Friday, June 09, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 06-10-06

Thelma Waymire

Thelma Louise Waymire, 80, of Beebe, formerly of Pangburn, died May 7. She is survived by two daughters, Loretta Norman of Illinois and Melinda Sue Eubanks of Kansas City, Kan.; 10 grandchildren, Pamela Laymon of Greenbrier, Tamera White of Friendswood, Texas, Randy Corpening of Virginia, Christinia Morrison of Tulsa, Okla., Aaron Cooper of Tennessee, Dewey Cooper of Tulsa, Okla., Melinda Weiser of Illinois, James Eubanks of Kansas City, Kan., Lottie Eubanks of Texas and Krystal Eubanks of Kansas City, Kan.; and 15 great-grandchildren. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe, with cremation to follow.

Edna Smith

Edna Smith was born Aug. 9, 1924, in Crisfield, Md., and departed June 9. She is survived by five children: Allen and wife Susan Smith of Vilonia, Victor and wife Debi Smith and Troy and wife Belinda Smith of California, Sandra Smith of Washington and April Smith of Vilonia; six grandchildren and eight great- grandkids. She has lived in Arkansas for the past 10 years. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Zion Hill Baptist Church, Cabot.
Interment will be in Maryland. Arrangements are by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.

TOP STORY >> Moratorium on building could end

Leader staff writer

IN SHORT: Cabot commission works out a solution to the maxed-out pumping system in Hwy. 321 area.

The moratorium on building on Hwy. 321 in Cabot could be over soon since the Water and Wastewater Com-mission has worked out a solution to the maxed-out sewer-pumping system in that area.

Building permits will be issued as soon as developers of five planned subdivisions in the area that will add 397 new customers to the system pay about $235 for each meter that will be set. The money collected will pay for about $93,000 in upgrades to the lift station and force main.

The problem the commission faced in dealing with the outgrown pumping system was that the city doesn’t own it. It belongs to the Cabot South Sewer Improvement District, which built it about 10 years ago and whose customers are paying for it on their real-estate tax bills.

Before new developments could use the system, the owners had to pay the improvement district an amount equal to what the original customers had paid over the years.

For Jim Green, a Jacksonville developer trying to build his first subdivision in Cabot, that means he will have to pay Cabot Water and Wastewater Commission $42,000 in addition to the $60,000 or so he has already paid Cabot South Sewer subdivision. Although the city has maintained the system in the sewer district since it was built, Bill Cypert, commission secretary, said he could find no records of the system being dedicated to the city or of the city agreeing to maintain it.

So the nature of the relationship between the Cabot Water and Wastewater Commission and the commission that runs the Cabot South Sewer Improvement District is unclear. But Cypert made it clear Thursday night, during the regular commission meeting that from here on out, the commission, not the improvement district will deal with developers.

The city is under a consent order from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to improve its sewer system or pay heavy fines or worse.

“This is serious business,” Cypert said. “If something goes awry, the whole construction on that end of town could be shut down.”

In other business, the commission spoke to Jim Dalton, assistant superintendent for Cabot School District, who asked the commission to help pay for a $130,000, 14-inch water line to the planned elementary school at Campground and Kerr Station. The commission agreed to consider the request but made no promises.

Dalton had two selling points for the request for any assistance the commission might give.

The school district is one of the water department’s biggest customers, he said. If the school is built there, the area will certainly develop and bring in even more customers.

And the district will never make any money back on laying the large water line.

“We’re not contractors. We’re not ever going to see any profit off this,” Dalton told the commission.

The commission also heard from Vernon Williams with USI-Arkansas, Inc., the engineering firm that will build the new sewer plant.

Williams told the commission the construction plan is on schedule and the plant should be substantially completed by Dec. 31, 2007. Improvement District.

Green, who attended the Thursday night commission meeting, said he will pay because he has no choice if he wants to continue with plans for his 182-home Lakewood

TOP STORY >> Conservative vs. moderate in party feud

Leader staff writer

IN SHORT: Randy Minton rejects the label “ultraconservative” for the Republican Assembly and disputes notion of power struggle in the county party.

The Arkansas Republican Assembly, which has recently asserted itself in Lonoke County by fielding two candidates who—barring a change in Saturday’s recount — un-seated two incumbent Republicans, embraces all the conservative and traditional family values, according to Randy Minton of Cabot.

The ARRA wants to uphold the Consti-tution, promote free-market capitalism and the Bill of Rights, according to Minton, who is a board member.

Minton objects to the characterization of the group as “ultraconservative,” saying it was “mainstream conservative.”
The assembly refers to itself as “The Republican wing of the Re-publican Party.”

Until about 10 years ago, the Lonoke County Quorum Court was strictly the domain of the Democrats. Now all the Cabot-area seats are held by Republicans, who enjoy a one-vote advantage on the court.

But among those Republicans, “some of political principals we be-lieved in were being pushed to the side,” said Minton. That’s why the assembly recruited other Repub-licans to run against Dist. 12 JP Gina Burton and Dist. 13 JP Marty Stumbaugh.

Burton lost her race to newcomer Casey Van Buskirk by only six votes, 115 to 109, and Stumbaugh lost to newcomer Mark Edward 151 to 125.

Both incumbents asked for recounts, which were to have been conducted Saturday.

Stumbaugh says Minton and the others in the Republican Assembly were punishing him for his vote with Democratic JPs on a tax issue nearly two years ago to raise revenues to fix and expand the jail.

“Locally we are concerned about any kind of tax increases, about not being good stewards of taxpayers’ money,” Minton said. “We’re concerned about growth of government and trying to control those type things.”

People should be able to redirect existing taxes, according to Minton. That’s what he and also most of the Republicans on the quorum court tried to do—put a referendum on the ballot to direct more of the county sales tax money to county government, less to the cities.

Stumbaugh voted with the Democrats, who offered a quarter-cent increase in the sales tax to fix the jail—a proposal that lost.

Burton said she believed that Minton and the Republican Assem-bly singled her out for replacement because she won the county Repub-lican Party chairmanship and be-cause he was later defeated by a single vote by Prosecutor Lona Mc-Castlain’s deputy, Chuck Graham.

People on Minton’s side claim more moderate Republicans brought in a bunch of ringers to join the party and vote for Graham.

The moderates say they had been recruiting actively for a long time.

Minton said the successful effort to replace Burton with newcomer Casey Van Buskirk was not vindictive, “just a difference in philosophy of governance.”

“In Gina’s case, there were times she voted with the Democrats on the quorum court,” Minton said.

He said there is no schism in the county Republican Party, though he agreed there were factions, like those that might exist on a corporate board of directors.

Minton, who is on the board of the ARRA and is president of the Arkansas chapter of the equally conservative Eagle Forum, says he doesn’t have time to seek the county chairmanship next time.

But he said he wouldn’t rule out other races. State Rep. Susan Schulte, R-Cabot, will be term-limited in 2007 and state Sen. Bobby Glover, D-Carlisle, will be term- limited out of the Senate after four more years.

Glover beat Minton in the 2002 general election.

In theory, Minton could serve two years after Schulte, then run for Glover’s seat.

Minton said the number of contested Republican primaries is an indication of the growth of the party.

“When a party changes from minority part to majority party, you always have people who see the change and want to be on the winning side,” Minton said. “The Republican Assembly wants to make sure that we have people who are elected who believe in conservative principles.”

The assembly is also trying to grow its influence statewide and to make sure that the leadership of state party reflects more closely the conservative values.

As for the victories by Van Buskirk and Edwards, majority of the credit needs to go to those two candidates, door to door, asking for votes, he said. The assembly ran newspaper ads endorsing a slate that included the two, JP Larry Odom and for Cabot mayor, Bill “Pete” Pederson, who lost to Eddie Joe Williams.

They also distributed 3,500 door hangers.

As for President Bush, Minton said the Assembly thinks he’s done a good job on family-value issues like abortion, gay marriage and cutting taxes and fighting terrorism abroad, but not such a good job holding down spending, expansion of federal education budget and dealing with illegal immigration.

TOP STORY >>Voters set to choose mayor, JP in runoff

Leader staff writer

IN SHORT: Local voters return to the polls Tuesday to decide who will be the Lonoke mayor and who will
represent a district including parts of McAlmont, Sherwood and Jacksonville on the Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Voters will decide a handful of local contests and pick their favorites in three races for statewide office in primary runoffs Tuesday.
Meanwhile, recounts were slated for 10 a.m. Saturday in three Lonoke County Republican primary races—two of them at the request of defeated incumbents, the other in the case of a Cabot alderman’s race decided by a single vote out of the 1,171 cast.


In a four-way primary contest in Lonoke May 23, voters turned Mayor Thomas Privett out of office, setting up a Democratic runoff between Alderman Wayne McGee and former Alderman Jim Parks. Since there are no Republican or independent opponents, the winner of the runoff will be Lonoke’s next mayor.

McGee’s race against Parks may be less about substance than style, with each promising to continue the work Privett initiated to attract business and to bring a second I-40 interchange to Lonoke.


McGee is an open-faced good ole boy, buying and trading cars, selling furniture and running an auction company, all with his cousin Gaylen McGee. Inclined toward blue jeans, shorts and polo shirts, his is a down-home appeal. He says he knows everyone in town and, delivering furniture, has been in about everyone’s home.

Parks, on the other hand, favors more formal attire like the crisp, three-piece suit and shined shoes he wore speak last week before the Lonoke Chamber of Commerce.

Tall, white-haired and angular, he often refers to himself in the third person, promising to bring professionalism to the office.

A former manager and sales representative for Abbot Labora-tories, Parks implies that he is best suited to meet with national and international representatives seeking to locate a manufacturing plant.

Both men say they expect a light turnout for the runoff and just hope to get their supporters to the polls.

In Pulaski County, voters in parts of Sherwood, McAlmont and Jacksonville will pick the next Pulaski County District 10 Justice of the Peace, choosing between the incumbent, Rev. Robert E. Green, and former JP John Mass.

Between them, Mass, Green or Green’s wife has represented the district for more than a decade. Among those voting locations are the Jacksonville Community Cen-ter and the Bill Harmon Recreation Center in Sherwood.


Statewide races on the Demo-cratic runoff ballot pit state Rep. Tim Wooldridge against Bill Halter for the nomination for lieutenant governor, and North Little Rock City Attorney Paul Suskie and state Rep. Dustin McDaniel for attorney general. Martha Schoffner and Mac Campbell are in a runoff state treasurer.

The winner of the Wooldridge-Halter race will face Republican state Sen. Jim Holt in November.

The winner of the increasingly contentious primary runoff for attorney general will face Gunner Delay in November.
Schoffner or Campbell will face Republican Chris Morris.


Carl Schmidt, who lost 586 to 585 to Virgil Teague Jr. in a Republican primary race for Cabot alderman Ward 2, Position 1, seems the most likely to turn an election around.

