Friday, April 29, 2016

SPORTS STORY>>Sylvan Hills baseball back on top

Leader sportswriter

Errors plagued Beebe in its 5A-Central doubleheader with Sylvan Hills on Tuesday at Mike Bromley Field in Sherwood, and the Bears took advantage of those opportunities, sweeping the Badgers by scores of 4-2 and 5-1 to stay undefeated in conference play and clinch their first conference championship since 2012.

“It feels good,” said SHHS coach Denny Tipton of the conference championship. “We’re playing pretty good baseball right now. We just got to keep it up. Our pitchers, they’ve been giving us a chance every game. The first game, their pitcher Angus (Denton) is a very talented pitcher. I think he’s won every game he’s pitched this year.

“They went with him first game and I was really proud. I thought we competed hard. I thought we played hard and I thought we found a way to win. “With that win it solidified us at least a share of the (conference) title. This one (second game) clinched it outright. That makes me happy.”

Denton, Beebe’s talented submarine pitcher that’ll be throwing for the Razorbacks next year, started the first game. He pitched all six innings for the visiting Badgers and finished with a game-high eight strikeouts and issued no walks and five hits, but Beebe committed five of their nine errors on the day in game one.

Sylvan Hills (22-4, 10-0) scored its first run of the day in the bottom of the third inning. With one out, River Hunt reached on an error at first base, and another E3 followed, which put leadoff hitter Michael Coven on first and Hunt at second with one out.

Denton struck out the next two batters he faced to end the inning, but not before Hunt stole third and then scored on a wild pitch to give the Bears a 1-0 lead. Sylvan Hills added two more runs in the fourth.

Game one starting pitcher Nick Fakouri and Ryan Lumpkin got on base with consecutive Beebe errors to start the bottom of the fourth, and both base runners scored on a two-out single to right field by Kyle Clayton, putting the Bears up 3-0.

Beebe (9-14, 6-4) scored its two runs in the top of the sixth. J.T. Nicholson led off the sixth inning with an infield single down the third-base line. Leadoff hitter Hunter Naramore followed with a single and Nicholson scored the next at-bat on an error at shortstop off the bat of Carson McNeill.

Naramore scored two batters later on a 1-3 groundout by cleanup hitter John Finley. Naramore’s run made it a 3-2 game, but the Bears scored an insurance run in the bottom half of the inning.

That run came with two outs. Zac Douglas hit a two-out infield single up the middle and stole second base with Clayton at the plate. Clayton then hit a routine ground ball that bounced through the Beebe second baseman’s legs, scoring Douglas for the Bears’ fourth and final run of the game.

Fakouri, who pitched all seven innings of game one, retired the side in the top of the seventh to end it in Sylvan Hills’ favor. Fakouri gave up five hits, no walks and finished with seven strikeouts.

Beebe’s Johnathan McGhee was the only player for either team with multiple hits in game one. He had two hits, and Naramore, Nicholson and Noah Jolly had Beebe’s other three hits. JoJo Craft, Carson Sanders, Douglas, Clayton and Hunt made up the Bears’ five hits.

Sylvan Hills scored the first five runs of game two. The Bears scored two runs in the second inning and added their last three in the third to lead 5-0. Beebe’s lone run came in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Nicholson, but neither team scored again the rest of the night.

Hunt started on the mound in game two and earned the win. He pitched the first three and one-third innings, giving up one hit, five walks and recorded two strikeouts. Mackenzie Seats pitched the rest of the game for the Bears. He gave up four hits, no walks and finished with five strikeouts.

Sylvan Hills outhit Beebe 8-6 in game two. Coven and Seats led all batters in game two. They each went 2 for 4, and Craft, Fakouri, Lumpkin and Sanders accounted for the remainder of the Bears’ hits.

Naramore, McNeill, Denton, Finley, Bryson Halford and Nicholson accounted for the Badgers’ six hits in game two.

SPORTS STORY>>Wolves crush it at meet

Leader sports editor

The Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School’s boys’ track team utterly dominated the 1A North-Central Conference track meet Wednesday at Sylvan Hills High School. The Wolves won all but three events. Host school Abundant Life won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter races. All other events belonged to JLCS.

Senior sprinter Jordan McNair set a personal record and broke the 11-second barrier in winning the100-meter dash with a time of 10.99 seconds. He also won the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.16, though he had to come from behind in the final 50 meters to beat teammate Robert Whitfield by .08 seconds, who was also second in the 100-meters.

McNair also won the long jump and triple jump, leaping 18-feet, 10-inches in the long jump and bounding 38-8 in the triple jump.

Billy Whitehead won the high jump by clearing 5-9.

Whitfield was also second in the 110-meter hurdles behind teammate Darin Burnett. Burnett also won the 300-meter hurdles ahead of AL’s Skylar Lancaster.

Joshua McNair won both throwing events for the Wolves.

Chris Mims won the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.92 and the Wolves swept all three relay races.

The three events won by the Owls were all won by Daniel Carrell. In the most exciting race of the day, Carrell edged out Lancaster by .06 seconds in the grueling 3,200-meter race. Carrell finished in 14:29.41.

His winning time of 5:29.45 in the 1,600 was exactly eight seconds better than Lancaster, and his 2:18.63 was 4.01 seconds faster than Lancaster in the 800.

The girls’ meet was much more competitive, with the Lady Owls taking first place over Lighthouse by a score of 191-159.

Abundant Life’s Sydney Cossich was the meet’s high-point winner. She won the shot put and the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dash races. She was also on the Lady Owls’ second-place 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams to finish with 44 points.

Not far behind was her teammate Sadie Carrell, who finished with 42.5 points. She won the triple jump, 300-meter hurdles and the 800- and 1,600-meter races. She also ran a leg on the winning 4x800-meter relay team.

Lighthouse’s Jada Guy won the high jump while teammate Nyah Williams was first in the long jump. Guy also won the 110-meter hurdles.

Jonea Guy won the discus while Nyah Williams won the long jump for the Lady Wolves.

Abundant Life’s Hannah Friedl won the ladies’ 3,200-meter race.

SPORTS STORY>>Walk-offs for Devils

Leader sports editor

The Jacksonville baseball team had heard the old Yogi maxim, “It ain’t over till it’s over,” before, but they learned exactly what that means at UCA on Thursday.

Down 4-2 with two outs and a 0-2 count, the Red Devils pulled out a 5-4 victory over 5A-South leader Hot Springs Lakeside.

The Lady Red Devil softball team also overcame a seventh-inning deficit to beat Haskell-Harmony Grove by the same score at home on Tuesday.

The JHS baseball and softball teams only got to play the one nonconference game this week after Mills UniversityStudies canceled the scheduled 5A-Central doubleheader at the last minute.

The late cancellation ruined the teams’ planned senior night festivities, but it paved the way for a pair of exciting rallies.

The Red Devils came to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning at the bottom of their lineup. Caden Sample hit a leadoff single and Javan Wakefield was hit by a pitch.

Kameron Whitmore put down a sacrifice bunt that moved both runners into scoring position, but Cody Savage popped up to second base and no one advanced.

Nine-hole hitter Caleb Smith quickly fell into a 0-2 hole, but then ripped a base hit to left field to easily score Sample.

The Lakeside left fielder came home with the throw to try to get Wakefield, but he overthrew the catcher. The loose ball allowed Smith to get all the way to third base.

The second pitch of Tyson Flowers’ at-bat was wild, and Smith scored the game-winning run.

The victory pulls Jacksonville’s overall record to .500 for the first time this season at 12-12. They are 7-3 in league play and will finish the conference season Tuesday against McClellan in Little Rock.

The Lady Red Devils were trailing 4-3 when they came to bat in the bottom of the seventh on Tuesday. Jacksonville had only two base hits and none since the third inning, but won the game with three-straight, one-out hits in the seventh. It started with a single by Bailey Holt. She scored on a double by Kym House. Mackenzie Rodgers then got the game-winning RBI with a double to left field.

The Lady Red Devils (19-4, 10-0) also play at McClellan on Tuesday, and will face Batesville High on the road on Thursday.

