Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CLASSIFIEDS >> 10-22-14


10 HOMES NEEDED NOW!! For Siding,Windows or Roofs for our upcoming winter brochure. SAVE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS. No money down. 100% Financing. Payments as low as $89/mo. CALL NOW!!!! 1-866-668-8681 to qualify.

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

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


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

LITTLE HUNNY'S in-home daycare in Ward is enrolling children 6 wks.-12 yrs. State licensed. Christian environment. Why settle for less? Your hunny deserves the best! Open 6 am-6:30 pm. (501) 843-7663.

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.

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

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


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

HESLEP CONCRETE needs Mixer Truck Drivers. Class A or B CDL, DOT medical card required. Training provided. Paid time off and holiday pay. Monthly and quarterly bonuses. (501) 663-8700.

Certified Teaching Position: If you are looking for the opportunity to enhance the lives of others, Lonoke Exceptional Development Center, a day treatment facility for individuals (preschool and adults) with developmental disabilities is looking for a certified special education teacher and/or early childhood teacher. We are looking for that valued team member with character and a caring nature to meet our consumers with a smile and focus on their needs. LEDC offers a good work environment; benefits available include health, dental, vision and life insurances, retirement plan and PTO; Qualifications: Must have an AR Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education, pass background checks; send application/resume' to LEDC HR Dept., POB 980, Lonoke, AR  72086, e-mail:, 501-676-2786, 8/4, M/F, or Fax 501-676-0697. Application is on-line at [EOE].

DRIVERS- $2000 Bonus! Oilfield drivers. High hourly, Overtime. Class A-CDL/Tanker. 1 year driving Experience. Home Monthly. Paid Travel, Lodging. Relocation NOT necessary. 1-800-588-2669.

DRIVERS - DEDICATED Runs Available in your area TODAY. 100% Customer Dedicated Freight. $1100/WK Avg. WEEKLY HOME TIME. TOP PAY and BENEFITS; Mthly BONUSES and more! CDL-A, 1 yr Exp. Red'd. EEOE/AAP. LIMITED POSITIONS AVAILABLE. 866-370-4476.

DRIVERS - Attention: If you have a CDL Class A, but can't get a job because of your age. We have a program for you. 575-520-5330.

RCX Solutions, Inc. DRIVERS and OWNER OPERATORS WANTED!!! *Regional available *Late Model Equipment *Weekly Settlements *Fuel Discount Program *Home Weekly 3 Years OTR Experience Req. Call Jason at 866-803-2265.

DRIVERS - AVERITT EXPRESS New Pay Increase For Regional Drivers! 40 to 46 CPM + Fuel Bonus! Also, Post-Training Pay Increase for Students! (Depending on Domicile) Get Home EVERY Week + Excellent Benefits. CDL-A req. 888-602-7440. Apply @ Equal Opportunity Employer - Females, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Butler Transport- Your Partner in Excellence. Drivers Needed. Great Hometime. $650.00 sign on bonus! All miles paid. 1-800-528-7825 or

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

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

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


MULTI-FAMILY YARD sale, 10/23-25, 144 Cooper Ln., Austin, Hwy. 5 to Lewisburg, turn right, watch for signs. Home decor, tools and so much more.

HIGHLAND NEIGHBORHOOD yard sale, 10/24 and 25, 7 am-? Just off Willie Ray.

3-FAMILY YARD sale, 10/24 and 25, 8 am-1 pm, 3464 Hwy. 267 S., McRae. Hwy. 31 from Beebe to 267 Spur, right onto 67 south, approx. 1 mile on left. (501) 772-3112.

YARD SALE, 10/24 and 25, 6 am-noon, 14 Ariel Dr., Ward.

3-FAMILY GARAGE sale, 10/24 and 25, 8 am-? 24 Countrywood St., Cabot. Hide-a-bed couch and matching love seat, lots of items at good prices.

MULTI-FAMLY YARD sale, 10/25, 7 am-? 625 Cheryl Ln., Jax. Furniture, electronics, kid's clothes, lawnmower, home decor, baby items, games, puzzles, work clothes.

GARAGE SALE, 10/24 and 25, 7 am-? 12 Country Village Cir., Cabot. Household items, holiday decorations, sit-up bench, adult clothing, much more.

YARD SALE, 10/23 and 24, 8 am-? 2232 Lewisburg Rd., Austin. Something for everyone. Lots of good girl's clothing, TV stands, some furniture, knickknacks, crystal chandelier.

2-FAMILY YARD sale, 10/25, 7:30 am-1 pm, 18 Chad Ct., Cabot. Glassware, collectibles, furniture, dolls, sheets, blankets, household items, more.

YARD SALE, 10/25, 7 am-4 pm, 2013 Linda Ln., Jax. Lots of bargains.


1957 GMC 2-Ton flatbed truck, 6-cyl., runs and drives good, new paint, 80% restored, $5,800. (501) 843-1443 or (501) 743-2580.

1995 GMC 4WD, runs good, heavy duty suspension, low mileage. (501) 259-4255, no texts.

'98 DODGE Van, 149,000 miles, everything works, has TV, $2,800. (501) 983-1445.

BUICK RIMS, 15", 2 mounted 20575-15, 2 not mounted, $175. (501) 983-1445.

'76 DODGE Power Wagon Club Cab 200, $2,000. 288-0850.

16" NISSAN wheels, will trade for 14" Nissan wheels (6-hole truck wheels). (501) 882-2142.

1996 HONDA Civic, runs, transmission out, $2,000 obo. or trade for motorcycle trailer. (501) 766-4728.

1957 GMC 2-ton flatbed truck, $5,800. Pics. avail. (501) 843-1443 or (501) 743-2580.

2 POLISHED weld wheels w/near new tires, 15"x4.5" wide w/center caps. Fit Chevy, Ford, Chrysler product, multi-lug pattern, $300 obo. (909) 771-9155, Lonoke.

2 POLISHED weld wheels w/near new tires, 15"x8" wide w/center caps. Fit Chevy, Ford, Chrysler products, multi-lug pattern, $300 obo. (909) 771-9155, Lonoke.

1982 CHEVY ext. bed, 1 owner, new paint and seats, newly rebuilt, cold A/C, 189,000 mi., mostly restored, $3,495 firm. 416-5799.

1993 FORD Crown Victoria, new tires, estimated 125,000 miles, $1,200 obo. 580-8100.

BRAND NEW Roadmaster universal tow dolly w/electric brakes, $1,500. (501) 982-2407 or (501) 352-1914.

1999 DODGE Ram, V8, camo. paint and interior, lots of extras, $3,000 obo. 605-4702, Greg.

GMC SIERRA 1500 SLE2, 8-cyl., auto., P/seats, window and door locks, tow pkg. and more. 1 owner, like new, 30,000 miles, $20,000. (501) 982-2504.

1987 NISSAN Truck, needs a little work, $400. (501) 454-1736, Furlow.

ENGINE CRANE, 2-ton, Excel, $100. (210) 394-5000.

CLASS 3 50" trailer hitch, $150 obo. (501) 882-2142.

1999 GMC Jimmy, black, 2-door, $900 obo. (501) 773-4523.

1996 CHEVROLET Silverado extended cab, 8-cyl., 1 owner, A/C, 164k miles (highway), power door locks, camper shell, $4,995 obo. (501) 676-2803.


KAWASAKI DIRT bike, 60cc, green, great condition, $1,500 obo. (501) 422-9173 or email

ATV RAMPS, brand new, aluminum, $75. (501) 438-9696, Lonoke.

2009 HONDA 500 4-wheeler, 4WD, power steering, winch, camo paint, 34 hrs. usage. 676-3390, Lonoke.

20' JON boat and trailer w/30 hp. Mercury jet motor, trickle-down charger and trolling motor, $3,500. (501) 626-8058.

CAMPER, SLEEPS 2 or more, easy to pull, custom built, air conditioned, $1,500. (501) 835-1974.

KAWASAKI CONCOURS, 1994, 1000cc, saddle bags, runs good, $1,900. (501) 605-3975.

'07 EASY-GO golf cart, mint condition, electric (36 volt), headlights, CD player, $3,200. (501) 912-8804, Bill.

2008 KAWASAKI Vulcan 900D, 20,000 miles, garage kept, windshield and saddlebags, very good condition, $4,995 firm. 416-5799 or 773-3483.

CAMPER TIRES, Goodyear Marathon radial 75/R15, used but great condition, $100 for 4. (501) 266-2732, Lonoke.

2005 PW80 dirt bike, Yamaha, includes helmet, goggles and gloves, excellent condition, $500. Call/text: (501) 804-2181.

DODGE SPORTSMAN, 1979, motor home, $1,500. Cash only. (501) 676-6929.

1991 CLASS B motor home, clean, low mileage. (501) 851-1874, leave msg.

2011 SCOOTER, 150cc, $2,500 obo. (501) 288-2278.

1999 HARLEY DAVIDSON Sportster, 1,800 miles, needs starter, $3,500. (501) 422-8881.

CAMPER TIRES, 4, Goodyear Marathon radial ST225/75/R15, 8 ply, great condition, $120. (501) 438-9696, Lonoke.

UTILITY TRAILER, 5x14, single axle, dovetail rear ramp, good condition, $850. (501) 438-9696, Lonoke.

2006 HONDA Helix scooter, $1,000 cash. Call/text: (501) 425-9476.


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

1965 MASSEY tractor. 843-6456 or 605-2793.

22" PUSH mower, 5 hp., $75; 21" push mower, 4 hp. MTD, $50; edger, adjustable height and tilt, 3.8 hp., $175; Button Bullet commercial mower, 12 1/2 hp. Kohler, 36", needs minor work, $500. (501) 676-6956 or (630) 209-0957.

RIDING LAWN tractor, Poulane brand, 6.5 hp., 42" cut, 6-speed, new battery, excellent condition, $400. 982-1220.