Dist. 12 JP Gina Burton, who lost her race to newcomer Casey Van Buskirk by only six votes, 115 to 109, has asked for a recount, and so has Dist. 13 JP Marty Stumbaugh, who lost to newcomer Mark Edward, 151 to 125.

TOP STORY >> Bikers protect funeral

Leader staff writer

IN SHORT: An anti-gay group mars funeral with chants and signs.

Six wholesome-looking church-goers holding signs proclaiming God’s hate for America faced off against hundreds of grungy-looking bikers in vests and doo-rags proclaiming His love.

That was the scene in Beebe on Wednesday afternoon for the funeral service of Army Specialist Bobby West, who died May 30 in Iraq.

Surreal, perhaps, but it is a scene played out almost daily across the nation as soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan come home for the last time. Members of the small Topeka, Kan., Westboro Baptist Church, whose 70 to 100 members are mostly the family of Fred Phelps, who founded it in 1955, schedule anti-gay protests wherever time permits. And where they are, the Patriot Guard Riders are there also, waving American flags and serving as a human shield to block the mourners’ view of the protesters.

Jonathan Phelps, the seventh of Fred Phelps’ 13 children, and one of the lawyers in the family, was leading the group Wednesday, which also included his younger sister Abigail, and four teenage boys.

He said the church’s mission is to tell the world that homosexuality is wrong and that nations that tolerate it are damned. That the dissenting viewpoint from the bikers across the highway was the one shared by most people was not a concern.
“We don’t care,” Phelps said. “We publish the message. That’s all that matters. We’re not interested in changing anybody’s views.”

And whether the bikers (whom Phelps called “biker bitches”) like it or not, they help get that message out.

“Even though they sometimes beat us to a bloody pulp, they’re serving us so we love them,” he said. “When they come we get more publicity, so we love them to death.”

If the signs they carried – “Don’t worship the dead,” “Thank God for dead soldiers,” “God hates your tears” — weren’t enough to rile the bikers, the Phelps’ family’s actions were.

Abigail Phelps wore an American flag for a skirt.

“I’m not just wearing it,” she said. “I’m wearing it upside down to show this nation is in distress. I’m giving it its due respect.”
Later, her brother dragged it on the ground, as the two groups shouted across Hwy. 64 at each other.

Most of the bikers, who lined up for for a roaring procession down Hwy. 64 and in front of First Baptist Church where the funeral was held, came from Arkansas and had never attended one of the Phelps’ rallies. But some, like John Leke from Trinton, Tenn., makes it a point to be where they are as often as he can.

“I’ve been to at least a half dozen,” he said.

The Patriot Guard Riders are a loosely knit organization made up of numerous veterans and biker groups who have been working together since last summer to counter the work of Phelps’ church. They reportedly started with the American Legion Riders Chapter 136 from Kansas who mustered enough bikers for a counter protest at the funeral of Sgt. John Doles. Since that time their campaign has gone national, with every state responsible for finding enough bikers to cover funerals where the church pickets.

In the case of the West funeral, the family asked the guard to attend, said Pete Waddell, the state president. The family asked for 30 bikers, but by using mass e-mail to get the word out, 300 showed up.

Among them was Lee Lowder whose biker vest said he was a member of the Highway Hedges Ministry in Little Rock.

That the bikers’ appearance at the funeral brought more attention to the demonstrators was not of particular concern to Lowder.

“We’re bringing more attention to what’s right,” Lowder said. “These people have a very distorted view of who God is.”

Some of the counter protesters said they were there because they remembered how they were treated when they returned from Viet-nam. Still others said they came to block the view.

Dressed in typical summer apparel and standing elbow to elbow with the bikers were Josh Kamer, Ashley Mitchell and Cassie Metcalf, teenagers from Beebe, who said they came because it was the right thing to do.

“We’re here to support the family and all the people overseas doing what they’re doing,” Kamer said.

Margie and Micah Briley and their three children from nearby Austin stood quietly on the corner near the church driveway holding a large American flag in an attempt to shield West’s family from the protesters.

Micah Briley’s brother, Chief Warrant Officer Donovan Briley, died in Mogadishu, Somalia, when the Blackhawk helicopter he co-piloted went down. The Oct. 3, 1993, mission in which 18 Ame-rican soldiers were killed, 73 were wounded and 500 to 1,000 So-malis were killed changed Ame-rican policy on interfering with foreign governments and became the subject of the movie “Blackhawk Down.”

“We tried to get right in front of them, but the police asked us to leave,” Margie Briley said.

The Phelps’ demonstration was just as disgusting as she had anticipated it would be, Briley said.

“I believe they have the right to protest, but you shouldn’t protest the very people who give you that right,” she said.

Army Reserve Sgt. Kenneth Kimball, who said he had been home from Iraq for only two days, was the only person across the highway from the protesters who was dressed in uniform. He squatted in the middle of the driveway to the church, seemingly contemplating the scene.

“It’s disturbing,” he said of the protesters and their signs. Asked what bothered him the most, he said, “The kids.”

Keeping the peace at the protest were dozens of law-enforcement officers, including 18 from White County, 12 state troopers and two policemen from Bradford.

Asked if he was concerned for the safety of the children who accompanied him, Jonathan Phelps said, “That one over there in purple is a champion runner. And the other three, I guess are in training.”

Bradford Police Chief Josh Chambliss, who returned home from Iraq to a 9-month-old baby he had never seen before, had no comment about what he witnessed Wednesday.

But he said he felt he should be there, so he volunteered himself and one other officer.

White County Sheriff Pat Garrett said he brought in volunteers and off-duty deputies to make sure the county was covered while so many were in Beebe.

“This man gave up his life so these people have the right to protest,” Garrett said.

“As a Marine veteran, I find it offensive, but this is the United States of America, and they have the right to believe what they want.”

Phelps said members of Westboro Baptist Church never picket the funerals of soldiers whose families have indicated that the services are to be private.

“We target only those wanting to use dead children to promote the idea that America is OK,” he said.

A new state law prohibits de-monstrating during funerals, so eventually, the Phelps group left, the police officers thinned out and the counter demonstrators relaxed and waited for the funeral procession to the cemetery while “An American Soldier” by Toby Keith played continually from a car parked on the grass near the highway.

Jessica and Janette Allen, sisters from Sherwood who are home from college for the summer, arrived after the demonstrators left and took their places at the end of the church driveway, saying they wanted to be sure the family saw their signs.

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friend, John 15:13,” read Janette’s poster board sign.
Her sister’s was simpler. “We love you Bobby,” it said.

FROM THE PUBLISHER >> Shameful protest

Leader publisher

Jonathan Phelps and his small group from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., this week demonstrated at two funerals for soldiers who were recently killed in Iraq.

Phelps and his group don’t mourn the deaths of soldiers like everyone else but celebrate their passing as evidence of divine retribution for America’s tolerance of homosexuality.

I walked up to Phelps as the de-monstration was winding down at Army Specialist Bobby West’s funeral in Beebe. Phelps’ time was almost up — his group had to leave half an hour before the funeral service started — and I wanted to talk to him before he left.

He’s an affable person, with an easy smile who looks like a high school coach or a minister. He’s a good talker. He later told me he’s been a practicing attorney for 20 years.

“We’ve had to deliver a message,” Phelps said. “Doom and gloom is facing this country. I read the Bible. Any nation that goes the way of Sodom and Gemorrah awaits a similar fate.”

Phelps and his group have held demonstrations almost every day for 15 years. Phelps says he averages three demonstrations a week at funerals for soldiers who’d been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Military funerals are where the action is,” he told us.

His father and church leader, Brother Fred Phelps, did not attend Wednesday’s protest here. “He was giving an interview to Rolling Stone magazine,” Phelps said, laughing. It didn’t seem to bother him that the publisher of that counterculture publication is gay.

The group had been to Arkansas before. Phelps was pleased that we noted in an editorial that his group had picketed at the funeral of Virginia Kelly, Bill Clinton’s mother.

The church was upset with Clinton’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on homosexuals in the military. “It’s a sodomite agenda,” Phelps said. “His momma raised him from the Devil.”

They were now on Hwy. 64 in Beebe, waving and singing and stomping on flags and holding up signs that said “America Is Doomed,” “Fags Doom Nations,” “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “Thank God for IEDs.”

An improvised explosive device had killed West, 23, in Baghdad on May 30. His funeral was about to start at First Baptist Church of Beebe, across the road from where Phelps and his entourage were whooping it up, while counterdemonstrators, most of them bikers with U.S. flags, lined up in two long rows in front of the church.

There was some tension in the air, but law-enforcement officials kept the two sides apart. Someone was carrying an eight-inch knife, but the police took it away from him.

Phelps’ group carried other signs that read “Thank God for Dead Soldiers,” “God Is Your Enemy” and “God Hates Fag Enablers.”

There were cheers when the protesters left Beebe. Phelps and his group walked to their cars and headed for Gerard, Kan., where they picketed at the funeral for a young Marine who was recently killed in the fighting.

He says he keeps up with military funerals by checking a Pentagon Web site and doing Google searches.

We called Phelps on Thursday evening and asked him how the funeral in Kansas had gone.

“It was a grand and glorious event,” said Phelps, talking to us at his church. “The Marine who was killed was very popular in Crawford County, Kansas, where the funeral was held. He was touted as a big hero. We had to set the record straight.
“God is destroying this nation,” he continued.

“It’s not a question of if but when it will be destroyed. He is killing the fruit of this nation in that war. God will bring this nation to Judgment Day by fire and by flood.”

SATURDAY EDITORIAL >> For local boys, on Tuesday

Arkansas will hold its general primaries Tuesday statewide in the case of the Democrats and in far-scattered precincts in the case of Republicans, and the voters are expected to be few and far between. The low turnout could be a record for the modern era. But we do not invalidate the results of an election simply because they reflect the consensus of very few. So let us pay some attention to these races even though the offices do not ordinarily engage us.

Democrats will choose their nominees for attorney general, lieutenant governor and state treasurer. The lieutenant governor presides over the state Senate in the few dozen hours a year that it is in session, at least when he wants to. The treasurer keeps a set of books on state expenditures and, with the guidance of a board and under the strictures of state law, invests idle government money. The attorney general is only the government’s chief legal counsel, but attorneys general the past 40 years have exercised important discretion in lots of affairs, and you are choosing someone who likely will be the next governor or U.S. senator or at least a powerful contender for one of those offices.

All three races are apt to be decided by a single factor, the loyalty of friends and neighbors. Three contiguous counties in northeast Arkansas have candidates in the races, a coincidence that serves all three of those candidates well. On the other hand, North Little Rock has a candidate for attorney general and another for lieutenant governor. Community or regional pride is a strong draw in statewide races, though it is a somewhat weaker factor in an urban area like Pulaski County. Mac Campbell, who is running for state treasurer, is the only candidate for a state office from outside either region, and he may stir some turnout in remote Boone County near the Missouri border. In the other 70 counties, the turnout is sure to be dismal.

