Murfreesboro City Council dissolves Park Commission

By John Balch
Leader staff
The Murfreesboro Park and Recreation Commission is no more following Monday night’s City Council meeting when a 24-year-old ordinance that established the park’s governing body was repealed.
The council voted 6-0 to repeal Ordinance No. 195, which was passed June 1, 1990, around the time the city park was built. The repeal immediately dissolved the park commission, as well as the park’s softball and baseball commissions.
“Does everybody understand now the park director and all actions at the park will fall under us?” Mayor Travis Branch questioned council members following the vote.
The vote to repeal the ordinance came after a short executive session called to discuss a personnel issue involving Park Director Terry Jackson, who did not attend Monday’s meeting and later said he was unaware his employment would be discussed. The Nashville Leader questioned how an executive session called for a personnel issue resulted in a vote to repeal an ordinance. Mayor Branch said, “It started out as personnel with Terry (Jackson). Before we could do anything on that action, we had to get rid of the park commission.”
Since discussion to the repeal of the ordinance should have been conducted in open session, the council members were asked to reveal what they discussed about the situation up to the point where personnel issues actually became involved.
Council member Jason Allmon stated that “the park is not being run as it should be” and “things aren’t up to standards that the City Council thinks they should be.”
“So, we are going to try to go a different route, and, maybe, start over,” Allmon added.
Members of the Park and Recreation Commission were Betty Evans, Alan McRae, Robbie Crocker, Tracy Corbitt and Ronald Pettigrew, none of which attended Monday’s meeting. McRae said Tuesday morning he was unaware the commission was on Monday’s agenda.
Softball Commission members were John Gleba, Tanya Wilcher, Scott Cox, Trevor Humphry and Josh Campbell. Baseball Commission members were Bill Wilcher, Scott Bailey, Ronald Pettigrew and Tommy Stuard. None of the softball or baseball commissioners attended Monday’s meeting.
Also following the closed session, Mayor Branch announced a special council meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 22 at 6 p.m. to meet with Jackson, who has served as park director for 13 years. Jackson, along with park bookkeeper Lynn Gleba, are now considered city employees.
City Clerk/Recorder Penny Lamb asked Mayor Branch if the city would takeover the park’s payroll and Mayor Brnach responded, “We are going to act as the park commission.”
Lamb said she would check with state auditors regarding payroll issues.


Engineer: Remaining light poles at Scrapper Stadium safe

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
A Texas engineer spent most of the day Monday in Nashville, examining the light poles at Scrapper Stadium after one of the poles crashed onto a car April 8 during the Scrapper Relays. The pole was located on the east side of the stadium near the ticket booth.
It crashed during high winds and landed on a 2005 Toyota SUV driven by Valerie Barnes, 50, of Texarkana. She received minor injuries and was treated and released at Howard Memorial Hospital.
The engineer came from Lach Engineering in Colleyville, Texas. “At the end of the day, he said the three remaining poles are safe,” Superintendent Doug Graham said Tuesday morning. “There are no stress cracks, nothing to deem them unacceptable.”
The engineer is “certified in 50 states to examine sports poles,” Graham said.
The poles “have an 18-20 year life expectancy,” Graham said, based on the engineer’s report. They were installed at Scrapper Stadium in 1999.
“We’re on year 15. They had a different design in 1999 than now,” Graham said. Similar poles at Wilson Park “have plates with 10 bolts. Those at the stadium have four bolts.”
The engineer said the 90-foot poles at the stadium “were built by code in 1999. There are no issues with the other three. This is a well-respected engineering group. I feel good about the other three,” Graham said.
The school’s insurance is handled through the risk management division of the Arkansas School Board Association. “The insurance representative said there were winds blowing over 60 miles per hour. The crash was called ‘an act of God,’” Graham said.
Insurance will replace the fallen pole, Graham said.
As a result of last week’s incident, the state Class 4A track meet that was scheduled for Scrapper Stadium has been moved to Heber Springs, Graham said.
Local school officials decided Friday, April 11, that the meet should be moved, Graham said. “We determined that minus the light pole, we were not interested in hosting state track. Heber Springs had bid on it. They jumped at the opportunity to host.”
The Arkansas Activities Association announced the change of location Monday afternoon.
The meet will be held Tuesday, March 6, instead of Thursday, March 8, as originally scheduled.
Graham expects the process of replacing the light pole to “move along pretty quickly.” Tech Line Sports Lighting of Austin, Texas, manufactured the original one. The company hasn’t submitted a replacement cost, Graham said.
Dismantling the old pole and starting dirt work for its replacement should get underway shortly, according to Graham. “I hope it’s up by the end of school.”
The new pole will extend 90 feet above ground, with an additional 16 feet set in concrete under ground. “With this design, they say the wind may bend it like a pretzel, but it won’t break,” Graham said.
The district will “have to look at the other poles,” Graham said.
Graham said replacing all four, including the one which fell, likely will cost about $180,000. “We spent $160,000 for all four in 1999.”

Vendor spots still available for Peach Blossom Festival

The annual Peach Blossom Festival is three weeks away and the Nashville Chamber of Commerce still has vendor space for the event which will take place on downtown Main Street.
The festival is scheduled for Saturday May 3, with events beginning at 9 a.m.
Expected for the festival are ‘bounce houses,’ a crawfish boil, a men’s beauty contest, bands, booths, food court, car show, peach dessert contest, and tractor show.
According to a news release from chamber of commerce manager Mike Reese, the event is about half full of vendors. There is no charge for chamber members, but others who wish to be vendors must pay a $30 fee, except for concession booths which must pay $50.
Contact Reese, 845-1262 for more information.

DAR introduces ‘Good Citizen’ guests

GOOD CITIZEN PIN. DAR Regent Charlotte Gibson pins Horatio coed Shyann Vaught

Mine Creek-Paraclifta Chapter of NSDAR met at the Nelda Wilson home with daughter Elizabeth Overton as hostess at 5:30 p.m. April 8, led by Regent Velma Owens.
Charlotte Gibson introduced the chapter’s three Good Citizen guests and their mothers. She pinned each girl with a symbol of the society as the girls shared high school achievements and plans after graduation. Recipients received a certificate showing the honor of Good Citizenship as determined by their respective schools. They include the following:
Shyann Vaught and her mother, Dee Ann Vaught, of Horatio.
Bethany Tatum and her mother, Alicia Tatum, of De Queen.
Kayla Ashbrooks and her mother, La Donna Ashbrooks, of Murfreesboro.
Other winners not present were Mikayla Feemster of Dierks, Jasmine Draper of Mineral Springs and Lauren Ince of Nashville.
A note from Ince was read expressing appreciation for the honor she received as Good Citizen from Nashville High School. She shared her regrets as an earned trip to Washington, D.C., kept her from attending the meeting.
Marlei Malchak, daughter of Leila Parker, was the seventh guest at the meeting.
Regent Owens led the Opening Ritual. Dinner was served to 15 members and guests.
Treasurer Marilyn Bradley reported on finances. The President General’s message was given by Regent Owens. Ann Parker shared the Flag Minutes, and Vivian Pope brought the Indian Minutes.
Caddo District will host the 2015 State DAR Conference. Responsibilities for the local chapter have not yet been assigned.
Four Certificates of Awards were earned by the chapter last year, including the following:
Most volunteer members giving service to veterans, second place.
Most schools participating in the Good Citizen Award.
Participating in American history programs.
Chapter Achievement Award, Silver Level.
Members were reminded about collecting soda tabs and labels for education. Flag Day, the District meeting, will be Friday, June 13, at Prescott.
A nominating committee of Gibson, Overton and Leila Parker was named to prepare a slate of officers for the 2014-16 biennium to be presented in May.
The May 13 meeting will be in Murfreesboro with Judy Hile and Gibson as hostesses.
Other hostesses for the April meeting were Virginia Harding, Vivian Pope, Owens, Judy Covington, Charlean Morris, Ann Gathright, and Leila and Ann Parker.

Editors of the Year

NHS STUDENTS ARE STATE’S TOP EDITORS. Alex Perrin, a senior at Nashville High School, was named Arkansas’s Class 4A Newspaper Editor of the Year; and Brooklyn Maynard, a junior, was named Class 4A Yearbook Editor of the Year Monday night at the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association Convention in Rogers. Maynard won Newspaper Editor of the Year one year ago as a sophomore. Nashville received a number of other awards from ASPA. Next week’s Leader will have a complete review of awards received by Nashville students.

National Honor Society inducts NHS, NJHS students

Fifty-one Nashville High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society Thursday, April 10, at the elementary school cafeteria.
In order to be eligible for membership, the students first were evaluated in the area of scholarship by maintaining a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. They each were then evaluated by the NHS faculty in the areas of service, leadership and character.
Colleen Banks, Jackson Beavert, Brady Bowden, Brooke Bowden, Matthew Carver, Brendi Cupples, Camille Dale, Tina Daugherty, Rachel Dawson, Samuel Dean, Sydney Dean, Cameron Dougan, Jarrah Furr, David Galvan, Caleb Glann, John David Griffin, Trace Hamilton, Cade Hardin, Jessica Hipp, Chasity Holmes, Braden Hood, Mattie Jamison, Danielle Jessie, Jazmine Johnson, Cade Hardin, Jessica Hipp, Chasity Holmes. Braden Hood, Mattie Jamison, Danielle Jessie, Jazmine Johnson, Adley Kirchhoff, Victoria Lansdell, Haley Lingo, Brooklyn Maynard, Kolten McCracken, Brittany Middleton, Chase Morgan, Alayna Morphew, Robbie Morphew,Nick Myers, Braden Nutt, Jaquasha Ogden, Miguel Padilla , Katie Paul, Eric Perez, Karie Porter, Josh Rauch, Austin Sharp, Nicole Smith, Taylor Spigner, Kailee Stinnett, Colton Tipton, Katelyn Wall, Bailey Walls, AlexisWells, Abby Williams, Maggie Worthington
They join the following seniors who were selected for membership
last spring: Cameron Alexander, Braden Bowman, Clarissa Brizo, Catherine
Carballo, , Xavier Claiborne, Jana Copeland, Lindsay Coulter, Luke
Dawson, Chantel Gilliam, Kynnedi Gordon, Cornell Hawkins, Abby
Herzog, Emily Herzog, Blake Hockaday, Sydney Hughes, Lauren Ince,
Breona Jefferson, Kathleen Jones, Avery Kesterson, Alex Kwok, Kathleen
Lance, Victoria Littlefield, Irene Martinez, Iesha Neal, Storm Nichols, John
Nguyen, Alex Perrin, Jamecia Robinson, Brandon Shamrock, Tyler Tollett,
Chad Tucker, Kayla Wilson, and Mashayla Wright.
National Honor Society, founded in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, is an organization that recognizes and encourages academic achievement while also developing other characteristics essential to citizens in a democracy.  Its founding ideals of scholarship, character, service, and leadership continue to be relevant today, according to NHS chapter adviser Fran Strawn.  “Membership in the organization is both an honor and a commitment to uphold those ideals,” she said.
The Nashville High School chapter has been inducting members since 1965.
Forty-eight students were inducted April 10 into the National Junior Honor Society chapter at Nashville Junior High School. The event was held at Scrapper Arena.
The program included welcome, Preston Pope, chapter president; Pledge of Allegiance, Austin Chambers and Blaine Erwin; National Anthem; opening prayer, Grace Talley; history, Emily McCauley and Karter Castleberry; introduction of current members, Kenneth Luper and Asia Munn; acknowledgement of officers, Daniel Pioquinto; scholarship, Justin Bean, vice president; leadership, Zach Jamison, secretary; service, Garrett Gordon, treasurer; citizenship, Trey Scott; character, Alyssa Cox;
Introduction and keying of new members; pledge with new members, Preston Pope, Justin Bean, Zach Jamison and Garrett Gordon; announcements, Hannah White; and closing prayer, Kendall Kirchhoff.
Inductees include eighth graders C.J. Adams, Jessica Bradford, Mackenzie Brown, Hunter Burton, Jasmin Camacho, Malcom Campbell, Vanessa Carballo, EmilyClements, Alexa Copeland, Elizabeth Dallas, Bailey Denton, Peyton Dodd, Monique Flores, Abagail Frohnappel, Felicity Green, Mackenzie Guffy, Tyler Hanson, Jhamilex Hernandez, Unized Hernandez, Olivia Herzog, Kailus Hughes, Gage Kropf, Braylon Kelley.
Garrett Lance, Leslie Lingo, Anthony Linville, Savanah McCain, Kianna McElroy, Madison Miller, Shayla Miller, Victor Motta, Caleb Newton, Lindsey O’Donnell, Breana Peebles, Staphanie Piza, Laisa Ramirez, Alyssa Rather, Rigo Resendez, Alicia Rojas, Alyssa Ryan, Destinie Wells, Joshua Whitlow, Chris Willard, Zackary Williams and Emily Young.
Ninth graders Jakeb Ernest, Alexis Holder and Abigail Witherspoon.
Current members include Kirby Adcock, Rheanna Anderson, Justin Bean, Michael Bevill, Kennedy Blue, Austin Bowman, Marisol Bustos, Ruby Camacho, Kaylea Carver, Savanah Carver, Karter Castleberry, Austin Chambers, Alyssa Cox, Sally Crawford, Devin Culp, Nicole Dodson, Bailey Dougan, Courtly Dougan, Gabi Dougan, Raegan Erskine, Blaine Erwin, Marshall Evins, Abbey Fatherree, Garrett Gordon, Kelsey Grace, Autumn Harris, Alyssa Harrison, Glenn Hartness, Brittany Hilliard, Kacey Hinds, Audra Hughes, Zach Jamison.
Anna Kesterson, Kendall Kirchhoff, Mae Lamb, Lori Landa, Sarah Lawhon, Sadie Leeper, Erica Linville, Kenneth Luper, Emily McCauley, Gabe Moorer, McKenzie Morphew, Asia Munn, Matthew Nannemann, Matthew Nunley, Heaven Oller, Zack Perez, Daniel Pioquinto, Preston Pope, Bridgett Puente, Allison Reeder, Triston Rhodes, Kelby Schooley, Trey Scott, Christian Sepulveda, Mikayla Sharp, Ashleigh Smith, Morgan Stanek, Tyundra Stewart, Grace Talley, Peyton Tarno, Layne Thompson, Hannah White and Hunter White.
Greeters were Bravyn Bell and Colton Patterson.
NJHS Honor Society sponsors are Mandi Stone and Stacy Purnell.

ADE’s Facilities Division visits Nashville campus

Representatives of the Arkansas Department of Education’s Facilities Division paid an onsite visit to Nashville High School to review plans for the final phase of the school district’s facilities improvement project.
The courtyard will be enclosed, and other work is under consideration at the high school.
“We hope by Thursday or Friday to have final numbers on state money for the project,” Superintendent Doug Graham said Tuesday.
“I hope we can make a recommendation to the school board Monday night,” April 21, Graham said.
Once the project is approved, Graham expects construction to be completed during the fall.

Nashville games rescheduled

Schedules for the Nashville Scrappers and Scrapperettes have been changed by heavy rainfall Sunday in Nashville and Little Rock.
The baseball game originally planned for Monday, April 14, at Pulaski Robinson was rescheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Nashville.
The softball game planned for Monday, April 14, at Robinson has been rescheduled for Monday, April 21, at Robinson. The Maumelle game that was on the schedule for that day has been cancelled.
The Scrapperettes will play Arkansas Baptist Tuesday, April 22, in Nashville. The game was to have been played April 7.
In a change unrelated to weather, the baseball games at Springhill Thursday, April 17, will include a varsity and a JV game starting at 5 p.m. The schedule had said 2 JV games only.

Scrappers whip Springhill, lose to Ashdown

The Scrappers took a 17-7 non-conference win over Springhill April 10 at Wilson Park but dropped a District 7-4A road game to Ashdown 10-0 the next day.
Springhill took a 1-0 lead over Nashville in the top of the first inning, but the Scrappers stormed back in the bottom of the inning, putting up 13 runs against the Bears.
Spring Hill scored 3 runs in the second, 1 in the fourth and 2 in the fifth, while the Scrappers added 2 runs in the fifth and 2 in the sixth. The game was called after 6 innings under the run rule.
The Scrappers’ 17 runs came off 6 hits with 3 errors. Springhill had 7 runs on 8 hits and no errors.
Kyler Lawrence and Dylan Chambers were the Scrappers’ leading hitters with 2 each, followed by Nick Myers and Justin Reed with 1 each.
Lawrence and Cameron Alexander put up 3 runs each for Nashville, with 2 each from Myers, Zach Jamison, Storm Nichols and Reed; and 1 each from Alex Curry, Chambers and Kory Snodgrass.
The Scrappers had 14 RBIs, including 4 from Lawrence, 2 each from Curry and Chambers, and 1 each from Myers, Jamison, Alexander, Lucas Liggin, Nichols and Reed.
Nashville had 12 walks against Springhill.
Liggin pitched 3 innings, giving up 4 hits and 4 runs while striking out 3 and allowing 4 walks.
Alexander pitched 3 innings, giving up 4 hits, 3 runs and no walks with no strikeouts.
The Scrappers were shut out at Ashdown April 11 in a game called after 6 innings under the run rule.
The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, added 3 runs in the second, then put up 6 in the sixth inning on their way to the conference win.
The Scrappers (11-5, 1-2) managed only 2 hits and committed 2 errors against the Panthers.
Ashdown had 10 runs on 10 hits with no errors.
Scrapper hits came from Alexander and Liggin.
Three Nashville pitchers saw action against Ashdown, including Reed, Curry and Chambers.
The Scrappers’ next conference game will be Friday, April 18, at 5 p.m. at Wilson Park.

Softball Scrapperettes run record 2-0

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
ASHDOWN – The Nashville Scrapperettes ran their District 7-4A record to 2-0 Friday afternoon with a 7-1 victory over the Ashdown Lady Panthers.
The game was tied at 0-0 through the first four innings before the Scrapperettes put up 4 runs in the top of the fifth.
“We played really well,” Coach Paul Ernest said. “It was probably our most complete game of the year and our most complete game since the last time we played Ashdown” in the state championship game at Fayetteville last May.
“This was a total team effort. We had 9 hits from 7 different girls. That’s been our philosophy. It’s good to see them gat that done in a win. It validates what we’ve been telling them,” Ernest said.
“Kids put too much pressure on themselves at bat,” Ernest said. “If everybody gets 1 hit, that takes care of a lot.”
The Scrapperettes had “incredible pitching” from freshman Anna Kesterson, Ernest said. “Anna did a great job. She’s come a long way. She’s no longer afraid of the strike zone. In 6 out of 7 innings, she threw 13 or fewer pitches. Our defense was fantastic for her.”
Kesterson faced 29 batters and gave up 1 run on 5 hits. She struck out 1 Lady Panther and walked 1.
Scrapperette scores came from Peekaboo Garland, Kathleen Lance, Avery Kesterson, Shayla Wright, Kaylea Carver, Mattie Jamison and Maddi Horton.
Avery Kesterson was the leading hitter with 3; Alyssa Harrison, Lance, Hannah White, Wright, Miller and Jamison had 1 each.
The Scrapperettes recorded 6 RBIs for the game, led by Harrison with 2. Lance, Avery Kesterson, White and Miller had 1 each.
“We had a good day at the plate. Avery went 3 of 3. We had timely hits from some girls, and we handled pressure well,” Ernest said. “We had some good base running from our courtesy runners. KeeKee Richardson and Peekaboo did a good job.”
The Scrapperettes’ fifth inning scoring included runs by Carver, Avery Kesterson, Lance and Horton. Garland and Wright scored in the sixth, and Jamison scored in the seventh.
Ashdown’s only score of the game came in the seventh.
The Scrapperettes will be home Friday, April 18, for a 4:30 p.m. conference game against Malvern.
The JV Scrapperettes defeated Ashdown 5-0 Friday afternoon.
Nashville put up 4 runs in the first inning and 1 in the third. For the game, the Scrapperettes had 5 runs on 4 hits with 1 error.
Scores came from Carver, Jamison, Kendall Kirchhoff, Kacey Hinds and White. Carver, Hinds, Bailey Dougan and Horton had 1 hit each.
The Scrapperettes had 4 RBIs, including 2 from Dougan and 1 each from Hinds and Harrison.
Brittany Hilliard pitched for the Scrapperettes, allowing no hits by the Lady Panthers and striking out 5.

Nashville track team updates

The Scrappers won the Scrapper Relays April 2 with a total of 107.5 points. Arkansas High was second with 100.5, followed by De Queen with 97 and Maumelle with 83.
Results for the Scrappers include the following:
High jump – 5. Turrell Grundy, 5-04.
Long jump – 6. Grundy, 18-09.
Triple jump – 3. Trey Hughes, 40-07; 7. Grundy, 38-05.
Shot put – 1. Rashon Lee, 49-01 1/4; 8. Trevennon Walker, 42-11 3/4.
Discus – 4. Marvis Muldrow, 121-08; 8. Lee, 116-07.
4 x 800-m relay – 2. Nashville, Eric Perez, Ignacio Perez, Robbie Morphew, Braden Bowman, 9:16.03.
100-m dash – 7. Jalen Jones, 12.17.
1600-m run – 1. Eric Perez, 4:44.24; 8. Ignacio Perez, 5:30.95.
4 x 100-m relay – 2. Nashville, Jamie Newton, Jones, Lee Scroggins, Jackson Beavert, 44.83.
400-m dash – 4. Beavert, 52.66; 6. Jailon Gamble, 54.71.
800-m run – 2. Eric Perez, 2:06.64; 6. Bowman, 2:15.44.
200-m dash – 4. Jones, 24.13; 7. Warren May, 24.40.
3200-m run – 1. Eric Perez, 10:26.90; 8. Matthew Carver, 12:34.38.
4 x 400-m relay – 1. Nashville, Beavert, May, Gamble, Jones, 3:37.41.
The Scrapperettes finished fifth at the Scrapper Relays April 8 on a windy afternoon at Scrapper Stadium.
Ashdown won the meet with 125.5 points. Maumelle was second with 113, followed by Genoa with 86, Acorn with 74.5 and the Scrapperettes with 43. De Queen, Foreman, Arkadelphia and Lafayette County were 6-9.
Results for the Scrapperettes included the following:
100-m dash – 3. Kassidy Snowden, 14.07.
200-m dash – 1. Snowden, 27.45.
400-m dash – 6. Snowden, 1:06.16.
High jump – 2. Snowden, 4-10.
Long jump – 4. Snowden, 15-6 1/2.
Triple jump – 2. Snowden, 33-5 1/4.
Shot put – 4. Karie Porter, 28-3; 5. Lydia Gaddis, 27-11.
Discus – 2. Lacie Grace, 102-4; 6. Gaddis, 81-8.
Scrappers at Hot Springs
HOT SPRINGS – The Scrappers finished tenth at the Joe Reese Memorial Relays April 10 at Hot Springs.
Arkansas High won the meet with 166 points, followed by Camden Fairview, De Queen, Magnolia and Pine Bluff to complete the top 5. The Scrappers had 24.5 points for tenth place.
Scrapper results include the following:
4 x 100-m relay – 7. Time 45.78.
4 x 400-m relay – 7. Time 3:39.83.
4 x 800-m relay – 8. Time 10:24.88.
Long jump – 7. Turrell Grundy, 19-2 1/2.
Triple jump – 4. Trey Hughes, 41-5 1/2; 5. Grundy, 41-1.
Shot put – 4. Rashon Lee, 48-3.
Discus – 5. Marvis Muldrow, 134-5.

Mine Creek Revelations: The Smell of Fish

THERE HAVE BEEN 28 benefit bass tournaments sponsored by what is now Husqvarna. All except the first one have been on Lake Greeson, and the proceeds benefit the Howard County Children’s Center. The money is important to HCCC because only income from donations and events can be used for capital improvements to benefit the center’s special clients.
Saturday, I roused myself early enough so that I could go up to SWAHA landing to watch the boat launch, and I lucked into an invitation to ride out from the marina on a barge to witness the launch. “You’re in for a treat,” one volunteer told me.
Boy, the lake smelled good. It’s the smell of water and fish and mud. And I confess that I like the smell of the motors. Don’t know why.
HCCC supporter and board member Alfred Neeley is the traditional ‘launcher’ for the boats. Fishermen draw numbers for launch positions. The boats putt-putt out just a little way so they’ll have a straight shot up the lake when their number is called.
Alfred uses a bullhorn to call out the numbers and the boats scoot away from the launch area two-by-two. The launch is in the dark, and the boat’s lights make quite a show against the darker backdrop of piney hills and a barely-blue sky. The noise of the powerful motors would raise the dead.
There were about 90 boats in Saturday’s launch; at least Alfred stopped calling numbers after 91. By the time they were all headed north on the lake, the barge was pitching like we were in the middle of the Atlantic.
I noted that there were at least two boats which had only one fisherman. Alfred explained that some fishermen didn’t want to split any of the prize money. “They won’t win anyway,” he explained. “Since a boat gets to keep the six best fish, boats with two fishermen have twice the chance to land bigger fish.” Makes mathematical sense.
I also noted that there were several boats with man-woman teams. Probably husband-wife, or boyfriend-girlfriend. Bosser and bossee. And yes, the winner team was a husband-wife from Nashville.
I also noted that fishing boats do not resemble my father’s. His was a square-nose ‘Fisherman’s Dream” with a stubborn, used 3.5 HP Evinrude motor. One of the tournament’s volunteers said that many of the boats had $20,000 invested in electronic equipment alone, not to mention the boats, big motors and deluxe trailers. Whatever! I’m glad that people still enjoy fishing, and that we have Millwood, Dierks, Gillham, Ouachita, DeGray and Greeson so close by.
But back to the tournament. The launch barge was piloted by Gene Stinson who normally runs the recycling program at the center. Gene said that there have been very few times when a boat or team has been disqualified or penalized. Also on the barge were HCCC employee Larry Copeland who saved the day (or morning) when he fixed the stubborn bullhorn. Also along for the ride was Matt Smith who said he was out fishing for votes.
The launch of 90 boats took about 20 minutes, and then the barge returned to its marina slip. I yakked a few minutes more with some HCCC folks, then headed home.
One other thing: Lots of the fishermen were locals, but lots of them lived far enough away so that they either camped or stayed in local motels in order to be at SWAHA in time to draw for launch positions. The tournament is good for our local economy.
It is also one of the three main fund-raising events for the center, which is a glorious institution here with a looooooong history of serving developmentally-disabled persons ages toddler thru senior adults. There’s the Rainbow Learning Center which mixes handicapped and non-handicapped kids in a pre-school environment. There’s the sheltered workshop where the clients can make a living. They get life skills classes in how to have productive lives. And there are living facilities so that the clients can have a life away from home when they become adults.
We are so blessed to have the Howard County Children’s Center. And the people who make it work.
The other two fund-raisers? One is coming up soon in May — the telethon which is nominally sponsored by the Rotary Club, and features interviews, videos and talent spots with clients and parents. It’s on the local community and religious programming television channel.
The other big fund-raiser is a golf tournament in October.
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Obituaries (Week of April 14)

Dorothy Dean Green
Dorothy Dean Green, 79, of Dierks, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Hot Springs.
She was born Nov. 24, 1934, in Pine Valley, Okla., the daughter of the late Earnest and Beulah Chappel Callahan.
She was a member of Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church near Dierks.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Earl Green.
Survivors include: two sons, Danny Green of Dierks and Tony Green and wife, Colette, of Sherwood, Ark.; a daughter, Debbie Linville and husband, Charles, of Joshua, Texas; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, in the Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church near Dierks with J.W. Gilbert and Robert Harris officiating. Burial followed in the Broken Bow Cemetery in Broken Bow, Okla., under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.
 The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 10 at the funeral home in Dierks.
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Lyle N. Marshall
Lyle N. “Chip” Marshall, 52 of Nashville, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in Nashville.
He was born Feb. 21, 1962 in Marietta, Ohio, to C.E. and Edna Whitney Marshall and the late C.E. Marshall.
He attended Cross Point Cowboy Church in Nashville and was a security guard at Husqvarna.
Survivors include: his wife, Vanessa McDaniel Marshall of Nashville; two sons, Josh Marshall of Nebraska, and Austin Murphy of Nashville; three daughters, Sarah Marshall Spoo of Kirby, Nataillie Marshall of Nashville, and Melody Marshall of Nashville; two brothers, Dwain Marshall of Lawton, Okla., and Daniel Marshall of Brunswick, Ga.; six sisters, Vada Ingram of Vienna, W.Va., Stephanie Mullins of Korbin, Ky., Sharon Ryan of Marietta, Ohio, Janet Frances of Marietta, Ohio, Nadine Fontaine of Council Bluff, Ia., and Sheila and Yancey Stone of Nashville.
Services were Friday, April 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Nashville Funeral Home with Bro. Don Jones officiating. Interment followed in Bluff Springs Cemetery under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 10.
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Latricia A. Jones
Latricia A. “Sparkle” Jones, 50, of Murfreesboro, died Saturday, April 12, 2014 in Houston, Texas.
She was born Feb. 13, 1964 in Bakersfield, Calif., the daughter of the late Joe Farrer and Dixie Johnson Farrer.
She was retired from the Arkansas Highway Department and was a member of the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Murfreesboro.
Survivors include: her husband, J. Bo Jones of Murfreesboro; four sons, David Poindexter and wife, Angela of Texarkana, Chris Poindexter of Emmett, Michael Poindexter and wife, Jannel of Emmett, and Jeff Jones of Texarkana; two brothers, Jeff Farrer of Hope, and Joe Farrer of Cabot;  a sister, Leann Farrer of Emmett; also grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Murfreesboro. Burial followed in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery at Prescott.
Visitation was 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the funeral home in Murfreesboro.
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Ralph Courtney Wilson
Ralph Courtney Wilson was born on Aug. 23, 1921, in Nashville, Ark. He died on April 7, 2014.
He was the older of two sons of Forrest Wilson and Irene Amonette Wilson. His grandparents were William Walker Wilson, Laura Biggs Wilson, Ernest Amonette and Frenla Chambliss Amonette.
He attended elementary school in Nashville and attended Riverside Military Academy in high school for three years. He graduated from Nashville High School in 1939. He entered the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1939 and spent two years there; he belonged to the Kappa Sigma fraternity.
When World War II began, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and trained to be an aerial navigator and was given a lieutenant’s rank. He served with the 8th Air Force, 390th Bombardment group out of Framlingham, England. His aircraft was the B-17 Spot Remover. He flew 25 missions; first in North Africa, then over Germany. He was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and two presidential citations. His brother Ramon served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Ralph was married to Rosemary Girnus of Spokane, Wash., and together they raised nine children – Forrest Michael, Frederick William, Emilie Marie, Frances Irene, James Albert, Roberta Louise, Patrick Joseph, Loretta Ann and Anthony Phillip.
He completed his undergraduate degree and his Doctor of Medicine degree at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. He belonged to Nu Sigma Nu fraternity and graduated as a member of the honor society, Phi Beta Kappa. He served his internship and then his residency in radiology at the University of Colorado in Denver. Dr. Wilson served on the staff of radiology departments in Baton Rouge, La.; Fort Smith, Ark.; and Oklahoma City.
Ralph was later married to the former Joyce Fincher, who had five sons of her own – John, Gregory, Phillip, Stanley and Kent Karber.
Ralph loved history, geography and wildlife. He often traveled with his wife, Joyce, and also loved sailing yachts. He was an avid photographer.
He is survived by eight of his children, fourteen of his grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Joyce, his ex-wife, Rosemary, his brother Ramon, and Ramon’s wife Nelda Smith Wilson. He had two nephews and a niece, Kenneth, David and Elizabeth, the children of his brother Ramon and his wife Nelda.

