Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CLASSIFIEDS >> 8-20-14


The Pathfinder, Inc. Board of Directors will hold its monthly Board meeting, 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 28, 2014, at the Donald W. Reynolds Administration and Treatment Center, 2520 W. Main St., Jacksonville, Arkansas.

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

SAWMILLS from only $4397.00 - MAKE and SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info/DVD: 1-800-578-1363 Ext.300N.

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

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


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

Bundle and Save on your TV, Internet, Phone!!! Call Bundle Deals NOW. Compare all Companies, Packages and Prices! Call 855-419_5096 TODAY!

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

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


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

Child Development Center is offering excellent full-time opportunities in an Arkansas Better Chance for School Success funded Pre-K program in Jacksonville. Immediate full time position available for 2014-2015 school year. Requirements: must be at least 18 years old, have a BA in Early Childhood Education or P-4 Teacher License or a CDA and dedicated to making a difference in children's lives. Pay based on experience, benefits and training available. To apply stop by one of the locations to fill out an application: 1912 McArthur Drive, Jacksonville 501-985-2715. 901 McArthur Drive, Jacksonville, (501) 985-9799.

IMMEDIATE NEED for Auto Technician. ASE preferred. Salary DOE. Call (501) 605-6997.

Zella's Trash Service Inc. is now accepting applications for a class B CDL driver. Monday-Friday. Some truck maintenance required. Paid time off earned. Cell phone furnished. Call (501) 843-5551.

WRECKER DRIVER wanted. Must live in city of Jacksonville. Experience required. Must have clean driving record. (501) 241-0700.

HELP WANTED: Stylist Booth for rent. Studio 367 Beauty Salon, 3065 Highway 367 South, Suite 9, Cabot, AR, (501) 422-0835.

USDA - Lonoke County Farm Service Agency has a vacancy for a full-time temporary position. The open application period is from 8/19/2014 to 8/25/2014. Salary potential will be based on education work experience, agriculture knowledge, and background. Please contract Sherry West, 1300 North Center, Lonoke, AR 72086. Phone: 501-676-5116 for information on applying for the position.  USDA-FSA is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

HELP WANTED -  HOLTGER BROS., INC. locally owned and operated since 1946 Immediate Construction Opportunities - Cable Plow/Bore, Rig Operators, Aerial Technician, CDL Laborer, Foreman. Travel required. 1-800-831-0754. EOE by AA.

CAREGIVERS NEEDED! Visiting Angels. Local In-Home Helping Seniors remain independent. Flexible hours to your schedule. Must be 21+ yrs., State certification required. Call 501-225-5101.

"Can You Dig It?" Heavy Equipment Operator Training! 3Wk Hands On Program. Bulldozers, Backhoes, Excavators. Lifetime Job Placement Assistance w/National Certifications. VA Benefits Eligible! 1-866-362-6497.

ATTN: Drivers - $$ RECENT PAY INCREASE $$ 4 CPM Raise for Every Driver + Bonuses. 401k + Insurance. Paid Training/Orientation. CDL-A Req. 877-258-8782

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

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

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


YARD SALE, 8/22, 7 am-6 pm, 8/23, 7 am-2 pm, 142 Peach St., Austin. Girl's clothes galore, Miss Me and LA Idol jeans, too much to list.

YARD SALE, 8/22 and 23, 7 am-2 pm, 10 Linda Cv., Jax. A little bit of everything, toddler/infant, women's and men's items, household, something for everyone.

YARD SALE, 8/21-23, 8 am-3 pm, 2309 Graham Rd., Jax. Washer, dryer, refrigerator, 6 kitchen chairs, drop leaf table and much more.

BIG YARD sale, 8/22 and 23, 4203 W. Republican Rd., Jax. Movies, yard items, household, whatnots, table, couch, lots of things.

MOVING SALE, 8/23, 7 am-noon, 31 Orchid Ln., Cabot. Everything must go! Clothing, bedding and dishes.

MULTI-FAMILY YARD sale, 8/21-23, 8-? 2183 Cocklebur Rd., Ward. Lots of miscellaneous, school clothes, furniture, tools, sports equip., etc.

YARD SALE, 8/21-23, 155 Phyllis Cv., Austin, off Hwy. 31 N., watch for signs. Fishing boat to household goods. Something for everyone.


1968 CADILLAC and 1995 Lincoln Town car. 835-8430.

20" CHROME wheels, set of 4, $400. (501) 607-2349.

2005 PILGRIM camper trailer, 33' w/12' slide out, $9,400. (501) 231-6630.

2006 FORD F250 diesel, $10,500. (501) 231-6630.

1977 CHEVY El Camino, V8, auto., original, needs oil pump, $2,200. 982-1220.

1974 CORVETTE coupe L82, numbers match, needs restoration, includes lots of new parts, $6,500. Serious inquiries only. (501) 412-2104.

1955 CHEVROLET Fire Chief command car, one of a kind, $21,500 obo. (501) 681-9525.

1989 NISSAN Maxima, auto., $800. (501) 590-1330.

4 BRIDGESTONE dualer P265/65/R18, $100 firm for set. (501) 941-7607 or (501) 350-5050.

1999 DODGE Dakota, 121k miles, P/W and DL, A/C, clean, $3,100 obo. (501) 940-4648.

2000 TOYOTA Celica, needs work, $2,000 obo. (501) 882-2142.

'93 MAZDA Protege, clean, needs transmission, $400 or sell engine, $300. Call/text (501) 951-2876.

2007 HHR LS, black, nice wheels, 120,700 miles, runs good, $3,250. (501) 744-6828.

4 BUICK rims, 15" aluminum, 2 with tires (205/15), center caps, $160. (501) 983-1445.

2012 FORD F150 FX4, 37,500 miles, loaded w/nav., 120k mile extended warranty. $35,000 obo. (501) 952-3602, Cabot.

1950 DODGE Wayfarer, 2-door, original motor and transmission, runs, $3,000. Can text pics. Serious buyers only. (501) 944-4250.

2005 DODGE Pickup, 4-door SLT, 4.7L, A/C, running boards, spray-in bedliner, white, 251,000 miles, $6,500. (501) 951-8087.


YAMAHA 50 hp., 2003 model, 4-stroke, tiller steer, low hours, good condition, $3,500. (501) 940-0819.

60CC KAWASAKI, green, great condition, $1,000 obo., (501) 422-9173 or email

2005 HARLEY Davidson FLST-FI, low miles, looks new. (501) 658-9612.

1988 15' Lowe fishing boat and trailer, 25 hp., Evenrude motor, electric start, stick steering, foot operated trolling motor, live well, good condition, $3,000. 988-2327.

2001 SUZUKI LT80 4-wheeler, very nice, $750. (501) 796-3901 or (501) 580-9950.

(2) SEA Doo/Bombadier Waverunner XPs, engine family 28CXM9513cc, $4,000 or trade for party barge. 259-0629 or 422-0181.

BRAND NEW Roadmaster universal tow dolly, electric brakes, $1,600. (501) 982-2407, leave msg.

2007 HARLEY Davidson, Dyna-wide glide, garage kept, driven by older gentleman, $9,000 obo. (501) 920-5362.

REMCO TRANSMISSION fluid pump, Model LP-BK01-06 for RV flat towing auto. transmission vehicle, $450. (501) 605-2712, leave msg. No night calls, no solicitations.

BLUE OX base plate for vehicle RV towing, Model BX 1709, will fit GMC Envoy, Chev. Trail Blazer and other models, $75. BX 1113 base plate for Jeep Grand Cherokee, $50. (501) 605-2712, leave msg. No night calls, no solicitations.

'05 RV, very nice, 4-slide, low mileage, all options. (501) 454-7501.

2 ELECTRIC scooters, no batteries, $150 obo. (501) 259-4039 or (501) 259-1205.

GOLF CART, 2010 EZ Go RXV model, new Trojan 12 volt batteries installed 4/15/14, auto watering system, storage cover, $3,000 obo. (501) 843-3297.


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

JOHN DEERE riding lawn mower, LT155, $685. (501) 920-9691.

RIDING LAWNMOWER, Murray, needs work, 14.5 hp. industrial/commercial engine, $300. (501) 255-4186.

SELF-PROPELLED 21" Murray lawn mower, Briggs and Stratton engine, 5 hp., runs great, $75. (501) 676-6956 or (630) 209-0957.

TILLER, 5 hp. Yard Machine, $150; Craftsman 5 hp. chipper/shredder, $150. 988-1254.

YARDMAN RIDING mower, 42" cut, $400. (501) 983-1445.

WALK-BEHIND 32" Snapper Pro mower, good condition, $750. (501) 944-8762.


BABY HEDGEHOGS, super cute, very friendly, extremely easy to care for. Call/text (501) 920-9206.

MALE TABBY cat, orange and white and female orange, black and white calico, both outdoors and very loving. Contact Jax. Animal Shelter for more info. 982-2916.

FREE ROOSTERS and old chicken pens. (501) 516-1016.

FREE TO good home, Golden Lab mix, female, spayed, 65-70 lbs., outdoor dog, 3 yrs. old, comes w/dog house, not recommended for children, loves other dogs. (501) 563-6343.

GRAY TABBY cat, female, spayed and declawed, about 2 yrs. old, ready for good home, free. (501) 960-0523, Linda.

FREE COUNTRY kittens, 1 male, 2 females, Bethlehem Rd., Lonoke. (501) 676-6106.

DOGHOUSE w/porch, 4' wide, 6' long, 4' high, asphalt shingles, 2x4 construction, excellent condition, $250. (501) 843-2697, Cabot.

RABBIT CAGE, 30x18x18, good condition, pd. $80, sell for $50 obo. (501) 843-4890.

WANTED: FREE cat, sterilized, good mouser. (501) 286-2074.

FREE TO great home, Dachshund/Minpin mix. Needs tall fence, inside dog, 4 yrs. old, neutered, great small dog. (520) 307-3787.


BURN BARRELLS, $10 ea. (501) 676-6929.

