Wednesday, May 18, 2005

SPORTS>> Bad breaks, great plays sink Badger softball team

IN SHORT: Batesville tops Beebe 2-1 in AAAA state title game

Leader sports editor

As much as could go wrong for the Beebe Lady Badgers did go wrong Saturday in the fastpitch state championship game. Even with things going wrong, Beebe only lost 2-1 to conference rival Batesville, a team Beebe swept in conference play to earn the AAAAA-East championship. It was the lowest run total for the Lady Badgers all year, but they were only inches away from scoring several runs.

The Lady Pioneers did a lot of things well that led to Beebe’s bad day, and all Beebe coach Terry Flenor could do is congratulate them.

“It was just one of those games where we hit it hard, but either hit it right to someone, or they made great plays,” Flenor said. “We only had three strike out, so we were putting it in play, just not in the right spots I guess.”

Three plays were particularly big for Batesville. In the second inning while Beebe was rallying after Batesville scored both of their runs in the first, the Batesville centerfielder made a long run to track down a deep fly ball in the gap by Callie Mahoney.

In the fifth and seventh innings, the Batesville shortstop made identical plays, chasing down two bloopers that were too shallow for the left fielder, and making over-the-shoulder catches both times.

“They were outstanding catches,” Flenor said. “It was a game where I though both teams made most of the plays they had to make.”
Beebe got a rally going in the second inning and loaded the bases with one out before controversy arose. A sacrifice fly into centerfield scored Beebe’s only run, but Batesville appealed that the runner at third didn’t tag up. The home plate umpire said the runner at third tagged, but not the runner at second. He called her out, counted the run from third and the inning was over.

“He said he was watching third and second base,” Flenor, who had a discussion with both umpires about the call, said. “As hard as that is, for me anyway, to do, he said he did it and I’m not going to argue with that.”

Beebe got its leadoff hitter on base three more times in the game, but Batesville’s defense thwarted the rallies every time.

It was still a very successful season for a team that started four freshmen and played two others frequently. The Lady Badgers finished 30-5, and will lose only two seniors from this year’s club.

“I feel like it was just a general overall improvement,” Flenor said.

“We didn’t hit the ball well until after the Mount St. Mary’s tournament. After that I thought our hitting came around. The pitching and defense also got better. This is a better team now than when we started. There was a lot of improvement made.”

The two seniors are also two key players, but Flenor still feels good about next season.

“We’ll miss Heather Stroud because of her leadership she brought to this team,” Flenor said.

“She’s a great team player and a real vocal leader. Crystal Robinson is a four-year starter. She’s a great pitcher, a great hitter and you just can’t replace her. We feel like we’ve got some good players to step in and fill her role, but you can’t really replace a player like her.”

Sophomore Callie Mahoney, who split time with Robinson on the mound this year, will return as the staff ace as a junior next season.

Freshman Ashley Watkins will also see more varsity time on the mound. Watkins is tall and has much potential, according to Flenor.
“Her height gives her an advantage because of her release point. She’s very intelligent and learns very well. She’ll have to increase her velocity. Of course you always have to increase your arm speed, but we think just some mechanical adjustments will help her a lot with that.”

Emily Bass, Bailey Thomas, Brandi Burkhalter and Chelsea Sanders all started this year as freshmen and will return to the starting lineup next year. Mykia Cox is another freshman that started at times this season and will play a valuable role next year.

Lara Foreman will be the lone senior next season, while Sara Flenor returns behind the plate.

“We feel like we’ve got strong players coming back at every position next year,” Flenor said. “We’ve got some freshmen coming in that are going to try out. We don’t have a lot that have played fastpitch, but they’ve played a lot of slowpitch. We feel like they’ll bring in some solid defensive skills. If they can adjust to the faster pitch, then they’ll help out a lot.”

School consolidation could help the Lady Badgers next year as well.

“We’ve got McRae coming in. I haven’t really had the chance to see them play,” Flenor said. “I know they’ve got some experience. We’re looking forward to them coming out next year.”

SPORTS>> Bears battle back again

IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills comes from behind to win championship

Leader sports editor

In a game that featured almost everything imaginable, including a last-inning comeback, the Sylvan Hills Bears claimed their second state championship in three years Saturday night with an 8-5 victory over Jonesboro at the University of Arkansas.
Squeeze plays and home runs came in twos. There was a triple play, a pitch off a batters’ head, and even an appeal that the shot to the head was taken on purpose by the batter.

Nothing from the Bears-Hurricane matchup was left to be desired. And while Sylvan Hills faithful have grown accustomed to winning every year, no championship was sweeter than this one.

This Sylvan Hills team is nearly void, save two, of starters from either of the two previous state championship contenders the two years before. Those two teams were playing against class AAAA competition and were considered more talented than this team, which was playing in class AAAAA after the school moved up on the last cycle.

Everyone knew that Sylvan Hills would compete. It always does. But few gave this crop of Bears a second thought when considering contenders for a state championship.

That is, few outside the tight circle of Bears that make up the Sylvan Hills roster.

“I knew when we beat Bryant that we could beat Sylvan Hills,” Beard designated hitter Kody Sanders said. It was a thought almost unanimously echoed by every other player, but not head coach Denny Tipton.

“I was concerned about us getting past that emotional high of beating Bryant,” Tipton said. “You can’t beat Jonesboro if you don’t forget about Bryant, is what we told them all week.”

The Bears went to the plate in the top of the seventh inning trailing 5-4 and had the top three in the lineup coming up. Leadoff hitter Hayden reached on an error and two-hole hitter Chase Elder was hit in the head by a Jack McGrath curveball. Jonesboro appealed that Elder intentionally got in the way of the pitch, but the appeal was overruled and Elder took first base.

That brought up Brandon Eller. Eller was 3 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs and Jonesboro called timeout to discuss what to do with the senior shortstop.

Tipton called Miller and Elder over to third, where one of the most crucial decisions of the game was made, a decision that turned the tide in the game.

Tipton slipped the idea of a double steal, rather than bunt his hottest hitter. Miller assured Tipton that if he made the call, he could take third base.

“He told me he’d get it so I called it,” Tipton said. Miller, indeed, made it and Elder slid safely into second. Tipton pumped his fists and yelled encouragement at Eller, who now had to runners in scoring position.

“I really felt like that put Jonesboro on the ropes,” Tipton said. “I sort of knew we had ‘em at that point., even without having a hit yet.”
Jonesboro coach immediately decided not to pitch to Eller and intentionally walked him to get to first baseman Matt Presson. Presson was 0 for 3 at the time, but used the Jonesboro strategy as motivation for himself.

“I wasn’t surprised by it but I defiinitely was motivated by it,” Presson said. “Brandon was killing the ball, but I still tried to take it personally.”

Presson took the plate expecting a first-pitch curveball, and got it. He ripped it for an RBI single to right field to tie the game.

After Austin Gwatney hit into a fielder’s choice that got Elder thrown out, Shawn Bybee laid down a perfect bunt that scored Eller on a squeeze play to give the Bears the lead, and ultimately, the win, the team’s second state title in three years.

Brandon Eller, the only player to start on all three teams to advance to the state championshp game, and was Saturday’s MVP, said this one beat the others.

“This one was better because no one thought we were going to be any good this year,” Eller said. “It’s always more fun when you’re able to prove everybody wrong.”

Bybee summed it up more simply. “I just know it’s probably the greatest feeling I’ve ever had in my life.”

EDITORIAL>> More missions for air base

What a week this has been for Little Rock Air Force Base and the surrounding communities, which can breathe easier after the Pentagon’s announcement Friday that the base will remain open and welcome new missions while other military facilities are shutting down as part of the base realignment and closure review.

What a week indeed: As we waited for word on the latest round of military base closings, contractors on Tuesday began demolishing many of the aging homes on the base as part of a $100 million rebuilding program undertaken by a private firm that also holds a 50-year lease on new housing worth $400 million.

That kind of investment suggested that the base, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, was in no danger of closing any time soon. We were further reassured on Wednesday when, after months of pressure from congressional delegations, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld announced he would not cut the C-130J program after all as he had threatened months ago.

Had Rumsfeld not reversed course, the air base would have trained far fewer C-130J crews. With the Pentagon’s renewed commitment to the new transport planes, the military will acquire well over 100 new C-130Js, almost twice the number Rumsfeld had wanted, increasing the training mission at the base. But what the Pentagon gives, it can also take away: It was also announced Friday that the new planes previously assigned to LRAFB will go to Air National Guard units, including four to the 189th ANG, which is a tenant at the base, and three others to bases elsewhere.

The best news Friday morning was that we’ll acquire more missions from bases that are on the chopping block, including dozens more planes and nearly 4,000 additional personnel, increasing the total base population from 7,166 to 11,064, a 53 percent jump. This is a heartening development, good for the community and the nation.

Pentagon officials had hinted for months that not only was it unlikely that Little Rock Air Force Base would find itself on the list of bases recommended for closings, but it could expect more missions as other bases are phased out and their people and equipment given new homes right here at LRAFB.

