Saturday, December 29, 2007

CLASSIFIEDS >>12-29-07


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.

COTTON BOWL tickets (4 in a row) for sale at face value $90 each. Section 110 Row 6 Seats 5,6,7 and 8. Will sell together or individually 944-2132.


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.************

Cradling Arms In-Home Daycare now accepting 2-5 year olds. Holiday special $75 week. Clean safe environment. Overnight care available. Magness Creek area (501) 940-2164.********


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

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

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

CHEVY 2004 Pickup: 1500 Extended Cab Silverado. 74K miles, new tires $13,000. 834-0224.

1988 DODGE Conversion Van, electric chair lift in back, runs good $1500. 501-988-5831.

1993 CHEVY Suburban real clean inside runs very good, leaks no fluids, good tires, cd player, $2000 obo. Jax. 501-982-7651.

PCSING MUST Sell 2005 Mitsubishi Galant GTS, 4 door sedan, dark grey, black leather interior, $14,000. 15,700 miles. 658-8911.

RED 1997 Cheyenne Ext. cab rebuilt motor new clutch and fuel pump. $4900. 501-626-9985.

1967 KARMAGHIA Volkswagon $3500. 372-0823.

1994 3.0 CONVERTIBLE Mustang, $5300. Call 501-912-1298

FORD EXPLORER XLT 3rd Seat PW, PD, 4x4 Gold 79,000 Miles. Must Sell!! $9,950 Payoff Brett 501-628-2788

16 FT., tandem axle trailer. New floor. Removable wood side rails. Stow-away ramps. Great shape. A real bargain for $850 obo. 605-0368 or 231-5107.

2005 FORD Focus ZX4 SE Metallic Green 2.0LAuthomatic/30,500 Miles/6-Year/75,000 Mile Ford Quality Checked Powertrain Limited Warranty. $9,800.00 941-5417 or 941-8797

96 CHEVY Corsica 4-cyl. good shape, ac/heat, 30 mpg. $1200. Call 501-912-0718.


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

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.

2004 COACHMAN Class C Motorhome. 2 slides, 24K miles. Ford Z10 engine. Under warranty. (501) 843-8174.

2006 PIONEER XF 250, Like new under 3,000 miles, $1,200 obo. Call 501-438-2005 or 501-352-6080.

CARTER go-kart. 2-seater with roll cage, seatbelts, and headlights. 13hp engine with electric key start. Great condition. Will sacrifice for $700 obo. 605-0368 or 231-5107.


A POSITION has opened up at The Leader for a full-time graphic artist with
experience in InDesign for newspaper ad design and pagination. Send a resume
by email to or call him at 501-982-9421.

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.************

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.************

PAY OFF holiday bills. Looking for friendly, outgoing people to deliver promotional items to local businesses. Part time, must have car 985-1133.****

GET PAID to wave! Part-time, must be outgoing and energetic. Call 985-1133.****

LEARN TO PREPARE taxes. Free week- long morning or evening classes. Starting January 2. Employment opportunities available. Call 985-1133.****

FULL AND PART-time positions open for outgoing sales motivated salesperson for Ladies Bridal and Formal Store. Possible management positions. Call for appointment 501-416-4783.****

DONUT COOK needed exp. preferred, but no necessary. Call (501) 580-4305 or (501) 941-3013. May apply in person between 9 a.m. - 12 noon at 3290 S. 2nd Cabot.****

PART-TIME Receptionist / clerical position available from noon- 5, Monday - Friday. Fax resume to 605-1502, email: or mail to 2391 W. Main St., Ste A, Cabot, AR 72023.****

WANTED: Experienced trim carpenters hanging interior doors, running ceiling mold, trim, windows & base boards. 40 hours/ week. Work Rain or Shine. Transportation furnished from shop. (501) 681-9938.**

POLICE OFFICER. The City of Cabot will be testing for 2 positions Jan 9,2008. Qualifications: 21 yrs of age, H.S. diploma or G.E.D. equivalent, valid AR DL, no felony convictions or pleas, ability to pass physical agility test, med/psych exam & drug test. Salary begins at $27,514 certified, $27,028 uncertified. Applications deadline 1/7/08. Info avail on-line @ or call 843-3566 ext. 48. The City of Cabot is an EOE & drug free workplace.*

Aerobic Instructors Needed.......New Health club (Professional Health & Fitness) across from Greystone in Cabot. Call Lindsey at 259-5676.*

Bus Driver Needed; full-time/part-time Class C-CDL/passenger endorsement driver needed to drive small transit bus/van for AM/PM routes. Excellent working conditions with limited benefits. Contact: Janie Sexton, Executive Director, POB 980, Lonoke, AR 72086 501-676-2786, 8/4, M/F or Fax: 501-676-0697. Equal Opportunity Employer.*


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.

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.

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.

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 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

3/4 X 4 X 9 Plywood for sale. $8 per sheet 837-3886 leave message. Do Not call after 4:30 p.m.

FOR SALE: Zig-Zag sears sewing machine, has booklet and sewing book, all attachments, arts and craft and sewing items included, all for $20. 941-3922.

SHARP 9 IN w/remote. Works good, $50. 5 in. TV Battery, RAC w/radio $25. 983-1445.

WHITE STORAGE Building 8 ft X 28 ft. Well built, very secure, will deliver. for pix & prices. (501) 268-2795.

WEDDING/ENGAGEMENT Ring set - gold & diamond $150 (501) 288-5510.

NEW WORKOUT Bench $35. (501) 882-3171. Beebe.

20 IN. JBC Color TV w/ built-in VCR. Exc. cond. $100. Free antique upright piano. (501) 676-1042.

OLD WOODEN Glider, 5'6", $100.00, Old English blue Willow China, 21 pieces, no chips, $100.00, Old national cash register, $200.00. 940-5972.

BLACKBERRY PEARL T-mobile phone, just phone no charger or accessories, excellent shape, $175. T-mobile motorola PEB1 $80 obo. Call 501-983-4579.

TAP TOP Curtains new, never been used. Have cream, gold and wine colored. Call 501-983-4579.

DARK RED Fossil purse, $80 obo. Call 501-983-4579.

LOGITECH X-530 Speaker system for PC, CD, DVD, Play Station, MP3, etc. Four speakers, subwoofer, 140w peak, new, factory sealed carton. $50 cash, no checks. 988-1325.

SHOCK COLLAR, Brand new, never used. Sportdog Fieldtrainer 400S, waterproof remote training system for stubborn dogs, 400yd range, expands to 3 dogs, $150. Cabot Area, 501-288-0027


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.

60" TOSHIBA theater view television $375. 940-2164 or 940-8320

WHIRLPOOL WASHER/Dryer electric, good cond. $100 each or $175 for both. 501-988-5831.

WINGBACK CHAIR Like new has arm covers paid $300 will take $100 obo 982-9388.

LOVESEAT SAGE and ivory color like brand new $100 firm. 982-9388.

GREEN, BURGANDY & blue Lazy boy rocking recliner with massage/heat, $80. Call 501-259-0163.

CREME ENTERTAINMENT Center with twin towers & floating top. Oak curio cabinet with 4 glass shelves & sliding front loading glass door. 416-3380

3 PIECE OAK Entertainment center for up to 56" big screen TV excellent condition, $250. Call 501-941-5186.

KENMORE WASHER & Electric Dryer, Heavy duty matching pair white $150 for pair. 501-658-1209.

SOFA W/VICTORIAN Print $125, cherry finished entertainment center, $150. 605-7088.

IRON ACCENT tables/glass tops (cocktail/sofa/end), leather accent, like new, $700/set obo, 501-985-1847.

MEDIUM OAK Entertainment center comes w/ VCR, stereo, surround sound & speakers on both sides $250 obo. Call 501-983-4579.

BEVELED GLASS Table w/ wrought iron base, $200 obo. Call 501-983-4579.

CONSOLE PIANO. Winter Company, Inc. Great shape and plays beautifully. $600 obo. 605-0368 or 231-5107.


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.

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.


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

FOR SALE: Riding mower Troy-Bilt 2006. 42 in deck. 19hp like new $750. Call 982-3727.


