Wednesday, September 21, 2005

EDITORIAL >> A monument to bad timing

The very official Arkansas Highway Funding Task Force is getting ready to hand the legislature and Gov. Huckabee a plan to borrow $1 billion for a highway-building program. We cannot imagine a greater monument to bad timing.
Had they followed the small stories in the public prints, the members of the task force would know that earlier in the week voters in neighboring Oklahoma voted about 6 to 1 against higher taxes to pay for repairing and replacing bridges and roads. Motorists would have paid four cents more for gasoline and eight cents more for diesel to bring fuel taxes up to Arkansas’ levies. Those little imposts do not compare with the gouging by the oil companies in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, but voters are not known for grasping subtleties.

The Highway Funding Task Force at least had the gumption not to recommend fuel tax increases — not yet, anyway — but it will not be able to find suitable substitutes that will raise $100 million a year in new revenue, the approximate amount that will be needed to amortize a $1 billion debt.

One of its options has merit: a graduated tax on heavy commercial trucks. The 18-wheelers carrying 40 tons are the ones tearing up the highways and they do not carry their share of the burden of maintaining roads and bridges.

But the transportation and shipping lobbies have always proven too powerful to tax justly. Ask Bill Clinton, who tried to do it in 1979. The lobby was so powerful, especially in western Arkansas, that he finally capitulated and settled the tax burden instead on the owners of family cars and pickups. The decision defeated him in the next election.

Another proposition, a tire tax, would produce pitifully small sums. Taking a fourth of the sales tax on new vehicles is a nonstarter. It would take nearly $60 million a year away from the public schools, which the Arkansas Supreme Court is apt to say are already woefully underfunded. Repealing the credit on insurance premium taxes will trample on big toes, too. They should forget that option.

Gov. Huckabee has promised to call a special session when the task force produces its report, and the legislators and others on the task force seem to be counting on the Supreme Court to order a new start on paying for a constitutional school system, which would give additional cover for the Huckabee to call a special session.

But the schools are the crisis that begs for the state’s attention.
It would be a recognition of what is right as well as what is politically practical if Gov. Huckabee declared now that in deference to the children there will be no session on highways and that contractors and suppliers must wait for another day.

He might remember not only Oklahoma’s monumental defeat of a highway program but also Gov. Jim Guy Tucker’s similarly lopsided defeat at a highway bond election only months before Huckabee took office in 1996. And Tucker offered a progressive road program in a time of relatively low gasoline prices.

TOP STORY >> Air base still sorting out tons of aid from abroad

Leader staff writer

Through Friday, 36 airplanes from around the world had delivered about 3.5 million pounds of humanitarian relief to Little Rock Air Force Base to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, according Brig. Gen. Kip Self, base commander.

The base serves as the hub for all relief delivered to the U.S. by airplane. From here, it is delivered by commercial truck.

The Defense Department says 94 countries and organizations had delivered or offered aid.
Among the goods delivered were generators from Denmark, school supplies from UNICEF, generators from China, bottled water and detergent from Tunisia, rice from Thailand, blankets from India, baby food from Israel, blankets from Egypt, and tents, medical supplies and food from Russia, according to Lt. Kelly George.
“Our airman have played a vital role in this process and are working hard to provide relief to our Southern neighbors,” Self said.

Offers of aid from countries and organizations have included:
Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria and Azerbaijan; the Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei and Bulgaria.
Also Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus and the Czech Republic.

Others include Denmark, Dji-bouti, Dominica, Dominican Re-public, Ecuador, Egypt, El Sal-vador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia and European Commission.

Also Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala and Guyana; the Holy See, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, International Committee of the Red Cross, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy;
Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazak-hstan, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania and Luxembourg.

Also Macedonia, Malaysia, Mal-dives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Mongolia and Morocco; Namibia, NATO, Nepal, Nether-lands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria and Norway.
Organization of American States, Pan American Health Organization, Pakistan, Palau and the Palestinian Authority;

Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland and Portugal.
Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwan-da, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal and Serbia; Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden and Switzerland.

Also Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad, Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates.
The UN Disaster Assistance and Coordination; UN Food and Agriculture Organization, UN Office of Coordinator for Human-itarian Affairs, UN Habitat, UNICEF.

Also United Kingdom, Uru-guay, Venezuela, Vietnam, World Health Organization, World Food Program and Yemen.

TOP STORY >> Elections for board members Tuesday

Leader staff writer

School board elections across the state are Tuesday and the Beebe School District has the most candidates for one position of schools in The Leader coverage area.

In Beebe, Sherril Strayhorn’s at-large position on the board is up for election. Four people, two men — Herman Blackmon and Johnny Black — and two women — Janet L. Warner and Lucy Mahoney — have filed to run for the seat.
On the Searcy School Board, Phillip R. Williams, incumbent, Position 2, is opposed by Ken Madden.
In the Pulaski County Special School District, Ronnie Calva is running unopposed for the Position 4 seat vacated by Don Baker, who left to work for the U.S. State Department. Jeff Shaneyfelt is running unopposed for his position, which covers the West Little Rock area.

For the Lonoke School Board, Neil Bennett Jr. has no opposition for the Zone 3, Position 6 seat he currently holds.

Jimmy Threet is running unopposed for the Zone 2, Position 1 seat held by Miles Ray Lilly, who is not running again, and Kevin McKenzie is unopposed for the Zone 4, Position 5 seat formerly held by Billy Fletcher, then held by his widow Julia Fletcher

In the Cabot School District, Steven Blackwood, the incumbent in Position 4, drew last-minute opposition from Wendel Msall.

In the Carlisle School District, three of the seven races for are in contention.
Terry McCallie and Samantha Jennings are running for Zone 3; Jeff Daniels and David Herring for Zone 6 and Blake Swears and Kyle Moery for Zone 7.

Running unopposed are: Bryan Oliger in Zone 1; Brian W. Cunningham in Zone 2; Debbie Reid in Zone 4 and Albert E. Kelly in Zone 5.

Two candidates filed in the England School District, Carroll West in Zone 2 and Jason Willard in Zone 3.
If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election will be held Tuesday, Oct. 11.

TOP STORY >> Best guess: 25 more planes

Leader staff writer

Little Rock Air Force Base could receive 25 additional C-130 transport planes and 2,752 new jobs according to the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission recommendations President Bush signed Thursday, a BRAC spokesman said Friday afternoon.

The actual number of planes, which will dictate the number of additional jobs at the base, will be determined by the Air Force, the spokesman said.

Jacksonville Mayor Tommy Swaim said Friday that 25 planes were assigned to the base’s 314th Airlift Wing in the BRAC Commission recommendation, but that the newer planes may simply replace 27 C-130s that the Air Force may deactivate.

“Some can’t fly at all, some are restricted,” Swaim said. “Just because we’re getting some new planes doesn’t mean we’re getting new jobs.”

When the BRAC process first got underway, community leaders wanted to make sure that the base, which has about 5,000 jobs, remained open.

The Defense Department recommended not only leaving the base open, but also moving an additional 77 C-130s and 3,898 jobs to the base.

Elated developers planned expansions to accommodate the growth, and transportation planners began making contingencies aimed at alleviating any new traffic problems that would accompany the new jobs.
But as individual communities lobbied the BRAC Commission, they nipped away at the number of closures and reassignments that would have resulted in the base’s expansion and the community’s windfall.
Now it appears that the 25 planes and 2,752 jobs may be the maximum gain, but Swaim fears there may be no net gain.

“Now that the president has approved the BRAC Commission’s recommendations, I am hopeful details on the impact on Little Rock Air Force Base will be more forthcoming,” Cong. Vic Snyder, D-Little Rock, said Friday.
Changes at Little Rock Air Force Base are a byproduct of action at other bases, the BRAC Commission spokesman said. BRAC commissioners never considered how many people and planes should be added at the base, but that the base was impacted by the BRAC Commission’s actions at other bases.

When the BRAC Commission reversed the Defense Department’s recommendation to close Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, it set off a chain of events preventing about two-dozen more C-130s from being transferred to Little Rock from Dyess Air Force Base in Texas.

The BRAC recommendation, which will become law unless Congress rejects it in the next 45 days, takes a number of C-130s, including 25 from Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina, in a pool from which the Air Force may reassign them at will, the spokesman said.

The BRAC recommendations take planes from Pope, Niagria Air National Guard Base in New York, Reno-Tahoe Air National Guard in Nevada, Schenectady (N.Y.) Air National Guard, Mansfield-Lahm Air National Guard in Ohio, Ellsworth Air Force Base and Gen. Mitchell Air Reserve Station in Milwaukee. These planes are in a pool, which the Air Force may distribute at its discretion.

The planes may be moved to Little Rock where they could replace aircraft already there.
The BRAC process has taken several years and is expected to save $25 billion over the next decade. The Defense Department would have saved more if the commission had not decided to keep several bases open which the Pentagon wanted closed.

TOP STORY >> Private club application pulled

Leader staff writer

There will be no new gentleman’s club or any other type of new private club in Jacksonville — at least for now.
An application to transfer the Planet Earth private club permit from Dennis Martindill, of Jacksonville, to a group wanting to operate a club on the north end of town was pulled Tuesday, a day before the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board directors were set to vote on the issue.
Attorney Stephen Morley, of North Little Rock, representing the group that had applied for the transfer, notified the ABC Board Tuesday that his client wished to have the application pulled from consideration.
The group wanting to open the new club listed Minor Booth, of Sherwood, as president and Ricky J. Edge, of Ward, as the club manager.