Officials also hinted at the possibility of additional improvements on base, such as another runway to accommodate the growing traffic anticipated in the coming years.

The base continues to do well for several reasons: It is centrally located for fast deployment around the globe, from Aghanistan to Iraq, from Panama to Oman. The 314th Airlift Wing’s training mission on base enjoys unlimited open skies and a varied terrain to practice air drops.

In addition, a friendly community that is glad to have the base here and a vigilant congressional delegation, along with an active Little Rock Air Force Base Community Council and neighboring chambers of commerce, have all helped make LRAFB one of the premier bases in the nation.

As we have noted here many times, investments at the base during the 1990s reached well over $100 million, from squadron headquarters to new dormitories, from a new air traffic control tower to fiber optic telephone lines.

More recently, the base has installed a $40 million training center for C-130J crews with flight simulators, built a new physical fitness center and much more. Add to that the housing program, and we’re well on our way toward an economic investment that’s close to $200 million.

We cannot praise enough the work of the civilian groups that have lobbied over the years in behalf of the air base: Only last month, members of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and the Little Rock Air Force Base Community Council visited Pentagon officials, where they received word that more good things were in store for the base.

As pleased as we are with this week’s developments, we could hardly suppress a chuckle when we noticed Sen. Trent Lott’s home town of Pascagoula, Miss., will lose its naval station. Before he was deposed as the powerful majority leader, Lott tried to take from us all the C-130Js he could get his hands on. Now all he’s got left is a bridge they named after him in his home town.

Our state has done well under this latest round of base realignment and closings, with only the El Dorado Armed Forces Reserve Center and the Stone Army Reserve Center in Pine Bluff headed for the chopping block.

A Base Realignment and Closure Committee will take up the Pentagon’s recommendations, and when all the disappointed congressional delegations that are unhappy about losing their bases finally have had their say, the committee can then accept or reject the Pentagon’s list of closings and send it along to President Bush and Congress for their approval.

For us here, it’s a 50th anniversary present indeed.

EDITORIAL>> Transplanted with pride

Greg Gilliland had rich cause to celebrate this week, but only in degrees more than the rest of us. Gilliland, a social worker who lives at Hot Springs, was the first recipient of a liver transplant at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences campus.
UAMS is a world-class medical institution, a distinction hard-earned the past 25 years under the stewardship of the magnificent Harry Ward.

People come from all over the world to its cancer institute, and it is one of the premier institutions in several disciplines.

It has been doing organ transplants for 40 years, one of the first in the South. But Arkansas until this month was one of only two states that had no liver-transplant program. Now, Mississippi is the lone desert in this vital field.

Arkansas recruited Dr. Youmin Wu from Iowa, one of the leading practitioners in the field, to direct the organ-transplant program. The United Network Organ Sharing, a nonprofit organization that administers the nation’s organ procurement and transplantation network, certified the liver transplant program at UAMS early this month.

Two days after his surgery, Gilliland was wheeled into a conference room for a press conference about his breakthrough operation. He was grateful and hopeful, as are we all. Transplants are the only hope for people with end-stage liver diseases, and the exigencies of distant travel put Arkansans at considerably higher risk, even though about 100 of them are on liver waiting lists in other states.

Many die because there are not enough donors near enough. Dr. Wu said the team hoped to perform about 100 transplants a year.
Dr. Wu’s and UAMS’ accomplishment is both a ray of hope and a source of pride.

To them we say, thank you.

EDITORIAL>> Sen. Pryor in the breach

Our own Sen. Mark Pryor, a freshman and one of the least obtrusive ones at that, is taking the lead along with Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and a couple of maverick Republicans in trying to avoid the meltdown over a handful of President Bush’s nominees to appellate courts. We are sort of proud and we wish him godspeed. The country does not need and can hardly stand the stalemate that the nuclear option will clearly produce.

But we have one other reaction. Don’t waste your principles or your capital foolishly. Trying to find a middle ground between the White House and congressional Republican leadership on the one hand and his own party leadership on the other will not save the gentle Pryor from the savaging that will surely follow if the Republicans do not win 100 percent. Better at least to have your principles intact.

The Senate has confirmed more than 200 court appointments by Bush and the Democrats have blocked 10, seven of whom the president is putting up again. The president and the majority leader say it is unfair, unprecedented and maybe even unconstitutional that Democrats would use the filibuster to block a judicial nominee of the president.

But Republicans tried the filibuster, too, in an effort to block six nominees of Bill Clinton and they used other parliamentary maneuvers to prevent 69 Clinton judicial nominees from even receiving a hearing and a vote in committee. Altogether, more than 100 were denied seats on the bench. So the question is neither evenhandedness nor precedent.

Bush’s lone judicial nominee for Arkansas, although he had uttered the sort of extreme remarks about abortion and the subordinate role of women in the home and society that are supposed to be at the heart of this culture war over the courts, was confirmed handily last year.

The judge was endorsed by both Democratic senators from Arkansas, but his confirmation was blocked for more than a year not by Democrats but by a Republican senator who put a hold on his nomination because of his concern about the man’s strange beliefs. Pryor and Sen. Blanche Lincoln urged his confirmation because in his extensive litigation experience as a trial lawyer he impressed those on both sides with his fairness and adherence to established law.

President Bush’s immediate nominee, Priscilla Owen of Texas, whose confirmation will trigger the “nuclear option,” as they call it, carries no such credentials. Even her ultra-conservative colleagues on the Texas Supreme Court have criticized her for diverging from the precepts of established law to reach a philosophical end that she only shares with a few financial backers.

Do your best, Senator Pryor, to bring about some comity in the Senate and avoid the Armageddon that others seek, but do not surrender principle.

OBITUARIES>> May 18, 2005

Donald M. Burt, 71 of Jacksonville died May 16 in Jacksonville. He was born Nov. 15, 1933 in Spickard, Mo., to the late Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Burt.

He retired from the U.S. Air Force and Ashland Chemicals. He lived in the Jacksonville area for 35 years and attended the Methodist Church. He was a life time member of the V.F.W., Jacksonville Post # 4548. He is survived by his wife, Rose Mary Gregory Burt of 44 years; daughter, Donna Majeske and her husband Michael of Jacksonville; son, Charles Riggan and his wife Brenda of Ward; sister, Frances DeForge of Nebraska; brothers, Richard Burt of Nebraska and Charles Burt of California; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m., Thursday at Arkansas State Veteran’s Cemetery, North Little Rock. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

Doris Rodgers Johnson, 74, of Jacksonville passed away May 3 at The Victoria Care Center in Ventura, Calif., where she received loving care in the last months of her life. She was born in Des Arc on June 6, 1930. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, David Leslie Johnson.

Survivors include her son, David Johnson of West Union, S.C. and a sister, Alice Isgrig of Little Rock.

A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, where Johnson was a member, on Saturday, May 21 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to The First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, 1208 West Main St., Jacksonville, AR 72206 or The Arthritis Foundation. Johnson was entrusted to the care of Joseph Reardon Funeral Home in Ventura, Calif.

Lloyd James Darnall, 86 of Lonoke, died May 16 at his home. Darnall was born June 26, 1918 in Waco, Nebraska to the late Walter G. and Mary Rose Darnall. He retired from the United States Army in 1962 after 22 years of service, and was a World War II and Korean conflict veteran. He was a member of Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church. After his military career he was a real estate agent, a rock mason and cabinet maker as well as a livestock farmer. His wife Virginia Darnall preceded him in death. He is survived by the church family at Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Thursday at Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Freddy Cook officiating. Interment will follow in Butlerville Cemetery in Butlerville.

Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday at Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.

Myra Nell Campbell, 73, of Tallahassee, Florida died May 12, at her daughter’s home in Pompano Beach following a courageous battle against lung cancer. Born in Beebe, she moved to Tallahassee in 1990 from Fort Smith.

Myra attended college at Arkansas State University in Beebe. Her career spanned such versatile occupations as investigator for the Florida Department of Condominiums and Land Sales to several posts in the medical support professions.

She was an active leader and member of many charitable and service organizations extending throughout Arkansas and in Tallahassee. In past years, she served as president of the Retired Military Auxiliary in Fort Smith, and as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. Myra also had a passion for growing living things, and wherever life took her she gardened, indoors and out. An accomplished seamstress, she quilted, both for family and charities, sewed and created clothing designs and interior decor.

She is survived by her beloved companion, Peter C. Pulrang of Tallahassee, FL; her daughter, Carla L. Coleman of Pompano Beach, FL; three sons, Charles E. Campbell, Jr. of Newport, AR; Mark S. Campbell of Little Rock, AR; and Phillip D. Campbell of Panama City, FL and five grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, James R. White of Little Rock, AR; her sister, Aleen Mash of Beebe, AR.

Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Friday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe, with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Westbrook Funeral Home and she will be interred at the Antioch Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her memory to Hospice Care of Southeast Florida, 309 SE 18th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.

