Howard County Fair Talent Show Winners

HOWARD COUNTY FAIR TALENT SHOW WINNERS
Intermediate Division. Winner and overall-winner Anastasia Hibberd, Ethan Kuntz, second-place Adalyn Dunn and third-place Kara Connell.
JUNIOR DIVISION. Lillie Burton, winner Abby Brooke Furr, second-place Jacee Martin, third-place Joshua Kuntz and Allie Westbrook.
PRIMARY Division Winner Kinley Martin
SENIOR DIVISION. Simmy Newton and winner Jessica Carroll.

Howard County Fair Livestock Show Winners

Cattle
Dairy Cattle – Haydn Whisenhunt
Bulls – Grand Champion- Kaitlin Kitchens
Beef Exhibition Only
Grand Champion – Patrick Kitchens
Commercial Heifers
Grand Champion – Peyton Hilliard
Reserve Champion – Kash King
Registered Heifers – Hereford
Grand Champion – Sara Sweat
Reserve champion – Macy Morris
Overall Supreme – Anna Sweat
2. Kelsey Hockaday
3. Avery Morris
4. Peyton Hilliard
5. Brittany Hilliard
 Registered Heifers – Angus
Grand Champion – Kelsey Hockaday
Reserve Champion – Audra Hughes
Registered Heifers – Simmental
Grand Champion – Kelsey Hockaday
Sim-Solution Grand Champion – Brittany Hilliard
Chi-Composite Grand Champion – Anna Sweat
Reserve champion – Brittany Hilliard
Shorthorn Grand Champion – Kennedy Blue
Reserve champion – Sara Lamb
Limousin Grand Champion – Kaitlin Kitchens
Reserve Champion – Alison Kitchens
Maintainer Grand Champion – Avery Morris
Charolais Composite Grand Champion – Chandler Turner
Shorthorn Plus Grand Champion – Mae Lamb
Limflex Grand Champion – Alison Kitchens
Red Angus Grand Champion – Erica Linnville
Santa Gertrudis Grand Champion – Anna Sweat
Brangus Grand Champion – Layne Thompson
Goats
Commercial Dairy Grand Champion – Montana Wheeler
Reserve Champion – Kat Chambers
Registered Dairy Goats Grand Champion – Montana Wheeler
Reserve Champion – Montana Wheeler
Commercial Meat Does Grand Champion – Barrett Jackson
Reserve Champion – Savannah Jackson
Registered Boer Grand Champion – Rayleigh Harmon
Reserve Champion – Rodney Nolte
Market Goats Grand Champion – Barrett Jackson
Reserve Champion – Savannah Jackson
Showmanship
Peewee – Rayleigh Harmon
Junior – Reif Nolte
Senior – Ines Constante
Sheep
Grand Champion Hair Sheep – Abbie Lamb
Grand Champion Ewe – Gavin Bailey
Reserve Champion – Rayne Morris
Supreme Ewe – Gavin Bailey
Market Lamb
Grand Champion – Gavin Bailey
Reserve Champion – Daleigh Morris
Showmanship
Peewee – Lariat Morris
Junior – Gavin Bailey
Senior – Jessica Hipp
Swine
Breading Swine – Boars
Supreme Boar Grand Champion – John Patrick Cothren
Reserve Champion – Harleigh Hill
Breading Gilts – Hamphire
Supreme Gilt Grand Champion – Harleigh Hill
Reserve Champion – Harleigh Hill
Market Hogs
Market Hog Grand Champion – Kali King
Reserve Champion – Harleigh Hill
Showmanship
Peewee – Harleigh Hill
Junior – Jacob Moore
Senior – Codi Jamison
Rabbit and Poultry
4-H Rooster Best of Show – Grace Talley
Hens Best of Show and Grand Champion – Harleigh Hill
Reserve Champion – Samuel Rodgers
Ducks
Best of Show and Grand Champion – Allie Westbrook
Junior Rabbits
Best of Show – Christian Trombley
Senior Rabbits
Best of Show – Katherine Chambers

UA Cossatot sets enrollment record

The numbers have all been calculated for student enrollment at UA Cossatot and once again, it is a record-setting semester.
Brenda Morris, Registrar and Director of Institutional Research at Cossatot, announced at the close of the census date, the college’s enrollment stood at 1584 compared to 1575 from the same semester in 2013.  Although this number represents only a slight increase, predictions across the state had UA Cossatot staff prepared for a slight decline in enrollment.
“I am thrilled with the enrollment numbers,” said Maria Parker, UA Cossatot’s Vice Chancellor for Academics.  “A record enrollment is truly a group effort.  From the business office to advising, and many people in between, we are proving that we care about student success.  We also have a record enrollment of high school students taking advantage of the opportunities we offer.  This means more students than ever will graduate from high school with college credit – either in University transfer classes or from a technical program.  These students are already familiar with the college atmosphere and studies show, they are more prepared to succeed and graduate.”
Hispanic student enrollment has also had another increase at UA Cossatot.  The enrollment is now 22% Hispanic students.   Part of the college’s strategic plan has been to increase recruiting efforts within the Hispanic demographic. Fall semester in 2013, Hispanic enrollment was 19%.  “We are especially proud of this increase,” said Parker.  “We feel our student population should reflect the demographics of the community.  We have worked to make students from all walks of life feel comfortable at UA Cossatot.”

 

Nashville district looks at budget, last phase of construction

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Nashville School District’s 2014-15 budget and Phase 4 of its building were the topics for a school board workshop Sept. 4.
Superintendent Doug Graham discussed a number of budget-related matters with board members and asked for their input. He also updated the board on a recent snag in completing the district’s $15 million facilities improvement project.
Employee insurance received considerable attention during the workshop. “The elephant that nobody can figure out how to eat is employee insurance,” Graham said. “Nobody knows how to pay for it.”
School districts statewide are facing increased demands on employee insurance while often receiving funding cuts from various sources, Graham said.
The state legislature has held two special sessions to provide “a band-aid on insurance,” Graham said. However, a long-term solution to the problem remains elusive.
The district has lost funding for professional development, after-school programs and other areas, he said. The state increased foundation funding by around 2 percent, which offset some of the losses but did not affect money for insurance.
Locally, Graham said the district is looking at several relatively small cost-cutting measures and asked the board’s opinion. One possibility is to save about $5,000 by not providing an ACT exam for every junior at NHS, which has been done for three years.
“It’s not given on a national ACT day. It’s not accepted for scholarships. We have 140 students who take it, and about 40 don’t want to be there. If they pay their own money and go on a Saturday to take it, they usually do better,” Graham said.
“When we started the free ACT, it sounded like a good idea.”
Another area is a proposed emergency notification system. The plan would cost about $1.50 per student, Graham said. The district already uses Remind 101, campus websites and social media to inform parents and students, he said.
He asked the board to examine the free ACT and emergency notification system and said the issues will be put up for votes at the board’s Sept. 15 meeting.
Graham said he did not include a new school bus in the proposed budget, saving about $80,000 “Even if we order one, it will come from next year’s budget. It will arrive after July 1.”
Graham said he will ask for a new bus for the next academic year.
The district will have less spending in some areas where needs have already been met, Graham said. One-to-one laptop computers have been purchased throughout the district. There are enough laptops for state-required online testing in the spring, but there are not enough for every student to have one to take home, Graham said.
Budgets from building principals have been reviewed and are “pretty close” to the amounts requested, according to Graham.
Textbooks are available in all subject areas for all students, Graham said. Last year, the district spent more than $100,000 on textbooks. Teachers are relying less on textbooks and more on other resources in their classrooms, but there is “not a reason in the world that teachers don’t have a text if they want one.” Technology is supplementing and in some cases replacing traditional texts in many classrooms.
Graham asked the board to look at the overall budget and be ready to vote at the next meeting.
The remainder of the workshop was spent discussing the high school construction project. High school has already seen the addition of seven classrooms and renovation of the 1967 building. Phase 4 includes a new cafeteria and courtyard enclosure.
The original bid came in at $4.8 million, Graham said, and was scaled back. The second bid was $3.4 million. “That’s still too high. We want to see if there’s any low-hanging fruit that we can take out of the equation.”
Crawford Construction has been the contractor for the other phases of the facilities project. Graham and architect Craig Boone of Architecture Plus met with Crawford two weeks ago to see if any other cuts could be made. The result was that “$3.3 million was the figure with the reductions. We cut back and only saved $100,000,” Graham said. That amount is still above budget for the project.
“Crawford has hammered the subcontractors. I don’t know if they will come down any more. If we re-bid, subs might not be interested in it again,” Graham said.
Graham and Boone said the bid might get down to $3.2 million, which would still be about $400,000 above budget.
“Does it scare me to pull money from our operating balance to finish the project? Yes,” Graham said. “If the board thinks it’s a fair price, we’ll go on and we’ll manage. The other option is to send out a request for bids and see if we can get it cheaper.”
Boone said Crawford has done “an excellent job. The way they do business is the way to do business.”
Graham and board members agreed that Crawford’s other work at the high school, junior high and Scrapper Arena has been excellent.
Graham said he is “terribly disappointed” in the most recent figure of $3.3 million.
He and board members discussed ways to close the gap between the bid and available funds. Possible savings include the $80,000 from not buying a new bus in the current academic year, $100,000 from not having building fund expenses at other campuses, and “we can cut from others.”
Boone said there is “always somebody to do the job cheaper, but you may get what you pay for. The quality Crawford requires [from subcontractors] is high.”
State partnership funds will pay $500,0000 to $600,000 on the high school project, Graham said. Partnership money also helped pay for the arena and the other work at high school and junior high.

 

Four-way stop approved near Murfreesboro City Park

By John Balch
Leader staff
The Murfreesboro City Council continued its effort, Monday night, to control traffic in and around the city with the result being another four-way stop sign.
The council voted 4-2 to make the intersection of Woodlawn and W. 13th a four-way stop. The intersection is at the half-way point between the four-way interesection of Maple and W. 13th and the Murfreesboro City Park.
Council members Betty O’Neal, Debbie Shukers, Karen Hopper and Chris Sharp voted for the new stop sign while Dana Stone and Jason Allmon voted “no.”
Mayor Travis Branch also voiced his opposition to the new stop sign, calling 13th Street and “main thoroughfare” and stating the stop sign would be too far from the city park to make a difference in traffic by the park.
“I’d like to exhaust all other options before we put a stop sign out there,” the mayor said prior to the vote.
The idea for the stop sign was brought to the council by residents Tony and Sam Rather, who live in the area and witness vehicles traveling at high rates speed on a daily basis. The posted speed limit on the street leading to the city park is 25 mphs.
“They are going too fast to read the speed limit sign anyway,” Tony Rather said.
The Rathers cited the safety of children at the park and in the surrounding neighborhoods and elderly drivers as the reasons for needing the new stop sign. They also noted the new four-way stops around the school have become effective tools in slowing traffic.
Last month, the council voted to make four intersections near the school four-way stops. Those locations included Third and Haislip; Second and Haislip; Third and Owens; and Third and Brewer. In the past, the council has also approved “speed bumps” for the lengths of Kelly and Maple streets.
O’Neal made the motion, seconded by Sharp, to create the new four-way intersection. Sharp said the intersection would create an inconvenience but would “serve the better good.”
The Rathers were also on Monday’s agenda to request a clarification about a city ordinance concerning the city’s removal of limbs and debris. An ordinance on the books states that if a home or landowner hires a contractor to cut or trim trees on their property then it becomes the contractor’s responsibility to remove the limbs and debris.
Tony Rather said the ordinance creates a “flawed system” and is “prejudicial” toward the elderly. He said he recently volunteered to cut a 92-year-old neighbor’s trees for free following a storm. The limbs and debris he placed by the roadway for the city to pick up remained there for six to eight weeks. He said he was told when he called City Hall to request a pick-up the city would not pick up the limbs or debris.
Mayor Branch said there had to have been a miscommunication about the Rathers’ particular situation but stood by the city’s ordinance. Had the city personnel known the work at the neighbor’s home was volunteer and unpaid, Branch said the city would have eventually picked up the debris and limbs.
Branch, who noted the city only has two street department workers, also stated about the city’s large-item pick-up, “It’s a time management deal and these two people are behind. They’re overworked and underpaid.”
The mayor also said he would be in favor of doing away with the large-item and tree disposal. “I think large-item pick-up and tree disposal is ridiculous. You have no idea how much money we spend on that in a day’s time.”
He added, “We’re doing the best we can do” but also acknowledged, “I have no idea how to fix it.”
The council took no action on the issue and Branch issued an apology to the Rathers for the miscommunication.
In other business, the council took another step toward implementing planning and zoning within the city by voting 6-0 for an ordinance which establishes a five-person P/Z commission. The commission will consist of two council members and three members of  general public. Who will serve on the commission will be determined at a later date. The topic will be back on the council’s agenda next month.
Also Monday, the council voted to table an ordinance that would re-establish a park commission.
In related business, park bookkeeper Lynn Gleba attended the meeting for clarification of her job duties in light of the recent changes and dissolving of the park commission and subsequent ball commissions.
Mayor Branch said her duties will remain the same. Gleba asked that since the city has put pee football and basketball under the park’s control, in addition to baseball and softball, would she and Park Director Terry Jackson be compensated for the extra work created by the additions.
When Branch asked Gleba, as the park’s bookkeeper, if there was enough money to support the pay raises, she said “yes.” The mayor then asked her to submit a pay-increase proposal for her and Jackson at the October meeting.
It was also reported during the meeting that the city’s cable provider, Vyve Broadband, is raising rates, effective Oct. 1. Limited with expanded video services rates will increase by $5 per month; HBO will be increased to $19.95 per month and Showtime rates will increase to $18.95 per month.
The council also approved Recorder/Treasurer Penny Lamb’s financial statement, which included the following beginning and ending department balances for July:
General
$83,216/$90,520
Street
$156,017/$160,906
Water
$57,791/$58,049
Park
$21,323/$23,212

 

Nashville netters take wins over Hope

The Scrappers and Scrapperettes defeated Hope in tennis Sept. 2 at the Nashville City Park.
The Scrapperettes took a 3-2 decision over the Lady Bobcats. All three Nashville doubles teams won, including Brittany Backus and Olivia Herzog, Alexus White and McKenzie Morphew, and Leslie Lingo and Klaire Howard.
In girls singles, Morphew and Howard dropped their matches to Hope.
The Scrapperettes are 4-1 overall, 1-0 in District 7-4A.
The Scrappers went 3-1 against Hope. Both doubles teams won, including Garrett Hartness and Glen Hartness, and Robbie Morphew and Caleb Glann.
In singles, Matthew Carver won his match; Jacob Carpenter lost his.
The Scrappers are 5-0 overall, 1-0 in conference.

Life lessons taught by little white ball

LINKSTERS. The Nashville High School golf team includes (front row) Adley Kirchhoff, Rachel Dawson, Ali Barfield and Sadie Prejean (back row) Jackson Beavert, Jordan Conant, Josh Reeves, Brady Scott and Zack Jamison

By Rachel Dawson
Leader staff
A Sunday afternoon pastime is how most know golf, but at Nashville High School it is known as a “challenging sport but is very enjoyable with all the encouragement from my teammates,” said junior Scrapper golf team member Sadie Prejean.
This golf year at Nashville has shown great improvement on both the girls and boys team. Coach Aaron Worthen says that “the boys started slow, but have seen vast improvement over the last couple of matches. The girls have all the pieces to be district champs, and if they go The Village ready, that is exactly what I see for them.”
This is Worthen’s first year as the golf coach, and he has practiced the team hard by making sure every aspect of the game from putting to shots out of the dreaded bunkers are perfected.
This year’s team includes seniors Jackson Beavert, Rachel Dawson, Adley Kirchhoff, Josh Reeves and Brady Scott; juniors Ali Barfield, Jordan Conant and Sadie Prejean; sophomore, Zack Jamison.
The team has become very close. Members will agree that the best part of golf, besides playing, is the fun bus rides and memories made off the course with the team.  Knowing that everyone on the team has each other’s back makes this golfing experience so much more enjoyable and fun.
Over the past month of matches, the golf team’s scores have improved, and members are all excited about the rest of the season. Kirchhoff said, “The whole team has improved. I have seen my scores lower each year, especially this one, but to know that the other girls playing with me are improving just as much gives us all determination to win.”
Golf is a tough sport mentally and physically. Walking the holes carrying clubs can be quite tiring on the body, but also on the mind. This year has been a year of learning.  The Scrappers have learned that the key to success in this game is to take it one stroke at a time, and if you mess up just to shake it off, don’t get angry, just like Ben Hogan said, “The most important shot in golf is the next one.”
Golf is not just a game but a teacher of life lessons. Beavert agrees with this while saying,”Golf is not just a high school sport to me, but a hobby I can continue for the rest of my life. I love playing golf. My senior golf season hasn’t started out the way I hoped it would when it comes to performance, but I’m still grateful to be out there.”
Golf has taught patience, commitment, and perseverance to not only these Scrappers but many players. For some, this sport may be a snooze fest, but to the Nashville High School golf team, it is an opportunity to become a better person by learning all the lessons of life through one little white ball.

NHS cheer clinic Sept. 26

The Nashville High School Cheerleaders will conduct their annual cheer clinic will be held in conjunction with the Nashville vs. Arkadelphia Tailgate Party Sept. 26.
Girls who participate will practice on Monday, Sept. 22; Tuesday, Sept. 23; and Thursday, Sept.25, in the Scrapper Dome.
This year the girls will be split into two groups for practice, due to the large number of participants that have been attending. Pre K-1st grade will practice from 3:15-4 p.m., and 2nd-6th grade will practice from 4:00-4:45.
The girls will have an opportunity to learn new chants and dances, as well as perform at the tailgate party and pregame on the track on Friday, Sept. 26, prior to the Nashville vs. Arkadelphia football game.
Pre-registration for the clinic will be Tuesday, Sept. 16 in the Scrapper Dome from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Girls may also register for the clinic by filling out a form that was sent home from school and sending it along with $30 to:
NHS Cheerleaders
1301 Mt. Pleasant Drive
Nashville, AR 71852

Murfreesboro picker wins Week 1 of Leader’s contest

The first week winner of the 2014 Nashville Leader football contest only missed one prediction and also predicted Nashville’s win over Hope in the ‘tiebreaker.’
The winner was Becky Rowland of Murfreesboro, who gets a $10 Sonic gift card.
Actual scores in last week’s contest:
Fouke 44, Mineral Springs 27
Malvern 39, Glen Rose 0
Ashdown 29, Durant, Okla., 12
Mansfield 34, Waldron 14
Mena 42, De Queen 21
Prescott 47, Gurdon 14
Tennessee 34, Arkansas St. 19
Ole Miss 41, Vanderbilt 3
Arkansas 73, Nicholls State 7
Nashville 53, Hope 10

Obituaries (Week of Sept. 8, 2014)

Bobby Wayne Porterfield
Bobby Wayne Porterfield, 73, of Nashville, Ark., passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 at his home.
He was born on Oct. 9, 1940 in Nashville, the son of the late Robert Orville Porterfield and Elese (Woodruff) Porterfield.
Bob was a small business owner as well as a sales manager in the poultry equipment industry. He was a member of the Sunset Church of Christ, where he faithfully taught Sunday school for many years. He also proudly served our Country with the United States Marine Corps Reserve. His love and devotion to his family, friends, and faith will never be forgotten, and his witty sense of humor and many catfish stories will be painfully missed.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Linda Arhart.
Survivors include: his loving wife of 50 years, Marilyn Porterfield of Nashville; three daughters, Kristi Kay Porterfield-Pruss of Little Rock, Kelli Elese Porterfield of Little Rock, and Kerri Straessle and husband, Jeff, of Little Rock; a sister, Mary Bennett and husband, Jack, of Nashville; grandchildren, Parker Pruss, Peyton Pruss, Caroline Straessle, Madison Straessle, Jeffrey Straessle II, Porter Straessle, all of Little Rock. A host of other relatives and friends mourn his passing.
Services were on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 at 2p.m. at the Sunset Church of Christ. Burial followed in Restland Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
Visitation was Thursday, from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.
Thomas F. Garner
Thomas F. Garner, 88, of Nashville, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 in Nashville.
He was born Dec. 9, 1925 in Nashville, the son of the late Andrew Clyde Garner and Bertha (Arnold) Garner.
He was a navy veteran of WWII, and was employed at the Texarkana Federal Correctional Institution until retirement.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Joe A. Garner, Julius Garner, and William E. Garner, two infant brothers, and one sister, Mary Ann Farley.
Survivors include: his wife, Dorothy Norwood Garner of Nashville; two daughters, Kathryn McFarland and husband, Larry, of Greenwood, Ind., and Laura Carlton and husband, Joe, of Nashville;a sister, Kathryn Green of Springfield, Mo.; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at Ozan Cemetery in Bingen, under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home.
Arletta Teeter Anderson
Arletta Teeter Anderson, 92, born in Russellville, Ark., on Aug. 14, 1922 went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sept. 7, 2014.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Burl and Atha Teeter; a brother, James Robert Teeter; and her husband, Carie Leon Anderson. She was raised on Crow Mountain on her parents farm and attended schools there. She married Leon Anderson in June, 1947 and they had 53 years together. They farmed in Chillicothe, Texas, until moving to Nashville, Arkansas, in 1967 to ranch. Arletta also worked at Carl’s Fashion Center for 25 years. She loved fabrics and was a talented seamstress making many friends during her years of doing alterations. She loved to crochet and her family and friends were the recipients of afghans and baby blankets. Loving her family and home Arletta was a devoted wife, wonderful mother and grandmother. She was loved by all and will be deeply missed. Arletta is survived by her daughter, Sharon Foster (David) of Conroe, Texas; her sons, Andy Anderson (Barbara) of Nashville, and Dan Anderson (Jenny) of Little Rock; a sister, Bobbie McCoy of Houston; and a brother, Darrel Teeter (Huberta) of Malvern; grandchildren, Katie Susick (Jason), Kathy Combs (Rodney), John Anderson (Jennifer), Maggie Schneider, Lily Smith (Jerry); great grandchildren, Kali Susick, Max Susick, Aubrie Combs, Austin Combs, Grace Leslie, Brooke Anderson, and Gavin Anderson.
The family received friends on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at Nashville Funeral Home.
Services were Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Nashville Funeral Home with Bro. David Blase and Bro. Darrel Teeter officiating. Interment followed in Restland Memorial Park Cemetery. You may send the family an online sympathy message to http://www.nashvillefh.com/.
Billy L. Funderburk
Billy L. Funderburk, 70 of Nashville, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 in Little Rock.
He was born Sept. 22, 1943 in Nashville to the late Dale and Ruthell Turnage Funderburk. He was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War and was a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ray Funderburk.
Survivors include: a son, James Dale Funderburk of Nashville; a daughter, Tammy Parsons and husband, John Mark, of Jacksonville, Texas; an adopted daughter, Mary Norman of Nashville; four brothers, Gary Funderburk of Nashville, Arthur Funderburk and Carroll Funderburk, both of Hot Springs, and Joe Funderburk of Ace, Texas; a sister, Linda Anthony of Texarkana, Texas; and a grandchild.
Services were Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 at 4 p.m. at Nashville Funeral Home with Chip Anthony officiating. Interment followed in the New Ozan Cemetery in Bingen.
The family received friends on Thursday night from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Send the family an online sympathy message to nashvillefh.com.
William Harold Graves
William Harold Graves, 76, of Murfreesboro, died Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 in Little Rock.
He was born Jan. 27, 1938 in Norman, Ark., the son of the late Robert and Mary Howard Graves.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro. He was a retired fireman for the city of Grand Prairie, Texas, and a member of the Rusty Relics Tractor Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Mary Graves, and a brother Gene Graves.
Survivors include: his wife of 57 years, Martha Graves of Murfreesboro, Ark.; a son, William Scott Graves and wife, Tammy, of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Belinda Ann Hobbs and husband, Loyd, of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Twanna Kay Womble and husband, Layne, of Meridian, Ind.; three sisters, Loretta McNatt and husband Larry of Hurst, Texas, Judy Kuykendall and husband Loy of Murfreesboro, Ark., and Jalynn Nuckols of Murfreesboro, Ark.; five grandchildren, Tonya, Joshua, Taylore, Kody, and Faith; three great-grandchildren, Layne, Dalton, and Brody, as well as a number of other relatives and friends.
Visitation was Monday, Sept. 8, at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Murfreesboro.
Funeral services were 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro with Rev. James Wainscott and Jeremy Graves officiatingBurial followed in Shockey Chapel Cemetery at Norman.
Send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be made to the Shockey Chapel Cemetery C/O Ralph Graves, 376 Smith Creek Rd., Norman, AR 71960.

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Blue Ribbon, Baby

NOT WANTING TO DRAW too much attention to myself, I hired only a small mariachi band to accompany me to the Howard County Fairgrounds, Sunday afternoon, to retrieve my entry in the art competition. When I entered my fine work of art in the fair competition earlier in the week  I was warned sternly that I had to retrieve it between the hours of 2-4 Sunday after the fair closed if I ever wanted to see it again.
NOT WANTING TO pay the full price for a mariachi band for the two hours, I contracted with them only for 2:00-2:15. I did insist that they wear their colorful uniforms, thinking it only right for the seriousness of the occasion. And we didn’t march out there from the high school parking lot as had been my original plan. Instead, we assembled in the parking lot at the LP gas place across the highway from the fairgrounds. They only had enough time to play one song by the time we crowded through the door into the fair building.
I was unable to complete my business with the fair committee before 2:15 and so I had to dismiss the band. But they did play one more number to congratulate me on winning the blue ribbon. Even so, our entrance was most impressive and I do believe the fair committee will encourage me to enter more art in the competition next year.
NOT WANTING TO let the Fabulous Fence Fishee to slip into oblivion I now modestly inform you that it is on exhibit at “The Leader” office, 119 North Main Street, open often during normal business hours on Mon.-Fri. just in case you and the kids want to come down and see an actual blue-ribbon work of art.
Well, when you win a blue ribbon you also win a handsome cash award from the fair committee. This is in the form of a check which you get AFTER you have produced your receipt stub and a valid photo ID.
When the band stopped playing I reached into my pocket for the receipt stub.
But all I could find was a cancelled Arkansas Lottery ticket. The lady at the desk was very understanding, and after I rounded up a half-dozen people who could not avoid vouching for my identity, the fair committee let me pick up the Fabulous Fence Fishee AND the check for $2.50.
“Don’t let the livestock gate hit you on the rump on the way out, sport,” one of the committee ladies called out after I ran around modestly showing all the red ribbon winners what a blue ribbon winner got.
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BIRTHDAY WALK. If you’re reading this on Wednesday, then my birthday is only five days away and you are running out of time to select an appropriate gift.
Both of my regular readers will recall last year when I walked the railroad tracks from the Tyson mill to Mineral Springs. Why? It’s hard to explain, but it goes back 60+ years to a time when a bunch of us boys rode our bikes to MS and back. I noticed that the rails went parallel to the highway for a ways before disappearing into the woods. I always wondered what was in there, and vowed that before I was 70 I’d walk those very tracks. So last year I prudently decided to make HALF of the walk from Nashville to Mineral Springs. And I’m glad I did. It’s hard to walk on railroad tracks.
This year I decided I needed to walk that portion which I didn’t walk last year. I didn’t want to wait until birthday weekend, so I did it this past Saturday.
The Navigator was kind enough to follow me to the mill crossing where I left my buggy. She then dropped me off at the Farmers’ Market. I got on the tracks and headed west. This was about 8 Saturday morning.
A lot of the tracks aren’t used anymore and weeds are getting tall. They are also full of chiggers.
I hiked through town and soon was out in the country behind the old Scott lumber mill. There’s a disappointing amount of trash along the route. How on earth did a plastic chair get out there on the side of the tracks about a half-mile from town? I know some of the old railroad ties in the ditches must date back to when the GN&A steam engine went to Ashdown and back.
I saw a couple of rabbits and some butterflies. Heard some birds and one gunshot.
It was getting pretty warm by the time I stopped on the trestle over Coleman Creek. The creek is lovely with long gravel bars on either side. I could see what appeared to be a large pool on the north; the creek burbled through bushes and disappeared on the other side of the bridge. I remembered that, before the sewer treatment pond was built on its banks, Coleman Creek had a fairly popular swimming hole — Miner’s Hole, we called it — just south of the Highway 27 bridge.
This leg of my walk was much shorter than the walk I took in 2014. That one took about three hours. This time, I was standing at the back of my buggy in less than half that time. But sweat had completely my shorts and t-shirt.
“I’ve got railroad walking out my system now,” I told the Navigator when she checked up to see if I had died.
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HE SAID: “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Thomas A. Edison, inventor
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SHE SAID: “If the world’s a veil of tears, Smile till rainbows span it.” Lucy Larcom, poet
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SWEET DREAMS, Baby

Weyerhaeuser to build new mill at Dierks

Construction will begin in 2015 and there is no announced anticipated completion date for a new Weyerhaeuser mill at Dierks.
The facility will replace an aging mill currently in service. There is no anticipated interruption in operation, according to a company spokesperson.
All needed permits are being obtained and Weyerhaeuser management has approved the project.
The project is seen as an ongoing modernization effort to keep the facility cost-competitive for the future.
The company plans to have a more complete press release in the future, and a groundbreaking ceremony is expected. The spokesperson declined to give an amount the company will invest in the new mill.
One spokesperson said that the project would help make Weyerhaeuser’s presence in Dierks more secure.

Rally asks for re-opening of overnight camping at Albert Pike

Speaking Up. Launa Simmons of nearby Langley implores the U.S. Forest Service to make up its mind about restoration of the facility during a Camp Albert Pike rally Saturday morning.

