilton went inside after a timeout, and post players Jason Burks and Quan Gibson scored eight-straight points for the Wolves. LHHS reclaimed a 27-23 lead before a Sylvan Hills trap forced a turnover that guard Dexter Smith turned into a 3-pointer to make it 27-26 at the start of the fourth quarter. It was the last field goal for Sylvan Hills until only one second remained in the game.

Lake Hamilton got the ball to start the fourth and held it for more than a minute before Scott hit another 3-pointer to make it 30-26. Shortly afterwards, he hit another from deep to make it 33-26, and neither team hit another shot from the floor the rest of the game.

Sylvan Hills, 3-2, struggled to find open shots and didn’t make them once attempted. Lake Hamilton’s bigger post players made sure the Bears got just one shot per possession, and the Wolves’ offense held the ball effectively.

Both teams shot poorly and almost identically from the floor. Sylvan Hills went 7 of 25 from two-point range and 5 of 15 from outside. Lake Hamilton went 7 of 24 and 5 of 14. The difference was at the free-throw line and on the boards. Lake Hamilton made 6 of 9 foul shots and out-rebounded the Bears 27-18.

The Bears and Lady Bears hit the road on Friday to take on Watson Chapel, and won’t return to action until the boys go to Pine Bluff and the girls to Beebe for holiday tournaments.

SPORTS STORY >> Devils too small for ’Dogs

By RAY BENTON
Leader sports editor

CONWAY – The Jacksonville Red Devils fell into a hole early Saturday, and could not climb out, losing 62-49 to Fayetteville in the championship game of the Wampus Cat Invitational.

The Bulldogs started four players as tall as or taller than Jacksonville’s tallest, but it was from outside that Fayetteville did its damage early. The Bulldogs hit four 3-pointers in the opening frame and took a 17-8 lead by quarter’s end.

The Bulldogs hit two more early in the second quarter to extend the lead. Jacksonville began to utilize pressure to try to get back into the game, but the Fayetteville guards handled it well and the post players finished well after the press was broken.

“There wasn’t anything we could do with those big guys inside,” said Jacksonville coach Vic Joyner. “And their guards were solid – good ball handlers. They were bigger than us and could see the floor. They didn’t get rattled. They’re just a well-rounded team and they played well. They’re just a tough matchup for us.”

Fayetteville dominated the rebounding category in the first quarter, but Jacksonville evened that out as the game went on.

Tedrick Wolfe and Maurice Young led the way for Jacksonville in that area, aggressively going after missed shots the rest of the game. It symbolized one aspect of the game that Joyner was proud to see.

“We battled,” Joyner said. “There was plenty of frustration because we just couldn’t do anything with them, but I didn’t see anyone giving up out there. That’s a good sign.”

Jacksonville trailed 31-19 at halftime. Red Devil senior Devin Campbell led a brief charge that got Jacksonville back to within single digits, but the Bulldog big men took over. 6-foot-6 post Josh Breathitt and 6-5 August Carlson combined for 10-straight points for Fayetteville, leading their team to a 47-31 advantage by the end of the third quarter.

Jacksonville was aggressive offensively and got to the line consistently, but was horrible once there. The Red Devils made just 10 of 25 free-throw attempts. Shooting was bad everywhere for the Red Devils on Saturday.

They took more shots than did Fayetteville, but made just 33 percent, hitting 17 of 51 from the floor. They were 5 of 21 from beyond the three-point line.

Jacksonville scraped and clawed to within single digits again in the fourth quarter, but when it had to begin fouling to extend the game, Fayetteville made eight consecutive free throws to seal the win. The Bulldogs made 13 of 18 foul shots for the game. They were 21 of 46 from the floor, including seven of 15 from three-point range.

Campbell led Jacksonville with 16 points while sophomore point guard Tyree Appleby added 11 for the Red Devils, 7-3. Payton Willis led Fayetteville with 18 while Breathitt added 16 for the 8-1 Bulldogs.

To get to the championship game, Jacksonville had to get past a Hot Springs team in the semifinals that beat Jacksonville by 17 earlier this season. It was a struggle, but the Red Devils pulled it off 55-53 on Friday.

The early going looked much like the previous meeting, with the Trojans dominating the action and quickly taking a double-digit lead. A 12-point margin was reduced to 10 by the end of the quarter.

The two teams then battled evenly for most of the second period. After trailing by as much as 17-5, the Red Devils had pulled to within 29-22 by halftime. It was Jacksonville’s turn to dominate early in the third quarter, but Hot Springs, after giving up the lead and falling behind by five, pulled back to within one by the start of the fourth quarter.

Jacksonville managed to take a three-possession lead in the final 90 seconds and Hot Springs had to foul. The Red Devils made 8 of 10 foul shots, including six in a row down the stretch to seal the win.

Wolfe led Jacksonville with 18 points while Appleby added 16 and LaQuawn Smith 12. K.J. Corder led Hot Springs with 14 points. Exavian Christon added 13 and Anthony Tate 11 for the Trojans.

Jacksonville will take the week off for semester tests before coming back for the Red Devil Classic next Monday and Tuesday.

SPORTS STORY >> Panthers take final game into triple-OT

By GRAHAM POWELL
Leader sportswriter

A pair of Panthers put on one great show in the finale of the Cabot Pre-Holiday Classic, but it was the visiting Panthers from Benton that beat the host Panthers 75-72 in triple overtime Saturday at Panther Arena in Cabot.

Cabot jumped out to a four-point lead in the third extra period, but Benton’s Clay Anderson scored seven in a row to put his team in front for good.

The second overtime period ended with the score knotted up at 66-66, and Cabot opened the third OT period with four free-throws that gave it a 70-66 lead.

That’s when Anderson, who led all scorers with 24 points, scored his seven unanswered to give Benton a 73-70 lead with just 18 seconds remaining. Jarrod Barnes answered for Cabot, scoring the home team’s final points on a transition layup with 10 seconds to play, which trimmed the Benton lead to one.

Cabot had to foul, and Benton got the ball to Anderson on the inbound pass, and after he was fouled by Cabot center Jared Dixon, he sank two free throws to make it a three-point game, which also set the final score in the process.

On the game’s final possession, Cabot pushed the ball past half court and got it to Dixon in the corner. Dixon was the only Cabot player with a decent look from the perimeter, and as the final seconds ticked away, the 6-6 center put up a 3-point shot from the corner, but it fell short, giving Benton the hard-fought win.

