Friday, March 24, 2017

EDITORIAL>>No repeal, replace yet

“We are going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.” — House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)

An inexperienced president and a House speaker who could not count ensured defeat of a signature healthcare bill that Donald Trump promised on the campaign trail would cover everyone for a lot less money and with better features than Obamacare.

Republican members of Congress who bothered to read the much-touted American Health Care Act realized it would cost more and cover fewer people and offer fewer benefits. Most GOP representatives jumped ship, leaving only those who were still in lockstep with a panicked leadership to support the confused measure.

Ryan postponed a vote Thursday until Friday in hopes of getting the unpopular bill passed — calls from constituents were 35-1 against — but more Republicans mutinied and support for the measure quickly collapsed.

The stunning defeat for the much-touted American Health Care Act to replace the Affordable Care Act was a foregone conclusion even before the House was supposed to start voting Friday afternoon as most conservative and many moderate members refused to support the legislation that would continue to add to the deficit while cutting back benefits at a much higher cost.

By mid-afternoon Friday, Trump told Speaker Ryan to pull the bill, which would have lost by a lopsided margin as more Republicans recoiled from the weird contraption that would have dropped 24 million people from insurance coverage while costing the federal government billions of dollars more in the next decade.

In any case, the administration was already two months behind schedule — Republicans had promised to repeal Obamacare “on day one” — and here we were in late March with no replacement in sight. And now repeal and replacement is just a campaign slogan and nothing more.

President Trump tried to twist arms during a visit to Congress this week, but most members were no longer intimidated, and that may have been the moment the tide turned against the bill. At week’s end, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee said he would vote no as did other key legislators, putting an end to efforts to repeal Obamacare until at least the next election and perhaps forever. No “Art of the Deal” this time.

The many sweeteners added to the bill to make Obamacare Lite easier for conservatives to swallow didn’t sway the holdouts and in fact offended many deficit hawks. But those reported changes, which would have eliminated important features available under Obamacare, would have made it more difficult to pass in the Senate.

Rep. Rick Crawford, the Republican congressman from the largely rural First District, said he could not support a bill that added to the national debt. “When we’re $20 trillion in debt, and we’re facing interest rate increases, I don’t want to engage in another (entitlement) program that exacerbates that problem,” he told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. “Big government under Repub-licans vs. big government under Democrats is still big government.”

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) also opposed the health care bill on the same philosophical grounds, although the rest of the state’s congressional delegation, all Republicans, stood behind the President and Speaker Ryan, whatever the cost, especially to Arkansas, which could have lost tens of millions of dollars in Medicare and Medicaid funds if the bill had passed.

The American Health Care Act had too many serious flaws: It would have raised premiums for working seniors who are a decade away from retirement and would have dropped tens of thousands of working poor Arkansans who have signed up for Medicaid expansion. Children from less affluent homes who have benefited from ARKids (which Gov. Mike Huckabee launched 20 years ago) could also have lost coverage.

Hospitals throughout Arkansas, especially UAMS and the many regional medical centers in small towns and rural areas, would also have been harmed. They would have been expected to treat more patients in emergency rooms, forcing hospitals to write off millions of dollars worth of charity care. Hospitals in our area have probably written off $100 million or more in uncollected debt.

Putting additional burdens on doctors and hospitals is not the answer to our health care crisis. It’s time for bipartisan legislation that ensures all Americans can get proper health care.

Political grandstanding must stop, along with sloganeering and empty promises. An epidemic of opiate addiction is spreading across the country — many of the addicts are Trump voters — and life expectancy among white working-class people is dropping alarmingly. Fixing our health- care crisis does not need political labels. Call it Obamacare or Trumpcare or Ryancare if you want, but the American people deserve health care that’s above partisan politics. They’re tired of the political drama that played out in Washington this week.


19th OSS Weather Flight forecasts mission success

Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Sommer Giron
 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Dark clouds hover over the 19th Airlift Wing Base Operations building as if signaling the imminent arrival of bad weather.

A storm system highlighted with bright green, red and yellow light up a radar monitor conveying an ominous message for the 19th Operations Support Squadron Weather Flight.

Airmen work around the clock to collect and analyze the information as they piece together a picture of what’s to come.

Spring is tornado season and the weather flight Airmen are on the lookout for a potential threat.

Nearly six years ago, a twister ripped through Little Rock Air Force Base. Located in “tornado alley,” the base has a history of being impacted by severe weather conditions.

As meteorologists, Airmen monitor weather patterns 24/7 and alert aircrews and base populace of severe weather conditions imminent in the local area.

“We play a vital role in the mission,” said Air Force Capt. Ian Bergstrom, 19th OSS Weather Flight commander. “From pre-planning to execution, we brief aircrews on weather conditions and alert them if anything pops up during flight.”

Just as the U.S. Navy uses radars and NASA uses satellites, the 19th OSS Weather Flight employs both systems to observe weather patterns hourly.

The team measures and monitors rainfall, cloud height, thunderstorms, temperatures, tornados, hail and much more to ensure the safety of the C-130 and its aircrew.

The data collected is then used to produce five to 3-day forecasts for the 19th Airlift Wing, 314th Airlift Wing and 189th Airlift Wing.

The forecasts are distributed using the flight’s three main functions: staff services, mission services and airfield services.

Staff services provides base leadership with timely and accurate weather projections. Mission services briefs aircrews on local weather patterns. Airfield services provides weather watches, warnings and advisories to the base populace.

All base resources are protected from severe weather events through the weather flights three services.

“Resource protection is our goal,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Cantu, 19th OSS Weather Flight technician. “Our resources are the base personnel, aircraft and property; that’s why we issue our weather warnings.”

Human input is the key element that sets the weather flight apart from ubiquitous weather applications.

They maintain a 93 percent accuracy rating compared to an 84 percent rating by leading weather applications, according to the Consumer News and Business Channel.

“The models used to collect weather data aren’t always spot on,” Cantu explained. “Human input is key to identifying issues that the models don’t pick up — we update and analyze the data consistently for better accuracy.”

Little Rock AFB maintains a 24/7 mission readiness stance. As meteorologists, the 19th OSS Weather Flight provides trusted and accurate weather forecasts around the clock to support the global Combat Airlift mission on base.

TOP STORY>>Pastor to lobby for Head Start

Leader staff writer

In Matthew 25:40, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

But Washington legislators and President Donald J. Trump may have missed that Bible lesson, so said Jason Ferguson, pastor of First Christian Church of Sherwood.

He and five others were asked to travel to Washington and lobby the Arkansas congressional delegation on behalf of Save the Children Head Start. Their Advocacy Summit begins Sunday and ends Tuesday.