By Louie Graves
Leader staff
They love the place, and want it back.
Almost 200 persons, ranging in age from knee-high to bent-over, rallied in a shaded loop at Camp Albert Pike, Saturday morning, to express displeasure at the lingering closure of the popular facility by the U.S. Forest Service.
There has been no camping or overnight parking since June 2010 when a freak flash flood swept through the narrow valley and took the lives of 20 campers. Lawsuits are pending in federal courts.
The rally was no disrespect to the families who lost loved ones in the tragedy, said one of the first speakers, Launa Simmons of Langley. She apparently echoed the feelings of most gathered under the trees — she wants some action from the forestry service.
“I implore the forestry service to make a decision,” she said, and added that it restoration of access to the camping spots was not in the site’s future, then turn it over to the Arkansas Parks and Recreation Department which has had such success at such area places as Daisy State Park, the Crater of Diamonds, Pioneer Washington, and others.
If the forestry service wants to keep the facility, there are many ways to warn campers of possible flooding, she said.
First to speak was Kay New of Magnolia, who was the recognized organizer of the rally. “I love this place, my kids grew up here; we came every summer.”
The speakers noted that the forestry service was not keeping the place clean or mowed, and that restrooms were boarded shut. One person at the event told a reporter from The Leader that the forestry service had only mowed the rally site the day before the event. “They’re not keeping the place up,” he said.
Before, during and after the speaking, persons wandered up to a concrete table which served as headquarters for the rally. They could look at pictures and sign a petition to be given to the forestry service. Organizers are also using “social media” to gather support and petition signatures. There is a “Facebook” page.
While the rally was going on, a thin blue trail of campfire smoke drifted through the trees. Less than 50 yards away, children were playing in the cold Little Missouri River shallows. The end of the rally and lunchtime were about to coincide.
There is still a lot to love about Camp Albert Pike.

‘No doubt in my mind’ – CCUA teacher knew after deportation she would return to Nashville

CCCUA Chancellor Steve Cole and Molly Sirigiri

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Even when she was placed on a plane without knowing her destination, Molly Sirigiri knew that she would eventually return to Nashville.
Sirigiri was back in her classroom at University of Arkansas Cossatot last week after being returned to her home in India following a mission trip. Sirigiri and members of local churches spent July 1-8 in Guatemala working with an orphanage.
When Sirigiri’s plane landed at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston on the return trip, she was detained for about 24 hours because of visa-related issues. She was then placed on a plane without being told her destination and sent to India through Munich, Germany.
Officials from CCCUA, the University of Arkansas, Sen. Mark Pryor, Sen. John Boozman began an effort to return her to Nashville as soon as possible. Their work paid off when Sirigiri landed at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock Aug. 22 and came back to Nashville, where she reported for work at Cossatot Aug. 25.
Sirigiri and Cossatot Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole discussed the experience last Thursday during a break from Sirigiri’s teaching duties in the college’s biological sciences department.
“There was not a doubt in my mind” about coming back to Nashville, she said. “I’m glad to be home. I was blessed to be around such amazing people.”
Dr. Cole said he also never doubted that Sirigiri would be back. “I was just worried about the speed,” he said. Classes started Aug. 18.
When Sirigiri was detained in Houston, she contacted Dr. Cole, who immediately began making contacts aimed at returning her to Nashville in a timely manner. “Our efforts stretched all the way to India,” he said. “So many were concerned about her return. We worked as a team.”
Sirigiri has taught at Cossatot for four years, according to Cole. “She’s an award-winning cook. She’s entering the county fair. She’s a great member of her church [First Baptist, Nashville]. She chose to work here,” he said.
Dr. Cole recalled that Sirigiri came to Nashville on a bus from South Carolina to interview for a job. “We loved her and hired her immediately. She’s been here ever since. This was just an unfortunate thing that happened. The best result has occurred. Untold people were making calls on her behalf. I know her church was.”
Now, Sirigiri has a new travel visa. “The United States and India worked together to get this done in expedited fashion,” Dr. Cole said.
Both senators’ offices started their work as soon as they heard of the problem in Houston, according to Dr. Cole. “It was a bit of a surprise. Everything was very rapid. Before the senators reached her, she had boarded and was taken back to India.”
Once work on the U.S. end was completed, the focus shifted to India, where a holiday kept Sirigiri from getting her visa during a weekend.
Sirigiri said her parents in India were “amazed about the e-mails and contacts I received. They said, ‘You are blessed to have so many caring people.’ They are super excited and happy.”
Sirigiri had the necessary visa to come to the United States. The problem arose when her travel visa did not allow her to re-enter the U.S. if she traveled to a country not contiguous to the United States.
Her H1B allows her to stay in the country and teach, Dr. Cole said. “It’s a very special thing to possess. It shows she has special skills. Only 60,000 are available. The applicant has to show amazing credentials. It’s a prestigious visa. Her travel visa was the problem.”
Sirigiri didn’t let the unexpected journey back home overshadow the mission aspect of her trip. “We helped with lots of things” at the orphanage, she said. “I have no regrets about making the trip.”
Sirigiri said she talked to Robbie McKelvey at CCCUA “almost every day.” She is the school’s division chair.
“Robbie’s whole focus was Molly,” Dr. Cole said. “She’d be excited after hearing from her. She’d tell us, ‘I just talked to Molly.’ Somebody was always in touch.”
Kelly Plunk, UA Cossatot human resources director, and Crystal Sims, biological science instructor, were instrumental in processing Sirigiri’s return and covering her academic duties, Dr. Cole said.
Sims “took care of her classes in her absence,” Dr. Cole said.
Sirigiri teaches Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2, micro biology, general biology, and nutrition and diet. She has about 100 students, Dr. Cole said.
“We’re just glad Molly is home.”

 

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: County Fair Art

NEVER BEFORE have I entered anything (livestock, squash preserves, embroidery, etc.) at the Howard County Fair. But Monday I strutted out to the fairgrounds with one of my Fabulous Fence Fishees tucked under my arm.
A Fabulous Fence Fishee is a roofing tin cutout of a tropical fish. I paint the thing and give it an eye made out of nut-bolt-washer (it only needs one eye).
It’s not an original idea. I paid about $60 for one last year at a Gulf Shores turista shop, and thought “Hey, I could do this.”
I’ve made about 8-10 of them this past spring and summer. I hang ‘em on the fence around my swimming pool. Hence the name.
Out at the fairgrounds, County Agent Jean Ince helped me with the entry form and told me in confidence that it was a surefire ribbon winner. “Don’t tell anyone I said this, though,” she whispered, “because the judging is supposed to be fair.”
The only complaint came from a member of the fair board who said that the fair really couldn’t afford to hire round-the-clock armed security needed to adequately watch over this valuable work of folk art.
You only have a couple of days remaining to go out to the fair and get a glimpse of the Fabulous Fence Fishee.
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WHILE I WAS at the fair building, Monday, a local feller sauntered up to me and asked if I had a badge to wear if I ever got to be on duty as a J-Turn Deputy.
Heck, I hadn’t even thought of a badge. Here I was — worried about my Army-Navy mismatched surplus camo uniform and my long-awaited concealed handgun permit, and I hadn’t given a thought about a badge.
I really need one.
And, maybe that’s the reason the mayor hasn’t gotten around to deputizing me for J-Turn duty. He’s probably waiting for my official badge to arrive in the mail and the city will present it to me at an appropriate ceremony during a meeting of the City Council.
Now that I think about it, I’m almost sure that’s the reason for the delay. I know it can’t be for a lack of public support. He’s probably hearing from people all the time, urging him to go ahead and and swear me in and let’s put an end to this nefarious criminal activity.
I’m not asking for special treatment, but I really think that Judge Jessica should let me reserve a boxseat in her District Court courtroom on Thursday afternoons.
She will not let me bring my handgun into the courtroom (assuming the State of Arkansas ever gets around to renewing my slightly-expired concealed carry permit). She has agreed, however, to let me openly carry a heavy duty chrome police whistle. “But you cannot blow the whistle while court is in session,” she warned sternly.
I wonder if the judge would let me hang a Fabulous Fence Fishee — and blue ribbon –  in her courtroom.
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ONE OF MY favorite sites on the Internet is livescience.com. This week they have an article under the headline: Can octopuses be cultivated for food?
I already have a sensible answer: “Why?”
MORE FOOD. A couple of guys from Iceland are about to start marketing an energy bar made from ground-up insects. The BBC reports that these food inventors call their product the “Crowbar.”
I believe it was named after the device which is needed to pry apart the jaws of consumers.
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A BANNER SEEN in the Howard County Fair Parade.”Crime Don’t Pay.”
And neither do grammar classes.
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ANOTHER BIRTHDAY. I’m just a week or so away from my 71st birthday and I’m planning another walk on the railroad tracks. My birthday falls on a Monday and my girls are coming for a visit on the weekend of the 13th. So, I’ll take the stroll either early, Sept. 6, or late, Sept. 20. Last year I walked from the Tyson mill to the RR crossing in Mineral Springs. This year I plan to walk from the Farmers’ Market to the Tyson mill. That way I will have walked all the way from Nashville to Muleshoe on the tracks. Don’t ask why; I don’t have enough time to explain.
You’re invited to walk with me but don’t slow me down.
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HE SAID: “Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.” Andy Rooney, radio and television commentator
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SHE SAID: “Morning comes whether you set the alarm or not.” Urusla K. Le Guin, science fiction author
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SWEET DREAMS, Baby

Obituaries (Week of Sept. 1, 2014)

Byron Damon Thompson
Byron Damon Thompson was born Nov. 2, 1928, at Saratoga, Ark., to George Lawrence Thompson and Fanta Mae Reed Thompson. He first became a resident of Howard County when his family moved from the Hempstead County side of Saratoga to the company village of Okay where his father was a supervisor at the newly constructed Ideal Cement Plant.
After graduating from Saratoga High School in 1946, Byron enlisted in the U.S. Navy and after basic training was assigned to the medical corps at Long Beach Naval Hospital until his honorable discharge in 1948.Following his discharge, Byron attended Arkansas State Teachers College at Conway (University of Central Arkansas) where he was a member of the varsity basketball team and president of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity.   In 1950 Byron transferred to Henderson State Teachers College at Arkadelphia where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.  Byron taught and coached at both Saratoga and Hope before leaving the coaching and teaching profession to accept employment with Ideal Cement Company in Okay as Personnel Director and Safety Supervisor. In 1963 Byron became Plant Manager and remained in that capacity until 1979 at which time he was transferred to Denver, Colo., as Regional Manager/Southern Region. At the time of his retirement from Ideal Basic Industries in 1984 Byron was Senior Vice President. While living in Howard County, Byron was active in both school and civic affairs serving as member and president of the Saratoga-Okay School Board, member and president of the Nashville School Board, Howard County Memorial Hospital Board, president of the Nashville Rotary Club, and board member Howard County Children’s Center.  He also actively participated in Little League and Babe Ruth League baseball programs serving as both coach and league commissioner. Byron was a member of Windsong Church of Christ. While coaching in Saratoga, Byron met and fell in love with Margaret Lee Ponder of Nashville, Ark. On Jan. 24, 1953 he and Margaret were married. They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in January 2014.
Byron passed away on August 28 at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. He is survived by his wife Margaret; a daughter, Laura Rebecca Thompson of Little Rock; two sons, Marshall Thompson (Missy) of Flower Mound, Texas; and Damon Thompson (Lisa) of Washington D.C.; a grandson, Robert Byron Thompson of Columbia, S.C.; and granddaughter, Laura Catherine Thompson of Dallas, Texas. Byron is also survived by a sister, Wanda Crow of Shawnee, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his parents George and Fanta Thompson; three brothers, Charles, George and Marshall Thompson; and two sisters, Edith Thompson Cranford and Nina Thompson Seay
Services  were held Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 2 p.m. at Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville, Ark., under the direction of Latimer Funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in his name to the Children’s Homes, Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450; or to the Ship of Life, c/o Windsong Church of Christ, #3 Windsong Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72113.
Katie B. Roberts
Katie B. Roberts, 82 of Murfreesboro, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Hot Springs.
She was born Feb. 4, 1932 in Billstown, the daughter of the late Robert Q. and Onar B. Stone Langley.
She was a member of the Pleasant Home Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by a son, John Thomas Roberts, and a brother, Que Langley.
Survivors include: two sons, Robert L. Roberts and wife, Sandy, of Murfreesboro, and Mark W. Roberts and wife, Pat, of La Marque, Texas; a daughter, Rosemary House and husband, Steve, of Delight; also grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a  great-great grandchild.
Funeral services were Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 at the Pleasant Home Church of Christ, with Wallace Alexander and Steve Kelley officiating. Burial followed at Pleasant Home Cemetery. Arrangements were by Latimer Funeral Home in Murfreesboro.
Visitation was Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Murfreesboro.
Send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.
Bertha Marie
Bell Humphry
Bertha Marie Bell Humphry, 96, of Delight, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 in Delight.
She was born Oct. 23, 1917 in Pike County,  the daughter of the late Tonie Silas Bell and Mary Jane (Kidd) Bell.
She was a member of the Delight First Assembly of God Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ertice Humphry; two brothers, O’Neal Bell and L.C. Bell; and two sisters, Pearl Humphry and Doris Presley.
Survivors include: six sons, Wayne Humphry and wife, Jo, Winston Humphry and wife, Kattie, Jimmy Humphry and wife, Dale, Mike Humphry and wife, Becky, Steve Humphry, and Ricky Humphry and wife, Theresa; two daughters, Emma Lee and husband, J.J., and Sarah Barrett ; a brother, Harold (Jack) Bell, all of Delight; Also grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Services were Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Murfreesboro. Burial followed in Delight Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro.
Visitation was Sunday, August 31, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at the chapel.
Send an online sympathy message to latimerfuneralhome.com.
Henry Morris Strawn
Henry Morris Strawn, 88 of Murfreesboro, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 in Nashville.
He was born July 8, 1926 in Pike County, Ark., the son of the late Henry Austin and Beulah Belle Strawn.
He was a member of the Harvest Time Assembly of God in Murfreesboro and was an Army veteran.
Survivors include: two sons, Glen Strawn and wife, Roberta, of Jonesboro, and Larry Strawn and wife, Linda, of Nathan; two daughters, Evelyn Smyth of Hot Springs Village, and Dorris Reilly and husband, Tom, of Dade City, Fla.; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Murfreesboro, with burial to follow in Murfreesboro Cemetery with Glen Strawn, Johnny Baker, and John Funderburk officiating. Arrangements are by Latimer Funeral Home in Murfreesboro.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Murfreesboro.
Send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.
Carl Ray Turner
Carl Ray Turner, 85, of Nashville Ark., passed away on Tuesday Sept. 2, 2014 in Nashville.
He was born Oct. 28, 1928 in Hope, Ark., the son of the late A.B. Turner and Coral (Louise) Turner.
He was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church of Nashville.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Mike Turner; one sister, and two brothers.
Survivors include: his wife, Rachel Turner, of Nashville; a son, Brent Turner and wife Linda of Nashville, Ark.; a daughter, Carla Turner Haynie and husband, Raymond, of Hot Springs, Ark.; a sister, Melba Hogan, of Hope, Ark.; four grandchildren, Pam Nicholson of Texarkana, Texas, Kim Turner Lewis and Jarrett of Gulf Breeze, Fla., Alison Haynie of Hot Springs, Ark., Laura Haynie of Little Rock, Ark.; two great-grandchildren, Claire and Grayson Lewis of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; and a host of other relatives and friends mourn his passing.
Funeral Services will be on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Latimer Funeral home chapel in Nashville with Bro. David Blase officiating. Burial to follow at Restland Memorial Park cemetery in Nashville.
Visitation will be on Wednesday September 3, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral home chapel in Nashville.
Romans 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;

The family would like to express a very special thank you, for the care that Nashville Nursing and Rehab Center provided for Mr. Turner.

You may send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.

Cooperation among officials returns teacher to classroom

UA Cossatot Biological Science Instructor Molly Sirigiri returned to Nashville over the weekend and was back in her classroom Monday.
Sirigiri has lived in Nashville for four years while teaching on the Howard County Campus of UA Cossatot.
Sirigiri joined a group made up of members of First Baptist Church in Nashville and other churches for a mission trip to Guatemala on July 1.
The group completed their project within a week working at an orphanage.
Upon flying back into Houston July 8 on her way to Little Rock, Sirigiri learned the particular type of visa she was issued allows her to travel outside of the U.S. border but will not allow her re-entry.
She was flown back to her native India where college officials, University of Arkansas System officials, and U.S. officials began working to speed the necessary paperwork for her to return to Nashville and her job.
“Molly is a special person to UA Cossatot,” said Dr. Steve Cole, UA Cossatot chancellor.  “Not only is she a teaching rock star for us; but more importantly, she is a vital part of her church and community. The best possible result came from this, and that was her quick re-entry back into the United States.
“We owe many thanks to not only our U.S. Senators and the UA System but also to Kelly Plunk, UA Cossatot human resources director, and Crystal Sims, biological science instructor, who were instrumental in processing her return and covering her academic duties,” Cole added.
Sirigiri flew to Little Rock Friday, landing at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport at 11:30 p.m. Joe and Beverly Starr met her at the airport and brought her to Nashville.
“I am thankful to be back in Nashville and teaching,” said Sirigiri. “I am very thankful for people I consider my family in the United States.”
Sirigiri attended services Sunday morning at First Baptist Church, where Pastor Kevin Sartin introduced her to applause from the congregation. He said that he is thankful for her return to Nashville.
At Cossatot, Sirigiri teaches a full course load of general biology, microbiology, and anatomy and physiology.
“This is a good deal,” Cole said of the conclusion to Sirigiri’s journey. “It took a lot of people to make it happen.”

Scrapper ‘Bash’ raises more than $5,200 for Booster Club

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Scrapper fans received an early look at their junior and senior high football teams, bands and cheerleaders Friday night at the Orange and Black Back-to-School Bash sponsored by the Scrapper Booster Club.
“We had a big crowd. The whole night was pretty successful,” Coach Billy Dawson said.
The Bash raised more than $5,200 for the Booster Club, according to Gaye Graham.
We were very pleased,” Graham said Monday afternoon. “I want to thank Red River Credit Union for helping in the concession stand. And also the other volunteers who worked. We appreciate [Joe and Karen Kell for] bringing the snow cone trailer. All the proceeds from snow cone sales went to the Booster Club. Thanks to all who came out to support the Scrappers.”
Dawson said the teams “from the eighth grade all the way up looked organized. I think we can look for another big year.”
The senior high Scrappers held a scrimmage and “got what we wanted. We got humidity. We got some conditioning,” Dawson said.
Overall, the evening was “very productive,” according to Dawson. “The defense played really well. The offense at times played well. We had some normal early stuff.”
Dawson said he was “a little disappointed special teams-wise. That’s why we do it. When that team is called, they need to be ready. We had trouble getting the right guys in on time.”
The Scrappers will work to “clean up some things” from the scrimmage, according to Dawson.
“Overall, we played well up front on both sides. We’ll work on basic exchanges from quarterback to running back,” Dawson said.
The Scrapper offensive and defensive lines “are better than they were in the scrimmage” a week earlier.
With the Bash completed, the Scrappers will focus on their scrimmage with El Dorado Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Southern Arkansas University. “We’ll just go scrimmage and do our stuff. It will be more a play script. We’ll run the plays regardless of distance,” Dawson said.
Thursday night’s scrimmage will help put “the finishing touches on our starters. We still have two or three spots that kids are battling for on both sides. By Monday, we’ll have an idea” after reviewing film from El Dorado.
The Scrappers will open the season Friday, Sept. 5, at Hope.

 

Nashville man changes plea in animal cruelty case

A Nashville man who admitted to shooting two dogs which were allegedly chasing a neighbor’s cow changed his plea, last week, to guilty of the misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals.
Michael J. Graves, 56, accompanied by his attorney brother, Danny Graves of Nashville, entered the plea Thursday in Howard County District Court. He was fined $500 plus costs and a no-contact order was issued for the dog’s owners. Court documents noted Graves has already paid all restitution in full concerning related veterinarian bills.
The guilty plea was accepted as a “deferred adjudication” and the charge will be dismissed after one year if Graves has no other violations.
The incident for which Graves was charged happened May 17 when he shot one dog in Kyle and Kimberly Slayton’s yard on Staggs Drive. The Slayton’s teenage daughter was outside near her vehicle when the shooting occurred. She told officials she heard a gunshot close to the house and then saw Graves parked nearby pointing a pistol toward her dog in the yard between two houses.
When the daughter yelled at Graves to stop shooting, he exited the vehicle and yelled “your dog was chasing my cows.” The dog was apparently wounded and ran into the woods in the backyard. The Slayton’s dog survived but the other dog shot by Graves ran off and died. That dog belonged to the James Conant family, also living in the neighborhood.
Graves told a Howard County deputy that he had been sitting on his front porch of his home on Corinth Road when he heard some dogs barking in a field belonging to Jerry Christie, who was out of town and reportedly had asked Graves to watch his herd. Graves went to the area and noted two dogs — one brown and the other a German Shepherd that belonged to the Slayton family — were in the field.
Graves admitted he shot both dogs in Christie’s field but the German Shepherd ran off toward the Slayton home. Graves said he then chased the dog and found it standing between two houses on Staggs Drive and “tried to shoot it again,” according to an incident report.

Jury trial lengthens defendant’s sentence

Insistence on a jury trial backfired for a frequent visitor to the courtroom defendant’s table, last week.
Louis E. Richard, 51, black male, 216 Graves Chapel Road, Lockesburg (Mineral Springs) turned down the prosecutor’s plea offer of 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC), and put his fate in the hands of Howard County jurors, last Tuesday.
He was on trial for a class C felony, forgery in the second degree, two counts, with enhanced penalty as a habitual offender. Richard has been convicted in nine felony trials previously in Howard County, and he still faces another felony charge, related to theft of an air conditioner from a church. That charge was filed in July.
On the bench for Richard’s trial was Judge Tom Cooper.
Jury selection was complete by mid-morning Tuesday and opening statements began before noon.
The jury adjourned for only 45 minutes at 4 p.m., returning with a guilty verdict. Then they took another 25 minutes to decide upon his sentence — 25 years on each count, to be served consecutively for a total of 50 years in the ADC.
Wednesday was the regular day for criminal court in Howard County and Judge Charles Yeargan was on the bench. He ordered two failure-to-appear warrants for defendants who missed court dates.
It was the second missed court date for Rebecca Dawson, 47, white female, Nashville, who had been scheduled for a probation revocation hearing. She is charged with failure to meet the terms of a 2012 conviction for controlled substance fraudulent practices. When arrested she will be denied bond.
Also missing a court date was Justin King, 18, black male, Texarkana, Texas, who was due to appear on a class D felony charge for possession of a controlled substance Schedule II. When arrested he will be denied bond.
Following receipt of a mental evaluation, one defendant was declared not guilty by reason of disease or defect.
Linda Leedale, 33, white female, 725 Dillard, Nashville, who was represented by the public defender was subsequently found not guilty by the judge. She had been charged with class B felony residential burglary, and two misdemeanors, aggravated assault and resisting arrest. She was present in the courtroom, Wednesday.
Not guilty plea
Courtney Martin, 31, black male, 1306 S. Main, Nashville, is charged with a class C felony, possession of meth or cocaine with purpose. The charge is enhanced by proximity. He will be represented by the public defender. Pretrial motions will be heard Dec. 10.
Another frequent visitor to the county’s criminal courtroom was Orlando Dosia, 28, black male, 415 Compton, Nashville, who was facing charges of possession of meth or cocaine with purpose, class C felony, enhanced by proximity. He pleaded no contest to an amended charge which dismissed the proximity enhancement. He was sentenced to 10 years in the ADC, forfeiture of $835 cash in his possession, and court costs. He was given credit for jail time already served. Part of the cash forfeiture — $220 — goes to his mother.
The judge ordered review of one case, and granted continuances for five others.

$91K approved for new bleachers in Murfreesboro gym

By John Balch
Leader staff
The 38-year-old gymnasium on the Murfreesboro campus will get some much-needed attention this school year in the form of new bleachers.
The South Pike County School Board voted last week to replace the old wooden, retractable bleachers with new plastic retractable bleachers. The project is expected to cost approximately $91,000.
The gym, built in 1976 in honor of Dr. G.J. Floyd, was the subject of lengthy discussion during the board’s August meeting held on the Delight campus last Tuesday. The board heard a report from Superintendent Roger Featherston after a visit from a Little Rock architect firm who weighed the cost of a renovation versus building a new facility.
Featherston said an extensive renovation of the gym could cost close to $2 million while the cost of building a new 1,500-seat “upper middle of the road” gym could reach a $4 million price tag.
“I just don’t feel like we are going to be able to do a new gym any time in the foreseeable future,” Featherston told the board. To raise the funds for a new gym would require a raise in taxes and Featherston said requesting a millage increase would be a “hard sell” due to the state of the economy.
The funds to complete the bleacher project will come from the district’s building fund, which currently has a balance of approximately $191,000. Installation work could start over the Christmas break and possibly be completed for the remainder of the basketball season.
The bleacher project can be completed separately if the district decides to make further renovations in the future. The plan for an overall renovation would have included the new bleachers as well as adding 500 seats to a “horseshoe” area where the lobby is currently located. The renovation would have included a heating and air conditioning unit.
In other business last week, the board continued to discuss the district’s technology needs. Last year, the district entered a lease program that put iPads in the hands of fifth and sixth graders on the Murfreesboro campus. The iPads arrived last year with less than three weeks left  in the school year.
If a plan and the needed funds cannot be generated to include the fifth and sixth graders on the Delight campus, the board and Featherston said they were in favor of taking the iPads out of the hands of the Murfreesboro fifth graders and giving them to the Delight sixth graders.
The board also continued discussion about how to expand technology to the high school classrooms. Featherston said the district currently cannot afford to implement a district-wide technology program and suggested the district start implementing “incrementally” on the high school campus. He also suggested the district “start pulling some triggers” to make it happen instead of just talking about it each month.
Board member Steve Conly again expressed his concerns about the district’s lack of technology during the meeting. “If we (consider spending) $1.9 million on a gymnasium, I don’t understand why we can’t figure out a way to have computers in kids’ hands,” he said, adding it is his belief that technology affects every student on campus whereas a gym doesn’t necessarily involve every kid.
Featherston countered Conly’s statement by saying a new or improved gym could be a draw for the district and help boost the student population, which in turn could generate more state revenue which could be used for funding technology programs.
Conly called the situation a “push and pull” and requested technology stay in the “forefront” of discussion about the district’s future.
“It’s kind of like the gym, you can sit around and talk about it for a year or two or three or you can just do it,” Conly said. “But, on the other hand, we can’t break the school because of it.”
An iPad lease program or a similar program for the entire South Pike County student population could cost approximately $150,000 per year. That overall figure does not account for the iPads already purchased for the elementary.
Also last week, the board accepted the recommendation from Featherston to deny a transfer of four students to the Kirby School District. The students were not named during the meeting but were mentioned by the ages of 16, 14, 12 and 9. The vote to deny the transfers was 7-0.
Enrollment for South Pike County is down by about 15 students this school year but the kindergarten in Murfreesboro has been “maxed out,” according to Elementary Principal Tanya Wilcher. As of the board meeting date, there were 100 Delight elementary students, 288 Murfreesboro elementary students and 314 high school students.
The board also discussed the importance of families signing up for the free/reduced lunch program and how that even if families don’t qualify the district can use the data to secure federal funds.
After the meeting, Featherston issued the following statement concerning the importance of the federal program:
“We are asking each family with children in school to fill out and return the free/reduced lunch applications. First of all, the limits have gone up, so some that have not qualified in the past, may qualify now. Secondly, the school receives funding based on the percentage qualifying for free/reduced lunches. If we reach 70 percent qualifying, it is very beneficial to the school economically. We reached that percentage last year for the first time, so we need everyone to turn their paperwork in for us to have a chance to meet it again.”

Rally planned Saturday at Albert Pike campground

A group “Save Camp Albert Pike” will hold a rally this Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in hopes of getting the U.S. Forest Service to re-open the campgrounds to overnight camping.
The popular site in the Ouachita Mountains has been closed to overnight camping since 2010 when a flash flood swept through the site and killed 20 people.
The U.S. Forest Service has since reopened the area to day use but after victims’ families filed lawsuits the area has steadily fallen in to a state of disrepair.
The group’s Facebook posted a draft of petition the group is planning to present to officials in hopes of having the area re-opened to overnight camping.
“We want the National Forest Campground Albert Pike opened for overnight camping. In 2010, a flash flood hit Camp Albert Pike killing 20 people. Because of this natural disaster, the campground has ben closed to overnight camping and the improvements that were being made to the campgrounds, using our tax dollars, has been halted with no sign of beginning again. During the last four years, the park has been allowed to run down and be overgrown with weeds. The sections that have been opened for day up are being being kept up. Trash is everywhere, the one restroom that is open for use is not being maintained or kept clean.”
The rally will be held at Loop B at 11:30 a.m.
Rally organizer Kay New recently said in a television interview, “We’ve waited for four years to give time for healing. We don’t mean to be disrespectful to the people who died there, but there are a lot of living people missing out on enjoying that place because just a few want it to stay closed.”

Internet stalker gets 10-year sentence

A Pike County jury took less than one hour to convict and sentence a Smackover man on the charge of internet stalking of child during a trial held Friday.
The jury, made of up of 10 men and two women, found Chad A. Squyres, 36, guilty of the felony charge and sentenced him to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction. During the trial, Squyres argued entrapment and a misunderstanding related to his arrest after he drove his employer’s 18-wheeler to Pike County to meet someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl.
On Oct. 30, 2103, Squyres knowingly used a computer online service, internet service or local internet bulletin board to seduce, solicit, lure or entice an individual that the person believes to be 15 years of age or younger in an effort to arrange a meeting with the individual for the purpose of engaging in sexual intercourse; sexually explicit conduct or deviate sexual activity.
Squyres was charged on Nov. 13, 2013 after he arrived in Pike County behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler to meet with a subject whom he had chatted with through an online account established and maintained by a Pike County law official.
During a week’s worth of chatting with the online subject, Squyres was made aware that the subject was only 15, but he still sent the subject an explicit picture and eventually made arrangements to meet the subject in Pike County.
After his arrest, Squyres told officials he thought the online chats and eventual meeting were part of a “role playing game” and that the online subject was actually older than 15.