Benton (6-3) graduated some quality players from last year’s team that won the 2013 Pre-Holiday Tournament, but had three transfers join the team this school year, and that’s helped fill some of the void left from a season ago.

None of those three players, including 6-foot-9 center Jake Scoggins, led the team in scoring Saturday against Cabot (4-2), but all three were deep contributors for Benton, who finished the Classic with a perfect 3-0 record, while Cabot finished 2-1.

“I knew this was going to be a good game,” said Cabot coach Jerry Bridges. “They’re a good team, but, you know, they’ve got three new people they didn’t have this summer.

“I think two came from McClellan and one came from Benton Harmony Grove. So maybe I need to coach AAU basketball, too, and recruit me some. I don’t care if you put that in there, because I’m tired of it, but I’m proud of my guys.

“They could’ve quit, laid down at the end of regulation, but they stuck through the extra minutes. Both teams had opportunities in all the overtimes to maybe win it. They shot better free throws than us. We missed a few here and there and we had some other looks that if they fall it would’ve been a little different.

“But, man, it was just a great game. I’m not down on my kids a bit. As a matter of fact, it’s the opposite. I feel better about us after tonight’s game than after last night’s (Friday’s) game.”

The first quarter was back and forth throughout, but Cabot went into the second quarter with a 14-13 lead. The host Panthers opened the second quarter with a 4-0 run to further their lead, but Benton battled back and eventually tied the game at 20-20.

An inside bucket by Hunter Southerland and a 3-pointer by Garrett Rowe, though, gave Cabot a 25-20 lead, and the host team stayed in front for the rest of the half and led 31-25 at halftime.

On the first possession of the second half, Southerland sank a 3-pointer from the top of the key to push the hosts’ lead to 34-25, but the visiting Panthers responded in a big way and closed the third quarter with a 19-5 run to lead 44-39 at the start of the fourth.

Cabot, though, outscored Benton 13-8 in the fourth quarter, which led to a 52-52 tie at the end of regulation. Both teams scored seven points apiece in the first overtime period, sending the game to a second OT with the score 59 all.

Cabot finished Saturday’s Classic finale 27 of 48 from the floor for 56 percent. Benton made 24 of 53 total shots for 45 percent. From the free-throw line, Benton made 18 of 26 attempts for 69 percent. Cabot made 11 of 17 attempts from the stripe for 65 percent.

The host Panthers dominated the boards, winning the rebounding battle 28-15, but the visiting Panthers won the turnover category, committing 15 to Cabot’s total of 22.

Rowe led Cabot with 23 points Saturday, and was a board shy of a double-double. Southerland finished with 22 points, and Bobby Joe Duncan had 10.

In Friday night’s game, Cabot beat Little Rock Catholic by the final score of 45-37 to get its second win in the Classic. The score was tied at 16-16 at halftime, but the Panthers outscored the Rockets 29-21 in the second half to secure the victory.

Barnes led all scorers in that game with 13 points. He was the only Panther to finish in double figures scoring.

The Panthers will resume action on Friday and Saturday in the White Hall Classic at Pine Bluff.

SPORTS STORY >> Lady Panthers finish 3-0

By GRAHAM POWELL
Leader sportswriter

The Cabot girls went a perfect 3-0 in the annual Cabot Pre-Holiday Classic at Panther Arena last week. After beating Vilonia on Thursday, the Lady Panthers beat Nemo Vista on Friday by the final score of 45-32, and on Saturday, the hosts closed the Classic with a 49-28 win over Benton.

With Cabot playing without three-year starter Alyssa Hamilton, who was injured in the first game against Vilonia, Friday’s game was close after the first two quarters. The Lady Panthers led Nemo Vista 8-6 at the end of the first quarter, and outscored the visitors 10-9 in the second quarter to lead 18-15 at halftime.

Cabot was able to get some separation on the scoreboard in the third quarter, as the Lady Panthers outscored Nemo Vista 14-6 in that period to increase their lead to 32-21 at the start of the fourth quarter.

In the final eight minutes, Cabot was able to outscore the visitors by five to secure the double-digit victory. Anna Sullivan led the Lady Panthers in scoring Friday. She had 14 points. Teammate Leighton Taylor also scored in double figures Friday. She had 13 points.

On Saturday, the Lady Panthers jumped out to a big lead in the opening quarter. Cabot led 13-2 toward the end of the quarter, but a long buzzer-beating three by Benton’s Braxton Chumley made the score 13-5 at the end of the first quarter.

Chumley drained another trey at the start of the second quarter to make it a five-point game, but the Lady Panthers closed the half with an 8-2 run to lead 21-10 at the break.

Benton got an inside bucket on the first possession of the second half to cut the Lady Panther lead back to single digits, but Sullivan got that lead back to double digits with a pair of free throws at the 6:09 mark of the third quarter.

The visiting Lady Panthers, though, responded with an 8-0 run that cut the Cabot lead to 23-20. Benton made four of its first six shots in the second half, while Cabot was 0 for 2 shooting with four turnovers during that stretch.

Senior guard Danielle McWilliams, who was all over the place throughout the second half, going after tough rebounds, chasing down and diving for loose balls and forcing turnovers with her stifling defense, broke Cabot’s scoreless streak with a 3-pointer that made it a 26-20 game with 2:18 left in the third period.

McWilliams’ three was the spark the host Lady Panthers needed, as they scored the only other bucket of the quarter on a steal and layup by Sullivan.

Sullivan’s basket at the end of the quarter gave Cabot a 28-20 lead entering the fourth quarter, and the host Lady Panthers opened the final quarter of play with an 8-2 run to lead 36-22.

Benton’s next point was a free throw, but Taylor answered the point scored with an and-1 that pushed Cabot’s lead to 39-23 with 3:52 remaining. CoCo Calhoon put Cabot at the 40-point mark with a free throw with 3:13 to play, and from there, the host team outscored the visitors 9-5 to set the final score.

Cabot scored the final two buckets of the night. The first of which came on a left-handed turnaround basket by junior center Sydney Reedy, and the last points of the game were scored on a transition bucket by Emily McCaghren in the waning seconds.

The host Lady Panthers finished Saturday’s game 19 for 34 from the floor for 56 percent, while the visiting Lady Panthers finished the game 11 for 30 for 37 percent. Cabot outrebounded Benton 18-9, and the hosts finished with 19 turnovers, bettering Benton’s 21 turnovers committed.