MURRAY RIDING mower, runs, works good, will sell cheap. 985-6996.


LOST: LADIES BLACK nylon-type wallet, zipper and pockets on inside, nice reward. (501) 606-2080. No questions asked.

LOST DOG: small tan and white male dog, about 5 yrs. old, answers to "Shorty". Missing since 9/26 from Pinewood Elem. area. (501) 650-1094.

FOUND: 1st week of October, black plastic bag, Hwy. 31 South, Beebe. Identify contents. (501) 882-3238.


FREE, FEMALE brindle/fawn Boxer, female Yorkie and male Yorkie mix. (501) 766-7369.

MEDIUM-SIZED DOG, chocolate colored, 11 mos. old, good-natured, loving, mixed breed. Jax. Animal Shelter, 982-2916.

ADULT, RESCUED male Cocker Spaniel, for adoption to loving indoor home, approx. 5 yrs. old, neutered. Contact Kim for application at (870) 405-7635 or email

4 KITTENS, free, beautiful, 6 wks. old, litter-trained. (501) 843-6284, Cabot. Leave msg.

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

13 YR. old black poodle, 1/2 blind, great companion, good w/kids. (501) 680-5321.

FREE KITTENS, to good home. 837-1378.

FREE TO good home, 2 yr. old male Lab. mix, named "Marley", good w/kids. Call the Jacksonville Animal Shelter (501) 982-9216.

1 YR. old white Shepherd/Blue Heeler mix, loves people, beautiful dog, energetic. 982-2916 or 454-0987.


ROOF AIR turbines, large size, 12" diameter, $30 ea. or 2 for $50. 982-1220.

ACER SCREEN and Hewlitt Packard computer, need some repair; 2 keyboards; sage green silk curtains, 84"; 2 shower curtains, gold and taupe Mediterranean type; purses, clothing and shoes; Emerson flat screen TV, 32", power problems. (501) 983-4579.

13 HAND painted wall plates, "Gone with the Wind" scenes, all like new, collector's items, 725-4747, Jax.

CUSTOM-MADE INSULATED drapes, queen bedspread, dust ruffles - 15 pcs., pd. $1,200. Asking $200. (501) 268-3886.

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

CANDY MACHINES, 25 cent, excellent condition, crazy cheap at 55 for $995. Pickup in Cabot. (501) 941-2608.

BOY'S HUFFY bicycle, 20", like new, $40; crib, adjustable rails, excellent condition, $80; changing table, $50; solid oak queen headboard, $50. (501) 676-6956 or (630) 209-0957.

NEW WHEELCHAIR, $100. 725-4747.

HARLEY DAVIDSON belt buckle, $50 obo.; Purple Heat belt buckle, $50 obo. Have serial numbers. 882-2142.

2 KIRBY vacuums, new belt, self-propelled, $85 ea. 882-2142.

BIKER'S CLUB motorcycle chaps, black leather, belt to buckle, 42", $60 obo. (501) 843-4890.

SCHWINN EXERCISE bike, digital readout, back support, excellent condition, $100. (501) 843-7914.

LITTLE GIRL'S clothes: Skecher shoes, sz. 12; new Walls jacket, sz. 5; new sz. 5 pink pageant dress, $25; sz. 5 and 6 assorted clothes, summer and winter, like new, $5 ea. 882-5846.

STYROFOAM CONTAINERS, 5 various sizes w/lids, waterproof, $15 for all. 982-1220.

OVER 200 VHS movies, 25¢ ea. or 100 for $25 obo. (501) 843-4890.

LITTLE BOY'S clothes, sizes 3T-4, blue jeans, pants, pull-over tops, like new, $3 ea. (501) 882-5846.

2 NEW twin mattresses, $75 ea.; lg. gold mirror, 30"x42", $75; maple end table, $45; outside door, 75"x36", $50; 2 new men's dress suits, $75; antique buffet, stripped, good condition, $50. (501) 882-6102.

SHARP FAX machine, $45; Ace Blue Star bowling ball, 16 lb., drilled finger tip, $30; Columbia Yellow Dot bowling ball, 16 lb., includes ball bag and shoes (sz. 10.5), drilled finger tip, $45. (501) 944-7973.

32' GOOSENECK trailer w/ramps, 20,000# gross vehicle weight, $5,000 obo. (501) 288-0850.

DIAMOND BACK 24-speed, 26" mountain bike, $175 obo.; Pacific 26" bike, $25. (501) 882-2142.

HORSESHOE game, 4 blue and white shoes, 2 metal poles, $25. 982-1220.

GRANDMOM'S PACK 'n Play, like brand new, $40. (501) 454-7602.

HOWARD MILLER key-wind wall clock, excellent condition, $200. (501) 843-1443 or (501) 743-2581.

NORTHWEST TERRITORY coveralls, 2X; Natural Gear coveralls, 3X, 2-pc.; Diva Outfitters coveralls, LG, 2-pc., $50 ea. (501) 983-1445.

SAMSUNG GALAXY S smartphone, compatible w/all carriers, $100 obo. (501) 259-2329.

DELL TABLE top computer, $100. (501) 983-1445.

15 REEL-TO-REEL tapes, Scotch, 290 mins., new, still wrapped, $25 ea. 882-2142.

VARIETY OF yard sale items, set your own price. 533-3333, leave message.

MOVING SALE, sofa, slider rocking chair, lingerie chest, other household items, antiques and collectibles. (501) 983-4778.

CEMENT MIXER, 9 cu. ft., 6.5 Honda engine, like new, $1,500. (501) 288-0850.

FIREWOOD FOR sale, $25 a cord, you cut. (501) 258-6180.

YOUTH WADERS, Columbia, sz. 8, used 1 season, very good condition, $85. (501) 438-9696, Lonoke.

BOWFLEX ultimate gym w/attachments, $400 cash. (501) 626-9144, Sherwood.


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

2 EXTRA long twin bed foundations, new in plastic, $20 ea. (501) 940-5972.

WOODEN TWIN over full bunk bed w/desk and chair, 4-drawer matching chest. Pd. over $1,000, asking $400. (501) 416-8991, Cabot.

GRANDFATHER CLOCK, Ethan Allen, keeps good time, $270; love seat, yellow and green leaf pattern, $90.(501) 725-4747.

GE REFRIGERATOR, dorm size, 20" w, 32" h, 22" d, 4.3 cu. ft., Aug. 2006, excellent condition, $75. (501) 940-5972.

OLDER KENMORE washer and dryer, still good working condition, $200 for pr. 983-2985 after 4 pm.

CRAFTSMAN ANTIQUE pecan entertainment center, etched wood and glass w/sliding doors, all electronics included, TV/DVD, surround sound stereo, VCR, must see, $170 cash. (501) 993-6412.

OLDER GE 27" almond drop-in electric range, works fine, $75. (501) 982-3899.

LADY'S RECLINER, red, microfiber, extra nice, $75. (870) 552-7776 or 552-3920, Carlisle.

ANTIQUE BED frame, footboard, headboard and rails, $75. (501) 983-1445.

6 MAPLE wood dining chairs, $100; 2 computer desks, $50; coffee table, $40. 259-0370.

CHINA CABINET, excellent condition, solid wood, must see, $75. 744-9626 or 982-9309.

KING-SIZE MATTRESS and box springs w/frame, good condition, firm plush, $400. (501) 941-4019, Cabot.

STUDENT DESK w/foldaway top, metal frame w/plastic padded seat, excellent condition, $25; sofa, love seat and 5-drawer dresser, good condition, $100. 982-1220.

LIVING ROOM club chair, kidney bean red, velveteen upholstery, great condition, $40. (501) 843-3771, Elizabeth.

CRIB, NO mattress, light wood, great condition, $50. (501) 605-4422, Cabot.

APT. RANGE with bottle. (501) 882-6167.

LADIES RECLINER, micro-fiber, red, extra nice, $75. (870) 552-7776 or (870) 552-3920.

SIMMONS BEAUTY Rest Regal Supreme mattress and box spring, queen-size, very clean, like new, used only in guest room, $200. (501) 982-2504.

GE TRITON XL dishwasher, $100. 351-2015.

KENMORE REFRIGERATOR w/ice maker, $225. 351-2015.

WHITE STORAGE cabinet, pantry closet, $75. 351-2015.

NICE WALNUT wood office desk w/typewriter/computer pullout, $100 obo. Will consider trade. 351-2015.

4-DRAWER HEAVY duty file cabinets (2), legal size, Anderson Hickey, $65 ea. 351-2015.

SMALL BLUE recliner, $20; TV stand w/end shelf, $25. Both for $35. 985-2244.

KENMORE WASHER and dryer, excellent condition, $75 ea. or $150 for both. (501) 606-1339.

KING-SIZE SERTA pillow-top mattress, $110; recliner, $25; exercise bike, $25. (501) 286-7606.

ARMOIRE, SOLID oak, holds 32" TV, 3 drawers, $75. (501) 353-8763.

5-PIECE BEDROOM set, queen-size, excellent condition, includes mattress and box spring, $500 obo. (501) 796-8785.

STOVE, WHIRLPOOL, electric, white, $150. (501) 438-9696, Lonoke.

SAGE GREEN love seat, floral chair, ottoman, 5 matching pillows, excellent condition, $150. 843-8733.


WANTED: MANUFACTURED home, free or cheap, must be moveable. (501) 258-6182.


LOTS NOW AVAILABLE! 14 lots in Phase IV. The Kensington Subdivision has 4 lots. Phase III has 1 lot and Georgetown @ Cypress Creek has 1 lot available for sale. Starting at $13,500 per lot. Contact Ted Litchfield 1-501-605-2669 or 1-501-476-1416 for more information. Vowell Realty and Auction Company, 7550 Hwy. 5 in Cabot, 605-1212 (office).