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.

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.

FREE WHITE LAB, 4 yr. old male, neutered, all shots current, great personality. Needs home in the country. 501-676-6015.

WIRE PENS, great for house training that new puppy, various sizes. $40-$60. Call 501-352-7759 or 501-650-0743.


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

WANTED: Man from Ward who called about a dog. Please call back. I lost your telephone number. 676-6504.

WANTED: non running window ac for parts. 834-8886


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.


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.************

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.**********

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

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.********

Very nice, remodeled 3 bedroom 2 bath, 292 Lowry Lane, Jax. Eat-in kitchen, ceramic tile, washer/dryer connections, storage building, on 1 acre lot. $750 + deposit. Call John (501) 912-7976.*

FOR RENT: 2 & 3 Bedroom Mobile Homes in a park in Jacksonville. Water, gas, trash paid. All we need is you! $350/mo. 501-612-4205.*


Builder must sell!! $25,000 below appraisal! 6 bedroom 4 bath 6 wooded acres, country setting. $235,000. Builder to pay closing cost up to $5000. Call Brenda Burnell (501) 514-2250. Pam McDowell Properties.******

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

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. *****

OBITUARIES >> 12-29-07

Irving Freck

Irving Eugene Freck, 62, of Cabot died Dec. 21.

He was born Aug. 3, 1945 in Jackson, Mich., to the late Robert John and Erma Skinkle Freck.

He was a truck driver and a member of Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church as well as the Army National Guard.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister.

Survivors include his wife, Joann Vande Ville Freck of Cabot; two children, Michelle Freck of Cabot and Bob Freck of Sherwood, as well as four siblings including Robert Freck and wife Pat, of Jackson, Mich., and Marilyn Booth and husband Sharon, of Cabot; five grandchildren, Zachary, Christopher and Nathan Gates and Joseph and Katherine Freck.

A memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30 at Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Funeral arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

Katie Ingram

Katie Bledsoe Ingram, 87, passed away Dec. 20.

She is survived by her husband Earnest Ingram; sons, Louis and wife Linda Trimble, Earnest and wife Darlene Ingram, Jr., and Ulyssis and wife Rita Ingram of Allport; daughters, Gertha Dodson and Mildred and husband Levorn Brown of Lonoke, Lorraine and husband James Bradley of Los Angeles, Calif., Onetha Webb of Seaton, Linda and husband Columbus Moss of Pine Bluff and Sandra and husband Eddie Robinson of Allport; 21 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Joseph Bledsoe and Preston Bledsoe of Keo and Lawrence Bledsoe of Lonoke; sisters, Veria Dodson and Alice and husband Virlee Ingram of Allport and numerous other relatives.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29 at Allport Community Fellowship Church. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Lonoke. Funeral arrangements by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.

A special thanks to Dr. Tommy Love, his staff and St. Vincent Infirmary; and caretakers, Annie Armstrong and Jackie William.

Floyd Gage

Floyd “Buster” Gage, 94, of McRae departed this life on Dec. 24. He is survived by his sister, Deana Keith of McRae and a host of nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind two special friends, Lottie and Bill Walters.

A memorial service will be held at Westbrook Funeral Home of Beebe at 2 p.m. Jan. 11.

Flora Whalin

Flora Merle Whalin, 84, of Jacksonville passed away Dec. 21.
She was born Sept. 21, 1923 in Hoxie.  

In addition to her parents, her husband, William Maston Whalin, one brother and her grandparents preceded her in death.  
She volunteered and worked as a “Gray Lady” at the Air Force base hospital during the Second World War and taught at the United Methodist Day Care for over 20 years.  She was a member of First United Meth-odist Church in Jacksonville.  

She is survived by two children, William Maston Whalin III of Brewer, Mich., and Charles Evan Whalin of Cabot; one sister, Wanda Lea Matelinas of Hunlock Creek, Penn.; adopted children, Nancy and Dean Wilborn; three grandchildren, Robyne Smith of Marietta, Ga., Cory Whalin of Cabot and Wendy Whalin of Michigan and two great-grandchildren, Logan and Layne Smith.

Funeral services were Dec. 24 at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville.  Burial was in Rest Hills Cemetery.  

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville’s youth fund.  Funeral arrangements were by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.  

Jewel Williamson

Jewel “Judy” Williamson, 90, formerly of Cabot, died Dec. 24 in Duluth, Ga. Born in 1917 in Fulton, Mississippi, to Lillie Killingsworth and William Thomas Benson, she moved to Washington, D.C. in the mid 1940’s.

She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

She got a job in the War Department, where she was part of the Refugee Food Program. Cleverly using her initial to conceal her gender, J. Benson was able to direct ships with crucial supplies to ports around the world, reaching populations in desperate need.

She married Louis Woodrow “Woody” Williamson of the Navy in 1947, in Washington, D.C., Moving to San Diego, they had their first child, Lynn Arthur in 1949. Moving to San Francisco, their next child, Kathleen Denise, was born in 1952.

Relocating again to Los Angeles, they had David Lee in 1956. She generously volunteered for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the P.T.A., and later, she worked in the Glendale Human Development Department. After having raised three children in Los Angeles, she and “Woody” – with David - moved to Cabot for their retirement.

After her husband’s passing in 1999, she moved to Buford, Ga., to be close to her children.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Louis Woodrow Williamson.

She leaves behind her three children; and her beloved grandchildren, Matthew, Brad and Sarah; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, and of course, cherished friends.

The family wishes to thank Vista Care and Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth for their compassionate and generous care of our mother. Funeral services were held at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Cabot Dec. 28. Burial followed at Sumner Cemetery in Cabot.

Donald Crandell

Donald Louis Crandell, 80, of Ward passed away November 21.

He was a retired school teacher having taught in Arkansas and Indiana for 36 years. He received his Bachelor’s degree at University of Central Arkansas in Conway and Masters at University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

He is survived by his sister, Frances and husband Billy Joe Bailey of Ward; nieces and nephew, Deborah and husband Ed Balentine of Ward, Lynette and husband Wayne Farnsworth of Ward and Danny Crandell of Damascus; four great-nieces and one great-great-niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Wilma Crandell and a brother, Roy Crandell.

Service will be private by West-brook Funeral Home of Beebe.

Ronnie Dill

Ronnie Dean Dill, 45, of Ward died Dec. 24. He was born July 20, 1962, at Searcy to Sydney Ann and the late J.C. Dill.

An avid horseman his entire life, he was also an auctioneer throughout the state, selling autos and livestock. He attended Harrison Chapel Baptist Church.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Myrtle Dill and Sid and Lorene Guyot.
He is survived by his mother, Sydney Ann Dill Blakemore and husband John of Beebe and many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were Dec. 27 at Westbrook Funeral Home of Beebe with burial in Sylvania Cemetery of Ward.

William Brewer

William “Bill” Nicholas Brewer, 87, of Jacksonville passed away Dec. 23.  He was born July 20, 1920 in Lonoke County to the late Carl S. and Emma Johnson Brewer.  

After his retirement from Mississippi Chemical Co. he avidly pursued his interest in genealogy and local history.  He was a lifelong Baptist and a consistent Christian.  

He was preceded in death by his wife, Daphene Chamblee Brewer; his parents; two sisters, Martha Brewer and Helen Hubbard; and two brothers, Jack and Bobby Brewer.

Survivors include a daughter, Vickie E. Soles and husband George of Cordova, Tenn.; a son, William N. Brewer, Jr. and wife Becky of Jacksonville; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Maridelle Wright of Lancaster, Calif.; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services and burial were Dec. 28 at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Cabot.  Funeral arrangements were by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

William Burlison

William Ellis Burlison, 40, of Amarillo, Texas, went home to be with the Lord Dec. 24. He was born April 17, 1967 in Little Rock.

He is survived by his wife, Tracey and two step-daughters, Megan and Holly Larson of Amarillo, Texas; parents, Danny and Sula Eaker of Jacksonville; father and step-mother, Mike and Gina Burlison of Lonoke; brother, Jeremy and wife Amanda Eaker; sister, Dawn and husband Randy Peeples; and sister, Suzie Baxter all of Jacksonville; four nieces, one nephew and a host of extended family.  