Nancy Lou Rohr, 77, of Cabot, died May 6 at Rebsamen Medical Center in Jacksonville. She was born March 7, 1928 in St. Louis to the late William and Lyla Ketterer Dillman. Rohr was a Lutheran and a retired vice president of Security Pacific National Bank. She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Robert Rohr Sr., three brothers; Roger, Martin and Al Dillman and one sister, Rose Carr.

Survivors include one son; Charles Rohr and his wife Rochelle of Cabot, one daughter, Kellye Rohr and her husband Leonard Ratican of Cabot, a sister; Mary Hayes of Lakewood, Calif., six grandchildren, Charles Derek Rohr, Rachel Kayla Rohr, Sonya Jeanette Rohr, Madison Mae Rohr, Steven Donald Rohr and Michael Anthony Ratican, all of Cabot. Private services under the direction of Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.

Forest Bedford Balding, Jr., 69, of Floyd was born Nov. 1, 1935, to Forest Bedford Balding, Sr., and Alice Ruby Gray Balding in Ward and died May 14.

Bedford was a chemistry, physics, and mathematics teacher at Cotton Plant High School in Cotton Plant. He retired from the United States Army where he served around the world. He then retired from the Arkansas State Health Department.

He leaves behind the love of his life, Rose Balding and his sons, Harvey and wife Cecile and Forest and wife Jeannie. He also leaves behind his most valued possessions, three beautiful grandchildren: Krystal, Nathan, and Forest. Bedford is also survived by his sister, Alice Kirkland and husband Leroy and aunts, Carolyn and husband Maurice Jackson and Maysel Tucker. Bedford was preceded in death by his parents and a beloved son, Teil Hobin Balding.

Funeral service were held Tuesday at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe with burial in Sylvania Cemetery. Pallbearers are Jay Sisk, Leroy Kirkland, Roy Kirkland, Dennis Kirkland, Jason Rogers and Zac Kirkland.

J. C. Pruitt, 88, of Beebe, died May 14. He was a retired farmer and construction worker. He is survived by his wife, Lillian Pruitt; four sons, Bartis Pruitt and wife Ellen of Little Rock, Dewey Pruitt and wife Barbara of Cabot, Charles Pruitt and wife Jane, and Ronnie Pruitt, all of Beebe; two daughters, Jean Mulholland and husband Walt of Fort Worth, Texas, and Sheila Bullock of Beebe; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday at Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Antioch Cemetery.

Luther David Rhodes, Sr., 79, of Lonoke passed away on May 13.

He was preceded in death by his wife Katie Rhodes and grandson Chad Rhodes. Survivors include his children Luther and Charles Rhodes, Joyce Rhodes all of Lonoke, Kay Anderson of Michigan; Loyce Brand of North Little Rock; and Martha Barnhart of Carlisle; brother Thomas Joseph Rhodes Jr., of Mayflower; sisters Lorene Caton of Lonoke and Elizabeth Rhodes of Scott, 18 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild. Funeral services were held Tuesday in Boyd Funeral Home Chapel in Lonoke, with interment in Hicks Cemetery.

TOP STORY>> Sewer rates could double without vote

Leader staff writer

Cabot voters won’t get an opportunity to choose between using an existing one-cent sales tax and possibly doubling their sewer rates to pay for a $17 million sewer treatment plant.

The council split 4-4 over sending the sales-tax proposal to city voters Monday night and Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh, who opposes using a sales tax for utilities, declined to break the tie.

Voting for sending the tax to voters were Aldermen Tom Armstrong, Bob Duke, Odis Waymack and James Glenn. Voting against were Aldermen David Polantz, Eddie Cook, Patrick Hutton and Jerry Stephens.

Without a sales tax, sewer rates will rise dramatically to pay for the treatment plant. J.M. Park. chairman of the Cabot Public Utilities Commission, which is being phased out, said after the meeting, “There will be a rate increase on the horizon, but I can’t predict the end result.”

“We are starting from ground zero,” he told the Leader. “We have some of the lowest rates in Arkansas.”

He said the commission will recommend three ways to generate revenue, perhaps a combination of a rate increase and a surtax, but it will try to lesses the impact on lower-income residents. The city council will decide what to charge.

Except for Stephens, who has said he opposes the tax because he fears a large tax would send shoppers elsewhere, the aldermen who voted against letting voters choose between the tax and higher sewer rates say the tax is the only large revenue source available for improvement projects in Cabot.

“It’s future planning for Cabot,” said Cook, who, like Stephens, is new to the council.

Cook serves on the budget committee. He says he knows the budget well and he is unwilling to tie up the only money likely to be available for street improvements.

“We can’t wait for a new Wal-Mart or Home Depot to open,” Cook said. “We haven’t overlaid the streets in years.”

Extending the sales tax to pay for a new plant was the first choice of the seven-member Cabot Public Utilities Commission, but that commission no longer exists. It was repealed Monday by a unanimous vote of the city council and will be replaced with a five-member Water and Wastewater Commission.

The public utilitiescommission was created in November 2-1 by city voters, but it lacked authority because of a council ordinance requiring a plan for assuming control before the city would relinquish control.

But even if the plan was in place, the commission would still answer to the council on money matters. The new, improved commission will be autonomous. It will control money, equipment and personnel in the water and sewer departments when it takes over running those departments Jan. 1.

But for now, the old commission doesn’t exist and the new one exists in name only. It has no commissioners.

The members of the Public Utilities Commission were appointed by the city council, but the mayor will appoint the members of the Water and Wastewater Commission.

He said Monday night that he would consider reappointing the old members to the new commission. But Tuesday morning, he said some wouldn’t make the cut.

“I didn’t sleep until about 2:30 thinking about who I will appoint,” Stumbaugh said. I think there are four (from the old commission.)”
Before abolishing the utilities commission, the council considered two ordinances creating a water and wastewater commission. They were identical except for the dates the commission would take over.

Waymack was the primary sponsor of the ordinance that was not passed that would have set a June takeover date. He told the council that without an early starting date, the commission would be powerless. After seeing that his ordinance had little support and at the request of the mayor, Waymack withdrew it.

Duke, the senior member of the council with almost 30 years of service, was the primary sponsor of the ordinance that passed. But speaking for the Jan. 1 effective date was J.M. Park, chairman of the utilities commission, and former president of the Bank of Cabot (Community Bank).

“I hesitate to say there’s a consensus,” Park told the council about the wishes of the commission. “I personally favor the Jan. 1 date. I just don’t feel like we can fly on our own.”

Park said the commission has been bogged down with the details of trying to build a new sewer plant to replace the one that is out of compliance with state and federal standards. Once a funding source is in place, possibly higher sewer rates, the commission will be able to “sort out the details” of taking over running water and sewer, he said.

But perhaps the deciding factor for many on the council was the possibility of losing Park who told the council, “I think I would request that I not be considered for appointment if we’re going to do it now.”

The driving force behind the commission’s concentration on the sewer treatment plant is an order from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality that the city bring the plant into compliance with standards by June 15.

No one involved with the plant, including the plant manager and Jim Towe, head of public works, believes it will be.

Towe has told the old commission that ADEQ will not say how much the fine for non-compliance will be, but it could be between $7,000 and $10,000.

A surprise visit on Monday from an inspector with the federal Environmental Protection Agency, added emphasis to the need for a new plant, Towe said.

Towe said visits from EPA inspectors are never scheduled by the city and when they show up, they look at the plant and the plant records. Inspector David Long didn’t like what he saw.

At the mayor’s request, he quoted Long’s assessment of the plant for the city council.

“He has seen pig farms that look better than our sewer treatment plant,” Towe said.

TOP STORY>> Library vote on agenda for city

IN SHORT: Jacksonville could decide on approving a millage election for new facility

Leader staff writer

The Jacksonville City Council will consider an ordinance at Thursday night’s regular monthly meeting to hold a special election to pass a one-mill tax increase to fund up to a $2.5 million bond for a new library.

The ordinance calls for a special election to be held on Tuesday, July 5, and a positive vote from registered voters would generate about $165,000 per year to fund land purchase, equipping the land, and constructing a new library building.

“That’s building a good library and one you can expand on,” said Nixon Branch Librarian Kate McKinney. “That’s gonna be a good solid library that’s gonna last.”

“It can be a landmark to Jacksonville, and it can be a pretty thing — just magnificent,” said Mark Wilson, the Jacksonville representative for Central Arkansas Library System.

The proposed ordinance is a result of 174 signatures that were turned in on a petition that began circulating after the public library hearing held on May 2 at the Esther D. Nixon Library to discuss expanding the current building or constructing a new building. Only 100 signatures were needed, and McKinney said a page of about 30 more was left off when the petition was turned in to the city.
Officials pushed for a new library building during the meeting, saying it could be a centerpiece for city and that it could be the first CALS library built with wireless Internet capabilities.

Representatives of the Witsell, Evans and Rasco architecture firm in Little Rock argued constructing a new building would cost about as much money as expanding the current building.

“Band-Aids aren’t the way to go,” McKinney said. “This would be an incredibly expensive Band-Aid.”

Contributing cost factors for expansion included removing asbestos materials, adding insulation, limited expansion room, and relocating the library for the duration of construction.

