Saturday, December 22, 2007

SPORTS >>Abundant Life takes two from Bigelow

By JASON KING
Leader sportswriter

Both Abundant Life teams took a break from conference action with a home stand against Bigelow on Tuesday night at the ALS gymnasium. The Owls dominated the finale with a 69-43 win that met the continuous clock for the final eight minutes, while the Lady Owls outlasted the Lady Panthers in a 51-48 thriller to start the evening.

The vibe in the ALS gym was much more casual than the previous night’s league game with Rose Bud. Gone was the pep band and packed stands, but the Owls’ focus and intensity had not wavered since the big rivalry of 24 hours before.
Nelson Boren put the Tim Ballard coached Owls on the board first with an inside shot assisted by Dane Lottner at the 7:39 mark, and Abundant Life never looked back. Bigelow did tie briefly at the 4:21 mark with a shot by Cody Johnson after the Owls went with subs.

The second unit spent almost as much time in the game as the starters for Abundant Life, and proved almost as effective.

Sophomore Cameron Slayton and junior Andrew Chandler served as suitable replacements for standout playmakers Lottner and Colby Woolverton, but the backup unit did not have the pure height that Boren and fellow post Garrett Southerland provided for the starting Owls.

Rebounding was the second team’s primary struggle against the Bigelow starting five, but a three-point shot from Chandler with 4:16 left in the first quarter broke the final tie to put the Owls up 9-6.

The starters came back into the game with 2:47 left in the first half, and Woolverton put himself in the scorers book for the first time all night with a three pointer that gave the Owls a 12-9 lead.

Abundant Life used its height advantage for more than just superior work on the boards. Boren and Southerland provided a wall for Lottner on a pair of three pointers from the left side. The two players side by side proved to be an unpenetratable screen against the Panthers, as Lottner took his time to set up the shot with no contesting to adjust to.

As an integral part of both the varsity rotation and jv team, it was senior forward Robert Perry that saw the most minutes on the floor for Abundant Life on Tuesday. Perry was in the mix defensively all night, and also found his way to the goal on a couple of occasions during the second half.

Perhaps the biggest crowd response of the night came long after the game had been decided, when the legend himself put up two for the Owls. Junior guard Tristan Williford came away with a put back basket at the 3:03 mark to the delight of the AL fans. The sentimental favorite also came up big on the defensive side with five rebounds in the fourth quarter.

Lottner led the Owls with 24 points, with 15 points from Woolverton. Kevin Martin finished with nine points for Abundant Life, while Williford finished with two points and five rebounds. For Bigelow, Cody Jackson led with nine points. The win improves the Owls’ record to 16-4 on the season.

The Lady Owls was far from a blowout. In fact, white-knuckler is a more fitting description for the 51-48 win Abundant Life took over the Lady Panthers in the closing seconds.

It took most of the game to recover from an early 20-10 deficit for the Lady Owls. Bigelow came out strong, hitting five three-point baskets in the opening quarter before the AL defense had time to adjust.

Things began to turn around for Abundant Life in the second half. After heading into the intermission trailing by six, the Lady Owls eventually tied Bigelow before the end of the third frame on their way to claiming a six-point lead mid-way through the fourth quarter.

The Lady Panthers did not fade without a fight, however. They stepped up their offense in the late going to take a two-point lead, but junior Brittany Sharp hit a three-point basket in the final minute to put Abundant Life back in the lead.

Hannah Pastor hit a pair of free throws to keep the Lady Owls out front by one in the final seconds. Bigelow fouled Sharp again in a last-ditch effort, but Sharp made a put-back shot after getting her own rebound off the missed free throws to set the final margin.

“We had a great second half,” Lady Owls coach Justin Mosely said. “They were on fire in the first half; we weren’t defending them like we should have been. They also have a good post player that’s hard to defend. We were able to tie things up in the third quarter and finish out strong.”

Pastor led the Lady Owls with 21 points, with 20 points from Sharp. Candace Eudy rounded out high scorers for Abundant Life with eight points. For Bigelow, Whitney Hood led all scorers with 22 points. The win improves the Lady Owls’ record to 7-13 on the season.

SPORTS >>Bears get back at Hornets in thriller

By JASON KING
Leader sportswriter

Sylvan Hills went into the holiday break on a strong note with a sweep over visiting Oak Grove on Thursday night at the SHHS gymnasium. The boys game ended up with a dramatic conclusion in which the Bears took a 65-62 win, while the girls opener was over before it started with an easy 56-19 victory for the Lady Bears.

Senior Kai Randolph lit up the Hornets with 23 points for Sylvan Hills, 15 of which came from blasts behind the arc. Randolph used turnarounds, fades, and anything else to catch Oak Grove defenders off guard, and responded well to every adjustment they made by moving his range out further as the game went on.

“I felt good about this game coming in,” Sylvan Hills coach Kevin Davis said. “This is a small, young group, and we knew Oak Grove would come in here and play hard. Hats off to coach Herring; they came in here and made it interesting. It’s kind of strange to play someone who runs a lot of the same things that you do; we had to add some wrinkles, and I think that’s part of what had us out of sync a little bit early on.”

Davis also had high praise for his young shooter.

“By the time Kai leaves here, he will probably be the best pure shooter I’ve ever had,” Davis said. “I’ve had a lot of really great shooters over the years, but his release is so smooth. He didn’t play very much on the floor for us last year, but even though he wasn’t seeing a lot of time, he was still working hard.”

Eight points was the biggest lead the Bears emjoyed all night. The Hornets came back from an early deficit to tie the game at 16-16 after one, and led most of the second quarter until Randolph launched another long ball to put the Bears ahead 27-24 at the intermission.

Sylvan Hills had its biggest surge in the middle of the third quarter. Randolph and P.J. Ross put their superior communication skills between each other to work inthe third, with some good dishes from Randolph to Ross under the hoop. That’s not to say the Randolph stopped scoring as well. A three-point basket by Randolph at the 3:44 mark put the Bears up 41-33, prompting the Hornets to take a time out and regroup.

The Hornets fought their way back through the fourth period, and had their chance to steal the win away in the final minute.

A back court violation against Sylvan Hills gave the Hornets possession while trailing by only one point at 63-62. Cedrick Williams took a shot under the goal that didn’t fall, and teammate Joloni Patterson picked up the rebound. Patterson tried to drive it back inside, but stepped on the base line, giving the ball back to the Bears with four seconds left to play.

Randolph led the Bears with 23 points. Ross added 13 points for the Bears. Sylvan Hills improved to 3-6 on the season with the win.

The Lady Bears made fast work of Oak Grove in the opener. Sylvan Hills rushed out to a 21-1 lead during the opening period, and went with subs for most of the remainder after starting post player Trinity Thomas lit up the Lady Hornets for eight points in the first quarter.

Sylvan Hills did their part with a good defensive push early, but the Lady Hornets proved to be their own worst enemy in several cases. Oak Grove responded badly to the SH press, throwing the ball out of bounds seven times in the first quarter alone.

Oak Grove finally scored its first field goal with 5:00 left in the first half, which made the score 24-5. Mercedes Gains scored both goals for the Lady Hornets in the first half, with the remainding points coming off free throws by Sherry Murphy. Sylvan Hillls led 29-10 at the intermission, and another brief run by the starting five in the third quarter pushed the game into sportsmanship-rule status by the end of the frame. Dede Lewis scored two baskets in the late going to give the Lady Bears a 47-18 lead through three quarters.

Thomas led the Lady Bears with 16 points. Lewis added nine, with seven points from Terica Kendrick. Dedosha Dennis finished with six, and Latrina Brandon added five points.

SPORTS >>Lady Devils topple Hall

By RAY BENTON
Leader sports editor

The Lady Red Devils got their fourth win of the season Tuesday night, beating Little Rock Hall 38-32 and improving to 4-5 on the year. Jacksonville ran out to a big early lead, but Hall came back and led briefly in the fourth quarter, but reserve guard Sherice Randel provided a surprising spark that lifted Jacksonville to the win.

Hall took its lead by scoring the first five points of the final frame to go up 29-28, but Jacksonville closed the game with a 10-3 run to seal the win.

Both teams got out of the gate slowly. The score was stuck at 5-2 until 1:20 left in the quarter when junior Tyra Terry hit a three pointer. Hall didn’t score a field goal until 13 seconds later when Kyla Jackson hit a running jumper that set the score for the end of the period.

The Lady Red Devils began to pick up ball pressure at midcourt in the second quarter, and Hall had no immediate answer. Jacksonville forced three straight turnovers and scored five points off those turnovers to push its lead to 13-4 just a minute into the second frame.

The margin stayed in that range for the rest of the period, and the two teams went into halftime with Jacksonville leading 22-13.

Hall then began pressuring the ball in the third quarter, and Jacksonville likewise began to turn it over.

In all, the Lady Devils gave it up 13 times in the third quarter alone, and managed just six points in the quarter. They still led 28-24 at the end of the third, but they would relinquish that lead with 6:40 left in the game when a basket by Brianna Tillman tied it at 28-28.

Hall took its first lead with 5:22 left on a free throw by Tillman.

The two teams then traded foul shots, and Jacksonville took the lead back for good on a bucket by Randel with 3:14 left in the game.

Less than a minute later after a Jacksonville defensive stop, Randel missed, post player Kita Walker got the rebound and missed, and Randel scavenged her miss for a putback and a 33-30 Jacksonville lead with 2:30 left.

Terry then got a steal and fed Walker for a layup to make it 35-30 with 1:30 remaining in the game.

Shandrice Walton answered for Hall to make it 35-32 with 54 seconds remaining, and the Lady Warriors were forced to begin fouling.

Jacksonville made just two of four foul shots in the final seconds, but kept Hall from scoring to secure the win.

Randel led the Lady Devils with 10 points, all of which came in the second half, including six of the final eight points of the game.

Kita Walker scored six points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Terry followed her double double of assists and rebounds against North Pulaski with another solid statistical game. She finished with five points, six boards, six steals, three assists and three blocks.

Sophomore post player Jessica Lanier finished with nine points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
Latrice Walton led Hall with nine points and 10 rebounds.

Jacksonville finished with 28 turnovers, but only three in the fourth quarter.

Hall had 29 giveaways.

Jacksonville is off until it opens the Red Devil Classic at 2:30 p.m. Thursday against Pine Bluff Dollarway.

EVENTS>> Fall 2007

Literacy group seeks books, sets new hours

The Literacy Council of Lonoke County needs donated books for the Book Nook.

Books are free to students enrolled in the literacy program. Books may be purchased by the public for a small donation — 50 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hardbound books. The resale bookstore offers the community an opportunity to support the county’s literacy efforts.

The Book Nook is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. It is located behind the Lonoke County Courthouse and there is also a 24-hour book drop.

The council is a nonprofit organization which teaches students how to read and write. The council was recently awarded the Excellence in Education Award by the Arkansas Literacy Councils, Inc.

For more information, call 501-676-7478.


Cabot church to host Christmas feast for residents

Cabot United Methodist Church will host a Christmas feast for area residents who either have no place to spend Christmas Day or cannot afford a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.

The feast will be served from noon until 2 p.m. Christmas Day in the CUMC Family Life Center, 2003 S. Pine St., Cabot. There is no charge for the meal. For more information, contact Mary Kay Lieblong, Cabot United Methodist Church, (501) 843-3541.


Jacksonville wants nominations for annual award

Do you know someone who enriches Jacksonville through meaningful service to the Natural State? Nominate your ideal civic leader for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award.

The Citizen of the Year award is given to a person who: 1) Has made major contributions to the betterment of Jacksonville; 2) Has distinguished himself or herself through outstanding service to the community; and 3) Typifies the true spirit of service and self-sacrifice in representing the finest ideal of Jacksonville citizenship.

The 2007 Citizen of the Year will be honored at the 60th annual banquet on Jan. 29. The application includes a nomination form, a brief biographical sketch of the nominee, and supporting testimonials. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 20.
Contact Amy Mattison, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, with any questions or to receive a nomination form: email, events@jacksonville-arkansas.com, or call (501) 982-1511.