SPORTS STORY>>Two in seventh lifts CHS softball

Leader sportswriter

The Lady Panthers’ softball team got three wins this week, the last one very different than the first two. Cabot played a home-and-home 7A/6A-East doubleheader against Little Rock Central on Tuesday and Thursday, and won those two games by scores of 17-0 and 10-0. After Thursday’s 10-0 win at home, Cabot played host to Class 6A Sheridan in a nonconference game, and won that one by a narrow 4-3 margin.

Tuesday’s conference game at Central (4-12, 2-8) only lasted three innings. Cabot scored 10 of its 17 runs in the first inning. The Lady Panthers didn’t score in the top of the second, but scored their last seven runs in the third inning to end the game early because of the sportsmanship rule.

Cabot (18-3, 12-0) committed no errors Tuesday and got a perfect game from starting pitcher Lauren McCluskey. McCluskey only threw 29 pitches in the three-inning game, striking out all but one batter she faced.

At the plate, Cabot racked up 15 base hits Tuesday. McCluskey, Rachel Allgoodand Hannah Montgomery led the way with two hits apiece. Thursday’s conference game in Cabot still ended early on the sportsmanship rule, but went six innings.

Cabot played several reserves in Tuesday’s game, and played mostly reserves in Thursday’s conference game. The Lady Panthers led 2-0 after the first four innings of play Thursday, scoring a run each in the third and fourth innings. Cabot put it away in the fifth and sixth innings by scoring four runs in each of those two innings.

The Lady Panthers outhit the Lady Tigers 7-2 on Thursday. Marlee Munford and Anna Beth Duncan led Cabot with two hits each in that game. Montgomery earned the win in the circle. She threw all six innings, finishing with six strikeouts with just one walk issued.

Cabot’s starters got to see their usual amount of playing time in Thursday’s nightcap nonconference game against Sheridan (17-5, 8-2).

The Lady Panthers scored the game’s first two runs in the bottom of the first, but the Lady Yellowjackets tied it up in the fourth with two runs scored and they took a 3-2 lead with a run in the top of the seventh.

The Lady Panthers, though, answered with two runs in the bottom of the seventh, winning it on a Parker Steadman sac fly to right field that scored shortstop Heather Hill.

SPORTS STORY>>Repeat champs in Central

Leader sports editor

The Sylvan Hills Lady Bears and the Beebe Badgers boys repeated as 5A-Central track champions Tuesday at Beebe High School’s A.S. “Bro” Erwin Stadium. Both teams won by large margins, but the Badger boys were scarcely threatened, nearly tripling second place Mills. Beebe finished with 190 points to Mills’ 77. Sylvan Hills was third with 74 while J.A. Fair had 68, McClellan 65 and Jacksonville finished with 34 points.

The Lady Bears’ conference title was their third in a row. They finished with 236 points to Beebe’s 190. Mills was a very distant third with 60 points. Jacksonville finished fourth with 49 while McClellan and Fair each scored 14.

Sylvan Hills sophomore Ery-kah Sanders was the meet’s high-point winner, finishing with 30.5 points for the Lady Bears.

She was second to teammate Makayla Smith in the triple jump and 300-meter hurdles. She was also third in the long jump. Smith jumped 33-9 to Sanders’ 32-1. Beebe’s Hannah McGee and Taylor McGraw were the other two state qualifiers in that event. Jacksonville’s Amber Lockhart won the long jump with a leap of 15-10 while Beebe’s Marianna Richey finished second. Tatianna Lacy of Jacksonville finished fourth to qualify for state.

Sylvan Hills’ Sa’Maya Farmer won the shot put with a toss of 33-9. Beebe’s Shea Holland finished third at 30-5. Lady Bears Jayla Bell and Raigen Thomas both threw 30-4, but only Bell advances to state for throwing it in an earlier attempt than Thomas and earning fourth place.

Two Lady Bears and one Lady Badger qualified for state in the discus. Sophomore Jayla Bell finished second with a toss of 98-7. Beebe’s Tori Lovelady was third while SH senior Thomas was fourth.

Lockhart also won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.76. She was the only runner to come in under 17 seconds and did so against a -2.3-wind factor.

Mills’ Amanda Shaw scorched her preliminary heat time to win the 100-meter dash. Sylvan Hills’ Aliya Hatton was second. Jacksonville’s Lacy finished third and Lady Bear freshman O’Shayla Muldrow, who won the preliminaries and had the fastest seedtime, still qualified for state in fourth place.

Chloe George won the 1,600-meter race by two seconds with a time of 5:59.06. Beebe’s Natalie Childress and Allie Lane were second and third while Sylvan Hills’ Allysia Marbley finished fourth.

It was almost an SHHS sweepin the 400-meter dash. Muldrow, Ashley Jefferson and Hatton took the top three spots while Beebe’s Annmarie Covington was the final state qualifier. Muldrow also won the 200-meter dash, beating Shaw by .2 seconds with a time of 27.27. Lacy finished fourth to qualify for state in that event.

McGraw won the 800-meter with a time of 2:35.80, finishing ahead of three more Lady Bears. Dallyn Stubbs, Jones and George were second, third and fourth.

Dasia Harris and Daveiuna Jones took the top two spots in the high jump by going 4-8. Sydnye Shuttleworth of Beebe qualified for state by clearing 4-6 for third place.

Sylvan Hills’ Grace Persson won the 3,200 meters in just her second meet of the season. She finished more than 16 seconds ahead of second place with a time of 14:02.49. Lane and McGraw were second and third for Beebe while Sylvan Hills’ Gabriella Marquez finished fourth.

Beebe’s 4x800 relay team of Childress, Strayhorn, McGraw and Covington won by almost a minute with a time of 10:35.06.

The Lady Bears didn’t enter the 4x400 team that ran the fastest 5A time in the state last week at Heber Springs, but still won that event. George, Sanders, Smith and Stubbs finished with a time of 4:25.43 to beat Beebe by 5.51 seconds. Jacksonville’s team of Lacy, Lockhart, Dyshaii Doyne and Asiah Williams qualified for state by finishing fourth.

The meet was not without disappointment for the Lady Bears. Their 4x100-meter relay team crossed the finish line third, but was disqualified for failing to make the first baton exchange within the limited distance. That knocked them out of state for that event.

Jacksonville crossed the finish line second, but won the event because McClellan, who finished first in a neck-and-neck race at the line, was also disqualified for the same violation. Jacksonville’s winning team included Williams, Lacy, Lockhart and Doyne. Beebe finished second with Bri Martindill, Allison Strayhorn, Lani Wolfe and Richey.

In the boys’ meet, Connor Patrom fell one point short of being high-point winner, and would have been if the 4x100 relay team had not been disqualified.

He was on Beebe’s winning 4x400-meter team along with Taylor Boyce, Ahmad Nelson and Logan Archer.

Patrom took second in the high jump and third in the long jump, both events won by McClellan’s Tyrse Lair. Patrom was also fourth in the 100-meter dash.

Jacksonville freshman Orion Turner won the boys’ 100-meter dash with a time of 11.47 against a -1.9-wind factor. Beebe’s Trip Smith was second J.A. Fair’s Jabraylon Ellis, the high-point winner, was third.

Ellis won the 200-meter dash ahead of Beebe’s Keishun Davidson and Jacksonville’s Kameron Robinson. Ellis also won the 400-meter dash over Davidson.

Sylvan Hills’ Nathan Burd won the 800 and 1,600-meter races. Beebe’s John Paul Savage, Logan Brown and Gus McCoy were second through fourth in the 800. Savage, McCoy and Beebe’s Colin Brock took the final three qualifying spots in the 1,600.

McCoy won the 3,200 with a time of 11:18.91 to beat Burd, teammate Sean Langley and Savage.

Sylvan Hills’ Anthony Duncan won both hurdle races. He finished the 110 high hurdles in 15.48 while Beebe’s Smith and Archer were third and fourth. Duncan crossed the line in 40.02 in the 300 intermediate hurdles while Archer, Smith and Boyce were second through fourth.

Jacksonville’s 4x100 relay team qualified for state with a third-place finish while Sylvan Hills was fourth. Sylvan Hills also got into state in the 4x400 with a fourth-place finish.