Graveside services were Dec. 28 at Rest Hills Memorial Park Cemetery in North Little Rock.  

Funeral arrangements were by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

Nancy Gullick

Nancy Mae Gullick, 68, of Jacksonville passed away Dec. 21.  She was born Oct. 23, 1939 in St. Louis, Mo., to Monroe and Rokie Ritter Hulen.  

She is survived by four children, Shane and Charlie Mallonee both of Jacksonville, Melody Wherry of St. Louis, Mo., and Kelly Davis of Jacksonville; one sister, Janet Mullen of Soloman, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; Roy Davis, Jonathon Mallonee, Craig and Michael Mallonee, Brandie Lucena, Courtney Jones, Shannon Thomas, Jessie Whemy, and Christopher and Mercedes Mallonee and 12 great-grandchildren, Joshua Mallonee, Caitie Lucena, Emma Lucena, “J” Jones and Logan Jones, Jacob and Michael Whemy, Laryn Thomas, Matthew and Madison Whemy, Carson Lucena and Jadyn Jones.

A memorial service was held Dec. 26 at the chapel of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.  

Alfreda Gregory

Alfreda May Rea Gregory, 92, of Ward died Dec. 26 at Searcy. She was born Nov. 10, 1915, to William Andrew Rea and Anna Holden Rea at Van, Penn.

She married Thomas B. Gregory August 6, 1934, at the home of her parents at Cyclone, Penn. She moved from Limestone, New York in 1952 to Hobbs, New Mexico, then the family was transferred to Lovington, New Mexico. She was society editor for the Lovington Daily Leader and correspondent for the Hobbs News Sun and the Lubbock Avalanche Journal.

She worked for B & J Drug for 11 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas; a son, Lawrence; her parents and four brothers and four sisters.

She is survived by a son, James L. Gregory and wife Gladys of Midland, Texas; a daughter, Judy Gore and husband J.W. of Ward; daughter-in-law Herriet Gregory of Hobbs, New Mexico; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Burial will be in Lovington Cemetery at Lovington, New Mexico, by Stevens Funeral Home. Local arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.


Cabot Chamber seeks items for first auction

The Cabot Chamber is currently seeking 10 quality items for the first “live auction” to be held at the annual chamber of commerce banquet on Friday, Jan. 18. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation, contact Angie at 501-843-2136.

The speaker for this year’s banquet will be Governor Mike Beebe. Tickets are available at the Cabot Chamber of Commerce and are $30 a person or $240 for a table of eight.

Nominations sought for Jacksonville citizen 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 at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce with questions or to receive a nomination form at or call 982-1511.

CADC offers make-your-money-work classes

Central Arkansas Development Council is offering individuals the chance to take Make Your Money Work classes at their convenience.

Computer discs containing the MYMW curriculum are available from Angel Clingmon at the CADC Lonoke office at 117 SE Front St. The discs can be taken home and completed, or persons interested in completing the course may use a computer in the office to do so.

Classes are available for individuals or groups as requested. The MYMW class is free and available to the public.

Through this curriculum, persons learn a multitude of tips to increase their earning power. That includes learning how to budget, spend money more wisely and improve their credit.

CADC is a private, nonprofit community-action agency that was formed in 1965 to fight and win the war on poverty. The mission of CADC is to improve the quality of life and build strong communities in Arkansas. For more information, contact Clingmon at 501-676-0019.

Melody Boys and others perform on New Year’s Eve

The Melody Boys Quartet will host their annual New Year’s Eve concert at 8 p.m. Monday at the community center ballroom in Jacksonville.

Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children. At the door, tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children. Advance tickets for groups of 20 or more are available for $10 each in advance and $12 each at the door.

In addition to the Melody Boys, other performers will be The Apostles and the Hallelujah Harmony Quartet. The Apostles’ bass singer, Steve Williams, is the son of Gerald Williams, bass singer for the Melody Boys, and the group’s baritone singer, Daran Robertson, is brother of Terry Robertson, lead singer in the Melody Boys Quartet. Gerald Williams was a 2006 inductee into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Order advance tickets by calling 501-835-6471.

EDITORIALS>>Pure fiction from Rollins

When he famously directed Ronald Reagan’s re-election campaign in 1984, Ed Rollins showed a knack for creating agreeable fancy about the president’s leadership.

With the communist-bloc countries boycotting the summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the United States swept them in a glorious way and Rollins fashioned the campaign around that triumph, boasting that it was Morning in America.

As the new chairman of the Mike Huckabee for president campaign, Rollins has a bigger job minting the former Arkansas governor as a conservative leader in the Reagan mold. It looks like his tactic will be fiction.

Appearing before a national audience for the first time on CBS News over the weekend, Rollins had this to say about Huckabee as a fiscal conservative:

“You know, one of the things he had to do was fix the educational system. The state Supreme Court ordered him to raise $300 million to add an additional $300 million to education. The voters in the state had voted for a highway program that was totally unfunded. He went forth and made it an issue.

And then the voters themselves voted for a three-cent increase in taxes. He cut income taxes. At the end of the day the story that’s not told is this is a guy who inherited a $250 million deficit. And, at the end of the day, he left $850 million in the treasury.”

It was pure fiction. None of it ever happened, although there was a tiny grain of truth in a couple of phrases. Let’s take them in order:

“The state Supreme Court ordered him to raise $300 million. . . .”

The Supreme Court never ordered the governor or the state to raise a dime of taxes. It said the quality of education across the state was uneven and by and large inadequate. It left it to the legislature how to equalize and strengthen the schools.

The legislators and Gov. Huckabee decided to do it by raising taxes rather than redirecting existing resources. Huckabee also wanted to achieve equality by consolidating most of the state’s school districts, which the Supreme Court did not order and the legislature ultimately did not accept.

“The voters in the state had voted for a highway program that was totally unfunded.” What Rollins was talking about we have no idea. The voters approved an interstate highway program in 1999 but it was 100 percent funded. It was a bond issue supported by Huckabee. The bond issue was paid off from existing state taxes and federal receipts.

“He went forth and made it an issue. And then the voters themselves voted for a three-cent increase in taxes.” Didn’t happen. The voters never voted for a tax increase of any size to pay for highways. That three-cent gasoline tax, which Huckabee proposed, was passed into law by the legislature and was collected before people voted on the highway bond issue. Again: Although Huckabee has said so repeatedly, voters never had a chance to vote on taxes.

“He cut income taxes.” Okay, a grain of truth here. Gov. Jim Guy Tucker proposed an omnibus income tax cut — actually, seven separate tax cuts rolled into one bill — but he resigned from office in 1996 before the legislature assembled.

Democratic legislators — 83 of them and not one Republican— picked up Tucker’s proposal and sponsored it in the session that assembled soon after Huckabee became governor.

His own tax plan (a $25-a-person rebate) having foundered, Huckabee capitulated and signed the Democratic tax cut. The lawmakers were amazed when, during his re-election campaign the next year, Huckabee took credit for forcing the tax cut through the legislature. That has been his account of it ever since.

“At the end of the day the story that’s not told is this is a guy who inherited a $250 million deficit. And, at the end of the day, he left $850 million in the treasury.” Not true. Huckabee did not inherit a $250 million deficit but a SURPLUS of close to that sum.

Conservative budgeting by the legislature and Gov. Tucker in 1995 produced a surplus that was $107.4 million the day that Huckabee took over from Tucker in July 1996.

The Tucker budget produced another surplus of $118 million in the new fiscal year that was beginning and which Huckabee had absolutely nothing to do with. So Huckabee and the new legislature had a surplus of about $225 million to spend when it assembled in January 1997. It was that surplus that gave them the leeway to cut income taxes.

As for the $850 million surplus that Huckabee left, there is some substance to it. The surplus, built by tight budgeting under the direction of House Speaker Bill Stovall, was actually about $470 million when Huckabee left office in January but a batch of tax increases that he had helped pass between 2001 and 2005 sent the surplus soaring to $850 million by the end of this June, six months after he left office.