1729 Acres - "Working Cattle Ranch", Carroll County Arkansas. Under $1600 per acre. Call for packet. Larry Montgomery, 870-423-2997. Montgomery Whiteley Realty.


MOBILE HOME OUTSWING DOORS - $169, Combo doors $299, Skirting $7.25, Tubs, $160, Toilets, $75, 501-993-3144.


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.

4 BEDROOM, 2 bath, 2600 sq. ft. home in El Paso, open floor plan, stainless steel appliances, lots of storage, 3-car carport, $600 deposit, $900 month, 12 month lease. No inside pets. (501) 259-0735.

FOR RENT: 3 BR, 2 BA and 2 BR, 1 bath duplexes in Austin and Ward. Cabot schools, very clean, safe and efficient. Trash paid. Call (501) 920-2021 or (501) 416-9669.

Jacksonville - $0 Deposit - 1, 2 and 3 bedroom MH's in nice, quiet, safe park, $400-$600 per month. "One bedroom includes utilities."  Call (501) 472-4100.

HOUSE FOR rent in Cabot: 3 BR, 2 BA, corner lot w/private fence, extra nice, $900 month, $700 deposit. (501) 843-7553 or (501) 286-9374.

204 WRIGHT Cove, Jacksonville - 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, fenced backyard. Refrigerator, electric cookstove and dishwasher furnished. Central heat and air, $795 mo. w/deposit. (501) 982-9147 or (501) 231-2790.

3 BEDROOM, 2 bath, 1-car garage, close to Southside schools, washer/dryer/fridge included. $900 rent, $600 deposit. Pets with additional non-refundable deposit. All electric. (501) 944-8403.

2 and 3 bedroom, 2 bath mobile home, 3 miles north of back gate on Hwy. 107, newly remodeled, quiet. No mowing, all utilities paid. $700-$750, $500 security. Ask for Ed. (501) 988-5187.

SPORTS EVENTS >> 10-22-14


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

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

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

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

OBITUARIES >> 10-22-14


Mary Katherine Rohlman Henning, 88, passed away Oct. 20 in her home in Jacksonville with her family at her side.

She was born Feb. 7, 1926, to Henry and Agnes Rohlman in Morrilton and received the sacraments of baptism, holy communion, confirmation and matrimony at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Morrilton.

She was a graduate of the Sacred Heart parish school and began work as a teller and bookkeeper at First State Bank in Morrilton following her high school graduation.

Her career in banking led her to Little Rock in the early 1950s, where she worked at Worthen Bank.

Mary’s life centered around her two loves: her faith and her family. It was that same faith that led to the meeting of her future husband, Charles Henning, at a Catholic Youth Organization meeting while Charles attended Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. After a long on-again, off-again courtship (including a later blind date), they were married at Sacred Heart Catholic church in Morrilton on Oct. 4, 1958.

Mary Katherine then began her life as an Air Force wife and homemaker, accompanying Charles to assignments in Louisiana, Colorado, Florida, Germany and finally back home to Arkansas at Little Rock Air Force Base.

Along the way, four children were born and raised in love and faith filled homes. They enjoyed close friendships at each location that lasted well beyond their time in the military.

Mary was a member of the LRAFB Catholic Chapel community during Charles’ military career and then St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Jacksonville following his retirement.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories and love, her husband of 56 years, Charles Henning; daughter Lisa Henning Raimondo and her husband Philip of Davidsonville, Md.; sons, Michael Henning and his wife Vickie Edwards of Hensley; David Henning and his wife Kimberly Gibson of Redfield; special daughter Angela Henning of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Anthony, Nicholas and Joseph Raimondo, Jonathon Henning, Ashley and her husband Michael Carpenter, and Hunter and Shawn Henning.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Sr. and Agnes Rohlman and brother Henry Rohlman Jr.

The family thanks all for the many prayers and support over the past weeks. Your prayers and support have strengthened us.

Thank you to Cindy Hibbs and Marilyn Evans for the loving care they provided to our mother and family.

Special thanks to the staff of Arkansas Hospice, St Vincent Medical North, Baptist Health Medical Center North Little Rock, North Metro Medical Center and St. Vincent Rehabilitation Hospital.

Memorials may be made to Pathfinders or St. Jude Catholic Church in Jacksonville.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Jacksonville with Father Andy Smith Officiating. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Morrilton.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


William (Bill) M. Nichols, 84, of Jacksonville was called home to the Lord on Oct. 19 and joined his wife and best friend of 55 years, Priscilla M. Nichols.

He was born April 20, 1930, in Groton, N.Y., to the late Ambrose F.

Nichols and Laura G. Nichols.

He is survived by his sons, William L. Nichols and his wife Carole, and Douglas M. Nichols, and grandchildren, Andy and his wife Katie and Rachel Nichols.

Bill married his high school sweetheart, Priscilla, in 1952. He proudly served his country for 28 years in the Air Force flying B-25s, T-28s, C-47s, C-54s, C-119s, C-124s, AC-130s and C-130s.

Bill was stationed throughout the U.S., Europe and the Far East, including two tours of duty in Vietnam. He retired in Arkansas to a life of golf, fishing, gardening and church fellowship.

Bill was a wonderful, loving, caring, faithful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and Christian who put family, friends and God first. He will be dearly missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to the American Diabetes Association in Little Rock. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

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


Lois Summerlin Dillon, 82, of Jacksonville was born March 11, 1932, and passed away Oct. 12.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Clara Goforth.

Survivors include a son, Keith Summerlin; grandchildren, Nikole, Eric and Aaron; great-granddaughter, Alison; siblings, Gary and Bob Goforth, Reba Summerlin, Myrtle Taylor and Barbara Pitts, several nieces and nephews.


Jessine Janelle Neemann, 54, of Cabot went to be with her Lord on Oct. 20 at her home. She was born April 18, 1960, to the late Jess Thompson and Ione Smith in Omaha, Neb.

She was also proceeded in death by her sister, Wendy Davidson.

Survivors include her husband, Michael Neemann, of Cabot; daughter Candice Hart of Cabot; son Luke Sanders and his wife Brandy of Cabot; two stepsons, Bobby Seroll of Riverview, Iowa, and Derek Neemann of Fremont, Neb.; stepdaughter Jamie Neemann of Newton, Kan.; sister Kay Rogers of Cabot; three brothers, Donnie Stevens of Story (Montgomery County), Vern Thompson of Fremont, Neb., Ralph Stevens of Texarkana, twelve grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends.

Visitation will be from noon till 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 with service to follow at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Cabot. Arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Glenda Mae Baldwin, 79, of Cabot went to be with her Lord on Oct. 18 in Greystone Nursing and Rehab in Cabot.

She was born March 8, 1935, in Blytheville (Mississippi County) to the late Pink and Vice Dye Oswell.

Two brothers, Billy Gene Oswell and Earl Wayne Oswell, also preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughters, Doris Baldwin of Cabot and Joyce Cernicky of Chicago; a son, Ronny Baldwin of Cabot, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.

The funeral was Oct. 21 at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements were by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Rosemary Wood Johnson, 80, took her last big trip on Oct. 14.

She was born in Little Rock on Aug. 19, 1934, to the late Don Wood and Mary Ouletta Capello. At the age of 15, she was blessed to meet her lifelong partner, Gilbert E. (Buck) Johnson, and they were married on July 14, 1950. Together with love they grew the Johnson family.

She is survived by her husband; children, Gilbert D. Johnson of Fayetteville, Malinda Powell of Dardanelle, Carmella Patterson of Ward and Kirk Johnson of Clermont, Fla.; brother Randy Wood, and an aunt, Peggy Wood.

Over the years she became an amazing “nana” to her 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Johnson retired after many years of bookkeeping for Oaks Brothers. She spent her later years fishing, traveling and spending time with family and a lifelong friend who recently passed away, Joyce Henry.

She was a parishioner at St. Jude in Jacksonville. The family expresses its appreciation to the doctors and staff at Dr. Patel’s and Dr. Shaw’s office, as well as the members of her swim aerobics classes at the Lonoke and Cabot community centers for their continued prayers, encouragement and uplifting words during her extended battle with cancer.

Rosemary had an amazing spirit and faith. She will be missed by many.

Funeral Mass was held Oct. 17 at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Jacksonville. The family asks memorial funds be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association to help fund research as her surviving husband continues his battles with the disease.

Arrangements were by Moore’s Funeral Home in Cabot.


Charlie Tumey, 59, of Hazen, passed away Oct. 17.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Thrift Tumey; daughter, Shawana Cessor and her husband Daniel of Hazen; three grandsons, T.J. Tumey and Tyler Cessor, both of Hazen, and Jacob Dexter of Lonoke; two granddaughters, Jessica Cessor of Hazen and Molly Brannon of Lonoke; a great-granddaughter, Serenity Orell of Lonoke; two sisters, Linda Lawson and Becky Moffett, both of Cabot, and numerous other family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucille and Lester Tumey; son James Tumey and brother Derrell Tumey.

Charlie drove a truck for 40 years. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed taking his grandchildren hunting and fishing, and supporting them in anyway he could.

The funeral was held Oct. 20 at Boyd Funeral Home Chapel with interment following in Hazen Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.

EVENTS >> 10-22-14


Keep Sherwood Beautiful will hold its annual fall cleanup at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. Volunteers will meet at the Jack Evans Senior Center, 2301 Thornhill Drive, where they will divide into groups and receive supplies, T-shirts, traffic-safety vests and gloves, according to Betty Barnhardt, the group’s executive director.

Businesses are invited to donate door prizes, money or other items, as the group would be grateful to receive those. “This is a grand time for businesses, organizations and other community active groups to help out. They may wear T-shirts or vests to promote their activity — no political groups, please,” Barnhardt said.