“We will lobby our congres-sional delegation (including Reps. French Hill, Steve Womack, Bruce Westerman and Rick Crawford, all Republicans) on maintaining and expanding quality early- childhood education programs that help the most vulnerable,” he says.

The attitude in Washington is “disingenuous and disheartening. Education and childhood services are often used as wedge issues to push an agenda,” and he’s afraid that’s the rule of the day.

Actually, he said about the unpopularity of funding social programs under this administration and the current Congress, “We need more civility and less ego in public service. When a country is led by ego and not humanity, then it’s in trouble.”

Trump’s educational and social services slash-and-the-poor-do-without budget tactics has the pastor distressed, especially in light of the larger First Christian Church’s mission priority to work with and for children, youth and young adults.

Their end-result isn’t converts, but to heal, teach and transform lives, he said.

So instead of doing nothing, he, along with five others, are heading to Washington to remind Arkansas legislators of the continued need for the Child Care and Development Block Grants that fund early- education programs around the nation, including in Arkansas.

There are 30 different Head Start program grants in Arkansas serving about 9,000 3- and 4-year-olds. This number doesn’t include the state’s early-childhood educational programs that it serves, Ferguson said.

“The United States lags behind other industrialized nations on access to early education, ranking 28 out of 38 developed countries on early education enrollment among 4-year-olds,” he said.

His message to the Arkan-sas congressmen, in part, will be: “Head Start and Early Head Start are critical to providing comprehensive early care and education to our poorest children. (Currently) Head Start serves less than half of all eligible preschool-age children, while Early Head Start serves less than five percent of eligible infants and toddlers.”

He plans to ask the legislators to consider spending money on global prenatal healthcare.

Save the Children has programs in areas of the state struggling with high poverty rates and social and educational disadvantages.

The Sherwood pastor has seen up close the difference Head Start can make in the community of Patterson (Woodruff County). These children often come from single-parent, most often single moms, low-income homes and are desperate for role models and guidance.

“What blew me away was how all the boys were drawn to me like a magnet. They were so hungry to interact with me,” Ferguson said. “The teacher said, ‘You may be one of the only males they have contact with in a month.’”

“As a former Head Start volunteer I have seen first hand the difference these types of programs can make in helping make sure kids start public school with the knowledge and skills they need to flourish and survive, not fester and die,” he said.

Head Start is so important to Ward Mayor Art Brooke that he offered the program space at city hall when he found out that it was in danger of closing because Ward Central Elementary, part of the Cabot School District, could no longer house the program due to space limitations.

At last July’s city council meeting, aldermen gave their blessing to Brooke’s proposal, and the Community Action Program for Central Arkansas’ Head Start program moved in before the start of the school year.

The Ward program has about 30 students.

Ferguson said, “A lot of the time these children come from families with severely limited means and are behind socially and educationally by the time they enter kindergarten. By the time they reach the fourth grade, they’re so far behind in reading and math that it’s impossible for them to make up lost ground.”

Without a quality early education, a disadvantaged child’s chances of success are grim, Save the Children Action Network said. While in school, statistics say, 50 percent are more likely to be placed in special education classes; 40 percent are teen parents, and about 25 percent will drop out of school.

After school, 60 percent don’t attend any college. Instead, these same kids, about 70 percent, are arrested for a violent crime.

Ferguson said “we either pay for education on the front end or incarnation on the back end.”

According to a 2016 report by Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman, “The rate of return on investments in early-childhood development for many children can be 13 percent per child per year due to improved outcomes in education, health, sociability, economic productivity and reduced crime.”

In other words, early intervention can produce successful, productive, tax-paying citizens, Ferguson added.

And all of society benefits, he said.

Ferguson, who has been a journalist, worked in governmental policy and procedure, became a pastor about 15 years ago. He said, “We also will be advocating for legislation and action that benefits maternal, newborn and childhood survival. The emphasis would be on mom and child health and nutrition not just at home, but abroad.”

Around the world, about 1 million babies die on the day of their birth, another 2 million die within the next seven days.

About 16,000 children die each day from preventable and treatable illnesses such as pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria, and malnutrition is the cause of death in about 45 percent of kids under 5.

“The numbers are hard,” Ferguson said.

Successful adults start long before the first days of preschool, and, he said, in order to be an engaged first grader, a child needs access to healthcare.

Furthermore, he said, “I am excited that the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has made its leading priority to work with and for children, youth and young adults by creating communities of healing, learning and transformation,” he said.

“This is a tangible way we can embody and share the good news of Christ who came in the name of love.”

TOP STORY>>Jacksonville police: Hail to the chief!

Leader staff writer

“After the first round of interviews, I knew this was our guy,” said Mayor Gary Fletcher, adding, “Do we have to interview anyone else?”

The answer to that was yes as the selection committee narrowed down the original 31 applicants to 11, then four, two and then one.

That one was the guy the mayor had keyed in on at the beginning, Geoffrey Herweg, 53, the deputy chief of the Lovington, N.M., police department.

Fletcher introduced Her-weg, who goes by Jeff, to about 50 members of the police and fire department, city officials and others at a 3:30 p.m. Friday gathering at the public safety building.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with two great police chiefs,” said the mayor, “Gary Sipes and Kenny Boyd, and now I feel that Jeff (Herweg) will take us to that next level.”

Herweg will replace Boyd in about three weeks. Boyd, who has been with the department for 29 years and the last three as chief, announced his retirement earlier this year.

When Herweg was asked why he put his hat in the ring for the Jacksonville job, he said it just felt right, and after spending the past four days in town, he said it was the right place for him.

“It’s a military town and I come from a military family. It is a small town (although nearly double the size of Lovington) and it’s a very welcoming community. That means more to me than anything,” he said.

He added that Jacksonville “just feels comfortable to him.”

Recently Herweg made the finalist lists for chief positions in Columbus, Miss., and Shreveport, La.

He has more than 30 years of law-enforcement and military experience and has been the deputy chief of Lovington since January 2015. He joined the Lovington force in 2012.

He has led high-profile private-security operations, domestically and internationally. Herweg served as a rapid-response commander at Victory Base Complex, Bagdad, Iraq, helping provide private security for about 68,000 military and civilian personnel.

He also served as shift supervisor for the U.S. Embassy emergency response team in Afghanistan.

He has worked as an adjunct instructor at the New Mexico Police Academy, served as a public information office and use-of-force instructor and has had a helicopter pilot’s license since 2007.

“No, we are not going to buy the police department a helicopter,” quipped the mayor at Friday’s conference.