Bobby Roberts, director of the Central Arkansas Library System, said the current library building would also need overall aesthetic changes like new lighting, flooring, and wall covering.

“We’re looking at a space that’s too small and a building that can’t really be modified very cost-effectively,” Wilson said.
The library was formed in city hall in 1959 with Esther Dewitt Nixon serving as librarian.

The current building was created in 1969 with 9,265 square feet and was renamed the Esther D. Nixon Library in 1992.
“We probably didn’t have a spectacular amount of money for the building at that time and it’s served its purpose,” Wilson said.

The average CALS library building, excluding the Nixon Library, is five years old and about 14,000 square feet.
In other business, the council will consider:

– appointing Pat Griggs to fill the unexpired term of Bill Gwatney on the hospital board.
– reappointing Bart Gray, Jr., to the advertising and promotions commission.
– an ordinance to reclassify two acres of land on Valentine Road from R-0 to R-3.
– and a final plat for Forest Oaks phase II.

TOP STORY>> Students expelled for hit list in Cabot

IN SHORT: Eight pupils get year-long expulsions that could be appealed this summer, but others can’t return for a year.

Leader staff writer

The Cabot School Board decided during its regular board meeting last night to expel the 10 students involved with making three hit lists in the last month.

The board’s action follows Lonoke County Prosecutor Lona McCastlain’s decision to prosecute the five students involved with creating the first two hit lists.

The board expelled eight students for a year with early review, which means those students can go to early review with administrators during the summer and petition to be allowed into the district’s alternative school. That would allow them to return to their regular schools by next January.

Two students were expelled for violating board policy of terroristic threatening and were expelled for a year without early review.
All of the expelled students will receive no credit for the 2005 school year.

The first hit list was written by four male students at Cabot Junior High North and was found in a backpack that was left on a bus on April 29.

It contained the names of 15 male students suspected of turning in two brothers for having prescription drugs on campus.

It had “hit list” written across the top and “GMB” written on the side. School resource officer Larry Thompson said “GMB” stands for “Gang Members’ Blood,” but police have found no gang affiliation.

The second list was found later that day in the girls’ bathroom.

Police said it was meant as a joke because no females were on the first list.

It also had “hit list” written across the top.

“I’ll write more people down later,” was written at the end of the list.

The students who wrote the third list turned it in at Cabot Middle School North on May 6.

They were caught when principal Renee Calhoon compared the handwriting on the list to the writing on their school assignments.
The students were suspended after admitting to making the hit list as copycat list from the Cabot Junior High North incidents.

No charges have been filed in connection with the third hit because McCastlain has not yet received the case file.

TOP STORY: Mega Base

IN SHORT: The Pentagon recommends making Little Rock Air Force Base the center for C-130s that are stationed in the U.S., assigning more than 120 planes here and turning LRAFB into a mega-base with over 11,000 people.

Leader staff writer

Local officials are exuberant about Little Rock Air Force Base’s net gain of 3,898 jobs and about 50 C-130s, proposed by the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, but it’s bad news for some bases elsewhere, including Niagara Air Force Base in New York, the state Sen. Hillary Clinton represents.

The concentration of about 116 C-130s and four C-130Js at Little Rock Air Force Base—in “tornado alley,” New Yorkers claim—constitutes an unacceptable risk, according to Clinton and others hoping to save the Niagara base and its eight C-130s.

Clinton called LRAFB “a fine base … but to put all our eggs in one basket makes no sense,” she told the Buffalo News.

Arkansas ranked as the state with the fifth-highest tornado prevalence between 1950 and 1998, according to the paper.
“There are a lot of reasons why we think this decision is contrary to military merit,” Clinton said.

While the BRAC recommendations earmarked 33 major installations for mothballs, the workforce increase from 7,166 to 11,064 at the base at Jacksonville would be the ninth largest recommended.

The nine-member BRAC commission now has four months to consider the recommendations, during which time it will travel and hold hearings, according to Cong. Vic Snyder, D-Little Rock.

It would take only five votes for the commission to overturn a “closure” recommendation, but seven votes to put a new base or installation on the closure list.

Bases in Schenectady, Ohio, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Nevada all would lose C-130s to Little Rock AFB under the Defense Department recommendation.


“Little Rock grows to become the single major active duty C-130 unit, streamlining maintenance and operations of this aging weapons system,” according to the recommendation.

“This consolidation presents opportunities for efficiency in maintaining an aging aircraft fleet,” according to the Defense Department. “Little Rock will become a single location for CONUS active duty C-130 force structure.

“I have great respect and affection for Senator Clinton,” said Snyder.

“I appreciate her zealous advocacy on behalf of the wonderful people working at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Center. But for 50 years Little Rock Air Force Base has consistently demonstrated its su-perior military value to our national security in all kinds of weather.

“LRAFB is known throughout the Air Force for the great job done in accomplishing the C-130 mission,” the congressman said.

A tornado hasn’t touched down at the base since 1975, according to Lt. Jon Quinlan, a base spokesman.

Since 1956, the base has averaged about 65 thunderstorm days a year, when landings and takeoffs could have been delayed, he said. Last year there were only 44 thunderstorm warnings, and 17 so far this year.

While the addition of planes and personnel to the base won’t be official until after the BRAC commission, the president and the Congress all act, base officials have pored over the 1,000-page document released Friday by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to get a sense of what the Defense De-partment intends for the base.

“We’ve been trying to figure out what that means,” said Quinlan. “A lot of things are itemized but won’t be decided until the commission sends a team here.”


“Details about C-130J training are unclear,” he added. “We think maybe the Pentagon wants us to work more hand-in-hand with the (Arkansas National Guard) 189th Airlift Wing on C-130J training.”

While the active base will receive a net gain of about 50 C-130s, the seven newer C-130Js originally slated for the base all are headed to Guard or Reserve bases, according to the BRAC report. Four of the seven will go to the 189th, which is located on Little Rock Air Force Base.

Would the increase in the number of C-130s require an additional runway?

“We’ll know more after the commission visits,” said Quinlan.

If, as seems apparent, the base is going to be the continental U.S. C-130 hub, will the command of either the Air Mobility Command or the Air Education and Training Wing be transferred to LRAFB?

“These proposed changes can only enhance the importance of the base,” said Snyder.

“At this point, we just don’t know,” said Quinlan.

“There could and probably would be some changes. We support whatever the Department of Defense recommends and the president signs,” he added.

Implementation of all BRAC changes must begin within two years of the final decision and must be completed within six years of the decision, Quinlan said. That would include any new runways, hangars or other buildings.


Creation of 3,898 new jobs at the base could increase enrollment at local schools and, according to Richard Magee, assistant director of Metroplan, could induce officials to four-lane state Hwy. 107 all the way north to the base’s back gate sooner. “I would guess it would push the priority…up in our minds.”

Right now, the 1.5-mile, two-lane stretch of highway between the back gate and Bayou Meto Elementary School averages about 7,600 vehicle trips a day, almost enough to qualify for a four-lane road, according to Randy Ort, spokesman for the state Highway and Transportation Department. “Seven thousand, six hundred is right at the threshold,” he said.

Current plans call for four-laning state Highway 107 from Bear Paw Lane through Gravel Ridge, with the stretch between Gravel Ridge and Bayou Meto sometime after that.

Quinlan said adding 4,000 more people on base would bound to increase traffic not only at the front Vandenberg gate, but also the back gate, whihc is more convenient for many commuters from North Little Rock or Little Rock.

The proposed increase in manpower and air craft “validates what we at Little Rock Air Force Base believe we do best,” said Quinlan. “Training.”

“With the base celebrating 50 years, we really appreciate the contributions that the central Arkan-sas communities have given the base,” the spokesman added.

This is the fifth round of base closings, the most recent in 1995.


Only eight other bases received higher net gains in personnel than Little Rock. They were, listed by size of increase:

-- Fort Belvoir, Va., 11,858
-- Fort Bliss, Texas 11,501
-- Fort Benning, Ga. 9,839
-- Fort Sam Houston, Texas. 9,364
-- Fort Lee, Va. 7,344
-- Fort Meade, Md. 5,361
-- Fort Carson, Colo. 4,377
-- Fort Bragg, N. C., 4,325

CLASSIFIEDS>> May 18, 2005


THE LEADER'S CLASSIFIED DEPARTMENT will take ads by phone from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday 982-9421, or you may mail your ad to The Leader Classifieds, P.O. Box 766, Jacksonville AR, 72078. Deadline to advertise in Wednesday issu e is 5pm Friday: and 5 p.m. Thursday for the Weekend issue.

CABOT HIGH SCHOOL Class of 1990 - 15 year Reunion, July 23, 2005. Please contact Kurt Goodman at 501-765-1056 or 501-843-6123. Or contact Raeann Waymack at 501-941-2501. 5/18
Pathfinder, Inc. wi ll hold its monthly Board meeeting Thursday, May 26,11:30 a.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Administration & Treatment Center, 2520 W. Main St., Jacksonville, Ar. 5/19


ODDS AND ENDS HANDYMAN SERVICE All kinds of house repairs. Free estimates. No service charge, fully insured. Call 501-606-1048 or 501-240-7061.