The initial application with the ABC stated that Booth and Edge planned to operate a private club at 6714 T. P. White, next to Faith Christian Center.

The application said that club activities could include a gentleman’s club atmosphere, pool tables, video games, a disc jockey, live bands and dancing.
Robert Moore, administrative director of the ABC Board, said the connotation of gentleman’s club is adult entertainment.

The application met stiff opposition from area churches, politicians and citizens as more than a dozen letters against the club were filed with the ABC Board, along with a petition of at least 300 names.
Morley told the ABC Board in a letter filed earlier in the month that his client was reconsidering his location plans and would submit a new application by Tuesday.
No new application was filed.

Rumors abound that the permit may eventually end up in the hands of a chain restaurant similar to Chili’s, which has experienced great success in its first three months in Jacksonville as a private club.
Because Jacksonville is located in Gray’s Township, a dry, or non-alcohol, area, any restaurant wanting to serve alcohol must open as a private club and be in possession of a private-club permit.
“We do not want a strip-club row here,” Larry C. Burton, senior pastor of McArthur Assembly of God, wrote in a letter to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

His church would be across the highway and south of the proposed club.
Wilbur Gene Gilliam, senior pastor for the Faith Christian Center, which would be less than 400 feet from the proposed club, also sent a letter of objections.

“We do not have anything against the people who own or patronize these type businesses, in general.
“We do, however, strongly oppose their type of business being close to a church or school,” Gilliam wrote in his objection.

He reminded the ABC Board that there were already four private clubs operating across the highway from his church and that there have been “fights, stabbings, shootings, and even people killed in or around those night clubs.”

Lonoke County Judge Charlie Troutman, Cabot Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh, Jacksonville Mayor Tommy Swaim and state representatives Susan Schulte and Sandra Prater have also filed letters of objections with the ABC Board.
Booth, president of the group which Martindill plans to give the club permit to, is the owner of Sensations, located across Hwy. 67/167 from the site of the new club.

Booth owns other clubs in central Arkansas, including All Stars in Sherwood, Legends in west Little Rock and Visions near Maumelle.

The Goal Post and Hollywood Country Club is also located on John Harden Drive and Martin-dill’s Hardrider Bar and Grill is in that same area of Pulaski County between Jacksonville and Cabot.



THE LEADER'S CLASSIFIED DEPARTMENT will take ads by phone from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday 982-9421, or you may mail your ad to The Leader Classifieds, P.O. Box 766, Jacksonville AR, 72078. Deadline to advertise in Wednesday issue is 5pm Friday: and 5 p.m. Thursday for the Weekend issue.

vicki’s country craft shoppe behind Sonic in Beebe-open Wed-Sat 10am- 5pm. 288-0641. Booths available for rent, $10 off 1st months rent. 9/21

pathfinder, inc. Board of Directors will hold its monthly Board meeting Tuesday, September 27, 2005 at 11:30am at the Donald W. Reynolds Administration and Treatment Center, 2520 W. Main St., Jacksonville, AR 72076. 9/21

reward: Stolen green UM 49 cc scooter. Red, 2 seater YERF dog go-cart. If returned will give generous cash reward & drop charges. Call me at 247-6058. 10/1

help displaced person, has lost his wallet. Black, tri-fold. Louisiana photo ID cards & S.S card. Please call John Paul Johnson 744-1453. 9/28

do you have nice clothes, housewares, or furniture that you no longer need? Let Courtesy Consignments sell them for you. Call for details. 501-241-0970. 123 South Bailey Boulevard in Jax.(1/2 block off Main Street). 10/15

last week I fell in the Hot Springs Wal-Mart, but a kind couple from Cabot helped me. I wish to thank you. Please call me at 525-8118. 9/21


yard sale: Cabot 2mi East of 89 on 321, 9/23 1-7pm; 9/24 8-1pm. Children’s books, movies, games, toys, new D/P quarters, assorted books, including 54 Danielle Steeles, small safe, 2002 Nissan pickup wheels, treadmill & much more. 843-7720. 9/21

yard sale: 3 family yard sale. Cabot, Fri & Sat. 8-5. 20 Kingwood Ln. Lots of everything. 988-1418. 9/21

yard sale: Sat. Sept. 24, 8am-? 1412 S. Hwy 161. Jax. Lots of different. 985-4828. 9/21

rummage sale: The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cabot. 8am-1pm. Sat., Sept. 24th. 301 S.Pine Cabot, in church parking lot. Co-sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. 9/21

yard sale: Thurs 22nd-24th on Hwy 236 W. 1 1/2 mi E. of Hwy 89. 4 family sale, lots of items. 676-5655. 9/21

yard sale: Sat. Sept. 24th. Clothes & other items. 20 War Eagle Dr., in Timberwood Subdivision, Cabot. 7am-?. 9/21

Inside & outside sale: Sept. 23 & 24th. 8am-12noon. Camping items, books, glassware, knick-knacks, kitchen items, clothes, shoes, toys & much much more. 1120 South Rd. Jax. 985-6334. 9/21

moving sale: Thurs, Sept. 22. 8am-1pm. 900 E. Mt Springs Rd, Cabot. Mini storage #305– Everything must go, a little of everything, no antiques. 920-4348. Call after 5pm. 9/21

garage sale: Sept. 24th, 7am-? Clothes, furn. & misc. 50 W. Plaza, Cabot. 541-2500 9/21

garage sale: Sept. 22-23. Thurs & Fri. 7am-6pm. Clothes, furniture, jewelry, household items, home interior & misc. 1304 E. Hwy 89 Cabot (in Pulaski County near Hwy 5). 988-4284. 9/21

yard sale: Sat. Sept 24, 8-2. 25 Woodlawn Dr. Beebe (Rosewood subdivision off Hwy 31). Numerous items including baby’s & women’s clothes. Cancelled if raining. 837-0352. 9/21

inside sale: Sat, Sept., 24th. 8-5. Rain or shine. Clothes–men, women & children. Some furniture. Glass coffee table. Twin headboard & footboard. Material & craft supplies, and much more. 1556 Gun Club Rd., Cabot. 9/21

big 2 family yard sale: Lots of kids toys & clothes. Sat. Sept., 24 8am-1pm. 116 Wild Plum (in Wildwood Subdivision) Cabot. 690-3916. 9/21

4 family garage sale: 1605 McAuthur Dr. Jax 8-5 Thur-Sat. Dishwashers, baby clothes, bedspreads, pictures, misc. items. 982-2539. 9/21

yard sale: Lonoke 513 E. 8th Street. Fri, 9/23 & Sat, 9/24. Collectibles, some antiques, miscellaneous, clothes & lots of bargains. 9/21

yard sale: 805 S. First St. Cabot (behind Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts) Fri 23rd & Sat 24th. 7am-?. 658-5700. 9/21

yard sale: Wed, Thurs & Fri. North Grand & Moss Ave., McRae. 9/21

huge yard sale: On the Pavillion at Jacksonville High School. 2400 Linda Lane. This Thursday & Friday. Sept., 22nd & 23rd. 4:30pm until 6:30pm. Men & women’s clothes & shoes, all sizes. Children’s clothes, shoes, toys, and books. Many misc. household items, knick-knacks and some antiques. Great prices. Benefit: Journey into excellence project. Call JHS at 982-2128. 9/21


cabinet shop help needed, Health insurance, dental, 401K. Experience not necessary $6.50/hr. Drug test required. 834-2936. 9/28

the city of jacksonville is currently accepting applications for a Building Maintenance/ Custodian for the Parks & Recreation Dep’t. Evening hours; Valid AR DL or AR ID; up to $0.72/hr DOE. Applications may be obtained at # 1 Municipal Drive in the Human Resources Department at City Hall. 9/24

administrative asst. w/ NLR company. Requires strong MS word, excel & typing. Pay based on experience. For more information call 866-538-1500. 9/21

janitorial supervisor w/ LR company. Requires 1-2 yrs custodial experience. Pay based on experience. For more information call 866-538-1500. 9/21

otr truck driver needed. T.W.T Transportation 252 Beebe, AR. Minimum 5yrs experience. Good driving record. Required drug test. West Coast with some East Coast. For more information (501) 882-2972 or Fax (501) 882-0134. 9/21

part time office help needed. Small local office needs part time employee (20 to 30 hours weekly). Duties include Data Entry, Excel, Word, QuickBooks, Filing, Coping and Phone. A working knowledge of computers a must but will train on programs. Hours and days can be flexible, summers optional. Pay ranges from $7.00 to $8.00 per hour. Great for a person with children in school! Mail resume to Office Manager, P.O.Box 5646, Jacksonville, AR 72078. 9/21

tax preparers Liberty tax in Cabot looking for tax preparers. No expierence. Flexible hours. Training available. 843-5537.9/28

experienced office administrator needed in a growing dental clinic in Cabot. Must have knowledge of DENTRIX, great communication skills, and be familiar with dental procedures and terms. Fax resume to (501) 941-2483. 9/21

north little rock company interviewing for auditor trainees. Requires 10 key by touch, ability to problem solve, multi-task and establish priorities. Candidates will be tested. Excellent pay benefits. For more information call 866-538-1500. 9/21

data entry position with North Little Rock company. Job duties will also include packing/production. 1st shift hrs. Resume required. For more information call 866-538-1500. 9/21