 

Obituaries (Week of Aug. 25, 2014)

Wendell ‘Scott’ Turner
There was a memorial service on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 3 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church near Nashville for Wendell ‘Scott’ Turner, 33, of Ozan who died at his parents’ home on Aug. 18, 2014.
Officiating were: Bro. Bobby Neal, Bro. Travis Young and Bro. Thomas Ward.
Survivors are Wendell and Donna Turner of Ozan; two brothers, Brandon Turner and wife, Sara, and Christopher Turner and wife, Alisha, of Ft. Riley, Kans.; a sister, Tabatha young of Hope.
Memorials may be made to the mental health foundation of your choice.
Bro. Buddie E. McKamie
Bro. Buddie E. McKamie, 80 of Emmet, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 in Texarkana.
He was born March 24, 1934 in Spring Hill, Ark., to the late William Allison and Clemie McNatt McKamie.
He was a Southern Baptist Minister for more than 42 years. Among others, he had been pastor at New Mount Zion Church in Nashville, Mineral Springs, and Unity Baptist Church in Nashville. He was a member of New Liberty Baptist Church in Emmet and a was a retired employee of the Arkansas Highway Department.
He was preceded in death by five brothers, Jim, Willie, I.J., and B.A. McKamie; and two sisters; Effie Mae Long and Maddie Griffis.
Survivors include: his wife, Margaret Carol Jones McKamie; a son, Reganald Keith Hickey of Avon, Ind.; a daughter, Kristen Leigh Hodges of DeAnn; Also, grandchildren.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25 at Brazzel/Oakcrest Funeral Home in Hope.
Funeral service were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 at Brazzel/Oakcrest Funeral Home. Burial followed in Union Cemetery with Bro. Lane Garner officiating.
Shirley Ray Harris
Shirley Ray Harris, 74, of Ozan, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 in Nashville.
He was born Dec. 13, 1939 in Ozan, the son of the late Eddie Harris and Erna “Reed” Harris.
He was preceded in death by a brother, William Edgar Harris.
Survivors include: his wife, Birdie Harris of Ozan; a son, Monty Harris of Ozan; a daughter, Rita Harris of Ozan; a stepson, Mark Vetter of Fayetteville; also grandchildren.
Services were Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 at Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville with burial in Sardis Cemetery in Ozan under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home.
Send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.
Johnnie Roberts
Johnnie Roberts, 83, of Hot Springs, formerly of Murfreesboro, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 in Hot Springs.
He was born May 29, 1931 in Little Rock, the son of the late Jordon Roberts and Willie (Copeland) Roberts Billingsley.
He was a member of the Pleasant Home Church of Christ in Murfreesboro and was a US Army Veteran.
He was preceded in death by a brother, J.L. Roberts, Jr.; and two sisters, Charlene Henry and Evelyn Jackson.
Survivors include: a brother, Lawrence Roberts of Hot Springs Village; a sister, Marge Moran of Springdale.
Services were to be Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Home Church of Christ in Murfreesboro with Bro. Wallace Alexander officiating. Burial was to follow in Pleasant Home Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro.
Visitation was on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 in the chapel at Murfreesboro.
Send an online sympathy message to latimerfuneralhome.com.
Stacy Lyn Watts
Stacy Lyn Watts, age 42 of Rye, Ark., passed away Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 in Camden.
She was born Oct. 7, 1971 in Atlanta, Texas.
She was a registered nurse and was of the Baptist Faith. Her hobbies included computer and Facebook. Stacy made everyone smile and always was taking care of others. She loved dancing, music, and would light up the room when she walked in.
Survivors include: her husband, Tracy Watts of Rye; a daughter, Kali Gregory of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; her father, Robert Duncan of Orchard, Texas; her mother, Sharon Cox of Nashville; a brother, Brock Cox of Nashville; a sister, Misty Woodruff of Nashville; two half-brothers, Dustin Duncan and Josh Duncan both of Rosenburg, Texas; one granddaughter, Carsyn Maroney; her step-mother, Susie Duncan of Orchard, Texas; mother-in-law, Polly Watts of Monticello; father-in-law, Edwards Watts of Monticello; sister-in-law, Sarah Cox of Nashville; a brother-in-law, Tom Watts and wife, Teresa, of Monticello; a nephew, Jacob Watts of Monticello and a host of cousins and loved friends.
Funeral service were 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel in Monticello, Ark., with burial in Oakland Cemetery. Visitation 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. Online guestbook www.stephensondearman.com.
Vernon D. Hubbard
Vernon D. “Hap” Hubbard, of Nashville, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 in Little Rock.
He was born April 2, 1957 in Prescott, to the late Floyd and Mary Johnson Hubbard. He was in the Army National Guard.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Monica Desiree Hubbard, and a brother, Jerry Hubbard.
Survivors include: four sons, Keith Hubbard of Abilene, Texas, Dustin Hubbard of Prescott, James “Tritt” Hubbard of Texarkana, Ark., and William “Corbin” Hubbard of Texarkana, Ark.; a daughter, Kelby Hubbard of Hope; a brother, Frank Senffner of Prescott; a sister, Sandra White of North West; and his fiance, Christi Beth of Nashville; also grandchildren.
Graveside services were Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 at 10 a.m. at DeAnn Cemetery in Prescott under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home. The family received friends at the funeral home on Tuesday night from 6-8. Send the family an online sympathy message to nashvillefh.com.

 

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: J-Turn duty cop

I KEEP HEARING from people who hope things start to move more quickly on my deputization to give out tickets for J-Turns in downtown Nashville. Not everybody wants me to be armed. But, they mostly agree that it would be nice for me to be in some kind of uniform.
Now, I may have gotten a subtle message that the City of Nashville is not so enthusiastic about my volunteer service.
A city officer was seen on duty and on foot in the Central Business District, Monday morning, nabbing a covey of J-Turn criminals red-handed. With him on duty there was no need for me to take pictures of the cars, or to confidentially provide license numbers to police. From what I can tell, the officer did a land-office business.
Not all news is good news for my pursuit of J-Turners. Judge Steel-Gunter has declined to reserve me a box seat in her courtroom, saying I’ll just have to sit out there with the public and take my chances on encountering an irate J-Turner who has just had to cough up $145 for the traffic ticket. See, there are some people who blame me for putting the attention on J-Turns.
Plus, the judge says, even if the State of Arkansas renews my concealed handgun permit, she will not let me be armed in her courtroom.
She will, however, let me openly carry a chrome police whistle.
I wanted to put up an education booth at the Howard County Fair, but the fair board has nixed that idea. The board was reportedly afraid that my booth would win a blue ribbon and they’d have to have their picture taken with me.
I am also suspicious that one or more of them may have committed a J-Turn recently. I’m not naming names. At least at this point. But it would be better for all if they’d just go ahead and let me have a booth. Near the kitchen and a long way from the livestock pens.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO Gov. Mike Beebe who has had the good sense to name Deb Tackett of Nashville to the Arkansas Early Childhood Commission. Deb is the principal at Nashville Junior High School. Her appointment expires July 1, 2017.
 And she is married to former-County Judge Max Tackett. The latter experience is a real big part of her familiarity with early childhood development.
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MOVE OVER TIGER.
Eleven-year-old Ethan Gunter has been playing golf since age five, regularly beating his dad, Tem, on the Nashville Country Club links this summer. On Aug. 20, Ethan scored an ‘ace’ — a hole-in-one. He was playing with three others on #1 and because of his age he hit from the ladies tee, making the hole 105 yards.
Did he have to buy a round for the house afterward?
AND ANOTHER.
Nashville assistant police chief and criminal investigator Amy Marion hit an ‘ace’ Sunday during the annual Three Ladies Team Scramble golf tournament at the Nashville Country Club.
Amy was playing with her teammates, Jane Witherington of Nashville and JoAnn Johnson of Idabel, plus another team of three when her tee shot on the par 3, 13th hole rolled into the cup on that big wavy green.
It was Amy’s second hole-in-one. The first was at a really-challenging golf course at Las Vegas in 2009.
She says she’ll have the ball framed — it was signed by the other ladies. The ‘ace’ won her a $100 prize from a bank, and it (naturally) won the prize for closest to the hole.
This is where her accomplishment gets complicated.
Amy’s husband, Larry, is also a criminal investigator with the Nashville Police Department. He’s also a reknowned golfer and he’s had three — THREE — aces (as a former Gurdon Go-Devil he wouldn’t fib). He says he’s got to get busy because it just wouldn’t do for Amy to catch up.
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IT’S NOT TOO LATE to relate one more thing about my swell trip out West in June. Early, early one morning I sat in the garden of the La Posada Hotel watching freight trains roll through Winslow, Ariz. The trains slowed down to a crawl as they passed through. I sipped coffee and watched birds fly around the high desert garden. A train crept (creeped?) by and lo-and-behold there was a semi truck trailer on a flatbed railcar. It was an SRT (Southern Refrigerated Transport) trailer out of Texarkana, Ark. Company is now owned by an old Saratoga boy. Small world.
Don’t die without seeing the Grand Canyon. And while you’re out there, stay at La Posada and see Meteor Crater.
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HE SAID: “I don’t like to commit myself about heaven and hell — you see, I have friends in both places.” Mark Twain, humorist
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SHE SAID: “We have to be able to grow up. Our wrinkles are our medals of the passage of life. They are what we have been through and who we want to be.” Lauren Hutton, actress
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SWEET DREAMS, Baby

Pearcy man arrested after 3-county chase

DISABLED. Reuben Ellis Stapleton’s white GMC truck after wrecking out near Dierks on Highway 70.

A Pearcy man is in custody in Howard County and facing felony charges following a three-county chase Monday afternoon, according to Pike County Detective Sergeant Clark Kinzler.
Reuben Ellis Stapleton, 41, was arrested following a high-speed pursuit which began in Garland County and ended in Howard County. The pursuit involved officers from six agencies including sheriff’s department from Garland, Howard and Pike counties, the Arkansas State Police and the Glenwood and Murfreesboro police departments.
Stapleton is facing felony charges in Garland, Pike and Howard counties.
The incident began around 3 p.m. on Monday, which was also the first day of classes for area schools. ASP Trooper Kyle Jones advised the pursuit started in Garland County and reached speeds in excess of 75 mph on Highway 70. An attempt to stop Stapleton with “spike strips” before he entered Pike County resulted in one tire being disabled, but the pursuit continued.
Pike County officers joined the pursuit when it entered the county and Chief Deputy David Shelby was able to get his patrol unit in front of the suspect’s GMC truck.
“The suspect made multiple attempts to hit Shelby’s vehicle, but did not slow down,” Kinzler wrote in a press release. Another deployment of spike strips was requested at this time as the pursuit headed toward Kirby. Kinzler also requested the local schools be notified and students be held as a safety precaution.
Outside of Kirby, another attempt to stop the suspect with spike strips failed and the pursuit turned on Highway 70 toward Daisy.
“In Daisy, the suspect recklessly passed a school bus that was currently unloading students,” according to the release. Officers then backed off “in order to reduce pressure on the suspect because of the extreme danger of the situation.”
After safely going around the school bus, which had by this point pulled over, the pursuit proceeded into Howard County where a third attempt with spike strips was made to stop the vehicle. Shortly after, the suspect vehicle wrecked prior to entering Dierks. It is unclear if the vehicle’s disabled tire or a “PIT” move by a pursuing officer caused the wreck.
Stapleton stated he had fled because he did not want to go back to jail and that he knew the Garland County officer was going to arrest him for driving on a suspended license. He was transported to the Pike County Sheriff’s Department where a test confirmed he was intoxicated, resulting in a citation for driving while intoxicated.

 

‘Positives’ seen at Scrapper scrimmage

DODGE. Leonard Snell dodges his teammates as they try to take him down while running down the field for another touchdown.

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
“A lot of positives” came from the Scrappers’ scrimmage Friday morning, according to Coach Billy Dawson.
“We got some warm weather. That was good. We got some plays in, 143. We got through it with nobody hurt,” Dawson said.
Temperatures approached 90 degrees by the end of the scrimmage, a marked change from earlier days on the practice schedule. “Conditioning wise, we fought through it pretty good,” Dawson said.
Defensively, “We played well after the first series,” Dawson said. The Scrappers missed some tackles earlier “but made strides as we went on.”
Offensively, “We were much better up front. Our tailbacks have got to be more consistent from stance to duty. Overall, we got a lot out of it [the scrimmage]. It was very positive,” Dawson said.
Quarterback Leonard Snell, a junior, “has come a long way. He gets better with every live competition. He’s a guy who can give us a chance out of the pocket. He didn’t play quarterback for a year, but he’s understanding more now,” Dawson said.
Sophomore quarterback Gabe Moorer “is betting better. This has been an eye opener for him with the speed of the game, normal sophomore stuff,” Dawson said.
Lucas Liggin, a senior, “had some snaps. He played pretty well Friday. Im proud of all three of them. I’m proud of their progress.”
One question mark for the Scrappers has been at the kicking position after Christian Aranda moved during the summer. Sergio Pacheco, a junior, “has done a good job in practice,” Dawson said. Trey Hughes, another junior, “has a very strong leg. He hasn’t kicked much. He has good range and good consistency. For the first time since I’ve been here, we have the opportunity to kick into the endzone. That’s a huge deal defensively,” Dawson said.
The Scrappers have seven or eight offensive linemen vying for spots. “These guys have played well there,” Dawson said. “Some are right on the bubble.”
“The defensive line ran around good. The secondary gave up one long play. The linebackers didn’t play as well as I expected. I think Coach [Brad] Chesshir will take care of that.”
Overall, the scrimmage was “very positive. We have something on film that we can work on this week,” Dawson said.
The Scrappers worked on lifting and conditioning Monday afternoon. Tuesday, they went “back to fundamentals, technique, all the little things,” Dawson said. They also worked more on the kicking game.
The Orange and Black Back-to-School Bash will be Friday, Aug. 22, at 8 p.m. at Scrapper Stadium. The event will include introductions of junior high and high school football players and brief scrimmages. Bandsmen and cheerleaders will be introduced, and other activities are planned.

 

Oldtimer Scrapper Breakfast

LINED-UP FOR OLDTIMER SCRAPPER BREAKFAST. Former Scrappers from decades of 1940s through 70s who played and practiced at the old Scrapper Stadium joined for the annual fellowship meal, Saturday morning, at the community room of the Howard County Housing Authority. The room is located approximately where the north end zone was at the old stadium. Donations left after expenses will go to the Dwight Jones Scholarship Fund at Nashville High School. The group included, kneeling, from left, Hix Smith, Charlie Pinkston, Michael Bratton and Eddie Cobb, Standing, Val Jamison, Royce Scott, Tommy Younk, Loy Dildy, Bobby Martin, Gene Ray, Joe Robert Wesson, Thomas Chesshir, Charles Sharp, Jack Bennett, Bobby Ray, John Lyons, Robert Ryan, Jimmy Dale, Ronny Bell, Edgar Ware McCrary, Doug Dildy, Billy Ray Jones and Woody Futrell. Not pictured, Louie Graves.

Pike County’s contested races to include two-way for Murfreesboro mayor

There will contested races on the November General Election ballot in the city of Murfreesboro and the towns of Daisy and Delight.
Rodney Fagan and Soledad “Solly” Woodall will face off in a race for the Murfreesboro mayor seat. Fagan is making is first run for the mayor’s seat while Woodall is making her second run, having finished third in the voting in a three-way mayor’s race in 2010.
Murfreesboro’s South Ward Position 2 seat on the city council has also drawn two candidates – Mary Jean Barbre and Jeff Walls.
In Delight, two candidates have filed for the Position 3 seat on the city council. They include incumbent Chris Goodson and Michelle Delaney.
There will also be a two-way race for the town of Daisy’s recorder/treasurer position. Incumbent Hortense H. Young will face challenger Jennifer Cogburn.
Municipal candidates filing unopposed include:
Murfreesboro
South Ward Position 1
Debbie Shukers
West Ward Position 1
Betty O’Neal
West Ward Position 2
Jason Allmon
North Ward Position 1
Rob Evans
North Ward Position2
Dana Stone
Daisy
Mayor
Ronnie Partee
Position 2
Rebecca Ann Frazier
Position 3
Theresa Wilder
Position 4
Douglas E. Cochran
Position 5
Helen Francis Frazier
No candidates filed for Daisy’s Position 1 council seat
Delight
Mayor
Paul Lane
Position 1
Randy Abbot
Position 2
Tom Wilson
Position 4
Ronnie Cox
Position 5
Keith Woods
Glenwood
Mayor
Ron Martin
North Ward Position 2
Mark C. Voan
South Ward Position 2
Jim Arrington
Antoine
Mayor
Dwight Finney
No candidates filed for any of Antoine’s five council positions or the recorder/treasurer seat.

Obituaries (Week of Aug. 18, 2014)

Bob E. Young
Bob E. Young was born in Alma, Ark. on May 24, 1943. He went home to his Lord and Savior on Aug. 12, 2014. He is the son of Margaret Mayes Young and Jess E. Young. He was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Ambrus Chauncy. Bob was the last remaining sibling of eight brothers and five sisters.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Reba Johnson Young. Four children: Annette Chauncy of Texarkana, Cindy (David) Riggs of Nashville, Bobby (Staci) Young of De Queen, and Valerie (Scott) Dean of Gulf Shores, Ala. Nine grandchildren: Amy Garrett, Alisha Moore, Ashley Riggs, Amanda Welsh, Patrick Dean, Lindsey Knipper, Aundra Smith, Alex Young, and Jared Riggs. Twelve great grandchildren: Avery Smith, Addison Smith, Ashtyn Garrett, Jace Knipper, Aubrey Smith, Braxton Welsh, Haisley Dean, Kennedy Welsh, Hadley-Ann Dean, Alexis Gains, Jordan Moore and Mia Moore
Bob was a man of many talents, who was self-taught. A man of many life experiences as a Welder, Mechanic, Appliance Technician, Farmer, and Licensed Auctioneer in Arkansas and Texas.
His hobbies consisted of his love of fishing, hunting, sports and travel. Museums and the Redwoods being his favorite places to visit. His FAMILY was his greatest accomplishment and his most treasured moments were spending time all together. He had an extended family in the many friends of the Ashdown Auction which he established and loved.
Above all of this, he was a retired pastor serving diligently in three churches as well as special guest speaker for over 42 years. Bob loved our Lord and Savior and wanted to share the love of Christ with everyone he met.
Services for Bob E. Young were Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Nashville under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home. Interment was in Restland Memorial Park Cemetery. The family received friends on Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. You may send the family an online sympathy message to http://www.nashvillefh.com/
Thomas “Mike” Pinson
Thomas “Mike” Pinson, age 75, of Daisy, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.
He was born March 20, 1939, at Langley, the son of Tom Dave Pinson and Lois Bessie Morphew Pinson. On Nov. 14, 1964, he was married to Sandra Austin. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Laura Golden; his parents; four sisters, Vernell Risner, Russia Taylor, Lois Dean and Lonita Ledbetter; and his step-father, Fletcher Woodall.
A United States Army veteran, he retired from Domtar in Ashdown and served as an Elder of the Daisy Church of Christ. He was a great Christian example of how a man should live his life. Vacations from work meant time to help family and friends; anything from hanging a fan or doing electrical work for anyone in need.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Pinson of Daisy; two daughters and sons-in-law, Launa and Delmas Simmons of Langley and Lesli and Kyle Efird of Umpire; eight grandchildren, Thomas Morphew and his wife, Latosha, Samuel Morphew, Samantha Manasco and her husband, Brandon, Tristan Deputy, Camryn Johnson, Lexi Efird, Lauran Golden and Casandra Golden; three great-grandchildren, Emma and Ella Manasco and Jasper Morphew; five brothers and four sisters-in-law, Ellis and Christine Pinson of Langley, Jim and Jean Pinson of Jonesboro, Jerry and June Pinson of Dierks, Derry Wayne Pinson of Athens and Jackie and Lynn Pinson of Umpire.
Services were 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in the Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Glenwood, with Harold Vaughn, Ed Coffman and Danny Hobson officiating.
Visitation was Saturday, 6-8 p.m.
Interment with military honors were held in the Langley Hall Cemetery.
Pallbearer were Larry Mack, Jason Cowart, Mike Adams, Lewis Needham, Junior Johnson and Mike Haggard.
Honorary pallbearers were his grandsons and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation, 1 Children’s Way, Slot 661, Little Rock, AR 72202-3591; or to the Langley Hall Cemetery, c/o Patsy Morphew, 915 Hwy 369 N, Langley, AR 71952.
Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com.
Lonnie William Warnick
Lonnie William “Bill” Warnick, 57, of Nashville, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 in Texas. He was born Aug. 1, 1957 in Glenwood, the son of Lonnie Warnick and Ella Sue Echols Myers.
He was a U.S. Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by his stepfather C.C. Myers; two brothers, Donnie Warnick and Robert Boyd Warnick.
Survivors include: his mother, Della Sue Myers; a daughter, Laura Sue Plunkett of Caddo Gap; two brothers, Ronald Warnick and Gene Shirley, both of Murfreesboro; three sisters, Debbie Suggs of Nashville, Melissa Cornelison of Crittenden, Ky., and Reeva Brewer of Bright Springs, Ark.; also grandchildren.
Graveside services under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home were Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 at Bear Creek Cemetery in Kirby with Bro. Calvin Parker officiating.
Visitation was Monday, Aug. 18 from 6-8 p.m. at Latimer Funeral Home in Murfreesboro.
You may send an online sympathy message to latimerfuneralhome.com.
James H. Lamb
James H. Lamb, 74 of Murfreesboro died Aug. 15, 2014 at his home. He was born Dec. 10, 1939 in Pike County, the son of the late Hobart and Mildred Beavert Lamb.
He was a member of the Saline Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Elizabeth Edwards.
Survivors include: his wife of 53 years, Martha Lamb of Murfreesboro; children, Jeannie Almond and husband, David, of Hope, Janet Dunson and husband, Kirk, of Center Point, Randy Lamb and wife, Penny, of Murfreesboro, Alma Barnes and husband Mark of Murfreesboro, Jeannette Carver and husaband, Jimmy, of Nashville; a sister, Shirley McKinnon of Delight; two brothers, David Lamb of Lewisville, and Mike Lamb of Deligh; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation was Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Murfreesboro.
Funeral Services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 at the Saline Church of Christ with Roger Cox and Tommy Mounts officiating. Burial followed in Saline Cemetery, under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home in Murfreesboro.
Send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Oath of Office

THEY WERE PRACTICALLY foaming at the mouth.
Two supporters of ‘J-Turns’ savagely turned upon this innocent columnist at last Friday’s Farmers’ Market. They foolishly think J-Turns are alright and both professed to make use of that particular maneuver when visiting the central business district. Further, they ‘double dog dared’ Nashville officers to give them tickets.
One of the J-Turn supporters challenged me to confirm a single accident attributed to a J-Turn. “Just think of all the gasoline I’ve saved by not driving around the block,” she said.
What do they want, facts?
If you’ll go through the District Court docket in today’s newspaper you’ll see that a woman had to pay $145 because she made a J-Turn at the wrong place. It was also — and obviously — at the wrong time because a police officer was there to see it. The police just do NOT give J-Turn tickets based solely upon the vicious gossip and unverified claims of other citizens. Believe me, I know.
Let me restate that I intend to begin posting vehicle license plate numbers in this column just as soon as the State of Arkansas gets around to renewing my concealed weapon permit.
Of course, any day now I expect the mayor to officially deputize me for the legal issuance of traffic tickets for J-turns. I am puzzled because every time I mention this subject he gets a faraway look in his eye and he ignores the topic at hand.
I am almost positive that it is the concerns of his office that are distracting him.
What I’d like is a big public ceremony for the deputization. I visualize the Scrapper Band in attendance and an honor guard of Nashville police officers to fire a 21-shot volley. Jimmy Dale can give the invocation if he promises to make it brief.
Then the mayor would call me up to the podium. I’d proudly march up in military cadence in my fine Army-Navy Surplus Store makeshift uniform. I would stand at the mayor’s side in such a fashion that all in the audience could see my ‘concealed’ weapon.
Then the mayor would swear me in.
The Boy Scouts will burn at least one discarded Old Glory.
Back to the oath of office. I’ll write it later and publish it in this space before the big event, but you can expect that it will be a fine literary effort that will make up in length the time normally taken by Rev. Dale’s invocations.
I fully expect to have coverage by state newspapers and televisions, plus about 30 hot moms who will be there with phones that take pictures.
I’m going to see if the Navy’s Blue Angels will do a ‘fly over.’ There will be refreshments following. You must show a photo ID in order to collect your donut.
Since I’ll be a public servant soon, I don’t want to start out by keeping secrets from you. This is my secret: When I finally found a pair of Army-Navy Surplus camo pants that would fit my waist, I had to have Matt Smith hack 10 inches off the inseam.
Other than being kinda large in the leg, I think they’ll look swell at the swearing-in.
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GET WELL. His buddies at the Farmers’ Market say they are missing Joe Dallas who was a regular participant in previous years with produce from his great garden north of Nashville. Joe’s been absent from the shed this year due to some health issues.
Many moons ago Joe raised goats for an agri PhD from India who was working here for the poultry company then-called Mountaire. The doc wouldn’t eat beef or pork due to religious reasons. But he would eat goat or lamb.
It so happened that I was going up to visit some friends in Little Rock who had just recently been released from prison. They said, “Bring food, you moocher.” And it was true that I’d sometimes just show up on their front porch and stay for a weekend, eating out of old KFC boxes. Well, maybe I exaggerate a bit.
This time Joe sold me a kid goat and had it butchered. The late, great Joda Nelson smoked the animal and cut it up into principal chunks. He even threw in a quart of his famed BBQ sauce.
I took the goat to Little Rock, and my friends and I lugged it to a bunch of parties where other recently-released prison inmates commented on how good the meat was.
One asked: “What is it? Beef? Pork?”
Naw, it’s goat, I said.
About half of them went out on the porch and threw up.
But some wanted to know if they could take a few ribs back to their own apartment.
In those days you could also get a BBQ goat sandwich at Guy Green’s stand out on the way to Ozan. Mmmmm, good and good for you.
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HE SAID: “If it’s the Psychic Network why do they need a phone number?” Robin Williams, comic
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SHE SAID: “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” Edith Wharton, American novelist
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SWEET DREAMS, Baby

Defendant sentenced after rape charge amended to assault

A class Y felony rape charge was amended to first degree sexual assault, which is a class A felony charge, and the defendant pleaded ‘no contest,’ Wednesday, in the regular day for criminal court cases in Howard County.
Adam Dean, 35, white male, 285 N. Blue Bayou Road, Nashville, changed his plea in return for the amended charge. He was sentenced to 18 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) with five years suspended. He must also register as a sex offender.
The nolo contendre, or no contest, plea actually has the same effect as a finding or plea of guilty.
On the bench Wednesday was Judge Charles Yeargan.
One other defendant pleaded guilty and was sentenced.
Scott Bradley Kirkland, 34, white male, giving a Mineola, Texas, address, was charged with a pair of class D felonies — possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He sentence was five years on each charge in the ADC with two years suspended. The terms will be served concurrently.
Trial dates were set for six defendants who entered not guilty pleas.
Jessica Deeann Melton, 33, white female, 501 Holly Ave., Dierks, faces numerous charges, including DWI, with three prior DWI convictions in five years, endangering the welfare of a minor, and driving on a suspended license. She will be represented by the public defender. Her bond was set at $2,500 and a date of Nov. 12 was set for pretrial motions.
A not guilty plea was given by Ronald W. Brown, 49, white male, 121 S. Pine, Nashville, facing multiple charges including: possession of methamphetamine, class D felony; possession of marijuana, misdemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia, class D felony; and three vehicular misdemeanors. He will be represented by the public defender. Pretrial motions will be heard Nov. 5, with a Nov. 18 trial date set.
Amelio Jordan, 23, black male, Hope, pleaded not guilty to a class Y felony charge of delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. A trial date of Dec. 9 was set.
A $5,000 bond was set for Timothy Thompson, 41, white male, 2536 Hwy. 371 S., Lockesburg, charged with theft of property. A date of Nov. 18 was set for pretrial motions.
Katie Nicole Ashbrooks, 22, white female, 663 Green Plains Road, Dierks, pleaded not guilty to two class D felony counts of breaking or entering, and a misdemeanor charge of second degree criminal mischief.
She and a companion allegedly broke into a concession at the Dierks football stadium.
Charged along with her was Ricky Gene Alexander, 23, white male, 1143 Parsons Road, Newhope.
Ashbrooks’ bond was set at $5,000, and bond for Alexander was set at $15,000. Alexander is charged with two counts of breaking or entering. They both have a date of Nov. 12 for pretrial motions.