Benton’s Tia Brazell led all scorers Saturday with 13 points. Calhoon led Cabot with 12 points. Sullivan had 11, and McWilliams and Taylor scored eight points apiece.

Cabot (8-1) plays at home again at 6 p.m. Friday against Class 5A Paragould.

EDITORIAL >> Give judges raises in Lonoke County

Lonoke District Court Judge Teresa Smith wants a $5,000 raise for 2015, but the city council approved her request only as part of a preliminary budget that could easily be changed.

The judge’s $20,000 annual salary is split between the city and the county. Supposedly, the county has locked in its 2015 budget, and the quorum court might be reluctant to raise the salaries of all five district judges.

A state law passed last year allows for increases in judges’ salaries by up to $5,000. Smith is requesting the full amount for the part-time position.

As reporter Rick Kron explained, the council had no qualms about paying its half — $2,500. But the city had to turn in by Oct. 1 expenses the county will pay for next year. Smith’s request could still go through if the quorum court finds $12,500 more for all the judges.

That sort of raise shouldn’t break the county’s budget. It’s one good way to tell hard-working judges that they are appreciated.

They shouldn’t have to beg for a decent salary, even if it’s part time.

EDITORIAL >> District plans on schedule

It seems the new Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District has a few friends in Little Rock. The state Board of Education recognized the new district soon after area residents overwhelmingly voted in favor of leaving the Pulaski County Special School District.

State Education Commissioner Tony Wood also supports the hiring of former Pulaski County Special School District Superintendent Bobby Lester of Jacksonville to lead the new district for the first few months of its existence, pending approval by U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall, who is overseeing the Pulaski County desegregation case. Price will hold a hearing Thursday with the Pulaski County school districts to formalize the split.

Judge Marshall understands that decades of benign neglect made the separation inevitable. He has long supported the formation of a Jacksonville-area school district and has called the county district dysfunctional and worse. In any event, PCSSD will continue to oversee the Jacksonville school district for two more years. A proposed millage increase, if passed, would help the new district get off the ground. After that, PCSSD will shrink and have to fend for itself.

The state Board of Education gave PCSSD and the new Jacksonville district 120 days after receiving the necessary court orders from Marshall to submit to the board:

 A plan for the zoning and election of school board members in September 2015.

 A determination of the millage necessary to operate the new district.

 A plan for distribution of real and personal property, assets, liabilities, including debt, duties and responsibilities.

 A specific plan addressing the procedure to employ licensed and non-licensed staff.

Lester, a native of Rose Bud in White County, has served as Jacksonville High School principal, PCSSD superintendent and even interim superintendent in 2011, when the state took over the failed district, which still remains under state supervision.

Lester said he will recommend the districts work with consultants to settle debts and millage, but that any action is premature until the court order on Thursday.

The new board will soon have to decide on a request made by Col. Stephen Weaver, 19th Mission Support Group commander, to appoint a nonvoting, ex-officio school board member to represent Little Rock Air Force Base.

Once the district gets out from under state and court supervision, it’s important that the air base has a key role in the running of the new school district. Airmen have 1,900 school-age children, with about 1,300 of them in Cabot schools and 500 in PCSSD.

The air base has offered 300 acres to the district for an educational campus, and the Defense Department could pay as much as 75 percent of the cost of replacing the decrepit Arnold Elementary School on the base and money toward turning North Pulaski High School into a junior high.

An Air Force representative on the board “would not be unique,” Weaver said at a recent Jacksonville school board meeting. “There are a number of these kinds of relationships in other communities.”

The Pentagon provides additional aid to military communities, and those funds could go higher in Jacksonville once the district becomes independent. Here’s hoping the new district passes another hurdle in court tomorrow.

TOP STORY >> Excel Health may expand in Cabot

By SARAH CAMPBELL
Leader staff writer

Two side-by-side newcomers to the Cabot area, the Excel Health clinic and Advanced Physical Therapy at 2251 Bill Foster Hwy., are doing well and already planning for expansion. Both opened on Nov. 21 and treat all ages.

Excel Health is considering a second location off Main Street, according to owner Jay Cooper. The clinic is also looking at opening on weekends. It is hiring more staff now to do just that.

And Mitzi Gibson of Advanced Physical Therapy said she’d love to knock out some walls for more room.

Excel Health is an urgent care, men’s health and medical weight loss clinic with six exam rooms. It treats patients of all ages, although the staff said most patients are children or seniors.

The clinic offers testosterone therapy for men, a medical weight-loss program for men and women, consultations with an onsite nutritionist, Lipovicine injections and HCG injections.

Excel Health’s wellness side administers biometric screenings, TB screenings, school physicals (ages 12 and up), diabetes screenings, vitamin deficiency screenings, vitamin B12 injections and immunizations/vaccinations for a variety of ailments. The staff plans to offer Department of Transportation physicals and drug testing soon.

The acute-care side treats pink eye, sore throat, sinusitis, URI/bronchitis, skin rash, poison ivy, chickenpox, shingles, minor sprains, wounds, burns, minor GYN problems, abscesses and boils and sexually transmitted diseases. It also offers pregnancy testing and pap smears.

The clinic can handle about 30 patients a day, Cooper said.

“It’s going very well. The clinic has been very successful so far. It’s actually outperformed the one we have in Bryant, by far, actually,” he continued. “I’d say we’ve seen five times more patients in two weeks than we saw in a whole month in Bryant.”

Nurse practitioner Elaine Sherrill added, “They’re so glad we’re here. We’re needed.”

Advanced Physical Therapy treats patients with pregnancy-related conditions, postpartum conditions, pelvic floor weakness, pelvic floor pain, post mastectomy complications and more.

It also provides general orthopedic physical therapy service for joint replacement, back or neck injury, rotator cuff repair, fractures, sprains and strains, arthritis, back and neck pain, bursitis and tendonitis and foot and ankle pain.

Gibson — who co-owns Advanced Physical Therapy with Cooper and his sister, Trisha Cooper — has worked in the field for 20 years. Eight were spent in private practice, and she specializes in prenatal and postpartum care.

Advanced Physical Therapy is open a few days a week, but she hopes it will go full-time soon. In Little Rock, her typical workload would be helping 15 to 20 patients a day.

“When you’re referred for physical therapy, you can go anywhere you want to go. So, I feel certain that a lot of the people here probably see physicians in Little Rock or in North Little Rock, other communities, but they don’t have to go back there for PT,” Gibson continued. “We want people to be able to have physical therapy where they live and not only serve a growing population here but the surrounding communities.”