JANITORIAL: Dow Building Services has a part-time evening hours (5:00 PM- 9:00 PM) Building Supervisor positions available in the Carlisle area. Top pay and medical insurance. Background check will be required. “The Best of the Best.” 791-2900 or 800-791-2902 for appointment. Mon-Fri 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. 9/24

JANITORIAL: Dow Building Services has 16 part-time positions (5:00 PM- 9:00PM) in the Carlisle area. Top pay and medical insurance. Background check will be required. “The Best of the Best.” 791-2900 or 800-791-2902 for appointment. Mon-Fri 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. 9/24


child care in my home, openings available for full time, 0-4 years, 35yrs experience, great references, clean and loving environment, off Graham rd in Jax. 501-985-3678. 9/28

need your house cleaned? Weekly or biweekly. Years of experience. Free estimates. Residential-office-new contruction. 983-0005 or 951-8149. 10/8

wood privacy fences. Free estimates. Call David 590-7641. 9/21

meagans in-home child care, Now Open in Cabot, located in Robinwood subdivision on Kerr Station Rd. Reasonable rates. Ages 6wks - 4yrs. Limited openings. Hours 6am-6pm. 681-6000. 9/21

Customized house cleaning, commercial & residential, 15 yrs of experience. Limited openings. Wanda & Annette 416-7307. 9/21


sleep comfort electric bed. Like new condition $1,500 obo. 305-3672. 9/21

super single water bed w/bookshelve headboard, new mattress, $150. 843-1303. 10/1

crib, white NOD-A-WAY. With mattress. Great condition $50, and other baby things. 843-9761. 10/1

bassett sofa $175. Swivel rocker/recliner $75. Table w/4chairs & 2 leafs &75. Cash only. 843-9060. 10/1

refrigerator for sale. 19cuf top freezer. Excellent condition. $150. Call 501-882-2420 Beebe area. 10/1

baby bed Jenny Lind, brown w/mattress, excellent condition $100 Jmason stroller, reversible padding for winter $25. 982-0632. 9/28

waterbed king size, bookcase, headboard with mirror, waveless mattress & rails. After 6:00pm. 541-2500. 9/28

freezer upright (25ft). Excellent condition $150. 982-1911 after 5:00 pm.. 9/28

sears kenmore Heavy Duty Electric Dryer. White, good working condition, looks very nice $75. 676-5220. 9/28

white & blonde dinette set w/ 4 chairs & matching china cabinet, table measures 36”x48” square, cabinet 6’x34” $200 for both. 985-0248. 9/28

large dining table w/6 chairs. Excellent condition $200. 985-2244. 9/28

waterbed frame -king sized oak canopy lights & mirrors good condition $100. 9/28

3 piece all wood breakfast table, w/2 chair like new $55 cash. 882-5846. 9/28

white wood toddler sleigh bed w/mattress $60. White wood 6 drawer double dresser $65. Call 743-9747 anytime. 9/28

3 swivel bar stools. Black seats $7 each. High chair. Adjustable seat. Great condition $15. 982-2201. 9/28

futon couch (almost new) makes into full/queen bed. Mattress upgraded/ cover included ($200). 2 bookshelves ($15 each). Leather chair($25). Computer desk ($10). 952-3267. 9/24

ashley oversized black leather chair w/ottoman, like new $450. 882-5570. 9/21

twin mattress for $20. Toddler bed for $15. Loveseat for $60. Futton twin $50. 988-4094. 9/21

kenmore electric dryer for sale. Excellent condition $125. 882-2420. Beebe area. 9/21

black/gold entertainment center $75. Black/gold glass end tables 2, 1 matching coffee table $75 for all. Matching bedroom set, tall dresser, vanity mirror w/dresser and headboard for either queen or king size bed $200. Microwave stand $20. 5 story bookshelf $25. Leopard game chair $15. Dining room table w/4 chairs, new $100. Several nice household items all in great condition must sacrifice to move, call to come by, 590-7277. 9/21

for sale: lift chair, recliner, couch, dining table w/6 chairs. Washer & dryer. Drop leaf small dinette table. All like new. 676-5856. 9/21

fridgedaire gas dryer, needs to get rid of, works $25. 882-2142. 9/21

36” sony tv picture in picture, like new, must sell $400 obo. 985-3533. 9/21

dining room table, sturdy, beautiful dark wood finish. 941-3839. 9/21

leather sofa maroon, very comfortable $200. 941-3351. 9/21


lost: 3 year old red & white male Beagle w/blue collar. 843-4988 or 941-9242. 10/1

found: dark red, medium-sized female animal with red collar no tags. Very loving & friendly. Cabot S.1st & Hwy 321. 843-3489. 9/28

found: 2 lost dogs: blue tick & part lab 6mnths. 676-5757. 9/28


books 53 current christian fiction. Like new. Some series. Most paperback $200. Beebe 882-7590. 9/21

will trade 3 soda dispensing machines for fishing boat motor & trailer of equal value. 326-1457. 9/28

guitars for sale: 2 square-neck Dobros. 1 for $285, 1 for $250. 9/28

Sears treadmill excellent condition $350. Self-climbing deer stand w/ portable seat $75. 988-5406. 10/1

brand new wheelchair, never been used $40. 982-9344. 9/28

for sale: semi-electric hospital bed, works great, no mattress $700 obo 843-7218 leave message. 9/28

harley davidson trike frame, rear end, new handlebars, gas tank, pipes, 21” tires w/tube, $800 for all. 843-1161. Leave message. 9/28

gamecube game: Luigis Mansion $10, 2 boxes yard sale items-girls stuff $15 each, toy medical trolley $5, infant/toddler car seat $15. 266-0366. 9/28

complete 24-set encyclopedia & Kraft magazines, like new $15 cash. 882-5846. 9/28

2 boxes of clean ladies clothing, shirts & dresses sizes small & medium; 2 boxes for $5. 941-3922. 9/28

bar-b-que grill. Fiesta, 2 burners w/fry pan burner outside. Apron tray, etc., no tank $100. 982-3450. 9/28

fireplace insert Nickerson Glass door $125. 843-6349. 9/28

washer/dryer combination $150. Gas dryer $25. Sony console TV $25. 744-2566. 9/28

glass coffee tables ring back chair, kitchen table set. Oak dresser, black dresser, bedding, jewelry & other estate items. 259-0980. 9/28

2 soft gun cases, like new $4 each. Allan snow skiis w/poles, like new $75. Lance snow boots for skiis, 11 1/2 med $50. Riccar commercial floor sweeper $60. 658-0197. 9/28

table saw works great $50. 676-0022 or 266-0232. 9/28

2 diamond rings appraised for $8,500 will sell $7,500 or trade for motorcycle. 944-4894. 9/21

pentium 3 toshiba computer for sale CD-ROM, 850 MGHZ windows 98 but can be upgraded has lots of programs, games etc. $150 obo. 985-9959 or 920-5503. 9/24

lunati cam 280 duration 490 lift. New in the box with lifters. $125. Edlebrock 4 barrel intake. In great condition and very clean $75. Speaker box that fits two 12 inch speakers. Brand new $50. 258-6733. 9/24

flute-geminhardt 3SB Conservatory, gold-plated headjoint, open-holed keys, beautiful condition, more details call 681-3110. 9/24

for sale: Sewing needs. Plenty of lace 5¢ - 10¢ per yard, zippers all sizes and colors, 10¢ each. 982-5422. 9/24
mini trailer ,microwave & hand-made cedar glyder. 982-1192. 9/24

9-light steel door 36” x 80” white $50 & storm door 36” x 80” $50. 843-9786. 9/24

four light wagon wheel chandelier made from original wagon wheel $450/ Rockwell 18” commercial plane excellent condition, new motor $950. 843-7022. 9/24

4 gallons of exterior house paint, 15 year weather beater guaranteed, light grey. Paid $15/gal, will take $10/gal. 982-9004. 9/24

general electric white electric stove not self-cleaning $100. 743-6426. 9/24

computer: Pentium 3 Toshiba desktop 850 Mhz 192 Meg of RAM (memory). Great computer great programs, excellent condition. CD ROM, windows 98, everything is upgradable but not necessary asking $150 obo. Must sell. 554-2373. 9/24

table saw, work bench, set of metal work horses, padded card table w/4 padded chairs. Best offers. 843-2790. 9/21

Weight bench for sale with leg attachment and pull down bar $50. 9/21

E-machine 17F3 color monitor still in box $70. 843-2790. 9/21

1 complete set of double K grooming clippers with base & 2 extra clippers, 51 blades, mainly Oster, a variety of sizes, may need sharpening $400 obo 658-2872. 9/21

250 volt livestock electric fence w/ box & approximately 150’ of wire $75. 658-2872. 9/21

4 tickets to WWE Supershow, must sell, face value. 724-0833. 9/21

sharp full size VHS camcorder w/case & accessories. Paid $700 new, will sacrifice for $150 cash. Needs battery. Trade considered. 551-1793. 9/21

playstation ii, 1 controller, good condition $100 obo. 554-2373. 9/21

house window water cooler, good condition $50. 676-5838. 9/21

machinery & Equipment 24” Blanchard and #10 Brown & sharp grinders, hobaft AC-DC 3ph welders. 982-4145. 9/21

Light commercial -grade SportsArt treadmill, used, good condition, $500 obo. 985-1847. 9/21

clarinet yamaha used just a few months in school band. Excellent condition in case with music stand. Paid over $600 asking $250. Great for student going into band. 941-5482. 9/21

powermatic Commercial table saw 240 volt 12” ten hsp 54” cut w/ t-sq nip fence/extra blade, excellent condition $1,200 firm. 843-6932. 9/21

werner class 1-A orange 24’ fiberglass extension ladder $125 firm. 843-6932. 9/21