The event will include several beautification projects and litter removal.

Workers will receive a free lunch, and there will be drawings for door prizes. For more information or to donate door prizes, call 501-766-6767.

 During Keep Sherwood Beautiful’s shred-a-thon last Saturday, 195 cars stopped by to shred more than 10,000 pounds of paper.


• Zion Hill Baptist Church in Cabot will hold its annual fall festival from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Church members will decorate their car trunks and truck beds for kids to “trunk or treat.” There will also be family games and activities in the fellowship hall.

Pastor Terry Fortner invites the community to “a safe alternative this Halloween. Children may come in costume. We ask that there be no costumes with occult themes.”

The church is near Hwys. 89 and 107. For more information, call 501-988-4989.

• Second Baptist Church in Jacksonville will hold its annual Share Celebration from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. The free event will include a hayride, food, games and music. The church is at 1117 N. James St. For more information, call 501-985-2502.

• McRae First Baptist Church will host God’s Big Top Fall Carnival from 6:30 until 8 p.m. next Wednesday. The free family event will include candy, face painting, a duck pond and cake walk.


The Cabot Community Theatre will hold its fifth annual “Hee Haw” performance Friday and Saturday at Centerstage Playhouse, 204 N. First St. The shows will feature lots of all-Arkansas talent, plenty of music, comedy, dancing, as well as free beans, cornbread and peach cobbler. To make reservations, call 501-941-2266.


The Jacksonville Museum of Military History will host a free Veterans Day concert by the Jacksonville High School Choir at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8. Also, in honor of Veterans Day, the Arkansas Fallen Heroes Memorial will be on display Nov. 8 through Nov. 14.

The museum is at 100 Veterans Circle.

• Sherwood’s Veterans Day parade will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. Entry forms are available by emailing former Alderman Butch Davis at or by calling 501-416-7577.

The parade will start at Lantrip Road and Kiehl Avenue and travel west down Kiehl.


Iglesia Ni Cristo Outreach Program and Evangelical Mission in Jacksonville will provide free health assessments and goodwill bags starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. The chapel is at 236 Pearl St. For more information, call 501-442-3545.


The Cabot chapter of AARP will host Cabot-area candidates at 6 p.m. Monday at the Cabot Senior Center, 600 N. Grant St. Each candidate will have a few minutes to speak during the potluck supper

SPORTS STORY >> Carlisle’s 2A playoff hopes on line again

Leader sportswriter

The Carlisle Bison will look to keep their playoff hopes alive on Friday when they travel to Brinkley for a 2A-6 Conference matchup that’ll kickoff at 7 p.m.

Carlisle enters the week-eight matchup with a 3-4 overall record and 3-2 record in conference play. With the three conference wins, the Bison are currently fourth in the 2A-6 behind Hazen, Des Arc and McCrory.

Hazen and Des Arc are both unbeaten in league play with 5-0 records, but one of those two will take their first loss Friday as they’re matched up against one another. McCrory enters week eight with a 4-2 record in league play.

Brinkley enters week eight with a 3-3 overall record and a 2-3 record in conference play. Brinkley, Clarendon and Palestine-Wheatley each have two wins in league play, but the Tigers hold the tiebreaker over the two, having beaten both teams earlier in the season.

Even though Carlisle has the slightly better record in league play, the Bison and Tigers look to be evenly matched on paper. Each has already faced the top two 2A-6 teams in Hazen and Des Arc.

Both Carlisle and Brinkley were blown out by the No. 3 ranked Hornets, but the Tigers put up a much tougher fight than Carlisle did against Des Arc. The Bison fell 34-0 at Des Arc in week four.

The week before, the Tigers lost to the Eagles by a slim 42-40 margin at Brinkley. Palestine-Wheatley is the only other team in the conference that both Carlisle and Brinkley have played, and the Bison and Tigers each shutout the Patriots by scores of 22-0 (Carlisle) and 36-0 (Brinkley).

Carlisle’s win over PW came last week at home, while Brinkley had a bye last week. Like Carlisle, Brinkley likes to run the ball, and it’ll do it with leading rusher Daquan Greene (6-2, 220).

The big junior paced the Tigers’ backfield last fall with 907 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns, earning him All-2A-6 honors as a sophomore. Brinkley prefers the run game, but has shown it can throw it if it has to.

Senior Case Harrell (6-0, 170) is the Tigers’ quarterback. He led Brinkley to its first playoff win since 2002 last year, passing for nearly 500 yards and eight TDs in 2013. Harrell has two receivers in Johnny Aldridge (5-8, 150) and Jacksonville transfer John James (5-7, 140) that run sub 4.5 40-yard dashes.

An advantage for Brinkley going into Friday night’s game will be its size on the offensive and defensive lines. The Tigers average 291 pounds across the offensive line, anchored by 6-0, 380-pound senior center Tyrek Jones.

Defensively, the Tigers have had problems stopping opponents. Brinkley has allowed 27.4 points per game in conference play, but the Tigers have already played the top three teams in the 2A-6.

Carlisle has struggled on defense as well this season, allowing a slightly lower 24.4 points per game in league play thus far. The Bison defense held PW and winless Marvell to a combined 12 points, but against Hazen, Des Arc and Augusta (1-6, 1-5), the Bison gave up a total of 110 points, including 38 to Augusta.

SPORTS STORY >> Toughest stretch in front of Bears

Leader sports editor

After cruising through most of the bottom half of the conference, the undefeated Sylvan Hills Bears embark on a three-game stretch against three of the 5A Central’s top four teams. At 7 p.m. this Friday, the Bears will travel to McClellan to take on the 4-3, 3-1, Lions. In its first four conference games, Sylvan Hills has averaged 48.5 points per game and a 36.5-point average margin of victory - 28-22 win over Jacksonville being the only remotely competitive game of the four.

Those four teams sported a combined 4-24 record. McClellan presents a different challenge and head Bear Jim Withrow fully understands that.

“Honest to goodness, to us they look a lot like Helena, who always gives you fits,” said Withrow. “They’re big. They’ve got some guys that can run. Their running back is quick as a cat and they’ve got that huge fullback, and together they make a tough one-two punch.”

The Crimson Lions have shown an increase in its usage of the Dead T offense as the season has progressed, though they still run multiple offenses. Withrow believes the Lions will present the biggest challenge his defense has faced since week two against Hot Springs Lakeside, a game the Bears won 48-35.

“They get in the T and they try to jam it down your throat,” said Withrow. “I don’t think they’re a true T team. They try to do multiple things and that’s one thing I’m glad about. This is our toughest test in conference so far, and that’s what we’ve talked about to them all year. Our last three are against the potential playoff teams, and it’s good because we need to be tested going into the playoffs.”

Withrow was pleased with his team’s execution in last week’s 56-6 win over North Pulaski, especially after what he thought was a subpar performance for his squad the week before at Jacksonville.

Quarterback Tra Doss played hurt the entire game and Withrow believes that made a big difference, but was still glad to see his team get back to executing like it had before.

“What people don’t realize is that Tra didn’t practice all week before Jacksonville,” Withrow said. “He practiced one series on Thursday and that was it. Last week he got in there and played really well.”

The Bears are in great shape in the injury department as well. Everyone is expected to be healthy and ready to go on Friday.

“We played everybody on our roster last Friday night,” Withrow said. “We’re as good as we can be – knock on wood. This Friday we’ll start with who we wanted to start with the whole year. This time of year though you just hold your breath, because if you want to make a run, you have to stay healthy.”

SPORTS STORY >> Hobbling to Mt. Home

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Cabot’s 7A/6A-East matchup at winless Mountain Home this Friday night at 7 p.m. would normally be chalked up as an easy win for the Panthers, and even though they’ll still be heavily favored to win the week-eight matchup, Cabot will have to play at least the remainder of its regular season without its top two playmakers.

The Panthers (4-3, 2-2) took the field last week against Little Rock Central without two-way starter and the state’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Jake Ferguson.

Ferguson tore his meniscus in the Panthers’ blowout win over West Memphis the week before, and sophomore quarterback Jarrod Barnes didn’t play in the second half of the team’s 17-3 loss to Central after he broke his thumb late in the second quarter.

Barnes and Ferguson both have been ruled out for the remainder of the regular season – maybe even the playoffs.

“We lost the two guys we could least afford to lose,” said Cabot coach Mike Malham. “Jarrod broke his thumb and will have to be in a cast for probably four-to-six weeks. So he’s probably done for the season.

“Jake, he’s got rehab for the next four weeks. So unless we can make it to the second round of the playoffs we may not see either one of them again.”

Ferguson was also the team’s backup quarterback, so the Panthers had to turn to third-string QB Logan Melder for the second half of last week’s game at Central. Melder starts at corner in the Panther secondary, and in order to keep him fresh on defense, Malham said halfback Jess Reed will likely take over quarterback duties from here on out.

“We’ve got a whole week to get ready to go to Mountain Home,” Malham said. “Of course, they’re not doing real well this year. They’re 0-7, and hopefully, we can go up there after a three-and-a-half hour bus trip and take care of business.

“We’re probably going to move Reed over from one of our halfbacks and let him take some snaps at quarterback. I think he’ll do a pretty good job. He’ll be a little more mobile. He should be able to run the option a little bit. Melder plays on defense, so that forced him to go both ways.

“Hopefully, Reed can handle the quarterback chores, and we won’t have to mess with our defense. We can keep him (Melder) over there.”

Without Ferguson, the Panthers’ offense, for the most part, went back to a two tight end set against Central, but the handful of times they did go with a split end, tight end Jack Teague lined up at the position, and Malham said he’ll likely continue to do the same when the Panthers go to that formation.

Without Ferguson at safety, Malham said they’ll likely move one of their linebackers into the secondary and make adjustments from there.