Cabot chamber seeks recommendations for award

The Cabot Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for 2007 Cabot Citizen of the Year. The individual selected will be recognized at the Cabot Chamber of Commerce annual banquet to be held Jan. 18. A nominee for this award should be a person who has demonstrated through definable, exceptional deeds that he or she has made the Cabot area a better place to live.

Nominees must live within the Cabot School District. Activities of the nominee include volunteer efforts, extraordinary service to the community in their professional or personal endeavors, or the ability to affect change through a combination of both.
Citizen of the Year forms may be picked up at the chamber office located at 110 S. First Street, Cabot or call the chamber at 843-2136 to have one mailed or emailed.

Completed forms should be mailed to the Cabot Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 631, Cabot, Ark. 72023 or emailed to chamber@cabotarkansas.us.

The deadline for submission of the application is Dec. 31, 2007.

OBITUARIES >> 12-22-07

Evelyn Miller

Evelyn M. Miller, 96, passed away Dec. 19 at Golden Years Manor in Lonoke after living a long and extraordinarily blessed life.
Born Oct. 1, 1911 to William and Madia Jane Boyd, Evelyn was one of five children. She grew up and graduated high school in Humphrey and went on to study nursing at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.

In 1931 she married Howard W. Jennings and had two daughters, Boydice Ann and Joyce. She married Noble V. Miller in 1936 and had one daughter, Maida.

Evelyn was active in the Lonoke community, a past member of the Lonoke Baptist Church and was a member of the Eastern Stars. She was deputized and served as acting sheriff of Lonoke County, when her husband, Sheriff Noble V. Miller, was in the Navy in San Diego .

The couple purchased several cottages on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, where they operated the small resort and enjoyed life swimming and fishing with their family. They later moved to Oklahoma City, where her husband founded Investor’s Life Insurance Co.

She was known as “Eka” to her grandchildren who love her dearly. She often took extended summer trips across country with each of them for treasured one-on-one time. She loved to travel and was an active member of the Good Sam RV Club, where she participated in many cross-country caravans. One of her treasured possessions was an atlas given to her by her granddaughter, Lynn. She took pleasure in teaching her grandchildren how to cook, crochet and garden which was one of her favorite pastimes.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Noble, and daughter, Boydice Ann.

She is survived by daughters, Joyce and husban John Pack of Lonoke and Maida Maxwell of Midwest City, Okla.; six grandchildren, Michael and wife Jan Pack, Pamela and husband Richard Burt, Debbie Bunting, Mark and wife Shala Pack, Lynn Bunting and David Pack; as well as nine great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends and family from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23 at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke. A graveside service will follow at noon in Mulberry Cemetery in England.

Special thanks to the caring staff and residents of Golden Years Manor.


Chris Flurry

Chris Flurry, loved by family and friends, passed away Dec. 16 at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, after a brief but fierce battle with liver cancer.

Her husband Greg, sons Mitchell and Jared, and daughter-in-law Stephanie were with her at the end.

She was born to Charles and Ruby Bobo on Nov. 9, 1953 in Memphis and was raised in Jacksonville.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in education from the University of Kentucky.

She taught eighth grade Earth science in Lexington, Ky., before moving to New York and then, in 1982, to Austin, Texas.
She spent the next 25 years raising a wonderful family and cultivating friendships at work and play. Her passions were her family, her friends and her pets. She put all of these ahead of herself.

For many years, she was a soccer, baseball, football and basketball mom while she nurtured her sons so they became wonderful, successful young men. She cherished visits and vacations with her sister, brother, sister-in-law, nieces and nephews. She treated her dogs, and especially her cats, with the same tenderness as her family.

In her last few years, she devoted most of her energy to Bethany United Methodist Church and the people of it. She contributed to all 18 care ministries, and especially enjoyed working with the Prime Timers, the elderly within the church. She also volunteered in the House of Friends respite- care program. In the most recent demonstration of her passion for people, she found the time to complete the prerequisites for, and be admitted to nursing school.

She lived her too-short life with a grace which only love and peace within, and contentment in the Lord, could create. She mastered a beautiful dance — a melody of goodness in the soul. Her greatest achievement, though, was the love which was so wonderfully and spontaneously generated by her warm presence. She’s gone and will be sorely missed, but above all, she will be remembered by the so very many that she loved and loved her.

There was a memorial service for her at Bethany Methodist Church, Austin, Texas, Dec. 20.

She will be interred with her parents at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Memorial Park in North Little Rock at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, or one of the church groups for which she was so passionate—the Prime Timers, or the House of Friends (c/o Bethany United Methodist Church).


Ralph Morris

CMSGT, Ralph P. Morris, Sr., 77, of Jacksonville was called home to the Lord Dec. 15.

Born July 31, 1930 in Electra, Texas to the late Walter and Catherine Morris, he was youngest of four children.

As a veteran, he served his country for 27 years in the Air Force, where he retired as a chief master sergeant. He then went on to work at UAMS for 17 years in the physical plant as an assistant director before retiring.

He valued God, family and friends. Always being a generous person his whole life, Ralph often helped others without a second thought. Many of us have fond memories of his joking nature and sportsman-like conduct.

He enjoyed laughing, taking care of others and seeing the best side of life. His second home was McArthur Assembly of God Church.

Nothing pleased him more than going to church. His many friends and family will miss him greatly.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Helen Marie Morris in November 2006; his daughter, Joy Gail Morris; one daughter-in-law, Patrice Morris; his loving parents, Walter and Catherine Morris; two brothers, Milford and Bob Morris; and one sister, Babe Morris.

He is survived by two sons, Ralph, Jr. and Terry Morris; daughter-in-law, Sharon Morris; five grandchildren, Danielle, Jarid, Beau, Shaleen and Jordan; five great-grandchildren, Carissa, Devon, Amber, Nathan and Austin.

Funeral services were Dec. 20 at McArthur Assembly of God Church in Jacksonville with interment following at Arkansas State Veteran’s Cemetery in North Little Rock with military honors.

In lieu of flowers donations should be made to McArthur Assembly of God Church, 3501 John Harden Dr., Jacksonville, Ark. 72076. Funeral arrangements were by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Selma Magness

Selma Magness, 85, of Sherwood passed away Dec. 18.

She was a member of Sylvan Hills United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her daughter, JoAnn Heslep and husband Larry of Sherwood; three grandsons, Jeff and wife Jan Heslep, of Georgetown, Greg and wife Angela Heslep of North Little Rock and Keith and wife Sandra Heslep of Cabot; five great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister, Gloria McConnell of Booneville and a host of relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roland Magness.Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, 320 Executive Court, Ste. 104, Little Rock, Ark. 72204.

Funeral services were Dec. 21 at Sylvan Hills United Methodist Church.

Graveside services were at Harmony Cemetery in Center Hill. Funeral arrangments were by North Little Rock Funeral Home.


Carolyn Johnson

Carolyn Faye Richey Johnson passed away Dec. 18.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lucille Vansell Richey, and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Vansell.

She is survived by two daughters, Molly C. Martinez of Jacksonville and Kimberly G. Hale of Cleveland, Ohio; two brothers, Ellis Faye Richey and Billy Wayne Richey; nine grandchildren, Jacob S. Williams III, Christopher Williams, Victoria Williams, Jeffrey Williams, Jessica Peak, Heather Blackwell, Samuel Martinez, Stormey Gale Martinez and Ronnie Hale III, all of Avonlake, Ohio; and 10 great-grandchildren.

In loving memory of our mother, a memorial service was held Dec. 21 in the chapel of North Jacksonville Church of Christ.
Funeral arrangements were by Wood Funeral Home of Jacksonville.

EDITORIALS>>The Christmas child

To the editor:

As we celebrate this Christmas Day, let us remember the Christ child born in the hay.

He attracted Three Wise Men from afar, guided to Bethlehem by a big bright star.

They gave Him gifts to show their love, for the Son of God, sent from above.

The prince of peace, Jesus was his name, this sinful world was never the same.

He was the only one to live without sin, He performed miracles again and again.

Healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, taught others to be loving and kind.

With five fish and two loaves of bread, five thousand hungry people were fed.

He walked on water, parted the sea

And died on the cross for you and me.

He bore our burdens, our troubles and strifes, and promised us all eternal life.

He forgives our sins, eases our pain, all he asks is to praise his name.

So we honor the Christ child born in the hay, and praise the Lord Jesus, for this is your day.

Troy Edwards

Austin

EDITORIALS>>Late with FOIs

To the editor:

All I want for Christmas is what I asked for…

Government entities and their employees who are entrusted with the care, management, and disposition of properties on behalf of others and who are accountable for such activities act in a fiduciary capacity.

This fiduciary capacity places a great responsibility on those who spend tax revenues and on their reporting responsibility to citizens. Part of this capacity is to comply with federal regulations, specifically the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for supplying information to citizens who request it.

The FOIA regulations require a response within 72 hours if the documents are available and there are penalties imposed for negligence. A $200 fine and 30 days in jail, or both.

I requested monthly financial statements from Cabot’s “custodian of the records” for each of the following months.
July financial statements were received Aug. 14.

August financial statements were received Oct. 8. September financial statements were received Nov. 13.

October financial statements have not been received as of Dec. 15 and no indication of when to expect them. November financial statements “should be available Jan. 8, 2008.” Do we see a trend here?

As I have stated several times in emails to the “custodian of the records” and other city officials, the city has gone back to the cash basis of accounting.

So closing out each month is as simple as reconciling the bank account at the end of the month and then printing the financial statements. The whole process should not take more than two days. Been there, done that. So at the very least, cash-basis statements should be ready by the 10th of each month.

I think most well-run businesses have their statements published by the 10th.

The law protects officials to the point of being ridiculous. Legally, you have three choices:

Malfeasance, misfeasance and nonfeasance.

Malfeasance is doing that which should not have been done, misfeasance is improper performance of a lawful act and nonfeasance is failure to do what should be done.

I was told in one email from the “custodian of the records” that to expect a month’s financial statements by the 10th of the following month was “not only difficult, but impossible.”

So where does all this fit…..doing that which should not have been done, the improper performance of a legal act, a failure to do what should be done, or a combination of all three?

Dale Walker
Cabot

Dale Walker is Cabot’s former finance director.

EDITORIALS>>Feds give us holiday gifts

Everybody complains about pork-barrel projects — or “earmarks” as they’re sometimes called — but they’re bad only when they’re for the other guys. It’s hard to complain, though, when the money comes our way. In fact, it’s pretty nice.

Most of our congressional delegation worked all year to secure some $39 million for local projects in the $555 billion ombnibus bill — which Congress passed this week — including $10.7 million for the Joint Education Center at Little Rock Air Force Base. Jacksonville voters had approved a $5 million sales tax to pay for the college campus that the city and LRAFB will operate in front of the base near the freeway.

The center will provide better educational opportunites for students from all around the area and will be a tremendous boost to Jacksonville’s economy.

Cabot, too, will benefit from the omnibus bill, which includes $840,000 for a new National Guard armory. That’s an impressive addition to a rapidly growing suburb with a large military population similar to Jacksonville’s.

Other military-related appropriations include $9.8 million for runway repairs at the air base, as well as lighting and communications improvements there. Current and former base commanders, particularly Brig. Gen. Rowayne Schatz, who is in charge of the 314th Airlift Wing, and his predecessor, Maj. Gen. Kip Self, worked hard to get funding for the aging runways, which will be like-new when the repairs are completed.

The base will also get funds to modernize its aerospace and ground equipment and engine facilities.

There were other military-related goodies in the ombnibus bills, including $18.4 million for a General Equivalency Diploma complex at Camp Robinson for students needing a second chance, as well as a $1.9 million assault course.

Water projects include $9.8 million for Grand Prairie irrigation and $2.7 million for Bayou Meto, which should bring holiday cheer to all.