In police command school recently Herweg had to write a paper on his leadership philosophy. “At one time there were just three kinds, now there’s 13.” He calls his leadership style “proactive positivism.”

At the conference he told the police in attendance to “breathe that no immediate big changes were coming. I’ve got to get to know everyone’s name first,” he quipped. “And just because something working in Lovington or the other places I’ve been doesn’t mean it’ll be instituted here. If it’s already working here there’s no reason to change it.”

Herweg said he was also going to be much more than just the police chief. “I’m involved with three commissions and boards in Lovington and plan to do the same here,” but he quickly added, “However, I’m not going to run for school board.”

The chief-to-be said he had an open-door policy and to feel free to come by and discuss things with him. “But I can’t fit all 80 of you in the room at one time,” Herwig said.

In an interview at The Leader before his introduction as the new chief, Herweg said even though he was born in Chicago and is a die-hard Cubs fan, he considers Oklahoma home.

“My dad was in the Army at Fort Sill and met my mom there. I served eight years in the Texas Army National Guard, starting out enlisted and ending up a second lieutenant.”

Herweg decided on law enforcement after tackling a shoplifter and blowing out his knee in the process.

“I was working at a grocery store in Lawton, Oklahoma, when I saw someone shoplift a number of items and run out of the store and I took off after him and just as he dived to tackle him the store detective yelled, ‘Police, freeze’ and the guy went down immediately.”

Herweg went sailing over him and his knee immediately swelled up. “After surgery, I went on a ride-along and was hooked,” he said.

Herweg started his career with the Apache and Durant, Okla., police departments, before moving to Denison, Texas, Eunice, N.M., and Taylor, Texas.

He has also worked as a marina officer at Lake Pleasant, Ariz., and a nuclear security officer in Tonopah, Ariz.

He has a master’s degree in public administration and said that he may pursue a doctorate.

Herweg and his wife, Jeannette, have six children between them.

“They are all out of the home either working or in college,” the chief said.

TOP STORY>>Panthers get one win at Best of West

Leader sports editor

The Cabot Panthers started strong in the Best of the West Tournament in Memphis, beating Memphis University School 8-1 in the opening round. Later that same day, the Panthers lost 5-4 to Collierville, Tenn., and then fell 10-5 to Van Buren on Wednesday to exit the tournament.

Michael Shepherd went the distance on the mound in the win. He gave up just five hits and one earned run in his seven innings of work, striking out five and walking no one.

Cabot (8-5) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning, starting with a leadoff walk by Blake McCutchen. With one out, McCutchen on second because of a passed ball, catcher Denver Mullins hit an RBI single to center field. Mullins’ courtesy runner, Ty Cyr, also advanced to second on a passed ball, and scored on a double to the fence in center field by Dillon Thomas.

Houston King’s groundout advanced Thomas to third, and the catching woes cost MUS another run, as Thomas scored on a passed ball for a 3-0 Cabot lead.

The Owls started well also. Leadoff hitter Maurice Hampton tripled on a 1-1 pitch, and scored two batters later on a sacrifice grounder by John Bolton.

Cabot went back up by three in the top of the fourth. Brett Brockinton reached on an error at third base, and scored with two outs on a base hit by Kyler Franks. But the rally didn’t stop there.

McCutchen then tripled down the right-field line to score Franks. MUS then flubbed a grounder by Clayton Gray, allowing McCutchen to score and give Cabot a 6-1 lead.

One more run crossed the plate in the fifth. King drew a leadoff, four-pitch walk. Brockinton then struck out on a full-count pitch, but the third strike was dropped, forcing a throw to first. King was stealing on the strikeout pitch, and advanced all the way to third on the throw to first that got Brockinton.

Caleb Harpole then hit a sacrifice fly to deep left field that scored King for a 7-1 Cabot lead.

Back catching remained a problem throughout for MUS. McCutchen drew a leadoff walk in the sixth inning and moved to third on a pair of groundouts. From there, he scored on another passed ball to set the final margin.

Cabot got six base hits, with Thomas leading the way, going 2 for 3 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a run scored.

Against Collierville, all the damage was done in the first two innings. Cabot fell behind 5-0 before a rally fell short in the seventh. The Panthers out-hit the Dragons 7-4, but two errors allowed two unearned runs that turned out to be the difference in the game.

Thomas again led the way offensively. He went 3 for 4 at the plate, with a double and two RBIs.

Against the undefeated Pointers, the score was tied 2-2 going into the fifth inning. That’s when Van Buren (10-0) put up six, two-out runs to take command. After a fly out to start the inning, a walk and an error left runners at the corners. Dylan Billingsley then struck out Chase Moore, but Ethan Holmes hit a two-out double to put his team up 4-2.

Billingsley then issued a walk before Ethan Rauser singled to score Holmes’ courtesy runner Spencer. Another error, this one on McCutchen, allowed another run, and another walk loaded the bases. That set up a two-RBI double by Evan Jones that made the score 8-2.

Cabot got two back in the bottom of the sixth. Davis Wofford hit a solo home run with one out before a single, an error and a walk loaded the bases. McCutchen then hit a sacrifice fly to score Harpole, but the rally ended with King’s grounder to shortstop.

Van Buren capped its scoring in the sixth inning when, with one out, a walk-single, walk-single sequence made it 10-4. Cabot loaded the bases with one out in the top of the seventh, but could only get one run to set the final margin.

SPORTS STORY>>JHS gets mixed results at Central

Leader sports editor

The Jacksonville Titans went 1-1 on the first day of the Central Arkansas Invitational, a massive 16-team, three-game guarantee, four-site tournament held during spring break every year. Jacksonville opened the tournament against site host Little Rock Central, and handled the Tigers 7-2. In the second round of the winners’ bracket, the Titans were mercy ruled 13-2 by Lonoke.

Jacksonville coach Larry Burrows wasn’t overly excited about either game.

“We finally started playing in the first game, but Central really didn’t put any pressure on us,” said Burrows. “Wick (Jordan Wickersham) pitched well, so I’ll give him credit. But Lonoke didn’t wait on us. They jumped on us and we didn’t respond. We didn’t swing the bats. They’re athletic. They can get around the bases, and you can’t give away outs and not pay for it against a team like that. We gave away a bunch of them.”

In game one, Central held a 1-0 lead through five innings. The Tigers got a leadoff walk, and then a double by Aaron Mann. That’s how it stayed until the top of the sixth when the Jacksonville bats finally came alive.

Kameron Whitmore started the rally with a one-out grounded single to center field. Cade Sample then hit a line drive to center. The Tiger outfielder was caught between trying to dive for the ball and playing it on the hop, and ended up letting it bounce right past him.

