Wednesday, June 21, 2017

OBITUARIES >> 6-21-17


Betty Lou (DiPasquale) Kelly, 79, of Sherwood passed from this life on June 18.

She was born Feb. 9, 1938, in Enid, Okla., to Basil Kelly and Bess Hatchet Kelly.

Ms. Kelly loved reading and was a former member of St. Jude Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her children, Cindy Lynn of Sherwood, Mark Worden and life partner Cinda Stenger of Washington, and Anthony Kelly Worden of Wisconsin, and her brothers, Bill Hibbs and wife Bobbie of Jacksonville, and Lee Hibbs and wife Eugina of Tulsa, Okla. Other survivors include grandchildren, Dominique Worden and Emily Worden, and step-grandchildren, Jackie Lynn, Justin Lynn, Sarah, Abigail, Jordan and Elijah along with a host of extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 26 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Tim Reed officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Betty’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Humane Society.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home, 501-982-2136. Sign the online guestbook at

EVENTS >> 6-21-17


The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance’s summer-meal program is now underway in Jacksonville, Cabot, Lonoke and Beebe.

Kids ages 6 weeks to 18 years old can get free breakfast and lunches most of the summer. To find more summer-meal sites, visit


The following Jacksonville schools will serve breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

Dupree Elementary, weekdays June 12-30;

Jacksonville High School, weekdays through June 23;

Jacksonville Middle School, weekdays through June 30;

Pinewood Elementary, Tuesdays-Thursdays through June 29.


Cabot Public Schools’ summer meal program runs now through Aug. 3, excluding July 3 and 4. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to noon on Friday at Northside Elementary and Ward Central Elementary. Adult lunches are offered, too. Breakfast will not be served.


Beebe Primary School cafeteria, weekdays from through Aug. 4. Breakfast is from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Lunch is from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.;

Stoney Ridge Place, Thursdays through July 27. Lunch only from noon to 12:30 p.m.;

Lunnie Park, weekdays through Aug. 4. Lunch only from 11 a.m. till 11:30 a.m.;

Antioch Community Church on Mondays through July 24. Lunch only from 11:50 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.;

McRae City Park on Wednesdays through July 26. Lunch only from 11:50 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.


Lonoke Elementary, weekdays through July 30. Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Lunch from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.


Orders are being taken for the annual Esau corn-sale fundraiser for the Wade Knox Children’s Advocacy Center in Lonoke.

Bags for unshucked corn cost $25 each and $35 for shucked corn. There are approximately 72 ears per bag.

Only peaches-and-cream corn is being sold this year.

Pick-up times will be 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Friday, June 30; Friday, July 14 and Thursday, Aug. 31. Orders for shucked corn, which will have limited quantities, must be picked up on Friday, July 7.

To order, call 501-676-2552.

The Wade Knox Center, which helps abused children in Lonoke County, is at 1835 S.W. Front St.


The Arkansas National Guard will host a public hearing about the state’s new program to pay Guardsmen’s college tuition at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Fisher Armory, 2600 N. Poplar St. in North Little Rock.

Guard leaders will answer questions about ACT 471, which the governor established “to provide tuition assistance for Arkansas soldiers and airmen of the Arkansas National Guard. The purpose of this hearing is to take both oral and written comments from the public and answer any questions or concerns they may have regarding this program and regulation. This will be a recorded hearing,” according to the announcement.


The Jim Brady Trio will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Jacksonville First Assembly of God, 221 N. Elm St.

Admission is free, but a love offering will be taken.

For more information, call 501-590-9357.


Bridge players are needed at 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Shepherd’s Center in the Beebe United Methodist Church, 302-A N. Main St. Beginners are welcome.

For more information, call 501-843-2930.


Gospel singer Linda Morgan will perform Saturday at Westside Baptist Church, 417 Dupree Drive in Jacksonville.

Everyone is welcome and admission is free.


The Jacksonville Citizens Police Alumni Association will hold its monthly meeting at 5:45 p.m. Monday at the Jacksonville Police Department on Marshall Road.

All alumni are invited to attend.

CLASSIFIEDS >> 6-21-17


ATTENTION HOME OWNERS!  Only a limited amount of homes are left for our summer program needing METAL ROOFS, SIDING OR WINDOWS.   Up To $25,000  is available thru our No money down  loan program for these improvements. Payments from $89/mo. Senior/Military discounts apply. ACT NOW !!  866-668-8681 wac

Our Sportsmen will Pay Top $$$ to hunt your land. Call for a Free Base Camp Leasing info packet and Quote. 1-866-309-1507. 