All those tax increases help account for the increase in size of the state government from $7.1 billion a year when Huckabee took office to about $17.1 billion when he left 10 ½ years later.

No court ordered him to do it and Arkansas voters had almost nothing to do with it. That is a Reagan-sized accomplishment all right — remember that Reagan tripled the national debt in eight years — but fiscal conservatism is a description that only Ed Rollins could apply.

TOP STORY >>Cabot soldier is back from Iraq

Leader staff writer

Master Sgt. Terry Martin of Cabot is happy to be home for the holidays after serving in Baghdad, where he worked 14- to 16-hour days for a year without a day off.

“The loud noises still make you jump, but it’s nice to sleep in your own bed and not have to worry about rockets or mortars,” says Martin, who served at Camp Victory in Iraq.

Martin is a member of the 77th Aviation Brigade’s Army Airspace Command and Con-trol Team (A2C2) based out of Camp Robinson. He returned with a team earlier this month.

The team left Arkansas in November last year for an abbreviated training period before going to Iraq just a week later.
Martin spent Christmas in Cabot with his wife and two daughters and then traveled to Michigan, where his wife’s family lives near Detroit.

“After spending a year in Iraq with 130 to 140 degree heat, it will be nice to see snow,” he said.

Martin is a full-time battalion operations sergeant of an aviation unit on Camp Robinson. Before he starts working again in January, he is catching up on sleep and looks forward to going hunting.

He has also been busy getting reacquainted with his family and enjoying the food here at home.

“Eating food with taste, good flavor and properly cooked is a welcome change,” he said.

He and his wife spent six months of their two-year marriage together before he was deployed. His wife is not the only one who missed him.

“My co-worker and friend who took over my job on Camp Robinson is ready for me to get back and take my responsibility back,” Martin said. “I can’t say I blame him.”

While serving in the National Guard, Martin has seen much of the world since graduating from Jacksonville High School in 1985.

This was his first deployment to Iraq and his fourth overall. He has also served in Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo along with New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and the Southwest border mission in support of the Border Patrol.

Since joining the Guard, Martin has been on six missions.

He joined in 1986 to earn money for school. “It was a good deal then, and a better deal now,” he said. “I have no regrets. The Army has been good to me and my family.”

“I spend time abroad from time to time, but it also helps take care of my family,” he said. “They understand the commitment, and I couldn’t do it without them and their support.”

Martin says he was fortunate during this deployment, working as the NCOIC for the Multi-National Corps-Iraq C3 Air section, which controlled all aviation assets in Iraq.

He also believes the war is not as bad as some think.

“It’s getting better over there,” he said.

“Like most other soldiers who deploy there, I worked outside of my occupational specialty,” he said.

“We worked inside a palace with the rest of the Corps staff,” Martin said. “It was an incredible experience to get to work around and with people that my grandchildren will one day be reading about in history books, such as Gen. Patraeus and Maj. Gen. Odierno,” Martin said.

Martin says he spent a fair share of time dodging mortars and rockets.

“The guys who were doing the hard work were the young troopers on the streets, kicking in doors and keeping people safe,” he said. “I feel honored to have served with them.”

Martin expects to serve in the Guard for another 8 to 10 years. “I love the Army,” he said. “Family first, then Army.”

The Arkansas National Guard still has 300 soldiers and airmen mobilized in Iraq.

An additional 3,000 more soldiers are preparing for deployment with the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team for that unit’s second tour of duty in Iraq.

Martin thinks he could be deployed again.

“This is a different Guard today than the one I joined. We play a more active role in the world, both domestically and abroad,” he said.

“We are prepared for that, and I try to stay prepared for any eventuality, whether it be hurricanes, ice storms, or wars on foreign lands.”

TOP STORY >>Burger tax is bringing in revenue

Leader staff writer

Since Jacksonville has started to collect the 2-cent hamburger tax in October, the levy has added more than $60,000 to the coffers of the city’s promotion and advertising commission.

When the council approved the 2-cent tax on prepared foods, it was with the hopes that it would generate close to $550,000 a year for the commission to use to generate publicity, activities and tourism for Jacksonville. As part of the ordinance creating the tax, half the collected amount goes to the parks and recreation department.

At the Jacksonville Advertising and Promotion Commission meeting in December, the city’s Finance Director, Paul Mushrush, pointed out that 64 businesses turned in $56,728 worth of tax on taxable receipts of $2.9 million so far this year.

“That’s not quite two months worth of collections,” explained Mushrush.

Based on the amount of prepared food tax paid so far, Chili’s is the busiest restaurant in Jacksonville, bringing in more than $345,000 in taxable business and paying almost $7,000 in taxes. Second is McDonald’s #11417 with $217,000 of taxable income and paying taxes of $4,262. However, if all three McDonald’s are combined, it becomes the number one restaurant in the city with taxable receipts of about $400,000 and prepared food taxes of about $8,000.

Based on tax receipts, the top five grossing individual restaurants in Jacksonville are Chili’s, McDonald’s #11417, Western Sizzlin, Wendy’s and McDonald’s #1803.

At the meeting, the commission agreed to back Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society’s effort to obtain a $5,000 matching grant from the Department of Arkansas Heritage to improve McCraw Cemetery. To get the grant, the society has to show the state that it has $5,000 to match the grant. The commission voted to put up the money for the grant.

Two other requests for funding were tabled until February. They included another $7,000 request from the Reed’s Bridge group to develop educational brochures about the history of Military Road, Reed’s Bridge battlefield and Indian removal in the area.

Angie Mitchell had asked the commission for $22,000 to help fund the annual Patriotic Spectacular. The commission has partially funded the annual liberty-themed event, held the first week of July, in the past. The commission did not budget any funds for the event in its 2008 budget.

TOP STORY >>New mills to finance buildings in district

Leader staff writer

If Cabot’s 3.9 mills increase does not get voters’ approval March 11, the Cabot School District will have to look elsewhere for the $2.5 million it will owe on Cabot Junior High North once construction is completed.

Junior High North, lost to an electrical fire in August 2006, is being rebuilt on its former site at a total cost of $11.6 million, with Cabot’s share being around $640,000 for the new 1,200 capacity, 134,000 square-foot campus. The district received $10 million from its insurance company and $960,000 from the state through partnership funding for the rebuilding.

However, the district has taken more than $2 million from its operating fund to pay for the operating expenses of CJHN since the fire, Superintendent Dr. Tony Thurman said.

District officials estimate the total expenses for JHN to total at least $2.5 million once they are able to return the portable buildings, which currently make up the junior high campus, and move faculty and students into the new structure.

“If the millage fails, we’ll have to look at other financing options to take care of this facility,” Thurman said. “There is not enough money in the operating budget to cover additional second lien bonds at this time,” he said.

Cabot currently has a $6,015,000 second-lien bond issued, with annual payments of about $400,000 that must be repaid by 2032. Second lien bonds are repaid with surplus debt service millage revenue.

Of Cabot’s current budget of $59.1 million, $26,667,261 is devoted to the operating fund and $2,615,000 is earmarked for the debt service fund.

“It would be difficult to add to our debt payment right now since we are having to cut the budget just to return to our ending balance (of $2.69 million) from last July,” Thurman said. “We’ve got to be careful about the declining balance in our operating fund.”

The district’s ending operating fund balance has dropped the last eight years. From July 2006 to July 2007, Cabot saw a loss of $704,841 in its operating fund and the district is working to have no change for July 2008, according to Thurman.

If patrons approve the millage increase, the 3.9 new mills, making Cabot’s millage 39.9 mills, would generate $23 million for the district and allow for over $50 million in capital improvements across the district.

At $47 per student, Cabot brings in $433,622 per year from each of its 36 mills, or a total of $15,610,392.

The state will partner with the district on all approved projects at a wealth index rate of 60 percent to the state and 40 percent to the district. Every district’s wealth index is different and is based on the amount of money a district is able to generate based on its tax base.

“We stand to benefit greatly from this partnership program but must be able to generate our share of the funds,” Thurman said.

The 16 proposed projects for the next three to five years 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 million to construct a new facility for the district’s charter school.