Fate of Murfreesboro Chamber of Commerce to be discussed at public meeting

The fate of the Murfreesboro Chamber of Commerce will be decided during a public meeting scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 21 at the Murfreesboro City Hall.
The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m.
The following is the text of a letter sent out this week to chamber members:
The time has finally come to make a decision about the Murfreesboro Chamber of Commerce.
Do you want a chamber of commerce in our city?
For the last two years we have had three dedicated Board members who have tried to keep things moving as best they could. It is too much work and responsibility for so few people to continue handling by themselves.
This meeting will decide the fate of the Murfreesboro Chamber of Commerce. We need new members, as well as some of our more experienced members who have helped to make our Chamber a success in the past, to sign up for the Board and to become involved in the daily activities of the Chamber. If this doesn’t happen, steps will be taken to dissolve the Murfreesboro Chamber of Commerce.
This is an unfortunate decision that has to be made and it is only fair for the Chamber Members and members of this community to make it.
SIncerely,
Murfreesboro Chamber of Commerce

Obituaries (Week of Aug. 11, 2014)

Joe Denny
Joe Denny, 70, of Delight, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 at his home in Delight. He was born May 1, 1944 in Prescott Ark., the son of the late Carleton E. Denny, Sr., and Vahnita (McKinney) Denny.
Mr. Denny was a Navy Veteran and member of the Delight United Methodist Church.  He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.  Mr. Denny was very supportive and truly enjoyed watching his grandsons in their sporting events. He was the father of Tracy Denny-Bailey, advertising manager of The Nashville Leader.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Denny of Delight, Ark.; a daughter, Tracy Denny-Bailey and husband, Scott, of Murfreesboro, Ark.; two grandsons, Adam and Alex Bailey of Murfreesboro; a brother, Carleton E. Denny, Jr., and wife, Shirley, of Delight; two sisters, Kathryn Broussard and husband, Rogers, of Houston, Texas, and Doris A. Denny of Arlington, Va.; a number of nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends mourn his passing.
Services were scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Delight United Methodist Church in Delight with Bro. Jim Henderson officiating. Burial to follow in Delight Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home.
Visitation was on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at Latimer Funeral chapel in Murfreesboro.
Memorials may be made to the Delight United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 23, Delight, AR 71940; or the National Kidney Foundation, 1818 N Taylor St, Little Rock, AR 72207
You may send an online sympathy message to www.latimerfuneralhome.com.
Willie Belle Flaherty Hoover
Willie Belle Flaherty Hoover, 100, of Nashville, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.
She was born Nov. 5, 1913 in Nevada County, to the late Walter E. and Beulah Ursery Flaherty. She was a member of the Avery’s Chapel Methodist Church near McCaskill for more than 70 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Imon L. Hoover; three sisters, Irene Linam, Doris McFarland and Winnie Sweat; three brothers, Reo Flaherty, James T. Flaherty and Felice Flaherty.
Survivors include: three sons, Doy Hoover of El Dorado, Wendell Hoover of Nashville and Kenneth D. Hoover of Crossett; two daughters, Joy Loe of McCaskill, Nelda Green of Turbeville, S.C.; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services were Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Avery’s Chapel Church with Bro. Jim Teeter and Bro. Joe Linam officiating. Interment followed in Avery’s Chapel Cemetery. The family received friends at Nashville Funeral Home on Saturday night from 6 -8.
Send the family an online sympathy message to nashvillefh.com.
Bob E. Young
Bob E. Young was born in Alma, Ark. on May 24, 1943. He went home to his Lord and Savior on Aug. 12, 2014. He is the son of Margaret Mayes Young and Jess E. Young. He was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Ambrus Chauncy. Bob was the last remaining sibling of eight brothers and five sisters.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Reba Johnson Young. Four children: Annette Chauncy of Texarkana, Cindy (David) Riggs of Nashville, Bobby (Staci) Young of De Queen, and Valerie (Scott) Dean of Gulf Shores, Ala. Nine grandchildren: Amy Garrett, Alisha Moore, Ashley Riggs, Amanda Welsh, Patrick Dean, Lindsey Knipper, Aundra Smith, Alex Young, and Jared Riggs. Twelve great grandchildren: Avery Smith, Addison Smith, Ashtyn Garrett, Jace Knipper, Aubrey Smith, Braxton Welsh, Haisley Dean, Kennedy Welsh, Hadley-Ann Dean, Alexis Gains, Jordan Moore and Mia Moore
Bob was a man of many talents, who was self-taught. A man of many life experiences as a Welder, Mechanic, Appliance Technician, Farmer, and Licensed Auctioneer in Arkansas and Texas.
His hobbies consisted of his love of fishing, hunting, sports and travel. Museums and the Redwoods being his favorite places to visit. His FAMILY was his greatest accomplishment and his most treasured moments were spending time all together. He had an extended family in the many friends of the Ashdown Auction which he established and loved.
Above all of this, he was a retired pastor serving diligently in three churches as well as special guest speaker for over 42 years. Bob loved our Lord and Savior and wanted to share the love of Christ with everyone he met.
Services for Bob E. Young were Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Nashville under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home. Interment was in Restland Memorial Park Cemetery. The family received friends on Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. You may send the family an online sympathy message to www.nashvillefh.com
William Glenn Stone
William Glenn “Goober” Stone, 71, of Delight, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.
He was born March 30, 1943 in Delight, to the late Leon Stone and Pearl Gregory Stone.
Survivors include: his wife of 47 years, Linda Stone; two daughters, Cindy Davis and husband, Danny, of Delight, and Wanda Campbell of Dierks; one son, Clint Stone of Delight; a brother, William Cecil Stone, Sr.; also grandchildren.
Services were Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Murfreesboro with Larry Miller and Stevie Leon McKinnon officiating. Burial followed in Delight Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home.
Visitation was on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 from 6-8 at the chapel in Murfreesboro.
Send an online sympathy message to latimerfuneralhome.com.
Larry Romine
Larry Ray Romine, 71, of De Queen, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.
He was petroleum products vendor at several area outlets, and owned a carwash in Nashville.
He was born Feb. 7, 1943 in Horatio, the son of Ray Burleson and Margaret Cox Romine.
He was a member of De Queen First Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Randy Romine.
Survivors include: his wife, Olivia Larimore Romine; two daughters, Scarlett Romine and Stephanie Lynch, both of De Queen; Also grandchildre.
A memorial service wias Sunday, Aug. 10, the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Virgil Romine and John Lindsey officiating.
Mary Louise Seavers
Mary Louise Seavers, 69, of Nashville died Sunday, July 20, 2014.
She was born Mary 4, 1945 in Tuckerman, Ark., the daughter of the late Charles Lee and Mae Elizabeth Owens Loy.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Bo Loy, and a sister, Pat Howard.
Survivors include: her children, Robert Seavers, Michael Seavers and Donald Seavers; three brothers, Harold Gene Ferrell, Robert Ferrell and Bobby Loy; three sisters, Gloria Loy, Brenda Higgins and Cathy Loy; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
There were no services.

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Antenna Wars

WHEN I WAS but a young jerk, the person who held the community’s record for number of radio antennas on a vehicle was the late Harold McMullan.
Harold had a bunch of antennas because he was a police radio dispatcher, emergency services coordinator, amateur police officer and a bunch of other things.
One of his unofficial jobs, I think, was to run the beer-drinkers out of rural gravel pits on summer nights. I wasn’t hobnobbing with those aforementioned criminal yahoos, mind you, I just heard about it later from some boys who have threatened me if I use their names in this column. Even now, 50 years later.
Harold would tell the gravel pit revelers that they had 5 minutes to get home before he radio’d the sheriff. It is my understanding that the gravel pit emptied pretty quickly after that. At least that is what I have been told.
A few years passed and I was no longer a young jerk — just a jerk. Our community’s radio antenna champion was JB Davis who had antennas to keep up with medical emergencies, area natural disasters, the KGB and other HAM radio operators.
JB is mostly retired, now, and it’s just as well. Neither he nor Harold could hold a candle to the new champion, Budd Dunson, who must have a dozen assorted antennas on his red pickup truck. Budd is also keeping up with all kinds of medical calls, forces of nature, outer space visitors and law enforcement activities broadcast on radio frequencies.
But there is trouble in paradise. Budd has been accused by the Audubon Society of slaughtering whole flocks of birds. His antennas are virtual scythes slicing through the avian-rich air over Arkansas highways. I followed Budd down the road recently, and absolutely could not see the back of his red truck because of all the feathers and the spray of gore. I even found a buzzard beak lodged in the grill of my buggy.
Seriously, our community has been, and is, blessed by the guys and gals who put antennas on their vehicles and serve us all in times of need.
And it was nice to think about Harold McMullan, again.
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A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT, but …..
Scientists in Australia have discovered a previously-unknown and — surprise! — very poisonous resident of that country. It’s a ‘new’ kind of jellyfish which can just flat kill you in the blink of an eye. It’s always been there; but no one has taken the time to study why people kept dying around it.
Australia already has the most different types of poisonous snakes and spiders, and their snakes and spiders are the most poisonous of all snakes and spiders in the world.
Australia also has the ‘box’ jellyfish, a little bitty one which can put you into a coffin real quick.
And now they’ve got this new one.
Not to mention Great White Sharks which patrol just barely off Australian beaches looking for snacks.
Instead of executing killers and rapists in our prisons, why don’t we just turn them aloose in the Australian Outback?
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HEARD FROM. Neighbor David Rauls is disappointed in what he calls my “kneejerk” reaction to bringing American Ebola Virus victims back from Africa. David is a well-informed science teacher who would know a lot more than I.
I still think it is stoopid to invite Ebola into our hemisphere.
David is smart and all that, but I really think that I am more qualified to make pronouncements on the nature of viruses. After all, I made a D in college biology.
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POLITICALLY CORRECT at all cost. A friend of mine from Navy days is in daily contact with me and a few other shipmates via email. He retired from the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer which is as high as you can go as an enlisted puke. He sent me a scan of an actual newspaper page from somewhere.
The article said that the Navy is actually considering changing the rank’s name from ‘Chief” petty officer to something else just because some small group of Native Americans took offense at the word. Just the fact that the Navy would seriously consider doing something like this offends my literate sensibilities. Maybe it was an April Fool’s article?
Why would the Native Americans think the Navy was talking about Indians, anyway? I never thought of CPOs in the context of being Native Americans, but of MAIN or PRINCIPAL enlisted personnel who gave me holy hell when I messed up.
I’ll bet you the person who decided to seriously consider this is the same person who allowed persons with the Ebola Virus to enter the United States.
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HE SAID: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius, philosopher
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SHE SAID: “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” Phyllis Diller, comedienne
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SWEET DREAMS, Baby

House fire in Murfreesboro

HOUSE FIRE IN MURFREESBORO. On Tuesday, July 29 around 8:30 p.m., the Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department was dispatched to 1233 North Maple Street to fight a house fire. Homes on the north and south sides of the structure were also threatened by the fire but were spared by the department’s efforts. The fire was brought under control around 9:40 but firemen remained on the scene until 2 a.m. to extinguish “hot spots” due to the pier and beam construction of the home, according to Fire Chief Alan Walls. The home is owned by Sheila Hale and was occupied by Michael Calley, who reported he had been cooking and had left the kitchen when the fire started. Calley also reported the home was uninsured and there had been some electrical problems throughout the home.

U.S. approves teacher’s visa; India to have next move

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The process of returning a Cossatot Community College University of Arkansas teacher to Nashville has taken another step forward.
Visa paperwork for Molly Sirigiri, 33, has been approved by U.S. authorities, CCCUA Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole said Monday.
“The paperwork process was expedited, and it went through,” Dr. Cole said. “We’ve done what we can do. It’s been approved on the U.S. side.”
Sirigiri, a native of Hyderabad, India, was denied re-entry into the United States July 8 following a church mission trip to Guatemala. She was detained at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston as the mission group was en route from Guatemala City back to Little Rock.
The next day, she was placed on a plane and sent to India by way of Munich, Germany.
The University of Arkansas, Sen. Mark Pryor and Sen. John Boozman have been working since then to secure her return.
CCCUA filed form I-907 July 17 and paid the premium processing fee to speed up the process, Dr. Cole said.
Sirigiri “will have to go to the embassy in India now” to gain approval of her visa, Dr. Cole said. “The ball is in India’s court. We’re waiting on them. I talked to her Thursday, and she said she was going today [Monday] to file. We hope she will be here by the start of the fall semester.”
Pryor and Boozman “are keeping close watch on it. They’re doing what they can,” Dr. Cole said. “So far, things have gone smoothly. It was quicker than I thought it would be.”
Sirigiri teaches biological sciences at the college. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 18.
“We have a Plan B if she’s not here when we start,” Dr. Cole said.
Other teachers covered Sirigiri’s classes during the summer after she was returned to India.

 

Improvements, events keep park chair busy all year

By Molly Freel
Leader staff
The Nashville City Park has been working hard this past year to hold events and make updates so that the park would be as useful as possible. According to Freddie Horne, chairman of the park commission, all of the committees are just finishing up the 2013 grant.
The 2013 grant provided the funds that the park commission needed in order to update the baseball fields and bleachers, remodel a backstop, build a basketball court beside the skating park, and begin replacing all of the wooden light poles with metal ones.
It was recommended by maintenance that the park begin to replace the light poles when inspectors noticed the woodpeckers drilling holes all the way through them causing them to weaken and become more likely to fall. The transformation should be complete with the 2014 grant.
The Ronny Woods Wildlife Trail was completed recently after delays due to all the rain during the summer. Now the park is in the process of finishing the Ronny Woods pavilion.
This was the fourth year the park has sponsored summer trips for kids. “This program is a great way for kids to get involved and stay active this summer,” says Horne. For a small fee kids ages 12-16 have been able to go on trips including a survival class at DeGray Lake, hiking, cooking lessons, and going zip lining at Rowdy Adventures.
Horne has many updates and events planned for the 2014 grant. The park commission plans on getting fencing built around the new basketball court in order to keep rebounds from rolling down the hill. The park commission plans on building two pavilions over the next year. The first one will be built between the soccer fields and the skating park. The other one will be much larger with lights and running water. It is being made possible by Regions Bank.
By the baseball and softball fields, the park commission plans on building batting cages for teams and the public can practice. The park commission also plans on doing some updating on the electrical work on the fields.
Over the last year Nashville City Park has lost close to 200 trees because of weather. Because of this, the park commission is bringing in the forestry service to help the commission come up with a 3-5 year plan to replace the trees and keep the natural atmosphere that the park commission strives for.
“We have a 25-year plan for the park. Every year we will revisit it, talk about what we have done that year and what we want to get accomplished the next year. I really like having a long-term plan because it keeps us on task and keeps us thinking of more ideas,” says Horne.
Many of the major events are over for the year. However, on Sept. 13 the park is hosting a day called “Pack the Park.” Early that day there will be a car show and a blue grass concert, followed by the 5k run for the cancer society.

 

Mutton Bustin’ at the Pine Tree Festival

HANGING ON TIGHT. Under the watchful eye of bullfighter Taylor Victory, Ryleigh Simmons gets an assist from cowhand Calder White while riding in the Pine Tree Festival Mutton Bustin’ competition held Saturday night at the Dierks City Park. More photos from the event can be found on The Nashville Leader's Facebook page.

Sign up now for Howard County Fair youth talent contest

There are four open age divisions in the Howard County Fair youth talent contest which will be held Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the Sixth Street Auditorium in Nashville.
Admission to the event is $2, and the show begins at 6 p.m.
Divisions include: Primary (youth 3-6); Junior (7-10); Intermediate (11-15); Seniors ( 16-20).
Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age division. All participants will receive a ribbon.
Entry forms are available at the extension office in the courthouse; the chamber of commerce office; both Nashville newspapers; Nashville High School; First State Bank; and Dr. Robert Gunter’s office in Dierks. Entry forms, complete with a $10 entry fee, must be returned no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27. For more information contact Tim Pinkerton 451-9619.
The overall winner will advance to the Southwest District Fair in Hope, and to the Arkansas State Fair in Little Rock. Previous overall winners will not be able to compete unless they advance to another age division. Contestants must be a resident of Howard County or the Nashville trade area.

Car show, music event Sept. 13 to benefit Howard County RFL

Antique cars and hot rods, and bluegrass music will be featured Saturday, Sept. 13, when Pack the Park returns to the Nashville City Park.
Organizers from the Howard County Relay for Life will conduct a 5K run early in the morning, and more than 80 cars and antique tractors are expected to be lined up for public inspection.
While car fanciers are walking through the display, bluegrass musicians will be performing under the park pavilion.
Event organizer Freddie Horne said that car clubs from all over southwest Arkansas were planning to attend. There will also be a Corvette Corner, he said.
Car owners may contact Horne at 870-451-4288 for more information.

Political rally Saturday to draw top Democrats

A political rally in Nashville, Saturday, Aug. 9 will attract some of the top names in Democratic party circles.
The rally is for Jeremy Ross, candidate for District 19, Arkansas House of Representatives.
Among those who attendance has been announced are: U.S. Senator Mark Pryor, who is a candidate for re-election; former Congressman Mike Ross, now a candidate for Arkansas Governor; Nashville’s Nate Steel, candidate for Attorney General; and former National FEMA administrator James Lee Witt, now a candidate for the Fourth District U.S. House of Representatives. Other candidates may also attend.
Ross, a resident of Hollywood in western Clark County, is the Democratic party nominee to succeed Nate Steel in the Arkansas Legislature.
The event will be at Fisherman’s Cove Restaurant on Hwy. 27 N., Nashville, from 2-4 p.m. The public is invited.

Felony reduced to misdemeanor; sentences issued

An unusual class B felony charge was reduced to a misdemeanor, and two sisters pleaded guilty to the lesser charge, Wednesday, in the regular day for criminal court here.
Nina Wynn, 20, white female, and Brooke Wynn, 26, white female, both showing an address of 303 S. Jones, Nashville, had originally been charged with accomplice to unauthorized use of another person’s property to facilitate crimes. They allegedly were party to anonymous ‘tips’ to police resulting in a traffic stop of the estranged husband of another sister.
In June, the other sister,  Jayme Layne Almond, 30, white female, Nashville, pleaded guilty to trying to make police believe her estranged husband possessed contraband allegedly in order to discredit him in a child custody case. After a police investigation, she was charged with being an accomplice to unauthorized use of another person’s property to facilitate crimes, class B felony; and filing false reports with law enforcement agency, class D felony. Soon after Almond was charged, the sisters were also charged. In her June court appearance, Almond also pleaded guilty to  smuggling contraband into the jail. She pleaded true to failure to meet the terms of her probation on a conviction of second degree forgery, a class C felony. Her sentence was 10 years in the ADC with two years suspended, on the first count; six years in the ADC on count 2; on her two probation revocation cases she was sentenced to six years in the ADC. All sentences are to be served concurrently.
Wednesday morning, sisters Nina and Brooke Wynn were both fined $1,000 to be payable within six months.
Guilty pleas
Six other defendants pleaded guilty to felony charges and were sentenced by Judge Tom Cooper.
Holly Stewart, 44, white female, Nashville, pleaded guilty to a class D felony charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was sentenced to three months of probation and was fined $1,000.
Courtney Thomas, 23, black male, 404 Browning, Mineral Springs, was sentenced to three years in the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC). He was charged with a D felony, being a felon in possession of a firearm.
James Rodgers, 31, black male, 9876 Hwy. 278 W., Nashville, pleaded guilty to a pair of class D felony charges — breaking or entering, and theft of property — an accompanying misdemeanor charge was dismissed in return for the plea. His sentence was four years in the ADC on each charge, to be served concurrently.
Justin Newton, 28, white male, Nashville, was charged with possession of cocaine or meth with purpose, fleeing, carrying a weapon and resisting arrest. He was sentenced to 12 years in the ADC with two years suspended. Two of the counts were dismissed.
Robert R. Forbes, III, 26, black male, Mineral Springs, was facing a class A felony charge of possession of meth with purpose, class D felony possession of drug paraphernalia, and class C felony maintaining a drug premises. His sentence terms were 12, 4, and 6 years in the ADC, to be served concurrently.
A guilty plea to class D felony third degree battery was given by Aljuawan Cole, 23, black male, 330 S. Pine, Mineral Springs. He was sentenced to six years of probation, was fined $1,000 and must attend anger management classes.
Continuances were granted to six defendants. Mental evaluations were ordered for two, and charges were upgraded to ‘habitual offender’ for two more.
Not guilty pleas
Trial and pretrial motion dates were set for two defendants who gave not guilty pleas.
Oliver A. Martinez, 19, white male, 212 Bush, Nashville, is charged with first degree terroristic threatening, a class D felony. Pretrial motions will be heard Sept. 3, and he was ordered to have no further contact with the alleged victim.
Scott Bradley Kirkland, 34, white male, pleaded not guilty to a pair of class D felony charges — possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. Pretrial motions will be heard Sept. 24.

 

Area schools to registration, open house events Aug. 14

Mineral Springs
Registration for students K through 6 at Mineral Springs will be held from 11:30-4 on Thursday, Aug. 14, at the school.
All basic school supplies will be furnished for each student.
Nashville
The Nashville School District will hold registration and open house from 1-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, on all four campuses.
“We’ll have Meet the Teachers Day,” Superintendent Doug Graham said. “We hope to get all of the parents on campus to meet teachers and get students registered. We encourage everyone to turn out.
“We want to start developing those relationships with parents before school starts.”
The Aug. 14 event will replace the regular open house which the district has held for the last several years.
South Pike County
The South Pike County School District will host open house events at the high school and both elementary campuses on Thursday, Aug. 14 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

 

Corporate sponsors sought by Scrapper Booster Club

The Scrapper Booster Club’s Corporate Sponsor membership campaign is underway.
“This year, the Booster Club is making some changes and offering three levels of corporate sponsorship. We have not made any changes since 2005,” according to Gaye Graham.
Levels of corporate sponsorship include the following:
Scrapper Star Level – $600. Sponsors receive a sign at the stadium, corporate shirt, parking pass for reserved parking and two passes to home athletic events.
Scrapper Level – $500. Sponsors receive a sign at the stadium, corporate shirt and parking pass for reserved parking.
Orange and Black Level – $400. Sponsors receive a sign at the stadium and a corporate shirt.
All corporate sponsors will be listed in the football program, Graham said.
There will be a corporate reception Sept. 19 for all corporate sponsors, and they will be recognized during the Scrappers’ home game against Watson Chapel.
Corporate sponsors are asked to return their information to Graham by Aug. 15 in order to have shirts ready by the first game and to be listed in the program.
“All athletes involved in Scrapper athletics benefit from the support of the Booster Club,” Graham said. “Without the generosity and hard work of this community, we would not be able to do this.”

Scrapperettes go 4-2 at UALR camp

TEAM CAMP AT UALR. The Scrapperettes attended team camp Friday and Saturday at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The squad includes (front row) Latrice Wiley, Timya Sanders, Asia Munn and manager Tyundra Stewart; (back row) Kendall Kirchhoff, Lilly Kidd, Mercedes Matthews, Bailey Walls and Maddi Horton.

LITTLE ROCK – The Nashville Scrapperettes went 4-2 during team camp Friday and Saturday at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
The squad were 1-2 Friday but won all three games Saturday.
The camp winds up the summer for the Scrapperettes, according to Coach Ron Alexander. “We had a very good summer. We made a lot of progress both individually and as a team,” Alexander said.
The Scrapperettes attended team camps at Ouachita Baptist University and UALR. They also hosted a camp and competed in camps at schools around the area.

Scrappers hit field in preparation for Sept. 5 opener

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Scrappers opened practice Monday morning with 60 players on the roster.
Coach Billy Dawson was pleased with the first day. “It went well. The kids were attentive. Their focus was good. We used it for some teaching.”
The Scrappers “ran 151 plays on film,” Dawson said. “We got in lots of reps. It was a very good learning day.”
Visitors to Monday’s practice quickly noticed that the players were wearing T-shirts with “F.E.A.R” and each player’s number on the back. Coaches also sported the shirts with their initials on the back.
“There are two definitions of ‘F.E.A.R.,’” Dawson said. “The first one is forget everything and run. The second, and the one we’re using, is face everything and rise.”
The Scrappers wrapped up their summer workouts July 28. Each player turned in two individual goals and two team goals written on popsicle sticks.
Dawson is taking the beginning of practice “very slowly. We’ve gone back to the model from 2004-05 of the way we practiced this time of year. We’re approaching it like the first year.”
The Scrappers will work through every offensive play. The defense will take a similar approach while installing a new defense. “We want to make sure they understand the concepts of the plays,” Dawson said.
“We want them focused. We want a learning atmosphere. We were out there a long time today [Monday]. They did a good job of handling the focus and the mentality we’ve been preaching. We want them to take care of the little things.”
The Scrappers are practicing every day this week at 8 a.m. Next week, they will switch to afternoon practice when school district faculty meetings begin.
The team will practice each day at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 11-14. Friday, Aug. 15, they will hold a scrimmage at 9 a.m.
Media day is set for Saturday, Aug. 16, at 7:30 a.m. at Scrapper Stadium.
The Orange and Black Back-to-School Bash will be Friday, Aug. 22, at 8 p.m. at the stadium.
The Scrappers will travel to Southern Arkansas University at Magnolia April 28 for a scrimmage with El Dorado.
The season opens 30 days from now,  Friday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Hope.

Local senator helps with hunger relief

HUNGER RELIEF PROJECT. State Sen. Larry Teague of Nashville (in red shirt) and his son Larry (in blue shirt) help pack boxes with meals for the Hunger Relief Alliance.

LITTLE ROCK – Dozens of volunteers packed more than 45,000 meals Sunday, July 27, for Arkansans who routinely do not get enough to eat.
Sen. Larry Teague of Nashville and his son, Larry, were among the volunteers who helped the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance meet its goals.  They were joined by legislators from 15 states who were in Little Rock for the annual meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference.
Teague has been a consistent volunteer at hunger relief events, in his capacity as a state legislator and as an ordinary citizen.
In 2010 Teague received the 2010 Acting Out Against Hunger Award from the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance because of his consistent support of hunger relief efforts at both the statewide and the local level.
Teague is vice chairman of the Legislative Hunger Relief Caucus.
“In a state like Arkansas, which has such a strong agricultural base and exports food throughout the world, no one should ever go hungry,” Teague said.
According to the Hunger Relief Alliance, Arkansas and Mississippi are at the bottom of national surveys on food security. In both states almost a fifth of all households are categorized as “food insecure.” That means they regularly live days in which they are unsure of where their next meal is coming from.
In the summertime, children are at special risk of going hungry because they do not get free or reduced priced meals at school.
“The food packaging event was a great success, first of all because we packed 45,000 meals that will go to people who need them. Secondly it was a learning experience for many of the volunteers, who included legislators and policy makers from all across the South.  It was an eye-opening experience,” Teague said.

Obituaries (Week of Aug. 4, 2014)

Stacy Cameron Boles
Stacy Cameron Boles, 53, died Monday, July 28, 2014, in Center Point.
He was born Sept. 17, 1961, in De Queen, the son of the late Lewis and Louella Boles.
He was a US Air Force veteran.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Kelly Louise Boles Scott.
Survivors include: his wife, Kimberly Yvetta Boles of Nashville; two daughters, Raqueisha Washington and husband, Greg, of Little Rock, and Ashley Boles of Nashville; a son, Stacy Boles II, Little Rock; four brothers, Darrell D. Works and Jerry L. Boles, both of Tampa, Fla., Danny L. Boles of Fort Worth, Texas, and Eundra L. Boles of Little Rock; also, four grandchildren.
Services were Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at 11 a.m. at New Light C.M.E. Church in Nashville. Visitation was Friday at Nashville Funeral Home. You may send the family an online sympathy message to www.nashvillefh.com. Interment followed in Center Point Cemetery under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home.
Mabel Vaughn McMillan
Mabel Vaughn McMillan, 93 of Nashville, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Nashville.
She was born June 29, 1921, in Glenwood, to the late Verbie and Emma Sheets Vaughn. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church. She along with her husband owned and operated the Freeze King in Nashville for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil McMillan, two brothers, four sisters and a grandson.
Survivors include: two sons, Dean McMillan and wife, Nelda, of Nashville, and Ron McMillan and wife, Donna, of Huntsville, Ala.; a daughter, Cecilia Harberson and husband, John, of Nashville; a brother, J.D. Vaughn of Live Oak, Calif.; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services were Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Nashville Funeral Home. Interment followed in Restland Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home. The family received friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 2-4 p.m.
Send the family an online sympathy message to nashvillefh.com.
John Edward Richards
John Edward Richards, 41, of Horatio, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
He was born June 21, 1973 in Nashville, Ark. He was a truck driver.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Nichols Richards, and a sister, Dottie Langley.
Survivors include: his wife, Tabitha Tipton Richards of Horatio; a daughter, Lexi Richards; a son, Austin Richards, both of Horatio; his father, Bryan Richards of De Queen; three sisters, Carol Lamb of Hope,  Pam Langley of Sarepta, La., and Nancy Kenworthy of Hope.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Glenn Tropp officiating.
Kirkline Hunter Nolen
Kirkline Hunter Nolen, age 19, of Delight, Ark., passed away on Aug. 3, 2014 in Delight.  He was born on April 28, 1995 in Arkadelphia, Ark., the son of Bennie Bradford and Ladonna Nolen.
Kirkline worked for Delight Flooring and was a member of the FFA in school. He was a good Christian who loved music, hunting, and 4-wheeling and most of all he loved spending time with his friends.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, James R. Bradford.
Survivors include: his mother, Ladonna of Delight; his father, Bennie Bradford of Nashville; one brother, Colton Bailey of Delight; two sisters, Ashline Kay Nolen of Delight and Carrie Nichole Bradford of Nashville; his maternal grandfather, Lawrence Nolen of Delight; his maternal grandmother, Patricia White of Malvern; his paternal grandmother, Toni Sue Bradford; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends too many to name.
Services will be on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 at 10 a.m. in the Delight Gym in Delight with Leon McKinnon officiating. Burial to follow in Bowen Cemetery in Delight under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home of Murfreesboro, Ark.
Visitation will be on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. in the chapel in Murfreesboro.
Willie Nora Young Crisp
Willie Nora Young Crisp, 98, of Dierks, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 in Carthage, Texas, the daughter of the late William and Nobie Cannon Young.
She was born May 20, 1916 in the Provo community. She was a homemaker and a member of the Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, J.D. Crisp; a daughter, Betty Jean Crisp McNutt; two brothers, Algie Young and John Young; three sisters, Leona Young Faulkner, Elverna Young Graves and Mary Young Rogers.
Survivors include: two sons  John Crisp and wife, Sherry, of Carthage, Texas, and Mike Crisp and wife, Anna, of Dierks; two sisters, Robbie Young Enoch and Cora Faye Young Gore; Also grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in the Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church with Daniel Barrera, Larry Frye and Clyde Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in the McHorse Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the funeral home in Dierks.

