Wednesday, December 21, 2005



Cleaning new construction homes. Great rates. Honest person. References available. 269-1439. 12/21

Need cash for Christmas? Own your own home? 100% financing available 1 day out of bankruptcy. Purchasing, Refinancing, or Debt Consolidation. Call Jessica today at 501-843-2738. 12/28

Meagan’s in-home childcare. Now open in Cabot, located in Robinwood subdivision on Kerr Station Rd. Reasonable rates. Ages 6wks - 4 yrs. 4 openings. Hours 6am - 6pm. 681-6000. 12/21

Guitar lessons: Do you want to play the guitar? If so, call Jim at 501-941-8858. 12/21

Gemscapes landscaping -design and planting, sodding, water-features, leaf raking, power washing, exterior painting, privacy fences & decks built. Call 501-835-1870 or 501-425-5963. 12/21


Help wanted experienced HVAC service technician wanted. Please apply at Steadfast Heat & Air. 2111 N. 2nd St. Cabot. 843-4860. 12/21

Kiddieland Daycare is now accepting applications for part-time school age teacher/van driver/ janitoral person. Needs to be dependable, hard worker and able to carry out assignments. Call Wanda or Carol at 982-5271. 12/21

The city of Jacksonville is accepting applications for an Administrative Assistant for the Jacksonville Police Department. Organize and maintain file system and other records; At least one year of professional office experience and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products; Must complete criminal background check; No felony convictions; GED/High school diploma; Valid AR DL. Up to $11.85/hr DOQ Application obtained at City Hall, #1 Municipal Drive. EOE . 12/21

Office assistant applicant must be able to perform general office duties, basic computer skills and possess a strong work ethic. FT M-F. Please call 501-941-1699. 12/28

Maintenance supervision needed $8 to $18 per hour based on exp. in Jacksonville area for large mobile home park. 835-3450. 12/24

Help wanted experienced Dump Truck driver several positions available. Pay hourly (501) 724-4298. 12/21

Quality child Development Center looking for loving care givers who will promote a learning environment for young children. If you are a team player, hard worker, patient, loving, dependable and enjoy working with children please call 501-605-9228. Immediate full time position availabe. 12/31


3BD/ 3 1/2 BA bonus room/4th BD, open floor plan, large kitchen, wood burning fireplace, master BD, large walk-in closet, Whirlpool, backyard, privacy fence & deck, 3 car garage, 3360 sq. ft. on cul-de-sac. 843-0836. 12/21


For rent: large 3BD/2BA mobile home with huge workshop/shed, fenced yard $650 mo. Century 21 Real Estate Unlimited. 843-4473. 12/21

One bedroom house unfurnished central H/A, carpet, kitchen has refrigerator & stove $300 a month, $250 deposit. No pets. 985-2500. Leave message. 12/24

975 sq. ft. office space with 2 offices, reception, and waiting area for lease. Heritage Plaza. 1102 S.Pine, Hwy 89. Cabot. 501-843-0010. 12/21

3BR, 2BA home. Cabot schools. Fenced back yard, 2 car garage. $900/mo. 605-3348. 12/21

For rent: All central heat & air & all Jacksonville. 2BD homes: 120 Union & 196 Roosevelt ($400/mo & $200 deposit). 198 Roosevelt & 101 Pike ($385/mo & $200 deposit). 3 BD home: 142 Central $450/mo & $200 deposit. 563-4886 or 398-0528 for applications. 12/27

LOOK! rent a 2BR/ 1BA single wide trailer, quiet country living, $350 per month & $150 deposit. Newly remodeled & partially furnished. Pay your own utilities. No pets or children please. For more information call Lizzie Johnson 501-835-7599 or Cell: 501-231-0827. 12/21

Office/warehouse space for lease in Cabot. BRAND NEW 1,750 sq. ft. (1250 sq. ft. office and 500 sq. ft. warehouse). GREAT LOCATION. $950/mo. Water paid. Call 501-941-1699. 12/28

For rent 4 bedroom, 2 bath, cabot schools, outside city limits, 2 car attached garage, plus detached garage, 2,500 sq ft, 2 acres, 1 yr. lease, $1,350 per mo. Blackwood Realty. 501-605-8069. 12/21

Available after Jan 1. Commercial Building for lease in Cabot. 2700 sq ft. Enclosed outside storage area. Good traffic count. 501-843-6710 or 800-530-7790. 12/31


Legal notice as published in the December 21 and 28, 2005, editions of The Leader:
An instrument dated May 27th, 2005 was on the 12th day of December 2005 admitted to probate as the Last Will and Testament of the above-named decedent and the undersigned has been appointed as Executrix thereunder. A contest of the probate of the Will can be effective only by filing a Petition within the time provided by law.
All persons having claims against the estate must exhibit them, duly verified, to the undersigned within three (3) months from the date of the first publication of this Notice or they shall be forever barred and precluded from any benefit in the estate provided, that claims for injury or death caused by the negligence of the decedent shall be filed within six (6) months from the date of the first publication of this Notice, or they shall forever be barred and precluded from any benefit in such estate.
This Notice first being published on the 21st day of December 2005.
Andrea Wooley
2384 Black Jack Road
Ward, AR 72176 Prepared by:
Larry K. Cook, #87039
Attorney for Executrix
P.O. Box 200
Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 843-6591


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.

Accepting sealed bids on a 2003 GMC Sierra 1500 2WD 4-door pickup. Vortec 4800 V8 gas engine. 4 speed automatic with approx. 67,550 miles. Contact number (501) 676-2883 to view truck by appointment 8am to 5pm Monday-Friday. Sealed bids should be turned in at Grand Prairie Water, 11177 AR Hwy 31 North Austin, AR 72007 on or before bid closing day January 12, 2006 at 7:30pm. Terms: Payment within 7 days. Grand Prairie Water Board reserves the right to refuse any and all bids. 12/28

Pathfinder,inc. Board of Directors will its monthly Board meeting December 22, 2005 at the Jim Pickens Skills Training Center, 905 Redmond Rd., Jacksonville, Ar. at 11:00 a.m. 12/21

Cabot high school class of ‘51 Reunion May of 2006 for more information contact Bob Duke. 843-5777. 12/28


Beautiful Howard Miller Grandfather clock $1000.00. 882-6462. 12/28

Kenmore electric dryer for sale $125. Maytag propane dryer for sale $100. 882-2420. Beebe area. Guaranteed to work. 12/31

Beautiful lazy boy Luxury lift power recliner, excellent condition, like new, paid $1171. $450 firm. Serious inquiries only. 541-0815 or 551-1211. 12/31

Lexington Liz Clairborne oval table with 2 leafs 6 chairs and buffet. Brand new, must sacrifice at $3000. Bought 2 months ago $4700 never used. Call Lori 920-9440. 12/28

Full size mattress, box spring, and frame. Cleaning out spare bedroom $100. 676-2020. Leave message. 12/28

For sale: Solid oak frame daybed in good condition, neutral green in color, 29” wide $150. 835-7105. 12/28

Deerborn gas heat stove, grates are like new $75 obo. 882-2142. 12/28

China cabinet w/glass doors. Excellent condition $200. 941-3351. 12/28

For sale light oak entertainment center $35, white wicker space saver $15. 882-3570 Beebe. 12/28

Bed set 2 night stands, dresser w/mirror, frame, headboard, mattress, box spring $140 obo for set. 241-0621 Jax. 12/28

Upright deep-freezer good condition $150. Fish cooker. Full tank of gas $45. 13 inch color TV w/vcr $50. VCR $25. 983-1445. 12/28

Full size mattress & box spring, new, no flip pillow top $150 set. 835-1740 12/28

For sale: Oak stereo cabinet, 3 shelves, glass front, heavy wood $50. Call after 5:30pm. 843-0079. Great for christmas. 12/28