We make recommendations in two of the races and, yes, they are next-door North Little Rock boys, but we are presumptuous enough to believe that they are also the best candidates.

As we observed before, the candidates for attorney general, Paul Suskie of North Little Rock and Dustin McDaniel of Jonesboro, are extraordinarily talented and promising young men. We can envision a Governor Suskie or a Governor McDaniel one day and harbor no fears.

Suskie is the North Little Rock city attorney, just back from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. City attorneys are a dime a dozen, but Suskie has been an inventive one. He developed ways of shutting down the community’s drug houses. Young McDaniel, of Jonesboro, was one of the most energetic members of the House of Representatives, where he had but one big misstep, but that a very big one. He sponsored the legislation that hands commercial real estate developers, including a big contributor to his campaign, a siphon hose into state public-school funds. That is the tax-increment-financing law.
We give Paul Suskie the edge.

It is not close in the lieutenant governor’s race. North Little Rock’s Bill Halter inflates his résumé by claiming earthshaking achievements as a functionary in the Office of Management and Budget in the Clinton White House and later as second in command at the Social Security Administration, and he plans all sorts of initiatives in an office that will not accommodate such ambitions, but both those attributes are second nature to politicians now. Oh, and he favors a lottery as a solution to education problems, a foolish but popular notion.

Still, Halter is progressive, bright and articulate, and he has run an above-board campaign.

His opponent, Sen. Tim Woodridge of Paragould, is a veteran state lawmaker, but that somewhat lengthy service does not particularly recommend him. A good benchmark for a legislator in 2006 is how he or she voted on legislation to take away the right of a municipal utility to protect the water supply for its citizens. Wooldridge voted to prevent Central Arkansas Water from protecting Lake Maumelle, the principal water source for all of us in central Arkansas, from the contamination of the development by million-dollar homes on the slopes above the water intake. He went with the developer, Deltic Timber Corp.

That is not the only instance that his judgment failed him acutely. In the House of Representatives he sponsored a bill to install public hangings on the courthouse squares of Arkansas’s 75 counties as the method of execution. Now he says he was not exactly serious, that he did it for a constituent who kept bugging him to do it. But the record shows that he fought hard and earnestly for it before a House committee killed it. This week, his campaign let loose a broadside against Halter, accusing him of being a friend of perverts and pornographers because internet surfers could access porn sites through a technology company on whose board Halter has sat.

Bill Halter is the clear choice for lieutenant governor.

For treasurer, we have no recommendation. Mac Campbell of Harrison is a personable and bright young man who served as a legislative assistant and tax counsel in the office of U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln. Like Halter, he makes his ordinary labor there sound groundbreaking, and he does boast about the work to repeal the inheritance tax on very wealthy families (several of which are supporting him financially).

His opponent, former state Rep. Martha Shoffner of Newport, inflates the pedestrian work that she did in the state auditor’s office, and her legislative tenure was hardly superlative. The Democrat-Gazette once labeled her as “furniture” in the House.
How do you choose between them? We can’t and we won’t.

SPORTS >> CASL gets started with large tri-meet

Leader sports writers

IN SHORT: Cabot, Sherwood and Lonoke meet at the Lonoke Community Center today, the opening day for the Central Arkansas Swim League.

The Central Arkansas Swim League gets started again this weekend, and three local teams will be competing at the same venue in week one.

Sherwood, Cabot and Lonoke will meet at the Lonoke Community Center at 8 a.m. today for a tri-meet to kick off the new season.

The meet marks the beginning of the Sherwood Sharks’ quest for a third-straight CASL championship, and it’s very likely to happen.

Sherwood comes back from its second consecutive league championship with its largest team ever. Around 210 young athletes make up the Sharks’ roster, including several that won Meet of Champions’ titles last year.

Sherwood’s team organizer and lead volunteer Mary Jo Heye is excited about the growing popularity of the sport.
“The popularity of swimming is really picking up,” Heye said. “I think a lot of it is word of mouth. Kids are going back to school and telling friends how great it is. It’s the fastest growing high-school sport in the state of Arkansas. It’s a good lifelong sport, and a good crosstraining activity for athletes in other sports.”

Jacksonville High School started a swim team three years ago. They were coached by Cabot’s CASL coach Debbie Skidmore.
Cabot just finished its first year of high school swimming as well.

Skidmore has been back at work with the Cabot summer swimmers in recent weeks, and expects to field a competitive team again this year. Like last year, 12- and 14-under girls will be Cabot’s deepest group, but the team excels in several divisions and age groups.

One thing that hasn’t gone well for Cabot already this season is the lack of a home pool.

The Piranhas arranged a deal with the Jacksonville Community Center to host events there, but the comm. center’s pool’s roof is being renovated, and repairs are taking longer than expected.

Cabot is acting as the host team at this weekend’s meet, but the venue had to be changed because of the repairs in Jacksonville.

Lonoke is the smallest team in CASL.

Last year the Sharkrockets teamed up with Bryant, but will team with the North Little Rock YMCA for the 2006 season.
Although smaller in numbers than other local teams, the Sharkrockets continue to grow every year.

Now in their fourth season, the Sharkrockets started with just 20 swimmers, but have seen that number grow to over 60 at the start of spring practice this May.

Sharkrockets team organizer Susan Wright has also noticed the increased popularity of the sport in recent summers.
She says many younger swimmers have come from surrounding areas like England, Scott, Carlisle and Humnoke, tripling the Sharkrockets’ roster in a mere three summers.

“I am really encouraged by all of the new kids that have joined,” Wright said.

“Those are my heroes. These kids are learning how to swim while competing with other kids, and that takes a lot of courage.
“It’s exciting for a rural area like Lonoke to have a nice facility where kids can come and take part in a league like this. Not every kid is a baseball player, so it’s nice to have an alternative for them.”

There are only four meets this year, and they will be every Saturday for three weeks before taking the July 1 date off.

The final regular-season meet will be held July 8, and the meet of champions will take place at UALR on July 15.

SPORTS >> Bruins split with Colts at De Salvo

Leader sports writer

IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills AAA legion team shared a double dip Wednesday night against North Little Rock at Burns Park.

It was another split for Sylvan Hills in Class A and Class AAA American Legion play against the North Little Rock Colts Wednesday night at Vince De Salvo Stadium in Burns Park. The Class A Bruins dropped their second straight game in a 16-4 rout by the Colts. The AAA Bruins held off a late-game charge from NLR after holding a seven-run lead through much of the contest to win 8-4.

Sylvan Hills pitcher Ashur Toliver gave up three of his total six allowed hits in the bottom of the seventh, along with the Bruins’ only two fielding errors of the game that resulted in a three-run inning for the Colts.

Toliver hung on for the win, going the entire seven innings on 105 throws. The future UALR Trojan struck out 11 batters, gave up six hits and three walks, along with three earned runs.

The SH runs were evenly scattered throughout the game. The Bruins took a 4-0 lead after two innings, and added another pair of runs in the third before tacking on their final two scores in the top for the fifth inning.

A solo home run from Brad Swiderski over the left-field wall in the bottom of the third was the Colts’ only score through the first six innings, until they were able to take advantage of a tiring Toliver during the final frame for their best turn of the night. Toliver had sent them three-and-out the inn-ing before, but North Little Rock would come two batters shy of making it through the lineup in the bottom of the seventh.

Sylvan Hills’ first score of the night should have been the final out of the inning in the top of the first. After a pop-up to right from Ritchie Irvan, Austin Gwatney changed his mind on tagging up after the ball quickly made its way to the plate from Colts right fielder Patrick Strack. Gwatney was caught between third and home, but finally slipped his way out of the trap for the score.

The Bruins loaded the bases to start out the second inning. The Colts committed their first of two defensive errors on a grounder to left from Gwatney that scored Nathan Van Schoyk. An RBI single from Toliver directly afterward bought Taylor Roark and Shawn Bybee in for runs to put the Bruins up 4-0.

Starting Colts pitcher Nick Johnson was relieved by starting third baseman Kevin Coleman after Johnson gave up a single and two walks to start out the third inning.

Coleman got the job done immediately in the third, forcing a pop up to shortstop from Roark and striking out David Simpson and Bybee to deny a score for Sylvan Hills after having three in position.

Swiderski’s homer in the third was only the third hit given up by Toliver through six innings. The southpaw recovered from the slip in the following inning, sending the Colts three-and-out on only 11 pitches, striking out Patrick Strack, Coleman and Carroll Newton in consecutive order.

The Bruins doubled their score during their turn in the fourth and fifth innings. An error scored Toliver and Irvan in the fourth, and Toliver drove in Simpson and Bybee in the fifth off a double to right field. Sylvan Hills ended the fifth inning one score shy of activating the run- rule, but would only score one more hit in the game through the final two innings.

After pitching a near perfect game through six innings, Toliver had a little difficulty putting NLR away in the bottom of the seventh.

Coleman started out the inning with a bit of break for the Colts. The NLR pitcher’s grounder to Bruins shortstop Van Schoyk took a Sunday hop straight over him, giving the single to Coleman.

Brian Briles reached first with a single, sending Coleman to third. Both of those runs scored before a second Bruins error allowed Joe Kaminski in to set the final margin.

Along with getting the win, Toliver also finished with the best offensive stats, going 3 for 3 with four RBIs.

Van Schoyk was 1 for 2 with two RBIs. For North Little Rock, Dean Larson was 2 for 4 with a double and Briles was 2 for 3 with a pair of singles.

The Bruins started out strong in the Class A contest, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning.

The Colts would answer with six runs during their first turn on their way to a 12-run blowout win.

A pair of runs were added in the second inning along with three more in the third to give North Little Rock a comfortable 11-4 lead.

The fourth inning would be the decider for the Colts as they put up five more runs to set up the 8-run-rule the following inning.

Sylvan Hills AAA team will take part in the Jonesboro tournament this weekend, while the Class A squad will host Conway today in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

The Class AAA will get back to season play on Monday with a visit to Cabot.

SPORTS >> Cabot hammers Heber for two wins

Leader sports editor

IN SHORT: The Cabot American Legion team beat Heber Springs 8-0 and 12-0 in a AA, AAA doubleheader Thursday night in Cabot.

The Cabot American Legion baseball team had very little trouble with Heber Springs Thursday night at Wade Field in Cabot. The Home Depot team swept their AA opponents 8-0 and 12-0 in two games.

Game one was scheduled for seven innings, but took just five as the home team took an 8-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Starting pitcher Sam Bates got three outs in four at bats in the top of the fifth to end the contest early.

Game two, scheduled for five innings, got out of hand faster than that. Heber Springs failed to score despite getting two runners on in the top of the first, and then couldn’t throw a strike early in the bottom of the opening frame.