2 complete computer: Toshiba 850Mhz $150, IBM 400Mhz $60 obo. Both in great condition, both have CD-ROM & Windows ‘98. 985-9959 or 554-2373. 9/21

250 gallon butane tank $175. 12K BTU window air conditioner $125. Computer desk & chair $75. 7ft christmas tree w/carrier $75. 843-2267. 9/21

hot glue machine w/gun Industrial $1200. 982-8844. 9/21

5x5x5 swamp water cooler fan. Industrial $900. 4x4 heavy duty shop fan $200. 982-8844. 9/21

for sale: Pride H. Duty scooter new $2,615.00. Now $800.00 or Pronto elect wheel chair. New $5,317.00 Now $700.00 will finance. 351-3021 or 882-9608. 9/21

reartwine tiller 5hsp $375. Truck rack 65’ long 55’ wide $100. Table & 4 chairs fair condition $35. Baby stroller, good condition $20. 6 2”x2” steel poles made for carport $150. 983-1445. 9/21

dolls & clown collection plus many stuffed animals, all $125. New air compressor 2hsp portable $100. 983-1445. 9/21

allan snow skis w/poles like new $75. 658-0197. 9/21

matching kenmore washer/dryer. 2 end tables, handcrafted child’s cherrywood seat w/heart design, Igloo Doghouse, makeup bench, sealed popcorn can, utility shelf. 941-3839 for price. 9/21


1949 ferguson TO-20. New pistons/sleeves, brakes, 12v, rebuilt head, new 5’ bush hog, 5’ box blade $2800 obo. Tony 685-2270. 9/24

dixon riding mower w/ zero turning radius, new mulching deck, excellent condition, cost new $2,635.34 will sell $900. 882-3547. 9/28

briggs & stratton 5 hsp tiller motor $150: free tiller. 676-5757.9/28

5ft frail mower $600 obo. 982-8844. 9/21

lawnmower Murray 1986 riding mower, 42” cut, with papers, some new parts, 18 hp motor $500 or best offer. 882-2142. 9/21

pushmower Murray, self-propelled, 6.5hp, 22” cut, high-back wheels, starts 1st pull, almost new, regular $348, sell for $200. 843-5376. 9/21

lawnmower $50. Tiller $100. 982-8844. 9/21

craftsman riding mower. Looks & runs like new. 14.5hp, 42inch cut $650. MTD Riding mower 12.5hp, 38in cut. Good condition $350. 843-5376. 9/21


someone abandoned us. We are 2 green-eyed beautiful kittens who desperately need a god home. 1 male/ 1 female. 605-3976. 9/21

3 males/1 female 1 black/white, 2 parti, 1 buff, s/w. 941-4431 or 605-2579. 9/24

chihauhau puppies , call for more information. 988-0250. 9/28

brush goat male $60. Pygmy goat male $40. 676-5490. 9/28

goat for sale: 4 young billy’s & 1 grown nanny. 843-6456. 9/24

3 cockatiels w/cage, $30 each. 563-4038. 9/21

lab. akc registered. Black male. Block head. $50 or best offer. Dog house negotiable. 882-2954. 9/21


1986 chevy irock Z-28. Automatic w/power windows & T-top, V-8, tuneport fuel-injector, runs great $3000 obo. 765-0989. 9/21

1977 ford LTD $900. 985-9289. 10/1

1987 ford Deluxe Van, lots of room for camping or hunting equipment. Can be used for sleeping. $1500. Call 501-882-6949. 10/1

chevy silverado Z-71, 1995, LWB, ext cab, 4x4, all-power, bedliner, cold-air, leather seats, high mi, looks & runs good $5,800. 843-5376. 10/1

1985 ford Crown Victoria, police car motor, needs rebuilding $250. 985-2726. 10/1

ford taurus 1997 wrecked on passenger size fender, all-power (windows, doors & locks) driveable, $1000. 425-4792. 10/1

set of solid one piece aluminum mag wheels & tires. Fit dodge or ford 3/4 ton pickup or van. 16.5 x 10. 8 hole $250. 605-0605. 9/28

1995 ford f150 LWB, AT, AC Truck $2,800. 983-0526. 9/28

1993 ford fxl 150. Long wheel base air & heat, raven camper, one owner $4,850. 882-0014 or 786-1827. 9/28

2003 dodge Diesel dully quad-cab. 6 speed white 79,000mi $23,500. Call bob 941-7619. 9/28

1979 l-82 350 red corvette, automatic transmission, T-tops, clean $9500. 983-0526. 9/28

antique 1966 Chevy pickup long wheel base 3/4 ton, runs, $600. 676-6210. 9/28

1982 mercury capri RS, good 302 V-8 engine, 5.0 T-tops, aluminum wheels, needs body work or use for parts $600 obo. 982-3858. 9/28

1994 nissan altima needs new motor, body looks great, 1/2 price $1,600. 726-3788. 9/28

1977 ford ranger V-8, automatic, runs good, body is good $1600. 726-3788. 9/28

2002 axiom 36,000mi, good car 6-disc changer, heated leather seats, sunroof, new tires. 804-6488. 9/28

red 1993 chrysler LaBaron, w/dark charcoal interior, V-6, automatic, excellent condition, fully loaded, 129,000mi. 835-1683 or 349-3096. 9/28

white 1981 ford grenada garage kept antique, all original 62000mi. 6 cylinder automatic, vinyl top, new tires, cold air, runs great. 835-1683 or 349-3096. 9/28

1956 Dundabaker champion, runs. $1,950. 749-3043. 9/28

2004 chevy trailblazer factory warranty, power lock AM/FM/CD $15,995. 605-0865 or 479-970-5489. 9/28

1999 ford 250 Diesel superduty extended cab XL. Tinted windows clean excellent condition $14,500. 556-5046. 9/28

utility trailer for sale 6’ wide by 9’ long. Low to ground for easy loading $300 obo. 541-1644. 9/28

1977 cadillac 4 door, white exterior w/red interior $1000. Home-made cargo trailer 12’x 8’ x 7’, roll-up doors & 2 axles $2400. 658-0197. 9/28

trade 135 MF gas tractor and b-hog. Runs good, looks good. Would like to trade for Nissan or Toyota King cab, 4 wheel drive, pickup truck. 868-5135 or 626-2538. 9/28

for sale: 1972 Monte Carlo. Arabian gold w/ vinyl tan top, brown leather seat covers, one owner, reconditioned engine w/ lifetime warranty, 58,000mi $6,000 firm. Cabot 843-9836. 9/28

1994 plymouth mini van, runs great $2000 firm. 1992 Lincoln runs great, leather interior new tires cold air $2000 firm. 676-0022 or 266-0232. 9/28

1995 chevy Silverado Sportside P/U 4x4, 58Kmi, Red, SWB, nice!! $10,500. 983-1007. 9/24

1992 buick Regal, tan, 4dr, straight body, no dents, clean interior, needs engine, has wheels but no tires, asking $1000obo. Gary Sanderson. 606-6764 or 843-5737. 9/21

1987 delta ‘88 Oldsmobile $1350. 843-6456. 9/24

1969 gmc pickup Inline 6 engine. Straight body Pioneer CD player. Bucket seats $700. 941-0352. 9/24

tilt trailer 7 1/2’ x 4 1/2’ all steel, haul 4 wheeler, $300 cash. 605-2682. 9/24

1992 ford conversion van. Raised roof, extremely nice. TV/VCR. 351 V-8. New brakes, battery, tires & A/C. Low miles, like new. Keyless. Leather seats. New tune up. $4,250. 835-1740 or 940-1740. 9/24

1990 cadillac sedan Deville. Red w/gray leather interior. Asking $3,500. 351-6384. 9/24

15 big truck tires & wheels. 10 hundred x 20, you haul away. 676-5220. 9/21

2004 mitsubishi Galant, sharp car $18,000 must sell due to health, will give $1000 to take over payments. 728-3695. 9/21

tires 24.5 Low pro Recap 707. Rubber, good trailer tires, $75 each. 676-5958 or 412-3872. 9/21

fiberglass campershell 6’ 2” long x 5’ 3” wide, front-sliding glass windows & rear glass lift door $200. 676-5838. 9/21

for sale: 1996 Toyota Camry, runs great, excellent interior, no dents, 1 non-smoker owner since 1997, 254Kmi. Kelly Bluebook $2,500 - $3,200 will sell for $2350. 831-0914. 9/21

sell for $1,000 or trade equal value. Very clean 1992 Ford Taurus GL sedan, auto trans, PS, PW & doors, 3.8 liter V6, alloy wheels. Needs A/C repair. Please call (501) 551-1793. 9/21

1986 iroc z28 runs good. $1,250. 920-5203. 9/21

2001 chevy Silverado Ext Cab, 2 wheel drive, green 92,000mi, great condition $13,000 obo. 606-1993. 9/21

1993 dodge RAM Charger 4x4, towing package runs & pulls well $2,300 obo. 605-0232, ask for Jason. 9/21

1995 mercury Cougar XR7 V8 w/4.6L engine. 2 doors. P/W, P/D, P/L. Leather interior 135,000 miles $1,800 obo. 562-9348. 9/21