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Welcome Ebola

THESE STORIES about the Ebola Virus are scary. One brilliant — simply brilliant — television news commentator said that it could very easily spread worldwide.
Well, us American dummies are doing our best to help spread Ebola.
We’ve brought home two Americans who have the disease. At least one of them was a doc who was over in Africa fighting the spread of Ebola.
But if it is so dangerous and contagious, why did we bring Ebola to our own shores?
The docs who have the most experience of anyone in the world treating Ebola ARE ALREADY IN AFRICA.
The best facilities for treating Ebola ARE ALREADY IN AFRICA.
These two Ebola cases are the first ever in the Western Hemisphere. And we brought them here. Welcome.
So who made the decision to bring home — at expense of hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars — two cases of Ebola? (The aircraft with the Ebola ‘isolation chamber’ can only haul one patient at a time, meaning it will have to make two trips.)
I regularly hear from a few people who will say ‘It’s Obama’s fault,’ because they blame him for for everything from the Texas drought to Alabama’s winning streak over the Razorbacks.
I cannot believe we just invited Ebola into our own home.
The person who made the decision should be forced to watch soccer for 24 hours.
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WHAT DID YOU SAY?
Got a thing in the mail from my insurance provider saying they had been reliably informed that I might have just a bit of a hearing problem.
I just quickly scanned the mailout. I thought it said I’d get a free hearing test to find out if all those people who said I was deaf as a post were right.
So I set up an appointment early last week.
I arrived at the hearing an hour early as is my practice. The early arrival was okay because I had two hours of paperwork waiting. I filled out the questionnaires (yes, plural) while sitting in a tiny uncomfortable chair in a cramped waiting room. I had to use my own pen.
Then ‘they’ told me that the hearing test would be $75, not free as I had assumed.
Then ‘they’ put me in a soundproof booth and gave me some earphones. They would not let me take my new Igloo cooler into the booth. And did not believe me when I told them I was only kidding.
I sat for while in silence. It was roaring in my ears.
Suddenly there was a beep in my left ear. I looked through the window at the tester who shrugged as if to ask: “Did you hear something?”
“I heard a beep,” I yelled through the window of the booth. The tester got up, came into the booth and jerked the headphones off. “What did you say?” she shouted. “You’re ‘sposed to push the button if you hear a beep.”
Well, I heard a beep, I said.
“Congratulations,” she snorted. “Now get out of here.” The tester and a couple of assistants grabbed me by the arms and dragged me to the front door. The door closed and I heard a lock click. I’m not totally deaf after all, I guess.
Well, it wasn’t quite that simple. The tester told me that, after taking all of their tests, my best bet to understand what people were saying was for everybody around me to
TALK LOUDER. AND
SPEAK SLOWLY IN
ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.
She added that if I was ever tempted to have my ears checked again she hoped I would consult some other company. One that gave away bamboo windchimes with the sale of a hearing aid.
I’ve heard those windchimes before and you can’t hear ‘em.
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CONGRATULATIONS to Gov. Mike Beebe for having the good sense to name Parker Westbrook, formerly of Nashville and now of Little Rock, to another term on the State Review Committee for Historic Preservation.  Appointment expires June 30, 2018.
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BY THE TIME YOU read this column, Wednesday, the European Space Agency will have placed a satellite in orbit around a comet with an unpronounceable name. The satellite will study the rock from afar until November when it will launch a small craft which will actually land on the surface. The ESA’s spacecraft has been headed toward this comet for 10 years. It has traveled over a billion miles and was whiplashed around several planets to gain velocity.
It amazes me how ‘we’ are smart enough to create a pinpoint landing on a comet millions of miles away in outer space but we are stupid enough to bring Ebola in our front door.
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HE SAID: “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” Martin Luther, theologian
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SHE SAID: “It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it.” Amelia Barr, writer
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SWEET DREAMS, Baby

Storm clean-up continues

By Louie Graves
Leader staff
Trucks with a big “NPW” painted on the doors are making frequent trips to a big hole in the ground in southwest Nashville.
Two and sometimes three city crews are hauling storm debris five days a week to the site near a Tyson facility and a SWEPCO substation a short distance off the Highway 27 Bypass. A steady blue curl of smoke rises from burning debris piles at the site.
Mayor Billy Ray Jones said that it might take as long as two weeks to recover from last Wednesday’s violent storm which down trees and large limbs, and caused electrical and cable outages for hours. Workers from the city park, water department and street department have helped, he said.
Residents need to stack debris at roadside. City crews will not go on private property to pick up the tree limbs.
The mayor said that two tree service companies affiliated with SWEPCO are also using the dump site.
Howard County crews have been hauling debris to a site near the airport. A spokesman said that the growing pile would be burned at a later date. Crews have made many trips  to leave debris at the site, and face several more weeks in the cleanup.
A spokesperson from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said Monday that department crews will continuing working for several weeks to remove storm debris from the state right-of-ways. The debris will be picked up along the highways when personnel are not working on other AHTD projects. Currently, there are no roadways that are blocked or unsafe, according to the AHTD spokesperson.
All storm debris is being transported to the Upper Southwest Regional Solid Waste Management District.
The storm left nearly 2,000 SWEPCO customers without electricity for up to two days, and the storm which rolled in unexpectedly fast from the north struck Sevier County even worse. As many as 26,000 electric customers in the Four States Area were without electricity for varying lengths of time. Out-of-state crews were brought in to help with restoring power.
The late afternoon storm had straight-line winds of up to 70 mph, downing trees and snapping large limbs. Rains were heavy and lightning strikes were fierce. Several residences were heavily damaged by falling trees or large limbs.

Tradition Continues: Faithful gather for Ebenezer Camp

CAMP MEETING TIME. Worshipers gather in and around the tabernacle at Ebenezer Campground July 22. The annual encampment was held July 18-24.

By Molly Freel
Leader staff
Ebenezer Church camp was held July 18-24 out past Center Point on Highway 278 North.
Although it is a Methodist-based camp, Ebenezer has been hosting groups of people from all different denominations since 1822.
Families get together and camp in bunk houses, campers or tents and fellowship together for a week. All of the bunk houses and the tabernacle were built by hand. Because of storms and vandalism most of the camp has been redone over the years.
During the week campers hold two services every day. The first service is at 11 a.m. and the second is at 8 p.m.
Every two years a different evangelist comes to do the preaching. This year the camp invited Rev. Carlton Cross.
Cross is pastor at Salem United Methodist Church in Benton. He also hosts and preaches revivals and other camps throughout the year.
In order to prepare for the many sermons he delivered this last week, Cross has a simple way of doing things. “I don’t write my sermons. I don’t use notes or manuscripts. I simply pray all week and rely on the Holy Spirit to give me the words when I get up to speak his word,” said Cross.
Kelly Wright of Ashdown has been going to Ebenezer for his entire life.
“This will be my 39th year at camp. Even though we only get together once a year, some of these people are more like family than friends to me,” said Wright.
His family plans on keeping this tradition as they get older. “I hope that my kids will grow to love this place just like I did at their age.”
Wright talked about how he and his three best friends were known as the “four horsemen” back in their youth. They would go ride their bikes and run all over the campground. Now they take up the offering every service, a tradition the camp started when the boys were only eight years old.
Ebenezer has four trustees who take care of the camp and make the big decisions about how to take care of it. They include Virginia Hardin, Jerry Kennedy, Jimmy Locke and Tommy Lee.
There are, however, meetings once a month where everyone who is a member of the camp gets to have a vote on choices being made. In order to become a member, all a person must do is spend one night at camp.
Ebenezer is the oldest camp meeting that is held in Arkansas. It is still known as the most rustic in the state as well.
Rusty Jones, the host pastor for the camp, says that he has been coming for 50 years. “My favorite part of this place is just being tucked away with no phone, no news, and no distractions from the world. I get to fellowship with all of these people around me and grow in my faith,” said Jones.
The last night’s service goes a little differently. The members from camp all share stories about what they have gotten out of the week and some of the memories that they hold onto from years past.
Then everyone packs up and says their “May God be with you’s” and heads back home to anxiously wait to see each other the next year.

HMH Foundation fish fry Aug. 7

The Howard Memorial Hospital Foundation will sponsor a fish fry from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, on the lot beside Diamond Bank’s main branch on Main Street in downtown Nashville.
The menu will include fried catfish, hush puppies, beans, fries and sweet tea.
The cost is $8 per plate. Desserts will be available for an additional charge.
Businesses which would like to pre-order lunch plates for delivery in town should call 870-845-8001.
Proceeds will go toward the foundation’s support of Howard Memorial. The foundation recently helped with the purchase of radiology equipment at HMH.
Sponsors for the fish fry include Tyson Foods of Nashville, Stavely and Associates, Nashville Animal Clinic, Cruizzers Car Wash and Woods and Woods Accounting.

 

HMH consider new building for physicians

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Members of the Howard Memorial Hospital board reviewed the preliminary floor plan for a proposed medical office building to be constructed on the HMH campus.
CEO Debra Wright presented the plan for the 7,955 square-foot facility from architect Mark Bailey for the board’s consideration.
Total cost of the project is estimated at about $1.4 million, according to Wright.
The cost includes the purchase of 2.834 acres of land from the Howard Memorial Hospital Foundation at a cost of $50,000 per acre for a total of $141,700.
The building is projected to cost $150 per square foot for $1,198,250. The architect’s fee will be 6 percent of the construction cost for $71,595.
Other expenses not included in the estimate are topography survey, soil testing, legal survey expenses, landscaping and sprinkler system.
The plan includes four doctors’ office with three examination rooms each, a waiting area, space for cardiac rehab and 300 square feet of shell space for an additional service at a later date.
Board member Dr. John Hearnsberger suggested a couple of changes in the design of examination rooms based on doctors’ preferences.
Board members approved a motion authorizing Wright to more forward on the building project. Overall approval will await final plans, financing and other factors.
In other business at the board’s July 22 meeting, members approved a new GI endoscope from Fujinon Endoscopy. “This is state of the art for endoscopy,” Dr. Hearnsberger said.
The unit will replace a 5-year old Fujinon device. The lease on the current unit will expire Sept. 30.
Physician recruitment continues at HMH. Wright said that Dr. Syed Javed has submitted his application for an Arkansas medical license and has forwarded all of the information requested by the immigration attorney for his J1visa waiver and the H1-B visa. Dr. Javed is expected to open his practice later this year in the current Medical Office Building on the HMH campus.
Dr. Mgoz Idilenna Wilkins has signed a revised employment with HMH and will open her practice in Nashville Aug. 16, 2016, after completing her family medicine residency.
“All of the comments I’ve heard about her are positive,” Wright said. “She sent us a card saying she is excited about this opportunity.”
Dr. Wilkins will also be located in the Medical Office Building and will occupy the third of the three offices in the facility, where Dr. Brian Oge also has his office.
Dr. Rianot Amzat “has decided to interview with another facility before making a final decision,” Wright said. The interview is scheduled for later this month in the Philadelphia area, where Dr. Amzat has family members. Dr. Amzat has signed an offering letter to begin her practice in Nashville in the summer or fall of 2015.
“The recruiter plans to follow up with me as soon as she receives feedback from Dr. Amzat. I told the recruiter that we need a final decision by the end of August,” Wright said. “Since HMH paid the recruiting fee to Merritt Hawkins upon her signing the offering letter, the recruiter knows how important it is to have a 2015 resident under contract. If it is not going to be Dr. Amzat, she will need to present other candidates to HMH to fill this position.”
The hospital has finalized the purchase of lot 7 from the HMH Foundation for the construction of a geriatric behavioral health building. Bailey has been waiting on preliminary plan approval, Wright said. Once approval is received, Bailey can finalize the mechanical plan design and submit the full set of plans to the state for final approval.
The geriatric program will be called Compass Behavioral Health. The name was chosen in a contest among hospital employees. Eddie Beene and Matt Huskey submitted the winning entry.
CFO Bill Craig presented the financial report for June. The hospital recorded a loss of $31,617 for the month. Inpatient average daily census was 13 percent above budget in June, Craig said. Outpatient visits and emergency department visits were also above budget.
There was a 2 percent drop in the hospital’s reimbursement percentage for Medicare for outpatient services based on the May 31 interim cost report. Surgical cases were 14 percent below budget for June.

District waits on state approval for NHS courtyard project

NEW LOOK FOR NHS. An architectural rendering shows the proposed cafeteria and other improvements at Nashville High School. The school district is awaiting final approval from the state facilities division to begin the construction project.

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Nashville School District is awaiting final approval from the Arkansas Department of Education’s Facilities Division on the last phase of the district’s facilities improvement program.
The district has submitted a revised plan for enclosing the courtyard at Nashville High School, renovating the kitchen and cafeteria, constructing a stage, and making other improvements, according to Superintendent Doug Graham.
A previous plan was about $400,000 over budget. The revision fits the budget for the project, Graham said.
“We’re still moving forward,” Graham told the school board last week. “It’s slow. I hate that it’s taking this long. We’re moving as fast as they’ll allow. I’m confident that if the facilities division says it’s a go, we’re in budget and ready to break ground.”
Graham said it will be a “board decision on which part of the year to disrupt once we get approval. Do we start now, Christmas or in the spring?”
Even if construction had begun in the summer, “Part of the year will be disrupted,” Graham said.
In other business at the July 21 meeting, Graham said the district should consider making a change in the district’s Golden Age athletic passes. “Now, anybody 65 or older can get a Golden Age pass for activities,” Graham said. “There needs to be consideration to raising it to 68 or 70. We’ve had 10 passes to start with go to 300-400 Golden Age passes now. We may want to consider raising the age. That’s food for thought.”
Graham asked board members to determine their constituents’ opinions about 65, 68 or 70 for the passes. “If we raise it to 70, we will still honor the passes” already issued,” Graham said. “If you get any feedback, we’ll discuss it in August.”
As plans continue for the 2014-15 academic year, the board approved bids on milk and bread. The milk bid went to Highland Dairy, Perry Rice. The bread bid went to Flowers Baking Co. of Tyler, Texas. Both companies had the bids for 2013-14.
The board accepted the resignation of bus driver Deriel Romine.
The board hired John Rekowski, high school custodian; Jerry Harris, half-time bus driver; and Karen Kell, full-time bus driver.
The board approved a resolution that the September school board election be conducted by absenteen ballot and early voting at the county clerk’s office only. There are no other ballot issues to be submitted to district voters. The resolution asks the county board of election commissioners to open no polling places on election day.

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Headbutt Howdy

I HEREBY PROMISE to never, ever pick up debris from my yard again. I’ve cleaned up three or four times this spring and summer, only to have another — and worse — storm strike right on the heels of my work.
This time I lost a large Pine in the corner of my yard. It fell across electric, cable and telephone lines and snapped a SWEPCO pole. Half the town was out of electricity, and they all blamed me. Just because I picked up debris after that earlier July hurricane.
One thing I will not do is pickup sticks in the failing light. Sticks almost all look like snakes. The ones that do not look like snakes are most probably snakes. They’re out, after this last storm, and they are not in a friendly mood.
But back to my Pine. Several years ago I called the utility and suggested they might want to take down the tree because it looked diseased and had a decided lean. It would likely fall across electric, cable and telephone lines, I said.
The voice on the other end of the phone said that, ‘yes,’ the company had already spotted the tree and agreed it needed to come down. He said that a tree company would come by and cut down the tree at no cost to me.
What about the tree when it’s on the ground, I asked. His answer was: “It’s yours.”
But I’m just a pore ole widder-man living off tips from my paper-route, I protested.
Tough, he said, the tree is yours after it’s cut.
My smartmouth took over, and I advised him that we would just let the tree stand until Hell froze over or until the tree got blown over in storm and fell across his lines.
And so it did. Me and my smartmouth apologize to the neighbors.
In all seriousness, my gratitude to the men and women of SWEPCO, REA, AT&T, cable tv, tree companies and the clean-up crews who have worked in sometimes miserable conditions to restore normal life here in paradise.
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BEAUTY & BRAINS. Congratulations to Gov. Mike Beebe who had the good sense to re-appoint Suzanne Davidson of Hot Springs to a four-year term on the Arkansas Arts Council.
If her name is familiar it is because she’s a 1965 NHS grad; daughter of Jimmy and Vanita Davidson. Her dad was USAF pilot who came ‘home’ to ranch. Suzanne says he was one of the organizers of the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association. Suzanne is also an elected member of the Hot Springs Board of Directors.
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FIRST CAR. What was yours? Mine was a used Chevrolet Corvair that I bought from Bobby Dillard with a wad of US Savings Bonds I had stashed away during my hitch in the Navy.
Chevy stopped making the Corvair, and I believe it was an omen for when Chevy quit making the Corvair just a few years later.
The Corvair got me almost all the way through school and then I bought a Volkswagen Fastback. Then VW dropped the Fastback.
Over the years I have delivered the Kiss of Death to several other model vehicles.
I had a Ford Bronco. Ford quit ‘em. A Bronco II. Bye-bye.
A Chevy van.  How long has it been since you saw a Chevy van?
Had a GMC Jimmy. Can’t get one today.
Had a medium-size Oldsmobile. Hah! A great car but General Motors quit the Oldsmobile altogether.
Had a Pontiac Bonneville. A great car but General Motors quit the Pontiac altogether.
My latest is possibly my favorite vehicle of the whole list of ones I’ve owned. It’s a GMC Canyon, a small but roomy four-door pickup that gets comparatively good gas mileage and is very reliable and comfortable. GM quit making them a year ago, but promises they will resume this fall.
If so, it will be the first one of my deceased vehicle models to return from the dead.
I was talking recently with another owner of this particular model vehicle. He pointed out that you never see one of them on a used car lot. “It’s because the first owner can’t stand the thought of selling his vehicle,” my friend opined.
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HOWDY! Fistbump. High five.
Oh, those English! Some perfessers at Aberystwyth University in Wales think we’d be better off if we stopped handshakes and instead used ‘fistbumps’ as a greeting. Handshakes transfer 10 times the amount of bacteria as fistbumps, the perfessers say. Even high-fives are better than handshakes, transferring five times less bacteria than the latter.
Next, the perfessers will tell us that headbumps transfer the least amount of bacteria.
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HE SAID: “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” WALT DISNEY, cartoonist
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SHE SAID: “Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.” JANE AUSTEN, writer
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SWEET DREAMS, Baby

Obituaries (Week of July 28, 2014)

William ‘Bill’ Lowell Green
William ‘Bill’ Lowell Green, aged 89 years, died peacefully July 5, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.
Bill was born Mov. 9, 1924, to the late Henry and Lillie Belle Green in Mineral Springs, Ark. When he was 15 he left the farm to see the world, which turned out to be a movie theatre in Texas where he got his first job.
Bill joined the Navy in 1943 and survived the tragic explosion of two ammunition ships while serving as a yeoman at tye Port Chicago naval magazine, on the evening of July 17, 1944, that killed 320 sailors and civilians. Afterward, Bill had the difficult task of responding to phone calls from family members inquiring about the fate of their loved ones.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Zetta Mae (Crowell). They were the beloved parents of Richard (Sandy), Marty (Sylvia), Ken (Julie) Green and Renee Pearce (Jim – deceased). Bill also was a much-beloved brother-in-law of Rhoda MacFarland who helped care for Bill for many years.
He was involved in the food service industry for most of his life, and retired from Laura Scudder Potato Chip Company after 40 years. He was a past member of the Knights of Pythias and was a dedicated member of the Sacramento Quality Travelers, serving for many years as a board member and two terms as president.
Bill was a grandfather to 10, great-grandfather to 22, great-great-grandfather to 9, and uncle to many nieces and nephews from California to Arkansas.
In his retirement Bill enjoyed playing golf, spending time in his vegetable garden, or just enjoying life with family and his many good friends.
A memorial service was held planned for July 27 at 9:30 a.m. at the Campus Commons Senior Community, 22 Cadillac Drive, Sacramento. Remembrances can be made to the Alzheimer’s Aid Society of Northern Calif. in memory of Bill’s wife, Zetta.
Mazie Lee Bolland
Mazie Lee Bolland, 93 of Dierks, Ark., passed away on Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Nashville, Ark.
She was born on April 11, 1921 in Athens, Ark., as the daughter of the late Roy and Virgie Parson Hunter.
Mrs. Bolland was a member of the Holly Creek Baptist Church in Dierks.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Bolland, two brothers, and one sister.
Survivors include: one son, Bobby Bolland and wife Pat of Dierks, Ark.; two grandchildren, Jack Bolland and wife Beckie of Dierks, Ark., Kammy Bailey and husband Joey of Ashdown, Ark.; three great-grandchildren, Hunter Bolland, Taylor Tallant, and Coy Bailey; and one sister, Bonnie Jean Manasco of Dierks, Ark.
Graveside services were at 1 p.m., Monday, July 28 at Dierks Cemetery, with Bro. Wayne Reid officiating, under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville.
You may send an online sympathy message at www.latimerfuneralhome.com.
Robert Allen Woody
Robert Allen Woody, 62, of Texarkana Texas, died July 25, 2014 in Atkins, Ark.
He was born March 19, 1952, in Lamar Mo., to Robert E. Woody and the late Lois Woody. He was a former resident of Nashville.
Survivors include: his son, Ryan Woody and wife, Abigail, of Waskom, Texas; a sister, Vicky Boren of Atkins; also grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at Texarkana Funeral Home in Texarkana, Texas.
Arrangements by Rosewood Cremation. Guestbook www.rosewoodcremation.com.

Speedway donates to Howard County Relay for Life

BIG CHECK FOR RELAY FOR LIFE. Diamond Park Speedway held a special night of racing June 28 to benefit the Howard County Relay for Life. The event raised $2,463. Accepting the check from speedway representatives Joe and Lauren Hoen (at left) are Halton and Joanna Howard, who is the local Relay for Life event chairman.

Paperwork filed in effort to gain return of area teacher

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Efforts to secure the return to the United States of a Cossatot Community College University of Arkansas biological sciences teacher continue, according to Dr. Steve Cole, CCCUA chancellor.
Molly Sirigiri, 33, a native of Hyderabad, India, was denied re-entry into the United States earlier this month following a church mission trip to Guatemala.
She was detained at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston as the mission group was en route from Guatemala City back to Little Rock. Officials at first said she would miss the evening flight to Little Rock July 8 but would be on the first flight to Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport the next morning.
Instead, Sirigiri was placed on a plane for Munich, Germany, about 24 hours after landing in Houston. From Munich, she flew to Mumbai, India. Authorities did not tell her the plane’s destination when she boarded in Houston.
The Indian Consulate at Houston told the mission team that it “appears as though she was pending approval of an H1B visa and was not eligible for revalidation as she was not arriving from contiguous territory with an absence of less than 30 days. In lieu of deportation, she was permitted to withdraw her application for admission and returned to India. This will allow her to have her visa approved and return to the U.S.”
Dr. Cole said that the process to return Sirigiri to the United States is underway. “As her employer, we filed the premium processing fee” with the Department of Homeland Security, he said. “The employer has to pay it” for a visa enabling her to return to her job at CCCUA.
Premium processing of Sirigiri’s visa paperwork will expedite the process, officials told Dr. Cole.
“We filed a form I-907 July 16. By the end of the month, we should know yea or nay. We think it will be yea,” Dr. Cole said. There is a 15-day response time on the application.
“We’re hoping she’s on a return flight to be back here by Aug. 18” when classes start, Dr. Cole said. “Our instructors have covered her summer classes,” and the school has a plan if there’s a delay in Sirigiri’s return.
A University of Arkansas attorney is helping with the Sirigiri case. So are the offices of Sen. Mark Pryor and Sen. John Boozman.
Sirigiri has taught at CCCUA for the past three years.

 

Pike County commits to permit for potential sawmill purchase

By John Balch
Leader staff
The Pike County Quorum Court took action on two matters Monday night in hopes of persuading a Texas investment group to purchase the sawmill in Glenwood and stimulating the local economy.
The court voted to authorize a $25,000 payment to the Southwest Arkansas Regional Coalition (formerly the Southwest Arkansas Regional Intermodal Authority) to be used to expedite a permit process in case a group of Texas investors decide to purchase the former Bean Lumber Company. The name of the investment group has not been made public and the court approved the payment without inquiring about the investors’ identity.
Darwin Hendrix, a member of the regional coalition, told the court Monday that there are three environmental permits involved with the sawmill – an air permit, a storm water permit and an overall discharge permit. The air and storm water permits are still valid and can be transferred to a new owner, but the overall discharge permit has expired and has to be reapplied for in a lengthy process, according to Hendrix.
The $25,000 approved Monday will be used to pay for attorney fees and pay back assessment fees, but more importantly, according to Hendrix, will be a strong show of faith that Pike County is serious about reopening the saw mill. He also described the Texas group as being “serious investors.”
“If it doesn’t open, you know, it’s just money that’s gone,” Hendrix said. “But, still, I think it shows our interest. It will show Caterpillar that we are interested in keeping that sawmill and we appreciate what they’ve done, and it shows the new investors that we’re progressing around here and we want to get things going.”
Caterpillar, doing business as the Florida-based FCC Equipment Financing, purchased the Bean Lumber Company and its assets in October of 2011 for $4 million. The purchase included 43.44 acres of real estate in Glenwood.
Hendrix has said in the past that Caterpillar has been a “good corporate citizens” in maintaining the Glenwood facility. The company could have scrapped the mill but Hendrix said officials decided to maintain the facility because they realize the importance of again making it operational.
Hendrix added that Caterpillar has spent “in the six figures” to maintain the facility since it was purchased in 2011 and now the company is not interested in putting any more money into the facility until “they have a buyer on the dotted line.”
One point of contention concerning the possible purchase of the sawmill involves a massive “fly ash” pile located on the property. The pile reportedly covers two to three acres and is two to three stories high. The removal of the ash pile, which is a wood waste byproduct, could cost at least $1 million to remove.
Hendrix said Monday the issue with the ash pile is being examined and that the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality may allow it to be covered to keep storm water and the nearby Caddo River from washing it away.
The vote to approve the $25,000 was approved by a 9-0 vote.
Also Monday, the court voted to enter a tax abatement agreement with Great Southern Wood, the company currently operating the old sawmill’s treating plant. The plant, described by Johnny Plyler as a cabinet shop, makes step stringers and 2”x2” ballasts. The plant serves Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Louisiana and parts of Alabama and Tennessee.
Great Southern Wood currently employs 44 people and an expansion project is expected to create 18 more jobs at a rate of pay of $12 per hour and a $450,000 annual payroll. The estimated cost of the project is $765,650.
The tax abatement agreement will allow the State of Arkansas to reimburse Great Southern Wood the local and state sales and use taxes involved in the total project cost. The estimated tax reimbursement would be $15,000 to $20,000.
Plyler said the city of Glenwood would lose some tax revenue but said it was a “win-win situation” to trade off the tax reimbursement for more jobs and a $450,000 annual payroll.
The tax abatement agreement could also benefit the county in courting the unknown Texas investors looking at the sawmill. Plyer said the cost to purchase and get the sawmill running again is approximately $11.3 million.
Bean Lumber Company was once one of Pike County’s largest employers. The company closed in 2007 but restarted in 2008 before financial troubles forced the business to shutdown again. The company once employed 125 workers at the mill and created hundreds of more jobs for area logging companies.
Earlier this year, Hunt Forest Products of Louisiana, backed out of buying the sawmill.

