Friday, August 26, 2016

EDITORIAL>>Shackled with debt

Sherwood is getting unwelcome national attention for its decades-long hot-check court that has brought the city millions in fines over the years but is now facing a court challenge that will definitely change the way the municipality runs the court.

The court’s future may be in doubt if the Arkansas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union wins its lawsuit against Sherwood, which stands accused of gouging people accused of writing hot checks and often jailing them for failure to pay up.

The ACLU accuses Sherwood’s court of sending defendants to debtors prison if they don’t pay thousands of dollars in hefty fines above the original checks.

Defendants in addition to Sherwood include District Court Judge Milas (Butch) Hale III and Pulaski County, which uses Sherwood to collect hot checks.

The plaintiffs include four people who were jailed “for their inability to pay court fines and fees in violation of a longstanding law forbidding the incarceration of people for failure to pay debts. Fees collected in addition to hot checks make up 12 percent of Sherwood’s budget.”

The hot-check court generates $2 million a year in revenue for the city. Judge Hale’s father, Milas Hale II, had presided over the court for several years. The younger Hale’s term ends in 2020. The hot-check court’s future remains uncertain if Sherwood can’t make a substantial profit. Otherwise, why bother taking hot-check cases from central Arkansas and beyond?

The lawsuit alleges that “through a labyrinthine and lucrative system, a single check for $15 returned for insufficient funds can be leveraged into many thousands of dollars in court costs, fines, and fees owed to Sherwood and Pulaski County.”

“Upon entering a conviction for a hot check misdemeanor, Judge Hale typically sentences the individual to probation and to pay the following amounts: restitution in at least the amount of the unpaid check, a $165 fine, $100 in court costs, a $25 Prosecuting Attorney Hot Check Fee, a $30 Restitution Fee, a $50 Warrant Fee, a $20 City Jail Fee, and a $20 County Jail Fee. Thus the court costs, fines, and fees associated with a hot check conviction, regardless of the amount of the unpaid check, exceed $400.”

Examples of exorbitant fees and fines have been widely reported, including Nikki Rachelle Petree, 40, of Beebe, who wrote a check for $28.93 that was returned for insufficient funds.

According to the lawsuit, “Over the next six years, Ms. Petree was arrested at least seven times as a result of this returned check, paid Sherwood at least $640 she could not afford to pay to cover court costs, fines and fees and has been jailed for over 25 days.”

Petree was jailed at the Pulaski County Detention Facility because she couldn’t pay $2,656.93 in court costs, fines and still faces thousands of dollars in unpaid costs, fines and fees.

“This debtors’ prison scheme generates huge revenues for the city,” according to the lawsuit. “Revenue from the district court constitutes nearly 12 percent of the city’s budget, second only to city and county sales tax.”

It’s anyone’s guess if the city can successfully defend itself from this lawsuit or if it will voluntarily reduce some of the draconian fines to appease critics. In any event, the lawsuit comes at an awkward time for Sherwood, which is also being sued over a lack of handicap access at public facilities.

Before next year’s budget is determined, Sherwood officials should call an emergency meeting and decide what financial hardships the city faces if the hot-check revenues dry up and what it will cost to make buildings more accessible for the handicapped.

TOP STORY>>More newly discovered Evans music

Leader executive editor

The brilliant jazz pianist Bill Evans passed away at the age of 51 on Sept. 15, 1980, leaving behind an impressive body of recorded work from the mid-1950s until just a couple of weeks before his death.

Several live recordings were made that summer in 1980, including “Turn Out the Stars: The Final Village Vanguard Recordings,” a six-CD boxed set from June 1980 that was recorded at the famous basement jazz club in New York, where exactly 18 years earlier he had made his most famous recording, “Sunday at the Village Vanguard.” The Sunday recording included a two-set matinee at 5 p.m., called “Sunday Afternoon at the Vanguard,” followed by three evening sets that came out later as “Waltz for Debby.”

More unused material from that session, including Evans talking to the audience, was reissued in a three-CD boxed set called “The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings,” which is one of a handful of jazz CDs even a casual listener should own. It gets the top crown rating in the “Penguin Guide to Jazz on CDs,” and it’s stunning.

Evans, who had a substance-abuse problem for much of his life, had taken heroin before the Sunday performance, which may be why those recordings have an ethereal quality. “Sunday Afternoon at the Village Vanguard” was the first LP I bought as a teenager, and I knew nothing about heroin or Evans’ music. He’s the jazz pianist I listen to the most, and he may be the best.

“The Complete at Ronnie Scott’s 1980,” recorded in London less than two months before his passing, is also an important two-CD set, even if the piano is sadly out of tune.

Two eight-CD boxed sets called “The Last Waltz” and “Consecration,” recorded a couple of weeks before Evans died, are also essential. Drug addiction had ravaged his body — he was living on candy at that point — and although the music falters occasionally, Evans still played well even as he knew he was dying. Almost every night he performed “The Theme from M*A*S*H*,” also known as “Suicide Is Painless,” but he knew it wasn’t.

Other recently issued live recordings include “Waltz for Debby: The Complete 1969 Pescara Festival,” “Live in Buenos Aires,” “The Bill Evans Trio Featuring Stan Getz: But Beautiful” and several concerts before enthusiastic audiences in France and Germany.

Much of the information for this article comes from “Bill Evans: How My Heart Sings” (Yale University Press), a beautifully written biography by Peter Pettinger, a concert pianist who passed away before his book appeared in 1988.

Pettinger loved Evans’ music, and reading the book made me look for Evans recordings I didn’t have in my collection. The book lists more than 160 Evans records as leader and sideman. (You can find online bargains for as little as $5 but beware of ripoff prices.)

Evans made only a couple of mediocre records because of commercial pressures. The rest is never less than good, while much of his music is excellent and some recordings are masterpieces.

Evans produced a unique sound combining jazz with classical music: Evans, who was born in New Jersey on Aug. 16, 1929, had a degree in classical music from South-eastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La., and he had considered a classical music career before he set on an often-precarious life of a jazz artist in New York. He is buried in Baton Rouge.

After a brief, unhappy stint with Miles Davis in the late 1950s, Evans formed his own trio, although he appeared on Davis’ “Kind of Blue” after he left the group, contributing several compositions and adding a moody quality to the all-time best-selling jazz record.

Evans, along with the other supporting players — John Coltrane on tenor saxophone, Cannonball Adderley on alto saxophone, Paul Chambers on bass, Jimmy Cobb on drums and Wynton Kelly on piano on one track — received $150 for their work and no royalties.

Evans’ new group included Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian is the best known. They appear on the Sunday Vanguard session, which was recorded on June 25, 1962. Two weeks later, LaFaro died in a car wreck driving late at night to his parents’ home in upstate New York.

Evans was devastated and did not record for several months. The solo recordings he made after LaFaro’s death are melancholy but beautiful. They are “Solo Sessions Vol. I and Vol. II” and were released gradually over the decades.