White electric range frigedaire $150. 605-6516 leave message. 12/28

Frigedaire washer & dryer. Match pair. Heavy duty, works very good, looks very nice $150 for pair. 658-1188 or 658-1209. 12/28

36” sony tv Picture in picture excellent condition w/entertainment center, plenty of space & drawers, must sell. Asking $500. 985-0500. 12/28

Box springs for Queen sized bed, new $35. 982-1097. 12/28

3 cushion couch. Pale rose cream & dusty blue striped. Excellent condition $75. 10941 Hwy 89 S. Lonoke Furlow. 676-3262. 12/28

Table & 4 chairs blonde & white, good condition $75. 985-0248. 12/28

Very nice coffee table & one matching end table w/lots of storage $100 for set. 985-0248. 12/28

For sale: Kenmore electric stove, black door, off white, approx. 5 years old, works great. $150; a great Christmas gift. 676-6455. 12/31

For sale: All wood desk antique medium sized & color, great condition $20. 941-3922. 12/24

Nice tan reclinerm $25, dinette table & 4 padded chairs $25, small bookshelf $7, nice high chair, antique quilt frame $10. See Mr. Pratt. 3713 Roderweis Rd off 107. 12/21

For sale: Fooseball table & pinball machine. 247-5551. 12/21

Whirlwasher $100. 231-8514. 12/21

Twin sized box springs & thick mattress $50. 744-6433. 12/21

Lp gas infrared wall heater w/thermostat controlled ignition press 17000 BTU used one winter $200. Call anytime 626-7639 or 626-2128. 12/21

Stackable washer/dryer 110 current $200 for pair. Call anytime 626-7639 or 626-2128. 12/21

Baby jumparoo $25; baby crib $75. 605-8871. 12/21

Recliner/electric lift chair. Tan leather. Excellent condition $425. Call 843-3169. 12/21

Coffee/map table 68” square, 4 drawers, dark stain, good condition $125. 843-0501. 12/21

Bed set 2 night stands, dresser w/mirror, frame, headboard, mattress, box spring $225 obo for set. 241-0621 Jax. 12/21


Pecans for sale $1 per pound, Acer computer pentium good computer but slow, complete w/monitor & keyboard. 985-3526. 12/28

For sale: 1 men’s 10 speed, like new, med green, ladies’ 10 speed purple, like new $60 each. 985-0800. 12/31

Ab-lounger Hardly used. Paid $100 asking $50 firm. 626-8829. 12/28

Antique piano w/bench, beautiful cherrywood finish. Needs to be tuned $175 obo. 985-3526. 12/28

Vacuum cleaner Westing House “unplugged” has 2 batteries, charger, new $50. Vita mixer/book & recipe-Stainless, works perfect $150. 982-9279 or 310-4011. 12/28

2 disney albums (1962 & 1964) $30 each obo. Collectible Barbie doll (1997 Christmas) in box never opened $30. Leather biker jacket, extra-large, Patriotic Eagle on back, never been worn $130 obo. 882-2142. 12/28

Casino-sized slot machine $200 obo. 835-2812. 12/28

Firewood for sale, will deliver. (501) 690-0468. 12/21

For sale: HP Pavillion 8655C PC/DVD/CDRW. HP 952C printer. Pulstek scanner. HP 15in. FS monitor. Windows 98 SE extras $400 cash. 676-5531. 12/28

Guitar for sale: Gibson SG special w/hardshell case. Mint condition. Comes w/accessories $1,000. 563-5000 Cell. 12/28

Porcelain dolls and clowns collections. Lg bag of stuffed animals. Century baby stroller $150 for all. 983-1445. 12/28

Firewood for sale oak & hickory. Split U-haul $65-1/2 cord. $100-cord. 988-1126. 12/21

Childrens vcr tapes. Many, many to choose from. Fair price. 744-6433. 12/28

Ibm computer Pentium 3 800 Mhz no hard drive but works $75. 985-3526. 12/28

For sale: Treadmill- ProForm 535X. Two years old, great condition. $300. Call 743-8581. 12/28

Van load of toys to give away to needy children this holiday season. 744-2566. 12/28

Moving Ceramic molds for sale. Call for info. 425-5412. 12/28

Cingular cellphone 1 Nokia $45 obo. 1 Motorola Camera flip $70 obo. 985-3526 for more info. 12/28

For sale: wood over-the-toilet storage unit w/2 doors. Great condition $8. 941-3922. 12/28

For sale: Crib and matching changing table w/o mattress $45, Open top swing $15, Infant car seat w/base $20, Crib bumper pads boy/girl $5-10, baby clothes, b/g make offer. Call Stephanie at 628-4070. 12/24

Two wing-back chairs. Good condition $25 each. 941-7976. 12/24

Women’s black leather stadium length coat fits S-M. Very nice, never worn still has tags & receipt. Purchased from Express in McCain Mall. Paid $300 asking $125. 843-9399 leave message. 12/24

Football card collection. Payton Manning and Marvin Harrison. 100 cards 90 are Rookies. Great investment or a gifty they will never forget. 941-2419. 12/24

High quality stair step w/3 rubber tension cords on each side. Good cardio workout $40. Cell 288-0570. Home 882-7444. 12/24

For sale: Nice men’s clothing. Johnny Carson suit, 52.44. Sport coats, casual coats, leather coat 52.48. Several pants 44 in waists, also 2x. 982-0133. 12/24

For sale: SHARP-23 inch TV black, $50 obo. SONY DVD player black, $55 obo w/remote. Will sell together for $100. 4 beech wood PANASONIC surround sound speakers, $75 obo. KENMORE home surround sound system with subwoofer $250. 605-8055/952-4112. 12/21

For sale: JVC- 3 disc/2 deck stereo system, like NEW blue and charcoal $150 obo. 605-8055/952-4112. 12/21

2001 white EZ-GO electric golf cart. Great condition $2200. 882-7199 after 6:30pm. 12/21

For sale: Oval shaped OAK dining room table, 4 chairs very anitque looking $125 obo. Willing to deliver in Beebe, Ward, Cabot, Jacksonville area. 605-8055/952-4112. 12/21

For sale: 2 black faux leather couches, 3 seater and love seat. Will sell together $500 or separately also 2 creme leather cubes set for $45, if purchase couches will throw in. 605-8055/952-4112. 12/21

Cold storage box well insulated 12ft x 12ft x 7ft high $200. 843-9489. 12/21

Lionel electric trains wanted. Working or not. Cash paid. 758-9741. 12/21

2 mounted 8 point deer heads. One hand made deer hunting scene. 843-0046 or 606-6258. 12/21

All itmes must go. Traybilt rding lawnmower 17 1/2 hsp 42” cut $600 obo, 2 antique China cabinets $200 each, Southwest livingroom set $500 obo, armoire $125 obo. 827-2783. 12/21

All items must go. Daybed $80, queenbed $75, 5 piece dinette set $100, chest freezer $100, exercise bike $50, bookshelf $10, 19” TV $30, 13” TV $15, entertainment stand $35, 2 dressers $40 each, chest $25, computer desk $40. 827-2783. 12/21

For sale: 1 white lace blouse, lined, sz 18 $2. 1 Turquoise velveteen pull over blouse sz 18 $2. Ladies royal blue shoes, never worn sz 8 wide $2. 982-5422. 12/21

For sale: rose colored suede houseshoes 8b $3. 982-5422. 12/21

For sale: ladies 2 pc suit 16 1/2 violet $7 never worn. 2pc suede dress 16 1/2 rust colored $3. 1 chemise dress 16 1/2 red velveteen $3. 982-5422. 12/21

For sale: rca big screen tv 53" very good shape $400. Oak wall entertainment center 9’ long $400, 13 gal hp huskey. Air compressor $200, 5x8 utility trailer $400. 605-1811. 12/21

For sale: tennsmith bench braker & stand mod#hbu48-16, $450. 988-5237. 12/21

For sale: one ladies 14kt white gold 3.5 carat solitaire diamond ring. New designer mounting. Nice color, clarity. $5,500. 230-6136. 12/21