1992 mitsubishi eclipse. $500 obo. 241-2713. 9/21

1995 ford probe light blue, good interior, in fair condition, no rust, 137,000 miles, great on gas, asking $1,500 obo. 240-5108. 9/21

1998 yamaha 250. Bear tracker. Used very little. $2,100. 413-7784. 9/21

1980 chevrolet Scottsdale, long wheel base, excellent condition, serious inquiries only $1,500. 743-8155. 9/21

1997 harley Davidson Heritage Softail 31,000mi lots of extras, new tires, asking $14,500. Can be seen at M & M at El Paso. 351-6556. 9/21

1995 ford mustang silver 5sp, new clutch, ground effects. Clean, runs well $3,195 obo. 771-5039. 9/21

ford c-4 transmission, good condition, used $100. 985-2726. 9/21

for sale: 2000 Explorer Sport 2dr Black w/privacy window tint, excellent condition $6500. Call Steve 951-3698. 9/21

1979 l82 Corvette, automatic 350 engine, $9,500. 983-0526. 9/21

1991 lincoln towncar, good condition $1,500. 1993 Ford Explorer, good condition $3,500. 940-1822. 9/21

2000 nissan Maxima SE, loaded 63,000 miles. Very clean, lots of extra. $13,900 obo. 258-4370. 9/21

2001 Gmc Sierra pickup V-8 Quad Cab, loaded, 60K mi, must see, very clean, tow package & lots of extras $12,700 obo. 258-4370. 9/28

1984 chevrolet pickup SWB wide bed, automatic PS, PB, 350 engine, cold A/C, runs & drives great, needs interior work $2350 obo. 982-1052. 9/21

2004 red honda accord EX, V-6, rear spoiler, sliding moonroof, leather interior, satellite radio, 6-disc changer, navigational system, 14000mi, excellent condition. $22,200. 843-0818 or 743-6064. 9/21

1977 4 dr cadillac white exterior, red. 39,569 mi $1000. 658-0197. 9/21

1993 honda prelude SI, white 5 speed, 170,000 mi, new clutch, new transmission, AM/.FM. Cold air intake $2,500 obo. 920-0869. 9/28


1985 lowes 15’ aluminum baot w/25hsp Mercury Motor & Trailer $850 obo. 676-7543 or 837-6576. 9/21

32 ft. nomad Century Travel trailer. Fully equiped $3,000. 870-256-4838. 9/28

travel trailer 35’ full contained, tanks included, $28,000. 870-256-4838. 9/28

14’ monarch boat w/trailer, 5hsp outboard motor, excellent condition, many extra $1250. 988-5406. 10/1

camper/trailer: Jayco 1976 18ft. Good awning, microwave, tires, everything works $1,800. Lonoke. 920-6688. 9/28

2 honda battery operated motorcycles for children, charger & extra keys, great condition $125 each. 882-6574. 9/28

24’ 2001 wildwood Lite camper, fully loaded, excellent condition $8000. 590-2812. 9/28

honda atc 110 & 90 running. One parts 3-wheeler $350. 231-8134. 9/28

for sale great buy! 4 - 25x9.5 super swampers 4-wheeler tires almost new for 11in. rims $60.00 each. Warren at 2000 wench $125.00 obo. Call 870-256-4503 if no answer leave a message. Des Arc. 9/28

1985 toyota dolphin fully self-contained. Sleeps 4. Excellent condition. 69,500 miles. New front tires, great gas mileage. $5,500 firm. 988-5425. 9/28

1998 yamaha Big Bear 350 4x4, green, new rear tires, good condition, $2000 obo. 606-1993. 9/21

2001 dirt bike YZ426F. New piston & rings. Pro Tapper bars. R4 Silencer. Other extras. Well maintenanced, very clean. $2,200. (763)390-6360. Cabot. 9/21

homemade cargo trailer 12’x8’x7’ w/roll-up door, 2 axels $2400 (501)658-0197. 9/21

gl1500 goldwing stock seat w/drivers backrest. New. $150. 843-0172. 9/21


wanted: lawn equipment, mowers, tillers, for FREE. Will pick up. 681-7607. 9/28

wanted: Looking for boys size 3 black cowboy boots & black vest or jacket for 7yr old. 941-8061. 10/1

wanted: Brother Word Processor & Wallpaper for sale. 843-8802. 9/21

wanted: non-running push or riding lawn mower. 843-5376. 9/21


FSbo: Garner, AR, beautiful 1,792sq ft. manufactured home, 3bdrm, 2bth, huge kitchen, huge living room w/fire place on 15 acres of wild life $95,000. 827-2783. 9/28

jacksonville 4 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, newly remodeled home in established neighborhood, new central heat and air, fenced yard, 1380 sq ft, $84,000. 941-5616, 941-4039 or 259-8318. 9/21

Bayo meto North Pulaski 1840 sq. ft. nice updated home with 10 acres. Lots of extras. 1200 sq ft workshop. Great for horses-barn, pond & fenced. Must see - 9223 Arrington Rd. Call 501-988-5501 for appointment.. 9/21

FSBO: Austin/Cabot area, lovely country home, 3 miles from 67/167. Beautiful view, 3 wooded acres. 2800 sq.ft. 3br, 3fb, FP, computer room, Jacuzzi, attached garage, 3 decks, 1 covered, 2 storage barns & fenced area, $249,000. Call 501-843-5902. 9/21


affordable mobile homes for rent in Cabot/Ward area. Several 2 & 3 bedrooms available. NEW OWNERSHIP. Lot rentals also available. 501-628-4633. 10/15

1992 gulfstream Conquest Class C Motorhome, 27’, 50,000mi, Ford 460, auto jacks, awnings, great condition/clean, $15,900. 983-1007.9/24

ward 1996 mobile home and land. Excellent condition. Cabot schools. 3BR/2BA. Appliances stay. Central H/A. City utilities. $35,500. 843-8001. 10/14

mobile homes for rent behind LRAFB. 1 Double wide in Gravel Ridge. Quiet environment & no deposit on most rentals. Call Happy Valley at 258-8354 or 941-1673. 9/24


for sale: 2 cemetary lots, Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Space 3-4, lot 54. Garden of Good Shepherd, discounted at $700 each obo. (254)829-2416. Ask for Joyce. 9/21

consignment shop and building w/ 2BR apartment in Jacksonville. $149,500. Call 241-0970. 10/1


for rent: Jax duplex. Near Air Base. 1bdrm, stove, refrigerator, washer & dryer connections, storage, carport. Lease & deposit required. Rent $325. 834-0931 for more information. 9/21

2 and 3 br mobile homes for rent, and lots $140 per month. 8105 Old Com Box Road Jacksonville. 835-3450. 10/12
house for rent: Cabot, 3BR, 2BA, 2 car garage, FP, privacy fence, 10min to LRAFB, 2 blocks from schools $850mo + $700 dep. 812-9947. Avail Oct. 1st. 9/28

jacksonville home in Foxwood for rent, 3 bedroom, 2 bath. Call 501-982-1183. 9/21

for rent: 1 bedroom Jacksonville, washer/dryer hookup, fireplace. Deposit required. Call (501)605-8120. Leave message. 9/21

house for rent: in Jax. 101 Victory Circle, recently remodeled, small 2BR/ 1BA, carport, laundry, detached shop with electricity. Fenced. $400 plus $400 deposit. Small pets ok. Refs, lease. 982-2379 or 831-0364. 10/1

for rent: Beautiful 3BR/2BA home in quiet Cabot neighborhood. Excellent schools. Wonderful patio with water feature. Large fenced back yard. Master suite with jacuzzi tub. Lots of closet space. Fully equipped kitchen. Fireplace. 2-car garage. $1150/month. 590-8435. 9/21


2 fixed female cats front claws removed, must go together, black, grey & white, indoor only, okay with young children. Call Tanya at 412-5208. 9/28

16 big truck wheels w/tires. Size 9, 10 x20. 12 Budd, 4 Dayton, you load. Must take all. 843-9761. 10/1

free puppy, cute and cuddly, small breed, male. Excellent house pet. Good home required. 676-9397 after 7:00pm. 9/28

free puppies terrier mix, 6-7 wks old boys & girls. Cute. 658-5832. 9/28

puppies 6 wks old, lab mix, black w/white patches, sweet & adorable, need caring homes. 843-3724. 9/21

AKC registered 2 1/2 year old male, good duck dog, great with kids. 882-0569 or 288-0449. 9/21

black lab mix free to good home. Very pretty. 10mo. old female. Daschund/Chiquaqua mix. Female, 1yr old. Free to good home. Ask for Kaycee. 988-9400. 9/21

must find homes immediately, 3 adult loving cats, male, litter-box trained, neutered, will make good barn cats. 985-1847. 9/21

daschund puppy male. Free to good home. 743-6645. 9/21

free daschunds miniature red male 10yrs old & 9yr old female. 988-5675 or 350-8492. 9/21

free fluffy black & white kittens. 2 velvet black panther-like cats, fixed & litterbox trained. 988-5390. 9/21



Doyl Odom, 62, of Austin, passed away Sept. 17. He was born Jan. 24, 1943, in North Little Rock to the late Aubrey Thomas and Betty Odom.
Survivors include his loving wife, Barbara Odom of the home; one son, Robert Odom of Scott; two daughters: Lela Bellamy of Cabot and Farrah Odom of Austin; one sister, Betty Reeves of Missouri; and seven grandchildren. Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Oak Grove First Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements by Thomas Funeral Service.