Other Evans live recordings at the Vanguard “California, Here I Come,” from 1967, one of his happiest; and from 1973, “Since We Met” and “Re: Person I Know,” an anagram of Orrin Keepnews, the record producer who did Evans’ early Riverside records and lugged the live recording equipment down to the Village Vanguard for the historic Sunday session, the last day of a two-week engagement at Evans’ favorite club.

Keepnews also produced Evans’ other excellent River-side recordings with LaFaro and Motian: “How My Heart Sings,” “Moon Beams” and “Explorations.”

The most unusual Van-guard recordings were surreptitiously made by a fan named Mike Harris, who carried a portable tape recorder with him tucked inside a large bag whenever Evans appeared in clubs in New York in the 1960s and 1970s. Harris, a physicist and an amateur pianist, and his wife, Evelyn, sat near Evans over 14 years.

Although the sound is far from perfect, “The Secret Sessions, 1966-75,” which includes more than 100 tunes over eight CDs, is indispensable as it captures Evans and his trio in a typical nightclub setting, pretty much unaware they were being recorded — although Evans must have guessed eventually that his obsessive fans were carrying a tape recorder.

Keepnews, who died last year, cleaned up the sound as much as he could and issued them on the Milestone label. Harris says he has about 80 more hours of unissued recordings and is willing to part with them just for the cost of the tapes if a record company wants to issue them.

Perhaps Resonance Rec-ords, an up-and-coming label, might reissue more of Harris’ secret recordings.

Resonance recently issued two newly discovered Evans recordings from the 1960s: “Live at the Top of the Gate,” recorded in October 1968 by George Klabin, who did a jazz radio program at Columbia University, and “Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest,” recorded in June 1968 by German engineer Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer.

The sound is superb on both, but the German recording, made in Brunner-Schwer’s home studio, sounds like a Super Audio CD on my stereo. Bassist Eddie Gomez appears on both double CDs. Marty Morell is the drummer at the Top of the Gate, while Jack DeJohnette, making only his second appearance on an Evans record, is the drummer on the German set.

DeJohnette also appears on Evans’ wonderful “Live at Montreaux,” which was recorded five days before the Black Forest session.

The Resonance sets include the usual repertoire of Evans compositions and standards: “You Go to My Head,” “Very Early,” “What Kind of Fool Am I?,” “I’ll Remember April,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Turn Out the Stars,” “In a Sentimental Mood,” “These Foolish Things,” “Some Other Time,” “Emily,” “Round Midnight,” “Alfie,” “Autumn Leaves,” “Here’s That Rainy Day,” as well as “Someday My Prince Will Come” from Disney’s “Snow White,” a tune Evans helped turn into a jazz standard after recommending it to Miles Davis.

Evans’ solo recordings are often overlooked but are terrific and all of them are now available: Besides the “Solo Sessions,” they are “Alone” and “Alone Again,” along with “Conversations with Myself,” “Further Conversations” and “New Conversations.” The last three are overdubs and, although they may seem gimmicky, they got better as the series progressed.

We’ve been thinking a lot about Evans lately, wondering if his grave survived the flooding in Baton Rouge. We’ll check it out when the water recedes.

TOP STORY>>Base hosts Military Expo

19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The free family-friendly Arkansas Military Expo is coming to Little Rock Air Force Base on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Team Little Rock will be opening its gates to welcome the community on the 69th anniversary of the Air Force.

“We are going to bring all facets of our military, our reservists, our citizen soldiers, our Guardsmen, our active duty, our civilians and our contractors and showcase what they bring to the fight on behalf of the state of Arkansas and the nation each and every day,” said Col. Charles Brown, 19th Airlift Wing commander.

The event will include festivities such as aircraft demonstrations, static displays, a C-130J cargo drop demonstration and multiple vendors.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the Vandenberg Gate opening at 9 a.m.



The C-130 is a cargo aircraft capable of operating from rough, dirt strips and is the prime transport for airdropping troops and equipment into hostile areas.

The C-130 can accommodate a wide variety of oversized cargo, including everything from utility helicopters and six-wheeled armored vehicles to standard palletized cargo and military personnel.

C-17 Globemaster III

The C-17 Globemaster III is the newest, most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the airlift force. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. The aircraft can perform tactical airlift and airdrop missions and can transport litters and ambulatory patients during aeromedical evacuations when required.

T-6 Texan

The T-6 Texan is fully aerobatic and features a pressurized cockpit with an anti-G system, ejection seat and an advanced avionics package with sunlight-readable liquid crystal displays.

Warbirds are retired military aircraft that have been restored to flying condition.

MQ-1B Predator

The MQ-1 Predator drone is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily as an intelligence-collection asset and secondarily against dynamic execution targets.

In addition to the wide-array of aircraft on display, there will be other events and activities including bouncy castles and static displays, providing fun for the whole family.

“This surrounding community has built this base,” said Col. Christopher Ben-nett, 19th Airlift Wing vice commander. “Doing things like the Arkansas Military Expo this fall is just one little way we can say thank you and communicate how much we value that partnership just a little bit more.”

TOP STORY>>Shift set for highway lanes

Leader senior staff writer

The years-old traffic nightmare in the southbound lanes of Hwy. 67/167 near Main Street in Jacksonville will not end Tuesday morning when traffic is shifted from the old lanes to two new lanes, and in fact a bottleneck may result as that traffic approaches the southbound entrance ramp from Redmond Road, Jacksonville officials warned Friday.

The southbound traffic on Hwy. 67/167 will be shifted onto the newly constructed pavement from Main Street to south of Redmond Road, according to the state Highway and Transportation Department.

“Alternating lane closures will be utilized to shift traffic starting at 9 p.m. on Monday, August 29, weather permitting,” the department said.

The orange barrels will be moved.

The southbound lanes over the old Main Street bridge were narrow, with unsafe railing structure at too tight a circumference. At least one man died after his pickup truck plunged off the overpass in recent years.

Mayor Gary Fletcher and Administration Director Jim Durham warn that commuters from the Cabot area should be prepared to slow or stop quickly as they approach the Main Street and Redmond Road overpasses.

That’s because southbound traffic on the Hwy. 67/167 entrance ramp from Redmond Road will merge onto two lanes instead of the current three lanes.

Durham says traffic may back up on both the highway and the ramp and he all but guarantees accidents.

“Be very alert coming from Cabot to Jacksonville,” Fletcher warned. “The ramp lanes run out very quickly. It’s going to be dicey.”

Durham said the speed limit in that area may be 55 miles per hour and may be as low of 45 miles per hour.

The southbound lanes won’t be open until the construction in that area is completed in 2017, and the Main Street entrance ramp south won’t open until the work is completed, according to City Engineer Jay Whisker.

Northbound lanes will be shifted during the next phase of construction. The new overpass and ramp will be about five feet taller than the original structures, allowing taller trucks to cross under and keeping the highway above Bayou Meto floodwaters.