CLASSIFIEDS >>12-22-07

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THRIFT SHOP open to the public. MWF 10 AM to 2 PM. First Saturday monthly. Great bargains. All revenues used to support mission. Volunteers and donations welcome. Jacksonville Care Channel, 201 Elm, 982-4647.

1 TRANS SIBERIAN Orchestra ticket for Dec. 29, night performance, $55. Cell 412-8241.

PATHFINDER, Inc. Board of Directors will hold its monthly Board meeting, Friday, December 21, 2007, 11:30 a.m. at the Jim Pickens Skills Training Center, 905 North Redmond Rd., Jacksonville, AR.


SERVICES

Computer training class. Register now for free 1 week computer training. Focus on income tax preparations. Day & evening classes available. Job opportunities available. Call (501) 843-5537 to register.************

Need a handyman? 1 Call for all your service needs. No job too small! Paint, tile, trim, dry wall, power washing, yard work, etc. Call (501) 288-2558.********


VEHICLES & ACCESSORIES

2 510 Chevrolet Mag wheels, $15 each. 551-4451.

1990 GEO Prism- Engine needs to be repaired or replaced. $600. Call 501-541-8920.

98 PONTIAC Bonneville, maroon colored, 95K miles, excellent car, $4250. 501-676-3438.

2003 PONTIAC Grand Prix SE Silver. Clean, good shape, 82000 miles. $7500 firm. 988-1254.

TOYOTA 1981 left front fender and grill tail lights, 20R motor, all for $175. 501-983-1445.

TOYOTA 1990 4X4 roll bar, nerf bar, lift kit, almost new mudders. needs engine. $3500 firm. 501-983-1445.

74 CHEVY Half ton pick up. $1200. 982-7800.

WHITE BED Cover for F250 Ford pickup ext. cab all hardware included, used very little. $600. 988-0334.

1991 CHEVY S10 w/camper shell 156K miles, runs good, $1600. 941-3489 or 605-6587.

FOR SALE 1994 Cadillac Sedan Deville, Metallic blue, runs good, $1700 will negotiate price. Call 501-985-4254.

1997 CHEROKEE ext. cab about 65K miles, $4900 obo. 501-626-9985

1989 BMW is wonderful car, runs good $1950. 605-0990 or 941-0539.

2004 GMC Sierra, V8, automatic, cruise, CD, dark grey, 79K miles, great buy at $8800. 501-516-5011 or 870-256-4839.

2005 FORD Focus, 29K miles, warranty, like new, $8900. 339-3752.

FORD 1997 F250 Crew cab, short wheel base, 4 wheel drive, 7.3 liter automatic, aluminum wheels, red, in excellent condition. $9900. 417-770-3018.

8 X 12 TRAILER 1 yr. old $450 obo. 680-9338.

2005 HONDA Foreman 500 4X2. Great condition. $3,000 OBO. Can be contacted at 501-350-2906.

CADILLAC SEVILLE, Burgundy, 1990, 171000 miles, 4-dr, all power, good body. $1250 OBO. Carl 590-6778

1985 FORD BRONCO, full size, 4 wd., rebuilt motor, everything under the hood new. Gun racks fairly new. Fairly new tires. $2500. 501-676-0040.

2001 FORD TAURUS, blue, auto, 115 k miles, $4,000 obo. 501-743-2342

1988 FORD pickup Lariott, 1 wb., small V8 auto. Runs and looks good. $1,700. 501-843-8672 or 352-0094

1998 CHEVY C/1500 SS350 truck. Vortec 350 with most all options. Serious inquiries only $6500.00. Call Charlie 988-9007.

STILL UNDER warranty 2005 E-150 work van, has tool boxes & bins factory installed, V-8, tilt, cruise, automatic trans., A/C. Surgery force's sale 988-9007 Charlie.

2005 MITSUBISHI Gallant GTS, dark grey, fully loaded, leather interior, 15,500 miles. Asking $16,000 take over payments. TSgt. Bryan @ (501) 658-8911.

FOR SALE: 2002 Mercury Sable, $6,500 obo. (501) 259-4189.

1981 CHEVROLET, step side, V8, 3 speed, lots of new parts, $1,500 obo. 239-0901 or 843-2903.

1997 HONDA CIVIC Ex, all power, power sunroof, low miles, cd, keyless entry, like new, must see. 985-5569

CAMPER SHELLS, swb and 1 wb, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, $100 and up. 501-982-1220 Jacksonville.

1990 FORD AEROSTAR minivan, 7 passenger, runs good, just serviced, very nice, $1,400 cash. 501-626-9144

2003 CONVERSION van, handicapped accessible and driveable, 36k miles. Very nice $25,000. 882-2049 or 250-6003.

1995 SILVERADO, extended cab, Z71, 4 wd., V8, automatic, has all the extras, good truck. $3,000. 590-3115 or 982-1295

2000 DODGE van receiving hitch, used only twice, $80. Call after 4 p.m. 982-7847

CAR RADIO with speakers, new $45. (501) 983-1445.

PCSING- MUST SELL, 2005 Mitsubishi Dalant GTS, 4 door sedan. Dark grey, black leather interior. Heated front seats. Infinity 6- disc cd system. 15,700 miles. Asking $16,000. Tsgt. Bryan (501) 658-8911 or (501) 987-6502.

1990 CHEVROLET Extended cab, 4 wheel drive, fresh motor, rebuilt transmission. $2,700 obo. 350-6696.

WHEELS & TIRES for sale, 22" chrome, 6 lug, excellent condition, $1,200 obo. Call (501) 658-6226.

1995 TOYOTA 4Runner, 217K, Limited edition, A/C, CD, Cruise, PW, PDL, Auto, Sunroof, Green, Decent condition inside, runs good. Asking $2,700 OBO. Call 501-288-0858.

2002 GOLD Ford Explorer, 4x4 3rd Seat, 79,000 miles, Must sell! $9,950. Brett 501-628-2788.

2003, S-10, 4 cyl, Automatic, 52,000 miles, Trailer Hitch, Bedliner, $6,770. 501-590-7588.

1998 BLAZER - Not running. Needs new engine. 138K miles. LTS model (fully loaded). Not parting out. $1,000 o.b.o. Located in Oak Grove. 501-605-3613

DODGE D-150 1990 V-6 5spd, AC, good body, good interior, $1200. Call after 3 p.m. 350-3048.

TIRES- 4 Goodyear Wrangler AT/S 255/70/16 less than 600 miles $300 501-940-6695 Cabot.

2003 BMW 325xi AWD, 48k miles. Like New. 4 dr., $14,500. Call 501-416-7051.

1992 DODGE RAM Van 3500, Good condition, reliable. 270k miles. $1,500. obo. Call 501-416-7051.

NEW 5X8' ENCLOSED cargo trailer, health forces sale. $1,995. Call (501) 259-6666.

1991 CHEVY S-10 with camper shell 156,000 miles runs good $1600 941-3489 or 605-6587.

$1000 FOR 1994 Nissan Maxima, fair condition, needs alignment. Call 743-2671.

1925 FORD TRUCK Will trade for a pull behind mini backhoe or small tractor. Leave message 501-676-3964.

1999 FORD TAURUS, V6, auto, am/fm/cd, ac, nice car, $2495 obo. 501-743-9252 in Cabot.

1996 Chevy S-10, reg. cab, 4-cylinder, auto, $1995. 501-743-9252.

1993 DAKOTA new tires, brand new clutch, pressure plate & throw out bearing, perfect A/C 240,000 miles. Doesn't smoke or use oil. $1,900. 605-2300.

1983 SILVERADO Hotrod, power windows, hoodscoop, Corvette motor included (needs rebuilding), motor runs but smokes, short wheel base, brand new tires. 605-2300.

99 BUICK REGAL Maroon, grey leather seats, 71K miles, excellent condition, $5100. 501-516-6402.

2002 CHRYSLER VOYAGER Mini-van, 75K miles, Tilt/cruise, A/C, power steering, automatic, asking $6,000. 988-1894 home 831-2108.

BMW 1998 323 IS 89K miles black leather loaded $7900 obo 417-293-0350.

1979 FORD BRONCO 400 auto. blue tan 42K on motor rebuilt front end new 33" tires interior great cond. $5000 firm. 501-454-8491.

'94 GT MUSTANG Convertible 5.0 white $3500 obo. (501) 912-1298.

2005 SUZUKI Boulevard C50T 9200 miles, black, touring package, vance & hines pipes. Runs perfect, great bike, $5500, Cabot. Call Chris @ 501-605-3208.

2004 Honda CR70F dirt bike, excellent condition. $1200.00/offer. Call 501-416-9257 or 501-259-4020.

1996 DODGE V8 Ram Pickup, 106,000 miles. Call 501-516-5678.

FORD AEROSTAR minivan 1990, very nice, runs good, seats 7, only $1200 cash. 501-626-9144, Sherwood.

1989 FORD F150 Lariot, will run, needs minor work, new battery, V8, steel rims, dual tank, large tank is full. Must sell, $2,500. 882-2142

CABOTA DIESEL engine, 26 hp., runs good. $475. 501-606-1866, James.

2001 FORD EXPLORER Sport black, 20" chrome rims, 4.0 V-6, towing package, tinted windows, new tires, rotors & brakes. (501) 743-2360.

2002 GOLD FORD Explorer, 4x4, 3rd Seat, 79,000 miles, Must sell! $9,950. Brett 501-628-2788

2005 DODGE 2500 P/U, Big Horn Edition, 4 door, 14,000 miles. Like new. $21,000. Call 501-834-0224.

1972 FORD P/U Long Wheel base, 6 cylinder automatic, brown colored, $400. 1965 Ford SWB, no engine, has transmission, good body. $250. 1971 Ford Maverick, 200 HP, V6, 2 door $250. Day 501-676-8031, night 501-241-0024.

2005 DODGE NEON SXT, power doors/ windows, 40,000 miles, asking $6,000. (501) 680-4698.

2004 JEEP Liberty Sport, standard 27k miles, 4 wd., power windows and locks, sunroof asking $10K. 248-561-8550

1997 HONDA Accord Ex, 4 door, all power, power sunroof, low miles, like new. 501-985-5569.

1994 CHEVROLET Cavalier GT, cold air, $1,500. 501-744-2475

1973 FORD pick-up, swb, 302, nice truck, runs good, no smoke. 231-5040.

1999 OLDMOBILE ALERO, a/c good, mechanically sound. $1,250 obo. Call Jesse (501) 987-8150 or (501) 941-0945.

2001 BUICK PARK Avenue Ultra, great condition, $7500, call (501)593-8177.

2005 TOYOTA Matrix XR, 55K, blue, loaded w/o leather, sunroof, mirror tint, clean, one owner, hwy. mi. only, $13,000. Cabot 870-373-0279


RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

2006 FOREMAN 500 4x4 brand new. Only used 9 hours. Red in color. Perfect condition. $8000. 870-256-5306.

16' FISHING Boat, 40 hp motor and trailer $2200. 988-0334.

2004 COACHMAN Class C Motorhome 29' V-10 Ford engine 2 slides 843-8174.

1987 HONDA 125cc, 2 stroke dirt bike, good working condition $600 obo. Call 501-612-9149 or 501-259-5437.

YAMAHA moto 100 four wheeler, shaft drive $500. Call Cliff (501) 259-8374.

2005 KAWASAKI 360, 4 wheeler, auto, 12 hours, garage kept, excellent cond., $4,000. 259-2809

2000 Z.R.X. Kawasaki 1100 cc. black & gold,good shape, must sell, $3200.00. O.b.o. Call Mike 501-628-2476.

2003 YAMAHA Breeze 125CC Automatic, Reverse, asking $1300.00. Call 501-425-6271 for information.

2007 4 wheeler, $1695 MSRP, will take $795 has fall off kill switch, 2 remote kill switches, throttle governor from 10-30 mph. Manufacturer's warranty. (501) 912-0281.