DRUM/BELL set for band student, book, CD, all included w/pull-behind case, only used 6 mos., orig. receipts avail.,pd. $550, asking $300. (501) 247-0653.

LIFESTYLER 2808 treadmill, $150. 771-5509.

CUSTOM-MADE DRAPES, queen bedspread, dust ruffle, 18 pcs., pd. $1,200. Asking $250. (501) 268-3886.

CRAFTSMAN WOOD planer and joiner, 6.5" wide, 3' long bed, Model 113206930, $150. (501) 422-9946.

MOBILE HOME Skirting, $7.25; combo doors, $299; out-swing doors, $169; bath tubs, $160; molding, $1; roof coating, $59. (501) 993-3144.

I WILL come to your property and pay you to haul off scrap metal, riding mowers, air conditioners and junk vehicles. Call Jim at (501) 533-3019 or (501) 850-5646.

TEAPOTS, ALL shapes, sizes and colors, 10 for $45. (501) 982-2688.

CLAW FOOT tub, needs refinishing, $300. (501) 912-0816.

2 BOXES of clothes, 18W-22W women's pants, XL-2XL shirts, $20 per box. (501) 889-4177, Cabot.

WOODWORKING EQUIPMENT, Delta drum sander, Sears belt sander, Craftsman scroll saw, Delta drill press. (501) 606-4722 or (501) 606-4723.

DEXION ANGLE iron for building shelves, 50 pcs., $40; styro-foam containers, 12, various sizes and lids, waterproof, $15 for all. 982-1220.

SCHOOL UNIFORMS, teen sizes, 14, 16, 20. (501) 983-4016.

INSULATED SADDLEBAGS for horses, $40 obo. 843-4890.

WOMEN'S and children's costumes, $2-$4 ea. 843-4890.

BEDSIDE TOILET w/raised seat and arms, never used, reg. $100, sell for $70; bath chair w/back, used, $30. 843-6962.

STYLE HOUSE fine China, Tudor Rose, made in Japan, 6-pc. place setting, bowl, platter, sugar, cream, salt and pepper, $25. 988-1320.

TREADMILL, $50; Ultimate Bowflex w/leg and lateral, $425; EastWing ping pong table, new, $110. 681-7371.

LITTLE GIRL'S clothes, sz. 4, 5 and 6, summer and winter, name brand; large kitchen toy w/dishes, etc. Cash only. (501) 882-5846.

A/C, 5,000 BTU, 110 volts, excellent condition, $65. (501) 834-8886, Sherwood.

KIRBY ULTIMATE, model #67B, $200; lawn mower dump trailer, 1000 lb. capacity, $100; 2 ceiling fans, $20 ea. (770) 315-3149.

CARPORT SHELF, metal, good condition, outside storage, $30. (501) 985-4454.

DRUMS, SLINGERLAND, white pearl, Z-cymbals, hardware, H-cases, $850 obo. (501) 681-9525.

SLOT MACHINE, quarter, 3-line, red, white and blue 7's IGT, $750 obo. (501) 681-9525.

IF YARD sales are your business or hobby, I have some stuff for your. Really reasonable. (501) 882-3494.

FREE: HAMILTON piano, 57x45x25. (501) 882-3494.

3-BURNER CHARBROIL gas grill w/propane tank and new grill cover, rebuilt workings, moving and can't take, $100. (501) 843-0970.

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

ACER SCREEN and Hewlitt Packard; sage green silk curtains, 84"; 2 shower curtains, gold and taupe Mediterranean type; purses, clothing & shoes. (501) 983-4579.

HAMMOND ORGAN, older, very nice for church or home, $500. (501) 834-3772 or (210) 748-4170.

POOL, 16' Doughboy, 42" deep, ladder, pump and sand filter, $300. (501) 941-1557.

Approx. 90 Golf Digests, 2001-2006, $30 for all; 5-arm milk glass chandelier, $60; box of National Geographic magazines, around 1978, $40; Casio graphing calculator, $35. (501) 944-3670.

6 HP. pressure washer, 2100 psi., used very little, good condition, $150. (501) 983-9450 or (501) 993-5100.

TRANE XB1000 high efficiency air unit, garage kept, $500. (501) 259-6550.

TREADMILL, PROFORM Crosswalk, $250. 843-7196, Cabot.

2 TOILETS, heavy duty, ceramic, very clean, excellent condition, ideal for cabin, workshop, etc., $60 cash for both. (501) 843-2187.

WALNUT HALL tree w/oval mirror, marble top and 2 hooks, 14"x28"x80", $150. (501) 940-5972.

5 LCD projector zoom lenses, 49-63mm, 36.5-46.3mm, 66-106mm, $75 each. (501) 628-7085.

FIREPLACE LAMP from the '70s, $50 obo. (501) 882-2142.

ELECTRICAL POLE w/lg. breaker box (200 amp. breaker), weather head and meter loop, $150. (501) 422-1301.

2 PAIR of skateboard shoes, like new, $10 ea. 605-2024.

EXERCISE WORKOUT station, Welder Pro 4900, retail $500. Asking $250. (501) 743-6061.

EXTRA LARGE scrub sets, most w/tags still attached, $6 per set. 985-2244.

NINTENDO Wii w/ games and accessories, like new, $65; Xbox 360 console, not working, $15. (520) 307-3787, Beebe.


BLACK FUTON frame w/mattress, excellent condition, $75. 985-2244.

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

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

FULL-SIZE COUCH, recliner at each end, $150. (501) 912-0816.

FREEZER, KENMORE, 18 cu. ft., chest type, runs good, little rust on outside, $115 cash. (501) 843-6018, Cabot.

WASHER and DRYER, Frigidaire, heavy duty super capacity, $300; Thomasville bedroom set, mahogany dresser, chest, nightstand and 2 long mirrors, needs some TLC, $300. queen mattress set, great condition, $250. 605-0404.

SOLID OAK China cabinet, 2-door, glass, perfect condition, $100. 982-6907.

ENTERTAINMENT CENTER, 3 pc., $125; bookshelves, $15 ea.; 2 wooden desks, $10 ea.; 19" and 26" color TVs, $25 ea. (501) 889-4177, Cabot.

HEADBOARD for queen bed w/mirror and 2 shelves, $50. (501) 676-6956 or (630) 209-0957.

WICKER TABLE w/glass top, 23" round, 24" tall, $20. 988-1320.

HIDE-A-BED, 71" long, 29" high, 33" deep, $40. 988-1320.

SMALL BROWN and green settee w/1 stool, $40; chest w/6 drawers, good condition, $30. (501) 985-2244.

4-DRAWER bedroom chest, antique, good condition, $30. (501) 985-4454.

FREE COUCH and chair, you move. (501) 749-9882, Jax.

TWO ANTIQUE bed frames, 1 round, 1 square, $100 ea. 983-1445.

WHITE BABY bassinet, $20. 843-4890.

QUEEN-ANNE MAROON chair, good condition, $50. 985-2244.

BASSETT, 4-pc. pine bedroom set, queen size bed w/mattress and lg. headboard, triple dresser w/lg. mirror, 6-drawers, lg. night stands w/drawers, good condition, like new, $500. (501) 626-3286 or (501) 259-2541.

CHEST, SOLID maple, original brass pulls, 4' tall, 3 drawers, small hutch on top w/small drawers, $60. (501) 286-7394, Cabot.

REFRIGERATOR, 2008, side-by-side, Maytag, 21.5 cu. ft., water/ice, white, $400. (501) 255-1972.

MINI-FRIDGE, used, good condition, $40 obo. (501) 286-2391.

NICE DESK w/glass top, $45; microwave stand, $20. (501) 628-7439.

SOFA, 2 cushions, 2 pillows, khaki color, good condition, $150. (870) 552-3626.

2 COMPUTER tables. 835-6046.

WASHER/DRYER, REFRIGERATOR, 6 kitchen chairs, drop leaf table and much more

MOVING, MUST sell, washer and dryer, $200 together; queen mattress set, Springair Back Supporter 4000, perfect condition, $250. (501) 605-0404.

2 EXTRA long twin bed foundations, new in plastic, $25 ea. (501) 940-5972.

7' SIX shelf bookcase, has primer but needs painting, $45. (501) 286-7394.

OLDER-TYPE DEEP freeze, 5', no upright, $100. (501) 259-2046.


WANTED: USED laptop computer, free or cheap. (501) 843-5376.

WANTED: queen-size mattress and box springs, clean, free or reduced price. 982-0578.


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

FOR SALE: 20 acres, all wood with small lake, 7 miles north of Beebe in Antioch area. For more information, call (903) 244-1098.


Jacksonville Mobile Homes for rent.  Quiet safe park, internet security cameras, 2 or 3 bedrooms, kitchen furnished. Water/sewer, trash dumpster and yard care furnished. (501) 982-5267.

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

3 BEDROOM, 1 bath mobile home, central heat and air, washer/dryer hookups, open floor plan, Cabot School District, safe and quiet area. Black Oak Circle, Ward, $550 month, $300 deposit. Call Jamey (501) 281-6007.

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

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

NICE 2 and 3 bedroom duplexes for rent. All brick, energy efficient, very spacious, $600 and $675 monthly. Pets allowed with approval. Cabot School District. Call (501) 286-0698.

2 BEDROOM mobile, 1 bath, completely remodeled inside, laminate floors, new ceiling and walls, $350 per month + $200 deposit. Tenant pays all utilities. 2105 Hamilton St., Jax. Call 749-9882.

2 BEDROOM mobile, 12x60, 2 full baths, $375 per month  + $200 deposit. Tenant pays all utilities. 515 South Road, Jax. Call 749-9882.

2 BEDROOM mobile, 12x55, $375 per month + $200 deposit, 313 Robbins Rd., Jacksonville. Tenant pays all utilities. This one is 4 blocks outside of city. Call 749-9882.

FOR RENT or For Sale - Mobile home, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, Jacuzzi tub, fireplace. Rent $660 mo., Dep. $500. For sale - $15,000. Located in Sherwood park. (501) 541-6855.