The error allowed Whitmore to score from first base, while Sample stopped at second. Quentin Stallard made the second out with a grounder to short, but advanced Sample to third. Jayden Loving was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners. Joe Cummings fell into a 0-2 hole, but then he was hit to load the bases.

Another inning-ending play was flubbed when no one got a glove on Payton Williams’ pop up between shortstop and third base. That allowed Sample to score, and set up a two RBI double to the center field wall by Deboious Cobbs that gave Jacksonville a 5-1 lead.

Central (1-10) got one back when Mann reached on an error at third base, moved into scoring position on a wild pitch, and then scored on a single by Mason Gresham.

Jacksonville (8-4) set the final margin in the top of the seventh. Trent Toney, Whitmore and Sample hit consecutive singles to start the inning, with Sample’s hit scoring Toney. Stallard then doubled down the line in left field to score Whitmore.

Wickersham went the distance on the mound. In seven innings of work, he gave up just four hits and one earned run while striking out 10 and walking three. He struck out the side in the third.

Against Lonoke (6-5), Jacksonville gave up 7 earned runs and five unearned. Making matters worse, the Titans lost catcher Kameron Whitmore on the second out of the third inning.

A pop up behind the plate was caught by Whitmore before Stallard barreled into his legs from first base. Burrows wasn’t certain about the extent of Whitmore’s injury, but was disappointed in his team.

“We know we’re not deep in pitching, so we’re going to have to swing the bats and we can’t waste outs,” Burrows said. “That kid (Lonoke pitcher Haven Hunter) is pretty good, but we’ve got to hit that guy if we’re going to beat anybody decent.

“Same thing with the kid from Central. He’s basically just out there throwing a fastball, and we didn’t do anything with it for five innings.”

SPORTS STORY>>’Rabbits to semis of CAI

Leader sports editor

When Chris Foor took over as head coach of the Lonoke baseball program, his stated goal was to turn Lonoke, not just into a perennial 4A contender, but also into a program that could compete with anyone in the state. Just 11 games into his first season, early indications are the team is headed in that direction.

The evidence of that came on Thursday, the first day of the annual spring break classic, the Central Arkansas Invitational. The Jackrabbits beat top programs from two larger classifications at Central High, opening the day with a 9-5 victory over 5A Alma, then hammering 6A Jacksonville 13-2.

“This is what we’ve been looking for,” said Foor after the nightcap win over the Titans. “We’ve had some good wins. We’ve beaten some good teams, but we haven’t been consistent. We really put it all together in these two games. We pitched pretty well. We swung the bats really well. We still made a few more mistakes in the field than I’d like to see in the first game, but we got those down tonight. I’m really excited about the direction we’re headed.”

Cade Stewart threw four innings of no-hit ball against Alma. Airedale second baseman Zach Henson finally busted the no-hitter in the fifth with a leadoff double. He later scored after back-to-back two-out errors, but Lonoke already held a 5-0 lead by that point.

The scoring started when leadoff hitter Casey Martin ripped a single to opposite field in right. He stole second base, moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a grounder to shortstop by Dalton Smith.

Lonoke (6-5) wasted its next two opportunities to score with base running blunders. Tallon Swint hit a leadoff double in the second inning and moved to third on a wild pitch. After Caleb Horton struck out, Keith Lingo bunted down the first base line, but Swint was very late on the jump and was thrown out at home.

Kameron Cole then led off the third inning by drawing a walk. He moved to third on a double to right by Martin. Smith then grounded to shortstop again and reached safely when Cole tried to score on the play, and was also thrown out easily.

That left runners on the corners with one, and Lonoke started its first big rally from there. Haven Hunter hit a sacrifice grounder to second to score Martin. Stewart doubled to the wall in center field to score Smith, and then scored on a base hit to right field by Swint for a 4-0 Jackrabbit lead.

After a scoreless fourth, Martin, a University of Arkansas signee, sent the first pitch of the fifth over the wall in straightaway center field to make it 5-0.

After Alma’s run in the bottom of the fifth, Lonoke posted three more in the sixth. Horton drew a leadoff walk, stole second and took third on a wild pitch.

With one out, Christian Cooper walked to put runners on the corners, and Lonoke executed a double steal to get the first run across the plate. The throw went to second base, but Alma’s middle infielders seemed unsure if it was supposed to be cut off to keep Horton at third, or let through to get Cooper at second. The result was no one catching the ball at all, which allowed Horton to trot in for the run.

Martin then reached on an error at third base, and Smith doubled to center field to make the score 8-1.

Stewart did not return to the mound in the sixth, and Alma scored three runs. But Stewart did leadoff the seventh with his second shot to the center field wall, and later scored on a single by Cole.

Alma scored the final run of the game off Martin in the seventh, but did it without a hit. After a leadoff walk, a passed ball and an error set the final margin.

That set up a second-round game against Jacksonville, who had beaten Little Rock Central 7-2 earlier in the day. Lonoke’s last game before the CAI was a 7-6 loss to Central on March 16.

That was not evident in this match. Jacksonville scored first in the top of the first inning, and Lonoke answered in the bottom half. Hunter did not give up a hit the rest of his time on the mound, while he and his teammates posted back-to-back six spots in the second and third innings to win in dominant fashion.

The tournament was played with a “10 after four” mercy rule instead of the typical “10 after five” rule in order to stay on schedule, so the game only lasted through the middle of the fourth inning. Despite just three at-bats, Lonoke piled up 12 base hits.

Martin had two doubles and was intentionally walked once. He finished the day going 6 for 7 with three doubles, a home run and scored seven runs.

Stewart went 4 for 6 with two doubles, four RBIs and scored three times.

The tournament wraps up today at Lamar Porter Field in Little Rock.

SPORTS STORY>>Badgers, Wildcats surprise SH Bears

Leader sports editor

The Sylvan Hills Bears unbeaten streak came to an abrupt and shocking end Thursday in the first round of the Central Arkansas Invitational. The previously 12-0 Bears took on the 2-5 El Dorado Wildcats in the first round and lost 8-4 at Mike Bromley Field in Sherwood.

Later that afternoon in the losers’ bracket, the Bears faced 2-10 Arkadelphia, a team they had beaten 12-0 earlier in the season, and lost 2-1. The last inning of that game becoming a microcosm of the day the Bears had.

Arkadelphia leadoff hitter Eric Groom hit a one-out grounder to shortstop, where Michael Coven flubbed it. Then, upon rounding up the loose ball, sailed his toss back to the pitcher into the Bears’ dugout, allowing Groom to reach second base. A failed pickoff allowed him to advance to third, and a balk walked in the game-winning run.