HARRELL LAWN Service, specializing in hedge trimming, flower beds, mowing and edging. (501) 259-1607.

FOR ALL of your carpentry and remodeling needs - metal roofs, decks, privacy fences, doors, windows, floor repairs and coverings. 25 years of experience. Call (501) 266-0410.

PERSONAL TOUCH Lawncare. All push mowing, blowing and edging. Call anytime (501) 772-3240.

CARPET RESTRETCHING and Repairs. 33 years experience. Free estimates. References available. Serving Cabot, Jacksonville, Sherwood area. Call (501) 538-5261, no text messages please.


WANTED: EXPERIENCED trim carpenters, hanging interior doors, running ceiling molds, trimming windows and baseboards. 40 hours/week, work rain or shine. Transportation furnished from shop, but still need valid license. (501) 681-9938.

IMMEDIATE HIRE, International company, with over 25 years in business, has 10-15 openings in local office. We are looking to expand our operations and need people to help advertise for our company. No experience needed. $350-$725 week to start. Call for interview, (501) 605-1303.

The Razorback Inn on Little Rock AFB is accepting applications for Custodial Worker (Housekeeper) and Laborer (Janitor). The positions include benefits, guaranteed hours, paid time off, paid holidays, a retirement plan and a 401k plan. If interested call 501-987-2598 or apply online at select Little Rock, Arkansas from the drop down menu. Must be able to satisfactorily complete a background investigation. All Federal NAF employees are required by PL 104-134 to have salary payments made by electronic funds transfer/direct deposit. EOE

The Razorback Inn at Little Rock AFB is accepting applications for  Custodial Worker Supervisor (Housekeeping Supervisor). The positions includes guaranteed hours with benefits. If interested call 501-987-3963 or apply online at select Little Rock, Arkansas from the drop down menu. Must be able to satisfactorily complete a background investigation. All Federal NAF employees are required by PL 104-134 to have salary payments made by electronic funds transfer/direct deposit. EOE

Field Service Technician wanted for Central Laundry Equipment Inc.  Job requires traveling Arkansas to repair customers commercial laundry equipment. Qualifications - some knowledge of electrical schematics, good customer service skills, good driving record. Experience repairing commercial laundry equipment is not required. We will provide full training. Good benefits and competitive pay. Email your resume to or fax to 501-843-4369.

Delivery Driver: Now Hiring Full Time Delivery Driver, Clean driving record, Knowledge of Jacksonville and surrounding areas, Some heavy lifting required, Apply in person at 918 W Main St., Jacksonville.

Floral Designer: Now Hiring full time floral designer, Retail flower shop and fresh flower experience a must.  Apply in person at 918 W Main St., Jacksonville.

HELP WANTED: Female caregiver. Housekeeping, light cooking, must be energetic and love cats. Needed immediately. Call Doris, leave message. (501) 743-8129.

NOW HIRING  - DUMAS, AR. Welders , CI Engineer Manufacturing Engineers, Production Supervisors, Plant Controller, Quality Technician, Robot Technician, Machine Tool and Die, Electricians, Apply at:  SAF-HOLLAND, Inc. 1103 S. Main St. Dumas, AR 71639 EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability,

CLASS A CDL TEAMS – NEED ASAP! SIGNING BONUS ON DAY ONE! DRIVE FOR FedEx GROUND! Harrison, LR and Memphis. START 50 CPM, Premium Mileage Pay, great benefits. HOME 2 DAYS PER WK.  Must have 1 yr. of exp.  and able to get doubles endorsement. Call/text for more info. 870-754-5100!

JOIN OUR TEAM!  Little Rock Based Company is seeking OTR Drivers for our dry van division. Qualified applicants must be 23 years of age, have a Class A CDL with 2 years Verifiable Over the Road Experience. New pay package, Home every weekend, Paid holidays and vacation, Quarterly Safety Performance Bonus, Benefits (After 60 Days) Blue CrossMedical (We pay 50% of drivers), Delta Dental, Delta Vision and 401k (Matched Up To 4%). or call (501) 228-8800.


PERSONAL PROPERTY AUCTION - DEWEY COOK ESTATE - Saturday – July 8 – 10 A.M., 809 Mill Creek – Hot Springs, AR Furnishings, Antiques, Tractor and heavy equipment. Full list, photos terms, directions, order of auction and more details see website. INSPECTION: Day of Auction, 8 am or anytime at:   AR Auction Group and Realty , Steve Thacker,  CAI,  Broker and  Auctioneer AL #1394 , 501-767-9777 • 888-767-9771,

AUCTION - Sat July 8, 11am • 214 Acres, Osage, Carroll Co, AR., Offered as 87 Acres and 77 Acres hunting land; 50 Acre farm;  the entire 214 Acres. , 870 423-2997• Larry Montgomery, Broker/Auctioneer #95 Montgomery Whiteley Realty.