2004 MONGOOSE, kids size, 50 series 4 wheeler, auto. electric start. Yellow with matching helmet. Ridden a few times. Looks new. $975. 501-804-9546

1978 CB750K HONDA motorcycle (one owner), many new parts, plus bike for parts $750 firm. Call after 4 p.m. 982-7847.

2005 HONDA, 4 wheeler, large tires and rims, low miles, $4000. Great for deer camp. Like new. 605-6156.

1986 WINNEBAGO LESHARO, 22' class B motor home, 2.5, 4 cylinder, non smoker w/ 53,900 miles. Has everything including waterheater w/ shower, $7,995. 501-606-9163.

DIRT BIKES for sale. 501-743-5024 Cabot.

1999 SUZUKI 250 quadrunner, looks and runs good. Need to sell. Comes with loading ramps. $999 obo. 501-743-2414.

1983 JAYCO J Series 28.5' long, full bed, sleeps 5, everything works, bumper pull, $3500 obo. 501-941-1336 or 501-590-3360

2007 100CC 4-WHEELER, Fully automatic, Fall off safety switch, 2 remote kill switches, Governor to keep between 10-30 miles per hour. $650. Has factory warranty. 912-0281.

EL DORADO Renaissance 1988, 35 ft. motor home, custom made, lots of new updates, road ready, maintenance records. $10,000 with dolly. (501) 983-1741.

14' SEMI v, 14" deep, 42" bottom, with depth finder, trailer, like new, Yamaha 4 stroke motor, $3,500. 501-676-6109.

2000 GLASTRON 180 Ski & Fish. 150 Johnson OB, Trolling motor, Fish Finder, Custom Cover, Loadmaster Trailer. Very low hours. $11,000.00. Call 501-247-7653 or 501-554-0806.


HELP WANTED

GENERAL ASSIGNMENT staff reporter needed for a variety of beats which may include education, politics, local government, police. Photography experience helpful but not necessary. Experience a must. Full-time position with benefits. Email resume to efeldman@arkansasleader.com. For more information, call Eileen at 501-982-9421. EOC employer.

Get Paid to Wave! Call (501) 843-5537.************

MAINTENANCE/GENERAL. Laborer's wanted for large mobile home park in Jacksonville. Pay ranges from $7.00 an hour to $12. DOE. Basic tools required. Must pass drug test. Call (501) 835-3450.********

Salon for Sale: Fully furnished, $15,000, sub-leaser needed, Sherwood area. (501) 580-3064.********

Business for Sale: Profitable 1 person operation, 15 years in business, no special skills, NLR, some owner financing, easy to operate. Tom Redican, agent. (501) 908-5178.********

Positions available... Loving & Attentive CDA degree teachers & caregivers for Quality Preschool and school age programs. Full-time & part-time positions available. Apply at Cabot United Methodist Church, Child Development Center. Call (501) 843-9226.********

WANTED: HANDYMAN for Mobile Home park. Responsibilities include mobile home repairs, plumbing, electrical, counter, floors repairs, mowing, clean up & making ready for new tenants. Free Rent. Salary. Send resume to: Topline Investments, 1085 Moon Road, Ward, AR 72176****


MISCELLANEOUS

VERY NICE White 8X28 storage building w/ secure rollup door, email for pics at tnkey@sbcglobal.net 501-268-2795

COMMODE ELONGATED $50, tent $10. 501-843-5987.

PENTIUM 4 Complete Dell System $200. 501-605-3377.

2 10 speed 26" men's bikes $50 for both and rv accessories. 982-4848 for more information.

36 JET SPA, used 20 hours, paid $4846 will take $2400, selling for health reasons, has lots of extras, ideal Christmas gift. 982-1408 or 772-6398.

FOR SALE 6' tall hard plastic basketball goal, great condition, good for 4 year olds and up, $10. 941-3922.

7' CHRISTMAS TREE, great condition in box, $15. 941-3922.

FLORIDA VACATION package, Ramada Plaza resort, 3 nights - Orlando 2 nights - Ft. Lauderdale, rental car or sea world passes. $300 obo. 259-9714.

DUVET SET, queen sized, gold silk. Cotton tab curtains, 3 sets of wine color, set of tan gold and set of cream. 983-4579.

1998 HOLIDAY Teddy, 1998 Santa, 1997 Holiday teddy, and many other beanies for sale with display cases. 605-7557.

COMPUTER SYSTEM- Complete, like new. $200. (501) 266-2211.

LOCKS- entry door locks w/ key, $5 each. 501-983-1445.

BICYCLE, Harley Davidson, 90's edition. Boys, medium size, good condition. $35.00 OBO vem@mail.org for pictures. 501-988-1027

HOME SCHOOLING Series, C. Mason. Boxed set, 6PBs. $15.00 OBO. vem@mail.org 501-988-1027.

WEBCAM, Video Blaster 2, box, manual, cd, near new. $10.00 OBO vem@mail.org 501-988-1027

PRESS KIT 10th Kingdom, 5 vhs, bk, paper weight, Twin Towers morphs to Kingdom. $125.00 vem@mail.org 501-988-1027

HOME ED ABEKA, Elementary readers $1.00 each. vem@mail.org 501-988-1027

HOME EDUCATION books. Alpha Omega $20.00 per set. vem@mail.org 501-988-1027.

OLD PIANO needs minor work, $50 obo. Cleaned out storage shed. Make an offer and it's yours. 501-726-3110

THREE MIRROR dresser, treddle sewing machine. 501-726-3110

TREADMILL - PROFORM-XT, Crosswalk Spacesaver- $75.00 - Call 941-4403.

6' CHRISTMAS tree and other Christmas items for sale. For more info 985-0467 or 398-2471.

VICTORY PRIDE mobility scooter, looks and runs great. Charged and ready to ride, $500. 501-606-1673.

DOGHOUSE $30, fuel pump manual $30, roller pump $40. 501-882-5486.

METAL CARPORT, will hold 2 cars, great condition, $200 cash. 941-3922.

UPPERTONE EXERCISER, model UT93A for quadroplegics $500. 882-2049 or 250-6003.

70 PIECE maternity clothes for sale. 501-817-0940.

170 PIECE baby clothes for sale. 3-9 months. 501-817-0940

NASCAR Collection, $7,000 obo. 501-259-2520.

NORDIC TRAC CX990, eliptical trainer, paid $800 from Sears, will sell for $325, less than 2 years old. Call 259-2813.

BIG DOG HOUSE, never used, $140 firm. Call after 4 p.m. at 982-7847.

1996 HOLIDAY Barbie, excellent condition, $70. 501-843-8363

BRASS FIREPLACE kit, heavy duty, $15. 501-843-8363.

GAS WALL furnace, cozy direct vent with vent kit, thermostat, 15000 BTU, very safe, no fumes. Cost $625 must sell $350. (870) 552-7776.

GAS HEATER, 40,000 BTU Humprey "Radiant Fire Circulator." Free if you need. 870-552-3920

TWO 10 speed, 26" mens bicycles $25 each and rv accessories. 982-4848

6 FT. Artificial Green Christmas tree with stand. Like new, with original box. $25.00. 501-882-3621

ORECK XL, vacuum cleaner, $40. 940-5972 Beebe.

NORITAKE PARADISE (green) China. Complete service for 8 plus many extra serving pieces. Like new. $1,000 cash. Call (501) 920-1492. (Jacksonville)

REED-BARTON Elite silverware (silverplate). Complete service for 8 and chest. $250 cash. Call (501) 920-1492. (Jacksonville)

BOY'S COAT- size 8, $8. Girl's coat, size 4, $12. Infant clothes 0-9 months, $2 each. Ladies JCPenney's pant suit, $15. Dress Jackets size 14, $10. All like new, no checks. 501-882-5846 Beebe.

FULL LENGTH, white wedding dress fitted with banana straps, train lace with white lace flowers. Cured in box. (501) 993-3463.

LIKE NEW JEANS- 30 pairs $5 each. 25+ shirts $3 each. 3 suits $10 each Searcy 501-593-6132

14 kt. Gold necklace says special grandma. New, still in gift box, $20.00 941-2994 cabot.

DIAMONDS & RUBIES, hardship, take best offer 1.2 carats marquis diamond ring, certified 1-2 clarity, h-color, 14 ct. yellow gold solitare mount mapped & appraised, also matching wide 14 carat gold band, 2 heart pendant. 940-7748.

PILATES EXERCISE Equipment with all accessories & DVD's $300. Call James at (501) 941-9975.

LADIES BLUE Jean jacket comes to waist, Ladies nice Waffle style jacket, new, Summer clothing sizes 16 & 18, leather handbags. 983-4579

BABY WALKER $10, Bouncy Walker $20, 941-2424 anytime.

YOUNG MAN'S Suit - black pant 29 waist, jacket size 33. Men's Warehouse, new 983-4579.

BLACKBERRY PEARL T-mobile phone $175. T-mobile motorola phone PEB1 $80 Call 501-983-4579.

NIKON COOL Pics 550 black 7.2 megabytes 3.5" screen, $100. Call 501-983-4579.

DARK RED Leather Fossil handbag w/2 handles, new, bought at Dillards, $80. Call 501-983-4579.

ELMO TMX 10th anniversary, new in box, $100 obo. Leave message. 501-676-3964.

TRUMPET, GOOD for beginner, comes with case, $175. 501-983-1445.

BREAKER BOX for inside 200 amp with 6 breakers. $125. 501-983-1445.

POWER WHEEL Chair, Pride model Jet HD, designed for larger person, $6000 new will sell for $2000. Also 4X6 utility trailer available for transporting chair. 501-982-5469.

GLASS ETAGERE 4 shelves, 6' tall $50, 2 vacuum cleaners, 1 dirt devil feather light and 1 hoover sprint for sale. 501-985-9609.

2 JVC Speakers, 26" tall. 501-985-9609.

HALF GLASS Storm door, left hand swing, 30X68, $75. 501-982-6812.

CRAFT WOOD Burning insert stove, accessories and new screen included, 48" W 22" H $475. 501-982-6812.

BLACK FOREST Coocoo Clock new in box paid $250 will take $150 (501) 749-8520 Cabot.

HERFORD 16" roping saddle, microwave elec. stove, stainless steel sink, 4 oak swivel bar stools. 843-3370 or 351-3329.

2 parakeets with cage $40 for both, 1 male cockatoo with cage $60 Must Sell. Call anytime at 838-9319.

BEHRINGHER PMH2000 Powered mixer 2 BR15 Yamaha speakers & cables mic. cables & Digitech 300 Vocal processor good price 766-0201.

ENTERTAINMENT CENTER, heavy oak, surround stereo, VCR & stereo included, $300 obo. Tabtop curtains cotter duck material, cream & tote gold, & dark wine (501) 983-4579.

Steel buildings - 20X20 to 100X100 - Qualify for advertising discount up to 50% off - Can erect - (501) 912-8548.********

IBM laptop. $299. PIII, 20gb hard drive, 15.1 inch, DVD drive, windows XP, warranty and more. Call: 949-489-3700.

FREE STANDING Basketball goal, in very good condition. $40.00 941-2994

NINTENDO GAMEBOY color, (purple) $25 2 games $5 each. 941-2994

NINTENDO HAND held Gameboy color (see thru purple) $20, battery cover is missing. 941-2994.

QUAD BOSS ATV Bifold Ramps - New $120.00. Call 501-416-9257 or 501-259-4020.

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE pieces by St. Nicholas Square. Call 501-259-4020 or 501-416-9257.

CLINTON MEMORABILIA, Newspapers from Bill Clinton's first win and second inauguration. Excellent condition. Make offer. For info mwaters@cebridge.net or 501-690-9675

CLARINET for sale- $500. Purchased at Hawk's Music Store in Cabot. Great XMAS Gift. Kelly @ 501-676-2936.

VICTORY PRIDE mobility scooter, looks and runs great. Charged and ready to ride. $500. 501-606-1673.

GIANT 27", color blue, mountain bike, 21 speed, real nice, $250. 882-2142.