Helen Harrison Thornton, 95, of Beebe went to be with the Lord Sept. 18. She was a fraternity housemother at San Diego State College for several years and a homemaker.
She is survived by three sons, Burnette Harrison and wife Eileen of Beebe, Bob “Max” Harrison and wife Shirley of Poway, Calif., and Donald Harrison and wife Kay of Morrilton; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday, at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Antioch Cemetery.
Caren Kay Beatty
Caren Kay Beatty, 34, of Cabot, passed away Sept. 20. Survivors include her son, Austin Dakota Beatty of the home; mother, Glenda Canard of Cabot; brother, James Canard of Jacksonville; two nephews, Thomas and Matt Canard and one niece Catiliana Canard.
Visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. until service time at 1 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Service.
Interment will immediately follow at 16th Section Cemetery in Ward. Arrangements by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Roger Louis Christen, 68, of Jacksonville, passed away Sept. 19 in Little Rock. He was born on May 25, 1937 in Dodgeville, Wis., to the late Louis Christen and Helen “Dale” Christen.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; mother, Helen Christen of Verona, Wisc.; son, Todd Christen of Conway; step-sons, Tom and Tim Stanton of Jacksonville; daughter, Sherry Collins of Benton; step-daughter, Tina Pardue of Camden; brother, Roland Christen of Madison, Wisc.; sister, Cathy and husband Paul Peercy of Madison, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Sean Collins and Nikki Branson; step-grandchildren, Dustin Pardue, Cheyenne, Kory and Matthew Stanton and great-grandchildren, Braelynn and Bailey Branson.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Burton officiating. Visitation will be before the service Thursday from noon until 2 p.m.
Funeral arrangements are un-der direction of Moore’s Jack-sonville Funeral Home.


J.T. Fecher, 87, of Beebe, died Sept. 16. He was an Army staff sergeant and cook during World War II, and was a charter member of Stoney Point Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Fecher, and his parents, Mikey and Lottie Dugger Fecher.
He is survived by two sisters, MaryLee Logan of Beebe and Gwen Hallmark and husband Melvin of North Little Rock; one nephew, Randy Logan of Beebe; two nieces, Glenda Gillespie of Grove, Okla., and Vicki Adcock of North Little Rock; and three great-nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday at Stoney Point Methodist Church, with burial in Stoney Point Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stoney Point Methodist Church c/o Jim Rye, 1203 N. Holly, Beebe, Ark., 72012.


Ruby Arlene Ray Boyd Hill, of Beebe was born Nov. 28, 1921, at Mt. Springs to Joe Dan and Lena Ray, and died at her son’s home in Vilonia on Saturday.
She was of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by a daughter, Arlene Boyd of Cabot, and a son, Buddy Boyd and wife, Valla of Vilonia, two brothers; Neil Ray of Beebe and O.W. Ray of Cabot, a sister, Joye Faye Witcher of Cabot, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, W.T. Hill, brothers; Charlie, Herschel, Lloyd, J.D. Jr., Kenneth; sister, Mae Griffin and a grandson, Roger Scott Hazeslip.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Stoney Point Cemetery.

FROM THE PUBLISHER >> Self-effacing general’s revealing talk

Brig. Gen. Kip Self, the new commander at Little Rock Air Force Base, made his first public appearance outside the base at a Jacksonville Cham-ber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday.
The general, who has a self-effacing, down-to-earth style, said he didn’t have a prepared speech and almost convinced his audience he didn’t have much to say.

“My technique is to listen to you,” he said. “I’ve got a lot to learn.”
Despite Self’s reluctance to make grandiose pronouncements, he did reassure chamber members that Little Rock Air Force Base “will remain a cornerstone in the nation’s defense for the next 50 years,” no matter how the base re-alignment and closure process shakes out.

It’s still unclear how many more planes and people will move here after other bases are closed, but the general said this base will remain open and its mission will grow.

Self made it appear that it was dumb luck that got him where he is: A one-star general who is the commander of the largest C-130 base in the world. Imagine that.

He succeeded Brig. Gen. Joseph Reheiser as wing commander on Sept. 9.
“I got here at the same time as the humanitarian relief effort started,” Self said, pointing out that international flights are still coming in to help hurricane victims — a Ukranian plane landed at the base on Tuesday.

Russians have also sent aid to the base, which has become the international hub for such flights. He reminded his audience that years ago, no one would have predicted Russian planes landing here except in case of war.
Self said he’d never even been a C-130 pilot, which made you wonder how he ever got here.
It wasn’t until Self took questions from the audience that he let his guard down and admitted he’d done a few good things during his 27 years in the Air Force, among them three tours of the Pentagon, including the office of chief of staff and the defense secretary.

“It’s a torture chamber you go through,” he explained in his self-deprecating style.
So how did he move up in the ranks? He started out as a helicopter pilot who was later assigned to the presidential chopper detail at Andrews Air Force Base, which he said was pretty neat.
He went into flying helicopters because he liked the idea of combat rescue where he could save people’s lives. He has also flown C-17 and C-141B cargo planes.

On 9/11, he found himself at Fort Campbell, Ky., hundreds of miles from McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, where he commanded the 621st Air Mobility Command.

“I couldn’t go back to my unit,” he said, because air traffic was grounded, but he drove for a couple of days and returned to his base, which soon found itself in the thick of things during the war in Afghanistan.
As director of mobility forces during Operation Enduring Free-dom, Self piloted C-17 cargo planes that dropped supplies over Afghanistan and opened up Khan-dahar Airport in January 2002.
If you keep asking him what else he’s done, Self will also tell you he spent five months in Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Iraqi Free-dom, taking part in the capture of Baghdad, which happened so fast that he just kept on driving in a convoy till he got to the capital.
“It was a life-changing experience,” the general said.

Self would rather talk about the young men and women who serve in the military, who make sacrifices every day in 120-degree weather, when gas masks fill with tears and his eyes, too, well up knowing what they have done for their country.

As for the general, his message to his audience was succinct: “My job is to defend you, and I take this job very seriously.”

NEIGHBORS >> Lonoke County Fair offers big variety

Leader staff writer

The 65th Lonoke County Fair gets underway today and runs until Saturday. Fair treasurer Tommy Hignight said about 9,500 people attended the event last year.
“I think a combination of the midway and exhibits draws the crowds,” Hignight said.
Hignight served as fair president for the past four years and said his favorite part of the fair is the youth livestock exhibits.

As far as livestock goes, goats are gaining popularity, he said.
“The size of the animal is just more economical for a lot of families,” Hignight said.
The all-volunteer, 35-member fair board works year-round to prepare for fair week.
“We’re just working out all the last-minute details this week,” said James Alan Smith, who is serving his first term as fair president. “As long as you have a good fair board everything goes pretty smoothly.”
Exhibitors arrived Tuesday to register their livestock, poultry and rabbits, agricultural products, educational, home economics and woodworking entry items.

More than 400 entries are expected this year.
Home economics division items include clothing for all ages, machine embroidery, doll clothes, bridal and completely hand-sewn fine sewing. Household art in-cludes linens, pillows, thread handcraft, crochet, knitting, cross-stitch, crewel, needlepoint, em-broidery and more. There is also an original design category.
Quilting and crafts are two other categories. Most quilt categories are hand stitched.
In the craft category, handcrafted tied flies, handcrafted knives, leather crafts, pottery, sculpture, spinning, handweaving, beading and stained glass are just a few of the categories.

Items displayed in the woodworking category include bird and butterfly houses, items made from native materials, dollhouses and upholstery.

The fine-arts exhibit includes oil painting, pen and ink, watercolor, pastels, pencil, crayon and collage and that treasure of the past, China painting. There is also a junior and senior photography division.
Food preparation exhibits include cakes, decorated cakes, candy, quick breads, yeast breads and pies. The food preservation exhibits include honey, dried foods and herbs, canned fruits and vegetables, jellies, butters, jams and preserves.

Other categories include horticulture and fruits, vegetable and field crops, as well as livestock.
“I’ve been the judge of the dairy cattle for many years so I guess I’d have to say the livestock is my favorite part of the fair,” Smith said.

The fair parade, which will be led by the Lonoke High School Band, takes place at 4 p.m. Thursday. Parade participants will begin assembling in the area of Lonoke City Park (South Center and Academy Streets) from 3 to 4 p.m. There will be plenty of floats plus rodeo contestants and others with horses, mules and ponies.
Rodeo fun night will feature horse riding barrel and pole racing for contestants of all ages at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The rodeo queen horsemanship event will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, followed by the rodeo at 7:30 p.m. The new rodeo queen will be crowned at 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

The horse-and mule-team pull will start at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The Lonoke County Fair Youth Talent Contest will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday. It is a qualifier for the Arkansas State Fair Youth Talent Contest, which is Oct. 13.

The midway, complete with rides from Kenny’s Fun Land, will open around 6 each evening. Armband nights are available today through Saturday. Those who purchase armbands get to ride as many carnival rides as they like those days. In addition to the rides, there will be a variety of foods to entice every appetite including barbecue, roasted corn in the shuck, hot dogs, hamburgers, funnel cakes and lots more.

Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children. Rodeo admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Seniors over 62 will be admitted free to the fairgrounds and horse show on Thursday.