Estate Sale by Donna: 6/22-6/24, 9 am-4 pm, 400 JAMES DRIVE, CABOT. 3 flatscreen TVs, 2 entertainment centers, 3 curios, Lazy-Boy recliner, electric recliner, desk, twin bed (mattress and springs), New Classic dresser, Biltmore chair; Grant Park bedroom set including queen or full, headboard, chest, nightstand, media chest, kitchen table and 2 chairs; outside storage chest, numerous new and like new bed linens, pictures, mirrors, linens, nice lamps and lamp tables, microwave, kitchen full, decorator's items, 14K gold jewelry, sterling and costume jewelry, Singer featherweight.

YARD SALE, 6/23 and 24, 7:30 am-1 pm, 10 Linda Cv., Jax. (by the high school). Baby equipment, toys, variety of clothes and much more.

YARD SALE, 6/24, 424 Nottingham Dr., Cabot. Lots of men and women’s clothing, lots of whatnots.

COMMUNITY GARAGE sale, 6/24, 7 am-2 pm, Huntington Place, Austin (intersection Hwy. 38 and Huntington Dr.) Many items, furniture, home decor, clothing, toys, household items.

MOVING SALE, 6/23, 7:30 am-4 pm and 6/24, 7:30 am-noon, 16 Tara Mount Dr., Jax.

YARD SALE, 6/22-24, corner of Mulberry and South First, Jax. Cancel if rain.

YARD SALE, 6/24, 7 am-? 207 Monk Cemetery Rd., Ward, 1 mile east on Hwy. 38 past Dude’s Place. 5 game in 1 pool table, furniture, freezer, clothes and much more.

MULTI-FAMILY yard sale, 6/24, 350 Memory Dr., Austin. Furniture, clothes, household items, something for everyone.

GARAGE SALE, 6/24, 7 am-3 pm, 1202 Linda Ln., Cabot. Glassware, collectibles, dolls, knickknacks, some tools, plus clothing and a little furniture.


2000 CADILLAC El Dorado, bad motor, good straight body, light blue w/dk. blue top, $2,000. (501) 749-9882.

UTILITY TRAILER, 5x14, single-axle dovetail ramp, good condition, $750. (501) 266-2732.

2002 DURAMAX rear end out of a 3500, 8-bolt pattern w/brake assembly, $500 obo. (501) 352-8484, Jim.

‘95 BUICK Century, runs good, front end damaged by stupid deer, $1,000 obo. 676-3277 or 765-6146.

HONDA RIM, aluminum 4-hole, 7-spoke, 15x5.5, 195/60/15 tire, $50 obo. (501) 882-2142.

TOYOTA, 1989, 4x4, 188,000 miles, rebuilt transmission, $4,800. (501) 983-1445.

2006 PONTIAC Montana, tan, 108,000 miles, 3.5 V6, loaded, super clean, ready to go, 3rd row, heat and cool air, $4,795. (573) 217-5510 or (573) 217-5511.

1995 MERCEDES Benz, $350 firm. (501) 676-0750.

‘97 NISSAN 4WD, driveline suspension, parting out. 288-0850.

1976 CORVETTE Stingray, $13,000. 590-8030 or 982-9370.

2005 MAZDA 3s, black, 123k miles, good condition, runs well - no issues, good A/C and heat, custom wheels and sound, $3,100. (480) 560-2111, Quinn.

2007 CHRYSLER Touring, 96,296 miles, 7 passenger, 3.8 V6, power doors and gate, loaded, runs good, cold air, road ready, $3,800. (573-5510 or (573) 217-5511.


2 MOTOR homes: ‘79 Monaco Sportsman, needs work, ‘84 Southwind, $2,500 for both. 765-6146 or 676-3277, Furlow area.

BASS BOAT, 85 hp. Evinrude motor, trolling motor and trailer, $800 obo. 765-6146 or 676-3277.

‘04 SPORTSCOACH motorhome, 38’, 2 slides, all bells and whistles, extra clean, low mileage. (501) 982-7916.

2007 KAWASAKI Nomad 1600 trike, all new tires, loaded, 14,500 miles, $8,500, pics available. (501) 658-1802.

1007 HARLEY Davidson Superglide Custom, 23,000 miles, many Harley add-ons, garage kept, $7,000. (501) 259-4180.

DUCK BOAT. (501) 804-7373.