“I just don’t think we deserved to win either game,” said Sylvan Hills coach Denny Tipton. “El Dorado just out-played us. They committed fewer errors, walked fewer, got more hits. Sometimes, you play good enough to deserve to win, and don’t win for whatever reason. But most of the time, the team that deserves to win does win, and that’s all that happened there. Then just now, I just thought Arkadelphia wanted to be here more than we did. We just didn’t deserve to win. It’s pretty simple.”

Against El Dorado, the Bears took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Coven drew a leadoff walk and Caleb McMunn singled.

Hunt hit a sac fly to move Coven to third. Three-straight walks drove in two runs, and Chaz Poppy’s sac fly scored Ryan Lumpkin for a 3-0 SH lead.

Three quick runs has been a recipe for success all season long for the Bears, but it didn’t hold on Thursday. El Dorado got one back in the third. Micah Haney singled and Connor Cates doubled to make it 3-1. Neither team scored in the fourth, and the Wildcats took the lead in the top of the fifth. Nine-hole hitter Daniel Johnson hit a leadoff double, and scored on an error at shortstop.

Brennan Smith walked and Jacob B0shears singled to drive in another run. Derek Jobe then doubled to right-center field to give the Wildcats a 5-3 lead.

Sylvan Hills got one back with a single by Nick Fakouri and an RBI double by Zach Douglass in the bottom of the sixth. El Dorado then set the final margin with three runs on three singles and an error, all with two outs, in the seventh inning.

Sylvan Hills finishes the 16-team, four-site tournament today. The Bears will travel to rival Jacksonville in a return to conference play on Tuesday. That doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

OBITUARIES >> 3-25-17


MaKenlee LeeAnn Faith Clingan of Jacksonville, passed away in her parents’ arms on Tuesday, March 21. She was born on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, to her parents Melynda Sue Cater and Joshua David Clingan.

Before she went to her heavenly home, MaKenlee experienced holding hands with her mommy and daddy and enjoyed hugs and kisses from her family.

MaKenlee is deeply loved by her mommy and daddy; big brother L.J. and big sister, McKenzie Clingan; her maternal grandpa, Robert Cater; her maternal grandmother, Melody Smith, grandma Debbie Christian; paternal grandpa, Timothy Powers; paternal grandmother, Lucille Wise and many aunts and uncles, her cousins and many others.

MaKenlee will always remain her parents’ precious baby.

MaKenlee is preceded in death by her grandfather, Clinton Lockwood Sr. and her great-grandmother Opal Myers.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at A Natural State Funeral Service chapel in Jacksonville. Interment will follow the service on Saturday at Serenity Garden Cemetery in Jacksonville.

The family asks that any donations be made directly to the funeral home to help cover the cost of services.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 W. Main St., Jacksonville, Ark., 72076.


David G. Irvin, 57 of Jacksonville, passed away March 22. He was born July 30, 1959, to the late Johnny and Susie Irvin.

Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, March 27 at 607 Hickory Street in Ward.

Cremation by A Natural State Funeral Service.

Roy Harmon

Roy J. Harmon, of Cabot, died Friday, March 20 after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by parents Roland and Marie Harmon and brother Carl.

He was employed at Eudora Food Service in Beebe. Previously he worked at Knights in Jacksonville for 16 years. Roy will be missed by his coworkers and friends as well as special friends and mentors Billy and Pam Hall along with his critter family. A graveside Service will be held at 2 p.m. March 26 at Summer Cemetery.

Wilson Robison Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.


Mary Jane (Colman) Brenner, a woman with a generous heart and a loving spirit, passed from this life at age 94 to be with our Lord and Savior on March 22.

Mary was born in Sunderland, England, on Oct. 15, 1922, the eldest of five children to John and Elizabeth (Carr) Colman.

Growing up during the Great Depression and World War II, she learned early on the importance of family, a lesson she shared the rest of her life.
She would meet a wonderful American soldier, Lee Brenner, whom she married on Feb. 17, 1945. Later immigrating to the U.S., she always took a bit of England with her wherever she went. You were always welcome at Mary’s to “have a cuppa” and mince tart as she did often with friends.

But her love also extended to her three daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. “Nana” was famous for her cookies, her fudge and teaching the next generation about England, the Queen and the importance of a good cup of tea. She always remembered their special days with love and a treat.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Lee Brenner; her parents; sister Catherine and brothers Bobby and John Colman.

She is survived by her loving children, Margaret Blakley of Crestview, Fla., Bea Hays of Jacksonville and Mary Lee (Steve) Waxler of Niceville, Fla.; her brother Jim (Maureen) Colman of Liverpool, England; her sister-in-law Edna Colman of Sunderland, England; seven grandchildren Bill (Julie) Hays, Beth Hays, Marie (Bill) Dyer, Kelley (Bill) Cowan, Larraine (Thomas) Deloach, Diane (James) Milne and Kay Waxler; 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews in the U.S. and England.

A Rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 27 at St Jude’s Catholic Church in Jacksonville. A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating her life will be held the following day at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 28 also at St. Jude’s Catholic Church. Fellowship will follow in the church hall.

A private interment for the family will be held at Chapel Hill.

The family also wishes to extend their gratitude to the loving and caring staff at Elmcroft of Sherwood. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock or St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Jacksonville.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home and Crematory.


John Oxner, Jr. 89, of Cabot, formerly of Marianna, went to be with the Lord, Monday, March 20.

He was born March 21, 1927, in Rondo to the Late John Henry Oxner and Sue McGrew Oxner. He was a retired sales agent for National Investors Insurance Company. He also worked several years with Aflac Insurance Company. He was a former Mayor of Marianna, longtime member of First United Methodist Church and a Navy Veteran of World War II. He served the Marianna and Lee County area for over 10 years in funeral service, employed with Roller Funeral Homes as a licensed funeral director. John’s favorite job was working his farm of fruit trees. He will long be remembered for the years he spent raising delicious peaches and in the fall a bountiful crop of Arkansas Black apples.

He was a member of “The Greatest Generation,” a patriot, a true friend and a man whose word was his bond.

He is survived by his daughter, Priscilla (Bob) Morris of Cabot; two sons, Dwight (Debbie) Oxner of Cabot and Jimmy (Jan) Oxner of Aubrey; brother, Charles (Juanita) Oxner of Cabot; seven grandchildren, Brian (Barbara) Morris, Hayley (Terry) Helms, Britt Morris, Brad (Nicki) Oxner, Amy (Brett) Tullos, John (Kim) Oxner and Heath (Trish) Oxner; 18 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.