As for Mountain Home, on offense, the Bombers have struggled to find an identity, as Malham said they’ll line up in several different formations.

“They’ve done a lot of things,” Malham said. “They’ve done more things than we need to work on. They’ve been in a Double Wing, a Stack I, the Triple I, then they’ve been in Spread stuff. They’re still searching, I think.

“We just need to go down there and play our base defense and play strong, and hopefully we can take care of the ball on offense.”

Defensively, the Bombers base out of a 4-3, but Malham says his offense might see more of a stacked front on Friday night.

“I don’t know,” Malham said. “We don’t usually see many four fronts with what we do. Those four fronts become five- or six-man fronts really quick against us.

“We just need to keep working on the same things we work on every week, and hopefully our kids know we’ve been through all kinds of fronts. So they should be able to make the right calls and get the right schemes going.”

SPORTS STORY >> Jacksonville hosts Falcons

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The gauntlet is run, but there’s no room for relaxation for the Jacksonville Red Devils. The team has faced the 5A Central’s top three preseason teams in a row the last three weeks, and now gets ready to host North Pulaski in the hometown rivalry game – a game that will almost certainly end the playoff hopes of the loser.

Each team enters the game with less-than-impressive 1-6 records, and both teams are 1-3 in conference play and mixed up in a three-way tie for fifth place in the conference.

Jacksonville coach Barry Hickingbotham, however, thinks both teams are better than their records indicate.

“They have some good players and at times have looked like a quality football team,” said Hickingbotham. “And I know those kids will be extremely excited. They’ll bring another level and we’re going to have to try to match it.

Jacksonville has some players nursing some injuries. Seniors Zac Watkins and Keilen Richardson will know Thursday if they’re able to play on Friday. North Pulaski has no new injuries, but will still be without running back Kalise Vines and lineman Tracy Reed. Lineman Keaton Nichols should return for Friday’s game.

Both teams suffered blowout losses last week to the two teams leading the conference, Jacksonville losing 55-7 at Pulaski Academy and North Pulaski falling 56-6 at Sylvan Hills.

Despite the bad loss and record, Hickingbotham likes the way his team has responded.

“I think North Pulaski is a little bit better than their record shows, and I think that’s how we are,” Hickingbotham said. “We don’t practice like a 1-6 team. Monday the kids started a little slow, but we got a spark and took off from there. We (the coaches) were talking about the character of these kids after practice. They were getting after it and that says a lot about their character compared to what it’s been in the past – because I’ve seen it the other way.”

The Red Devils will get back to trying to re-establish their run game, but has to improve its blocking in order to do so. After good showings in close losses to Beebe and Sylvan Hills, the Red Devils produced very little offense against Pulaski Academy.

“We made some progress blocking and then it seemed like we went backwards,” Hickingbotham said. “That’s frustrating and that’s what we’re talking about this week. We’re going back to the details. We have to tackle better, wrap up when tackling, and take the right steps when blocking people.”

North Pulaski has struggled to get its offense going in many games, but has shown good defense at times. The Falcons’ linebackers are a particular concern for Hickingbotham.

“Number 40 (Brady Rhodes) is definitely a guy we’ve got to be looking for and knowing where he’s at all times. He’ll hit you. You put him beside 24 (Kilian Oelrich) and they’ll smack you. Forty reminds me of that safety from Benton we played. He’s just always around the football.

“We’ve shown the kids film and I think they realize this is a football team with some quality players and the ability to play better than they have so far. We expect to get their best and we have to be ready for it. We can’t afford to lose another one and expect to make the playoffs.”

EDITORIAL: Top award for 19th AW

The Air Force Historical Foundation recently presented its James H. Doolittle Award to the 19th Airlift Wing for its contribution to airpower for more than 80 years. It’s an amazing history from the early decades of air combat to the modern era.

In making the award, the foundation noted that the 19th Airlift Wing “has displayed gallantry, determination, and esprit de corps while accomplishing its mission under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions in multiple conflicts, and thus has made a sustained, significant contribution to Air Force history.”

The 19th AW, also known as the Black Knights, arrived at Little Rock Air Force Base in 2008 and flies the all-new C-130Js in the Global War on Terror. It is the largest C-130 wing in the world and is part of Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Air Force Base.

Col. Patrick Rhatigan, commander of the 19th AW, along with Command Chief Master Sgt. Rhonda Buening, accepted the award in Arlington, Va. Also attending were Brig. Gen. Gregory Otey, former 19th AW commander, Sens. Jane English (R-North Little Rock) and Eddie Joe Williams (R-Cabot), Jacksonville Mayor Gary Fletcher and others.

“To be recognized with an award named after one of the most innovative and courageous airmen in the history of flight is truly an honor,” Rhatigan said at the ceremony. “The story of the 19th is not about the aircraft or the missions they’ve accomplished. The story of the 19th is a story about airmen — airmen who are the foundation of our success, then and now.

The 19th has flown bombers during the Second World War, Cold War, Korea, the Cuban missile crisis, as well as in Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf and then was re-formed as the host wing at Little Rock Air Force Base.

The 19th AW has flown, fought and won with the motto: “In Alis Vincimus”— “On wings we conquer.”

One of the most decorated groups in the U.S. military, the 19th AW has been making military history since 1927, when it started out as the 19th Observation Group, one of 15 original combat air groups in the Army. It became the 19th Bomb Group in 1932. In 1941, the group moved its 35 B-17 Flying Fortresses to Clark Field in the Philippines in 1941.

On Dec. 8, 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor, the Japanese carried out a surprise attack on Clark Field, destroying all the 16 B-17s on the ground. The group had 16 planes left and led the attack on the Japanese fleet near the Philippines, Japanese-controlled Formosa, the Dutch East Indies and Papua New Guinea. In 1944, the 19th was re-equipped with the B-29 Super fortress and led the attack on Tokyo in February 1945.

During the Korean War, B-29s bombed North Korea and were later absorbed into Strategic Air Command. The planes were on constant alert during the Cold War, ready to attack the Soviet Union.

The 19th made several moves over the next decades and evolved into the 19th Refueling Wing, setting distance records for the longest flights without refueling. The wing continues its missions to Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East, with several hundred airmen deployed overseas since 9/11.

Six years ago, the 19th Airlift Wing found a new — and we hope, permanent — home at Little Rock Air Force Base. As noted in the citation that accompanied the Doolittle Award, the wing continues its tradition of gallantry as it carries out its many missions in often hostile environments.

We salute the Black Knights of the 19th Airlift Wing, along with their partners, the 314th Airlift Wing, the Air National Guard’s 189th Airlift Wing and the Air Reserves’ 913th Airlift Group.

May they remain a beacon of hope and a symbol of freedom around the world for at least the next 87 years.

TOP STORY >> Is a life worth a million dollars?

Leader editor-in-chief

Almost half the parolees in Arkansas who serve a fraction of their sentences commit more crimes soon after they’re freed.

About two dozen parolees have been charged with murder this year, according to the Department of Correction. Victims’ families know their loved ones would be alive today if parolees like James Michael Davis and Arron Lewis had stayed in prison longer.

More than 22,400 parolees are out on the streets in Arkansas right now, often serving as little as one-sixth of their sentence.

Even Dina Tyler, the longtime prison spokeswoman, finds that frightening.

“That’s a scary thought,” she said after we asked her to look up the number of parolees in the state.

“No one is watching them as they’re wandering off from Supermax,” she said, referring to the high-security Varner Unit.

They’re on their own once they go free. The recidivism rate is 40 percent — almost 9,000 parolees will eventually return to prison. Some of them will be petty criminals all their lives, while others will turn into murderers and rapists and armed robbers.

Tyler told us 23 parolees have been charged with murder this year, including Lewis, 33, who is accused of killing a realtor last month, and Davis, 39, who killed a couple near Cabot last year.

Davis was recently found guilty and given two life sentences without the possibility of parole. Tyler said he won’t hurt anyone outside prison again.

Those 23 accused murderers may represent a small number of parolees, but that’s two murders a month, hundreds of victims every decade.

How much is a life worth? Sure, taxes would go up if Arkansas spent $100 million more on prisons, but are those victims’ lives not worth at least $1 million each?

Earlier this year, one parolee in Little Rock allegedly killed a man during a holdup 32 hours after the thug was released from prison.

Over the weekend, a Little Rock man was killed in a home invasion in the Hillcrest neighborhood.

Wesley Wooley III was charged Tuesday for that murder. He was placed on probation just last month for drugs, drug paraphernalia, fleeing and weapons possession.

Let’s do the math: Tyler says, for certain crimes, a prisoner will serve one third of his sentence. But, under the prison emergency act to ease overcrowding, that sentence often becomes one half of one third, or one-sixth of the original sentence.

In 2010, Davis, of Conway was sentenced to 96 months in state prison but served just 10 months for residential burglary, theft of property, forgery, possession of a firearm by a felon and criminal mischief.

Davis served his sentence concurrently, and, with good behavior, an eight-year sentence dropped to less than a year.

A few months later, Charles Smith and Tracey Mills invited Davis to live at their triplex on Charles Drive off North Stagecoach Road on Hwy. 38 between Cabot and Ward.

Lewis, who was from Gravel Ridge, is back in prison, accused of killing Beverly Carter of Scott. He had been convicted of crimes in northwest Arkansas, Kansas City and Utah as far back as 1998. He was only 17 when he was convicted of first-degree robbery.

He was also convicted of interstate commerce of a stolen vehicle in 2003, aggravated assault on an officer in 2007, deactivating an anti-theft device in 2008, along with three counts of theft.

Lewis was paroled in August 2013, 13 months before he allegedly met Carter at a house she was showing in Scott. Her body was discovered in a shallow grave near Cabot on Sept. 30, a few days after her disappearance.

Lonoke County Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Graham says, “Almost everyone we deal with is on parole. People are surprised when they find out how little time these parolees serve in prison.