The first three Cabot hitters of game two, Trey Rosel, Drew Burks and Chad Bryant, each walked to load the bases. Bates hit a sac fly deep to centerfield to score Rosel. Sean Clarkson then singled to right field for another RBI. Jake Davis walked to load the bases again for Tyler Sorrels, who hit another sacrifice fly to centerfield to make it 3-0 Cabot.

Shane Burgen then walked to load the bases for the third time. That set up a three-RBI triple down the left-field line by nine-hole hitter Blake Passmore to give the host team a 6-0 lead after one inning.

Cabot added a singly tally to that in the second. Bryant and Bates hit back-to-back, one-out singles to set up an RBI base hit by Davis.

The game became totally one-sided in the third when Cabot added four more runs to its total. Burgen led off with a walk and Passmore singled to left field with no outs.

Rosel followed that with a single that scored Burgen. Two batters later, Bryant hit a RBI single and Bates hit another sac fly to centerfield to give his team an 11-0 lead.

The two victories brings Cabot’s season record up to 5-7.

A scheduled doubleheader with Sylvan Hills on Tuesday was canceled.

Cabot will be very busy in the days to come. They start a busy third week of June with a doubleheader against Pine Bluff on Sunday at Pine Bluff.

They will face Sylvan Hills Monday and Little Rock Catholic on Tuesday. Thursday, Cabot will host Russellville before taking the rest of the week off.

SPORTS >> Fifth inning disaster

Leader staff writer

IN SHORT: Jacksonville held Benton to two runs until the top of the fifth inning in Class AAA action on Thursday. Benton scored nine runs off five errors in the fifth.

One bad defensive inning from Jacksonville was all it took for Benton to turn a closely contested game into a 13-4 blowout Thursday night in a Class AAA American Legion matchup at Dupree Park.

The Chevy boys trailed by only a single run until the top of the fifth inning, when the Benton McClendon’s Appliance squad went through 14 hitters and three Gwatney pitchers, scoring nine runs on four hits and five Jacksonville errors.

Gwatney’s offensive highlights came too little too late in the bottom of the fifth, although Kyle West’s three-run home run got Jacksonville out of run-rule status.

West’s shot over the right- field wall closed the gap to 11-4, but two more runs in the sixth for Benton stretched the lead once again and set the final score of 13-4.

Benton took the early lead in the top of the first inning off a double to centerfield from Nick Shoptaw that scored James Branett and Seth Hobbs.

Starting Gwatney pitcher Tim Payne forced the final two Benton batters of the inning into pop-ups, leaving one man on.

Jacksonville made one of those runs up in the bottom of the first. Lead-off batter Randal Peeples reached with a walk, and crossed the plate two batters later courtesy of a single to center from Trey Smith.

Gwatney was in position to take the lead with runners at first and third and no outs, but a line-drive to starting pitcher Bill Massing from West caught Smith off guard at first, and Massing made the throw to Benton first baseman Shoptaw for the second out on the same play. Brandon Clements grounded out to shortstop to end the inning, leaving Benton up 2-1.

Gwatney looked good defensively for the next three innings. Payne struck out five batters during the second through fourth innings, and only allowed two hits.

Jacksonville started to look really strong by the fourth. A pop- up from Benton, along with a 4-3 from Jordan Payer to Clements and a 1-3 sent Benton three-and-out for the first time in the game.

Jacksonville went three-and-out during its turn in the fourth as well. The game was shaping up to be a classic defensive struggle, until Benton took to the plate for the fifth inning.

Gwatney had been error-free through the first four innings, but any lucky breaks through those frames were made up for and then some in the fifth. A single by Branett, a fielding error from a bunt by Hobbs and a walk for Noble loaded the bases for Benton with no outs. Shoptaw singled to score Branett for one of the four earned runs of the inning. A total of five fielding errors from Gwatney added five more runs for McClendon’s Appliance.

Casey Winstead relieved Payne for the seventh batter of the inning after Benton had increased its lead to 5-1, but the painful inning would be far from over.

Hobbs had already reached by an error during his first trip to the plate in the fifth, but needed no assistance during his second turn, lifting the ball over the left-field wall to score three more runs and increase Benton’s lead to 11-1. Neil Hatcher was finally brought to the mound to end the turn, and got the final out off one pitch, forcing an F7 pop up from Luke Kerseymere.

Three runs were made up by Jacksonville in the bottom of the fifth when West’s home run drove in Jeremy Williams and Smith. The homer also cut Benton’s lead down to seven runs, allowing Gwatney to escape the five-inning run-rule.

Benton was determined to get the runs back in the sixth. Zach James became the fourth Chevy boy to take time at the mound in the contest in the sixth. One more hit for Benton scored another pair of runs to increase the lead once again to 13-4.

Jacksonville’s final shot at closing the gap ended in the bottom of the sixth. Massing struck out the final two Gwatney batters of the game to seal the win for Benton.

Gwatney finished the game with four runs, five hits and seven errors. Benton had 14 runs, 10 hits and two errors. Trey Smith was 2 for 3 for Jacksonville with a pair of singles. Kyle West was 1 for 3 with a home run and Tyler Uptergrove was 1 for 2.

Both Gwatney teams will be in action Today in a twin bill against Morrilton starting at 1 p.m. for the Class A opener.

CLASSIFIEDS >> 06-10-06


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.

$1000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible for burning a 2001 Dodge Ram at Auto Realty, Jacksonville, AR, early on June 4. Call 501-982-6846.


MEAGAN’S in-home childcare. “Come experience your child’s home away from home.” Down to our last 2 openings!!! Located in Robinwood Subdivision off Kerr Station Road, Cabot. 681-6000.

S & S Services. On-site oil change for business or individuals. Small, medium & heavy duty trucks. Exterior & light engine maintenance. Contact David (501) 416-7287. 0

experienced Reporter needed for busy twice-weekly newspaper, must be able to use word processing software. Ability to use digital camera helpful. Good benefits! Pay based on experience. Call Eileen or Garrick or email resume to 501-982-9421.

Kiddieland Nazarene Daycare is now accepting applications for dedicated dependable mature loving teacher willing to work flexible hours. For more information contact Wanda or Carol at 501 982-5271.

C&S SANITATION is now accepting applicating for class B CDL drivers. Must have clean driving record & be able to pass drug screen & DOT physical. Please call 501-676-3779.

new retail store in Cabot looking for motivated & dependable personnel. Applicants must have excellent sales & customer service skills & must be computer proficient. Full-time positions. Flexible schedule required. Competitive compensation plus commission. Send resume to Mobilized Inc., P.O. Box 182, Gassville, AR 72635.

booth space for lease. Exp. massage therapist wanted for Tanning Salon. Needs own equipment & clientel. Contact 501-982-1022.

hair stylist for extremely busy Jacksonville full-service salon. Guaranteed $300 a week to start. Earn up to 50% commission. No clientele required. Paid vacation. 753-3394.

housekeeper wanted to live in & take complete care of 1 person. Home in Cabot, AR. Will provide a good home & permanent position for the right person. Salary negotiable 501-988-2240.

cabinet shop help needed. No experience necessary. Apply in person 7am - 3pm, Monday through Friday. Wrights Cabinet Shop, 2600 Cory Dr., Jacksonville. Drug test required.

Industrial applicants needed in Jacksonville & NLR. Assembly, production, warehouse, machine operators and janitorial positions. For more information call 1-866-538-1500.

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independent insurance agency seeks licensed P/C agent for Cabot office. Fax resume to 982-2240.

Delivery Driver Local delivery company is looking for independent delivery drivers. Must have own cargo van . Control your own earnings. Must pass drug screen and background. Call Rob at 501-570-0567 for more info.


small chest freezer Frigidaire. 4 years old. $60. 501-605-0232.

California king size bed, headboard and footboard rails and 2 box springs paid 2000.00 will sale for 1000.00 or best offer Beebe 882-2472 or 749-6964.

BAR STOOLS, 2, cherry-finished, exc. condition $45 for both; Glynda Turley beautiful art print with gold frame and Certificate of Authenticity: $25.00, call 580-5090.

antique drop-leaf table w/ 4 chairs $150. 501-676-5994.

4 Piece living room set. Sofa, love seat, recliner chair and ottoman. Fabric with wood accents. Colors, rust and charcoal. Very good condition. $275.00. 501-982-6891.

Whirlpool gas dryer in good condition $75.00 605-3333.

WHITE side by side Kenmore refridgerater. Ice and water despenser in the door. 7 months old. $500.00. Please call 501-603-0253 or 501-580-1628. Ask for Heather.

Computer Desk - full size oak laminate. Good condition. Cabot - 259-0130.

upright freezer works good $125.ACL l 501-985-2680.

Desk & chair $25, futon black frame with cover $45, 2 mauve colored ginger-jar lamps $10 each, Lonoke 501-676-0750 after 5pm.

window air Conditioner, 110 hook up 500 BTU’s, excellent condition $50. 501-843-4401.

loveseat by Bassett, multicolored tapestry fabric, excellent condition $225. 501-941-5186. Ward.

wooden twin Bed w/ mattress $45. Glider rocker w/ ottoman $20. Coffee table $10. Call 501-941-0015.

sears kenmore Dryer, almond, heavy duty, works extra good, looks extra good, 2 years old $100. 501-658-1188.

dining room table & 4 chairs $75, white couch with cushions - nice & clean $75, chair & ottoman $125, 2 dressers $50 each, desk & chair $25, mattress & box springs - still in bag, never used $75. 749-2322.

sante fe style sofa & loveseat $125. Round table w/ drop-leaf on both sides, comes w/ 2 high back winsor chairs, $65 for set. Brass day bed $60, wooden toddler bed w/ mattress $50. Call 870-256-4838.

Whirlpool washer and electric dryer, good condition $100 for both. (501)240-1134 Cabot.

china cabinet Glass Doors, drawers on bottom, excellent condition $150. 501-584-8487.

Matching car seat and stroller. $50, call 912-4969 and leave message.

brass headboard Full-Sized, $75. 501-584-8487.

Bassett Oak Mission style, sofa, chair, ottoman, very good condition, $350. Matching 2 end tables & large coffee table, $125. All $400. Matching dinning table with 4 high back chairs, $150. All $500. 837-9455 or 837-8493 Laura Buehler.

2 box fans - 1 on a stand. $20 and $25. 983-1445.

ENTERTAINMENT center, dark wood, excellent condition. $150. 985-7686.

whirlpool washer $100, and Whirlpool gas dryer, $100. Call 501-843-6304.

early american loveseat & chair $45 for both. Cash only. 941-9051. Cabot.

Loft Bed Black twin on top and two desks and built in dressers underneath needs a little paint touch up $150 call Kristie 501-588-4126 in Ward.

2 bookshelves identical, medium-brown $25 for both, good condition. 501-626-8539.