For sale: shelled pecans $5 per pound knitted house shoes w/3x knitted soles, various colors & sizes $10 per pair. 268-8447. 12/21

7’ coin-op pool table for sale. Real slate $400. 336-4752. 12/21

Jacuzzi covered newport iv morgan deluxe start $1400. 3 yr warranty. 988-2348. 12/21

Ceramic molds 206 gray st. Sat 10th. 9am til 2pm. 12/21

St. Louis cardinals leather jacket size 48 paid $200. Like new asking $100. 744-6433. 12/21

Will pick up refrigerators, washers, dryers, air conditioners, stoves working or not, also scrap metal, free. 838-3955, ask for roy or leave message. 12/21

Just in time for christmas, gentlemen tudor tiger woods watch by rolex date, automatic chrono time shark shin band $1300. 941-1257. 12/21

For sale: 8 - 50ft long used telephone poles $25 each. 870-256-4913 after 5:00pm. 12/21

For sale: 14 - 10" x 14" 22ft long bridge timbers $20.00 each. 870-256-4913 after 5:00pm. 12/21

Lg men’s clothing sizes extra-large to 3x pants & shirts, cheap! 744-6433. 12/21

For sale: 300 lbs of olympic weight set & bench for sale. Coca-cola dinette set for sale. Please call 606-9501, leave a message or call 882-3505 after 5:00pm. 12/21

Motorola flip camera phone. Good condition. Charger & carrying case $70 obo. 985-3526. 12/21

For sale treadmill, ping pong table. Cheap 247-5551. 12/21

Large sears electronic treadmill. Fold up-pro form $25. 982-6360. 12/21

For sale: 40-50 bottles of cleaning supplies. Mr. Clean furniture polish, bathroom cleaner, etc.$50 for all. Individual pricing available. 628-7085. 12/21

Santa suit $15; 7’ christmas tree $15; chest of drawers $20; toddler bed $15. 988-4094. 12/21

For sale: 1,000 gal propane tank w/regulator $300 firm. 985-2079. 553 delaney rd. Jax. 12/21

1 small bush hog, 1 12-c coffee maker, 1 popcorn popper. Small chicken water and feeder. 1 styrofoam incubater, old hammer mill. 882-6229. 12/21

Barbie training bike w/training wheels like new $30. 920-2421. 12/21

Cordless drill. Firestorm 12v, charger, carrying case $25 cash. 551-1793. 12/21

Lost & found

Lost wallet with important papers & identification. Lost at knights in jacksonville between dec. 3 and now. Call 744-2566. 12/28

Found: blue healer mis off 319. Call to identify. 605-8664. 12/31

Lost on paradise park rd, jax, male cat gray, brown & white appr. 18lbs, answers to name of blaz. 985-1172 or 982-5821. 12/28

Lost 2 black labs, adult male & female, last seen in beebe area, may have orange collar. Reward!. 882-5485. 12/28

Found: female walker hound in beebe off main st. White with brown & black, has collar. 882-6264 to identify. 12/24

Found: kitten, gray, tan and black. Striped tuxedo tabby. Female. About 5-6 months old. Found at 1010 w. Center st. Beebe. Call 278-7955. 12/24

Lost: large 18-20lb grey & tan stripped, long haired, male, neutered cat. Jacksonville near t.p.white dr/north eastern/ foxwood dr. Area on 11/30 or 12/1. Please call 837-6312 or 982-8330. 12/21

Found: labrador retriever on pinewood st, cabot. Contact me with type of collar & color of lab. 350-6955. 12/21

Found: huskie between austin & cabot on hwy 367. Call & identify 941-3260. 12/21

Lawn equipment and farm

1-5hp rear twine mower. 1-5hp front twine mower. 1 self-propelled bagger. All for $300. 983-1445. 12/28

For sale: tiller used once, must sell. $300 obo. Bought new $400. Call rick 626-6321. 12/21

40-10 lp john deere w/walden front blade $5,000. 40-10 lp john deere w/hvy duty front loader $8,000. School bus seats $10 each. 882-3060. 12/21

Lawnmowers, three-wheelers, or 4-wheelers, working or not, 838-3955. 12/21

Animals, pets, & supplies

Free puppies catahoula/ australian shepherd mis. 920-8325. 12/28

8 mo. Old peach headed sun conure, comes w/cage, will trade for tea cup apple headed chihuahua, female. 882-7466. 12/31

Free christmas kitten, 2 yellow, 1 gray, 1 black & white. Very cute & friendly. Call 941-1705. 12/28

6mo old cocker spaniel free. Cannot keep due to work hours, current on shots. 541-4440. 12/28

2 year old silver abyssinian male cat, rare. Free to good home. 259-4894. 12/28

Needs an inside home, young adult fixed female cat w/ all shots, purrs & catches mice. 961-1715 or 940-7415. 12/28

Free puppies 1/2 cockerspaniel 1/2 shis-tzu. 3 male 1 female. 837-6406. 12/28

Horses: 3 y/o registered sorrel paint, gentle, halter broken, gated $500 obo. 16 y/o tennessee walker, gentle, loads good $450 obo. Moving need sale asap. 501-454-4719. 12/24

2 male kid goats. 1 twelve days old. 1 6 days old. Miniature horse 5 1/2 month old male white. 676-6990. 12/24

Must sell: bay tobiano stud about 3 yrs old, not broke, great potential, asking $300. 605-8222. 12/24

Great dane dog pen $35. 843-9489. 12/21

Female palmaranian 7 months old spade & trained very sweet & playful, loves kids, great w/other animals, to loving home only. 210-835-8084. 12/21

Vehicles & accessories

2002 suzuki intruder $7,500. 454-3040. 12/21

For sale: 1998 dodge dakota reg. Cab pickup, 3.9l v-6/5-spd, dual exhaust, good tires, cold a/c, am/fm cass. $2800. 605-8297. 12/31

1996 geo metro, runs good, needs clutch, clean car $500. 941-5482. 12/28

1994 chevrolet s10 blazer, 4-door, 4wd, good condition, 159k miles, $2950. 796-2171. 12/28

Camper shell fits lwb full-size pickup. Has sliding windows $50. 605-3818. 12/28

1998 lexus es 300 green tan interior, loaded, one owner, non-smoker, 48000mi $12,500. 454-7043 benton. 12/28

1993 ford t-bird, very clean in & out no rust or dents, nice paint, good runner, good tires, no overdrive, needs exhaust work $500. 676-7735 or 240-6600. 12/28

1996 nissan xe motor & transmission, 4 cylinder, automatic, runs good out of truck $500. 676-6127 ask for carroll stivers. 12/28

1990 nissan 2 door, air, automatic, am/fm. Located in jacksonville runs great, good gas mileage $1,600. 944-0125. 12/28

84 el camino 350 motor. 470 hsp. Ready to race for sale or trade. 744-1534. 12/28

1979 ford f-150 lwb runs good $1450. 920-5203 or 605-1019. 12/28

2005 ford f-150 supercrew 5.4 triton v-8, 4x4, bedliner, certified w/extended warranty, 30k mi, clean truck. $25,000. (870) 814-2706. 12/28

1988 chevy silverado. Lwb auto, v-8, 137k $2,000 or interesting trade. 983-0293. 12/28

Ford 1979 fairmont wagon, runs good. Great for point a to b $550 obo. 241-0621 jax. 12/28

1999 pontiac 4dr/4cyl automatic. 74k mi, 2nd owner $2,750. Truck rack. Good condition $125. 65in x 55in. 983-1445. 12/28

1991 cadillac deville $500 cash. Call john for info 985-0409. 12/28

1996 jeep cherokee. Very clean, excellent condition 104,000 $4500 obo. 843-7022. 12/28

1992 chevy short wheel base 350 motor, auto, cowl hood, white, nice truck $4000. 843-6900 or 831-1785. 12/28