Beebe’s Isiah Hutson and Nathan Clifton were the only two competitors in the pole vault, and both cleared 10-6.

Jacksonville’s Terry Brown won the discus with a toss of 129-5. Beebe’s Reese Anders was third at 117-7.

The Class 5A state meet will be held May 5 at Hot Springs High School.

EDITORIAL>>Fight against Zika virus

Who would have thought mosquitoes would become such bearers of illness — malaria, chikungunya, West Nile virus and now Zika — threatening entire populations including the unborn?

The state Health Department held a press conference April 22 to alert the public to the latest threat posed by mosquitoes, Zika, a mild viral infection which poses little threat beyond mild flu-like symptoms in adults but which can deliver harmful and even fatal consequences to the unborn, from microcephaly (an unusually small head) to other birth defects and severe fetal outcomes including death.

The Health Department has aligned itself with Little Rock Air Force Base, which is concerned about Zika because of frequent deployments of its airmen, often to countries with the virus.

The Leader reported Wednesday that State Health Department Epidemiologist Dirk Haselow says pregnant women who have traveled to an affected area may be tested for the virus by the Health Department. If the test is positive, he said the agency recommends a number of ultrasounds before birth. He said those patients would be added to a Zika registry.

Brazil, which has had the greatest incidence of microcephaly due to maternal Zika illness, reported 4,863 unconfirmed cases in March. Brazil is considered to be the center of the Zika epidemic, which has been called a pandemic along with West Nile virus, Dengue fever and chikungunya, which originated in Africa but recently caused an epidemic in Hawaii. Global travel has contributed to the spread of mosquito-borne viral diseases but none has sparked fear as much as Zika because of its ability to harm the fetus.

Brazil has the highest incidence of Zika, but before last year, there were outbreaks in Africa, Southeast Asia and some Pacific Islands. This year, the virus has been found in mosquitoes in the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa, as well as Puerto Rico, where 600 cases of Zika illness were reported, including the death of a 70-year-old Puerto Rican man. The U.S. has an Army base in Puerto Rico.

So far in the United States, reported cases have been travel-related with those infected traveling or returning to the U.S. Officials fear those cases could cause local spread of the virus if those infected are bitten by mosquitoes.

In Arkansas, the Health Department has stepped up surveillance and monitoring to detect mosquitoes with the virus by placing mosquito traps in various locations throughout the state. The Aedes Aegypti mosquito, commonly found in Arkansas and most of the southern United States, can harbor the Zika virus. Another mosquito, Aesdes albopictus, has been found farther north but are less likely to spread Zika or other mosquito-borne viruses, although experts warn that could change.

State Veterinarian Susan Weinstein hopes the data will help the Health Department to map the mosquitoes distribution and estimate their numbers. She said mosquito surveillance is a “haphazard patchwork” at city and county levels. She said Health Department officials have hopes of putting together a Zika task force.

In the meantime, county and city officials will rely on their usual mosquito-control measures including weekly spraying in some areas, including Jacksonville, and trying to educate the public on mosquito-control efforts at home, such as eliminating standing water where mosquitoes breed.

As Dr. Nathaniel Smith, state Health Department director, summed it up: “We wouldn’t be talking about it except for the birth defects.”

TOP STORY>>Beebe defends playground rules

Leader staff writer

Is setting age limits for children using the playgrounds at Beebe’s ballparks a safety concern or age discrimination?

Beebe parent Miranda Davis has concerns over the play areas at the ballpark being limited for children of certain ages.

She contacted the mayor and city council alleging parks director Lynn Hatcher on Monday kicked 15 older children out of the playground during the ball games and made them stay in the parking lot without notifying parents.

Davis has a 15-year-old son, Keegan, with autism, a 12-year-old son, Aiden, and a 9-year-old son, Peyton.

Davis claims that on Tuesday Hatcher said the playground was only for use by children 12 years old and under. They have used the playground since last year and have not had any problems, she said.

Then on Tuesday, he changed his position after being showed proof of a child’s age and said that the playground was for use for children ages 10 and under.

There are no signs at the playground that limits age. Another playground at the ballpark has signs saying its for kids ages 6 and younger.

She said Hatcher told them the policy is to keep the little children safe.

“It’s like it changed overnight,” Keegan Pate said.

“As a mom I shouldn’t have to make a decision to watch my child play ball or sit in the parking lot with my son,” Davis said.

“Why not post signs with rules about horseplay and roughhousing and address the behavior instead of excluding a whole group of kids? It is a public facility. Something should be done for the older kids. You can’t kick them out of the park. They are here playing and not getting in trouble. It is a good thing for this age group. It is just unfair, there should be something done,” Davis said.

“As a taxpayer and a voter, I do not appreciate city facilities discriminating on any basis, including age. In addition to paying taxes, I pay recreation fees and my family and friends donate heavily to recreational activities,” Davis said.

When asked about having playground equipment in an area for older children to use at the Beebe ballpark, Hatcher said, “If the council approves it we can make such a playground. It can be brought up at the next council meeting,” Hatcher said.

Mayor Mike Robertson sent an email in response to Davis’ concerns. He said he’s heard complaints for mothers of younger children about not having signs posted on age restrictions. New signs will be re-installed designating the playground for kids 10 years of age and younger.

“This play structure was installed within a six-foot high fenced area for small children activity to be safe from parking lot access, direct baseball activity and to allow smaller children play activity while older brothers or sisters participated in ballgames,” Robertson said.

“Older children have never been allowed access to this area since installation until recently with the removal of the old signage during renovation. There have been numerous complaints during this season of larger, 12 years and older children dominating the play structure in the presence of small children; attempting to play, running, cutting in front, stepping over the smaller children even climbing onto the rooftops jumping from one to the other,” Robertson said.

“This play structure was installed in 1996 and soon after installation, park officials were confronted with the same problem,” Robertson said.

Robertson said as mayor in 1996, he instructed park officials to place signs on the play area excluding older children out of concern for the health, safety and welfare of the younger children.

TOP STORY>>Classical music concert Friday

Jacksonville will host its 11th annual IBLA Grand Prize Concert at 7 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, 220 W. Main St. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature winners of the IBLA Grand Prize Music and Voice competition held each summer in Ragusa, Sicily, the sister city of Little Rock. Winners will perform throughout Arkansas May 2-8 and then at Carnegie Hall.

“Please come and see and hear these world-class musicians perform here and fill up the church. Our church can hold 600 people, and we want to have it full. Please tell your friends and bring them. These musicians come from all over the world to perform here, and we need to show them an enthusiastic Jacksonville and Arkansas welcome,” according to an announcement.

Performers come from around the world, including Italy, Poland, China, Korea, Georgia and the United States.

The concert will also be performed at 7 p.m. next Sturday at the Argenta Community Theater, 405 Main St. in North Little Rock.

Concert organizers are Joan Zumwalt, Little Rock IBLA chairwoman; Sherman Banks, Little Rock IBLA vice chairman; Dr. Alan Storeygard, Little Rock vice chairman and 2002 IBLA winner, and Dr. Salvatore Moltisanti, creator and artistic director of the IBLA Grand Prize Competition.

The Alan Storeygard Trio – with Dave Rogers on drums, Brian Wolverton on bass and Danny Fletcher on guitar – and friends will also perform.

Also set to perform are the pianists Pietro Beltrani and Alessandro Marino, both of Italy; Jakub Crerski and Marcin Parys, both of Poland; Jiaxi Jessica Sun and Xiani Lv, both of China; Soo Hyun Park of Korea; Tamara Licheli of Georgia, and Quinlan Facey of the United States.

The Polish accordionists Lukasz Brezina, Szymon Jablonski, Iwo Jedynecki and Batosz Kolsut; the violinists, Celina Kotz and Karolina Mikolajczyk, both of Poland, and Joung-Yun Son, a soprano from Korea, are also scheduled to perform.

TOP STORY>>Report cards reflect changes in grading

Leader staff writer

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles reviewing the recently released state report cards for all public schools.

Last year, more than 100 schools, including four in Cabot and one in Searcy, received A’s on the state’s annual report card. This year, only 10 schools statewide received A’s and none were in Cabot or Searcy.