WILL DO HOUSECLEANING in Jax., and Sherwood areas. 20 yrs. experience, reasonable rates. References. Call Debbie at 501-985-1455. 5/21

IN-HOME CHILDCARE flexible hours, meals, dependable with over 35 years exp. Jacksonville 501-985-3678. 5/25

PROFESSIONAL TREE SERVICE pruning, topping, removal. Call James Arnette 501-960-0926. 6/29

HOUSECLEANING Great rates, free estimates. Commercial and residential. Call Wanda at 501-416-7307. 5/18


carport sale: Mostly RV stuff, smoker & BBQ grill. 1500 Sycamore Lane, Jacksonville, Wednesday, May 18, 9 am.

indoor yard sale: Sat., May 21st & Sat., May 28th, 7 am. 1814 Maddox Rd, Jacksonville.
2 family yard sale: May 21st, 7 am. First ya rd sale in 10 years. 1517 Elaine Dr., Jacksonville.

YARD SALE: 609 North Grant, Cabot. May 20th and 21st. Adult clothes, books, shoes, jewelry, furniture, lots more. Come see!

2 family sale: May 20 & 21. Cleaned out attic! Girls beautiful sig. series bedroom furniture, antique furniture, glassware, lamps, bedding, antique & contemporary home decor. 106 N. Windwood Heights, Cabot

yard sale: 425 Valley Creek Dr., Cabot. Sat., May 21st, 8 am - ? Antique table & chairs, exercise bike, truck bed shell, l ots of misc. items.

yard sale: 985 Pickthorne, Cabot, off Kerr Station. Sat., May 21st, 8 am - ? Furniture, home decor, bedding, dishes and lots more!
estate sale: 5610 Jim Hall Rd., May 27 & 28, 8 am - 5 pm. Call 834-8525 for more info.

2 family garage sale: Sat., May 21st ONLY. 85 Southwood Dr., Roayl Oaks addition off Mt. Tabor Rd. Dryer, chest, kids & adults clothes, toys. 7 am - ?

Rummage sale: Sponsored by Faith Support Group, Faith Missionary Baptist Church, 401 Bill Foster Hwy., Cabot. Friday, May 20th, 7:30 am - ?
garage sale: Saturday, May 21st, 8 am - 1 pm. 160 Oliver Lane, Cabot, off S89.

yard sale: 1111 N. Myrtle, Cabot. Behind McDonald’s. Fri. & Sat., May 20 & 21. Lots of baby items.

yard sale: May 21st, 7 am - ? Furniture & misc. items. 1803 Kamak, Beebe.

YARD SALE: 36 Kristy Lane, Cabot. May 20th and 21st. Adult clothes, books, shoes, jewelry, furniture, lots more. Come see! Take 89 North, right onto Douglas, left onto Deercreek, right onto Kristy Lane.

yard sale: Women’s plus size clothing, kids clothing, photograph equipment, craft making items, Little Tykes furniture, household items, small appliances. Fri., May 20th & Sat., May 21st, 7 am - 3 pm. 312 N. Jeff Davis St., Jacksonville.

moving sale: Lots of clothes, toys, furn., misc. 44 Country Village Circle, Cabot. Fri. & Sat.
trailer park wid yard sale: Fri. & Sat., May 20 & 21, 8 am - 2 pm. No early sales, Corner Hwy. 89 & Hwy. 5, follow signs.

moving sale: Furniture, knick knacks, chairs, desk, TV, green colored picture, previous owner, Madre Hill. Other good stuff. 4208 Maddox Rd., Jacksonville. May 19 - 27.

ESTATE SALE: 9015 W. Republican Rod., Jax., 19th, 20th, 21st, 8 am til? North of Gravel Ridge, Macon area west off Hwy. 107. Appliances, furniture, kitchen ware, curtains, hw heater, circulating gas stove, gas space heater, carpet paneling, windows, DirectTV satellite system, lots of knic knacs, everything goes. 5/18


JACKSONVILLE-AREA, PT OR FT, Legal assistant in a busy law office, Microsoft Word skills necesssary. Fax resume to 501-982-9414.

LEVY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH is seeking a qualified part time music director, 10 hours per week, on average, $10,560 annual salary. Send resume to: Levy UMC, 701 West 47th St., No rth Little Rock, AR. 72118. 501-753-6041 or fax 501-758-4644. email: 5/18

EXPERIENCED PHONE COLLECTOR for attorney’s office. 35 hrs. per week, hours will vary. $10 per hour plus commission. Fax resume to 501-882-9901.5/25

LOCAL T RASH SERVICE at Cabot needs driver with a Class B CDL. Monday-Friday. 501-843-5551 or 888-711-0145. 5/18

CARPENTER/SUB CONTRACTOR needed for small construction company. Must have remodeling experience, a dependable vehicle, hand tools and verifiable refe rences. Most work will be in Cabot/Jacksonville/NLR/Lonoke areas. Call Mr. Honey Do. 501-676-5010. 5/25

SMALL CONSTRUCTION company needs a clean cut, hard working energetic person in a laborer position. Applicant MUST have a contact phone, valid drivers license and dependable transportation to and from work. Starting pay $8 to $9 per hour depending on experience, attitude and desire to work. Hard work and heavy lifting required. Working conditions are mostly outside, hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Will train the right person.Call Mr. Honey Do, 501-676-5010. 5/25

KIDDIELAND NAZARENE DAYCARE in jax is looking for a mature dependable teacher. A person who loves children and is willing to work flexible hours. For more information, contact Wanda or Carol Riddle. 982-5271.

2 COSMOTOLOGISTS needed, booth rental, Jax. 985-1879 or 843-2909. 5/28


LAB/XRAY person needed for busy Family Practice Clinic. Please fax resume to Carmen at 501-843-5700.

PT SALES custo mer service position in busy office, comp. experience required, fax resume to 501-882-2880.

DEPENDABLE CHILDCARE in my Cabot home. Child must be potty trained. $100/week. Have references, meals and snacks provided. After school care available. Call Sama ntha at 501-516-5012.

janitorial! Dow Building Services has several part-time (5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Mon thru Fri) postitions available in the Cabot area. Top pay and medical insurance. Background check will be required. Call 1-800-791-2902, for appointmen t. Mon - Fri: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

HVAC INSTALLER - Full time position with benefits installing split system A/C in mobile homes. Knowledge and ability to do service on mobile homes a plus. Apply in person A&R Mobile Home Supply or call 501-982-9351. 5/18

JACKSONVILLE-MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR for rental property. Plumbing, electrical, carpentry required. Must have driver’s license. Pay Depends on experience. 40 hours. 870-935-2153 or 870-974-2810. 5/18

CHILD DEVELOPMENT center looking for loveing caregive rs who will promote a learning environment for young children. If you are a team player, hardworker, patient, loveing, dependable and enjoy working with children in a fun environment, please call 501-985-2715. Immediate full time position available.

CHI LD DEVELOPMENT center looking for loveing caregivers who will promote a learning environment for young children. If you are a team player, hardworker, patient, loveing, dependable and enjoy working with children in a fun environment, please call 501-605-9228. Immediate full time position available.

LAWN CARE/ASSISTANT CREW LEADER Dow Building Services has an opening for a Lawn Care/Assistant Crew Leader with experience in mowing, edging and weedeating. Some weekend work required. Must have good driving record. Background check required. We offer medical insurance, vacation, sick leave, and retirement plan. Apply at 4320 E. 43rd, NLR. Mon-Fri 10:am-6:00 pm.

janitorial! Dow Building Services has several part-time (evening hours ) postitions available in the Little Rock area. Top pay and medical insurance. Background check will be required. Apply at 4320 E. 43rd, NLR. Mon-Fri 10:am-6:00 pm.

janitorial! Dow Full -time postitions (evening hours ) available in the Conway area. Top pay and medical insuranc e. Background check will be required. Dow Building Services Call 1-800-791-2902 or 501-791-2900. Mon-Fri 10:00 AM 6 PM.
janitorial! Several part-time postitions (after 5:00 PM) in the Conway, Vilonia, Jacksonville and Carlisle areas. Top pay and medical insurance. Background check will be required. Dow Building Services Call 1-800-791-2902 or 501-791-2900. Mon-Fri 10:00 AM 6 PM.

janitorial FLOORmAN Dow Building Services has immediate openings for floormen experienced in stripping, waxing, & buffing. Company truck and equipment provided. Full time evenings. Health insurance and vacation. Must have a valid driver’s license. Background check will be required. Apply at 4320 E. 43rd, NLR. Mon-Fri 10:am-6:00 pm.