Also included in the projects are two items the district knows are not eligible for any state assistance – purchasing the land for a new elementary school, estimated to cost $200,000, and paving Stagecoach Road from Stagecoach Elementary School to Campground Road, at an estimated cost of $50,000.

TOP STORY >>City eyes long-term planning

Leader staff writer

Along with the city’s 2008 budget of $17.8 million that Mayor Tommy Swaim presented recently to the Jacksonville city council, he also turned in a $17.8 million plan of long-range capital improvements.

Some of the work, such as the new library, has already started, while others will get a green light in 2008 and yet others are planned for some time in the future.

Jacksonville’s capital improvement plan identifies $13.4 in infrastructure construction improvements and $600,000 in drainage projects, plus $3.7 million in library bond construction.

The capital improvement plan, according to city officials, stems from the considerations of Jacksonville’s present condition, its past trends and its aspirations for the future.

The mayor, in the plan’s introduction, calls it a “guide for achieving a more orderly, convenient and attractive community.”
Two projects on the capital improvement list will be funded from a 1-cent sales tax city residents passed in 2003. The money from that tax funded the cost of Jacksonville’s aquatic park, the Splash Zone.

It will also fund the Joint Education Center, a $14.4 million college campus to be built by the city and the Air Force. President Bush recently signed into law Congress’ $555 billion spending bill, which includes funds for the center. The city’s portion of the bill is $5 million and comes from the one-cent sales tax.

The education center will be located off Vandenberg Boulevard near Highway 67/167 outside the Little Rock Air Force Base.
Up to six public and private colleges will offer courses at the center and will be used by the military as well as civilians.

The Capital Improvement Plan also lists the multi-million dollar joint police and fire training facility, which will also be paid for from the one-cent sales tax. Originally projected to cost slightly more than $1 million, the facility is expected to cost $ 4 million by the time it is built.

Currently, police and firefighters have to receive a large portion of their training outside of Jacksonville. This facility would keep them here and would be used by other fire and police departments in central Arkansas as well.

Also on the city’s to-do list is a $275,000 expansion of Station Four, which was built in 1978 and designed to house two firefighters. Current industry standards and response needs require that each engine company be staffed with at least three firefighters.

The station, at just 600-square- feet, has reached its capacity. An expansion would provide more living space as will as room for an ambulance and its crew.

Station Three, which was identical to Station Four, was remodeled this year.

Another $500,000 will be needed to add a fifth station to the Jacksonville Fire Department. An additional station is needed because of the increase of new subdivisions on the west side of the city.

The new station would probably be located, according to the improvement plan, on West Main Street, east of Bayou Meto.
This station would also be responsible for responding to Gravel Ridge and supplementing that community’s fire department.

The city is also looking at widening west Main Street at a projected cost of $1.5 million, making the road four lanes from Redmond Road to Harris Road. This project will improve the dangerous “s” curve in the area and rework the area around the bridge to improve traffic safety.

At $1.4 million is the planned widening of Graham Road. The project will widen the road from Loop Road to Oak Street where drivers must turn to get on the Main Street overpass.

The original cost of the planned widening was $5 million with state and federal funds paying for the rest, but current estimates have the price placed at $7 million.

The capital improvement plans also include $250,000 for a traffic light at Main Street and Harris Road, $100,000 for land acquisition to add to the city’s parks and historical sites such as the Reed’s Bridge Battlefield, $401,626 to foster commercial and industrial development, especially along Redmond Road and General Samuels.

Drainage projects include a $100,000 improvement to Toneyville Road to Max Howell drainage system, $300,000 to replace the Northeastern culvert bridge, $150,000 to repair, replace and improve a culvert area at Woodbriar and Canady, and $45,000 to help with Fox Glen drainage.

TOP STORY >>School at base to go up in ’09

Leader senior staff writer

Ground could be broken for the $15.7 million, first-of-its-kind Joint Education Center at Little Rock Air Force Base in 2009, according to Tech. Sgt. Kati Garcia, spokesperson for the 314th Airlift Wing, now that President Bush has signed the $555 billion omnibus funding bill.

The center will make college classes available to both airmen and area residents. The Jacksonville community has sought a new building for this educational partnership for several years.

Attendance by area residents at the existing facility dropped off after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when security was beefed up at the base. The new center will be on base, but outside the fenced perimeter, near the intersection of Vandenberg Boulevard and John Harden Drive.

The existing facility is old and inefficient, according to Nancy Sheflette, director of the ASU-Beebe branch on the base. She said the prospect of a new, more accessible facility is exciting. Jacksonville residents voted overwhelmingly to tax themselves to support the new education center.

Jacksonville Mayor Tommy Swaim said the city is ready to write its $5 million check to the Air Force as soon as he is asked.
Because such a joint venture between a community and an air base is apparently unprecedented, officials have had to find a way for the base to accept the city’s money. Swaim said he believes that had been resolved.

The 2008 budget held an unusually large number of blessings for the nation’s premiere C-130 training, maintenance and operation center, including money for additional landing capacity and repair of the existing, worn runways, Garcia said, and also for additional C-130J military transport aircraft.

It authorizes $1.356 billion for 17 state-of-the-art C-130Js and another $495 million for seven KC-130Js for the Navy.
A spokesman for Cong. Vic Snyder said Friday nine more C-130Js are destined for the Jacksonville base, bringing their total to 20 and 100 more airmen.

Crews for all C-130s are trained at the base.

In addition, the Base Realign-ment and Closure process has expanded the base’s training mission to include C-130E and H training previously done by the 94th Airlift Wing at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Georgia. That should bring 100 additional airmen and three more older planes to the base.

“All told, there should be about 250 additional bodies coming to the base by 2009,” Garcia said.

She said that delivery of new C-130Js should be completed by 2010.

If they were ordered today, it would take about four years to get the aircraft built, she said, but Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the C-130J, has “aircraft coming continuously off the line. They are leaning forward and we should have them in the next two years.”

Garcia said plans for the educational center are likely at least roughed out at this point and could go out for bids as soon as they are finalized.

“I can’t say when it will be done,” she said, but that Brig. Gen. Rowayne Schatz was pleased that the education project and the others were being funded.

“He understands that without support (of the community and the congressional delegation)—we’re not getting this kind of money. The amount is a lot of money for one base.”

“A lot of the groundwork was done by the people who came before him,” she said. “But he will be here for at least the ground- work. He’s going to start looking for things he can improve on that base.”

Schatz has lobbied the local school board for a new elementary school to replace Arnold Drive Elementary School on the base.

TOP STORY >>Looking back on 2007

Leader staff writer

One of the top stories of 2006 was the arrest of Lonoke Police Chief Jay Campbell, his wife Kelly, and others on a multitude of drug and sex charges. Their trial and ultimate sentencing makes this year’s Top Ten list.

Also among the top local stories of 2007 is the mayor’s seat of Sherwood, which has had three different people sitting in it this year. But while the leadership for the city was up for grabs for a chunk of the year, Sherwood also managed to cause controversy over its willingness to spend millions of taxpayer’s dollars to buy and operate the North Hills Country Club while stopping any other development of the land.

Jacksonville spent most of 2007 in a fighting mode. Fighting to get a new school district, fighting to annex Gravel Ridge, fighting to stop Sherwood from getting 2,000 acres of land near the air base and fighting to improve its image and bring more people to the city through a two-cent hamburger tax.

For Cabot, the year-long story was mostly about school growth, school growth and more school growth.

These are the Top Ten stories of 2007 taken from hundreds of pages of The Leader throughout the year and selected by staff members.

The Campbells

Jay Campbell, the former Lonoke police chief, was sentenced to 315 years in prison on 23 charges, and his wife Kelly received 304 years on 26 counts. The sentence came after long trial that included sordid sex details, threats and even testimony by a self-professed hit man.

Because the jury recommended all the sentences run concurrently, Campbell’s actual sentence worked out to 40 years with a chance of parole after 10 years. Kelly Campbell’s sentence work-ed out to 20 years. She can get out after three years and four months.