FREE GAS HEATER, 40k btu, Humphree Radiant Fire circulator. Free if you need. 870-552-3920

LEATHER EXTRA- large Razorback jack by Excelled, ARKANSAS across back with razorback, Red, White & Black, new $200. 882-2142

BABY EINSTEIN exersauser $30, aquarium swing and high chair $60/$45,boy clothes 0-18 mo., LG computer monitor $20, puzzles,toys,misc. items. Please call 501-743-0231.

PIANO- sterling upright spinnet, 36" tall with bench. Has great sound $700. 501-676-6015.

5 1/2' OLD Wooden Glider $100, old National cash register $200, 26 pieces of old blue willow china $100. 940-5972.

SEARS CRAFTSMAN, air compressor, 12 gallon tank on wheels with a push and pull handle, $75. 501-676-6109.

CUMMINS timing tool and Detroit sleeve loaders, $300 for both. 501-676-8200


FURNITURE & APPLIANCES

HIGH CHAIR like new $15, Antique milk can $10, old hand-operated water pump $25 (501) 940-0359.

CHEST OF Drawers with 5 drawers & oak finish $55, 60" sofa $150 with 2 matching swivel rocking chairs $50 each. (501) 940-0359.

TRADITIONAL SOFA $175, Wood Futon $50, Double bed/mattress $75, youth art desk $15, other household items. Cabot 605-6671.

27" COLOR Panasonic TV $75. 982-5261.

FRIGIDAIRE APPLIANCES: Stove, dishwasher and microwave. Sale as set, for all three - excellent condition - asking $1000 cash only. Must see. Call 650-4741 or 650-4742.

CURIO CABINET dark wood very nice $200, 36" entrance door $20 good cond. 501-726-3788.

PIANO STERLING 36" tall Spinnet Master upright with bench has great sound. $750 (501) 676-6015.

DESK L-SHAPED 8' X 2'. Top quality $120. 843-8685 Cabot.

COUCH AND Loveseat $200, Washer. 838-3955.

BEAUTIFUL ROUND Coffee table with upper and lower level bought at Ferguson's furniture paid $375 asking $300 cash only 2 months old. 941-9051.

MEDIUM SIZED Oak entertainment center, has VCR stereo & surround sound, fits 32" TV. Wrought iron & glass beveled round dining table. 983-4579.

36" ENTRY DOOR w/ all the hardware, metal w/ small window, sell for half price. $200. 501-983-1445

ANITIQUE oak doll bed, 1 side goes up and down, has wheels. Spindles on side panels. Exc. condition. $15. 941-3922

TWO YELLOW leather Ashley chaise Lounge $250 each, computer desk $100. Outdoor patio bar set $200. King size mattress and box springs $75. 2 floor lamps. Call 501-605-1999.

CRAFT WOOD burning insert stove accessories and new screen included. 48" wide, 22" high $475. Call 501-982-6812.

3-piece Oak Entertainment Center with 32" color TV; like new $700.00. Call: 501-827-0955 or 501-827-6251

DINING TABLE, solid oak with 6 chairs; like new $500.00. Call: 501-827-0955 or 501-882-6251.

COUCH, HUNTER green with matching swivel rocker, leather lounger/recliner and leather swivel rocker. Excellent condition; all for $325.00. Call: 501-827-0955 or 501-882-6251.

A "CARS" TODDLER bed. In good condition, mattress not included $30. If interested please call 676-6865. Please leave message if no answer.

LARGE, BEAUTIFUL, w/real wood, glass, lights, etc entertainment center, $175.00 OBO. Call 501-416-1984.

WASHER AND DRYER for sale. Work well. White. $150 for both. Call 412-1111.

CHEST FREEZER, 6 ft. long, $100.00. Wooden wardrobe w/wheels, cherry finish, $75.00. Wooden tv dinner trays, $20. 501-940-6916.

FREE FUTON frame and mattress. Call Cliff (501) 259-8374.

3-PIECE Oak Entertainment Center with 32" color TV; like new, $775.00. Call 501-827-0955 or 501-882-6251.

COUCH, HUNTER green with matching swivel rock and storage foot stool. Excellent condition, all for $200.00. Call 501-827-0955 or 501-882-6251.

FREE SIMMONS Beautyrest mattress, full size, firm. Older, but clean and serviceable. First come, free. You pick up. 988-1325.

FREE GE top freezer refrigerator. Ice maker & dispenser, 22 cu. ft., white. Has a condensation problem but otherwise performs well. You pick up, first come, free. 988-1325.

65" Sony HDTV currently retails for $2200.00 asking price $1000.00 OBO. Must See! Has a GREAT picture!!! HDTV Display Capability: 1080i comes with all the original equipments. For more info. call 501-605-1395.

White Metal Toddler Bed with Mattress. Bed is in excellent condition, no cracks, breakage or chipping. Sealy Ortho mattress, excellent condition, no stains, soil or tears. 2 white mattress covers. Clean, hardly used. $50.00 501-605-1395

CREAM COLOR Kenmore refrigerator with top freezer, 16 cu ft, ice maker, excellent condition $175. Call 941-2159 after 6:30 evenings.

WHITE KENMORE upright freezer, 13 cu ft., frost free, 3 yrs old $175. Call 941-2159 after 6:30 evenings.

QUEEN BED - frame, headboard, mattress, box springs, excellent condition $150. Call 941-2159 after 6:30 evenings.

25" GE television $60. Call 941-2159 after 6:30 evenings.

13" Television w/VCR built in $25. Call 941-2159 after 6:30 evenings.

WHIRLPOOL WASHER, super capacity, exc. condition, $130 obo. 985-0467 or 398-2471.

DAYBED complete with 2 twin mattresses, sheets, mattress pads. All like new, $350. 501-835-6742.

42" flat screen and 32" tv's for sale. Call 501-773-3891 or 501-773-3890.

5' GE FREEZER, upright, $200, table and 4 chairs $100. 749-2322.

BOOKCASE/DESK and chair $100, web TV with keyboard $50, electric typewriter $20. 982-2595.

TOSHIBA, 72" Theatre view. (501) 940-2164 or (501) 940-8320

OAK TABLE & 4 chair, good condition. $165. (501) 983-1445.

KENMORE DRYER, good condition. Works great. White, $75. 658-1209

GIVE AWAY- Swing stand, metal set in ground with concrete. You take out and haul away. 501-882-3621.

DOOR, SOLID oak entry door. Brand new. Half moon leaded glass at top. Never hung. Beautiful. $375 until Christmas. 501-833-3960

RCA, 58" wide screen projection tv, excellent condition, $800 obo. 501-352-3646

SOLID, DARK oak, triple dresser with lighted hutch-style mirror, armoire, 2 night cabinets, headboard (full/queen) $500 cash. Call (501) 920-1492 (Jacksonville).

WASHER AND DRYER, about 3 years old, will sell both for $100. 628-2203.

PCSING- TV Phillips 27" silver, $150 obo. Also other miscellaneous items. 347-218-3154

60" BIG SCREEN, Phillips Magnavox TV $300. Red cherrywood dinette table (like new) $400. (501) 993-3463.

LOVESEAT, blue, very good condition $45.00. Call: 501-882-3109.

RIVERSIDE CORNER oak entertainment/computer armoire in excellent like new condition. Reduced to $300. Paid $800 (501)843-1378.

WHITE TODDLER Bed without mattress. In excellent condition, no cracks, breakage or chipping. Clean, hardly used and in Cabot. $40.00. 501-743-5338 leave voicemail if no answer.

72" TOSHIBA TV, Theatre view $500 (501) 940-2164 or (501) 940-8320.

ALMOST NEW Large micro-suede living room set carmel/tan in color - includes couch, love seat & ottomen. $1800 obo Call 501-772-8538. Ask for Josh.

SMALL COMPUTER desk on rollers, $20. Also yard sale items including 2 VCR's and 2 phones as is, all for $50. Call 501-982-0632.

LIKE NEW Wine colored Ferel couch makes into bed. $200. Call 501-941-4649.

WASHER & DRYER Kenmore $200 for pair, both working. 501-993-0426.

KENMORE DRYER $50 works fine. Also Frigidaire Dryer used about 1 1/2 years $150. (501) 843-6118.

WHITE ENTERTAINMENT Center 2 storage units on sides w/doors, $10. Call 501-941-3922

GE WASHER and dryer, 2 years old, $350 for both or $175 for the dryer and $225 for the washer. Call 325-280-1754 or 501-987-5079. Cabot.

ALAN WHITE brand matching navy blue and optional design oversized couch, chair, and ottoman $250 OBO. Broyhill entertainment center $40 OBO 501-920-0555.

COUCH AND CHAIR, blue/cream flowers and dark county blue loveseat. All for $200.00. Very good condition. Call: 501-882-3109.

NEW PINE Dining Table w/4 Chairs, still in the box $80.00/set. Call 501-416-9257 or 501-259-4020.

REFRIGERATOR, washer & dryer and chest freezer for sale. $500 for all or $150 each. 501-882-2420. Beebe area.

Iron/glass tables, end/ cocktail/ sofa, leather accent, like new, $700/set obo. 501-985-1847.

40,000 BTU Heater, natural gas, 3 ft. X 2 ft., push button ignition. Ventless, $125. Wall/floor mount heater, never used, $100. Have connections for both. Call 501-882-2142.

FRIGIDAIRE REFRIGERATOR, 21 cubic feet, equipped for an ice maker, Frigidaire gas stove, $200 for each. 988-1894 or 831-2118.

DINING TABLE with 6 chairs $75, washer and dryer $75, 6 drawer dresser $50, small microwave $10. 501-944-2081.

THREE cushion couch, good condition $30, coffee table, side table and magazine rack, started to sand down $20. You pick it up. 501-681-0823.

ENTERTAINMENT CENTER $20, You pick it up. 501-681-0823.

NON WORKING refrigerator $20, you pick it up. 501-681-0823.

EXTRA NICE, solid oak dining table, double pedestal, 6 chairs, includes 2 captains chairs, $500. 843-3254

PINE COMPUTER desk/ chair, 40" L, 20" D, 29 1/2 H, $40.00 bunk bed, red metal frame, no mattress for top, excellent cond. $45.00. Call 256-3002.

SOFA AND LOVESEAT, matching set, $150, sofa bed, $100. All in good condition and clean. 501-882-7333.


LOST & FOUND

MISSING: 4 YR Old black shitzu, goes by Harley. Last seen in sub-division behind Kroger in Cabot, needs medicine and missed by family. Please call 612-4088.

LOST PUPPY - Blue Brindle puppy lost in Ward. Last seen Dec 1st. Daughter's pet. Please call 501-605-3613/501-326-8819 if seen or found.

LOST CAT, solid blue/grey about 3 years old, missing from 19 Amy in Cabot, reward offered. 501-843-8319.

FOUND DOG in Diamond Creek subdivision, Cabot, Must identify 843-5203.

LOST: Ward area on Dec. 1st, rat terrier, tri-color. Also, white cat with grey stripes on head and back. Call 941-8094/ 607-0010. Offering reward!

LOST: BLONDE Labrador / Retriever w/black collar. Lost 11-20-07 in the Swinging Bridge Rd. area of Beebe. His name is Miller. Very friendly. Please call Micah. 501-454-3154 or Carol 501-454-3490.

LOST: SOLID BLACK German Sherphard, 1 ear up and 1 ear down, missing from Woodhaven Cove in Ward. Please call 501-628-4058.

LOST: $500.00 REWARD. No questions. Black border collie/ lab with orange collar. Female. Lost in Beebe area. 501-556-4596 and 501-288-2233.


LAWN & FARM EQUIPMENT

RIDING MOWER Honda HTR3009 5 speed 9hp engine. Everything in good shape except engine bed. $85. 501-843-5376.

LAWN MOWER, 5 hp, B-S engine, self propelled, starts and runs good, $85. 501-843-5376.

21 HP BRIGGSON Straton motor crafstman mower $350 obo. 680-9338.

KUBOTA, ZD21F, 21 HP DSL, zero turn mower, only 140 hours, NOT USED COMMERCIALLY, "21F" Model, is a commercial unit & heavy deck. Sad must sell. (501) 940-7748.