While there will be shoulders for emergency parking when the entire project is complete, there won’t be shoulder all along the highway until completion, Whisker said.

“Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones,” according to a Highway Department spokesman.

SPORTS STORY>>Lions, Bears try to unseat state champ

Leader sports editor

There are two new members of the 5A-Central Conference. Former member North Pulaski no longer exists, and Jacksonville was bumped up to Class 6A because of its AHSAA-alleged merger with NP. That made room for Little Rock Christian Academy and Parkview to join the league, but neither figure to knock Pulaski Academy off its seemingly permanent perch atop the conference.

The Bruins have won the 5A-Central championship undefeated in every year of its current existence, and is the clear favorite to do so again this season. They losemore than half their starters on both sides of the ball, but that’s happened before and they still won.

Besides, superstar quarterback Layne Hatcher is back, and that is the position that makes everything go for PA. Hatcher threw for nearly 5,000 yards last year, and had a 5-to-1 touchdown to interception ratio.

In going 14-0, the Bruins scored 50 points or more in half their games, and only half because it didn’t have to the rest of the time. The Bruins took their foot off the gas at halftime in every win that didn’t see the half-century mark. When pressed by the better teams on the schedule, PA just keeps scoring. That accounted for its 71 points against Warren and 78 against Hope.

But all the sportsmanship shown against the weaker teams was overshadowed by an egregious display of terrible sportsmanship to close a classic state championship game against McClellan. Leading 43-30, with the ball and only seconds remaining, head coach Kevin Kelley elected to throw deep for one more score, giving the Bruins their seventh game of 50 points or more.

That move gave the PA detractors, and there are many, more desire than ever to see the Bruins knocked off. While it’s never a smart bet to go against the team that’s never, ever lost to a current conference opponent, if there has ever been a year where it appears on paper like there could be a chance, it’s 2016.

The aforementioned Lions of McClellan High return almost everyone from last year’s Cinderella squad. McClellan came out of nowhere to become a legitimate title contender last season.

The Lions return 8 starters on offense and nine on defense. Those starters include All-State running back Pierre Strong, who had a career against Sylvan Hills alone, and finished with almost 2,300 yards rushing last year. At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds and 4.4 speed, he’s also gaining attention from some major colleges.

There’s also the fact that each and every one of those 17 starters, and everyone else present on the sidelines of last year’s state championship game, remember what PA did at the end, and motivation is probably a bigger factor in football than any other sport.

Sylvan Hills lost a hard-fought, high-scoring affair with McClellan last season, and will have to show dramatic improvement in dealing with Strong in order to change that outcome.

Strong carried 20 times for 311 yards and five touchdowns against the Bears last year, and the loss seemed to suck the wind out of the sails of the previously undefeated SHHS squad. It went on to lose its next three games as well, and ended the season with a first-round playoff loss to Little Rock Christian Academy.

Another team that put an L on Sylvan Hills’ ledger late last season was Beebe. The Badgers have been underdogs each of the last two seasons when they met the Bears, and have pulled off exciting victories both times.

This year, that might not be the case. Beebe has to replace every single member of a dynamic backfield it has enjoyed the past two seasons, including school career rushing leader Trip Smith, who became the first Badger ever to rush for more than 5,000 yards.

There is some talent at Beebe, but a lot of it is young talent. Last year’s freshmen team went 9-1, with its only loss to undefeated Little Rock Christian Academy. Several of those players figure heavily into the starting rotations for Beebe.

Fact is, it’s a rebuilding year for Beebe. They’ll be competitive and have a real chance at making the playoffs, but being among the elite of 5A again may have to wait until next year.

The LRCA Warriors are now in the same conference with the Bears and Badgers, but with only four returning starters on the entire roster, and some key players from last year’s undefeated ninth grade team choosing to quit football to focus on other sports, repeating last year’s 12-1 season doesn’t seem likely.

Like McClellan, Beebe and Sylvan Hills, LRCA also lost to PA last year, only it wasn’t as close as the others. The Bruins trounced their private-school rival 42-7 in the semifinals of the 5A playoffs.

LRCA opens tough against Warren. That game could be an indicator of whether the Warriors are a playoff lock like many are predicting, or on the outside looking in, as suggested here.

Another team that no one in the conference would be wise to overlook is Parkview. Though only picked sixth, the Patriots always seem to find a way to surprise someone on their schedule.

Last year it was 7A Catholic High the Patriots shocked 35-7, and it could be anybody this season. Parkview can’t seem to find any consistency, but has the kind of athleticism to be dangerous against anyone when it puts things together. This year’s team has only six returning starters, and it also has a history of losing some games inexplicably as well.

A team much like Parkview is Mills. Not much is expected from the Comets this year, but coaches at Sylvan Hills and Beebe are loath to overlook them. They only won two games last year, and they were against two winless teams, but they played the Bears and Badgers tough.

One of those Comet wins came against J.A. Fair, which hasn’t won a game since 2013. The War Eagles have had only one winning season this century, and that was in 2000. They may only have this year and next to try to turn that around before a rumored merger with McClellan takes place. Merger or no, a streak like that has to end sometime. It’s just not likely to be this year.

SPORTS STORY>>Titan gets medalist honor as golf team finishes third

Leader sportswriter

The Jacksonville boys’ golf team took part in a three-team match Monday at the Mountain Springs golf course in Cabot, and JHS golfer Dallas Colford was the medalist of the nine-hole match, shooting a low score of 41.

Colford earned medalist honors by two strokes Monday, but despite getting the win, he wasn’t very pleased with his performance, according to Jacksonville golf coach Hank Hawk.

“He shot a 41 and he was disappointed in that,” said Hawk. “He had two bad holes that cost him from breaking 40, and that’s kind of his bar.”

Foster Rash was the second-lowest scorer for Jacksonville on Monday. He finished with a 46. Rash was the team’s low scorer at Jacksonville’s match last week at Cypress Creek. Jordan Wickersham was the next-lowest scorer for JHS, shooting a 55. Caleb Anderson had a score of 70, which rounded out Jacksonville’s point total of 212.

Bald Knob won the match, shooting a total of 198. The Bulldogs had three players score in the 40s and the other two shot in the 50s – the highest score being a 55. Vilonia, the match host, finished second in the team standings with a score of 208. The Eagles’ top four players all shot in the 50s.

Jacksonville only has one girl competing this year, Allison Seats. Seats finished second in the girls’ division, shooting 63. That was one stroke behind the winner, of Bald Knob. Although she didn’t get the win, Seats finished second out of seven participants in the girls’ division.

“She had a couple of holes where she got in trouble early,” Hawk said, “but then you turn around and she’s got a 12-foot putt for birdie on one of the more difficult holes out there.”

Jacksonville’s top players didn’t finish with their best scores Monday, but the difficulties of the course had a lot to do with that.