Of the five previously A-ranked schools in the area, three received C’s on the latest state report card and two fell to B’s. Cabot’s Eastside, Southside and Mountain Springs Elementary schools all went from A’s to C’s , according to the state. Cabot’s Stagecoach Elementary and Searcy’s Westside Elementary dropped from an A to a B.

Even with most schools dropping in grades, eight schools here were still honored as Reward Schools for academic growth and performance and received cash awards.

“The School Report Card grades are figured through a very sophisticated process which simply fulfills the requirement to give schools a ‘grade.’ Within the formula, a couple of things can be tweaked, if even by only a small amount, and it can drastically affect the overall grade. It’s a formula that is dependent upon specific criteria,” explained Dr. Belinda Shook, superintendent of Beebe schools.

“With that being said, we could take a whole different set of criteria, and all of our schools would have an A. The report card formula is mainly based on test scores,” such as PARCC, Shook added.

Beebe Junior High School was recently named a Reward School for achieving academic growth and performance, yet the state report gave it a C, with lower scores than the previous year.

“Beebe Junior High will receive $44,720 for top 5 percent growth in the state, and a building committee has decided to spend this money on additional technology for the students. I am extremely proud of the work at the school and our entire school district,” she said.

“Last year was the first year to take PARCC, and it was a new experience. We joined schools all over the state in the initiation of online testing. With that new process, we had technology problems with internet connections, not to mention all the technology that had to be purchased. Furthermore, students had to learn a lot about technology to take the online PARCC, so it was as much a test of technology skills as it was content,” Shook said.

She continued, “It has been shown that students scored higher on the paper and pencil version when they didn’t have to worry about the technology skills. Nevertheless, online testing is here to stay and we feel that the longer such testing is in place, the better our students will do, because they will be thinking about the content, and not the process.

“Of course we are not happy with Cs, but considering the entire process, we know we will see improvement and do not think PARCC was a true indication of what our students are capable of doing.”

To get an A, a school must score higher than 270; a B is a score of 240 to 269; a C is a score from 210 to 239; a D goes from 180 to 209; and an F is any score below 180.


According to the recently released state report cards covering the 2014-2015 school year, Beebe Elementary kept its C from the previous year, but its score fell from 234 to 227. Badger Elementary also kept its C score and also dropped its score from 219 to 214, edging close to a D. Beebe’s Early Childhood School also stayed at a C, but fell from 234 to 229.

The high school fell from a B (score of 242) to a C (score of 233).

The only school to show improvement was Beebe Middle School moving from a D to a C and raising its score from 208 to 223.

“I am optimistic, if we continue to use the same standards and tests consistently, our schools will continue to see test scores and report card grades improve,” Shook said.


At the elementary level, Eastside, Southside and Mountain Springs all went from A’s to C’s. Eastside’s score fell from 283 down to 236; Southside went from 314 down to 237 and Mountain Springs dropped from 303 to 228. Stagecoach went from an A to a B with its score falling from 277 to 260.

Ward Central and Magness Creek both went from B’s to C’s. Ward Central’s score dropped from 260 to 232. Magness Creek fell from 250 to 228.

Northside, Westside and Central Elementary schools stayed at a C grade, but still fell in their scores. Central went from 232 to 223; West-side from 231 to 225; and Northside from 231 to 213, very close to a D.

Cabot Middle School South actually improved, according to the state, going from a C to a B, going from a score of 237 to 252. The rest of Cabot’s secondary schools kept their grade from the previous year. Cabot Junior High North kept a C and improved its overall score, going from 223 up to 231. Cabot Junior High South also stayed at a C and improved its score a point, going from 218 to 219. Cabot Middle School North also kept it C grade and its score fell slightly, going from 235 to 233.

The high school stayed at a B, but fell from 264 to 247. The Cabot Freshman Academy was not operational two years ago, so it got a grade just for last year and received a B with a score of 244.


Westside Elementary fell from an A to a B, with its score going from 297 to 248.

Sidney Deener Elementary School was the only Searcy school to show an improvement based on the state report cards. It went from a D (score of 204) to a C (score of 230). The city’s other elementary school McRae, dropped from a B to a C, going from 269 down to 219.

Southwest Middle School and Ahlf Junior High stayed the same. Southwest kept its C but did improve its score, going from 227 to 237, just three points from a B. Ahlf kept its B, but dropped from 244 to 240, just one point above a C.

Searcy High School fell from a B to a C. Its score went from 257 to 230.

TOP STORY>>Sinise show on air base

Leader staff writer

“I’m just a conduit of the American people’s support of the military,” said Gary Sinise on Friday afternoon during a press conference at Little Rock Air Force Base.

Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band performed a free concert on base Friday evening. The band does about 30 shows yearly in support of wounded heroes, Gold Star families, veterans and troops with support from the Gary Sinese Foundation.

“Our defenders need to feel special. Because they are special. When I come up and I’m playing up there, quite often, it’s with the support of the American people doing that,” he said. “Same thing with the USO. The American people support the USO. And here we are teaming up with the USO.”

Sinise is well known for his performance as Lt. Dan Taylor in “Forrest Gump,” which his band is named after. He was a founding member of the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, starring in performances such as the group’s off-Broadway debut production of Sam Shepard’s “True West” with John Malkovich.

His other films and TV shows include “Of Mice and Men,” “The Stand,” “The Quick and the Dead,” “Apollo 13” and “The Green Mile.” He also starred on “CSI: NY,” “CSI: Miami,” “Criminal Minds” and “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.”

“Before I played the wounded soldier in ‘Forrest Gump,’ I had not worked with wounded veterans much,” Sinise said, referring to his 1994 role for which he was nominated for an Oscar. “Forrest Gump” starred Tom Hanks, and it brought international fame to Sinise. The film won the Oscar in 1995 for Best Picture.

“I had worked with Vietnam veterans going back to the ’80s, so I very much wanted to play the Vietnam veteran in ‘Forrest Gump.’ I had Vietnam veterans in my family. When the opportunity came to play Lt. Dan, I very much wanted to do that,” he said.

“That little story of Lt. Dan is a beautiful story of resilience that shows a whole bunch of Vietnam veterans (who) came home from that war that ended up as successful business people,” he said. “That story had never been told before of a Vietnam veteran. I very much appreciated playing that part.”

He says he sees Lt. Dan as someone who wanted to be a great general, who felt he should have died heroically in battle.

“He wanted to be a great officer. That part of that was kind of based on my brother-in-law, Lt. Col. Boyd McCanna Harris. I have no doubt he would have been a four-star general. He was just that kind of person,” Sinise said.

Harris, a Vietnam veteran, passed away in 1983 from cancer. He will be inducted into the Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Hall of Fame next week.

“It was after the movie opened that I got involved with our wounded,” Sinise continued. “Through the DAV, Disabled American Veterans. Then after Sept. 11, when we were attacked, I just wanted to do something to support our active-duty deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan so that they felt appreciated. I had spent so much time with Vietnam veterans and have a personal relationship with them within my own family I had a pretty first-hand look at what it was like for them to come home and be treated poorly and have the nation turn its back on them. The thought of that happening to the men and women who were responding to Osama Bin Laden, that was troubling to me.”

Sinise reached out to the USO and offered to serve in any way he could. He began going on “handshake tours.”

“I would kind of poke the USO and say ‘You know, I have a band, I could entertain,’” he said.

“They set up a tour for us, and I started taking the band,” he said. “I’ve done hundreds of shows now with the USO, without the USO, with other military charities. All of that work, it just kind of manifested itself into the creation of my own foundation. It was very, very clear to me that this was something I was going to want to do until I couldn’t anymore.”

The band is a program of the Gary Sinise Foundation, which has several programs including R.I.S.E., Soaring Valor, Invincible Spirit Festivals, Serving Heroes, as well as several outreach programs. “The programs for my foundation are for our troops and our veterans and our first responders,” Sinise said. “They do different things and they address different needs. For example, this program here (Lt. Dan Band) is just military support and appreciation that we do. We’re able to provide this service because the American people donate to the Gary Sinise Foundation. It allows me to come out and show my gratitude and support.”