FOR RENT: 3/4 bedroom home in Cabot. Fenced yard, deck, new paint. Great neighborhood. $800 deposit, $800 per month. 765-0135.

Sherwood, Three bedroom, one bath home with fenced yard, covered patio. $625 mo. with $500 dep. Call Chris 590-1667.

NICE MOBILE Home: 3 bedroom, 2 bath, all electric, on 1/2 acre, Cabot schools. Trash/yard paid. Double carport with storage, front and back covered porches, $600 month, $400 deposit. No pets. (501) 259-8404.


CABOT/PULASKI County - 3 bedroom, 2 bath HOUSE with SHOP on 1 acre, handicap ramp, newly remodeled, 1754 sq. ft., $128,500. Minutes from LRAFB. Call (501) 658-7277.

4 BEDROOM, 2 bath, 1,550 sq. ft., completely updated to new condition. Fenced backyard, covered patio on 1/4 acre lot in nice neighborhood, $97,900. Call (501) 681-3414.

BEAUTIFUL 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,524 sq. ft. in Cabot, $129,500, 22 Applewood Dr. Call (501) 804-8847.

SPORTS EVENTS >> 8-20-14


The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce will hold a skeet and trap shoot fundraiser beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19 at the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Shooting Sports Complex. Proceeds from the event will fund the Chamber of Commerce’s year-round programs. Entry fee is $25 and includes lunch, shooting fees, clay targets and the required ear and eye protection. Shooters must bring their own 20 or 12 gauge shotguns. Prizes will be awarded at the lunch, which begins at 11:30 a.m. Sponsorships are still available and all sponsors will be recognized during lunch. Sponsorship commitments are due by Tuesday, Sept. 2.

For more information, to sign up for the event or to sponsor, call the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce at 501-982-1511 or visit


The Lions Club of North Little Rock is holding its Drive For Vision Golf Tournament Sept. 15 at The Greens at North Hills. The event is a four-person scramble and entry fee is $60 per person. Registration fee includes greens fee, shared cart, lunch, a door prize ticket, two mulligans, two drink tickets and a sleeve of golf balls. For more information or to register, contact Garry Haas at 501-766-6892.


The Cabot Lions Club hosts its Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, Sept. 8 at Rolling Hills Country Club in Cabot. The tournament is a four-person scramble. Entry fee is $400 per team and includes greens fees, cart, two mulligans, door prizes and a steak and potato dinner after the tournament. Deadline for entry is Sept. 1 and sponsorships are still available. For more information, contact 501-920-2122.

OBITUARIES >> 8-20-14


Chase Ward, 19, of Jacksonville passed away Aug. 17 in Cabot.

He was born Aug. 27, 1994, in Jacksonville to Christie Reddin and Brad Ward.

Chase graduated from Cabot High School in 2012. He was a budding musician and a member of McArthur Assembly of God Church. Chase was preceded in death by two great-grandmothers, Mary Lee Jones and Jane Smith; great-grandfather Charles Ward; cousin Tyler Holsted, and uncle Ronnie Ward.

He is survived by his mother, Christie Reddin of Jacksonville; father, Brad Ward of Cabot; sister, Abbi Ward of Glenwood; grandparents, Stan and Barbara Forshee of Jacksonville, Marsha and Dennis Ward of Cabot, and Ron and Julie Reddin of Conway; two great-grandmothers, Jo Ann Diebold of Phoenix, Ariz., and Frances Reddin of Jacksonville, and three uncles, Bryan Forshee of Sulphur Springs, Texas, Ryan Forshee of Jacksonville, and Mitch Ward and his wife Jessica of Cabot.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 at McArthur Assembly of God Church with Mark Bateman and Scott Brandon officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Cabot.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 at the church.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home and Crematory.


Kevin Michael Hall, 61, of Jacksonville passed away peacefully on Aug. 17. He was born in Baltimore, Md., on Dec. 2, 1952.

He is sadly mourned by his wife, Pamela Drinkwine Hall; and stepsons, Terry Miller and his wife Samantha, Barry Miller, Chad Murach, and Grant Banks and his wife Miranda.

He is also survived by his sister, Maryann Salyards and her husband Kenneth, and their children, Lauren and Chuks Okoye, Jason and Emily Salyards and Mark Salyards.

He was predeceased by his parents, James and Catherine Hall, and his brother, Stephen Hall.

Kevin had an extremely kind and generous spirit. He could always be counted on to lend a helping hand. Kevin was an Army veteran, an avid car enthusiast and bowler. He enjoyed “Star Trek” and fishing and eating Maryland-style crabs.

Kevin was the proud owner of Comfort Air Systems since 2005 and had been a local business owner for more than 30 years.

He will be especially remembered for his boisterous laugh, helping hands and love for his family.

Visitation will be held from 2 until 4 p.m. and also from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20 at Arkansas Funeral Care. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Lung Association,


Maxine Galloway Wash-burn, 89, of Butlerville was born on March 11, 1925, and went to be with the Lord on Aug. 15.

Maxine was a homemaker who loved to cook and visit with her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Arbell Bass Galloway; husbands, W.P. Stubbelfield and Dr. C. Yulan Washburn; a sister, Alpha Burnett; a nephew, Frankie Burnett, and two baby brothers.

She is survived by her niece, Brenda Higgins and her husband Gordon of Vilonia; a great-niece, Tonya Merritt of Butlerville; a special cousin, Fran Hill and her husband Richard of Beebe; one stepdaughter, Gina Washburn of North Carolina, and lots of cousins and friends who loved her dearly.

The family thanks Dr. Johnson and the staff at The Crossing at Riverside in Searcy.

EVENTS >> 8-20-14


The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs will host its Women Veterans Summit from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday at Sherwood Forest in Sherwood.

The event is free for women veterans, and its theme is “Urban Camouflage: From Service to Success,” and will include discussions about helping women transitioning into civilian careers and home life after military service.

To RSVP, or companies that would like to reserve, email Gina Chandler at or ADVA Public Affairs Officer Kelly Ferguson at


The Department of Veterans Affairs will host a town-hall meeting for veterans, their families and survivors, as well as the general public at 10 a.m. today at the Eugene J. Towbin Healthcare Center, 2200 Fort Roots Drive, Building 170 in North Little Rock to discuss VA services.



Cabot’s chapter of AARP will host a potluck supper and short monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Cabot Senior Center, 600 N. Grant St. Members and prospective members are welcome.

For more information call 501-492-1456.



The Jacksonville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association will meet at 5:45 p.m. Monday at the police station, 1400 Marshall Road. For more information, call Eleanor Loyd at 501-412-4115 or e-mail


The Lonoke County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Cabot United Methodist Church. Arkansas Retired Teachers Association President Toni Bradford will speak.

Retired school personnel are invited.

Salad will be served, and attendees are asked to bring items to be donated to a local food pantry.


Beebe Animal Control will host a dog adoption fair from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 at the city’s animal shelter, 1401 E. Center St. There will be a waterslide and bouncy house for kids, as well as free hot dogs, popcorn and drinks. Completed paperwork, a valid ID and fee will be required at the time of an adoption.

For more information, call Kim Weeks at 501-882-5106 or Kristen Boswell at 501-882-8135.


Volunteers are wanted to participate in the Lonoke County Office of Emergency Management’s amateur radio program that is used to communicate during emergencies. Those who are interested must have already completed training and should call Rita Schmitz at 501-676-6403 for more information.


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

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

For more information, visit

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


Lonoke County residents who have World War I memorabilia they would like to share in upcoming exhibits commemorating the United States’ entry into the Great War are asked to call Mike Polston of Cabot’s Museum of American History at 501-286-9665 and Sherryl Miller of the Lonoke County Museum at 501-676-6750.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

SPORTS STORY >> Taylor tears up Topless

Leader sports editor

The biggest late model race in Arkansas saw a local driver shine last weekend at the Topless 100 at Batesville Motor Speedway. Stacy Taylor, who lives in Cabot, works in Jacksonville and has his garage in Austin, won the inside pole position in qualifying on Friday.

He then won his heat race and finished seventh out of 63 drivers from all over the south in the feature race on Sunday.

While he did have the fastest qualifying time, Taylor said getting inside pole position also requires a little luck.

“You draw numbers to see what order you qualify, then the heat winners draw numbers to see who gets the pole,” said Taylor. “To draw 1 twice is pretty fortunate.”

Track conditions begin to deteriorate after several qualifying laps, meaning the later drivers are at a disadvantage, but Taylor didn’t think that was a major part of it.

“You’re only going two laps in qualifying, so it probably takes half the field before you start seeing any effect on the drivers,” Taylor said. “We had a good car and we ran a good time.”

Taylor was one of only a handful of part-time drivers in the event that was dominated by full-time circuit drivers. The Topless 100 was only his fifth race this season, and he has only one more definite race on his schedule in Mississippi in October.

Taylor felt good about his team’s chances after qualifying, but the good luck turned bad during the race. He lost a left-rear shock absorber but wasn’t exactly sure when it happened, though he did offer a guess.

“Right when everybody started passing me,” Taylor joked. “No really, the car still ran pretty good. It got a little tight and more difficult to maneuver.”

In a race with several cautions, that tightness made things even more difficult for a limping car.

“The restarts were killing us,” Taylor said. “We were all just too bunched up and it was hard to maneuver and get around people. There just wasn’t enough space and the car got harder and harder to drive.”

After falling back as far as 11th, Taylor worked his way back up to third place a little more than halfway through the race before more cautions allowed more nimble cars to get around him in the final laps.

Jimmy Owns of Newport, Tenn. won the race with Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., taking second place. Drivers from North Carolina, Tennessee, Indiana and West Virginia were third through sixth with Taylor leading the pack of eight Arkansas drivers in the Comp Cam race.

Owens won $40,000 for his win while Taylor earned a $4,000 paycheck for his seventh-place finish.

“That’s pretty good for guys like us,” Taylor said of himself and his team. “Those full-time drivers have sponsors and all kinds of help. We part-time guys spend a lot of money and the ones that finished lower lost a lot for that race.