 

Former MS Hornet to coach diver in Commonwealth Games

Andy Scott and Maria Zarka

By John Balch
Leader staff
GLASGOW, Scotland – When the 2014 Commonwealth Games get underway this week, a former Mineral Springs Hornet will be there to coach one of the United States’ top collegiate divers.
Andy Scott, the son of Royce and Barbara Scott of Nashville, coaches diving at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and will attend the games with sophomore Maria Zarka, a two-time NCAAA diving champion. Scott is in his fourth season at Kenyon College where he has been twice voted the NCAA Diving Coach of the Year. He has coached Zarka to a national title in three-meter competition and a third-place finish in one-meter competition.
The Commonwealth Games’ opening ceremony was held July 23 in Glasgow, Scotland. Scott and his diver will participate in diving events July 30-Aug. 2 at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.
Scott is a 2000 graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education and biology at OBU before receiving his master’s degree in physical education from Springfield College.
At OBU, Scott was a four-year letterman diver and was a one-meter and three-meter NAIA All-American diver in 1997. He was a two-time conference champion in 1999 and was named the Arkansas Male College Diver of the Year in 1999 and 2000.
Scott helped establish a diving program at the University of Incarnate Word, an NCAA Division II institution in San Antonio, Texas where he coached three All-Americans and four NCAA national qualifiers. He also coached at Incarnate Word High School.
The former Hornet has also coached at Springfield College and Duke University, a NCAA Division I school where he is credited with doubling the size of the program. At Duke, he coached four NCAA zone championship qualifiers and while at Springfield he coached two NCAA Division III All-Americans, including the 2002 NCAA Division III Female Diver of the Year.
“I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to to work with such a talented athlete,” Scott said in a release from Kenyon College about Zarka. “You never know in diving how things will work out because each individual dive in each meet has so many variables, but (Maria) has been consistent in everything she’s done from day one and it has paid off.”
If Zarka, a native of Kaneohe, Hawaii, advances through the preliminary rounds and places high enough in the finishing order, she could open the door to possibly competing in the 2015 World Championships, the 2016 World Cup, and maybe the 2016 Summer Olympics.
(All information for this article and the accompanying photograph were used with permission from the Kenyon College Sports Information Department)

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Lawman’s J-Turn

HEARD FROM, and on an important topic, too.
A local man, let’s call him Mr. X, has written to say he observed a law enforcement vehicle making a J-Turn at precisely 9:37 a.m. on Friday, July 18.
Apparently Mr. X would like for me to make a semi-legal citizen’s arrest of the officer based upon this information (X helpfully included a description of the police vehicle and the location of the crime in order to assist me in this endeavour).
I have bad news for Mr. X. After reading his complete description of the event, I have determined that the J-Turn was made on a side street. J-Turns are illegal ONLY in the Central Business District — five downtown blocks — on Main Street. J-Turns are perfectly legal — although equally disgusting — on side streets and in Center Point and Nathan.
And in defense of those persons who drive law enforcement patrol vehicles, I personally witnessed a Nashville city officer stop a car and issue a ticket for a brazen J-Turn made right in front of that officer and myself.
I am still waiting on the mayor to deputize me so I can issue tickets for J-Turns and relieve local officers of some of their burden.
Also — and I hate to whine — apparently someone has contacted the powers-that-be and has opposed the re-issuance of my concealed handgun permit. That is enough to slow down the whole process and I must tell you that I am getting just a bit testy about all the delays.
I’ve managed to scrounge a uniform from an Army-Navy surplus store that will fit. Although in my case, whenever I find pants that have a suitable number of inches in the waist, then I must remove about eight inches of trouser length. They just don’t make uniform pants like they used to!
As long as I’m getting properly uniformed, I might just buy a few medals and pin them on my chest. The medals, uniform and the slightly concealed handgun plus the natural stern look on my face ought to deter J-Turners.
And while I’m at it, I am still miffed at the woman who was opposed to me being armed whilst making J-Turn arrests. She suggested that I get a chrome police whistle, instead of a Glock.
As I told her: “Lady, there’s no such thing as a concealed police whistle permit in Arkansas.”
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HOW MUCH BIGGER?
Over the past 100 years, humans worldwide have become about 4 inches taller than their ancestors. Also, the World Health Organization sez that ‘we’ are living about 47 years longer now than ‘we’ did at the dawn of the 20th century.
I’m not saying anything about what the World Health Organization sez about the average weight gain of the world’s average person during this particular century. No sir, not one single word.
The height and lifespan gain are all attributed to better nutrition, better medical care and medicines, and SAFE DRINKING WATER. My emphasis.
Hasn’t the W.H.O. ever heard of the miraculous medicinal powers of M&Ms?
I see where Texas is now looking into desalinization of sea water as a possible way of solving their water shortage. Thank goodness they’re no longer talking about foxing us stupid Arkies out of our water. Except that they’re already taking southwest Arkansas water from Lake Millwood to east Texas towns via a large pipeline over the Red River bridge at Index. They’ve been doing that for years under the guise of water for Texarkana, Ark., which is  then treated and sold to several towns in east Texas.
I want something in return for our fine water. Like, a few more good Lone Star State football and basketball players for the Razorbacks.
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MY BACK IS plumb wore out from all the congratulatory pats I’ve received since winning the Best Humor Column award again in the Arkansas Press Association “Better Newspaper Contest.” The most important award, of course, was the General Excellence Award which ‘The Leader’ won for the second time.
We compete in the weekly newspaper division.
Mine Creek Revelations has been a first place winner three times, not bad since we only began competing in the contest in 2008. Got a couple of runners-up awards in some other years.
The winning columns were about wetting my pants (2014); Thanksgiving dinner in an American Indian restaurant (2013); and the Mules that saw Paree (2011).
One thing I have learned is that bribes to contest judges are important. My entry is always accompanied by an unobtrusive envelope containing a few bucks and some Walmart coupons.
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HE SAID: “When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.” HENRI NOUWEN, clergyman and psychologist
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SHE SAID: “You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot — it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.” MAYA ANGELOU, poet
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SWEET DREAMS, BABY

Obituaries (Week of July 23, 2014)

William ‘Bill’ Lowell Green
William ‘Bill’ Lowell Green, aged 89 years, died peacefully July 5, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.
Bill was born Mov. 9, 1924, to the late Henry and Lillie Belle Green in Mineral Springs, Ark. When he was 15 he left the farm to see the world, which turned out to be a movie theatre in Texas where he got his first job.
Bill joined the Navy in 1943 and survived the tragic explosion of two ammunition ships while serving as a yeoman at tye Port Chicago naval magazine, on the evening of July 17, 1944, that killed 320 sailors and civilians. Afterward, Bill had the difficult task of responding to phone calls from family members inquiring about the fate of their loved ones.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Zetta Mae (Crowell). They were the beloved parents of Richard (Sandy), Marty (Sylvia), Ken (Julie) Green and Renee Pearce (Jim – deceased). Bill also was a much-beloved brother-in-law of Rhoda MacFarland who helped care for Bill for many years.
He was involved in the food service industry for most of his life, and retired from Laura Scudder Potato Chip Company after 40 years. He was a past member of the Knights of Pythias and was a dedicated member of the Sacramento Quality Travelers, serving for many years as a board member and two terms as president.
Bill was a grandfather to 10, great-grandfather to 22, great-great-grandfather to 9, and uncle to many nieces and nephews from California to Arkansas.
In his retirement Bill enjoyed playing golf, spending time in his vegetable garden, or just enjoying life with family and his many good friends.
A memorial service is planned for July 27 at 9:30 a.m. at the Campus Commons Senior Community, 22 Cadillac Drive, Sacramento. Remembrances can be made to the Alzheimer’s Aid Society of Northern Calif. in memory of Bill’s wife, Zetta.
Tony G. Sigman
Tony G. Sigman, 56, of Murfreesboro, died Friday, July 18, 2014 in Hot Springs.
He was born Dec. 19, 1957 in Englewood, Calif., the son of the late Coy H. Sigman and Beula L. (Hays) Sigman.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patsy L. Sigman, and a brother, Larry Sigman.
Survivors include: his wife, Elizabeth K. Sigman of Murfreesboro; two sons, James Sigman and wife, Tasha, and Scott Sigman and wife, Bethany; five step-sons, Billy Huffman, Shane Huffman, Shawn Valence, Mike Alderman and CJ Valence; two brothers, John Sigman and Ike Sigman.
Services were Monday, July 21, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Murfreesboro. Burial followed in Delight cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro.
Visitation was Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.
Hubert Eugene Wagoner
Hubert Eugene Wagoner, 61 of Newhope, died Friday, July 18, 2014 at his home.
He was born Aug, 2, 1952 near De Queen, the son of Marcella Day Waggoner and the late Stanley Wagoner.
He was a construction worker.
He was preceded in death by a son, Lonnie Dale Ivey.
Survivors include: his wife, Theresa Wagoner of Newhope; his mother, Marcella Olachia of Lockesburg; a brother, Sol “Buster” Wagoner of Horatio; three sisters, Kathy Thompson of Dierks, Rhonda Louviere of Vidor, Texas, and Mist Wagoner of Galena Park, Texas; also grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the Wagoner home on Saturday, July 26, 2014 in the afternoon. You may send the family an online sympathy message to www.nashvillefh.com.
Walter Graves
Walter Eugene “Bro. Gene” Graves, age 67, of Glenwood, began his glorious vacation on Friday, July 18, 2014.
He was born on June 19, 1947, in Murfreesboro, the son of Robert Harold Graves and Mary Jane Howard Graves. On April 8, 1978, he was married to Janelle Cogburn. He was preceded in death by his parents.
He was a member of Mount Gilead Baptist Church and was former Pastor of Community Bible Baptist Church for 15 years. He enjoyed singing gospel music with family and friends, hunting and fishing and was an avid outdoorsman. Bro. Gene truly loved his Lord and having the privilege of ministering and sharing God’s word with everyone he came in contact with.
He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Known to many as Paw-Paw, he was the true meaning of a kind and loving Christian man, who dearly loved his family. His greatest joy in life was spending time with each and every member of his family. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him, but his memory will live on in each of their hearts forever.
He is survived by his loving wife, Janelle Graves of Glenwood; three sons and two daughters-in-law, John McRae, Jeremy and Heather Graves and Tyler and Joy Graves, all of Glenwood; two daughters and sons-in-law, Dawn and Eric Broadbent of Bentonville and Jessica and Nick Funderburk of Black Springs; eight grandchildren, Nicholas Broadbent, Victoria Broadbent, Kaden Jones, Hagen Jones, Hayden Graves, Wylie Funderburk, Marley Funderburk and Hadley “LouLou” Funderburk; loved ones who he was also Paw-Paw to, Lindsey and Zane Luekenga, Leah Tidwell, Trevin Tidwell, Cambrie, Jacob and Shelby Thomason; one brother and sister-in-law, William “Bill” H. and Martha Graves of Murfreesboro; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Loretta and Larry McNatt of Hurst, Texas, Judy and Loy Kuykendall and Jalynn Nuckols, all of Murfreesboro; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of wonderful friends.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, July 21, 2014, in the Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Glenwood with Bro. Vannoy Thomason and Bro. Brian Adair officiating.
Visitation was held Sunday evening, 6-8 p.m.
Interment was in the Shockey Chapel Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Eric Broadbent, Nick Funderburk, Nicholas Broadbent, Justin Nuckols, Jason Nuckols, Scott Graves, Bryan McNatt, Dennis Kuykendall and Randy Kuykendall.
Honorary pallbearers were Wylie Funderburk, Hayden Graves, Kaden Jones, Hagen Jones, Sean McNatt, Troy Howard, his special co-workers and friends, Denny Jester, Ron Christenberry and Loyd Wynn, Dr. Konstantinos Arnaoutakis of UAMS Oncology and his staff and the wonderful nurses and staff of UAMS, Floors 7H and 7E.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shockey Chapel Cemetery Association Fund, c/o Ralph Graves, 376 Smith Creek Road, Norman, AR 71960 or to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 495, Glenwood, AR, 71943.
Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com.

Overdue Medals

Billy Farris, 72, of Bingen, was presented his Vietnam Service Medal and National Defense Medal last week by Howard County Veteran Services Officer Milton Puryear. Farris, an Oklahoma native, served in the Navy from 1959 to 1962 with two WestPac Cruises aboard the USS Hancock CVA19, a carryover aircraft carrier from World War II. Farris’ job on the Hancock was to “re-service, reload and relaunch” the attack aircraft.

Former Pike County sheriff cleared by investigation

By John Balch
Leader staff
An investigation involving former Pike County sheriff, Preston “Pep” Glenn, has concluded and will result in no charges being filed despite a special prosecutor’s belief there was criminal activity and a major lapse in record-keeping during Glenn’s time as sheriff.
Ninth West District Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Chesshir provided The Nashville Leader with a copy of a two-page letter, dated July 10, 2014, addressed to Judge Charles Yeargan from Arkansas State Police Special Prosecuting Attorney Jack McQuary concerning the special investigation’s conclusion and outcome. The newspaper intends to file an Arkansas Freedom of Information request with the Arkansas State Police for additional information when the case is officially made available.
State police spokesperson Bill Sadler stated in an email Monday, “The case file is being transported to Little Rock later this week. Upon receipt, I will begin the redaction process and keep you apprised of an availability date.”
McQuary stated in his letter he believes there was “criminal activity concerning accounts of the Pike County Sheriff’s Department” under Glenn, but there is not enough evidence to “prove the case to the highest burden in our judicial system.” McQuary also noted that the case “truly causes me anguish” and he felt the need to explain the decision not to file charges.
Glenn had worked for the county since 1999. He was hired as a full-time deputy in 1999 and took office as sheriff on Jan. 1, 2009. 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, then left that post to work in another area of law enforcement.
The letter also noted that “proper accounting procedures now appear to be in place” at the department under Sheriff Caldwell.
The following is the entire text of the letter to Judge Yeargan from McQuary:
Please accept this as the State’s official notice that the investigation based upon audits of the Sheriff’s Department during the tenure of ex-sheriff Preston Glenn, has come to an end. The investigation was thoroughly conducted by the Arkansas State Police and centered not only on the information brought forward by Legislative Audit, but also into information as the investigation progressed. As you are quite aware, Prosecutors, in order to file charges against someone, must present to the judiciary probable cause for that person to be arrested, then must prove the charges against that person beyond a reasonable doubt for conviction. Prosecuting Attorneys must question themselves throughout the entire process of filing charges and actual prosecution of individuals.
In this case, do I believe there was criminal activity concerning accounts of the Pike County Sheriff’s Department? Yes. Is there enough evidence to prove this case to the highest burden in our judicial system? No.
Ordinarily, I understand that a “cut to the chase” decision by the Prosecutor, as to whether charges are to filed or not, is all that is needed at the close of an investigation, but this case truly causes me anguish and I want to explain my decision not to file charges in this matter.
This investigation began based upon irregularities found in an audit by Legislative Audit of the State. “Irregularities” does not aptly describe what this investigation found. The Sheriff’s Department, under then Sheriff Preston Glenn, and in most instances, prompted Glenn, lacked any accounting concerning the acceptance, collection of, and spending of monies coming into or out of the Sheriff’s Department. It is precisely the lack of records and controls that keeps the State from being able to file charges in this matter. There is evidence of the then sheriff endorsing checks submitted to Pike County for taxes, from citizens, and cashing them at a local grocery store. There is evidence of missing funds that were seized as part of a criminal investigation being “found” by the ex-sheriff in a personal file cabinet after he left office. There is evidence of the ex-sheriff writing check for supplies, but instead of writing the checks directly to the merchants, he would write the checks to himself, endorse and cash them at the grocery store and then, according to Glenn, he would purchase what the check was intended to purchase to begin with. There was a huge lack of receipt keeping for purchases made. There was a huge lack of record keeping. There was also evidence of some money returned, after Glenn left office, that he had “found” that belonged to a specific account and it turned out it was more money than what could be determined missing from the records of the account. There was also an account set up through a vending machine in the Sheriff’s Department which the record keeping was so poor, one could never determine if money was stolen. Vending accounts are supposed to be run through a county’s general fund and should never be controlled by independent departments.
The State’s investigation is as complete as can be, with the records are they are. With the return of monies by Glenn, after leaving office, the State cannot determine if any money is missing due to lack of accounting procedures. With the investigation complete and with no charges being filed, the file is now open under the Freedom of Information Act. The file will be stored with the Arkansas State Police. The public should know that proper accounting procedures now appear to be in place concerning the Sheriff’s Department of Pike County.

Won’t be an ‘overreaching’ AG, Steel says

Attorney General candidate Nate Steel of Nashville.

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
HOT SPRINGS – Nate Steel of Nashville, Democratic nominee for Arkansas attorney general, squared off with Republican Leslie Rutledge and Libertarian Aaron Cash in a debate Friday morning during the Arkansas Press Association convention.
Steel differed with his opponents on several issues, including the role of the attorney general in dealing with the federal government.
Rutledge said she would “take action to oppose Obamacare [the federal Affordable Care Act]. We’re in a real crisis with an overreaching federal government. Obamacare hurts communities. I’ll go after the federal government when necessary. I’ll use the office of attorney general to oppose the feds when necessary.”
In response to Rutledge’s statement, Steel said he is “as frustrated with a lot of actions as anybody else. But I don’t think the solution to an overreaching federal government is an overreaching attorney general. We have so many problems at home. It would be a huge disservice to have the attorney general focused on the federal government. My primary focus will be on Arkansas and Arkansans.”
Rutledge said Attorney General Dustin McDaniel “didn’t join the Hobby Lobby fight. I’ll fight for Arkansas values.”
Steel said Hobby Lobby is a private company. “The state was not a party to the case. This involved a private company.”
Cash said the AG should “focus on Arkansas. If you’re fighting the feds on an issue, you’ll lose. It’s a waste of resources.”
While Steel and Cash agreed that the attorney general’s primary role is to focus on Arkansas, they differed on legalization of marijuana.
Cash said he is in favor of legalizing marijuana. “We need to stop focusing on non-violent drug offenders and focus on violent offenders. Marijuana is less harmful than alcohol. People die from prescription drugs. They die of drug overdoses. They die of alcohol. I don’t think the federal government should tell us what to do. Prohibition didn’t work. We will cut the cash flow to the drug cartel by legalizing marijuana. It doesn’t kill. Enforcing marijuana laws is a waste of tax dollars. I don’t smoke marijuana, by the way.”
Steel said he opposes legalization of marijuana. “Drugs are at the core of many problems. No one is in the Arkansas Department of Correction for simple possession of marijuana. It’s not contributing to prison overcrowding. I don’t think we should open the floodgates of more crime in our communities. It wouldn’t create any benefit, only harm. There would be no benefit small towns.”
Rutledge also opposes legalization of marijuana. “It’s a gateway drug. The last thing we need to do is keep families form having money for their children. I’ll defend and enforce the law as attorney general.”
Steel said that drug offenses are at the core of many prison sentences. “I’ll combat drugs in general and work with the federal government” to deal with the problem, he said.
The candidates were asked if they would defend laws which conflict with their personal views.
“I’ll be an objective attorney general. I won’t do what the party says to do. I’ll enforce the law whether I agree with it or not,” Steel said.
Rutledge said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder “likes to play God as attorney general. I won’t be like that. I support pro-life and man-woman marriage. If there’s a law I don’t favor, I’ll represent the state” regardless.
All three candidates voiced support for the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. “I promised my newspaperman Louie [Graves] never to touch the FOI. It’s an important tool. I’m a strong proponent of open government, and I’ll staunchly defend the FOI.”
Rutledge said she would “protect transparency in government. Citizens need to be able to ask how their money is spent.”
Steel said that he will have a legislative package ready if he’s elected AG. “After the election,I intend to have a package in January. Having legislative experience [as state representative] is critical to getting that package of bills passed. We need an attorney general ready on Day 1 to get the package passed.”
Rutledge said the role of the attorney general is “to help write good, clean laws. I’ll use my experience as counsel to [Gov. Mike] Huckabee to talk to the legislature about the laws the pass. We need to work with the legislature, not against, to fix laws.”
Cash said he doesn’t plan to have a legislative package. He said immigration laws that tear families apart should be reformed. He said Arkansas has the second highest meth problem in the nation and promised to deal with it. He also said he would work on parole problems.
On the subject of open-carry firearms, Rutledge described herself as pro-Second Amendment. “Whether we agree with open carry or not, the law allows open carry.”
Steel said it is “up to the courts to interpret the law. I’m a strong defender of the Second Amendment. I’ve voted on behalf of gun owners. We have to strike a balance between the Second Amendment and danger to others. I’ll listen to law enforcement and work to have a fair, clear statute.”
Cash said he is also a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.
In closing statements, Cash said he is “running on individual liberty. People are tired of the two-party system.” He described the AG as the “manager of a large law firm. The AG doesn’t have time to evaluate what every employee is doing. The AG is a manager and works with the state’s lawyers to take care of cases.”
Steel said the state is in “a critical time. We need all hands on deck. We have a parole crisis. Children are being victimized. We need an AG ready to work on Day 1 with law enforcement and not have an eye on D.C. politics. There’s not a Democratic or Republican way to do that. I’ll have a partnership in place in how we enforce the law. I’ll be an objective, fair and tough attorney general.”
Rutledge said she hears constantly about how “overreaching the federal and state government are. We need an AG with the right experience to take them head on.”

 

‘Everyone stayed focused’ during mission visit to Guatemala

GUATEMALA MISSION. Kristy Vines (front) of Nashville visits children at Casa Aleluya during a recent mission trip to Guatemala. A group of 30 from Nashville worked on various projects at the orphanage near Guatemala City. See more pictures on The Nashville Leader's Facebook. page.

By Molly Freel
Leader Staff
“Satan did everything he could to steal our joy and to steal our mission and we never let him. Through it all everyone stayed focused on what God had planned for us to do.”- Kristy Vines
Tuesday, July 1st, 30 students and adults from First Baptist Church of Nashville and other area congregations began their journey to Casa Aleluya in San Bartolome, Guatemala. As the church van drove the curvy roads to Arkadelphia, the group encountered the first trial of the trip, a flat tire. Quickly, they pulled into a shop and got a mechanic to put them on a new one so that they wouldn’t miss their flight out of Little Rock.
 Once the group landed in Guatemala City, a bus shuttled them to Casa Aleluya orphanage where they would be spending their week helping fix up and redecorate in order to get ready for an inspection.
“At first I really didn’t want to go, but once I was there I loved it. I really got a blessing out of this experience and am more thankful than ever for my family, friends, and community,” said Braden Hood.
Casa Aleluya is a Christian-based orphanage run by Mike and Dottie Clark, who are originally from Louisiana. The orphanage had 480 children when Nashville’s group arrived and even more by the time that they left.
Kids that live in Casa range in age from infant to early 20s. At Casa Aleluya children are given food, shelter, education, love, and given the opportunity to hear the gospel. Primary and elementary students went to school from early morning until lunch, while junior high and high school students went from noon till dinner time.
In the mornings the Nashville mission group worked on various projects. The men helped to pull weeds, rewire some of the electrical appliances, help get rid of mold, and put up new walls.
Meanwhile, the women of the group were holding down dorm rooms, cooking, and redecorating dorms. Terri McJunkins was head of a remodeling of junior high girls dorm rooms. She had collected comforters and quilts while in Nashville to take with her for this project.
“My favorite part of the whole trip was getting to see the girls’ faces light up when they went into their rooms after they were completely redone,” said Jenna Hendry.
In the afternoons the group would play and love on the kids that were in the orphanage. “They can’t always give as much attention to the kids as they would like to since there are so many of them. Thats where we come in. We go love on them and show them that Christ’s love is worldwide,” said Kaylie Efird.
The group of 30 stayed in a large room that had bunks. They were with another group from Washington state.
Along with helping get tasks done for Casa Aleluya, the Nashville team members had to take care of themselves.  Beverly Starr was in charge of the kitchen and getting everyone fed.
“I didn’t do it by myself. Every day three people came and helped me prepare for that day’s meals. They were all so willing to help and did such a great job,” said Starr.
“On the last day as I was saying my goodbyes, one of my girls came up to me and said, ‘I’m not going to cry this time because I know you’re coming back.’ This let me know that they trusted me enough to know I’d come back to see them,” said Vines.
Many people that went on the mission trip had been to Guatemala before and had the opportunity to see some of the same kids that they had years before. However, quite a few got to experience Casa Aleluya for the first time.
“After seeing the presentation from last year’s mission trip, I wanted to be part of this team, to learn about Casa and see what I could do to help out with the children and Casa,” said Dale Patrick.
Molly Sirigiri, a teacher at CCCUA Nashville, went on the trip as well. However, on her way home she was detained in Houston. Originally being from India, Sirigiri’s visa didn’t allow her to leave the country. However, when applying and getting a passport to go to Guatemala the officials didn’t tell her that.
After being held in a room like a prisoner for over 24 hours, the officials sent her back to India. Thankfully, Sirigiri is in good spirits and is already working to get back into the United States and keep on teaching.
“Satan did everything he could to steal our joy and to steal our mission and we never let him. Through it all everyone stayed focused on what God had planned for us to do,” said Kristy Vines.
After surviving a flat tire, earthquake, deportation, a stomach virus, and a storm preventing them from getting home on time, the First Baptist group finally made it home with full hearts and feeling accomplished on July 8.
“I think everyone should experience a mission trip. Most people in America take for granted having food, shelter, and a family that loves them every day. Casa provides all of those needs to them. And to go over to another country it is really an eye opener to how lucky we really are here in our little town of Nashville,” said Kaycee Patrick.

‘Nashville Leader’ earns first place in APA general excellence

HOT SPRINGS – The Nashville Leader won top honors in its division from the Arkansas Press Association Saturday afternoon at Embassy Suites in Hot Springs.
The Leader received first place in APA’s general excellence competition. The award was presented during a luncheon at the conclusion of APA’s summer convention. First place in general excellence is the newspaper equivalent of a state championship.
General excellence is based on the results of individual contests in writing, photography, design and coverage. Entries were published in 2013 and were judged by members of the Tennessee Press Association. The Leader competes in the medium weeklies division.
Including general excellence, the Leader received 17 awards in APA’s Better Newspaper Contest. They include five first-place awards, seven second place, two third place and two honorable mention.
First place awards and judges comments where available include the following:
News story – John R. Schirmer for “Indelible date: Nov. 22, 1963.” The story was Secret Service agent Clint Hill’s account of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. Hill spoke Oct. 30 at Arkansas State University. “Best writing and story flow,” the judge said. “I grew up with the assassination and still found plenty to keep my interest here.”
Best beat reporter – Schirmer for sports beat. “Complete coverage. Very well written. Good job,” the judge said.
Humorous column – Louie Graves for “1.4% disaster.” The judge said, “I laughed and laughed, and I reckon that’s what this category is all about.”
Headline writing – Emily Alexander for “About 10,550 kids called her Mrs. K.” The story was about the retirement of Jimmie Lou Kirkpatrick as Nashville Junior High secretary.
Coverage of health/medical – Louie Graves, John R. Schirmer, Emily Alexander, John Balch and Jana Copeland. The entry included six stories related to health and medical topics. “Great variety of reporting, and I like how your photos/layouts added to each story,” the judge said.
Second place awards include the following:
Sports news story – Schirmer for “MS resident avoids injury in bombing.”
Humorous column – Graves for “Flame in my ear.” Graves won first and second place in humorous column.
Single feature photo – Schirmer for “Cool treat,” a picture of Halton Howard eating a sno-cone at last year’s Relay for Life. “‘Rascally’ little boy brings brightness to serious subject,” the judge said. “Love the cap.”
Single sports action photograph – Schirmer for “Going after the ball.”
Picture page/photo essay – Schirmer for “Two in a row,” the Scrapperettes’ second consecutive state softball championship. “Stong entry, especially the shots showing emotion,” the judge said.
Coverage of education – Schirmer, Graves, Alexander, Ashley Starr- Thompson and John Balch. “Covers schools like dew on grass. Nice column by Louie tracking local Merit scholars,” the judge said.
Coverage of tourism – Alexander, Graves, Copeland, Schirmer and Balch. The judge said, “Particularly liked your photos of your events.”
Third place awards include the following:
Best sports page – Alexander and Schirmer.
Best special issue/section – Alexander, Schirmer, Tracy Denny-Bailey, Pam McAnelly. Farm Family of the Year.
Honorable mention awards include the following:
Single news photograph – Balch for “Arrival on Good Friday.”
Single sports feature photograph – Schirmer for “After the game.”
“We are especially pleased with the general excellence award,” Schirmer said. “It is based on all of the factors that make up a newspaper, including the way that a paper covers its community.”
The Leader received first place in general excellence for the second time in the past four years.

 

Silver Medal Winners

SILVER MEDAL. The Dierks FCCLA competed in the National competition in San Antonio, Texas. The team won the district competition in December of 2013 and competed in the state competition in February 2014. They received first place in state and advanced to the national competition where the students competed with other students from all over the United States. The girls received a silver medal at nationals in their event called Life Event Planning. The event was a research project over planning and accompanying financial challenges to execute their event. This is a great accomplishment for the Dierks FCCLA, according to FCCLA Advisor Adriana Hogg. Pictured (from left) are Hogg, Kourtney Fitzsimmons, Alyssa Ward and Cassidy Godfrey.

Unique garden opens at Ka-Do-Ha Indian Village

YOU PICK ‘EM. Kent Eatmon, 7, of Delight collects an ear of honey select corn at Caddoan Gardens in Murfreesboro.

By John Balch
Leader staff
The tomatoes are not quite ready and the cucumbers are just starting to bloom, but it won’t be long before the new Caddoan Gardens will be ripe for the picking.
The “you pick ‘em” garden is located at the Murfreesboro tourist attraction, the Ka-Do-Ha Indian Village, and offers a wide variety of vegetables and herbs to the locals as well as visitors. The two-acre garden will also include a farmers market and tours.
Houston Snow of Delight is the garden’s caretaker, according to the Indian Village manager, Karen Bush. “He’s the man with the plan. The master gardener.”
Snow was busy Monday morning trying to beat the heat of the day, collecting zucchini and yellow squash. A few rows over, Brenda and Kent Eatmon, also of Delight, were looking over the honey select corn for a few ears to take home. Brenda said she has a garden but did not plant any corn this year.
Snow said the goal of the garden is to be as organic as possible, opting for practices such as companion planting instead of insecticides to control the bugs. But, sometimes you’ve got to what you’ve got to do (Sevin Dust) to save the plants in the case of an infestation.
In an effort to maintain a healthy bee population, Snow, who keeps bees at home, does not apply the insecticides until after the bees have retired for the night. In the cool of the morning, fresh blooms open to reveal an inviting, dust-free interior.
“We need the bees,” said Snow, who added that his herb garden at home attracts at least six different types of bees. He hopes the herb garden at Ka-Do-Ha will do the same.
Besides zucchini, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers and corn, the garden is full of very tall sunflower plants, rows of okra, blueberries and black berries – which are ready to put on thanks to all the recent rains – a variety of peppers, watermelons and cantaloupes.
Snow is also experimenting with raising various gourds and kiwi.
“I read where (kiwi) will grow in this zone, so I’m giving that a try,” he said.
Bush said the garden is billed as a “you pick ‘em” garden but Snow comes in most days and collects what is ready to be picked.
“We realize some of the elderly folks can’t get out there and pick,” Bush said. “So, we will pick for them, if requested.”
The garden is located at 281 Kadoha Road in Murfreesboro.