“I’ve only played that bottom course once or twice,” Hawk said, “and it was tough. I mean, kids, they’re sitting in rocks trying to figure out how they’re going to hit the next shot, and the grass was high. If you missed the fairway, you had to have been looking straight down on a ball to find it, and it was stroke after stroke.”

Jacksonville’s next match will be against Mayflower at the Southern Oaks Country Club on Sept. 6.

SPORTS STORY>>Young Badgers physical with HA

Leader sports editor

The Beebe Badgers showed a few signs of its inexperience in their preseason scrimmage against Harding Academy on Tuesday, but head coach John Shannon was still pleased overall with how his young team performed.

In a non-game type scrimmage at Irwin Stadium, Beebe outscored the Wildcats 36-24. The format featured two halves of each team’s second-string offense going against the other’s second-string defense for 15 plays each, then the first strings doing the same.

“We made some mistakes, but you expect that the first time they go against somebody, especially with as many sophomores as we have out there,” said Shannon. “What I was worried about coming in was how physical we were going to be. You never know with these sophomores, but I’ve liked what I’ve seen so far. I think we’ve clearly been the more physical team. I know they’re 3A, but they’re defending champions and they’re supposed to be really good.”

Mason Walker quarterbacked the Dead-T for most of the first string’s first set of plays, but moved to a spread formation for the last few. The drive moved from the Beebe 25-yard line to the Harding Academy 30 in eight plays.

The first pass attempt fell incomplete, but Walker kept for a first down on the next play. Kahlil Anthony then ran for 10 yards and another apparent first down, but it was called back for holding. That put Beebe behind the chains and it couldn’t convert another first down.

The teams reset at the Beebe 30 with two playsremaining, and sophomore halfback Taylor Boyce scrambled 70 yards, first up the middle before cutting to his left, for a touchdown.

On Harding Academy’s first offensive play for the first string, sophomore cornerback Luke Oakley made a diving interception of a short pass that went through the hands of the intended receiver.

The Wildcats reset back at the 30, and lost 5 yards in the next two plays. On third and 15, they completed an 11-yard pass, and then drew Beebe off sides on fourth and 4.

Three more plays gained just 1 yard for HA, and Oakley came through again on fourth and 9 when he stepped in front of an out route for an interception that he ran back 45 yards for a touchdown.

The Wildcats, which scored twice against Beebe’s second-string defense, finally scored against the first team on its second 15-play possession, but not until after Boyce picked off a pass near midfield and returned it about 20 yards.

Harding Academy’s second-string offense, which consisted largely of starters on defense because the team had only 26 players, hit a 70-yard touchdown pass on the first play of its second drive, and hit another long touchdown pass later in the same possession.

Beebe’s second first-team possession featured backup quarterback C.J. Cauldwell running from mostly the spread formation. That offense moved the ball well on the ground, but turned it over deep in Harding Academy territory. The Badgers eventually scored when Cauldwell kept for a 5-yard touchdown run.

The Badgers open the regular season in the same place it ended the season last year in the playoffs, at Greenbrier next Friday.

The Panthers were routed in their scrimmage game, losing 42-14 to Sylvan Hills in one half of real-game play.

SPORTS STORY>>Cabot wins opener

Leader sportswriter

The Cabot High School volleyball team began the regular season at home Tuesday against Class 6A Benton, and the host Lady Panthers finished the nonconference match strong, beating the visiting Lady Panthers 3-1.

Cabot won the match by scores of 25-16, 25-17, 14-25 and 25-14. It took a couple of serves before the hosts settled into the first game. Benton’s Maggie Carson served a pair of aces to start the match, but Cabot scored the next three points to take its first lead, the third point coming on a Maddie Brown kill.

The host Lady Panthers led by as much as 18-10 in game one, but Benton answered with four-straight points to cut it to 18-14. Another Brown kill, assisted by fellow senior teammate Regan Campbell, broke serve and made it 19-14, and Benton didn’t threaten the rest of the game.

Game one ended on a Kaelee Simmons serve that Benton failed to return. In game two, Cabot took a lead it wouldn’t relinquish with the score 4-3. The hosts pushed their lead to 16-7 with Campbell serving, and Cabot took a double-digit lead with the score 22-12.

Benton answered with five consecutive points to make it 22-17, but Cabot broke serve after Benton put a kill attempt into the net. Brown then went to the serving line, and served the next two points to end game two and give the hosts a 2-0 match lead.

Game three was all Benton. The visiting Lady Panthers took their first lead of the third game at 3-2, and never relinquished that lead. Nothing went Cabot’s way in that one, and Benton took a double-digit lead at 23-13.

The 6A Lady Panthers scored the next point to push their lead to 11. Cabot scored its final point of game three on the next volley. That final point gave the hosts serving rights, but the next serve was too deep and landed out of bounds, giving Benton the win.

“They just kind of forgot to have fun and took themselves too seriously,” said Cabot coach Kham Chanthaphasouk about game three. “From past experience, when they do that, they’re not as focused. They’re afraid to do what they do best, which is be aggressive and hit and dig the ball.

“After the third game, I was like, ‘You know what? I think we’re forgetting to have fun, because y’all do so well when you play together, you battle together and you’re having fun out there.’ So they came back and they had fun and you saw the difference.”

The difference between the third and fourth game was very noticeable from the start. Cabot scored the first four points of game four, which were served by Leah Gerald.

Benton answered with three-straight kills by Cassidy Brady, but another Brown kill with Campbell getting the assist broke serve, and the hosts separated themselves from there.

Cabot doubled Benton’s point total at 14-7, with that 14th point coming on a Campbell serve. Gerald served the team to its first double-digit lead of game four at 18-8. The closest Benton got to Cabot’s lead the rest of the way was six points, and Hannah Freeman served the final five points to end the game and match in Cabot’s favor.

Brown led all players with 19 kills. Freeman had a match-high 15 assists. Campbell had 14 assists. Simmons was all over the backcourt with a match-high 12 digs. Gerald had eight digs and Freeman five, and Brown, Freeman and Gerald served up two aces apiece.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

OBITUARIES >> 8-24-16


Daniel (Danny) Michael O’Brien, 58, of Jacksonville died Aug. 21 after a battle with colon cancer.

He was born June 25, 1958, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Mike O’Brien and Gladys O’Brien. He moved to Jacksonville in 1973 when his family started McDonald’s on Main Street.

He graduated from Jacksonville High School and got a bachelor’s from UALR. He worked for the McDonald’s business for many years and in recent years helped watch over his mother.

Mr. O’Brien was preceded in death by his father, Mike.

He is survived by his mother, Gladys; his brothers, James O’Brien and Pat O’Brien; his sister, Joan O’Brien; and his “secret family” the Stanfords.

Danny was a beloved son, brother, cousin and friend.