Beautiful Oak double buffet- $400.00- Beebe, 882-7194.

oak finish Entertainment Center $75. 676-7340.

jenny lind baby bed for sale $50. Dbl. stroller by Graco $20. Toddler bed $15. 501-676-0572.

super single waterbed with headboard & footboard, mattress & heater, dresser mirror & nightstand, pine finish. Very nice. $225. 501-843-8914.

full size 7 piece, contemporary bedroom suit HB, Frame, Matt Set, Chest, Dresser & Mirror $300 obo, Washer and Dryer $150 ea. Call 501-454-0843.

FRIGIDAIRE washing machine, large capacity, good condition, $45.00. Also, two interior six panel doors, new carpet pad. Call 951-0800 Cabot.

Beautiful Mahogany Boller upright piano- &600.00 Beebe, 882-7194.

whirlpool refrigerator w/ ice maker, works good, $75. Kenmore washer & dryer, works & looks good. $250 for pair. Call 501-941-0641.

2 bookshelves 1-$15, 1-$25. Dark green cloth recliner $35, 2 nice lamps $10 each, older light maple dining room table w/ 6 chairs $50. All items in good condition. Call 501-940-0817.

portacrib $40, crib with mattress $65, Swing $12, Johnny Jump-up $10, high chair $25, Toddler bed with mattress $30. 605-2157.

for sale: large sofa & loveseat, navy, burgandy, green & gold $150 for set, 3 large Glenda-Turley framed prints, burgandy roses $125 for all 3. 501-676-7700 or 501-676-2092.

decorative wooden bench with storage under seat $30. 501-676-7700 or 501-676-2092.

white baby bed, no mattress $35. 843-6747.

queen-size firm box springs & mattress. Very good condition. $100. 835-1164.


eddie bauer pack-n-play with Vibrator, like new, $60. 231-2810.

6 ft SMOKER, wood fired w/propane assist, extra shelf, professionally built $1400. Call 501 605 8607.

Diamond Engagement ring for sale. 2 carat solitaire new, nice color and clarity. $5,100. Needs new owner. 501-593-1007.

left over yardsale items. Will take $100 for all. Call after 5pm. 501-676-0750.

Acoustic guitar (Samec) with electric pick up. Like new. Has a soft case. $300 OBO 749-3866 or 676-6892.

COMPUTER equipment: 17" monitor, speakers, keyboard. All work great, and a computer that needs a new motherboard. All for only $50. Call 501-941-5484.

2 used tires Goodyear Wrangler p235--5r15  $5 each, 3 feet ornamental concrete cactus $5, umbrella stroller $3. 941-2994 Cabot.

Electric Guitar (Fender Squire Stratocaster) and Fender Champion AMP; Music books, 2 effects pedals, soft case and extras. $300 OBO 749-3866 of 676-6892.

TREADMILL power incline NordicTrack C2050 Digital screen ifit programmable 20 inch wide belt, 6 months old, Cost $650. Sell $350. 501-676-3602. Leave message.

intex Easy Set pool 15’x30” cover & pump, $60. Grass catcher for a 38-40” lawn tractor, $50. Baby crib & mattress, $50. Call 501-843-2697.

5 men’s long sleeve shirts, nice, XL & 2 men’s black knit shirts XL. $1.00 each. Call 982-0133.

For sale: 2 sets of Gibson Christmas dishes (Holly Celebration design) used 1x = $20/2 sets, new tupperware, toddler booster seat for table $8 obo, clothes - men, women, youg boy, ab doer - $35 obo), (2) med. sz. - med. pink table lamps - nice - $15/set, more. 843-0919.

Maternity clothes. Summer & winter, large to XL, great condition. $5 and up. 501-626-8539. Cabot.

galvinized Chainlink Fencing 4’x75’, comes with (1) 4’x4’ gate & (2) 4’x5’ gates, all posts & accessories included. Everything you need for fence $150. Call 501-843-9774.

3 stearns life jackets, size adult XXL, new, never used. $25 each. 982-0133.

16 bulb Tanning Bed, like new. Used 10 times. Paid $1700, asking $1000. 501-743-5443.

for sale: Intex inflatable pool, 16’x36” used one season, all accessories included $75. 501-941-0015.

14’ trampoline frame $25, good condition. Call 501-626-8539. 0

bratz 20” girls bike, $35. Call 501-941-0015.

mirromatic pressure cooker, also many canning jars - make offer for all or buy individually. 882-2142.

Upright Piano- $500 OBO Freezer- $250 OBO. Call 501-605-8370 or 501-960-5903.

Ski Bob 2 person blue white pink good shape $30.00 843-2155.

6 each 2 inch by 2 inch steel poles, 8 ft.Made for carport. $150. 983-1445.

12,000 btu 110V window a/c unit. $150. Call 501-982-8407.

RCA 3cd-2tape decks home-stereo system with speakers, $30.00. Also, HP color computer monitor $45, pc cdrom drives $10 each. Call Joe at 833-3220.

home school Books. Spelling Power $30, Shurley English (level 6) $35, ARC Reading Enhancement program $200, Power Glide Spanish $75. 501-843-6988.

Delta scroll saw 15 inch arm works good $50.00 843-2155.

Less than year old....14kt white gold 1ct TW Princess Cut Center Diamond Engagement Ring for sale...Purchased at Helzberg Diamonds.  Have appraisal from Stanley Jewelers....Will sale for $700...Call 501-952-4684.

11 pair ladies jeans size 9-10 like new, 4 pr dockers like new 9-10 3 pr, ladies slacks, 6 pr ladies shorts,3 pr overall shorts , 2pr jeans all for 45.00 882-6102.

large sweet blackberries, ripening soon. Please call now - Carlisle. 870-552-7776.

10 - new dresses size 9-10, 2 skirts 1 new, 1 like new,, and 1 new sweater. All for 25.00. 152 Clinton Cir. Beebe 882-6102.

handmade kingsized bedspread, new, must see. $150 firm. 982-1097.

great buy. Like new. 1998 Tracker - 16 ft. 90 hp, Mercury motor w/ 1 axle. 1998 Tracker Trailstar trailer. Call 982-0447. $5,500.

collector selling Fenton and other glassware. Also 17 in. monitor. Call 982-6273.

tiolet bowels $10 and up. Storm doors $30 and up. Attic doors $35. 1/2” sheet rock $4 each. Call 501-982-8844.

aluminum step ladder, back massager, sturdy stands, table and left-over garage sale items. Call 501-268-6720.

free hay You cut & bale. 30 acres. Call 501-988-2065.

food concession trailer, 2004, 8x16, $17,500. Call 870-446-2350.

banana plants for sale. Call 985-9730.

piano good condition for beginners, $350 OBO. 955-1173 (from 7:30am-4:00pm), 563-6429 (after 5:30).

new 30 gal electric hot water heater, used commode & antique bathtub, double stainless sink, fresh dill for canning, & FREE lumber to tear down house. 676-5281.

Less than year old....14kt white gold 1ct TW Princess Cut Center Diamond Engagement Ring for sale...Purchased at Helzberg Diamonds.  Have appraisal from Stanley Jewelers....Will sale for $700...Call 501-952-4684.


wanted: running or non-running push or riding lawnmowers. 843-5376.

tractor ac model B, new paint, overhauled engine, runs good. $1500. 882-5905.

murray push lawnmower. Brand new, 4 hp. $100. 882-2142.

pushmowers 3.5 hp $45. 4.5 hp $50. Craftsman 6.5 hp self-propelled w/bagger in excellent condition $150. 12 hp engine parts for Murray mower. 501-843-5376.

tennessee walker Horse, 7 year old Gelding, black, rides good. $2000. 988-2124.

tiller front end driven 5 hsp, good condition $100. 501-843-4401.

Tractor, John Deere 750, 20 hp, 4wd, good condition, $4500 510-940-6695.

Hay for sale 4 ft x 5 ft round bales - in the field - $25. 501-993-0253.

6 hp DR trimmer Electric start, brush blad & edger included, used 2 hrs. pd $700. Asking $500. Call 501-605-1452.

Miniature Dachshunds ACA reg, males, 15 wks, shots and wormed $200 OBO will meet 870-448-3543 or 448-3144 Marshall.

60 john deere Tractor, good paint & tires. 1952 Model w/ 6 ft bushhog. $2,500. Call 501-882-6097.

frail mower, Ford, blue $400. 501-843-6349.

for sale: 1 rooster & 2 hens approx. 30 to 40 chicks. Also have a disk & mule drawn rake. Call 501-676-7339.

kubota tractor B6200. 3 point AG tires. Good condition. $2,950. 982-8868.

john deere riding lawn mower with 38 inch deck, plus grass catcher. $450. Call 843-2507.

2 lawn mowers. $50 each. Call 501-982-8844.

craftsman Push Mower, self-propelled 3 in 1, 6.75 hsp, 21” cut $125. 501-843-4401.

hay for sale. Square bales. Available now. $4 each. 501-882-5374.

john deere riding mower T100 17 hp 42 in. deck w/ bagger attachment. $1000 cash. 501-676-1279.

bush hog 5 $250. 501-843-6349.

Lost & Found

lost: on 5/29/06: Male Malamute/ Husky mix dog. 14 yrs. old, deaf, can barely walk, gray, white, black, and some tan colors - family pet. Area James/Mt. Springs area in Cabot. Call Mike 454-6273.

found small male dog, short-haired, brown/black, one blue eye & one brown eye, red collar, no tags, sweet, playful. Found in parking lot of Chambers Drug Store, Jacksonville. Call 985-5666.


1 black, 1 yellow lab. Free to a good home. Come with accessories, house, self-feeder/waterer. Call 501-658-9866.

free to good home: 9 wk old kittens. Active, healthy & ready for families. 241-9026. vicki72076

AKC Miniature Dachshunds 2 males, Red and wild boar $350.00 each. Ward. 501-743-1289.

adorable kittens 1 female / 1 male free to good home. 501-626-8539. Cabot.

free kittens very lovable eight weeks old. Many colors to choose from. 501-941-1569.

free to good home: 11 month old female Siberian Huskie, spayed, has papers. Good w/ kids, friendly, good with other dogs. Loves to run! Call 501-255-0419.

puppies for sale. Pugs $300 each, Chihuahuas $175, Shih Tzus $300 each & Shihtzuhuahuas $175 each. 1st shots given & wormed. Now taking deposits. Call for information - Donna, 501-726-1430 between 6 & 10 pm.

free: four 6 week old cute kittens. One is a long haired Siamese. Call 501-988-9003.

AKC Registered Female Shih Tzu (white/Carmel) and Shih Tzu/ Terrier Mix Female (black), both 4 years old. Must go together. $75. Also included 2 large pet porters, water dispencer, food dishes, grooming brushes, pet care products, toys etc. Good Health. For Loving Home. Cabot. 259-0130.

Kittens: 2 grey - males and 2 grey tiger color - females. Call 982-4386 from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

beautiful male pygmy goats 4-5 months old. $40 each. 501-676-6990.