“You can’t put anyone in prison in Arkansas without letting someone out,” Graham said. “It’s a revolving door. Obviously, they’ll let people out who will cause trouble.

“We’re limited with only so many jail beds,” he continued.

Graham also advocates more training for parolees before they leave prison so they can find jobs. That will take more money, of course.

The big talkers in the legislature who say our parole system is broken should figure out how much it would cost to keep more prisoners behind bars and train them for a better future when they get out.

The parole board this week voted to require a quorum before it can consider parole applications. It’s a start, but Arkansas is a long way from having a system that protects the innocent.

Just ask the families of Beverly Carter, Charles Smith, Tracey Mills and others.

TOP STORY >> Issues for trio key to victory

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Answering a second round of questions from The Leader, the candidates in the Sherwood mayor’s race — Mayor Virginia Hillman, Don Berry and Doris Anderson — shared their thoughts on a new library, establishing a standalone school district, economic development and more.

About the Nov. 4 vote on a proposed 1.3-mill increase — roughly $200 per year for

the owner of a $150,000 home — to fund the construction and furnishing of a new library, Hillman said, “It’s a ballot issue. It’s a choice of the public. My vote counts as much as another person’s vote. We all have a vote, and I would encourage people to exercise their vote on it.”

If voters approve the tax for a new library, the mayor continued, the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) would appoint a committee to run public hearings on its design, location and other details. The public would be asked for their input at those hearings, and the city would not administrate that project, she noted.

But Sherwood does have an appointed representative, Mike Berg, on the CALS Board of Trustees, the mayor added.

Hillman also said she wasn’t involved in the council’s decision to move the election from a special election date to the general election date.

The current Amy Sanders Library, built in 1989, has not room to expand, doesn’t have enough parking and has run out of room for children’s programs, the mayor continued.

While the city owns the building and pays its utilities, CALS furnishes the library and pays the staff’s salaries, she said.

Hillman continued, “There’s a possibility that (CALS) may not continue, in the future, maintaining our library, if we’re not willing to make improvements to the building…We’re getting a very good service for our citizens with CALS operating that library, and we are not financially able to operate our own library in the manner that they do. Those are just some things to consider, not a scare tactic.”

Berry said he was pleased with the date of the election being moved.

But, he noted, “Like nearly every single private citizen of Sherwood, I have no idea what the library envisioned by CALS and our library proponents will be like or where it will be.”

Berry said he fears twice as much will be spent on a library that is just like the one in Jacksonville. “We need to be creating an attraction that makes Sherwood a destination. We need to be raising the bar,” he said.

The candidate questioned whether citizens want more than a library, such as a knowledge and technology center that ties a CALS-operated library into a site that shares space with local middle, high and vocational school programs.

He also wondered if the city could partner with the Museum of Discovery to have an attraction that includes interactive learning exhibits.

Anderson said she is opposed to the current city administration’s effort to increase property taxes and real estate taxes as a way to fund facilities and infrastructure.

“There are urgent needs and issues that the city should address, and priorities must be set. An unbiased citizen survey would reveal issues that matter most to the people of Sherwood, and that should direct the city’s actions. Ask the people what they want,” she concluded.


All of the candidates support the Sherwood Public Education Foundation’s effort to break away from the Pulaski County Special School District and form a standalone school district.

Hillman said she had been involved since the get-go, attending every meeting of the foundation’s committee.

She said the foundation had already acquired a feasibility study showing it’s financially feasible for Sherwood to have its own school district and that the city detaching would not significantly impact the racial balance of PCSSD.

The federal desegregation case settlement approved by all parties in January allowed Jacksonville, which had been pushing to detach for 30 plus years, to break away from PCSSD. But it halted other detachments until after PCSSD is declared unitary — desegregated.

Now that Jacksonville has voted to detach, Sherwood faces another obstacle. A state law requires that the school district being detached from have at least 15,000 students.

PCSSD won’t have that when Jacksonville takes up to 4,500. Any proposed school district must have an enrollment of at least 4,000 to detach.

But supporters of a Sherwood school district have approached legislators to amend the law to allow their detachment after PCSSD is declared unitary.

Hillman said, “We’re going to continue working. We are closer than we’ve ever been. Now, we’re still a ways off, but we’ve made great progress.”

She has a lot of faith in the foundation’s diverse, appointed committee and its co-chairs, former PCSSD administrators and teachers Linda Remele and Beverly Williams.

Hillman also emphasized the importance of being involved in schools now.

“I have had a lot of educators comment to me that they appreciate the support that I have, that I give to the public school system,” she said.

The mayor volunteers at Cato Elementary School on Wednesday mornings, reading to kids as part of the Our Kids Read tutoring program.

Hillman added that she has encouraged city employees to spend one hour per week volunteering at local schools. “In my time here at the city, our chamber has also become more involved. We’ve all become involved in education, and I’d like to think I’ve had a part in that. Good schools make good business and vice versa.”

Berry agreed. He said, “The No. 1 determinant to a viable and economically growing community is for that community to have local control of its public school system.”

Berry said he has said that since 2007 and supports the following:

 The foundation’s first objective of working within the plan for PCSSD to achieve unitary status.

 The Jacksonville/north Pulaski community’s campaign to begin its school district.

 The foundation selecting interim school board candidates, vetting them through aldermen and working directly with the next governor and the state Education Department to make sure the candidates are appointed when the time comes.

 That interim board shadowing the Jacksonville/north Pulaski interim school board to “school themselves on the issues Sherwood will encounter next.”

Berry continued, “We have much work ahead of us to get to that great day when we have local control, but that day will be here sooner than we expect. That’s when the really hard work begins, but the reward to our community, to our school system staff and to our future — our children — will be justifiably achieved.”

Anderson said, “I support local control of schools, and would support a Sherwood school district.”


Hillman said, during her term, the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce and the city worked in collaboration to hire an economic developer. “That partnership is working very well for the city. I think that is very evident.”

In the last few years, new businesses that have come to Sherwood include, but are not limited to, Custom Aircraft Cabinets, TeleTech, CVS Pharmacy, Mapco, Buffalo Wild Wings, On The Border and Ace Hardware.

A Harp’s grocery store is slated for Gravel Ridge and there is a new 5,300-square-foot retail at the North Hills Shopping Center, and Whit Davis is opening a store on Brockington Road.

The mayor continued, “We are positioned for growth. We have a lot of undeveloped property to the north that is very attractive for growth.”
She noted that the first phase of a residential development near Oakdale and Brockington roads includes more than 80 homes with the project eventually slated to bring more than 800 homes.

That development will include a 10-to 15-acre park with a fishing lake that developers have agreed to donate to the city, Hillman said.

She also touted work that is underway to build a park in Gravel Ridge on Glade Road off North Valley Drive, which intersects with Jacksonville Cutoff.

Hillman said the property was eventually donated and the city didn’t have to pay back taxes on it. Getting that deal was a long process, she noted.

The mayor also said the city has received a $30,000 grant to build the park. Workers were installing playground equipment there a few weeks ago.

And another park is underway at the Stonehill Subdivision off Brockington, Hillman added.

Berry said, “The most critical component of economic development is in having a quality, trained, technologically-oriented workforce available. I don’t support enticing businesses to an area with tax breaks or other financial perks.

“If we have money to spend as a city or region, we need to focus on our young people and attracting young people from elsewhere to come here for the opportunity we provide them,” Berry said.

The candidate said that starts with strengthening the school system to produce high-quality graduates.

Berry continued, “Sherwood has the oldest demographic in central Arkansas. We need to change that, not only to grow, but to protect the future of our existing citizens and their property values.”
He would like to see technology, information technology and aerospace companies in Sherwood in addition to other light industry.

“We don’t need to import all our businesses. Our smart people here, our new graduates, can be the innovators and incubators of our future growth,” the candidate said.

Anderson said, “Sherwood has outstanding opportunities for growth and development. The economic development partnership with the chamber should be continued.

“A strong alliance with regional and state partners would increase visibility of Sherwood as a strong candidate for prospective businesses, employers and developers. Markets, restaurants, hotels and destination shopping centers are needed the meet the expectations of today’s consumers.”


Hillman said, “One of the greatest strengths that we have is our potential for growth. Our new motto is ‘close to the action, far from the noise.’ We are an attractive option for people.”

She counted the implementation of automated trash pickup and curbside recycling among the accomplishments of her administration. The mayor noted that the trash trucks would be paid off this month or next month.

Hillman also said the city hired more police officers, adjusted their salaries to better compete with other agencies, increased the percentage of streets being overlaid and annexed Gravel Ridge with 73 percent of its residents voting to join Sherwood instead of Jacksonville.

The mayor was also proud to announce that the Fraternal Order of Police, an organization that usually does not endorse candidates, has endorsed her.

Hillman then touted the Roundtop filling station restoration project, an effort funded mostly by grants and donations.

Berry said, “Sherwood’s main strengths are its people, its location and its untapped resource – land.”

Anderson said, “Citizens and city employees are the strongest advocates for Sherwood, and the city’s most valuable assets.”

She continued, “Sherwood has a strong sense of pride, community and volunteerism; and we should capitalize on that.

“Sherwood citizens give thousands of dollars and hundreds of volunteer hours to charitable efforts because they care. Community spirit and fellowship run deep. Sherwood firefighters are overwhelmed by support during their ‘fill the boot’ efforts for MDA and ALS,” Anderson said.


Hillman said, “We have always been…very dependent on sales tax.”

The mayor said the city should diversify its revenue streams.

She touted the council’s recent vote to levy franchise fees on utility companies and said bringing in more new businesses would help.

Another option for Sherwood would be to charge more for services. But, the mayor said, “There’s got to be a balance between what they cost and what people can pay.”