Along with convenience, Gibson said Advanced Physical Therapy offers quality care and wants the public to know they don’t have to the clinic a doctor refers them to.

Cooper said Excel Health accepts all insurance plans and is undergoing the process necessary for the clinic to serve parents with ARKids First policies.

He also explained how the advantage of urgent care clinics is that they are much less expensive than visits to the emergency room, with a typical clinic visit coming in at about $65, while trips to the emergency room can cost a patient hundreds.

Cooper noted that Cabot was an ideal location for his business because “the closest doctor to this location is quite a ways from here” and the closest emergency room at North Metro Medical Center in Jacksonville is “quite a drive.”

Cooper also said, “We wanted to bring really quality medical care to this side of town.”

He and Gibson agreed that the two businesses being neighbors is unique. That symbiotic relationship, Gibson said, is compounded by the gym next door in suite A. Excel Health and Advanced Physical Therapy are in suite B.

Her goal is for patients to graduate from physical therapy to an at-home or gym exercise regiment.

Also, those who may strain a muscle at the gym could be referred to her office and/or the clinic, Gibson noted.

TOP STORY >> Base assists Afghan Air Force

By AIRMAN 1ST CLASS HARRY BREXEL
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Airmen from Little Rock Air Force Base helped the Afghan armed forces achieve military independence by helping them organize a modern Afghan Air Force. One local airman has led the way toward reaching that goal.

Lt. Col. Christopher Garcia, an airman with the 19th Airlift Wing, was selected to help create an Afghan Air Force with rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft.

“Essentially, we were to help bring the Afghan Air Force into the 21st century,” Garcia said. “Though I have had five previous deployments, none were similar to my most recent assignment to Kabul.”

Garcia left Little Rock Air Force Base for a one-year deployment in August 2013 with the 538th Air Expeditionary Wing in Kabul.

“When I arrived, the squadron had six C-208 aircraft and zero C-130s. The only two Afghan C-130 pilots and sole flight engineer were still undergoing qualification training abroad,” Garcia said.

Garcia, who ended his tour last summer, was the director of operations for a team of coalition members that made up the 538th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron. The unit had to be creative while working in a combat environment, he said. They succeeded despite personnel cuts, base attacks and adjusting to Afghan culture, Garcia said.

“Against the hurdles, the first two Afghan Air Force C-130s arrived at the end of September 2013,” Garcia said. “Both of the planes were formerly assigned to Little Rock AFB.”

Receiving the C-130s was a huge accomplishment for the Afghans.

“It was the largest and fastest plane in their fleet,” Garcia said. “Afghan news networks and political leaders were there to see the planes land.”

More importantly, the Afghan pilots, who recently graduated their initial training, arrived in Kabul at the same time as the aircraft.

Along with providing complete training for the Afghan pilots, the mission contributed to building better relationships.

“The pilots and I were able to work better after going through similar experiences, such as qualification training,” Garcia said. “I really got to know them.”

For Garcia, a true sense of accomplishment came eight months later.

“Getting the planes was a start, but getting the Afghans to fly them on their own was another hurdle,” he said.

“The pilots and flight engineer had been trained and were very proficient, but we needed to gather the best of their current C-27 loadmasters and train them in Kabul.”

Garcia and his team qualified the loadmasters in Kabul. The hands-on training allowed the Afghan loadmasters to transport passengers and one baggage pallet.

“My proudest moment was when the Afghans accomplished their first mission on their own,” Garcia said. “The quality of the Afghan Air Force crew members allowed us to exceed our goals.”

The fully operable C-130s and Afghan aircrews showed the country’s growing responsibility for and ability to manage its own defense, he noted.

“It was a huge step in vying forward for their country and their people,” Garcia said.

LRAFB airmen were vital in much of the training accomplished with the Afghans.

“Little Rock Air Force Base is the only place in the world where pilots can gain the absolute skill, knowledge and experience in C-130 aviation,” Garcia said.

“We’ve been doing this for years. The facilities and trained instructors at Little Rock make it the perfect place for airmen to master their craft. It allows us to work with international partners while simultaneously meeting multiple standards,” Garcia said.

Though Garcia’s deployment ended in July, the work abroad is ongoing.

“I know that there will be more Afghan pilots, engineers and loadmasters trained for the C-130 platform,” Garcia said.

In addition to getting better-trained aircrews, the Afghan Air Force is also set to have an acquired total of four C-130s by the end of the year.

“Little Rock Air Force Base played a huge part in creating a legacy for the Afghan Air Force,” Garcia said. “Approximately 70 countries in the world fly the C-130, and now Afghanistan is one of them.”

TOP STORY >> Rezonings upset residents

By SARAH CAMPBELL
Leader staff writer

The Cabot City Council on Monday passed one controversial rezoning ordinance and allowed two others to be delayed after hearing from residents, the developer and the projects’ engineer.

The council voted to change a parcel of land on North Rockwood Road from R-1 residential to O-1 office and quiet commercial. An office for David’s Burgers will be built there.

An emergency clause was added, too, which makes the ordinance effective immediately rather than 30 days from when it was passed.

The aldermen also heard the first readings of two ordinances — one to rezone property on the 1400 block of Kerr Station Road from R-1 to a PUD (planned unit development) and the other to rezone 1502 Willie Ray Drive from R-1 residential to C-2 commercial. Ordinances must be read three times before the council can adopt them and they become law.

But aldermen can suspend the additional readings to quicken the process, and doing so is legal, Mayor Bill Cypert said after residents requested that the council allow the process to run its natural course.

Motions to suspend the second and third readings of the two ordinances failed with less than two-thirds of the council supporting them.

Aldermen Eddie Long and Ann Gilliam were holdouts on both. Alderman Angie Jones joined them in casting the third nay vote on the Kerr Station Road ordinance.

The Kerr Station Road developer, Jamie Lefever, spoke about changing his plans after the Cabot Planning Commission rejected them over density concerns.

The first proposal was for 12 two-story, 1,300-square-foot duplexes (six buildings) on nearly 1.5 acres. The new proposal is for 11 detached single-family, 1,500-square-foot homes with two-car garages, small yards and back porches.

Under the current zoning, eight homes could be built, Project Engineer Tim Lemons said.

Lefever wants to sell the houses for $155,000 to $165,000. He said he would rent them if they don’t sell, but that rent would be substantial because the homes will be stone and brick with concrete slab foundations and amenities like granite countertops.