Campbell was sentenced to 40 years as the kingpin of a continuing criminal enterprise, 30 years for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, 20 years for each of six counts of residential burglary, 10 years for each of seven counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and various other drug or theft related charges.

Kelly Campbell was sentenced to 20 years of each of nine residential burglaries, 10 years for each of nine charges of obtaining a controlled substance by theft and various other charges.

Campbell was initially sent to the correction department’s Diagnostic Unit at Pine Bluff, while his wife Kelly was transported to the McPherson Unit, a women’s prison, at Newport to begin her 20-year sentence. Campbell was later moved to an out-of-state facility for his safety.

Prison spokesman Dina Tyler said she didn’t remember having another former police chief in the prison population, but “It won’t be the first lawman we’ve had.”

Kelly Campbell’s lawyer, Mark Hampton, filed a motion for a directed verdict of not guilty and has asked for a new trial, but Kelly will remain in jail until the appeals are ruled on.

The prosecutors drew a picture of the Campbells as a team that preyed on friends, fellow church members and people in ill health or recovering from surgery. Jay Campbell, a charming and likable man by all accounts, would routinely visit with them while his wife rummaged through kitchen or bathroom cabinets for prescription narcotics.

Charles McLemore, the State Police investigator who compiled most of the information that led to the Campbells’ arrests, called it the worst abuse by a lawman in his 12 years as a lawman.

Bail bondsman Bobby Junior Cox, accused of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, participating in an ongoing criminal enterprise and intimidating a witness, and bail bondsman Larry Norwood, charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, are still awaiting trial.

Ron (Bear) Tyler, a prosecution witness, testified in the absence of the jury that Cox had solicited him to kill the prosecutor and a witness, and that Norwood was involved as well, but so far no additional charges related to that solicitation have been filed against the bail bondsmen.

Former Lonoke Mayor Thomas Privett, arrested in the same net as the Campbells and others, and charged with misdemeanor theft of services for having Act 309 jail trustees hang his Christmas lights and work on a faulty air conditioner, pled “no contest” in November and Circuit Judge John Cole fined him $300, charged $150 in court costs and sentenced him to one year unsupervised probation.

Thus ended the saga of a local official whose bad judgment made him a footnote in the sprawling, lurid prosecution featuring the police chief, his wife, a jailer and two bail bondsmen on a bevy of conspiracy, theft and drug charges that made made national news.

The former Lonoke mayor never denied that he had two state work-release inmates hang his Christmas decorations or fix his air conditioner. Privett said he paid the two inmates a small stipend and thought the work fell under the types of things they could do to earn spending money.

“I’m pleased that this case is finally resolved and look forward to the trial of the two remaining defendants, (Bobby Junior) Cox and (Larry) Norwood,” said Lonoke County Prosecutor Lona McCastlain after the Privett trial. “It will only be then that the citizens of the city of Lonoke will have closure.” The two bondsmen are set for trial in 2008.

Former police dispatcher Amy Staley, charged with having sex with an inmate, was found not guilty.

Sherwood golf course

To buy or not buy the closed North Hills Country Club was one question Sherwood has wrestled with most of the year. The other question was whether or not to let anyone else buy it and develop it.

The issue first appeared in The Leader’s pages in March and has continued to be a news item right through December.

According to James Rodgers, his company, Club Properties, which owns the 106-acre golf course, had come to the city numerous times suggesting the city buy the property. “It wasn’t until we had a buyer for it that the city became interested,” he said.

That buyer was a development group led by businessman Ray Campbell. The group wanted to buy the acreage for $5.1 million and turn it into a high-end 200-home subdivision.

Arkansas National Bank had plans to close the financing on the sale in mid-April, but the council approved a six-month building moratorium the property that scuttled the Campbell purchase.

The owners of the property have taken the city to court over the moratorium. A court date has been set for early 2008.
Water was turned off in May and the greens quickly died as the city continue to debate whether to buy the property or not.

Attorney Tim Grooms, who specializes in land acquisitions for cities, suggested that the city condemn the property, which it could do, but the city would still have to pay a fair market price for the land and that turned out to be the sticking issue. A feasibility study suggested the city could manage the golf course if it bought the land for $1.5 million. A feasibility study showed the acreage to be worth well over $2 million. The county tax office had the property appraised at more than $3 million and the owners had a legitimate offer of $5.1 million for the land.

Dan Stedman, the mayor in March, wanted to be careful and not throw the city’s money down a black hole. A month later, the interim mayor, former Mayor Bill Harmon, wanted the city to purchase the property, period. Then the new mayor, Virginia Hillman, wanted the city to purchase it, if the price was reasonable and was what the residents wanted.

City Engineer Mike Clayton said the sewer collection system in the area was not designed for heavy residential use and would have to be rebuilt, and along with other necessary infrastructure improvements, any residential development would cost the city about $2 million.

In September, just as the building moratorium was expiring, the Sherwood City Council voted to allow the city attorney to start negotiations with the owners of North Hills to buy the property.

At the meeting, Hillman said Sherwood didn’t have the money, but Alderman Becki Vassar said the city could put its hands on $5 million right away if it needed to or wanted to for the purchase of the 106-acre golf course and related facilities.

Vassar said the city had about $1.4 million in savings, more than $2 million in a certificate of deposit and another $1.5 million in a cash trust. “That’s $5 million right now we can get our hands on,” she said.

Although the city attorney and property owners talked, there was a deep chasm in the price that has yet to be bridged.
In December, another set of plans to turn the 106 acres into a mix of residential homes and commercial property was submitted to the Sherwood Planning Commission.

Rodgers’ company, which owns the acreage, has asked that 14 acres of highway frontage be rezoned to C-3 for commercial development and the remaining 92 acres be approved for single-family homes. The rezoning should be on the planning commission’s agenda for its January meeting.

“We needed to do something,” Rodgers explained, “rather than just sit here.”

In late December he said there were no active talks with the city about purchasing the property.

Annexation battles

Two areas to the west of Jacksonville and north of Sherwood are items of contention between the two cities. Sherwood drew first blood in 2006 taking in 2,000 acres of undeveloped land that Jacksonville had wanted and had slowly been improving its western infrastructure to prepare to annex in the future.

Then in November, partially to prevent Sherwood from advancing on it and partially because Jacksonville had its eye on it for a long time, the city set up an election to annex the rural community of Gravel Ridge.

Less than a month later, Sherwood countered with its own annexation election. Jacksonville will vote to bring the property in on Feb. 5 and Sherwood will vote on March 11. If both elections end up in yes votes, then Gravel Ridge will have a separate vote to decide whether the community will go into Sherwood or Jacksonville.

In 2006, the four owners of the 2,000 acres of land to the north of Sherwood and south of the air base acreage – Greg Heslep, Byron McKimmey, Metropolitan Realty and Lilac LLC – asked that their land be a part of Sherwood. Sherwood accepted the request, but Jacksonville objected.

The issue went before County Judge Buddy Villines who ruled in favor of Sherwood in August 2006. Jacksonville appealed and the case went before Circuit Court Judge Collins Kilgore. In late May, Kilgore also ruled in favor of Sherwood.

In circuit court, the land owners testified that they felt Sherwood was the better deal for them and that their land would be more valuable as part of Sherwood as opposed to being part of Jacksonville.

Villines said in his 2006 order said that the only reason Sherwood could refuse the annexation was if it were “unable to provide services to the annexed area.”

“Don’t worry,” said Sherwood Mayor Bill Harmon, “we’ll provide service,” adding that Sherwood has about $2 million saved up to help provide water and other utilities to the area.

Jacksonville has since appealed the annexation decision to the state Supreme Court where it should be decided earlier this year.

Despite the appeal to the Supreme Court, Sherwood officially annexed the acreage in June.

“Of course right now it’s unpopulated, but it won’t be long before it’s full of new residents,” said Harmon.

Jacksonville aldermen voted unanimously in late November to bring in about 2,500 acres west of the city, which includes most of Gravel Ridge.

City Administrator Jay Whisker added that “there’s a lot of tax revenue out there that would be good for the city. I-440 will also be going through there with a planned interchange.”