Five Free ADORABLE Gray and White Kittens. 8 weeks old. Must find homes ASAP! Can Email Photos. Call Kari 501-231-1997.

female red Healer puppy. All shots. Free. 501-676-7346.

4 lab puppies to give away, about 10 weeks old. 882-0596.

pekingese weeks old 2 males 3 females ACA reg. $250-300 1st shots & wormed. 501-605-1017 or 501-944-0060

shih tzu puppy for sale: female, 5 months old, with papers. Beautiful. Up to date on shots. Asking $300. 501-941-9218.

Free dwarf hamster, cage, food, and exercise ball. Call Kristie 501-588-4126 Ward.

free healthy kittens, long-haired, black & white. 2 tiger-striped with white boots. 831-7877.

For sale: Anatolian shepards 2 females, shots, heartgard, good with goats and children. $200 each OBO. 501-605-3818.

free kittens cute, loveable, good with children, litter box trained. 676-7795.

lab mix puppies, free to good home - one chocolate, 2 black. 501-563-1372.

Baby Dwarf Hamsters. Males and Females $5.00 each 501-605-8990 Cabot.

FREE: border collie/lab mix appr. 9 months - 1 year old, needs room to run, great with kids & other animals. 501-653-2479 or 501-541-9025.

lost yorkie male, 8 lbs., gold & silver. Lost at Campground and 89 in Cabot. Reward. 501-231-8865.

free kittens 8 weeks old. Call 985-9730.

WELSH MARE, 5 yr. old appaloosa, Bay w/blanket, & 1 week old filly. Gentle. To good home only. $750.00. 501-837-5798.

cute cuddly precious kittens, 1 white, 3 calico, need a good home. 988-5390.

beautiful playful litter box trained kitten. Free to good home. 501-833-9117.

for adoption: “Little Bit,” male black & tan German Shepard, 6 yrs. old, shots current. Likes to play, likes children, obedient. Good watch dog. Likes treats. Outdoor doog. Owners moving. Looking for new home w/ loving family & fenced yard. 501-661-0968, 501-247-9676, 501-247-3960.

Free to a Good Home. Black lab. Comes with toys, self feeder/waterer, dog house, leash, harness. Indoor/outdoor dog. Good temperament, good with children. Call 658-9866

cute cuddly precious kittens, 1 white, 3 calico, need a good home. 988-5390.

lost yorkie male, 8 lbs., gold & silver. Lost at Campground and 89 in Cabot. Reward. 501-231-8865.


2001 HYUNDAI Elantra - Black with gray interior, Automatic, Power windows and Locks, Alloy Wheels, 76K, CD Player, minor hail damage, New Brakes and Servicing, Drives perfect! 30 MPG! Blue Book Value $5350, Asking $4400! Located in Cabot. Call (501) 749- 6257.

trailer 16’ heavy duty twin axles, new tires, 2 gear winch, trailer stand, all steel, lights, $750. 834-8350.

Beautiful 1991 Chevrolet sports van, red & white. 110,000. A/C good, tires, also has tv. Call 501-882-6097.

1991 chevy Cavalier white 4-door. In good shape. $1,500 843-4723 or 743-1084.

Old Bravada 1991 4x4 $600, Izuzu Tropper 1989 4x4 runs $600, Chevy Blazer 1985 4x4 $500, 94 Ford Temp and 91 Pontiac 6000 runs $500 each. Call 501-834-4447.

1983 - 1985 Nissan Pickup 4WD Parts for sale. For info call 501-605-7069 or 501-605-1803.

1996 Utility or work van. Chevy. In good condition. 1986 Convertible Mustang. Runs. 1975 Bass Boat. 16 ft., 70 hp motor. Call 676-1223.

automotive lifts - 9,000 lb. In excellent condition. Priced from $1,355. Also, drive-on hunter front-end rack. Call 501-941-7940 or 501-743-6959.

1995 buick Roadmaster, good shape & clean. 124,000 miles $2,175. 676-5838.

1981 Ford Mustang, orange. doesn't run. new windshield, tires, battery, GREAT project car! Must see! $850 obo 501-658-6619.

2001 chevrolet Blazer. 90,000 miles $9,000. 835-3941.

1996 gmc sl Short wheel base, V-6 automatic, very clean, excellent condition, 132k miles. $5,500. 870-552-3626.

ford 1990 F-150 Lariat LWB, 6 cycle, automatic, low miles, top mechanical condition $2000. Call 501-843-1147.

polar express treats 1995 Dodge Van, runs good w/ freezers $7,500. Call 501-206-9480.

cash for Nissan Maximas, Altimas, Sentras and Ford Taurus 1985-99. More cash for ones that are not running. 501-563-0391.

1993 gmc Sierra long wheel base, runs good, A/C, lots of extras. $3500 obo. 501-605-6439.

1981 Ford Mustang, orange. doesn't run. new wenshield, tires, battery, GREAT project car! Must see! $850 obo.

1998 nissan Altima, good condition 114,000 miles, almost like new $3800. 501-744-0202.

PONTIAC GRANDAM 1999 4 door 2.4L, Auto, power windows/mirrors, good tires. Very tidy car, great gas mileage. $2800. 501-765-0186.

Chevrolet 1992 S10 Blazer, 4.3L V6, 4WD, 4DR, AC, CD, well maintained, exc. cond., $3000. (501) 605-3353 or (501) 941-7648.

2004 f150 Ford Lariat, 1/2 ton supercab. 8000 miles with bedliner & towing package. $21,000. Call 501-843-2507.

1992 Honda Accord, 4 door, 5 speed, a/c works, clean. $1800 or best offer. 501-744-0202.

4 good tires, good tread, model #265-70-R15. Free 982-4365.

1984 chevrolet Silverado. SWB. PS/PB. Cold Air. AM/FM. Very clean 350 engine. Automatic overdrive. Excellent condition. Runs & drives great. $3500 obo. Call 982-1052.

1996 honda Civic 2 door, 5 speed, 114,000 miles, a/c works, runs very good. $2250. 501-744-0202.

2001 dodge Grand Caravan Sport, 78,000 miles, navy blue $7500. 231-2810.

1994 chrysler Town & Country Van, 3.8 Liter, dual air, full power, woodgrain & leathers, good tires, runs & looks good. $3,000. Call 501-612-7979.

1999 chevrolet Z-71 Aluminum rims with center caps $320. 501-837-3379 or 501-843-9423.

1993 ford Tempo, good engine, cold air, needs transmission. Includes spare engine. $200.

24 foot Gooseneck Trailer, good condition $2750 obo. Call 501-743-8771. Leave message.

for sale: 1985 El Dorado V-8 engine, leather interior, automatic, runs good, looks good. Asking price $2200. 501-993-2873.

1989 chevrolet Deluxe Cab Conversion Van, runs good, everything works, no radio. $1500 obo. 501-563-4777.

2004 chevrolet Malibu LS 4 door, all power, CD, aluminum wheels, low miles $7950. 985-5569.

4 P195-65R14 never mounted. $40 each. Call 501-843-7015.

1997 pontiac Trans Am W5-6, Black with gray interior, extensive motor work done. $8,500 obo. Call 501-542-4401.

1996 mazda 626, brand new head, 5 speed manual transmission, needs rings, excellent condition. $600 obo. 501-563-4777.

chevrolet z-71 Extended Cab. 113,000 miles. $10,500. 882-5905

1991 dodge Dynasty for sale $350 needs transmission, 1994 Grand Am needs motors $350, 2 skidder tires $300 a piece. Call 870-751-0108.

1996 ford F150, 5 speed, 6 cylinder, 150000 miles, maroon, new bumper $1000 obo. Ask for Kevin 501-944-4823.

Chevy 383 stroker short block, fresh from machine shop never ran, all performance parts. $1500.00. 870-919-4139.


‘82 arrowglass ski boat, 4 cyl., mc motor. Lower unit in-board. Runs excellent. $1,500 OBO. 501-676-1279.

2001 fleetwood Wilderness travel trailer bumper pull 26ft slide out awning sleeps 6. Like new. $9,900. 882-3104 or 288-2510.

1992 Gulfstream Conquest Class C Motorhome, 27’ 50k mi, Ford 460, auto jacks, awnings, clean, corner of Hwy 107 & Hwy 89. Cabot $15,500 501-983-1007.

12 ft light weight flat bottom aluminum boat $125. Call day 501-985-4828 or night 501-626-2689. Ask for Melissa Parker.

Sea-Ark 2000, alum. 1542, 25hp merc.,steering wheel, live-well, FCTM, 2 depth finders. $4200. Lonoke 501-676-7130.

new rv Satellite came off of new motorhome. Sell $150. 501-982-4718 Jacksonville.

14’ monarch flatbottom boat with trailer, 9.9 Evenrude motor, Minnkota trolling motor with new battery, new camo seats, running lights, trailer lights, trailer winch & tongue jack $1150 obo. 501-834-9912 or 501-425-8569. Jacksonville.

2002 trail-lite by R-Vision, 29 feet bumper pull trailer. Model #M-27FKSS. NADA Average retail $16,440. Will sell for $12,500. Call 501-843-2507.

BAYLINER 2004 175 135HP Merc. I/O, Bimini, Garage kept, Like New, warranty, $9,200 firm 605-6326 Cabot. 06/14
2000 yamaha Blaster ATV excellent condition, many extras, $1400. 501-605-7196.


the Little Rock Rugby Football Club is seeking a donated finishing mower to mow fields for players and tournaments. Call 501-909-1431 for more information.

looking for yarn... free of charge! Please call 501-843-0919. Thanks!

Single Mother in need of working electric stove and furniture. Terri @ 501-827-0407 after 9PM or 51 Brewer St.

wanted motorhome in need of repair no older than 1994. Call 501-765-4813 or 247-6766.

wanted: 2% Schedule 40 pvc pipe “20‚ lengths” need up to 1500 ft. 501-983-1007

WHEAT STRAW For sale, square bales - $3.50 each. Little Rock Area. 501-690-9573.

disabled mother & grandmother with infant grandson living on fixed income in bad need of good running car or truck. Can’t afford to pay anything. If anyone can help, please call 501-882-2287.

i would like to buy a Cingular wireless Sony Ericson S-710 at good price. 246-0514 or 985-1163.

Wanted: 4BR/2BA rental home with garage, close to LRAFB. Will be arriving on 8/1/06. Please email with details.

WANTED: Electric wheat/grain mill call 501-743-6687.

Real estate

fsbO: parkhill area 2 or 3 bedroom, 1 bath, 1193 square feet, hardwood floors, central h/a, original trim, formal dining & breakfast nook, back deck/covered front porch, 1 car garage. $112,500. 501-679-1356 or 679-1357.