In This Week’s Nashville Leader….

• Engineers say lights at Scrapper Stadium are safe
• Murfreesboro City Council dissolves Park Commission
• Honor Society inducts 51 at NHS, 48 at NJHS
• Another chapter of Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves – “The smell of fish”
• Scrapper football countdown begins, first game Sept. 5 @ Hope
• Students needed to keep Kirby School District afloat
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Rotary Club makes Easter brighter for shut-ins

EASTER BASKETS. Members of the Nashville Rotary Club stuffed 32 Easter baskets with treats and gifts, Monday, and joined Nashville police in distribution to shut-ins. Here, Rotarian Joyce Pinkston shows some of the baskets with city patrolmen Justin Garner, left, and Casey Parker. The baskets went to participants in Parker’s Senior Outreach program.

Scrapper Stadium light pole comes down in high wind

CLOSE CALL. The strong winds that blew into southwest Arkansas Tuesday afternoon toppled a light pole at Scrapper Stadium. The lighting rig crashed down on an occupied vehicle in the stadium parking lot. The occupant, Valerie Barnes of Texarkana, was slightly injured. The Scrapper Relays continued as planned after the accident.

Relay for Life kickoff event Saturday in Nashville

SILENT AUCTION ITEMS. Joanna Howard and Beverly Tedford display some of the items already donated for the silent auction at Saturday’s Relay for Life 2014 Kick-Off. Others may be viewed on their Facebook page: Relay for Life of Howard County, AR.
The kickoff program for the 2014 Howard County Relay for Life will be held Saturday, April 12, from 6-9 p.m. at the Nashville Elementary School cafeteria.
There will be a $5 chicken spaghetti dinner with trimmings, drink and dessert. Cancer survivors may eat free.
The theme for the event will be “We Relay Because They All Matter.”
Cancer survivors and relay teams will be able to register, and luminaries for the June 6 Relay for Life will be for sale.
Silent auction items will be on sale, along with gifts and crafts and baked goods.
For more information contact Joanna Howard, 557-1046; Rachel Cooper, 903-556-0046; or Linda Chambers, 557-7762.
NHS pageant to benefit RFL
Nashville High School’s Relay for Life team will sponsor a pageant this year as part of its fund raising efforts for Howard County Relay for Life. The Rockin’ Relay Pageant will be held on Saturday, May 24, in the Sixth Street Auditorium in Nashville, and all proceeds from the event will go to the Howard County Relay for Life.
Starting time for the pageant will be determined once all applications have been submitted. The younger age groups will be judged first with older age groups following. The titles will be Baby Miss Rockin’ Relay (0-11 mos.); Tiny Miss Rockin’ Relay (12-23 mos.); Toddler Miss Rockin’ Relay (2 yrs.); Precious Miss Rockin’ Relay (3-4 yrs.); Little Miss Rockin’ Relay (grades K-3); Junior Miss Rockin’ Relay (grades 4-6); Teen Miss Rockin’ Relay (grades 7-9); Miss Rockin’ Relay (grades 10-12); and, Miss Collegiate Rockin’ Relay (out of high school).
This is an open pageant and is not restricted based on city, county, or state of residence. Each contestant must complete an entry form and pay the $35 entry fee by Thursday, May 1. Late registrations may require a $10 late fee.
All contestants will be judged in evening wear or pageant dress, and contestants in grades four and up will be judged on their answers to an on-stage question. Winners will receive sashes, crowns, trophies and bouquets.
The pageant will also feature a talent competition that will not be limited to contestants in the pageant. Talent winners will receive trophies. Talent will not be judged by the beauty pageant judges as talent scores are not considered in the scoring for Miss Rockin’ Relay contestants.
A number of other categories that will offer prizes for contestants are for photogenic, essay, Living Doll, People’s Choice, and academic excellence.
Girls in grades seven through post high school will collect items for a silent auction to be held in the lobby of the auditorium on the night of the pageant. The girl who raises the most money in this event will be crowned the People’s Choice winner for those divisions.
People’s Choice for infant through sixth grade will be determined by tickets purchased and placed in contestants’ bags that will also be on display in the lobby.
Both People’s Choice winners will receive a trophy and a crown.
A contest for Mr. Rockin’ Relay will be included among the other activities at the pageant. This contest does not require an entry fee. Participants will dress as women and collect donations from the audience. The contestant who collects the most money will receive the title along with a sash, crown, and trophy.
“We hope that local businesses will provide contestants or sponsor contestants for this portion of the pageant,” Judy Jones, pageant organizer, said. “I think this will be a fun and entertaining part of the event.”
Another portion of the pageant will be dedicated to recognizing cancer survivors. Contestants in the pageant will recruit participants for a Parade of Survivors for this part of the evening. Cancer survivors will be introduced to walk across the stage and will be recognized with survivor ribbons.
Contestants will have an opportunity to take part in a pageant prep school from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, prior to practice for the Rockin’ Relay Pageant on Saturday, May 24.
Pageant registration forms will be available at a number of local businesses, at Nashville High School, and via a Facebook page that will be set up for the pageant. Those interested may also send an email to or call 870-451-4441 for further information.


Mayor: Annexation ‘probably a dead issue’

The issue of annexation of properties into the city of Nashville is probably a dead one, Nashville Mayor Billy Ray Jones said Thursday.
After a Tuesday night workshop lasting about a half-hour, and hearing from some irate property-owners, the mayor said it was very doubtful that even Highway 27 Bypass sections not currently under city jurisdiction would be changed. Police may not give traffic tickets on some sections of the bypass because the sections are not in the city.
The mayor said a search of records found more than 100 current accounts of water or water and sewer customers who were not in the city. “It is my opinion that someone getting city services ought to be in the city.”
One property-owner who protested the considered annexation of his home was escorted from the workshop. The mayor told “The Leader” that in his opinion the man’s objections had become personal.
The mayor emphasized at the most recent city council meeting that the Tuesday night session was a ‘workshop,’ and not a meeting. Aldermen and department heads were to gather to examine properties which might be annexed without objections.
“I believe the city of Nashville took a step backward, Tuesday night,” Jones said.

Lawsuit over 2010 Main Street fire dismissed

A nagging federal lawsuit against the city and some current and former city officials has been dismissed by the motion of the plaintiffs.
The lawsuit styled Carl Johnson and Justin Johnson against the city, its fire marshal, a former mayor and his successor, a private contractor and 12 city council members was dismissed ‘without prejudice’ by US District Judge Susan O. Hickey in the Western District of Arkansas, Texarkana Division.
The lawsuit was over property lost in an August 2010 downtown fire which consumed several businesses. The property owners maintained that their building was unnecessarily knocked down during the course of fighting the fire.
The case had a long struggle in the courts. First it was dismissed, but upon appeal, was ordered back to trial.
After this latest dismissal, the plaintiffs have one year to re-file their complaint.
Mayor Billy Ray Jones, who was among those sued, said Monday that he hoped the issue was over.
Originally, Mayor Jones, then-Mayor Mike Reese, Fire Marshal Jerry Harwell and contractor George Boozer were joined as defendants by City Council members Freddy Brown, Matt Smith, Jackie Harwell, Nick Davis, Monica Clark, Vivian Wright, Jimmie Lou Kirkpatrick, Kay Gathright, James Parker, Carol Mitchell, Andy Anderson and Mike Milum in their official capacity as council members.
Judge Hickey ordered the case dismissed on April 2.
Acting City Attorney George Steel said that the trial date had been set by Judge Hickey in January, and that both sides had been warned that no continuances would be granted. When the trial date arrived, the plaintiffs either had to go ahead with their case or end their efforts. Steel also noted that the plaintiffs had a change of legal counsel because their original Little Rock attorney had been elected to a the bench.

Fundraiser for Pink Ladies

FUNDRAISER FOR PINK LADIES. The Howard Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, also known as the Pink Ladies, are now selling chances to win Easter baskets designed and crafted by each of the hospital’s departments. The baskets are now on display in the hospital lobby and tickets are available at Pink Avenue Gift Shop. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The drawings will be held Friday, April 18 at 3:30 p.m. Pictured with the baskets are Susan Wingrove, director of HMH volunteer services, and Martha Graves, president-elect of the HMH Auxiliary. For more information, contact Wingrove at (870) 845-8028.

Easter Bunny hopping to city park April 19

Meet the Easter Bunny at Nashville City Park’s annual Easter Egg Hunt set for Saturday, April 19  at 10:30 a.m.
The egg hunt will divided into four age categories: 1-3, 4-5, 6-7, and 8-12. More than  4,000 eggs will be hidden in special areas.
The hunt will be at the baseball complex in the park. Parents are reminded to bring a camera and get a picture of their child with the Easter Bunny.
For more information contact the park at (870) 845-7405.

Obituaries (Week of April 7, 2014)

Teresa Sharp
Teresa Sharp, 51, of Murfreesboro, passed away on Monday, April 7, 2014 in Murfreesboro. She was born on June 15, 1962 in Murfreesboro, the daughter of the late Odean Chandler and Nancy (Spanhanks) Chandler.
Teresa loved cooking, her garden, shopping and having fun with her girls. She loved talking to others and especially talking about the bible and loved her family. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Murfreesboro.
Survivors include her husband, Chris Sharp of Murfreesboro; two daughters, Kara Sharp Turner and husband, Jonathan of Murfreesboro, and Chloe Elizabeth Sharp of Murfreesboro, AR; one grandson, Tilden “Tip” Turner of Murfreesboro; and a host of relatives and friends.
Services will be on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church with Bro. Jon Funderburg and Bro. Rick Green officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in the Sweet Home community under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. in the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Murfreesboro.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Cooper Anthony Child Advocacy Center (Chloe’s Garden); 216 McCauley Court; Hot Springs, AR 71913.
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Ralph Courtney Wilson
Dr. Ralph Courtney Wilson, 92. of Oklahoma City, Okla., died Monday, April 7, 2014.
He was born Aug. 23, 1921 in Nashville, the son of the late Forrest and Irene Amonette Wilson.
He was a radiologist, practicing for more than 30 years in Oklahoma City.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ramon Wilson of Nashville, and a daughter, Emily Wilson Roggio of Nashville.
Survivors include: three daughters, Frances Irene Wilson of Loveland, Colo., Roberta Wilson Teeter of Nashville, and Loretta Ann White of Nashville; five sons, Forrest Michael Wilson of Atlanta, Ga., Fredrick William Wilson of Little Rock, James Albert Wilson of Nashville, Patrick Joseph Wilson of Nashville, and Anthony Phillip Wilson of Norman, Okla.
Graveside services will be at Jones Cemetery at Amity on Friday, with the time still not set.
Milbern L. Cornish
Milbern L. Cornish, 72, of Nashville, died Friday, April 4, 2014 in Nashville.
He was born Feb. 2, 1942 in Nathan, Ark., the son of the late Jesse Clyde Cornish and Nellie Mae Westfall Cornish.
He was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church in Nashville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie J. (Skaggs) Cornish; two brothers, Larry Cornish and Wayne Cornish; and one sister, Helen Cox.
Survivors include: a son, Chris Howard of Mineral Springs; five daughters, Donna Harwell and husband, Jerry of Nashville, Dana Millward and husband, Scott of Nashville, Cindy Newton and husband, Doug of Mineral Springs, Christy Fike and husband, Jason of Nashville, and Tammy Robinson and husband, Eric of Casa, Ark.; Also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 in the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel, Nashville, with Bro. Bobby Neal officiating. Burial will follow in Biggs Chapel  Cemetery in Nathan under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home.
Visitation will be 10-12 a.m. Saturday at  Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
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Lyle N. ‘Chip’ Marshall
Lyle N. ‘Chip’ Marshall, 52, of Nashville died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Nashville.
Obituary information was incomplete at mid-morning Tuesday. Arrangements are by Nashville Funeral Home.
Services will be Friday, April 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Nashville Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday, April 10, from 6-8.
A complete obituary will be printed next week.


Mine Creek Revelations: End of Winter

WINTER FOREVER? So many of my friends love cold weather and hate the summer, I hate to alienate them by saying I think it’s time for this winter to go away.
It’s April, for goodness sake. I’m old enough so that I worry when temps drop too low in the spring. Peaches, you know. Although, in a passing conversation recently, orchardist Tim Jones said he was more leery of hail than of a freeze at this point.
We’re in an uncomfortable spot. Lots of pollen on the ground and on your buggy, but it’s too early in the year by traditional reckoning, and cold at night for you to plant landscaping flora.
Some mornings it’s even cold enough so that there’s a bit of frost on rooftop shingles. So, moms still have the lingering question: How warmly do I dress my child in the morning since I know it’ll be in the 80s by noon?
I’ve had to mow my yard twice and the grass hasn’t even emerged yet. I’m only cutting down dandelions and other weeds, and this year, some kind of clover with purple blooms. My aged riding lawnmower doesn’t like it one bit. It was already dreading hauling my bulk around the yard anyway (it is entirely possible that my actual weight slightly exceeds that maximum which is recommended by the mower’s manufacturerererer, but that’s another story and I’m sure you wouldn’t be interested).
Our community’s dogwood trees are in their full magnificence. Until last year I had three dogwoods, but they succumbed to the heat and drought. And the fact that I forgot to water them occasionally. So I take joy in the dogwoods in neighbors’ yards and the wild ones that hang like white clouds under the canopy of the dark woods out in the countryside.
But I do still have azaleas which are about burst into bloom. You’ve waited too late to drive past and see the Japanese Cherry Blossom tree which my daughter gave me for my birthday in 2001. Its pale pink blooms now carpet the ground in my front yard. But they’re vanishing fast.
The side yard flowering quince — which I planted strictly as a salute to landscape gardeners of ancient times — has bid farewell to its red blooms already. The limbs still have green leaves but the fungus will take them soon and the limbs will once again be bare. The fungus doesn’t kill the plant, however, and it will shake itself back into red and green life next March, Lord willing.
And now time has caught up with all the yard chores I promised myself I’d do over the winter.
Pruning and trimming. Hauling off the leaves and pinestraw that has been there since 2002. Lots of things. Oh, well, it can wait until the winter of 2014-15.
In the meantime, I’ve declared an end to winter. Some guests and I were bundled up on my patio recently, huddled around the firepit as close as we could get without bursting into flames. We were all complaining about winter and how it was hanging on. Some of them were complaining that I wouldn’t let them go inside where it was at least moderately warm.
I was struck with inspiration. Went inside and retrieved a large metal fish which I like to hang on a patio fencepost. I brought the fish inside last December when weather got cold. It’s one those things that Gulf Coast people cleverly use to separate Arkies from their money.
The fish is cut from old corrugated tin roofing. It is in the shape of a large (3-foot) fish and is painted yellow and red and green. It has a large bolt and washer for its eye.
I paid $60 for it and it probably cost some Alabamamamer $6 to make.
Anyway, I declared (for all the good it did me) that winter was officially over, as I hung the fish on the fence.
DON’T FIGHT ME! Am I the only one who shouts at his clothes? Sometimes I just can’t get my foot out of the pants leg. Or, am unable to put my arm through the sleeve because the sleeve is wadded closed. Sometimes I just cannot get my socks on straight and they squeeze my toes. Or, I’ve struggled with a belt for 30 minutes only to discover that I slid it through the belt loops and it was wrong-side out.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. I heard that somewhere.
When I struggle with clothes I sometimes shout “Don’t fight me!” I shout it loud, too.
If anyone is out for a morning walk and is within a half-block of my house, surely they can hear. And they gotta be wondering who I’m fighting with.
Well, I’m fighting with clothes.
In the first place — I’m mad because they keep shrinking.
In the second place — I’m mad at them because they fight me.
In the third place I was already mad at them in the first place.
THINGS I LEARNED from reading email: A mouse trap placed on top of your alarm clock will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button.
HE SAID: “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” Henry Ford, industrialist
SHE SAID: “Fiction was invented the day Jonah arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale.” Gabriel Garcia Marquez, novelist

New doctor inks contract with Howard Memorial Hospital

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
A new physician is expected to open his practice in Nashville this summer.
Dr. Syed Javed, a family practitioner, has accepted an employment offer from Howard Memorial Hospital, CEO Debra Wright told the hospital board last week.
Dr. Javed is from Pakistan. He completed a family practice program in Toledo and is in the United Kingdom.
Wright said she has contacted an immigration attorney to process his J1 Waiver program application. She has obtained a checklist to prepare his office in the new Medical Office Building on the HMH campus.
Dr. Javed’s signed contract is en route to HMH, according to Wright. She said it will probably be July or August before he is on board.
Wright said a family practice physician in the AHEC Texarkana residency program has contacted HMH through a recruiter from UAMS. She will interview with the local hospital April 22. ”We’re very pleased that she reached out to us,” Wright said.
The prospect will graduate in 2016.
Wright said the recruiter will focus on residents who will complete their program in July 2015 for the next physician search. She said the hospital wants to allow Dr. Javed time to establish his practice before adding another physician.
In other business discussed at the March 25 meeting, the board voted to purchase abut 1.6 acres of land from the Howard Memorial Hospital Foundation to construct a geriatric behavioral health building. Wright discussed the lot selection with board members and said Lot 6 on the north side of the hospital campus would best fit the requirements for the new building.
Two new physicians have scheduled satellite clinics at HMH, Wright said. Dr. Alexis McCollum, an OB/GYN from Arkadelphia, has partnered with Dr. Michael Carozza of Arkadelphia. Dr. Poongodhai Ramachandran, a cardiologist, has partnered with two physicians in Texarkana. “HMH is pleased to welcome these physicians to the specialty clinic,” Wright said.
CFO Bill Craig said adjusted patient days and emergency department visits were above budget for February. Operating costs were below budget by $3,700 for the month.
Outpatient visits for February were below budget by 110. Surgery cases were 8.2 percent below budget. The hospital had 106 days cash on hand at the end of February, exceeding the 2014 strategic goal.
Craig said MH received $70,000 from Medicaid for Stage 2 Meaningful Use.
The hospital also received $730,000 from Medicaid for the 2013 cost report. Both amounts were added to the bottom line for March, Craig said.

New Murfreesboro cheerleaders

MURFREESBORO HIGH SCHOOL CHEER SQUAD. (Front) Ellyn Walls, Kelsey Higginbottom, Haley Kennedy; (middle) Malorie Martin, Jesslynn Cross, Josie Kinnu, Grace Cole, Loren Gills, Tara Humphry, Lexie Baxter; (back) Hannah Spencer, Laken Robinson, Jordan Gills, Hannah Cox, Morgan Westfall. Not pictured: Madalyn Brannon.

MURFREESBORO JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL CHEER SQUAD. (Front) Jayci Perrin, Megan Cullen, Loran Wilcher; (middle) Jordae Hunter, Jacey Saldana, Madison May, Taylor Horn; (back) Hope Littles, Elizabeth Evans, Jarah Cox, Cassidy Terrell, Rina Fugitt.


HCCC bass tournament April 12

For the 28th year, anglers will put their boats in Lake Greeson waters for the bass tournament which benefits the Howard County Children’s Center.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 12. Boats will leave SWAHA landing at 6:30 a.m. and return at mid-afternoon for weigh-in and refreshments.
The tournament is one of three major projects which benefits the HCCC.
Entry fees are $80 per boat, for teams or individuals. Boat check begins at 5 a.m.
First place prize is $2,000 cash; second place is $1,000.
Other prizes include Big Bass cash prizes. The 75th place team will get $100.
The final pre-tournament meeting of the organizing committee will be Thursday, April 3 at 8:30 a.m. at the center.
To register for the tournament, or to get more information, call the center at 845-1211.


Building owner declines to give damaged structure to city

By Louie Graves
Leader staff
She has no intention of deeding her falling building to the city, Melinda Bennett told The Nashville Leader, Monday.
At last week’s meeting of the Nashville City Council, aldermen asked Mayor Billy Ray Jones to see if Bennett and her husband, Dale, would give the property to the city so it could be demolished at city expense.
“Those bricks are worth something,” she said this week. Her unused building sits between two alleys on the west side of the 100 block of North Main Street, and part of it caved in during a recent storm, spilling bricks and debris into one of the alleys.
Bennett also asked why the city is in such a hurry to do something with the building since that alley is mostly unused. She said she wanted to contact persons who might take the building down in return for the bricks, and she said there was interest in the bricks.
The building was one of the controversial items faced by the council in its regular meeting for March. Another item was possible annexation of certain areas into the city limits. The council encountered vocal opposition from a number of persons living in some of the areas.
The mayor asked that city department heads, any interested council members and the animal control officer to meet Tuesday night (last night) to determine which — if any — areas could be annexed without opposition. Among the considered areas are stretches of the Highway 27 Bypass which are not in the city. City police may not give law enforcement coverage in those areas.
Ambulance service owners John and Laura Gray asked for a 5-year extension of their franchise, but the council surprised them with a 10-year extension after lauding them for their service.

New computers arrive at Nashville schools

COMPUTERS ARRIVE. Three hundred new Asus touchscreen laptops ordered for Nashville High School and Nashville Junior High arrived this week. The laptops will be distributed to academic departments as soon as software is installed. Displaying the new computers Tuesday morning at NHS are (front row) Kevin Booher and Elise Vander Slikke; (middle row) Brady Scott, Jossely Padron and Timya Sanders; (back row) Superintendent Doug Graham, technology director Bryce Petty, English teacher Krisanna Miller, Assistant Principal Kim Slayton and Principal Tate Gordon.

Mine Creek Revelations: Fun at the Gala

A NICE CROWD and a terrific time Saturday night at the Howard Memorial Hospital Foundation Gala.
As I get older and crankier, I complain more about having to put on a coat and tie for events such as the gala. It was nice, however, to see friends, acquaintances and perfect strangers dressed to the teeth. The Roaring 20s theme was a nice touch. I was surprised at the number of men who got into costume. I figgered the ladies would get into the spirit. Congrats to those of you for getting into the spirit of the gala.
This was the first HMH-Foundation gala not organized by Freda Davis who retired last year. New HMH-Foundation director Amelia Moorer stepped right up and delivered a home run of her own.
The ‘gaming’ tables were operated by a Little Rock company which does such things for fund-raisers, Amelia told me.
The food and music were really fine. The late Ramon Wilson’s vintage car made a nice decorative touch and was a background for many photos. Lots of Ramon’s and Nelda’s descendants were in the gala crowd.
There were some political candidates in the crowd including our town’s Nate Steel, candidate for Attorney General, who brought a special lady friend with him.
On the horizon is the annual Junior Auxiliary tasting brunch this week — they’re calling it a ‘Tour of Italy,’ but I can’t stop calling it the Evelyn Ramsay Tasting Brunch out of habit. That’s possibly because I grew up a half-block from her house, and I worked next door to her husband.
We’ll have the HCCC Bass Tournament and the Telethon, the Peach Blossom Festival, Relay for Life and pretty soon it’ll be time to Stand Up for America. What did I miss?
Our community puts on some pretty impressive events. When you see a town that CAN’T put together a festival or gala, you are looking at a town that’s in trouble. The events are a barometer of leadership and enthusiasm emerging from the citizenry.
In my view, the very fact that the event continues to exist is as important as the money which is raised for the good causes.
My congratulations to all who worked to make the gala happen.
DUBIOUS ANNIVERSARY. Hard to believe that the Exxon Valdez oil spill happened 25 years ago up in Alaska. According to an article in LifeScience, you can dig a hole on the beaches of Prince William Sound and still find puddles of crude oil.
Until the bad spill in the Gulf of Mexico a couple of years ago, the Exxon Valdez (11 million gallons) was the worst in U.S. history.
PARDON MY fixation on things. In addition to ‘sagging,’ J-Turns, the spelling of cemetery and the appropriate use of the apostrophe, I am fixated on the universe and things that twirl around in the heavens.
It is not my imagination that in the past very few years there have been enormous discoveries. If I watch a television program about space, and it was copywrited in 2008, much of the information is old and wrong. ‘We’ are learning so much, so fast.
The latest thing to stupefy me is the possible discovery of yet another planet. This one — if it exists — is dark and huge, I mean big, and it is waaaaay out there past the former planet Pluto. This planet is so far out that it takes 10,300 years to orbit our sun.
I have enjoyed the revival of the ‘Cosmos’ series on one of the satellite tv channels. It’s modeled on the old Carl Sagan series, and it is hosted by a likeable guy named Neil deGrasse Tyson who is a black guy from New York City, of all places. Heck, in NYC you can’t even see the stars because of ground light clutter. Tyson’s story is fascinating in itself. I am so glad that we’ve got all those telescopes and smart people like Dr. Tyson studying the stars. For me, it validates the Creation.
I am not bright enough to comprehend the vastness of the universe. And maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to be. In my religion classes as a child, I was taught that there are some things we just cannot understand. That’s why they are called ‘mysteries.’ We will understand some day when we are called by the Almighty.
HEARD FROM. David Rauls suggests that I get over my fixation with J-Turns. He sez that recently an 18-wheeler made a J-Turn in front of him in downtown Mineral Springs. “I wasn’t upset; just in awe of his driving abilities.”
I haven’t changed my mind. I am still urging the mayor to deputize me so I can give tickets for J-Turns and ‘sagging’ in downtown Nashville.
And I think I’d look swell in uniform.
THINGS I LEARNED from reading email: For high blood pressure sufferers — simply cut yourself and bleed for a few minutes, thus reducing the pressure on your veins [remember to use a timer].
HE SAID: “He that is discontented in one place will seldom be happy in another.” Aesop, Greek slave and philosopher
SHE SAID: “In some circumstances, the refusal to be defeated is a refusal to be educated.” Margaret Halsey, author

Obituaries (Week of March 29)

Van E. Britt
Van E. Britt, 87, of Nashville, passed away on March 25, 2014 in Nashville. He was born on July 9, 1926 in Idabel, Ola., the son of the late Thomas Benjamin Britt and Bertha (Roberts) Britt.
Mr. Britt was retired from Case Shear plant, and was member of the Center United Methodist Church. He was a WWII Navy veteran, member of the Belleville Lodge #35 in Lockesburg, Master Mason; and Past Master.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Larry Vance Britt; 3 sisters; and 4 brothers.
Survivors include: his wife of 65 years, Jean Britt of Nashville; 4 sons, Wayne Britt and wife, Kathy of Fayetteville, Ark., Paul Britt and wife, Marilyn of Nashville, Tony Britt of Nashville, and Dennis Britt and wife, Shari of San Dimas, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014 in the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel, Nashville, with Tim Freel, Jr., and Winston Dossett officiating. Burial followed in Bluff Springs Cemetery near Nashville.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m., Friday, March 28, 2014 at  Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
Memorials may be made to the Howard County Children’s Center, 1577 Hwy. 371 W., Nashville, AR 71852.
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James Steely
James Steely, 73, of Nashville, died March 26, 2014.
He was born Sept. 2, 1940 in Kiamitia, Texas, the son of the late James Harold Steely and Mildred Lorine Clark Steely.
He was an Army veteran, and was a former water treatment superintendent for the city of Nashville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley McKnight Steely.
Survivors include: three sons, Jimmy Steely and wife, Ruth of Nashville, Jeff Steely of Nashville, and Jeremy Steely of California; also, a grandchild.
Graveside services under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home were at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Restland Cemetery in Nashville.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2014 at Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
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David Arnold Lockwood
(November 26, 1928 – March 22, 2014)
David Lockwood of Hot Springs Village, Ark., died on March 22, 2014 at Journey Care in Barrington, Ill. He was the son of Andrew and Jo Vestal McKinney Lockwood, born on Nov. 26, 1928 in Graysonia, Ark. He was a retired National Product Sales Manager of Martin Marietta Materials, and was very active in the United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Jean Morrow Lockwood.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Susan and Rick Newhauser of Miami, Fla., and their sons and daughters-in-law Rick and Esther, Stephen and Nicole, and Jason; his son and daughter-in-law David and Dani Lockwood of Kenosha, Wisc., and their sons Pete and Brian; and his son and daughter-in-law Robert and Rose Lockwood of Libertyville, Ill., his four great-grandchildren: Oliver, Carter, Ava, and Reese Newhauser; his brother and sister-in-law James and Martha Lockwood of Hot Springs, Ark., and their sons and daughters-in-law Blake, Joey and her husband Joe, Jason and his wife Traci, Mitchell and his wife Kerri, and numerous grand-nephews and -nieces.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to all the caregivers who enriched Dave’s life with their kindness, compassion, and skill.
A memorial service for Dave and Jean (his wife of 60 years, who passed away 11 days before Dave) will be held at the Delight United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m., followed by a graveside service at Delight Cemetery. The services will be officiated by Rev. Jim Henderson and the Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Delight United Methodist Church in Delight, AR 71940, or The Caring Place in Hot Springs, AR.

Retirement reception for technology director

RETIREMENT RECEPTION. Superintendent Doug Graham (right) presents a fishing pole and card to retiring technology director Gayland Hopper Friday afternoon. Hopper is stepping down March 31 after 18 years with the Nashville School District. During his tenure, the district went from 25-30 computers to more than 600, Graham said. “He made an impact on our lives, on our teachers and on student learning.”

Dierks woman pleads guilty to sexual assault

In a quavering voice and racked by sobs, Friday morning, a 37-year-old Dierks woman pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual assault, a class A felony, in a relationship with a 16-year-old female.
Amy D. Fennell had originally sought a bench trial, but instead switched her plea to guilty.
In the Howard County courtroom Friday morning, standing beside her attorney, Mickey Buchanan of Ashdown, Fennell had to tell Judge Tom Cooper exactly what she did. The judge went through a list of questions about her understanding of the crime and her current state of mind. He warned that she could not change her mind about the plea when she returned to be sentenced.
Fennell is to report back to the same courtroom Wednesday of this week for formal pronouncement of her sentence. Judge Cooper told her that the sentence would be six years in the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) with three years suspended; also, fines and a requirement that she register as a sex offender for 25 years.
District Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Chesshir told the judge that the victim and her family were present, and agreed to the sentence.
In the courtroom Friday morning were about a dozen people, including the victim and members of her family, and the north Howard County church where the defendant was a youth teacher and bus driver.
Fennell tearfully admitted she abused her position as an adult and in her church, and should have put a stop to the relationship. Charges were filed in January of 2013.