Visitation will be from 5 until 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26 followed at 6 p.m. by a rosary and tributes at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home, 1504 N. JP Wright Loop Road, Jacksonville, Ark. 72076.

There will be a Catholic funeral service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 also at the funeral home.

Interment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Park.

Longer tributes can be found at Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home, 501-982-2136.


Jane L. Fry, 83, of Ward passed away Aug. 16.

Born Jan. 3, 1933, in Dover, Ohio, to parents Lester and Hazel Best, she was raised by her grandparents, William and Mary Best, after her mother died when she was 2 years old.

Jane married Carl H. Fry while living in East Sparta, Ohio. While living there she worked as a school secretary for Sandy Valley School District, as a board certified cosmetologist and also worked with the Cub Scouts.

After moving to Arkansas in 1982, Jane became a member of First Christian Church in Jacksonville and served as its organist for many years. She also loved sewing, making crafts and playing piano.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, brother and sister-in-law, Dean and Lois Ann Smith, and a son-in-law, Ron Meeks.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 62 years, Carl H. Fry; children, David C. (Katie) Fry, Daniel D. (Gail) Fry, and Lynn M. Meeks; grandchildren, Jonathan (Kaylie) Fry, Paul (Ashley) Fry, Mark (Emily) Fry, Lauren (Jason) Wald, Andy (Alyse) Fry and Ashley (Eric) Dias, along with 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Donna (Dave) Durbin, and her brothers, Bud Best and Ronnie Best.

Funeral services were held on Aug. 19 at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home with burial at Rest Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Show-Me-Christian Youth Home, 24302 Mahin Road, P.O. Box 6, La Monte, Mo. 65337. Sign the online guest book at


Sylvia Victoria McCrea, 62, of Jacksonville died on Aug. 15. Funeral services were held Aug. 22 at Rest Hills Funeral Home with burial at Rest Hills Memorial Park. Sign the online guest book at

EVENTS >> 8-27-16


The Juliette Low Service Unit of the Girl Scouts Diamonds — Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas will hold Girl Scouts informational meetings from 12:30 till 2:30 p.m. today in the community room at the Cabot Public Library, 909 W. Main St., and from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. next Saturday.

Parents and girls in kindergarten through 12th grade in the Cabot, Beebe, Lonoke, Carlisle, England and Hazen school districts who are interested in learning more about joining a Girl Scout troop are invited to come in at any time during the event.

Volunteers from the service unit will be on hand to answer questions about joining Girl Scouts.

For more information, email Beverly Keathley at or call 501-606-1539.


Apostolic Church at 4314 Landers Road in North Little Rock is organizing a disaster relief effort to help flood victims in and near Baton Rouge, La., from 9 a.m. till 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. Thursday.

People are asked to drop off donations of camp stoves and grills, shovels, work gloves, cleaning supplies, bedding, industrial brooms and squeegees, shop rags, face masks and toiletries, clothes, food and water are not needed.

Roxy’s Twisted Sandwiches food truck will be in the parking lot all day Wednesday and will donate a portion of its proceeds to the disaster relief effort.


Singers are needed for a new Jacksonville community chorus that will rehearse at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 at the First Church of the Nazarene on JP Wright Loop Road.

“Do you like to sing? Are you a mature 12-year-old or older? Please join us we prepare for a performance recognizing the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. Additional opportunities to perform are being planned and we need more voices,” according to the announcement.

Jacksonville High School choir director Chris Cross is leading the group. For more information, call Sandra Sansing at 501-791-6272.

The Zyndall Raney Band will perform from 7 until 10 p.m. today at Ward Country Dance off Hwy. 67/167, Exit 25 (Ward Exit). No smoking or alcohol allowed.


The Lonoke County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Cabot United Methodist Church’s Eaton Room. A potluck salad lunch will be served. Attendees are asked to bring a favorite dish. A representative from the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association will speak about upcoming activities.


The Cabot Animal Shelter will hold a drive-through low-cost shot clinic for dogs, cats, kittens and puppies from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at Cabot Freshmen Academy, 18 Spirit Drive. Visitors should enter on Lincoln Street across from the high school parking lot.

Rabies shots and annual shots are $10 each. Bordetella shots are $10. Cash only. For more information, call 501-843-2021 or email


Zion Hill Baptist Church will screen “Risen,” a film about the Resurrection, at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. The church is at 11923 Zion Hill Road near Hwys. 89 and 107, four miles west of Cabot.

Call 501-988-4989 for more information.

The gospel group 2nd Generation will perform for free at the church at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. The group’s members include Randy Barnes of Cabot, Brenda Denney and Elaine Robinson.


The Hallelujah Harmony Quartet of Cabot and the Mercy River Boys Quartet will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Venue, 1800 S. Pine St. in Cabot. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.

For more information, call Darrell Tullos at 501-628-1861.

“Come and bring a friend and enjoy a great evening of gospel music,” the announcement said.


Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) at 236 Pearl St. in Jacksonville will hold a neighborhood appreciation day at noon Saturday, Sept. 10.


The Cabot Lions Club will hold its annual Memorial Golf Classic on Monday, Sept. 12 at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Cabot.

The 4-person scramble costs $400 per team. That includes greens fees, cart, steak dinner, two mulligans and many door-prize opportunities.

Deadline for entry is Sept. 6. Opportunities are also available for corporate sponsorships. For more information or to become a sponsor, call the Cabot Lions Club at 501-920-2122.


Jacksonville Senior Wellness and Activity Center will hold its annual bunco bash and silent auction Saturday, Sept. 24 at Landmark Baptist Church.

Admission is $25, which includes dinner. All proceeds benefit the Jacksonville Senior Wellness and Activities Center.


The Ladies of the Knights and Knights of Columbus Council 11604 will host their 13th annual Oktoberfest at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 108 N. First St. in Jacksonville.

CLASSIFIEDS >> 8-24-16


The Pathfinder, Inc. Board of Directors will hold its monthly Board meeting, 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 25, 2016, at the Donald W. Reynolds Administration building.


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

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

PERSONAL TOUCH Lawncare. All push mowing, blowing and edging. Call anytime (501) 772-3240.

RETIRED NURSE available to sit with disabled or sick children or adult, 2-3 days a week. Reasonable rates and references available upon request. Contact (501) 786-3061.

DUTY LAWN Services - mowing, mulch, shrub trimming/pruning, landscaping - Jacksonville, Cabot, Sherwood areas. (501) 428-5313.

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


THE ASSEMBLY in Cabot is looking for a qualified Nursery Worker to work Sunday mornings and some Sunday nights. If interested, please fill out an application at 2100 North 2nd Street, Cabot. Office hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:30-4:30. For more information, call (501) 843-5944.

LOCAL DISTRIBUTION Center looking for 10-15 people to set up and display in customer service, 2nd shift. No experience, $725 week, weekly pay. Call for interview at (501) 605-1851.