27 year old man with cerebral palsy is lo okoing for supportive living companion for alternating weekends. Schedule is 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Pay starts at $8 hour. Call Terrell Wade (Toll Free) at Easter Seals at 877-533-3600, extension 3689. EOE.


for sale: Couch, loveseat, occassional chair and ottoman, brtown w/animal print. $200. Call 988-2903. 5/25

for sale: 7 ft. tan couch, exc. shape, $150 OBO. Free refrigerator. LaZ-Boy recliner, $75 OBO. U-load, U-haul! Call 501-749-7478. 5/25

for sale: White metal daybed w/mattress, $50.

Light colored dresser w/mirror and night stand, $60. Call 952-8618. 5/25

Dining room table w/3 chairs & bench, light colored solid wood, $175. Call 985-7686. 5/25

dresser: 9 drawers, w/mirror and matching chest, solid wood, good cond., $150. Cal l 843-5980. 5/25

for sale: Long glass top coffee table, $40. 882-3171. 5/25

for sale: Jenny Linde crib and mattress, $70.

Changing table, $30; toddler carseat, $25;

stroller, $25; swing, $20. 605-2157. 5/25

for sale: LaZ-Boy sofa, burgundy, green and cream stripes, fair cond. $50. Coors double pool table light, $50. Call 676-5994. 5/25

for sale: 2 blue swivel rockers, 1 matching ottoman, $150. 1 blue tone Bassett loveseat, $150. Call 843-5518. 5/25

for sale: King size mattress and box spring and fr ame, $150. Call 259-8740 or 882-2287. 5/25

for sale: Oak roll top computer desk, bookshelves, entertainment center, good cond. Call 749-2047. 5/25

washer: Whirlpool heavy duty, almond, works good, looks good, $75. Call 676-5220. 5/25

for sale: Posture Perfect twin size mattress and box spring, new, $85. Call 982-1097. 5/25

bedroom suite: 5 pc. set, exc. cond., oak color, $400. Call 501-407-0815. 5/25

for sale: Matching sofa and loveseat, earth tones, $175; microwave stand, $15; exc. cond. Call 843-2 177 after 4:30. Call 843-2177. 5/25

dining table: 1920’s Duncan Phife, no chairs, $125. Call 941-5951. 5/25

for sale: Coffee table w/matching end tables, matching love seat & couch, entertainment center, kitchen table, few more items. Call 259-1055. 5/2 5

FULL SIZE MATTRESS in good condition, $60, 501-944-0031. 5/18

QUEEN SIZE four poster bed and dresser, dark wood, good condition, $300; pool table, needs recovering, still good to play on with accessories, $65 501-676-5994. 5/21

FREE COMPUTER desk, in fair shape, Furlow area, 501-676-3620. 5/18

KENMORE HEAVY DUTY dryer, white, works very good, looks very good, $75. 676-5220. 5/18

FOR SALE!! brown couch $30, 2-2tiered display shelves perfect for shop or flea market booth $20ea OBO call 541-1360 or 541-2120. 5/18

UPRIGHT DEEP FREEZE, excellent condition, $175, 501-983-1445. 5/18

ELECTRIC DRYER for sale, $10, very good condition, Beebe. 501-882-2420. 5/18

MATCHING SOFA AND LOVESEAT, 3 odd tables, Gravel Ridge area, 834-8951 or 912-9119. 5/18

Queen Sealy Mattress and boxspring and frame! only $75! 501-843-6705. 5/21

SOLID OAK pedestal dining table wiht leaf and 4 chairs, $150. 843-2155. 5/18

COUCH FOR SALE, beige and brown stripes with 4 Aztec pillows, $150, must sell, moving. 985-3533. 5/18

Pool Table slate black felt Brunswick and all accessories $500 Budweiser Pool Table Light $200 Miller Neon $150. 501 605 8889. 5/21

WHIRLPOOL DRYER, white, electric, good condition, $100. 501-230-4477. 5/18

WASHER FOR SALE, $100, very good condition, Beebe. 501-882-2420. 5/18

COUCH, great condition, $45. 241-0238. 5/18

King Size headboard ,solid wood,honey oak color only $50 501-256-2290. 5/18

Dining Room Table Set; Pennsylvania House; Server buffet, 6 chairs, solid oak $750 Cabot 501-843-6705. 5/14 5/18

FROST FREE refrigerator with ice-maker in excellent condition, $175, queen size sofa bed, like new, $175. Call 501-676-5595 after 5 p.m. Cash only. 5/18

Full & 1 twin size red metal bunkbed with full size matteress & bunky board. Good shape. $130. Call 843-3326. 5/18

SERTA perfect sleeper, queen sized mattress set with frame and dark wood head/foot board, $100. 501-988-2831. 5/18

FOR SALE: Kenmore dryer, almond, good working condition, looks nice, $75. 676-5220. 5/18

KING-SIZED WATERBED, 4-post, 6 drawers underneath, cherry oak, excellent condition, $300 OBO. 350-1735. 5/18

LIVING ROOM SET, $250; 30 inch TV, $100; dresser, $75; king-sized mattress set, $75; 416-6023 or 941-5807. 5/18

Desk - sturdy, solid wood. Great for homework/computer. Thre e drawers each side, one center drawer. Needs TLC but must see to appreciate. $25. Leave message day or night 843-1145. 5/25

LAZY BOY recliner, blue, $10, good shape, 501-843-7494. 5/18

QUEEN Sleeper sofa - We moved and have no room for it. Blue and cr eam with matching pillows. Flexsteel - almost new. $350. 843-0970. 5/18

DINING ROOM table and 5 chairs, $75. Tall entertainment center, $40. 501-743-9198. 5/25

SLEEPER SOFA, burgundy and cream, like new, $225; Hunter green recliner, $125. 501-941-1924. 5/18

NEW OAK entertainment center, for big screen, fits 61” and under, color is dark walnut, $375. Eddie, at 501-951-3698. 5/18

DINETTE WHITE with natural wood, 36”x58”, 4 chairs, good condition. $75. 501-941-0273, Cabot. 5/18

1979 DESIGNER fabric sofa. blue, burgundy and gold. Skirted, 3-pillowed back. $200. 985-2718. 5/18

OVERSTUFFED CHAIR and ottoman, rolled arms, plaid, corded fabric, blue and green. $75. 5/18

sofa & loveseat almost new, $675 OBO. 982-7087 or 231-4723. 5/18

cherry wood dress er, solid wood, 9 drawers w/mirror, excel. cond. $175. 941-1055. 5/18

trundle bed with twin pull-out. Both mattresses in exce. cond. Converts into king-sized bed. solid wood fram, painted brown, very sturdy, $200. 941-1055. 5/18

whirlpool washer good co nd., $80; Kenmore upright deep freezer, $100, good working cond. 983-0645 during noon or after 4 pm. 5/18

Black metal futon frame, mattress, $150. Futon cover and pillows, $75. Floral Queen Anne chair, $120. Sage greenc hair cover, $20. Rose colored antique replica setee’, $50. Lawn mower, $60. Child’s bedroom set, headboard $30, desk $75, dresser $120. 501-941-5770. 5/18

SUPER TWIN waterbed, solid pine, excellent condition. $225. 843-1078. 5/18

washer/dryer $100 each, very good cond. 882-2420, Beebe. 5/18

27" color tv $65 or will trade for working good conditon washer Must be able to deliver it. 985-9959. 5/18

Dining room table w/6 chairs oak/antique white, farmhouse style, 14mo.old, $500. 8X11 area rug in exc. condition,price new $399 will take $1 50. 605-3613. 5/18

MUST GO!! MTG, Magic cards for sale, getting married & I've got to give them up, please give them a good home, call for details 541-2120. 5/18

MUST GO!! couch $35, 2 2-tiered shelves perfect for displaying items in shop or flea market $20 ea. OBO, 541-1360 or 541-2120. 5/18

LAZY BOY sofa and loveseat. Burgandy, green, cream stripes. $150. Small GE refrigerator, white, $100. Kenmore 8000 BTU 100 air conditioner. $75. 5/18

FRIGIDAIRE GAS dryer, looks good, works. $25. 882-2142. 5/18

RCA COLOR Track Plus 22” on swivel console. Great picture, too heavy to move. $150 firm Cabot 605-1130. 5/18

RCA ELECTRIC dryer excellent condition, $75. 982-6622. 5/18


IF YOU’VE LOST YOUR PET and don’t find it in this column, contact the Jacksonville Animal Shelter at 982-2916. 5/18

LOST 2 MALE toy pomeranians. Red colored. Beebe. 5/9/05 Reward. 501-41-8798. 5/25

FOUND Redbone hound, female. Call 501-726-3700. 5/25

found, lost Spitz/Terrier white female or free to good home. Great hou se pet. Shots current. Call 988-9003. 5/25

found sunday, small reddish brown dog on Military Rd. Call to describe/identify. 241-2379. 5/25

FOUND: SMALL purse at Excell Park, call to identify. 982-7307. 5/18

FOUND: BLACK HILLS cross pendant without neck lace at the Washboard Laundry Mat in Cabot behind the police station, please see laundry attendant in person to claim. 5/18

Reading glasses and case. Probably a child's. Found on Peters Road Saturday 4/23/05. 982-7002. 5/18