2000 TRACKER fishing barge, 21’, trolling motor, BBQ pit, trailer, tarp/boat cover, $5,000. (501) 843-3476.

USED TRAILERS, 14’x5’, $700; 12’x6’, $700. Pics. avail. (501) 658-1802.

2008 ROADTREK Popular 190 Class B, 6L engine, 53,450 miles, fully loaded, sleeps 3 or 4, $49,000 obo. (501) 920-8052.

2007 Seadoo Wake, red, and blue Seadoo, both low hours with trailer and covers, $8,000. Call/text: (501) 941-8996.

COMPLETE TRAILER hitch w/all fittings plus cab brake control, owner’s manual, $225. (870) 615-9009, Beebe.

2 BOAT seats, new in box, gray and red, mount on rainproof storage base, $75 ea. (870) 615-9009, Beebe.

‘00 FLEETWOOD Prowler RV, 34’, 4 bunks, queen master suite, sleeps 10, $3,200. (501) 266-2732, Lonoke.

1978 HOBIE Cat, coast catamaran, 16’, fiberglass w/trailer, $1,600. (870) 489-6202.


GET YOUR SPRING GRASS ON!! Bermuda $1.25/sq. yd. Meyers Z-52 Zoysia - $2.50/sq. yd. Prices are COD on full truck loads in the LR area. Call 800-458-4756. Double Springs.


ARKY BARKY’S now open - great selection of beautiful puppies, guaranteed. Also, doing grooming and doggie supplies. 9714 Hwy. 107/JFK, Sherwood, (501) 819-6094.

WHELPING BOX, 44x44, solid wood, $75. (501) 266-2732, Lonoke.

FREE 6 yr. old Calico, spayed, declawed (front), shots current. Molly is not a lap-sitter or cuddler. Call/text: (870) 703-8944, Garner.

FREE TERRIER mix puppies, all colors, 6 wks. old, ready to go. 516-8027.

KITTENS, FREE to good home, Calico, solid gray and gray w/striped belly. (501) 628-1711, Cabot.

BACKYARD CHICKEN house, complete w/6 chickens. (479) 438-0799 or (479) 438-0798.

FREE TO good home, 6 wk. old Catahoula hog dog. 835-8534.

1 YEAR old mixed breed dog, med. size, short black hair, brown feet w/white on chest. 835-8534.

BEETHOVEN, 6 mos. old, tan and white, short hair, handsome dog. 835-8534.

FREE TO good home, 3 yr. old neutered male Blue Russian cat, front claws, indoors only, extremely lovable. Records, kennel, food included. (970) 576-9742.

LAB. PUPPY, 6 mos. old, shots current, heartwormed, completely healthy, needs large yard. Free to good home. (501) 517-4481.

DOG KENNEL, chain link, 6x10, 6’ tall, $100. (501) 266-2732.

FREE TO good home, German Shepherd, AKC, female, born March 15, 2017, black and tan. (501) 438-2280.

FREE TO good home, black and white 1 yr. old Blue Tick, all shots current. (501) 982-3917.


CARPORT FOR SALE - Protection Against pollen, hail, ice, snow, sun and falling limbs,  90mph wind and 20lb snow rating, 12’ wide x 20’ long $777 delivered, Call 800-643-8728, OD Funk Manufacturing Inc..

SAWMILLS from only $4397.00- MAKE and SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship! FREE Info/DVD: 1-800-578-1363 Ext.300N.

2 PR. size 12/13 diabetic shoes, brown and black, good condition, $89 ea. (501) 749-8667.

GOLF CLUBS: Ping I2 irons, Taylor woods, Golfsmith putter, Hogan bag, all in excellent condition, $375. 749-8667.

new metal walking cane, excellent condition, $29; backpack, new, red and black, $29. 749-8667.

GUITAR, SPECTRUM 38” concert style, acoustic, in box, case, pick and electronic tuner, $40. (501) 266-2732, Lonoke.

WALKER, tall and wide, great condition, $49. (501) 749-8667.

5x7 SHAG carpet, gray and white mix, $20; used bicycles, adult and children, make offer. Good men’s, women’s and children’s clothes, cheap. 843-4890.

(3) 28” interior doors in jam, (2) 24” doors without jam, 31” cultured marble sink/vanity top, 7” table saw. (501) 502-3813.

14 CT. white gold wedding ring set from Kay Jewelers, 2 diamond bands on either side of center band, 103 diamonds totaling 1 CT., $900 obo. Call/text: (501) 605-4500.

MandM AIRLPLANE (MandM dispenser) new condition, $25; Elvis coins and picture disc, $50 for all. (501) 983-4168.