Nashville district plans for online course

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
It’s not “moogle.”
It’s not “noodle.”
It’s “Moodle,” an online education resource which will help the Nashville School District comply with a new state law dealing with graduation requirements.
Act 1280 says that every ninth grader in 2014-15 must have an online course before he or she graduates, according to high school Principal Tate Gordon. “It requires at least a half credit in a digital learning course,” Gordon told the school board last week.
The requirement brings up two questions – use an outside vendor or use a homegrown course, Gordon said.
Providers such as Virtual Arkansas provide online courses to meet the new requirement. The Arkansas Department of Education has a list of about 35 vendors which will provide the classes for a fee.
There’s an annual fee of $2,500 per district, plus $25 per student per class per semester with Virtual Arkansas and other companies, Gordon said. “That’s about a $6,000 average per course for us.”
Instead of going with an outside vendor, Gordon and junior high assistant principal Jason Williamson looked at another option. “We like homegrown,” Gordon said. “We can have a classroom teacher online. Students can work on their lessons at home or away, and it costs us nothing. We already have the server, and we can use our teacher.”
The district recently ordered 300 laptops for junior high and high school; they are expected to arrive after spring break.
“Our teachers can assign the laptops. Mrs. C [Connie Castleberry] will be the teacher,” Williamson said.
Enter Moodle.
“We can access other schools’ classes and request rights to them,” Williamson said. Moodle is similar to Blackboard, which many colleges use, and other online services, according to Williamson.
“Mrs. C is doing similar work at CCCUA. Mrs. [Kim] Newton works with it at high school,” Williamson said.
Superintendent Doug Graham always asks administrators two questions about new programs, Williamson said. “Is it good for kids? How much does it cost?”
The answers for Moodle are “1. Yes, it’s good for kids. 2. Nothing,” Williamson said.
Moodle can be accessed from the district’s homepage,
Castleberry’s ninth grade civics classes will implement the online course. “They’ve already had hands-on [computer] knowledge from eighth grade,” Williamson said.
Moodle will show units and activities for the class. “It’s a great way to provide what we need for our kids. It does what Blackboard does,” Williamson said.
The format for the class will be up to Castleberry. “How much instruction is in class time and how much is online is up to Mrs. C. High achievers can really get after it, or she can provide one-on-one help if needed,” Williamson said.
Moodle classes include “some lecture, and students can work at their own pace,” Gordon said.  The classes also “cut down on paper. Students do their work online and submit it to the teacher. It’s a paperless class.”
Graham said there are two goals: “Prepare students for college and get ready for future classes. Ten years from now, we may not know school as we know it today. This is the first step.”
The district considered providing the Moodle instruction in health classes “and may do more later,” Graham said. “We have to watch the effect on electives and not water them down.”
The online course must be in place by August, Graham said.
The curriculum must receive state approval.
Civics and economics are required already, Gordon said, in explaining why it will become the digital classroom. “We have the teacher. We have the room.”
Williamson said students can upload their assignments. When they are graded, the results “pop up on the screen.”
In Fort Smith, Ramsey Junior High utilizes digital instruction. “The entire building is Moodle,” Williamson said.

NHS senior wraps up term as state FCCLA president

IN WASHINGTON. Hailee Lingo visited the Capitol with other Arkansas FCCLA members. The group includes (front row) Courtney Garner, Caitlyn Crowder, Hailee Lingo and Kailee King; (back row) Joshua Lucero and Andrew Stanley. They were in Washington when the government shutdown began Oct. 1, 2013.

By Jana Copeland
Leader staff
Hailee Lingo, a Nashville High School senior, has served as the Arkansas State FCCLA President for the past year.
While holding this office, she directed the state’s FCCLA chapters. She also traveled to attend different conferences.
Her favorite part would definitely have to be the traveling. She traveled to numerous places to meet different members and officers. “It is an amazing feeling being surrounded for a whole week with people who stand for the same thing you do.”
She ssid that she is going to miss her officer team the most. “I have become family with my five officers. They have been my support system, my shoulders to cry on, my best friends, my worst enemies, and my motivation.”
Her last day as president of the Arkansas State FCCLA will be May 1, 2014.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better year. God truly blessed me with the experience of a lifetime.”

Nashville Track Results

The Scrapperettes finished in a tie for fourth March 20 at the Panther Relays in Ashdown.
Ashdown won the meet, followed by Trinity, Prescott and the Scrapperettes.
“It was a good meet,” Coach Ron Alexander said, with two Scrapperettes qualifying for state.
Kassidy Snowden won the long jump with a mark of 16-5. She was second in the high jump at 5-3 and qualified for state.
Snowden was also second in the triple jump at 33-10.
Lacie Grace won the discus with a throw of 98-6 and qualified for state. Lydia Gaddis was third at 95-7.
Karie Porter was fourth in the shot put with a personal best throw of 30-1. Gaddis was fifth at 28-9.
The Nashville Scrapper track team divided into two squads and competed in two locations Thursday, March 20.
Nashville finished fifth at Magnolia and sixth at Ashdown.
Results from the Magnolia meet include the following:
High jump – 2. Brandon Shamrock, 6-03.
Discus – 7. Rashon Lee, 126-10.
4 x 800-m relay – 3. Nashville, Eric Perez, Braden Bowman, Ignacio Perez and Robbie Morphew, 9:05.43.
110-m hurdles – 6. Shamrock, 16.67.
1600-m run – 1. Eric Perez, 4:46.64, a meet record.
4 x 100-m relay – 8. Nashville, Andrew Hawthorne, Jalen Jones, Lee Scroggins, Jackson Beavert, 45.65.
400-m dash – 3. Beavert, 52.98.
300-m hurdles – 3. Shamrock, 42.16.
800-m run – 2. Eric Perez, 2:06.56.
4 x 400-m relays – 6. Nashville, Beavert, Warren May, Corey Cooper, Shamrock, 3:45.24.
Arkansas High won the Magnolia meet with 156 points. De Queen was second, followed by Camden Fairview, Magnolia, El Dorado, Nashville, Pine Bluff, Genoa Central, Little Rock McClellan and Watson Chapel to round out the top 10. Nashville had 53 points.
Results from Ashdown include the following:
100-m dash – 8. Jamie Newton, 11.94.
4 x 100-m relay – 5. R’Ques Hughes, Newton, Jaymric Gamble and Kayvion Burris, 47.99.
400-m dash – 5. Burris, 56.35; 6. Jailon Gamble, 56.52.
800-m run – 7. Eduardo Capetillo, 2:26.35.
200-m dash – 6. Newton, 24.83.
4 x 400-m relay – 5. Burris, Gamble, R. Hughes and Trey Hughes, 3:55.34.
Pole vault – 4. LaDarius Daniel, 10-0.
Triple jump – 3. Trey Hughes, 41-2.5.
High jump – 7. Trey Hughes, 5-6.
Ashdown won the meet with 158 points. Arkansas High’s JV was second with 109; followed by Prescott, De Queen, Idabel and Nashville. The Scrappers had 41 points.
Junior High Results
The Nashville Junior Scrapperettes won the girls division of the Junior Southwest Sporting Goods Relays March 18 at Scrapper Stadium with 163 points.
Magnolia was second, and Arkansas High finished third.
Brookelyn Cox of Nashville received high point honors with 44 points.
The Junior Scrappers were third in their division with 126 points behind De Queen and Magnolia.
Darius Hopkins of Nashville earned high point honors with 36.5 points.
Results for the junior Scrapperettes include the following:
High jump – 1. Asia Munn, 4-09; 4. Williams, 4-00.
Long jump – 2. Chelsey Hile, 15-0 1/2; 5. Cox, 13-11.5.
Triple jump – 1. Cox, 30-10.25; 4. Kianna McElroy, 28-10.75.
Shot put – 4. Cox, 30-10.5; 6. Munn, 29-07.
Discus – 7. Laisa Ramirez, 54-10; 8. Bailey Denton, 53-11.
4 x 800-m relay – 2. Nashville, Jessica Bradvord, Denton, Lynsey Fatherree, Felicity Green, 11:56.69.
100-m hurdles – 1. Asia Munn, 18.46; 5. Kaliea Munn, 19.74; 8. Green, 21.62.
100-m dash – 2. Cox, 12.85; 6. Williams, 13.44.
1600-m run – 2. Hile, 6:09.57; 5. Jasmin Scott, 6:50.60.
4 x 100-m relay – 4. Nashville, Asia Munn, Cox, McElroy, Williams, 56.48.
400-m dash – 1. Cox, 66.21; 3. Cloe Scoggins, 69.76.
300-m hurdles – 1. Asia Munn, 52.99; 5. Kaliea Munn, 59.01; 7. Daisy Grundy, 67.30.
800-m run – 2. Denton, 2:55.34; 3. Ramirez, 2:56.93; 4. Hile, 3:04.05.
200-m dash – 3. Cox, 28.31; 4. Williams, 28.36.
4 x 400-m relay – 1. Nashville, Bradford, Allison Reeder, Scoggins, Hile, 4:54.22.
Results for the junior Scrappers include the following:
High jump – 2. Sam Cogburn, 5-06; 5. C.J. Spencer, 5-04; 6. Darius Hopkins, 5-04.
Long jump – 1. Hopkins, 19-02; 3. Cogburn, 18-07.75.
Triple jump – 5. Spencer, 37-03.25; 8. Austin Gibbs, 35-11.50.
Shot put – 3. Jarvis Holmes, 42-09.00; 7. Kirby Adcock, 38-09.00; 8. Mace Green, 38-06.00.
Discus – 4. Austin Bowman, 117-03; 6. Chris Waldrop, 115-01; 7. Adcock, 110-06; 8. Holmes, 116-11.
Pole vault – 4. Dalton Smead, 9-00; 5. Trace Beene, 9-00; 6. Tyler Hanson, 7-06.
4 x 800-m relay – 3. Nashville, Kenneth Luper, Green, Ty turney, Alec Littlefield, 9:47.53.
100-m hurdles – 3. Gibbs, 18.42.
100-m dash – 1. Hopkins, 11.42; 6. Giggs, 11.99.
1600-m run – k7. Angel Hernandez, 6:04.15.
4 x 100-m relay – 3. Nashville, Littlefield, Hopkins, Spencer, Gibbs, 47.53.
400-m dash – 3. Hopkins, 57.04; 6. Cogburn, 61.41; 8. Walker, 62.46.
300-m hurdles – 1. Gibbs, 45.56.
800-m run – 4. Littlefield, 2:25.35; 7. Luper, 2:32.49.
200-m dash – 3. Hopkins, 24.04.
4 x 400-m relay – 4. Nashville, Luper, Green, Turney, Littlefield, 4:08.68.

Division I schools still courting Scrapper junior

Scrapper junior LaMichael Pettway continues to receive offers to play football at Division I schools.
Pettway visited the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville on his birthday last Thursday, March 20. He left with a scholarship offer from the Razorbacks.
Pettway has also received offers from Louisville, Alabama, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Nebraska and Arkansas State.
He has visited Alabama and Arkansas and planned visits to LSU, Auburn and Ole Miss this week during Nashville’s spring break.

Scrappers defeat Panthers, Outlaws

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Nashville Scrappers scored 6 runs in the second inning on their way to a 7-2 win over Dierks Friday afternoon at Wilson Park.
With the game tied at 0-0 going into the bottom of the second, the Scrappers put up runs by Trace Beene, Kory Snodgrass, Andy Graves, Nick Myers, Dylan Chambers and Zach Jamison. Snodgrass added the Scrappers’ final score in the fifth inning.
Adam Bradshaw and Tyler Kesterson scored for Dierks.
For the game, the Scrappers had 7 runs, 11 hits and 1 error. The Outlaws posted 2 runs, 8 hits and 1 error.
Jamison was the Scrappers’ leading hitter with 3, followed by Myers with 2 and Justin Reed, Snodgrass, Cameron Alexander, Storm Nichols, Chambers and Alex Curry with 1 each.
Nashville had 4 RBis for the game, including 2 by Alexander and 1 each by Myers and Chambers.
Curry pitched the entire game for Nashville, giving up 8 hits, 2 earned runs and striking out 1 Outlaw batter.
Dierks saw hits by Tyler Narens, Andrew Sirmon, Andy Tedder, MaClane Moore, Tyler Mounts, Bradshaw, Drew Adams, Caleb Dunn and Kesterson. Narens and Dunn recorded RBIs.
Sirmon pitched 1.1 innings, giving up 6 runs on 7 hits with no strikeouts. Bradshaw finished the game, giving up 1 run on 4 hits with 3 strikeouts.
Nashville and Fouke provided fans with an inning of free baseball Thursday night, with Nashville taking a 7-6 win at Wilson Park.
The lead changed hands five times before the Scrappers sealed the win in the bottom of the eighth.
The Scrappers managed 7 runs off 3 hits with 4 errors. Fouke had 6 runs on 8 hits and 6 errors.
Fouke took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Scrappers narrowed the gap with 2 runs in the second. The Panthers added 2 runs in the sixth, but the Scrappers exploded with 4 and took a 6-5 lead. Fouke tied the score at 6-6 in the top of the seventh, and the game went to extra innings after the Scrappers failed to answer.
Nashville took the win in the bottom of the eighth when a walk by Alexander scored Jamison and ended the game.
Jamison led the Scrappers in runs with 2; Lucas Liggin, Snodgrass, Myers, Alexander and Chambers had 1 each.
Jamison also led in RBIs with 3, with 1 a piece from Myers, Alexander and Nichols.
Jamison was the Scrappers’ leading hitter with 2; Nichols added 1.
Liggin, Reed and Curry pitched for Nashville, striking out 5 Panthers.
The Scrappers entered spring break with a 9-0 record. They were off Monday and Tuesday and were scheduled to practice today (Wednesday).
The Scrappers will face Camden Fairview at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Magnolia Tournament, which continues Friday and Saturday.
Arkadelphia will visit Wilson Park Monday, March 31, at 5 p.m. in the first District 7-4A game of the season.

Scrapperettes drop game against Brookland

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – The Scrapperette softball team fell to Brookland 9-1 Friday night at the Tournament of Champions at Burns Park.
Brookland took a 2-1 lead before the Scrapperettes’ Shayla Wright scored in the top of the third. Brookland responded with a score in the bottom of the inning, then added 1 run in the fifth and 5 in the sixth.
Saturday’s games were cancelled because of rain.

Cross-country bike ride to benefit HMH Foundation

A cross-country bike ride will benefit the Howard Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Steve Lewis, a long-time hospital employee, will represent the foundation in a 1,700-mile bike ride from the West Coast to Nashville, beginning March 30.
Lewis will leave from San Diego, Calif., and ride the 1,700 miles back to Nashville. Lewis is seeking sponsors for the trip, and all of the money will go to the foundation.
“Steve is asking for no money for himself; he is completely self-supporting his travel expenses. I appreciate his generosity and hope you will as well,” foundation director Amelia Moorer said.
Lewis’s friend John Aylett will accompany him on the trek.
Lewis and Aylett “have trained endlessly, and on behalf of the foundation, I am honored to reap the rewards of Steve’s efforts. All monies given to Steve in sponsorship will be recorded, and each sponsor will receive a receipt by mail,” Moorer said.
“If you desire to give your money directly to the hospital, you may do so by mailing your check” to the HMH Foundation, 130 Medical Circle, Nashville, AR, 71852,” Moorer said.
Donors may also contact Kim Turbeville or Moorer at HMH with a credit card number, or go by the hospital to leave a cash donation.
“Your sponsorship is greatly appreciated, and you can be proud to not only have supported your local hospital but also to have helped cheer Steve as he accomplishes this amazing feat,” Moorer said.

Mine Creek Revelations: J Turn Justice

I’M STILL WAITING  on formal notification from the mayor on my request to be deputized as a fully-recognized member of the Traffic, Parking & Fashion Police Association (TPFPA) for our town’s Central Business District
My purpose is to help rid our town of ‘J Turns’ on Main Street.
Last week in Howard County District Court, a Nashville woman was fined $145 for making a J Turn. If you don’t believe me, look at the District Court article in this week’s paper.
There’s an average of almost one case each week in the court docket, therefore — assuming the ticketed driver doesn’t repeat his or her traffic crime — we’re cutting down on the number of J Turns in a slow but steady manner. I am sorry that we don’t have graduated sizes of fines for second and third offenses. First fine: $145. Second: $285. Third: $1,000. Hit ‘em hard and you don’t have to hit ‘em often, is what I say.
The whole purpose of increasing amounts of the penalties is to prevent repeat offenders. There may be some serial J Turners out there and we all have an obligation to stomp them out. Mercifully, of course.
Warning: ‘We’ (and by ‘we’ I mean me and my fellow deputies with the TPFPA) are going to get you if you make a J Turn.
As soon as I get my concealed weapon permit renewed, I’m going to begin the printing vehicle descriptions and license plate numbers I have helpfully written down every time I’ve seen yet another traffic criminal make a J Turn. Both of you can check this column weekly to see the list when I begin publishing those numbers and names.
I know you’ll think I’m getting fixated on this, but twice-a-day I now walk both sides of Main Street between the railroad tracks and the Post Office looking for vehicles whose front tire angles indicate the driver made a J Turn into the parking spot. I’ll make a mental note and be on the lookout for those vehicles in the future.
When I get deputized I’ll probably also have to get a swell uniform so everything will look real official. If I give you a ticket, just suck it up and pay for your crime. Also, does anyone know where I can get a swell 2XL uniform? Preferably pants with an expandable waist.
As I mentioned before, I’ll be fair but firm in giving tickets for J Turns. As usual, only a very few warning tickets will be given — they are reserved only for the sauciest women and to people who are generous donors to my Peanut M&Ms Crusade.
Let me assure you that these fine people have learned their lesson and will never J Turn again.
We have an obligation
The TPFPA is also on constant alert to catch someone ‘sagging,’ otherwise why would ‘Fashion’ be a part of our official name?
There are absolutely no warning tickets given for sagging. That’s because we have no mercy for male saggers,and because saucy women just don’t go in for wearing their pants way down below the tops of their undies.
Given the popularity of thong underwear among today’s saucy women, if they got into sagging we would then encounter major distraction problems for downtown motorists.
Let me put it this way. A saucy woman wearing thong underwear and ‘sagging,’ might cause an otherwise law-abiding motorist to make a J Turn so as to get a better look. This motorist would then surely call a Traffic, Parking and Fashion Police Associate to report the infraction and thus insure public safety and tranquility.
Afterward, this motorist would probably turn himself/herself in to the TPFPA because making a J Turn under any condition — even in pursuit of a saucy female sagger — is still a no-no.
If I witnessed such an occurrence, whom would I ‘ticket’ first? The J Turner or the Saggerette?
Don’t test me, is what I say.
A lot of people don’t know this: the U.S. launched a secret spy satellite, Tuesday. The device will focus on downtown Nashville and provide assistance in our efforts against J Turns and Sagging. My personal thanks to President Obama for his support.
COULD’T HELP but notice that Hempstead County officials aren’t near as good as Howard County officials at keeping roadsides free from litter. Once I solve the problem of J Turns and sagging, I might just turn my attention to litterererers.
CATFISH REUNION. About two dozen guys from five consecutive classes at NHS during late 50s and early 60s got together at Camp Albert Pike last weekend for a catfish fry and lying contest. Isn’t it amazing, one guy asked, that after this much time so many would gather like this? The group included one guy who had come from Houston, another from north of Dallas. Others traveled respectable distances, too. The host, a member of the NHS class of ’60, has these shindigs twice a year. Almost every time we’ve lost a friend since the last time we met.
THINGS I LEARNED from reading email: If you can’t fix it with a hammer, you’ve got an electrical problem.
HE SAID: “Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” George Carlin, comic
SHE SAID: “Don’t be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.” Lily Tomlin, actress and comic

Obituaries (Week of March 24)

Amanda Rae Moore
Amanda Rae Moore, age 33, a resident of Fayetteville, Ark., and a former resident of Dierks, Ark., died Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Fayetteville.
Amanda is the daughter of Terry and Julia Moore and was born Jan. 16, 1981 and was a member of the church of Christ.
A celebration of Amanda’s life will be held Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Dierks Church of Christ with Floyd Clark, Lance Lowrey and Trey Clark officiating. Burial will follow at the Dierks Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks. Visitation was held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 25 at the Dierks Church of Christ.
Amanda was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Charles Moore and Ordis Roberson, and a beloved cousin, Shane Moore.
She is survived by her loving parents Terry and Julia Moore, a sister and brother-in-law, Rachel and Lance Lowrey; her nephew, Lucas Lowrey; her grandmothers, Mary Moore and Annie Roberson; her uncle and his wife Mike and Teresa Moore; an aunt and her husband, Coleen and Floyd Clark; and cousins Todd and Kelly Moore, Trey and Carmen Clark, Leah Lovelis and Lauren Clark.
Amanda graduated from Dierks High School in 1999 where she was valedictorian. She graduated from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Ark., the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Ark., and University of Missouri at Kansas City Law School. She was a partner in the Bassett Law Firm LLP from 2007-2014 before taking a position with Roger’s Food Group in 2014.
She was an avid Razorback fan. She took an active part in the following: EOA Children’s Home, and Peace at Home Family Shelter. Organizations that she was a member of were the Arkansas Bar Association, Frank’s Book Club, Bunco, Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, and the Turkey Hill Social Club.
Amanda will be remembered as a bright and shining star, for her big smile, her bubbling personality, her humor, and her ability to light up any room she entered. She could take control of almost any situation and accomplish, with great success, any assignment given. She was a loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend. Amanda did not have any children but adored her nephew, Lucas, and her two Corgis, Tess and Audrey.
A memorial service will also be held on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the Pauline Whitaker Center, 1335 W. Knapp, Fayetteville, Ark.
Memorials may be made to EOA Children’s House, 2577 Lowell Road, Springdale, AR 72764; or Peace At Home Family Shelter, 1200 Garland Ave., Fayetteville, AR 72703.
You may register on-line at
Hollis ‘Shorty’ Dean
Hollis “Shorty” Dean, 75 of Mineral Springs, Ark., passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at his home in Mineral Springs.
He was born on February 10, 1939 in Purcell, Okla., the son of the late Edward and Edith Henson Dean.
Mr. Dean was preceded in death by three brothers William Jesse Dean, Ralph Edward Dean, and Clifford Ray Dean, and one sister Shirley Ann Dean.
Survivors include: his wife Mary Dean of Mineral Springs, Ark.; mother-in-law Edith “Nanny” Hagar of Mineral Springs, Ark.; two sons, Hollis Carroll Dean, Jr., and wife Margie of Redwater, Texas, Timothy Edward Dean and wife Julie of Nashville, Ark.; two daughters, Vicki Dean Clements of Texarkana, Texas, Brandy Dean Craig and husband David of Prescott, Ark.; two brothers, Ray Dean and Bobby Dean; eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a number of nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville with Chaplain Jeff Robinett officiating. Burial will follow in Mineral Springs Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville.
You may send an online sympathy message at
Bobbie Lynn Nichoalds
Bobbie Lynn Nichoalds, 71, of Lonoke, died in North Little Rock on Thursday,  March 13, 2014.
She was born Feb. 9, 1943 in Nashville, to the late Woodrow and Beatrice McLarty. She was a Southern Baptist, was a 1961 graduate of Nashville High School, and worked at the Blood Alcohol Testing Unit at the Arkansas State Health Department for 30 years.
Survivors include: her husband, David Nichoalds; her children, Jessica Eoff of Porter, Texas, and Natalie Dickens of Texarkana, Ark.; a sister, Peggy Hopper of Nashville; and four grandchildren.
Services were on Friday, March 21, 2014 at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home in North Little Rock.
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Jodie Chandler
Jodie Chandler, 58, of Nashville, died Monday, March 17, 2014.
She was born Feb. 8, 1956 in Nashville, the daughter of the late George Lockeby and Sadie Gibson Lockeby.
Survivors include: her husband, Charles Chandler of Nashville; a daughter, Kristi Chandler Wastian, and husband, Darrell of Murfreesboro; a brother, Herman Lockeby of Las Vegas, Nev.; two sisters, Alice Sawayer and Mary Driver, both of Plainview, Texas; Also grandchildren.
Graveside services were Friday, March 21, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery in Murfreesboro under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville.
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Jean Morrow Lockwood
(October 16, 1932 – March 11, 2014)
Jean Lockwood of Hot Springs Village, Ark., died on March 11, 2014 at Autumn Leaves in Vernon Hills, Ill.
She was the daughter of Bobilee and Georgia Scoggins Morrow, born on Oct. 16, 1932 in Graysonia, Ark. She was a retired teacher, and was very active in the Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Sue M. Stover and Grace Ann Riley, and niece,
 Martha Stewart.
She is survived by her husband, David; her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Rick Newhauser of Miami, Fla. and their sons and daughters-in-law, Rick and Esther, Stephen and Nicole, and Jason; her son and daughter-in-law, David and Dani Lockwood of Kenosha, Wisc., and their sons, Pete and Brian; and her son and daughter-in-law Robert and Rose Lockwood of Libertyville, Ill. She has four great-grandchildren: Oliver, Carter, Ava, and Reese Newhauser; nephews Kelly Riley and his wife Connie, Freddie Riley and his wife Melissa, Roy Lee Stover and his wife Claudia, and Randy Stover.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to all the caregivers who enriched Jean’s life with their kindness, compassion, and skill.
A memorial service will be held in Delight, Ark., at a future date. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Delight United Methodist Church in Delight, AR or The Caring Place in Hot Springs, AR.
Carolyn Harris
Carolyn Harris, 65, of Nashville died March 20, 2014, in Nashville.
She was born March 21, 1949, in Nashville, the daughter of Jo Van Gammill Abshere and the late Leroy Abshere.
She was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church in Nashville.
She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Marilyn Upton.
Survivors include: her husband, Wayne Harris; a son, Timmy Harris of Nashville; a daughter, Vickie Moore and husband Chris, of Nashville; three brothers, Mickey, Billy, and Herman Mimms; a sister, Jo Ann Fielding; also six grandchildren.
Graveside services were at 1 p.m. Monday, March 24, 2014 at Unity Cemetery near Nashville, under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville.
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Wanda Lorene Hosey
Wanda Lorene Hosey, 65, of Nashville, Ark., was born Nov. 11, 1948 and passed away on March 24, 2014 in Texarkana, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her father, Estol French, Sr., of Nashville.
Survivors include: her husband, Jimmy R. Hosey of Nashville; her mother, Wanda L. French of Nashville; three children, Michael and wife, Jennifer of Mineral Springs, Ark., Sherry and husband, Bill of Benton, Ark., and Cathy and husband, Chad of Fort Smith, Ark.; 5 grandchildren, Tabitha Wilcher, Chris Wilcher, Ian Isaacson, and  Hunter and Autumn; 2 great-grandchildren, Taylor and Ava; three sisters, Sue Pasley, Teresa Forrest, and Cemantha Wildbur; one brother, Estol French, Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at New Shiloh Baptist Church near Mineral Springs with Bro.David Raulerson officiating. Burial to follow at New Shiloh Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
Visitation was at 10 a.m. until until service time at the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Mineral Springs.
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Delight Elementary to get close look by South Pike County School District

By John Balch
Leader staff
Faced with future financial issues and the need to make several costly improvements to the Murfreesboro campus, the South Pike County School Board will begin closely reviewing whether the Delight Elementary School should be closed.
The decision to begin analyzing the Delight campus was reached after a financial report last Tuesday night from Superintendent Roger Featherston. The report projects the district will end the 2013-2014 school year with approximately $49,707 less in the operating fund than the previous school year. Although the projected balance was described as “low” and “conservative,” it will constitute a declining ending balance.
When a school district has three consecutive years of declining ending balances, the Arkansas Department of Education places the district on a fiscal distress list. If the financial issues are not resolved, the status can result in a state-takeover.
The financial report also included a list of projects needed on the Murfreesboro campus. The projects include a new roof and replacing the heating and air units at the high school and the need for 1-to-1 technology upgrades campus wide.
Also listed as a “huge project” would be the remodeling and expanding the Murfreesboro gymnasium or building a new one. “Either way, we would have a facility capable of holding graduation, etc. At the very least, we need to replace the bleachers, lighting and possibly add air conditioning,” said Featherston.
The report also shows the district is projecting a $90,000 increase in the building fund and currently has $1,550,167 CD in the bank. But, Featherston said “without changes” the district will continue to struggle financially and a “tough decision” needs to be considered.
“That decision is whether or not to close the Delight campus,” he said.
Closing the Delight Elementary School would cut operation costs by at least $250,000 per year, according to Featherson. There are currently 110 students enrolled at the Delight elementary, grades K-6. How many students would be lost in the event of closure is unknown. Featherston and High School Principal Kathaleen Cole guessed a loss of up to 10 students could be possible.
Featherston also said he did not think a school should be operated solely on business terms, but “this must be considered before it is too late.”
“I believe we have ‘put off the inevitable,’ but each year we continue to do this puts us in weaker financial condition for the future.”
Featherston was not proposing the board make a decision that night, “I’m just saying we need to have our eyes open.” If the board does decide to close the campus, he suggested the campus remain open throughout the next year to “allow time for planning and preparation.”
“And not do it ‘bam’ like it did with the high school,” he added.
The agreement that formed the South Pike County School District when Murfreesboro annexed the Delight district stated the new district “shall use its best efforts to allow the Delight School campus to continue to operate both an elementary and high school system in the SPCSD as long as deemed economically and educationally feasible and beneficial to the SPCSD as a whole as determined by the school board on a periodic review.”
“There are definitely reasons to keep it open and there are definitely things we’ve got to look at and consider what we are going to do there,” said Featherston.
The Delight High School was closed the school year after the 2010 annexation. The decision to close the high school was hastened when approximately 60 students left for the Blevins School District one month prior to the merger and a financial report showed Delight’s finances that school year had been spent down from $525,000 to $97,600.
Featherston said he planned to have a Dawson Educational Cooperative official and a former ADE fiscal distress team member now working at a public school resource center to both help analyze the information and numbers related to the operation of the Delight campus.
“I want people who have knowledge of finances, and – just on our level – don’t have a dog in the fight,” he said.
Board member Steve Conly voiced his concern about who should be used for outside consultation. “They don’t have a dog in the fight, Roger, but they don’t care. I guarantee what information you’re going to get from those people over there, I know exactly what they are going to tell you because they don’t like small schools, and they like consolidation.”
Another concern for Conly is what will happen to the town of Delight. “Once you close (schools) down, things just start to fade away,” he said.
Conly also suggested the district open dialogue with the Kirby School District about a possible future merger. “They’re going somewhere,” he said. “Let’s at least approach them and see what their intentions are.”
Board member Ricky Buck agreed that Kirby should be approached and Board President Alan Walls added, “I don’t think it will hurt a thing to reach out to our neighbors and say ‘hey don’t forget about us.’”
“I do not want any school to close, and I’m pretty passionate about it,” continued Conly, who is a major proponent of advancing the district’s technology capabilities. “But I do not want to be in fiscal distress either. That to me is a failure pointed towards us.”
“Been down that road before,” added Walls.
It has not been that long since the former Murfreesboro School District was on the ADE’s fiscal distress list. The district received the status July 1, 2008 after three consecutive years of a declining legal balance in the operating budget.
Voters approved a 7.6-mill increase in 2009, which along with tightened financial management, resulted in removal from the list in 2010. The increased tax rate raised the district’s rate to 44 mills, at the time the highest rate of Pike County’s then-four school districts. The new tax funds were not realized until the fall of 2010.
As part of the process of Murfreesboro annexing the Delight district to form the South Pike County district, the board was required to reach an unified millage rate. Acting against the advice of a financial consultant and a suggestion from Superintendent Featherston, the board voted in a split 4-2 vote to levy a 41-mill unified tax rate.
Kirby superintendent’s statement
Kirby Superintendent Jeff Alexander was contacted by The Nashville Leader Monday morning and issued the following statement.
“The Kirby School enrollment is currently at 344 students. We will not finish the year above 350. We still have another year to get to 350. The Kirby School District is in great financial shape. Our main concern is getting our enrollment up to 350.
“We are having a town meeting April 10 at 6:30 to discuss our enrollment situation and work toward possible solutions. I am planning on meeting with Mr. Featherston this week just to look at all aspects of our situation. Kirby Schools plans on remaining open.”