LOST 4/17/05: West Lewisb urg towardds Indian Lake, male mini Doberman, short tail, but ears not docked. Has collar. Reward offered. 501-843-3870. 5/18

LOST: Short, brown, black and white dog, trained, 321 Spur. Reward. 605-1214. 5/18


portable building: 12x20, c urrently used as a beauty shop. Has bathroom, A/C, water heater, everything inside is newly built/installed. $6,500 OBO. Call 870-552-7905. 5/25

MEN, WOMEN and CHILDREN’s quality clothing. 1/2 price sale every day. Courtesy Consignments, 123 S. Bailey Blvd. (1/2 block off Main St.) 241-0970. 6/8

new comode chair 1500 Body Beggy, used 2 times, $10; stroller, $5; 80 large padded plastic mens diapers. Call 988-2763. 5/25

work boots: Steel toe, exc. cond., $30 OBO. Call Marion at 982-6509. 5/25

Hog fans! Go Hogs Go! Pair of size 7 Hog shoes, $35 OBO, new in box. Call 882-2142. 5/25

butane tank: 500 gal., $550. Call 988-9969. 5/25

JOE WEIDER complete exercise equipment. 2 benches and all weights, you move! $150. 743-9198. 5/25

for sale: Iris’ $1 ea., B uy 2, get 1 FREE. Chrysanthemums, $1 ea. Call 985-1388. 5/25

Frazer speakers: $40 firm. Call 982-2201. 5/25

for sale: Samsung microwave, large fruit jars. CAll 982-1192. 5/25

clothes: Boys size 14, name brands, $3 & up. Call 501-407-0815. 5/25

single crypt: Original price, $2950, will sell for $2300. Includes transfer fee & new front. Located at Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Jacksonville. Call 753-7935. 5/25

12X24 MORGAN BUILDING, used as home office, insulated 1/2, both w/10 gallon, very nice, $4,900. Call 988-4396.5/18

1963 ENCYCLOPEDIA Americana, complete set, Great condition, $75, 501-241-0697.5/21

Ping 10 degree TISI DRIVER with headcover nice club $65. 920-5203. 5/18

BEDSPREAD, PILLOW shams, king size, clean, just like new, $75. 501-837-1554. 5/25

CASH PAID for Lionel and other electric trains, call 758-9741. 5/18

HOOVER BAGLESS Upright vaccuum with attachments, excellent condition, $35. 501-838-2018. 5/18

FOR SALE: youth baseball pants white, size small, fits 20-22 waist, new, still in p ackage, $4. 501-941-3922. 5/18

2HP PORTABLE air compressor, like new condition, $110. 501-983-1445. 5/18

BBQ GRILL, used four times, $10, cash only. 501-941-9051. 5/18

5 PIECE CORNER sofa group, medium taupe color, both end sections are a recliner, $50 0, Janome 8000, sews and embroiders, with design cards, $200. 501-843-2365.5/18

THREE 7 QUART presure canners, $50 each; triple galvanized flue insert, never used, $50; 3 pair of overalls, 46X29, $10 each. 870-854-3843. 5/18

MAYTAG propane gas dryer fo r sale, $100. 882-2420, Beebe. 5/18

PUSHMOWER, runs good, $45; truck rack SWB, 55x65, $125; 983-1445. 5/18

Sears Weslo Pursuit exercise bicycle, 510 CS, fully assembled. $150 cash. 501-278-5146. 5/18

SOFA, GLASSTOP TAB-LE, $35, child’s bed with mattre ss, $35; area rugs, $25 each; Whatknot shelf, $15; bookcase, $20; dishes, set including casserole dishes, $30; 501-834-7609.5/18

PLANTS FOR SALE: irises, $.50; spider and surprise lilies, $.25 per bulb. 501-843-603. 5/18

FOR SALE: medical supplies, clo thes, furniture, building supplies, jewelry, antiques, vacuum cleaners, and musical instruments. Call 605-9129. 5/18

GOLF CLUBS Gary Player, irons, 3-PW, Wilson Woods, 1357, 1 billy club driver, bag and cart, Covers for all, nice $125. 501-882-7590, Beeb e. 5/25

WEDDING DRESS slip included, size 20W, ivory color, short sleeves made of lace. Dress has pearls, lace and satin. Tea length in front, swoops to floor in back. $75. 501-882-3448 or (501) 827-3015. 5/25

PALM TREE picture, ficus tree, large tree pot, decorative pot with pompass grass and peacock feathers, make up bench, child’s cherry wood bench and seat. 941-3839. 5/18

Rose Of Sharon shrubs. $1 and up, depending on size. 501-726-3110. 5/18

LIVING ROOM rug, multi-colored hide-a-bed, TV cabinet, quilt, lawn mower. 941-3839. 5/18

2-YEAR-OLD 24 FOOT round above ground swimming pool with accessories, $1,200, call 501-988-1237. 5/18

2 HOOVER vacuum cleaners, old but work. $15 and $10. 5/18

DUE TO illness, must sell houseplants and yard plants, 50 cents and up. Some giveaway. Also, maple, redbud trees. $2. 982-0907. 5/18

CERAMIC TILES, unglaz-ed, 6”x6” canyon red, 9 boxes, 11 sf per box, $75 for all, 501-950-6263. 5/18

CRAFTSMAN YARD VACUUM, 6 hp, has hose and chipper, $300. 501-941-3628. 5/18

E STATE JEWELRY for sale. Several antique items. Call between 1 pm and 6. 941-1251. 5/18

UTILITY TRAILER, good for 4-wheeler or riding lawn mower, $300. 501-843-0013. 5/18

TIRE RIMS, 14 inches for a Ford Ranger, $40; chain link fence, two 9-foot section s, one 7-foot section, two gate sections, 4 foot high, $40. 501-985-0956. 5/18

CHOICE OF PORCELAIN dolls, $8 each, 2 large bags of stuffed animals, $25 each. Call 983-1445. 5/18

STEEL SIDES for 4x8 utility trailer, factory made, has latching tailgate, t ie downs for tarp, cost $100, never used, first $55. 501-843-5376. 5/18

12-INCH, 4 HOLE utility or boat trailer tire, brand new, never used, $35. Also have 5-hope, 12 inch tires, $30 each. 501-843-5376. 5/18

OAK FLOORING, 3 inch utility grade, approx. 180 square feet, $250, 501-843-1234.5/18

MAGIC CHEF electric stand alone range and vent hood, $110. 501-843-2979. 5/18

GOLF CLUBS, mens Ben Hogan, ladies Spalding, Woods, irons, putters and wedges, Cabot. 501-941-7795. 5/18

POWER CHAIR, like new, with all manuals, needs batter, $2,500. Roberta at 985-2165. 5/18

Coke cooler. Holds 2 cases of longnecks or 20 oz. Glass top w/coke bottle handle. $300. 501-556-4596. 5/18

COLEMAN TENT, 12x13, used very little, full size back and front doors, larege windows on sides, $95, 843-5376. 5/18

FOR SALE: Wheeled golf travel bag, asking $25.00.  Never Used.  Call afternoons. 988-1889. 5/28

For Sale or trade: 17” computer monitor and brand new Lexmark z715 printer, $150 or best offer, or trade. Bought new system, now don't need monitor used 2-3 months and keeping old Epson printer, so LexMark is still in the box. Interested in trading for good computer chair, digital camera, computer desk, bookshelf or prepaid cellular phone. Jax.241-1189.5/18

SWIMMING POOL, 13 x 17 SPLASH SuperPool Model above-ground pool, very good condition, with pump, filter, hoses, ladder and accessories, $3,000 new, yours for $800. Call (501) 843-3343. 5/18

SINGER SEWING machine, Model 15, made April 12, 1939. If interested call 843-828 4. 5/18

SONY 300-DISC CD changer with remote. $125. 985-2718. 5/18

FOR SALE: 27 inch, TV, entertainment center, mattress, daybed, end tables, Call. 501-681-8542 after 5 p.m. for more information. 5/18

Playstation 2, has 1 controller,lots of games steering wheel with Pedals $150. 985-9959. 5/18

Swimming Pool. Approximately 25' x 12' Three year old Doughboy brand pool. Perfect condition. Includes filter, poles, hoses, vaccum. $800. 501-912-5441. 5/18

CLOTHES, INFANT, adult, baby walker, toys, stereo speakers, car casette stereo, rocker, 313 Braden, Sat., 8 am to 3pm. 5/18

Motorolla cell phone with charger service is through Alltel asking $30 985-9959. 5/18

Wanted free or really cheap nice plus size dresses for church size 16w-20w. 563-2306. 5/18

FREE: Chipper Mulch by the bag or pickup load - Call 843 3705. 5/18

porcelain dolls: your choice, $8 each. 1 Large doll, $50. 983-1445. 5/18

racoon hunting lights: w/chargers, accessories, night and wheat light chargers, exc. 983-1445. 5/18