JAZZY SCOOTER Elite HD, good condition w/power lift or ramps. (501) 680-0852.

4x7 PULL trailer, used once, bought new, $450 cash. (501) 322-4096.

WINDOWS, $25. (501) 322-4096.

ROOSTER DECO, (7) 4-9”, some glass, some ceramic, some resin figurines, $20 for all; tea pots, all sizes and shapes, $4-$20; Old Carom board, $10 cash. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

OAK TV stand; wedding set, $85; car stereo, $60; back speakers, 6x9, $40. (501) 351-9781, Heather.

SHINY, BLACK upright piano, Kawai, price negotiable. (501) 882-2358.

BERKLEY WATER pump, cast iron Impala 15 hp. elec. motor, 3,600 rpm, 230 or 460v, 2” input, 1.5” output, $3,000 obo. (501) 351-0379.

COLUMBIA VICTROLA, $350; 1930s stand table, $75; corner curio cabinet, $100; crib w/bedding, $50. (501) 207-3409.

CB ANTENNA and Navajo CB radio, $20 for both. (501) 350-8876.

PROFORM TREADMILL, Crosswalk 395 tread soft cushioning, 3 yrs. old, $200. (501) 681-3859.

FREE: OAK firewood, tree down, you cut, you haul, you can have. (501) 628-4666 for directions.

CRAFTSMAN AIR compressor, 2.5 hp, 21 gal., 125 psi., hosed, $125; 18” gas chainsaw, Craftsman, still in box, $150; Black n Decker drill, heavy duty, like new, $75; 19.2v Die Hard torque drill w/bag and charger, $125. (501) 676-8706.

6’ WOOD stepladder, gas can, 20 lb. propane tank, $10 ea. 350-8876.

CRAFTSMAN LAWNMOWER hood, red, $85; Dell computer towers, good for parts, $30 ea. (501) 983-1445.

PORTABLE KENMORE sewing machine, good condition, $50. (501) 843-7897.

JERKEE’S ROPE shoes, beige, sz. 9 1/2-10, $15; Mardi Gras beads, make offer; Set of floor mats, $12.50; bicycles, all sizes, adults, $20, children’s $12. 843-4890.

SAMSUNG SURROUND sound system w/5 speakers, $40; 22” Panasonic TV w/remote, $20; several bagless vacuum cleaners, $20 ea. (501) 843-4890.

SIG SAUER P226 factory hard case, firearm not included, $20. (501) 438-9696, Lonoke.


5-PC. BEDROOM set, good condition, $350 firm. (501) 319-5429.

MARBLE TABLETOP, $250. (501) 766-3736.

TAIL CITY rock maple table, oval, 84-42, includes 2 leaves, $75. (501) 454-2944.

BEDROOM SUITE - queen or double bed, dresser with mirror, night stand, no mattress, $350. (501) 628-4212, Cabot.

TALL MARBLE table, free. (501) 766-3736.

OAK DINING room table w/6 padded chairs, $200; Glider chair, $25; oversized brown leather recliner, $75. (903) 278-4459.

SLEEPER SOFA, Bassett, queen-sized, striped, perfect condition, $200. (501) 988-2327.

SOLID OAK, large wall unit, holds large TV, like new, $400. (501) 681-3859.

2 WICKER chairs, new condition, Pier One, $45 for pr. (501) 983-4168, Jax.


IN BEEBE: very nice, 2 Bedroom/2 Bath apartments. All utilities paid including basic cable. Washer and dryer furnished. $700 month. Twin Lakes Apartments. Call Lisa at 278-0498.

COZY, one room studio apartments in Jacksonville. Bed pulls down from wall in Living Room in front of wood burning fireplace. Includes appliance filled kitchen. Starting at $325 plus utilities, deposit $200.  No children or pets. Camp Construction, (501) 982-0434.

NEWLY REMODELED house for rent or sale. No down payment if qualified. 1750 sq. ft., 3 bedroom, 2 bath, office, den, living room, fireplace, atrium/bonus room, 2-car garage, school bus stop, 5 miles to back gate of base, near Kellogg Valley area, nice place for kids. No pets. $800 month, references required. Call (501) 400-4727 or (501) 864-9954.


Have a title to your Car, Boat, or Mobile home? Get a new home with any trade-in! Call 501-653-3205.

VERY CLEAN 3 BED 2 BATH Singlewide for sale! call 501-653-3202.

SPORTS EVENTS >> 6-21-17


The annual Chamber/Base Golf Tournament is now registering teams for its four-person scramble that will be held June 23 at the Deer Run Golf Course on the Little Rock Air Force Base. The tournament joint event between the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and the Little Rock AFB is $125 per person, and the entry fee includes lunch, carts, beverages and range balls.