“We do it because it’s fun. We’ve got jobs and families and just don’t have the time. The week of a race we work every night on the car and we hit the track and just have fun.”

SPORTS STORY >> Panthers’ boys’ golf showing potential

Leader sports editor

Students may have just reported to school on Monday, but high school golf teams have been competing since the first week of August. The Cabot Panthers have competed three times, including two matches and one tournament. The boys’ team is 1-1 in match play and did poorly in a tournament, but has shown the potential to be a competitor and a contender for conference and state titles.

The girls’ team is trying to replace one of the state’s top golfers from last year, and time on the course will be valuable experience for end-of-season tournaments.

The boys’ team lost by one stroke to Conway in its first match at Cypress Creek. The next week it had a disappointing outing in a tournament at Conway. The following day, the team played a match against North Little Rock at the Greens at North Hills, and totally reversed course from the day before.

“We’re still searching for some consistency,” said Cabot coach Ronnie Tollett of his boys. “The kids are playing pretty well for a few holes then having some out-of-character mistakes. Conway is kind of a target course and you have to know where you’re going. It’s pretty tough if you haven’t been on it and they were pretty disappointed in their scores there. Then we come back the next day and each one of them shaved 10 or 12 strokes off their scores from the day before. So we need to be more consistent, especially with our short game.”

Senior Jacob Lott was second to the medalist against North Little Rock by one stroke. He held a one-stroke lead with four holes to play, but bogeyed two of the final four holes to finish with an even-par 72.

“It’s just short game issues mostly,” Tollett said. “Jacob had two par putts of about six feet and missed them both. So we have to work on that touch.”

Senior Drake Oaks, who has been on the varsity squad since his 10th-grade year, also had a great round going and was in the lead until putting two shots out of bounds on the final hole.

“Drake ought to be our No. 1 player, and at times he looks like it,” Tollett said. “Like I said with all of them, it’s just a matter of consistency. He went to work over the summer and didn’t really play enough to fine tune his game, but as we play more he has the potential to do really well. I really think this whole boys’ team has the potential. They’re just going to have to work at it.”

Tollett said Lott and fellow seniors Bradlee Hicks and Joseph Denomie have been the most consistent players so far. Oaks, Bodey Jackson and J.P. Gairhan are the other three seniors on the varsity squad. They’re joined by sophomore Jordan Lott, who shot a 75 in the first match, on the varsity squad.

Sophomores Matt Walters and Hays Barger, and freshman Trey Tonneson round out the boys’ JV team.

In the 7A-Central Con-ference, Cabot’s main competitors will be Conway, Catholic and North Little Rock. The state tournament will be held at The Greens this year, and Cabot has two more matches scheduled on that course before the big one.

“It’s not what I’d call a really tough course,” Tollett said. “If you’re spraying the ball around you can get in trouble anywhere, but this is a course you can score on if you’re striking it well. We have to have more matches there before state so we’re going to have a chance to get to know it a little more.”

Senior Coral Byrnes, who Tollett says is the top player right now, leads the girls’ team. Lauren Travis, Lauren Bettis and Corbin Friddel are three other seniors on the varsity squad. Junior Danielle O’Shields, sophomores Haley Morris, Taylor Ahart and Kara Estes, and freshman Hannah Keister round out the Lady Panthers’ team.

“We’re working on all phases of the game,” Tollett said. “We’re really not doing anything different from any golfer. You have to spend about 60 percent of your time on your short game, 30 percent of irons and 10 percent with the driver. We’re just trying to hone it in and get better. We want everyone to have fun – boys and girls. If you go out there and work to get better, then go out there and give it your best, then you can enjoy yourself. That’s what we want them to do.”

SPORTS STORY >> Devils relish fresh approach

Leader sports editor

Energy is back up to an acceptable level at Jacksonville football practices. Monday’s practice was a particularly energetic one, especially when the team began working on stripping the football. A portable sound system has been installed on the filming deck of the practice field and music is pumped in during portions of practices, though not throughout them.

Players are responding well to the changes being implemented by first-year head coach Bob Hickingbotham, including the more physically rigorous regiment.

“It’s tiring,” said senior wide receiver Laderrious Perry. “You get real tired by the end of practice. But coach Hick does it to where you’re still having fun and you want to be out there.”

Perry is also a good illustration of how players feel about the new head coach, who was an assistant coach for several years before leaving for one year to coach at Atkins. Perry hasn’t played since his ninth-grade year, and has never played on the varsity squad. He thought about coming back last season until he heard that Hickingbotham wasn’t going to be on the staff.

“When coach Hick left I didn’t want to play anymore,” Perry said. “When he came back and talked to me, I knew I wanted to play again. We all want to play for coach Hick.”

One player who has been on the team since seventh grade is defensive back Kielen Richardson. He says the atmosphere at practices this season is unlike anything he’s experienced before.

“The tempo of practice has picked up a lot,” Richardson said. “It’s a much faster pace. We got music going out here. It’s just a better environment. Coach is doing things to get us all closer. I personally know a lot more of my teammates than I ever have. I honestly didn’t really know a lot of these guys. But we all know each other now.”

Hickingbotham started off on his first day preaching 48 minutes. That’s how many minutes are on the clock for a high-school game, and he wants his team to give everything it has that whole time. That’s almost all he preached the first few days, and while game planning and scheme implementation have progressed, 48 minutes is still a key mantra.

“He talks about it every practice,” Richardson said. “I don’t think we’re there yet with everybody, but it’s getting better. We’re getting closer.”

The Red Devils will play their annual Red-White game on Saturday at Jan Crow Stadium, beginning with the eighth-grade team starting at 5 p.m.

The freshman team will play at approximately 6 p.m. and the varsity squad will take the field to close the evening around 6:30.

EDITORIAL >> Pupils need recess break

Just when it seemed the Pulaski County Special School was doing right, it turns right around and does something stupid — it has taken away recess at the elementary level.

Recess — and parents know this — should be a protected time, a sacrosanct period of free play that is no less important than the hours devoted to math or reading.

But PCSSD didn’t do this dastardly deed alone. A group of teachers who filed a grievance for more money helped.

So, because teachers got greedy and wanted a few dollars more, the district got miserly and wanted to save a few bucks — so, no recess.

Well, technically, the district didn’t have recesses last year either. That 15 minutes of outside play was called PAT or Physical Activity Time. The play was supposed to be structured, teacher-led and education-related. But many teachers knew the importance of free play and let the students have an old-fashioned recess.

There are multiple studies that show improved focus and better classroom behavior, including less fidgeting and hyperactivity and more participation in class discussions, after recess.

So why take it away?

Some of those PCSSD teachers who were allowed to hold recess filed a grievance claiming that, since it was non-instructional duty, they needed to get paid — paid extra for 15 minutes a day.

The district said no extra pay because it was not recess but PAT time, and, this year, teachers must submit lesson plans for that time.

So swinging for the fun of it is out, shootin’ hoops is a no-no, unless it is specifically in the day’s plans, and forget just hanging out by the big tree talking. All play will now be structured, forced and must fit within a 15-minute time limit.

That rules out fun activities like kickball. By the time the bases are set out, teams picked and rules gone over, time is up. Should the teacher take time out of math or literacy to go over rules for the educational PAT time?

Recess is most children’s favorite period, and parents and teachers should encourage it, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Recess can be a critical time for development and social interaction, and, in a new policy statement published in the journal Pediatrics, pediatricians from the AAP support the importance of having a scheduled break in the school day. “Children need to have downtime between complex cognitive challenges,” says Dr. Robert Murray, a pediatrician and professor of human nutrition at Ohio State University, who is a co-author of the statement. “They tend to be less able to process information the longer they are held to a task. It’s not enough to just switch from math to English. You actually have to take a break.”

What the doctor says seems to hold true for central Arkansas as neighboring school districts have recess and high tests scores.

For example, Cabot has recess at every elementary school. Recess is tied to the lunch period so the kids eat and then go outside or stay inside on bad weather days, according to Dr. Tony Thurman, the district’s superintendent. He adds that the time frame varies slightly between schools based on variables such as activity schedules and duty schedules. But, generally, it’s 15-30 minutes. “If a school has a short lunch recess, they typically take another short break at some other time during the day,” he explained.

Dr. Belinda Shook, Beebe’s superintendent, says, “We have several breaks during the day. Each school has it set up a little differently because of the organizational structure, but we have at least two recesses in Pre-K (through) 6 and a couple other breaks where they are able move around and be active.”

She says the breaks allow students to focus better, give them more energy, provide the opportunity to develop social skills and just make school more fun.

“I believe we get more out of them in the long run by allowing the breaks,” she adds.

Amen! Hallelujah! Are you listening PCSSD?

And then there’s Finland, which gives students a 15-minute break after every 45 minutes of instruction. And, guess what? Their scores are higher than PCSSD.

PCSSD does not believe in recess and, therefore, the logic follows that the district does not believe in high tests scores.

The pediatricians’ committee that developed the statement began its research in 2007, expecting to discover that recess is important as a physical outlet for children. What they found, however, was that playtime’s benefits extend beyond the physical.

“We came to the realization that it really affects social, emotional and cognitive development in a much deeper way than we’d expected,” she says. “It helps children practice conflict resolution, if we allow them unstructured play, and it lets them come back to class more ready to learn and less fidgety.”

Just three states — Delaware, Virginia and Nebraska — have 20 minutes of mandatory elementary-school recess a day, according to the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Dr. Robert Murray, a pediatrician who was a lead author on the pediatric group’s position, says that safe and supervised recess offers children physical, emotional, social and cognitive benefits, such as improved classroom behavior, a better attention span and interaction and bonding with other kids.

Recess, he says, helps a child’s cognitive process in the same way, for instance, as a coffee break for adults: It breaks concentration from work, releases restlessness and allows someone to return to work with a refreshed mind.

PCSSD has put itself in a jam. It is trying to decrease behavior problems, suspensions and expulsions, especially of African-American males. In eliminating recess, it may actually be creating more behavior issues.