65 INTERNATIONAL cuv with trailer to haul it on, hydraulics, disc and cultivator, real nice tractor, $1,800. 590-3115 or 982-1295.

KUBOTA ZD21F, 21 horsepower diesel, 0 turn mower, only 140 hours, NOT USED Commercially, " 21F" Model is a commercial unit & heavy deck. Must sell. (501)940-7748

RIDING MOWER Honda HTR 3009 5 speed 9 horsepower, everything in good shape except bad engine, $50. 843-5376.

TROY-BILT TILLER 1981 House model all steel frame excellent condition $650 Call 501-676-6756.

LAWNMOWER- 5 horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine, self propelled, starts & runs good. $85. (501) 843-5376


ANIMALS, PETS & SUPPLIES

FREE 8 Week old kitten, very loving kitten. Call 612-7268.

FREE KITTENS to good home. Cabot 259-8267.

BOER BILLY Goat for sale, 9 months old, $75 cash. Call 501-843-4216.

PIT BULL puppy free to good home, white female 941-0288.

2 MINIATURE ponies $200 each or $400 each with saddles. Call 501-605-1999.

COCKATIELS. Hand fed babies. 4 months old. $45 each. 501-985-1304.

GREAT CHRISTMAS pets- Mountain Feist, 6 weeks old puppies, wormed, free (501) 605-0705.

5 YR. OLD registered black & white paint mare. Very gentle & pretty. $800, 501-940-5593 McRae.

8 MONTH stud colt, out of Doc Bar mare, but not registered sorrel. $300, 501-940-5593, McRae.

MIXED LAB, black, half grown, beautiful, has all shots. Free to good home. Cabot, 941-9051.

DOG PEN $75, dog house $25, bed $25, carrier $50. Cash only. 941-9051

CHOW/ LAB puppies, 8 wks. old, male & female. Free to good home, some black & some white. Call Tim (501) 743-8938.

FERRET, descented, spayed or neutered $100 each. 5' ferret cage $100. 941-8798

FISH TANK, 100 gallon solid wood stand & canopy fish filter, filter lighters etc. $500 cash. 941-8798

FREE TO GOOD HOME: 4 abandoned puppies, 1/2 spitz, 4 wks. old. Would make nice Christmas presents. 676-0712 Lonoke.

FREE TO GOOD home, sweet calico female. Has all shots, 10 months old. 413-0571

EIGHT WEEK old German Shepherd / Lab mix puppies, free to a good home, 3 males and 3 females. 501-744-2034.

BEAGLE, female, shots, spayed, needs a good home. 676-0322

FREE to a good home. 3-4 month old black lab. Call 843-0428.

FREE KITTEN, cutest in Arkansas, 8 wk old male, long light grey hair, guaranteed years of entertainment and love. 501-983-0145.

MALE DOG 4 months old free to a good home. 983-1445.

FREE PUPPY to good home, 1 Female 6 months old lab mix. She hasn't had any shots. I can be reached at home 501-843-1252 or by my cell phone 501-765-2607.

THREE guinea pigs, all females, 1 is black and white, 1 is light brown, 1 is red, $10 each. Really fluffy and healthy. 501-941-9411.

WIEMARANER female 9 wks old, chrome color, has papers, current on shots, $350 obo, kennel included. Cabot area. Call (501) 941-0227 in evenings.****

ONE CAT and one kitten free to good home. Nights 501-241-0024, day 501-676-8031.

FREE TO GOOD HOME, game fowl, cockatiels. 941-4674

BANTY CHICKENS, roosters and pullets. 501-676-7339

BLACK LAB MIX, 1 1/2 old, needs a good home & room to run. Also, miniature collie, 5 years old, spayed. 404 Hayes, Jacksonville, 72076.

COCKATIELS: Hand fed babies. Very tame. $45 each. 501-985-1304.

BEAGLE, female, shots, spayed, needs a good home. 676-0322

BEAGLE/LABRADOR mix, 1 male, 1 female, had shots, wormed, $75 obo. They will be 10 wks. on Christmas day. Would love to find a good forever home. These will make very good companions. 501-351-2747 message, 676-0322 after 5 p.m.


WANTED

WANTED TO Buy dump truck will make payments. 838-3955.

FAMILY WITH 2 girls (12 & 13) & 1 boy (15) need help with Christmas - Clothes, toys, etc. 985-0467.

PRIOR AIR Force family in need of moving boxes. Please call 501-941-3825 or 501-628-1986. Ask for Ryan. Any help is greatly appreciated!

USED PONY saddle. 690-6789

WANTED: COLLECTOR buying old board war games. Avalon Hill, SPI, Startegy & Tactics, etc. Call 501-454-8762.

WANTED: Senior Citizen wants small Boston Terrier, female, for a house pet can pay small amount. 676-6504

WANTED: non-running window air conditioner units for parts. 501-834-8886.

WANTED : dog kennel at least 10 x 10 x 6. Call 501-843-3206.

WANTED: Want to buy smaller utility trailer. 241-0052

NEED TO Buy a baby highchair in good condition 501-605-2683.

WANTED: NISSAN SENTRA 1989 or 1990. Wanted to buy ASAP. Any condition, wrecked, running or not. Call 501-563-0391 for cash offer.

WANTED: FAMILY OF 6, with 4 little boys in need of Christmas help. ANYTHING will be appreciated. Thanks. 743-7282.

WANTED: looking for an AV outlet cord for a Sega Genesis. 501-941-0288

WANTED: Starts of Pampas grass. Call 941-7313 or 259-4640.

WANTED: Cheap clippers, in good condition. Call 941-7313 or 259-4640.

WANTED: Carpet and linoleum, large pieces, dark color, like new condition. Also, interior doors inframe and left hand bath tub needed. 501-983-1445.

WANTED: Family with 2 daughters, 12 and 13, and 1 son, 15 years of age. In need of help with Christmas. 501-398-2471


LOTS & ACREAGE

2 House Lots, Country setting. 1.67 acres each. Owner financing available. payments under $400 a month. Call 501-743-8427 or 501-743-0003.********

LAND WANTED-Very serious buyer is looking for 3 to 10 Acres in Cabot School district. Land must perk have access to City water and not be in flood plain. We Prefer Country Setting with trees and no low land. Planning to build 2500++ sq. ft home on it plus shop. Call Matt Robinson 501-412-8055.


RENTALS

IN BEEBE: very nice, 2 Bedroom/ 2 Bath apartments. All utilities paid including basic cable. Washer & Dryer furnished. $675 month. Twin Lakes Apartments. Call Lisa at 278-0498 or 882-2882.**************

FOR RENT: nice 2 & 3 Bedroom Mobile Homes on large lots in Quiet safe park close to LRAFB. New carpet and appliances. Starting at $300 per month plus deposit. HUD accepting. Call today and get TWO WEEKS FREE RENT. (501) 835-3450.********

3 Bedroom House in Ward. No pets. Lease required. $400 rent, $300 deposit. (501) 941-1480.********

For Rent: $530 monthly or lease to purchase. 14X70 Mobile on 1.5 acres. Newly remodeled 2 Bedroom 2 Full Bath with open floor plan. Cabot School, with privacy & lots of room (501) 605-7200.********

HOUSE FOR RENT- 2 Bedroom 1 Bath, 31 North from Lonoke to 236 East. $425 month, $200 deposit. No Pets. (501) 676-3695 or (501) 350-0341.******

HOUSE FOR RENT in Beebe. Very nice 2 Bedroom 1 Bath brick home. Private yard. Washer/ dryer hookups. No Pets. Lease required. $450 month, $200 deposit. Call (501) 882-9362.******

ZERO $$ DOWN. For a FREE list of no money down properties go to www.bwrzerodown.com or call 800-504-9460 ID# 2544 for a FREE recorded message. Blackwood Team.******

VERY NICE remodeled 3 Bedroom 2 Bath, 292 Lowry Lane, Jacksonville. Eat-in kitchen, ceramic tile, washer/dryer connections, storage building, on 1 acre lot, $750 and deposit. Call John (501) 912-7976.****

VERY CLEAN 2 and 3 Bedroom Manufactured Homes for Rent. Starting at $425 to $525 a month with $200 deposit. Rent to own with $1000 down owner financing. No pets. On-site manager. With playground for children. Only blocks from elementary school with country setting and city conveniences. Lots for rent. $145 "With First 3 Months Free." Contact (501) 843-0709. Leave message.****

2 BEDROOM older trailer, 5 miles east of Jacksonville in Southbend area. Central Heat & Air. Stove & refrigerator furnished. No pets. $400 month, $300 deposit. (501) 944-1905.****

JACKSONVILLE: NICE updated 3 bedroom 2 Bath, 1 car garage, wood burning fireplace, hardwood/carpet/ceramic floors, furnished kitchen, fenced backyard & shed. $750 month, $500 deposit. Pets additional deposit required. (501) 247-7506.****

NEW HOMES for rent: Cabot Schools, 3 Bedroom 2 Bath, 2 car garage, nice neighborhood, $900 deposit & $950 per month rent. Call Robin (501) 454-6639 or (501) 988-4797.****


HOUSES FOR SALE

FORECLOSURES FOR SALE- $14,000 to $199,000- Wholesale - Bank owned homes to public- Cabot, Jacksonville, LR, NLR, Lonoke, Sherwood, Vilonia, Pine Bluff & Searcy- www.masonandco.com- Call Mason Realty- Jacksonville. (501) 985-0755.**********

CABOT- 218 Rodney Guthrie, 1014 sq. ft., 3 Bedroom 1.5 Bath, big fenced backyard, storage building, new landscaping. End of quiet cul-de-sac. Great for family with kids. Excellent condition. $88,000 (501) 516-6402******

LEASE TO OWN: New Homes, Cabot Schools, 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2 car garage, nice sized yards, city water & sewer. $1000 down & $1100 per month to own your own home. Call Robin (501) 454-6639 or (501) 988-4797.****

4 ACRES WITH A POND! Open House this Sunday - 1 p.m. til ? You've got to see this one! Beautiful 3 BD 2 BA, 1868 sq. ft. home sitting on a picturesque 4 acres. Right on the edge of town in the Cabot school district is where you will find this beauty. Built in 2003. All electric. Hardwood, Ceramic, Carpet. Separate dining. 2 car garage. Gas log fireplace. Phone (479) 216-4360 or (501) 519-5938. 1 1/2 miles south of the Hwy 321/ 89 Jct. on 89 South. Turn right on Russell Rd., 75 Russell Road, $185,900. *

MCRAE HOUSE for sale. Ready to move into!! 1700 sq. ft. home, 3 BR, 1 BA, new fencing, new dishwasher and stove. For sale $70,000. Call (618) 698-1354.****

FROM THE PUBLISHER >>What little girl wanted for holiday

(This is a reprint of a previous Christmas column.)

When my friend Jack Sallee was with the Jaycees in Fayetteville, they’d put an ad in the paper at Christmastime, saying that for $2 you could have Santa come to your place.

There’d be a group of Santas going out every night, and Sallee was among them.

“Each Santa went to about 10 homes a night,” Sallee says. “Each Santa had a driver. Mine was named Larry Nixon. He was a big fellow, and I would tell the kids Larry was driving me around town.”

Usually nothing out of the ordinary happened. Kids got to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas, and Santa gave them lots of candy, and everybody went to bed happy.

But then something different did happen. Sallee says, “One night we had two houses left to go. We drove around for a while, and when we found one, it was a one-room house. We went inside, and the house had a dirt floor and hardly any furnishings.”

A young girl was there with her mother. They were as poor as they could be: They had nothing — or very little.

The two Jaycees, college educated and professionals who’d seen dozens of nice homes, couldn’t believe what they had walked into.