TRUCK ACCESSORIES Installer Position - Goodsell Truck Accessories is accepting applications for a Truck Accessories Installer Position. Must be skilled with tools and have knowledge of trucks. Good benefits, insurance, holiday pay and uniforms. Apply in person at 401 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville,

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

EXPERIENCED DISPATCHER for regional over-the-road dry van carrier, located in Beebe. Send resume to:

NEEDED: DRIVERS for regional carriers, all trucks 2016, APU, refrigerator, home often, plenty of miles, must be at least 25 years old and clean driving record. Call (901) 267-4850.

ENTRY LEVEL POLICE OFFICER.  – NLRPD  - TRAINING DATES: Fri., 9-23, 2016, 8:30 a.m. OR  Sat. , 9-24, 2016 8 a.m. Annual salary $38,600 or $3,216 per mo. Exc. Benefits Pkg. Deadline to apply 4 p.m. Fri. September 2, 2016. • U.S. Citizen  • Age 21 and no more than 45 by date of hire. HS graduate or equiv. • Current valid DL. Documents required w/City application: Birth certificate, Current valid DL. HS diploma or equiiv, DD214 if applicable, Original transcript for credit for any training and/or courses above the H.S. level. MUST APPLY online: Click on “Join Our Team”. Questions? contact Officer Carmen Helton: 501-812-5106. As an EOE, NLRPD is actively seeking black and female applicants.

General Clerks Wanted: Allied Government Solutions, AGS is hiring for full time 1st and 2nd shift positions at the Arkansas Passport Center in Hot Springs. Starting wage up to $11.90/hr. Employer-Paid Benefits Package.  U.S. Citizenship and HS Degree Required, Ability to pass government-required credit check and security clearance. Email resume to: or fax resume to 603-772-1930.

25 DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED NOW at Steven's Transport! NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! EARN $900 PER WEEK! PAID CDL TRAINING! All costs covered! 1-877-649-3153.

DRIVERS – NORTHWEST, CENTRAL and EAST Ar area. TEAMS - START 50 CPM! NEED ASAP! FedEx Ground Contractor needs Class A CDL drivers for team runs. SIGNING BONUS ON DAY ONE. Premium mileage pay,  great benefits. HOME 2 DAYS PER WEEK. Apply today. Must have 1 yr. of experience, and be able to get doubles endorsement. Call/text for more info. 870-754-5100 or email:

DRIVERS OTR - $5000 Sign on bonus! Home every weekend, Great benefits (after 60 days), Blue Cross (driver pays 50%) Vision, Dental, 401K, paid holidays and vacation, quarterly safety bonus. Local family owned and operated. Must be 23 years of age and have valid class A CDL and verifiable 2 yrs OTR., or call (501) 228-8800.


YARD SALE, now until 8/27, 308 Brewer St., Jax. Football cards, action figures.

INSIDE GARAGE sale, 8/25, 26 and 27, 8 miles north of Lonoke off Hwy. 31. Lots of new items, perfume, scarves, household, toys, CDs, tools, Home Interior, crafts, seasonal decor and much more. Follow signs. (501) 425-0324.


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

2002 DURAMAX rear end out of a 3500, 8-bolt pattern w/brake assembly, $500 obo. (501) 352-8484, Jim.

2003 CADILLAC DeVille, new motor in ‘08, white, good condition, 80,000 miles on new motor. 255-6988.

2000 HONDA Accord, good A/C, $2,500 cash. (501) 351-6747.

2001 HONDA Accord, high mileage, good condition, cold A/C, $3,500. (501) 920-8521, Vilonia.

ANTIQUE PONTIAC wheels, 15” with center cap, $175. (501) 983-1445.

4 RIMS, 22” for Cadillac, need refinishing, $150. (501) 983-1445.

2003 CADILLAC DeVille, super clean, 119,000 miles, fully loaded, must see! $4,500. (501) 960-3815.

2012 FORD Escape, great condition, 42,800 miles, burgundy, $15,000. (501) 590-0394.


2005 HARLEY Davidson Superglide, orange/black, forward controls, many Harley upgrades, excellent condition, always garaged, $7,800. (501) 626-3464.

HONDA GOLD WING, 1991, running, antique, need to see, $5,500. (501) 920-2293.

1995 16’x60’ Lazy Days houseboat. See at or call (501) 410-2706.

2015 Z-1 travel trailer, 231FB model, 27’ 6”, many options, $14,200. (501) 626-6141, Jon.

2002 CARDINAL camper by Forest River, 5th wheel, 2 slides w/new toppers, clean, like new, new tires, non-smokers, no pets, $9,500. 843-6354.

GO-CART, $1,500 obo. (501) 398-7060.

2005 BASS Tracker, PT175, 50 hp. 2-cycle Mercury motor, 46 lb. thrust foot-controlled trolling motor, depth finder and trailer, $6,300 obo. (501) 286-7268.

1993 PROWLER 5th wheel, good condition, $4,500 obo. (501) 849-4012, Cabot.

4/80/12 TIRE and wheel for boat trailer, $45. 843-5475.


FREE FOR cutting, mixed grass/hay, approximately 30 acres. 982-8865 or 351-4512.

NEARLY NEW hay ring, $125. (501) 840-3101 or (501) 882-3587, Beebe.

WANTED: ZERO-TURN mower for a project. Broken engine or deck ok. Call/text: (501) 766-8386.

CRAFTSMAN RIDING lawnmower, $800. (501) 239-0849, Virginia.

YARD MACHINE, 42” cut, 15 hp. riding mower, $75. (501) 286-7568, Ward.

KOHLER ENGINE, 2-cyl., runs good, $250. (501) 983-1445.

CRAFTSMAN 220 riding lawnmower, needs battery, very good condition. (501) 239-0849.

CRAFTSMAN 46” cut riding mower, perfect condition, $900 firm. (501) 416-8107.

HOOD and mowing deck for Sable, $150 ea. (501) 983-1445.

CRAFTSMAN MOWER, LT1000, 16 hp. Kohler engine, 42” cut, $500. (501) 941-7607 or (501) 350-5050.

TRIMMER/MOWER, used once. (501) 676-3390, after 2 pm.

END OF Summer Grass Pricing! Bermuda $1.35sq yd Meyers Z -52 Zoysia $2.50/sq yd Prices are COD on full truck loads in the LR area. Call 800-458-4756.


LOST: FEMALE black Lab./Heeler mix on 7/2, off Gen. Samuels Rd., Jax. area. (501) 259-2046.

LOST: CHIHUAHUA mix, female, 8 yrs. old, last seen in Oakridge Subdv., Austin, $100 REWARD. (501) 416-8486.

FOUND: PART of an engagement ring, on 6/9 or 10 at small shopette on base. Contact Sgt. Monica Carter (501) 987-5381.


BUILT RITE horse barn, 12x32, 2 stall plus feed/tack room and overhead storage, good condition, with some ingenuity on your part ti could be a great “tiny” house. YOU MOVE, $3,500. (501) 796-3160, Vilonia.