Howard County JP charged with DWI following wreck

There were no injuries, but the driver was jailed and charged with DWI after a one-vehicle accident north of Nashville, Friday afternoon.
The driver, Jeanie Gorham, 57, of Mineral Springs, was charged with DWI #2 and careless driving, according to the sheriff’s office. Gorham is a member of the Howard County Quorum Court.
The accident was investigated by Trooper Mason Glasgow of the Arkansas State Police. The accident occurred at about 4 p.m. near the intersection of Airport Road 980 and Pump Springs Road. Police here had first received a call about a reckless driver; then got a call reporting the accident. Gorham was taken to the Howard County Jail and was held for about three and one-half hours before bonding out.
Gorham had a previous DWI charge in August of 2013.

School food services staff responds to talk of outsourcing

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Nashville School Board continues to discuss outsourcing the district’s cafeteria program.
Under the plan, a management firm oversees the cafeteria and often hires current school employees for day-to-day operation and meal preparation.
Last month, board members heard reports from administrators who visited school which had outsourced their food services programs to management companies.
Monday night, Tina Conzel, the district’s food services director, discussed the matter with the board.
“The ladies are really concerned,” Conzel said. “We went to Lakeside and Malvern and met food services staff from the schools.”
Conzel presented pros and cons from the visits.
Lakeside offers two main menu lines, a salad bar, pizza and other items, Conzel said. “The district is larger, about 3,200 students, and has more choices. They also had fruit juices, milk, cut up fruit, cookies and chips.”
Lakeside purchases many foods instead of preparing them “from scratch,” Conzel said. The district used disposable items such as plates at high school and junior high but had regular plates at elementary.
Employee salaries are negotiable, and the district may recommend raises to the management company. Workers are played twice monthly and may draw unemployment during the summer.
There was no supervision of the salad bar, Conzel said. The “no-scratch cooking” is a concern. Some of the staff “are not really happy with [outsourcing]. They’ve lost some staff. Sick leave and retirement are a concern.”
The employees are on a 90-day probation period with the management firm after they are hired
Conzel also visited Malvern and said the district is in its first year with outsourcing. “They were struggling,” she said.
Some of the practices which concerned Conzel at Lakeside were also found at Malvern.
Conzel did not visit Magnet Cove but called the cafeteria manager. “They were more positive but said the first year was very difficult.”
After discussing the other districts, Conzel asked questions about the possible change.
“Why outsource? Magnet Cove paid $340,000 to Chartwell,” the management firm.
“Why not invest in the existing program with new equipment and other items?
“Why bring outsiders in. Why have unhappy employees serving our children? Why serve previously prepared items. What does this benefit this district?
“We have parents, grandparents and former students on our staff.”
Conzel has worked in the local district for 27 years. She said she has been president of the state School Food Services Association. “I’ve always represented the Nashville School District and our students. The past two years have been especially demanding with new state and federal regulations. I want to continue to work for our school. We know some things need changing, and we’re willing to do it,” Conzel said.
“I’d rather have our employees in food services than someone with no interest other than financial. We don’t want y’all to give up on us yet,” she said.
Superintendent Doug Graham said Conzel had “provided more information for us to give consideration to as we move forward.”
No action was taken.
The board considered other items at the March meeting.
Members heard a report on the Act 1280 requirement that next year’s ninth graders will take an online course before they graduate. More information will be provided in next week’s Leader.
The 2014-15 school calendar was approved. “It pretty well mirrors the 2013-14 calendar,” Graham said. Classes will begin Aug. 18.
Graham said that bids on the second phase of the high school renovation will be opened at 1 p.m. April 1 in the board room. “We’re anxiously awaiting the bid opening. If the bids are something we can live with, I hope we can get started in May. We should be able to get through in October or November.”
Graham said he is “hoping for around the $2.5 million mark.”
Board members accepted resignations from junior high coach and teacher Don Cooley, custodian Ruth Lively and high school special education teacher Cameron Allen.
The board transferred Coach Brian “Boomer” Brown from high school to junior high to succeed Cooley.
Brice Petty was hired as the district’s technology coordinator beginning April 1. He is currently the assistant to Gayland Hopper, who will resign effective March 31. Petty will be paid $22.99 per hour.
Other hirings include Gricelda Mays, food services; Regina Westfall, high school Spanish; Kenny Hughes, bus driver; Amy Turner, elementary teacher; and Abby Cortez, elementary teacher.

NJHS testing schedule

Nashville Junior High students will be taking state exams in the coming weeks.
On April 1, the ninth grade will take the IOWA exam.
Some students will participate in the PARCC field test April 2-3.
From April 7-11 the Benchmark will be administered to seventh and eighth graders.
End of Course Geometry will be given April 22-23.
Another PARCC field test will be given May 6, with EOC Algebra on May 13-14.
Officials at the school encourage all students to get plenty of rest the evening before the tests. Eating a good breakfast has been found to be helpful also. It is very important that students are present for all testing sessions.
For more information, call the school at 845-3418.

Nashville band awards

Nashville High School bandsmen were recognized Saturday night at the annual band banquet.
The following awards were presented:
Outstanding improvement in marching – Peyton Tarno.
Outstanding improvement in playing – Tina Daugherty.
Outstanding performance in guard – Alexis Wells.
Outstanding improvement in guard – Walter Dean.
Outstanding dedication in guard – Isaiah Motta.
Outstanding percussion – Braden Bowman.
Outstanding woodwind – Courtly Dougan.
Outstanding brass – Isaiah Motta.
Outstanding guard – Lindsey Colston.
Outstanding freshman – Matthew Nannemann.
Outstanding sophomore – Breana Amonette.
Outstanding junior – Alexis Wells.
Outstanding senior – Katelyn Wall.
Director’s Award – Alex Kwok.

Coach reflects on season, makes plan for next year

Coach Damon Williams

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The dry-erase “KBA Multi-Court Playmaker” in Coach Damon Williams’ office was never erased.
All season.
Right in the middle of the board, between the two courts, was a list which stayed up through four months of basketball.
It was the coaches’ pre-season poll for District 7-4A. Right there for coaches, players and visitors to see.
Arkadelphia was picked first.
The Scrappers were picked last.
Williams wrote the rankings on the board before the season started. The dry-erase stayed in his office at the old Scrapper Gym throughout the season, even after the basketball program moved to new quarters at Scrapper Arena. Williams still used the office while a p.e. class met in the old gym.
When the longest season in school history, almost four months, was over last week, the Scrappers had advanced to the final four teams in Class 4A. They went to the state tournament for the first time since 1963 and won their first two state games ever before falling to Lonoke in the semifinals March 10.
“I enjoyed it,” Williams said Friday morning as he reflected on the season. “I had fun. Other coaches don’t realize how good it is here at Nashville.”
The season started strong for the Scrappers as they went 6-0, a streak which included a win over Bauxite in their first game at Scrapper Arena. Blevins handed the team its first loss in the finals of the Nashville Bankers Holiday Classic.
Conference play saw ups and downs for the Scrappers, who finished strong and took the runner-up trophy at the 7-4A tournament in Scrapper Arena.
Nashville finished third in the regional tournament, also at Scrapper Arena, and moved on to state at Lonoke.
Along the way, fans turned out in large numbers to support the Scrappers. The arena was designed with a student section in mind, which was populated by the Bleacher Creatures. Those students rode with parents or filled two buses for the semifinal trip to Lonoke, where they sparred with their counterparts from the host school.
“I loved the support,” Williams said. “The community went the extra mile to watch us. The student section was great. I hope they continue next year. [Athletic Director James “Bunch”] Nichols realizes that. The support is tremendous.”
The Scrappers picked up some “signature wins” during the season, according to Williams. “Arkansas Baptist, Malvern, those were big wins. Arkadelphia was a big win. Maumelle was number one in the state” when the Scrappers defeated the Hornets in the state quarterfinals. Those were huge steps for the program. And we had a shot at the finals.”
As a result of the Scrappers’ turnaround, “The kids know we can win. The community realizes this sport can be [successful] here at Nashville. It can happen,” Williams said.
The players bought into Williams’ style as the season progressed. “I’m very intense on the sidelines. It took them a bit to get used to me. I expect them to get after it and play hard. That’s all I wanted,” Williams said.
“The kids know basketball can be successful. That’s a whole different outlook. THe new arena made a huge difference. It’s second to none,” Williams said.
“It was fun to watch the kids grow. Every day they wanted to come to practice. That’s hard to do,” Williams said.
The Scrappers had “great senior leadership. I’m going to miss them. Other players looked up to them and respected what they did,” Williams said.
Brandon Shamrock likely will receive some notice from college coaches, Williams said. Cameron Alexander has already signed to play football at Ouachita Baptist. “He’s a great competitor. He’ll do well at OBU,” Williams said.
With the season completed, Williams said he will help with the football offseason program and start planning for the next basketball season. “I want to support the other sports like they’ve helped me. The support here is amazing. I appreciate the faculty, administration, everybody.”
Assistant coaches Aaron Worthen and Jerry Baker worked with Williams during the season. Baker served as strength and conditioning coach for the Scrappers. In addition to being an assistant with the high school program, Worthen was head coach for junior Scrapper basketball. Williams helped him most days before senior high practice.
All three coaches were on the bench for games.
“I want to work together,” Williams said.
Williams marks the third head coach in three years for the high school basketball program. “We need stability,” he said. “I plan on being here. I’m looking forward to the future.”
Williams wants this season’s success to carry over into coming years. “I’m proud of our seniors. They’ve started something that we’ll continue. They can look back and say we started this. They were the first to go to the state tournament in 51 years and started the tradition. We want it year in and year out. We want people around the state talking about Nashville basketball. That’s exciting for our kids,” Williams said.
“I’m looking forward to next year and hope to go one game further.”


Scrappers win Prescott meet

PRESCOTT – The Nashville Scrappers won the Prescott National Guard Wolf Relays Thursday, March 13.
The Scrappers finished the meet with 96 points, followed by De Queen with 95. Magnolia was third with 78, Maumelle fourth with 65 and Prescott fifth with 64.
Finishes for other area schools include Gurdon sixth, Ashdown eighth, Camden Fairview ninth, Hope twelfth and Arkansas High thirteenth.
Results for the Scrappers include the following:
4 x 800-m relay – First, 8:59.9. Eric Perez, Ignacio Perez, Braden Bowman and Robbie Morphew.
110-m hurdles – Fifth, Brandon Shamrock, 16.63.
100-m dash – Fourth, Jalen Jones, 11.61; eighth, Jackson Beavert, 11.783.
1600-m run – First, Eric Perez, 4:44.07.
4 x 100-m relay – Third, Andrew Hawthorne, Beavert, Jamie Newton and Jones, 45.37.
400-m dash – First, Beavert, 52.00.
800-m run – First, Eric Perez, 2:04.95.
200-m dash – Fourth, Jones, 23.73.
3200-m run – Third, Eric Perez, 10:29.31.
4 x 400-m relay – Second, Beavert, Corey Cooper, Kayion Burris and Shamrock, 3:44.14.
High jump – Second, Shamrock, 6-0.
Shot – Fourth, Rashon Lee, 45-7.
Discus – Second, Lee, 132-2.

Nashville 4th in Junior Scrapper Relays

Nashville finished fourth in the Junior Scrapper Relays March 11 at Scrapper Stadium. De Queen won the meet with 162 points, followed by Prescott with 125, Genoa Central with 101, Nashville with 94 and Fouke with 46. Murfreesboro was sixth with 33. Ashdown, Trinity Christian, Foreman and Gurdon rounded out the field.
Results for the junior Scrappers include the following:
High jump – 1. Sam Cogburn, 5-06. 5. Darius Hopkins, 5-04. 8. C.J. Spencer, 5-04.
Triple jump – 3. Spencer, 36-09.5.
Shot put – 2. Jarvis Holmes, 48-08. 7. Kirby Adcock, 37-09.
Discus – 6. Austin Bowman, 116-04.
Pole Vault – 7. Gage Webb, 6-06.
4 x 800-m relay – 3. Kenneth Luper, Alec Littlefield, Rigo Resendez and Steven Murrofo, 10:04.
110-m hurdles – 4. Gibbs, 17.88.
100-m dash – 1. Hopkins, 11.24. 5. Gibbs, 11.86.
1600-m run – 5. Tyler Hanson, 5:38.16. 8. Murrofo, 5:49.15.
4 x 100-m relay – 5. Littlefield, Gibbs, Cogburn and T’Darion Walton, 49.16.
400-m dash – 8. Luper, 59.19.
300-m hurdles – 2. Gibbs, 45.65.
200-m dash – 1. Hopkins, 23.13. 7. Dee Sasser, 29.97.
4 x 400-m relay – 5. Littlefield, Resendez, Ty Turney and Mace Green, 4:08.13.

All-District honors for Nashville basketball

One Scrapperette and three Scrappers have received District 7-4A post-season honors.
Senior Kassidy Snowden was named first team All-District. She was also selected for the Class 4A state All-Tournament team.
Senior Cameron Alexander was named first team All-District 7-4A. He was selected for the Class 4A state All-Tournament team.
Senior Brandon Shamrock was named second team All-District.
Junior LaMichael Pettway was honorable mention All-District.

Former inmate’s lawsuit against Pike County jail employees set for trial

By John Balch
Leader staff
HOT SPRINGS – The civil rights action by a female former jail inmate against three former Pike County law enforcement employees has been scheduled for trial this summer.
The case filed by Tina A. Morgan against former sheriff, Preston “Pep” Glenn of Billstown, and former jail employees, Kenny White of Murfreesboro and Paul Cowart of Glenwood, will be heard Sept. 3 in the United States District Court, Western Division of Arkansas. Judge Barry A. Bryant will preside.
Morgan, who is currently an inmate in the state prison system, first filed the civil rights action against the three former employees in July 2011, but a revised version was refiled in August 2012. The case was assigned a trial date last Wednesday and Judge Bryant wrote, “No continuances will be granted except for good cause shown.”
On Feb. 6, Judge Bryant denied a motion of summary judgment submitted by the defense.
Morgan, 42, spent eight months incarcerated in the Pike County Jail in 2009-2010. She contends that during this time her constitutional rights were violated when she was sexually harassed and coerced into exposing herself to male inmates and male jailers, according to case information.
Morgan alleges that state-assigned inmates known as “309’s” were allowed into the female holding pods and were allowed to engage in sexual acts with the female inmates. The 309’s would give female inmates treats in exchange for exposing themselves, she said. “According to Plaintiff, they were poorly fed and she exposed herself (in) return for cookies and ice cream.”
Morgan further alleges when she initially informed Glenn of the situation that he failed to put safeguards in place and did not make any changes in the policies and procedures. She said she informed Glenn on three different occasions, and another inmate also made a complaint about the activity.
Morgan also claims she told her public defender during a phone call about the situation and she was informed “to be quiet about it all or it would make my time harder.” Morgan also stated she had documented incident dates on a homemade calendar and had saved two pairs of underwear. Case information does not indicate to whom the underwear belongs.
White’s and Cowart’s alleged involvement begins with accusations they made requests of a sexual nature over the jail’s intercom system and also continued to allow the 309’s access to the female holding pods. The two former jailers are also accused of developing a signal using flashlights for the female inmates to “let them know it was time to perform sexual acts.” Morgan contends if the inmates did not perform “ice cream, cigarettes and food would be withheld as punishment” or that the items would be used for coercion.
It is noted in the case that in April 2010, jailer Sherry Gosney submitted an incident report where she witnessed the plaintiff and another inmate exposing and touching themselves as Cowart watched. Another incident is noted where former jailer Randy Abbott is mentioned as a witness to similar conduct and that he had documented the incident with a camera phone.
The Arkansas Department of Corrections eventually became aware of the alleged conduct involving the state prisoners and the Act 309 inmate program was discontinued at the Pike County Jail the summer of 2011. The state prisoners are housed in county jails throughout the state to increase the number of prison beds, reduce costs of incarceration and assist sheriffs with manpower. Counties are paid to house the state prisoners.
An ADC spokesperson told The Nashville Leader at the time “a couple of incidents” resulted in first a suspension and later termination of the 309 program. The incidents included 309’s being allowed to access computers and the Internet and they were also allowed to fingerprint incoming prisoners. An investigation further determined that the state prisoners were being allowed to pass out medication to both male and female prisoners. Another ADC investigation in July 2010 found the state prisoners had acted inappropriately toward female prisoners and the incident had been witnessed but not prevented by an official.
Cowart, who became a full-time jail employee July 1, 2010, submitted a letter of resignation on Aug. 16, 2010. He cited “personal reasons” for his departure and Glenn said at the time Cowart was not required or forced to resign.
White resigned September 2013 from county employment as well as his position as county coroner.
Glenn left office before his term was complete after being defeated in the last election cycle by current sheriff, Charlie Caldwell. Glenn took a job with the South Central Drug Task Force before leaving that post to work in another area of law enforcement.
Morgan states in a handwritten filing that she wants Glenn, Cowart and White removed from their positions and, “I would also like a sentence reduction. I feel like due to me filing a law suit (sic) and not keeping my mouth shut while in jail that I got a stiffer punishment. I would also ask the court to grant me monetary gain for mental damages.”


Scrappers improve to 8-0 with win over Fouke Thursday

PITCHING AT HOME. Alex Curry pitches for the Scrappers in their 10-2 win over Junction City March 13 at Wilson Park. Curry struck out 12 Dragon batters while giving up 5 hits, no earned runs and a walk.

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Nashville Scrappers won three games in four days last week, picked up another win Monday and ran their season record to 7-0.
They defeated Smackover, Junction City, Foreman and Magnet Cove as the non-conference portion of the schedule continues.
UPDATE: The Scrappers beat Fouke Thursday, 7-6, and will wrap up the week with a home game against Dierks Friday at 5 p.m.
Nashville will compete in the Magnolia Tournament during spring break next week with games set for March 28 and 29.
After falling behind 2-1 in the second inning, the Scrappers put up four runs in the fourth and held on for a 5-4 victory over the Smackover Buckaroos March 11 at Southern Arkansas University.
Nick Myers scored first for the Scrappers early in the game. Smackover came back with a run in the bottom of the first.
The Buckaroos added another score in the bottom of the second.
Neither team scored in the third before the Scrappers exploded for four runs in the fourth. Scores came from Trace Beene, Myers, Zach Jamison and Kyler Lawrence as the Scrappers went on top 5-2.
Smackover scored once in the fifth and once in the seventh.
For the game, the Scrappers put up 5 runs on 7 hits with 5 errors. The Buckaroos had 4 runs, 9 hits and 2 errors.
Justin Reed pitched 4 innings against Smackover, with 2 from Dylan Chambers and 1 from Alex Curry.
Reed struck out 4 batters, with 2 strikeouts each by Chambers and Curry.
Junction City
The Scrappers jumped out to a 4-0 lead over Junction City in the first inning and never looked back on their way to a 10-2 win March 13 at Wilson Park.
Lawrence, Jamison and Cameron Alexander had 2 runs each for the Scrappers, who ended the game with 10 hits and no errors. Junction City had 3 errors and 5 hits.
Other Scrapper scores came from Williams, Kory Snodgrass, Myers and Chambers.
Curry was the leading hitter for Nashville with 3. Alexander was next with 2, followed by Lucas Liggin, Lawrence, Snodgrass, Myers and Chambers with 1 each.
Curry was the team’s RBI leader with 3. Ty Whitworth, Snodgrass and Alexander had 1 a piece.
Curry pitched all 7 innings, striking out 12 Junction City batters. He gave up 5 hits, no earned runs and 1 walk.
The Scrappers won their third game of the week March 14 with a 9-0 victory over Foreman. Their 9 runs came off 8 hits with no errors against the Gators.
Liggin pitched the shutout, striking out 9 Foreman batters and giving up only 2 hits.
Myers led the Scrappers in scoring with 3 runs, followed by Jamison and Lawrence with 2 each, and Williams and Chambers with 1 each. Lawrence had 2 hits, with 1 each from Liggin, Myers, Alexander, Blake Hockaday, Curry and Jamison.
Nashville posted 6 RBIs, with 2 each from Lawrence and Jamison and 1 each from Alexander and Curry.
The Scrappers led 5-0 after the fourth inning and put up 4 more runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Magnet Cove
Nashville defeated Magnet Cove 4-1 Monday afternoon in a non-conference game.
Myers was 3-3 at bat.
Alexander hit an RBI double in the third inning.
Scrapper scores came from Lawrence, Myers, Alexander and Curry.
The Scrappers had 7 runs and 1 error against Magnet Cove.
Reed pitched the entire game, giving up 3 hits and 1 run while striking out 9 batters.

Scrapperettes take 2 of 3 games during Benton tournament

SCRAPPERETTE SENIORS. Seniors on the Scrapperette softball team hold their day in the life jar of game marbles after they defeated Magnolia Friday afternoon at the Benton Tournament. They include Kathleen Lance, Shayla Wright, Keeley Miller, Avery Kesterson, Brittany Middleton and Kynnedi Gordon.

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Scrapperettes picked up 2 wins in 3 games during the weekend at the Benton Tournament.
They opened the tournament with a 6-3 win over Magnolia Friday, March 14. The next morning, they led Sheridan 1-0 before a five-run fourth inning led the Yellowjackets to a 5-1 victory. The Scrapperettes bounced back Saturday afternoon by defeating Wynne 11-1 in four innings.
The tournament games were played with a 90-minute time limit.
“We competed well,” Coach Paul Ernest said. “We played good defense. We had great pitching all weekend.”
Class 4A Nashville and Class 3A Perryville were the smallest schools at the tournament, according to Ernest. The other teams were 5A or higher.
“We saw some of the teams we’ll see this weekend at the tournament of Champions,” Ernest said. “We can compete.”
The Scrapperettes will face Brookland Friday at 9:15 p.m. at Burns Park in North Little Rock. The tournament continues Saturday.
The game started slowly for the Scrapperettes, who had defeated Magnolia 14-5 in a regular season game earlier in the week.
“We looked a little like we thought we’d won 14-5 again. We didn’t hit as well,” Ernest said of the early going.
The Lady Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, and neither team managed another run until the fourth, when Kynnedi Gordon hit a 3-run home run for the Scrapperettes, who went on top 5-2.
Magnolia scored again in the bottom of the fourth, and the Scrapperettes added a run in the top of the fifth to take the 6-3 win.
Nashville put up 7 hits against the Lady Panthers and had 3 errors. Magnolia had 3 hits and no errors.
Scrapperette scores came from Gordon, Avery Kesterson, Hannah White, Shayla Wright, Kaylea Carver and Maddi Horton. Scrapperettes recording hits included Kacey Hinds, Gordon, Kesterson, Brittany Middleton, White, Miller and Carver. Gordon led the team in RBIs with 3; Miller had 2, and White added 1.
Brittany Hilliard pitched 3.1 innings, giving up 3 runs and 2 hits. She struck out 3 Magnolia batters. Anna Kesterson pitched 1.2 innings, giving up no runs and 1 hit while striking out 2 Lady Panthers.
Horton put the Scrapperettes on top 1-0 early in the second inning Saturday morning against Sheridan. However, that would be the only score for Nashville as the Lady Yellowjackets put together a 5-run fourth inning of their own to take the win.
“We won 4 of the 5 innings and had 1 bad inning when Sheridan hit the grand slam home run” in the fourth, Ernest said.
Nashville and Sheridan had 5 hits each for the game, and the Scrapperettes recorded the only error of the contest.
Nashville hits came from Carver with 2 and 1 each from Alyssa Harrison, Kathleen Lance and Miller.
Miller pitched the entire game, facing 25 batters.
The Scrapperettes wrapped up the tournament by defeating Wynne 11-1 Saturday afternoon.
Nashville led 201 after the second inning but added 5 runs in the third and 4 in the fourth. For the game, the Scrapperettes had 11 runs, 4 hits and 1 error. Wynne had 1 run, 5 hits and 4 errors.
Gordon, Wright and Miller had 2 runs each, with 1 run a piece from Hinds, Lance, Chelsey Hile, Horton and Kendall Kirchhoff.
Nashville had 7 RBIs from Hinds, Lance, Kaycee Patrick, Middleton, Wright, Gabi Dougan and Carver.
The 4 hits came from Harrison, Lance, Patrick and Miller.
Anna Kesterson pitched the 4-inning game, facing 17 batters and giving up 1 run.
Regular season
The Scrapperettes traveled to Magnolia March 11 and came home with a 14-5 win. Nashville had 12 hits against the Lady Panthers but also committed 8 errors. Magnolia had 6 hits and 3 errors.
The Lady Panthers led 4-0 after the first two innings before the Scrapperettes began their comeback. Nashville put up 5 runs in the third inning, 2 in the fourth, 3 in the fifth, 2 in the sixth and 2 in the seventh to take the win. They gave up only 1 other run to Magnolia.
Four RBIs from Miller helped lead the Scrapperette rally. Other RBIs included 2 from Gordon and 1 each from Harrison, Avery Kesterson and White.
Avery Kesterson and Carver scored 3 runs each, Lance added 2, with 1 run a piece from KeeKee Richardson, Harrison, White, Wright, Miller and Mattie Jamison.
Miller and Avery Kesterson were the leading batters with 3 hits each. Harrison, Gordon, Lance, White, Wright and Carver had 1 each.
Miller pitched the entire game, facing 34 batters, giving up 5 runs on 6 hits and striking out 6.
Nashville visited Horatio Monday afternoon
“We have a lot of talented girls,” Ernest said. “There are 28 on the roster and 20-plus can help us. We’re young. We have 12 freshmen.”
The Scrapperettes also have “great senior leadership. They’ve put a lot of time and energy into the program,” Ernest said. The seniors won back-to-back state championships their sophomore and junior seasons.
The Scrapperettes are batting well so far, with a .342 average.
Avery Kesterson has the highest percentage so far at .562 and has 7 runs on the season.
Miller has a .524 average and 10 RBIs.
Carver is batting .500 through last week’s games.
The Scrapperettes’ on-base percentage so far is .447. “We’re drawing some walks. Seven have been it by pitches,” Ernest said.
Carver’s on-base percentage is .636. “She has yet to strike out.”

Mine Creek Revelations: Lottery Winner

TO ANSWER your first question, the store that sells a winning Arkansas lottery ticket receives an amount equal to 1% of the winner’s prize.
 TO ANSWER your second question, those ‘scratch-off’ lottery tickets can cost up to $10 per card, depending upon the number of scratch-off spaces, the prize, and the payoff odds.  There are lotsa games on colorful cards.
TO ANSWER your third question, I’m not going to interview Norman Johnson of the Paraloma community located between Mineral Springs and Ben Lomond because I figger he’s got friends and relatives and perfect strangers coming out of the woodwork since news got out he’d won $500,000 on an Arkansas Lottery scratch-off. They all have sensible suggestions as to how he can best divest himself of that windfall.
The winning scratch-off ticket was purchased at B’s Quick Stop in Mineral Springs where Mr. Johnson has been a weekly customer for lottery tickets. When the Arkansas Lottery began a couple of years ago, I went down to B’s and got a picture of the first customers buying their tickets. And they were lined up to buy them, too.
If you buy a ticket at B’s, you’ll probably buy it from Delagene Byers, the proprietor, or her twin sons Blake and Brock, who take turns at the checkout counter. Last Friday, Brock told me he wasn’t sure exactly who sold Mr. Johnson the winning scratch-off.
I’ve gotta tell you that Brock was also a little nervous at the battery of questions from a nosey newsman. He’s normally pretty quick with a quip. He’s also more accustomed to taking my money for one of Delagene’s low-cal steak sandwiches.
While I talked with Brock, there was a steady stream of customers, most of them coming in for a softdrink and a lottery ticket. I talked to one guy who purchased a handful of scratch-offs. He tucked them into his jacket pocket. “Aren’t you going to scratch them?” I asked. Nope, he answered, it’s bad luck to scratch them off inside the store. He took his tickets and drove away, but not before telling me that he had once won $20,000 in the Texas lottery scratch-off.
TO ANSWER your fourth question, I don’t buy scratch-offs, but I do occasionally contribute a couple of bucks to the scholarship lottery fund through one of the other games when the prize gets really, really, really big. In my heart I know that there’s not a chance I’ll win $673.6 million, but then I remind myself that somewhere, someone IS going to win that obscene amount of money.
And, of course, my main object is to help deserving Arkansas kids with the scholarships. Honest.
Usually the lottery office announces that someone at Waldo or Walnut Ridge, or Dermott has won a big prize. Not so often towns from down our way.
So, congrats to Mr. Johnson and to B’s.
TO ANSWER your fifth question, B’s prize for selling that winning scratch-off was $5,000.
ST. PADDY’S DAY. It was Monday and I forgot to wear green, of course. Luckily, no one pinches your cheek, anymore, if you forget to wear green.
Up in Boston, which is the Irish stronghold of America, the ‘Irish’ got to hold their traditional parade despite threats from many — including City Hall — if parade organizers did not allow a group of Gay Lesbian Bi-Sexual Trans-Gender (GLBT) marchers. The Samuel Adams beer folks, in fact, withdrew their financial support because the marchers were not allowed.
The parade is privately-funded, and organizers get to decide who gets to march and who doesn’t.
I think the GLBT marchers were mostly concerned with calling attention to their desire for acceptance, not for honoring St. Patrick or the Irish. I’m sure there have been plenty of fine folks who were BOTH Irish and GLBT. The kernel here is that if the GLBT folks had put on some green and had been more intent upon honoring St. Paddy and the Irish, they wouldn’t have met with opposition.
This little bit of wisdom is from someone who has never, ever made anyone mad. Honest.
YOU CAN BE EXCUSED if you do not fully understand the big scientific announcement this week that scientists now have a better idea about the “Big Bang” which they say launched the universe 13.8 billion, that’s a buncha zeroes, years ago.
The theory is call ‘cosmic inflation,’ and it’s complicated because it involves space-time gravitational waves. My own theory is that this may or may not have been the way the Almighty caused everything to happen.
I will attempt to explain their other guys’ theory
THINGS I LEARNED from reading email: A mouse trap placed on top of your alarm clock will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button.
HE SAID: “It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action.” Honore de Balzac, French playwright
SHE SAID: “We are used to cleaning the outside house, but the most important house to clean is yourself — your own house — which we never do.” Marina Abramovic, artist

Obituaries (Week of March 17, 2014)