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

OBITUARIES >> 4-30-16


Harold Edgar O’Bryan, 90, of Cabot died April 27. He was born in Kingsland (Cleveland County) on Dec. 31, 1925 to the late Edgar R. O’Bryan and Willie Bell Graves O’Bryan.

He served in the Army during World War II from August 1944-July 1946. He graduated from Ouachita University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and served as pastor of Wilmot Baptist Church and Pine Grove Baptist Church in the Sweet Home community of Pulaski County and Dermott Baptist Church before serving as pastor of First Baptist Church in Cabot from 1964-1974.

He was a wonderful and patient father and husband. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Jo Hankins O’Bryan; a grandson, Eric O’Bryan; his brothers, Lonnie O’Bryan and Gordon O’Bryan; and his sisters, Margaret Broadnax, Robbie Lea Kemper, Elizabeth White and Pauline May.

He is survived by his children, Joe O’Bryan and Jon O’Bryan, both of Cabot, Jeff O’Bryan of Jacksonville and Judy Springfield of Cedar Lake, Ind.; six grandchildren, Jessica Wallace, Stephanie O’Bryan, Katie Bush, Shannon O’Bryan, Erin O’Bryan and Mary Feldman.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30 at First Baptist Church in Cabot. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 2 at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Gladys Willman Holmes, 90, of Lonoke passed away on April 28. She was born July 9, 1925, to the late Ed and Amelia Willman.

She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Dr. Byron E. Holmes; three children, Byron E. Holmes Jr. and his wife Brenda of Forrest City, Amelia Muse and her husband Dick of Lonoke, and Lee Holmes and his wife Kim of Fayetteville; six grandchildren, Steven Holmes, Lydia Holmes, Charlotte Muse, Reagan Muse, Kaitlin Holmes and Lee David Holmes; one great-grandchild, Elina; one brother, Elmer Willman, of Lonoke, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Pat Holmes Hudson, of Conway and a brother-in-law, Bert Holmes and his wife Helen of Dallas, Texas.

Gladys was preceded in death by a son, John Willman Holmes; her parents, Ed and Amelia Willman; one brother, Lloyd Willman, and two sisters, Helen Willman and Ethel Willman Baker.

Gladys graduated from Lonoke High School and Draughon Business College in Little Rock and attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

She worked for many years helping her husband with his medical practice in Lonoke.

Gladys was a lifelong member of Lonoke First Presbyterian Church, where for many years she was a Sunday school teacher. She enjoyed playing bridge, cooking and baking. Gladys always loved giving her cakes to her many friends.

Gladys will forever be remembered for her kind, gracious and genuine spirit. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. A Southern lady of immense grace, Gladys had kind works and a smile for everyone she met.

The funeral will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Lonoke, at 11 a.m. Monday, May 2. Visitation will follow in the adjoining Educational Building, which will be followed by a private burial at 1 p.m.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 467, Lonoke, Ark. 72086 or to your favorite charity.

Arrangements are by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.


Paul Martin (Marty) Estes, 57, of Jacksonville passed away April 26. He was born on Sept. 22, 1958, to the late A.Z. and Virginia Ruth Fugatt Estes.

He was also preceded in death by Kristine Easter.

Marty was a master plumber for AAA Plumbing.

Survivors include his children, Jacquelyn Brewer (David Davenport), Eric Estes and his wife Ashlyn, Dustin Cellars, Jeremy Kirkendoll, Melissa Easter and Tony Easter; grandchildren, Sierra Parker, Kriston Parker, Caleb Davenport, Eric Estes Jr., Kayla Rameriz and Michelle Rameriz; his siblings, Johnny Estes of Clarksville, David Estes of Jacksonville, Frankie Estes of Forrest City, Wanda Estes of North Little Rock and Larry Estes of Leslie, other relatives and friends.

The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Estes officiating. Interment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. before the service at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Demetrious (Dee) Qualls, 68, died peacefully on April, 25 at the Veterans Hospital in Little Rock.

Demetrious was born Dec. 14, 1947, in Hazen to Ruth Qualls and Robert Dortch, who preceded him in death.

He served in the Army from1967-1969, including a tour in Vietnam. Demetrious is survived by his wife, Gail; his daughters, Lila Williams and LaTrece (Tiawain) Dotson; brothers, Chyde Qualls, Leodus and his wife Dorothy Qualls and Zakee Wadood Sr.; sisters, Zola Jackson, Ruth Jane Qualls and Baseemah (Wali) Hasan; granddaughters, Taryn Dotson and Jaantje Gailor, and a host of relatives and friends.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 2 at the Hazen Community Center. Services are by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.


Robert Ross (Bobby) Jardine Jr., 66, of Beebe died April 24. He was a veteran of Desert Storm, retiring as a master sergeant after 38 years of service in the Army and Air Force. Bobby worked at Walmart for 21 years and also worked at Central Arkansas Auto Auction.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Hefner Jardine of Beebe; his mother, Margaret Jardine, and a brother, William Jardine, both of Michigan.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.


Larry James Goode, 68, of Lonoke died on April 25.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Goode; children, Joaquina, Jason and Amanda; grandchildren, Nick, Xavier, Veronica, Sophia, Skylar, Josh, Carlie and Kaiden; sisters, Louise and Linda; a daughter-in-law, Becky, and a son-in-law, Mike.

A family and friends visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 2 at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 3 at the funeral home’s chapel, with a 1 p.m. committal service in Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery.

EVENTS >> 4-30-16


Bayou Meto Cemetery in Jacksonville will hold its annual decoration days from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. today and Sunday. Board members will be on hand to help visitors find burial spots.

“The board would like to thank Pete Pluskett for his very hard work keeping the cemetery in very good shape. Mr. Pluskett works several hours a week for the cemetery as a volunteer,” according to the announcement.

Mt. Carmel Cemetery will hold its annual decoration days today and Sunday. The cemetery’s board members will greet visitors and answer questions.

“Decoration Day is a time-honored tradition in which families and friends visit the cemetery to decorate the gravesites of their loved ones with flowers. Each year, visitors from several states travel across the nation to return for this special occasion. They enjoy the time spent with family and friends in fellowship and remembrance,” according to an announcement.

Mt. Carmel Cemetery is more than 150 years old and is at Hwys. 321 and 89 in Lonoke County.

The nonprofit cemetery is maintained by tax-deductible donations, which can be mailed to P.O. Box 1092, Cabot, Ark. 72023. Donations will also be accepted on the days of the event.


The Friends of the Cabot Public Library will hold a used-book and -DVD sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

The book sale will raise money for the Cabot Public Library to provide programs and to purchase a 3D printer. Hardback books are $1. Paperbacks are 25-cents and DVDs are $1.

The Cabot Nimble Thimbles Quilt Guild will present a free quilt and needlework exhibit at the the Cabot Public Library from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. Friday, May 13 and from 9 till noon Saturday, May 14.

The library is at Hwy. 89 and 10th Street.


The Jacksonville Police Department and the DEA ask residents to bring old or unneeded prescription pills to the police department at 1400 Marshall Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

The event aims to reduce prescription-drug abuse. Needles and liquids will not be accepted.


Lonoke County Safe Haven, a nonprofit shelter for abused women and their children, will hold lace-and-pearls tea event at 10 a.m. today at the Harper Alexander House, 18 Olen Lane in North Little Rock. A $25 donation is suggested and can be made on the event’s website:


Austinfest will be held from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21. The annual festival is a fundraiser for the Austin Volunteer Fire Department. “Come out for a day of fun for the whole family,” according to the announcement.

There will be a parade, car show, beauty pageant, live music, silent auction, bouncy houses, food and vendors.

For more information, or to register a booth, call 501-843-9657 of 501-941-2648.


The Lonoke County Hometown Health Coalition will hold two health-screening events at the Ward Municipal Complex.

Unity Health’s Healthworks Department will offer prostate cancer blood tests from 1 until 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 17. The testing is free for men 50 and older. No appointment is needed. For more information, call 501-278-8571.

The UAMS Mobile Mammo-Van will provide onsite mammograms for women ages 40 and older from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25. Mammograms are by appointment only, which can be scheduled by calling 800-259-8794.