Fiberglass bed cover for 1997 ford pickup & up, short bed, excellent condition $250. 259-5783. 12/28

1996 ford windstar ps, pb, rebuilt engine & transmission with warantee. Asking $3,799. 580-7603. 12/24

Universal 4-whole 17 inch chrome wheels and tires $1200 obo. 606-9689 or 882-1559. 12/24

5.0 motor out of 1989 ltd need rebuilding $350. 985-2726. 12/24

1967 mgb-gt good power train y-wheels $1250 obo. 351-6784. 12/24

2000 ford windstar minivan, auto, front whl drive, 6 cyl, good tires, seats 7. 43,610 mi. $7,700. 416-7748. 12/21

1998 ford mustang v-6, automatic runs & looks fantastic $4,500 obo. 690-2446. 12/21

Aluminum topper of 94 nissan king cab, 60"x75" 4 clamps included $60 cash, car top carrier full of christmas lights & items $25 for all. See mr. Pratt. 3713 roderweis rd off 107. 12/21

2001 gmc extended cab 4x4 dualy, one owner, 84000minew tires, running boards, white w/blue interior, excellent condition $22,000. 843-0190. 12/21

Ford f350 steel flatbed new rebuilt small v-8, c-6 transmission, $3,800 cash. 605-2682. 12/21

1999 honda accord lx 4 door automatic $6,900. 605-3312. 12/21

1998 ford escort 2x2 sport. Good motor. Runs good. Transmission slipping $1200. 605-8109 or 626-9375. 12/21

1987 nissan stanza wagon $500. 749-9401. 12/21

1983 plymouth 4 cylinder auto air p.steering, p. Brakes, very nice about town car $850. Jax 988-2338. 12/21

1965 chevrolet bel air 283 auto air p.steering, nice car 58,000mi $4800 jax. 988-2338. 12/21

Ford 1979 fairmont wagon, runs good. Great for point a to b $550 obo. 241-0621 jax. 12/21

1988 chevrolet camaro. 475 hp engine nitrous, automatic, everything new. Very fast, street legal. 658-7223. Call for more information. 12/21

Recreational vehicles

Tilt trailer 15" tires haul 4 wheelr or lawnmower $285 cash. 605-2682. 12/21

Rear rack for 4 wheeler $169 new asking $75 cash. 983-8005. 12/28


Wanted: to buy motorola razor cellphone at good price. 985-3526. 12/24

Wanted: running or non-running push or riding lawnmower. 843-5376. 12/28

Wanted to buy at good price. Soul-calibur iii for ps2. 985-3526. 12/28

Family in need of washer & gas dryer. 676-1416. 12/28

Urgently needed: women’s clothing sizes 2-3x for elderly disabled woman. Blankets also welcome. 941-3839. 12/24

Wanted: will pick up complete or incomplete vehicles, 838-3955. 12/21



Don Fults, 65, of Beebe died Dec. 20.
He was a paint contractor and then retired from Falcon Jet as an interior installer.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Kirk Fults; two sons, David Hawk of Beebe and Wesley Fults of Sacramento, Calif.; one daughter, Tammy Jackson of Beebe; two brothers, Dan Rey-nolds of California and Bob Fults of Missouri; one sister, RoseAnn Escott of Illinois; eight grandchildren.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Stoney Point Cemetery, Beebe by Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe.


Kenneth Leon Floyd, 67, of Stuttgart passed away Sunday, Dec. 18, at Stuttgart Regional Medical Center.
Floyd was born Oct. 1, 1938, in Hazen. He was a 28-year employee at Producer’s Rice Mill where he was a construction engineer, and was a member of Park Avenue Baptist Church.
His parents, Enos Doris Floyd and Nettie Mae Kee Floyd Dozier; his step-father, James A. Dozier; and brothers-in-law, Charles Daw-son, Raymond Dawson, Elmer Raper and Henry Kee, preceded him in death.
Survivors are his wife, Joyce Ann Dawson Floyd; his son, Dickie L. Floyd and wife Donna of Stuttgart; his daughter, Cindy A. Doss and fiancé Mike Wayman of Little Rock; two brothers, Benny Floyd and wife Marilyn of Cabot and Jerry Floyd and wife Judy of Moro; brother-in law and sisters-in-law, Modean Kee of Hazen, Janie Bell Dawson of Bryant, Marcelle Raper of Stuttgart, Sue Dawson of Lonoke and Gene and Margie Vail of Stuttgart; and six grandchildren, Adam and Kenny Mannis, Jonathan, Tiffany and MaKayla Floyd and Camilla Lewis. He was also survived by several other relatives and many friends and co-workers.
Funeral services were Tuesday at Park Avenue Baptist Church with Bro. Ralph Ruffin officiating.
A graveside service was held Tuesday at Center Point Cemetery near Hazen by Turpin Funeral Home of Stuttgart.
Pallbearers were his nephews, Dudley Raper, Doug Vail, Jeff Floyd, Terry Floyd, Bud Dawson, Greg Hogue, Clay Medford and Billy Kee.
The family requests memorials be made to Park Avenue Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 983, Stuttgart, or Center Point Cemetery Fund, c/o Gail Wallace, 2826 Hwy. 249 N., Hazen, Ark. 72064.


Eva Dee Gardner, 86, of Beebe, died Sunday, Dec. 18.
She was raised in Enola and Mt. Vernon.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 20 years, Fred Gardner, and her parents, Henry and Lillie Hale Grimes. She is survived by three daughters, Cindy Chapman and Sandra Sloan, both of Beebe, and Anna and husband Harrel Free of Conway; two sons, Charles Gardner and Thurman Gardner, both of Beebe; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Hassell Grimes of Texarkana, Texas; and three sisters, Reva Moore of Rogers, Rachel Linders and Linda May, both of McRae.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at McRae Pentecostal Church, with burial in Weir Cemetery.
Arrangements are by West-brook Funeral Home.


Daniel O. West, of Beebe, died Dec. 16 at a local hospital after a two-month fight which involved a two-car accident.
He was born in Thomasville, Georgia on August 14, 1938, and moved to Arkansas in 1978.
He loved his evenings of fishing and his special coffee time at Waffle House with his many friends, especially Gary of Beebe and Roger Tilman of Keystone Heights, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his father, Elvin West of Thomas-ville, Ga., and is survived by his wife, Adele West of the home; a son, Robert (Bobby) West of Beebe; a granddaughter, Kaila West of Tennessee; his mother, Edith Barnett of Cairo, Ga.; a sister, Mickie Hall of Tallahassee, Fla.; many nephews and nieces; his mother-in-law, Lillian Her-mans of Denmark, Wisc.; and many brothers and sisters-in law.
Funeral was Tuesday at Westbrook Funeral Home.


Ella M. Walters, 91, of Ward, went to be with the Lord Monday, Dec. 19.
She was born March 22, 1914, at Des Arc, to James Adam and Allie Alberta Brown Parker. She was a Baptist and a loving, caring, passionate mother.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Walters and her parents.
Survivors are a son, Norman “Bud” Walters and his wife Agnes of Bee Branch; daughters, Mary Lester of Jacksonville, Ann Taylor and husband Marty, and Doris Ball of Beebe, Clara Maples and husband C.W. of Austin, and Louise Lucky and husband Bill of Ward; 28 grandchildren and a host of great and great-great grandchildren.
Family will receive friends 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Sand Hill Cemetery, Des Arc.
Arrangements are by West-brook Funeral Home.

EDITORIAL >> High court does it again

For the third time in three years, the Arkansas Supreme Court instructed the legislature and the governor this week to fix the funding of public schools so that the 450,000 children are assured suitable and roughly equal educational opportunities.

While it was extending them a third chance, the court seemed a trifle more impatient with the lawmakers, who this year disregarded the laws they had designed themselves to produce a constitutional school system.