Ed Allmon
Ed Allmon, 93, of Murfreesboro, died Monday, March 10, 2014.
Survivors include: his wife, Dolly Allmon; sons, Jerry Allmon and wife, Cathy, Donnie Allmon and wife, Twyla, and Ricky Allmon and wife, Barbara; daughters, Ann O’Donnell and husband, Mike, Linda Stinson and husband, John, and Delores Marsh and husband Steve; a stepson, Kenny Harrison and wife, Lisa; also grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
He donated his body to the Medical Education & Research Institute in Memphis.
Arrangements are by Hot Springs Funeral Home.
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Brenda Buckley
Brenda Buckley, 54, of Delight, died March 13, 2014 in Nashville.
She was born July 16, 1959 in Colorado Springs, Colo., the daughter of Phillip Parks and the late Judy Thompson Cason.
She was a member of the Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Pisgah, Ark.
Survivors include: her husband, Roger Buckley of Delight; two daughters, Kristina Reid and husband, Adam, of Kirby, and Holly Womack and husband, Derrik, of Nashville; two brothers, Phillip Parks Jr. of Emmet, and John James Parks, of Genoa; a sister, Vickie McCoy of Dallas, Texas; also grandchildren.
Visitation was on Sunday March 16, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Murfreesboro.
Funeral services were Monday March 17, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Pisgah, with Bro. Curtis Abernathy officiating. Burial followed in Bowen Cemetery near Delight under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro.
Betty Lou Gilbert
Betty Lou Gilbert, 80 of Cross Roads, Ark., died Sunday, March 16.
She was born July 20, 1933 in Hempstead County, the daughter of the late Sherman Roberts and Lillian Roberts Hickerson.
She attended the Old Liberty Church.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard E. “Sonny” Roberts.
Survivors include: her husband of 71 years, Charles William Gilbert of Cross Roads; a son; Charles William Gilbert, II , and wife, Patty, of Cross Roads; a daughter; Charlene Ort, and husband, Randy, of North Little Rock; a brother; Sherman Roberts of Cambridge, Mass.; also grandchildren.
Visitation was 6-8 Tuesday, March 18, at Brazzel/Oakcrest Funeral Home, 1001 South Main Street  Hope.
Funeral services were Wednesday, March 19 at Old Liberty Church in the Crossroads Community. with Randy Ort and Bro. Charles Hawley officiating. Burial followed in Westmoreland Cemetery at Cross Roads.
Madden Beckett Smelser
Madden Beckett Smelser was born on February 26, 2014 in Hot Springs, the son of Jade Blaauw and Anthony Smelser.
He died March 14 at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.
Funeral Services were scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Holly Creek Baptist Church in Dierks, with burial to follow in Greens Chapel Cemetery near Dierks under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
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Theft charge filed against former Rattler band director

By John Balch
Leader staff
Two years after an investigative audit began looking in to the handling of the South Pike County School District’s band funds, a felony theft charge has been filed against the district’s former band director.
An application and affidavit for warrant of arrest was filed March 3 in Pike County Circuit Court against Robert W. Tucker, 36, who now resides in Carl Junction, Mo., where his Facebook page states he works as a sales consultant at a local car dealership. Tucker is accused of taking and exercising “unauthorized control” of monies from fund-raising activities that belonged to the school district in the amount of $3,079.
The affidavit was prepared by Special Agent Jimmie O. Thomas of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division and signed by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jana Bradford. The theft of property charge was filed as a Class D felony, punishable with a prison term of up to six years and a fine up to $10,000.
Tucker, who was hired in June 2011 as Rattler Band director, resigned in February 2012 after being suspended for using profanity in the classroom and pending the outcome of an investigation in to “financial irregularities” discovered by school officials.
During Tucker’s paid suspension, Superintendent Roger Featherston sent him a letter that requested a written explanation “including as much evidence as possible” concerning funds for the band’s T-shirt and beef jerky sales. A second letter was also sent to Tucker again asking for explanation, but Tucker never replied to the letters and he submitted his resignation on Feb. 24. He and his family left Arkansas on Feb. 26, headed for his home state of Michigan.
According to information filed on the case, the audit determined $2,912 was unaccounted for along with unauthorized disbursements of $167. “Unaccounted-for funds included $984 in T-shirt sales and fundraiser proceeds of $1,928 in beef jerky sales,” according to the audit. The unauthorized disbursements included $66 for “groceries and dog food” and a reimbursement of $101 without adequate documentation.
Tucker told Agent Thomas in August 2013 that he had “received a letter from the State of Arkansas and he was under the impression that this was all a misunderstanding and that the school district was to blame.” He also stated he had reimbursed the district for the personal items he “inadvertently” purchased using the school district’s Walmart credit card. Featherston disputed Tucker’s claim and told the investigator that Tucker did not follow school district procedures and had not reimbursed the school for any of the unaccounted-for monies.
Tucker’s handling of the privately-funded Rattler Band Booster’s account was also part of the initial investigative audit but no charge has been brought in relation to his use of a booster debit card to purchase personal items and food in the amount of $126.37. The day he left for Michigan, Tucker paid the band boosters back with $184 cash.
In May 2012, Tucker disputed the findings of the audit when he was contacted via Facebook. He told The Nashville Leader that he gave away close to a $1,000 worth of band T-shirts to office personnel and teachers. He added there were still band T-shirts in the band hall when he left.
“(The T-shirts) were never a fundraiser, although they tried to call it that,” Tucker wrote in response. “It was an expense, and I’m sure that the number of shirts I gave away will match the missing funds.”
As for the $1,928 unaccounted-for funds, Tucker replied, “I told the investigator to do an audit of the instrument room now, and put it against the inventory at the beginning of the year. I purchased a large number of instruments and they should find many instruments that were not there at the beginning of the year, at least 8-10 instruments were purchased, and that would show you where the missing $1,900 is.”
Tucker also questioned whether the instrument comparison inventory was ever conducted. “I requested the instrument inventory comparison months ago, and have seen no evidence of it being completed.”
When questioned by Agent Thomas, Tucker said he had used the money from the fundraisers to pay cash for band instruments at various pawn shops and yards sales and “did not think to get a receipt for them.” Tucker also told Agent Thomas that the school had done an inventory and it was proven the district had 15 or 16 new instruments he had purchased.
When Tucker was contacted last week, he said he was unaware of any charge being brought against him and stood by his claims he made to the newspaper in 2012.


Howard County Circuit Court

Four not guilty, or not true, pleas were given, last Wednesday in the regular day for criminal court in Nashville.
On the bench was Judge Charles Yeargan.
Mitchell McKnight, 34, white male, Nashville pleaded not true to a charge of failure to meet the terms of his probation on a July 2012 conviction for breaking or entering, and for theft of property, class D and C felonies, respectively. His probation revocation trial will be May 14. He will be represented by the public defender.
A not guilty plea was given by Gregory Boeckman, 36, white male, 1003 Walters Ave., Dierks, who is charged with class B felony theft by receiving. Pretrial motions will be heard July 2.
Not guilty pleas were given to two felony criminal actions against Edmond Lewis, 42, white male, Hwy. 317, Lockesburg. Lewis is facing multiple counts of commercial burglary and theft of property in connection to thefts from rural churches in Howard County and in Sevier County. He will be represented by the public defender. Pretrial motions will be heard June 4 with a trial date set for June 17.
Dominique Trevon Brumfield, 29, black male, 3106 Hw. 26, Nashville, was granted a continuance in one criminal case, and entered a not true plea in another. He is charged with failure to meet the terms of his probation on a July 2013 conviction for commercial burglary, a felony, and criminal attempt of theft of property, a misdemeanor. His probation revocation trial was set for April 30, and he will be represented by the public defender.
Brumfield faces additional felony charges of commercial burglary and theft of property. His trial on that charge was set for May 20.
Guilty pleas
Two defendants pleaded guilty and received sentences.
Maron Ray Bohon, 51, white male, 392 Mt. Carmel Road, Dierks, pleaded guilty to a class Y felony charge of rape. He was sentenced to 25 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) with seven years suspended.
The state moved to nolle prosse (not pursue) one criminal charge in return for guilty pleas to three others in the case of Delonte Armstrong, 20, black male, 410 W. Henderson, Nashville.
Armstrong was charged with possession of Schedule VI drugs, a class C felony; possession charge enhanced by location; possession of a defaced firearm, class Y felony; simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, a class Y felony; and criminal use of a prohibited weapon, class D felony. Count 4 was dismissed. He was sentenced to 15 years with five years suspended on Count 1; 6 years on Count 2; and 15 years with five suspended on Count 3. All sentences to be served concurrently. He must make restitution of  $3,307 to the sheriff’s office.
Eight requests for continuances were granted.
A failure to appear warrant was ordered for Lee L. Harris, 31, black male, 432 Rosston Road, Prescott, who missed his court appearance on charges of hindering apprehension, theft of property and fleeing. When Harris is apprehended he will not be granted bond.


FBLA project for hospital raises $1,800

By Jana Copeland
Leader staff
Nashville High School junior Rachel Dawson, District 4 President  and the State Vice President of FBLA put together a community fundraiser for Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
They made announcements over the intercom at school for anyone that had been a patient at this hospital or knew someone from Nashville that had. They were instructed to pick up a sheet from the office and turn pictures in of when they were a patient and now. There were 27 patients and 5 doctors and staff members recognized.
Dawson put all of the information and pictures into a video, which was shown over a period of three nights at the Regional Basketball Tournament.
“We earned around $1,800 and that was such a blessing. My expectation was about $300-$400, and God just multiplied and touched people’s hearts to give. I am so beyond grateful.”
Her helpers were Terri McJunkins, Katelyn Smith, her family, Lydia Gaddis and many others who held the buckets.
“I would like to thank everyone who helped in this community service project and everyone who donated money for this amazing cause.”

Scrappers third at DQ meet

DE QUEEN – The Nashville Scrappers finished third at the Leopard Relays March 6 at Leopard Stadium.
Camden Fairview won the meet with 120 points, followed by De Queen with 118. The Scrappers finished with 87 followed by Magnolia with 66, Ashdown with 58 and Maumelle with 55 to round out the top six.
Results for the Scrappers include the following:
100-m dash – Jackson Beavert fourth, 11.92; Jalen Jones fifth, 11.93.
200-m dash – Jones fourth, 24.12; Andrew Hawthorne sixth, 24.37.
400-m dash – Kayvion Burris ninth, 55.95; Jallon Gamble 13th, 58.79.
800-m run – Eric Perez first, 2:06.24; Robbie Morphew fifth, 2:17.27.
1600-m run – Perez first, 4:44.46.
3200-m run – Perez first, 10:44.02.
4 x 100-m relay – Nashville fourth, Hawthorne, Beavert, Lee Scroggins and Jones, 45.39.
4 x 400-m relay – Nashville fourth, Beavert, Scroggins, Burris and Gamble, 3:49.60.
4 x 800-m relay – Nashville second, Eric Perez, Ignacio Perez, Braden Bowman and Morphew, 9:03.47.
High jump – Turrell Grundy seventh, 5-06.
Long jump – Grundy eighth, 119-09; Hawthorne ninth, 119-02.
Triple jump – Grundy seventh, 40-10.
Shot put – Rashon Lee third, 46-00; Treveeon Walker tenth, 41-07.
Discus – Lee second, 130-00; Marvis Muldrow ninth, 117-06.
The Scrappers will compete Thursday at Prescott.


Nashville wins annual memorial tournament for 7th time

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
For the seventh time in 10 years, the Nashville Scrappers are the champions of the Ralph Gross Memorial Tournament.
The Scrappers won the 2014 championship Saturday night with a 7-6 victory over Redwater, Texas, at Wilson Park.
Nick Myers, a Scrapper junior, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Other awards for Nashville included All-Tournament selections Alex Curry, Kyler Lawrence and Justin Reed.
“Great job, guys,” Coach Kyle Slayton said of his team’s performance. “Congratulations to Nick Myers for being named tourney MVP.”
Jeff Gross, son of the late Ralph Gross, presented the awards at the end of the tournament.
The Scrappers opened the tournament with a 7-6 win over Horatio March 6. Horatio took a 1-0 lead in the first inning before the Scrappers scored three times in the second.
The Lions tied the game at 3-3 in the third, and the contest remained deadlocked in the fourth and fifth innings as each team put up three runs. The Scrappers pulled away to stay in the bottom of the sixth when a sacrifice fly by Justin Reed scored Andy Graves and gave Scrappers the lead for good.
The Scrappers ended the night with 7 runs, 8 hits and 6 errors.
Dylan Chambers and Myers had 2 runs each, with 1 a piece from Lucas Liggin, Kory Snodgrass and Graves.
Reed pitched 6 innings, giving up 6 hits and recording 3 strikeouts.
Curry finished the game with no hits and 3 strikeouts.
Star City
The Scrappers took a 4-2 win over Star City in the semifinals March 7.
Nashville took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and added 2 runs in the second to go up 3-0. Star City scored both of its runs in the top of the third, and the Scrappers scored the final run of the night in the fourth.
Storm Nichols led the team with 2 runs; Myers and Ty Whitworth had 1 each.
Curry pitched the entire game, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and striking out 8.
The win over Star City sent the Scrappers to Saturday night’s championship game against Redwater.
Nashville jumped on top early, scoring twice in the first inning to go up 2-0. Redwater scored in the top of the second, with 2 Scrapper runs in the bottom of the inning.
Redwater narrowed the margin with 2 runs in the third and tied the contest at 4-4 in the top of the fifth. Nashville scored in the bottom of the fifth for a 5-4 lead; neither side scored in the sixth.
The seventh inning saw Redwater score twice, giving the Dragons a 6-5 lead as the game went to the bottom of the seventh.
Trace Beene scored on a passed ball to tie the game, and Zach Jamison scored the final run for the win.
Reed and Liggin pitched against Redwater. Liggin gave up 4 runs on 6 hits and struck out 1. Reed gave up 2 hits and 2 runs.
The Scrappers won the first Ralph Gross Memorial in 2005. Other titles came in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.
Ashdown won in 2006, Pleasant Grove, Texas, in 2008 and Shiloh Christian in 2012.
Slayton offered his thanks to “all the parents that had to help out this weekend at the Ralph Gross Tournament. Your time was appreciated. Big thanks also to Coach [James ‘Bunch’] Nichols and Twyla for all they do.”
With the tournament championship, the Scrappers are 3-0 on the season. They will host Junction City Thursday, March 13 at 4:30 p.m. and Foreman Friday, March 14, at 5 p.m.


Scrapperettes drop games to Mena, Foreman

The Scrapperette softball team led through much of the season opener, but Mena scored 3 runs in the seventh inning to defeat Nashville 6-4 Friday afternoon at the Nashville City Park.
The Scrapperettes led 4-3 going into the seventh before the Lady Bearcats put the game away with 3 runs.
For the game, Nashville had 4 runs, 12 hits and an error. The Lady Bearcats had 6 runs on 11 hits with no errors.
Scrapperette scores came from Kathleen Lance, Avery Kesterson, Hannah White and Kaylea Carver.
Nashville hits came from Avery Kesterson, Hannah White, Shayla Wright, Keeley Miller and Kaylea Carver with 2 each, and Kathleen Lance and Mattie Jamison with 1 each.
Miller recorded an RBI against Mena.
Anna Kesterson pitched the entire game for the Scrapperettes.
The Foreman Lady Gators took a 3-0 first inning lead over the Scrapperettes Monday afternoon and won the non-conference game 12-5.
Scrapperette runs came from Brittany Hilliard, Kathleen Lance, Avery Kesterson, Hannah White and Kaylea Carver.
Nashville recorded 12 hits against the Lady Gators.
Hilliard and Anna Kesterson pitched for the Scrapperettes.

‘Unbelievable season’ for Scrappers

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
LONOKE – Lonoke held off a fourth-quarter Nashville comeback attempt and defeated the Scrappers 50-39 in the semifinals of the Class 4A state tournament Monday afternoon at the Gina Cox Center on the campus of Lonoke High School.
The Scrappers led early in the game before Lonoke went on top 11-6 to end the first quarter.
By halftime, the Jackrabbits’ lead had grown to 21-13. In the third quarter, Lonoke outscored the Scrappers 15-10. The final quarter saw Nashville close the gap to within a couple of baskets as the Scrappers put up 16 point to Lonoke’s 14.
However, the rally fell short and the Jackrabbits pulled away for the 11-point win.
The Scrappers were plagued by missed shots from the field and from the free throw line. They completed 16 of 44 shots from the field for 36 percent. At the free throw line, Nashville was 6 of 16 for 37 percent.
Cameron Alexander and LaMichael Pettway were the leading scorers for the Scrappers with 11 points each. Brandon Shamrock added 7, with 5 from Darius Hopkins, 3 from Jamie Newton and 2 from Trey Hughes.
Alexander, Shamrock and Pettway were the leading rebounders with 8 each. Hopkins added 3 and Hughes recorded 4 against the Jackrabbits.
The Scrappers had 11 assists and 6 steals.
Black Mack led Lonoke with 13 points and 9 rebounds.
The Scrappers ended the season with a record of 17-13.
They were second in the District 7-4A tournament and third in the Class 4A South regional, both at Scrapper Arena.
Under first-year Coach Damon Williams, the Scrappers advanced to the state tournament for the first time since 1963 and secured the program’s first two wins at state last week against Stuttgart and Maumelle.
The team won its first game in the new Scrapper Arena Dec. 13 against Bauxite in the conference opener and its last game of the season at the arena, also against Bauxite in the regional tournament.
“It was an unbelievable season. We had the opportunity to win the whole thing,” Williams said Tuesday morning. “I think we can do it. I’m already looking forward to next season. We had a complete metamorphosis from the beginning of the season to the end.”
Scrapper fans traveled to Lonoke in droves for the semifinal game, the first time in school history for the Scrappers to advance that far in the state tournament.
Nashville students traveled to the game on two buses and with their families to cheer on the Scrappers. “The community really got behind the team, and it definitely helped the boys. They had never played in front of a crowd like this. It excited them to see the student body and fans.”
After the game, Williams looked toward the student section and clapped to thank the high school and junior high students who attended. “I clapped for our student section because they’re the best sixth man in basketball. I hope they’re at every game next season.”
Nashville opened the state tournament March 6 with a 60-50 win over Stuttgart.
The game was tied 9-9 in the first quarter, but the Scrappers went to halftime on top 26-19. The teams scored 13 points each in the third, and Nashville outscored Stuttgart 21-18 in the fourth.
The Scrappers hit 24 of 32 free throws for 75 percent and 14 of 41 shots from the field for 41 percent.
Nashville outrebounded Stuttgart 32-18.
Pettway was the Scrappers’ leading scorer with 17 points, followed by Hopkins and Alexander with 16 each, Shamrock with 7 and Hughes with 4.
Hughes led the team in rebounding with 10, followed by Alexander with 9.
“I thought if we contained Hamburg and kept them from the basket, we’d be okay. We did in the fourth quarter,” Williams said.
Nashville jumped out to a 19-6 lead in the first quarter, survived a Maumelle comeback and held on to defeated the top-seeded Hornets 66-65 Friday night.
The Scrappers led 55-44 going into the fourth quarter before Maumelle briefly took the lead. A basket by Hughes with 9 seconds left proved the winning shot for the Scrappers as they held on to win.
Pettway led the Scrappers with 18 points. Alexander and Hopkins added 15 a piece, with 14 from Shamrock and 4 from Hughes, including the game winner.
The Scrappers shot 52 percent from 2-point range, 57 percent from beyond the 3-point line and 48 percent from the free throw line.
Shamrock had 9 of the Scrappers’ 26 rebounds, with Pettway next at 7.
The win sent the Scrappers’ into the semifinals for the first time in school history.
“They’re playing well,” Williams said as the team began practice Sunday night. “They battled and did the things they need to do to win. I told them at the end that they needed one more rebound. It’s usually not the first shot that beats you; it’s the second.”
“Our guys realized that they are pretty good.”
The Friday night game was scheduled to begin at 8:30 but started around 9 p.m. after other games ran long. Players and fans arrived home between 1:30 and 2 a.m. Saturday.


Mine Creek Revelations: My Lenten Denial

ANIMAL CRACKERS. My bones tell me it’s still winter and there’s some cold still ahead for us, but on the last several nights I’ve heard bullfrogs croaking. And on my Tuesday night drive to-and-from Newhope last week, I saw no fewer than six plump raccoons run across the road in my headlight beams.
There were already a bunch of dead skunks on the hardsurface.
Animals are on the move in celebration of the promise of spring.
NO J-TURNS. Fined a total of $145 last week in District Court last week was a guy who couldn’t  resist turning across traffic to grab a Main Street parking spot.
Somehow people are slow to learn that J-Turns are illegal in downtown Nashville. If you are spotted by a bonafide Nashville policeman while making a J-Turn you will most likely get a ticket and a date in District Court.
No so fast! Right outside our window, Friday, folks in our office saw a white Chevy Traverse back out of a parking space on the east side of the street, then make a J-Turn into a spot on the west side practically in front of “The Leader” office. This was technically a capital and cursive J-Turn, but I’ll bet that it is just as illegal as the lower case printed one.
The driver was a Murfreesboro lady, I’m told.
In the future I’m going to give license numbers.
Just wait ‘til the the mayor grants my formal request to be a deputy city policeman, thereby authorizing me to take charge of Main Street traffic and parking.
I’ll be fair but firm in handing out tickets for J-Turns. Sorry, only my closest friends and the sauciest women will get warning tickets.
And sagging. Congrats to the Mineral Springs City Council for passing a ‘sagging’ ordinance.
It’s disgusting, anti-social behavior.
LEFTOVERS. Forgot to tell you in last week’s column that because I stopped my pickup truck and turned its nose to the east so that Arabic Loretta Garmin could do her Muslim prayers, my GMC pickup is now listed as a convert to Islam in the US Census.
What I’m really worried about is whether or not Arabic Loretta will become a suicide bomber determined to take down some vital American institution.
Like the Peanut M&M factory. Oh boy, wouldn’t that be terrible!
I HAD INTENDED to give up sweets for Lent. That lasted until early Wednesday afternoon on the first day of Lent. I had stayed with my Lenten denial for a solid three hours which more or less reveals my total lack of self-control.
So, I had to fall back on ‘Old Reliable’ for Lenten self-denial. I’m giving up insects as food.
You think I’m kidding?
According to an outfit called LiveScience, some ‘experts’ are looking into how we’re going to feed the world’s population of 8 billion-plus, and they’ve decided that we need to start eating insects.
Some students at a university in Montreal, Canada, even won a cash prize for inventing a way to make nutritious flour from insects.
And a UN agri committee is seriously looking into ways to get the world’s population to eat insects.
Well, for one thing, they say that caterpillars can be boiled in salty water like crawdads, then sun-dried. Mmmmm!
And, if our local exterminators will just leave us a few of them, termites can be steamed in banananana leaves.
And grubs. We’re not talking about my dirty clothes, we’re talking about that underground white thingy that is so delicious when crisped over glowing charcoal.
And grasshoppers — roasted with garlic and squirted with tart juice from a lime.
And the African palm weevil is big enough to be panfried. Mmmm. Pass the hushpuppies, please. Who said there was a food shortage in Africa?
And stinkbugs. You thought they had only one use? Wrong. You remove the head which is the source of the stink, then you can cook them or eat them raw, like oysters. Next thing you know there will be ‘stinkbug bars’ in New Orleans.
And, the article closes, “mealworms are hard to beat.”
Yes, they certainly are.
I can see only one remaining question: Would a properly cultured gentleman prefer red or white wine to go with his sun-dried mealworms?
CANCER GAS CARD update. We’re about to surpass the $31,000 mark in gasoline vouchers handed out for cancer patient travel expenses since late 2007.
We had some good news and some sad news this week. First the good news : One of ‘our’ gas voucher-users got a clean bill of health from her doctor. Hooray!
But our friend Sherlene Sands finally lost her battle. What a fine lady; always cheerful! Peace to her family, and thanks to the Almighty for putting such wonderful people among us.
THINGS I LEARNED from reading stuff on the Internet: To avoid cutting yourself when slicing vegetables, get someone else to hold the vegetables while you chop.
HE SAID: “Happiness consists in activity. It is a running stream, not a stagnant pool.” John Mason Good, scientist
SHE SAID: “A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache.” Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia

Obituaries (Week of March 10, 2014)

Louella Ouise (Crosby) Boles
Louella Ouise (Crosby) Boles, daughter of the late Osmond and Bessie Poindexter Crosby, was born May 2, 1932, in Washington, Ark., Hempstead County. Louella was the youngest child of 7 brothers and sisters, Anita Crosby, Bernice Crosby, Wyatt Crosby, Olen Crosby, Kathryn (Crosby) Lewis, Aretha (Crosby) Cheatham and Bernadine Crosby.
Louella converted her life to Christ at an early age and was baptized in St. Paul Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (C.M.E.) in Washington Ark. She departed this life on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 in Nashville Ark.
Louella attended Lincoln Elementary and High School in Washington, Ark., where she was an avid basketball player and  choir singer. Because of being promoted from the 4th to 6th grade, Louella graduated early from Lincoln High at the age of 16. Afterwards she attended Arkansas AM&N, which is now the University Of Arkansas Pine Bluff (UAPB).
After 2 years of college, Louella returned to Washington, Ark. In 1958, she united in holy matrimony with the late Lewis Lee Boles. Soon after making Center Point, Ark., her home, she became a loyal friend to many of the longtime residents.
Louella was known for her many wild game recipes and her love of gardening and canning. Louella joined the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Center Point, Ark. Louella was a dedicated and faithful member where over the years she was the pianist, choir leader, Sunday schoolteacher and church treasurer. As one of the original three founding members, Louella was instrumental in writing the Constitution and Bi-Laws for the Center Point Colored Cemetery Association (CPCCA).
Louella was a loving and faithful housewife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, daughter-in-law and friend to everyone. Louella unselfishly dedicated her life to her husband and his passion for hunting, sports and activities with the boys and especially her long awaited daughter Kelly. During her early childhood, she worked as a truck driver for her father’s paper and timber business and her mother’s café, Miss Bessie’s. Later in life, Louella worked as a rural advocate for the agency of Women, Infants and Children for the State Of Arkansas. She was a bus driver and worked in food services for Nashville Public Schools for over 15 years, before she retired. During her retirement, she volunteered as a driver for the Senior Citizen Center in Nashville, Ark., until her illness.
Louella was preceded in death in 1993 by her loving husband of 35 years, Lewis Lee Boles, in 2011; by her only daughter Kelly Louise Boles Scott and five of her siblings.
Louella is survived by: her sons, Darrell D. Works (Hermenia) of Tampa, Fla., Jerry L. Boles (Wendy) of Tampa, Fla., Stacy C. Boles (Kimberly) of Center Point, Ark., Danny L. Boles of Fort Worth, Texas, and Eundra L. Boles (Nichole) of
Little Rock, Ark. Louella has 11 grandchildren whom she cherishes dearly: Ra’Queisha “Kikki” Boles Washington (Greg), Ashley Boles, Stacy Boles II, Brittany Green, Phillip Anthony Boles, Felicia Mariah Boles, Jasmin Scott, Audrie Scott, Darian Works, Hunter Works, and Eden Boles. Louella has four great-grandchildren: Omarian and Anthony Deloney, Khaleel and Kadence Washington. Louella has two surviving sisters, Aretha Cheatham and Bernadean Crosby of Phoenix, Ariz. Other surviving family members include sister-in-law Cleola O. Boles of North Little Rock, Ark., brother-in-law Bob Lewis of Phoenix, Ariz., son-in-law Elbert Scott of Nashville, Ark., and many nephews, nieces, cousins and numerous friends.
The wake was at the Nashville Funeral Home on March 7 from 5-7 p.m.
The funeral was at Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Nashville on Saturday, March 8 at 11:00 a.m.
Ralph ‘Bo’ England
Ralph “Bo” England, 41, of Cincinnati, Ohio, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. He was the son of Ralph and Penny England of Nashville.
Survivors also include a sister, Ann Blankenship.
He was a registered nurse.
Funeral services will be Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Friendship Church of God, 560, Jordan Road, Nashville under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home.
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Cameron Scott Bearden
Cameron Scott Bearden, 22, of Nashville, died Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Texarkana, TX.
He was born Sept. 15, 1991, the son of Brian Bearden and Amy McFarland Bearden.
Survivors include: a brother, Jesse Bearden of Nashville.
A memorial service was held Tuesday March 11, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Mineral Springs church of Christ with Bro. Benjamin Neeley officiating.
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Boyd Thomas
Boyd Thomas, 67, of Nashville, Ark., died on Sunday March 9, 2014 in Nashville.
He was born on Jan. 28, 1947 in Nashville, the son of the late Brooks Thomas, and Hoyle and Edith Erwin.
He was a member of the Midway Baptist Church in Nashville, the Wildman Hunting Club, a six-year Army Reservist, 95th Division, Light Infantry, and was the Parts Manager at York Gary Autoplex for more than 40 years. He loved to hunt and fish.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rebecca Thomas; a son, Jeffery Boyd Thomas; and a brother, Marc Thomas; and a sister Billie Smith.
He is survived by: two daughters, Stephanie Wakefield and husband Eric of Nashville, and Tonya Garcia and husband Rory of Lawton, Okla.; one brother, Zane Thomas and wife Josie of Nashville, and three sisters, Dawanda Schwope of Nashville, Theresa Humphrey of Delight and Ramona Sullivan of Nashville; seven grandchildren – Tarah Briggs, Steven Wakefield, Dustin Wakefield, Morgan Thomas, Cade Helms, Chloe Helms and Ava Garcia; five great-grandchildren – Macey Briggs, Lincoln Briggs, Jasmine Wakefield, Steel Wakefield and Marlee Reinhold; and a host of relatives and friends.
Visitation was Tuesday March 11, 2014 from 1-2 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home chapel in Nashville, Ark.
Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday March 11, 2014 at the funeral home chapel with Bro. David Blase officiating.
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“P.” Sherlene Sands
“P.” Sherlene Sands, 59, of Nashville,died Monday, March 10, 2014.
She was born July 19, 1954 in De Queen, the daughter of the late Kelsie Elwood and Alma Fern Flemens Jester.
She was the Chief District Court Clerk for Howard County for more than 12 years. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Nashville, and was a member of the Elberta Chapter #538, Order of the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Wayne Jester.
Survivors include: her husband of more than 33 years, Gary Sands of Nashville; four sons, Jamie E. Sands of Newhope; Scott G. Sands of Fort Wayne, Ind., Brian P. Sands of West Lafayette, Ind., and Gregory V. Sands of Nashville; a daughter, Tiffanie Stephens of Nashville; three brothers, Jeffrey Jester of Newhope, Mike Ford of Elk Hart, Ind., Chad Shake of Warren, Ind.; three sisters, Gwen Peters, Mondi Hill and Carrie Hill, all of Newhope; also grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Services will be Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church in Nashville with Brian Hill and Scott Feemster officiating. Interment will follow in County Line Cemetery under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday night from 6-8 p.m. You may send the family an online sympathy message to
Gary Dale Ralls
Gary Dale Ralls, 76, of Taylor, Neb. died March 7, 2014 at the Valley County Health Systems Hospital in Ord, Neb.
Gary was born Oct. 9, 1937 in Loup County, Neb. to Gery and Edna (Roblyer) Ralls. Gary graduated from Loup County High School in 1955.
Gary’s first wife was Connie Copsey. Gary farmed and ranched. Gary married Darlene Craven in January  of 1973. In the mid 1970s they moved to Arkansas. After Darlene’s death on Jan. 5, 1979 he continued to farm and ranch. He then met and married Jo (Gant) Dulaney on March 15, 1980. Gary and Jo helped form Rusty Relics Antique Tractor Club in 2004, which; continues to go on today.
Gary and Jo moved to Taylor in June of 2013.
Gary enjoyed his cattle, Allis Chalmers tractors and worked in his shop.
Gary is survived by his wife Jo Ralls of Taylor, Neb.; a daughter, Beth and her husband, Joey Bufkin, of Nashville, Ark.; a granddaughter, Kristina Thrash and her fiancé, Jordan Carpenter, and a great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Wright, all of Conway, Ark.; two sisters, Kathryn Krueger of Sunol, Neb. and Betty and Roger Goos of Taylor, Neb.; five step-children and their families, Deb and Larry Schwenke of Amboy, Minn., Vicky and Nyal Moninger of Dupree, S.D., Doug and Delores Craven of Bassett, Neb., Lyn and Jackie Craven of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Jim Craven of Newport, Neb.; 15 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Darlene Craven.

Monday morning collapse

MONDAY MORNING SCENE. An old building located in the alley along the 100 block of North Main in Nashville partially collapsed sometime between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. The debris hit the backside of Tollett’s Gifts, causing minor structural damage and breakage of the building’s gas main. A portion of the block was briefly evacuated until the gas could be turned off. Plans are to raze the old building, which is owned by Dale and Melinda Bennett.