SPORTS >> Lady Panthers struggle at Cyclone tournament

Leader sports writer

The Cabot Lady Panthers had a tough weekend at the Russellville tournament on Saturday. Cabot was eliminated during pool play, but did manage a split game with Springdale. Despite the disappointing outcome, Lady Panthers coach Terri Williams believes that the young squad is headed in the right direction.
“We just didn’t hit aggressively, we were a little inconsistent,” Williams said. “I think if we are patient and give these girls some time to learn we will be okay. We have three sophomores who will be great hitters once they learn to let loose and get aggressive.”

Cabot lost its first match of the tournament to Alma 25-18 and 25-9. In match two, the Lady Panthers fell to Fayetteville 25-6 and 25-19.

Against Springdale, the Lady Panthers dropped the first game 25-14, but rallied to win the second game 25-18.
In their final match against Lonoke, the Lady Jackrabbits repeated a win over Cabot earlier in the week, and took the win 25-10 in both games. That match eliminated the Lady Pan-thers from the tournament.
Junior Kelli Lowry was the big scorer for the Lady Panthers, with senior Mallory Morgan leading the team in assists.

“Mallory has been a great leader for us,” Williams said. “She is always alert, and she has a strong presence out on the court. Kelli has really done a great job scoring-wise, she attacks the ball very aggressively.”
Williams points to Lowry as an example of the difference one year of experience can make.

“Just last year, Kelli was a sophomore, and wasn’t always attacking,” Williams said. “Now she is one of our strongest hitters, so it takes a little time for these girls to get that confidence level up. We just have to keep getting them court time to get that experience, so they can improve and learn the game better.”
The Lady Panthers will make their next tournament appearance this Saturday at ASU in Jonesboro.
They will finally get conference play underway next week. The short AAAAA-East conference schedule begins on Sept. 29 when the Lady Panthers travel to Mountain Home.

SPORTS >> Cabot hosts Searcy

Leader sports editor

No one expected Cabot to be winless after the third week of the season, and the Panthers are facing their first 0-3 start in three decades entering Friday’s AAAAA-East opener against Searcy at Panther Stadium.
Searcy will also come into Friday’s game with a 0-3 record. First-year coach Bart McFarland and the Lions have had a tough start to their season, losing their season opener to Wynne 56-34. The Lions’ toughest loss came in week two, when the Batesville Pioneers won 50-7. Searcy dropped its third-consecutive game last week at home to Conway.

Injuries forced the Lions to play their first two games without six of their defensive starters. Half of those players are back now, but the absence of the remaining starters is still hurting Searcy defensively, as proved in the Conway game. McFarland says his team is almost back to full health after the early season injuries, with three more starters returning this week.

“We had a couple of start-ers come back last week that made a tremendous difference,” McFarland said. “We have two, maybe even three coming back for the Cabot game. That only leaves a couple of guys out at this point, so hopefully we can put it all together this week and be more consistent.”

The Panthers have struggled in the early weeks themselves. Although Cabot’s losses have been considerably closer than Searcy’s, the 0-3 record is highly unusual for a team that is traditionally in the conference title hunt almost every year. The Panthers are 0-3 for the first time since 1977, and the first time ever under head coach Mike Malham. They will also have to win six of their last seven games in order to avoid their first non-winning season since 1989.

Cabot dropped its opener to Conway 21-7, as well as last week’s game to Central by the same score. The most surprising loss, however, came in week two when the Panthers lost to Mills 35-28.
Cabot showed significant improvement from week two to week three, although it still lost 21-7 to Little Rock Central. Cabot moved the ball down the field to score on a 24-play, 72-yard drive to keep from being shut out last week. That drive gave Cabot some momentum heading into league play.

The Panthers found another reliable back in Raul Gault. Gault played some last year when injuries depleted the backfield, but ran much better than last year in leading the team against the Tigers.
With both teams hungry for a win, Friday’s game should be an interesting one. Cabot is out to prove it will be a conference powerhouse again this year, as Searcy desperately needs a win to get things turned around in their struggling program.

The defense of Searcy and offense of Cabot will make for a good showdown, as both squads have struggled so far this season. Cabot has been held to a single touchdown in two of their first three games, as the Lions’ defense has given up over 45 points in all three games so far this season.

EDITORIAL >> Cabot doesn’t fit stereotype

Cabot has a reputation as a predominantly white, predominantly Republican enclave where taxes are about as welcome as warts on a baby.

So local residents raised a few eyebrows over the last 10 days when the city embraced a black family of 40, evacuees from Hurricane Katrina, and approved a bevy of new taxes aimed at improving their community.
“I’ve never seen a town pass taxes by margins like these,” David Menz, who makes his living working with towns and counties passing taxes and floating bond issues, told the city council Monday.
On these pages last week, we called it a landslide.

By a count of 927 for and 187 against, voters decided to extend an existing sales tax for seven years instead of doubling sewer rates. Most of the other questions won by roughly a 2-to-1 margin, including a sewer treatment plant, matching money for a railroad overpass, taxes for a new community center, street improvements and a new animal shelter. The one-cent sales tax extension is worth $28 million. Much of the credit goes to some of the councilmen and to Concerned Citizens of Cabot, an ad hoc group that bought newspaper advertisements exploring the pros and cons of the various issues.

Fleeing before Hurricane Katrina Aug. 29, Linea Baker loaded clothes, kids and the family dog into her car and steered north. Now, Baker and about 40 of her closest relatives live in a Cabot apartment complex and some say they will stay for the higher salaries and the more agreeable climate. Baker said Cabot residents have been nothing but kind. They have invited them to their churches and provided everything they need to survive until they find work. Baker, a college math instructor, did notice the absence of black hair-care products at the local Wal-Mart.

In the midst of a prolonged growth spasm, Cabot residents reached out to help new neighbors and reached deep in their own pockets to help themselves.

TOP STORY >> Fireman is fired over child porn

Leader staff writer

Lt. Michael Spaller, a 13-year member of the Cabot Fire Depart-ment, was fired by Cabot Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh early Tuesday following Spaller’s Sept. 14 arrest on a charge of distributing, possessing or viewing material de-picting sexually ex-plicit conduct in-volving a child.
“The city has several policies in place regarding pornography in the workplace whether it is on a computer or not,” Stumbaugh said.

According to a Cabot arrest report, Spaller was arrested after child pornography was found in his locker at Central Fire Station. Lockers at the fire department are city property, Stumbaugh said.
“The letter of termination outlined the several rules and regulations he violated,” the mayor said.
When asked if Spaller would have been terminated if the pornographic images had been of adults instead of minors, Stumbaugh said he couldn’t answer because, “It didn’t happen that way.”

Lonoke County Prosecuting Attorney Lona McCastlain filed the charge on Tuesday. The charge carries a sentence of five to 10 years in prison. McCastlain added Spaller had no criminal history.

“I don’t have much to say about it except that I’ve hired a lawyer, and this will all play out in court that I’m not guilty,” Spaller said when contacted by The Leader on Tuesday. Spaller’s attorney, Paul Schmidt of Cabot, declined to comment. According to the arrest re-port, Lt. James Barron of the Cabot Fire Department “inadvertently came across several images depicting children performing sexual acts” in February. The images were in Spaller’s locker, the report says. Barron again saw the images in Spaller’s locker “around the end of May or early June.”

The report says Barron reported the incident to Cabot Fire Chief Phil Robinson sometime during the first week of September.

Robinson in turn contacted Cabot Police Chief Jackie Davis and Sgt. Scott Steely of the Cabot Police Department, who spoke with Barron about the incident Sept. 5, according to the report. The report goes on to say that Steely and Detective John Dodd went to the fire station the following day, when Robinson found the images in Spaller’s locker. The officers reviewed the images, which are now sealed as evidence in the case.
“As part of my rebuilding, I elected to do locker inspections,” said Robinson, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, who has been the fire chief for just over a month. “It (the images) is not something we want to think about all the time.

“I think we have good morale in the fire department,” the chief said.
Other than the images, several adult videotapes, 8mm tapes and a video camera were also found in Spaller’s locker, according to the report, and the tapes were reviewed with Spaller’s consent.
Sgt. Dewayne Roper, spokes-man for the Cabot Police Depart-ment, confirmed the adult movies were “store bought,” not private home movies.

According to the report, Spaller told detectives at the Cabot Police Department’s Criminal Investiga-tion Division that he viewed and printed the images on a fire department computer for two reasons: his own curiosity and to “report to the chief.” Spaller never reported the items to the chief, the report said.
Spaller was placed on administrative leave last week pending an internal investigation by Stum-baugh.
Spaller is scheduled to appear in Lonoke County Circuit Court Oct. 31.

TOP STORY >> Self impressed with community support

Leader staff writer

Brig. Gen. Kip Self took command of the 314th Airlift Wing Sept. 9 in the midst of a massive international-relief airlift, relieving Brig. Gen. Joseph M. Reheiser.
Interviewed this week by The Leader, Self said he was impressed by the airmen and the community.
“All responses are extremely positive,” Self said.

The general, who has been on the flightline to meet many of the international relief flights, said the outpouring of support was “incredible.”

“The primary mission is to train C-130 crews and maintainers,” he said, characterizing the base’s relief effort as “Herculean.”

Self said the airmen had handled 36 international relief flights.
“It’s something that Little Rock didn’t expect, but took on with great success,” he added.
After only 10 days on the job, Self said the Little Rock Air Force Base total force — active duty, guard and civilian, and the city outside the gate — had a reputation of excellence.
“I’ve never been here before, but every indication is that reputation was well founded,” he said. “The mission aspects are outstanding as well.”