In a little more than 11 months, a constitutional system must be firmly in place. The court stayed its mandate in the old Lake View school case until then.

What happens then if the state has not acted? The court was, as usual, vague but resolute.

The Supreme Court is obliged to see to it that the will of the people when they wrote the Constitution is followed, the court said, and it added: “We will perform that duty.” We can only guess that the court would then order its own remedy.

One concurring justice, Tom Glaze, said the Constitution fully clothed the Supreme Court with the power to enforce the constitutional mandate for an equitable and suitable school system.

But that need not and, we are confident, will not happen. The issues actually are far less complicated than in 2004 and 2005, when the legislature previously addressed the court’s landmark decision, and the state demonstrably now has resources in hand to complete most of the task.

The state budget has some $100 million of play between revenues and expenditures that it could direct to the schools this year and anticipated cash balances of close to $300 million by the end of the current two-year budget cycle that can be committed to school facilities.

Those are the principal shortcomings that the court-appointed masters found in school funding, which the court itself embraced.
After passing legislation in 2004 to make education the state’s No. 1 priority in budgeting, the legislature this year failed to give the public schools even the cost-of-living increase that was allotted to all other public employees and agencies, including the legislators themselves. Another $100 million appropriation from current revenues would do that.

While the legislature’s own study showed that there were $2.2 billion in immediate needs for school construction and repairs, it appropriated only $120 million over the next two years. That sum could be quadrupled without affecting the other urgent needs of the state and without new taxes.

In case anyone thought the issue was not urgent, the court said the issues needed to be dealt with “immediately” and “forthwith” so that children this school year might see the fruits of the labor.

But Gov. Huckabee, who flew back from a governors’ meeting in Arizona to make the same news cycle, said there was no urgency and that he might not call a special legislative session at all because one might not be needed.

Clearly, he had not digested the court’s opinions. Neither ignoring the decision nor waiting until the fall of 2006 is an option unless he and legislators pointedly want to invite a contempt citation by the court for whatever political rewards might flow from standing up to the judiciary.
Huckabee just as clearly had given some thought to the issues in advance because he knew full well what the court would say.

He said he would like to have a current adequacy report on the schools, legislation that would take more regulation of local schools away from school boards and rest it with the state — superintendent and coaching salaries, for example — and an up-to-date survey of the condition of school facilities. He wants further consolidation of small school districts to be part of the remedy, and it ought to be.

But some of the governor’s hedging seemed to be just dilatory. He wants detailed accounting of all school spending in the state before he calls a session to deal with underfunding.

He divided total annual education spending by the number of school classrooms in Arkansas and came up with the figure of $94,150 of spending this year for each classroom.

The average teacher salary is only $39,266. So what happened, he asked, to the other $54,884? The answer, of course, is: retirement and Social Security matching, health insurance, buses, bus drivers, fuel, electricity, gas, water, cafeteria and janitorial workers, school books, supplies, equipment, building repairs and debt repayment.

Someone might ask the same question of his office. The governor’s office this year is spending $5.1 million, but the governor is paid only about $81,000 of that. What happened to the other $5 million?

No, more delay is not the answer. Let’s don’t risk a fourth chance.

EDITORIAL >> Arkansans used again

Pardon our paranoia, but it is hard to escape that old feeling that Arkansas is not a real state but a colony, to be exploited when the need arises. That is indisputably the case whenever we are hauled before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Maybe we asked for it historically by giving big corporations our natural resources — natural gas, bauxite, timber — virtually tax-free for a hundred years until they were about gone. The state’s unofficial motto was, plunder us, please!

Monday, for the second time in 20 years, the regulators at FERC said Arkansas electrical customers of Entergy Corp. should subsidize those in other states. Starting in 2007, customers of Entergy Arkansas will send some $200 million a year to the Entergy subsidiary in Louisiana so that it can lower the light bills of its customers. It has nothing to do with Katrina. Louisiana filed this case years ago.

Arkansas ratepayers already have paid some $3 billion to Louisiana and Mississippi over the past 20 years so that electrical bills in those states will not be so high.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held that the expense of generating electricity in the states served by the big Entergy holding company should be more or less equalized.

Since Arkansas generates nearly all of its electricity at nuclear and coal-fired plants, which now produce power much less expensively than do gas-burning plants, we are supposed to help Louisiana. Louisiana generates some electricity from nuclear units, but most of its electricity comes from natural gas, the cost of which has risen sharply since 2000.

There is no earthly justification for requiring energy customers in one state to subsidize those in a slightly richer state except for a private agreement among the operating businesses of a holding company. Equalization has not always been a federal policy. It was not when Arkansans were paying much higher costs than neighboring states.

In the 1960s and ’70s, Arkansas Power and Light Co. (now Entergy Arkansas) produced power mainly by burning fuel oil and natural gas. It embarked on a costly strategy of converting to nuclear and coal power. Arkansas homeowners and businesses (except those served by co-ops and municipally owned utilities) had to pay higher bills based on the plant investment and the future cost of decommissioning the nuclear units at Russellville. Louisiana and Mississippi were not required to bear any of the higher costs for Arkansas customers.
But three young regulators for Gov. Bill Clinton in 1979 — Jacksonville’s Wally Nixon, Scott Trotter and Basil Copeland — discovered a new system agreement among the utility companies of the three states to share the cost of building and decommissioning a giant new nuclear plant in Mississippi. Major costs were to be shifted to Arkansas customers because by that time the cost of building nuclear plants had leaped to, in the case of the Grand Gulf plant in Mississippi, about $3.5 billion.

They persuaded Clinton to protest and the Arkansas company renegotiated a somewhat better deal with the other companies, but Louisiana went to FERC. The federal commission assigned Arkansas 37 percent of the cost of the plant. Arkansas appealed to the federal appellate court in Washington and lost.

But it could have been far worse even then. One of the federal judges, a dilettante named Robert Bork whom President Reagan later tried to put on the U.S. Supreme Court, came up with a cockamamie theory by which Arkansas should bear just about all of the cost of nuclear plants in Arkansas and Mississippi. Arkansas did not have much clout in Congress then and it had been voting consistently Democratic. That was the only justification that seemed plausible.

Now, FERC has embraced something close to Bork’s perverse theory.

We remember the rage of the man who defeated Bill Clinton in 1980, Frank White, when he discovered the ramifications of the deal. White talked about calling a session of the legislature to buy Arkansas Power and Light Co. and operate it as a state utility to protect Arkansans from the depredations of the holding company arrangements. He might have been on the right track.

Entergy Arkansas says it may try to sever itself from the system agreement, but that will take many years, if FERC and the courts even allow it. Our only hope is to get a federal appeals court in Washington, now populated by Borklike extremists, to overturn FERC. Get ready to pay.

SPORTS >> Cabot tops Jackrabbits to remain undefeated

Leader sports writer

Cabot managed to keep its unbeaten streak alive Friday night at the Panther gymnasium by beating Lonoke 43-40. But they didn’t do it without a serious fight from the Jackrabbits.

Lonoke controlled the second half of the game up until the very end, when post Chad Glover put the Panthers back in the game with some last-minute heroics that have become the senior’s calling card this year.

“You have to tip your hat to Lonoke,” Cabot boys coach Jerry Bridges said. “They really out-scrapped us. We finally started taking advantage of Chad inside, and it started paying off for us. We did a poor job of rebounding in the first half, but in the second half, we picked it up. Our defense is really what gave us a chance to win this game.”

The game was closely contested right from the start, as the lead changed hands five times in the opening quarter alone. By the end of the first, Lonoke held a narrow 9-7 lead.

Glover tied the game to start the second quarter, but Lonoke began to speed up the game’s pace. The Panthers’ man-to-man pressure began to lose its potency, as the Jackrabbits kept the ball and the Cabot D on the constant move. Stanley Staggers helped Lonoke stay out front with six straight points in the final three minutes of the second period. Lonoke looked like it would carry the lead into the half, but four straight points from Cabot sub Jacob Trammell gave the Panthers a 21-20 lead at halftime.