96 Stony Point estates, Beebe. 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, sunroom, office, bonus room, 24x32 shop, 3 acres. $305,000. See #141022 or call 501-882-2072. FSBO.

lr: 1623 Commerce Street. 2 Apartment building. 2 bedrooms each. Needs work. Owner finance $500 down. $227 month. Call 803-799-0070.


mobile homes for rent behind LRAFB. 1 double-wide in Gravel Ridge. Quiet environment & no deposit on most rentals. Call Happy Valley at 501-352-1140.

office space for rent in Cabot Professional Building, 221 W. Main. Approx. 1200 sq.ft. Call 843-7511 for more information.

975 sq. ft. office for rent. Waiting room, reception. 2 offices & bathroom w/ shower. Heritage Plaza. Hwy 89 South, Cabot. 843-0010.

house for rent Cabot, 3 Bedroom / 2 Bath, fenced yard, gas fireplace, 2 car garage, located on cul-de-sac. $900 mo. plus safety deposit. Call Mary 501-259-0221.

brand new home in Sun Terrace Subdivision - 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Eat-in Kitchen, Dining room, Livingroom, 2 car garage, Large Fenced Backyard & Deck. Great location!!! Rent $1200, Pet deposit $250, Deposit $1200. Call for appointment 501-743-2101.

cabot office Suite in ideal downtown location, free utilities, free internet. $350 per month. 501-259-8958.

shop space for rent - 1200 sq.ft. 2 blocks off Main Street in Cabot, $475 per month. 501-605-6527.

$50 off First Months Rent in Ward, 2 Bedroom Duplex Several to chose from like new Hud accepted. Washer and Dryer furnished. $495 per month $390 deposit. For more info call 501 944 3707.

Why Rent when you can buy with 580 credit scores. Free pre approval. Call Andy Arnold at (501) 951-4153 with ENG Lending.

Cabot Schools Very Clean 2 & 3 Bedroom Manf. Homes on site manager, country setting, blocks away from elementary school. No Pets Rent starts at $375.00 per month call 501-843-0709 or 501-982-9351.

FOR RENT: Nice 2 and 3 Bedroom Mobile Homes on Large lots in Quiet Safe Park close to LRAFB. New Carpet and Appliances. Starting at $350 per month plus Deposit Call 501-835-3450.

in beebe very nice 2BD/2BA apartments. All utilities paid including basic cable. Washer & dryer furnished. $675 month. Twin Lakes Apartments. Call Lisa 278-0498 or 882-2882.

lots & acreage

cabot schools: 3 acres with trees, septic, water & electricity. $1000 down, 1 or 3 acres with city water & electric $500 down. Owner finance 758-2303 or 681-9961.


Legal notice as published in the June 10, 2006, editions of The Leader:
P&R Rentals 3114 Hwy 31 South Beebe 501-882-0900
Intends to sell the contents of leased mini storages: #53, #23 and #14 June 17th, 2006 at 9:00 AM. The lien has been enforced to satisfy the claim of delinquent rents. Charges may be paid before the sale. Terms: Cash. Each unit is sold as one lot. Operator reserves the right to dispose of remaining contents.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

EDITORIAL >> As we grieve a fallen hero

If early-week reports are right, the funeral in Beebe today for Army Spec. Bobby West, who gave his life patrolling the harrowing streets of Baghdad, will be disturbed by not one but two fringe groups.

Brother Fred Phelps and his church disciples, the Kansas scourges who haunt military funerals, show up from time to time to taunt the families of fallen soldiers. Rev. Phelps says God is killing soldiers in Iraq to punish Americans for their tolerance of gay and lesbian people.

They will show up with their signs (“God hates fags”) and march around as they’ve done for years, starting, as best we can recall, with the funeral of President Clinton’s mother at Hot Springs and uttering the same hateful shibboleths. A new state law will keep them at a distance this time.

There was word that vigilante motorcycle groups that have deputized themselves to shield grieving families from the nuts will show up, too. They will make the scene no less appalling for Specialist West’s family and friends.

But the family and admirers of the young hero need not despair. Rather, they should take increased devotion from his unstinting service to his country because in the broadest sense it is the sacrifice of the Specialist Wests that insure Rev. Phelps and his followers the extraordinary privilege of speaking their hateful minds. Where else?

EDITORIAL >> FOI victory for people

Circuit Judge Chris Piazza’s ruling that Gov. Huckabee cannot hide the results of an investigation into alleged misconduct of a state official by the ruse of making them part of his office papers was as heartening as it was predictable. But let us hope that the governor is unhappy enough to appeal the order to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

The Freedom of Information Act, which guarantees people access to the meetings of government bodies and the records of government action, is a powerful tool of the citizenry, Judge Piazza said. When government refuses to allow people, whether a citizen or a newspaper reporter, to examine records that are of public concern “it creates an atmosphere of public distrust,” he said. “And I think that’s the case here.”

His order quickly followed a hearing on a lawsuit brought by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, which was refused access to an investigative report on an allegation against one of the governor’s appointees to the Board of Paroles.

All but a single copy of the report was destroyed and it was sent to Huckabee’s office, where he claimed it to be a privileged paper of his own creation. He said it was part of the governor’s “working papers,” which are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

There was no reason for the judge to dally. The working-papers exemption was never intended to shield the activities of government from the people it serves. Its purpose was to maintain confidentiality between the governor and his staff advisers so that critics can second-guess him while he is developing policy. No one claimed otherwise until Gov. Huckabee began a policy of bringing potentially embarrassing information into his office so that confidentiality could be claimed.

Huckabee refused to release either the letter of resignation from Lynn Zeno, the vice chairman of the Board of Paroles, or the short report of a Parole Division investigation of an employee’s complaint against him. Zeno, who was appointed by Huckabee in 2002, resigned the $75,000-a-year job without a public explanation. The governor merely said he did not think the incident, whatever it was, worthy of asking Zeno to resign and that he didn’t ask for the resignation.

We hope that Mr. Zeno’s peccadillo was as harmless as the governor implies. If so, Huckabee does his friend no favor by keeping it a secret. Imaginations tend to run to the worst.

Judge Piazza stayed his order for 30 days to give the governor a chance to appeal it to the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeals. It will be tough for Mr. Zeno to hang in the wind for another six months, but an appeal is best for everyone else. If Gov. Huckabee believes in his doctrine of confidentiality for anything that he chooses then he must protect it by appealing.
The appellate courts, we are supremely confident, will uphold Judge Piazza’s order. With one terrible recent aberration, they have always given the Freedom of Information Act the liberal reading that the authors intended. Gov. Huckabee and any successor who may be similarly inclined need a clear and unambiguous statement from the highest court that there must never be dark corners when public business is at stake.

FROM THE PUBLISHER >> A bad week for Huckster, but he lives

Leader publisher

Gov. Huckabee had a near-death experience last week while flying to a political convention in North Carolina. One of the engines on a small jet he was flying on for that state’s Republican Party convention — freeloading, as usual — malfunctioned, and only one of the engines was working, when, by a miracle, the pilot managed to land the plane and had the engine fixed before the night was over.

Perhaps someone high in the chain of command is trying to tell the governor to drop out of the presidential race.
Huckabee didn’t tell the Little Rock media about the incident because he didn’t want them to know he and his family were thumbing a ride on a corporate jet, which is his custom when he doesn’t hijack the State Police crime-fighting jet for his errands.

He’s still peeved at the Arkan-sas Democrat-Gazette, which had successfully sued him under the state’s Freedom of Information Act for refusing to release documents about one of his appointees to the parole board who left the board under a cloud.

Former parole board member Larry Zeno had stepped down following wild allegations that he had solicited a bribe in return for a parole – specifically, a deep discount on a diamond ring from the jewelry business owned by the convict’s family — but Huckabee didn’t want you to know that one of his appointees may have had an ethical problem. Zeno has denied the allegations.

Huckabee’s natural instinct was to hush up the case, claiming special privileges under the “working paper” exemption in the Freedom of Information Act, but Pulaski County Judge Chris Piazza didn’t buy that argument.

“The exemption in this case is outweighed by the need for public scrutiny,” Judge Piazza ruled.

Huckabee might as well declare his administration a work in progress, with all decisions in every department and board off limits to the rest of us. That’s absurd, and he knows it.

He has shed more light on his dieting than on how he runs the state.

Huckabee must wake up in the morning and think of ways to violate the Freedom of Information Act.

He hates sharing information with the public, especially when it comes to paroling criminals. He seems very protective of them, for some reason.

It seems Huckabee’s always in trouble with the parole board and the convicts who win their freedom, often under suspicious circumstances.

Remember Wayne DuMond, whose release he championed? After his exile to Missouri, the rapist killed two women there, for which the Huckster has never apologized.

Recent legislation has forced him to explain his paroles and pardons, and now Judge Piazza has handed him another defeat.
Is this a record for a presidential candidate to run on? The national media can’t get enough of his aw-shucks personality, but once they look closely at his record, Huck’s campaign will stall, like that jet engine that blew out last week.

TOP STORY >> Foodbank working hard to reduce hunger pangs

Leader staff writer

IN SHORT: FishNet Missions gets ready to feed hungry students, celebrates National Hunger Awareness Day.

While 400,000 Arkansans are hungry, few Arkansans are aware of the problem, according to Phyllis Haynes, director of Arkansas Foodbank Network.

To educate people Tuesday — National Hunger Awareness Day — the foodbank teamed up with Jacksonville’s overachieving FishNet Mission to feed the hungry at the mission’s dining room, 213 Marshall Road, and helped move and restock supplies.
Volunteers unloaded trucks and pallets, stocked shelves and made up food bags for the hungry and needy.

Joining FishNet and the Arkansas Food-bank Network were volunteers from St. Luke United Methodist Church in Omaha, Neb. — 16 youngsters and five adults.

Jacksonville Mayor Tommy Swaim stopped in to help load groceries.

“We’re just trying to help draw attention (to the fact that) there are a lot of hungry people,” said Haynes.

One hallmark of fast-growing FishNet, which now helps 8,000 families a month, is its open-door policy.

If people are hungry, they can come to get groceries on Tues-days and Thursdays without proof of income or identification, according to Dewey Sims, the director.

Sims said FishNet also delivers easy-to-make meals to about 200 senior citizens each week and services about 120 homeless people at the Arkansas River, under the Broadway Bridge on the Little Rock side.

Each Tuesday and Thursday, lunches will be available at the mission for kids who depend on the school breakfast and lunch programs during the school year, according to Sims.

More than half of the children in Arkansas public schools qualify for free or reduced school lunches, a low-income indicator.
“This day is an effort to raise awareness of issues surrounding hunger, and also an effort to help end hunger in Arkansas and across the country,” said a spokesman.

“FishNet Missions and Jack-sonville Care Channel represent only two of the numerous feeding programs that help meet the need in Arkansas every day,” he added.

The Arkansas Foodbank Network served nearly 150,000 different people last year, Haynes said.

Those needing food range from hardcore homeless, mentally ill, people chronically poor, or in some cases those working full- time jobs or temporarily without work.

That was the case for one woman who said her husband is a cement worker and because of recent rains had missed many days of work.