Deadline is June 9 and limited to the first 42 chamber members to register. For more information, call the chamber office at 501-982-1511 or email


Southern Oaks Country Club will host a junior golf camp June 27, 28, and 29 at Southern Oaks Golf Course. Guest instructors will be Natasha Vincent, UCA head women’s golf coach, and Julia Roth, professional tour player. Participants will be grouped by age at the following times: ages 6 to 11, 8:30 – 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; ages 12-17, 10:30 a.m. – noon Tuesday and Wednesday; ages 6 to 11, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Thursday and ages 12 to 17, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Thursday. Camp attire is T-shirt or golf shirt, shorts or skort, hat, sunscreen, clubs and a good attitude. Cost is $40.

Applications are available at Southern Oaks Country Club. For additional information, please contact Sharon Johnson, at 982-7508 or Natasha Vincent at 501-339-3270 or nvincent

SPORTS STORY >> Gwatney goes 2-1 at Sheridan

Leader sports editor

The Jacksonville Gwatney Chevrolet senior American Legion team won in its third game of pool play in the Sheridan Wood Bat Classic tournament on Saturday night, defeating the Benton Harmony Grove Cardinals by a score of 12-1.

Gwatney, however, had lost to Sheridan’s McCoy Tygart team 6-5 on Friday. Sheridan won all three games in pool play to advance to the bracket games on Sunday. Jacksonville had defeated Stuttgart, also 12-1, on Thursday, and finished pool play with a 2-1 tally.

Gwatney, the visitor on the scoreboard, did not score in the first inning, but Harmony Grove did score one run. Jacksonville then scored every inning through the fifth and final frame, while not allowing the Cardinals to score again.

“Thank goodness we didn’t have to play as good as we should, but we played good enough to win,” Gwatney coach Bob Hickingbotham said after Saturday’s game. “We hit the ball a little better at times tonight and got a little bit better pitching tonight than we did last night. We’re proud of where we are, and we’ve got to get ready. We’ve got sixstraight days next week of playing. We don’t miss a day until a week from Sunday. We’ve got a tournament starting Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Jacksonville.”

Gwatney went in order in the first inning.

Harmony Grove’s first base runner reached on a strikeout in the dirt. A double by Sean Small gave the Cardinals runners on second and third. A ground out to first base scored the runner from third for the only run and only lead of the game. The next batter grounded out to second on a nice play by Trent Toney.

Jacksonville scored three times in the top of the second inning. Brandon Hickingbotham and Jayden Loving drew base on balls, and DeBoious Cobbs found the grass in short right field for a hit that scored Hickingbotham. Brandon Hawkins walked, Kameron Whitmore was hit by a pitch which scored Loving. Toney reached on an error on which Cobbs scored to give Gwatney a 3-1 advantage.

The Cardinals had a runner reach on an error, but the Jacksonville infield turned a double play to erase him.

Gwatney doubled their score in the third to take a 6-1 lead. Hickingbotham singled to right field, Tyson Flowers walked, and Jordan Wickersham put a perfect bunt down the third base line for a hit to load the bases. Then, after two outs, Hawkins walked which scored Flowers, and Whitmore singled to right center to score Wickersham and Loving.

Harmony Grove had runners reach on a walk and a hit by pitch, but both were caught stealing by catcher Wickersham, one at second, and the next at third.

Jacksonville added two in the fourth on an infield hit by Cobbs that scored two runs as the bases were loaded at the time.

Loving struck out the side in the Cardinal half of the inning. Loving pitched the entire game for Gwatney, and also struck out the last two Harmony Grove batters in the bottom of the fifth to end the game.

Meanwhile, Jacksonville had scored four runs on two hits and two Cardinal errors in the top of the fifth to set the final score of 12-1. Toney and Cobbs had the hits, and Toney, Caden Sample, Flowers and Bo Self all scored.

Cobbs had three hits to lead Gwatney. Whitmore, Toney, Hickingbotham, and Wickersham all had one hit each. Flowers reached base three times on two walks, on an error, and scored three runs, Wickersham reached twice more on walks, and Hawkins reached base three times on base on balls.

The Gwatney senior team (6-2) added a win on Monday, going on the road and beating Searcy 13-3. Hawkins pitched two innings and got the win. Wickersham pitched two innings and Hickingbotham threw the final three to preserve the victory.