The opening 3:18 of the third quarter was all defense, as a free throw from Staggers at the 4:42 mark was the first score from either team in the second half. The scoring pace picked up quickly from there, as the Jackrabbits continued to out-hustle the Panthers. Lonoke went on a seven-point run to take a 27-21 advantage by the 3:17 mark.

Cabot refused to let the game slip away, however, as they put themselves back in contention with a three pointer from guard Justin Haas and an inside basket from Glover. At the end of three, Lonoke held a 31-27 lead.

Until the fourth quarter began, Glover had just nine points on the night. By game’s end, he would have 23 total points, including seven of eight from the free-throw line in the final period. A free throw from Matt Shinn was the only non-Glover point for Cabot in the final eight minutes of the game.

The Jackrabbits answered Glover’s sudden inside domination with good all-around shooting, as Kylon Boyd, Eligha Gooden and Walter Ellis all put points up from outside the low block to keep Lonoke out in the lead.

Glover finally got the Panthers back out in front at the 3:09 mark with a pair of free throws to put them ahead 39-38.
Two free throws from Boyd a minute later gave the lead back to Lonoke. After another inside jumper from Glover gave Cabot the lead back at 41-40, the final 1:38 of the game became a back-and-forth battle of turnovers and timeouts.

Two timeouts from Lonoke whittled the clock down to 6.6 seconds, with the Jackrabbits in position to win the game with a last-second shot.
That shot would never be taken, as Glover covered Staggers on the ensuing in-bounds attempt. Staggers could not get the ball past the Cabot senior’s 6’9” frame, and Lonoke was called with the five second violation to give the ball back to the Panthers.

Another pair of free throws from Glover in the final five seconds to put the game away for Cabot, as the Panthers narrowly escaped their first loss of the season.

Eligha Gooden led Lonoke with 14 points, five rebounds and three steals.

Lonoke and Cabot both have this week off for Christmas break, but will return to action Dec. 28 in the opening round of the Harrison tournament.

SPORTS >> Lonoke upsets Lady Panthers

Leader sports writer

Few people expected the Lady Jackrabbits to leave the Cabot gym with their unbeaten record still in- tact, nor did they expect the double-overtime war it took in order for them to actually do it. The Lonoke girls proved all doubters wrong Friday night, edging out the Lady Panthers 52-49 in one of the most exciting games of the early season. The win improves the Lady ‘Rabbits record to 11-0 on the season, and establishes them as a serious force heading into the heart of their 6AAA-conference schedule.

The game did not start out very exciting, as the opening quarter went scoreless for the first 2:11 until a pair of Maddie Helms free throws got Cabot on the board first. Both teams slugged through the first, as the game was tied 7-7 at the 1:50 mark. The score would remain that way until the buzzer, when Kim Sitzmann scored a lay up at the buzzer to put the Lady Panthers ahead by two.

The Lady ‘Rabbits continued to struggle in the second quarter, but Cabot picked things up. The Lady Panthers would extend their lead to six, leading 20-14 at the half.

Despite a slow first half, Lonoke came out swinging in the third quarter, outscoring Cabot 18-3, and taking over the game’s tempo. Calisha Kirk tied things up for the Lady ‘Rabbits at the 5:09 mark with a reverse lay up. Lonoke then went on a 10-point run for the remainder of the period that was only interrupted by a Rachel Glover free throw for Cabot. By the end of the third, the Lady Rabbits had taken a 32-23 lead and looked poised for the easy upset.

Things would not be as easy in the fourth quarter, as the Lady Panthers began to press hard defensively. Lonoke began to turn over the ball, and Cabot took advantage.

Sitzmann put the Lady Panthers back in the lead with two free throws at the 1:26 mark. Kristy Shinn did the same for the Lady ‘Rabbits 15 seconds later Glover hit a three pointer for Cabot to put them ahead 41-39 with 47 seconds remaining, but Meaghan Kellybrew hit two more free throws to tie the score once again.

Cabot had one last chance to claim the win in the final three seconds of regulation, but Helms’ three-point attempt fell short, and the two teams prepared for overtime.

The first overtime was less than thrilling, with each team scoring two points in the extra period.
The second overtime would make up for that and then some, as the shootout began.

Jenny Evans struck first for Lonoke with a jumper and free throw to put them ahead 46-43. Jamie Sterrenberg answered for Cabot with a three-point shot that tied things up once more.

A three pointer from Lindsey Watts put the Lady Panthers ahead by one, but Libby Gay put Lonoke back out front with a jumper in the final minute.

Cabot’s outside shooting had saved them all night, but the long ball finally ran out of air for the Lady Panthers. Two straight three-point attempts fell flat for Cabot, as Kirk extended Lonoke’s lead with more solid free-throw shooting under pressure.

Lauren Walker was Cabot’s last chance in the closing seconds, but her attempt at a three would also miss the mark, and the Lady ‘Rabbits began to celebrate their biggest win of the season.

“That’s a good high school basketball game,” Lonoke girls coach Nathan Morris said. “We got a win on the road in front of a big crowd. This is our first road game besides playing in tournaments and a conference game against Christian. This win is un-measurable in terms of what it will do for us.”

Calisha Kirk led Lonoke with 21 points, including nine of 10 free-throw attempts. Kirk also had 14 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Kim Sitzmann led Cabot with 12 points and eight rebounds.

The Lady Panthers have this week off for the holiday, but will start back Dec. 28 in the first round of the Harrison invitational basketball tournament.

The Lady Jackrabbits also have the week off, but will join Cabot at the Harrison tourney.

NEIGHBORS >> A Coca-Cola Christmas in Lonoke

Leader staff writer

It’s always time for Coca-Cola and Christmas at the home of Don and Wanda Cook at 1381 N. Johnson Road in Lonoke.
“I would go to flea markets looking for jewelry, and 13 years ago I bought a couple of Coca-Cola pieces because they were so cheerful with the red and white,” Wanda Cook said.

“It just grew and grew.”

The massive collection has gained Cook the self-appointed title of “that crazy Coke lady.”

She credits her husband Don, retired from Union Pacific, with helping her with her collection and the giving the tours.
There’s even a chalkboard sign on their front porch proclaiming “One crazy lady and one really nice guy live here.”

In amassing the collection, the Cooks found out that the Coca-Cola Company was battling lagging sales in the winter so in 1931 the company commissioned Chicago illustrator Haddon Sundblom to paint a Santa Claus for advertisements. In recent years, Coca-Cola began including polar bears in their winter advertisements. The bears now appear on nearly as much merchandise as the Sundblom Santas, so the Cooks decided to make the living room a tribute to Coca-Cola at Christmas.

A few years ago, the Cooks decided to leave their Coca-Cola Christmas decorations on display inside and outside all year long even if it means replacing burned-out Christmas light bulbs in the middle of summer.

“I also collect dust bunnies,” Wanda Cook joked, wiping at a display cabinet.
The Cooks have a Coca-Cola themed kitchen with dishes, glasses and silverware bearing the famous logo.
There is also a Coca-Cola bedroom, dining room, bathroom and “fun room” which is reminiscent of a soda-fountain shop.
In the “fun room” the Cooks have Coca-Cola cans and bottles from more than 65 countries on display as well as planes and ships made from Coca-Cola cans.

“People ask me how much the collection is worth and you just can’t put a price on it. So much of the collection has been given to me,” Wanda Cook said.

Ten years ago the Cooks invited her grandson’s second-grade class at Lonoke Primary School to tour the collection. Ever since then, every second grade at Lonoke Primary School takes a December field trip to the Cook’s home to view the Coca-Cola collection.

Wanda Cook dresses in a red-and-white Coca-Cola waitress ensemble that matches a Barbie doll as she guides the second grade tours through her home, explaining the joys of collecting and pointing out a few of her favorite items.