The Arkansas Constitutional Tea Party will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 at the Days Inn of Cabot, suite 1302. The group meets on the second Thursday every month.

For more information, call 501-813-6980.

CLASSIFIEDS >> 4-27-16


PHLEBOTOMY WORKSHOP - ACHS seminar April 30th, 10 am-5 pm, NLR Community Center, 2700 Willow Street. Contact Ms. Thomas, (501) 733-8107. Licensed by SBPCE/NHA.


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.

LAWN MOWING, edging, flower beds, mulching, leaf removal, tree trimming. Reasonable rates, free estimates, satisfaction guaranteed. Call (501) 766-7121, leave message if no answer.

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


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

The Razorback Inn on Little Rock AFB is accepting applications for Custodial Worker (Housekeeper) and Laborer (Janitor). The positions include benefits, guaranteed hours, paid time off, paid holidays, a retirement plan and a 401k plan. If interested call 501-987-2598 or apply online at select Little Rock, Arkansas from the drop down menu. Must be able to satisfactorily complete a background investigation. All Federal NAF employees are required by PL 104-134 to have salary payments made by electronic funds transfer/direct deposit. EOE.

NOW HIRING, part-time and full-time housekeepers and front desk (for Comfort Inn, McCain). Experience preferred. Come in person at Best Western, 1600 John Harden Dr., Jacksonville.

WANTED: CLEANING lady, once every two weeks for 3 bedroom duplex in Cabot area. I have pets. Fair wages, cash paid. (501) 605-6431.

Now Hiring HVAC Service Tech. Must be EPA certified, have valid drivers license and good driving record, experience a plus. Apply 125 Arena Rd., Cabot.

CDL Driver: Class C-CDL/passenger endorsement needed for AM/PM route in Lonoke/England area for Lonoke Exceptional Development Center, a day treatment facility for individuals (preschool and adults) with developmental disabilities. Diploma/GED required; apply at 518 NE Front Street, Lonoke AR 72086, email:, 501-676-2786, 8/4, M/F, of fax 501-676-0697. Equal Opportunity Employer.

GOODSELL TRUCK Accessories is accepting applications for Truck Accessories Customer Service position. Good benefits, insurance, vacation, holidays and great customers. Will train the right person with sales experience. Applicants apply at Goodsell Truck Accessories, 401 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville.

Clerical Help Wanted in Jacksonville. Req. skills:  Basic computer and use of Microsoft word, familiarity of medical terms and medications a plus but not required. Job Description: entering data in word template, performing basic secretarial tasks.  Job is Part-time, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-12:00 pm. Interested persons send resume to Behavioral Medicine Associates, 100 E. Pleasure, Searcy, AR 72143, Attn: Gina.

USDA - Lonoke County Farm Service Agency has a vacancy for a full-time temporary position in the Arkansas State Office at 700 West Capitol Avenue, Little Rock. The open application period is from 4/25/2016 to 4/29/2016. Salary potential will be based on education, work experience, agricultural knowledge, and background. Please contact Sherry West, 1300 North Center, Lonoke, AR 72086, PhoneL 501-676-5116 for information on applying for the position. USDA-FSA is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

Come join our Management Team at Little Caesars! SEARCY, CABOT, MAUMELLE, BENTON, BRYANT, PINE BLUFF, LR , NLR AND SHERWOOD, Conway, Jacksonville and Russellville.  Accepting  applications for: Asst.  Managers, Co-Managers and General Managers for all of our Central Arkansas locations listed above. On-going training and a comprehensive benefits package. Looking for dedicated individuals with the desire to succeed in a fast paced environment . 2  years exp.  in Restaurant Mgmt. preferred. Call 501-833-9444 or fax resume to 501-835-6112 OR email to: for  interview.

FedEx GROUND LR,  AR Area, CLASS A CDL DRIVERS TEAMS- Signing bonus on day one! Currently looking for Class A CDL drivers for team runs. Premium mileage pay and great benefits. Home weekly. Apply today. Must have Class A CDL, 1 year of exp., be able to get doubles endorsement.. Call/text: 870-754-5100, email:

DRIVERS - $5000 Sign on bonus! Home every weekend, Great benefits, paid holidays and miles New equipment. Dry vans. Local family owned and operated. Must be 23 years of age and have valid class A CDL. 2 yrs OTR exp. a must., or call (501) 228-8800.


107 Auction -  Sat. April 23rd 2016 Ñ 10am 27010 Hwy 107, Cabot, AR 72023 Lots of great items! Tools, equipment, collectibles, tractors, trailers, motorcycles, atvs, mowers, furniture MORE!  Details: ID #35576 Terms: 10% Buyers Premium up to $10,000. 5% Buyers Premium over $10,000 Cory Nicholson, AR lic #2447 501-985-SOLD.

CAIN 10th ANNUAL SPRING  AUCTION! THURS., APRIL 28TH Ñ  1900 Taylor Loop Rd Ñ Searcy, AR. 72143  If you have equipment to sell bring it starting Monday April 18th. Trucks, Vehicles, all types heavy equipment. More items arriving Daily!  For info, terms, disclaimer, pics,  visit: Live Online Bidding at: . Joey Cain, Lic #2041, 501-258-5518  870-347-2838

Commercial and Residential Land AuctionApril 28th at 2:00 PM. ?Selling 5 tracts in Nash, Tx. and 1 Tract in Wake Village, Tx. For more info call Richard Weber @903-244-4754or Gerald Haire Realty TX. 11712.


YARD SALE, 4/23, 13218 Hwy. 31 N., Ward. Hunting supplies, clothes, collectibles, furniture, washer/dryer. Rain cancels.

YARD SALE, 4/23, 7 am-1 pm, 110 Maple, Cabot.

WIKI ESTATE Sales. Rain or Shine. Friday, 4/29 and Saturday, 4/30, 8 am-noon, 528 Sweetwater Dr., Ward. Collectibles, jewelry, antiques, furniture and more.

RUMMAGE SALE, Sat. 4/30, 7 am-? Landmark Baptist Church, 3300 Marshall Rd., Jacksonville.

MAGNESS CREEK Village Neighborhood Garage Sale (North and South) off Hwy. 5, Cabot, 4/30, 7 am, Rain or shine.

MOVING SALE, 4/29 and 30, 42 Glenwood Dr., Cabot.

HUGE YARD sale, 4/29, 8 am-5 pm, 4/30, 8 am-? Corner of Ridge and N. Rockwood, Cabot. Queen comforters, file cabinets, 1960s Barbie Dream House, bookcases, household and lots of 50ó items.

3-FAMILY GARAGE sale, 4/29 and 30, 7 am-1 pm, 124 Castle Heights, off Mt. Carmel Rd., Cabot. Clothing, household goods and lots more.

NEIGHBORHOOD YARD sale, TRIPLE J ESTATES, 4/29 and 30, 7 am-3 pm.

YARD SALE, 4/28 and 29, 1120 Center St., Lonoke. Household and misc. items.


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

STARTER FOR 1992 Ford F-350 diesel, $75. (501) 952-1997.

2006 CHEV. Uplander LS, good family wagon. (501) 286-1840.

83 CHEVY Tahoe S10, 2.3 jump seats, not running, must be towed, good body w/camper shell, $800 obo. (501) 988-1027, leave msg.

16 1/2 wheels, $50 obo. 882-2142.

1998 FORD Mustang, red, V-6, 5-spd., very good condition, runs great, 153,000 miles, $3,200. (501) 348-5845.

1999 CHEVY Tahoe Classic 2-door, runs good, $2,000. (832) 689-5235.

2007 KIA Sportage EX, front wheel drive, 97k miles, $6,200. (573) 217-5510.

2013 HONDA Accord 4-door Sport, bluetooth, backup camera, 46k miles, $12,800. (501) 605-3312.

FORD RANGER, 1999, green, excellent condition, 4-speed, $4,500. 628-1225.

1960s VOLKSWAGEN body and frame w/motor, $1,000 obo.; 1970s VW frame w/motor, $500 obo. (501) 658-6008.