John was preceded in death by his loving wife, Dolores Mizell Oxner; two sisters, Joyce Moore and Marjorie Gardner; and a brother, Lloyd Earl Oxner.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at First United Methodist Church in Marianna with the Rev. Seig Johnson officiating. Burial will be at Marianna Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church.

Grandchildren and spouses will serve as active pallbearers. Gary Anderson is honorary pallbearer.

Memorials may be made to First Methodist Church, Marianna. Arrangements are by Bishop-Crites Funeral Home of Greenbrier.

EVENTS >> 3-25-17


The Knights of Columbus and the Ladies of the Knights will hold a fish fry from 6:30 till 8 p.m. Friday at St. Jude’s Parish Hall, 2403 McArthur Drive, as a fundraiser for the St. Jude Scholarship Fund. Tickets will be sold at 6 p.m. Saturday and at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Sunday and at the door the day of the event. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for kids 6-13 years old and free for kids 5 and under.


Grace Point Church at 3110 Hwy. 31 South in Beebe will hold its annual spring bizarre from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today with hundreds of items on sale. “Don’t miss it. Come early for best bargains,” according to the announcement.


Cabot AARP will hold a potluck at 6 p.m. Monday at the Cabot Senior Center, 600 N. Grant St.

After a short business meeting, Kathleen Pursell, director of Arkansas Senior Medicare Patrol, will speak on medical and Medicare fraud prevention.


The Jacksonville Lions Club will hold a rummage sale at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday, April 1 at 16 Foxboro Cove. Hundreds of items will be on sale by several families. From Madden Road turn left on Club Road then left on Foxboro Cove.

All proceeds benefit the Lions Club. The event was originally planned for this weekend but was postponed due to forecasts of rain.


Southern gospel musicians and singers will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Veterans Park Community Center, 508 N. Lincoln St. in Cabot. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Mike Franklin, Glen and Lee Ann Pool, the New Livin‘ Quartet, David Cannady, Jason Jolley, Tommy Lyons, Caitlyn Cook and more are set to perform.

Tickets are $10 per person.

Reservations are not required, but they are recommended and can be made by calling 501-941-2266 and leaving your name and number of guests.


The Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic Ministries in Jacksonville will serve free soup to the community at 4 p.m. Wednesday. This event is free and open to the public.

The church is at 1924 W. Main St., Building 3.

It is also holding revival services at 7:30 p.m. today, Tuesday and next Wednesday.


The Jacksonville and Cabot chambers of commerce will hold their eighth annual joint luncheon from 11:30 a.m. till 1 p.m. Thursday, April 20 at the Arkansas Army Guard National Armory, 300 Commerce Park Drive in Cabot.

Rick Lowe of Searcy, a longtime football referee for the SEC, will speak. He is president of the Winnelson Company, a construction supply company.

RSVP by Friday, April 14 by calling 501-843-2136.


The Zyndall Raney Band performs from 7 until 10 p.m. Saturday at Ward Country Dance at Exit 25 off Hwy. 67/167 south of Beebe.

CLASSIFIEDS >> 3-22-17


HOMEOWNERS! There may be Money For Your Home if you need: METAL ROOFS, SIDING OR WINDOWS. The Government has set aside UP TO $25,000 PER HOUSEHOLD FOR THESE IMPROVEMENTS! Save Hundreds!!!! Free estimate. Payments $59/Mo. No money down. 1-866-668-8681wac. Senior and Military Discounts.

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

BECOME A  HOME INSPECTOR IN 30 DAYS OR LESS - Class starts soon! We offer: Home and Commercial Inspection Training, and Continuing Ed Inspection classes. For details, info:   Call 501-796-3627 or email for details or visit:,


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.

HANDYMAN SERVICES, small construction, roofing and flooring. References upon request. Call Matthew (501) 288-6376.


EXPERIENCED FRAMING carpenters in Cabot/Searcy area. Call Ronnie at 501-416-1498 or 501-941-5698.

AWNING SEAMSTRESS, awning welder/fabricator, awning installer with construction experience. Transportation furnished from shop but valid driver’s license still needed. Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:30. Call for appointment. (501) 882-3708.

QUALITY DENTAL Labs is now hiring a Dental Lab Technician. No experience necessary. Has to be motivated, fast learner. Must pass drug test and have clean driving record. Apply in person. (501) 982-8721.

Arnett Realty and Investments is seeking a motivated project assistant to assist broker and agents. Real Estate and marketing experience required. Please email resumes to

2-Caregivers needed to support and assist a young man with Cerebral Palsy in his home and for community outings. Prior experience in direct care would be preferable. Applicant should also have reliable transportation. Hours are 6am-6pm, Monday-Friday. Work schedule available for a 2 or 3 days at 12-hour shifts. Must have HS diploma/GED, valid AR driver’s license, pass a criminal background check and drug screen test. Contact:  Lonoke Exceptional Development Center at 501-843-0030; fax 501-843-0349 ; e-mail or try; 8/4, M/F, application on-line; Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Coach needed to assist a young man with an intellectual/developmental disability in his community job. This position will also include hours for community outings. Total hours is 20-25 hours per week during the day.   Reliable transportation required. Must have HS diploma/GED, valid AR driver’s license, pass a criminal background check and drug screen test. Contact:  Lonoke Exceptional Development Center at 501-843-0030; fax 501-843-0349; e-mail or try; 8/4, M/F, application on-line; Equal Opportunity Employer

HELP WANTED: Housekeeper and Night Auditor. Apply in person at Best Western, 1600 John Harden Dr., Jacksonville.

NOW HIRING - Personal Care Aides and CNA’s to work w/elderly and developmentally disabled. CNA or personal care aide certified. www.integrityinc.orgor apply at: INTEGRITY, INC., 6214 Northmoore Little Rock, Ar., 72204 • EOE.

DIETARY AIDE - Days off may vary. Full time Positions. DIRECT CARE also needed. Apply online at OR in person at: NeuroRestorative Timber Ridge, 15000 Hwy 98, Benton Ar 72019 • 501-594-5211 ext 8236 EOE Drug-free work environment. Clean Background and MVR.

SEARK Boats HIRING! Supply Clerk, Riggers, Painters, Plasma Operators, Salary dependent on experience. Full Time positions include benefits. For information call 870-367-5317. Apply at 728 W. Patton St., Monticello, AR. EOE.

NOW HIRING  WELDERS , ELECTRICIAN, QUALITY ENGINEER, MACHINE TOOL  and DIE, HUMAN RESOURCE, GENERALIST, Competitive pay and benefit  package available!  Email, Fax  or Mai Resume to: SAF-HOLLAND, Inc. Attn: HR P.O. Box 825, Dumas, AR 71639-0825  Fax: 870-382-2299,, EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability.