FREE TO good home, adult male German Shepherd mix and adult male Lab. mix, both neutered, owner has to work out of town frequently. (501) 412-2625.

LARGE CARPETED climbing pole for cats, $45. 259-2046, Cabot.

2 FREE cats to loving home, brothers (both male), good w/kids but not other animals, son went to college and can’t care for them, can take one or both. Pics. aval. Email: or call (501) 241-1012.

FREE TO good home, male Lab., 8 mos. old, great dog. (501) 944-6949.

7 YR. old Shepherd mix, great w/kids but not other dogs, needs new home. (501) 985-9782.

FREE LAB. mix, cream color, great dog, good w/kids, 6 mos. old, (901) 210-3055 or (501) 240-0617.

FREE YELLOW Lab. puppies to good homes. 286-0083.

HOUND MIX, female, (479) 886-8706.

FREE TO good home, dog, great with kids, very loving. (501) 259-6138.

FREE: 7 wk. old puppies, small mom (15 lbs.), dad (20 lbs.) will be small, good homes only. (501) 676-5851.

FREE TO good home, Basset/Lab, male, friendly, shots up to date. (501) 982-2916.

HAY FOR Sale in Austin, good mixed grass, in barn, 4x5 net-wrapped, first cut, 2nd cut coming soon. Local delivery. Call (501) 416-8107 anytime.

BEAGLE MIX, 1.5 yrs. old, trained, good w/kids, not good w/other dogs, quiet, loving. (501) 554-1006.

2 FEMALE Chihuahuas, 2 yr. old and 10 mos., mom and daughter. (501) 259-3202.


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

Panther Creek Carports – 10x 20x7 Factory direct, $598. Offer good through Aug 31st. Call 1-501-835-7222 OD Funk Manufacturing Inc. Sherwood, AR | Since 1976 Rated for 90 mph winds and 20 lbs snow loads.

RESMED C-PAP machine, good condition, 6’ hose, face mask, $179. (501) 749-8667.

TWIN-SIZE, BRAND new Invacare hospital bed, $1,325. (501) 749-8667.

PR. size 12/13 diabetic shoes, black, good condition, $89. (501) 749-8667.

BURN BARRELS, 55 gal. without tops, $10 ea., off Hwy. 107 in Vilonia. (501) 796-3901 or (501) 580-9950.

GOLF CLUBS: Ping I2 irons, Taylor woods, Golfsmith putter, Hogan bag, $595. 749-8667.

JIM SHORE collectibles, 18” yellow cat, $20 cash; Halloween collectible “Wicked Ride”, $25 cash; lg. sunburst wall clock, $10. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

DESIGNER “SASHA” black evening bag w/metal cat handle, $15; Beatles handbag, new condition, never used, $10; Fiestaware cobalt blue pitcher, new condition, $15 cash; tea pots, all colors, shapes and sizes, some Hall tea pots, some “occupied Japan,” $10-$25. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

BEAUTIFULLY FRAMED ship picture of Sir Peter Eason’s (pirate from the 1600s) fleet of pirate ships by Mark R. Myers, 35x20, limited edition #649 of 950, $50 cash. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

BRAND NEW blood pressure cuff, Life Source$28; new metal walking cane, good condition, $22; backpack, new, $30. 749-8667.

WHIRLYBIRD for roof ventilation, new, still in box, $50. Pics. avail. (501) 941-8573, afternoon only.

HORTON CROSSBOW and Summit climbing tree stand, $500 for both. (501) 438-2226, Scott.

BUSINESSMAN SPECIAL, top grain leather attache’ case, new, in box. Hurry! (501) 533-4663.

(3) 15’ ladder deer stands, single, $40; bow/deer stand, $65; and 2-seater, $105. (501) 515-9632, Jax.

TEXAS INSTRUMENT #34 scientific calculator, brand new, still in box, $20; Super Nintendo, 14 games and TV, $200 obo. (501) 676-2952.

‘00 YEARBOOK “The Blaze” 50th Edition, JHS, $20. 259-2046.

FALL SILK floral arrangements, $10-$25; small wagon and wheel barrow w/scarecrows or pumpkins and flowers, very cute! Large box of misc. records, books, Christmas items, knickknacks, $15 cash. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

SIMMONS SCOPE, Blazer, 3x9x40, $25 obo. (501) 983-4016.

PEACOCK FEATHERS, 25 ct. bundle, $10. (501) 690-0981.

MT. ST. Mary’s uniforms, sz. medium. (501) 605-1701.

12-PC. SET fine china, $200. 519-2640.

LENOX METAL rooster serving tray, 22” wide, beautiful, $50 cash; wooden lazy Susan, 22” in diameter, blonde wood, new cond., $15; rare Carnival glass basket bowl, $15 cash; lg. box of misc. records, books, Christmas items and what-nots, $15. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

HONDA 3800 generator, like new, used very little, electric start, $900 firm. (501) 416-8107.

BELL SAW 12” planer w/blades, $500. (501) 733-0765.

FREE FIREWOOD, solid oak, already cut, Jacksonville. You haul. (501) 749-9882.


2 TVs w/built-in DVD players, can text pics. (501) 941-8573, after noon only.

5-PC. LIVING room set: matching couch and love seat, glass coffee table and end table, 5x7 lamb’s wool rug, $525. (501) 590-1993.

GE FRONT loading, washer and dryer w/stand, good condition. (501) 749-2047.

11 YR. old 51” Sony TV, working, will need repair, $50. (501) 849-2726.

QUEEN MATTRESS w/box springs and headboard, $150 obo. Call/text for pics. (501) 259-5845.

VINTAGE BAR, very heavy, all hardwood and plywood, on casters, very good cond., 2 Marbelite inserts, brass footrest, 2 heavy barstools in exc. cond., slide-out work board, drawer and 2 lg. storage areas w/doors, wine bottle and stem glass storage. 3 mirrors on front, 60” long, 24” deep, 42” tall, $1,200. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

WHIRLPOOL REFRIGERATOR, 18.2 cu. ft., $125. (501) 833-0484.

NEW SOFA w/2 power recliners, micro-suede, brown, $450. (501) 951-8097.

SOLID WOOD table, 36” w, 48” long w/4 chairs, original finish, good condition, $125. (501) 743-8593.

BABY SWING, Fisher Price electric or battery, lots of options, has mobile, excellent condition, $65 obo. (501) 516-3810.

STORAGE CABINET, 5 shelves, good condition, $50. (501) 319-5429.

FULL-SIZE BED, complete w/mattress and some clean sheets. Includes headboard and footboard, antique white, Call/Text: (501) 827-0762.

DINING ROOM table, china cabinet and 6 chairs, top needs refinishing, $600; bedroom suite, solid oak, 4 pc., $600; stereo and big speakers, $75; new couch, very long, $250. (501) 519-2640.