And that gives Jacksonville-area residents another reason to vote for a new school district Sept. 16. The new district should show it is different and better than PCSSD. It can do so with the little things like making sure students have recess and hiring teachers who put students ahead of money.

TOP STORY >> Lifeline possible for local schools

Leader senior staff writer

Jacksonville High School, Harris Elementary and Mills High School — three Pulaski County Special School District schools among 26 in the state deemed academically distressed by the state Board of Education — could be eligible for some help from a new partnership between the state Department of Education, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation.

That partnership is called ForwARd.


The state Board of Education on Thursday accepted a proposal for help in producing a comprehensive plan to enhance education from preschool through college — P-16 in their parlance — with recommendations for academically distressed schools and districts.

PCSSD Superintendent Jerry Guess said his three schools are getting a lot of help right now, and might not be included if there is further triage of the distressed schools.

Guess said that each of the three schools has nearly gotten out of academic distress. He said improvement at Harris Elementary has been phenomenal under the leadership of Principal Darnell Bell.

Guess, who was hired as PCSSD superintendent after the state dissolved the board and took over the district to bring it out of fiscal distress, says he has already brought in Arkansas Leadership, Learning Services and elementary people to pull schools out of academic distress.

The state board had been discussing strategies for academically distressed schools, and both the Walton and Rockefeller foundations approached the board in July to form a strategic partnership, according to Sam Ledbetter, chairman of the state board.

“They have made a commitment to use their resources to support this,” Ledbetter said, adding that the Arkansas Department of Education has committed personnel to assist.


“We know what the indicators (of poor school performance) are,” he said, “poverty and challenges that go along with low socioeconomic status.

“I’m hopeful that the Walton Family Foundation will show it’s committed not only to charter schools and school choice but to traditional schools,” he said.

Both foundations are known for good works and for being interested in education, although the Waltons have seemed preoccupied — to some — with support of charter schools at the expense of public schools.

“At the center of any vibrant community is a strong public school system with high achieving students, engaged parents and residents, dedicated teachers and visionary school leaders,” Ledbetter said.

PCSSD is already indirectly in a new partnership with the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, which has helped fund the Summer Bridge Program and the Donaldson Scholars Program to help bring at-risk high school students up to speed and to help them enroll and succeed at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Philander Smith College.

The ForwARd timeline called for commissioning a research report by the Rockefeller Foundation this summer, with the beginning of the development of plans this fall.


In Winter 2015, they would complete the plan for academically distressed schools and districts and, by next summer, complete the strategic plan.

It calls for ongoing establishment of “strategic partnerships, meetings of committees, implementation of recommendations identified within completed plans.”

According to Rockefeller Foundation research, “The economic impact of ensuring all Arkansas students graduate high school prepared for college would save the state approximately $50 million annually in college remediation costs and lost earnings.”

The partnership’s vision is “Every Arkansas student will graduate fully prepared for success in college and the workplace.” It’s mission is “To help create one of the finest public education systems in the nation.”

It’s goal is “To create a comprehensive strategic plan for P-16 education in Arkansas, with specific recommendations for academically distressed schools and school districts, that will provide actionable recommendations to shape and guide the state’s time and resources to realize this vision and mission.

The two foundations have worked in partnership for more than a decade.

TOP STORY >> Liquor law closer to ballot

Leader staff writer

Advocates of expanding alcohol sales statewide turned in 41,492 signatures to the Secretary of State on Friday, ahead of the Monday deadline.

Only 17,133 of those must be verified for a proposed constitutional amendment making every county in Arkansas wet, including Lonoke and White counties, to land on the Nov. 4 ballot. Wet means allowing alcohol sales.

Little Rock attorney David Couch, who is spearheading the effort, believes that about 31,000 of the signatures will be verified based on the group’s internal checks.

He hopes the Secretary of State’s Office, which has 30 days to conduct its verification process, will have good news for the campaign within two weeks.

But the battle might not end there. Opponents, mostly liquor-store owners, may pursue a lawsuit to get the measure off the ballot, Couch said.

They claim July 4 should have been the first deadline for petitioners as the state’s Constitution dictates the deadline must be four months before an election, the lawyer explained.

But Couch pointed out that the Secretary of State’s Office was closed for the holiday, which was on a Friday, and extended the deadline to the following business day. He said that office has, since 1925, followed the policy of extending deadlines to the next business day when they fall on holidays.

Couch added, “They’re grasping at straws.” He said he doesn’t believe the Arkansas Supreme Court will agree with the opponents and commented on the irony of them trying to take away the people’s right to vote with a claim involving “the day we celebrate democracy.”

Couch continued, “ I just don’t see it happening. They don’t want people to vote on this is the thing. So they’re going to take every shot that they get.”

He also said the opponents have filed another lawsuit, with different claims, against a Saline County group that got a local-option vote on the ballot.

The lawyer told The Leader that any legal proceedings against the statewide campaign would be expedited and resolved before the November vote, as they were when he served as counsel to the campaign for a medicinal marijuana ballot measure in a similar lawsuit.

Secretary of State Mark Martin last month verified 61,000 of the 84,969 signatures turned in by the July 7 deadline. Supporters were given another 30 days to come up with the rest of the 78,133 verified signatures needed.

Couch said he believes, with the 61,000 and the new signatures that were turned in last week, campaigners exceeded the minimum by obtaining a total of 91,000 verified signatures.

The lawyer said previously that canvassers collected about 2,000 signatures in the dry Lonoke County and about 1,400 in the dry White County.

Couch said Tuesday that supporters plan to hold campaigning events in the local area and are already raising funds to buy advertising from a variety of media outlets.

If passed, the proposed amendment could mean 15 liquor stores in White County and 13 in Lonoke County, based on the one liquor store per 5,000 people allowed by the state Alcohol Beverage Control Division.

Pulaski County is maxed out on permits, so the amendment would not mean more liquor stores there. But the liquor stores on the outskirts of cities could move closer to more heavily trafficked locales.

Couch previously shared with The Leader the results of a poll that asked more than 1,000 voters statewide whether they supported the amendment.

The results were that 52 percent supported it, 40 percent were opposed and 8 percent were undecided.

Jacksonville and Sherwood won’t need their wet-dry petition signatures if the constitutional amendment lands on the ballot and voters pass it.

The chambers of commerce for both cities are leading the effort to put to a vote whether defunct townships that contain half of Sherwood and 90 percent of Jacksonville should go wet or stay dry.

Their Jacksonville Wet/Dry Campaign and Keep Dollars in Sherwood campaign have been working to collect more than 4,000 signatures each — 38 percent of registered voters in each defunct township — to get local-option elections.

Jacksonville was short 1,966 of the 4,400 it needs, as of Aug. 4, according to chamber director Amy Mattison. She didn’t immediately return a call from The Leader on Tuesday.

Jacksonville and Sherwood have hired Robert Coon of Impact Management Group in Little Rock to help them collect local-option signatures.

Coon did not immediately return a call from The Leader on Tuesday.

But he said previously that Sherwood, which had a little more than 1,000 of the 4,200 it needs in early July, “is kind of in a holding pattern now.”

He explained that, if the statewide measure gets on the ballot and voters pass it, “it’s duplicate. They certainly don’t want to waste any resources or business contributions…If you’ve got another way to solve your problem, you might want to see if it is fixed for you.”

But, Coon noted previously, Jacksonville supporters have continued collecting signatures because that city is much closer to its goal.

“They have definitely crested the hill and are on their way down the other side,” he said.

Both of the local campaigns have been collecting signatures since last summer.

Going wet could add $10 million to Sherwood’s economy and $600,000 to Jacksonville’s economy, according to a study conducted by UALR.

Friday, August 15, 2014

SPORTS STORY >> Ambidextrous kickers aren’t unusual for Hogs’ punter

Special to The Leader

FAYETTEVILLE – Sam Irwin-Hill arrived at Arkansas last year putting his best feet forward as he has since instructed as a lad by his dad Down Under.

The Ray Guy Award preseason watch list punter after averaging 44.3 yards per Razorbacks punt last season, including a SEC leading 20 downed inside the 20 with a career long 79-yard punt, Irwin-Hill kicked ambidextrously for the Hogs like he did the previous two junior college years at City College of San Francisco and practically all his life growing up in Bendingo, Australia.

“It came from Australian Rules Football,” Irwin-Hill said of kicking with either foot.

“When I was four or five my dad took me out to a field and said ‘Kick with both feet’ or else he would take me home. So it was a big deal.”

A big deal that quickly became bigger.

“I had a lot of inspiration,” Irwin-Hill said. “There were a lot of superstars in Australia who kicked with the left and right foot. So that’s where it came from and I thought it would be a big deal to introduce it to the American style of football and it has definitely played that way.”

Punt returners and the coaches designing schemes for them are bound to have some uncertainty from which foot an Irwin-Hill punt will be delivered even knowing they can guess “right” 75 percent of the time and probably will be correct guessing a higher right percentage this season.

“Last year it was probably 75/25 right foot,” Irwin-Hill said. “The dominant foot is the right foot. That’s where the strength comes from and I want to focus on the NFL traditional style. I practiced a lot more this summer on the more traditional style so I am really looking forward to put that more in the game this year.”

But not entirely. The unexpected angles from a surprise left-footed punt can “definitely” be more difficult to field, Irwin-Hill said and enhance the chances of pinning an opponent deep.

It also expands Coach Bret Bielema’s trick play options. A 6-3, 209 fine all-round athlete, Irwin-Hill off a fake punt completed a 24-yard pass for a first down last year and dashed 12 yards for a first down off a fake against Alabama and he’s ambidextrously adept at rugby-style punting.

“If we have that gap and there’s a little wind behind my back, Coach B has that confidence in me,” Irwin-Hill said of punting left-footed. “Or if there is a space open on that left side we could run the football. There are a lot of different things we can do and to have that versatility is really good.”

It’s more punter versatility than new special teams coach Rory Segrest has coached before.