Filing period closes on contested races for Howard County

The end of the political filing season was sounded at noon, Monday, by the tinkling sound of a white, porcelain bell rung up and down the hallway of the county courthouse by Reba Sharp, secretary of the Howard County Democratic Party.
The Democratic Party ballot contains two races for constitutional offices, two for positions on the quorum court, and a race for constable.
Election day for the Primary Election is Tuesday, May 20, and early voting begins May 5. Persons wishing to vote by absentee may apply at the County Clerk’s office. Absentee ballots will be sent out beginning April 4, County Clerk Brenda Washburn said, Monday.
The last day to register and be eligible to vote in the election is April 20, and Washburn says that persons who register or apply for an absentee ballot must show photo identification, as they must at the polls.
Washburn urged persons who have married or moved to check with her office to make sure that they are still a registered voter.
Candidates will draw later for ballot positions.
Persons and races which will appear on the ballot (with names as they will appear on the ballot) include:
Howard County
County Judge — Kevin S. Smith
Sheriff & Collector — Bryan K. McJunkin, Dale Pierce
Tax Assessor — Debbie Teague
County Clerk — Brenda Washburn
Circuit Clerk — Laurie Westfall, Angie Lewis
County Treasurer — Sheri Mixon
County Coroner — John Gray
Justice of the Peace, Dist. 1 (North) — Kerry Strasner
Justice of the Peace, Dist. 2 (Dierks) — Archie W. Cothren
Justice of the Peace, Dist. 3 (Central — Richard ‘Dick’ Wakefield, Kimberly Renee’ Adams Dunham
Justice of the Peace, Dist. 4 (Rural) — Janice Huffman
Justice of the Peace, Dist. 5 (Nashville D1) — Jerry Harwell
Justice of the Peace, Dist. 6 (Nashville D2) — Brent Pinkerton
Justice of the Peace, Dist. 7 (Nashville D3) — Martha S. Hobbs
Justice of the Peace, Dist. 8 (Southwest) — D.E. Ray, Jeanie S. Gorham
Justice of the Peace, Dist. 9 (South) — Bobby Don Turner
City of Nashville
Mayor — Billy Ray Jones
City Clerk — Mary L. Woodruff
Nashville Alderman:
Ward 1 — Pos. 1, Freddy L. Brown; Pos. 2, Joe Hoen
Ward 2 — Pos. 1, Donna Harwell; Pos. 2, Nick Davis
Ward 3 — Pos. 1, Monica D. Clark; Pos. 2, Vivian Annie Wright
Ward 4 — Pos. 1, Jimmie Lou Kirkpatrick; Pos. 2, Sharon K. Gathright
Ward 5 — Pos. 1, James L. Parker; Pos. 2, Carol Mitchell
Ward 6 — Pos. 1, Andy Anderson; Pos. 2, Michael C. Milum
Constable, Brewer Township — Dwain Wildbur, Jeremy W. Pickett
Tri-Lakes Water District Board — James C. White
Former city water department administrative assistant Mary Woodruff has filed for the new office of City Clerk, and new faces seeking seats on the city council include Joe Hoen and Donna Harwell.
There are two races for justice of the peace. Incumbent Dick Wakefield faces opposition from Kim Dunham in District 3, and incumbent Jeanie Gorham has opposition from D.E. Ray in District 8.

5 contested races await Pike County voters

Pike County voters headed to the polls in May will decide the outcome of five contested races, including a three-way race for county judge and a seven-way race for an unpaid constable position.
As the filing period was coming to a close, most voters knew they would have a two-man race for county judge between Keith Couch of Nathan and Dewight Mack of Kirby. But Friday afternoon, John Young of Newhope surprised county officials when he added his name to the race for Pike County’s top seat.
Young, 61, is the owner of the Newhope One Stop, the town’s sole business. He is a native of Indiana but his wife, Brenda, hails from the area and they have resided in Pike County for the last 39 years. Young worked for Weyerhaeuser in Dierks for 26 years. He and wife have two grown children, Shane Young, an insurance agent and former Diamond Bank official, and Shannon Qualls, a teacher at Lake Hamilton.
Young told The Nashville Leader Monday that his campaign platform will be “working toward the future.” He added that his time operating the store has given him the needed experience of working with people and working within a balanced budget while his time with Weyerhaeuser has provided him with knowledge of heavy equipment associated with being a county judge.
Couch is making his second run for Pike County judge this year. He was defeated in 2012 by longtime office holder, Don Baker of Glenwood, who will not seek re-election. Couch has been employed by the Upper Southwest regional Solid Waste Management district for seven years. He holds a master’s license for solid waste disposal and an illegal dumps control officer license – both issued by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.
Couch and his wife, Noelle, an employee of First State Bank in Nashville, have two daughters, Karly and Kaylie.
“If elected, I have no other business to run or properties to manage and will be 100 percent dedicated to Pike County and all the people in it,” Couch stated in his campaign announcement.
Mack is a former Pike County Justice of the Peace and director of the North Pike County Rural Water Association Board. He has also served as chairman of the Arkansas Manufactured Home Commission.
Mack and his wife, Laura Kay, are lifelong resident of Pike County. They have a daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Trey Shelton, and a granddaughter, Ali.
“My lifetime of professional and volunteer experience has prepared me to serve our county in a positive way with eyes toward the future,” said Mack in his campaign announcement.
Other contested races
The position that drew the most candidates this year is that of the Mountain Township Constable, located on the north end of Pike County. The position was last held by the late Robert McElhanon.
The seven candidates seeking the unpaid position on the Democratic ballot include:
Brent M. Staggs, Don Comeaux, Algie Wade Coffman, LaVoyce Wilder, Randy Davis and Chris Tompson. Buddy Green has also filed for the position on the Republican ticket.
Incumbent Ricky Branch is the sole candidate for south Pike County Missouri Township constable, also an unpaid position.
Three of Pike County’s nine seats on the Quorum Court are also contested races.
The Justice of the Peace District 2 seat (Murfreesboro area), which is currently held by Rodney Fagan, will include newcomers Robbie Crocker and Donna Riddle. Fagan is not seeking re-election this year as he plans to soon move out of the district’s boundaries.
JP District 3 (Delight area) incumbent Ricky Buck has drawn an opponent in Randy Abbott.
JP District 7 (Nathan area) incumbent Jerry Kizzia will face Kenneth Crow on the Democratic ticket while David Sirmon has filed on the Republican ticket.
No candidates filed for the office of Pike County coroner, which is held by Michelle Feuget of Murfreesboro, who was appointed last year to fulfill the term vacated by Kenny White.
Uncontested positions on the May 20 ballot include:
County Clerk – incumbent Sandy Campbell of Nathan; Circuit Clerk – Sabrina Williams of Murfreesboro; Assessor – incumbent Beckie Alden of Murfreesboro; Treasurer – incumbent Loletia Pate Rather of Murfreesboro; Sheriff and Collector – incumbent Charlie Caldwell of Glenwood; JP District 1 – incumbent John Terrell of Murfreesboro; JP District 4 – incumbent Ed Jones of Antoine; JP District 5 – Jerry Fendley of Kirby; JP District 6 – incumbent Verl Stovall of Langley (Republican); JP District 8 – Johnny Plyler of Glenwood; and JP District 9 – Paul Baker of Glenwood.

Miss Texarkana promotes dental health ‘One Smile at a Time”

Miss Texarkana Amber Stone visiting Murfreesboro students.

A Murfreesboro High School graduate and current Miss Texarkana, Amber Stone, visited students at her alma mater last week to promote National Children’s Dental Health Month and further her platform of “Changing Lives One Smile at a Time.”
Stone was crowned Miss Texarkana in January. She is a junior at the University of Arkansas where she studies biology with plans to attend dental school. She is scheduled to compete in the 2014 Miss Arkansas Pageant June 15-21 in Hot Springs.
“Good dental health habits have to start an early age and scheduling regular visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums,” Stone said. “Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, five times more common than asthma.
“Through my platform, “Changing Lives One Smile at a Time,” I am able to teach kinds simple preventative measures, such as brushing twice daily and how it can significantly help decrease the risk of tooth decay,” she added.
While in Murfreesboro Elementary School, Stone presented a talk to a class of second-graders but she also visited with sixth-grade students to introduce Cassidy Terrell, also a sixth-grader, as her pageant “princess.” Terrell will accompany Stone at her various public appearances and will also be on hand when Stone vies for the Miss Arkansas title.
Stone is the daughter of Cynthia and Troy Stone of Murfreesboro. Terrell is the daughter  of Christy and John Terrell of Murfreesboro.

NHS Boys State/Girls State delegates

BOYS STATE/GIRLS STATE. Nashville High School’s delegates to this summer’s Boys State and Girls State were announced last week. They include (front row) Girls State selections Taylor Spigner, Kailee Stinnett, Brooke Bowden, Jazmine Johnson and Rachel Dawson; (back row) Boys State selections Colton Tipton, Nic Myers, Cade Hardin, Jackson Beavert and Robbie Morphew. Girls State will be held at Harding University; Boys State will be held at the University of Central Arkansas.

Nashville’s March for Parks this Saturday

An annual fund-raising event at the Nashville City Park will have special meaning this year.
“March for the Parks” is set for Saturday, March 8. Money raised by the event will go for construction of the Ronny K. Woods Wildlife Trail pavilion. Woods was a devoted member of the Nashville Parks and Recreation Commission from January 2005 until his death in August 2011. At the time of his death he was serving as chairman, and was active in events at the park until his last days. The twisting half-mile wildlife trail named in Woods’ memory winds through an old pecan orchard and beside a bubbling creek in the northwest corner of the park grounds.
Among the planned money-raising activities at the “March” are the park’s first softball tournament of the year; children’s games and activities; and a raffle for four significant prizes.
Raffle items include: a 39-inch Emerson LED television valued at $300 and donated by Walmart; an Echo Backpack Blower valued at $500 and donated by D&J Equipment; a 24-gun safe valued at $700 donated by R&J Supply; and a Louisville 6-ft. ladder and Klein 7-piece nut driver set valued at $200, donated by Wholesale Electric.
Raffle tickets are $1 each and are already on sale at the park office, city hall, the chamber of commerce, and from park employees.
Winners need not be present at the drawing which will take place at 2 p.m. at the softball field concession stand, weather permitting.
The wildlife trail was built with a grant of $88,400 from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The city contributed a parking lot, and the plantings at a wildflower meadow and a game food plot.
The pavilion itself will be built totally by donations and local labor, Park Director Nikki Cherry said. About $15,000 must be raised before a construction starting date can be set, she said. The site for the pavilion is already known.
The parks and recreation commission decided to commemorate Woods’ lifetime of service to the community by giving the trail his name. In addition to the park, he was a positive community influence who served with the chamber of commerce, the Howard County Children’s Center, the Rotary Club, Nashville Volunteer Fire Department, community television, and Immanuel Baptist Church. He and his twin brother, Donny, owned and operated Woods & Woods Public Accountants. Brother Donny succeeded Ronny on the parks commission.
The wildlife trail itself goes through diverse areas which appeal to birds, butterflies and other animals, in addition to boasting a wide variety of trees and plants. One of the features is a wildlife ‘blind’ which enables visitors to better observe wildlife. There will be signs posted along the route telling visitors what they could observe.
“We hope the community will come out and enjoy their park, March 8, and be a part of finishing this wonderful wildlife trail and pavilion,” Cherry said.


Mine Creek Revelations: Atoomi Boomba

I HAVE MENTIONED once before that the Garmin device which ‘tells’ me how to drive to places is nicknamed Loretta. I chose to hear a woman’s voice because I am accustomed to being bossed around by women, okay?
But on the way back from Mt. Magazine last week, I decided just for fun to get adventurous with the Garmin (the device, not Loretta). I remembered that when I first turned it on for the set-up I was given the choice of languages: French, Spanish, German, Japanese, English, Arabic.
So on a whim on my way home, I thumbed back to that spot and changed the language to Arabic.
One of the worst things I ever did.
I was driving along enjoying the instructions in that really awful-sounding language, when suddenly Arabic Loretta ordered me over to the side of the road. The words sounded sorta like a chicken being sqwushed under a steamroller.
Okay, okay you’re asking yourself how did I know that Arabic Loretta wanted me to turn off the highway since I don’t understand either Arabic or sqwushed chicken all that good. The answer is that when a foreign language is being spoken by the Garmin, there are English subtitles on that little bitty screen.
The Garmin’s screen got my attention because Arabic Loretta was shouting something that sounded like “Atoomi Boomba, Atoomie Bomba!” Surely she’s not threatening me with an atomic bomb, I said to myself nervously.
I decided not to argue, and I pulled onto a side road. Then, Arabic Loretta ordered me to turn the nose of my pickup truck toward the East.
I looked at the screen and the English subtitles explained that I was now facing Mecca, and would be for the next five minutes while Arabic Loretta did her Muslim prayers.
This happened twice more on the way home, until I finally wised up and switched back to English. I’m glad she didn’t find out that I stopped for a BBQ pork sandwich. And bought a lottery ticket.
How do you say “recalculating” in Arabic?
MUCH OF THE WEEKEND was spent traveling, with or without the assistance of Loretta.
First, I went to Mt. Magazine for a newspaper meeting. It was fairly balmy before I started up Arkansas’s highest mountain, but by the time I reached midway there were icicles hanging from roadsigns. Also halfway up the mountain I had to pop my ears. Same on the way down. The top half of the mountain was completely engulfed in thick fog, Saturday, when I was in a hurry.
From Mt. Magazine I headed east to Maumelle for the musical event of the year.
Miss Carsyn Elizabeth Murphy, age 10, was singing the role of Dorothy in the Pine Forest Elementary School’s fifth-grade production of “The Wizard of Oz.”
The iconic American musical is observing its 75th anniversary this year, and there’s stuff about it everywhere on television, on the Internet and in newspapers. Even at the Oscars. Seems to me that I saw something about the last ‘Munchkin’ dying a few years ago.At any rate, I do believe that everyone who was in that movie has now followed the Yellow Brick Road to that great Emerald City in the sky.
Or, they went to be with the Wicked Witch of the East, She’s probably in Austin, Texas where (as both of you know) the Devil lives 11 months of the year. Even the Devil can’t stand Austin in August.
Without going into too much detail, Miss Murphy was the star of the show. She was the darling of the audience, of course, and she acted and sang splendidly. Judy Garland would have been proud.
That’s the non-biased opinion of her grandfather.
A LITTLE TROUBLE. Sure hope we can get this cleared up before the next emergency.
A building in our alley partially collapsed and when people reported that the gas line was broken and spewing, the police radio dispatcher couldn’t get in touch with the gas company at its own listed number for emergencies for upwards of a half hour.
In the meantime, gas fumes filled businesses on the west side of the 100 block of North Main Street. Police even came by to tell folks to evacuate. Luckily, there was no explosion that I know of.
I TAKE FULL CREDIT for the last two thrilling victories by the Hardwood Hogs.
I did not watch any of either game — beating Kentucky at Lexington, and beating Georgia at Fayetteville.
I always say: When the going gets tough, I go outside. And so, for the past two games, I’ve sat out on the patio trying to be patient.
I know that I’ll not know the game outcome until it’s posted somewhere on the Internet.
This — I agree with you — is a huge and noble sacrifice on my part, but I am a team player and am willing to do whatever is necessary so that the Hogs win.
It will be tough, but I will employ the same strategy when the football Hogs run through the ‘A’ next fall.
HE SAID: “Don’t get up from the feast of life without paying for your share of it.” Dean Inge, author
SHE SAID: “Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.” Willa Cather, author

Obituaries (Week of March 3, 2014)

Kendal Paige Stanley
Kendal Paige Stanley of Nashville, Ark., was welcomed into this world and into our hearts on Jan. 22, 2014, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock.
Born prematurely at 26 weeks, Kendal weighed 1 lb. 13 oz. For 33 days, she was deeply loved and covered in prayer, but then returned to the Lord on Feb. 24, 2014.
Kendal is going on before her parents, Jared and Tonya Stanley, and her precious twin sister, Klair Olivia Stanley, all of Nashville; paternal grandparents, Arian and Sandy Stanley of Nashville, and their children, Chad and Jamie Daniel of Magnolia, Brent Stanley and fiancé, Candy Morris, of Nashville; maternal grandparents, Joe and Brenda White and children, Drew and Tessa Moody, all of Nashville; paternal great-grandfather, Martin Stanley, and maternal great-grandmother, Sue Swope, both of Nashville; along with family and friends too numerous to name.
She is following her paternal great-grandparents, Barbara Stanley, Pat and Maxine Reeves, and maternal great-grandparents, Glen and Donna White, and L.W. Swope, and a cousin, Brent Lee Reeder.
Visitation is to be held at First Baptist Church, Nashville on Friday, Feb. 28 from 6-8 p.m.
Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2014 at 2 p.m. with Calvin Parker and Michael Howard officiating. Burial followed in Corinth Cemetery in Nashville under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
Upon the early arrival of Kendal and Klair, an account was opened for the family at Diamond Bank in the name of Jared and Tonya Stanley. The family requests memorials be made to Diamond Bank or Baptist Medical Center NICU.
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David Clayton Geiger
David Clayton Geiger departed this life on Feb. 25, 2014 in Nashville, Ark.
He was born May 26, 1935, in Mayo, Fla.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Maurice Womack Geiger; sons Mark Geiger and wife Tracey of Little Rock, Calif., and Mike Geiger and wife Julie of Troutdale, Ore.; brothers Bill Geiger and wife Lee Anne of Arlington, Va., Bob Geiger and wife Geri of Lake City, FL. He is also survived by two special brothers-in-law, Hugh Womack and Joyce of Nashville, Ark., and Lewis Womack and Annalee of Clifton, N.J. Several nieces and nephews, a large extended family, and a host of friends.
Dave and Maurice had recently moved to Nashville from Portland, Ore. During his life Dave touched the lives of hundreds of young people while he worked at Pepperdine University in California and Cascade College in Portland. Everyone who knew Dave said he was one of the most patient and kindest men ever. After retirement, Dave enjoyed working in his shop, fishing in Arkansas, reading his Louis L’Amour books, and loved spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of the Mineral Springs Church of Christ.
He was a loving Grandpa to seven grandchildren: Amanda Geiger, Ryan Readmond, Danielle Berger, Haley Geiger, Michael Geiger, Nathan Geiger, and Lacey Geiger, and one great-grandchild, Ryle Readmond.
Visitation was on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville.
Funeral service was at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Mineral Springs Church of Christ with Bro. Benjamin Neeley officiating. Burial followed at Pleasant Home Cemetery near Murfreesboro.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pleasant Home Cemetery Fund,
P.O. Box 120, Murfreesboro, AR 71958, or Church of Christ Mission Fund, 318 Bridgeman, Mineral Springs, AR  71851.
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Kenneth Paul Sightes, Sr.
Kenneth Paul Sightes, Sr., 79 of Mineral Springs,died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.
He was born February 9, 1935 in Oil Trough, Ark., to the late Fred and Marie Ginger Sightes. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mineral Springs.
He was an educator and farmer, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Korean War.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Carl Sightes.
Survivors include: a son, Kenneth Paul Sightes, Jr., of Mineral Springs; two daughters, Angie Zimmerman of Mineral Springs, and Cindy Sexton of Round Rock, Texas; a brother, Bill Sightes of LA Port, Ind., and a sister, Wanda Wyse of Michigan City, Ind.; also grandchildren.
Visitation was at Nashville Funeral home on Friday, 5-7 p.m. Graveside services were Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Brown’s Chapel Cemetery in Thida, Ark. You may send the family an online sympathy message to
Charlie Annie Bell Jones
Charlie Annie Bell Jones, 91 of Murfreesboro died Saturday, March 1, 2014.
She was born March 23, 1922 in Dierks, the daughter of the late Charlie and Martha Tallant Turner.
She was a member of the First Christian Church in Murfreesboro.
She was preceded in death by her husband J.W. Jones; two daughters, Wesley Ann Jones and Delphia Sue Crocker, three sisters, and a brother.
Survivors include: two sons, Eddmon Jones and wife, Carolyn, and Jay Bo Jones and wife, Latricia, all of Murfreesboro; a daughter, Mary Lingo of Murfreesboro; Also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m., Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Murfreesboro.


Graveside services were at 10 a.m., Monday, March 3, 2014 at Smryna Cemetery, with Rev. Ellis Terry Jones officiating, under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home in Murfreesboro.
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Yong Edwards
Yong Edwards, 85, of Mineral Springs, died Saturday, March 1, 2014.
She was born Sept. 7, 1929 in China.
Survivors include: her husband, J.K. Edwards of Mineral Springs.
Services were Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Nashville Funeral Home with Steve Shofner officiating. Interment followed in Bluff Springs Cemetery under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home.
The family received friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 1 p.m. until service time.
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Belinda Carol Jones
Belinda Carol Jones, 57, of Arlington, Texas, died Jan. 24, 2014, the daughter of Shirley ‘Sonny’ and Peggy Payne Jones, both formerly of Nashville.
Survivors include: brothers Ricky Neal and Roy Allen Jones, and a sister, Shirley Windle.
Funeral services were by Skyvue Funeral Home in Mansfield, Texas, and burial was in the Skyvue Memorial Gardens.
Archie Dale Jones
Archie Dale Jones, 89, of Dierks, died Monday, March 3, 2014.
He was born April 4, 1924, in Howard County, the son of the late McDuff and Anna Burk Jones.
He was a retired millwright, and was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. He was a World War II Army veteran.
Survivors include: his wife, Ila Grace Short Jones; two sons, Archie Jones, Jr. and Michael Frank Jones, both of Dierks; a sister, Essie Stinnett of Nashville; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Sunshine Cemetery with J.W. Gilbert officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 5 at the funeral home in Dierks.

Delight man pleads guilty to brother’s murder

By John Balch
Leader staff
A Pike County man who fatally shot his older brother last year has pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree murder.
Danny W. Dowdle, 47, of Delight, entered the plea Friday in Pike County Circuit Court with Judge Tom Cooper presiding. Dowdle received the maximum sentence of 30 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with five years suspended. He was originally charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his brother, David L. Dowdle, 53, and was set for a jury trial to begin next week.
When questioned by Judge Cooper about why he shot his brother, the defendant stated, “He (David) had been beating up on my parents for years and I had had enough.”
David Dowdle died of at least one gunshot to the head the night of April 29, 2013 at a home on Highway 26 East in Delight. The victim was found unresponsive on the floor surrounded by a large amount of blood. His body had apparently been moved, as evident from bloody “drag marks” found at the scene. The weapon used was a .22 caliber revolver pistol which was recovered from the home that night.
When investigators interviewed Danny Dowdle on April 30 he admitted to shooting his brother after the two had been in an argument. He further stated he intended to kill his brother when he shot him the head.
According to information filed on the case, evidence collected at the crime scene and a report by the state Medical Examiner “did not coincide with the number of rounds that the Medical Examiner stated had struck the victim.”
“This case was worked by the Pike County Sheriff’s Department and the Arkansas State Police. I’m pleased with the outcome and convinced that justice was served for the citizens of Pike County,” said Prosecutor Bryan Chesshir of Nashville, who prosecuted the case along with Deputy Prosecutor Jana Bradford of Glenwood.

LEAVING KJEP. Board president Mark Cassady (right) presents a plaque to Terry Snead, who has resigned as TV station manager and plans to move to northwest Arkansas.

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
After more than a dozen years as general manager of KJEP Television in Nashville, Terry Snead has resigned from the position and plans to eventually move to the Fayetteville area to be closer to his children and grandchildren. His last day will be Friday, Feb. 28.
Snead became general manager in November 2011. Glen Power died in August of that year, and Rev. Jim Polk served as interim manager until Snead was selected.
“Glen and his brother, Jim Power,” were the ones who initiated everything concerning the operation of the TV station,” Snead said.
Snead’s broadcasting career began in 1972 at KMLA Radio in Ashdown, his hometown. He also worked in radio in Texarkana and co-anchored the 6 and 10 p.m. news on KTAL-TV in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
TV requires “a lot more work [than radio], from handling equipment to being able to get things on the air,” Snead said. “It takes two or three trips to get all of our equipment in the stadium for a football game.”
Producing Scrapper football “is one of the things I’m most proud of. We couldn’t put together commercials like the big companies do, but we put out a product that was good. I think the entire broadcast of Scrapper football was done professionally. I never approached it from the fan side but from being the eyes and voice of what’s on the field,” Snead said.
Snead did color commentary on Ashdown broadcasts over KMLA before moving to play by play. “I tried to take the TV style into our football games on KJEP, but old habits of radio play by play kept creeping in,” he said.
Scrapper coaches from Billy Laird to Billy Dawson “have been very good to me. They helped any way that they could. I can’t say enough about ‘Bunch’ Nichols. He’s the hardest working athletic director anywhere,” Snead said.
The KJEP production crew “was completely professional. We never badmouthed the officials or said anything crude about the opponents.” Snead and the crew traveled about 15,000 miles covering the Scrappers, he said.
Snead also produced a number of telethons for the local station. When the first fund-raiser for the Howard County Children’s Center went on, it originated at the transmitter site. In 2002, the event was moved to the Carter Day Center and continues to be located there.
Telethons for KJEP were also done offsite, Snead said. “Being able to broadcast from remote locations was a big accomplishment.”
There has been a “misconception that the TV station is shutting down,” according to Snead. “In my opinion, we’ll be continue what they are doing for a long time. At a board meeting last month, both the board and I recognized that the station couldn’t pay me and survive. They have enough income from churches and donations to continue operations and hire a part-time manager.”
Several factors have affected the station’s finances, Snead said. They include the deaths of two major donors, the loss of some church revenue, the loss of $1,000 a month from Trinity Broadcasting, and the decline in the nation’s economy. Those factors “led to our finances not being as sound as they once were,” Snead said.
Snead described himself as “ultra-conservative. I didn’t make big equipment purchases. I applied for a flash cut to be on Channel 23 when the time comes for a digital transmitter to go on the air Sept. 1, 2015” under federal guidelines.
“My exit was no big surprise. I knew we were okay through football season. We had 25 sponsors. Sometimes it was hard to get all the spots in a game. After the season, I knew it was a matter of time. It was a tough decision for the board. They did what had to be done, and they did it gracefully,” Snead said.
“I’ve really enjoyed the 12 years I spent in Nashville. I met a lot of good people and made memories that will be cherished the rest of my life,” Snead said.
During his first week in Nashville, Snead said he discussed his job duties with the late Ronny Woods, a board member. “I told him that nobody had defined the hours I would work. He said, ‘Some days will be busy days. Some will be short days.’ That’s the nature of broadcasting.”
As he leaves KJEP, Snead and his wife plan to relocate in northwest Arkansas to be closer to their family “and be closer to my beloved Razorbacks. I don’t plan on sitting down. I’ll work in TV, radio or outside the industry until the day I can’t work. I’ve lived all my life in Ashdown. This will be a difficult transition. In life, everything changes.”
Snead said northwest Arkansas “is like a second home to me. I love this part of the state, but there comes a time for hard choices.”
Snead said his time with KJEP has been “an extremely fast 12 years. It seems like a few months ago. I had a good association with churches, cities, counties and schools. I taught radio-TV for 10 years at CCCUA. I have no regrets as far as my stay here. I gave my heart and soul to KUEP and with them continued success in the future.”
KJEP board president Mark Cassady said, “We appreciate all the years Terry has spent as station manager and we are sorry to see him go. The board is looking at our options. Volunteers will keep the station going” until a part-time manager is selected.
A committee will take care of the search process, Cassady said.


Nashville School District considers outsourcing cafeterias

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Nashville School District is considering outsourcing the cafeterias on its campuses. At the Feb. 15 school board meeting, junior high Principal Deb Tackett and elementary Assistant Principal Rick Rebsamen made a presentation on the outsourcing concept and told about how the program has been implemented in other districts.
An outside company is hired to prepare and serve meals to students and staff. Current food services workers may be hired, and they work for the company, not the district, Tackett said.
The Bentonville district erased about $900,000 of a food services program deficit the first year that the cafeteria was outsourced, Tackett and Rebsamen said. At Hot Springs Lakeside, a deficit of about $80,000 was cut in half the first year, and food services have shown a profit for two years. That money goes back into the cafeteria, Lakeside officials said.
To begin outsourcing, food services companies submit bids. The company which is selected hires and trains employees and provides insurance and a retirement plan. The larger company has more buying power than an individual district. “This lowers the cost. There are a lot of rebates. We can continue to use USDA commodities. Outsourcing offers more options and larger portions,” Rebsamen said.
Cafeterias often change their layout from one or two serving lines to food bars with different menu items. “We saw fresh mango, pineapple and other fruits and vegetables. Kids learn to eat healthy and have better choices,” Tackett said.
The company offers online tracking for parents, who may see what students owe and what they eat. Other services include catering school events.
The cost per meal is the same as it was when the district operated the cafeterias at Lakeside and Bentonville.
Schools often conduct surveys of what students want in their cafeteria and the size of the portions.
High school Principal Tate Gordon said Nashville visitors saw a number of teachers eating in the Lakeside cafeteria. “Their superintendent eats there every day,” he said.
Not many teachers eat in the Nashville cafeterias, principals told the board.
Companies which manage school food service programs “operate under state and federal regulations. They have more variety,” Superintendent Doug Graham said.
Switching to a management company is a lengthy process, Graham said. “It takes a year go get ready. If we do it here, it won’t happen until 2015-16. We will have a lot more discussion. We invite the board to look at it themselves.”
Nashville food services staff members were invited to discuss the matter at the March board meeting.
In other business last week, the Nashville district declined to participate in a career coach program through CCCUA. A grant would pay about half of the position’s $50,000 salary the first year, with the district being responsible for the remainder.
Graham recommended that Nashville not participate at this time. “I don’t question there’s some benefit to the program. I have a folder on my desk of things I want to do but don’t have money for all of them. I think it’s a real good program, but I’m not ready to bite off and do it today.”
Career coaches work with junior and senior high students on career choices, college planning and other areas handled by counselors in many districts. Dr. Maria Parker from CCCUA said career coaches are helpful because counselors often spend time with state testing.
The board voted to re-employ Assistant Superintendent Joe Kell, Athletic Director and Director of Facilities and Transportation James “Bunch” Nichols and building principals Tate Gordon, Deb Tackett, Latito Williams and Shirley Wright.
Certified and non-certified staff will be employed in March.
Resignations were accepted from elementary teachers Marcia Aylett and Becky Reeder and high school Spanish teacher Kenisha Davis, elementary school custodian David Cheatham, and food services staff members Betty Parker, Martha Gautney and Joy Barr. Terry Pratt was hired as bus driver, and Kimberly Dunham was hired as half-time ESL teacher at elementary.
The district is interviewing for the vacant teaching positions and the information technology position, Graham said.
The next board meeting will be held Tuesday, March 25.