Plans for the development also include a front gate, an iron and brick entrance, a 6-foot treated-wood privacy fence on the sides and back and a private road inside that the development’s Property Owners Association will maintain.

Resident Douglas Meiggs said he was concerned about the development causing his property, which is behind it, to flood. That could affect septic systems, Meiggs argued.

Lemons confirmed that sewer would be installed and that neighbors who pay a connection fee could also use it.

Meiggs asked the council who would be responsible if the development does cause flooding or septic system damages. The mayor said the city’s engineer would be diligent in the site-planning process to make sure damages don’t occur.

Meiggs also said, “It doesn’t fit in our neighborhood,” which features single-family homes on half-acre to 25-acre lots.

Several residents were concerned about additional traffic. Lefever said the development would be set back from the road and the driveway in front of the gate would be long enough to accommodate two cars waiting to get in.

Lemons added that cars from the small development would be a “drop in the bucket” compared to current counts on Kerr Station.

Meiggs was skeptical of the fencing, too. He doesn’t want his trees downed; Lemons said they wouldn’t be. Meiggs asked Lemons how the developer would maintain that fence. The engineer said, “very carefully.”

Then Meiggs asked how the developer would gain access to maintain the fence.

Lefever responded, “I want to be neighborly. I want to work with my neighbors. I don’t want this to be a hostile situation.”

He reiterated, “We did come up first with duplexes, and, obviously, the public spoke up and did not want that. So we changed it, and we were glad to…I joked with (Lemons) the other day it was a good thing the duplexes got turned down because I like this better.”

In other business:

• The 1502 Willie Ray Drive developer, Lee Linville, who is also a Lonoke County Justice of the Peace, spoke about moving Linco Countertops there from 10 Commercial Drive.

This rezoning request was also changed after the planning commission rejected it.

A planned driveway from Tanglewood Road was removed and access will be from Willie Ray.

Linville addressed concerns about the condition of the current location by explaining that the business is renting that building and cannot make structural improvements.

He said he spent several years looking for another property, found that choices were very limited and decided on Willie Ray because the council recently agreed that road should be developed into a commercial corridor when the north terminal interchange is completed in 2018.

Linville said he also collected signatures from more than 51 percent of the landowners, who agreed to amend their bills of assurance — agreements that are between the property owner and developer and not recognized by the city.

One resident asked that the council not allow her neighborhood to go commercial.

Resident Paul Davis said Linville could have placed his business in the industrial area at the end of Second Street. He described Cabot as having a “hodge-podge” of businesses and homes.

Several residents accused the city of not being transparent and of not doing all that is legally required of them.

But Lemons, who is also Linville’s project engineer, argued that he and the developer went through all the proper channels while Cypert said this issue had been discussed in commission and council meetings that were open to the public.

• David’s Burgers, a chain restaurant, will be next door to its planned office on Rockwood. Excel Ford, where excavation is underway, is across the street.

Residents were concerned about additional traffic. They wanted restricted access to the businesses. But the mayor told them that topic would be addressed later in the site-planning process.

There is one way in and out of the neighboring Sun Terrace subdivision, whose residents won a lawsuit against the city when they opposed putting in alternative accesses.

Friday, December 12, 2014

SPORTS STORY >> Jacksonville ladies defeat Belles again

By RAY BENTON
Leader sports editor

The Jacksonville girls’ basketball team picked up its fourth win this season in just its second home game. The Lady Red Devils pulled away early and beat Mount St. Mary 62-47. The quickness of Jacksonville’s guards was too much for the Belles, who stayed in man defense the entire game.

The Lady Red Devils’ defense forced several turnovers early, and MSM had no one who could stay in front of point guard Antrice McCoy on defense. The result was 23 points for the team’s lone returning starter from last year’s quarterfinal team.

“Antrice was just so much quicker than their players they had guarding her,” said Jacksonville coach William Rountree. “And they played us man the whole game so we were able to take advantage of that.”

Jacksonville built a double-digit lead by halftime, but Mount St. Mary made a run in the third quarter, cutting the margin to as little as five. After the bucket that got it to five, Jacksonville sophomore Alexis James drained a big 3-pointer that stole the momentum back for the home team.

“Bottom line is we have one starter back and we feel like we’re coming along,” Rountree said. “We rebounded better, which is something we emphasized in practice. Our pre-conference schedule has been tough, which is good for us. We’re going to take a little time off and get ready to play in our Classic.”

James added 16 points for Jacksonville and Desiree Williams scored 11.

Jacksonville doesn’t play again until it faces Brookland in the first round of the Red Devil Classic at JHS on Dec. 22. They will face North Pulaski in the second round on Dec. 23.

SPORTS STORY >> Sylvan Hills gets sweep of Maumelle

By RAY BENTON 
Leader sports editor

Sylvan Hills got a nonconference sweep of Maumelle on Tuesday, with the girls winning 69-50 while the boys earned an eye-opening 73-69 victory over the Hornets. The Maumelle boys entered the game at Sherwood with impressive wins over teams like Wynne, Catholic and Pulaski Academy, but couldn’t get over on a Bears’ team that has begun to establish itself as a team to keep a close eye on.

Sylvan Hills followed Tuesday’s home win with a first-round, 51-44 victory in the Cyclone Invitational against the host team Russellville.

“You play nonconference games you want them as hard as they can be,” said Sylvan Hills coach Kevin Davis. “I think that’s especially true when you have a team as inexperienced as this one is and you play in a conference as tough as ours. We’ve played a pretty good schedule and so far I’ve been pretty pleased with how we’ve performed. We’re still not finishing inside like we should, and I don’t like giving up 70 points, but we’re getting better and I think that’s showing.”

Junior point guard Cordy Winston has emerged as the team’s leading scorer this season, but he’s far from the lone scorer. The Bears had five players in double figures on Tuesday. Winston led the way with 19 while sophomore Jordan Washington scored 14, Dexter Smith added 13, Tre West 12 and Jaylin Johnson 10. The only other Sylvan Hills player to score was Marlon Clemmons with five points.

Sylvan Hills led 17-14 at the end of one, but Maumelle had tied it at 37 by halftime. Sylvan Hills started the third period with a quick run, and Maumelle never led the rest of the game.

The Hornets came into the game having already played eight games and boasting a 6-2 record, with losses coming in close games against Watson Chapel and Bryant. Sylvan Hills had only played twice, beat Vilonia by 10 and losing to Hot Springs by five.