“I can say I have not,” Segrest said of coaching an ambidextrous punter. “To me it’s a great talking piece, but I just want him kicking where they fair-catch. If it’s right-footed or left-footed or whatever it is just make sure to hang it up there in the right spot where they can’t return it.”

Most times last year that’s what Irwin-Hill achieved.

Just how did Arkansas and a San Francisco junior college before Arkansas and an Australian kicker get together?

“I did an academy in Australia called Pro Kick Australia,” Irwin-Hill said. “That was designed specifically to coach potential kickers and punters from Australian Rules to American football. I practiced in that academy for 12 months and sent over a video. I got a lot of attention from the videos but in terms of grades I had to go to a junior college and that’s where I ended up in San Francisco and I was more than happy to start my career there.”

And even happier to end up at Arkansas.

“Arkansas responded to the videos,” Irwin-Hill said. “I looked at Arkansas and I never looked back. I came straight here and I committed straightaway. It’s a great place.”

SPORTS STORY >> Lady Bears have big expectations

Leader sports editor

Sylvan Hills coach Harold Treadway believes his Lady Bear volleyball team is poised for a run at a conference championship this season, but is careful to explain that he in no way thinks it will be easy.

Sylvan Hills has seven seniors, including six returning from last season, and got a head start on offseason workouts. The result has been positive.

“I had tryouts in March this year when I usually have them in May,” said Treadway. “Of course I had girls doing other things at the time, but I felt like getting the earlier start has us further along right now than we have been. We came in and went two days a week to the weight room, and two days we went and got on the floor. Then when we came back in July, I felt like some of them were stronger and some of them were faster. I felt like we had accomplished a lot by the time we left for summer break, and I think you could see that when we came back.”

It also helps that there are so many experienced players returning. With experience and improved athleticism and conditioning, Treadway hopes this is the year his squad can bring home the 5A-Central title.

“We’re not the kind of team that can go out there and just intimidate teams,” Treadway said. “We’re going to have to play. But if I had to pick a spot for us, based on how we played last year and how I think we’re capable of playing this year, I think we can compete for a conference championship. But we have to play like we’re capable of playing. If we don’t, we’re not so much better than everybody else that we can get by anyway. But if we play like I think we can, I think we could have a lot of success this year.”

Anchoring the lineup is three-year starter Brooke Rainey, who will rarely leave the court this season.

“When she’s on the front row she’ll be our main hitter,” Treadway says. “She’ll play all the way around, though.”

Aleah Williams also returns as a key hitter while Karley Walton and Jessica Scott are fellow seniors on the front row as middle blockers.

Jamie Willis was awarded the libero position for her skill and hard work this offseason.

“She has really stepped up,” Treadway said of Willis. “She probably worked harder than anyone else. Any time we were hitting, she got on the back and tried to dig balls. I didn’t even have to ask her. She was asking teammates to just throw balls at her. So when I issued uniforms, I gave her a regular one, and then about halfway through practice I presented her with the libero uniform, so that was kind of fun to reward her like that.”

Alisa Staton is a senior who is one of the setters, and Jennifer Markum is a back row player who sat out her junior year.

Two juniors will be in the rotation early, including Taylor Yoeman, who is the other setter, and back-row player Maddison Shelton.

Two other juniors round out the varsity roster and the JV unit will be made up of nine sophomores.

“Right now, because of the progress we made in spring and summer, we’re working a lot on timing,” Treadway said. “We’re trying to learn to play as a team, get comfortable with who’s next to you and learn what to expect from each other.

“I took notes at the team camp we went to at Greenbrier. I wrote down the things I thought needed to be addressed and that’s where we’re at. But I’m pretty optimistic about this season.

SPORTS STORY >> Week two sees a few shake-ups

Leader sports editor

Things can change daily during preseason football, and team makeup can change with it. There are also other facts and factors that come about that give a little more insight into how well or how badly a team may perform in the upcoming season.

Not all the facts can be known by anyone outside a team’s locker room, but a few things can be gleaned from the local team’s preseason so far.

Jacksonville’s numbers climb as participation increases and players are added to the team. A sophomore player from Camden-Fairview transferred in last week. It’s unknown how much he could contribute this season, but more is almost always better for any team struggling with numbers.

The Red Devils didn’t do much in week two as far as intense full-pad work. Most of the week was spent on putting in packages and “taxing them in the brain,” as coach Barry Hickingbotham put it.

Practice reports have been a bit more positive this week as well. After nothing but good reports for most of the summer and during the first few days of preseason, the last two practices of week one were not as spirited as coaches would like to see.

Reports about focus and energy levels in week two have been better.

Cabot practiced without two key defensive starters at part of last week. The team scrimmaged Wednesday afternoon without linebacker Jack Whisker and safety Jake Ferguson. Neither injury is serious and both are expected back.

What was most unusual about the scrimmage on Wednesday was when it was first-team offense vs. first-team defense, there were as many as six red jerseys on the field. Only sophomores wear red jerseys at Cabot practices. Cabot coach Mike Malham said that as many as four sophomores could start on defense, and the starting quarterback is the lone sophomore on offense. Having two players out showed just how much Cabot’s depth might depend on some of its youngest players this season.

North Pulaski really does have a chance to be better this year. Every camp is always optimistic in the preseason, and every preseason is a new reason to think North Pulaski can turn it around.

That isn’t to say the Falcons are a conference championship contender, but this team does have a legitimate chance to win three or four games this year. That is, if injuries are avoided.

There are only 35 players on the whole team and many are going to have to play offense and defense. But this group of starters is the best group since 2003. That NP team only won two games, but was in all of them and was in a conference that made up 75 percent of the state semifinals that season.

There’s also the issue of that mystical and perhaps mythical NP curse. Every year there are games the Falcons seem to have in the bag only to find a way to let the snipe loose. Two years ago it was at home against Sylvan Hills. Last year it was at McClellan. If they can find a way to hold on for a win early in the season, it could lead to good things.

The Beebe Badgers also have one of their most talented teams in a while, though they are also shallow up front. Beebe has a large senior class and a talented group of sophomores that won its conference championship a year ago as ninth-graders. But they also have their issues to deal with.

Beebe had its media day on Friday and the whole team didn’t show up. The non-participant was only one, but he’s a lineman and that’s where the team has the greatest depth concerns. Beebe coach John Shannon is well known to have strict rules concerning participation; so many more absences will make that unit even thinner.

Football teams also need to be tough, and several players’ mommas getting on the field during media/team picture day, interrupting, delaying and getting in the way of the professionals is not a sign of a tough team.

Hopefully those mothers have a better understanding of boundaries when it comes to letting the coaching staff do its job. If not, the talent and potential on this team won’t be realized.

It’s more of the same from Sylvan Hills. The new turf field is making progress, but it’s still questionable whether or not it will be ready in time for the team’s Blue-White intra-squad scrimmage. As far as the team’s progress, it’s still steady and not much as changed.

There’s been little question about this year’s offense. Everyone expects the Bears to move the ball and be good, but the defense is still a concern. Coaches are expressing a bit more confidence in the defense with each interview, but the results will have to be shown on the field.

SPORTS STORY >> Cabot young but talented

Leader sports editor

A lot of new names dot the roster for the Cabot volleyball team, but they’d all be new to first-year coach Kham Chanthaphasouk anyway. In the first year of the three-year stint of former coach DeAnna Campbell, she started several sophomores and had the same core group all three years. That group graduated last season after showing steady progress all three years, now a new group with a new coach get to show how strong was the foundation laid by the previous group.

Early signs are good. The Lady Panthers have performed well at two team camps this month. They went 4-2 at the most recent camp at Benton High School, losing only to the camp host and Conway. At Arkansas State University, the Lady Panthers faced two defending state champions, beating 6A champ Jonesboro and losing to 4A champion Valley View, but competing well.

“I’ve been pretty pleased with our competitiveness at the camps,” Chanthaphasouk said. “We’ve gone up against some of the toughest competition available and we’ve competed really well and even had some success. We’re still a fairly young team and there’s a lot of room for improvement. That’s even more exciting.”

Though the team’s first match is only five days away, the new coach isn’t ready to name a starting lineup just yet. That first match is not an official one. It’s a benefit game at Conway, and the head Panther believes it will be a good measuring stick for his team’s progress.

“We played Conway at Benton and we lost to them,” Chanthaphasouk said. “That was two weeks ago, so it will have been almost three weeks by the time we play them, and I think it will be a good indicator of how we’ve come along since then.”

Though Chanthaphasouk won’t name a starting lineup, he is willing to name a few who will probably be in on the floor for the first serve.

“I’ve only got three seniors and they’re the only ones I can say for sure will be starters,” Chanthaphasouk said.

They’re also the only players that saw much of any varsity action last season. They are front-row players Haylee Callison and Kaitlyn Joyner, and back-row defensive specialist Tristen Roche.

Though only six can start, the head coach said it won’t be unusual to see 10 to 12 players in any given match.

“This team has good depth,” Chanthaphasouk said. “I plan to specialize a lot of girls. For example, if you’re not a good server, you won’t serve even if you’re a back row player. I want to utilize and maximize everyone’s strengths.”

Playing alongside those three seniors on the varsity squad will be six juniors and three sophomores. The juniors include outside hitters Kristen Walker and Tori Barnhill, defensive specialist Hayley Henry, setter Lauren Calhoun, DS and setter Haden Majors and West Virginia transfer Abbie Lippincott.

The sophomores are outside hitters Taylor Bell and Regan Campbell, and middle blocker Maddie Brown, who is already garnering lots of college attention.

“I feel comfortable saying those 12 will be the varsity squad to start the season,” Chanthaphasouk said. “We have 11 sophomores and I think we’re going to have a pretty talented junior varsity team, too. So it’s an exciting time here.

“I really want people to come out and check us out. It’s going to be a very competitive, exciting level of volleyball. A lot of times people think of volleyball, they think of church volleyball with people standing around like that. That’s not what’s going on here. It’s going to be an exciting season. If they’ll come watch us once, they’ll want to come back.”