Dvd player for sale good condition $25 985-9959. 5/18

ROSE OF SHARON shrubs. $1 and up, depending on size. 501-726-3110. 5/18

WIN 95 P.C., gallery frames, Web TV, steam cleaner, swimming pool, Christmas tree, infant car set, Nordic track, clothes, fall ornaments. 941-4960.5/18

RAY CHARLES collectors’ album, 6 LP’s (Memories of Romance) $35 OBO. 501-605-9241. 5/18

HAY FOR sale. 4x4 fertilized. $15 roll. 882-2274. 5/18

FOR SALE 5 clean boxes of National Geographic magazines, different years. All for $5. 941-392 2. 5/18

FOR SALE! "MTG" Magic The Gathering cards, call for details 541-2120 or 541-1360. 5/18

Nokia cell phone services through alltel good condition asking $45. 985-9959. 5/18


riding mower Yard Machine by MTD, 12 1/2 HP, overhead valve engine, 38” cut, exc. cond., $350. Call 843-4488. 5/25

free hay! You cut, bale and haul. Call 988-1620. 5/25

balers J.D. 336 sq. Heston 5500 round barn kept 16 ft. tedder & other equipment. Call 882-5276. 5/25

sears garden tiller 3 1/2 HP, $125. Call 416-3071. 5/25

hay is ready! If you need square bales or round bales or wrapped for outside, call 843-5939 or 454-7398. 5/25

WANTED NON-running push or riding mowers. 843-5376. 5/18

SMALL YANMAR tractor, 20 hp, diesel, 3-pt hitch, PTO shaft, $3,500. Call 501-726-3788. 5/18

CRAFTSMAN 6.5 HP chipper shredder vacuum. Self-propelled. $300, used twice. (501) 843-6617. 5/25

SNAPPER Garden tiller, rear tire, 10 hp, runs good, but needs battery, $300. Call 501-726-3788. 5/18

2004 MODEL JOHN DEE RE LT133, riding mower with tilt trailer, mower like new, $2,200 for all. 501-882-5987. 5/18

12.5 HP BRIGGS AND STRATTON engine, industrial commerical grade with quiet package, pull and electric start, brand new- never used, $550 firm. 605-0407. 5/18

lawn boy mower: 36” cut, self propelled, mulching blade, 4.5 hp motor, $100. good cond. 843-3817. 5/25

craftsman push mower: Mulches, key start, rear bag. 743-6556. 5/25

for sale: 20’ Beachcomber pontoon w/50 hp Suzuki 4-cycle, trailer, cover, live-well, exteneded warranty. Less than 40 hrs. $12,000 OBO. 501-556-4596. 5/25

HOME LIGHT, rear tine tiller, till part bad, motor good, used about 20 times, $150. 501-983-1445. 5/18

RIDING LAWN MOWER, 13 HP Briggs & Stratton Intek engine, 42 inch cut, new blades last year, great condition, used very little, $400 obo, call (501) 843-3343. 5/18

1960 JOHN DEERE tractor, with bush hog, excellent condition, four new tires. 870-734-6875. 5/18

HONDA LAWNMOWER, 5.5 hp, bagger, self-propelled, $95; Also Murray 4 hp, 22 inches, $50. 843-5376.5/18

WANTED: Old Gasoline Engine - with Iron Block & 1 cylinder for hobby restoration. These were of the type used on old mowers, tillers, pumps, old washing machines, farm equipment, etc. Any condition considered,even rusting away in a field, under a tree, barn or shed.gearedsteam@ 5/18

TORO PUSH mower. Top end quality 21" with bagger, side discharge chute and blade brake. $100 (Nights) 501-241-2362. 5/18


horse for sale: 7 yr. old broke & bred, registered paint mare, $850. 2 yr. old Missouri Fox Trotter, no papers, white Roan mare, grain broke, but very gentle, $900. 501-605-0098 or 501-259-0318 5/25

free to good home: Cute & fuzzy kittens, 605-0470. 5/25

free to good home: Puppies and t heir mom. Mom is yellow Lab. All friendly & playful, great outside dogs. Call Bruce Roe, 516-6706, Des Arc. 5/25

for sale Ferret cage w/all accessories. Must sell! $100 OBO. Call 259-5325. 5/25

FREE KITTENS. Beautiful colors. 941-8613. 5/25

free kittens: Born 4/1, male and female, different colors, have been wormed. Call 501-743-6096 after 5 pm. 5/25

rabbit-rex: Female w/accessories. Free to good home. Call 988-5561. 5/25

3 cockatiels w/cage, $50 ea. Call 501-563-4038. 5/25

LARGE BIRD cage. 20”x28” $50. 501-726-3110. 5/18

SIAMESE KITTENS for sale. Chocolate point and Lilac Point. Sweet, gentle dispositions. Litter trained. $70 each. 501-726-3110. 5/18

BEEF MASTER BULL, registered, 4 years old, polled dun for sale, $1,200. 501-726-1209 and 501-726-3700, McRae. 5/18

FREE TO GOOD HOME: Shitzu, white and tan female, 4 to 5 lbs, her name is Candy, very smart, needs a yard. 985-1448. 5/18

WEIMARANER PUPS, tails docked, dew claws removed, 6 weeks shots - $300 - 803-4079. 5/18

LIVESTOCK, GEESE, 1 peking, 2 regular, 605-1214. 5/18

For Sale AKC registered male Shih-tzu DOB 10/31/2003, Air Force members, changing duty stations, can't take him with us. $175. 952-7309. 5/18

THREE COCKATIELS with cage, $50 each, parakeet with cage, $15. 501-563-4038. 5/18

7 WEEK OLD male puppy, looking for family w/a fenced yard and lots of love, in return offering loyalty and entertainment, will be large. 882-3410. 5/18

FREE: Three gray tabby’s, 2 black tabby’s, 6 weeks old, call 982-5735 or 658-9750. Can see at 31 Club Road, Foxwood Country Club. 5/18

FOR SALE: Rabbits. New Zealand white, DOEs cages and all accessories. 870-589-0748, anytime. 5/18

ADORABLE 8-week-old puppy free to someone with fenced yard and dog house and loving home. Small breed. Come see it and hold it, you will fall in love. 501-676-9397 after 7 p.m. 5/18

FREE KITTENS, adorable and playful. Call 985-5640. 5/18

For Sale: Siamese Kittens. Chocolate Point and Lilac Point. Sweet, gentle dispositions. Litter trained. $70.00 each. 501-726-3110. 5/18

55 GALLON aquarium, loaded with all accessories, black laquered wooden stand with drawers, $200; must sell! 985-3533. 5/18

For sale: 17 month old male boxer, very playful, shots up to date. 605-1937. 5/18

Large bird cage. 20"X28". $50. 501-726-3110. 5/18

FOR SALE: Ferret cage with all accesories. Must sell $100 OBO. 5/18

Free to good home a 2 1/2 year old Black Lab. She has been nuetered and all her shots are up to date. The dog has outgrown her living space. She is very friendly and active. An excellant family pet. 501- 804- 0066. 5/21

RABBITS FOR sale. Mini rex, mini Lops, New Zealand, Dutch and fryers. $5 and up. (501) 412-1751. 5/18

Have you seen me? I am an older 80 lb black & white male Siberian Husky with 1 blue eye & 1 brown, lost from the Willow Lake/Deer Creek area on 5/1/05. I don't have a collar, but I do have an ID chip implanted on my neck. My daddy is in Iraq, please help me find my way home before he gets back in 3 weeks. REWARD. 416-8466. 5/18

Free!! black lab-chow mi x, friendly & loving, needs really good home with children to play with. FREE to a good family!! gets along great with children & other pets, call 541-1360 or 541-2120. 5/18

Siberian Husky pup, 11 wks old, beautiful gray & white, up to date on shots, $1 50. 843-2474. 5/18

ADORABLE 8 week old puppy free to someone with a fenced yard and doghouse who will give it a loving home. Small breed. Come see it and hold it. You will fall in love with it. 501-676-9397 after 7 p.m. 5/18


199 3 mustang LX: Convertible, white, black top, $2100. Call 843-5001. 5/25

1988 ford tempo 5 speed, good transmission, needs motor. $200. Call 259-8740 or 882-2287. 5/25

jensen AM/FM/CD/Cass., 1.5 DIN. $75 firm. Call 982-2201. 5/25

1970 jeep jeepster Comm ando, 4WD, V-6, heavy duty wench, $2500. Call 676-7165. 5/25

full cowboy sleeper for full size PU, $300. Call 590-0887. 5/25

1990 Chrysler Lebaron, non running, $500. Call 985-3076. 5/25

1989 ford F-150 LWB, 6 cyl., new tires, good cond. $2250 OBO. See at 1603 W. Iowa St., Beebe. Call 882-3415. 5/25

motorcycle parts: Honda Spirit, 2000/2001, exhaust pipes, chrome, $175 OBO for both. Call 882-2142., 5/25

1990 nisan sentra Less than 100 miles on engine, new clutch, AC works, 5 speed, 2 door. $1800 OBO. Call 882-2142. 5/25

1986 ford F-150: PU truck. Call 870-674-4727. 5/25