On Thursday, the Bears had to play catch-up after falling behind 15-7 in the first quarter. They made up no ground in the second quarter but lost none either. Then a defensive adjustment at halftime changed the game. Sylvan Hills held the Cyclones to just four points while taking a 37-36 lead into the fourth quarter.

Winston led the way with 15 points while Washington added 13 for the Bears. The Bears finish the Russellville tournament today, then is off until Friday when it travels to Watson Chapel.

In the girls’ game on Tuesday, a close battle through two-and-a-half quarters changed when the Lady Bears went on a run to end the third. Senior point guard Jessica Brasfield began getting into the lane, creating shots for herself and outside shots for Sarah Beckwith and Storm Ellis. And the two shooters made them count.

“We played hard and won another one,” said girls’ coach Shelley Davis. “We’re getting better. First two games were pretty rough but they continue to play hard and we’re 3-3 now. I’m encouraged.”

The Lady Bears got points from all over the floor. Brasfield led the way with 20 points while Beckwith added 18, Ellis 13 and forward Jahnay Duncan scored 11. Several of Duncan’s points came inside and from offensive rebounds.

Davis also bragged on freshman post Alanah Canady.

“She didn’t score much in this game, but she’s had some strong games earlier on,” Shelley Davis said. “Even in this game she did so many good things as far as taking it to the basket. She’s not finishing as well as she could be, but it’s coming.”

The Lady Bears played Episcopal Collegiate Friday after Leader deadlines. Look for details of that game in Wednesday’s edition of The Leader.

SPORTS STORY >> Cabot girls win tussle with VHS

By GRAHAM POWELL 
Leader sportswriter

The annual Cabot Pre-Holiday Classic tipped off Thursday at Panther Arena, and the host Lady Panthers didn’t disappoint, as they handed Class 5A Vilonia its first loss of the season, winning by the final score of 49-41.

Cabot’s press defense was highly effective in the early goings. Cabot scored the first five points of the game, the first four of which being scored by Anna Sullivan after a pair of Vilonia turnovers.

Alyssa Hamilton scored the fifth point for the Lady Panthers (6-1) to make it a 5-0 game, but the Lady Eagles (6-1) were able to battle back and eventually tie the game at 7-7.

Even though the Lady Eagles had some costly turnovers early, they made their first four shots from the floor, and at the end of the first quarter, the score was tied at 15-15.

The second quarter was back and forth, but the Lady Panthers went into halftime with a 24-21 lead. Cabot held a one-point lead as the half came to a close, but was able to push that lead to three on a short jumper in the middle of the lane by senior guard Danielle McWilliams.

McWilliams’ bucket sailed over 6-foot center Sydney Wader with seven seconds remaining, which set the halftime margin.

Cabot opened the second half with a 4-0 run, thanks to a pair of buckets by Sullivan and Leighton Taylor. The Lady Panthers led 31-24 near the midway point of the third quarter, but Vilonia went on a 6-0 run to cut the Cabot lead to one.

It helped the Lady Eagles that Sullivan had to sit a little more than half of the quarter after she picked up her fourth foul at the 4:36 mark, and senior center Alyssa Hamilton was knocked out of the game with 28 seconds left in the quarter after she took an elbow to the face. No foul was called on the play.

Hamilton left the floor on her own accord, but didn’t return. Cabot led 35-30 when Hamilton left the game, and that was the score heading into the final quarter.

More than two minutes passed before the first point of the fourth quarter was scored. That point was scored by Sullivan. She made the second free throw on a two-shot foul, which gave Cabot a 36-30 lead with 5:43 to play.

The Lady Panthers pushed their lead to eight at the 4:53 mark on a pair of free throws by CoCo Calhoon, which made the score 40-32. Sullivan fouled out shortly after, and the Lady Eagles got the Cabot lead down to six with less than two minutes to play, but they couldn’t get any closer.

Having to foul as the game came to a close, Vilonia put Cabot’s Rachel Allgood on the line, and she drained a pair of free throws with 35.5 seconds remaining, which gave Cabot its first double-digit lead of the game with the score 48-38.

Cabot added another free throw late to set its point total for the evening, and Vilonia cleaned up the score with a long 3-pointer by leading scorer Cassidy McNespey with 16 tics remaining, which also set the final score.

The Lady Panthers finished the game 17 for 39 from the floor for 44 percent. Conversely, the Lady Eagles made 13 of 29 shots for 45 percent. At the free-throw line, Cabot was 15 for 28 for 54 percent. Vilonia made 10 of 14 free throws for 71 percent.

Cabot outrebounded the taller Lady Eagles 20-15, and the Lady Panthers finished with eight turnovers, bettering Vilonia’s 19 turnovers committed.

McNespey led all scorers with 26 points. Hamilton, despite not playing the fourth quarter, led Cabot with 10 points. She also had eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

Sullivan and McWilliams each scored nine points for Cabot. Taylor scored eight. Calhoon added five. Allgood scored four points, and teammates Chloe Bean and Carly Melder had two points apiece.

The Lady Panthers played Nemo Vista last night after deadlines, and they’ll close the round-robin tournament against Benton at 5:30 p.m. today at Panther Arena.

SPORTS STORY >> One-man show not enough at Lonoke

By RAY BENTON
Leader sports editor

The Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits rebounded from back-to-back losses at the Conway St. Joseph tournament to earn a conference win on Tuesday, beating Helena-West Helena Central 70-41 at the Gina Cox Center.

Central features one of the top sophomores in the state in Kevonshaye Stackhouse, but features little else. Stackhouse scored 28 of her team’s 41 points, but was worn out by the fourth quarter.

“She scored 28 and I still thought Kimistri (Ballance) did a great job defending her,” said Lonoke coach Nathan Morris. “I’ll take my chances on a kid shooting a 35-footer. They’re not going to make a high percentage. I don’t care who they are. And if you go out and guard her that far away, she’s going to run around you and get the rebound. We let her shoot outside tonight and she made some, but we made it really hard for her to penetrate and she didn’t get to the line that much.

“We put Kimistri on her and then we used Amanda (Sexton), who’s also a good defender. But I told them when we go to Helena we’re going to need Kimistri, Amanda and one other one. There’s probably going to be some foul issues when we play them there.”

The first quarter became a shooting contest between Stackhouse and Lonoke junior Jarrelyn McCall. The difference was the quality of other players on the floor.