EDITORIAL >> School-year excitement

As students return to school on Monday and Jacksonville voters count down to Sept. 16 to form their own district, we can’t recall a more exciting start to any school year.

Hundreds of residents, who are tired of poor test results and dilapidated schools, attended a community meeting this week bringing enough fervor to rival even a Tea Party rally, yet still with cordiality and optimism, showing that Jacksonville’s best days are not behind us.

If there’s a case to be made that the Little Rock-based district has something to offer Jacksonville, it hasn’t been added to the conversation. We can’t think of any.

The community seems to unanimously support breaking away from PCSSD. They were relieved when the state seized control of the district three years ago because the school board members had gone off the rails — trumped-up allegations of bribe taking, phony expense-account claims and one superintendent who wrote himself a check after being fired, to name just a few — while the district was going broke on projects like the $56 million Maumelle High School and a new $31.5 million Sylvan Hills Middle School. Meanwhile, schools in Jacksonville were lucky to get a fresh coat of paint and weeds removed from gutters.

The days of being ignored, disrespected and utterly abandoned by our own school district officials will be over if voters take to the polls on Sept. 16. Remember, too, that early voting starts Sept. 9.

We thank the many dedicated community members who never gave up on their dream of forming an independent school district:

Daniel Gray, who led last week’s forum, Pat O’Brien, Greg Bollen, Martha Whatley, Merlene McGhee, Deana Toney and Ron McDaniel, the Wilson family, Aldermen Reedie Ray, James Bolden, Bob Stroud and former Mayor Tommy Swaim, as well as Mayor Gary Fletcher.

The late Ben Rice, the prominent Jacksonville attorney, did yeoman work for decades, comparing Jacksonville to the Israelites wandering in the desert. It’s too bad he didn’t live long enough to see the results of his hard work and dedication to the children of north Pulaski County.

Their efforts would likely have been quashed without the support of the state-appointed interim superintendent of PCSSD, Jerry Guess, and razor-sharp Judge D. Price Marshall Jr., who is handling the federal desegregation case. (We recall a previous judge having little understanding of the desegregation case and even less recognition of Jacksonville’s plight.) Perhaps some new schools should be named in their honor.

But when we get our own district after the election, the real work will have just begun.

There will be challenges and problems, negotiations with PCSSD over debt and assets like school buses; negotiations with teachers and probably with teachers’ unions; questions about curriculum and what new schools to build and where.

First, vote on Sept. 16 or before, and let’s show how much this means to Jacksonville.

After that, a panel that the state Board of Education approved Thursday will work to appoint the new district’s first school board.

Rep. Mark Perry (D-Jacksonville), Mayor Fletcher, Rep. Doug House, who is a north Pulaski County Republican, Sen. Eddie Joe Williams (R-Cabot), Sen. Jane English (R-North Little Rock), Pulaski County JP Bob Johnson (D-Jacksonville) and Sen. Linda Chesterfield (D-Little Rock) will be in charge of finding qualified school board members, who will likely be many of the people who have worked hard to break away from PCSSD.

The new district will include a huge portion of north Pulaski County, extending north of Gravel Ridge to the Lonoke County line and nearly to Hwy. 5. It will include Homer Adkins Pre-K, Bayou Meto, Murrell Taylor, Pinewood, Tolleson, Arnold Drive and Warren Dupree elementary schools, Jacksonville Middle School, Jacksonville High School and North Pulaski High School.

Anyone with children in these schools, or merely a property owner near them, has a stake in this fight because, when schools successfully educate children, families will follow, boosting home values and ultimately improving the local economy.

Jacksonville’s future is on the line, and its residents have never had a better chance to make things fairer and more equitable.

After all, their tax dollars will no longer be sent out of town to pay for schools elsewhere if they take to the polls and vote PCSSD out of town. Our time is here.

TOP STORY >> Lengthy Hwy. 67/167 work begins

Construction to widen Hwy. 67/167 in Jacksonville got underway this week as part of a multi-year project to widen the aging highway and improve traffic flow between Jacksonville and Cabot and beyond.

The James Construction Group of Baton Rouge, La., is working to replace the Main Street and Redmond Road overpasses for $42 million. The new ones will be wider, with three lanes of traffic north and south, along with a substantial shoulder at Main Street.

The company will also build new approaches and ramps for the Main Street and Redmond Road overpasses as well as a new stretch of highway between them.

The work will cause delays for thousands of drivers every day, and about 5,000 vehicles a day will have to find alternative routes off the highway on Municipal Drive past city hall and the community center.

Hwy. 161 to or from I-40, by using Hwy. 440, may provide an alternative route.

The widening will continue from Main Street to Vandenberg Boulevard for $61 million starting in 2016.

By 2019, the highway from Jacksonville to Hwy. 5 in Cabot should be complete at a cost of $70 million. A $20 million north interchange between Cabot and Austin is expected to improve traffic and economic development in the area. It should be complete in 2018.

Before the widening starts, two lanes deep in each direction will be resurfaced by Chester Bross Construction of Hannibal, Mo., for $2.69 million.

Work to widen the highway from Main Street to Vandenberg will begin in two years, when the work will be completed on the Redmond Road-Main Street section.

The highway is already six lanes from North Little Rock to Redmond Road and will eventually have six lanes to Searcy and beyond.

TOP STORY >> Amy Sanders’ 90th birthday

Leader staff writer

At least 100 people came to a party at Amy Sanders Library in Sherwood last Saturday to wish its namesake a happy 90th birthday. Amy Sanders served as city clerk from 1973 until her retirement in 1987.

Former alderman Butch Davis, who is now running for his old seat against Alderman Mary Jo Heye, summed up his longtime friend in a few words. “She’s a busy bee,” he said.

Mayor Virginia Hillman acknowledged Sanders’ Aug. 4 birthday by reading a proclamation. “She means a lot of things to a lot of people. She’s done so much for us,” the mayor said before reading the document.

Sanders hired Hillman in 1986 for the city’s first accounts payable clerk position.

Bernard Olds, Sherwood’s first mailman and a former firefighter, told The Leader that he “couldn’t ask for anything better” than to have known Sanders for so many years.

Olds circulated the petitions needed for the city to become incorporated. He is also a World War II Army veteran.

Ron Duran, whose parents helped found Sherwood by pushing for its incorporation, remembered how nice Sanders was to him when he went to her house for sleepovers with her son. She was an inspiration to him, Duran said.

He has been an active participant in Sherwood’s history, especially through working for the city and volunteering in the community.

Sanders said after the proclamation reading, “This is one of many honors I’ve received in my lifetime and I certainly appreciate all of them.”

The room burst into laughter when she added, “Maybe I’ll receive more.”

Her service to the community didn’t start with the 14-year city clerk post or stop when she stepped down.

Sanders moved to what is now Sherwood in 1947. The city was incorporated a year later.

Volunteering has been her cup of tea from “early on,” she said. She was one of the 45 to 50 members of the Country Club Manor Home Demonstration Club.

That organization was a precursor of the Extension Homemakers still around today.

The demonstration club did things like dye Easter eggs and collect for the March of Dimes to fight “rampant” polio.

When she became city clerk, Sanders said there was only one other person in that office.

The functions of many departments that exist now used to be handled in that office, she continued. By the time Sanders retired, she said, it had a staff of eight to 10.

She saw so many changes while serving the city. Sanders said, “We grew and grew and grew to what we are now.”
Most of that growth was done through voluntary annexations, she said.

Sherwood’s growth gained more guidance and became more organized over the years, Sanders said.

She remembered how the North Hills area and Kiehl Avenue weren’t in the city at first.

Sanders said former Mayor Bill Henson, who served from 1965 until 1982, “set the stage for what Sherwood is now” by buying land on Kiehl, where the city’s municipal complex was built. She was city clerk when the office moved to that complex in 1983.

But all the mayors “had good attributes,” Sanders noted.

After she retired as city clerk, Sanders served as chairman of the Advertising and Promotions Commission. She is a Sewer Committee member today.

Sanders recalled how the hamburger tax voters approved back then was used to fund Sherwood’s ball fields.

The city mother also said she was shocked when the city council decided to name the library after her. They passed a resolution to do so in 1988, and the building at 31 Shelby Drive opened in 1989.

Sanders is a staunch supporter of a temporary 1.3-mill increase to fund a new $6 million library. The tax, which would expire when bonds for the project are paid off, will be voted on in November.

For the owners of $150,000 houses, a positive vote for constructing and equipping a new branch would mean a $39 increase to the 50.8-mill property tax homeowners are paying now. Sherwood’s millage rate is the second lowest in Pulaski County.

The 1.3 mills would also be charged on personal property, like cars and boats, at a rate of $13 for every $10,000 in the assessed value of that property.

Sanders told The Leader previously, “We desperately need a new library. We have outgrown this one, especially with the children. There is so much activity at the library. People use it so much...It’s just outdated in every way, and it cannot be added onto.”

She also said then, “It would certainly be an asset for Sherwood” as people looking at moving to the city would take the library into consideration.

But why did Sanders stay when she moved to the area?

She said, “I think the people are outstanding…It’s been a wonderful place to raise children.” Sherwood also had a low crime rate, which is a credit to its police department, Sanders added.

She continued, “I stand behind Sherwood and I think it’s a fabulous place to live. The people are so very, very nice. They’re just people you want to be around.”

Sanders was married to Reo Sanders for 62 years, until he passed away in 2007. They had a daughter and a son.

Sanders has seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, ages 5-19. Many of them attended her birthday party.

The city mother is well known for her cooking, which she said she loves to do.

Sanders is also involved in church activities.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

FEATURED STORY >> Cabot couple to reopen White River Theater

Heather Moore of Cabot had a vision of bringing to Mountain View a family-friendly show honoring the military.

The doors of the famous Cash’s White River Theater (formerly Cash’s Hoedown) will once again reopen this weekend thanks in large part to Moore.

The theater had been closed for more than a year, and the town was missing the lights and sounds of music and comedy that once graced its stage.