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Great Adventure

I WARNED YOU last week that this week’s Mine Creek Revelations would be more about my trio’s trip Out West to see the Grand Canyon, Meteor Crater, Petrified Forest and Painted Desert, etc.
We left town on a Saturday morning and headed west thru De Queen to Antlers, Okla., and shortly afterward we got on the Indian Nations Turnpike. If you ever duplicate this route, take a zipper bag full of quarters for the toll booths. I believe the state of Oklahoma separated us from about $7 by the time we got off at Henrietta. We headed west on I-40 all the way to the Grand Canyon.
Our route took us through Oklahoma City and out into the panhandle. Before we got to the Texas line we had seen hundreds of spinning windmills.
We stopped at Amarillo for evening meal and decided to spend the night. It was here that something great happened — we could not get a room.
We tried many, many places in Amarillo, and a helpful night clerk even called other motels. Nothing, nada, nein.
Well, we’ll just keep driving and get a room in Tumcari, N.M., I told the clerk. Her response: “Sorry, but on a Saturday night you won’t find a room anywhere.”
We kept driving and at a wide, greasy spot in the road called Vega, Texas, we saw a motel sign far off the highway. We took a chance, and drove the half-mile to the place.
It was the motel from hell but they had a room.
We slept fitfully, worried it might be like this all the way to the Grand Canyon.
Something wonderful was when Julie decided to call ahead and get us a room for two nights in Winslow, Ariz., more or less in the middle of some of the things we planned to see. We were aware of a nice hotel in Winslow because we stopped there for breakfast on that previous trip.
The hotel’s name was La Posada. Julie called, and reserved the last big room that was available for two nights. Something wonderful.
La Posada means inn, guest house or lodging. The hotel was built by a man who commissioned a string of pre-Great Depression lodgings along the Santa Fe Railroad connecting east to west. It’s Spanish hacienda style, with desert gardens, a museum, art gallery and a gift shop loaded with silver and turquoise hand-made jewelry.
It also includes the Turquoise Room, a fine dining experience at all meals. One night I had a vegetable platter which included 10 different veggie dishes, few of which were familiar to me. One night I had buffalo flank steak salad with pickled beets and other strange stuff. Can I tell you that it was all so delicious?
Even Carsyn abandoned her finicky ways and sampled new foods. The restaurant prides itself on preparing organically-grown ingredients. Most of the stuff was grown or raised locally. My buffalo came from North Dakota.
Rooms were small and old, but well-restored. Lots of tile and southwest Spanish styling. The rooms were also named after famous people who actually spent the night in THAT room. We were in the Janet Napolitano room — she’s former Arizona attorney general, two-term governor, and now President Obama’s National Security Advisor. Next door was the Lauren Hutton room. Down the hall was the Doublemint Twins room. Also, rooms were named for John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Albert Einstein, Dwight Eisenhower, and many other luminaries of many fields. Many had stopped there while traveling on the Santa Fe.
I’d get up early and take coffee out to a bench in the garden which is located right by the railroad tracks. I mean RIGHT BY the tracks. There was a cool early breeze, and lots of birds singing and squawking. The ‘garden’ featured herbs and plants that survive in a semi-desert environment.
Winslow is mostly famous for the Eagles rock song mentioning “Standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona.” There is a corner downtown devoted to this song. In the window of one of the buildings is a painted reflection of a girl driving a flatbed Ford as per words of that song.
Staying in La Posada was most definitely one of the high points of our trip. We drove farther west on I-40 and spent a day at the Grand Canyon. Returned to La Posada and actually drove through a ‘dust devil’ full of flying sand and tumbleweeds.
On the last morning we drove to Meteor Crater, less than an hour away.
When we got our fill of that awesome place, we headed back east. Along the way Julie called ahead and we got the last room in Santa Teresa, Texas. We’ll always ahead try for advance accomodations on future trips, a lesson learned on our Great Adventure of 2014.
From Santa Teresa we retraced our route in a driving hurricane. Vicious winds and heavy rains. Finally, in Oklahoma, we drove out from under the bad weather and cruised on home. We had wisely accumulated quarters in the plastic bag to facilitate our passage through toll booths on the Turnpike.
Arkansas really looked good and green.
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SWEET DREAMS, BABY

Obituaries (Week of July 14)

Deronda Woodruff
Deronda Woodruff, 76, of Nashville, passed away on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in Little Rock.
She was born on March 3, 1938 in Nashville, the daughter of the late Oscar W. Copeland and Gwendolyn (Glasgow) Copeland.
She was a loving, wife and mother and member of the Immanuel Baptist Church for 52 years and where she kept the nursery for 35 years.
Survivors include her husband, Ronny of Nashville; one son, Michael Woodruff of Nashville; two daughters, Kimberly Woodruff and Sherry Lynn Woodruff Roberts both of Nashville; one brother, Thomas Copeland of Nashville; one sister, Phyliss Slayton of Little Rock; three grandchildren, Tarren Rhealynn Roberts of Russellville, Ark., Shera Leigh Smith of Mineral Springs, and Sgt. Jonathan Lee of Seal Beach, Calif. and one great grandchild, Kynsleigh Marie Smith of Mineral Springs.  A host of Nona Kids and other relatives and friends mourn her passing.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville with Bro. Glen Green and Bro. Paul Bullock officiating. Burial followed in County Line Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
Visitation was Friday, July 11, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at the chapel.
You may send an online sympathy message at www.latimerfuneralhome.com.
Raymond E. Crews
Raymond E. Crews, 57, of Murfreesboro, died June 30, 2014 at his home.
He was born in Murfreesboro July 7, 1956, the son of the late Jessie and Ella Crews.
He served in the US Marine Corps for four years.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Thomas Crews of Annona, Texas, Clifton Crews of Murfreesboro, and an infant brother, Ted Crews.
Survivors include: three brothers, James Crews of Lawton, Okla., David mack Crews of Prescott, and Danny Crews of Murfreesboro.
A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 11, at Oak Grove Cemetery near Murfreesboro.
Effie Jean Wilson
Effie Jean Wilson, 74, of Nashville, passed away on Monday, July 14, 2014 in Nashville.  She was born Feb. 16, 1940, the daughter of the late James Monroe Artre and Artie Mae Adair Artre.
She was  a retired cafeteria manager for the Nashville school systems and member of the Lone Oak Baptist Church in DeQueen.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Ray Wilson; two brothers, James Artre and Garland Artre; and two sisters, Lorene Lowder and Frankie Logan.
Survivors include: two daughters, Debbie Davis and husband, Floyd of Nashville, and Judy Smith and husband, Gerald Wayne of DeQueen; one brother, Walter Artre; four sisters, Ethel Baxter, Ila Hill, Helen Kitchens, and Jo Wainwright; five grandchildren, Jason and Joanna Davis, Jennifer Jones, Joshua and Jennifer Davis, Jarred and Ashley Smith, and Ashley Davis; and seven great-grandchildren; and one special friend, Don Whisenhunt. Numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends mourn her passing.
No services are announced at this time.
You may send an online sympathy message at www.latimerfuneralhome.com
Jo Ann Strong
Jo Ann Strong, 63 of Bingen, died Sunday, July 13, 2014.
She was born Nov. 6, 1950 in Bloomington, Ill., the daughter of the late Donald Frank and Ruth M. Chambers Williams.
She was a Registered Nurse and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Nashville.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Tom Williams.
Survivors include: her husband, Bob Syzdek of Bingen; two sons; Seth Strong and wife, Cheryl, and Bob Strong, all of Nashville; two daughters, Jami Strong and Lesli Strong, both of Nashville; a brother, Donny Williams, of Illinois and a sister; Hazel Chase of Phoenix, Ariz.; also five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church of Nashville with Rev. James Harris officiating.
Arrangements are by Brazzel/Oakcrest The Funeral Home of Hope.

Local college teacher denied U.S. re-entry after mission trip

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Tuesday afternoon, Molly Sirigiri of Nashville was on her way home from Guatemala, where she was a member of a local mission team which spent a week working at an orphanage near Guatemala City.
Less than 24 hours later, she was on her way back to her home country of India after being sent by authorities at Bush International Airport in Houston.
Sirigiri, a native of Hyderbad, India, is a member of the biological sciences faculty at Cossatot Community College University of Arkansas in Nashville. She attends First Baptist Church of Nashville and decided months ago to go on the Guatemala trip, along with members of FBC and other congregations in the area.
Sirigiri’s paperwork was acceptable to get her from Bill and Hillary Clinton Airport in Little Rock to Bush International to Guatemala City on July 1.
She made it back from Guatemala City to Houston at 3:55 p.m. July 8, and that’s where the trip ended.
Sirigiri was held in Houston. Other members of the mission team were first told that she would miss the flight they were on back to Little Rock but would be allowed to return Wednesday.
Those in the group tried to find out what had happened, but to no avail. Wednesday afternoon, Sirigiri was allowed to tell one of the team members that she was about to be put on a plane for India by way of Germany. That was the last contact with her.
The flight to Munich left Houston at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. From Munich, Sirigiri was to fly to New Delhi, India.
Sen. Mark Pryor’s office has become involved in the case, along other government officials and agencies.
UPDATE: Trip organizers say that a report on the incident says that Sirigiri was issued a visa in 2009. Apparently, the visa is only good for her to be in the United States. It does not allow her to travel outside of the U.S.
If for any reason she does leave, the visa is void and she is not allowed re-entry.
When Sirigiri traveled to Guatemala, she was not allowed re-entry. She will be allowed to reapply for her visa in India, where she is scheduled to arrive July 11.
The Nashville people who organized the trip were told that Sirigiri’s work at Cossatot Community College/UA will be able to help her get back to the states faster because that’s the reason she is here.
Sirigiri has her luggage and all of her belongings. The airlines are responsible for making sure she has food.
People in Nashville offered to wire her money, but her immediate needs are being taken care of.
Unanswered questions about the incident remain, including why Sirigiri wasn’t given an explanation when she was detained, and why she wasn’t notified that the visa appears to have been one-way.

Master Kraft closing after 53 years in business

By John Balch
Leader staff
Master Kraft Construction & Supply Company Inc., a business which has operated in Nashville for more than half a century, will close its doors later this month.
The company’s equipment and office contents will be sold at auction on July 16 by Blackmon Auction. The company’s building will be marketed for an extended time before it, too, will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. The company is currently not accepting any more business orders, according to a spokesperson.
Master Kraft specialized in a wide variety of construction-related items and services during its 53 years in business, including sheet metal work, welding, fabrication, industrial maintenance, sandblasting and concrete work. The company currently employs 20 workers but once employed close to 40 laborers.
Leon Parker first opened the company, known then as Parker’s Metal, in 1961 on Nashville’s Main Street. The business moved to its current location on Highway 27 North in 1975.
Master Kraft originated from deep roots that began long before the business opened, according to a company press release. Parker quit the eighth grade to pursue a business in the sheet metal industry. He first worked in an Arizona copper mine’s sheet metal plant and also attended refrigeration school to continue learning about the various industries.
“Once Parker obtained a significant amount of firsthand experience and knowledge of numerous trades, he moved his family back to the place they’d always called home in hopes of beginning a business of his own,” according to company history.
Parker integrated his family into the Nashville business and “believed in providing customers with the finest quality work at a fair price and prided himself on hard work, integrity and Christian values.”
Parker passed away in 1995 and his daughter, Elizabeth Crawford and her husband, Donald, took over the company. Crawford had had plenty of experience working with her dad and she adopted his stern work ethic.
“My dad was a great man who put his whole heart into Master Kraft,” Crawford said. “I learned at a very early age all the tools of the trade.”
Crawford recalled with a laugh how when she first started working for her dad that he kept all the company books and paperwork in shoe boxes. “It was quite a chore to get it all straightened out, but I wouldn’t have changed it for the world.”
Crawford is now preparing to close the company that encompassed much of her life.
“I’m so thankful to have been in business for 53 years,” she said. “I’m eternally grateful for all out loyal customers and vendors. While a part of me is sad to see my father’s legacy end, I’m truly looking forward to retirement.”
Howard County Judge Kevin Smith issued the following statement after learning of the closing: “It is always sad to see a business that has been here in Howard County close after 50-plus years. I am sure it has been a difficult decision for Master Kraft. We will miss Master Kraft and their involvement and in their service to our community. We wish all the best to the employees and families that this closing will affect.”
Nashville Mayor Billy Ray Jones echoed Judge Smith’s sentiment, stating, “I hate any business closing around here. Maybe someone will come along and pick up the pieces and move on.”

Horticulture specialist Janet Carson coming to Nashville

Janet Carson, horticulture specialist with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service and host of “Gardening from the Gardens” television segments on KATV, will present the program, “Continuous Color in Your Garden All Summer Long” at the Howard County Extension Homemaker Educational Center located on North Second Street behind the courthouse in Nashville.
The program will take place on Tuesday, July 15, beginning at 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend this free program, hosted by the Howard County Extension Homemakers.
Carson has worked with the Cooperative Extension Service for more than 20 years and was instrumental in initiating the Master Gardener program in Arkansas. She has been featured on several AETN programs and radio programs with timely programs on gardening and landscaping.
For more information, contact the Howard County Extension Service at 870-845-7517.

 

Howard, Pike school board filings

Howard County
School board position filings ended at 12 noon, Tuesday, and a number of candidates are seeking to fill the re-instated board at Mineral Springs.
Candidates by closing time were:
Zone 1 – none
Zone 2 – Dorothy J. Vaughn
Zone 3 – Zemeria Cecelia Newton, and Violet Kay Thornton
Zone 4 – Mike Erwin
Zone 5 – D.E. Ray and Robert Hawkins, Sr.
Zone 6 – Jaimie Gail Jackson, and Joann Walker
Zone 7 – William Dixon, Jr.
Of the candidates, Erwin, Walker and Dixon were serving on the board when it was dissolved last year by the state department of education.
There is a contested race for the open seat at Dierks. Incumbent Barry Stuard is challenged by Brad Garner.
At Nashville, incumbent Mark Canaday is the lone candidate.
The election will be Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Pike County
There will be three contested races in the Kirby School District during the annual school election.
Incumbent Mike Putz will be challenged by Bruce Stewart for the three-year Kirby Position 6 seat while Randy Stewart and Ronnie Whisenhunt will face off for the three-year Position 7 seat, which is currently held by Dewayne Mack. For the three-year Position 7 seat, currently held by Lynn Tolleson, Mark Foshee and Clay Krump will be on the ballot.
In the South Pike County School District, appointed incumbent Joe House of Delight filed unopposed for Zone 6’s five-year seat. No candidate filed for the Zone 3 seat, which is currently filled by Chris Sharp, who was appointed to the position. If no one files for the position and Sharp is reappointed, the seat will be up for election again in 2015; otherwise, it is a five-year term.
Only one candidate filed for the two seats up for election in the Centerpoint School District. Incumbent Dale Sutton filed for the five-year Zone 3 seat. No candidate filed for the Zone 4 seat, which is currently held by Kirk Pittman. Both zones are five-year terms.

Patriotic Gala: Music, fireworks part of Stand Up for America

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Stand Up for America attracted hundreds to the Nashville City Park July 4 for an evening of music, patriotism and fireworks.
Local entertainers performed for about one hour before Michael Hix and Holla of Dallas took the stage at the Nashville City Park.
The Texans sang for almost two hours before the fireworks began, offering music from the 1960s-‘80s, along with more recent country tunes.
Wendy Haddan introduced Mayor Billy Ray Jones, who welcomed the crowd as the program began, followed by Rev. Kevin Sartin with the invocation.
The color guard from Little Rock Air Force base posted the colors as Jenny Westbrook sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
After that, emcee Loren Hinton introduced a host of local singers, including Hailey Nunley, Greg Nunley, Don Porterfield, Jacee Martin, Ethan Kuntz, Hunter Burton, Savannah Halter, Kinley Martin, Allie Westbrook, Joshua Kuntz, Robin Wilson and Abby Furr.
The annual salute to veterans recognized servicemen and women from the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The veterans stood as the songs for their branches of the service were played.
Hix and his musicians wrapped up the entertainment, and the fireworks display concluded the evening.
Stand Up for America sponsors included Husqvarna, Wal-Mart, York Gary Autoplex, Tyson Foods, Dr. Glenn Lance, AEP/SWEPCO, First National Bank, Jan-Eze Plating, Ivan Smith Furniture Co., McDonalds, REA/Co-op, Lisa Chandler Insurance, First State Bank, Red River Federal Credit, Dr. Don Sitzes, The Print Shop, Woodruff Pawn, Little Red School House, Regions Bank, CCCUA/Nashville, Centerpoint Energy, R & J Supply and the Home Improvement Center.

Scrappers return to 7-on-7, conditioning following break

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
After a two-week break during the dead period required by the Arkansas Activities Association, the Scrappers returned to the weight room and 7-on-7 Monday.
“We had a good night,” Coach Billy Dawson said. “This was our first team night. We’ll have them every Monday in July.”
Offensive and defensive linemen worked in the Scrapper Dome. Those involved in 7-on-7 had practice on the playing field at Scrapper Stadium. After practice, players reported to the weight room.
“We’re getting there. We’re working on lifting and conditioning,” Dawson said. “We’re trying to get back in physical conditioning” after the break. “We’re in transition now with conditioning and getting back in shape.”
Dawson said Tuesday that the Scrappers were “a little better after the dead period than I thought they’d be. They looked good last night and this morning.”
The team will work on conditioning for the next three weeks “and continue team stuff. We’re trying to get better fundamentally.”
The Scrappers are also working on “getting stronger through the summer. We’ve pushed them a little more this sumer. That’s a good thing,” Dawson said.
Defensively, “The new scheme is coming along nicely. I like the energy and enthusiasm the kids have now. When it’s time, they’ll be excited and ready.”
The AAA dead period followed 7-on-7 competition and team camps in June.
More 7-on-7 is scheduled for July. Nashville will host 7-on-7 on Monday nights. Today (Wednesday) the Scrappers will travel to Magnolia for 7-on-7. Nashville will host 7-on-7 next Wednesday, July 16.
The first practice for the coming season will be Monday, Aug. 4.
Nashville’s first game will be Sept. 5 at Hope. The complete schedule for the regular-season includes the following:
Sept. 5 at Hope, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 12 De Queen, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 19 Watson Chapel, 7:30 p.m.
* Sept. 26 Arkadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
* Oct. 3 at Fountain Lake, 7 p.m.
* Oct. 10 Waldron, Homecoming, 7:30 p.m.
* Oct. 17 at Ashdown, 7:30 p.m.
* Oct. 24 at Mena, 7 p.m.
* Oct. 31 Malvern, Senior Night, 7:30 p.m.
* Nov. 7 at Bauxite, 7 p.m.
* District 7-4A game

Legislature concludes 3-day session

By Molly Freel
Leader staff
The Legislature met on Monday, June 31, at 4 p.m. for a special summer session to deal with school employee insurance, prison beds, and the lottery.
Sen. Larry Teague of Nashville said that the session ended on Wednesday July 2, at 12:15 a.m. with a result of three new bills passing.
The first bill had to do with teachers’ insurance and the changes that were going to be made for the 2015 school year. Teague says that now spouses of teachers who are offered insurance from their own job will not be allowed to be on teachers’ insurance. Lap band and other weight loss surgeries will no longer be covered by the insurance policy that the school is providing.
Teague said that the biggest change that the Legislature passed is that part-time workers such as bus drivers and cafeteria workers will no longer be offered insurance through the school system.
Teague did not vote for any of these things to pass. He believes that there is no reason to exclude part-time workers from the insurance that they already have. “The truth is if we are getting an adequate rate for insurance, then it shouldn’t matter; and we aren’t getting an adequate rate with a shortfall projected into this year and it’s just ridiculous. In my opinion it’s time to draw the line, get adequate rates with enough built in to build up some reserves and move forward.”
The next bill that was passed was for money to be moved around in order to be able to open 600 more prison beds in the state. Right now there are 2,900 backlogged prisoners in the state so officials are hoping that this gives prisons a little bit of relief though they know that this isn’t a permanent solution, Teague said.
Lastly, the Legislature passed a bill to keep the Lottery Commission from installing keno and other computer monitor games until March 2015. At that point the Legislature will probably reconsider a permanent ban on keno and monitor games.
Teague said that for the most part the three-day session was pretty uneventful except for a “hiccup with the budget committee” that he is in charge of. There were some wanting to move money around in order to increase prison guards’ pay, but the bill wasn’t included in the session.

Obituaries (Week of July 7)

Opal Cooley
Opal Cooley, 89, of Nashville, Ark., passed away on Sunday, July 6, 2014 in Nashville.  She was born Dec. 30, 1924 in Tokio, Ark., the daughter of the late Grover Theobalt and Ola Cooley Theobalt.
She was a member of the Eastern Star, Pairs and Spares Sunday School Class, United Methodist Women’s Group and Share Group. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Nashville.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Steuart Cooley; brothers, Hollis Theobalt, Coy Theobalt, and Grady Theobalt; and one sister, Jean Hampton.
Survivors include her son, Don Cooley and wife, Lynne of Nashville; one daughter, Kathy Schmidt of Little Rock; four grandchildren, Todd Cooley and wife, Lisa, Kristi Simms, Paige Fisher and husband, Bryan, and Brandon Schmidt; and three great-grandchildren. A host of other relatives and friends mourn her passing.
Services will be Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville with Bro. Billy Dawson and Bro. James Harris officiating. Burial to follow at Restland Memorial Park in Nashville under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
Visitation will be on Thursday from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.
You may send an online sympathy message at www.latimerfuneralhom.
Mary Elizabeth Power Andrews
Mary Elizabeth Power Andrews, 55, of Hot Springs, Ark., passed away at her home on Thursday, July 3, 2014.
She was born on Feb. 20, 1959 in Tulsa, Okla., the daughter of the late Glen and Patricia Holliday Power.
She was preceded in death by her father Glen Power, her mother Patricia Holliday Power, a brother, Paul Power, and two brothers-in-law, Freddy Blaine and Pete Cobb.
Those left to cherish her many memories include her husband, Terry Andrews of Hot Springs, Ark.; children, Amanda Bearden and husband, Shawn, of Prescott, Ark., Christopher Smith and wife, Summer, of Arkadelphia, Ark., Ashley Quidera and husband, Raul, of Prescott, Ark., and Alyssa Andrews and fiancé, David Altom of Texarkana, Ark.; her stepmother, Ouida Power of Nashville, Ark.; four siblings, Virginia Anderson and husband, Frank, of Richardson, Texas; Becca Blaine of Nashville, Ark., Abby Cobb of Atlanta, Ga., Greg James and wife, Teresa, of Blue Springs, Mo.; six grandchildren, Hunter, Elijah, Jeweleeanna, Isaiah, Alivia, and Aliyah; her ex-husband and friend, Michael “Smitty” Smith; and her beloved furbabies, Baby Bear and Pogo of Hot Springs; as well as many nephews, nieces, and a host of friends, and family.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, July 7, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Nashville, with Bro. David Blase officiating. Burial followed at Restland Memorial Park under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home.
Visitation was 3-5 p.m. Sunday, July 6, 2014 at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville.
You may send an online sympathy message at www.latimerfuneralhome.com
James Willis
James Willis, 72, of Nashville, died Saturday, July 5, 2014 at his home.
He was born Nov. 29, 1941 in Blevins, the son of the late Monroe S. and Vivian Crawford Willis.
He was a member of the Ridgeway Baptist Church.
Survivors include: his wife, Marilyn Willis, of Nashville; two sons, Randy Willis of Grand Prairie, Texas and David Willis of Hope; a daughter, Cindy Willis, of Nashville; a brother, Sonny Willis, of Angleton, Texas; a sister, Mildred Honea, of Lake Jackson, Texas; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Ridgeway Baptist Church with Bro. Larry Sherman officiating. Arrangements by Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville.
Send an online sympathy message at www.latimerfuneralhome.com.
Cora M. Chasteen
Cora M. Chasteen, age 96 of Nashville, Ark., passed away, Saturday, July 5, 2014 in Nashville. She was born March 3, 1918 near Nashville to the late T.A. and Ada Wakefield Wesson.
Cora and her husband, Chasteen, had a blessed and fulfilling life. With her husband Chasteen being a Chief Master Sergeant in the Air Force, they traveled to Europe and lived in England, and Japan. Returning to the states they lived in Wichita Falls, Texas. In 1988 they returned to Cora’s home town of Nashville, Ark., and resided here until her passing. Cora attended the First Christian Church in Nashville until her health failed.
Preceding her in death, along with her parents, was a brother, Otis Wesson; 2 sisters, Lola Wesson and Verna Wilkes. Also, a niece, Margaret Stone, and 2 nephews, Tommy Wesson, and Joe Stone.
Her survivors she leaves behind include a nephew, Larry Wesson and wife, Jane, of Nashville; 3 nieces, Karen Inma and husband, Jim, of Memphis, Dana Stone of Fort Worth, and Brenda Morgan and husband, Joe, of New Braunfels, Texas; a host of other family and friends too numerous to name.
Graveside services will be Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Restland Memorial Park Cemetery in Nashville with Bro. Bob James officiating.  Arrangements are under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home. The family received friends at the funeral home on Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. until service time. You may send the family an online sympathy message to nashvillefh.com.

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: ‘That’ deep hole

GREAT ADVENTURE 2014. This will probably take more than one column. Those of you who were anxiously looking for another treatise on J-Turns will just have to be patient.
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Hey Carsyn, I asked my granddaughter and traveling companion, what is the longest word in the world?
She, being a bright 11-year-old, searched her vocabulary for longish words, but finally told me she didn’t know.
This is actually an old joke from a ‘Boys Life’ magazine issue of many eons ago. The answer is ‘Smiles’ because it’s a mile between the first and last letters. Get it?
And the biggest smile was on my face at the farthest point of our trip. I had seen the Grand Canyon twice before, but neither Carsyn nor daughter Julie had. So, as we approached the safety fence barrier at the South Rim Visitor’s Center overlooking this Wonder of the World, I was watching their faces instead of looking out into that great expanse. The look of amazement on those precious faces was one of the great rewards of this, our fourth, Great Adventure. Our first view of the canyon was at Mather Point, about a five-minute walk from the visitor’s center.
“Oh my gosh,” Julie raved, ”I have seen this so many times on TV and in movies, but I had no idea it was so huge!” That’s the general reaction. Carsyn just quietly took it all in.
We spent a day driving up and down the South Rim, getting out of our buggy to partake of new vistas. Each one was thrilling. We could have ridden the free shuttle buses to all points, but opted to drive ourselves.
There were so many experiences in addition to the huge views and colorful landscape.
We noticed the sound of the wind as it whipped up and down canyon walls. We listened to the birds, particularly those giant ravens. One park guide pointed out a ‘dogfight’ in progress between a peregrine falcon and a turkey buzzard. He said people had reported seeing a California condor gliding around nearby. There were bluebirds, huge bluebirds.
We noticed the smell. It’s like heated pine resin. Heated because the air temp was in the high 90s. We needed to buy water at practically every stop.
We noticed the visitors. On our trip to Mt. Rushmore two years ago I thought the place was covered up with visitors from abroad. But that was NOTHING like the Grand Canyon. I know we heard people speaking in German, French, Hindu, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese, and surely some other languages that I didn’t recognize. There were even some people speaking Long Island and Bronx.
The final stop was at a place where someone built a stone observation tower waaaaay back in the 30s. I huffed and puffed my way up the narrow winding staircase to the fourth floor, telling myself I had to see and do everything because I’d not be back this way again.
I made Carsyn promise that she would bring her own children and grandchildren to see the Grand Canyon and the other wonderful places along the way of our 2014 Great Adventure.
Our canyon adventure took up most of a day. We were staying about 150 miles away in Winslow, Ariz. As we drove out of the park we saw a number of vehicles pulled over to the side of the road. Fearing that there was an accident I approached slowly. But, people were pointing into the woods. We looked. It was a mammoth elk, rubbing his velvety antlers on a hardwood tree. He scarcely took notice of us.
Smiles.
THERE WERE other worthy places on our trip. On the way to the Grand Canyon, we stopped off in New Mexico to see Bandaras Volcano and Ice Cave. From there we drove through the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest national parks. These were places Julie and I had seen before but without Carsyn. Now she was old enough to understand. And remember.
Our base of operations was in Winslow, Ariz., not too far from the Grand Canyon and the other item of our affection: Meteor Crater. After checking out of our hotel we drive the short distance to Meteor Crater and spent the morning. And when we were done our buggy was already turned toward home.
Smiles.
The drive was 2,865 miles.
In my next column, I will tell you about the drive, itself, and the wonderful place where we spent two nights.
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WITTY AND WISE STUFF FROM my friend out Corinth way: Holding bacon under cold running water will reduce its shrinkage.
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HE SAID: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist and poet
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SHE SAID: “A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.” Lana Turner, actress
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SWEET DREAMS, Baby

New district conservationist announced

READY TO START. Che Gordon, new District Conservationist for the Mike Creek Soil Conservation District, was welcomed and introduced Thursday night, June 26, at a dinner honoring the 2014 Farm Family of the Year. With the new official is his wife, Kimberly. They both have ties to Delight.

The Mine Creek Soil Conservation District’s new conservationist can count on the fingers of one of his sizable hands the number of Delight High School grads he knows who started off to become agri teachers but eventually found careers in other fields.
That number is remarkable, he says, from his vantage point which is also connects Delight to agriculture.
Chu Gordon is the new District Conservationist for the Mine Creek Soil Conservationist, succeeding Clint Ramsey who served here for 24 years before his retirement.
Gordon and his wife, Kimberly, were present Thursday night at a conservation district event which also honored the Mark and Karen Kitchens family, Howard County’s Farm Family of the Year.
Gordon is a 1993 graduate of Delight High School, who went on to get his bachelor and master of science degrees in agriculture from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He began his career with various soil conservation districts in 1997 as a student trainee in Missouri.
He went on serve as a conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Services offices in Hope, covering Hempstead and Nevada counties; Lewisville, covering Lafayette and Columbia counties; North Little Rock, covering Pulaski and Saline counties; before finding his way ‘home.’ Now he’ll be working in both Howard and Pike counties.
Thursday night at the farm family steak cookout at the spacious horse barn on the farm of district board chairman Mark Millwood, Gordon said that he and his wife, Kimberly, and son, Connor, age 2, were looking to purchase a home in or near Nashville.
Kimberly has her own connection to Delight where she attended schools through the seventh grade before moving to Houston. She has relatives living around Delight. Her maiden name was Silva. She is a CPA working for a Little Rock firm, and she said that she would be able to do her work for her firm from home.
Gordon’s family owns 410 acres of Pike County land along the Little Missouri River. He is a cattleman with his father.
Members of the district’s governing board and spouses were present, including chairman Mark Millwood, Kirk Bell, Joe Martin and Cotton Cothren. Board member John Jamison was unable to attend.
Also present were district staff members including water quality technician Jana Gills, who was observing her birthday, district technician Tanner McAlister, and district manager Louise Morris.