Whisker said the general area sought for annexation runs from the western city limits to west of Highway 107, south of Kellogg Creek and north to Bayou Meto.

But because the city is initiating the annexation, a special election must be held for the voters in the affected area and city residents.

The ordinance setting the election states the annexation is necessary “for the orderly and continued growth of the city.”

Sherwood Alderman Becki Vassar pointed out the annexation into Sherwood is in the “best interest of the city.”

Former Sherwood Alderman Tom Brooks even offered to head a committee of citizens to raise funds to walk door-to-door through Gravel Ridge garnering support for that community to become part of Sherwood. He even volunteered to contribute $1,000 to the cause.

Who’s the mayor?

Sherwood went through two mayors this year before settling on a third one to see them through the next three-plus years.
Alderman Danny Stedman, elected by a 60 percent margin over businessman Mike Presson in the November 2006 election started the year as the mayor, but he ran into a brick-wall council that refused to give him the reins and heart trouble that forced him to step down in early April.

The council quickly appointed former Mayor Bill Harmon, who had opted to retire rather than run again, as the interim mayor while an election was set for a more permanent replacement.

Harmon was one of five residents who filed for the position. The others were Air Force retiree Victor Sierra, Arkansas Department of Labor employee Doris Anderson, Army Corps of Engineers employee Richard Devine and City Clerk Virginia Hillman.

Hillman was the top vote-getter in the July 10 election, besting interim Mayor Harmon by 10 votes, but neither was able to get 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff.

The runoff election was set for July 31.

In the July 31 election, Hillman beat Harmon by 1,285 votes to become Sherwood’s new mayor.

New school district

Jacksonville continued its efforts throughout the year to try to break away from the Pulaski County Special School District to form its own. City aldermen made it clear numerous times that one of the biggest pluses for the city would be to have its own school district and not be the stepchild of the PCSSD.

Even the base commander told area residents that the city and the base would be better off with its own school district. In all, four local groups are either working toward a separate school district or working hard to get the PCSSD to make improvements to Jacksonville area schools.

The state Legislature early in the year, with a push by Rep. Will Bond, passed a law allowing the formation of a north Pulaski County school district, but the legislation has been tied up in federal court. The law allowed for a feasibility study on the viability of such a district and which the study found would be self-supporting.

The new law does not create a stand-alone Jacksonville-area school district, but it makes one possible.

“The law is an attempt to move the desegregation case along until all three districts are declared unitary,” Bond said. The Little Rock district was declared unitary – sufficiently desegregated – and released from the agreement earlier this month.
Federal Judge Bill Wilson cited failure of the districts to achieve unitary status in his decision to disallow a vote on the issue of a stand-alone Jacksonville-area school district about three years ago.

“There hasn’t been any incentive or stick in the past to move toward unitary status and save on funding,” said Bond.
“Hopefully, this will do it,” Bond said. “But I don’t want to over-promise.”

The law includes language that allows, but does not mandate, creation of an additional school district and it also prohibits dissolution of the Pulaski County Special School District.

Then in June, now-Brig. Gen. Rowayne Schatz, the commander of the 314th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base, said he wanted an independent school district for north Pulaski County, saying that outdated school facilities in Jacksonville have not provided adequate educational opportunities for the children of airmen stationed at the base.

Schatz said education is one of his priorities, along with better housing and family support. He pointed to Cabot School District, where many airmen live and send their children to new schools, while Jacksonville schools are in poor shape.

“Arnold Drive Elementary School is substandard and needs to be replaced,” Schatz said. Some 400 children of airmen attend Arnold Drive on base and Tolleson Elementary School just outside the base.

He pointed to the Cabot School District, which continues to build new schools, while PCSSD is languishing. “If you look at Cabot compared with Jacksonville, you have a visible example of how good schools can drive growth in a community,” the commander said.

Late in the year, the World Class Education Organization of Jacksonville prepared a five-minute video detailing the deteriorating condition of many Jacksonville schools – a video that has been shown at the Pulaski County Special School District board meeting, the Chamber of Commerce Education meeting, the Rotary Club and elsewhere.

Filmed and edited by realtor Daniel Gray, the video is intended to bring home the message that the district and the community need to get busy. The video has gotten hundreds of hits on YouTube, Gray said.

New PCSSD School Board members Bill Vasquez and Danny Gilliland have said they favor a new Jacksonville district and support the notion of building new schools in Jacksonville and refurbishing others.

Former board member Bishop James Bolden said he would continue to work to make sure the district gets its share of PCSSD money and attention.

In the latest move toward better facilities, the PCSSD school board said work could start on a new Jacksonville middle school as early as 2009 if an extra 5-mill property tax for the Pulaski Special School District is approved.

A new school to replace Arnold Drive and Tolleson elementary schools is slated to be started no later than 2012.
The cost of the proposed middle school is estimated at $25 million.

Col. Scott Lockard, 314th Missions Support Group commander, has shown the board three potential locations the base engineers had identified as possible sites for a new elementary school to replace Arnold Drive.

He also said a 13-acre site across from North Pulaski High School was available.

Gen. Schatz has lobbied hard for a new school to replace Arnold Drive Elementary and has offered free base land – outside the fenced perimeter – upon which to build it.

Vasquez has suggested that replacing both the boys and girls middle schools with one middle school would save money and combining Tolleson and Arnold Drive students into one new building also would be cost effective.

Cabot school growth

The Cabot School District opened its newest elementary school, Stagecoach Elementary, in late August to an already overflowing student population as school growth continues in the city.

When Stagecoach opened, it had more third graders than the law would allow. According to Superintendent Dr. Tony Thur-man, Eastside and Westside Elementary schools were over the limit in kindergarten and Westside was over in first-grade.
“But no school is over by more than three students at this time,” he said.

Thurman said the district has plenty of open seats at other schools in the district. “We can’t hire a teacher being only three over with plenty of room at other schools, so we are asking parents if they’d like the option of moving to one of the schools with open seats,” Thurman said.

But the moving of students made it clear that the district has to keep building and expanding.

In October, when districts reported their total student population to the state, it was clear that Cabot had grown. The Cabot School District had an official enrollment of 9,245 students this school year.

There are 3,734 students among the district’s eight elementary schools, an increase of 83 students from last school year. At the middle school level, there are a total of 1,420 students among two middle schools; last year there were 1,406 fifth- and sixth-graders in Cabot.

The junior high population grew by 97 to 2,231 students.

Cabot High School also saw an increase in population, adding an additional 208 students for this school year, bringing the grand total to 1,861 10th- through 12th-graders.

The district also opened bids and started the work to rebuild the junior high it lost in a fire in August 2006 and discovered the new facility, to hold up to 1,200 students, will cost about $11.6 million to build, about $7 million less than the state had calculated.

Insurance money will cover about $10 million of the cost, and the state will pick up nearly $1 million of the tab, leaving the district with a bill of around $640,000.

Dirt work, at a bid of $336,000, is complete and footings have been poured.

The costs for asphalt, curbs and gutters for the parking lots, as well as landscaping, will be bid out at a later date. The landscaping bid will not be bid out until three or four months before construction is completed.

The new Cabot Junior High North will include 51 classrooms meeting the new building standards of 850 square feet each. It will have a sprinkler system, meet the indoor air quality standards and have a larger cafeteria to hold more students.

The air base

The importance of Little Rock Air Force Base puts it in the Top Ten stories of the year, and this year is no exception. The economic impact of the base to central Arkansas is second to none, but this year the air base makes the list not only because of its financial impact, but also because of its base housing construction woes.

In early February, Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines ruled that 1,200 homes owned, managed and being built by American Eagle Communities – a private company – on LRAFB were exempt from property taxes even though Pulaski County Assessor Janet Troutman Ward disagreed, saying the houses previously were exempt because the federal government owned them, but not now.

LRAFB privatized its family housing, turning the existing homes over to American Eagle Communities in August 2004. The company and the base entered into a $500 million agreement that called for the demolition and then construction of 468 homes and remodeling of another 732 homes.

Project director Tom Brockway said in February that the construction is on schedule to be done by 2010 although only three homes were completed, six were being finished and another 123 new homes were in progress.