Now, the Cash’s White River Theater will present new talent and more multimedia performances.

It all started about two months ago, when Moore and her husband, Dane, went on a trip to Mountain View.

The Moores are known for founding the annual Cabot Community Thanksgiving Feast.

She asked the famous Aunt Minnie at Aunt Minnie’s Yellow House (a local store owned and operated by the former first lady of Mountain View Comedy), “Are you still doing shows at the theater?”

 “No, we have decided to retire” was the answer.

Moore then asked, “Is your theater for sale?” Those two questions led to the reopening of the Cash’s White River Theater.

The theater, at 507 Sylamore Ave. in downtown Mountain View, will host a friend of Moore’s as a performer — Michael Kelley and his show, “Voices That Change.”

Kelley will perform at 7 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday — Mountains, Music and Motorcycles weekend in Mountain View.

Kelley has more than 20 years of experience performing vocal impressions for our troops with the USO and performing on various cruise lines. He uses this experience along with his varied vocal talents to give a funny and entertaining experience to his audiences. “Voices That Change” is a family-friendly, Las Vegas-style show that will keep the audience laughing with Kelley’s comedy, audience participation and numerous vocal impressions.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 870-214-2326 or visit the box office. General admission tickets are $18 (children, senior and active/retired military discounts are available).

FEATURED STORY >> Jacksonville to lose traffic light

Leader staff writer

The Jacksonville City Council on Thursday approved the removal of the traffic light at the intersection of West Main and Bailey streets.

Before the vote, City Engineer Jay Whisker said he had looked at traffic counts to determine whether the light was needed.

The intersection did not meet any of the eight reasons to have a traffic light, according to the “Manual Uniform Traffic Control Devices,” Whisker said.

Once the light is removed, two stop signs will be placed on Bailey Street — one for northbound and one for southbound traffic.

Traffic on West Main Street will flow freely.

Preston Robinson said during the public hearing, “I go through that light every day, two times minimum, weekends included. I have called repeatedly, long before this administration. (Public Works Director) Jimmy Oakley, I even loaded him up in my truck, and I said ‘please come look at this light.’ It drives me crazy…That light needs to go, please.”
Director of Administration Jim Durham, tongue-in-cheek, seconded his comment.

Jason Kennedy with Rice & Adams law firm, which has been at 501 West Main St. for 40 years, said, “We are in full support of removal of the stoplight, and we hope that will pave the way for additional improvements to that intersection.” He noted that something should be done about the “weird geometry” and foot traffic there.

Durham said he talked to Larry Wilson of First Arkansas Bank and Trust. The bank’s main branch is at that intersection. Wilson supports removal as well, Durham said.

He added that the light doesn’t trip correctly for drivers on Bailey Street and the intersection has a sidewalk on the south side that goes nowhere.

Durham said people in wheelchairs get off that sidewalk, go up Bailey Street and cut across Rice & Adams law firm’s parking lot to reconnect onto another sidewalk.

The city administrator said he wants to redo the island, add a curb cut for wheelchairs and connect the sidewalks.

He said Wilson had spoken to him about wanting to decorate his side of the intersection.
Alderman Barbara Mash-burn said the light has caused several accidents, according to statistics provided by interim Police Chief Kenny Boyd, and that it needed to go.

Whisker was asked if this would cause a problem for people who cross the street at the light.

He and Mashburn agreed that most walkers don’t cross there. Instead, they cross farther
down the street — from the library to Wendy’s.

In other business:

• The council approved the comprehensive annual financial report for the year that ended Dec. 31.

Aldermen were told an independent auditor found that Jacksonville’s statements and documents accurately reflected the city’s financial position for 2013.

That year is the 17th consecutive year a comprehensive annual financial report was prepared.

Reports from 1997 through 2012 have been awarded the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada certificate of excellence in financial reporting. The 2013 report has been submitted for consideration for the same award.

The report states that Jacksonville spent $1.08 million in federal funds and complied with each federal program that awarded those funds.

The city’s total assets were $63.43 million at the end of 2013, a decrease of $605,000 from 2012. Its liabilities were $14.27 million, an increase of $970,000 from 2012.

Total assets exceeded liabilities by $49.15 million by the end of 2013. That figure is the city’s total net position, which was down by $1.57 million from 2012.

Jacksonville’s revenues totaled $22.8 million for 2013. Expenditures were $27.9 million. Reserves were used to balance the budget.

Of the revenues, $13.16 million was generated by the sales tax, an increase of 0.2 percent from the 2012 figure of $13.13 million.

State tax turnback funds and other intergovernmental revenues generated $4.7 million, and utility franchise taxes were a little under $1.3 million.

The report notes that the city’s goal should be to have at least 60 days worth of expenditures by the end of the year based on the most recently completed year. Jacksonville had just 53 days’ worth at the end of 2013.

Mayor Gary Fletcher said, “The bottom line that the citizens need to know is just how financially strong the city has been.”

The auditor said the city’s financial position has decreased in recent years, as Jacksonville has had to dip into its reserves to balance budgets.

Fletcher said, “We’re doing what a lot of cities are doing. In fact, many states are having serious issues as well…It’s a tough economy, for one thing.”

But he added that he is optimistic about some things “coming down the pipeline” that will expand the local tax base.

The auditor agreed that Jacksonville is not the only entity facing shortfalls.

• The council adopted a resolution transferring ownership and responsibility of retiring canine officer Roby to his handler, Officer Regina Boyd.

• The council passed an ordinance establishing a franchise agreement with Windstream Communications.

The company will be charged at the same annual rate of 4.25 percent that other utilities pay to the city.

FEATURED STORY >> Help save WWI historical items

 This photo from the Museum of American History in Cabot shows World War I Soldiers who might be from Lonoke County. The museum's curator, Mike Polston, is asking the public to help identify the men.

Museum of American History in Cabot

History is lost every day. Thrown away, destroyed or just forgotten, if not somehow recorded.

These two recently discovered photos are examples of lost history. While the photos record the appearance of these soldiers of World War I, they don’t record where they were from or even who they are — lost history.

The group photo does have the last names of the soldiers inscribed on the back in faint ink, but no first names. The information on the back is as follows: Left to Right Pvt. Craig, Sgt._____, Pvt.______, Pvt. Tipton, Corp. Blackwood.

Perhaps a reader can help identify these young soldiers. If you can shed some light on their identity, contact Mike Polston at 501-286-9665 or Sherryl Miller at 501-676-6750.

These photos are a part of the joint project of the Lonoke County Museum in Lonoke and the Museum of American History in Cabot to preserve the World War I history of Arkansas.

The staffs of the museums are asking that people who have diaries, letters, documents, photos or stories of Arkansas soldiers who served in the war and would like to keep history from being lost to contact the museums. 

Hopefully, people will donate the original items so they can be cared for and preserved for future generations. If donation is not an option, the museums would like to preserve copies of the material. Diaries and letters will be transcribed and photos copied and returned to the owners. Artifacts such as uniforms and war souvenirs will also be gladly accepted to be displayed at the museums.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

EDITORIAL >> The future is up to us

We’ve said it before: Jacksonville puts “unity” in community.

Finally, local control of our schools is within our grasp.

In the decades-long quest for a stand-alone Jacksonville-north Pulaski County school district, 400 people gave a preview of things to come at Monday’s meeting, when they pitched in $4,000 for printed materials to get out the “for” vote for the Sept. 16 school election that has school detachment on the ballot.

Thanks to more people than we can name or count, only the Sept. 16 referendum on the school election ballot now stands between local residents and their own Jacksonville/north Pulaski County school district.

Jacksonville has a history of putting its money where its mouth is, and we expect this group to overwhelmingly approve the new district and, if necessary in the future, we expect them to raise their own property taxes.

That’s what you did to raise $5 million to pay your share of the Joint Education Center on the base, and that’s what you did to build a swimming park for your kids.

This is a community that brought what is now the world’s premier C-130 base to Jacksonville in 1955 and has been recognized as the most supportive community attached to an air mobility wing more than once.

The 30-year school district effort is finally paying off. After decades of declining enrollment in the Pulaski County Special School District, Jacksonville and parts of north Pulaski County will have approximately 4,400 students and the chance to build a new high school plus, perhaps, even a new elementary school.

At least three generations of Jacksonville residents have campaigned for the creation of a separate school district, including former Representatives Pat Bond, and her son, Will, who pushed through legislation that allowed Jacksonville to leave the Pulaski County Special School District.

Mayor Gary Fletcher has seldom missed a meeting or a court date related to a new Jacksonville district. Let’s also credit younger people like attorney Patrick Wilson and Realtor Daniel Gray, who both grew up in Jacksonville, for pushing the issue on toward the finish line, through the courts and the state Board of Education.

We see no downside to a stand-alone district.

Without reservation, voters should approve the split so Jacksonville can continue to improve its schools, which will ultimately boost the city’s population and lead to an economic revival.

The old PCSSD board was tricked and bullied into building a new $56 million Maumelle High School by Tim Clark, who represented that area, while the Little Rock-based PCSSD has not built a new school in Jacksonville in about 30 years. Deteriorating facilities are not its only problem: Poor test scores, too, show that it is time for a change.

Decisions like the new Maumelle school helped sink the district financially and led the state to disband the school board and take over the district in 2011.

The failure of Jacksonville schools has sent many families north to Cabot, where new schools open almost every year.

On Monday, the first day of classes, a new $22 million Cabot Freshmen Academy will open. We believe, in five years or less, Jacksonville will also celebrate the opening of a new school.

A recent study shows that Jacksonville has a sufficient tax base to support its own district. But, if a locally controlled school board decides to ask voters to approve a property-tax increase so the fledgling district can build modern schools that the community will be proud of, we will support that, too.

If all the decrepit 40-year-old school buildings are to be replaced, we’re likely to need a millage increase down the road. Jacksonville’s residents have been generous about funding things for their children and to better education.

Vote for a detached Jacksonville-North Pulaski school district Sept. 16 — early voting starts Sept. 9 — and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.