Stand Up for America this Friday in Nashville

The annual Stand Up for America celebration will be held Friday, July 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Nashville City Park.
The evening will include a patriotic program, a Texas singer and a fireworks display.
The featured entertainer will be Michael Hix of Dallas, Texas. Hix is a pop, rock and soul singer, producer, actor and emcee. He has performed across the United States for the past 15 years.
Hix has opened and performed with Cher, Bret Michaels, Sara Evans, George Jones, Willie Nelson and Loretta Lynn, among others. He recorded his first album, “Green Light,” in 2011 and is preparing to record his second album.
For 10 years, Hix produced, emceed and performed in a weekly variety show entitled Arlington Live in Arlington, Texas.
The admission price will increase from $1 to $5 for adults at the Stand Up event.
Chamber of commerce manager Mike Reese said the scheduled entertainment was well worth the increase in admission price. Reese said Hix and his seven-piece band specialize in pop hits from the ’60s-’80s. “I think you’ll be pleased with his high-energy show,” Reese said.
Admission for children ages 3-12 will be $3; adult tickets are $5, and up front reserved seating with seats provided will be $10.
“We have tickets for Stand Up available here at the chamber. Avoid the line at the
ticket booth at the park and buy your Stand Up tickets early,” Reese said.
Reese said he thought this would be the 25th gala since it got its “Stand Up” name. A Fourth of July event has existed here for about 35 years, he speculated.
As usual, a part of the show will be dedicated to local veterans of military service. Concessions will also be available. Reese reminded event-goers to bring lawnchairs but not coolers.
The schedule includes:
6 p.m. – gates open
6:30-7:30 – patriotic show
7:30-9:30 – Michael Hix show
9:30 – aerial fireworks display
The city park is located at 1301 Johnson St. in Nashville.

FBC receives recognition

CHURCH RECOGNIZED. First Baptist Church of Nashville received two awards Sunday morning, June 29, from the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. First Baptist was recognized for being in the top 6 percent of churches its size for giving to the denomination’s Cooperative Program. The church was also ranked 24th overall out of 1,523 ABSC churches in Cooperative Program giving. Debbie Moore (right) of the state convention made the presentation to Rev. Kevin Sartin, FBC pastor.

On a Mission

GUATEMALA MISSION TEAM. Thirty-one area residents left Tuesday morning, July 1, for Guatemala, where they will work with the Casa Aleluya orphanage near Guatemala City. The team includes members of several area churches. They will return to Nashville July 8. The group includes (front row) Steve McJunkins, Terri McJunkins, Beverly Starr, Molly Sirigiri, Dale Patrick, Brad Vines, Kristy Vines, David Carver, Miesha Carver and Denise Graves; (second row) Sara Renfrow, Kala Sparks, McKayla Vines, Kaylea Carver, Jackie Martinez, Kaycee Patrick, Ruth Organista, Sadie Prejean, Malisa Kennedy, Hannah Vines and Maddie McJunkins; (back row) Caleb Newton, Joel Hendry, Braden Hood, Trey Scott, Andy Graves, Jenna Hendry and Kirby Kell. (Not pictured: Kaylie Efird and Jennifer Wright)

Nashville council seeks funding to expand shop

By Louie Graves
Leader staff
By a 7-2 vote the Nashville City Council has authorized Mayor Billy Ray Jones to apply for a grant to buy part of the former Nashville Crate Company property and turn it into expanded site for the city shop.
The resolution seeks a grant of $55,000 to buy the property. Howard County, which has its shop adjacent to the Nashville shop, would buy another chunk of the former crate manufacturing site for its own shop use.
Voting against the resolution were Aldermen Matt Smith and Mike Milum.
The city will seek the funding from the Arkansas Rural Development Commission.
The city may take steps to limit the use of a narrow bridge over Mine Creek by heavily-laden feed trucks making their way to the Pilgrim’s mill. Possible steps to be taken include police presence to issue tickets, or a metal frame limiting the height of truck trailers which can access the bridge. The city recently performed repairs to the bridge, and Public Works Director Larry Dunaway and Mayor Jones said that heavy trucks rattled the structure and will shorten its life. The trucks’ other access to the mill is less convenient.
Aldermen approved expenditure of $30,000 to extend sewer improvements another 1,000 feed down the east side of the city. Dunaway told the council that the city already had purchased the pipe, and had no hope of returning it. The use of the pipe to renovate the sewer is expected to pay off in storm water runoff relief.
Code enforcement officer David Johnson discussed a zoning change for a stretch of South Main and possibly a block of Bell Street where the zoning, Highway Commercial, prevents rebuilding of homes in a mostly residential area. The city will pursue making the change.
Present for the regular meeting for June were Mayor Jones, counsel George Steel, City Clerk Liz McDaniel, PWD Dunaway, Police Chief Dale Pierce, Financial Officer Jimmy Dale, and council members Milum, Smith, Freddy Brown, Nick Davis, Monica Clark, Jimmie Lou Kirkpatrick, Kay Gathright, James Parker, Carol Mitchel and Andy Anderson. Also, alderman-elect Donna Harwell.

Area students gain glimpse of medical careers through MASH

MEDICAL PROGRAM. Ali Barfield of Nashville and Derek Hill of Dierks are among the area students who participated in the MASH program June 16-23 at the UAMS center in Texarkana.

By Molly Freel
Leader staff
Ali Barfield, an upcoming junior at Nashville High School; and Derek Hill, an upcoming senior at Dierks High, were both accepted into the MASH program held in Texarkana.
MASH (Medical Applications of Science for Health) gives students a two-week glimpse into the lives of doctors and what they do. This year the MASH program hosted 24 students from June 16-27.
During this two week-week time period which ran from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day, the students get to become CPR certified, learn how to stitch wounds up, put casts on people, become first aid certified, get to work in the ER, and observe surgeries.
They are based at the UAMS center in Texarkana and go out to Wadley Regional Medical Center and Christus St. Michael Hospital for observation and on-field experiences.
For Barfield, the program has already been life changing. “Going into the program I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be a physical therapist or an RN. From what all I have seen and learned, it has helped me to make my choice. I’ve observed that RNs are everywhere and constantly doing something, so I think that’s what I see myself doing in the future.”
Barfield said that her favorite part about the program so far is getting to work in the ER. “It’s so fast paced that you never get bored,” she said. She also expressed how much she enjoyed watching surgeries and getting to see how the doctors take something that is so broken and fix it.
Barfield said that they even got to help deliver a baby from a dummy that talks to you!
Hill’s reasoning for getting into the program was to get a general idea of different types of medical occupations. “So far the program has been really fun. I like how everyone is always willing to share their knowledge of professions,” he said. Hill plans on becoming either a sports doctor or an athletic trainer in the future.
Both Hill and Barfield say that they would suggest this program to other students.
Any student that is a sophomore or junior with a minimum 3.0 GPA may apply.

HMH planning for new doctors; additional office building considered

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
With at least the possibility of four new physicians moving to Nashville by 2017, Howard Memorial Hospital is looking for ways to provide office space for them.
Dr. Syed Javed will open his practice in Nashville later this year in the Medical Office Building on the HMH campus.
Dr. Rianot Amzat has signed an offering letter to begin her practice in Nashville in the summer or fall of 2015.
Dr. Mgoz Idilenna Wilkins has signed an offering letter and is reviewing an employment agreement to practice in Nashville.
Dr. Catie Ross, salutatorian of the class of 2005 at Nashville High School, has graduated from UAMS and is in her family practice medical residency at Jonesboro. She will complete her residency in 2017 and “will talk to us about coming back,” hospital CEO Debra Wright said at the June 24 board meeting. Dr. Ross is the daughter of Dr. John and Patricia Sayre of Nashville.
The Medical Office Building will accommodate three doctors. Dr. Brian Oge is already located there, and Dr. Javed’s practice will be in the facility. Dr. Amzat will occupy the final office at the Medical Office Building.
Wright discussed the possibility of another office project on the hospital campus. “We need room for four providers and an additional 1,000 square feet for outpatient services,” she said.
The current office building has 4,890 square feet. The projected facility would be about 7,500 square feet in order to house an extra physician and the outpatient clinic.
Wright asked the Howard Memorial Hospital Foundation board about building the new office space during a meeting last month. The Foundation built the current Medical Office Building.
“Board members said they would rather the hospital board handle the next building project,” Wright said.
The cost of the project will be about $1.2 million, according to Wright, including the purchase of land from the Foundation and the cost of constructing the building.
Board member Paul Britt, who also serves on the Foundation board, said the Foundation “has $490,000 in debt responsibility for now. If we accept the responsibility to build a $1.2 million facility, it will stretch the Foundation’s ability to provide equipment and funds for the hospital. It would be better for the hospital to build the Medical Office Building.”
Britt said HMH has about $4.5 million cash in the bank, which is “$1.5 million more than what had been projected. That would pay for the building. The money belongs to the taxpayers of Howard County. We would be putting it back into health care.”
Architect Mark Bailey was scheduled to visit the hospital campus to look at the possible site for the building.
No action was taken on the proposed building.
In other business at last week’s board meeting, Arkansas’s private option health insurance program continues to benefit HMH, according to CFO Bill Craig. “The private option has been a good deal for our hospital,” he said. “Fewer uninsured patients mean more money for the hospital and in the emergency department.”
Howard County has 1,101 residents who have been approved for the private option, according to figures from the Department of Human Services.
May was “a very good month” for outpatient services and the emergency department, Craig said. Outpatient visits were at 112 above budget, and the emergency department was up 67 visits.
May was the “fourteenth consecutive month for us to meet our cash on hand goal,” Craig said. HMH has 124 days of cash on hand, compared to the target of 100 days.
However, the hospital experienced a shortfall of 2.6 patients per day, leaving the inpatient average daily census at 37 percent below budget. “That’s more than $100,000 in cash collection,” Craig said.The hospital lost about $57,200 for the month.
One credentialing item was discussed last week. Carmen Hoffmeyer, a registered nurse, was appointed to the wound care team.
Britt’s tenure on the board concluded at the June meeting. He has served since 2008. “It’s been a learning experience. I hope I’ve made a difference and have done something that’s made healthcare better.”
Board chairman Brenda Ward presented a plaque to Britt.

 

‘Awesome week’ – Former Scrapper plays for West All-Stars

SCRAPPER ALL-STARS. Nashville All-Stars visit after the West defeated the East 23-14 Friday night in the state All-Star game at the University of Central Arkansas. They include West All-Star cheerleaders Avery Kesterson and Kathleen Lance, West All-Star football player Cameron Alexander, West All-Star cheerleading coach Susan Renfrow and West All-Star cheerleader Emily Herzog.

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Former rivals became teammates Friday night for the Arkansas East-West All-Star football game at Estes Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas. The West won 23-14.
For former Scrapper offensive lineman Cameron Alexander, All-Star Week was “great. The best part was meeting everybody.”
Alexander’s West team included players from fellow District 7-4A members Ashdown, Arkadelphia and Malvern. “It was neat. We had the best players from our conference,” Alexander said.
Players from throughout the state were assigned to the East and West teams, and the listings didn’t always follow geographic lines. For example, the West roster included players from the Pine Bluff area, while the East had athletes from Parkers Chapel and Russellville.
Two of Alexander’s new friends came from Charleston – Chance Shelby and Levi Young.
Future teammates at Ouachita Baptist University were there also, including Kris Oliver, Davon Potts of Hope and Austin Kirkpatrick of Gurdon.
Incoming seniors Ty Storey of Charleston and Jake Hall of Har-Ber visited. Both are committed to the University of Arkansas in 2015. “Ty came to the basketball game. He brought us Taco Bell. He’s a good guy,” Alexander said.
Players reported to Conway Monday, June 23. They had “two contact practices a day and a mental practice at night,” Alexander said.
The coaching staff provided wrist bands with the plays on them. “They tried to simplify things” to prepare the team in a short amount of time, Alexander said.
Alexander played at center in the All-Star game. “They told me Monday that’s where I was playing,” he said.
Players practiced and attended the All-Star games in other sports during the week. When game day arrived, they reported to the stadium for their pre-game routine and introductions. As soon as the stadium announcer introduced “Number 78, Cameron Alexander of Nashville,” a thunderstorm hit the Conway area. Players, coaches and officials scurried into the football program offices and dressing rooms at Estes Stadium, and fans did their best to get out of the rain as well.
The downpour hit shortly before 7 p.m. and resulted in a one-hour delay because of accompanying lightning. Arkansas Activities Association rules spell out the time between the last bolt of lightning and the time that play can begin.
Once players reported back to the purple and gray artificial playing surface, the game began and the West immediately took control. Two quick touchdowns gave the West All-Stars a 14-0 lead after the first quarter.
Alexander started at center and played the first, third and fourth quarters.
A new offensive unit and a new defensive unit played the second quarter and gave up two touchdowns to the East subs. The score was tied at 14-14 at halftime.
First teamers played most of the second half for both squads.
“The score didn’t do justice to the game,” Alexander said. “The West was the superior team on the field. Our first team defense was great. They didn’t give up a point all night. Our starters outscored the East 23-0. It was a good group.”
Overall, the All-Star experience was “pretty cool. It was neat getting to see the guys and have fun together. It was a great experience.”
The All-Star selection was among a number of honors for Alexander following the 2013 season. He was named the Scrappers’ Most Valuable Player, All-District, All-State and was picked for the All-Star game. In February, he signed a national letter-of-intent to play at Ouachita Baptist. Alexander received the Scrapper Award at the sports banquet in May. The award recognizes the top Scrapper athlete in all sports.
All-Star Week was “a great experience. I’m glad I was chosen by the coaches in our conference. The game was fun. So were the practices. I met new friends that I’ll go visit some. I saw [former Scrapper assistant Zach] Watson. It was an awesome week,” Alexander said.

 

Internet stalker among 3 sentenced in Pike County

A 23-year-old Winthrop man was sentenced to time in the state prison Monday after pleading “no contest” to the charges of Internet stalking of a child and possessing drugs after he was taken into custody.
Roy Lynn Scott entered the plea Monday in Pike County Circuit Court. He was sentenced to a total of five years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.
According to case information, Scott was arrested by Pike County authorities after he engaged in online activity, which included “explicit sexual chats,” with a person he thought was a 15-year-old girl. He also had emailed the subject a explicit picture and later arranged to met the girl, who was actually a Pike County lawman posing as a child on a social media account.
When Scott was arrested in March, he was taken into custody and was being booked at the county jail when authorities found him to be in possession of five pills, commonly known as Xanax. Scott had steadily maintained he was not in possession of any contraband during the booking process. The drugs resulted in the charge of furnishing, prohibited articles in a detention facility.
Scott was sentenced to five years on each charge with the sentences to run concurrently.
Also Monday in Pike County, Rodney D. Shields, 42, of Glenwood pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of a firearm by a certain person. He was sentenced to three years of probation, fined $1,500 and ordered to forfeit his weapon to a Glenwood pawn shop.
Dalton Ray Jordon, 22, of Nashville also pleaded guilty Monday to the charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to five years of probation and fined $2,000 plus court costs.

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: We Meet Again

MOVIE TRIVIA: Legendary screen lover Rudolph Valentino’s real name was Rodolfo Alfonzo Raffaelo Pierre Filibert Guglielmi de Valentina d’Antonguolla.
And that’s not as hard to spell as some of the names I see on school honor rolls these days.
Or on the court docket. You rarely see the same name at both places.
What? You’ve never heard of Rudolph Valentino?
Truth is, I’ve never seen any of his movies, but he — like me — has the reputation of being a great romantic.
I’m too modest to speak further on this topic.
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DURNED IF HE DO.
DURNED IF HE DON’T.
I ran breathlessly into a downtown business. “Who is in the white Chrysler outside?” I asked as soon as I could catch my breath.
“It’s my car, young man,” a rather stern matron spoke up. This lady seemed strangely familiar to me but I just couldn’t quite remember where I’d seen her.
In my usual polite way, I informed her that I could tell from the angle of the Chrysler’s front wheels that she had made a J-Turn into that parking spot.
“So what?” she responded.
In my usual polite way I informed her that making a J-Turn in the Central Business District was a serious offense, and that she was lucky that my mayor hadn’t gotten around to deputizing me otherwise she’s be holding a traffic ticket.
As soon as I could catch my breath again, I told her in my usual polite way that IF she had indeed been presented that traffic ticket, she’d have to post a sizable cash bond or at the least put on her Sunday go-to-meeting clothes for a date in Judge Steel-Gunter’s court where there is very, very little mercy shown to J-Turners.
“Young man, I don’t put up with much from riff-raff such as yourself,” she huffed.
And that was when I remembered where I’d seen her before.
Both of my regular readers may remember a column in which I described picking up the car keys that I had dropped on Main Street beside my buggy. A few months earlier, I wouldn’t have been able to bend over and scoop up those keys. But since I had been attending the flexibility class at the hospital, I now felt like I could just bend over and grab those keys off the asphalt.
I took a deep breath, bent from the waist and reached for the keyring.
I had no more than touched those keys when I heard a stern voice:
“Young man, are you mooning me?”
Yes, I was.
I was so ashamed that I unlocked my buggy and drove away without meeting her stern gaze.
And now the fates had presented me a chance to get even with that awful humiliation.
I got my cell phone and tried to reach the mayor in hopes that he’d deputize me over the phone.
No such luck. He was out in the chicken houses, a city hall person told me. “And he don’t take his phone  in there with them chickens because the ringtone upsets them.”
I told the lady that her luck was holding, but that surely I’d be deputized by the next time she dared to pull a J-Turn in Nashville, Howard County, Arkansas, USA.
“Young man, my sister’s nephew is mayor of this town, and I’m going to tell him how crazy you are,” she said.
So, if she’s telling the truth I may have hurt my chances at getting deputized any time real soon.
But I will not give up hope, and I ask all my Facebook Friends to tell the mayor that the stern ole lady is greatly exaggerating what I may or may not have said to her in the heat of the moment.
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MAKING SENSE. Let me repeat my suggestion about your vote in the November General Election. If you see a candidate’s print or television ad, and he or she appears to be running against someone other than their opponent, consider giving your support to the opponent. I like it when a candidate runs on his or her own merits, not capitalizes upon hatred of an officeholder from another state. In virtually every case, a candidate can do nothing to prevent anything or undo anything that Pelosi or Obama or Limbaugh or Glenn Beck have said or have allegedly done. The candidate and his/her ad agency doesn’t think much of your intelligence.
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WITTY AND WISE STUFF FROM my friend out Corinth way: When you eat celery you are technically exercizing. Eating and digesting celery requires more calories than you can get from the celery.
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HE SAID: “How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” Theodor Seuss Geisel
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SHE SAID: “The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what it was, nor forward to what it might be, but living in the present and accepting it as it is now.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh, author and aviator
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SWEET DREAMS, Baby

Obituaries (Week of June 30)

John Allen Lamb
John Allen Lamb, 66 of Nashville, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014 in Texarkana.
He was born April 25, 1948, in Nashville to the late Obe and Ruby Clouse Lamb. He was retired from Terminix and was an Army veteran. He was also a Baptist.
Survivors include: his brother, William “Bill” Lamb of Nashville
Graveside services were Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Restland Memorial Park with Bro. David Blase officiating. The family received friends at Nashville Funeral Home on Saturday night from 6-8.
Send the family an online sympathy message to nashvillefh.com.

Ronny K. Woods Wildlife Trail dedicated at city park

GRAND OPENING. Family and friends gather Friday morning for the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the Ronny K. Woods Wildlife Trail. The group includes (front row) Donny Woods, Nikki Cherry, Donnell Woods, Blane Woods, Sue Woods and Mayor Billy Ray Jones; (back row) Freddie Horne, Dale Patrick, James Reed, Deb Kinkade, Bobby Keaster, Zona Woods, William Woods, Kathy Impson, Shawn Woods, Kirsten Bartlow and Brandi Woods

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Family and friends of the late Ronny Woods joined Nashville city officials under a tent Friday morning to dedicate the Ronny K. Woods Wildlife Trail at the Nashville City Park.
One by one, speakers told of Woods’ efforts on behalf of the park and the entire city.
At the end of the program, twin brother Donny Woods presented a check for $10,000 to the Nashville Park and Recreation System to complete a pavilion next to the wildlife trail.
“The plans for the Ronny K. Woods Memorial Trail include … a pavilion that will enhance the use of the trail. Many friends and park lovers have made contributions toward the completion of this pavilion. To ensure that the pavilion is timely completed, the Woods family is honored on this occasion to present to the Nashville Park and Recreation System our contribution in the amount of $10,000,” Donny said.
Park director Nikki Cherry, park commission chairman Freddie Horne and Mayor Billy Ray Jones accepted the donation on behalf of the city.
Earlier in the program, Cherry said Kirsten Bartlow from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission was instrumental in obtaining a grant of $88,400 for the wildlife trail. Cherry said that Ronny Woods “holds a special place in our hearts. He wasn’t just on a board; he actually worked. He helped acquire the property.”
Mayor Jones said that if Nashville “had two or three Ronnys who did half of what he did, the community would be way better. He gave his time unselfishly. This is a small thing we can do for Ronny.”
Horne thanked those who had helped with the wildlife trail from its planning until completion. He listed a number of individuals and organizations, and he said the Rotary Club of Nashville donated $500 toward the project.
Project designer Ken Eastin of Eastin Outdoors Inc. said the walking trail will have “a great role in the community.”
Then it was Donny Woods’ turn. “Ronny loved Nashville, and he wanted to be involved. He and I often discussed how blessed we were and how good the people of Nashville have been to us. We both felt that we had an obligation to give something back to the community that makes it a better place to live, work and raise families.
“When Ronny got involved with a project, he gave it everything he had. If he told you he would do something, you could count on it being done. If there was an event going on in the park, he was going to be present and accounted for.”
Organizations in which Ronny was involved included the Chamber of Commerce, KNVL-TV, the Howard County Children’s Center, the Rotary Club, the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Nashville Volunteer Fire Department and Immanuel Baptist Church of Nashville. “He left his handprints in so many places and in so many ways that it is hard for me to go anywhere in this community and not be reminded of him,” Donny said.
When Ronny became a member of the park commission, he immediately began to refer to the park as “his park,” Donny said. “The park was a place he and I spent more time together, walking the trails, than any other place with the exception of our office. It was quality time spent together rehashing the events of the day, making plans – both personal and business. The park was a place of relaxation and a place where we tried to improve or at least maintain our health as many others do.
“Today, when I visit the park, I see him everywhere and I remember the good times and the sharing that we had here.”
Ronny was instrumental in securing a large part of the land for the park, his brother said. The land was needed for the park’s continuing growth.
“Another individual who deserves proper recognition with respect to the acquisition of this additional land is the late Sen. Jim Hill, who was instrumental in assisting the park in acquiring the land for the purchase. Sen. Hill was a great supporter and friend of the park. The soccer field complex below us carries his name today,” Donny said. Hill’s wife Charlotte attended the dedication.
“Ronny would be humbled to know that the new wildlife trail bears his name. This will be yet another handprint that will be a continuous reminder of how much he loved the park and our community. It will be a personal reminder to me that it really was ‘his park’ after all. Thank you, park commission, for this beautiful tribute to Ronny’s memory. Our family is grateful and overwhelmed at the generosity of Ronny’s many friends and park lovers and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission who have made this memorial a reality not only to honor Ronny’s memory but to provide a place of enjoyment for the community,” Donny said.
Following the program, park staff provided guided tours of the wildlife trail.

Texas entertainer set for annual Stand Up for America celebration

The annual Stand Up for America celebration will be held Friday, July 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Nashville City Park.
The featured entertainer will be Michael Hix of Dallas, Texas. Hix is a pop, rock and soul singer, producer, actor and emcee. He has performed across the United States for the past 15 years.
Hix has opened and performed with Cher, Bret Michaels, Sara Evans, George Jones, Willie Nelson and Loretta Lynn, among others. He recorded his first album, “Green Light,” in 2011 and is preparing to record his second album.
For 10 years, Hix produced, emceed and performed in a weekly variety show entitled Arlington Live in Arlington, Texas.
Admission is free for children under 3. Tickets are $3 for 3-12 years old and $5 for 12 and older.
Special seating is available for $10.
Stand Up for America will conclude with the traditional fireworks show following the concert.
The city park is located at 1301 Johnson St. in Nashville.

 

Alleged shooter charged with first-degree murder

An on-and-off relationship between a Nashville man and woman ended at 11 a.m., Saturday when the former boyfriend pumped three small caliber handgun bullets into the woman, killing her.
The victim, Pamela Harris, 44, black female, was with perhaps as many as a dozen other persons outside a small structure at 1300 S. Main St., when the shooter, Gary Dwayne Swift, 44, black male, drove up. She quickly got in her car and attempted to leave, but Swift approached and shot through the open window. She jammed the accelerator and the car jumped, striking a vehicle ahead of her, then veering off across the street to strike a house.
Harris was taken by Howard County Ambulance Service personnel to the emergency room at Howard Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead by County Coroner John Gray.
Swift fled the scene in his own vehicle, but was later located by a manhunt in a wooded area in the Ozan-Clow area. Police from Howard and Hempstead sheriffs’ departments, the Arkansas State Police, Mineral Springs Police and Nashville Police Department assisted in the hunt for Swift which ended about an hour after the shooting.
Swift is due to make his first court appearance here Wednesday. He has been charged with three felonies: murder in the first degree, terroristic act, and felon in possession of a firearm. His bond has been set at $500,000.
Police were called to provide extra security outside the ER at the hospital after a crowd gathered there.

Dierks’ Pine Tree Festival set for Aug. 1-2; kick-off this Friday

The 42nd Pine Tree Festival will be held Aug. 1-2 in Dierks and will feature a carnival, games, competitions, live music, bull riding and a “no holds-barred freestyle bullfight.”
More than 40 food and craft vendors will be on hand for the two-day event.
Friday, Aug. 1 will include performances by Harmony, The Cowboy Church Band and The Midnight Hurricanes. Saturday, Aug. 2 will include the annual festival parade through town and will be capped at 8 p.m. with the sanctioned bull riding and bull fighting.
Admission to the bull-riding event will be $10 for adults 13 and up and $5 for ages 7-12 and free to those 6 and under. The event is sanctioned and books will open Sunday, July 28. The entry fee is $80 and there will be $5,000 added money. For information about the bull-riding event, call Sharon Autry at (903) 846-5151.
Admission to the Friday night concerts will be $1 with a chance to win a $250 door prize. Saturday night’s door prizes will include two shots at $500. Drawings will be held at 7:30 nightly and you must be present to win.
There will also be a carnival at this year’s festival and individual ride tickets or armbands will be available.
This year’s Pine Tree Festival is being sponsored in part by Weyerhaeuser, Rich Mountain Electric, city of Dierks, Diamond Bank, First National Bank, First State Bank, York Gary Autoplex and Gentry Chevrolet.
There will be an official festival kick-off event on Friday, June 27 from 12 noon until dark at the Dierks City Park.
During the kick-off event, the Dierks Chamber of Commerce members will be selling T-shirts and concert tickets. They are also inviting residents to set up and bring items that they would like to sell including yard sale items, farm produce and vehicles. There will be no fee to set up a booth.
For more information about the kick-off event, contact Jerry Mounts at 870-557-7298.

 

Cross Point Cowboy Church pastor to retire

Mary Ann and Rev. Don Jones

By Molly Freel
Leader staff
Rev. Don Jones, who has been the pastor at Cross Point Cowboy church for the last eight and a half years, has decided it is time for his retirement from the church.
He had been involved in Western Heritage ministries and had seen them develop around Texas and Oklahoma areas.
After a great deal of prayer, Jones decided to approach the Little River Baptist Association about starting one here in Nashville. They agreed that it would be good for the community, and in January 2006 they began interest meetings.
In March 2006  the Cowboy Church held its first service in the Nashville Livestock Sale Barn where 29 people attended. Now Jones says that the church averages around 230. For two years the church held services at the sale barn, but it is now located on Highway 371 West of Nashville where members have a bigger building with classrooms and an arena for play days.
Cross Point holds one service on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and offers aged categorized classes on Wednesday nights.
The church also holds many play days where kids and adults can come and ride horses, bulls, rope, and be a part of many other activities.
Right now they are holding a cowboy Bible camp which is similar to Vacation Bible School. According to Jones, “The difference is that they incorporate sportsmanship through arena time. The kids get to ride horses and learn to saddle them as well.”
Jones said that choosing to retire from the Cowboy Church was one of the hardest decisions of his life.
“It wasn’t easy and it had nothing to do with the people. Originally I was just supposed to be the start-up pastor, but eight and a half years later I’m still here. I just felt God telling me that it was time to step down and for them to begin looking for new leadership,” he said.
Jones said that he doesn’t think it will be a quick process for the church to find a new pastor because it has to be someone with a western heritage mindset, but that members have formed a search committee and are beginning to look for new leadership.
Cross Point Cowboy church of Nashville was the first one done through the association in Arkansas. There are now 20 throughout the state.
Jones has been the Little River Baptist Association missionary for 23 years. Now that he is retiring from the Cowboy Church, he plans on spending more time focused on the association.