NJHS students now Microsoft Office Specialists

Nashville Junior High announced today 23 ninth grade students received the industry recognized Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification to help them become college and career ready. With more than 1 million exams taken annually in 140 countries, MOS is the leading IT certification in the world.
These students participated in the Microsoft IT Academy program at NJHS to help them develop their Microsoft Office skills.  According to Kim Conant, Computer Applications Teacher, “The Microsoft Office Specialist program gives our students in-demand technology skills that will increase their desktop computing proficiency and future employability.”
All students were certified in Microsoft Excel 2013.  Other students also earned their Word and/or PowerPoint certifications.  Nashville was ranked 3rd in the state for number of certifications obtained in the Fall 2013 semester.
Devin Culp***
Jake Ernest***
Marshall Evins**
Teresa Gastelum**
Jessica Green**
Autumn Harris***
Brittany Hilliard***
Kacey Hinds***
Audra Hughes***
Hunter Katzer*
Sarah Lawhon***
Sadie Leeper***
Erica Linville***
Robin McBride***
Emily McCauley***
Matthew Nannemann***
Daniel Piquinto**
Bridgett Puente**
Kelby Schooley***
Peyton Tarno**
Rony Valladares**
Hannah White**
Abi Witherspoon***


**Excel and PowerPoint
***Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

Nashville baseball, softball start next week

Baseball and softball seasons will open next week for the Nashville Scrappers and Scrapperettes.
The season opener for the Scrappers will be at Wilson Park Monday, March 3, at 4:30 p.m. against the Gurdon Varsity and JV.
The Scrappers will host the Ralph Gross Memorial Tournament March 6-8.
The Scrapperettes’ first game will be Monday, March 3, at 4:30 p.m. at Benton
Their home opener will be Tuesday, March 4, at 4:30 p.m. against Magnolia at the Nashville City Park.
The Scrapperettes will host Mena Friday, March 7, at 4:30 p.m.

Scrappers, Scrapperettes both headed to state tournament

For the first time in school history, the Nashville Scrappers and Scrapperettes are going to the state tournament in the same year.
The Scrapperettes punched their ticket to state with a 48-42 win over Dumas Thursday afternoon in the Class 4A South Regional at Scrapper Arena. Their most recent appearance at state was in 2005.
The Scrappers defeated Hamburg 63-52 Thursday night. Their last appearance at state was in 1963.
The top four teams from the regional tournament will advance to state.
The Class 4A state tournament will be March 5-8 at Lonoke High School.
Seeding will be determined by the results of regional tournament games today and Saturday at Scrapper Arena.
Today’s semifinal round includes:
Girls, Malvern and Nashville, 4 p.m.
Boys, CAC and Bauxite, 5:30 p.m.
Girls, Star City and CAC, 7 p.m.
Boys, Monticello and Nashville, 8:30 p.m.
Consolation games and the regional finals will be played Saturday.

Scrapperettes third in district, prepare for regional

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Scrapperettes moved up a spot in the standings at the conclusion of the District 7-4A tournament at Scrapper Arena. They were in fourth place when the tournament began and moved up to third after winning two games and losing one in the tournament.
Nashville advances to the Class 4A South regional this week. The Scrapperettes will host Dumas Thursday at 4 p.m. at Scrapper Arena. The winner automatically qualifies for next week’s state 4A tournament in Lonoke.
The Scrapperettes defeated Arkansas Baptist 53-45 in double overtime Feb. 20 in their first game at district. Nashville led 8-4 after the first quarter and 18-14 at halftime.
“It was close,” Coach Ron Alexander said. “I thought we were going to run away with it early. They [Baptist] battled back. Both battled hard.”
On the final possession of regulation, Alexander “thought we’d get a shot off. Instead, we fouled.” On the ensuing free throw, Baptist appeared to make the shot, but the Lady Eagles were called for jumping into the lane and the game went to overtime.
The teams were still tied after the first overtime, but the Scrapperettes pulled away in the second OT period to win and qualify for regionals.
Kassidy Snowden led the Scrapperettes with 18 points, followed byTiyonna Garland with 10, Timaya Sanders with 9, Bailey Walls with 6, Shayla Wright and Madd Horton with 4 each, and Iesha Neal with 2.
The Scrapperettes faced top-seeded Malvern in the semifinals Friday night. The contest was close throughout until the Lady Leopards built a lead in the fourth quarter and won 39-25.
“We played hard,” Alexander said. “We had a few mental decisions late that hurt us, but I’m proud of the effort. We handled the ball well.”
Sanders was the leading scorer for the Scrapperettes with 11. Snowden added 7, with 4 from Horton, 2 from Wright and 1 from KeeKee Richardson.
“I’m really happy with the way we played against Malvern. It’s a great improvement over the other two games” during the regular season, Alexander said.
With the loss to Malvern, the Scrapperettes moved to the consolation game Saturday afternoon, where they faced Bauxite. The two previous meetings during the season were close, with Nashville winning both.
Saturday’s contest was also a close one as the Scrapperettes won 25-22.
“It was tough,” Alexander said. “I thought we had a poor effort. Their [Bauxite] best player was gone. I don’t know what the deal was” on the Scrapperettes’ performance.
Nashville shut out the Lady Miners 7-0 in the first quarter and led 15-8 at halftime.
Bauxite outscored the Scrapperettes 14-10 in the second half.
Showden and Wright scored 6 points each for Nashville, with 3 each from Neal, Sanders and Garland. Horton and Walls had 2 each.
“We were fortunate to win,” Alexander said. “Bauxite was in it all the way.”
Malvern, Central Arkansas Christian and Star City are the favorites going into the regional tournament at Scrapper Arena, according to Alexander.
Malvern won the 7-4A title Saturday night, with CAC claiming the runner-up trophy. Star City was first during the regular season in District 8-4A, which doesn’t have a post-season tournament.
Playing Dumas in the regional tournament will be “tough, but it’s supposed to be tough at regionals,” Alexander said.
“We have a chance. They have a couple of big girls. If we play like we’re capable of playing, we should come out on top,” Alexander said. “We’re 32 minutes from the state tournament.”

Scrappers earn runner-up spot in 7-4A tournament

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
When pre-season basketball polls were released, sports pundits had the Nashville Scrappers picked seventh or eighth out of eight teams in District 7-4A. Saturday night on their home court, the Scrappers played head to head with Central Arkansas Christian for the district championship before falling 45-35.
Nashville will enter this week’s regional tournament at Scrapper Arena as the second seed from District 7-4A after mercy ruling Malvern 60-35 Thursday night and upsetting top-seeded Arkadelphia 56-54 in the semifinals Friday night.
“It was a great week,” Coach Damon Williams said of his team’s showing in the district tournament. “I’m extremely proud of them. They played well. I’m proud of our seniors. They have started something for the underclassmen to continue. They expect us to be in there. We’re going to make it a habit. What the seniors started, we’re going to continue.”
A win in the regional Thursday night would send the Scrappers to the state Class 4A tournament at Lonoke next week. Local sports observers say that would be the first time since the 1960s for the Scrappers to compete at state.
Nashville and Malvern split their series during the regular season, with both teams winning at home.
Thursday night, the Scrappers started strong and never looked back, jumping out to a 14-3 lead in the first quarter and extending the margin to 31-11 at halftime. LaMichael Pettway led the team in scoring with 14 points. Freshman Darius Hopkins was next with 13, followed by Brandon Shamrock with 12 and Cameron Alexander with 10.
The Scrappers recorded 33 rebounds against the Leopards, 12 offensive and 21 defensive. Shamrock was the leading rebounder with 10.
The Scrappers had 10 turnovers for the night. Shamrock recorded 5 blocks.
Nashville shot 54 percent from the field, 22 percent from 3-point range and hit 10 of 19 free throws for 52 percent.
The tournament highlight for the Scrappers came Friday night with the win over Arkadelphia, ranked sixth in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Class 4A poll.
The Badgers took the lead early and were on top 17-12 after the first quarter. The Scrappers fought back, outscoring the Badgers 19-11 in the second quarter to lead 36-33 at halftime.
Arkadelphia led 17-12 after the third, but the Scrappers put up 13 points to Arkadelphia’s 9 in the fourth to seal the win. “We were very excited Friday night after the win. It was a very emotional game,” Williams said.
“The crowd was great,” Williams said. “Our student body is second to none.” Scrapper Arena was near capacity for the conference showdown, and the student section was large and vocal. When the Badgers went to the free throw line late in the game, “There was no way [#11, Blake] was going to make the shot with our student section. Our crowd was as loud as any high school gym in the state.”
Alexander was the leading scorer for the Scrappers with 18 points, including 7-9 from the field and 3-5 from the free throw line. He also hit a 3-point shot.
Pettway added 16, with 12 from Shamrock, 8 from Hopkins and 2 from Jamie Newton. Shamrock and Pettway tied for rebounding honors with 6 each, followed by Alexander with 5.
Shamrock blocked 3 Badger shots.
Alexander and Shamrock had 2 steals each.
Central Arkansas Christian and Nashville fought it out for the district championship Saturday night. Although the Mustangs won, the Scrappers “played well,” Williams said. “We didn’t get tired. CAC is a good team. They packed in the zone to keep the ball away from our 3 big guys.”
CAC held Nashville to hitting 16 of 48 shots form the field and 0 out of 17 shots from 3-point range. The Scrappers hit 3 of 5 from the free throw line, including 2 for 2 from Alexander.
Pettway scored 18 points to lead Nashville. Alexander had 12, with 5 from Shamrock rounding out the Scrapper scoring.
Nashville had 18 rebounds against CAC and stole the ball 13 times. The Scrappers had 9 turnovers for the game.
After winning 2 of 3 games and advancing to regionals, said Williams he and the Scrappers appreciate the support from the community. “Everybody in town is a Scrapper. They want to do well,” Williams said. “The support from the other coaches is great. I appreciate that. It’s easy to get something going here. Coach [Billy] Dawson does it right in football. The kids know how to act when they get to me. All I have to do is keep it going. We want to build a program. I hope everybody will be patient with us.”

Nashville cheerleaders tell of championship season at Rotary meeting

AT ROTARY. Senior cheerleaders and Coach Susan Renfrow spoke at the Feb. 19 Nashville Rotary Club meeting. The group includes Abby Herzog, Avery Kesterson, Jayla Jacques, Jana Copeland, Jennifer Gamble, Kathleen Lance, Emily Herzog and Coach Susan Renfrow.

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Senior members of the Scrapper cheerleader squad told about their state championship season at the Feb. 19 meeting of the Nashville Rotary Club.
Nashville won the Class 4A state title in Hot Springs. Coach Susan Renfrow and her seven seniors told Rotarians about cheering and the state finals.
“I’m losing nearly half of the [15-member] squad next year,” Renfrow said. “They’re great girls.”
Renfrow introduced each senior and talked briefly about her contribution to the cheerleaders.
Jayla Jacques “cracks the whip in the cheer room. She gets things done,” Renfrow said.
Avery Kesterson “is our media girl. She did the video” of cheer highlights which the girls showed Rotarians.
Twins Emily and Abby Herzog bring different talents to the squad. “Emily is our flier. She’s up for anything. Abby is very structured; she overthinks everything. She’s a base, and she can also fly.”
Jennifer Gamble “Is good with facts. She has any stats we need. She knows leading scorers. She loves sports,” Renfrow said.”
Jana Copeland “takes care of media. She’s our publicist. She’s also our choreographer,” Renfrow said.
Kathleen Lance “is the boss if I can’t be there. She makes sure everything is done.”
The seniors “had a lot of responsibilities that we as spectators take for granted. I hope we get more to take their place,” Renfrow said.
While the seniors cheered from junior high on through high school, “Junior high and high school are two different things. There’s the physical part that improves a ton from junior high to senior high. We don’t send junior high to sell ads. High school goes to the businesses and gets the information back to me” for the football program, Renfrow said.
Unlike other sports, cheerleaders have one shot at winning. “You get two and a half minutes to show you’re the best” during competition, according to Renfrow.
Nashville cheerleaders are selected by out-of-town judges during tryouts, Renfrow said. “I don’t pick the squad. There’s a misconception of rich girls, smart girls, popularity contest. These girls take it very seriously.”
Each senior talked about different aspects of cheerleading.
“There’s not as much pressure in junior high. It’s different in the way the community looks at you in high school. There’s more responsibility. You have bigger crowds. Competition is more serious when the prize is a state championship,” Kesterson said.
Tryouts can be stressful, Lance said. “Some girls are excited. Some say it’s the worst day of their lives. We practice every day before tryouts. You have to make a creative judge by yourself. You practice your smile. There’s a lot of running around trying to get ready, then it starts.”
Seniors are responsible for teaching a cheer to the girls who are trying out. Other performances are also a part of tryouts, Lance said. When tryouts are completed, the girls leave the Scrapper Dome and Athletic Director James “Bunch” Nichols announces the results on KMTB Radio. “It’s kind of a melancholy time. For the seniors, it’s the end of our career. It’s sad for the girls who don’t make it,” Lance said.
After tryouts, the new squad and parents meet with Renfrow. “She tells us cheerleaders should be responsible, honorable, respectable. We’re in public a lot. It’s more than just leading the crowd in cheers,” Emily Herzog said. “We’re leaders in the community. I work hard in and out of school. People know me because I cheer. So many little girls come up and hug me. We all try to give them the best example we can.”
The squad has two fund-raisers, including football program ad sales and the annual cheer clinic.
Last fall, 108 girls attended the clinic. “It means a lot to me,” Jacques said. “It’s one of the best memories I have from being a little girl. I knew then that I wanted to be a cheerleader. You see yourself out there when the little girls come to the clinic. We want to build a foundation for their dreams like I did.”
Copeland told about competition. “You’re behind a curtain before you go out on the mat to perform. It’s nerve racking. It’s the most terrifying but most amazing feeling in the world.”
Once the performance was over, the girls awaited the results. “We were sitting on a mat,” Gamble said, “and they called out Valley View, then us. We broke the trophy and put it back together. We wanted the trophy for Mrs. Renfrow more than for us.”
Abby Herzog said the girls gain a great deal from cheering. “There’s school and community service. We become more confident. We want to be a good role model and a good example. We have to manage our time between cheering and school. We’ve all benefitted and gained so much.”
Lance, Kesterson and Emily Herzog were named All-Star cheerleaders, Renfrow said. They will cheer at the Arkansas All-Star football game June 27 at the University of Central Arkansas. Abby Herzog received All-State honors.
Renfrow was named head coach of the West All-Star cheerleaders.
In business items considered by Rotarians, the organization made plans for its upcoming pancake dinner. Officers were elected for the new year.
NHS junior Jackson Beavert told the club that he wants to start an Interact chapter at high school. Interact is Rotary’s program for high school students. “I moved here from Pleasant Grove at Texarkana. We had an awesome Interact chapter there. It would be good to start here,” he said.

Mine Creek Revelations: Lindy’s nite flite

WHAT ARE THE most famous names in American aviation?
Orville and Wilbur Wright, of course, and next would be Charles Lindbergh who made the first flight across the Atlantic and became an international hero.
I did not know that four years before his historical flight to France, Lindbergh made his first night flight right here in Arkansas.
This little nugget was made known to me by the Navigator who suggested that seeing the historical markers at the site would be a worthy Arkie Road Trip (Navigator, being a schoolmarm, had read in an actual book that at Lake Village — waaaaaay over in the Arkansas Delta — there was reputed to be a historical marker and a monument at the very spot where Lindbergh made this flight).
The story.
Lindy was ‘barnstorming’ his way across country toward Houston, Texas, April of 1923 (no other date given), when he developed engine trouble and landed in a field outside of Lake Village in Chicot County. The field was formerly a golf course, and the clubhouse was sometimes used as an inn.
The aviator fixed his airplane and offered the landowner a flight. Nope, he wasn’t interested. Lindbergh did give rides to a number of local people, and he accepted an invitation to spend the night at the clubhouse. After dinner, he noted that it was a very clear night and the moon was exceptionally bright. He decided to see the place from the air, and again he offered to take the owner up.
This time the man said ‘okay.’ They flew over the town and Lake Chicot and the nearby Mississippi River for about 15 minutes, and then landed without a problem.
And that was Lindbergh’s first night flight.
The Arkie Road Trip.
There’s no way of getting around this — it’s a four-hour haul across south Arkansas: Nashville to Prescott to Camden to Monticello to Dermott to Lake Village. Loretta, my trusty talking Garmin device, led us there.
We found the official Arkansas Welcome Center at Lake Village and they told us that we were actually very close to the flight site. We grabbed a sandwich, then drove up the narrow old river road. It never strays far from Lake Chicot, an oxbow lake that once was the channel of the Mississippi River.
Almost hidden between modest houses was a lot bounded by a low hurricane fence. Not much parking space. Several unlocked gates. There was a tall granite oblisk which noted Lindburgh’s flight.
And crumbled behind the oblisk were the ruins of the clubhouse.
And between the oblisk and the highway was a black metal historical marker which told a bit more about the event.
So, we made a four-hour drive to Lake Village, and spent a good 15-20 seconds taking pictures for Facebook and reading the inscriptions.
Then it was back on the road. There was something else we were looking forward to: A stop at the White House Cafe in Camden. This place has been around forever. It is several buildings linked together in an old part of town. At one time they bragged that they had practically every brand of beer in the world to wash down their famous Mexican dishes and steaks. Now, I don’t think their libations come from farther away than St. Louis.
The Navigator and I have made several previous stops at the White House. You’ll recall our Arkie Road Trip to Arkansas Post, site of Revolutionary and Civil War battles. You’ll recall our Arkie Road Trip to the WWII Japanese Internment Camp at Rowher. You’ll recall our Arkie Road Trip to see Civil War battle sites at Poison Springs and Jenkins Ferry.
What? You don’t recall. Well, those trips had something in common — a stop at the White House on the way home.
The owner of the White House recognized us and asked us where we’d been that Saturday. Wow, the Navigator really must have made an impression on the previous visits!
We yakked with the owner and her other customers for a bit, and we split an order of nachos. We got back on the road with hopes of getting home not too long after dark. And we would have, too, except that we saw a sign pointing down a narrow gravel road to the ‘Seven Devils Wildlife Management Area.’ Neither of us had ever heard of it, and that was precisely why we took a 30-minute detour.
Seven Devils was a serendipity (pleasant surprise). We’ve had a number of serendipitous encounters with people and places on our road trips, and we’ll probably have a bunch more.
One of my rules now, is that the road home must go through Camden. With a stop at the White House.
ANIMAL CRACKERS. In the tall dead grass of a pasture just north of Mine Creek Nursing and Rehab Center, recently, a magnificent Bald Eagle defended some kind of hidden carcass from other carrion-eating fowl. The white head and tailfeathers are stunning. The wingspan is incredible. Hard to believe that some people like to shoot at our National Symbol.
HE SAID: “Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.” James Naismith, inventor of basketball
SHE SAID: “It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it.” Amelia Barr, author

Obituaries (week of Feb. 24, 2014)

William Richard
“Bill” Weems
William Richard “Bill” Weems, 88, of Dierks, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.
He was born April 2, 1925 in Dierks, the son of the late William Cooper and Nettie Robert Smith Weems. He attended the First Assembly of God Church in Dierks.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Weems, three brothers and a sister.
Survivors include: two sons, Ricky Don Weems and Ronnie Weems; a daughter, Billie Rue Weems, all of Oregon; a sister, Josie Eudy of Dierks; also a grandchild and great-grandchild.
Graveside services under direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home were at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 at the Sunshine Cemetery in Dierks with J.W. Gilbert officiating.
Visitation was Thursday at the funeral home in Dierks.
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Shantel Lacole Stewart
Shantel Lacole Stewart, 21, of Mineral Springs, went to be with her Lord on Feb. 19, 2014.
She was born on Oct. 12, 1992, in Little Rock, Ark, the daughter of Jan (Jackson) Stewart and father Charles Stewart. She attended the New Shiloh Baptist Church.
She loved life and she loved her family. The highlight of her day was visiting with her Meme and Pa. She loved playing games on her computer, texting on her phone and taking care of her pets. She was a caring, sweet, compassionate person, she loved everybody. She was a great daughter, granddaughter, big sister and friend. She will be truly missed.
Survivors include: her mother, Jan Stewart of Mineral Springs; her father, Charles Stewart of Mineral Springs; two sisters, Chandra Stewart and Camry Stewart of Mineral Springs; maternal grandparents, Sammy and Ann Jackson of Mineral Springs; one uncle, Lonnie Jackson and wife Regina of Arkadelphia, Ark.; two cousins, Brittany Jackson and Kelby Jackson of Arkadelphia. A host of great aunts; uncles; other relatives and friends mourn her passing.
Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral home chapel in Nashville. Burial followed in Mineral Springs Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home.
Visitation was Friday Feb. 21, 2014 from 6-8p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville, Arkansas.
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Mollie Lou Harris
Mollie Lou Harris, 85, of Murfreesboro, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 in Murfreesboro.  She was born July 25, 1928 in McCaskill, the daughter of the late Luther Young and Florence Hood Young.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Harris; three brothers, Derwood, Juel Denton, and R.J. (Mutt) Young; and a grandson.
 Survivors include: three daughters, Wanda O’Neal and husband, Robert, Virginia Terrell and husband, David, and Sheila Terrell and husband, Marvin, all of Murfreesboro; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services were Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel, Murfreesboro with Bro. Al Terrell officiating. Burial followed in Roy Cemetery near Murfreesboro under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro.
Visitation was Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. in Murfreesboro.
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Sylvia Ann
Schooley Chambers
Sylvia Ann Schooley Chambers 77 of Mineral Springs, Ark., passed away on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 in a Texarkana hospital.
She was born on Nov. 24, 1936 the daughter of the late Dick and Verna Schooley.
Mrs. Chambers was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church, a homemaker, and a foster parent for 20 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Chambers, a daughter, Jill Arnold, and a brother, Wallace Schooley.
Survivors include: her daughters, Joey DeLaugher; Kandis Hurley and husband, Jimmy,  of Texarkana, Texas; Jada Dougan of Russellville, Ark., Kiandra Nipp and husband, Terry, of Camden, Ark., daughters by legal guardianship Tammy Robinson, Claudia, and Norma Gauldamez; son-in-law, Floyd Arnold; one brother, Jack Schooley of Mineral Springs, Ark.; grandchildren Cameron (Molly), Brandon (Trista), and Haydon(Jaime) Arnold, Christa (Curtis) Coleman, Jaise McIntosh, Jamie (Tiffany), Joey (Raney), and Julianna Hurley, Colby Feemster, Gabi Dougan, Aria and Logan Nipp; Great-grandchildren Sydney, Carson, Mattison, Maddox, Maddon, Mack, Adyson,  Maggie, Talon, and Olivia.
Funeral Services were at 2 p.m. Sunday at Liberty Baptist Church with Bro. Bruce Short officiating, with burial following in Liberty Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23 at Latimer Funeral Home.
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Harold David Bray
Harold David Bray, 86, of Dierks, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 in the Dierks Health and Rehab.
He was born April 24, 1927 in Broken Bow, Okla., the son of the late Arthur “Pug” and Brookie Brown Bray.
He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII, and was a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene Lucille Teater Bray; two sons, David Bray and Frank Whaley; a daughter, Gail Whaley Marshall; three brothers, Arthur Bray, Hayes Bray and Richard Bray; and a sister, Doris “Humbug” Hooper.
Survivors include: two sons, Don Bray and wife, Gay, and Robert Bray and wife, Cindy, all of Dierks; four daughters, Connie Dougan and husband, Dale, of Nashville, Gwen Whitten of Broken Bow, Cindy Grady of Nashville and Kim Lloyd and husband, Ricky, of Dierks; five brothers, Wilburn “Preacher” Bray of Broken Bow, Billy Bray of Bloomburg, Texas, Butch Bray, Jimmie Dale and Pat Bray and Mike Bray, all of Broken Bow; two sisters,  Augustine “Augie” Monk of Wagoner, Okla., and Brenda Moore of Valliant, Okla.; also grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were set for 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Rev. Kenny Fant officiating. Burial was to follow in the Fellowship Cemetery near Dierks.
The family received friends from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, February 25 at the funeral home in Dierks.
Everett Earnest Cupples
Everett Earnest Cupples, 91, of Dierks, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.
He was born April 9, 1922 in Dierks, the son of the late Raymond and Della Lowery Cupples. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was a member of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Thelma D. Chandler Cupples.
Survivors include: a son, Kenneth R. Cupples; a daughter, Tammie J. Yeargen; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services for were set for 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 in the Fellowship Cemetery with Rev. Bobby Neal officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.
Visitation was set for 6-8 p.m., Thursday, February 27 at the funeral home in Dierks.

Standing Miracle: Washington’s story presented at local church

PORTRAYING FIRST PRESIDENT. Judge Josh Morriss portrays President George Washington in a program Sunday night at Immanuel Baptist Church.

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The disadvantageous circumstances on our part, under which the war was undertaken, can never be forgotten. The singular interpositions of Providence in our feeble condition were such, as could scarcely escape the attention of the most unobserving; while the unparalleled perseverance of the Armies of the U States, through almost every possible suffering and discouragement for the space of eight long years, was little short of a standing miracle. George Washington, 1783
The holiday weekend brought a special visitor to Nashville – President George Washington.
More specifically, Washington’s words came to town in a 40-minute portrayal of the first president by Judge Josh Morriss of Texarkana. The program was presented at Immanuel Baptist Church.
Morriss, chief justice of Texas’ Sixth Court of Appeals, researched and wrote “A Standing Miracle” based on Washington’s view of God’s hand in American history.
Morriss studied Washington’s writings to develop the script for “A Standing Miracle,” which he first presented in 1995.
The setting was Philadelphia on March 4, 1797, shortly before the first transfer of power under the United States Constitution. Washington’s two terms as president were up, and  John Adams was about to become president. Washington could have run for president again because the Constitution had not been amended to include any kind of term limits for the office. However, he chose to step down and return to his home at Mt. Vernon, Va.
For the program, Morriss dressed in 1790s attire associated with Washington and addressed the audience as Washington might have done before he left office. He moved around a small table where he had signed some official papers.
Morriss will be referred to as Washington as the story of his presentation is told.
“I resign without a single regret,” Washington said. “I will miss you. After I walk out that door, I can’t be sure you will listen to me again.”
Washington noted that 15 years earlier, an officer had proposed “in a very foolish letter to install me as king,” which he did not want to become after the American colonists had overthrown the British monarchy.
“I’m afraid of what is to come. I’m afraid of what my fellow citizens will do with my country,” Washington said, noting that there had already been a small rebellion which was put down while he was president.
“God gave us this country as a sacred trust. These eyes have witnessed the very hand of God,” Washington said.
From there, Washington noted six examples “of how God created the United States. Some would attribute them to chance.”
The first “providential link” came during the French and Indian War in the 1750s and early ‘60s. Indians ambushed British troops near the banks of the Monongahela River in Pennsylvania, and 63 of 86 officers were killed or wounded. “Ever mounted officer fell except me,” Washington said. “Four bullets hit my coat, but I escaped unhurt.”
In the fall of 1770, Washington returned to the area, where the old chief who had led the ambush met him. “A power shielded you,” the chief told Washington. “The Great Spirit protects this man. People yet unborn will hail him as the founder of a great empire. He is the particular favorite of heaven and could never die in battle.”
Providential link 2 came when Washington was elected to lead the colonial army in the Revolution. “I saw multiple instances of God’s graciousness on our behalf,” Washington said.
The British failed to take advantage of an opportunity to attack near Boston, and Washington’s men took some large guns which the British left and sledded them to Boston. “If the British had attacked, five minutes would have seen us with empty guns,” Washington said of the British lapse. Afterward, a storm blew up and the “Redcoats evacuated Boston without us losing a man. The storm was a great interposition of providence.”
The next link came in August 1776 when the British had American forces almost surrounded on Long Island, New York. The Redcoats did not attack for two days, and Washington’s men escaped in rowboats to Manhattan. “God intervened as if in the nation of Israel. Dense fog arose and hid our lines and our evacuation boats. It lifted after our last boat was beyond the range of British muskets,” Washington said.
Providential link 4 was the British loss at the Battle of Cowpens, where American commander Daniel Morgan eluded the British after an overnight rain made rivers impassable. “It was as if he had been delivered through the Red Sea,” Washington said.
Number 5 came when British Gen. Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown after a retreat had been thwarted by a sudden storm. The day after the surrender, Washington ordered “a Thanksgiving service for all the troops to give thanks to God for the repeated and astonishing interpositions of providence that led to this great victory.”
The Treaty of Paris in 1783 that officially ended the war was “because of all that God had done,” Washington said.
The final link came after Washington returned to Mt. Vernon after the war to what he “hoped was a normal life.”
Shay’s Rebellion and other incidents left the federal government “nearly at a standstill. We needed a stronger national contract, the Constitution,” Washington said.
Washington was named to lead the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. During the meeting, delegates were deadlocked on many issues, Washington said, including representation. Large states wanted representation based on population; small ones wanted equal representation for all states. The Great Compromise settled the issue with the House of Representatives based on population and the Senate based on equal representation.
Ben Franklin “rose and turned the convention on its ear,” Washington said, when he urged delegates to pray for their work. “At the beginning, we had daily prayers. They were heard and answered. Have we now forgotten this powerful friend or think we no longer need his assistance,” Franklin said.
Washington said the “great God of the Universe has led us too far to forsake us. We have been given freedom. God does indeed govern in the affairs of men. Let us hold high the torch of freedom. The time has come. I take my leave. ‘Tis well,” Washington said as he left the stage.


March for Parks set for March 8; event to benefit pavilion

EXHIBIT FOR WILDLIFE TRAIL. Nashville Parks Director Nikki Cherry holds one of the signs which line the Ronny K. Woods Wildlife Trail.

An annual fund-raising event at the Nashville City Park will have special meaning this year.
“March for the Parks” is set for Saturday, March 8. Money raised by the event will go for construction of the Ronny K. Woods Wildlife Trail pavilion. Woods was a devoted member of the Nashville Parks and Recreation Commission from January 2005 until his death in August 2011. At the time of his death he was serving as chairman, and was active in events at the park until his last days. The twisting half-mile wildlife trail named in Woods’ memory winds through an old pecan orchard and beside a bubbling creek in the northwest corner of the park grounds.
Among the planned money-raising activities at the “March” are the park’s first softball tournament of the year; children’s games and activities; and a raffle for four significant prizes.
Raffle items include: a 39-inch Emerson LED television valued at $300 and donated by Walmart; an Echo Backpack Blower valued at $500 and donated by D&J Equipment; a 24-gun safe valued at $700 donated by R&J Supply; and a Louisville 6-ft. ladder and Klein 7-piece nut driver set valued at $200, donated by Wholesale Electric.
Raffle tickets are $1 each and are already on sale at the park office, city hall, the chamber of commerce, and from park employees.
Winners need not be present at the drawing which will take place at 2 p.m. at the softball field concession stand, weather permitting.
The wildlife trail was built with a grant of $88,400 from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The city contributed a parking lot, and the plantings at a wildflower meadow and a game food plot.
The pavilion itself will be built totally by donations and local labor, Park Director Nikki Cherry said. About $15,000 must be raised before a construction starting date can be set, she said. The site for the pavilion is already known.
The parks and recreation commission decided to commemorate Woods’ lifetime of service to the community by giving the trail his name. In addition to the park, he was a positive community influence who served with the chamber of commerce, the Howard County Children’s Center, the Rotary Club, Nashville Volunteer Fire Department, community television, and Immanuel Baptist Church. He and his twin brother, Donny, owned and operated Woods & Woods Public Accountants. Brother Donny succeeded Ronny on the parks commission.
The wildlife trail itself goes through diverse areas which appeal to birds, butterflies and other animals, in addition to boasting a wide variety of trees and plants. One of the features is a wildlife ‘blind’ which enables visitors to better observe wildlife. There will be signs posted along the route telling visitors what they could observe.
“We hope the community will come out and enjoy their park, March 8, and be a part of finishing this wonderful wildlife trail and pavilion,” Cherry said.