American Eagle had completed a $1.2 million town hall, but by the end of the summer had declared bankruptcy and left the base in a mess.

But in August, just three years into its 50-year military housingprivatization contract at LRAFB, the developer reportedly was working to sell properties and contracts here and at four other military housing-privatization projects around the country.
Brig. Gen. Rowayne Schatz, the base commander, said in August, “We’re supposed to have 120 new homes and we’ve only got 25; we’re supposed to have almost 500 renovated homes and we’ve got three.”

In addition, the developer failed to pay some area contractors and suppliers and fell far behind schedule for construction and refurbishing of 1,200 base homes and stopped work May 7.

The air base is working with Air Force headquarters to hold the developer in the default process or have American Eagle sell to another developer because of failed military projects at LRAFB and other bases around the country, all because American Eagle has not lived up to their end of the bargain, Schatz said.

Even though the developer stopped its work on the homes, it continued to collect rent. It received $9 million in 2006 alone, according to a base spokesman.

In late November, Sen. Mark Pryor said the developer would pay about $778,000 of the $2.4 million the company allegedly owes contractors and suppliers for its now-abandoned housing-privatization contract at LRAFB.

Contractors here have been trying to get paid by American Eagle or by the surety bond company since at least last January, and some have now filed suit in Federal District Court.

American Eagle, which hasn’t paid a nickel since early 2007, announced the decision to pay some debts just before a national press conference on the issue.

Pryor and Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia, had just completed a teleconference with the national press about the failings of the developer that had defaulted on four Air Force housing privatization contracts when he met with local reporters at the base.

“We have a lot of questions about how a company with a history of bankruptcy, defaulting on government contracts and not paying subcontractors landed four Air Force base housing-privatization contracts,” Pryor told assembled press on base, against the desolate backdrop of vacant concrete slabs behind locked gates at the corner of Minnesota Circle and Texas Boulevard.

Pryor and Chambliss have called for an investigation to determine how a developer with a checkered past was awarded six military-housing privatization contracts so this doesn’t happen again in the future.

Even though the base housing suffers, other base news has been good. In a Sept. 12 story in The Leader, it was pointed out that LRAFB could soon have half a billion dollars in construction projects and upgrades once Congress approves $22.4 million in additional funding, in addition to hundreds of millions of dollars worth of new aircraft the base will see in the coming years.

Current construction projects at LRAFB, according to the September article, total around $28 million – $7 million for a new headquarters building for the 463rd Airlift Group, $10 million for a C-130J corrosion-control facility, $7 million for a new dining facility and $3.9 million for a new child-development center completed during the year.

There will be a net gain of 22 airplanes and a possible 300 airmen at the base.

During 2007, the 463rd Airlift Group broke ground for two new projects, a $7 million headquarters building and a $10 million C-130J corrosion-control facility.

The new 18,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Hercules Dining Facility, scheduled to open in the spring of 2008, will replace the current dining facility, Razorback Inn, which was built in 1955, and will have a 60 percent increase in seating with a total seating capacity to accommodate 250 customers.

In November it was announced that LRAFB would add more feathers to its training hat as the 314th Airlift Wing would begin training crews on the C-130H model and will also expand its J model training to include training international partners.

These expansions, expected to begin in 2010, will increase the numbers at the C-130 Airlift Center of Excellence by an expected nine aircraft and about 200 additional airmen over the next four years.

Schatz said the partnership made sense for the future of the Air Force.

“Our combat airlifters are known throughout the world for their excellence,” he said.

Then in December, the president signed the $555 billion omnibus spending bill which included $10.7 million for the Little Rock Air Force Base/Jacksonville Joint Education Center and $9.8 million to repair and update runways at LRAFB.


Five homicides in Jacksonville, three in Sherwood and one in Cabot, made eight too many in 2007.

Cabot had its first murder in 16 years with the shooting death of Kevin W. Bell, 39.

Sherwood’s first murder of the year occurred in June, one in late August and one around Thanksgiving.

Jacksonville had a double murder at a local motel in September, a baby shaken to death in August, a young man stabbed to death in August and a domestic dispute that ended in death in June.

In Cabot in late September, police found Bell’s body in his South First Street home. Bell had been shot five times with a 9-millimeter pistol.

The suspect, Shawn Kelly Yielding, 36, also of Cabot and an acquaintance of Bell’s, had been found guilty of second-degree murder in June 2000 in White County after killing a man over $20, but was out on parole. Yielding goes to trial in February.
In Sherwood, Alfred Polk, 43, was found dead in his home on Newcastle Street on June 20 by relatives. Police classified his death as a homicide. No arrests have been made and the case is still open.

A burglar was found shot dead in a creek near a home on Hwy. 107 he tried to enter the night before. The homeowner shot at two would-be robbers but didn’t think he hit anyone. Police canvassed the area that evening and found nothing.

The homeowner’s wife discovered the body of Bryant Cross, 18, of McAlmont the next day. No charges have been filed against the homeowner at this point.

On Thanksgiving day, the body of Ray Hart, 66, was found in his travel trailer. A few days later, police made two arrests in the murder.

Melvin L. Lockhart III, 26, of North Little Rock was arrested and charged with capital murder, aggravated robbery and residential burglary. He is in custody and bond has been set at $1 million. Toni Boggs, 36, also of North Little Rock, was also arrested and charged with two counts of fraudulent use of a credit or debit card and theft by receiving after using Hart’s credit cards in Jackson, Tenn.

The suspect in the Jacksonville double murder turned himself in to police in early December. Suspect Xavier Butler turned himself in to Lonoke authorities when he went to pay some outstanding fines.

Butler is accused of shooting three black men in the parking lot at America’s Best Value Inn and Suites on John Harden Drive in Jacksonville in September. Two of the victims, Daryl Wiggins, 23, of North Little Rock and Brian Washington, 18, of Jacksonville, died from their gunshot wounds.

The third victim, Michael Jenkins, 22, was transported to St. Vincent Hospital North in Sherwood, where he was treated and released for a gunshot wound to a foot.

In June, Marlin Marbley, 24, was accused of beating his long- time girlfriend, Cassondra L. Speer, 24, to death after a domestic dispute turned physical.

In mid-August, Jackie Tredell of 3A N. Simmons was stabbed to death in a domestic disturbance. His girlfriend, Paulette Coleman, 22, was charged in the death.

About a week earlier, a 2-year-old was declared dead after being abused by his parents. The stepfather, Ausencio Lopez, tried to commit suicide by jumping off a Little Rock overpass into traffic. He died in November while in surgery for his injuries. His wife, Senior Airman Sharilyn Lopez was charged as an accomplice in the young boy’s death.

Work is quickly proceeding on the new Jacksonville library being built on Main Street across from the new Wendy’s. It should be open sometime in 2008.

Bids were submitted in August much higher than anticipated, but the city decided to use $400,000 in sales tax money, a $300,000 donation from the Central Arkansas Library System and promised to scale back some of the plans in order for the library work to go forward.

The city council accepted the $3.77 million construction bid from Wilkins Construction of Little Rock, which was substantially more than the $2.5 million the city had projected to pay for the new facility.

In July 2005, residents ap-proved a one-mill property tax increase to pay off $2.5 million in bonds to build the new library.
The 13,500-square-foot multi-use facility is being built on about four acres of land purchased with $900,000 of private donations.

The plans, developed by W.E.R. Architects of Little Rock, call for the library to be a centerpiece for the downtown area.
Pit Bulls

Pit bulls were banned in nearly every city in central Arkansas during 2007. Ward is about the only city in the area that still allows pit bulls within city limits.

Jacksonville’s ban went into effect in July. Pit bulls already in the city were grandfathered in, provided owners had the dogs registered, spayed or neutered and micro-chipped.

Beebe, Cabot and Lonoke all followed suit with bans.

The Beebe City Council passed a pit bull ban in July for all but the 11 pit bulls that were registered at that time. Other owners were given 30 days to find new homes outside the city for their pit bulls.

The estimated 140 dogs that remained unregistered are now in the city illegally and could be destroyed. Sherwood has had a ban on the dogs for a number of years.