McCall and Stackhouse each hit a pair of 3-pointers in the opening frame, but Lonoke also got four points apiece from Sexton, Eboni Willis and point guard Kerasha Johnson.

Meanwhile, Central was all about Stackhouse and the Lady Jackrabbits held a 20-14 lead by the end of the fast-paced first quarter.

It was still close throughout the second period. Five different Jackrabbits scored one bucket apiece and Lonoke took a 32-25 lead into the break.

Lonoke stepped up the pressure on Stackhouse and no one else from Central stepped up at all in the third quarter.

Lonoke held the Cougars to just six points in the period, all by Stackhouse, and she had to work hard for all six.

Meanwhile, Willis, Lonoke’s center, began to assert herself inside and Central had no answer.

She finished the game with a 16-point, 13-rebound double-double, including 10 points and eight rebounds in the second half.

“She went to get the ball and had some lanes to go get it,” Morris said of Willis. “She didn’t accept being blocked out. She worked to get in those lanes and went and got it. It was probably her best game of the season so far. We need that from her every night.”

The Lady Jackrabbits held a 45-31 lead by the end of the third, and with Stackhouse slowing down, blew it open in the fourth.

McCall led Lonoke with 18 points while Sexton added 14 points and six rebounds. Johnson was also in double figures, finishing with 11 points and six assists.

The Lady Rabbits, 5-3, 2-1, played at Stuttgart on Friday and will travel to Searcy to play Riverview on Monday in another 4A-2 Conference matchup.

SPORTS STORY >> Panthers pull down Eagles

By GRAHAM POWELL
Leader sportswriter

A 13-0 run to start the second half helped the Cabot boys beat Vilonia 64-43 Thursday night at Panther Arena in the first day of games in the annual Cabot Pre-Holiday Classic.

Cabot led 14-10 at the end of the first quarter, and 27-21 at halftime. But it was in the third quarter that the Panthers (4-1) began to distance themselves from the Class 5A Eagles (5-2).

“We watched film on them and they shoot the ball well,” said Cabot coach Jerry Bridges. “They like that three a lot, and one way I challenged our guys was just saying I really believe good defense can take away shooters, and that’s one thing we tried to do with our defense.

“I thought our guys, for the first two-and-a-half quarters, did a real good job. I think that’s what helped get our run. We went to a different matchup at the end because I was concerned about foul trouble.

“We’ve got to get more bodies healthy and stuff, but I was just pleased with our effort all the way around.”

The third quarter began with a corner three by point guard Bobby Joe Duncan and a midrange jumper by teammate Hunter Southerland. Southerland’s basket gave Cabot a double-digit lead with the score 32-21.

Cabot pushed its lead to 15 near the three-minute mark of the third quarter on a putback by Southerland after teammate Jarrod Barnes missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key, which made the score 36-21 Panthers.

The Panthers added four more points to their side of the scoreboard to complete the 13-0 run, and Vilonia’s Matthew Stanley broke the Eagles’ scoreless streak with an inside bucket off the glass with 45 seconds left in the quarter.

Cabot, though, answered with a Garrett Rowe basket inside the paint just before time expired, which set the third quarter margin at 42-23. Rowe also scored the first basket of the fourth quarter to push Cabot’s lead to 20-plus, but the Eagles then went on a run of their own.

After Rowe’s basket to start the fourth, Vilonia turned up the pressure on defense and was able to force some Cabot turnovers. The Eagles also started to get hot from the 3-point line, and as a result, they were able to cut the Panther lead to 11, trailing 47-36 with just over four minutes to play.

Bridges called timeout shortly after, and Cabot responded with a 4-0 run after the timeout to push its lead to 15 with just over three minutes to play. With a minute remaining, the Panthers got their lead back to 20 on a transition bucket by Tyler Hill, which made the score 60-40.

After that, Cabot outscored the visitors 4-3 in the waning seconds, setting the point total for the evening.

The Panthers finished the game 26 for 43 from the floor for 60 percent. Vilonia was 16 for 39 from the floor for 41 percent. From 3-point range, Cabot made 3 of 7 attempts for 43 percent, and the Eagles made 8 of 21 attempts for 38 percent.

Cabot outrebounded the taller Eagles 25-14, and had one fewer turnover than Vilonia, who finished with 16.

Cabot sophomore Logan Gilbertson came off the bench to lead all scorers with 15 points, providing an excellent spark for the hosts.

“He was a big lift for us,” Bridges said of Gilbertson. “He’s been working hard for us, and I’m really proud of him. He’s just a 10th-grader and hopefully he’ll keep getting better.”

Southerland finished with 14 points. Rowe scored 13. Jared Dixon had nine points and a game-high eight rebounds. Duncan had six points. Barnes scored five points, and Hill had two.

Cabot played Little Rock Catholic last night after deadlines and the Panthers will close the round-robin tournament tonight against Benton. Tip-off for tonight’s game at Panther Arena is 6:30.

EDITORIAL >> Don’t ignore people’s will

The old political maxim that money will find its way to where its owners want it to go, like water to the sea, may be proved again with Arkansas’ new ethics law. In the month since voters adopted tough rules to limit money’s influence on government decision-making, lobbyists, their bosses and many legislators have searched for loopholes in the law that might permit business as usual.

They think they have found one—maybe more than one—so the newly elected state legislators coming to the capital to get ready for the new assembly next month have been partaking of free food and booze provided by corporate interests as if the voters had not spoken.

Groups like the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce that strenuously opposed the ethics law are saying that the lengthy constitutional amendment ratified by the voters is so full of contradictions and tricky, unforeseen consequences that we ought to just scrap or ignore the whole thing. Just forget it happened.

The Arkansas Democrat Gazette editorial page picked up the refrain and said dumb voters were misled into making an abominable mistake when they ratified it by a good margin.

But let’s not throw in the towel and conclude that there is no way to prevent the legal bribery of public officials through gifts and largesse, so just let it happen. Make no mistake, the ethics provisions in Amendment 94 are a huge advance, needing only strict interpretation and enforcement by the state Ethics Commission. Let’s hope that as soon as the commission assumes that mandate, the foolishness at the Capitol will end.

Let’s get to the particulars. The amendment forbids corporations to give money directly to political candidates and parties or funnel money to them through political action committees, and it forbids lobbyists and their bosses to buy meals, drinks, lodging, travel or entertainment for legislators, judges or officials of the executive branch of government. Not even a cup of coffee, a canapĂ© or a whiskey sour. It made an exception: food and drinks that are available to everyone at “a planned activity” to which everyone in a governmental body is invited.