Lockesburg Elementary School will be close after this school year

By Patrick Massey
De Queen Bee
In what its members have called a “heartbreaking” decision, the De Queen School Board voted Monday night to cease all activities on the Lockesburg Elementary campus at the end of the current school year.
Four board members voted during their regular meeting on Feb. 10 to close the campus and merge Lockesburg’s K-6 classes with the respective schools in De Queen. Board member Skip Bell, a resident of Lockesburg, abstained during the vote.
Discussion on the viability of Lockesburg Elementary has been going on for years, the board said, and the decision to close the campus come only after much consideration.
The board said a combination of factors, including low enrollment numbers and poor finances, forced the district to close the campus.
“Ultimately it’s about numbers,” said Board President Randy Hedge. “We don’t have the number of kids needed to support that campus. When the formula schools are funded by is based on the number of kids you have, [enrollment] is a critical factor.”
For the last few years enrollment in Lockesburg’s K-6 classes has fluctuated between the mid-70s and low-80s – an enrollment decrease of over 50 percent since the closure of Lockesburg High School in 2009. That year the elementary school served over 180 children, but many families moved off or sent their children to other school districts after the high school closure.
“If Lockesburg still had 184 kids, we wouldn’t be talking about this,” said De Queen Superintendent Bruce Hill, who added that a district study determined Lockesburg Elementary would need an enrollment of 120-150 students to remain viable.
“Unfortunately, we had a huge drop in enrollment and there have been no signs in the last few years that it would go up,” Hill added. “Right now, the attendance isn’t even paying the salaries over there.”
District officials said the campus runs at an annual budget deficit of approximately $400,000. Despite personnel cuts to the district’s administrative staff and other budget reductions, the school said it cannot continue to afford operating the Lockesburg campus.
“We haven’t given bonuses the last few years, we’ve cut back our administrative personnel to just three people and we’re trying to make cuts and save money wherever we can,” said Hedge. “This was a heartbreaking decision for us to make, but if you look at the facts unemotionally – the finances and the enrollment numbers – this is something we had to do.”
In a time when small schools across the state are facing financial insolvency and consolidation, De Queen School officials said the 2006 merger of Lockesburg with the De Queen School District helped keep the campus’ doors open.
“The board feels that we were able to preserve Lockesburg Elementary six of seven years longer than it might have had we not merged,” said Hedge. “The board has had every intention of keeping the campus open, but the time has come we can’t justify the costs.”
Although Lockesburg residents have seen new opportunities come to town in recent years – including a new Dollar General Store and a possible UA Cossatot extension site – city leaders know the closure will hit the community hard.
“I hate it for my town,” said Lockesburg Mayor Danny Ruth. “We were hoping the school could keep its numbers and it could stay here to help attract more people to Lockesburg.”
Ruth said he fears the school closure will force many people, and new businesses, to hesitate before moving to Lockesburg.
“It’s going to be very hard to attract anything new if you don’t have a place in town for children to go to school,” he said. Ruth hopes he will be able to work with school leaders to make the building available for potential business prospects in the future, if any arrive.
Ruth said that although Lockesburg residents will mourn the loss of their elementary school, he asks the community not to blame the De Queen School District.
“They did their part and they did everything they said they would do to try and keep the school open,” he said.
“We can’t blame the school board for this. A lot of this was on Lockesburg; in the past the town should have tried to do more to keep people here.”
District officials said buses will be made available for any Lockesburg student attending De Queen schools in the next school year. Approximately 20 teachers and staff work at Lockesburg Elementary, and all will be offered a position in De Queen.
“Everyone of them has a job here,” said Hill.

PT department at hospital offers variety of services

SPEAKERS AT ROTARY. Therapist assistant Stacey Busby and therapist Tessa Moody explained the services offered by the physical therapy department at Howard Memorial Hospital during last week’s Rotary Club meeting. The department provides a number of programs and has a SwimEx pool.

Physical therapy programs and equipment were the topics, last Wednesday, when two members of the Howard Memorial Hospital physical therapy department spoke to the Nashville Rotary Club.
Therapist Tessa Moody and therapist assistant Stacey Busby described opportunities at the Fitness and Aquatic Center, and through the “FROG” program. The latter is an acronym for Fitness Reaching Older Generations, and Busby said it included ‘resistance exercise’ which aims to promote balance and flexibility in persons over 55 years old. She said that new exercises are periodically added to keep interest up. The group meets for one hour, two afternoons a week in the hospital cafeteria. There have been as many as 42 participants although not are present every time.
FROGS is free, she said.
Moody described some of the equipment which is used to diagnose problems and to correct them. Persons who are recovering from surgery can particularly benefit from the physical therapy exercise programs.
In the Fitness and Aquatic Center, the public can sign up for membership and use gymnasium equipment under supervision. The ‘swim-ex’ program is unsupervised fitness in the pool which is advantageous for persons who have difficulty with balance or with placing stress on joints or muscles.
Several different levels of membership and rates are available, and the hospital is promoting a buy-two-months get-one-month-free membership.
Busby said that she was on the committee planning the hospital foundation’s annual gala which is set for March 29. Tickets are $150 each. There will be a live band, an Italian buffet, refreshments and doorprizes.

Howard County Circuit Court

One defendant pleaded guilty to multiple drug charges and was sentenced, last Wednesday in the regular day for criminal court, here.
On the bench was Judge Charles Yeargan.
Donald Wynn, 43, white male, Ozan, pleaded guilty to four felony counts including: (1) Possession of methamphetamine with purpose of selling, class C; (2) Possession of drug paraphernalia, class C; (3) Simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, class Y; and (4) Felon in possession of a firearm, class B. Count 1 was amended down to simple possession, class D; and Count 2 was amended down to class D.
On Count 1, he was sentenced to six years in the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC). On Count 2, he was sentenced to six years in the ADC. On Count 3, he was sentenced to 15 years with five years suspended. On Count 4, he was sentenced to 15 years with five years suspended — all to run concurrently.
One not true plea was taken. William C. Blount, 37, white male, Amity, is charged with failure to meet the terms of his probation on a May 2013 conviction for fleeing, class D felony. His bond was set at $2,500 and his probation revocation trial was set for April 16.
Not guilty pleas
Two defendants entered not guilty pleas.
Clint Bamburg, 39, white male, 1988 Hwy. 371 W., Nashville, is charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, both class C misdemeanors; and possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony. His bond was reduced to $5,000 and his trial date was set for May 20.
A not guilty plea was also given by James Younger, 33, white male, 122 McClendon, Mineral Springs, charged with Possession of Schedule II drugs, class D felony; Possession of Schedule IV drugs, class A misdemeanor; and Possession of drug paraphernalia, class D felony. Pretrial motions will be heard April 9.
One defendant was granted a continuance. Public defender Greg Vardaman was appointed to represent four defendants.

Baseball camp set March 8

PRO-DAY Baseball will host the Ralph Gross Memorial Baseball Camp Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. – 12 noon at the Scrapper Dome, according to Jeff Gross, president of PRO-DAY Baseball and son of the late Ralph Gross.
Players ages 8-18 will learn hitting, fielding, pitching and base-running from the former Texas Rangers/Chicago Cubs Scout during the three-hour session.
Gross has worked in baseball on both the professional and minor league levels along with coaching college baseball at the University of Arkansas/Monticello and Pensacola Junior College.
Since he founded PRO-DAY Baseball in 1989, he has helped hundreds of players advance into professional baseball and hundreds going on to receive scholarships to play college baseball.
Current and recent Major League players he has been associated with include the following: 9-time Gold Glove Winner Torii Hunter (Detroit Tigers), Travis Wood (Chicago Cubs), Justin & BJ Upton (Atlanta Braves), John Buck (Seattle Mariners), Stephen Drew (Boston Red Sox) & Billy Sadler (San Francisco Giants), to name a few.
“This is a great opportunity for baseball players of all ages to listen to a person who has been in baseball on all levels as a professional scout and a collegiate coach,” said Kyle Slayton, who enters his 12th season as head baseball coach at Nashville High. “The knowledge that they will receive in this short time is remarkable and the money that is raised goes to an outstanding cause.”
The camp is named in memory of the 1952 Nashville High graduate who was a five-star athlete in baseball, basketball, football, track and tennis. The money raised for this camp helps go to a student-athlete each year at Nashville High who plans to go off to college while playing sports.
The Ralph Gross Athletic Scholarship Award has been presented annually since 2003.
The cost of the camp is $50. Enrollment is limited.
Those who would like to attend should send payment to PRO-DAY Baseball, Box 3141, Pine Bluff, AR 71611.
Players may email or call 1-888-224-6150 to reserve a spot.


Scrapperettes improve defense in win over Baptist

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Nashville Scrapperettes came from behind to defeat Arkansas Baptist 52-41 in the regular-season finale Friday night at Scrapper Arena.
Nashville will enter this week’s District 7-4A tournament as the fourth seed. The Scrapperettes’ first game in the tournament will be at 4 p.m. Thursday. A win would automatically qualify Nashville for next week’s regional tournament.
Baptist led by as many as 10 points in the first quarter and held a 19-12 advantage to start the second quarter. However, the Scrapperettes outscored the Lady Eagles 18-3 in the second and took a 30-22 lead at halftime.
Nashville scored 22 points in the second half to 19 for Baptist to seal the win.
The Scrapperettes hit 12 of 17 free throws against Baptist, a key factor in the win according to Coach Ron Alexander.
“Our free throw shooting has gotten better,” Alexander said. The Scrapperettes have rebounded from a season-low 1 of 12 free throws in a conference loss at Arkadelphia back in January.
Another plus for the Scrapperettes has been defense, Alexander said. “Our defense is playing well, and that’s one big factor” in the win.
Nashville recorded 19 steals against Baptist and blocked a Lady Eagle shot. The Scrapperettes grabbed 17 defensive rebounds in Friday night’s victory.
Nashville also held onto the ball against Baptist. The Scrapperettes gave up 8 turnovers, one of the lowest numbers of the season, and they were not called for traveling during the game.
“We have started taking care of the ball,” Alexander said.
Kassidy Snowden was the leading scorer for the Scrapperettes with 13 points, followed by Timya Sanders with 9. Shayla Wright added 7, with 6 from Kee Kee Richardson, 5 each from Tiyonna Garland and Latrice Wiley, 4 from Breona Jefferson and 3 from Asia Munn.
Sanders led the team in free throw shooting, making 5 of 6 shots. Snowden hit 4 of 7, and Wright made 2 of 3. Munn made her only free throw of the night.
The district tournament will open today (Wednesday) at 4 p.m. with fifth place Baptist taking on eighth place Ashdown. The Scrapperettes will await the winner Thursday at 4 p.m. The winner of Thursday’s game will play top-ranked Malvern in the semifinals at 4 p.m. Friday. Number 6 Bauxite will face seventh place Arkadelphia at 7 p.m. The winner plays number 3 Robinson Thursday at 7 p.m. The winner there will play second-ranked Central Arkansas Christian in the other semifinal game at 7 p.m. Friday.
The consolation game is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, and the championship game will be Saturday at 6 p.m.
The top four teams from the conference will advance to the Class 4A South regional tournament next week at Scrapper Arena.

Scrappers get OT win over Baptist

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Scrapper fans received four free minutes of basketball Friday night as Nashville defeated Arkansas Baptist 56-52 in overtime in the regular-season finale at Scrapper Arena.
The Scrappers led 20-19 at halftime and 34-30 at the end of the third quarter before Baptist came back and took the lead near the end of regulation. Cameron Alexander tied the score at 49-49 with a free throw to send the game to overtime. From there, Nashville outscored the Eagles 7-3 for the District 7-4A win.
“It was a big win for us Friday night,” Coach Damon Williams said. “Baptist is a really good team.”
Nashville will enter this week’s district tournament at Scrapper Arena as the league’s fourth-seeded team. The Scrappers will play their first game Thursday at 5:30 p.m. against the winner of today’s contest between number five Malvern and number eight Robinson. If the Scrappers win Thursday, they will automatically advance to the regional tournament next week at Scrapper Arena.
The win over Baptist Friday night didn’t come easy. Nashville trailed 10-4 at the end of the first quarter. However, the Scrappers fought their way back in during the second quarter and outscored the Eagles 16-9 to close out the first half.
The Scrappers extended their lead in the third quarter before Baptist outscored Nashville 19-15 in the fourth.
“We were fortunate to get to overtime,” Williams said. “We had the lead and lost it. That takes the air out of you, but we battled back. Maybe this proved to the boys that when they play right, they can win. I’m still trying to teach them how to finish.”
Alexander was the Scrappers’ leading scorer with 17, including the key free throw that sent the contest into overtime. Brandon Shamrock had 14, LaMichael Pettway 13, Darius Hopkins 10 and Trey Hughes 2.
Pettway was the leading rebounder with 13. Alexander had 9.
The Scrappers had 16 turnovers against Baptist and recorded 14 steals.
With the regular season now completed, the team’s attention turns to the district tournament. Opening round games today (Wednesday) include Malvern and Robinson at 5:30 p.m. and Bauxite against Ashdown at 8:30 p.m.
The tournament continues Thursday with the Scrappers playing at 5:30 p.m. Number 3 Baptist will play at 8:30 p.m. against the Bauxite/Ashdown winner.
If the Scrappers win Thursday, they will play top-seeded Arkadelphia Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the semi-finals. The winner advances to the championship game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; the loser plays in the consolation game Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
Central Arkansas Christian, the second-place team, will play at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
The top four teams from the district tournament will advance to the regional Feb. 26-March 1 in Nashville.
The Scrappers dropped a road game Feb. 11 at Malvern as the Leopards got past Nashville 63-59.
The teams were tied at 26 at halftime, and Nashville held a 45-44 lead after the third quarter. The Leopards put up 19 points to Nashville’s 14 in the final quarter to take the win.
Turnovers were a problem for the Scrappers as they lost the ball 21 times.
Nashville recorded 27 rebounds, including 7 from Alexander.
Pettway was the leading scorer for Nashville with 21 points. Alexander added 18, with 9 from Hopkins, 6 from Shamrock and 5 from Hughes.

Nashville seniors honored

SCRAPPERETTE SENIOR NIGHT. Scrapperette seniors and their families were introduced Friday night at Scrapper Arena during Senior Night activities. The group includes Coach Ron Alexander, Lacie Grace, Kelsey Grace, ShaKonda Haney, Breona Jefferson, Reeoe Haney, Fern Dixon, Kassidy Snowden, Stefan Snowden, Shane Wright, Shayla Wright, Charlene Wright, Juanisha Finley, Iesha Neal, Jamar Finley, Clarissa Brizo, Dissia Brizo, Cynthia Herrera and Coach Buster Bonner.

SCRAPPER SENIOR NIGHT. Scrapper seniors and their families were introduced Friday night at Scrapper Arena during Senior Night activities. The group includes Coach Jerry Baker, Randy Rauch, Coach Aaron Worthen, Joshua Rauch, Sheila Faulkner, Coach Damon Williams, Tammy Alexander, Cameron Alexander, Jeff Alexander, Brandon Shamrock, Cindy Jackson, DeQuan McGraw, Stena Snell, Shavonte Norvell, Carolyn Norvell, Jamie Newton, Billie Newton and James Newton.

Scrapperette and Scrapper basketball seniors and their families were honored Friday night during Senior Night at Scrapper Arena.
The seniors were introduced by announcer Kyle Slayton and made their way to mid-court, where coaches presented team pictures to the players and flowers to their moms.
Scrapper seniors provided the following information for their introductions:
Senior Cameron Alexander is the 18-year-old son of Jeff Alexander of Kirby and Tammy Alexander of Nashville. He is a 2-year letterman for the roundball Scrappers. After graduation, Cameron will attend Ouachita Baptist University where he will double major in education and mass communications while playing football for the Tigers.
Brandon Shamrock – Parent, Cindy Jackson. Three-year basketball letterman. Honor Society.
Joshua Rauch – Parents, Sheila Faulkner and Randy Rauch. He has been a manager for Scrapper basketball for 3 years.
Senior Jamie Newton is the 18-year-old son of James and Billie Newton. He is a 2-year letterman for the roundball Scrappers. After graduation, Jamie will be enlisting in the Air Force.
Senior #2 Shavonte Norvell – 1-year letterman. Escorted by his mom, Carolyn Norvell. After graduation, he plans on attending college in Arizona.
Senior DeQuan McGraw, son of Stena and Keith Snell. He is a 1-year letterman. After graduation, he will attend the University of Central Arkansas to major in forensic science and business.
Scrapperette seniors provided the following information for their introductions:
Mashayla Danielle Wright is escorted by her parents, Shane and Charlene Wright. She is a 3-year letterman in senior high basketball, a 3-year letterman in senior high softball and a 3-year letterman in senior high track. She has been a part of 2 state champion softball teams and 2 state champion track teams. She is a member of FFA, FBLA, FCCLA and Spanish Club. She is a member of National Honor Society. She is also a member of Liberty Baptist Church. She plans to attend Ouachita Baptist University to become a nurse practitioner.
Breona Lachae Jefferson is escorted by her parents Reeoe and ShaKonda Haney. Breona has been a Scrapperette for 6 years and a member of the 2-11 and 2012 state championship track teams. She’s a member of the National Honor Society and a member of Dodson Street Church of Christ. Breona will be attending Henderson State University where she will major in nursing.
Lacie Kendall Grace is escorted by her sister, Kelsey Grace. Lacie has been a 2-year member of Scrapperette softball, 3-year member of Scrapperette tennis and a 4-year member of Scrapperette basketball and track. Lacie plans to get her basics at Cossatot and then transfer to Texas A&M Texarkana to major in occupational therapy.
Clarissa Brizo and Cynthia Herrera are being escorted by Dissia Brizo, mother. They have been managers for 6 years. They plan on going to Henderson State University to major in medicine.
Iesha Sharel Neal is escorted by her parents, Juanisha and Jamar Finley. She is a 1-year letterman in basketball, 2-year letterman in softball. She has been a part of 2 state champion softball teams. She is a member of FCCLA and Spanish Club. She is a member of the National Honor Society. She is also a member of First Providence Outreach Ministries. She plans to attend Henderson State University to be an occupational therapist.
Kassidy Snowden is being escorted by her mom, Fern Dixon, and her brother, Stefan Snowden. Kassidy has been a Scrapperette for 6 years, a member of the 2011 and 2012 state championship track team, and a 2-year letterman. After graduation, Kassidy plans on attending college, where she will be majoring in athletic training.

Mine Creek Revelations: Whiteside Hall

I CAN REMEMBER exactly where the portrait hung.
I’m talking about the large oil painting of John Garrett Whiteside, the man for whom our town’s ‘oldest’ high school gymnasium was named: Whiteside Hall.
He is still probably the most famous man ever to come from Nashville even if you never heard of him.
The portrait hung to the right of the old stage. It was placed high on the wall in the space between the stage and the exit door (which I never once saw used, anyway).
According to the Howard County Heritage Club book, the portrait ended up in the museum. But, of course, the museum has been closed for years. I’ll try to find out if the painting is really there, but I have always heard that it just disappeared.
The old gym is now used by the Nashville Parks and Recreation Department for youth basketball, and I’m glad it hasn’t just been abandoned.
John Garrett Whiteside went to Washington, DC, in 1907, and he served as secretary to various congressmen, senators and for agency committees for 40 years. This was in an age when there were only 96 senators, and he was frequently called “the 97th senator” because of his influence.
According to “The Encyclopedia of Arkansas,” the congressman who was in charge of writing the declaration of war for WWI buttonholed Whiteside because he could type as a result of his previous experience as a Arkansas court reporter. The congressman dictated the declaration, and Whiteside typed it and hand-delivered it to President Woodrow Wilson for his signature.
And when our nation entered WWII, Whiteside again typed the declaration of war and delivered it to the White House for President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signature.
He had a connection to other significant documents, including typing our nation’s ratification of the United Nations charter in 1945.
He died in 1947. I do not know where he is buried, but I’d like know if any of you have this information. He was married to a Prescott girl, maiden name Biggs. I once spoke to his nephew who was a Little Rock lawyer. He didn’t remember a lot about his famous uncle, but had always heard about him.
Whiteside Hall was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.
By the way, that old gym stage also served as the band hall until a separate cinder block building was finally built for the musicians. The rock group, Styx, once played a concert on that gym stage. They autographed a paddle which they found while rummaging through a PE teacher’s desk which was in an offstage office. Just like Mr. Whiteside’s portrait, the Styx paddle has disappeared.
I do not know the statute of limitations for rummaging through a teacher’s desk.
VOLUNTEERS KEEP the wheels turning in every community. I see that Billy Hardin, Joe Dallas and Chris Sweat are new volunteers on the board of the Howard County Cattlemen’s Association, and Chris will serve as president. Jim Hood is secretary/treasurer for the cattlemen for the eleventy-third time. He’s served in that capacity since the invention of Herefords.
I recently tried to convey my admiration to the volunteers at the annual 4-H Foundation Super Bowl smoked meat sale, but the food kept getting in the way.
It’s a good thing to take note of the people who keep wheels turning in our community. From baseball/softball moms and dads, Scout leaders, school boards, Band Boosters, the Pink Ladies at the hospital, just to name a few. Great volunteers are everywhere you look.
ANIMAL CRACKERS. On a rare clear afternoon with moderate temperatures, last week, I sat out on my patio and worked on my tan.
Incredibly thick clouds of blackbirds flew overhead. The birds made no noise other than the whoosh generated by thousands of flapping wings. There were so many birds I wondered how people can estimate their number. Anybody got an idea?
WHICH ROLE TO PLAY? An outfit from Virginia — The American Shakespeare Center — will put on two performances at Historic Washington State Park. The two-and-one-half-hour performances will be on Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1, beginning at 7:30 each night.
On the first night the troupe will perform “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” and they will do “Othello” on the second night.
There’s a problem. One actress will unfortunately not make the trip from Virginia, and so the group needs someone to play Desdemona, Othello’s wife.
Someone has suggested that Mrs. Claus might be persuaded to take the role since she is such a ham anyway.
HE SAID: “To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” William Shakespeare, playwright
Ever been to Old Washington, Bill?
SHE SAID: “One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.” Anne Morrow Lindburgh, author and aviator


Bessie Faye
Johnson Carrigan
Bessie Faye Johnson Carrigan, 78, of Nashville, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. She was born July 1, 1935, in Clow, Ark., to the late Naomi Dixon and Roosevelt Johnson.
She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Prescott. Arkansas. She was a volunteer with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program for seven years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Carrigan; a son, William Earl Carrigan and a brother, Lee Autrey “Jack” Marshall.
Survivors include: three children, Linda Carrigan- Harlston of Texarkana, Texas; Leroy Carrigan of Texarkana, Texas; Kenneth Carrigan and wife, Diane, of Dallas, Texas; Seven siblings, Earnest Johnson of Chicago, Hazel Johnson of Portersville, Mo., Sandra Kaye Johnson of Portersville, Mo., Robert Johnson of Malden, Mo., Roosevelt Johnson of Lilvourn, Mo., Willie Bell Clarke of Portageville, Mo., and Alice Ann Johnson Comb of Sicketon, Mo.; Also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at Nashville Funeral Home with M.L. Manning and Alex Winfrey, Sr. officiating. Burial was at Sunset Gardens Cemetery in Nashville under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home.
Visitation was 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at the funeral home. Online sympathy messages may be sent to
Alton ‘Bo’ Leon Watts
Alton (Bo) Leon Watts, 84, died February 10, 2014.
He was born March 20, 1929 in Delight, the son of the late Newman and Eltha Garner Watts. He was a member of the Delight First Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include: his wife of 63 years, Maxine Nolen Watts; four sons, Max Watts and wife, Regina, of Kirby, Rex Watts and wife, Tracy, of Delight, Perry Watts of Delight, Randle Watts and wife, Nancy, of Delight; three daughters, Darlene Carroll and husband, Keith, of Nashville, Robin Sweeden and husband, Russell, of Delight, and Becky White and husband, Robert, of El Dorado; three sisters, Oce Drolet of Atlanta, Ga., Annette Casly of Houston, Texas, and Cherrie Glasgow of Houston, Texas; Also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services were Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Delight with Cathy Francis and Bro. Bruce Francis officiating. Burial followed in Delight Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro.
Visitation was Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at the chapel in Murfreesboro.
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Leo E. Small
Leo E. Small, 88, of Glenwood, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.
He was born Feb. 13, 1926, in the Mount Tabor community, the son of the late A. L. Small and Isabell Nancy Dillard Small.
He was a member of Grace Baptist Church and was a World War II  U.S. Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by six sisters, Flossie Small, Jewell Wright, Edythe Reppo, Cleodis Small, Adell Smith and Kathryn Long.
Survivors include: his wife, Edith Small of Glenwood; two sons, Mark Small of Glenwood, and Jeff and Jeanette Small of Atkins; a sister, Jo Hawkins of Washington, D.C.; also grandchildren.
Services were at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in the Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Glenwood with Bro. James Owens officiating. Burial followed in the Mount Tabor Cemetery.
Visitation was Monday evening. , 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.
Verdie Laverne Chambers
Verdie Laverne Chambers, 66, of Nashville, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 in Nashville.
She was born Oct. 23, 1947 in Nashville, the daughter of the late Leonard Lambert and Verdie Young Rounsavall. She was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Wendell Lambert, Carroll Lambert, and Gary Wayne Lambert.
Survivors include: her husband of 27 years, Thomas Chambers of Nashville; a son, James Chadwick and wife, Angie of Nashville; three daughters, Gail Coulter of De Queen, Lynn Argo and husband, Windell, of Nashville, and Lisa Perez and husband, Epifanio, of Nashville; a half-sister, Ima Lynn Riley of Mineral Springs; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home were set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at Ozan-Bingen Cemetery in Bingen with Bro. Ron Morris officiating.
Visitation wasTuesday, February 18, 2014.
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Frances Carlene Ward
Frances Carlene Ward, 84, of Dierks, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.
She was born Dec. 15, 1929 at Gurdon, the daughter of the late Carl and Sally Lenora Whitlock Forthman. She was a Baptist.
She was preceded by her husband, Charles Ward.
Survivors include: a daughter, Becky Pharr of Nashville; a son, Joe Scott of Junction City, Tenn.; also grandchildren.
Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home, Dierks.

Hero Hunt: Lake Greeson teams with Wounded Warrior Project for special event

LAKE GREESON HERO HUNT. From left, Matt Hackler, James D. Parker, John Nolan Jr. and son Joseph, Micah Mutter with boyfriend Sean Crow, David Santiago and Roy Ashworth.

By John Balch
Leader staff
“Getting people in to the woods, out in nature has a healing power second to none. Believe me,” said Louisiana native John Nolan, Jr., as he took in a sunny Saturday at Lake Greeson and joined other squirrel hunters for lunch.
Nolan was at the lake as part of the recent Lake Greeson Hero Hunt, a weekend squirrel hunt he helped coordinate with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Greeson Field Office. Nolan and three other WWP soldiers, two retired veterans, several volunteers and Corps personnel participated in the hunt, which yielded 27 squirrels.
“Absolute healing,” added Nolan.
Nolan, who is retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of service, has coordinated many “warrior hunts” through his work with Patriots Alumni and Louisiana Sportsmen (PALS) and the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Association. The therapeutic values of the hunts, he said, are immeasurable – both physical and mental.
“Some people experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder differently,” Nolan explained. “It can involve sleep patterns, interaction with humans, jobs, it goes on and on. But putting someone under a canopy of trees, walking through the woods, fixes that.”
The morning hunt had been somewhat physically demanding for Matt Hackler, a 30-year-old Marine tank gunner from Sterlington, La., who was critically injured on Jan. 7, 2006 while on patrol in Iraq. His tank driver was killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) hit the tank. Hackler’s heel was broken and his hip was shattered. He was told, then, that he possibly would never walk again or could be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his days.
“I’ve walked more in the last couple of years, just being stubborn, being a Marine,” Hackler said, a little sore and stiff but thankful to be outside on a warm January day for his second warrior hunt.
“Being outside gets my mind off things I don’t want to think about all the time.”
During the lunch break, Hackler spent most of his time with his new puppy, Minion, a service dog in-training that had to stay back at the motel during the hunt. The dog has a calming effect on Hackler’s PTSD that was obvious as the day’s lunch crowd grew bigger and the Bear Creek Boys played music under the porch of the Kirby Landing Motel.
“He’s something else to take my mind off things,” Hackler said as he scratched Minion’s head.
Joining Nolan and Hackler on the hunt were WWP soldiers David Santiago, a Marine who also served in the Army Reserves and Sean Crow, an U.S. Army soldier. Santiago is originally from Louisiana but now resides in Fort Worth, Texas, and Crow is from West Monroe, La., hometown of the Duck Dynasty family, who recently made a $18,000 donation to the warrior hunts’ coffers.
The two retired veterans and volunteers along for the hunt were Roy Ashworth (Arkansas National Guard) of El Dorado and James D. Parker, a longtime volunteer Lake Greeson campground host. Parker was a Ranger in the Army and has served as the State Commander for Disabled Veterans. He has assisted in the past with hunts for the mobility impaired held annually at the lake.
“(Parker) is always asking what he can do to help. He’s a very benevolent person, although he retired, he is still serving his country. He is a hero,” according to Marty Reynolds of the Lake Greeson Field Office, who helped coordinate the hunt with Gary Lammer, USACE Supervisory Natural Resource Specialist.
The hunters also got an assist during the weekend from squirrel-hunting dogs raised by Lake Greeson Parker Ranger Dan Funderburk and his dad, Mike. Also assisting were USACE employees Ranay Floyd, David Bradford, Shannon Herrin, Tammy Fant, Kenneth Forga, James Pedron, Eric Jenkins, David Ross, Robin Lammers and Brent Strawn, a maintenance mechanic who served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm as a member of the Marine Corps.
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Wildlife officers Chesley Sigman and Ronnie White also provided a safety briefing for all the hunters prior to the hunt.
Nolan said WWP picked up the tab for the motel rooms and mileage. Meals were provided and prepared by the Lake Greeson Field Office personnel with donations from local businesses and the Lake Greeson Sportsmen’s Alliance.
“I’m still in awe, this place is just so beautiful,” said Nolan, who was accompanied on the trip by his teenage son, Joseph. He was already thinking about coming back and how he could involve more soldiers.
“The more opportunities I put in front of them, the more people jump on them and the better everybody gets,” Nolan said.

AT LAKE GREESON. U.S. Marine Matt Hackler of Sterlington, La., and his service dog in-training, Minion, during the recent Lake Greeson Hero Hunt.


Howard County Democrats to host congressional candidate

The Howard County Democratic Committee will host congressional candidate James Lee Witt at a public session on Tuesday, Feb. 18, to discuss issues facing the Fourth Congressional District which includes Howard and Pike counties.
The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Western Sizzlin‘ in Nashville. There will be refreshments.
Witt, a former Yell County Judge and who served as National Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is a Democratic candidate for the open congressional seat.
In addition to his national service, Witt served as director of the Arkansas Office of Emergency Services until appointed by President Bill Clinton to be director of the federal program.
At FEMA, he transformed the struggling agency into what became recognized as the most successful agency in government. During his time as director, FEMA responded to almost 350 disasters, including the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Great Midwest Flood, tornadoes, and Northridge, the most destructive recent earthquake in the country.