One such item is a miniature Coca-Cola bottle brought to her by one of the second graders from the first tour ten years ago.
This year about 100 students toured the Cook’s home, enjoying the Coca-Cola themed house as well as some of the motorized gadgets Wanda Cook shows them such as Coca-Cola planes, clocks, telephones and a bubble machine.

The tours end in the “fun room” where students get a six-ounce bottle of Coca-Cola to drink, compliments of the Coca-Cola distributor in Little Rock, and two cookies that are shaped like the familiar hourglass curves of a Coca-Cola bottle.

“I call them Cokees. It’s just a simple sugar cookie recipe and I shaped a snowman cookie cutter into a Coke bottle,” Wanda Cook said.
She then dips the cookies into chocolate to represent the cola and a little white chocolate to represent the caps of the Coca-Cola bottles.
“The most fun of collecting is sharing it with others. That’s the blessing of it,” Cook said.

TOP STORY >> C-130Js pass tough test in cold Alaskan climate

Leader staff writer

Two C-130J cargo aircraft from Little Rock Air Force Base have been proven ready for war in all types of weather after finishing two weeks of cold-weather evaluations at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, that ended Dec. 14.

Operational testing of the C-130J, which began in November, will determine whether the plane will meet full operational requirements. Previous evaluations conducted in 1999 and 2000 looked at the plane’s ability to perform basic tasks.

Before returning to Little Rock Air Force Base, Maj. Dave Flynn, 48th Airlift Squadron operational test and evaluation mission commander, said, “We performed all cold-weather test objectives, and our mission here is complete.”

The 48th Airlift Squadron worked with members of the Air Force Operation Test and Evaluation Center from Ed-wards Air Force Base in California during the rigorous testing. The results of the evaluations will be released in a report in the spring.

When the two C-130J aircraft landed at Eielson Air Force Base Dec. 6, temperatures in interior Alaska were about the same as Arkansas.
“The only real difference is the snow on the ground,” said Senior Airman Jacob Erskin, 314th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron guidance and control craftsman.

Known to many Alaskans as Chinook Winds, the warmer-than-usual weather was courtesy of a front pushing warm air from the Gulf of Alaska into Alaska’s interior, bringing daytime temperatures to above freezing. The temperatures eventually dipped into the minus-30 degree range, which is considered normal temperatures for the Air Force’s farthest-north base.

“We were working on the plane in layers of our winter gear and we would begin sweating and have to take off layers to cool down, but since it is winter in Alaska and we would quickly begin to feel the cold again,” said Tech. Sgt. Terry Ben-son, 314th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron hydraulics technician.

“We were going from hot to cold and then bundle up and get hot again. It seemed like it was never a happy medium,” Benson said. “It was still pretty cold during the evenings.”

Since 2004, testing included formation flying, airdrop events, traffic collision avoidance system tests, computer-based approach testing and the most comprehensive noise and vibration tests ever conducted on the C-130J.

It is not yet known if Little Rock Air Force Base will receive any additional C130Js in 2006. Reports put the cost of each Super Hercules between $45 and $65 million.

Tech. Sgt. William Farrow of the 314th Airlift Wing contributed to this story.

TOP STORY >> Residents dispute new development

Leader staff writer

Residents of Sun Terrace, across the street from Wal-Mart Supercenter in Cabot, who several years ago successfully fought rezoning on the corner of Rockwood and Hwy. 89 at the entrance to their subdivision, are doing battle with the council again to stop a commercial development just one house down from that corner.

The residents filled every available seat and lined the walls in the council chambers Monday night. They had missed the planning commission meeting earlier this month when the commission approved about 11 acres for rezoning from residential to commercial and they were determined that the council, which has the final say, would know how they feel before it was too late.

For half of the two-hour council meeting, they took the podium one by one to express their objections to the council rezoning the property, but their reasons for objecting were not diverse.

The developer wanted to put an entrance into the subdivision on Rockwood. They don’t want that because they say that traffic from Wal-Mart and other businesses in that commercial development already is so bad that they have difficulty getting on and off Rockwood. And for that matter, they don’t want access to a commercial development off Hwy. 89 either. They don’t want a commercial development on their side of the highway at all.

They said they feared that a commercial development would devalue their property, bring more traffic inside their neighborhood and endanger both their children and their peace.

“I don’t understand why we have to keep complaining about making this commercial,” Virgil Teague told the council.
The city is getting the cart before the horse by allowing commercial development in an area that is already frequently in gridlock.
“If you want commercial development, you should build a highway first,” Teague said.

Jack Sinky, who lives in the first house off Rockwood, reminded the council that the residents of Sun Terrace are voters who helped put them in office.

“Leave residential alone. Don’t chip away at it from the corners,” he said. “Do the right thing.”
Patty Brown, who lives at 19 Sun Valley Road, implored the council, “Please do not do this to us.”
Susan Price, who lives at the end of Rockwood, said, “Leave it residential. That’s why we all bought here. Develop somewhere else.”
Alderman Odis Waymack drew jeers from the crowd when he said there is really no way to stop commercial development along Hwy. 89. He said later that the council opened the door to commercial development when it rezoned a daycare next to the property to allow Steve Blackwood to move his real estate business there. The daycare had been required to keep a residential zoning with a special-use permit that could not be transferred to the new owner.

The residents who attended the meeting also feared that if the 11-plus acres are rezoned to commercial, the house on the corner of Rockwood and Hwy. 89 that they had fought to keep residential would be the next to go commercial.

Ron Craig, planning commission chairman, said after the meeting that the master zoning plan shows Hwy. 89 as commercial on both sides.
Waymack said that since the council has rezoned the Blackwood property commercial, it has little choice except to rezone for the proposed commercial development.

Alderman David Polantz disagrees. He told the council that housing, not commercial development, has to remain the focus in Cabot.
At Waymack’s suggestion, the rezoning was sent back to the planning commission for the developer and the commission to discuss a planned-unit development or PUD which would require the developer to submit complete plans for what he intends to build.

But Waymack said later that he doesn’t think the city can compel the developer to present anything other than what has already been required – a rezoning request.

Adding to the quagmire, City Attorney Clint McGue told the council that in his opinion the council can’t even tell the developer that he can’t build access into the property off Rockwood. To do that would be to invite a lawsuit, he said.

By sending the matter back to the planning commission, the council has postponed making a decision until mid February.
“The deadline for getting on the January commission agenda has passed,” Craig said.
Residents said they have no intention of giving up.

Carl Schmidt, a longtime resident, told the council that a bus stop is now at the location where the developer proposes to make an entrance off Rockwood. A blind spot on the street is dangerous already without adding heavy construction vehicles to the mix, he said.

So when asked if he would attend the planning commission meeting to continue his fight he answered, “You can bet your sweet bippy we’ll be back.”

TOP STORY >> City council butts heads over budget suggestions

Leader staff writer

Following a firestorm of words with Mayor Donald Ward Monday night, the Beebe City Council tabled a vote on the $2.7 million 2006 city budget until a full council is present.

Alderman Janet Rogers was absent.
Aldermen Janis Petray and Bobby Robinson suggested cuts for the budget including laying off the city’s economic development director, Marjorie Armstrong, and a yet to be determined street department position to supplement the street fund. Armstrong, one of the city’s highest-paid employees with a salary of around $48,000, was hired three years ago to help jumpstart Beebe’s economy.
“I think the council has failed. I think you need to go back and do your job right the second time,” Ward told the council.

“I don’t appreciate you getting belligerent with us,” Robinson said, adding that he could point out instances where the city administration has failed.

“I think you’re out of order,” Ward said banging his gavel. “I don’t care what you think,” Robinson said.
After a five-minute recess, the council voted to table the decision on the budget.

Armstrong attended the meeting but did not address the council regarding the budget.
“The existing citizens that are paying their taxes here is what’s important right now,” Petray said.
“When we cannot offer our own citizens infrastructure, I don’t see how we can attract new residents,” Petray said.
“So what we do now is pave the streets and forget about the future?” Ward asked.