Jacksonville begins hosting its annual Senior American Legion Invitational today at Dupree Park. The tournament opens at 5:30 p.m. with Cabot taking on Searcy. Jacksonville faces the Little Rock Vipers at 7:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Jacksonville plays Cabot at 5:30 p.m while the Vipers and Conway follow. On Friday, Cabot plays Conway and Jacksonville faces Searcy. Saturday’s schedule has Little Rock facing Searcy at 1:30 p.m. and Jacksonville playing Conway at 4 p.m. The event closes Sunday with Searcy playing Conway at 1:30 p.m. and the Vipers facing Cabot at 4 p.m. The best record wins the tournament.

The Gwatney junior team lost to Searcy on Monday to fall to 9-5 overall.

SPORTS STORY >> Jumping Jeff after his third U.S. title

Leader sports editor

Olympic gold medalist Jeff Henderson will defend his 2016 long jump national championship this weekend at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Sacramento. Before taking Gold with his final jump at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last September, Henderson won his second USA title with his personal best jump of 8.58 meters at the 2016 Olympic Trials, which doubles every Olympic year as the USA Championships.

Henderson, a native of McAlmont and 2007 graduate of Sylvan Hills High School, also won the 2014 USA Outdoor championship. He finished second to Marquis Dendy in 2015, though Dendy’s winning jump was with a +3.7 wind aid while Henderson’s best jump was against a -0.3 wind factor.

Henderson followed the loss in the 2014 national meet by beating Dendy and winning Gold in the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.

Two competitors in this weekend’s championships have jumped farther than Henderson this year. One is Dendy. The other is the University of Arkansas’ Jarrion Lawson, who caused an unnecessary controversy with his last jump at the Olympics, complaining that his final jump was measured short, though replays clearly showed his right hand dig into the sand several feet behind where his feet landed.

Henderson’s friend, Adidas teammate and fellow Olympian Michael Hartfield will also be competing.

He also has multiple wins on the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) Diamond League circuit, which is the premier international track and field circuit for professionals.

In two international meets this season, Henderson has had varying results. He fell well short, almost three feet, of his personal best and finished fourth in the Mülluer Grand Prix Indoor Meet in Birmingham, England on Feb. 22.

He got back to form on April 30, winning the Asian Grand Prix Outdoor Championship in Taipei City with a leap of 8.15 meters. It was his fourth victory on the IAAF circuit.

Henderson also has IAAF wins in Glasgow, Scotland, Portland, Ore. and Sacramento.

The USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships begin on Thursday, but the men’s’ long jump will not begin until 10 a.m. on Sunday, the final day of the event.

NBC will televise the meet, splitting coverage between NBC, NBC Sports Network and NBC Sports Gold, an internet live streaming app.

SPORTS STORY >> Cabot drops Wood Bat final

Special to The Leader

The Sheridan Yellowjacket Senior American Legion team is beginning to make a habit of knocking off local teams in the finals of its annual Wood Bat Classic. Sheridan defeated Cabot’s Centennial Bank squad 5-0 on Sunday to win the tournament for the second consecutive year. Last year, the host team knocked off Jacksonville in the final round.

Cabot managed five base hits and two walks, and Sheridan committed two errors, but the Centennial Bank squad couldn’t manage the timely hits in the shutout loss.

One and two hitters Blake McCutchen and Caleb Harpole combined for four of the five hits, two apiece. Only once did the hits come in the same inning, and with wood bats, extra base hits are difficult to accomplish.

Cleanup hitter Dillon Thomas had the other base hit while Brian Tillery and Jack Broyles drew the two walks.

Earlier on Sunday, Cabot scored two ninth-inning runs to beat Magnet Cove 4-2. Starting pitcher Brett Brockinton pitched a gem for seven innings, giving up just two base hits and one earned run with three walks and six strikeouts.

Koletan Eastham and Caleb Wilson finished it off, each pitching one inning of no-hit ball. Wilson got the win for pitching the bottom of the ninth after Cabot took the lead.

Cabot only had six hits, and they were from familiar names. McCutchen and Tillery had two hits apiece. McCutchen and Thomas each hit a double and Harpole had the other base hit for Centennial Bank.

Cabot defeated El Dorado 17-5 on Wednesday to start the tournament. It defeated Sheridan’s junior team 11-7 in their first game on Saturday. Sheridan was forced to enter its junior team into the senior tournament after Benton canceled late.

Centennial Bank then lost 4-1 to White Hall Relyance Bank in the 3:00 Saturday game, but the 28 runs scored in the first two victories won pool play for Cabot to advance to the semifinals on Sunday.