“There were two cots to sleep on, and a table and a chair,” Sallee says. “The house had a pot-bellied stove. She had one of those small Styrofoam ice chests. So needless to say, I was taken aback because I didn’t think people still lived like that. This was inside the Fayetteville city limits.”

“The girl was seven or eight years old,” Sallee continues, “and she had long hair and blue eyes. She wore a nightgown that looked like a man’s T-shirt her mother had cut off. She was flabbergasted that Santa Claus would actually visit her.”

He says, “For a Christmas tree, her mother had brought in a branch and put it on the table.”

Her mother had found her a present — a ball wrapped in tissue paper.

Sallee wondered what else this poor girl would ask for.

“In the homes we had seen,” he continues, “the children would tell us what they wanted by reciting the toy sections in stores they’d been to.”

But that wasn’t what the girl wanted.

“The girl sat on my lap and looked at me seriously,” Sallee recalls. “She said, ‘Santa, the only thing I want is for Daddy to come home.’”

“I looked at my driver, this big, burly guy, and he had to walk outside because tears were streaming down his face,” Sallee says.

“The mother turned her back to us, and I just turned my head away from her,” he adds. “I was just stunned and moved and speechless. I wanted to hold the little girl and tell her everything was going to be all right, but there was nothing you could do. You felt helpless. She never asked for a toy or clothes.”

“I said there are some things Santa Claus can’t do,” Sallee adds, “but Santa Claus would try. I gave her all the candy I had.”
“It’s an experience you’ll never forget,” he says. “It will haunt you for the rest of your life.”

Sallee remembers that little girl around this time of the year. He wonders what happened to her father.

Maybe this Christmas he will be home, and, who knows, they’ll have a nice home to live in. You can’t lose hope.

TOP STORY >>Cabot millage needed to expand limited tax base

By HEATHER HARTSESLL
Leader staff writer

Because Cabot has more than 9,000 students but not a large tax base, the Cabot School Board decided Tuesday that the only way to fund needed construction projects throughout the district is to ask residents for a 3.9 mills increase in a special election March 10.

“We are huge in terms of numbers, but not in terms of a tax base,” district comptroller Kelly Hayes told the board. “It just takes more mills for us.”

If the increase were approved, Cabot’s total millage would be 39.9 mills, generating the $22.8 million needed for the district’s share of the $50.5 million in construction projects it is trying to fund.

School board member Alan Turnbo described the projects as broad based. “They touch every age group and corner of our district,” he said.

The projects include a $13 million health, physical education and recreation complex at the high school attached to a new cafeteria/student center; $11.3 million for a new elementary school; $9.04 million to install heating, ventilation and air conditioning units in 10 kitchens in the district as well as HVAC systems at Southside Elementary, Junior High South and Central Elementary; $7.3 million to add 40 classrooms at the high school to accommodate future growth; $3.66 million for renovations to the high school auditorium; $3.6 million to renovate the high school S-building; $2.27 million to upgrade the science labs at Junior High South to accommodate growth in the next four years; $1.86 million for a new roof and HVAC system at Eastside Elementary School; $1.77 million for HVAC systems in the physical-education facilities at eight campuses; and $1.82 to construct a new facility for the district’s charter school.

Hayes said, “3.9 mills generate all the money needed to fund the projects if the pieces fit together correctly.”

If the state facilities board does not help fund the projects in a 60-40 split, Cabot will have to decide where to spend its 40 percent share of the cost for at least some of the 16 proposed construction projects in the next three to five years.

School board president Brooks Nash said the students need the construction projects.

“People come to Cabot not because of the industry in Cabot … I guess they are our industry,” Nash said. “There is some producing and credibility within the school district, but if the money is not coming in, it’s not going to be that way. That’s the bottom line,” he said.


Cost for residents

The effect of 3.9 new debt- service mills on property owners within the Cabot School District equates to less than 50 cents a day.

If a home were valued at $100,000, 3.9 new mills would cost $78 more a year in property taxes – a mere $6.50 a month. A home valued at $150,000 would cost $117 more a year – about $9.75 a month. And for a home valued at $200,000, 3.9 new mills would cost $156 more a year – $13 per month.


Compared to other districts

At 39.9 mills, Cabot schools would still have the lowest millage rate in Lonoke County and would be equal to the current average of the top 10 districts in the state.

Currently in Lonoke County, the Lonoke School District collects 40.40 mills; Carlisle collects 42 mills, England 41 mills, and Cabot 36 mills.

Each of Cabot’s mills generates $47 per student. Lonoke’s mills generate $53 per student; Carlisle generates $68 per student with each of its mills; and England brings in $54 per student per mill.

Within the 10 largest districts in the state in student population, of which Cabot is listed at number seven, Little Rock has 46.4 mills, Pulaski County Special School District has 40.7 mills, Springdale has 39.2 mills, Rogers has 39 mills, Conway is at 36.2 mills, North Little Rock is at 40.9, Fayetteville has 43.8, Bentonville has 40.3, Fort Smith has 36.5, and Cabot comes in lowest with 36 mills.

Cabot brings $433,622 per year from each of its 36 mills, or a total of $15,610,392, the lowest amount generated by the top 10 districts in the state.

North Little Rock is next lowest with $611,824 per mill, a total of $25,023,602 per year and its enrollment of 8,974 is 252 students less than Cabot’s 9,226 students.

PCSSD generates $1.85 million a mill, a yearly total of $75,670,173 – $107 for each of its-17,395 students. Conway generates $784,390 per mill, a yearly total of $28,394,918 – $87 for each of its 9,002 students.

TOP STORY >>Cabot armory gets $840,000

By JOAN MCCOY
Leader staff writer

The $555 billion omnibus spending bill that has passed both houses of Congress includes $840,000 for the Cabot Readiness Center estimated to be ready for use within three to five years.

Although the bill is only a plan for spending and not an appropriation, Brig. Gen. Larry Haltom with the Arkansas National Guard said this week that the promised money will pay for the design and environmental impact study for the readiness center, or armory as local National Guard headquarters have been called until recently.

Mayor Eddie Joe Williams has been working to get a new armory to replace the temporary one on Hwy. 367 since he took office in January.

He said Thursday that he had been in contact with Congressman Marion Berry, D, Gillett and as far as he and the congressman are concerned, “it’s a done deal.”

The entire project has been estimated at $8 million. The city purchased the land for the project for $399,000, with the state paying $350,000 of that amount, and then turned it over to the Arkansas National Guard which will build it using federal money.

The facility will sit on 15.5 acres in the industrial park on Hiwy. 367 near the new railroad overpass that is now under construction.

Williams says building the armory is “the single biggest thing for Cabot in recent history” and that it will have an economic impact on the city of $1 million or more a year.

At the end of his fourth month in office, he traveled to Washington to build support for the armory with the state’s congressional delegation.

By mid July, the city council had agreed to purchase the land.

Williams’ push for an armory in Cabot was the second in recent history.

When Joe Allman was mayor about six years ago, a group of local residents including Allman’s director of operations were able to get the temporary armory.

On the evening the council agreed to purchase the land for the armory, Hipp thanked the men who helped in that effort.
In addition to Hipp and Allman, the men who started the process of bringing an armory to the city are Fred Campbell, Don Elliott, Wayne “Moose” Cunnis, Bill DeVoss, Gary McMillan, and Charles George.

The state has not built a new armory since September 2005 when a $4.25 facility went up in Warren.

Since the armory will be built near the overpass that will be used by school buses, Williams says the location will be good for recruiting.

He also says he also hopes it will have a positive impact on his efforts to get federal money to build a north interchange that is part of his three-phase plan to connect Hwy. 5 to U.S. 67-167.

The spending bill also includes $10.7 million for the Little Rock Air Force Base/Jacksonville Joint Education Center, $9.8 million to repair and update runways at Little Rock Air Force Base, $1.9 million for an urban-assault course at Camp
Robinson, $18.4 million for the General Equivalency Diploma Plus program complex at Camp Robinson’s Professional Education Center.

There’s also $9.8 million for the Grand Prairie Construction Project, $2.7 million for a Bayou Meto study, $3.1 million toward study and engineering of a new I-630/I-430 interchange and $1 million for the Clinton School of Public Service.

TOP STORY >>Many helping those who are less fortunate

By ALIYA FELDMAN
Leader staff writer

Christmas brings out 12-year-old Sydney Hickok’s generosity.

When she visited the Cabot animal shelter for the first time a few years ago, she listened when workers told her they needed blankets and food to help the animals. She started donating her allowance to the shelter. Then her giving spirit turned to other worthy causes.

She began buying toys for children and giving them to Cabot’s Christmas for Kids, and now does it every year, said Sydney’s grandmother, Nancy Siebert.

“She’s very fortunate and she doesn’t do without. We try to instill in her to try to give back,” Siebert said.
“She understands helping the less fortunate,” she added.

Her grandmother said that for Sydney, Christmas means it’s time to buy toys to give to Christmas for Kids. This year she gave about $50 worth of toys.

Christmas for Kids organizer Bill Holden was busy Friday preparing for today’s distribution at First Baptist Church. He said there would be toys to give to about 400 families.

“This has been a real good year,” he said. The fire department gave $15,257 to buy new toys, Cabot businesses also gave and children were asked to donate toys through their schools.

Holden is director of custodial services for the Cabot schools. He has been organizing the toy drive for 31 years.

Other Cabot residents working out of First Baptist Church have worked to make sure no one has to be hungry either during the holiday. Cabot Christmas Alliance president Ed Caldwell has helped the needy for more than 30 Christmases.

“It’s better this year than we’ve ever had,” he said. “We’ve had a fantastic year.”

Caldwell said the food drive will feed more than 500 families. They will be picking up their holiday fare at the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church.

Families will be given frozen hens, cake mixes, fruit and other items to cook their own meals.

Ward residents are asked to pick up donated food from First Baptist Church and Austin residents from Austin Station Baptist Church.

In Jacksonville, Fishnet Missions has seen more people needing help this Christmas than in past years.

Fishnet Director Dewey Sims said people are hurting from high gas and food prices.

Nearby businesses help the mission to feed its clientele. Big Lots, Kroger, Starbucks and Daylight Donuts donate food to Fishnet.

The mission has given away 3,500 bags of food the past two weeks. On Friday, 15,000 pounds of produce was given away.
“Any one day, that’s a lot of food,” Sims said. “The economy is not as flushed as everybody thinks. Milk is up. Gas is up,” he said.

Santa Claus visited the mission Friday and children were each given three toys to take home.

The Jacksonville Care Channel gave away $5,000 worth of food Wednesday to 425 families needing Christmas meals.
Peggy Ness, who runs the Care Channel, said she thought the charity served about the same number of families last year at this time.

Wednesday, they took home macaroni and cheese, poultry, rice, soup, potatoes and other items for their Christmas meals this year.

Donations from Jacksonville churches and sales from the charity’s thrift store helped buy the meals. Ness said 638 Jacksonville children were given toys as well.

TOP STORY >>Communities pleased with $39 million for projects

By JOHN HOFHEIMER
Leader senior staff writer

Construction of the new $15.7 million Joint Education Center at Little Rock Air Force Base is surer than ever now that Congress has sent President Bush a $555 billion omnibus spending bill.

Bush had said that he would sign the bill if he got $70 billion in unfettered war funding for Iraq and Afghanistan, but having gotten his war money, he now says he may find a way to slash funding for some of the $15.3 billion worth of earmarks in the omnibus and Defense Department spending bills.

Those figures are nonetheless about 25 percent less than the 2005 budget passed by the then-Republican-controlled Congress, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense.

“Those projects are in the bill and the president doesn’t have a line-item veto,” said Michael Teague, a spokesman for Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark. He said all these so-called earmarks worth $39 million for the area had been debated and discussed openly in committees and approved, unlike the 2005 spending bill, in which the Republican-controlled Congress inserted items in secret at the last minute.

Unless the president vetoes the entire bill, the money for the air base, $840,000 for the Cabot Readiness Center—a new National Guard facility — as well as funding for projects at Camp Robinson and for several others in central Arkansas should become available soon.