Ward told council members he thought it was a good budget and attributed the city’s economic conditions to inheriting a $400,000 budget when he took office in 1999 followed by costly damage due to tornadoes that cut a swath through the city.

Ward first presented the budget which also includes a 5 percent raise for city employees, to the council Nov. 28. The council met Dec. 12 to review and discuss the budget.

“I believe I’ve been an asset to city government as well as the community and I hope I can continue,” Armstrong told The Leader.
“No one (on the city council) is going to touch the 5 percent pay increase because next year is an election year,” Ward said.
By state law, the budget must be passed by Feb. 1.

In other business, the mayor asked the council to consider changing the administration of the city cemetery. The price for an adult grave is $325 and the price for a child or cremation grave is $175.

“We need to either get out of the business or do something to defray the costs,” Ward said. Robertson agreed, citing the summer maintenance of mowing the graveyard.

The council is also considering a proposal to get streetlights installed along Pecan Street on both the north and south sides of the Hwy. 67/167 overpass.

The streetlights are expected to help light portions of the ballpark as well. Additionally, the council heard from John Sanderson of the Optimist Club of Searcy.

The Optimist Club of Searcy is offering to help establish a club in Beebe.
“The motto of Optimist Clubs is ‘Friend of Youth.’

“We would need an initial participation of about 30 people to get it started. The Beebe Optimists would elect their own officers, and raise their own funds. We just want to help get it started,” Sanderson said.

For those interested in starting an Optimist Club of Beebe, contact the mayor’s office at (501) 882-6295.

TOP STORY >> Defense bill gets approval in House

Leader staff writer

After a long and heated battle Sunday night, members of the House of Representatives passed 308-106 the 2006 defense spending bill that would also open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, but Cong. Vic Snyder, D-Ark., who opposed the drilling, cautions Arkansans that the real vote was much tighter.

He said he and many others voted for the $453 billion defense spending bill, which pays for the wars in Iraq and Af-ghanistan and funds Little Rock Air Force Base, only after failing in a close vote to keep the ANWR drilling provision off the defense bill.
“Don’t get fooled,” Snyder told The Leader Tues-day. “We had the vote on the rule.”

“It basically put everything together — ANWR, money for Katrina relief and for the flu vaccine,” he added.
That vote, which could have stripped the ANWR drilling from the bill, passed by only 214 to 201, he said, with 198 Republicans voting yes, 21 voting no and 12 not voting. Among Democrats, only 16 broke ranks to include the oil drilling provision in the defense spending bill, while 179 opposed and seven didn’t vote.

That vote was taken at 4:10 a.m. Monday.
Senators opposed to drilling in the refuge might attempt to filibuster the defense bill Wednesday.

“I am dismayed that the Repub-lican leadership has made a mockery of the legislative process and placed vital aid to our troops on the ground at risk,” Sen. Blanche Lincoln said.

“Oil drilling in Alaska has been debated and defeated in Congress for almost as long as I’ve been here. It is my hope that this bill not be held hostage to such an unrelated and controversial provision as ANWR.”

“Sen. Mark Pryor is undecided on the filibuster and conflicted on the bill,” said spokesman Lisa Ackerman, who said Pryor had steadfastly opposed the drilling but staunchly supported the military.
social programs cut
About 90 minutes later, the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 authorized huge cuts in social programs important to Arkansans passed 211 to 206, Snyder said. It’s not clear that the bill will pass the Senate, he said, but if it does, it will cut student loans by $12.8 billion, and cut child-support enforcement by a billion, bringing total cuts to $39.7 billion over five years.

“This is the wrong bill for Arkansans,” said Snyder. “It makes it easier for deadbeat dads to get away and harder to get a student loan. What’s driving the bill was to find money for a Republican tax-cut bill to benefit the wealthy. It’s bad public policy.”

Snyder said he also was concerned about revelations that President Bush ordered warrant-less wiretaps and spying on Amer-ican citizens. “I think you’ll see Congress look into this in a deliberative manner,” he said.

At least one U.S. senator, Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has asked for an investigation into whether or not the president had committed an impeachable crime. Snyder said that in a free society, you have to balance security with civil liberties, but that it had to be done through laws. “The allegation in the New York Times story is that the president didn’t follow the law,” Snyder said. “He says he did.”

Bush says that when Congress authorized him to go after the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks just after Sept. 11, 2001, they authorized him to take such measures.

“I never hear anyone discussing that we were giving authority to do our intelligence gathering differently,” Snyder said.

“I believe there should be a full investigation into exactly who the President authorized the NSA to spy on. If his motive is purely to deter terrorist attacks on Americans and our allies, then an investigation will confirm that. The President has said he welcomes an investigation, and both Republican and Democratic leaders have promised to investigate the matter. I will withhold any further judgment about this program until I have more information.”

TOP STORY >> Legislators frustrated by Lake View

Leader staff writer and Arkansas News Bureau

A special session on education may well be necessary but doesn’t have to be hurried, Gov. Mike Huckabee said Tuesday.

After the state Supreme Court declared school funding unconstitutional a week ago, Huckabee initially said a special session might not be needed to address concerns raised in the decision.

Since then, Attorney General Mike Beebe and others have said funding remedies would require legislative action. Only the governor can call the legislature into an extraordinary session.

Huckabee said Tuesday that he would not call a special session until a plan is in place to address issues raised by court.
Local legislators agree that there is a lot of homework to be done first and no need to rush.

No Lonoke, White or Pulaski County legislators were surprised by the ruling taking them to task, they said, but they were disappointed.
Sen. Bobby Glover, D-Carlisle, said last week he found a couple of positive things in the mix.

Glover has said all along that the legislature’s decision not to raise the state minimum foundation aid for the first year of the biennium was a bad idea, but he was pleased that the court acknowledged separation of powers, limited its intervention and did not concern itself with issues of further school consolidation.

“I was well pleased that while the court adopts most of the masters’ report, they don’t adopt it as a whole, particularly regarding the issue of district consolidation,” Glover said. He also said he felt confident that there was sufficient surplus revenue to cover any needed changes without resorting to any new taxes.

State Rep. Will Bond, D-Jacksonville, expressed disappointment that the court interjected itself into the Lake View/school adequacy question at all.

“It’s my belief that the court’s overstepping their authority, but it gives us an opportunity to examine again what we’ve done,” Bond said. “We’ll go back into districts, talk to principals, see what’s working and what’s not.”

Bond said the legislators could evaluate whether or not they needed to provide more money, and if so, in which areas. Bond said the new adequacy study would also show whether the general assembly required unfunded mandates.

Bond also said he thought there could be savings already in place to help offset the cost of mandates — for instance, technology that cost the districts less than the state provided.

“I took issue with their statement that we didn’t make education our first priority,” said state Rep. Jeff Wood, D-Sherwood. “Nobody wants new taxes, everyone wants more accountability. No one wants to take up consolidation again. We did the best we could with what we had to work with.”

“I’m still concerned about the separation of powers between the branches,” said state Rep. Sandra Prater, D-Jacksonville. “ I still want to make the districts as accountable as possible for their money. It’s come out in audit lately about one district paying for country club dues.

“We have $1 billion in school district reserves around the state. Why is that not going to the schools? I want to make sure that the money going there is going to the kids.”

“What we have to do first is begin to gather information on what’s needed for adequate funding,” said state Sen. John Paul Capps, D-Searcy. “The House and Senate Education Committees can hold hearings to adequately fund the schools. We need to know how the money is being spent. We need to meet with superintendents on reserve funds and how they intend to spend.

“We need to look at the athletic spending, transportation spending, all the spending. We need to monitor construction and real-time cost,” Capps said. “There is a real possibility of the judicial branch usurping the legislative branch. Do they want the judiciary running the school districts and the state?”