Hillman concluded, “We’ve done well with what we have.”

Berry said, “(The city’s) weakness is a malaise brought about by a perspective that we are just a bedroom community. Leadership has let opportunities pass, such as the North Belt and not taking the lead on establishing an independent school system sooner.

“We cannot be a follower any longer. Sherwood must lead, and we have the talent and the room to grow to be the top destination for business and residential growth north of the river.”

Anderson said, “The salaries of city employees should be reviewed and compared to other communities. Adjustments for competitive salaries to keep trained and experienced employees may be necessary.

“The loss of police officers and other city employees to other cities and counties for better pay and benefits is detrimental to the city.”


Hillman said, “The mayor’s job, part of it, is the day-to-day operations of the city.”

She noted that Sherwood has very capable employees and department heads.

The mayor said, “We are the touch point” for citizens to have their needs addressed.

She said, “That’s what we’re here for.”

Hillman also said discussion of impact fees ended in January 2012, when the council tabled indefinitely the ordinance adopting them.

Berry said impact fees are charged to developers for the capital infrastructure needs that the city and citizens would have to pay for otherwise.

The candidate said that makes sense to him but continued, “Is there an adverse impact of these fees making Sherwood developments more costly? Perhaps, but consider this: If developments come with functioning attractions in a community well designed and a city resourcing itself to grow and become stronger for all citizens, including those in mature Sherwood and developing Sherwood, that is a good story to be telling businesses that consider moving here.”

He also said the city should consider all aspects of how impact fees may help Sherwood grow without burdening residents or funds being pulled from existing programs to pay for new infrastructure.

One of Berry’s final thoughts were that leaders must listen.

The candidate said he would obey the law, uphold ordinances, integrate the fire districts into a city program and serve as Sherwood’s “freedom of information officer.”

Anderson doesn’t support impact fees because they increase the prices of houses and development and are passed on to new homeowners. “Keeping home prices affordable and competitive with other communities is important in helping Sherwood to continue to grow,” she said.

Anderson continued, “A safe city is the No. 1 priority of every city. Without a safe city, you do not have neighborhoods where people want to live, work, shop and participate in community activities.”

She said, “There are infrastructure needs that must be addressed. Road repairs, drainage issues, added sidewalks, curbs and gutters, city beautification and parks and recreation are some areas that should be addressed through budgeted and planned programs.”

The candidate noted, “Basic needs must always be addressed first. The city has spent thousands of dollars on master plans, and these need to be reviewed to move forward with some of the recommendations in those plans. Master plans should help guide the city to address other deficiencies.”

Anderson said every department head should give an oral report at each council meeting and city offices should be open for business at times that are convenient for citizens.

Sherwood should also publish a directory on its website and make online services available so that businesses and residents can interact with the city government, Anderson said.

She concluded, “People need access to city leaders. We all should communicate and work together for Sherwood.”

TOP STORY >> Fletcher, Sipes: They both won

Leader staff writer

“My supporters think I won the debate,” said Jacksonville mayoral candidate Gary Sipes, the city’s former police chief, “And I’m sure the mayor’s supporters think he won.”

Both Sipes and Mayor Gary Fletcher were asked about their thoughts on the one and only debate between the two candidates held last week at the community center.

The mayor said that, overall, he was pleased. “I received really good feedback. People said I did better than I thought I did,” Fletcher said.

“Personally, I felt hampered by the time restraints. There just wasn’t time to respond back to claims made,” Fletcher said. “I would have liked it if we had had another minute each to respond. Time goes by quickly up there on stage. But we both agreed to the rules of the debate.”

Sipes agreed, saying there was a lot that didn’t get said. “But overall, the debate went well.”

The challenger said it was his first debate. “I’m not a politician, and I’m very critical of myself. I wish I had some prior training in debating.”

He went on to say that there were some distractions. “It’s a shame some acted like children,” Sipes, said, referring to certain audience members, not Fletcher. “The mayor and I are not arch enemies.”

Sipes continued, “I tried hard to stick to the points.”

Fletcher would have liked to have had more time to respond to Sipes’ claim that the city was $12 million in debt.

“The city is financially sound. Cities go into debt to accomplish projects and then pay off the debt.” The mayor likened it to most people who go into debt to buy a house and then pay it off. “Why is that OK for the individual, but not the city?”

Fletcher said part of the $12 million debt includes the library, which is being paid off by a tax voted on by the residents. And the cost of the new automated garbage trucks and containers are being paid off with the rates, he said.

Fletcher said that leaves the shooting range, the new radio system (required by the state) and the public safety building.

He added that the total indebtness of the city may be $12 million, but Cabot is at $39 million and Fort Smith is at $30 million. “I don’t know of a city that is trying to grow that is not in debt. We are investing in the city.”

One point Sipes has made that he didn’t make during the debate is that the mayor has been in city politics for 36 years. “It’s time for a change,” the former police chief said, adding, “We’ve got to be able to say no when we don’t have the money.”

Sipes said he wanted to make it clear that he would have public hearings to give citizens opportunities to voice their opinions.

With early voting starting, both candidates have supporters and signs out near the community center, the city’s site for early voting through Friday, Oct. 31. Residents may also early vote at the Pulaski County Administration Building in downtown Little Rock.

Sipes said there are still a number of events he will be attending and speaking at, plus he’s going door to door.

Fletcher is doing likewise. “Unfortunately, I’m not knocking on as many doors as I’d like. I don’t have the luxury of that time because I’ve got a job to do. I’ve been the mayor for five years now, and people know if I’m doing a good job.”

Saturday, October 18, 2014

SPORTS STORY >> PA Bruins roll over Red Devils in first half

Leader sports editor

The Jacksonville football team had no answer for the precision Pulaski Academy offense on Friday, but the gauntlet is run. In their third-consecutive game against one of the three preseason favorites in the 5A Central, the Red Devils fell hard 55-7 to the Bruins in West Little Rock.

Jacksonville was trying to bounce back after a second-consecutive heartbreaking loss after losing by less than a score to Beebe and Sylvan Hills in back-to-back weeks. But there wasn’t much bounce left.

The Bruins dominated every facet of the game, piling up 445 total yards to just 180 for Jacksonville. The Red Devils’ usual strong running game was held to 30 yards on the ground when negative plays were counted. Senior tailback Lamont Gause, who has gone over 110 yards the last two games, was held to 48 yards on 14 carries by Pulaski Academy’s defense

Jacksonville got 150 yards through the air. Junior quarterback Brandon Hickingbotham completed 9 of 19 pass attempts for 69 yards. Sophomore Rowdy Weathers took over late in the game and provided a lift. He completed 6 of 7 attempts for 81 yards on the game’s final drive that stalled when time expired.

The Bruins ran up 399 of their total yards and all 55 of their points in the first half. Failed extra points followed the first two touchdowns. PA covered the third onside kick and scored on the very next play. This time the extra point was good, making it 19-0 with six minutes left in the first quarter.

Jacksonville’s Keilen Richardson fielded the ensuing onside kick and returned it to the Bruins’ 26, setting up Jacksonville’s only score.

On third and 6, Hickingbotham hit Gause for 13 yards. Two plays later, Gause carried 6 yards for the score. John Herrmann’s extra point made it 19-7 with 11:54 left in the opening half.

The Bruins returned the ensuing kickoff all the way to the Jacksonville 16, and scored three plays later on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Will Hefley to Tre Bruce. The two-point conversion was also by Bruce, making it 27-7 with 11:10 left in the half.

PA got another onside kick and scored on the first play, making it 34-7 with 11 minutes left in the half.

The Bruins kicked deep from that point on, and all subsequent kickoffs went into the end zone. Jacksonville went backwards 16 yards after a high snap and a penalty, and punted from its own 3.

PA started its next drive at the 46, and scored on two carries by Bruce to make it 41-7.

Jacksonville again went backwards with a run for -2 yards and consecutive intentional grounding penalties. The Bruins started at their 43 after a huge punt by Herrmann, and scored in seven plays to make it 48-7 with three minutes remaining in the first half.

Jacksonville turned it over on downs in four plays, and PA set the final margin with a one-play, 28-yard drive.

The Bruins, 6-1, 4-0, host Mills next week while Jacksonville, 1-6, 1-2, hosts North Pulaski.

SPORTS STORY >> Defense lifts Badgers

Special to The Leader

Compared to last week, it was a gorgeous night for football as the Beebe Badgers traveled to Wilbur D. Mills Stadium Friday night to face the Mills University Studies Comets. Each team entered the contest 1-2 in 5A Central Conference play and hoped to even that record to stay in the play-off race.

It was the Badgers that ended the night with a hard fought 21-7 victory to go 2-2 in conference play and 2-5 overall. Mills fell to 1-3 and 2-5 overall.

“The defense played great,” said Beebe head coach John Shannon. “That’s three weeks in a row our defense has really stepped it up. I’m so proud of those guys. The offense has got to be able to punch it in when we have opportunities, and we didn’t do that tonight and let them hang around and hang around. But (the defense) kept stepping up. Offensively, we ran the football and we pounded and grounded and were able to squeak out enough points to get us a good victory tonight.”

The Beebe offense had a total of 289 yards, while the defense held the Comets to 165 yards, 84 of those on one pop when Mills scored their only touchdown. Tripp Smith led the Badgers with 138 yards rushing and one touchdown, while Clayton Meurer and Jovaughn Wyrick had 68 yards and one touchdown each. Calen Peters had 122 yards for Mills, including the 84-yard touchdown scamper.

Beebe received the opening kick off, and Meurer returned it to the Badger 36-yard line. With Aaron Nunez in the game at quarterback, Smith ran for 13 yards on first down, but the Comets then forced a punt. Mills gave the ball right back as the punt was fumbled and recovered by Beebe’s Reese Anders on the Mills 26-yard line. On third and one, Smith picked up nine yards to the 8-yard line, and Meurer carried the ball from there for the touchdown. Tyler Jones added the extra point for a 7-0 Badger lead with 6:38 to go in the first quarter.