Also in the spending bill is $9.8 million for runway repair, lighting and communications at the air base.

“I’m very optimistic,” said Jacksonville Mayor Tommy Swaim. “I’ve been disappointed many times before. I’ll hold off on any brash statements.”

The Joint Education Center is a combined project of the base and the community. It would be built outside the gate and provide classes to both airmen and civilians.

Jacksonville residents voted in 2003 to tax themselves to pay their share, and the town’s $5 million is in the bank, Swaim said.

The existing education center is old, and attendance has been drastically down since base security was beefed up in the wake of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

The new facility, built outside the fenced perimeter of the base and near the intersection of Vandenberg Boulevard and John Harden Drive, won’t require civilians to come “inside the wire.”

“It will be like having a community college in town and that’s a plus,” Swaim said. “We have a lot of students that hopefully would take advantage, obtain a degree in some sort of higher education.”

“The working relationship (between the base and town leaders) has been excellent,” said Swaim. “The process has been long and arduous.”

But no one gave up, he said, particularly the congressional delegation. “Cong. Vic Snyder has been tenacious and we’ve had support from others in the delegation.

“The better educated our airmen are, the more likely they are to stay in the Air Force,” said Tech. Sgt. Katherine Garcia, spokesman for the 314th Airlift Wing. “That way, the initial investment is not lost when they leave in four to six years.”
She said the current facilities were built in the 1950s.

Of the cooperation between the base and the town on the project, Garcia said, “When the BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) Commission comes to town, one of the things they evaluate is how badly does the community want the base,” she said.

“We employ 6,100 airmen. We’re the fourth largest employer in the state. This is my sixth base and I can say this is the strongest community interaction (with a base) that I’ve seen,” Garcia said.

Of the runway repair and expansion money, Garcia said, BRAC was expanding the base’s training mission to include that previously done by the 94th Airlift Wing at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Georgia and that a small additional C-130 aircraft would be added at the base.

Garcia said the money would allow runway construction and repair without interrupting the base’s training mission.
“I am encouraged that they are making progress,” said Nancy Sheflette, director of the ASU-Beebe branch at the base’s current Joint Education Center.

Because of inflation, the education center has been downsized from about 80,000 square feet to about 50,000 square feet.
“We’ll be able to help a lot more students than we do currently,” she said. “We’ll have daytime classes as well as our current offerings.”

In addition to the money for the joint education center and the runway construction and repair on the military side, the bill includes $1.9 million for an Urban Assault Course at Camp Robinson, $18.4 million for the GED Plus program complex at Camp Robinson’s Professional Educational Center.

As a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process, Arkansas is slated to receive funding to modernize the Aerospace Ground Equipment and Engine facility at Little Rock Air Force Base.

Among other items of local interest in the omnibus bill are $9.8 million for the Grand Prairie Construction Project, $2.7 million for a Bayou Meto water study and $3.1 million toward study and engineering of a new I-630—I-430 interchange.

The Clinton School of Public Service would receive $1 million toward operation and- instruction, along with funds to maintain an extensive slate of public speakers.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

SPORTS >>Wildcats too large for Bears

By JASON KING
Leader sportswriter

The Sylvan Hills Bears couldn’t match the inside dominance of North Little Rock on Friday, as the Charging Wildcats rolled to a 82-62 win at Charging Wildcats Arena. North Little Rock wasted little time lighting up the scoreboard, rushing out to a 27-13 lead at the end of eight minutes on its way to the huge win.

The Bears were forced to try their hand from the outside for the most part, but NLR offered little relief defensively. Sylvan Hills did manage to slow down the Wildcats’ offensive attack beginning in the second quarter, but could never dig itself out of the early hole.

“They make it tough to make anything inside,” Sylvan Hills coach Kevin Davis said. “Defensively, we had trouble stopping them either way. They shot well inside in the first quarter, so we tried to go zone on them in the second quarter, and they just started knocking it down from the outside then.”

The Bears closed the interval slightly in the second frame to trail 44-30 at the intermission, but North Little Rock stepped things up once again in the third quarter to surpass the 20-point lead mark once again, and held on to it during the final frame.

Kai Randolph led the Bears with 23 points, while Cameron Robinson added 13 points. For North Little Rock, Trey Allison led with 16 points, while Cedric Dunn added 15 for the Charging Wildcats.

North Little Rock’s first-quarter performance was a bad sign of things to come for Sylvan Hills. Five three-point baskets, five field goals and 13 of 15 shots from the free-throw line put the Bears in a big hole in a hurry, and that hole would not shrink much at all throughout the course of the contest.

“For Davis, his young team’s refusal to give up, even in the most adverse of situations, is something he believes will help after the first of the year when league play begins in the tough 6A-East Conference.

“They had such a great first quarter,” Davis said. “I thought we battled through the game even though they put us in such a big hole at the first. That’s really all you can do when you’re in a mismatch like that, just keep fighting and try to get better.”
The Bears hosted Oak Grove last night in a senior boys/ senior girls doubleheader, and will take part in the Greenbrier tournament over the holidays.

SPORTS >>Comeback falls short, Owls beaten by Ramblers

By JASON KING
Leader sportswriter

If it wasn’t a rivalry before, it certainly is one now.

Abundant Life was a late turnover short of a stellar comback against Rose Bud, but the Ramblers held on to take a 58-53 win Tuesday night at ALS. The Lady Ramblers made it a sweep in the pair of 3A-2 Conference games, holding off the Lady Owls in the final quarter to win 43-35 in the first of the spirited match ups.

The crowd for both sides had very vocal roles during the boys’ varsity finale, as did the two teams’ coaches. AL coach Tim Ballard put all of his ref-working cards on the table with some entertaining, if not somewhat questionable antics, while Rose Bud coach Johnny Taylor screamed at everyone within reasonable proximity to the Ramblers’ bench.

Both teams worked their way progressively inward as the night went on. That was a huge benefit for the Owls, who came away with a 27 percent shooting average from behind the arc in the first half, compared to 66 percent for Rose Bud, mostly off the hand of senior Zach Prothro. Zach gave the AL defense fits in the first half, ending the first 16 minutes with 21 points, including four shots good for three, along with five of six shots from the free-throw line.

It wouldn’t be as easy for the Owls in the first half. They found themselves struggling from the outside, as leading scorers Colby Woolverton and Dane Lottner were denied the outside, and found driving inside almost as tough.

The outside was of little concern to the Owls in the second half. Post player Garrett Southerland converted a pair of threes in the second half, but every other point for Abundant Life was earned inside. On the defensive side, the Owls found a way to slow down Zach Prothro, allowing them to keep the score close down the stretch.

“It’s going to be like this in every conference game this year,” Rose Bud coach Taylor said. “Coach Ballard does an outstanding job with his kids to get them ready for big games like this. I thought my kids showed a lot of resolve whenever they came at us with the extra pressure.” Ballard was also proud of his team’s effort after the dramatic game.

“It is really tough to find open shots against them,” Ballard said. “They tend to overplay Colby and Dane some, and we had some other guys that were finding looks. When you play Rose Bud, sometimes you have to go in and throw up the first open shot you can find.”

As for his pair of entertaining patience testers on the refs, in which he pysched a Rose Bud player into letting a loose ball roll out of bounds, and had his players all move their chairs closer to the sideline, Ballard quipped that there is an explanation for everything.

“I made all the refs mad at me,” Ballard said with a grin. “They told me never to do that again. I said, ‘You mean I can’t put my hands out like I’m going to grab a basketball?’, and they just said, ‘No, you can’t, don’t do it again.’ The chair thing was me just trying to see. After I got my tech, they told me to sit down. I couldn’t see past the scorers table, so I moved my chair up, and they told me all the chairs had to be even. We scooted the other chairs up so I could see better. I wasn’t trying to show anyone up, I was just trying to see a good ballgame.”

Zach Prothro struck early and often for the Ramblers in the first quarter. He scored 10 points in the first three minutes of the game, including two three pointers that allowed Rose Bud to jump out to a 12-4 lead by the 4:42 mark. After a number of outside misses by Woolverton and Lottner, it was finally Terrell Ghant who would find the touch from the three-point line with a basket that cut the Ramblers’ lead to five.

An Abundant Life time out did little to slow down Zach Prothro. He was one shot and one free throw away from a perfect performance offensively in the first half. He ended up 5 of 6 from both the floor and foul line, along with a dizzying 4 for 4 from the three-point arc.

Woolverton and the Owls’ defense turned up the heat on Zach in the second half. The final 16 would not even be close to as kind for the standout, with only two field goals and a a 3 of 7 performance at the foul line. Instead, it was brother Zeb Prothro who found looks inside, along with guard Jacob Pio.

Rose Bud came out strong once again to start the second half. A jumper by Pio at the 4:07 mark gave the Ramblers a 41-32 lead. Bradley Moss then gave the Ramblers a double-digit lead for the first time all night with a chance for three, but he missed the foul shot following a basket and foul to leave the score at 43-32.

Southerland answered for the Owls with a three pointer, and Woolverton began to shake some of his heavy coverage by joining the mess inside. The move paid off on the next AL possession when he drew the foul trying to drive the lane.

Woolverton hit both ends of a two-shot foul to make the score 43-37 with just over a minute remaining in the third quarter.

A charge on Zeb Prothro gave the ball back to the Owls, and Lottner took it to the hoop off an assist by Woolverton to pull to within four, and another RB turnover gave Woolverton the last shot of the frame with a jumper off the glass that pulled Abundant Life to within two, 43-41.

The fourth quarter was intense, but started out on a bizarre note. Ballard talked briefly with an official before his players all moved their chairs up closer to the side line. Ballard had received a technical foul in the middle of the third quarter, and was relegated by the officials to stay in his seat.
These actions were much to the dimay of Taylor, who questioned Ballard’s actions. The two would have more direct words before the end of the game, when Woolverton went to the free throw line in the final minute after drawing the foul on a defensive board following a missed foul shot by Zach Prothro.

Zach had just gone in for a shot that put the Ramblers up 54-50, and drew the foul from ALs Ghant. His free throw bounced off the glass, and Woolverton and Southerland both went up for it. Taylor contested that it was Southerland, not Woolverton who should have gone to the line although it was Woolverton who actually came down with the ball. This caused yet another moment of doubt by the seemingly easily confused officiating crew, and prompted Ballard to openly challenge Taylor’s honesty regarding the foul from the sideline.

It was Woolverton who ended up at the line, as he made the front end of the two-shot foul. The second shot fell short, and Zeb Prothro was there for the rebound.

The possession resulted in a pair of missed free throws by Pio, and Robert Perry was there to pick up the rebound for the Owls.

With 15 seconds remaining and trailing by three, Woolverton set up the final offensive play with a pass to Ghant, but Cody Smith got in the way for the Ramblers and came away with the turnover. He was immediately fouled, and hit both free throws to give Rose Bud a two-possesion lead with less than 10 seconds remaining.

Woolverton led the Owls with 19 points and four steals. Lottner added 17 points, five rebounds and two blocks for Abundant Life.

Ghant had nine points and four assists for the Owls, while Southerland finished with eight points and five rebounds. For Rose Bud, Zach Prothro led all scorers with 28 points and five rebounds. The win leaves the Ramblers with a perfect 14-0 record, while the Owls fall to 15-4 overall and 2-2 in the 3A-2 Conference.

The Lady Owls may be winless in their early 3A-2 campaign, but they have hung with some of the best competition in 3A basketball. Brittany Sharp helped get Abundant Life to within six points of the Lady Ramblers in the second half after trailing by nine at the intermission, but Caty Wells and the RB ladies finished out strong in the final four minutes of the game.

Wells led the Lady Ramblers with 18 points, and had all but five points of the RB offense in the second half. Sharp led the Lady Owls with 17 points, with 11 points from Hannah Pastor and five points for Candice Eudy.

The win improves Rose Bud’s record to 8-4 overall and 3-2 in the 3A-2 Conference, while the Lady Owls fall to 5-13 and 0-4 in conference.