In the loss to White Hall, while playing on Oliver Williams Field, home of the 6A state champion Sheridan Yellowjackets, Cabot fell behind 2-0 quickly on a first inning two-run home run over the left field fence off the bat of Relyance Bank’s starting pitcher, Layne Hartsfield.

Centennial Bank cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the second. Tillery singled to left center and moved to second on a bobble in the outfield. Brockinton and Rail Gilliam both drew base on balls to load the bases, and then Broyles also walked to force in a run.

No runs scored in the third or fourth innings, but Hartsfield hit his second two-run home run of the game, this time to center, in the top of the fifth to increase the lead to 4-1.

Cabot’s starting pitcher, McCutchen, tripled to right in the bottom of the frame, but did not score. McCutchen pitched the first five innings and struck out seven, while allowing seven hits and no walks. Tillery pitched the sixth and seventh, had two strikeouts, allowed two hits and two walks, but no runs.

Relyance Bank had runners on in the top of the seventh, but Tillery and catcher Gilliam got a runner out at the plate on a squeeze play, and Tillery got a strikeout to end the inning with no runs scoring.

Brockinton also tripled to right field in the bottom of the frame for Centennial Bank, but three strikeouts stranded him there to end the game.

“You saw the two home runs they hit,” said Cabot coach Chris Gross after the White Hall loss. “But we’ve got both our starters coming back tomorrow for the semifinals and the championship, and I think we’re sitting really good to win it.”

Tillery had one hit and the one run scored for Centennial, and McCutchen and Brockinton had the triples.

EDITORIAL >> Make schools world-class

(An area teacher we know sent us this summertime analysis.)

“World-class” schools are what the Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District is striving for. With their first year in the history books, how did they do?

Well, first one must define “world-class.”

Look up that term on Google and 500 million results pop up, immediately telling you that there is no valid, agreed-upon definition.

It seems, according to Merriam-Webster, that the term first came into use in the early 1950s and was used mostly in the sports arena.

So let’s look at what David Kirk, captain of a “world-class” rugby team thinks. Why Kirk? He is one of the experts, one of the world-class people interviewed for the book “What Makes a World-Class School and How We Can Get There.”

Kirk says, “If world-class teams can be recognized from the outside by a lack of mistakes, an ease of performance that leads to high margins of victory and a joy in going about their business, what is it about them internally that enables them to perform so well?”

It’s easy to spot a top-notch sports team, an outstanding business and even a whiz-bang school district. But the details that make them great are often harder to spot, understand and duplicate.

Kirk believes there are four pillars to a world-class organization: Vision, ability, divine discontent and discipline.

Vision, as Kirk sees it, is “something to believe in, something to achieve, something to become.” He said, “Visions must be rational, but they must also be emotional. They are often distant. They must excite and engage and frighten. They must be big.”

Take a look at the district’s vision: Jacksonville-North Pulaski will be a school district of choice that fosters student achievement and success.

Rational? Yes. Emotional? No. Exciting, engaging, frightening? No. Big? Yes.

When it comes to “world-class,” the ability of the team is essential. Paraphrasing Kirk, the district needs leaders, teachers and staff who exhibit ability – a mastery of skills. Equally crucial is complementarity – the ability to generate an energy and synergy that make the whole greater than the sum of the parts.

Is the district hiring the masters? The district is rightly concerned about money, and so the focus has been more on hiring the best staff it can find within its budget, and it’s shaping up to be a fantastic team with an admirable gestalt.

Cynics may point to winning World Series and Super Bowl teams with high salaries that won it all thanks to too much money, but “Moneyball” strategies built the Golden State Warriors, ended the Red Sox curse and have saved many of the greatest baseball teams in America.

The Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District is still finding itself.

Discipline begins with developing a set of boundaries that define “what is acceptable and unacceptable.”

Why so many district expulsions this year? Maybe the boundaries weren’t clear or maybe they were clear but higher than what they were in the past. Those boundaries must be non-negotiable and not confusing.

The district is headed in the right direction. It’s important to remember that none of the expulsions were contested by parents or students.

Divine discontent is an area where all school districts suffer. It refers to highly analytical and self-critical behaviors. It’s about “What mistakes did I make? What mistakes did we make?”

It’s hard to get teachers, principals and administrators to admit they were wrong. Spewing over tons of data, the focus is what can we do to raise test scores and lower the discipline rate? Sometimes teachers should admit their mistakes. Yes, teachers do make them.

Divine discontent, according to Kirk, “is an attitude of learning and growth that is never satisfied with past achievements.”

The infant district has a lot to be proud of, but to rest on those laurels means the forward movement slows or stops. So let’s take a moment to celebrate the good as we move on to better…to world-class. Together we can do it!