CDL Flatbed Drivers Needed - $600.00 Sign on Bonus, Great pay, Health Ins, Retirement, Plan, Vacation, Holiday Pay, Home Weekly, 90% No-Tarp, Uniforms and Jackets Provided. Earn $50,000.00 to $65,000.00 Yr.  Call Chuck or Jeremy 501-945-1433 Apply in person:5007 E. Broadway, NLR.

DRIVERS!  Join Our Team! $5000 Sign on bonus. Drivers are home every weekend. Great benefits, paid holidays and miles. New equipment. Dry vans. Local family owned and operated. Must be 23 years of age and have a valid class A Commercial Drivers License. 2 years over the road experience is a must. With You for the Long Haul. or call (501) 228-8800.

DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED! Become a driver for Steven's Transport! NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! New drivers earn $800+ per week! PAID CDL TRAINING! Stevens covers all costs! 1-877-649-3153.


REAL ESTATE AUCTION FOR SALE - Fri., April 7th @ 11am. 852 North Ridgeview Dr.,  Mt. View, AR. 72560. Very Nice 3 BR 2 BA, Cedar Log Home on 3.03 wooded acres. M/L. Built in 2004, great trout fishing, vaulted ceilings,decks, 2-car carport, hot tub, much more! Shown by Appt. Only. Personal Property to follow R.E. Auction. List of Personal Prop./info, terms, directions: 19078, or for appt., or info: NEAL DAVIS AUCTION and REALTY CO. PB 6564, AALB #1, 501-940-2138 JASON DAVIS, SA, AALB 1202 501-454-3382.


GRACE POINT Church, 3110 Hwy. 31 South, Beebe will hold their annual spring bazaar, Sat., March 25, 7:30 am-1 pm. Hundreds of great items for sale. Don’t miss it. Come early for best bargains.

MOVING SALE, 3/25, 7 am, 12939 Smarty Jones Dr., Scott. Everything must go! Washer, dryer, 60” smart TV, furniture and much more. (501) 766-3736, Angela.

YARD SALE, 3/25, 68 Pear St., Cabot. Boy’s/girl’s clothes, plus size, household items, knickknacks and much more.

YARD SALE, 3/24 and 25, 7 am-? 504 Hill St., Jax. Clothes, furniture, misc.

HUGE YARD sale, 3/23-25, 7:30 am-? 10 Ridge Rd., Cabot (2 blocks behind new Ford dealership). New doors, lighting fixtures, craft items, household, adult/children clothes, salt-pepper shakers, suitcases and lots of 50¢ items.

GARAGE SALE, 3/25, 7 am-noon, 205 Confederate Woods Rd., Cabot. Household, clothes, automotive, etc.


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

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

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

ELECTRIC WINCH, 8,000 lbs., new, never installed, all plates, rollers, etc., $300 firm. 676-2952.

TIRES, 4, Michelin, 215/55R17, radials, lots of tread remaining, $100; 2 like new trailer tires, size ST205/75D15, mounted on 5-hole steel rims, $100; 2 steel rims, 15” w/5-hole lugs, for trailer, $75. (501) 843-2187.

TOYOTA 4x4 5-speed, good for parts, $100. (501) 983-1445.

‘02 CHEVROLET Z71 Avalanche, 4WD, w/all bells and whistles, extra clean, everything works. (501) 454-7501.

15’ ALUMINUM utility trailer, Oaken center, lockable tool chest on each side, suitable for business/ATVs, $1,600 obo. (501) 941-7632, leave msg.

ANTIQUE 1990 Miata, 101,087 miles, $6,000. (501) 533-7726.

1997 CHEVY Lumina, starts and runs but needs work, $500. 983-1428.

2001 FORD Mustang, V6, $2,200 obo.; Chevy 283 engine block and powerglide transmission, $50 cash. 982-1220.

FLATBED DUMP trailer, 8’x6’, $2,600 cash. (501) 605-2682.


4-WHEELER SEATS, professionally recovered, $60 ea. (501) 605-2841.

‘05 AMERICAN Heritage motor home, 4 slides, all bells and whistles, extra clean, low mileage. (501) 454-7501.

2009 THOROUGHBRED Motorsports Stallion Tryke, fully loaded, heat and air, stereo, cruise wheel, tilt wheel, adj. pedals, tape player, new battery, trailer hitch. 982-7916.

HARLEY DAVIDSON Super Glide Custom, excellent condition, 20,000 miles, black/orange, 88 cu. in. fuel injection, 5-speed, $7,500. (501) 626-3464.


REAR END and mowing deck for MTD, good condition, $100 ea. (501) 983-1445.

BOWLING RIDING mower, runs good, looks good, $450. (501) 983-1445.

SEARS REAR-TINE tiller, 5 hp., $275; Murray front tine tiller 5 hp., $100; MTD front tine tiller, 5 hp., $100. 843-5475.

SNAPPER PRO walk-behind lawnmower, 32” cut, Kawasaki engine, pull start, $500 obo. 944-8762.

CRAFTSMAN RIDING mower, 42” cut, good condition, $600 cash. (501) 605-2682.

LAWNMOWER, SNAPPER Pro walk-behind, 32” cut w/Kawasaki engine, pull start, $500 obo. (501) 944-8762.


HAY FOR Sale in Austin - good mixed grass in barn, net wrapped 4x5, 1st and 2nd cut available. Local delivery. Call (501) 416-8107 anytime.

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

GREAT DOG, free to loving family, needs fenced yard, 10 mos. old, 1/2 Shepherd, 1/2 Catahoula, housebroken, loves kids and dogs. Text: (501) 259-4203.

2 KITTENS, 1 orange and white, 1 white, litter box trained, free to good home. (501) 424-9308.

FREE TO good home, 4 adult cats, all shots up to date, spayed and neutered. (501) 478-8892.

DOG PEN, 10x10 w/walk-in gate. (501) 676-3390.

USE HAPPY Jack Mange Medicine to treat mane dandruff on horses. WOODS FEED STORE (843-6121) (

4 YR. old cat, to loving home, declawed, spayed, current on shots. (501) 487-0247.

2 CATS, need good home, (501) 985-0165, leave msg.


(2) 5 hp. singe-phase pumps, 230 volts, 60 hz.,, pd. $3,500,  $200 ea. (501) 837-7225.

TALON GHOST paint ball gun, clear w/view loader, needs C02, $30 obo. (501) 882-2142.

LARGE ROUND metal clothes rack, 3 1/2’ wide, 4’ tall, $30 obo.; men’s Danner’s combat hiking boots, sz. 9, tan and black, leather, brand new, $65 obo. (501) 843-4890.