Self said that due to the annual retiree day and dinner, he had met many civic leaders.
Self doesn’t know how long international relief flights will land at Little Rock Air Force Base, but said, “We just need to be flexible enough to handle what comes over the ocean.

“We are poised to continue and ready to do that which is asked of us. The biggest challenge for Kip Self is to learn all the different aspects of the base’s duties for the nation’s defense and the community,” Self said. “Once I have understanding, it will be easier to lead. I think the base has it about right — mission, people, community. I’m just going to get better at supporting that.”
The general said in time, he might fine-tune the effort.
He said logistics and coordination were fundamental in the ability to succeed and he has experience in those areas.

“Logistics are critical in relief and in combat,” he said. “I’d be hesitant to change anything. They have momentum and have been so successful for so long. I’ll take time to watch my people, get better and make small tweaks. We have the foundation of excellence here.”

Self said his command style is to “trust in my people, have confidence in my training and confidence in the mission’s accomplishment. I’m like the coach of a Super Bowl team. The skill’s already there. My biggest responsibility is to make sure we have the resources to complete the mission. I’m proud to come in as commander. The president and the governor have commented what a great opportunity to show our stuff, and I don’t think we’ve disappointed.”

Self has three adult children, one of whom has followed him into the Air Force. “I just commissioned him in May as a second lieutenant,” he said.
Second Lt. Ben Self is awaiting pilot training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia, and is currently working command control in New Orleans.

Brig. Gen. Self comes to the Little Rock Air Force Base after serving as the deputy director of operations, headquarters Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, where he oversaw 14 divisions and eight operating locations, producing policy procedures and leading command guidance to sustain and improve many outfits for America’s Global Reach mission.

He has held a variety of flying assignments as a helicopter and C-141 instructor pilot. His staff assignments included political-military planner on the Joint Staff and country director in the office of the Secretary of Defense.

He has commanded the 16th Airlift Squadron and the 621st Air Mobility Operations Group.
He deployed as director of mobility forces in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and during Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was commander of expeditionary air forces at Kuwait City.
He is a command pilot with more than 4,000 hours in a variety of aircraft. Self said he has never flown a C-130, but looks forward to the opportunity.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster and Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters.

TOP STORY >> Blackwood fails to get re-elected

Leader staff writer

Hard campaigning and the help of friends and family made the difference said winners in the Cabot and Beebe School Board elections, who easily won over their opponents Tuesday night.
In Cabot, Wendel Msall, an airline pilot who is retired from the Air Force, won 736 to 458 over developer Steve Blackwood who was running for a second term.

Msall attributes his win to the help of parents, students and some teachers who told him they felt disconnected from the school board and administrators and then worked to put him on the board.
“A school is really made up of teachers imparting their knowledge to students,” Msall said after Tuesday’s results came in, adding that his message as he campaigned was that whether that knowledge was imparted in a new building, an old building, an igloo or a teepee was irrelevant.

Msall also credits his wife and campaign manger, Vicki, for his win over Blackwood.
He also thanked Blackwood for his five years of service to the district.
“This is an unpaid position and Steve is a very busy guy,” he said.
Blackwood could not be reached for comment.

In Beebe, Lucy Mahoney won 54 percent of the votes in a four-candidate race. In a breakdown of the count, Mahoney received 496 votes.

Former school board member Janet Warner, who served a little longer than the usual five-year term because of the consolidation with the McRae School District, received 228 votes.
Herman Blackmon finished third with 110 votes and Johnny Black finished last with 94 votes.
Mahoney said Tuesday after the votes were counted that the weeks of hard campaigning were exhausting, but worth the effort.

“Every day after work and every Saturday [I campaigned] and I didn’t stop until it got dark,” Mahoney said.
Now she is ready to direct her energy to serving in the position she worked so hard to win.
“I have no reservations about anything,” she said. “I’m ready to go to work.”

Mahoney, an X-ray technician, said she campaigned door-to-door all over the district, in Garner, McRae, Beebe, El Paso, Floyd, Stoney Point and Opal, but she was still surprised that she had dodged a runoff election.
“With four candidates, I really expected there would be a runoff,” she said.

In other races, Phillip Williams won over Ken Madden 362-352 for the Searcy School Board.
In Carlisle, Terry McCallie won over Samantha Jennings 26-14 in Position 3; Jeff Daniels won over David Herring 34-18 in Position 6; and Blake Swears won over Kyle Moery 26-17 in Position 7.

TOP STORY >> What's next after vote?

Leader staff writer

Cabot voters last week app-roved about $28 million in bonds to be supported by an existing one-cent tax.
But when will the work begin? With a little more than three months left in the year, and the bond money unavailable until early December, area residents won’t likely see construction begin on most of the planned projects this year, but officials hope to see progress soon.

Included in the vote was $7 million to pay off the existing bonds for improvement to the city’s water system which are supported by the tax; $16.5 million for the sewer treatment plant and repairs to the collection system; $800,000 for the railroad overpass; $1.5 million to build the community center that came in over budget; $1.8 million for street improvements and $200,000 to build at one time an animal shelter that was supposed to be built in stages.

Last month, the Cabot City Council approved to allow the mayor to borrow up to $620,000 from area banks to pay for design work on the sewer treatment plant, which is by far the biggest project.
Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh said this week that he is talking to bankers now and will likely borrow $360,000 to make monthly payments of $120,000 until the end of the year to pay for design work. The design work will cost almost $1.9 million.

The city has been under pressure from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and its counterpart at the federal level, the Environmental Protection Agency, to build a new treatment plant to replace the old one which has seldom operated as it should. The city has been fined $10,000 and more is possible, but the mayor is hopeful continued efforts toward building the new plant will keep them at bay.
“If we keep on course, it really helps us with ADEQ and EPA,” he said.

The stalled community center that came in $1.5 million over budget when it was bid last year, will have to be bid again. The city has hired a construction manager to oversee the whole building process.
Bids on the animal shelter were opened last week and the low bid was about $100,000 more than the city has even with the $200,000 that will be included in the bond issue.

When completed, the shelter will have facilities for cats, something the city has never had before. It also will have a separate area for euthanizing animals that are not claimed or adopted and a room where area residents can take animals they are considering adopting to get to know them first. If necessary, the project could be scaled back to fit the available funds, the mayor said.

Alderman David Polantz, who for seven years has tried to get the council to open Elm Street and ease the traffic load on Highway 89 near city hall, said this week that he couldn’t be more pleased that opening the street is included in the $1.8 million for streets that voters approved last week.

“Opening Elm Street will let you go from 10th Street to Fred’s, without getting on 89,” Polantz said.
There’s good news and bad news for the $5 million railroad overpass in the Polk Street area that is to be paid for with federal funds, except for the $800,000 voters approved for inclusion in the extension of the one-cent sales tax.

The good news, according to Jim McKenzie, director of Metroplan, which plans for and distributes federal highway money, is that the Metroplan board is almost certain to approve funding the project in October. The bad news is that the hurricane destruction to the south will likely pull away most of the construction companies that would normally bid on such a project and material prices are likely to skyrocket making the project cost a lot more than the estimated $5 million.

The school district was the major supporter of the overpass, because it would keep buses off the railroad track. But the overpass is also the first step to connecting Hwy. 5 to Hwy. 38 with a third interchange on U.S 67/167.
McKenzie said he had already been in contact with Stumbaugh about the overpass project and assured him that it will be a priority.

“We definitely want to give some positive feedback to the citizens of Cabot because they’re willing to tax themselves to get this overpass,” he said. “Rest assured we will move the project along as soon as we know we’ve got the funds.”

TOP STORY >> Guard will place new armory in Cabot

Leader staff writer

Cabot will have a National Guard Armory within the next five to 10 years, Lt. Col. Cary A. Shillcutt told members of the city council Monday night.
Shillcutt, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 153rd Infantry, said Lonoke County, with an armory at Lonoke, currently gets about $500,000 a year in federal funds, a number that would double with the establishment of the Cabot armory.

“We’re excited about the possibility — it’s going to be-come reality,” Cabot Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh said. “We’re excited about what it’s going to do for our economy and the opportunity to hold a support battalion in our community.”

He said the Guard would be re-cruiting from the Cabot area. The new unit would be Foxtrot Company of the 39th Brigade Support Battalion.

Shillcutt said the area was home to numerous military personnel, including members of both the Arkansas Army and Air Force National Guard.

Gov. Mike Huckabee, commander-in-chief of the Arkansas National Guard, approved the notion this summer, and the Guard has begun looking for a space to lease while finding land upon which to build an armory.

“It usually takes five to 10 years to get an armory,” said Shillcutt, but the time can be greatly reduced if the city can help locate and acquire suitable land for one. He said the armory would need about 15 acres in an industrial area with utilities available. The location then must pass a comprehensive environmental assessment.
Once that hurdle has been cleared, the state’s congressional delegation can expedite funding for the armory.
Meanwhile, a new unit could begin operating first out of Beebe. The unit is a combat support service unit, which supports infantry with transportation, feeding and in other ways, he said.

With the new armory will come new jobs, he said. Existing Guardsmen will account for 50 percent of the total, but recruiters will be looking for the rest. The armory will be about 36,000 square feet, including 2,000 square feet of classroom space, a 6,000-square-foot drill hall and a kitchen capable of cooking for 140 people. The armory will be available for community events, Shillcut said. Meanwhile, the unit needs to lease 10,000 square feet or more.

“We’ll be asking for your support,” said the colonel.