MUD FLAPS, black, no logo, 30x24x1/4, $30; bumpers, chrome, from Chevy pickup front and rear, $40 ea.; tires, 215/70/R15 for Chevy pickup/ban, 5-lug, steel wheel, $40 ea. (501) 982-1220.

77 GMC 2-wheel drive, short wheel base, no bed, $2,000 obo. 288-0850.

2009 FORD F250 Super Duty 4-door crew cab 2WD, auto., 4 new tires, very clean. (501) 454-1859.

1996 OLDSMOBILE Sierra 4-door, 120,000 actual miles, well-maintained, looks good, drives like new, $2,300. (501) 259-8996.

1998 FORD Mustang, red, V6, 5-speed, very good condition, runs great, 153,000 miles, $3,200. (501) 348-5845.

2008 CHEVROLET Impala LTZ, 40k miles, loaded, $10,500. Must sell. Elderly parents no longer able to drive. (501) 551-9909.


9.9 MERCURY 4-stroke motor, 14 flat bottom boat 7 trailer w/trolling motor, $1,995. (501) 843-7295, James.

YAMAHA ZUMAX scooter, 50cc, 2014, 123 miles, like new, $1,950 or trade. (501) 765-3930, Jax.

2008 HONDA Shadow 750, new tires, <10 230-1569.="" miles="" obo.="" p="">

2004 WILDERNESS camper, 32 w/super slide out, exc. cond., $7,500. (501) 766-2092.

14 DURACRAFT boat, 15 hp. Mariner w/trailer, ready to go, $1,300. (501) 882-9009.


1952 H Model Farmall tractor, like new rear tires, no leaks, fair paint, $1,800 obo. (501) 843-8259.

HUSKEE RIDING lawnmower, 19 hp., 42 cut, like new, $650; call for bargain on 2nd self-propelled push mower, used less than 1 hr., $50; Craftsman chipper/shredder, Briggs and Stratton engine, good condition, $125. (501) 993-5100.

4 TIRES and wheels for Cub Cadet, back tires have 4 lugs. All for $150. (501) 983-1445.

SNAPPER TWIN-CYLINDER shaft-driven, 42 cut, riding mower, needs battery, runs good, $350. (501) 983-1445.

CUB CADET RT 45 rear tine garden tiller, $500. (501) 286-1840.

SMALL TROYBILT cultivator, $250. (501) 743-2552.


LOST: YORKIE, medium-sized, male, from Kerr Station Rd., Cabot. Black, tan and silver, no collar, shaved, bob-tailed. (501) 920-7068 or (501) 259-5796.

LOST: GREYSTONE area, Cabot. Small black and white dog, answers to Spike. (501) 295-8426.

FOUND: SMOKEY black Persian cat, off of Roderweis in Cabot. (501) 516-1016.


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

WANTED: BOSTON Terrier dog, female, puppy or older. 988-9959.

FREE KITTENS, (501) 259-1959.

LAB. MIX, female, brindle coat, 1 yr. old, loves outdoors. (501) 519-1588.

FREE KITTENS, 7 wks. old, 690-3717, Ward.

BLUE HEELER/AKITA mix, male, 7 yrs. old, loyal companion, great w/kids, cats, dogs. Ready for adoption at Jacksonville Animal Shelter.


C-PAP MACHINE, good condition, $149. (501) 749-8667, Bob.

24 BULB tanning bed, 6 yrs. old, only used beginning of summer, $1,000 obo. (501) 912-8804, Bill.

METAL BURN barrels, $8; w/lids, $10; w/band, $12. (501) 322-1989 0r (501) 322-6894.

WANTED: OLD silver dollars and half dollars. 628-1225.

BOOKS, lots of Louis Lamour, Zane Gray, John Grisham, Michael Conley, Tom Clancy, Nelson Demille, hardback, $1 ea., paperbacks, 50ó ea. (501) 843-7295, James.

1-TON PORTABLE engine hoist w/load leveler, $150 cash. (501) 983-4168.

SPORTSCRAFT SOCCER net, $75. (501) 605-2123.

HONDA TROYBILT 2600 psi power washer, $200; Hyla gently used vacuum, $400; Sportcraft treadmill, $100; overhead garage door opener, $25. (501) 605-2123.

PLAYSTATION 2 controller, memory card and all hookups, 3 games, extra war games, $10 ea.; Playstation, $90. (501) 533-4663.

3 PROM dresses, medium, good condition, $15 ea. (501) 941-1714.

ATTN. WINE makers, several glass wine bottles, free. (501) 882-3494.

EDDIE BAUER stroller, $40; umbrella strollers, $10 ea., all in exc. cond. and clean. Pics avail. upon request. (501) 515-9632, Jax.

BICYCLE, 26 Huffy, alum. frame, red, 21-spd. Mtn bike, $45. (501) 605-7772, Cabot.

BICYCLE, GIRLS 20 Ozone, Dean Weaver, purple, good cond., $25. (501) 605-7772, Cabot.

CRAFTSMAN WET and dry 16 gal. 1.8 hp. vacuum cleaner, good condition, $30. (501) 605-7772, Cabot.

32 EMERSON HD TV, built-in DVD player, new in box with 1/10 receipt and warranty, $130 cash. 533-4663.

HEATER KIT through ceiling and 1 triple wall pipe, $50; bathtub, $50; shower stall, $50. (501) 322-4096, leave msg.

CLIMBING CUBES, 9 high w/2 slides attached, hard plastic, good condition, very durable, $75. (501) 613-7588.

3-WHEEL BICYCLE for adult. 529-1575, Jax.

WARN 9,000 lb. winch, $250. (501) 749-8661.

TEA POTS, all colors, shapes and sizes, some rare, $10-$35 ea. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

JAZZ COLLECTION, 7-discs, 84 songs, $5 per disc. (501) 882-2142.

CALLAWAY XHOT drv., lft. 9.5, rt. hand, reg. flex; wrench and hard cover incl., $65. 941-1345, Cabot.

LOTS OF books, childrens and adults, craft magazines, various prices. (501) 843-4890.

SEVERAL KIDS bicycles, small to large, make offer. (501) 843-4890.

NEW GRAND Peak Roadmaster bike, 26 w/extras, $125 obo. (501) 843-4890.

BATHTUB TRANSFER seat, $35; standard tub seat, $20; toilet support rails, $15; standard walkers, $15; bedside commode, $40, etc. (501) 286-0698.

EXTERIOR DOORS, some have windows, $25 ea. (501) 322-4096, leave msg.

GPS MAP 76S Garmin w/sensors and maps w/WAAS for greater accuracy, $60 obo. (501) 843-4890.

JUSTIN BIEBER signature portrait, 3-d, $250 obo. 882-2142.

HEAVY DUTY utility trailer, 5x8, expansion wire bottom, steel sides, $450; portable air compressor, $100; refrigeration reclaim kit, used very little, $350; 2-man boat, trailer and seats, $500. (501) 266-3220.

OLD PUNCH bowl set, 9-pieces, swirl milk white, hazel ware, $30 obo. (501) 843-4890.

BASKETBALL GOAL, adjustable height, movable, $100. (501) 266-2732, Lonoke.

CHUCK NORRIS gymnasium exerciser, Pacific mens bike, $15 ea. Cash only. (501) 259-5824 or (501) 251-8272.

TOILET W/TANK, white, Kilgore, good condition, $45 obo.; mens, womens and childrens clothes and shoes, casual and dress, nothing over $2; golf clubs, 2 bag boy and 1 ram, make offer. (501) 843-4890.

VINTAGE PLAYSTATION 2 w/all hookups, memory card and 4 games, $65, extra war games, $7 ea. (501) 533-4663.

BEDSIDE LIFT, $500; walker, $15; assorted videos, 99ó ea.; locking tool tub, $20. (501) 985-9991.

QUEEN-SIZE new hospital bed, $1,555. (501) 749-8667.

SET OF Hogan golf clubs w/Ping irons, Taylor woods and Goldsmith putter. (501) 749-8667.