POLKA CDs, many of them, $1 ea. and up. (501) 516-0389.

WHEELCHAIR, GOOD condition, small/medium size, $75. 241-2118, Jax.

4x8 FIBERGLASS sheets, $50 for all; drawing table, $300; butane wall heater, $25; aluminum easel for painting, $25; Verizon MyFy internet connection, $75; antique cornshucker, $100. (501) 831-7142.

LADIES 26” bicycle, basket on front, almost new, $85. (501) 983-1445.

GIRL’S INFANT car seat, $25; clothes and other items, excellent condition, $1 and up. (501) 516-3810.

ALMOST NEW girl’s 14” bike w/training wheels, $45; men’s old-style bike, like new, $85. (501) 983-1445.

LARGE RADIATOR w/fence around, like new, $150; butane heater, older model w/5 good grates, needs shutoff valve, $40. (501) 983-1445.

WALKER, tall and wide, great condition, $53. (501) 749-8667.

LAWN FURNITURE, yard toys, seed spreaders, bicycles (all sizes), queen comforter set (complete), silver and gold, $75 obo., pair of Danner Combat hiker boot (9), $60,;vacuum cleaners, hip wading boots (9), $20; porta potties, $10. (501) 843-4890.

Wii FIT game and balance board, game has been played, but board is still new in box, $35. (501) 831-5180.

LEXMARK LASER all-in-one printer w/o box, $180 obo.; 2 working color TVs, $40 and $50 obo.; women’s boots, sz. 5 new in box, $70; sz. 6, almost new, $50; sz. 7 new in box, $70; sz. 7 w/fringe, $25 obo.; XL and XS scrubs and lab jackets, various prices. Need gone now! (501) 944-5346.

TAN DOONEY and Bourke purse, $70;  almost new D and B purse, blue, $95 obo./ MWT Brahmin crossbody w/dust back, pink, $200, all clean, good, almost new cond., smoke free, need gone now. (501) 944-5346.

5 CUTE tea pots, $35; rare Beatle picture in wood frame, $15; iron rectangle stool, new reupholstered, $25. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

DO YOU have a flea market booth? I have 2 boxes of misc. things: bird house, coke tray, vases, candle holders, Easter deco, etc., all for $10 cash. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

ONAN 18 hp. motor, generator bad, but runs great, $75; Prime Mover skit steer, has new 20 hp. motor that has been run only 25 hrs., $2,200; air compressor, 2 cylinder and tank w/5 hp. 220 motor, single phase, $200. (501) 743-8442.

WOOD, HICKORY, great for bbq. 259-2046.

STORM DOOR, aluminum, left side hinge, $50. (501) 982-1220.

5’x7’ SHAG carpet, gray and white, $30; all wire cage, 24x24x16, $20; large travel bags, $10; small, $5; what-nots, flower vases (small and large), make offer; Panasonic TV, 20”, works well, remote incl., $40. 843-4890.

WEDDING DRESS, arch, candles, glassware, greenery and much more. 102 N. Elm, M-W-F, 10 am-2 pm. 982-4647.

GALAXY SATURN Turbo, $500; Cobra 29 with Wilson 5000, $100; meters and cables, $50. 988-0974.

PEAVEY CRITERION II speakers, like new, $300 obo. (501) 882-2142.

NISSAN 40 gas-powered 4,000 lb. forklift, works great, $4,250. (501) 945-7767.


5-PC. BEDROOM set - dresser, mirror, full/queen headboard, rails, chest of drawers, good condition, $350 firm. (501) 319-5429.

ROUND TABLE w/leaf, turns into a long oval, includes 4 chairs, $100. (501) 454-8243, Furlow area.

52” SONY projection TV, $100; computer cabinet, $100; desk chairs, $10 ea.; 8’ office desk, 10 drawers, $500; wood desk chair, $25; bar stool, $10; antique dresser, 4 drawers, $20. (501) 831-7142.

MR. CHOW credenza, sell $600 online, asking $550 obo. 882-2142.

2 CORNER curio cabinets and 1 rectangular wall curio, excellent condition. (501) 259-0130, Cabot.

DAYBED w/TRUNDLE, clean mattresses, brown, leather look, pd. $700, asking $325. (501) 882-3302, Beebe.

BROWN COUCH and love seat, good condition, $400 for set. (501) 680-0128.

TWIN SIZE bed with trundle bed underneath, 1 mattress, head and footboard, good condition, $30. 843-3240, Benny.

SANSUI 2500 home stereo speakers, good condition, $250 obo. 882-2142.


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.

House for Lease/Purchase Perfect home in Cabot for a growing family! 2,303 sq/ft, 4 BR/3 FB, single story, walking trails to Middle and Jr. High schools. Split floor plan. Fresh carpet in all bedrooms, fresh paint throughout, and tile floors in living/kitchen areas. Large, fully fenced backyard that backs up to wooded area. All contracts will be for lease with option to purchase.  $1400/mo. Please call 980-239-0735  for more information.

LARGE 2 bedroom duplex. All kitchen appliances furnished including dishwasher and washer/dryer. Private entrance, fenced backyard, $550 month, $300 deposit, no pets. 2 1/2 miles from back gate of base, off Hwy. 107. (501) 425-7582.

LARGE 1 bedroom triplex. All kitchen appliances and washer/dryer furnished. Private entrance. Water and trash paid, $450 month, $300 deposit, no pets. 2 1/2 miles from back gate of Base, off Hwy. 107. (501) 425-7582.

2 BEDROOM duplex, 1 bath, $425 per month plus $250 deposit, 3502 West Main, Jacksonville, approximately 900 sq. ft. (501) 553-7902.

2 BEDROOM mobile, 2 full baths, $375 per month plus $200 deposit, 515 South Rd., all electric, 2 bedroom mobile, $375 per month, $200 deposit, 313 Robbins Rd., Jacksonville, gas heat. (501) 553-7902.

FOR RENT - 14x50 mobile home, 2 bedroom, sits on 2 acre tract, $500 month, Cabot. (501) 605-7767.


309 HILL St., Jacksonville, 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, remodeled kitchen, den/office, new windows, ceiling fans, window blinds, washer/dryer connections, carpet/vinyl floors, CHandA, double carport, approximately 1438 sq. ft., $90,000. (501) 951-5616.

2 BEDROOM, 1 bath mobile home located on private lake in Des Arc area. Has private boat ramp, $49,500. Call RPM Des Arc Realty, (870) 256-5223.


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

2 Bedroom Singlewide. Priced to sell FAST call 501-653-3202.