“I’ve got to feed my kids one way or another,” said one wo-man, loading food into the back of her car. “We need something to tide us over.”

The woman, a Cabot resident who wouldn’t give her name, said a church referred her to FishNet. This was her first visit, she said, but she’ll come back if she needs to.

FishNet is a very well run, large community-based organization, said Haynes.

Fresh squash and beans were included in the food packets Tuesday, food from American Second Harvest.

Other regular contributors include Kroger, Target, Nabisco, Bimbo Bakery and Coleman Diary, according to Frank Hilliard, a foodbank worker.

The Sherwood McDonald’s recently donated a walk-in refrigerator/freezer to FishNet and the group now has a commercial stove to prepare meals.

TOP STORY >> Beebe candidates line up

Leader staff writer

IN SHORT: Alderman Mike Robertson, a former mayor, is the only one to announce for the office to succeed Donald Ward.

With more than two months to go before the end of the July 20 to Aug. 9 period when independent candidates in Beebe must file for the seats they hope to win in November, the races being talked about are looking more and more like a game of musical chairs.

Alderman Mike Robertson — who was mayor for one term almost eight years ago before losing to Donald Ward — is the only announced mayoral candidate. Ward is not running for a third term.

Former Alderman Carol Crump, now Crump-Westergren, who lost her seat on the council during the last election to Robert-son, has announced for clerk-treasurer, while Clerk-Treasurer Paul Hill has announced for the city council.

Hill will run for the Ward 2, Position 2 seat now held by Ronnie Dean, who bought a historical home just outside Ward 2, rendering himself ineligible for a fifth term.

That is, unless he runs for the Ward 1, Position 2 seat now held by Janice Petray, wife of former Mayor Phil Petray, who lost after eight years to Robertson.

Alderman Bobby Robinson, Ward 3, Position 1, isn’t running again.

“Janet and I bought some land out of town and we’re moving this fall,” Robinson said Friday afternoon.
“I hate to leave. It’s been 10 years and everybody’s been good to me,” he said.

So far, Robinson’s seat appears to be wide open. No one has announced or even started a rumor about a possible race.

But former Alderman Les Cossey says he will run for Robertson’s Ward 3, Position 2 seat on the council. So far, no one seems to be talking about a bid for the Ward 1, Position 1 seat held by Harold Welch.

But former Clerk-Treasurer Becky Short has long been ru-mored as a candidate for Ward 2, though whether she is interested in the seat currently held by Dean or Janet Rogers is not clear and Short hasn’t announced anything.

As for Rogers, she is taking full advantage of the fact that independent candidates have more time to make up their minds than party candidates and whether she is or is not running isn’t something she will talk about to the press.

“I’ll decide pretty soon, but I’m not prepared to say right now,” Rogers said.

TOP STORY >> Funeral services today for fallen Beebe soldier

Leader staff writer

IN SHORT: Black and yellow ribbons were tied around a tree near the home of Army Spc. Bobby West who was killed May 30 in Iraq. His funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Beebe for Army Spc. Bobby West, killed May 30 in Baghdad.

West, 23, enlisted in the National Guard after the terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon and joined the regular Army two years later.

He was killed halfway through his second tour in Iraq, and though friends and family are mourning his death, they say he was a soldier because he very much wanted to be one.

Beebe Police Officer Zack Dix-on, 27, who will be leading the funeral procession, considers himself among West’s friends.
The two young men were in the National Guard at the same time and served together in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

“He was a great guy, a young guy with the world on his shoulders,” Dixon said.

He was usually in a good mood and he joked a lot, Dixon said. But the characteristic that stood out the most was his competitiveness.

“Once when we were in the Sinai, him and me and Jimmy Simons were all playing basketball,” Dixon said.

“It was about 125-135 degrees and the gym was a tin building. It was hot.

“Bobby was tall, about six foot four,” Dixon said. “He played a lot of basketball and he was good. But he told me if we had to stay there through two shifts in desert BDUs (battle dress uniforms), we weren’t leaving until I beat him.”

After the tour in the Sinai with the National Guard, West joined the regular Army. Dixon said he told him that he really liked military life and since he wasn’t married there was really nothing to hold him back.

He was killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated while he was on foot patrol with his unit.

He was part of the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, based at Fort Hood, Texas. His unit was scheduled to leave Iraq this fall.

Dixon said he ran into West at Fort Hood after his first tour in Iraq and he was still happy to be in the Army.
West’s older brother Patrick West, 25, was just 45 miles away from Baghdad when his brother was killed. He is with the 101st Airborne.

An Army spokesman at Fort Hood said last week that Bobby West has earned these medals: Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Me-dal, Global War on Terrorism Ser-vice Medal and National Defense Service Medal.

West is survived by his father, Ricky West of Carlisle; his mother, Linda Wiggins West of Beebe; his brother Patrick West; grandmother, Syble West of Carlisle; aunts, Marge Liddle of North Little Rock, Marcella Wiggins of Little Rock, Marie Smith of Alabama and Jan Anderson of Carlisle; and uncle, Leonard Wiggins of Searcy.

Burial will be in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens by Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe.

Memorials may be made to National Guard Family Assistance, 6402 Missouri Avenue, Bldg. 6402, North Little Rock, Ark. 72199.

TOP STORY >> Minister bringing anti-gay protest to burial

Leader staff writer

IN SHORT: Beebe police hope to keep order as a controversial religious group plans to rally near the church where services for soldier will be held today.

Tuesday afternoon, about 24 hours after receiving a fax that the funeral of Army Specialist Bobby West would be picketed by members of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., who cheer the death of American soldiers, Beebe police said they are ready to protect the protesters and hope area residents ignore them.

Don Inns, a lieutenant with the Beebe Police Depart-ment, said four officers, including one state trooper and a White County sheriff’s deputy, will help guard the picketers, who believe America is cursed because it tolerates homosexuals.

Inns said he would be one of the four guarding the church demonstrators. He explained that most area residents know and like him and he hopes that his presence will have a calming effect.

“Our main concern is that we don’t want the public to incite any violence,” Inns said.

A few of the 10 expected demonstrators will likely be children, he said. But some will be lawyers.

“They know the law that gives them the right to assemble and the right to free speech and they know how to act,” he said. “They aren’t going to break the law.”

“Ignore them,” Inns implores area residents. “They have the right to assemble and they are doing it correctly.”

Inns said Beebe Police had been watching the WBC Website since Friday when a phone call from the FBI alerted them that the West funeral might be a target. On Sunday, a new press release on the site confirmed the FBI’s information.

“WBC to picket funeral of Army Spec. Bobby R. West at 1:15 p.m., Wednesday June 7, at First Baptist Church leper colony, 101 Highway 64 West, Beebe, Ark.,” the Website news release said.

“He was killed by an IED like the one America (university students in Topeka) bombed WBC with in a vain attempt to stop our anti-gay gospel preaching. God almighty killed Army Spec. West. He died in shame, not honor for a fag nation cursed by God.”

The church, established in 1955 and still run by Fred Phelps, believes the deaths of American soldiers fighting the war on terrorism are divine retribution for America’s tolerance of gays.

And the message delivered through its Website and picket line is that the WBC is the last hope of the world.

“Thank God for dead soldiers,” “God hates you,” “Fags doom nations,” “God hates your tears,” say some of the signs church members carry at the funerals of soldiers.

“Thank God for 22 more dead soldiers. We wish it were 22,000” was the headline for press release earlier this year.
The list of dead soldiers was called a “roster of the damned.”

Inns said the church demanded in the fax sent Monday asked for an area to demonstrate in and police protection. No permit is required for the demonstration.

“We’ve got a permit for door-to-door salesmen, but Beebe doesn’t have a permit for picketing that we can find, and we looked,” Inns said.

Arkansas is one of a handful of states that have passed laws limiting picketing at funerals for soldiers. Inns said the police department has asked for clarification of the law from the Arkansas Muni-cipal League, which provides various services to cities including legal advice.

The law requires picketers to stay 150 feet away from mourners and they aren’t allowed to picket 30 minutes before a funeral service is scheduled to begin or 30 minutes after it ends.

Inns said the space that has been selected is 300 yards away from the church at the intersection of Highway 64 and Dugger Road on state right-of-way. To get any closer, picketers would have to be on church property where they could be asked to leave.

No picketing is planned at the cemetery.

Inns said he had taken calls all day from residents wanting to know if they could protest the picketers, including one who wanted to know if throwing water balloons was allowed.

Inns said he hopes those people realize that if they cause trouble, they will be arrested. As distasteful as the WBC’s demonstrations are, they aren’t against the law, he said.

“I need everyone to keep in mind the real purpose of tomorrow,” he said.

“It is a day to pay respect to a soldier from this city. “If you don’t agree with (the picketers), don’t acknowledge them.”

TOP STORY >> Starbucks sweetens city's cup of growth

Leader staff writer

IN SHORT: Several national and regional businesses have made plans to open outlets here.

Even though Jacksonville’s actual building permits have slowed the past two months, the city is on the verge of some major business growth if all the signed deals begin to fall into place.

A multi-screen movie theater is inked for the city, along with Papito’s, a Mexican-theme restaurant; Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits; Bank of the Ozarks and Cici’s Pizza.

Plus, Starbucks has just confirmed it will be opening one of its famed coffee outlets near the Wal-Mart SuperCenter, off John Harden Drive.

Only the developer of the retail center housing Cici’s Pizza has brought preliminary plans before the city’s planning commission.

Cici’s will be part of a 30,000 square-foot retail center to be built just north of the New China restaurant between Marshall and John Harden roads.

Bank of the Ozarks bought the space formerly occupied by Long John Silver’s in the Hasting’s shopping center on Main Street to build their first Jacksonville branch. The old seafood restaurant was torn down, the area cordoned off and a Bank of the Ozarks sign posted, but since then those plans have been waylaid by a lawsuit brought by First Arkansas Bank and Trust.

A judge recently sent the case back to the state’s bank commissioner to show proof that the city could support another bank.
Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits is slated to open in the old Burger King facility on Main Street across from Jacksonville Middle School. The lease has been signed for nearly a year now and franchise details recently worked out, but no plans have been brought to the city to remodel the vacant restaurant.

Papito’s Mexican Restaurant is slated to occupy the old Shoney’s building next to Western Sizzlin’ on John Harden. Although an agreement has been signed and signs are posted on the building, no plans have been brought to the city engineer for approval.

Starbucks, an upscale coffee outlet, is set to build between Burger King on John Harden and Cranbury Inn on an outparcel of land in front of the Wal-Mart Supercenter.

The movie theater deal was inked about a year ago, but no visible preliminary work has been done to the site and no plans have been submitted.

Memphis-based Malco Thea-tres is set to build the multi-screen theater at Jackson Square Shop-ping Center, south of Main Street near Knight’s Super Foods.

Jacksonville hasn’t had its own theater since the two-screen Flick closed its doors in the early 1990s.