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SPORTS EVENTS >> 4-30-16


The Cabot-Centennial Bank American Legion program will be holding registration at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15 at the new Cabot Sports and Aquatic Complex. Interested players should bring an original birth certificate, a signed American Legion form and a signed player/parent contract, which can be found on Cabot’s team website at

Tryouts for team placement will be held at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22 also at the Cabot Sports and Aquatic Complex. Players entering grades 11 and 12 will try out at 2 p.m., players entering grades 10 and below will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Players unable to attend tryouts will be placed on a team based on coaches’ discretion. All players residing in the Cabot school district must register and play for Cabot. No releases to play for other teams will be signed.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Frantal at

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

SPORTS STORY >> Red Devils drop tough one to PA

Leader sportswriter

The Jacksonville boys’ soccer team entered Monday’s 5A-Central showdown with Pulaski Academy primed to take sole possession of the top spot in the conference standings, but the Bruins made one more play than the Red Devils did in the end, and it allowed the visiting Bruins to leave Jan Crow Stadium with a narrow 2-1 win.

Pulaski Academy (6-2, 6-0) scored the game’s first goal with 29:43 left in the first half. That goal was scored on a header by senior Kyle Kullander off of a corner kick, and it gave PA an early 1-0 lead.

Jacksonville (9-1-1, 8-1) put itself in position to score on several occasions throughout the first half, but the Bruin defense didn’t make anything easy. Almost every shot the Red Devils took was in traffic and/or well defended. But the Red Devil defense also made plays throughout the first half, which kept the game 1-0 PA at halftime.

“Defense has held us all year,” said JHS coach Donny Lantrip. “When you’ve got Kris Johnson and Darryl (Kimble-Brooks) and Levi (Bailey) and Juan (Martinez) – and Juan can play anywhere. Juan is a super soccer player. I trust them to hold down the fort and they’re going to hold it down.

“I just thought that we could’ve pressed a little more, especially in the midfield. We weren’t getting any first touches in the middle of the field, but they’ve got their All-State kicker (Justin Charette) and he can boom it. He can kick it.”

Charette recently signed a football scholarship with Ole Miss to kick for the SEC-West school in the fall. Charette scored PA’s second goal less than two minutes into the second half.

The Bruins had gotten the ball deep into Jacksonville territory and threatened to score, but the ball appeared to go out of bounds off of a PA player near the JHS goal. Kimble-Brooks immediately picked up the ball and began to put it down at the right corner of the goal box in order to kick the ball downfield, but the side official ruled the ball was still in play when Kimble-Brooks picked it up.

Kimble-Brooks and the JHS coaches pleaded to the official that the ball was already out of bounds when he picked it up, but the play stood as called on the field, giving Charette a penalty kick inside 10 yards in front of the goal. Charette then showed the power in his leg, as he booted a lining shot into the upper left portion of the JHS goal, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead with 38:02 remaining.

“I thought the ball was out of bounds,” Lantrip said. “I know Darryl did, too, and we were trying to move the ball quick because we had the momentum. So, Darryl’s trying to get it and put it back in play, and they called hand ball. We caught the ball in the box and gave them a PK, but hey, this is what these kids play for, this is what we coach for.

“Put us in the game against PA. We know they’re going to be well disciplined. We know they’ve got athletes. They’re there every year and they’re the ones we chase. We’re not going to give up. We’re going to keep fighting.”

Jacksonville did what it could to make a comeback. The Red Devils scored off of an Illijah Carter header into the left side of the goal through plenty of PA traffic with 20:56 left to play. Carter’s header was set up by a well-placed corner kick by R.J. Moore.

Pulaski Academy dropped its defenders back in the soccer version of a prevent defense for the remainder of the game, making it very difficult for the Red Devils to get any clear shot at the goal. Jacksonville battled till the final second, but couldn’t get the game-tying goal needed to keep it going.

Fortunately for JHS, its next game will be against PA next Monday in Little Rock. If Jacksonville can win that game, the Red Devils can tie the Bruins for the conference lead, and if they can beat them by at least two goals, they’ll put themselves in position for the No. 1 playoff seed from the Central.

“We’re going to come back next week and give them a run for their money over at their place,” Lantrip said.

The boys’ game was very competitive, but the girls’ game was all Lady Bruins. The PA girls were dominant in their game with the Lady Red Devils, winning by the final score of 12-0.

Next Monday’s boys’ game between JHS and PA is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at PAHS. The girls’ game is scheduled at 5 p.m.

SPORTS STORY >> Bryant girls get shutout over Cabot

Leader sports editor

The Lady Panther soccer team took on one of the state’s top teams and toughest defenses on Monday, and things didn’t go well for the Cabot squad. Bryant held Cabot scoreless and allowed only the rare shot as they beat the Lady Panthers 3-0.

The Lady Hornets scored two goals in the first half, both off short fields after Cabot turnovers, and took advantage of what Cabot coach Kerry Castillo called, “a lack of intensity,” from his team.

“There definitely was a lack of intensity on our part,” said Castillo. “They are a very physical team and we did not match that at all. They played tougher than we did. When you just give the ball up 30 yards from their goal, of course you’re going to give something up eventually. We talked about that at halftime, but we didn’t stop doing it.”

The Lady Panthers did have three prime scoring opportunities late in the second half, but were not able to convert. If they had scored, they would have been only the second team all season to score a goal against the Lady Hornets.

Bryant is 15-0-1 with 14 shutouts to go with its 1-1 tie against Fayetteville two weeks ago. The Lady Hornets have outscored their opponents by a combined 57-1 so far this season.

Castillo still believes his team is capable of beating Bryant were they to meet again in the playoffs.

“Absolutely we have the ability,” Castillo said. “We needed that game to see where some of our weaknesses are so we can get better for state. We definitely found them. A team like Bryant will expose them for sure. The main thing was the physicality. We sort of let them push us around and slowed down our offense. We really don’t have anyone in our conference that’s able to do that. I think this game will make us tougher, and make us better.”

Cabot (15-3, 6-0) hosted West Memphis on Tuesday night after Leader deadlines, and will host another league game on Friday against North Little Rock.

SPORTS STORY >> Freshmen highlight track meet

Leader sports editor

Freshmen ruled the day for local track teams last Friday in the Heber Springs Last Chance Relays.

Cabot teams garnered top-10 finishes, though few teams in the event were entering their athletes in their best events. As the name of the meet indicates, it’s a last chance for athletes to turn in state-qualifying performances before postseason conference and state meets begin.

That means many of the best athletes in a given event do not participate in the events they’ve already qualified for, instead going for qualifying times and distances in other events, and leaving room for teammates to qualify in events they would otherwise fill a spot for.

One highlight for local teams in the meet was the Sylvan Hills girls’ 4x400-meter relay team. Consisting entirely of freshmen, the Lady Bears bursted onto the scene with a great time the previous week in the Battle for the Border meet in Memphis. On Friday, the team of Ashley Jefferson, O’Shayla Muldrow, Daveiunna Jones and Aliya Hatton won the event with a time of 4:13.04, beating Vilonia by .98 seconds and everyone else by at least six seconds.

It was the fastest time run by a 5A team this season. Vilonia’s time was the second fastest.

“That little group of freshmen, the jitterbugs I call them, has been a big surprise,” said SHHS coach Grover Garrison. “But they’ve worked hard. All these girls have worked very hard all year long.”

Cabot freshman Lauren Turner ran her first varsity meet at Heber and won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles. Her time of 46.74 beat Forrest City’s Destiney Summers by more than two seconds. Turner also finished fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.27. Muldrow placed sixth in that event for the Lady Bears and Hatton was eighth.

Jacksonville also got a surprise performance from a freshman on Friday. Sprinter Orion Turner finished sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.3. Forrest City’s Leon Smith won the event with a 10.91, only the third time this year by anyone under 11 seconds.

Jacksonville’s Terry Brown edged out Cabot’s Brandon Jones to win the discus with a throw of 134-10. Jones threw 131-10 for second place.

Rocky Burke of Cabot cleared 13-6 in the pole vault for fourth place.

Beebe’s Connor Patrom was the first non-Forrest City Mustang to cross the finish line in the 200-meter dash. He took third behind Smith and Kendrell Johnson with a time of 22.77. Cabot’s Britton Alley was fifth in that event while Trip Smith of Beebe finished eighth.

Cabot girls took second in the 4x800 relay while Beebe was fourth in that event.