ANTIQUE CURIO cabinet, $200; antique coffee table, $40; old corner desk, $40. (501) 259-2437.

DINING ROOM table w/8 chairs, $400. (501) 590-0394.

INSIDE FURNITURE sale, (501) 590-0394, Karen.

SOLID OAK Church pews, not painted, $35 ea. (501) 743-2900.

REFRIGERATOR, WHIRLPOOL, 22 cu. ft., black, side-by-side, clean, good condition, $100 firm. (501) 410-0524, Ward.

SOLID OAK table, 6’x4’ w/chairs and 2’ leaf, good condition, $350. (501) 743-8593.

STORAGE CABINETS, 5 shelves, good condition, (501) 319-5429.

BOOKSHELF, 4 shelves, tall, dark wood, $65; bookshelf, 4 shelves, 5’ w/rollers, $65; small entryway table, $75; outer door w/peephole, $75; TV, 36”, $75. Lots of other things. (501) 882-6102.


WANTED: DISABLED senior citizen couple need garden produce for meals. Shut-ins, will need it delivered. Can pay some. (501) 726-3110, McRae.


ROMANCE - 2 acres, owner fin. Cleared, septic, county water, electric, mobiles okay, $750 down, $255 month. (501) 551-1982.


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

2 BEDROOM mobile, $375 per month, $200 deposit. Total electric, tenant pays all utilities, in Jacksonville. 2 bedroom, mobile, $350 per month, $200 deposit, tenant pays all utilities, in Jacksonville. (501) 749-9882.


Used Mobile Home for Sale $13,300  - Call 501-653-3202.

New Single Wides.  $22,315 delivered! call 501-653-3202 before they are gone!

SPORTS EVENTS >> 8-27-16


A day on the golf course can help the Cabot Lions Club continue its vision screening for the Cabot community, buy a pair of eyeglasses for a local child or assist a local adult to receive much-needed eye care. The Cabot Lions Club will host its annual Memorial Golf Classic on Monday, Sept. 12 at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Cabot. The event is a 4-person scramble and entry fees are $400 per team. That includes greens fees, cart, steak dinner, two mulligans and many door prize opportunities. Deadline for entry is Sept. 6. Opportunities are also available for corporate sponsorships. For more information on the tournament or how to become a sponsor, contact the Cabot Lions Club at 501-920-2122.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

SPORTS STORY >> Cats, Mavs top of class in the new 7A-Central

Leader sportswriter

The 7A/6A-East Conference is now a thing of the past. The Cabot Panthers will look to defend their conference championship in the new 7A-Central Conference, which will feature a good balance of 7A teams from last year’s 7A/6A-East, along with other 7A teams from the northwest and central part of the state.

With an SEC-caliber athlete at quarterback, the Panthers should once again compete for the conference championship this season, but with the loss of the projected starter at fullback and with only a handful of returning starters on that side of the ball, there’s a good chance the Panthers will fall short of repeating as conference champs.

1) North Little Rock Charging Wildcats

North Little Rock struggled out of the gate last season with a new head coach and new system in place, but after their four-game skid to start the season, the Charging Wildcats won seven-consecutive games, including a 35-0 rout of Fort Smith Northside in the first round of the playoffs.

The Wildcats lost a seven-point game to Bentonville in the next round, but it was a good sign of what could come this season. With five starters back on offense, including senior All-State running back Alex Day, and six back on defense, NLR is The Leader’s pick to win the 7A-Central crown this season.

2) Southside Mavericks

That’s right, Southside is now the Mavericks, and the name change will likely be all that changes this season for the tradition-rich school. Since 2009, Southside has won at least eight games every season, doing so in the mega-tough 7A-West.

Southside entered last year’s playoffs as the lowest seed from the West, but proved battle-tested when beating previously undefeated Cabot in the second round of the playoffs at Panther Stadium.

With eight starters back on offense and five more returning on defense, expect the Mavericks to be serious contenders for the conference championship.

3) Cabot Panthers

Coming off a 10-1 season with a future SEC athlete quarterbacking the team, it’s hard to think the tradition-rich Panthers could finish as low as third in their own conference. But the Panthers had to replace the bulk of their starters on offense, and now with the loss of fullback Alex Roberts, who tore an ACL in the summer and as a result isn’t expected to return this season, the Panthers have yet another void to fill.

Arkansas Razorbacks commit Jarrod Barnes will do what he’s done the previous two years at quarterback, make plays, but the Panthers return no starting linemen. Cabot does return eight starters on defense, but three of those starters are coming off serious injuries, and one of those three isn’t expected back until week four at the earliest.

Even with all three of those defensive starters at full strength, the team’s lack of experience on the offensive line and having to replace the starting fullback could make things very difficult for the Panthers to win the league crown. Even considering all that, though, Cabot still has plenty of talent and will once again contend for the conference championship.

4) Conway Wampus Cats

Conway finished 6-6 last season and returned eight starters on offense and six more on defense. On offense, though, the Wampus Cats’ two-time All-State quarterback graduated in May and signed with Central Arkansas.

They do, however, return their top rusher, receiver and tackler from a season ago. Those are positives for Conway, but its unproven quarterback will have to catch on quick if the Wampus Cats hope to compete for the conference championship in this league.

5) Bryant Hornets

Similar to Cabot, it’s hard to imagine Bryant, a school that’s won at least seven games a season since 2009, this far down the list. The Hornets won nine games last year, but return only three starters on offense and are replacing a lot at the skill positions.

They do return experience on defense with seven starters back from a season ago, but they’ll need to score points to compete in this stacked league, and it’s unknown whether or not this group of newcomers can do that.

6) Northside Grizzlies

Over the last several years, the Grizzlies haven’t won near as many games as their crosstown rival, but like Southside, Northside is battle-tested, coming from the 7A-West. They are a senior-led team with 31 seniors, one of the largest senior classes the school’s seen in a while.

Northside only won four games last year, but had a brutal schedule. With seven starters back on offense and eight returning on defense, there’s a good chance the Grizzlies can finish higher than sixth, but they’ll need to stay healthy because even though they have 31 seniors, their depth is low for Class 7A.

7) Central Tigers

Central won only three games last season. The Tigers return six starters on each side of the ball and their strength will be at the skill positions. But, they’re inexperienced on the line and that could lead to some trouble for the Tigers this season.

They do have what’s said to be a talented sophomore class, but it’s hard to expect sophomores to make a team a contender at this, or really any, level. Central always has the athletes to give teams fits, but don’t expect that to lead to many wins in 2016.

8) Catholic Rockets

Catholic only won four games last year, but lost a couple of very close games, including an overtime loss to Cabot in week two and a three-point loss to Southside in the first round of the playoffs.

The Rockets return four starters on offense and defense and their strengths will be in the kicking game and on the defensive line, but they lack experience at the running back and linebacker positions, and being the smallest school in Class 7A can’t help their chances of competing for a playoff spot.