The intent was clear: something like a bar convention reception where Supreme Court justices might be present and could partake of the finger foods without there being any quid pro quo intended or expected.

So the fancied interpretation of the law is that while you may no longer be able to take out just Senator Tweedledee for cocktails and dinner, it would be fine as long as the tab was open for all legislators, or all the members of a certain committee that would be voting on your bill or the bill you want to be killed. That clearly is not what the drafters of the amendment intended and it is not what the voters intended.

The amendment directs the legislature to give the state Ethics Commission rule-making power to carry out the details of the law and to interpret it. When that happens in January, we trust, the commission will not say that one tiny provision overrides the whole thrust of the law, even if the attorney general—the present one or the one who will succeed him in January—sides with the big money.

Amendment 94 creates another commission to fix the salaries and perks of legislators and elected state officials, including all the state’s trial and appellate judges.

Let us trust that the commission, while fixing adequate salaries for the officials, will end the subterfuges by which legislators supplement their salaries with needless “expenses” and per diem for days they are not at the Capitol at work.

The new breed of business Republicans who have entered the legislature like to set their wives up as limited liability corporations and pay them from the state treasury for helping them in their legislative work.

The head of the state Chamber of Commerce, to show how lousy Amendment 94 is, said lawyers were interpreting its new term-limits provisions as giving every legislator, past and present, a crack at 16 more years in the legislature, not a cumulative 16 years as the amendment flatly says. That is sheer nonsense. The amendment cannot be stretched to yield such a ridiculous interpretation, and any lawyer who says it does should be required to pass the law exam again.

Let’s give the law a chance to work and the commission that will enforce it the confidence that it will follow the spirit of the law and not the interests of those who would purchase public policy.

— Ernie Dumas

TOP STORY >> A will from 1871 is discovered

Researchers at the Lonoke County Museum have discovered a will belonging to James A. Jackson of Stockton, Calif., that is dated Jan. 5, 1871.

Found among old court documents in its care, museum director Sherryl Miller said it was written before Lonoke County existed.

She is seeking the public’s help in providing additional information about the will.

Here are some highlights of its contents:

 The listed executors are Henry H. Means of Stockton and Junnie Means of Limestone County, Texas.

 The will names his children, a son, Junnie Means Jackson, and a daughter, Florence Else Jackson. (The will does not name a wife.)

Miller said she cannot find a connection to Lonoke or Prairie counties other than it was found in the museum’s archives.

“Of course, if the daughter married, I have no way of knowing the married name. (There’s) nothing in our marriage books,” she said.

Miller has learned though that Jackson did go west during the gold rush in 1849.

“The History of San Joaquin County” indicates that James Alanson Jackson left his native state of Georgia in 1849 and went to California, arriving in July.

He lived in Tuolumne County in California for many years, where he worked as a merchant, miner or trader.

He moved with his family to Stockton, where he worked as a commission merchant. He died in January 1871.

The 1860 census in Stockton lists J.A. Jackson, 38, a commission merchant, born in Georgia as well as the following names of his relatives:

 Henry H. Means, 53, a clerk, who was born in South Carolina;

 Sarah Jackson, 21, born in Mississippi;

 Mary E. Jackson, 1-year-old, born in California, who might have married and changed her name to Mary Florence Else.

“So from the census it looks like old James married the daughter of his friend and executor, Henry H. Means, and he is the grandfather of Junnie and Florence. Henry is in Memphis on the 1850 census,” Miller said.

To provide information about these people, call Miller at 501-676- 6750.

TOP STORY >> Confederate went undercover

By SHERRYL MILLER
Lonoke County Museum

Howell (Dock) Rayburn was born in Roane County, Tenn., in 1842, the son of Hodge and Susan Raburn. By 1850, the family had moved to Shelby County, Texas.

Rayburn’s name first appears on the muster roll with Col. William H. Parson’s “Johnson County Slashers,” stating he was a 19-year-old private who signed up for one year, or sooner if discharged, at Camp Hebert near Hempstead, Texas.

Parson was a newspaper editor from Waco, who recruited troops to fight for the Confederacy. The Johnson County Slashers were formally known as the 12th Texas Cavalry, Company C, according to the Texas State Historical Association.

While en route to Tennessee, Rayburn was left at Des Arc (Prairie County) to either recover from a wound or sickness, where he persuaded other young men to help the Confederate cause and was successful in organizing a small company to begin their guerilla strikes against Union troops.

The recruits came from White, Prairie and what is now Lonoke counties. Rayburn was elected captain and was assisted by Lt. John Bethell. Their activities earned them the name “The Phantom Unit” and attracted the interest of Gen. Dandridge McRae, a Searcy native, who helped the unit gain recognition in the Confederate Army.

The most celebrated legend concerning Rayburn centers upon his activities at DeValls Bluff (Prairie County) in December 1864.

He told his men that, if he could make it through a Union picket line that evening, he would bring each of them back a Christmas present. A small man with long blonde hair and blue eyes, he barely weighed 100 pounds.

Borrowing female clothes, Rayburn passed rather easily for a girl. He made his way through the picket line to a Christmas dance hosted by federal officers.

After an evening of dancing, Rayburn made his way to the corral, where he mounted a horse and stampeded enough for each man in his command to receive a horse for Christmas.

Rayburn chose a beautiful black horse that belonged to the federal officer who had invited him to the dance.

He named it Limber Jim and rode it for the rest of the war. He and his men later stole other horses from the garrison’s pastures.

This daring captain was a well-known figure at Brownsville (Lonoke County), where his exploits attracted attention. He often called on Miss Sallie Jones of Tennessee, who was visiting the family of her uncle, Q.T. Webster.

On one occasion, five federal soldiers came into the Webster home while Rayburn was hiding in the barn. Miss Jones signaled to him with a handkerchief. He dashed in and captured the men.

The highlight for Rayburn’s company came when they served as guards for Gen. Sterling Price and were with him throughout the Missouri campaign in 1864.

After the Union offered a dead-or-alive reward for Rayburn, he was arrested and placed in a Union prison. His followers were paroled.

Rayburn was released in 1865. He contracted tuberculosis and died soon after. He was buried in an unmarked grave somewhere near Des Arc.

He had married Mary A. Booth of West Point (White County) in 1863.