The lead did not last long as Peters took the ball the other way 84 yards on the first play from scrimmage for the touchdown. Nathan Millsap’s extra point was good for the 7-7 tie with 6:12 to go in the quarter.

Meurer returned the kick off to the 37-yard line this time, and with Justin Burlison at quarterback this drive, the Badgers marched down the field on a 13-play drive. On first and goal from the 5, Smith ran the ball into the end zone for the score. Jones’ PAT made the score 14-7 with 0:13 to go in the first quarter.

Mills got the ball for only their second possession on their own 28-yard line. The Comets moved the ball to the Beebe 40-yard line before a fumble occurred, and Hunter King recovered for the Badgers.

With Nunez back leading the way, Beebe picked up three first downs and drove to the Comet 17-yard line, but was unable to convert on fourth down and turned the ball over to the home team.

After forcing a Comet short punt, the Badger offense was on the Mills 36-yard line. Again, the ball went over on downs as Beebe was unable to take advantage of the field position and the first half ended with the 14-7 Badger lead.

Beebe’s first possession of the second half again came as a result of a short Mills punt and began on the Mills 48-yard line. This time the offense moved all the way to the 1-yard line and turned the ball over on a fumble with first and goal.

The Badger defense held again and forced another short punt from the end zone that gave the offense the ball on the Comet 25-yard line. Again Beebe could not take advantage and turned the ball over on downs.

Peters had a 10-yard gain for the Comets, but then was tackled in the backfield for a 17- yard loss by Dusty Grier. On fourth and 23, Mills quarterback Kwan Armond was almost intercepted, but instead the Comets were forced to punt.

The Badger offense had moved from their own 47-yard line to the Mills 42, when Wyrick broke free and took the ball all the way from there for the touchdown. Jones again added the extra point and set the final score at 21-7 with 6:57 to go in the contest.

The Comets Armond had completed a 30-yard pass to Allen Murphy to move the ball to the Beebe 32-yard line, but when Armond attempted a pass to the end zone, it was intercepted by Meurer for the touchback to end the threat.

Mills had one more opportunity, but on fourth and 7, Jesse Crisco tackled Armond for a 3-yard loss, giving the ball over to the Badgers.

Beebe will host the LR J.A. Fair War Eagles next Friday night at Bro Erwin Stadium.

SPORTS STORY >> Beebe breezes by Sylvan Hills

Leader sports editor

The Lady Badgers’ volleyball team continued its march towards its first conference championship on Thursday, beating Sylvan Hills 3-0 in a match that held significant playoff implications. Entering the match at Badger Arena, Beebe held a one-game lead on the Lady Bears in the 5A-Central standings.

The results keep Beebe in a first-place tie with Pulaski Academy, with whom it has the tiebreaker for the No. 1 seed, and assures Sylvan Hills of third place and a three seed, regardless of how the rest of the season plays out.

“We’re third now,” said Sylvan Hills coach Harold Treadway. “It’s disappointing how this match went, but we just have to move forward trying to improve for the state tournament.”

All three games were very competitive to about the halfway point. In all three, Beebe went on long runs to pull away. Scores in the match were 25-14, 25-15 and 25-15.

It will be Beebe’s second trip to the state tournament, and first for everyone on this team.

“We’re excited to go,” said Beebe coach Ashley Camp. “Hopefully we’ll keep it going and enter the tournament with a lot of confidence and keep playing well.”

Service points were hard to come by early on in each game. Beebe led 6-2 before Sylvan Hills scored five straight points, including three kills by senior Brooke Rainey. Neither team scored another point on serve until Beebe’s Destiny Nunez hit an ace for a 12-11 Lady Badger lead. That was the beginning of the end in game one. Nunez continued serving for another nine points and a 21-11 lead, though there were no more aces. Several long rallies ensued during the run, but all fell Beebe’s way.

“They were just a little more consistent than we were,” Treadway said. “The first time we played them they beat us 3-1, but I don’t think they beat us as much as we beat ourselves. This time they beat us. They were able to keep those rallies going. Someone is going to make a mistake eventually and they were more consistent than we were.”

In game two, neither team led by more than one point until a kill by Jerra Malone gave the Lady Badgers a 10-8 lead. Sylvan Hills answered with two points to tie it again and it went back and forth until 12-12. Trailing 10-12, Sylvan Hills’ Karley Walton got a kill to break serve, then aced the Lady Badgers to tie it up. After Beebe broke serve, the home team scored four points on serve, three of which were unforced errors by Sylvan Hills. Sylvan Hills rallied again to pull within two points at 17-15, but scored no more.

Malone got a kill to stop the rally, then served up back-to-back aces to start a seven-point rally to end the game 25-15.

Game three went much the same as the first two. Beebe led 19-15 when Abby Smith hit a service streak and closed the match with an ace.

Rainey led all players with 13 kills and added four digs. Jamia Willis had seven digs for Sylvan Hills to lead in that category. Malone led Beebe with 12 kills and four aces. Abby Hogue added seven kills for the Lady Badgers while Paige Smith led all players with eight digs. Nunez scored a game-high 14 points on serve with two aces.

SPORTS STORY >> Bears rout Falcons

Leader sports editor

The Sylvan Hills Bears had little trouble with their homecoming opponent on Friday, beating North Pulaski 56-6 in front of a nearly entirely pink crowd at Blackwood Field in Sherwood.

The Bears scored on six of their seven drives in the first half to take a 42-0 lead into intermission. The Falcons had some success offensively but couldn’t sustain it. They had three drives of seven plays or more and picked up seven first downs in the first half, but plays for negative yardage or penalties always helped thwart promising drives.

The Falcons’ first drive wasn’t one of the good ones. The Bears held their visitors to three and out and took over after a short punt at their own 41-yard line. It was the home team’s longest drive of the half in terms of number of plays. After two plays, Sylvan Hills faced third and 2, but got 18 yards on a carry by running back Fred Williams. That set up first down at the Falcons’ 34.

Quarterback Tra Doss hit Marlon Clemmons for 12 yards on first down. Two plays later he hit receiver Nathan Thomas for 9 yards to set up first down at the 12. On the next play, Williams took the handoff up the middle for the game’s first score. Zac Brown hit the extra point to make it 7-0 with 8:16 left in the opening quarter.

The Falcons took over at their own 28 and put together a nine-play drive, but failed to convert a fourth and 4 on the Sylvan Hills 35 and turned it over on downs.

On the very next play, Doss hit Thomas, who was lined up in the slot, on the post pattern on the right seam for 65 yards and another score with 4:23 left in the first period.

North Pulaski then drove seven plays to the Bears’ 45-yard line, but went backwards 13 yards from there and punted.

Sylvan Hills took over on its own 28. After an incomplete pass, Doss hit Thomas again for 12 yards, handed off to Williams for 11, then pitched to Clemmons, who kept around the right side and raced 49 yards down the home sideline to make it 21-0 with 52 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Falcons got one first down on the next drive but was forced to punt after two incomplete passes and a 5-yard scramble by quarterback Michael Barnes.

The Falcons’ defense held the Bears when they went for it on fourth and 7 from their own 26, but the NP offense responded with its worst drive of the game. Sylvan Hills’ defensive end Tyler Davis sacked Barnes for a 7-yard loss on first down.

Barnes then hit Michael Bush for a 7-yard gain to make it third and 10, but Elijah Sowards got a sack for -11 yards and the Falcons’ punted from the Bears’ 36. The punt went into the end zone and the Bears started the next drive from the 20.

This time it took five plays to score. Clemmons got 37 yards on two of the first three plays. Doss kept for 18 then hit Clemmons on a 26-yard screen pass for a touchdown. The extra point made it 28-0 with 5:02 left in the half.

North Pulaski got one first down on the next drive, but lost 5 yards from there and punted again. Thomas caught the punt at the 10-yard line, and returned it 52 yards to the Falcons’ 38. On the very next play, Doss hit Sowards down the left seam for the fifth touchdown and a 35-0 Sylvan Hills lead with 2:05 remaining in the first half.

The Falcons then fumbled the ball away on the first possession of the ensuing drive, and Sylvan Hills answered with its third one-play drive of the game. This time Doss kept for 13 yards and the score to send the game to halftime with the Bears leading 42-0.

Sylvan Hills got the ball to start the second half and Clemmons took a screen pass 58 yards for another score with 10 minutes left in the third quarter.

North Pulaski drove six plays and punted on fourth and 2, and it was the Bears’ backups turn to get on the board. Sophomore Jordan Washington went under center for the Bears and picked up 9 yards on a busted play on first down. Andre Collins and Thomas moved to running back. Collins picked up 6 yards on two carries and Thomas gained 13 for a first down.

Collins then took a handoff up the middle 24 yards to the Falcon 14. A 4-yard Collins run and an illegal procedure penalty put it at the 15, and Washington took it in from the 15 on the next play to make it 56-0 with 10:12 left in the game.

North Pulaski took over after a nice return by Dontrell Allen at its own 40. From there, the Falcons drove 60 yards in 11 plays with the help of a pass interference penalty, and finally got on the board when Myles Hunter plunged 1 yard for the score as the buzzer sounded. The untimed extra point was blocked to set the final margin.

The Bears finished with 502 yards of offense. Doss completed 10 of 13 pass attempts for 221 yards and four touchdowns.

Clemmons carried five times for 104 yards and one touchdown, and caught three passes for 96 yards and two scores. Thomas caught four passes for 87 yards and a score, and carried once for 13. Williams carried six times for 47 yards and a touchdown.

Sylvan Hills, 7-0, 4-0, travels to McClellan next week while North Pulaski stays on the road at Jacksonville.